The Bigger Picture of Trump’s Muslim Ban

Whether you love or hate Trump’s “Muslim ban” (it’s actually a temporary 3-month ban, except for Syrians), there’s a bigger picture …

CNN notes:

The seven Muslim-majority countries targeted in President Trump’s executive order on immigration were initially identified as “countries of concern” under the Obama administration.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Sunday pointed to the Obama administration’s actions as the basis for their selection of the seven countries. Trump’s order bars citizens from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days.

“There were further travel restrictions already in place from those seven countries,” Spicer said on ABC’s “This Week.”

6 out of the 7 countries on the list – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria – were targeted for regime change by the U.S. 25 years ago. Specifically,   (Indeed, the U.S. previously carried out coups to implement regime change in these countries numerous times in the past.)

The 7th country – Lebanon – dodged a bullet, and Yemen replaced it.

But the world’s leading sponsors of terror are not on the list …

CNN notes:

In the hours after its release, many questioned why the list omitted other countries with direct links to those terror attacks. The 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Lebanon.


In fact, British intelligence officer, British ambassador to Uzbekistan, and chancellor of the University of Dundee Craig Murray points out that the dangerous countries are not on the list … while those who haven’t attacked Americans in the United States are on the list:

Saudi Arabia – which is not on the list – is the world’s largest sponsor of radical Islamic terrorists. The Saudis have backed ISIS and many other brutal terrorist groups. And the most pro-ISIS tweets allegedly come from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is the hotbed of the most radical Muslim terrorists in the world: the Salafis (both ISIS and Al Qaeda are Salafis). And top American terrorism experts say that U.S. support for brutal and tyrannical countries in the Middle east – like Saudi Arabia – is one of the top motivators for Arab terrorists.

So whether you love or hate the idea of banning radical Islamic jihadis from the U.S. , the fact is that Trump – using a list compiled by Obama (in turn largely compiled by Neoconservatives pushing regime change 25 years ago) – is banning people from the wrong countries.

Postscript: Admittedly, there are ISIS jihadis in Syria, Libya and Iraq. But they are only there because the U.S. and our allies created the conditions that allowed them to form and then metastasize. Neither ISIS nor Al Qaeda were in those countries before the Iraq and Libyan wars and the U.S. and its allies started supporting Syrian “rebels“.

In all 3 countries, the governments hate the jihadis because the jihadis are fighting – and trying to bring down – the governments.  This is the opposite of governments like Saudi Arabia which actively back terrorists.

As for Iran, the CIA admits that the U.S. overthrew the moderate, suit-and-tie-wearing, Democratically-elected prime minister of Iran in 1953. He was overthrown because he had nationalized Iran’s oil, which had previously been controlled by BP and other Western oil companies. As part of that action, the CIA admits that it hired Iranians to pose as Communists and stage bombings in Iran in order to turn the country against its prime minister. If the U.S. hadn’t overthrown the moderate Iranian government, the fundamentalist Mullahs would have never taken over.

And we’re busy creating a lot of new terrorists in Yemen.

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  • Charlie Primero

    Lobby President Trump to add Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the UAE to the Terrorist Ban!

  • ICFubar

    This ban was like handing those organizing, Soros, the DNC and Beyond, a much needed cause celeb. Has it crossed anyone’s mind that these elite orchestrated protests are in the whole an agent provocateur exercise? And when the real Deep State agents get some real violence happening then the new management team in Washington will have their casus belli to really crack down and instigate some serious sanctions on civil liberties, democracy and the shutting down of American society. As Lionel posted these no mind herd mentality protesters WERE ALLOWED to do their thing at AIRPORTS the most secured installations in the nation. This whole scenario is beginning to smell to me of Deep State manipulation as I have never believed the elites are this divided. Perhaps the elites could no longer wait for the people to push back and had to instigate their own faux ‘people’s rebellion’ to advance their domestic agenda in short order to secure their own backyard as quickly as possible before the real match play begins internationally? These peotests if they get out of hand are the stuff elite wet dreams are made of. Machiavelli never had anything on this group of co comspirators……

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  • Bev

    Steve Jobs’ biological father was Syrian migrant, some note – USA Today
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/…/steve-jobs…father…migrant…/75899450/
    ……….

