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TBR News February 12, 2020

Feb 12 2020

The Voice of the White House
Washington, D.C. February 12, 2020:“Working in the White House as a junior staffer is an interesting experience.
When I was younger, I worked as a summer-time job in a clinic for people who had moderate to severe mental problems and the current work closely, at times, echos the earlier one.
I am not an intimate of the President but I have encountered him from time to time and I daily see manifestations of his growing psychological problems.
He insults people, uses foul language, is frantic to see his name mentioned on main-line television and pays absolutely no attention to any advice from his staff that runs counter to his strange ideas.
He lies like a rug to everyone, eats like a hog, makes lewd remarks to female staffers and flies into rages if anyone dares to contradict him.
It is becoming more and more evident to even the least intelligent American voter that Trump is vicious, corrupt and amoral. He has stated often that even if he loses the
election in 2020, he will not leave the White House. I have news for Donald but this is not the place to discuss it.
Commentary for February 12: “The Federal court system tried a crony of Trump and he was convicted and sentenced to prison. Trump does not approve of this and demands his friend be cut loose. Who does Trump think he is? A king? Oh no, I know, a Führer! He approves of Hitler and his relative was a senior officer in the SS but the public does not know this. On top of his delusions, Trump is not a decent person but November is coming up and the public can deside if they want a responsible, and sane, president or a nutty dictator.”

“Trump aches from his head to his toes
His sphincters have gone where who knows
And his love life has ended
By a paunch so distended
That all he can use is his nose”

The Table of ContentsThe Table of Contents
CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report
• Assassination as State Policy
• Examples of modern political assassinations
• White supremacist propaganda in US more than doubled in 2019, report finds
• The Season of Evil
• The Encyclopedia of American Loons

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report
Swiss government orders inquiry after revelations Crypto AG was owned and operated by US and German intelligence
February 11, 2020
by Julian Borger in Washington
The Guardian
The Swiss government has ordered an inquiry into a global encryption company based in Zug following revelations it was owned and controlled for decades by US and German intelligence.
Encryption weaknesses added to products sold by Crypto AG allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to eavesdrop on adversaries and allies alike while earning million of dollars from the sales, according the Washington Post and the German public broadcaster ZDF, based on the agencies’ internal histories of the intelligence operation.
“It was the intelligence coup of the century,” the CIA report concluded. “Foreign governments were paying good money to the US and West Germany for the privilege of having their most secret communications read by at least two (and possibly as many as five or six) foreign countries.”
The mention of five or six countries is probably a reference to the Five Eyes electronic intelligence sharing agreement between the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
The operation, codenamed Thesaurus and then renamed Rubicon in 1980s, demonstrated the overwhelming intelligence value of being able to insert flaws into widely sold communications equipment. The CIA’s success over many years is likely to reinforce current US suspicions of equipment made by the Chinese company Huawei.
Neither China or the Soviet Union bought Crypto encryption devices, suspicious of the company’s origins, but it was sold to more than 100 other countries.
Carolina Bohren, a spokeswoman for the Swiss defence ministry, said in an emailed statement: “The events under discussion date back to 1945 and are difficult to reconstruct and interpret in the present day context.”
Bohren said that following media inquiries about the company, the Swiss government appointed a former federal supreme court judge, Niklaus Oberholzer, in January to “investigate and clarify the facts of the matter” and report back to the defence ministry in June.
Meanwhile, Switzerland has suspended foreign sales of Crypto products.
At their height, Operations Thesaurus and Rubicon provided the US with a powerful intelligence edge. When Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin were hosted by the former president Jimmy Carter at Camp David in 1978 to negotiate an Egyptian-Israeli peace accord, the US was able to monitor all Sadat’s communications with Cairo.
Iran was also a Crypto customer, allowing CIA and the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on the revolutionary government in Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis. US intelligence was also able to eavesdrop on Libyan officials congratulating each other on the 1986 bombing of a Berlin disco.
According to the CIA’s history, the US passed on intercepted communications about Argentinian military plans to the UK during the Falklands war, exploiting Argentina’s reliance on Crypto encryption equipment.
The CIA and BND agreed the purchase of Crypto in 1970 but, fearing exposure, the BND sold its share of the company to the US in the early 1990s. According to the Washington Post, the CIA continued to exploit the company until 2018, when it sold the company’s assets to two private companies.
One of those companies, CyOne Security, which is run by former top Crypto employees, issued a statement saying it could not comment on Crypto’s history.
“CyOne Security AG was founded in January 2018. The company operates exclusively in the Swiss market with a focus on state-of-the art security solutions for customers from the Swiss public sector,” the statement said. “Since the start of its business activities, CyOne Security has been 100% owned by four Swiss private individuals. It is completely independent of the former Crypto AG. CyOne Security has no ties with any foreign intelligence services.”
The firm did not respond to follow-up questions over how it could be completely independent of Crypto, having inherited its top staff.
Crypto’s foreign sales business was sold to a Swedish entrepreneur, Andreas Linde. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment but expressed shock when informed by journalists last month about Crypto’s history.
“If what you are saying is true, then absolutely I feel betrayed, and my family feels betrayed, and I feel there will be a lot of employees who will feel betrayed as well as customers,” Linde was quoted as saying by the Washington Post, which described him as “visibly shaken”.
In a later interview, Linde said his company was checking all its products for hidden vulnerabilities.
“We have to make a cut as soon as possible with everything that has been linked to Crypto,” he said.
Crypto’s origins lie in the great conflicts of the 20th century. Its founder, Boris Hagelin, was born in Russia but fled to Sweden during the Russian Revolution. He escaped to the US when the Nazis invaded Norway in 1940, and sold his portable encryption machine to US forces.
In the US, Hagelin became friends with William Friedman, who is considered the father of American cryptology, and they remained close after Hagelin moved his company to Switzerland after the war. The two men made a secret agreement in 1951, in the Cosmos Club in Washington, to restrict sales of its sophisticated encryption products to countries approved by the US.
When encryption technology evolved from mechanical to electronic in the 1960s, the NSA manipulated the algorithms used by Crypto devices, so they could be quickly decoded. The company started making two versions of its machines – secure models sold to friendly governments and rigged systems for everyone else – before being taken over outright by the CIA and the BND.
The security of Crypto equipment began arousing suspicions after Ronald Reagan made public claims about US intercepts of Libyan officials involved in the 1986 bombing of the Berlin disco, La Belle. Iranian intelligence became suspicious and questioned a Crypto salesman, Hans Buehler, but took no action until about six years later, when they arrested Buehler as he was about to fly out of Tehran. Iran released him only after the company agreed to pay $1m, with funds provided by the BND.
Most of Crypto’s workforce was unaware of the company’s secret, but in 1977, an engineer who had grown suspicious of its algorithms was fired after he traveled to Damascus and fixed the vulnerabilities in the firm’s products operated by the Syrian government.
The link between US intelligence and Crypto was first reported by the Baltimore Sun in 1995, leading several countries to stop buying from the company. Bizarrely, however, Iran continued to purchase Crypto equipment for several years. Asked why he had not asked more questions about the company he was buying, Linde, the new owner of Crypto International, said he viewed the allegations as “just rumours”.

