NUMBER OF STORIES ABOUT NEWS THAT DOESN’T SUCK: 3
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BOLTON TO MOSCOW TO PLAN TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT BECAUSE FUCK ALL
ABC News reports, “President Donald Trump may finally get his wish – a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin – as his National Security Adviser John Bolton heads to Moscow to discuss a potential meeting between the two leaders, a National Security Council spokesperson confirmed Thursday.” ABC News adds, “This would be the first formally-arranged meeting between Trump and Putin after they talked on the sidelines of two international summits in 2017, and it comes after the president’s repeated calls for stronger ties with Russia and warm words for Putin.” ABC News notes, “those calls have unnerved U.S. allies abroad and angered critics at home, who point out Putin’s abysmal human rights record; aggression in the U.K., Ukraine, Georgia, Syria, and other countries; and interference in U.S. politics, including Trump’s own election in 2016.”
From ABC News.
CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA HAD CLINTON EMAILS MONTH BEFORE WIKILEAKS
The Spectator reports, “An American lawyer I know told me that he was approached by a Cambridge Analytica employee after the election. They had had the Clinton emails more than a month before they were published by WikiLeaks: ‘What should I do?’ Take this to Mueller, the lawyer replied.”
From The Spectator.
HOUSE REPUBLICANS PLAN SIEGE ON BALLER DEPUTY AG ROD ROSENSTEIN
POLITICO reports, “House Republicans are preparing to ratchet up their confrontation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Justice Department this week — but Democrats say a procedural snag may delay the inevitable clash. Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee say the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), failed to properly notify them about the specific documents he demanded from the Justice Department when he issued a subpoena on March 22. If House parliamentarians agree, Goodlatte would need to reissue the subpoena.” In bureaucracy, delay tactics are the equivalent of land mines behind enemy lines. POLITICO notes, ‘Because you did not provide me with a copy of the subpoena that actually issued, the subpoena that you eventually issued would be unenforceable as a matter of law,’ top Judiciary Committee Democrat Jerry Nadler said in a letter to Goodlatte obtained by POLITICO. He called the subpoena ‘defective’ and said Goodlatte should consider a more bipartisan approach.” And for his part, spineless “Speaker Paul Ryan, who has endorsed his chairmen’s document demands, said he intends to ‘regroup’ with Goodlatte, Nunes and Gowdy on Friday to decide the next steps.” Never doubt which side the death cult GOP is on.
SPEAKER RYAN + DEATH CULT WANT TO HOLD ROSENSTEIN IN CONTEMPT
CNN reports, “House Speaker Paul Ryan did not rule out Thursday holding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt of Congress, saying the House expects ‘compliance’ with its demands for documents from the Justice Department ahead of a Friday deadline.” With all the ferocity of a man with an actual spine, Ryan said, “We expect compliance”. Reminder: Rod Rosenstein is a total fucking baller. Meanwhile The Washington Examiner reports, “The Justice Department has begun to provide documents to the House Intelligence Committee this week, following explicit threats by Republican chairmen.” So is Ryan just posturing or what?
TRUMP CULT MEMBER REP. MARK MEADOWS: FBI FRAMED FLYNN
A new front in the war against the Special Counsel Robert Mueller began on Thursday as several GOP death cult members launched an attack on the FBI’s credibility by suggesting Trump’s first National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, who plead guilty to one count of lying to the FBI in exchange for cooperation, was framed. The Hill reports, “Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) suggested Thursday in an interview [sic] wth Hill.TV’s ‘Rising’ that evidence may have been tampered with in the case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.” The Hill adds, “Meadows, the leader of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and a close ally of President Trump’s, said he and other lawmakers are finding evidence of possible tampering, an allegation he previously made at a House hearing where Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified.” This one falls squarely in the realm of the inevitable, the attack and accusation, not that any evidence has been proffered up.
From The Hill.
