07/30/16

Democrats Abandon Workers to Trump

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

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Donald J. Trump was in my hometown of Toledo, Ohio on Wednesday night, speaking to a crowd of working class Americans who have been watching their jobs go overseas. His success with these voters has been recognized by, of all people, the left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore, who suggested in an article titled “Five Reasons Why Trump Will Win” that Trump has found the key to victory in November.

Moore declared, “I believe Trump is going to focus much of his attention on the four blue states in the rustbelt of the upper Great Lakes—Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.” That article appeared on July 21. Trump was in Scranton, Pennsylvania, before he went to Toledo.

Trump has found the potential key to victory because he realizes that the Democratic Party has given up on these workers, who were once considered to be their main constituency. These workers have become even more alienated from their jobs, as Marx predicted, because their jobs no longer exist. And according to Trump, it’s because the Democrats—especially the Clintons—embraced bad trade agreements like NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Smart liberal journalists smell the coffee. “Donald Trump’s Working-Class Appeal Is Starting To Freak Out Labor Unions” was the headline over an article in The Huffington Post. But because the unions are endorsing Mrs. Clinton, the Trump candidacy has the potential to drive a huge wedge between the well-paid union leaders and the workers they claim to represent.

“Hillary Clinton has supported virtually every trade agreement that has cost this country millions of jobs and is on the exact opposite side from rank-and-file union workers whose jobs she has destroyed,” Trump says. “Clinton has helped negotiate the [Trans-Pacific Partnership] and is its biggest booster—there is no doubt she would enact it if given the chance—yet more betrayal of union voters whose jobs would vanish as a result of this deal.”

At the rally in Toledo, aired by Right Side Broadcasting, Trump talked about the jobs disappearing from Toledo. He hammered the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would give countries like Communist Vietnam special trade benefits. He talked about how the Chinese are taking advantage of the United States. This is a story that has been developing for years in Toledo. “In Blue-Collar Toledo, Ohio, a Windfall of Chinese Investments” was the headline over a New York Times story in 2013. The extraordinary story, about a city known as the Glass Capital of the World, or Glass City, was now buying glass from China for an extension to the Toledo Museum of Art because it could be made there more cheaply.

The story went on, “Over the past seven years since the museum project was completed, ties between Toledo and China have grown numerous. Chinese companies have paid more than $10 million in cash for two local hotels, a restaurant complex and a 69-acre waterfront property.”

One article even suggested that Toledo, Ohio, may go down in American history as the first major U.S. city to be owned by China.

Trump is appealing to workers who are losing their jobs to Mexico, China and Obamacare. His denunciations of Obamacare get as much applause as his criticism of bad trade deals. Trump asks the audience about those being forced from full to part-time work because of the impact of Obama’s health care scheme and many hands go up. There’s also the issue of the rising premiums that make insurance difficult to afford. Trump reminds people that the premiums are scheduled to rise again.

Adam Taxin of Right Side Broadcasting interviewed two young ladies from Toledo about the campaign. They should have been excited about the first woman presidential nominee of a major political party. Instead, they cited Hillary Clinton’s lies on Benghazi and saw through former President Bill Clinton’s romantic speech about her at the Democratic National Convention.

Right Side Broadcasting specializes in political news, video and live streaming coverage of political events. As the name implies, it claims to be on the “right side of history.”

Whatever the ultimate truth of that boast, one thing is certain: Right Side Broadcasting on YouTube is giving viewers an intimate look at the grass-roots support at Trump for president rallies. It shows the crowds so that viewers can actually see the packed arenas and enthusiastic support: “Ever wonder what the crowds look like at Donald J. Trump rallies? We show you what the mainstream media won’t.”

When even Michael Moore is starting to see the handwriting on the wall, you begin to understand the appeal of the “Trump Train” and how it can crush Clinton-Kaine.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected] View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

07/30/16

The U.S. has had a Russian Problem of Espionage for Decades

By: Denise Simon | FoundersCode.com

What is terrifying and pathetic is the Obama White House and both Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have been stooges of Putin….groveling for normalcy just as they have with the regime of Iran. This is an administration that is normalizing relations with all terror regimes across the globe that include North Korea, Cuba and Venezuela. Hillary said thatBashir al Assad of Syria was a reformer when 400,000 Syrians are dead and 4-5 million have left their homes. Then, we all remember that the Obama White House negotiated with Qatar to released 5 Taliban commanders in exchange for one Army deserter. Talks have been ongoing with the Taliban for years until just recently.

But back to Russia….before the hacking, to sway and or interfere with U.S. elections.

Related reading: Hey FBI, the Investigation into the DNC Hacking is Over Here

No one is admitting that Russian in cadence with WikiLeaks has hacked Hillary’s campaign systems, DCC and the DNC as well as other government systems. Why? Perhaps diplomacy due to talks continued talks with Iran and ending the civil war in Syria. Remember that ‘red-line’ on chemical weapons use.

