Sunday, April 30

ILGIOCO DELLE STELLETTE.STELLA PERDE.STELLA PRENDE.

Mario Sechi "Il gioco delle nomine:Servizi Segreti e Stellette". C’è un pianeta visibile e c’è una galassia invisibile. C’è la fiamma e ci sono le stellette. C’è il mondo di sopra e quello di sotto. E per fortuna è tutta roba che non si twitta, sfugge alla breve esistenza del social, è materia di concretezza assoluta. Siamo nel campo della Legge e dell’Ordine, della Sicurezza e dell’Intelligence. 

Qui il governo Renzi si sta muovendo silenziosamente (e per ora bene). Carabinieri e Servizi Segreti sono il fulcro di questo mondo. Il 16 gennaio scorso il governo ha affidato il Comando dell’Arma alle mani esperte di Tullio Del Sette. E’ il 59° Comandante Generale della storia dei Carabinieri, viene da Bevagna, Accademia militare a Modena, tre lauree, tre encomi solenni, un elogio, è stato il primo carabiniere capo di Gabinetto del ministero della Difesa, chiamato a quel ruolo dal ministro Roberta Pinotti. 

In precedenza è stato capo dell’ufficio legislativo di Antonio Martino, Arturo Parisi e Ignazio La Russa. E’ un profilo diverso da quello del precedente comandante, Leonardo Gallitelli, è più distaccato nel carattere, come deve essere un uomo chiamato a cambiare la Benemerita. Del Sette con grande rapidità sta costruendo la sua squadra di Comando. Il 21 marzo Vincenzo Giuliani è diventato vice-Comandante e ormai appare prossima un’altra nomina fondamentale: il Comandante dei ROS. 

Il candidato favorito alla guida è il generale Giuseppe Governale, palermitano, da due anni comandante della Legione Sicilia. Il Raggruppamento operativo speciale è figlio dell’evoluzione della struttura anticrimine dell’Arma e i suoi uomini sono il fulcro di qualsiasi indagine riguardante la criminalità organizzata e il terrorismo interno e internazionale. Qualche settimana fa veniva dato in corsa anche il generale Aloisio Mariggiò, Comandante della Legione Calabria, ma Governale – secondo i rumor di Palazzo – è l’asso nel mazzo di carte di Del Sette.

Il ROS è una struttura che ha sempre avuto grande autonomia e ha una storia legata alle grandi inchieste sulla mafia. Articolato in 6 Reparti, ha un’organizzazione periferica composta da Reparti nelle principali città (Roma, Milano, Torino, Napoli, Reggio Calabria e Palermo), venti sezioni e due nuclei anticrimine. Il ROS ha una storia di gloria (la cattura di Totò Riina) e di contrasti con l’Autorità Giudiziaria (il caso del Generale Mario Mori). 

Oltre al Comandante, cambierà anche fisionomia? Di certo il generale Del Sette ha inaugurato una linea di discontinuità e punta a dare all’Arma un profilo ancor più operativo. Nel bilancio della Difesa i Carabinieri sono sotto la voce “Sicurezza del Territorio”, costano circa 5,6 miliardi di euro e rappresentano il 27,5 per cento (dato del 2013) dello stanziamento totale, pari a 19,7 miliardi di euro per il 2015. E’ una spesa in diminuzione che ha bisogno di essere riqualificata. Gli obiettivi? Maggior coordinamento, fine delle duplicazioni, ringiovanimento – problema comune a tutte le Forze Armate – recupero di efficienza e risparmi molto forti.

L’Arma è il mondo visibile. E quello invisibile? Sono i Servizi Segreti, galassia di sigle, funzioni, missioni, operazioni. Il sistema italiano è un ibrido dove ai due Servizi classici di spionaggio (AISI) e controspionaggio (AISE) è stato aggiunto una sorta di zar dell’Intelligence, il DIS che – come vedremo – proprio zar non è. Le funzioni di coordinamento politico sono affidate a quella che burocraticamente viene chiamata Autorità delegata. Chi è? Un sottosegretario o un ministro senza portafoglio che esercita funzioni di “uomo ovunque”. 

