When a Fishing Ship is a Chinese Spy Ship

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Photo: The HMAS Adelaide is expected to be carefully scrutinized by its temporary neighbor. (File Photo: CPL Kyle Genner)

The Chinese are relentless in all parts of the world.

It may not have looked like much of a match — or a showdown for that matter — but when Australia’s largest warship HMAS Adelaide arrived at the Fijian port of Suva on Saturday, it had an interesting neighbour.

Key points:

  • Chinese fishing boat believed to be carrying wide range of surveillance equipment
  • Fiji tipped off Australian Navy about Chinese spy ship expected to dock next to HMAS Adelaide
  • China has a strong commercial and military presence in the South Pacific

A Chinese ship fitted with communications equipment docked alongside the new Canberra-class landing helicopter dock.

The Royal Australian Navy suspects the Chinese vessel is a spy ship, which deliberately arrived at the same time to carry out surveillance on the Australians.

HMAS Adelaide and other Australian warships visiting Fiji will “take the appropriate security precautions”, but the surveillance craft is “just another ship”, Captain Jim Hutton, Commander of the Navy’s Joint Task Group 661, said.

Deputy Chief of Navy Rear Admiral Mark Hammond also played down concerns about the presence of the Chinese vessel.

“That’s a space surveillance ship, it’s a scientific ship,” he told reporters on board HMAS Adelaide.

ABC News understands the primary purpose of the Chinese ship is to track satellite launches from out on the ocean, but it does have the capability to also collect intelligence on other naval vessels.

Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes also revealed the skipper of the Chinese vessel had even been invited to an on-board reception, although it is not clear whether the offer was accepted.

Australia’s Navy, like every navy around the world, is well-versed in these sorts of nautical games.

“If you’re in the Navy you presume that anytime that a fishing vessel or even merchant fleets of nations like China are around that they may have a dual purpose,” ANU academic and retired Australian Naval Commodore Richard Menhinick said.

“You just presume that they may well be tasked by government for other activities.”

China’s looking for South Pacific foothold

Chinese presence — both commercial and military — is common in the South Pacific.

Beijing sees economic opportunity in the region and economic imperatives commonly herald other strategic interests.

Agriculture and aquaculture projects in Vanuatu, Fiji, Tonga and other Pacific nations have been given significant help by the Chinese over the years, as have roads, ports and other infrastructure.

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Audio: Chinese spy ship tipped to dock next to HMAS Adelaide in Suva (AM)

When you have more than 1.3 billion people back home to feed, finding secure food supplies are critical.

As China grows, Mr Menhinick said it was not surprising that the nation’s presence in the Pacific was also increasing.

“China’s a rising power… economic power’s always led and the military’s followed, and the Chinese economic interest in the south-west Pacific has increased substantially over the last fifteen year,” he said.

But Australia and its strategic partners are anxious China does not use its presence to jeopardise regional structures — political, economic and diplomatic.

Now a visiting US General has given the strongest public indication yet that his nation would like Australia to join in naval and air patrols to challenge Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea.

Asked whether joint American-Australian patrols would be welcomed by America, the commander of US Marines in the Pacific, Lieutenant General David Berger gave an enthusiastic response.

“Obviously that’s Australia’s decision, would we welcome that? Absolutely yes,” Lt Gen Berger said.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on Singapore…. but in advance of the talks between the United States and North Korea in Singapore, there was a LOT of nefarious activity.

Related reading: Emissary Panda – A potential new malicious tool

Independent: Hackers from China and Russia are targeting South Korea with cyber espionage attacks ahead of the summit between the US and North Korea, a leading security firm has claimed.

The foreign ministry and financial institutions were identified as potential targets by, US cyber security firm FireEye.

The company’s analysts noted the timing of the attacks and said they expected the intensity of the operations to increase in the build up to the historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un.

“South Korea has frequently been the target of cyber espionage. Though the biggest threat is North Korea actors. [FireEye] believes that China- and Russia- [based hackers] also target South Korea,” Ben Read, a cyber espionage analyst at the firm, told The Independent.

“With the heightened attention to inter-Korean relations in the lead up to a potential Trump–Kim meeting, we expect this targeting to continue at an increased pace.”

