Sunday, May 27, 2018

Rise to the bait

"The hunt for Xiemen: the mysterious Vancouver firm at the centre of a C$3.3M Trump-fundraiser payment" (Ball/Peng).  The Official TDS Story is that Broidy covered for a pregnancy caused by Trump.  Now we have a mysterious Nader/Broidy financial connection, with Broidy paid off for accepting a bit of personal embarrassment with big UAE (i.e., MbZ) contracts.

Just as an aside, I really don't know what to say about any woman who claims to have been bamboozled by Trump, famously married, and famously, well, Trump.  The idea that any human being could fall for his early sweet talk is baffling.

"Draft Version of Scotland Yard’s Statement on Behalf of Sergei Skripal" (Slane).  "Of a type developed by Russia".

"How The Code Name ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Undermines The FBI’s Russia Story" (the incomparable Lee Smith):
"The New York Times’ 4,000-word report last week on the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign’s possible ties to Russia revealed for the first time that the investigation was called “Crossfire Hurricane.”

The name, explains the paper, refers to the Rolling Stones lyric “I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” from the 1968 hit “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Mick Jagger, one of the songwriters, said the song was a “metaphor” for psychedelic-drug induced states. The other, Keith Richards, said it “refers to his being born amid the bombing and air raid sirens of Dartford, England, in 1943 during World War II.”

Investigation names, say senior U.S. law enforcement officials, are designed to refer to facts, ideas, or people related to the investigation. Sometimes they’re explicit, and other times playful or even allusive. So what did the Russia investigation have to do with World War II, psychedelic drugs, or Keith’s childhood?

The answer may be found in the 1986 Penny Marshall film named after the song, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” In the Cold War-era comedy, a quirky bank officer played by Whoopi Goldberg comes to the aid of Jonathan Pryce, who plays a British spy being chased by the KGB.

The code name “Crossfire Hurricane” is therefore most likely a reference to the former British spy whose allegedly Russian-sourced reports on the Trump team’s alleged ties to Russia were used as evidence to secure a Foreign Intelligence Service Act secret warrant on Trump adviser Carter Page in October 2016: ex-MI6 agent Christopher Steele."
Note how Steele is being written out of the story, to be replaced by Mifsud and Halper, who are themselves now being written out of the story!
"So what was Halper doing in this instance? He wasn’t really a spy (a person who is generally tasked with stealing secrets) or an informant (a person who provides information about criminal activities from the inside). Rather, it seems he was more like an agent provocateur, whose job was to ask leading questions to get Trump campaign advisers to say things that would corroborate—or seem to corroborate—evidence that the bureau believed it already had in hand.
Halper met with at least three Trump campaign advisers: Sam Clovis, Page, and George Papadopoulos. The latter two he met with in London, where Halper had reason to feel comfortable operating.
Halper’s close contacts in the intelligence world weren’t limited to the CIA. They also include foreign intelligence officials like Richard Dearlove, the former head of the United Kingdom’s foreign intelligence service, MI6. According to a Washington Times report, Halper and Dearlove are partners in a UK consulting firm, Cambridge Security Initiative.
Dearlove is also close to Steele. According to the Washington Post, Dearlove met with Steele in the early fall of 2016, when his former charge shared his “worries” about what he’d found on the Trump campaign and “asked for his guidance.”
London was therefore the perfect place for Halper to spring a trap — outside the direct purview of the FBI, but on territory where he knew he could operate safely. It appears Halper’s job was to induce inexperienced Trump campaign figures to say things that corroborated the 35-page series of memos written by Steele—the centerpiece of the Russiagate investigation—in order to license a broader campaign of government spying against Trump and his associates in the middle of a presidential election."
I should reiterate that the target of this wasn't Trump's supposedly hapless campaign, but Putin and the Russians after Killary's inevitable win (and the planned subsequent WWIII).

"Hillary Clinton Dons Heavy Coat and Scarf in Sweltering 90° Boston Heat" (Laila).  When she dies there will be a slew of stories about how she courageously suffered through terrible health problems, which she had to conceal in order to avoid the inevitable attacks by the haters, in order to serve the American people.

I'm surprised to see Cockburn pick up on this:  "The Manchester Bomber Was Enabled by the British Government".  Cockburn naturally pulls his punches, the comment by Steve gets to the real point.  Note how the Americans instantly knew the name of the terrorist, and how a photo from the scene was immediately tweeted by a guy who turned out to be an employee of . . . Jared Kushner.  'Blowback' is bad enough, but active encouragement of, and participation in, terrorism is yet another level.

"Black Cube: Inside the shadowy Israeli firm accused of trying to undermine the Iran deal":
"The firm was founded by former Israeli military officers in 2011. It retains close ties to the Israeli intelligence community, and many of its recruits are former Mossad agents.

Those links are part of its pitch to clients.

