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Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: “Mueller’s detailed report about Russia’s multi-pronged interference in 2016, makes it impossible to “conclude anything” gu.com/p/bkm3e/stw

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M.N.: Accusations leveled against Mueller in this articleare heavy, difficult to read, and almost unbelievable. They have to be investigated thoroughly and objectively, and this matter has to be cleared if it is possible; it has the enormous significance for the understanding not just Mueller himself and his political or apolitical Persona and personality but for the correct and clear eyed understanding of the major historical events prior to and in the aftermath of 9/11, which appears to be the major historical watershed, and increasingly more so in retrospect. 

Apparently these issues are the subjects of John DurhamInvestigation, initiated by the DOJ under AG Bill Barr

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Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community thehill.com/homenews/admin… Posted by mikenov on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 3:06pm mikenov on Twitter
President Trump’s declaration that he would accept dirt on his 2020 opponents from foreign governments is threatening his already strained relationships with the intelligence and law enforcement communities.
Former law enforcement and intelligence officials said the president’s words could hamper efforts to combat foreign interference in next year’s elections and that they dampen morale.
“People in the intelligence community are going to be increasingly concerned that the president of the United States is not fulfilling the constitutional role of commander in chief and chief executive,” said Steven Cash, an ex-CIA officer and former chief counsel to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
The remarks come at a precarious time for an intelligence community that is already subject to an investigation launched by Trump into the origins of the Russia investigation.
Trump authorized the Justice Department to interview CIA officersas part of the probe — a decision that reportedly rankled career intelligence officials. And he granted Attorney General William Barr the power to declassify information related to the investigation.
The investigation is part of a long pattern in which Trump has questioned whether the intelligence community can be trusted. He has repeatedly accused it of spying on him during the 2016 campaign.
Trump’s suspicions of the intelligence community also appear to be broad-based. This week, he pledged not to use CIA informants against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a remark he later walked back.
Trump allies say his attitude about foreign interference is rooted in a deep sensitivity about the notion that he won in 2016 because of Russian interference and thus his victory was not legitimate.
“That’s what drives him,” said one source close to the White House, who requested anonymity to discuss Trump’s thinking. “It ties into this false idea, which he detests, that he was elected because of it. It seems like that’s what causes him to be defensive about the Russia stuff.”
Trump also does not like to admit fault, and saying he would call the FBI if offered damaging information on a rival would represent a tacit concession that his campaign should have done so when it received offers of dirt on Hillary Clinton from figures linked to the Russian government in 2016.
“This is what you get when you have a president who is unfiltered and giving you what he actually thinks,” the source close to the White House said.
In the bombshell interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, the president sparked a firestorm by stating that accepting opposition research from a foreign government is “not an interference” and that “I think I’d take it.”
Trump declined to commit to contacting the FBI to report a foreign actor reaching out with information and said FBI Director Christopher Wray was “wrong” for saying in Senate testimony that campaigns should contact the bureau if a foreign government makes an offer “about influencing or interfering in our election.”
The FBI has declined to comment on Trump’s remarks to Stephanopoulos.
Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized Trump’s remarks. The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) even issued a rare statement stating that it is “illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.”
“This is not a novel concept,” said FEC chairwoman Ellen Weintraub.
Trump sought to do damage control in an interview Friday, telling “Fox & Friends” that he would “of course” go to the FBI or attorney general if a foreign government offered dirt on a political rival but that he would have to look at it first to “know it if it’s bad.”
While White House officials have defended Trump by insisting there was more nuance in his initial remarks, intelligence officials have argued it is important to be unequivocal because foreign adversaries can pick up on Trump’s rhetoric.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report notes that WikiLeaks began releasing Democratic National Committee emails pilfered by Russian GRU hackers in July 2016, around the same time that Trump declared at a news conference, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” The report also notes that the Trump campaign “welcomed” the potential damage to Clinton’s campaign inflicted by WikiLeaks’s releases.
In his report, Mueller said that he considered charging Donald Trump Jr.and other participants in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with campaign finance violations but ultimately decided against it because of the high burden of proving the participants intended to break the law.
Mueller also did not find sufficient evidence to charge members of the campaign with conspiring with Russia to meddle in the election — a result Trump has cheered as vindicating him of allegations of “collusion.”
National security experts have nonetheless found the findings troubling about Trump’s attitude toward foreign involvement in elections.
“The Mueller report showed pretty clearly that he has no problem accepting help from inappropriate and likely illegal places,” said John Sipher, a retired member of the CIA’s clandestine service. “At the end of the day, it is pretty sad that he sees his political opponents not as Americans on the same team but as enemies worth destroying by any means. It is unpatriotic at best and provides foreign actors that don’t have our interests at heart tremendous leverage.”
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, the FBI has made countering foreign election interference a top priority. The bureau even created a new task force in 2017 to “to identify and counteract malign foreign influence operations targeting the United States.”
The dust-up is the latest in a long history of disputes between the president and the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies, dating back to the 2016 campaign.
Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian interference, perhaps most memorably siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over intelligence officials at a summit in Helsinki last July. Trump later walked back his remarks.
Trump also engaged in sustained attacks against current and former FBI and Justice Department officials throughout Mueller’s investigation, asserting that his campaign was improperly “spied” on in 2016.
Those tensions have bled into routine policy debates. He denounced his own intelligence chiefs as “passive and naive” in January after they contradicted his assessment of Iran’s nuclear developments.
“Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” he wrote on Twitter.
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Robert Mueller’s troublesome, unethical, and corrupt FBI career prior to his appointment as the special counsel on the Trump-Russia Collusion investigation deserves a serious vetting.  I provide here two points of reference: a monograph by sitting congressman and former Texas State Court judge Louie Gohmert titled “Robert Mueller: Unmasked” and a book by Louisiana attorney and sitting Louisiana state senator John Milkovich titled Robert Mueller: Errand Boy for the New World Order.
Congressman Gohmert’s 48-page monograph is a discussion of a “long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence.  He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone.”  Gohmert focuses on 18 examples, including:
  • Collusion with Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in criminality and framing innocent men for murder that resulted eventually in the release of innocent parties and 100 million dollars in compensation for for DOJ Boston Office misconduct.
  • The FBI with Mueller as director harassed and hounded Congressman Curt Weldon in revenge for criticizing FBI failures related to 9-11.
  • Dishonest prosecutions of Senator Ted Stevens.
  • Prosecutorial abuses in the anthrax murder investigations post 9-11, producing one suicide and one award of 6.8 million dollars to the other innocent target.
  • Mueller’s unethical acceptance of the special prosecutor position when he was conflicted by his longtime personal and professional relationship with James Comey.
  • Mueller hired extremely partisan, biased, and conflicted attorneys for his special counsel team.
  • Mueller’s investigation ignored that FISA applications evidence presented to justify warrants to surveil Trump associates were not verified and thus a fraud on the court and illegal.
Louisiana State Senator John Milkovich
Milkovich’s book, Robert Mueller: Errand Boy for the New World Order (2018), recounts Robert Mueller’s history of prosecutorial misconduct before his appointment as special counsel in the Trump matter.
Mr. Milkovich: “Mueller has left his imprint on some of the most notorious episodes of government wrongdoing of the last thirty years.”  Mr. Milkovich is and was assiduous in his research and provides almost 400 endnotes and more than 125 items of bibliography as reference sources for his 165-page self-published book.  When I asked him about the tough calls, he pointed to the sources and compelling evidence.
Mueller misconduct and his position in the DOJ/FBI:
  1. 9-11-2001 — FBI Director Failure of the FBI to investigate suspicious characters reported to the FBI in the fall of 2000 by Dr. David Graham, former Air Force officer and dentist friend of Mr. Milkovich, who suspected that the men were planning a terrorist attack on Barksdale Air Force Base, home for a Nuclear B52H Air Wing.  Dr. Graham reported his concerns to the local FBI office and was “stunned and outraged” in September 2001 when he saw after 9-11 that two of the men were in the group of 9-11 terrorist hijackers.  Dr. Graham protested to the FBI, was rebuffed, raised a political ruckus, threatened to write a book, and shortly thereafter was poisoned but survived with severe injuries and disability.  During his treatment at two medical facilities, FBI agents appeared and encouraged physicians to let Dr. Graham die because they said he was mentally ill and suicidal.