Scheduled to take place on 12 June in Singapore the leader are expected to discuss the denuclearisation of North Korea.

It will be the first meeting between a sitting US president and leader of North Korea.

Some experts have suggested that a formal end to the  Korean War – more than six decades after the 1950-1953 conflict – could be declared.

Although an armistice was signed, no peace treaty has ever been signed to formally end the war.

The two hacking groups identified by the FireEye researchers were TempTick and Turla, both of which are suspected of being state-sponsored operations.

TempTick has previously been involved in attacks on Chinese dissident organisations, as well as Japanese public and private sector institutions. It has been active since 2009.

The earliest known attacks linked to the group known as Turla are from 2006.

FireEye researchers noted: “They consistently target governments worldwide in search of information that can inform Russian government decision making.”


Hat Tip to the FBI for Operation Wire Wire

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Beyond phishing, there is vishing and smishing.

Vishing is using the phone, either a land line or cell.

Smishing is scamming your text messages.

Tactics are constantly being developed. Are you paying attention?

More here.

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74 Arrested in Coordinated International Enforcement Operation Targeting Hundreds of Individuals in Business Email Compromise Schemes

42 Alleged Fraudsters Arrested in the United States

Federal authorities announced today a significant coordinated effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens.  Operation Wire Wire, a coordinated law enforcement effort by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, was conducted over a six month period, culminating in over two weeks of intensified law enforcement activity resulting in 74 arrests in the United States and overseas, including 29 in Nigeria, and three in Canada, Mauritius and Poland.  The operation also resulted in the seizure of nearly $2.4 million, and the disruption and recovery of approximately $14 million in fraudulent wire transfers.

BEC, also known as “cyber-enabled financial fraud,” is a sophisticated scam often targeting employees with access to company finances and businesses working with foreign suppliers and/or businesses that regularly perform wire transfer payments.  The same criminal organizations that perpetrate BEC also exploit individual victims, often real estate purchasers, the elderly, and others, by convincing them to make wire transfers to bank accounts controlled by the criminals. This is often accomplished by impersonating a key employee or business partner after obtaining access to that person’s email account or sometimes done through romance and lottery scams.  BEC scams may involve fraudulent requests for checks rather than wire transfers; they may target sensitive information such as personally identifiable information (PII) or employee tax records instead of, or in addition to, money; and they may not involve an actual “compromise” of an email account or computer network.  Foreign citizens perpetrate many BEC scams.  Those individuals are often members of transnational criminal organizations, which originated in Nigeria but have spread throughout the world.

“Fraudsters can rob people of their life’s savings in a matter of minutes,” said Attorney General Sessions. “These are malicious and morally repugnant crimes. The Department of Justice has taken aggressive action against fraudsters in recent months, conducting the largest sweep of fraud against American seniors in history back in February. Now, in this operation alone, we have arrested 42 people in the United States and 29 others have been arrested in Nigeria for alleged financial fraud. And so I want to thank the FBI, nearly a dozen U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, the Secret Service, Postal Inspection Services, Homeland Security Investigations, the Treasury Department, our partners in Nigeria, Poland, Canada, Mauritius, Indonesia, and Malaysia, and our state and local law enforcement partners for all of their hard work. We will continue to go on offense against fraudsters so that the American people can have safety and peace of mind.”

“This operation demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises that target American citizens and their businesses,” said FBI Director Christopher A. Wray. “We will continue to work together with our law enforcement partners around the world to end these fraud schemes and protect the hard-earned assets of our citizens. The public we serve deserves nothing less.”

“The Secret Service remains committed to aggressively investigating and pursuing those responsible for cyber-enabled financial crimes,” said U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles.  “Although the explosive expansion of the cyber domain has forced us to develop innovative ways of conducting these types of investigations, our proven model remains the same.”

“FinCEN has been a leader in the fight against BEC and other cyber-enabled crime,” said FinCEN Director Kenneth A. Blanco. “Since 2014, working with our domestic and international partners, our Rapid Response Program has helped recover over $350 million stolen from innocent Americans.  We must continue to be smarter, quicker, and better than the criminals that we face every day.  Today’s action is a victory, but it will take vigilance, time, and resources to take this fight into the future.  In defense of the victims of these crimes, we are ready for the challenge.”