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    https://twitter.com/Greg_Palast/status/827315099643711488
    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    You cannot separate the #MuslimBan from Muslim tracking, and from removing Muslims from the voter rolls https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154981823152128&id=877777471… #Crosscheck

    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    “The main finding was that the political establishment will not allow a recount,” — @DrJillStein on #Recount2016
    https://www.facebook.com/GregPalastInvestigates/posts/10154984188877128

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    Friday, February 17
    GENERAL STRIKE: A Day for Joining Together in Public Action

    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    Mr. KKK, @KrisKobach1787 from Kansas, is responsible for the racist #Crosscheck voter purge AND the #MuslimBan! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154981823152128&id=87777747127

    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    The KKK used white sheets, @KrisKobach1787 & #Trump use spreadsheets, but it’s still Jim Crow https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154981823152128&id=87777747127 … #Crosscheck #MuslimBan

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    …………

    I have read that some think Trump will be removed by his own appointees for the orchestrated motive to put Dominionist, ChristoFacist Mike Pense in power who is even worse than Trump.

    https://theintercept.com/2016/11/15/mike-pence-will-be-the-most-powerful-christian-supremacist-in-us-history/

    Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History
    Jeremy Scahill November 15 2016

    Trump is a Trojan horse for a cabal of vicious zealots who have long craved an extremist Christian theocracy, and Pence is one of its most prized warriors. With Republican control of the House and Senate and the prospect of dramatically and decisively tilting the balance of the Supreme Court to the far right, the incoming administration will have a real shot at bringing the fire and brimstone of the second coming to Washington.
    ……………

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39352-trump-s-proposed-change-would-give-green-light-to-white-supremacist-violence

    Trump’s Proposed Change Would Give Green Light to White Supremacist Violence
    Friday, February 03, 2017
    By Spencer Sunshine, Truthout

    The Trump administration’s reported new plan to change a federal program which combats violent “extremism” into a project focused exclusively on “radical Islam” looks like another step toward demonizing Muslims — while adding to concerns that the administration will actively empower open white supremacist groups. Reuters reports that multiple inside sources say the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) grant program will be being renamed either “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.”

    Almost every year, the white supremacist movement is the political movement that kills the most Americans. (In the rare year that they don’t come in first, they come in second.) But, for many years now, the federal government has refused to focus resources on violent far-right groups. Instead, efforts have been poured into surveilling the Muslim
    community at large — even going so far as to entrap Muslims in order to arrest them. The FBI also spent years fixating on eco-saboteurs and animal liberation activists, even though they had not killed anyone. The far right, however, has gotten a relative pass. This is despite white supremacists having committed mass shootings in Charleston, South Carolina and Oak Creek, Wisconsin; armed conflicts with patriot movement paramilitaries in rural Nevada and Oregon; and multiple police killings by sovereign citizens.

    Ignoring far-right movements seems to be a longstanding federal strategy. A 2009 DHS report warned of a potential far-right resurgence, especially if the movement successfully recruited disgruntled returning veterans. After a Republican outcry, the DHS team that produced this report was shut down, briefings were cancelled and other reports were withheld from release. Three years later, Nazi skinhead — and veteran — Michael Wade Page killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

    Even though Islamic fundamentalist violence is also a threat, “over time … violence by terrorists in the US is by the predominately white right-wing” says Chip Berlet, co-author of Right-Wing Populism in America.He warns that “to simply focus on one will lead to a very bad outcome,” and that the change in priorities is a gift from President Trump to the
    gun lobby, the Christian right and Islamophobes.
    ……..

    The U.S. wants scapegoats and their resources.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1559151.stm
    23 September, 2001, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
    (9/11) Hijack ‘suspects’ alive and well

    Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well.

    The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.

    Saudi Arabian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberately crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 September.

    His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on television around the world.

    Now he is protesting his innocence from Casablanca, Morocco.

