Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Media Completely Ignores New FBI Info suggesting Paddock was a Vegas Arms Dealer


Stephen Paddock sent a series of emails suggesting that he was part of a group selling "a huge selection" of weapons in the Las Vegas area.
Paddock
New details have been released from the FBI’s investigation into the Las Vegas Shooting, and the information from suspect Stephen Paddock’s email account in the months leading up to the shooting is giving new insight into why he may have been hoarding two dozen guns in his hotel room.
The deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history was blamed on one man within hours, and the FBI has consistently claimed that Paddock was a “lone wolf” shooter who intentionally transported an arsenal of guns, ammunition, and supplies to his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, and then unleashed barrage of gunfire from the bedroom window that killed 58 people and injured more than 500.

While the surveillance footage from Paddock’s stay at the hotel has yet to be released, the newly unsealed court documents are finally giving some insight into his conduct in the months leading up to the shooting on Oct. 1.
An email exchange from centralpark1@live.com, a Microsoft account FBI agents claimed was used by Paddock, was included in an affidavit reported by NPR. The date was July 6, 2017—about three months before the shooting—and while the FBI noted that it is unclear who is behind centralpark4804@gmail.com, the email account Paddock was contacting, the information included is significant.
“…[centralpark1@live.com] sent an email to centralpark4804@gmail.com which read, ‘try an ar before u buy. we have huge selection. located in the las vegas area,’ Later the day, an email was received back from centralpark4804@gmail.com to [centralpark1@live.com] that read, ‘we have a wide variety of optics and ammunition to try.’ And lastly, [centralpark1@live.com sent an email to centralpark4804@gmail.comthat read, ‘for a thrill try out bumpfire ar’s with a 100 round magazine.’ Investigators believe these communications may have been related to the eventual attack that occurred at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.”
In the first message, Paddock claimed that the recipient would have the opportunity to try out the weapons before they purchased them. He then wrote “We have huge selection,” indicating that he was not working alone, and he said he was located “in the Las Vegas area.”
While Paddock did live in Mesquite, Nevada, and reports claimed that he was a retired man living with his girlfriend, he made trips to Las Vegas often to gamble, and those who knew him described him as “low key and relaxed, a good guy.” His past included jobs with the IRS and the Department of Defense.
However, the email exchanges released by the FBI indicate that Paddock was presenting himself as some sort of arms dealer, sending an email that said, “for a thrill try out bumpfire ar’s with a 100 round magazine.”

Consistent with having been a Las Vegas' arms dealer
The email address Paddock was contacting responded and said, “we have a wide variety of optics and ammunition to try,” which as the report noted, left investigators wondering if Paddock was sending test emails to another account he owned, or if he was contacting another dealer or a customer.
Federal agents were granted warrants to search Paddock’s Facebook, Instagram and Amazon accounts, along with a locked phone that was found in the hotel room. These details are the first that have been released from Paddock’s online communications, and the documents also include significant details about what the FBI has learned about Paddock’s girlfriend.

LVPD crime map surrounding concern area shows no shooting reports
Within hours of the time police named Stephen Paddock as the suspect in the shooting, his girlfriend Marilou Danley was also named publicly. Authorities claimed she was visiting family in the Philippines, and they ultimately determined that she was not complicit in the massacre.
In addition to reports claiming that Danley told investigators that her fingerprints may be on some of the bullets stored in Paddock’s home—and they were—the report from NPR also noted that the timeline of Danley’s Facebook account suggests that she knew Paddock was involved in something.
“Mandalay Bay staff, room service and housekeeping had contact with Paddock or entered his suite more than 10 times over the course of his stay, including the three days leading up to October 1. There were numerous interactions with Stephen Paddock every day at the resort, including a room service delivery and a call with housekeeping on October 1, all of which were normal in nature.”

Monday, January 15, 2018

Steve De'ak: The 9/11 Crash Test to Settle the "No Planes in New York" Controversy



Dear 9/11 Truth Movement,

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t want to be doing this truth movement thing forever; I’m tired of endlessly arguing 9/11; eventually I’d like to solve this caper and get on with my life.  I’m also tired of endless war and I believe the best way to stop the wars is by exposing the lies that started them.  So to kill two birds with one stone, I began the 9/11 Crash Test project which you can find at 911crashtest.org and to help explain it I released a you-tube video entitled Tired of War Without End.  For those who haven’t heard about it, the project proposal is to use one of the many online fundraising sites to raise funds for the project, while simultaneously raising awareness about 9/11 in the mainstream. The plan is to take a wing-section from a scrapped 767, strap it to a rocket sled and at 550 MPH, slam it into some steel boxes built to the specifications of the exterior columns of the world trade center, filming the results with high-speed cameras and producing a video documentary of the project to release online.  I won’t beat around the bush; this endeavor looks the no-planes issue straight in the eye.

