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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Gary Kohls - Dr. Niels Harrit's Libel Suit Deserves Media Coverage

This Danish Trial needs mainstream media coverage: Dr. Neils Harrit SUES DANISH NEWSPAPER for libel over the science of the controlled demolitions on 9/11//01 Gary Kohls to Editor, International, New, NYTimes, Scientific, Toronta, editor, New, New, New, Newsweek PeaceFriends: Despite some good investigative journalism on Day One - trying to reveal the truth about the events of 9/11/01, the vast majority of the editors and publishers of the mainstream media (you know who you are) have shamefully ignored the real, unbiased scientific evidence that would prove beyond a shadow of a doubt (in any fair court of law that allowed all the evidence to be brought forward) that the events of 9/11/01 were not as we were repeatedly told. In fact the official story is provably false (that two planes demolished and brought down – in controlled demolition fashion and at free-fall speed - three massively reinforced skyscrapers into their own footprints, leaving behind only fine powder (of towers 1 and 2). Now, finally, in two weeks, there will be an upper court trial in Denmark that will present the facts, at the risk of embarrassing most of the powers-that-be all over the world. The truth is already out and those powers-that-be that have been behind the cover-up are already massively distrusted and derided because of their support of the impossible and unscientific official story. Many scholars, scientists, pilots, chemists, physicists, theologians, etc who have studied the facts regard these powers-that-be as laughingstocks. It is past time for them to come clean and admit that they were either bamboozled or complicit in the cover-up of the crime of the century. Sadly, it is expected that this public trial will be black-listed/boycotted by the mainstream press, similar to 1) what occurred with the 1999 Memphis trial that exonerated James Earl Ray of the assassination of Martin Luther King (read about it at: http://dissidentvoice.org/2008/04/who-killed-martin-luther-king/) and 2) the Winter Soldier black-listed media events on January 31, 1971 – February 2, 1971, and March 2008, where veterans of the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan Wars gave testimony about the US war crimes and atrocities that they were part of. First read the following report from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth at: http://www.ae911truth.org/news/201-news-media-events-harrit-libel-suit.html Then read this nice summation from Joan Malerich: “9-11 is the FALSE FLAG event that galvanized the ignorant American people into demanding war to "protect" them and "their country" from the alleged "foreign terrorists." Anyone who bothers to open his/her eyes and look at the way the buildings came down--buildings 1, 2 and especially 7, which was never hit by anything (not even a rock) but still came down in free fall speed--can not logically deny that explosives were used. “I strongly encourage ALL people of conscience to at the very least watch the DVDs: 1. 9-11: Explosive Evidence --Experts Speak Out ------ can be watched free at http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/911-explosive-evidence-experts-speak-out/ NOTE, if you have trouble with the documentary stopping, wait awhile and then keep hitting the start button or the line where the time shows. 2. The New Pearl Harbor CAN BE WATCHED FREE AT http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/september-11-new-pearl-harbor/ NOTE: After the first 1 hour and 50 minutes completes, WAIT and the SECOND PART (DVD) will play. THEN, the THIRD PART plays. All 5 hours will play. If you don't want to watch it all in one setting: When you go back to continue watching, just scroll to the end of the the first DVD or end of the time on the line and wait for the second one to start. Do any people reading this e-mail think about the future of their children? I imagine so. Well, the children of today will have no future worth living if the parents of today do not gather the courage to open their eyes and search for the truth and reality of the powers that be, who have formed the ... the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) If one cannot even watch these DOCUMENTARIES, then I am afraid "one" is simply the reason we continue to have wars and kill and maim human beings, including children, and totally destroy countries (except the natural resources, which are preserved for the world elite to steal). ONE EXCERPT FROM ARTICLE BELOW---PLEASE READ THE SHORT PIECE BELOW RE DR. HARRIT AND HIS LAW SUIT IN THE UPPER COURTS: Dr. Harrit will also call two witnesses. One, Jan