So, let’s go back a way, like over a decade and up to just a couple of years ago when it came to Russian spies in the United States, shall we? This is for perspective and how the Obama administration including his National Security Council and the State Department continue to ‘omit’ history…

Espionage continues and tactics have not changed for Russia where cyber intrusions have replaced in country operatives, however a look at those operatives’ skills and missions must not be overlooked or dismissed.

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Let’s begin with Anna Chapman, the Russian spy.

DailyNews: Sultry former Russian secret agent Anna Chapman ended an exchange with NBC News almost before it began when she was pressed about her playful Twitter marriage proposal to NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

Here is the official criminal complaint and summary of how the FBI tracked her actions filed in 2010. The file also includes an additional spy Mikhail Sememko. This actually began in 1990….yes 1990.

But actually there were 8 more Russian spies and this is the criminal complaint for that case. What is fascinating here is the many stopovers in Latin America…..

The spying spree finally came to its end in the summer of 2014, when the trio were propositioned by a self-described investor who wanted to develop casinos in Russia. The scheme immediately drew red flags among the group, with Sporyshev offering that the proposal felt “like some sort of set-up.”

But despite his misgivings, Sporyshev didn’t stop Buryakov from meeting with the supposed investor, who was, in fact, an FBI informant.

For six hours on Aug. 28, Buryakov and the informant met in the anemic gambling metropolis Atlantic City. The informant, who claimed he had a well-placed source in the U.S. government, handed Buryakov documents that were labeled “Internal Treasury Use Only” and contained a list of Russians who were essentially blacklisted from doing business with the United States.

The valuable document earned the informant another meeting that day, when he offered Buryakov another official document that contained “a list of Russian banks… on which to impose sanctions,” according to the criminal complaint. More from DailyBeast.

Then there was a dead Russian, Mikhail Lesin. found in a hotel in Dupont Circle, Washington DC. A story that came and went real fast.

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Mr. Lesin was a major figure in Russian media after the fall of the Soviet Union, first as an advertising executive and later as a top government official and media executive.  

He had deep connections to the Russian state at the time Mr. Putin was reasserting his authority over the country’s rambunctious and freewheeling media. He was a crucial figure in that process, which began with the takeover of Russia’s first independent television channel, NTV, in the early 2000s, and was viewed with bitterness by many Russian journalists at that time.

07/29/16

Hacked DNC Emails’ Startling Implications

By: Roger Aronoff | Accuracy in Media

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Not since JournoList, the forum of left-wing journalists who coordinated their messaging to support the Democrats, has there been such a pile of smoking guns proving that the left-wing, so-called mainstream media, are, in fact, the public relations arm of the Democrat Party. They are in cahoots with each other, as we’ve been pointing out for decades.

The Democratic National Convention was planned as an event to demonstrate party unity as Democrats from around the country come together to crown Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee. But undermining that unity was a series of leaked emails demonstrating that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had its thumb on the scale the whole time. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) supporters who complained about the party’s partiality toward Hillary Clinton now have their proof that the process was rigged. “The messages [from the DNC] showed members of the committee’s communications team musing about pushing the narrative that the Sanders campaign was inept and trying to raise questions publicly about whether he was an atheist,” reported The New York Times.

Sanders supporters in Philadelphia took to the street to call to “lock [Hillary] up,” wearing “Hillary for Prison” t-shirts to emphasize that point, according to The Wall Street Journal.

While the leaked DNC emails may have unleashed fresh anger from Sanders supporters who still feel cheated as the convention comes to an end, the mainstream media have done all they can to minimize the damaging content. Jeffrey Toobin, writing for The New Yorker magazine, suggests that this story is less than meets the eye. Nothing scandalous. And in a way, he is correct. The fact that the Democratic establishment had its thumb on the scale for Hillary was well understood by many to be the case. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the DNC, had not gone rogue. She was carrying out the agenda of Mrs. Clinton and President Obama, who appointed her to that position. But someone had to be sacrificed to appease the Bernie wing of the party, and it was her.

But other issues that were exposed had more significant implications. For one thing, the leaked emails revealed a strong vein of racism and bigotry within the party establishment that would have created a firestorm if it had come from the Republican National Committee.

For another, it showed how closely and collaboratively the DNC works with the establishment media. They are effectively on the same team. The Washington Post, The New York Times, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Politico and the rest of the liberal media act as the public relations arm of the DNC. Their goal is to defeat the Republicans and their candidate Donald Trump, and to smooth the way for a Hillary Clinton victory.

And perhaps most importantly, the leak revealed the likelihood that Mrs. Clinton’s reckless and grossly negligent handling of classified materials for the four years she was secretary of state almost certainly landed those emails in the hands of the Russians, the Chinese, and various other intelligence agencies around the world, making her subject to blackmail if she were to ever become president.

