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In their book Red Diapers: Growing Up in the Communist Left, Judy Kaplan and Linn Shapiro define red diaper babies as “children of CPUSA members, children of former CPUSA members, and children whose parents never became members of the CPUSA but were involved in political, cultural, or educational activities led or supported by the Party”.
More generally, the phrase is sometimes used to refer to a child of any radical parent, regardless of that parent’s past partisan affiliation (or the affiliation of the child). Red Diaper Baby is also the title of an autobiographical one man show and book by monologist Josh Kornbluth, and a 2004 documentary film by Doug Pray.
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<a href=”http://NJ.com” rel=”nofollow”>NJ.com</a>–May 23, 2018
Next, she hands a box of diapers to Raymond Ortiz, 56, who has been homeless for two years. He said he was a math teacher in Puerto Rico and a tutor for … left him homeless while his wife and 9-month-old baby stay with her brother. … And on this particular night, she handed out a dozen red “super fan” …
Florida Politics (blog)–Apr 30, 2018
… and he of Associated Industries of Florida, welcomed their third child to world, … And those of us based in the red states who work hard every day to … @SenBillNelson: Beautiful day at the Puerto RicanParade and Festival in Orlando! ….. At one point, she compared Ivanka Trump to a diaper pail, and said …
Fortune–Sep 26, 2017
Some of the pressing supply needs in Puerto Rico include bottled water, baby wipes, diapers, babyformula, pain relief medication for adults …
Recovery In Storm-Torn Puerto Rico Could Take Years, Aid Workers …
In-Depth–HuffPost–Sep 27, 2017
FOX 61–Sep 27, 2017
How can you help the people of Puerto Rico and other island … American Red Cross · Save the Children focused on the needs of families and their children. … Diapers; Canned foods; Dry foods; Baby formula; Garbage bags …
Bridgeport Announces Four Hurricane Relief Efforts For Puerto Rico
Bridgeport Daily Voice–Sep 27, 2017
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Following the arrests of leader Keith Raniere and his alleged top lieutenant, former Smallville actress Allison Mack, Clare Bronfman is now rumored to be calling the shots. In April, Vice wrote that, “Heiress to Canadian liquor fortune Clare Bronfman is now in charge of an estimated dozen or more ‘slaves’ spread between New York and Toronto,” citing former NXIVM publicist-turned-whistleblower Frank Parlato. Parlato also claimed that Bronfman might be attempting to intimidate ex-NXIVM members, telling Vice, “They bought up a number of domain names to attack some of the witnesses… If Jane Doe 1 or 2 decided not to testify, that would certainly hurt the case against Raniere… I think she would do whatever it takes to see that those witnesses don’t testify.”
Parlato’s theory is in keeping with legal docs filed on the subject of Allison Mack’s bail, in which the government spoke of “evidence” that, “after its investigation was reported in the press, high-ranking members of DOS undertook efforts to undermine potential witness, including by registering domain names such as [Witness <a href=”http://Name%5Dexposed.com” rel=”nofollow”>Name]exposed.com</a>, with the intention of publishing damaging information regarding those witnesses.”
Ex “slaves” would be particularly susceptible to these sorts of threats, since a main instrument of control and retention within DOS, a secret sorority within NXIVM, was demanding “collateral” from victims.
“The DOS slaves continued to provide additional collateral beyond what they had initially understood was expected, in part because they feared that the collateral they had already provided would be released.”
In a Wednesday filing, U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue argued that two Halfmoon, New York, properties are liable to condemnation and forfeiture to the government, detailing the sex trafficking that allegedly took place on the NXIVM compound outside of Albany.
As background, the documents claim that, since founding Executive Success Programs (aka NXIVM) in 1998, “Raniere has maintained a rotating group of fifteen to twenty women with whom he maintains sexual relationships. These women are not permitted to have sexual relationships with anyone but Raniere or to discuss with others their relationships with Raniere.”
The filing goes on to elaborate on the structure and practices of DOS, as well as the collateral system, which included “sexually explicit photographs; videos made to look candid in which the prospective slaves told damning stories (true or untrue) about themselves, close friends and/or family members; and letters making damaging accusations (true or untrue) against friends and family members and assigning the rights to certain assets.”
Victims were allegedly pressed for more and more collateral: “In most cases the DOS slaves continued to provide additional collateral beyond what they had initially understood was expected, in part because they feared that the collateral they had already provided would be released.”
One ex-DOS member, Jane Doe 1, who claims she was personally recruited to DOS by Allison Mack, witnessed the Smallville actress’ role in creating “collateral” specifically for Raniere.