Al di sopra di questi organismi, c’è il Comitato Interministeriale per la Sicurezza della Repubblica, composto dal premier, i ministri della Difesa, degli Esteri, dell’Interno, della Giustizia, dello Sviluppo economico, dell’Economia, l’Autorità delegata, e il direttore del DIS che ha funzioni di Segretario del comitato. E’ un’altra sigla (CISR) che aumenta il gioco delle complicazioni. Nell’aprile del 2014 il governo Renzi ha messo a capo del controspionaggio il generale Alberto Manenti, uomo dell’Esercito, dal 1980 al Sismi, già numero due dell’AISE, una soluzione di continuità.

Il vertice dell’AISE è occupato dal giugno del 2012 dal generale dei carabinieri Arturo Esposito, e il suo mandato è in scadenza. Al vertice del DIS dal maggio del 2012 c’è l’Ambasciatore Giampiero Massolo, esperienze a Mosca e a Bruxelles, Consigliere diplomatico del governo Ciampi, Segretario Generale della Farnesina, sherpa per il G8, un diplomatico di lungo corso. Anche il suo mandato è in scadenza, ma a differenza di quello dei vertici di AISE e AISI, l’incarico di Massolo può essere rinnovato, una sola volta.

C’è ancora tempo per le nomine, ma il governo Renzi ha cominciato a muovere le pedine. Il 19 maggio scorso la prima mossa: Palazzo Chigi nomina tre nuovi vicedirettori e “libera” la casella del comando del ROS. Alla vicedirezione dell’AISI vanno il Generale della Guardia di Finanza Vincenzo Delle Femmine e il Generale dei carabinieri Mario Parente (Comandante del ROS), mentre alla vicedirezione dell’Aise si sposta il generale della Guardia di Finanza Paolo Poletti che aveva il ruolo di vicedirettore dell’AISI. Renzi di fatto libera la poltrona del ROS (dove Del Sette dovrebbe proporre il nome di Governale) e prepara il terreno per la successione a Esposito (AISI) e Massolo (DIS). 

Quest’ultimo ha un ruolo schiacciato dalla barocca organizzazione di Palazzo Chigi, è tra l’incudine della naturale autonomia esercitata dai Capi dei Servizi e il martello del ruolo politico dell’Autorità delegata che oggi ha il nome, il cognome e l’intraprendenza del Sottosegretario Marco Minniti, calabrese coriaceo, cultore (e tutore) della delicata materia chiamata "Intelligence". Lo zar, insomma, non coordina nulla. O poco.

E’ l’architettura, l’organizzazione dei Servizi che non è snella e funzionale, il problema viene fuori con un semplice colpo d’occhio all’organigramma. Minniti è il vero dominus, si muove con i poteri di fatto di un consigliere per la Sicurezza Nazionale degli Stati Uniti, solo che questa figura nell’ordinamento italiano non esiste e così Minniti finisce per entrare (a gamba tesa o meno) sui dossier che riguardano i ministri della Difesa, dell’Interno, degli Esteri e della Giustizia. 

Vedere alla voce Marò, per esempio. Il DIS a sua volta ne esce fuori depotenziato e la sua autorità di conseguenza non riconosciuta, i direttori dei servizi mettono il pilota automatico, il presidente del Consiglio finisce per avere informazioni discontinue, parziali e qualche volta illusorie. Siamo ben lontani, come si vede, dal collegamento diretto che ha la Casa Bianca con la CIA – che realizza un brief quotidiano per il presidente – mentre il ruolo del COPASIR (il Comitato Parlamentare per la Sicurezza della Repubblica) è lontano anni luce dal controllo che esercitano i Select Committee on Intelligence della Camera e del Senato degli Stati Uniti. 

E’ un tema aperto da molte legislature, il Parlamento ha una cronica mancanza di strumenti, preparazione e cultura della Sicurezza. Fare le nomine dunque a Renzi non basterà. Il presidente del Consiglio avrà prima o poi davanti a sé il tema del ruolo, della forza e del controllo dei nostri Servizi. In uno scenario che sta cambiando velocemente, con l’avanzare di nuove minacce, di fronte a riforme importanti dei Servizi Segreti e dei loro poteri già fatte in altri paesi, si porrà la questione di aggiornare la riforma che volle Prodi nel 2007. 

Quella riforma attese trent’anni. E per vederne una terza non si può attendere altrettanto. Sono passati otto anni, ma viviamo in un altro mondo. Visibile e invisibile.

