Friday 21st of September 2018

the death of reality...

halper and co...

One Gus can only snigger at a Peter Hitchens. Either he is naive, which he is for being a serious devout religious nincompoop, or he is disingenuous for elegantly writing nonsensical crap. His columns are self-serving and based on supporting official governmental fantasies. He believes he is persecuted in the mediocre-mass-media because he’s too good and represents the truly conservative voice, while he is more mierda than the mediocre-mass-media itself. Here he explained his victimisation for being a right wing conservative:


"People like me – though still allowed to speak – are allowed on to mainstream national broadcasting only under strict conditions: that we are 'balanced' by at least three other people who disagree with us so that our views, actually held by millions, are made to look like an eccentric minority opinion.”
Hitchens, in 2011

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Hitchens believes in the sanctity of the USA, that of the Church and of the morality in the Poms' MI5 or six or whatever number existed. He hates communism, which he has been vaccinated against by being a communist himself in his youth, dragged along by his most sobering, yet rarely sober, brother. Here Peter long-windedly (he must be paid by the numbers of words) explains his views why things are not as bad as they are in Russia:


I am surprised by how easily some people are persuaded that a point is wrong when it is dismissed as ‘Whataboutism’. Why, when the person making the case is claiming a moral fault, is it not legitimate to point out that he himself has the same fault?

The Bible is pretty clear on this.


In The Gospel according to St Matthew Chapter 7, vv 3-5, Our Lord says : ‘And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
‘Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.’


The same metaphor appears in almost identical words in the Gospel according to St Luke, vv 41-2 . It seems odd, when moralising in a society whose morals are supposed to be Christian (indeed, on what other basis can we approve or disapprove of any action?), to classify the preaching of Jesus Christ as either a fallacy or as ‘whataboutery’.

The term ‘whataboutism’ seems to have first appeared in the Cold War, when the USSR might point to the American treatment of the black minority there, when attacked for being a police state with labour camps.

But this was feeble. The two things are not the same. Certainly the USA is very far from being a perfect society, and its treatment of African-Americans has been ( and to some extent remains) highly unsatisfactory.


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Hum… yes, being a poor black person regularly beaten or shot at by white police is not as bad as being sent to gulags for being an intellectual. At least being a dissenting intellectual, you know your fate. Being a black person, you have no idea when they will kill you for no other reason but the colour of your skin. 
I don’t think there is a “whataboutism” here anyway.
Maybe Hitchens stopped understanding Karl Marx after reading the first paragraph. No-one is trying to compare these form of repressions, one which is done by sheer control (the former USSR, and less now in the Russian state) and one which is achieved by money, propaganda and subtle manipulations of the laws, especially those outlawing communist thinking and in the decimation of organised labour in the USA, a decimation that we see creeping here in Australia by various means, including a slanted Royal Commission. 
Thus there is a certain grand delusion in Peter Hitchens diatribes. In his most recent outpour he deplores that he has been used as one of the characters in a series of books about the fictional decadence of MI5.

Here he goes:

I suspect I wouldn’t much like Mick Herron, author of the increasingly acclaimed ‘Slow Horses’ series of thrillers. There’s an undercurrent of boring, self-satisfied conventional leftism in his work, which most of his readers probably don’t notice because they are like that too. It’s a pity, because in many ways the books are very good. The later books of ‘John le Carré’, where he develops a tedious anti-Thatcherite and anti-American tone, would likewise be better without this self-indulgence. Is Mr Herron’s political stance (if I have read it correctly) important? We’ll see.

My complaint isn’t, by the way, made because of his persistent use of a fictional Tory politician, with certain close resemblances to a well-known national figure of our times, as a sort of villain with secrets to hide. I’m interested that he gets away with this, but any fiction set in modern times and using real people as background is quite likely to resort to this sort of thing.

Though my complaint is connected. It’s more because one of his early characters, by no means an admirable one, bears a faint resemblance to me – a right-wing newspaper columnist who tends to blame the late Roy Jenkins for many of the country’s present ills.

Of course, this person turns out to be a secret Nazi, who has been ruined by the exposure of this fact, but we all know (don’t we?) that this is what people like me are: secret Nazis.

 


So what is his beef with Mick Herron? Hitchens (Peter) does not like to see his beloved secret services turned into failable devious characters. I don’t think he’d like to watch the series “Berlin Station”. No, our spies never place a foot wrong and only kick deserving arses. So Hitchens sees red:

The preposterous idea at the heart of these books is that MI5, which Herron wrongly describes from time to time as the ‘Secret Service’, has a grim outstation staffed by failures, incompetents and loose cannons (‘Slow Horses’) who have been exiled forever from his fictional Security Service’s fictional smart headquarters at Regent’s Park. They can never go back there. They must remain forever in this place of exile.

In this miserable, shabby building,  jeeringly known as ‘Slough House’ though this isn’t its name, they are given wretched make-work tasks, to drive them mad or persuade them to resign. Their individual failings – drug abuse, gambling, wild ultra-violence, delusions of grandeur, are lovingly enumerated. Only one of them is there unjustly but this too is deemed to have been his fault. If he had been any good, he wouldn’t have allowed himself to be stitched up.  In charge of this failure factory is the grotesque, obese, flatulent chain-smoker, boozer and consumer of  horrible food Jackson Lamb, who presumably has this post because he knows too much about his senior colleagues to be fired, but also cannot be allowed back into the Regent’s Park headquarters.