    He told journalists there that he had nothing to do with the attacks on New York and Washington, and had been in Morocco when they happened.

    He has contacted both the Saudi and American authorities, according to Saudi press reports.

    He acknowledges that he attended flight training school at Daytona Beach in the United States, and is indeed the same Waleed Al Shehri to whom the FBI has been referring.

    But, he says, he left the United States in September last year, became a pilot with Saudi Arabian airlines and is currently on a further training course in Morocco.
    ……………..

    http://www.ae911truth.org/gallery/evidence.html

    ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS for 9/11 TRUTH

    Evidence

    On September 11, 2001, the three worst structural failures in modern history took place when World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2, and 7 suffered complete and rapid destruction.

    In the aftermath of the tragedy, most members of the architecture and engineering community, as well as the general public, assumed that the buildings’ destruction had occurred as a result of the airplane impacts and fires. This view was reinforced by
    subsequent federal investigations, culminating in FEMA’s 2002 Building Performance Study and in the 2005 and 2008 reports by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

    Since 9/11, however, independent researchers around the world have assembled a large body of evidence that overwhelmingly refutes the notion that airplane impacts and fires
    caused the destruction of the Twin Towers and WTC 7. This body of evidence, most of which FEMA and NIST omitted from their reports, instead supports the troubling conclusion that all three skyscrapers were destroyed in a process known as “controlled demolition,” where explosives and/or other devices are used to bring down a building.

    KEY EVIDENCE

    Rapid onset of destruction,

    Constant acceleration at or near free-fall through what should have been the path of greatest resistance,

    Numerous eyewitness accounts of explosions including 118 FDNY personnel,

    Lateral ejection of multi-ton steel framing members distances of 600 feet at more than 60 mph,

    Mid-air pulverization of 90,000 tons of concrete, and large volumes of expanding pyroclastic-like dust clouds,

    Isolated explosive ejections 20 to 60 stories below the “crush zone,”

    Total destruction and dismemberment of all three buildings, with 220 floors each an acre in size missing from the Twin Towers’ debris pile,

    Several tons of molten steel/iron found in the debris piles,

    Evidence of thermite incendiaries on steel beams,

    Nanothermite composites and iron microspheres found in WTC dust samples.

    Articles by AE911Truth

    The following articles discuss and analyze the evidence for explosive controlled demolition of the Twin Towers and WTC 7. While most of these articles are intended for a general audience, the articles under “Technical Critiques of the NIST Reports” are geared toward readers with greater technical knowledge.

    60 Structural & Civil Engineers Cite Evidence for Controlled Demolition in Collapses of All 3 WTC High-Rises on 9/11 [PDF]

    World Trade Center Building 7

    Evidence for the Explosive Demolition of World Trade Center Building 7 on 9/11 [PDF]

    Freefall and Building 7 on 9/11 [PDF]

    How Did They Know? Examining the Foreknowledge of Building 7’s Destruction [PDF]

    Twin Towers

    Twin Towers Evidence Blows Away Fire Collapse Theory [PDF]

    Lack of Deceleration of North Tower’s Upper Section Proves Use of Explosives [PDF]

    What was the Molten Metal Seen Pouring Out of the South Tower Minutes Before its Collapse? [PDF]

    High Temperatures, Persistent Heat & ‘Molten Steel’ at WTC Site Contradict Official Story [PDF]

    Billions of Previously Molten Iron Spheres in WTC Dust, Reveal Use of Thermitic Materials [PDF]

    Advanced Pyrotechnic or Explosive Material Discovered in WTC Dust [PDF]

    Evidence Destroyed is Justice Denied [PDF]

    Technical Critiques of the NIST Reports

    25 Points of Specific Concern in the NIST WTC Reports [PDF]

    The NIST Analyses – A Close Look at WTC 7 [PDF]

    How NIST Avoided a Real Analysis of the Physical Evidence of WTC Steel [PDF]

    more

    • Bev

      Pardon the double posting but when I hit post, a message showed that said there was an internal server problem…but, I see that they posted regardless.

