July 31, 2014

Anonymous Takes Down Mossad Website Over Israel’s Offensive in Gaza (VIDEO)


Hacker group Anonymous apparently took down the website of the Israeli secret service Mossad in protest to Israel’s military incursion in Gaza. According to a report on RT earlier on Thursday the ‘hacktivists’ have targeted a number of organizations in their mission to stop what they say is the “genocide.” The news report from RT claims that Mossad’s website went offline at around 00:40 GMT Thursday and was out for quite a bit of time after that.

In a previous attack on Monday, Anonymous knocked out multiple Israeli government sites after one of the organization’s members died in the West Bank over the weekend. 22-year-old Tayeb Abu Shehada was killed during a protest in the village of Huwwara in the West Bank after Israeli settlers and soldiers opened fire on demonstrators, reported Bethlehem-based Ma'an News Agency.

Anonymous launched a hacking campaign against Israel coinciding with the beginning of Operation Protective Edge on July 7. Anonymous claims that since its operation began, it has taken down “thousands” of Israeli-based websites. The hacktivist group also released 170 log-in details last Monday which they said belonged to Israeli officials.

Here is the transcript and video that was released earlier in the week warning Israel of a cyber war.

Greetings to the state of Israel, we are anonymous.

Ever since the encounter that has angered all of Israel, which concerns the 3 missing Israeli teens, who were found deceased in Hebron, within Palestinian territories, has made the Prime Minster of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, take a pledge, and an oath, to bring about vengeance, that Satan himself, has not yet created.

Such message, has made the citizens of Israel, wage war, and to rid Palestine, once, and for all.

Israel..

For over a decade, your violation of international law, and your crimes against humanity, have not, gone unnoticed. The oppression you place upon Palestinian territories have angered not only the anonymous collective, but all of mankind.

The disgusting authority you bring to the people that came to accept you, but now despise you, because of your ruthless manner, and your violent ways, have made our legion, interfere, countless, times..

The Israeli Defense Force, and their barbaric and inhumane actions, in where they bombed, raided, and disrupted Gaza, and many other Palestinian locations to their very core, are only begging for more blood.

The citizens of Palestine, specifically the West Bank of Gaza, call this event, one of the biggest Israeli attacks to date.

And ultimately, Palestine, has reached their point of screaming justice to the face of evil.

Instead of organizing an investigation that would lead to the perpetrators of this heinous act that lead to the death of the 3 Israeli teens, Israel, insisted an all out collective punishment attack against Palestine.

During this time, revenge attacks against Palestine grew rampant, once such case was a 17 year old Palestinian boy, Mohammed Abu Keir, was kidnapped by the citizens of Israel, according to autopsy reports, they forced him to consume gasoline, they then burned him alive. His cousin Tarek Abu Keir, suffered the same fate, yet lived, miraculously, he was beaten by the Israeli police and then prosecuted.

The media call it, a revenge attack.

We call it, genocide, ethnic cleansing.

Many events such as these have occurred countless times all over the so called occupied territories. The IDF has killed 9 Palestinians in search of the 3 missing Israelis. Over 250 Palestinians citizens were prosecuted under false charges, and scores of people injured over IDF raids and non-strategic bombing runs.

In short, over 600 innocent Palestinians have suffered the wrath of Israel.

The numbers continue to rise each hour.

Even as we speak, Netanyahu still has no credible evidence to prove that Hamas, or even if the Palestinian people, committed these crimes.

An anonymous council was immediately organized to combat this situation. And for over a week and a half, we came to a conclusion.

We've been fighting Israel and their terrorist state for over 4 years, and we have not grown weary or tired.

It has only made us stronger.

Therefore, we are calling upon the anonymous collective, and the elite hacker groups to join our crusade, and to wage cyber war against the state of Israel once more.

This Friday will be a day in where Israel will feel fear tingling in their servers, and homes.

It will be a day of solidarity and resistance.

Diplomacy has never functioned with Israel, and co-operation with the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee, has only made its terroristic military advance further.

Palestine will be liberated, and Israel will suffer the same fate Palestine has been suffering for decades under their brutal and savaging regime.

No matter how dark it may seem, or how alone you may be, always remember that there are endless warriors that are operating tirelessly around the clock to stand with you, to aid you, to both fight and protect you in these unjustified acts.

We are anonymous.
We are legion.
We will never forgive.
We will never forget.
To Shimon, Netanyahu, and all Israeli governmental officials, you will not escape our chaos.
Expect us.


Source - YouTube


Julio Iglesias & Remos Perform Together Live For Mykonos' Jet Set (VIDEO)


English: Julio Iglesias
English: Julio Iglesias (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mykonos is indeed a party town and the site where Greece's elite gathers every summer in order to enjoy some serious R&R with the global jet set. Pristine beaches, unique restaurants and trendy bars all make for a great vacation, but the the Nammos restaurant bar decided to take it a step further. On Wednesday they hosted a unique event. Internationally renowned singer Julio Iglesias was flown in exclusively to entertain an exclusive crowd of (very wealthy) people who did not hesitate to pay 1,000 Euros each in order to enjoy his show.

(Specifically, tickets for front row seats sold at 1,000 Euros; Second row seats sold at two thousand euros for four people; and then there was a 45 Euro charge for a drink at the bar.)

Backing up the internationally renowned singer was our very own Antonis Remos and together they performed a few songs, including “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.

When the concert ended (3:00 am), Remos took the stage and continued to entertain the mob of fans until the wee hours of the morning.


SYRIA - Antiochian Orthodox Christian town of Mhardeh Under Heavy Attack From Extremists


The town of Mhardeh in the province of Hama, northern Syria, is currently under attack and surrounded by radical Islamic extremists, according to the Orontes news site. The extremists are spreading fear and panic to the locals and have already threatened them with beheadings.

The city, which is administratively part of the Hama Governorate, is located about 23 kilometers northwest of Hama and situated along the Orontes River, near the Ghab plain.

It is comprised mainly of Antiochian Orthodox Christians.

The news site claims that residents have already begun to flee their homes and once they are all gone, another Syrian Christian town will be emptied of its population.

This is a tragedy, and a call to Christians everywhere to take action NOW against these violent and inhuman acts of barbarism.

These incomprehensible, diabolic executions and mass killings have to end!

Source - Orontes


Greek debt, Lost Gold, Spying, US anti-Putin Propaganda Can Force Merkel To Face East


(The Slog) - As European citizens head for the August Beach fest, very few of them will be aware that the World may be on the brink of the biggest shift in global power scales since 1938. The reasons for this are various… but they are all, allegedly, giving Mutti Merkel pause for thought.

Last January I posted at some length about how Greece would default on May 21st this year without further help. Unusually for this site, quite a few MSM bods picked up on the analysis and the piece wound up getting the best hits here at The Slog for over two years.

