Media Malpractice and the Manufactured Ebola Crisis

As news broke about a second healthcare worker in the U.S. being infected with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) – commonly called Ebola, though formerly known as Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever – a few things became obvious: There is too much panic being cultivated by the U.S. Press and too much misinformation about what Ebola is and how to contract it, and the U.S. public is still extremely gullible. The biggest threat we face from Ebola is not contracting it. The biggest threat we face from Ebola is how much ignorance, and in some cases criminality, is on display.

For Americans, when it comes to the media’s reports about Ebola, stupidity based on inexperience and poor decisions runs rampant. Terrorizing us with sensational propaganda headlines about the crisis has resulted in most Americans having a weak grasp of the facts about Ebola which doesn’t speak well for the coverage we have received from our media so far. Because our media caters to Washington and the corporations that own it regardless of fact or truth the public is being lied to and often purposely misinformed. The Ebola crisis is no different than any other crisis when it comes to Washington purposely misinforming the U.S. population.

In fact, the U.S. public has been bombarded with stupidity over the Ebola crisis. Right-wing ignorance over the crisis has been on full display, especially for Fox “News” viewers who are the most uninformed group in the country. Consequently, hundreds of millions of people have been infected with Ebola hysteria which of course inevitably fuels racism and targets xenophobia. It is rather telling that the first person to die from Ebola in the U.S. was a black man who was treated more like a criminal than a victim.

Politics — particularly of the Republican variety — also plays a major role in the fear and panic American media has concocted which has been highly reminiscent of the AIDS crisis from the 1980s and a lot of the same misconceptions, including stigmatizing the victims, misguided calls for travel bans, unfounded overblown fears over the proximity to those infected, the lack of leadership from the top, gross misunderstandings on the transmission of the disease to healthcare workers and the plethora of crazy rumors and fabricated myths made back then are being made today without question. Instead of checking facts our media pushes lies for political gain.

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Fabricated Fear and Fraudulent Follies

Nearly 13 years after 9/11 — the greatest false flag ever carried out on U.S. soil with the help of an appointed war criminal President and his administration with total impunity — Washington has capitalized on manufacturing fear to conduct a plethora of fraudulent follies around the globe. After unleashing a multitude of illegal wars, including the never-ending “War on Terror,” which have proved to be massive failures, Washington has had to create a new enemy to try and scare Americans into submission to continue its illegal activities and as usual the fear-filled fallacies being spewed by Washington and its faithful minions in its Ministry of Propaganda are overblown. After all this time, all the blatant lies and deceptions, everything we’ve been through and all we have lost Americans still haven’t learned a thing.

Concocting another crisis while manufacturing more fear and creating a new enemy also serves to deflect attention away from Washington’s involvement in Israel’s war crimes in Gaza and the losing proposition in Ukraine where Washington illegally overthrew a democratically-elected government which is beginning to self-destruct. Blaming Russia for crimes that were actually committed by Washington and its crooked European Union cohorts is only part of the game and when evidence revealed that shooting down a civilian jetliner was actually a false flag committed by the neo-Nazi fascist regime illegally installed by Washington in Kiev, another crisis and more fear had to be manufactured to take attention away from Washington’s growing laundry list of failed criminal endeavors.

As anyone who has ever been exposed to a dangerous or life-threatening experience is fully aware, fear does not serve as a particularly useful emotion. It can paralyze you and destroy the confidence needed to survive and move forward and it can undermine the mental clarity required to make pertinent decisions while reducing you to a cowering, panic-stricken wretched wreck. Learning how to recognize and ignore it is essential to making informed decisions and survival. We have grown too accustomed to living in a state of terror conveniently constructed for us by our government in Washington. Recognizing which threats are real as opposed to the myriad of those invented by Washington’s criminal regime will go a long way towards ridding ourselves of the fabricated fear and the fraudulent follies once and for all.

