Foreign Election Interference: Who is to Blame?

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by MELVIN GOODMAN

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Ever since the Russian election interference in 2016, the New York Times  has been blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin for the new Cold War with the United States.  On July 2, it ran a front-page article that headlined the United States “stands on the sidelines” while the Kremlin conducts a “wave of aggression.” On July 1, the Times ran an oped article by former national security adviser Susan Rice, reportedly on the short list as a possible Biden vice presidential candidate, describing a White House run by “liars and wimps catering to a tyrannical president who is actively advancing our arch adversary’s nefarious interests.”  In view of the blame being assigned to Putin, perhaps it’s time to remind readers of the Times of the U.S. record of intervention in foreign elections.

The New York Times has always taken the view that U.S. election interventions have “generally been aimed at helping non-authoritarian candidates” whereas Russia has “more often intervened to disrupt democracy or promote authoritarian rule.”  Too bad the Times could not interview Iran’s Mohammed Mossadegh, Chile’s Salvador Allende, or the Congo’s Patrice Lumumba, who were targeted by the Central Intelligence Agency and replaced by brutal regimes that ruled for decades.  Allende and Lumumba, moreover, didn’t survive the violence that the CIA orchestrated.  The revelations of assassination plots in Cuba, the Congo, the Dominican Republic, and Vietnam finally led to a ban on CIA political assassinations in the mid-1970s.

The grand master of election interference and regime change is, of course, the CIA, which was created in 1947 and immediately began to interfere in elections in Europe.  France and Italy were the primary targets as “bags of money” were “delivered to selected politicians, to defray their expenses,” according to F. Mark Wyatt, a former CIA operative.  The road got much darker in the 1950s, when President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered the overthrow of the democratically elected president of Iran in 1953 and the installation of a brutal military regime in Guatemala in 1954.

The CIA released a small batch of records on the 1954 military coup in Guatemala, but it has not declassified materials on the CIA-assisted Guatemalan security forces responsible for the deaths of an estimated 200,000 Guatemalans since the coup.  The CIA trained and supported notorious security forces throughout Central America, particularly in Honduras, where the Battalion 316 operated brutal detention centers throughout the country.  The United States and the CIA were responsible for installing abusive authoritarians in Nicaragua and El Salvador as well.

American national interests were rarely at stake in any of these interventions.  Henry A. Kissinger, President Richard M. Nixon’s national security adviser, put it best when he facetiously described Chile as a “dagger pointed at the heart of Antarctica.”  Kissinger simply could not see “why the United States should stand by and let Chile go communist merely due to the stupidity of its own people.”  The CIA’s installation of the Shah of Iran in 1953 was the original sin that continues to plague U.S.-Iranian relations.

A Carnegie Mellon scholar, Dov H. Levin, examined the historical record and determined that there were more than 80 overt and covert election influence operations by the United States from 1947 to 2000 as opposed to 36 Soviet and Russian operations in the same period.  The United States relied on various clandestine means, including breaking into political offices to steal codes.  In 1996, the Clinton administration intervened overtly and covertly in the Russian election to make sure that Boris Yeltsin was not defeated by an old-fashioned communist bureaucrat.  The United States engineered a $10 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund to Russia and assigned American political consultants to Yeltsin’s campaign.

The Russian intervention in the U.S. election in 2016 was merely a technological version of the kind of political influence operations that the KGB and the CIA conducted throughout the Cold War.  The digital interventions were far less costly and risky than the clandestine operations of the CIA and the National Security Agency over many decades.  We may lack a full understanding of the extent of U.S. intervention over the yearsm but we know a great deal about the Russian effort to use social media to attack Hillary Clinton, to boost Donald Trump, and to sow discord in the United States. We still lack information on the nature of the cooperation that existed between the Trump campaign and the Russian influence operation.  I’m sure that my former CIA colleagues would find nothing unusual in these Russian actions.

Too many opinion leaders in the United States still believe that several presidential administrations have failed to take advantage of the so-called U.S. victory in the Cold War.  Self-proclaimed liberals such as Susan Rice even share a point of view with neoconservatives such as John Bolton.  They appear to believe that the “shame of the West” is the failure to capitalize on the winning of the Cold War by not making sure that former Soviet republics such as Georgia and Ukraine be admitted to NATO and that recent events in Crimea and Hong Kong justify a new Cold War.  They have exaggerated the extent of Putin’s risk-taking and ignored Washington’s contribution to the sorry state of Russian-American relations.

Unfortunately, a presidential campaign in the United States doesn’t allow for the time or space to conduct a rational dialogue on the importance of restoring stable and predictable relations between the United States and Russia.

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Melvin A. Goodman is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and a professor of government at Johns Hopkins University.  A former CIA analyst, Goodman is the author of Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA and National Insecurity: The Cost of American Militarism. and A Whistleblower at the CIA. His most recent book is “American Carnage: The Wars of Donald Trump” (Opus Publishing), and he is the author of the forthcoming “The Dangerous National Security State” (2020).” Goodman is the national security columnist for counterpunch.org.

Does the next Presidential election even matter?

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President Barack Obama and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden head toward the Capitol Platform during the 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2017. More than 5,000 military members from across all branches of the armed forces of the United States, including reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support and Defense Support of Civil Authorities during the inaugural period. (DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos)

THE SAKER • JULY 2, 2020

Just by asking the question of whether the next Presidential election matters, I am obviously suggesting that it might not. To explain my reasons for this opinion, I need to reset the upcoming election in the context of the previous one. So let’s begin here.

The 2016 election of Donald Trump

The first thing which, I believe, ought to be self-evident to all by now is that there was no secret operation by any deep state, not even a Zionist controlled one, to put Donald Trump in power. I would even argue that the election of Donald Trump was the biggest slap in the face of US deep state and of the covert transnational ruling elites this deep state serves. Ever. My evidence? Simple, look what these ruling “elites” did both before and after Trump’s election: before, they ridiculed the very idea of “President Trump” as both utterly impossible and utterly evil.

As somebody who has had years of experience reading the Soviet press or, in another style, the French press, I can honestly say that I have never seen a more ridiculously outlandish hate campaign against anybody that would come even close to the kind of total hate campaign which Trump was subjected to. Then, as soon as he was elected, the US neo-liberals (who are not liberals at all!) declared that Trump was “not their President”, that Trump was put into power by Putin and that he was a “Russian asset” (using pseudo-professional jargon is what journos typically do to conceal their abject ignorance of a complex topic) and, finally, that he was a White racist and misogynist who will deeply divide the country (thereby dividing the country themselves by making such claims).

The fact is that for the past four years the US liberals have waged a total informational war against Trump and it would be absolutely unthinkable for them to ever accept a Trump re-election, even if he wins by a landslide. For the US Dems and neo-liberals, Trump is the personification of evil, literally, and that means that “resistance” to him and everything he represents must be total. And if he is re-elected, then there is only one possible explanation: the Russians stole the election, or the Chinese did. But the notion that Trump has the support of a majority of people is literally unthinkable for these folks.

Truth be told, Trump has proven to be a fantastically incompetent President, no doubt about that. Was he even worse than Obama? Maybe, it really all depends on your scoring system. In my personal opinion, and for all his very real sins and failings, Trump, at least, did not start a major war, which Obama did, and which Hillary would have done (can’t prove this, but that is my personal belief). That by itself, and totally irrespective of anything else, makes me believe that Trump has been a “lesser evil” (even if far more ridiculous) President than Obama has been or Hillary would have been. This is what I believed four years ago and this is what I still believe: considering how dangerous for the entire planet “President Hillary” would have been, voting for Trump was not only the only logical thing to do, it was the only moral one too because giving your voice to a warmongering narcissistic hyena like Hillary is a profoundly immoral act (yes, I know, Trump is also a narcissist – most politicians are! – but at least his warmongering has been all hot air and empty threats, at least so far). However, I don’t think that this (not having started a major war) will be enough to get Trump re-elected.

Why?

Because most Americans still like wars. In fact, they absolutely love them. Unless, of course, they lose. What Americans really want is a President who can win wars, not a President who does not initiate them in the first place. This is also the most likely reason why Trump did not start any major wars: the US has not won a real war in decades and, instead, it got whipped in every conflict it started. Americans hate losing wars, and that is why Trump did not launch any wars: it would have been political suicide to start a real war against, say, the DPRK or Iran. So while I am grateful that Trump did not start any wars, I am not naive to the point of believing that he did so for pure and noble motives. Give Trump an easy victory and he will do exactly what all US Presidents have done in the past: attack, beat up the little guy, and then be considered like a “wartime President hero” by most Americans. The problem is that there are no more “little guys” left out there: only countries who can, and will, defend themselves if attacked.

The ideology of messianic imperialism which permeates the US political culture is still extremely powerful and deep seated and it will take years, probably decades, to truly flush it down to where it belongs: to the proverbial trash-heaps of history. Besides, in 2020 Americans have much bigger concerns than war vs. peace – at least that is what most of them believe. Between the Covid19 pandemic and the catastrophic collapse of the economy (of course, while the former certainly has contributed to the latter, it did not single-handedly cause it) and now the BLM insurgency, most Americans now feel personally threatened – something which no wars of the past ever did (a war against Russia very much would, but most Americans don’t realize that, since nobody explains this to them; they also tend to believe that nonsense about the US military being the best and most capable in history).

Following four years of uninterrupted flagwaving and MAGA-chanting there is, of course, a hardcore of true believers who believe that Trump is nothing short of brilliant and that he will “kick ass” everything and everybody: from the spying Russians, to the rioting Blacks, from the pandemic, to the lying media, etc. The fact that in reality Trump pitifully failed to get anything truly important done is completely lost on these folks who live in a reality they created for themselves and in which any and all facts contradicting their certitudes are simply explained away by silly stuff like “Q-anon” or “5d chess”. Others, of course, will realize that Trump “deflated” before those whom he called “the swamp” almost as soon as he got into the White House.

As for the almighty Israel Lobby, it seems to me that it squeezed all it could from Trump who, from the point of view of the Zionists, was always a “disposable President” anyway. And now that Trump has done everything Israel wanted him to do, he becomes almost useless. If anything, Pelosi, Schumer and the rest of them will try to outdo Trump’s love for everything Israeli anyway.

So how much support is there behind Trump today? I really don’t know (don’t trust the polls, which have always been deeply wrong about Trump anyway), but I think that there is definitely a constituency of truly frightened Americans who are freaking out (as they should, considering the rapid collapse of the country) and who might vote Trump just because they will feel that for all his faults, he is the only one who can save the country. Conversely, they will see Biden as a pro-BLM geriatric puppet who will hand the keys of the White House to a toxic coalition of minorities.

So what if Trump does get re-elected?

In truth, the situation is so complex and there are so many variables (including many “unknown unknowns”!) that make predictions impossible. Still, we can try to make some educated guesses, especially if based on some kind of logic such as the one which says that “past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior”. In other words, if Trump gets elected, we will get more of the same. Personally, I would characterize this “same” as a further destruction of the US from within by the Democrats and their “coalition of minorities” combined with a further destruction of the US Empire abroad by delusional Republicans.

I very much doubt that it makes any sense at all to vote for that, really. Better stay at home and do something worthwhile with your time, no?

Now what about a Biden election?

Remember that Biden is now the de-facto leader of what I would loosely call the “anti-US coalition”, that is the “coalition of minorities” which really have nothing in common except their hatred of the established order (well, and, of course, their hatred of Trump and of those who voted for him).

These minorities are very good at hating and destroying, but don’t count on them to ever come up with constructive solutions – it ain’t gonna happen. For one thing, they are probably too stupid to come up with any constructive ideas, but even more important is the fact that these folks all have a hyper-narrow agenda and, simply put, they don’t care about “constructing” anything. These folks are all about hatred and the instant gratification of their narrow, one-topic, agenda.

This also begs the question of why the Dems decided to go with Biden in spite of the fact that he is clearly an extremely weak candidate. In spite? I am not so sure at all. I think that they chose him because he is so weak: the real power behind him will be in the hands of the Schumer-Pelosi-Obama gang and of the interests these folks represent.

Unlike Trump who prostituted himself only after making it to the White House, the neo-liberal Dems have *already* prostituted themselves to everybody who wanted to give them something in return, from the Ukie Nazis to the thugs of BLM, to the powerful US homo-lobby. Don’t expect them to show any spine, or even less so, love for the USA, if they get the White House. They hate this country and most of its people and they are not shy about it.

What would happen to the US if the likes of Bloomberg or Harris took control? First, there would be the comprehensive surrender to the various minorities which put these folks in power followed by a very strong blowback from all the “deplorables” ranging from protests and civil disobedience, to local authorities refusing to take orders from the feds. Like it or not, but most Americans still love their country and loathe the kind of pseudo-liberal ideology which has been imposed upon them by the joint actions of the US deep state and the corporate world. There is even a strong probability that if Biden gets elected the USA’s disintegration would only accelerate.

On the international front, a Biden Presidency would not solve any of the problems created by Obama and Trump: by now it is way too late and the damage done to the international reputation of the United States is irreparable. If anything, the Dems will only make it worse by engaging in even more threats, sanctions and wars. Specifically, the Demolicans hate Russia, China and Iran probably even more than the Republicrats. Besides, these countries have already concluded a long time ago that the US was “not agreement capable” anyway (just look at the long list of international treaties and organization from which the US under Trump has withdrawn: what is the point of negotiating anything with a power which systematically reneges on its promises and obligations?)

The truth is that if Biden gets elected, the US will continue to fall apart internally and externally, if anything, probably even faster than under a re-elected Trump.

Which brings me to my main conclusion:

Why do we even bother having elections?

First, I don’t think that the main role of a democracy is to protect minorities from majorities. A true democracy protects the majority against the many minorities which typically have a one-issue agenda and which are typically hostile to the values of the majority. Oh sure, minority rights should be protected, the question is how exactly?

For one thing, most states have some kind of constitution/basic law which sets a number of standards which cannot be violated as long as this constitution/basic law is in force. Furthermore, in most states which call themselves democratic all citizens have the same rights and obligations, and a minority status does not give anybody any special rights or privileges. Typically, there are also fundamental international standards for human rights and fundamental national standards for civil rights. Minority rights (individual or collective), however, are not typically considered a separate category which somehow trumps or supplements adopted norms for human and civil rights (if only because it creates a special “minority” category, whereas in true “people power” all citizens are considered as one entity).

It is quite obvious that neither the Republicrats nor the Demolicans represent the interests of “we the people” and that both factions of the US plutocracy are under the total control of behind-the-scenes real powers. What happened four years ago was a colossal miscalculation of these behind-the-scenes real powers who failed to realize how hated they were and how even a guy like Trump would seem preferable to a nightmare like Hillary (as we know, had the Dems chosen Sanders or even some other halfway lame candidate, Trump would probably not have prevailed).

This is why I submit that the next election will make absolutely no difference:

  1. The US system is rigged to give all the power to minorities and to completely ignore the will of the people
  2. The choice between the Demolicans and the Republicrats is not a choice at all
  3. The systemic crisis of the US is too deep to be affected by who is in power in the White House

Simply put, and unlike the case of 2016, the outcome of the 2020 election will make no difference at all. Caring about who the next puppet in the White House will be is tantamount to voting for a new captain while the Titanic is sinking. The major difference is that the Titanic sank in very deep water whereas the “ship USA” will sink in the shallows, meaning that the US will not completely disappear: in some form or another, it will survive either as a unitary state or as a number of successor states. The Empire, however, has no chance of survival at all. Thus, anything which contributes to make the US a “normal” country and which weakens the Empire is in the interests of the people of the USA. Voting for either one of the candidates this fall will only prolong the agony of the current political regime in the USA.

The Fall of Eliot Engel: Israel-Firster Defeated in Congressional Primary

By Philip Giraldi

Global Research, June 30, 2020

Sometimes listening to the morning news on television is a bit like entering into an alternate universe. Last Wednesday, the day after primary elections in New York State, CBS News reported that New York Congressman Eliot Engel was “facing a challenge” from Democratic Party challenger Jamaal Bowman. NBC News reported that Engel was “trailing.” The reality, according to the New York Times tally of the results that morning was that Bowman had beaten Engel by a margin to 60.9% versus 35.6% with more than 82% of votes counted. Even though it posted the numbers, the Times felt compelled to describe the apparently impending lopsided loss as if it were something less than that, as a “stiff challenge” for Engel.

The media deference to Engel derives from the fact that he is a protected species, possibly the leading Israel-firster in Congress. In 2003, Engel supported the invasion of Iraq and in the following year he organized a group of fellow congressmen to demand cuts in the U.S. contribution to the United Nations office that assists Palestinian refugees. He attended the infamous Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address to Congress in 2015 that many other Democratic lawmakers boycotted due to the insult to President Obama and afterwards called Netanyahu’s speech “compelling.”

Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Andrew Cuomo and Nancy Pelosi all had endorsed Engel, who has been in Congress for going on 32 years and currently heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Clinton explained that Engel “…is deeply committed to working with our allies to maintain American leadership on the global stage.” She was, of course, referring to Israel.

Engel was also endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus even though Bowman is black, a demonstration of how politics in Washington works. Engel will in any event likely be replaced to chair the Foreign Affairs committee by a similar Jewish Israel-firster Brad Sherman of California, but his imminent defeat has already sent a shockwave through the centers of pro-Israel power in the United States.

Bowman, a progressive so-called Justice Democrat, is on record as favoring cuts in aid for Israel based on its human rights record. He has attacked Engel for being on the dole financially from defense contractors and also for being an active promoter of a military attack on Iran, even though the Iranians pose no threat to the United States. He has, in fact, made Israel something of an issue in his campaign, pointing out that Engel had been one of the few Democratic members of the House of Representatives to vote against President Barack Obama’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015. The JCPOA was the major foreign policy achievement of the Obama Administration and it set up a framework to prevent Iran from taking steps to produce a nuclear weapon. It was strongly opposed by Israel and its American lobby even though the agreement enhanced U.S. national security.

In 2016, after the Obama administration abstained on a United Nations resolution condemning Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, Engel responded with a House resolution condemning the U.N. Engel often in his career has boasted about his close relationship with Israel. Speaking at the 2018 national convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), the U.S.’s principal Israeli lobby, he boasted how“There’s a bunch of legislation coming out of the Foreign Affairs Committee. I want to tell you that I sit down with AIPAC on every piece of legislation that comes out. I think it’s very, very important. In the past 30 years I have attended 31 consecutive AIPAC conferences in March, I haven’t missed one.”Some might suggest that serving in one country’s legislature and working for the interests of another country amounts to treason.

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The other good news coming out of New York was that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her district with 72.6% of the vote. AOC, controversial to be sure but no friend of the Israel Lobby, was running against Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a CNBC reporter. As is often the case, there is considerable back story to the two races and that back story is Jewish money, lots of it, intended to re-elect Engel and get rid of Ocasio-Cortez. Engel received more that $1.5 million from one group alone, the so-called Democratic Majority for Israel and also obtained large sums bundled by the AIPAC-tied group Pro-Israel America as well as from other Jewish groups. AOC was opposed by the not surprisingly well-funded Caruso-Cabrera, whose money largely came from pro-Israel and Jewish affiliated organizations

And more bad news appears to be coming from the Hudson Valley district currently held by yet another Israel-first congresswoman Representative Nita Lowey, who is retiring. Mondaire Jones, a gay Harvard-educated lawyer, has the lead based on early returns. Jones calls himself a progressive and he is unlikely to emerge as a cheerleader for Israel if he is elected.

Representing parts of Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan in New York City, Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the Oversight and Reform Committee, is meanwhile maintaining a small lead over Democratic challenger Suraj Patel. Maloney describes herself on her website as a strong supporter of Israel and Jewish issues. In fact, she goes far beyond that, actively sponsoring and otherwise promoting legislation favorable to Israel and the Jewish community, most recently being the sponsor of the waste of taxpayer money in promoting the holocaust myth through H.R.943, the Never Again Education Act. Maloney is hanging on to a slim lead against Patel, though numerous postal and absentee votes have not yet been counted and the outcome could go either way. Nevertheless, it is undoubtedly a shock to the Israel Lobby that a completely reliable Maloney might be in danger of losing her seat.

To be sure, Congress continues to be Israeli occupied territory, as Pat Buchanan once put it. Last week 116 out of 198 Republican congressmen signed a letter to President Donald Trump asserting their support for Israel’s annexation of much of the West Bank, due to start shortly. The letter stated that the annexation was justified “based on the critical premise that Israel should never be forced to compromise its security,” indicating very clearly that actual U.S. national interests had nothing to do with it.

What is surprising about the Republican letter is that it was not unanimous, and the loss of Engel, replacement of Lowey and possible defeat of Maloney could be indications of a real shift among voters regarding what has been an assiduously cultivated overwhelmingly positive view of the Jewish State. Recent opinion polls suggest that a majority of Americans do not support either Israeli expansion or its form of apartheid.

Israel is feeling somewhat vulnerable. Its Lobby stalwarts in the media and in politics are working hard to disengage the current anti-racism turmoil in the U.S. from any mention of Israel, which trained American police in their “anti-terror” tactics. The Jewish state also practices a far more virulent and brutal racism than anything prevailing in America, something that is becoming increasingly clear to the public. It is early days to be hopeful, but the New York primary election results, coming as they do from a state where Jewish groups wield enormous power, just might be an indication that some things are about to change.

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This article was originally published on American Herald Tribune.

Philip M. Giraldi is a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer who served nineteen years overseas in Turkey, Italy, Germany, and Spain. He was the CIA Chief of Base for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 and was one of the first Americans to enter Afghanistan in December 2001. Phil is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington-based advocacy group that seeks to encourage and promote a U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East that is consistent with American values and interests. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

Featured image: Eliot Engel. Credit: Wilson Center Maternal Health Initiative/ FlickrThe original source of this article is Global ResearchCopyright © Philip Giraldi, Global Research, 2020

سنقترب من دمشق اكثر ونحطم قيصر على قحف أصحابه

محمد صادق الحسيني

‏في شهر 2 من العام 2010 طلبت وزيرة خارجية اميركا من سورية الأسد الابتعاد عن إيران.

‏وقتها كانت واشنطن تحاول عزل إيران عن محيطها ‏ومحاصرتها سياسياً بسبب حدة المواجهة بين واشنطن وطهران حول الملف النووي..

‏الرئيس بشار الأسد دعا الرئيس أحمدي نجاد الى دمشق بمناسبة عيد المولد النبوي الشريف

وقرر الاحتفال بهذا العيد الإسلاميّ الوحدويّ مع نظيره الإيرانيّ في دمشق.

وفي مؤتمر صحافي مشترك مع الرئيس الإيراني رد على هيلاري كلينتون ساخراً منها بالقول:

لقد قرّرنا توقيع اتفاقية «تباعد مع طهران».. (كما طلبتم) لذلك قرّرنا رفع التأشيرات بيننا وبينها..

وهكذا سنقترب من بعضنا أكثر فأكثر، فكان هذا بمثابة الرد المناسب لسورية المقاومة والممانعة…

واليوم ومع دخول قانون قيصر الأميركي الجائر حيز التنفيذ، ثمة وفد رفيع المستوى موجود في دمشق، يتحاور بكل المجالات مع القيادة السورية لرفع كل القيود بين البلدين ليقتربا من بعضهما أكثر فأكثر.

الوفد برئاسة السيد دانائي فر المسؤول الأول عن دور إيران في المساهمة في إعادة الإعمار والبناء في كل من سورية والعراق ولبنان..

وهو رجل من جنس الحاج قاسم سليماني وسفير سابق في العراق، وثائر من ثوار إيران العاملين من أجل تحرير فلسطين…

في الساعات القادمة، وفي خطوة وفاء من الشقيق لشقيقه، سيتم الإعلان في دمشق قريباً جداً عن توافقات مهمة بين إيران وسورية لكسر كل أشكال الحصار على سورية وكسر قانون قيصر على قحف أصحابه…

والله غالب على أمره.

بعدنا طيبين؛ قولوا الله.

