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Monday, February 27, 2017

The rite stuff

I was both intrigued and dismayed by the news of a wiccan "mass spell" against Donald Trump, performed at midnight on Friday.
The development has sparked fury among Christian conservatives, who have accused the witches of "declaring spiritual war".
Seems to me that this thing could backfire, especially when you look at the details of the spell itself. The key ingredients:
Unflattering photo of Trump (small); see below for one you can print
Tower tarot card (from any deck)
Tiny stub of an orange candle (cheap via Amazon)
No. No no no. Doesn't anyone know how to design a proper magical ritual anymore? Do I have to do everything?

Look: Here's the Tower card, as envisioned by Arthur Waite (a.k.a. "Wisdom while you Waite," because he wasn't the most concise writer in history) and illustrator Pamela Coleman Smith (a.k.a. "Potts"). The Tower is universally acknowledged to be a card of destruction. When placed in its traditional position on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, it is on the path called Peh, which, as any child knows, connects the sephiroth Netzach and Hod. As you probably learned on Sesame Street, Peh is associated with Mars. In other words, this is the path to war.

Ponder these concepts. Come up with a storyline that combines them all:


The meaning should be obvious. For a while now, I have gone on record with my prediction that Trump will initiate a new war after arranging or allowing the next major terror attack. I believe that a portable nuclear weapon will be involved, and that the likeliest target will be Trump Tower in Chicago. 

Study the image carefully. Though the Tower burns and the people fall, the Crown magically remains intact and aloft. Note, too, that the Crown is of a Trumpian gold color.

As Waite writes of this card: "In yet a deeper sense, it may signify also the end of a dispensation." For "dispensation," perhaps we should read "democracy."

The Tower is a terrible card for an operation of this sort. My first thought went to the darkest card in the deck, the Ten of Swords, which clearly represents The End. But upon reflection, I've come up with a better choice: Death. This card represents not so much physical death as change. Next to Death, we must place the two of Pentacles -- or, as many tarotists would say, "pents." This card represents the nature of the desired change.

Number two. Pents.

Get it? Say it out loud. Get it?According to Waite, the card has the contradictory meanings of gaiety and agitation, which sounds about right. I'll be very happy, and then very agitated, if there is a change in favor of number two (pents).

As for the orange candle: Shitty choice, my wiccan friends. Yeah, I get the joke. But you've forgotten about the meanings of the color orange: Ambition, energy, stimulation and passion. Trump already has too much of those things.

This story about the great anti-Trump spellcast summarizes my fundamental disagreement with Wiccan philosophy:
To clarify, the original document states that this is a binding spell, which seeks to restrain someone from doing harm instead of harming the targeted individual themselves. Binding does not generate the potential negative blowback to the caster’s karma.
Binding? That's it? Look, if you're facing down a fascist, you can't fret so much about your personal karma. You've got to hit hard and damn the consequences, because a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Really, wicca is the wrong approach for a job like this. Wicca is nice-nice magic. Wicca is for girls.

I think we need something stronger, like Enochian magic. This system was devised by John Dee (mage to Elizabeth I and likely inspiration for Prospero in The Tempest) working in tandem with Edward Kelly, a fascinating rascal who may also be the secret creator of the Voynich Manuscript.

According to Dee, the mightiest of devils is Choronzon, the Dweller in the Abyss, The Demon of Dispersion; his sigil is to the left. Aleister Crowley and his assistant Victor Neuberg (a poet associated with Dylan Thomas) summoned Choronzon in a famous rite conducted in 1909, outside the desert town of Bou Saada in Algeria.

Crowley and Neuberg gave contradictory accounts of what actually happened that night in the desert. I've lost my copy of Jean Overton Fuller's biography of Neuberg, so I can only give you AC's side of the story. (And yes, his friends did call him AC -- although, as Neuberg discovered, he was sometimes AC-DC.)

It is said that Crowley decided not to go the conventional route and stand within a protective circle while he brought the demon the physical appearance. Instead, he stood within the triangle of evocation in order to call Choronzon into himself. Three pigeons were sacrificed, their blood coming to rest entirely within the triangle. This was important: If a single drop of blood had spilled outside that triangle, the power of Choronzon might be unleashed upon the entire planet.

After a few introductory rites, Crowley said the words ZAZAS ZAZAS NASAANADA ZAZAS. This phrase opens the gates of Hell, but only if pronounced correctly. Since Enochian pronunciation operates according to very strange rules, don't presume that you can do it. (Actually, there are differing opinions, since Dee gave two separate sets of instructions which do not agree.)

Of course I know the proper pronunciation. (Hint: ZAZAS is a five syllable word.) No, I'm not going to tell you. You might turn your local fast food restaurant into a entrance to Hell, and where will we be then?

Choronzon appeared, at first, in the guise of a hooker Neuberg knew in Paris. (The frog-like Victor Neuberg was still a virgin when he took up with Crowley, so Crowley had arranged for him to get laid. Naturally, Neuberg thought he was in love.) The demon then became an old man, a snake, and then a nearly formless entity. None of these could coax Neuberg out of the circle.

The words of Choronzon were these:
I am I! From me come leprosy and pox and plague and cancer and cholera and the falling sickness. Ah! I will reach up to the knees of the Most High, and tear his phallus with my teeth, and I will bray his testicles in a mortar, and make poison thereof, to slay the sons of men.
In other words, Neuberg and Crowley had summoned Steve Bannon.

Oh. My. God.

Of course. It's obvious. Suddenly, everything is clear.

I think we're in the situation we're in right now because some overly-ambitious would-be mage has already attempted the Choronzon ritual. The damned fool let pigeon blood spill outside the triangle of evocation, thereby plunging the entire world into chaos!

Everyone, please refrain from conducting any future rites until you've checked in with me, because the planet simply cannot tolerate many more of these screw-ups. I may not actually believe in this stuff, but at least I know how to do the research.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Weinergate revelation...?

If you're doing hard core research into the Trump/Putin linkage, you probably already know that Louise Mensch is on the cutting edge. Some say that she goes over the edge. To me, that danger is an inevitable part of edginess.

Not many hours ago, she offered a few tantalizing tweets which seemed designed to attract the attention of this blog's readers. To aid comprehension, I'm placing them here in correct order:
I'm going to be able to help @DevinNunes out with @michaelcohen212 later this morning

Senate Intelligence Cttee needs to depose Cohen
Maybe my reporting is going to be more important than I thought.

I can pretty much prove that the Weiner letter was catfished by CWA
that's tomorrow's story.

Russia planted the emails from Clinton on Weiner's computer
Breitbart staffers were almost certainly involved
What does "catfished by CWA" mean? Mensch offers a links to this story on a blog called Patribotics, which seems to be brand new. It's also anonymous, although I'm pretty sure that Mensch herself writes this column.

"CWA" refers to a hacking group called Crackas With Attitude, which targeted the CIA. Mensch thinks that they are a Russian front.

Her basic thesis: The Clinton-related emails on Weiner's computer (which, as you may recall, originally belonged to his wife Huma, Hillary's aide) were placed there by enemies of the Clintons. Some of you may recall that, in an earlier post, I offered a similar theory, although I took things in a somewhat different direction. I suggested that this laptop was hacked in order to get access to Huma's email accounts -- because, as many people forget, the browser stores all the passwords. I doubt that Huma erased the passwords when she gave the laptop to her husband.

Mensch goes on to make the case that the entire underaged sexting case against Weiner was a concoction -- or a honeytrap.
In this story I exclusively report the connections between the USSR-CWA hacker group of North Carolina ‘Crackas With Attitude’ and the “sexts with a 15 year old girl” from Gaston, North Carolina, that started the chain of events that led to James Comey’s forced letter to Congress, including the fact that the “15 year old girl”’s “email to Weiner” is in fact a series of plagiarized texts it is unlikely any 15 year old girl has read, including works by J.D. Salinger, David Foster Wallace, Charles Bukowski, and – yes – “Fight Club” by Chuck Palahniuk.
When I did some preliminary research into this matter, I began to think that this "teen" may not even exist. For me, the big "tell" was the fact that this girl's correspondence seemed far too erudite -- far too literary -- to be credible.

Some of you may recall a troubling precedent -- the haunting case of two "teens" named "Betty and Veronica." Almost members of the general public have forgotten about them, they were the most intriguing aspect of the first Weinergate scandal. Bottom line: These two teen girls did not exist. They weren't just cyber-frauds: Actors impersonated them in real life when investigative journalist Tommy Christopher looked into the story.

The "Betty and Veronica" mystery created a weird subculture of would-be Weiner sleuths who remained fixated on the case long after the rest of the world turned to other concerns. As noted in previous posts, the Breitbarters played a massive role within that subculture, although a few lefties also ventured inside. I never did figure out what was going on there.

At this point, I'm going to take the liberty of reprinting large chunks of what "Patribotics" has to say.
In my first piece of work at Patribotics I laid out a unified theory on Russian active measures against the United States, including as part of it that Russia has a team of influencers inside the FBI Field Office in New York (the criminal division) and I regret to say, the NYPD, who work directly with Rudy Giuliani and General Flynn.
This paragraph tells me that the writer is Mensch herself. For a while now, she has made the controversial -- and, to my mind, unlikely -- assertion that a pro-Trump cabal of FBI agents in New York are actually Russian moles.
I drew readers’ attention to the arrest in Prague of the Russian hacker, Yvgeny Nikulin. He was indicted on charges of hacking Dropbox, Linked in and Formspring in 2012-2013.

Formspring is the little-known sexting app that Anthony Weiner used for his sexting the first time around.

My theory was that Nikulin, on instructions from the Russian state, “woke” or “planted” a laptop of Anthony Weiner’s via a virus which he placed on it through his prior hack of Formspring, and alerted Russia’s moles and agents of influence in the FBI field office in New York, who subsequently “leaked” to all and sundry that the emails had been found, and, by Rudy Giuliani’s own testimony, pressured James Comey into sending the letter he did.
Aside from the "moles in the FBI" bit, this basic scenario strikes me as plausible, or at least possible. Kinda. Sorta.
I can exclusively report that there is ample evidence that suggests that Weiner was sexting not with a 15 year old girl but with a hacker, working for Russia, part of the North Carolina hacking group ‘Crackas With Attitude’, who hacked the head of the CIA, and a great many FBI agents, police officers, and other law enforcement officials.
Using Weiner’s sleazebag tendencies, Russia invented an underage “victim of sexts” actually written by an adult hacker, and thus created a crime. Then, with pliant moles in the NY FBI Field Office and NYPD, they seized the laptop. Nikulin planted Hillary’s emails upon it. Russian moles in the FBI Field Office leaked, tweeted and threatened – and even Lara Trump (from North Carolina) boasted in advance that the ‘October surprise’ was coming.

From start to finish, Russia manipulated the Director of the FBI into sending his letter – which Jason Chaffetz leaked, by arrangement with the Trump camp, I believe, in order directly to swing the election to Donald Trump, Putin’s puppet.
It was no use Yvgeny Nikulin planting Hillary Clinton’s emails on Weiner’s computer, or even waking Weiner’s computer, on behalf of Russian assets in the FBI New York, unless they had a right to look at Weiner’s computer. For that to happen, Anthony Weiner had to have committed a criminal offense that would enable NYPD to have probable cause to go through his computers in the first place.

And for that, Nikulin needed an “underage victim”.
According to the “breaking story” of September 21st, by Alana Goodman in the Daily Mail, this girl had begun to sext with Weiner in January 2016. Her original story is odd and convoluted in a number of respects.

Firstly, the story is dated September 21st, but publishing dates on videos contained within the story appear to indicate that they were uploaded some six days earlier.

Secondly, the story contains a report that Weiner “provided emails that he says proved he was the subject of a hoax” but the journalist does not tell us why Mr. Weiner said these emails proved this.

Of course, there is the one sentence: “You got catfished by a dude.”

But, I can reveal, the “15 year old girl”’s letter was not written by her.

It is full of plagiarized quotes from novels. A second letter, ostensibly written by her to James Comey, appears to contain an odd phrase used by Julia Hahn, a former Breitbart writer whom Steve Bannon brought into the White House, and Michelle Bachman.
Mensch goes on to provide examples of quotes from Weiner's paramour which are, in fact, lifted from various books. Say what you will about the rest of Mensch's post, this part of her argument story is very convincing.

