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Nothing Wrong with Flynn Talking to Russia during Transition (READ: Court Docs)

Posted by FactReal on December 17, 2018

FLASHBACK: ON 12/1/2017 MICHAEL FLYNN PLED GUILTY TO LYING….BUT WHY?
There was nothing wrong with Flynn talking to foreign ambassadors during transition or discussing sanctions on Russia or vote in the U.N. regarding Israel.

READ THE COURT DOCUMENT:
Name: INFORMATION as to MICHAEL T. FLYNN, COUNT ONE
Case 1:17-cr-00232-RC Document 1 Filed 11/30/17
PDF: Justice Department | Scribd | Archive.org

REPORT: Michael Flynn pleads guilty to false-statements charge in Russia probe (12/1/2017)
Via Fox News:

Flynn entered the plea at a federal court in Washington, D.C., shortly after Mueller’s office released a one-count charging document. The false-statements charge pertains to Flynn’s interactions with the Russian ambassador in late December — specifically discussions about sanctions and other matters he apparently claimed never happened.

Flynn was accused of “willfully and knowingly” making the false statements to the FBI while serving in the Trump administration.

According to the charging document, those false statements were that:

  • “On or about Dec 29, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Government of Russia’s Ambassador to the United States … to refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed against Russia that same day; and FLYNN did not recall the Russian Ambassador subsequently telling him that Russia had chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request.”
  • “On or about December 22, 2016, FLYNN did not ask the Russian Ambassador to delay the vote on or defeat a pending United Nations Security Council resolution; and that the Russian Ambassador subsequently never described to FLYNN Russia’s response to his request.”

The latter statement appears to refer to the body’s vote a day later to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

In a striking rupture with past practice, the Obama administration refrained from vetoing the condemnation, opting instead to abstain. The rest of the 15-nation council, including Russia, voted unanimously against Israel. At the time, Israel was lobbying furiously against the resolution and President-elect Trump’s team spoke up on behalf of the Jewish state.

ANALYSIS:
Nothing Wrong with Flynn talking to Foreign Ambassadors during Transition or Discussing Sanctions on Russia

Byron York explained: (12/4/2018)

[T]he sketchy beginnings of the Flynn investigation. It started with the Obama administration’s unhappiness that Flynn, during the transition as the incoming national security adviser, had phone conversations with Russia’s then-ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak. Because Kislyak was under American surveillance, U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies had recordings and transcripts of the calls, in which Flynn and Kislyak discussed the sanctions Obama had just imposed on Russia in retaliation for its 2016 election interference.

There was nothing wrong with an incoming national security adviser talking to a foreign ambassador during a transition. There was nothing wrong with discussing the sanctions. But some officials in the Obama Justice Department decided that Flynn might have violated the Logan Act, a 218 year-old law under which no one has ever been prosecuted, that prohibits private citizens from acting on behalf of the United States in disputes with foreign governments.

ANALYSIS:
Flynn Conversation with Russian Ambassador about Israel Vote also Legal:

Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel wrote: (12/5/2018)

On December 1, 2017, Gen. Flynn pled guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his conversations with Kislyak, even as reports surfaced that FBI agents who interviewed him did not believe he lied to them.

In the charge sheet, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of Democrat prosecutors tried to sully Flynn’s reputation by exposing two supposed misdeeds.

In the first charge, Flynn was accused of misleading the FBI about a conversation he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on Dec. 22, 2016 (as the incoming national security adviser), about an upcoming anti-Israel United Nations Security Council resolution. Flynn was accused of asking Russia to help delay or defeat the measure, which the Obama administration let pass as it abstained from the vote.

At Conservative Review, I argued that Flynn not only did nothing wrong here, but that by standing with our greatest Middle East ally, he actually acted in America’s interests.

Next, investigators accused Flynn of wrongdoing when he discussed sanctions policy the next week (on December 29) with the Russian ambassador. The mere fact that a very senior incoming administration official was open to discussing Russia sanctions policy (which he had every right to do) was enough for Obama officials and pundits to label Flynn as a man who committed treason against his country.

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“Palestinian People” – A 20th Century Invention to Legitimize Terrorism

Posted by FactReal on December 1, 2012

There has never been an independent state in Palestine ruled by Muslims
Palestine was an ancient name for the geographic region of Israel or Terra Sancta ruled either by Jews or Christians. No ‘Palestinian Arab people’ existed until 1920, when the British occupying force carved out a ‘Palestine.’