  2. Boston Mob 1984 — Asst. U.S. Attorney and Acting U.S. Attorney Boston Providing cover for the Whitey Bulger Winter Hill  Boston gang that committed murders and, of course, other crimes.  The FBI framed four men, who were convicted and incarcerated for murder.  The FBI was found culpable, and more than $100 million was awarded in compensation to the injured parties.
  3. Pan Am 103 1988–2001 — Chief of the Criminal Justice Division of the DOJ Was in charge of the investigation of the 1988 Pan Am 103 Lockerbie plane bombing killed 258 passengers and 11 on the ground.  Army major Charles McKee, who headed a Middle East hostage rescue team, was returning to the U.S. on Pan Am 103 with evidence to expose CIA-sponsored criminal activity.   After the plane was destroyed, Mr. Mueller supervised an army of FBI agents on the investigation, and finally, 12 years later, the case went to trial by a panel of Scottish judges.  Two Libyans were tried for murder; Al Amin Fhima was found not guilty, and Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty, sentenced to 20 years.  Many references by Mr. Milkovich provide a case that asserts that the FBI’s incompetent investigation failed to bring to justice Ahmed Jibril, the terrorist who arranged to plant the bomb, and others, including CIA agents, who were complicit in the bombing order to eliminate Major McKee.
  4. BCCI 1991,92 — Chief of the FBI Criminal Justice Division Mr. Mueller was actively and energetically involved in providing cover for the criminal malfeasance and perfidy by officials of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), cover-ups for black ops, money-laundering, and financing of international criminal activities.  Mr. Mueller and the FBI interfered with the investigation by Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau.
  5. Ruby Ridge 1992 — Chief of the FBI Criminal Division The FBI tried to get Randy Weaver to be an undercover informant on separatist groups in Idaho, but he was not cooperative.  Then federal agents (Marshals and what the FBI claimed to be a hostage rescue team) surrounded his isolated cabin in the mountains, and there was a 11-day siege, punctuated by a killing of Weaver’s wife from cover while she stood on a porch holding a baby.  In addition, the son was shot in the back with a machine gun, running from the gunfire.  Mueller objected publicly to anyone who would criticize the FBI conduct.
  6. 9-11-2001 — FBI Director Mueller was named FBI director one week before 9-11-2001, and his conduct and actions related to the catastrophe are another indication of his corrupt nature.  Milkovich makes the case that not only did Mueller arrange to evacuate Saudis after 9-11, but he obstructed, covered up, and obfuscated what the FBI knew about the terrorist plot and Saudi involvement before the attacks.
  7. Anthrax Terror Post 9-11-2001 — FBI Director when the post-9-11 anthrax mailings killed five and injured 14 others in the D.C. area shortly after 9-11, Mr. Mueller as FBI director was heavily involved in the investigations and accusations of two scientists who ended up innocent.  Dr. Bruce Ivins committed suicide, and Steve Hatfill won an award of $5.8 million dollars when he sued the FBI for prosecutorial misconduct.  Mr. Milkovich focuses on Ivins and does not discuss the Hatfill matter in his book.
Mueller said he had no regrets about the anthrax investigations even though the perps were never found and two men’s lives were turned upside-down by FBI malfeasance and incompetent, abusive investigations.  Mr. Milkovich details the incompetence and abuse in the Ivins investigations and indictment.
The last two chapters of Mr. Milkovich’s book lay out the case for the danger of the expanded power and reach of the administrative and surveillance state and the effort led by Mueller and his prosecution gang to accomplish a coup d’état.
Robert Mueller’s troublesome, unethical, and corrupt FBI career prior to his appointment as the special counsel on the Trump-Russia Collusion investigation deserves a serious vetting.  I provide here two points of reference: a monograph by sitting congressman and former Texas State Court judge Louie Gohmert titled “Robert Mueller: Unmasked” and a book by Louisiana attorney and sitting Louisiana state senator John Milkovich titled Robert Mueller: Errand Boy for the New World Order.
Congressman Gohmert’s 48-page monograph is a discussion of a “long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence.  He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone.”  Gohmert focuses on 18 examples, including:
  • Collusion with Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in criminality and framing innocent men for murder that resulted eventually in the release of innocent parties and 100 million dollars in compensation for for DOJ Boston Office misconduct.
  • The FBI with Mueller as director harassed and hounded Congressman Curt Weldon in revenge for criticizing FBI failures related to 9-11.
  • Dishonest prosecutions of Senator Ted Stevens.
  • Prosecutorial abuses in the anthrax murder investigations post 9-11, producing one suicide and one award of 6.8 million dollars to the other innocent target.
  • Mueller’s unethical acceptance of the special prosecutor position when he was conflicted by his longtime personal and professional relationship with James Comey.
  • Mueller hired extremely partisan, biased, and conflicted attorneys for his special counsel team.
  • Mueller’s investigation ignored that FISA applications evidence presented to justify warrants to surveil Trump associates were not verified and thus a fraud on the court and illegal.
Louisiana State Senator John Milkovich
Milkovich’s book, Robert Mueller: Errand Boy for the New World Order (2018), recounts Robert Mueller’s history of prosecutorial misconduct before his appointment as special counsel in the Trump matter.
Mr. Milkovich: “Mueller has left his imprint on some of the most notorious episodes of government wrongdoing of the last thirty years.”  Mr. Milkovich is and was assiduous in his research and provides almost 400 endnotes and more than 125 items of bibliography as reference sources for his 165-page self-published book.  When I asked him about the tough calls, he pointed to the sources and compelling evidence.
Mueller misconduct and his position in the DOJ/FBI:
  1. 9-11-2001 — FBI Director Failure of the FBI to investigate suspicious characters reported to the FBI in the fall of 2000 by Dr. David Graham, former Air Force officer and dentist friend of Mr. Milkovich, who suspected that the men were planning a terrorist attack on Barksdale Air Force Base, home for a Nuclear B52H Air Wing.  Dr. Graham reported his concerns to the local FBI office and was “stunned and outraged” in September 2001 when he saw after 9-11 that two of the men were in the group of 9-11 terrorist hijackers.  Dr. Graham protested to the FBI, was rebuffed, raised a political ruckus, threatened to write a book, and shortly thereafter was poisoned but survived with severe injuries and disability.  During his treatment at two medical facilities, FBI agents appeared and encouraged physicians to let Dr. Graham die because they said he was mentally ill and suicidal.
  2. Boston Mob 1984 — Asst. U.S. Attorney and Acting U.S. Attorney Boston Providing cover for the Whitey Bulger Winter Hill  Boston gang that committed murders and, of course, other crimes.  The FBI framed four men, who were convicted and incarcerated for murder.  The FBI was found culpable, and more than $100 million was awarded in compensation to the injured parties.
  3. Pan Am 103 1988–2001 — Chief of the Criminal Justice Division of the DOJ Was in charge of the investigation of the 1988 Pan Am 103 Lockerbie plane bombing killed 258 passengers and 11 on the ground.  Army major Charles McKee, who headed a Middle East hostage rescue team, was returning to the U.S. on Pan Am 103 with evidence to expose CIA-sponsored criminal activity.   After the plane was destroyed, Mr. Mueller supervised an army of FBI agents on the investigation, and finally, 12 years later, the case went to trial by a panel of Scottish judges.  Two Libyans were tried for murder; Al Amin Fhima was found not guilty, and Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty, sentenced to 20 years.  Many references by Mr. Milkovich provide a case that asserts that the FBI’s incompetent investigation failed to bring to justice Ahmed Jibril, the terrorist who arranged to plant the bomb, and others, including CIA agents, who were complicit in the bombing order to eliminate Major McKee.
  4. BCCI 1991,92 — Chief of the FBI Criminal Justice Division Mr. Mueller was actively and energetically involved in providing cover for the criminal malfeasance and perfidy by officials of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), cover-ups for black ops, money-laundering, and financing of international criminal activities.  Mr. Mueller and the FBI interfered with the investigation by Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau.
  5. Ruby Ridge 1992 — Chief of the FBI Criminal Division The FBI tried to get Randy Weaver to be an undercover informant on separatist groups in Idaho, but he was not cooperative.  Then federal agents (Marshals and what the FBI claimed to be a hostage rescue team) surrounded his isolated cabin in the mountains, and there was a 11-day siege, punctuated by a killing of Weaver’s wife from cover while she stood on a porch holding a baby.  In addition, the son was shot in the back with a machine gun, running from the gunfire.  Mueller objected publicly to anyone who would criticize the FBI conduct.
  6. 9-11-2001 — FBI Director Mueller was named FBI director one week before 9-11-2001, and his conduct and actions related to the catastrophe are another indication of his corrupt nature.  Milkovich makes the case that not only did Mueller arrange to evacuate Saudis after 9-11, but he obstructed, covered up, and obfuscated what the FBI knew about the terrorist plot and Saudi involvement before the attacks.
  7. Anthrax Terror Post 9-11-2001 — FBI Director when the post-9-11 anthrax mailings killed five and injured 14 others in the D.C. area shortly after 9-11, Mr. Mueller as FBI director was heavily involved in the investigations and accusations of two scientists who ended up innocent.  Dr. Bruce Ivins committed suicide, and Steve Hatfill won an award of $5.8 million dollars when he sued the FBI for prosecutorial misconduct.  Mr. Milkovich focuses on Ivins and does not discuss the Hatfill matter in his book.
Mueller said he had no regrets about the anthrax investigations even though the perps were never found and two men’s lives were turned upside-down by FBI malfeasance and incompetent, abusive investigations.  Mr. Milkovich details the incompetence and abuse in the Ivins investigations and indictment.
The last two chapters of Mr. Milkovich’s book lay out the case for the danger of the expanded power and reach of the administrative and surveillance state and the effort led by Mueller and his prosecution gang to accomplish a coup d’état.
The Politics of Political Profiling
 