Have you ever wondered why after sixteen years there is so much discord and still no consensus within the Truth Movement?  How can so many obviously smart people have so many disparate hypotheses, and why do the big, well-funded truth groups treat the no-planes hypotheses with such disdain?  I’m sure we’ve all seen the same evidence, yet when I examined it I arrived at a completely different conclusion than most everyone else.  I know people can lie and television can be faked, but as far as I’m concerned there’s no way a plane can slice a steel skyscraper like a hot knife through butter, and I believe the 9/11 Crash Test project will prove it.


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


But I’m not asking for you to embrace my version of 9/11, that’s not what the project is about; it’s about the test and nothing else, regardless what any of us believe, or think the results will be or will imply.  Whether or not the crash test ever occurs, the project has already been a success by reaching people who otherwise would never have considered 9/11 to be anything other than the official story.  By simply asking the question, “What would happen if we crashed a jet-wing into some steel boxes?” the wheels start turning.


I was able to change the opinion of even the most staunch, Fox-watching, gun-toting conservative skeptic by simply explaining the crash test project and then showing him the Mythbuster’s Myth Revolution video where they cut a car in half with a heavily braced steel “snowplow.”  For ten years, this friend of mine would laugh at me as I went through my phases of 9/11 enlightenment, but when I showed him the Crash Test concept, he became very quiet.  After three times watching them cut the car in half, he finally said, “Oh, that wing would just explode against the steel.”  Three days later he called to ask how I am able to deal with being lied-to like that, and I said, “You’ve seen how I deal with it.”  And we both laughed.  Right there is one example of a brief skirmish with the mainstream and my friend is now fully on board with the project and has offered his expertise with steel fabrication to boot.  The point is, the no-planes conclusion is not so crazy, in fact for the media-driven lifestyle of today with everyone pretty savvy to technology it is one of the simplest concepts for the mainstream citizen to grasp, although the implications can be staggering.

Face it, for the no-planes conclusion to be correct the leaders of the world’s media, academia, military and government had to be involved, meaning our leaders have been feeding us a lie, but you know what they say; if you make the lie big enough and repeat it often enough people will believe it, that’s the nature of the big lie.  Unfortunately most of us still trust people in positions of authority; we believe they would never do such a thing, a conviction I notice is easy to exploit by propagandists.  We tend to believe authority by virtue of their authority and nothing else.  Apparently power only corrupts elsewhere.  I assume it is for this reason the 9/11 Crash Test project has been given the cold shoulder by most of the Truth Movement establishment; because it stands the best chance of proving the no-planes hypothesis, which let’s be honest, would be the death-knell for that part of the truth movement that has spent the last dozen or so years collecting money and demanding someone, somewhere conduct a new investigation.


So with that in mind, listen to some of the responses I have received from one of the more well-known truth groups, the Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth:



“Believe your eyes. Plane wings can and did slice the Twin Towers’ exterior columns. There’s no value in any tests like this.”
“here’s the problem (we don’t) feel there is a need to resolve the issues between us and the no planers you’ll never get cooperation from (us) on this, the no planers make it easy for the mainstream to ignore us“

“I agree that there’s no sense in trying to reach the no planers. They are either too stupid to be concerned with or are actually disinformation agents. The no plane situation was obviously planned in advance of the attacks and was designed to work in concert with there actually being no plane crashes at the pentagon or in Shanksville.”



Most of the people I have met in the truth movement share these sentiments, but the thing is, I know I’m not a dis-information agent, and I’m pretty sure I’m not stupid, but I doubt the big truth groups aren’t already part of the mainstream that they claim to be trying to reach.  If the no-planes conclusion is correct, then it would make sense that the propaganda arm of the military would be working overtime to discredit it, which to me makes suspect all the truther groups that refuse to consider it.  So here we are back at square one, with the infighting and finger-pointing of a seemingly dysfunctional truth movement busily undermining itself while the years pass by.


To break this cycle and to force the issue both in the mainstream and within the truth movement, I suggest conducting the 9/11 Crash Test project.  If the movement really cares about the truth, it would consider changing tactics after spending sixteen years petitioning the most likely suspects for an investigation.  If the movement is correct about the no-planers, and they sincerely want a unified front without the “fringe element,” then they can use the crash test as a way to get rid of the no-planes contingent that prevents them from being taken seriously.  If the wing slices the steel, the no-planers will be discredited but if the wing is shattered by the steel someone has some explaining to do, but either way the truth will be known which is presumably the goal of a truth movement.  It’s a win-win for everyone except for the perpetrators.


