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FTR #933 The Making of Donald Trump (Top Banana Republic), Part 2

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This broadcast was recorded in one, 60-minute segment.

making-of-trumpIntroduction: In the aftermath of the ascension of Donald Trump to the Presidency, we are doing something unprecedented in the long history of For The Record. Earlier in 2016, award-winning journalist David Cay Johnston published a very well-written and researched, yet relatively short and compact biography of Donald Trump–The Making of Donald Trump (Melville House [HC]; copyright 2016 by David Cay Johnston; ISBN 978-1-61219-632-9.)

For some weeks, we have been–and will be–reading most of the book into the record, to provide people with a measure against which to evaluate not just “The Donald,” as his first wife Ivana called him, but our society, its institutions and its citizens. We can’t recommend strongly enough that listeners buy this book, read it and use whatever means available to spread the word about it. (We note that neither Mr. Emory nor any of the stations that air this program get money from this book, its publisher or author.)

This second installment of the series commences with a review the substance of an article that embodies the enormous and fundamental flaw in our political and civic process: a poll shortly before the election found that most of the prospective voters polled felt that Trump was more honest and trustworthy than Hillary Clinton. As our reading of Johnston’s excellent book unfolds, the grotesque, spectacularly fallacious character of this perception will become uncomfortably clear. Donald Trump is currently tracking as the more honest of the two presidential candidates in a poll, although fact-checking of his statements during the campaign have shown he’s lied several times. The latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll reports that 46 percent of likely voters believe he is the more honest and trustworthy candidate, while 38 percent believed it was Hillary Clinton. This marks the biggest gap between the two candidates in five ABC News/Washington Post polls that asked the question, beginning in May.”

thinkbignkickassIn the first excerpt read into the record in this broadcast, we finish  a chapter in which David Cay Johnston relates the genesis of Trump’s relationship with Senator Joe McCarthy’s right-hand man Roy Cohn. Having been sued by the Justice Department because of his discrimination against people of color when renting apartments in his properties, Trump turned to Cohn. It was the beginning of a long relationship between the long-time red-baiter and organized crime apologist and “The Donald.” Trump and Cohn lost the case. Note Trump’s placing of loyalty above all else, a prioritization that Johnston correctly characterizes in the italicize excerpt that follows: ” . . . Elyse Goldweber, the novice Justice Department lawyer, told the court that one employee who spoke to investigators was not being named because ‘he was afraid that the Trumps would have him ‘knocked off,’ or words to that effect’ for revealing the techniques used to deny blacks and other minorities. . . . In The Art of the Deal, Trump said he told Cohn, ‘I’d rather fight than fold, because a soon as you fold once you get the reputation’ of someone who settles case. But faced with a case in which neither facts nor the law were on his side, Trump folded and settled. . . .Trump handled the adverse settlement the way he had leaned from his father: by spinning the news and offering a simple and quotable narrative . . . Trump’s takeaway from this early loss was not that times had changed and civil rights laws would be enforced. . . . He also learned to place loyalty above all else. . . . That is, of course, the kind of perspective we expect from mobsters, dictators, and others whose primary regard is for unflinching support, not for allegiance to truth or facts. . . .” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 37-39.)

As noted in the program, on the day this was recorded, Trump University settled in a massive lawsuit by students who had been defrauded by the “school.” Trump played it in the fashion he learned from his father and that he applied in the housing discrimination suit, highlighted above: “. . . In The Art of the Deal, Trump said he told Cohn, ‘I’d rather fight than fold, because a soon as you fold once you get the reputation’ of someone who settles case. But faced with a case in which neither facts nor the law were on his side, Trump folded and settled. . . .Trump handled the adverse settlement the way he had leaned from his father: by spinning the news and offering a simple and quotable narrative . . . .” (The Making of Donald Trump; p. 38.)

