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Since more and more Trump Administration officials are getting into hot water because of Russia, I'd thought it was time to have an all-encompassing thread. So far National Security Adviser Mike Flynn has resigned because he talked with the Russian ambassador about lifting sanctions against his country.

 

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/13/politics/michael-flynn-white-house-national-security-adviser/

 

Now Attorney General Jeff Sessions is having his own Russian problem.

 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/03/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-disclose-russia-contacts-report-170302041900080.html

 

The Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is buddies with Vladimir Putin.

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/01/tillerson-confirmation-senate-mccain-graham-exxonmobil-russia-putin/512750/

And that's not to mention Donald Trump's flirtations with Vladimir Putin.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/05/donald-trump-repeats-his-respect-for-killer-vladimir-putin

 

It's time to grab some popcorn because this could get very interesting.

 

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Sessions I will admit surprised me. And I'd be willing to accept that he was just doing it as part of his job IF he had talked about it in answer to the questions at his confirmation. Why not just say yeah I meet with the Russian ambassador every year several times as part of my job in the Senate? The cover-up will get you. Every time.

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There’s a Deep State in America?!

by Ramin Mazaheri

 

Imagine my surprise when, on my flight back from San Francisco to New York, that’s what my trusty New York Times revealed to me. My first thought was: I can’t believe how this horrible Donald Trump has set up a Deep State in less than a month?!

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/16/world/americas/deep-state-leaks-trump.html?_r=1

 

Surely Russia was involved in its formation.

 

Then again, I strangely find myself thinking a lot about Russia these days. I’ll admit it – when my morning breakfast was late it fleetingly occurred to me that the Kremlin was behind this slowdown in my hotel room service.

 

Putting that aside, I was immediately relieved when by the 3rd paragraph our nation’s paper of record had put to rest my fears of an unprecedented formation of a US Deep State with, “Not quite, experts say….”

 

Whew. I just don’t put anything past the evil capabilities of the Donald!

 

Reading the article I was surprised to find that the Deep State isn’t what I thought it was – apparently it’s only when the government leaks information to the media?

 

That’s funny, because one time on the SF-NYC “Job Creator Red-eye” I sat next to an Egyptian guy. Of course I was worried, at first, but I found out it he was a Coptic Christian, so that put me at ease. Who even knew they had those?!

 

This Egyptian told me about his country’s Deep State, and it sounded really bad:

 

He said that they colluded with “some Western countries” – he didn’t say which and looked kind of uncomfortable as he said it, for some reason – to stop that great Tahrir Square Revolution which was to guarantee that Israel would be safe.

 

“Mr. Gypsy” said that the Egyptian version of the Deep State was that their military controlled the economy, and that they bribed, imprisoned and killed people to keep their grip on the economy and control over foreign policy.

 

It sounded pretty bad.

 

I told him I was happy that Washington was supporting Al-Sisi’s military takeover with billions in aid, and that he didn’t have to thank me personally for that.

 

A “military” intertwined with the “economy”…I must admit, it did make me think…

 

…Of Russia! I’m nearly certain that Putin created something similar over there, after he banned elections, so why even verify it with some research?!

 

But this Egyptian must not have known what he was talking about, because the New York Times article didn’t say anything about the economy?

What they said was:

 

Mr. Trump, apparently seeking to cut the intelligence community, State Department, and other agencies out of the policy-making process almost entirely, may have triggered a conflict whose escalation we are seeing in the rising number of leaks."

 

Officials, deprived of the usual levers for shaping policies that are supposed to be their purview, are left with little other than leaking.”

 

Trump was clearly trying to cut public officials out of the democratic process, and they had no choice but to resort to these “illegal” leaks! I mean, I’m pretty sure you don’t get elected to be a CIA spy or NSA agent, but somebody up top is and…well, I don’t know if they did the leaks…and I don’t know if the leaks are really true or not…but I’m telling you – we have to get Donald out NOW!

 

Anything that’s bad for Trump must be good. It’s really that simple, so case closed.

 

We’re in a world now where the president is playing to the edge of his powers, and I think there are real concerns about the constitutional implications of some of the actions he’s taken,”

 

…said somebody who must be totally objective and perfect because why else would the New York Times choose them?

