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James Comey’s Denial Of Wrongdoing Is The Last Gasp Of A Dying Illusion

() The notion that we are not quite living in the ‘real’ world has gained momentum since the phrase ‘Fake News’ entered the public lexicon.

The schism between ‘normal’ mainstream-media-fueled perception and the naked truth about the events that are actually going on is getting so severe that awakening from the illusion will soon be the only way to avoid the intense suffering brought on by cognitive dissonance between our familiar perception and the facts.

Take the ongoing investigation into James Comey, for example. We have the Inspector General’s report that came out and revealed the following:

The office said he “violated applicable policies and his FBI Employment Agreement by providing one of the unclassified memos that contained official FBI information, including sensitive investigative information, to his friend with instructions for the friend to share the contents of the memo with a reporter.”

Further, the IG determined that Comey kept copies of four memos (out of the total seven he drafted) in a personal safe at home after his removal as director — and in doing so also “violated FBI policies and his FBI Employment Agreement by failing to notify the FBI that he had retained them, or to seek authorization to retain them.” And the IG said Comey again violated the rules “by providing copies … of the four memos he had kept in his home to his three private attorneys without FBI authorization.” (source)

Comey Speaks Out

One would expect, if not complete silence from James Comey, then at least some contrition or a fumbling apology trying to explain away his indiscretions. Instead, we get to witness his unapologetic Twitter response coming from that alternative universe of the slowly eroding mainstream perception:

On the face of it, the offenses detailed in the Inspector General’s report may not ‘feel’ as though they were highly egregious. He was a little clumsy with sensitive information. So what, the casual onlooker might opine. It is true that Comey was careful not to release ‘classified’ information intended for the press, as the line he cherry-picked from the IG report states. And the decision on the part of Attorney General Bill Barr not to prosecute Comey for these crimes, against the Inspector General’s recommendation, seems to add credence to the idea that these actions are excusable.

But the story will certainly not end here.

Meeting With Trump

When one puts together the pieces to try to determine the intent and motivation behind these actions, it is difficult not to come to the conclusion that Comey was highly involved in an operation designed to entrap a duly elected president on fabricated charges and prevent him from taking or staying in office. An important piece of this puzzle begins with a meeting in January 2017 between then president-elect Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan, and Director of the National Security Agency Mike Rodgers. It continues, more importantly, with Comey staying behind when the others left to speak with Trump one-on-one.

In an interview with Lou Dobbs in the video below, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York discusses this meeting with all the intelligence heavyweights, and elaborates on what was said to have transpired afterwards, as illuminated in the IG report:

This meeting took place on January 6th, 2017, you remember there’d been all this controversy about Russia and the intelligence community had created a report on Russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 election. So on the 6th of January they go up to Trump Tower, to, as a group, present the report to president-elect Trump, and by previous agreement after they do that, they all leave the room except for Comey, and Comey and Trump meet one on one, and Comey tells the president-elect there is this allegation in that in 2013 you were in a Moscow hotel room with prostitutes, and Russian intelligence taped it all, recorded it all, and, you know, the president is stunned by this.

In the past, Comey has said that the only reason he did this was that they wanted to tell the president-elect that this was out there, and that it might get reported in the press and there’s this crazy story about you that’s out there. What we see in this new report is they meticulously planned this moment in which they would hit Trump with this information. Comey had met with his top officials and what they called the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ team beforehand; they had made a plan where Comey would immediately write down everything he could remember from this; he went down to an FBI vehicle and there was a secure laptop waiting for him and he says that he started writing as the vehicle began moving; went over to the FBI headquarters in New York and there was a secure video teleconference set up for him to then talk with ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ supervisors plus top FBI officials about what Trump had answered to these dossier allegations.

Crossfire Hurricane

It’s important to understand what exactly the ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ operation really was in order to piece this all together. Although I am hesitant to use definitions from Wikileaks in terms of their political bias noted in one of my previous articlesthe one below will suffice to give us a broad context.

Crossfire Hurricane was the code name for a covert counterintelligence investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into links between Trump associates and Russian officials and suspected coordination between the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 United States elections.

The investigation was officially opened on July 31, 2016, initially due to information on Trump campaign member George Papadopoulos‘s early knowledge of Russians having damaging material on Donald Trump‘s rival candidate Hillary Clinton.

From late July to November 2016, the joint effort between the FBI, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Security Agency (NSA) examined evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election. The FBI’s team enjoyed a large degree of autonomy within the broader interagency probe.