Utzon, is a world-renowned architect and AE911Truth petition signer who testified previously. The other, Dr. Per Hedegård, is a physics professor from the University of Copenhagan’s Niels Bohr Institute. His statement to a newspaper in 2010 dismissing Dr. Harrit was the only evidence used by Villemoes at trial. Today, Dr. Hedegård has completely reversed his position and insists on testifying in support of Dr. Harrit! ================================================================================================ February 28, 2015 View this email in your browser Niels Harrit Sues Danish Newspaper for Libel Will Present Video of WTC 7 in Court Just $3,000 More Needed to Cover His Legal Fees! Dear Friends, Two days ago, we announced that Dr. Niels Harrit, the distinguished co-author of the landmark nano-thermite paper, will be appearing in Danish High Court two weeks from now to bring an appeal in his libel suit against the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen. Already, we’ve raised $12,000 of the $15,000 needed to cover his legal fees. Please read on – and, if you can, help us reach our goal by the end of this weekend. To those who’ve already donated, we thank you for your incredible support. We’re almost there! It all started back in December 2012 with an article titled “Madness in the Royal Library.” In it, Weekendavisen writer Søren K. Villemoes referred to Dr. Harrit and his fellow 9/11 activists as “crackpots,” while also comparing them to creationists and Holocaust deniers. “. . . Is the library soon going to open its doors to an exhibition showing us 'alternative' theories about evolution? . . . Why not just invite in Niels Harrit and the other crackpots from the 9/11 skeptics movement while we are at it? What about the holocaust denial movement?” Søren K. Villemoes, Weekendavisen, December 7, 2012 For Dr. Harrit, a scientist who taught chemistry for 40 years at the University of Copenhagan, this amounted to an allegation of scientific misconduct and a baseless attempt to damage his hard-earned reputation. So he decided to seek recourse under Denmark’s strong libel law — and give himself the opportunity to prove in a court of law the scientific legitimacy of his 9/11 research. Now Dr. Harrit Needs Our Help The lower City Court ruled against Dr. Harrit in 2013, basing its decision on politics rather than the law. Dr. Harrit, of course, appealed. This time around, he’ll be allowed to submit more evidence, and he is now receiving assistance from attorney Mads Krøger Pramming, chairman of the Danish whistleblower organization Veron. Although Mr. Pramming is providing his services at a greatly reduced rate, he still needs to be compensated for his indispensible assistance to Dr. Harrit. And so we are asking you to make a modest donation to Niels Harrit’s legal fund, and help us raise $15,000 by the end of this weekend! Support Niels Harrit NOW Of course, this is about much more than undoing baseless insults. It’s an opportunity for a leader in the 9/11 Truth Movement to show in a court of law that the science behind controlled demolition is not just legitimate, but overwhelming. Moreover, because Dr. Harrit has been a national figure ever since his 2009 appearance on TV2NEWS, the case is likely to be widely covered in the Danish media — especially if he wins! What the Case Comes Down To Under Danish libel law, Villemoes has the burden of demonstrating a factual basis for his claim. As a journalist, he must also demonstrate that his reporting meets the standards of good journalism. At the first trial, he did neither. Still, the judge egregiously ruled in his favor. In the High Court, Villemoes will have a much harder time, because Dr. Harrit is being allowed to submit more evidence — namely, the video of WTC 7’s destruction, as well as an actual sample of the WTC dust, which Dr. Harrit will use to demonstrate the dust’s authenticity, and therefore his good scientific conduct. Dr. Harrit will also call two witnesses. One, Jan Utzon, is a world-renowned architect and AE911Truth petition signer who testified previously. The other, Dr. Per Hedegård, is a physics professor from the University of Copenhagan’s Niels Bohr Institute. His statement to a newspaper in 2010 dismissing Dr. Harrit was the only evidence used by Villemoes at trial. Today, Dr. Hedegård has completely reversed his position and insists on testifying in support of Dr. Harrit! Thanks to Dr. Harrit’s relentless pursuit of the truth, we now have an incredible opportunity to achieve some symbolic justice for all 9/11 researchers and activists. You can learn more about the case by reading our recently published article. We thank you for helping us support Niels Harrit. Sincerely yours, Richard Gage, AIA and the AE911Truth Team