Regarding the racism and bigotry, the leaked DNC emails reveal one employee calling for more “taco bowl engagement,” and another saying “I love you too. No homo. Phew.” “Imagine if the National Finance Director of the RNC used ‘no homo’ in an email?” asksTwitchy. Yet another mocked the name of a black woman, in what has been acknowledged to have been a racist comment.

Yet there seems to be little backlash from the organized left over the DNC’s own demonstrable prejudices. Following former President Bill Clinton’s crowd-pleasing speech on Tuesday night that was designed to humanize Hillary, many in the media have moved on. Sanders was apparently sufficiently appeased by the firing of Wasserman Schultz, who had previously announced that she would resign after the convention as a result of the emails.

However, the other big story related to the leaked emails—the one that the media hope gains little traction—is how the DNC was blatantly coordinating media coverage with members of the press. It appears that members of the press are violating their own journalistic standards by coordinating with Democrats. You have to wonder, who is manipulating whom?

One of the Wikileaks emails indicates that Ken Vogel of Politico submitted his entire article to the Democrats for their comments before sending it on to his editors. “Vogel gave me his story ahead of time/before it goes to his editors as long as I didn’t share it,” wrote Mark Paustenbach, DNC national press secretary, on April 30. “Let me know if you see anything that’s missing and I’ll push back.” Politico later called this a “mistake” by Vogel. Their mistake was getting caught. Otherwise they were fine with it. The practice of collusion is far too common.

We have long maintained that MSNBC is an unofficial arm of the Democrat Party. The Wikileaks emails show that Wasserman Schultz spoke with MSNBC president Phil Griffin about the comments of Morning Joe’s Mika Brzezinski, who called for Wasserman Schultz’s resignation because of the DNC’s blatant favoritism toward Hillary. Wasserman Schultz also reached out to Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, who questioned whether a call to Morning Joe would be a good idea.

It cannot be denied: the mainstream media’s double standard favors Democrats and liberals, and derides Republicans. While the complicit media spin stories to favor Hillary Clinton, they relish publishing stories about Republican disunity.

But this story about Democratic in-fighting and betrayal isn’t going away anytime soon.

Despite the positive press, Hillary recently complained on CBS’ 60 Minutes that she has been treated with a double standard, a higher standard than other candidates. “I often feel like there’s the Hillary standard and then there’s the standard for everybody else,” she said. She’s right, but not in the way she means it. If anyone else had done what she didwith classified material, they would have been indicted.

While she maintains that the Hillary standard for Republicans is “unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks with no basis in truth,” the reality is that Hillary Clinton has benefitted from widespread favoritism from both the DNC and the liberal media, which are both intent on ensuring that she reaches the White House. By supporting the DNC’s efforts to elect Hillary, the media have placed their own hand on the scale in favor of a particular candidate.

While these revelations are reminders of how complicit and incestuous the mainstream media have been, that behavior is likely to continue. They have a political agenda that is more important to them than accurate and unbiased reporting. They are doing a disservice to their profession, and to this country.


Roger Aronoff is the Editor of Accuracy in Media, and a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi. He can be contacted at [email protected]. View the complete archives from Roger Aronoff.

07/29/16

Donald Trump: Selling Vodka to the Russians – Like Selling Ice To Eskimos

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tip: Denise Simon

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I’m speechless over this… behold all that is Donald Trump:

DKAM | Trump Vodka – Russia from O Studios on Vimeo.

From Raw Story:

From the GOP presidential nominee, comes a bizarre ad from when The Donald attempted to sell “the world’s finest super premium vodka” to the Russian market in 2007.

This article was originally published by The Influence, a news site that covers the full spectrum of human relationships with drugs. Follow The Influence on Facebook or Twitter.

Trump and his partners made the video to premier at something called the Moscow Millionaire’s Festival—apparently an event for the aforementioned millionaires to promote the latest luxury goods.

And what could be more luxurious than Trump vodka? The very subtle video features the word “money,” images of Trump, the Kremlin, a tiger, and Lenin, among other images that scream, “Wait, what?!”

07/28/16

The ‘Roads and Bridges’ Lie

By: Renee Nal | New Zeal

In order to restore the sovereignty of the states, Americans MUST demand that their state legislatures stop taking federal taxpayer dollars.

President Obama speaks about transportation infrastructure during a visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge

President Obama speaks about transportation infrastructure during a visit to the Tappan Zee Bridge

“From the beginning the constitutionality of appropriations for the construction of roads was warmly [adamantly] denied, and by none more steadily than by the successive presidents, Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. All of them refused to be convinced that the building of roads in different parts of the country was such a matter of ‘general welfare‘ as to justify the expenditure of the public moneys.” – American Political History, 1763-1876, Volume 1, By Alexander Johnston

During the financial crisis of 2008, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama assured Americans that some banks were “too big to fail.” Hard earned tax payer dollars were immediately needed to be used to bail out banks and then, the auto industry.

