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Adult interrogation tactics in schools turn principals into police officers – School administrators are being trained by the largest interrogation trainer in the world to extract confessions. This is only worsening the school-to-prison pipeline – by Alexa Van Brunt, TheGuardian.com – “Adult interrogation methods do not belong in the classroom, so why are school administrators throughout the United States being trained to use them on their students in order to extract confessions?.. John E. Reid & Associates is the largest interrogation trainer in the world and teaches such methods to hundreds of school administrators each year . Last month, members of the Illinois Principals Association, for instance, could register for a “professional development” event on “Investigative Interviewing and Active Persuasion”. The School Administrators Association of New York State recently offered a workshop for administrators on this same topic, titled “Are you Sure They Are Telling the Truth”?.. These administrators are learning the “ Reid Technique ”, which relies on “maximization” and “minimization” tactics in order to induce suspects to confess. Minimization focuses on reducing a suspect’s feelings of guilt, while maximization is designed to heighten suspect anxiety using confrontation. Both techniques are legal and both are incredibly coercive.”
Russian Crimea: One Year Later – by Tony Cartalucci, ActivistPost.com – Aside from storming several military bases and some tense moments in stand-offs with Ukrainian troops, there was no violence when Russian forces began moving into Crimea… Life in Russian Crimea today is exceedingly normal. While a war rages on next door in Ukraine, the people of Crimea enjoy peace, stability, and a sense of unity and hope for the future. Even with economic setbacks delivered by NATO’s attempts to take the horrors they’ve created within Ukraine, and recreate them on the other side of the border in Russia, people are still able to conduct business more or less as they did before the conflict began. Some say the economy has actually improved despite the sanctions.”
Senator Doctor Crosses Over Into Crazy PANts Conspiracy Theorist – by Ginger Taylor, AgeOfAutism.com – ” Over the last few years we have gotten to know Dr. Richard Pan, California State Senator and Big Med operative (to the tune of $182,000 in campaign donations), as he has not only has worked to force everyone in his state into becoming customers of his donors and a corrupt vaccine program, but treated individual parents trying to earnestly advocate for their vaccine injured children like… well like crap… While in 2012, he claimed he wanted to pass his bill not to remove parental choice, but to merely make sure families are educated on vaccination, he now has thrown that out the window and has a new bill to remove choice all together.”
Federal judges declare cops can arbitrarily arrest hundreds of people; citizens have no freedom of assembly – by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.com – “However, the case did not make it to the 2nd Circuit panel, and now Lynch and Calabresi have reversed their earlier ruling, now finding that police officers should have qualified immunity from the lawsuit… ‘They were also certainly aware that no official had expressly authorized the protesters to cross the bridge via the roadway,’ Lynch – speaking of the protestors – wrote for the three-judge panel. ‘To the contrary, the officers would have known that a police official had attempted to advise the protestors through a bullhorn that they were required to disperse.’.. Protestors say that only demonstrators who were in the front of the crowd actually heard the warnings, which was a claim the three-judge panel had previously said was credible… Verheyden-Hilliard described the reversal as “extraordinary” and “shocking.”.. ‘This is a message to the people of New York that if they participate in a police-led escorted march they can be suddenly kettled, corralled and mass-arrested,’ she said.”
Adults Targeted as Federal Government Prepares to Track the Unvaccinated – by Theresa Wrangham, NVIC.org – “During the National Vaccine Advisory Committee’s (NVAC) February meeting, American adults were put on notice by Big Brother that non-compliance with federal vaccine recommendations will not be tolerated. Public health officials have unveiled a new plan to launch a massive nationwide vaccination promotion campaign involving private business and non-profit organizations to pressure all adults to comply with the adult vaccination schedule approved by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)… CDC Adult Vaccination Schedule 2015NVAC has authored the National Adult Immunization Plan (NAIP) and, once finalized, the plan will be turned over to the Interagency Adult Immunization Task Force (AIFT) to create an implementation plan. Notably, this task force is composed of “vested interest” stakeholders and no consumer representation for those groups concerned with vaccine safety and informed consent. (emph. added)
Note: from U.S. Defense Department News: NATO Responding to Russia’s Actions Against Ukraine – by Jim Garamone, GlobalSecurity.org – “Russian actions have spurred NATO to make sweeping changes. ‘The adaptation that is taking place now is a very big and fundamental adaptation of the NATO defense posture,’ Stoltenberg said… The alliance is doubling the size of its response force, the secretary general said. Once finished, he said, the lead elements of this force will be able to move in within as little as 48 hours… The alliance, he added, is establishing command and control units in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria… This is just a start, the secretary general said… ‘NATO is ready to defend all allies against any threat, and we see now an increased threat stemming from the concept of hybrid warfare,’ Stoltenberg said… Hybrid warfare is not new, he said. It is basically the combination of military and non-military means applied toward a strategic goal. ‘It’s about covert and overt actions, it’s about deception,’ he said. ‘The new thing is its larger scale, and it’s taking place close to our borders, so we have to focus more on the concept of hybrid warfare.’ ”
