Fact Checking The Democratic Debate on The Syria/Turkey Question

I’m not sure why it has me so fired up the last couple of days, but when I saw Joe Biden’s face on the television tonight being asked a question about President Erdogan’s new initiative in Syria and Donald Trumps decision to withdraw troops from the country I flicked off the TV and said “Fuck You. Fuck You. You know how many people died because of you?” Then I just kind of walked away for a second to calm down. When I walked back I proceeded to watch the rest of the debate surrounding Syria and I just shook my head the whole time.

I just couldn’t believe how perverted the Democrats logic was on this issue, which was easy to press forward given that there was no opposition to any of their points of view – so they all just piled on. So, for the purposes of this “article” I just want to fact check some of the so called information the international public was subjected to tonight.

What I think angered me most was the fact the nearly all the Democrats, with the exception of Tulsi Gabbard, essentially vowed to create a new permanent and more official War in Syria if they ever became President in 2020. But it’s almost as if they have no understanding why the USA “lost” the War in Syria in the first place? It was because Russia literally went all in to back/save Bashir al-Assad, for a number of reasons I am not going to talk about today. Meanwhile, the USA merely has 1,000 troops forced to operate under the rules of engagement, which esentially doesn’t allow them to fire a shot without permission. Russia on the other hand will blow anything and anyone up anytime, and they don’t give a f*ck about it either. Point being, for the USA to ever logistically “win” in Syria it would have had to dramatically stepped up military presence and directly taken on Russian forces already stationed on the ground there – id est the USA would literally have to go to War with Russia to win in Syria. Is that what the Democrats want? All out War with Russia? To bad there wasn’t anyone around to challenge their strong positions on this subject.

But that brings me to my second point. Why did Russia beat us to the punch in Syria? This was because of Joe Biden and Barack Obama’s decision to not invest more heavily in the country than we did, instead choosing to ship weapons and munitions to forces already on the ground in Syria, rather than have US forces do it directly for themselves. Such as was the case with arming the Kurds, whom were gifted more arms and munitions than you can shake a big stick at, which is now why Turkey has to target them militarily today, because the US armed them so heavily they became their own rogue militant threat in the region – which happens to border Turkey. Keeping up yet?

Point being, the decision to not invest in Syria more heavily, sooner, was Obama/Biden’s decision or indecision. Moreover, the decision to overthrow the the Assad regime in the first place was also made by Obama/Biden, and the decision to arm the Kurds so heavily was also made by Obama/Biden’s – leading to the crisis everyone is debating today. The Dems all said that Donals Trump has all the blood on his hands for what he did, but they need not look any further than the man man on stage with them, Joe Biden, whom has more blood on his hands than Doanld Trump could ever soak in – specifically in regards to talk to Syria. I guess if Biden is looking for the guilty, he need not look any further than a mirror.

Also, lets be real. There is a reason why Turkey “flipped” on the United States and why commentators now have to ask the question at the 2019 debate “does Turkey still belong in NATO?” The question is obviously yes, why do you think Donald Trump is doing what he is doing? To save NATO. Just think about it, if the US engages in Syria more heavily, specifically in regards to backing up the Kurds coming under assault, the US would literally be engaging with and against Turkey – a NATO member. So, it begs the question, if two NATO allies start bombing one another, what does that mean for Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and which side would all the other NATO countries have to come in defense with? You see, stopping Erdogan in Syria now would mean two NATO countries going to War with one another, which would essentially spell the end of NATO entirely. By exiting Syria, Trump is avoiding a NATO breakup. In this sense, Trump is trying to save the NATO alliance for much bigger issues which may arise throughout the future – preserving its power structure. Does the Democrats want to break up NATO just to save the Middle Eastern Kurds? Is that really a deal they are willing to cut, also going to War with Turkey in the process? I think not, but just let them talk all loud and proud in front of a microphone for a night.

