UPDATE – VIDEO of Sri Lanka Jihadists pledging allegiance to ISIS leader-The Religion of PEACE (update – NJT) ushers in EASTER 2019 with Bombings and Violence

April 21, 2019

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The Notre Dame – still an accident? No investigation?

Yes.  I blame Bush JR.  I blame him for decreeing to the WORLD that ISLAM meant PEACE.  It blinded all INTELLIGENCE agencies from seeking the TRUTH.

YET here we are today.  After addressing the media, President George Bush talks with his hosts during his visit to the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. Sept. 17, 2001. "And it is my honor to be meeting with leaders who feel just the same way I do. They're outraged, they're sad," said the President during his remarks. "They love America just as much as I do.". White House photo by Eric Draper.Islam is as VIOLENT and more VIRULENT then it HAS EVER BEEN BEFORE.  AND POTUS today TRUMP has not decried the words and EDICT of George W. Bush —-https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010917-11.html

I am pleading with President Donald J. Trump – please, PLEASE decry and remove this edict from the White House website-the Intelligence agencies are hog tied with it!!!!!

NO more Notre Dames – no more silence about the Violent Islam!

 

Easter Sunday explosions at multiple churches and hotels rock Sri Lanka, death tolls rises past 200

A pair holding U.S. and British nationalities were among the 11 foreigners killed after a series of explosions struck three churches and three luxury hotels in and just outside of Sri Lanka’s capital Easter Sunday, leaving at least 207 people dead and 450 others injured, officials said.

Sri Lanka’s foreign ministry said the other foreigners whose nationalities have been verified included three Indians, one Portuguese national, two Turkish nationals, and three British nationals.

POPE CELEBRATES EASTER SUNDAY AMID BLOODSHED IN SRI LANKA

The six nearly simultaneous blasts—followed hours later by two more explosions—marked the bloodshed as among the worst since the South Asian country’s 26-year civil war ended a decade ago, a spokesperson for the Sri Lanka police said.

Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena described the attacks as a terrorist attack by religious extremists and said eight suspects have been arrested, though no one immediately claimed responsibility.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the violence could trigger instability in the country and its economy.

The explosions collapsed ceilings and blew out windows, killing worshippers and hotel guests. People were seen carrying the wounded out of blood-spattered pews. Witnesses described powerful explosions, followed by scenes of smoke, blood, broken glass, alarms going off and victims screaming in terror.

“People were being dragged out,” Bhanuka Harischandra of Colombo, a 24-year-old founder of a tech marketing company who was going to the city’s Shangri-La Hotel for a meeting when it was bombed. “People didn’t know what was going on. It was panic mode.”

He added: “There was blood everywhere.”

The first explosion occurred around 8:45 a.m. local time, with the deadliest appearing to be at St. Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, a city about 20 miles north of Colombo. Other attacks occurred at St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo and Zion Church in the eastern city of Batticaloa. The three hotels – the Shangri La, Cinnamon Grand and Kingsbury Hotel – all in Colombo are frequented by foreign tourists.

Debris inside St. Sebastian's Church after a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday. (Associated Press)

Debris inside St. Sebastian’s Church after a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday. (Associated Press)

The other two blasts occurred in Dematagoda, where the occupants of a safehouse apparently detonated explosives to prevent arrest.

An official told the Associated Press that at least two of the church blasts were believed to have been coordinated attack carried out by suicide bombers.

Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019 (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lankan Army soldiers secure the area around St. Anthony’s Shrine after a blast in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019 (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

“The United States offers heartfelt condolences to the great people of Sri Lanka,” U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted in part early Sunday. “We stand ready to help!”

U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina Teplitz offered her condolences over Twitter early Sunday.

“Deeply saddened by the senseless attacks in Sri Lanka today. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We stand with Sri Lanka’s people at this terrible moment,” she tweeted.

Former President Barack Obama in a tweet called the Easter bloodshed an “attack on humanity.”

“The attacks on tourists and Easter worshippers in Sri Lanka are an attack on humanity,” Obama wrote. “On a day devoted to love, redemption, and renewal, we pray for the victims and stand with the people of Sri Lanka.”

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a statement condemned the deadly blasts as a “great evil,” and said the attack cannot “overcome the hope” found in the Easter holiday.

SRI LANKA AVERTS RIFT SPILLING OVER TO UN RIGHTS SESSION

St. Sebastian’s pleaded for help on its Facebook page. The explosion ripped the roof off the building and knocked out doors and windows. Churches throughout the country have been placed on alert, with many canceling Easter services.

