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03 February 2018


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jonst That's broadly accurate, but specifically Attlee brought the motion of no confidence in Chamberlain, which the conservative appeasers won but which led to Churchill's opportunity. Attlee was essential in cabinet to Churchill's resistance after the retreat of the BEF.


What are you doing here? You said you dislike the military. Are you really in the Spanish Basque country? Bilbao maybe? break - David Habakkuk is a private scholar of the Litvinenko murder and Soviet/Russian politics and intelligence affairs. His surname comes from Wales where in the 18th (?) Century the ancestral village were all "chapel" and changed their surnames to Old Testament names. His father was master of one of the Cambridge colleges and David is himself a graduate of Cambridge. pl

Babak Makkinejad

Yes, I am Iranian.

All "Babak"s are Iranians - except some obscure ones that are Rus - Babakov.



This is my retirement hobby. Am I also a quantum computer? Cultivated? I see. You don't like my tone. Adopt a positive attitude and that might change. pl

Babak Makkinejad

Quantum Computer, by the way, is snake oil - and you heard it first from me on this forum.


The only reference I have found to someone with FM's name is to a dealer in Orientalist art. I am tired of people who arrive on the site in the midst of an extended conversation and immediately take up a position of accusation of our committee's motives. pl

Babak Makkinejad

Col. Lang:

You won't get any arguments from me in this regard.


Didn’t in recent years there was a Turkish official with a version of Babak last name? IZ must know he was in Erdo.’ Government


The hard, blinding truth: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/02/05/will-conspiracy-trump-american-democracy-go-unpunished/
“In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousand fold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers, we are not simply protecting their trivial old age, we are thereby ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations.” – Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn



This troll showed up recently at b's place doing the same accusations. There is group that is running sacred and pulling out all the stops in "info ops" side of the spectrum. The damn fools don't or, most probably, won't get thru their thick heads and even thicker hearts that it is a failed strategy that turns bystanders into their opponents.

Babak Makkinejad

God forbid.


Here for your edification is the definitive analysis of the GOP memo by Alexander Mercouris over at The Duran.

And it is a masterpriece - and quite long, possibly his longest analysis of anything so far. He buries the counterarguments being passed around by the Democratic opposition and the anti-Trump media.

Mercouris writes on legal affairs alongside his foreign policy stuff and he writes with a lawyer's precision. And in this article he points out that the GOP memo is writter as a legal document - probably by Trey Gowdy - with additional political insertions by Nunes. So it should properly be referred to as the "GOP memo" or the "Gowdy memo", not the Nunes memo."

Why this is important is that the GOP memo is basically written as a defense lawyer would in contesting a case - this case being the FISA warrant application. Which means its orientation is proving failure to disclose relevant and material information to the fISA court and in some cases rising to the point of contempt of court.

Seriously, read this! The whole thing!

Rampant abuse and possible contempt of Court: what you need to know about the GOP memo


David H

Many thanks for that.

Funnily enough, I found the Working Group on Syria, Propaganda and Media today just before I read your post.

I also saw the Olivia Solon piece although I haven't had a chance to see the response to her rather childish outburst.

If she is the future of investigative journalism then god help us all.

blue peacock

Sen Grassley releases memo heavily redacted by DOJ/FBI.


"Seeking transparency and cooperation should not be this challenging," Grassley said in a statement after posting a heavily redacted version of the criminal referral that he and GOP Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina sent to the Justice Department last month. "The government should not be blotting out information that it admits isn’t secret."

I suppose DOJ/FBI believe that by obstructing, stalling and obfuscating they can buy time and that the Republicans in Congress will get tired of the games and go home. This seems like a pretty straightforward memo, highlighting the discrepancy between Steele's court filings and the FBI's version of Steele's discussions with them. Grassley is pointing out that either Steele or the FBI is lying.

What is interesting is the difference in process and ability between the House & Senate. The House can release their memos on its own, even if not declassified by the Executive, whereas the Senate requires the Executive to declassify it's memos that are based on classified documents.



We have not had a self declared communist on SST before although LeaNder in her youth may have come close to that exalted status. You might want to read the wiki on me and the CV I have posted on the blog to avoid tedious accusations of this or that. I am thought by some to have some knowledge of the ME so please do not try to lecture me about how much you love the Arabs. I speak their language and have lived with them for a long time. There are people who write to SST who are pro-Trump and some who are anti-Trump. I seek a mixture of views so long as personal insult and invective are eschewed. Personally, I do not belong to a political party and would describe myself as an original intent, strict constructionist. Trump is the constitutionally and legally elected president of the United States. Your descriptors with regard to him are, in my opinion, only plausible if seen from the point of view of various kinds of leftist including Marxist-Leninists like you. You sound very smug and self-satisfied but we will see if you can have an open mind at all. pl


Found him, Ali Babacan XVPM, XFM and M of finance. Yes god forbid, if he is a decendent of Ardisher Babakan and another claimant to Iranian throne, which CIA and Soros can jump on.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Babacan MBA from Northeestern

blue peacock
...would describe myself as an original intent, strict constructionist.