** EDITORS NOTE: Turkey flipped on the USA in 2016 to side with Russia because Russia showed Turkey some leaked cables in the weeks leading up the attempted coup of President Erdogan in July 2016, which was easily foiled by the President. As Turkey has now since also proven, not only did they see hacked materials from the US by their Russians counterparts meant to sway their opinions, but Turkey also produced evidence of their own that the CIA and Obama/Biden were behind the attempted coup – largely for many of the same fallacious notions you are hearing about the Syrian conflict in the Democrats debate today. Essentially, Obama/Biden and Israel wanted Erdogan out to get rid of Assad and create a new Kurdish state. As they say, the so called “Best laid plans of mice and men” – right? Or should it be, “how Biden/Obama f*cked up the Middle East and US relations for a decade?” There is a reason Turkey turned on the USA and Trump has nothing to do with it – it was all Obama/Biden **

I guess that’s all I really have to say here, I’m just being real about the situation. I have no ‘skin in the game,’ what do I have to gain from typing this out for you? I don’t support Trump and I am not a Democrat, but you better damn sure bet even I would give Donald Trump a high five for pulling out of Syria. Better to end it now and not to make it our next Afghanistan, or Iraq, or Vietnam, or Korea – etc.

Russia Today Creates Online Test Asking Americans How Well They Know The US’s War On Terror

Browsing through the headlines this evening I stumbled upon a new test designed by Russia Today, asking Americans how well they know the US’s War On Terror? Interestingly enough, despite being a War reporter for the better part of the last 3 years, I only got 9 of the 14 questions right – a failing score of 65%. The test is simple and straight forward, taking maybe 2-3 minutes of your time. I do not want to give away any spoilers, because some of the information contained within the test is information that every American should know. Despite whatever you may think of the source whom created the test, it is an interesting and accurate way to consume information, facts and statistics you may not have previously been aware of – but really should.

Rogue Media Labs has managed to embed the test inside this article for you to take. If you would like to access the tests original location you can find it here: https://www.playbuzz.com/rtinternational/how-well-do-you-know-the-war-on-terror

Take Test:

Declassified Documents from CIA Reveal US Political Interference South America Throughout The Cold War

So, this article is going to be a little bit difficult to piece together and involves a lot of information you were never technically supposed to see, but now can. This is because, for those of you whom might not have been aware, the US intelligence community just finished wrapping up a declassified document dump 3 years in the making last Friday – April 12th 2019. Officially entitled the “Argentina Declassification Project” and originally ordered by Barack Obama in 2016, the now browse-able archive is home to literally tens of thousands of declassified documents centering around Argentina and Argentinian history – including up on through the end of WW2 and into the Cold War.

However, what makes these documents particularly unique, and just as equally controversial, are direct references to operations carried out by the US Central Intelligence Agency, US military and our allies abroad – including France and England. What I mean to say is that the documents almost accidentally reveal/outline US War strategy throughout the course of the Cold War, and chronicle top-secret CIA missions that no one has ever heard or seen of before – because these documents have remained classified for the better part of the last 5 decades! In a weird way, the documents released last week almost throw the US and some of our closest allies completely under the bus – something I don’t believe was Obama’s original intention – or maybe perhaps it was? 🤔

Browse Full Archive – Argentina Declassification Project: https://www.intel.gov/argentina-declassification-project/records

Interestingly enough, in 2016 President Obama initially referred to the directive to release these documents as a “humanitiarian gesture” extended towards Argentina, hoping to expose and/or shine light on human rights violations which have crippled the country/region throughout the past. Taking a look at these documents first hand here today, in retrospect, while Obama wasn’t necessarily wrong in his inclinations, he may have wildly under-estimated what would be revealed or how bad it would make the US and CIA look. But then again, maybe Obama did know all along, and this is exactly why he ordered the release – who knows, really?

