Category Archives: Special Reports

Challenging drone warfare in a U.S. court

On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation, at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1, 2014, rally protesting drone warfare. Continue reading

China is exporting torture

Research by Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation has uncovered a “flourishing trade” in the “export of tools of torture by Chinese companies” which is fueling human rights violations worldwide. Continue reading

Three secret domestic CIA bases with ties to 9/11

(WMR)—Anyone driving from Norfolk, Virginia to North Carolina’s Outer Banks would normally not notice that when driving south on Caritoke Highway through the one-horse town of Moyock, North Carolina, they would be passing a country road leading to one of the largest “private” paramilitary training centers in the world. If one were to take a right turn on Moyock’s Pudding Ridge Road, after a few miles, they would come up on the gate of the Academi “Elite Training and Trusted Protection” facility. Formerly known as Blackwater and Xe, Academi is nothing more than a privatized arm of the Central Intelligence Agency, which provided the company, throughout all of its incarnations, with sweetheart and lucrative contracts to engage in operations that the CIA wanted to keep free of its fingerprints. Continue reading

More questions than answers in Brazilian plane crash

(WMR)—The August 13 crash of the Cessna 560XLS Citation aircraft, tail number PR-AFA, in Santos, Brazil, which killed pro-business Brazilian Socialist Party presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, his aides, and the crew, has raised more questions among Brazilian investigators and the general public. Since its introduction in 1996, the plane has enjoyed a perfect safety record. The sudden death of Campos upended the Brazilian presidential election campaign in a manner that may benefit the United States and the Central Intelligence Agency’s long-range agenda for Latin America. Continue reading

Victim of Chicago killer John Gacy becomes anti-bullying activist

CHICAGO—About 45 people gathered on a hot August night at a Chicago LBGT community center to hear a chapter in Chicago history that is often forgotten—how John Gacy prowled the streets of Chicago’s northside from 1972 through 1978, picking up young men and murdering at least 33 of them. Gacy, one of the most vicious mass murderers in U.S. history, was found guilty of the murders, sentenced to death and executed by lethal injection at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois on May 10, 1994. Continue reading

CIA intelligence on Islam heavily-influenced by Saudis and Wahhabis

(WMR)—A Central Intelligence Agency’s “comprehensive” report on political Islam, titled “Islam and Politics: A Compendium,” a formerly SECRET document issued in April 1984 during the Reagan administration, gets more wrong than right about the nature of radical Islam. At the time the report was completed, the CIA was using radical Islamist mujaheddin groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Continue reading

U.S. intelligence link to Brazilian plane crash that killed presidential candidate

(WMR)—The plane carrying Brazilian centrist, pro-business presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and his closest advisers, which crashed on August 13 into a residential area of Santos, Brazil, did not have a flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder, manufactured by a major U.S. National Security Agency contractor, was tampered with. Continue reading

Obama’s Africa Leaders’ Summit: A corporate and military love fest

President Barack Obama’s much-heralded “Africa Leaders’ Summit,” held in Washington, DC amid an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, was a grandiose photo opportunity for African leaders and corporate tycoons eager to further the exploitation of the African continent. Although Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma canceled their trips to Washington in order to deal with the Ebola epidemic ravaging their nations, other African leaders were happy to rub shoulders with American billionaire businessmen and senior officers of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) . . . Continue reading

London turns up propaganda effort ahead of Scottish independence referendum

(WMR)—With just six weeks before Scottish voters head to the polls to vote on their country restoring its once cherished independence from the United Kingdom, British government authorities are turning up the heat on the pro-independence forces led by Scotland’s ruling Scottish National Party and First Minister Alexander Salmond. Continue reading

George Will confirms Nixon’s Vietnam treason

The new release of extended versions of Nixon’s papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will. Continue reading

Hayden’s and Alexander’s corruption at NSA worthy of prison time, according to agency insiders

(WMR)—Over a decade, the tenure of National Security Agency director Michael Hayden, followed by Keith Alexander, was rife with contract fraud and corruption, according to a new group of NSA insiders who contacted WMR. Continue reading

Classified documents show US government’s flawed ‘secret terrorist-tracking system’

Documents obtained by The Intercept show nearly half of government's terrorist suspects have no terrorist affiliation

Nearly half of the U.S. government’s terrorist suspects have no connection to any known terrorist groups, The Intercept reported on Tuesday. Continue reading

Key West, Conch Republic — Honoring a ‘Renaissance Man’

(WMR)—The secessionist-in-spirit Conch Republic of the Florida Keys bid a parade farewell to its 25-year veteran Secretary General Sir Peter Anderson, who died last month after a battle with cancer. Sir Peter was a well-known and beloved presence in the Florida Keys and was the central figure in the Keys’ mission to gain respect. The idea of the Conch Republic caught on after the Keys declared its independence in 1982 to protest U.S. Border Patrol checkpoints established north of Key Largo which subjected Keys residents to intrusive identification checks. Continue reading

United Against a Nuclear Iran donors identified

Part of massive federated, US based pro-Israel network

“We have since worked with a broad coalition of Jewish and non-Jewish groups as well as with United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) to support legislative and regulatory actions requiring divestment from companies that do business with Iran, as well other sanctions. ‘Florida has been a leader in adopting strong measures to isolate the Iranian regime in the areas of procurement, divestment and banking. We encourage local communities across the U.S to join Florida to pass similar measures” said Tara Laxer, Florida Director of United Against a Nuclear Iran.’—Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Continue reading

Poll confirms Israelis love to kill

Ninety-one percent (91%) of Israeli Jews support Israel’s campaign against the people of Gaza, according to a survey published Monday—and just 4.2% believe the operation is a “mistake.” Continue reading