Johnston notes at the end of chapter 5 that Trump learned that having Cohn as his attorney also had other benefits: ” . . . . Hiring him [Cohn] could ensure that his Manhattan construction projects moved smoothly. Among Cohn’s other clients were two of America’s most powerful Mafia figures who controlled key unions attached to demolition and construction in New York City.. . . In The Art of the Deal, Trump boasts that when he applied for a casino owner’s license in 1981, he persuaded the New Jersey attorney general to limit the investigation of his background. It was perhaps the most lucrative negotiation of Trump’s life, one that would embarrass state officials a decade later when Trump’s involvement with mobsters, mob associates, and swindlers became clear. . . . ” (The Making of Donald Trump; p9. 39-41.)

Against the background of Cohn’s mob connections, Johnston sets forth Trump’s utilization of those assets to realize his New York City real estate undertakings. Remarkably, such associations did not interdict Trump’s Atlantic City [New Jersey] gaming projects, which normally would have been precluded by such links. (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 42-49.)

Exemplifying Trump’s organized crime associates and the services they provided–courtesy of Roy Cohn–were Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul Castellano. ” . . . Trump bought his Manhattan ready-mix [concrete] from a company called S & A Concrete. Mafia chieftains Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul Castellano secretly owned the firm. S & A charged the inflated prices that the LeFrak and Resnik families complained about, LeFrak to both laws enforcement and The New York TimesAs [reporter Wayne] Barrett noted, by choosing to build with ready-mix concrete rather than other materials, Trump put himself ‘at the mercy of a legion of concrete racketeers.’ But having an ally in Roy Cohn mitigated Trump’s concerns. With Cohn as his fixer, Trump had no worries that the Mafia bosses would have the unions stop work on Trump Tower; Salerno and Castellano were Cohn’s clients. Indeed, when the cement workers struck in summer 1982, the concrete continued to flow at Trump Tower. . . . Just as revealing was Trump’s association with John Cody, the corrupt head of Teamsters Local 282. Cody, under indictment when he ordered the citywide strike in 1982, directed that concrete deliveries continue to Trump Tower. Cody told Barrett, ‘Donald liked to deal with me through Roy Cohn. . . . ” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp.46-47.)

The excerpts read from Johnston’s remarkable tome conclude with examination of Trump’s relationship with Joey Weichselbaum, a convicted drug trafficker whose relationship with Trump is highly unusual and opaque, even by “The Donald’s” standards. “Among the assorted criminals with whom Trump did business over more than three decades, his most mysterious dealings involved a drug trafficker named Joseph Weichselbaum. Trump did unusual favors for the three-time felon, repeatedly putting his lucrative casino license at risk to help a major cocaine and marijuana trafficker for reasons that remain unfathomable. . . .” (The Making of Donald Trump; p. 59.)

Whereas Trump had many other places to turn to for the various aeronautical, automotive and supplemental services Weichelsbaum and his brother provided, Trump continued to use them and provided them and their associates with remarkable “perks.” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 59-65.)

With Trump poised to name a number of Supreme Court justices, we note that the venue of one of Weichelsbaum’s cases was changed in a highly suspicious, revealing and inauspicious manner. ” . . . When Weichelsbaum made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to one of the eighteen counts in the Cincinnati case, something very suspicious happened. His case was transferred out of Ohio for the guilty plea and the sentencing. Logically, the case might have gone to South Florida, where Bradford Motors [one of the Weichselbaum drug-trafficking fronts] was located, or to New York, where Weichselbaum lived. Indeed, that is exactly what Weichselbaum’s Ohio lawyer, Arnold Morelli, sought in a January 30, 1986 motion requesting his case be transferred to either Manhattan or Miami for ‘the convenience of human beings such as the defendant and witnesses.’ Instead the Weichelsbaum case was moved to New Jersey. There it was assigned to Judge Maryanne Trump Barry–Donald Trump’s older sister.