I bring this up because what appears to be catching the eyes/attention of some of my fellow “comrades” are details surrounding something referred to as”Operation Condor” – a delf describeda cooperative effort by the intelligence/security services of several South American countries to combat terrorism and subversion,” spearheaded by US intelligence with help from our counterparts in “France, United Kingdom, Western Germany, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Learn More – Operation Condor from CIA Reading Room: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/search/site/%22Operation%20Condor%22

As you can read for yourself within the newly declassified document below, and as was explained in more detail by Chilean reporter Whitney Webb, “Operation Condor was a plan by the CIA that targeted leftists, suspected leftists and their “sympathizers” and resulted in the forced disappearances, torture and brutal murders of an estimated 60,000 people, as well as the political imprisonment of around half a million people. Around half of the estimated murders occurred in Argentina.” However, what caught my attention was the CIA’s use of the term “Psychological Warfare” to describe what they were attempting to do in South America as a means of subverting their enemies. This is because I have previously covered the US Governments use of psychological warfare as a means of combating Russia under Donald Trump.

Browse 4 Page Document – Operation Condor Strategy 08/22/1978:

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Regardless, Web then goes on to explain how “several other documents in the recent release discuss a decision made by Condor member countries in May 1976 to train and send a military unit to “conduct physical attacks” against left-wing Latin American exiles and their supporters in France, in what was codenamed “Teseo.” Adding that “several Condor countries, aside from Brazil and Bolivia, were eager to participate and the training of the “Teseo” unit did occur, though the CIA was apparently unaware whether the unit was actually sent to France.” However, further research by Rogue Media Labs confirms the movements of these very operations in and around Europe – as you can see from the FOIA CIA reading room documents provided below, a resource I do not believe Web had access to at the time.

Learn More – Operation Teseo from CIA Archives: https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/search/site/%22Teseo%22

Browse 10 Page Release of Teseo Agreement To Enter Europe:

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Unfortunately, I really wish it ended there, but it does not. As Webb goes on to explain, sponsored by the US Military, Central Intelligence Agency and their counterparts in Europe, Operation Condor ultimately went on to overthrow and installed new Governments in 6 South American countries throughout the course of the 1970’s – in Chile, Brasil, Uraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina, forever altering history.

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Read Whitney Webb’s Full Article Here: https://www.mintpressnews.com/declassified-cia-docs-uk-france-and-west-germany-wanted-to-bring-operation-condor-to-europe/257541/

A separate report published by The Guardian on April 15th 2019 called Operation Condora secret programme in which the dictatorships of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador conspired to kidnap and assassinate members of leftwing guerrilla groups in each other’s territories” – implying that all those killed or imprisoned were all terrorists, militant members or enemies of the state. However, as The Guardian also points out, “many — and one could convincingly argue the majority — of those killed, tortured and imprisoned were not members of guerilla groups, as there are thousands of documented cases of college students, musicians, writers, journalists, priests and nuns, pregnant women, teachers, indigenous leaders, union members and others who were subject to the extreme prejudice of Operation Condor despite not being combatants in any capacity.

According some reports, as many as 60,000 people were killed and/or assassinated as a result of these very operations – nearly half of which came from Argentina alone. Once again, as was previously stated in the lead to this article, President Obama released these documents as a favor to Argentina to help them understand their past and the human rights violations which have occurred their throughout their checkered past – though it is anyone guess how aware Obama was at the time of just how great/large of a role the United States actually played in those same human rights violations. I guess that is what you call “irony.

Regardless, thanks to multiple document dumps released by the CIA and US Intelligence community over the course last two years, together with some good ole fashion research, even though we already kind of knew these sorts of things happen, it’s just a little weird/eerie to see literal proof of it all – showcasing the very documents/treaties/back-room agreements we drafted and signed to pull it all off. Imagine if this information was made public at the time? How different would our world look today? Now that they are all out in the open for the world to see, how pissed off do you think people will be? How much will these sorts of documents influence future US relations? Your guess is as good as mine.

