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—–BREAKING—–

 

TRUMP VIOLATES OATH OF OFFICE TO UPHOLD THE CONSTITUTION

The New York Daily News reports, “President Trump made the First Amendment his No. 1 enemy on Wednesday, calling freedom of the press ‘disgusting’ and suggesting the TV networks he doesn’t like should lose their broadcasting licenses.” The asshole violated his oath of office, the part about swearing to uphold and protect the constitution. Get him out of here! He is pissed about a story that you can find below in TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE (yes, that’s a nod to India’s 1974 PNE). But if you believe it has to do with “morongate,” you are correct. Recall, NBC News reported T Rex called our fake puppet president “a fucking moron,” which is “the highest level” of moron. This is now a two-week story for those keeping a scorecard.

From The New York Daily News.

 

CARDIN + MCCAIN POUNCE ON WHITE HOUSE NOT ENFORCING SANCTIONS

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Two leading U.S. senators have accused President Donald Trump’s administration of dragging its feet on enforcing a new sanctions law on Russia, saying the White House has failed to provide information related to its defense and intelligence sectors. The letter released on October 11 is the second from Democrat Ben Cardin and Republican John McCain criticizing the White House for failing to implement the legislation that Trump reluctantly signed into law on August 2.” Surprise! Trump just cannot bring himself to sanction his great Russian friends who helped install him in the White House, again! Everyone else is running around tending to their adult day care duties, no doubt!

From Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

 

ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT INTRODUCED AGAIN

The Texas Tribune reports, “U.S. Rep. Al Green, a Houston Democrat, introduced formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on the House floor Wednesday, then abruptly stepped back from the measure later in the day.” According to The Texas Tribune, “Just before the first round of afternoon votes, the presiding officer of the House floor called on Green to offer his resolution to move forward, but Green did not appear on the floor.” Green said, “he wanted to allow more time for his colleagues to examine the legislation,” according to The Texas Tribune.

From The Texas Tribune.

 

HOUSE INVESTIGATING CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA FOR RUSSIA TIES

The Daily Beast reports Cambridge Analytica, “A data firm backed by some of Donald Trump’s closest allies is now facing scrutiny as part of an investigation into possible collusion between the president’s team and Russian operatives”. Well, well, well, surprise, surprise! So many in the tech world and on the tech security beat in particular have been waiting for this one. According to The Daily Beast, “The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) is looking at Cambridge Analytica’s work for President Donald Trump’s campaign as part of its investigation into Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 race”. The Daily Beast adds, “The company is in the process of turning over documents to HPSCI, according to a source familiar with the committee’s work. Another source close to the investigation said that the probe’s focus on Cambridge Analytica is ‘fruitful.’” Interesting word choice. Bloomberg previously reported Steve Bannon, the ousted white supremacist chief strategist in the Whites Only Haus, “had holdings in Cambridge Analytica worth between $1 million and $5 million as recently as April of this year”. However, Bannon “hasn’t been publicly mentioned as a potential witness for or target of Russia investigators,” The Daily Beast notes. Additionally, “In May, the Guardian’s Sunday Observer reported that Cambridge Analytica and its UK affiliate SCL––which owns 10 percent of Cambridge Analytica to Mercer’s 90 percent––have worked in Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Iran and Moldova.” That is not exactly a random collection of countries.

From The Daily Beast.

 

HOUSE INTEL WILL RELEASE RUSSIAN FAKEBOOK ADS

The New York Times reports, “Leaders of the House Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that they planned to make public the thousands of Facebook ads linked to Russia that appeared during the 2016 presidential election campaign,” which is “the first indication that the ads would be released.” A little sunlight always only ever hurts Russia, our great new friends who offer us nothing but help impose a lunatic in the White House on us. The New York Times adds, “The lawmakers told reporters about their plans after an afternoon meeting with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer,” where she “sat down with Representative K. Michael Conaway of Texas, the Republican leader of the House investigation, and Representative Adam B. Schiff of Massachusetts [actually of California], the top Democrat on the committee, at the start of two full days of meetings with federal officials.” Two full days, oh my! TRUMPISTAN WATCH and the rest of the nation have been living this for months now, and we didn’t get $70,100,000 from Trump and Russia combined for the privilege. According to The New York Times, “Ms. Sandberg also agreed to hand over additional Facebook content unrelated to ads, such as fake news and inflammatory posts on pages to organize rallies, that the Russian-linked actors appeared to use to sow discord, Mr. Schiff said.” The New York Times notes, “On Thursday, Ms. Sandberg will take the stage with the media outlet Axios for a 30-minute interview about Facebook’s handling of the Russia inquiry.” Do not expect this to be too hard hitting. Axios is the baby of Mike Allen, POLITICO’s former Washington Playbook author and White House correspondent. One question for Sandberg: does she really want to be the public, Washington face of this shit storm?