People gather outside St. Anthony's Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Associated Press)

People gather outside St. Anthony’s Shrine where a blast happened, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (Associated Press)

Sri Lankan Member of Parliament Harsha de Silva tweeted Sunday of “many casualties including foreigners.”

“Sec Defence and I am at Kochchikade church. Also was at ShangriLa n Kingsbury. PM is on his way from Bentota. Emergency meeting called in a few minutes. Rescue operations underway. Please stay calm and indoors. Many casualties including foreigners,” he posted.

“Horrible scenes. I saw many body parts strewn all over. Emergency crews are at all locations in full force. We, at 1990 also have close to 20 units at the various locations. We took multiple casualties to hospital. Hopefully saved many lives,” he continued.

The Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, called on Sri Lanka’s government to launch a “very impartial strong inquiry” and to punish those found responsible “mercilessly because only animals can behave like that.”

Pope Francis denounced the “cruel violence” at the end of his traditional Easter Sunday blessing. 

Speaking from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said: “I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence.”

He added: “I entrust to the Lord all those who were tragically killed and pray for the injured and all those who are suffering as a result of this dramatic event.”

British Prime Minister Teresa May tweeted “We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to (practice) their faith in fear.”

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the “devastating” attacks, and referred to the March 15 shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch in which 50 died.

“New Zealand condemns all acts of terrorism and our resolve has only been strengthened by the attack on our soil,” Ardern said. “New Zealand rejects all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion and the right to worship safely.”

Sri Lankan security forces in 2009 defeated Tamil Tiger rebels who had fought to create an independent homeland for the country’s ethnic minority Tamils. The U.N. initially estimated the death toll from 26 years of fighting to be about 100,000 but a U.N. experts’ panel later said some 45,000 ethnic Tamils may have been killed in the last months of the fighting alone.

Sri Lanka, a small island nation at the southern tip of India, has a long history with Christianity. Christian tradition holds that St. Thomas the Apostle visited Sri Lanka and southern India in the decades after the death of Christ. The majority of the island’s Christians are Roman Catholic.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/easter-sunday-explosions-at-multiple-churches-and-hotels-rock-sri-lanka-death-tolls-rises

 

Sri Lanka Bomber Stood at Hotel Buffet then Unleashed Terror

Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. - A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing …
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Colombo (AFP) — The suicide bomber waited patiently in a queue for the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet at Sri Lanka’s Cinnamon Grand hotel before setting off explosives strapped to his back.

Carrying a plate, the man, who had registered at the hotel the night before as Mohamed Azzam Mohamed, was just about to be served when he set off his devastating strike in the packed restaurant, a manager at the Sri Lankan hotel said.

“There was utter chaos,” said the manager, who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity as he is not allowed to speak for the company.

The Taprobane restaurant at the hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend.

“It was 8:30 am and it was busy. It was families,” the manager told AFP.

“He came up to the top of the queue and set off the blast,” he added.

“One of our managers who was welcoming guests was among those killed instantly.”

The bomber also died. Parts of his body were found intact by police and taken away.

 

Other hotel officials told how the bomber, a Sri Lankan, checked in giving an address that turned out to be false, saying he was in the city for business.

Two other hotels, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury, were hit at about the same time, along with three churches packed with worshippers attending Easter Sunday services.

The blast at St Anthony’s Shrine, an historic Catholic Church, was so powerful that it blew out much of the roof, leaving roof tiles, glass and splintered wood littering the floor that was strewn with bodies.

Authorities have not said who staged the attacks. But all suffered major casualties and damage. Many of the 35 foreigners killed in the blasts were at the hotels, officials said.

– ‘Shock, grief and mourning’ –

“There was utter chaos, but we rushed all the injured to hospital in a very short time,” the Cinnamon Grand manager said.

“About 20 people were seriously wounded and we sent them to the National Hospital.”

The hotel is close to the Sri Lankan prime minister’s official residence and Special Task Force commandos were quickly at the scene.

At the Shangri-La, witnesses said they heard two loud blasts and that staff reported some people had been killed. But details of the toll were not immediately given.

An AFP photographer saw extensive damage in the second floor restaurant at the hotel, with windows blown out and electrical wires hanging from the ceiling.

The Shangri-La said in a statment that the bomb hit at approximately 9:00 am local time at its Table One restaurant.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by the incident and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the casualties and those who have been affected,” it said.