TRUSTING WASHINGTON AFTER THE PAST 13 YEARS IS FOOLISH

If you look back at the past 13 years at all the so-called terror plots, the corporate corruption of our legal and justice systems, all the illegal actions and false flags attributable to the CIA or the U.S. Department of State, the illegal out-of-control surveillance and invasions of privacy of every American by the NSA, the chaotic legacy of the George W. Bush cabal’s illegal wars and role in the 9/11 false flags, the collusion with Wall Street by our corrupt leadership in Washington responsible for a financial crisis for which there has been no accountability that continues profiting the criminals responsible for it and no one else, the failure to prepare for climate change and now the illegal activities in Ukraine, Iraq, Gaza, Libya and soon Syria where Washington’s desired endgame is regime change, it becomes obvious that putting our trust in Washington to get us out of the crises it constantly and purposely creates would be profoundly foolish. There are real threats in the world and most of them involve our illicit government which is owned by corrupt corporations that continue profiting at our expense.

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The Convenience of Creating Existential Enemies

After the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the massive failure it proved to be, a new crisis has been created to further U.S. interests and ensure profitability for the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex and Big Oil under the guise of “humanitarian intervention.” Conveniently creating an existential enemy to further a fraudulent “War on Terror” while continuing its Imperial quest for world hegemony has become standard operating procedure for Washington. If you can’t find an enemy, create one. What we’re witnessing in Iraq today – as we did 11 years ago when constantly bombarded with the official U.S. propaganda and fear-mongering campaign – with overblown threats from an enemy created by Washington’s culture of corruption is the perfect example of how the U.S. government operates in the Middle East.

Killing more than a million Iraqi’s – by some estimates – and displacing five times more than that wasn’t enough for Washington and when Iraq forced the U.S. to leave we had to find a new way to go after its oil and resources. By creating a terror group to try and overthrow the regime in Syria that wouldn’t cooperate with their agenda, Washington has been able to use their terrorists as a reason to create a new “crisis” and take attention away from Israel’s illegal genocide in Gaza and Washington’s illegal endeavors in Ukraine after its illegal overthrow of the democratically-elected Ukraine government this past February. By fueling yet another U.S.-fabricated crisis in Iraq, Washington is able to continue fighting on multiple illegal fronts at the same time.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) as President Obama prefers to call them for obvious reasons, became National news in June of this year when they captured Mosul with little resistance from the Iraqi Military. There were nearly 350,000 soldiers in the Iraqi Army that basically turned over their guns and uniforms to 1,300 U.S.-created terrorists running under the ISIS flag. Within a couple of weeks the U.S.-created terrorists had captured other crucial parts of Northern and Western Iraq from the Iraqi Military. By the end of June ISIS had announced a Caliphate straddling the Iraq-Syria border.

CREATING TERRORISTS TO JUSTIFY THE ‘WAR ON TERROR’

The convenience of having an enemy like ISIS as a result of George W. Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 and of President Barack Obama’s decision to fund and train their new breed of terrorist to try and overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria is paying off for those who profit from endless crises such as this. The U.S. had help from its friends in the Arab world — Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait — in creating and funding ISIS which was trained in Turkey to unleash a new brand of terrorism to turn our attention back to the Middle East after failing to achieve the overthrow of the Assad regime in Syria. That attempt failed miserably despite all the weapons and training they received. One has to wonder, given Washington’s propensity for creating terrorists to justify its fraudulent “War on Terror,” how much and what we’re being told about ISIS by the U.S. media is true and how much of it is propaganda. Given Washington’s dubious history of deception, odds are everything we’re being told about ISIS is the latter.

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Premeditated Fabrications and False Russian Accusations

Repeating lies a million times does not make them true but Washington is desperately trying to escalate their orchestrated Ukrainian “crisis” to war with Russia now that their false flag of shooting down Malaysia Flight MH17 has egregiously failed since evidence revealed the Ukraine government shot that airliner down. Since the U.S. orchestrated its illegal coup this past February and replaced Ukraine’s democratically-elected government with neo-Nazi fascist puppets, the U.S. has tried to tell us that Russia is aggressively invading Ukraine, despite facts that reveal the complete opposite. The truth is that the vast majority of everything Washington has accused Russia of doing has been done by the U.S. in its ongoing illegal Ukrainian charades and we’ve been down this rocky road before with Iraq.

Russian “aggression” has been insinuated from the start and Washington demonizes Russia but nothing that wasn’t prefabricated has been released demonstrating Russia’s aggressions. Regardless of Washington’s lies and propaganda, Russia has no war plans for an attack on Europe or any other countries. Try as they may to frame Russia with their ill-conceived, deceitful “legislation” titled “Reinvigorating the NATO Alliance,” “Deterring Further Russia Aggression in Europe” and “Hardening Ukraine and other European and Euro-Asian States Against Russian Aggression,” Russia isn’t being aggressive at all. Washington is.