The FBI’s work was taken over on May 17, 2017, by the Special Counsel investigation of 2017–2019, which eventually resulted in the Mueller Report. Mueller concluded that Russian interference occurred in a “sweeping and systematic fashion” and that there were substantial links with the Trump campaign, but that the evidence available to investigators did not establish that the Trump campaign had “conspired or coordinated” with the Russian government.

So we understand now that this investigation began ‘officially’ in July of 2016, although we are seeing evidence that the planning of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ likely started not long after Trump became the presumptive Republican party nominee on May 3rd, after his victory in Indiana and the withdrawal of the last competitors, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, from the race. More evidence is coming out every day that ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ was not an investigation as much as it was a blatant attempt by higher-ups across the U. S. intelligence spectrum who are revealing themselves as key players in the Deep State.

The investigation’s ‘supposed’ inception was based on George Papadopoulos’ meeting with European professor Joseph Mifsud; however we now know that the story that Mifsud was there to disclose Russia-sourced dirt on Hillary Clinton to Papadopoulos is a fabrication according to both Papadopoulos and Mifsud himself. Allegations of sinister ties between Russia and former Trump aide Carter Page, which led to FISA warrants which the IG report said were ‘illegally obtained’ to spy on the Trump campaign, were equally a fabrication.

The Special Counsel Investigation headed by Robert Mueller, which took over two years and turned up absolutely no evidence of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, can now be seen for what it is: a continuation of the work that started with the Crossfire Hurricane investigation whose sole motive was to subvert the election and activities of a duly elected president. And the conversion of the Crossfire Hurricane efforts into the much broader public spectacle that was the Special Counsel was made possible by James Comey leaking information about the meetings with Trump:

York: The second part of the story was the leak of the fact that the top intel officials had briefed the president-elect about this salacious information. The meeting takes place on January 6th; on January 10th, CNN reports an exclusive: “The nation’s top intel officials have briefed the president-elect about embarrassing personal information that was gathered by a former British intelligence operative…”

Dobbs: All of which was concocted by Hillary Clinton-funded, Democratic National Committee-funded–oh yes!–and FBI-funded fiction-writing on the part of Christopher Steele.

York: And this leak was absolutely critical because it gave the news hook to report the dossier.

The famed ‘Steele Dossier,’ which was the source of the claims that Comey was warning Trump about in their one-on-one meeting, which is the source for the leaks to the press, which was the foundation for the inception of the Special Counsel, which was the basis for FISA applications that Comey signed was, in Comey’s own words to Congress, ‘salacious and unverified.’ Wow. How’s he ever going to get past that?

Comey’s Alibi

The wobbly leg James Comey is trying to stand on is to make people believe that his reason for going above and beyond the law and FBI regulations is because he felt he was doing what was best for the country. Even though there turned out to be no credible evidence at all that Trump or even members of his campaign were colluding with Russia, he is still trying to convince people that he was convinced at the time that Donald Trump was such a threat to the security of the country due to his alleged ties to Russia that he needed to take those extraordinary measures.

This is where the schism between mainstream perception is really starting to break away from reality and common sense. Deep State insiders like Comey have so long been protected behind a compliant mainstream media and other perception-controlling mechanisms that they still think that if they stand up and say something forthright and authoritative that the majority of people will believe them. But only the sleepiest of folk are now buying Comey’s alibi.

A far more reasonable explanation, which goes far beyond the simplistic notion that he hated Trump, is that Comey was working with the other heads of intelligence to prevent an outsider from coming into the White House and suddenly causing all sorts of trouble for the insiders. In the case of Brennan and Clapper, this would have been seen as a threat to their massive domestic surveillance operation, which was discussed in my previous article ‘The Hidden Reason The ‘Russia Collusion’ Investigation Ever Got Started.‘ In the case of Hillary Clinton and her minions, it was the threat that many of her crimes such as Uranium One and the private email server scandal would actually be properly investigated rather than continuing to be covered up.

The Insider/Outsider Game In Washington

I recently came across an article on ZeroHedge that outlined what it means to be an insider in Washington, and I believe it is germane to our discussion here:

Back in 2009, when the Obama administration was busy ensuring the nation’s financiers would become larger, more powerful and never serve a day in jail despite their historic crime spree, Larry Summers had dinner with Elizabeth Warren. During the course of that meal, he instructed her about how power really functions in the U.S.:

A telling anecdote involves a dinner that Ms. Warren had with Lawrence H. Summers, then the director of the National Economic Council and a top economic adviser to President Obama. The dinner took place in the spring of 2009, after the oversight panel had produced its third report, concluding that American taxpayers were at far greater risk to losses in TARP than the Treasury had let on.