“Our immediate priority is to look after the safety and wellbeing of all involved. A Shangri-La crisis management team has been activated to provide all necessary support.”

The Kingsbury is also one of Colombo’s most expensive hotels, positioned near the city’s World Trade Center.

The toll there was not known.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the hotel said: “On behalf of the entire Kingsbury team we share in the shock, grief and mourning of our entire nation in the aftermath of the recent attack.”

“Medical evacuation and treatment of the injured guests and employees were handled immediately.” The hotel said it had been “isolated” for further safety checks.

 

Who was behind the Sri Lanka bomb attacks? Everything we know so far about Easter Sunday explosions

Easter Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and four hotels killed more than 200 people and wounded more than 450, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.

The explosions, some of which officials said were suicide bomb attacks, led to an immediate clampdown, with the government declaring a curfew and blocking access to most major social media and messaging sites.

What happened?

The powerful blasts – six in quick succession and then two more hours later – wrought devastation, including at the capital’s well-known St Anthony’s Shrine, a historic Catholic Church.

The three hotels hit in the initial attacks were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo and the Cinnamon Grand Colombo.

The first six explosions were all reported within a short period in the morning just as church services were starting. Hours later there were two further attacks in the outskirts of Colombo.

Police said at least three of the attacks were carried out by suicide bombers.

Who were the victims?

The death toll rose rapidly to more than 200 and was expected to rise further still. There were hundreds of people injured in hospitals.

There were five British citizens killed in the attack, Sri Lanka’s ministry of foreign affairs stated.

One Dutch person was among those killed, Dutch foreign minister Stef Blok said in a statement.

The Foreign Office said it was “urgently seeking” information from authorities in Sri Lanka.

A spokesman said: “We are aware of reports of a number of explosions in Sri Lanka, including Colombo, and we are urgently seeking information from the local authorities.

“British nationals in Sri Lanka should follow the instructions of the local authorities and check FCO travel advice for updates.”

Who was behind the attacks?

Seven suspects were arrested on Sunday afternoon, Sri Lanka’s defense minister said.

The nature of the blasts was not immediately clear and there were no immediate claims of responsibility.

But documents seen by AFP show that Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit “prominent churches”.

“A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,” the alert said.

The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalism of Buddhist statues.

How did Sri Lanka react?

The government beefed up security and imposed an immediate and indefinite curfew across the country. It also put in place a “temporary” ban on social media platforms “in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information being spread”.

Security at Colombo’s airport was also enhanced, according to Sri Lankan Airlines, which advised its passengers to arrive four hours before their flights. It added that passengers with passports and tickets will be able to reach the airport during the curfew.

Embassies in Sri Lanka have warned their citizens to shelter in place.

 


Romney the oligarch is smearing POTUS, the office of the President and the American people AGAIN

April 19, 2019

Remember the first time? I do.

But Romney has much bigger plans as do the rest of the Oligarchs.  They have decided that they would divide the globe by production and distribution.  The communist way.  These oligarchs KNOW exactly what they are doing, but they just can’t seem to reveal what they are doing to the rest of us because in their twisted minds, they believe that WE don’t really know whats best for us, but their laid out plans would produce a utopia.  Thats what THEY truly believe.

FIGURES. Trump-Hating RINO Mitt Romney Trashes Trump Following Release of Mueller Report: ‘I am Appalled and Sickened’

Trump-hating RINO Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) trashed President Trump following the release of Mueller’s garbage report.

 

Mueller’s 448-page, lightly redacted report was released Thursday morning.

Mueller concluded that Donald Trump did not conspire with the Kremlin during the 2016 presidential election, however, he punted the obstruction of justice issue to Attorney General Bill Barr and DAG Rod Rosenstein.

Barr and Rosenstein concluded that Trump did not obstruct justice after reviewing Mueller’s ’10 episodes’ of potential obstruction.

The Democrat-media complex immediately went into overdrive and focused on the absurd obstruction allegations outlined in Mueller’s report — and Mitt Romney chimed in on Friday.

Mitt Romney posted a statement to his Twitter account Friday afternoon, saying he’s “sickened” and “appalled” by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.

“I have now read the redacted Mueller report and offer my personal opinion,” Romney said with a screenshot of his ridiculous statement.

“[I] am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President,” Romney stated. “I am also appalled that, among other things, fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia — including information that had been legally obtained; that none of them acted to inform American law enforcement; and that the campaign chairman was actively promoting Russian interest in Ukraine.”

