FTAC: America – The Robust Democracy

Old saw: “Democracies elect the governments they deserve.”

I’m with those invested in the “checks and balances” of our Democracy and hope that neither legislature nor judiciary cave to Administrative fiat in actions or policies inimical to an authentic political freedom.

Of course, I’m going to dig Moscow for the other kind of “freedom”.

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The not-so-secret secret about politics anywhere / any context / any time: if or when it is discovered that it stinks, people will walk away from it.

The powerful of the Fourth Estate have proven time and again their tenacity for getting at the truth given sufficient import for motivation, so more will continue to emerge as regards the character of Trump’s Administration and the way he works it. The opposed public may have to accept his earnest goodness; his supporters may be forced to reconsider how they made their choice.

As noted elsewhere in this thread, WE have all got to tackle how we ourselves accept, evaluate, and redistribute / repackage information. Despite the hip claims, the world is not “post-fact”: the world may be bamboozled, confused, and driven toward extremes by its own continuous bombardment or consumption of information, but we have also the opportunity to slow down, reflect, and research what ails us as we get down the road together.

One more cliche that I’ve come to call “Pogo Effect”: “We have met the enemy, and it is us.”

If Americans hew to traditional true ideals and values and then read and write responsibly themselves, then, indeed, the system will survive whatever gets up in the cab and tries to jam its gears.


We’re all a little nervous about who’s getting up in the cab of the big freight liner “America”.

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It’s not only President Elect Trump’s detractors that have cause for worry — and they certainly know their own worries — but Trump’s fans now have an investment in Trump’s defending their own best traditional American ideals, principles, and values, and if they find their own assumptions and freedoms, much less other interests, chipped away by the new president, those in the President’s middle ranks will also start to back away from any proto-fascist display of character that comes to pass.

However, as I type, nothing has come to pass in relation to a Trump Presidency.

The President Elect is not quite there yet (be patient) and all bets are off.


Senior Justice Writer for The New York Daily News has had the following posted to his Facebook page since January 11, 2017:

I want you to view this video from 4 years ago in 2013 in light of recent events.

In it, Trump calmly, cooly, and confidently states that he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin. Then, it gets very weird. Trump then confidently states that Putin is following his every move, was likely even interested in the conversation they were having, and would likely be watching it later.

How did Trump know all of that?

See, this was off of the campaign trail, long before Trump announced his intentions to run. This was before he felt the pressure to say 6 different times “I don’t know Putin” and “I don’t know anything about Putin.”

This seems to be a clearer version of the truth. What’s going on here?

Posted by Shaun King on Wednesday, January 11, 2017


BackChannels regulars may wish to check out yesterday’s “Trust Putin?” post, where the same has been posted as an addendum.

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Trust Putin?

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Posted by MEMRI, January 18, 2017.

“These leaks are obviously fake,” said President Putin, but then he was to follow with this assertion: “He was just a businessman, one of America’s wealthy men. ¬†Does anybody really think that our intelligence services chase every American billionaire?”

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kompromat
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/01/kompromat-trump-dossier/512891/ – 1/11/2017.
https://news.vice.com/story/we-talked-to-an-ex-kgb-colonel-and-putin-critic-about-the-trump-russia-dossier – 1/17/2017
http://www.voanews.com/a/russia-kompromat-remains-alive-and-well/3677094.html – 1/15/2017.

Who said anything about “every American billionaire”?

In this next 10-minute or so video, Samantha Power offers some useful advice:

Posted to YouTube by PBS NewsHour, January 17, 2017.

Perhaps BackChannels is not to be trusted . . . well, there’s all of this (and much, much more) for obtaining background on today’s immediate “east-west” politics: “The Russian Section” (of the BC library). ¬† For a primer on the cynicism now attaching to Putin’s Moscow enterprise, readers may shuttle over to “Moscow’s Rules“, a primer.

