Israel Escalates Gaza Assault By Air, Sea; Threatens “Lengthy” Ground Operation

Following the catalysts of broken down US-sponsored peace-talks and the teenager deaths on both sides Hamas (admitting its responsibility for the first time) unleashed more than 240 rockets into Israel in the past four weeks (including 100 since yesterday), Israel has drawn the line. As Bloomberg reports, Israel struck more than 90 targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip from air and sea and PM Netanyahu suggested the option of a ground incursion was on the table. This is heaviest barrage since November 2012 and is set to worsen as Defense minister Ya'alon warned, this "will not end in just a few days," adding that Israel "is prepared to expand the campaign by every means at our disposal." In preparation for escalation, Israel has called up 40,000 reservists today as news hits that Tel Aviv airport has been closed due to shelling as "Operation Protective Edge" expands.

 

As Bloomberg reports,

  • ISRAEL CARRIES OUT ABOUT 50 STRIKES ON GAZA OVERNIGHT
  • ISRAEL LAUNCHES MORE AIR STRIKES AGAINST GAZA STRIP: JAZEERA
  • ISRAELI AIR STRIKE IN GAZA STRIP INJURES 8 PEOPLE: AL JAZEERA
  • ISRAELI STRIKES TARGET GAZA MILITANTS' HOMES, ROCKET LAUNCHERS
  • PALESTINIAN KILLED IN ISRAELI AIR STRIKES ON GAZA: JAZEERA

More than 240 rockets have struck Israel in the past four weeks, including more than 100 since yesterday, the military said.

 

[Here the Iron Dome intercepts a barrage of rockets into Israel…]

 

 

Israel struck more than 90 targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip from air and sea and called up more reservists for a possible ground operation to quell a barrage of Palestinian rockets into its territory.

 

[And IDF's response…}

 

 

There are continuous air strikes on our people, an open war on innocent civilians, women and children,” he said on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa television. “Israel wants to turn things around and hide the truth.”

 

Among the targets hit today were command centers, rocket launchers, training bases and at least four homes of Palestinian militants, according to an e-mailed statement from the army. The military has also been given approval to mobilize more reservists in case a ground incursion is ordered, spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said by phone.

  • ISRAEL TO WIDEN GAZA OPERATION, CHANNEL 2 SAYS
  • ISRAEL IS CONSIDERING GROUND OPERATION IN GAZA, CHANNEL 2 SAYS

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with top security officials at military headquarters in Tel Aviv and directed them to conduct an extensive and lengthy offensive that includes the option of a ground incursion according to an official who spoke anonymously because he wasn’t authorized to comment on record. The campaign is Israel’s biggest in Gaza since November 2012 and follows weeks of rocket fire and retaliatory air strikes.
 

  • *ISRAEL CABINET APPROVES CALLUP OF 40,000 RESERVISTS: MINISTRY

“We are preparing a campaign against Hamas that will not end in just a few days,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said in an e-mailed statement. “We will not tolerate rocket fire at Israeli communities and we are prepared to expand the campaign by every means at our disposal.”

Residents of Israeli communities within a 25-mile radius of Gaza have been instructed not to congregate in large groups, and kindergartens and summer camps in that area have been told to cancel sessions, Lerner said.

 

Still the US is shockingly quiet…

Abbas spokesman Nabi Abu Rudeina, in a statement posted by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, said the president denounced the escalation. “The silence of the international community, especially the U.S. administration, will push the Palestinian leadership to make fateful decisions in defense of our people,” the statement cited Abbas as saying.

But there are concerns…

Some Israeli officials raised concerns about possible implications from the military campaign.

 

“Hamas is weaker than ever,” Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said today on Army Radio. “Hamas is so weak that we also have to examine all the possible scenarios if Hamas collapses, and who will take over in the vacuum that will be created.”

