Illegal American Aid to Israel Breakdown

07 September 2016

The United States and Israel are considered close allies. Israel is the strongest ally to America in the Middle East. With that, the U.S. has given Israel over $200 billion in aid over the past few decades. However, the aid is considered illegal under two long-standing American law. One is the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, and the other is the International Security and Arms Export Control Act of 1976(AECA). A new lawsuit, in fact, addresses this. 

Part 1: Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, International Security and Arms Export Control Act of 1976 Key Provisions and aid to Israel.

The Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 focuses more on humanitarian aid.  Sections 101 and 102 of AECA state that nuclear nations who are non-signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty(NPT) aren’t allowed to receive American aid of any form. Currently, the US gives Israel approximately $3.1 billion in aid per year, which is almost exclusively military aid. That number is expected to increase. A new proposal by the U.S. would give Israel $40 billion in aid over a period of a decade. For those living in the United States who are reading this, Israel has the population and size roughly similar to New Jersey.

There has been speculation on whether or not Israel is in possession of nuclear weapons. It is now a widely known fact that Israel has nuclear weapons. The bill’s introducer, Stuart Symington, proposed an amendment that would bend the rule under certain circumstances. This amended the Foreign Assistance Act.  New Observer Online and the lawsuit also addresses the Symington Amendment. It states that the U.S. could provide aid to violators of the law if within 30 days if he determines and certifies in writing to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate.

  1. The termination of such assistance would have a serious adverse effect on vital United States interest; and
  2. He has received reliable assurances that the country in question will not acquire or develop nuclear weapons or assist other nations in doing so.

 

Part 2: Israel’s Nuclear Program:

Around 1966, Israel began its nuclear program. Western powers including France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and of course the United States have helped them with jumpstarting it. It has also refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty(NPT), which all of the countries listed above were signatories to it. They are one of four nuclear-armed states not to sign the NPT, the other three being India, Pakistan, and North Korea. Much of this was kept secret until Mordechai Vanunu, a nuclear technician who worked at the Dimona Negev reactor, but was opposed to Israel’s nuclear policy, leaked details of Israel’s nuclear program to the British press in 1986. Vanunu was eventually kidnapped and spent 18 years in prison. F-16 warheads, and ballistic missiles and neutron bombs were in Israel’s stockpile according to Vanunu. These missiles are still being produced and are collectively known as “Jericho” missiles. The most recent are the Jericho III, an intercontinental ballistic missile(ICBM). The ICBM implies that it is a far-range missile which advances the Jericho I and Jericho II, which were short and medium-range missiles, respectively. Israel, as you know, most notably is occupying Palestine, and kills 80 percent civilians in bombing raids, such as a major one in Gaza. They have broke international laws several other times as well.

Part 3: The Lawsuit:

In early August,  Grant Smith, the director of Institute for Research: Middle East Policy(IRMEP) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District court of D.C. stating that it violated the AECA of 1976. Several members of the cabinet, including Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter,  Secretary of  Energy Ernest Moniz, Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, Commerce Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker as well as President Barack Obama and CIA Director John Brennan have allegedly violated the Administrative Procedure Act(APA), and thus are being sued. In addition to the Symington amendment, the Glenn Amendment raises a concern. Then Senator John Glenn believed that the State of Israel was using weapons-grade uranium that was in possession of the United States government. IRMEP has created a briefing to dissect the key parts of the lawsuit.(Note: the video is long).

Part 4: What Will Happen?

Not much. Israel’s nuclear program doesn’t receive much attention, while the aid is just “standard” to shield itself from nations such as Iran. Additionally, the term “nuclear ambiguity” has been used by the United States concerning Israel’s nuclear program. Other programs such as North Korea’s and the potential of Iran’s see more coverage. This lawsuit hasn’t faced much press coverage, and the courts will likely see in the eye of the status quo.

Breaking Down the Party Platforms: Republicans

7 August 2016

Hello, again Insights.

A couple of weeks ago, the Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland. With the convention also is the release of the party’s platform. This post will break key parts in the six major sections. I’ll also have one for the Democrats and maybe one for the Libertarian and Green parties as well.