As noted yesterday, the Christopher Steele dossier remains difficult to either refute or verity, but in the opinion of former CIA staff Nick Dowling appears to continue to warrant investigation.


Addendum – January 19, 2017

Senior Justice Writer for The New York Daily News has had the following posted to his Facebook page since January 11, 2017:

I want you to view this video from 4 years ago in 2013 in light of recent events.

In it, Trump calmly, cooly, and confidently states that he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin. Then, it gets very weird. Trump then confidently states that Putin is following his every move, was likely even interested in the conversation they were having, and would likely be watching it later.

How did Trump know all of that?

See, this was off of the campaign trail, long before Trump announced his intentions to run. This was before he felt the pressure to say 6 different times “I don’t know Putin” and “I don’t know anything about Putin.”

This seems to be a clearer version of the truth. What’s going on here?

Posted by Shaun King on Wednesday, January 11, 2017


 

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Jihadi Talk – The Dictionary by Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin

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Kobrin, Nancy Hartevelt.  The Jihadi Dictionary: The Essential Intel Tool for Military, Law Enforcement, Government and the Concerned Public.  Mamaroneck, New York: MultiEducator Press, 2016 (Amazon РPaperback).

Kobrin, Nancy Hartevelt.  The Jihadi Dictionary: The Essential Intel Tool for Military, Law Enforcement, Government and the Concerned Public.  Mamaroneck, New York: MultiEducator Press, 2016 (Amazon РKindle).


From the introduction:

The purpose of this dictionary is to explain the confusing and terrifying behavior¬†of the jihadis by bringing to light their unconscious motivation. What is missing in¬†their mental development that makes an entire group enact such vicious crimes not¬†only against humanity but even their own people? The reservoir of their rage arises¬†from problems nested in early maternal attachment in shame‚Äďhonor cultures ‚Äē the¬†early mother/infant bonding attachment, the first relationship in life. This is the real¬†driver of the terrorism. While there has been a voluminous amount of material written¬†about terrorism, little hinges on how to decode the meaning of the terrorists‚Äô aberrant¬†behavior from the perspective of early childhood development and trauma.

One has to be cautious not to ‚Äúdiagnosis‚ÄĚ an entire group of people, but given the¬†amount of destruction, cruelty, sadism, and revenge leading to heinous crimes against¬†humanity, in this case I make an exception. Daesh, The Islamic State, helped me uncover¬†a borderline psychotic diagnosis for jihadis because their behavior is so out of bounds in¬†terms of morality and ethics that it has revealed its own psychosis. Others in the Arab world¬†are aware of this and realize that they have created a tiger whose tail they are now bound¬†to ride. Hezbollah and Iranian extremism has also been blatant in its wanton destruction¬†and, in fact, has been a major funder of Sunni violence even though they are Shia. Almost¬†worse than the terrorist attacks themselves is the jihadis‚Äô lack of empathy and concern for¬†the pain they cause. Jihadis are incapable of walking in the shoes of others. They may¬†appear to be empathic, but it is only what I refer to as pseudo-empathy.

Kobrin’s¬†writing is as entertaining as its interpretations of language are educating and loaded with insight.

Here’s a portion from the first “A” — for “Acting Out”:

Acting out is a process frequently seen in play therapy, where children have the opportunity to play out their most violent behavior and repressed fantasies. ¬†Often these acts are attacks against the mother, who is seen as the source of painful dependency needs and nurturing. ¬†The breast that is needed is also the breast that needs to be destroyed — e.g., beheadings, rage against their mothers, the need to get rid of her, to violently separate from her. ¬†Jihadis manifest extreme attention-seeking behavior . . . . ¬†“watching somebody else doing an action is just like doing the action yourself.”

