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Are Corporate Mercenaries Assisting Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

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UKRAINE CRISIS - USA Military BLACKWATER Mercenaries Reported in Eastern UKRAINE
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With the illegal, coup d'etat installed government in Kiev about to engage in some very serious skull cracking to put down a mounting rebellion in Eastern Ukraine there have been some accounts that hired guns from corporate mercenary firms are augmenting the local paramilitary police forces.  With the pushback against the US backed "Yats" regime and it's neo-Nazi shock troops it is imperative that a real version of the Euromaiden "revolution" not be allowed to take root to oust the stooges of the corporate global finance mafia.  Foretelling what will likely be a massive orgy of state sanctioned violence against Ukranians who reject the coming forced austerity and repression are statements made by the Interior Minister of the occupying government Arsen Avakov that there would be a resolution within 48 hours either by negotiation or through the use of force. Translation: unleash the goon squads for the "anti-terrorist" action.

The corporate/high finance vultures that reaped a windfall off of the toppling of the elected president Viktor Yanukovych are furious over the loss of an estimated  $10 billion in natural resource loot from Crimea and are not about to let any more money slip through their bloody claws. The US establishment as well as the EU and the Cold War relic that is NATO, an organization that should have been relegated to the scrap heap of history have too much invested in this already disastrous situation to do anything but double down. It is standard procedure for "private security" contractors (translation: mercenaries) to be used and the denials, such as that from the US firm Greystone  do not pass the smell test in a country where lying is the first resort. This is the way that we roll in America, the taxpayer funded killing sprees of the notorious mercenary outfit Blackwater in Iraq are the template and it is just one more way to circumvent the system in order to spread "democracy" at the point of a gun.

In a brief video posted on You Tube that allegedly shows a man in local paramilitary police gear being captured after an austerity government push in Kharkov the mercenary question may be resolved. While being shouted at the man in black mutters that "I'm a US citizen" as though it is a magic talisman. It appears to be a video that was taken with a cellphone or similar device and unfortunately there is not much context. While information on the video is very sparse and yet to be reliably authenticated it could be proof that western backed corporate mercenaries are indeed operating in coordination with the "Yats" regime in putting down dissent. Hey, it is not like big corporations or the US State Department aren't known for using those "security contractors" and it would be foolish to believe that with all that the lunatic push to topple Putin through Ukraine that it would be beyond possibility.   The video, if it is authentic and backed by additional pictures, videos and accounts could be the proverbial smoking gun that the poisonous US establishment and their Deep State  propagandists within the media are once again and predictably lying but anything even remotely resembling the truth long ago left the building in The Homeland.  

Reports of US mercenaries have been made over the last several weeks as the coup government began efforts to clamp down on dissent in the areas of Ukraine historically loyal to Russia. Sources have ranged from the UK Daily Mail on mercenaries (incorrectly referred to as "Blackwater" which has since dropped that toxic name) seen in the streets, to the former liberal hero and Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich who in a recent interview with Russian news organization RIA Novosti warned about the problems in using such hired guns: 

"In the difficult political or military situation is the last thing, because they benefit from the spread of the conflict. They can ignite the war and earn "

stories on the possibility of a merc presence are also out in alternative media sources, Russian news reports and demonized Russian leader Vladimir Putin and other government officials who are not treated with any credibility by the corrupt US political class and their pet media from which both emanate a constant stream of lies. The US establishment doesn't even bother with the truth anymore so anything that is said or broadcast must be viewed with skepticism at best and only used as context for news gleaned from foreign sources or alternative media. 

The video snippet of the alleged US mercenary (no word as to his fate was been posted) is an example of the ability for the oppressed to communicate in the interconnected global world.  When the wave of brutal  beat downs of those who do not support the illegitimate government in Kiev picks up there will be more video coming, that much is inevitable. The Cold War obsessed establishment continues to fight the last war and in their pure, unbridled arrogance apparently believe that the ability to use social media and the internet to expose human rights abuses does not threaten their long range goal of planetary conquest and corporate pillaging using the US military to crack open new markets - it won't.  The technologies and tools such as You Tube and Twitter are continually involving and  simply did not exist at the level of sophistication that they do today. Such things as cellphone cameras and social networking platforms would have been of immense help in fighting the Bush regime's illegal wars and perhaps some of the lasting damage could have been mitigated. The news about  marauding, murdering US mercenaries - primarily Blackwater - in Iraq as well as the heinous sexual sadism drenched torture at Abu Ghraib prison got out anyway.

There is at least an understanding of the potency of social network tools in an offensive context, take for example the ZunZuneo aka Cuban Twitter scheme in which the Obama administration used relief agency USAID as a cover for fomenting an uprising in Cuba. While this is indicative of the same Cold War lunacy that is behind the Ukraine debacle and the ongoing pissing contest with Putin's Russia, social networking technology is given the degree of importance that it deserves. The problem along with the ongoing blundering of an inept Obama foreign policy team that is an outright embarrassment to America is that the blinders of American exeptionalism and neocon ideology prevent the acknowledgment that the criminal deeds of the Deep State are more easily exposed than ever. This despite the full spectrum media dominance that is evident in the extreme propaganda and dishonest coverage of the events in Ukraine. The anti-Austerity freedom fighters in Donetsk, Kharkov and other eastern cities, on the brink of a pitched battle with paramilitary police, mercenaries and thugs from Right Sektor and Svoboda will prove to be a serious, long term detriment to the plans of chopping up the country and selling it to corporate and financial parasites.

NATO is upping the rhetoric and wailing about massed Russian military forces on the border in the latest effort to create a Gleiwitz style pretense for a hot war and Obama and Kerry, both of whom are hellbent at avenging the Syria and Snowden humiliations are showing no signs of backing off.  Were the state-corporate media to bother with the truth it would be that this entire mess is the fault of those two thin-skinned narcissists and their foreign policy team's billions of dollars in US taxpayer money spent on destabilizing the region.  In the coming sweep and destroy "anti-terrorist" campaign the hotheads and neo-Nazis had best exercise a caution that they have yet to display in that any murder that they perpetrate has the potential of becoming a viral internet video and those in Eastern Ukraine who resist the coup regime will be presented with a martyr to further galvanize their opposition to the Washington-Brussels-Kiev Axis of Evil.

I wonder what the American taxpayer who has already been bled dry by government subsidized sprees of gambling by politically connected, unaccountable Wall Street casinos and corporate plunderers who enjoy total impunity in the corrupt, star-spangled lemming colony that is The Homeland. There are also the trillions of dollars stolen away from any programs that actually socially beneficial by a military/surveillance monster that has a vested interest in endless wars to justify their existence - it still smells like a rat that the Cold War II meme began at a very convenient time to prevent cuts in military spending. Billions of dollars pumped into Ukraine alone and Christ knows how many more billions elsewhere - Venezuela, Cuba etc. to destabilize democratically elected governments that do not heel to the whims of the rapacious global finance mafia. Not to mention the money spent to back blatantly in our face neo-Nazis, were the all encompassing bubble of official state-corporate lies and propaganda to ever burst - even temporarily even idiotic Americans have a breaking point.

That breaking point could come if there were ever a realization that none of this even remotely benefits the average American but only the same global corporate hydra that serves the interest of a very small proportion of a corrupt elite and the institutions that have been erected to protect them. Americans should look at the situation unfolding in Ukraine and ask themselves a very serious question: how long will it be until the mercenaries and the fully militarized police right here in the US of A begin to conduct their own "anti-terrorist" operations because that is exactly the direction that we are heading in.

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