By Pamela Geller
Two unelected tyrants who, between them, killed hundreds of millions of their own countrymen, whilst sowing misery far and wide.
The BBC is funded by the public on pain of criminal penalty — a system that Stalin and Mao would have been proud of. Every household with a TV has to pay an annual “license” fee (aka a tax) or face the criminal courts. Perhaps this socialist form of raising money partly explains the blatantly left bias of the BBC.
Donald Trump is on the right and only path. The west will either defend itself or fall to sharia. Should the latter occur, then the luvvies at the BBC will soon find out what it is like to be an enemy of the Islamic people.
‘ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE’: TRUMP REMARK ECHOES HISTORY’S WORST TYRANTS
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At a different time, in another country, it was effectively a death sentence.
Being branded an “enemy of the people” by the likes of Stalin or Mao brought at best suspicion and stigma, at worst hard labour or death.
Now the chilling phrase – which is at least as old as Emperor Nero, who was called “hostis publicus”, enemy of the public, by the Senate in AD 68 – is making something of a comeback.
In November, the UK Daily Mail used its entire front page to brand three judges “enemies of the people” following a legal ruling on the Brexit process.
Then on Friday, President Donald Trump deployed the epithet against mainstream US media outlets that he sees as hostile.
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing New York Times, NBC News, ABC, CBS, CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” he wrote on Twitter.
The reaction was swift. “Every president is irritated by the news media. No other president would have described the media as ‘the enemy of the people’”, tweeted David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama.
Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor at New York magazine, called the phrase a “chilling” example of “full-on dictator speak”.
Steve Silberman, an award-winning writer and journalist, wondered whether the remark would prompt Trump supporters to shoot at journalists.
And that might not be a far-fetched concern. Late last year, a Trump supporter opened fire in a pizza restaurant at the centre of a bizarre conspiracy theory about child abuse.
The US president’s use of “enemies of the people” raises unavoidable echoes of some of history’s most murderous dictators.
Under Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, out-of-favour artists and politicians were designated enemies and many were sent to hard labour camps or killed. Others were stigmatised and denied access to education and employment.
And Chairman Mao, the leader of China who presided over the deaths of millions of people in a famine brought about by his Great Leap Forward, was also known to use the phrase against anyone who opposed him, with terrible consequences.
The president was widely criticised for his choice of words.
“Charming that our uneducated President manages to channel the words of Stalin and fails to hear the historical resonance of this phrase,” tweeted Mitchell Orenstein, a professor of Russian and East European studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Carl Bernstein, a reporter who helped to bring down Richard Nixon with his reporting on the Watergate scandal, tweeted: “The most dangerous ‘enemy of the people’ is presidential lying – always. Attacks on press by Donald Trump more treacherous than Nixon’s.”
Mr Trump is not the first US president to have an antagonistic relationship with the media – Nixon is known to have privately referred to the press as “the enemy” – but his latest broadside, with all its attendant historical echoes, is unprecedented.
Devon Swan, bottom right, has been charged in a Lawndale shooting that killed 2-year-old Lavontay White Jr., above right, and White’s uncle Lazaric Collins and also wounded a pregnant woman on Feb. 14, 2017. (Chicago Police Department, family and Tribune photos)
By Deans Williams-Harris and Ray Long
A 26-year-old man has been charged in connection with a Valentine’s Day shooting that left a 2-year-old boy and his uncle dead and wounded a pregnant woman in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood.
Devon Swan was charged with first-degree murder for his role in the triple shooting that happened in the 2300 block of South Kenneth Avenue on Tuesday, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Saturday.
Johnson said Swan is a documented gang member who is “no stranger” to the criminal justice system. Swan is a convicted felon who has previous gun arrests for unlawful use of a weapon and armed robbery as well as escape from custody and numerous narcotics cases, Johnson said.
Lavontay White Jr., 2, was killed along with his 26-year-old uncle, Lazarec Collins. A pregnant woman, Collins’ girlfriend, was shot in the abdominal area. The woman and her unborn child survived the attack, police said at the time.
“Lavontay wasn’t someone who made some bad decisions and lost his way or got involved in a gang conflict,” Johnson said. “He was just a little boy with his whole life ahead of him.”
Lavontay was one of three children fatally shot in the city this past week – a particularly horrific period following one of the deadliest years in deacades.
“Last week we lost three young innocent lives to gun violence,” Johnson said. “I’m sure every Chicagoan like me is tired of seeing this occur (in) some of our neighborhoods on the South and West sides of the city.
“Even before those incidents occurred, for decades, we lost too many people regardless of their age and background because of offenders who are willing to pull a trigger over drugs and petty conflicts.”
The Tuesday afternoon shooting was captured on Facebook Live as the uncle’s girlfriend streamed video of the three riding in a car on the West Side. According to the recording, as the car pulls into an alley in the 4400 block of West Ogden Avenue, several gunshots are heard. The woman jumps out of the car with her phone and runs to a house to plead for help.