      • Washington’s Blog

        Bev … we’ve all had that happen at one time or another!

        • Bev

          Thanks for all you do!

  • Bev

    Steve Jobs’ biological father was Syrian migrant, some note – USA Today
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/…/steve-jobs…father…migrant…/75899450/
    ……….

    http://trumpstoleit.org
    https://twitter.com/Greg_Palast/status/827315099643711488
    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    You cannot separate the #MuslimBan from Muslim tracking, and from removing Muslims from the voter rolls https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154981823152128&id=877777471… #Crosscheck

    https://twitter.com/hashtag/generalstrike
    Friday, February 17
    GENERAL STRIKE: A Day for Joining Together in Public Action

    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    “The main finding was that the political establishment will not allow a recount,” — @DrJillStein on #Recount2016
    https://www.facebook.com/GregPalastInvestigates/posts/10154984188877128

    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    Mr. KKK, @KrisKobach1787 from Kansas, is responsible for the racist #Crosscheck voter purge AND the #MuslimBan! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154981823152128&id=87777747127

    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    The KKK used white sheets, @KrisKobach1787 & #Trump use spreadsheets, but it’s still Jim Crow https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154981823152128&id=87777747127 … #Crosscheck #MuslimBan

    Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
    Thanks to all who joined our “#Voting Justice Now!” forum online and IRL. Please consider supporting our work: http://trumpstoleit.org
    …………

    I have read that some think Trump will be removed by his own appointees for the orchestrated motive to put Dominionist, ChristoFacist Mike Pense in power who is even worse than Trump.

    https://theintercept.com/2016/11/15/mike-pence-will-be-the-most-powerful-christian-supremacist-in-us-history/

    Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History
    Jeremy Scahill November 15 2016

    Trump is a Trojan horse for a cabal of vicious zealots who have long craved an extremist Christian theocracy, and Pence is one of its most prized warriors. With Republican control of the House and Senate and the prospect of dramatically and decisively tilting the balance of the Supreme Court to the far right, the incoming administration will have a real shot at bringing the fire and brimstone of the second coming to Washington.
    ……………

    http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/39352-trump-s-proposed-change-would-give-green-light-to-white-supremacist-violence

    Trump’s Proposed Change Would Give Green Light to White Supremacist Violence
    Friday, February 03, 2017
    By Spencer Sunshine, Truthout

    The Trump administration’s reported new plan to change a federal program which combats violent “extremism” into a project focused exclusively on “radical Islam” looks like another step toward demonizing Muslims — while adding to concerns that the administration will actively empower open white supremacist groups. Reuters reports that multiple inside sources say the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) grant program will be being renamed either “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism.”

    Almost every year, the white supremacist movement is the political movement that kills the most Americans. (In the rare year that they don’t come in first, they come in second.) But, for many years now, the federal government has refused to focus resources on violent far-right groups. Instead, efforts have been poured into surveilling the Muslim
    community at large — even going so far as to entrap Muslims in order to arrest them. The FBI also spent years fixating on eco-saboteurs and animal liberation activists, even though they had not killed anyone. The far right, however, has gotten a relative pass. This is despite white supremacists having committed mass shootings in Charleston, South Carolina and Oak Creek, Wisconsin; armed conflicts with patriot movement paramilitaries in rural Nevada and Oregon; and multiple police killings by sovereign citizens.

    Ignoring far-right movements seems to be a longstanding federal strategy. A 2009 DHS report warned of a potential far-right resurgence, especially if the movement successfully recruited disgruntled returning veterans. After a Republican outcry, the DHS team that produced this report was shut down, briefings were cancelled and other reports were withheld from release. Three years later, Nazi skinhead — and veteran — Michael Wade Page killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

    Even though Islamic fundamentalist violence is also a threat, “over time … violence by terrorists in the US is by the predominately white right-wing” says Chip Berlet, co-author of Right-Wing Populism in America.He warns that “to simply focus on one will lead to a very bad outcome,” and that the change in priorities is a gift from President Trump to the
    gun lobby, the Christian right and Islamophobes.
    ……..

