Saturday, December 09, 2017

CNN Botches "Bombshell" Report "Proving" Collusion Between Trump Jr. And Wikileaks

CNN: All fake news, all the time  

By Tyler Durdin

Cable news networks just can’t seem to get their facts straight when it comes to publishing purportedly damning reports about the Trump campaign’s efforts to “collude” with the Russians. Last week, ABC News suspended reporter Brian Ross after Ross reported that Mike Flynn had agreed to testify that Trump ordered him to reach out to the Russian government during the campaign – something that, if true, would’ve validated the mainstream media’s collusion narrative and potentially placed the president in serious legal jeopardy. 

Shortly after publishing its initial report, ABC was forced to issue a crucial correction: Flynn actually planned to testify that Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner ordered him to reach out to representatives of the Russian government during the transition. 

This changed the whole context from something that would’ve been overtly illegal to something much more mundane. The correction was issued – but not before the Dow shed 350 points.

Today, it was CNN’s turn to bungle a “bombshell” concerning the Trump campaign and Wikileaks.

To wit, Trump’s favorite fake news network has issued a correction to a Friday morning “exclusive” claiming that Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign staff received a directive from Wikileaks to download a trove of emails stolen from the DNC before those emails were made public. CNN initially claimed the Wikileaks email was dated Sept. 4 – ten days before the watchdog publicly released its filings.

As it turns out, the email was dated Sept. 14. The documents had actually been made publicly available earlier that day. Wikileaks was merely trying to draw the Trump campaign’s attention to the documents.

So, two of CNN’s ace political reporters managed to write a “bombshell” story, which presumably made it through at least one round of edits, and was also probably reviewed by the network’s legal department, without anybody double-checking the date of the email - the crux of the entire. For what it’s worth, CNN said it based its story on the accounts of two sources who had seen the email. But this just highlights the dangers of relying on second-hand information, and should make readers question the next anonymously sourced story they see.

CNN and their fake news war whore Christiane Amanpour sabotaged Trump administration attempts to normalise relations with Russia - then blame the administration and the President

CNN corrected its story after the Washington Post, which managed to obtain a copy of the email, pointed out the error, which transformed the CNN story from a “bombshell” into essentially a nonstory.

Here’s the correction posted on CNN's website.

Washington (CNN)Correction: This story has been corrected to say the date of the email was September 14, 2016, not September 4, 2016. The story also changed the headline and removed a tweet from Donald Trump Jr., who posted a message about WikiLeaks on September 4, 2016.

CNN fake news shill Stelter attempts, fails to throw cold water on clear-cut case of libel

After the correction was appended, the original story was altered to reflect these changes…

Candidate Donald Trump, his son Donald Trump Jr. and others in the Trump Organization received an email in September 2016 offering a decryption key and website address for hacked WikiLeaks documents, according to an email provided to congressional investigators.

The September 14 email was sent during the final stretch of the 2016 presidential race.

CNN originally reported the email was released September 4 -- 10 days earlier -- based on accounts from two sources who had seen the email. The new details appear to show that the sender was relying on publicly available information. The new information indicates that the communication is less significant than CNN initially reported.

After this story was published, The Washington Post obtained a copy of the email Friday afternoon and reported that the email urged Trump and his campaign to download archives that WikiLeaks had made public a day earlier. The story suggested that the individual may simply have been trying to flag the campaign to already public documents.

CNN has now obtained a copy of the email, which lists September 14 as the date sent and contains a decryption key that matches what WikiLeaks had tweeted out the day before.

The email came two months after the hacked emails of the Democratic National Committee were made public and one month before WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's hacked emails. It arrived about a week before WikiLeaks itself messaged Trump Jr. and began an exchange of direct messages on Twitter.

In a statement, CNN’s communications department acknowledged that the reporting was incorrect.

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Middle East: The Murder Of Abdullah Saleh

Bush/Cheney legacy - endless wars in the Middle East  

By Alexander Orlov

At the end of November, a major crisis erupted in Yemen, when former President Ali Abdullah Saleh announced his intentions to start negotiations with the Saudi-led coalition that has been trying to bomb Yemen into submission. 

