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The report (“The Dossier”) that claims that Donald Trump colluded with Russia, was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.

The company that claims that Russia hacked DNC computer servers, was paid by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.

The FBI’s counterintelligence probe into Trump’s alleged connections to Russia was launched on the basis of information gathered from a report that was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.

The surveillance of a Trump campaign member (Carter Page) was approved by a FISA court on the basis of information from a report that was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.

The Intelligence Community Analysis or ICA was (largely or partially) based on information from a report that was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign. (more on this below)

The information that was leaked to the media alleging Russia hacking or collusion can be traced back to claims that were made in a report that was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign.

The entire Russia-gate investigation rests on the “unverified and salacious” information from a dossier that was paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton Campaign. Here’s how Stephen Cohen sums it up in a recent article at The Nation:

“Steele’s dossier… was the foundational document of the Russiagate narrative…from the time its installments began to be leaked to the American media in the summer of 2016, to the US “Intelligence Community Assessment” of January 2017….the dossier and subsequent ICA report remain the underlying sources for proponents of the Russiagate narrative of “Trump-Putin collision.” (“Russia gate or Intel-gate?”, The Nation)

There’s just one problem with Cohen’s statement, we don’t really know the extent to which the dossier was used in the creation of the Intelligence Community Assessment. (The ICA was the IC’s flagship analysis that was supposed to provide ironclad proof of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.) According to some reports, the contribution was significant. Check out this excerpt from an article at Business Insider:

“Intelligence officials purposefully omitted the dossier from the public intelligence report they released in January about Russia’s election interference because they didn’t want to reveal which details they had corroborated, according to CNN.” (“Mueller reportedly interviewed the author of the Trump-Russia dossier — here’s what it alleges, and how it aligned with reality”, Business Insider)

Bottom line: Despite the denials of former-CIA Director John Brennan, the dossier may have been used in the ICA.

In the last two weeks, documents have been released that have exposed the weak underpinnings of the Russia investigation while at the same time revealing serious abuses by senior-level officials at the DOJ and FBI. The so called Nunes memo was the first to point out these abuses, but it was the 8-page “criminal referral” authored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham that gave credence to the claims. Here’s a blurb from the document:

“It appears the FBI relied on admittedly uncorroborated information, funded by and obtained for Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign, in order to conduct surveillance of an associate of the opposing presidential candidate. It did so based on Mr. Steele’s personal credibility and presumably having faith in his process of obtaining the information. But there is substantial evidence suggesting that Mr. Steele materially misled the FBI about a key aspect of his dossier efforts, one which bears on his credibility.”

There it is. The FBI made a “concerted effort to conceal information from the court” in order to get a warrant to spy on a member of a rival political campaign. So –at the very least– there was an effort, on the part of the FBI and high-ranking officials at the Department of Justice, to improperly spy on members of the Trump team. And there’s more. The FBI failed to mention that the dossier was paid for by the Hillary campaign and the DNC, or that the dossier’s author Christopher Steele had seeded articles in the media that were being used to support the dossier’s credibility (before the FISA court), or that, according to the FBI’s own analysts, the dossier was “only minimally corroborated”, or that Steele was a ferocious partisan who harbored a strong animus towards Trump. All of these were omitted in the FISA application which is why the FBI was able to deceive the judge. It’s worth noting that intentionally deceiving a federal judge is a felony.

Most disturbing is the fact that Steele reportedly received information from friends of Hillary Clinton. (supposedly, Sidney Blumenthal and others) Here’s one suggestive tidbit that appeared in the Graham-Grassley” referral:

“…Mr. Steele’s memorandum states that his company “received this report from REDACTED US State Department,” that the report was the second in a series, and that the report was information that came from a foreign sub-source who “is in touch with REDACTED, a contact of REDACTED, a friend of the Clintons, who passed it to REDACTED.”

It is troubling enough that the Clinton campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility.” (Lifted from The Federalist)

What are we to make of this? Was Steele shaping the dossier’s narrative to the specifications of his employers? Was he being coached by members of the Hillary team? How did that impact the contents of the dossier and the subsequent Russia investigation?

These are just a few of the questions Steele will undoubtedly be asked if he ever faces prosecution for lying to the FBI. But, so far, we know very little about man except that he was a former M16 agent who was paid \$160,000 for composing the dubious set of reports that make up the dossier. We don’t even know if Steele’s alleged contacts or intermediaries in Russia actually exist or not. Some analysts think the whole thing is a fabrication based on the fact that he hasn’t worked the Russia-scene since the FSB (The Russian state-security organization that replaced the KGB) was completely overhauled. Besides, it would be extremely dangerous for a Russian to provide an M16 agent with sensitive intelligence. And what would the contact get in return? According to most accounts, Steele’s sources weren’t even paid, so there was little incentive for them to put themselves at risk? All of this casts more doubt on the contents of the dossier.

What is known about Steele is that he has a very active imagination and knows how to command a six-figure payoff for his unique services. We also know that the FBI continued to use him long after they knew he couldn’t be trusted which suggests that he served some other purpose, like providing the agency with plausible deniability, a ‘get out of jail free’ card if they ever got caught surveilling US citizens without probable cause.

