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Saturday, July 22, 2017

NSA contractor faces 10-year sentence in first Espionage Act charge under Trump

By TheGuardian


Reality Winner, the woman alleged to have leaked classified information about Russian interference in the US election, could face up to 10 years in prison if the Trump administration pursues its complaint that she violated the Espionage Act.

The 25-year-old allegedly shared documents that reveal Russian intelligence agents hacked a US voting systems manufacturer in the weeks immediately before the 2016 presidential election.

The government said in its criminal complaint that Winner admitted to the charge in a conversation with the FBI on 3 June, but lawyers have cautioned that cannot be seen as a definitive admission of guilt, because the information is being relayed by the government.

In the criminal complaint against Winner, the justice department said it was charging her under the Espionage Act, following the model used aggressively by Barack Obama in his administration’s attempts to shut down whistleblowers.

The complaint says she “improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information”. A single charge under the Espionage Act could attract a 10-year sentence. The government’s formal indictment will show the final charges against her.

Under the Obama administration, the US government expanded its use of the Espionage Act, prosecuting more government sources for leaks than all the previous administrations combined.

Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU’s national security project, told the Guardian that leaks were a “vital source for information in our democracy” and that prosecuting leakers resulted in a “less informed public and less accountable government”.

“It would be deeply problematic if this prosecution marks the beginning of a Trump administration crackdown on leaks to the press,” Shamsi said.

Free-speech advocates, including the ACLU, said the use of the Espionage Act to prosecute Winner could be a chilling opening salvo in the new administration’s potential war on whistleblowers.

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who leaked a trove of files on US surveillance programs to the Guardian in 2013, condemned the government for prosecuting Winner under the act, which prevents Winner from offering a defense based on a reason for why she acted, such as a desire to serve the public interest.

“Winner is accused of serving as a journalistic source for a leading American news outlet about a matter of critical public importance,” Snowden said in a statement.

Asked about the case, Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said he did not know if Trump was aware of the arrest and declined to comment on a continuing investigation. “That being said, I think that you’ve heard the president very clearly talk about the concern that he has about unauthorised disclosures of classified and sensitive information and the threat that they can pose to national security,” he told reporters. “So while I don’t want to comment on any specific case or allegation, I think it is important to note that any disclosure of classified or sensitive information can clearly threaten our national security.”

Kathleen McClellan, who serves as national security and human rights deputy director for the Whistleblower and Source Protection Program, said it was “wildly inappropriate” to use the Espionage Act for cases like this.

“There are plenty of regulations and other laws that you could use to punish someone for leaking,” said McClellan, who has represented the whistleblowers Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou. “It’s clear that the Trump administration wants to punish leakers as severely, if not more severely, than Obama did.”

One of the best known people to have been charged with violating the Espionage Act under Obama is Chelsea Manning, who was found guilty on six counts of violating the act after leaking diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.

She was sentenced to 35 years in military prison, though Obama commuted her sentence just before leaving office and she is now free.

Though Winner’s leak was small – apparently confined to one document – compared to the trove of more than 250,000 diplomatic cables leaked by Manning or the documents Snowden shared with the Guardian and other news organizations, prosecution is about the quality, not quantity, of the documents shared.

Nancy Hollander, Manning’s attorney, emphasized that the Espionage Act prevented Winner from arguing the disclosures were in the public interest. “When people know something they seriously and genuinely believe the public has a right to know, and the government is keeping from the public, they have no recourse,” she said.

“It’s very difficult for her to defend herself since she can’t ever explain, until such time that she’s sentenced, why she did what she did, what her motive was,” Hollander said.

“I don’t know what her motive was, but assuming it was she believed that the public needed to know this and that it was being kept from them, she won’t have a chance to say that.”

Winner has a string of anti-Trump sentiments on her Facebook page – she called him a “piece of shit” in February – but that information does not prove her intent for leaking the information.

Winner is the first person to be accused of violating the Espionage Act for a leak under the Trump administration. Trump’s White House has been plagued by frequent internal leaks, but the president has also expressed support for leaks.

Trump said “I love WikiLeaks” at a campaign rally in October 2016 after the organization leaked Hillary Clinton’s emails.

“There’s leaking every day,” said Hollander. “Winner’s one that they’ve charged because they don’t like what she leaked.”

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LEAK: Saudis Said to Aid Israeli Plan to Bomb Iran

By Christopher R Rice


Ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar: President Trump rejects that the Iranian nuclear accord is working as intended to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon and that Iran is complying with its obligations under the agreement, as verified by inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Notwithstanding (or perhaps because of) the JCPOA’s success, Trump clearly is still determined to try to destroy the accord. With his failure on the domestic side to undo Obamacare, he is probably more determined than ever to achieve destruction of this foreign policy accomplishment.

Meanwhile, the Trump White House already has violated not only the spirit but the letter of the JCPOA by openly and explicitly discouraging other countries, as it did at the G-20 summit meeting, from conducting normal business with Iran. The Iranians have not yet given up on the agreement in response, but as Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has indicated, Iran’s patience, like anyone’s patience, is not unlimited.

For Trump and others who want to confront and isolate Iran and who all along have opposed the JCPOA or anything like it, the preferred scenario is for the Iranians to get so annoyed by U.S. noncompliance that Tehran finally does give up and declares the agreement void.

If that tactic fails, then do not be surprised if, in October, Trump refuses certification. That decision would be accompanied by trumped-up charges of Iranian violations. Anyone willing to examine the issue carefully would know they are trumped-up because, thanks to the highly intrusive monitoring regime that the JCPOA established, international inspectors have very detailed and timely cognizance of everything going on in the Iranian nuclear program.

By Robert Parry

According to an Israeli media report, Saudi Arabia has agreed to let Israeli warplanes fly over Saudi territory to save fuel while attacking Iranian nuclear sites, the latest indication of how the two former enemies have developed a behind-the-scenes alliance that is reshaping geopolitics in the Middle East.
“The Saudi authorities are completely coordinated with Israel on all matters related to Iran,” a European official in Brussels told Israel’s Channel 2.

