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Putin says Russia will station tactical nukes in Belarus

                                                         Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 24, 2023. (Alexei Babushkin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia will soon position tactical nuclear weapons in neighboring Belarus, according to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who revealed the plan over the weekend in the latest Cold War-style escalation tied to Moscow‘s war in Ukraine.

During an interview broadcast on Russian television over the weekend, Mr. Putin said the move will be made in response to increasing NATO weapons flowing to Ukrainian forces.

The Russian president specifically cited Britain’s recent announcement to provide Kyiv with munitions containing depleted uranium.

The British Defense Ministry last week said it will provide Ukrainian forces with the special armor-piercing rounds. Such rounds were first developed by the United States during the Cold War to destroy Soviet tanks, including the same T-72 tanks
previously issued veiled threats to use tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, rhetoric that has ramped up fears that the war there could spiral into a nuclear confrontation between Moscow and Washington.



Israel Govt in Chaos as Crowds Protest Judicial Reform

                                                    

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition plunged into chaos on Monday, after mass overnight protests over the sacking of his defense chief piled pressure on the government to halt its bitterly contested plans to overhaul the judiciary.

Netanyahu had been expected to make a televised statement on Monday morning announcing the plans, which he says are needed to restore balance to the system of government but that critics see as a threat to democracy, had been suspended.

Amid reports his nationalist-religious coalition risked breaking apart, the statement was postponed while Netanyahu met heads of the parties.

Justice Minister Yariv Levin, who has been leading the process, said that as a member of the ruling Likud party he would respect whatever decision Netanyahu reached.

Netanyahu set to suspend Israeli judicial overhaul plan after protests
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Prince Harry Makes Shock Court Appearance in Blockbuster Daily Mail Lawsuit
                                     
Toby Melville/Reuters

Prince Harry made a stunning appearance at London’s High Court on Monday for the first hearing of a lawsuit accusing the publisher of the Daily Mail of phone-tapping and privacy breaches.

The Duke of Sussex brought the action along with other celebrities including Elton John and actress Elizabeth Hurley against Associated Newspapers, but no one was expecting the semi-retired royal to show up at the central London court in person.

The hearing on Monday will consider the initial legal arguments in the case and a judge will then decide if the case can proceed further. The media company denies the allegations.

Harry, one of seven claimants in the case, says he and others have been the victims of “abhorrent criminal activity” and “gross breaches of privacy.” The group announced last October that they were bringing legal action against Associated Newspapers for misuse of private information.



Justice Department charges suspected Russian agent who studied in U.S., tried to infiltrate ICC
                                      
The exterior view of the International Criminal Court are pictured in The Hague, Netherlands, Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The International Criminal Court said Friday, March 17, 2023 it has issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes because of his alleged involvement in abductions of children from Ukraine. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

The Department of Justice has filed charges against a Russian suspected of being an intelligence officer who attempted to infiltrate the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague with a bogus Brazilian passport.

In a nearly 50-page indictment filed March 24, the federal government accused Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov, 37, of being an agent for the Russian Intelligence Service.

According to the indictment, Mr. Cherkasov used an alias of a Brazilian citizen named Victor Muller Ferreira and secured a student visa in October 2017 to study at a school in the D.C. area, identified in media reports as Johns Hopkins University.

Federal prosecutors said Mr. Cherkasov opened accounts at a U.S. bank under his Brazilian alias along with obtaining a Virginia state driver’s license. While reportedly a student at Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies, he “further made connections to persons of interest in the United States and maintained communications with his [Russian Intelligence Service] handlers.”



Jan. 6 defendants see ‘terrorist’ treatment over misdemeanors

People prosecuted for low-level felonies and misdemeanors such as trespassing and disorderly conduct for their involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol say they have been blacklisted by banks and shut out of social media fundraising services.

These defendants say they have been treated like “domestic terrorists” despite convictions of relatively low-level crimes. What’s more, an attorney for defendants blames the FBI and Justice Department for prodding financial institutions to treat them like domestic terrorists.

Derrick Evans, a former West Virginia lawmaker who served three months in prison for one felony count of civil disorder, said JPMorgan Chase & Co. shut down his accounts after giving him a terrifying ultimatum. The bank sent him letters telling him that he and his wife had 30 days to empty their accounts before Chase closed the accounts.



Ottawa hangover: After triumph of Biden visit, reality bites back at Trudeau

Ottawa’s cocktail scene creates some surreal partymates.

Once Air Force One was wheels up from the Canadian capital Friday night, Justin Trudeau headed to an invite-only afterparty joined by plenty of people who are hurrying to end his longish run as prime minister.