However you look at the deceptive propaganda being spewed about by Washington, the intentions to declare war with Russia are obvious. The U.S. does not need yet another illegal war based on lies and deceptions courtesy of Washington’s delusional quest for World hegemony — nor does it need another war of aggression for Israel. Ukraine was once part of the Soviet Republic. All the talk from Washington about “insurgents” in Ukraine fighting is total horse shit. Insurgents aren’t fighting in Ukraine against Washington’s puppet government. Ukrainians are and all the lies in the world aren’t going to change that fact. When Washington orchestrated its illegal coup in Kiev, Ukrainians decided to fight back.

PROPAGANDA AS A PRECURSOR FOR INVADING RUSSIA

Since the inception of Washington’s illegal coup in Kiev, America’s pusillanimous press corps has purposely misrepresented everything about it. When Crimea voted to rejoin Russia, America’s press pushed the lies that the Russian Military invaded it and took it back. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When Kiev’s illegal neo-Nazi fascist puppet regime started slaughtering Eastern and Southern Ukrainians that opposed the illegal takeover of their country American media falsely labeled them as pro-Russian terrorists, completely failing to note that they too were Ukrainians not insurgents from another country. The only insurgents from other countries were those terrorists paid for by Washington to illegally overthrow the democratically-elected government in Kiev. Yet Russia is blamed for everything by Washington, its Western partners in crime and its Ministry of Propaganda.

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Evidence Reveals Ukraine Military Shot Down MH17

After weeks of false accusations and baseless insinuations against Russia for shooting down Malaysian Flight MH17 despite offering no evidence whatsoever, emerging evidence is revealing that the Ukraine government, using 2 SU-25 jet fighters, actually shot down the flight and killed 298 innocent people in an apparent false flag attack aimed at framing Russia. The actual story of how that plane was sacrificed to further the criminal neo-Nazi fascist puppet regime Washington put in Kiev after its illegal coup in February is coming out regardless of the Western media’s best attempts to keep it covered up. Washington couldn’t produce any evidence implicating Russia because none exists.

A report by the Malaysia’s New Strait Times charged the U.S-European backed Ukrainian regime with shooting down the plane, refuting all the bogus allegations planted by the CIA claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin or the so-called pro-Russian rebels were responsible for the despicable act. Malaysia concluded that Ukrainian fighter aircraft attacked the jetliner with a missile and multiple bursts of 30-millimeter machine gun fire from both sides of MH17 and the Russian Military presented detailed radar and satellite data showing a Ukrainian Sukhoi-25 fighter jet tailing MH17 moments before the jetliner was shot down.

Washington’s neo-Nazi fascist regime in Kiev is denying it but overwhelming evidence says otherwise. Photographs of the blast fragmentation patterns on the fuselage show 2 distinct shapes — the shredding pattern associated with an air-to-air missile and several penetration holes consistent with the 30-millimeter machine guns on the SU-25 planes on both sides. Many of the photographed pieces of the fuselage, where the pilot was sitting, have been pockmarked with several rounds of apparent machine gun fire (PDF) from the Ukrainian jetfighter. Of course, Washington was already aware of that despite trying to frame Russia.

US MEDIA SILENT ON EVIDENCE OF UKRAINE’S CRIME

No evidence has been released by Washington indicating that Russia had anything to do with shooting down Malaysia Flight MH17 despite the lies from President Obama and his John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State who has lied about the incident from the start. The report by the New Strait Times serves as a powerful piece of evidence implicating the neo-Nazi fascist regime in Kiev which totally destroys the bogus claims by Washington, Berlin and their European cohorts. Adding more fuel to the fire for Washington is their deployment of Blackwater mercenaries who are closely working with Washington’s illegally installed puppet regime in East Ukraine where MH17 was shot down. Ukraine’s criminal regime — undoubtedly with Washington’s blessings and knowledge — appears to be guilty of the cold-blooded murder of the 298 people who were on flight MH17 and is frantically stonewalling the investigation.