Riyadh’s only condition was that Israel make some progress in peace talks with the Palestinians, a stipulation that may be mostly cosmetic so the Saudis can save face with other Arab states without really interfering with an Israeli flyover to strike Iran.

The reported Saudi permission for Israeli warplanes to take a shorter route to bomb Iran also suggests that Netanyahu may be laying the groundwork for his own plans to attack Iran. Netanyahu has denounced Iran as an “existential threat” to Israel.

In recent years, Israel and Saudi Arabia have quietly begun cooperating on a range of mutual interests with the goal of blunting Iran’s regional influence. For instance, they have sided with rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, an Iranian ally, even if the victors might be Islamist radicals affiliated with al-Qaeda or the Islamic State.

Elements of the Saudi royal family have long been known to support Islamist militants, including forces associated with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. The New York Times reported that convicted al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui identified leading members of the Saudi government as financiers of the terrorist network.

According to the story, Moussaoui said in a prison deposition that he was directed in 1998 or 1999 by Qaeda leaders in Afghanistan to create a digital database of the group’s donors and that the list included Prince Turki al-Faisal, then Saudi intelligence chief; Prince Bandar bin Sultan, longtime Saudi ambassador to the United States; Prince al-Waleed bin Talal, a prominent billionaire investor; and many leading clerics.

“Sheikh Osama wanted to keep a record who give money,” Moussaoui said in imperfect English, “who is to be listened to or who contributed to the jihad.” Moussaoui also said he discussed a plan to shoot down President George W. Bush’s Air Force One with a Stinger missile with a staff member at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, at a time when Bandar was the ambassador to the United States and considered so close to the Bush family that his nickname was “Bandar Bush.”

Moussaoui claimed, too, that he passed letters between Osama bin Laden and then Crown Prince Salman, who recently became king upon the death of his brother King Abdullah.

While the Saudi government denied Moussaoui’s accusations, Saudi and other Persian Gulf oil sheikdoms have been identified in recent years as financial backers of Sunni militants fighting in Syria to overthrow Assad’s largely secular regime, with al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front the major rebel force benefiting from this support.

The Israelis also have found themselves on the side of these Sunni militants in Syria because the Israelis share the Saudi view that Iran and the so-called “Shiite crescent” reaching from Tehran to Beirut is the greatest threat to their interests.

In September 2013, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, then a close Netanyahu adviser, told the Jerusalem Post that Israel favored the Sunni extremists over Assad. “The greatest danger to Israel is by the strategic arc that extends from Tehran, to Damascus to Beirut. And we saw the Assad regime as the keystone in that arc,” Oren told the Jerusalem Post in an interview.

“We always wanted Bashar Assad to go, we always preferred the bad guys who weren’t backed by Iran to the bad guys who were backed by Iran.” He said this was the case even if the “bad guys” were affiliated with al-Qaeda.

In June 2014, speaking as a former ambassador at an Aspen Institute conference, Oren expanded on his position, saying Israel would even prefer a victory by the brutal Islamic State over continuation of the Iranian-backed Assad in Syria. “From Israel’s perspective, if there’s got to be an evil that’s got to prevail, let the Sunni evil prevail,” Oren said.

That hostility toward Assad’s regime has taken a tactical form with Israeli forces launching attacks inside Syria that benefit Nusra Front. For instance, on Jan. 18, 2015, Israel attacked Lebanese-Iranian advisers assisting Assad’s government in Syria, killing several members of Hezbollah and an Iranian general. These military advisers were engaged in operations against Nusra Front.

Meanwhile, Israel has refrained from attacking Nusra militants who have seized Syrian territory near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. One source familiar with U.S. intelligence information on Syria told me that Israel has a “non-aggression pact” with Nusra forces, who have even received medical treatment at Israeli hospitals.

Israel and Saudi Arabia have found themselves on the same side in other regional struggles, including support for the military’s ouster of the elected Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, but most importantly they have joined forces in their hostility toward Shiite-ruled Iran.

I first reported on the growing relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia in August 2013 in an article entitled “The Saudi-Israeli Superpower,” noting that the complementary strengths of the two countries made their alliance a potentially powerful influence in the world. Israel could wield political and media clout while the Saudis could use their oil, money and investments.

At the time, the story was met with much skepticism, but, increasingly, the secret alliance has gone public. On Oct. 1, 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu hinted at it in his United Nations General Assembly speech, which was largely devoted to excoriating Iran over its nuclear program and threatening a unilateral Israeli military strike.

Amid the bellicosity, Netanyahu dropped in a largely missed clue about the evolving power relationships in the Middle East, saying: “The dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran and the emergence of other threats in our region have led many of our Arab neighbors to recognize, finally recognize, that Israel is not their enemy. And this affords us the opportunity to overcome the historic animosities and build new relationships, new friendships, new hopes.”

The next day, Israel’s Channel 2 TV news reported that senior Israeli security officials had met with a high-level Gulf state counterpart in Jerusalem, believed to be Prince Bandar, the former Saudi ambassador to the United States who was then head of Saudi intelligence.

The reality of this unlikely alliance has now even reached the mainstream U.S. media. For instance, Time magazine correspondent Joe Klein described the new coziness in an article in the Jan. 19, 2015 issue.

He wrote: “On May 26, 2014, an unprecedented public conversation took place in Brussels. Two former high-ranking spymasters of Israel and Saudi Arabia Amos Yadlin and Prince Turki al-Faisal sat together for more than an hour, talking regional politics in a conversation moderated by the Washington Post’s David Ignatius.

“They disagreed on some things, like the exact nature of an Israel-Palestine peace settlement, and agreed on others: the severity of the Iranian nuclear threat, the need to support the new military government in Egypt, the demand for concerted international action in Syria. The most striking statement came from Prince Turki. He said the Arabs had ‘crossed the Rubicon’ and ‘don’t want to fight Israel anymore.’”

Israel and Saudi Arabia also have collaborated in efforts to put the squeeze on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, who is deemed a key supporter of both Iran and Syria. The Saudis have used their power over oil production to drive down prices and hurt Russia’s economy, while U.S. neoconservatives who share Israel’s geopolitical world view were at the forefront of the coup that ousted Ukraine’s pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Saudi hostility toward Russia also surfaced in 2013 when Bandar met Putin and delivered what Putin viewed as a crude threat to unleash Chechen terrorists against the Sochi Winter Olympics if Putin did not reduce his support for the Syrian government.