On a late page (271-272) — and all between appears just as well grounded and rich in perspective — comes this gem associated with “Neoteny”:

The Islamic suicide terrorists and all their accessories to the crime — the engineer bomb maker, the recruiter, the sender, the escort, the charismatic leader, their mothers and fathers, their uncles, the clan, the tribe, the umma — are terrified because they, too, have been “neotenized”. ¬†They are developmentally arrested and have never been allowed to separate, individuate, mature, or be free, independent, self-sufficient, confident, and competent human beings. ¬†They live their early lives in the throes of terrorizing and shaming child-rearing practices. ¬†If one never separates psychologically, they are left with group think, a kind of herd mentality. ¬†The family, the community, and the culture embody and accept bad behavior as normative . . . .

For all curious as how it is that Islam, the Religion of Peace seems to be somewhere always wading in blood and unimaginable cruelty, The Jihadi Dictionary delivers answers and explanations aplenty — and they would seem to work.

BackChannels Aside

BackChannels has long maintained that Moscow today “plays” the Jihadists by using their own motivations, proclivities, tendencies, and weaknesses to incite, manipulate, and position the same in service to Moscow’s own medieval ends. ¬†As much fits with Soviet Russia’s long history of involvement with terrorism¬†and certainly this blog’s observation of Assad’s engineering the incubation of ISIL.

If the jihadist were not so predictable, the same would not be so useful to the politicians, like Assad, who have figured out how to get some use out of them.

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Address: Christopher Steele’s 2016 Report Involving President Elect Donald J. Trump

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Mark Schoofs, Investigations and Projects Editor at Buzzfeed (Twitter page), appears to have uploaded to “Document Cloud” the Christopher Steele report on President Elect Trump:

Company Intelligence Report 2016/080:¬†US Presidential Election: Republican Candidate Donald Trump’s Activities in Russia and Compromising Relationship with the Kremlin

Of note cogent to the ever philosophical BackChannels: this wrap in the first point:

Source C, a senior Russian financial official said the TRUMP operation should be seen in terms of PUTIN’s desire to return to Nineteenth Century ‘Great Power’ politics anchored upon countries interests rather than the ideals-based international order established after World War Two. ¬†S/he had overheard PUTIN talking in this way to close associates on several occasions.

The “Great Power politics” noted would seem to jive with BackChannels assertions about “Medieval Political Absolutism” vs “Modern Democratic and Checked Distributions of Political Power.”


Additional Reference

The US intelligence community has made no determination as of yet on the contents, but has deemed the documents sufficiently credible to warrant further investigation and included a summary of the dossier in briefing materials for both President Obama and President-elect Trump. It is worth noting that these leaders are all career professionals, including two non-political appointees, FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers, who have zero incentive to pick a fight with their future boss.

The author, former British intelligence Russia expert Chris Steele, is a highly regarded and experienced professional known for his integrity and professionalism; not the kind of guy to invent stuff out of thin air.

Dowling, Nick. ¬†“Is the Christopher Steele dossier fake news?” ¬†CNN, January 17, 2017.

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Estonia – Bugged by The Bear

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Captured from Google Maps.
Estonia, a country in Northern Europe, borders the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Finland. Including more than 1,500 islands, its diverse terrain spans rocky beaches, old-growth forest and many lakes. Formerly part of the Soviet Union, it’s dotted with castles, churches and hilltop fortresses. The capital, Tallinn, is known for its preserved Old Town, museums and the 314m-high Tallinn TV Tower, which has an observation deck.¬†Capital:Tallinn; Population:1.325 million (2013);¬†President:Kersti Kaljulaid;¬†Sources include:World Bank.

As “Moscow” — President Putin; the New Security State; the revanchist ultra-nationalist neo-imperial combine — continues to develop as a belligerent with obvious “credits”, so far, in Syria and Ukraine, the former and now free members of the Soviet Union have been rightly sensitive to the many returns of the KGB mob.

Two items from the former Soviet state caught BackChannels attention this morning:

The Russian Federation’s diplomat, who was caught by the police in a brothel behaving curiously served in Estonia temporarily, which means that the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had not been informed of his presence. In connection with the increasing intensity of Russia’s intelligence activities the number of temporary diplomats in the European Union countries has gone up as well.