Goodness. This literature by Herron looks like decaying horses’ mouth

I suppose that Hitchens has never heard of the Iraqi war and the preposterous way we have been made to believe that the “Intelligence was flawed”. The intelligence was FABRICATED for the purpose of war, nothing else. It was bullshit that had been concocted by MI-something for the consumption of MI5, six and the other MI intelligence services, under the orders of the CIA-subsection 7. Sorry. I do not know about the real name for this last one, but I know that somewhere in the CIA there were some fantasists employed to write a brief for the President and his UK and Australia mates to go to war and kill off Saddam.
Killing Saddam? Well, not directly. After being caught, Saddam was delivered by the US to a fair tribunal mostly composed of Shia who had been repressed for yonks by Saddam. Saddam being a Sunni dictator, he was not going to get any favours, especially when the Yanks were “hoping” ALOUD that he would be hanged since they did not want him to be exiled and start a revolution somewhere… But this led to a major US dilemma. This placed Iraq in the hands of Iran-friendly Shia
"Something had to be done”. 
The next stage was to stir Syria where the majority is Sunni but controlled by the Shia. Something called "Arab Spring" was set up...This ended up with the formation of ISIS (IS, Daesh, whatever) which was to take over Syria and parts of Iraq. Now, any of this does not happen without a bit of push and shove from secret departments at the US CIA and the various MI (name your number) in the UK. And the supply of US/UK weapons to “moderate” rebels who channelled some of these weapons to Daesh… 

As well, the disinformation (propaganda) from these secret service outfits, yet again is used to manage the public's perceptions: Gaddafi is “about” to kill “his” people. Assad “gasses beautiful children”. It takes a lot of organisation and fiddle to maintain this level of crap, in the same manner that “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction". Documents have to be forged. Who does forge these documents or “dossiers"? Your guess of the CIA and other UK secret services is as good as mine… 

On another front, it takes various channels of secret communications and intent to set up stuffs like the White Helmets, supported by the US (till a few weeks ago when the "cash was stopped"— possibly for having been exposed as a crock), the UK and the Saudis who are the main sponsors of Daesh and its derivative formats, Al Qaeda and al Nusra. In Syria, the White Helmets are an obvious surface-pusher of crap — also called “fake news” that are useful for the Western propaganda cause. But there are others. None of this would happen should the truth be told as is or not completely “be manipulated to suit the desired outcome" — manipulated by indecent secret services of whatever colour. 

So between Saddam and the USA, if you want some whataboutism, this come close. Both killed MANY people in Iraq. The US probably killed more with sanctions and wars. The difference is the weaponry. The arsenal of disinformation in the USA is magnificent. And their weapon supply-lines to “rebels” have been profitable to all those involved. The best part of weapons is their “obsolescence”. Once used, a bomb “has to be replaced” by more. Brilliant!
So what comes next?

BERLIN (Reuters) - The head of Britain’s MI5 spy agency said on Monday Britain’s case that Russia was responsible for the poisoning of a former spy, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter had strengthened in recent weeks.
Andrew Parker told reporters in Berlin that the investigation was continuing, but he did not want to signal to Russia “what we know and what we don’t know.” 

He noted the British government provided sufficient information to convince all 28 European Union members about its position several weeks ago. “The case has if anything got stronger since then, but I can’t explain why it is I say that today,” he said.



Fuck! What is this about?

Well, the Skripal “fake news” mostly peddled by MI5 since the beginning has been in need of a "refresh". Too many holes in the fancy “evolving” story have been exposed, and the mediocre mass media needs to be fed more crap, to stem the possible doubt creepin in.

But other journalists, not in the main-stream-media-of-shit, tell the story with a more questioning balanced approach, including this article:

What would you have expected to happen?

The basic question one must ask is as follows: Given the scenario outlined in the Government claim, what would you have expected to happen? Here are four basic things one would reasonably have expected:

1. Sergei and Yulia Skripal found dead in or near Mr Skripal’s house, followed by a coroner’s verdict stating that they had died from heart failure or suffocation, as a result of fluid secretions filling their lungs.

2. Or – in the slim chance that they survived – a period of months in hospital with irreparable damage to their central nervous systems, and symptoms including cirrhosis, toxic hepatitis, nerve damage and epilepsy.

3. A massive manhunt, both in Salisbury and in the rest of the country, especially in respect of the couple who appeared on a CCTV camera in Market Walk, of whom it was originally claimed were the Skripals, but who were clearly not the Skripals.

4. Mr Skripal’s house entirely closed off, with surrounding streets immediately evacuated, and the parts of Salisbury City Centre where the pair were known to have visited also evacuated.



What actually happened?


So much for what we would have expected to see. Now, more than two months after the incident, we can ask the question: What actually happened?

1. After they allegedly came into contact with the very lethal A-234 nerve agent, far from dying on the spot, Sergei and Yulia Skripal spent the next four hours driving into the City Centre, having a drink, and then going for a meal. They then sat on a bench, and at some point thereafter exhibited what appeared to be hallucinations, suggestive of poisoning by an opioid or non-lethal chemical weapon, rather than a nerve agent.

2. Rather than being hospitalised for months and suffering irreparable damage to their central nervous systems, just over four weeks later, Yulia Skripal telephoned her cousin, Viktoria, and assured her several times that “Everything is okay”. Crucially, she stated that “Everyone’s health is fine, there are no irreparable things.”

3. There has been no manhunt, and the couple who appeared on the CCTV camera in Market Walk have not been identified publicly, nor have there been any appeals for information about them.

