Friday, April 20, 2018

DNC caused its own embarrassment, is subject to lawsuits for knowingly disregarding warnings that its computers weren’t secure. DNC paid $60,000 for computer security assessment in 2015 then failed to act on a single one of dozens of recommendations. Malware was allowed to stay on DNC computers for nearly a year-Bloomberg, July 28, 2016

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Cyber-security assessments can be a mixed blessing. Legal experts say some general counsels advise organizations against doing such assessments if they don’t have the ability to quickly fix any problems the auditors find, because customers and shareholders could have cause to sue if an organization knowingly disregards such warnings.

July 28, 2016, DNC Ignored Cybersecurity Advice that May Have Prevented Recent Breach,” Bloomberg, Michael Riley, via govtech.com

“The theft ultimately led to the release of almost 20,000 internal emails through WikiLeaks last week on the eve of the convention.” 

The Democratic National Committee was warned last fall [2015] that its computer network was susceptible to attacks but didn’t follow the security advice it was given, according to three people familiar with the matter. 

The missed opportunity is another blow to party officials already embarrassed by the theft and public disclosure of emails that have disrupted their presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia and led their chairwoman to resign. 

Computer security consultants hired by the DNC made dozens of recommendations after a two-month review, the people said. Following the advice, which would typically include having specialists hunt for intruders on the network, might have alerted party officials that hackers had been lurking in their network for weeks — hackers who would stay for nearly a year. 

Instead, officials didn’t discover the breach until April [2016]. The theft ultimately led to the release of almost 20,000 internal emails through WikiLeaks last week on the eve of the convention. The e-mails have devastated party leaders. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC chairwoman, has agreed to resign at the end of this week’s convention. She was booed off the stage on opening day after the leaked emails showed that party officials tried to undermine the presidential campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders in favor of Hillary Clinton, who was formally nominated on Tuesday evening. Party officials are supposed to remain neutral on presidential nominations.... 

The consultants briefed senior DNC leaders on the security problems they found, the people familiar with the matter said. It’s unclear whether Wasserman Schultz was present. Now, she is likely to face criticism over not only the content of the emails — including one in which a party official proposes pushing stories in the news media questioning Sanders’s Jewish faith — but also the failure to take steps to stop the theft in the first place.

Shame on them. It looks like they just did the review to check a box but didn’t do anything with it,” said Ann Barron-DiCamillo, who was director of US-Cert, the primary agency protecting U.S. government networks, until last February. If they had acted last fall [2015], instead of those thousands of emails exposed it might have been much less.” 

The assessment by Good Harbor Security Risk Management, headed by the former Clinton and Bush administration official Richard Clarke, occurred over two months beginning in September 2015, the people said. It included interviews with key staff members and a detailed review of the security measures in place on the organization’s network, they said. 

The review found problems ranging from an out-of-date firewall to a lack of advanced malware detection technology on individual computers, according to two of the people familiar with the matter. The firm recommended taking special precautions to protect any financial information related to donors and internal communications including emails, these people said. 

The DNC paid $60,000 for the assessment, according to federal filings.

Mark Paustenbach, a spokesman for the DNC, declined to comment on the Good Harbor report. Emilian Papadopoulos, president of Washington-based Good Harbor, said he couldn’t comment on work done for a specific client. 

The security review commissioned by the DNC w,as perhaps the most detailed of a series of missed warnings. Officials at both the Republican National Committee and the DNC received government briefings on espionage and hacking threats beginning last year, and then received a more specific briefing this spring, according to another person familiar with the matter. 

Cyber-security assessments can be a mixed blessing. Legal experts say some general counsels advise organizations against doing such assessments if they don’t have the ability to quickly fix any problems the auditors find, because customers and shareholders could have cause to sue if an organization knowingly disregards such warnings…. 

The firm typically recommends that clients conduct a so-called breach assessment to determine whether hackers are already lurking in the network, Papadopoulos said. He wouldn’t confirm whether such a recommendation was among those delivered to the DNC.

“We give recommendations on governance, policies, technologies and crisis management,” he said.
“For organizations that have not had a compromise assessment done, that is one of the things we often recommend.” 

It isn’t certain a breach assessment would have spotted the hackers, according to Barron-DiCamillo, but it would have increased the chances. “Why spend the money to have Good Harbor come in and do the recommendations and then not act on them?” she asked.”