She goes on to discuss a Sputnik "journalist" named Cassandra Fairbanks (previously unknown to me) who became involved in all of this. I did some preliminary Googling on Fairbanks and discovered that she recently regaled YouTube with her summary of how she went "from left to right." During the election, she offered "Why I, a Bernie supporter, prefer Trump to Hillary Clinton." She's young, attractive, and usually shows a lot of cleavage. I think you get the picture.
Meanwhile, Ms. Fairbanks was promoting every anti-American hacker, defined by the IC as Russian state hackers, known to mankind. She “loved” Guccifer 2. She fangirled over Wikileaks and the Russian asset Julian Assange. Fairbanks also pushed out co-ordinated Russian propaganda from Infowars and others during the election, including pizzagate and other Russian-organized propaganda spread by Mike Flynn and other Russian agents of influence. But with CWA she held personal meetings, photographing herself with Liverman and helping fund his defense in court.
There seems to be a strong friendship between the Daily Mail’s journalist Alana Goodman, who wrote the “15 year old girl” story on which the “criminal case” was based, and Ms. Fairbanks of Sputnik. They photographed themselves on multiple occasions together in social settings, such as sabering bottles of champagne at Trump Tower. They defended each other on Twitter. Ms. Goodman appears in many tweeted photographs by Miss Fairbanks. At one debate, Miss Goodman stars in a photograph of herself wearing a ‘Make America Great’ cap pulled down over her head. Sputnik’s Miss Fairbanks points everybody to Goodman’s story on Weiner of the 21st. Goodman is also apparently close to the Trump campaign’s Moishe Lee.
Mensch goes on to note some odd remarks attributed to Lara Trump, the wife of Eric Trump. Once again, we note the Trump clan's tendency toward blabbiness.
Lara Yunaska, NC, now Lara Trump, NY, boasted on the radio, in advance, that an October surprise was coming – something she had no legal way of knowing. The FBI and NYPD are not supposed to leak information on criminal cases, particularly those ostensibly involving sexual abuse of a minor, to politicians for political purposes. Yet Mrs. Eric Trump was on the radio, bold as brass, saying on October 24 that ‘there are still a few days in October’ and ‘we’ve got a couple of things up our sleeve.’

On 29th October, when the Comey letter had been leaked by Jason Chaffetz, North Carolina native Lara Trump went further, saying on the radio to ABC’s Rita Cosby that Trump had “forced” Comey’s hand with the letter.

“I think my father-in-law forced their hand in this. You know, he has been the one since the beginning saying that she shouldn’t be able to run for president, and I commend him on that” Lara Trump said.

These interviews followed her trip, with her husband Eric, to Gastonia, Gaston County, North Carolina. According to the Gaston County Gazette, Lara and Eric Trump visited the GOP headquarters there on October 21st.

The ’15 year old teen’ and her ‘attorney father’ are ostensibly from...Gaston, North Carolina.
Whew! What to make of all this?

My initial reaction: I can't go along with Mensch on every point. Although many people consider me a wild man willing to consider some far-out ideas, some scenarios are too wild and far-out even for me. Mensch injures her case when she avers that that the initials CWA resemble "USSR" in Cyrillic. Not true: The Cyrillic for "USSR" looks exactly like "CCCP."

(Added note: A reader has informed me that CWA actually resembles the Cyrillic for "USA.")

So we must proceed with caution as we explore this terrain. Nevertheless, large parts of Mensch's argument are difficult to refute, and I remain persuaded that there is something real here.

Nota bene:
You need not remind me that it is seriously vile to "sext" the underaged even when the underaged individual is, in fact, a mere persona.
Pretty stunning. I guess this means for certain that we can't get an independent, objective investigation from the FBI, doesn't it?
CWA in Russian stands for United States of America, pronounced "shah"
In four key states Clinton was ahead in exit polls only to lose to Trump by about 1 %. There may be new and improved ways to manipulate elections but, remember, the only certain way involves counting votes. Putin learned from Bush--it is important to create a credible story for why your candidate "won" but (as Rove learned the hard way) don't rely on them. The American public actually either saw through much of what we now see as an attempt at electoral manipulation--that or they never noticed in the first place. Hillary Clinton didn't lose the election because of last minute Comey moves, she lost it when someone manipulated the vote count. When we create a retrospective narrative that makes claims that this is "why she lost the election", we are just falling for a false trail laid by others as distractions. It is interesting just who is creating these false trails but no one seems to be looking into the treasonous activity of various election officials....
I agree
What lastlemming said in regards to cheaters' needing to hang their fraud on a "credible story." But there are local workers who, for example, remember clearly which election officials had them stripping voters from the rolls (North Carolina) under false pretenses. So if, and this is a big if, enough evidence of Russian interference gains attention and traction, there could be a call for a vote audit. There already is a revote lawsuit being considered at the Supreme Court.

Joseph, look at you following tweets, wow! And I thank you for putting them in readable fashion, because they are fascinating. And I remember how immediately you knew something was ...fishy... about the Weiner case. If he wasn't such a sleazeball, tho, they could not have honeytrapped him. I hope he understands this to the fullest extent, but I'll bet not.

But even if an audit is allowed how can you be sure it's the same machine. People who has so much resources can do anything. Glad your theories about wiener finally are coming to something. The weasel.
Check out James S. Henry's story here:
Sometime in the late September of 2016, Sheldon Andelson announced he was going to donate 25 million dollars in attack ads against Hillary Clinton. 30 days notice has to be given, so Andelson could not make the donation or the results of the donation available for another 30 days, or right around Oct. 25, 2016.
Many scenarios come into play here. One is that Trump forced Comey's hand about the second Comey Letter so that Andelson would not back out of his 25 million dollar promise. Another is that convincing Andelson to follow through was the big surprise. I read a claim that Trump did not even want the commercials, but I doubt that unless Trump's ego led him to believe he could win on his own.
Andelson's commercials were a hoot. They just went for it and were almost comic book style attack ads against Hillary Clinton. I don't know if Hillary Clinton was able to respond to them since they were so last minute. What I didn't like about Clinton's ads is that almost all of them were "productions", like they were trying to make a couple of masterpieces when dozens of ads were needed to keep them all fresh.
Also, ads from months earlier, like the one with Trump selling his fake merchandise, and appearing on Letterman and Letterman stating the products are all made in other countries, that one seemed to disappear and never re-appeared.
I sometimes think the real story that we will never know is how much Trump paid his lawyers to not only object and quash others, but that silence about the quashing was also required. That Letterman ad made Trump look like a fool, it was tremendous and I don't recall seeing it over the final several months of the campaign.
Whether or not the vote was manipulated, the second Comey Letter was the cornerstone to the October surprise that followed. Andelson gave 25 million dollars for last minute attack ads, Pizza Gate, the Police were going to the Clintons home to arrest them, all of these stories did come out over the final few days and there apparently was 10% to 15% of the voting public that still had not decided who if they would vote when the Comey letter came out.
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Anonymous sources

At his CPAC speech, Donald Trump insisted that no-one in the media should write stories relying on anonymous sources. In other words, neither All the President's Men nor The Final Days should exist -- a prescription which no doubt would please Roger Stone, Donnie's best friend.

But what about the times Trump himself has cited anonymous sources, as documented in the above video? And what about the notorious story about Trump's sex life which appeared in the New York Post while Donald Trump was still married to Ivana? The anonymous source for this report is presumed to be none other than Donald Trump himself.

I'm sure that Donald's pal Alex Jones will now start to rant about anonymous sources; these days, AJ thinks whatever Donnie tells him to think. In the past, however, Awful Alex has had no problem with anonymous sourcing.

For example, ten days ago Alex Jones published this:
Investigative journalist Ed Klein has an anonymous source claiming Hillary Clinton is planning to have her own TV Show in preparation for a 2020 Presidential bid.
And then there's this Infowars piece publish last July, during the election...
The Clinton Foundation is a “massive spider web of connections and money laundering implicating hundreds of high-level people,” according to an anonymous insider who revealed why the FBI stopped short of indicting Hillary Clinton.
The anonymous source behind this claim spoke to the world via 4chan, the world's most trustworthy site. If you read it on 4chan, it's solid.

Alex Jones has also featured the comedy stylings of one Jim Garrow, a far right paranoia-peddler:
He claims to have been an alphabet agency operative (more on that below), and frequently cites inside sources at the highest levels of American intelligence. They're all anonymous sources, of course, but they're such loyal patriots that they're allowing Garrow to release information you won't get anywhere else on this planet. Here are just a few of the astonishing things Garrow has revealed to the public in just the past four months:

* Obama ordered the assassination of Andrew Breitbart.

* Obama ordered the assassination of Tom Clancy.

* A military coup is imminent in the U.S. A cabal of military leaders is going to rise up against tyranny and unseat Obama.

* Obama was planning to use an EMP pulse weapon against his own country, but was foiled by a small group of military leaders. Now, in retaliation, Obama is assassinating those men.

* Several of Garrow's CIA colleagues have been murdered because they got in Obama's way, and Garrow himself narrowly escaped an apparent assassination attempt in January.
Side note 1: Seems to me that the one who immediately profited from the death of Andrew Breitbart was a guy named Steve. (Not that I think there was anything unnatural in Breitbart's passing. I'm just sayin'.)

Side note 2: I first heard the "cabal of military leaders" meme more than a quarter century ago from a now-forgotten conspiracy guru named Sherman Skolnick, who claimed to have a stable of anonymous sources. Throughout 1991 and 1992, Skolnick continually told his listeners that a group of generals was "on their way to Washington" to arrest George Bush the elder for treason, a word which Shermie always pronounced "TREEEEEE-zun!" Those generals were en route for nearly two years. I knew they shouldn't have made that left turn at Albuquerque.

End side notes; let's get back to AJ.

I could probably cite many, many, many more examples of Alex Jones relaying information gleaned from anonymous sources. My favorite instance, of course, is the time Alex Jones built an entire show around a rather notorious article about Aleister Crowley and the Bush family. That article -- written by yours truly -- first appeared in this very blog on April 1, 2006.

And what was the basis for that article's key claim..?
A sixth-level initiate within the OTO (the Ordo Templi Orientis, the mystical society that Crowely came to head in the 1920s) first set me down this research path by revealing that...
As it happens, I did once know a member of the OTO, although she may have been on the fifth level, not the sixth. She was a brilliant, troubled lady who died some years ago. Since I never have and never will divulge her name (not even her weirdly inappropriate "magickal name" within the order), she remains an anonymous source.

Yes, you can get screwed by an anonymous source. And if you're lucky, you'll have a lifetime of happy memories.
your 2006 article link mentioned in this article has 116 comments.
It still gets roughly 200 hits a day. The links all come from right wing sites.
Still one of my faves.

I always used to read Sherman Skolnick for entertainment value. I guess I missed whatever audio he put out during those times.

And it was a great inoculation against the many other confident predictions from 'inside sources' that something was imminent, but has been, woops, slightly delayed this week. But next week for sure!

The Nesara claims of an imminent Jubilee kind of world financial system re-set, and one Benjamin Fulford, with his Asian 'sources,' are the current avatars of the type. Plus Sorcha Faal, of course. Incredible claims? Yes, literally.


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Friday, February 24, 2017

The Bureau, the Bernie Bros, and the Bamboozlers

The big story right now concerns the Trump administration's attempt to interfere with the FBI's investigation of the Putin connection.
White House officials had sought the help of the bureau and other agencies investigating the Russia matter to say that the reports were wrong and that there had been no contacts, the officials said. The reports of the contacts were first published by The New York Times and CNN on February 14.

The direct communications between the White House and the FBI were unusual because of decade-old restrictions on such contacts. Such a request from the White House is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations.
The obvious (but not exact) precedent would be Watergate. Nixon hoped to convince the FBI not to investigate the break-in on the grounds that it was a matter of national security, a cover story made credible by the fact that CREEP had hired so many "former" CIA guys. (I believe that there was an under-recognized CIA component to Watergate -- primarily in the way the scandal unraveled. Of course, this has nothing to do with Nixon's attempt to tell the  Bureau to go to sleep.)

Nixon engaged in a clear obstruction of justice. Can the same be said of the present case? Right now, I don't think so -- although we can't be sure, due to the lack of details. Besides, this administration has, in its short life, earned an impressive reputation for mendacity.

The contact man was Reince Priebus, who was not among the small universe of individuals authorized to talk to the Bureau, as Rachel Maddow carefully explains in the embedded video. (She goes on to discuss many Trump hires have failed their background checks and were unceremoniously marched out of the White House. Shocking stuff.) The only real excuse is ignorance. In Trump's case, that excuse is semi-credible, since he really does seem to be under the impression that a president is a kind of king. But surely Priebus should have known better...?

Even if we don't have a Nixon-level case of obstruction, we do have an additional indication that the Trumpers are living in fear. As Guy Pearce says in L.A. Confidential: "You've got a big guilty sign around your neck."  

I think I know how the Republicans plan to divert the public from these investigation. They intend to focus on Hillary. They intend to make good on their chants of "Lock her up."

The biggest clue: The Bernie trolls are suddenly out in force, after a long period of quiet. Suddenly, they are crawling all over Kos, DU, and the anti-Trump Reddit boards, caterwauling their usual nonsense about Evil Hillary (and, as whim strikes, Evil Soros). I can only guess what they've been up to on Facebook.

Once more into the breach, dear friends. We're going to have to fight that battle again.

Fortunately, we now have an important new weapon: The Steele Dossier.

On January 14, The National Observer published a supremely important piece on how the troll army -- almost certainly masterminded in Russia -- used the Bernie movement to cow the Clinton supporters while spreading many of the same falsehoods that later propelled Trump into office.
Earlier in the campaign, supporters of each candidate diverged in a more benign dispute over policy and candidate appeal. Clinton was seen as a status quo candidate, while Sanders offered a frisson of excitement.

But then things changed. The negativity built and built, eventually rising to a crescendo. Something indefinable shifted, and something that felt like hate entered the campaign, and never left it. Many, if not most, of Hillary's millions and millions of supporters kept quiet, avoiding confrontation.