According to a leaked diplomatic account of a July 31, 2013 meeting in Moscow, Bandar informed Putin that Saudi Arabia had strong influence over Chechen extremists who had carried out numerous terrorist attacks against Russian targets and who had since deployed to join the fight against the Assad regime in Syria.

As Bandar called for a Russian shift toward the Saudi position on Syria, he reportedly offered guarantees of protection from Chechen terror attacks on the Olympics. “I can give you a guarantee to protect the Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi on the Black Sea next year,” Bandar reportedly said.

“The Chechen groups that threaten the security of the games are controlled by us.”

Putin responded, “We know that you have supported the Chechen terrorist groups for a decade. And that support, which you have frankly talked about just now, is completely incompatible with the common objectives of fighting global terrorism.”

Bandar’s Mafia-like threat toward the Sochi games a version of “nice Olympics you got here, it’d be a shame if something terrible happened to it” failed to intimidate Putin, who continued to support Assad. But Putin became obsessed with security at Sochi, distracting him from the worsening crisis in Ukraine where Yanukovych was ousted in a neocon-orchestrated coup on Feb. 22, 2014, a day before the Olympic torch was extinguished.

The leak in the Israeli media suggests that Netanyahu with the support of Saudi Arabia’s royal family may be contemplating his own bombing campaign against Iran.

Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and barnesandnoble.com). You also can order Robert Parry’s trilogy on the Bush Family and its connections to various right-wing operatives for only $34. The trilogy includes America’s Stolen Narrative. For details on this offer, click here.

Obituary of Christopher Rice






Obituary of Christopher Rice

Christopher Paul Rice, son of Vickie Sue Rice Heuring and Dennis Spradling, was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, on September 20, 1975, and passed away at his home in University City, Missouri on July 17 2017, at the age of 39 years, 11 months and 11 days.

He was raised in Southeast Missouri, had lived in Colorado, New Zealand and California before moving to St. Louis five years ago. He was an animal lover, and helped rescue cats, and was a supporter of the Street Outreach Program for the homeless in St. Louis. He had worked as a server for several restaurants and was a licensed tattoo artist and graduated from Coleman College in San Diego, California as a computer graphic designer.

Surviving are his mother, Vickie Sue Heuring of Scott City, Missouri; his father, Dennis Spradling of Fisk, Missouri; and many aunts and uncles. Other relatives and friends also survive.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 3:00 pm at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield, Missouri with Rev. Jeff Roth of Dexter officiating.

Interment will be in the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield, Missouri with full military honors. Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter, Missouri in charge of arrangements.

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http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-brutality.html

Know Your Rights: Police Dogs
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-dogs--know-your-rights-.html

Know Your Rights: ICE
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/know-your-rights--ice-1.html

COINTELPRO (then and now)
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/cointelpro--then-and-now-.html    

10 people you know, who gave up their freedom for yours

By Christopher R Rice


1.) Bradley Manning
2.) Julian Assange
3.) Edward Snowden
4.) Reality Leigh Winner
5.) The Wilmington Ten
6.) Leonard Peltier
7.) Geronimo Pratt
8.) Micah Xavier Johnson
9.) James Hodgkinson  
10.) Jeremy Hammond

Notice that not one of these people is a police officer or a soldier except Manning. None of these people were paid to do what they did, nor did they do it for the money. Cops only work for a pay check, take away the check and they wouldn't show up for work would they? Of course not. The real reason that someone joins the police force is because they couldn't hack it in the real world. Ask a cop if he could get a job doing anything else would he and ten times out of ten the answer will be yes. People only become cops because they couldn't get a job anywhere else, no one would hire them. Their not cops because they are really exceptional people they are cops because no one else would hire them. That's also the only reason someone joins the military is because they couldn't find a real job.


So, as I was making this list I began to wonder what have you done for the struggle? Because these people like oh so many others have needlessly given up their lives for yours. And how have you paid them back? It would seem to me that you carry a very heavy debt.

I'm not here to make you feel guilty, I'm here to collect.

There's been a donation button by Paypal on this blog but so far you have refused to use it. So I've had to publish how to break into your homes and kidnap your children. Still no donations. I use to write about how to overthrow the government but now I just write about how to get rid of you.

So let me ask you again mother fucker, what have you done for the struggle? And don't try to turn that shit around and ask what I've done, I'm Chris mother fucking Rice and I've been killing fascist for 35 years, who the fuck are you?

Well?

Stay informed:

What is / How to Darkweb
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Police Brutality is as American as Apple pie
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How to File a Complaint against a Police Officer
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/how-to-file-a-complaint-against-a-police-officer.html

Victims of Free Speech
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/victims-of-free-speech.html

Police Arrest People for Facebook post
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Top Ten Reasons Not to Talk to the Police/FBI
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No Warrant No Problem
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/how-to-beat-stingray--nsa--fbi-and-police-surveillance.html

Bush&Co ordered the rape and torture of children
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/children-tortured-before-parents--raped--all-covered-up-by-bush-cheney-and-our-media.html

Bomb Making 101
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/underground-self-defense.html

Radar Jamming
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/-how-to--radar-jamming.html

US Justice System IS Racist
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/america-s-criminal-justice-system-is-racist.html

NYPD: Racial Profiling IS a part of the system
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/nypd---racial-profiling-is-a-part-of-the-system...-.html

Local Police are also members of the KKK
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/kkk-in-your-local-police-dept.html

Over 46,000 citizens are in US jails who never committed a crime 
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/46-000--american-citizens-are-currently-serving-time-for-crimes-that-they-did-not-commit.html

Police Tactics and How to Beat them
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/beat-the-police.html

Police Torture and Interrogations
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-torture---interrogation-techniques-.html

Take Direct Action against the Police
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/take-direct-action-against-the-police.html

5 Ways to beat Police Brutality
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/5-ways-to-end-police-brutality.html

Real time stats Police Brutality
http://copcrisis.com/?utm_content=bufferde351&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Torture Inc. America's Brutal Prison System
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/torture-inc.-americas-brutal-prisons-update.html