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Attempts to understand the motives and actions of political figures have a long history. Sometime around the year 100 CE, for example, the Greek historian Plutarch slipped a bit of psychological profiling into his biography of the Greek politician, Themistocles.
Themistocles was a Greek leader who, six centuries before he became Plutarch’s biographical subject, created the Athenian navy and saved Greece from conquest by the Persians at the Battle of Salamis. Themistocles’s mother was not an Athenian. She may not have even been Greek. She was therefore regarded as an “alien” in the eyes of Athenians.
Plutarch highlighted the significance of this fact in his subject’s life when he observed that Themistocles took steps to offset this disadvantage: “Themistocles sought to induce certain well-born [Athenian] youths to go out to Cynosarges [a place frequented by “aliens”] and exercise with him; and by his success in this bit of cunning he is thought to have removed the distinction between aliens and legitimates.”
Plutarch also considered the behavior of the young Themistocles: “However lowly his birth, it is agreed on all hands that while yet a boy he was impetuous, by nature sagacious, and by election enterprising and prone to public life. In times of relaxation and leisure, when absolved from his lessons, he would not play nor indulge his ease, as the rest of the boys did, but would be found composing and rehearsing to himself mock speeches. These speeches would be in accusation or defense of some boy or other.” On other occasions, “he was taunted by men of reputed culture.”
By noting Themistocles’s mother’s status and his youthful actions, Plutarch implies that Themistocles’s considerable ambition may have been fueled by his desire to overcome his inherited alien status in Athenian society.
Some historians would undoubtedly question Plutarch’s psychohistorical dabbling. Historians depend on documentation, archeological evidence and other tangible sources of information, to draw conclusions. There are no historical records—diaries, letters, interviews, etc.– addressing Themistocles’s feelings about his mother’s outsider status in ancient Greece. And often there is no such reliable evidence to support analyses of more modern subjects of historical psychological profiling. Records providing reliable insight into the thought processes of historical figures are rare. Even diaries may mislead if the diarists slant their entries to present a flattering impression of themselves.
Furthermore, not everyone is convinced that modern psychological methods and insights can be accurately applied to past cultures and societies. Behavior is related to culture. Past cultures can differ significantly from modern culture.
The controversy increases even more when the subject of a profile is alive. More than 1,900 years after Plutarch wrote Lives, political profiling is still a popular pastime for amateurs and a focus of often heated debate for professional mental health care providers.
In 1964, 1,189 psychiatrists (out of 12,356) responded to a poll mailed to them by the publisher of Fact magazine asking them if they believed presidential candidate “Barry Goldwater is psychologically fit to serve as President of the United States?” Their responses embarrassed the profession. Goldwater was “diagnosed” with disorders like megalomania, paranoid personality disordernarcissistic personality disorder and schizophrenia.
article continues after advertisementGoldwater sued the publisher. He won one dollar for personal harm and $75,000 in damages.
Barry Goldwater sued the publisher of Fact magazine for libel and won.
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A dozen years after the fiasco, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued guidelines, known as The Goldwater Rule, stating that is unethical for its members to give professional opinions about public figures whom they have not personally examined and from whom they have not received permission to forego doctor-patient confidentiality.
Interestingly, in 1976, the APA published the results of its task force called “The Psychiatrist As Psychohistorian.” The report reiterates the long-held APA position that condemns psychoanalyzing living persons, but it also “concludes that it is not necessarily unethical for a psychiatrist to produce confidential profiles of individuals in the service of national interest, and there are even occasions when such profiles may be appropriately published.”
In recent years, the Goldwater Rule has been cited frequently in reference to mental health care professionals expressing concern about the mental health of President Donald Trump. Traditionalists like the officials of the APA insist it is still unethical to psychoanalyze a living person without direct examination and approval. The APA claims this can result in inaccurate diagnoses and stigma directed at the subject and relatives. It could also be used as a political tool.
article continues after advertisementAdvocates of openly discussing a president’s mental health insist they have a duty to warn if they, as professionals, see clear evidence based on their experience that he or she could pose a threat to others. If the leader of a nation with significant armed forces or nuclear weapons at his or her disposal was in any way subject to the instability characteristic of a mental illness or severe personality disorder, these professionals assert that they would be derelict if they remained silent.
If you combine the APA task force’s conclusion that it can be ethical to produce confidential profiles of living persons if it serves the national interest, with the fact that the citizens of every country have the right to be reassured that their leaders are mentally healthy, then you are led to the conclusion that the field of psychiatry, and by extension all citizens, could benefit from a revision of the Goldwater Rule.
Presidents and presidential candidates routinely release the results of physical medical examinations. A leader’s mental health is, if anything, more important than a leader’s physical health; at least, it is for the health of the nation.
5:46 AM 6/15/2019 – M.N.: Robert Reich: “the denizens of foreign “shitholes”…” DO WANT “to overrun America.” (!!!) That’s my comment and the answer to your op-ed, no other words are needed, MeZinkZ.
 