Romney finished his statement by saying, “Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders.”

Not a word from Romney addressing the fact that the FBI had informants baiting Trump’s associates or the fact that the FBI used Hillary’s phony dossier to illegally spy on Trump’s campaign.

And why is it the job of Trump’s campaign to contact law enforcement when they never broke the law?

If the FBI had evidence that Russians had infiltrated the Trump campaign, it is their job as the premiere law enforcement agency to protect Americans and let them know.

But what else should we expect from Mitt Romney who attacked President Trump as soon as he won his Senator seat during the 2018 midterms.

Romney attacked Trump in a scathing WaPo op-ed in January, just days before he was set to be sworn in to the Senate and said Trump’s actions are “evidence that he has not risen to the mantle of the office.”

Romney is not milk-toast he’s the type that Communists are MADE FROM – oligopolies have the power to create a Communist Globe and individual nations be damned see below


Islam party in Sweden – When have you hear of Jewish party or Christian party? Islam is a body POLITIC

April 19, 2019

Islam as it is today is not a FAITH alone.  Islam REQUIRES Sharia supremacy.  The Jihad is what moves Sharia into physical geographical areas.

 

Ex-Muslim warns Sweden that their country will be Islamic in 50 years, due to their catastrophic immigration policies

Mona Walter is a Somali woman who came to Sweden in the 90’s. In Somalia, she had never been religious, but in Sweden she was more or less forced to go to the mosque and wear a hijab.

After a couple of years she rebelled, left Islam and became an atheist. Eventually she came to believe in Jesus and converted to Christianity.

“For many years I have tried to get the Swedes to understand what the Muslim goal is – to take over your country. The first thing they will do is demand sharia courts, just like in the UK”, she says.

But the mainstream media does not want to listen to Mona Walter. They call her controversial and most Swedes turn away from her message, which they perceive as too frightening, according to the news blog Ingrid and Maria.

“Swedes are so convinced that Swedish laws will always apply in their country. But ask any Englishman if he 30 years ago would have believed that Britain would have legal sharia courts in 2019. No one would have thought it possible.”

“If Sweden recognises Sharia courts the Muslims will have new demands, like permission to rule their own enclaves without interference from the Swedish society. The end goal is for Sharia to rule all of Sweden.”

“If there, perchance, are any blond and blue-eyed Swedes left at that point it doesn’t matter – they will all be behind niqabs and burkas by that time”, Mona states.

 

“What Muslim politicians want is to change the laws so that Muslims in Sweden get permission to live under Sharia law. They want to rule their own areas without having to obey the secular laws of Sweden.”

“That is the long-term goal and Islam has lots of patience. As they say: “You have the watches, but we have the time””, she continues.

Before the election on September 9 last year most Swedish journalists were hysterical about the Nazi party Nordic Resistance Movement. They got 2 106 votes, clearly showing that Swedes are not interested in National socialism.

But no one seems scared by the fact that Sweden now have approximately one million Muslims in the country, of which many have infiltrated the political parties to promote their own interests. The question is when Muslims will form their own party in Sweden.

In Belgium the Islam Party has been very successful over the last few years, with political goals like making the country a “100 percent Islamic state” and introducing Sharia law. They say Belgium will have a Muslim majority in only 12 years.

https://trump-train.com/2019/04/13/ex-muslim-warns-sweden-that-their-country-will-be-islamic-in-50-years-due-to-their-catastrophic-immigration-policies/

 

 


Trump fires Alles for security breech at the MarALago

April 8, 2019

Who did Alles come in to contact with before and after?

Who were the other agents that had access near him?

They too should all be fired.

This smells of a RINO set up job

 

 

Donald Trump Removing Secret Service Director Randolph Alles

A US Secret Service Agent stands watch as US President Donald Trump appears on a screen while he speaks during the Republican Jewish Coalition 2019 Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 6, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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Secret Service Director Randolph Alles is leaving his position, according to several reports on Monday.

The news was confirmed by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in a statement.

“United States Secret Service director Randolph “Tex” Alles has done a great job at the agency over the last two years, and the President is thankful for his over 40 years of service to the country,” Sanders said.

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Trump has selected Secret Service Agent James Murray to replace Alles in May.

The move comes after a series of leadership changes in the security branch of the Trump administration, including the resignation of Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and the decision to withdraw Ronald Vitiello as his nominee for director of ICE.

