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Hoist on his own petard: NSC Head Flynn Was Brought Down By the Very Spying Machine He Helped to Build

By Davd Lindorff

            A retired three-star Lt. General, Flynn had previously been director of the Defense Intelligence Agency during the Obama administration. In that role since 2012, he was a key player in the leadership of the sprawling $50-billion US intelligence apparatus that has increasingly been spying not just on Americans but on US allies and, to the extent possible, on the entire world.  Flynn, as DIA director, was the top guy in charge of the so-called “Five Eyes” group of intelligence agencies-- all English-speaking nations including the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada -- which has coordinated spying on citizens of those nations as well as on the citizens and leaders of such supposed NATO allies as Germany, France, Italy, Spain etc.

            Knowing all this, it’s simply astounding to learn that Flynn himself was using apparently unencrypted email, phones and texting to communicate with, of all people, the Russian Ambassador to the US, discussing such issues as potentially lifting sanctions imposed on Russia by the sitting president of the United States, Barack Obama.

            His political implosion is doubly ironic because Flynn was one of those who was loudly condemning Trump’s presidential opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for her use of a private server for her official State Department business, and for her general lax security standards (he actually led a “Lock her up!” chant at one Trump rally!).  Because clearly Flynn was not using secure communications in his own conversations with the Russian ambassador -- communications that are now widely circulating in complete transcript form courtesy of US spy agencies like the National Security Agency.

            Talk about someone being hoist upon his own petard!

            You’d think that seeing the kind of trouble the NSA’s “collect it all” motto can wreak even for the powerful and seemingly invincible, Washington’s elite might rethink what the NSA is doing?

            But nah, I wouldn’t count on that happening. There’s more likely to be a lot of shadenfreude among those, both Democrats and traditional Cold War Republicans, who want to see Trump and his band of bozos go down, but hubristic to a fault, they’re not going to go so far as to think, “Hey, this could as easily happen to me!”

            And yet, what we’re seeing here, besides the exposé of a thoroughly inept and out-of-his-depth President Trump, is the workings of the so-called “deep state” -- the permanent power structure the really runs things in the US -- which is taking advantage of its vast powers to rein in the efforts of a loose cannon trying to steer things off on an unorthodox course...

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More Clapp-trap: Senate Hearing on Russian Election Mischief Again Fails to Prove Anything

By Dave Lindorff

 

            The Russian hacking hysteria in the US media and, surprisingly, among educated liberals (who should know better after years of government lies and deceit, particularly about foreign affairs), is becoming increasingly embarrassing.

Monday Morning Bernie Backing

The growing push to defeat Trump by any of the following means:

Scapegoating by the Political Right: A Mask for Privilege

Recently, many commentators have expressed surprise at the romance between the incoming Trump administration and the hate-filled ranks of racial, religious, and nativist bigots.

Too busy getting rich to commit war crimes?: Is Trump’s Idea To Fix the ‘Rigged System’ by Appointing Crooks Who’ve Played It?

By Dave Lindorff

 

       Donald Trump’s cabinet choices are suggesting a governing philosophy along the lines of a corrupt municipal police force relying on gangsters to help it keep street crime held in check.

Trans-Atlantic Bigotry: Brexit-Trump Comparisons Miss Some Key Points

By Linn Washington, Jr.

 

"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful."

Talk Nation Radio: Greg Palast on Stripping 7 Million Voters from Rolls, Swinging Election

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Greg Palast is an investigative reporter, whose news-breaking stories appear on BBC Television and in The Guardian and Rolling Stone Magazine. Palast has released a new movie: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: A Tale of Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, based on his books. Palast says that the recent U.S. election was in fact rigged. We discuss how.

See http://GregPalast.com

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Dear Mr. Trump, About Your 29 Ideas

Regarding your 29 proposals, here's a bit more than just the ranking you asked for. I'll start with the best:

7. Announce our official withdrawal from the TPP.

That's my favorite. Wonderful! We don't need any more trade agreements that empower corporations over governments and impose unpopular laws on people. Good riddance! Don't replace it with something worse, please!

8. Renegotiate NAFTA into terms that protect the American worker.

This could be a great one. I'm not clear why you wouldn't just tear up the treaty you've repeatedly called one of the worst treaties in history. You could negotiate bilateral agreements with other nations. There's no actual need for NAFTA. But if you're going to first try to renegotiate it, the U.S. worker needs the right to organize, among other rights. The workers of Canada and Mexico need to be considered. As does the natural environment that we and our kids all have to live in.

