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CENTCOM Issuing Doctored Reports on ISIS

Hawaii Political Info introduction: One of the basic problems in the vast U.S. war bureaucracy is under the spotlight. Gregory Hooker, a U.S. defense analyst, says reports are being doctored to make the U.S. look more effective than it actually is. The falsified reports are said to be submitted to the President himself, making effective decisions by him next to impossible.

Hooker's fellow military analysts are following the case to see what happens. Bucking one's superiors to reveal truths that they want hidden is most often a career-ending move.

Russia Today

September 25, 2015

One of the defense analysts claiming CENTCOM had prettied up reports on the campaign against Islamic State has been named, along with the two officials he fingered as culprits. House and Senate committees have taken an interest in the investigation.

Gregory Hooker, the same analyst who a decade ago criticized plans for the 2003 Iraq invasion as being “amateurish and unrealistic,” was named by the New York Times as one of the originators of the July complaint against the US Central Command (CENTCOM). Filed by Hooker and another analyst, the complaint was endorsed by 50 of their colleagues, the Daily Beast revealed earlier this month.

CENTCOM employs some 1,500 intelligence analysts composed of civilian employees, members of the military, and contractors at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. The complaint accuses two senior intelligence officials at CENTCOM, Major General Steven Grove and his civilian deputy, Gregory Ryckman, of altering draft intelligence assessments on the offensive against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, according to the Times.

Current and former officials at CENTCOM who spoke to the paper had different takes on what might have prompted the alterations to the intelligence assessments. Some analysts suggested that CENTCOM leaders feared bad news might anger the White House, while others spoke of an institutional bias within the military.

One specific example given to the paper was that analysts were told to cite multiple sources to confirm bad news, while good news needed a much lower standard of verification. Senior officials sent emails cautioning against using certain pessimistic phrases, according to one official. In some cases, a report’s conclusions were completely altered.

Ultimately, the dispute is about whether the military is being honest about the political and religious situation in Iraq and whether a bombing campaign can change it, according to the Times.

“What are the strategic objectives here? There are none. This is just perpetual war,” said David Faulkner, the former targeting director at CENTCOM who worked with the dissident analysts.

A former head of the CENTCOM Joint Intelligence Center, retired Marine Colonel Stephen Robb, believes that the analysts might be on to something. “If they say there’s smoke, start looking for a firehouse,” he said.

While the Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating the complaint, staffers from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Armed Services Committee have already met with Hooker.

“We are initiating a process to gather information about this, and we are working closely with all the committees of jurisdiction to have a coordinated effort,” the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes, told Bloomberg.

Because signing onto a whistleblowing complaint can easily be a career-ending move, the analyst community is watching the investigation closely, David Shedd, former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, wrote this week in a column for Defense One.

“Intelligence analysts exist to provide unbiased, unvarnished assessments to decision-makers. Those assessments must be free to go wherever facts and reason dictate, even if it means going against the grain of a particular political narrative,” Shedd wrote. “Any distortion in analysis has the potential to lead to flawed policy decisions and, in the long-term, to failed policies.”

The US-led coalition officially launched a campaign against the self-proclaimed Islamic State in September 2014, flying over 50,000 sorties and launching 6,700 airstrikes against the group, at the cost of $4 billion. Though US officials have insisted that the campaign was having an effect in “degrading” IS, the group has made gains in both Iraq and Syria since the beginning of the offensive.

Reportedly frustrated with the progress of the campaign, the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL announced this week that he would retire in November. Officially, however, former Marine General John Allen cited concerns over his wife’s poor health.


Revolt of the spies: DoD analysts claim CENTCOM doctored reports about war on ISIS [Russia Today] Sep 10, 2015

Senator Dianne Feinstein & Husband Threaten Students in University of California System for Speaking Their Minds about Israel

Jewish Glenn Greenwald criticizes the attack on free speech of college students by Jewish Senator Dianne Feinstein and her wealthy Jewish husband Richard Blum

The Intercept

by Glenn Greenwald

September 25, 2015

There is no shortage of American pundits who love to denounce “PC” speech codes that restrict and punish the expression of certain ideas on college campuses. What these self-styled campus-free-speech crusaders typically — and quite tellingly — fail to mention is that the most potent such campaigns are often devoted to outlawing or otherwise punishing criticisms of Israel. The firing by the University of Illinois of Professor Steven Salatia for his “uncivil” denunciations of the Israeli war on Gaza — a termination that was privately condoned by Illinois Democratic Senator Dick Durbin — is merely illustrative of this longgrowing trend.

One of the most dangerous threats to campus free speech has been emerging at the highest levels of the University of California system, the sprawling collection of 10 campuses that includes UCLA and UC Berkeley. The university’s governing Board of Regents, with the support of University President Janet Napolitano and egged on by the state’s legislature, has been attempting to adopt new speech codes that — in the name of combating “anti-Semitism” — would formally ban various forms of Israel criticism and anti-Israel activism.