4. Far from the streets around the house being evacuated, many photographs show police officers without any protective clothing standing just a few feet away from the door handle, which allegedly still had A-234 of “high purity” on it. Neither was the City Centre evacuated, but people who thought they might have come into contact with the substance were advised by Public Health England (PHE) to wash their clothing in a washing machine, and wipe personal items such as phones, handbags and other electronic items with cleansing or baby wipes.
 

What Would Holmes Have Made of it?

If you laid all that out in front of Sherlock Holmes – the claims, the expectations, and the reality – and asked him what he made of it, he would no doubt reply along the following lines:

“On the assumption that the substance known as A-234 is several times more toxic than VX, which all credible references to it claim that it is, then given that the Skripals did not die on the spot, and having survived do not appear to have any of the lasting and irreparable side-effects of being poisoned by this substance, it can be stated with reasonable certainty that they were not poisoned by it.

Furthermore, given the symptoms that they displayed on the bench, according to eye-witness testimony, in all probability, Mr Skripal and Yulia were poisoned by a substance which can cause hallucinations, such as the opioid, Fentanyl, or an incapacitating, but non-lethal, chemical such as 3-Quinuclidinyl benzilate (BZ). This theory is given credence by the fact that Salisbury District Hospital originally believed the incident to be a case of Fentanyl poisoning.”
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And now we’re going to walk on a few more toes… Including those of our Mr Downer who's got the hide and demeanour of a nasty old Aussie crocodile, the tears of which could be hypocritical. His relationship with a deep private secret service can only make us suspicious that he deals in disinformation and some spying apart from being a “diplomat” (an annoying one at that). For example, I counted more than 8,000 times his repeats of “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction” mantra before the war on Saddam, 2003.

So what’s the beef about Downer?:

Following two weeks of mounting speculation over the FBI’s so-called “mole” inside the Trump campaign, the New York Times and Washington Post published separate accounts on Friday detailing the infiltration of the Trump campaign – a scheme revealed in a Wednesday report by the New York Times in which “at least one [Obama's] government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos.” The Wednesday report also disclosed the existence of “Operation Crossfire Hurricane” – the FBI’s code name for their early Trump-Russia investigation.
Thanks to Friday’s carefully crafted deep-state disclosures by WaPo and the Times, along with actual reporting by the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross, we now know it wasn’t a mole at all – but 73-year-old University of Cambridge professor Stefan Halper, a US citizen, political veteran and longtime US Intelligence asset enlisted by the FBI to befriend and spy on three members of the Trump campaign during the 2016 US election.



Okay, where is our Mr Downer I hear you shout. Hey, wait for it. These things are constructed by the professional fibbers of the “secret services", promoted by media barons, repeated by second rate journalists and digested by screaming shock-jocks. Here you are, Downer seems to be a small cog in an anti-Ruskie set up, but he is the main wheel on which the FBI relies to feed rubbish to Mueller.


Two months before the 2016 election, George Papadopoulos received a strange request for a meeting in London, one of several the young Trump adviser would be offered — and he would accept — during the presidential campaign.
The meeting request, which has not been reported until now, came from Stefan Halper, a foreign policy expert and Cambridge professor with connections to the CIA and its British counterpart, MI6.

Halper’s September 2016 outreach to Papadopoulos wasn’t his only contact with Trump campaign members. The 73-year-old professor, a veteran of three Republican administrations, met with two other campaign advisers, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned.

These contacts are notable, as Halper’s infiltration of the Trump campaign corresponds with the two of the four targets of the FBI’s Operation Crossfire Hurricane – in which the agency sent counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and others to a London meeting in the Summer of 2016 with former Australian diplomat Alexander Downer – who says Papadopoulos drunkenly admitted to knowing that the Russians had Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Interestingly Downer – the source of the Papadopoulos intel, and Halper – who conned Papadopoulos months later, are linked through UK-based Haklyut & Co. an opposition research and intelligence firm – founded by three former British intelligence operatives in 1995 to provide the kind of otherwise inaccessible research for which select governments and Fortune 500 corporations pay huge sums.

Downer – a good friend of the Clintons, has been on their advisory board
[Haklyut & Co.] for a decade, while Halper is connected to Hakluyt through Director of U.S. operations Jonathan Clarke, with whom he has co-authored two books.


Can you smell the faded limp flower on top of the rubbish heap? Do I need to spell it for you? Halper was a former spy under Ronald Reagan. He hated the way “conservatism” had been highjacked by the neocons to feed a naive George W Bush with the neoconic ideals… which included the war on Saddam, the morality of which had to be made credible for the masses, through the mediocre mass media de mierda… It worked. So Halper, disillusioned with the Republicans, was now working for the “Clinton side”, including the FBI.

The main narrative of the moment is to get rid of Trump, the bumbling billionaire who is showing a poor image of the USA abroad (while Trump is also winning some points by bullying other nations and making some nifty gambles) to be replaced by who? By Mike Pence. Mike Pence is the ideal neocon by excellence. So there is a tug-o-war between the Republicans pushing for the removal of Trump by also siding with the annoyance of the Democrats, against the Republicans seeing that Trump is the bees-knees…


Meanwhile, the Donald, under orders from Bolton is preparing to bomb Iran (Question: are the 5th and 6th fleet just out on a Sunday promenade?), to the great dismay of the Europeans who cannot see the reason for this interruption in their business…

Hey, you twerps, the USA ALWAYS want to weaken Europe. The Iran thingy is not so much about Iran, but about WEAKENING Europe. Having to remove your profitable enterprises from Iran brings you down a few notches, economically, and turns you into more intense arse-kissers of the USA. At the same time, it's "Make America great again" by bringing the Boeing jobs, now in Iran, back to America. All Win-win for Trump. Whether he stays or not, Bolton and his minions will still rule. The Neocons have their pigeon called Donald.


