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FTR #934 The Making of Donald Trump (Top Banana Republic), Part 3

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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 third 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.”

The program features a continuation of Johnston’s account of Trump’s “curious” relationship with convicted felon and drug dealer Joey Weichselbaum. “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.)

thinkbignkickassWith 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.)

IlDuceIlDoucheDuring the campaign, Trump targeted disaffected, alienated blue-collar workers, chafing under the effects of globalization and lingering damage from the financial collapse of 2008. “The Donald” also, of course, made expelling illegal immigrants a cornerstone of his campaign. There could be no better balance in which to hang the integrity of President-elect Donald Trump than to examine the chapter Johnson titled “The Polish Brigade.” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 69-76.)

When demolishing the old Bonwit Teller building in New York City to make way for one of his signature projects, Trump not only broke a promise to salvage the valuable art deco piece at the building’s entrance (providing disingenuous responses to criticism about this), but employed illegal Polish immigrants to dismantle the structure. The abuse to which Trump subjected those immigrants is striking and bodes poorly for those elements of “Middle America” who supported him during the election.

The “Polish Brigade” were not given even elementary working tools, nor basic safety equipment such as hard hats. They worked long hours at very low pay under horrible working conditions and were often not paid at all, until they threatened a top Trump assistant, Thomas Macari.

“Instead of hiring an experienced demolition contractor, Trump chose Kaszycki & Sons Contractors, a window washing business owned by a Polish emigre. Upward of two hundred men began demolishing the building in midwinter 1980. The men worked without hard hats. They lacked facemasks, even though asbestos–known to cause incurable cancers–swirled all around them. They didn’t have goggles to protect their eyes from the bits of concrete and steel that sometimes flew through the air like bullets. The men didn’t have power tools either; they brought down the twelve-story building with sledgehammers. . . .

. . . . The demolition workers were not American citizens, but ‘had recently arrived from Poland,’ a federal court later determined. The court also found that ‘they were undocumented and worked ‘off the books.’ No payroll records were kept, no Social Security or other taxes were withheld and they were not paid in accordance with wage laws. They were told they would be paid $4.00 or in some cases $5.00 an hour for working 12-hour shifts seven days a week. In fact, they were paid irregularly and incompletely.’ . . .

. . . . Fed up that their paychecks kept bouncing, some of the workers corralled Thomas Macari, Trump’s personal representative they showed him to the edge of one of the higher floors and asked if he would like them to hang him over the side. The workers, likely hungry, demanded their pay. Otherwise, no work.

When Macari told his boss what had happened, Trump placed a panicked telephone call to Daniel Sullivan–a labor fixer, FBI informant, suspect in the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa, and Trump’s personal negotiator for the Grand Hyatt contract with the hotel workers’ union.

‘Donald told me he was having some difficulties,’ Sullivan later testified, ‘and he admitted to me that–seeking my advice–he had some illegal Polish employees on the job. . . .

. . . .There is no record of any federal, state, or city safety inspector filing a report during the demolition. In a 1990 Trenton restaurant interview. I asked Sullivan how a project of this size could have been erected in the heart of Manhattan without attracting government job safety inspectors. Sullivan just looked at me. When I widened my eyes to make clear that I wanted an explicitly answer, he said, ‘You know why.’ When I persisted, anticipating that Sullivan might specify bribes to inspectors, he said that unions and concrete suppliers were not the only areas where Trump’s lawyer, Roy Cohn, had influence. . . . ” (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 70-72.)

The text excerpts conclude with a reading of most of chapter 10 of Johnston’s book, covering how Trump’s estimates of his own net worth varied according to his mood at the time of the inquiry. This did not stop him from suing journalist Tim O’Brien for allegedly mis-reporting Trump’s worth. (The Making of Donald Trump; pp. 77-83.)

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

5 comments for “FTR #934 The Making of Donald Trump (Top Banana Republic), Part 3”

  1. Look who’s back! Or rather, look who never crawled back under their scum-covered rock of lies and misinformation: Roger Stone! Yes, it appears Stone has a message for Hillary Clinton about the Clinton campaign agreeing to oversee the Wisconsin vote recount called for by Green Party candidate Jill Stein: Because Stone is confident that the millions of dollars raised by Stein were actually secretly funneled by George Soros or Hillary Clinton, Stone is pretty sure that Donald Trump is going to be “Lock her up!” back on the table:

    Politico

    Roger Stone: Clinton more likely to face prosecution after recount

    By Madeline Conway
    11/28/16 06:34 PM EST

    Roger Stone, the Republican strategist and campaign confidant of Donald Trump, suggested Monday without evidence that Hillary Clinton is more likely to face prosecution under the president-elect’s administration because her campaign is cooperating with Jill Stein’s recount effort.