Judge Barry recused herself three weeks later, as judicial ethics required, but the mere act of removing herself from the case came with a powerful message: a sitting federal judge, as well as her husband (lawyer John Barry) and family, repeatedly flew in helicopters connected to a major drug trafficker. . . .When Judge Harold A. Ackerman replaced Trump’s sister, Trump wrote him a letter seeking leniency for Weichselbaum on the drug trafficking charge. Trump characterize the defendant as ‘a credit to the community’ and described Weichselbaum as ‘conscientious, forthright and diligent’ in his dealings with the Trump Plaza and Trump’s Castle casinos. When asked about the letter under oath in a private 1990 meeting with New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement lawyers, Trump testified that he could not recall whether ‘he had written any letters of reference to the federal judge who sentenced Weichselbaum.’ Subsequently, the division obtained such a letter, and Trump acknowledged that it bore his signature. . . .” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 63-64.)

This program concludes with the reading of a poem by Robinson Jeffers, “Be Angry at the Sun,” which encompasses Mr. Emory’s feelings about the recent election, as well as the people and institutions that have precipitated this event–one that figures to be devastating in its manifestations.

Program Highlights Include: 

  • Rudy Giuliani ‘s prosecution of a case involving some of the mob-run unions associated with Trump’s enterprises. Giuliani is a close adviser to Trump and may be named to a cabinet post. (The Making of Donald Trump; p. 46.)
  • Another key Trump adviser during the campaign was Michael Chertoff. He, too, was a prosecutor who directed a case against mobsters involved with Trump’s operations. (The Making of Donald Trump; p. 48.)

1. This second installment of the series commences with a review the substance of an article that embodies the enormous and fundamental flaw in our political and civic process: a poll shortly before the election found that most of the prospective voters polled felt that Trump was more honest and trustworthy than Hillary Clinton. As our reading of Johnston’s excellent book unfolds, the grotesque, spectacularly fallacious character of this perception will become uncomfortably clear. Donald Trump is currently tracking as the more honest of the two presidential candidates in a poll, although fact-checking of his statements during the campaign have shown he’s lied several times. The latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll reports that 46 percent of likely voters believe he is the more honest and trustworthy candidate, while 38 percent believed it was Hillary Clinton. This marks the biggest gap between the two candidates in five ABC News/Washington Post polls that asked the question, beginning in May.”

2. In the first excerpt read into the record in this broadcast, we finish  a chapter in which David Cay Johnston relates the genesis of Trump’s relationship with Senator Joe McCarthy’s right-hand man Roy Cohn. Having been sued by the Justice Department because of his discrimination against people of color when renting apartments in his properties, Trump turned to Cohn. It was the beginning of a long relationship between the long-time red-baiter and organized crime apologist and “The Donald.” Trump and Cohn lost the case. ” . . . Elyse Goldweber, the novice Justice Department lawyer, told the court that one employee who spoke to investigators was not being named because ‘he was afraid that the Trumps would have him ‘knocked off,’ or words to that effect’ for revealing the techniques used to deny blacks and other minorities. . . . In The Art of the Deal, Trump said he told Cohn, ‘I’d rather fight than fold, because a soon as you fold once you get the reputation’ of someone who settles case. But faced with a case in which neither facts nor the law were on his side, Trump folded and settled. . . .Trump handled the adverse settlement the way he had leaned from his father: by spinning the news and offering a simple and quotable narrative . . . Trump’s takeaway from this early loss was not that times had changed and civil rights laws would be enforced. . . . He also learned to place loyalty above all else. . . . That is, of course, the kind of perspective we expect from mobsters, dictators, and others whose primary regard is for unflinching support, not for allegiance to truth or facts. . . .” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 37-39.)

3. As noted in the program, on the day this was recorded, Trump University settled in a massive lawsuit by students who had been defrauded by the “school.” Trump played it in the fashion he learned from his father and that he applied in the housing discrimination suit, highlighted above: “. . . In The Art of the Deal, Trump said he told Cohn, ‘I’d rather fight than fold, because a soon as you fold once you get the reputation’ of someone who settles case. But faced with a case in which neither facts nor the law were on his side, Trump folded and settled. . . .Trump handled the adverse settlement the way he had leaned from his father: by spinning the news and offering a simple and quotable narrative . . . .” (The Making of Donald Trump; p. 38.)