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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sorry, John Brennan, IG review of former FBI employee McCabe began a week before Trump was sworn in. IG referred McCabe for criminal consideration to US attorney “some time ago”-Turley.org, Washington Post

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4/19/18, Criminal referral for McCabe: “Inspector general referred findings on McCabe to U.S. attorney for consideration of criminal charges, Washington Post,  

The referral to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia occurred some time ago.Inspector general concluded McCabe had lied to investigators or his boss, then-FBI Director James B. Comey, on four occasions, three of them under oath.”…
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“The report confirms that [Horowitz] opened this review [on Jan. 12, 2016] a week before Trump was sworn in.” 

4/16/18, “After The Inspector General Report, Questions Grow Over The Lack Of A Criminal Referral For McCabe,JonathanTurley.org 

“Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has released his watchdog report on the conduct of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and it is scathing…. 

“At issue is the leak to The Wall Street Journal about an FBI probe of the Clinton Foundation. 

Notably, the report itself belies the allegation of McCabe that he was victim of a witch hunt loyalists. Not only was Horowitz an Obama appointee but his staff were all career officials. More importantly, the report confirms that [Horowitz] opened this review [on Jan. 12, 2016] a week before Trump was sworn in. It preceded and had no connection to Mueller. 

The report takes apart McCabe’s spin with clinical precision.  It found that McCabe, 50, lied or misled investigators on not one but four occasions. It also found that these lies were clearly meant to help McCabe alone. McCabe said that he had full authority to make the disclosures.  The IG found no evidence to support those claims. It also found that there was no evidence that then FBI Director James Comey was informed by McCabe…. 

He [McCabe] further showed no contrition and allegedly falsely implicated his superior in the improper leaking of information to the media.”…





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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Comey isn’t scared. He spent the previous two days virtually throwing himself under the bus, admitting to obstruction of justice, admitting to leaking classified information, and lying under oath to Congress. Nothing has happened to him-commenter

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4/18/2018, "Does Rod Rosenstein’s Comey Memo Response Indicate Possible Criminal Review?" tcth, sundance 

Among comments (Accept that you're living in a third world dictatorship. Laws only apply to peasants)

"farrier105 says: 

April 18, 2018 at 5:02 am 

Comey isn’t scared. He spent the previous two days virtually throwing himself under the bus, admitting to obstruction of justice in the Hillary email matter, admitting to leaking classified information, and lying under oath to Congress about leaking classified information. Nothing has happened to him."

 

 

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Trump bombs Middle Class who elected him on his pledge of non-interventionism, doubles down by merging with so-called UK “allies,” the same “allies” who “kickstarted” anti-Trump efforts by sending their US intel pals alleged anti-Trump spy info. Trump thrills War Industry by citing World War I into which US soldiers went to their death based on Euro lies, as Trump re-enacts today-AntiWar.com, Raimondo

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April 13, 2017, British spies were first to spot Trump team’s [alleged] links with Russia, UK Guardian, Luke Harding, Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Nick Hopkins

“Exclusive: GCHQ [UK Government Communications Headquarters] is said to have alerted US agencies after becoming aware of contacts in 2015....Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told."

“Both UK and UK intelligence sources acknowledge that GCHQ played an early, prominent role in kickstarting the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation which began in late July 2016….One source called the British eavesdropping agency the “principal whistleblower”.”…
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4/16/18, Syria and the Revolt of the ‘Deplorables’,original.Antiwar.com, Justin Raimondo 

“Trump bombs his base.” 


Particularly striking was this bit of doubletalk:

“To Iran and to Russia, I ask: What kind of a nation wants to be associated with the mass murder of innocent men, women, and children? 

“The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep. No nation can succeed in the long run by promoting rogue states, brutal tyrants and murderous dictators.” 

This was being said even as the Saudis, our close allies, were bombing civilians in Yemen – with our active assistanceand blockading the country into one of the worst famines on record. 

Ah yes, “the friends they keep” – wasn’t that Trump and Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin, the bloodthirsty tyrant who tortured his victims in an “anti-corruption” campaign and is being hailed by our media as a brave “reformer”? Here is the Prince posing with Jeff Bezos, owner of the warmongering Washington Post and Trump’s archenemy. In the swamp, however, there’s only so much room, and the creatures slither around each other out of necessity. 