“The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has a long history of successfully investigating complex fraud and corruption cases,” said Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell. “We are proud to work alongside our fellow law enforcement partners in major efforts, such as Operation Wire Wire, to target those individuals who take advantage of the American public for illegal profits. Anyone who engages in deceptive practices like this should know they will not go undetected and will be held accountable, regardless of where they are. Postal Inspectors will continue to work tirelessly to protect our customers from fraud.”

A number of cases involved international criminal organizations that defrauded small to large sized businesses, while others involved individual victims who transferred high dollar funds or sensitive records in the course of business.  The devastating effects these cases have on victims and victim companies, affect not only the individual business but also the global economy.  Since the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) began keeping track of BEC and its variant, Email Account Compromise (EAC), as a complaint category, there has been a loss of over $3.7 billion reported to the IC3.  BEC and EAC is a prevalent scam and the Justice Department along with our partners will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute the perpetrators, including money mules, regardless of where they are located.

Money mules may be witting or unwitting accomplices who receive ill-gotten funds from the victims and then transfer the funds as directed by the fraudsters.  The money is wired or sent by check to the money mule who then deposits it in his or her own bank account.  Usually the mules keep a fraction for “their trouble” and then wire the money as directed by the fraudster.  The fraudsters enlist and manipulate the money mules through romance scams or “work-at-home” scams.

Starting in January 2018, this coordinated enforcement action targeted hundreds of BEC scammers.  In addition, law enforcement agents executed over 51 domestic actions including search warrants, money mule warning letters, and asset seizure warrants totaling nearly $1 million.  Local and state law enforcement partners on FBI task forces across the country, with the assistance of multiple District Attorney’s Offices, charged 15 alleged money mules for their role in defrauding victims.  These money mules were employed by the fraudsters to launder their ill-gotten gains by draining the funds into other accounts that are difficult to trace.

Among those arrested on federal charges in BEC schemes include:

  • Following an investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service, 23 individuals were charged in the Southern District of Florida with laundering at least $10 million from proceeds of BEC scams, including eight people charged in an indictment unsealed last week in Miami. These eight defendants are alleged to have conspired to launder proceeds from numerous BEC scams, totaling at least approximately $5 million, including approximately $1.4 million from a victim corporation in Seattle, as well as various title companies and a law firm.
  • Following an investigation led by the FBI with the assistance of the IRS Criminal Investigation, Gloria Okolie and Paul Aisosa, both Nigerian nationals residing in Dallas, Texas, were charged in an indictment filed on June 6 in the Southern District of Georgia.  According to the indictment, they are alleged to have victimized a real estate closing attorney by sending the lawyer a spoofing email posing as the seller and requesting that proceeds of a real estate sale in the amount of $246,000 be wired to Okolie’s account.  They are charged with laundering approximately $665,000 in illicit funds.  The attorney experienced $130,000 in losses after the bank was notified of the fraud and froze $116,000.
  • Adeyemi Odufuye aka “Micky,” “Micky Bricks,” “Yemi,” “GMB,” “Bawz” and “Jefe,” 32, and Stanley Hugochukwu Nwoke, aka Stanley Banks,” “Banks,” “Hugo Banks,” “Banky,” and “Jose Calderon,” 27, were charged in a seven-count indictment in the District of Connecticut in a BEC scheme involving an attempted loss to victims of approximately $2.6 million, including at least $440,000 in actual losses to one victim in Connecticut.  A third co-conspirator Olumuyiwa Yahtrip Adejumo, aka “Ade,” “Slimwaco,” “Waco,” “Waco Jamon,” “Hade,” and “Hadey,” 32, of Toledo, Ohio, pleaded guilty on April 20 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.  Odufuye was extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States and on Jan. 3, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. Nwoke was extradited to the United States from Mauritius on May 25, marking the first extradition in over 15 years from Mauritius.  His case is pending.
  • Richard Emem Jackson, aka Auwire, 23, of Lagos, Nigeria, was charged in an indictment filed on May 17 in the District of Massachusetts with two counts of unlawful possession of a means of identification as part of a larger fraud scheme. According to the indictment, on two occasions in 2017, Jackson is alleged to have possessed the identifications of two victims with the intent to commit wire fraud conspiracy.  In another case being prosecuted in the District of Massachusetts, a 25-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Florida man was indicted in federal court in Boston on June 6 on one count of money laundering conspiracy. According to the indictment, the individual was part of a conspiracy that engaged in wire fraud. It is alleged that in early 2018, the defendant’s co-conspirators gained access to email accounts belonging to a Massachusetts real estate attorney and sent emails to recipients in Massachusetts that “spoofed” the real estate attorney’s account in an attempt to cause the email recipient to transfer nearly $500,000, which was intended to be used for payment in connection with a real estate transaction, to a shell account belonging to a money mule recruited and controlled by the defendant.