Saturday, April 29

I militari libici senza stipendio, reclamano i soldi promessi da Roma e intanto arrotondano con i soldi di George Soros


IS NOT POPULISM BUT SOVEREIGN PEOPLE CHOICE

Heather A. Conley is senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic, and Dr. Kathleen Hicks is senior vice president, Henry A. Kissinger Chair, and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. wrote that it has become fashionable to advocate for arresting NATO expansion and instead offering countries located between NATO and Russia’s borders “permanent neutrality” ensconced in a new European security architecture. 

The goal of this architecture, its advocates argue, would be to create an enduring stability between the West and Russia. But in reality this “new” architecture would be the temporary institutionalization of a new European dividing line approximately 1,000 kilometers east of the storied Cold War–era Fulda Gap, but less militarized (for now).

Transatlantic security does not require something new; the United States and Europe simply need to remember and courageously defend their principles: the freedom for every country to choose its course.

The concept of “permanent neutrality” is a policy contradiction. Those who support it say that non-NATO states along Russia’s western border would have full freedom to choose their forms of government and diplomatic relations, yet they deny them the freedom to join any formal security organizations. The historic example of “permanent neutrality” was the concept of “Finlandization,” an idea based in the 1948 Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between Finland and the Soviet Union. 

The concept describes Finland’s desire to “choose” nonaligned status, free from military alliances yet willing to assist the Soviet Union in the event of “ aggression by Germany or any state allied with the latter,” while retaining a democratic government and capitalist economy. In reality, Finland’s neutrality was enforced by the Soviet Union and accommodated by Finnish leaders. 

The notion that such a choice was freely made was belied by Finland’s decision in 1995 to end its nonaligned status after the collapse of the Soviet Union and join the European Union. 

Would “permanent neutrality” today include disavowing the growing EU security and defense efforts?

Ukraine also practiced “permanent neutrality” prior to the 2013 Euro-Maidan demonstrations. Ukraine’s constitution stated that it would not seek NATO membership

Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea and incursion into the Donbas in 2014 immediately changed Ukraine’s posture of neutrality to one of actively seeking NATO membership (which was approved by Ukraine’s parliament in a December 2014 legislative amendment). 

In fairness, Ukraine thought it had sufficient security guarantees from the United States, United Kingdom, and Russia after giving up its nuclear weapons to protect its neutrality, but this proved illusory. Russia’s military actions in the Baltic Sea region have also led Sweden and Finland to contemplate options other than their nonaligned status. It is Russia’s actions that drive countries to rethink their neutrality and contemplate NATO membership.

The Helsinki Final Act of 1975, the founding document of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), put a stake in the very heart of the concept of forced neutrality in its first article: Every country has the right “ to belong or not to belong to international organizations, to be or not to be a party to bilateral or multilateral treaties including the right to be or not to be a party to treaties of alliance. ” 

The Soviet Union signed and the Russian Federation reaffirmed these principles, as well as the inviolability of territorial integrity, confidence-building measures and transparency, and the acceptance of the importance of human rights.

But the reality is that Russia does not recognize the sovereignty of its neighbors. Its military actions in recent years—in Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and most likely in the future Belarus—are designed to prevent sovereign countries from taking independent policy action. 

Despite the fact that there are numerous legally binding commitments to respect sovereignty and territorial integrity and not to change borders through force from the United Nations Charter, the Helsinki Final Act (1975) to the Charter of Paris (1990), these legal instruments did not prevent Russia from invading, annexing, or occupying Georgian or Ukrainian territory, so we can have little confidence that Russia would respect “permanent neutrality.”

Precluding future members from joining NATO may seem an expedient way to appease Russia today, but doing so would sacrifice core democratic and international legal principles of sovereign choice and, in so doing, destabilize Europe and harm U.S. security interests. 

What antagonizes Russian president Vladimir Putin is not simply NATO expansion but the Alliance’s very and continued existence. Mr. Putin’s position on NATO has evolved since the late 1990s, to be sure, but it seems clear today that the only way to end Russian concerns (for the moment) is to end NATO. Those in the West who have become enamored with the concept of creating a zone of “permanent neutrality” between NATO and Russia generally do not themselves seek NATO’s demise, but wittingly or otherwise, their proposal chips away at NATO and the right of sovereign choice nevertheless.

At the same time, it is essential that potential NATO members demonstrate the capability and will to fully meet the responsibilities and obligations of alliance membership and contribute to transatlantic security. The current efforts by NATO members to meaningfully increase their defense spending and their deterrence and collective defense posture will underscore that NATO is not a social club but a military alliance that must be able to credibly defend current and future members against a range of threats.

