That country seems to have an actual free press.
Guarded warehouse near airport and mysterious cargos from Baghdad; what is the US embassy in Helsinki up to?
FINLAND 29 DECEMBER 2018
US Embassy warehouse near Malmi Airport\
Why does the US Embassy in Helsinki need a big warehouse near Malmi Airport and what are the contents of thousands of kilograms of cargo sent to Helsinki from Baghdad?
A dilapidated warehouse in Malmi is being used by the US Embassy for unknown operations after a Wikileaks release revealed its location.
The anonymous looking building on Takoraudantie is notable only for the new 427 meter perimeter fence that according to the Wikileaks’ database was ordered by the US Embassy in April 2018.
Situated across the street from the main entrance of Malmi Airport, the warehouse with its 3 meter high security fence appears an unlikely location for official embassy business. Neighbouring companies include a car yard and a tyre warehouse.
Helsinki Times visited the perimeters this weekend. Security personnel, young Finns in uniforms with American flags on their arms, appeared nervous and suspicious when asked to comment on the warehouse and refused to even confirm the order of the new fence structure which now surrounds the compound. At one point a security guard appeared in a second floor window to carefully monitor this reporter’s movements along Takoraudantie.
US embassy warehouse near Malmi airport. This image from Google street view is from 2011. The newly built permitter fence can not be seen in this image.
Mysterious parcels from Baghdad
The Wikileaks’ database has also revealed mysterious packages being sent to the US Embassy in Finland from their embassy in Baghdad.
The database displaying US embassy procurements around the world shows that tons of cargo are being distributed to Helsinki and other US embassies via regular airfreight cargo deliveries from Baghdad.
Twelve consignments, each logged at 5000 kilograms are recorded as sent to Helsinki and 23 other West European US embassies – an average of 2500 kilograms per US embassy.
The reason for such a vast volume of embassy deliveries from Baghdad is as yet unknown but this latest disclosure follows Wikileaks news that the US Consulate in Frankfurt was a purchase and postal centre for distributing spy equipment to other US embassies worldwide. Concerns are now raised that the US Embassy in Baghdad is also being used as a main distribution centre for secret operations.
In addition to Finland and Western Europe, the Wikileaks database shows that the US embassy in Baghdad disseminates hundreds of tons worldwide, with more than 300,000 kilograms recorded as being delivered Stateside alone.
Incoming diplomatic mail between embassies receives customs clearance and is automatically classified as a US government shipment.
The 80 page order list also details massive movements of road and air freight between Basra in the south of Iraq and Erbil in the north. No indication of the cargo contents are provided but the order sheets reveal convoys of trucks and vehicles were hired by Baghdad’s US embassy for the mysterious shipments.
The warehouse is equipped with several big gates suitable for lorries to drive in. Containers and a forklift in the yard indicate heavy duty use. A special antenna is on the roof.
Spy gadgets and surveillance operations
The disclosure of the building’s use by the US Embassy in Finland comes in light of revelations about US embassy spying activities worldwide, as featured in the Wikileaks’ US embassy shopping list database. In a published list of more than 16000 miscellaneous items, requests also appear for recording devices disguised as pens, lighters, glasses, watches and even spy shirt buttons.
Although US embassy procurements are public information, Wikileaks new database allows for country specific searches, giving clearer evidence of US embassy involvement in secret surveillance operations in certain parts of the world.. The timing of this latest Wikileaks’ release came just hours after its Twitter accounts were cyber attacked late on Friday, ahead of the Christmas holiday.
According to the database, requests made by the US Embassy in Finland appear to be for everyday items. Procurements include a tractor as well as services for snow removal, plumbing, gardening and cleaning. However, in light of ‘Tactical Spy Equipment’ purchased by US embassies elsewhere the existence of the warehouse compound near Malmi Airport raises concerns about potential secret operations closer to home. US Embassy official responsible for ordering the warehouse perimeter fence, was unavailable for comment.
Strategically located US embassy complex in Helsinki and the newly built “Innovation Center”.
Worldwide, the Wikileaks’ online data reveals that Latin America is the main target for purchases of spying equipment. Camera hats and USB drives as well as night visors and binoculars were among items procured for the US embassy in Colombia. But topping the list for requested surveillance items was the US embassy in El Salvador where the purchase of ‘Tactical Spy Equipment’ totalled 94 items.
Back in 2017 Wikileaks documents revealed that the American consulate in Frankfurt had served as a covert base to carry out digital spy operations. Using the US Embassy shopping list database, Germany’s Der Spiegel has now identified the consulate as a main buyer of spy equipment for diplomatic missions across Europe.
