“Troublemakers” gather at the Ford Foundation

 

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many troublemakers in one place.” (Samantha Power remarks at the Ford Foundation 1/24/14)

Samantha Power visited the Ford Foundation yesterday to speak on foreign governments’ recent trends in repression. Actually it went beyond just speaking about that repression. She also tasked those in the room to rise to the newest challenges facing activists. She also brought the President’s blessing telling the group that he is “squarely behind” their objectives. Since the Ford Foundation is known to be so wildly partisan, the first question asked should be why a prominent appointee of the administration is making it a priority to have such an intimate engagement with them.

Secondly, Power is shocked that allied countries are becoming skeptical of the U.S. and NGO’s. But why is she shocked? How can she even be critical of their response? Samantha Power is one of the key players responsible for the overthrow (and execution by rebels) of Moammar Gaddaffi…who had done everything we asked of him over the past decade or so. In addition to the mess in Libya, we can quite literally point to any spot on the globe that is either currently in revolution or has had recent bouts of it and see Power and her ilk pulling the strings of all of the activist puppets. What is actually happening is that the current administration took no interest in diplomacy and decided to go an entirely different route. They decided to do “on-the-ground” diplomacy. This means that instead of talking to a country’s leadership, they instead foment anger amongst the activist groups. After seeing what happened with Mubarak, other leaders realized just real the threat was from activists working with foreign NGOs. This made them suspicious of everyone and in an attemtpt to prevent civil war, started doing what they do best…repressing every freedom and making every individual a potential traitor and saboteur. I’m not surprised in the least bit. Why is Samantha Power?

The State Department and NGO’s have been central to every revolt over the past 6 years; some had even been orchestrated through the State Department courtesy of the Bush administration. And here she is, with the group of “troublemakers”, wondering why foreign governments are now being repressive to NGO’s and activists. In a less serious world this would be comical. But in the real world where people die, the ends that activists and the State Dept are shooting for make all means justifiable. Power, and those who share her ideology, use diplomacy as either a last resort or as a crutch. They have chosen to lead their fight with the dirty, sneaky tricks first. Then when they are caught and pushed back, their response is that the opposition is refusing to engage in diplomacy. Power and the State Department have developed and nourished revolutionaries – even going as far as training them – and then pretend nothing has happened when the local government finds out what they are trying to do.

Instead, they claim that the governments they are trying to overthrow are not helping them along. And they are not awfully creative about masking it either. Think about Hilary’s “we got’em” remark regarding Gaddaffi; her excitement was barely contained. Regular spectators across America were totally confused by this. But not those at the State Dept. Even though they claimed that the Colonel was now a reformed and responsible world leader – cooperating on every level – Power and [Anne Marie] Slaughter knew full well that the goal was to depose him. If that meant running him out of his house so that thugs could execute him in the street, so be it. This is what they do to their friends. Those under Hilary are really just following her lead. For a better insight into how the Clinton’s treat their friends read Christopher Hitchens’ “No One Left to Lie to”.

It is impossible to do justice to the Ford Foundation in the space provided here. Anyone who does not know about this organization really needs to quickly go over the bullet points from either Horowitz’s Discover the Networks or our Kiwi friend Trevor Loudin. His site’s Key Wiki entry on the Ford Foundation can be found here or the main page in the side bar.

Power identifies bad behavior, indicts current Administration & Media

I think the irony becomes thick and stinky when it comes to Power’s bullet points on the core of their challenges. Since they are meeting to advance civil society, they must overcome the obstacles that are thrown at them. And, the irony comes fast. All of the things she lists as obstacles of progress to their definition of “civil society”, are things that our government has done to dissenters like the Tea-party, pro-life groups, and even non-profit nuns. So, here is the list of problematic behaviors of the government; things that Power says need to be changed in order to protect then rights of everyone and also to make progress towards a more democratic society. Trust me, if you follow the news, you are going to love the irony of her making this list!!