This is where Gus Leonisky and Peter Hitchens might agree: the MI5 agency is not really decrepit with bad agents not knowing what they are doing and indulging in drugs (they might but this is not the point).

What Gus can add is that the POMS secret services actually are full of psychopaths working on deceitful intent to supply the psycho government with ammos to deceive the UK public while trying to destroy other nations. We need to worry.



Your CIA/MI6 analyst on Sunday
Gus Leonisky

the military intelligence of the UK...

The role of MI5, as defined in the Security Service Act 1989, is "the protection of national security and in particular its protection against threats such as terrorism, espionage and sabotage, the activities of agents of foreign powers, and from actions intended to overthrow or undermine parliamentary democracy by political, industrial or violent means".

Our work is guided by the government's overall strategy to counter threats to the UK's national security. For more information on this strategy, see:

The national security strategy – a strong Britain in an age of uncertainty

The strategic defence and security review: securing Britain in an age of uncertainty.

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Gus says: The most important role of MI5 is disinformation
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I am not sure about the veracity of the following info but it makes sense:

MI1 Code breaking, MI2 Russia and Scandinavia, MI3 Eastern Europe, MI4 Aerial Reconnaissance, MI5 Domestic Intelligence, now The Security Service, MI6 Foreign Intelligence, now the Secret Intelligence service, MI7 Propaganda and censorship, MI8 Signals Intelligence, MI9 Undercover operations supporting POW, MI10 Weapons and technical Analysis, MI11 Field Intelligence, MI12 Military Censorship, MI13 Remains Classified, MI14 German Intelligence, MI15 Aerial Photography, MI16 Scientific Intelligence, MI17 Secretarial section, MI18 Remains Classified, MI19 Extraction of information from foreign POWs MI20 - MI25 remain Classified.


It is important to also remember that most of these where small departments and at the end of world war 2 they were mostly all merged into MI5, MI6, GCHQ and other agencies. most British intelligence agencies still remain classified to the general public.The only reason this information has been released is that these agencies have all now terminated activity and new agencies have replaced them.


Captain S.S DG of MI section 25.

the pentagon accuses russia for the pentagon shit...

While the Pentagon accuses Russia of fomenting false fears of a Daesh/ISIS threat in Central Asia – see Sputnik’s article on this — new reports of an American push to attack Russia militarily via Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and are now emerging.  We’re reposting here Catehon’s May 19 article on this topic by Andrey Afanasyev.

Sources in the Russian law enforcement agencies, citing data from closed communication channels with the Defense Ministries of China, Pakistan and Afghanistan, say that the operation to prepare a large-scale hybrid offensive against Russia through Tajikistan and Uzbekistan is in the final phase.

Reports of this have been received earlier, in particular, this was mentioned at a recent security conference held in Tashkent. Then the head of the Tajik Foreign Ministry Sirodzhiddin Aslov openly announced the activation of terrorists in the region:

The activation of terrorist groups, their advancement to the northern regions of Afghanistan, especially in the territories bordering Tajikistan, the increase in the number of ISIS supporters, as well as the participation of a certain number of citizens of the post-Soviet republics in the terrorist groups and movements present in Afghanistan … causes our serious concern

This problem was also voiced at the Seventh Conference on International Security, held recently in Moscow. According to Russian intelligence agencies, at the moment the combat potential of the Islamic State ranges from 2500 to 4000 people. This is also confirmed by sources from the Ministry of Defense of China. The Chinese military claims at least 3,800 militants operating in 160 terrorist cells. Their greatest concentration is in the province of Nangarhar, in which the Islamic State increases the production and smuggling of drugs, as well as creates an infrastructure for the training of terrorists and recruits local people.

The plan

According to Russian and Chinese law enforcement agencies, militants fleeing the sea from Syria and Iraq follow a route from the Qasim port in the Pakistani city of Karachi to Peshawar, and are then distributed along the Nangarhar province in the east of the country. Representatives of the top leadership of the radicals are located in the Achin district.

In addition, it is noted that since late 2017 the leaders of the Islamic State managed to transfer from Syria and Iraq to Afghanistan an additional 500 foreign fighters, including more than two dozen women. A source in one of the Russian law enforcement agencies says:

All of them are also in the province of Nangarhar. They are citizens of Sudan, Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Uzbekistan, France and so on.

Movement of militants to the north is planned to be organized in two directions. In Tajikistan, the radicals will penetrate the provinces of Nuristan and Badakhshan, and to Turkmenistan — through the provinces of Farah, Ghor, Sari-Pul and Faryab.

The executor

Governor of Nangarhar Province, Gulab Mangal, personally oversees militant activities in the region, which plans to expand its influence over other regions of the country at the expense of the radicals. In addition, he actively participates in the financial activities of the Islamic State, receiving significant profits. The network informs that any protest actions of the population dissatisfied with the activities of the Islamic State are “severely suppressed by the provincial authorities, including through punitive operations against whole settlements.”