Part 1: Restoring the American Dream

Economy: The economy has recovered from the Great Recession, but it can still improve. The party recognizes that economic growth is slow, and policy ideas such as tax reform is a position outlined in the platform. A consistent position of the Republican Party is cutting taxes. They believe that cutting taxes fuels economic growth, which is called supply-side economics. The platform also adds that the tax code is too long and complicated. It is, the Federal tax code is 74,608 pages and growing. Just to note, the RNC is a bit hypocritical considering they are part of the corrupt system that allows for these tax loopholes. The platform has to say that to be with the people.

Part 2: A Rebirth of Constitutional Government

If there’s one thing that you hear about from Republicans, it’s that care about the Constitution, and they want a “strict interpretation” of it. I’ll extract some of the key parts of the section.

Here’s the misleading part: We heard about the First Amendment, specifically about religious liberty. However, it doesn’t appear to be for everyone based on past actions. The “religious freedom” part entails primarily to Christians and it allows for discrimination, particularly on the LGBT community on the basis of religious grounds. For example, Republicans favor “anti-terror” programs that often target Muslims because of 9/11 among other things.

The Second Amendment and gun rights are sacred to Republicans. The right to keep and bear arms is an “inalienable” right.  They also imply that with the death of Antonin Scalia, Obama’s new pick for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland would institute a new liberal majority that would ” eviscerate the Second Amendment’s fundamental protections.”Over 30,000 people die from guns in the U.S. each year. Most of them are suicides, but around 11,000 are homicides. However, the platform fails to mention it.

The Fourth Amendment’s section talks about the increasing privacy protections and(surprise) how terrorists can go around it to harm us. They also add the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act(FATCA) and for its repeal. FATCA is a law passed in 2010 that targets non-compliance by American taxpayers who use foreign accounts. The platform says this is a violation of the Fourth Amendment because it claims to search foreign accounts without warrants.

Honest Elections: The first line of this segment reads, “Honest elections are the foundation of representative government.” The second line says “We pledge to protect the voting rights of every citizen,…”. Ironically, Republicans push and pass laws that make it harder to vote, particularly for minorities. Seventeen states have new laws coming into effect this year. Wisconsin Representative Glenn Grothman(R) stated Wisconsin’s law gives an advantage to Republicans. History shows that Republicans tend to win when voter turnout is low. In 2013, the Supreme Court overturned Section 4 of 1965’s Voting Rights Act in the case Shelby County v. Holder.

Part 3: America’s Natural Resources: Agriculture, Energy, and the Environment.

Energy and the Environment have been a concern for the Republican Party. First of all, they are the only major party in the advanced world to deny climate change. The money in the system allows for big oil companies to flood their campaigns with donations, and in return, Republicans often listen to them and call for more oil a the expense of the environment.

Even though fossil fuel resources are dwindling and are non-renewable, the platform doesn’t say to increase the use of renewable energy. Instead, the RNC states that we use more coal from the ground and increase domestic production. They take aim at the Democrats stating that “they do not understand that coal is an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource.” Some of those claims are debatable. A case study by the Union of Concerned Scientists outlays how coal plants are harmful to the environment. Examples include sulfur dioxide, which is a leading cause of acid rain, as well as the well known CO2 emissions.

Part 4: Government Reform

The Republican Party is known for its fiscal conservatism, and one policy proposal is to balance the budget. The budget deficit will be around $534 billion by the end of FY 2016 according to the Congressional Budget Office(CBO) and according to them, it is expected to rise. A constitutional amendment has been proposed by Republicans for years now to balance the budget, but it can be difficult in some years such as a recession.

Saving Social Security and Medicare:

A priority for both major parties is to preserve Social Security and Medicare. A few years ago, the Social Security trust fund began running deficits. If that trend were to continue, the funds would eventually dry up. Republicans claim that it’s effectively insolvent, but that is untrue. Contrary to that, Social Security is solvent until 2037, and Medicare is solvent until 2028. It’s 12 years until Medicare’s funds dry up, which means that there needs to be a solution addressed. The section states that “As Republicans, we oppose tax increases and believe in the power of markets to create wealth and to help secure the future of our Social Security system.” Some solutions are to raise taxes and lift the cap on taxable income. If you can’t raise taxes, then you’ll have to cut it, which is what many Republicans and even some Democrats are trying to do.