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Trump’s only hope: buying re-election with populist jobless benefits

June 16, 2020

by Ramin Mazaheri for the Saker Blog

Trump’s only hope: buying re-election with populist jobless benefits

The US economy is in such a dire state (if we may temporarily put down the newly-discovered problem of racism in the Western hemisphere (except for Cuba)) that US voters are going to be happy to sell themselves to the highest bidder come November. It’s not like anyone could get genuinely excited by Joe Biden, after all.

Trump has a huge advantage over Biden in that he can distribute money to voters today and until October – but does he realise that’s the only way to win re-election during this economic catastrophe?

The idea that the US economy has somehow stabilised – or even yet seen the worst – from the shock of three months (and counting) of corona overreaction is totally irrational. You can’t even put it into a single headline: Over 44 million unemployed people doesn’t include the absurd new stock market bubble, the “we’re done holding on” looming wave of bankruptcies in small businesses, the demand shock which is still omnipresent and solidifying with each passing day, the total lack of a corona exit strategy after the West rushed into the Great Lockdown out of a competitive idiocy that “whatever China’s system can do, we can do better”, and on and on and on.

It is thus little wonder that Americans have recently latched on to the far easier to grasp issues of colour-based racism and police brutality (which are also neutered of economics & class). But US cops murder Blacks all the time and that isn’t going away soon, sadly, and neither is the corona economic catastrophe.

So unlike other re-election campaigns this isn’t going to be just another referendum on the incumbent, as Democrats desperately wanted: amid such economic devastation the past will remain in the past until the issue of paying the bills at the end of this month gets sorted first. Fin du mois (end of the month) is the battle cry of the Yellow Vests, after all….

In late May I wrote August 1: when the unemployment runs out and a new era of US labor battles begin to stress how the US 1% made a huge tactical error amid the corona hysteria by granting $1,000 per week in unemployment benefits: that is better wages for half of America’s incredibly hard-working, zero-benefit receiving labor force. The 1% foolishly showed their hand: they are flush – absolutely flush with decades of productivity-produced profits, QE, compound interest, unearned rents, etc. – and now it’s crystal clear to all that they have been holding out. Anyone who says that the US “can’t afford” to extend unemployment past August 1 obviously has no idea what they are talking about economically – only 30% of the 2020 CARES package went to individuals, whereas 45% went to bosses big (corporate) and small (the Small Business Administration). More importantly: that 30% was the first “people’s QE” ever, so the percentage of “bailout money” gone to individuals since 2008 is roughly just a few percent.

This, and not racism, is the actual psychological basis for the recent US rebellions and prolonged anger: Americans are instructed to first “think race”, so that is what they ran to protest first, but they will eventually reach this higher level of economic understanding. The cultural reality is that the average American has been denied economic understanding; that their media is forbidden to discuss it – how could they ever immediately talk about I discussed in that article? They can’t – not without some violent rebellion first.

When the economic reality of America’s hoarded wealth does get discussed in an election context it portends a sea change in US politics, and not just labor battles.

The corona overreaction has created a situation where socialist “reverse patronage” is finally coming to America, and I say “good”: the power to hold a political seat should absolutely be based on how much you give back to the people – what else are Westerners paying so much taxes for? (In Western capitalism they are paying so much to keep the 1% in butter brickle, of course.)

Is Donald the man of the moment? After 3.5 years the answer has been: LOL, no

Maybe the problem all along has been this: Donald J. Trump actually does have principles, but they are bad ones?

We were right to pose the question: Considering his many bankruptcies, TV reality idiocies, sexual assault boasts, philandering and pandering racism (this list was not in any particular order nor exhaustive) I think we all were quite fair to assume that Trump was always only in it for Trump, and therefore he could maybe be a malleable instrument of the people’s will as the egomaniac would want to remain in the limelight via re-election.

Isn’t that why the Deep State went after him so quickly – because he dared to echo the common American’s call to reverse in free trade and foreign militarism? They were worried that the American people would finally have an idiot puppet to enforce their will, whereas the Deep State was used to having their own idiot puppets like Barack Obama, Dubya Bush and Ronald Reagan.

That assumed malleability gave two genuine reasons Trump truly was the “hope candidate” in the pathetic 2016 election: 1) Hillary Clinton was a proven warmonger and Deep State cheerleader, and 2) Trump was the first genuinely outsider politician since Andrew Jackson (I imagine it has been 3.5+ years since you were reminded of this comparison). It’s critical to always recall that Trump was emphatically rejected by the Republican Party until the very last moment, only six months before the November 2016 vote. Trump is not a “Republican”, and it’s only to keep a firm grip of party duopoly (and their need for a target for their American rage) that Democrats play along with this Republican-aiding fiction of Trump’s “mainstream-ness”.

I don’t think it’s appreciated enough that all bets are off: due to corona I am literally not accepting any more bets on the presidential election, because who knows what on earth is going to happen as a result of enforcing a multi-month pause to the capitalism-imperialism machine?! Could be World War III, could be a new era of peace and brotherhood.

But what appears certain is that working people (and that obviously includes the temporarily unemployed) deserve free lunches. Finally getting them some money back from a tax system which they have paid into is such a radical idea in neoliberal America that whoever proposes it will surely sweep into the White House. It’s amazing Biden hasn’t jumped all over this already – if only to make sure Trump does not – but then we remember that he is the senior senator from Delaware, one of the world’s biggest tax havens.

Can Trump put aside his conservative fiscal principles (if he we now believe that he has actual “principles” other than self-interest) to realise that extending unemployment is a sure-fire way to win votes?

To reformulate more accurately: Will we see a revival of the Trump who was willing to buck the Republican Party, a stance which got him elected in the first place?

In my second article on the corona crisis I seized upon this very idea – Trump as Huey Long: Corona meds in every pot & a People’s QE: the Trumpian populism they hoped for? Of course I did: as a socialist I cling to the very un-radical but very un-American belief that government leaders can actually design their policies with the lower classes in mind. Of course as someone who does not believe in Western liberal (aristocratic) democracy I am not a Trump supporter, I was and am merely a journalist commenting on the news and musing as to how history could maybe turn out.

The PR campaign for Trump writes itself: Vote for the man who kept you off the street after corona, and now let’s really drain the swamp.

The perhaps fatal flaw in my Long comparison is this: Trump has never been the outsider economic populist his anti-free trade stance indicated. Hopes that Trump is a real populist – which fake-leftist Democrats, the 1% and the MSM fear with such horror – have certainly not been redeemed. After 3.5 years we still have no proof that Trump is going to use his bloated executive powers (normal in the 21st century Western “liberal strongman” balance of power conception) to aid the lower classes.

I have read of Chinese analysts who say, “Well, maybe if Trump can get re-elected then he can finally shed the war hawks – forced on him via the Russophobia campaign – and get back to the art of the political deal.” That’s half-based on the same premise: that somewhere a populist, patriotic, non-warmongering Trump is hiding.

However, the other half of this analysis is based around the same “hope” of 2016: it’s better to have a wild and crazy hope like Trump than to continue with the depressing certainty of what a “mainstream” US president will surely wreak. Militarist “pivots to China” after winning the Nobel Peace Prize, bombing many Muslim countries and other such phoniness….

If Trump wants to win re-election – which seems impossible for an incumbent amid such Herbert Hoover-like devastation – Trump has to do a 180 and finally embrace his inner FDR… if there is one? It’s too bad a Hail Mary miracle pass is all you can hope for in the hopelessly reactionary American system.

But that’s really true of all Western liberal (aristocratic) democracy: if Marine Le Pen wins in 2022 we’ll likely be hoping for a very same political-deathbed conversion in 2026.

Corona is ruining Trump, yes, but he’s forgetting two key things: 1) it’s ruining absolutely everyone else, and 2) no citizen of the US has more power to act as a saviour than he does, as he is still the president.

If Trump can’t see that a simple (and equitable, and democratic) way to win re-election is by pacifying a rightly panicked populace with a continued good dole then… maybe he really is just an idiot? Or he’s just another American politician whose secret/subconscious economic ideology is the mainstream corporate fascism.

You can’t blame anyone anywhere for hoping against hope that’s not true.

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Corona contrarianism? How about some corona common sense? Here is my list of articles published regarding the corona crisis.

Capitalist-imperialist West stays home over corona – they grew a conscience? – March 22, 2020

Corona meds in every pot & a People’s QE: the Trumpian populism they hoped for? – March 23, 2020

A day’s diary from a US CEO during the Corona crisis (satire) March 23, 2020

– March 25, 2020

Tough times need vanguard parties – are ‘social media users’ the West’s? –

March 26, 2020

If Germany rejects Corona bonds they must quit the Eurozone – March 30,

2020

Landlord class: Waive or donate rent-profits now or fear the Cultural Revolution – March 31, 2020

Corona repeating 9/11 & Y2K hysterias? Both saw huge economic overreactions – April 1, 2020

(A Soviet?) Superman: Red Son – the new socialist film to watch on lockdown – April 2, 2020

Corona rewrites capitalist bust-chronology & proves: It’s the nation-state, stupid – April 3, 2020

Condensing the data leaves no doubt: Fear corona-economy more than the virus – April 5, 2020

‘We’re Going Wrong’: The West’s middling, middle-class corona response – April 10, 2020

Why does the UK have an ‘army’ of volunteers but the US has a shortage? – April 12, 2020

No buybacks allowed or dared? Then wave goodbye to Western stock market gains – April 13, 2020

Pity post-corona Millennials… if they don’t openly push socialism – April 14, 2020

No, the dollar will only strengthen post-corona, as usual: it’s a crisis, after all – April 16, 2020

Same 2008 QE playbook, but the Eurozone will kick off Western chaos not the US – April 18, 2020

We’re giving up our civil liberties. Fine, but to which type of state? – April 20,

2020

Coronavirus – Macron’s savior. A ‘united Europe’ – France’s murderer – April 22, 2020

Iran’s ‘resistance economy’: the post-corona wish of the West’s silent majority (1/2) – April 23, 2020

The same 12-year itch: Will banks loan down QE money this time? – April 26,

2020

The end of globalisation won’t be televised, despite the hopes of the Western 99% (2/2) – April 27, 2020

What would it take for proponents to say: ‘The Great Lockdown was wrong’? – April 28, 2020

ZeroHedge, a response to Mr. Littlejohn & the future of dollar dominance – April 30, 2020

Given Western history, is it the ‘Great Segregation’ and not the ‘Great Lockdown’? – May 2, 2020

The Western 1% colluded to start WWI – is the Great Lockdown also a conspiracy? – May 4, 2020

May 17: The date the Great Lockdown must end or Everything Bubble 2 pops – May 6, 2020

Reading Piketty: Does corona delay the Greens’ fake-leftist, sure-to-fail victory? – May 8, 2020

Picturing the media campaign needed to get the US back to work – May 11, 2020

Scarce jobs + revenue desperation = sure Western stagflation post-corona – May 13, 2020

France’s nurses march – are they now deplorable Michiganders to fake-leftists? – May 15, 2020

Why haven’t we called it ‘QE 5’ yet? And why we must call it ‘QE 2.1’ instead – May 16, 2020

‘Take your stinking paws off me, you damned, dirty public servant!’ That’s Orwell? – May 17, 2021

The Great Lockdown: The political apex of US single Moms & Western matriarchy? May 21, 2021

I was wrong on corona – by not pushing for a US Cultural Revolution immediately – May 25, 2021

August 1: when the unemployment runs out and a new era of US labor battles begin – May 28, 2021

Corona proving the loser of the Cold War was both the USSR & the USA – May 30, 2021

Rebellions across the US: Why worry? Just ask Dr. Fauci to tell us what to do – June 2, 2021

Protesting, corona-conscience, a good dole: the US is doing things it can’t & it’s chaos – June 3, 2021

Why do Westerners assume all African-Americans are leftists? – June 5, 2020

The US as Sal’s Pizzeria: When to ‘Do The Right Thing’ is looting – June 6, 2020

The problem with the various ‘Fiat is all the problem!’ (FIATP) crowds – June 9, 2020

Politicisation of Great Lockdown result of ‘TINA’ economic ignorance & censorship – June 14, 2020


Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of the books Ill Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’ and the NEW Socialisms Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism.

A View From Afar

June 15, 2020

by Auslander for The Saker Blog

It is interesting to watch a full blown coup come to life. The responsibility for this coup can be laid directly at the feet of President Donald John Trump for having the absolute gall to defeat Hillary Diane Rodham in an open and free election in 2016. Of course the falsely defeated Rodham, ringed by her ever more strident and blindly faithful minions including the world wide media, immediately began to strike back even as the final vote counting was at hand. The rallying cry? “Impeach Trump!!!” This ‘impeach’ movement was ongoing for months before Donald Trump took the oath of office in 2017, but for me it was a head scratcher, how could he have done anything to warrant impeachment before he was even sworn in as President? Somehow no one in the feckless media had the brains to ask that question, ergo they have all been bought and paid for.

But scream they did, every day and all day, but behind the scenes they were planning and planning well. When they finally did manage to get an impeachment article against the president through Congress it didn’t fly, but that didn’t matter, the plans were well afoot and ready for one spark to go national and global. That ‘spark’ was the death of one man in police custody, actually in the process of being put in police custody, and his death became the cause for the coup to spring to life. As planned. It matters not what the spark was or who, if anyone, died, the fact is the well planned and financed coup grew exponentially in hours.

So, just as US was coming off the ‘Chinese pandemic’ and the country was in shut down with severe financial and cultural repercussions,  the country exploded. As was planned. Having watched months of the debacle in Kiev in late ’13 through early ’14, I instantly recognized the tactics and organizations, just as I recognized them at the Krim Rada Riot on, if memory serves, 24 February ’14 when the orcs tried to take Rada. The same well organized units, readily identifiable ranks and easily identifiable units with various tasks. While the actors have morphed from ‘banderites’ to ‘antifa’, it’s the same tactics now well honed after the trial runs on the left coast two years ago. The media is in lock step with the coup participants and screaming bloody murder all day every day and now, as planned, the chaos has expanded to west Europe, albeit nothing like what is happening in US.

Make no mistake, this is an organized, violent and bloody coup d’etat against the sitting President of the United States of America. President Trump is being artfully hemmed in by ever increasing and ever more violent events and is to the point, if one listens to the ever patriotic media, damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Case in point, the little area in Seattle which is now ‘liberated territory’. Liberated from what no one knows, but the mayor of Seattle and the governor of Washington State both seem to be in favor of this little dab of US territory owned by openly self identified fascists and devolving by the minute in to ever deeper chaos and anarchy. No President can allow or condone these actions by armed insurgents, so President Trump will have to act. The problem is there is some problems in the upper echelon ranks of the US Armed Forces, a couple of whom don’t seem to remember who is the CiC of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and also seem to have forgotten their oath to defend USA from all attacks both foreign and domestic. So be it. A very few, read one or two, senior officers have openly disavowed their oaths and have turned against the President. This is not good, it will bring confusion and hesitation in the Field Grade and Company Grade officers if and when they are issued orders to quash this open and blatant attack in the Sovereign States of the United States of America. As planned. Any coup will find spineless upper echelon officers who can be bought or blackmailed, comes with the events.

As such, again make no mistake, the rank and file and company grade officers and NCO’s, the actual fighters, will stand with the President. The take down of that little spit of land in Seattle, and the other quasi ‘liberated’ areas in other states, will be violent and bloody. As planned. The political party in opposition to President Trump would rather bring civil war, real civil war with all it’s resultant death and destruction, to the United States of America rather than see President Trump win another election. This is typical of the ‘liberal’ and ‘woke’ echelons who consider themselves the elite and proper guiders of our country rather than what the voters will decide. It will not work and when the dust settles and the blood in the streets is washed down the gutters, the country we knew will be changed forever. I do not know that the ‘new’ United States of America will be, but I can assure I’m standing here in a peaceful and quiet community watching this organized and chaotic coup run it’s course with mouth agape. One can only hope the bloodshed will not be ‘too’ serious, but every life is precious and many more innocents, either misguided fools or true innocents, will die. As someone once said, damn their eyes, damn their souls, back to their lord Satan where they belong.


Auslander – http://rhauslander.com/

Update:  The image of the Collies had to be made smaller to fit in the space, but they are so lovely that I thought to put the big image here.

Did Trump just cancel a potential double-war?

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Did Trump just cancel a potential double-war?
Just as Hezbollah destroyed the myth of Israeli impunity, Iran destroyed the myth of US impunity.

At this time of writing, it is too early to declare the danger over, but at least three out of five Iranian tankers have made it safely to Venezuela (confirmation from TeleSur and PressTV). Furthermore, while we should never say “never”, it appears exceedingly unlikely that the US would let three tankers pass only to then try to impede the arrival of the other two. So it ain’t over until its over, but as of right now things look way better than last week.

Besides, this is mostly a symbolic issue. While these 5 tankers will make a difference, it won’t be a huge one, especially considering the devastating consequences which the US sanctions, sabotage and subversion have inflicted on Venezuela.

Still, symbols are important, if only because they create a precedent. In fact, I would argue that the latest climbdown by Trump is no different than all his other climbdowns: Trump has had a very consistent record of threatening fire and brimstone before quietly deflating walking away. And since he did that many times now, we have to wonder whether this strategy is effective or not?

One could argue that this strategy could be described by saying that you put the maximum pressure on the other side in the hope that the bluff will entice the adversary to fold. This could be a semi-credible argument where it not for a very simple but crucial problem: so far the other guys have never folded. In other words, Trump’s bluff has been called over and over again, and each time Trump had to quietly deflate.

Some will say that this only proves that Trump is truly a peace-loving President who, unlike his predecessors, does not want to go to war. But then, what about the cruise missile strikes on Syria? What about the murder of Soleimani?

Truth be told, the kindest thing we can say about this strategy (assuming that it is a strategy to begin with, not the evidence of a total lack of one) is that it is tantamount to yelling “fire!” in a crowded movie theater: the fact that Trump did not set any movie theater ablaze hardly justifies his yelling “fire” in such a dangerous environment. The perfect example of this kind of irresponsible behavior is the murder of General Soleimani which truly brought the US and Iran a millimeter away from a real, full-scale war.

Furthermore, while I salute Trump’s climbing down following the Iranian strikes, I also believe that in doing so he hurt the international image of the US. Why? Think about this: this is the first time ever (if I am not mistaken) that the US was the object of a major military strike coming from another state-actor and did not retaliate. In the past and until this Spring, the US always held the view that if anybody dares to mess with it this would result in very serious consequences. Thus the US upheld a world order in which some where a lot more equal than others. Specifically, “others” had to meekly accept US strikes and shut up whereas Uncle Shmuel could strike left and right and expect no retaliation.

By “accepting” the Iranian counter-strike, Trump did essentially place an “equal” sign between Iran and the US. He probably never understood that, but in the region this was understood by all.

Just as Hezbollah destroyed the myth of Israeli impunity, Iran destroyed the myth of US impunity.

Still, I will always prefer the politician who does not start a war (for whatever reason) to one who would. I also have no doubt whatsoever that Hillary would have started one, or even several, wars. But the fact that Hillary would have been even worse than Trump is hardly a reason to start fawning about Trump’s brilliant “5D chess” genius or peace-loving policies…

Trump reminds of a guy pointing a gun a people in the street only to later say “but it was a toy gun, I never meant to really shoot anybody”. This is definitely better than shooting people with a real gun, but this is hardly a sign of maturity or intelligence.

The other problem with this “strategy” (let’s assume for argument’s sake that this is a strategy of some kind): each time the “indispensable nation” and “sole hyperpower” has to climb down, it increasingly looks like a paper tiger. Not looking like such a paper tiger is probably the mean reason behind Michael Ledeen’s famous wordsEvery ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business“. In a strictly evil and imperialistic sense, Ledeen’s strategy makes a lot more sense than what Trump has been doing.

As Marx famously said, “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce“. The outcome of what some now call the “Battle of Macuto Bay” is a perfect example of this: if the Bay of Pigs was the “root case” then the disaster in Grenada was the tragedy and the Battle of Macuto Bay the real farce.

Humor can be a devastating weapon and anybody who has studied the late Soviet Union (in the late Brezhnev years and after) knows how the Russian people ridiculed the Soviet leaders with literally thousands of jokes.

A real imperialist would much rather be hated than ridiculed, and while Trump himself probably does not realize that he is the laughingstock of the planet, his aides and deep state bosses most definitely do and that is very, very dangerous.

Why?

Because the pressure to, once again, “ pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall” increases with each climbdown (see my article “Each “Click” Brings Us One Step Closer to the “Bang!” for a fuller discussion of this).

Besides, finding an even smaller and weaker country than Venezuela will be hard (maybe the Island of Saba? or Grenada again? who knows?). And potentially very dangerous.

The other problem is predictability. Any international system requires that its most powerful actors be predictable. In contrast, when a major international actors acts in what appears to be unpredictable, irrational or irresponsible manner, this puts the entire stability of the system at risk.

This, by the way, is also why it is so disastrous that the US has withdrawn from so many international organizations or treaties: the participation in international organizations and treaties indicate that the US is willing to play by the same rules as everybody else. The fact that the US is ditching so many of its former international obligations only shows that the US has gone rogue and is from now on totally unpredictable.

Finally, there are also lessons for Moscow here, the main one being that when confronted with a determined adversary, the Empire tries to bluff, but eventually folds. True, Moscow has to be much more careful than Tehran simply because the consequences of a US-Russian war would be dramatically worse than even a major conflict in the Middle-East. Yet it is also true that over the past years the Russian armed forces did have the time to prepare for such a conflict and that now Russia is ready for pretty much anything the US could try to throw at her, at least in purely military terms.

In contrast to the military posture of Russia, the political environment in Russia has changed for the worse: there is now a potentially very dangerous “hardline” opposition to Putin which I have christened the “6th column”, as opposed to the liberal and pro-western 5th column. What these two “columns” have in common is that they both will categorically oppose pretty much anything and everything Putin does. The 6th column, in particular, has a seething hatred for Putin which is even more rabid than what the liberal 5th column usually express. Check out this excellent video by Ruslan Ostashko, who prefers the term “emo-Marxists” and who very accurately describes these folks. Whether we think of them as 6th-columnists or emo-Marxists does not matter, what matters is that these folks are eager to act like a soundboard for any and all anti-Putin rumors and fakes. While Putin certainly has his flaws, and while the economic policies of the Medvedev, and now Mishustin, government are a far cry from what most Russians would want, it is also true that these two “columns” are objectively doing the bidding of the Empire, which could present a real problem if the current pandemic-induced economic crisis in Russia is not tackled more effectively by the government.

I have always said that Iran, while being much weaker than Russia, has consistently shown much more courage in its dealings with the Empire than Russia. Furthermore, Iran’s policies are primarily dictated by moral and spiritual considerations (like in the case of Iran’s principled stance on occupied Palestine) while Russian policies are much more “pragmatic” (which is really a euphemism for self-serving). But then, Iran is an Islamic Republic whereas Russia still has to develop some kind of unifying and original worldview.

Conclusion:

For all his innumerable negative character traits and other flaws, it remains true that Trump has not launched a major war (so far). Yes, he has brought the world to the brink several times, but so far he has not plunged the world into a major conflict. How much of the credit for this truly should go personally to him is very debatable (maybe cooler heads in the military prevailed, I think of folks like General Mattis who, reportedly, was the one who stopped the US from seriously attacking Syria and settled for a symbolic strike). Some Russian analysts (Andrei Sidorov) even believe that the US is in no condition to fight any war, no matter how small. Furthermore, most (all?) Russian analysts also believe that the US is fully committed to a full-spectrum information and economic war to try to economically strangle both Russia and China. I think that it would be fair to say that nobody in Russia believes that the relationship with Trump’s US can, or will, improve. The tone in China is also changing, especially since the US has now launched a major anti-China strategic PSYOP. In other words, the US is merrily continuing down its current road which leads it to a simultaneous confrontation with not one, or even two, countries, but with a list of countries which seems to grow every day. So while it is true that in this case Trump appears to have canceled two wars, we should not assume that he won’t soon start one, if only to deflect the blame for his total mismanagement of the COVID19 crisis. Should that happen, we can only hope that all the “resistance countries” and movement will provide as much support as possible to whomever the Empire attacks next.

Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers

Toothless Congress Fails to Limit Presidential War Powers ...

Philip Giraldi

May 14, 2020

Some weeks ago, the world woke up to the fact that World War III had just started without anyone being invaded or shots fired. It began when American President Donald J. Trump declared himself to be a “war president” in the fight against the coronavirus, an assertion that now has been followed by a claim that the disease is actually “…really the worst attack we’ve ever had. This is worse than Pearl Harbor. This is worse than the World Trade Center. There’s never been an attack like this,” Pearl Harbor was, of course, the Japanese sneak attack that brought the U.S. into World War II. Invoking the spirit of the war fought by America’s Greatest Generation in the Second World War, Trump has called upon “The people of our country should think of themselves as warriors.”

Fortunately for the U.S. military industrial complex, fighting COVID 19 has apparently not diminished the White House’s zeal to take on other, perhaps better armed and more serious traditional opponents. But of perhaps more interest is the different kind of conflict that has been initiated by the White House in attacking the United States Congress, which has been demonstrating the temerity to deny to the Chief Executive the inherent right to start a war against whomever he feels deserves a bit of “Made in U.S.A.” shock and awe.

This war fought in Capitol Hill in Washington is perhaps more significant than what is going on with coronavirus as its outcome will decide whether post 9/11 executive authority includes a president being able to attack another country that does not directly threaten the United States. Current legislation based on the War Powers Act of 1973 permits a president to respond to an imminent threat without the consent of congress, but the action thus initiated has to be terminated within 60 days. Any conflict lasting longer than that requires a declaration of war by Congress, as is stated in the Constitution of the United States of America.

Trump’s dissent relates to two attempts by Congress to specifically rein in U.S. involvement in the Saudi Arabian aggression against Yemen and also to preempt a possible attempt to attack Iran. On the Yemen resolution (S.J. Res 7), approved last March, the Senate voted 54-46 in favor followed by the House passing the same resolution by a vote of 248 to 177. The Iran resolution (S.J. Res 68), which had bipartisan support through a 55-45 vote in the Senate in February and a 227-186 vote in the House in March, finally reached the president’s desk last Wednesday. Both resolutions were immediately vetoed by the president.

The two resolutions would have limited Trump’s ability to continue an armed conflict or go to war without the specific authorization of Congress. In characteristic fashion, Trump called the latest iteration on Iran “very insulting,” and also criticized its Republican supporters Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, accusing them of helping the Democrats in the lead up to November’s election. In an official statement explaining his veto, Trump stated that “The resolution implies that the President’s constitutional authority to use military force is limited to defense of the United States and its forces against imminent attack. That is incorrect. We live in a hostile world of evolving threats, and the Constitution recognizes that the President must be able to anticipate our adversaries’ next moves and take swift and decisive action in response.”

To be sure, President Barack Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton contrived to attack Libya even though it in no way threatened the U.S. To do so, the mission was initially framed as humanitarian in nature and NATO was subsequently involved in it so it could be framed as a collective action against a country that posed a potential security threat to the Mediterranean region. President George H. W. Bush and his son George W. likewise were careful to get United Nations authorization for the use of force in the two wars against Iraq and the latter also relied on 2002’s blanket Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) which permitted military action against the perpetrators of 9/11. The AUMF was later expanded to de facto include all “terrorist” groups. Most of those justifications were, of course, nonsense, frequently little more than contrivances based on fabricated intelligence to permit wars of aggression.

Donald Trump’s viewpoint on the authority of the president is somewhat less fastidious, though he has also cited the AUMF. He is currently involved in a litigation going to the Supreme Court over his claim of “temporary absolute immunity” regarding an admittedly politically motivated suit by the Manhattan district attorney to obtain his tax records. He has similarly embraced the idea that he, as commander in chief of the armed forces, can use them as a resource to conduct his foreign policy, an idea possibly put into his head by his belligerent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Conceding that he has that power would grant him de facto authority to intervene anywhere in the world any time based on any pretext. It also ignores the original War Powers Act and Article I Section 8 of the Constitution which gives the sole authority for declaring war to Congress.

Given his propensity to seek military solutions and his belief that he has the absolute authority to do so, Trump has not hesitated to attack Syria several times in spite of there being no imminent treat and his act of war/war crime assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in Iraq in January nearly ignited an armed conflict with Iran. Indeed, though Trump has been engaged in “maximum pressure” economic warfare against Iran for the past two years, he and his administration frequently claim that it is only being done to modify Iranian bad behavior.

As there is no chance that Congress will overturn Trump’s veto in an election year in which the Republicans will be counting heads and circling their wagons, we the American people are stuck with a president who believes that he has the authority to use military force as he sees fit. And “as he sees fit” is the danger as “restraint” is not exactly Donald Trump’s middle name. And one has to also recognize that there is another political reality at play. When things are going badly domestically, as with the coronavirus, a war can serve as a great distraction and a demonstration of strong leadership. Let us hope that no one puts that idea into Donald Trump’s head.

Elections SITREP: Why Trump Will Probably Win Re-Election

March 29, 2020

Elections SITREP: Why Trump Will Probably Win Re-Election

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog

Throughout this election-season in the United States, there have been many indications that the stupid voters who chose Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in 2016 are doing it yet again and chose Joe Biden over Sanders, and thus they handed Trump the victory in 2016 and are repeating that in 2020. A new poll shows it clearly.

Just like happened in 2016 when Democratic Party voters who were predominantly Blacks and/or seniors swallowed the propaganda-line from the billionaire-controlled ‘news’-media against the electability of Sanders, those voters have done it yet again and thus are re-electing Trump by having passed over the only candidate who could have beaten him: Sanders. (A 22 June 2016 Bloomberg News report right after Hillary had won the nomination headlined “Nearly Half of Sanders Supporters Won’t Support Clinton”. Of course, that was being reported too late for the voters to be able to do anything about it; and this is how the billionaires work.)

Unlike Biden and Hillary, who have had broad support but tepid support, Sanders has had support which is not only passionate but is also broader than does Trump. A close reading of all of the polls, both in 2016 and in 2020, indicates that the passion-factor is crucial to electoral victory (bringing a candidate’s voters to the polls, or “turnout”) but hasn’t been receiving the attention it deserves in the billionaires’ ‘news’-media; and, therefore, the stupidest voters haven’t even noticed it, but went instead for what they had been deceived to think ‘the more-electable’ candidates: Hillary in 2016, and Biden in 2020.

This fact is now receiving yet another powerful confirmation in an ABC News poll published on March 29th, headlined “Biden consolidates support, but trails badly in enthusiasm: Poll”.

It says:

strong enthusiasm for Biden among his supporters – at just 24% – is the lowest on record for a Democratic presidential candidate in 20 years of ABC/Post polls. More than twice as many of Trump’s supporters are highly enthusiastic about supporting him, 53%.

It’s even worse than it was for Clinton in 2016:

There’s déjà vu in these results: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton found herself in largely the same position four years ago. She, too, had a slim lead among Democrats for the nomination and ran essentially evenly with Trump among registered voters. And she lagged in enthusiasm, with a low of 32% very enthusiastic in September 2016. Biden is 8 points under that mark now.

Furthermore — and also confirming earlier polls —

Eighty-three percent of Democratic and Democratic-leaning seniors prefer Biden over Sanders, up 63 points from February; two-thirds of blacks say the same, a 34-point increase.

Eighty percent of Sanders backers say they’ll vote for Biden against Trump; as noted, 15% say they’d back Trump. (This is familiar: Twenty percent of Sanders supporters said they’d vote for Trump in spring 2016.)

How bad was it in 2016? It definitely accounted for Hillary’s losing to Trump in the three crucial states: Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Although the early estimate that “Nearly Half of Sanders Supporters Won’t Support Clinton” turned out to have been an over-estimate, the final real figures still were quite substantial, and far more than accounted for Hillary’s losses in each one of those three crucial states. So: they’re doing it again. And maybe they’ll blame Russia, and blame Sanders, for it, like Hillary did in 2016. A con-job requires not just a deceiver but a believer. But to be conned repeatedly — that is plain stupid.

(The lying New York Times headlined misleadingly on 28 March 2017, “A 2016 Review: Turnout Wasn’t the Driver of Clinton’s Defeat”, and reported that, “it’s clear that large numbers of white, working-class voters shifted from the Democrats to Mr. Trump,” and hid the fact that, as McClatchy newspapers headlined on 1 May 2017, “Democrats say they now know exactly why Clinton lost” and that this reason was that “Obama-Trump voters, in fact, effectively accounted for more than two-thirds of the reason Clinton lost.” Those voters did “turn out,” but for Trump instead of for her — and, yet, the Times said it wasn’t a “Turnout” problem. Of course, they simply lied. This is how billionaire-controlled media deceive enough of the stupid in order to sway ‘elections’: they do it by misreporting the reality.)

The stupid never learn from prior experience, but only repeat prior experience. There is a difference between learning and repeating. Repeating can be done merely by memorizing, but learning requires real intelligence.

Those suckers chose the candidate they had been spoon-fed to misbelieve would have the higher likelihood of beating Trump — the propagandized lie (and it was a lie) being that Hillary (and now Biden) would be more electable than Sanders. This stupidity is the reason why Americans in the coming November 3rd election will be choosing between two candidates both of whom are — themselves — stupid, incompetent, and disastrous for everyone except perhaps their own billionaire sponsors, who had financed their campaigns.

The idiots want America to be run like a business, but the problem is that it already is. And to the stockholders in it (mainly the billionaires), their own benefits are vastly more important than the benefits to the public — the billionaires’ corporations’ employees and consumers — the taxpayers (other than themselves — if they even pay taxes, or at least taxes that are higher than the subsidies they receive from the government). Collectively, the billionaires get the government that they have bought, and everybody else gets the scraps that are left over. And this is how it happens.

What could turn things around for Biden? Over 100,000 U.S. coronavirus deaths could, even if Biden would have handled the crisis just as atrociously as Trump did. (Of course, Sanders wouldn’t have, but apparently he’s gone from the contest now.)

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

Tough times need vanguard parties – are ‘social media users’ the West’s?

Tough times need vanguard parties – are ‘social media users’ the West’s?

by Ramin Mazaheri exclusive for The Saker log

So when did you become an epidemiologist? You seem quite willing to shame anyone not sterilising every square inch of every square inch.

And when did you become an economist? “The economy is not important now” must have been a pretty unusual PhD thesis.

We have likely all heard of “internet tough guys” – people who make bold claims or threats online, yet would flee at the sight of conflict – but who knew social media had so many people qualified to tell entire nations what to do regarding Corona?

How much of the Corona crisis has been caused by social media virtue-signallers, hypochondriacs, communications degree-holding intellectuals, helicopter Dads, bossy cows, and sheep who generally follow whatever the herd, management or pop stars tell them to do? That’s an interesting question: would we all be in lockdown prior to the internet and Facebook?

A practical follow-up question is: which nations have leadership which are perhaps even steered by social media, and which nations have leaders who can steer the national boat through choppy waters?

As socialists know and accept, a vanguard party is essential precisely because there are so many choppy waters in life. Choppy waters are doubled for socialist-inspired countries due to imposed wars, sanctions, blockades and endless cold war.

Capitalists and libertarians once again use Orwell against us – the same old, facile “some pigs are more equal than others” of Animal Farm – conflating totalitarianism with socialism, even though the two have entirely different ends and means.

Despite their absurd claims, the vanguard party concept is not anti-democratic. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel had truly universal support from every Cuban (in Cuba) I asked because he rose level by level by repeatedly showing his competence as a civil servant. The same goes for Xi of China (as I will soon remind). Nobody expected a low-ranking cleric like Khamenei to take over for Khomeini, but he has repeatedly showed his competence and abilities; go tell the tens of millions shouting “Khamenei rahbar” (Khamenei the leader) that socialist-inspired democracy, with both direct and indirect, hasn’t worked out well. In post-1917 countries one rises to the 1% via actual competence, and not just by buying elections, as in the West.

Conversely, Hillary Clinton married the governor of Arkansas, who became president, and then America was stuck with her. Emmanuel Macron did… I don’t even know how he got so far so fast, and I really don’t want to know what went on behind closed doors with him.

Regardless, are some pigs more equal than others, to pose their question?

Certainly, what you won’t hear from such socialist detractors is that China’s President Xi spent years doing hard rural work during the days of the Cultural Revolution, and then teaching illiterate farmers how to read during his Cultural Revolution nights. Now, I suppose it is technically a possibility: none of that was earnestly heartfelt on Xi’s part, and he is secretly amassing a personal fortune because the recesses of his heart are nothing but pure bitterness and hate for the socialist ideal of equality which he was forced to display and teach; he has also spent decades duping everyone in China that he is a competent public servant; Xi has zero warm sentiment for those rural citizens he worked with, and wants only revenge; any moment now Xi will launch a surprise attack of totalitarianism designed solely for his personal benefit and revenge.

These are the very real – yet ALWAYS unsaid – logical extensions of Western arguments made against vanguard parties in general, as well as against Xi. Westerners insist that socialist vanguard parties are corrupt not just at the core but all the way to the periphery.

Another unsaid logical extension is that no vanguard parties informally exist in the West. If, however, there are, it is because such people have risen to the 1% solely on merit. Xi’s supposed “merit”, is not merit at all… unlike theirs. Don’t push Westerners to explain these points – they have no answers.

Much of this applies to Iran as well – their system is based on the idea of the “guardianship of the Islamic jurist”. “Down with those opposed to the guardianship of the Islamic jurist” is always included in the “down withs”, and even before “down with the MKO, England, the US and Israel”. The vanguard party in Iran is obviously the clergy; I have written extensively and objectively about how I believe this is being bureaucratically formalised into the “Basij”, and I have discussed how the structure of the Basij has been clearly modelled on the Chinese Communist Party.

How can that be, Ramin, when Communists are atheists? Firstly, they are not. Maybe Marx was, but to hell with him on this point. Cuba is full of Catholics, but even more prevalent are those who practice Santeria; Vietnam has always constitutionally protected religion; Confucianism and Taoism, it is rarely recognised, are two sides of the same East Asian cosmological coin, and China’s intolerance on this point is being remedied. The USSR never reconciled religion and socialism, and this is a huge reason explaining why they are no more; a reason as big as Krushchevian corruption and capitalist-roading.

However, the structural and political similarities between the Basij and the CCP arise not from cosmological agreement but from the natural similarities of two countries who have had post-1917, socialist-inspired revolutions. The similarities are not “coincidental” at all, though those who misunderstand and reject socialism would surely explain away my comparisons with such sweeping, facile, pseudo-explanations. I’m not sure that you can have a vanguard party without the structures, policies and protections – as well as many of the aims and demands – which are greatly dissimilar from the CCP and the Basij? Few examples exist, sadly, for me to study and compare. Never say never, I suppose.

The idea of a formalised vanguard party – as in Iranian Islamic Socialism and other forms of socialism – does not mean totalitarianism. I suppose it could, but why can it not also mean elite governance performance? Why must we look only at the negative aspects, and not the positive? What are we – capitalist-imperialists?

The Corona crisis is not going to validate the support of formal, socialist-inspired vanguard parties in China, Iran, Cuba and elsewhere – they need no validation among their people; their bones are made.

What it will certainly do is discredit the Western model of “non-vanguardism”, “hidden-vanguardism”, “technocratic vanguardism”, “1%er-vanguardism” or whatever else you want to term their bankocratic, aristocratic, bourgeois oligarchies which govern.

The incredible spanner Western politicians have suicidally thrown into their economies will prove this: they have none of the unity, foresight, determination and especially the political modernity of countries like China and Iran, yet they are adopting similar Corona responses. It simply can’t be done without causing Great Depressions in the Lost Decade II-embarking Eurozone for certain, and also for the US economy, which disastrously combines a finance & service & consumer-based economy with non-Trumpian evangelism for self-harming globalisation.

It will take great pain, but this is what humans often require to make serious change, sadly. It will split apart families, but that is what civil war does.

I don’t know which nation will be the first to see their lower class starting to attack their neoliberal/neoliberal-client systems – and attacking as well the reactionary selfishness of the “first responders” whom they are repeatedly told to adulate – but they will all reach the same place as China and Iran: who is in charge? Who is the vanguard party to lead and staff the bureaucracy, which organises and decides on the logistics, and who needs to spread the night soil so we all can eat?

All workers are valid and equal, of course, but a vanguard party is needed to run a government. The alleged path goes capitalism, socialism, communism, anarchism – the idea that no vanguard parties are needed is anarchism, and Cubans will also correct you when you call them communist: they know they are not that far. The amount of self-empowerment espoused in anarchism may not even be possible on a billions-level? These are questions for a later date….

Allow me to disqualify myself from the vanguard party: I have been passed up for management over and over (of course everyone claims this), so maybe they are right? I am used to being a powerless cog in a machine, and I quite like it now!

The people who deserve to be in vanguard parties are those who evince both the capability for selflessness as well as the capability for superior political thought. After all, some have capabilities for great artistic thought, or great engineering thought, or have great social skills – political policy certainly requires input from all sectors and classes but their bureaucrats do need to have a masterful grasp of modern political ideology, as well as a grasp of what not to do: i.e., the ideologies held by the enemies of modern political ideologies. These qualifications are evinced by people like Xi, Khamenei, Diaz-Canel and France’s Yellow Vests.

The roar that the Yellow Vests will make when France’s lockdown in over… that’s another article.

I don’t think you can find a journalist writing in any Western language who has stood shoulder to shoulder with them more often, and I can promise France: put the Yellow Vests in charge and you’ll have exceptional national governance immediately. Unlike the Iranian clergy, Chinese commies and Cuban socialist-Santeriaists, the Yellow Vests’ actual support is hard to gauge: polls constantly showed over 50% support, yet the Animal Rights Party won 2.2% in the 2019 European Parliament elections, double the Yellow Vests parties combined.

Who is the vanguard party in the US? That I cannot say – I do not think one is apparent. I think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Bernie Sanders and their few public comrades are interesting given the limitations of the US political context, but they are still far from what’s necessary now, and especially far from what will be necessary given the trajectory of Great Depression 2.

The times make the man, as they say.

The West’s vanguard parties seem intent on making times as difficult for the lower classes as they possibly can. Time well spent would be turning of Western MSM, as well as social media, and reflecting on who you think should really be in charge.

Ramin Mazaheri is the chief correspondent in Paris for Press TV and has lived in France since 2009. He has been a daily newspaper reporter in the US, and has reported from Iran, Cuba, Egypt, Tunisia, South Korea and elsewhere. He is the author of the books ‘I’ll Ruin Everything You Are: Ending Western Propaganda on Red China’ and the upcoming ‘Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism’.

A few recent political developments which should not go unnoticed

THE SAKER • MARCH 25, 2020


Russian Army Trucks in Italy

The COVID19/SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is, by any measure, an immense planetary crisis which will probably change the world we live in forever. Still, there are other issues which are maybe not quite as dramatic and important, but which deserve not to be forgotten. Here are some of those

The grand betrayal of Tulsi Gabbard

It was pretty clear to most observers that Tulsi Gabbard, being the only real “peace candidate” would never be allowed to get the nomination, nevermind make it into the White House. It was also clear that Tulsi, for all her very real qualities, simply did not have what it takes to take on “The Swamp”. Still, in spite of this all, her candidacy and campaign were like a huge pitcher of cool water in the middle of an immense and dry desert. Her uniqueness amongst all the candidate is what make her betrayal even more painful for those who respected or even supported her. Once it became clear that she would never get the nomination, not only did she not run as an independent (something which Hillary seems to fear a lot), she endorsed Uncle Joe, the clearly senile, totally corrupt and generally repugnant frontman for the Clinton gang. This endorsement of Biden is something which she did not have to do, but she did it.

When the DNC stole the nomination from Sanders, he did not lead a protest or run as an independent, he endorsed Hillary. I always considered him a fraud for this (and many other) reasons. Now Tulsi Gabbard is doing the same thing, which probably is a good indicator that the Democratic Party is evil and corrupt to the core, which is hardly big news, but which is dramatically confirmed by Gabbard’s profoundly immoral decision. Why do I say that? Because Biden is the ultimate “anti-Gabbard”, she should have endorsed either Bernie, or even Trump, but instead she endorsed a morally corrupt warmonger, a total pawn for the MIC.

At the end of the day, she mostly betrayed herself, and that is the saddest aspect of this debacle.

The AngloZionist Empire – as clueless as ever

I have forced myself to listen to the daily COVID19 briefings from the White House and I have to say that Trump’s constant flag-waving and self-worshiping is almost physically painful to watch. The worst parts of these briefings are when Trump, or Pompeo, speak about the US “leadership” as if the entire planet was desperately expecting the US to help. It does not. In fact, most of the planet is disgusted by US action, be it the denial of vitally needed meds to countries like Iran or Venezuela, to the attempts are buying off German vaccines, to the mantric repetition about how great the US private sector is and how Amazon and Walmart will help us weather this crisis.

The truth is that this worldwide pandemic will allow us all to compare how different political systems, countries and cultures have reacted to the threat. In a year or so, we shall all know how free-market capitalism and libertarianism compared with social-democracies, socialist and even communist countries when their population needed protection and assistance.

True, other countries have responded with truly amazing incompetence (including several EU countries), so the inability to protect its citizens is not a purely US problem, it really affects all the countries currently subjugated by the Empire.

Finally, it appears that the China-bashing strategic PSYOP has largely failed. Most fake-news about China was quickly and rapidly debunked, and even the legacy corporate ziomedia could not completely obfuscate the fact that China is, so far, the only country on our planet which defeated COVID19.

Will there be an “ideological lessons learned” once the crisis subsides? I sure hope so!

For the time being, the Empire does what it always does, it plans to deny even more civil rights to its own people which has true patriots like Ron Paul extremely worried. What else is new?

Capitalism with a human face?

Nope, that sure ain’t gonna happen this time around.

Serbia betrayed by Europe (again!) while Russia provides vital aid to Serbia and Italy

Serbia has been betrayed by the Europeans, again. This time around, the Europeans did not bomb Serbian civilians, they simply refused to sell the meds needed to respond to the crisis. President Aleksandar Vucic has now officially declared that the EU solidarity “exists only on paper“. He then openly appealed for China to help, and help China did – the Chinese sent aircraft filled with much needed medical equipment and doctors. Then Russia followed suit and sent 10 heavy transporters filled with gear and specialists.

Even more amazing (and appalling) is the fact that the Empire does not even help its own subjects – in Italy, it was Russia again which organized a major air bridge (over 15 heavy transporters!) and now we see Russian Army units deployed in northern Italy to help the struggling Italians. Check out these short videos reports by the Russian military. You don’t need to understand Russian to see the size of the air-bridge the Russian Aerospace Forces have established or to how grateful the Italian officials are!

I have to say that the Serbs have been fantastically naive to trust the very same people who bombed them, in total illegality, for 78 days, murdering scores of innocent civilians (including those murdered in the TV stantion). For example, the Serbs could have considered how the EU has been lying to Turkey, for decades. But no, the Serbian elites now seem to think that they will be able to fill their pockets with lucrative contracts with the EU.

Hopefully, what these events have demonstrated shall not be forgotten when the next elections take place in Serbia.

That also goes for Italy.

And, finally,

The situation in northern Syria and Iraq

The situation in northern Syria and Iraq has developed pretty much as expected. So far, the Turks have been unable to re-take full control of the M4 highway. As a result of that failure, the joint Russian-Turkish patrols have not been able to move along the full length of the highway as spelled out in the agreement between Russia and Turkey. Clearly, Turkey lacks either the will, or the capability, or both, to remove the Takfiri forces from the M4 highway. So far, the Russians and Syrians have very kindly agreed to wait a little longer, but the recent visit of Russian Defense Minister Shoigu to Damascus clearly shows that big decisions are being worked on:

As for Iraq, the various Shia militias are doing exactly what everybody had predicted, they are executing limited but very disruptive strikes against US forces in Iraq. Here is a good infographic by the Institute for the Study of War which sums it up very nicely:

What we have hear is a small trickle of attacks which do not yield any major victory to the Iraqi forces, but which over time will tremendously demoralize US forces. Finally, such “death by a thousand cuts” strategy also will severely limit the operational capabilities of the US forces in Iraq: when you are mostly busy protecting yourself, you have less time to murder locals.