    Again offering no evidence, Stone told Steve Malzberg that “we have to presume” that the money funding the Stein campaign’s call for a recount is from billionaire donor George Soros or from Clinton, who lost the White House to Trump this month in a major upset.

    “Now Hillary, I think, increases her chances of prosecution by acting this way,” Stone concluded.

    Stein has called for a recount in Wisconsin, has begun the process in Pennsylvania and may do so in Michigan as well, but Clinton’s campaign says it has found no evidence to suggest that the election results were compromised. Her lawyers, however, will attend the recount proceedings.

    During an interview last week with editors and writers for the New York Times, Trump said, “I don’t want to hurt the Clintons.”

    Asked if he were taking the idea of an investigation “off the table,” however, Trump demurred.

    “No, but the question was asked,” he said, adding: “It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about.

    It would be a major breach of the Justice Department’s traditional independence from the White House for the president to order the prosecution of any individual as a means of political retaliation. (The FBI recommended against bringing charges against Clinton for her use of a secret email secretary of state in July and reaffirmed that decision a few days before the election.)

    Still, Trump’s senior adviser, Kellyanne Conway, also seemed to draw a connection between the recount effort and the prosecution question during a TV interview on Sunday.

    “He’s been incredibly gracious and magnanimous to Secretary Clinton at a time when, for whatever reason, her folks are saying they will join in a recount to try to somehow undo the 70-plus electoral votes that he beat her by,” Conway said to CNN’s Dana Bash.

    Stone, a former acolyte of Richard Nixon, has a history of floating conspiracy theories. He is a regular guest on Alex Jones’ radio show, and in a tweet in late October, he seemed to suggest that the Clintons were responsible for a number of deaths.

    It would be a major breach of the Justice Department’s traditional independence from the White House for the president to order the prosecution of any individual as a means of political retaliation. (The FBI recommended against bringing charges against Clinton for her use of a secret email secretary of state in July and reaffirmed that decision a few days before the election.)”

    Yeah, it seems like political retaliation is a rather question reason for the Justice Department to abandon its traditional independence from the White House since it’s the Justice Department, and not the President, who decides who gets prosecuted. But, hey, who cares about things like traditions of independence. Or establishing precedents of jailing your opponent if they participate in a perfectly legitimate recount. Or threats of blackmail. This is the Trump era! Those things are ok now. As long as it’s Team Trump doing it.

    Also, since Stone is a regular guest on Alex Jones’s radio show, it’s probably also worth noting that the tweet Donald Trump sent out on Sunday about how millions of illegal voters went to the polls and voted for Hillary and that’s why he lost the popular vote, was pushing the same myth about voter fraud Jones has been pushing of late. It’s a small world.

    In related and cosmically ironic news, check out who Trump appears to be seriously considering for Hillary Clinton’s old job:

    Politico

    Trump gives Petraeus a pass

    The candidate who threatened to lock up Clinton for mishandling classified information considers a retired general who pleaded guilty to leaking secrets to be his top diplomat.

    By Bryan Bender
    11/28/16 07:36 PM EST

    Donald Trump said Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for classified State Department emails made her unfit for high office. But that isn’t stopping him from considering David Petraeus, who pled guilty to knowingly leaking secret government files — and lying to the feds about it — for secretary of state.

    Trump’s hourlong meeting Monday with Petraeus, a retired general and former CIA director, to discuss the Cabinet position is the latest in the president-elect’s outreach to retired military leaders who have clashed with President Barack Obama on foreign policy and national security.

    But it also calls into question the sincerity of Trump’s stance on the importance of safeguarding the nation’s secrets, according to former government officials and intelligence experts — a stance that was driven home with campaign trail chants of “lock her up.”

    “The very consideration of Petraeus for a senior position reveals that the Trump campaign’s rhetoric regarding Hillary Clinton was totally bogus,” said Steven Aftergood, a specialist on government classification at the Federation of American Scientists. “Candidate Trump was generating hysteria over Clinton’s handling or mishandling of classified information that he likely never believed or took seriously himself.

    “Petraeus admitted lying to the FBI, which distinguished his case from Clinton’s and made his case a good deal worse,” Aftergood added. “I think once again President-elect Trump is revealed as a rather hypocritical figure.”