After dinner, “Larry leaned back in his chair and offered me some advice,” Ms. Warren writes. “I had a choice. I could be an insider or I could be an outsider. Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them. Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders also understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders.

“I had been warned,” Ms. Warren concluded.

It’s also worth noting that Larry Summers gave that insider speech to Elizabeth Warren years before she was elected to the U.S. Senate. He was warning her that unless she stopped causing problems and agreed to play the game by this gangster code, she would never get anywhere and no one would ever listen to her.

The people who I refer to here as Deep State players, in this case Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Hillary, and the like, are the ‘insiders,’ people who support each other playing games above the law and sworn to play ball and not criticize each other, no matter how egregious the crimes they are witness to. The belief that this insider group still maintains the power to shield its members from prosecution would seem to be what Comey, Brennan Clapper, and Hillary Clinton are hanging onto, and fuels their continued castigation of President Trump on Twitter and other public forums.

But signs are growing that this protection has slowly been crumbling since Trump took office–by design. The number of firings and resignations alone is an indication. The fact that Attorney General William Barr decided to pass on prosecuting Comey for these offenses is no exoneration for Comey, just a temporary reprieve. When it comes time to bring up deeper matters, like Comey’s signature on FISA warrants that he himself admits were based on ‘evidence’ that was salacious and unverified, or other information that clearly brings to light that James Comey was involved in a criminal conspiracy, it seems reasonable to assume that James Comey, and ‘insiders’ like him, are going to have to face the music.

The Takeaway

Nothing happens by accident. It seems like we are in the final act of modern political theatre, where the great reveal is about to occur for the entire audience.

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Opioid Crisis — A Result of Poverty, Availability and Pain

Dr. Mercola, Guest
Waking Times

In recent years, the devastating effects of wanton opioid use have become unmistakable, with opioid overdoses killing 47,600 Americans in 2017 alone. As of June 2017, opioids became the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50, and President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency that year in October.

I’ve written many previous articles detailing the background of how the U.S. ended up here. While the opioid crisis was largely manufactured by drug companies hell-bent on maximizing profits, leading to exaggerated and even fraudulent claims about the drugs’ safety profile, the increased availability of opioids isn’t the sole cause.

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China is hiding information about the unknown virus and more patients are becoming sick

According to experts, hiding an outbreak of an unknown deadly disease can have serious effects on its control in neighboring China.

Global public health experts call on the Chinese authorities to guarantee transparency about the mysterious outbreak of viral pneumonia.

As of December 2019, 59 people were already infected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, with only 27 cases known at the beginning of January 2020. On January 5, 7 of the 59 cases were identified as “severe patients”.

On January 9, Chinese authorities say they have identified a possible cause of the unknown viral pneumonia, a new type of coronavirus (MERS-CoV). However, they do not provide any information on the possible spread of the disease.

Authorities also did not specify exactly the number of patients currently being treated for the new respiratory disease. According to official data released on January 5, 2020, 59 people are being treated for a mysterious airway disease and 7 people are in critical condition.

On January 8, 2020, a special scan of passengers arriving from Wuhan, China is carried out at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

Meanwhile, a senior Wuhan official unexpectedly resigned from his post, while authorities in Hong Kong and Taiwan are taking extra precautions to prevent the disease from spreading.

According to the Hong Kong Hospital Administration, there are already five patients in Hong Kong with symptoms of new pneumonia with respiratory infection. All five were infected soon in Wuhan.

On January 11, 2020, The Straits Times reported that the first case of a mysterious virus was registered in Singapore after the patient returned from Wuhan.

The onset of the epidemic has prompted Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan to step up screening for newcomers and patients with symptoms of pneumonia.

Why are they hiding the start of the epidemic?

The Chinese authorities have not reported an outbreak of so-called “viral pneumonia”, and online rumors have linked the virus to severe acute respiratory syndrome ( SARS ), which killed more than 8,000 people in 2003 and killed 774 people.

A statement from the Wuhan City Health Commission on January 3, 2020 said the cause of the pneumonia was unclear. On 5 January, the Commission announced that it had ruled out SARS, Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and avian influenza as a cause of the epidemic and is still working to identify the virus.