There were two main reasons for their relative silence:

It felt risky. It was obvious that publicly and strongly supporting Clinton could result in immediate attack and possibly retaliation on social media. This especially affected women, who have learned to fear social media;
Clinton supporters knew that to engage with Sanders supporters while emotions ran so high risked alienating them during the general election.

All this had the effect of muting her supporters, while the clamour against her rose to near hysteria. “She’s going to be INDICTED!” screeched Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat.

It was so unhinged that even during Clinton's historic nomination speech, a yelling chorus of opposition literally tried to drown out her speech and shout her down from the floor of the Democratic convention.

Christopher Steele's now infamous intelligence dossier may offer fresh insights into the genesis of the almost frenzied attacks on Clinton from the left.
What's a little more troubling is the CV of his chief strategist, Tad Devine. It turns out that Devine worked as an advisor for Vladimir Putin's man in Kiev, Viktor Yanukovich in 2006, and then for his 2010 election campaign. By curious coincidence another American had very close ties to Yanukovich during this exact period.

That would be Paul Manafort, Trump's one-time campaign manager.
We've discussed this matter at great length in this very blog. Back to the National Observer piece:
At a time when civil rights hero John Lewis is openly challenging a man who cheated his way into the White House, Bernie Sanders seems to have spent more energy attacking Democrats.

To what purpose?
Oh, I think that's pretty clear by now...
The dossier alleges extensive active co-ordination between Russia and the Trump team, and suggests that much of the anti-Clinton rhetoric from the left was deliberately orchestrated by Russia and Trump's team to harm her campaign.

The dossier reports that "the aim of leaking the DNC emails to Wikileaks during the Democratic Convention had been to swing supporters of Bernie Sanders away from Hillary Clinton and across to Trump."
If the Steele memo is to be believed, a very great deal of the pro-Stein and Sanders, anti-Hillary Clinton rhetoric was a Russian propaganda op. It certainly silenced and intimidated a great many of Hillary's supporters who deeply wanted to cheer for her unabashedly and without reservation.

That gap gave doubt an open runway.
It is happening again. Team Trump (which includes Team Putin) wants to see the Democrats split into irreconcilable factions, which means that they are going to bury the liberal blogs with lies, even as Sessions uncovers new bullshit "evidence" against Evil Hillary. If Hillary-hate dominates the headlines, the Putin/Trump connection will recede -- at least, such is the hope.

Speaking of news management...
Yesterday, the BBC ran an important story on how the Russians conduct cyber-war:
Keir Giles, an expert on the Russian military at the Chatham House think-tank, has warned that Russian "information warfare" occupies a wider sphere than the current Western focus on "cyber warriors" and hackers.

"The aim is to control information in whatever form it takes," he wrote in a Nato report called "The Next Phase of Russian Information Warfare".

"Unlike in Soviet times, disinformation from Moscow is primarily not selling Russia as an idea, or the Russian model as one to emulate.

"In addition, it is often not even seeking to be believed. Instead, it has as one aim undermining the notion of objective truth and reporting being possible at all," he wrote.
Russia has been testing Nato in various ways, including targeting individual soldiers via their social media profiles, Mr Giles told the BBC.

"They have been reaching out to individuals and targeting them as if it comes from a trusted source," he said.
Russia's effort in cyberspace is under intense Western scrutiny following high-level US accusations that Russian hackers helped to swing the presidential election in favour of Donald Trump.

According to Mr Giles, the Russian military decided to prioritise information warfare after the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict. The country's security apparatus drew lessons from its "inability to dominate public opinion about the rights and wrongs of the war", he said.

Commenting on Mr Shoigu's remarks, former Russian commander-in-chief Gen Yuri Baluyevsky said a victory in information warfare "can be much more important than victory in a classical military conflict, because it is bloodless, yet the impact is overwhelming and can paralyse all of the enemy state's power structures".
I hate to thank you for this, but thank you. I guess if it means Trump will excoriate Hillary instead of having a false flag event with bloodshed, I believe Hillary can take it. And this time, I believe women are so incredibly irate that she will have an army of her own by her side.
Thanks for this, Joseph. You are dead-on right about the unrepentant Berners coming out of the woodwork now (especially with the DNC chairperson election)--just take a glance at H.A. Goodman's Twitter feed (or on second thought, don't!) for example. The unhinged, bat-s**t crazy attacks on Hillary and any Democrat who didn't suck up to Sanders, the threats to split the party in two, and, of course, either ignoring or dismissing outright Trump's assault on the Constitution...yep, very suspicious indeed.

Of course, as you pointed out, it was featured in the dossier, especially when Jill Stein was named. The fact that she's also present at that dinner that Flynn attended--seated at the same table with him and Putin--should have triggered the warning klaxons.

No, the Russian affair is not going away.
Not to mention the first one to say "lock her up" or something to that effect was Mrs. Sanders.
The Clintons are easy targets because they have media representation, aka a media channel that supports Moderate Democrat thinking and reminds all of the successes of past Moderate Democrat presidencies, aka Bill Clintons two terms.
Almost every achievement of the Clintons from the 90's was twisted around and made to look like an assault on society during the 2016 campaign by both Sanders and Trump. Hillary Clinton decided to shut up because there was no entity out there defending and PRAISING the Clinton record and she figured Sanders would disappear sooner rather than later. But then the Michigan primary happened and that was the fulcrum point for 3 more months of Bernie and an excuse for his supporters to falsely attack Hillary Clinton at every turn.
Any plan to attack the Clintons going forward will work simply because as time goes on, people become clueless as to what it was that the Clintons did anyways. Even Haiti hangs out there and the more the Clintons ignore Haiti, the more out of touch they look.
Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of 30 years of failed policies and without a constant harbinger of a media channel for Clinton supporters to rally around, Hillary Clinton will continue to be "Snowball" for opposing candidates. The progressive led attack against Trump is not a cry for righting the 2016 election.
But the really serious question is why the Clintons just sit there and take it without any significant effort to defend themselves? Obviously whatever they think they doing isn't working. So are they guilty,incompetent or iust lazy. Something just doesn't add up
Well you would think that winning the popular vote would speak for itself
all very interesting, as ever; thx, joe. but i fear this needs to be taken to task.

first, the weak links red glare when tad devine is lumped in pell mell with manafort? just a quick review of their respective wiki bios shoots that one down pretty soundly. sorta like, hey, did you know matt taibbi and manafort were in moscow at the same time? is taibbi therefore a secret ruskie? credulity, peeps; it stretches. especially when the new observer piece linked to above begins with the phrase, "unconfirmed revelations," and goes for a wild ride from there.

look, i voted for HRC/against trump, and i don't doubt there is something nefarious about the russian involvement. but there is something intellectually masturbatory about this level of bizarre speculation.

evidently it will take clinton supporters far longer to drop the conspiracy theory that bernie bros lost the election than it took bernie to step up to the plate and help deliver for her; she did win the popular vote, did she not? the loss of the key states of WI, MI, and PA - states they presumed were in the bag - expose campaign errors, pure and simple.

but to place the blame on bernie himself, even to suggest he's in league with the russians? say wha'? that's where the credulity just breaks.

so much so, cannot bring myself to bother to address it. but, the bernie bros fabrication, that's easy, and evidently necessary.

first, please consider this piece glenn greenwald wrote on the phenom over a year ago:

it's long, detailed, and - true to greenwald form - measured and reasonable, rational. he even points out that we all bring our unique expectations and biases to the web cruise, which inevitably colors our perspectives. but it's incumbent upon each of us to really scrutinize those expectations and biases, as well as whatever information these lead us to.

or not. case in point: i find it of particular interest this fact, also from about a year ago, is apparently absent from the bellyaching and speculations (from the daily news):

it's the first (and damn near last; funny how the media ignored this) mention of the fact that david brock's HRC pac was actively and aggressively trolling for her/against bernie. the 'bernie bros' meme, it seems, was brock's own creation.

and, to top all that off, here is thom hartmann in early jan., 2017, reading the letter brock wrote to bernie, apologizing for the campaign "heat":

would that he had had the courage to be more specific, and less obviously currying favor with the person who by then was proving to be a continuing source of popularity and power in the party. hard not to recall his 'confessions' to anita hill. after, of course, so much damage was done.

all that said, i repeat; i voted for hillary, and suspect russians did as much damage as they could. but we cannot deny the damage that was done, shall we say, very in-house. not by bernie the challenger/visitor, but truly in-house.

however, i fear more the damage done by floating too many of these breathless, pearl-clutching exercises in connect-the-dots when not even the dots hold much substance.

it's not just a potential for damage to the country - it's a lapse of rational thought.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Crooked Donald Trump tied to mobster who sold nukes to Al Qaeda. Sad!

Sorry I have been away. Yes, I've been attuned to every hemi-demi-semiquaver of the Trump/Russia connection; yes, I've followed the twitter streams of people like Christo Grozev and Louise Mensch. I don't have time right now for a long piece about all of that.

The Keith Olbermann video embedded above suggests that he has developed sources within the intelligence community. Good. However, I suggest caution: I see an increasing number of indicators that there is an Alt Right faction lurking within spookdom.

When the Sater connection hits big, Trump is going to deny knowing the man. Evidence like this will prove important, as will AP stories like this and WP stories like this.
“Anybody can come in and build a tower,” Sater told potential investors, according to testimony in a 2008 court case. “I can build a Trump Tower, because of my relationship with Trump.”
But Sater is not the only one. It's long past time for this blog to discuss another Russian mobster with a difficult-to-spell Russian name: Semyon Mogilevich. Although his heyday may be in the past, we still need to understand his history.

This story from 2004 speaks of a link between Mogilevich and none other than Osama Bin Laden.
The October 2001 issue of the Russian magazine "Top Secret," relying on sources in Russia's security services, claimed there was a connection between Osama bin Laden and the Russian mafia. According to the magazine's "Black September" article the chief of the largest and most dangerous Russian crime syndicate, Semyon Mogilevich, has met bin Laden's associates in Marbella Spain.

Mogilevich, known as "the brainy don," is said to be the world's most intelligent criminal. He is also very dangerous. When journalist Robert Friedman wrote about Mogilevich's career in a book titled Red Mafiya, Mogilevich allegedly put out a $100,000 contract on Friedman's life. According to Friedman, "hundreds of pages of classified FBI, British and Israeli intelligence documents ... describe him as a malevolent figure who has become a grave threat to the stability of Israel, Eastern Europe, and North America." According to his closest associates, Mogilevich employs Ph.D's on his staff, has penetrated countless banks, owns military and defense industries in more than one country, controls the flow of contraband through Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport and maintains close relations with "former" communist structures and personnel. Friedman states: "He is protected by a web of relationships with high-ranking officials of international security services, high flying financiers, and politicians."
Of course he's in deep with Putin. But it gets better. The following ties in with the preceding post about Russian-linked prostitution rings...
According to Friedman, "Mogilevich's lieutenants are trained in intelligence operations and countersurveillance, and provide warnings of impending police actions...." They are experts at compromising Western security services, especially by making secret agreements to provide information on rival crime groups. Mogilevich's organization blends East Bloc intelligence professionalism with arms smuggling, money laundering, extortion, prostitution, drug trafficking and murder. Meanwhile, Mogilevich's "former" East bloc intelligence professionals are teaching al Qaeda how to set up safe houses and smuggle weapons. (The pay is excellent and the work familiar.)
Now we come to the nuclear connection. As you know, I have predicted that there will soon be a terror event involving a "small" nuclear weapon. Well, guess what?
According to sources near the action, East European mobsters (including Mogilevich's Red Mafiya) are helping al Qaeda to acquire nuclear, chemical and biological materials.
The idea that a police state (Russia) run by a police statesman (Putin) cannot cope with gangsters who steal nuclear, biological and chemical materials is not credible. Vladimir Putin is perfectly comfortable using gangster methods against his political opponents, including "oligarchs" and journalists. Why can't he use these methods against criminals who steal WMDs from Russia's vast arsenal of mass destruction?

Is it possible that "thefts" of Russian WMD materials are somehow useful to Vladimir Putin? After all, the stolen weapons are smuggled by Russian gangsters and "former" intelligence operatives for use against Western countries. If you think about it, Russia's WMDs were built with Western countries in mind.
It has been said that Putin had Litvinenko killed specifically because he (Litvinenko) revealed Putin's links to Mogilevich.

By this point, you are probably asking yourself: Yeah, but where's the Trump connection? Here it is. Felix Sater is part of Mogilivich's organization. John Schindler (referenced by Olbermann, above) says
Sater = Mogilevich...both of them have ties to Putin and to Russian security services. Well known to Western intel.
Sater works for Mogilevich, who supplied WMDs to Al Qaeda and other terror groups. Sater also "got out of jail free" by revealing certain things to the FBI and CIA. It seems pretty obvious that Sater's big revelations had to do with the nukes and CBWs sold to the terrorists.

John Schindler has a lot more to say about Trump and Mogilevich in a series of tweets captured for posterity here. I have arranged the tweets in a more conventionally readable fashion....
You need to understand real estate finance, and Russian organized crime AND Russian intelligence...if you do, the picture is quite clear. Mogilevich is the biggest mob boss in Russia -- maybe the world -- and his capos+footprints are all over the Trump Org since early 1990s.