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Implications of the "Israel Did It" Theory

by James Hufferd, Ph.D.
Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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There once was a small country, covering far less than 1% of the earth’s land surface, the home to a single percent of the earth’s people, which nevertheless occupied and firmly controlled the destiny of four or five of the seven continents and a myriad of islands spanning the globe. Its rousing paean hymn was this: “Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves! Britons never will be slaves!” Her vast sway – because either be slave-master or slave? – held and honored until, after WW II, it suddenly occurred to people very widely across the world that ridding humankind of Nazi and Axis tyrannies, aggression, and attendant cruelties could conceivably suggest liquidating English-speaking and Allied captive empires, too.

Yet today, Britain herself, and even far more so America, are, according to controversial author Christopher Bollyn and a host of others, on prima facie evidence, controlled by an even smaller and demographically-inconsequential slave-master, Israel. And our foreign policies from 9/11 on and even for over a generation before, as well as our media and elite establishments have been in Israel’s pocket and activated always expressly for Israel’s perceived benefit.

According to Bollyn, 9/11, the capstone and keystone of America’s (and half the world’s) subsequent activities and woes, was entirely an operation planned and carried out by the Mossad, the Israeli security agency, using Israeli-American dual citizen Mossad assets infesting the entire U.S. government and management of the World Trade Center as agents, operatives, and pawns.

I heard and saw Christopher Bollyn’s whole presentation keyed to prove his contention in person for the first time a week ago at my own local chapter of 911 Truth and found his argument powerful and very persuasive, but not fulfilling my usual criteria for judging explanations of the September 11, 2001 crimes.

I have been looking for and pleading with those who have insisted that “Israel did it” to provide forensic proof such as would be routinely required in a straight-up court of law to substantiate their allegation. And I have never been provided with such – and perhaps regrettably, I still haven’t been. If the Mossad “did” it (a more than moderately believable premise, to be sure), all of the evidence supporting that to date is circumstantial, none of it operational or forensic.

Even Brandon Martinez, in his opus on Zionist intrigue and 9/11 culpability, Grand Deceptions, is constrained to honestly admit (page 55) that “There is no indication that the Israelis were involved in the 9/11 attacks…” I myself would, in fact, go a little farther than he did and state that there is ample circumstantial evidence that they may have been involved in the actual operation. There were certainly plenty of them hanging around the scenes, evincing foreknowledge and enthusiasm. Is that splitting hairs? For exacting legal purposes, I don’t think it is. Israel couldn’t be convicted of “doing” it based on lead-pipe evidence that any of us know of for certain now – again, unless one or more of you are holding out!

Bollyn’s mode of “proof” – remarkable and brilliantly damning and with the ring of probability, but not proof in the jurisprudence sense – is that uncanny predictions and highly suspicious statements were made, before and aft, by various Israelis, in fact, a whole gallery of rogues, that could be construed to demonstrate intent and very likely planning as well and satisfaction afterward, together with a network of hidden instrumental Israeli ownership and control of this, that, and the other company within the United States. The matrix, if as described, was all there.

Assuming guilt, what are the implications of Bollyn’s not “inside job”, but “outside job” theory, if it’s true that Israel’s highly-secretive and duplicitous espionage agency the Mossad did it all, employing Israeli-controlled businesses and enough dual-citizen U.S. government operatives to actually hijack the U.S. agencies, civilian and military, necessarily involved – as laid out in his classic, Solving 9-11?

And, who do I think was ultimately responsible, as a plausible alternative? I think the Israeli government, like the American and today the British, is ultimately a puppet itself of an aloof higher consortium, or more precisely, an international cabal, that operates by possessing most of the world’s wealth and worships only power and both its spawn and sire, money. And I think that important and complex operations such as 9/11-- plus there are lots of additional instances by now – are assigned thereby either jointly or to whoever’s primary covert security agencies are best-suited or most convenient to execute the job. And, for post-mortem purposes, it matters little which outlaw in the global gang pulled the trigger. That designated outlaw may well have been the Mossad, but dual-citizens, observers, and bag men are not trigger-men or the “brains” – allegedly, that elusive Israeli government agency. For, plausibility is not legal proof.

But yet, every country, including the United States, remains ultimately liable for safeguarding if possible its own security. And even to stand by and refuse to stop the execution of the great crime(s) or prosecute thereafter as a whole government or a whole society by due process whatever perpetrators after a mass-murderous attack, however both of those heinous refusals are rationalized or regarded, must still be seen as the lowest conceivable form of treason. An invader, foreign or domestic, will invade; but a sane and good society will not stand down.

JH: 2/26/15

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

THE CONCLUSION THAT DOESN'T FIT THE NARRATIVE


by James Hufferd, Ph.D.
Coordinator, 911 Truth Grassroots Organization

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“Fantasies are essential to ideology because they provide the frame that is imposed upon historical events to deliver us from traumatic realities… Ideology renders history unknowable.”
- Walter A. Davis, Death’s Dream Kingdom, The American Psyche Since 9/11, p. 12.