A Houthi militant reacts as he sits on a tank after the 
death of Saleh
This resulted in the Houthis movement voicing accusations of treason against their former ally who they’ve been supporting in the struggle against the pro-Saudi runaway President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. The day before these accusations were made by the Houthis, they would announce that they’ve managed to hit a nuclear power plant being built in the United Arab Emirates with a missile. Previously, a similar missile hit an airfield in Riyadh, which resulted in the latter rushing to spread allegations that the Houthis are using missiles supplied to them by Tehran.

Amid the internal conflict in Yemen, any attempt to use it toward one’s own interests by Saudi Arabia, the Arab League or even Iran may trigger disastrous consequences. After all, Saudi Arabia and Israel have been looking for an excuse to launch strikes against Iranian troops in Syria along with nuclear facilities deep inside the territory of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Now one can expect Saudi Arabia to begin forming an anti-Iranian coalition under the guise of uniting the Arab League. It is even possible that the UN is going to be drawn into this process, accusing Tehran of hostile actions against certain Arab states along with attempts to pursue Shia expansion across the Middle East.

Yemen is a state where tribes have been at center stage of internal politics. However, the south of the country has already witnessed a partial disintegration of this rigid tribal system, while in the north this hasn’t been the case. 

No wonder the so-called Arab Spring movement swept Yemen from south to north with the main demands of protesters being concerns over indecisive and insufficient steps taken in the direction of changing the social fabric of the country so that tribal leaders would have less control over people’s lives. Even though those protests were not entirely justified, since Abdullah Saleh had taken many steps against tribalism. The division of the country into north and south has been developing over decades and this division is the single most important reason for the internal conflict the development of which in little to no way is connected to other causes. The Yemeni situation is so unique in the whole of the Arab World that in spite of the catastrophic social conditions most Yemenis are forced to live in, only a marginal part of them actually supports Al-Qaeda and ISIS. ISIS continues its attempts to win popular support through the use of its media capabilities, releasing footage and reports of its terrorist attacks, but the support it is gaining from such activities cannot be compared to any other state of the region.

The alliance between the Houthis and Yemen’s former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh was purely situational, which was no secret to those following developments in Yemen. It’s enough to note that back in the day when Saleh was still in power he would send the Yemeni Air Force to hunt the Houthis down in the north of the country. For sure, external forces do influence the course of the Yemeni conflict, but northerners and southerners can be hardly described as proxy forces of Iran and Saudi Arabia, since they’ve been trying to settle their own differences and contradictions.

It won’t be an exaggeration to state that Ali Abdullah Saleh is one of the most intelligent and cunning Arab dictators of our time. One can just mention that most regional players that used to sit together with Saleh at the same negotiation table are killed, toppled, or turned into puppets of global players, while Saleh continued playing his own game. He would lead Tehran and Riyadh in opposing each other all across Yemen, while carefully eying both parties in anticipation of the best possible deal to be put on the table.

The Ansar Allah group that constitutes the main driving force behind the Houthis resistance was in desperate need to sustain an alliance with Saleh and his forces for a straightforward reason: Yemen used to be a hub of illegal arms trade back in the day when Saleh was in control of the country, and it has largely remained one. To a certain extent, Saleh had been in control of other forms of illegal trade like drug and oil smuggling, which would grant his forces a certain degree of independence. The only reason why Saleh would summon Iran and the Houthis to help him was that he would need to put additional pressure on Saudi Arabia, while he would only rely on the forces he has at his disposal to win the internal struggle. Generally speaking, he was still the Comander in Chief of the Yemeni Armed Forces, since in a country where tribes mean more than ranks a local warlord can ignore the official military chain of command.

The goal Saleh had been after all through these years was to return to power. The war between the North and South should burn out eventually, even though it may take a lot of time with high unemployment rates that are common in Yemen. But sooner or later the idea of the need to unite the country should prevail across all parties, and by that time Saleh’s clan would have been the single most influential force in Yemen. Upon being thrown out the door, Saleh would pit both allies and enemies against each other in order to get back through the window.

