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05 December 2017

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walter

My humble opinion on what is going on. "The Borg" are individuals whose self-interest is tied to perpetuating "business as usual" in Washington DC. FBI agents, CIA, NSA need domestic and foreign conflict to aggrandize and justify their positions. They do not want our national problems solved...god forbid, budgets, salaries, bonuses, future contracting and consulting jobs might be reduced or eliminated.

Hillary, Bush, Obama and "the establishment" knew unconsciously not to "rock the boat". Trump was seen as too independent and uneducated in the ways of The Borg to be trusted. He had un-borg-like views like "..what the hell are we doing supporting Al Quida?" "...grab her in the pussy.." "..lets make Jerusalem the capital of Israel.." "lets get along with Russia.." "..the Media is fake and biased.." all very un-PC and un-borg-like positions. Too disruptive of the status quo. Might actually solve some problems and reduce the importance of government.

I think the Borg determined he was N.O.K. (Not Our Kind). And he has royally pissed off the Media and he is in a death fight with the Media.

walter

Mr. Solomon, there are many different types of intelligences...he may not have the calm, intellectual intelligence that u might be used to.. but he might have a different kind of fast-thinking, big picture, "get 'er done" intelligence that does not come across as intelligent but comes across in winning and building wealth. Many many successful people do not have "Ivy League" intelligence...they have street smarts and competitive determination.

IMHO, there are no humans smart enough to do the job of POTUS well..its too hard of a job...they all get by to some extent...

English Outsider


"He could not hold a conversation for more that a few moments and contunualy wandered around the room. Now I would say he had Attention Deficit Syndrome (not sure if the term was used in those days)."

A lot of people behave like that when they're not interested in a project. Too polite to say "go away please" and unable to walk away themselves.

Unfortunately people also behave like that when they're unable to concentrate for very long. Take your choice which you believe, I suppose.

Did you get your book shop opened? I believe that was a good time for such ventures. But I'm not clear from what you say whether you were attempting to open a bookstore in a mob neighbourhood. Praiseworthy effort, if so.

Dr. Puck

FYI History of the FBI.

www.fbi.gov/history/brief-history

Sylvia 1

This is increasingly my take as well—the FBI, CIA and NSA do seem to have “conspired” to destroy Donald Trump. I finger Brennan, Clapper, Susan Rice, Benjamin Rhodes, and maybe Samantha Power as being involved in the flood of illegal leaks earlier in the year that did so much to pave the way for Mueller's appointment.
What I fail to understand is why Democrats are sitting back and cheering as these agencies work together to destroy a duly elected President of the USA. Does anyone really believe that if these agencies get away with it this time they will stop with Trump?
All these agencies are out of control and are completely unaccountable.

David Habakkuk

All,

I think the Peter Stryok/Lisa Page connection adds very greatly to the grounds for suspicion about Mueller’s investigation.

From a report on the investigation in the ‘Guardian’ in June:

‘One of the more recent recruits is reported to be Lisa Page, a justice department trial attorney with a substantial record of investigating Russian and former Soviet organised crime and in particular its reputed godfather, Semion Mogilevich.

‘Mogilevich associates are reported to have owned condos in Trump Tower in New York, and the father of Trump’s business partner in the Trump Soho hotel, Felix Sater, was a Mogilevich lieutenant.

‘Vladimir Putin is known to use oligarchs and organised crime bosses as instruments of Kremlin influence abroad.’

(See https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/15/robert-mueller-trump-russia-investigation-team-members .)

From an excerpt from Luke Harding’s ‘Collusion’ book published by ‘Morning Joe Staff’ on MNSBC, explaining how Christopher Steele met up with Glenn Simpson of Fusion, apparently as early as 2009:

‘One of Simpson’s subjects was Semion Mogilevich, a Ukrainian-Russian mafia don and one of the FBI’s ten most wanted individuals. Mogilevich, it was alleged, was behind a mysterious intermediary company, RosUkrEnergo (RUE), that imported Siberian natural gas into Ukraine. The profits were measured in billions of dollars.