Although such cases are reported in Hong Kong and Singapore, Chinese officials say there is no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the virus.

Until January 5, officials did not announce the date of the first case that was discovered and linked to the Wuhan fire. It happens on December 12, 2019. Wuhan Central Hospital, which treats some of the patients, declined comment, though Chinese and foreign media have been pushing hard to contact the medics.

On 3/01/2020, in an email to Laurie Garrett, a health analyst and Pulitzer Prize winner, wrote:

“The problem with China’s current epidemic and response is that the Wuhan and Beijing authorities have provided very little information.”

On January 1, Chinese police detained eight people for “the spread of pneumonia outbreak rumors on the Internet“.

On January 5, the Hong Kong-based Apple Daily reported that security officials at Jingintan Hospital had expelled their journalist. All the doctors and nurses at the hospital the reporter saw were wearing protective suits, wearing face masks and safety goggles.

The journalist testified that new patients were admitted to the hospital in the afternoon, the same day. The hospital consists of two buildings, and the publication’s official noted that patients infected with the virus were isolated in them.

The message says:

“Patients undergoing treatment in the North Building are in serious condition. When their health improves, they will be moved to the south building. “

Laurie Gareth commented on:

“China seems more interested in maintaining control than complying with international health regulations.”

In 2005, the World Health Assembly adopted legally binding international health rules that required immediate notification to the WHO of any outbreak. China has signed this agreement.

Taiwanese pulmonologist Kuo Xu-Ta, who was the director of the SARS Center at McKay Hospital in Taipei, during a SARS epidemic in 2003, told Epoch Times:

“The epidemic information should be published immediately! The more the government tries to hide it, the worse it will be to fight the disease. “

The first death – on January 11, 2020, the media reported the first fatal case following a new illness. This is a 61-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital in very poor condition. He had advanced pneumonia with shortness of breath as well as liver problems. It was found that the man often visited a seafood market, from which most of the infected initially arrived.

The man died a week ago from a sudden cardiac arrest.

Sean Lin, a microbiologist who worked at the U.S. Army’s Department of Viral Diseases, said the Chinese authorities may already know or suspect the source of the virus.

On January 3, he told the media:

“It’s not just two, three days … It’s probably been more than a month.”

According to Lin, the Chinese Centers for Disease Control is level because of its infectious disease monitoring program. He believes that if patient samples have been tested in laboratories, the information available now may not be as limited as that reported in official statements.

Lynn thinks the delay in providing information about the new infection is because there are many mutations of the virus that take time to determine or “the authorities have more information but are hiding it .”

He adds:

“The public was not allowed to learn more about this situation.”

He said the Chinese authorities should allow the media to monitor local hospitals and patients, conduct studies and inform the public about preventive measures.

Lynn shares:

“The problem with China is that the government has a very bad reputation in public health.”

Masked migrant workers leave Guangzhou for fear of becoming infected. Guangdong Province, China, May 2, 2003

Hiding official information reminds everyone of the 2003 SAR outbreak and causes panic in China and neighboring regions. In 2002-2003, Chinese authorities covered the SARS epidemic for several weeks, but deaths and rumors forced them to tell the truth.

The Chinese did not warn the WHO or neighboring jurisdictions, which allowed (one) patient to “escape” to Hong Kong. The spread of the virus has led to 774 deaths in 37 countries.

Laurie Garrett was in Hong Kong and China during the 2003 epidemic, and then visited hospitals and memorials in Vietnam, Singapore and Hong Kong, where health care workers struggled and died from the disease.

She says:

“The lesson was understandable around the world: do not hide diseases. Fighting epidemics requires trust, and trust requires openness.

World public health is losing confidence in the Chinese government.

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700 + American Doctors Given Over $1M Each From Pharma To Push Drugs & Medical Devices

In a very thorough and revealing analysis of statistical industry payment data, ProPublica disclosed that more than 2,500 physicians have received at least half a million dollars apiece from drugmakers and medical device companies in the past five years alone, while more than 700 of those doctors received at least $1 million, and that doesn’t include money for research or royalties from inventions.

In their article, the authors note that their previous analysis in 2013, which found out that 1 doctor had made $1 million and 21 doctors had made over $500,000 for the same reasons, was expected to be a wake-up call for more effective scrutiny, oversight, and challenges to these payments. Instead, these types of payments have become much more commonplace.