These latest Wikileaks’ revelations further highlight the role of US embassies in espionage activities across the globe. Some reports suggest over 80 US embassies worldwide conceal joint NSA-CIA “Special Collection Service” radio and electronic surveillance equipment. Such concerns add to the questions concerning activities at the Malmi warehouse and the secrecy surrounding it.
However, the database of US embassy shopping lists reveals some less concerning items too with one evoking the craziness of an Inspector Clouseau rather than a cold, calculating 007: A person to count fish and clean the pond was sought by the consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador after officials lost track of how many fish they possessed.
The searchable Wikileaks database and info about Finland related activities can be found HERE.
Will Sillitoe – HT
Here's the latest from my friend Amal Arafa in the Gaza Strip, including her new photos.
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From Amal Arafa
Under Israel’s nightly shelling in the Gaza Strip, we have a severe shortage of essential medical supplies—especially gauze, iodine
The people here are hurt not only by that
Our group is now struggling to take care of over 70 people, who need daily care, including those basic supplies: gauze, iodine
That's the correct title of Ed Curtin's beautiful meditation on Julian Schnabel's new film about Van Gogh.
JANUARY 10, 2019
Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair
“One also knows from his letters that nothing appeared more sacred to Van Gogh than work.”
– John Berger, “Vincent Van Gogh,” Portraits
Ever since I was a young boy, I have wondered why people do the kinds of work they do. I sensed early on that the economic system was a labyrinthine trap devised to imprison people in work they hated but needed for survival. It seemed like common sense to a child when you simply looked and listened to the adults around you. Karl Marx wasn’t necessary for understanding the nature of alienated labor; hearing adults declaim “Thank God It’s Friday” spoke volumes.
In my Bronx working class neighborhood I saw people streaming to the subway in the mornings for their rides “into the city” and their forlorn trundles home in the evenings. It depressed me. Yet I knew the goal was to “make it” and move away as one moved “up,” something that many did. I wondered why, when some people had options, they rarely considered the moral nature of the jobs they pursued. And why did they not also consider the cost in life (time) lost in their occupations? Were money, status, and security the deciding factors in their choices? Was living reserved for weekends and vacations?
I gradually realized that some people, by dint of family encouragement and schooling, had opportunities that others never received. For the unlucky ones, work would remain a life of toil and woe in which the search for meaning in their jobs was often elusive. Studs Terkel, in the introduction to his wonderful book of interviews, Working: People Talk About What They Do all Day and How They Feel About What They Do, puts it this way:
This book, being about work, is, by its very nature, about violence – to the spirit as well as to the body. It is about ulcers as well as accidents, about shouting matches as well as fistfights, about nervous breakdowns as well as kicking the dog around. It is, above all (or beneath all), about daily humiliations. To survive the day is triumph enough for the walking wounded among the great many of us.
Those words were confirmed for me when in the summer between high school and college I got a job through a relative’s auspices as a clerk for General Motors in Manhattan. I dreaded taking it for the thought of being cooped up for the first time in an office building while a summer of my youth passed me by, but the money was too good to turn down (always the bait), and I wanted to save as much as possible for college spending money. So I bought a summer suit and joined the long line of trudgers going to and fro, down and up and out of the underground, adjusting our eyes to the darkness and light.
It was a summer from hell. My boredom was so intense it felt like solitary confinement. How, I kept wondering, can people do this? Yet for me it was temporary; for the others it was a life sentence. But if this were life, I thought, it was a living death. All my co-workers looked forward to the mid-morning coffee wagon and lunch with a desperation so intense it was palpable. And then, as the minutes ticked away to 5 P.M., the agitated twitching that proceeded the mad rush to the elevators seemed to synchronize with the clock’s movements. We’re out of here!
On my last day, I was eating my lunch on a park bench in Central Park when a bird shit on my suit jacket. The stain was apt, for I felt I had spent my days defiling my true self, and so I resolved never to spend another day of my life working in an office building in a suit for a pernicious corporation, a resolution I have kept.
“An angel is not far from someone who is sad,” says Vincent Van Gogh in the new film, At Eternity’s Gate. For somereason, recently hearing these words in the darkened theater where I was almost alone, brought me back to that summer and the sadness that hung around all the people that I worked with. I hoped Van Gogh was right and an angel visited them from time to time. Most of them had no options.