‘Mogilevich wasn’t someone a reporter might meet; he was more myth than man. He lived in Moscow – or was it Budapest? Seemingly, the Russian state and FSB harbored him. Simpson talked to U.S. investigators. Over years, he built up a portfolio of contacts in Hungary, Israel, Cyprus. At home he knew individuals inside the Department of Justice – in particular its Organized Crime and Racketeering Section – the U.S. Treasury, and elsewhere.

‘By 2009 Simpson decided to quit journalism, at a time when the media industry was in all sorts of financial trouble. He cofounded his own commercial research and political intelligence firm, based in Washington, D.C. Its name was Fusion GPS. Its website gave little away. It didn’t even list an address or the downtown loft from where a team of analysts worked.

‘Fusion’s research would be similar to what he had done before. That meant investigating difficult corruption cases or the business activities of post-Soviet figures. There would still be a public interest dimension, only this time private clients would pay. Fusion was very good at what it did and— Simpson admitted – expensive.

‘In 2009 Simpson met Steele. They knew some of the same FBI people and shared expertise on Russia. Fusion and Orbis began a professional partnership. The Washington- and London-based firms worked for oligarchs litigating against other oligarchs. This might involve asset tracing—identifying large sums concealed behind layers of offshore companies.’

(See http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/excerpt-collusion .)

Admitted into evidence in Sir Robert Owen’s Inquiry, as INQ018922, are two pages from a letter faxed from Litvinenko to the ‘Mitrokhin Commission’, for which his Italian associate Mario Scaramella worked, on 1 December 2005 – which happened to be immediately before the latter set out on a visit to Washington. It may well have been included because a garrulous contact had told Counter Terrorism Command that I had the Italian version back in, I think, 2010.

As the following extract makes clear, a central purpose of the letter was to claim that Mogilevich, while acting as an agent of the FSB, and under Putin’s personal ‘krysha’, had attempted to obtain a ‘mini nuclear bomb’ for Al Qaeda.

‘I would also like to add as a fact linked to this case that about three weeks ago from Yuri Shvets; friend of mine who used to work in KGB intelligence as an undercover reporter stationed in Washington USA, I learned that well-known criminal terrorist Mogilevich Semion, one of the most wanted by the FBI, is in a good relationship with the Russian President Vladimir Putin and most senior officials of the Russian Federation. Yuri Shvets now is decoding the tapes recorded in Kuchma’s office. This was recorded by the Ukrainian President’s bodyguard Melnichenko Nikolai, who later sold it to Yuri Felshtinski, Boris Berezovski and Alik Goldfarb of Berezovski’s foundation. At the present Yuri Shvets is decoding these tapes. And Yuri Shvets found that in 2002 ex SBU (Security Services of Ukraine) boss Derkach is reporting to President Kuchma that they found Semion Mogilevich who at present is residing in Russia and that Semion Mogilevich met with SBU officers on Derkach’s, Kuchma’s request and that Semion Mogilevich said he purchased a house from ex head of the Georgian special services Georgadze who is hiding in Russia as he is wanted for terrorism. Semion Mogilevich currently residing in that “dacha” (summerhouse interpreter’s note) not far from Moscow. This house is next door to Zuganov’s house – head of the communist party of Russia. He and Zuganov see each other every day. When Kuchma asked what sort of place is it and why Mogilevich is residing alongside with such high ranked people, Derkach said this is a particularly safeguarded place were high ranking Russian officials are residing. Semion Mogilevich managed to get a residence there as he is in a very close relationship with Russian president Putin whom he knows since Putin was working in St. Petersburg and they had a common cause, in my understanding a criminal cause. At the present Putin is Mogilevich’s “krisha” (protection in criminal jargon – interpreter’s note). This is Putin who protects Mogilevich. And this is the reason that FBI can not arrest Mogilevich. It is obvious from this conversation that Putin is in fact hiding Mogilevich. Earlier I had information that Mogilevich was arm dealer and particularly was selling weapons to the Al-Qaeda leaders. There is information that on Al-Qaeda’s request Mogilevich tried to get a mini nuclear bomb. I know beyond the doubt that Mogilevich is FSB’s long-standing agent and all his actions including the contacts with Al-Qaeda are controlled FSB – the Russian special services. For this very reason FSB is hiding Mogilevich from FBI.’