Lavontay, who was in the back seat, was pronounced dead at Stroger Hospital at 2:43 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Collins was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. Collins’ pregnant girlfriend, who was 4 months along, was shot in the abdomen but was listed in fair condition, police said at the time.
The shooting stemmed from a dispute between Collins and a group of people, and additional arrests are expected, according to Anthony Guglielmi, a Chicago police spokesman.
According to Cook County court records, since 2009, Swan has had convictions on narcotics, gun and robbery charges. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison with time served for a aggravated unlawful use of a weapon on a person.
Johnson once again found himself describing how it becomes personal for officers when innocent children are killed.
“We don’t just have a gun problem in Chicago,” Johnson said, restating his call for tougher gun crimes. “We have a repeat gun offender problem that needs to be addressed immediately by state legislators.”
The superintendent hailed the help of the Rev. Michael Pfleger, who was approached by people with information about the crime and who accompanied them when they spoke to police.
Johnson said the names of the three children who died last week should not be forgotten, asking Chicagoans to “remember their names and burn them into your memory.”
He called on all of Chicago to remember them in an effort to “finally make a stand and not let their lives be lost in vain.”
By Megan Crespeau and Deans Williams-Harris
Two shootings within two hours of each other in the Back of the Yards neighborhood left two men dead and three others wounded, police said.
The first attack was at a crowded after-hours gathering in the 5000 block of South Ashland Avenue.
Willie Cook, 23, went there every week, his mother said. He was by the bar at 2:55 a.m. when someone opened fire, shooting him multiple times in the back.
“Everybody ran to the back or the front,” said one man at the scene, who declined to give his name.
The man stayed by the bar until the shooting stopped, then noticed Cook on the ground.
“I started opening up waters and pouring waters on him,” he said — an attempt to keep him conscious. “I ain’t touch him. I just poured water on him.”
Cook was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man, 28, ran from the scene and was found near the corner of 53rd Street and Hermitage Avenue with a gunshot wound to the right leg. He was taken to Stroger Hospital and his condition was stabilized.
His mother, Christine White, got a call from another of her sons shortly afterward.
When he told her Cook was gone, she thought he meant he had been arrested.
“I thought jail,” she said. “But he said, ‘No, Ma, he gone.'”
White had long been suspicious of the “club” spot where her son was killed. From the street, it appears unmarked, and an Illinois database shows no liquor license has been granted for that building or the surrounding addresses. A sign above the door reads “Jovenes Illinois AA.”
“They let any age in,” she said. “That place is nothing but weed. You can do anything.”
But at least, she thought, there was security — someone at the door searching guests for weapons.
“I want to know who the hell owns this,” she said.
Cook would have turned 24 next week, his mother said. He leaves behind a 4-year-old child.
“He had his flaws, but he was good,” she said.
Other neighbors also pinpointed the unmarked Ashland gathering place as a trouble spot.
“I told the 9th District sergeant, this is a murder waiting to happen,” said Keith Kysel, a retired CTA bus driver who lives nearby.
He has called 911 more than once to report suspected illegal parties and overcrowding, he said.
He and White, who had met at the scene, exchanged contact information and bonded over their suspicions that the club was a trouble spot.
It was unclear what exactly led to the shooting, according to police and witnesses at the scene.
“My boys, I taught them to fight, not get guns,” she said at the crime scene, tears in her eyes. “It’s the punk (expletive) who get guns. Afraid to get their ass whooped.”
Most recently, at 4:25 a.m. Saturday, a 29-year-old man was killed and two other men were wounded in Back of the Yards. Police responded to a call of a person shot and found the 29-year-old with a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead.
Later, two men showed up at Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds from the same attack, police said. A 32-year-old man had been shot in both legs, and a 26-year-old man was shot in the hand. Both were listed in good condition.
Witnesses at the scene were uncooperative, police said, adding that the shooting likely was gang-related. The area has long been known for a conflict between the La Raza street gang and the rival Saints.
• Late Friday, a 13-year-old was shot and critically wounded in the 5100 block of West Concord Place along with a 16-year-old boy just before 11:25 p.m.
The 13-year-old was wounded in the chest, and the 16-year-old was struck in the leg. Both went to Stroger Hospital, where the older boy’s condition was stabilized. The younger boy was listed in critical condition.
• Just after 8:55 p.m., a 24-year-old man was shot in Gresham. He was in an alley in the 8300 block of South Winchester Avenue when someone in a nearby vehicle shot him in the leg. He went to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and his condition was stabilized.
• About 7:45 p.m. in the 300 block of East Kensington Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood, police said a 23-year-old man was shot in the left calf and went to Advocate Christ. The man’s condition was reportedly stabilized.
• About 6 p.m., a 31-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting on an Englewood porch. A gunman came up on foot as the man was on the porch in the 1400 block of West 71st Street. The shooter opened fire, hitting the man in the chest. He was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ, police said.