The rising global movement that calls for #noTTIP

As the next round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) took place in Brussels last week, civil society groups were continuing to mobilise against this ongoing free trade agreement between the U.S. and EU that poses a threat to our public services, environment, food, privacy and democracy. On Saturday, around a thousand people occupied the square in front of the European Union’s base in London, UK, and demanded an end to the trade deal that is being described by the #noTTIP coalition of activists and organisations as an unprecedented corporate power-grab. Continue reading

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

NATO charter member Denmark has been a sycophantic ally of the United States for most of the years following the founding of the Western military alliance in 1949. Until 1949, many Danes favored the creation of a neutralist military bloc of Nordic nations that would steer clear of American and Soviet military alliances. This attitude by the Danes irked Washington. A recently declassified Central Intelligence Agency document titled Neutrality and Third Force Tendencies in Western Europe and dated December 19, 1950, bemoaned the presence of neutralists in Denmark . . . Continue reading

Strategy of killing civilians in Gaza and eastern Ukraine has same culprits

(WMR)—The attack policy that the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has used in indiscriminately targeting civilians in Gaza mirrors the policy of the Ukrainian government in attacking civilians in eastern Ukraine. Moreover, the two operations, Israel’s “Protective Edge” and Ukraine’s “Anti-terrorist operation,” have something else in common. Both were developed by the same Zionist fascist elements who are calling the shots in Jerusalem and Kiev. Continue reading

FIVE EYES assault on social media

(WMR)—The latest release of documents from the Ed Snowden cache reveal that the British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the National Security Agency’s British counterpart, has spearheaded the development of tools to manipulate, disrupt, and collect personal information from social media, including Facebook, PalTalk, and YouTube. Continue reading

Putin rides high in Latin America as U.S. sanctions falter

(WMR)—Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Brazil where he will participate in the 2014 summit of the BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa held in the city of Fortaleza. Continue reading

Pope Francis under physical threat from Vatican bankers; pontiff may have been poisoned

Like Pope John Paul I, Pope Francis is threatened by Vatican bankers keen on maintaining the Vatican’s status as an international money laundering center, according to information provided to WMR by sources deeply entrenched in daily Vatican operations. Continue reading

Revealed: ‘Collect It All’ NSA targets those seeking web privacy

'Merely visiting privacy-related websites is enough for a user's IP address to be logged into an NSA database,' says new report

Internet users who use online privacy tools or read certain websites may themselves become targets of NSA surveillance, according to a new investigation by public broadcasting outlets in Germany published on Thursday. Continue reading

Independence movement in southeastern Ukraine accuses Obama’s agents of slaughter

In the United States, there appears to be a virtual news blackout of what is happening in Ukraine and of why, and the following news-report breaks through it, so that the American public will know the situation that actually exists there. Continue reading

‘Bandar Bush’ is back calling the shots on ISIL’s advance through Iraq

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the godfather behind the creation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), now called the “Islamic State” or “Islamic Caliphate,” has returned to an influential position advising King Abdullah after being sacked as Saudi intelligence chief last April. Bandar’s new title is “adviser to the King and his special envoy.” Continue reading

Pennsylvania Senate committee says pigeon shoots are animal cruelty

HARRISBURG, Pa.—There is a remote possibility that Pennsylvania will finally ban the cruel practice of live pigeon shoots when the state Senate reconvenes in September. Pennsylvania is the last state where pigeon shoots are legally held. Continue reading

BC land claim ruling: Canada’s Keystone Cop stumbles

On June 16, Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially approved Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project to the Pacific coast to export tar sands oil, just days before Canada’s Supreme Court wrapped up its deliberations on the Tsilhqot’in Nation land claim. Coincidence? Or attempted arm twisting? Continue reading

New Vioxx harm revealed: non-healing of bone after fractures and surgery

It has been a decade since Merck’s “super-aspirin” Vioxx was withdrawn from the market after a study showed it doubled the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Heavily advertised by celebrity athletes like Dorothy Hamill and Bruce Jenner and used by approximately 20 million patients, estimates of the heart attacks caused by Vioxx range from 27,000 to up to 140,000. Continue reading

WikiLeaked doc reveals Wall Street plan for global financial deregulation

WikiLeaks releases draft text of trade deal exposing efforts to increase stranglehold over global economy

WikiLeaks published a previously tightly-held and secretive draft of a trade document last Thursday that, if enacted, would give the world’s financial powers an even more dominant position to control the global economy by avoiding regulations and public accountability. Continue reading

Rockin’ in Russia, Murti-Bing Pills in America

Imagine the feeling an American might get listening at peak volume to Queen’s “We are the Champions and We will Rock You” while driving down the main street of Sevastopol, Crimea—Federation of Russia—home to the headquarters of the Russian Black Sea flotilla. More on that later. Continue reading

The World Cup and ‘Brazil’s Dance with the Devil’

Here in polyglot New York, pop into any bar, restaurant or even dry cleaner and chances are there’s a TV set tuned to the World Cup. And Monday’s surprise United States victory over rival Ghana—the cheers when the US scored the winning goal rocked my neighborhood—has increased attention even more. The fever has taken hold in our city as it has around the planet, with hundreds of millions watching the soccer—football—action from Brazil, this year’s host country. Continue reading

Antagonizing Palestinians, Australia lobs linguistic blunder snowballs

Reacting to antagonized Palestinian snowballing protests to her government’s decision on June 5 to reverse a 47-year-old bipartisan consensus on describing eastern Jerusalem as “occupied,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on June 13 denied any “change in the Australian government’s position.” Continue reading

Ice Station Obama

Although President Obama’s “pivot to Asia” is receiving media attention, his little-known push to establish American hegemony over the rapidly melting Arctic polar zone has gone largely unnoticed. Continue reading