The Invented Palestinian People: “No Arabic-speaking Muslims identified themselves as ‘Palestinian’ until 1920, when, in rapid order this appellation and identity was adopted by the Muslim Arabs living in the British mandate of Palestine.”

PLO leader admitted the “Palestinian people” are just an invention to unite Arabs and to destroy Israel: “The Palestinian people does not exist…Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct ‘Palestinian people’ to oppose Zionism,” said Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) executive committee member, Zahir Muhsein, in a 1977 interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.

PalestineJesusEra4BCPHILISTIA IN THE TIME OF JESUS (4 B.C. – 30 A.D.) but there was never a “Nation of Palestine” as Islamists and leftists want us to believe. In reality, Palestine was an ancient name for a vague geographic region of Israel or Terra Sancta ruled either by Jews or Christians. No “Palestinian Arab people” existed until 1920, when the British occupying force carved out a “Palestine.” (Map via the Library of Congress)

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Creating “Palestine” for political purposes to justify and legitimize terrorism:

The term Palestine (in Arabic) was an ancient name for the general geographic region that is more or less today’s Israel. The name derives from the Philistines, who originated from the Eastern Mediterranean and invaded the region in the eleventh and twelfth centuries B.C. The Philistines were apparently from Greece, or perhaps Crete, or the Aegean Islands, or Ionia. They seem to be related to the Bronze Age Greeks, and they spoke a language akin to Mycenaean Greek. Their descendants were still living on the shores of the Mediterranean when roman invaders arrived a thousand years later. The Romans corrupted the name to “Palestina,” and the area under the sovereignty of their littoral city states became known as “Philistia.” Six hundred years later, the Arab invaders called the region “Falastin.”

Throughout all subsequent history, the name designated only a vague geographical entity. There was never a nation of “Palestine,” never a people known as the “Palestinians,” nor any notion of “historic Palestine.” The region never enjoyed any sovereign autonomy, but instead remained under successive foreign sovereign domains, from the Umayyads and Abbasids to the Fatimids, Ottomans and British.

During the British Mandate period (1922–1948), the Arabs of the area had their own designation for the region: Balad esh-Sham (the country, or province, of Damascus). In early 1947, in fact, when the UN was exploring the possibility of the partition of British Mandatory Palestine into two states, one for the Jews and one for the Arabs, various Arab political and academic spokespersons vociferously protested against such a division because, they argued, the region was really a part of southern Syria. Because no such people as “Palestinians” had ever existed, it would be an injustice to Syria to create a state ex nihilo at the expense of Syrian sovereign territory.

During the nineteen years from Israel’s victory in 1948 to Israel’s victory in the Six-Day war, all that remained of the territory initially set aside for the Arabs of British Mandatory Palestine under the conditions of the UN partition was the West Bank, under illegal Jordanian sovereignty, and the Gaza Strip, under illegal Egyptian rule. Never during these nineteen years did any Arab leader anywhere in the world argue for the right of national self-determination for the Arabs of these territories. Even Yassir Arafat, from his earliest terrorist days until 1967, used the term “Palestinians” only to refer to the Arabs who lived under, or had fled from, Israeli sovereignty; and the term “Palestine” only to refer to Israel in its pre-1967 borders.

In the PLO’s original founding Charter (or Covenant), Article 24 states: “this Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the west Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in the Gaza Strip or the Himmah area.” For Arafat, “Palestine” was not the west Bank or the Gaza Strip, which after 1948 belonged to other Arab states. The only “homeland” for the PLO in 1964 was the State of Israel.

However, in response to the Six-Daywar and Arafat’s mentoring by the Soviets and their allies, the PLO revised its Charter on July 17, 1968, to remove the language of Article 24, thereby newly asserting a “Palestinian” claim of sovereignty to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Part of the reframing of the conflict, along with adopting the identity of an “oppressed people” and “victim of colonialism,” then, was the creation, ex nihilo, of “historic Palestine” and the ancient “Palestinian people” who had lived in their “homeland” from “time immemorial,” who could trace their “heritage” back to the Canaanites, who were forced from their homeland by the Zionists, and who had the inalienable right granted by international law and universal justice to use terror to reclaim their national identity and political self-determination.

That this was a political confection was, perhaps inadvertently, revealed to the West by Zahir Muhse’in, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, in a 1977 interview with the Amsterdam-based newspaper Trouw:

“The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. [Emphasis added.]

Arafat himself asserted the same principle on many occasions. In his authorized biography he says, “The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasir Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel.”