The BEC scam is related to other forms of fraud such as:

  • “Romance scams,” which lull victims to believe that their online paramour needs funds for an international business transaction, a U.S. visit or some other purpose;
  • “Employment opportunities scams,” which recruits prospective employees for work-from-home employment opportunities where employees are required to provide their PII as new “hires” and then are significantly overpaid by check whereby the employees wire the overpayment to the employers’ bank;
  • “Fraudulent online vehicle sales scams,” which convinces intended buyers to purchase prepaid gift cards in the amount of the agreed upon sale price and are instructed to share the prepaid card codes with the “sellers” who ignore future communications and do not deliver the goods;
  • “Rental scams” occur when renters forward a check in excess of the agreed upon deposit for the rental property to the victims and request the remainder be returned via wire or check and back out of the rental agreements and ask for a refund; and
  • “Lottery scams,” which involves persons randomly contacting email addresses advising them they have been selected as the winner of an international lottery.

The cases were investigated by the FBI, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and IRS Criminal Investigation.  U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the Districts of Central California, Connecticut, Eastern Virginia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Southern Florida, Southern Georgia, Southern Texas, Eastern Pennsylvania, Eastern Washington, Western Pennsylvania, Western Tennessee, Western Washington, Utah, and elsewhere have ongoing investigations some of which have resulted in arrests in Nigeria.  The Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Office of International Affairs of the Criminal Division provided assistance. District Attorney’s Offices of Caddo Parrish in Shreveport, Louisiana; Harris County, Texas and Los Angeles are handling state prosecutions. Additionally, private sector partners and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Canadian law enforcement including the Toronto Police Service, the Mauritian Attorney-General and the Commissioner of Police, Polish Police Central Bureau of Investigation, Indonesian National Police Cyber Crimes Unit, and the Royal Malaysia Police provided significant assistance.

This operation, which was funded and coordinated by the FBI, serves as a model for international cooperation against specific threats that endanger the financial well-being of each member country’s residents.  Attorney General Sessions expressed gratitude for the outstanding efforts of the participating countries, including law enforcement actions that were coordinated and executed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria to curb business email compromise schemes that defraud businesses and individuals alike.

Victims are encouraged to file a complaint online with the IC3 at bec.ic3.gov. The IC3 staff reviews complaints, looking for patterns or other indicators of significant criminal activity, and refers investigative packages of complaints to the appropriate law enforcement authorities in a particular city or region. The FBI provides a variety of resources relating to BEC through the IC3, which can be reached at www.ic3.gov.

For more information on BEC scams, visit: www.ic3.gov/media/2018/180611.aspx


Dear Media, Hillary, Holder and the Rest

By: Denise Simon | Political Vanguard

The political mourning period of the election is over. The daily memos flying through emails and text messages giving all of you talking points and obstruction missions are not helpful or healthy for our country.

Americans historically are loyal to their country and work as a team for the sake of allegiance. All lanes travel in the same direction, right?

To better understand the spirit of loyalty and team, just take a few moments for this video.

You may despise all things Donald Trump. Fine. You cannot deny the achievements to date from the Trump White House. Are those achievements adventuresome and in some cases painful? Sure. But, you journalists and pathetic politicians make it all the more painful.