But that brings us to the strange case of Carter Page, a bit-player whose role in the Trump campaign was trivial at best. Page was what most people would call a “small fish”, an insignificant foreign policy advisor who had minimal impact on the campaign. Congressional investigators, like Nunes, must be wondering why the FBI and DOJ devoted so much attention to someone like Page instead of going after the “big fish” like Bannon, Flynn, Kushner, Ivanka and Trump Jr., all of whom might have been able to provide damaging information on the real target, Donald Trump. Wasn’t that the idea? So why waste time on Page? It doesn’t make any sense, unless, of course, the others were already being surveilled by other agencies? Is that it, did the NSA and the CIA have a hand in the surveillance too?

It’s a moot point, isn’t it? Because now that there’s evidence that senior-level officials at the DOJ and the FBI were involved in improperly obtaining warrants to spy on members of the opposite party, the investigation is going to go wherever it goes. Whatever restrictions existed before, will now be lifted. For example, this popped up in Saturday’s The Hill:

“House Intelligence Committee lawmakers are in the dark about an investigation into wrongdoing at the State Department announced by Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Friday. …Nunes told Fox News on Friday that, “we are in the middle of what I call phase two of our investigation. That investigation is ongoing and we continue work toward finding answers and asking the right questions to try to get to the bottom of what exactly the State Department was up to in terms of this Russia investigation.”…

Since then, GOP lawmakers have been quietly buzzing about allegations that an Obama-era State Department official passed along information from allies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that may have been used by the FBI to launch an investigation into whether the Trump campaign had improper contacts with Russia.

“I’m pretty troubled by what I read in the documents with respect to the role the State Department played in the fall of 2016, including information that was used in a court proceeding. I am troubled by it,” Gowdy told Fox News on Tuesday.” (“Lawmakers in dark about ‘phase two’ of Nunes investigation”, The Hill)

So the State Department is next in line followed by the NSA and, finally, the Russia-gate point of origin, John Brennan’s CIA. Here’s more background on that from Stephen Cohen’s illuminating article at The Nation:

“….when, and by whom, was this Intel operation against Trump started?

In testimony to the House Intelligence Committee in May 2017, John Brennan, formerly Obama’s head of the CIA, strongly suggested that he and his agency were the first, as The Washington Post put it at the time, “in triggering an FBI probe.” Certainly both the Post and The New York Times interpreted his remarks in this way. Equally certain, Brennan played a central role in promoting the Russiagate narrative thereafter, briefing members of Congress privately and giving President Obama himself a top-secret envelope in early August 2016 that almost certainly contained Steele’s dossier. Early on, Brennan presumably would have shared his “suspicions” and initiatives with James Clapper, director of national intelligence. FBI Director Comey… may have joined them actively somewhat later….

When did Brennan begin his “investigation” of Trump? His House testimony leaves this somewhat unclear, but, according to a subsequent Guardian article, by late 2015 or early 2016 he was receiving, or soliciting, reports from foreign intelligence agencies regarding “suspicious ‘interactions’ between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents.”

In short, if these reports and Brennan’s own testimony are to be believed, he, not the FBI, was the instigator and godfather of Russiagate.” (“Russiagate or Intelgate?”, Stephen Cohen, The Nation)

Regular readers of this column know that we have always believed that the Russiagate psyops originated with Brennan. Just as the CIA launched its disinformation campaigns against Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gadhafi, so too, Russia has emerged as Washington’s foremost rival requiring a massive propaganda campaign to persuade the public that America faces a serious external threat. In any event, the demonizing of Russia had already begun by the time Hillary and Co. decided to hop on the bandwagon by blaming Moscow for hacking John Podesta’s emails. The allegations were never persuasive, but they did provide Brennan with some cover for the massive Information Operation (IO) that began with him.

According to the Washington Times:

“It was then-CIA Director John O. Brennan, a close confidant of Mr. Obama’s, who provided the information — what he termed the “basis” — for the FBI to start the counterintelligence investigation last summer….Mr. Brennan told the House Intelligence Committee on May 23 that the intelligence community was picking up tidbits on Trump associates making contacts with Russians.”

It all started with Brennan. After Putin blocked Brennan’s operations in both Ukraine and Syria, Brennan had every reason to retaliate and to use the tools at his disposal to demonize Putin and try to isolate Russia. The “election meddling” charges (promoted by the Hillary people) fit perfectly with Brennan’s overall strategy to manipulate perceptions and prepare the country for an eventual confrontation. It provided him the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone, to deliver a withering blow to Putin and Trump at the very same time. The temptation must have been irresistible.

But now the plan has backfired and the investigations are gaining pace. Trump’s allies in the House smell the blood in the water and they want answers. Did the CIA surveil members of the Trump campaign on the basis of information they gathered in the dossier? Who saw the information? Was the information passed along to members of the press and other government agencies? Was the White House involved? What role did Obama play? What about the Intelligence Community Assessment? Was it based on the contents of the Steele report? Will the “hand-picked” analysts who worked on the report vouch for its conclusions in or were they coached about what to write? How did Brennan persuade the reluctant Comey into opening a counterintelligence investigation on members in the Trump campaign when he knew it would be perceived as a partisan attempt to sabotage the elections by giving Hillary an edge?
Soon the investigative crosshairs will settle on Brennan. He’d better have the right answers.

• Category: Ideology • Tags: CIA, Deep State, Donald Trump, John Brennan, Russia 
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  1. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Russiagate should be called Deepstategate.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  2. anonymous • Disclaimer says:


    • Replies: @Anonymous
  3. El Dato says:

    Deepstate ain’t gonna go quietly.

    Watch out for distractions in the national or international sphere.