    Petraeus’ stint as head of the CIA came to ignominious end in 2012 when it was discovered he was having an extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, his biographer, and had shared reams of classified information with her. He pled guilty to misdemeanor charges and was sentenced to two years of probation and forced to pay a $40,000 fine. Investigators also claimed that Petraeus separately shared classified information with journalists.

    It is likely to be a major point of contention if he is nominated and faces confirmation by the Senate, where he has significant supporters but there is already some angst about having to grapple with his law-breaking.

    A former senior intelligence official who was once Petraeus’ boss said he would not hire Petraeus for the top diplomatic post for several reasons, including that his professional experience has mostly been limited to military operations in the Middle East.

    However, his leaking of classified information seems an obvious disqualifier, said the former spy, who spoke only on condition he not be identified.

    “The fact someone who acknowledged committing that would even be considered is surprising to me,” he said. “Especially since Trump made that such a part of his campaign against Clinton. It is asking for trouble. [Petraeus] left the CIA in disgrace.”

    Trump himself frequently used the retired general’s case to assert that Clinton was getting preferential treatment.

    “Other lives, including Gen. Petraeus and many others, have been destroyed for doing far, far less,” Trump said at a rally in October of Clinton’s email troubles. “This is a conspiracy against you, the American people, and we cannot let this happen or continue.”

    Trump also singled out retired Marine Gen. James Cartwright, who recently pled guilty to lying to the FBI about allegations he shared classified information with the news media on a highly classified program to disrupt Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

    But while the FBI concluded Clinton was reckless in her decision to use a private computer for government business, her actions were not deemed serious enough to warrant prosecution.

    Conversely, the bureau concluded what Petraeus did was far more significant.

    “So you have obstruction of justice, you have intentional misconduct and a vast quantity of information,” FBI Director James Comey told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee of Petraeus’ actions. “He admitted he knew that was the wrong thing to do. That is a perfect illustration of the kind of cases that get prosecuted.”

    After their meeting at Trump Tower in New York on Monday, Trump praised Petraeus on Twitter. “Just met with General Petraeus — was very impressed!” he wrote.

    Not to be outdone, Petraeus briefly stopped to talk to reporters, saying that in their meeting Trump demonstrated an impressive understanding of world affairs.

    “He basically walked us around the world,” Petraeus said of Trump. “Showed a great grasp of a variety of the challenges that are out there and some of the opportunities as well. Very good conversation and we’ll see where it goes from here. We’ll see where it goes from here.”

    ““So you have obstruction of justice, you have intentional misconduct and a vast quantity of information,” FBI Director James Comey told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee of Petraeus’ actions. “He admitted he knew that was the wrong thing to do. That is a perfect illustration of the kind of cases that get prosecuted.””

    So now that it’s becoming clear that the principles guiding the Trump administration are going to be completely fluid and reality is just a malleable verbal construct, it’s also becoming evident that one of the Trump administration’s key political strategies going forward might actually be an open embrace a gross corruption and hypocrisy coupled with an expectation that everyone adhere to whatever the new official reality is declared to be. On a day by day or moment by moment basis. In other words, maybe Trump isn’t acting like a hypocritical nepotistic mobster in the opening weeks of his administration because he wants everyone to come to terms with the fact that the next president is basically a unprincipled fascist mobster. Instead, perhaps acting like an unprincipled fascist mobster is part of a broader psy-op technique for keeping his grip on the hearts and minds of the Trump-supporting Americans by psychologically softening them up with a 1984-style post-factual regime of principle-free non-reality leadership roller coaster that never ends and is just getting started. To put it another way, we won’t be a fully realized Trumpian banana republic until the public can’t even define for itself what a banana republic is anymore and turns to dear-leader for a definition. And what better way to realize that Orwellian dream than by behaving in a myriad of ways that are guaranteed to bring an avalanche of criticisms which will only be deflected via Trumpian guile and used to disassociate Trump’s supporters from “the reality-based community” even more.

    Could that actually be part of a conscious Trump strategy? It seems worth considering at this point. Of course, maybe he’s just behaving the way he’s behaving because he’s an unprincipled fascist mobster. We’ll see!

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | November 28, 2016, 8:05 pm
  2. @Dave
    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard you covered at the begining of FTR 934 program, as a “progressive” Bernie Sanders backer and a Narendra Modi supporter who met with President-Elect Trump is also a strong supporter of the The Standing Rock Sioux in the current North Dakota Pipeline Dispute who went to the protest in North Dakota soon after you posted FTR 934.