11 Ways that US jails/prisons are cruel and unusual
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/us-prison---jail-system-is-cruel-and-unusual-punishment.html

Solitary Confinement IS Torture
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/solitary-confinemenet-fv.html

Hand2Hand How to Kill a Man
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/hand2hand.html

Fuck the Police. Don't Just Say It, Do It! Here's how..
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/fuck-the-police.html

Cops Are Corrupt (by city/state)
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/cops-are-corrupt.html

Police Arrested for Domestic Violence
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/cops-arrested-for-domestic-violence.html

Police Arrested for Child Porn
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-officers-arrested-for-child-pornography.html

Police Arrested for Rape
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-officer-s--arrested-for-child-rape.html

You Would be Safer Without the Police
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/you-would-be-safer-without-the-police.html

Open Letter to All LE
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/open-letter-to-all-le.html

Know Your Rights: Police Brutality
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-brutality.html

Know Your Rights: Police Dogs
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-dogs--know-your-rights-.html

Know Your Rights: ICE
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/know-your-rights--ice-1.html

COINTELPRO (then and now)
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/cointelpro--then-and-now-.html    

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

By Christopher R Rice


Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.
— Revelation 6:1-2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Based on the above passage, a common translation into English, the white rider is generally referred to as "Conquest".[1] The name could also be construed as "Victory", as in the translation found in the Jerusalem Bible (the Greek words are derived from the verb νικάω, to conquer or vanquish). He carries a bow, and wears a victor's crown.


When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.
— Revelation 6:3-4 NASB

When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not damage the oil and the wine.”
— Revelation 6:5-6 NASB

When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
— Revelation 6:7-8 NASB
The fourth and final Horseman is named Death. Known as "Θάνατος/Thanatos", of all the riders, he is the only one to whom the text itself explicitly gives a name. Unlike the other three, he is not described carrying a weapon or other object, instead he is followed by Hades (the resting place of the dead).

This fourth, pale horse, was the personification of Death with Hades following him jaws open receiving the victims slain by Death. Its commission was to kill upon the Earth with all of the four judgements of God — with sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts. The deadly pale and livid appearance displays a hue symptomatic of approaching empire dissolution.

The Four Horsemen are the first in a series of "Seal" judgements. This is when God will judge the Earth, and is giving the World a chance to repent before they die.

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How to File a Complaint against a Police Officer
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Victims of Free Speech
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Police Arrest People for Facebook post
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Top Ten Reasons Not to Talk to the Police/FBI
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No Warrant No Problem
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/how-to-beat-stingray--nsa--fbi-and-police-surveillance.html

Bush&Co ordered the rape and torture of children
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/children-tortured-before-parents--raped--all-covered-up-by-bush-cheney-and-our-media.html

Bomb Making 101
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Radar Jamming
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/-how-to--radar-jamming.html

US Justice System IS Racist
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/america-s-criminal-justice-system-is-racist.html

NYPD: Racial Profiling IS a part of the system
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/nypd---racial-profiling-is-a-part-of-the-system...-.html

Local Police are also members of the KKK
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/kkk-in-your-local-police-dept.html

Over 46,000 citizens are in US jails who never committed a crime 
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/46-000--american-citizens-are-currently-serving-time-for-crimes-that-they-did-not-commit.html

Police Tactics and How to Beat them
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/beat-the-police.html

Police Torture and Interrogations
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Take Direct Action against the Police
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5 Ways to beat Police Brutality
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Real time stats Police Brutality
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Torture Inc. America's Brutal Prison System
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11 Ways that US jails/prisons are cruel and unusual
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/us-prison---jail-system-is-cruel-and-unusual-punishment.html

Solitary Confinement IS Torture
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/solitary-confinemenet-fv.html

Hand2Hand How to Kill a Man
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Fuck the Police. Don't Just Say It, Do It! Here's how..
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/fuck-the-police.html

Cops Are Corrupt (by city/state)
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/cops-are-corrupt.html

Police Arrested for Domestic Violence
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Police Arrested for Child Porn
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Police Arrested for Rape
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You Would be Safer Without the Police
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Open Letter to All LE
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Know Your Rights: Police Brutality
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Know Your Rights: Police Dogs
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-dogs--know-your-rights-.html

Know Your Rights: ICE
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COINTELPRO (then and now)
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/cointelpro--then-and-now-.html   

Sessions Takes Down 200K Member Illegal Online Drug Market Operating On Dark Web!


I don’t know how many of you have been on the Dark Web before. I tried it once, and it seemed wrong to me, I quickly removed it from my computer. The Dark Web is where you get lost in a large river flowing tunnel, and it would take a very sophisticated system tied into another sophisticated system even to start tracking what you were doing.

News from the Trump administration reports they have taken down a large illegal drug operation that pushed fentanyl and heroin.

Source: Daily Mail/AP

Prosecutors say AlphaBay had 200,000 members and 40,000 vendors before it was taken offline. They say it was the largest of many illegal marketplaces that operate in hidden corners of the internet.
The site operated on the Tor network, which helps users browse the internet anonymously. Visitors to the online marketplace paid through digital currencies such as Bitcoin. Officials say hundreds of vendors advertised either fentanyl or heroin.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other federal officials announced an indictment in California on Thursday of a suspected administrator of the site, and the Justice Department filed a forfeiture complaint to seize assets connected to the operation.
 This is making waves all over social media. That was the largest and longest running public darknet marketplace online.