Immigration:  Immigration, especially illegal Immigration has spent some time in the forefront over the past year. Donald Trump’s comments early on in the primary called for things like building a wall along the Southern border. As Trump is the Republican nominee, his positions will be influenced in the platform. The platform explicitly calls for building a wall along the southern border.

Regulation: The GOP platform calls it the quite tyranny. It quotes “It hamstrings American business and hobbles economic growth.” The platform specifically mentions the EPA, Dept. of Health and Human Services, and the Dept. of Labor to name a few. It also says “The Environmental Protection Agency has rewritten laws to advance the Democrats’ climate change agenda.”

One major law that Democrats were proud of was the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall St. Reform Act. The GOP called it a “legislative Godzilla” that crushes small and community banks. The platform states that “Predictably, central planning of our financial sector has not created jobs, it has killed them.” Also, it states that there are more risks for the financial sector. Additionally, they state that “Republicans believe that no financial institution is too big to fail.” The problem is that major financial institutions are too big to fail RIGHT NOW and have been that way since before the Great Recession. A surprising thing in the platform is the explicit call for the reinstation of the Glass-Steagall. Glass-Steagall is a bill prohibiting banks from engaging in high-risk investments with depositor money. Republicans in the late 199os pushed for its repeal, which makes the call to reinstate Glass-Steagall so surprising.

Part 5: Great American Families, Education, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice

The GOP platform is noted for its sometimes extreme conservatism on social issues. Examples include explicitly stating that marriage is between a man and a woman. They also call for the reversal of Obergefell v. Hodges which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Education: In the platform, it states that everyone has the chance to receive a quality education. The platform calls on for a choice in education(vouchers) which has been supported by the party for a long time. Student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt by about $400 billion. The platform states that the federal government shouldn’t be in the student loan business, although costs are lower under this system. Student loan services, as well as lobbying firms supporting these services, have given donations to Congress. Those donations affect how politicians legislate. In October, two Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte(NH) and Shelley Moore(WV) introduced the Student Loan Relief Act of 2015. The bill had language that would lower interest rates, but would be more beneficial to private loan companies. Ayotte noted that the CBO stated that the federal government would make about $50 billion in profit from student loans over the next decade, but is OK with private companies increasing profits.

Healthcare: Healthcare has been a big topic under the Obama Administration. The Affordable Care Act passed Congress in 2009 and was signed into law the following year. Republicans have pushed to repeal it dozens of times. They have stated that premiums are too high, and prescription drug prices are too high. However, the solution that is outlined by the platform committee is very similar to the system that we have now. Additionally, there has been no action by Republicans to lower the costs of prescription drugs since many of them receive donations from the pharmaceutical industry.

One government-run healthcare system is Medicaid, for low-income households. In the platform, it calls to “block grant Medicaid and other payments and to assist all patients, including those with pre-existing conditions, to obtain coverage in a robust consumer market.”

Criminal Justice: Over 2 million people are currently incarcerated in either jails or prisons. The “War on Drugs” has locked of millions for mainly nonviolent offenses. The platform brushes on it, mentioning first-time nonviolent offenders of the law in general.

Part 6: America Resurgent

The Republican Party calls for confronting dangers, supporting troops and veterans, as well as standing by our allies. Another thing that the GOP is known for is high defense spending. Their rhetoric implies that our military is small is easily pushed over. However, our defense spending is far ahead of any other nation. Republicans claim that Obama is massively cutting defense spending which he is not. A subsection is titled “Honoring and Supporting Our Veterans: A Sacred Obligation”. The Department of Veterans Affairs, according to them need to be held accountable more often. Additionally, they complain about the mistreatment of veterans, but they have blocked several pro-veteran bills in Congress.

