Hello !
Recent Appearances... Rantburg

The Grand Turk
Turkey to host new summit to tackle Syria conflict
2019-12-06
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the occupiers of Greek Asia Minor...
will host a summit on Syria in February with the leaders of La Belle France, Germany and Britannia amid ongoing tensions over the conflict, President His Enormity, Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan the First
...Turkey's version of Mohammed Morsi but they voted him back in so they deserve him. It's a sin, a shame, and a felony to insult the president of Turkey. In Anatolia did Recep Bey a stately Presidential Palace decree, that has 1100 rooms. That's 968 more than in the White House, 400 more than in Versailles, and 325 more than Buckingham Palace, so you know who's really more important...
said in comments published Thursday.

It follows their meeting on Tuesday in London on the sidelines of the NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
summit.

Deep differences remain over Turkey’s offensive in October against Kurdish Death Eaters in northern Syrian, who had been a key ally for the West against the ISIS.

That triggered a bitter verbal exchange between Erdogan and French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of the NATO summit.

But Macron said their four-way meeting had helped "clear up misunderstandings" despite the continuing refusal by Western powers to label Syrian Kurdish Death Eaters as terrorists.

"We agreed that we would do this four-way summit at least once a year. The second summit will be in Istanbul in February," Erdogan said, according to state news agency Anadolu.

He criticized the insistence of the three leaders on when Turkey would leave northern Syria.

"We said to them, ’What is your business there? Do you have a border?’ No. ’Are you harassed by any fire?’ No. ’Are there attacks?’ No."

Russian President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
is also due to visit Istanbul on January 8, with Syria and energy issues on the agenda.

Related:
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 2019-12-04 Macron claims Turkey is working with ISIS in Syria
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 2019-11-26 Erdogan claims Turkey seized US arms given to Kurdish forces for ISIS fight in north Syria
Recep Tayyip Erdogan: 2019-11-26 Ilhan Omar 'Qatari Asset,' Florida Court hears
Related:
ISIS: 2019-12-04 Talks in Iraq capital as violence hits shrine cities
ISIS: 2019-12-04 Yezidi woman rescued by Iraqi Army near Ramadi
ISIS: 2019-12-04 Diyala villagers flee spike in attacks by resurging Islamic State
Related:
Emmanuel Macron: 2019-12-04 Macron claims Turkey is working with ISIS in Syria
Emmanuel Macron: 2019-12-01 France's Macron: I'm not sorry I called NATO brain dead
Emmanuel Macron: 2019-11-30 Cyprus, Greece decry Turkey-Libya maritime border deal
Related:
Vladimir Putin: 2019-12-04 Fusion GPS Leaders: Chris Steele Hired Us First ‐ to Find Manafort Dirt for Russian Oligarch
Vladimir Putin: 2019-12-02 SDF agrees to allow Russian troops to enter several areas in Raqqa, Hasakah
Vladimir Putin: 2019-12-01 Russia tests hypersonic missile in Arctic
Link


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Putin says Russia ready to extend New START treaty by year-end
2019-12-06
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Russia is ready by the end of this year to extend the New START nuclear arms control treaty without extra conditions and further discussion, President Vladimir Putin
...President-for-Life of Russia. He gets along well with other presidents for life. He is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law, which occasionally results in somebody dropping dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substance. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to him. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile or dead from poisoning by polonium or other interesting substances...
said on Thursday, Interfax news agency reported.

The New START accord, which expires in February 2021, is the last major nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States and limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads they can deploy.

The pact, which was signed in 2010 by US President Barack Obama
teachable moment...
and then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers.

The treaty, which can be extended by another five years, envisages a comprehensive verification mechanism to check compliance, including on-site inspections of each side’s nuclear bases.

Its expiration would remove any limits on Russian and US nuclear arsenals for the first time in decades.

Arms control advocates have argued that the failure to extend the pact would be highly destabilizing at a time when Russia-US relations have sunk to the lowest levels since the Cold War.

Putin and other Russian officials have repeatedly voiced concern about Washington’s reluctance to discuss the treaty’s extension.

"Our proposals have been on the table, but we have got no response from our partners," Putin said.

In Washington, a Pentagon brasshat suggested the Trump administration is not interested in an immediate extension and sees no rush anyway as New Start doesn’t expire until February 2021.