4. Johnston notes at the end of chapter 5 that Trump learned that having Cohn as his attorney also had other benefits: ” . . . . Hiring him [Cohn] could ensure that his Manhattan construction projects moved smoothly. Among Cohn’s other clients were two of America’s most powerful Mafia figures who controlled key unions attached to demolition and construction in New York City.” (The Making of Donald Trump; p. 39.)

5. Against the background of Cohn’s mob connections, Johnston sets forth Trump’s utilization of those assets to realize his New York City real estate undertakings. Remarkably, such associations did not interdict Trump’s Atlantic City [New Jersey] gaming projects, which normally would have been precluded by such links. (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 41-49.)

6. About Trump, his business projects and the Mob:  ” . . . In The Art of the Deal, Trump boasts that when he applied for a casino owner’s license in 1981, he persuaded the New Jersey attorney general to limit the investigation of his background. It was perhaps the most lucrative negotiation of Trump’s life, one that would embarrass state officials a decade later when Trump’s involvement with mobsters, mob associates, and swindlers became clear. . . .” (The Making of Donald Trump; p. 41.)

7. Exemplifying Trump’s organized crime associates and the services they provided–courtesy of Roy Cohn–were Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul Castellano. ” . . . Trump bought his Manhattan ready-mix [concrete] from a company called S & A Concrete. Mafia chieftains Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul Castellano secretly owned the firm. S & A charged the inflated prices that the LeFrak and Resnik families complained about, LeFrak to both laws enforcement and The New York Times.

As [reporter Wayne] Barrett noted, by choosing to build with ready-mix concrete rather than other materials, Trump put himself ‘at the mercy of a legion of concrete racketeers.’ But having an ally in Roy Cohn mitigated Trump’s concerns. With Cohn as his fixer, Trump had no worries that the Mafia bosses would have the unions stop work on Trump Tower; Salerno and Castellano were Cohn’s clients. Indeed, when the cement workers struck in summer 1982, the concrete continued to flow at Trump Tower. . . .

. . .  Just as revealing was Trump’s association with John Cody, the corrupt head of Teamsters Local 282. Cody, under indictment when he ordered the citywide strike in 1982, directed that concrete deliveries continue to Trump Tower. Cody told Barrett, ‘Donald liked to deal with me through Roy Cohn. . . . ” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp.46-47.)

8. The excerpts read from Johnston’s remarkable tome conclude with examination of Trump’s relationship with Joey Weichselbaum, a convicted drug trafficker whose relationship with Trump is highly unusual and opaque, even by “The Donald’s” standards. “Among the assorted criminals with whom Trump did business over more than three decades, his most mysterious dealings involved a drug trafficker named Joseph Weichselbaum. Trump did unusual favors for the three-time felon, repeatedly putting his lucrative casino license at risk to help a major cocaine and marijuana trafficker for reasons that remain unfathomable. . . .” (The Making of Donald Trump; p. 59.)

9. Whereas Trump had many other places to turn to for the various aeronautical, automotive and supplemental services Weichelsbaum and his brother provided, Trump continued to use them and provided them and their associates with remarkable “perks.” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 59-65.)

10. With Trump poised to name a number of Supreme Court justices, we note that the venue of one of Weichelsbaum’s cases was changed in a highly suspicious, revealing and inauspicious manner. ” . . . When Weichelsbaum made a deal with prosecutors to plead guilty to one of the eighteen counts in the Cincinnati case, something very suspicious happened. His case was transferred out of Ohio for the guilty plea and the sentencing. Logically, the case might have gone to South Florida, where Bradford Motors [one of the Weichselbaum drug-trafficking fronts] was located, or to New York, where Weichselbaum lived. Indeed, that is exactly what Weichselbaum’s Ohio lawyer, Arnold Morelli, sought in a January 30, 1986 motion requesting his case be transferred to either Manhattan or Miami for ‘the convenience of human beings such as the defendant and witnesses.’ Instead the Weichelsbaum case was moved to New Jersey. There it was assigned to Judge Maryanne Trump Barry–Donald Trump’s older sister.