Israel: The Republican Party stands up for Israel as the United States ally in the Middle East region. In the platform, it states that similar values to America and is the only country in the region to have freedom of speech and freedom of religion. Additionally, it states that America will continue to assist Israel to enhance its security against enemies in the Middle East. The Republican Party, as well as Israel, believe that Iran will try to bomb them and that the recent Iran Deal is a surefire way for that to happen. One alarming but not surprising thing is that the GOP denies is that Israel is an occupier of Palestine. The Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions(BDS) is a position that they, therefore oppose. They claim that it is anti-Semitic and “seeks to destroy Israel.” The thing is, it is a known fact that Israel is an occupier, and it is quite harsh.

Advancing Human Rights: The platform states that America is an exit for those living under tyrannical regimes. Again, it states that Radical Islamic Terrorism is an “existential threat to personal freedom and peace around the world.” The concern here is that Republicans(and to an extent, the Democrats) have long supported foreign policy initiatives that are catastrophic to the most vulnerable, thus violating human rights. The Human Rights Watch acknowledges that the U.S. has enacted national security measures such as mass surveillance programs that restrict the freedom of the press, assembly, and expression. A UN report in 2014 criticized the National Security Agency(NSA) for its mass surveillance and the United States’ overseas actions that violated human rights.

That is my Republican Party Platform breakdown. For the full Republican Party Platform, click here.

 

The DNC, the Media, Election Fraud, and the Democratic Party Platform

28 July 2016

Hello, again Insights.

Last week, the RNC occurred in Cleveland. I didn’t watch it, so what I know about it are the news and other people. Today is the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, and just like in the primaries, there have been several issues.

On July 22, Wikileaks released tens of thousands of emails and attachments regarding the DNC and connections to Hillary Clinton. To search for those, click here. There was mass speculation that the DNC coddled with the Clinton campaign from the very beginning, and there was a conflict of interest going on: Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz worked as a campaign co-chair on Clinton’s 2008 campaign. As a result of the leaks, Wasserman Schultz stepped down as the DNC chair but is now working with the Clinton campaign officially(since she and the DNC worked with her) as an “honorary chair” to help get her and Democrats in all 50 states elected.

Election fraud has occurred in several cases including intentional slashing in the number of polling stations such as those in Arizona and Puerto Rico, causing long wait lines. Puerto Rico typically has a high voter turnout, had less than 5% of eligible voters cast their ballots. In California, millions were told to have to vote provisional ballots even though they were registered Democrats or recently registered as a Democrat. The media called California for Hillary Clinton before millions of provisional ballots were even counted. There was also reports of illegally shredded ballots in the Golden State.

Election Justice USA– A non-partisan coalition dealing with election fraud.

Democratic Primary Fraud- Election Justice

The convention kicked off on Monday to Sanders supporters protesting the corruption in the DNC. Michelle Obama and Bernie Sanders were some of the keynote speakers of the night. However, there has been many problems with delegates and protesters. As you may know, Sanders supporters have been talked down to and asked to “fall in line” for party unity to defeat Trump.

The Mainstream Media, which has ties to Clinton and virtually every other establishment political figure, reports only the surface.They cannot report the whole story because they’re part of the corruption that is going on. There have been issues with other media sources such as with the online The Young Turks. TYT political reporter Jordan Chariton was locked out from the media tent on Day 2 of the convention. In continuation, protesters occupied the media tent, protesting the mainstream media and their establishment/conservative bias.

There was some good news, however. Starting in 2020, 2/3 of the Democratic Party’s superdelegates have to vote according to the results of the primary or caucus in their state. In the weeks leading up to the convention, committees began drafting the party platform for the next four years. Some notable changes were calling for a $15 minimum wage as well as debt-free college. Other things did not change from 2012 such as on foreign policy such as on the Palestine-Israel conflict. New things were added such as praising and attempting to pass the TPP.

Full Democratic Party Platform

That is the basics of the DNC, the media, election fraud, and what the upcoming platform is. I’ll also have a similar post regarding the Republicans and the RNC soon.

 

 

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

26 July 2016

Hello, again Insights.

