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Edward Snowden Exposes Unsettling Truth About What Facebook Really Is

Snowden weighs in on what Facebook truly is. Is it time for Facebook to go? Make a massive change? Do people even get value from it any longer?

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Hundreds of millions of people use it everyday, and in general it appears its purpose is to bring people closer together. Heck, even Mark Zuckerberg himself believes Facebook is about bringing the world closer together. In some ways this is absolutely true. I for one have seen that as I’ve built a conscious media and education outlet over the last 9 years that reaches hundreds of millions all over the world.

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I intuitively reported late last year that Facebook would be under heavy fire in 2018 as they struggle to find what the point of their platform is beyond surveillance and money. Here we are seeing it already.

Since the 2016 presidential election ended and Hillary lost in what was a shocking result to many, ‘fake news’ and censorship on Facebook has become so strong I’m not even sure it’s the same platform it once was. Not only that, it appears that meaningless, and often useless, content and conjecture is about all that fills users newsfeeds these days. What happened?

Edward Snowden weighed in on what he feels Facebook is, and always has been: a surveillance company.

Is he right? The story goes that Facebook started out in colleges and universities as a way to keep students in touch with one another. It then opened to the general public and became a massive source of communication, information sharing and connection. Then Facebook went public.

The moment this happened Facebook’s new priority was making money for its share holders, and upholding whatever political pressure they had to abide by given their obvious connections with intelligence communities. Data is a huge business, for both companies and intelligence agencies.

With the need for constant financial growth, Facebook began to strip the value it provided on its platform, connecting people with information, and replaced it with a newsfeed that would produce as much income as possible. The problem with this is, Facebook no longer became a tool of connection and instead became a massive advertising platform.

How did they do it? They had all the data they ever needed as people were freely giving it up, and Facebook had its many ways of eerily collecting it.

Facebook The Only One?

It has been said by many close to the company that Facebook’s agendas go far beyond simply a social media network connecting people. Facebook’s former vice president of user growth stated Facebook was “ripping society apart.” Ex Facebook chief Sean Parker said Facebook was built to exploit people’s weaknesses.

But apparently it isn’t just Facebook in this game, it’s Google, YouTube and other SM networks too. Julian Assange discusses the close relationships between Google and the NSA in his 2014 book: When Google Met WikiLeaks

Around the same time, Google was becoming involved in a program known as the “Enduring Security Framework” (ESF), which entailed the sharing of information between Silicon Valley tech companies and Pentagon-affiliated agencies “at network speed.” Emails obtained in 2014 under Freedom of Information requests show Schmidt and his fellow Googler Sergey Brin corresponding on first-name terms with NSA chief General Keith Alexander about ESF Reportage on the emails focused on the familiarity in the correspondence: “General Keith . . . so great to see you . . . !” Schmidt wrote. But most reports overlooked a crucial detail. “Your insights as a key member of the Defense Industrial Base,” Alexander wrote to Brin, “are valuable to ensure ESF’s efforts have measurable impact.” –Julian Assange

What To Take From This

It isn’t that any of these platforms are inherently evil, I truly believe it’s a ‘lazy’ way to think and attempt to understand people and things when we simply call them evil or other hateful terms. Discussion marginalized to that level means we don’t want to understand why, therefore we don’t want to actually solve the issue we just want to complain about it.

We are in a time where humanity is being challenged to ‘grow up’ in a sense. I feel that means usherhing ourselves into full individual responsibility for the nature of world and choosing to individually do something about it.

Show we use these platforms? use them as you see fit but I always raise the question about how we are choosing to use them and reflecting on how we feel as we use them in certain ways. Are we putting information out that we wouldn’t want others seeing, knowing and collecting? Are we chasing likes and the feeling of approval from others? Are we comparing ourselves to others via these platforms? Or are these platforms serving us to stay informed or connected to others and information in an effective way?

Things are what they are, we can choose to use them and engage in whatever way suits us. No judgement necessary.

 

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The Mental Health Morass: Good for Pharma, Bad for Youth

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When several hundred Colorado high school students walked out of a post-school-shooting vigil last May to protest the event’s politicization, their departing chant was, “mental health, mental health.” While this response may have unsettled the event’s organizers, it was unsurprising in the context of widespread media accounts of an “epidemic of anguish” among American youth. According to this narrative, not only is “the increase in mental health issues among [U.S.] teens and young adults…nothing short of staggering,” but around the globe, mental illness is set to become the “next major global health challenge” and “pandemic of the 21st century.”

