December 22, 2017
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The Apocalypse Chronicles TV Program – 2 Hours of Bible Prophecy – Updated Each Week
This week on the video program, James Lloyd continues the extraordinary look at the stunning phenomenon of Twin Timelines. In past programs, James has repeatedly cited the heavenly architecture revealed in Zechariah, where two parts are finite -- as the text says they will be "cut off and die." This week, using the episode where the Israelite men joined themselves to Baal peor and the women of Moab, James compares this to the recently revealed statistic showing two thirds of Christian men regularly view pornography -- but God is calling His Remnant to be the "third part" which He purifies. The media players on this page play the radio version of the program, and the media player that plays the video program is found HERE.
✪ UNSEALING OF LOIS LERNER’S DEPOSITION WILL SHED LIGHT ON IRS MISCONDUCT TARGETING CONSERVATIVES
IRS Misconduct Included Demands For Donor Lists, Who Were Targeted For Audit: In One Case, IRS Demanded To Know The Suject Of Group Members Prayers
Judicial Watch has filed a friend–of–the–court brief in another case in which the depositions of Lerner and aide Holly Paz were sought. The Washington watchdog fighting for the public’s right to know the who, what, when, where and why of the IRS campaign to obstruct tea–party and other conservative groups (including churches) opposing Barack Obama’s re–election bid in 2012 is going back to court to try to unseal a deposition by Lois Lerner, who headed the tax–exempt division of the IRS then. Both Ms Lerner and Ms Paz played key roles in the targeting of conservative nonprofit groups opposed to Obama policies in the run–up to the 2012 presidential election, Judicial Watch explained. The organization submitted its request in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Western Division, where a case filed by the NorCal Tea Party Patriots already was under way. That’s a class–action lawsuit demanding that the public be given access to the depositions of Lerner and Paz, who both answered questions about how the discrimination began, who ordered it, and why. "The depositions were sealed by a federal judge after Lerner’s and Paz’s lawyers claimed the 2 were receiving threats," the watchdog group said. But Judicial Watch’s brief argues that the documents sought may shed light on government misconduct, and the shielding of internal government deliberations does not serve the public’s interest. Judicial Watch also explained the depositions may significantly impact ongoing Judicial Watch lawsuits seeking information about misconduct of government officials in the IRS targeting scandal. The organization has filed at least 9 Freedom of Information Act lawsuits regarding the willful attacks on the constitutional rights of conservative and tea–party groups." In a republic, citizens have a right to know what their government is up to, especially when officials abuse the powers entrusted to them," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. Judicial Watch has obtained information that has led to a variety of additional actions, including investigations of the IRS and a review of how and why the IRS failed to preserve thousands of emails that potentially were relevant to various investigations. The government has admitted its attacks on conservative groups were "wrong" and has said that "for such treatment, the IRS expresses its sincere apology," Judicial Watch noted. But the agency still is concealing from the public the information from Lerner and Paz, including their depositions and emails. Judicial Watch said Lerner "was actively engaged in the attempted cover–up of IRS misconduct." In July 2016, Judicial Watch revealed that both Lerner and Paz knew the agency was specifically targeting "tea party" and other conservative organizations 2 full years before disclosing it to Congress and the public. They also knew donor lists of tax–exempt organizations were being used to target those donors for audits.
WND reported in October an apology from the IRS, and a reported $3.5 million settlement, wasn’t sufficient to resolve the dispute. At that time, several individuals and groups that were victimized by the IRS tax–exempt organizations division run by Lerner called for the reopening of a criminal investigation into her activities. While Lerner publicly admitted the targeting campaign, no action was taken against her, and she ultimately left the government on a retirement plan while lawsuits were under way. The IRS used tactics such as demanding donor lists, copies of communications, Internet passwords, and personal political and charitable activities of officers and their family members. In one case, the IRS demanded that members stop opposing the Planned Parenthood abortion industry. The Obama administration had claimed the scandal was "phony."
☏ PUTIN THANKS TRUMP FOR CIA TIP–OFF WHICH HELPED RUSSIA PREVENT TERROR ATTACK
CIA Data Provided Russian’s Federal Security Service To Track Down ISIS Members
Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked President Trump for help in preventing a terrorist attack in St. Petersburg. The data provided by the CIA enabled Russian security services to find and detain the terrorists. Putin expressed his gratitude in a telephone call, adding that the Russian security services would also always share information with the U.S. if they were to obtain data on any planned attacks on US soil. Putin also asked Trump to convey his compliments to the CIA director, Mike Pompeo, as well as to the operatives that gathered the information about the terrorists. Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested the members of a terrorist cell linked to Islamic State (IS aka ISIS). The extremists were planning a series of attacks on public places, including a suicide bombing and an explosion in Kazan’s Cathedral in the center of St. Petersburg – one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. During the raid the FSB seized a large amount of explosives, weapons and ammunition and dismantled a bomb–making workshop. The members of the cell that coordinated their plans with IS masterminds plotting an attack from abroad. Earlier this week, FSB head Aleksandr Bortnikov reported foiling a terrorist plot with links to IS, which would have involved bombings during the New Year celebrations and the upcoming presidential election campaign.