ACTIVE MEASURES WATCH: THE ECONOMY VIS-À-VIS TARIFF WARS
The Washington Post reports, “President Trump believes that ‘trade wars are good, and easy to win.’ So he started one.” Recall, the goal of active measures is to capture the state: foreign policy, defense and the economy. Well the tariffs focus on this last pillar required, the economy, according to Russian intelligence doctrine, to capture the state. And so it goes, “the casualties are beginning to return home from the battlefield, and on Capitol Hill Wednesday, the people’s representatives presented some of them to Wilbur Ross, the president’s billionaire commerce secretary” who is corrupt as all hell and invested in a shipping company with ties to Putin’s inner circle, namely his (reportedly former) son-in-law Kirill Shamalov. Here we go, a round up:
– Senator John Thune of South Dakota: “Corn, wheat, beef and pork are all suffering market price declines . . . due to current trade policies”.
– Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa: “we watched the soybean market start to collapse”.
– Senator Rob Portman of Ohio: “steel and auto producers in Ohio, ‘hit harder than any other state by the Canadian retaliatory tariffs.’”
– Senator Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania: “Kraft-Heinz may move its ketchup production to Canada to avoid retaliatory tariffs”.
– Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia: cited with dismay “Coca-Cola’s rising aluminum can costs”.
– Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah: “contracts have dried up for a steel fabricator in his state because of the tariffs, and ‘multibillion-dollar investments for new manufacturing plants that employ thousands of workers are also being put at risk.’”
The Washington Post notes, “those were just the Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee.” As The Washington Post notes, in what is becoming an ongoing motif of this fake Russian bullshit administration, “the plutocratic commerce secretary was not troubled. Ross’s answer to the senators’ pleas for their constituents: Let them eat cake.” Inside Commerce, the word is the applications for the tariff exemptions being submitted is having an effect not unlike T Rex’s “FOIA surge,” when he was still at the State Department, mainly saddling the bureaucracy with needless busy work to gird the engines of the department to a standstill. Lastly The Washington Post adds, “Asked whether he believed, as several of the senators did, that the United States is in a trade war, Ross was breezy: ‘As the president has often said, we’ve been at a trade war forever. The difference is that now our troops are coming to the ramparts.’ And they are beginning to take heavy casualties.” And the generals are eating cake.
From The Washington Post.
STATE DEPARTMENT: RUSSIA, IRAN HEDGING BETS IN BACKING TALIBAN
The Washington Examiner reports, “Russia and Iran are ‘hedg[ing] their bets’ by backing the Taliban against other terrorists at the expense of Afghanistan’s central government, a senior State Department official testified Wednesday. ‘We are concerned about countries that are seeking to hedge their bets in Afghanistan, typically by viewing the Taliban as a legitimate force in fighting ISIS-Khorasan,’ Alice Wells, the top diplomat for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”
From The Washington Examiner.
NATIONAL ENQUIRER SENT COHEN STORIES BEFORE PUBLISHING THEM
The Washington Post reports, “During the presidential campaign, National Enquirer executives sent digital copies of the tabloid’s articles and cover images related to Donald Trump and his political opponents to Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen in advance of publication”. The Washington Post adds, “Although the company strongly denies ever sharing such material before publication” three sources tell The Washington Post, “the sharing of material continued after Trump took office.” David Pecker, the publisher of the Enquirer was recently subpoenaed in connection with the ongoing case against Michael Cohen.
From The Washington Post.
REALITY WINNER WILL PLEAD GUILTY TO LEAKING TO THE INTERCEPT
BuzzFeed News reports, “A former National Security Agency employee will plead guilty to leaking a top-secret report detailing how the Russian government tried to hack US election systems, her mother and her supporters at the Courage Foundation say.” The Courage Foundation, so named less you doubt their self-righteous intentions. BuzzFeed News adds, “Reality Winner, who worked as an analyst in the NSA’s Georgia station, was arrested last year after the Intercept published a top-secret chart detailing a spear-phishing operation conducted by Russian intelligence officers against county election workers throughout the United States in the months leading up to the 2016 election.” For the record, the leak had good intentions but the leaker was relatively naïve in how she accomplished this and who she leaked to; TRUMPISTAN WATCH is grateful for the information provided to the public but sorry she chose to do so in such a poor and angsty fashion as the whole thing reflects very poorly on the national security community at large. Also anything attached to Glenn Greenwald’s name should be assessed on this basis as having dubious intentions and merit.
From BuzzFeed News.