The strength of this project is in its asking for a citizen’s investigation, one that would use the scientific method to prove or disprove a hypothesis.  Yes, based on Newtonian physics, I state it is impossible for the wing to cut the steel, but I could be wrong which would only vindicate the government as well as the anti-no-planes truth movement.  The Truth Movement would be able to demonstrate solidarity and a commitment to the truth, not to mention the ability to apply the scientific method to solve problems which is a standard to which every 9/11 hypothesis should be held.

So at the very least this project should end contention within the truth movement by settling the no-planes argument once and for all, something which can only benefit the cause of truth whichever way the rocket-sled slices.  So why are the popular truth-groups so reluctant to endorse it?  I think it’s because they know what the results will be, making this as much a test of mettle as it is a test of metals –  that by simply asking the question “what would happen if…” it puts everyone on the spot.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALPZqq3tW3U


The military has already shown interest; shortly after I first petitioned New Mexico tech for a price estimate, I began to get hits from the Army’s sprawling Yuma Arizona testing center.  10 minutes later I was getting hits from Baghdad.  I didn’t sleep well that night.  The project lays-bare the unhealthy relationship between the military and universities; it embarrasses the military-industrial-educational complex by forcing them to decline the project’s rational and substantive request for some rocket-sled test-center time.  If they’d rent their facilities for such fluff as cutting a car in half, you’d think they’d fall all over themselves to give this project a discount and advertise it in their alumni newsletter.  So far they have yet to return my emails or phone calls.

And then there’s the media that saturated our senses with fabrications, overwhelming us with that horrible, decade-long propaganda barrage that was so essential to the long term success of the 9/11 operation.  There’s a special place in hell for them; and if and when this documentary is released their efforts in bringing hell to the Middle East will be exposed.


One component of the media is the Internet without which we wouldn’t have all the popular 9/11 Truth movement groups.  Seems to me it’s not an accident so many forums include 9/11 as just another “conspiracy” to tuck beside such topics as Alien invasions and Bigfoot.  As cynical as I have become over the years, I am still surprised and chagrined at how much the 9/11 Crash Test has angered so many people I had naively hoped would become allies. 

The test will prove whether or not U.S. Government and world leaders are caught red-handed in a colossal cookie-jar of lies, and it will prove what anyone honestly examining the evidence already knows; no,  in the real world jets cannot burrow into the ground, or bore through concrete buildings, or disappear into steel skyscrapers.  NATO and the “coalition of the willing” have been invading the Muslim world while the rest of the world looked the other way, which if anything is evidence of collusion on a global scale.  But even if everything about 9/11 occurred as they say it did, the invasions, looting and occupying of whole nations as retribution for the actions of 19 individuals who were already dead anyway is barbaric and unacceptable behavior for a civilized people.  Since our leaders appear devoid of moral fortitude and incapable of policing themselves, it’s up to we citizens to stop them.


It was Abraham Lincoln who said a house divided cannot stand and I believe that for the 9/11 Truth Movement to make any progress over the next 16 years, we need to sort out our differences and work together.  If you are dedicated to reaching the truth, whatever that may be this project is a rocket-powered shortcut to getting there and I could sure use your help in making it happen. Please join me at 911crashtest.org.


Sincerely,

Steve De’ak


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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Patrick McShay: Imigration Agenda, New World Order Tyranny


Patrick McShay

"While immigration in small numbers may be sensible for specific reasons, bringing countless third- world people to the US with no strategic plan or goal proves foolish and dangerous. Sufficient reasons exist for first world nations to enforce their immigration laws to protect jobs and citizens". - Frosty Wooldridge, Author

"The United Nations has one mission above all others - To break down the borders of independent nations and mix cultures all over the planet, in order to bring all of humanity under a New World Order. A single bureaucratic tyranny". - Teaparty.org

"Whatever Trump's critics say, he has it and then some. He fully exposes how corrupt, venal, and petty the established order is. The genie can't be put back in the bottle. Mass media has been exposed for what it is: A spinning machine for the militaristic oppressive order, a purveyor of fake news". - Vladimir Golstein- Sott.net


Donald Trump has been accused of putting his foot in it again by referring to several African countries as "Shitholes".

Trump rightly questioned why we continue to bring in these low skilled workers with little education in our country when there are currently over 93 million American working-age men and women, not in the workforce. Never Trumpers on both sides of the aisle are chastising the President for his indelicate description of a number of countries whose immigrants we are forced to take in by the tens of thousands every year. 

What no one is talking about is the interview Barack Obama gave to the Atlantic just a couple of years back where he called Libya a "Shit Show".  I haven't found a single instance of outrage from the media or a single politician from either party. No tears or gnashing of teeth from the likes of Adam Schiff, Dick Durbin, Paul Ryan or Chuck Schumer. This brings up an important question. If Barack Obama says racist, hurtful and insensitive things about a country and the mainstream media doesn't make a big deal out of it, did it really happen?  