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M.N.: 
Robert Reich, “the denizens of foreign “shitholes”…” DO WANT “to overrun America.” (!!!) 

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Because they are directed so by the New Abwehr, as the part of its ploy and the plot to achieve and strengthen their world domination, in all areas, respects, and aspects; and the Geopolitical and the “Geo-psychological”, (managing mass perceptions and expectations), first of all on their well planned agenda. 

Und Ziz iZ my comment and the answer to your op-ed, no other words are needed on this particular subject, MeZinkZ. 

With regard to corruption issues, you did a very good job (as always), listing their problems, and those that we know at this point, which might be just the many tips of the many icebergs. 

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Trump has been ramping up his “Deep State” rhetoric again. He’s back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and “enemies of the people” in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office, in order to allow the denizens of foreign “shitholes” to overrun America.
But with each passing day it’s becoming clearer that the real threat to America isn’t Trump’s Deep State. It’s Trump’s own Corrupt State.
Not since the sordid administration of Warren G Harding have as many grifters, crooks and cronies occupied high positions in Washington.
Trump has installed a Star Wars cantina of former lobbyists and con artists, including several whose exploits have already forced them to resign, such as Scott Pruitt, Ryan Zinke, Tom Price and Michael Flynn. Many others remain.
When he was in Congress, the current White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, pocketed tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from payday lenders, then proposed loosening regulations on them. Mulvaney was also acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, of all things.
When he was Trump’s special adviser on regulatory reform, the Wall Street billionaire Carl Icahn sought to gut the Environmental Protection Agency rule on ethanol credits, which was harming his oil refinery investments.
This week the Guardian reported that a real estate company partly owned by Trump son-in-law and foreign policy adviser Jared Kushner has raked in $90m from foreign investors since Kushner entered the White House, through a secret vehicle run by Goldman Sachs in the Cayman Islands. Kushner’s stake is some $50m.
All this takes conflict of interest to a new level of shamelessness.
What are Republicans doing about it? Participating in it.
The secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, who also happens to be the wife of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has approved $78m in grants for her husband’s home state, Kentucky, including a highway improvement project twice rejected in the past. Chao has even appointed a special liaison to coordinate grants with McConnell’s office. Did I say McConnell is up for re-election next year?
Under normal circumstances, news that a cabinet secretary is streamlining federal funding for her husband’s pet projects would be a giant scandal. But in the age of Trump, ethics have gone out the window.
Since he was elected in November, congressman Greg Pence, who just happens to be the brother of Vice-President Mike Pence, has spent more than $7,600 of campaign funds on lodging at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Federal election law forbids politicians from using campaigns dollars to cover housing costs.
The Corrupt State starts with Trump himself, giving new meaning to the old adage about a fish rotting from the head down.
When foreign governments aren’t currying favor with Trump by staying at his hotel, they’re using state-owned companies to finance projects that will line his pockets, like China’s $500m for an entertainment complex in Indonesia that includes a Trump-branded hotel.
Trump claims the Deep State allows foreigners to take advantage of America. The reality is Trump’s Corrupt State allows Vladimir Putin and his goon squad to continue undermining American democracy.
“I’d take it” if Russia again offered campaign help, Trump crowed this week, adding that he would not necessarily tell the FBI. Just days before, Trump acknowledged “Russia helping” him “get elected” the first time.
Despite evidence that Russia is hacking and trolling its way toward the 2020 election, Republican defenders of Trump’s Corrupt State won’t lift a finger.
McConnell refuses to consider any legislation on election security. He and Senate Republicans even killed a bill requiring campaigns to report offers of foreign assistance to federal authorities.
The charitable interpretation is McConnell and his ilk don’t want to offend Trump by doing anything that might appear to question the legitimacy of his 2016 win. The less charitable view is Republicans oppose more secure elections because they’d be less likely to win them.
Trump and his Republican enablers are magicians who distract us by shouting “look here!” at the paranoid fantasy of a Deep State, while creating a Corrupt State under our noses.
But it’s not a party trick. It’s the dirtiest trick of our time, enabled by the most corrupt party in living memory.
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M.N.: Accusations leveled against Mueller in this article are heavy, difficult to read, and almost unbelievable. They have to be investigated thoroughly and objectively, and this matter has to be cleared if it is possible; it has the enormous significance for the understanding not just Mueller himself and his political or apolitical Persona and personality but for the correct and clear eyed understanding of the major historical events prior to and in the aftermath of 9/11, which appears to be the major historical watershed, and increasingly more so in retrospect. 

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President Trump’s declaration that he would accept dirt on his 2020 opponents from foreign governments is threatening his already strained relationships with the intelligence and law enforcement communities.

Former law enforcement and intelligence officials said the president’s words could hamper efforts to combat foreign interference in next year’s elections and that they dampen morale.

“People in the intelligence community are going to be increasingly concerned that the president of the United States is not fulfilling the constitutional role of commander in chief and chief executive,” said Steven Cash, an ex-CIA officer and former chief counsel to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)

The remarks come at a precarious time for an intelligence community that is already subject to an investigation launched by Trump into the origins of the Russia investigation.

Trump authorized the Justice Department to interview CIA officersas part of the probe — a decision that reportedly rankled career intelligence officials. And he granted Attorney General William Barr the power to declassify information related to the investigation.

The investigation is part of a long pattern in which Trump has questioned whether the intelligence community can be trusted. He has repeatedly accused it of spying on him during the 2016 campaign.

Trump’s suspicions of the intelligence community also appear to be broad-based. This week, he pledged not to use CIA informants against North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a remark he later walked back.

Trump allies say his attitude about foreign interference is rooted in a deep sensitivity about the notion that he won in 2016 because of Russian interference and thus his victory was not legitimate.

“That’s what drives him,” said one source close to the White House, who requested anonymity to discuss Trump’s thinking. “It ties into this false idea, which he detests, that he was elected because of it. It seems like that’s what causes him to be defensive about the Russia stuff.”

Trump also does not like to admit fault, and saying he would call the FBI if offered damaging information on a rival would represent a tacit concession that his campaign should have done so when it received offers of dirt on Hillary Clinton from figures linked to the Russian government in 2016.

“This is what you get when you have a president who is unfiltered and giving you what he actually thinks,” the source close to the White House said.

In the bombshell interview with ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos, the president sparked a firestorm by stating that accepting opposition research from a foreign government is “not an interference” and that “I think I’d take it.”

Trump declined to commit to contacting the FBI to report a foreign actor reaching out with information and said FBI Director Christopher Wray was “wrong” for saying in Senate testimony that campaigns should contact the bureau if a foreign government makes an offer “about influencing or interfering in our election.”

The FBI has declined to comment on Trump’s remarks to Stephanopoulos.

Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized Trump’s remarks. The chairwoman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) even issued a rare statement stating that it is “illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.”

“This is not a novel concept,” said FEC chairwoman Ellen Weintraub.

Trump sought to do damage control in an interview Friday, telling “Fox & Friends” that he would “of course” go to the FBI or attorney general if a foreign government offered dirt on a political rival but that he would have to look at it first to “know it if it’s bad.”

While White House officials have defended Trump by insisting there was more nuance in his initial remarks, intelligence officials have argued it is important to be unequivocal because foreign adversaries can pick up on Trump’s rhetoric.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report notes that WikiLeaks began releasing Democratic National Committee emails pilfered by Russian GRU hackers in July 2016, around the same time that Trump declared at a news conference, “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.” The report also notes that the Trump campaign “welcomed” the potential damage to Clinton’s campaign inflicted by WikiLeaks’s releases.