Mogilevich launders money in the West, including the USA, on a gargantuan scale; he is clever and good at this. FBI knows all about it.

In 1992, Mogilevich sent a capo to NYC to run his US show. That was Yaponchik AKA Vyacheslav Ivankov, who was murdered in Moscow in 2009. Yaponchik/Ivankov -- for 3 years until the FBI caught up with him -- was dividing his time between Trump Tower & Don's Taj Mahal Casino. There are literally dozens of Russian OC scams, some gargantuan, that we know were based at Trump properties -- quite a coincidence.

The real issue is how Mogilevich made the Trump Org one of his overseas subsidiaries, de facto, back in the 1990s. FBI knows this too.

Also, Mogilevich has a very cozy relationship with Putin & his special services, going back to KGB days. They help each other non-stop. Not long after Sasha Litvinenko told reporters about Putin's close links to Mogilevich, FSB gave him atomic tea. Another coincidence. There's an old IC joke about Russian organized crime: "Who do you think organized them?"

Trump being in bed with ROC = in bed with FSB
For more, you may want to check out an online book called Deep Capture. The chapter at the other end of the link includes the eye-opening revelation that Mogilevich was represented by former FBI Director William Sessions, even though the FBI had the Russian on its "Ten Most Wanted" list!

Say what you will about J. Edgar, he never would have sunk that low.

That chapter has some good background on Mogilevich's connections to a $7 billion money laundering scandal involving the Bank of New York -- a scandal which few now recall, though it was big news at the time. I can find nothing online linking Donald Trump to that business; if you know of a link, please shre with the rest of the class. (The scandal did involve another flashy real estate developer named Gene Phillips.)

The chapter also has more on Sater, Bayrock and Tevfik Arif. Now we are undeniably in Deep Trump Territory.
In later years, Felix co-founded a real estate and mortgage outfit called Bayrock. As we will see in later chapters, Bayrock played a role in the larger “bust out” of the mortgage markets, but for the purposes of this chapter, I will note that Bayrock’s former CFO, Jody Kriss, has alleged that Bayrock is a massive money laundering operation. In 2009, Kriss filed a lawsuit to this effect, and noted that Felix had once threatened to have him (Kriss) tortured and then murdered.
There simply is no credible way for Trump to claim that he had nothing to do with Bayrock.
One of Bayrock’s co-founders was Tevfik Arif. In 2011, Arif was arrested in Turkey after Turkish commandos raided a party that Arif was holding on a yacht that had once belonged to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey’s founding president. Arif, a native of Kazakhstan, was arrested along with a small harem of prostitutes and some unnamed government officials from Central Asia. (It is unclear why the commandos raided the yacht; the media has reported that Arif was charged only with illegally hiring prostitutes, a crime that does not usually result in commando raids).
As we've seen below, the Israeli press reported that the prostitutes were underaged girls from Russia, who were being used to acquire blackmail on VIPs; they were working for Arif. This ties in with what we know about Mogilevich, who is said to run a large-scale prostitution ring, and who obtains kompromat on important people around the world.

It also inevitably reminds us of Trump's old pal Jeffrey Epstein, who also surrounded himself with underaged Russian girls. According to Virginia Roberts, these girls were also used to acquire kompromat on VIPs.

Since the source of Epstein's money remains mysterious, it is fair to speculate as to whether he has had financial dealings with Mogilevich's criminal empire. For all of his personal failings, Epstein is a brilliant man -- and the same can be said of Mogilevich. The two men would seem a natural fit for each other.

I'm not the first person to so speculate. As much as I hate to admit it, a commenter named Rattlesnake, writing in to Infowars -- yes, freakin' Infowars -- got there first, back in 2015. At the time, Alex Jones had no idea that he was publishing material that might one day tarnish his beloved Donald Trump.

Also see this story on Paul Manafort (always a key member of Team Trump, as well as a partner to Roger Stone) and his dealings with Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash. In what follows, Tymoshenko refers, of course, to the former Ukrainian Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, who brought a suit against Paul Manafort.
Tymoshenko claimed that CMZ and other Manafort-run firms were backed not just by Firtash but also by Semion Mogilevich, a Ukrainian national deeply involved in Russian organized crime. Tymoshenko’s lawsuit referred to Mogilevich as a “silent partner” in Group DF.

Mogilevich is “involved in weapons trafficking, contract murders, extortion, drug trafficking, and prostitution on an international scale,” according to the FBI.

In a meeting with the American ambassador to Ukraine in late 2008, Firtash “acknowledged ties to Russian organized crime figure Seymon Mogilevich, stating he needed Mogilevich's approval to get into business in the first place,” according to a State Department cable released by Wikileaks.
Trump's people keep associating with Mogilevich and his people. Yet Trump wants us to believe that these associations were glancing or accidental.

The Mogilevich factor is one reason why I think we should be a bit wary of the information we are now getting from the American intelligence community. Remember, this is a guy who brought former FBI Director William Sessions on board. He specializes in forming relationships with people from various intelligence services, not just the FSB.
WOW! What a treasure!
Joseph Cannon wraps it all up in a pretty package with a big, red bow!
Thank you!
Hope you don't mind the fact that I retitled the post. Thanks, Aja. Stop by again!
Breaking news. An Austrian court has just approved the extradition of Ukrainian oligarch Dmitri Firtash to the US on racketeering charges.
"According to justice officials in Austria, Firtash's extradition to Chicago is on hold because Firtash is facing new organized crime charges in Spain."
Steve Bannon admits that his goal (and Trump's) is the deconstruction of the administrative state -- effectively the elimination of federal government protection for the individual. Arizona has voted to expand racketeering laws to include protesters and protest organizers, meaning police could arrest demonstrators and seize their assets. And the House Republicans are going to kill off any inquiries into Trump's finances.

Oh, these guys are not going to stop. The police state is well and truly coming.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

Trump, Arif, Sater, Milo, Epstein...and pedophilia

Milo Yiannopoulos -- Alt Right leader, influential Trump supporter, close associate of Steve Bannon, and keynote speaker at the CPAC conference, is on video appearing to advocate the legalization of sex between boys and older men.
“But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him,” Yiannopoulos replied, using a euphemism for male oral sex.
Milo angrily denies that he favors pedophilia, and his words deserve your respectful attention. He says that he has exposed pedophiles -- who happen to be linked to enemies of the Alt Right. This behavior seems motivated not by morality but by vengeance. The closing section of his denial is...strange.
I did say that there are relationships between younger men and older men that can help a young gay man escape from a lack of support or understanding at home. That's perfectly true and every gay man knows it. But I was not talking about anything illegal and I was not referring to pre-pubescent boys.
A 13 or 14 year-old boy is not pre-pubescent, but he is underaged. Like it or not, a sexual relationship between an older male and an underaged male is, by definition, illegal -- and every gay man knows that.

Trump and Epstein. Coincidentally, this brouhaha erupted just a short while after we learned that Trump's pick for labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, was the slimeball who made that inexcusable deal that let childfucker billionaire (and longtime Trump pal) Jeffrey Epstein off the hook, without informing Epstein's victims. Most people have forgotten that Trump was served with a subpoena in the Epstein case, even though Donnie later denied it. In fact, there is evidence which strongly suggests (but does not prove) that Epstein met his underaged lover Virginia Roberts via Donald Trump.

(I can guess what some of you are about to say: "But Bill Clinton...!" No. You've fallen for a widely-circulated fake news story, as I detail at length in this earlier post.)

Of course, we all recall how Trump liked to pop into the dressing rooms of pageant contestants, some of whom were as young as 15.

But that's not all. This incredibly important piece on Trump's Russian connections describes Trump's links to the shadowy Bayrock group. And yes, this investigative trail does lead back to allegations of pedophilia. Follow along:
Carelessness about due diligence with respect to potential partners and associates is one of Donald Trump’s more predictable qualities. Acting on the seat of the pants, he had hooked up with Bayrock rather quickly in 2005, becoming an 18 percent minority equity partner in the Trump SoHo, and agreeing to license his brand and manage the building.

Exhibit A in the panoply of former Trump business partners is Bayrock’s former Chairman, Tevfik Arif (aka Arifov), an émigré from Kazakhstan who reportedly took up residence in Brooklyn in the 1990s. Trump also had extensive contacts with another key Bayrock Russian-American from Brooklyn, Felix Sater (aka Satter), discussed below. Trump has lately had some difficulty recalling very much about either Arif or Sater. But this is hardly surprising, given what we now know about them.
A little bird tells me that Sater will figure very heavily is some news stories which will appear very soon -- perhaps tomorrow. Right now, though, I want to draw your attention to Arif:
As for Arif, his most recent visible brush with the law came in 2010, when he and other members of Bayrock’s Eurasian Trio were arrested together in Turkey during a police raid on a suspected prostitution ring, according to the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot.

At the time, Turkish investigators reportedly asserted that Arif might be the head of a criminal organization that was trafficking in Russian and Ukrainian escorts, allegedly including some as young as 13. According to these assertions, big-ticket clients were making their selections by way of a modeling agency website, with Arif allegedly handling the logistics.
Emphasis added. For more on Trump's strong and undeniable links to Arif, see here.

Until now, nobody has suggested in print that the claimed Arif "escort" ring may link up with the Epstein case. Before you scoff at the idea, consider the following four points:

1. Many of the underaged girls in Epstein's "stable" came from eastern Europe. (See here and here.)

2. According to Virginia Roberts, Epstein used those women to obtain "kompromat" on politicians.

3. Tevfik Arif, Trump's business partner, has been accused not only of trafficking in underaged eastern European women, but of using them to "entertain" politicians and powerful businessmen. Again: Kompromat. 

4. Trump associated with both Arif and Epstein. The evidence linking Epstein to Trump is, in fact, far more copious than most people realize.

Bringing it all together. It seems as though Trump is guilty of every accusation he lobbed against Hillary Clinton in 2016. He called her a racist, he said that she was rigging the election, he assailed her for lack of transparency, he said that her foundation was crooked, he accused her of communicating in an insecure fashion, and he even called her a puppet of Vladimir Putin. Each of those claims turned out to be applicable to Trump himself.

Pizzagate may have been a similar exercise in mirror imaging. Although Pizzagate was a massive falsehood, a real pedophile scandal demands investigation. While we cannot (yet) tie this scandal directly to Trump himself, the trail leads to his associates. Not to Democrats, not to liberals, not the imaginary Evil Clinton Conspiracy: To Trump's associates.

Let's get back to Milo: How the hell can he justify working with someone like Steve Bannon, whose history on gay issues is pretty damned awful? How the hell can he rationalize his working relationship with the followers of Russian fascist Alexander Dugin (profiled glowingly by Infowars here), a man who thinks that America's tolerance of gay marriage proves that the U.S. is the kingdom of the Antichrist? Do you think that we all will soon be entertained by the spectacle of Milo defending Dugin on the topic of gay marriage while simultaneously defending "February/December" romances between boys and men?

There are neo-Nazis who hate Milo because he's gay. There are also Alt Rightists who refuse to concede that he is homosexual. I can't pretend to comprehend everything that goes in that world; all I know is that the Alt Right is one seriously screwed-up subculture -- and I wish to hell it had stayed sub.

Let's get back to Felix Sater. Just a few hours ago, Jake Tapper (in an apparent hint of things to come) counseled us to read up on Sater. All right: Let's do that. Start with David Corn, here.

If Josh Marshall has read the tea leaves correctly, Sater may soon become a household name. Sater, Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and the Putin government have been hammering out a Ukraine peace plan, which Sater gave to General Flynn just before his resignation. Why is this shocking? Because -- as indicated above -- Sater is a shady, sleazy character, and Trump has been trying to pretend that he has no real links to the guy.
Having spent some time studying the matter, the biggest red flags about Donald Trump's ties to Russia and businessmen around Vladimir Putin have always been tied to the Trump SoHo building project in Lower Manhattan, from the first decade of this century. I base my knowledge of this on this rather cursory but still quite good April 2016 article from the Times and my own limited snooping around the Outer Boroughs Russian and Ukrainian emigre press. (I summarized the most salient details of the earlier Times article in Item #3 of this post.) This was a key project, perhaps the key project in the post-bankruptcy era in which Trump appeared heavily reliant on Russian funds to finance his projects. Sater was at the center of that project. The details only came to light after the project got bogged down in a complicated series of lawsuits.

After the lawyers got involved, Trump said he barely knew who Sater was. But there is voluminous evidence that Sater, a Russian emigrant, was key to channeling Russian capital to Trump for years. Sater is also a multiple felon and at least a one-time FBI informant. Bayrock Capital, where he worked was located in Trump Tower and he himself worked as a special advisor to Trump. Again, read the Times article to get a flavor of his ties to Trump, the Trump SoHo project and Russia. For my money there's no better place to start to understand the Trump/Russia issue.

On its own, Trump's relationship with Sater might be written off (albeit not terribly plausibly) as simply a sleazy relationship Trump entered into to get access to capital he needed to finance his projects. Whatever shadowy ties Sater might have and whatever his criminal background, Trump has long since washed his hands of him. (Again, we're talking about most generous reads here.)