"The insinuation is that 'we’re so powerful, we have these links, and we can call on them,'" said the source, who asked not to be identified, fearing reprisal from Black Cube. "They want that veneer of 'we're still the state, but we’re not really the state.'""
"“They would never work against Israeli interests,” said the source who was familiar with Black Cube's Iran work. He likened the firm to an “almost privatized wing of Mossad.”

He also suggested there was little chance that the Israeli government or its intelligence agencies were unaware of Black Cube’s work to discredit the Iran deal."
"As part of the company’s work for Weinstein, a Black Cube operative befriended the actress Rose McGowan while posing as an investment manager focused on women's empowerment at a London-based firm, according to emails between her and McGowan obtained by NBC News. The operative used the alias Diana Filip in the Weinstein scheme, according to the emails. That bogus firm was the same that Gavrilo, in reaching out to Rebecca Kahl, claimed as her employer.

The identity of Diana Filip was revealed to be an Israeli army veteran named Stella Penn Pechanac by the British tabloid The Daily Mail.

Elsewhere, Black Cube’s underhanded tactics have been revealed to the embarrassment of its clients.

Hired by a Canadian investment company in a dispute with another firm, a Black Cube operative attempted to embarrass an Ontario superior court judge who had ruled unfavorably for Black Cube’s client by trying to induce him to make anti-Semitic comments. The effort went nowhere, and Black Cube’s client in that case is now mired in lawsuits."
In the last link above (requisite Blatchford warning), note how on point the attack was!:
"A former Ontario Superior Court judge was targeted in a sting designed to discredit him days before his decision in a controversial case with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake was scheduled to be heard at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

The sting saw the 74-year-old former judge, Frank Newbould, audiotaped and photographed surreptitiously at a posh Toronto restaurant as an agent posing as a potential client apparently tried to induce him, in vain, to make anti-Semitic remarks."
"In the first meeting at Newbould’s office, Rodriguez said he thought his case might have to be heard in New York, but he expressed doubts about getting a fair hearing there because of “the Jewish lobby or influence in New York.”

Four times in this conversation, Rodriguez mentioned as a potential problem for his client “the Jewish lobby or influence,” “the Jewish issue,” “the Jewish way of doing things…. All the time trying to take more than they should, and more than agreed.”

Newbould failed to rise to the bait, repeatedly responding only with such benign disclaimers as “there’s good Jewish people and there’s some bad Jewish people … some good Spaniards and bad Spaniards” and “My experience is arbitrators aren’t influenced by that (ethnicity).”

He also tried to explain the rules of arbitration to Rodriguez and the two agreed to discuss the job over dinner that night at Scaramouche, an expensive midtown Toronto restaurant known equally for its fine food and sweeping views. Rodriguez paid.

The judge did not see a tape recorder being switched on. Nor did he notice a photographer taking his photo, careful it would seem to only capture the back of Rodriguez.

They quickly returned to that morning’s discussion. With little preamble, Rodriguez said the man heading the company that was allegedly stealing his client’s technology was “this Jewish guy.”

Newbould ignored this, told him he needed to retain both a lawyer and an arbitrator, and said it wasn’t clear to him which role Rodriguez saw for him. “If you have in mind that I would be the arbitrator,” he said, “I couldn’t give you advice on all that you’re asking me.”

To do so, he said, would be inappropriate. “I couldn’t do that,” Newbould said. “Nobody, no good arbitrator, would ever do that.”"
They attempted to plant doctored evidence in the media by using Blatchford, who isn't quite as stupid as you might think from reading her body of work (see also:  "Christie Blatchford: The night two alleged spies were sent to dinner and two more spies showed up").  If this is true, Catalyst needs to be sanctioned, hard, by the courts for this (there's a hell of a lot of chutzpah involved in threatening to abuse obviously faked sting evidence, and the lawyer, named Greenspan, also seems to have his fair share!).  I would think a judge would want to deter this kind of attack on a brother judge, but of course there are usually other (((factors))) in these decisions (but the Ontario courts do seem to be thus far sending quite a message). 

What we have to notice from the Mossad in recent years - extremely aggressive, almost comically so, and extremely incompetent.  They have so many things going for them they seem to feel that they can just do what they want in the sloppiest way possible, and their general control of various institutions - courts, (((media))), politicians - will see them through.

"How a 9/11 Truther may be influencing which Ontario election videos you see" (Wise).

"Promoters of Saudi Prince as Feminist Reformer Are Silent on His Crackdown on Women" (Johnson)!  The hilarious part is that they expected everybody to believe the initial run of PR.

"Twitter Clone A Mossad Front?" (Bacon).  There are a lot of obvious ultra-Zionists participating whenever the topics turn to Zionist issues, including a lot of Islamophobia and cheering on the US-Israeli 'special relationship'.

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