Humint Events Online: April 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Make Rape-Babies Great Again

“A Shameful Week for the U.S.”: Trump Admin Guts U.N. Resolution to End Rape as Weapon of War
The Trump administration is under fire after the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution to end rape as a weapon of war on Tuesday that excluded any mention of sexual and reproductive health.
The resolution was gutted after the U.S. threatened to veto the measure altogether unless language referencing reproductive health was taken out due to the Trump administration’s belief that the language was code for abortion.
The watered-down measure also weakened references to the International Criminal Court, making it harder for women and girls to seek justice.
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The Lloyde England Story Pentagon Lightpole Story Still Sucks

Some new writing on this strange case here at the Truth and Shadows site.

I've discussed this completely absurd aspect of the Pentagon hit here and here (and elsewhere in this blog).
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Ecocide Watch

Our Planet is the biggest, nicest snuff film ever made. The mass murder it records has been in progress for at least 60 years, probably longer. The victims are the Earth’s flora and fauna and the complex ecosystems they inhabit. Eventually, the list of casualties will include the same species that produced the high-tech moviemaking equipment that allowed filmmakers to capture razor-sharp 4K digital-video imagery of jungles, glaciers, and velds, and the industrial technology that enabled strip-mining, mountaintop removal, clear-cutting, chemical pollution, and the manufacture of nonbiodegradable plastic that’s currently destroying coral reefs and choking aquatic life to death.

Read the rest.
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Twin Tower Demolition

I think WTC7 went down more smoothly than these two 500 feet towers:
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Thursday, April 25, 2019

33 of the Day

Joe Biden announces his candidacy for the presidency in a 3:30 min long video.

Interestingly, he goes hard after Trump for his pro-racist comments after the Charlottesville protests.
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Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Mueller Report Is Released and Trump Needs to Be Impeached