    The U.S. wants scapegoats and their resources.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1559151.stm
    23 September, 2001, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
    (9/11) Hijack ‘suspects’ alive and well

    Another of the men named by the FBI as a hijacker in the suicide attacks on Washington and New York has turned up alive and well.

    The identities of four of the 19 suspects accused of having carried out the attacks are now in doubt.

    Saudi Arabian pilot Waleed Al Shehri was one of five men that the FBI said had deliberately crashed American Airlines flight 11 into the World Trade Centre on 11 September.

    His photograph was released, and has since appeared in newspapers and on television around the world.

    Now he is protesting his innocence from Casablanca, Morocco.

    He told journalists there that he had nothing to do with the attacks on New York and Washington, and had been in Morocco when they happened.

    He has contacted both the Saudi and American authorities, according to Saudi press reports.

    He acknowledges that he attended flight training school at Daytona Beach in the United States, and is indeed the same Waleed Al Shehri to whom the FBI has been referring.

    But, he says, he left the United States in September last year, became a pilot with Saudi Arabian airlines and is currently on a further training course in Morocco.
    ……………..

    http://www.ae911truth.org/gallery/evidence.html

    ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS for 9/11 TRUTH

    Evidence

    On September 11, 2001, the three worst structural failures in modern history took place when World Trade Center Buildings 1, 2, and 7 suffered complete and rapid destruction.

    In the aftermath of the tragedy, most members of the architecture and engineering community, as well as the general public, assumed that the buildings’ destruction had occurred as a result of the airplane impacts and fires. This view was reinforced by
    subsequent federal investigations, culminating in FEMA’s 2002 Building Performance Study and in the 2005 and 2008 reports by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

    Since 9/11, however, independent researchers around the world have assembled a large body of evidence that overwhelmingly refutes the notion that airplane impacts and fires
    caused the destruction of the Twin Towers and WTC 7. This body of evidence, most of which FEMA and NIST omitted from their reports, instead supports the troubling conclusion that all three skyscrapers were destroyed in a process known as “controlled demolition,” where explosives and/or other devices are used to bring down a building.

    KEY EVIDENCE

    Rapid onset of destruction,

    Constant acceleration at or near free-fall through what should have been the path of greatest resistance,

    Numerous eyewitness accounts of explosions including 118 FDNY personnel,

    Lateral ejection of multi-ton steel framing members distances of 600 feet at more than 60 mph,

    Mid-air pulverization of 90,000 tons of concrete, and large volumes of expanding pyroclastic-like dust clouds,

    Isolated explosive ejections 20 to 60 stories below the “crush zone,”

    Total destruction and dismemberment of all three buildings, with 220 floors each an acre in size missing from the Twin Towers’ debris pile,

    Several tons of molten steel/iron found in the debris piles,

    Evidence of thermite incendiaries on steel beams,

    Nanothermite composites and iron microspheres found in WTC dust samples.

    Articles by AE911Truth

    The following articles discuss and analyze the evidence for explosive controlled demolition of the Twin Towers and WTC 7. While most of these articles are intended for a general audience, the articles under “Technical Critiques of the NIST Reports” are geared toward readers with greater technical knowledge.

    60 Structural & Civil Engineers Cite Evidence for Controlled Demolition in Collapses of All 3 WTC High-Rises on 9/11 [PDF]

    World Trade Center Building 7

    Evidence for the Explosive Demolition of World Trade Center Building 7 on 9/11 [PDF]

    Freefall and Building 7 on 9/11 [PDF]

    How Did They Know? Examining the Foreknowledge of Building 7’s Destruction [PDF]

    Twin Towers

    Twin Towers Evidence Blows Away Fire Collapse Theory [PDF]

    Lack of Deceleration of North Tower’s Upper Section Proves Use of Explosives [PDF]

    What was the Molten Metal Seen Pouring Out of the South Tower Minutes Before its Collapse? [PDF]

    High Temperatures, Persistent Heat & ‘Molten Steel’ at WTC Site Contradict Official Story [PDF]