V√§rk, Joosep. ¬†“Brothel patron lacked state acceptance.” ¬†Postimees Estonian News, December 23, 2016.

The “temporary diplomatic official” had been in-country with the barest minimum of Estonian awareness (and without diplomatic immunity). ¬†V√§rk Joosep’s reporting suggests there have been many such temporary figures in Estonia over the past two years.

A meeting between a member of US president-elect Donald Trump’s close circle and a pro-Putin member of the Russian State Duma in a Eastern European country was picked up by the Estonian Information Board, Newsweek wrote yesterday, based on information from several people with ties to the agency.

V√§rk, Joosep. ¬†“Estonian foreign intelligence in the spotlight.” ¬†Postimees Estonian News, January 12, 2017.

Related in Newsweek, possibly European edition, and as relayed by Estonian Public Broadcasting: “Newsweek: Estonian foreign intelligence eavesdropped on Russian official meeting Trump associate.” ¬†Estonian Public Broadcasting, January 11, 2017.

Of course the world is at war every day, but some days — and some places — are more quiet than others. ¬†Here on the cusp of an American Presidential Inauguration, these just beneath -the-radar activities tell a story about activity that add to what the world has seen put on display by Moscow, primarily, so BackChannels believes, in Syria and Ukraine.

The Newsweek category for Estonia relates well to the above and in this screen capture (made 1/16/2017/0930-EST) revealing:

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It would appear “The Bear” has been acting aggressively and Estonia has been standing up for itself with confidence in the NATO arrangement.

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Smearing Trump – A Glance at the Sketchy Information (Disinformation) Machinery

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Key Name Search: “Ivana Kamenski”.

The noun has been moving around the more suspect corners of the web as the “hooker who had sex with Donald Trump”.

As if?

BackChannels would strongly suggest “As if” on this one.

Two days ago, good ol’ “World News Daily” shouted¬†“Russian Hooker Who Had Sex with Donald Trump Mocks His “Tiny Penis” (January 13, 2017)¬†and put up a composite photo (since cropped by BackChannels) featuring this babe:

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Oh, but lookee here (screen-captured and sized for this blog):

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Last February, The New York Daily News gave the same woman play as “Svetlana Zakharova” AKA “Svetlana Travis” AKA “Svetlana Travis Zakharova” in a piece titled, “The former $5G-a-night Russian call girl who accused Eliot Spitzer of choking her appears to write a cryptic social media post about being ‘silent'” (February 19, 2016).

What do you make of that?

A Facebook friend on the Traditional Far Left — the Aesthetic Left, the Left of guitar players and poets and magical brownies — shared with me this morning the World News Daily piece. ¬†The look-up that followed brought a host of similar put-ups from the alley off the mainstream of everything. ¬†BackChannels let the matter drop for a few hours — and then thought to look again for the shocker to emerge in the staid BBC or ever respectable Reuters — and so far, so good: the “news” shared to BackChannels this morning by the perhaps Naive Aesthetic Left appears a true paste-up.

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Trump vs Steele – An Emerging Credibility Gap

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Fusion GPS had been hired by Republican opponents of Mr Trump in September 2015. In June 2016 Mr Steele came on the team. He was, and continues to be, highly regarded in the intelligence world. In July, Mr Trump won the Republican nomination and the Democrats became new employers of Mr Steele and Fusion GPS.

In the same month Mr Steele produced a memo, which went to the FBI, stating that Mr Trump’s campaign team had agreed to a Russian request to dilute attention on Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine. Four days later Mr Trump stated that he would recognise Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. A month later officials involved in his campaign asked the Republican party’s election platform to remove a pledge for military assistance to the Ukrainian government against separatist rebels in the east of the country.

Sengupta, Kim. ¬†“Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months.” ¬†Independent, January 14, 2016.

This scandal that has come out of the shadows — by way of the findings of the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele as a consultant of highest repute; by way of the associated imprimatur of the highly experienced and respected former British ambassador Sir Andrew Wood — may not be returned to them.