From The New York Times.

 

THE RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA CANCER SPREAD TO PINTEREST

The Washington Post reports, “Image-bookmarking site Pinterest is known as a place where people go to get ideas about home décor, fashion, and recipes,” however, “in the run-up to the 2016 election, the site became a repository for thousands of political posts created by Russian operatives seeking to shape public opinion and foment discord in U.S. society, the company acknowledged Wednesday.” The Washington Post notes, “Russian operatives don’t appear to have posted directly on Pinterest, but their influence spread to the site through users who came across Russian content elsewhere and unwittingly ‘pinned’ it onto their Pinterest scrap boards.” Remember, Russia is a cancer and tumors spread.

From The Washington Post.

 

U.S. ARMY SEEKS TO BOOST CYBER WARFARE CAPABILITIES

Defense News reports, “Worried the U.S. Army is unprepared to take on Russia in Europe, U.S. lawmakers have advanced legislative language to pressure the Pentagon to catch up on electronic warfare, long-range missiles and countering drones. The proposed language would require Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to give Congress a strategy to speed Army’s tech development in the three areas — a sign of a growing bipartisan lawmaker interest.” The proposal is part of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act,” which if you are in Washington, you know ‘tis the season. Recall, “DoD has largely been focused on counterinsurgency and counterterrorism for the past decade and a half,” Defense News notes, adding, “But in the wake of Russian belligerence in Europe [not just in Europe], there’s a growing acknowledgement America needs to address Russian capabilities, especially those that can spoof America’s systems, degrade its command and control and eavesdrop on its communications.” It is good to be awake to these things now that the worst part of waking up is a little covfefe in your cup. According to Defense News, “The Army, in particular, looks vulnerable.” Reassuring! Defense News reports, “Capability gaps emerged in recent training with Ukrainian troops who had experience battling Russian-backed separatists. Those forces have used cheap drones and electronic warfare tools to pinpoint targets for artillery barrages and devastate Ukraine’s armored vehicles with state-of-the-art Russian antitank missiles.”

From Defense News.

 

RUSSIA MAY ORDER US DIPLOMATIC STAFF CUT BELOW 300

Reuters reports, “Russia does not rule out ordering the United States to cut its diplomatic staff in Russia to 300 people or fewer, [Russian state-run] RIA news agency quoted senior Foreign Ministry official Georgy Borisenko as saying on Wednesday.”

From Reuters.

 

RUSSIAN STATE-RUN RT OBNOXIOUS ADS COMING DOWN IN DC

The Washington Post reports, “Advertisements from a Russia-funded news outlet that appear to make light of Hillary Clinton’s loss to President Trump in last year’s election will be removed from D.C. streets after the outlet said federal officials asked it to register as a foreign agent.” The ads read, “Stuck in traffic? Lost an election? Blame it on us!” and “The CIA calls us a ‘propaganda machine.’ Find out what we call the CIA.” The same thing Putin calls his mother? This is obviously making light of the old John Birch Society mentality even Bob Dylan once sang about. The Washington Post adds, “Last month, the company announced that the Department of Justice asked it to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law passed in 1938 to fight German propaganda on the eve of World War II.” We are fighting Russia how we fought the Nazis, which is a nice start.

From The Washington Post.

 

RUSSIA RELOADS DUTERTE’S DEATH SQUADS WITH KALASHNIKOVS, TRUCKS

Reuters reports, “Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced that Russia would donate defense hardware to support the military’s fight against pro-Islamic State militants, who he said could regroup and attack ‘anywhere and everywhere’.” According to Reuters, “Duterte said Russia would provide about 5,000 assault rifles in a deal to be signed this month, and the Philippine military would no longer have to use second-hand arms.” Reuters adds, “Moscow’s gift would follow China’s donation of more than 6,000 assault rifles and 100 sniper rifles, among the fruits of Duterte’s efforts to form partnerships with two arms-producing powers that are rivals to the United States.”

From Reuters.

 

—–INVESTIGATIONS, INVESTIGATIONS—–

 

WHY WON’T THE FEDS SAY TRUMP IS UNDER INVESTIGATION?