Without making light of the problem or minimizing anyone’s personal suffering, it is clear that one entity that stands to benefit mightily from a deepening mental health crisis is the pharmaceutical industry. Psychiatric medications have long been “growth superstars”—generating billions in sales for companies like Pfizer and Eli Lilly “as the U.S. became Prozac Nation, antipsychotics also became antidepressants, and ADHD [attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder] a byword.” Already in the mid-2000s, a Harvard economist reported that spending on psychotropic drugs had substantially outpaced overall prescription drug spending—no mean feat given the drug market’s exponential growth.

Outsized drug company profits and clever marketing tactics have prompted many to question the industry’s “oversized role in determining how mental illness is treated.” Even in conventional medical circles, clinicians acknowledge the need for “radical change in the paradigm and practices of mental health care,” including interventions that emphasize prevention and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities. These sorts of recommendations are urgently needed—not least for the young people for whom there is scant evidence of psychotropic medication safety or efficacy.

Overlapping trends

Modern psychiatry situates an alphabet soup of diagnoses under the broad rubric of “mental, emotional and behavioral” (MEB) disorders. It is no longer uncommon for children and adolescents to receive one or more of these diagnoses: anxiety disorder; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; autism spectrum disorder; bipolar disorder; conduct disorder; depression; disruptive behavior disorder; drug abuse or dependence; eating disorders; obsessive-compulsive disorder; oppositional defiant disorder; pervasive developmental disorder; post-traumatic stress disorder; and schizophrenia.

The proliferation of mental health diagnoses in young people overlaps considerably with trends in diagnosed neurodevelopmental disorders. In addition, mental health diagnoses frequently intersect with physical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, which are more often present in children with mental disorders than in children without such disorders. Pediatric hospital admissions for non-behavioral disorders result in higher costs and longer stays when they are comorbid with behavioral disorders.

One of the few large-scale surveys to focus on MEB disorders in children (rather than adults) was the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A), conducted from 2001 to 2004. The NCS-A found that half of U.S. youth (ages 13-18) had been diagnosed with at least one MEB disorder—including one in five with behavior disorders and three in ten with anxiety disorders—with the impairments rated as “severe” in roughly one-fourth of the affected teens. For many of the young people, onset and diagnosis occurred well before adolescence. Reviewing the evidence, the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine reported in 2009 that “early MEB disorders should be considered as commonplace as a fractured limb: not inevitable but not at all unusual.”

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The impact

Recent research has documented some of the impact of these “commonplace” diagnoses in young people. Between 2011 and 2015, for example, visits by U.S. youth to psychiatric emergency departments increased by 28%. By age group, the largest increase—54%—was seen in adolescents (as compared to younger children or youth in their early 20s), in whom the researchers also reported a 2.5-fold increase in suicide-related visits. As of 2010, mood disorders (which include both bipolar and depressive disorders) were the most frequent principal diagnosis given to hospitalized children ages 1-17—up 80% since 1997. The hospitalization rate for bipolar disorders increased fourfold between the two time points (1997–2010), especially in the 10-14 and 15-17 age groups.

Researchers describe comorbid ADHD as “nearly universal” among youth with bipolar disorder, with ADHD and anxiety disorders viewed as common precursors of bipolar disorder. The trend toward increased diagnosis of both ADHD and bipolar disorder has prompted increased use by young people of both inpatient and outpatient mental health services as well as an exponential increase in the prescribing of medication. In office-based settings, where mental health care for young people has increased more rapidly than for adults, psychotropic medication prescriptions for younger patients are often provided by physicians with no psychiatric training.

For both ADHD and bipolar disorder, pharmacologic treatment relies heavily on powerful psychostimulants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. Reporting on data collected in 2011–2012, researchers noted that a large proportion (44%) of very young children diagnosed with ADHD (2- to 5-year-olds) were taking medication, most commonly central nervous system stimulants. Nationally, a survey of children with special health care needs conducted in 2009–2010 found that 74% of ADHD-diagnosed children ages 4-17 had received medication in the past week.

Both the scientific community and mainstream media have raised questions about whether widespread administration of mind-altering psychostimulants to young children is safe or “meaningfully beneficial.” In 2016, a Washington Post reporter cited CDC findings when noting that “The long-term effects of those [ADHD] drugs on a young brain and body have not been well studied, and the side effects can be numerous, including poor appetite, sleeplessness, irritability and slowed growth.” Other risks of these freely prescribed drugs include the potential to actually worsen mania, foster addiction or lead to further medication. In the push for increased treatment, clinicians have largely ignored these risks.

In some states, special education funding policies create financial incentives to actively identify and medicate children with ADHD. In those states, children are “about 15 percent more likely to report having ADHD and…about 22 percent more likely to be taking medication for ADHD.” As a medical ethicist has commented, these patterns raise questions about the “muddier” aspects of psychiatric diagnosis and the variability “as regards who and what drive [diagnostic] practices.”