Assassination as State Policy

1. The CIA was behind the attempt to kill Chou En-Lai of China in 1955. An Air India flight that took off from Hong Kong crashed under mysterious circumstances on its way to the Bandung Conference in Bandung, Indonesia. Press reports indicated that a clockwork mechanism was found in the wreckage of the airliner, and that the cause of the crash was two time-bombs that had been planted on the airplane. John Discoe Smith, who was employed at the US Embassy in India from 1954 to 1959, later wrote about having delivered a package to a Chinese nationalist which he later discovered contained the two time-bombs.
2. The 1975 Senate Committee investigating the CIA reported that it had “received some evidence” of CIA involvement in plans to assassinate President Sukarno of Indonesia.
3. In the 1950s, the Dulles brothers misinterpreted a remark by President Eisenhower that “the Nasser problem could be eliminated,” to mean that he wanted President Nasser of Egypt to be assassinated. Secretary Dulles cancelled the operation once the mistake had been discovered.
4. The CIA and the opposition forces of the Khmer Serei attempted to assassinate Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia in 1959. The assassin was spotted in a crowd minutes before he was planning to take Sihanouk’s life.
5. The CIA unsuccessfully tried to kill Costa Rican President Jose Figueres twice from 1955 to 1970. Figueres boasted that he worked with the CIA very often, especially in the overthrow of Dominican Republic President Rafael Trujillo.
6. In 1975, the Senate’s Church Committee went on record with the conclusion that Allen Dulles had ordered the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, Congo’s prime minister. In September of 1960 the CIA sent the late Dr. Sidney Gottlieb to the Congo with a virus intended for use in an assassination attempt against Lumumba. A CIA cable in November of that year revealed that the CIA had been aiding Mobutu Sese Seko’s search for Lumumba, who was captured by Mobutu on December 1, 1961. Lumumba was then handed over to his bitter enemy, Moise Tshombe, in Katanga province. Lumumba was assassinated the same day.
7. As early as 1958, the then-CIA Chief of Station in the Dominican Republic, Lear Reed, along with several Dominicans, had plotted the assassination of Rafael Trujillo, which never came to fruition. The CIA armed several opponents of his regime for assassination attempts, which also were never carried out.
8. The CIA has been involved in several plots to kill Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
9. In 1975, the Chicago Tribune ran a front page story that told of CIA involvement in a plot to kill French President Charles de Gaulle in the late 1960s after de Gaulle ousted American military bases from French soil.
10. The CIA aided Bolivian efforts to capture and kill Che Guevera, who in the late 1960s was leading a miniscule guerrilla movement there.
11. The CIA was directly involved in a failed plot to assassinate Jamaican President Michael Manley in 1976.
12. The CIA proposed a plan to assassinate Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi in 1986, which resulted in the bombing of Libya by the United States, leading to the death of 40 to 100 civilians and the destruction of the French Embassy.
13. In 1982 and 1983, the CIA was involved in the murder of General Ahmed Dlimi, a Moroccan officer who sought to overthrow the Moroccan monarchy.
14. In 1983, the Nicaraguan government accused the CIA twice of hatching a plot to kill Foreign Minister Miguel d’Escoto, of which the CIA aborted both attempts.