But now we learn that Sater is still very much in the Trump orbit and acting as a go-between linking Trump and a pro-Putin Ukrainian parliamentarian pitching 'peace plans' for settling the dispute between Russia and Ukraine.
Just how shady is Sater? This Miami Herald piece form 2012 is a must-read:
Now with the collapse of the posh Trump resort, lawyers are fighting to expose the background of the 46-year-old man who they allege stole millions from investors while he was given sweeping protections by prosecutors.

Sater is accused in a civil racketeering case of helping to hide millions from the failed Fort Lauderdale project — while paying $1.5 million to a former Mafia associate for his role in the deal.
Sater has dodged the legal repercussions of his acts by functioning as an informant for both the FBI and CIA.
While the court reels over the leaks, burned investors are angry about another issue: the judge’s decision to seal the racketeering charge — including Sater’s sentence.

Altschul, the lawyer for dozens of Trump tower buyers, said investors were deprived of knowing a key member of the development team had been steeped in financial crime with the mob.

“Do you honestly think they are going to invest in a project when you tell them that one of the people happens to have been involved with the mob? That’s insane,” he said.
Let's return to this piece.
Whatever Felix Sater has been up to recently, the key point is that by 2002, at the latest,19 Tevfik Arif decided to hire him as Bayrock’s COO and managing director. This was despite the fact that by then Felix had already compiled an astonishing track record as a professional criminal, with multiple felony pleas and convictions, extensive connections to organized crime, and—the ultimate prize—a virtual “get out of jail free card,” based on an informant relationship with the FBI and the CIA that is vaguely reminiscent of Whitey Bulger.
By then [2000] young Felix Sater was already well on his way to a career as a prototypical Russian-American mobster. In 1991 he stabbed a commodity trader in the face with a margarita glass stem in a Manhattan bar, severing a nerve. He was convicted of a felony and sent to prison. As Trump tells it, Sater simply “got into a barroom fight, which a lot of people do.” The sentence for this felony conviction could not have been very long, because, by 1993, 27-year-old Felix was already a trader in a brand new Brooklyn-based commodity firm called “White Rock Partners,” an innovative joint venture among four New York crime families and the Russian mob aimed at bringing state-of-the art financial fraud to Wall Street.

Five years later, in 1998, Felix Sater pled guilty to stock racketeering, as one of 19 U.S.-and Russian mob-connected traders who participated in a $40 million “pump and dump” securities fraud scheme. Facing twenty years in Federal prison, Sater and Gennady Klotsman, a fellow Russian-American who’d been with him on the night of the Manhattan bar fight, turned “snitch” and helped the Department of Justice prosecute their co-conspirators.22 Reportedly, so did Salvatore Lauria, another “trader” involved in the scheme. According to the Jody Kriss lawsuit, Lauria later joined Bayrock as an off-the-books paid “consultant.” Initially their cooperation, which lasted from 1998 until at least late 2001, was kept secret, until it was inadvertently revealed in a March 2000 press release by U.S. Attorney Lynch.

Unfortunately for Sater, about the same time the NYPD also reportedly discovered that he had been running a money-laundering scheme and illicit gun sales out of a Manhattan storage locker. He and Klotsman fled to Russia. However, according to the New York Times, which cited Klotsman and Lauria, soon after the events of September 11, 2001, the ever-creative Sater succeeded in brokering information about the black market for Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to the CIA and the FBI. According to Klotsman, this strategy “bought Felix his freedom,” allowing him to return to Brooklyn. It is still not clear precisely what information Sater actually provided, but in 2015 U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch publicly commended him for sharing information that she described as “crucial to national security.”
A short while ago, Maxine Waters got on MSNBC and announced that Trump is saying "stupid" things about the media "because of info about to come out on Russia." She also advised people to follow the money.


Remember, the Orbis dossier said that election shennanigans were being covertly funded by Russia via a network of Russian emigres in New York. Sater and Arif are Russian emigres.
I reread the Trump "dossier" last night. Per it, Trump had little involvement in corrupt (presumably dangled) business deals in Russia but accepted a flow of money for his campaign. That's rather hard to believe given what we know about Trump's Soho project etc. The dossier notes. however, that Trump was happy to use Russia as a cover for where the real crimes lay, bribery and corruption involving China and associates. Sometimes one has to exclaim, "You mean there's MORE?"
Talk about your criminal immigrants! Projecting again. We all knew it when he charged Hillary with not having the "temperament" to be president.

"Maxine Waters got on MSNBC and announced that Trump is saying 'stupid' things about the media 'because of info about to come out on Russia.' She also advised people to follow the money." Wow.

Can't wait for this next shitstorm. It's everyone's dream that der Donald gets taken down quickly.
I'm not comfortable criticising Milo for being a rape victim, or for joking about same. In that same recording he says he thinks the age on consent laws are right as they are now.

That recording is from 2015. Why is it coming up now?

Well, it's coming from the Reagan Battalion. Which is run by Evan McMullin, a few months ago a candidate for president, and described on his Twitter bio as a CIA operative.

Things keep getting weirder.
It seems as though Trump is guilty of every accusation he lobbed against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

This, 100%.

He is everything he--and, to a great extent, the far Left--claimed Hillary was.

Someday, I wish that the media would offer up an apology to Hillary, like David Brock did in the late 1990s after he turned against the GOP and their smears of both Clintons. But I doubt that the media would ever do such a thing.
I think Josh Marshall must read your blog:
More dossier investigation/supporting info, this on the money flow from the Kremlin via RU diplomats.

Trump Soho did rely on criminal cash, huge unexplained flows via Icelandic banks into Bayrock. All in public domain, try the NY Times story about the lawsuit settlement removing a criminal case.

I'm pretty sure Evan McMullin does NOT run the Reagan Battalion.
Milo Yiannopolous calls the very idea of consent "arbitary and oppressive". He clearly advocates sex between older men and children who have reached puberty, "cross-generational" sex as he agrees to call it. He says the men help the children "find out who they are" - meaning presumably that they turn their victims gay. In a table-thumping tone, he says that this shit particularly applies in the "homosexual world", i.e. to men with boys, not men with girls. What a disgusting fucker. Isn't there some law he can be locked up under?

I repeat: he calls the very idea of consent "arbitary and oppressive". Well without an idea of consent, there can be no concept or crime of rape, or of the age of consent.
b, it's pretty clear now that Milo wishes he had said something else. He's playing the "Here's what I MEANT to say" game -- and it's not going well.

I think that the "mentor" myth means a lot to some homosexuals. That myth explains why Gore Vidal was always so fascinated by the relationship between Billy the Kid and John Tunstall. And if you re-read Oscar Wilde's "love that dare not speak its name" speech, he seems to be talking about this kind of relationship, not about homosexuality per se.

As long as all parties are of age, I don't suppose any harm is done. Still, it's a little difficult for those outside of that subculture to understand the appeal of this imagery. Heterosexual men don't try to "mentor" the women in their lives, even when the women are younger.
By the way, it is cute to see Milo saying "Who ya gonna believe, me or your lying eyes?" This is a man who once embraced the idea that we now live in a post-fact culture. Why should we believe him when he says "I'm telling the truth NOW"?
Some more Trump cronyism links (including Jared Kushner) -- 1 2 3

Emptywheel also has a great post out on Stephen Miller and his call to the DOJ. Roll on police state.
Hahahaha haven't read something so ridiculous in a long time....looks like you know Hillary and all the others are about to go down huh?
Seems like Felix Sater was moved to respond to Adam Khan (who has documented in detail Trump's ties to Russia):

You don't have to subscribe to Twitter to see tweets, but here is text of Sater's message:

"I have been reading your tweets. You are completely wrong about the things you write about me. And if you even remotely scratch below the surface you will see that for your self. Either way. Wish you a Happy, Healthy and Joyous 2017 to you and yours."

Khan's timeline is worth checking out.

I find Sater's "good wishes" chilling. Thanks, Kathleen: Will check it out.
Milo actually seems to be playing a game of "here's what I ACTUALLY SAID", while his critics are relying on no-one actually checking, for example his explicit support for current age of consent laws.
Yes, Stephen. Just like Nixon, who said "But it would be wrong" when he suddenly remembered that the mics were hot.
Hard to figure the twisted moral calculus that Milo uses to rationalize his attitudes. Michael Hughes' assessment of him as a "Catholic guilt evangelist" is intriguing with regard to his homosexuality:

Also you might want to take a look at the strangely personal and emotional defense of Milo currently being mounted by University of Chicago professor Rachel Fulton Brown. Basically, she's comparing him to Jesus.

So Dump has multiple connections to underage sex trafficking... Likes to peep in on Teen Miss USA when they are dropping their panties. Hangs out with Jeffrey Epstein who trafficks in underage girls.... one of them apparently from his own Mar a Lago. Brags about liking girls on the young side like his pal Epstein. Travels to Russia in 2013 after saying all this shit. Wins U.S. presidency with Russian help and a cabinet full of fucks with Russian ties. Gets in office and immediately puts in place cabinet members who want to dismantle and destroy USA agencies and infrastructure they are put in charge of. LOL
Well, when you put it like that, Anonymous, it looks like Trump was right. He could shot someone dead in Times Square and no one would care.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

From 4chan to Fourth Reich

I finally got around to reading this important piece on 4chan culture and its relationship to the Trump movement. The piece explains the appeal of the Pepe character: He's a perpetual loser, and thus a perfect mascot for young white male losers who have given up all hope. These losers hate women precisely because they know that no girl would ever want to sleep with them.

Enter Milo Yiannopoulos:
Yiannopoulos’ rambling “arguments” against feminism, are not arguments at all, as much as pep talks, ways of making these dis-empowered men feel empowered by discarding the symbol of their failure — women. As an openly gay man, he argues that men no longer need be interested in women, that they can and should walk away from the female sex en masse. For example in a long incoherent set of bullet points on feminism he states:
The rise of feminism has fatally coincided with the rise of video games, internet porn, and, sometime in the near future, sex robots. With all these options available, and the growing perils of real-world relationships, men are simply walking away.
Here Yiannopoulos has inverted what has actually happened to make his audience feel good.
This is familiar. Most older people on the left will recall how, in the 70s and 80s, some lesbians used the argot of feminism to seduce pretty young straight women. (And puh-leeze don't try to convince me that it didn't happen, because everyone knows that it did.)

While reading this article, my mind kept wandering to 1980 and the rise of Reaganism. People forget that Reagan had enormous appeal to college-aged voters, and that much of this appeal was based -- at least at first -- on what we would now call "the lulz."

As many of you know, I went to UCLA. In 1980, someone adorned the front door of the Daily Bruin with an outlandish poster of Reagan as a cowboy, standing in front of American flags, guns, horses, and the rays of heaven shining from above. The imagery was beyond corny. I am quite certain that the person who affixed that image to that doorway did so ironically -- as a form of parody display.

But guess what? Reagan ended up winning an obscenely hefty proportion of the youth vote in that election.

Ever since that election, I've despised the very concept of irony, because it provides an all-purpose excuse for would-be highbrows to embrace the low. Whenever I read a postmodernist art critic extol "irony" as the one true virtue, my mind flashes back to that Reagan poster on the door of the Daily Bruin. Or I visualize a smirking young man who eats shit at a formal dinner table in order to shock the bourgeois. He may tell you that he does it "for the lulz," but then he develops a taste for shit.

Thus, Reagan in 1980. Thus, Trump in 2016.

Superb as it is, the afore-linked article is also incomplete. A comment from someone named Richard J. Anderson fills in the rest of the picture; I take the liberty of republishing his words here. Don't skip or skim: This is important stuff.
I figured out the Project Chanology connection to the alt-right and GamerGate a while back and was thinking of writing something similar. There’s one piece of the puzzle that Dale misses, and that’s the infiltration of 4chan by white supremacist groups like Stormfront, in the wake of Project Chanology.

It wad Project Chanology that elevated 4chan from “curious internet shithole,” to “infamous internet shithole,” and white supremacists saw it as an easy place to recruit. The pre-existing “ironic” racism of /b/ certainly didn’t help, either, but Project Chanology showed that a loose group of trolls whose biggest accomplishment was rigging Time Magazine polls could be mobilized towards something bigger.

Though the white supremacist influx was most seen on /new/ and later /pol/, it infected other boards too. Inside of a couple years, I watched the /mu/ board go from discussion and sharing of music to regular discussion threads about how violent rap music is, and how ugly and crazy various female musicians are. (Grimes was a particular target, especially after her Tumblr post complaining about /mu/.) Other ex-Channers have made similar comments on other boards: how /lit/ started talking more about “degenerate culture”, or /x/ going completely off the rails.

Combine this with the NEETs that hang around on /r9k/, /adv/, and /soc/ desperate for advice on getting laid, and you have a population ripe for radicalization. GamerGate wasn’t the first push by the radicalized 4chan. For that, you have to look at Operation Lollipop, which attempted to disrupt black and feminist Twitter though multiple sock-puppet accounts. (The same tactics were used again during the “#NotYourShield” portion of GamerGate.)

What truly chaps my hide about all of this is how Christopher Poole (moot) takes no responsibility for what he has wrought, and indeed, was rewarded with a cushy job at Google instead.
Funny, isn't it? Before World War II, proto-Nazis spread ideas among young people via sports and nature exploration societies. After World War II, neo-Nazis in Germany and elsewhere tried to seduce a new generation by working within athletic groups.

