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Noam Chomsky Claims Trump May Stage Terrorist Attacks to Shore Up Support

President may resort to extreme measures in order to infringe on basic rights, Noam Chomsky claims.

Following the collapse of the president's healthcare law, and with Trump hitting new lows in the latest popularity polls, academic and left-wing intellectual Noam Chomsky is calling for vigilance against possible "false flag" terrorist attacks that he claims would be staged in order to shore up political support for the president, and to strip Americans of their constitutional rights.
According to Chomsky, once voters will see Trump for the "con man" he is, and that his promises were "built on sand," Trump will go to extreme measures to rally support.
“I think that we shouldn’t put aside the possibility that there would be some kind of staged or alleged terrorist act, which can change the country instantly,” Chomsky said in an interview with AlterNet's Jan Frel.
In Chomsky's opinion, once things start to go wrong, Trump will have to find other targets to point the finger at, so he will say “‘Well, I’m sorry, I can’t bring your jobs back because these bad people are preventing it.’ And the typical scapegoating goes to vulnerable people: immigrants, terrorists, Muslims and elitists, whoever it may be. And that can turn out to be very ugly.”
As for accusations of Russian interference in the U.S. elections, Chomsky thinks "it's all just a joke." While not denying the possibility that there has been interference on the part of the Russian government, he says the very fact the U.S. is outraged would have "half the world cracking up in laughter."
In his opinion, "whatever the Russians may have been doing, let's take the most extreme charges, that barely registers in the balance against what the U.S. does constantly" around the world.
For Chomsky, the U.S. attitude on interference abroad can be summed up as "If we don’t like the election, you can just overthrow the country."
Currently, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees are investigating alleged Russian interference that brought President Donald Trump to power.
The CIA, FBI and the NSA meanwhile have all stated that they are confident Russian President Putin ordered a campaign of influence to denigrate Secretary Clinton during the elections.


read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.780287

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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