The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) commonly prescribed for depression and anxiety disorders have also raised serious concerns—particularly about their potential to promote suicidality, aggression or other unwanted outcomes in children and adolescents. In 2016, the Nordic Cochrane Centre systematically reviewed clinical study reports from 70 trials of SSRIs and similar drugs and described substantial under-reporting of harms. Even with the under-reporting, the reviewed evidence linked the drugs to a doubling in the risk of suicidality and aggression in children and adolescents.

Why is this happening?

Researchers have floated many hypotheses about the underlying causes of the burgeoning youth mental health crisis. But while the mainstream media have been more than willing to give airtime to social explanations such as smartphone use and academic stress, the public has seen far less discussion of other plausible factors such as the gut-brain connection. For example, there is a complex interplay between the gut microbiome, the immune response and vaccination—and experimental evidence links vaccines and vaccine adjuvants to adverse mental health symptoms. There is also ample experimental evidence showing that gut microbiota disruptions caused by subchronic and chronic exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides can increase anxiety and depression-like behaviors at virtually any age. Moreover, research findings are suggestive of potential transgenerational effects of both vaccines and glyphosate. Rather than acquiesce to the perpetuation of hair-splitting mental health diagnoses—and the pharmaceutical “solutions” that always seem to follow close behind—it would seem wise to scrutinize these pervasive environmental threats while keeping in mind the age-old question of cui bono.

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Former Israeli Intel Official Claims Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell Worked for Israel

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  • The Facts:

    This article was written by a Whitney Webb, a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. It was originally published at Mintpressnews.com, posted here with permission.

  • Reflect On:

    Was Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose o entrapping powerful individuals and politicians?

Since the apparent death by suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in a Manhattan prison, much has come to light about his depraved activities and methods used to sexually abuse underage girls and entrap the rich and powerful for the purposes of blackmail. Epstein’s ties to intelligence, described in-depth in a recent MintPress investigative series, have continued to receive minimal mainstream media coverage, which has essentially moved on from the Epstein scandal despite the fact that his many co-conspirators remain on the loose.

For those who have examined Epstein’s ties to intelligence, there are clear links to both U.S. intelligence and Israeli intelligence, leaving it somewhat open to debate as to which country’s intelligence apparatus was closest to Epstein and most involved in his blackmail/sex-trafficking activities. A recent interview given by a former high-ranking official in Israeli military intelligence has claimed that Epstein’s sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians in the United States and abroad.

In an interview with Zev Shalev, former CBS News executive producer and award-winning investigative journalist for Narativ, the former senior executive for Israel’s Directorate of Military Intelligence, Ari Ben-Menashe, claimed not only to have met Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, back in the 1980s, but that both Epstein and Maxwell were already working with Israeli intelligence during that time period.

“They found a niche”

In an interview last week with the independent outlet Narativ, Ben-Menashe, who himself was involved in Iran-Contra arms deals, told his interviewer Zev Shalev that he had been introduced to Jeffrey Epstein by Robert Maxwell in the mid-1980s while Maxwell’s and Ben-Menashe’s involvement with Iran-Contra was ongoing. Ben-Menashe did not specify the year he met Epstein.

Ben-Menashe told Shalev that “he [Maxwell] wanted us to accept him [Epstein] as part of our group …. I’m not denying that we were at the time a group that it was Nick Davies [Foreign Editor of the Maxwell-Owned Daily Mirror], it was Maxwell, it was myself and our team from Israel, we were doing what we were doing.” Past reporting by Seymour Hersh and others revealed that Maxwell, Davies and Ben-Menashe were involved in the transfer and sale of  military equipment and weapons from Israel to Iran on behalf of Israeli intelligence during this time period.

He then added that Maxwell had stated during the introduction that “your Israeli bosses have already approved” of Epstein. Shalev later noted that Maxwell “had an extensive network in Israel at the time, which included [the later Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon, according to Ben-Menashe.”

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Ben-Menashe went on to say that he had “met him [Epstein] a few times in Maxwell’s office, that was it.” He also said he was not aware of Epstein being involved in arms deals for anyone else he knew at the time, but that Maxwell wanted to involve Epstein in the arms transfer in which he, Davies and Ben-Menashe were engaged on Israel’s behalf.

However, as MintPress reported in Part IV of the investigative series “Inside the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Too Big to Fail,” Epstein was involved with several arms dealers during this period of time, some of whom were directly involved in Iran-Contra arms deals between Israel and Iran. For instance, after leaving Bear Stearns in 1981, Epstein began working in the realms of shadow finance as a self-described “financial bounty hunter,” where he would both hunt down and hide money for powerful people. One of these powerful individuals was Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi arms dealer with close ties to both Israeli and U.S. intelligence and one of the main brokers of Iran-Contra arms deals between Israel and Iran. Epstein would later forge a business relationship with a CIA front company involved in another aspect of Iran-Contra, the airline Southern Air Transport, on behalf of Leslie Wexner’s company, The Limited.