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How to File a Complaint against a Police Officer
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Victims of Free Speech
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Police Arrest People for Facebook post
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Top Ten Reasons Not to Talk to the Police/FBI
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No Warrant No Problem
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Bush&Co ordered the rape and torture of children
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Bomb Making 101
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Radar Jamming
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/-how-to--radar-jamming.html

US Justice System IS Racist
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/america-s-criminal-justice-system-is-racist.html

NYPD: Racial Profiling IS a part of the system
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/nypd---racial-profiling-is-a-part-of-the-system...-.html

Local Police are also members of the KKK
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/kkk-in-your-local-police-dept.html

Over 46,000 citizens are in US jails who never committed a crime 
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/46-000--american-citizens-are-currently-serving-time-for-crimes-that-they-did-not-commit.html

Police Tactics and How to Beat them
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/beat-the-police.html

Police Torture and Interrogations
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-torture---interrogation-techniques-.html

Take Direct Action against the Police
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5 Ways to beat Police Brutality
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Real time stats Police Brutality
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Torture Inc. America's Brutal Prison System
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11 Ways that US jails/prisons are cruel and unusual
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/us-prison---jail-system-is-cruel-and-unusual-punishment.html

Solitary Confinement IS Torture
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/solitary-confinemenet-fv.html

Hand2Hand How to Kill a Man
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/hand2hand.html

Fuck the Police. Don't Just Say It, Do It! Here's how..
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/fuck-the-police.html

Cops Are Corrupt (by city/state)
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/cops-are-corrupt.html

Police Arrested for Domestic Violence
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Police Arrested for Child Porn
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-officers-arrested-for-child-pornography.html

Police Arrested for Rape
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You Would be Safer Without the Police
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/you-would-be-safer-without-the-police.html

Open Letter to All LE
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/open-letter-to-all-le.html

Know Your Rights: Police Brutality
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-brutality.html

Know Your Rights: Police Dogs
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/police-dogs--know-your-rights-.html

Know Your Rights: ICE
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/know-your-rights--ice-1.html

COINTELPRO (then and now)
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/cointelpro--then-and-now-.html    

Miley Cyrus 2017 Nude Photo Hack

We can't show you these on Blogger. Must be over 18 to view these images. (NSFW)
http://www.copsrcorrupt.com/miley-cyrus-2017-nude-photo-hack.html


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Demolition of U.S. Global Power

By Alfred W. McCoy


The superhighway to disaster is already being paved.

From Donald Trump’s first days in office, news of the damage to America’s international stature has come hard and fast. As if guided by some malign design, the new president seemed to identify the key pillars that have supported U.S. global power for the past 70 years and set out to topple each of them in turn. By degrading NATO, alienating Asian allies, cancelling trade treaties, and slashing critical scientific research, the Trump White House is already in the process of demolishing the delicately balanced architecture that has sustained Washington’s world leadership since the end of World War II.  However unwittingly, Trump is ensuring the accelerated collapse of American global hegemony.

Stunned by his succession of foreign policy blunders, commentators -- left and right, domestic and foreign -- have raised their voices in a veritable chorus of criticism. A Los Angeles Times editorial typically called him “so unpredictable, so reckless, so petulant, so full of blind self-regard, so untethered to reality” that he threatened to “weaken this country’s moral standing in the world” and “imperil the planet” through his “appalling” policy choices. “He’s a sucker who’s shrinking U.S. influence in [Asia] and helping make China great again,” wrote New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman after surveying the damage to the country’s Asian alliances from the president’s “decision to tear up the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal in his first week in office.”

The international press has been no less harsh. Reeling from Trump’s denunciation of South Korea’s free-trade agreement as “horrible” and his bizarre claim that the country had once been “a part of China,” Seoul’s leading newspaper, Chosun Ilbo, expressed the “shock, betrayal, and anger many South Koreans have felt.” Assessing his first 100 days in office, Britain’s venerable Observer commented: “Trump’s crudely intimidatory, violent, know-nothing approach to sensitive international issues has encircled the globe from Moscow to the Middle East to Beijing, plunging foes and allies alike into a dark vortex of expanding strategic instability.”

For an American president to virtually walk out of his grand inaugural celebrations into such a hailstorm of criticism is beyond extraordinary. Having more or less exhausted their lexicon of condemnatory rhetoric, the usual crew of commentators is now struggling to understand how an American president could be quite so willfully self-destructive.

Britain’s Suez Crisis

Blitzed by an incessant stream of bizarre tweets and White House conspiracy theories, observers worldwide seem to have concluded that Donald Trump is a president like no other, that the situation he’s creating is without parallel, and that his foreign policy is already a disaster without precedent. After rummaging around in history’s capacious closet for some old suit that might fit him, analysts have failed to find any antecedent or analogue to adequately explain him.

Yet just 60 years ago, a crisis in the ever-volatile Middle East overseen by a bumbling, mistake-prone British leader helped create a great power debacle that offers insight into the Trumpian moment, a glimpse into possible futures, and a sense of the kind of decline that could lie in the imperial future of the United States.

In the early 1950s, Britain’s international position had many parallels with America’s today. After a difficult postwar recovery from the devastation of World War II, that country was enjoying robust employment, lucrative international investments, and the prestige of the pound sterling’s stature as the world’s reserve currency. Thanks to a careful withdrawal from its far-flung, global empire and its close alliance with Washington, London still enjoyed a sense of international influence exceptional for a small island nation of just 50 million people. On balance, Britain seemed poised for many more years of world leadership with all the accompanying economic rewards and perks.

Then came the Suez crisis. After a decade of giving up one colony after another, the accumulated stress of imperial retreat pushed British conservatives into a disastrous military intervention to reclaim Egypt’s Suez Canal.  This, in turn, caused a “deep moral crisis in London” and what one British diplomat would term the “dying convulsion of British imperialism.” In a clear instance of what historians call “micro-militarism” -- that is, a bold military strike designed to recover fading imperial influence -- Britain joined France and Israel in a misbegotten military invasion of Egypt that transformed slow imperial retreat into a precipitous collapse.

Just as the Panama Canal had once been a shining example for Americans of their nation’s global prowess, so British conservatives treasured the Suez Canal as a vital lifeline that tied their small island to its sprawling empire in Asia and Africa. A few years after the canal’s grand opening in 1869, London did the deal of the century, scooping up Egypt’s shares in it for a bargain basement price of £4 million.  Then, in 1882, Britain consolidated its control over the canal through a military occupation of Egypt, reducing that ancient land to little more than an informal colony.

As late as 1950, in fact, Britain still maintained 80,000 soldiers and a string of military bases astride the canal. The bulk of its oil and gasoline, produced at the enormous Abadan refinery in the Persian Gulf, transited through Suez, fueling its navy, its domestic transportation system, and much of its industry.