RINO Paul Ryan whined that Trump's comments were "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful". He then, of course, gave us the global shill, obligatory, "we are all immigrants," nonsense, saying his own relatives came over from Ireland. Mine did as well Congressman, but that has nothing to do with this crisis we are faced with today. Many of our Irish relatives came to America because of the "Potato Famine," 1845- 1849. At that time this was a young country with a population of around 23 million people. By 1880 the population had grown to 50 million.

Today the population is 330 million. Diversity is great if American citizens don't suffer because of this agenda to push multiculturalism down our throats. As a Congressman, you took an oath to uphold our Constitution and our laws. The majority of Americans expect our politicians to respect our immigration laws. If you don't agree then resign. I doubt anyone would miss you. If you really want to do some good, please advise President Trump to get out of Syria, stop arming terrorists and stop with the sanctions and talk of war with Iran. Tell the President that Israel can no longer drive our US foreign policy. 

These politicians like Dick Durbin from the bankrupt state of Illinois want to burden the taxpayers of his state with more welfare recipients, while Illinois can't even pay their state's lottery winners, giving them an IOU instead of a check. Illinois is ranked number 3 in the states with the most DACA recipients and has tens of thousands of citizens out of work. Why is Durbin so hell-bent on making things worse for the people of his state? Poor, sensitive Dick said,  He can't believe anyone has ever spoken words so vile in the White House. He said he is sickened and heartbroken. Really Dick? Have you never heard about LBJ? Crude, rude, vile, vomitus, racist and just downright mean. He would have had a crybaby like you pissing your pants. So yes Dick, we have seen and heard worse. 

You would think after seeing dopey Dick's whine fest on cable news that he had caught Trump drowning puppies or making out with Elizabeth Warren. The truth is, Dick Durbin has been in the Congress and Senate for 35 years.  He is a vile career politician, and like a lot of Congressmen and Senators has been in office way too long. Durbin and  RINO royalty like "Prissy" Lindsey Graham or John "Traitor" McCain no longer serve the public but are the puppets of special interests and a dark global agenda. A major part of that agenda is to flood the United States and the European Union with immigrants. Anchor babies, chain migration, H1B and H4 visas are all part of the plan. The Catholic Church is being paid tens of millions of dollars a year to facilitate the settlement of these illegals all over the US. Is it racist to question why our government spends over $120 billion a year on illegal immigrants when so many Americans need that assistance?

The top 5 states with the largest number of DACA recipients are:

1) California - 197,000
2) Texas - 113,000
3) Illinois - 36,600
4) New York - 27,000

No one in the American media is talking about the horrible effects that immigrants and refugees are having in Europe and England. Crime is soaring. The "Local" reported in November 2017 that crime in Sweden was up across the board and worse than any year in over a decade. The biggest increase was in rapes and sexual assaults.  Sweden now ranks 2nd in the number of rapes reported, behind only South Africa. The French city of Marseilles is now estimated to be 35 to 40% Muslim and has been ranked as the most dangerous city in France. Tourism in Europe is suffering largely due to refugee violence. 

The media in Europe and England has consistently downplayed, under-reported, and actually covered up crimes committed by refugees. This is already happening in America, especially in sanctuary cities. Every imaginable nightmare scenario associated with these refugees is playing out across Europe,  The English and the American media have largely ignored it.  Fox News did report in February 2017 that officials in the  Swedish government have been accused of covering up migrant rape and refugee violence. The media will not help you figure it out. Sadly this is unfolding without an instruction manual. This is a good time to get acquainted with great writers like Jim Marrs, Henry Makow, Paul Craig Roberts and Jim Fetzer.  


A recent study on the more than 50% rise in crime in Germany has been attributed to the refugees that have been forced on the German people by the UN and their puppet Angela Merkel, who is now the most hated person in Germany. No go zones, filthy 3rd world refugees, sleeping and defecating in the streets, Raping boys and girls, and attacking young and old alike. The EU is pushing more and more refugees on every country in the EU, threatening countries like Hungary that balk at their unreasonable edicts. The American media, no different than the media in the EU are complicit in our ignorance and enslavement.  

England's Prime Minister Theresa May's foreign secretary Phillip Hammond recently echoed Mays view that portrayed African immigrants to England as "marauders and plunderers of society, who would soon hasten the collapse of European civilization." Wow, where was the media for that bombshell? Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham would have no doubt cried their eyes out for humanity had they heard this racist and insensitive comment. What this tells us is that Trump matters and Theresa May doesn't.  
 