Aye. Aye. Sir!


That is why some of us believe the Patriot Act and FISA are both unpatriotic and unconstitutional. SCOTUS disagrees with the few of us.

Babak Makkinejad

I think the Babacan consist of "Baba" + "can" and is not related to Papakan/Babakan.

Babak Makkinejad

I do not believe Trump is a misogynists - he stated publicly that he likes beautiful women.

I also do not think he is a racist.

I think he is the first US leader in many decades who has been willing to publicly talk about US problems.

For most other US politicians - they largely live in "the best of all possible worlds".


In regards to computer security, if you are running Windows, stop and run Linux.

If that is not feasible, while running Windows you should have installed a good antivirus like Kaspersky (Russian, I know, it's fine), AVG, or Avast. You should also run Malwarebytes Antimalware, and Superantispyware as second opinions. You should use the Chrome or Firefox browsers, and run Ublock or NoScript and AdBlock.

This is the minimum protection you need on Windows to keep out malware. But the real protection is being careful what Web sites you go to and do not automatically click "Accept" on any popups you see appearing. And only install software from known good Web sites.

And of course you need good backup software that backs up to an external drive or the cloud. Hard drives always eventually fail (as I know to my sorrow again yesterday as my main drive failed).

English Outsider

Colonel - sincere apologies if my comment above disrupted the discussion on a fascinating article.

David Habakkuk - I should say that "Quantum Computer" referred solely to the ability to gather and collate great amounts of material. It's an ability I admire. On Steele, you are among other things setting out something that is unfamiliar to me though not to most others here, I imagine, and that is the milieu in which he is or was working as a UK Intelligence operative. That you have also done in previous articles; it doesn't seem to be a particularly savoury milieu. As far as Steele's US activities are concerned, from you I'm not getting the picture of a lone operative, all ties with MI6 neatly severed, working solo in the States on some chance assignment in 2016. I'm getting the picture of someone still very much in the swim and selected because of that.

The only problem with that second picture is the dossier, or the 30% or so of it - what Comey, I think it was, described as "salacious and unverified". Surely that's got to be amateur night. Not something that a practised professional working with other professionals would put his hand to. Does that not support the picture of an ex-operative who's gone off the rails and is fumbling around unsupervised?

The Steele affair touched a nerve. One is always I suppose aware that IC professionals are getting up to all sorts and it doesn't seem improbable that "all sorts" includes political stuff and smear campaigns. But it's not heaps of corpses in Syria or farm boys being sent to certain death in the Ukraine. And even within the UK Intelligence Community and their contractors or whatever they're called, compared with what our IC people have done in the ME or compared with what one fears Hamish de Bretton Gordon might have got himself involved in, Christopher Steele's just a choirboy. Nevertheless there's something deeply repellent about what he did. Whatever your view of Trump there he was, newly elected, obviously wanting to make a go of it, and already faced with difficulties. Then some chancer throws "Golden Showers" in his face and makes his position, not maybe for the insiders but for the general public, that bit more untenable.

So from a UK perspective the question of whether Steele was acting in concert with others in the UK becomes important. If he was truly working solo then that from a UK point of view is regrettable but one of those things. In that case MI6 would just have to tighten up its controls on what ex-operatives get up to, put out the appropriate disclaimers, and that's the end of it as far as the UK is concerned. But if Golden Showers and the rest of it was a "Welcome Mr President" from UK IC professionals as a group then those professionals should be hung drawn and quartered together with whoever set them on.

I've read your article several times now and apart from the fact that much of what you pull together isn't material I'm up on, it doesn't seem to me that you're definitely coming to one conclusion or the other. There are many more facts to come out so perhaps this question is premature, but do you think Steele was acting in concert with others in the UK or was he, at least as far as the UK is concerned, working solo?


Most Iranian females Named Fatima/ Fatimah after prophet' daughter, call themselves Fati, and if they are of aristocrat type, they are called Bibi Fati Khanam, which is honorable lady Fati and if they are westernized they become Fay or Fifi.



Much of your commentary seems directed to David Habakkuk and PT rather than I. I don't think the FBI would have started to pay him until he left UK service. pl


I'm thinking a certain souk near Tunis, named after a famous 13th century Sufi Saint. But her first name was Aisha and not Fatimah? Her shrine was recently desecrated by salafists.


Babak , I think they are the same the C in Turkish is pronounced as K, like Cute https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/Oghuz_languages also Iranian Media spell his name as Babakan
incidentally here is an article from 10 years ago when he as Turkey' FM with 'all new ideas" was to negotiate peace between Israel and Syrian Government obviously Assad', good old days when peace was so easy to negotiate like candy.

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