After British troops completed a negotiated withdrawal from Suez in 1955, the charismatic nationalist leader Gamal Abdel Nasser asserted Egypt’s neutrality in the Cold War by purchasing Soviet bloc arms, raising eyebrows in Washington. In July 1956, after the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower had in response reneged on its promise to finance construction of the Aswan High Dam on the Upper Nile, Nasser sought alternative financing for this critical infrastructure by nationalizing the Suez Canal.  In doing so, he electrified the Arab world and elevated himself to the top rank of world leaders.

Although British ships still passed freely through the canal and Washington insisted on a diplomatic resolution of the conflict, Britain’s conservative leadership reacted with irrational outrage. Behind a smokescreen of sham diplomacy designed to deceive Washington, their closest ally, the British foreign secretary met secretly with the prime ministers of France and Israel near Paris to work out an elaborately deceptive two-stage invasion of Egypt by 250,000 allied troops, backed by 500 aircraft and 130 warships.  Its aim, of course, was to secure the canal.

On October 29, 1956, the Israeli army led by the dashing General Moshe Dayan swept across the Sinai Peninsula, destroying Egyptian tanks and bringing his troops to within 10 miles of the canal. Using this fighting as a pretext for an intervention to restore peace, Anglo-French amphibious and airborne forces quickly joined the attack, backed by a devastating bombardment from six aircraft carriers that destroyed the Egyptian air force, including over a hundred of its new MiG jet fighters. As Egypt’s military collapsed with some 3,000 of its troops killed and 30,000 captured, Nasser deployed a defense brilliant in its simplicity by scuttling dozens of rusting cargo ships filled with rocks and concrete at the entrance to the Suez Canal.  In this way, he closed Europe’s oil lifeline to the Persian Gulf.

Simultaneously, U.N. Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld, backed by Washington, imposed a cease-fire after just nine days of war, stopping the Anglo-French attack far short of capturing the entire canal. President Eisenhower’s blunt refusal to back his allies with either oil or money and the threat of condemnation before the U.N. soon forced Britain into a humiliating withdrawal. With its finances collapsing from the invasion’s soaring costs, the British government could not maintain the pound’s official exchange rate, degrading its stature as a global reserve currency.

The author of this extraordinary debacle was Sir Anthony Eden, a problematic prime minister whose career offers some striking parallels with Donald Trump’s. Born into privilege as the son of a landholder, Eden enjoyed a good education at a private school and an elite university. After inheriting a substantial fortune from his father, he entered politics as a conservative, using his political connections to dabble in finance. Chafing under Winston Churchill’s postwar leadership of the Conservative Party, Eden, who styled himself a rebel against hidebound institutions, used incessant infighting and his handsome head of hair to push the great man aside and become prime minister in 1955.

When Nasser nationalized the canal, Eden erupted with egotism, bluster, and outrage. “What's all this nonsense about isolating Nasser,” Eden berated his foreign affairs minister. “I want him destroyed, can't you understand? I want him murdered, and if you and the Foreign Office don't agree, then you'd better come to the cabinet and explain why." Convinced that Britain was still the globe’s great power, Eden rejected sound advice that he consult fully with Washington, the country’s closest ally. As his bold intervention plunged toward diplomatic disaster, the prime minister became focused on manipulating the British media, in the process confusing favorable domestic coverage with international support.

When Washington demanded a ceasefire as the price of a billion-dollar bailout for a British economy unable to sustain such a costly war, Eden’s bluster quickly crumbled and he denied his troops a certain victory, arousing a storm of protest in Parliament. Humiliated by the forced withdrawal, Eden compensated psychologically by ordering MI-6, Britain’s equivalent of the CIA, to launch its second ill-fated assassination attempt on Nasser. Since its chief local agent was actually a double-agent loyal to Nasser, Egyptian security had, however, already rounded up the British operatives and the weapons delivered for the contract killers proved duds.

Confronted with a barrage of angry questions in Parliament about his collusion with the Israelis, Eden lied repeatedly, swearing that there was no “foreknowledge that Israel would attack Egypt.”

Protesters denounced him as “too stupid to be a prime minister,” opposition members of parliament laughed openly when he appeared before Parliament, and his own foreign affairs minister damned him as “an enraged elephant charging senselessly at... imaginary enemies."

Just weeks after the last British soldier left Egypt, Eden, discredited and disgraced, was forced to resign after only 21 months in office. Led into this unimaginably misbegotten operation by his delusions of omnipotence, he left the once-mighty British lion a toothless circus animal that would henceforth roll over whenever Washington cracked the whip.

Trump’s Demolition Job

Despite the obvious differences in their economic circumstances, there remain some telling resonances between Britain’s postwar politics and America’s troubles today. Both of these fading global hegemons suffered a slow erosion of economic power in a fast-changing world, producing severe social tensions and stunted political leaders. Britain’s Conservative Party leadership had declined from the skilled diplomacy of Disraeli, Salisbury, and Churchill to Eden’s bluster and blunder.  Similarly, the Republican Party has descended from the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower, and George H.W. Bush to a field of 17 primary candidates in 2016 who promised to resolve an infinitely complex crisis in the Middle East through a set of incendiary policies that included making desert sands glow from carpet-bombing and forcing terrorists to capitulate through torture. Confronted with daunting international challenges, the voters of both countries supported appealing but unstable leaders whose delusions of omnipotence inclined them to military misadventures.

Like British citizens of the 1950s, most Americans today do not fully grasp the fragility of their status as “the leader of the free world.” Indeed, Washington has been standing astride the globe as a superpower for so long that most of its leaders have almost no understanding of the delicate design of their country’s global power built so carefully by two post-World War II presidents.

Under Democratic President Harry Truman, Congress created the key instruments for Washington’s emerging national security state and its future global dominion by passing the National Security Act of 1947 that established the Air Force, the CIA, and two new executive agencies, the Defense Department and the National Security Council. To rebuild a devastated, war-torn Europe, Washington launched the Marshall Plan and then turned such thinking into a worldwide aid program through the U.S. Agency for International Development meant to embed American power globally and support pro-American elites across the planet. Under Truman as well, U.S. diplomats forged the NATO alliance (which Washington would dominate until the Trump moment), advanced European unity, and signed a parallel string of mutual-defense treaties with key Asian allies along the Pacific littoral, making Washington the first power in two millennia to control both “axial ends” of the strategic Eurasian continent.