Mangal has a long-standing relationship with the US intelligence services. In particular, he fought against the Soviet forces during the Afghan campaign of the USSR. Immediately after the US invasion in 2001, he was appointed as the head of the local government of the Pashtuns, the people to which he belongs. Also, Mangal is loved by the Western press. Most of the publications in the major American and British media contain exceptionally positive information about him, and the BBC called him “the hope of Helmand province,” which Mangal previously headed.

According to the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan, in the near future the leadership of the Islamic State plans to expand the grouping by another 1,200 militants. Most of them will also be located in the province, under the control of Gulab Mangal and his people.

It is worth noting that the two largest US bases in Afghanistan are in the immediate vicinity of the Nangarhar province, which is hardly worth considering as a coincidence.

At the same time, the expert community points out that the pressure on Tajikistan and Turkmenistan will be only one of the vectors of the new hybrid attack on Russia. Director of the Center for Geopolitical Expertise Valery Korovin is confident that Moscow should prepare for a large-scale offensive of geopolitical opponents on all fronts: in Ukraine, possibly through Armenia, as well as a number of other post-Soviet countries:

The probability of an exacerbation in Central Asia

Why do Americans do this?

Destabilizing the situation in Central Asia, the US and its allies will achieve several goals at once. First, in this way, Washington can distract Moscow and Tehran from Syria. Secondly, if the operation succeeds, a focus of instability will be created along the path of the One-Belt-One-Road project, which is designed to strengthen the economic and logistical integration of Eurasia. Afghanistan also borders Iran in the west, which opens a new front against Tehran if necessary.is extremely high. It will happen synchronously with the exacerbation in several directions. Starting with economic pressure through new sanctions, ending with “color revolutions” that will continue in the post-Soviet space, and direct aggression from American networks. Obviously, the United States did not seize Afghanistan, by rigging its military dictatorship there, in order to build democracy and civil society there. This is a springboard for the creation of terrorist networks, with the help of which the US is preparing an aggression against Iran and Russia.

 

Read more:

https://off-guardian.org/2018/05/20/special-services-agent-attack-on-rus...

invading russia...

Entering Russia would become a “military nightmare” for any army, according to a rating of the hardest countries to invade compiled by Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Military might, the size of territory and the difficulty of terrain are among the key factors that determine the country’s defensive capability, the paper wrote.

Based on these criteria, the Swedish journalists pointed out that “whoever considers the idea of invading Russia must be prepared to handle all kinds of terrain.” The enemy would face desolate mountains, impenetrable swamps, frozen tundra, turbulent rivers, and dark forests in Russia, they said, adding that hot summers and chilling winters would also pose a challenge.

 

Read more:

https://www.rt.com/news/427223-russia-invasion-sweden-military/

 

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Gus says the Pentagon trick is not to invade Russia, but to DESTROY it by whatever means. Boom!...

I would not be surprised if the article in the Swedish paper was not a false "military" analysis to let the Russians that "they won't be invaded" soon. Bombed to smithereens? This is another story. Bewares...

when is a spy an informant? a former spy?

​Speaking to Radio Sputnik's Loud & Clear, Daniel Lazare, journalist and author of "The Frozen Republic," "The Velvet Coup" and "America's Undeclared War," noted that the press coverage of the briefings show US Democrats are putting on a unified front by stressing that Stefan Halper was an informant and not a spy.

"The Democrats, along with The New York Times and The Washington Post, insist that the spy in question, Stefan Halper, was not a spy but an informant — one is bad and the other is good," Lazare told show hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou. "So what they're calling an informant, the Republicans are calling a spy… they're talking about the same thing."

 

Read more:

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201805251064789641-high-profile-briefin...

 

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the life of a well-paid fat spy...

According to NBC, the FBI informant on Russian interference in the US Presidential electoral election is no other than Stefan Halper. Today, this former CIA agent is a professor at Cambridge (United Kingdom) and heads a private intelligence company.

Halper is the son-in-law of Ray S. Cline, an eminent personality in the CIA during the sixties and seventies. During the election campaign in the 1980s, Halper worked for George H. Bush (father), a former Director of the CIA who went on to become Vice President to Ronald Raegan. Halper infiltrated the campaign team of the President Jimmy Carter, succeeding in extracting information on Carter’s relations with the new Iranian authorities. It was on the basis of this that Bush and Raegan obtained the support of the Islamic Republic and negotiated the “October surprise” (the liberation of CIA spies who were being held prisoners in the US embassy in Teheran) [1].

According to The Intercept, in 2016, i.e., during Donald Trump’s electoral campaign, Stefan Halper has on several occasions received substantial sums of money from the Obama Administration.

Translation 
Anoosha Boralessa


[1] The Western imagination wrongly conceives these spies as “hostages”. The fact of the matter is that they had been caught red-handed in a secret section of the Embassy. Naturally, the US never accused Iran of violating their diplomatic privileges, for it was the spies that had been self-destructive and violated their own diplomatic status.

 

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remembering lying susan rice, not in prison yet....

18 SEPTEMBER 2017 

 

Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor, has admitted before the House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee that during the transition period, she had spied on Donald Trump and his team when they were in Trump Tower, New York. She also admitted that she had had the names of Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon deleted from summaries of the tappings.

Mrs Rice has guaranteed that her intention was not to find out the secret plans of the Team Trump. She just was trying to figure out what the United Arab Emirates was up to, and was hoping to gather relevant information from the content of an interview that the President Elect was supposed to have given to the Prince and heir to the throne of Abu Dhabi.

