[MPN News] Since the apparent death by suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in a Manhattan prison, much has come to light about his depraved activities and methods used to sexually abuse underage girls and entrap the rich and powerful for the purposes of blackmail. Epstein’s ties to intelligence, described in-depth in a recent MintPress investigative series, have continued to receive minimal mainstream media coverage, which has essentially moved on from the Epstein scandal despite the fact that his many co-conspirators remain on the loose.
For those who have examined Epstein’s ties to intelligence, there are clear links to both U.S. intelligence and Israeli intelligence, leaving it somewhat open to debate as to which country’s intelligence apparatus was closest to Epstein and most involved in his blackmail/sex-trafficking activities. A recent interview given by a former high-ranking official in Israeli military intelligence has claimed that Epstein’s sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians in the United States and abroad.
In an interview with Zev Shalev, former CBS News executive producer and award-winning investigative journalist for Narativ, the former senior executive for Israel’s Directorate of Military Intelligence, Ari Ben-Menashe, claimed not only to have met Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, back in the 1980s, but that both Epstein and Maxwell were already working with Israeli intelligence during that time period.
"THEY FOUND A NICHE"
In an interview last week with the independent outlet Narativ, Ben-Menashe, who himself was involved in Iran-Contra arms deals, told his interviewer Zev Shalev that he had been introduced to Jeffrey Epstein by Robert Maxwell in the mid-1980s while Maxwell’s and Ben-Menashe’s involvement with Iran-Contra was ongoing. Ben-Menashe did not specify the year he met Epstein.
Ben-Menashe told Shalev that "he [Maxwell] wanted us to accept him [Epstein] as part of our group .... I’m not denying that we were at the time a group that it was Nick Davies [Foreign Editor of the Maxwell-Owned Daily Mirror], it was Maxwell, it was myself and our team from Israel, we were doing what we were doing." Past reporting by Seymour Hersh and others revealed that Maxwell, Davies and Ben-Menashe were involved in the transfer and sale of military equipment and weapons from Israel to Iran on behalf of Israeli intelligence during this time period.
He then added that Maxwell had stated during the introduction that "your Israeli bosses have already approved" of Epstein. Shalev later noted that Maxwell "had an extensive network in Israel at the time, which included [the later Prime Minister] Ariel Sharon, according to Ben-Menashe."
Ari Ben-Menashe (Hebrew: ארי בן מנשה; born Tehran, 4 December 1951) is an Iranian-born Israeli businessman, security consultant and author. He was previously an employee of Israel's Military Intelligence Directorate from 1977 to 1987 and an arms dealer. He now lives in Montreal, Canada, and runs an international commodity exporting firm, Traeger Resources and Logistics Inc.
He’s the one who leaked the Iran-Contra story to the press.
It's not like he was a dedicated asset for a particular govt. Mercenary services of several kinds are employed by almost all apparatus around the world. Why, he could have worked for Russians, Chinese, Americans, anyone at any time and his immediate loyalties could have overlapped and intersected at any point. He was a service provider, plain and simple. He used his means to live this wild life, and wielded this power over compromised people and that's what got him killed. I assume there are several such service providers still in the US. They would enjoy the confidence of several bureaucrats and politicians.
Rich, powerful people need their indulgences and a safe space to enjoy what their power purchases. Men like Epstein supply that need and acquire information, favors, leverage etc over the years. Most of the time they do not even put it on the market at all.
I've read and heard about his stupid ideas of populating his estate with mini epsteins, spraying his sperm around. If the Israelis, or any credible agency was running him, mental instability alone would invite a 'termination'. The Farm people regularly choose to keep working with such unstable elements though.
I don't believe it even now - the clumsiness of it.
If the modern intelligence agencies of the US were more than pale shadows of their former selves, both in a capabilty and a moral sense, Hugo Chavez would have slipped on a banana peel on an up escalator and had a fatal concussion when his head hit the ceiling.
Looking at the Zimbabwe story.. I think the guy is a cutout for spreading disinformation, kind of like Steele. Maybe he's right, maybe he's wrong, but at most it's probably a half truth told with a lot of malice. Best to not believe anything if you didn't administer the sodium pentathol yourself.
[Conservative Treehouse] Joe diGenova and Victoria Toensing appeared on Fox News to discuss issues surrounding the ongoing investigations of Inspector General Michael Horowitz and U.S. Attorney John Durham. Mr. diGenova and Ms. Toensing bring the tick-tock hammer to the audience.
According to Ms. Toensing the upcoming IG report is going to be "very bad for people in the Obama administration." Toensing went on to say, according to her sources, "it’s going to be worse than you can imagine."
Mr. diGenova went on to say: "it’s going to be devastating" ... "it’s going to ruin careers" etc. Mr diGenova has a great deal of confidence in AG Barr, Horowitz and Durham.