Examples of modern political assassinations

Salvador Allende

When Salvador Allende, a committed Marxist, came within three percent of winning the Chilean presidency in 1958, the United States decided that the next election, in 1964, could not be left in the hands of providence, or democracy.
Washington took it all very gravely. At the outset of the Kennedy administration in 1961, an electoral committee was established, composed of top-level officials from the State Department, the CIA and the White House. In Santiago, a parallel committee of embassy and CIA people was set up.
“U.S. government intervention in Chile in 1964 was blatant and almost obscene,” said one intelligence officer strategically placed at the time. “We were shipping people off right and left, mainly State Dept. but also CIA, with all sorts of covers.” All in all, as many as 100 American operatives were dedicated to the operation.
They began laying the groundwork for the election years ahead, a Senate investigating committee has disclosed, “by establishing operational relationships with key political parties and by creating propaganda and organizational mechanisms capable of influencing key sectors of the population.” Projects were undertaken “to help train and organize ‘anti-communists”‘ among peasants, slum dwellers, organized labor, students, the media, etc..
After channeling funds to several non-leftist parties, the electoral team eventually settled on a man of the center, Eduardo Frei, the candidate of the Christian Democratic Party, as the one most likely to block Allende’s rise to power. The CIA underwrote more than half the party’s total campaign costs, one of the reasons that the Agency’s overall electoral operation reduced the U.S. Treasury by an estimated $20 million-much more per voter than that spent by the Johnson and Goldwater campaigns combined in the same Year in the United States. The bulk of the expenditures went toward propaganda.
The operation worked. It worked beyond expectations. Frei received 56 percent of the vote to Allende’s 39 percent. The CIA regarded “the anti-communist scare campaign as the most effective activity undertaken”, noted the Senate committee. This was the tactic directed toward Chilean women in particular. As things turned out, Allende won the men’s vote by 67,000 over Frei (in Chile men and women vote separately), but amongst the women Frei came out ahead by 469,000… testimony, once again, to the remarkable ease with which the minds of the masses of people can be manipulated, in any and all societies.
What was there about Salvador Allende that warranted all this feverish activity? What threat did he represent, this man against whom the great technical and economic resources of the world’s most powerful nation were brought to bear? Allende was a man whose political program, as described by the Senate committee report, was to “redistribute income [two percent of the population received 46 percent of the income] and reshape the Chilean economy, beginning with the nationalization of major industries, especially the copper companies; greatly expanded agrarian reform; and expanded relations with socialist and communist countries.”
A man committed to such a program could be expected by American policy makers to lead his country along a path independent of the priorities of US foreign policy and the multinationals. (As his later term as president confirmed, he was independent of any other country as well.)
“I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist because of the irresponsibility of its own people.”
Thus spoke Henry Kissinger, principal adviser to the President of the United States on matters of national security. The date was 27 June 1970, a meeting of the National Security Council’s 40 Committee, and the people Kissinger suspected of Imminent Irresponsibility were Chileans whom he feared might finally elect Salvador Allende as their president.
The United States did not stand by idly. At this meeting approval was given to a $300,000 increase in the anti-Allende “spoiling” operation which was already underway. The CIA trained its disinformation heavy artillery on the Chilean electorate, firing shells marked: “An Allende victory means violence and Stalinist repression.” Black propaganda was employed to undermine Allende’s coalition and support by sowing dissent between the Communist Party and the Socialist Party, the main members of the coalition, and between the Communist Party and the [communist dominated]CUTCh.
Nevertheless, on 4 September Allende won a plurality of the votes. On 24 October, the Chilean Congress would meet to choose between him and the runner-up, Jorge Alessandri of the Conservative National Party. By tradition, Allende was certain to become president.
The United States had seven weeks to prevent him from taking office. On 15 September, President Nixon met with Kissinger, CIA Director Richard Helms, and Attorney General John Mitchell. Helms’ handwritten notes of the meeting have become famous: ” One in 10 chance perhaps, but save Chile! … not concerned with risks involved … $10,000,000 available, more if necessary … make the economy scream.
Funds were authorized by the 40 Committee to bribe Chilean congressmen to vote for Alessandri, but this was soon abandoned as infusible, and under intense pressure from Richard Nixon, American efforts were concentrated on inducing the Chilean military to stage a coup and then cancel the congressional vote altogether.’ At the same time, Nixon and Kissinger made it clear to the CIA that an assassination of Allende would not be unwelcome. One White House options-paper discussed various ways this could be carried out.
Meanwhile, the Agency was in active consultation with several Chilean military officers who were receptive to the suggestion of a coup. (The difficulty in finding such officers was described by the CIA as a problem in overcoming “the apolitical, constitutional-oriented inertia of the Chilean military.) They were assured that the United States would give them full support short of direct military involvement. The immediate obstacle faced by the officers was the determined opposition of the Commander-in-Chief of the Army, Rene Schneider, who insisted that the constitutional process be followed. He would have to be “removed”.
In the early morn of 22 October the CIA passed “sterilized” machine guns and ammunition to some of the conspirators. (Earlier they had passed tear gas.) That same day Schneider was mortally wounded in an attempted kidnap (or “kidnap”) on his way to work. The CIA station in Santiago cabled its headquarters that the general had been shot with the same kind of weapons it had delivered to the military plotters, although the Agency later claimed to the Senate that the actual assassins were not the same ones it had passed the weapons to.
The assassination did not avail the conspirators’ purpose. It only served to rally the army around the flag of constitutionalism; and time was running out. Two days later, Salvador Allende was confirmed by the Chilean Congress. On 3 November he took office as president.
The stage was set for a clash of two experiments. One was Allende’s “socialist” experiment aimed at lifting Chile from the mire of underdevelopment and dependency and the poor from deprivation. The other was, as CIA Director William Colby later put it, a “prototype or laboratory experiment to test the techniques of heavy financial investment in an effort to discredit and bring down a government.”
Although there were few individual features of this experiment which were unique for the CIA, in sum total it was perhaps the most multifarious intervention ever undertaken by the United States. In the process it brought a new word into the language: destabilizatlon.
“Not a nut or bolt [will] be allowed to reach Chile under Allende”, warned American Ambassador Edward Korry before the confirmation. The Chilean economy, so extraordinarily dependent upon the United States, was the country’s soft underbelly, easy to pound. Over the next three years, new US government assistance programs for Chile plummeted almost to the vanishing point, similarly with loans from the US Export-Import Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, in which the United States held what amounted to a veto; and the World Bank made no new loans at all to Chile during 1971-73. US government financial assistance or guarantees to American private investment in Chile were cut back sharply and American businesses were given the word to tighten the economic noose.
What this boycott translated into were things like the many buses and taxis out of commission in Chile due to a lack of replacement parts; and similar difficulties in the copper, steel, electricity and petroleum industries. American suppliers refused to sell needed parts despite Chile’s offer to pay cash in advance.
Multinational ITT, which didn’t need to be told what to do, stated in a 1970 memorandum: “A more realistic hope among those who want to block Allende is that a swiftly deteriorating economy will touch off a wave of violence leading to a military coup.”
In the midst of the near disappearance of economic aid, and contrary to its warning, the United States increased its military assistance to Chile during 1972 and 1973 as well as training Chilean military personnel in the United States and Panama. The Allende government, caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, was reluctant to refuse this “assistance” for fear of antagonizing its military leaders.
Perhaps nothing produced more discontent in the population than the shortages, the little daily annoyances when one couldn’t get a favorite food, or flour or cooking oil, or toilet paper, bed sheets or soap, or the one part needed to make the TV set or the car run; or, worst of all, when a nicotine addict couldn’t get a cigarette. Some of the scarcity resulted from Chile being a society in transition: various changeovers to state ownership, experiments in workers’ control, etc. But this was minor compared to the effect of the aid squeeze and the practices of the omnipresent American corporations. Equally telling were the extended strikes in Chile, which relied heavily on CIA financial support for their prolongation.
In October 1972, for example, an association of private truck owners instituted a work-stoppage aimed at disrupting the flow of food and other important commodities, including in their embargo even newspapers which supported the government (subtlety was not the order of the day in this ultra-polarized country). On the heels of this came store closures, countless petit-bourgeois doing their bit to turn the screws of public inconvenience- and when they were open, many held back on certain goods, like cigarettes, to sell them on the black market to those who could afford the higher prices. Then most private bus companies stopped running, on top of this, various professional and white-collar workers, largely unsympathetic to the government, walked out, with or without CIA help.
Much of this campaign was aimed at wearing down the patience of the public, convincing them that “socialism can’t work in Chile”. Yet there had been worse shortages for most of the people before the Allende government-shortages of food, housing, health care, and education, for example. At least half the population had suffered from malnutrition. Allende, who was a medical doctor, explained his free milk program by pointing out that “Today in Chile there are over 600,000 children mentally retarded because they were not adequately nourished during the first eight months of their lives, because they did not receive the necessary proteins.”
Financial aid was not the CIA’s only input into the strike scene. More than 100 members of Chllean professional associations and employers’ guilds were graduates of the school run by the American Institute for Free Labor Development in Front Royal, Virginia-“The Little Anti-Red Schoolhouse”. AIFLD, the ClA’s principal Latin America labor organization, also assisted in the formation of a new professional association in May 1971: the Confederation of Chilean Professionals. The labor specialists of AIFLD had more than a decade’s experience in the art of fomenting economic turmoil (or keeping workers quiescent when the occasion called for it).
CIA propaganda merchants had a field day with the disorder and the shortages, exacerbating both by instigating panic buying. All the techniques, the whole of the media saturation, the handy organizations created for each and every purpose, so efficiently employed in 1964 and 1970, were facilitated by the virtually unlimited license granted the press: headlines and stories which spread rumors about everything from nationalizations to bad meat and undrinkable water … “Economic Chaos! Chile on Brink of Doom!” in the largest type one could ever expect to see in a newspaper … raising the specter of civil war, when not actually calling for lt., literally … alarmist stories which anywhere else in the world would have been branded seditious … the worst of London’s daily tabloids or the National Enquirer of the United States appear as staid as a journal of dentistry by comparison.
The government contingency plans were presumably obtained by the Agency through its infiltration of the various parties which made up Allende’s Unidad Popular (UP) coalition. CIA agents in the upper echelons of Allende’s own Socialist Party were “paid to make mistakes in their jobs” In Washington, burglary was the Agency’s tactic of choice for obtaining documents. Papers were taken from the homes of several employees of the Chilean Embassy; and the embassy itself, which had been bugged for some time, was burgled in May 1972 by some of the same men who the next month staged the Watergate break-in.
In March 1973, the UP won about 44 percent of the vote in congressional elections compared to some 36 percent in 1970. It was said to be the largest increase an incumbent party had ever received in Chile after being in power more than two years. The opposition parties had publicly expressed their optimism about capturing two-thirds of the congressional seats and thus being able to impeach Allende. Now they faced three more years under him, with the prospect of being unable, despite their best and most underhanded efforts, to prevent his popularity from increasing even further.
During the spring and summer the destabilization process escalated. There was a whole series of demonstrations and strikes, with an even longer one by the truckers. Time magazine reported: “While most of the country survived on short rations, the truckers seemed unusually well equipped for a lengthy holdout.” A reporter asked a group of truckers who were camping and dining on “a lavish communal meal of steak, vegetables, wine and empanadas” where the money for it came from. “From the CIA,” they answered laughing.
There was as well daily sabotage and violence, including assassination. In June, an abortive attack upon the Presidential Palace was carried out by the military and Patria y Liberatad..
In September the military prevailed. “It is clear,” said the Senate investigating committee, “the CIA received intelligence reports on the coup planning of the group which carried out the successful September 11 coup throughout the months of July, August, and September 1973.”
The American role on that fateful day was one of substance and shadow. The coup began in the Pacific coast port of Valparaiso with the dispatch of Chilean naval troops to Santiago, while US Navy ships were present offshore, ostensibly to participate in joint maneuvers with the Chilean Navy. The American ships stayed outside of Chilean waters but renamed on the alert. A US WB-575 plane-an airborne communications control system-piloted by US Air Force officers, cruised in the Chilean sky. At the same time, American observation and fighter planes were landing at the US air base in Mendoza, Argentina, not far from the Chilean border.
Washington knows no heresy in the Third World but independence. In the case of Salvador Allende independence came clothed in an especially provocative costume-a Marxist constitutionally elected who continued to honor the constitution. This would not do. It shook the very foundation stones upon which the anti-communist tower is built: the doctrine, painstakingly cultivated for decades, that “communists” can take power only through force and deception, that they can retain that power only through terrorizing an brainwashing the population.

Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also called RFK, was one of two younger brothers of U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and served as United States Attorney General from 1961–1964. He was one of President Kennedy’s most trusted advisors and worked closely with the President during the Cuban Missile Crisis. His contribution to the African-American Civil Rights Movement is sometimes considered his greatest legacy. After his brother’s assassination in late 1963, Kennedy continued as Attorney General under President Johnson for nine months. He resigned in September, 1964 and was elected to the United States Senate from New York that November. He was assassinated shortly after delivering a speech celebrating his victory in the 1968 Democratic Presidential primary of California at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Three days later, on June 9, 1968, President Johnson declared an official Day of National Mourning in response to the public outpouring of grief following Kennedy’s death.
On June 4, 1968, Kennedy scored a major victory when he won the California primary. He addressed his supporters in the early morning hours of June 5 in a ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He left the ballroom through a service area to greet supporters working in the hotel’s kitchen. In a crowded kitchen passageway, Sirhan B. Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian, opened fire with a .22 caliber revolver. Kennedy was shot in the head at close range. He was rushed to The Good Samaritan Hospital where he died, at the age of 42.
Powder burns on Kennedy’s clothing reveal that all three of his wounds were from a gun fired from 0 to 1-1/2 inches away. And yet, all witnesses claim that Sirhan’s gun could not possibly have done this, for not one person places Sirhan’s gun that close, and according to the general consensus Sirhan’s gun never got closer than three feet away.
– Sirhan’s gun could hold only eight bullets. And yet, seven bullets were dug out of bodies. an eighth bullet was traced through two ceilings into airspace, and two more bullets were identified as lodged in the door frame of the pantry by both LAPD and FBI personnel (the fresh bullet holes were even labeled as such on their photographs). Inexcusably, the door frames were burned, the Los Angeles Police Dept. claimed no bullets were found lodged in the “bullet holes”, and two expended bullets (inexplicably dug out of wood) were soon found in the front seat of Sirhan’s car. The LAPD then destroyed their records of the tests that had been done on the “bullet holes” in the doorframe.
– Three bullets were found in Robert F. Kennedy, and a fourth grazed his suit jacket. The upward angle of every shot was so steep as to be much closer to straight up than horizontal (80 degrees). And yet, all witnesses claim Sirhan’s gun was completely horizontal for his first two shots, after which his gun hand was repeatedly slammed against a stem table (and now so far away from Kennedy that any errant shots of such upwardness would have been twenty feet high before reaching Kennedy, as opposed to entering Kennedy’s backside as they did).
– The four bullets which touched Kennedy all hit on his back right side and were traveling forward relative to his body. Kennedy was walking towards Sirhan, his body was always facing Sirhan during the shots, and afterwards he even fell backwards before saying his last lucid words, (“Is everyone all right?”) – at each and every moment facing toward Sirhan. It is impossible for bullets out of Sirhan’s gun to have hit Kennedy’s backside and been traveling forward unless Kennedy was almost entirely turned around.
Obviously Sirhan shot at Kennedy, but it is clear someone else was firing too. And once a second assassin is established, this adds far more than just another lone individual to the murder gang (because of the way many powerful branches of government instantly swung into action to protect the second assassin). Indeed, any second assassin virtually proves that powerful branches of U.S. Government were behind the murder itself – not only because of their stiff resistance from the get go, but because of their ongoing, coldly calculated, and otherwise inexplicable manipulation of evidence for keeping Sirhan as the singular decoy/patsy.