But things are escalating fast…

  • *TEL AVIV'S SDE DOV AIRPORT CLOSED DUE TO ROCKETS: CHANNEL 2
  • *TEL AVIV MUST BE PREPARED FOR GAZA ROCKETS: ISRAEL'S YA'ALON
  • *SIRENS HEARD IN TEL AVIV AREA

 

 

*  *  *
Moar powderkegs…




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One Lesson of Obamacare: The Government Isn’t Good at Developing Software

One all-too-apparent lesson
from the launch of Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges last year
is that the government isn’t very good at building software. The
federal health exchange portal, HealthCare.gov, was essentially
unusable for two months after launch last year, despite repeated
outside warnings that the project was in trouble and repeated
administration assurances that all was under control. The biggest
issues on the consumer side of the system were at least temporarily
patched by December, but much of the back end that communicates
with and pays insurers remained—and remains today—incomplete.
Insurers are using imprecise manual workarounds instead. Last week,
the Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human
Services reported
that there were 2.9 million “inconsistencies”—situations in which
the data hub was not able to verify submitted information, mostly
regarding citizenship and income—in the applications sent to the
federal exchange. The vast majority, about 2.6 million, remained
unresolved.

It’s not just the federal government. The state exchanges remain
a mess. Some were never functional and had to be scrapped. And even
those being held up as model systems, like Covered California, have
problems. As The Wall Street Journal
reports
, thousands of people who purchased health coverage
through state exchanges “still don’t have coverage due to problems
in enrollment systems. In states including California, Nevada and
Massachusetts, which are running their own online insurance
exchanges, some consumers picked a private health plan and paid
their premiums only to learn recently that they aren’t
insured.”

The experience overall with the exchanges has not been good. As
The L.A. Times reports, even highly educated, tech-savvy
young adults had
serious difficulties
using the site. In a study, researchers
found that people between the age of 19 and 30 were often stymied
by the system. When asked how it could be better, they said they’d
like it to be more like commonly used, privately developed websites
and applications—things like Yelp or TurboTax.

Obamacare’s exchanges were not inexpensive projects, built on
the cheap with skimpy resources. As of February, the federal health
agency had budgeted
about $834 million for the exchange
. By the end of the year, it
is expected to have spent $1 billion. That’s relatively cheap
compared to the price tag for all the state exchanges, which

cost some $4.7 billion
.

In contrast, the first iPhone—a marvel of usable, accessible
design with a brand new touch-screen operating system that spawned
a slew of competitors and has now fundamentally reshaped the
handheld market (as well as the daily life of millions) in its
image—cost
about $150 million to develop
before its release in 2008.

This is obviously not a perfect comparison:
Apple was building a consumer gadget, not a highly regulated,
health-focused, government-run shopping portal; Apple wasn’t
coordinating and connecting multiple government agencies and
insurer computer systems, nor was it relying on an army of outside
contractors; and Apple was not building a product that, by law, had
to launch and had to have certain specifications.

Even still, those difference are not quite so extreme as they
might sound: Apple’s project required coordinating with mobile
carriers, first AT&T and then others, and, in the year after
the first generation phone launched, building a unique platform
(the app store) for a wide array of mobile software to sell their
wares. And while Apple was not bound by law to complete the iPhone
and make it a success, it had spent so much on development that it
would have destabilized the entire company.  It too was bound
to complete its product.

And at the same time, those differences also suggest the
inherent advantages of the private sector. It’s less
restricted by bureaucracy and regulations, more flexible in terms
of deadlines and partnership decisions, and able to do its work
quickly and effectively in house. It is motivated by competition
and by consumer demand. It’s also, as a market leading company,
able to hire the most productive and innovative workers, and pay
them more.

These advantages are built in, and while it’s certainly possible
and desirable to improve tech management and administration in the
public sector to some extent, those advantages are never going to
go away. It’s never going to be a level playing field.

The trick, then, isn’t to determine, as we have, that the
government isn’t very good at software development and put a lot of
energy into trying to make it better. It’s to recognize the
government’s limited capabilities and built-in disadvantages,
accept them, and work to avoid project and programs that might
require the government to play software developer. 