The grand jury/jury process is safely outside the Shitshow, and seems to have worked very well recently -- cf. the findings in the Michael Brown case in Ferguson MO and the verdict in the Oberlin / Gibson's defamation + tortious interference trial.
There's reason to be confident that things are finally turning around.
[Victory Girls] Rick Rescorla, a soldier and a hero. From the battlefields of Vietnam to that sunny day on September 11, 2001, Rick Rescorla saved lives. Last night President Trump posthumously awarded Rick Rescorla the Presidential Citizens Award.
"President Trump gave out the Presidential Citizens Medal on Thursday to a deceased hero of the 9/11 terror attacks, credited with saving the lives of thousands of people.
The honor was given to the late Rick Rescorla, a Brisith-born Vietnam vet, who was in charge of security for the financial firm Morgan Stanley, located in the Twin Towers.
When the first plane hit the North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, Rescorla started evacuating employees in the South Tower, calming them down when a second plane hit their tower too.
Rescorla saved the lives of nearly 2,700, but not his own. He was last seen climbing the stairs of the South Tower trying to save more."
There is so much more to Rick’s story. He was a British paratrooper who served with the British Army on Cyprus and then in Rhodesia. Not long after that he emigrated to the United States and joined the Army. This man, who had already been in battle, joined up in time to go to battle again. This time at the Battle of la Drang. The loss of the men he served with never left him. It is his photo that is the cover of "We Were Soldiers Once...And Young."
"In 1965 Rescorla knew war. His men did not, yet. To steady them, to break their concentration away from the fear that may grip a man when he realizes there are hundreds of men very close by who want to kill him, Rescorla sang. Mostly he sang dirty songs that would make a sailor blush. Interspersed with the lyrics was the voice of command: ’Fix bayonets...on liiiiine...reaaaa-dy...forward.’ It was a voice straight from Waterloo, from the Somme, implacable, impeccable, impossible to disobey. His men forgot their fear, concentrated on his orders and marched forward as he led them straight into the pages of history: 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry...’Hard Corps.’"
Years later, as head of security for Morgan Stanley, Rick found himself in another fight. One against terrorism. After the first attack on the Twin Towers, Rick instituted mandatory evacuation drills. He KNEW that another attack would happen. He wanted every person who worked in those offices to be prepared. He wanted every person in those offices to be able to react immediately.
On that day, that fateful day when terrorists tried to bring us to our knees, Rick Rescorla’s planning and training saved lives. 2,700 lives in fact. While building personnel were ordering people to stay at their desks, Rick bullied Morgan Stanley employees into moving out to safety.
And before anyone had ever heard of the affirmative action washout and British colonial-hating cokehead who would gain the White House and in all likelihood-- as Besoeker implies-- ensure that Rick Rescorla's memory not receive its due praise and honor.
I love her
[Red State] For over a month now it has been an open secret in Washington that the so-called whistleblower whose complaint kicked off the impeachment farce led by Adam Schiff is a CIA employee named Eric Ciaramella. Ciaramella has ties to the Democrat party, to Joe Biden, to John Brennan, to Democrat operative Alexandra Chalupa, and was booted from the National Security Council for leaking information designed to damage the Trump administration.
What a charmer that man is, to be sure.
Ciaramella's allies are gaslighting us by falsely claiming that Ciaramella is owed "anonymity" for his perfidy. This is simply a lie in all aspects. The only person, according to law or regulation who can't release Ciaramella's name is the Intelligence Community IG. Whistleblower status merely gives him immunity from retribution based on this action, it does not cover public shaming or disciplinary actions not related to the complaint. For instance, we know that Ciaramella was not cleared to see the transcript of the Trump call to Ukraine President Zelensky. By accessing that information and then bundling it into a complaint he broke the law. That is actionable. In fact, hammering whistleblowers on unrelated actions was raised to an art form in the Obama administration. FB is deleting posts their bots find with his name.
[KnoxNews] "I’ll fold on Russia, but I’m going to raise you on Ukraine."
That’s essentially the poker hand House Democrats are playing in their zeal to do something, anything, to get rid of sometimes-bizarre President Donald Trump. Impeachment is the last card Democrats have to play, and they’ve thrown it on the table.
There are two principal reasons for the current Capitol Hill Circus, the same reasons that dominate on virtually everything in D.C.: hold onto and expand power. Government at its core is an organism, and organisms have two basic functions, to survive and reproduce, which means the Washington priority is to keep their jobs and increase their authority.
"It’s really about power," says U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett, who represents Tennessee’s 2nd Congressional District and sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, one of the committees engaged in the impeachment inquiry. "Both parties and their leaderships want to keep it or get it from the others."
The Mueller Report was the card Democrats thought would show Trump’s campaign was in cahoots with Russia to turn the 2016 election. For months, Democratic leaders spoke of the two-year investigation in breathless, apocalyptic intonations. They bet the pot on the Mueller Report, and came away from the table empty-handed.