Judge Barry recused herself three weeks later, as judicial ethics required, but the mere act of removing herself from the case came with a powerful message: a sitting federal judge, as well as her husband (lawyer John Barry) and family, repeatedly flew in helicopters connected to a major drug trafficker. . . .When Judge Harold A. Ackerman replaced Trump’s sister, Trump wrote him a letter seeking leniency for Weichselbaum on the drug trafficking charge. Trump characterize the defendant as ‘a credit to the community’ and described Weichselbaum as ‘conscientious, forthright and diligent’ in his dealings with the Trump Plaza and Trump’s Castle casinos. When asked about the letter under oath in a private 1990 meeting with New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement lawyers, Trump testified that he could not recall whether ‘he had written any letters of reference to the federal judge who sentenced Weichselbaum.’ Subsequently, the division obtained such a letter, and Trump acknowledged that it bore his signature. . . .” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 63-64.)

11. This program concludes with the reading of a poem by Robinson Jeffers, “Be Angry at the Sun,” which encompasses Mr. Emory’s feelings about the recent election, as well as the people and institutions that have precipitated this event–one that figures to be devastating in its manifestations.

“Be Angry at the Sun” by Robinson Jeffers

That public men publish falsehoods
Is nothing new. That America must accept
Like the historical republics corruption and empire
Has been known for years.

Be angry at the sun for setting
If these things anger you. Watch the wheel slope and turn,
They are all bound on the wheel, these people, those warriors.
This republic, Europe, Asia.

Observe them gesticulating,
Observe them going down. The gang serves lies, the passionate
Man plays his part; the cold passion for truth
Hunts in no pack.

You are not Catullus, you know,
To lampoon these crude sketches of Caesar. You are far
From Dante’s feet, but even farther from his dirty
Political hatreds.

Let boys want pleasure, and men
Struggle for power, and women perhaps for fame,
And the servile to serve a Leader and the dupes to be duped.
Yours is not theirs.

Discussion

3 comments for “FTR #933 The Making of Donald Trump (Top Banana Republic), Part 2”

  1. Dear Dave,

    This comment is not directly related to FTR #933 but I really need your help.

    I’ve known about your web site for a few years now and at times I have felt you were absolutely correct and at other times I have felt you were mistaken but with Trump’s election my world has been thrown completely upside down and I don’t know what to believe anymore! All the so called “alternative news sites” I used to read, which I thought were constitutionalist libertarians, turned out to be outright Nazis and RT, which I thought was an unbiased news source, turned out to be Russian disinformation. They convinced me and millions of people worldwide there would be WWIII if Hillary was elected. Now I see this was just fear mongering to influence the US elections but here comes my first question: Why? Why would Putin want a Nazi, or at least a fascist sympathizer like Trump, in the White House? Is it because Putin himself is a Nazi as Garry Kasparov claims or was it simply because Trump would not intervene with Russia’s geopolitical plans in the Middle East. If so, here comes the first contradiction, who ever heard of a Nazi anti-war, non-interventionist country? If Trump is a Nazi then why does he want to withdraw from NATO and isolate the US from the international community? Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Or is Trump merely a puppet within the grand scheme of things. If this is the case then is Robert Mercer part of the Bormann Capital Network?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/19/us/politics/robert-mercer-donald-trump-donor.html

    After all, Rebekah Mercer was the one who brought Stephen K. Bannon (the man with the clearest ties to Nazi groups in the US) into the picture. Is Trump the stepping stone to the horrific realities described in this most disturbing article: “Zero to Eighty-Eight: Notes on Building a Deep State.”