As things turned out, through a combination of obfuscation and misrepresentation, (Greek Premier Antonis) Samaras and his cronies got their backdoor bailout just in time:
     "Greece needs another infusion of money to avoid default in May, when it has to repay 12.5 billion euros ($17.2 billion) of government debt" confirmed Keep Talking Greece in late March.
The big brown envelope duly arrived (despite doubts in both Brussels and Frankfurt) and not a single western mainstream medium so much as raised a peep about it.

But tempers fugit and all that, and now here we are at Stage Two (how time flies when you’re enjoying yourself) with just weeks to go before the next hurdle….a $3.8bn shortfall on this little baby:

August 220th, 2014 is just days away. I’ve been Googling every which way for the last four days, but I can’t find a single EU document, MSM article, ECB release or even heavily-laden carrier pigeon bearing any enlightenment as to what happens next. The entire European mainland population will be on holiday anyway, but I think somebody should be asking the question about who finds/prints/donates/steals the money that Antonikis and Benny now need.

One clue might lie in a piece from April this year, which – spookily – noted how Eurostat calculated Greece’s primary surplus in 2013 to have been…. US $3.8bn. I would lay good money that this bit of corporate accountancy becomes the EC explanation of choice….if indeed anyone even bothers to ask.

What even Eurostat cannot avoid, however, is the reality that the total Greek debt mountain is 318.7 billion euro, Greece has the highest debt-to-GDP ratio in the 18- nation single-currency bloc, and Greece has received 240 billion euro in bailout since 2010.

Think on that: one quarter of a trillion euro. And there is, mathematically – under the Troika deal struck in 2012 – no way on Earth that Greece can pay it back… short of discovering an 18-mile deep seam of top-carat diamonds up Venizelos’s capacious back passage.

How does Mutti Merkel feel about all this, some of us ask ourselves. Wheelchair Wolfie Schäuble declared himself ‘relaxed’ about the May deal, but I understand that East German Fridge Woman holds a different view.

And since the Ukraine nonsense (plus rumours of dirty tricks in Hungary as well) it is alleged that the Führerin is becoming disillusioned with American diplomacy.

So I was intrigued to be sent this piece from a Slogger, reviving my long-held theory that Geli may yet side with Russia, China and the BRICS in order to lead a balancing bloc against EU/US hegemony.

In this context, we mustn’t forget that Jens Weidmann at the Bundesbank remains a eurosceptic on the subject of manageable eurozone debt – and a chap of increasing influence at the Court of Queen Geli.

The linked article (Click HERE) is far from madcap. If nothing else, it deserves the attention of those who cannot see beyond the end of their geopolitical noses. It makes this very important Realpolitik point:
     "Germany has a vital interest in ensuring their relations with Russia and China are not hindered in any way, especially since they rely upon these BRICS member nations for 30% of their oil imports, and 40% of their natural gas needs. Additionally, over 3000 German companies do a great deal of business with the BRICS coalition, and their economy is now more reliant upon the East than it is on the U.S. and Western countries. Thus Germany has already seen the writing on the wall for a sea-change in global economic and financial authority, and it is very likely that as the U.S. resorts to armed conflicts and espionage to protect their control over dollar hegemony, the linchpin to Europe and the entire European Union will assuredly look out for themselves, and move forward in a partnership with the next power structure that will rule the global financial system."
It’s certainly something to focus the mind in Summer. But there is a lot more to this than the euro crisis. Merkel has had her doubts about US motives ever since Geithner and others pushed hard two years ago for Athens to be amputated from the eurozone.

A Slogpost of the time shows clearly how and why the US tried to kill any chance of contagion, and used Wall Street to wind up Bankfurt.

In fact, American strategy here was to get Obama re-elected without pain, and also increase its influence over Greece once it had been cut free from the eurozone… with (as usual) the main motive being access to Greek Aegean seabed energy resources.

Another bone of contention causing choking sounds in Berlin and Frankfurt is the issue of Germany’s gold being returned from ‘safe keeping’ in the States. Tyler Durden’s assertion at Zero Hedge in June that ‘Several months after it was revealed that Germany was able to only recover a miserable 5 tons of its gold in all of 2013 (under 10% of the 84 tons it was scheduled to repatriate), Germany appears to have given up entirely in its attempt to recover gold which simply is not there’ was picked up and preceded by other sources suggesting the same thing.

He may be right of course, but American black arts are also in play here: the general feeling among those Germans who care about the issue is, quite simply, that Washington is trying to pull the ripoff of all time.

For the Bankfurters, this is another nail they’re determined to hammer into the Americo-German alliance.

The idea that Berlin would simply ‘give up’ on 79 tons of gold is ridiculous.

Indeed, some suggest that Merkel’s widely leaked interest in turning East and dumping NATO is in and of itself a frightener to unblock the gold shipment blockage. We don’t really know: doubters (of whom I have been one since 2006) suggest the gold has simply gone to save America’s neck/the Dollar/shut the Chinese up by secret sales… take your pick of allegations about it. But the German Chancellor has many muscles she can flex on this one.

Angela Merkel was also not best pleased to discover that Barack Obama had been tapping her phone for the last three years.

Earlier this week, a Berlin government spokesman told Deutsche Welle 3,000 mobile phones with newly encoded barrier technology have been distributed to the federal administration. The government plans to purchase additional phones equally optimised for security. Geli has also briefed her security services to spy on the UK and US “as if they might be our enemies”.

She’s also fitted a new lock on her fridge.

I made that last bit up.

But it is in the last ten days that sources have been popping up all over the MSM and the Web suggesting that Merkel is rapidly distancing herself from the Brussels/Washington fictions being advanced in relation to Russian separatists in Ukraine. Whatever she’s being told about who did or didn’t shoot down MH17, her innate sense of geopolitical necessity absolutely dictates that she will not allow Vladimir Putin to be isolated and/or made an enemy.

The big question, however, remains: would she really make that giant leap? There’s no doubting that Angela Merkel is a ruthless megalomaniac, and would thus love to be the leader of Tomorrow rather than Yesterday. But perhaps it’s more likely that, at present, she too is leaking methodically with a view to increasing the pressure on Washington to cooperate.

You always know where you are with Mutti: she will always jump onto the best horse. But she is unlikely to jump onto a dark horse.


BUSTED -CNN Report Admits That Kiev Fired Ballistic Missiles into Eastern Ukraine


credit - Land Destroyer
(Tony Cartalucci - Land Destroyer) - CNN has reported that the regime in Kiev launched several short-range ballistic missiles into eastern Ukraine - each missile containing warheads of up to 1,000 lbs (450 kg). The missiles fired were OTR-21 Tochka also known by their NATO reporting name as SS-21 Scarabs and are considered far from "precision" weapons.