Our “friends” the Saudis, who assisted Mohammed Atta and his fellow hijackers – the majority of them Saudis – when they rammed a plane into the World Trade Center and attacked the Pentagon. Does Trump really want to be judged by the friends he keeps?

Trump’s speechwriter had the nerve to invoke World War I as the point in history where atrocities involving poison gas were outlawed: this is nonsense. As recently as the Iran-Iraq war, our then-ally Saddam Hussein used poison gas, killing thousands, while the United States looked on approvingly. Agent Orange was used by US forces in the Vietnam war, to horrific effect. 

Furthermore, the invocation of the Great War brings to mind the shameless British propaganda that lured us into a conflict that we should never have entered: those Belgian babies impaled on bayonets were one of the earliest examples of what Trump likes to call “fake news.” This time around the same sort of crude war propaganda – spread by the British government and its media allies, as well as the Saudis and the Israelis – blanketed the American media landscape in the run up to Trump’s folly. Perfidious Albion strikes again! 

The reality is that there’s no credible evidence Bashar al-Assad’s forces dropped poison gas – an improbable “mixture” of chlorine and sarin – by helicopter no less. The “allies” make assertions but they offer no proof. It’s the sloppiest propaganda campaign since the last time Syria’s Islamist rebels used faked videos of alleged Assadist atrocities to lure us into their civil war. A child wouldn’t be fooled by it: however, it’s not surprising that they succeeded with Trump, since he’s operating on a much lower mental-emotional level than your average adolescent. Not that he’s stupid: it’s just that he craves the adulation of the media, which he pretends to hate and yet caters to incessantly – and certainly he was rewarded, at least momentarily, in that regard. 

Yet the thrill will be brief. It won’t be long – indeed it’s already happening – before the NeverTrumpers who are hailing him as “presidential” will be demanding more “action” to finally take out Assad and install their favored Islamist head-choppers in power. And then no doubt we’ll see yet another alleged “gas attack” by the Assad forces, complete with videos of choking children and women – no men ever seem to be victims of these phony attacks – and New York Times editorials demanding full-scale “humanitarian” intervention. 

It never ends. And that’s a lesson many of Trump’s supporters in the media are beginning to learn. The night before the attack Tucker Carlson spoke for the “deplorables” with a remarkable opening monologue that challenged the War Party on every level. Take a listen:… 

He was joined by Laura Ingraham, the next day, as missiles flew: her takedown of the comic-opera warmonger Sebastian Gorka, recently kicked out of the White House, is one of those memorable moments that will live on the internet forever. 

Trumpist radio host Michael Savage denounced the attack: “He bombed his base,” said Savage. 

Savage is quite correct: the Trump base didn’t vote for this. The key states Trump won and that gave him the margin of victory were won due to his anti-interventionist campaign rhetoric. Now they see that this was a fraud and they are bound to desert him in droves as their daughters and sons are sent to Syria to fight for – what? An Islamist state? Good media reviews from the New York Times for a childishly insecure President?

While the left hails the Trumpist turn toward “humanitarian intervention,” the right is increasingly “isolationist,” i.e., committed to a policy of minding our own damned business and solving our many problems right here at home. This is the opening I’ve been talking about for many years, the great switching of polarities that occurs every 40 years or so: and now it is upon us, brought about by an accidental figure – Trump – who nevertheless unleashed forces he neither understands nor controls.

Those forces – a populist movement that has rallied to the banner of “America First” – are a mass movement that rejects the Empire and longs to restore our old republic. They reject neoconservatism and the old leadership of the GOP, which is interventionist to its rotten core, which is why they put Trump in the White House. Now they must learn from his betrayal – and our job, here at Antiwar.com, is to teach them that lesson.

That’s why all the sectarians who flew into a rage when I pointed out Trump’s value to the anti-interventionist movement were dead wrong and are still wrong. As I put it in this space months ago: 

“Yes, the Trump administration will take many actions that contradict the promise of their victory: that is already occurring. And we are covering that in these pages, without regard for partisan considerations: and yet it is necessary to step back and see the larger picture, looking past the journalistic details of the day-to-day news cycle. In short, it is necessary to take the long view and try to see what the ideological victory that was won this past November augurs for the future. 

“If we look past Trump and his administration and scout out what the road ahead looks like, the view is encouraging: the obstacles that loomed large in the past – the neoconservative hegemony in the GOP, the war hysteria that dominated the country post-9/11, the public’s largely unquestioning acceptance of what the “mainstream” media reported – have been swept away. What’s more, a global rebellion against regnant elites is threatening the status quo. All the elements that make for the restoration of our old republic are in place, including a growing mass movement in this country that rejects the old internationalist dogma. 

