Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Boris Nemtsov: Assassination or Baptism by Fire

Assassination seems to be the preferred choice of the leaders of the “civilized world” to exact Baptism by Fire.  What is Baptism by Fire?  According to Wikipedia, Baptism by Fire is ..."to overwhelm with fire (those who do not repent), i.e., to subject them to the terrible penalties of hell"….   fire of Divine judgment.    But, whose Divine judgment?

The recent “assassination” of Putin opposition leader Boris Nemtsov elicited stern consternation toward Putin from world leaders Barack Obama and David Cameron.  From The Guardian.


World leaders condemn murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov

World leaders led by David Cameron and Barack Obama have condemned the killing of prominent Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead in Moscow on Friday evening….

Cameron said the callous murder must be “fully, rapidly and transparently investigated, and those responsible brought to justice”.

The US president called on Russia’s government to conduct a “prompt, impartial and transparent” investigation, describing Nemtsov as a “tireless advocate” for citizens’ rights and fighting corruption….

A spokesman for German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said she was dismayed by Nemtsov’s killing and praised his courage in criticising government policies….

The office of the French president, François Hollande, described the killing as an “assassination” and described the politician as a “courageous and tireless defender of democracy and a dogged fighter against corruption”.

Aaahh yes, so much indignation so little time.  What kind of lawless government’s leader would sanction the assassination of one of its citizens without due process?  From The Guardian:


Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens
Glenn Greenwald

The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens for execution without any charges or due process, far from any battlefield. The Obama administration has not only asserted exactly that power in theory, but has exercised it in practice.

In September 2011, it killed US citizen Anwar Awlaki in a drone strike in Yemen, along with US citizen Samir Khan, and then, in circumstances that are still unexplained, two weeks later killed Awlaki's 16-year-old American son Abdulrahman with a separate drone strike in Yemen….

What has made these actions all the more radical is the absolute secrecy with which Obama has draped all of this. Not only is the entire process carried out solely within the Executive branch - with no checks or oversight of any kind - but there is zero transparency and zero accountability.

Yes, Obama demands Russia’s government conduct a “prompt, impartial and transparent” investigation, the kind of investigation that the American people were denied in the assassination of American citizen Anwar Awlaki by his government. 

Who composes these government sanctioned hit lists?  What kind of drastic illegal actions by an American citizen would make him or her a candidate to be executed on the order of the President of the United States with charges against them and no opportunity to face their accuser?

The president's underlings compile their proposed lists of who should be executed, and the president - at a charming weekly event dubbed by White House aides as "Terror Tuesday" - then chooses from "baseball cards" and decrees in total secrecy who should die.

The power of accuser, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner are all consolidated in this one man, and those powers are exercised in the dark.

Really, is this what America has come to, underlings in the United States government, probably comprised of State Department and Pentagon stooges compile their proposed lists of who should be executed, and the president orders a kill?

….During the Bush years … Bush refused to disclose the memoranda from his Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) that legally authorized torture, rendition, warrantless eavesdropping and the like …

The primary theory embraced by the Bush administration to justify its War on Terror policies was that the "battlefield" is no longer confined to identifiable geographical areas, but instead, the entire globe is now one big, unlimited "battlefield".

That theory is both radical and dangerous because a president's powers are basically omnipotent on a "battlefield". There, state power is shielded from law, from courts, from constitutional guarantees, from all forms of accountability: anyone on a battlefield can be killed or imprisoned without charges.

Another article written by Glenn Greenwald for Salon described the Obama ordered assassination of Al Awlaki as such:


It was first reported in January of last year that the Obama administration had compiled a hit list of American citizens whom the President had ordered assassinated without any due process, and one of those Americans was Anwar al-Awlaki. 

No effort was made to indict him for any crimes (despite a report last October that the Obama administration was “considering” indicting him).  Despite substantial doubt among Yemen experts about whether he even had any operational role in Al Qaeda, no evidence (as opposed to unverified government accusations) was presented of his guilt

When Awlaki’s father sought a court order barring Obama from killing his son, the DOJ argued, among other things, that such decisions were “state secrets” and thus beyond the scrutiny of the courts. 

When you think about it, who would benefit from the assassination of Boris Nemtsov?  Putin certainly wasn’t threatened by Nemtsov, after all Putin’s approval rating is in the 80% range.

Some say Nemtsov was in possession of proof that Putin had Russian troops in Ukraine.  According to Newsweek:


Nemtsov's 'Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine' Taken by Police

Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was murdered on Saturday, was preparing to publish a report detailing the presence of Russian soldiers in the east Ukraine conflict.

According to his fellow opposition party member Ilya Yashin, Boris Nemtsov had been compiling a file of evidence about allegations that Russia’s troops are backing separatist forces in Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions, known collectively as Donbas, before he was killed….

Accounts of Nemtsov’s alleged report, detailing the presence of Russian troops in Donbas, have also been confirmed by Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko who awarded Nemtsov with Ukraine’s Order of Freedom posthumously for his political activism and for serving as “a bridge between Ukraine and Russia”.