Finally, although the refrain for a new European security architecture can be heard from the halls of the Kremlin to the German Foreign Office to the pages of various newspapers, the reality is that a European security framework exists and Russia is an active member: the OSCE. The OSCE is seldom remembered in the United States as NATO’s twin pillar of transatlantic security. 

Before we offer “bold” ideas like permanent neutrality that threaten to impinge, de facto even if not de jure, on the sovereign choices of European nations, let’s first revisit the foundations upon which our successful security institutions were built and rededicate ourselves to implementing them. We may be surprised that these foundational ideas are very relevant to addressing today’s challenges.

Friday, April 28

GEORGE SOROS WELCOME TO NEW ITALY BANANA REPUBLIC

Newrope Vallombrosa is a unique place in Tuscany. Its founder, Saint Giovanni Gualberto, a Benedictine monk, chose this secluded place in the mountains 40 km east of Florence to lead a hermit-like existence, right after the year 1000, and with a restricted group of monks started his own monastic order, the Vallombrosani.

John Milton among many other travellers – found inspiration in Vallombrosa while traveling across Italy in 1638, and a marble inscription reminds tourists that here Milton put into writing his Paradise Lost. Vallombrosa is not a place for crowds; rather a place where to seek meditation and inspiration.

To me Vallombrosa represents memories from my childhood. It could be called a piece of my personal heimat, if you wish. Back in the 60’s, when a car was still a far-flung luxury for many Italian families of the working class, we would take the sunday morning bus from the train station in Florence with some frugal lunch, and we were back in the city with the same bus in time for dinner. For me, as a child, that was the highlight of the week – or the month – as it was all that we could afford at the time as a holiday.

It was with these memories that I rode my motorcycle along the winding road through the national forest that is part of Vallombrosa. But when I shut off the engine it wasn’t the silence that I had expected as usual but an eerie cacophony that got my attention. A crowd of young Africans, all in their 20’s, were standing and sitting around the area of the monastery, all of them doing the same thing: shouting at their i-phones, evidently talking to their folks back home.

Welcome to the new Italy Banana Republic, where the replacement of the original population, once known as Italians, is in full swing. Only a few years ago this affirmation would have caused sarcastic disbelief, now is the reality in front of our eyes.

It happened overnight (literally), during the winter, when over 100 “migrants” from Africa fresh from their landing in Sicily, were unloaded in this oasis of peace and tranquility. 

Now, you would think the location was chosen because the benedictine monks were ready to open their doors as a sign of charity and compassion. Far from it.
In reality, and without any help from the monks, what was accomplished was business at its best: minimum effort for maximum profit.

Take a group of local entrepreneurs to take over an old, abandoned hotel near the monastery, one of those hotels that attracted travelers once upon a time. Restore it to make it (more or less) look again like a semi-decent hospice so that you can amass in it as many Africans as possible. 

Make as much as 25/35 euro a day per person, courtesy of the Italian taxpayers. Welcome to Italy’s fastest growing and most profitable business. The example of Vallombrosa is not an exception, rather the rule of what is happening in Italy, or what it could otherwise be called “profitable invisibility”.

Until now local governments – especially the ones where elections are approaching – have been very careful in “disposing of” the migrants in secluded, peripheral areas, so that the locals would not notice their presence in their daily lives. Now, at an estimated rate of arrivals/replacements of over 450.000 a year it is going to be a (very serious) problem to keep this “profitable invisibility”.

In fact, as migrants are not confined to their housing and are therefore free to move around, by whatever public transportation is available the hard-to-hide consequence is that a city like Florence resembles every day more and more an African suk, with a young African man outside every commercial establishment begging for money or trying to sell useless Chinese knick-knacks.

If you talk to them, they will all tell you the same thing: they did not know that it was going to be “this bad”. They “were told” back in Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, and the list could continue, that “once here they had it made”. How? I asked, again, who told them these fairy-tales?

I couldn’t get a convincing answer, and I got the feeling I shouldn’t have asked that question. Considering that on average each migrant pays to get to Europe between €2.000 to €4.000, that sum for most is seen as a lifetime investment that should ensure a better future not just for them but for their families back in Africa.