Still, sooner or later the Shias will have to step up their attacks because forcing the occupation forces to hunker down and actually kicking them out of your country are two very different propositions. These small strikes are very useful, not only because they demoralize the enemy, but because by forcing him to stay inside fortified “secure” areas only makes them better targets for a bigger missile strike.

This is a very sound strategy against which the US forces have no good option, other than throwing in the towel and leaving, which they will have to do anyway (except that they call it “declare victory and leave”, but its the exact same thing).

Donald Trump’s Ukraine Server- How the FBI and ODNI hacked and influenced the American psyche

March 21, 2020

By GH Eliason for The Saker Blog
Server, server, who has the Trump-Ukraine server? The answers won’t leave room for doubt on this question.
This is part one of a 3 part series showing the FBI and US Intel agency heads are complicit in the DNC hack after the fact and 2016 election interference. Early on, the FBI and Mueller found the real hackers and worked to hide them from justice and exposure in media. Without the FBI and US Intel community help, the Russia saga would have never happened and unbelievable amounts of corruption would have been exposed early on.
Part 2 will expose the identities of the DNC hackers and where they fit in the Information Operation (IO) to indict and impeach US President Donald Trump and destroy 2016 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders as agents of Russia or under Russian influence. The US and UK Intel superstars that helped them and some of the projects they worked on including destroying US media platforms not supporting the Clinton campaign in 2016 will be exposed.
Part 3 will conclude analyzing media complicity with corporate contractors, US Intel, and law enforcement.
The only thing that matters are facts and provable evidence. 
When the NYT, 60 Minutes NY, and other outlets contacted me as the original source for what Donald Trump knows about Ukraine’s involvement in 2016 election interference and the DNC hacks, apparently they were correct. It was the only thing they got right about the events even with Pulitzer Prizes and Emmy Awards.  I’ll show why in Part 3 of the series.
Let’s start by solving the DNC hacks in a few paragraphs. If this isn’t the most conclusive evidence you’ve seen for the purpose of getting to the real hackers, don’t read any further afterward.
Shaltay Boltay (Shaltai Boltai) is the group, Robert Mueller indicted for the DNC hacks. Shaltay Boltay leaders who were in the FSB are the people Comey, Clapper, and Mueller they investigated, indicted, and proclaim guilty of the DNC hack and 2016 election influence.
The story of why Mueller and the FBI, ODNI, and NSA couldn’t prove it shows how deep corruption and criminal abetting are rooted in US government agencies and political parties today. The indicted group has a relationship with Dimitry Alperovitch and Crowdstrike, the Atlantic Council, and secondary relationships to Hillary Clinton through the DNC and the RNC through people like Senator John McCain.
Until Crowdstrike’s report late in 2016, the tools Fancy Bear used were proprietary identifiers. Even into 2017, the use of these tools was limited to Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear. These same distinct tools were used to hack the group the ODNI, FBI, and Robert Mueller identified as the DNC hacking groups, Fancy Bear/Cozy Bear.
In a security white paper entitled En Route with Sednit Part 1: Approaching the Target Version 1.0 October 2016 by ESET LLC, Shaltai Boltai was hacked by Fancy Bear in late October 2016. ESET made this attribution based on a set of specialized hacking software specific to the group Fancy Bear.
According to RFE/RLRUH8 (Ukraine Cyber Alliance) credits “mostly CyberHunta” with the Surkov e-mail theft and says it was not the result of a spear-phishing scam but rather what he describes cryptically as “special software.” He claims the malware allowed CyberHunta not only to retrieve Surkov’s e-mail but to “take the entire [Russian] presidential administration system under their control, and they gathered information right from the computers.”
This is verified by Ukraine’s SBU. “And the information that is available in these letters, and which were extracted by” Cyberhunt “, are extremely similar. That is, the methods of execution of all these things – on those documents that officially appear in the materials of criminal proceedings, “- said the head of the SBU.
Lastly,
From Forbes “For example, in October of 2016 “Fancy Bear” was accused of hacking (Shaltai Boltai) Humpty Dumpty.- Paul Roderick Gregory a contributor at CyberHunta sister publication euromaidanpress.com
What’s unique about this is Shaltay Boltay leader Anikeev “Lewis” is the actual hacker for what is known as the Surkov leaks. The hacked material was released in two parts. The first, Lewis released himself on the CyberHunta website. This hacked material was then taken directly to the Atlantic Council.
Other victims of Shaltay Boltay include the head of News Media, Aram Gabrelyanov , presenter Dmitry Kiselev , retired o􀄶cer Igor Strelkov- Girkin , presidential aide Vladislav Surkov , Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
While they are not quite on the Russian FSB to-do list, they fall nicely into Ukraine’s.
         The first information dump in the Surkov hack (administrative assistant might have been hacked) Shaltay Boltay posted the information on Ukraine’s Cyberhunta website(you need a password to post on a hacker website).
         After the first information dump was released by Shaltay Boltay leader Anikeev through the CyberHunta web platform, they were authenticated by the Atlantic Council on the 25th of October, 2016.
         Anikeev was tricked into leaving Ukraine in late October by the FSB. He went to Moscow where he was arrested and charged with treason.
         Shaltay Boltay was hacked by Fancy Bear (identified by specific tools Dimitry Alperovitch said were as strong as DNA evidence) and the hacked information (2nd Surkov dump) was released by Ukraine’s CyberHunta.
Shaltay Boltay was part of CyberHunta which was why they could post material on the Ukrainian website. Ukraine’s CyberHunta and Cyber Alliance work for the Ukrainian Information Ministry as Ukrainian cyber Intel and the DNC as opposition researchers in 2016 through Roman Burko and Christina Dobrovolska.
Cyber Alliance hackers are Ukrainian nationalists that did not work directly with Shaltay Boltay. They were hired by Alexandra Chalupa. Shaltay Boltay (Mueller’s DNC hackers) was hacked by Fancy Bear in Ukraine even though according to Mueller they were Fancy Bear…from Ukraine.
From the Ukrainian hackers own webportal InformNapalm– InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community was the original publisher of the analysis and the actual dumps of Surkov’s correspondence provided by Ukrainian Cyber ​​Alliance (UCA) in October 2016 (second Surkov dump)… A few days ago, a number of Russian news agencies published a story about the arrest of FSB officers responsible for information security, the head of department at Kaspersky Lab (Department of cybercrime investigations), and one Vladimir Anikeev who testified against another FSB employee.
Anikeev is believed to be “Lewis”, the spokesperson for Anonymous International. FSB recently decided to confuse the matters by using the discovery on Anikeev’s computer of #SurkovLeaks files, which had been obtained and published by #UCA, and had already been in the public domain.
As the speaker for #UCA, I categorically deny any connections between Ukrainian Cyber Alliance and Anonymous International. I will now try to unravel this KGB tangle.
According to RUH8 “Shaltai Boltai people post “samples” of letters of influential, but nonpublic
people, virtually without comment. And they also offer information for sale. But did any of the
allegedly sold correspondences surface anywhere? Why not? Because a complete dump would inflict a
tremendous damage on Moscow, whereas the real goal is to pull some strings and rein in a competitor for power.” .-RUH8
As you’ll see in a second, we found our DNC hackers. The same hacker (RUH8) that gave Ukraine’s CyberHunta credit for the Surkov hack and the first part of the document dump takes credit for the second document dump his group hacked from CyberHunta/Shaltay Boltay’s Anikeev after his arrest.
Notice as much as he hates Anikeev, the Ukrainian nationalist RUH8 denies a connection to the FSB regarding Shaltay Boltay’s work.
“Sometimes they get hacking help from their Russian friends, he says. “There are people there who are so angry at their own government that they are risking spy charges and passing information to us,” RUH8 explains.”- Inside The Ukrainian ‘Hacktivist’ Network Cyberbattling The Kremlin-RFERL
RUH8, the proud Russian hating Ukrainian nationalist is clear. Shaltay Boltay, its members Mueller indicted, WERE NOT working for the Russian government when this combined group hacked the 2016 US election. They were working for Ukraine.
 Initial reports out of Russian media tied Mikhailov to a group of hackers in Ukraine and Thailand called Shaltay Boltay, which means Humpty Dumpty. The group is reportedly affiliated with Anonymous, who released damaging documents on high-level Russians in 2014 and the Kremlin alleges that the arrests are related to this act, as Markov told The Daily Beast that Mikhailov: “definitely controlled Shaltay Boltay,” which “cooperated with the Ukrainian SBU [security service], which is the same as working for the CIA; he worked with them, which is obviously treason.”-Paste Magazine
What if… Hillary Clinton’s go-to guy accessing the servers to see who was “leaking DNC and Team Hillary communications” was from the cyber experts Alexandra Chalupa hired for opposition research from Ukraine?
Think about this for a second because it’s a sensible scenario. Chalupa checks in with her go-to gal Christina Dobrovolska who doubles as Ukraine’s Cyber spy manager.
Christina checks to see who’s available in Ukraine and it’s the guy whose work the entire Russian election influence narrative was based on. He’s ok because he works with Ukraine’s CyberHunta. Who cares that he hacked Huma Abedin’s Yahoo account is a wanted criminal or works for a foreign Intel service.
“At the same time her aides were creating “loyalty scores”, Clinton, “instructed a trusted aide to access the campaign’s server and download the messages sent and received by top staffers. She believed her campaign had failed her—not the other way around—and she wanted ‘to see who was talking to who, who was leaking to who.”-Jonathan Allen and Amy Parnes. Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
“In particular, he says, spear-phishing — using messages that mimic those of legitimate companies along with a request and link to change personal security information — “is quite efficient.”
 RUH8 credits “mostly CyberHunta” with the Surkov e-mail theft and says it was not the result of a spear-phishing scam but rather what he describes cryptically as “special software.”- RUH8 Ukraine Cyber Alliance- RFE/RL
The lights go on and the bell sounds. The DNC Russian hacker narrative begins. Que Alexandra Chalupa.
 “In an interview this month, Chalupa told Politico she had developed a network of sources in Kiev and Washington, including investigative journalists, government officials and private intelligence operatives. “While her consulting work at the DNC this past election cycle centered on mobilizing ethnic communities — including Ukrainian-Americans — she said that, when Trump’s unlikely presidential campaign began surging in late 2015, she began focusing more on the research, and expanded it to include Trump’s ties to Russia, as well.”-Politico 2017 interview with Alexandra Chalupa
It turns out that Ukrainian cyber Intel RUH8’s special Russian friend in Cyberhunta is the same guy Crowdstrike, Comey, Clapper, and Mueller investigated for the DNC hack and the Yahoo hack.
There’s only one problem with the above. The Russian group Shaltay Boltay has never been caught with the Fancy Bear tools. RUH8 and Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance and Cyberhunta had them and used them and used them on Shaltay Boltay. Because the hackers outed themselves by hacking each other with Fancy Bear tools, we have the entire group and subgroups Intel operatives as Chalupa called them in Ukraine.
“So the help of the USA… I don’t know, why would we need it? We have all the talent and special means
for this. And I don’t think that the USA or any NATO country would make such sharp movements in
international politics.” We have no Need of CIA Help Ukrainian Hackers of #Surkov Leaks-RUH8 Ukraine Cyber Alliance, Cyberhunta, Shaltay Boltay, Fancy Bear, Cozy Bear
Reread RUH8’s statements. This is a guy that is dying to do a book and movie deal to finally get the acclaim he thinks he deserves. Let’s give him one- Capturing the DNC Hackers.
After everything was said and done by Comey, Clapper, and Mueller about Russian hackers and influence, Shaltay Boltay’s archives (aka Fancy Bear servers) had to be retrieved from UKRAINE.
“Anonymous International founder, who is now in jail, reported that he had stored his databases with stolen information in a Kiev apartment. Thanks to Anikeev’s testimony, the investigators found out that the information carriers (servers) with the hacked archives are stored in Kiev.”

Why did Ukrainian Intel operatives do all this?

Dimitry Alperovitch of Crowdstrike has an ongoing “Twitter buddy” relationship with Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance, RUH8, and Cyberhunta, which includes Shaltay Boltay dating back to at least 2016.
“Hey. I am the press secretary, a simple Ukrainian hacker, more precisely: we are hackers, but imagine a masked man who speaks to you. I do not do OSINT, I do not tell schoolchildren how to hack websites, I do not care about who and what agreed, I’m not an army or a hundred, I do not obey orders and do not follow a ceasefire, build democracy and fight for justice, I am a hacker, and my goal is to break!
 To break, spoil, rob, entangle, blackmail, frighten, divulge, mock and mock the defenselessness of the victims. Because I can. Hate is my name. I will harm the Russian Federation. And I do not care who you are – a liberal or a guardian, Russians must suffer. Traitors and spongers of Russian invaders must suffer. Pensioners and functionaries, Buryats and October, must suffer. If I find a way how to harm you, even for a penny, I immediately use it. Do you live in Russia? Bad luck. I will not tolerate, will not be merciful, I do not forget and do not forgive.- RUH8
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Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance (RUH8) and Cyberhunta (including Shaltay Boltay) work under the flag of Dimitro Yarosh’s Pravy Sektor Ukrainian nationalism. The groups and their web platforms were started by former Pravy Sektor spokesman Sviatoslav Yurash. Yurash was also the spokesman for the 2014 EuroMaidan coup, the Ukrainian military, and is the liaison between the ultra-nationalists and the Ukrainian Diaspora through his position as Deputy Director of the Ukrainian World Congress affiliate in Kiev.
All of this started as an Influence Operation in Ukraine that resulted in the 2014 coup and subsequent move to hard Ukrainian nationalism. It bled into the United States as the 2016 election season heated up.
Suffice to say, means, motive, method, and opportunity have been established by the hackers themselves. Sources friendly to their efforts and neutral mainstream sources including RFERL verify it.
If you’re not convinced now, read no further.
         They (as a foreign Intel service) interfered in the 2016 US election.
         They, along with members of the US Intel community tried to destabilize the government in Russia and the USA.
         They shaped and promoted a false narrative that shipwrecked US and Russia relations.
         Their work helped Crowdstrike shape the Fancy Bear-Cozy Bear narrative.
         They shape the US Intel view of what’s going on in Ukraine allowing for crimes against humanity in Donbass (LNR &DNR) to go unaddressed.
         Later in the series, I’ll show these same groups (Ukraine Cyber Alliance, RUH8, Cyberhunta-Fancy Bear/Cozy Bear) were used to manufacture evidence that will be used in the #MH17 trial at the Hague in conjunction with Bellingcat.
         US Intel for hire superstars used the Fancy Bear groups in conjunction with the #Propornot project illegally to identify and take down news and commentary platforms in the US and EU that published stories against the narratives, they were developing and promoting.
         They illegally targeted people expressing social and political opinions. All of this was with the blessing of period ODNI and FBI leadership.

The Disproven Conspiracy Theories about the DNC Hack and 2016 Russian Election Interference

The disproven conspiracy theories about Trump-Russia and Russian election interference is the ones that were proven baseless in court, not the court of opinion. The evidence was fabricated or just not there, to begin with. The FBI’s criminality hiding the real criminals is examined below.
But, these fake stories are still promulgated in an ongoing effort to sabotage the 2020 election cycle and tear the US social fabric apart. Examples of this are- Why Trump Still Believes (wrongly) that Ukraine Hacked the D.N.C.The Conspiracy Theory So Far Out There Even Trump’s Biggest Defenders Are Walking Away From It and @ScottShaneNYT How a Fringe Theory About Ukraine Took Root in the White House.

This article is going to open up the potentially wide-ranging crimes at the FBI aiding and abetting criminals for purely political reasons.

 There are only two possible reactions you can have to this. There are some people that will react emotionally or politically and the consequences be damned. As long as it happens to someone they are sure they hate, why care?
When precedents are set, they work both ways. When political leaders like Trump or Sanders are tried in the court of opinion and declared loyal to a foreign government because the other party doesn’t like them. The method is set for every other person that graces the social or political stage.
Look further into the distance and realize this flows downhill. If it’s fine for political leaders, don’t be surprised when it’s your turn at bat because someone doesn’t like you. This kind of lawlessness spreads quickly as we’ve seen since 2016.
Or maybe it’s time to objectively look at the facts and see where the evidence leads in an unbiased way. That’s it. That’s all.
All of the common knowledge stories rely on readers to assume ODNI head James Clapper’s 2017 report was conclusive and the Mueller investigations were successful. Neither of them was, nor could they ever be.
James Clapper was responsible for the evidence Intel agencies presented in the January 2017 report trying to hamstring the newly elected Trump administration for political reasons.
If ODNI chief Clapper believed the 17 Intel Agency strong report, why couldn’t he stand by the same fact-base in 2018? Clapper no longer cited his iron-clad evidence he presented as proof of Russian interference or the DNC hacks.
In 2018, former ODNI head Clapper’s solid proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election became 78,000 people voted against Hillary Clinton and she lost Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Notice Jimmy Clapper wasn’t quoting his solid gold January 2017 report anymore.
Who were these 78,000 Clinton haters that cost the DNC the election in 2016?
Back when there was a real Clinton administration, First Lady Hillary Rodman Clinton demanded the US get involved in the Bosnian war. Hillary Clinton supported KLA terrorists and extremists through a bombing campaign. US bombers drove the families of these voters into the arms of murderers so extreme, they were cutting organs out of living people to sell on the black market. Clinton had them taken off the official terrorist lists to the frustration of negotiators trying to make peace during the war.
The Serbian Diaspora voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania usually votes for the Democratic ticket, that is, unless your name is Hillary Clinton. This was a bloc vote against Hillary Clinton who they hold responsible for the murder of their families at the hand of terrorists. It’s why Clinton ignored those states campaigning. Clinton mistakenly thought having all the major Diaspora votes in swing-states would be enough.
The problem with the evidence of the Russian government interference in 2016 is it had to be manufactured and repeated by a compliant media to exist.
What will be shown through mainstream sources is the Russian FSB and GRU attacks on the American psyche was produced by domestic and foreign criminals that were hostile to the Russian government for nearly a decade before the DNC hacks. The hackers who are IO specialists were targeting Russian politics, not the US.
Robert Mueller and James Comey are accessories after the fact. They tried feverishly and unsuccessfully to incriminate the wrong people because the facts expose large scale political corruption well beyond what is currently known and it all revolves around Ukraine.
According to PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) in a study titled Assessing the Russian Internet Research Agency’s impact on the political attitudes and behaviors of American Twitter users in late 2017 there was no Russian impact on the election and they used 6 research standards to measure it.
If you don’t trust official studies done under the Trump administration tenure, Jon Solomon had this to write after uncovering 2016-17 FBI memos: The piecemeal release of FBI files in the Russia collusion investigation has masked an essential fact: James Comey’s G-men had substantially debunked the theory that Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow by the time the 45th president was settling into the Oval Office, according to declassified memos, court filings and interviews.
And that means a nascent presidency and an entire nation were put through two more years of lacerating debate over an issue that was mostly resolved in January 2017 inside the bureau’s own evidence files. The proof is now sitting in plain view.- FBI’s Russia collusion case fell apart in first month of Trump presidency, memos show
This is why James Clapper changed his tune so radically. When you look at the above, Hillary was taken out behind the woodshed in 2016 for good reasons. Ask yourself what does it have to do with Russians, Russia, or Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? The only scenario all the evidence supports is Hillary Clinton stepped on a proverbial rake and made herself unelectable in 2016.

FBI, CIA, and ODNI criminal conspiracy against the United States

Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution– Information available as of 29 December 2016 was used in the preparation of this product.
Scope
This report includes an analytic assessment drafted and coordinated among The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA), which draws on intelligence information collected and disseminated by those three agencies. It covers the motivation and scope of Moscow’s intentions regarding US elections and Moscow’s use of cyber tools and media campaigns to influence US public opinion. The assessment focuses on activities aimed at the 2016 US presidential election and draws on our understanding of previous Russian influence operations. When we use the term “we” it refers to an assessment by all three agencies.
I refuse to give James Clapper, James Comey, John Brennan, or Robert Mueller the benefit of the doubt and call them ignorant little men.  They acted with full knowledge of what they were doing. Along with all of the agencies’ department heads, these men used their offices trying to try to overthrow the election of the President of the United States and change the fabric of US society by creating irreparable political and social division.
American officials, sworn to defend the USA used their power to fabricate a political narrative they called Intelligence to create their own foreign policy (Russia/Ukraine)and domestic policy(including media, political norms and policy) for the United States.
As late as 2018, #JamesComey was clear when he dismissed a House intelligence committee report that found no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign as a “political document”. When the ODNI report was written, he knew there was no evidence of Donald Trump-Russia collusion. They all knew.
ODNI Clapper, FBI Comey, John Brennan and Special Counsel Mueller knew in 2017 that the US Intel community conceded there was no coordinated effort by Russia to influence the 2016 election months before.
They successfully divided the United States socially and politically in ways Orwell would be proud of.

Why did US political activism by sworn officials cross a bridge too far?

It all started falling into place after 9-11. Congress decided the FBI needed to get into the Intelligence business. At the time, the FBI fought the changes saying it would hurt their criminal investigation mandate. Because the CIA legally can’t operate domestically, the FBI was rebooted to do the job.
The 2000s version of the FBI was right. The FBI went from being the world’s premier criminal investigation agency to one of the worst imitations of a private sector  CIA domestically and around the world.
The same man the FBI called a nuisance and danger to national security after the twin towers collapsed in New York networked intelligently enough to become the trainer of choice for the FBI, Homeland Security, CIA, NATO, et al.
This new mandate from Congress created over 5000 new Intel positions right away inside the FBI that were filled with outside contractors.
Today’s Intel agency leaders including Homeland Security and FBI department heads were his students from the early 2000s onward. The rise and risk of Intelligence for hire is detailed in U.S. Intelligence Crisis Poses a Threat to the World (Part 1)
This particular agency trainer almost singlehandedly started the US side of the social-political Russian collusion storyline by himself labeling anyone outside his narrative Kremlin trolls and pro-Russian influencers.  He made looking for pro-Russian collaborators fashionable in a post-2016 world in a way that would make Joe McCarthy tingly.
He personally is why media came under so much scrutiny and groups like Propornot were formed to destroy media that didn’t agree to the McCarthy-like narrative, alternative media sources that spoke against the Clinton campaign and post-2014 Ukraine. Watch as it starts again as the 2020 election cycle heats up.
Along with the other US Intel actors, he aided and abetted the murder of journalists in Ukraine by providing the tools, training, means, and method to set it up. It’s quite an embarrassment for Brennan, Comey, Clapper, Mueller, and the agencies, et al.
Imagine, one of the rock-stars of modern Intel being found in that position after your agencies were trained to look at information like him for over a decade. It’s no wonder they hand-fed the current Russia policy narrative he developed to MSM.
In part2, I’ll detail who he is, many of the crimes, along with the real identities of the DNC hackers.
Fusion GPS and Patterning the Trump-Sanders Accusations and Russia Investigation
If the ODNI and FBI engaged in consistent patterns of activity for political reasons that tear the societal fabric of the USA to support corruption that destroy the lives of US citizens, change foreign policy, and erode citizen’s rights, should it be investigated?
It started with Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primaries. This bled into the 2020 primaries.
Sander’s accusations started with “Adam Parkhomenko, a former aide to Hillary Clinton who has repeatedly suggested that Senator Bernie Sanders owes his popularity to Russian support, backed the attorney’s abortive bid for president.”- NYMag
Sander’s accusations of Russia collusion ended with –“A 37-page indictment resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation shows that Russian nationals and businesses also worked to boost the campaigns of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Green party nominee Jill Stein in an effort to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton”-USA Today
Robert Mueller’s investigation into Bernie Sanders started with a tweeted accusation. Most of the Russian nationals not named were publishers and journalists that support Bernie Sanders and were listed by the FBI trainer who started accusing American web portals of being influencers for the Russian government.