Who are these politicians who insist on accommodating millions of illegal immigrants to the detriment of US citizens? And don't believe that 11 million number the media has been throwing around for the last decade, it's much higher according to a whole bunch of people who don't work for the government. Author and immigration expert Frosty Wooldridge put the number at over 20 million ten years ago. It's like the current unemployment number of 4.1%. Everyone in Washington knows the number is nonsense. Candidate Trump mocked the phony numbers on the campaign trail, and now, as President, he brags about them.  

The reality is folks, this country is already $20 trillion in debt and 3 workers are needed to pay 1 retiree on Social Security. Our thieving politicians have stolen trillions from Social Security over the decades and now tell us it is unsustainable. After an unemployed worker's benefits run out they are no longer counted among the unemployed whether they are working or not. Sound crazy? It should give you something to think about when the government insists everything they say is true. 

They've told us some whoppers over the years. We've been given no evidence that the Russians have had a thing to do with interfering with our election, no evidence of Russian collusion with the Trump Administration, and no evidence the Russians hacked Hillary's server. Despite all of that, the media has spent the first year of Trump's presidency pounding a false narrative that has only damaged the country. Sadly, many still believe the false narratives of the Oklahoma City bombing, 911, the Boston Bombing and Sandy Hook. 

Our Controllers are worried that we will no longer buy these ridiculous narratives that they are pushing. They are counting on a dumbed down and distracted population to push these un-American agendas through. People have short memories. Trump fans love Sean Hannity right now because he is exposing the Obama and Clinton nest of criminals and reprobates. I get it. But I remember after 911 when the 911 truth community labeled Sean Hannity "No Bomb Sean" for his refusal to acknowledge that the Towers on 911 were demolished and he viciously attacked anyone who brought it up. Sean's mantra was, "Don't believe your lying eyes, believe me".  Be careful who you trust in the media. They're all up to something. It's time to wake from your slumber. These politicians and pundits pushing third world immigrants are dupes, pawns, traitors or fools and we should suffer none of them.  

    
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Ray McGovern: The FBI Hand Behind Russiagate (12 January 2017)


Special Report: In the Watergate era, liberals warned about U.S. intelligence agencies manipulating U.S. politics, but now Trump-hatred has blinded many of them to this danger becoming real, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern notes.

By Ray McGovern

January 12, 2017 "
Information Clearing House" - Russia-gate is becoming FBI-gate, thanks to the official release of unguarded text messages between loose-lipped FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his garrulous girlfriend, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. (Ten illustrative texts from their exchange appear at the end of this article.)
 
Despite his former job as chief of the FBI’s counterintelligence section, Strzok had the naive notion that texting on FBI phones could not be traced. Strzok must have slept through “Security 101.” Or perhaps he was busy texting during that class. Girlfriend Page cannot be happy at being misled by his assurance that using office phones would be a secure way to conduct their affair(s).


It would have been unfortunate enough for Strzok and Page to have their adolescent-sounding texts merely exposed, revealing the reckless abandon of star-crossed lovers hiding (they thought) secrets from cuckolded spouses, office colleagues, and the rest of us. However, for the never-Trump plotters in the FBI, the official release of just a fraction (375) of almost 10,000 messages does incalculably more damage than that.

We suddenly have documentary proof that key elements of the U.S. intelligence community were trying to short-circuit the U.S. democratic process. And that puts in a new and dark context the year-long promotion of Russia-gate. It now appears that it was not the Russians trying to rig the outcome of the U.S. election, but leading officials of the U.S. intelligence community, shadowy characters sometimes called the Deep State.

More of the Strzok-Page texting dialogue is expected to be released. And the Department of Justice Inspector General reportedly has additional damaging texts from others on the team that Special Counsel Robert Mueller selected to help him investigate Russia-gate.

Besides forcing the removal of Strzok and Page, the text exposures also sounded the death knell for the career of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, in whose office some of the plotting took place and who has already announced his plans to retire soon.


But the main casualty is the FBI’s 18-month campaign to sabotage candidate-and-now-President Donald Trump by using the Obama administration’s Russia-gate intelligence “assessment,” electronic surveillance of dubious legality, and a salacious dossier that could never pass the smell test, while at the same time using equally dubious techniques to immunize Hillary Clinton and her closest advisers from crimes that include lying to the FBI and endangering secrets.

Ironically, the Strzok-Page texts provide something that the Russia-gate investigation has been sorely lacking: first-hand evidence of both corrupt intent and action. After months of breathless searching for “evidence” of Russian-Trump collusion designed to put Trump in the White House, what now exists is actual evidence that senior officials of the Obama administration colluded to keep Trump out of the White House – proof of what old-time gumshoes used to call “means, motive and opportunity.”