    Billions of Previously Molten Iron Spheres in WTC Dust, Reveal Use of Thermitic Materials [PDF]

    Advanced Pyrotechnic or Explosive Material Discovered in WTC Dust [PDF]

    Evidence Destroyed is Justice Denied [PDF]

    Technical Critiques of the NIST Reports

    25 Points of Specific Concern in the NIST WTC Reports [PDF]

    The NIST Analyses – A Close Look at WTC 7 [PDF]

    How NIST Avoided a Real Analysis of the Physical Evidence of WTC Steel [PDF]

    more

    • Bev

      And, physician Dr. Jill Stein Presidential Candidate of the Green Party has an idea…

      https://twitter.com/Greg_Palast/status/827340749423288320

      Greg Palast @Greg Palast
      “Finally, about the #GeneralStrike. Yes, you all have doctor’s notes. Maybe we call it ‘The Big Sickout'”— @DrJillStein #resist

      https://twitter.com/Greg_Palast/status/827338859528609792
      Greg Palast @Greg_Palast
      “We’re going to have our day in court.” — @DrJillStein https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10154981823152128&id=87777747127 … #Election2016 #ElectionFraud #Crosscheck #TrumpStoleIt

      • Bev

        http://www.opednews.com/articles/Shock-Doctrine-in-Action–by-dale-
        ruff-Appointees_Blackwater_Crisis_Fascist-State-170203-358.html

        Exclusive to OpEdNews: OpEdNews Op Eds 2/3/2017 at 05:35:12
        Shock Doctrine in Action: Is Muslim ban a diversion to mask fascist takeover? By dale ruff

        The ban on people from 7 Muslim nations is not only unconstitutional
        because it violates both the Geneva Accords and the Hart-Cellar Act of
        1965 banning immigration based on national origin, race, or religion,
        many astute analysists now see it as a form of what Naomi Klein calls
        the Shock Doctrine. Shocking events are used to confuse and divide the
        public while more important and radical changes are made without drawing
        much attention. This is the strategy by which the US was transformed
        into a spy and police state after 9/11. This is the means by which radical right wingers have tranformed our nation into an incipient fascist state.

        Here are some of the experts who have looked beneath the surface of the news-dominating outrage about the Trump ban.

        “What Bannon is doing, most dramatically with last night’s ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries– is creating what is known as a “shock event.” Such an event is unexpected and confusing and throws a society into chaos,” theorized Political History Professor at Boston College, Heather Cox Richardson, in a Facebook Post.
        “People scramble to react to the event, usually along some fault line
        that those responsible for the event can widen by claiming that they
        alone know how to restore order. When opponents speak out, the authors
        of the shock event call them enemies. As society reels and tempers run
        high, those responsible for the shock event perform a sleight of hand to
        achieve their real goal, a goal they know to be hugely unpopular, but
        from which everyone has been distracted as they fight over the initial
        event “My point today is this: unless you are the person setting it up,
        it is in no one’s interest to play the shock event game. It is designed
        explicitly to divide people who might otherwise come together so they
        cannot stand against something its authors think they won’t like. .
        There is no longer concerted opposition to the real goal; opposition
        divides along the partisan lines established by the shock event.”

        The Observer’s John Schindler explained in an op-ed that during the hysteria over the Muslim Travel Ban, “accomplished what may have been its actual purpose–distracting everyone from the White House’s far more consequential changes to the National Security Council.” Those changes included removing the he Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council, and adding Trump’s Chief Council Steve Bannon to the Committee. This provides Bannon and General Michael Flynn, two wholly unqualified persons whose hiring have no congressional oversight, significant authority over the National Security Council.”

        Former Blackwater CEO Eric Prince is advising Trump, who is keeping
        private security in order to bypass constraints on Secret Service: is he
        doing the same with the National Security Council, putting it under
        his direct control without Congressional oversight?

