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Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful | WIRED
IT WOULD BE rather embarrassing for Donald Trump at this point if Robert Mueller were to declare that the president isn’t an agent of Russian intelligence.
THE PATTERN OF his pro-Putin, pro-Russia, anti-FBI, anti-intelligence community actions are so one-sided, and the lies and obfuscation surrounding every single Russian meeting and conversation are so consistent, that if this president isn’t actually hiding a massive conspiracy, it means the alternative is worse: America elected a chief executive so oblivious to geopolitics, so self-centered and personally insecure, so naturally predisposed to undermine democratic institutions and coddle authoritarians, and so terrible a manager and leader, that he cluelessly surrounded himself with crooks, grifters, and agents of foreign powers, compromising the national security of the US government and undermining 75 years of critical foreign alliances, just to satiate his own ego.
In short, we’ve reached a point in the Mueller probe where there are only two scenarios left: Either the president is compromised by the Russian government and has been working covertly to cooperate with Vladimir Putin after Russia helped win him the 2016 election—or Trump will go down in history as the world’s most famous “useful idiot,” as communists used to call those who could be co-opted to the cause without realizing it.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Garrett Graff: 'Trump Must Be a Russian Agent; the Alternative Is Too Awful'
Garrett Graff, writing for Wired:
In short, we’ve reached a point in the Mueller probe where there are only two scenarios left: Either the president is compromised by the Russian government and has been working covertly to cooperate with Vladimir Putin after Russia helped win him the 2016 election — or Trump will go down in history as the world’s most famous “useful idiot,” as communists used to call those who could be co-opted to the cause without realizing it.
At least the former scenario — that the president of the United States is actively working to advance the interests of our country’s foremost, long-standing, traditional foreign adversary — would make him seem smarter and wilier. The latter scenario is simply a tragic farce for everyone involved.
My guess is it’s a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B — that Russia has something on Trump and he’s a useful idiot. Graff makes a good point, though — we’re still far from knowing the whole story, but we already know enough that it’s not possible for Trump to come out of this clean.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Anonymous Conservative -- News Briefs – 01/14/2018
'US Government has terrabytes of internal Wikileaks data []. This maybe clears a little up. The government has tons of internal WikiLeaks data, including communications which identify sources. Suppose Cabal set Assange and Wikileaks out there, as a lure for leakers who could reveal things about Cabal’s corruption of our governments. They give it a big media push at the outset, and then WikiLeaks would shitcan the really damaging Cabal-intel and give Cabal the leakers who supplied it, while actually leaking classified data that helped Cabal somehow, like by damaging non-Cabal contractors, or by damaging NSA or Mil Intel like Snowden and Manning, and so on. Assange, probably paranoid, assembles his deadman’s switch, hoping he will never have to use it, and now he and Cabal have begun to go sideways. One thing leads to another and now he is a liability who could reveal the whole thing, including Cabal’s existence, so Assange heads to Ecuador’s embassy and holes up, dropping the CIA Vault leak which maybe was one of his blackmail files, just to show Cabal he is serious. Now Cabal wants him dead. He could align with Trump and Q, but that entails first giving them the final blackmail files which he is hoping will keep him alive, and admitting he basically was a total fraud who helped something that burned and betrayed decent people who saw their governments taken over by a hostile foreign force that fostered crime and corruption as it enslaved each nation’s citizenry. So Assange is in neutral, trying to figure out what to do, and Trump and Q are preparing a case to drag him back, because they aren’t going to give him a choice. It would fit with the evidence, from the initial media push indicating he was Cabal, to his present sideways status with Cabal. It is also possible a lot of the leakers who supplied actual classified government data that got published were Cabal acting on orders, to give WikiLeaks the imprimatur of a genuine whistleblower website.'
wikileaks  flood  misdirection  honeypot  vanishingmediator  conspiracy 
4 days ago by adamcrowe
Has the Government Legalized Secret Defense Spending? – Rolling Stone
A legalized dualistic system for public financial reporting would therefore just be the latest blow to federal transparency, but it would be a big one. It would be nice to get a few answers before paying taxes into a black box becomes a permanent feature of American life.
imperialism  nsa  cia  conspiracy 
4 days ago by foliovision
Someone please cancel 2019 already? - Charlie's Diary
«The former, convergence of common goals, is a broader category (cover-ups are one very specific example). One may look at the way all the tobacco companies pushed the junk science about smoking not causing cancer between the 1900s and 1970s. Or the way that all petrochemical resource extraction corporations fund outlets that downplay climate change. It's not an actual conspiracy with an organizing committee and an agenda, it's just that they all stand to lose a mind-bogglingly vast sum of money and power if they don't follow certain policies.»
charlie-stross  blogs  conspiracy  environment 
7 days ago by brennen
Attorney General Nominee Promises to Allow Mueller to Finish His Work - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — William P. Barr, President Trump’s nominee for attorney general, promised on Monday that he would allow the special counsel to continue his investigation, seeking to allay Democrats’ fears that he might shut down the inquiry.
“It is in the best interest of everyone — the president, Congress, and, most importantly, the American people — that this matter be resolved by allowing the special counsel to complete his work,” Mr. Barr said in written testimony that he plans to deliver on Tuesday at the start of his two-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The country needs a credible resolution of these issues,” he added. “If confirmed, I will not permit partisan politics, personal interests, or any other improper consideration to interfere with this or any other investigation.”
But Mr. Barr’s written statement also included a subtle caveat, limiting his assurances about the investigation to issues under his control: “I can assure you that, where judgments are to be made by me, I will make those judgments based solely on the law and will let no personal, political, or other improper interests influence my decision,” he wrote.
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8 days ago by rgl7194
What Trump’s Attorney General Pick Could Mean For The Mueller Investigation | FiveThirtyEight
And, you know, criminal justice policy.
At first glance, William Barr is a far more conventional choice for attorney general than Matthew Whitaker, who has been temporarily filling the role since Jeff Sessions resigned at President Trump’s request. Whitaker’s month in office has been marred by questions about whether he would interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, which he had previously criticized. If Barr is confirmed quickly, his nomination will also end an ongoing legal debate about whether Whitaker’s appointment, which bypassed the usual succession order, was legitimate. Barr is an established figure in Washington politics, and if confirmed, this will be his second stint at the helm of the Department of Justice — he previously served as attorney general from 1991 to 1993.
But Barr’s appointment could still have big implications for Mueller’s investigation and criminal justice issues more broadly — depending on how similar he is to his two predecessors, both of whom will loom over Barr’s confirmation hearings. Barr, who has deep roots in the drug wars and has a history of pushing for tougher criminal penalties, might seem like an odd choice to lead the Justice Department at a moment when a bipartisan group of senators just succeeded in pushing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring a long-awaited sentencing reform bill up for a vote — an effort that the president has supported. But overriding concern about how Barr will supervise the Mueller investigation could allow him to escape significant scrutiny about the issues that will make up the bulk of his job.
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8 days ago by rgl7194
Matthew Whitaker: The Ethical Mire of Trump’s Top Law Officer | by Murray Waas | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
News summary:
When Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker accepted the role of overseeing the Mueller investigation, he failed to disclose to Department of Justice ethics officers that, as head of a conservative watchdog group, he had cooperated with senior White House aides of President Trump in finding ways to attack the work of the special counsel—in one case by filing a Federal Election Commission complaint against a critic of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager who was under scrutiny by Mueller.
If Whitaker had revealed these directions from the White House and his actions on Trump’s behalf, Justice ethics officers would almost certainly have advised him that his continued oversight of the special counsel would violate ethics rules. According to a senior Justice official with knowledge of the matter, Whitaker may face investigation by the department’s inspector general over his omission.
As the confirmation hearing for Whitaker’s permanent replacement as attorney general begins, senators will want to know from President Trump’s nominee, William Barr, what action he will take to prevent similar efforts by the White House to interfere in and frustrate the special counsel’s investigation.
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8 days ago by rgl7194
MoA - The Trump-Russia Scam - How Obama Enabled The FBI To Spy On Trump
I very much dislike most of Trump's domestic and foreign policy. But he was duly elected under the existing rules. The campaign the media and the intelligence services have since run against him undermines the will of the people. Unfortunately I see no way that Trump could escape from the hold it has gained over him. Exposing it as much as possible might well be his best defense.
nsa  trump  obama  conspiracy 
9 days ago by foliovision
Ruth Bader Ginsburg news: searching on YouTube lands conspiracy theories instead • The Washington Post
Tony Romm and Drew Harwell:
<p>Conspiracy theories about the health of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have dominated YouTube this week, illustrating how the world’s most popular video site is failing to prevent its algorithm from helping popularize viral hoaxes and misinformation.