During this period, it is also known that Epstein became well acquainted with the British arms dealer Sir Douglas Leese, who collaborated with Khashoggi on at least one British-Saudi arms deal in the 1980s. Leese would later introduce Epstein to Steven Hoffenberg, calling Epstein a “genius” and describing his lack of morals during that introduction. Thus, there are indications that Epstein was involved with Middle Eastern arms deals, including some related to Iran-Contra, during this period. In addition, Epstein would later claim (and then subsequently deny) having worked for the CIA during this period.

After having been introduced to Epstein, Ben-Menashe claimed that neither he nor Davies were impressed with Epstein and considered him “not very competent.” He added that Ghislaine Maxwell had “fallen for” Epstein and that he believed that the romantic relationship between his daughter and Epstein led Robert Maxwell to work to bring the latter into the “family business” — i.e., Maxwell’s dealings with Israeli intelligence. This information is very revealing, given that the narrative, until now at least, has been that Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein did not meet and begin their relationship until after Robert Maxwell’s death in 1991, after which Ghislaine moved to New York.

Ben-Menashe says that well after the introduction, though again he does not specify what year, Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein began a sexual blackmail operation with the purpose of extorting U.S. political and public figures on behalf of Israeli military intelligence. He stated:

In this case what really happened, my take on it, in the later thing, is that these guys were seen as agents. They weren’t really competent to do very much. And so they found a niche for themselves — blackmailing American and other political figures.”

He then confirmed, when prompted, that they were blackmailing Americans on behalf of Israeli intelligence.

In response to his statement, Zev Shalev replied, But, you know, for most people it’s hard for them to think of Israel as being … blackmailing their leaders in the United States, it’s a very …” at which point, Ben-Menashe interrupted and the following exchange took place:

Ari Ben-Menashe:  You’re kidding? [laughs]…. It was quite their M.O. Sleeping around is not a crime, it may be embarrassing, but it’s not a crime, but sleeping with underage girls is a crime.

Shalev:  It was a crime in 2000 as well, but they let him off that…

Ben-Menashe:  And that it is [why] always so he [Epstein] made sure these girls were underage.

In addition, when Shalev asked Ben-Menashe about the relationship between Jeffrey Epstein and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Ben-Menashe stated “After a while, you know, what Mr. Epstein was doing was collecting intelligence on people in the United States. And so if you want to go to the U.S. if you’re a high-profile politician you want to know information about people.” Ben-Menashe subsequently stated that Barak was obtaining compromising information (i.e., blackmail) that Epstein had acquired on powerful people in the United States.

PROMIS, sex, and blackmail

If Robert Maxwell did recruit Epstein and bring him into the “family business” and the world of Israeli intelligence, as Ben-Menashe has claimed, it provides supporting evidence for information provided to MintPress by a former U.S. intelligence official, who chose to remain anonymous in light of the sensitivity of the claim.

This source, who has direct knowledge of the unauthorized use of PROMIS to support covert U.S. and Israeli intelligence projects, told MintPress that “some of the proceeds from the illicit sales of PROMIS were made available to Jeffrey Epstein for use in compromising targets of political blackmail.” As was noted in a Mintpress series on the Epstein scandal, much of Epstein’s funding also came from Ohio billionaire Leslie Wexner, who has documented ties to both organized crime and U.S. and Israeli intelligence.

After the PROMIS software was stolen from its rightful owner and developer, Inslaw Inc., through the collusion of both U.S. and Israeli officials, it was marketed mainly by two men: Earl Brian, a close aide to Ronald Reagan, later U.S. envoy to Iran and close friend of Israeli spymaster Rafi Eitan; and Robert Maxwell. Brian sold the bugged software through his company, Hadron Inc., while Maxwell sold it through an Israeli company he acquired called Degem. Before and following Maxwell’s acquisition of Degem, the company was a known front for Mossad operations and Mossad operatives in Latin America often posed as Degem employees.

With Maxwell — Epstein’s alleged recruiter and father of Epstein’s alleged madam — having been one of the main salespeople involved in selling PROMIS software on behalf of intelligence, he would have been in a key position to furnish Epstein’s nascent sexual blackmail operation with the proceeds from the sale of PROMIS.

This link between Epstein’s sexual blackmail operation and the PROMIS software scandal is notable given that the illicit use of PROMIS by U.S. and Israeli intelligence has been for blackmail purposes on U.S. public figures and politicians, as was described in a recent MintPress report.