The story appears to be taking off, a BackChannels’ opinion based on so many options for searching up the “Trump Kompromat” story.

The political mobs, among other interests, seldom appreciate hearing how they have been snookered, but they may have to hear as much as more comes to light.

As well acknowledged by the press, American President Elect Trump has moved to dismiss Steele’s report as fiction concocted by his political enemies, first within the Republican Party, and after his nomination, then in the Democratic Party that picked up on the availability of the consulting firm Fusion GPS (URL references Daily Mail, January 13, 2017).

Be that as it may, British MI6 — in fiction and film, James Bond’s outfit — has, as may America’s CIA, the deepest imaginable investment in producing for the state’s highest and most information privileged officials, clear, accurate, and complete intelligence in service to the state’s defense and interests. ¬†The highest integrity — and loyalty — may be expected of such agents. ¬†It is against that tradition that Trump throws chafe.

Trump and others may have been better off citing Moscow’s KGB history of “Active Measures” and “Disinformation” as a potential cause for Steele’s findings, i.e, Steele had been “played” by Moscow. ¬†That ¬†would have taken the story into the parallel universe of espionage and just as well — at the some future date — into the theaters.

This day may be too late for merely dumping Steele’s outrageous claims — ah, but Steele has behind him a terrific reputation for integrity — on Moscow’s prowess at playing “Spy vs Spy”.

President Elect Trump may be counted on to play “Trust me” with his developing authority as an American president, but there’s an old guard too of Federal government employees and an American Press — the “Fourth Estate” — known for its extraordinary tenacity when challenged by an especially curious political scandal and mystery.


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The response to the information from the FBI, he recalled, was “shock and horror.” After a few weeks, the bureau asked him for information on his sources and their reliability and on how he had obtained his reports. He was also asked to continue to send copies of his subsequent reports to the bureau. These reports were not written, he noted, as finished work products; they were updates on what he was learning from his various sources. But he said, “My track record as a professional is second to no one.”

Corn, David. “The Spy Who Wrote the Trump-Russia Memos: “Hair-Raising” Stuff.” ¬†Mother Jones, January 13, 2017.


Goodman, Alana. ¬†“Meet the espionage firm which ordered Trump ‘dirty dossier’ – a secretive D.C. firm which has aided Planned Parenthood and attacked Mitt Romney’s friends.” ¬†Daily Mail UK, January 13, 2017.


After he left the spy service, Steele supplied the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation with information on corruption at FIFA, international soccer’s governing body.

It was his work on corruption in international soccer that lent credence to his reporting on Trump’s entanglements in Russia, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

Hosenball, Mark. ¬†“Former MI6 spy known to U.S. agencies is author of reports on Trump in Russia.” ¬†Reuters, January 12, 2017.


Hughes, Laura. ¬†“Former British ambassador to Russia warned US of Donald Trump ‘dirty dossier’.” ¬†The Telegraph, January 13, 2016.


To some, the dossier’s errors and far-out claims stand in stark contrast to Steele’s usual approach to intelligence-gathering. West noted that only one intelligence officer was listed as a direct source.

“Nobody is saying he believes in any of this,” West said. “What he was hired to do was write a series of reports based on info he could glean from his contacts. His contacts are very good but they’re more in the business community than the intel community.”

Neubert, Michele, Ken Dilanian, Cassandra Vinograd, and Tracy Connor. ¬†“Christopher Steele, Trump Dossier Author, Is a Real-Life James Bond.” ¬†NBC News, January 13, 2017.