Even more unfortunately for Russia-gate enthusiasts, the FBI lovers’ correspondence provides factual evidence exposing much of the made-up “Resistance” narrative – the contrived storyline that The New York Times and much of the rest of the U.S. mainstream media deemed fit to print with little skepticism and few if any caveats, a scenario about brilliantly devious Russians that not only lacks actual evidence – relying on unverified hearsay and rumor – but doesn’t make sense on its face.

The Russia-gate narrative always hinged on the preposterous notion that Russian President Vladimir Putin foresaw years ago what no American political analyst considered even possible, the political ascendancy of Donald Trump. According to the narrative, the fortune-telling Putin then risked creating even worse tensions with a nuclear-armed America that would – by all odds – have been led by a vengeful President Hillary Clinton.

Besides this wildly improbable storyline, there were flat denials from WikiLeaks, which distributed the supposedly “hacked” Democratic emails, that the information came from Russia – and there was the curious inability of the National Security Agency to use its immense powers to supply any technical evidence to support the Russia-hack scenario.

The Trump Shock

But the shock of Trump’s election and the decision of many never-Trumpers to cast their lot with the Resistance led to a situation in which any prudent skepticism or demand for evidence was swept aside.


So, on Jan. 6, 2017, President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper released an evidence-free report that he said was compiled by “hand-picked” analysts from the CIA, FBI and NSA, offering an “assessment” that Russia and President Putin were behind the release of the Democratic emails in a plot to help Trump win the presidency.

Despite the extraordinary gravity of the charge, even New York Times correspondent Scott Shane noted that proof was lacking. He wrote at the time: “What is missing from the [the Jan. 6] public report is what many Americans most eagerly anticipated: hard evidence to back up the agencies’ claims that the Russian government engineered the election attack. … Instead, the message from the agencies essentially amounts to ‘trust us.’”

But the “assessment” served a useful purpose for the never-Trumpers: it applied an official imprimatur on the case for delegitimizing Trump’s election and even raised the long-shot hope that the Electoral College might reverse the outcome and possibly install a compromise candidate, such as former Secretary of State Colin Powell, in the White House. Though the Powell ploy fizzled, the hope of somehow removing Trump from office continued to bubble, fueled by the growing hysteria around Russia-gate.

Virtually all skepticism about the evidence-free “assessment” was banned. For months, the Times and other newspapers of record repeated the lie that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies had concurred in the conclusion about the Russian “hack.” Even when that falsehood was belatedly acknowledged, the major news outlets just shifted the phrasing slightly to say that U.S. intelligence agencies had reached the Russian “hack” conclusion. Shane’s blunt initial recognition about the lack of proof disappeared from the mainstream media’s approved narrative of Russia-gate.

Doubts about the Russian “hack” or dissident suggestions that what we were witnessing was a “soft coup” were scoffed at by leading media commentators. Other warnings from veteran U.S. intelligence professionals about the weaknesses of the Russia-gate narrative and the danger of letting politicized intelligence overturn a constitutional election were also brushed aside in pursuit of the goal of removing Trump from the White House.

It didn’t even seem to matter when new Russia-gate disclosures conflicted with the original narrative that Putin had somehow set Trump up as a Manchurian candidate. All normal journalistic skepticism was jettisoned. It was as if the Russia-gate advocates started with the conclusion that Trump must go and then made the facts fit into that mold, but anyone who noted the violations of normal investigative procedures was dismissed as a “Trump enabler” or a “Moscow stooge.”

The Text Evidence

But then came the FBI text messages, providing documentary evivdence that key FBI officials involved in the Russia-gate investigation were indeed deeply biased and out to get Trump, adding hard proof to Trump’s longstanding lament that he was the subject of a “witch hunt.”

Justified or not, Trump’s feeling of vindication could hardly be more dangerous — particularly at a time when the most urgent need is to drain some testosterone from the self-styled Stable-Genius-in-Chief and his martinet generals.


On the home front, Trump, his wealthy friends, and like-thinkers in Congress may now feel they have an even wider carte blanche to visit untold misery on the poor, the widow, the stranger and other vulnerable humans. That was always an underlying danger of the Resistance’s strategy to seize on whatever weapons were available – no matter how reckless or unfair – to “get Trump.”

Beyond that, Russia-gate has become so central to the Washington establishment’s storyline that there appears to be no room for second-thoughts or turning back. The momentum is such that some Democrats and the media never-Trumpers can’t stop stoking the smoke of Russia-gate and holding out hope against hope that it will somehow justify Trump’s impeachment.

Yet, the sordid process of using legal/investigative means to settle political scores further compromises the principle of the “rule of law” and integrity of journalism in the eyes of many Americans. After a year of Russia-gate, the “rule of law” and “pursuit of truth” appear to have been reduced to high-falutin’ phrases for political score-setttling, a process besmirched by Republicans in earlier pursuits of Democrats and now appearing to be a bipartisan method for punishing political rivals regardless of the lack of evidence.