President George Bush was famously quoted as saying,

“I had to abandon free market principles in order to save the free market system.” – George W. Bush

Read more here…

07/28/16

Cold War 2.0 – Russian Trolls and Cybersecurity

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tips: Trevor Loudon, Renee Nal and Denise Simon

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Cyberwarfare is Cold War 2.0 and the Russians are masters at it. There is no doubt now that Russia has used Internet troll factories to spread propaganda out there to promote Donald Trump for president. Putin would own Trump if he became president, but he would also control Clinton as he has tons of blackmail material on her. Behind all of this. whispering in Putin’s ear is Aleksandr Dugin, who wants chaos, power and the downfall of the US. Dugin is probably the most dangerous character in geopolitics today.

Freelance journalist Adrian Chen, now a staff writer at The New Yorker, did an expose on Russian trolls in 2015, entitled The Agency. In it, he lays out that there is a veritable army of well-paid trolls seeding the Internet with this propaganda and it has been going on for some time. These trolls have telltale signs… messages will be off by one misspelled word or the structure of their comments and writing won’t be quite right. Their arguments are scripted and sound identical. They have select sites that they visit over and over. Trevor Loudon’s New Zeal is one of those sites… Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze is another.

From Business Insider:

“A very interesting thing happened,” Chen told Longform’s Max Linsky in a podcast in December.

“I created this list of Russian trolls when I was researching. And I check on it once in a while, still. And a lot of them have turned into conservative accounts, like fake conservatives. I don’t know what’s going on, but they’re all tweeting about Donald Trump and stuff,” he said.

Linsky then asked Chen who he thought “was paying for that.”

“I don’t know,” Chen replied. “I feel like it’s some kind of really opaque strategy of electing Donald Trump to undermine the US or something. Like false-flag kind of thing. You know, that’s how I started thinking about all this stuff after being in Russia.”

These trolls have been behind a number of highly coordinated campaigns to deceive Americans. It’s a brand of information warfare, known as “dezinformatsiya,” that has been used by the Russians since at least the Cold War. The disinformation campaigns are only one “active measure” tool used by Russian intelligence to “sow discord among,” and within, allies perceived hostile to Russia.

“It is designed, as retired KGB General Oleg Kalugin once defined it, ‘to drive wedges in the Western community alliances of all sorts, particularly NATO, to sow discord among allies, to weaken the United States in the eyes of the people in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and thus to prepare ground in case the war really occurs.’ The most common subcategory of active measures is dezinformatsiya, or disinformation: feverish, if believable lies cooked up by Moscow Centre and planted in friendly media outlets to make democratic nations look sinister.”

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Putin is not hiding the fact that he wants Donald Trump in the White House. Trump does not support NATO or the Ukraine and he is very friendly with Putin. He also has business dealings with a number of wealthy Russians. It would not surprise me if at some point money had flowed to Trump out of Russia and Putin is now calling in his marker.

The hack of the DNC, which went on for a year and was discovered last month, has been traced back to Russian military intelligence by the cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike. This is just the kind of cyberwarfare Russia would use for maximum effect here in the US. “The DNC hack and dump is what cyberwar looks like,” Dave Aitel, a cybersecurity specialist, a former NSA employee and the founder of cybersecurity firm Immunity Inc., wrote for Ars Technica last week.

With talented hackers for sale to the highest bidder out there, Russia has been on a shopping spree for digital talent. They are weaponizing information with the goal of bringing down the US. I’m just surprised they haven’t used it in other ways… against our power grid for instance.

There is no doubt in my mind that Donald Trump is a useful tool to the Russians.

Per Ars Technica:

What occurred with the recently disclosed breach of the Democratic National Committee servers, and the dumping of stolen data on a WordPress site, is more than an act of cyber espionage or harmless mischief. It meets the definition of an act of cyberwar, and the US government should respond as such.

I could not agree more. This has stepped out of the league of simple espionage and right into an act of war. The US needs to take this very seriously and address it for what it is. If Trump does not do an about face on this, the Republicans are going to have an intelligence disaster on their hands.

Trump has surrounded himself with numerous individuals who are far too cozy with the Kremlin and that have financial interests intertwined with Russia. People such as Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. There are others as well, but his inner circle is shaping up to be a national security nightmare when it comes to the Russians.

Two separate agencies of the Russian spy services, the domestic FSB and the military GRU, gained access, independently of each other and without the other’s cognizance, to the DNC correspondence beginning in the summer of 2015 (the FSB) and followed by an intrusion registered in April of this year (the GRU). If this had happened during the Reagan era, it would have been viewed as an act of war and would not have gone unanswered.