Related:
Vladimir Putin: 2019-12-04 Fusion GPS Leaders: Chris Steele Hired Us First ‐ to Find Manafort Dirt for Russian Oligarch
Vladimir Putin: 2019-12-02 SDF agrees to allow Russian troops to enter several areas in Raqqa, Hasakah
Vladimir Putin: 2019-12-01 Russia tests hypersonic missile in Arctic
Related:
Barack Obama: 2019-12-02 U.S. Court Denies Trump Administration Bid To Resume Federal Executions
Barack Obama: 2019-12-01 Mitt Romney: The National Dad No One Asked For
Barack Obama: 2019-11-30 Former President of Poland says Hunter Biden DID get on the board of Ukrainian energy firm thanks to dad - but he 'never abused his position'
Related:
Dmitry Medvedev: 2018-08-15 Arms, Investment and 'Instructors': Russia Boosts Africa Role
Dmitry Medvedev: 2018-06-17 Every other Russian male under 34 is unemployed.
Dmitry Medvedev: 2018-01-31 US Releases 'Putin List' of Russians Eligible for Sanctions
Link


-Lurid Crime Tales-
DOJ watchdog finds FBI omitted details about Steele dossier in FISA renewal applications
2019-12-05
[Washington Examiner] The Justice Department watchdog found omissions in renewal applications the FBI submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court seeking warrants to monitor onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

A draft of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report, due out next week, shows the FBI failed to convey to the court that not all of the information it used from British ex-spy Christopher Steele was entirely reliable, according to the Washington Post.

Steele was an FBI informant enlisted to research then-presidential candidate Donald Trump by Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that had been hired by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's campaign. Steele's Democratic funding, his strong desire for Trump to lose, and the possible flaws with his dossier were not revealed to the court governed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

His dossier on alleged ties between Trump and Russia was used by the FBI to obtain the authority to wiretap Page, an American who had suspicious connections to the Russians. The first warrant application was submitted in October 2016, after which there were three renewals at three-month intervals, including ones in January, April, and June 2017. Page was never charged with wrongdoing, and special counsel Robert Mueller determined in his investigation there was insufficient evidence to establish criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

FBI agents interviewed one of Steele's subsources and found that Steele's raw intelligence, in need of further verification, was not completely reliable. Horowitz's investigators found the FBI failed to convey this information in the later applications, but according to sources familiar with a draft of the report, the omissions were "apparently" not sufficient enough for the watchdog to conclude the applications should have been rejected.
Link


Home Front: Politix
AG Barr Disagrees with IG on Whether Trump Surveillance Justified
2019-12-05
[BREITBART] Attorney General William Barr reportedly disagrees with a finding by the forthcoming Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) report that the FBI had sufficient reason to monitor the Trump campaign in 2016.

The FBI conducted surveillance on Trump campaign associates, including foreign policy aide Carter Page, on the basis of suspicions that the campaign might have been colluding with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election.

No evidence of collusion was ever found, though the surveillance continued well after the election, and the fact that the FBI was investigating the Trump campaign over Russia was leaked to Democrats and to the mainstream media.

The IG report is expected to criticize the FBI for the way in which it approached the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to obtain a warrant for that surveillance. The FBI partly relied upon the so-called "dossier" prepared by former British spy Remington Christopher Steele for Fusion GPS, an opposition research company being paid by the Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Republicans have claimed that the FBI failed to corroborate the unproven allegations in the dossier, and hid its political origins from the FISA court.

But there have been conflicting leaks about what the report, which is set to be released next Monday, will say about misconduct at the FBI. Several individuals have already seen drafts of the report, as they are mentioned in it.

The Washington Post reported Monday evening that IG Michael Horowitz, an B.O. regime appointee, had concluded that there was, in fact, sufficient evidence to justify what Barr earlier called "spying" on the campaign.

Barr reportedly disagreed, though a spokesperson for the DOJ dismissed reports of a dispute between Barr and Horowitz: "Rather than speculating, people should read the report for themselves next week," she said.

Link


Home Front: Politix
Will The FISA Report Address Whether Christopher Steele Lied To The FBI
2019-12-05
[DAILYCALLER] One of the mysteries looming over the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation is whether dossier author Remington Christopher Steele lied to the bureau regarding his contacts with journalists.