More than half of the top 20 search results for her initials, “RBG,” on Wednesday pointed to false far-right videos, some claiming doctors are using mysterious illegal drugs to keep her alive, according to a review by The Washington Post. Ginsburg has been absent from oral arguments at the Supreme Court this week as she recuperates from recent surgery to remove cancer from her lungs. Tests revealed Friday that she will need no further treatment and that her recovery is on track.

The falsehoods, most of which originated with the fringe movement QAnon, dramatically outnumbered results from credible news sources. Only one of the top results came from a mainstream news site, CNN, and it was an 11-month-old interview about her career. The algorithm rewarded the conspiracy videos over reliable news based on what it calculated was their “relevance,” signaling that the videos were probably new, popular or suitable to the search. By Thursday, a day after YouTube was contacted by The Washington Post, searches for “RBG” also surfaced multiple videos from mainstream news organizations.</p>

Yes I'm afraid 2019 is off to a flying start. Welcome back.
youtube  conspiracy 
10 days ago by charlesarthur
Trump Tweets Lengthy Attack on F.B.I. Over Inquiry Into Possible Aid to Russia - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump on Saturday unleashed an extended assault on the F.B.I. and the special counsel’s investigation, knitting together a comprehensive alternative story in which he had been framed by disgraced “losers” at the bureau’s highest levels.
In a two-hour span starting at 7 a.m., the president made a series of false claims on Twitter about his adversaries and the events surrounding the inquiry. He was responding to a report in The New York Times that, after he fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director in 2017, the bureau began investigating whether the president had acted on behalf of Russia.
In his tweets, the president accused Hillary Clinton, without evidence, of breaking the law by lying to the F.B.I. He claimed that Mr. Comey was corrupt and best friends with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III. He said Mr. Mueller was employing a team of Democrats — another misleading assertion — bent on taking him down.
trump  russia  FBI  gov2.0  politics  corruption  conspiracy  nytimes  twitter 
11 days ago by rgl7194
Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Hours after he was sworn in as America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, swayed together to a rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way,” as hundreds of their wealthiest and most influential supporters held aloft smartphones to capture the Trumps’ first dance following the inauguration.
Serhiy Kivalov, a Ukrainian lawmaker known for pro-Russian initiatives, took photos of the dance, as well as of his coveted tickets and passes to the soiree where it took place, the Liberty Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, posting them on Facebook and declaring that “it was an honor” to attend.
He was one of at least a dozen Ukrainian political and business figures who made their way to Washington for the inauguration, several of whom attended the Liberty Ball. Most had more on their dance cards than just parties.
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11 days ago by rgl7194

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