    (Btw, Russia warns via RT of an upcoming false flag attack using chlorine in Syria. Can’t get an even break.)

  4. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    That Muslim convert piece of sit….you know he is on his prayer rug all day long praying to shit for brains Allah hoping for the demise of America….

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  5. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    That the whole media can be in service of a such a fraud and beam their relentless lies across millions of TV screens even in a democracy like America goes to tell you that the Power ultimately decides what is ‘fiction’ and ‘non-fiction’.
    Why else would most of Big Media be spreading all these lies about Russia Hacking or ‘Russiagate’ when the only real ‘gate’ is Deepstategate and Jewishhategate. The anti-Trump hysteria is nothing but an act of arson set by Jewish globalists who hate him.

    • Agree: Seamus Padraig
  6. Brennan, Clapper, Clinton, Blumenthal, Abedin, Mills, Podesta, Strzok, McCabe … whoever might have been mastermind or mere footsoldier in the drama, one cannot escape the fact that the Capo di tutti capi is Barak Hussein Obama, even if only on the “Buck stops here” principle.

    • Agree: RobinG, Clyde
    • Replies: @Toby Keith
  7. nsa says:

    Planting stories in the kept lugenpresse then citing the resulting articles as evidence is a common technique of the national security state. Anyone remember DickiePoo Cheney (the man with no heart) planting bogus weapons-of-mass-destruction stories with “reporter” Judith (the jooie) Miller whose stuff was dutifully published in the rapidly anti arab Jew York Times. DickiePoo then cited the stories as evidence that Iraq needed to be invaded and destroyed. This kind of propaganda is quite effective and very long lasting……to this day something like 60% of the american public still believe Saddam had a hand in the 911 false flag operation and probably future history books will agree.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  8. JNDillard says:

    Investigative reporting at its best. Thank you, Mike Whitney. Every member of Congress should read this.

  9. Dan Hayes says:

    Last September Brennan began a two-year stint as a distinguished fellow for global security at Fordham Law School. Brennan is a 1977 college graduate of this Jesuit institution which undoubtedly laid the groundwork for a career of duplicity and malfeasance .

    His appointment is in the grand tradition of Jesuitical sucking up to the powers-that-be.

    An especially egregious example of this would be the current Jesuit “Bishop of Rome” (his preferred parlance) playing footsie with communist China. And in the process throwing faithful Chinese under the proverbial bus – just being chalked up as collateral damage!

    The beat goes on.

  10. @The Alarmist

    Every President after Kennedy has been a kosher puppet. Obama masterminded nothing, and it’s a very Hasbara thing to suggest he did.

    • Agree: Wade
    • Replies: @Bobzilla
  11. “It’s worth noting that intentionally deceiving a federal judge is a felony.”

    It’s also worth noting that sometimes the judge is in on it.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    , @densa
  12. Our Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs, Halbe Zijlstra, just a few months in office, had to admit that he in 2006 lied about being in Putin’s country house, where he heard Putin say that White Russia, the Baltic States and Khazakstan ‘would be nice to have’.
    Zijlstra yesterday resigned.
    43 out of 150 gave a vote of non confidence against prime minister Rutte, whoa had to admit that he knew about the lie since several weeks.

    Zijlstra’s excuse as that he wanted to protect someone else, who was there, and heard Putin say these things.
    This someone else, it was revealed, had been Van der Veer, now former Shell CEO, and now member of the NATO strategic commission.

    Alas Van der Veer denied have heard the words, and having told Zijlstra, though ‘Putin had made a statement more or less like what Zijlstra lied about’.
    Dutch comments are that Shell has considerable interests in Russia.

    We now wonder how Zijlstra’s lie surfaced after twelve years.
    He was scheduled to meet Lavrov a few days from now.

    My, and many in my country, conclude that there is deliberate Russia, or Putin, bashing.
    Many already knew this, but never before was it so clear that an important politician with us had to resign.

    MH17 still has not been solved, in my opinion it never will.
    The strategy seems to be to continue vague accusations against Russia, though nobody ever explained Russia’s interest in destroying a western passenger plane.

    As Jimmy Carter once said, ‘it is unimportant who fires the first shot in a war, the origins of war always go years back’.
    In the case of Russia, we now know, at least to 2006.

    • Replies: @JR
  13. Weak, weak, weak Mike Whitney… but closer to the facts than most. Brennan will be left ‘holding the bag’ for certain ‘Never Trump’ Republicans with an infamous family name and longstanding, intimate ties to the operations sector (dirty tricks division) at CIA.


  14. Clyde says:

    “It’s worth noting that intentionally deceiving a federal judge is a felony.”
    It’s also worth noting that sometimes the judge is in on it.

    For the Trump Admin surveillance warrants the FISA judge was probably Contreras. So goes the rumor. He was probably in on it or halfway in on it. All the major players in DC know each other and trade favors.
    And Gen Mike Flynn is in the process of getting his case dismissed. The only thing left to determine is how much the Federales will have to reimburse him for his lawyers fees, which are a million plus.

    FISA Judge Rudolph Contreras EXPOSED… –

    Rudolph Contreras was the FISA Judge who issued a warrant to spy on Carter Page because of a Yahoo News article and a Phony … Probably have already. He needs to go …

    Recused Judge in Flynn Prosecution Served on FISA Court ……
    Did Judge Contreras OK electronic surveillance of … Recused Judge in Flynn Prosecution Served on FISA Court Did Judge Contreras OK electronic surveillance of …

    Federal FISA Judge Recuses Himself From Michael Flynn Case…
    Blows the whole FISA Court to hell in a hand basket and Judge Contreras is getting the hell out of dodge. This a helluva mess for the FISA Court and it’s victims. Rule 5. Authority of the Judges. (b) Referring Matters to Other Judges.