Strzok and Page

Peter Strzok (pronounced “struck”) has an interesting pedigree with multiple tasks regarding both Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump. As the FBI’s chief of counterespionage during the investigation into then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized use of a personal email server for classified information, Strzok reportedly changed the words “grossly negligent” (which could have triggered legal prosecution) to the far less serious “extremely careless” in FBI Director James Comey’s depiction of Clinton’s actions. This semantic shift cleared the way for Comey to conclude just 20 days before the Democratic National Convention began in July 2016, that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against Mrs. Clinton.

Then, as Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterintelligence Division, Strzok led the FBI’s investigation into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election of 2016. It is a safe bet that he took a strong hand in hand-picking the FBI contingent of analysts that joined “hand-picked” counterparts from CIA and NSA in preparing the evidence-free, Jan. 6, 2017 assessment accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of interfering in the election of 2016. (Although accepted in Establishment groupthink as revealed truth, that poor excuse for analysis reflected the apogee of intelligence politicization — rivaled only by the fraudulent intelligence on “weapons of mass destruction“ in Iraq 15 years ago.)

In June and July 2017 Strzok was the top FBI official working on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia, but was taken off that job when the Justice Department IG learned of the Strzok-Page text-message exchange and told Mueller.


There is no little irony in the fact that what did in the FBI sweathearts was their visceral disdain for Mr. Trump, their cheerleading-cum-kid-gloves treatment of Mrs. Clinton and her associates, their 1950-ish, James Clapperesque attitude toward Russians as “almost genetically driven” to evil, and their (Strzok/Page) elitist conviction that they know far better what is good for the country than regular American citizens, including those “deplorables” whom Clinton said made up half of Trump’s supporters.

But Strzok/Page had no idea that their hubris, elitism and scheming would be revealed in so tangible a way. Worst of all for them, the very thing that Strzok, in particular, worked so hard to achieve — the sabotaging of Trump and immunization of Mrs. Clinton and her closest advisers is now coming apart at the seams.

Congress: Oversee? or Overlook?

At this point, the $64 question is whether the various congressional oversight committees will remain ensconced in their customarily cozy role as “overlook” committees, or whether they will have the courage to attempt to carry out their Constitutional duty. The latter course would mean confronting a powerful Deep State and its large toolbox of well-practiced retaliatory techniques, including J. Edgar Hoover-style blackmail on steroids, enabled by electronic surveillance of just about everything and everyone. Yes, today’s technology permits blanket collection, and “Collect Everything” has become the motto.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, with almost four decades of membership in the House and Senate, openly warned incoming President Trump in January 2017 against criticizing the U.S. intelligence community because U.S. intelligence officials have “six ways from Sunday to get back at you” if you are “dumb” enough to take them on.

Thanks to the almost 10,000 text messages between Strzok and Page, only a small fraction of which were given to Congress four weeks ago, there is now real evidentiary meat on the bones of the suspicions that there indeed was a “deep-state coup” to “correct” the outcome of the 2016 election. We now know that the supposedly apolitical FBI officials had huge political axes to grind. The Strzok-Page exchanges drip with disdain for Trump and those deemed his smelly deplorable supporters. In one text message, Strzok expressed visceral contempt for those working-class Trump voters, writing on Aug. 26, 2016, “Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support. … it’s scary real down here.”

The texts even show Strzok warning of the need for an “insurance policy” to thwart Trump on the off-chance that his poll numbers closed in on those of Mrs. Clinton.

An Aug. 6, 2016 text message, for example, shows Page giving her knight in shining armor strong affirmation: “Maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace [Trump].” That text to Strzok includes a link to a David Brooks column in The New York Times, in which Brooks concludes with the clarion call: “There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame.”
 
Another text message shows that other senior government officials – alarmed at the possibility of a Trump presidency – joined the discussion. In an apparent reference to an August 2016 meeting with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Strzok wrote to Page on Aug. 15, 2016, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office — that there’s no way he [Trump] gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.”  Strzok added, “It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event that you die before you’re 40.”

Insurance Policy?

Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, says he will ask Strzok to explain the “insurance policy” when he calls him to testify. What seems already clear is that the celebrated “Steele Dossier” was part of the “insurance,” as was the evidence-less legend that Russia hacked the DNC’s and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails and gave them to WikiLeaks.
If congressional investigators have been paying attention, they already know what former weapons inspector Scott Ritter shared with Veteran intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) colleagues this week; namely, that Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson, who commissioned the Russia dossier using Democratic Party money, said he reached out to Steele after June 17, just three days before Steele’s first report was published, drawing on seven sources.

“There is a snowball’s chance in hell that this is raw intelligence gathered by Steele; rather he seems to have drawn on a single ‘trusted intermediary’ to gather unsubstantiated rumor already in existence.”