They are the deciders, we are, to them, the mere children along for the ride. They steer the car, decide between them where it will go. We can make suggestions, but our suggestions are only honored if or when they fit their plans. It’s their story, and our objections that their conclusions are, and therefore their whole blasted narrative is wrong, are ignored as impertinent. We may get slapped for even suggesting such, because our propensity for thinking avails nothing since it is they, not we, who are creating and acting out the story.

So, why does a 9/11, or why do other more-or-less catastrophic shock events happen and keep happening, sometimes more than one per week lately? Because, in their perception, we need to be shaken and shaken hard, wherever we are, before we will listen to them and get with the program – their program. They need to demonstrably scare us to get us to comply. And threats of violence, attack, and war sadly necessitated, instigated always by the other (and next, it’s been postulated, the other might be invading space aliens) tend to mobilize the underlings – us – of the controllers (them, the mad psychos who run the planet because they’re the baddest dudes, lineally or genetically determined as a rule. If we see the other running appallingly amok somewhere on TV, they figure we (the taxpayers and foot soldiers) will demand that our protectors (them) to go on the attack, lest they might come and target us for death and destruction next.

They have to shake the tree, and shake it harder and harder and more and more frequently, and not wait around for the attacks to happen, but simulate such and fabricate such on cue, to propel us to do what they want us to – that is, they have to shake down the fruit of our controllable and inducible wrath to fuel and conform to their thrusts and lusts for asserting tighter full-spectrum control and vast new material (profit) opportunities. That’s their whole program.

And meanwhile, we’re supposed to be so preoccupied with our fears and wrath against the designated other as to be oblivious to all the other awful things, financially and legislatively via their puppets and with regard to our supposed rights that our controllers keep on steadily doing to weaken us and further tighten their practically unchallenged control of Planet Earth.

And our little (by comparison, really miniscule and seemingly insignificant) complaints about 9/11 and evidence and what science shows are like a little flame in a hurricane.

But, inevitably, small flames – while they don’t destroy hurricanes – will either blow out / blow over, or roar out of control and consume the controllers’ world, so that life can begin again, pure and innocent. Let’s keep our brave torch lit!