A few days ago, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton named Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her running mate. He was considered for a bid for Clinton’s VP selection and is less of a surprise than Trump’s selection of Mike Pence. Many still don’t know much about Kaine and what it means. Let’s break it down.

Tim Kaine Fast Facts:

Born: February 26, 1958 Age: 58

U.S. Senator from Virginia since 2013

Governor of Virginia from 2006-2010

Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 2002-2006

Served on Richmond City Council from 1994-2001; Mayor from 1998-2001

Former Catholic Missionary

Full Kaine timeline.

In June, Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorsed Hillary Clinton, upsetting many progressives. She and Bernie Sanders have very similar policy positions. However, if Clinton teamed up with Warren, she could court more of the progressive voters to vote for her. Unfortunately for them, Clinton chose a moderate Democrat in Tim Kaine. Let’s break down his stances on some of the issues.

Supports TPP and other free trade agreements plus fast track of TPP(conservative)

Supports Right-to-work measures (conservative)

Favors Gun Control(liberal)

Favors Women’s Reproductive Rights, during public service career. (liberal) Personally pro-life however.

Favors financial deregulation (conservative)

Pro-Immigration stance(liberal)

Kaine is liberal on some positions and conservative on others, equaling a moderate.

Warren is known for her career as a law professor and focused on bankruptcy and personal finance. She favors strong regulation on the banks and was instrumental in establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and was a special adviser. This position conflicts with Clinton because many of her  top campaign donors are major financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, and JP Morgan Chase. As this is one of Warren’s strongest policy positions, the Clinton campaign felt that there would be a conflict between her and Warren and preferred a more moderate candidate who agrees more with her on the issues.

The 2016 election has been the year of the anti-establishment, and that’s why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump did so well. Democratic primary voters who backed Sanders recognized Hillary Clinton’s corruption, but many would vote for Clinton in the General Election vs. Trump, in which many of them are votes against him. The ideology difference between Clinton and Sanders is very wide, despite running for the same party’s nomination. Voters who are more progressive feel isolated without Sanders and a progressive like Warren had the possibility to bring more “party unity.” Many Sanders supporters, however, are Independents. The Clinton camp often says that she is entitled to Sanders voters and they’ll eventually “fall in line” to defeat Trump. Despite these remarks, Clinton actions don’t appear to be trying to court more progressive voters. Instead, Clinton has made attempts to get Jeb Bush donors to her side, and a SuperPAC called “Republicans For Hillary” was formed by a GOP donor named Craig Snyder. Trump’s unpredictability has disillusioned many establishment donors since they don’t know if he can be controlled or not.

An additional reason that Clinton chose Kaine is that he has numerous pro-establishment positions such as on free trade and financial deregulation. Clinton(and now) Kaine have come out in opposition to the latest free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership(TPP) even though it was as recent as last week that Kaine spoke out in favor of the TPP. When Clinton was Secretary of State, she helped to start negotiations for TPP, and publicly came out 45 times in support.

There it is. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine. I will have a similar post up soon detailing Trump and Mike Pence. My question for you is this: Does Kaine help or hurt Clinton?

Police Shootings, Black Lives Matter and the Facts

12 July 2016

Hello, again Insights.

This week has been a very controversial week in the realm of politics. There were two high-profile black cop shootings of black men. There was a mass shooting of police officers in Dallas as a response. There have been various protests led by local chapters of Black Lives Matter in response.

What happened?

Two high-profile shootings by police officers of black men, Philando Castille in St. Paul and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. As a result, several protests broke out in these two cities as well as across the United States. On Thursday night, Micah Johnson shot 5 police officers dead. There has been speculation from the mainstream outlets that whether or not that Johnson was connected to Black Lives Matter. It is known that Johnson had no connections to BLM.

Further Read: Micah Johnson details

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is a national organization who aims to make black lives more valid and to stop police brutality. What is commonly said is that BLM only cares about black lives. BLM means Black Lives Matter as well. It is a known fact that blacks have been treated unfairly during the history of America, in which BLM obviously points out.