Lastly, when I look around at the world today, I see the US active in “regime change” in Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and North Korea throughout the course of the 21st century. Moreover, we have carried out these operations/War efforts in the name of “terrorism” – quite literally fighting a “War On Terror.” Looking back at CIA documents from the 1970’s and seeing the same terminology of “terrorism” and “regime change” frightens me, quite frankly, and makes me feel a whole lot less proud to be an American as I sit here today. I just cant help but wonder, when will the US’s luck run out? The proof is on the table, we have meddled in the affairs of and seemingly overthrown half the worlds leaders just to suit our own political interests. Surely it is only a matter of time before all our “interference” and “meddling” in other countries political affairs will come back to haunt us – right Russia?

Senator Markey (D-MA) Introduces The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act To US Congress

Last Friday, April 12th 2019, Senator Edward Markey (D-MA) introduced a new piece of legislation referred to as the “Privacy Bill of Rights Act” – aiming to enforce set a new standards surrounding electronic data and consumer privacy that rivals the freedoms/protections guaranteed to Americans by the traditional Bill of Rights when this country was first formed. According to Senator Markey himself, the bill would formally establish “rules for both online and offline companies and bans the use of individuals’ personal information for harmful, discriminatory purposes, such as housing and employment advertisements targeted based on demographics like race and gender. It also includes cybersecurity standards and provides the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with rulemaking authority.

Truth be told, the new bill is actually a combination of 3 bills which have all previously failed to pass US Congress, including President Obama’s Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2015 (CPBORA), Mr. Markey’s Customer Online Notification for Stopping Edge-provider Network Transgressions Act of 2018 (CONSENT), and Ro Khanna’s Internet Bill of Rights Act of 2018. Despite previous failures however, Mr. Markey has decided to re-introduces the measures in “the wake of a series of revelations about myriad companies sharing consumers’ personal information without their consent, as well as unauthorized breaches of the data of hundreds of millions of consumers.” Consequentially, this is also why Markey believes the bill may now finally come to fruition.

More specifically, Markey’s bill:

  • Prohibits companies from using individuals’ personal information in discriminatory ways
  • Requires companies to protect and secure the personal information that they hold
  • Establishes a centralized FTC website that tells consumers about their privacy rights and requires companies to use easy to read short-form notices provided directly to consumers
  • Ensures companies collect only the information they need from consumers in order to provide the requested services
  • Enables State Attorneys General to protect the interest of their residents and bring action against companies that violate the privacy rights of individuals. Individuals will also have a private right of action empowering them to defend their own privacy rights.

Learn More About Bill: https://www.markey.senate.gov/news/press-releases/senator-markey-introduces-comprehensive-privacy-legislation

Download Copy of Bill: https://www.markey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Privacy%20Bill%20of%20Rights%20Act.pdf

Browse Bill:

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US Army Releases 30MB of Data On 16 Year History/Study of The Iraq War, 3 Years Past Scheduled Release Date

So, I am writing this article here today for many reasons. The first is the fact that the study provided below is not directly available for public reading – only public download. So, I have decided to download both Army files, combine them into one and host it through this website/domain to make the information freely available and accessible to the public – you’re welcome world! The second reason is that fact the documents below represent an in depth study of the Iraq War commissioned by the US Army itself, breaking down a conflict which has existed for literally half my entire lifetime – perhaps also the most significant conflict of my entire lifetime, at least to date.

The study itself was commissioned by Ray Ordierno in 2013 and scheduled to be released to the public by 2016. However, for whatever reason, organizing and drafting the publication has taken far longer than anyone ever anticipated, and was just quietly released to the international public for the first time about 2 months ago – January 17th 2019. The release itself was original broken down into two release, Volumes 1 and 2.

The first volume of the study details the invasion of Iraq starting in 2003, as well as the tactical problems and strategies that went into establishing a full time, long term, military presence in the country. The second volume of the study details the establishment of the new Iraqi Government as the country struggled with its new Democracy, as well as all of the trials and tribulations that went into withdrawing from the country under Barack Obama in 2011 – ultimately leading to the rise of the Islamic State in the years thereafter. I could explain all of this in more detail, but would rather just have you browse through and read the study for yourself. Happy clicking!