    http://fashthenation.com/2016/11/zero-to-eighty-eight-notes-on-building-a-deep-state/

    I have heard you say the end game is for Germany to recapture it’s lost power and reinstate the Third Reich but honestly, Merkel seems to be the only rational voice left! I have personally seen her squelch any kind of nationalistic attitudes and she openly stated the “Heil Trumps” in the recent Alt-right meeting video which circulated on youtube were “repugnant”. So what’s the deal? Is the downfall of Germany the future check-mate move? Because right now the countries I see as totalitarian Nazi-like states are the US and Russia….. not Germany!

    When I contacted you some time ago you told me to read all the books on your web site but frankly I didn’t do it because the amount of information was simply overwhelming. However, given the current state of affairs, I decided to begin reading: “Martin Bormann, Nazi in Exile” and right off the bat, in the very first sentence of the acknowledgements section Paul Manning is thanking Allen Dulles for his encouragement……. Allen Dulles!?!?!? Wasn’t he the one who covered up JFK’s assassination? The same Allen Dulles who supposedly brought all those Nazis to the US in the infamous Operation Paperclip? Wikipedia says Allen Dulles was an anti-semite but in this obscure web site

    http://spartacus-educational.com/USAdullesA.htm

    It says: “In 1935 Dulles visited Nazi Germany. He was appalled by the treatment of German Jews and advocated his law firm to close their Berlin office.”

    So, will the real Allen Dulles please stand up? I spent 5 years of my life doing research on the JFK assassination but apparently everything I thought I knew was mistaken! I did see the subtle nazification of the US but I thought the line went through Dulles to the Bushes and subsequent administrations, both Republican and Democrat, slowly eroding American’s freedom and civil rights. And to be honest, would we now be in this pickle if all the administrations since Kennedy hadn’t put their little grain of sand to advance the national security state while giving more power to the executive branch of government?

    Please answer my questions directly. If I could deduce the answers to them by reading the information on your web site I wouldn’t be asking them. I don’t know which way is up or down and I am sure there are many people who are just as confused as I am with Trump’s election. It would be so helpful if you, Pterrafractyl or anybody else you trust with these issues, could post a synopsis or schematic diagram that would clearly explain exactly who advanced this Nazi agenda in the US, where Trump fits into the picture and what can we expect within the next 5 to 10 years. Subsequently we can do the legwork ourselves but we need to know which path to follow if we are to take the first step.

    Wishing you a peaceful Thanksgiving….

    Posted by Silvia | November 25, 2016, 1:11 pm
  2. @Silvia–

    Yours is a very good question and is, no doubt, shared by many other listeners, readers and users of this website.

    Alas, a simple, brief explanation is ever elusive.

    The strong part of my work is its academic rigor, sourcing, and correct foreshadowing of events to come.

    Sadly, its weakness is that is long, time-consuming to absorb and, as a result, beyond the reach of many who do not have the time or physical resources to access the documentation upon which my presentations are made.

    The answer is–as briefly as I can make it–that Trump is a vehicle for the Underground Reich.

    Putin, like Stalin, is trying to avoid encirclement by a hostile alliance and sees–mistakenly in my opinion–Trump as a means to that end.

    Stalin signed the Hitler/Stalin pact not because he was a convert to Nazism, but because he sought a buffer zone between an ascendant Germany and the USSR and sought to buy time.

    As a result of that pact, the Soviet Union got the Baltic States, Moldavia (then usually referred to as Bessarabia) and parts of Poland, after the war started.

    Stalin turned out to be deeply mistaken, of course, and I suspect that Putin may be as well.

    They key dynamic, here is German “Ostpolitik.”

    Germany wants to supplant NATO (in the long run) with a German-dominated all-EU military.

    Germany also wants to establish an economic trade union stretching from Lisbon to Vladivostok. Preliminary discussions are already under way, although the realization of such a project is a long way off.