While smaller than the infamous "Scud" missile, SS-21s are similarly inaccurate and their use in combat against an enemy entrenched in populated areas is almost guaranteed to cause indiscriminate mass casualties. In fact, when Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi allegedly fired Scuds at NATO-backed Al Qaeda terrorists, according to the Telegraph in its article, "Col Gaddafi fires scud missile at rebel territory as Nato braces itself for final violent showdown," one Western official claimed:
    That it didn't hit anything or kill anyone is not the point. It's a weapon of mass destruction that Col Gaddafi is willing to train on his own people.
Clearly the West's conscience has shifted and now weapons of mass destruction Ukraine is willing to train on its own people appears more than acceptable.

The US Department of Defense admittedly holds information regarding Kiev's use of the ballistic missiles but is refusing to disclose it, only confirming that indeed the weapons have been used.

In the CNN report, Major General James A. "Spider" Marks claimed that the reasoning behind the Pentagon's decision was because "Ukraine has a right to defend itself," before admitting that SS-21s are used offensively ahead of an invasion or other armed incursion.

What it appears the West is doing by admitting to what is otherwise a crime against humanity by their own definition, is acclimatizing what is left of their impressionable audiences to an increasingly brutal campaign of indiscriminate violence against the whole of eastern Ukraine in an effort to not only break armed resistance, but the civilian population that has rejected Kiev's authority.

The use of such weaponry, just as the Telegraph and others noted before the fall of Libya, hints at tactical weakness and impending strategic defeat - and while the West covers for Kiev's numerous and multiplying atrocities, the fact that Kiev must resort to increasingly brutal and indiscriminate measures indicates a failure no amount of Western support can undo.


Ebola Alert Now Comes To Europe


The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which is currently spreading devestation to entire communities in Western Africa could pose a potential threat to Europe. On Wednesday UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond chaired an emergency meeting of COBRA in London in order to discuss the various options available in case the virus spread to Europe (via airline passengers).

As such, a national alert was issued by the Public Health England organization to all doctors in the United Kingdom after the virus spread from Guinea, where it first appeared in February, to Liberia, Sierra Leone and now, Nigeria in the worst outbreak ever of this hemorrhagic fever.

Philip Hammond has declared that EVD is a "threat" to the United Kingdom, an opinion which has been backed by the British government's chief scientist, Sir Mark Walport.

Source - Pravda

Greeks In Danger - Gov't Sends Warship to Libya To Collect Nationals


The eruption of chaos and bloody violence in Libya has seriously spiraled out of control. As such, the Greek government decided to evacuate the Greek embassy and send a war ship to collect all Greek nationals there. In such a framework, the “Salamis” navy frigate sailed off on Wednesday for Tripoli, where it is expected to collect the seven employees of the Greek embassy, as well as 80 Greek citizens who live in Libya.

Greece has also sent the "Elfetherios Venizelos" passenger ship to Libya to receive foreign nationals, while the Hellenic Navy ordered the "Prometheus" ship to sail there as well for general support. The latter is expected to assist both the frigate "Salamis" and the passenger ship, if necessary.

The unstable situation in Libya over the last 24 hours led to the Greek government’s decision to quickly evacuate the Greek embassy in Tripoli as well as withdraw its diplomatic staff from the region.

The hasty decision was taken after an announcement by Libya on Monday that warned of the risk of a humanitarian and environmental disaster. Libyan authorities said that it made the warning following the blazing of a second fuel tank fire which was caused amid heavy fighting at the Tripoli airport between rival militia and Libyan troops struggling for control of the city.

In fact, clashes have been continuing in Benghazi since July 14th and, according to some press reports, have been the bloodiest to date, or since the Libyan civil war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

Salamis, a frigate of the Greek navy, left on Wednesday with the mission of carrying Greek citizens and diplomatic staff out of Libya. Press reports state that it will arrive in Libya on Thursday afternoon and will quickly proceed in evacuating all Greek nationals.

France made a similar move with a temporary closure of its embassy after the United States smuggled all of its diplomatic staff to neighboring Tunisia on Saturday under the escort of marines and fighter aircraft. Last Sunday, a British convoy was hit by gunfire during an attempted carjacking, but thankfully no one was hurt.

Greek citizens are encouraged to contact the Greek Embassy in Libya if they have loved ones in the region, as well as to find out information about the evacuation operation. Call the emergency number (+21891) 3581227.


July 30, 2014

UKRAINE - US Veteran Intelligence Experts Slam “Intelligence” Against Russia in Letter To Obama


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Writing (Photo credit: jjpacres)

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President

FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

SUBJECT: Intelligence on Shoot-Down of Malaysian Plane

Executive Summary

U.S.–Russian intensions are building in a precarious way over Ukraine, and we are far from certain that your advisers fully appreciate the danger of escalation. The New York Times and other media outlets are treating sensitive issues in dispute as flat-fact, taking their cue from U.S. government sources.

Twelve days after the shoot-down of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, your administration still has issued no coordinated intelligence assessment summarizing what evidence exists to determine who was responsible – much less to convincingly support repeated claims that the plane was downed by a Russian-supplied missile in the hands of Ukrainian separatists.

Your administration has not provided any satellite imagery showing that the separatists had such weaponry, and there are several other “dogs that have not barked.” Washington’s credibility, and your own, will continue to erode, should you be unwilling – or unable – to present more tangible evidence behind administration claims. In what follows, we put this in the perspective of former intelligence professionals with a cumulative total of 260 years in various parts of U.S. intelligence:

We, the undersigned former intelligence officers want to share with you our concern about the evidence adduced so far to blame Russia for the July 17 downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. We are retired from government service and none of us is on the payroll of CNN, Fox News, or any other outlet. We intend this memorandum to provide a fresh, different perspective.

As veteran intelligence analysts accustomed to waiting, except in emergency circumstances, for conclusive information before rushing to judgment, we believe that the charges against Russia should be rooted in solid, far more convincing evidence. And that goes in spades with respect to inflammatory incidents like the shoot-down of an airliner. We are also troubled by the amateurish manner in which fuzzy and flimsy evidence has been served up – some it via “social media.”

As intelligence professionals we are embarrassed by the unprofessional use of partial intelligence information. As Americans, we find ourselves hoping that, if you indeed have more conclusive evidence, you will find a way to make it public without further delay. In charging Russia with being directly or indirectly responsible, Secretary of State John Kerry has been particularly definitive. Not so the evidence. His statements seem premature and bear earmarks of an attempt to “poison the jury pool.”

Painting Russia Black

We see an eerie resemblance to an earlier exercise in U.S. “public diplomacy” from which valuable lessons can be learned by those more interested in the truth than in exploiting tragic incidents for propaganda advantage. We refer to the behavior of the Reagan administration in the immediate aftermath of the shoot-down of Korean Airlines Flight 007 over Siberia on August 30, 1983. We sketch out below a short summary of that tragic affair, since we suspect you have not been adequately briefed on it. The parallels will be obvious to you.

An advantage of our long tenure as intelligence officers is that we remember what we have witnessed first hand; seldom do we forget key events in which we played an analyst or other role. To put it another way, most of us “know exactly where we were” when a Soviet fighter aircraft shot down Korean Airlines passenger flight 007 over Siberia on August 30, 1983, over 30 years ago. At the time, we were intelligence officers on “active duty.” You were 21; many of those around you today were still younger.