Fusion GPS and the Steele Dossier

Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the co-founders of the private investigative firm Fusion GPS never tried to vet any of the information Christopher Steele gave them in the infamous and tantalizing Steele Dossier.
The closest anyone has come to a real source is an unknown Russian émigré in the US provided the narrative for Christopher Steele (foreign Intel agent) about events he/she had no first-hand knowledge of.
“Yet, Simpson allegedly acknowledged that most of the information Fusion GPS and British intelligence operative Christopher Steele developed did not come from sources inside Moscow. “Much of the collection about the Trump campaign ties to Russia comes from a former Russian intelligence officer (? not entirely clear) who lives in the U.S.,” Ohr scribbled in his notes.”- The Hill
Is it possible for investigative journalists like Simpson and Fritsch not be even remotely curious about the legitimacy of such scandalous information? This Intel is about an elected US President and they claim they were acting patriotically.
Fusion GPS Founders On Russian Efforts To Sow Discord: ‘They Have Succeeded’. This is quite a statement considering when asked, they admitted they knew absolutely nothing about Steele’s politically motivated fiction.
It’s easy to see why such an appalling politically driven fantasy fell apart after it was given a real examination. But, that’s not the point.
Simpson and Fritsch turned around and gave the Steele Dossier to Republican Senator John McCain (the anti-Trump), knowing full well if he acted in character the Dossier would be made public.  Why McCain’s office? The answer is included below.
“The Washington Times first disclosed the document on April 25, 2017. Republicans later told the Justice Department the filing should have set off alarm bells inside the FBI about Mr. Steele’s credibility, given his admission he had accepted gossip.”-The Washington Times
“The top judge on the federal court overseeing the U.S. government’s surveillance activities accused the FBI on Tuesday of providing false and misleading information about Carter Page in applications to wiretap the former Trump campaign adviser.”– The National Interest
“Before evaluating the media component of this scandal, the FBI’s gross abuse of its power – its serial deceit – is so grave and manifest that it requires little effort to demonstrate it. In sum, the IG Report documents multiple instances in which the FBI – in order to convince a FISA court to allow it spy on former Trump campaign operative Carter Page during the 2016 election – manipulated documents, concealed crucial exonerating evidence, and touted what it knew were unreliable if not outright false claims.
If you don’t consider FBI lying, concealment of evidence, and manipulation of documents in order to spy on a U.S. citizen in the middle of a presidential campaign to be a major scandal, what is?”– The Intercept

ODNI, FBI Hacked and Influenced the American Psyche

Throughout the entire hack and election influence saga US Intel officials acted like spokesmodels for Ukrainian –American Diaspora leader Alexandra Chalupa. They constantly acted for the benefit of private citizen groups and companies who wanted to change US foreign policy and the fabric of society in the USA.
The following is from a man that knows the facts. How can you get such a senior position otherwise? Here’s his big media sound bite;
“FEINSTEIN: And what would those goals have been?
PRIESTAP: I think the primary goal, in my mind, was to sow discord, and to try to delegitimize our free and fair election process. I also think another of their goals, which the entire United States intelligence community stands behind, was to denigrate Secretary Clinton and to try to help then — current President Trump.”- Vox
“Russia, for years, has conducted influence operations targeting our elections,” an FBI agent told Congress on Wednesday. But what made 2016 different was the degree of interference, facilitated by the Internet, said Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division.”.-(CNSNews.com)
And here are Bill Priestap’s conclusions after the media turn away and he’s forced to put on his big boy pants and own up to the evidence the FBI has after years of investigation.
“Further, all three witnesses in that hearing—Ms.Manfra, Dr. Files, and FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Bill Priestap—agreed that they had no evidence that votes themselves were changed in any way in the 2016 election.”- REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE UNITED STATES SENATE ON RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURES CAMPAIGNS AND INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION VOLUME 1: RUSSIAN EFFORTS AGAINST ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE WITH ADDITIONAL VIEWS
Therein lays the crux of the problem. The FBI wanted the election interference story to resonate publically but under oath, there was never any evidence.
According to the IG Report, FBI leaders, lawyers, and investigators were pulling out all stops to derail Donald Trump before and after the 2016 election. How did this organized, continuous, multi-faceted, and multi-event war play on the American psyche? You tell me.
FBI Tried to Influence the Trump Campaign“While the results of any physical searches related to Page are unknown, what is known is that federal spying on the Trump campaign through Page went further. Prior to the FISA surveillance orders, the FBI tasked informant Stefan Halper with targeting Page. (Another agency may have as well.) The IG report revealed that in targeting Page, Halper sought specific details from Page related to the Trump campaign, and fed Page unsolicited (and potentially illegal) advice concerning campaign strategy.”-The Federalist
The only thing to consider is the FBI may have conducted the biggest set of serial crimes of this decade by a law enforcement agency.
This effectively divided every American on a social and political basis. It wasn’t a single event but a continuing policy surrounding the election, foreign policy, and the lengths federal investigators could go to hamstring the executive branch for political reasons.
Before the December 2016 ODNI-FBI GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity JAR, there was no proof of Russian intervention except what came out of the Clinton camp. James Comey denied it. After the ODNI JAR, there was no evidence of Russian intervention in the 2016 election.
The report itself and the actions surrounding it were nothing short of a successful politically charged foreign policy intervention by the FBI and ODNI. How can I say this?
Mueller indicted a Russian company called Concord Management & Consulting LLC for being the vehicle the Russian government used to interfere in the 2016 election. All the information Robert Mueller, James Comey, and James Clapper had to go on came from the indicted DNC hacking group themselves.
After establishing this, we’ll look at the ongoing relationship between the investigators and the criminal hacking groups to reshape American politics, cover-up enormous corruption in the Obama administration, Clinton campaign, and hamstring an elected US President.
The other company called the Internet Research Agency was part of Concord Management.
“In 2014, according to Russian media, Internet Research Ltd. (Russian: «Интернет исследования») was founded in March 2014, joined IRA’s activity. The newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that this company is a successor of Internet Research Agency Ltd. Internet Research Ltd. is considered to be linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the holding company Concord Management and Consulting. The “Trolls of Olgino” are considered to be his project. As of October 2014, the company belonged to Mikhail Bystrov, who had been the head of the police station at Moscow district of Saint Petersburg.
Russian media point out that according to documents, published by hackers from Anonymous International, Concord Management is directly involved with trolling administration through the agency. Researchers cite e-mail correspondence, in which Concord Management gives instructions to trolls and receives reports on accomplished work. According to journalists, Concord Management organized banquets in the Kremlin and also cooperated with Voentorg and the Russian Ministry of Defense.”-Wikipedia
This information is well documented enough to have an almost accurate Wikipedia listing barring one glaring point Mueller, Comey, and Clapper needed to ignore to build their Trump-Russia collusion, Russian election interference, and Russian hacking narrative.
Scott Humor at the Saker.is researched the Internet Research Agency extensively. In an article entitled “A Brief History of the Kremlin Trolls,” he shows clearly the Internet Research Agency only existed on paper. Even then, it ceased to exist in 2015. It was liquidated and the company emerged as a construction retail company called TEKA.
This brings us to the foreign policy objective the US Intel community and US Intel agencies hacked the American psyche very successfully to reach:
“On 29 December 2016, the White House accused and sanctioned the FSB and several other Russian companies for what the US intelligence agencies said was their role in helping the Russian military intelligence service, the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) disrupt and spread disinformation during the 2016 US presidential election. In addition, the State Department also declared 35 Russian diplomats and officials persona non grata and denied Russian government officials access to two Russian-owned installations in Maryland and New York.”- Wikipedia
Here’s the fun part. Everything we know about 2016 Russian involvement stems from this same small group that ODNI and FBI had to embellish by magnitudes to link them to a Russian government operation and then indict.
While they were the hackers and Information Operators the FBI investigated and Robert Mueller indicted, the hacking groups weren’t working for the Russian government for the Yahoo hack or the DNC hack and 2016election hacks.
Dmitry Dokuchaev used his position to commit crimes against Russia and the USA which helped the FBI to build the one narrative they needed to fabricate official Russian government involvement.
         U.S. v. Dmitry Dokuchaev, et al.
         “Dokuchaev is a former hacker from Yekaterinburg. He was reportedly blackmailed into joining the FSB, Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, after his private exploits became known to the service, but then built a successful career, rising to the rank of major. The Russian investigation appears to link him to a group called Shaltai Boltai, or Humpty Dumpty, which broke into electronic mailboxes, mostly of Russian officials and business people, obtained compromising information about them and then either sold or published it. The group’s work was a combination of blackmail, competitive intelligence and public relations; Dokuchaev’s alleged role was to direct the group toward particular victims and cover up its activities while pretending to investigate it.”- Bloomberg- What the Yahoo Hack Says About Russian Spies-The 2014 hack appears to have been a business scheme run by Russian intelligence officers
The FSB agency mandate is limited by law to work inside Russia, not outside. This alone makes it illegal for the FSB to engage in state-level espionage and hacking operations outside.
The FSB has an incredible amount of legal authority to surveil all information passed on or through Russian servers.
Jeff Carr noted the Russian Law on the FSB (article 15) states that “all individuals and legal entities in Russia, providing postal services, telecommunications of all kinds, including systems, data communication, satellite communications, are obliged at the request of the Federal Security Service to include in the extra hardware equipment and software, as well as create other conditions necessary for the operational and technical measures by the Federal Security Service.”
And yet;
In case you missed it, the FSB through Dmitry Dokuchaev’s Shaltay Boltay was accused of illegally hacking accounts of Russian officials. Why would the FSB hack these officials it legally had almost unlimited jurisdiction to the information without hacking?
For anyone clinging to the Yahoo or DNC hacks with a purely political mindset; this is the same as walking into a bank vault with $1 billion dollars in it. You know you have the legal right to walk away with any or all of it. But, just for giggles, you hire a foreign criminal to rob the place which makes you liable for bank robbery, conspiracy, and treason.
And in the real world case of Yahoo, you get caught because the Canadian hacker you illegally hired for the Yahoo hack broke the Canadian criminal code of silence when he testified against you.
To put it delicately, this would have to be the most inept crime of all time. For this to be true, Dokuchaev must have just fallen off the turnip truck and hit his head. Got whacked with the ole’ ugly stick at the same time he stepped on a rake as he was laughed at by a 12-year-old girl who wound up and kicked him in the…….Seriously? That’s as insulting as it is injurious.
Instead, what we have is a group of Russian criminals (Shaltai Boltai) who are not working for the Russian government and continually try to hack Russian officials for blackmail. According to Stratfor, “In a 2015 interview, the leader of Shaltai Boltai, code-named “Lewis,” said his group was driven purely by money, not ideology… The narrative linking Shaltai Boltai to the FSB officers came just three days after the initial stories suggesting the FSB officers were the sources of leaks to U.S. intelligence.”
But were Dokuchaev and Shaltai Boltai (Shaltay Boltay) feeding US Intelligence information? If so, what kind of information?
The “Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence ODNI quotes Shaltay Boltay because this group is the primary source of information about both events because they created what we know about them.

Dokuchaev, Shaltay Boltay, the FBI, and Robert Mueller

Summary:
The FBI interviewed members of Shaltay Boltay groups and asked for help writing the 2016 election hacking and influence story. Shaltay Boltay could play the heroes and the villains. They were heroes because they created the influence story about a non-existent company that no one could find that Putin ordered to influence the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump.
They were the villains because they were the DNC hackers. If Shaltay Boltay cooperated to implicate Trump and Putin, US citizenship and jobs were waiting for them.
Dokuchaev and his working group Shaltai Boltai (Shaltay Boltay), otherwise known as Anonymous International or Humpty Dumpty  are the source for everything known about the Russian Internet Agency (IRA), Russian election interference, and provides the Russian FSB-GRU connection through Dokuchaev needed to make the Russia-DNC hack narrative almost work.
Shaltay Boltay are the Yahoo hackers that stole Huma Abedin’ State Department logins. This is important because it also separates them from being Russian government operatives.
More importantly, their own self described claim to fame was creating realities. Shaltay Boltay primary work is in Information Operations. The founder of the elusive Shaltai Boltai hacker group has been uncovered as Vladimir Anikeyev, a native Dagestani and expert in “black PR.”
It’s no secret today Comey’s FBI and the Mueller investigation were working hard to grasp at any straw they could to derail the Trump presidency. Even though they knew there was no collusion, their teams worked overtime to prove it by pushing half-truths in an invented narrative.
What brings the FBI investigators and Comey’s behavior to a collusion, harboring, and abetting threshold is they identified the leaders of the hacking groups early on, the hackers, and ignored them to hide corruption.

Was the ODNI and Comey’s FBI an accessory after the fact to the DNC Hacks and murder? – Harboring Criminals

Comey’s Russian collusion team and the Mueller probes pushed the 2016 investigations away from the criminals they were supposed to be investigating.
         The FBI, Comey, and Mueller knew Shaltay Boltay (Shaltai Boltai) were part of a higher level group. While this group worked for money, not politics, the higher-level group are extreme nationalists.
The big question if their entire history is blackmailing Russians, who are they working for in relation to the US election?
         The FBI knew this group fabricated the only basis used for a Russia election interference investigation. The FBI knew they did this from Ukraine.
The reason the FBI and Mueller knew the Russian government FSB-GRU connection to the hacks was fabricated was the leaders of Shaltay Boltay were extremely clear and public about hurting the Russian government and Russians.
         The FBI, Comey, and Mueller knew from 2014- late 2016, the indicted and ignored involved leaders and US oriented parts of Shaltay Boltay were located in Kiev, Ukraine.
Shaltay Boltay leaders were wanted criminals and worked against the Russian government 2014-2016 when they fled to Kiev. This is evidenced by the so-called Surkov hack. The emails were released through the working group Shaltay Boltay was with 2014-16.
         The FBI and Mueller had this group’s IP addresses which Mueller used in his indictments and the willing cooperation of the server company that hosted them.
“If we consider the situation from the other side, it is unclear why the FBI and related experts are talking only about our company,” said Fomenko. “After all, the U.S. intelligence report says that the hacking was staged from eight IP addresses, six of them belonging to our company (the criminals used our equipment), and two other companies being not connected with us in any way. One of them is located in the Netherlands, I don’t know about the other. But it’s all just about us. What is this? Prejudice?”-RBTH
         The FBI and Mueller refused to investigate or interview the owner of the server (King Servers) the DNC hackers used who wanted to testify. Yet, Shaltay Boltay’s IP addresses were considered key evidence anyway. Apparently, the DNC hackers owed him money.
The FBI knew the groups involved physical location and concealed it to shield them from the investigation by constantly attributing the DNC and subsequent hacks to Russia.
         The FBI and Mueller purposefully stayed away from the main group and targeted sub-groups, outliers, and used false accusations that protected the Executive branch from being dragged into the investigation. At the very least, all of this happened as the direct result of Obama’s Ukraine and Russia policies.
Shaltai Boltai’s Yevgeny Nikulin was interviewed by the FBI. According to Disobedient Media’s Adam Carter “Nikulin has stated in a letter, passed to his lawyer Martin Sadilek and reported by Moscow Times, that, after his arrest on October 5, 2016, he was visited by the FBI several times, the first of which was on 14-15 November, 2016.
From the Bell– In it, he also mentions attacks on the servers of the Democratic Party committee. Kozlovsky writes that he was engaged in them on behalf of the FSB officer, whom he calls “Ilya.” Later, the hacker began to claim that under the pseudonym “Ilya” he was supervised by FSB Major Dmitry Dokuchaev.
         The FBI investigators allegedly offered payment for information implicating Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
On 5/11/17 Newsweek ran an article headlined FBI PROBE INTO CLINTON EMAILS PROMPTED OFFER OF CASH, CITIZENSHIP FOR CONFESSION, RUSSIAN HACKER CLAIMS.“[They told me:] you will have to confess to breaking into Clinton’s inbox for [U.S. President Donald Trump] on behalf of [Russian President Vladimir Putin],” Nikulin wrote, according to The Moscow Times.”
         The FBI, Comey, and Mueller knew Shaltay Boltay was part of a foreign Intel structure whose goal since 2014 has been to disrupt US-Russia relations.
         The FBI knew Shaltay Boltay as part of Ukrainian CyberHunta worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign as opposition researchers through the DNC.
Alexandra Chalupa used private/public Ukrainian Cyber Intel groups Ukraine Cyber Alliance and CyberHunta(part of the Ukrainian Ministry of Information) to do opposition research. Roman Burko and Christina Dobrovolska (US State Department contractor, liaison to the US-Ukrainian Diaspora) led the groups under the Information Ministry.
         The FBI knew the main workgroup also worked in conjunction with Crowdstrike, the Atlantic Council, and members of the US Intel community. The groups were used to fabricate anti-Russian narratives for NATO and statements delivered to US Congressional committees voting on support for Ukraine.
The Daily Beast-The deputy head of its now-defunct Center for Information Security, Sergei Mikhailov, was arrested, along with two colleagues and an employee of the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, Ruslan Stoyanov, for allegedly passing secret information to Western intelligence agencies.
         The FBI knew only Crowdstrike, Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance (RUH8) and Cyberhunta had possession of key component tools of the DNC hack that Crowdstrike’s Dimitry Alperovitch stated were like DNA evidence.
The FBI knew Crowdstrike relied on information they shared with the Ukrainian Intel groups.
         According to Wikileaks, the phishing attack on Podesta originated in Ukraine.
         The FBI and Mueller knew the groups labeled Fancy Bear/Cozy Bear along with American and British Intel community members were involved in setting up the Ukrainian Information Ministry’s murder for hire platform Myrotvorets beginning very in early 2015.
These same groups protected by the FBI worked with US & UK Intel Community superstars to set up and refine Myrotvorets. This was Ukraine’s hit-for-hire listings that named the enemies of post-Maidan Ukraine. It started with the murder of journalist Olez Buzina one month after the webplatform went live. At the time it went live, I predicted the first murder would soon follow. Unfortunately, it did.
         The FBI knows the core members responsible for all this and that can answer for it are the ones they concealed from the investigation still operate in Ukraine.
Under 18 U.S.C. § 1071, anyone who “harbors or conceals” a person to prevent their “discovery and arrest” is guilty of a crime.