White supremacist propaganda in US more than doubled in 2019, report finds
Anti-Defamation League reported 2,713 cases of circulated propaganda, compared to 1,214 in 2018
February 12, 2020
AP
Incidents of white supremacist propaganda distributed across the nation jumped by more than 120% between 2018 and last year, according to a new report, making 2019 the second straight year that the circulation of propaganda material has more than doubled.
The Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism reported 2,713 cases of circulated propaganda by white supremacist groups, including flyers, posters and banners, compared with 1,214 cases in 2018.
The printed propaganda distributed by white supremacist organizations includes material that directly spreads messages of discrimination against Jews, LGBTQ+ people and other minority communities – but also items with their prejudice obscured by a focus on gauzier pro-America imagery.
The sharp rise in cases of white supremacist propaganda distribution last year follows a jump of more than 180% between 2017, the first year that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) tracked material distribution, and 2018.
While 2019 saw cases of propaganda circulated on college campuses nearly double, encompassing 433 separate campuses in all but seven states, researchers who compiled the data found that 90% of campuses only saw one or two rounds of distribution.
Oren Segal, director of the league’s Center on Extremism, pointed to the prominence of more subtly biased rhetoric in some of the white supremacist material, emphasizing “patriotism”, as a sign that the groups are attempting “to make their hate more palatable for a 2020 audience”.
By emphasizing language “about empowerment, without some of the blatant racism and hatred”, Segal said, white supremacists are employing “a tactic to try to get eyes onto their ideas in a way that’s cheap, and that brings it to a new generation of people who are learning how to even make sense out of these messages”.
The propaganda incidents tracked for the ADL reporton Wednesday encompasses 49 states and occurred most often in 10 states: California, Texas, New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, Washington and Florida.
Last year’s soaring cases of distributed propaganda also came as the ADL found white supremacist groups holding 20% fewer events than in 2018, “preferring not to risk the exposure of pre-publicized events”, according to its report.
That marks a shift from the notably visible public presence that white supremacist organizations mounted in 2017, culminating in that summer’s Charlottesville, Virginia, rally where a self-described white supremacist drove into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and badly injuring others.
About two-thirds of the total propaganda incidents in the new report were traced back to a single white supremacist group, Patriot Front, which the ADL describes as “formed by disaffected members” of the white supremacist organization Vanguard America after the Charlottesville rally.
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913 to combat antisemitism as well as other biases, has tracked Patriot Front propaganda using messages such as “One nation against invasion” and “America first”. The report to be released Wednesday found that Patriot Front played a major role last year in boosting circulation of white supremacist propaganda on campuses through a push that targeted colleges in the fall.

The Season of Evil
by Gregory Douglas

Preface
This is in essence a work of fiction, but the usual disclaimers notwithstanding, many of the horrific incidents related herein are based entirely on factual occurrences.
None of the characters or the events in this telling are invented and at the same time, none are real. And certainly, none of the participants could be considered by any stretch of the imagination to be either noble, self-sacrificing, honest, pure of motive or in any way socially acceptable to anything other than a hungry crocodile, a professional politician or a tax collector.
In fact, the main characters are complex, very often unpleasant, destructive and occasionally, very entertaining.
To those who would say that the majority of humanity has nothing in common with the characters depicted herein, the response is that mirrors only depict the ugly, evil and deformed things that peer into them
There are no heroes here, only different shapes and degrees of villains and if there is a moral to this tale it might well be found in a sentence by Jonathan Swift, a brilliant and misanthropic Irish cleric who wrote in his ‘Gulliver’s Travels,”
“I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most odious race of little pernicious vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.”
Swift was often unkind in his observations but certainly not inaccuratre.

Frienze, Italy
July 2018-August 2019

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Chapter 84

The storm had indeed visited Chicago and the object of their speculations was sitting up in bed, shouting into the telephone to his lawyer.
“Goddam it, Mitnik, this is the tenth time you promised Cyril is dead. Now you tell me that he isn’t dead, that some faggot florist got it instead. What’s the matter with your people? Do you realize that I’ve started negotiations to sell off some of the less profitable assets? The Chinks want the house and that’s millions more in the pot. Now what do I do? Tell them you hit the wrong man and we’re back on square one?”
There were soothing comments on the other end that ended abruptly as the effects of the raging storm cut off both the telephone and the lights.
Charles Rush hated the dark and he stumbled around his bedroom, lighting candles, cursing as he banged into unexpected furniture.
The storm ran its course for the next three days, finally fading away into a world of blinding white snow suddenly illuminated by an unexpected and almost forgotten bright sun.
The death toll ran into the thousands and the property damage into the millions as the Midwest staggered to recover. A sudden elevation of the temperature into the high 60s caused more agony as the huge, incalculable masses of snow began to quickly melt.
Streams and rivers were engorged and overflowing and the flooding was even more destructive than the snows that fueled it. Along the Mississippi, whole riverside communities were swept off their foundations and into the roiling waters by the growing walls of water that surged down towards New Orleans in ten-foot high waves and for months afterwards, rotting bodies studded the fields and copses downstream.
The slightest depression was full of stagnant water and the air was soon filled with buzzing flights of billions of very hungry mosquitoes. They further tormented those who had survived the blizzard and the floods and were now existing in huge tent cities erected by a kindly government who contemplated its good works with the satisfaction of charity hopefully to be reflected in the coming national elections in November.
In the lair of the Viking king, the warming days brought the inhabitants outside, only to force them back quickly inside as any exposed skin was instantly cloaked by whining mosquitoes and eyes and noses clogged by swarms of tiny black gnats.
The daily routines were well set for all.
Chuck who generally got up early to fix breakfast, now slept in because Alex was spending more time in the kitchen, experimenting with Larousse and producing interesting, if sometimes overly exotic, meals.