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Sens. Paul, Booker Team Up Again for Criminal Record Reform

Next up: not putting them here in the first place.Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and
Cory Booker (D-N.J.), last seen
collaborating
to stop the federal government from interfering
with states that have legalized medical marijuana, are back working
together. This time the two of them aim for criminal justice reform
that reduces the misery the system is able to inflict on juveniles
and low-level criminals. It’s called the REDEEM Act (“REDEEM”
stands for the not at all awkward acronym “Record Expungement
Designed to Enhance Employment”). Here’s how Paul’s office
describes what the
legislation does
:

· Offers adults way to seal non-violent criminal records:
Presents the first broad-based federal path to the sealing of
criminal records for adults. Non-violent offenders will be able to
petition a court and make their case. Furthermore, employers
requesting FBI background checks will get only relevant and
accurate information – thereby protecting job applicants – because
of provisions to improve the background check system.

· Incentivizes states to increase the age of criminal
responsibility to 18-years-old: Currently 10 states have set the
original jurisdiction of adult criminal courts below 18-years-old.
This sends countless kids into the unforgiving adult criminal
system. The REDEEM Act incentivizes states to change that by
offering preference to Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
grant applications for those that have set or older 18 as the age
of original jurisdiction for adult criminal courts.

· Allows for sealing and expungement of juvenile records:
Provides for automatic expungement of records for kids who commit
non-violent crimes before they turn 15 and automatic sealing of
records for those who commit non-violent crimes after they turn 15
years old.

·Restricts use of juvenile solitary confinement: Ends the cruel
and counterproductive practice of solitary confinement except in
the most extreme circumstances in which it is necessary to protect
a juvenile detainee or those around them.

· Lifts ban on SNAP and TANF benefits for low-level drug
offenders: The REDEEM Act restores access to benefits for those who
have served their time for use, possession, and distribution crimes
provided their offense was rationally related to a substance abuse
disorder and they have enrolled in a treatment program.

Yes, that’s right; a Republican pushing to restore food stamp
access to drug offenders. Tell us again what a crazy, radical Paul
is (though the demand that these folks enroll in a drug treatment
program is unfortunate rehab service cronyism/rent-seeking).

The first item on the list could very well be inspired by some
pushes to
ban criminal background checks
. But rather than controlling
what information employers may ask candidates, Paul and Booker
instead are looking to control what information the government may
release, a much smarter option less likely to lead to lawyers
sniffing around businesses looking for easy lawsuits or the
government presuming to tell private employers what information
they may or may not consider when hiring somebody.

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European Stocks Plunge Most In 6 Months; Banks Battered

European bank stocks are down over 6% in the last 3 days to 5 month lows – the biggest such drop in 13 months. The combination of Draghi’s “no QE”, Austrian bank contagion concerns, and rumors of German banks about to be ‘BNP’d by US regulators has removed all the exuberant recovery chatter (confirmed by economic data itself collapsing too). Remember all those oh-so-positive PMIs? European peripheral bond spreads surged around 10bps and individual stock markets plunged (Portugal -3% today, Italy -2.5%, Spain -1.8%)

 

European banks are in trouble (as we noted here)

 

The broad market is back at 6-week lows

 

And individual markets are tumbling – led by the periphery of course…

 

Charts: Bloomberg




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China’s Colonization Of America’s Luxury Real Estate Market In One Chart

As we first reported two years ago, one of the primary reasons, if not the main one (there is also the Fed to thank) why the US housing market, and specifically its ultra-luxury segment, has experienced a recovery in the past two years even as the other segments of US housing have languished, was due to foreign investors laundering offshore funds in the US real estate market facilitated by the NAR’s exemption from anti-money laundering regulations. This topic finally made the mainstream media recently with the NY Mag’s article on just this topic titled “Stash Pad“, which we also covered extensively. Today, for the first time, we have definitive evidence of not only all of the above, but granular detail of just how “easy” Chinese money has been when it comes to bidding US real estate.

As the WSJ reports, “foreign purchases of U.S. real estate jumped by 35% last year, and the Chinese led the way, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Chinese buyers have become the largest source of foreign cash in the U.S. residential real estate market, accounting for nearly one in four dollars spent by foreigners on American housing last year, the National Association of Realtors said in its annual survey of international property sales.

 

China accounted for $22 billion in international sales for the 12 month period ending March 2014, or 24% of all foreign sales, up from $12.8 billion, or 19%, during the year-earlier period.