“Throughout Jane Doe 1’s time in DOS, Mack regularly required her slaves to pose for nude photographs, either as assignments or collateral,” the filing states. “These photographs included on one occasion close-up pictures of their vaginas. Jane Doe 1 later learned that Mack was sending these photographs to Raniere, because Jane Doe 1 observed Mack sending these photographs using Mack’s cellphone to someone over a messaging service and then receiving responses which Mack would sometimes relay to her slaves. The responses included that the photographs were not graphic enough or that the slaves were not smiling enough, and that they had to be retaken. On one occasion, Jane Doe 1 saw a text exchange on Mack’s phone between Raniere and Mack, in which Mack sent a nude photo she had just taken of all of the slaves on Jane Doe 1’s level and Raniere wrote back, ‘All mine?’ with a smiling devil emoticon.”
A section titled “Sex Trafficking Within DOS” explains how DOS masters allegedly ordered their slaves to have sex with Raniere, or “groomed” them for this purpose. “By requiring DOS slaves to have sex with Raniere,” the filing continues, “DOS masters also received benefits from Raniere in the form of increased status and financial opportunities within Nxivm more broadly.” Jane Doe 1 relayed how Mack more or less offered her up to Raniere.
According to the court filing, Mack, who had already ordered Jane Doe 1 to be celibate for six months, began assigning contact between her and Raniere. One night, when Doe was staying with Mack at one of the properties in question, the actress woke her up to say that Raniere had arrived to take her on a walk. Mack then told Jane Doe 1 her assignment: “to tell Raniere that Jane Doe 1 would do anything Raniere asked her to do.” The next night the ritual was repeated, with Mack allegedly waking Jane Doe 1 up “to meet Raniere and tell him she would do anything he asked her to do.”
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The legal documents continue, “Jane Doe 1 did as she was assigned, and Raniere led her to a house across the street. Raniere directed her to remove all her clothes and made comments about her naked body. Raniere then blindfolded Jane Doe 1, led her into a car and drove her around in a manner that made Jane Doe 1 believe Raniere was trying to prevent her from knowing where they were going. Raniere led Jane Doe 1, still blindfolded, through some trees, into what she believed was a shack, and tied her to a table. Another person in the room, who Jane Doe 1 did not previously know was present, began performing oral sex on Jane Doe 1 as Raniere circled the table making comments. Jane Doe 1 did not want to participate in this sexual activity, but believed it was part of her commitment to DOS and that if she broke her commitment to DOS her collateral could be released.”
The filing further states that Raniere “had repeated sexual contact with Jane Doe 1, including oral sex and sexual intercourse on a number of occasions” at one of the upstate properties where Raniere allegedly also slept with other DOS “slaves.” Raniere gave Jane Doe 1 money, ostensibly to facilitate her frequent trips from Brooklyn to the compound. When Jane Doe 1 eventually left DOS, Raniere is said to have demanded that she return the money.
The documents also repeatedly mentions an “heiress” who fled to Mexico with Raniere in the wake of The New York Times’ bombshell report on DOS.
The heiress, who is described as “a member of Nxivm’s Executive Board,” is allegedly behind the cease-and-desist letters that “several DOS victims have received” from a Mexican attorney. “Emails exchanged between Raniere and the Heiress, obtained pursuant to a search warrant executed on Raniere’s email account, reveal that the Heiress and Raniere orchestrated the sending of those letters,” the filing claims. “Additionally, the Heiress has made multiple attempts to have criminal charges brought against a former DOS slave who has discussed her experience in the media.”
Earlier legal documents have explicitly named Clare Bronfman as Raniere’s financial backer, stating that Bronfman has “paid for numerous lawyers to bring suits against Nxivm critics.”
In a December 2017 post on her website, Bronfman claimed that she was not a member of DOS, but argued that “the sorority has truly benefited the lives of its members, and does so freely.” She continued, “I find no fault in a group of women (or men for that matter) freely taking a vow of loyalty and friendship with one another to feel safe while pushing back against the fears that have stifled their personal and professional growth.”
This letter is currently featured on the Executive Success Programs website as “a note from our executive board member, Clare Bronfman.”
|The Cybersecurity 202: The FBI is trying to thwart a massive Russia-linked hacking campaign – The Washington Post|
|US immigration legal process – Google Search|
CNN–20 hours ago
Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump suggested in an interview that sweeping changes to what he described as a “corrupt” immigration …
Vox–May 23, 2018
Immigrants arrested within the US are entitled to a hearing in immigration court — and that legal processcan stretch on for months, even years.