The decision to force out Alles comes just days after a woman was arrested at the president’s Mar-a-Lago club with Chinese passports and computer and cell phone malware after she made it past a checkpoint.

Despite the security breach, Trump signaled his support for the agents.

“I could not be happier with Secret Service,” Trump said on Wednesday when asked about the breach by reporters. “Secret Service has done a fantastic job from day one. Very happy with them.”

But on Monday, prosecutors revealed that the woman, Yujing Zhang, had in her hotel room nine thumb drives, five sim cellphone cards, $8,000 in U.S. cash, $663 in Chinese cash and a device used to find hidden cameras.

 

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/08/donald-trump-removing-secret-service-director-randolph-alles/


Hilton and the Democrats (Ilan Omar) are hosting Islamic Terrorist CAIR

April 7, 2019

 

 

#Hilton Hotel Hosts A #Terrorist Fundraiser! SERIOUSLY!! https://youtu.be/xQvdqyLOcTM via @YouTube


Alert – There is something wrong when the FBI misses stuff like this- former secretary of Homeland Security’s Grandfather was a Communist

March 31, 2019

Johnson – a former secretary of Homeland Security had a Grandfather who was a Communist -Charles S. Johnson

https://www.heraldcourier.com/news/why-bristol-nat… via @heraldcourier

How did Jeh Johnson pass background muster with a Communist grandfather?

The FBI was Okay with this?

 

Jeh Johnson
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4th United States Secretary of Homeland Security
In office
December 23, 2013 – January 20, 2017
President Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Deputy Alejandro Mayorkas
Preceded by Janet Napolitano
Succeeded by John F. Kelly
General Counsel of the Department of Defense
In office
February 10, 2009 – December 31, 2012
President Barack Obama
Preceded by William J. Haynes II
Succeeded by Stephen W. Preston
General Counsel of the Air Force
In office
1998–2001
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Sheila C. Cheston
Succeeded by Mary L. Walker
Personal details
Born
Jeh Charles Johnson

September 11, 1957 (age 61)
New York City, New York, U.S.

Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Susan DiMarco (1994–present)
Children 2
Education Morehouse College (BA)
Columbia University (JD)

Why Bristol native Charles S. Johnson was spied on by the FBI — and why you’ve never heard of him

BRISTOL, Va. — Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson didn’t know that the Federal Bureau of Investigation gathered hundreds of pages of intelligence on his late grandfather, Bristol native Charles Spurgeon Johnson, until 2015.

He suspected such a file existed, but the confirmation — first from his speechwriter, then via public records shared by friend and former FBI Director James Comey — made his heart stop.

Charles S. Johnson, born in Bristol on July 24, 1893, was a prolific sociologist and pioneer of research on race. He studied segregation and its impact on African-Americans — a focus shaped, according to biographer Marybeth Gasman, by the segregation he experienced here as a child. As opposed to marching or giving speeches in protest, Johnson set out to understand the root of racism — to dismantle the system from within.

The mild-mannered style of Johnson’s activism didn’t shield him from suspicion. Surveillance began in 1951, two years after Johnson was called in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee regarding “the loyalty of the American Negro.” In the mid-1900s, paranoia around communism was high. To be subversive in any way — like being black and fighting for equality — was to be suspect.

As the FBI files acquired by the Bristol Herald Courier through the Freedom of Information Act show, Johnson was no exception.

Bristol’s lasting impression

The intellectualism that eventually put Johnson under surveillance was cultivated at 711 Moore St., his childhood home located a few blocks north of the railroad. Education was not taken lightly. Johnson’s father, a minister, turned Lee Street Baptist Church into the center of Bristol’s black community, in part because of his advanced education.

While Johnson was born into freedom, racism remained a fact of life. His biography begins with his first experience of racial injustice. When he was 7, Johnson and his mother were turned away from a soda counter in Bristol because of Jim Crow, as legalized segregation was called.

 

 

 

“At that point, he realized what inequality was,” said Gasman, who is white. “He might not have had the word racism, but he knew he wasn’t being treated properly, and it was based on only one thing: the color of his skin.”

“I think when something like that happens to a child, it really has an impact on the rest of their life,” she said, adding that her own career as a race researcher was born of having a racist father. Gasman’s childhood town was overwhelmingly white; she didn’t meet an African-American until she was 18. The first she met went on to be a professor at Fisk University in Nashville, as did Johnson.

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Charles S. Johnson and Marie Burgette on the Fisk University campus in 1947.

The incident didn’t hurt Johnson’s affection for his hometown.