Trudeau may have scored plenty of wins and lots of photo ops during Biden’s two-day visit. But the afterglow already looks to be fading for a third-term government mired in controversy, blamed for cost of living anxieties and justifiably fatigued after three years of pandemic management.

Hardly inaudible was the persistent chatter about the vultures circling over the Trudeau government.



Binnall to Newsmax: Trump Won't Roll Over and Accept Allegations


A social media post depicting former President Donald Trump swinging a bat at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg shows Trump is "not going to roll over" because of accusations he paid hush money to a porn actress, and is "exactly why Americans love him," Jesse Binnall, former President Donald Trump's lawyer, told Newsmax on Monday.

In an interview on Newsmax's "Wake Up America," Binnall blasted the interpretation of the photo as Trump "encouraging mayhem is just completely crazy."

"What he's doing is … saying that one way or another, he's going to win this," Binnall said. "And in the analogy there is very, very clear."

According to Binnall, Trump's graphic complaint about Bragg's case "is something very similar to what the Founders talked about 200 years ago."



Rep. Michael McCaul: China and Russia in ‘unholy alliance’
House committee chair says Biden has failed at deterrence


The top House Republican on foreign policy warns that China and Russia have formed an “unholy alliance” against the United States and that the Biden administration is failing to deter aggressive Russian and Chinese actions on the world stage.

President Biden’s “projection of weakness” in the 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal was a turning point in foreign adversary aggression, according to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, who warned over the weekend that Russian and Chinese strategic collaboration has since been rising.

“Because of [Mr. Biden’s] projection of weakness … when Afghanistan imploded … that is when everything changed,” Mr. McCaul said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday.”

“Afghanistan was a turning point,” the Texas Republican said. “It was a disaster, we left Americans behind, Afghan partners behind.”



The Biden Gang: Money trail in foreign dealings leads to family friends, business partners

A House investigation into President Biden’s family and the massive profits they reaped from foreign business deals is homing in on the web of business associates of Mr. Biden’s son Hunter Biden, congressional investigators say.

The investigators, who plan to follow the money, are now looking at a group of family chums, Washington insiders and foreign impresarios who helped close a series of lucrative deals.

The House Oversight and Accountability Committee is reviewing Treasury Department statements and bank accounts to track down the foreign business arrangements and determine whether Mr. Biden had any knowledge or role in the schemes and whether the dealings have compromised national security.



Hunter Biden’s Legal Nightmare Is Just Getting Started

Mainstream Media Is Ignoring the Latest Hunter Biden Scandal: You can’t predict what the mainstream media will cover, especially when it comes to politics.

In these days of viral content, there are many choices to what constitutes a story that is worthy of public consumption.

Now Conservatives are crying foul over the latest sin of commission that the press has chosen to embark on. There is evidence that presidential son Hunter Biden and two other family members have received a mysterious and substantial payment from a Chinese company, and no-one knows why the payments were made.

This is not based on hearsay or on anonymous sources. It is from evidence that does not lie, bank records – notably wire transfer receipts from Bank of America. One would think this would be a story of interest since it involves China - a country that is top of mind now.



Joe Biden wants you to think GOP is the biggest 'threat' to Social Security. He's wrong.

President Joe Biden should learn a lesson in leadership from Emmanuel Macron, his counterpart across the pond.

The French president has followed through on campaign promises to address pension shortfalls by raising the retirement age to 64 from 62.

Guess what? A lot of people don’t like it, and the French have taken to the streets. Yet, Macron isn't deterred by the potential political fallout. He knows it must be done.

“One cannot play with the future of the country,” Macron said recently to government ministers.



Words and phrases no Republican should use

You can't beat leftists by speaking their language

The left is rewriting our history and our language. Too often, Republicans seem more than willing to help them by adopting their lexicon. Previously, we explored several words and phrases no Republican should use. Here are a few more terms that should be stricken from our discourse through the exercise of discipline and common sense. You can’t protect American freedom or beat the left by speaking their language.

Reproductive health

In fairness, few Republicans use this one, but it warrants inclusion. This is the sanitized way of talking about abortion. It should be viewed as an affront to all women that Democrats view abortion as health care. Abortion is the destruction of a human life under the guise of a fictitious right to terminate the life of another. Many Americans disagree about when human rights attach to an unborn child. Still, given that as of 2020, only about 1% of all abortions in the U.S. are performed to protect the life of the mother, the use of this term as a catch-all is deliberately deceptive. Killing a human baby is what it is, and using sterile terms to describe abortion disrespects both parent and child.

Criminal justice reform


" It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
     (1899-1973) British playwright

Medal of Honor
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THOMAS JEROME HUDNER JR.

