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Thursday, December 29, 2016

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Over the past few weeks since Donald Trump’s election victory, a dangerous campaign has begun.Initiated by the Democratic Party leaders and Clinton campaign hacks who lost this election by corruptly denying the nomination to Bernie Sanders (who would have defeated Trump handily), and backed by Obama-appointed leaders in the CIA and other intel agencies, this deceitful campaign seeks to divert blame for Trump’s win from the Party establishment onto independent online news sites, which these corrupted losers want us to believe acted in concert with an alleged but totally unproven "vast Russian conspiracy" to subvert the US election.

Thanks to a corporate media -- itself also culpable for the Clinton nomination and the Trump victory -- happy to promote this same fraudulent conspiracy theory of “false news” and of an internet filled with news sites allegedly working hand-in-glove with Russian propagandists, we’ve now seen Congress pass, and President Obama sign into law (over the holiday weekend) a new Countering Disinformation and Propaganda Act. This act sets up a new commission tasked with ferreting out so-called “false news” and “propaganda sites,” which, acting as a new House Un-American Activities Committee will precipitate a new McCarthy era once Trump and the Republicans take over Washington. The basis for this new McCarthyism will be a list published by an anonymous website, PropOrNot, elevated to authoritative status by the Washington Post -- a list that includes as alleged propaganda organs such important independent news organizations as TruthDig, Consortium News, Truthout, Counterpunch, Antiwar.com, etc.

While our site, ThisCantBeHappening!, was not on this list, one of our articles, published Sept. 29, and republished on Counterpunch, was cited as a justification for including Counterpunch on the enemies list or propaganda sites. The article’s “crime”: honestly reporting that the report released a day earlier by a Dutch agency investigating the 2013 shoot-down of a Malaysian jumbo jet was a biased probe that only looked at evidence provided by Ukrainian intelligence and military sources, rejecting evidence offered by Russia, and not even asking for US satellite imagery and NSA telecom and internet monitoring evidence. That article, by Dave Lindorff, despite being based entirely upon the report itself and western news reports, was labeled “absurdly pro-Russian propaganda” by PropOrNot’s “analysts.”

These are clearly dangerous times we are heading into Now more than ever, independent sources of honest news are going to be critically important. Please contribute whatever you can to support our work to keep giving you that news.

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December, 2016
 
Dear friends:
 

Jonathan Lapin
Director, FSRN Board
FSRN needs your help now.  Please put the next thing on your agenda aside for a few minutes.  The life, freedom, water, air, education, and rights you save may be your own.
 
As 2016 draws to a close, many of us look to 2017 with fear and loathing.  The legislative picture at the state and local level is even more challenging than the national picture.  Incoming right-wing politicians are vowing to undo decades of progress for organized labor, public education, and the ability to sue for discrimination or to sue for injuries caused by defective devices.
 
At the federal level, our President-elect has demonized and marginalized the press.  Press conferences are a thing of the past; Twitter and other internet outlets are used to spread propaganda and falsehoods directly to a population that is wary of a corrupt, lazy, and vacuous mainstream media.
 
But there are bright spots in the gathering clouds.  Triggered by DAPL, the unprecedented solidarity of tribal nations, their non-native allies, and veterans may be a harbinger of real and more permanent changes to come.  There are reports that some progressive charities are seeing a large increase in donations since the US election.  People are turning to alternative media in even larger numbers, having seen the mainstream's role in the US election.
 
With this volatile new landscape, FSRN is asking that you give all you can and get three new donors to do the same. Your tax-deductible donation goes directly to our staff and reporters.  We don't own infrastructure or pay rent.  The Board members are volunteers.  There may be no independent outlet with lower overhead and almost seventeen years of history.  It is literally up to you whether we raise our hand in defiance of the coming storm or succumb to the darkness.
 
I won't mince words.  FSRN must get your help to keep going.  Consider the breadth and veracity of our coverage.  Consider that we operate for a year on sums of money that other outlets waste in a week.  Give all you can as if free speech depends on it.
 
Because it does.
 
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

From the Desk of Robert Parry @ Consortium News


From Editor Robert Parry: When I started Consortiumnews 21 years ago, I had hoped to secure significant financing from a variety of wealthy people in support of truly independent journalism. But what I discovered was that most of these potential funders didn’t really want independent journalism. They wanted stories that would support their causes or candidates – and that was something that defeated the very idea of what we were trying to do.