        ” Yonatan Zunger offered a similar theory. “Trump is likely to want his own intelligence service disjoint from existing ones and reporting directly to him; given the current staffing and roles of his inner circle, Bannon is the natural choice for them to report through. (Having neither a large existing staff, nor any Congressional or Constitutional restrictions on his role as most other Cabinet-level appointees do),” wrote Zunger, explaining his theory that Trump’s recent reshuffling is an attempt to consolidate power within the
        executive branch. “Especially if combined with the DHS and the FBI,
        which appear to have remained loyal to the President throughout the
        recent transition, this creates the armature of a shadow government:
        intelligence and police services which are not accountable through any
        of the normal means, answerable only to the President.”

        Thus, the criticism of the disorganized Muslim ban may be missing the
        point: that the chaos and resulting media domination and public outcry
        is a distraction from the much more dangerous rearrangement of national security power into the hands of a fascist dictator.

        • Bev

          Okay politicians, what are you going to do about this consolidation of executive power?

          Site address did not take above, so to repeat:
          http://www.opednews.com/articles/Shock-Doctrine-in-Action–by-dale-ruff-Appointees_Blackwater_Crisis_Fascist-State-170203-358.html

          adding more of article:
          For more detail, see the counterpunch article at click here

          http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/02/01/was-trumps-muslim-ban-is-shock-event-diversion/
          Was Trump’s Muslim Ban his “Shock Event” Diversion?
          by Michael J. Sainato
          ……..
          Trump is a master of distraction, often being criticized for being
          “off task” without understanding how he uses lesser outrages to mask more radical changes which, if offered without distraction, would become objects of outrage. What we may be witnessing is the execution of a coup d’etat that goes far beyond regime change but undermines the entire constitutional structure of government.

          The Muslim ban will likely slip away and be modified after the
          “temporary pause” but the changes in the National Security State, placing fascists in positions of power directly answerable to the President, will pose a threat to democratic governance until we rise up and say NO!

          Trump may not be an intellectual but he is wily. He is a master of
          manipulation and propaganda, and in this first major public act, the
          Muslim Ban, he has likely created a way to disguise the much more
          significant alteration in the National Security Council, placing in
          power two men, Bannon and Flynn, neither of which is subject to any
          Congressional oversight.

          Thus the basic structure of checks and balances is subverted while everyone is arguing at white heat about a temporary travel ban. And as the diversion works, it does not mean the ban will not be extended, merely that it has served its purpose.

          Wikipedia summarizes the message of Klein’s Shock Doctrine thus: ” “shock therapy”.centers on the exploitation of national crises to push through controversial policies while citizens are too emotionally and physically distracted by disasters or upheavals to mount an effective resistance.”

          Such crisis can be exploited when they happen…or be deliberately
          created. Hurricane Katrina provided a natural crisis which was exploited to privatize New Orleans schools, etc. The Iraq War is often seen as a deliberate crisis to distract and/or justify radical changes such as Act.

          This does not mean we should not protest the Trump ban as
          unconstitutional but that we should do so while at the same time seeing thru it to the outrage of destroying the system of checks and balances which protect us from a President whose power is so immense that he become, in effect, a Dictator. And beneath the controversy of an unpopular and theatrical President looms the Deep State which may have used his election to consolidate its power to rule the nation out of sight, while everyone is focused on the trainwreck/reality tv show that is Donald Trump, the perfect puppet thru whom the Deep State can control national security even more than in the past.

          • Nonanon25

            All attributable to GWB and BOH. Clinton was too tainted by corruption to attempt the coup.

            You’re missing the point, that DJT was elected to roll back the bureacracy, yet you accuse him of abuse, even though that’s what he was elected to do.

            One can only surmise you’re for larger government, which is the police state. Typical leftist mentality, accusing the other side of what you do. I get it, and I see your point, you’re despicable.

  • Jim G

    Yes, this is a concern. Have we exchanged war with Russia over the Ukraine and Syria for war with Russia over Iran and China and the Ukraine? Either way it looks like WW III is gaining participants. It’s just talk so far, but it seems like we are digging ourselves a deeper and deeper hole with bad diplomacy. I’d sure hate to see “the deal” fall through and that deep hole turn into a grave full of tribulations.

  • cityspeak

    Great piece. Please keep writing and informing the public.