If you invest all your savings plus a potential future debt to arrive in the land of prosperity you are not going to plan on leaving that place anytime soon. After all, even if you are found as an illegal alien on Italian soil, all you will receive is a foglio di via (expulsion warrant) in which Italian state authorities “summon” the illegal alien to leave Italian territory within – normally – a week or so. 

And after that the illegal alien is left free to go, so long, goodbye till next time when he’s caught again perhaps as a result of a crime, and then he will be given another foglio di via, just to refresh his memory that he’s an illegal alien. By then, he knows he is dealing with a italian banana republic.

The refugees receive a daily allowance of €2.50 as pocket money, but obviously they want more. They are not legally allowed to work – thanks to Italy’s mind-boggling bureaucratic system – but can participate as “unpaid volunteers” in social projects such as cleaning of parks, streets, and the like, but, given the fact that it is on a volunteer basis only, the “volunteers” are few and far between, and they certainly prefer to spend the day sitting around or begging for money so that at the end of the day they will have rounded up a few euros.

The only real possibility of work is “low paid” farm labor, and the average pay ranges between €2 to 4/hr, especially in the south. Young italians, even if unemployed, are not interested in hard and tedious farm labour, or washing dishes in a restaurant. So the “migrants” come handy and useful for many potential employers who have at their disposal a virtual endless supply of next to slave labour.

Inevitably, due to these massive arrivals, Italy is under an unprecedented financial strain. Inevitably, those who are bound to suffer the most from this shift in resources are the growing numbers of Italians – now approaching the 5 million mark – who are rapidly declining into the official category of povertà assoluta (absolute poverty) as classified by ISTAT (the National Bureau of Statistics and Census) who would be willing and forced to accept even as little as a few euros per hour just to get by, except that a potential employer doesn’t even consider hiring an Italian for he knows that a legal employee could easily report an unlawful working condition, therefore potentially exposing the employer to heavy fines.

The millions of Italians – especially olders with no families – who have ended up in this category have little or no help from the state, especially when it comes to housing and specific medical care such as dental care. If you are a single adult with no children, chances of getting subsidized housing are next to zero. And that has a quite simple explanation: all the available subsidized housing goes to families with children, and most of them are foreigners with an average of 2/3 children.

Finally, it is Mother Nature who knows no morals, at least not as humans conceive them, and Nature always wants its toll. Just like in the animal world the invasion of alien species in a new environment often causes a severe reduction – or extinction – of native species, in human societies the massive and sudden moving of people from one continent to the other causes – inevitably – infectious diseases to reappear where they were eradicated or increase dramatically, and of course unexpectedly.

Tuscany sets a perfect example. Traditionally friendly and hospitable, thanks to its post -communist local governments, Tuscany has been welcoming sub-Saharan Africans for at least a couple of decades by now, and Tuscany now stands apart in Italy for a dramatic rise in meningitis cases.

Once again, the local government of Tuscany carefully and skillfully plays down the numbers, avoiding – God forbid if Mass Tourism hears about this – the word “epidemic”, but the numbers are out there and are becoming hard to hide.
Of course, the consequential negative effects for local populations facing what is hard to disguise as “humanitarian crisis”, but in reality a planned forced replacement of Europeans, was taken into account when all this was carefully planned by the “movers and shakers behind the curtains”. Nothing could be left to chance.

In order to accomplish this MP (Master Plan), regardless of the name you want to call it, a fundamental ingredient is essential, namely, the complete readiness of a subservient oligarchy, holding key positions in the countries you want to subdue. This oligarchy must be composed of key figures ready to be disposed of whenever necessary or no longer usable. In other words, as perfectly stated by Gaetano Mosca, a political scientist of the late 19th century, “a well organized minority will always have its way over a disorganized majority.” And, shall we add, for an organized minority to reach its goals another essential is to get rid of all potentially powerful obstacles.

Silvio Berlusconi may have been ultimately unfit to lead Italy, but he had some points to his favour, one of them his personal friendship with Muammar Qaddafi. Thanks to that friendship, and as long as Qaddafi was in power, Libya had not become a major jumping point for Italy for sub-Saharan Africans. In 2011, in a matter of months, both leaders are out of the picture, one resigns and one is dead. Libya plunges into a civil war, and chaos in the country is the result, with no recognized central authority any more.

Two years later, in October 2013, one of the things that you would have certainly called “impossible” to happen in life actually does happen: the Pope resigns from his post. In his resignation statement delivered in Latin he calls himself physically overwhelmed thus unfit to lead the Catholic Church. So long, goodbye.