POLITICO reports, “The Justice Department is refusing to confirm whether President Donald Trump was or was not ever a target or subject of the ongoing probe into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential campaign, despite Trump’s public claims that he was repeatedly given such assurances by former FBI Director James Comey.” POLITICO adds, “Tuesday responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by a POLITICO reporter, a Justice Department lawyer said the agency won’t hand over any records that would confirm Trump’s status in any investigation. Justice is also declining to produce any records about the debate Comey says took place over whether to tell Trump earlier this year that he wasn’t a focus of the Russia probe.” They better have the grill fired up to make sure the orange Russian pig sizzles or what is the point?

From POLITICO.

 

—–KNOW YOUR ENEMY—–

 

KUSHNER CONCEALED A COMPANY ON CLEARANCE THEN PROFITED

Newsweek reports, “Jared Kushner ‘enriched himself’ by not revealing his ownership of a real estate tech business that raised millions of dollars while he served in the government, said a member of the House Judiciary Committee, calling it part of a pattern of unethical behavior that he believes should cause the White House Senior Adviser to be stripped of his security clearance.” According to Newsweek, “Kushner’s failure to list a company called Cadre on his initial financial disclosure forms—an oversight that could mean millions for the president’s son-in-law—is an ethical lapse that should have severe ramifications,” citing Congressman Ted Lieu. Newsweek reports, “Kushner’s lawyer has said that her client’s failure to list Cadre on the initial filing in March was merely an ‘administrative error.’ But that ‘error’ allowed Kushner to maintain a stake in the start-up at a time when the three-year-old business doubled its venture funding from rich private investors.” Security clearance error in your favor? Collect venture capital! Is that how Monopoly is played these days, princeling Jared?

From Newsweek.

 

AGAIN AMERICA, YOUR REAL OWNERS ARE CHINESE

Foreign Policy has a headline, “Russia Is the Biggest Recipient of Chinese Foreign Aid,” but the use of the word aid here could be contested. That means America your real owners are Chinese, not Russian. Nee-hao, not anything else. According to a “years-long study” by the College of William and Mary’s AidData research lab, “Between 2000 and 2014, Beijing provided Moscow with a total of $36.6 billion in loans, grants, and other agreements”. Foreign Policy notes, “The next-highest recipient of Chinese foreign aid during that period was Pakistan, at $24.3 billion, followed by Angola at $16.6 billion.” That’s fantastic company, Russia! To break it down, it is not so much aid as a series of elaborate bribes under the guise of international business as “The bulk of Chinese aid to Russia was a $25 billion loan package that China Development Bank provided to Russia’s Rosneft, a huge oil company, and Transneft, a pipeline builder, in 2009, as well as a $6 billion loan-for-coal program in 2010. The remainder of the financial flow during the 15-year period occurred between the Export-Import Bank of China or the China Development Bank and various Russian banks, including the Russian Development Bank, Sberbank, VTB Bank, and Vnesheconombank.” As we know from our ongoing investigations, Rosneft and the Russian banks, notably Vnesheconombank are mere instruments of the Russian mafia state. As Foreign Policy notes, Chinese foreign aid to Russia “is mostly about getting the thirsty Chinese economy access to Russia’s huge reserves of oil.” With China and Russia, helping people and alleviating misery are just not factors in the equation. You know, “aid”. Sechin maybe feels distressed after a long flight across Russia on a luxury jet because his suit is wrinkled a bit?

From Foreign Policy.

 

—–DISINFO WARS—–

 

MATTIS ORDERS GENERALS: TALK TO THE PRESS

In a fresh sign of our system stabilizing just a bit from Hurricane Donald, Defense One reports, “the defense secretary tells senior military leaders to engage with the media”. According to Defense One, “In the age of Trump, senior U.S. military leaders have generally kept a lower public profile than usual, seeking to avoid the hyperactive state of politics and the press. That’s about to change.” In what can only be described as the occasionally poetically beautiful absurdity of the military, Defense One adds, “On Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis instructed top commanders to speak to the media more freely”. Commanders, you are ordered to speak freely! Defense One reports, “Mattis gave his guidance at Friday’s closed-door Senior Leadership Conference, a Pentagon gathering of generals and admirals that includes the combatant commanders, or COCOMs, who are the senior officers in the U.S. military chain of command.”

From Defense One.