The gears are now shifting quickly in Yemen. The runaway President Mansour Hadi who abandoned his position two years ago ordered the forces still loyal to him to assist pro-Saleh militants in hunting the Houthis. The situation plays into the hands of Saudi Arabia, as it can now take advantage of the abrupt consolidation of the Yemeni elites.

Thus, on December 4 the Houthis crossed the red line by murdering Ali Abdullah Saleh – one of the most influential people in Yemen, putting themselves out of bounds of any negotiations. The Houthis are now trying to provide an excuse for this step. Is there an Iranian trace behind the murder of Saleh? There’s no clear traces, but those who want to find them are likely to succeed. The latest reports indicate that the Houthis have wounded and captured the son of Saleh Ahmed, the commander of the Republican Guard, but there’s been no official confirmation yet. However, what is already known can bring the level of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia to an all time high. A strike against nuclear facilities launched by the Houthis can result in a symmetrical response – a nuclear strike by countries possessing such weapons. In a region where everyone is prepared for war, such can lead to instantaneous transition to a direct full-scale engagement between principal regional players.

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VA Hospitals Now Hiring FELONS As Doctors

Entire VA system requires a complete investigation, audit and purge of criminal doctors, criminal administrators


When you go to the doctor’s, you’re taking a gamble. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to end up seeing someone with a gentle bedside manner who offers you unbiased advice that is legitimately helpful. 

It’s more likely, however, that you’ll be going to one of the many doctors who tries to see as many patients per hour as possible, spending all of five minutes with you before sending you on your way with a prescription for whatever drug the pharmaceutical reps are offering incentives for prescribing. If you’re going to a VA doctor, however, it could be a lot worse.

That’s because a recent investigation by USA Today has uncovered that the hiring process used by the VA for bringing in physicians leaves a lot to be desired – and that’s putting it mildly. 

Although they verify licenses and check references, they have a fair amount of leeway when it comes to overlooking felony convictions, malpractice, or licensing problems. This means that questionable doctors can easily end up alone in a consultation room with a patient – and some even have counts of sexual misconduct against them.

Doctors Hired With Histories Of Sexual Misconduct, Burglary, Drug Dealing And Malpractice

In one case exposed by the paper, a psychiatrist was hired by the VA hospital in Muskogee, Oklahoma, even though the hospital knew that actions had been taken against his medical license for offenses including sexual misconduct. Dr. Stephen Lester Greer, the psychiatrist in question, went on to have a sexual relationship with a patient there, later pleading guilty to persuading the patient to lie about their relationship.

In another incident, a Lafayette, Louisiana VA clinic hired a psychiatrist in 2004 despite having felony convictions on his application. A background check that was carried out a year after he was hired found eight arrests that included burglary, reckless driving resulting in death and drug dealing – hardly the type of person you want advising people with mental health problems! The VA received a slew of complaints about mistreatment of patients before firing the unnamed psychiatrist earlier this year.

Who else can get hired by the VA? Neurosurgeon John Henry Schneider managed to collect more than a dozen claims of malpractice against him and had reached settlements involving surgical mistakes that left his patients dead, paralyzed or maimed. In one case, he placed spinal screws badly, robbing the patient of bladder and bowel control. 

Another patient was left paralyzed from the waist down after poor placement of a spinal canal device. When one of his surgical patients died, his medical license was revoked by the state of Wyoming – but the VA was happy to hire him at a hospital that treats 184,000 patients in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri at a yearly salary of $385,000.

VA Hiring Practices Need An Overhaul

Unfortunately, some of the practices at the VA actually attract doctors who have a history of licensing problems and malpractice. Clinicians at the VA do not need malpractice insurance as the federal government covers claims with taxpayer dollars. This leads doctors who have trouble getting insurance for malpractice in the private sector because past problems make them high-risk to seek work with the VA.

A report from the Government Accountability Office that was recently released found that the VA neglected to report doctors who could be dangerous to the national database and state licensing boards in nine out of ten cases. In doing so, they failed to follow their own policies, which were designed to protect VA patients from harm.

Don’t the veterans who put their lives on the line to defend our country deserve far better than treatment by criminal, incompetent doctors?

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