  15. @Anonymous

    … hoping for the demise of America….

    Which America?

  16. This kind of propaganda is quite effective and very long lasting…

    It’s practically permanent.

    Look at all the slush and rot many people still believe about the US constitution, Abe Lincoln, and the Nazis, for instance.

  17. n230099 says:

    “Soon the investigative crosshairs will settle on Brennan. He’d better have the right answers.”

    Nah…he’ll put on his full burka and squeal something about racism.

  18. For the West, the demonization of Vladimir Putin is not a policy; it is an alibi for the absence of one.

    — Henry Kissinger in 2014, at the start of the Ukraine crisis.

  19. JR says:
    @jilles dykstra

    Putin blocked from 2000 onward the IMF/World Bank extreme privatization/liberalization forced upon Russia to destroy it as a state and transfer control of its resources. This process facilitated by Yeltsin caused Russia to default on its loans in 1998. Never have the US/UK banking and deep state complex forgiven Putin for destroying their dreams of continuing empire.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  20. The elephant in the room is AIPAC and the dual citizen Zionist neocons who run and control the U.S. gov, these are the perpetrators of the wars for Israel in the Mideast and the ones who are getting their ass kicked in Syria by the Russians and thus are doing every thing they can to destroy U.S. relations with Russia.

    Israel and their Zionist dual citizens in the U.S. gov have the gov completely compromised to doing the Zionist bidding and as a result congress is in effect the lower house of the Knesset and the actual working capital of the U.S. is Tel Aviv , Brennan is just another Israeli tool , nothing more , nothing less , and a traitor besides.

  21. The same absurd argument we’ve had before. The FBI couldn’t use the Steele dossier to get a warrant to verify its authenticity because it hadn’t verified its authenticy! References to Brennan are just a pretext for claiming that Putin is “winning”. The memo, which, one assumes, Trump solicited, is a tacit admission of Trump’s guilt. He knows what Carter Page knows and he has no reason to want to suppress evidence which proves him innocent. In addition, Putin is now openly meddling in the forthcoming Italian election (google “lega nord putin” for the story and photos). If Putin is meddling in the Italian election, why wouldn’t he have meddled in the US election? Having blundered into Ukraine and got himself bogged down, blundered into Syria and got himself bogged down, blundered into the US presidential election and got caught, he is now openly seeking to undermine the government of a US NATO ally!

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @neutral
    , @annamaria
  22. …Brennan is just another Israeli tool , nothing more , nothing less , and a traitor besides.

    Not a shred of doubt about that.

    Also, wouldn’t one have to be in possession of something called a mind, to be classified as a mastermind? I doubt the doofus can put on his own socks unaided.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  23. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The Robespierre Monument

  24. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Cut n’ paste Whitney:

    “Regular readers of this column know that we have always believed that the Russiagate psyops originated with Brennan. Just as the CIA launched its disinformation campaigns against Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gadhafi”

    Lol! We all remember the brave spooks of Counterpunch getting the truth out to the children so those horrible things could happen anyway: “Vote, trust our storytelling, be suspicious and wave the flag with nuance. Only people wearing Tin Foil hats would doubt the doubters for a second”

    When morons believe in Government Psyops, they stay morons. Cut n’ paste children.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  25. Jake says:

    Brennan voted for Communist Gus Hall for President in 1976.

    That is not a joke. He has acknowledged it.

  26. @jacques sheete

    True, if Brennan is the mastermind, that might explain why the whole Russiagate shitaree is so obviously stupid. Other than making this little point, though the article is just yet another rehashing of the same tired points.

    Yo, Mike, if you want to say that Brennan is behind this reeking pile of manure, there’s no need to restate everything ever written about it. You could have made this same point in the comments section of any other article posted here.

  27. Joe Hide says:

    To Mike Whitney,
    We want more articles like this.
    Keep writing.

    Wrong is that Zijlstra in 2006 worked for Shell, he just was a member of the representatives for the town of Utrecht.
    Pandora’s box went open in yesterday evening Jinek talkshow, Rutte concluded gas deals for E Ukraine for Shell.
    MH17 now also comes into a different light, why Russia must be blamed for the catastrophe,and why we still dot not know who did it.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  29. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Michael Kenny

    lolz at Putin. More theater from the ActWhores. The Trump character made billions, which shows he played more people than others played him. The two “intelligence” chiefs worked as government bureaucrats their entire lives and never did anything on their own. Sorry, but I grew up in the military, went to military schools, and knew tons of military officers and NCOs as a child and teenager. People in such organizations become institutionalized and all think and talk alike and write the same kind of propaganda. Clapper and Brennan and the rest of their community only can think like their community. Carroll Quigley called it the Institutionalization of the Instrument. It happens to all large human organizations without exception. Look at the major US car companies that declined into almost extinction because the inbred people who run them can’t function well.