This essay from Jared Yates Sexton puts it together nicely:
All right. I just finished the Mueller Report. I'm going to combine the most shocking and important revelations in one thread. Long and short: there was collusion, there was obstruction, Donald Trump needs to be removed from office. Immediately. 
1/ Mueller found that Russia was actively interested in electing Trump president, as early as his announcement, if not earlier. Operations began just as Trump Campaign took off. Obvious the two are parallel organizations that occasionally worked together, had the same goals. 
2/ Multiple members of the Trump Campaign were approached by Russia. They were receptive sometimes, other times they just proceeded with knowledge that Russia was interfering on their behalf. They were not ignorant of the fact that Russia was interfering, not at all. 
3/ Trump and Cohen continued work on Trump Tower Moscow deal while actively misleading the public as to whether he had business in Russia. He knowingly lied to the American public while Cohen worked with people who seemingly thought the hotel and the election were intertwined. 
4/ Perhaps the most critical piece of information is that the Trump Campaign knew that the DNC emails were going to be released before they were. They had an active, multi-pronged plan in place to capitalize off the communications stolen by the Russian government. 
5/ Mueller found that Donald Trump, himself, knew that Wikileaks had the DNC emails before they were released and was in contact with campaign members and people outside of campaign and planned how to capitalize off their release. 
6/ Trump's call for Russia to find Clinton's emails was fruitful. Within hours they followed his call and worked to find them. Despite saying it was just a TV stunt, he repeated the call off-camera. It was collusion in real time and in the light of public. No other way to say it 
7/ As for the Trump Tower meeting, Mueller believed that Donald Trump Jr and Jared Kushner committed crimes, but worried that courts would lose the thread on legal definition of the crime and wasn't sure what the $ value of Clinton dirt was and if it was enough. 
8/ Paul Manafort was especially lousy in the collusion front. He obviously had financial incentive and discussed battleground states with Russian individual, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, leading to suspicion that there were targeted efforts or interference. 
9/ Manafort discussing battleground states with Russia is really, really unsettling. There's a ton of new ground here to cover and who knows what it led to and what can be proven. You could make an argument that this is possible what turned the election. 
10/ In terms of obstruction, it is quite obvious that Mueller was communicating that there were SEVERAL instances of obstruction, SEVERAL instances of attempted obstruction, and that Congress should address the issue. 
11/ Trump actively wanted Mueller out of the investigation, said as much repeatedly. He wanted to fire him and worried that his appointment would be "the end" of his presidency. 
12/ Trump repeatedly told his subordinates to obstruct justice. He had them contact the principals, including Comey and Flynn, in order to take their temperature and communicate what Trump thought. It was a giant game of illegal telephone. 
13/ Trump repeatedly would call Comey, take his temperature, and try and get him to take it easy on Flynn. He had Reince Priebus contact Flynn, take his temperature, seemingly try and work him in order to keep his loyalty. 
14/ Multiple people in Trump's orbit declined to perform actions they thought were obstruction, including Chris Christie, who counseled Trump on how to not obstruct justice and watched him do it anyway. 
15/ After it was revealed that Mike Flynn had illicit contact with Russia, Trump shook his hand and told him he'd be taken care of. It seems as if the exchange was a promise that Trump would help him with the fallout. 
16/ Trump continually and actively addressed those in his orbit to either lie or coverup what they'd done wrong. He was constantly worried people would roll on him and constantly sought to get their stories straight in case of investigation. 
17/ In a bizarre situation, Trump said outloud that he wanted an Attorney General who would protect him. He said he believed the AG position wasn't independent. He wanted an individual who would "protect him" and wouldn't mind keeping him illegal informed of investigations 
18/ Trump knew that false testimony had been provided, particularly in Cohen's case. He was aware of a crime being committed and allowed it. 
19/ Trump wanted to obstruct even more than he did, but the only thing keeping him from doing so was that those around him didn't want to be accessories to a crime. Don McGahn said he wanted him to do "crazy shit" and refused. 
20/ Now, the big, big, big takeaways. Mueller wrote this report in such a way as to send a message that the investigation was not the end all be all of this matter. It's obvious he was keenly aware that there was still much work to do in regards to both collusion and obstruction 
21/ In collusion, Mueller repeatedly mentions that he was hindered by the Trump team either lying or else not providing information. He said they destroyed evidence and stonewalled him. That's why he couldn't establish the charge in totality. 
22/ In terms of obstruction, Mueller was clearly putting the matter in the hands of Congress. This is a full and explicit layout of impeachable, high crimes. He was not intending Barr to steamroll over this thing. Not at all. 
23/ What's more, Barr not only lied, it appears he actively obstructed justice by misrepresenting the report in his summary. This wasn't just a partisan structuring, it was an attempt to try and save Donald Trump and the administration. 
24/ What William Barr did here is beyond disgusting and beyond shameful. He should be removed from office and there should be ramifications. This is, to put it bluntly, a massive and indefensible act of cover-up a systematic and overwhelming crime. 
25/ The Trump Campaign and the Trump Organization are criminal enterprises. The only difference between them and the infamous "mob" is that their crimes are explicitly white collar and international in nature. They acted with an intention to commit crimes, over and over. 
26/ It's impossible to read this report and not notice how careful they were to skirt the line of collusion and obstruction. They were obviously aware of what they were doing and that this is even a matter of discussion is an indictment of our political and judicial system. 
27/ This last thing, I want to preface by saying I don't say this lightly. It makes me unbelievably sad and depressed that this has happened. But we have a criminal president and he must be removed. It has to happen. 
28/ From the moment Donald Trump announced his campaign he engaged in one unethical and criminal act after another. It's in black and white that he and the people around him are happy traitors who put their wealth and power above the country's wellbeing. 
29/ Trump and his cronies made a decision to put power and wealth above the country. They actively sought help in undermining our democratic process. They didn't report constant Russian contacts or offers to help. They're traitors. That's it. They're traitors. 
30/ We can sit here and parse out legal definitions, but I don't know how you get to anything else. We can talk about the word collusion or obstruction, but they actively sought help from a foreign adversary to interfere in the election of the Presidency of the United States. 
31/ The House of Representatives must vote to impeach Donald Trump. I don't care if it won't carry out in the Senate. It's what impeachment exists to do. It's their constitutional obligation to impeach him for high crimes. 
32/ Republicans have a duty to remove Donald Trump from office. They can hide behind partisanship all they want, but it's right here in the open that he's betrayed the company and broken the laws. They need to realize that duty is higher than party. And it needs to happen now. 
33/ We are in a crisis. We have to recognize that. Right now, we have a criminally compromised president. If he's allowed to get through this unscathed, we're never, ever going back. This is a four-alarm fire and we have to treat it as such. Right. Now. 
34/ There's no defending this. There's no spinning it. There's no rebuttal that can put this away. This is a massive and unbelievable crime on a scale before unseen. We need to get rid of the Trump Presidency before it destroys us, before it rots us from the inside out. 
35/ I take literally no pleasure from this. I'm extremely, extremely disheartened that a crime like this could take place on a scale this large. I really, really wish this would've been a hoax or a witch hunt, but it's massive in scope and consequence. 
Trump has to go. 36/36
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Monday, April 15, 2019

Lucky 7

Lucky or unlucky? Sure is a funny "collapse".

