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Trump's vaunted tax cuts are another gift to the hyperrich

In 2018, the antics of President Trump dominated commercially-controlled media coverage, "sucking the oxygen" from discussion about more weighty topics such as the rollout of universal surveillance and a police state under the guise of the "war on terror".[1] On 5 November 2018, 'Anonymous' published leaked documents from a hithreto unregarded UK charity named the Integrity Initiative, which was to expose it, and its parent group the Institute for Statecraft as UK deep state run propaganda outfits focussed on promoting Russophobia.

UK Deep state exposure

The section of the IPA that admits that MI5 operatives can carry out crimes in the UK, as published on March 1st, 2018 by the Investigatory Powers Commissioner's Office after losing a 7 month legal battle

The UK government lost a seven-month legal battle and were forced to admit that MI5 operatives were allowed to participate in crimes. After being legally required to publish the document,[2] they posted a barely legible copy online on 1st March.

Integrity Initiative leak

Full article: Integrity Initiative/Leak

2018 saw 3 leaks by 'Anonymous' of material from the Integrity Initiative, followed by another one on 5 January 2019, which lead the group to shut its doors. It was exposed as part of the Deep state's "fake news" effort - pretending to be exposing Russian propaganda while actually engaging in Russophobic propaganda.

Universal surveillance

Australia lead the way amongst Western "democracies" in rolling back civil liberties about privacy. In December it passed laws which claim the right to compel both "local and international providers -- including overseas communication giants such as Facebook and WhatsApp -- to remove electronic protections, conceal covert operations by government agencies, and help with access to devices or services."[3]

Internet Censorship

Full article: Internet censorship

If the 2017 moves towards internet censorship continue, 2018 will be a year of expanded internet censorship and continued mass surveillance, amid talk of "fake news", "hate speech", "hate groups" and the online "radicalisation" of vulnerable people through exposure "extremist" material (including "non-violent extremism", which is likely to be included in legislation passed to try to stifle free speech). YouTube has been increasingly aggressive in closing down channels which breach its guidelines, closing down channels with hundreds of videos at a stroke.[4]

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CPU Design Flaws

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In early January, a range of flaws were revealed, including 2 problems with the design (not the implementation) of both Intel and AMD CPUs going back around 20 years. They reportedly have great potential for exploitation to compromise data security.[5]

Austerity

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In UK, the NHS is predicted to delay over 50,000 operations as funding and resources are throttled,[6] in USA trumps budget reduced funding for the EPA while prioritising the MICC and other big businesses.

US Citizens' Fears

The Chapman University Survey of American Fears stated that fear is up from 2017, although the top fear (of "corrupt government officials" is down 0.9% from last year[7]

 

Events

EventDateDescription
BrexitMarch 2017 - 2019
Saratov Airlines Flight 6W70311 February 2018
Skripal Affair4 March 2018
2018 Gaza Massacre30 March 2018 - 15 May 2018
Douma attack7 April 2018
2018 Brussels DisinfoLab11 April 2018 08:30:00 - 11 April 2018 13:30:00
Bilderberg/20187 June 2018 - 10 June 2018
2018 Riga Stratcom Dialogue
Cold War Then and Now?13 October 2018 09:30:00 - 13 October 2018 16:30:00
Tackling Tools of Malign Influence1 November 2018 - 2 November 2018
Integrity Initiative/Leak5 November 2018 - 8 February 2019
Workshop on Identifying and Combating Disinformation in Big Data13 December 2018 08:00:00 - 13 December 2018 12:00:00
 

New Groups

GroupImageDate
Independent Office for Police ConductIopc-logo.png8 January 2018 - Present
Yellow vests movementGroup.png17 November 2018 - Present
 

New Website

EventImageDateURL
The Deep State BlogDeep state blog.pngJune 2018 - Presenthttp://deepstateblog.org
 

A Group that was Wound Up

GroupImageDate
"Independent Police Complaints Commission"Independent Police Complaints Commission (logo).svgApril 2004 - 8 January 2018
 

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