  30. @jilles dykstra

    The most idiotic in all this Zijlstra story is the statement that allegedly Russians think about Baltic States as a part of Greater Russia. I don’t know what he was smoking (although considering that it is Holland, wink, wink) but one has to be really out of it to come up with such BS. Even in internationalists Soviet times Baltic were viewed as a separate culture and pretty much everyone knew that once USSR started to collapse that there will be no return of them no matter what. Today, overwhelming majority of Russians doesn’t give a damn about them and as long as ethnic Russians are not persecuted, do not want to deal with them at all. Bypassing their ports is a great indicator of how insignificant they are in Russian considerations.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  31. Anonymous [AKA "Softy"] says:

    My compliments on the rhetorical tactic of fixing responsibility on Brennan, but illegal anti-Russian war propaganda is an ongoing CIA project. CIA management, comprising multiple past and current DCIs, tasked CIA’s inchoate-crimes-against-peace skunkworks to crush unauthorized presidential candidate Donald Trump. With Trump’s Fibber McGee closet full of skeletons it should have been an easy weekend project, but CIA fecked it up. CIA’s the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. They’ve diffused their operations to conceal them but now they have so many incompetent moles infesting the constitutional cabinet departments that their project is a feckless, chaotic, monkeyhouse shitfight – like all their recent covert ops. That’s why Russia humiliates them at every turn.

    America has to crap out the CIA worm bolus. Brennan’s scolex is just the one that sticks out furthest. Prosecute or extradite the whole SIS and NCS.

  32. bahmi says:

    I smell a Mexican stand-off here. Yeah, sounds like the good guys are going to take the measure of the bad guys, but wait. Undoubtedly, there is miscegenation extant and both sides will necessarily be rather diplomatically disposed toward the other side. That’s another way to say “collusion”. Besides, the secret cabal runs the show, likely Vatican control invisible to the naked eye. We get our hopes so high wishing for prosecution of the Clintons and the Obama gang, but this may simply be fool’s gold. Too many politicians are mutually complicit, amply dirty, all have likely taken their oaths to support Israel at the expense of the American taxpayer. No, this thing is going to vanish slowly into the sunset and the ignoramuses that infest America will be completely satisfied with it because they are all lovers of peace and American imperialism.

    • Agree: Alden
  33. The pathetic Republicans might be finally pushing back on “collusion” but they still accept as established fact the claim Russia hacked the DNC and John Podesta even though that claim is based solely on the pronouncement of private firm Crowdstrike who were paid by the Democrats to deliver that finding. Utterly ridiculous.

    If Republicans lose Congress they’ll blame Trump, but in truth it will be entirely the fault of the Republican party. They are contemptable.

    • Agree: RobinG, bluedog
    • Replies: @annamaria
  34. densa says:

    I’d just hit agree if the button worked. If the court was deceived, surely it will defend its integrity by bringing charges. If our secret court botched that so badly, what else have they been up to? Unless there is some consequence for this alleged deception, I’ll assume the court was willfully blind.

  35. Anonymous [AKA "Sallozzo"] says:

    Didn’t Seymour Hirsch also say that this was a “Brennan operation” in an audio from last summer? The release of that audio was kind of strange. At the time it was in the context of Seth Rich and the DNC hacking. Does it have further relevance now? Where does the ‘hacking’ fit in now?

  36. @Andrei Martyanov

    You obviously do not know that NATO has stationed troops in the Baltic states against a Russian attack.
    I think now Dutch and/or Belgian air forces defend Baltic airspace.
    Even Russian navy ships pasing though the North Sea is news, as a Russian military aircraft in international airspace over the North Sea.
    All this, in my opinion, to create scare that Russia will attack.
    Or, even worse, to try to provoke Russia, as an excuse for war.

    • Replies: @Andrei Martyanov
  37. neutral says:
    @Michael Kenny

    Seriously, what is it with cuckservatives like you, who exactly are you trying to appeal to with your anti white politics? Would you rather have Italy turn literally into a black state than back Lega Nord? Has it ever crossed your dim witted mind that all your stupid cold war James Bond roleplaying will not actually be possible once a white land turns non white. Even it somehow did, you must be out of your mind if you expect white people to back their non white majority to conduct war and other hostile acts against other white nations.

  38. anon • Disclaimer says:

    The deep state appointees of the last administration are fighting the new administration tooth and nail. Does this happen every time power passes from one party to another, or only when a right wing populist wins after eight years of an anti-American, anti-white democrat?

    Or, only when the media encourages and spreads the deep state’s lies?

  39. @jilles dykstra

    You obviously do not know that NATO has stationed troops in the Baltic states against a Russian attack.

    Oh, I am keenly aware of those troops. If Russia really decides to “attack” in full force, those troops are not going to last very long, in fact–most of them probably will be destroyed as formations by stand-off weapons and aviation.

    • Replies: @jilles dykstra
  40. RJJCDA says:

    Remember folks, CIA was a creature not of Deep State but of the international syndicate now known as the Globalists at its creation in 1949. On surface, it reports to government of U.S. and serves people of America.

    But check out the legendary “Mother” James Jesus Angleton’s history as CIA counter-intelligence chief. He created the great “mole hunt” which paralyzed the agency for years. But this was a distraction preventing others discovering who the real moles were, and who they really served. IT WAS NOT THE SOVIETS.

    Angleton was born and raised near Boise, Idaho. His mother was a Mexican beauty (hence middle name Jesus) but illiterate. Did he develop a complex about this, feel deep anger toward some others? And consider his early work in England at the beginning of the war associating with MI6. He started wearing Brit garb and became, in the words of a Brit spy, more British than the British.