But even these admissions—that the concept of a “Palestinian people” and a “Palestinian homeland” were invented for political purposes to justify and legitimize terrorism and genocide—could not stem the enthusiasm of western leaders. Within the space of a few years, the Middle East conflict with Israel was radically reframed. No longer was little Israel the vulnerable David standing against the massive Goliath of the Arab world. As the PLO’s Communist-trained leaders saw the inroads that Vietnam, Cuba, and other “liberation struggles” had made in the west, Arafat promoted the same script for the Palestinians. Now it was Israel who was the bullying Goliath, a colonial power in the Middle East oppressing the impoverished, unarmed, helpless, hapless, and hopeless Palestinians.

Despite the changing imagery, however, one thing remained constant. From his earliest days, Arafat was clear that the PLO’s aim was “not to impose our will on [Israel], but to destroy it in order to take its place . . . not to subjugate the enemy but to destroy him.” The Palestinian nationalism that he and his Communist advisers created would be the only national movement for political self-determination in the entire world, and across all of world history, to have the destruction of a sovereign state and the genocide of a people as its only raison d’etre [reason for existence].

The Year the Arabs Discovered Palestine:

Judging from news reports, one might think that Palestinian nationalism has been active as long as Jews and Arabs have been living at the eastern edge of the Mediterra­nean Sea…there is an understandable tendency in the West to accept at face value [this] insistence that the Palestinians have always sought an independent Palestinian state. In fact, this is far from the truth.

The idea of an Arab state resting between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea is, rather, a twentieth-century concept. In­deed, its origins can be traced with surpris­ing precision to a single year — 1920. In January 1920, Palestinian nationalism hard­ly existed; by December of that critical year, it had been born.

More:

In fact, the Palestinian identity goes back, not to antiquity, but precisely to 1920. No “Palestinian Arab people” existed at the start of 1920 but by December it took shape in a form recognizably similar to today’s.

Until the late nineteenth century, residents living in the region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean identified themselves primarily in terms of religion: Moslems felt far stronger bonds with remote co-religionists than with nearby Christians and Jews. Living in that area did not imply any sense of common political purpose.

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Palestine, then a secular way of saying Eretz Yisra’el or Terra Sancta, embodied a purely Jewish and Christian concept, one utterly foreign to Moslems, even repugnant to them.

This distaste was confirmed in April 1920, when the British occupying force carved out a “Palestine.” Moslems reacted very suspiciously, rightly seeing this designation as a victory for Zionism. Less accurately, they worried about it signaling a revival in the Crusader impulse. No prominent Moslem voices endorsed the delineation of Palestine in 1920; all protested it.

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Helen Thomas tells Jews to go back to Germany (video, contact info)

Posted by FactReal on June 4, 2010

The face of intolerance: Bitter leftist Helen Thomas tells Jews:
“Get the Hell Out of Palestine…Go Back to Germany & Poland.”

Hat tip: GatewayPundit:
On top of that, the warlock the “unbiased female reporter” said this on the day that the White House hosted a Jewish Heritage Celebration.

Helen Thomas Should Go Back to Mordor or the Star Wars Cantina and Get Out of Reporting.

UPDATE: On her website, Helen says she is sorry:
““I deeply regret my comments…[t]hey do not reflect my heart-felt belief…”

Helen, your heart already spoke!

WHO IS HELEN THOMAS?
Short bio:
Race or Ethnicity: Middle Eastern (Lebanese)
Father: George Thomas (actual name George Antonious)
Mother: Mary
Born: 4-Aug-1920
Job: White House reporter since 1961
—United Press International Reporter (1943-2000)
—Hearst Columnist (2000-)

“She is now syndicated by Hearst. While her longevity at the post once afforded some ceremonial perks — front row seat in the press room, always called on first at Presidential briefings — she has been known for asking tough questions with tougher follow-ups.

In a November 2002 talk at MIT, Thomas revealed: “I censored myself for 50 years when I was a reporter. Now I wake up and ask myself, ‘Who do I hate today?'” ”

CONTACT INFO:
Helen Thomas: She can be reached at 202-263-6400 or at the e-mail address hthomas@hearstdc.com
(H/t: Denver Post, or here)

Hearst Corp.: website, on Twitter.
Hearst Corp.’s Public Relations contact is Lisa Bagley: lbagley@hearst.com

Her book agent: Nine Speakers, Inc.
A Literary & Lecture Agency: 202-328-6861, ninespeakers@usa.net

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