Ukraine’s Oligarchs Turn on Each Other – by Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.com – “Last year, Kolomoisky’s brutal militias, which include neo-Nazi brigades, were praised for their fierce fighting against ethnic Russians from the east who were resisting the removal of their president. But now Kolomoisky, whose financial empire is crumbling as Ukraine’s economy founders, has turned his hired guns against the Ukrainian government led by another oligarch, President Petro Poroshenko… On Thursday night, Kolomoisky and his armed men went to Kiev after the government tried to wrest control of the state-owned energy company UkrTransNafta from one of his associates. Kolomoisky and his men raided the company offices to seize and apparently destroy records. As he left the building, he cursed out journalists who had arrived to ask what was going on. He ranted about “Russian saboteurs.” ”
No Longer Quiet on the Eastern Front (Part 2) – This is the second of my three-part series that will explore the expanding fault line between the European Union and Russia, and the early stages of what I believe will eventually become known as the Second Cold War – by Kevin Virgil, ZeroHedge.com – “Unsurprisingly, this contingent of (chicken)hawks is encountering resistance from their EU partners, who are wary of a proxy war on the European continent. Everyone involved knows that, if push comes to shove, Putin is the only player who is willing to send troops to fight in Ukraine. There is not a single NATO signatory that is willing to do the same. This became apparent in 2008, when the Ukrainian government applied to join NATO and was rebuffed by both France and Germany, who cited concerns about “the balance of power between Europe and Russia.” Ukraine has always known that it cannot count on European assistance in the event of a conflict with Russia, and in fact a 2008 poll found that over 40% of Ukrainians expressed suspicion and distrust toward NATO.”
The Federal Reserve Bank Must Be Destroyed – by Patrick Barron, ZeroHedge.com – “It matters not who is in charge of the Fed or what rules Congress may insist that it adopts. Once money printing, via fiat or fractional reserve credit creation, is seen to be both feasible, justified, and legal nothing and no one can stop it. The political pressure to fund government programs will be irresistible. Everyone knows that the Fed seemingly has the ability to solve their problem by monetizing the federal debt. Should it refuse to do so, we would see riots in the streets similar to what is happening in Europe as protesters target the European Central Bank… The only solution is to destroy the monster that makes it all possible, the Fed. Without the ability to sell its debt to its own central bank, government would be forced to live within the means set by the will of the people through their elected representatives. The scales would eventually fall from the eyes of both politicians and public as its becomes clear that what government spends comes at the expense of the private economy.” (emph. added)
When It Becomes Serious, First They Lie–When That Fails, They Arrest You – When lying is no longer enough to gain compliance, then the organs of security are unleashed on dissent and resistance – by Charles Hugh Smith, InformationClearingHouse.info – “Rendering unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s is no longer enough; abiding by the laws of the land are no longer enough. What the state demands is not just compliance with its countless laws and regulations, but absolute obedience to its narratives and policies… Anyone who withholds obedience is quickly deemed a traitor–not to the nation or its Constitution, but to the state itself, which is ultimately a collection of cronies and self-serving vested interests protecting their fiefdoms at the expense of the citizenry… When lying is no longer enough to gain compliance, then the organs of security are unleashed on dissent and resistance.This process is well under way in nation-states around the world… If I had to pick the two key operative dynamics of the next 20 years, I would choose: 1. The over-expansion and implosion of credit/debt bubbles. 2. The over-reach of the central state as it seeks to win the hearts and minds of its people by ruthlessly suppressing dissent.”
US, Israel behind Yemen terrorist attacks: Houthi leader – from PressTV.ir – “Abdul-Malik al-Houthi made the remarks in a televised address on Sunday in reaction to the March 20 deadly attacks which targeted Yemeni worshippers at mosques… Over 140 people were killed and more than 350 suffered injuries in three bomb attacks at the Badr mosque in southern Sana’a and the al-Hashoosh mosque in the northern part of the capital. The ISIL Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks… The attacks show that the terrorists are unfamiliar with humane values, he said, adding that the attacks have uncovered the vicious nature of their perpetrators.”
Guiding Obama into Global Make-Believe – by Ray McGovern, OpEdNews.com – “In prepared testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Assistant Secretary Nuland had insinuated that the Russians and the ethnic Russian rebels were to blame. She said, ‘In eastern Ukraine, Russia and its separatist puppets unleashed unspeakable violence and pillage; MH-17 was shot down.’.. This may have been another example of Nuland using “rhetoric” to shape the debate, but it prompted Parry to ask the DNI’s office about what evidence there was to support Nuland’s finger-pointing in this tragic incident that killed 298 people… Kathleen Butler, a DNI spokesperson, insisted that the U.S. intelligence assessment on MH-17 had not changed since July 22, 2014, five days after the shoot-down when the DNI’s office distributed a sketchy report suggesting Russian complicity based largely on what was available on social media.”