 

If there’s one thing Obama never, ever, ever did it was to expand his executive authority in ways unbeseeming to the presidential authority. If Obama had done that, I would have been in the streets, you can bet! Trust me: I have my anti-Trump “pussy hat” in my closet and ready for the next protest!

 

Don’t bring up “drones”! You’ll just remind me of this guy at work nobody understands – Fazlollah “Lefty” Bittermani – he’s always doing that!

 

Between you and me, his last name ends in a vowel, so…you know….he may have certain sympathies. That guy really cheeses me off! What Lefty doesn’t realize is that we are at war – not with Russia, yet – but with – not Muslims – but with…certain people, let’s just say. And the president has the right to fight war however he wants.

 

But when it comes to waging diplomacy the president must be restricted as much as possible!

 

We refuse to accept Hillary’s defeat until the Russians give back the Donbass to the Crimeans! This is simply a question of our humanitarian rights!

 

Trump is trying to make a liar out of not just Hillary, but of Sylvester Stallone and “Rocky IV” – even when the Russians cheat they are still supposed to lose to the Americans!

 

Was I back on Russia again? I don’t know…I’m like, obsessed with them, or something?

 

Back to the New York Times, which always reassures me when contradictions confuse me. Just after that last quote they wrote this:

 

That has forced officials in agencies to ask how far they will go themselves. As each side begins to perceive itself as under attack and the other as making dangerous power-grabs, it will justify more and more extreme behavior.

 

So clearly, these officials are justified more and more in extreme behavior…because it’s Trump!

 

I really wish we had some of these great, extreme officials during the Dubya era, but why bring up ancient history? One thing is certain: During just four weeks in office Trump has clearly destroyed the culture and future of the United States and must be impeached. These officials – even if they are unelected – should absolutely not be listening to their elected leader!

 

Why? Well just read the next paragraph, another unassailable analyst of the Times:

 

In President Trump, you have a president whose behavior shocks even more than the content of his policies.”

 

Yes! Behavior, not content!

 

I was telling my son this recently: He came in 19th place in a recent science competition (but out of 24!), and he was upset that his blue ribbon wasn’t an actual trophy. I told him, “Son, I’m going to buy you that trophy because your behavior was correct, even if you totally screwed up measuring the contents of your volcano experiment, and it exploded and burned the girl next to you.”

 

I think the girl was Russian, anyway. She was certainly shocked.

 

Anyway, the Times goes on to say that now this dangerous Trump wants to appoint someone to review our intelligence agencies. Astounding, the gall of this man! I really think he’s psychologically insane.

 

“It looks, sounds and feels like a political witch hunt,” said Analyst #1 (the White one, not the Egyptian one). “It’s like pouring gasoline on the fire.”

It certainly does!

 

What else do you call our top elected official trying to find out what work is being illegally done in secret with taxpayer money? I am certain this is something Putin would do with his KGB. And that’s why Russia is not free – because the KGB cannot operate freely to undermine Putin’s attempts at diplomacy! Don’t tell me I’m wrong, comrade!

 

Mr. Flynn, in his short tenure, exemplified the breakdown between the president’s inner circle and career civil servants. He kept the National Security Council largely shut out of policy-making and sought sweeping changes in foreign policy.”

 

This is the US, not the USSR! Our career bureaucrats need to be in charge, not our elected officials! Trump simply cannot make sweeping changes to foreign policy – even if he was democratically elected on that mandate – because career civil servants should run the show!

 

The next paragraph:

 

For concerned government officials, leaks may have become one of the few remaining means by which to influence not just Mr. Flynn’s policy initiatives but the threat he seemed to pose to their place in democracy.”

 

Democracy is bureaucracy! You vote for a person, they appoint an official, the person you voted for gets voted out of office, but the appointed official stays forever and amasses power – democracy!

 

I tried to explain this to that Egyptian guy, but he said, “Then what’s the point of demonstrating and facing down gun barrels if the people can’t demand change?”

 

I kept telling him: “But Israel is fine these days? Tahrir worked out great!”

 

He didn’t get it.