• About 1 p.m., a 23-year-old man was shot in the Gresham neighborhood in the 800 block of West 76th Street, police said. The victim was walking down the street when he heard shots and realized he was grazed in the left leg. He went to St. Bernard Hospital in good condition.
• About 10:50 a.m., a man was shot in the 300 block of East 134th Street in the Eden Green neighborhood. The man, reportedly in his 20s, suffered a wound to the stomach area and was taken in critical condition to Advocate Christ, Tannehill said.
By Rick Wells
We already knew that Hussein Obama sent his “community organizer” rabble-rousers, at our expense, into Israel in 2015 in a failed attempt to defeat sitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Now comes more evidence that the Democrat Marxists and their minions in the intelligence community observe a policy of do as I say, not as I do.
The Democrats and RINOs are all stomping their feet and making threats over the non-existent Russian involvement in our election, the supposed hacking of the loosest cyber security known to man or woman, that of Democrat politicians.
They’re outraged that any government would insert itself into the domestic elections of another, or attempt to or successfully overthrow the leader of another nation, unless it’s being done by the United States. Then it’s not talked about, it’s a non-issue that is quickly forgotten.
A declaration of war and throwing the most volatile region of the world into chaos are the kind of things that can be overlooked if they were done by the right people for reasons that suit their interests. The killing of foreign leaders, as was the case with Saddam Hussein in Iraq or Gaddafi in Libya, is just not that big of a deal, they would have us believe. Throwing their nations into turmoil and Islamic totalitarianism can be considered a good thing, if the right person or oligarchs were calling the shots.
But nobody had better reveal the truth about Hillary Clinton, that she’s a sleazy, parasitic criminal. If that happens they’ll go ballistic. More evidence was just unveiled of the Democrat double standard, this time with elections in France. Start the countdown.
Once again, thanks to WikiLeaks, the hypocrisy and selective outrage of the Democrats, as well as their penchant for illegally intruding into the affairs of any nation, friend or foe, has been revealed. France, our ally, has been added to the list of nations targeted by our CIA. There is no reason to inquire as to various political strategies or internal communications unless one is seeking to use that information to either affect the outcome or blackmail at a later date. Consistent with the possibility of intrusion into the formulation of the new government, WikiLeaks noted that the CIA operation ran for ten months from Nov 21st, 2011 until Sep 29th, 2012, with the election taking place in April-May of 2012. No explanation was offered by the CIA as to why they continued their “research” for over four months following the completion of the election cycle. They weren’t going to mention any of it, until now.
According to the WikiLeaks release, “All major French political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA’s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies in the seven months leading up to France’s 2012 presidential election. The revelations are contained within three CIA tasking orders published today by WikiLeaks as context for its forth coming CIA Vault 7 series. Named specifically as targets are the French Socialist Party (PS), the National Front (FN) and Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) together with current President Francois Hollande, then President Nicolas Sarkozy, current round one presidential front runner Marine Le Pen, and former presidential candidates Martine Aubry and Dominique Strauss-Khan.”
WikiLeaks has released three classified CIA espionage orders revealing details of an alleged seven-month long spying campaign by the agency ahead of the 2012 French presidential election.
The documents disclose that all of France’s major political parties were targeted for infiltration by the CIA‘s human (“HUMINT”) and electronic (“SIGINT”) spies.
The CIA assessed that President Nicholas Sarkozy‘s UMP party was not assured re-election and ordered officers to find out Sarkozy’s private deliberations “on the other candidates” as well as how he interacted with his advisors, according to the documents.
The agency also reportedly outlined orders specific to the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement), including obtaining the party’s “Strategic Election Plans” and gleaning private thoughts within the party on Sarkozy’s campaign strategies.
The agency also outlined orders specific to the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement), including obtaining the party’s “Strategic Election Plans” and gleaning private thoughts within the party on Sarkozy’s campaign strategies.
According to the papers, the CIA justification for seeking detailed information on the inner workings of the party was to assist “analysts assess and prepare US key policymakers” for the post-election French political landscape and the potential impact on US-France relations.
Another secret CIA order included in the leaks entitled, “Non Ruling Political Parties and Candidates Strategic Election Plans,” demands information on rising party leaders and emerging political parties.
The information sought ranged from party strategies, opinions on the US and efforts to reach out to other countries, including Germany, UK, Libya, Israel, Palestine, Syria and Cote d’Ivoire.
The CIA also requested details on how candidates were funded, their views on the French economy, and the Greek debt crisis the documents indicate. The agency was also interested in French political opinions on the German model of export-led growth and any specific proposals that would help solve the Eurozone crisis.
The documents indicate that the CIA operation initially ran for 10 months from November 21, 2011, to September 29, 2012, and continued after the April-May 2012 French presidential election and into the formation of the new government.
The revelations are contained within three alleged CIA tasking orders, totaling seven pages, and published by WikiLeaks as context for its forthcoming ‘CIA Vault 7 series’. WikiLeaks began tweeting about the mysterious ‘Vault 7’ series earlier this month, sending speculation into overdrive online over what the cryptic tweets indicated.