Can an ex-spy be trusted?

When dealing in the world of deception and intrigue that defines intelligence operations, it is often difficult to determine whether any individual linked to an intelligence agency is telling the truth. Indeed, in the United States, there are examples of elected intelligence officials committing perjury and lying to Congress on several occasions with no consequences, and of intelligence officials feeding politically motivated and untrue information to agency assets in the media.

So, are Ari Ben-Menashe’s claims regarding Epstein and the Maxwells trustworthy? In addition to the aforementioned, corroborating information for his claims, a review of Ben-Menashe’s post-intelligence career suggests this is the case.

Prior to his arrest in November 1989, Ben-Menashe was a high-ranking officer in a special unit of Israeli military intelligence. He would later claim that his arrest for attempting to sell American-made weapons to Iran was politically motivated, as he had threatened to expose what the U.S. government had done with the stolen PROMIS software if the U.S. did not cease providing Saddam Hussein’s Iraq with chemical weapons. Ben-Menashe was later acquitted when a U.S. court determined that his involvement in the attempted sale of military equipment to Iran was done on behalf of the Israeli state.

After his arrest, Ben-Menashe was visited in prison by Robert Parry, the former Newsweek contributor and Associated Press reporter who would later found and run Consortium News until his recent passing last year. Parry remembered that, during that interview, “Ben-Menashe offered me startling new information about the Iran-Contra scandal, which I thought that I knew quite well.”

Israel’s government immediately began to attack Ben-Menashe’s credibility following his interview with Parry, and claimed that Ben-Menashe had never worked for Israeli intelligence. When Parry soon found evidence that Ben-Menashe had indeed served in Israeli military intelligence, Israel’s government was then forced to admit that he had worked for military intelligence, but only as a “low-level translator.” Yet, the documentation Parry had uncovered described Ben-Menashe as having served in “key positions” and performed “complex and sensitive assignments.”

A year later, Ben-Menashe would be interviewed by another journalist, Seymour Hersh. It would be Ben-Menashe who first revealed to Hersh secrets about Israel’s nuclear program and the fact that British media mogul Robert Maxwell was an Israeli spy, revelations that Hersh would not only independently corroborate but include in his book The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy. Hersh was then sued by Robert Maxwell and the Maxwell-owned Mirror Group for libel. The case was later settled in Hersh’s favor, as the claims Hersh had made were true and not libelous. As a result, the Mirror Group paid Hersh for damages, covered his legal costs, and issued him a formal apology.

After Ben-Menashe’s interviews by Hersh and Parry, Israel’s government was apparently concerned enough about what Ben-Menashe would tell congressional investigators that it attempted to kidnap him and bring him back to Israel to face state charges, much like Israeli intelligence had done to Israel’s nuclear-weapons whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu. The plan was foiled largely thanks to Parry.

Parry, who broke many key stories related to the Iran-Contra scandal in the 1980s and beyond, was tipped off by a U.S. intelligence source about a joint U.S.-Israel plan to have Ben-Menashe first be denied entry to the United States on his planned trip to give congressional testimony. Per the plan, Ben-Menashe would be denied entry to the U.S. in Los Angeles and then be deported to Israel, where he would have stood trial for “exposing state secrets.” Parry called Ben-Menashe and convinced him to delay his flight until he secured a guarantee for safe passage from the U.S. government.

Ben-Menashe subsequently gave a sworn statement to the House Judiciary Committee that mostly focused on U.S.-Israel collusion regarding the theft and creation of a “backdoor” into the PROMIS software. Ben-Menashe offered to name names and provide corroborating evidence for several of his claims if he was offered immunity by the committee, which, for whatever reason. declined that request.

Prior to the conclusion of the Hersh “libel” trial, which would later uphold Ben-Menashe’s claims regarding Robert Maxwell’s Mossad activities as true, there was a concerted effort in the U.S. press to downplay Ben-Menashe’s credibility. For instance, Newsweek — in an article on Ben-Menashe entitled “One Man, Many Tales” — claimed that “inconsistencies may undermine Ben-Menashe’s testimony in the British courtroom proceedings,” citing inconsistencies from sources in Israel’s government and Israeli intelligence as well as Ben-Menashe’s ex-wife and Israeli journalist Shmuel (or Samuel) Segev, a former IDF colonel. It goes without saying that such sources had much to gain from any effort to discredit Ben-Menashe’s claims.