 

Anyway, Egypt is not the country who is threatening American democracy, and I don’t have to tell you who is, because I’ve just taken that pill that helps me with my compulsive psychological issues.

 

The Times continued:

 

Even if each individual leak is justifiable, as insubordination becomes more sustained and overt, it inches deeper into the gray zone of counter-democratic activities.

 

I already had the feeling that every anti-Trump leaks was justifiable, and that we are still many, many inches away from counter-democracy, so thanks Gray Lady! I almost had to take that other pill for my anxiety! And “insubordination” is clearly justified because, as I said, in 4 weeks Trump has already proven himself to be a new Hitler! Don’t get me started on Steve Bannon!

 

“I don’t think you can say in advance what inappropriate deep-state activity would look like, because we haven’t seen this before,”

 

…said Analyst #1. Exactly – this is a totally new day, and this was all appropriate deep-state activity. We’ve never seen anything like this in the history of the world, much less America. I told this to Lefty back at work and he started ranting about Kennedy. I totally did not see what Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy had to do with this, but who can fathom what goes on in the mind of a Fazlollah?

 

The main thing is that we get Trump before he does damage to free trade, because my corporation and all businesses are totally helpless against the government. They have no influence at all…unlike Egypt.

 

There, ‘the deep state is not official institutions rebelling,’ he said, but rather ‘shadowy networks within those institutions, and within business, who are conspiring together and forming parallel state institutions.’”

 

We all know that there is absolutely nothing like this which is happening in America.

 

And that’s why the idea of business being involved in America’s Deep State did not appear until the 7th-to-last paragraph. I almost didn’t read that far!

And that’s why the New York Times finished on this heartening note:

 

This war between the intelligence community and the White House is bad for the intelligence community, bad for the White House, and bad for the nation’s security.”

 

See? Our so-called Deep State has nothing to do with business. The New York Times is right next to Wall Street, so they would surely know, right?

 

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to make a call to the Pentagon for my work. No, I’m not in defense contracting or anything, but the Pentagon is the world’s largest employer…hard to work around them in the United States! And the profit margins – wow!

 

I’m so glad our owners had a personal contact in there. Frankly, I thought the New York Times’ headline was a bit too alarmist:

 

As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a ‘Deep State’ in America”

 

But I’m glad they immediately put those fears to rest. With that content, I would have run a headline like:

 

Internal leaks justified as Trump could affect share prices”

 

I think that would have been more accurate. Frankly I’m a bit surprised such a non-story could bump Russia off the front page?

https://off-guardian.org/2017/03/01/theres-a-deep-state-in-america/

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Sessions I will admit surprised me. And I'd be willing to accept that he was just doing it as part of his job IF he had talked about it in answer to the questions at his confirmation. Why not just say yeah I meet with the Russian ambassador every year several times as part of my job in the Senate? The cover-up will get you. Every time.

 

This is so true and it's amazing people still fall for it. You can tell the American people any old shit on purpose. 99% of the stuff Trump gets away with he gets away with because he just does it and leaves it hanging out there with his name on it like, "So?"

 

But you try to cover stuff up, you start to lie, you start to obfuscate and boom. It's a rookie mistake and you hate to see it, at least from your own side. Fuck Trump and his bush-league reich.

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Damn. Loses so much when you translate it and it's just generic anthem blurb. :(

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This one is so much better:

 

 

also side point but this should be Norway's anthem:

 

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It's sort of sad to say leftie hippies acting out Red Dawn. Cosmo is the only one who suits the part. He's always been a Russophobe paraoid gun nut.

 

Love you Cosmo! :wub:

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Damn. Loses so much when you translate it and it's just generic anthem blurb. :(

Original

 

 

 

That's the stuff. 10/10 would storm the Reichstag too.

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This video has named more people in the Trump Administration lackeys who may be cozy with the Russians.

 

 

All I know is that the last time Keith Olbermann made a video calling for Mike Flynn's resignation, Mike Flynn resigned a day later. So this could be a preview of who will come into the Russia witch hunt crosshairs next.

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Enemy of the Year: Why Russia?

What’s up with the current Russophobia craze?

