U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo Visit to Russia: Remarks

May 17, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - On Tuesday, Secretary of State Pompeo Met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Before withdrawing into a state dinner and private talks, the two leaders exchanged public remarks.

President Putin - [via translator] “Mr. Secretary of State, dear colleagues, we are glad to welcome you in Russia. As you know, several days ago I had the pleasure of talking to the President of the United States on the phone, and I had the impression that the President intends to rebuild U.S. - Russian relations and contacts in order to solve issues of mutual interest.

On our behalf, we have stated multiple times that we too would like to fully rebuild relations, and I hope that right now a conducive environment is being built for that, because, though, however exotic the work of Special Counsel Mueller was, I have to say that on the whole he had a very objective investigation and he confirmed that there are no traces whatsoever of collusion between Russia and the incumbent administration, which we’ve said was absolutely fake. As we’ve said before, there was no collusion from our government officials and it could not be there. Still, that was – that was one of the reasons certainly breaking our (inaudible) ties.

I am hoping that today the situation is changing (inaudible), maintaining strategic stability, the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, on solving regional crises, fighting criminal gangs, environmental issues, eradicating poverty, and other threats in modern times, (inaudible) solutions on economic matters. (Inaudible) trade was quite low in – for the past years (inaudible) last year we saw some increase in trade. I think it has grown by 5 percent (inaudible).

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State Department Secretary Pompeo on Two Pressing Issues

May 13, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – In a recent interview with Britain’s Fox affiliate Sky News, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo touched on two items that are of primary interest, both to the West and also to the special relationship that exists [again, post-Obama] with the United Kingdom.

The first deals with the Secretary’s unscheduled surprise trip to Iraq. The background being that two weeks ago the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC] was designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization [FTO] making it illegal to in any way provide material aid or support, the penalty for doing so being incarceration for up to 20 years. The designation took place against a backdrop of increasingly threatening words and deeds by the IRGC regarding US interest in the Middle East

Secretary Pompeo - “So my trip to Baghdad was to talk with the Iraqi leadership, based on some very specific threats we had about Iranian activity that was taking place that put at substantial risk our facilities, our men and women who are serving in Iraq. And I wanted to make very clear to them that they needed to be kept secure, and the Iraqi leadership was great, and have done that. They’re – they have certainly made that commitment. But we also wanted to talk to them about the fact that we know they’re – Iraq is a neighbor of Iran, but we want to do all the things we can to make sure that Iraq has the opportunity to be independent and sovereign and free from interference from any nation.”

With the United States engaged in a trade dispute with the People’s Republic of China there is a heightened concern regarding the effect of certain problematic technology coming out of the country that can be configured to breach firewalls in even highly secure US Government computer systems. The question relates to Britain’s use of Huawei hardware in supposedly secure systems and the United States decision not to interact with such networks given the obvious possibility of system integrity being breached.

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ChiCom Hacker Indicted In Anthem Insurance Breach Involving 78 Million People


May 13, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org -A federal grand jury returned an indictment unsealed on May 9 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Charged was a Chinese national, part of an extremely sophisticated hacking group operating in China and targeting large businesses in the United States, including a computer intrusion and data breach of Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem Inc. (Anthem).

Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler for the Southern District of Indiana, Assistant Director Matt Gorham of the FBI’s Cyber Division and Special Agent in Charge Grant Mendenhall of the FBI’s Indianapolis Field office made the announcement.

The four-count indictment alleges that Fujie Wang (王福杰in Chinese Hanzi), 32, and other members of the hacking group, including another individual charged as John Doe, conducted a campaign of intrusions into U.S.-based computer systems.

“The allegations in the indictment unsealed today outline the activities of a brazen China-based computer hacking group that committed one of the worst data breaches in history,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski. “These defendants allegedly attacked U.S. businesses operating in four distinct industry sectors, and violated the privacy of over 78 million people by stealing their PII. The Department of Justice and our law enforcement partners are committed to protecting PII, and will aggressively prosecute perpetrators of hacking schemes like this, wherever they occur…This case is significant not only because it showcases the FBI’s cyber investigative capabilities, but also because it highlights the importance of FBI and private industry relationships.”