✩ TRUMP NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY AIMS TO "REGAIN MOMENTUM" PRIORITIZING U.S. INTEREST
The President Calls To Put America First
U.S. President Donald Trump’s new national security strategy will provide the country with a "clear and actionable playbook" to counter the most dangerous and persistent threats, according to senior administration officials. The White House unveiled the strategic document Monday, almost 11 months after his administration began work on it. President Trump explained how much of the strategy is already impacting U.S. policy during a speech Monday in Washington. Senior administration officials say unlike recent, past strategies, it takes a "clear–eyed view" of the dangers and challenges facing the country, while prioritizing U.S. interests in line with the president’s calls to put "America First." The global balance of power has shifted in unfavorable manners to American interests, a senior administration official said Sunday. This new strategy presents a plan of how America can regain momentum to reverse many of these trends. “[It] that will really serve as a foundation for subsequent strategies,” the official added, alluding to soon to be released defense and counterterrorism documents. We do live in a global competition and how we advance our goals is more critical than ever, the senior administration official said. We must compete. To better compete on the global stage, Trump administration officials are focusing on what they describe as 4 vital national interests: protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, preserving peace through strength, and advancing American influence. "We have to work together harder than ever to ensure that nations uphold the rule of law, respect the sovereignty of their neighbors and support the post–World War II, post–Cold War order of peace, stability and collective security," White House National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster said while previewing the new strategy last week in Washington. The first group includes nations like Russia and China, which are seeking to create a new global order, both militarily and economically, that officials believe will hurt or hamper U.S. interests. The second group of challengers are rogue regimes, like North Korea and Iran, which are pursuing weapons of mass destruction while also supporting terrorism and other destabilizing activities. The final group includes transnational terrorist groups and crime syndicates. The new national security strategy has already gotten the approval of key officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, as well as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
☄ NORTH KOREA TESTING ANTHRAX WARHEADS FOR INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC MISSILES
Trump National Security Strategy Says Pyongyang "Pursuing Chemical And Biological weapons" Could Be Delivered By Missile
According to a report in Japan’s Asahi newspaper, South Korean intelligence stated Pyongyang is determining whether the biological agent can survive the high temperatures associated with a warhead’s re–entry from space. The report, which indicated the Trump administration was aware of the tests, came just one day after the White House said in its National Security Strategy that North Korea was "pursuing chemical and biological weapons" that could be "delivered by missile." North Korea — a country that starves its own people — has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons that could threaten our homeland," the report said. According to estimates from the South Korean government, Pyongyang is believed to possess a stockpile of between 2,500 tons to 5,000 tons of chemical weapons. In late November North Korea fired a new Hwasong–15 ICBM that reached an altitude of roughly 2,780 miles and traveled 590 miles during its 53–minute flight. The Trump administration has continued to institute its policy of "maximum pressure" on Pyongyang with sanctions and other actions. On Tuesday the Trump administration ratcheted up that pressure by accusing North Korea of being behind the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled computers in more than 150 countries this year. During a press briefing on WannaCry, Tom Bossert, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, condemned North Korea for its "reckless behavior." President Trump has already pulled many levers of pressure to address North Korea’s unacceptable nuclear and missile developments, and we will continue to use our maximum pressure strategy to curb Pyongyang’s ability to mount attacks, cyber or otherwise."
☈ COMMISSIONER IN TALKS WITH UN TO PUT TROOPS ON THE STREETS OF CHICAGO
Foreign Troops On American Soil – "UN Peacekeepers More Suited To Patrolling The Streets Than U.S. National Guard"
Paul Joseph Watson
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin is in talks with United Nations officials to explore the possibility of putting UN troops on the streets of Chicago to address the city’s horrendous gun violence problem. Boykin flew to New York last week to meet with UN assistant secretary–general for peace building support, Oscar Fernandez–Taranco to discuss the issue. "The United Nations has a track record of protecting minority populations," Boykin said before the meeting. "There was tribal warfare between the Tutsis and the Hutus in Africa, and they deployed peacekeeping troops there to help save those populations and reduce the bloodshed. We have to do something ̬ black people in Chicago make up 30% of the population but 80% of those who are killed by gun violence." Boykin said that UN peacekeepers would be more suited to patrolling the streets than the U.S. National Guard because they are better "trained" for the role. Mayor Rahm Emanuel did ot directly address any potential role for the United Nations in Chicago when asked by reporters. The idea of deploying UN peacekeepers on U.S. soil is likely to rile many on the right who have warned about international forces conducting gun confiscation operations domestically for decades. Earlier this year, President Trump suggested deploying the National Guard in troubled areas of Chicago, but his idea was fiercely opposed by Democrats. "What the hell is going on in Chicago?" asked Trump during a speech last week, as he drew attention to statistics suggesting that violent crime across the country is on the rise again.
♏ MEXICAN HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP MULLS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST SECURITY LAW
Supporters Of The legislation Say It Sets Clear Rules That Limit Use Of Soldiers To Fight Crime
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) may take legal action against a bill that would enshrine into law the use of the army in the country’s long war against drug cartels, saying it could ask that the measure be ruled unconstitutional. Known as the Law of Internal Security, it will formally regulate the deployment of the military in Mexico more than a decade after the government dispatched it to fight drug cartels in a conflict that has claimed well over 100,000 lives. Bucking widespread protests from rights groups, Congress on Friday gave a green light to the law, which was backed by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party and some members of the center–right opposition National Action Party. It will now head to President Enrique Pena Nieto’s desk to be signed into law.