 

by Justin Raimondo, March 01, 2017

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I once had an online conversation with a journalist whose name you would instantly recognize that started with a question for me: “Why Russia?” Why, this person wanted to know, are we witnessing a hate campaign aimed at Moscow, decades after the implosion of international communism and the breakup of the USSR?

 

I tried to give him a coherent and comprehensive answer, but Twitter is not conducive to in-depth discussions of that sort, and so I filed it away as a question to be answered at a later date. And certainly now is the time to answer it: the Democratic party and its media minions are demanding an “investigation” (i.e. a fishing expedition) into the burning question of whether the President of the United States is the Manchurian Candidate: “Putin’s puppet,” as Hillary Clinton infamously averred. Our out-of-control intelligence agencies are furiously pushing the same line.

 

This echo of the 2016 presidential campaign is surely one major reason why the anti-Russsian hysteria has reached such a fever pitch. As Glenn Greenwald writes in a recent piece in The Intercept:

 

“It’s used to avoid confronting the fact that Trump is a by-product of the extraordinary and systemic failure of the Democratic Party. As long as the Russia story enables pervasive avoidance of self-critique – one of the things humans least like to do – it will continue to resonate no matter its actual substance and value.”

 

Well, yes, but the fact is that Mrs. Clinton likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to Hitler well before the 2016 election, and the same Democratic party foreign policy mandarins – Strobe Talbott comes to mind – were busy whipping up Russophobic sentiment in the years preceding Trump’s victory at the polls. Greenwald points out that President Obama’s policy toward Russia wasn’t at all Clintonian, but this is only true if one fails to look beneath the surface. The roots of the current hysteria were laid during his reign: after all, the US-German-EU effort to overthrow the democratically elected President of Ukraine, and the installation of a “pro-Western” regime, occurred while Obama was in the White House. The Magnitsky Act, targeting top Russian officials, was passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in 2012.

 

And so while the present quite extraordinary campaign to portray Russia as our Major Adversary has been given considerable impetus by the Democratic party elites, eager to explain away their humiliating defeat – and discredit the current occupant of the White House – there’s much more to it than that. We can break it down into four major reasons:

 

1) Inter-service rivalry in the military – In May of last year, I wrote about the war breaking out between the various components of the US military, a battle over budgets:

 

“In early April, a battalion of senior military officials appeared before a Senate panel and testified that the US Army is ‘outranged and outgunned,’ particularly in any future conflict with Russia. Arguing for a much bigger budget for the Army, they claimed that, absent a substantial increase in funding, the Russians would overtake us and, even scarier, ‘the army of the future will be too small to secure the nation.’

 

“The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! And before you know it, Brooklyn will be renamed Putingrad.

 

“Of course it was pure coincidence that, shortly after these alarm bells were rung, a piece appeared in Politico magazine purportedly showing that the Russians were breathing down our necks: it revealed a ‘secret study’ – revealed for the first time! – that supposedly detailed Russia’s deadly new capabilities as demonstrated in Ukraine. Included in this potpourri of propaganda was the assertion by none other than Gen. Wesley Clark, former presidential candidate and well-known Russophobe, that Moscow had developed a tank that is for all intents and purposes ‘invulnerable.’”

 

The national debt is now at $20 trillion – a sum that the human mind can barely conceive. The reality is that we cannot afford the kind of money the military is now demanding. Indeed, the defense budget hike being advanced by the Trump administration is dead on arrival, and even if it were passed by Congress – an unlikely outcome – it would hardly satisfy the projected expansion of military spending envisioned by the generals. And so we are now witnessing a ramped up campaign to portray the Russians as ten feet tall. As a follow up piece in Politico by Mark Perry put it:

 

“’This is the ‘Chicken-Little, sky-is-falling’ set in the Army,’ the senior Pentagon officer said. ‘These guys want us to believe the Russians are 10 feet tall. There’s a simpler explanation: The Army is looking for a purpose, and a bigger chunk of the budget. And the best way to get that is to paint the Russians as being able to land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. What a crock.’”

 

A war with Russia would require land forces in huge numbers, more tanks, more artillery, and much more money for the Army. If the Russian Threat is what they say it is, then the Army will devour a glutton’s share of the military budget, leaving the Navy and the Air Force to starve. It would also require complementary upgrades for the militaries of all the NATO nations – a gold mine for the US weapons industry.