    The underlying concept, in my opinion, is to start a bidding war between East and West that will ultimately benefit Germany.

    To understand this, one must understand German Ostpolitik.

    An essential source on this is: http://spitfirelist.com/books/germany-plots-with-the-kremlin/

    For some background on how Trump fits into this: http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-918-the-trumpenkampfverbande-part-1-german-ostpolitik-part-1/

    Also this: http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-919-the-trumpenkampfverbande-part-2-german-ostpolitik-part-2/

    FTR #930 will provide some depth: http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-930-the-trumpenkampfverbande-part-9-alfa-males-part-3-german-ostpolitik-part-3/

    I recommend doing a search in the “For The Record” category for keywords “Trump” and “Steuben.” Be sure to use the quotes.

    As to Allen Dulles, he headed the OSS Berne, Switzerland office and was known to Paul Manning through their service in World War II (Manning was actually in the military, as was required to fly combat missions over Europe.)

    If one were to pursue the Bormann group from a journalistic standpoint, there would be few places to turn and Allen Dulles would have been one of them.

    Note that Manning was almost certainly “doubled on” during his search. The book makes his difficulties clear and my interview with Peter Manning (his son) goes into that at further depth.

    http://spitfirelist.com/for-the-record/ftr-125-interview-with-peter-manning/

    A couple of elemental, fundamental aspects of espionage work–spies don’t manifest their true allegiances on the surface. They are, after all, spies.

    The cardinal rule for a good double agent is to make oneself indispensable to the effort.

    I’ve no doubt that Dulles, being a skilled operative, would have done just that.

    He would have made himself indispensable to the effort, while at the same time betraying Manning to the Bormann group.

    I hope that this helps.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | November 26, 2016, 3:39 pm
  3. Dear Dave,

    Thank you so much for you reply. It was indeed very helpful and I am deeply impressed with your knowledge regarding this issue.

    I also appreciate the peaceful and subdued tone in your explanation because this allowed me to step back and see things more clearly. When the election results first came through I was in a state of panic. I thought nobody could be trusted because at that precise moment I realized how Russian propaganda had affected the results but now I see the truth can be found anywhere, if one knows where to look.

    What you said about Germany mobilizing to become the military leader of a coalition of EU countries is mentioned right here on RT

    https://www.rt.com/op-edge/361832-eu-army-nato-germany/

    No wonder Putin once said he thought he knew everything as a KGB agent until he became president and realized even the most sophisticated KGB operations were child’s play compared to international politics!

    So, am I correct to assume the west, i.e. Germany has been stoking people’s fear regarding Russian expansionism? Because when Trump was elected all the Baltic and former Soviet states were terrified to think the US might withdraw from the NATO. Some eastern European leaders are even “pushing” Angela Merkel for a joint EU army

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/european-leaders-push-angela-merkel-for-joint-eu-army-a7211861.html

    while Putin is happy because he thinks a Trump presidency means a withdrawal from NATO and the threat it represents for Russia. In the meantime, nobody sees Germany as a major threat to anyone! Well, nobody except Britain who left the EU because (among many other things) it did not want to form part of a EU army with Germany as it’s leader.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/718527/EU-ARMY-BLACKMAIL-Germany-warns-post-Brexit-UK

    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/14/brexit-architect-nigel-farage-has-slammed-plans-for-an-eu-army-after-donald-trumps-election-win.html

    So, it seems Mr. Trump, Mr. Farage and Mr. Putin have all been played by Germany. Well, all I can say is…… Wow!

    Do you think Angela Merkel as Chancellor and Ursula von der Leyen as Minister of Defense have been chosen on purpose precisely because they appear “non-threatening”? Maybe in this video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi0dffrSmPI

    Merkel wasn’t saying no, as I previously thought. Maybe she was just saying: No, No, No….. not yet!
    Regards
    Silvia

    Posted by Silvia | November 29, 2016, 3:26 pm

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