Another VIPS colleague, Phil Giraldi, writing out of his own experience in private sector consulting, added: “The fact that you do not control your sources frequently means that they will feed you what they think you want to hear. Since they are only doing it for money, the more lurid the details the better, as it increases the apparent value of the information. The private security firm in turn, which is also doing it for the money, will pass on the stories and even embroider them to keep the client happy and to encourage him to come back for more. When I read the Steele dossier it looked awfully familiar to me, like the scores of similar reports I had seen which combined bullshit with enough credible information to make the whole product look respectable.”

It is now widely known that the Democrats ponied up the “insurance premiums,” so to speak, for former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele’s “dossier” of lurid — but largely unproven — “intelligence” on Trump and the Russians. If, as many have concluded, the   dossier was used to help justify a FISA warrant to snoop on the Trump campaign, those involved will be in deep kimchi, if congressional overseers do their job.

How, you might ask, could Strzok and associates undertake these extra-legal steps with such blithe disregard for the possible consequences should they be caught? The answer is easy; Mrs. Clinton was a shoo-in, remember? This was just extra insurance with no expectation of any “death benefit” ever coming into play — save for Trump’s electoral demise in November 2016. The attitude seemed to be that, if abuse of the FISA law should eventually be discovered — there would be little interest in a serious investigation by the editors of The New York Times and other anti-Trump publications and whatever troubles remained could be handled by President Hillary Clinton.


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, who chairs the Judiciary Subcommittee of Judiciary on Crime and Terrorism, joined Sen. Grassley in signing the letter referring Christopher Steele to the Justice Department to investigate what appear to be false statements about the dossier. In signing, Graham noted the “many stop signs the Department of Justice ignored in its use of the dossier.” The signature of committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, however, was missing — an early sign that a highly partisan battle royale is in the offing.  On Tuesday, Feinstein unilaterally released a voluminous transcript of Glenn Simpson’s earlier testimony and, as though on cue, Establishment pundits portrayed Steele as a good source and Fusion GPS’s Glenn Simpson as a victim.

The Donnybrook is now underway; the outcome uncertain.

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Sample text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, released to Congress and the media on December 13, 2016
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03/04/2016
Strzok – God Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0.
Page – I know
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04/02/2016
Page – So look, you say we text on that phone when we talk about Hillary because it can’t be traced, you were just venting, bc you feel bad that you’re gone so much but that can’t be helped right now.
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07/08/2016
Strzok – And meanwhile, we have Black Lives Matter protestors, right now, chanting “no justice no peace” around DoJ and the White House…
Page – That’s awful.
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07/14/2016
Page – Have you read this? It’s really frightening. For Whites Sensing Decline, Donald Trump Unleashes Words of Resistance http://NYTI/ms/29WCu5!
Strzok – I have not. But I think it’s clear he’s capturing all the white, poor voters who the mainstream republicans abandoned in all but name in the quest for the almighty $$$
Page – Yeah, it’s not good.
Strzok – Poll Finds Emails Weighing on Hillary Clinton, Now Tied With Donald Trump http://nyti.ms/29RV5gf
Page – It is
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07/26/2016
Strzok – And hey. Congrats on a woman nominated for President in a major party! About damn time! Many many more returns of the day!!
Page – That’s cute. Thanks
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08/06/2016
Page – Jesus. You should read this. And Trump should go f himself. Moment in Convention Glare Shakes Up Khans American Life http://nyti.ms/2aHulE0
Strzok – God that’s a great article. Thanks for sharing. And F TRUMP.
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08/06/2016
Page – And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace. To that end comma, read this:
Page – Trump Enablers Will Finally Have to Take A Stand http://nyti.ms/2aFakry
Strzok – Thanks. It’s absolutely true that we’re both very fortunate. And of course I’ll try and approach it that way. I just know it will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps
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08/09/2016
Page – He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!
Strzok – OMG did you hear what Trump just said?
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08/26/2016
Strzok – Just went to a southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support…
Page – Yep. Out to lunch with (redacted) We both hate everyone and everything.
Page – Just riffing on the hot mess that is our country.
Strzok – Yeah…it’s scary real down here
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10/20/2016
Strzok: I am riled up. Trump is a f***ing idiot, is unable to provide a coherent answer.
Strzok – I CAN’T PULL AWAY, WHAT THE F**K HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!
Page– I don’t know. But we’ll get it back. We’re America. We rock.
Strzok– Donald just said “bad hombres”
Strzok– Trump just said what the FBI did is disgraceful.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington.  He was an Army and CIA intelligence analyst for 30 years; prepared and briefed the President’s Daily Brief for Nixon, Ford, and Reagan; and is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). This article was originally published by Consortium News.