 

So one answer to the “Why Russia?” question is simple: follow the money.

 

And speaking of following the money, another big factor energizing the anti-Russian campaign is:

 

2) The Russian diaspora – When Putin came to power one of the first things he did was go after the infamous oligarchs who had backed – and manipulated – his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin. Under the drunken Yeltsin, these “entrepreneurs” had used the State apparatus to “privatize” (i.e. loot) what had previously been the State-owned economy, gobbling up entire sectors at unbelievably cheap prices. Putin moved to disassemble what was a competing power center, and the result was the flight of the oligarchs to the West. Having put their ill-gotten gains in Western banks and holding companies, they shacked up in London, New York, Switzerland, and the French Riviera, where they plotted Putin’s overthrow and their triumphant return.

 

There’s an awful lot of money sloshing around in these circles, and a good part of it is being used to buy up media properties that act as outlets for anti-Russian propaganda. Newspapers, think tanks, and various other vehicles for the molding of public opinion are financed by this Russian Diaspora, which acts as an intellectual Praetorian Guard for the politicians hoping to ride the wave of anti-Russia sentiment. They act as a lobby on behalf of the arms industry, and the political forces that stand to gain from the anti-Russian campaign – but they are not alone.

 

3) The Israel and Saudi lobbies – The network of organizations that form one of the most powerful lobbies in this country, and throughout Europe, has been a major albeit largely undercover factor in the growth and development of the anti-Russian propaganda blitz.

 

Back in 2013, when President Obama was seeking congressional authorization for military action in Syria, AIPAC deployed hundreds of lobbyists to Capitol Hill to convince the assembled solons to support him. And it was AIPAC and allied groups that successfully pressured Congress to impose Syrian sanctions.

 

When the Russians moved into Syria in support of Bashar al-Assad’s government, they came into conflict with the stated objectives of Israelis, who have long sought the overthrow of the Syrian regime. Indeed, Israeli officials have openly stated that they prefer ISIS to Assad – all the better to undercut their principal adversaries in the region, Iran and Hezbollah, both of which are fighting ISIS in Syria on Assad’s behalf.

 

Acting in concert with AIPAC and other pro-Israel organizations, the very well-funded Saudi lobby has been another factor driving the anti-Russian campaign. The Saudis, in collaboration with the Gulf sheikhdoms, have been funding the “moderate” Islamists who have been fighting to overthrow Assad, and with the Russian intervention they have an interest in pushing for a new cold war. Russia’s ties to Iran make Moscow, by extension, an enemy of the Kingdom, and, in Washington, D.C., the Saudi lobby is quietly fighting that battle in the corridors of power.

 

4) Ideology – No, the crazed rhetoric coming from “mainstream” Democratic figures like Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff isn’t just an opportunistic way of explaining the failure of Hillary Clinton to win the White House – there’s much more to it than that. Perhaps the most powerful factor driving the anti-Russian polemics we’re hearing from our liberal Democratic politicians and pundits – the kind we haven’t heard in this country since the heyday of McCarthyism – is ideology.

 

Russia has become an international locus of populist conservatism and nationalism. Against the globalism of the Davos crowd, Putin has enunciated the revival of national sovereignty as the organizing principle of his preferred international order. Against the cultural cosmopolitanism of the Western elites, Russia has championed traditional values. This is a red flag for American liberals, whose war on behalf of political correctness ignores such outdated forms as national boundaries.

 

Far more serious, however, is Putin’s opposition to the idea of a “liberal international order”: the Russian leader, who clearly doesn’t know his proper place in the world, has stubbornly upheld the validity of a multi-polar world where Washington’s will is far from supreme.

 

The ideological divide between East and West really started in the run up to the Iraq war, when neoconservatives went ballistic as Putin cleaned out the oligarchs and derided US war propaganda. He has since articulated a consistently disdainful critique of the idea that has shaped US foreign policy since the end of the cold war: the concept of America as a “hyperpower,” dominant all over the globe.

