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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: Rated 4/5 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
Stoneman Douglas High School shooting14 February 2018A school shooting in Florida in 2018
Skripal Affair4 March 2018A purported chemical weapons attack
2018 Gaza Massacre30 March 2018 - 15 May 2018A massacre of at least 135 unarmed protestors including many women and children, and the wounding of many thousands more by Israeli IDF sniper teams, during the Palestinian 'Great March of Return' and the weeks following its end on 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 2018The 66th Bilderberg Meeting, in Turin, Italy
2018 Riga Stratcom Dialogue11 June 2018 - 13 June 2018
Cold War Then and Now?13 October 2018 09:30:00 - 13 October 2018 16:30:00A free conference that appears to have been part of a broader campaign by the Institute for Statecraft to promote Cold War 2.0.
Tackling Tools of Malign Influence1 November 2018 - 2 November 2018Integrity Initiative conference about "Russian Propaganda"
Integrity Initiative/Leak5 November 2018 - 29 March 2019A series of 7 leaks, starting on 5 November 2018, of unknown origin and veracity. After some time, the II disputed the authenticity of some of the documents, but was not clear about which.
Yellow vests movement17 November 2018 - PresentA series of mass demonstrations in France expression dissatisfaction with the political process. Subject to increasingly violent repression.
Workshop on Identifying and Combating Disinformation in Big Data13 December 2018 08:00:00 - 13 December 2018 12:00:00
 

New Groups

GroupImageDateDescription
Independent Office for Police ConductIopc-logo.png8 January 2018 - Present
Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination CompactGlobal Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact.jpg23 February 2018 - Present
Poynter Institute/ListGroup.png15 November 2018 - PresentThe Poynter Institute list was a list of 515 websites that it termed "untrustworthy".
 

New Website

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

Groups that were Wound Up

GroupImageDateDescription
"Independent Police Complaints Commission"Independent Police Complaints Commission (logo).svgApril 2004 - 8 January 2018
UN/Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task ForceGroup.png2005 - 23 February 2018A part of the UN's "counter-terrorism" project.
 

==Quotations== 

Deaths

TitleBornDiedPlace of deathCause of deathSummaryDescription
Philipp Jenninger10 June 19324 January 2018Stuttgart
Baden-Württemberg
Germany
Diplomat
Politician
Spook
Spooky german politician
Peter Preston23 May 19386 January 2018Journalist
Editor
Author
Peter Sutherland25 April 19467 January 2018Dublin
Republic of Ireland
Deep politician
Lawyer
Businessperson
Robert Parry24 June 194927 January 2018JournalistVeteran US investigative reporter
John Perry Barlow3 October 19477 February 2018San Francisco
California
United States
Poet
Activist
Musician
John Orr3 September 194519 February 2018Police officerDCS John Orr led the Lockerbie investigation (1988 to 1990)
Milagro de MierApril 2018Washington DCActivist
Arthur S. Hulnick1935April 2018Spook
Academic
Bernard Lewis31 May 191619 May 2018New Jersey
US
Historian
Razan al-Najjar11 September 19961 June 2018GazaNurse
Frank Carlucci18 October 19303 June 2018McLean
Virginia
United States
Spook
Deep state actor
A Princeton roommate of his fellow US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld.
John Thomson27 April 19273 June 2018Diplomat
Mark Minnie14 August 2018gunshotPolice officer
Author
A paedophile investigator shot dead nine days after publishing a book about a 1980s paedophilia network involving members of the South African government
John McCain29 August 193625 August 2018Cornville
Arizona
United States
brain tumourPolitician
Deep state functionary
Viktoria MarinovaOctober 2018
Jamal Khashoggi13 October 19582 October 2018Istanbul
Turkey
violenceAuthor
Editor
Journalist
Saak Karapetyan3 October 2018Lawyer
Spook
Pik Botha27 April 193212 October 2018Pretoria
South Africa
Diplomat
Politician
Lawyer
Robert Faurisson25 January 192921 October 2018Vichy
France
HistorianEurope's foremost Holocaust revisionist scholar
John Taylor Gatto15 December 193525 October 2018US
New York
Heart failureWhistleblower
Teacher
Author
Probably the most famous teacher in USA, who became an unschooling activist, having turned up irrefutable proof that the forced schooling system was never intended to benefit children, but quite the reverse.
Whitey Bulger30 October 2018Preston County
West Virginia
United States
Crime boss
Informant
MKULTRA connected US Crime boss assassinated in prison.
Igor Korobov3 August 195621 November 2018Russian military officer
George H. W. Bush12 June 192430 November 2018Houston
Texas
United States
Spook
Politician
Deep politician
Businessperson
Skull and bones mastermind of the bush family busine$$.
William Blum6 March 19339 December 2018Author
Historian
A prominent critic of US empire
Paddy Ashdown24 February 194122 December 2018Spook
Politician
Diplomat


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