According to Parry, this media campaign, which employed American journalists with close ties to Israel’s government and intelligence agencies, was very successful “in marginalizing Ben-Menashe by 1993, at least in the eyes of the Washington Establishment.” After a years-long media campaign to discredit Ben-Menashe, “the Israelis seemed to view him as a declining threat, best left alone. He was able to pick up the pieces of his life, creating a second act as an international political consultant and businessman arranging sales of grain.” The effort to marginalize Ben-Menashe has continued well into recent years, with mainstream news outlets still referring to him as a “self-described ex-Israeli spy” — despite the well-documented fact that Ben-Menashe worked for Israeli intelligence — as a means of downplaying his claims regarding his time in Israel’s intelligence service.

After the conclusion of the Hersh libel trial, Ben-Menashe became an international political consultant who “surrounded his far-flung business activities in secrecy and got involved with some controversial international figures, such as Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe,” and

“conducted his international consulting business … in a wide variety of global hotspots, including conflict zones,” according to Parry. In addition to Mugabe, Ben-Menashe has also recently come under fire for his consulting work on behalf of Sudan’s military junta and Venezuelan opposition politician Henri Falcón.

Ben-Menashe has also maintained ties to several different intelligence services and eventually became a controversial whistleblower whose information led to the arrest of the former head of Canada’s Security Intelligence Review Committee, Arthur Porter.

As far as his character is concerned, Parry noted that Ben-Menashe could often be “his own worst enemy” and that, even though Parry considered his information regarding Iran-Contra and PROMIS reliable and noted that much of it was later corroborated, he “often compound[ed] his media problem by treating journalists in a high-handed manner, either due to his suspicions of them or his arrogance.”

Bill Hamilton, the original developer of the PROMIS software and head of Inslaw Inc., also found Ben-Menashe’s claims regarding the illicit use of PROMIS by U.S. and Israeli intelligence agencies to be credible, though he expressed doubts about Ben-Menashe’s character.

Hamilton told MintPress the following about Ben-Menashe:

Ari Ben Menashe was the first source to tell us reliable information about the role of Rafi Eitan and Israeli intelligence vis-a-vis PROMIS but, in the end, of course, he was a clandestine services-type guy whose official duties include the ability and willingness to lie, cheat, and steal.”

A threat revived

While Ben-Menashe may have been viewed as a “declining threat” after the early 1990s, his plans to meet with Robert Parry of Consortium News years later in 2012 to discuss Iran-Contra and other covert dealings of the 1980s appeared to change that. Right before he planned to travel from Canada to the United States to meet with Parry and “finally prove” the truthfulness of his past claims, a fire-bomb was thrown into his Montreal home, destroying it.

Though Canadian media referred to the incendiary device as a “molotov cocktail,” Consortium News reported that “the arson squad’s initial assessment is said to be that the flammable agent was beyond the sort of accelerant used by common criminals,” leading to speculation that the accelerant was military-grade.

Had it not been for the bomb, the origins of which Canadian police failed to determine, Ben-Menashe would have traveled to the U.S. alongside a “senior Israeli intelligence figure” to be interviewed by Parry. The other intelligence-linked individual, according to Parry, “concluded that the attack was meant as a message from Israeli authorities to stay silent about the historical events that he was expected to discuss.”

Though neither Ben-Menashe nor Parry directly blamed Israel’s government for the destruction of Ben-Menashe’s home, Parry noted that the bombing did succeed in “intimidating Ben-Menashe, shutting down possible new disclosures of Israeli misconduct from the other intelligence veteran, and destroying records that would have helped Ben-Menashe prove whatever statements he might make.”

While Ben-Menashe’s post-intelligence associations with controversial governments and individuals have given plenty of fodder to the still thriving media campaign to discredit his claims about covert U.S.-Israel operations in the 1980s, there remain troubling indications that the Israeli government sees his information on decades-old events as a threat.

Now, with the major efforts by powerful Americans and Israelis to distance themselves from Jeffrey Epstein and other figures associated with his depraved sex trafficking operation, Ben-Menashe may soon again find his reputation — and perhaps more — under fire.

Feature photo | Graphic by Claudio Cabrera

Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism.

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Targeted Individuals All Around The Globe Are Starting To Mobilize

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  • The Facts:

    Targeted Individual activists and targeted individuals themselves are starting to gather across the world to bring attention to a very real phenomenon.

  • Reflect On:

    Can we see how our intentional awareness of matters like the 'Targeted Individuals' phenomenon helps us all move towards creating the world that we all want?

If you attended or have researched into the Global Targeted Individuals Rallies that ran concurrently in 21 cities worldwide on August 29th, 2019, you would at the very least come to realize that this phenomenon is very real, and not the product of a smattering of delusional and paranoid people, as mainstream media would have us believe (on the rare occasion that they even cover the subject at all).

And stoking your awareness that this phenomenon is real, and is a clear and present danger, is the main motivation of the various organizers of these rallies around the world. By and large, Targeted Individuals are not asking for your sympathy, or your money. They are asking you to join them in coming to a greater understanding of how these programs work, who is behind them, and consequently to build a critical mass of everyday people who acknowledge the dangers of the phenomenon. This alone has the power and capacity to put an end to these programs.