Thus, it seems possible that you may be learning how the KAL007 affair went down, so to speak, for the first time; that you may now become more aware of the serious implications for U.S.-Russian relations regarding how the downing of Flight 17 goes down; and that you will come to see merit in preventing ties with Moscow from falling into a state of complete disrepair. In our view, the strategic danger here dwarfs all other considerations.

Hours after the tragic shoot-down on Aug. 30, 1983, the Reagan administration used its very accomplished propaganda machine to twist the available intelligence on Soviet culpability for the killing of all 269 people aboard KAL007. The airliner was shot down after it strayed hundreds of miles off course and penetrated Russia’s airspace over sensitive military facilities in Kamchatka and Sakhalin Island. The Soviet pilot tried to signal the plane to land, but the KAL pilots did not respond to the repeated warnings. Amid confusion about the plane’s identity – a U.S. spy plane had been in the vicinity hours earlier – Soviet ground control ordered the pilot to fire.

The Soviets soon realized they had made a horrendous mistake. U.S. intelligence also knew from sensitive intercepts that the tragedy had resulted from a blunder, not from a willful act of murder (much as on July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes shot down an Iranian civilian airliner over the Persian Gulf, killing 290 people, an act which President Ronald Reagan dismissively explained as an “understandable accident”).

To make the very blackest case against Moscow for shooting down the KAL airliner, the Reagan administration suppressed exculpatory evidence from U.S. electronic intercepts. Washington’s mantra became “Moscow’s deliberate downing of a civilian passenger plane.” Newsweek ran a cover emblazoned with the headline “Murder in the Sky.” (Apparently, not much has changed; Time’s cover this week features “Cold War II” and “Putin’s dangerous game.” The cover story by Simon Shuster, “In Russia, Crime Without Punishment,” would merit an A-plus in William Randolph Hearst’s course “Yellow Journalism 101.”)

When KAL007 was shot down, Alvin A. Snyder, director of the U.S. Information Agency’s television and film division, was enlisted in a concerted effort to “heap as much abuse on the Soviet Union as possible,” as Snyder writes in his 1995 book, “Warriors of Disinformation.”

He and his colleagues also earned an A-plus for bringing the “mainstream media” along. For example, ABC’s Ted Koppel noted with patriotic pride, “This has been one of those occasions when there is very little difference between what is churned out by the U.S. government propaganda organs and by the commercial broadcasting networks.”

“Fixing” the Intelligence Around the Policy

“The perception we wanted to convey was that the Soviet Union had cold-bloodedly carried out a barbaric act,” wrote Snyder, adding that the Reagan administration went so far as to present a doctored transcript of the intercepts to the United Nations Security Council on September 6, 1983.

Only a decade later, when Snyder saw the complete transcripts — including the portions that the Reagan administration had hidden — would he fully realize how many of the central elements of the U.S. presentation were false.

The intercepts showed that the Soviet fighter pilot believed he was pursuing a U.S. spy aircraft and that he was having trouble in the dark identifying the plane. Per instructions from ground control, the pilot had circled the KAL airliner and tilted his wings to order the aircraft to land. The pilot said he fired warning shots, as well. This information “was not on the tape we were provided,” Snyder wrote.

It became abundantly clear to Snyder that, in smearing the Soviets, the Reagan administration had presented false accusations to the United Nations, as well as to the people of the United States and the world. In his book, Snyder acknowledged his own role in the deception, but drew a cynical conclusion. He wrote, “The moral of the story is that all governments, including our own, lie when it suits their purposes. The key is to lie first.”

The tortured attempts by your administration and stenographers in the media to blame Russia for the downing of Flight 17, together with John Kerry’s unenviable record for credibility, lead us to the reluctant conclusion that the syndrome Snyder describes may also be at work in your own administration; that is, that an ethos of “getting your own lie out first” has replaced “ye shall know the truth.” At a minimum, we believe Secretary Kerry displayed unseemly haste in his determination to be first out of the starting gate.

Both Sides Cannot Be Telling the Truth

We have always taken pride in not shooting from the hip, but rather in doing intelligence analysis that is evidence-based. The evidence released to date does not bear close scrutiny; it does not permit a judgment as to which side is lying about the shoot-down of Flight 17. Our entire professional experience would incline us to suspect the Russians – almost instinctively. Our more recent experience, particularly observing Secretary Kerry injudiciousness in latching onto one spurious report after another as “evidence,” has gone a long way toward balancing our earlier predispositions.

It seems that whenever Kerry does cite supposed “evidence” that can be checked – like the forged anti-Semitic fliers distributed in eastern Ukraine or the photos of alleged Russian special forces soldiers who allegedly slipped into Ukraine – the “proof” goes “poof” as Kerry once said in a different context. Still, these misrepresentations seem small peccadillos compared with bigger whoppers like the claim Kerry made on Aug. 30, 2013, no fewer than 35 times, that “we know” the government of Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical incidents near Damascus nine days before.

On September 3, 2013 – following your decision to call off the attack on Syria in order to await Congressional authorization – Kerry was still pushing for an attack in testimony before a thoroughly sympathetic Senate Foreign Affairs Committee. On the following day Kerry drew highly unusual personal criticism from President Putin, who said: “He is lying, and he knows he is lying. It is sad.”

Equally serious, during the first week of September 2013, as you and President Vladimir Putin were putting the final touches to the deal whereby Syrian chemical weapons would be given up for destruction, John Kerry said something that puzzles us to this day. On September 9, 2013, Kerry was in London, still promoting a U.S. attack on Syria for having crossed the “Red Line” you had set against Syria’s using chemical weapons.

At a formal press conference, Kerry abruptly dismissed the possibility that Bashar al-Assad would ever give up his chemical weapons, saying, “He isn’t about to do that; it can’t be done.” Just a few hours later, the Russians and Syrians announced Syria’s agreement to do precisely what Kerry had ruled out as impossible. You sent him back to Geneva to sign the agreement, and it was formally concluded on September 14.

Regarding the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down of July 17, we believe Kerry has typically rushed to judgment and that his incredible record for credibility poses a huge disadvantage in the diplomatic and propaganda maneuvering vis-a-vis Russia. We suggest you call a halt to this misbegotten “public diplomacy” offensive. If, however, you decide to press on anyway, we suggest you try to find a less tarnished statesman or woman.

A Choice Between Two

If the intelligence on the shoot-down is as weak as it appears judging from the fuzzy scraps that have been released, we strongly suggest you call off the propaganda war and await the findings of those charged with investigating the shoot-down. If, on the other hand, your administration has more concrete, probative intelligence, we strongly suggest that you consider approving it for release, even if there may be some risk of damage to “sources and methods.” Too often this consideration is used to prevent information from entering the public domain where, as in this case, it belongs.