Executive Summary Volume 1 – Invasion, Insurgency, Civil War: https://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/files/1373-summary.pdf
Executive Summary Volume 2 – Surge and Withdrawal: https://ssi.armywarcollege.edu/files/1376-summary.pdf

Download Full Study for Yourself: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/US_Army_Iraq_War_Study.pdf

Browse Through Full Study:

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Leaked Documents from US Army Reveal New Construction/Expansion Projects Already Underway at Guantanamo Bay In Cuba

I’m not necessarily sure why I ‘m publishing these documents to be honest, I guess I just find them interesting I suppose. Regardless, less than two years after President Obama first issued Executive Order 13492, demanding the closing of Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba, a series of leaked documents released from the US Army reveal plans to expand upon the existing facility. Personally approved by Donald Trump himself and featuring built in televisions, desks, stools, toilets and more, the US Army plans on erecting new container cells 20 feet in length to host new inmates – along with a new garage for vehicles and a 40 foot Guard House for correction offices, featuring new computers and an upgraded server room. Honestly, the whole thing looks better than most studio apartments here in New York City – with free rent too! Might have to get in on that!! 🤪

The documents themselves were posted a little less than 1 month ago to the day on February 8th 2019, and bidding officially closed February 21st 2019. According to a recent report from Middle East Eye dated February 28th, construction on the project is already underway.

Download Doc’s for Yourself: https://roguemedia.co/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Guantanimo_Construction_Bid.pdf

Leaked Guantanamo Construction Contract/Plans:

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Exclusive: Remembering Ukraine’s Attempted Cover Up of Susan Rice & The UAE’s Illegal Weapons Shipments To Libya

Earlier this week I featured a report originally published by Amnesty International, discussing how various War Crimes are currently being carried by forces representing the United Arab Emirates in Yemen – primarily enabled by weapon shipments made available to them by the United States and European allies. As the report was quick to point out, nearly all of these arms transfers constitute violations of international law and various internationally negotiated treaties surrounding the delivery of weapons into War zones, especially in light of how these weapons ultimately wind up being used.

Now, I’m not exactly sure why it didn’t dawn on me until hours after publishing the original article, but the whole ordeal reminded me of a separate instance involving the UAE in 2017 – in which various international partners were co-conspirators in the violation of international law, also involving the illegal transfer of weapons and munitions from Western allies/powers to the UAE. For those of you whom do not remember, back in June of 2017 the UAE’s ambassador to the United States, Yousef Otaiba, had his emails hacked and leaked online by an unknown group hackers flying under the flag of “Global Leaks” – allegedly with close ties to Russia. Most notably exposed within the leaked material, at least in my opinion, were exchanges between Otaiba and then National Security adviser to Barack Obama, Susan Rice, discussing the arrival of “military equipment” to Libya in 2014 – equipment originally shipped from the United States but arriving in Libya via cargo planes from the UAE.

The Leak

While the emails have since been taken down, copies of the exchange between Rice and Otaiba read “MBZ asked me to inform you that we will be sending ‘equipment’ to our friends in the western part of Libya in the next 2-3 days. They will arrive in a UAE cargo aircraft and will be escorted by a UAE military contingent, just to insure safe passage. He just wanted me to give you a heads up this will be happening so that no one is caught off guard.” To which Susan Rice simply responded “Roger. Thanks.

As a report from Middle East Eye about the leaked material in question also outlined at the time, “while the words “weapons” or “arms” were not specifically mentioned, the 2014 correspondence roughly tracks a UN Security Council report leaked to MEE in June saying the UAE had illegally shipped weapons to rebels loyal to military leader Khalifa Haftar.” Explaining how “the UN has kept Libya under an arms embargo since the 2011 uprising that drove then leader Muammar Gaddafi from power, but the Security Council report details a “general increase in direct foreign support to armed factions in Libya” – including from the United States, the highest ranking member of the UN Security Council.