From her remarks:

“As we meet, democratic growth has stagnated and we are seeing a sophisticated, well-resourced effort to inhibit civil society’s right to organize, to speak freely, and to advocate peacefully for change. Many governments feel insecure, and so they’re emulating one another in the art of repression. Instead of best practices, these regimes are demonstrating – and sharing – the worst.

Some demand that NGOs be registered and then they delay acting on the applications.

Some impose overly burdensome reporting requirements.

Some use Soviet-style euphemisms to equate legitimate dissent with subversion or treason.

Some ban foreign NGOs from operating and then criminalize contact between a domestic NGO and a foreign funder.

Some use government-controlled media to vilify a whole sector of NGOs, such as those working on behalf of democracy, LGBT rights, women’s empowerment, or a marginalized religious or ethnic group.

Some see civil society as a convenient scapegoat, to be blamed when official policies fail to deliver.

And some governments simply arrest civil society leaders, fabricate evidence, rig the trials, and send innocent people to jail.

Within the past five years, literally dozens of countries have enacted new laws or regulations aimed at restricting the activities of civil society; just last week, the government of Turkey announced a plan to tighten controls on the Internet.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s parliament approved legislation that would restrict freedom of speech and assembly, constrain independent media, broaden the definitions of libel, and hinder NGOs that receive foreign assistance.”

Any of this sound familiar? And if these are generally a problem for equal rights, democracy, and prevent the civil society from operating correctly, shouldnt they also be targeted at home as well as abroad? After all, how can we bring the message forward into the world if we have not perfected it ourselves first?

**End Note**

Pat Read and myself have a nice background/add-on to the Power relationship to Libya, Egypt, and all things concerning propaganda and good old post-American leftism present in the administration. There are things that will blow your mind in that article. Like the “power of leadership” of the 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta. You would think that a prominent position in the administration would not use that terrorist as an example of leadership. But you would be wrong. Especially if you are talking to Anti and Post-American leftists.

One day I will actually take the time to finish writing the analysis on the entire situation in North Africa; start to finish, the interference of foreign governments and NGO’s. But if I had to summarize the entire cluster-fuck that it has become in a few words, I think I would have to focus on the ever-changing rules and goals of the key actors. After all, it is the only way that they can project success in this situation. While they stumble along and make mistakes, they casually throw out one bogus distraction after another. If they cross the line as far as their military operations they say “Well, we had to prevent the War Powers Act from kicking in”. bingo, any action justified. But before that, when they became repressive of sovereignty, they haul out academics who speak on the changing definition of sovereignty; how our digital age blurs the once definitive markers and boundaries. Its a mess. But for sophists, it is a dream come true.

Unpaid Internships: White House Hypocrisy Matures, No Longer Just Summer Jobs

The administration has progressed greatly (or come full circle) on unpaid internships. First they were interested in banning them. Then it was ok if they were “summer” only opportunities (when it was revealed they had unpaid interns). To now, having regular, run-of-the-mill positions within the State Department, according to USAJOBS.com recent posting. Normally this shouldn’t garner any attention, but it was President Obama himself who targeted unpaid internships in the private sector. Holding the predictable leftist philosophy that an unpaid internship is just another tool of greedy businesses to obtain free labor, the President’s intentions, and rhetoric, were absolutely clear. MSN Money called his initiative an “all-out war on unpaid internships”. Fox News covered the “crackdown” stating that the administration’s claims were that an unpaid internship is technically illegal unless it met certain educationally structured guidelines.

That was way back in 2010. Obviously, things change. We all know that. And that is precisely why the administration wasn’t sweating in 2012 when it was revealed that they too were now benefiting from the unpaid labor of internships. Undoubtedly, those programs reported by Townhall must’ve been properly structured to give the intern an educationally beneficial experience. But just to be safe, in case it really wasn’t properly structured according to the outlines they set in 2010, they justified the practice by calling them just “summer jobs”.

So then, what are these unpaid internships at the State Department in the middle of winter? Furthermore, the intern will have “Secret” clearance. What if this employee becomes disgruntled? After all, if this is not educationally structured the risk is multiplied that this intern could divulge state secrets.