Two GOP senators, Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham
...soft-spoken senator from South Carolina, former best buddy of John Maverick McCain. Since McCain's demise, Graham has become more outspoken, more Republican and more of a supporter of President Trump. The speech he gave in support of Brett Kavanaugh was downright manly and really cheesed off the Dems...
, referred Steele for investigation in January 2018, but there have been no updates about the status of the probe.

That could change Monday when the Justice Department’s inspector general releases a report that will detail the FBI’s relationship with Steele.
Related:
Christopher Steele: 2019-12-04 Fusion GPS Leaders: Chris Steele Hired Us First ‐ to Find Manafort Dirt for Russian Oligarch
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-29 Johnson’s Conservatives break fundraising record, unions donate to Labour
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-25 UK's Johnson promises Brexit for Christmas in election manifesto
Related:
Chuck Grassley: 2019-11-23 Senators demand details of Obama-Ukraine meetings
Chuck Grassley: 2019-10-23 Grassley Suspects ‘Deep State' Is Responsible For Delay In FISA Abuse Report
Chuck Grassley: 2019-10-19 State Department finds violations by 38 people in Clinton emails review
Related:
Lindsey Graham: 2019-11-30 Former President of Poland says Hunter Biden DID get on the board of Ukrainian energy firm thanks to dad - but he 'never abused his position'
Lindsey Graham: 2019-11-29 Hunter Biden’s ‘baby mama’ Lunden Roberts was stripper at club he frequented
Lindsey Graham: 2019-11-27 The Bidens don't get a free pass
Link


-Lurid Crime Tales-
Fusion GPS Leaders: Chris Steele Hired Us First ‐ to Find Manafort Dirt for Russian Oligarch
2019-12-04
[Breitbart] Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm behind the infamous "pee dossier" on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, was first hired by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to obtain damaging information on Paul Manafort ‐ weeks before the firm hired him to produce his now-discredited, conspiracy-weaving dossier.

The explosive admission was made by Fusion GSP co-founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch in the pair’s recently-released book ‐ Crime in Progress ‐ and highlighted in a Monday report by American Greatness.

"Weeks before Trump tapped Manafort to run his campaign, Christopher Steele had hired Fusion for help investigating Manafort," write Fritsch and Simpson. "The matter had nothing to do with politics and was a typical commercial assignment."

The Fusion GPS co-founders say their firm cut a nominal agreement to "research Manafort’s finances" for a client of Steele, now infamous for authoring a dossier alleging collusion between President Trump and the Kremlin.

Fritsch and Simpson contend that the retired Secret Intelligence Service MI6 agent’s client was Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch and close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deripaska sought to determine whether Manafort had stolen money from him, according to the book.

"[Christopher Steele] did not disclose the ultimate client for the job, and Fusion didn’t press the issue," claim the Fusion GSP co-founders.

American Greatness notes of the Fusion GPS-Steele deal: "That means Glenn Simpson represented not one but two Russian tycoons in 2016: At the same time Fusion was helping Steele on behalf of Deripaska, Simpson also was representing Prevezon, another company owned by a Putin-tied Russian also under investigation by the Justice Department for money laundering."

Notably, a timeline of events shows Fusion GPS’s investigation into Manafort occurred while they sought dirt on the 2016 Trump campaign.
Related:
Fusion GPS: 2019-11-11 Fiona Hill Details Relationship with Christopher Steele, Disparages Steele Dossier
Fusion GPS: 2019-11-07 Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely with Anti-Trump Dossier Hoaxer
Fusion GPS: 2019-10-26 Who will be the first to flip in spygate criminal investigation?
Related:
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-29 Johnson’s Conservatives break fundraising record, unions donate to Labour
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-25 UK's Johnson promises Brexit for Christmas in election manifesto
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-23 CNN Bombshell: FBI Lawyer Altered FISA Court Warrant Application
Related:
Oleg Deripaska: 2019-07-07 Russian oligarch's story could spell trouble for Team Mueller (Opens to Video)
Oleg Deripaska: 2019-02-01 SPLC Hires High-Powered Defamation Lawyer to Defend Tax-Exempt Status in RICO Lawsuit
Oleg Deripaska: 2019-01-31 Model Admits She Made Up Russian Collusion Story about POTUS To Get Out Of Jail
Link


-Lurid Crime Tales-
Fiona Hill Details Relationship with Christopher Steele, Disparages Steele Dossier
2019-11-11
[National Review] During her testimony, former National Security Council staffer Fiona Hill revealed that she had a three-year working relationship with Christopher Steele, the former British spy contracted by opposition-research firm Fusion GPS to produce the infamous Steele Dossier, but doubted the accuracy of his dossier, according to a transcript published Friday.