Gwen seldom woke up before eleven and Lars only came down to eat when there was no one in the kitchen. He had become a virtual recluse, spending most of his time locked in his room or braving the insects for daily runs along the road.
Claude got up about seven, struggled through Alex’s fancy breakfasts and then went down to the gym for his daily workout.
When he had finished cooking and cleaning up, Alex went down into the cellar and worked out with weights with Claude’s occasional promptings. After an hour’s labor, he went to his room, showered and practiced his piano lessons until eleven when he went out into the kitchen to work up lunch.
After lunch, he slept for a half hour, went back to the gym for a shorter workout and spent three hours on his music.
He decided that it might be interesting to improve his vocabulary, especially because much of the text of the cookbook was difficult to grasp so he spent another of his waking hours working his way through Chuck’s library with a dictionary next to him.
During the course of March, he had read Hoffer’s ‘The True Believer’, the sonnets of Shakespeare, ‘Fowler’s End’ by Gerald Kersh, the first volume of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ by Tolkien, ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ by Thompson, several books on the assassination of President Kennedy, a collection of the epigrams of Oscar Wilde, a biography of Adolf Hitler and a paperback entitled, ‘Sister’s Naughty Ways’ which was suitably illustrated with pictures of bored and naked young women experimenting with men and large vegetables.
His vocabulary and grammar improved greatly but when he swore, which was often, he used words that even Chuck was unaware of although the meanings were obvious.
Gwen had fully recovered from her medical problems but now approached sex with far more caution. This pleased Chuck, who kept his door locked at night, but annoyed Alex who still had burning memories of New Year’s eve encapsulated in his loins.
Dinner was always at eight and was a joint project between Chuck and Alex with the latter insisting on a very involved menu and Chuck preferring much simpler fare. Everyone, including Lars, who was now growing a beard, attended although Lars said very little and excused himself early from the table.
One day, without any previous notice, Lars appeared in the small basement gym and began to work out on the punching bags. When Alex asked him if he could be taught the basics of boxing, Lars initially stared at him for a full minute before nodding.
“He can’t hit too hard,” Lars told Claude who was watching their sparring matches with amusement, “but the kid is really fast on his feet.”
Lars always pulled his punches when hitting his opponent but when Alex looked at himself in the bathroom mirror after showering, there were always new bruises on his arms or torso. He decided that he would never look like Claude but he was rapidly filling out and he had more definition than bulk. Whenever he smacked the punching bags or, occasionally, penetrated Lars’ guard, he had visions of his mother’s face, bloody and gasping. Ernie was dead but his mother was still alive somewhere and he felt that some day, it might be fun to allow the Tooth Fairy to make her very rich.
Once a week, he and Gwen would walk down the road to a small clearing, carrying more guns than a ghetto dope dealer and spend several hours shooting at targets. The State of Minnesota had passed a law that no one could discharge a firearm in any place other than a state licensed firing range but they were so remote from authority that the issue of obedience to the law never arose.
One day, Chuck got down LeBec’s assassination rifle from the attic and Gwen spent some time instructing Alex in its use. The gun fired .223 ammunition which Gwen had a case of, and the special mercury-filled ammunition was left unused in the metal box. The gun looked like something conceived by a lunatic plumber but it fit together with great precision and, with the telescopic sight affixed, was deadly accurate. Unlike other such weapons, this one was semi-automatic, allowing a careless assassin another shot in case he missed with the first.
Alex was fascinated with the piece and spent a number of hours taking it apart, cleaning and reassembling it until Chuck finally returned it to the attic.
Before this happened, Alex had shot a chattering squirrel who had rushed up a tall pine tree, squarely in its anus and the gutted rodent had fallen from the false safety of its tree, landing wetly on the top of his head.
Gwen laughed at the mess.
“God, you look like Davy Crockett, sweetie.”
“Who?”
“Oh, an old TV rerun. Better get the guts out of your hair before they dry there.”
Besides the squirrel, two crows, three starlings, a woodchuck, six raccoons and a feral former house cat met their fate at the hands of the novice hunter. Gwen noted that Alex never fired until he was sure of the target and never missed.
Like herself, Alex preferred headshots, generally aiming at the eyes.
Gwen would sit on a tree stump, watching Alex work, making suggestions from time to time. In the growing warmth of the spring, he usually wore a pair of shorts and no shirt and she spent more time than she should have admiring his anatomy. When she first met the battered Alex, she thought to herself that someday he would be a beautiful person and she discovered that her initial impression was becoming distressingly true.
She too remembered New Year’s Eve and one day, when they had finished the shooting lesson, she playfully groped Alex while he was picking up the empty cartridge cases from the ground.
He whipped around and grabbed her by the offending hand.
“What the fuck are you doing?”
“Something I’ve wanted to do all day, love.”
They looked at each other for a moment and then Alex put his hand on the back of her head and kissed her heatedly on the mouth.
Gwen couldn’t say a word with Alex’s tongue halfway down her throat but she was able to pull off his shorts with very little difficulty.
They returned from the hunt covered with sweat, bits of dried leaves and occasional bark chips. Somewhere, Gwen had lost a sock and Alex’s knees were scraped and raw but they managed to get to their respective rooms unobserved. Gwen took a very hot shower, singing all the while, and later fell into a deep sleep while Alex went down to the gym and, while lifting weights, regaled Claude with a very pungent and graphic description of the afternoon’s romp.
One afternoon in early April, Gwen came back from her mail run with a thick stack of newspapers, which she dumped onto a table in the hall. They lay there, unread, for a day until Chuck finally took them into the living room and began to read over the very cold news. There was almost nothing of interest other than a story about the wife of the Vice President running naked down a Washington street shrieking that Jesus was coming and she was ready for the occasion.
It was Alex who found the article in the society page of the Chicago ‘Tribune.’
There was a column, complete with a photograph, concerning a forthcoming occasion in southern Illinois. Newspaper publisher Charles Rush was scheduled to attend a ceremony along with the President in three weeks and dedicate a large tract of his family property as a bird refuge. Alex read the article very carefully, folded it and took it up to Chuck’s room.
“Here, Dad, read this one! That’s your uncle, isn’t it? He’s coming out of his hole in three weeks!”
Chuck read the article and looked at the paper’s date. It was four days before.
“My God, so it is! I missed this one. What are you doing reading the papers? Trying to ruin your fragile mind with trash?
“No, I like to read. Aren’t you happy I do?.”
“In this case, yes. Now, what do we do about this opportunity?”
And a half an hour later, everyone resident in the Nordic lavatory palace was gathered in the living room in various stages of undress and indifference.
Lars was wearing sweat-stained running shorts and looked more dirty than elegant with his sprouting beard while Claude in his shorts looked like a model for men’s underwear. Gwen had on a light summer dress and Alex, who had invited himself to the meeting, was covertly admiring her bare legs and Chuck sat with his feet up on the coffee table and waved the folded newspaper in half circles as he talked.
“This is probably the first time the old shit has left home in ten years. This, kids, is the time to whack him. And if we don’t get him now, we’ll probably never have such an opportunity again and the next time, one of us might get killed. Comments?”
Gwen asked about the area where the deadly uncle would be visiting and Chuck spent twenty minutes describing the hilly and wooded area in southern Illinois just north of the Ohio River. He had spent several summers on his Grandfather’s property while his family enjoyed themselves in a small nearby river town, visiting a floating gambling casino. He knew the area where his uncle would be and had spent many hours wandering around the sandstone cliffs and exploring several long, narrow tunnels dug into the cliffs by bootleggers to assist their concealment of illegal whiskey smuggled up from the stills of Kentucky and bound for the blind pigs of Chicago.
Only Alex expressed interest in the narration and was the first one to speak.
“You know, Chuck, I’m not all that smart but I personally don’t think it would be good idea if you guys went around with guns when the President was there. I mean, doesn’t he have a lot of guards around him? I’ve seen him on TV and there are always all kind of guys with no expressions on their faces, things stuck in their ears and I’m sure lots of guns. And helicopters and things like that. I think blasting your uncle is a good idea but not when the President is with him. You would get caught real quick then. What do you think, Claude?”
“Good point, kid. Chuck, if we have to, we can get to your uncle one way or another. Alex has a very good view of this. If your uncle knew where you were, we’d all be dead by now, don’t you think? I don’t think he does and so far, nothing has happened.”
He obviously did not know about the very dead florist from San Francisco.
Gwen nodded.
“We’d have to shoot him and Alex is right. The Secret Service would be all over one of us like a duck on a June bug. Claude is probably right. I’m sure we can get him out of his fort one way or the other. Or we could get someone else to snuff him. Say we let it out that one of his papers is going to expose some Mafia operation or other. My dad got his biggest rival blown up that way. I mean the guy started his car and they found his asshole stuck up in tree three miles away. Think about that, Chuck. I’ll just bet old Claude here knows Mafia people. Do you, Claude?”
“Maybe one or two.”
“See? Wouldn’t that be so much easier than risking your own ass or one of ours out in the sticks with millions of guards around, hiding in the trees?”
Alex looked over at Claude and winked.
“And Chuck, Claude already promised to take me on a camping trip in two weeks so he could teach me how to fish. Didn’t you, Claude?”
Claude knew nothing of this but he nodded. Shooting a gun in the vicinity of a sitting President was not to his liking.
“Fishing trip?” Chuck asked in annoyance.
“Yeah, Chuck, a fishing trip. We just wanted to go off and camp and maybe do some serious fishing.”
Claude had never fished in his life and his idea of camping was to crawl around in the bushes of a large estate filled with expensive art.
However he saw the opportunity of evading a very dangerous situation and suddenly became very enthusiastic about the slaughter of innocent trout.
“That’s true, Chuck. The kid and I were going to take off some time in a few weeks. Look, let’s let the uncle go for now and maybe we can study what Gwen talked about. I know some mob people and I’ll bet I could really convince them that your shithead uncle was going to expose their little games. From personal experience, if they bought the story, they would snuff uncle like that.”
He snapped his fingers with the sound of breaking celery.
Claude didn’t know anybody connected with the Mafia but he did not relish being ventilated by the President’s very competent guards.
Chuck dropped the paper on the floor and got up.
“Fine, fine. This is democracy at work at its worst. So, I’m outvoted but if suddenly one of us get shot while running on the road or swimming in one of the lakes, don’t come crawling to me, whining about your missing ear.”
He threw the paper down on the floor in anger and went back to his room to finish listening to the Bach cello suites.
Lars decided to run and Gwen went into the kitchen to get a soft drink from the refrigerator.
Alex picked up the paper and grinned at Claude.
“Hey, Claudie, come on down to the gym for a minute, why not? We can talk all about the neat fishing trip.”