Vaccine witch hunt accelerates as city council members told they cannot have opinions on vaccines unless the opinions match official propaganda – by J. D. Heyes, NaturalNews.com – ” ‘I don’t think he would have been appointed to the board of health by this city council had we known that he had anti-vaccination and anti-science views on this issue,’ said Ben Stuckart, the Spokane City Council President… Fagan maintains that there are studies that have been conducted questioning the effectiveness and safety of immunizations, adding that some lawsuits are also challenging their efficacy. He also says he is speaking his mind as he is permitted to do under the First Amendment’s freedom of speech clause… ‘I believe that the science of vaccinations is not settled yet,’ said Fagan… Other council members, however, say Fagan ought to be encouraging everyone to get vaccines, even if they don’t want them or they haven’t been shown to be safe or effective.
US Imperialism in Haiti. Criminality of the Michel Martelly Regime – by Ezili Dantò, GlobalResearch.ca – “It’s all true and Haitians in our circle have been naming these crimes and fighting this corruption daily. The misinformation part is that Michel Martelly, Laurent Lamothe and the rest of the US thugs were not put in power by a free Haiti. They’re mere employees of the US bosses who put them in power and keep them in power against the Haitian people’s constant dissent and struggle. The New York Times did not point out that Michel Martelly has been ruling by decree since before Parliament was officially dissolved. It did not list the deep politics and crimes of the top US-Euro bosses in Haiti that orchestrated this travesty. Never mentioned the respondeat superior – how Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama finished the Bushes’ project to destroy democracy and installed outright dictatorship back into Haiti.”
Cuba – Between a Rock and a Hard Place – by Peter Koenig, GlobalResearch.ca – “Two days after Obama’s bold initiative, on 19 December 2015, he went to the Washington Press Club to tell a horde of puppet journalists, conservative politicians and onlookers that soft measures, like reestablishing diplomatic relations with Havana might be more successful in bringing the desired regime change to Cuba than more years of isolation. He couldn’t have been more direct and more honest about his intention. The Cuban Government and whoever else listened didn’t miss the point.”
A Family Business of Perpetual War – Exclusive: Victoria Nuland and Robert Kagan have a great mom-and-pop business going. From the State Department, she generates wars and – from op-ed pages – he demands Congress buy more weapons. There’s a pay-off, too, as grateful military contractors kick in money to think tanks where other Kagans work – by Robert Parry, ConsortiumNews.com – “In May 2014, Kagan published a lengthy essay in The New Republic entitled “Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire,” in which Kagan castigated Obama for failing to sustain American dominance in the world and demanding a more muscular U.S. posture toward adversaries… According to a New York Times article about how the essay took shape and its aftermath, writer Jason Horowitz reported that Kagan and Nuland shared a common world view as well as professional ambitions, with Nuland editing Kagan’s articles, including the one tearing down her ostensible boss… Though Nuland wouldn’t comment specifically on her husband’s attack on Obama, she indicated that she held similar views. ‘But suffice to say,’ Nuland said, ‘that nothing goes out of the house that I don’t think is worthy of his talents. Let’s put it that way.’ ”
Poroshenko Says 30% of Soldiers from First-Wave Mobilization Deserted – from Russia-Insider.com – “Almost a third ( 30 per cent) of the first wave of mobilized soldiers are deserters,Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced in an interview with TV channel “Inter”, which aired on Saturday evening, March 21. Excerpt from RIA Novosti: ‘And they were not the sort of guys who did not like the Ukraine. They were just not trained, without adequate preparation, without proper weapons. Coming under the first shelling, psychologically have broken and then they could not bring themselves to go further in the fight,’- said the president.”
NATO’s Creepy New Plan to Infiltrate Twitter and Facebook – NATO has announced that “countering false Russian narratives on social media” is a major priority – by Adam Johnson, Alternet.org – “While details of such a plan remain vague, this mindset is part of a broader trend of social media psychological warfare that has been emerging largely unnoticed over the past five years. The first question that is rarely asked by our media is the most important one: what constitutes a “false narrative,” and who decides what constitutes one? Recent attempts by UK authorities to stifle the speech of the Russian-backed, English-language TV station RT show that false narratives are whatever Western governments determine they are.”
FEMA to deny funds to warming deniers – “Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for states whose governors approve hazard-mitigation plans that address climate change”- from MyTechnologyWorld9.blogspot.com – “This may put several Republican governors who maintain that the Earth isn’t warming due to human activities, or prefer to take no action, in a political bind. Their position may block their states’ access to hundreds of millions of dollars in FEMA funds. In the last five years, the agency has awarded an average $1 billion a year in grants to states and territories for taking steps to mitigate the effects of disasters… ‘If a state has a climate denier governor that doesn’t want to accept a plan, that would risk mitigation work not getting done because of politics,’ said Becky Hammer, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s water program. ‘The governor would be increasing the risk to citizens in that state’ because of his climate beliefs.
US-led strikes kill over 60 Syrian civilians – from PressTV.ir – “The Britain-based so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced on Monday that 66 civilians, among them ten children and six women, died when the air raids hit oil fields and refineries in Syria’s northern province of al-Raqqa, the eastern Deir al-Zor Province, al-Hassakah and Idlib provinces in the northeast as well as the town of Manbij, located 446 kilometers (277 miles) north of the capital, Damascus… Since September 2014, the US along with its regional allies has been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.This is while many of the countries joining the so-called anti-terror coalition, such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been the staunch supporters of the Takfiri elements fighting against the Syrian government.”