So, Consortiumnews has been kept alive by mostly small donors who appreciate the fact that we pursue information as we see it – without fear or favor – even when our findings are sometimes inconvenient to a particular partisan or ideological interest. I thank you for understanding what many of the richer folks didn’t – that democracy requires journalists acting as honest brokers.

As we enter today’s “Trump era,” we promise to apply the same standards to hold the new administration accountable. During the campaign, we pointed out areas of serious concern and some areas of hope, but we will not prejudge anything.

We will be your eyes and ears inside Washington now as we have been for more than two decades. That’s why our end-of-year fund drive is so important. We have set a modest goal of $60,000 and are now about three-quarters of the way there. Reaching our goal will let us budget for the kind of aggressive coverage that you have come to expect from Consortiumnews.

You can donate by credit card online (we accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover), by PayPal (our PayPal account is named after our original email address, “consortnew@aol.com”), or by mailing a check to Consortium for Independent Journalism (CIJ); 2200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 102-231; Arlington VA 22201.

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Robert Parry is a longtime investigative reporter who broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for the Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 to create an outlet for well-reported journalism that was being squeezed out of an increasingly trivialized U.S. news media.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Dave Lindorff: IT WASN'T THE RUSSIANS: HILLARY LOST THE ELECTION, BLEW OFF SANDER'S ACTIVISTS AND VOTERS @ This Can't Be Happening!


The incredible group-think that has seen the CIA, the FBI, the NSA, President Obama, the Clinton campaign and most of the corporate media braying that Vladimir Putin scandalously upended American democracy and threw the election to his favored candidate Donald Trump is based on a ludicrous premise. That premise: that the election went Trump's way because several tens of thousands of voters in a few states -- Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin -- switched away from Clinton to Trump because of an alleged (and factually unproven) Russian "hack" of Democratic National Committee and of Hillary campaign chair John Podesta's emails.

According to this conspiracy theory -- and that is what it is -- the "Russian" hack, with the results allegedly passed on to Wikileaks, and the resulting release of emails that showed that the DNC had conspired to throw the primary election to Clinton, and that revealed the contents of Clinton's secret sycophantic quarter-million-dollar speeches to Wall Street banks, explain those narrow Trump wins in three key swing states.

What is ludicrous about this alleged conspiracy is that Sanders supporters already knew the DNC was in bed with the Clinton campaign. They'd already learned that first hand from Hawaiian Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who quit in disgust back in late February, saying that the DNC was undermining Sanders and working for Clinton. As for the bank speeches, Clinton did all the damage herself by refusing to disclose what she'd said in those extravagantly paid gigs, and by getting caught in a lie that she couldn't release the texts because they were "under the control" of the banks (she actually owned the copyrights). She also hurt herself by lying and saying during one debate that she hadn't asked for the high fees when in fact her agent had demanded them. This infuriating information was all out there way before Wikileaks started releasing the documents in had in its possession.

The truth is that it was Clinton's own actions that lost her the support of Sanders voters. Her repeating lying about Sanders during the campaign, and her gratuitous dissing of Sanders and his supporters even after it was becoming clearer that she would win the primary because of the corrupt support she had lined up from the party's unelected so-called "super delegates," and her decision in the fall, after winning the nomination, to ignore the 13 million Sanders voters from the primary and instead to pursue the support of what she hoped were disenchanted Republican voters upset that Donald Trump had won the Republican nomination, all doomed her in the general election.

The anger among Sanders backers by the time of the convention at the end of July was palpable...

For the rest of this article by DAVE LINDORFF in ThisCantBeHappening!, the uncompromised, collectively run, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative news site, please go to: www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/3395

Hey readers! We know there are some 1500 of you who come to our site every day, even when we don't post a new article. You come because you value what we're doing, but only a few hundred of you, at most, contribute to helping fund our work. We're all volunteers in this collective, but if you give us support, we can take more time away from our "day jobs" so we can do more for this site -- especially like the kind of nuts and bolts investigative reporting that the corporate media basically have given up on. So those of you who are making donations, thank you! This not is not addressed to you. It is addressed to the rest of you who clearly value us because you're regular readers, but who can't seem to even come up with one $5 or $10 donation in a year. If you were to do that, we'd have $10-15,000 to support our work (like covering the coming Democratic convention protests), and we know that's what you want us to do. So please, send us some money, anything really. A little will go a long way.

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Will Worley: US 'GOT IT SO WRONG' ON SADDAM HUSSEIN, CIA INTERROGATOR @ The Independent, UK