The FBI Goes Missing, Seal Team 6 Goes Global & Uncle Sam Wilts: June 8, 2015

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Missing Evidence of Prior FBI Relationship with Boston Bomber
by James Henry 
Almost universally overlooked congressional testimony from then-FBI director Robert Mueller directly contradicts a deliberately-propagated misconception: that the Boston Marathon bombers were unknown to the US government until the Russians issued a vague warning that was dismissed as inconsequential. This revelation calls into question the precise nature of the FBI’s relationship with the bombers—before they became bombers.

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SEAL Team 6: A Secret History of Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines
A team of reporters at The New York Times delved deeply into the secretive world of Seal Team 6 and found that the elite strike team has been transformed by the War on Terror into a “global manhunting machine.” According to the authors, this is the new way of American warfare—one that is moving away from traditional ground engagements toward a “relentless killing of suspected militants.” This new way of war operates in the shadows and, therefore, is largely unaccountable.

Israel’s Clandestine Alliance with Gulf Arab States is Going Public
It began with a diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks that said members of the Gulf Cooperation Council believed Israel could “work magic” on the United States. That perception—that Israel holds sway over the US—is a major clue as to why the Gulf Arab states have quietly and often secretly aligned themselves with Israel over the last six years. And now, they are ready to go public with this heretofore unthinkable alliance.

Is the Pope a Communist?
Pope Francis’ withering critique of contemporary capitalism has critics alarmed that the Church has been taken over by a Pinko Pope. No spoilers here. So, if you want get to the answer to the question… follow Ed Stourton of BBC News as he digs into Francis’ roots in Peronist Argentina, his seeming affinity for Liberation Theology and his complex belief in human systems. However, there is no doubt that Pope Francis relishes the opportunity to make waves.

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The Geopolitics of American Global Decline
Alfred McCoy—one of America’s preeminent living historians—writes a compelling analysis of America’s imperial aspirations in the 21st Century and the folly of Washington’s ill-informed attempt to contain Eurasia and, specifically, China. McCoy traces the roots of geopolitical theory through the lens of British imperialism and makes the case that America’s policy elites remain woefully ill-equipped to meet the Chinese challenge—which relies on ultra-modern infrastructure, geopolitically-wise moves and strategically-planned alliances.

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The Unintended Consequences Of North Carolina’s ‘Ag-Gag’ Law
“Ag-Gag” laws have taken root in states where Big Ag has big factory farms and big influence greased by big bucks. These laws prohibit surreptitiously-obtained evidence of animal abuse, illegal dumping of chemicals, hazardous conditions in slaughterhouses and un-permitted polluting of waterways. These laws dovetail with the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act of 2006 which actually conflates corporate whistleblowers and animal rights activists with terrorists. The latest battleground in this little-known free speech fight is North Carolina, home to a $3 billion per year hog farming industry… and to streams and rivers choked with effluvia from those hog farms.

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