The U.S. Pushes to Increase Global Coal Use

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Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee Representative Rodney P. Frelinghuysen said “This bill will target funding to where it’s needed the most, ensure U.S. dollars are being put to good  use to expand democracy and peace and provide critical humanitarian assistance in war-torn, disaster-affected, and impoverished areas of the world”. That’s nice, high five for the words.

The quote is taken from the July 2017 press release of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. In reviewing the fiscal year 2018 State and Foreign Operations Bill it becomes obvious where U.S. priorities lie. What gets funded is important whereas what doesn’t get funded is unimportant. So, let’s take a quick snapshot of what’s unimportant.

The bill cuts Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding, Operations funding for the State Department and global diplomatic funding. Reduces funding to the United Nations (UN) and various other affiliated organizations. The bill continues reductions for OCO international security assistance, funding to the USAID Office of the Inspector General and programs regarding proper management & review of the appropriate use of U.S. funding.

The bill continues with reductions in OCO funding for bilateral economic assistance to foreign countries, cuts funding to international organizations and banks and doesn’t include funding for Green Climate, International Debt Relief, Panel on Climate Change and The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and more. The bill does provide funding for rolling back coal regulations allowing coal-fired projects to be conducted by U.S. companies in foreign communities with the justification of taking cost effective, good quality technology to developing nations.

Alas the bill continues funding Israeli projects while cutting funding to Palestinian causes. These changes can be viewed as good or bad depending on who’s doing the viewing. It seems funding for good causes are down while funding for war, occupations, criminalizing commoners, reducing education, protecting state & corporate rights is up. Aside from buying coal stock, I’d like to know where do I sign up to benefit from the other changes that are to the detriment of other nations?

More can be found at https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394988 and at https://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/bills-115hr-sc-ap–stateforop-fy2018stateforeignoperationsappropriations.pdf

U.S. Continues Backdoor Tactics for Destroying Countries

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Organization of American States (OAS) was established in 1948 (signage in Bogota`), however the charter didn’t enter into force until December 1951. The organization has ties dating back to 1889 when its existence was more informal. OAS includes 35 independent states whose main interests are promoting democracy, human rights, security and improving developmental opportunities for its members. Tools used to accomplish these interests are dialogue, politics, mutual cooperation, legal systems and other lesser tools.

The unwritten purpose of the organization is to oppose Communism and dictatorships. While promoting U.S. interests and to spread U.S. style democracy. Of note Cuba is a member of this organization although its government has been excluded in the Inter-American system since 1962. The U.S. has used this agency to violate the sovereignty of many nations while promoting its agenda. Recently U.S. Senators expressed concerns OAS behavior seems to have a new goal of undermining other nation’s governments and their people while placing U.S. interests above these nations.

According to Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah the organization abuses its power and there are many examples of power abuse. However, in recent speeches and press conferences many U.S. politicians have touted the good work of the OAS. Recently the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has called into question the OAS stance on several issues, notably their abstaining from key meetings involving human rights.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan in a speech to the General Assembly in Cancun (June 19-20) on behalf of the OAS said our exploitation and government overthrow goals are finally being met. That is except in Venezuela, where our receipts have slowed, for this they must be punished. He continued we’re the good guys; we must exploit to change behavior. In short, our goal is control, we’re getting better at it and expect less resistance from countries in future endeavors. He concluded, why fire a shot when economic assassination is more effective, lucrative and fun, after all it ensures ownership of a people and their country for generations.

More can be found at https://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/6/america-first-in-the-americas  and at http://www.oas.org/en/spa/default.asp and at https://blogs.state.gov/stories/2017/06/23/en/week-state-june-23-2017 and at https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/06/272063.htm and at https://usoas.usmission.gov/

Defense Contractor OK’d to Steal Hundreds of Millions

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U.S. Attorney John Horn of Georgia along with the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit (MPFU), Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other agencies foiled an alleged plan of several contractors to continue stealing millions based on fraudulent practices related to US Food Contracts.

Various agencies spent seven years from 2003-2007 completing the investigation. The investigation showed contractors Agility Public Warehousing Co. of Kuwaiti and Sultan Center Food Products Company of Kuwaiti were both negligent in not reducing food prices charged to the US based on savings they received from their vendors because of the size, scope and duration of the contracts as dictated by the terms and conditions of the agreements.

In short, the US was overbilled while the suppliers reaped the savings dollars. Agility agreed to pay $95 million back resolving claims and to not charge an additional $ 249 million it had intended to bill the government. For its transgressions Agility was suspended from government contracting, however in a strange move the suspension was lifted. A DCIS spokesperson said the investigation shows we’re willing to pay top dollar for cheap goods because we’re the good guys and taxpayers can afford it.

For the fraud and the cost of the investigation leaders of this conspiracy plot will be charged with misdemeanor crimes, while the office paper boy who handed US officials the signed contracts will be beheaded and his family will spend life in US prisons. In a press conference US officials said this investigation shows we’re tuff on crime and will prosecute anyone who dares commit fraud against America.

More can be found at https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/defense-contractor-resolves-criminal-civil-and-administrative-liability-related-food and at https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/pr/defense-contractor-agility-resolves-criminal-civil-and-administrative-cases-totaling

Tensions Rise as the Oversight & Government Reform Committee document requests are denied by the White House

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April 27, 2017 Ranking member of the Oversight Committee Rep. Elijah E. Cummings produces additional documentation highlighting former National Security Advisor Lt. General Michael Flynn’s disregard for the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.

Produced evidence shows Flynn accepted payment from U.S. adversaries Russia & Turkey without disclosing the receipts as required by the Emoluments Clause. When applying for security clearance Flynn was obligated to disclose foreign government recent contacts and payments. Despite various U.S. intelligence warnings Flynn has broken the law and could be subjected to 5 years imprisonment and more for these and other transgressions.     

In a noted letter (2014) the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) warned Flynn about his obligations regarding the Emoluments Clause. They also emphasized if laws were broken and he was sent to prison they couldn’t protect him from Bubba if he were to drop the soap.

Flynn is protected from investigations as the White House won’t release requested documentation to the Oversight Committee. In a secretly recorded message Flynn disclosed himself and the President have received funds from foreign agents, he further went on to say if the Clintons can do it, why can’t I? More can be found at https://democrats-oversight.house.gov/news/press-releases/cummings-releases-three-new-docs-on-Flynn

Danger looms in the Korean Peninsula says Vice President Pence

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April 25, 2017 from South Korea, Vice President Pence gave a message of solidarity to acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn of the Republic of Korea. Saying on behalf of the American People, President Trump and himself the “U.S. is committed to the safety and security of South Korea so long as the U.S is allowed to continue exploiting South Korea for resources and is allowed to maintain strategically placed military installations on South Korea’s soil to the detriment of the government and its people”. 

Vice President Pence continued he and the President are sure China will intervene to have the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un stand down from the escalation hostilities President Trump’s administration continues to instigate. In a media questioning session after Pence’s speech a reporter asked “what if China intervention doesn’t occur or is unsuccessful in deescalating tension, then what?”

Vice President Pence said “South Korea, Japan and North Korea can kiss their collective asses goodbye if deescalation doesn’t occur immediately”. The goal is to convince Kim Jong-un no more medium or long-range missile tests are to be executed because the U.S. said so.  More can be found at http://www.voanews.com/a/thaad-deployment-begins-amid-increasing-tension-between-china-south-korea/3752703.html