TheTrump-Ukraine Servers

Servers, servers, let’s see who has the Trump-Ukraine server. I chose the following article quote from @benshapiro out of the all the rest of the barrel for the colorful language he uses. Imagine a lone DNC server determined to live its life in peace and solitude makes the arduous journey to Kiev, Ukraine. This is a story of triumph over adversity. It’s a real tear-jerker.
He begins by introducing part of the conversation between Presidents Trump and Zelensky.
 “The Phone Call
According to the transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky released by the White House, Trump asks Zelensky for a favor, “because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike. . . . I guess you have one of your wealthy people. . . . The server, they say Ukraine has it. . . . They say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.”
Here, Trump is referring to the baseless conspiracy theory that Russia was framed by Ukraine for the 2016 hack and subsequent release of a damaging tranche of Democratic National Committee emails, which involves a supposed “secret” DNC server being spirited away to and hidden in Ukraine. He seems to be asking Zelensky to investigate the conspiracy theory, presumably in hopes that it would remove the taint of Russian interference from his 2016 victory.”- The Two Theories of Trump’s Actions in the Ukraine Affair By BEN SHAPIRO October 25, 2019 11:01 AM-  National Review
What the wondrous barrel of articles and colorful tales ignore is this is the 21st century and your computer doesn’t need to plug directly into a server. Many people across the world use US hosting services (servers) and vice versa.
Let’s add facts into this and dispense with hyperbole.
Alexandra Chalupa told Politico part of her Oppo-research team was Ukrainian “private Intel.” She hired Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance, RUH8, and Cyberhunta (which included Shaltay Boltay at the time). These groups work for the Ukrainian Information Ministry, SBU (Ukraine’s version of the CIA), the US State Department under Obama, and are Ukraine’s front line Cyber hacking, spy, and Information Operations unit against Russia, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump.
Would you have foreign hackers running rampant on your servers based in the United States which fall under the direct legal purview of election law, Constitutional law, and Federal law?
Of course not. If you were in a gray area where your candidate for US President could be taken to the carpet and impeached for using foreign spy services to build the campaign, the best move would be having questionable work or workers that can be questioned on safe ground to begin with.
If you were working for another country’s spy services, would you want a direct fingerprint inside the election of a US president? Again the answer is no. The ramifications to your own country could be enormous once a better than the barrel investigative journalist gets a whiff of it.
If you do your work through a safe server in your own country, you remain anonymous, have a better chance of success, and might get a medal for it.
The above limits the number of servers in the world that could be used to just 4 or 5. Remember, security is everything. These groups are part of the Ukrainian security infrastructure and realistically would need to be able to scale up to nation-state level actions.
1.       Shaltay Boltay’s server where they stored their archive.
2.       The servers RUH8, Cyber Alliance, and Cyberhunta use.
3.       The Ministry of Information servers because all the hackers including Shaltay Boltay (credited with the DNC hack) worked for them
4.       According to the Kiev Post-Ukrainian special services looking into disappearance of servers from presidential office’s situational room because of former Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko gutted the server room claiming the servers belonged to someone else and had to be returned. He paid for this out of his own pocket instead of Ukrainian state funds. This is almost blasphemy for a graft guy like Poroshenko. The former Ukrainian president is adamant that even though they were the most protected servers in Ukraine, no Ukraine state business was conducted on them.
The reason for this shortlist instead of a particular DNC server is their servers will catalog all their crimes. Not just the DNC hack adventure. It will also catalog all their contacts. This part is important to pursue criminal and civil investigations for crimes and damages they did to news and analytical platforms, public people, journalists, and citizens of the US, Russia, EU, as well as their own country, Ukraine.
In case you haven’t realized it yet, the sites that were hacked in association to #Propornot and lost income, jobs, or reputation, are entitled to restitution. Crimes have been committed against the American, Russian, and EU people, Democratic party members, the Trump administration, Bernie Sanders campaign 2016.
Will the FBI, ODNI, and private Intel companies be held accountable for allowing and protecting foreign spy agencies to operate freely inside US infrastructure?
The politicization of the ODNI, FBI, and CIA needs to cease. This can only be done by phasing out private money from the Intel and law enforcement game. The FBI has no business in the Intel game because the change of mandate is what corrupted a world-renown criminal investigation agency in the first place.
Next up in the series: Outing the DNC hackers
Donald Trump’s Ukraine Server- How the FBI and ODNI hacked and influenced the American psyche
Server, server, who has the Trump-Ukraine server? The answers won’t leave room for doubt on this question.
This is part one of a 3 part series showing the FBI and US Intel agency heads are complicit in the DNC hack after the fact and 2016 election interference. Early on, the FBI and Mueller found the real hackers and worked to hide them from justice and exposure in media. Without the FBI and US Intel community help, the Russia saga would have never happened and unbelievable amounts of corruption would have been exposed early on.
Part 2 will expose the identities of the DNC hackers and where they fit in the Information Operation (IO) to indict and impeach US President Donald Trump and destroy 2016 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders as agents of Russia or under Russian influence. The US and UK Intel superstars that helped them and some of the projects they worked on including destroying US media platforms not supporting the Clinton campaign in 2016 will be exposed.
Part 3 will conclude analyzing media complicity with corporate contractors, US Intel, and law enforcement.
The only thing that matters are facts and provable evidence. 
When the NYT, 60 Minutes NY, and other outlets contacted me as the original source for what Donald Trump knows about Ukraine’s involvement in 2016 election interference and the DNC hacks, apparently they were correct. It was the only thing they got right about the events even with Pulitzer Prizes and Emmy Awards.  I’ll show why in Part 3 of the series.
Let’s start by solving the DNC hacks in a few paragraphs. If this isn’t the most conclusive evidence you’ve seen for the purpose of getting to the real hackers, don’t read any further afterward.
Shaltay Boltay (Shaltai Boltai) is the group, Robert Mueller indicted for the DNC hacks. Shaltay Boltay leaders who were in the FSB are the people Comey, Clapper, and Mueller they investigated, indicted, and proclaim guilty of the DNC hack and 2016 election influence.
The story of why Mueller and the FBI, ODNI, and NSA couldn’t prove it shows how deep corruption and criminal abetting are rooted in US government agencies and political parties today. The indicted group has a relationship with Dimitry Alperovitch and Crowdstrike, the Atlantic Council, and secondary relationships to Hillary Clinton through the DNC and the RNC through people like Senator John McCain.
Until Crowdstrike’s report late in 2016, the tools Fancy Bear used were proprietary identifiers. Even into 2017, the use of these tools was limited to Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear. These same distinct tools were used to hack the group the ODNI, FBI, and Robert Mueller identified as the DNC hacking groups, Fancy Bear/Cozy Bear.
In a security white paper entitled En Route with Sednit Part 1: Approaching the Target Version 1.0 October 2016 by ESET LLC, Shaltai Boltai was hacked by Fancy Bear in late October 2016. ESET made this attribution based on a set of specialized hacking software specific to the group Fancy Bear.
According to RFE/RLRUH8 (Ukraine Cyber Alliance) credits “mostly CyberHunta” with the Surkov e-mail theft and says it was not the result of a spear-phishing scam but rather what he describes cryptically as “special software.” He claims the malware allowed CyberHunta not only to retrieve Surkov’s e-mail but to “take the entire [Russian] presidential administration system under their control, and they gathered information right from the computers.”
This is verified by Ukraine’s SBU. “And the information that is available in these letters, and which were extracted by” Cyberhunt “, are extremely similar. That is, the methods of execution of all these things – on those documents that officially appear in the materials of criminal proceedings, “- said the head of the SBU.
Lastly,
From Forbes “For example, in October of 2016 “Fancy Bear” was accused of hacking (Shaltai Boltai) Humpty Dumpty.- Paul Roderick Gregory a contributor at CyberHunta sister publication euromaidanpress.com
What’s unique about this is Shaltay Boltay leader Anikeev “Lewis” is the actual hacker for what is known as the Surkov leaks. The hacked material was released in two parts. The first, Lewis released himself on the CyberHunta website. This hacked material was then taken directly to the Atlantic Council.
Other victims of Shaltay Boltay include the head of News Media, Aram Gabrelyanov , presenter Dmitry Kiselev , retired o􀄶cer Igor Strelkov- Girkin , presidential aide Vladislav Surkov , Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
While they are not quite on the Russian FSB to-do list, they fall nicely into Ukraine’s.
         The first information dump in the Surkov hack (administrative assistant might have been hacked) Shaltay Boltay posted the information on Ukraine’s Cyberhunta website(you need a password to post on a hacker website).
         After the first information dump was released by Shaltay Boltay leader Anikeev through the CyberHunta web platform, they were authenticated by the Atlantic Council on the 25th of October, 2016.
         Anikeev was tricked into leaving Ukraine in late October by the FSB. He went to Moscow where he was arrested and charged with treason.
         Shaltay Boltay was hacked by Fancy Bear (identified by specific tools Dimitry Alperovitch said were as strong as DNA evidence) and the hacked information (2nd Surkov dump) was released by Ukraine’s CyberHunta.
Shaltay Boltay was part of CyberHunta which was why they could post material on the Ukrainian website. Ukraine’s CyberHunta and Cyber Alliance work for the Ukrainian Information Ministry as Ukrainian cyber Intel and the DNC as opposition researchers in 2016 through Roman Burko and Christina Dobrovolska.
Cyber Alliance hackers are Ukrainian nationalists that did not work directly with Shaltay Boltay. They were hired by Alexandra Chalupa. Shaltay Boltay (Mueller’s DNC hackers) was hacked by Fancy Bear in Ukraine even though according to Mueller they were Fancy Bear…from Ukraine.
From the Ukrainian hackers own webportal InformNapalm– InformNapalm volunteer intelligence community was the original publisher of the analysis and the actual dumps of Surkov’s correspondence provided by Ukrainian Cyber ​​Alliance (UCA) in October 2016 (second Surkov dump)… A few days ago, a number of Russian news agencies published a story about the arrest of FSB officers responsible for information security, the head of department at Kaspersky Lab (Department of cybercrime investigations), and one Vladimir Anikeev who testified against another FSB employee.
Anikeev is believed to be “Lewis”, the spokesperson for Anonymous International. FSB recently decided to confuse the matters by using the discovery on Anikeev’s computer of #SurkovLeaks files, which had been obtained and published by #UCA, and had already been in the public domain.
 As the speaker for #UCA, I categorically deny any connections between Ukrainian Cyber Alliance and Anonymous International. I will now try to unravel this KGB tangle.
According to RUH8 “Shaltai Boltai people post “samples” of letters of influential, but nonpublic
people, virtually without comment. And they also offer information for sale. But did any of the
allegedly sold correspondences surface anywhere? Why not? Because a complete dump would inflict a
tremendous damage on Moscow, whereas the real goal is to pull some strings and rein in a competitor for power.” .-RUH8
As you’ll see in a second, we found our DNC hackers. The same hacker (RUH8) that gave Ukraine’s CyberHunta credit for the Surkov hack and the first part of the document dump takes credit for the second document dump his group hacked from CyberHunta/Shaltay Boltay’s Anikeev after his arrest.
Notice as much as he hates Anikeev, the Ukrainian nationalist RUH8 denies a connection to the FSB regarding Shaltay Boltay’s work.
“Sometimes they get hacking help from their Russian friends, he says. “There are people there who are so angry at their own government that they are risking spy charges and passing information to us,” RUH8 explains.”- Inside The Ukrainian ‘Hacktivist’ Network Cyberbattling The Kremlin-RFERL
RUH8, the proud Russian hating Ukrainian nationalist is clear. Shaltay Boltay, its members Mueller indicted, WERE NOT working for the Russian government when this combined group hacked the 2016 US election. They were working for Ukraine.
Initial reports out of Russian media tied Mikhailov to a group of hackers in Ukraine and Thailand called Shaltay Boltay, which means Humpty Dumpty. The group is reportedly affiliated with Anonymous, who released damaging documents on high-level Russians in 2014 and the Kremlin alleges that the arrests are related to this act, as Markov told The Daily Beast that Mikhailov: “definitely controlled Shaltay Boltay,” which “cooperated with the Ukrainian SBU [security service], which is the same as working for the CIA; he worked with them, which is obviously treason.”-Paste Magazine
What if… Hillary Clinton’s go-to guy accessing the servers to see who was “leaking DNC and Team Hillary communications” was from the cyber experts Alexandra Chalupa hired for opposition research from Ukraine?
Think about this for a second because it’s a sensible scenario. Chalupa checks in with her go-to gal Christina Dobrovolska who doubles as Ukraine’s Cyber spy manager.
Christina checks to see who’s available in Ukraine and it’s the guy whose work the entire Russian election influence narrative was based on. He’s ok because he works with Ukraine’s CyberHunta. Who cares that he hacked Huma Abedin’s Yahoo account is a wanted criminal or works for a foreign Intel service.
“At the same time her aides were creating “loyalty scores”, Clinton, “instructed a trusted aide to access the campaign’s server and download the messages sent and received by top staffers. She believed her campaign had failed her—not the other way around—and she wanted ‘to see who was talking to who, who was leaking to who.”-Jonathan Allen and Amy Parnes. Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign
“In particular, he says, spear-phishing — using messages that mimic those of legitimate companies along with a request and link to change personal security information — “is quite efficient.”
RUH8 credits “mostly CyberHunta” with the Surkov e-mail theft and says it was not the result of a spear-phishing scam but rather what he describes cryptically as “special software.”- RUH8 Ukraine Cyber Alliance- RFE/RL
The lights go on and the bell sounds. The DNC Russian hacker narrative begins. Que Alexandra Chalupa.
“In an interview this month, Chalupa told Politico she had developed a network of sources in Kiev and Washington, including investigative journalists, government officials and private intelligence operatives. “While her consulting work at the DNC this past election cycle centered on mobilizing ethnic communities — including Ukrainian-Americans — she said that, when Trump’s unlikely presidential campaign began surging in late 2015, she began focusing more on the research, and expanded it to include Trump’s ties to Russia, as well.”-Politico 2017 interview with Alexandra Chalupa
It turns out that Ukrainian cyber Intel RUH8’s special Russian friend in Cyberhunta is the same guy Crowdstrike, Comey, Clapper, and Mueller investigated for the DNC hack and the Yahoo hack.
There’s only one problem with the above. The Russian group Shaltay Boltay has never been caught with the Fancy Bear tools. RUH8 and Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance and Cyberhunta had them and used them and used them on Shaltay Boltay. Because the hackers outed themselves by hacking each other with Fancy Bear tools, we have the entire group and subgroups Intel operatives as Chalupa called them in Ukraine.
“So the help of the USA… I don’t know, why would we need it? We have all the talent and special means
for this. And I don’t think that the USA or any NATO country would make such sharp movements in
international politics.” We have no Need of CIA Help Ukrainian Hackers of #Surkov Leaks-RUH8 Ukraine Cyber Alliance, Cyberhunta, Shaltay Boltay, Fancy Bear, Cozy Bear
Reread RUH8’s statements. This is a guy that is dying to do a book and movie deal to finally get the acclaim he thinks he deserves. Let’s give him one- Capturing the DNC Hackers.
After everything was said and done by Comey, Clapper, and Mueller about Russian hackers and influence, Shaltay Boltay’s archives (aka Fancy Bear servers) had to be retrieved from UKRAINE.
“Anonymous International founder, who is now in jail, reported that he had stored his databases with stolen information in a Kiev apartment. Thanks to Anikeev’s testimony, the investigators found out that the information carriers (servers) with the hacked archives are stored in Kiev.”

Why did Ukrainian Intel operatives do all this?

Dimitry Alperovitch of Crowdstrike has an ongoing “Twitter buddy” relationship with Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance, RUH8, and Cyberhunta, which includes Shaltay Boltay dating back to at least 2016.
“Hey. I am the press secretary, a simple Ukrainian hacker, more precisely: we are hackers, but imagine a masked man who speaks to you. I do not do OSINT, I do not tell schoolchildren how to hack websites, I do not care about who and what agreed, I’m not an army or a hundred, I do not obey orders and do not follow a ceasefire, build democracy and fight for justice, I am a hacker, and my goal is to break!
 To break, spoil, rob, entangle, blackmail, frighten, divulge, mock and mock the defenselessness of the victims. Because I can. Hate is my name. I will harm the Russian Federation. And I do not care who you are – a liberal or a guardian, Russians must suffer. Traitors and spongers of Russian invaders must suffer. Pensioners and functionaries, Buryats and October, must suffer. If I find a way how to harm you, even for a penny, I immediately use it. Do you live in Russia? Bad luck. I will not tolerate, will not be merciful, I do not forget and do not forgive.- RUH8
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Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance (RUH8) and Cyberhunta (including Shaltay Boltay) work under the flag of Dimitro Yarosh’s Pravy Sektor Ukrainian nationalism. The groups and their web platforms were started by former Pravy Sektor spokesman Sviatoslav Yurash. Yurash was also the spokesman for the 2014 EuroMaidan coup, the Ukrainian military, and is the liaison between the ultra-nationalists and the Ukrainian Diaspora through his position as Deputy Director of the Ukrainian World Congress affiliate in Kiev.
All of this started as an Influence Operation in Ukraine that resulted in the 2014 coup and subsequent move to hard Ukrainian nationalism. It bled into the United States as the 2016 election season heated up.
Suffice to say, means, motive, method, and opportunity have been established by the hackers themselves. Sources friendly to their efforts and neutral mainstream sources including RFERL verify it.
If you’re not convinced now, read no further.
         They (as a foreign Intel service) interfered in the 2016 US election.
         They, along with members of the US Intel community tried to destabilize the government in Russia and the USA.
         They shaped and promoted a false narrative that shipwrecked US and Russia relations.
         Their work helped Crowdstrike shape the Fancy Bear-Cozy Bear narrative.
         They shape the US Intel view of what’s going on in Ukraine allowing for crimes against humanity in Donbass (LNR &DNR) to go unaddressed.
         Later in the series, I’ll show these same groups (Ukraine Cyber Alliance, RUH8, Cyberhunta-Fancy Bear/Cozy Bear) were used to manufacture evidence that will be used in the #MH17 trial at the Hague in conjunction with Bellingcat.
         US Intel for hire superstars used the Fancy Bear groups in conjunction with the #Propornot project illegally to identify and take down news and commentary platforms in the US and EU that published stories against the narratives, they were developing and promoting.
         They illegally targeted people expressing social and political opinions. All of this was with the blessing of period ODNI and FBI leadership.

The Disproven Conspiracy Theories about the DNC Hack and 2016 Russian Election Interference

The disproven conspiracy theories about Trump-Russia and Russian election interference is the ones that were proven baseless in court, not the court of opinion. The evidence was fabricated or just not there, to begin with. The FBI’s criminality hiding the real criminals is examined below.
But, these fake stories are still promulgated in an ongoing effort to sabotage the 2020 election cycle and tear the US social fabric apart. Examples of this are- Why Trump Still Believes (wrongly) that Ukraine Hacked the D.N.C.The Conspiracy Theory So Far Out There Even Trump’s Biggest Defenders Are Walking Away From It and @ScottShaneNYT How a Fringe Theory About Ukraine Took Root in the White House.

This article is going to open up the potentially wide-ranging crimes at the FBI aiding and abetting criminals for purely political reasons.

 There are only two possible reactions you can have to this. There are some people that will react emotionally or politically and the consequences be damned. As long as it happens to someone they are sure they hate, why care?
When precedents are set, they work both ways. When political leaders like Trump or Sanders are tried in the court of opinion and declared loyal to a foreign government because the other party doesn’t like them. The method is set for every other person that graces the social or political stage.
Look further into the distance and realize this flows downhill. If it’s fine for political leaders, don’t be surprised when it’s your turn at bat because someone doesn’t like you. This kind of lawlessness spreads quickly as we’ve seen since 2016.
Or maybe it’s time to objectively look at the facts and see where the evidence leads in an unbiased way. That’s it. That’s all.
All of the common knowledge stories rely on readers to assume ODNI head James Clapper’s 2017 report was conclusive and the Mueller investigations were successful. Neither of them was, nor could they ever be.
James Clapper was responsible for the evidence Intel agencies presented in the January 2017 report trying to hamstring the newly elected Trump administration for political reasons.
If ODNI chief Clapper believed the 17 Intel Agency strong report, why couldn’t he stand by the same fact-base in 2018? Clapper no longer cited his iron-clad evidence he presented as proof of Russian interference or the DNC hacks.
In 2018, former ODNI head Clapper’s solid proof of Russian interference in the 2016 election became 78,000 people voted against Hillary Clinton and she lost Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Notice Jimmy Clapper wasn’t quoting his solid gold January 2017 report anymore.
Who were these 78,000 Clinton haters that cost the DNC the election in 2016?
Back when there was a real Clinton administration, First Lady Hillary Rodman Clinton demanded the US get involved in the Bosnian war. Hillary Clinton supported KLA terrorists and extremists through a bombing campaign. US bombers drove the families of these voters into the arms of murderers so extreme, they were cutting organs out of living people to sell on the black market. Clinton had them taken off the official terrorist lists to the frustration of negotiators trying to make peace during the war.
The Serbian Diaspora voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania usually votes for the Democratic ticket, that is, unless your name is Hillary Clinton. This was a bloc vote against Hillary Clinton who they hold responsible for the murder of their families at the hand of terrorists. It’s why Clinton ignored those states campaigning. Clinton mistakenly thought having all the major Diaspora votes in swing-states would be enough.
The problem with the evidence of the Russian government interference in 2016 is it had to be manufactured and repeated by a compliant media to exist.
What will be shown through mainstream sources is the Russian FSB and GRU attacks on the American psyche was produced by domestic and foreign criminals that were hostile to the Russian government for nearly a decade before the DNC hacks. The hackers who are IO specialists were targeting Russian politics, not the US.
Robert Mueller and James Comey are accessories after the fact. They tried feverishly and unsuccessfully to incriminate the wrong people because the facts expose large scale political corruption well beyond what is currently known and it all revolves around Ukraine.
According to PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) in a study titled Assessing the Russian Internet Research Agency’s impact on the political attitudes and behaviors of American Twitter users in late 2017 there was no Russian impact on the election and they used 6 research standards to measure it.
If you don’t trust official studies done under the Trump administration tenure, Jon Solomon had this to write after uncovering 2016-17 FBI memos: The piecemeal release of FBI files in the Russia collusion investigation has masked an essential fact: James Comey’s G-men had substantially debunked the theory that Donald Trump’s campaign conspired with Moscow by the time the 45th president was settling into the Oval Office, according to declassified memos, court filings and interviews.
And that means a nascent presidency and an entire nation were put through two more years of lacerating debate over an issue that was mostly resolved in January 2017 inside the bureau’s own evidence files. The proof is now sitting in plain view.- FBI’s Russia collusion case fell apart in first month of Trump presidency, memos show
This is why James Clapper changed his tune so radically. When you look at the above, Hillary was taken out behind the woodshed in 2016 for good reasons. Ask yourself what does it have to do with Russians, Russia, or Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders? The only scenario all the evidence supports is Hillary Clinton stepped on a proverbial rake and made herself unelectable in 2016.

FBI, CIA, and ODNI criminal conspiracy against the United States

Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution– Information available as of 29 December 2016 was used in the preparation of this product.
Scope
This report includes an analytic assessment drafted and coordinated among The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and The National Security Agency (NSA), which draws on intelligence information collected and disseminated by those three agencies. It covers the motivation and scope of Moscow’s intentions regarding US elections and Moscow’s use of cyber tools and media campaigns to influence US public opinion. The assessment focuses on activities aimed at the 2016 US presidential election and draws on our understanding of previous Russian influence operations. When we use the term “we” it refers to an assessment by all three agencies.
I refuse to give James Clapper, James Comey, John Brennan, or Robert Mueller the benefit of the doubt and call them ignorant little men.  They acted with full knowledge of what they were doing. Along with all of the agencies’ department heads, these men used their offices trying to try to overthrow the election of the President of the United States and change the fabric of US society by creating irreparable political and social division.
American officials, sworn to defend the USA used their power to fabricate a political narrative they called Intelligence to create their own foreign policy (Russia/Ukraine)and domestic policy(including media, political norms and policy) for the United States.
As late as 2018, #JamesComey was clear when he dismissed a House intelligence committee report that found no collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign as a “political document”. When the ODNI report was written, he knew there was no evidence of Donald Trump-Russia collusion. They all knew.
ODNI Clapper, FBI Comey, John Brennan and Special Counsel Mueller knew in 2017 that the US Intel community conceded there was no coordinated effort by Russia to influence the 2016 election months before.
They successfully divided the United States socially and politically in ways Orwell would be proud of.

Why did US political activism by sworn officials cross a bridge too far?

It all started falling into place after 9-11. Congress decided the FBI needed to get into the Intelligence business. At the time, the FBI fought the changes saying it would hurt their criminal investigation mandate. Because the CIA legally can’t operate domestically, the FBI was rebooted to do the job.
The 2000s version of the FBI was right. The FBI went from being the world’s premier criminal investigation agency to one of the worst imitations of a private sector  CIA domestically and around the world.
The same man the FBI called a nuisance and danger to national security after the twin towers collapsed in New York networked intelligently enough to become the trainer of choice for the FBI, Homeland Security, CIA, NATO, et al.
This new mandate from Congress created over 5000 new Intel positions right away inside the FBI that were filled with outside contractors.
Today’s Intel agency leaders including Homeland Security and FBI department heads were his students from the early 2000s onward. The rise and risk of Intelligence for hire is detailed in U.S. Intelligence Crisis Poses a Threat to the World (Part 1)
This particular agency trainer almost singlehandedly started the US side of the social-political Russian collusion storyline by himself labeling anyone outside his narrative Kremlin trolls and pro-Russian influencers.  He made looking for pro-Russian collaborators fashionable in a post-2016 world in a way that would make Joe McCarthy tingly.
He personally is why media came under so much scrutiny and groups like Propornot were formed to destroy media that didn’t agree to the McCarthy-like narrative, alternative media sources that spoke against the Clinton campaign and post-2014 Ukraine. Watch as it starts again as the 2020 election cycle heats up.
Along with the other US Intel actors, he aided and abetted the murder of journalists in Ukraine by providing the tools, training, means, and method to set it up. It’s quite an embarrassment for Brennan, Comey, Clapper, Mueller, and the agencies, et al.
Imagine, one of the rock-stars of modern Intel being found in that position after your agencies were trained to look at information like him for over a decade. It’s no wonder they hand-fed the current Russia policy narrative he developed to MSM.
In part2, I’ll detail who he is, many of the crimes, along with the real identities of the DNC hackers.
Fusion GPS and Patterning the Trump-Sanders Accusations and Russia Investigation
If the ODNI and FBI engaged in consistent patterns of activity for political reasons that tear the societal fabric of the USA to support corruption that destroy the lives of US citizens, change foreign policy, and erode citizen’s rights, should it be investigated?
It started with Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primaries. This bled into the 2020 primaries.
Sander’s accusations started with “Adam Parkhomenko, a former aide to Hillary Clinton who has repeatedly suggested that Senator Bernie Sanders owes his popularity to Russian support, backed the attorney’s abortive bid for president.”- NYMag
Sander’s accusations of Russia collusion ended with –“A 37-page indictment resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation shows that Russian nationals and businesses also worked to boost the campaigns of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Green party nominee Jill Stein in an effort to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton”-USA Today
Robert Mueller’s investigation into Bernie Sanders started with a tweeted accusation. Most of the Russian nationals not named were publishers and journalists that support Bernie Sanders and were listed by the FBI trainer who started accusing American web portals of being influencers for the Russian government.