The painter Julian Schnabel’s moving picture (moving on many levels since the film shakes and moves with its hand-held camera work and draws you into the act of drawing and painting that was Van Gogh’s work) is a meditation on work. It asks the questions: What is work? What is work for? What is life for? Why paint? What does it mean to live? Why do you do what you do? Are you living or are you dead? What are you seeking through your work
Letter from Dick Atlee, News from
Hello, Mr. Goeckner,
I read about the flu vaccination event at the Golden Globes, which I
I’m sure you’ve heard a ton about that event. I would just like to point out that the government Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System regularly displays the flu shot as the worst of all vaccines for adverse events. Coercing people by shaming (“anti-vaxxers”) or peer pressure violates the basic ethics of legally-required informed consent, and if anyone present were to end up with a serious injury as a result, it would be perfectly justifiable for them to sue the Golden Globes.
If the needles didn’t contain flu vaccine and someone was injured anyway, things would get very interesting. If they did contain it, I hope they were single-dose needles and the injectors weren’t reloading from vials that, without shaking, can deliver a serious dose of mercury.
I’m not sure what the point of an exercise would be that would have unknown people injecting unknown materials using needles of unknown origin into unprepared people who weren’t even given the CDC’s semi-factual information sheet.
Do you happen to know what the point was? Any clarification would be very much appreciated.
Southwest Harbor, ME
Watch the clip at https://www.cryptogon.com/?p=54083.
If this makes you sick, tell the Golden Globes: https://www.goldenglobes.com/contact-us
Apparently the Golden Globes thought it would be humorous to do a sketch that involved administering flu vaccines to audience members. The actors were unaware of the stunt and caught off guard as individuals in white coats marched out to “mass vaccinate” the audience. Was it a test to see which members would ‘comply’? While the syringes were fake, the response was telling. It was bizarre, disjointed and disturbing. This just goes to show how closely connected the pharma propaganda is connected with Hollywood on the vaccine issue. Clearly they don’t respect informed consent, since they think it’s a funny concept to jab audience members without informing them of the the abysmal efficacy rate of the flu shot, never mind the associated possible adverse reactions. And evidently they don’t have issues being insensitive to television viewers who have suffered or who have family members who have suffered significant adverse events, or death, related to the flu vaccine. 100,000 people responded to the post on Facebook regarding this stunt.
Texans for Vaccine Choice made this point: “Real or fake” is not the issue here. The issue is the attitude with which this is being portrayed.
Vaccines, like any other medication and medical procedure, are not without risk. By insisting patrons either got a vaccine or placed a napkin on their head and be labeled anti-vaxxers, you opened them up to ridicule and slander despite not knowing their individual medical history.
Sandra said: Using celebrities to promote their agenda… it’s propaganda. This is a little over the top though, flu shots at awards show???
Actors being put on the spot for a mass vaccination without consent with coercion of peer pressure. WOW! Talk about being ‘kept in line’.
Melissa said: Horrifying. Desperate. Not funny. Low level “programming”.
Dani’s post: People with needles, you’d hope were actual Medical Professionals coming out to give Flu Shots. How Sanitary is it to get a shot from an exposed needle from someone in a white coat that you have no idea who they are or where it came from or even what’s in the needle? And if you really believe in the flu shot propaganda you would’ve gotten it in October. So if you decline couldn’t it be because you already got it? Instead though…It was extremely uncomfortable and not funny. Andy
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Wayne MADSEN| 07.01.2019
Ever since it was decided to locate the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, the world body has been beset by constant meddling by the host country, that is, the United States, which is increasingly violating the letter and spirit of the 1947 treaty between the United States and United Nations regarding the headquarters of the UN. The treaty, signed on June 26, 1947 at Lake Success, New York between UN
The United States has increasingly violated the US-UN Treaty by refusing to grant visas to foreign officials, UN personnel, members of the press, representatives of non-governmental organizations, UN guests, conducting business at the UN. The US has also ignored the treaty’s insistence on the inviolability of UN territorial jurisdiction by conducting illegal electronic surveillance on the communications of the UN and permanent missions accredited to the UN. A chief harasser of UN diplomatic immunity was New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who, as mayor in 1997 told the UN to leave New York. In 1995, Giuliani ordered Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasir Arafat expelled from a UN 50th anniversary New York Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Lincoln Center. Giuliani also said he would order Cuban President Fidel Castro ejected from New York if he visited the UN. Giuliani now serves as Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.
Former acting US ambassador to the UN John Bolton, who was refused Senate confirmation and subsequently given a Senate recess appointment by President George W. Bush, is on record talking about the need to obliterate the top ten stories of the UN Secretariat building. Bolton now serves as Trump’s national security adviser. Giuliani and Bolton are not the only anti-UN extremists calling the foreign policy shots inside the Trump administration. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, an original Republican Tea Party fanatic, echoes the same anti-UN feelings as other longstanding right-wing movements and entities, including the John Birch Society, the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Federalist Society.
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From October 1, 2018.
You'd think this would have been reported somewhere.