Stefan Halper, now confirmed as the intelligence asset apparently used to tease out possible ties between the Trump election campaign and Russia, probably wouldn’t approve of the politicized behemoth the Trump-Russia investigation has become. Some of his academic work was about similar episodes in U.S. history, in which what he called the “rational center” failed and big, simple but wrong-headed ideas prevailed.The world knows Halper now as a person the Federal Bureau of Investigation had covertly tasked with contacting Trump advisers, apparently to sound them out on Russia connections. But before the current controversy, which has Republicans and Democrats debating the legitimacy of his mission and the implications of its belated disclosure, Halper, a politics professor who had worked for several Republican administrations, was largely known as a critic of recent U.S. foreign policy. An early supporter of President George … [Read more...] about Wisdom on Trump-Russia From an FBI Asset
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opinion James S. Robbins Opinion columnist Published 9:11 p.m. UTC May 21, 2018 President Trump is ordering the Justice Department formally to examine whether the Obama administration used the FBI to attempt a political hit on his 2016 campaign. It’s about time. On Sunday the president tweeted that he will instruct the DOJ to investigate whether the FBI/DOJ “infiltrated or surveilled the Trump campaign for political purposes.” The last three words are key, because we already know the Trump campaign was under FBI "surveillance." Only the motive and who gave the orders remains a mystery. Remember the umbrage in March 2017 when the president said that he had been “wiretapped” before the election? Then-FBI Director James Comey testified he had had “no information” to support that idea, and he had “looked carefully inside the FBI." Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said there was no surveillance, … [Read more...] about Crossfire Hurricane: Pull back curtain on FBI’s investigation of Donald Trump, Russia
The Democratic Party abruptly dropping a multi-million-dollar lawsuit into the simmering cauldron that is the Trump-Russia collision affair took some folk by surprise. Why risk complicating the life of special counsel Robert Mueller just when he may be getting to the endgame of his own investigation into all these allegations? Where did such a crazy idea come from anyway? Watergate, that’s where. In fact, scholars of that specially dark time, which eventually forced Richard Nixon from office, were asking a different question. How come the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which filed the suit against the Trump campaign, Wikileaks and the Russian Federation in a New York federal court on Friday, had taken so long about it? Read more The Steele dossier that Trump denounced keeps turning out to be true They were a lot quicker off the mark last time. It was 17 June 1972 when burglars in business suits were arrested in the offices of the DNC at the … [Read more...] about The DNC’s lawsuit against Trump, Russia and Wikileaks is making the parallels with Watergate hard to ignore
The US seems to be going down a dangerous path where a handful of voices in the mainstream media dictate what “should” matter, and events of global importance are shunned in favor of anything that involves Trump or Russia. A recent Gallup poll noted that Americans are losing confidence in mainstream media. As technology advances, so does knowledge. We are witnessing a greater capacity to achieve global knowledge than any generation before us. As such, we are not content to study history or lose ourselves in fiction: rather, we long for current events, relevant stories, and news about the world around us. Right now. Today. So what happens when our sources of knowledge, with all the technological advances and communications at their disposal, decide what our news should be? In the United States and Europe, media outlets such as CNN and the BBC have eyes and ears all over the world. Reporters are provided stories of victories, triumph amidst adversity, and genocidal … [Read more...] about Racing toward ignorance: Why are Trump & Russia all we ever hear about in the media today?
28 March 2018 RussiaUnited Kingdom -> BritainMedia Russia Today may be full of conspiracy theories but banning the channel is not the answer to Russian aggression. The real losers from this would be journalists and Russia’s domestic opposition, argues Madeline Roache The month’s attempted assassination of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury has sent relations between the UK and Russia spiralling, with both sides issuing recriminations and counter-recriminations. The latest threat concerns the Russian-government funded English-language news network, Russia Today (RT), described by one British MP as a ‘propaganda mouthpiece for the Russian state’. In a debate following Prime Minister Theresa May’s assertion that it was ‘highly-likely’ there was Russian state involvement in the incident, she faced repeated calls to take action against RT. British broadcasting regulator, Ofcom has now warned RT … [Read more...] about Banning Russia Today is no answer to Russian aggression