 

Total international property sales rebounded last year to $92.2 billion, according to the NAR’s estimates, up from $68.2 billion in 2013 and $82.5 billion in 2012. The total represented around 7% of the market for all U.S. sales of previously owned homes during the same period.

This is shown in the chart below:

All of the above is well-known.

But the smoking gun is the following data point which confirms what was long suspected, namely that overseas buyers tend to hunt for trophy properties, and China wants the trophiest of all: “the median purchase price to international clients ($268,284 last year) is significantly higher than for all sales ($199,575). That’s particularly true of Chinese buyers, where the average purchase price topped $590,000 and the median exceeded $523,000. Canadian and Mexican buyers, by contrast, appear to buy much more modest homes.”

So for all those upwardly mobile middle class Americans (amazing they still exist under the current central planning regime which takes from the middle class and gives to the ultra rich and uber poor) who are eager to buy a better house, and suddenly find themselves priced out due to an ongoing surge in the prices of ultra-luxury segment, here is what you need to know:

In short: confused who to “thank” for being priced out of the luxury housing market? Start with the PBOC and the $26 trillion or so in bank “assets” sloshing in China’s corrupt and rickety financial system, which desperately are trying to get out, and when they do, end up being parked in the most expensive segment of the US housing market.

Was the money laundered and obtained otherwise illegally? It doesn’t matter – recall that the NAR has an exemption from money-laundering rules, as the only thing it cares about is boosting the equilibrium price and pretending that the US housing market is “recovering” when in reality all that is happening is trophy properties serving as the New Normal Swiss bank account.




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‘Inversion’ and Economic Patriotism as the Last Refuge of Stupid Pundits and Lazy Politicians

Unpatriotic American
corporations are fleeing the United States for foreign climes in a
suddenly headline-grabbing practice called “inversion.”
It’s desertion, damnit. Or as Fortune‘s Allan Sloan
puts
it in breathlessly stupid form
, “Bigtime companies are moving
their ‘headquarters’ overseas to dodge billions in taxes … that
means the rest of us pay their share.”

He continues:

Ah, July! What a great month for those of us who celebrate
American exceptionalism. There’s the lead-up to the Fourth,
countrywide Independence Day celebrations including my town’s local
Revolutionary War reenactment and fireworks, the enjoyable days of
high summer, and, for the fortunate, the prospect of some time at
the beach.

Sorry, but this year, July isn’t going to work for me. That’s
because of a new kind of American corporate exceptionalism:
companies that have decided to desert our country to avoid paying
taxes but expect to keep receiving the full array of benefits that
being American confers, and that everyone else is paying for.

Yes, leaving the country–a process that tax techies call
inversion–is perfectly legal. A company does this by
reincorporating in a place like Ireland, where the corporate tax
rate is 12.5%, compared with 35% in the U.S. Inversion also makes
it easier to divert what would normally be U.S. earnings to
foreign, lower-tax locales. But being legal isn’t the same as being
right. If a few companies invert, it’s irritating but no big deal
for our society. But mass inversion is a whole other thing, and
that’s where we’re heading.

It’s legal to emigrate? When the fuck did that happen?
And you still have access to the old digs’ markets? For shame.

Yeah. I was feeling bad about leaving my former fellow New
Yorkers holding the bag for that state’s mugging-worthy tax take
when I split for Arizona. Not. I got out of that abusive
relationship, thank you.

I’m not exactly sure what “pay their share” of taxes means,
though I hear that particular whine a lot when people and their
businesses flee from the
U.S. to Singapore
,
California to Texas
, or from Maryland to Pennsylvania.
Everybody left behind supposedly has to pick up the remainder of
some fixed tab.

But except for extortions of fixed weights of gold and gems
imposed by conquerors of antiquity on their prostrate subjects,
taxes are rarely set as sums to be divvied among the suffering
masses, but rather as percentages of economic activity. If the
local powers that be make their digs so unattractive—say, with a
corporate tax rate of 35 percent while the competition asks 12.5
percent—there’s going to be less economic activity to get a share
of.

Not that there would be anything wrong with fleeing a fixed
sum.

We see the same phenomenon within the United States, with people

migrating from state to state
. The migrations appear to be
heavily driven by
both taxes and respect for personal freedom
(politicians can
fuck things up in lots of ways, and not all of them involve tax
rates).