    Do you think her support should possibly be considered in an Underground Reich/UNPO/Going Native FTR 550 Context? I heard about her vist in a NPR Interview. Transcript is below.
    Thank you,
    GK

    http://www.npr.org/2016/12/04/504352885/thousands-of-veterans-travel-to-standing-rock-to-support-activists
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    AROUND THE NATION

    Thousands Of Veterans Travel To
    Standing Rock To Support Activists

    December 4, 20165:15 PM ET
    Heard on All Things Considered
    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii joined thousands of veterans at the Standing Rock protest in North Dakota this weekend. They traveled to show solidarity against the oil pipeline.

    MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

    Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is with us now. She’s a Democrat from Hawaii. She is among the veterans who gathered at the camps this weekend – over the course of the weekend offering to serve as human shields to protect activists from possible law enforcement action. And Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is with us now. Congresswoman, thank you so much for speaking with us.

    TULSI GABBARD: Aloha. It’s good to be with you.

    MARTIN: What did you hear? What have you heard today?

    GABBARD: You know, I got a message this afternoon shortly after we had a gathering of the veterans who have come here throughout the weekend. On my way back to camp, I got a message that the chairman had an announcement to make and he was inviting me over to where he was, where I quickly learned that the Army Corps of Engineers had informed him that they would not approve the easement for the pipeline to be built beneath the river, in effect, by stating that this approval would not take place. In effect, this will force a rerouting of the pipeline.

    MARTIN: So what was the reaction when this announcement was made?

    GABBARD: I mean, there have been and continue to be cheers throughout the camp in different places as people learn of the news. And many people can’t believe it’s true. And Chairman Archambault of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe just went before a gathering of a few thousand to let them know that in fact it is true, and that their prayers and their peaceful stand for protecting water made the difference not only for the people here at Standing Rock, but for literally generations to come.

    MARTIN: What’s your reaction?

    GABBARD: This is a historic moment. I’m grateful to be here, grateful to be here with people from all over this country, grateful to be here with tribes from across Indian country and with the people of Standing Rock at a truly momentous time, you know? This has come about because of many, many months of people coming here and gathering to protect the water, and many, many years of the Standing Rock Sioux battling against this pipeline being built in a way that would affect and impact their water for generations to come. I have trouble finding the right words. It just shows how powerful it is when people come together, overcome differences for our common good. And there is nothing more precious to life than water.

    MARTIN: What made you want to travel to Cannon Ball, N.D. this weekend?

    GABBARD: You know, like so many veterans, I got the call from Wes Clark Jr. He said, hey, I’m trying to put together this gathering of veterans to go and stand with Standing Rock. Would you be available to come? I had been wanting to come for quite some time. For me personally, the issue of water protection has been an issue that’s been near and dear to my heart for a long time. It’s actually what first got me involved with politics in Hawaii many, many years ago, even as a teenager. In Hawaii at that time, they were planning to build a landfill over a major water aquifer, which, you know, made absolutely no sense.

    And that ignited a fire within me many, many years ago, and felt in some ways kindred spirit to the threat that the people here at Standing Rock have been fighting against, which is not different from the unfortunate lead poisoning that the people of Flint, Mich. have been enduring, and is not different from a threat that we face in Hawaii right now where one of our largest water aquifers sits beneath a fuel storage tank carrying millions and millions gallons of fuel that’s actually leaked already tens of thousands of gallons of fuel, threatening the water quality in our aquifer.

    So there are issues like this that are happening across the country. And this victory today here at Standing Rock I know is giving great hope to others who are facing similar battles in their own communities.

    MARTIN: Where were you in fact willing to serve as a human shield? Was that your plan?

    GABBARD: My plan was to come here and stand in peace and in prayer with the people of Standing Rock with all of our other veterans. And that’s exactly what’s been happening. And that’s what has led to this moment.

    MARTIN: Do you think that your presence and that of the other veterans there is what turned the tide here?

    GABBARD: It’s hard to say. Again, thousands of people have been here for several months. Veterans have been piling in here and trickling in here over the last few days by the thousands. The Standing Rock Sioux have been battling this pipeline for years. Chairman Archambault, as he spoke to the crowd, shared his gratitude for all who have come and all who were not able to come, but have prayed from their homes in their mission to protect water in order to preserve and protect the life and the future of their families and their community and their tribe.