“Ideas rule the world: not politicians, not parties, not range-of-the-moment fluctuations in public opinion. This isn’t about Trump, the politician, or the journalistic trivia of the moment: we are engaged in a battle of ideas – and, slowly but surely, we are winning.” 

The “deplorables” had to go through this betrayal before they could begin to understand the real nature of US foreign policy – and the fact that the War Party is their greatest enemy. The virtue-signaling Beltway “libertarians,” who are even now jumping on the anti-Russian cold war bandwagon – and refusing to challenge the evidence-free claims of the US government and its British allies – are clueless as usual. They don’t care to dirty their pristine hands by joining with the Trump voters of flyover country: they’re concerned exclusively with impressing their Washington cronies with how “woke” they are – not at all like those Ron Paul-loving hillbillies! 

The Beltway quasi-libertarians never cared about building a grassroots movement: they just wanted to build a box-like monstrosity of a glass-and-steel headquarters in order to impress their donors and the Washington Post. It’s a monument to their towering self-regard…. 

Non-interventionist foreign policy is the first thing defectors from the liberty movement throw overboard in their journey to join the Washington “mainstream.” As they merge with the political class, they acquire the social as well as the political-ideological orientation of their new allies, in this case contempt for those “deplorable” Trump voters and media figures who are in open rebellion against globalism. 

This isn’t just about politics – it’s about culture. It’s Middle America versus the deracinated decadents who inhabit the Beltway. I know what side I’m on. Do you?"

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Added: UK was thrilled to “kickstart” anti-Trump efforts, helped their intel "counterparts" in US with UK spy data:

April 13, 2017, British spies were first to spot Trump team’s [alleged] links with Russia, UK Guardian, Luke Harding, Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Nick Hopkins

“Exclusive: GCHQ [UK Government Communications Headquarters] is said to have alerted US agencies after becoming aware of contacts in 2015....Britain’s spy agencies played a crucial role in alerting their counterparts in Washington to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives, the Guardian has been told.“… 

“Both UK and UK intelligence sources acknowledge that GCHQ played an early, prominent role in kickstarting the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation which began in late July 2016….One source called the British eavesdropping agency the “principal whistleblower”.”…



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Monday, April 16, 2018

Democrat Party is still only about inciting racial hatred and being anti-Trump. Biden on MSNBC says Trump and his voters are all about sticking it to the black man-commenter

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4/15/18, "April 15th – 2018 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #451," tcth, sundance 

Among comments in general discussion thread frequented by Trump supporters:

"Stormyeyes says:
So this morning I flipped the channels to find Biden talking to Sharpton on MSNBC. I cant stand either of them and was about to keep flipping but I could not believe my ears. Biden said that Trump took out all the language with regard to discrimination in the fair housing act on purpose so that he and his white supremacist followers could stick it to the black man. The said that the populist movement was designed to let the whites know that they could now dump on blacks and muslims. He lied and tried to incite hate with his lies."

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"“White supremacist” has become a catch-all epithet for anyone the Democrats don’t like.".... 

8/26/2017, "Far-Left Bullies Suppress Civil Rights In California," John Hinderaker, Powerline

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The Rockefeller Republican Establishment deserves even more credit for destroying the country than Democrats. Rockefeller Republicans have always been about weakening the country by sabotage, by preventing the Republican Party from being an actual opposition party to the Democrats, thus leaving government with no checks and balances, no representative democracy. 

8/23/2017, "The Enemy Within," Peggy Ryan, Canada Free Press

"If this mutinous cabal succeeds in destroying democracy it won't be because of the Democrats, it won't even be the seditious media. No, it will be the left-wing activists in Republican guise, GOP turncoats who will gleefully drive the final nail." 


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Added: The Sabotage Republicans

11/8/2013, "The Sabotage Republicans," Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator 

If Establishment Republicans happen to win, they merely carry out the Democrat agenda. If they don't win a primary, "fellow Republicans" sabotage the choice of Republican voters. This prevents the US from having an actual opposition party to the Democrats, the party of government. Both parties favor the same agenda: extreme globalism (America Last), open borders, massive free trade deals including global courts run by the UN, endless foreign wars paid for by US taxpayers, and Communist style elections every 4 years.