There have been critical junctures in the past in which presidents have recognized the need to waive secrecy in order to show what one might call “a decent respect for the opinions of mankind” or even to justify military action.

As senior CIA veteran Milton Bearden has put it, there are occasions when more damage is done to U.S. national security by “protecting” sources and methods than by revealing them. For instance, Bearden noted that Ronald Reagan exposed a sensitive intelligence source in showing a skeptical world the reason for the U.S. attack on Libya in retaliation for the April 5, 1986 bombing at the La Belle Disco in West Berlin. That bombing killed two U.S. servicemen and a Turkish woman, and injured over 200 people, including 79 U.S. servicemen.

Intercepted messages between Tripoli and agents in Europe made it clear that Libya was behind the attack. Here’s an excerpt: “At 1:30 in the morning one of the acts was carried out with success, without leaving a trace behind.”

Ten days after the bombing the U.S. retaliated, sending over 60 Air Force fighters to strike the Libyan capital of Tripoli and the city of Benghazi. The operation was widely seen as an attempt to kill Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who survived, but his adopted 15-month-old daughter was killed in the bombing, along with at least 15 other civilians.

Three decades ago, there was more shame attached to the killing of children. As world abhorrence grew after the U.S. bombing strikes, the Reagan administration produced the intercepted, decoded message sent by the Libyan Peoples Bureau in East Berlin acknowledging the “success” of the attack on the disco, and adding the ironically inaccurate boast “without leaving a trace behind.”

The Reagan administration made the decision to give up a highly sensitive intelligence source, its ability to intercept and decipher Libyan communications. But once the rest of the world absorbed this evidence, international grumbling subsided and many considered the retaliation against Tripoli justified.

If You’ve Got the Goods…

If the U.S. has more convincing evidence than what has so far been adduced concerning responsibility for shooting down Flight 17, we believe it would be best to find a way to make that intelligence public – even at the risk of compromising “sources and methods.” Moreover, we suggest you instruct your subordinates not to cheapen U.S. credibility by releasing key information via social media like Twitter and Facebook.

The reputation of the messenger for credibility is also key in this area of “public diplomacy.” As is by now clear to you, in our view Secretary Kerry is more liability than asset in this regard. Similarly, with regard to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, his March 12, 2013 Congressional testimony under oath to what he later admitted were “clearly erroneous” things regarding NSA collection should disqualify him. Clapper should be kept at far remove from the Flight 17 affair.

What is needed, if you’ve got the goods, is an Interagency Intelligence Assessment – the genre used in the past to lay out the intelligence. We are hearing indirectly from some of our former colleagues that what Secretary Kerry is peddling does not square with the real intelligence. Such was the case late last August, when Kerry created a unique vehicle he called a “Government (not Intelligence) Assessment” blaming, with no verifiable evidence, Bashar al-Assad for the chemical attacks near Damascus, as honest intelligence analysts refused to go along and, instead, held their noses.

We believe you need to seek out honest intelligence analysts now and hear them out. Then, you may be persuaded to take steps to curb the risk that relations with Russia might escalate from “Cold War II” into an armed confrontation. In all candor, we see little reason to believe that Secretary Kerry and your other advisers appreciate the enormity of that danger.

In our most recent (May 4) memorandum to you, Mr. President, we cautioned that if the U.S. wished “to stop a bloody civil war between east and west Ukraine and avert Russian military intervention in eastern Ukraine, you may be able to do so before the violence hurtles completely out of control.” On July 17, you joined the top leaders of Germany, France, and Russia in calling for a ceasefire. Most informed observers believe you have it in your power to get Ukrainian leaders to agree. The longer Kiev continues its offensive against separatists in eastern Ukraine, the more such U.S. statements appear hypocritical.

We reiterate our recommendations of May 4, that you remove the seeds of this confrontation by publicly disavowing any wish to incorporate Ukraine into NATO and that you make it clear that you are prepared to meet personally with Russian President Putin without delay to discuss ways to defuse the crisis and recognize the legitimate interests of the various parties. The suggestion of an early summit got extraordinary resonance in controlled and independent Russian media. Not so in “mainstream” media in the U.S. Nor did we hear back from you.

The courtesy of a reply is requested.

Prepared by VIPS Steering Group

William Binney, former Technical Director, World Geopolitical & Military Analysis, NSA; co-founder, SIGINT Automation Research Center (ret.)

Larry Johnson, CIA & State Department (ret.)

Edward Loomis, NSA, Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)

David MacMichael, National Intelligence Council (ret.)

Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.)

Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Middle East (ret.)

Coleen Rowley, Division Counsel & Special Agent, FBI (ret.)

Peter Van Buren, U.S. Department of State, Foreign Service Officer (ret)

Ann Wright, Col., US Army (ret); Foreign Service Officer (ret.)

Source - Common Dreams

The video is unrelated to the article above, but it is certainly worth a watch because it only vindicates what all the above intelligence experts are saying.

Leaked Tape: Obama Tries to Convince Netanyahu to Accept Truce For Gaza


President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minis...
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Evidence has emerged of US President Barack Obama’s dismissal of Israel’s position in favor of supporting the position of Hamas and its allies during ceasefire talks. According to press reports, a senior US official leaked an audio recording of a telephone conversation between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Channel One. In the 35-minute conversation, which took place last Sunday, Obama attempts to promote a truce proposal to Netanyahu.

Following the release of the conversations, US and Israeli officials rushed to dismiss the recording and even characterized then as a”fabrication”.

The following is an excerpt of the conversation, as published by Channel One:

Obama: I demand that Israel agrees to an immediate, unilateral ceasefire and halt all offensive activities – particularly air strikes.

Netanyahu: What will Israel receive in return for a ceasefire?

Obama: I believe that Hamas will stop firing rockets – silence will be met with silence.

Netanyahu: Hamas violated all five previous ceasefires, it is a terrorist organization which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel.

Obama: I repeat and expect Israel to unilaterally stop all its military activity. The pictures of destruction from Gaza distance the world from Israel’s position.

Netanyahu: Kerry’s proposal was completely unrealistic and gives Hamas the military and diplomatic advantage.

Obama: Within a week of the end of Israel’s military activities, Qatar and Turkey will begin negotiations with Hamas on the basis of the 2012 understanding [following the end of Operation Pillar of Defense - ed.], including Israel’s commitment to removing the siege and restrictions on Gaza,

Netanyahu: Qatar and Turkey are the biggest supporters of Hamas. It is impossible to rely on them to be fair mediators.

Obama: I trust Qatar and Turkey, and Israel is in no position to choose its mediators.

Netanyahu: I object, because Hamas is able to continue and to fire rockets and to use tunnels for terror attacks…

Obama – interrupts Netanyahu mid-sentence: The ball is in Israel’s court – it is obligated to end all military activities.