I give you the Gerasimov Doctrine. Denise Simone explains:

General Valery Gerasimov, the Chief of Staff of the Russian Federation’s military, developed The Gerasimov Doctrine in recent years. The doctrine posits that the rules of war have changed, that there is a “blurring of the lines between war and peace,” and that “nonmilitary means of achieving military and strategic goals has grown and, in many cases, exceeded the power of weapons in their effectiveness.” Gerasimov argues for asymmetrical actions that combine the use of special forces and information warfare that create “a permanently operating front through the entire territory of the enemy state.”

An overview of Russian activity in Latin America shows an adherence to Gerasimov’s doctrine of waging constant asymmetrical warfare against one’s enemies through a combination of means. These include military or hard power as well as shaping and controlling the narrative in public opinion, diplomatic outreach, military sales, intelligence operations, and strategic offerings of intelligence and military technology. All are essential components of the Russian presence and Gerasimov’s view that the lines between war and peace are blurred, and that non-military means of achieving power and influence can be as effective or more effective than military force. Read more here.

From The Daily Beast:

If Moscow Centre is indeed behind this bit of cyber skulduggery, then it represents the boldest intrusion ever by a past and present Cold War adversary into America’s political decision-making.

Indeed, the style and purpose of this intrusion bears an uncanny resemblance to old Cold War tradecraft.

I have said for many years, the Cold War never ended… it shifted and this is the result of that.

This Russian KGB propaganda model is cultivating widespread troll operations. It has hit many of the most popular websites in America. You see it in the comments over and over. Even more pervasive, you find them on Facebook in postings and comments all over the place. Once you know what to look for, they are not hard to find. They are spreading propaganda with ease and most just believe what they read. Big mistake.

There are whole media outlets who do the dirty work for the Russians in addition to their troll sweatshops: Alex Jones, Russia Today (RT), WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden are just a few of these. Through cyberespionage and cyberwarfare, those who are first to control the widespread use of digital propaganda are far ahead on an entirely new warfront. The Russians and the Chinese are spanking our butts in this field. A field that could easily be life and death for America. Welcome to Cold War 2.0.

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07/28/16

The Damage Done by Hillary Backer Soros

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

Rebuilding Economics: George Soros

The reporter exposed as having filed a story with the Democratic National Committee (DNC) before publication in Politico is out with a puff-piece about Democratic Party money bags George Soros.

The main force behind the agenda to flood the country with high-potency mind-altering marijuana through legalization campaigns, Soros also underwrites the “Big Death lobby” to pull the plug on sick people through “palliative care” schemes. Yet, Soros is described in the Kenneth P. Vogel story in Politico as dedicated to human rights, democracy, and “healthcare and education” on a global basis.

Soros has also financed various Marxist groups, such as Critical Resistance, a group founded by communist Angela Davis and dedicated to abolishing prisons.

This has got to be the biggest whitewash of Soros ever to appear in print. Soros, an atheist, is a major funder of the Democratic Party, as Vogel says, but he neglects to mention that much of Soros’s wealth has been put into causes such as abortion rights, gay rights, drug legalization, voting rights for felons, euthanasia and rights for immigrants and prostitutes.

It’s an agenda that dovetails nicely with Cultural Marxism.

Rachel Ehrenfeld of the American Center for Democracy points out, “Pretending to support an ‘open society,’ Soros uses his philanthropy to ‘change’ or more accurately deconstruct the moral values and attitudes of the Western world, and particularly of the American people.” This agenda makes them susceptible to a takeover from within by the socialists in the Democratic Party.

It’s the emerging “Big Marijuana” industry where Soros and his millions have really made a difference. Ehrenfeld comments that “…by working diligently to legalize drugs, Soros advances the greatest slavery ever—drug addiction. This sits well with his rejection of the notion of ordered liberty, in favor of a progressive ideology of rights and entitlements.”

Interestingly, his fortune has skyrocketed from about $9 billion before President Obama took office to over $24 billion today. It’s a form of crony capitalism designed to usher in a socialist state.

Vogel claims Soros amassed his fortune “through risky currency trades,” a sanitized version of what he actually did to make his money. Convicted of insider trading in France, another fact ignored by Vogel, Soros is a financial speculator and hedge-fund operator who manipulates the currencies of the nations of the world in order to make himself rich. He capitalizes on global instability and exploits human suffering for financial gain.

Vogel’s signature left-wing bias can be found throughout the piece, such as his statement that Soros has committed $5 million to a non-profit “devoted to fighting conservative efforts to restrict voting…” Of course, conservatives are trying to “restrict voting” to those who can prove they are American citizens.

Vogel says that Soros “warned voters” against voting for Donald Trump and Ted Cruz because he didn’t think these candidates understood how “to effectively fight terrorism.”

Soros’s idea of fighting terrorism was to finance the legal defense of Marxist National Lawyers Guild attorney Lynne Stewart, who was prosecuted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for violating the law against supporting terrorism. She had provided illegal support to her client, the “Blind Sheik” Omar Abdel-Rahman, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

The Obama administration freed Stewart from prison on medical grounds.