In his report, Mueller said that he considered charging Donald Trump Jr.and other participants in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with campaign finance violations but ultimately decided against it because of the high burden of proving the participants intended to break the law.

Mueller also did not find sufficient evidence to charge members of the campaign with conspiring with Russia to meddle in the election — a result Trump has cheered as vindicating him of allegations of “collusion.”

National security experts have nonetheless found the findings troubling about Trump’s attitude toward foreign involvement in elections.

“The Mueller report showed pretty clearly that he has no problem accepting help from inappropriate and likely illegal places,” said John Sipher, a retired member of the CIA’s clandestine service. “At the end of the day, it is pretty sad that he sees his political opponents not as Americans on the same team but as enemies worth destroying by any means. It is unpatriotic at best and provides foreign actors that don’t have our interests at heart tremendous leverage.”

In the aftermath of the 2016 election, the FBI has made countering foreign election interference a top priority. The bureau even created a new task force in 2017 to “to identify and counteract malign foreign influence operations targeting the United States.”

The dust-up is the latest in a long history of disputes between the president and the nation’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies, dating back to the 2016 campaign.

Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the intelligence community’s assessment of Russian interference, perhaps most memorably siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over intelligence officials at a summit in Helsinki last July. Trump later walked back his remarks.

Trump also engaged in sustained attacks against current and former FBI and Justice Department officials throughout Mueller’s investigation, asserting that his campaign was improperly “spied” on in 2016.

Those tensions have bled into routine policy debates. He denounced his own intelligence chiefs as “passive and naive” in January after they contradicted his assessment of Iran’s nuclear developments.

“Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!” he wrote on Twitter.

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Robert Mueller’s troublesome, unethical, and corrupt FBI career prior to his appointment as the special counsel on the Trump-Russia Collusion investigation deserves a serious vetting.  I provide here two points of reference: a monograph by sitting congressman and former Texas State Court judge Louie Gohmert titled “Robert Mueller: Unmasked” and a book by Louisiana attorney and sitting Louisiana state senator John Milkovich titled Robert Mueller: Errand Boy for the New World Order.

Congressman Gohmert’s 48-page monograph is a discussion of a “long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence.  He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone.”  Gohmert focuses on 18 examples, including:

  • Collusion with Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in criminality and framing innocent men for murder that resulted eventually in the release of innocent parties and 100 million dollars in compensation for for DOJ Boston Office misconduct.
  • The FBI with Mueller as director harassed and hounded Congressman Curt Weldon in revenge for criticizing FBI failures related to 9-11.
  • Dishonest prosecutions of Senator Ted Stevens.
  • Prosecutorial abuses in the anthrax murder investigations post 9-11, producing one suicide and one award of 6.8 million dollars to the other innocent target.
  • Mueller’s unethical acceptance of the special prosecutor position when he was conflicted by his longtime personal and professional relationship with James Comey.
  • Mueller hired extremely partisan, biased, and conflicted attorneys for his special counsel team.
  • Mueller’s investigation ignored that FISA applications evidence presented to justify warrants to surveil Trump associates were not verified and thus a fraud on the court and illegal.

Louisiana State Senator John Milkovich

Milkovich’s book, Robert Mueller: Errand Boy for the New World Order (2018), recounts Robert Mueller’s history of prosecutorial misconduct before his appointment as special counsel in the Trump matter.

Mr. Milkovich: “Mueller has left his imprint on some of the most notorious episodes of government wrongdoing of the last thirty years.”  Mr. Milkovich is and was assiduous in his research and provides almost 400 endnotes and more than 125 items of bibliography as reference sources for his 165-page self-published book.  When I asked him about the tough calls, he pointed to the sources and compelling evidence.

Mueller misconduct and his position in the DOJ/FBI:

  1. 9-11-2001 — FBI Director Failure of the FBI to investigate suspicious characters reported to the FBI in the fall of 2000 by Dr. David Graham, former Air Force officer and dentist friend of Mr. Milkovich, who suspected that the men were planning a terrorist attack on Barksdale Air Force Base, home for a Nuclear B52H Air Wing.  Dr. Graham reported his concerns to the local FBI office and was “stunned and outraged” in September 2001 when he saw after 9-11 that two of the men were in the group of 9-11 terrorist hijackers.  Dr. Graham protested to the FBI, was rebuffed, raised a political ruckus, threatened to write a book, and shortly thereafter was poisoned but survived with severe injuries and disability.  During his treatment at two medical facilities, FBI agents appeared and encouraged physicians to let Dr. Graham die because they said he was mentally ill and suicidal.
  2. Boston Mob 1984 — Asst. U.S. Attorney and Acting U.S. Attorney Boston Providing cover for the Whitey Bulger Winter Hill  Boston gang that committed murders and, of course, other crimes.  The FBI framed four men, who were convicted and incarcerated for murder.  The FBI was found culpable, and more than $100 million was awarded in compensation to the injured parties.
  3. Pan Am 103 1988–2001 — Chief of the Criminal Justice Division of the DOJ Was in charge of the investigation of the 1988 Pan Am 103 Lockerbie plane bombing killed 258 passengers and 11 on the ground.  Army major Charles McKee, who headed a Middle East hostage rescue team, was returning to the U.S. on Pan Am 103 with evidence to expose CIA-sponsored criminal activity.   After the plane was destroyed, Mr. Mueller supervised an army of FBI agents on the investigation, and finally, 12 years later, the case went to trial by a panel of Scottish judges.  Two Libyans were tried for murder; Al Amin Fhima was found not guilty, and Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty, sentenced to 20 years.  Many references by Mr. Milkovich provide a case that asserts that the FBI’s incompetent investigation failed to bring to justice Ahmed Jibril, the terrorist who arranged to plant the bomb, and others, including CIA agents, who were complicit in the bombing order to eliminate Major McKee.
  4. BCCI 1991,92 — Chief of the FBI Criminal Justice Division Mr. Mueller was actively and energetically involved in providing cover for the criminal malfeasance and perfidy by officials of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), cover-ups for black ops, money-laundering, and financing of international criminal activities.  Mr. Mueller and the FBI interfered with the investigation by Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau.
  5. Ruby Ridge 1992 — Chief of the FBI Criminal Division The FBI tried to get Randy Weaver to be an undercover informant on separatist groups in Idaho, but he was not cooperative.  Then federal agents (Marshals and what the FBI claimed to be a hostage rescue team) surrounded his isolated cabin in the mountains, and there was a 11-day siege, punctuated by a killing of Weaver’s wife from cover while she stood on a porch holding a baby.  In addition, the son was shot in the back with a machine gun, running from the gunfire.  Mueller objected publicly to anyone who would criticize the FBI conduct.
  6. 9-11-2001 — FBI Director Mueller was named FBI director one week before 9-11-2001, and his conduct and actions related to the catastrophe are another indication of his corrupt nature.  Milkovich makes the case that not only did Mueller arrange to evacuate Saudis after 9-11, but he obstructed, covered up, and obfuscated what the FBI knew about the terrorist plot and Saudi involvement before the attacks.
  7. Anthrax Terror Post 9-11-2001 — FBI Director when the post-9-11 anthrax mailings killed five and injured 14 others in the D.C. area shortly after 9-11, Mr. Mueller as FBI director was heavily involved in the investigations and accusations of two scientists who ended up innocent.  Dr. Bruce Ivins committed suicide, and Steve Hatfill won an award of $5.8 million dollars when he sued the FBI for prosecutorial misconduct.  Mr. Milkovich focuses on Ivins and does not discuss the Hatfill matter in his book.