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Heartbleed: What It Is And How To Avoid It

Recently an emergency security advisory from the OpeSSL project was issued warning about a bug known as “Heartbleed” which revealed an encryption flaw that was quickly labeled as one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen — despite the fact that the National Security Agency (NSA) has known about and allegedly exploited it since it was discovered (link: http://rt.com/usa/nsa-knew-heartbleed-hacking-years-004/) — that has affected an unknown number of popular websites and services, many of which you might use everyday like Gmail and Facebook. Visiting the breached sites may have quietly exposed your passwords and credit card numbers to those exploiting the vulnerability over the past two years.

The “Heartbleed” label sounds a little melodramatic, and was originally reported as having the potential to live up to the hype. The bug was reportedly named by an engineer at Codenomicon, a Cyber-security company with offices in Finland and Silicon Valley. Heartbleed was discovered separately and simultaneously by Google security researchers and engineers at Codenomicon. Both teams found that OpenSSL, an open-sourced security encryption program used by an estimated 66% of Internet servers, contained a flaw that allows any hacker using a simple script to gain access to treasure troves of personal information on those affected servers.

OpenSSL contains an extension called Heartbeat, which, when affected by the bug, bleeds out the important information from the memory. By running the exploit, a hacker could download countless emails, passwords, user IDs and loads of other personal information in a matter of seconds. An updated version of OpenSSL has been released so sites can use it to fix the bug, but in addition to updating OpenSSL, affected sites will need to update other pieces of their security protocols known as keys and certificates used to help them confirm the identity of their users. Companies relying on OpenSSL to safeguard consumer data are scrambling to fix the gaping hole that was reported on last week.

What hasn’t been clear since it was reported was which sites have been affected. Mashable and Github have compiled sites which appear to have been compromised. The Heartbleed bug has been known about for more than two years but it’s still not clear how long it has existed or how many sites are actually affected regardless of the doomsday scenarios that keep making headlines. In fact, it appears that the Heartbleed security flaw may not be as dangerous as thought.

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CA Law Enforcement Using Invasive Surveillance Technology

You can add the Northern CA Bay Area to the growing list of U.S. citizens falling victim to America’s ever-growing — more-likely-than-not illegal — surveillance state. Newly released documents obtained through multiple Freedom of Information Act requests reportedly reveal the widespread use of so-called StringRay devices in California by 9 law enforcement agencies across the Bay area allowing them to gather everyone’s cell phone data in dragnet fashion.

The StingRay device, manufactured by the Harris Corporation, is a troubling tracking device that mimics cell phone towers by tricking wireless tools on the same network and making the tools communicate with the StingRay device, allowing law enforcement agencies to collect data on innocent third parties in a certain radius that are not subject to any investigation. The documents, originally obtained by Sacramento News 10, reveal that the devices are capable of pinpointing targets of investigations with extreme precision, even when they are inside their homes.

Some agencies provided documentation to Sacramento News 10, but none would provide details on how StringRays work or admit to having them, but records show that at least seven Northern CA agencies have the technology and two more have received grants to buy them in 2014. The San Jose Police Department responded to Sacramento News 10′s request with documentation revealing insight into what agencies have the technology and why they want it. San Jose PD requested feedback from other agencies that were already using StingRay when a 2012 grant to the Bay Area Urban Shield initiative (UASI) was approved.

JUSTIFYING DRAGNET SURVEILLANCE AS FIGHTING TERRORISM

Unsurprisingly, terrorism was used as the primary justification for acquiring the StingRay technology in every grant application obtained by Sacramento News 10 because it could allegedly be used to track and disrupt terrorist networks and protect critical infrastructure, but documents obtained also reveal the “mission creep” – an extremely common phenomenon that occurs when one purpose is offered to justify the collection of data on everyone in the surrounding radius that is used for a myriad of other purposes than fighting terror – is prevalent and normal.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported that the StingRay devices, which were reported by the Wall Street Journal as being used by the Federal government in 2011, are highly obtrusive and completely unregulated and once again we are seeing the proliferations of powerful new surveillance tools without any rules on constraints on their use. Making matters worse is the fact that the acquisition of the StingRay devices by local Bay Area law enforcement agencies is shrouded in secrecy and driven by federal grant money, which undermines any local democratic oversight. Despite the fallacious claims that these devices are being used to “fight terrorism,” local law enforcement agencies appear to be using them for ordinary criminal law enforcement.