Of course, it is just one of those weird coincidences, but the Vatican State had been cut off for days prior to Pope Benedict’s resignation from all international banking transactions via SWIFT, just like other evil nations such as Iran and North Korea. Within hours of Benedict XVI’s departure from the Vatican, bound for the residence of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome, Vatican’s connections with SWIFT are reestablished and all banking transactions are possible again. Talk about providential timing.

A new and quite different Pope is elected by the cardinals, certainly, we like to believe, inspired by the Holy Ghost. A Pope that soon, like a broken record, will remind – on a daily basis – Catholics worldwide, but especially Italians that “migrants are not just welcome, they are absolutely welcome”. Now, for a devout Catholic, that must be accepted, and cannot be questioned, even if you have (many) doubts, deep down in your conscience: after all, a Pope is always right, and we, as Catholics, must obey.

Until 2013 the numbers of arrivals from Africa are high, but always below 50.000 a year. 2014 marks the first year of biblical numbers, with over 170.000 arrivals, mostly from sub-Saharan Africans. Since then, the numbers are rising and 2017 is due to pass the 200.000 mark. Never mind that Italy is – literally – running out of places to hold – and feed – these masses. The Pope for many Italians remains the ultimate voice of truth so if THEY come, we must welcome THEM.

History repeats itself. At least in Sicily. In January, 1943 the Casablanca conference in Morocco attended by Churchill and Roosevelt proved to be a turning point of the war. No longer on the defensive, with the Axis forces of Italy and Germany driven out of Africa, Churchill was anxious to attack Hitler’s “fortress Europe” through its “soft underbelly” as he called Italy. And so Operation Husky was decided. The allied forces landed in Sicily in July 1943, which led, in a matter of weeks, to the fall of Mussolini and the surrender of Italy in September, with the country effectively divided in two until the end of the war in April 1945.

As with any carefully prepared military invasion, reliable domestic contacts providing eyes and ears on the ground were essential. Rather than relying on virtually non-existent “resistance groups” like it was going to be the following year for the landing in Normandy, the US and Britain knew they were to take advantage of a different – yet formidable – power: the Mafia.

A number of US intelligence agencies had already been in contact during the war with the New York “underworld” essentially in order to protect the port of New York from highly possible acts of sabotage especially by the Germans.

As Operation Husky received the green light, all possible useful contacts in Sicily were recruited by US intelligence agencies, but the key figure was by no doubt top Mafia mobster Lucky Luciano. Serving a 30 to 50 year sentence in a NY correctional facility since 1936, Luciano provided the US Navy with many Sicilian contacts which proved to be extremely useful in aiding allied forces to establish a secure foothold in Sicily. The all-too-obvious consequence was that the Mafia, on the run since Mussolini’s arrival, was back in power, and it was there to stay.

It must be admitted that Sicily provides an outstanding presence in the Italian government. In January, 2015 the first Sicilian President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, is elected by the parliament. At that point Sicilians hold the top 3 positions in the Italian government: The President, the President of the Senate (Pietro Grasso, a former prosecutor), and the essential Minister of Interior Angelino Alfano. It needs to be reminded that while the former two are honorific figures and are no decision makers, the Ministry of the Interior is the direct supervisor and coordinator of the whole immigration affaire.


In her whole career, professional and political, she has made no mistery on whose side she stands for, and that side is certainly NOT the average italians who live from paycheck to paycheck (provided they have one) despite the fact that italian taxpayers reward her with over 100.000 euro a year for her position.

Being from an affluent family, she really never had to worry about making ends meet, devoting her whole life to the underpriviliged ones. Just as long as they are NOT italians. We could call her expertise on this whole matter just like the cherry on the cake, or, better stated, the right person in the right place at the right time.

Getting back to Sicily, and speaking of affari (italian for business) immigration -biblical or not- has been a fantastic, unprecedented affare for Sicily as untold billions of euros have kept a steady flow to the island. Sicily has Europe’s biggest migrant reception center, the C.A.R.A. (Centro Accoglienza Richiedenti Asilo), located in Mineo near Catania where many “irregularities” were found out by local prosecutors, leading to the indictment of at least 17 people including a high level politician of the same political party as Angelino Alfano, (NCD).