RANK: LIEUTENANT, J.G.
CONFLICT/ERA: KOREAN WAR

MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. NAVY
MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION DATE: DECEMBER 4, 1950

MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION PLACE: CHOSIN RESERVOIR, KOREA
CITATION

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 32, while attempting to rescue a squadron mate whose plane, struck by antiaircraft fire and trailing smoke, was forced down behind enemy lines. Quickly maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (j.g.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain, and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action and, with the assistance of the rescue pilot, renewed a desperate but unavailing battle against time, cold, and flames. Lt. (j.g.) Hudner's exceptionally valiant action and selfless devotion to a shipmate sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


From the Archive....

            TO KILL OR FEED A MOCKINGBIRD

                 By Geoff Metcalf
                 July 29, 2002

            Two mutually exclusive and under reported stories have been troubling me.

               *   The apparent penchant for political operatives to leak classified information that jeopardizes national security.
               *   The generational control of information dissemination by powerful controllers.

            So we have another ‘Catch-22’.

            The complicity of the mainstream media to spin, cover, and obfuscate government abuse of power under the color of authority was not unique to the Clinton administration.  It may have been more ubiquitous, and at times even clumsy, but it was not unique.

            It has been reported that in June 1991 David Rockefeller allegedly told a Bilderberg meeting in Baden Baden German, "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years." He went on to explain: "It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."

            Some argue that quote is apocryphal urban legend.  However, although I have never been able to find three corroborating independent sources for it, it IS consistent in content and tone with other Bilderberg quotes I HAVE been able to confirm.

            “If we had been subjected to the light of publicity….” Indicates the one world, globalist, wannabe controllers were/are successful in managing the message.

            Operation ‘Mockingbird’ was a program supposedly conceived by a brilliant Machiavellian State Department official, Frank Wisner.  Wisner selected Philip Graham, then publisher of the Washington Post to manage the program.  According to Deborah Davis, author of ‘Katharine the Great’, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst."

            Over twenty five major newspapers and wire services became willing house organs for the CIA media manipulation.

            Investigators digging into MOCKINGBIRD have been flabbergasted to discover FOIA documents in which agents boast (in CIA office memos) of  pride in having placed "important assets" inside every major news publication in the country.

            I know, this is the stuff of Ludlum novels conspiracy wackos, but not until 1982 did the ‘Company’ finally concede that reporters on the CIA payroll have been case officers to field agents.

            I have too often observed, “Some people don’t like to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.”  I have also noted (and struggle to maintain) “It is not WHO is right or wrong…but WHAT is right or wrong.”

            Anyone with almost ‘any’ military experience has no doubt seen the once ubiquitous posters cautioning “Loose Lips Sink Ships”.  It is a left over phrase from WWII and among “lessons learned”.

            In the complex world of intelligence loose lips can and have cost lives.

            Once upon a time, not so long ago, Senator Patrick Leahy (currently the Senate Judiciary committee’s lead obstructionist) used to be the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid 80s.  Leahy allegedly ‘inadvertently’ exposed a top-secret intercept of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak that led to the capture of the Achille Lauro terrorists.  That supposed slip of the tongue “cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative.” http://www.newsmax.com/showinside.shtml?a=2001/1/31/85757

            Loose Lip Leahy was forced to resign in disgrace 14 years ago in the wake of having to acknowledge he leaked secret intelligence to the press.   However today he lords his power over the Senate Judiciary committee.  Congress’ institutional memory must be as short as some of Jennifer Flowers former paramours.

            In our contemporary environment in which whistleblowers have become in many cases heroes it is important to make the distinctions between the appropriateness of corporate and political whistleblowers and the idiot or miscreant who leaks information with genuine national security implications.

            Currently the FBI is investigating national security leaks from specifically the House and Senate Select Intelligence committees.  This is serious stuff.

            Defenders of the indefensible will argue it is a political witch-hunt by politicians in a heavy C.Y.A. mode.  That is not true but a convenient political spin job.

            Sure it is true the white house is p.o.-ed over media reports that the National Security Agency had received but not acted on two early warning messages to 9/11.  Dick Cheney reportedly went ballistic and ripped congressional leaders.  Both House and Senate Select Intelligence committees asked the Attorney General to conduct an investigation (and no doubt quietly prayed it would be botched).

            Justice said in a statement, “…the appropriate department officials will expeditiously review this matter and take any appropriate action.”  Not if congress has anything to say about it.  Don’t expect anything fast.  Remember Leahy resigned in disgrace 14 years ago and today has the chutzpah to pontificate ad nauseum to the Judiciary committee and stall any and all Bush judicial appointments.

            More on Operation Mockingbird http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/

            MOCK/mockingbird.html 

            http://www.grandconspiracy.com/library.html#operation

            2002 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved

            Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers.  A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com