Mueller said he had no regrets about the anthrax investigations even though the perps were never found and two men’s lives were turned upside-down by FBI malfeasance and incompetent, abusive investigations.  Mr. Milkovich details the incompetence and abuse in the Ivins investigations and indictment.

The last two chapters of Mr. Milkovich’s book lay out the case for the danger of the expanded power and reach of the administrative and surveillance state and the effort led by Mueller and his prosecution gang to accomplish a coup d’état.

Robert Mueller’s troublesome, unethical, and corrupt FBI career prior to his appointment as the special counsel on the Trump-Russia Collusion investigation deserves a serious vetting.  I provide here two points of reference: a monograph by sitting congressman and former Texas State Court judge Louie Gohmert titled “Robert Mueller: Unmasked” and a book by Louisiana attorney and sitting Louisiana state senator John Milkovich titled Robert Mueller: Errand Boy for the New World Order.

Congressman Gohmert’s 48-page monograph is a discussion of a “long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence.  He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone.”  Gohmert focuses on 18 examples, including:

  • Collusion with Boston mobster Whitey Bulger in criminality and framing innocent men for murder that resulted eventually in the release of innocent parties and 100 million dollars in compensation for for DOJ Boston Office misconduct.
  • The FBI with Mueller as director harassed and hounded Congressman Curt Weldon in revenge for criticizing FBI failures related to 9-11.
  • Dishonest prosecutions of Senator Ted Stevens.
  • Prosecutorial abuses in the anthrax murder investigations post 9-11, producing one suicide and one award of 6.8 million dollars to the other innocent target.
  • Mueller’s unethical acceptance of the special prosecutor position when he was conflicted by his longtime personal and professional relationship with James Comey.
  • Mueller hired extremely partisan, biased, and conflicted attorneys for his special counsel team.
  • Mueller’s investigation ignored that FISA applications evidence presented to justify warrants to surveil Trump associates were not verified and thus a fraud on the court and illegal.

Louisiana State Senator John Milkovich

Milkovich’s book, Robert Mueller: Errand Boy for the New World Order (2018), recounts Robert Mueller’s history of prosecutorial misconduct before his appointment as special counsel in the Trump matter.

Mr. Milkovich: “Mueller has left his imprint on some of the most notorious episodes of government wrongdoing of the last thirty years.”  Mr. Milkovich is and was assiduous in his research and provides almost 400 endnotes and more than 125 items of bibliography as reference sources for his 165-page self-published book.  When I asked him about the tough calls, he pointed to the sources and compelling evidence.

Mueller misconduct and his position in the DOJ/FBI:

  1. 9-11-2001 — FBI Director Failure of the FBI to investigate suspicious characters reported to the FBI in the fall of 2000 by Dr. David Graham, former Air Force officer and dentist friend of Mr. Milkovich, who suspected that the men were planning a terrorist attack on Barksdale Air Force Base, home for a Nuclear B52H Air Wing.  Dr. Graham reported his concerns to the local FBI office and was “stunned and outraged” in September 2001 when he saw after 9-11 that two of the men were in the group of 9-11 terrorist hijackers.  Dr. Graham protested to the FBI, was rebuffed, raised a political ruckus, threatened to write a book, and shortly thereafter was poisoned but survived with severe injuries and disability.  During his treatment at two medical facilities, FBI agents appeared and encouraged physicians to let Dr. Graham die because they said he was mentally ill and suicidal.
  2. Boston Mob 1984 — Asst. U.S. Attorney and Acting U.S. Attorney Boston Providing cover for the Whitey Bulger Winter Hill  Boston gang that committed murders and, of course, other crimes.  The FBI framed four men, who were convicted and incarcerated for murder.  The FBI was found culpable, and more than $100 million was awarded in compensation to the injured parties.
  3. Pan Am 103 1988–2001 — Chief of the Criminal Justice Division of the DOJ Was in charge of the investigation of the 1988 Pan Am 103 Lockerbie plane bombing killed 258 passengers and 11 on the ground.  Army major Charles McKee, who headed a Middle East hostage rescue team, was returning to the U.S. on Pan Am 103 with evidence to expose CIA-sponsored criminal activity.   After the plane was destroyed, Mr. Mueller supervised an army of FBI agents on the investigation, and finally, 12 years later, the case went to trial by a panel of Scottish judges.  Two Libyans were tried for murder; Al Amin Fhima was found not guilty, and Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty, sentenced to 20 years.  Many references by Mr. Milkovich provide a case that asserts that the FBI’s incompetent investigation failed to bring to justice Ahmed Jibril, the terrorist who arranged to plant the bomb, and others, including CIA agents, who were complicit in the bombing order to eliminate Major McKee.
  4. BCCI 1991,92 — Chief of the FBI Criminal Justice Division Mr. Mueller was actively and energetically involved in providing cover for the criminal malfeasance and perfidy by officials of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), cover-ups for black ops, money-laundering, and financing of international criminal activities.  Mr. Mueller and the FBI interfered with the investigation by Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau.
  5. Ruby Ridge 1992 — Chief of the FBI Criminal Division The FBI tried to get Randy Weaver to be an undercover informant on separatist groups in Idaho, but he was not cooperative.  Then federal agents (Marshals and what the FBI claimed to be a hostage rescue team) surrounded his isolated cabin in the mountains, and there was a 11-day siege, punctuated by a killing of Weaver’s wife from cover while she stood on a porch holding a baby.  In addition, the son was shot in the back with a machine gun, running from the gunfire.  Mueller objected publicly to anyone who would criticize the FBI conduct.
  6. 9-11-2001 — FBI Director Mueller was named FBI director one week before 9-11-2001, and his conduct and actions related to the catastrophe are another indication of his corrupt nature.  Milkovich makes the case that not only did Mueller arrange to evacuate Saudis after 9-11, but he obstructed, covered up, and obfuscated what the FBI knew about the terrorist plot and Saudi involvement before the attacks.
  7. Anthrax Terror Post 9-11-2001 — FBI Director when the post-9-11 anthrax mailings killed five and injured 14 others in the D.C. area shortly after 9-11, Mr. Mueller as FBI director was heavily involved in the investigations and accusations of two scientists who ended up innocent.  Dr. Bruce Ivins committed suicide, and Steve Hatfill won an award of $5.8 million dollars when he sued the FBI for prosecutorial misconduct.  Mr. Milkovich focuses on Ivins and does not discuss the Hatfill matter in his book.

Mueller said he had no regrets about the anthrax investigations even though the perps were never found and two men’s lives were turned upside-down by FBI malfeasance and incompetent, abusive investigations.  Mr. Milkovich details the incompetence and abuse in the Ivins investigations and indictment.

The last two chapters of Mr. Milkovich’s book lay out the case for the danger of the expanded power and reach of the administrative and surveillance state and the effort led by Mueller and his prosecution gang to accomplish a coup d’état.

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Attempts to understand the motives and actions of political figures have a long history. Sometime around the year 100 CE, for example, the Greek historian Plutarch slipped a bit of psychological profiling into his biography of the Greek politician, Themistocles.

Themistocles was a Greek leader who, six centuries before he became Plutarch’s biographical subject, created the Athenian navy and saved Greece from conquest by the Persians at the Battle of Salamis. Themistocles’s mother was not an Athenian. She may not have even been Greek. She was therefore regarded as an “alien” in the eyes of Athenians.