    MARTIN: What do you think will happen now, Congresswoman? We think the Army Corps of Engineers announced that it won’t grant the easement, so – crossing the river. So does that mean that it will be…

    GABBARD: In effect, it will be rerouted. The other victory that came about today is that what Chairman Archambault many others from the Sioux nation have been calling for is a complete environmental impact statement on the entire pipeline. Thus far, there has only been an environmental assessment, which he shared with me yesterday. It looks at data and statistics, whereas an environmental impact statement is comprehensive and fully examines the impact of this project on people and communities as a whole, along with many other things. So they are looking at a few different positive developments that have come about today through the Army Corps’ announcement.

    MARTIN: Before we let you go, Congresswoman, as you know, a new administration comes into office very soon, in six or seven weeks now. Is it possible that the incoming Trump administration will reverse this decision?

    GABBARD: Look, people here are very proud of what they’ve accomplished, and they have no negative thoughts towards the future. They have shared that whomever is in the White House, they will continue to advocate for the protection of water and the protection of their people.

    MARTIN: That’s Tulsi Gabbard. She’s a U.S. congresswoman. She represents Hawaii’s second district. She’s a Democrat. And she’s also a U.S. veteran. She joined us from the Oceti Sakowin Camp in North Dakota today at the site of the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. We reached her by telephone. Congresswoman, thank you so much for speaking with us.

    GABBARD: Thank you. Aloha.

    Posted by GK | December 10, 2016, 7:51 am
  3. @GK–

    Good call. That may very well be the case.

    I will be delving into her situation and that of Saint Bernard (Sanders) in the near future.

    Gabbard is networked with the RSS, the Hindu nationalist/fascist party from which Narendra Nodi drew all of his cabinet appointments.

    The RSS was modeled after Hitler’s NSDAP and Mussolini’s blackshirts.

    Its paramilitary cadre was based on the Nazi SS.

    Gabbard was deeply involved with arranging Modi’s trip to the U.S.

    Her support for Modi’s BJP and the RSS for which it is a front is predicated on her opposition to Daesh, the ISIS.

    She blasted Obama for not calling ISIS an “Islamic organization.”

    She weakened Hillary Clinton’s candidacy by resigning as Deputy chair of the DNC so she could support Saint Bernard.

    She supports “Boinie,” in part, because she is against wars of intervention and “regime change.”

    Yet, she is supportive of Trump’s appointments of generals to key cabinet posts–all of whom are in favor of re-engaging in the Middle East and the same types of operations to which “Boinie” is opposed.

    Although she supports the RSS for their opposition to Muslims, she supports African-American Muslim Keith Ellison for head of the DNC!

    It would be difficult to imagine anything that would undermine what’s left of the Democratic Party than to have Ellison as the face of the party.

    Ellison, BTW, is heavily networked with Muslim Brotherhood front organizations such as the INSA.

    He may not realize that is what they are–the Muslim Brotherhood has been allowed to assume point for the American Muslim community.

    They will come to regret this, believe me.

    Now, Gabbard’s dramatically conflicting stances don’t compute if we take them at face value.

    IF, however, we look at Saint Tulsi as an undercover infiltrator of the DNC, with subversive intent and actions, she makes a GREAT DEAL of sense!

    I will be talking more about her in upcoming programs.

    Also: She is reported to be a Hindu. That is not strictly speaking, accurate.

    She is a member of the Hare Krishna cult!

    More about this in an upcoming show.

    Best,

    Dave

    Posted by Dave Emory | December 10, 2016, 2:53 pm
  4. CIA Concludes Russian Interference Aimed To Elect Trump
    http://news.wgbh.org/2016/12/10/news/cia-concludes-russian-interference-aimed-elect-trump

    The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election specifically to help Donald Trump win the presidency, a U.S. official has confirmed to NPR.

    “Before, there was confidence about the fact that Russia interfered,” the official says. “But there was low confidence on what the direction and intentionality of the interference was. Now they [the CIA] have come to the conclusion that Russia was trying to tip the election to Trump.”

    The official adds: “The reason the assessment changed is that new information became available” since Oct. 7, when the Department of Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence released a joint statement accusing Russia of interfering with the American election process.

    The Washington Post first reported the CIA’s new assessment on Friday.

    In addition to hacking into Democratic organizations, Russians hacked the Republican National Committee’s computer systems, according to a separate report from The New York Times — but they did not release any information that might have been retrieved from Republican networks.

    “Intelligence agencies have identified individuals with connections to the Russian government who provided WikiLeaks with thousands of hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee and others, including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, according to U.S. officials,” the Post reports. “Those officials described the individuals as actors known to the intelligence community and part of a wider Russian operation to boost Trump and hurt Clinton’s chances.”