A later report presented to the United Nations in 2017 documented the arrival of 9 helicopters, 4 of which were heavily armed and designed for combat, a Mi-24 Hind gunship, a AT-802i single-engine light attack plane, as well as more than 500 military vehicles – including 90 armored personnel carriers. The report also details how, after its initial arrival, the AT-802i aircraft, originally designed to fight fires, had been re-fabricated and made into “a counter-insurgency and strike aircraft.” Moreover, following the conclusion of these initial deliveries, investigators also documented the delivery of 48 additional aircraft into Libya, all directly shipped to the country from the UAE between the years of 2014-2017.

As for where the ‘equipment‘ was actually delivered and to whom, the report indicates that the Libyan National Army (LNA) was the primary recipient – largely stationed throughout Eastern Libya, but heavily concentrated in the Eastern city of Tobruk. This is also particularly interesting to note because the country of Libya had been under a complete arms embargo by both the United Nations and NATO dating back to 2011 – quite literally making these shipments violations of international law.

Download Full 2017 Arms Report Presented To UN: https://anonfile.com/0db9idt1bd/pax-report-under-the-radar-arms-trade_pdf
2011 Arms Embargo from United Nations: https://www.legco.gov.hk/yr08-09/english/hc/sub_com/hs02/papers/hs02cb1-2642-1-e.pdf
2011 Arms Embargo from NATO: https://www.nato.int/nato_static_fl2014/assets/pdf/pdf_2011_02/20110927_110226-UNSCR-1970.pdf

The Cyber Attack Which Followed

Around that time, in September 2017, what I remember standing out to me most was coming under heavy assault from Ukrainian hackers – presumably for hosting screen shots of the leaked material well after Global Leaks had their domain shutdown and all of the content from it was scrubbed offline. I say this because the attackers attempting to launch cyber attacks against my website were all trying to leverage a single URL address, a URL address featuring my reporting on/of the leaked material described above. To this day, no one has ever gotten closer to hacking any one of my websites or social platforms than those Ukrainian hackers did that week, the week of September 15th 2017.

To accomplish this, hackers launched something known as an Edge Side Includes (ESI) attack in order to execute a CrossSite Scripting (XSS) attack via the syndicated connection between my WordPress publishing dashboard and Twitter account. In fact, if not for the legacy No Script browser extension installed on my Mozilla Firefox, first alerting me to the attempted attack, the hackers would have actually been successful in getting through. What’s perhaps even more interesting to note is that I managed to absorb and mitigate these attacks a little less than 9 months before they were first “discovered” by researchers working for GoSecure in April 2018.

Fortunately though, as fate would have it, there was no soup to be had for those Ukrainian hackers/dick eaters, and not a single one of them ever managed to get through or take down my site. Still though, I contend that I learned more about website security/vulnerabilities that week than any week prior. So, in a messed up kind of way, I guess I should almost thank them for what they did – though I never could quite figure why Ukrainians were trying so hard to cover for Susan Rice? I also wish I could remember or that I had saved it somewhere at the time, because I distinctly remember tracing one of the IP’s behind the attack directly back to a mayor’s office/address in Ukraine – though I can not accurately specify which or to whom accurately here today.

While I did have to blacklist the entire country of Ukraine to seal off portions of the attack at one point, Rogue Security Labs recently mitigated a similar Varnish Cache attack in October 2018 – essentially utilizing many of the same methodologies to mitigate the attack as I once did for Ukraine’s ESI and XSS attacks in 2017. If you would like to read more about these strategies, as well as how to implement them for yourself, you are invited to learn more through the threat analysis and security tutorial provided below.

Learn More – Advanced Caching Attack Spotted Targeting WordPress Owners: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/cache-attacks-wp-trashbin/

Browser Security Strategies – Including Mozilla: https://roguesecuritylabs.ltd/building-selecting-safer-web-browsers/

Transcript from IRC Chatroom Leaked Online Detailing Connections Between Guccifer 2.0, Donald Trump, Russia & The DNC

This afternoon I managed to stumble across an interesting transcript leaked online from an Internet-Relay-Chatroom attached to rizon.net. In the leak provided below, different hackers discuss Guccifer 2.0 and the 2015 hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), discussing different details surrounding the incident including how the hack was pulled off, what network infrastructure was compromised to make it possible, the different implications between the hack, Russia and Donald Trump, as well as how they are all related to one another.