5. Introduce an infrastructure package to modernize our country.

This, too, could be terrific. Or it could be disastrous. Modernized countries have fast electric trains, solar and wind energy, pedestrian and bicycle paths, electric car chargers, sustainable agriculture, free hospitals for all human beings, and architecture that leans more toward the beautiful than the monumental. We could use more schools and parks, more farmers' markets, more urban gardens, and more places to vote. All of these dreams and much more could be easily achieved, even while radically boosting foreign aid, if the U.S. were to either cut military spending or tax billionaires or both. But you want to increase military spending and cut taxes on billionaires. Even if your idea of modernized infrastructure is coal mines and oil wells and highways, you have no way to pay for it -- thank goodness. And don't forget: the people who voted for you are obsessed with the debt, so don't even try that route.

20. Enact a five-year ban on White House and congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service.

This is good, as far as it goes. Why not 10 years both before and after? And why just lobbyists? Why not anyone profiting financially from a sector governed by the relevant government position? And why just the White House and Congress? Why not all government departments and agencies? Putting an oil profiteer in charge of the EPA is not solved by the fact that the EPA isn't in the White House.

25. Reform the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to provide proper treatment to America’s forgotten heroes.

This sounds good, if you actually mean it. But let's not call them heroes. Let's call them brave people who were abused by some of those recent wars you properly denounced during the campaign -- though you supported them when it mattered most.

Political Discourse in the United States

One might think that it should no longer be possible for the bizarre proclamations of U.S. politicians to astonish this writer. He has studied and written about them for years, and there is, it seems, nothing new under the sun, when it comes to such statements. Yet thisis nto the case; some statement leave him in a condition of awestruck wonder, amazed that people who have the repsect and votes of miillions of citizens can tell such blatant lies, or issues such ludicrous opinions and statments.

Let's look at just a few , some current, and some a bit older, but stillpertinent.

It was reported in The New York Tims on September 30 that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made this remarkable statement: "The problem is the Russians don't care about international law, and we do"

The Skeletons in Keith Ellison's Display Case

Congressman Keith Ellison, candidate of progressive Democrats and many regressive Democrats for chair of the Democratic National Committee eagerly urged the illegal and disastrous violent overthrow of the government of Libya in 2011, which he celebrated as a success despite what it meant for the rule of law, despite all the death and suffering, despite the predictable instability and weapons proliferation to follow.

Ellison moved on to pushing, and using his perch as co-chair of the Progressive Caucus to push, for a similar war on Syria. For years now he has advocated for the illegal and murderous creation of no fly zones and "safe zones" -- what Hillary Clinton admitted only to Goldman Sachs would require that you "kill a lot of Syrians." Ellison was an early backer of bombing Syria in 2013. He met with peace activists but rejected their appeal.

Back in 2007, before Ellison's leadership, the Congressional Progressive Caucus had helped organize 90 Congress members to commit to voting against war funding.  Most of them turned around and voted for war funding. That ridiculous disappointment was a high point for the CPC.

Since then, the CPC's commitments -- such as to vote against corporate healthcare -- have hardly been taken seriously, and so it's hardly been news when most members have gone back on their commitments.

But in recent years, the CPC has shifted away from even pretending to take a stand on things, and instead moved toward issuing statements full of non-committal rhetoric. Some began referring to it as the Congressional Progressive Statement Caucus.

Yet even that standard must be looked back to with nostalgia when it comes to Co-Chair Ellison's rhetoric on war. He promotes misinformation about protecting innocent people in Libya and Syria and uses those claims to justify war making. This is exactly what the war makers were looking for in funding Hillary Clinton for President. Should the Democratic National Committee now give it to them in the form of Ellison as Chair?

Of course there are differences between Clinton and Ellison. He hasn't been around long enough to do nearly as much damage, and he's legitimately better than Clinton in many ways. He introduced legislation in the Minnesota State Legislature to urge the impeachment of George W. Bush. He dropped support for that once elected to Congress but did sign onto impeaching Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales. He has voted against war funding, more than once. He has asked Obama to end the war on Afghanistan. He was against rewriting laws with signing statements, at least while Bush was president. It's conceivable that he no longer, post-Bernie, throws a fit if called a socialist. And on domestic issues there's no comparison: Ellison is excellent by Democratic standards.