What’s Sloan’s solution?

My answer: Fight to fix the tax code, but don’t desert the
country. And I define “fiduciary duty” as the obligation to produce
the best long-term results for shareholders, not “get the stock
price up today.” Undermining the finances of the federal government
by inverting helps undermine our economy. And that’s a bad thing,
in the long run, for companies that do business in America.

Yeah, well. This country was settled by people who “deserted”
some place else because things were better here. If the powers that
be can’t find it in themselves to keep things better,
there’s no good reason to not desert again—ludicrous appeals to
self-sacrificing patriotism notwithstanding.

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Governments from Around the World – Including Western, Islamic, Asian and African Nations – ADMIT They Use False Flag Terror

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Governments from Around the World Admit They Carry Out False Flag Terror

Governments from around the world admit they carry out false flag terror:

  • A major with the Nazi SS admitted at the Nuremberg trials that – under orders from the chief of the Gestapo – he and some other Nazi operatives faked attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland. Nazi general Franz Halder also testified at the Nuremberg trials that Nazi leader Hermann Goering admitted to setting fire to the German parliament building, and then falsely blaming the communists for the arson
  • Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev admitted in writing that the Soviet Union’s Red Army shelled the Russian village of Mainila in 1939, and declared that the fire originated from Finland as a basis launching the Winter War four days later
  • Israel admits that an Israeli terrorist cell operating in Egypt planted bombs in several buildings, including U.S. diplomatic facilities, then left behind “evidence” implicating the Arabs as the culprits (one of the bombs detonated prematurely, allowing the Egyptians to identify the bombers, and several of the Israelis later confessed) (and see this and this)
  • The CIA admits that it hired Iranians in the 1950′s to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its democratically-elected prime minister
  • The British Prime Minister admitted to his defense secretary that he and American president Dwight Eisenhower approved a plan in 1957 to carry out false flag attacks in Syria and blame it on the Syrian government as a way to effect regime change
  • As admitted by the U.S. government, recently declassified documents show that in the 1960′s, the American Joint Chiefs of Staff signed off on a plan to blow up AMERICAN airplanes (using an elaborate plan involving the switching of airplanes), and also to commit terrorist acts on American soil, and then to blame it on the Cubans in order to justify an invasion of Cuba. See the following ABC news report; the official documents; and watch this interview with the former Washington Investigative Producer for ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.
  • 2 years before, American Senator George Smathers had suggested that the U.S. make “a false attack made on Guantanamo Bay which would give us the excuse of actually fomenting a fight which would then give us the excuse to go in and [overthrow Castro]“.
  • And Official State Department documents show that – only nine months before the Joint Chiefs of Staff plan was proposed – the head of the Joint Chiefs and other high-level officials discussed blowing up a consulate in the Dominican Republic in order to justify an invasion of that country. The 3 plans were not carried out, but they were all discussed as serious proposals
  • A U.S. Congressional committee admitted that – as part of its “Cointelpro” campaign – the FBI had used many provocateurs in the 1950s through 1970s to carry out violent acts and falsely blame them on political activists
  • The South African Truth and Reconciliation Council found that, in 1989, the Civil Cooperation Bureau (a covert branch of the South African Defense Force) approached an explosives expert and asked him “to participate in an operation aimed at discrediting the ANC [the African National Congress] by bombing the police vehicle of the investigating officer into the murder incident”, thus framing the ANC for the bombing
  • An Algerian diplomat and several officers in the Algerian army admit that, in the 1990s, the Algerian army frequently massacred Algerian civilians and then blamed Islamic militants for the killings (and see this video; and Agence France-Presse, 9/27/2002, French Court Dismisses Algerian Defamation Suit Against Author)
  • Senior Russian Senior military and intelligence officers admit that the KGB blew up Russian apartment buildings and falsely blamed it on Chechens, in order to justify an invasion of Chechnya (and see this report and this discussion)
  • According to the Washington Post, Indonesian police admit that the Indonesian military killed American teachers in Papua in 2002 and blamed the murders on a Papuan separatist group in order to get that group listed as a terrorist organization.
  • The well-respected former Indonesian president also admits that the government probably had a role in the Bali bombings
  • As reported by BBC, the New York Times, and Associated Press, Macedonian officials admit that the government murdered 7 innocent immigrants in cold blood and pretended that they were Al Qaeda soldiers attempting to assassinate Macedonian police, in order to join the “war on terror”.
  • Similarly, the U.S. falsely blamed Iraq for playing a role in the 9/11 attacks – as shown by a memo from the defense secretary – as one of the main justifications for launching the Iraq war.  Even after the 9/11 Commission admitted that there was no connection, Dick Cheney said that the evidence is “overwhelming” that al Qaeda had a relationship with Saddam Hussein’s regime, that Cheney “probably” had information unavailable to the Commission, and that the media was not ‘doing their homework’ in reporting such ties.   Top U.S. government officials now admit that the Iraq war was really launched for oil … not 9/11 or weapons of mass destruction  (despite previous “lone wolf” claims, many U.S. government officials now say that 9/11 was state-sponsored terror; but Iraq was not the state which backed the hijackers)
  • Former Department of Justice lawyer John Yoo suggested in 2005 that the US should go on the offensive against al-Qaeda, having “our intelligence agencies create a false terrorist organization. It could have its own websites, recruitment centers, training camps, and fundraising operations. It could launch fake terrorist operations and claim credit for real terrorist strikes, helping to sow confusion within al-Qaeda’s ranks, causing operatives to doubt others’ identities and to question the validity of communications.”
  • United Press International reported in June 2005:

