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Israel Openly Attacks Syria/Iran, Global War Bill & Gina Haspel Hearing Exposes Her And Police State

Welcome to The Daily Wrap Up, a concise show dedicated to bringing you the most relevant independent news, as we see it, from the last 24 hours (5/9/18).

Since the moment the US pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal, an action which it now seems the rest of the world is openly against, Israel has been aggressively attacking Syria and predominately targeting Iranian locations. This is far from the first time Israel has illegally attacked Syria, as it has been carrying out unprovoked attacks in the region for some time now, with no military response from either Iran or Syria. Now we have Syria choosing to defend itself against these Israeli hostilities, and absurdly, Israel is claiming that it is the one under attack and using this as an excuse to step up the unjustified and illegal bombing campaign that has already been underway. 

As if this wasn’t ludicrous and transparent enough, the area Israel claims to be “defending” is the Golan Heights, which is a widely recognized Syrian territory that has been illegally occupied by Israel due to it being rich in both oil and water reserves. Worse yet, the US came out just today siding with “Israel’s right to self-defense” showing yet again how willing the Trump administration is to disregard the facts in order to support, and turn a blind eye to, Israel’s illegal and war-mongering actions; just as Israel does to those of the US in return.


Up until very recently, this event had gone completely unaddressed by the mainstream channels; but as of today, likely due to the coverage of the independent media, they have been forced to cover it. Yet, they do so unquestioningly from the perspective of Israel, framing this as an attack by Iran followed by and Israeli response. This is false; and easily verifiable, with a long-standing history of recorded unprovoked strikes by Israel. So ask yourself why these outlets would so blatantly misrepresent the facts…

While this is being ignored or misrepresented, the War Powers Act is about to allow unchecked and unfettered war powers to whomever sits in the White House, all while being presented, to those unwilling to do even the slightest due diligence, as a way to reign in this very power. This act ensures a veritable blank check for war ventures moving forward. As the Constitution is picked apart piece by piece under the Orwellian guise of its protection, nowhere is that more apparent than right here at home. That was made very clear during the recent Gina Haspel Senate hearing. As I commented after first watching it for myself:

This hearing was a ridiculous exercise in forcefully repetitious social programming and an effort to give the CIA’s image a facelift as some adventurous career path for young patriots. And as usual, any talk of illegal acts, torture or other atrocities, are brushed aside by saying … well… 9/11 right? …and that she was just “following orders,” so she should not be blamed. Except this time is different, because this time, she will not break the law — as is literally the CIA’s job — if ordered, but that is absolute nonsense. What has changed since then? Nothing. In fact, it’s gotten worse, they just know how to keep it from us now, and they know to lie first, so we stop looking. Anyone who believes either that the CIA “follows the law” or that Gina Haspel would ignore a direct order because of her “sound moral compass” is being willfully ignorant of reality.

As many marveled at this absurd display of “transparency,” the most important part of this hearing, in my eyes, was when 78-year-old former CIA analyst, Vietnam veteran and current anti-war and anti-police state activist, Ray McGovern, demanded that Haspel answer a question, to which she was refusing, in regard to her direct involvement with the torture of suspects at a CIA black site in Thailand. He was quite literally dragged from the hearing in a disgusting display of excessive force that turned my stomach. As if that was not enough, as they slammed his head against a bench and dislocated his shoulder, once they began to recognize that familiar sound of the “click-click-click” of media photographers documenting this display of utter contempt for one simply choosing to exercise his Constitutional rights, it was as if a switch was flipped, and they all began to ask if he was ok, and began to help him up. It was downright insulting, and very revealing.

The most revealing part of all, as they stood him up and began to usher him out in handcuffs, was when the leading officer again asked if he was ok, and McGovern replied, “I just wish you wouldn’t beat up an old man,” to which the officer replied, “you were the one who chose to demonstrate, you were the one who chose to demonstrate.” Now let that sink in… You were the one who chose to demonstrate … as if to say, this is what happens in America when you speak out against the empire. We hurt you. 


It is quite shocking to see the degree to which many Americans are literally cheering on the decimation of all that makes this country unique. Now whether that itself was a deception from the very start, is up for debate, with plenty to support that argument. Regardless, what we are seeing play out, despite the excuses and justifications given, usually due to some catch-all phantom terror threat, is the step-by-step deconstruction and dissolution of any semblance of freedom of speech, freedom of press, our right to due process, and on and on;  and that, could not be further from what many still see as “The Land Of The Free.”  

What do we do in the face of such obvious disregard for both our Constitutional rights and the rightful part the American people are meant to play in all of this? They disgracefully pretend to be standing for freedom and liberty, yet here we are supporting the true terrorist states of the world while bombing their enemies under false pretenses. Here we are making open-ended perpetual plans to go to war all over the world, invading countries for power, profit and control, and being forcefully, physically shut down when we ask for actual transparency, when we try to stand up for our rights, our rightful place as the leaders of this country’s true direction.

This is a charade, an insult, a disgraceful display of puppetry that is viciously defended by those clinging to the hope that the words falling from these false leaders’ mouths are anything but disgustingly obvious, and patronizing lies meant to give the illusions of choice and democracy. Yet no matter how hopeless they make you feel, and how much they take away, I can promise you one thing, I will never stop fighting for what I believe this country is capable of becoming; and I hope you all will do the same.

Please take the information discussed in the video below and research for yourself, and come to your own conclusions. As anyone telling you what the truth is, or claiming they have the answer, is likely leading you astray, for one reason or another. Stay Vigilant.


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Ryan Cristián
"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see." - John Lennon Driven by a desire for accuracy, chef and independent news stalwart Ryan Cristián has a passion for the Truth. As a recent recipient of the Serena Shim Award For Uncompromising Integrity In Journalism, he understands that Americans want their news to be transparent, devoid of the opulence frothed out by today's corporate media. A cultured and insightful man with a worldly sense, Ryan's unjaded approach offers common sense to the individual racked by the ambiguous news cycle - a vicious and manipulative merry-go-round that keeps trenchant minds at a manageable distance from the truth. Avid writer & editor by day, Truth seeker by night, Ryan's reality defines what it means to be current.

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