Plutarch highlighted the significance of this fact in his subject’s life when he observed that Themistocles took steps to offset this disadvantage: “Themistocles sought to induce certain well-born [Athenian] youths to go out to Cynosarges [a place frequented by “aliens”] and exercise with him; and by his success in this bit of cunning he is thought to have removed the distinction between aliens and legitimates.”

Plutarch also considered the behavior of the young Themistocles: “However lowly his birth, it is agreed on all hands that while yet a boy he was impetuous, by nature sagacious, and by election enterprising and prone to public life. In times of relaxation and leisure, when absolved from his lessons, he would not play nor indulge his ease, as the rest of the boys did, but would be found composing and rehearsing to himself mock speeches. These speeches would be in accusation or defense of some boy or other.” On other occasions, “he was taunted by men of reputed culture.”

By noting Themistocles’s mother’s status and his youthful actions, Plutarch implies that Themistocles’s considerable ambition may have been fueled by his desire to overcome his inherited alien status in Athenian society.

Some historians would undoubtedly question Plutarch’s psychohistorical dabbling. Historians depend on documentation, archeological evidence and other tangible sources of information, to draw conclusions. There are no historical records—diaries, letters, interviews, etc.– addressing Themistocles’s feelings about his mother’s outsider status in ancient Greece. And often there is no such reliable evidence to support analyses of more modern subjects of historical psychological profiling. Records providing reliable insight into the thought processes of historical figures are rare. Even diaries may mislead if the diarists slant their entries to present a flattering impression of themselves.

Furthermore, not everyone is convinced that modern psychological methods and insights can be accurately applied to past cultures and societies. Behavior is related to culture. Past cultures can differ significantly from modern culture.

The controversy increases even more when the subject of a profile is alive. More than 1,900 years after Plutarch wrote Lives, political profiling is still a popular pastime for amateurs and a focus of often heated debate for professional mental health care providers.

In 1964, 1,189 psychiatrists (out of 12,356) responded to a poll mailed to them by the publisher of Fact magazine asking them if they believed presidential candidate “Barry Goldwater is psychologically fit to serve as President of the United States?” Their responses embarrassed the profession. Goldwater was “diagnosed” with disorders like megalomania, paranoid personality disordernarcissistic personality disorder and schizophrenia.

article continues after advertisementGoldwater sued the publisher. He won one dollar for personal harm and $75,000 in damages.

Barry Goldwater sued the publisher of Fact magazine for libel and won.

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A dozen years after the fiasco, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) issued guidelines, known as The Goldwater Rule, stating that is unethical for its members to give professional opinions about public figures whom they have not personally examined and from whom they have not received permission to forego doctor-patient confidentiality.

Interestingly, in 1976, the APA published the results of its task force called “The Psychiatrist As Psychohistorian.” The report reiterates the long-held APA position that condemns psychoanalyzing living persons, but it also “concludes that it is not necessarily unethical for a psychiatrist to produce confidential profiles of individuals in the service of national interest, and there are even occasions when such profiles may be appropriately published.”

In recent years, the Goldwater Rule has been cited frequently in reference to mental health care professionals expressing concern about the mental health of President Donald Trump. Traditionalists like the officials of the APA insist it is still unethical to psychoanalyze a living person without direct examination and approval. The APA claims this can result in inaccurate diagnoses and stigma directed at the subject and relatives. It could also be used as a political tool.

article continues after advertisementAdvocates of openly discussing a president’s mental health insist they have a duty to warn if they, as professionals, see clear evidence based on their experience that he or she could pose a threat to others. If the leader of a nation with significant armed forces or nuclear weapons at his or her disposal was in any way subject to the instability characteristic of a mental illness or severe personality disorder, these professionals assert that they would be derelict if they remained silent.

If you combine the APA task force’s conclusion that it can be ethical to produce confidential profiles of living persons if it serves the national interest, with the fact that the citizens of every country have the right to be reassured that their leaders are mentally healthy, then you are led to the conclusion that the field of psychiatry, and by extension all citizens, could benefit from a revision of the Goldwater Rule.

Presidents and presidential candidates routinely release the results of physical medical examinations. A leader’s mental health is, if anything, more important than a leader’s physical health; at least, it is for the health of the nation.

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Robert Reich, “the denizens of foreign “shitholes”…” DO WANT “to overrun America.” (!!!) 

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Because they are directed so by the New Abwehr, as the part of its ploy and the plot to achieve and strengthen their world domination, in all areas, respects, and aspects; and the Geopolitical and the “Geo-psychological”, (managing mass perceptions and expectations), first of all on their well planned agenda. 

Und Ziz iZ my comment and the answer to your op-ed, no other words are needed on this particular subject, MeZinkZ. 

With regard to corruption issues, you did a very good job (as always), listing their problems, and those that we know at this point, which might be just the many tips of the many icebergs. 

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Trump has been ramping up his “Deep State” rhetoric again. He’s back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and “enemies of the people” in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office, in order to allow the denizens of foreign “shitholes” to overrun America.
But with each passing day it’s becoming clearer that the real threat to America isn’t Trump’s Deep State. It’s Trump’s own Corrupt State.
Not since the sordid administration of Warren G Harding have as many grifters, crooks and cronies occupied high positions in Washington.
Trump has installed a Star Wars cantina of former lobbyists and con artists, including several whose exploits have already forced them to resign, such as Scott Pruitt, Ryan Zinke, Tom Price and Michael Flynn. Many others remain.
When he was in Congress, the current White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, pocketed tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from payday lenders, then proposed loosening regulations on them. Mulvaney was also acting head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, of all things.
When he was Trump’s special adviser on regulatory reform, the Wall Street billionaire Carl Icahn sought to gut the Environmental Protection Agency rule on ethanol credits, which was harming his oil refinery investments.
This week the Guardian reported that a real estate company partly owned by Trump son-in-law and foreign policy adviser Jared Kushner has raked in $90m from foreign investors since Kushner entered the White House, through a secret vehicle run by Goldman Sachs in the Cayman Islands. Kushner’s stake is some $50m.
All this takes conflict of interest to a new level of shamelessness.
What are Republicans doing about it? Participating in it.
The secretary of transportation, Elaine Chao, who also happens to be the wife of the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has approved $78m in grants for her husband’s home state, Kentucky, including a highway improvement project twice rejected in the past. Chao has even appointed a special liaison to coordinate grants with McConnell’s office. Did I say McConnell is up for re-election next year?
Under normal circumstances, news that a cabinet secretary is streamlining federal funding for her husband’s pet projects would be a giant scandal. But in the age of Trump, ethics have gone out the window.
Since he was elected in November, congressman Greg Pence, who just happens to be the brother of Vice-President Mike Pence, has spent more than $7,600 of campaign funds on lodging at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. Federal election law forbids politicians from using campaigns dollars to cover housing costs.
The Corrupt State starts with Trump himself, giving new meaning to the old adage about a fish rotting from the head down.
When foreign governments aren’t currying favor with Trump by staying at his hotel, they’re using state-owned companies to finance projects that will line his pockets, like China’s $500m for an entertainment complex in Indonesia that includes a Trump-branded hotel.
Trump claims the Deep State allows foreigners to take advantage of America. The reality is Trump’s Corrupt State allows Vladimir Putin and his goon squad to continue undermining American democracy.
“I’d take it” if Russia again offered campaign help, Trump crowed this week, adding that he would not necessarily tell the FBI. Just days before, Trump acknowledged “Russia helping” him “get elected” the first time.
Despite evidence that Russia is hacking and trolling its way toward the 2020 election, Republican defenders of Trump’s Corrupt State won’t lift a finger.
McConnell refuses to consider any legislation on election security. He and Senate Republicans even killed a bill requiring campaigns to report offers of foreign assistance to federal authorities.
The charitable interpretation is McConnell and his ilk don’t want to offend Trump by doing anything that might appear to question the legitimacy of his 2016 win. The less charitable view is Republicans oppose more secure elections because they’d be less likely to win them.
Trump and his Republican enablers are magicians who distract us by shouting “look here!” at the paranoid fantasy of a Deep State, while creating a Corrupt State under our noses.
But it’s not a party trick. It’s the dirtiest trick of our time, enabled by the most corrupt party in living memory.
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Attorney general William Barr’s controversial decision to launch a new inquiry into the origins of the FBI’s 2016 Russia investigation has fueled concerns about the politicization of the justice department and could hamper attempts to combat Kremlin meddling in the 2020 election, say ex-top DoJ and CIA officials, and key Democrats.