Some of the devices sold to law enforcement agencies are allegedly not configured to capture all the communications of everyone, but many of them can be used for illegally eavesdropping on everyone in violation of their privacy and there are real questions as to whether or not the devices can ever be used in a constitutional fashion because they are the equivalent of dragnet “general searches” which are prohibited by the Fourth Amendment. Of course there is very little Case Law on the subject that specifically addresses how and under what circumstances StingRays can be used and currently there are no statutes or regulations addressing their use.

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Ukrainian Propaganda Charades American Style

In its typical fashion after major crimes against humanity have been committed by Washington and its crooked cronies, America’s illusory Corporate press corps is busily pushing propaganda as fact while neglecting to mention the major discrepancies in the official story or mention of fact or both sides of the story. The latest example of this journalistic malpractice is evident in the coverage of the Ukrainian “crisis” that came about due to Washington’s latest imperialistic endeavors in its quest for world domination.

On February 23 of this year the U.S., in collusion with the European Union and NATO, orchestrated a coup d’état in Kiev to overthrow the democratically elected — albeit obscenely corrupt — regime of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to appoint a pro-Western puppet government in Ukraine to force austerity on its unsuspecting populace and open the floodgates for Western plunderage. Also in typical fashion– after using neo-Nazi fascists to perpetrate the apparently successful coup — no one in Washington bothered to think things through. When Russia put its foot down and sent its military to Ukraine, America’s illusory press corps had a field day spinning Washington’s fairy tales as truth without bothering to tell the whole story.

The stakes are high in Ukraine after Washington successfully orchestrated regime change as Crimea quickly annexed itself from Ukraine to seek a union with Russia which obviously isn’t too pleased with a fascist takeover of Ukraine because the majority of Crimea’s population are Russian whose loyalties lie with Russia. The American public isn’t hearing both sides of the story regarding the Russian military on Crimea’s border which isn’t surprising since propaganda has ruled the News since George W. Bush’s appointment to the White House in 2000.

WASHINGTON’S BLOVIATIONS RIDDLED WITH HYPOCRISY

This time around with the coup in Ukraine, the U.S. may have gone too far. Russia President Vladimir Putin’s responses to the overblown Ukrainian “crisis” have been well choreographed and there are no signs of his backing down any time soon as he appears to be willing to use force if necessary to counter Washington’s attempts to use economic enticement and subversive incitement to protect Crimea. Unfortunately for Washington, there is more than sufficient evidence revealing that the U.S. was largely responsible for the violence in Kiev and may have broken international law by overthrowing the Ukrainian government. Russia — and everyone else not entrenched is Washington’s corruption — is profoundly aware of this.

There are a multitude of strategic implications and intentions for the premeditated U.S-European coup in Ukraine against its elected government. one of which involves the planned removal of the Black Sea base of the Russian Navy which is currently being used to supply and defend Syria. Russia has had an agreement with Crimea to keep part of their military there for decades. A U.S. takeover of that Russian base would also lead to a takeover of the local Crimean government. In December 2013 it was revealed that the U.S. and its EU allies have been planning a Crimean takeover and the Governmental Intelligence of Turkey trained jihadists for the premeditated U.S.-EU-NATO Ukrainian coup.

As usual, the delusional statements coming out of Washington are riddled with hypocrisy but America’s illusory press corps escalates Washington’s propaganda offensive without question. Americans continue being fed overblown propaganda about what is happening in Ukraine to serve the interest of Washington and its criminal allies so most of what you hear about Ukraine isn’t true. I say the Ukrainian “crisis” is overblown because America’s illusory corporate press corps claims that Russia has invaded Crimea when in reality, both the Russian and U.S. militaries are in Crimea. Russia’s military is there to protect Crimea. American soldiers — “military advisors” undoubtedly tied to Academi’s (formerly BlackWater’s) private army are there to patrol Kiev and try to suppress the revolt in Donetsk. These “military advisors” were officially “invited” by their newly installed pro-Western Ukrainian regime to spearhead the U.S. invasion while trying to prop up their puppets and break down all resistance. You won’t find that information in the U.S. press.

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