 

REMEMBER THIS HEADLINE WHEN THE RUSKIS CRY NATIONAL SECURITY

Russian state-run TASS actually has a headline, “Tit-for-tat measures against US-backed media not to affect outlets from other countries”. This is a rare feat: Russia just coming out and saying that its harassment of the press, most notably and recently US-backed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and its various Russian language entities and CNN, is part of a “tit-for-tat” with America. The Russian Ministry of Justice (an oxymoron) even came out and said, “The currently taken restrictive measures against mass media outlets registered in the US are retaliatory measures in response to pressure against Russian media in the United States and do not affect media outlets registered in other countries”. So when national security is blamed for expelling a CNN reporter or shutting down an outlet or harassing its journalists down the road, recall this is Russian-style retaliation not the national security pretext or whatever they will come up with to justify their abuse.

From Russian state-run TASS.

 

FUSION GPS DID NOT PROVIDE BUZZFEED WITH THE STEELE DOSSIER

Business Insider reports, “The opposition research firm,” Fusion GPS, “that produced the explosive dossier,” the Steele dossier, “alleging ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia has claimed in new court filings that it did not provide the dossier to BuzzFeed”. Business Insider notes, “The filings were part of Fusion GPS’s efforts to quash a subpoena issued in late August by Aleksej Gubarev, a Russian tech executive whom the dossier accused of targeting Democratic Party leadership with malware and ‘botnets.’ Gubarev is now suing both BuzzFeed and the dossier’s author, Christopher Steele.” Business Insider reports, “Court documents filed on Tuesday, however, included a September 12 email from a lawyer with the firm representing Fusion informing Gubarev’s attorney that ‘we have found no pre-publication communications’ between the firm and BuzzFeed.” Business Insider adds, “BuzzFeed issued the following statement: ‘As we’ve stated time and again, the dossier was circulating at the highest levels of government, among numerous media outlets, and is the subject of multiple federal investigations. The only group that had yet to see the dossier when we published it was the public.’”

From Business Insider.

 

—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–

 

TRUMP THINKS IT TAKES 10 TIMES THE NUKES TO DESTROY EVERYTHING

NBC News reports, “President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest-ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.” Because the president has less self-control and fewer wits than a toddler, “Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the buildup,” NBC News reports. This July 20 meeting is evidently what led Tillerson to make the sage assessment that the fake Russian president is “a fucking moron,” which is evidently the “highest rank of moron that’s achievable.” Oh how on point T Rex!

From NBC News.

 

GORBI TO PUTIN + TRUMP: FIND YOUR BRAINS + USE THEM

The Washington Post runs an appeal by Mikhail Gorbachev on the implications of destroying the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which “both sides” have called “for scrapping.” Gorbachev notes, “The problem has a political as well as a technical aspect. It is up to the political leaders to take action.” For this reason, he writes, “Therefore I am making an appeal to the presidents of Russia and the United States.” The key problem is this is not the 1980s, we have not locked horns with this enemy over the past four decades but rather have spent nearly the last three specifically avoiding doing so. While Gorbachev states, “A way out must be sought,” it is important however to note the solution he proposes, “a dialogue based on mutual respect,” is a nonstarter at this phase beyond the military leaders. Russia only respects strength, not its puppets, and Trump has minimal legitimacy as far as the American public is concerned. In fact, Gorbachev’s solution hints at a bigger problem: who speaks for America these days? The president is under investigation for colluding with Russia to even become the president, so he cannot sit down with the leader of that nation as a co-equal. Perhaps we should read Gorbachev another way, as a simple call to “find your brains and use them”? We are weakened, but not so weak that we are on par with Russia quite yet these days. And if we keep fighting back, may we never be.

From The Washington Post.

 

—–RADIO MOSCOW: STORIES FROM THEIR PRESS AND OURS—–

 

PUTIN BURGER WAITRESSES IN NEW YORK CITY FIRED
The Moscow Times
reports, “Two employees have been fired from a New York City restaurant after they created and filmed a ‘Putin burger’ in celebration of the Russian president’s birthday. The video agency Ruptly, owned by the Kremlin-backed news outlet RT, on Oct. 7  ran a story about Lucy’s Cantina Royale in Manhattan, featuring a 1,952-gram burger in honor of Vladimir Putin’s birth year.” As TRUMPISTAN WATCH noted, “Perhaps the gram measurement in a country where ounces are used was the first tip-off that the celebration was staged.” According to The Moscow Times, “Russian independent channel Dozhd TV confirmed on Wednesday that the employees broadcast by RT offering the burger — Darya Pauto, a bartender, and Tamara Ilizarova, a waitress — had been dismissed.”

From The Moscow Times.

 

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