Facts on Police Shootings

According to The Guardian, over 574 people have been shot by police, and an overwhelming majority of them are men. It is true that more whites die than blacks from police shootings, but they make up over 60 percent of the population, as opposed to only 13 percent who are black. Opponents of groups such as Black Lives Matter point out  that white people die more from police shootings than black people. That is true, but it is DISPROPORTIONATELY African-American. The rate of police shooting deaths of blacks is around 25%, nearly twice the rate of the percentage of blacks in this country. The Guardian’s tally is as follows(as of 12 July 2016). I’ll add the percentages of the deaths by race, and the actual percentage of the U.S. population.

281 White(Non-Hispanic)(49.0%)(62%)

140 Black(24.3%)(13%)

88 Hispanic(15.3%)(18%)

42 Unknown race/ more than one race(7.3%)(2%)

13 Native American(2.3%)(1%)

10 Asian/Pacific Islander(1.7%)(5%)

Estimates from census.gov

You see, whites are killed by police at about a 2:1 margin, but outnumber blacks at an over 4:1 ratio,  which is closer to 5:1. Native Americans, although a much smaller amount of the population, are disproportionately killed as well. BLM is trying to end the systematic racism focusing on the lives of African Americans. Here’s the deal: ALL LIVES MATTER. Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, Native Americans, Middle Eastern, etc. There have been hundreds of arrests in the last week, including 102 in St. Paul. In more news, there has been a petition that would reclassify Black Lives Matter as a terrorist organization. The petition has received over 100,000 signatures. We need to get to a state of equality and end this madness. That includes reforming the criminal justice system and demilitarizing the police forces.

Hillary Clinton, James Comey and the FBI

10 July 2016

Hello, Again Insights.

On Tuesday we heard a report from the FBI director, James Comey. Not exactly surprising, the FBI will rewrite the laws to let Hillary Clinton off the hook. Comey, a Republican did state that it was “gross negligence” of what Clinton did, but anyone could have done that. Comey also stated that no reasonable prosecutor would go through with the case and press charges. His party affiliation doesn’t really matter because both are members of the establishment. In this post, I’ll go a little more in-depth with the investigation and the facts.

Since February 2015, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been under investigation for using a private e-mail server during her time at the state department. Also, this use of a private server has raised questions whether this had an effect on September 11, 2012, Consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya and jeopardizing national security.

Last week, former President Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch held an impromptu meeting. Disclaimer: Loretta Lynch was appointed a US attorney by Clinton in 1999, so there has to be some bias with Lynch regarding a possible indictment. It’s just common sense, not any anti-Clinton bias which the pro-Clinton people are saying. Lynch said the meeting was about ‘grandkids’ among other things, but if you use your brain, you’ll know that there was a long discussion regarding the indictment. I read some articles and a video about this, and it hit me: The meeting happened because they were unsure of what the FBI would do. Lynch stated that she would “accept recommendations” from the FBI regarding an indictment. That doesn’t mean that she will choose to indict Clinton if the Lynch has ties to the Clintons, so we know that would be unlikely in the first place.

Bill Clinton- Loretta Lynch Meeting

Facts

The State Department received access to Clinton’s server, and reports have found that some emails were classified at the time, and some were changed to classified after Clinton left the state department. According to Comey, the emails were a mix of confidential, secret, and top-secret information.   

Another point is that a private SERVER was used, not just a private email account. A government server would have high security, unlike a private one. Since this was a private server of a high-ranking official, it became more prone to hacking, which occurred on several occasions. In his speech on Tuesday, Comey added that a regular email account is MORE secure than Clinton’s combination of a private account and server. The language that Comey used implied that Clinton broke the law, but she would basically get away with it.

In May of 2014, the House of Representatives formed a select committee on Benghazi to see if Clinton was responsible for the deaths of 4 Americans and how it tied into the email scandal. However, the 9 reports that were released showed no wrongdoing and it appeared that the select committee was not efficient in their use of taxpayer dollars.