Until now, Susan Rice had always denied spying on Donald Trump and his team both in the transition period and also in the run up to the presidential elections. There have been several times when President Trump has denounced the illegal tappings that the Obama Administration had authorized against him, which the Press in the United States had qualified as completely fabricated.

President Richard Nixon had been forced to resign for spying on the Democratic Party’s electoral headquarters. However, in the case of Susan Rice, the Congressmen have not “acquired a conviction” that she had committed a federal crime and that she had tried to cover it up.

In contrast, President Obama’s team is presenting the tappings ordered by Susan Rice as wholly legitimate in the context of an investigation into possible Russian interferences. Furthermore, it is a fact that the United Arab Emirates has organized at the same time, a meeting in the Seychelles, between someone close to President Putin and Erik Prince (former director of Blackwater, military advisor to the Emirates and brother of the current Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos).

 

Read all at: 

http://www.voltairenet.org/article197935.html

freaking out with the fake news about me...

 

FBI surveillance of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page cost him business, income and even his girlfriend.

Page tells The Post that during the media barrage he faced in late 2016, he visited his girlfriend at her London flat, where she was “freaking out with the fake news about me.”

“Talking with her later in the evening after dinner, she told me that she didn’t want me staying there anymore, and that our relationship was over.

“So late that night,” Page continued, “I booked a last-minute hotel reservation as part of this early chapter of the redefinition of my life.”

Page believes the FBI’s mole, professor Stefan Halper, was secretly spying on him as part of a “politically motivated” investigation of Team Trump, using fake sympathy to gain his trust — all while fishing for dirt on Page’s ties to Russia, where he’d worked as an energy consultant.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be a trap,” Page said.

Halper contacted Page in early July 2016, weeks before the FBI claims it first opened an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.

The timing is significant because if Halper was being used as an informant before a case had been officially opened, it raises the possibility the Trump campaign was spied on for political — not law enforcement — reasons.

Page believes that’s exactly what happened, and agrees with the president’s characterization of the scandal as “Spygate.”

“It is particularly appropriate given recent developments,” the former campaign aide said.

Page said while he was under surveillance, Halper “portrayed himself as someone offering help” to him and the campaign, providing “insights and perspectives” on various foreign policy issues, including relations with Russia.

Page recalled the professor “expressed sympathy about what I had been put through with the defamation and smear campaign led by the DNC and the Clinton campaign,” which underwrote the dossier claiming Page conspired with the Kremlin to swing the election for Trump.

For instance, Halper penned a July 28, 2017 “Dear Carter” e-mail, assuaging him that new White House controversies may have taken pressure off him.

“I must assume this gives you some relief,” Halper wrote, adding that it “would be great to catch up.” Halper signed the note, “Stef.”

Since the breakup of his relationship and the decline of his consulting business, Page has gone on the offensive, sharing his side of the story as Washington politicians battle over the role that Halper, a British-American professor, played while informing on top Trump campaign officials starting in the summer of 2016.

 

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GLENN GREENWALD: Right. So it is an interesting case because obviously, in 2016, there were claims that there were members of the Trump campaign who were colluding with or had improper relationships with various business and political interests in Russia. And it is completely legitimate, in fact, obligatory, for the FBI to investigate those allegations, and using an informant to do so is an entirely proper way to investigate. They do it all the time. They do it to huge numbers of groups. In fact, on some level, it is one of the least invasive ways, is to have somebody with knowledge speak to the people who are being investigated and then report back to the FBI what it is that they have learned.

So the idea that this is a spy or that this is something improper is ridiculous. At the same time, there are a lot of questions about where these suspicions came from, about who it is who started them, about who was overseeing the investigation, where the dossier came from. And so the question of who this informant was is a matter of legitimate public interest.

And yet the Justice Department and the FBI did what they always do when they want to hide things, which is they claim, that, “Oh, if we learn who the informant is, it will jeopardize lives around the world. It will compromise intelligence assets. It will harm the national security of the United States.” They made it seem like the informant was some kind of covert, undercover CIA or FBI asset, whose name, if it were disclosed, would blow all sorts of secret covert operations.

As it turned out, now that we know the name, Stefan Halper, that turned out to be a total lie. Stefan Halper is a longtime dirty CIA operative who has ties to the Bush family and the Republican Party. He was behind one of the worst CIA scandals, which is in 1980, the Reagan campaign spied on what the Carter administration was doing by having CIA officials report classified information to the Reagan campaign so they knew what the Carter administration was doing, so they could use it against Carter in the 1980 campaign. And the person who oversaw that was Stefan Halper, working with the former CIA director and then vice presidential candidate George Herbert Walker Bush.

So Halper has been around Washington forever. His name has long been known as a CIA operative and as a Republican operative. And the idea that naming him would somehow jeopardize his life or the lives of other people was an absolute lie, but the Justice Department used it to successfully convince media outlets in the U.S. not to name him for many weeks. And it was only once The New York Times and Washington Post published enough information on purpose for us to learn his identity were we then able to figure out who it was.

 

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So where has this left Sater? A man who has been many things in his 52 years: a stockbroker, a criminal, a real estate developer, an intelligence asset and a hunter of terrorists.

For now, he remains at the centre of the biggest story of the century, with Mr Mueller circling.

"It feels stranger than anything you can ever imagine. It's just wild. You wake up in the morning, you look in the mirror and say, 'Wow, is this really happening?'"

"All I wanted to do was build the tallest building in Europe and make a tonne of money. If I could have gotten Trump and Putin on the same stage at the ribbon cutting, what a home run. 