The indictment further alleges that the defendants then collected files and other information from the compromised computers and then stole this data. As part of the computer intrusion and data breach of Anthem, the defendants identified and ultimately stole data concerning approximately 78.8 million persons from Anthem’s computer network, including names, health identification numbers, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, employment information and income data, according to the indictment.

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State Department - FBI Knew Steel Dossier Was a Sham Before FISA Filing

May 13, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – A just released U.S. State Department document absolutely proves that the FBI was warned at least 10 days in advance of its FISA Court filing to surveil Carter Page that the basis for wiretap request was fraudulent.

The bombshell revelation was made by investigative reporter John Solomon, in an article in The Hill:

“Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline. And that confession occurred 10 days before the FBI used Steele’s now-discredited dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign’s ties to Russia.” [source, John Solomon, Steele’s Stunning Pre FISA Confession: Informant Needed to Air Anti-Trump Dirt Before Election ]

The document supporting the finding was hidden by the State Department for 2 ½ years despite having been the subject of a Congressional subpoena made by Devin Nunes and the House Intelligence Committee. GOP Senators are demanding that State provide more information about the meeting with Steele that occurred on October 11, 2016.

 

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Philadelphia Muslim American Society and the "Blood of Martyrs" School Video

May 9, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org – Outed by Steven Emerson’s Investigative Project on Terrorism [IPT], a school apparently affiliated with a Philadelphia Muslim center has been accused of disseminating video material featuring brainwashed kids lip-synching to terror-tied Arabic chants.

“Young Muslim boys, dressed in traditional Palestinian garb, passionately lip-sync, "The blood of the martyrs is calling us. Paradise, men desire it…Revolutionaries, Revolutionaries ...Sword and Text, oh free men." [source, Islamic Center Lied About School In Jihad Video Being Separate Entity ]

The “text” referred to is of course the Qur’an, the jihadist cookbook.

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Former Spook Busted For Leaking Classified Information to News Source

May 9, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - An indictment was unsealed today charging a former intelligence analyst with illegally obtaining classified national defense information and disclosing it to a reporter. Daniel Everette Hale, 31, of Nashville, Tennessee, was arrested this morning and will make his initial appearance today at the federal courthouse in Nashville. Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney G. Zachary Terwilliger for the Eastern District of Virginia and Acting Special Agent in Charge Jennifer L. Moore of the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office made the announcement after the charges were unsealed.

According to the indictment, Hale was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force from July 2009 to July 2013, during which time he received language and intelligence training. While serving on active duty, Hale was assigned to work at the National Security Agency (NSA) and deployed to Afghanistan as an intelligence analyst. After leaving the U.S. Air Force, Hale was employed by a defense contractor and assigned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), where he worked as a political geography analyst between December 2013 and August 2014. In connection with his active duty service and work for the NSA, and during his time at NGA, Hale held a Top Secret//Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS//SCI) security clearance [the highest clearance possible] and was entrusted with access to classified national defense information.

According to allegations in the indictment, beginning in April 2013, while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and assigned to the NSA, Hale began communicating with a reporter. Hale met with the reporter in person on multiple occasions, and, at times, communicated with the reporter via an encrypted messaging platform. Then, in February 2014, while working as a cleared defense contractor at NGA, Hale printed six classified documents unrelated to his work at NGA and soon after exchanged a series of messages with the reporter. Each of the six documents printed were later published by the reporter’s news outlet.

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Mitch McConnell, the Deep State and the Chinese Communist Challenge

By WILLIAM MAYER

May 8, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The People’s Republic of China [PRC] is a hostile foreign power guided by a policy whereby it hopes to establish a global hegemon supplanting that of the United States. It does so for a number of reasons, perhaps the most basic of all being the very long held [multi-millennial actually] racialist belief in China of the nation’s ethnic and cultural superiority, specifically that of the Han ethnic group [the Han Chinese, the world’s largest ethnic group] that came [returned] to power during the 1911 Xinhai Revolution which overthrew the “foreign influences” [the Manchus] thus yielding the “New China.”