One thing Vogel gets right is the personal relationship Soros has with Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

He cites the memo from Neera Tanden, the head of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress, about their close relationship. “I sat next to George Soros at dinner during the Democracy Alliance and after the topics of Europe and China, he started discussing President Obama,” Tanden says to Hillary. “I told him I worked for you in the primaries and he said he’s been impressed that he can always call/meet with you on an issue of policy and said he hasn’t met with the President ever (though I thought he had). He then said he regretted his decision in the primary—he likes to admit mistakes when he makes them and that was one of them. He then extolled his work with you from your time as First Lady on. You probably have heard this all before but on the off chance you haven’t, I thought I should let you know.”

According to this memo, Soros apparently believes Mrs. Clinton is more radical than Obama and would implement more of the billionaire’s objectives as president.

The Democracy Alliance is a secretive “dark money” group, the kind that progressives usually complain about when they operate on the conservative side.

Vogel suggests that Soros has recently been reluctant to get involved politically, but in fact he emerged as a big Wall Street backer of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Vogel could easily determine the truth of this statement by conducting a search of Politico’s own website and bringing up a story about a “who’s who of New York’s liberal finance scene” backing Warren. The list included Soros.

Warren, of course, postures as an enemy of Wall Street, in much the same way that she claimed to have Indian heritage to get a university teaching job.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected]View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

07/28/16

Why Putin Loves Hillary

By: Cliff Kincaid | Accuracy in Media

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The media are shedding crocodile tears for Hillary Clinton. “Why Putin Hates Hillary” is the headline over a Politico story by Michael Crowley and Julia Ioffe about the stolen Democratic National Committee (DNC) emails. To the contrary, Russian President Vladimir Putin loves Hillary. He has taken advantage of her once, in the “Russia Reset,” and is preparing to take advantage of her again. She is the ultimate dupe. Putin has Hillary just where he wants her. He has access to some of Hillary’s deepest and darkest secrets.

The idea that Mrs. Clinton and the DNC have been victimized by Putin is absurd. This isn’t Putin’s fault. It’s the fault of the DNC. They didn’t maintain security over their email operations.

But, of course, neither did Hillary.

Politico says Putin is angry at Clinton for challenging the fairness of Russian elections. Almost on cue, Time magazine is out with a story taking a similar line. Time says Putin is mad that Hillary encouraged protests against his rule. In retaliation, the story goes, his hackers stole the DNC emails.

The other propaganda line from the media is that Putin favors Donald J. Trump over Hillary because Trump has business deals in Russia, and may even be in debt to some of Putin’s friends. According to this logic, which makes some sense, Putin has leverage over Trump, too.

There will be a way to test this theory.

Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, suggests that Trump’s views on Russia may change once he’s briefed on Russia’s aggressive intentions. This is an excerpt of an exchange with Cotton from a CNBC interview:

CNBC’s John Harwood: One of the questions that has been raised about Donald Trump is, ‘Is he more friendly with Russia than it is in America’s best interests to be?’

Senator Cotton: Vladimir Putin was a KGB spy and he never got over that. He does not have America’s best interests at heart and he does not have any American interests at heart. I suspect, after this week, when Donald Trump is the nominee and he begins to receive classified briefings, similar briefings to what I receive as a member of the Intelligence Committee, he may have a different perspective on Vladimir Putin and what Russia is doing to America’s interests and allies in Europe and the Middle East and Asia.”

What Cotton is saying is that Trump’s soft-on-Russia policies could, and should, change after these briefings have occurred. If they do not, then Republicans will have a serious problem with their nominee.

On the other hand, Mrs. Clinton was burned once by Putin, during the Russian reset, and could get burned again. Remember that the Associated Press reported last October that the private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home basement when she was secretary of state “was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers while using software that could have been exploited…”

FBI Director James Comey confirmed that the emails were at risk. He said that while investigators did not find direct evidence that “hostile actors” hacked into Mrs. Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, “given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence” (emphasis added). He did say that hostile actors “gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account.” He added, “We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related emails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.”

From a security standpoint, therefore, one has to assume that these hostile actors did in fact gain access to her email system. Those hostile actors have to include Russia. You cannot proceed on any other assumption.

In a July 25 editorial, The Washington Post blamed Trump for the Russian hack of the DNC, saying he had somehow given them the “motivation” for such an attack because of his soft-on-Russian foreign policy positions. The Post said that Russia favors Trump over Hillary and wanted to sabotage her candidacy with the leak of the DNC emails on the eve of her convention.

But if Russia has Mrs. Clinton’s emails, and the evidence strongly points in that direction, it can be safely assumed they have potential blackmail material to use against her. Those emails probably involve not only a number of sensitive government activities but information about Mrs. Clinton personally, her family, the Clinton Foundation and her aides. The material could involve information of a financial or personal nature.