"How was I supposed to know that those emails [to Michael Cohen] would put me into the biggest political controversy since Watergate."

For the record, Sater said he doesn't believe Mr Trump colluded with any foreign powers.

"I just wish that the investigation concludes properly, honestly, fairly, after everything has been figured out. It's my hope that somebody that I know and worked with did not collude and certainly I hope that that's the result," he said.

 

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"For the record, Sater said he doesn't believe Mr Trump colluded with any foreign powers"...

Does this mean Trump did not ask for any Russian help, but got oodles from the Aussie battler Mr Murdoch who hated Hillary's guts?...

So Mueller is wading into the normal world of "doing business alla Americana" which has been operating since Reagan in the modern world, and probably since Al Capone half-a-century before this... This "business alla Americana" is now being made official with Trump placing tariffs on his friends like a mafioso twists your arms or shake you upside down for the gold coins to fall out of your pockets...

When will Mueller lift he carpet on the Clinton's own secret fiddles?... Well, it's probable coming soon and this is where all this will go to as the tangle web is connected... and eventually someone like Sarkozy might blab to save his arse with his Gaddafi connection. Hum...

So Mueller is circling... and not a single Russian in sight... despite a lot of "Russia, Russia" mentioned on the Four Corner ABC program so far... The bounty hunter has made a deal to save his arse...

 

a secret basket of crabs...

  • A Pentagon whistleblower complained in October 2016 about “outrageous” contracts that were provided to Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign.
  • The whistleblower, Adam Lovinger, was stripped of his security clearance after complaining about Halper’s contracts.
  • Lovinger’s lawyer says Halper’s work for the Pentagon could have provided him the cover he needed to contact the Trump campaign.

Over a year before Stefan Halper was revealed as an FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign, a Pentagon analyst complained to his bosses about “astronomically outrageous” contracts given to Halper, a former University of Cambridge professor.

That analyst, Adam Lovinger, has since been stripped of his security clearance; he says because he blew the whistle on the Pentagon contracts with Halper and Long Term Strategic Group (LTSG), a firm owned by a childhood friend of Chelsea Clinton’s named Jacqueline Newmyer Deal.

Lovinger flagged the contracts in 2016 to his boss James Baker, the director of the Office of Net Assessment (ONA), a small Defense Department unit known as the Pentagon’s think tank. Shortly after joining the National Security Council, Lovinger’s security clearance was revoked on May 1, 2017.

Baker, an Obama appointee, made four specific allegations against Lovinger. He claims that Lovinger made an unauthorized trip to Israel, that he took home unclassified academic papers, that he read classified documents on an airplane and that he had unauthorized contacts with the Indian government.

Lovinger has disputed the claims. He filed a whistleblower retaliation complaint in May with the Pentagon’s inspector general. On July 18, he filed an ethics complaint about Baker with the Pentagon’s senior ethics official.

The Washington Times first reported on Lovinger’s complaints about Halper’s contracts with ONA. The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported on Lovinger’s claims about an $11.2-million contract that ONA struck with LTSG. (RELATED: DOD’s Inspector General Opens Probe Into Alleged Retaliation By Obama Holdover)

Halper’s work for ONA consisted of writing policy papers on geopolitical hotspots like China, Russia and India.

Government records show that Washington Headquarters Services, a subdivision of ONA, paid Halper a total of $1,058,161 for four contracts that lasted from May 30, 2012, to March 29, 2018.

Halper’s ONA work closely mirrors a pitch he made on Sept. 1, 2016, to George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide whom Halper contacted on behalf of the FBI.

In an email first reported by TheDCNF, Halper offered $3,000 and an all expenses paid trip to London to Papadopoulos to write a policy paper on energy issues in the Mediterranean Sea. (RELATED: A Meeting In London Aroused George Papadopoulos’s Suspicions)

Papadopoulos, an energy consultant with expertise on Cyprus, Turkey and Israel, accepted the offer and traveled to London, where he met with Halper several times.

Papadopoulos has told associates that during dinner one night, Halper randomly asked him about Russians and Hillary Clinton’s emails. Halper was accompanied by a woman named Azra Turk, whom he claimed was his assistant.

Papadopoulos delivered the paper to Halper in early October 2016. Halper sent a wire for $3,000 to Papadopoulos’s bank account.

Lovinger was unaware of Halper’s contact with Papadopoulos when he emailed Baker in October 2016 about ONA’s contracts with Halper.

The 12-year Pentagon veteran complained to Baker of “the moral hazard associated with the Washington Headquarters Services contracting with Stefan Halper,” The Times reported.

Sean Bigley, a lawyer for Lovinger, says Halper’s contracts were a mystery to ONA staff. In an interview with The DCNF on Thursday, he said Lovinger and others on staff questioned how Halper was “getting these astronomically outrageous contracts to do very little.”

Bigley also told The DCNF that Halper’s work for ONA could easily have provided him cover for his secret FBI and CIA activity.

 

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Just like when the medieval executioners tortured their prisoners to scream out for "mercy", so today two former aides of US President Donald Trump are put being on the rack to extract a begging response. If they finger the president, then maybe mercy will be shown to the prisoners.

Trump's former lawyer and his campaign manager are facing lengthy prison sentences for financial fraud and political campaign irregularities. Michael Cohen could get five years in jail, while Paul Manafort faces a soul-crushing 80 years behind bars. A de facto death sentence, given his age.