These rallies also serve to help the Targeted Individuals themselves find solace and the inspiration to stay alive, fight for sanity, and find ways to defend themselves from these attacks.

Don’t Let The Small Crowds Fool You

Compared to big, heavily funded and promoted globalist-directed rallies like Climate protests and Gun Control marches that draw large numbers of participants, the crowds that gathered for the TI rallies a month ago might not impress you too much, and might even dissuade you from giving the movement much credibility. But I would like you to consider that every Targeted Individual that shows up to and participates in a public rally represents dozens or even hundreds of their brethren who don’t have the means or the energy to do so, or simply don’t know about the rallies, or have not even come to realize that they are Targeted Individuals at all.

As I did in my previous article ‘Why The August 29th Global ‘Targeted Individuals’ Rallies Deserve Our Attention,’ I would again like to quote TI activist and writer Thomas McFarlan, who explained to me why, if there are so many Targeted Individuals worldwide, that so few of them attend these rallies:

The reason so few TIs show up at protests is because most of us end up murdered, suicided, framed to be put in prison, framed to be put in mental wards, homeless with no resources at all and completely psychologically disorientated, or just completely demoralized living with their parents, or in some cheap rental living a life with a demeaning job, next to no money and no hope so no action is taken. The TIs you see out at protests, and doing activism are the cream of the crop, [the most] psychologically strong people that exist.

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In London, activist Mark Williams led a gathering of about 60 people, the most Targeted Individuals ever to gather together in the UK. The video below of Mark speaking over a loudspeaker at the rally outlines the true objective of these rallies: familiarizing the public with the phenomenon, pointing the public to credible evidence and whistleblower testimony that is available on the internet, and basically asking for people’s help to come together with them in order to eventually put an end to these programs through grassroots efforts. Expecting help from our intelligence agencies, government, law enforcement and judiciary is usually pointless, but even more so in the case of the TI phenomenon, since the highest levels of all these institutions are either directly implicated in this or are pressured to turn a blind eye to it.

Mainstream Media Complicity

As I alluded to earlier, an essential prong of the programs that target individuals for gang-stalking, intrusive surveillance, mind-control tactics, and Directed Energy Weapons attacks is the complicity of the mainstream media, which creates a public perception that is crucial to keeping the program hidden, and hence highly effective. You would think that there would be at least a few mainstream journalists who would be willing to ask questions and investigate into these matters. But in my search of the mainstream press I found only outright dismissals of the phenomenon, save a few esoteric pieces that pretended to walk an objective line while making subtle but clear references to schizophrenia and other mental diseases.

In her powerful article ‘9/11/2018: Expose the Treason, Challenge & End Domestic US Fusion Center & Military Terrorism Masquerading as Surveillance,‘ alternative news journalist Ramola D breaks down the mainstream journalistic landscape that continues to give rise to the unchecked proliferation of these programs:

I have witnessed the cavorting and convolutions of numerous bought-and-sold reporters in print and in video as they bent over backwards to accede to the demands of their CIA/and Other Clandestine-Ops-Agencies masters to conceal these crimes of Surveillance Abuse by actively dismissing as “delusional and paranoid” the reports, testimonials, and cries for help from increasing numbers of highly educated and accomplished people of integrity, conscience, and community-mindedness suddenly targeted for apparent assaultive elimination with Stealth Radiation Weapons. I mean reporters from The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vice, Wired, and others — classic “mainstream media” mavens run by the CIA, whose paychecks have apparently prevented them from pursuing the truth. And in fact, given them oodles of leisure time in which to write excoriating pieces of vitriol mocking and maligning reporting victims of Surveillance crimes and Military Experimentation abuse, such as in Rational Wiki and Wikipedia, helping the CIA/DOD equate “Targeted Individual” with “Delusional” and that other CIA-Trickster-Term intended to stop all further critical inquiry: Conspiracy Theorist.

Activist Mark Williams in the UK employed a two-pronged strategy: he tirelessly continues to promote this story to mainstream media, politicians, and human rights groups, in the hopes that some individuals will break out of the pack and report on this phenomenon in an objective light. While the response from people who have that kind of power continues to be abysmal, he feels that continuing to seek these people out may eventually bear fruit. At the same time, the rallies are designed to speak directly to the public and get a conversation started:

What I feel was accomplished was a statement that says that the UK is willing to step up and not accept remote torture abuses and Gang stalking abuses. This could set the scene for many larger more successful protests in the future. This in some ways was the first step to doing that but also a success in itself.