"If a genuine opposition party is not established, nothing can save the Constitution-or the representative democracy and freedoms that are the heritage of this country." (end of article)

12/12/2013, "The Nuclear Option: Misplaced Conservative Outrage," American Thinker, by Lester Jackson      
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Added: Globalist jerk Nelson Rockefeller's 1964 campaign to be GOP presidential nominee consisted of trashing the Republican Party and Republican voters:










 



Image: 1/1/1964, Nelson Rockefeller campaigning for Republican nomination just weeks after JFK's assassination. Failing to win the 1964 nomination, an enraged Rockefeller on national television said the GOP was being taken over by "dangerous extremists". 

Only JFK's VP LBJ could possibly have won the presidency in 1964.

11/22/1963
JFK's VP LBJ was sworn in as US president, on 11/22/1963, a blood-spattered Jackie Kennedy beside him. With the assassination fresh in the country's mind, the GOP could've used the following year to build up the party, but they tore it down. Rockefeller "criss-crossed" the country warning that the Republican Party was a "danger to the nation:" "During this year, I have criss-crossed this nation...fighting to keep the Republican party of all the people-and warning of the extremist threat, its danger to the party and its danger to the nation....They have demanded that the United States get out of the United Nations and that the United Nations get out of the United States."... 

(The UN? Why should Americans or anyone be forced to massively finance an unelected, unaccountable group such as the UN whose thousands of personnel can't be prosecuted for any crime anywhere in the world? How is this not slavery? How is it not taxation without representation? In 2018 we're still "extremists" for not agreeing to be global slaves.)

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Added: The GOP thinks of itself as Assistant Democrats:

The Republican Party prefers to be in the minority: 



 
that Republicans controlled the House.

From 1955-1980, (25 years) Democrats controlled both the House and Senate.

In 34 of 40 years from 1954 through 1994 Democrats controlled both House and Senate.
 




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On Syria John Kerry took a dive for the War Industry too. In 2009 Kerry dines with Assad at Damascus restaurant joined by the two men's wives-UK Telegraph, 9/3/2013

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9/3/2013, "John Kerry and Bashar al-Assad dined in Damascus," UK Telegraph, Harriet Alexander

"Photographs showing John Kerry, the US secretary of state, dining in splendour with President Bashar al-Assad have emerged, as Mr Kerry likened the Syrian ruler to Hitler."

"Mr Kerry visited Damascus in February 2009, when he was chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

He said in a press conference during the visit: "President Barack Obama's administration considers a Syria ey player in Washington's efforts to revive the stalled Middle East peace process.

"Syria is an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region."
 

Mr Kerry met with Mr Assad at least six times, and on one occasion – seen in the photographs – dining with the two men's wives at the Naranj restaurant in central Damascus.

The restaurant, in the heart of Damascus's Old Town, is on a marble paved avenue named Straight Street, which was built by the Romans and mentioned in the Bible. 

When asked about Syria during a question-and-answer session afterwards, he voiced optimism about the direction relations were taking. 

"I have been a believer for some period of time that we could make progress in that relationship," he said. "And I'm going to continue to work for it and push it." 

In the same year [2009], when he once again wanted to go to Syria, his visit was blocked by the Obama administration. 

"President Assad has been very generous with me in terms of the discussions we have had," he said after his March speech.

"And when I last went to – the last several trips to Syria – I asked President Assad to do certain things to build the relationship with the United States and sort of show the good faith that would help us to move the process forward." 

He mentioned some of the requests, including the purchase of land for the US Embassy in Damascus, the opening of an American cultural centre, non-interference in Lebanon's election and the improvement of ties with Iraq and Bahrain, and said Mr Assad had met each one. 

"So my judgment is that Syria will move; Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West and economic opportunity that comes with it and the participation that comes with it." 

Two years later and his tone has changed dramatically. 

On Monday [Sept. 2013] Mr Kerry urged support for giving Obama a resolution to use force, saying Syria had reached a "Munich moment"

This was a reference to 1938 Munich Agreement, seen as appeasement by Britain and France to Adolf Hitler before the Second World War."