    So was Angleton recruited to work for MI6, but really for the controlling powers over both it and the OSS and later CIA?

  41. Anonymous [AKA "CSO"] says:

    Brennan balked investigation of the Saudi 9/11 cutouts from his post in Riyadh. Brennan’s and CIA’s treason made them very nervous when Trump made skeptical noises about the ridiculous 9/11 official story,

    As always the smoking gun is not technical minutia but the documented actions of the CIA command structure, as Stephen Cohen explains from the Center for Study of the Obvious:

  42. annamaria says:

    After Brennan was invlved into the criminal invasion of the sovereign state of Syria and after Brennan’s personal supervision of the coup d’etat in Kiev — including his personal supervision of the beginning of military actions against pro-federalists in east Ukraine (i.e., the military actions against civilian population of east Ukraine), the proverbial chickens came home to roost. The “humanitarian interventionists” have finally designed a plan for American coup d’etat in D.C. Mr. Brennan practiced the overthrowing of the legitimate governments in other countries before he decided to apply his skills in the “homeland.” Who needs the “Islamic terrorists” and “Russian security services” when the homegrown senior-level officials at the DOJ, the FBI, and the CIA apply their bold treasonous designs to subvert the US Constitution and to smother what is left of democracy in the US?
    The most amazing aspect of the ongoing scandal is the complete absence of any codex of honor among the senior-level officials at the DOJ, the FBI, and the CIA. They were caught red-handed on high-treason activities — and yet not a single suicide. Each of them cares about his/her pension, that’s it. This creates an impression that the senior-level officials at the DOJ, the FBI, and the CIA are opportunistic scoundrels and profiteers. Considering their level of incompetence shown during the attempted coup d’etat in D.C., the US needs, urgently, a complete overhaul of these three agencies. The DNC server story, the Awan affair, the creation of ISIS in the Middle East (thank you, Israelis and Gulfie despots, for cooperating with the US and NATO in committing crimes against humanity in the ME), and collaboration with Ukrainian neo-Nazis (hey, American veterans of the WWII, the State Dept. has a new understanding of Nazism), could be accomplished only under a “guidance” of blatantly incompetent and profiteering careerists.
    “Brennan is largely responsible for the chaos in Syria. He’s the one that led Obama by the nose in response to the Saudi and to the Israeli interests there to keep the revolts going. He and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter were against the ceasefire. Ashton Carter sent his air force to scuttle the ceasefire that was agreed to between Secretary Kerry and Lavrov in September. So for Brennan to shed crocodile tears now, well I might say, it’s giving hypocrisy a bad name.”
    “…just like the CIA organized the overthrow of the Yanukovich regime, which has been confirmed courtesy of the Russian secret services leaking Victoria Nuland’s very inconveient recording, so the recent escalation in east Ukraine is indeed the work of the CIA.”

  43. annamaria says:

    “Never have the US/UK banking and deep state complex forgiven Putin for destroying their dreams of continuing empire.”
    Agree. Several researchers have already explained the involvement of perfidious Albion in creating and promoting Steele’s dossier; more details are emerging.
    The recent assault of the British legal system against Assange shows the long ears of the same “US/UK banking and deep state complex.”
    “Judge Emma Arbuthnot rejected a call from Assange’s lawyers for the warrant to be revoked because he is no longer wanted for questioning in Sweden over alleged sex crimes. It was issued in 2012 for jumping bail. “I am not persuaded the warrant should be withdrawn,” Arbuthnot told lawyers, journalists and Assange supporters gathered at London’s Westminster Magistrates’ Court.”
    — Sure. Arbuthnot’s husband served as Chairman of the Defence Select Committee from 2005 to 2014. The same bloody profiteering business. The moneyed Judge Emma Arbuthnot (her dad used to be a Director of Christie’s) prefers to feign ignorance of an important revelation that “Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dissuaded [actually, ordered] Sweden from attempting to drop extradition proceedings against Julian Assange as far back as 2013.”
    The British legal system is staffed with defenders of influential pedophiles (see Saville) and war criminals (see Blair). — Prostitutes.

  44. annamaria says:
    @Michael Kenny

    Mr. Kenney comes again with his zioconic irritation and with fairy tales directly from ziocon “stink-tanks.” Having approved Ukrainian neo-Nazis and the slaughter of 4 million people in the Middle East since 1999 (in the name of Eretz Israel and oil), his post is a tacit admission to his allegiance to Israel and to his ingrained Russophobia.

    • Agree: RobinG
  45. annamaria says:

    The Lobby prude came to lecture the readers of UnzReview about fake news. Is this Mr. Eliot Higgins or Mr. Weiss? — You are funny.

  46. annamaria says:

    “…that claim is based solely on the pronouncement of private firm Crowdstrike.”
    — The Crowdstrike run by a vicious Russophobe of Jewish ethnicity, Dm. Alperovitch, who is also an “expert” at the Russophobic Atlantic Council. The latter is supported by the State Dept., NATO, and a Ukrainian oligarch connected to Biden family.
    Alperovitch should be investigated for his anti-American activities, since Alperovitch is the one who has produced a fraudulent analysis of the DNC server and proclaimed that Russians certainly hacked the server — instead of allowing the FBI to take care of the investigation.