And while Charles Rush was grumbling about the forthcoming dedication, angry that the Chinese consortium was threatening to sue him because he was unable to sell them the family estate, Chuck and Alex were actively planning their fishing trip. A small tent, a stove, sleeping bags, lanterns and an ice chest had been purchased at an upscale Duluth sports shop and almost as a casual aside, two fishing poles, reels and a box of lures were added to the contents of Claude’s car trunk.
While Alex had always feared being seen in Duluth again, he went on the expedition there because the figure reflected in his mirror bore little resemblance to the scrawny, pale and ineffectual creature that had been carried into the house wearing tattered clothes and smelling like sun-warmed roadkill.
He had added thirty pounds to his weight, three inches to his height and his heavily-tanned face had filled out so that he had frightened himself when he went into his bathroom late one night and turned on the light. There was a stranger staring at him with bright blue-gray eyes and longish blonde hair and he jumped backwards, bumping his head on the open door.
No, he reasoned, if he couldn’t recognize himself, would Ernie’s flabby ghost?
His mother was long gone and none of the people from his school would pay any attention to him at all, except, perhaps for some of the girls. He was well aware that his looks had materially improved since his departure from Duluth and he had a fantasy of appearing at a school dance and having wild sex with one of the unapproachable cheerleaders right on the dance floor while everyone cheered him on
This recurring fantasy did not end with an orgasm that would glue him to his sheets but with the new Alex pulling out an automatic pistol and shooting everyone in the rooting section. Bang, there went Cindy Parker who had called him Stinky the Creep and right next to her, he shot her bovine boyfriend, Todd Pinzel who played fullback on the football team and could barely read or write. And the eternally full magazine shucked more cartridges into the chamber as he knocked off his gym teacher who had persistently called him Bony Butt and Twinkie Sue Klutz who tripped him in math class and laughed as bounced off the floor. He took great delight in shooting Twinkie Sue in the vaginal area with expanding bullets and watching her explode. Jimmy Kerkeinnan’s head vanished in a pink mist and he shot both of the McAlester twins in the stomach and watched with infinite pleasure as they writhed their last, entwined in gore atop the gasping gym teacher.
For Miss Broadbent, the school librarian who always held her nose when talking to him, he reserved the pleasure of stuffing the pistol muzzle into her hairy nostrils and blowing off the back of her head.