“My father was always attached to Bristol,” his son, Jeh Vincent Johnson, who now lives in upstate New York, told the Herald Courier. “We lived in Nashville, but … when we went east, we’d always stop in Bristol for the night.”

Johnson left in his teens, as Bristol lacked any black high schools. He attended prep school and college in Richmond, graduating from Virginia Union just as his father had.

Chipping away at inequality

Johnson continued his studies at the University of Chicago and fought in World War I before beginning one of his most-remembered projects. In the summer of 1919, Chicago race riots left 23 blacks and 15 whites dead. The governor named Johnson associate executive secretary of a 12-person commission tasked with uncovering the root cause of the deadly riots. The resulting study, called “The Negro in Chicago,” was influential in the field of race relations and foreshadowed decades of work to come.

“He was called the sidelines activist; he chipped away at inequality more slowly,” Gasman said. “He was always interested in getting people to understand each other.”

That remained evident as Johnson moved to New York to work for the National Urban League and, in 1923, founded the magazine Opportunity.

“He felt there weren’t enough outlets for bright, young black talent,” said former Secretary Johnson, now a senior partner at a New York City law firm. Part of the Harlem Renaissance, the magazine’s aim was to give black culture a voice. Famous writers Zora Neale Hurston, a novelist, and Langston Hughes, a poet, were two of its most prominent contributors.

“[Johnson] is this sociologist doing very rigorous work, but then he’s also putting his efforts and his reputation and whatever money he has behind these artists,” Gasman added. “I think that’s a really beautiful thing about him. He cares about intellectual thought and opening people’s minds across the board.”

In 1928, Johnson moved his family to Nashville so he could be a sociology professor at Fisk. Shortly after, he was appointed chairman of the social sciences department. In 1942, he secured funding that allowed him to create an institute dedicated to race relations — the first think-tank at a predominantly black college.

“That was really the golden era of Fisk University; it was the principal liberal arts college for African-Americans,” former Secretary Johnson said. “He is credited with bringing a lot of illustrious faculty.”

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Charles S. Johnson in his study at Fisk University in 1955.

In 1946, despite lacking a doctorate degree, Johnson was named Fisk’s first black president — in part, Gasman said, because of his ability to secure financial support from white philanthropists. Under his leadership, Fisk got a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa — another first for a black school — and painter Georgia O’Keefe, an admirer of Johnson, donated valuable artwork to the university.

“He was trying to broaden the perspective for black kids,” his son Jeh Vincent explained. “It’s a shame there weren’t more people that were able to enjoy that period at Fisk.”

 

The golden era of suspicion

As evident by the surveillance to come, this work wasn’t without opposition. Jeh Vincent recalls that in the mid-1940s, he and his sister were sent away to summer camp because Ku Klux Klan members were riding around campus.

“[They were] harassing an interracial learning experience, which was patently illegal at the time,” he said. “But my father took a chance on it.”

In 1949, Johnson was called to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee regarding “the loyalty of the American Negro” because of his status as a black intellectual. Over the course of his career, he said, he studied the social attitudes of no fewer than 100,000 black families.

“It would, of course, be presumptuous of me to attempt to speak for Negroes generally,” he told the committee. “In one sense, it is like asking if Tennesseans, or Presbyterians, or foreign-born citizens, or American women, or persons with freckles, are loyal.”

He went on to say that, if anything, African-Americans as a group demonstrated excessive loyalty. “Wanting the elimination of inequalities and racial discrimination is not wanting to subvert the government,” he told the committee.

“You have these African-Americans who are fighting for their civil rights, and the way that it’s turned on them is that they’re not patriotic and they’re communists,” Gasman explained.

She compared it to modern claims that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled during the national anthem as part of his protest against racial inequality and police brutality against African-Americans, is unpatriotic.

According to the case file, surveillance of Johnson began in 1951 under the Smith-Mundt Act, passed three years earlier. The act, which was about public diplomacy, included a last-minute subsection requiring an FBI investigation of government employees.

“Johnson has been used extensively by the Government as a Negro representative on various assignments,” a man who knew Johnson told the FBI in its first report. Johnson’s first appointment by the State Department had come more than two decades earlier.

David Krugler, a history professor and Cold War expert, said the legislation may have been a cover to look into Johnson’s civil rights activity. Even without an international profile, he likely would have been subject to surveillance, as many other black intellectuals and activists were.