  47. Anonymous [AKA "number6"] says:

    This was outed by Seymour Hersh long ago:

    The provenance of the recording: it was leaked by Ed Butowsky to deflect bs around the Rod Wheeler lawsuit (re Seth Rich). You can listen to the whole thing for Hersh on what he knows and believes about Seth Rich (he knows that investigators found evidence he was the source of DNC emails, he believes Rich’s murder was a coincidence).

    Nice to see someone actually bringing it to the forefront.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  48. Anonymous [AKA "kbill"] says:

    “We set up a group within the CIA, and I spoke with [FBI Director] Comey and [NSA Director] Rogers to get their best people involved so that they could share information” with the agency. Brennan said he “wanted to make sure that there would not be any barriers” to sharing information between intelligence and law enforcement officials.

    The CIA began the counter intel operation against Trump. Brennan admits it in testimony. This led to the CIA June FISA warrant request that was turned down.
    Comey testified that the FBI started its counter intel op. in July 2017, taking over in name only, so the FBI and Justice dept. then made a second FISA request in Oct 2016 against Page that was granted.

  49. .
    Don’t forget
    Brennan was Obama’s handler while Obama was actively in the CIA

  50. @jilles dykstra

    And the war mongering goes on

    Sure, you may expect for now, at least, constant ratcheting up of rhetoric and all kinds of moves, but it is increasingly difficult to hide a not very bright reality of NATO’s military potential. Plus, Victory in Syria, with Israel two days ago calling on Russia to mediate–can you imagine the mental state of D.C. warmongers?

  51. Trump just said on TW that US did spent seven trillion dollars on wars in middle east.
    Imagine if US would spent that money in building things there.
    I can guarantee you this:
    The annual pilgrimage to Meka would be redirected to New York

    • Replies: @RobinG
    , @Twodees Partain
  52. annamaria says:

    Seth Rich versus Dmitri Alperovitch (the CIA)
    “Russians did not hack the DNC system, a Russian [Jew] named Dmitri Alperovitch is the hacker and he works for President Obama. … After CrowdStrike was hired as an independent “vendor” by the DNC to investigate a possible cyberattack on their system, Alperovitch sent the DNC a proprietary software package called Falcon that monitors the networks of its clients in real time. According to Alperovitch, Falcon “lit up,” within ten seconds of being installed at the DNC. Alperovitch had his “proof” in TEN SECONDS that Russia was in the network. This “alleged” evidence of Russian hacking has yet to be shared with anyone. …”
    — Moreover, his father, Alperovitch senior, is not just an acknowledged CIA asset but a liar inflating his educational credentials. Some family. Additional material re the scoundrel:
    “Crowdstrike’s CTO and co-founder, Dmitri Alperovitch, is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a think tank with openly anti-Russian sentiments that is funded by Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk, who also happened to donate at least \$10 million to the Clinton Foundation. …
    What legitimate reason would the DNC have for denying the FBI access to their allegedly hacked servers, and instead hire a private cyber security firm with a strong anti-Russian stance and with extremely close connections to Ukrainian oligarchs? The answer is that there is NO legitimate reason to do so. The only possible reason seems to be that the DNC didn’t want the FBI to be able to report that there was no Russian hack – as that would undermine the entire psyop/propaganda operation.”

  53. RobinG says:

    You can’t guarantee shit, Ill-ya. Check off Islam as another of your failed subjects.

    • Replies: @Ilyana_Rozumova
  54. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    True enough, if that money hadn’t been wasted on pointless wars of aggression for Israel and was actually available for use on US infrastructure, and still in the accounts of industry, Trump wouldn’t meet much opposition to any proposition for repairing and improving highways and other infrastructure that is in the federal realm.

    Industries that have been robbed of funds that should have been used for business purposes could also be employing many of the people who are now unemployed or underemployed.

    IMO, anyone who wants to make a pilgrimage to Mecca should be able to do so, as long as they don’t come back here.

  55. @RobinG

    Now I do have to ask you. Is here some way to increase intelligence of people on this site?

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  56. @Twodees Partain

    I simply do not understand that American people can be so easily controlled.
    Waste and waste, and I do not even taking into consideration the death and misery.
    Humans that take these kind war decisions do not deserve to live. Why American people do not see this.
    It remind me the movie with Robert Redford I think it was Three Days of the condor. or something like that.

  57. @Twodees Partain

    Excuse me but do have to add this. I am fully aware that Zionist Jews are instigators of these abhorrent
    criminal deeds. But Bushes are Christians. Clinton is Christian, Obama is Christian. and Trump is a Christian. And majority of Senate and Congress are Christians.

    Than i am recalling the old wisdom. You can take horse to the river but cannot make him drink.

  58. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Is there a way to make russian women shut up that doesn’t involve physical violence?

    • Replies: @yurivku
  59. sage says:

    How about some facts: 1. Trump Jr. Admits to meeting with Russians for dirt on Hillary. his own words. 2. Russian Lawyer present at the meeting say in exchange for lifting sanctions. 3. Congress passes veto proof sanctions against Russia Trump sr. ignores it. pretty cut and dry for me.

    • Replies: @annamaria
  60. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    I don’t think that any of those you mentioned are Christians, the news media simply reports that they are. I remember when GW Bush was president and was with a group of pastors. One of them proposed that they all recite their favorite verse of scripture. George W didn’t know any and had to recite a line from a song he had heard.

    About your earlier statement that Americans are so easily controlled, my observation is that many of us can see what is being done to us and blamed on us by the political class, but we have absolutely no input into the political process.