ESTONIA REPORTS RUSSIAN AIRPLANE VIOLATES AIR SPACE
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports, “Estonia’s military says a Russian aircraft has violated its airspace for the second time this year and following several such incidents in 2016 and 2017. Estonian officials on June 21 said the violation occurred near the island of Vaindloo in the Gulf of Finland and involved a Tupolev-154M plane belonging to Russia’s Interior Ministry. The officials of the NATO nation added that the plane spent about one minute in Estonian airspace near midday on June 20.” Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty adds, “They added that the plane had not presented a flight plan and had no radio contact with Estonia’s air-navigation system. The Estonian Foreign Ministry said it summoned Russia’s ambassador over the incident.”
Reuters reports, “A federal judge on Thursday declined a request by President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort to suppress evidence seized from a storage unit by investigators for Special Counsel Robert Mueller.”
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NAZI NIELSEN WISHES TO CONTINUE FAMILY SEPARATIONS
The Hill reports, “Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Thursday said that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has privately told lawmakers that the Trump administration’s family separation practice could resume despite the president signing an executive order to end the practice.” Think about that: they know exactly what they are doing in communications and preparatory work for a slaughter, and privately they acknowledge it. This is an admission that the executive order is bullshit and only viable so long as public outrage continues. The Hill adds, “In a tweet, the California Democrat wrote that he was urging members of the House Appropriations Committee to ensure that no funding would be made available if the policy is restarted. ‘Secretary Nielsen privately told lawmakers the Administration may go back to separating children from their parents,’ Schiff tweeted. ‘Congress must ensure that NEVER happens. I’m urging the House Appropriations Committee to prevent funds from ever being used to separate families entering the US.’”
From The Hill.
RUSSIA’S PROXY WIKILEAKS PUBLISHES DATABASE OF 9,000 ICE AGENTS
The Washington Post reports, “WikiLeaks on Thursday published a database identifying more than 9,000 supposed current and former U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement employees, saying it is important for ‘increasing accountability.’” As WikiLeaks is a Russian intelligence cut out, this begs the question of how many individuals in ICE Russia may have targeted for recruitment in some way and illustrates further how useful Trump is to Russia by further eroding trust between civilians and the state. Welcome to hell: we have a small window of time to prevent a slaughter and we are living in it. The Washington Post notes, “The database contains the employees’ publicly available personal information and job history scraped from LinkedIn, including deportation officers, IT workers, human resource interns and legal assistants, among others. The list includes their LinkedIn profile photos and information on educational background and the city and state where they’re based.” The Washington Post adds, “On Wednesday, the left-wing website Splinter News published what it claimed was the cellphone number of Miller because of his defense of family separations, saying, ‘Perhaps you would like to call him about it.’ Twitter temporarily suspended users who shared the article.” Note how this works: it simultaneously encourages a complex of victimhood in the state among those tasked with laying the preparatory work for stage seven of genocide: extermination while promoting mistrust of the state among civilians, which serves stage six: polarization, laying the ground work for stage 7: preparation. Recall as well that these stages are not fixed, the transitions blend and, forgive the term, bleed into one another.
From The Washington Post.
THE NEW PLAN: “DENATURALIZATION,” STRIP IMMIGRANTS OF CITIZENSHIP
The AP reports, “The U.S. government agency that oversees immigration applications is launching an office that will focus on identifying Americans who are suspected of cheating to get their citizenship and seek to strip them of it.” This is likely to render some stateless and the focus may very well be activists and others with migration backgrounds, as the Europeans often call it. The AP adds, “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna told The Associated Press in an interview that his agency is hiring several dozen lawyers and immigration officers to review cases of immigrants who were ordered deported and are suspected of using fake identities to later get green cards and citizenship through naturalization.” You see: these people will not quit until they are thrown from office and a necessary process of de-Trumpification occurs. The AP notes, “Cissna said the cases would be referred to the Department of Justice, whose attorneys could then seek to remove the immigrants’ citizenship in civil court proceedings. In some cases, government attorneys could bring criminal charges related to fraud.” It is worth noting as well that there appears to be another goal: spread the damage of these policies as far as possible across as many government agencies in an effort to discredit them in the eyes of the public. Notice how remarkably quiet the calls of “Deep State” have become; a new strategy appears to be afoot. As the AP adds, “Immigrants who become U.S. citizens can vote, serve on juries and obtain security clearance. Denaturalization — the process of removing that citizenship — is very rare,” in fact it is so rare this is the first time TRUMPISTAN WATCH ever hears the word “denaturalization,” which has remarkably Soviet or Nazi-like characteristics in both tone and content.