But is that good enough? Does empowering someone who is a Muslim erase all concern over bombing Muslims and turning their nations into hell?

This is the best the Democrats have, we're told. But putting an active member of Congress into another fulltime job is not ideal. And the Democrats have unemployed figures like war-advocate Howard Dean crawling out into the spot lights.

Who would I propose instead? The first name that comes to mind (and I have not discussed this with him, it's possible he has no interest, and he certainly wouldn't sanction my criticizing of Ellison) is Dennis Kucinich. You want change? Hope even? Try him.

Talk Nation Radio: Jonathan Simon on How Machines May Have Counted Our Votes Wrong

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Jonathan Simon is author of CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century. He serves as Executive Director of Election Defense Alliance (www.ElectionDefenseAlliance.org), a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 to restore observable vote counting and electoral integrity as the basis of American democracy. In addition to CODE RED, Dr. Simon has published, both individually and in collaboration, numerous papers related to various aspects of election forensics and election integrity. We discuss the counting of votes in last week's U.S. elections.

The CODE RED website is www.CODERED2016.com.

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Hurricane Donald and the Storms of Changing Climate

John Feffer argued on Wednesday that Demagogue Donald, whose very existence will lead me to pretend I'm not from the U.S. the next time I'm in Europe, is part of a wider trend that's already hit Europe hard:

"The ugliness has been percolating in Europe for some time now. It wasn’t just Brexit, Britain’s unexpected rejection of the European Union. It was the election of militant populists throughout Eastern Europe — Viktor Orban in Hungary, Robert Fico in Slovakia, the party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Poland. It was the electoral surge of the National Front in France and the Alternative fur Deutschland in Germany. It was the backlash against immigrants, social welfare programs, and 'lazy Mediterraneans' — but also against bankers and Brussels bureaucrats."

Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Nov 3, 2016

 

Senator Grassley asks DOJ inspector general to investigate Loretta Lynch, Peter Kadzik and Andrew McCabe in Clinton email probe - CNS


Grassley’s letter requesting the inspector general to explore whether DOJ and FBI officials compromised the public trust in Clinton probe - grassley.senate.gov


The FBI is Trumpland: Sources say highly unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton intensified after Comey’s decision not to recommend an indictment - Guardian


Obama, leading Dems raise concerns about FBI's Comey, Sen. Schumer: 'I do not have confidence in him any longer.' - MSNBC


Justice Department appears to excuse Peter Kadzik's ‘heads up' to Clinton presidential campaign - Breitbart


ACLJ files lawsuit over AG Lynch’s secret meeting with Bill Clinton, will hold Obama’s Justice Department accountable - American Center for Law and Justice


ACLJ complain demanding all DOJ records pertaining to the meeting of AG Lynch with Bill Clinton - media.aclj.org


US official: FBI finds non duplicate emails related to Clinton's State Department tenure on the laptop belonging to the estranged husband of Huma Abedin - CBS News


State Department, FBI are missing communications between Hillary Clinton and White House during Benghazi attack - Breitbart


Perjury? Clinton also swore she turned over all State Department emails, Her lawyer seemed uncertain - townhall.com


Sources: 99 percent chance foreign intel agencies breached Clinton server - Fox News


POLL: To many Americans news about Clinton equals “emails", “FBI," “investigation," and "scandal" - Gallup


POLL: Most voters agree with timing of FBI’s announcement of Clinton probe’s reopening - Rasmussen Report

 

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Secret recordings fueled FBI feud in Clinton Foundation probe, Agents thought they had enough material to merit aggressively pursuing investigation - WSJ


WH deflects questions on FBI-DOJ feuding over Clinton Foundation probe - Washington Examiner


'Clinton Cash' author: FBI is not ‘going rogue' based just on my book (VIDEO) - Fox News Insider


VIDEO: Fox news anchor Bret Baier retracts claim of 'likely' indictment in Clinton Foundation case - Fox News


WikiLeaks: Clintons sell political favors to Clinton Foundation donors - Observer


How Is DOJ feud over Clinton Foundation scandal just a Fox News/Wall Street Journal story? - newsbusters.org

 

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Hillary Clinton campaign chair Podesta asked lobbyist where to “stick the knife in” Bernie Sanders, Wikileaks email shows - Salon.com