The Glitch in Trump’s Immigration Campaign: Overloaded Courts
Highly Cited–Wall Street Journal–May 23, 2018
New York Times–May 17, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive on Thursday that … of judges to manage immigrationcourt proceedings “with the stroke of a …
AG Session’s Latest Move Further Erodes the Independence of …
International–YubaNet–May 18, 2018
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… process and force Congress to address the legal status of “Dreamers.” … stand in the way of the U.S.House taking up a series of immigration …
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Trump calls for sweeping changes to US immigration legal process
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Vox–21 hours ago
President Donald Trump in a tweet on Thursday morning lied and said that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted …
Fact Check: No, James Clapper Didn’t ‘Admit There Was Spying’ On …
Alabama Public Radio–20 hours ago
Did ex-intelligence chief Clapper say FBI spied on Trump campaign? No
Fact Check–PolitiFact–May 23, 2018
FACT CHECK: No, Clapper Has Not ‘Admitted That There Was Spying …
International–NPR–19 hours ago
Greg Sargent: James Clapper’s bombshell: Russia swung the election …
Opinion–Salt Lake Tribune–15 hours ago
Trump issues fresh ‘Spygate’ accusations as probe expands
In-Depth–NEWS.com.au–15 hours ago
CNN–19 hours ago
Washington (CNN) Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper suggested there was a “parallelism” between the Russia and the …
Trump misquotes James Clapper to push ‘SPYGATE’ narrative
Washington Post–May 23, 2018
James Clapper did NOT say what Donald Trump keeps saying he said
<a href=”http://STLtoday.com” rel=”nofollow”>STLtoday.com</a>–22 hours ago
James Clapper claps back at Trump for creating a ‘distortion’ of what …
Washington Examiner–May 23, 2018
CBS News–18 hours ago
In this excerpt from Chapter 1 of “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence” (Viking), former Director of National Intelligence …
|Book excerpt: “Facts and Fears” by James Clapper|
In this excerpt from Chapter 1 of “Facts and Fears: Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence” (Viking), former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recounts his family’s history in military intelligence (his father served in the Army Security Agency, among other agencies, in duty stations around the world) and how it pointed him in the direction of a life of public service served in the shadows.
Don’t miss David Martin’s interview with James Clapper on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” May 27!
When my family left Japan in 1953, en route to Littleton, Massachusetts, my sister and I were parked with my mother’s parents in Philadelphia. This was a good deal for me, because my grandparents let me stay up as late as I wanted to watch TV. Television was a great novelty, since we didn’t have one in Japan. On Friday nights, the old movies would end about 12:30, and one night I did the 1950s equivalent of channel surfing, which required actually walking up to the set and manually turning the selector dial. There were only four channels, and one night I stopped between channels four and five—I’ll never forget this—because I heard voices speaking in a clipped cadence. There was no picture, just voices. I listened for maybe fifteen minutes as they batted words and numbers back and forth in speech patterns bordering on the nonsensical. Finally I figured out that I’d stumbled onto the broadcast frequency of the Philadelphia Police Department dispatcher. I wanted to hear more, but my arm was getting tired, so I went to the kitchen, found some toothpicks, and stuck them in the dial to secure it. That’s right, I “hacked” the Philadelphia Police Department, using my grandparents’ black-and-white TV set and some toothpicks.
The next night I was prepared with a map of the city of Philadelphia and began plotting the addresses where the police cruisers were dispatched. After a few nighttime surveillance sessions, I figured out where the police district boundaries were, based on which cruisers responded to specific locations. I wrote down anything they said that I didn’t understand, and kept listening until I had figured out what all the “10” codes (10-4, 10-5, etc.) were, the system for call signs, and the personal identifiers for lieutenants and above. I got a pack of index cards to keep track of all the facts I was collecting. Soon I was staying up every night to build my “database.” About a month later, when my parents came to Philadelphia to retrieve my sister and me, my dad asked, “So what’ve you been up to this summer?” I showed him my map and my card files, and I gave him a thorough briefing on how police operations worked in the city. I’ll never forget the expression on his face as he exclaimed, “My God, I’ve raised my own replacement!”
One evening in the fall of 2015, when I was the director of national intelligence, I was shooting the breeze with my staff and recounted this story. A few weeks later, my speechwriter put it into the script for a speech I was scheduled to give for a CIA-sponsored event at George Washington University on “The Ethos and the Profession of Intelligence.” I hadn’t seriously considered it before, but this vignette from my childhood illustrates what we do in the intelligence profession in simple terms. Intelligence involves research, determination, persistence, patience, continuity, drawing inferences in the absence of complete information, and taking advantage of vulnerabilities and what you overhear in others’ conversations, no matter how cryptic and jargon-filled they are. Obviously, the Philadelphia Police Department hadn’t foreseen that a twelve-year-old kid would listen in on its radio transmissions, let alone map out its operations. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that little avocation, more than sixty years ago, started me down the path to service in the intelligence business.