 Also check out my WTC7 focused blog.
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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Something Broke in America Last Week

David Rothkopf:
Something broke in America this week. We have been spiraling downward since Trump's election, but this week, we crossed a line. The President and his men began asserting that they were above the law--and effectively no one in our system did anything to stop them. 
The Attorney General sneered at the Congress and placed himself imperiously above its questions. He continued to arrogate onto himself what portions of the Mueller Report--paid for by the people, essentially in its totality to the Congress to do its duty--we would see. He asserted again that he was the final arbiter of whether obstruction of justice by the president had taken place. He even went so far as to imply that law enforcement authorities carrying out their duty to protect America were somehow "spying", perhaps illicitly... on the Trump campaign. (Ignoring that the reasons for the investigation in question were not only sound...but the core reason...that Russia had sought to aid the Trump campaign in the election had been proven again by Mueller.) 
At the same time, the Secretary of the Treasury and the head of the IRS determined to violate a law that required in no uncertain terms for them to provide the president's tax returns to the chairman of the House Ways and Means committee. 
At the same time a purge at the Department of Homeland Security took place and it became quickly clear it was because the president and his team were frustrated that officials would not act in violation of the law. 
We learned that the White House promised pardons... to those who break the law, encouraging a crime and abetting it. 
We learned that they considered an egregious abuse of power that would involve releasing illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities controlled by Democrats. 
We saw the president complain that our military would not rough up immigrants. 
We saw him continue the charade of an emergency at our southern border which was an excuse for him illegally divert government resources to an unnecessary, racist, vanity project. 
The president repeatedly called law enforcement officers who investigated him traitors, guilty of treason--a crime that carries with it the death penalty. 
We discovered that the president considered appointing his grossly unqualified daughter to be head of the World Bank. 
It is the stuff of the world's most dysfunctional governments. 
But rather than generating a response from within our system commensurate with the threat, nothing occurred. The GOP leaders in the Senate circled round the president and supported his abuses. In so doing, they sent a message that they would never challenge him much less convict him of the myriad crimes he has committed. 
The checks and balances our system was built upon are gone. Worse, the courts are being packed with Trump cronies--often unqualified. 
Agencies are being left to appointed caretakers some outside the normal chain of succession, many unconfirmed for their current posts by the Senate. 
Political opponents tip-toed around these crimes daring not to appear "too extreme." 
This is how democracies die. The rule of law is slowly strangled. The unthinkable becomes commonplace. The illegal becomes accepted--from violations of the emoluments clause to self-dealing to Federal election law crimes to serial sexual abuse. What once was black and white blurs into grey. Right and wrong, old principles, enduring values, fade from memory. 
Authoritarians arrive in our midst not in tanks but in bad suits and worse haircuts. 
I have long thought our system was better than this--more resilient. 
But candidly, I'm no longer sure. I remain hopeful...hopeful that the next election cycle can redress this manifold wrongs. But it will not be easy. It will be too close. 
Trump may be with us for six more yrs. Why? Because we allowed ourselves to become inured to the unthinkable. We are dying the death of a thousand cuts. 
Right now, this week, the president and his band of thugs are winning. They have become unabashed in their attacks on the law. They are daring someone to enforce it. But what if...what if the courts rule against them but they ignore it? What if the Treasury Secretary has violated a law and no one arrests him. What if the president steals and canoodles with enemies and he goes unpunished? 
Their crimes will only grow more egregious and their ways will only grow more ingrained in our system. Their violations will in fact become the system itself. 
Corruption will be the norm-greater corruption, to be sure, since it it was corruption that got us here in the first place. Our only hope is recognizing the seriousness of our situation. 
This is not politics as usual. This is not an erosion of what was. 
This is a full blown crisis, the greatest American politics has faced in half a century...perhaps much longer. It is not a time for equivocation. It is not a time for patience. It is time for those who seek to protect the rule of law to step up to protect it or the chance may not soon again return.

And Congress is out of session for two weeks, and will do nothing... so all this will be old news when they come back.

It's too fucking much.

I'll be damned if I let this country descend into pure authoritarianism. We need to fight this regime with everything we have.
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Saturday, April 06, 2019

Russian Troops Land in Venezuela

Not good.

What is our Russian asset POTUS doing? Not much.
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Trump Is Losing His Mind More Rapidly-- Serious Senility This Past Week

In the past week:

Trump talked about border walls that have multiple big doors and then complained about the doors not being installed and then said the doors are too expensive and heavy to install (because of "hydraulics") and they cost more than the land on the other side and maybe we should give the land to the people on the other side...

Trump complained harshly about a "Judge Flores" for an immigration ruling, not understanding "Flores" was actually the case name and named after a teen migrant named Jenny Flores.

Trump said wind turbine noise causes cancer.

"During an Oval Office event with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday afternoon, President Donald Trump either lied or got confused about where his father was born, admitted that closing the border with Mexico will be economically harmful to the US (but threatened to do it anyway), pushed a baseless conspiracy theory, and repeatedly struggled to say the word “origins.”"

Instead of "origins", he kept saying "ORANGES".

All this is on top of the usual unhinged claims and baseless lies he makes every day.

How much more can the country take of this?
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Trump Says People Seeking Asylum in the US Are "Animals"

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