Under the most stringent such regulations, students found to be in violation of these codes would face suspension or expulsion. In July, it appeared that the Regents were poised to enact the most extreme version, but decided instead to push the decision off until September, when they instead would adopt non-binding guidelines to define “hate speech” and “intolerance.”

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HPI note: BDS stands for Boycott, Divestment, Sanction and is a movement to boycott Israel, divest Israel holdings and sanction it for its murders and oppression of the Palestinians.


The Jewish Declaration Of War On Germany: The Economic Boycott of 1933 [Rense]

Once-in-a-Decade Opportunity to Revise City Charter

Honolulu Hale (City Hall)/HPI photo/Click for enlargement

Honolulu Civil Beat

by Marina Riker

September 28, 2015

Not too many people are taking advantage so far of an opportunity that only comes along once every 10 years.

Oahu residents have until Oct. 31 to submit proposals to the Honolulu Charter Commission for improving the city and county government. As of Friday only six proposals have been submitted, but the commission chair still anticipates that the ultimate response will be similar to 2005, when 180 proposals were made.

The commission sent 12 of those proposals on to voters in 2006, and eight of them were approved, including measures to make bikeways a priority; mandate the start of a curbside recycling program; allocate a percentage of annual property tax revenues to land conservation and affordable housing; and allow the Ethics Commission to impose civil fines on elected officers for ethics violations.

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Dossier: The Secret Life of Armand Hammer

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Author Edward Jay Epstein talks about his book, Dossier: The Secret Life of Armand Hammer, published by Random House. Hammer was the chairman of Occidental Petroleum and had extensive and lucrative dealings with Russia and the U.S. from right after its revolution through many decades later. Hammer was born in New York City to Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. His father was a medical doctor.

Hammer's life illuminates the close relationship the U.S. had to the USSR and how Hammer's amorality enabled him to gain advantage for his businesses by manipulating relationships with governments, much like such relationships are conducted today.

Published on YouTube Jun 10, 2012


Refugee Crisis a Political Ploy?

Real Jew News

By Brother Nathanael Kapner

Brother Nathanael grew up in the U.S. as a Jew and converted to Christianity as a young man. He is now a member of the Russian Orthodox Church and lives in Colorado.


Devil's Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam (2006 book)

Russia: A Star-Struck U.S. Groupie

Paul Craig Roberts

September 23, 2015

By Paul Craig Roberts

Russia so desperately desires to be part of the disreputable and collapsing West that Russia is losing its grip on reality.

Despite hard lesson piled upon hard lesson, Russia cannot give up its hope of being acceptable to the West. The only way Russia can be acceptable to the West is to accept vassal status.

Russia miscalculated that diplomacy could solve the crisis that Washington created in Ukraine and placed its hopes on the Minsk Agreement, which has no Western support whatsoever, neither in Kiev nor in Washington, London, and NATO.

Russia can end the Ukraine crisis by simply accepting the requests of the former Russian territories to reunite with Russia. Once the breakaway republics are again part of Russia, the crisis is over. Ukraine is not going to attack Russia.

Russia doesn’t end the crisis, because Russia thinks it would be provocative and upset Europe. Actually, that is what Russia needs to do—upset Europe. Russia needs to make Europe aware that being Washington’s tool against Russia is risky and has costs for Europe.

Instead, Russia shields Europe from the costs that Washington imposes on Europe and imposes little cost on Europe for acting against Russia in Washington’s interest. Russia still supplies its declared enemies, whose air forces fly provocative flights along Russia’s borders, with the energy to put their war planes into the air.

This is the failure of diplomacy, not its success. Diplomacy cannot succeed when only one side believes in diplomacy and the other side believes in force.

Russia needs to understand that diplomacy cannot work with Washington and its NATO vassals who do not believe in diplomacy, but rely instead on force. Russia needs to understand that when Washington declares that Russia is an outlaw state that “does not act in accordance with international norms,” Washington means that Russia is not following Washington’s orders. By “international norms,” Washington means Washington’s will. Countries that are not in compliance with Washington’s will are not acting in accordance with “international norms.”

Washington and only Washington determines “international norms.” America is the “exceptional, indispensable” country. No other country has this rank.

A country with an independent foreign policy is a threat to Washington. The neoconservative Wolfowitz Doctrine makes this completely clear. The Wolfowitz Doctrine, the basis of US foreign and military policy, defines as a threat any country with sufficient power to act as a constraint on Washington’s unilateral action. The Wolfowitz Doctrine states unambiguously that any country with sufficient power to block Washington’s purposes in the world is a threat and that “our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of” any such country.

