Israel claims that a base in Syria launched a drone into its territory and it responded by sending an Israeli F-16 aircraft into Syria, which was shot down. In a dramatic escalation, Israel carried out major air raids against Syria on Saturday, including what it says are Iranian military targets. Israel now is preparing for war in the north, along the Syrian border.
US Congress: A two-year $300-billion spending bill was passed with support from Republicans and Democrats alike. It was a classic pork-barrel bill in which influential politicians and corporate lobbyists received funding for their favorite projects – without opposition or discussion. The bill was 652 pages long and passed eighteen-hours after submission. Obviously, no one read the entire bill – only those portions that generated funding for their own purposes. [How much longer can America survive this legalized plunder?]
Journalist Lee Stranahan reports that Carter Page, the subject of the FISA wiretap warrant, was an FBI employee from 2013 to 2016 who targeted the Russians prior to joining the Trump campaign. Therefore, when the FBI obtained the FISA warrant against Page, it was aware that he was not a Russian agent.
A government-funded college in Bristol, England, fired a Christian teacher after a student reported that he was offended by her comments. When the student asked about homosexuality, the teacher said that, as a Christian, she ‘personally’ believed homosexual activity was against the Lord’s will but that God loves every person regardless of sexual preference. The Chief Safeguarding Officer of the college then reported her to a government counter-terrorism agency as a ‘radicalization threat.’
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has admitted the US has no evidence that Syrian President Assad used sarin nerve gas against his own people, and mainstream media failed to report this important statement. Mattis then accused Assad of using chlorine gas to attack his own people. [To our knowledge, no one has asked him if there is any evidence of that, either. We doubt that there is inasmuch as doing so would be of no advantage to Assad and, in fact, just the contrary. The only ones who benefit from such attacks are Assad’s enemies. That being the case, guess who is guilty.]