 

Putin is an unrepentant nationalist, and nationalism in any form – whether Russian, American, French, British, or whatever – is the enemy not only of our liberal globalists, but also of the neoconservatives. This antipathy is what united them during the 2016 election, and it is what brings them together in the Anti-Russian Popular Front. That they are both focused on a campaign to discredit – and impeach – President Trump on the grounds that he’s “Putin’s puppet” marries their twin obsessions in a perfect storm of vitriol.

 

You don’t have to approve of either Putin or Trump to see the danger in this. As the American political scene undergoes a seismic realignment, the War Party is taking advantage of this plastic moment to augment and strengthen its forces. With Putin as the new Saddam Hussein, and Russia as the new Iraq, our tireless warmongers are at it again. In a modern reenactment of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the liberal-neocon alliance is desperately maneuvering for a confrontation with Russia – they’ve even brought George W. Bush out of mothballs!

 

Whether they can revive the dead carcass of the Bush wing of the GOP remains to be seen: I’ll believe it when I see it. However that may be, I have to sit back and just enjoy this moment, because the sight of our “liberals” hailing Dubya as the voice of Republican sanity goes to show what we knew all along – that these people have no shame.

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2017/02/28/enemy-of-the-year-why-russia/ Edited by Beltaine fox

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You know who's actually been the driving force behind the growing Russian scandals? Donald Trump and his team. It wasn't Saudis who met with the Russian officials and denied it. It wasn't the Israelis who strangely refused to say a single bad word about Vlad Putin. You scramble over and over again to try to justify or minimize what appears to be serious criminal activity at the highest level of our government. You claim it's all a game orchestrated by the "deep state." But if so, then Trump must be cooperating with them to make himself and his own people appear to be Russian stooges.

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You know who's actually been the driving force behind the growing Russian scandals? Donald Trump and his team. It wasn't Saudis who met with the Russian officials and denied it. It wasn't the Israelis who strangely refused to say a single bad word about Vlad Putin. You scramble over and over again to try to justify or minimize what appears to be serious criminal activity at the highest level of our government. You claim it's all a game orchestrated by the "deep state." But if so, then Trump must be cooperating with them to make himself and his own people appear to be Russian stooges.

 

Yep. This isn't like fake WMD. Nobody is inventing high level talks between Trump party goons and Russian droogs.

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You know who's actually been the driving force behind the growing Russian scandals? Donald Trump and his team

 

As the article points out the anti-Russian hysteria started several years before Trump was elected, before even the campaign started, Trumps election has merely taken it to a new pitch.

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Are you claiming the manifold covered-up meetings between Trump's team and Soviet Damned Russian representatives were part of a neocon plot? Is Trump in on the plot against himself? See, the whole problem with your deep state paranoia is that TRUMP is the one doing the damage here. As you yourself note the story of Russian meddling is an old one. It's the lying of Trump and his people that's keeping it alive over and over again in the news cycle. Session's lies are the strangest of them all. As head of the Armed Services Committee he did indeed have occasion to speak with the Russians. If he'd simply said oh yeah I talked to him as part of the such-and-such protocols then it would have come and gone as a non-story. Instead the fucker LIES about it while being literally shifty eyed and then recuses himself after a very weak defense. This is the repeated pattern.

 

In other words, if there's no fire why the fuck is the room so smokey?

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Are you claiming the manifold covered-up meetings between Trump's team and Soviet Damned Russian representatives were part of a neocon plot? Is Trump in on the plot against himself? See, the whole problem with your deep state paranoia is that TRUMP is the one doing the damage here. As you yourself note the story of Russian meddling is an old one. It's the lying of Trump and his people that's keeping it alive over and over again in the news cycle. Session's lies are the strangest of them all. As head of the Armed Services Committee he did indeed have occasion to speak with the Russians. If he'd simply said oh yeah I talked to him as part of the such-and-such protocols then it would have come and gone as a non-story. Instead the fucker LIES about it while being literally shifty eyed and then recuses himself after a very weak defense. This is the repeated pattern.

 

In other words, if there's no fire why the fuck is the room so smokey?

 

No

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This isn't like fake WMD. Nobody is inventing high level talks between Trump party goons and Russian droogs.