The set-up here is so obvious and pathetic. Both men are being dangled by the feet ahead of their sentencing, with the blatant purpose of forcing them to incriminate Trump, and in that way, Trump's political enemies finally get their long-held objective of impeaching the president.

This is how the "American Dream" really operates. It's dirty, grim, and brutal, and has very little to do with democracy or rule of law. Forget the emblems of supposed American civility, the white-picket fences, apple pie in bourgeois comfort, old glory fluttering down at the courthouse, and all those other imaginary democratic virtues.

READ MORE: GUILTY: Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort Face the Music…

American politics has more in common with Francis Ford Coppola's classic movie, The Godfather, illustrating how organized crime is intertwined with politicians and lawmakers. Mob practices are more the currency of American politics than dainty civic duties. In reality, it's not the American Dream, it's the American Scream.

READ MORE: Trump Praises Manafort: 'Such Respect For a Brave Man!'

The impossibly perfect American Dream is nevertheless so powerfully ingrained and inculcated in the popular psyche by Hollywood and national myth-making propaganda, it is hard to see the brutal reality.

When the American military obliterated Japanese civilians with atomic weapons, or incinerated children in Southeast Asia with napalm, or when it organized death squads to mutilate peasants in Central America, such practices can be easily obscured because of the opium that is the American Dream and its seductive, illusory vanity.

Even when an American president is hideously assassinated in broad daylight by his own security services, the people are not awakened from the impossible "dream".

American politics is as dirty and as criminal as it gets. Assassinating foreign leaders, overthrowing governments, subverting and rigging elections, brainwashing the public with lying news media and think tanks, militarizing "allied" societies in the name of "protection". These are some of the realities that define the US capitalist power system, at home and abroad.

One of America's most celebrated presidents John F Kennedy began his term in the White House under sordid conditions. Talk about interference? It is well-documented Kennedy's election was secured by the Chicago-based Mafia, under crime boss Sam Giancana, rigging the ballots in key states to give Kennedy the decisive vote over rival Richard Nixon in 1960.

READ MORE: Truth and Lies: Media's Misdirection of Manafort Verdict and Cohen Plea

Admittedly, JFK seemed to undergo a genuinely personal and political evolution during his brief presidency, when he subsequently desired to normalize Cold War relations with the Soviet Union. His perceived betrayal of the Mafia and the US military-security apparatus probably cost him his life when he was assassinated in Dallas in November 1963, three years into his presidency. It is claimed that the CIA and Mafia worked together to organize the killing involving teams of snipers. The hapless Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged shooter, was only a patsy, which the "great and good" American media have used as an odious cover-up ever since.

READ MORE: JFK's 'Peace Speech' and The Road Not Taken

Anyway, let's get back to Trump. It seems obvious that the prosecution of his former aides is all about a vendetta against Trump, to get him out of the White House. The US political establishment, or deep state, has never accepted this "outsider" as the president. His stated preference to normalize relations with Russia is a particular red line. The whole "Russiagate" saga has been concocted in order to delegitimize Trump's election and to have him "taken out" as the figurehead for the deep state.

Prosecuting two of Trump's former associates was bound to dig up plenty of dirt. Because dirt is endemic to how American big business and politics operate. It should not be surprising that Trump and his former friends are inculpated for bank and tax fraud and paying off hookers. That's how the system pretty much works, and those transgressions are only the surface.

Look at how Trump's rival Hillary Clinton was involved in political bribery and vote rigging, as well as soliciting foreign interference from trying to get "Russian dirt" on Trump. Not just Clinton, but the senior law enforcement and intelligence services under the Obama presidency were also involved in this massive subversion of American democracy.

What's going on with Trump's two associates facing jail time is the Mob's equivalent of threatening to cut ears off a hostage unless the hostage squeals to betray another, more important target.

Already, it seems the coercion is working. Trump's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen is reportedly "ready to cooperating" with the so-called Russia probe led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller. Mueller is a long-time operator for the deep state with his own baggage of criminal skeletons, such as lying over the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction ruse to wage a genocidal war on that country. His appointment as the chief inquisitor to entrap Trump is therefore apt.

Cohen is said to have "interesting things" to tell the Mueller inquisition concerning Trump and allegations of collusion with Russia to get him elected. Those allegations are, for any sane person, a risible farrago of lies and fantasies. No evidence has ever been produced despite two years of investigation and prosecutions. The only crimes uncovered so far are financial fraud, American-style.

But, we can be sure, that Cohen, a sniveling, greasy attorney, will deliver "information" to hang Trump in order to save his own skin from five years in the clanger. Expect more and bigger lies about Russia.

By the way, there are no good guys in this squalid drama of American politics. Trump and his gang are as rotten as the rest of the barrel.

The former New York real-estate hustler may deserve some credit in that he at least is not psychotically anti-Russia. Another indirect credit to Trump is that the whole debacle he has provoked with the deep state goes to expose the profound decay and corruption in American politics.

Just to show how Trump is no better than the rest. This week he told media that he would consider lifting economic sanctions off Russia if Moscow made "concessions" on Syria and Ukraine. On Syria, the Trump administration wants Russia to use its leverage to get Iran out of the country in order to pander to Israeli concerns.

So there you have it. Just like the gangsters at home are leveraging Trump's associates with pain in order to get them to squeal and betray the president, we see the same sordid mentality and methods being played by Trump himself with regard to Russia. The sanctions he has slapped Russia with could be removed, he says, if Moscow does Trump's bidding on Iran.

The American Dream? It's a nightmare that screams with crimes and corruption. When will the people awake?

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