Critics say that Barr’s investigation – which partially overlaps another one by the DoJ’s own inspector general – will probably be used by Donald Trump’s re-election campaign to fuel attacks on the special counsel Robert Mueller’s critical conclusions about Russian interference in the 2016 election and subsequent obstruction efforts by the president.

Some critics see it as an overtly political “investigation into the investigators” that is pandering to Trump’s oft-repeated claims that his 2016 election campaign was targeted by the so-called “deep state” in an effort to thwart his election.

Barr’s review will scrutinize the FBI and key intelligence agencies involved in the initial stages of the 2016 Russia investigation which the FBI launched as a counter-intelligence investigation to examine early signs of Russian meddling in the election.

John Sipher, who served in the CIA’s National Clandestine Services for 28 years with a stint leading its Russia operations, said: “Trump with Barr’s help is trying to craft a narrative of a coup aimed at his campaign.” Sipher added: “The attorney general has shown a willingness to play ball with Trump. Barr has been willing to back up Trump.”

Sipher said Barr’s review was “hunting for scapegoats”.

Among the key figures Trump and allies have often attacked for their roles in the Russia investigation which they vilify as a “witch-hunt” are: former FBI director James Comey, ex-CIA director John Brennan, ex-FBI agent Peter Strzok and ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Some Trump aides and allies have called on these figures to be prosecuted.

“Even if nothing is found they’ve spun up their [political] base. There’s no downside,” Sipher said.

Mary McCord, a former top DoJ prosecutor who led the department’s national security division until spring 2017, said that launching a review into the genesis of the Russia investigation meant Barr was “allowing the president to have an open issue going into the 2020 elections that allows the whole witch-hunt” mantra to gain traction.

Trump’s delight with Barr’s sweeping non-criminal review, led by the US attorney for Connecticut, John Durham, has been palpable. “I am so proud of our attorney general that he is looking into it,” Trump has said. “I think it’s great.”

Trump’s faith in Barr was also underscored when he gave him oversight of the review, passing over the director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who would normally oversee such an investigation, the former FBI general counsel Jim Baker said. Coats has previously bumped heads with Trump over several national security issues.

“It’s a slap in the face to Coats,” said Baker, who worked closely in the initial stages of the Russia investigation with Comey. “A legitimate question is: ‘Why is the AG doing this as opposed to Coats?’

“It’s clear that the president has confidence in Barr,” added Baker, who now leads the R Street Institute, a nonpartisan public policy group. Baker noted that Trump issued an unusual and controversial executive order that gives Barr broad authority to declassify intelligence documents and make them public as part of the review.

A DoJ spokesperson declined to answer several questions about the Barr-Durham review, including its expected duration. Durham’s office also declined comment.

In a 10 June letter to the Democratic chair of the House judiciary committee, a top DoJ official described the new review as “broad in scope and multifaceted”. The DoJ letter said the goal was to “more fully understand the efficacy and propriety” of the FBI’s 2016 counterintelligence inquiry into Russian meddling. The FBI, the CIA and the DNI were instructed by Trump to cooperate – which all are doing.

Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said in a a statement he was worried Barr’s inquiry could impede counterintelligence efforts to thwart more Kremlin interference, which the FBI expects again in the 2020 election.

Warner said Barr’s review could have a “chilling effect on future counterintelligence investigations”.

Warner expressed worry that Trump and Barr were using their powers over national security and intelligence issues for political purposes. “I’m deeply concerned that the president and the attorney general seem determined to weaponize and politicize intelligence that people risk their lives to obtain,” Warner said.

Some DoJ veterans say concerns about Barr’s decision to launch his new review are misplaced, noting his deep legal background in government, including a stint as attorney general under George HW Bush .

“There is no way to know now what Barr will find in his investigation or whether or how he will use this power,” Jack Goldsmith, a conservative ex-DoJ official and now a Harvard Law School professor, told the New York Times. “But Barr is not someone inclined to harm our national security bureaucracy.”

Before Trump tapped Barr in late 2018 to replace the former attorney general Jeff Sessions, whom Trump often attacked for recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation due to conflicts, Barr was well known as a champion of robust executive powers, a stance that probably made him attractive to Trump.

Concerns about Barr were compounded when he sparked a separate political firestorm by issuing a misleading and short four-page summary of Mueller’s report, and then taking a few weeks to release a redacted version of the 448-page document.

Mueller’s report provided granular details about how the Trump campaign welcomed the Kremlin’s multifaceted cyber and social media disinformation operation in 2016 to help Trump, including hacking of Democratic computers by Russian agents and ads by fake groups on Facebook.

The report also cited more than 100 meetings and contacts between Trump campaign aides and Russians. Kremlin interference, which initially focused on sowing confusion among voters but shifted to helping Trump defeat Hillary Clinton, was “sweeping and systematic”, Mueller concluded.

Mueller’s report also documented 10 instances of possible Trump obstruction, but concluded that he lacked the power to charge the president due to justice department guidelines, while stressing that the report did not exonerate Trump.

Just days later, Barr announced that since Mueller did not reach a conclusion, he felt it necessary to do so and, with help from the then deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, concluded there were insufficient grounds for charging Trump with obstruction.

As Barr was launching his investigation, he raised eyebrows in congressional testimony by saying he had “concerns” there might have been “spying” on Trump campaign members, as the president had often charged.

But when pressed, Barr said he had no evidence to support Trump’s allegations.

Barr is “playing to conspiracy theorists by using the term spying”, said Sipher. “Trump and Barr are using language to confuse people rather than clarify.”

Other Barr testimony has raised fears he is taking political cues from Trump. At one Senate committee early last month, Barr was asked several times by Democratic senator Kamala Harris if Trump or anyone in the White House had suggested or pressured him to launch his broad review. Barr was evasive, but acknowledged there had been some “discussions” of the matter, adding that “they have not asked me to open an investigation”.

Ron Wyden, a top Democrat on the Senate intelligence panel, is troubled by the direction that Barr’s review seems to be taking and the powers Trump has handed him.

“Trump has been searching for years for someone to selectively declassify intelligence and throw dirt on the Russia investigation,” Wyden said in a statement. Trump, he added, “wants any shred of misleading evidence that will validate his self-serving conspiracy theories. William Barr has embraced that role.”

Likewise, Sipher stressed that the powers Trump granted Barr to declassify intelligence seem part of a political game. “By suggesting you need to declassify materials, you’re suggesting there’s been criminality or improper behavior, [and] pushing the narrative of a deep state conspiracy,” Sipher said.

That’s wrong, said Baker, saying that the FBI launched its investigation to deal with a genuine national security threat from Russia, as detailed in the Mueller report.

“Mueller’s conclusions validated our initial investigation, which was focused on Russia,” Baker said, adding that Mueller’s detailed report about Russia’s multi-pronged interference in 2016, makes it impossible to “conclude anything but this was a legitimate investigation”.

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