Benghazi Committee Reports

Benghazi Committee by the Numbers

Conclusion:

FBI reports clearly showed that Clinton broke the law, but she won’t be indicted likely on “establishment privilege” as I call it. Whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning received harsh punishments for revealing classified information on what the U.S. was doing overseas like what Manning did or global surveillance programs as with Snowden. The point is very clear. Clinton did break the law shown from FBI reports, but others such as the Benghazi reports found nothing. The point that I’m trying to make is that there was definitely a bias in favor of Clinton in this investigation.

Further Reads:

More from James Comey and the FBI about Clinton

Edward Snowden Facts

Chelsea Manning Facts

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine

What the Mainstream Media Won’t Tell You(and Why) Part 3

Hello, again Insights.

I’m sure you have heard about the Ataturk Aiport attack in Istanbul, Turkey. Two suicide bombers killed over 40 and injured over 100 others. There were also attacks in Bangladesh and Baghdad in which the death toll in Baghdad is now over 200. When something like this happens, it’s major news for a week. The mass media often doesn’t tell the entire story.

Terrorist attacks occur frequently, and every major one seems shocking. They’re more publicized here if they happen in Europe or America. My last post in the media segment focused on fear mongering, which applies to this post. There will be calls by the media and our politicians to get “tough on terrorism” which is code to spend more on defense programs that have been proven not to work, and in some ways backfire by creating a hatred for the United States.

Going back to my first point, European and American terrorist attacks are more publicized because they occur in areas with low Muslim populations. As a result, the Paris and Belgium attacks received a lot of publicity, unlike the Beirut, Lebanon attack in November of 2015 which had similar consequences. Lebanon is close to Iraq and Syria, the home of ISIL caliphate. Attacks by the U.S. and other powers such as Israel often violate international law but is almost always called the counter-terror attacks. Presidential candidates such as Ted Cruz favor an increase of what the U.S. is doing. What isn’t frequently talked about on mainstream networks is that the United States ranks No. 1 in defense spending, which is almost four times as much as the No. 2 country, China, As you can see in this graph by the Washington Post. What is often overlooked is the effectiveness of defense programs. We bomb ISIL more than any other nation, yet nothing has changed. In fact, the United States is running out of bombs. Additionally, there are several environmental consequences of war. Examples include poorer air quality, increased oil use, as well as the dismantling of infrastructure which are obvious. As I have stated in previous posts, the MSM needs winners and losers in order to function. The media and Congress are corporate owned, and defense contractors will want to sell more war to increase their profit. That is why we need to get money out of politics to restore a government that is for the people, and by the people.

Read More: Environmental Impact of War

Part 1

Part 2

Police Shootings, Black Lives Matter and the Facts

The Government Doesn’t Care About What You Think Part 3

25 June 2016

Hello, again Readers.

In one of my recent posts, I talked about the House sit-in to try to get a vote on gun control. Today, I will continue the “Government doesn’t care about what you think” series. This about the reaction of House Republicans, notably Speaker Paul Ryan.

Democrats ended their sit-in on Thursday after 25 hours. House Speaker Paul Ryan(R-WI) called it a publicity stunt. On his Twitter account(@SpeakerRyan), he encouraged people to retweet his tweet saying that it was a publicity stunt and nothing more. The sit-in was for publicity, but it was also to get House Republicans on board for a vote, but Ryan’s tone implied that it wasn’t the case in his opinion. Another Republican representative Louie Gohmert(R-TX),  screamed that Radical Islam was the problem and killed those in Orlando. Republicans tried to move away from the topic of guns by trying to get votes on other measures such as a financial deregulation bill. Another measure was a  $1.1 billion spending bill to combat the Zika virus. There’s a reason why the government doesn’t care what you think. It’s money in the system. As Cenk Uygur from the Young Turks would say “of course!” There’s another example of how the government sneaks Zika virus funding to please their donors.

In a dangerous move for those who use the roads, Congress passed a bill that would deregulate the trucking industry. Truckers would be allowed to drive up to 73 hours a week plus another 8.5 hours for related activities. The money in the system is what allows this. A measure to add Zika virus funding was a part of this bill, trying to make politicians feel guilty if they were to vote against Zika virus funding. Here’s the thing: They’re not concerned with your safety. They’re concerned about money. Sure, there will be accidents and some lawsuits in which they will lose. But this will pay off with the deregulation designed to make the trucking industry more money.