One of the wistleblowers of the many “irregularities” that were the norm at the C.A.R.A. in Mineo is a middle level police officer from Rome, Daniele Contucci. Contucci has worked for years “in prima linea”, as he states, being among the first ones to receive -and interview clandestine-migrants just unloaded on sicilian shores after having been rescued at sea.

When asked if there’s any hope this biblical invasion will slow down any time soon Contucci is highly skeptic. “Not as long as there’s so much money involved. The profits to be made are just staggering, by far surpassing any other illegal activity”, he says. He admits that -perhaps a bit naive- he thought he could find help and attention to his cause from politicians that rewarded him with lots of shoulder padding and praises but no concrete action of any sort, regardless of the political orientation, leaving him “highly convinced” that despite all the official claims and drama, no party in Italy is willing to do anything serious about this. “It’s the money. There’s simply too much money involved. It’s the kind of money that can buy any politician.”

Last, but by all means not least, the “traghettatori”, italian for ferrymen. Just like Operation Husky,this biblical task could not be accomplished without a fleet – or a flotilla – of well equipped, well payed, well maintained vessels.

Of course they are all humanitarian organizations, and they devote all their lives and their (huge) resources to the safe transporting of migrants to the all too willing and cooperating (or – shall we say – receiving orders from above?)
the Marina Militare, or the Italian Navy. 

One tiny detail: if you want to take “part of the action” as a volunteer, and become a crewmember on one of the NGO’s vessels, get ready for a good series of vaccination shots as a mandatory condition to be taken onboard. As the saying goes: “better be safe than sorry”.

Now the Italian Ministry of Public Health wants “everybody” to get vaccinated in Italy, and that -soon- is probably not going to be an option, especially for schoolchildren. Profitable businesses often go hand in hand. You start with immigration, and you end up with vaccination. It must be the Law of Attraction.

This monumental endeavour of changing Italy’s demographics has found its admirers. One gentleman in particular is willing to open his wallet and shower this gracious flotilla with the insignificant gift of € 1.500 billion.

We wonder what may be behind all this generosity. Perhaps, as the man wants to be remember by future generations of dark skinned italians, as he is getting a little aged and has little time left, he wants to push the final population replacement of Italy to the fullest.

Back in 1943 they were called GI’s. In 2017 they will be called GSB’s (George Soros Boys). Welcome boys, to your future home. The Banana Republic of Italy.

Monday, April 24

Shannon's Meeting With Albanian Foreign Minister Bushati

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
April 24, 2017


Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, met today with Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati to address common interests in our bilateral relationship and the region. The Under Secretary reaffirmed the close partnership between the United States and Albania, our strong support for Albania’s judicial reform efforts, and our shared commitment to democratic values, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. Ambassador Shannon also emphasized the importance of all political parties in Albania participating in the upcoming parliamentary elections.


2016 - 2026 U.S. ARMAMENTS

Friday, April 7

2004 REPORT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

CHEMICAL WEAPONS AFTER 14 YRS CIA & MI6 STILL LIES

On the eve of the 14th anniversary of one of the most contentious and divisive wars in living memory, Peter Taylor forensically investigates how key aspects of the secret intelligence used by Downing Street and the White House to justify the invasion of Iraq, were based on fabrication, wishful thinking and lies.
Using remarkable first hand testimony, this one-hour Panorama special reveals the full story of how two very highly placed sources, both close to Saddam Hussein, talked secretly to the CIA via an intermediary and directly to MI6 in the build-up to the war and said Iraq did not have an active Weapons of Mass Destruction programme. But both were ignored.

In a compelling story of spies and intrigue, deception and lies, key players reveal how sparse British and American intelligence was and how none of the handful of human sources had direct knowledge of WMD production. 

The former CIA Paris Station Chief, Bill Murray, explains how he used an intermediary to recruit Iraq’s Foreign Minister and his frustration when he found crucial intelligence from this source was rejected because it didn’t fit in with the White House’s agenda. 

The intelligence from Iraq’s Foreign Minister was confirmed four months later, when an MI6 officer met Iraq’s Head of Intelligence, who passed on the same message, saying Iraq had no WMD.

Lord Butler, author of the 2004 report into the WMD intelligence, says the British public was misled.

With a series of revelatory interviews, including a shocking exchange with the Iraqi spy and self-confessed fabricator ‘Curveball’, Panorama sheds new light on the spies who fooled the world.