(The evidence is http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160613090333/https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence">https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence">http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160613090333/https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence .)

What we are dealing with is a familiar pattern in ‘StratCom.’ One starts from information that is both accurate and embarrassing for one’s targets – Mogilevich almost certainly was used as an agent both by the FSB and the SBU, and is also extremely likely to have been involved in the peculiarly opaque companies involved in the gas transit trade, Eural Trans Gas and RosUkrEnergo, in the shadows behind Dmitri Firtash.

One then adds in some complete hogwash, in this case by ‘doctoring’ the relevant tapes, and – hey presto! – one can disregard all those warnings from Putin about the dangers of cooperating with jihadists, because, what do you know, he was trying to hand over nuclear weapons to them. And we really would not want these arguments to get in the way of our support for ‘moderate Islamists’ like Ibn al-Khattab in Chechnya, or Zahran Alloush in Syria.

And of course, now that all those comforting assumptions – that Bandar could keep these people under control, that the attack on the World Trade Center was just the product of an unfortunate lapse, and that, really, ‘Islamic State’ only want to butcher Shiites – are looking just a bit threadbare, we really do need to cover our traces, don’t we?

In the description by the ‘Guardian’ of Lisa Page’s expertise we were told: ‘Vladimir Putin is known to use oligarchs and organised crime bosses as instruments of Kremlin influence abroad.’

If people working for that paper were journalists, rather than stenographers for corrupt spooks, we might know that much of what is supposedly ‘known’ about his Putin’s use of ‘organised crime bosses’ is fabrication by sleazy disinformation peddlers.

There are I think very strong reasons to suspect that very similar sleazy tactics to those which were employed against Putin, Kuchma, and others – including notably Romano Prodi, who was a prime target of the ‘Mitrokhin Commission’ – have been, and are continuing to be, applied in the campaign against Trump.

Note also that precisely the figures referred to in the extract above were employed when Steele et al were attempting to cover up what had happened to Litvinenko.

Also in the ‘evidence’, as HMG000513, one will a transcript issued from the Cabinet Office of a BBC Radio 4 programme which went out on 16 December 2006. This was presented by Tom Mangold, a leading conduit for the 2001 anthrax scare stories, which Comey and Mueller failed to investigate properly.

(See http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160613090333/https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence">https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence">http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160613090333/https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence .)

It was wholly devoted to a collection of palpable lies and half-truths from Shvets, helped out by the former FBI agent Robert ‘Bobby’ Levinson, who had earlier, like Lisa Page, been intimately involved in investigating Mogilevich.

The tragic story told was of how Litvinenko, forced by penury into ‘due diligence’ work, had in collaboration with these other impartial ‘due diligence’ investigators – people like Glenn Simpson – had unearthed terrible truths about the links of a figure close to Putin to organised crime.

Supposedly, this figure had sent Andrei Lugovoi and Dmitri Kovtun to pour polonium into Litvinenko’s green tea in retaliation.

Unfortunately, Shvets had a contact, Karon von Gerhke, to whom he had sent e-mails, at the time, directly contradicting what he claimed to Mangold. So, when the BBC ‘Panorama’ programme turned to the subject the following month, in place of lies by Shvets we were given lies by Scaramella.

(A transcript, again sent out from the Cabinet Office, was presented as evidence as HMG00507, and is at http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160613090333/https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence">https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence">http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160613090333/https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence .)

As it happened, the following March Levinson would disappear off the Iranian island of Kish, on what – after years of mendacious denials – was admitted to be a covert CIA mission.