The message that Global Insight is trying to convey is that money is corrupting the political system and our daily lives. You should hear it so many times that it would make you hurl. We need to fight to get the money out of politics and get back our democracy.

Video: Louie Gohmert’s Reaction

Video:  Analysis to trucking deregulation/Zika bill

Article: Article of the same bill

Part 1

Part 2

 

Brexit: What Does It Mean?

25 June 2016

Hello, readers.

The Brexit vote has happened. Britain has voted to leave the EU 51.9% to 48.1%.

Part 1:

The United Kingdom held a referendum if they want to leave the European Union. For the basics, more Conservative voters chant “Britain First” and want UK freedom. More liberal voters favor the UK to keep its EU membership. What are the effects?

Effects:

The UK does not use the Euro and has a permanent opt-out. They still use the Pound Sterling. With a Brexit, there wouldn’t be that much effect on the Euro. However, more economic effects are likely. Many reports show that this will be a global one since the UK ties to several nations’ economies with the rise of globalization. Globalization is the process where people, companies, and governments interact and integrate with one another.

The European Union is an economic union. With membership, one nation can have engagements with other members states to create economic agreements. Should a member such as the UK depart, that nation would be more isolated. History has shown that isolationist civilizations do not fare well. Even in today’s times, isolationism doesn’t fare well. Even though a few of the nations described are dictatorships, being sheltered from the rest of the world harms their economies. Additionally, there are development problems within these nations.

We already saw a dip in the value of the Pound Sterling from roughly 1.50 to 1.34 per USD in fear of the Brexit. It’s now back up to 1.37 per USD. Additionally, the London Stock Market lost 122 billion pounds.

Whether you already knew this or not, you should know the truth about the Brexit and its potential implications. The United Kingdom won’t be nearly as isolated as the countries below.

Full Top Ten: Ten Most Isolated Nations

 

House Democrats No Bill No Break Breakdown plus Possible Solution

22 June 2016

Hello, again Insights.

Today, House Democrats began a sit-in and demanded that Congress won’t go to summer recess until a common sense gun bill passes. Minority whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said that “We will be sitting in until the House is allowed an opportunity to vote.”On Monday, four measures were up for a vote, and all four failed in the Senate. There have been no votes in the house, where it is a tougher battle due to the NRA’s stronger influence there.

What would need to happen for a bill to pass:

For a bill to pass the Senate, 60 votes are required. In the House, only a simple majority or 218 votes are needed to pass. Currently, here’s the breakdown of the houses by party affiliation.

Senate:

54 Republican

44 Democrat

2 Independent(both caucus with the Democrats)

House of Representatives:

247 Republicans

188 Democrats.

Part 2: Potential Solution.

Susan Collins(R-ME) is leading a bipartisan solution that would notify the FBI if someone on the terrorist watch list was about to purchase a firearm. Co-sponsors of the bill include Tim Kaine(D-VA), Heidi Heitkamp(D-ND), Lindsey Graham(R-SC), Kelly Ayotte(R-NH), Jeff Flake(R-AZ), Angus King(I-ME), Martin Heinrich(D-NM), and Bill Nelson(D-FL). We know that 60 votes are needed to pass the Senate. Assuming that all 44 Democrats and 2 Independents support it, 14 Republicans would need to support it. Four are co-sponsoring the bill, and Pat Toomey(PA) says he’ll endorse the bill. Dianne Feinstein proposed a similar measure that failed on Monday. The provision that would hopefully get pro-gun conservatives on board is because the bill doesn’t ban those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms. Additionally, American citizens would be allowed to appeal a denial of a gun sale. The measure also has some concerns with Democrats, notably Chuck Schumer of New York. He says that there are issues, though they are fixable. He did not give details. Chris Murphy,  however, called the bipartisan proposal “progress.” This measure again would be attached to a spending bill. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that it may be attached to a Commerce, Justice, and Science spending bill. According to Vanity Fair, the bill could see a vote as early as tomorrow.