During the 1950s, Republican President Dwight Eisenhower deployed this national security apparatus to secure Washington’s global dominion with a nuclear triad (bombers, ballistic missiles, and submarines), a chain of military bases that ringed Eurasia, and a staggering number of highly militarized covert operations to assure the ascent of loyal allies worldwide. Above all, he oversaw the integration of the latest in scientific and technological research into the Pentagon’s weapons procurement system through the forging of the famed “military-industrial complex” (against which he would end up warning Americans as he left office in 1961).   All this, in turn, fostered an aura of American power so formidable that Washington could re-order significant parts of the world almost at will, enforcing peace, setting the international agenda, and toppling governments on four continents.

While it’s reasonable to argue that Washington had by then become history’s greatest global power, its hegemony, like that of all the world empires that preceded it, remained surprisingly fragile. Skilled leadership was required to maintain the system’s balance of diplomacy, military power, economic strength, and technological innovation.

By the time President Trump took his oath of office, negative, long-term trends had already started to limit the influence of any American leader on the world stage.  These included a declining share of the global economy, an erosion of U.S. technological primacy, an inability to apply its overwhelming military power in a way that achieved expected policy goals on an ever more recalcitrant planet, and a generation of increasingly independent national leaders, whether in Europe, Asia, or Latin America.

Apart from such adverse trends, Washington’s global power rested on such strategic fundamentals that its leaders might still have managed carefully enough to maintain a reasonable semblance of American hegemony: notably, the NATO alliance and Asian mutual-security treaties at the strategic antipodes of Eurasia, trade treaties that reinforced such alliances, scientific research to sustain its military’s technological edge, and leadership on international issues like climate change.

In just five short months, however, the Trump White House has done a remarkable job of demolishing these very pillars of U.S. global power. During his first overseas trip in May 2017, President Trump chastised stone-faced NATO leaders for failure to pay their “fair share” into the military part of the alliance and refused to affirm its core principle of collective defense. Ignoring the pleas of these close allies, he then forfeited America’s historic diplomatic leadership by announcing Washington’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord with all the drama of a reality television show. After watching his striking repudiation of Washington’s role as world leader, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told voters in her country that “we must fight for our future on our own, for our destiny as Europeans.”

Along the strategic Pacific littoral, Trump cancelled the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact on taking office and gratuitously alienated allies by cutting short a courtesy phone call to Australia’s prime minister and insulting South Korea to the point where its new president won office, in part, on a platform of “say no” to America. When President Moon Jae-in visited Washington in June, determined to heal the breach between the two countries, he was, as the New York Times reported, blindsided by “the harshness of Mr. Trump’s critique of South Korea on trade.”

Just days after Trump dismissed Moon’s suggestion that the two countries engage in actual diplomatic negotiations with Pyongyang, North Korea successfully test-fired a ballistic missile potentially capable of reaching Alaska or possibly Hawaii with a nuclear warhead (though experts believe Pyongyang may still be years away from effectively fitting such a warhead to the missile).  It was an act that made those same negotiations Washington’s only viable option -- apart from a second Korean War, which would potentially devastate both the region and the U.S. position as the preeminent international leader.

In other words, after 70 years of global dominion, America’s geopolitical command of the axial ends of Eurasia -- the central pillars of its world power -- seems to be crumbling in a matter of months.

Instead of the diplomacy of presidents past, Trump and his advisers, especially his military men, have reacted to his first modest foreign crises as well as the everyday power questions of empire with outbursts akin to Anthony Eden’s.  Since January, the White House has erupted in sudden displays of raw military power that included a drone blitz of unprecedented intensity in Yemen to destroy what the president called a “network of lawless savages,” the bombardment of a Syrian air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles, and the detonation of the world’s largest non-nuclear bomb on a terrorist refuge in eastern Afghanistan.

While reveling in the use of such weaponry, Trump, by slashing federal funding for critical scientific research, is already demolishing the foundations for the military-industrial complex that Eisenhower’s successors, Republican and Democratic alike, so sedulously maintained for the last half-century. While China is ramping up its scientific research across the board, Trump has proposed what the American Association for Advancement of Science called “deep cuts to numerous research agencies” that will mean the eventual loss of the country’s technological edge. In the emerging field of artificial intelligence that will soon drive space warfare and cyber-warfare, the White House wants to reduce the 2018 budget for this critical research at the National Science Foundation to a paltry $175 million, even as Beijing is launching “a new multi-billion-dollar initiative” linked to building “military robots.”

A Future Debacle in the Greater Middle East

With a president who shares Sir Anthony Eden’s penchant for bravura, self-delusion, and impulsiveness, the U.S. seems primed for a twenty-first-century Suez of its own, a debacle in the Greater Middle East (or possibly elsewhere). From the disastrous expedition that ancient Athens sent to Sicily in 413 BCE to Britain’s invasion of Suez in 1956, embattled empires throughout the ages have often suffered an arrogance that drives them to plunge ever deeper into military misadventures until defeat becomes debacle, a misuse of armed force known technically among historians as micro-militarism. With the hubris that has marked empires over the millennia, the Trump administration is, for instance, now committed to extending indefinitely Washington’s failing war of pacification in Afghanistan with a new mini-surge of U.S. troops (and air power) in that classic "graveyard of empires."

So irrational, so unpredictable is such micro-militarism that even the most fanciful of scenarios can be outpaced by actual events, as was true at Suez. With the U.S. military stretched thin from North Africa to South Korea, with no lasting successes in its post-9/11 wars, and with tensions rising from the Persian Gulf and Syria to the South China Sea and the Koreas, the possibilities for a disastrous military crisis abroad seem almost unending. So let me pick just one possible scenario for a future Trumpian military misadventure in the Greater Middle East.  (I’m sure you’ll think of other candidates immediately.)