Full article: In Leaked Tape, Hostile Obama Tries to Force PM to Accept Truce (Arutz Sheva 7)



Pipeline Diplomacy - Ukraine Opened the Door to A New US-Russia Energy War


The following article was written by Sylvia Todorova for the WhoWhatWhy news site and then republished by Global Research. HellasFrappe would like to advise its readers to read it carefully and thoroughly and then think back to when former prime minister Costas Karamanlis signed the extension of Russia's South Stream pipeline through Greece (as well as to what followed after this). At first half of the Peloponnese went ablaze, then there was a shooting of a young anarchist in central Athens which gave way to some of the bloodiest riots in all of Europe's history (which were suspiciously -and we would also say conveniently filmed). Karamanlis was still popular with the people, so a scandal about a couple of monks selling land in northern Greece was created, only to be debunked years later (meaning that once Karamanlis was out of the way, then it was revealed that there was never an issue to begin with). The cabal controlled media in Greece (and abroad) began to promote George Papandreou as the new hope of the Greek people, and when he came to power the first thing he did was end these agreements (which would have added Greece on the global energy map). Instead, our nation was bound (hand and foot) to the IMF (otherwise known as resource seekers). Democratically elected governments being toppled in the name of the petrodollar and energy. Slowly but surely Frappers every layer of the onion will peel away and you will realize that not only were you tricked into believing a pack of propaganda and lies, but you are equally responsible for not preventing the Greek tragedy.

Here is the article, enjoy!

Now that all eyes are on Ukraine and the potential of a bigger war looms, there’s never been a more important time to understand what is at stake. As WhoWhatWhy readers know, the real reasons surrounding a conflict are often buried under the headlines and rhetoric.

So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that, behind the scenes, oil and natural gas is driving a big piece of the U.S. response to Russian involvement in Ukraine.

If you want to understand where the rubber meets the geopolitical road in the Ukraine war, you need to learn about the 1,480-mile South Stream natural gas pipeline.South Stream pipeline’s planned route through the heart of Europe

The pipeline is core to the larger battle being fought over Europe between Moscow and Washington. It may even have been a motivation behind Russia’s annexation of Crimea. And if there’s a crack in the unified front between the U.S. and Europe over Russia’s role in Ukraine, South Stream is it.

Why does South Stream matter? It’s a $21.6 billion project to connect Russia’s gas reserves—the world’s largest—to Europe’s markets.  Europe relies on Russia for about 30 percent of its natural gas.

Any delays in finishing the pipeline—scheduled for completion in 2018—can only help Russia’s competitors in the international energy business.  And one player gearing up to challenge Russia in the European energy market is the United States.

This year, the United States became the largest producer of natural gas and oil hydrocarbons in the world, surpassing Russia and Saudi Arabia. There’s solid evidence that the U.S. is seeking both commercial advantage and political influence by gaining a foothold in Europe’s oil and gas markets.

The evidence comes, in part, from the targets the Obama administration has chosen to punish for Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula. All of this raises the question of how much the confrontation in the Ukraine is about who gets to sell natural gas (and later oil) to one of the world’s biggest energy consumers: Europe.

PIPELINE GEOPOLITICS

South Stream owes much of its existence to the 2005-2010 Russia-Ukraine gas disputes, which left as many as 18 European countries cut off from Russian gas. Gazprom, Russia’s state-run energy company, proposed South Stream as a way to circumvent Ukraine and ensure an uninterrupted, diversified flow to Europe. It found a willing partner in the Italy’s state-controlled oil and gas company, Eni S.p.A., and seven other gas-hungry countries.

To truly understand how intrinsic South Stream is to Russian economic influence over Europe, one only has to look at some of the targets of U.S. sanctions against Russian or Russian-linked companies. Two of them were directly aimed at slowing down or stopping South Stream.

The first South Stream-related company the U.S. targeted was Stroytransgaz, which is building the Bulgarian section. Putin ally and billionaire Gennady Timchenko owns it and he’s already on the sanctions list. So Stroytransgaz had to stop construction or risk exposing other companies on the project to the sanctions.

The second entity in the sanctions cross hairs was a Crimean company called Chernomorneftgaz. After the Russian annexation, the Crimean parliament voted to take over the company, which belonged to the Ukrainian government. And guess what that company owned? The rights to the exclusive maritime economic zone in the Black Sea.

That’s important because Russia routed the pipeline on a longer path through the Black Sea that cut out Ukraine. It avoided the Crimean waters, going instead via Turkey’s.

EUROPEAN SPLIT

The European Union attacked South Stream through a non-binding resolution that called for a halt to its construction. EU member states don’t have to pay attention to the resolution, which was mostly designed to put public pressure on Russia.

That’s where split among countries in Europe became evident.

Several that will benefit from the pipeline have spoken out in support of construction or moved ahead with agreements to build it. Italy wants it to proceed, and Austria and Russia signed an agreement to construct a segment, in defiance of the EU’s position that the pipeline may violate anti-competitiveness rules. Germany’s Siemens will supply the instrumentation for the pipeline.

123One country that’s trying to avoid getting trampled as the giants fight is Bulgaria. It still has close ties to Russia but is subject to pressure from the U.S.

Both have taken aim at its section of South Stream, which is where the pipeline will come ashore from Russia via the Black Sea. The European Union warned the Bulgarian government that its construction tender broke EU rules. The U.S. sanctioned the company that won the tender, Stroytransgaz.

Bulgaria is arguing to the EU that its position is legally sound, and that its economic stability is at risk without South Stream. Bulgaria has no other secure gas supply so “the national interest must be protected,” Economy and Energy Minister Dragomir Stoynev said.

In the meantime, Bulgaria is hard at work finding a way around the U.S. sanctions. The government may hand the construction job to a subsidiary of Gazprom that’s building the Serbian section. And here’s a neat trick: the Bulgarian government approved an $835 million loan from Gazprom to pay for it, secured by future revenue from the pipeline.

JUST BUSINESS, NEVER POLITICAL

According to Vladimir Putin, South Stream is just a business venture facing ordinary commercial setbacks that have nothing to do with Ukraine. Washington is interfering, Putin said after meeting with his Austrian counterpart in June, because the United States wants to supply the gas to Europe. “It is an ordinary competitive struggle. In the course of this competition, political tools are being used,” he said, referring to the U.S. sanctions.

Undoubtedly, the United States has a massive commercial interest in selling natural gas to Europe. Thanks to the abundant supply created by the domestic shale-gas boom, the U.S. may be able to export liquefied natural gas to European buyers in the near future. Already, Washington has licensed seven export facilities; about 30 more are awaiting approval. The first exports could start by the end of this year.

But since all the infrastructure to ship liquefied gas is not yet in place, Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vucic, a South Stream proponent, has ridiculed the idea of U.S. gas exports to Europe in a year or two as “fairy tales.” Meanwhile, Putin has pointedly said that piped gas will always be cheaper than the liquid form, and Moscow has consistently claimed that Europe’s gas bill will rise if it chooses alternatives besides Russian natural gas.