Imperial Theory

Observers have noted that the degree to which Han-centrism guides China’s internal and external policies has been increasing at least since the 1990s.

“…As Chinese nationalism has become more ethnocentric since the 1990s, the cultural chauvinism of Han‐centrism has become increasingly more influential in the debate over national identity. Within this narrative, Han culture is considered to be the authentic character of the nation; to deviate from the Han identity will only tarnish Chinese exceptionalism and impede China's rise.” [source, John M. Friend, Bradley A. Thayer, The Rise of Han‐Centrism and What It Means for International Politics , Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism]

As evidence that Han-centrism has extraordinarily deep and culturally appealing roots one need look no further than China’s President Xi Jinping’s “One Belt, One Road” [2013, now Belt and Road Initiative, BRI] initiative, which is none other than a modern attempt by the PRC to recreate the ancient, glory day, Silk Road built during the Han Dynasty [206-220 BC] that linked China to Europe via the Central Asian countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

Predating the Silk Road was the Persian [and later Roman] built, Royal Road which spanned some 1,700 miles.

Though the old Silk Road complex and Xi’s plan share the common theme of extending the reach and grasp of China via expanded trade and binding relationships, the BRI Initiative is far more ambitious because it includes a maritime component envisioning new ocean-based trade routes all the way to Africa made possible by aggressive port infrastructure projects.

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Why Is Islam Growing In America?

By AMIL IMANI

May 8, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - The Muslim population is growing, and in the next two decades Muslims could become the second-largest religious group in the United States, according to a Pew Research study.

Well, there are a variety of reasons. For the most part, many Americans do not understand why after the 9/11 attacks, when close to 3,000 Americans died, the percentage of Muslims and their house of prayer, better known as mosques, rapidly increased. There is no question that our own government is the culprit. Ninety-nine percent Muslim, 43,000 Somali refugees were settled in the US under Obama .

Bush told Muslims they belong in America. “America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens, and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. Muslims are doctors, lawyers, law professors, members of the military, entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, moms and dads. And they need to be treated with respect. In our anger and emotion, our fellow Americans must treat each other with respect.”

The American people are confused and frustrated. They don’t understand why more Muslims migrate to the United States and why Muslims refuse to assimilate. Why they are creating their own enclaves as they have done in Europe? Here, as in Europe, they have captured town after town, while our own elected officials look the other way in the name of political correctness and the fear of the racist label personally attached to them.

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So You Want to Look into the Religious Beliefs of Public Officials?

STEPHEN M. KIRBY

May 8, 2019 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - Article VI, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution prohibits a “religious test” from being required in order to qualify for any office or “public trust” in the United States. But in the last few years we have seen some interesting examples in which a person’s religion was examined when that person was being considered for public office.

In September 2017, Senator Diane Feinstein expressed concern about a judicial nominee’s Christian religion and stated:

Whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you... [1]

In December 2018, Senators Mazie Hirona and Kamala Harris expressed concern about a judicial nominee’s membership in the Knights of Columbus, a 137-year-old fraternal Catholic charitable organization. These Senators considered positions taken by the Knights, which simply conformed to Catholic teachings, as “extreme” and raised the question about whether the nominee would end his membership if he was confirmed as a judge. [2]

It seems now that even current elected officials are not exempt from this religious scrutiny. In April 2019, Pete Buttigieg,a potential Democrat presidential candidate and current Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, was asked if he thought President Trump was a Christian. Buttigieg responded:

I'm reluctant to comment on another person's faith, but I would say it is hard to look at this president's actions and believe that they're the actions of somebody who believes in God. [3]

That same month, Buttigieg had criticized Vice President Pence for his opposition to homosexual marriage based on Pence’s Christian faith; Buttigieg added:

I don't have a problem with religion, I'm religious too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people. [4]

There was even an April 2019 article in The Atlanticabout how potential Democrat presidential candidates were now bringing up their religious beliefs, and some were even referring to the Bible and to the importance of Christ.[5]

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