From the AP.
THE NEW PLAN: TRY + HOLD KIDS LONGER
The Hill reports, “The Department of Justice on Thursday asked a federal district court to modify a decades-old court settlement that prohibits the federal government from keeping children in immigration detention centers for more than 20 days, following President Trump’s decision to end the practice of separating migrant children from their parents who cross the U.S. border illegally. The agreement, which is known as the Flores settlement, was drafted in 1997.” So note: they are not backing down.
From The Hill.
* RESISTANCE THAT CAN HURT DEFENSE LONG-TERM AS AN ACTIVE MEASURE
The New York Times reports, “Governors from at least eight states have announced that they would withhold or recall National Guard troops from efforts to secure the United States’ border with Mexico, as the debate over the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents at the southern border seeped into state political battles in an election year.” The New York Times adds, “Many of the governors opposed to sending troops were Democrats, from states including New York, North Carolina and Virginia. But two Republican governors who face re-elections this fall in Maryland and Massachusetts also reversed their plans.” The New York Times notes, “Some other Republican governors, under growing pressure to weigh in on the much-debated policy, voiced dissatisfaction over the separation issue, though some stopped short of addressing their state’s National Guard assistance.” Recall: the goal of active measures is to capture the state, foreign policy, defense and the economy.
From The New York Times.
THE BEST PEOPLE
The Daily Beast reports the fake Russian bullshit president’s “administration has been paying an intelligence contractor millions of dollars to to fly immigrant children to shelters across the United States. MVM, Inc. has a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to provide ‘unaccompanied alien children (UAC) transportation services’ worth $162 million, according to records reviewed by The Daily Beast. MVM’s recent job postings show it sought to hire people to escort immigrant children from the border on commercial airlines. MVM is one of a number of defense contractors cashing in on the Trump administration’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy of locking up immigrant families.” Ah, the best people! Who else would you want to escort “alien children” and perhaps abuse them along the way? The Daily Beast adds, “The policy was implemented in early April, and soon after MVM posted several of job advertisements looking for employees to escort immigrant children in cities like Phoenix, San Antonio, and McAllen, Texas, home of the infamous ‘Ursula’ facility seen in photographs of separated children housed in chain-link cages. In a posting for a ‘Bilingual Travel Youth Care Worker,’ MVM sought escorts for ‘unaccompanied children and teens.’ The job would entail ‘accompanying them on domestic flights and via ground transportation to shelters all over the country.’”
From The Daily Beast.
* AIRLINES RESIST PARTICIPATION IN REGIME’S CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
The Wall Street Journal reports, “Several U.S. airlines have told federal officials they don’t want to transport children separated from their parents attempting to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Three of the largest U.S. carriers—American Airlines Group Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co.—said on Wednesday that they have asked the government to refrain from using their flights to transport children under the current immigration policy. Alaska Airlines also put the government on notice”.
From The Wall Street Journal.
REMEMBER THE ONLY THING THE NAZI COCKROACHES DO WELL IS GASLIGHT
In an item that has generated more buzz and successfully shifted the conversation away from babies in cages, questions about where missing migrants girls are, The Guardian reports that when fake First Lady Melania “boarded a plane to Texas, she appeared to be wearing a Zara jacket with the astonishing caption: ‘I really don’t care. Do U?’” She also wrote the opening line of her obituary and hopefully that of the regime. Now here is how you know this had just a bit of foresight go into it as The Guardian notes, “According to a pool report, Trump’s communications director Stephanie Grisham told a reporter via email: ‘It’s a jacket. There was no hidden message. After today’s important visit to Texas, I hope the media isn’t going to choose to focus on her wardrobe.’” Meanwhile her husband, the fake Russian bullshit president tweeted out, “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares”. The regime has no clue what it is doing beyond gaslighting. They are very afraid and only treading water now. This bought them a day, maybe more. And lastly, believe the autocrat. Especially as TIME reports, “First Lady Melania Trump said that her visit to the U.S.-Mexico border on Thursday reminded her that the detained children she visited were there ‘as a direct result of adult actions.’” TIME gives her the benefit of the doubt: did she mean her husband? The children’s parents? TRUMPISTAN WATCH affords these Nazi cockroaches no such luxury as benefit of the doubt. You better damn well believe she meant the children’s parents and feels no sympathy whatsoever. My god, just look at the words of her jacket if you have any doubt! Especially when her words provide further cover such as she said, “I was very impressed with the center and the hardworking staff and leadership there – and thank them for all of their hard work. The children were eager to learn and were kind and in good spirits”.