The leak was interesting enough for me to post here today, especially because the transcript provides access to information and resources I have never seen before. For example, one of the URL’s attached to the transcript links directly to Guccifer 2.0‘s personal website, which has been updated as recently as within the course of the last month. This site also includes direct links to various file downloads stolen from DNC servers, as well as a whole host of other information chronicling the hack of the DNC, the media coverage which surrounded it and a timeline of events involving the hack and the prosecution of Guccifer leading up on through to today. Most notably included within the files are the DNC’s “Trump Report” and Barack Obama’s strategy guide for assuming Presidential office. Access to these websites and files is also provided below.

Transcript Leak from IRC Chat: https://pastebin.com/raw/xpmbHCM0

G-Space | Guccifers Private Website: http://g-2.space/
Guccifer 2.0 Year In Review – Published December 2018: https://disobedientmedia.com/2018/12/guccifer-2-0-game-over-year-end-review/

DNC Confidential Trump Report: https://anonfile.com/U9IfSds6b7/DNC_Confidential_Trump_Report_rtf
Obama Presidential Strategy: https://anonfile.com/Z8IdS2s4b4/Obama_Presidential_Transition_Strategy_rtf

Dropping The Metaphorical M.O.A.B. – Blowing Up the US’s Long Term Vision/Strategy for Afghanistan

Before I get into the reason why I am writing this article here today, you have to understand the current situation and state of affairs leading up to this moment in time. In 2001 the United States of America invaded Afghanistan in retaliation for the terror attacks of September 11th, as well as to combat Osama Bin Lad and remove the Taliban’s influence from political power in the country. Those were the so called “Primary Objectives” of the War effort in the first place – at least publicly.

I say this because upon landing in the country for the first time in November 2001, the first thing that then Brigadier General and now US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said upon stepping off his helicopter and onto Afghan soil was “the United States now officially owns a piece of Afghanistan” – something that Mattis was later forced to apologize for in front of Congress years after the fact. I bring this up because, in terms of the “Bigger Picture,” you need to start thinking in terms of geography and how this relates to military strategy. For example, do you notice how Iran is sandwiched on either side by Iraq and Afghanistan? Do you think it was any coincidence that within a two year time period the US invaded and establish permanent military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan?

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While Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein may have been convenient excuses to originally invade these countries, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were also extremely “tactical” in terms of long term War strategy. For many decades running now, Iran has been one of the United States and Israel’s single larges threats. 17 years after the invasions of 2001, the US has now cemented permanent military presences lining/flanking Iran’s Eastern and Western borders – we have them surrounded. Especially considering that the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are still ongoing with no foreseeable end in sight, this is why I have always maintained that Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and the Taliban were never truly the US’s primary objectives in the first place, they were merely excuses/opportunities.

If you want any more proof of this, look no further than the current state of affairs inside Afghanistan. Despite the US military spending 10x more than any other country on Earth annually, the Taliban has only increased territory, funding and revenue since 2001. By now, it is well known fact that Afghanistan produces over 93% of the worlds opium poppy harvest. However, did you know that according to the Afghan Ministry of Counter Nacrotics, in 2017 the Taliban now controls 271% more farmland than they did in 2002? How about the fact that, according to the Russian Federal Drug Control Center, as of 2016 the Taliban had started making over $1 billion dollars annually from the sale of heroine to ISIS alone? How about the fact that, according to the United Nations Security Council, as of 2017 the Taliban was making upwards of $50 billion from the sale of heroine across Europe? Did I mention that according to the US Center for Disease Control heroine related deaths in the United States have spiked over 600% since 2001?

Honestly, if the Taliban truly were the US’s primary objective for this War, do you really think any of this would be happening?