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Saturday, April 14, 2018

US elections should be cancelled as they're obviously meaningless. Trump was elected because without any conditions whatsoever he promised a Wall on our border with the terror state of Mexico, and he said no more intervention in endless foreign wars. Both promises were broken

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4/13/18, "Trump attacks Syria," Joe Lauria, Consortium News

"President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syria as a team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was about to arrive on Saturday to determine whether a chemical weapons attack had even occurred, Joe Lauria reports."

"“I ordered the United States armed forces to launch precision strikes on targets associated with the chemical weapon capabilities of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad,” Trump said from the White House.

The strikes were carried out together with Britain and France, he said. CNN reported explosions at a research facility near Damascus. At a news conference later, Pentagon officials said this “phase” of the missile strikes against three targets were completed and “no additional attacks are planned.”...

A team of experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was on its way to Syria after accepting an invitation from the Syrian government to study soil and other samples in Duma, the Damascus suburb where the alleged attack took place.

It’s not clear whether the U.S.-led operation would complicate their mission as the team was due to arrive later on Saturday. It is also not certain whether the timing of  the U.S.-led attack was intended to prevent the team from gathering evidence.

Trump had earlier in the week, in perhaps his strangest Tweet yet, threatened to send “smart” and “clean” missile strikes into Syria to attack “Animal Assad.” He also blamed Russia for supporting Assad, which may have been intended to get critics, who accuse him of being a Putin puppet, off his back. Indeed this latest display of American militarism may also be driven by Trump’s anti-Russian critics.

Trump had backed off his threat when it was revealed that his aides had not yet agreed to the attack.

In April 2017 the U.S. fired 59 cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase that Washington [or at least Trump] believed was used to carry out a chemical attack. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis later said the U.S. did not have concrete evidence that Syria was responsible."...


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Friday, April 13, 2018

Fernando Lopez Cruz and Naul Dorantes-Garcia beat, burned alive, and stabbed with pipes defenseless dairy cows in captivity in Florida, became first convictions ever in State of Florida at working dairy farm for animal cruelty-Sun Sentinel, 4/11/18

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No mention in article of consequences for owners of 4 dairies allowing animal torture. Just "misdemeanor animal cruelty" for two low level workers.

4/11/18, "Horrific videos of cows being beaten and burned lead to jail for 2 dairy workers," Sun-Sentinel, David Fleshler, South Florida

"Two dairy farm workers received 20-day jail sentences Wednesday in the first cases prosecuted after undercover videos showed cows being beaten, burned and kept in horrific conditions at dairy farms in Okeechobee County.

Fernando Lopez Cruz and Naul Dorantes-Garcia worked at McArthur Dairy, where they were among the workers videotaped abusing cows, in an undercover operation conducted by Animal Recovery Mission, a Miami Beach animal rights group that specializes in infiltrating suspected animal abusers.

Videos taken at the Burnham, Davie, Larson and McArthur dairy farms showed cows being punched, kicked, stabbed with pipes and burned alive. They showed calves kept in miserable conditions in tiny cages, exposed to sun and rain. The videos led to a national outcry and prompted Publix Super Markets to suspend deliveries of milk from the farms.

The two men pleaded no contest to one count each of misdemeanor cruelty to animals. The jail time could be served on what’s called a weekend work program, where they work off the time by showing up Saturday and Sunday.

Richard Couto, founder and lead investigator for Animal Rescue Mission, called the sentences light but said they set an important precedent.

This being the first conviction in the history of the State of Florida, at a working dairy farm, I am pleased with the outcome, despite the light sentencing,” he said.

“This country has a long way to go in sentencing its animals abusers.”

County Judge Jerald D. Bryant also sentenced them to 72 hours of community service to be performed at an animal rescue organization, one year’s probation and the payment of $370 in court and prosecution costs.

Ashley Albright, attorney-in-charge of the Okeechobee County Office for the 19th Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney, said he was satisfied with the sentences.

“I think these were fair sentences,” he said. “Neither of them had a criminal record. Certainly what they did was inappropriate, "...

[Ed. note: "Inappropriate?" Torture of innocent, defenseless animals is merely "inappropriate?" In that case, expect more of it.]

(continuing): "and they deserved to be punished for it, and they acknowledged it.” He said two more dairy workers are being prosecuted, and warrants are out for two or three more.

Couto had previously expressed concern that the response to the investigation would be limited to the prosecution of low-level workers, rather than a halt to the abuse that he says is systemic in the industry. The group advises consumers to switch to non-dairy alternatives, such as almond or soy milk." image of calf from Sun-Sentinel

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