Fusion GPS and the Steele Dossier

Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, the co-founders of the private investigative firm Fusion GPS never tried to vet any of the information Christopher Steele gave them in the infamous and tantalizing Steele Dossier.
The closest anyone has come to a real source is an unknown Russian émigré in the US provided the narrative for Christopher Steele (foreign Intel agent) about events he/she had no first-hand knowledge of.
“Yet, Simpson allegedly acknowledged that most of the information Fusion GPS and British intelligence operative Christopher Steele developed did not come from sources inside Moscow. “Much of the collection about the Trump campaign ties to Russia comes from a former Russian intelligence officer (? not entirely clear) who lives in the U.S.,” Ohr scribbled in his notes.”- The Hill
Is it possible for investigative journalists like Simpson and Fritsch not be even remotely curious about the legitimacy of such scandalous information? This Intel is about an elected US President and they claim they were acting patriotically.
Fusion GPS Founders On Russian Efforts To Sow Discord: ‘They Have Succeeded’. This is quite a statement considering when asked, they admitted they knew absolutely nothing about Steele’s politically motivated fiction.
It’s easy to see why such an appalling politically driven fantasy fell apart after it was given a real examination. But, that’s not the point.
Simpson and Fritsch turned around and gave the Steele Dossier to Republican Senator John McCain (the anti-Trump), knowing full well if he acted in character the Dossier would be made public.  Why McCain’s office? The answer is included below.
“The Washington Times first disclosed the document on April 25, 2017. Republicans later told the Justice Department the filing should have set off alarm bells inside the FBI about Mr. Steele’s credibility, given his admission he had accepted gossip.”-The Washington Times
“The top judge on the federal court overseeing the U.S. government’s surveillance activities accused the FBI on Tuesday of providing false and misleading information about Carter Page in applications to wiretap the former Trump campaign adviser.”– The National Interest
“Before evaluating the media component of this scandal, the FBI’s gross abuse of its power – its serial deceit – is so grave and manifest that it requires little effort to demonstrate it. In sum, the IG Report documents multiple instances in which the FBI – in order to convince a FISA court to allow it spy on former Trump campaign operative Carter Page during the 2016 election – manipulated documents, concealed crucial exonerating evidence, and touted what it knew were unreliable if not outright false claims.
If you don’t consider FBI lying, concealment of evidence, and manipulation of documents in order to spy on a U.S. citizen in the middle of a presidential campaign to be a major scandal, what is?”– The Intercept

ODNI, FBI Hacked and Influenced the American Psyche

Throughout the entire hack and election influence saga US Intel officials acted like spokesmodels for Ukrainian –American Diaspora leader Alexandra Chalupa. They constantly acted for the benefit of private citizen groups and companies who wanted to change US foreign policy and the fabric of society in the USA.
The following is from a man that knows the facts. How can you get such a senior position otherwise? Here’s his big media sound bite;
“FEINSTEIN: And what would those goals have been?
PRIESTAP: I think the primary goal, in my mind, was to sow discord, and to try to delegitimize our free and fair election process. I also think another of their goals, which the entire United States intelligence community stands behind, was to denigrate Secretary Clinton and to try to help then — current President Trump.”- Vox
“Russia, for years, has conducted influence operations targeting our elections,” an FBI agent told Congress on Wednesday. But what made 2016 different was the degree of interference, facilitated by the Internet, said Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division.”.-(CNSNews.com)
And here are Bill Priestap’s conclusions after the media turn away and he’s forced to put on his big boy pants and own up to the evidence the FBI has after years of investigation.
“Further, all three witnesses in that hearing—Ms.Manfra, Dr. Files, and FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Bill Priestap—agreed that they had no evidence that votes themselves were changed in any way in the 2016 election.”- REPORT OF THE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE UNITED STATES SENATE ON RUSSIAN ACTIVE MEASURES CAMPAIGNS AND INTERFERENCE IN THE 2016 U.S. ELECTION VOLUME 1: RUSSIAN EFFORTS AGAINST ELECTION INFRASTRUCTURE WITH ADDITIONAL VIEWS
Therein lays the crux of the problem. The FBI wanted the election interference story to resonate publically but under oath, there was never any evidence.
According to the IG Report, FBI leaders, lawyers, and investigators were pulling out all stops to derail Donald Trump before and after the 2016 election. How did this organized, continuous, multi-faceted, and multi-event war play on the American psyche? You tell me.
FBI Tried to Influence the Trump Campaign“While the results of any physical searches related to Page are unknown, what is known is that federal spying on the Trump campaign through Page went further. Prior to the FISA surveillance orders, the FBI tasked informant Stefan Halper with targeting Page. (Another agency may have as well.) The IG report revealed that in targeting Page, Halper sought specific details from Page related to the Trump campaign, and fed Page unsolicited (and potentially illegal) advice concerning campaign strategy.”-The Federalist
The only thing to consider is the FBI may have conducted the biggest set of serial crimes of this decade by a law enforcement agency.
This effectively divided every American on a social and political basis. It wasn’t a single event but a continuing policy surrounding the election, foreign policy, and the lengths federal investigators could go to hamstring the executive branch for political reasons.
Before the December 2016 ODNI-FBI GRIZZLY STEPPE – Russian Malicious Cyber Activity JAR, there was no proof of Russian intervention except what came out of the Clinton camp. James Comey denied it. After the ODNI JAR, there was no evidence of Russian intervention in the 2016 election.
The report itself and the actions surrounding it were nothing short of a successful politically charged foreign policy intervention by the FBI and ODNI. How can I say this?
Mueller indicted a Russian company called Concord Management & Consulting LLC for being the vehicle the Russian government used to interfere in the 2016 election. All the information Robert Mueller, James Comey, and James Clapper had to go on came from the indicted DNC hacking group themselves.
After establishing this, we’ll look at the ongoing relationship between the investigators and the criminal hacking groups to reshape American politics, cover-up enormous corruption in the Obama administration, Clinton campaign, and hamstring an elected US President.
The other company called the Internet Research Agency was part of Concord Management.
“In 2014, according to Russian media, Internet Research Ltd. (Russian: «Интернет исследования») was founded in March 2014, joined IRA’s activity. The newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported that this company is a successor of Internet Research Agency Ltd. Internet Research Ltd. is considered to be linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, head of the holding company Concord Management and Consulting. The “Trolls of Olgino” are considered to be his project. As of October 2014, the company belonged to Mikhail Bystrov, who had been the head of the police station at Moscow district of Saint Petersburg.
Russian media point out that according to documents, published by hackers from Anonymous International, Concord Management is directly involved with trolling administration through the agency. Researchers cite e-mail correspondence, in which Concord Management gives instructions to trolls and receives reports on accomplished work. According to journalists, Concord Management organized banquets in the Kremlin and also cooperated with Voentorg and the Russian Ministry of Defense.”-Wikipedia
This information is well documented enough to have an almost accurate Wikipedia listing barring one glaring point Mueller, Comey, and Clapper needed to ignore to build their Trump-Russia collusion, Russian election interference, and Russian hacking narrative.
Scott Humor at the Saker.is researched the Internet Research Agency extensively. In an article entitled “A Brief History of the Kremlin Trolls,” he shows clearly the Internet Research Agency only existed on paper. Even then, it ceased to exist in 2015. It was liquidated and the company emerged as a construction retail company called TEKA.
This brings us to the foreign policy objective the US Intel community and US Intel agencies hacked the American psyche very successfully to reach:
“On 29 December 2016, the White House accused and sanctioned the FSB and several other Russian companies for what the US intelligence agencies said was their role in helping the Russian military intelligence service, the Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) disrupt and spread disinformation during the 2016 US presidential election. In addition, the State Department also declared 35 Russian diplomats and officials persona non grata and denied Russian government officials access to two Russian-owned installations in Maryland and New York.”- Wikipedia
Here’s the fun part. Everything we know about 2016 Russian involvement stems from this same small group that ODNI and FBI had to embellish by magnitudes to link them to a Russian government operation and then indict.
While they were the hackers and Information Operators the FBI investigated and Robert Mueller indicted, the hacking groups weren’t working for the Russian government for the Yahoo hack or the DNC hack and 2016election hacks.
Dmitry Dokuchaev used his position to commit crimes against Russia and the USA which helped the FBI to build the one narrative they needed to fabricate official Russian government involvement.
         U.S. v. Dmitry Dokuchaev, et al.
         “Dokuchaev is a former hacker from Yekaterinburg. He was reportedly blackmailed into joining the FSB, Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, after his private exploits became known to the service, but then built a successful career, rising to the rank of major. The Russian investigation appears to link him to a group called Shaltai Boltai, or Humpty Dumpty, which broke into electronic mailboxes, mostly of Russian officials and business people, obtained compromising information about them and then either sold or published it. The group’s work was a combination of blackmail, competitive intelligence and public relations; Dokuchaev’s alleged role was to direct the group toward particular victims and cover up its activities while pretending to investigate it.”- Bloomberg- What the Yahoo Hack Says About Russian Spies-The 2014 hack appears to have been a business scheme run by Russian intelligence officers
The FSB agency mandate is limited by law to work inside Russia, not outside. This alone makes it illegal for the FSB to engage in state-level espionage and hacking operations outside.
The FSB has an incredible amount of legal authority to surveil all information passed on or through Russian servers.
Jeff Carr noted the Russian Law on the FSB (article 15) states that “all individuals and legal entities in Russia, providing postal services, telecommunications of all kinds, including systems, data communication, satellite communications, are obliged at the request of the Federal Security Service to include in the extra hardware equipment and software, as well as create other conditions necessary for the operational and technical measures by the Federal Security Service.”
And yet;
In case you missed it, the FSB through Dmitry Dokuchaev’s Shaltay Boltay was accused of illegally hacking accounts of Russian officials. Why would the FSB hack these officials it legally had almost unlimited jurisdiction to the information without hacking?
For anyone clinging to the Yahoo or DNC hacks with a purely political mindset; this is the same as walking into a bank vault with $1 billion dollars in it. You know you have the legal right to walk away with any or all of it. But, just for giggles, you hire a foreign criminal to rob the place which makes you liable for bank robbery, conspiracy, and treason.
And in the real world case of Yahoo, you get caught because the Canadian hacker you illegally hired for the Yahoo hack broke the Canadian criminal code of silence when he testified against you.
To put it delicately, this would have to be the most inept crime of all time. For this to be true, Dokuchaev must have just fallen off the turnip truck and hit his head. Got whacked with the ole’ ugly stick at the same time he stepped on a rake as he was laughed at by a 12-year-old girl who wound up and kicked him in the…….Seriously? That’s as insulting as it is injurious.
Instead, what we have is a group of Russian criminals (Shaltai Boltai) who are not working for the Russian government and continually try to hack Russian officials for blackmail. According to Stratfor, “In a 2015 interview, the leader of Shaltai Boltai, code-named “Lewis,” said his group was driven purely by money, not ideology… The narrative linking Shaltai Boltai to the FSB officers came just three days after the initial stories suggesting the FSB officers were the sources of leaks to U.S. intelligence.”
But were Dokuchaev and Shaltai Boltai (Shaltay Boltay) feeding US Intelligence information? If so, what kind of information?
The “Background to “Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections”: The Analytic Process and Cyber Incident Attribution” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence ODNI quotes Shaltay Boltay because this group is the primary source of information about both events because they created what we know about them.

Dokuchaev, Shaltay Boltay, the FBI, and Robert Mueller

Summary:
The FBI interviewed members of Shaltay Boltay groups and asked for help writing the 2016 election hacking and influence story. Shaltay Boltay could play the heroes and the villains. They were heroes because they created the influence story about a non-existent company that no one could find that Putin ordered to influence the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump.
They were the villains because they were the DNC hackers. If Shaltay Boltay cooperated to implicate Trump and Putin, US citizenship and jobs were waiting for them.
Dokuchaev and his working group Shaltai Boltai (Shaltay Boltay), otherwise known as Anonymous International or Humpty Dumpty  are the source for everything known about the Russian Internet Agency (IRA), Russian election interference, and provides the Russian FSB-GRU connection through Dokuchaev needed to make the Russia-DNC hack narrative almost work.
Shaltay Boltay are the Yahoo hackers that stole Huma Abedin’ State Department logins. This is important because it also separates them from being Russian government operatives.
More importantly, their own self described claim to fame was creating realities. Shaltay Boltay primary work is in Information Operations. The founder of the elusive Shaltai Boltai hacker group has been uncovered as Vladimir Anikeyev, a native Dagestani and expert in “black PR.”
It’s no secret today Comey’s FBI and the Mueller investigation were working hard to grasp at any straw they could to derail the Trump presidency. Even though they knew there was no collusion, their teams worked overtime to prove it by pushing half-truths in an invented narrative.
What brings the FBI investigators and Comey’s behavior to a collusion, harboring, and abetting threshold is they identified the leaders of the hacking groups early on, the hackers, and ignored them to hide corruption.

Was the ODNI and Comey’s FBI an accessory after the fact to the DNC Hacks and murder? – Harboring Criminals

Comey’s Russian collusion team and the Mueller probes pushed the 2016 investigations away from the criminals they were supposed to be investigating.
         The FBI, Comey, and Mueller knew Shaltay Boltay (Shaltai Boltai) were part of a higher level group. While this group worked for money, not politics, the higher-level group are extreme nationalists.
The big question if their entire history is blackmailing Russians, who are they working for in relation to the US election?
         The FBI knew this group fabricated the only basis used for a Russia election interference investigation. The FBI knew they did this from Ukraine.
The reason the FBI and Mueller knew the Russian government FSB-GRU connection to the hacks was fabricated was the leaders of Shaltay Boltay were extremely clear and public about hurting the Russian government and Russians.
         The FBI, Comey, and Mueller knew from 2014- late 2016, the indicted and ignored involved leaders and US oriented parts of Shaltay Boltay were located in Kiev, Ukraine.
Shaltay Boltay leaders were wanted criminals and worked against the Russian government 2014-2016 when they fled to Kiev. This is evidenced by the so-called Surkov hack. The emails were released through the working group Shaltay Boltay was with 2014-16.
         The FBI and Mueller had this group’s IP addresses which Mueller used in his indictments and the willing cooperation of the server company that hosted them.
“If we consider the situation from the other side, it is unclear why the FBI and related experts are talking only about our company,” said Fomenko. “After all, the U.S. intelligence report says that the hacking was staged from eight IP addresses, six of them belonging to our company (the criminals used our equipment), and two other companies being not connected with us in any way. One of them is located in the Netherlands, I don’t know about the other. But it’s all just about us. What is this? Prejudice?”-RBTH
         The FBI and Mueller refused to investigate or interview the owner of the server (King Servers) the DNC hackers used who wanted to testify. Yet, Shaltay Boltay’s IP addresses were considered key evidence anyway. Apparently, the DNC hackers owed him money.
The FBI knew the groups involved physical location and concealed it to shield them from the investigation by constantly attributing the DNC and subsequent hacks to Russia.
         The FBI and Mueller purposefully stayed away from the main group and targeted sub-groups, outliers, and used false accusations that protected the Executive branch from being dragged into the investigation. At the very least, all of this happened as the direct result of Obama’s Ukraine and Russia policies.
Shaltai Boltai’s Yevgeny Nikulin was interviewed by the FBI. According to Disobedient Media’s Adam Carter “Nikulin has stated in a letter, passed to his lawyer Martin Sadilek and reported by Moscow Times, that, after his arrest on October 5, 2016, he was visited by the FBI several times, the first of which was on 14-15 November, 2016.
From the Bell– In it, he also mentions attacks on the servers of the Democratic Party committee. Kozlovsky writes that he was engaged in them on behalf of the FSB officer, whom he calls “Ilya.” Later, the hacker began to claim that under the pseudonym “Ilya” he was supervised by FSB Major Dmitry Dokuchaev.
         The FBI investigators allegedly offered payment for information implicating Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.
On 5/11/17 Newsweek ran an article headlined FBI PROBE INTO CLINTON EMAILS PROMPTED OFFER OF CASH, CITIZENSHIP FOR CONFESSION, RUSSIAN HACKER CLAIMS.“[They told me:] you will have to confess to breaking into Clinton’s inbox for [U.S. President Donald Trump] on behalf of [Russian President Vladimir Putin],” Nikulin wrote, according to The Moscow Times.”
         The FBI, Comey, and Mueller knew Shaltay Boltay was part of a foreign Intel structure whose goal since 2014 has been to disrupt US-Russia relations.
         The FBI knew Shaltay Boltay as part of Ukrainian CyberHunta worked for the Hillary Clinton campaign as opposition researchers through the DNC.
Alexandra Chalupa used private/public Ukrainian Cyber Intel groups Ukraine Cyber Alliance and CyberHunta(part of the Ukrainian Ministry of Information) to do opposition research. Roman Burko and Christina Dobrovolska (US State Department contractor, liaison to the US-Ukrainian Diaspora) led the groups under the Information Ministry.
         The FBI knew the main workgroup also worked in conjunction with Crowdstrike, the Atlantic Council, and members of the US Intel community. The groups were used to fabricate anti-Russian narratives for NATO and statements delivered to US Congressional committees voting on support for Ukraine.
The Daily Beast-The deputy head of its now-defunct Center for Information Security, Sergei Mikhailov, was arrested, along with two colleagues and an employee of the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky, Ruslan Stoyanov, for allegedly passing secret information to Western intelligence agencies.
         The FBI knew only Crowdstrike, Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance (RUH8) and Cyberhunta had possession of key component tools of the DNC hack that Crowdstrike’s Dimitry Alperovitch stated were like DNA evidence.
The FBI knew Crowdstrike relied on information they shared with the Ukrainian Intel groups.
         According to Wikileaks, the phishing attack on Podesta originated in Ukraine.
         The FBI and Mueller knew the groups labeled Fancy Bear/Cozy Bear along with American and British Intel community members were involved in setting up the Ukrainian Information Ministry’s murder for hire platform Myrotvorets beginning very in early 2015.
These same groups protected by the FBI worked with US & UK Intel Community superstars to set up and refine Myrotvorets. This was Ukraine’s hit-for-hire listings that named the enemies of post-Maidan Ukraine. It started with the murder of journalist Olez Buzina one month after the webplatform went live. At the time it went live, I predicted the first murder would soon follow. Unfortunately, it did.
         The FBI knows the core members responsible for all this and that can answer for it are the ones they concealed from the investigation still operate in Ukraine.
Under 18 U.S.C. § 1071, anyone who “harbors or conceals” a person to prevent their “discovery and arrest” is guilty of a crime.

TheTrump-Ukraine Servers

Servers, servers, let’s see who has the Trump-Ukraine server. I chose the following article quote from @benshapiro out of the all the rest of the barrel for the colorful language he uses. Imagine a lone DNC server determined to live its life in peace and solitude makes the arduous journey to Kiev, Ukraine. This is a story of triumph over adversity. It’s a real tear-jerker.
He begins by introducing part of the conversation between Presidents Trump and Zelensky.
 “The Phone Call
According to the transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky released by the White House, Trump asks Zelensky for a favor, “because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike. . . . I guess you have one of your wealthy people. . . . The server, they say Ukraine has it. . . . They say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.”
Here, Trump is referring to the baseless conspiracy theory that Russia was framed by Ukraine for the 2016 hack and subsequent release of a damaging tranche of Democratic National Committee emails, which involves a supposed “secret” DNC server being spirited away to and hidden in Ukraine. He seems to be asking Zelensky to investigate the conspiracy theory, presumably in hopes that it would remove the taint of Russian interference from his 2016 victory.”- The Two Theories of Trump’s Actions in the Ukraine Affair By BEN SHAPIRO October 25, 2019 11:01 AM-  National Review
What the wondrous barrel of articles and colorful tales ignore is this is the 21st century and your computer doesn’t need to plug directly into a server. Many people across the world use US hosting services (servers) and vice versa.
Let’s add facts into this and dispense with hyperbole.
Alexandra Chalupa told Politico part of her Oppo-research team was Ukrainian “private Intel.” She hired Ukraine’s Cyber Alliance, RUH8, and Cyberhunta (which included Shaltay Boltay at the time). These groups work for the Ukrainian Information Ministry, SBU (Ukraine’s version of the CIA), the US State Department under Obama, and are Ukraine’s front line Cyber hacking, spy, and Information Operations unit against Russia, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump.
Would you have foreign hackers running rampant on your servers based in the United States which fall under the direct legal purview of election law, Constitutional law, and Federal law?
Of course not. If you were in a gray area where your candidate for US President could be taken to the carpet and impeached for using foreign spy services to build the campaign, the best move would be having questionable work or workers that can be questioned on safe ground to begin with.
If you were working for another country’s spy services, would you want a direct fingerprint inside the election of a US president? Again the answer is no. The ramifications to your own country could be enormous once a better than the barrel investigative journalist gets a whiff of it.
If you do your work through a safe server in your own country, you remain anonymous, have a better chance of success, and might get a medal for it.
The above limits the number of servers in the world that could be used to just 4 or 5. Remember, security is everything. These groups are part of the Ukrainian security infrastructure and realistically would need to be able to scale up to nation-state level actions.
1.       Shaltay Boltay’s server where they stored their archive.
2.       The servers RUH8, Cyber Alliance, and Cyberhunta use.
3.       The Ministry of Information servers because all the hackers including Shaltay Boltay (credited with the DNC hack) worked for them
4.       According to the Kiev Post-Ukrainian special services looking into disappearance of servers from presidential office’s situational room because of former Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko gutted the server room claiming the servers belonged to someone else and had to be returned. He paid for this out of his own pocket instead of Ukrainian state funds. This is almost blasphemy for a graft guy like Poroshenko. The former Ukrainian president is adamant that even though they were the most protected servers in Ukraine, no Ukraine state business was conducted on them.
The reason for this shortlist instead of a particular DNC server is their servers will catalog all their crimes. Not just the DNC hack adventure. It will also catalog all their contacts. This part is important to pursue criminal and civil investigations for crimes and damages they did to news and analytical platforms, public people, journalists, and citizens of the US, Russia, EU, as well as their own country, Ukraine.
In case you haven’t realized it yet, the sites that were hacked in association to #Propornot and lost income, jobs, or reputation, are entitled to restitution. Crimes have been committed against the American, Russian, and EU people, Democratic party members, the Trump administration, Bernie Sanders campaign 2016.
Will the FBI, ODNI, and private Intel companies be held accountable for allowing and protecting foreign spy agencies to operate freely inside US infrastructure?
The politicization of the ODNI, FBI, and CIA needs to cease. This can only be done by phasing out private money from the Intel and law enforcement game. The FBI has no business in the Intel game because the change of mandate is what corrupted a world-renown criminal investigation agency in the first place.
Next up in the series: Outing the DNC hackers

Understanding why they lie and why they get away with it

Understanding why they lie and why they get away with it

In lieu of an normal introduction: the eternally evolving BDA

Over 100 US service members have been diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injuries in the wake of the January 8 Iranian missile attack on the al Asad military base in Iraq, according to a US official with knowledge of the latest information?

On his website, Colonel Cassad offered this, shall we say, “evolution” of the truth as reported by the United States:

X stands for “surviving casualties”

Y stands for “dead”

  1. X = 0, Y = 0
  2. X = 11, Y = 0
  3. X = 34, Y = 0
  4. X = 50, Y = 0
  5. X = 64, Y = 0
  6. X=100+?, Y = 0
  7. X> 200, Y> 80?

(that last line is, obviously, hypothetical, but at the time of writing, we are already up to 109 casualties!)

Notice that while the number of surviving wounded steadily goes up, there is no corresponding increase in the number of dead. All we have are “aircraft crashes” (all, we are told, accidental). Ask any military specialist (or military historian) and you will be told that this kind of “evolution” is exceedingly unlikely (see here for one discussion). Simply put – these kinds of numbers are pretty obviously impossible, which means that from the moment the Idiot-in-Chief tweeted “so far so good”, the US was already lying:

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.

307K people are talking about this

Is there really anybody out there who will deny that the US government lies pretty much about everything and anything?. And it’s not just the Executive Branch, Congress lies possibly even more (both parties, of course). In fact, I would argue that lying is both necessary AND expected from any US politician. When somebody like Tulsi Gabbard or Ron Paul don’t abide by this rule, the media immediately dismisses them as “Putin agents” or something equally insipid.

The truth is that lies have become the norm of the western political discourse.

That is bad enough by itself. But there is worse.

The worst is not that western politicians lie, the worst is that almost nobody cares.

That is really scary.

Why?

Because in a society which expects everybody to lie, facts simply don’t matter any more.

So that is the key question: do we care or don’t we?

Well, some clearly still care. Or we would not have Howard Zinn’s books, or Oliver Stone’s movies as best sellers. Neither would we have a vibrant 9/11 Truth movement. You want more evidence? Sure! How about all the folks who are willing to go into exile (or to jail!) to uphold the rights of historians to freely investigate the history of WWII? How about Ed Snowden, Julian Assange or Bradley Manning? How about the millions of people in the West who took to the streets to protest the various GWOT wars? No, there clearly are a lot of people who care.

The problem is that their impact is minimal, and that is what I want to look into today.

Have facts and truth become redundant?

I doubt that there are many reading these lines who don’t already know for a fact that Kennedy was not killed by one “lone gunman”. Likewise, we all know the truth about the “Gulf of Tonkin” incident. Then there are those who realize that something about the Pearl Harbor attack stinks to high heaven. Some even remember the USS Liberty. Most specialists know about GLADIO. And I could go on and on. The fact is that most of the worst lies of the 20th century have been debunked beyond reasonable doubt, really.

Chris Hedges really nailed it when he spoke of an “Empire of Illusions“. He names the following types of illusions: the illusion of Literacy, the illusion of Love, the illusion of Wisdom, the illusion of Happiness and the illusion of America. The book is most interesting, and I highly recommend it. But I think that there is one crucial aspect of the Empire being an “Empire of Illusions” and that is the illusion of Reality. What do I mean by that?