Moscow’s judgment, the Post editorial claimed, is that “it stands to reap a geopolitical windfall if Donald Trump is elected president.” That will only be the case if Trump persists in his pro-Russia policy and ignores the intelligence information about Russia’s aggressive intentions that Senator Cotton says he will receive. Trump still has time to reverse course on matters involving Russia, NATO and national security.

By contrast, Moscow already reaped a geopolitical windfall when Hillary was secretary of state and used the reset to invade Ukraine and expand militarily into the Middle East. Despite anti-Russian language in the 2016 Democratic platform, Mrs. Clinton has shown extremely bad judgment on Russia in the past. It’s possible she has changed her position. But Putin has so much potentially damaging information about Mrs. Clinton in those emails that this former KGB officer may think he can keep her in line. All that he has to do to keep a President Hillary Clinton in line is threaten to release some of the damaging information already in his possession. The leaks could come through WikiLeaks, the source of the DNC emails, or the Edward Snowden network.

These are the choices: Trump can reverse course and say and do the right thing about Russia. Hillary can talk tough about Russia during the campaign and do Putin’s bidding under threat of blackmail as president.

In short, Mrs. Clinton is a proven risk to national security. She is under effective Russian control. Trump could turn out to be a security risk if he deliberately ignores the evidence of hostile Russian intentions and aggression that is being presented to him. We can assume that Senator Cotton will follow up on his comments to CNBC and watch Trump for changes in his approach to Russia. America will also be watching.


Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected] View the complete archives from Cliff Kincaid.

07/28/16

Weekly Featured Profile – Beth Lyons

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BethyBeth Lyons is the New York CityUnited NationsAlternate Representative of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, which was once the Soviet Union‘s main international legal front organization. She is an effect, a top international communist lawyer.

Lyons has been a defense counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwandasince 2004. In February 2014, she and Lead Counsel Chief Charles A. Taku (with their defense team) won an acquittal for their client, Major F.X. Nzuwonemeye, in the Prosecutor v. Ndindiliyimana (“Military II”) case. She has also been co-counsel on a matter related to the Kenya cases at the International Criminal Court. Previously, she worked as a Legal Aid criminal defense and appeals attorney in New York City.

Lyons has been an Alternate Representative to the U.N. for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) since 1997 and is a member of IADL’s Bureau. She has served on the ad hoc Organizing Committee for the ICTR Defense Conferences at The Hague (2009) and in Brussels (2010).

In 2003, Lyons was an Invited Expert to the first ICC Seminar on Defense Issues. She has made presentations and published on the challenges to the ICTR and international justice, truth and reconciliation commissions (South Africa and East Timor), business accountability for human rights violations and joint criminal enterprise.

In the late 1980s, Lyons served in the leadership of America’s largest Maoist group, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Beth Lyons attended the 8th United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders in Havana, Cuba, August 1990.

In 1993, the National Committee for Independent Political Action served on the Steering Committee the National Committee for Independent Political Action, a nationwide political alliance grouping Freedom Road Socialist Organization,Committees of Correspondence, Socialist Party USA and other Marxist organizations.

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07/28/16

Bear Witness: Open Letter to Donald Trump on national security and Russian/Chinese threat

By: Trevor Loudon | New Zeal

My Trump friendly friends at Bear Witness Central have written to the candidate with some some concerns and suggestions re foreign policy and national security. Well worth a read.

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Dear Mr. Trump:

We are writing to you on behalf of the Florida-based conservative organization Bear Witness Central. We congratulate you on your primary victories and for your energizing many average Americans who would never normally consider voting for a Republican candidate. While Bear Witness Central cannot endorse candidates in any election, we admit that there are many areas of common agreement with your platform. Your positions on trade, immigration, the abuse of H-1B visas, and subversion through Islamic refugees are identical to that of Bear Witness Central. We believe that trade reform, a strong military, and responsibly tight border controls are conducive to achieving a sovereign America again.

Another area of concern for Bear Witness Central and many Americans are the twin threats of Russia and communist China. Both are on record as opposing American interests and seeking to eviscerate our power in the world.

Unfortunately, the Cold War never conclusively ended. Instead, the old Soviet Communists repositioned themselves and gained tremendous advantages in the areas of arms control, technology transfers, and trade concessions. While this assertion is not politically correct, it is grounded in solid factual information.

Russia continues to conduct military exercises and maneuvers against the US (sometimes in tandem with China); export weapons to rogue anti-American states; develop global alliance of communist and Islamic powers; commit espionage and subversion against American interests; and pay fealty to communism. Communist China continues to threaten the American mainland with annihilation; support global communist parties and even al-Qaeda/Taliban forces; destroy American manufacturing through predatory trade practices; proclaim their fealty for global Marxism-Leninism; and cooperate with anti-US regimes in Iran, Cuba, and other likeminded nations.