JH: 2/18/15

Monday, February 16, 2015

Global Research - Another Foiled U.S. Venezuelan Coup Plot

Britain and Canada Involved in Foiled US Venezuelan Coup Plot

Global Research, February 16, 2015
Venezuela leaders

Britain and Canada were co-conspirators in the latest plot to topple Venezuela’s government.
TeleSUR provided detailed coverage of Washington’s war on Venezuelan democracy. Its dirty hands manipulate violence and instability worldwide.
US funded and supported key opposition fascist figures Antonio Ledezma, Maria Corina Machado and Leopoldo Lopez released a joint February 11 communique a day before the foiled coup.
Titled “A Call on Venezuelans for a National Accord for the Transition,” it promoted regime change. Called for Venezuela to be handed back to monied interests.
Called Bolivarian fairness “anti-democra(tic)...inefficient and...corrupt.” Run by “an unscrupulous elite (making) the State totalitarian.” Creating “a humanitarian crisis.”
“(T)he Maduro government has entered a terminal phase.” Claimed it’s “the duty of every democrat to help resolve the current crisis, to defend freedom...to make the transition...(to restore) democratic order.”
Ledezma, Marhado and Lopez want Maduro’s government violently overthrown, democracy crushed.
Washington, Britain and Canada hatched the latest plot to return Venezuela to its bad old days. TeleSUR reported new details.
“Fresh evidence” showing their involvement, saying:
“Many of the individuals being charged, included a military general – whom has confessed to participating in the plans – and a retired lieutenant colonel – have indicated you (fascist Justice Party president Julio Borges) as being a key participant in meetings, which resulted in the decision to carry out a series of bombing attacks as a part of the coup, targeting the Presidential Palace, the National Assembly,” key ministries, TeleSUR’s offices, and other Caracas sites.
Venezuelan authorities identified US embassy personnel involved. So were a Royal Canadian Mounted Police official and UK diplomatic core member, according to National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello.
They sought information on airport capabilities in case needed in an emergency.
Computers seized had detailed coup plans, including maps showing targets to be bombed.
A video showed military officials announcing Maduro’s government no longer was recognized. It was scheduled to be aired after planned bombings were launched. Either by a Venezuelan or Miami TV station.
Cabello showed a 10-year visa given to one of the plotters days ahead of the planned coup.
He noted Obama’s recent statement about “American leadership at times entail(ing) twisting the arms of states which don’t do what we need them to do.”
He said coup plotters planned to topple Venezuela’s government forcefully on the anniversary of US-manipulated 2014 street violence.
Killing 43. Injuring hundreds. Causing billions of dollars in physical and economic damage.
US planned, funded, implemented and directed economic, political, and street warfare continues to topple the hemisphere’s most vibrant democracy.
On Saturday, Maduro addressed Venezuelans a second time on national television. Following up on his Thursday coup plot revelations.
Explaining more details of Washington’s scheme to oust him forcefully. “Almost all (opposition) leaders knew about this plan, this ambush, almost all of them, including the four-time losing candidate,” Maduro explained.
Referring to Henrique Capriles Radonski. One of many Venezuelan fascists wanting power back the old-fashioned way.
“I’m not saying all of them were actively involved,” Maduro said. “But it was a rumor circulating amongst them, that something was about to happen.
Figures arrested confessed to the plot, Maduro explained. They provided more evidence of Washington’s scheme.
It involved enlisting Venezuelan political and military officials. Bribing them with large cash payments. America’s Caracas embassy was coup plot headquarters.
Maduro called on Obama to stop interfering in Venezuelan affairs, saying:
“In your name, they are organizing coup plots against (Venezuela’s) democratically elected government...”
Bolivian President Evo Morales expressed solidarity with Maduro saying “(w)e all have the obligation to enforce respect for democracy and elections, and if we have a clear conscious, not even the empire can defeat us.”
Maduro received numerous other messages of support. Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega condemned the “criminal and futile attempts of the empire to undermine the Bolivarian Revolution.”
From Mexico City, the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity expressed solidarity in an official statement. It condemned plans to topple Venezuela’s government.
TeleSUR reported civil and political organizations worldwide expressing solidarity with Venezuela.
Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) Secretary General Ernesto Samper denounced plans to oust Maduro.
Venezuelan opposition spokesman Jesus Torrealba lied saying “(t)he government makes up these stories about coups to avoid talking about how the country is breaking down.”
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki lied calling accusations about Washington plotting Maduro’s ouster “ridiculous.”
She absurdly added:
“(T)he United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means.”
“Political transitions must be democratic, constitutional, peaceful, and legal.”
“We have seen many times that the Venezuelan Government tries to distract from its own actions by blaming the United States or other members of the international community for events inside Venezuela. These efforts reflect a lack of seriousness on the part of the Venezuelan Government to deal with the grave situation it faces.”
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected]. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network. It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Global Research - The West Finances, Organizes, Trains...

Truth Beneath The Lies: The West Finances, Organizes, Trains Fundamentalist Proxy Forces in its Illegal Wars

Global Research, February 12, 2015
tv lies

If the governing media framed itself in terms of truth rather than government-sponsored lies, the root causes of terrorism could be addressed and rectified.
Currently, the root causes are being obscured, and Police State legislation is being offered as a false solution, and for ulterior purposes.
We already have the tools to combat domestic terrorism. “Terrorism, treason, sedition, espionage, proliferating of nuclear and biological weapons, and other offences repeated in Bill C-51 are already illegal,” explains Elizabeth May, Leader of Canada’s Federal Green Party, in “Harper’s police State Law”
She argues further – and with strong evidence – that the security establishment has not made a compelling case for requiring more powers. Bill C-51 Backgrounder , by Kent Roach and Craig Forcese, offers this abstract:
“In Bill C-51, the Canadian government wants to jail people who, by speaking, written, recording, gesturing or through other visible representations, knowingly advocate or promote the commission of terrorism offences in general, while aware of the possibility that the offences may be committed.

This offence raises many serious issues, and should (at best) be considered extremely concerning. The scope of the new offence is not clear and the offence is sweeping in its criminalization of advocacy and promotion of “terrorism offences in general”, because terrorism offences themselves are sweeping.