It was just recently that the New York Times admitted they ran out of words to describe how good the job numbers are. So, while Pelosi attempts to shame employment bonuses, CNN ignores the topic altogether. But c’mon, wages are up, the unemployment rate is at 3.8 percent. The IT industry is warning that the cyber industry will require 1.0 million jobs in the next 3 to 5 years. The economy has stabilized and various industries such as energy and manufacturing are finding new frontiers of growth. Housing and construction is on the rise and advanced research and development is making way for full production that is domestically healthy for our country.

As the Democrats have proposed their own tax cut rollback to pay for infrastructure, what justification is there for that $1 trillion dollars when revenue into the Treasury is building such that measured planning and repair could well be paid for due to economic growth and the work towards fair trade? Any of your economists answering that question over at CNN or does Stormy Daniels take priority?

The Trump White House pledged restoration of the Veteran’s Administration and countless steps have been taken to achieve that. When it comes to public safety, can you deny attention to gangs and the opioid crisis is not the right mission?

It has long been the norm that activist judges have been playing with the definition of the law and the application of the same.  Courtrooms were filled with cases where sentencing was just following a line of political correctness.

Adversarial countries around the world manifested in recent years that include Russia, China, Iran, Syria and even Venezuela. To what result did the previous administration State Department boast? Diplomacy has thousands of moving parts and the talks with North Korea should be celebrated, however with caution for sure on where it leads. Can you admit that? If countries such as Honduras were stable, there would be no migration and the same goes for many others. Families would not be desperate and seek asylum illegally and be separated. Do you in left wing politics and media have a solution for that?

When diplomacy fails, the next step is often military action. The United States was hardly in a position to continue to go it all alone to eradicate terror operations. How about a hat tip to President Trump for restoring the strength of NATO? How about a high five to this White House for rehabilitating our military prowess?

Hey Eric Holder, rather than working at re-gerrymandering districts and advising legislatures on how to apply law-fare against the Trump administration, how about working towards reducing the size of government in redundant programs, pork spending or a balanced budget and bring George Soros or Hillary Clinton into the discussion. In fact, it would be epic if MSNBC would host that TV town-hall as a solutions based program. Maybe Nancy Pelosi or Kamala Harris should talk about the failure of education in the classroom or why some states are asking for 50-90 percent healthcare premium increases rather than funding abortions internationally.

Defining missions and seeking success is not always easy, not always cheap and not always without hard measures. All of you and others can sure make for a better and stronger team if you just join the effort. Refer often to the video above for fidelity of team, loyalty and success.


Comments About Last Week’s Treasury Flash Rally

By: Kent Engelke | Capitol Securities

Last week, the 10-year Treasury fell in yield by 9 basis points in three minutes in “frenzied trading.” Yields were hovering around 2.98% and then promptly plummeted to about 2.89% as 100,000 future contracts changed hands, buying predicated upon volatility in emerging market sovereign debt. Some are dubbing this huge advance as a “flash rally.”

Wow! In my view, this emphasizes the illiquidity and the total domination of the Treasury and bond market by technology. I rhetorically ask what happens if there is a sudden shift in inflationary expectations, expectations that are rising but not yet reflected in Treasury or fixed income prices? Many times I have commented about the regulatory forced changes in the trading mechanics of the fixed income market that is further exacerbating this lack of liquidity.

Speaking of liquidity, I believe this will be the next crisis. Will it morph into an economic crisis?

Some are writing the rotation of the FAAMG companies is accelerating. I find this statement suspect given the incredible advance these companies have made over the last 30 months, an advance that was accelerating until mid-last week.

In my view, perhaps one of the greatest risks the market is facing is sudden selling in these shares, selling that commences without any apparent reason, selling that accelerates via ETF and indexing liquidation.

As noted many times, by many measures the percentage these companies comprise of total market capitalization is unprecedented, thus suggesting that there is a lack of liquidity under the simple premise if everyone owns the shares, who is left to buy when selling commences? Additionally, because the absolute dollar price of these companies is very high, any decline (or advance) will have an outsized impact.

A potential black swan is the solvency of a money center bank that is custodian for a large number of ETFs/indexing because of massive selling that creates a liquidity crisis, a crisis partially the result of the lack of transparency in composition and structure of ETFs/indices. This liquidity crisis then morphs into an economic crisis… aka Long Term Capital Management, but on steroids.