U.S. intelligence officers are reporting that some of the insurgents in Iraq are using recent-model Beretta 92 pistols, but the pistols seem to have had their serial numbers erased. The numbers do not appear to have been physically removed; the pistols seem to have come off a production line without any serial numbers. Analysts suggest the lack of serial numbers indicates that the weapons were intended for intelligence operations or terrorist cells with substantial government backing. Analysts speculate that these guns are probably from either Mossad or the CIA. Analysts speculate that agent provocateurs may be using the untraceable weapons even as U.S. authorities use insurgent attacks against civilians as evidence of the illegitimacy of the resistance.

  • Undercover Israeli soldiers admitted in 2005 to throwing stones at other Israeli soldiers so they could blame it on Palestinians, as an excuse to crack down on peaceful protests by the Palestinians
  • Quebec police admitted that, in 2007, thugs carrying rocks to a peaceful protest were actually undercover Quebec police officers (and see this)
  • At the G20 protests in London in 2009, a British member of parliament saw plain clothes police officers attempting to incite the crowd to violence
  • A Colombian army colonel has admitted that his unit murdered 57 civilians, then dressed them in uniforms and claimed they were rebels killed in combat
  • U.S. soldiers have admitted that if they kill innocent Iraqis and Afghanis, they then “drop” automatic weapons near their body so they can pretend they were militants
  • The highly-respected writer for the Telegraph Ambrose Evans-Pritchard says that the head of Saudi intelligence – Prince Bandar – recently admitted that the Saudi government controls “Chechen” terrorists
  • High-level American sources admitted that the Turkish government – a fellow Nato country – carried out the chemical weapons attacks blamed on the Syrian government; and high-ranking Turkish government admitted on tape plans to carry out false flag attacks and blame it on the Syrian government

So Common … There’s a Name for It

This tactic is so common that it was given a name for hundreds of years ago.

“False flag terrorism” is defined as a government attacking its own people, then blaming others in order to justify going to war against the people it blames. Or as Wikipedia defines it:

False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organizations, which are designed to appear as if they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time; for example, during Italy’s strategy of tension.

The term comes from the old days of wooden ships, when one ship would hang the flag of its enemy before attacking another ship in its own navy. Because the enemy’s flag, instead of the flag of the real country of the attacking ship, was hung, it was called a “false flag” attack.

Indeed, this concept is so well-accepted that rules of engagement for naval, air and land warfare all prohibit false flag attacks.

Leaders Throughout History Have Acknowledged False Flags

Leaders throughout history have acknowledged the danger of false flags:

“This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.”
– Plato

 

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.”
– U.S. President James Madison

 

“A history of false flag attacks used to manipulate the minds of the people! “In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche

 

“Terrorism is the best political weapon for nothing drives people harder than a fear of sudden death”.
– Adolph Hitler

 

“Why of course the people don’t want war … But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship … Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
– Hermann Goering, Nazi leader.