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Stephanie Cutter: Embassy attack only an issue because Romney & Ryan politicized it

How does anyone interview Stephanie Cutter in a serious capacity? She has proven to be one of the most dishonest political operatives in a town full of liars. (Here, Here, Here, and just google “stephanie cutter lie” to have your mind blown) Today’s Cutter incident isn’t really a lie but a rather disgustingly pitiful statement regarding the fate of Americans who were hunted down inside our embassy in Benghazi. According to Cutter, this is only an important issue because it is a “large part” of Romney and Ryan’s stump speeches. The problem with leftists is that because they could care less about the fate of Americans in service to the country, and because they only use those people as political pawns, it leads them to believe any genuine concern from their opponents is done for political gain as well. The story comes to us courtesy of Washington Free Beacon (click picture for story)

 

Outstanding right? Last night on Conservative Report Radio we featured the audio from the House Intelligence Committee, specifically from Trey Gowdy. (Today Rush Limbaugh had featured a piece of that audio as well). His impassioned questioning and statements were not the result of Romney and Ryan’s stump speeches. The administration dropped the ball. Libyan officials as well as Embassy staff had warned of the increasing likelihood of some sort of targeted attack. Obama denied, Americans died.

Take a listen to “Blowout in Benghazi” with Conservative Report Radio from last night that focused almost exclusively on this topic.

 

 

Wikileaks leaks names-Endagers the Innocent, Changing Dates on Cables…Leaked Intel Site Falling Apart

Wikileaks, best known for its ongoing leak of more than 250,000 State Department cables, is literally falling apart. Der Spiegel has reported that the careless staff has leaked cables without redacting the names of certain individuals therefore putting them in danger. Wikileaks as of late has become increasingly reckless.

From Der Spiegel:

A WikiLeaks file containing the original leaked US State Department cables has inadvertently been released onto the Internet. The documents have not been edited to protect sources, meaning that the lives of informants could be at risk.

However, maybe using the term “reckless” is too forgiving. Wikileaks has turned into a failed intel operation on all levels. Just a few weeks ago they republished a cable as “new”. The problem was that I had already covered the cable almost a year earlier and offered criticism on it. Due to the fact that their staff is nothing more than wannabe intel operatives they didnt think anyone would catch this. You can see my post on the topic here. Public intel alerted the world to the selling of black market nuclear warheads. But does Wikileaks think it is imprtant to publish the cables concerning that? No. Our cables regarding this topic were not published even though Wikileaks has them. So the open information advocates made the choice not to publish this intel. Therefore they are not about “opening governments” at all. They want to control the information just like governments they detest to serve their own agenda.

My Wikileaks Contact and the Infamous Gag Order

In the above linked posted I made a reference to something that only the Wikileaks staff would know. (Hint: It is contained in the last paragraph) I did this intentionally to let them know that their £12 million NDA/Gag Order was not respected by even their own staff. One staff member Daniel Domscheit-Berg has already spoken out against it. But it doesnt end there. Domscheit-Berg is not alone and nor will this be the last we hear from current and former Wikileaks staff. As I have told Wikileaks directly “No one respects your gag order”, and I meant it. This isnt the only time Wikileaks has selectively edited their cables either. See entire category of “Censorship by Wikileaks”. First they were dangerous, then they were dishonest, now they are both.

Now I am just waiting for Wikileaks to hang themselves. The rope was provided and it is slowly falling apart. They will tie the noose themselves and take to the only high tree limb in the wide open and barren wasteland they chose to occupy. Mr Assange will know what it feels like to be a true superstar. His organization will finish out its existence like any rockstar worth their salt. Cobain, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, and you can throw Amy Winehouse in for good measure. After that glorious day Wikileaks will be no  more and after a week no one will remember them; even less will care that they are gone. Maybe th3j35t3r was right after all by adding them to the list of jihadi recruitment sites and making them a feasible target.  Stay tuned…