But today's generation poses a problem. How to appeal to young males who would rather eat their own toes than play sports or go hiking?

The answer: Gamergate. The neo-fascist infiltration of the science fiction subculture provides another example.

This is our future: A Master Race of couch potatoes and basement dwellers and unlovable virgins.
With respect to lesbians seducing straight women, I give you an allegedly feminist novel that you probably didn't subject yourself to, "The Women's Room". I read it 35 years or so ago, so my recollection might be a little bit off, but I'm reasonably certain I'm close enough for our purposes.

There was one actual lesbian, who was, by the way, the only decent person in the book. There were various straight women who were treated poorly by men, most of whom dallied with the lesbian while she rebuilt their self esteem so they could go back and find another man. One woman became a political lesbian after her daughter was brutally raped. The protagonist divorced her doltish husband, then found a much better guy to mess around with (no lesbian therapy required because she was the main character) and then walked away from him when he expected her to move for his work. I had arguments with plenty of other women, especially lesbians, back then because I objected to what I saw as a very negative portrayal of lesbians as either doormats or women who just couldn't deal with men for a period of time.
Heinlein. Nothing new about fascists in sci-fi.

Apart from that, wrong on every count, and the linked articles written by ignorant idiots. Pepe isn't a loser. 4chan isn't made up of MGTOWs. Gamergate was nothing to do with 4chan, which banned all discussion of it, and was solely a reaction to gaming websites denouncing "gamers" in general.

The embarrassing "hello, fellow children" nature of the articles would be funny if it wasn't so libellous. 4chan will be happy, though, as it makes them look far more important than they are.
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Melania: Nice suit

There are a couple of competing theories about Melania Trump's lawsuit against the Daily Mail.

Theory 1. The suit is purely Melania's idea. She wants money of her own so she can live in luxury after divorcing the tangerine tyrant. Presumably, she signed a prenup which would leave her with very little if she divorced Trump right now.

Theory 2. The suit is Donald Trump's idea. It is the prelude to a larger scheme to cow the media by bringing lawsuit after lawsuit.

Rachel Maddow has hinted in a recent broadcast that she leans toward Theory 2 or some variant thereof. Although I strongly doubt Theory 1, it has gained a number of fans in recent days.

I'm glad that I didn't touch the rumor that Melania had worked as an escort. I had heard the story early on, and even made a few attempts to research the matter. (An "instant book" devoted to this theory showed up on Amazon Kindle. It turned out to be crap.)

Melania continues to seek redress from the Daily Mail. She seems to have settled her case against Webster Tarpley, a right-wing conspiracy blogger who -- I was surprised to learn -- lives here in Maryland.

Perhaps I should be grateful to the guy. When I learned that Tarpley liked the "Melania as escort" story, I immediately decided that it was crap.

I've always been chary of Tarpley because he had a fairly lengthy relationship with the LaRouchies, although I remain unclear as to the exact nature of his place in the organization. I'm also unsure as to whether the connection is ongoing. All I know is that he was hanging out at Casa LaRouche back in the 1980s, when they were up to some evil shit.

Tarpley's resume isn't all bad: He wrote a piece about the Aldo Moro case which I rather liked at the time, although I might have a different opinion if I saw it now. He also co-wrote a hostile bio of "Poppy" Bush which I considered over-the-top but useful. (The footnotes were copious and they usually went to decent sources.) In the early 1990s, that book received wide distribution in liberal-land for the simple reason that there was nothing else like it. I don't know why an actual liberal didn't write an anti-Bush book; such a volume would have sold fairly well.

But then Tarpley got involved with the 9/11 Twoofers, and you know what I think about those people. I also had a glance at his Obama books. Not my cup of tea party.

I don't think that Melania was an escort. Nevertheless, I doubt that she will prevail in her suit against the Daily Mail, because she is clearly a public figure, which places the bar for libel very high. Her claim to have suffered financial damage is not convincing.

That claim is predicated on plans to capitalize on her husband's office for financial gain -- a fashion line bearing the brand of the First Lady. Some would argue such a scheme constitutes a kind of whoring.

(Oh, go ahead and sue, Melania. I have nothing but a nice collection of oil paints and a diabetic rat terrier.)
Well, libel law in the UK is more stringent than in the USA, so she might have a chance if she sued in a UK court.
I know the LaRouch gang were a conspiracy of conspiracy theories, I once had one of the books they published, but I'm not sure what elese they got up to.

If she's suing the Mail, she should do it in Britain where the libel laws are much looser. Don't need to show intentional falsehood, or specific financial harm, they Mail will have to prove what they said was true rather than her proving it's untrue, and they have previously taken cases against all manner of foreign press where they have no reasonable jurisdiction, so the Mail certainly qualifies.
hm, yes, well, these speculations are just so much fantasy, are they not? so, why not?

as for melania, i simply cannot give the principles in this play to much credit beyond smacking down what they don't like, so hard to say who instigated all this. i have to say, prenup or no, she would never get much from the marmalade scarecrow because he in truth has so little; all leveraged debt will not even buy a cuppa.

as for said goldenrod's intentions to sue sue sue in order to shut down the press, that does not seem at all likely to me. IANAL, but i do know that (a) he has a tacky history of doing such things, to the likes of bill maher, (b) those vanity suits have not gone well for him, and (c) the down side for him would be the almost limitless discovery process. which it is hard to his attorneys doing anything other than avoiding like the plague.

that is one area of relief i feel in all this bluster about the press. and, lest we forget, his widely broadcast default intention had he lost in november was to start up a new network.

bannon knows precisely how to manipulate the masses. hard to imagine melania's suits have not been part of that scheme.
Since the election I suffered from a lot of physical and emotional ailments. I cry frequently. Can I bring a suit against someone for that, successfully. IMOI it's murder and someone has to pay for it.
Or can all people who voted for Hillary sue (on behalf of America) trump's voters. Class action thing. I am sure a nifty lawyer can find away.
Melania is not a very sympathetic character. Women don't like her much. She was treated as a Jackie imitator in the inauguration coverage. Having her recite the Lord's Prayer is a transparent effort to increase her likeability but she sounds like an immigrant whenever she opens her mouth and people are wondering why she gets to live in privilege while Trump is deporting other less good-looking people who are not sexual trophies. This suit isn't going to help make people like her more. She needs to find and do some good works for that, something to indicates self-sacrifice, beyond the bargain she made to live on Trump's money.
What the msm wants is to take 'potshots' at politicians with no repercussions.

There is no law that says the 'politician' can't fire back. Trump fires back hard.

The 'namby-pamby' msm can't get used to that. They overreact and say Trump wants to 'stifle' them.

What he wants is to take his own'potshots' back.
Nevertheless, I doubt that she will prevail in her suit against the Daily Mail, because she is clearly a public figure, which places the bar for libel very high

That's not true under UK law (as Philip notes above), which is why I'm surprised she filed the suit in New York rather than, say, London. It would be, as they say, a slam dunk in a British court.

Under US law, she'd have to show that there was actual malice - unless she has some evidence of that it's hard to see how she could win. Then again, winning might not be the point.
There's no backsies in politics.
What Trump wants is to have everyone including the media to agree with him at all times, turn a blind eye to all his lies and exaggerations and allow him to do as he wishes with no checks and balances.
Your attempt at normalizing the behavior of this con man is pathetic.
Reciting the "lord's" fucking prayer = likability? BARF.

And LaRouche? DEADLY cult that targets damaged college kids.

M, you are a bit strong, but this piece is triggering as hell.
Webster Tarpley was effectively ejected from the Truth Movement in 2007 after an incident that became known as the "Kennebunkport Warning". About that time a certain faction of irresponsible 9/11 researchers fell under the influence of a retired Army intel guy, Captain Eric May, who claimed he could predict when the next 9/11 was going to happen based on some kind of numerological analysis. They predicted a number of terrorist attacks, none of which ever happened.

Tarpley issued what he called the "Kennebunkport Warning" about an imminent false-flag terrorist attack. He had a number of Peace Movement figures at some kind of conference in Kennebunkport, and he claimed that he got four of them, including Ciny Sheehan, to sign on to his prognosticative statement. The peaceniks immediately claimed that he had misrepresented the document they were signing, and Tarpley called Ms. Sheehan "a wretched creature".

Tarpley was overwhelmingly dissed by the truth movement after that, and his colleagues Dr. James Fetzer and Dr. Kevin Barrett were largely dissed by responsible truthers as well. None of Captain May's predictions ever came to pass.
Anon, I'm very grateful to you for this inside account of Tarpley's interactions with the Twoofers -- and thank you for "keeping it neutral" regarding what I presume to be your own feelings on that matter.

Tarpley is pals with Fetzer? Yeesh. I should have known.

I wish I could devote a post to the information you've given me here, but...jeez. So much is happening right now! I just spent more than an hour writing what I consider an important piece on a pedophile ring allegedly run by a Trump associate. I'd love to keep that piece at the top of my blog for the next few days. But I may have to top it with another post tomorrow morning, because that's how fast events are unfolding these days.

It's maddening! Even *I* don't want to spend THIS much time reading the news...let alone writing about it...
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Saturday, February 18, 2017


In the image above, a billionaire asks for handouts.

What the hell is going on in this country?

This cryptic story implies that Comey just had a very grim, very secret meeting with senators on the intelligence committee. Is Comey finally delivering the goods on Trump? If so, why did the FBI Director do everything in his power to get Trump elected? Or is Comey going to concentrate his fire on leakers, as the vile David Nunes has requested?

Update: Sorry to interrupt in mid-rant, but Hot Air has done some truly marvelous tea-leaf reading. Marco Rubio has suggested in a tweet that Comey managed to turn around some or all of the Republicans. David Frum has suggested that the NYT or another major news organ will soon drop a bombshell. Trump must sense this: He's tripling down on his insane campaign to convince the country that everyone in the news media is a liar. Indications are that the intelligence committee and/or the media will be following the money trail.

Added note: Fox News -- yes, Fox -- offers a remarkable account of the Comey briefing, or what we know of it. 

And now, back to my rant as originally written...

How can the Republican mind rationalize the mutually contradictory claims that the leaks are real but the news based on those leaks is fake?

How can Republicans continue to justify the actions of a man who lets his unvetted Mar-A-Lago cronies in on matters that should be kept confidential? Trump ran on bullshit allegations about the alleged insecurity Hillary's email server, which didn't handle any secret material. (And no, she did not erase 30,000 emails.) Of course, you could never explain the truth to Trump's audience, because most of them don't even know what a computer server is.

Remember when Julian Assange -- the founder of freakin' Wikileaks -- was hypocritically scoring Hillary for the alleged insecure handling of classified information? Now Dear Leader uses insecure systems while letting his country club pals in on things they have no business seeing -- and his hard-core supporters are fine with that. Paradoxically, Trump claims to be aghast at the very idea of leaks, even though he owes his office, in part, to Julian Assange, the former King of Leaks.

The incoherence of Donnie's views are matched by the incoherence of his speech.  I've met a few actual schizophrenics in my time; they usually sounded more lucid than Trump did at that instantly-infamous press conference. We now know that his bizarre performance repelled his chosen replacement for Michael Flynn, Vice Admiral Robert Harward.

You've surely heard or seen these words already, but let's savor them again:
You know what uranium is, right? It’s this thing called nuclear weapons. And other things. Like lots of things are done with uranium. Including some bad things. But nobody talks about that.
This is literally the single stupidest utterance ever emitted by any American politician. Even Louis Gohmert could not have concocted such a verbal spectacular. "You know what uranium is, right?" I have the horrific feeling that, until recently, Donald Trump did not.

And then there was that exchange with the Jewish reporter -- a reporter who went out of his way to establish himself as friendly to Trump. Yet when this journalist asked What to do about anti-Semitism? Trump reacted as though the reporter was accusing him of being an anti-Semite.

(I've learned from hard experience that the words which right-wing conspiracy buffs hear will often differ from what was actually said. That's why one should never talk to such people.)

Trump ranted about how he is the least anti-Semitic, least racist person in the world, and never mind the fact that he brought a leader of the Alt-Right movement into the White House. The wicked flee when no man pursueth. And the guilty proclaim their innocence when no man questions it.

This is insanity. Insanity.

If I ran SNL, I'd open the show with Alec Baldwin (in character) doing a cover of "I am the Walrus" -- with Spicer, Conway and Death singing "Umpa Umpa" in the background. Nobody would be surprised if Trump's next tweet read "Semolina Pilchard climbing up the Eiffel Tower. Sad."

The problem goes way beyond Trump: Our entire culture has gone barking bonkers. Across the political spectrum, everyone has entered into an alternative universe in which old opponents become new allies. In truth, I'm not even sure what the spectrum is any more, since the rules of reality have become so deformed.

Take, for example, Louise Mensch, whose twitter feed has become THE go-to place for the latest on the Trump/Russia linkage. She's a British conservative, a former member of Parliament, an employee of Rupert Murdoch, and a one-time Alt Right fellow traveler with profound links to the intelligence community. In normal times, I would consider her part of the problem.