“The second-class citizenship of African-Americans was a prominent theme of Soviet propaganda,” Krugler explained. “How can you be a beacon of democracy and equality while denying it to your own citizens?”

In 1952, it was decided that Johnson remained “eligible on loyalty” for employment by the U.S. government despite being a member of a number of “Communist fronts,” according to informants. Johnson was a member of the educational committee of National Sharecroppers Week, for example — unsurprising considering he wrote two books on the plight of sharecroppers. But the sharecroppers movement, the report says, was “at first dominated by the Communist Party.”

Surveillance resumed in 1955. This time, Johnson was investigated regarding the “loyalty of employees of the United Nations and other public international organizations.” He was first named a delegate to the United Nations nine years earlier.

The investigation, like its predecessor, included credit and criminal checks for Johnson’s family. The only “intelligence” that came of these checks was that, in 1955, his son, Charles S. Johnson Jr., got a traffic ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign.

“Persons acquainted with [Johnson] advise he … has no subversive sympathies,” the report reads. “They consider him as a leading educator in the U.S. … as such, he is called upon to join many organizations … among these are some which are alleged to be communistic.”

Johnson was vice chairman of an organization that once held a weekly subscription to a communist newspaper, for instance, and was a member of groups like the Southern Conference for Human Welfare and Southern Negro Youth Congress, which had been deemed subversive.

Scattered between such tangential connections was praise for Johnson’s research. The report included testimony that he was “neither a Communist or a radical but a student of social science” and was “one of the best informed persons in the South on the true Negro situation as a result of his research.”

Indeed, much of the intelligence the FBI gathered on Johnson simply reiterated his loyalty and impressive resume. By the end of his career, Johnson had nearly 20 books to his name.

“He was one of the intellectual engines of the civil rights movement right as it was taking off,” former Secretary Johnson said.

A career cut short

In late September of 1956, Johnson penned a powerful piece for The New York Times called “A Southern Negro’s View of the South.” It called for racial equality across the country and elicited admiration — most notably from Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Letter written to Dr. Charles S. Johnson form Martin Luther King Jr.

Johnson, perhaps, may have been as widely remembered as King had he not died of a heart attack a month after the piece published. He was 63 years old.

Johnson’s mild manners and premature death weighed on the mainstream acknowledgement of his work. Over time, the spotlight on his sociological research dimmed. But Gasman and family members agree that his impact cannot be overstated. His son Jeh Vincent said his father influenced him in more ways that he can count. Jeh Vincent also became a teacher, for instance, bringing a sociological lens to his field of study: architecture. Sociology influenced Jeh’s son, the former secretary of Homeland Security, as well.

The younger Jeh is perhaps best known for co-authoring research that led to the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” — a policy barring homosexuals from openly serving in the military. “We wrote a 250-page report,” the former secretary said. “That was very much a sociological exercise, even though I’m a lawyer.”

Johnson’s legacy expands far beyond family, though.

“He died way too young, but he left behind a real legacy at Fisk,” former Secretary Johnson added.

O’Keefe’s artwork, for instance, remains the school’s most valuable asset.

“It’s one of the things that keeps the school going,” he said.

Working to understand each other across racial lines, Gasman added, is as relevant now as it was at the time of Johnson’s death. Johnson spent his life studying and attacking racism at its root — relentlessly, patiently, methodically — while teaching others to do the same. His selflessness is something our country could learn from right now, she said.

“If you shine a light on someone else and give them opportunity, you don’t lose any light yourself. I learned that from Charles S. Johnson,” she explained. “There’s enough light to go around if you’re willing to give it.”


Global companies are quasi- monopolies- Alan Patricof: Facebook, Amazon, and Google are too powerful

March 31, 2019

Global companies are bigger than monopolies.  Traditionally, a monopoly was considered large that captured an industry in a country.  Now, we have Global companies, which are so large that the monopolies of old are dwarfs in comparison.  Anti-trust laws never checked them because there are a few companies in each country, but they are the SAME companies IN all of the countries.  They have no competition and only psudo compete in cut out spaces.  Anti -Trust should be updated to reflect the new type of Global GRAFT

These companies form a Global Communist model.  They ARE the centralization of resources and distribute these goods according to those who need their wares according to their beliefs about the needs of those people or industries.

These companies effectively run the governments they occupy becoming the emperors in their own rights.  And now they are few and in charge of the MANY countries that DEAL with them. The OLIGARCHS of the world.  They collaborate / collude / conspire in many centralized organizations created BY them for the purpose of RULING the countries that BUY in to the lie that they are somehow sovereign.