    Citing anonymous officials briefed on the issue, the Post says the CIA shared its findings with senators in a closed-door briefing last week, saying it was now “quite clear” that Russia’s goal was to tip the presidency in Trump’s favor:

    ” ‘It is the assessment of the intelligence community that Russia’s goal here was to favor one candidate over the other, to help Trump get elected,’ said a senior U.S. official briefed on an intelligence presentation made to U.S. senators. ‘That’s the consensus view.’ ”

    In a previous assessment, CIA officials had thought Russians intervened with the intention of undermining Americans’ electoral system, Adam Entous, one of the Post story’s reporters, tells NPR’s Scott Simon.

    On Friday evening, the Trump transition team fired back with a statement dismissing the report of the agency’s conclusion.

    “These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the statement said. “The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history. It’s now time to move on and ‘Make America Great Again.’ ”

    In fact, Trump’s percentage of the electoral vote in the 2016 election ranks 46th among presidential election winners in U.S. history, according to factcheck.org.

    Trump’s claim is a reference to the CIA’s flawed intelligence on Iraq, in the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The CIA and other spy agencies judged that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction — a judgment that proved to be false. While the leadership of the CIA has changed hands several times in the years since then, many intelligence officers and analysts who worked on the Iraq intelligence still serve at CIA and in other parts of the U.S. intelligence community.

    But whether or not Trump’s top officials acknowledge the report as a possible threat, the Post’s Adam Entous points out Trump will soon be in command of the intelligence agencies.

    “I’m sure they’re going to declassify some elements of the report and I’m sure there will be leaks,” he adds, but the Obama administration can’t disclose the full details of the case, because it would be “compromising what’s known as ‘sources and methods,’ which would then make it harder for the CIA and the NSA and other spy agencies to get more information in the future.”

    Earlier Friday, President Obama ordered the intelligence community to conduct a “full review” of “malicious cyber activity” timed to U.S. elections, as we previously reported:

    “In the 2016 election, U.S. intelligence officials charged that Russia had interfered. In early October, they released a strongly worded statement saying they were ‘confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.’ The statement went on to say ‘these thefts and disclosures are intended to interfere with the U.S. election process.’ ”

    The U.S. official says that “there is a determination to do something” before the Obama administration leaves power. “It’s still being discussed exactly what to do. And as we’ve said before, some of it you may see and some of it you will not.”

    Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the response from President-elect Donald Trump is “very misguided.”

    “When you have strong evidence that a foreign power has interfered with the American election, with American institutions, then what you do is keep digging. You get all the facts out,” Wyden says. “You respond to the American people with the kind of information that they have a right to know.”

    He also advocates releasing more information on the cyberattacks.

    “I do believe there is important information that the American people have a right to know. It ought to be declassified promptly.”

    “It’s very important that the American public knows what happened, not necessarily to re-litigate this election, but to look forward,” says Sen. Angus King, an independent senator from Maine. “What worries me is the extent to which this is an ongoing pattern — which, by the way, is the Russians’ pattern in other parts of the world.

    “And is that going to be the case in our elections? Four years from now, are we going to have the Democrats, the Republicans, the independents and the Russians?” King asks. “I mean, this is very serious stuff.”

    Posted by John | December 10, 2016, 5:36 pm
  5. The entire Gabbard family deserves serious scrutiny, including political parents Carole and Mike. Tulsi and all of her siblings were home
    schooled. AND Carole served on the state board of education AND believes in the Hindu faith. Tulsi’s Catholic father Mike was elected to
    the state senate as a Republican yet switched to Democrat. Both father and daughter have expressed anti-gay pro “traditional marriage”
    sentiments.

    Then there are the questionable ties of the Gabbard family (as well as Tulsi’s husband Abraham Williams” ties) to guru Chris Butler and the
    Science of Identity Foundation, a Krishna cult mixing business, vegetarianism, yoga and opposed to homosexuality. The only thing missing
    here is UFO beliefs. But photos of Butler reveal the dazed glazed look of a shoplifter ala the late Marshall Applewhite of the Heaven’s Gate/
    Hale Bopp cult, so maybe that base too is covered.
    .
    Yes rising star Tulsi, a military veteran critical of Obama yet full of praise for the anti-Muslim Modil and consulting with old Seven Days In
    May Trump, may have a great political future.
    Look forward to your upcoming analysis.

    Posted by Dennis | December 11, 2016, 3:38 pm

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