Life can sometimes loop back on itself, and in 2013, when I was the DNI, Annandale High [in Falls Church, Virginia] asked me to be its graduation speaker, fifty-nine years after I first enrolled there. The ceremony fell on June 13, and when I accepted the invitation, I had no idea how difficult that week would be for me. It was two and a half months after damaging mandatory budget cuts went into effect for the Intelligence Community, and I was fighting the Defense Department to keep intelligence professionals from being furloughed. It was three weeks after Edward Snowden had fled to Hong Kong, and stolen documents were leaking out through press outlets, cutting into intelligence capabilities on a daily basis. I thought about canceling, but was glad I didn’t. The students were in high spirits, and they also made me laugh when I arrived. Rather than my donning the gown commensurate with my master’s degree, the students asked me to wear the same one they were wearing, to indicate that, like them, I had yet to graduate from Annandale High. I was game, and I did.
I took about two minutes of my commencement speech to vent, before talking about the graduating class, their accomplishments, and what lay ahead for them. I closed my speech that night by telling them:
|Revisiting the Weiner Laptop Surprise | Ricochet|
So, inquiring minds have asked, if Comey and the FBI were so vested in the candidacy of HRC, how do you square that with the Weiner laptop surprise?
Remember, on October 28, 2016, Comey announced the reopening of the Midterm Exam (“MTE” was the FBI’s clever name for the Clinton email/unauthorized server scandal.) Weiner was once again accused of sexting with underage females. Police authorities in NYC had seized Anthony Weiner’s laptop and his wife, Huma Abedin, HRC’s trusted associate, had used that computer many times to print out HRC’s emails. HRC, it seems, liked only paper correspondence. So this laptop was a possible source for the “missing” emails that had otherwise been permanently removed from the Clinton unauthorized server. Comey was officially appraised of the existence this laptop on October 27 and quickly sought a warrant to search it. The MTE investigation band (the usual FBI suspects McCabe, Strzok, Page, et al.) was reluctantly put back together.
But there is more to the story. Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe had known of this laptop’s existence at the NYPD and its potential evidentiary value for at least a month and he did nothing. FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and his colleague and mistress Lisa Page mention the Laptop in their emails. It is very possible that a decision had to be made: either seize the laptop and contain the story (“nothing to see here”) or roll the dice and hope that Trump supporters wouldn’t catch on and demand a last-minute reckoning. McCabe’s attempt to let the clock run past election day had likely become too risky a strategy. Comey may well have once again taken the initiative. So he seized the evidence, iced the story and then announced that it was a nothing-burger.
If the purported sordid details about Trump in the Steele dossier are salacious, the Clinton details leaked presumably by NYPD sources (who searched the laptop for evidence of Weiner’s crimes) are just as scandalous. Quite frankly, I would have expected a much more heated and lively reaction by Bill and Hillary upon the reopening of the MTE investigation, but they were strangely reticent. Perhaps they were relieved that they had diffused the bomb, a true November bombshell surprise, but one not initiated by the opposition but an inadvertent suicide vest of their own making? The press, as I remember, was pushing a story depicting Hillary consoling a distraught Huma Abedin, more concerned with a friend than her own campaign. HRC was either supremely confident (she was still in the lead in all the polls) or she knew that the FBI and Justice Department would provide an appropriate backstop.
So, dear reader, I can see how someone might assume that Comey’s re-enlistment of the MTE band with the discovery of the Weiner laptop was a sign of impartiality. But what if it was really a vain attempt at containment, containment of potentially damaging evidence challenging the original email/server scandal exoneration and containment of other sordid and scandalous details pertaining to Clinton foundation fundraising and the Clinton social circle? If it was damage control, it was too little, too late. I doubt it played very much of a role in HRC’s eventual defeat. National news agencies, even Fox, steered clear of the sordid details being leaked in NYC, though they were played hard and often in the tabloids. Nonetheless, Hillary took NY with ease.
|Weiner-Abedin emails affair – Google Search|
Wizbang (blog)–May 17, 2018
2016 October 28 Comey informs Congress that Clinton E-Mail investigation re-opened due to documents on Weiner/Abedin laptop.
Law & Crime–Feb 7, 2018
Got called up to Andy’s earlier.. hundreds of thousands of emails turned … and Governmental AffairsCommittee contains the Strzok-Page SMS (text) … the timeline regarding the Weiner-Abedin-Clinton tranche of emails and …
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|Bombs target Iraq communist party headquarters|
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