Let us proclaim with crystal clarity: the leadership and activist base of Bear Witness Central do not prescribe aggressive actions which would lead to a global war. We are seeking to avoid a Third World War by recommending the following measures:

  • Educating American citizens and political candidates of all parties on the nature of the global threats emanating from Islamo-totalitarianism, Russia, and China.
  • Requesting the political class to publicly identify that Russia, communist China, and Islamo-totalitarianism represent an existential threat to the survival of the United States.
  • Develop a national program of civil defense, comprehensive anti-missile (ABM) systems, and revitalization of our ground, naval, and air forces.
  • A progressive weaning away from any dependence on strategic materials and manufactured goods imported from Russia, China, and volatile regions in the Middle East.
  • Military intervention only when American interests are directly threatened.
  • An unequivocal admission that our industrial economic power is synonymous with the redevelopment of superior military superiority.

We argue that the proposed measures would strengthen our power at home without sacrificing the lives and limbs of American soldiers and officers. Restoring American power on the home front is critical in the effort to rebuild our Nation’s economic-military power.

Lastly, we kindly encourage you to review some of these quotes and reports mentioned below. They are attached in this letter in order to provide a factual basis for the concerns of the membership and leaders of Bear Witness Central and many other patriotic Americans.

“I want to warn Americans…You believe because the Soviet Union no longer exists, Russia now is your friend. It isn’t, and I can show you how the SVR (i.e., KGB) is trying to destroy the U.S. even today and even more than the KGB did during the Cold War.” Defecting KGB/SVR Col. Sergei Tretyakov quoted in Earley, Pete. Comrade J

“Russia continues to conduct aggressive offensive missile training in the Pacific against U.S. and Allied Forces. We should understand that they look at ‘reset’ differently than we do…They look at it as regaining their previous USSR position as a superpower.” Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney quoted in Russia Reform Monitor Number 1827 April 26, 2013

“Russian intelligence activity against this country (the United States) is much more active than it was in time of the former Soviet Union. And this activity just now is much more dangerous for this country than it was before.” Defecting GRU Colonel Stanislav Lunev quoted in Pry, Peter Vincent. War Scare: Russia and America on the Nuclear Brink

In 2001, Russian troops joined in a Chinese PLA nuclear attack exercise conducted against the United States for assistance rendered to Taiwan. The exercises involved strategic bombing runs conducted by Russian Air Force Tu-22 and Su-27 planes near Japan. The Tu-22s were equipped with nuclear cruise missiles. The details of this Sino-Russian exercise was contained in this report of the following sequence of events: “The Asia scenario began with a Chinese military attack on Taiwan that was followed by the use of U.S. ground troops on the island, said one official. Next, China escalated the conflict by firing tactical nuclear missiles on the U.S. troops in Taiwan, prompting U.S. nuclear strikes on Chinese forces. Russian nuclear forces then threatened to use nuclear missile strikes on U.S. forces in the region, including strikes on troops in South Korea and Japan.” Russia also fired ICBMs from land launchers and SLBMs from submarines in this exercise. Washington Times April 30, 2001

“The Myth that the Cold War has ended is the greatest delusion of the West. Let us ask a simple question: When did the Cold War finish–what date? When the armistice agreement was signed? And who admitted defeat?” he asked with a hint of sarcasm. Many believe that the Soviet Union was defeated. But maybe it has only gotten smaller. In fact, I do not see a large difference between the current Russia and the Soviet Union. Especially because some of its former republics – independent on paper – are still governed by the Kremlin; and if you try to approach any passerby on the Russian street and ask him if the Cold War is finished, he will tell you that it is not so, and that the U.S. is running the Cold War against Russia. He knows it from Russian state propaganda.” KGB/SVR defector Konstantin Preobrazhenskiy quoted in Worldnetdaily January 8, 2001

“Both Russia and China know America’s vulnerabilities, and they are exploiting them as much as they can.” KGB/SVR defector Konstantin Preobrazhenskiy quoted in Worldnetdaily January 8, 2001

“I liked Communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still.” Vladimir Putin, 2016 quoted in Newsweek, January 25, 2016

“Russia has chosen to be an adversary and poses a long-term existential threat to the United States and to our European allies and partners…Russia is eager to exert unquestioned influence over its neighboring states in its buffer zone…so has used military force to violate the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, Georgia and others, like Moldova.” Supreme NATO commander Philip Breedlove, 2016

In conclusion, the leadership of Bear Witness Central would like to meet with you or your top representatives (e.g. Stephen Miller) to discuss these issues in greater detail. We are willing to meet with you anytime at any location within the State of Florida. Let us join together in our common goal to “Make America Great Again” through truthfulness, solid analysis, and patriotism.

Sincerely,

Bear Witness Central Directors

Bear Witness Central is a communication and action group composed of Americans who have experienced Socialism and/or Communism intervention during their lifetime joined by other concerned Americans. We are a non-partisan group and our main objective is to labor to safeguard our Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the American way of life. Bear Witness Central covers the U.S.A. and has members in the 50 states.