We have serious doubts whether it is consistent with the Charter. We have no doubts that it is capable of chilling constitutionally-protected speech, and ultimately proving an offence that undermines more promising avenues of addressing terrorism.”
The answer lies not with reactive, fast-tracked legislation that exploits and perpetuates Fear Inc.
The answer emerges once we realize that the governing media is perpetrating the lies, distortions, and omissions offered to it by government commissioned Public Relations (P.R) firms that are paid to obscure the truth and spin palatable lies.
John Rendron, founder of The Rendron Group (TRG), who describes himself as “an information warrior and perception manager”, is one such PR firm.
These “Perception Managers”, coupled with “deep state” agendas, provide perfect cover for selling illegal wars and subversive agendas that create and perpetuate terrorism.
Several examples will suffice.
The secular governments of Iraq, Libya, and Syria all — prior to Western invasions — opposed terrorist organizations such as al Qaeda.
Iraq is now home to a multitude of terrorist organizations, including ISIS. Former President Bush and his aides sold the illegal invasion of Iraq to the public by making 935 false claims, including the lies about Weapons Of Mass Destruction.
In Libya, the West allied itself with terror groups such as al Qaeda to illegally topple the government, and now jihadists wield power where before they had none. In Terror Inc. And The War On Libya, I enumerate some of the lies propagated by the West:
Genocide
Gadaffi is “bombing his own people”.
“Save Benghazi”
African mercenaries
Viagara-fueled mass rape
Gaddafi – the Demon
“Freedom Fighters” — Angels
The West is currently allying itself with some of the same terror groups –al Qaeda/al Nursra Front, and ISIS, as it finances, organizes, and trains fundamentalist proxy forces in its illegal war against Syria. The West’s cover for invading Syria is, ironically, to wage war on ISIS, even as ISIS forces are comrades-in-arms in the sense that they share a common “enemy”, with the U.S: President Bashar Al Assad’s secular government.
The solution to the problem of terrorism emerges from a cursory examination of these “spin-free” facts.
If the West really wants to stop terrorism, then it should stop allying itself to terror organizations, and it should stop invading secular countries. That is the simple truth behind the blinding spin.
But the West doesn’t really want to stop terrorism.
Those who control the levers of power want to exploit unreasonable fear, they want to keep the public in the dark, and they want to impose police state legislation. They could not advance their destructive agendas if they told the truth.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ukraine: No Russian Troops Fighting Against Us

Ukrainian Government: “No Russian Troops Are Fighting Against Us” Posted on January 30, 2015 by Eric Zuesse. Eric Zuesse Ukraine’s top general is contradicting allegations by the Obama Administration and by his own Ukrainian Government, by saying that no Russian troops are fighting against the Ukrainian Government’s forces in the formerly Ukrainian, but now separatist, area, where the Ukrainian civil war is being waged. Here is a screen-print of a google-chrome auto-translation of that statement: Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 8.40.26 AM The Chief of Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, General Viktor Muzhenko, is saying, in that news-report, which is dated on Thursday January 29th, that the only Russian citizens who are fighting in the contested region, are residents in that region, or of Ukraine, and also some Russian citizens (and this does not deny that perhaps some of other countries’ citizens are fighting there, inasmuch as American mercenaries have already been noted to have been participating on the Ukrainian Government’s side), who “are members of illegal armed groups,” meaning fighters who are not paid by any government, but instead are just “individual citizens” (as opposed to foreign-government-paid ones). General Muzhenko also says, emphatically, that the “Ukrainian army is not fighting with the regular units of the Russian army.” In other words: He is explicitly and clearly denying the very basis for the EU’s sanctions against Russia, and for the U.S.’s sanctions against Russia: all of the sanctions against Russia are based on the falsehood that Ukraine is fighting against “the regular units of the Russian army” — i.e., against the Russian-Government-controlled-and-trained fighting forces. The allegation to the effect that Ukraine is instead fighting against “regular units of the Russian army” is the allegation that Vladimir Putin’s Russia has invaded Ukraine, and it is the entire basis for the economic sanctions that are in force against Russia. Those sanctions should therefore be immediately removed, with apology, and with compensation being paid to all individuals who have been suffering them; and it is therefore incumbent upon the Russian Government to pursue, through all legally available channels, restitution, plus damages, against the perpetrators of that dangerous fraud — and the news reports have already made clear precisely whom those persons are, who have asserted, as public officials, what can only be considered to be major libel. Otherwise, Ukraine’s top general should be fired, for asserting what he has just asserted. If what General Muzhenko says is true, then he is a hero for having risked his entire career by having gone public with this courageous statement. And, if what he says is false, then he has no place heading Ukraine’s military. ————— Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.