With that established, lets start breaking down the history of US military involvement inside Afghanistan – shall we? While it can never be entirely proved or refuted, what we do know is that the United States Government, mainly the Central Intelligence Agency, did support/fund Osama Bin Laden back in the day – throughout the late 1970’s and into the 80’s. This was also done to counter-act Soviet involvement/influence in the country throughout the course of the Cold War. While Bin Laden may not have ever ‘been on the CIA payroll,‘ the US did fund him for quite a long time, nearly identical in nature to what the CIA did under President Barack Obama with the Syrian rebels throughout the course of his Presidency.

If you need any more proof of this, look no further than Donald Trumps decision to drop the “Mother of All Bombs” inside Afghanistan on April 13th 2017. Ask yourself, why do you think he decided to drop the bomb at that strategic location, essentially in the middle of nowhere? Any guess?……

Moving onto to 2018, Donald Trump is on public record as stating that he has no intentions of ending the War in Afghanistan any time soon. In fact, Trump has only committed thousands of more troops into the country since first taking office in 2016, with threats to add up to 4,000 more in the future. Perhaps more importantly, Trump has also stated that US soldiers need to experience a “victory” in Afghanistan before we retreat or withdraw, as to “justify” or “honor” all of the lives lost in the conflict over the years – admitting defeat in this War is not an option for this President. Somewhat similarly, did you know that the same month President Obama “won” the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 he committed +30,000 troops into Afghanistan? #FunFactofTheDay #Irony

With that established, lets take a look at the current state of affairs inside Afghanistan and the effects decades of War has had on the civilians living in the country. Despite 15 years of War at that point, 2016 saw the highest amount of civilian causalities inside Afghanistan than in any year prior. While the figures did decline, 2017 still saw the second highest rate of civilian causalities of any year since 2001. Quite literally, the longer the US has stayed involved in this conflict, the worse things have gotten and the more people continue to die. Isn’t that the exact opposite of what a successful War strategy should look like? Welcome to the “Quagmire.

Ending with the reason why I decided to write this article here today, perhaps most troubling of all, on December 5th 2018, following the success of the Afghanistan Peace Conference in Moscow last month, news officially broke that the Government of Afghanistan had officially sent an offer to Taliban leaders, inviting them to the negotiating table to begin editing/drafting a new Constitution governing the country headed into the future. In statements to RIA Novisti, according to Ehsan Taheri, spokesman for Afghanistan’s High Peace Council,the talks in Moscow marked the first time the Taliban has publicly appeared in the international arena since they were removed from power in Afghanistan following the US-led invasion in 2001. The meeting, brokered by Russian diplomats, helped pave the way for a future dialogue between Kabul and the Taliban,” Taheri said. Adding that there will be “no preconditions” for Taliban’s input in the negotiations when the time comes.

https://twitter.com/TimesofGeneva/status/1070317461776580608

Considering that the Taliban was in control of 70-75% of Afghanistan at the time of the US invasion of 2001, and that Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qeada then joined forces with the Taliban to fight the US influence shortly thereafter, and the three sides have been at War with one another ever since, for obvious reasons, it is extremely troubling to now see the Afghanistan Government, which the United States helped put in place, reaching out the Taliban to begin negotiating an alliance/partnership headed into the future. Tens of thousands of deaths later, with millions more displaced displaced by the violence and trillions of dollars spent, 17 years into the conflict now, we are essentially right back where we started on day 1. So, what the hell is the US even still doing Afghanistan and what exactly is their path to so-called victory there?

Unfortunately, the US never set out to “win” this War in the first place, which is why we continue to fight a “War of Attrition” on through today. The US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan were nothing more than strategic/tactical planning as part of a much broader, long-term War strategy/initiative for the Middle East – gaining control of critical assets and infrastructure, including oil fields, lithium mines and natural gas reserve’s, whilst simultaneously setting up permanent military bases flanking Iran’s Eastern and Western borders. In doing so, also cutting of Russian influence inside the region. Tragically, the humanitarian disaster and conditions as they have existed inside Afghanistan and Iraq since the end of 2001 are merely just “Collateral Damage” in the implementation of this strategy.

That’s only a small part of whats ‘in my head‘ as I sit here today…..