The talk comes from writer Nigel West, the nom de pen of Rupert Allason, whose Wikipedia entry notes the following:

In 2001 Allason sued Random House, the publishers of The Enigma Spy, the autobiography of the former Soviet agent John Cairncross. Allason claimed he had ghostwritten The Enigma Spy in return for the copyright and 50 per cent of the proceeds. However, Allason lost the case and was ordered to pay costs of around ¬£200,000. In passing judgment the trial judge said that Allason was “a profoundly dishonest man” and “one of the most dishonest witnesses I have ever seen”.[9][10][11] In September 2005, Allason was threatened with prison for contempt of court in relation to paying the damages from the 2001 case.[12][13][14]

Sigh.


In an alarming Twitter post, the Russian embassy in London suggested Steele was still working for MI6 and ‚Äėbriefing both ways‚Äô against Mr Trump and Moscow.
A Russian embassy spokesman said the tweet ‚Äď which said ‚ÄėMI6 officers are never ex‚Äô ‚Äď ‚Äėreflected the mood in Russia‚Äô.

Robinson, Martin. ¬†“‘I don’t think he made it up… but he doesn’t always draw the correct judgement’: Ex-UK Moscow ambassador admits he was middle man who tipped off John McCain to Trump ‘dirty dossier’.” ¬†Daily Mail, January 12, 2017.


Sengupta, Kim. ¬†“Former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s frustration as FBI sat on Donald Trump Russia file for months.” ¬†Independent, January 14, 2016.

Townsend, Mark and David Smith. ¬†“Senior British politicians ‘targeted by Kremlin’ for smear campaigns.” ¬†The Guardian, January 14, 2017.

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Trump’s Alleged “Kompromat”

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A spokesman for the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, on Wednesday denied¬†Russia has collected compromising information on Trump and dismissed news reports as a ‚Äúcomplete fabrication and utter nonsense‚ÄĚ. ¬†Dmitry Peskov insisted that the Kremlin ‚Äúdoes not engage in collecting compromising material‚ÄĚ.

In the material quoted, the URL goes directly to The Guardian article in which both denials appeared.

Well, here’s a still recent header that contradicts the point: “Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them” (The New York Times, December 9, 2016).

‚ÄúThe whole affair is Kafkaesque,‚ÄĚ Mr. Bukovsky said in an interview. ‚ÄúYou not only have to prove you are not guilty but that you are innocent.‚ÄĚ He insisted that he was the victim of a new and particularly noxious form of an old K.G.B. dirty trick known as kompromat, the fabrication and planting of compromising or illegal material.

Old-style kompromat featured doctored photographs, planted drugs, grainy videos of liaisons with prostitutes hired by the K.G.B., and a wide range of other primitive entrapment techniques.

In Reference, the RAND article,¬†“Beyond the Headlines: RAND’s Christopher Paul Discusses the Russian ‘Firehose of Falsehood'”, December 13, 2017, contains a summary of KGB/(FSB) methods in Russia’s massive perversion of information intended to scramble reasoning and politically divide and diminish political coherence in the EU and NATO states.

Incidentally, BackChannel’s sources have suggested the Kremlin employs more than 800,000 Russians in its Information Warfare capacity. ¬†What that may mean for those invested in integrity and truth-telling worldwide, and whether for business, government, or personal conscience, is that Russia maintains a veritable army of professed liars whose paid mission is to confuse, disinform, and disrupt the processes of reason itself in each mind across hundreds of millions of souls.

For near corroboration of the above-cited figure, BackChannels directs the reader to Owen Matthews article in Politico: “Vladimir Putin resurrects the KGB” (September 28, 2016).

Shadows

In the world in which the latest Trump scandal is unfolding, there appears both a natural limit to what the public may know with certainty and a stranger-than-fiction aspect that fairly begs credulity. ¬†Nonetheless: as regards President Elect Trump, the American electorate certainly heard the ” . . . grab them by the pussy” comment released as an information grenade only weeks before the general election, and it has by now accumulated awareness of the President’s character in business in ways possibly unsurpassed in history. ¬†If ever an American President were examined like an organism, this one has been diced, sliced, smeared, and laid out on the slide bed of the highest resolution political microscope ever imagined.