I mean the following: most people are aware that there is a “reality” of some kind out there. Of course, many people are aware of how difficult it can be to ascertain what the “real reality” really is, thus they prefer to cautiously state that getting to the truth is a very difficult endeavor. These are the folks who know enough to know that they really don’t know much. But then there are also those who misinterpret this caution as to mean that there really is no such thing as reality at all and all there is, is the sum of our subjective perception thereof (of reality that is). Pretty soon we have slipped from:

  • Reality is often very difficult to establish

to

  • Reality is impossible to establish

to

  • Reality does not really exist at all (or, if it does, it really doesn’t matter)

Of course, most people won’t directly declare that reality does not exist – they just act as if it didn’t.

It all began centuries ago by a quite formidable indifference to Truth on the part of the leaders of the Papacy. These folks were all about power, so if religion could give it to them, then religion was good, but when religion placed limits on what the Latins could or could not do (say like during the famous “Valladolid debate“), then suddenly religion became a hindrance which had to be “reformed”. And, indeed, once the original Christianity was “reformed” (be it by the Reform or the Counter-Reformation) all hell broke lose for most of mankind and the Age of Imperialism was fully ushered in and the ancient motto “exitus acta probat” became the de facto measure of morality.

Then came the first blow of the scientific revolution of the late Renaissance which left the Papacy with very little credibility left.

The next blow came during WWII when the Papacy saw its very last hurrah come and go, pretty quickly, in fact (it lasted just as long as Hitler’s “1000 year Reich” did: 12 years). By the end of the war, western Christianity was left in shambles and, even worse was the fact that none of the victors of WWII (Reformed Anglos, Atheist Soviets, Jews – secular and not, etc.) had any warm feelings left for the Christianity (truth be told, neither did Hitler or Mussolini). At this point the Papacy decided to commit suicide and organized the Vatican II Council, which must be the most massive surrender of values previously held for sacred in history. This ill-advised attempt to show “Roman Catholicism with a human face” resulted in a total failure. Those who hated the Papacy were unimpressed did not like it any more. As for the confused rank and file “Roman Catholics” (whom I refer to as “Latins”), they were were left with the following conundrum: if the Pope is infallible (which he is as per the First Vatican Council of 1868), how can he so clearly contradict the teachings of his own Church (not to mention the teachings of his putatively infallible predecessors!)? Some declared that the Pope was a heretic, others simply declared that the “Holy See” was unoccupied (“sedevacantism“), but most simply gave up in total disgust (sex scandals did not help!) and simply stopped asking “what is the truth”?

When a Church which had declared itself “The Church” (all in CAPS, and at the exclusion of all others) for 910 years (almost a millennium!) suddenly acts as if all religions were equally “true” (this is logically impossible, but never mind that) and when a once powerful “Holy Father” (and Vicar of Christ, no less!) becomes just another public figure somewhere between Kim Kardashian and Greta Thunberg, you know that something very big has taken place.

Something very bad too.

 

The truth is not only unwelcome, it does not even exist, right?!

Both world wars were the manifestation of an immense civilizational collapse. WWI saw the collapse of the traditional European monarchies and empires. WWII, and its absolutely unprecedented explosion of hatred (political, class, racial, linguistic, religious, etc.) saw Europe, once the center of our planet, being subjected to a monstrous (but also highly predictable) bloodbath which resulted in two non-European powers splitting the world into two spheres of influence (at least that was the plan). More interestingly, while nominally “Christian” rulers and countries could not openly advocate for mass terror, the “enlightened” secular folks had no such problems at all. Just read Trotsky’s brilliant, if clearly satanic, “Dictatorship versus Democracy” or Hitler’s 5th chapter in Mein Kampf (here in German if you can!).

Both Dostoevskii and Solzhenitsyn predicted what would inevitably happen to a world in which Nihilism prevails. Dostoevskii very simply summarized it all when he wrote (in the Karamazov Brothers) “if there is no God, then everything is allowed“. The Nihilists have simply logically concluded that if there is no God, and everything is allowed, then nothing really exists, most certainly not any “real” (objective) reality. Even the very notions of “good” and “evil” are absolutely meaningless absent an absolute reference system.

Bertrand Russel (and, apparently, also Voltaire) once brilliantly wrote that “God created Man in His image and Man returned Him the favor“. Amazing words, really! If we are not the creation of God, but God is our creation, that makes us very much God-like, does it not? And, as “gods” – don’t we deserve to define for ourselves what is “good” and what is “bad”? Of course we do! Once life/existence has no meaning, how could concepts such as “good” or “evil”? And that is exactly what we have done, especially our post-modern 21 century Nihilists!

Back to where we started – assessing the “so what?” defense

I have already mentioned many times the mind-blowing hypocrisy of the Dems, who all hate on Trump for his alleged “so what?” defense (which, by the way, is a mis-characterization – his defense was much more solid and logical), but have absolutely no problems with people like the Obamas or, even better, the Clintons next to whom Trump almost sounds like a paragon of honesty, integrity and an acute sense of decency. I mean, really, the Clintons made even violent mobsters (Italian or Jewish) look pure and innocent. And when they lie, this is absolutely no big deal. But when Trump lies, then he elicits the kind of blind, impotent, rage which in the Gospel is described by the words “weeping and gnashing of teeth“. Maybe that is what they refer to when they speak of a “Trump derangement syndrome” amongst US liberals?

The truth is simple: we all know that Trump lied. About the Iranian counter-strike and about many other things. We also know that Obama lied. And Baby-Bush too. And the Clinton and his no-sex cigars… And we remember “read my lips, no new taxes” just as well as we remember “We did not, I repeat, did not trade weapons or anything else [to Iran] for hostages, nor will we“. So yes, we remember.

We just don’t care anymore.

We have been completely desensitized not only to truth, but even to reality.

So what, right?

And the consequences are dire indeed!

Conclusion: life in a reality-free world

The fact that we, who live inside the Empire, live in a reality-free world has a huge impact upon the actions of our rulers. After all, if nobody really believes in, or cares about, reality, then why should our rulers bother with making reality any better, especially for us? It is much, much, simpler to simply present a “feelgood” message about how great “America” is (as in “We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far!“) and never mind that this most powerful military in the Galaxy could not even protect its own soldiers even though they knew exactly when and where the Iranian counter-strike would come.

Of course, with time, the entire edifice of lies built by US and EU politicians will come crashing down, either as a consequence of a military defeat impossible to hide, or from a major economic shock. This will be totally unexpected for those who choose to live in a reality-free world.

A Tour for Americans in Kaddafi’s Libya they never saw on Television

Meet the king:  Added by UP
Anyone talking about pre-war Libya is simply making it up.  
The King never lived under Gaddafi, still,
he can tell you “everything” about Libya,
and he is not making it up.
This post was first posted on 27 Oct 2011 as reply to Senior Editor of VT Gordon Duff, who rejoiced the Death of on TV: Gaddafi Questions. Though Duff never lived in pre-war Libya may be never visited Libya, he claimed he can tell his readers “everything” about Libya, and he is not making it up.



A Tour for Americans in Kaddafi’s Libya they never saw on Television


The Libya Americans never saw on Television

You know I have to wonder if Americans know anything about Libya at all. There are many from other countries that don’t seem to know much about it either I am afraid.

Comments on different news sites tell me how mislead many are. One of the most predominant comments is now Libya will come out of the Dark Ages.
Well I am not sure what dark ages they are talking about as Libya was quite advanced.
NATO has blown them back to the dark ages,
So take a tour of Libya with me and see how things were before US/NATO intervention and tell me if they lived in the Dark Ages.
Videos of how Libya was before the invasion are below. Definitely they did not live in the dark ages.
Before we start the tour there are a few things you need to know however.
1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law.
3. Having a home considered a human right in Libya.
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 dinar (U.S.$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. Today, the figure is 83 percent.
6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kickstart their farms are all for free.
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need, the government funds them to go abroad, for it is not only paid for, but they get a U.S.$2,300/month for accommodation and car allowance.
8. If a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidizes 50 percent of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amounting to $150 billion are now frozen globally.
11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession, as if he or she is employed, until employment is found.
12. A portion of every Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gives birth to a child receive U.S.$5,000.
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $0.15.
15. 25 percent of Libyans have a university degree.
16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Manmade River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
17 Women’s Rights: Under Gaddafi, gender discrimination was officially banned and the literacy rate for women climbed to 83 per cent. The rights of Black’s were also improved.
To add to problems now facing those in Libya are the tons of DU dropped on them by US/NATO forces.
There was no DU before to make people sick, so now there will be numerous health problems never before seen in Libya.
1. Libya is Africa’s largest exporter of oil, 1.7 million tons a day,
which quickly was reduced to 300-400,000 ton due to US-NATO bombing.
Libya exports 80% of its oil: 80% of that to several EU lands (32%
Italy, 14% Germany, 10% France); 10% China; 5% USA.
2. Gaddafi has been preparing to launch a gold dinar for oil trade with
all of Africa’s 200 million people and other countries interested.
French President Nickola Sarkozi called this, “a threat for financial
security of mankind”. Much of France’s wealth—more than any other
colonial-imperialist power—comes from exploiting Africa.
3. Central Bank of Libya is 100% owned by state (since 1956) and is thus outside of multinational corporation control (BIS-Banking International Settlement rules for private interests). The state can finance its own projects and do so without interest rates
4. Gaddafi-Central Bank used $33 billion, without interest rates, to
build the Great Man-Made River of 3,750 kilometers with three parallel pipelines running oil, gas and water supplying 70% of the people (4.5 of its 6 million) with clean drinking and irrigation water.
5. The Central Bank also financed Africa’s first communication satellite with $300 million of the $377 cost. It started up for all Africa, December 26, 2007, thus saving the 45-African nations an annual fee of $500 million pocketed by Europe for use of its satellites and this means much less cost for telephones and other communication systems.
Some of the numbers above vary a bit from web site to web site but all are relatively close.More here

I will not let Hillary intimidate me or other patriotic Americans into silence

I love our country. I’ve served as a soldier for nearly 17 years, deployed twice to the Middle East, and served in Congress for over 7 years. If Hillary & allies can destroy my reputation by implying I am a traitor to the country I love, they can do it to anyone #StandWithTulsi

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Epstein Story Killed by ABC in 2015: Was It Done to Protect the Clintons?

By Philip Giraldi

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The saga of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who may or may not have committed suicide in his jail cell in August, goes on and on as cover stories and out-and-out lies continue to surface, mostly coming from the alternative media which clearly do not share the reticence of their mainstream competitors. The most recent revelation concerns ABC news, which had the goods on Epstein and his activities three years ago but refused to run the story, apparently due to pressure coming from some of those prominent individuals who were implicated in Epstein’s procuring of young girls for sex.

The tale of cowardice and cover-up goes something like this: ABC anchor Amy Robach did an interview in 2015 with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of Epstein’s victims. Giuffre revealed that she had been forced by Epstein and his procurer Ghislaine Maxwell to have sex with numerous men, including Prince Andrew, Britain’s Duke of York. She claimed that she had had sex with the prince three times while underage. She also apparently provided photos and other documentary evidence to back up her story. The piece was set to run on ABC News but the network’s editors and senior management intervened at the last minute to stop it.

That would have ended the tale but for the fact that Robach complained to a colleague about the killing of her interview, apparently shortly after the Epstein story became nationwide news earlier this year. She did so in front a live microphone and video camera, which recorded her as she vented. A clearly frustrated Robach said “I’ve had this story for three years. I’ve had this interview with Virginia [Giuffre]. We would not put it on the air. First of all, I was told, ‘who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.’ Then the Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways.”

That recording recently surfaced at alternative media site Project Veritas, apparently having been provided by a former ABC employee. Robach’s claim that her story had been suppressed due to pressure coming from Britain’s Royal Family was emphasized in the subsequent media coverage of the recording. For what it’s worth, Prince Andrew has denied having “any form of sexual contact or relationship” with Giuffre and ABC News has said that there is “zero truth” to the claim. Buckingham Palace has responded by avoiding a response, stating that “this is a matter for ABC.”

Now it is true that the allegations about Prince Andrew would have been a huge embarrassment for Buckingham Palace, but the prince has not long been referred to in the British media as “randy Andy” for nothing, so the damage was certainly containable. And it is also apparently true that ABC News President James Goldston has something of a close relationship with Britain’s Royal Family, but somehow the story is not completely credible.

One should pay attention to the fact that Robach also said that her interview with Giuffre had included allegations regarding former US President Bill Clinton and litigious Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz. She said “I tried for three years to get it out to no avail, and now these new revelations and — I freaking had all of it. I’m so pissed right now. Like, every day I get more and more pissed, ’cause I’m just like, ‘Oh my God! It was — what we had, was unreal.’ ”

Now consider this: Robach might well believe that her story was scrubbed because of the British Royal Family, which is quite possibly what she was told by her bosses, but unless she was on the phone with a talkative butler at Buckingham Palace, how could she possibly know that that was true? The Brits are hardly so esteemed in the United States that any editor would pull a sensational story because it might be considered offensive to a Royal. If one thinks about it, it is far more likely that the story was deep sixed due to the involvement of someone dear to the hearts of every Democratic Party leaning media editor in New York City, and that would be Bill Clinton, who flew on Epstein’s Lolita Express 26 times. If there is one thing that is for sure it is that even if the House of Windsor is capable of getting back at you a million ways, you could multiply that number by ten in reckoning how lethal crossing the Clintons can be.

And there was also pressure from Dershowitz, one of Epstein’s legal advisers, who contacted ABC News in 2015 before the interview was set to be broadcast. He pressured the network to cancel the program and was able to speak to several producers and an attorney in a series of calls.

And sure enough, the cover up of the cover up started immediately after the video surfaced. Robach explained that she had been “…caught in a private moment of frustration” when the Epstein story hit the mainstream media during the summer. And she even went so far as to scold herself with what must be the line of defense being pursued by ABC Corporate’s lawyers, saying that she had been “upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia Roberts didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence. My comments about Prince Andrew and her allegation that she had seen Bill Clinton on Epstein’s private island were in reference to what Virginia Roberts said in that interview in 2015. I was referencing her allegation – not what ABC News had verified through our reporting. The interview itself, while I was disappointed it didn’t air, didn’t meet our standards. In the years since no one ever told me or the team to stop reporting on Jeffrey Epstein, and we have continued to aggressively pursue this important story.”

To the casual observer, Robach’s venting and her subsequent apologia sound like two different people talking and only one might be telling the truth. The reality in the national media is that some stories are just too hot to touch for political reasons, which explains why the three Clintons continue to get a pass on their own behavior and are even given platforms in the press to spew nonsense like Hillary’s recent demented attack on Tulsi Gabbard.

And then there is the Epstein story itself, which has generally speaking been made to go away. One might well ask why no one from the FBI has even questioned Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s procurer and partner in his disgusting crimes, and also likely an Israeli agent. And you can search the mainstream media in vain seeking a Fourth Estate demand for an inquiry into Epstein’s intelligence relationships. Miami federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta was told to back off the first time Epstein was arrested in Florida because there was an intelligence connection and it has now been confirmed that he worked with the Jewish state’s military intelligence as early as the 1980s. His main task was to blackmail prominent Americans on behalf of Israel. How many brain cells does it take to pursue that lead? Ask Acosta who told him that and why and then ask the same thing of whoever that turns out to be. Keep working your way up the food chain and eventually you will maybe find out the truth, or at least a version of it.

Bernie Sanders Warns Democrats He Might Run as an Independent?

October 27, 2019

Bernie Sanders Warns Democrats He Might Run as an Independent?

by Eric Zuesse for the Saker Blog

On October 23rd, an extraordinary article was published online at Newsweek, but merely as “Opinion,” and this not coming from Senator Sanders’s Democratic primary campaign for the U.S. Presidency, but only from a supporter: “‘BERNIE OR BUST’ IS A WARNING—IGNORE IT, AND TRUMP WINS | OPINION”. It would be a historic article if the Sanders campaign endorses it. And, on October 27th, they seem to have done just that, by allowing its author to send it on October 27th to the campaign’s enormous email list (which includes me). Here’s its opening:

Fellow revolutionary,

I am fortunate to have been offered an opportunity to publish an opinion piece about Bernie or Bust as a WARNING for 2020 in Newsweek last week.

https://www.newsweek.com/

PLEASE read it and share that column on social media, in website comments or in emails to any Democrats you know. The only way Bernie can get the 50%+ of pledged delegates he will need to prevent the superdelegates from selecting another candidate, who will lose to Trump, is to make sure Party members understand that #OnlyBernieBeatsTrump. THAT is the point of the “WARNING.”

Either the Sanders campaign blundered to provide their email list to the article’s author, or else this statement now IS a warning that comes from the Sanders campaign. (I have emailed the sender, asking how he got my email-address, and there has been no reply yet. I also emailed Faiz Shakir, the Campaign Manager for Bernie Sanders — likewise no answer yet.)

Sanders currently is among the top three primary candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination in the polls; and each one of those three — Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Sanders — out-polls substantially, in hypothetical Democrat-versus-Republican U.S. Presidential general-election match-ups, against Donald Trump. However, if Sanders becomes rejected by Democrats but would then accept the Green Party’s nomination — which he refused to accept when it was offered to him when Hillary Clinton became the Democrats’ nominee in 2016 — then he wouldn’t draw only 2.74% in the general election as did the non-politician Ralph Nader in 2000 when the two major-Party nominees were Bush versus Gore, but instead he would draw vastly higher than did the non-politician Ross Perot in the 1992 contest against Republican Bob Dole versus Democrat Bill Clinton: 18.91%. Sanders would certainly do better than Perot (who had no record in public office) did. Sanders, even (if not, now, especially) as an independent, could actually win the Presidency.

Sanders, unlike either Nader or Perot, does have an actual record — and a lengthy one — of votes and actions as a U.S. public official; i.e., real-world public office, instead of just campaign promises and asserted positions. Simply by his name being on the Presidential ballot as a nominee — and without any political Party at all — Americans would confidently know what he would actually propose and fight for as the U.S. President (and not merely as a candidate — who can say and promise anything). A record like that is totally different from promises. A record like that shows a person’s actual policy-priorities. Sanders doesn’t need any Party, except in order to gain ballot-access so as to be listed on the general-election ballot in each one of the 50 states (or at least in virtually all of them).

If he runs a third-Party campaign, he actually could end up drawing more Electoral-College votes, and even more voters’ votes, than either of the other two Parties’ nominees would. He could possibly end up doing, to American politics, what Abraham Lincoln did in 1860: replace one of the two existing Parties by a new Party. Instead of replacing the Whigs by the Republicans, as Lincoln did in 1860, Sanders could replace the Democrats by the Greens in 2021. It would be American politics for the 21st Century, transforming away from the billionaire-monopoly politics ever since 2000 if not since 1992. Then, with the Clintonized (mega-corporate-controlled) ‘Democratic’ Party finally becoming replaced by a progressive-populist Democratic Party (up against Trump’s conservative-‘populist’ billionaire-controlled Republican Party), America might actually become a democracy again — a politics in which ideology (instead of interethnic and gender differences) will be providing the basis for voters’ political choices. The billionaires would likely lose their existing control over the U.S. Government.

Sanders definitely wants to become a Democratic Party U.S. President, but, if that Party rejects him yet again, he could actually win even bigger as an independent, who goes up against the two billionaire-controlled Parties. Perhaps he, now, finally, knows this.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘Hail-Mary Pass’ Against Hillary Clinton Failed

October 25, 2019

by Eric Zuesse for The Saker blog

Tulsi Gabbard’s ‘Hail-Mary Pass’ Against Hillary Clinton Failed

For a few days, active Democrats were stunned by — and America’s political news-media were focusing heavily upon — this string of tweets from Democratic Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard:

https://twitter.com/

Tulsi Gabbard@TulsiGabbard

Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a …

4:20 PM – Oct 18, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard@TulsiGabbard

Replying to @TulsiGabbard

… concerted campaign to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and …

4:20 PM – Oct 18, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard@TulsiGabbard

Replying to @TulsiGabbard

… powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. 

It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.

4:20 PM – Oct 18, 2019

She was challenging there the top-down-imposed ‘historical’ narrative of her own Party (‘Russiagate’ included), regarding not only that Party’s latest Presidential nominee Clinton, but the Party’s entire leadership ever since at least 9/11 (along with the leadership of the Republican Party) and the resulting transformation of this nation into a permanent-warfare state, one invasion after another — what she has referred to, throughout her entire campaign, as “regime-change wars.”

It backfired against Gabbard.

There is no indication, in any of the polling since that happened, which shows that this attack against Clinton helped Gabbard’s campaign, and there is even one poll which seems to indicate that it instead sharply turned many Democratic Party voters, in the first of all of the contested states, Iowa,  firmly and decisively against her.

On October 24th, was headlined from Iowa State University “Buttigieg jumps to second in Iowa State University/Civiqs poll”, reporting that, “The online poll of 598 likely caucus-goers also asked voters to list the candidate they do not want to win the nomination. Biden and Sanders topped this list. Peterson says Tulsi Gabbard was third, moving from nearly 7% in September to 17%.”

This poll was taken during October 18-22, which is precisely the period when the suddenly now-personal war between Gabbard and Clinton, about the goodness or badness of post-9/11 permanent-warfare America, was the focus of this nation’s political news. A full 10% of Iowa’s registered and active Democrats (17%-7%) had suddenly switched to placing Gabbard onto their “DO NOT want to be the nominee” list. And the percentage who were saying that they were intending to vote for her declined down 67%, to 2%, from its previous 6%. So: she had lost two-thirds of her Party’s voters, while she had more than doubled (17/7) the number of Democratic Party voters who are outright hostile against her. That’s a stunning change since their September poll.

Gabbard has been interviewed hostilely on Democratic Party ‘news’-media (because she has been challenging her Party’s neoconservatism), but supportively interviewed on Republican Party ‘news’-media (as if that Party weren’t actually just as neocon as the Democratic Party), and she has consistently said that she will not run as a third-party candidate even if one of her Party’s neocons (such as Biden, Buttigieg, or Warren) wins its nomination. But candidates have said this sort of thing before and subsequently reversed their position on the matter, and she might do that; so, she still remains a factor to consider in the 2020 contest.

Right now, Republican ‘news’-media, such as Fox News, are continuing to give her air-time, such as Fox’s Hannity did on October 24th, in a good summary-presentation of the Clinton-Gabbard conflict about the future of the Democratic Party regarding international relations, which was titled “Tulsi Gabbard: This is what’s so dangerous about Hillary Clinton”.

Apparently, Gabbard’s strategy now is to continue to present to voters, both in the Democratic and in the Republican Parties as well as to independents, her vision of the type of country that America ought to be (not the type of country — for example — that invaded Iraq on the basis of lies in 2003); and, if she becomes rejected by her own Democratic Party, then, at that time, she might be able, with her now-established name-recognition and clearly articulated policy-views, to become the Green Party’s 2020 candidate and to present an appeal designed in order to draw enough independents, plus both Democrats and Republicans who have come to reject their former Parties, so as to stand a realistic chance of winning in 2020, in essentially the same way that Abraham Lincoln did in 1860, when the Republican Party replaced the previous Whig Party. If the Democratic Party nominates Bernie Sanders, then she wouldn’t do that, but, otherwise, she might. Consequently, any intelligent Democrat whose main  concern is to win the Presidency in 2020 (so as to have a Democrat as President starting in 2021) will be voting for Sanders, because, otherwise, Tulsi Gabbard could well throw a monkey wrench into the Presidential campaign machinery for both  of the existing Parties — and that might produce a replacement of the Democratic Party by the Green Party, in the same way that the Republicans replaced the Whigs in 1860. It could happen again — but this time to the Democratic Party.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

Hillary, Acknowledge the Damage You’ve Caused!

Hillary Clinton, Your foreign policy was a disaster for our country and the world. It’s time for you to acknowledge the damage you have caused and step down from your throne. –

Stand with Tulsi against Clinton’s new McCarthyism and warmongering

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