The Democrat’s frustration is that although the deficit is growing, the economy overall is doing well. The stock market is way up, and unemployment is way down. If the economy’s strength holds, it evokes the enduring mantra of 1992 Bill Clinton presidential campaign ("It’s the economy, stupid"), which would mean Trump is in a strong position to win re-election.
The Democrats’ top three contenders for president, according to the most recent polling, are Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden. Sens. Warren and Sanders, if they promise any more free stuff (at taxpayer expense), they could campaign in red suits from reindeer-drawn sleighs with elves on the back. Former Vice President Biden can’t seem to locate many positions he’s held in the past in which he now believes.
Therefore, Democrats have two options, unless the economy does a fast and hard dive between now and Election Day:
Hope that the electorate will spurn the economy and vote based on what candidates are promising.
Generate enough crud that voters come down with Trump Fatigue.
[American Thinker] There is a fascinating tidbit that suggests a cooperating witness may be helping build the case against the coup plotters. I have for a long time suspected that Lisa Page could turn state’s evidence when it comes to plea deal time in the investigation of the investigators on the Russia Hoax.
The former FBI attorney serving Deputy Director Andrew McCabe saw her adulterous affair with Peter Strzok exposed, and the lovebirds broke up. Page lost her job, compounding the humiliation and sore feelings.
More to the point during the summer of 2018, when questioned behind closed doors by Congress (this was when the GOP ran the House), Page contradicted testimony offered by Strzok.
She should be taken care of better than Epstein [who didn’t kill himself], and don’t let Kankles visit her. Maybe witness protection people should do the job. They seem to have a better record of protection than others, who shall remain unnamed.
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[VictorHanson] Donald Trump's 2016 campaign sought to overturn 75 years of bipartisan foreign policy orthodoxy, especially as it applied to the Middle East.
From 1946 to 1989, the Cold War logic was to use both surrogates and U.S. expeditionary forces to stop the spread of Communist insurrections and coups ‐ without confronting the nuclear-armed USSR directly unless it became a matter of perceived Western survival, as it did with the Berlin airlift and the Cuban missile crises.
That logic led to major conflicts like Vietnam and Korea, limited wars in the Middle East and Balkans, interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean, and occasional nation-building in conquered lands. Tens of thousands of Americans died, trillions of dollars were spent, and the Soviet Union and most of its satellites vanished. "We won the Cold War" was more or less true.
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Sorry, but I'm with Elmerert on this one. Of course, one should know for sure exactly where to hit back. But without mercy, or humanist hesitation hit back one must. This alone is deterrence.
The west has long lost the opportunity for 'deterrence'. Today, it's a question of holding the ramparts. But the top dawg position to wield deterrence can be brought back. You need another mushroom cloud though.
"Deterrence is the art of producing in the mind of the enemy the fear to attack."
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In fact the enemy has produced in many governments around the world the fear to attack. The reasoning given is 'Herbish'. If you kill their kind, the remnant shall wage war on you. You will never sleep safely in your beds again.
The prescription by this logic ?
'Brush their excesses against your kind away as isolated incidents and try to forget. You're still a better economy, you have... pizza pie and fast cars, hollywood. The poor sasquatch is in a shithole, a hell of his own making. Take comfort in this and live.'
This is why the next country that attacks us....let's say Syria...we should reduce to the stone age, destroy every piece of modern infrastructure in the nation. Mine every road, destroy every bridge, power station, water treatment plant, etc. It should come immediately, hard and without mercy or compassion. This will provide a real example of deterrence and hopefully inspire real terror in any thought of attacking the US. If we need eyes on the ground for this fine, but they go in and out and don't stay. Eliminate every aspect of modern life in the country. Will many die? Yes. But I believe in protecting my nation, and that of our allies. Everyone else, be nice and we will be nice, be mean and suffer fire and death raining from the sky until you're reduced to banging rocks together to make fire if we haven't helpfully napalmed something near you.
And as the stunned and doomed survivors come out of the wreckage, tell the world, "If this happens again, we're gonna be angry and we won't be so nice next time."
[AnNahar] As U.S. troops beef up in eastern Syria to protect oil fields, residents hope their mission will bring stability and prosperity to the remote and resource-rich region ‐and keep the Syrian government out.
Their hopes reflect the expectations being piled onto the operation, even as President Donald Trump ...the Nailer of NAFTA... flip-flopped on the scope and duration of troops deployment. He initially ordered all troops out of Syria last month, then decided to keep a force in place to hold the oil infrastructure.
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Corruption is the major factor in making a sh*thole. The punishments for corruption should be both draconian and exotic. Unfortunately, in our bifurcated system, you can get away with almost any amount of corruption if you are part of the democrat machine or deep state. Sh*thole status, here we come...
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Yupp. 'Exotic punishments' will clean up a system, yessir. Also, cop salaries could be raised and those of congressmen lowered ?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.