 

Prominent VC Alan Patricof: Facebook, Amazon, and Google are too powerful

JP Mangalindan

Chief Tech Correspondent
Yahoo Finance
Alan Patricof joins Influencers with Andy Serwer

In a new interview with Yahoo Finance, venture capital pioneer Alan Patricof contends big tech companies such as Facebook (FB), Google (GOOGGOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN) have become too powerful for their own good.

“Some people might even call them quasi-monopolies,” Patricof said during an interview with Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer that aired Thursday afternoon. “You know, our definition of what’s a monopoly and what’s anti-competitive maybe has to change from what it was in the early 1900s, when we passed the original acts to protect businesses against competition against monopolies.”

As one of private equity’s earliest venture capitalists in the U.S., Patricof has a comprehensive knowledge of technology that spans hundreds of investments over several decades, including Apple (AAPL), AOL, Venmo, and the online men’s styling service Trunk Club, which Nordstrom (JWN) acquired in 2014.

Alan Patricof, co-founder of Greycroft Partners LLC, speaks during a Bloomberg Television in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Patricof said the carried interest tax 'loophole' should be closed. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images

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Alan Patricof, co-founder of Greycroft Partners LLC, speaks during a Bloomberg Television in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Patricof said the carried interest tax ‘loophole’ should be closed. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Patricof, founder and managing director of Greycroft, is not alone in wondering whether big tech companies are approaching monopoly status by cornering their respective markets and moving to squash competition. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democratic presidential candidates for 2020, has said if elected, her administration would move to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google, arguing in a Medium post this March that the companies have been “throwing around their political power to shape the rules in their favor and throwing around their economic power to snuff out or buy up even potential competitors.”

Walking a fine line

Patricof walks a fine line weighing in further on Google, Facebook and Amazon’s growth and maneuvering, suggesting these big tech companies didn’t intend to become monopolies.

“I am concerned about the impact of the element of Google, Facebook, Amazon and the potential monopolistic positions they have taken — not because they set out to do it,” Patricof added. “I mean, in the 1900s, the robber barons started out to be monopolies to control things. I don’t think that’s the nature. They just have grown because their business has grown, just like a lot of private equity firms and venture firms have grown, because there’s so much money out there.”

But over the last 12 months, government officials have scrutinized these tech companies and their size. Republican senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina even went so far as to ask CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a Senate committee hearing last April whether Facebook was, indeed, a monopoly. (Long story short: Zuckerberg denied Facebook is one, but had difficulty identifying the social network’s biggest competitor.)

Facebook's founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacts as he speaks at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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Google, whose core business is also advertising, controlled nearly 37% of all digital ad sales in the U.S. in 2018, far ahead of Facebook, its nearest competitor, according to eMarketer. This March, the European Union ordered Google to pay $1.7 billion for abusing its dominance and imposing unfair exclusivity rules with some websites. (Google dropped those particular contracts with sites in 2016 once the EU stepped up its investigation into the matter.)

With Amazon, there is no shortage of brick and mortar and online retailers that have struggled (or shuttered) due at least in part to the Seattle tech giant’s dominance. According to forecasts from FTI Consulting last fall, Amazon’s U.S. e-commerce market share was 39.7% in 2018 and is expected to reach 50% by 2023. Earlier this month, Amazon decided to stop telling third-party sellers on its platform they could not offer lower prices on competing websites, according to a CNBC report — a move that followed a letter from Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic senator from Connecticut, who argued the practice would “stifle market competition and artificially inflate prices.

Regardless, there’s still more runway for Amazon, which has made an aggressive push in more recent years into physical retail, opening book stores and acquiring Whole Foods in 2017. To that end, the Seattle tech giant accounted for just 5% of the overall U.S. digital and offline retail market last year, according to eMarketer. Amazon also faces increasing competition from brick and mortar retailers like Walmart (WMT) and Target (TGT), which have successfully expanded their online and in-store pick-up options.

As these big tech companies have grown, so have their ambitions, obviously, with aggressive expansion into new areas, including hardware, original content, and physical retail.

“I think, though, these companies are feeding on themselves and growing and getting bigger and bigger, and they’ve got to find places to deploy their profits, so they go into more businesses,” explained Patricof. “They have more data available, and I think it’s a concern that others have expressed besides me.”

Certainly it’s an area that will continue to be scrutinized as lawmakers move to draft and strengthen rules protecting user privacy in the years to come.

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