Russia, China, and Iran are in Washington’s crosshairs. Treaties and “cooperation” mean nothing. Cooperation only causes Washington’s targets to lose focus and to forget that they are targets. Russia’s foreign minister Lavrov seems to believe that now with the failure of Washington’s policy of war and destruction in the Middle East, Washington and Russia can work together to contain the ISIS jihadists in Iraq and Syria. This is a pipe dream. Russia and Washington cannot work together in Syria and Iraq, because the two governments have conflicting goals. Russia wants peace, respect for international law, and the containment of radical jihadists elements. Washington wants war, no legal constraints, and is funding radical jihadist elements in the interest of Middle East instability and overthrow of Assad in Syria. Even if Washington desired the same goals as Russia, for Washington to work with Russia would undermine the picture of Russia as a threat and enemy.

Russia, China, and Iran are the three countries that can constrain Washington’s unilateral action. Consequently, the three countries are in danger of a pre-emptive nuclear strike. If these countries are so naive as to believe that they can now work with Washington, given the failure of Washington’s 14-year old policy of coercion and violence in the Middle East, by rescuing Washington from the quagmire it created that gave rise to the Islamic State, they are deluded sitting ducks for a pre-emptive nuclear strike.

Washington created the Islamic State. Washington used these jihadists to overthrow Gaddafi in Libya and then sent them to overthrow Assad in Syria. The American neoconservatives, everyone of whom is allied with Zionist Israel, do not want any cohesive state in the Middle East capable of interfering with a “Greater Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates.”

The ISIS jihadists learned that Washington’s policy of murdering and displacing millions of Muslims in seven countries had created an anti-Western constituency for them among the peoples of the Middle East and have begun acting independently of their Washington creators.

The consequence is more chaos in the Middle East and Washington’s lost of control.

Instead of leaving Washington to suffer at the hands of its own works, Russia and Iran, the two most hated and demonized countries in the West, have rushed to rescue Washington from its Middle East follies. This is the failure of Russian and Iranian strategic thinking. Countries that cannot think strategically do not survive.

The Iranians need to understand that their treaty with Washington means nothing. Washington has never honored any treaty. Just ask the Plains Indians or the last Soviet President Gorbachev.

If the Russian government thinks that Washington’s word means anything, the Russian government is out to lunch.

Iran is well led, and Vladimir Putin has rescued Russia from US and Israeli control, but both governments continue to act as if they are taking some drug that makes them think that Washington can be a partner.

These delusions are dangerous, not only to Russia and Iran, but to the entire world.

If Russia and Iran let their guard down, they will be nuked, and so will China.

Washington stands for one thing and one thing only: World Hegemony.

Just ask the Neoconservatives or read their documents.

The neoconservatives control Washington. No one else in the government has a voice.

For the neoconservatives, Armageddon is a tolerable risk to achieve the goal of American World Hegemony.

Only Russia and China can save the world from Armageddon, but are they too deluded and worshipful of the West to save Planet Earth?

Copyright © Paul Craig Roberts 2015

About Paul Craig Roberts

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments and his Internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West and How America Was Lost.

US Troops Told to Ignore Afghan Soldiers Abusing Boys

Russia Today

"We heard them screaming."

September 21, 2015

US troops stationed in Afghanistan came to the realization that some Afghan commanders were sexually abusing local boys and though they often heard the boys screaming, the US Army told them to ignore it, a New York Times report says.

“At night we can hear them [Afghan boys] screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr. reportedly told his father Gregory Buckley Sr before being killed in 2012.

Buckley Sr said he told his son to tell his commanders about these incidents. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture,” he told NYT.

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Kandahar Journal; Shh, It's an Open Secret: Warlords and Pedophilia [The New York Times] Feb 21, 2002

What Jews Think about Blacks and White Christians

Robert Weissberg, political science professor at the University of Illinois—Urbana Campus, speaks in the year 2000 about what Jews think among themselves about Blacks, Whites, White Christians, Asians, what races are capable of running the more complex systems, who they consider goyim and more. Professor Weissberg is Jewish.

Russian Marines Battle ISIS in Syria


by Kit Daniels

September 21, 2015

Russian marines clashed with ISIS near Latakia, Syria, on Sunday, according to Russian media.

During the fight the marines allegedly killed several militants and captured others after ISIS attempted to attack an airbase operated by Russian military, reported the Russian newspaper Segodnya.

Interestingly, the newspaper also reported the ISIS militants “possessed a detailed plan of the air base and clear satellite imagery with the marked key military installations,” but Russia has only been operating the airbase for the past week or so.

That begs the question: who provided ISIS with that kind of intelligence? [HPI: ISIS covert backers the U.S., Israel or both?]

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Pharmaceuticals CEO Defends Price Gouging

Turing Pharmaceuticals bought another pharmaceutical company, proprietor of AIDS drug Daraprim, then raised the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Founder and CEO Martin Shkreli, who founded a hedge fund in his 20s, defends himself on CNBC.

Write-up of interview on YouTube


Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750, Overnight Other drugs have skyrocketed in price, but not as much as Daraprim [The New York Times] Sep 20, 2015

2013 police report on Martin Shkreli

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