 

No. Way different. This time we want it to be true. ^_^

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Trump's team nixed ethics course for White House staff

 

Donald Trump is clearly not helping himself or his administration on that one. Then there's this:

 

The Domestic Conspiracy That Gave Trump the Election is in Plain Sight

 

 

 

It will be for journalists with more resources than this writer to follow up on these leads—and, moreover, to see how this domestic conspiracy dovetails with the Trump-Russia controversy, though this too is briefly addressed below.
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Wonder how Flynn feels about having fallen on his sword now.

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MSM and Selective Blindness

The McCarthy-like witch-huntery is gaining momentum. Where it’s going is hard to gauge…but, where ever it is, it will get there fast. Currently in the media cross-hairs is Trump’s AG Jeff Sessions. He is accused of lying about talking to the Russian Ambassador when asked by the Senate, his defence being he didn’t speak to them about the election, which is how he understood the question. He contends that, as a Senator and member of the Armed Services Committee, it was not unusual for him to be contact with the Russian Ambassador’s office.

Essentially, unless you’re inclined to believe that a career politician who, in over 30 years in public office, never had a kind word to say about either Russia or the USSR has actually s been a deep cover agent for the past few decades, it seems like a minor semantic misunderstanding. It probably means nothing…as an issue in and of itself. As a chess move relating to the crazy media storm and intelligence leaks trying to undermine the new administration, it means a little more. But only a little.

The media have taken a pick-and-choose attitude to the related social media storm. Gleefully repeating the words of Claire McCaskill, a Democratic senator and fellow member of the ASC, who tweeted out:

I've been on the Armed Services Com for 10 years.No call or meeting w/Russian ambassador. Ever. Ambassadors call members of Foreign Rel Com.
https://twitter.com/clairecmc/status/837272862432104448?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

Unfortunately it took very little detective work to sniff out these, earlier tweets:

Today calls with British, Russian, and German Ambassadors re: Iran deal. #doingmyhomework
https://twitter.com/clairecmc/status/629258099942105088?ref_src=twsrc^tfw
Off to meeting w/Russian Ambassador. Upset about the arbitrary/cruel decision to end all US adoptions,even those in process.
https://twitter.com/clairecmc/status/296640293229457409?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

Ironically, McCaskill then tried to get around this on…you guessed it…a question of semantics.

This received some coverage, notably on CNN and in Business Insider, however The Guardian simply removed their embed of the original tweet, with no explanation, and made no comment on the other tweets.

There was very little media comment on this tweet either, where the AP directly quotes the House Intelligence Chairman on this issue, who couldn’t be more clear:

BREAKING: House Intelligence chairman: We still have no evidence of improper contacts with Russian officials
https://twitter.com/AP/status/837358714529136642?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

Pretty hard to get around that one on semantics. Better to just ignore it.

I suppose the question becomes, does any of this really matter? Is this all just an elaborate sideshow to distract an increasingly impoverished civilian population? A method to spread discord and unrest? Or does the Trump administration pose any kind of real threat?

Either way, while this distraction and/or witch hunt (delete as appropriate) dominates the headlines, bigger and more important issues are being pushed backwards out of the public eye.

The Syrian army retook Palmyra yesterday…with barely a word spoken about it in the MSM. The US is taking a more and more active role in the conflict in Yemen…apparently, the illegal execution of foreign nationals is something for which even Donald Trump can escape criticism.


https://off-guardian.org/2017/03/03/msm-and-selective-blindness/ Edited by Beltaine fox

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Chomsky on claims that Russia Intervened in the US Election: An Interview with Noam Chomsky

 

My guess is that most of the world is just collapsing in laughter. Suppose all the charges are true, I mean every single one, it is so amateurish by US standards that you can hardly even laugh.

 

http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/03/most-of-the-world-is-just-collapsing-in-laughter-on-claims-that-russia-intervened-in-the-us-election-an-interview-with-noam-chomsky/

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Looking at Trump's wire tap tweets has me wondering if there has not been a secret Special Grand Jury investigation under title 18 going on for some time now. Russian involvement could easily fall under the umbrella of organized crime considerations.

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