However, there’s more than natural gas at play in Europe’s energy future. The Obama Administration is negotiating a free trade agreement with Europe that could legalize American oil exports for the first time since 1975. This would bring U.S. exporters in direct competition with Russia, which sells 84 percent of its oil exports to Europe today.

At the moment the South Stream pipeline is projected to generate approximately $20 billion a year in income.  With that much money at stake, the politics behind the armed confrontation in eastern Ukraine takes on a new dimension: Is the shooting war there part of larger, longer-term conflict—a continuing battle between the United States and Russia for global energy dominance?




Roum & Aramean communities Rally in the Holy Land


This past Sunday, members of the Greek Orthodox and Aramean communities staged a peaceful protest in Haifa, in order to express their outrage at the continued persecution of their brethren throughout the Middle East. Participates gathered with signs and flags, and called for a peaceful resolution to the war in Gaza, as well as for an end to the on-going Genocide of Christians in Syria and Iraq.

Demonstrators expressed their dissatisfaction with the West for remaining silent while Christians are being raped and murdered in Iraq and Syria. Calling on the International Community to stand up, and protect the indigenous ethno-religious minorities of the Middle East. They also asked western countries to defend the indigenous Assyrian community of Mosul, who have recently been forced to flee their homes, in hopes of escaping the wrath of ISIS.

The protest was held, in solidarity, with the worldwide call of action by the Assyrian Diaspora. We Demand Action is a Global initiative to support the protection of the Assyrians (including Syriacs/Chaldeans) and other minorities in Iraq and Syria. To learn more about #WeDemandAction or to find a rally in your area, please follow them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DemandforAction or on Twitter: twitter.com/demandforaction

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July 29, 2014

Conspiracy or Truth - Putin Issues Feared “Dead Hand” Order As Global War Nears


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A grim report issued by The Strategic Missile Forces (SMF), which is the main component of Russia’s Strategic Nuclear Forces (SNF), states that President Putin earlier on Tuesday issued a feared “Dead Hand” order not used since September 26th, 1983 when the nuclear early warning system of the Soviet Union twice reported the launch of American Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) from bases in the United States.

The issuance of the 1983 “Dead Hand” order, this report says, was in response to a five-day North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) command post exercise called Able Archer 83 that Soviet military officials feared was a “ruse to war”.

A “Dead Hand” order is a Cold-War-era nuclear-control system developed by the Soviet Union and remains in use today and is controlled from the massive and highly secretive underground military city at Mount Yamantau located in the Republic of Bashkortostan.

“Dead Hand” is an example of fail-deadly deterrence as it can automatically trigger the launch of the Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) if a nuclear strike is detected by seismic, light, radioactivity and overpressure sensors. By most accounts, it is normally switched off and is supposed to be activated during dangerous crises only; however, it is said to remain fully functional and able to serve its purpose whenever needed, such as today.

To Putin’s ordering the “Dead Hand” protocols today, this report continues, is in “direct response” to US President Obama’s plan to send US military forces into Ukraine, a hostile war move Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov warned last month would lead to an immediate Russian response by his stating:
     “We cannot see such a build-up of the alliance's [NATO’s] military power near the border with Russia as anything else but a demonstration of hostile intentions. It would be hard to see additional deployment of substantial NATO military forces in central-eastern Europe, even if on a rotational basis, as anything else but a direct violation of provisions of the 1997 Founding Act on relations between Russia and NATO. We will be forced to undertake all necessary political and military measures to reliably safeguard our security.”
Critical to note about Putin’s issuing a “Dead Hand” order today was that nearly immediately after it had been issued, Vladislav Surkov, one of the most powerful men in the Kremlin, and the Russian leaders top aide, in essence, confirmed its existence when during a private interview with the Financial Times News Service on the sham US $50 billion ruling against Russia in a European arbitration proceeding (called The Fine That Rang Out Across The World) relating to the Yukos case stated why the Kremlin wasn’t responding by simply stating:
     “There is a war coming in Europe.  Do you really think this matters.”
While the barrage of trade sanctions Washington and its allies have imposed on Russia is in fact an act of economic warfare, and which they had likewise imposed on Japan in 1941 that led Tokyo to attack the Western powers, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has nevertheless stated that Russia will not respond in kind by stating:
     “We cannot ignore it. But to fall into hysterics and respond to a blow with a blow is not worthy of a major country.”
And with the US War Party’s desire to punish Putin for pushing back against American interventionism in Syria, Iran, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East, which has left these nations devastated… in just 800 words, even the American old-guard Cold War warrior Pat Buchanan exposes the sheer juvenile delinquency embodied in Washington’s current Ukrainian fiasco.

He accomplishes this by reminding us of the sober restraint that governed the actions of American Presidents from FDR to Eisenhower, Reagan and Bush I with respect to Eastern Europe during far more perilous times and by stating of today’s events:
     “What has Putin done to rival the forced famine in Ukraine that starved to death millions, the slaughter of the Hungarian rebels or the Warsaw Pact’s crushing of Czechoslovakia?
      In Ukraine, Putin responded to a US-backed coup, which ousted a democratically elected political ally of Russia, with a bloodless seizure of the pro-Russian Crimea where Moscow has berthed its Black Sea fleet since the 18th century. This is routine Big Power geopolitics.
     And though Putin put an army on Ukraine’s border, he did not order it to invade or occupy Luhansk or Donetsk. Does this really look like a drive to reassemble either the Russian Empire of the Romanovs or the Soviet Empire of Stalin that reached to the Elbe?     As for the downing of the Malaysian airliner, Putin did not order that. Sen. John Cornyn says US intelligence has not yet provided any “smoking gun” that ties the missile-firing to Russia.”
And with a source from one of the Ukrainian defense departments now stating that a “system mix up” during a Ukrainian air defense units’ rocket launch exercise could be the cause of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash in southeast Ukraine, the Obama regime backed Ukrainian military continues to wage war in this area in their bid to cover up the evidence to such an extent that Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called on them to halt hostilities.

Not to be forgotten, it should be further noted, is that with nearly 500,000 Russian-speaking refugees having poured over Russia’s borders fleeing from the Ukraine Civil War, the 13,000 troops of NATO's Response Force (NRF) would pose no obstacle to Russia’s 845,000 active-duty troops. In fact, by one estimate, Russia’s military could take over the Baltic states of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in an afternoon as sizeable portions of their populations are ethnic Russians to begin with.

As to the US military's 1.4 million active duty troops and 850,000 reservists, it can't just throw all of them at Russia — somebody has to maintain those 900 bases around the world in 130 nations, as well as defend the US homeland… a situation perhaps best summed up by Frederick the Great, the renowned Prussian warrior-king, who once warned:
     “He who tries to defend everything, defends nothing.
So to Putin’s issuance of this “Dead Hand” order today, since 1999, Russia has believed it could win a nuclear war against the United States… and with Obama believing he too can win a nuclear war against Russia… sadly the world may see, very soon, who is right.