Poroshenko expressed his belief that whoever was afraid of what Nemtsov was preparing to reveal, was behind his murder.

Hummm, that’s odd.  Boris Nemtsov was ready to reveal proof positive that Russia was providing support to the Russian speaking people of Ukraine, who according to Rand Corporation’s plan for Poroshenko, need to be placed in internment camps. 

I still don’t see why Putin would have anything to gain from silencing Nemtsov, after all those scurrilous claims had already been debunked.  From


Nuland's Nazis

After being briefed on the details of the delegation of Ukrainians who provided fake photos to Senator Jim Inhofe and the U.S. Senate Armed Services alleging to depict Russian military columns in Ukraine in December, Lyndon LaRouche denounced the delegation as a part of Victoria Nuland's Nazi faction, who have been given priority access to members of the U.S. Congress as part of a propaganda war, via the consent of Obama.

"It's Nuland who is the backer of the Nazis in Ukraine, it is clear what she is doing. First she was a tool for Bush and Cheney, and now she is Obama's tool. This is the group, this Nazi faction, who is going to continue the conflict in spite of the agreements made by the 'Normandy Four.' These are Nuland's Nazis."

 —Lyndon LaRouche, February 14, 2015

Sen. Jim Inhofe's office issued a statement yesterday admitting that a delegation of Ukrainians, led by three members of the Ukrainian parliament (Supreme Rada) — who just happen to have been hard-core Banderite fascists and field commanders in the civil war in the Donbass — presented his office and the Senate Armed Services Committee on which he serves with phony photos, alleging to depict Russian military columns in Ukraine between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5, 2014.

At least one of the photos was in fact taken by Associated Press of Russian convoys in Georgia during the conflict in South Ossetia nearly seven years ago, in 2008. Several others are readily available elsewhere online, and can be found using a Google Images search.

Gee aren’t you glad that your Social Security Disability benefits are being slashed 20% and pension plans are being emptied to pay for photo’s that are readily available online using a Google search?

But still, really what would Putin gain from the assassination of Nemtsov?  Putin had more to gain from Nemtsov presenting his CIA provided “proof” of Russian tanks in Ukraine.  Some say that Nemtsov’s assassination was in retaliation for an anti-Putin rally scheduled the next day.    From


Russian opposition leader gunned down, killed one day before scheduled anti-Putin protest

MOSCOW (AP) -- Boris Nemtsov, a charismatic former deputy prime minister turned Russian opposition leader, was shot and killed in Moscow Saturday, officials said.

Nemtsov's death comes just a day before a planned protest against President Vladimir Putin's rule…

Nemtsov, who was 55, was a sharp critic of Putin, assailing the government's inefficiency, rampant corruption and the Kremlin's policy on Ukraine, which has strained Russia-West ties to a degree unseen since Cold War times

It seems kind of foolhardy to stage an anti-Putin rally in the same place that the people of Russia had come out denouncing West’s coup in Ukraine.  From ABC News:


Moscow Protesters Strike out Against Ukraine and the West

For the thousands of Russians gathered near Red Square on Saturday, Maidan — the square in Kiev synonymous with pro-European protests last year — is nothing to celebrate.

"Maidan is a festival of death ... Maidan is the smile of the American ambassador who, sitting in his penthouse, is happy to see how brother is killing brother ... Maidan is the concentration of everything anti-Russian ... Maidan is the embryo of Goebbels," the organizers of Russia's new Anti-Maidan movement shouted from the stage.

Demonstrators vowed that last year's protests in Kiev — centered in the Maidan square which ultimately forced Ukraine’s pro-Russian president to flee on Feb. 21 — would never be repeated in Russia.

Ouch, I don’t think that Anti-Putin, Pro-Ukraine, Pro-America, Pro-EU rally Nemtsov and the CIA planned would have been greeted with open arms. 

The protesters in Moscow were an assortment of ultranationalist bikers, pensioners, war veterans, members of student organizations and activists from other pro-Kremlin groups. Many of them waved Russian flags, others bore banners that said "Die, America!" or "U$A, Stop the War!"

So the rally that Nemtsov had planned for Saturday was not only anti-Putin, it was anti ultranationalist bikers, pensioners, war veterans and student organizations.  Sheesh, who was going to attend?

"The United States is the world's biggest terrorist. ... We believe we can rise up again if they leave us alone, but they are always trying to teach us how to live," said 65-year-old Nina Kishkova, a retired teacher who was at the protest with her friend. Another Maidan "will never win in Russia. I will bring the ammunition myself."

I think it’s safe to say, Putin can be eliminated as a suspect in the assassination of Boris Nemtsov.  So I wonder, was Boris Nemtsov Assassinated or was he Baptized by Fire?  Then I remembered the words of Glenn Greenwald:

The power of accuser, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner are all consolidated in this one man, and those powers are exercised in the dark.

By Patricia Baeten

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