But she sure as hell has the right enemies. The Breitbarters bash her continually, having transformed her into one of their "paranoia pinatas." In their crazed attacks, they trotted out all of the usual cliches, such as "cuck," and "SJW." How clever.

Mensch says that the spooks came to trust her because she was a staunch critic of Snowden. Now she is working with them to expose Trump. Yet Trump (who thinks whatever Fox News tells him to think) has said that he wants to execute Snowden -- and his pal Putin may give him the chance to do so.

Back when things were normal, I ran the sort of blog that gave positive coverage to people like Annie Machon, not Louise Mensch. Hell, I once got mildly drunk on saki with Lou Wolf, editor of Covert Action Information Bulletin.

And we are.

Where, exactly, are we? How did we get here? And how can we go back to where we were?

Side note: One reason the Breitbarters hate Mensch is her feminism. Although she has been the target of a vicious cyberbullying campaign, she herself got in trouble for making some rather bullying comments about the looks of a reporter. Given these circumstances, am I allowed to confess that I think that Louise Mensch is really pretty? Just what are the rules here? Are there any rules left?

That's the theme of this entire post. What are the rules now? Are there any rules left?

Earlier today, an Australian reader submitted the following comment to the preceding post:
As an Australian I might add not only did the CIA fuck with one of our greatest Prime Ministers who was democratically elected and who in his short time made changes which have served our nation well and not forgetting we are a sovereign nation.. this affair has been canvassed for an American audience in the film "The Falcon and the Snowman" but they organised a coup in neighbouring Indonesia against Sukarno their democratically elected President leaving half a million people dead. There are blogs here confirming Anne Dulles - Obama's mother was centrally involved. This has given us a deeply autocratic military government to deal with - who also have a million man army but has seen both US European and Australian companies seriously rape the joint - look into the plight of West Papua if you want to understand the brutality and the desecration... So thank you CIA - Trump may well be a dead man walking if this is true and god only knows what sort of deal he'd make with Putin but if he gets a chance to fuck the CIA - and I mean seriously fuck with them - hold them responsible for what they have done then I'm liking him more and more...
My response:
Simon, much of what you say is quite true. I will be the first to admit that -- when viewed from an Olympian remove -- there is a kind of cosmic justice to what is happening to the U.S. right now, in that a government which has subverted and shaped so many other governments is now getting a taste of what it feels like.

Here's the thing: I don't live on Olympus. I live HERE. I can't see issues through the eyes of an historian looking back from the year 4000. I'm living right NOW. And I'm concerned that, with Trump in charge and destroying the EPA, we may not live to see 2100, let along 4000.

Now let's get to your most questionable claim. Obama's mother was named Stanley Ann Dunham, not Anne Dulles. You may not know this, but THIS blog was probably the first to detail the evidence that she may have had a relationship with CIA.

Since I wrote that series of articles (before the election of 2008), I've looked for further evidence to prove the idea. Hell, I even looked up her book about rural life in Indonesia. (And of course, I read bios of both of Obama's parents.)

I don't know of any evidence that Ann had any connection with the Sukarno coup per se. She did, however, marry a man who functioned as the point man connecting Suharto and American oil, and in my articles, I certainly raised questions about THAT.

I'm curious to learn about the "blogs" you cite. I suspect that you are referring to Wayne Madsen, who basically copied everything that I did without once citing me. (Check the chronology of our work and you'll see that I came first.) He added some material, but nearly all of it is dubious. I read his book on the subject, and it is TERRIBLE, brimming with extraneous items that have no relationship to his main thesis. As an old girlfriend of mine used to say: "That's not an essay. That's a brain dump."
While writing those words, I felt a twinge of nostalgia. I want to get back to the days when I was a critic of the wrongs committed by CIA and MI6. I want to get back to the days when I told people to read Lobster, not the tweets of Louise Mensch. I want to get back to the days when I felt comfortable discussing things like the Sukarno coup, the CIA's involvement in the removal of Gough Whitlam and a thousand cognate intelligence scandals, including the "fingerprints of intelligence" which I (and some others) have discerned on Barack Obama's resume.

If I had any confidence that Trump would reveal this hidden history and take steps to rectify the evils of the past, I'd be much less concerned about what's going on right now.

But Donald Trump is no do-gooder. He's an Alex Jones listener, not a William Blum reader. He doesn't want Truth and Reconciliation; he doesn't want peace and justice. He wants to transform the American military and intelligence community into ruthless attack dogs loyal only to him. Not to the country, not to any higher ideals: Just him.

Trump wants to transform the American intelligence community into something like the NKVD under Stalin. Worse, Trump is probably as crazy as Stalin himself was in his final days, when he was blathering on about the Doctors' Plot.

Like it or not, only the spooks can expose Trump. Let's hope they dethrone him before it's too late.
Some bits and pieces FYI, Joseph. James S. Henry has written an outstanding background piece on Trump's Russia connections.

Last June Trump sent Chris Christie on an errand to pick up Big Macs from McDonald's. And last Tuesday at the White House Trump invited guests to choose what they wanted from the menu. To Chris Christie -- "Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf." Trump likes to own people. I have met a few like him. They are serious nut jobs.

And apparently white supremacist Stephen Miller is writing everything in the White House to do with immigration policy.

The new choice to replace Michael Flynn? -- it's either John Bolton or William Boykin. I can hardly wait.
Please quit using the term "Alt-Right movement" to refer to the white supremacist, neo-nazi gang. Call them what they really are.
Louise Mensch is certainly quite good looking, yes. As a source, though, I'd stick with Moby.

She seems to be extremely paranoid about Bannon, thinking he runs ProPublica and impersonates White House leakers. She's also claimed the terrorist attack on a nightclub in Turkey was a Russian false flag. She should have stuck to writing "romance novels".

Regarding Trump's attack on the Othodox Jewish reporter: the transcript published by the New York Times certainly does not help.

QUESTION: So first of all, my name is (Inaudible) from (Inaudible) Magazine. I (inaudible). I haven’t seen anybody in my community, including yourself or any of the — anyone on your staff of being (OFF-MIKE).

Because (OFF-MIKE). However, what we’ve already heard about and what we (OFF-MIKE) is (OFF-MIKE) so you’re general forecast (ph) like 48 (OFF-MIKE). There are people who are everything (ph) happens through their packs (ph) is one of the (OFF-MIKE)...


Fox seems to have pulled its article that you linked to. Fortunately, I found it on the Wayback Machine:
You might want to explain why authentic left luminaries like Glenn Greenwald and the only Dem worth voting for for president when he ran, Dennis Kucinich, say the exact opposite about whom is the most dangerous in the battle between the warmongering intelligence community and Trump.

Oh barf. A Kucinich nut. I met him. He's no Howard Dean. And anyone who actually dug into Kookinich's history knows...blech. Racist and opportunist. Let's use patriarchal terms: a hideous SHRIMPY troll no woman in the world would rate above a 2 (even when feeling generous) nabs a tall British doll. Who. fucking. hobnobs. with. Breatharians. Look it the fuck up. Breathefuckarians. That explains all.

Look, if you showboat support Kucinich, Nader, Sanders, Rand or Ron Paul, you are neither an independent or progressive thinker: you are a sexist blockhead. And worse: proud of it. Snort! Something in you is shrimpy indeed. Intellect, or something south of that. Bye, crawldaddy. Back into the mud with you.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump's biggest secret

Folks, I think I've figured it out. I think I know THE big secret that the Trump administration is keeping from the public and Congress.

No, this secret has nothing to do with urine or hookers: Our society has become so debauched that Trump might survive the uproar even if Putin released the video. Hell, his approval ratings might even rise.

I'm talking about something else, something so horrible that, if it became known, not even the most demented disciple of Alex Jones could muster up a rationalization.

Trump's big secret should have been obvious for the past two weeks. Just for fun, I have decorated this very post with visual clues. Let's see if you can guess the Big Secret before I spell it all out.

As it happens, a previous post mentioned the key fact you need to know, but not in a way that turned on all the lights. I was still in darkness myself. The lights came on only when I listened to this Sam Seder interview with the marvelous Marcy Wheeler.

Hm. How to proceed...? What would be the most effective way for me to flip the "on" switch and lead you good people out of the same darkness I was in until this afternoon?

Let us begin by noting that each day's news cycle reveals more about the depth and scope of Team Trump's ties to Putin. Kurt Eichenwald has revealed that allied intelligence services have been listening in on  the Trumpers.
Moreover, a Baltic nation is gathering intelligence on officials in the Trump White House and executives with the president’s company, the Trump Organization, out of concern that an American policy shift toward Russia could endanger its sovereignty, according to a third person with direct ties to that nation’s government.
The Western European intelligence operations began in August, after the British government obtained information that people acting on behalf of Russia were in contact with members of the Trump campaign. Those details from the British were widely shared among the NATO allies in Europe. The Baltic nation has been gathering intelligence for at least that long, and has conducted surveillance of executives from the Trump Organization who were traveling in Europe.

These operations reflect a serious breakdown in the long-standing faith in the direction of American policy by some of the country’s most important allies. Worse, the United States is now in a situation that may be unprecedented—where European governments know more about what is going on in the executive branch than any elected American official.
These intelligence operations against the United States come as a result of allied concern about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s designs to damage NATO and whether Trump intends to follow a policy path that would embolden Russia. In addition, they are apprehensive about whether a newly strengthened Moscow would use its energy weapon—Western Europe obtains almost 40 percent of its natural gas from Russia—to push aggressive policies with little objection from the Trump White House.
Now let us turn to former NSA guy John Schindler, who has been tweeting some pretty ballsy stuff, such as his prediction that Trump will die behind bars:
IC thinks Trump is a traitor. I'll leave to actual lawyers to assess that, but it's quite a day in any democracy when the spies think such.
("IC" = intelligence community.) Is Schindler as plugged-in as his words suggest? Is he reliable? Some consider him dubious, but I think that his feed bears watching.

The following comes from his piece in yesterday's Observer:
Just a few days ago, I broke the story that the National Security Agency, the country’s most prolific and secretive spy service, was withholding highly sensitive intelligence from the White House, fearing that it might be compromised by members of Team Trump who possess unsettling links to Moscow.
The WSJ has independently confirmed this claim.
U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.
We've heard a lot about leaking in recent days. I think that the biggest leakers are high-level members of this administration. 

Right now, let's return to Schindler's piece in the Observer. Naturally, he goes over the Flynn affair, which this blog has already covered at some length. Schindler correctly points out that it made no sense for Flynn to offer a deal on sanctions without Trump's go-ahead.
As The New York Times reported, NSA intercepted numerous conversations between members of Trump’s inner circle and senior Russian intelligence officials, as well as other Kremlin power-players. Although NSA sources did not reveal the content of those calls—and even specified that to date, no signs of collusion in hurting Clinton’s campaign had been found—the appearance of something worse than mere impropriety was unavoidable.
"Something worse"? Damn straight.

Have you been able to guess what that "something worse" almost certainly is? Come on, people. Wake up.

Just take another look at the illustrations above, and then apply some simple deductive reasoning. Try to think like dear old Jim Angleton, the CIA's chief counter-intelligence officer in the 1950s and '60s.

Russian intelligence has reverted to its former practice of referring to the United States as the "Main Adversary." If you are Vladimir Putin, former KGB agent, what is the one thing you would love to learn from your Main Adversary?

Suppose Vladimir were to gain a pal in the White House. Suppose that pal had the highest security clearance. Suppose that pal were someone on the level of, say, Steve Bannon or Michael Flynn -- or Trump himself. What's the first thing that Putin would want such a pal to tell him?

I've already given you the answer.


The first thing Putin would want to know is: "Who are the American agents within the FSB?" Let's go to the chronology:

1. Trump took the office on January 20.

2. On January 31, the following appeared in Foreign Policy:
Sergei Mikhailov, allegedly detained at a board meeting last December, and his deputy, Dmitry Dokuchaev, were arrested by the Kremlin on Jan. 27 for treason and illegal hacking. Then, on Tuesday, Russian news agency Interfax, after hearing from unidentified sources, reported that they, along with Ruslan Stoyanov, the head of cybercrime investigations at Kaspersky Labs, and a fourth, as yet unnamed person, are suspected of passing along secret information to the CIA — or of passing it to someone who passed it to the CIA. The Kremlin, for its part, has refuted such claims through spokesperson Dmitri Peskov, who said, “…we categorically deny any assertions about the possible complicity of the Russian side in any hacker attacks,” adding, “All the suspects have been charged with high treason. This is the sole count in the case. There are no other accusations.”
Now go here:
For the first time in decades Muscovites in recent days heard that Russia’s most secret law enforcement agency had arrested one of its own top officers, and it happened in the middle of an official meeting. Like a scene out of some Brian de Palma movie, FSB officers grabbed their colleague and put a bag over his head—and afterward made little or no effort to keep what they had done a secret.

Sergei Markov, a member of the Public Chamber in the Russian parliament and adviser to the Kremlin, confirmed the incident to The Daily Beast.

“In early December, FSB Colonel Sergei Mikhailov, who was responsible for cyberwars and cyberattacks… was arrested by the FSB; yes, with a bag over his head,” he said.
When these stories first appeared, everyone thought about those arrested individuals purely in terms of the DNC hacks. Observers wondered: Did those four lead the hacking? Was Putin trying to cover his tracks? Was he signalling the Americans in some obscure fashion impossible for mere mortals to comprehend?