    This is a large country, and people are spread out so that there are no concentrated centers of population except the cities, and those cities have a majority of the population totally dependent on government largesse. Add to that the fact that Americans are pretty isolated in their homes, and mesmerized by their TV sets.

    I don’t have any answers for this problem.

    • Replies: @yurivku
  61. Anonymous [AKA "nuthinmuffin"] says:

    sleazy weasel…called jerusalem “al quds” the first time he was there 8 years ago

  62. annamaria says:

    Do you have the same clarity of thinking about super-sized donations for Clinton Foundation and the Uranium One story? — Some \$143 millions profit for Clintons. Not bad. And these facts are well known…
    How about Awan affair and the murder of Seth Rich, which the DNC prefers to ignore?

  63. annamaria says:
    “The system is breaking down in a very serious and dangerous manner as a result of decades of unaccountable oligarch plunder. A historic theft aided and abetted by politicians, intelligence agencies and corporate media, which provide the necessary backbone to keep oligarchy entrenched and the public confused and bickering about endless superficialities. If a thoughtful public backlash based on incisive analysis and energy capable of reforming this imperial oligarchy was coming, it would have arrived by now. It’s not coming, thus, imperial collapse is all but guaranteed. …
    It’s actually quite extraordinary that a people so systemically and obviously preyed upon cannot see what’s right in front of them. It’s mind-boggling that tens of millions are so easily divided and conquered into manufactured tribes intent on avoiding at all costs what’s really going on in this country, such as a fraudulent financial system, endless imperial wars and the ever encroaching surveillance state. Long story short, we as a people simply refuse to accept what’s really causing the rot in this country… ”

  64. Anonymous [AKA "Roxy"] says:

    Since Brennan apparently got away with murders now he thinks he can get away with anything. He has been Obama’s Hitman since 2007 when he murdered Obama’s 3 gay lovers because they wouldn’t look good in a presidential run.
    Then after breaking into the state department to alter / delete / create new records for Obama like his passports, birth certificate, Mother’s Records, Selective Service file, Etc to make it look like he was eligible to be president he murdered the only Witness to that break in. The witness was set to testify against him a few days later.

  65. Brennan is a muslim (no caps). Exhibit one: he reverts to that gulf-state lilting speech. Exhibit two: …
    Every muslim has the duty to spread islam. For islam all the laws are already written; our Constitution envisions the passage of additional laws (admittedly it would better some of those could be unpassed).
    Brennan can not uphold Constitional duties as a muslim.

  66. @Ilyana_Rozumova

    Obama’s father was a muslim (no caps) and Obama never left his father’s religion. No Christian Obama. R. Wrights collection was not Christian, and Obama didn’t remember anything anyway.

    The Clintons?

  67. Anonymous [AKA "Fpby fwwl wld Oops, Missed."] says:

    Brennan’s going to eat a gun. We should start a pool on when. He’s Wisner without the brains. Fake Catholic, secret Muslim, both for wholly manipulative public-relations purposes, Brennan imagines himself the puppetmaster – smarter than you, man of mystery. But the admiration he lives for is going down the toilet as his crimes come out. And there’s no mystery about his fuckups. The public is increasingly aware of Brennan’s role in protecting the Saudi CIA cutouts that Wilshire’s shop infiltrated for 9/11 (see Kevin Fenton, Disconnecting the Dots.) And Brennan’s attempt to install Hillary Clinton as figurehead is a dumpster fire of comic ineptitude. It’s as if Bozo tried to be the fanged sewer clown in It. Or if Ted Bundy tried to kill long-haired brunettes but they all beat the crap out of him.

  68. Anonymous [AKA "StBernardnot"] says:

    Isn’t Brennan & mastermind an oxymaroon?

  69. yurivku says:

    She’s not Russian and probaly even not a woman. But who are you to order here?
    May be you’ll shut up yoursef?

  70. yurivku says:
    @Twodees Partain

    About your earlier statement that Americans are so easily controlled, my observation is that many of us can see what is being done to us and blamed on us by the political class, but we have absolutely no input into the political process.

    Well who have?

    I don’t have any answers for this problem.

    But your leaders have – Russians are to blame on. And while it’s the only answer everything will go that way.

  71. Anonymous [AKA "morely"] says: • Website

    Did Mr. Brennan, McCabe, Page, Strzok, and so on fly to London first class? How was the champagne on board? Did McCabe get to take his \$70,000 office table with him?

  72. Sowhat says:

    The Zionist, with their “#1 in the world” I.T. status, are the “masterminds” behind Russia-gate. Don’t you see? They make their puppet, Trump (yes, Trump)look like the bad guy who is not desired by any majority Establishment Faction (Blue or Red). They use their propaganda arm to berate and castigate Trump, daily. They use threatening language like the vomit that came out of Brennen and aimed at Trump.
    All of this is a diversion while Trump has bombarded Syria more than any other president and, if the Zionists have their way, Iran and any other Nation near “The New Jeruselem will be next, AT OUR EXPENSE. Trump is floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee because he knows he has secretly kissed the ring of the Zionists. Even Jews are very concerned about the Zionists agenda. Zionists own our media and our institutions of higher learning, they’re now controlling the internet under the guise of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, censoring the White Man’s Culture and Tradition as “Hate” and calling everything that is unnatural and Luciferian as normal. Changing the laws of our land to resemble Hell itself. Keep sitting on your hands!

  73. The truth says:

    John brennen appears to have Down’s syndrome. Give him a break. We hire the handicap

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