It must be noted that a number of people (incl myself)  contacted mainstream media numerous times (I did so 3 times for every mainstream channel) and I emailed every MP in this country and every major UK human rights group (twice each) that would be relevant and other major international human rights groups that would be relevant. So the whole protest has been used as a leverage in a way to raise information generally to those groups just mentioned (and others) that have the power to actually help our cause. This is a major step forward in itself I believe as I do not believe in the UK there has ever been such a coordinated effort to raise awareness like this to those in positions to help.

We informed the public generally and handed out over 4000 leaflets (many of which were to BBC personnel). Most of the public were receptive to taking leaflets and their was discussion with members of the public.

 These activists are highly motivated as their very lives are at stake. As time goes on, it looks like these rallies will continue to get bigger and the message to the public will continue to get clearer.

Putting The Big Picture Together

Recently, some writers and activists have started to see and speak about the TI phenomenon not as a separate and discrete matter, but rather as one of the interlocking pieces in a much larger agenda of eugenics, mind control, social engineering, a weaponized 5G physical infrastructure and elite global totalitarian rulership. Thomas MacFarlan wrote to me that at a recent 5G Conference he became more familiar with China’s social credit blacklist which already contains 13 million names. These people suffer limitations on employment and hence earning potential,  limitations on how, when and where they travel, severe social stigma, all leading to limitations on who they can associate with, limitations on types of purchases, limitations on use of communications technologies and use of the internet and social media, and many others.

This social credit system is another type of targeting, and you can already see the broad strokes of a future dystopian surveillance state that could ultimately come under a single elite global authority. MacFarlan also noted that thousands of Chinese have reported experiencing electromagnetic mind control technologies used on them, as per this Epoch times article. He notes that since getting these testimonies out to Western media is already very difficult for Chinese citizens, the actual number that are effected must be exponentially larger.

Macfarlan has become more active in the ‘Stop 5G’ movement and has made connections between this and the ‘Targeted Individual’ phenomenon. He also sees strong connections between 9/11 and the TI phenomenon, as an increase in covert surveillance powers brought on after 9/11 through the Patriot Act and other legislation saw a great uptick in targeting, which Macfarlan discusses in his article ‘The 45 Days After 9/11 Campaign for 9/11 & Surveillance Abuse Justice.’

The ‘Targeted Individuals’ piece of this puzzle fundamentally resembles experiments done on innocent, unsuspecting citizens to see the way people’s minds and bodies can be controlled, to test limits of endurance and pain thresholds. The 5G infrastructure would greatly facilitate the ability to locate and, as the situation calls for, attack or otherwise control people as though we were animals to be controlled within a virtual electrified fence. Cell phones, smart meters and home monitors play a role in the surveillance and the analysis of behavior. The unchecked development of Artificial Intelligence plays into this as well, along with the Transhumanist movement, which endeavors to get us off of our own natural intuition-guided human spiritual ‘network’ and into an artificial technological one. Eugenics, and its arms of fertility-killing vaccines, the creation of diseases like AIDS and Ebola, severe weather modification, and outright geopolitical war-masked genocide, all contribute to the goal of reducing the population to a size, like the 500 million suggested by the Georgia Guidestones, which the small global elite has the means to openly control.

Despite All This There Is Hope

I believe unfailingly in the human spirit, and armed with the truth and our indestructible underlying connection to one another, I think we are capable of anything we choose. The global elite may have the power, the money, and the dark knowledge that have enabled them to essentially be the masters of humanity since time immemorial, but we are at a time in history where all that is changing.

The Targeted Individuals phenomenon, China’s Social Credit system, the 5G rollout, Vaccine Mandates, Mind Control, Social Engineering, Transhumanism and many other social and economic travesties will ultimately be the source of our grand awakening, if we rise ourselves to the opportunity as a collective. Getting to understand the nature of all of these phenomena individually helps us to put the puzzle together and see how they are all part of one vast and long-sought global agenda of total control over humanity.

The time for activism is now, and acknowledging and sharing what we learn of the struggles that our brothers and sisters are going through is an important part of that activism.

The Takeaway

As we become more aware of this big plan and what is really going on behind the scenes, we will literally find the ‘man behind the curtain,’ like Dorothy and her brave companions found in the Wizard of Oz. Of course the global elite is likely to wildly vociferate their superiority and the beneficence of their agenda once they are first revealed, but we will quickly come to see how empty and impoverished they actually are.

We will come to realize how impotent these people would be without our compliance and our tacit consent to be lorded over by them. We will see that we just need to collectively decide to stop being the foot-soldiers for their agenda. Ultimately, this will allow us to simply brush them aside, as one whisks away eraser debris after correcting a mistake, and take our rightful place as masters of our own destiny.

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