I now believe that we all overthought the matter. Although an appreciation for nuance and complexity is usually laudable, we shouldn't run the maze when we have a direct path to the truth. K.I.S.S. remains good advice: Not for the first time in the history of counterintelligence, the situation is actually a great deal more straightforward than everyone originally presumed.

The CIA painstakingly recruited these four people years ago. They were valuable American assets placed deep within the Russian intelligence structure. Then Trump got into office, and Bannon and Flynn got clearances. Suddenly, those four assets had bags placed over their heads and they were led off either to prison or doom.

I suspect that Bannon or Flynn or another Trumpkin simply gave them up.

Trump once said that his followers would forgive him if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue. What if four American assets -- people working for our interests -- were consigned to the flames of Moloch as sacrifices to Donald Trump's ambitions? Would Trump's followers forgive that?

You may have already read this article, which discusses Bannon's leadership position within the Alt Right movement.
The Alt-Right Embraced Putin As Their Path to Power

The Alt-Right found itself banished to the margins of American society. They also found themselves believing that their values were more in line with Putin's. They agreed with Putin's crack down on gays and his anti-Western liberalism stances. They found that they shared Christian "Traditionalist Nationalist" or “Paleoconservative” views with Putin.
Steve Bannon on Putin:
When Vladimir Putin, when you really look at some of the underpinnings of some of his beliefs today, a lot of those come from what I call Eurasianism; he’s got an adviser who harkens back to Julius Evola and different writers of the early 20th century who are really the supporters of what’s called the traditionalist movement, which really eventually metastasized into Italian fascism. A lot of people that are traditionalists are attracted to that.

One of the reasons is that they believe that at least Putin is standing up for traditional institutions, and he’s trying to do it in a form of nationalism — and I think that people, particularly in certain countries, want to see the sovereignty for their country, they want to see nationalism for their country. They don’t believe in this kind of pan-European Union or they don’t believe in the centralized government in the United States. They’d rather see more of a states-based entity that the founders originally set up where freedoms were controlled at the local level.

* * *

[W]e the Judeo-Christian West really have to look at what he’s [Putin] talking about as far as traditionalism goes — particularly the sense of where it supports the underpinnings of nationalism — and I happen to think that the individual sovereignty of a country is a good thing and a strong thing. I think strong countries and strong nationalist movements in countries make strong neighbors, and that is really the building blocks that built Western Europe and the United States, and I think it’s what can see us forward.
Evola was an intellectual founder of fascism. Bannon is too chickenshit to use the F-word, so he resorts to eupehmisms like "traditionalist" and "nationalist."

The Evola of our current era is Putin's friend and philosopher-in-chief, Aleksandr Dugin. We shall have much more to say about him.
The Russian ultra-nationalist dubbed "Putin's Rasputin" by Breitbart News when it was run by President Donald Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has emerged as an unlikely foreign-policy fixer for the Kremlin.

Alexander Dugin, whose bushy beard gives him a passing resemblance to the Siberian mystic who bewitched the last czar's family, says he played a key but largely clandestine role in patching up Russia's relations with Turkey, an account confirmed by a senior figure in Ankara. And with people he calls ideological allies now in the White House, Dugin says he's bullish on better ties with the U.S., too.
Some of you may complain that my argument comes down to post hoc, ergo propter hoc: Trump gets into office; ten days later, four of our spies in Russia end up with bags over their heads. Cause and effect? Just because it happened after, should we presume that it happened as a result of?

My response: Chronology may not be causality, but in this case, it's really, really, really suggestive. The "bagging" of those four spies was without precedent in the history of espionage; so major an effect had to have an equally major cause. I've asked you to look not just at the timeline but also at Bannon's ideological linkage to Putin -- not to mention all of the other evidence of Team Trump's ties to Russian intelligence.

Some of you may argue that I have not offered the kind of evidence required in a court of law. Guess what? Counterintelligence officers don't play by those rules.

If the thesis presented here gains traction elsewhere, pro-Trump trolls will surely respond with their usual exercises in casuistry and name-calling. Those exercises will be a waste of time. In a spy-vs-spy case, public perception is immaterial. If I'm right, the Trumpers have gotten themselves into the kind of mess that can't be fixed by a propaganda campaign, because the key audience is propaganda-resistant.

If Bannon or one of the other Trumpers burned a group of important assets cultivated by our intelligence community, then they've pissed off the See-fucking-Eye-A. Dim they ain't. They cannot be bamboozled by the same tricks that fool the rubes who tune into Fox News and Alex Jones. Trolling and name-calling won't work on that community; neither will they be sidetracked by "nuanced" counterarguments based on academic hairsplitting.

I think that IC knows damned well what happened to those four burned agents. I don't think that the IC gives a damn about what you or I consider ironclad proof.

Vengeance is mine, sayeth the spook.

Schindler has predicted that Trump will die in prison. I wouldn't bet against that idea.

And I doubt that this guy can solve Trump's "spook problem." In a future post, we'll probably take a closer look at Stephen Feinberg, friend to Steve Bannon. For now, I'll leave you with this observation: When I look at photos of Feinberg, I hear that famous line from The Music Man -- "But he doesn't know the TERRITORY!"
Finding out there are moles in your intelligence service doesn't mean you get rid of them. Perhaps they were kept in place before the election to feed disinformation to America, either to stop interference in Trump's rise to power, or to tell the CIA Trump is a Russian agent to destabilise America. They are now no longer useful, and have therefore been eliminated.
Thank you Joseph. Here is some more info on Evola and the alt-right.
Thanks for Schindler's Twitter feed, I'll watch.

Listened to Alex Jones on Joe Rogan's podcast yesterday. Idiot Jones thinks The CIA is fully in Trumps pocket. Obviously the opposite is happening, they are taking him out. Phil Agee was hounded by the Agency for the rest of his life after he wrote his books on the CIA, revealing names of operatives/assets.
Heads will roll if this is the case.

I agree with your analysis and posted a comment to this effect today on the Hill.
Die in prison? More likely a prisoner exchange. Probably the 2015 campaigns and primaries were front loaded, Trump's free media exposure saturation made his victory certain. The NSA, et al., needed some serious rehabilitation, even becoming heroes and saviors, and they knew who they could put up who would screw the pooch. For a minute there, Trump was ready to claim that the spooks knew that 1968 candidate Nixon did worse when he secretly interfered with LBJ's Paris Peace Talks, offering North Vietnam a better peace, and that candidate Reagan did worse in 1980 when his folks interfered with Carter's efforts to free the hostages being held by the Iranians after they overthrew the Shah. But giving up assets, as you say, means he doesn't get a mulligan like those lesser monsters got.
So, if this dummy may try to nutshell: you think it was because of the bagged and grabbed assets that the intelligence community turned on Trump? Even if the media is too stupid or corrupt to dig into this, should they not at least ask der Donald that since the intelligence community does not trust him with classified material, does not that lack of trust mean he should resign as too untrustworthy to hold his office?

I know you've been connecting a lot of dots, but for the non-espionage savvy folks out here (I maybe the only one?) Do you think the M-KATE airplane is connected with the deal you wrote about before? This one:

"In other words, Russia loaned the money that came back to Russia as part of that deal.

Does that make sense to you? Me neither. I'm no business expert (and I would dearly love to hear from those who have such expertise) but it looks to me as though Russia has paid for the privilege of selling one-fifth of its most valuable commodity.

And why would the buyers wear masks on top of masks?"
I'm your M-Kate and Witness E commenter (the same one). Just to note that the dossier already describes the intelligence relationship as mutual - i.e. the Kremlin was getting intel in return, described in terms of reporting back on RU oligarchs/expats in the US. It would not be a stretch to consider your conjecture possible.

On the other hand, Schindler earlier posted that the roll-up of assets could be theatrical, and not to assume anything with certainty about them.
Does this mean that the entire Hillary Clinton email investigation was just a ruse by the FBI to create distraction so that the FBI and CIA Russian mole's would remain a secret, and safe?
Or does it mean that Snowden's files revealed who the moles were but Russia waited until after Trump was elected before removing them?
If the Russians knew who the moles were a couple of years ago, they could have been feeding their moles disinformation that helped elect Trump, and now they were not needed anymore.
It's quite the irony: Evola's followers were key pawns in the old Italian "strategy of tension," and today Dugin's followers are pawns in Putin's game. Whichever side of the geopolitical fence they're on, the people who make a such big fetish about "sovereignty" end up being the biggest dupes of all.

19.5% of Rosfnet seemed like a stiff price to pay for the presidency straight up. The four assets make sense, including the dead spook who spilled to Steele. Given Trumps simple minded vulgarity, is it any more than a high wire theft - ala Hans Gruber.
Some fascist.
Evola refused to support Mussolini or Hitler. Considering them too "populist" rather than Traditionalist.
Try again.
Evola supported both Mussolini and Hitler. What he didn't do was hand out leaflets bearing their likenesses and tell people "Hey, everything these guys say is exactly right". Being an aristo elitist, he was nobody's follower when he shat out his diarrhoea prose. Anyway I don't think Hitler ever called himself a fascist, so if you want to oppose the use of the term "fascist" by those who generalise about movements and regimes that share similar characteristics, why mention him?

The US has no ancient traditions to found a "traditionalism" on. It's too young a country. If that weren't enough, only about a half of US citizens have both their parents and all their grandparents born in the US. US fascists such as Bannon and Ledeen won't be reading up on the ancient traditions of the Native "Americans". They look to European fascism for inspiration. It's quite interesting that Bannon is into Lenin too, so red fascism gets a look-in.

The statist form that Evola loved most of all was the "order": the SS rather than the NSDAP.

Trump is still protected by his own private security force in the White House, which is loyal to himself and the Trumpenfuhrer Organisation. That is something that should be looked at. It's not just that his family and company are still doing business. Unless anyone tells me differently, I will assume that his security guys haven't been disarmed. So we have gun-toting private company goons strutting around the fucking White House. So much for the famed "constitution" and its checks and balances. The constitution does NOT stand in the way of a dictatorship.
As an Australian I might add not only did the CIA fuck with one of our greatest Prime Ministers who was democratically elected and who in his short time made changes which have served our nation well and not forgetting we are a sovereign nation.. this affair has been canvassed for an American audience in the film "The Falcon and the Snowman" but they organised a coup in neighbouring Indonesia against Sukarno their democratically elected President leaving half a million people dead. There are blogs here confirming Anne Dulles - Obama's mother was centrally involved. This has given us a deeply autocratic military government to deal with - who also have a million man army but has seen both US European and Australian companies seriously rape the joint - look into the plight of West Papua if you want to understand the brutality and the desecration... So thank you CIA - Trump may well be a dead man walking if this is true and god only knows what sort of deal he'd make with Putin but if he gets a chance to fuck the CIA - and I mean seriously fuck with them - hold them responsible for what they have done then I'm liking him more and more...
Simon, much of what you say is quite true. I will be the first to admit that -- when viewed from an Olympian remove -- there is a kind of cosmic justice to what is happening to the U.S. right now, in that a government which has subverted and shaped so many other governments is now getting a taste of what it feels like.

Here's the thing: I don't live on Olympus. I live HERE. I can't see issues through the eyes of an historian looking back from the year 4000. I'm living right NOW. And I'm concerned that, with Trump in charge and destroying the EPA, we may not live to see 2100, let along 4000.

Now let's get to your most questionable claim. Obama's mother was named Stanley Ann Dunham, not Anne Sulles. You may not know this, but THIS blog was probably the first to detail the evidence that she may have had a relationship with CIA.

Since I wrote that series of articles (before the election of 2008), I've looked for further evidence to prove the idea. Hell, I even looked up her book about rural life in Indonesia. (And of course, I read bios of both of Obama's parents.)

I don't know of any evidence that Ann had any connection with the Sukarno coup per se. She did, however, marry a man who functioned as the point man connecting Suharto and American oil, and in my articles, I certainly raised questions about THAT.

I'm curious to learn about the "blogs" you cite. I suspect that you are referring to Wayne Madsen, who basically copied everything that I did without once citing me. (Check the chronology of our work and you'll see that I came first.) He added some material, but nearly all of it is dubious. I read his book on the subject, and it is TERRIBLE, brimming with extraneous items that have no relationship to his main thesis. As an old girlfriend of mine used to say: "That's not an essay. That's a brain dump."
There are lots of things that do not get discussed openly or rationally in the US. American foreign policy over the years has given cause to religious/nationalistic movements around the world. The effects of these policies are swept under the rug and at times forgiven by the public as "the price of power'.
I am not excusing or making lite of what America has done in the name of national interest.
You just have to understand that at this moment, in blogs such as this, we are talking about our National identity. We are worried about the heart and soul of our nation. In order to fix or even contemplate our past mistakes, we need to get our house in shape first.
So, please allow us a little room to deal with our sometimes crazy, misinformed, ignorant, gullible, racist, gun toting, marginalized population and their wet dream of President.
As citizens, we do not always agree with our government, as I suspect is the case with your country's citizens. Why else would Australia back the US in every unfortunate misadventure and untrainable position.
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