A quite likely hypothesis, I think, is that he was engaged in one frame-up attempt too many, and Russian intelligence and Iranian both agreed that he should be taken out of circulation. People do sometimes get a tiny bit ‘peeved’, when people go on producing lies to justify ‘regime change’ projects.

A central question, I think, is whether those in the British Government who sent out and received the transcripts to which I have linked were the ‘useful idiots’ of people like Steele, or co-conspirators of them, or some mixture of both.

Does Theresa May have any idea as to what really happened?

Eric Newhill

PT,
Are you aware that the Office of Inspector General has been investigating politicization of the FBI and DOJ for 11 months now?

The investigation was brought about at the recommendation of certain members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I believe. Among the allegations being looked into is that DOJ/FBI have highly political agents that should have at least recused themselves from certain investigations and that their politics may have influenced the course of the investigations.

Given the revelations around Strzok, Rhee and Weissman, on Mueller's team, you'd think we'd be hearing more about OIG case. IMO, we are about to though.

Fred

Dr. George,

And replace the investigative apparatus of the DOJ with what?

Fred

jdledell,

"When Trump traveled the nation proclaiming..." I missed out on which elected office Trump held when he did so. Please remind me.

"all is fair in War and politics". That appears to be the level of integrity of the Mueller investigative team.

Huckleberry

Mr. Solomon,

I have noticed that Trump's fiercest critics share a certain ethnic and tribal affiliation. Is this your experience?

Thanks,

H

RMF

And they control the media.

David E. Solomon

Huckleberry,

I am not sure what you mean. I am Jewish by birth and RC by conversion (but have not been to church in years). Other than that I have no tribal affiliation.

My wife and I have lived in a small town in upstate NY for nearly fifteen years now. We know a number of people who voted for Trump (mostly because the could not stand the Clintons). Obama had a chance to do something worthwhile, but all he cared about was his post presidential years of ease and looting.

I don't believe that any of those we know who voted for Trump can stand him, but they still feel the same way they did about the Clintons and Obama as they did before the election.

Really, this is not a democracy.

Nothing much we old people can do about it.

Regards,

David
PS: I should add, that while I was born Jewish, I have absolutely no pro-Israeli feelings. I think Israel is the major problem in the Middle East.

David Habakkuk

Apologies,

I left out out the link to the transcript of the tape on which the claims by Litvinenko that Putin had been involved in attempting to equip Al Qaeda with nukes relies.

It is INQ015726, at http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160613090333/https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence">https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence">http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160613090333/https://www.litvinenkoinquiry.org/evidence

What I really love is the clear implication that the ‘dachas’ have ‘good relations with Putin.’

This is pretty crude editing – like that which Shvets used earlier, in order to turn a brief except which started with it having to be explained to Kuchma what the Kolchuga passive detection system was, so that it ended with him approving its sale to Saddam.

This was certified to have been unedited by the former FBI audiotape expert Bruce Koenig.

(See https://www.publicintegrity.org/2002/04/15/3197/special-report-kuchma-approved-sale-weapons-system-iraq .)

David E. Solomon

Sorry, there was no plan to engage Trump in retail bookselling. The guy I was working with was named Dan Weiner and he was also one of the ones who had access to funny money. This building sat for several years before Trump started tearing it down by destroying an Art Nouveau facade that the courts had ordered him to salvage for a museum.

I think the only reason we had a meeting with Trump was that Trump knew about Dan Weiner's "funny money" connection and was unsure if he was required to see us. I cannot ask Dan Weiner. He ate himself to death about thirty-five years ago.

HawkOfMay

@Eric Newhill

Care to back that claim about former President Obama with some reliable links? Seems to me plenty of people suffered from 'Obama Derangement Syndrome' before others suffered from 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'.

https://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/notborn.asp

http://www.politifact.com/rhode-island/statements/2010/aug/05/chain-email/e-mail-sends-readers-youtube-video-where-obama-adm/

It does look like his literary agent made the simple mistake in a promotional booklet. https://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/booklet.asp

I fully trust Mueller to do his job. It is good that Flynn was caught lying to the FBI. Just as it is good news about the Manafort indictment. We will have to wait and see who else in President Trump's orbit will be caught. I personally doubt that any of these will reach President Trump.