A Future Debacle in the Greater Middle East

With a president who shares Sir Anthony Eden’s penchant for bravura, self-delusion, and impulsiveness, the U.S. seems primed for a twenty-first-century Suez of its own, a debacle in the Greater Middle East (or possibly elsewhere). From the disastrous expedition that ancient Athens sent to Sicily in 413 BCE to Britain’s invasion of Suez in 1956, embattled empires throughout the ages have often suffered an arrogance that drives them to plunge ever deeper into military misadventures until defeat becomes debacle, a misuse of armed force known technically among historians as micro-militarism. With the hubris that has marked empires over the millennia, the Trump administration is, for instance, now committed to extending indefinitely Washington’s failing war of pacification in Afghanistan with a new mini-surge of U.S. troops (and air power) in that classic "graveyard of empires."

So irrational, so unpredictable is such micro-militarism that even the most fanciful of scenarios can be outpaced by actual events, as was true at Suez. With the U.S. military stretched thin from North Africa to South Korea, with no lasting successes in its post-9/11 wars, and with tensions rising from the Persian Gulf and Syria to the South China Sea and the Koreas, the possibilities for a disastrous military crisis abroad seem almost unending. So let me pick just one possible scenario for a future Trumpian military misadventure in the Greater Middle East.  (I’m sure you’ll think of other candidates immediately.)

It’s the late spring of 2020, the start of the traditional Afghan fighting season, and a U.S. garrison in the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan is unexpectedly overrun by an ad hoc alliance of Taliban and Islamic State guerrillas. While U.S. aircraft are grounded in a blinding sand storm, the militants summarily execute their American captives, filming the gruesome event for immediate upload on the Internet. Speaking to an international television audience, President Trump thunders against “disgusting Muslim murderers” and swears he will “make the desert sands run red with their blood.” In fulfillment of that promise, an angry American theater commander sends B-1 bombers and F-35 fighters to demolish whole neighborhoods of Kandahar believed to be under Taliban control. In an aerial coup de grâce, AC-130-U “Spooky” gunships then rake the rubble with devastating cannon fire. The civilian casualties are beyond counting.

Soon, mullahs are preaching jihad from mosques across Afghanistan and far beyond. Afghan Army units, long trained by American forces to turn the tide of the war, begin to desert en masse. In isolated posts across the country, clusters of Afghan soldiers open fire on their American advisers in what are termed “insider” or “green-on-blue” attacks. Meanwhile, Taliban fighters launch a series of assaults on scattered U.S. garrisons elsewhere in the country, suddenly sending American casualties soaring. In scenes reminiscent of Saigon in 1975, U.S. helicopters rescue American soldiers and civilians from rooftops not just in Kandahar, but in several other provincial capitals and even Kabul.

Meanwhile, angry over the massive civilian casualties in Afghanistan, the anti-Muslim diatribes tweeted almost daily from the Oval Office, and years of depressed energy prices, OPEC’s leaders impose a harsh new oil embargo aimed at the United States and its allies. With refineries running dry in Europe and Asia, the world economy trembling at the brink of recession, and gas prices soaring, Washington flails about for a solution. The first call is to NATO, but the alliance is near collapse after four years of President Trump’s erratic behavior. Even the British, alienated by his inattention to their concerns, rebuff his appeals for support.

Facing an uncertain reelection in November 2020, the Trump White House makes its move, sending Marines and Special Operations forces to seize oil ports in the Persian Gulf. Flying from the Fifth Fleet’s base in Bahrain, Navy Seals and Army Rangers occupy the Ras Tanura refinery in Saudi Arabia, the ninth largest in the world; Kuwait’s main oil port at Shuaiba; and Iraq’s at Um Qasr.

Simultaneously, the light carrier USS Iwo Jima steams south at the head of a task force that launches helicopters carrying 6,000 Special Operations forces tasked with seizing the al-Ruwais refinery in Abu Dhabi, the world’s fourth largest, and the megaport at Jebel Ali in Dubai, a 20-square-mile complex so massive that the Americans can only occupy its oil facilities. When Teheran vehemently protests the U.S. escalation in the Persian Gulf and hints at retaliation, Defense Secretary James Mattis, reviving a plan from his days as CENTCOM commander, orders preemptive Tomahawk missile strikes on Iran’s flagship oil refinery at Abadan.

From its first hours, the operation goes badly wrong. The troops seem lost inside the unmapped mazes of pipes that honeycomb the oil ports.  Meanwhile, refinery staff prove stubbornly uncooperative, sensing that the occupation will be short-lived and disastrous. On day three, Iranian Revolutionary Guard commandos, who have been training for this moment since the breakdown of the 2015 nuclear accord with the U.S., storm ashore at the Kuwaiti and Emirate refineries with remote-controlled charges. Unable to use their superior firepower in such a volatile environment, American troops are reduced to firing futile bursts at the departing speed boats as oil storage tanks and gas pipes explode spectacularly.

Three days later, as the USS Gerald Ford approaches an Iranian island, more than 100 speedboats suddenly appear, swarming the carrier in a practiced pattern of high-speed crisscrosses. Every time lethal bursts from the carrier’s MK-38 chain guns rip through the lead boats, others emerge from the flames coming closer and closer. Concealed by clouds of smoke, one finally reaches an undefended spot beneath the conning tower near enough for a Revolutionary guardsman to attach a magnetic charge to the hull with a fateful click. There is a deafening roar and a gaping hole erupts at the waterline of the first aircraft carrier to be crippled in battle since World War II.  As things go from bad to worse, the Pentagon is finally forced to accept that a debacle is underway and withdraws its capital ships from the Persian Gulf.

As black clouds billow skyward from the Gulf’s oil ports and diplomats rise at the U.N. to bitterly denounce American actions, commentators worldwide reach back to the 1956 debacle that marked the end of imperial Britain to brand this “America’s Suez.” The empire has been trumped.

Alfred W. McCoy, a TomDispatch regular, is the Harrington professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of the now-classic book The Politics of Heroin: CIA Complicity in the Global Drug Trade, which probed the conjuncture of illicit narcotics and covert operations over 50 years, and the forthcoming In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power, out in September from Dispatch Books.

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Copyright 2017 Alfred W. McCoy

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