Note: Other Conspiracy or Truth articles explaining the Crisis In Ukraine, Russian-EU relations, the revival of the Cold War, the mystery surrounding the Malaysian plane disappearance, the geopolitical events that are unfolding in the East Med as well as in Europe as well as all the threats that were made from the Saudis to the Russians, etc -and how all these stories more or less tie into one another-  include Bloodstained CIA Hands All Over Malaysian Plane Destruction Reports Russia /     Germany Races To Stop US-Backed July Terror Attack /       Power Plays by Rothschilds, Rockellers leave Putin on the defensive /    Obama Order To Execute 175 Saudi Arabian Homosexuals /   Putin Responds After Obama Orders Atomic Bombs To Europe /  : Moscow Astounded As Top Mob Boss Becomes Ukraine Leader,  / Putin Orders Feared Alpha Troops To Ukraine, Declares “Red War”/  US Refuses To Take Back 13 Dead CIA Spies Killed In Ukraine/    Armageddon Warned Near As Russia Orders “All-Out War” On Petrodollar/,    Ukraine “Rape-Murder” Squads Approved By Obama Horrifies Russia/,    US Spy Drone Shot Down Over Northern Fleet Base Alarms Russia/   Furious Putin Orders “Project Double Eagle” To Destroy US, EU Economies/,    Malaysia Flight 370 Pilot Confirmed As CIA “Asset” As Plane Exploded Over Indian Ocean/,    Russia “Puzzled” Over Malaysia Airlines “Capture” By US Navy/,    Obama In Shock After US Oil Giant Sides With Putin; Declares “No Ukraine War”/ ,   Was Ukraine’s Gold Reserves Secretely Confiscated by the New York Federal Reserve?/,    Putin In “Fury” After Saudis Brand Obama Regime Terrorist Organization/,    ,Putin Orders Massive War Moves To Protect Iraq After Saudi Threats/,   Putin Orders Largest Air Defense Drill In History As War Fears Accelerate/,    Putin Orders Russian Troops And Ministries To Atomic Shelters Over NATO Threat Of War/,    800,000 Ukrainian Refugees Flood Into Russia As Nazi Forces Continue Eastern March,/    Putin Sends Feared Shock Troops, Division Into Ukraine, Warns Obama Is “Unstable”/,    Putin Orders Military Alert To Defend Ukraine Against Western-Backed Fascists/,    Ukrainian Mob Call To “Kill All Jews” Horrifies Russia,/    Russian Threat Of War Over Ukraine Stuns Obama,/    US In “Shock And Turmoil” After Snowden Info Lets Russia Tap Top Obama Officials

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BUSTED - Sister Of George Papandreou Owes State Almost Half a Billion In Taxes!


Sophia, the sister of George Papandreou, the former prime minister of Greece, and daughter of the late prime minister and founder of the PASOK party Andreas Papandreou lashed out against allegations by the Athens-based ProtoThema newspaper about her unwillingness to pay overdue taxes on her property in Kastri (a rich northern Greek suburb).

Sophia, who some say is residing in Montreal, Canada, issued a statement saying that arrangements had been made to settle all of these outstanding debts to the state.

How many debts?

According to the article in ProtoThema the family -or in this case Sophia who is handling the finances- forgot to pay dues to the Greek tax office from 2009 onwards.

(Remember that in October, 2009 her brother got elected as prime minister! How convenient...)

The money owed to the Greek state says ProtoThema mounts to more than 500,000 Euros in total, 300,000 Euros of which are overdue.

In her statement, Sophia Papandreou said that "there are past due taxes to the state," but added that "a part of these has been under arrangement since last year, and the installments are being paid regularly."

She said that another part of the taxes due "arose in tandem but is moving towards being arranged, in order to be paid."

The outstanding dues will be settled in full after the completion of a property sale, for which she will be coming to Greece shortly, she added.

Proto Thema, on the other, claims that the amount owed is from income and properties. It also claimed that Papandreou "appears irresponsible in paying her taxes" and that "tax authorities are auctioning off Kastri," her residence north of Athens.

The home housed three generations of Greek prime ministers, but according to the paper it is now burdened almost half a billion Euros worth of tax debt!

Sources told ProtoThema that the money owed by Sophia Papandreou comes from unpaid tax payments, especially on the Kastri mansion and the luxury maisonettes that were conveniently constructed on the property.

One of these ultra luxury maisonettes is currently being rented out to the former Prince Nicholas, son of the former king of Greece.

The paper also claims that between 2012 and 2013, Sophia Papandreou had given assurances that taxes worth 700,000 Euros, concerning mainly her property would be paid. Of the aforementioned amount, notes the article in ProtoThema, some 200,000 Euros have been paid, however there are still hefty back payments due.

Revenue officers are in the opinion that the Kastri mansion should have already been confiscated by the state or at the very least the rent from these properties should have been given to the state. And this is because every other citizen in Greece who delay tax payments for more than four months face legal action. In fact, a memorandum sent to tax offices stated that those who have overdue funds worth 50,000 euros or more are considered suspect for money laundering. Imagine owing the state more than 300,000 Euros!

Quite interestingly, the 5.5 acres owned by former prime minister George Papandreou’s sister at Kastri, is where the Galini mansion is also located.

The mansion that was inherited by her grandfather George Papandreou, (yet another prime minister), was characterized a historical monument in 1999. As such, it received a 50 percent slash in tax payments according to article 23 of Law 2459/97.

In 2007, Ms. Papandreou-Meneiko successfully appealed to the State Council to revoke this classification so that she could commercially exploit the property thus ending the tax break.

Her claims that Galini mansion – home to three separate Greek prime ministers – had no architectural interest came in direct contrast to a letter she had sent to former socialist PASOK environment minister Costas Laliotis in 2000 asking for funds to maintain the mansion after it was damaged by the Parnitha earthquake in 1999.
     “I believe, Mr. Minister, that the area where George A. Papandreou and Andreas G. Papandreou lived and worked deserves to be conserved in its present state in order to honor their memory and work,” she wrote.
(Lol... These people are incredible. At first they save money on taxes and get the state to pay for its restoration, -meaning you and me- and now they de-classify the property so that they can exploit it by erecting a complex of maisonettes so that they can make money from renting and selling them! ELEOS).

In fact two large constructions, each with four different luxury homes from 140 to 300 square meters were created following the declassification, complete with swimming pools, jacuzzis and all the comforts of luxury living.

Editor's Note - And then some of our readers wonder why we detest the Papandreou family and have a dire need to see them rot in jail. Go Figure!

Reference in Greek
ProtoThema - http://www.protothema.gr/politics/article/398280/i-eforia-vgazei-to-kastri-sto-sfuri/
Newspile - http://www.newspile.gr/61312/2014-07/500-000-eurw-xrwsta-stin-eforia-i-sofia-papandreou-gia-to-kastri-twn-triwn-prwthupourgwn.html
Exofitsio - http://exofitsio.blogspot.gr/2014/07/blog-post_137.html



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