POLITICS OF MEXICAN FOOD + CRISIS MANAGEMENT CONVERGE
Suddenly Melania in a jacket touting her indifference to crimes against humanity appears at the exact moment everyone in the regime gets a hankering for Mexican food! Well, welcome all to crisis management: distraction from atrocities with distracting outrage. And so it goes this one is a well timed leak to make the Trumpistani elites look like the victim of elites who care more about foreigners than their own fellow citizens, they would have you believe, as The New York Post reports, “White House adviser Stephen Miller was accosted at a Mexican restaurant by a patron calling him a ‘fascist’ — two nights before Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was hounded out of another south-of-the-border eatery”. Who knows if it is true? Does it matter? The point is you are not talking about why kids are in cages, what happened to the girls we have not heard from, why so many have simply disappeared. Think of the poor, suffering Trumpistani elites who cannot even eat Mexican food in peace! As TRUMPISTAN WATCH long ago noted, if you ask the Trumpenproletariat what their favorite food is, a fair number will unironically tell you it is Mexican food because it is as American as apple pie and fried chicken nowadays.
From The New York Post.
THE DEHUMANIZATION VERSION OF LET THEM EAT CAKE IS ALSO LAYERED
CNN reports, “Fox News anchor Sandra Smith gave Corey Lewandowski multiple opportunities Wednesday morning to apologize for his dismissive comments about a 10-year-old with Down Syndrome separated from her parents at the border. But Lewandowski was not backing down.” And no one should expect him to, either. Dehumanization is occurring in many forms, on multiple levels now. First you have the dehumanization based on race, migrants labeled “animals” and said to “infest” and so forth. Then you have the dehumanization of the Trumpenproletariat based on feelings of victimization by the elites, a classification which works when it further deteriorates the empathy they have for other groups such as elites and those on lower strata yet of society, often due to race or poverty. Lastly, you have the gaslighting of the elites and others insisting on retaining the vestiges of their humanity, you prey on them through generating outrage with diminishing returns and by weakening their social, political and economic positions until the distractions of diminished ego, outrage and ability to resist become insurmountable. Lewandowski is a tool for deployment against the second group, which Trump has rightly pegged as most likely to transform into the “killers” he so admires. Welcome to Nazism 101 or what happens when you raise a young girl on too much “Hitler channel”: you learn all this before the age of 10. Or in Lewandowski’s words (and why, in Mattis words, true leaders eschew complexes based on victimhood): “An apology? I owe an apology to the children whose parents are putting them in a position that is forcing them to be separated. We owe an apology to Jameel Shaw and Brian Terry and Kate Steinle’s family who have allowed those individuals to be killed by illegal aliens. The American people owe an apology to those people. When you cross the border illegally you have committed a crime and there is accountability for committing crimes and there should be.” However, he did face some consequences as CNN reports his speakers’ bureau, Leading Authorities, Inc., did drop him. Note who he is playing to, and what he is encouraging here, and how it is antithetical to what Mattis said about true leadership just last week. Lastly, every president chooses which laws it will focus on enforcing, the enforcement of one set of laws on immigration shift the focus from the laws the Trumpistani elites enjoy breaking almost recreationally.
—–TOWARDS A PEACEFUL NUCLEAR EXCHANGE—–
SILENCE! PRESIDENT MATTIS IS SPEAKING
The Hill reports, “Defense Secretary James Mattis on Wednesday said he is ‘not aware’ of any steps North Korea has taken yet to denuclearize following the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.” Damn. That just undercut everything Trump has said about the matter and further sets up the civil-military confrontation that is coming. The Hill adds, “‘I’m not aware of it,’ Mattis told reporters outside the Pentagon when asked if there are any military indications North Korea has done anything to denuclearize. ‘Obviously, at the very front end of the process,’ he continued. ‘The detailed negotiations have not begun. I wouldn’t expect that at this point.’”
From The Hill.
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