 

“The easiest way to gain control of a population is to carry out acts of terror. [The public] will clamor for such laws if their personal security is threatened”.
– Josef Stalin

People Are Waking Up to False Flags

People are slowly waking up to this whole con job by governments who want to justify war.

More people are talking about the phrase “false flag” than ever before.

 




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White House Dictates: $3.8 Billion Needed To Stem The Surge Of Immigrants

At almost double the $2 billion that many had expected, The Washington Post reports that The White House will request $3.8 billion from Congress in emergency funding to deal with an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America. Funds would be allocated to send more immigration judges to the southern border, build additional detention facilities and add border patrol agents, to help stem the recent surge of women and children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

 

Source: Legal Regulation Review

 

As The Washington Post reports,

The White House on Tuesday will request $3.8 billion from Congress in emergency funding to deal with an influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America, a far higher amount that the Obama administration had previously signaled, according to a Capitol Hill source familiar with the plans.

 

 

Funds would be allocated to send more immigration judges to the southern border, build additional detention facilities and add border patrol agents, said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the administration had not formally made the request.

 

The move is aimed at more quickly deporting the tens of thousands of women and children who have entered the country illegally across the souther border, most of them in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

 

 

Administration officials had previously said that they would be requesting more than $2 billion to help stem the recent surge of women and children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors and 39,00 women with children have been apprehended on the southern border this year, far more than in past years.

 

Read more here

Bloomberg breaks down the allocation:

Supplemental request for FY14 would support U.S. response to high rate of children, individuals from Central America crossing border in Rio Grande Valley, according to White House fact sheet.

• HHS would receive $1.8b to care for unaccompanied children, maintain services for refugees
• DHS would receive $1.1b for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, $433m for Customs and Border Protection
• $300m would go to State Dept for repatriation, assistance to Central American govts, media campaign to inform U.S. policy, deter attempts at border crossing
• Justice Dept would get $64m for legal support, faster immigration court proceedings
• President Obama separately seeking $615m for USDA for wildfire suppression, White House officials say on conference call with reporters

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Who will be blamed for this? Who will be lambasted for not signing off on the funding? We await the next press conference with President Obama surrounded by starving and wretched immigrant children standing ‘Oliver-like’ demanding ‘moar’…




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Not Charged: Cop Who Killed 13 Year Old Because the Kid Had a Pellet Gun

PelletsCalifornia prosecutors have decided not to pursue
charges against Erick Gelhaus, the sheriff who fired eight shots at
a 13-year-old boy he believed was armed, killing him on the spot.
The kid, Andy Lopez, was actually carrying a mere pellet gun.

The Lopez parents are furious with the lack of criminal charges,

according to the Associated Press
:

The parents of Andy Lopez decried the decision, saying “it is
impossible” to accept and they felt as though their son “had been
killed again.”

The teen’s death last year heightened racial tensions in a
mostly Latino neighborhood of Santa Rosa, a city of about 170,000
residents around 50 miles north of San Francisco. The shooting
parked protests and criticism that the officer acted too
quickly.

In fairness to the sheriff, the pellet gun apparently resembled
a real gun:

Deputy Erick Gelhaus fired multiple rounds in response to what
he believed was an imminent threat of death, Sonoma County District
Attorney Jill Ravitch announced at a news conference.

“While in the lawful performance of his duty, Deputy Gelhaus was
faced with a highly unpredictable and rapidly evolving situation,”
Ravitch said. “He believed honestly and reasonably that he was
faced with a do-or-die dilemma.”

Ravitch displayed photographs of the pellet gun found next to
Lopez and a real assault rifle to highlight similarities in
appearance.

Gelhaus shot Lopez on Oct. 22 as the teen walked near his home
with the pellet gun. The deputy told investigators he believed the
gun was real and opened fire out of fear for his life.

Gelhaus was wrong, of course. And a kid who hadn’t done anything
remotely criminal died because of the sheriff’s shoot-first
approach to local law enforcement.

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