(Continued)

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The Encyclopedia of American Loons

Doug Stringer

Doug Stringer is a Texas ‘Apostle’ and (for instance) National Church and Ministry Mobilization Coordinator for The Response, a series of “apolitical” prayer rallies that were first arranged in early Republican primary states during the run up to the 2012 presidential election – its apolitical nature underscored by featuring Rick Perry and being hosted by Bobby Jindal (there are informative reports on that particular event, and the level of deranged, fanatical lunacy it featured, here and here). The Response rallies have been arranged numerous times since then, consistently as an allegedly “apolitical” Biblical defense of wingnut politics. Stringer has taken part in and helped arrange a number of other prayer rallies as well, such as the America for Jesus prayer rally in Philadelphia.
A rather central figure on the more extreme end of the religious right, in other words, Stringer is a relentless theocrat and an unapologetic promoter of Seven Mountains dominionism, the idea that the right kind of Christians are meant to control every sphere – or “mountain” – of cultural influence: business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, family, and religion. His endorsement of Perry and/or Jindal should be seen in this light, as should his endorsement (e.g.) of former North Carolina governor Pat McCrory; Stringer said to McCrory that the Bible makes clear “that all authority, kingdom’s authorities, principalities and rulerships are subject to you, but your intention to give it to the church and through the church.”
Stringer believes that America only had itself to blame for the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 because the country rejected God and His protection: “We asked God not to be in our schools, not to be in our public venues, not to be the lord of our lives any more except in image. Yet we want to blame God when things like this happen?” (no, the separation of church and state is far, far from Doug Stringer’s radar). Then he sort of blamed God: “This is not an act of judgment, it’s a wake-up call. God is longing to be in the midst of His people again.” It’s hard to imagine how Stringer thought that clarification makes anything significantly better. “The Response” prayer rallies Stringer organized for Jindal and Perry also featured prayer guides blaming Hurricane Katrina and deadly tornadoes on abortion rights and gay marriage. He has also blamed “earthquakes, floods, fires, and an escalation of natural disasters across the country and the world” on “the continued moral failures of our leaders.”
According to Stringer “there are three primary things in Scripture that are so disheartening to God that they cause Him to be ill, and they ultimately cause His presence to depart from His people: 1. Ritual or temple prostitution; 2. The shedding of innocent blood on the altar; 3. Licentiousness or moral looseness to the degree that it is ‘in your face,’ including homosexuality”. Yes, being gay is for all practical purposes equivalent to child sacrifice.
Stringer is also founder of the fundie non-profit organization Somebody Cares America.
Diagnosis: Completely insane, rabidly deranged theocrat. It is a grave concern that people like Doug Stringer wield the political power they do, but yes: Stringer does have serious political influence.

David Reaboi

David Reaboi is a wingnut, founder and senior vice president of the think tank Security Studies Group (SSG) and previously spokesperson for the Center for Security Policy (CSP), a conspiratory-minded rightwing group focusing for instance on the myth of creeping sharia. The CSP has tried to prop up that myth with a study called “Shariah Law and American State Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases”, which is – considered as a study– as fraudulent as you get them. It was even pimped by the WND for months: that’s how ridiculous it was. The study ostensibly outlined numerous cases in which the Islamic system of law has been applied in the US. However, anyone bothering to actually look at the cases used would note that every single example in the report in fact shows the opposite of what the authors conclude that they show (“Shariah enters U.S. courts through the practice of comity to foreign law,” Reaboi explained, which “happens, for example, when a judge decides to allow the use of say, Pakistani or Saudi family law (Shariah) in a dispute between Pakistanis or Saudis”); instead, the cases involved the courts refusingto impose laws from Muslim countries (some details here). However, what matters to people like Reaboi is that the cases involved an Arab or a Muslim; thatis what it takes for it to be a case of the courts imposing Sharia law.
Otherwise, Reaboi seems to have been very concerned about what he perceived to be Obama’s sharia sympathies and “the infiltration of the conservative movement” by GOP figures who have suggested that Islamophobia is real. He was also a diligent pusher of various and increasingly insane Huma Abedin conspiracy theories. Meanwhile, SSG’s social media director, Nick Short, wrote about “the sheer amount of money being allocated by Congress to fund what is essentially an invasion of the third-world in the form of refugees and illegal aliens [which] is outright treasonous,” and SSG’s president Jim Hanson described the Orlando shooting as “in keeping with totalitarian Islamic code” and suggested that a homemade clock brought to a school by a 14-year-old American Muslim “was half a bomb.” (What else would a Muslim use a clock for?)
The CSP, on the other hand, is of course the group founded by Frank Gaffney, who has claimed that Obama is a Muslim and that Gen. David Petraeus submitted to Islamic Sharia law.
Oh, and in 2017 Reaboi and his group were apparently – at least according to the group – advising the White House on the dispute between Qatar and other U.S. partner nations in the Persian Gulf. It really should worry you that not only they, but the White House, think that they are remotely competent to say anything meaningful about the topic.
Diagnosis: Though the topic concerns issues that are partially outside of what we usually cover, the case in question is such a striking case of paranoia-fuelled fraud (without recognizing it as such) that it would be negligent not to call it out. You probably shouldn’t trust a single word that comes out of David Reaboi’s mouth about anything.

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