Patrick Armstrong

https://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/birthers/booklet.asp

Do you believe that Obama didn't proofread the blurb?

David E. Solomon

It was Fifth Avenue (directly across from Bantam Publishing Building). The building in put us is that disgusting Trump Tower.

rjj

Let whoever has never distractedly short shrifted anyone throw the first stone. Mea culpa.

HOWEVER [changing subject] had the indignation munchies so looked up the building they demolished. 666 Fifth Avenue came up in the search. BOGGLE, BOGGLE! Hoax? It can't be serious. Were the Hadad people taking the piss? Were the Kushners?

https://www.designboom.com/architecture/zaha-hadid-architects-new-york-skyscraper-660-fifth-avenue-jared-kushner-properties-03-22-2017/

Peter VE

I'm also stunned by the stupidity of the Democrats. Any liberal who believes the intelligence agencies is a fool. They've just shown us their true nature by blocking the release of several thousand pages of records relating to the assassination of President Kennedy. If they can't allow the truth to come out after 54 years, they surely can't be trusted to be truthful about today's information.

Richardstevenhack

I definitely agree with your last sentence about self-aggrandizement.

As I've said before, I think Trump only ran for President for 1) ego, and 2) he knows he will have access to billions of dollars of business deals once he leaves office, with the cachet of having been President.

In the interim, he's simply playing at being President - he really couldn't care less about his performance in office, other than avoiding being tarred and feathered like Nixon or impeached like Clinton.

People who think he has some grand plan to "make America great" are delusional.

Eric Newhill

HawkofMay,
Snopes? Politifact? I'm surprised you didn't including shaking your magic 8 ball real hard before receiving an answer on this.

I repeat that private citizens - like Trump or Obama's very own half-brother - accusing Obama of being foreign born is not at all the same as an organized conspiracy concocted by the well connected power brokers and high level bureaucrats. You can't - or won't - see the difference because of your TDS. Your TDS leads you to prefer destruction of our system of governance as opposed to respect the will of voters you disagree with.

English Outsider


There we find common ground. Architecture is not one of your President's strengths. Trump Tower is an indictable offence in itself, aesthetically speaking, and I'm surprised that Mr Mueller didn't put that on his to do list when he was preparing his fishing expeditions. Perhaps later.

Sadly, looking at the standard of redevelopment in your country and mine, it's not as bad as most so perhaps that's why it's not on the charge sheet.

Moving away from that common ground we share, the scale of the attack on Donald Trump is truly astonishing, at least as seen from over here. Maybe, used as you are to the frantic impeachment epics of earlier times it doesn't seem out of the way to you, but surely during even those times almost the entire weight of the American and European political and media establishment wasn't so vehemently directed against one man.

Any idea why?

Cvillereader

Fox News, which has been fairly reliable of late, reported last night that the FBI OIG report will be finalized and made public sometime in the next 4-5 weeks.

The Twisted Genius

Eric Newhill and Patrick Armstrong,

I never would have taken you two for birthers. My family always got a kick out of the birther movement. My sons have the same "long form" certificate of live birth as Obama. They've sometimes joked about being Kenyans because of those certificates.

Not believing Russia was behind the DNC and Podesta email hacks is reasonable. I doubt either of you spent time digitally amongst Russian hackers and government official organizing and conducting these kinds of activities like me, but I understand the reasons for doubt. Not believing Trump is guilty of collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election is not just reasonable, it's prudent. I'm skeptical of that myself. But this birther stuff. Wow.

blue peacock

Publius Tacitus

The real story is that the FBI, the NSA and the CIA effectively conspired to try to destroy the Presidency of Donald Trump.

How can this conspiracy be investigated? Who could do it? Clearly not anyone from the DoJ, FBI, CIA and NSA as they are fully compromised.

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