Far-fetched? It could be s similar to 2008, but on a smaller scale given the equity markets are significantly smaller than the debt market, the result of the regulatory entities focusing upon speed and cost of execution versus capitalization and liquidity capabilities of clearing houses.

Bank of America wrote yesterday that this week is the most important week of the year. There is response to the G-7 meeting, the Korean Summit, Fed meeting and Brexit votes as well as a strong probability that the ECB will end its QE program. How will the markets interpret these events?

Last night the foreign markets were up. London was up 0.73%, Paris was up 0.19% and Frankfurt was up 0.24%. China was down 0.47%, Japan was up 0.48% and Hang Sang was up 0.34%.

The Dow should open steady. The 10-year is off 3/32 to yield 2.97%.


De Niro Gets Standing Ovation From Celebrities At The Tony Awards After Bellowing “F*** Trump!”

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

More raging bullcrap from actor Robert De Niro. Yesterday at the Tony Awards, a venue dedicated to honoring excellence in theater, De Niro acted like an infantile brat and threw a temper tantrum onstage. And… he got a standing ovation for it from Hollywood’s finest. This is a man who did not graduate highschool and has the vocabulary of a sewer rat. He stormed onstage and bellowed, “I’m gonna say one thing: “F*** Trump.” They adored him for it.

I can’t think of anything that depicts the widening schism between real Americans and Hollywood more accurately than this tirade by De Niro. Once upon a time, De Niro won an Oscar for “Raging Bull.” Now, he raises his fists like he was some kind of Rocky wannabe and the crowd screams its approval. They came to their feet for a liberal has been hack who is basically a communist at heart.

Egged on by a well-dressed lynch mob, De Niro yelled, “It’s no longer ‘Down with Trump,” it’s “F*** Trump!” That triggered another surge of cheering, clapping and elitist enthusiasm. This certainly isn’t the first time that De Niro has gone after Trump. He’s got a whole list of tributes to the President. He told The Hollywood Reporter, “I feel like I did after 9/11,” after Trump was elected. De Niro refers to the President as an “idiot.” He declared at the annual Hudson River Park Gala “F*** you, Donald Trump. It’s a horror with this mother***er.” At The National Board of Review Annual awards he said, “It’s The Emperor’s New Clothes — the guy is a f***ing fool.” He also said that Trump “lacks any sense of humanity or compassion.”

De Niro again criticized Trump in April during the opening night of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. “America’s being run by a madman who wouldn’t recognize the truth if it came inside a bucket of his beloved Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken,” he said. And who can forget SNL’s segment with De Niro playing Robert Mueller. I can and it was not funny.

His Tony Awards scree went viral internationally. This is De Niro’s lame attempt to be relevant long past his prime. Fortunately for Americans, De Niro’s graphic rant was censored out, but Australia and other countries aired him in all his profanity.

The liberal actor went on to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s performance. “Bruce, you can rock the house like nobody else,” said De Niro. “Even more important in these perilous times, you rock the vote. Always fighting for, in your own words, truth, transparency, integrity in government. Boy, do we need that now.” Really? Because Bruce Springsteen is another Marxist celebrity that hearts communism. All of these aging stars are going political to feed their egos. Lame.

Backstage, playwright Tony Kushner praised De Niro for his tirade on stage, saying he agrees with the sentiment expressed by the actor. “Good for him. I mean, it’s Robert De Niro. Who’s gonna argue with him?” he said. Well, me for one and most of the country. Kushner called the Trump presidency “the Hitler mistake” that put a “borderline psychotic narcissist in the White House.” Nice. And they wonder why they have no fans anymore.

I’m sick to death of these Hollywood elitists who hate capitalism, their country, the President and Americans in general. They live in a bubble of make believe and are hooked on their own narcissism and need for adoration, power and wealth. De Niro can get stuffed… he’s in love with his own character. Actually, I didn’t know that anyone even watched the Tony Awards anymore or listened to De Niro for that matter. I just have one thing to say, “Screw De Niro and most of Hollywood!”