The multiple images of damage — offhand remarks; a relationship with the world’s foremost political consultant to dictatorships (Paul Manafort); family relationships that go back to the Soviet Era and include fluency in Russian — then too, the family is immensely gifted with multilingual talent; possible Russian real estate interests as a matter of “business empire” deeply invested in real estate development — may continue to accumulate even though the truth remains sketchy — or held close by governments plunged into a different kind of war.

Trump’s “Russian Phantoms” — Manafort, Manafort-Kilimnik (relationship), Millian and any related business that has or may come to light — have already dogged the incoming Administration, and more may come to light as the Inauguration approaches.


Searches applied while developing¬†this post:¬†“KGB, Kompromat”;¬†“Russian Influence Operations”;¬†“Trump, Compromised”;¬†“Trump, Russian Fluency”;¬†“Trump Family, Russian Fluency”.


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Bilingual Kidspot. ¬†“President Donald Trump and his Multilingual Family.” ¬†November 9, 2016.

Borger, Julian. ¬†“John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI.” ¬†The Guardian, January 11, 2017.


‚ÄúThe ultimate goal of Kremlin hostile influence and disinformation operations is to weaken its opponents‚Äô will to resist,‚ÄĚ Jakub Janda, deputy director of nonpartisan think tank European Values, explained in an email from Prague. ‚ÄúSimply to manipulate the West, its politicians and its societies to stop resisting invasions of the Russian Federation to foreign countries.

In Europe, the East StratCom Task Force issues a ‚ÄúDisinformation Review‚ÄĚ every week, giving a round-up of pro-Kremlin disinformation in Europe and beyond.

Eakin, Britain. ¬†“Experts Dissect Russian Disinformation in the U.S. Election.” ¬†Courthouse News, January 10, 2017.


In its most lurid allegation, the report alleges that Trump defiled a hotel suite in which the Obamas had stayed during a Moscow visit. Trump allegedly brought prostitutes to the Ritz Carlton suite, bugged by the FSB, the KGB‚Äôs successor. There, Trump allegedly ordered the prostitutes to perform ‚Äúgolden showers‚ÄĚ in front of him.

Groll, Elias. ¬†“Explosive, But Unsubstantiated, Intel Dossier Alleges Russia has “Kompromat” on Trump.” ¬†The Cable, Foreign Policy, January 10, 2017.


‚ÄúThe whole affair is Kafkaesque,‚ÄĚ Mr. Bukovsky said in an interview. ‚ÄúYou not only have to prove you are not guilty but that you are innocent.‚ÄĚ He insisted that he was the victim of a new and particularly noxious form of an old K.G.B. dirty trick known as kompromat, the fabrication and planting of compromising or illegal material.

Old-style kompromat featured doctored photographs, planted drugs, grainy videos of liaisons with prostitutes hired by the K.G.B., and a wide range of other primitive entrapment techniques.

Higgens, Andrew. ¬†“Foes of Russia Say Child Pornography Is Planted to Ruin Them.” ¬†The New York Times, December 9, 2016.


Holland, Steve. ¬†“Trump says Russia did not try to compromise him, assails spy agencies.” ¬†Reuters, January 11, 2017.

Landay, Jonathan and John Walcott. ¬†“Trump given unverified reports that Russia had damaging details about him.” ¬†Reuters, January 11, 2017.

Levitz, Eric. ¬†“Intel Chiefs Presented Trump With Claims That Russia Has “Compromised” Him.” New York, January 10, 2017.

Matthews, Owen. ¬†“Vladimir Putin resurrects the KGB.” ¬†Politico, September 28, 2016.

RAND Corporation. ¬†“Information Operations”¬†& “Beyond the Headlines: RAND’s Christopher Paul Discusses the Russian ‘Firehose of Falsehood'”, December 13, 2017.

West, Tara. ¬†“Melania Trump Makes History as First Immigrant First Lady, Fluent in Five Languages.” ¬†Inquisitor, November 9, 2016.

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