WikiLeaks: Clinton camp rigging primaries as early as 2014 - Observer


Assange: WikiLeaks did not receive Clinton emails from Russian govt - RT News


POLL: Voters think media more likely than Russian hackers to tamper with election - Washington Examiner


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Focus: The Hillary Clinton's FBI Investigation - Nov 2, 2016


Huma Abedin new focus of Clinton email Investigation - freebeacon.com


Huma Abedin often handled classified data on computer she shared with Anthony Weiner - Washington Times


Perjury? Huma Abedin swore to turn over all devices containing State Department emails - townhall.com


As the new Abedin emails are scoured by the FBI, the process ‘could be done literally in a couple of hours or a day or two' - CBS News


FBI warned Huma Abedin that that her Yahoo email account might have been compromised, 14 individuals did not have security clearance to handle classified information - New York Post


Flashback: Huma Abedin got three paychecks from State Dept., the Foundation, and Clinton-affiliated consulting firm - townhall.com


Center for Security Policy President Gaffney on the Huma Abedin-Muslim Brotherhood connection - Breibart


VIDEO: Hacktivist group Anonymous release video about Huma Abedin - YouTube


Clinton's aide Huma Abedin attacked by Hindu group in the US for her Pakistani and Saudi background - Business Standard News

 

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FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation now 'a very high priority,' sources say - Fox News


The FBI’s failed pursuit of a few laptops in NYC during the Clinton Foundation investigation exemplifies just how deep Hillary’s ties go - The Daily Caller


Turmoil in the FBI over the Clinton investigation, This account is based on interviews with more than a dozen officials close to the matter - CNN


DOJ Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik gave Clinton camp 'heads up' about testimony - Fox News


Feds knew about, helped secure Clinton's server In 2011 - The Daily Caller


VIDEO: Former FBI Asst. Director: Original Clinton probe ‘not a real investigation' - Fox News


Hacked Emails show Clinton campaign communicated with State - ABC News

 

McCaul: If elected, Hillary Clinton could be impeached - POLITICO

 

POLLS: Independents leaning toward Trump in polls after FBI furor erupts - McClatchy DC


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Focus: Hillary Clinton Emails - Nov 1, 2016


New State Department documents reveal more Clinton-Abedin email exchanges of classified information on unsecure server - Judicial Watch


Pagliano emails detail attempts to hack Clinton unsecure email server 10 times in two days in 2010, U.S. Secret Service informed of hacking attempts - Judicial Watch


Clinton aide left classified info behind on 2010 China trip - Fox News


FBI never asked Clinton aides for all their devices, Republicans insist the agency gave too much deference to the former secretary and her team - POLITICO


Emails show Justice Department's Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik overseeing Clinton probe has close ties to Podesta - Washington Examiner


DOJ Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik involved with Huma Abedin email probe donated to Hillary - Washington Free Beacon


Podesta paid $7,000 a month by top Clinton campaign donor - POLITICO


Contrary to what has been said by some publications, when Podesta wrote ‘dump all those emails’ meant to release them to the public - The Washington Post


How FIVE separate FBI cases are probing virtually every one of Clinton's inner circle - Daily Mail Online


Analysis: The Clinton e-mails are critical to the Clinton Foundation investigation - National Review


FBI dump suggests Marc Rich won Bill Clinton pardon with cash to the Democratic party and the Clinton Foundation - LifeZette


Clinton camp questions FBI release of Marc Rich pardon files - POLITICO


WikiLeaks: Sheikh agreed to pay Bill Clinton $2 million per trip to Ethiopia - LifeZette


Wikileaks: Turkey's Erdogan was attempting to buy favor with Clinton campaign - freebeacon.com


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The choice this year is easy: Why No Leftist, Progressive or Liberal Should Vote for Hillary Clinton

By Dave Lindorff

 

            With one week to go in this year’s presidential election -- an astonishing and depressing contest in which the two least-liked and least-trusted candidates in history are the two choices put up by our two main political parties -- it’s time to look at why left and liberal people should not vote for the Democratic Party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton.

This Natural Disaster Assistance Law Is Why Other States Are Policing Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog

Almost exactly 20 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed into law a bill creating an interstate agreement for emergency management. That inconspicuous law has opened the door for the current flood of out-of-state law enforcement agents present at the continuing protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota.