To identify the latest pharma millionaires and other spending trends, ProPublica analyzed more than 56 million payments made from 2014 to 2018 — the first five full years of the federal Open Payments initiative, which requires companies to publicly disclose the payments as part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Some academics and physicians predicted that the exposure might cause companies to rethink making payments and doctors to rethink taking them. A flurry of studies matched the payment data with doctors’ prescribing choices and found links between the payments and the products doctors chose.

But ProPublica’s new analysis shows that the public reporting has not dampened the enthusiasm of the drug and medical device industry for having doctors deliver paid dinner talks and sponsored speeches or paying them to consult on products.

In fact, there has been almost no change in how much the industry is spending. Each year from 2014 to 2018, drug and medical device companies spent between $2.1 billion and $2.2 billion paying doctors for speaking and consulting, as well as on meals, travel and gifts for them.

It turns out, even if this information needs to be disclosed, even if many studies found links between the payments and the products doctors chose to foist upon their patients, there doesn’t seem to be any rush to curtail or prevent such an arrangement between doctors and the industry. Shouldn’t doctors’ recommendations to their patients and to other doctors be based solely on their own research and conscience, and not on the potential for a lavish secondary income?

One would think so. But that isn’t the current sentiment. There seems to be a fairly universal acceptance among doctors in the U.S. of the idea of receiving remuneration from industry to speak favorably about their products. As the latest analysis points out,

Over the course of five years, 1 million doctors, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors and podiatrists received at least one payment, most often a meal, from a company. Of those practitioners, more than 323,000 received at least one payment every year. About 240,000 received a payment in only one year. And the rest received payments in more than one year but in fewer than five.

For context, there are about 1.1 million doctors in the United States.

Why It Matters. While there is transparency in these payments, there is no denying that this arrangement sets up many doctors for a huge conflict of interests. If they can make a secondary yearly salary greater that what they earn as a doctor simply by using their ‘authority’ as doctors to promote products, would many doctors be able to choose to pass this up simply because they were not certain the product was safe or effective? How many would actually do the arduous work of researching the product they would be promoting, with the only reward being a clear conscience if they ended up choosing not to promote that product?

The article notes that in fact the industry doesn’t care if doctors like or approve of their products–the bottom line is that they pay doctors to use and recommend their products, sometimes in clearly unethical or illegal ways:

There is a perception among many physicians, including some in academia, that drug company payments are fairly benign — a moonlighting gig that educates other doctors about important medications. But since ProPublica began looking at physician payments, one drugmaker after another has paid tens, or even hundreds, of millions of dollars to resolve allegations of improper, or illegal, marketing tactics.

In fact, drug company whistleblowers and federal prosecutors have said explicitly that in some cases the payments were actually bribes and kickbacks. And this behavior has continued despite tools like Dollars for Docs.

The article then goes on to examine some prominent examples.

The Conscious Takeaway. Take a look at this short video of an old advertisement for Camel cigarettes from 1949:

Whenever I think about today’s relationship between Western doctors and the Western medical industry, I think back to the time when doctors were being used in ads to promote cigarettes. While in this ad from 60 years ago these are likely actors and not real doctors promoting cigarettes, I can’t help but think that little has changed over the years, and that many of the doctors today who take vast sums of money to go ahead and promote harmful products like pharmaceutical drugs and recommend them to other doctors and to their patients are not ‘real’ doctors but actors, phonies, choosing money over the Hippocratic oath to ‘do no harm.’

Meanwhile, people still see doctors as the trusted authority in matters of health. How many people have to die of opiod and other pharmaceutical drug use before we say to ourselves that we cannot rely on doctors to be the authority on our health? Certainly there are good doctors out there, and many more are well-meaning, but can we not see that the entire Western medical system was designed so that Western doctors (MDs) have been fiercely promoted as the true authorities on health, while other traditional healers have long been marginalized as quacks, with their traditional methods denigrated as pseudoscience?

Seeing the truth behind this narrative has allowed many people to regain sovereignty in the area of their health. More and more people are taking responsibility for their health rather than naively trusting a doctor’s recommendation simply because that doctor has a ‘medical license.’

Looking Deeper. The Western medical establishment has been set up as a business, and has tried to establish itself as the sole authority on health in order to maximize profits for its products. This is not conjecture, this is obvious fact, and the analysis above is one of many examples of it.

For those conscious individuals who dig a little deeper into the effects of Western medicine versus traditional Eastern practices such as acupuncture, naturopathy, and energy healing, they see very quickly that it is the latter that holds true to the oath to ‘do no harm.’

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