Focus: FBI Investigation of Hillary Clinton - Oct 31, 2016


Senator Grassley hints at DOJ coverup in letter asking Comey for more info on Clinton investigation - talkingpointsmemo.com


Grassley wants to know if Justice Dept. blocked Clinton Foundation probe - Washington Examiner


Letter of Senator Grassley to Comey on the Clinton investigation - judiciary.senate.gov


F.B.I. begins review of Clinton aide’s emails - The New York Times


Donald Trump warns of a 'constitutional crisis' if Hillary Clinton wins - LA Times


Blockbuster WSJ report on internal FBI conflict over investigating Clinton emails and foundation - americanthinker.com


FBI agents pressed Justice unsuccessfully for probe of Clinton Foundation - The Washington Post


$675K leads to government watchdog’s recusal calls for FBI's No 2 McCabe in Clinton case - The Daily Caller


Press release: CoA Institute calls on FBI official McCabe to recuse himself from Clinton email investigation - Cause of Action Institute


Clinton Foundation got $28 million for favors to Morocco - The Daily Caller


Millions from Sweden, Morocco pouring into Clinton Foundation alarmed campaign manager: Wikileaks emails - National Post


Wikileaks emails show Clinton strategy to conceal foreign government donations, including Australia's - Michael Smith News


ARCHIVE: Wikileaks: Cheryl Mills directed Clinton Foundation while State Dept. chief of staff - National Legal & Policy Center


ARCHIVE: 'Bill Clinton Inc.': Wikileaks email details how top aides helped make ex-president rich - Fox News


ARCHIVE: WikiLeaks emails reveal Bill Clinton's $1M 'birthday' present from Qatar for foundation - Washington Times


ARCHIVE: Hillary ‘went to bat’ for Chevron: The Clinton Foundation’s donors lobbied Hillary’s State Dept to open Burma to American businesses. They got what they wanted. - The Daily Beast


ARCHIVE: How Hillary Clinton’s State Department fought for Ghana’s oil on behalf of donor Exxon - ghanastar.com


ARCHIVE: The Clinton Foundation left a toxic legacy in Colombia, critics say - Fusion


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Focus: FBI Director James Comey - Oct 30, 2016

 

Hillary Clinton campaign turns up pressure on FBI Director James Comey about the email investigation - Time

 

Harry Reid accuses Comey of possibly breaking the law, makes ‘explosive' claim about Trump-Russia connection in fiery letter - Business Insider


Harry Reid's letter to FBI Director Comey about the Clinton email investigation - reid.senate.gov


In a letter sent to Comey and Lynch, Senate Democrats want an update on the Clinton email investigation no later than Monday - Huffington Post


Letter by Senate Democrats Leahy, Feinstein, Carper and Cardin to Comey and Lynch requesting information on the Clinton investigation - Huffington Post


VIDEO: Hillary Clinton campaign releases defiant video against James Comey, FBI over email review - us.blastingnews.com


Clinton campaign asks ex-prosecutors to criticize FBI Director James Comey - The Daily Beast


Republican attorney files complaint against James Comey for latest disclosures on Clinton email probe - people.com


In op-ed, former Dem and GOP deputy attorney generals say 'Comey is damaging democracy' - NBC News


FBI Director James Comey begins briefing Congressional leaders on email review - ABC News


GOP House Judiciary Chair Goodlatte: Comey asked to release as much as he could - newsmax.com


FBI obtains warrant to examine Clinton emails: U.S. media - Reuters


DOJ objected to FBI disclosure of new steps in Clinton probe, sources say - ABC News


Comey internal memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe - Fox News


FBI moved to disclose the re-opening of the Clinton investigation because it feared the information would leak otherwise, law enforcement officials say - CNNPolitics.com


'Controversy’ among FBI and DOJ officials over not indicting Clinton drove Comey's decision to re-open the investigation: Goodlatte - Washington Examiner


Why Comey jumped at chance to reopen Clinton email investigation: Resignation letters piling up from disaffected FBI agents, his wife urging him - Daily Mail


FBI in internal feud over Clinton Foundation probe - WSJ


Former assistant director: FBI has an investigation ongoing into Clinton Foundation - The Daily Caller


Judicial Watch sues for FBI records of Loretta Lynch, Bill Clinton tarmac meeting - BizPac Review


POLL: Trump behind 1 percent, Clinton hurt by FBI bombshell - Washington Examiner


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