"He was my counterpart when I was the director, the national intelligence officer," Hill told Representative Jim Jordan (R., Ohio). "When I had to do liaison meetings with the U.K., he was the person I had to meet with." Hill said she worked directly with Steele from 2006 to 2009.

Hill’s comments confirmed a Politico profile on Hill from September 30, which described her relationship with Steele. "She had a high opinion of Steele, and thought he was very smart," a foreign-policy veteran, and one of Hill’s close friends, told Politico.

Hill confirmed that she had met with Steele during the 2016 election, which was included in the Politico story.

“That was prior to the time that I had any knowledge about the dossier,” she stated. “He was constantly trying to drum up business, and he had contacted me because he wanted to see if I could give him a contact to some other individual, who actually I don’t even recall now, who he could approach about some business issues.”

Hill also discussed Steele’s dossier in the testimony, saying that upon reading it, she had had “misgivings and concern that [Steele] could have been played,” because “the Russians would have an ax to grind against him given the job that he had previously.”

“I don’t believe it’s appropriate for him to have been hired to do this,” Hill said of Steele’s contract with Fusion GPS. “I almost fell over when I discovered that he was doing this report.”
Related:
Fiona Hill: 2019-10-26 Democrats Say ‘Whistleblower’s’ Testimony No Longer Needed
Fiona Hill: 2019-10-25 New York Times Prints Lies by Adam Schiff Witness Made in Secret Testimony
Fiona Hill: 2019-10-21 Schiff's Russia Expert Worked W/Steele, Wrote ‘Russian Interference' Piece In 2016, Has Unusual Connections
Related:
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-10 Mr. Machiavelli Headed For Big Win in Britain
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-09 Christopher Steele: Russians cultivating Tories and Boris Johnson for . . . five years.
Christopher Steele: 2019-11-07 Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely with Anti-Trump Dossier Hoaxer
Link


Home Front: Politix
Alleged ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella Worked Closely with Anti-Trump Dossier Hoaxer
2019-11-07
[BREITBART] Eric Ciaramella, whom Real Clear Investigations suggests is the likely so-called whistleblower, was part of an B.O. regime email chain celebrating the eventual signing of a $1 billion U.S. loan guarantee to Ukraine.

That and other emails show Ciaramella interfaced about Ukraine with individuals who played key roles in facilitating the infamous anti-Trump dossier produced by Fusion GPS and reportedly financed by Crooked Hillary Clinton
...former first lady, former secretary of state, former presidential candidate, Conqueror of Benghazi, Heroine of Tuzla, formerly described by her supporters as the smartest woman in the world, usually described by the rest of us as The Thing That Wouldn't Go Away...
’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee. One of those individuals, then-Assistant Secretary of State for Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
an Affairs Victoria Nuland (pictured), received updates on Ukraine issues from dossier author Remington Christopher Steele in addition to Nuland’s direct role in the dossier controversy.

Also part of the email chains was Christopher J. Anderson, who was a special adviser to former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker. Anderson testified to the Democrat-led House committees running the impeachment inquiry.

Ciaramella’s name comes up in six Obama-era government emails that were released by the State Department as part of two previous Freedom of Information Act requests. At the time of the exchanges, Ciaramella served as the Director for Baltic and Eastern European Affairs for the Obama-era National Security Council, where he worked on Ukraine policy. He is now an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency.

One email, titled, "Loan Guarantee," involved Nuland, who was reportedly a key champion of the Ukraine loan guarantee policy.

"Hurray," a celebratory Nuland wrote in response to a translated Ukrainian government announcement about the signing of the $1 billion loan guarantee. The announcement singles out Joe Foreign Policy Whiz Kid Biden
...Failed seeker of the Democratic presidential nomination on multiple occasions, vice president under Barack Obama, giving it a last try in his dotage for 2020...
as being present for the conclusion of an agreement leading to the loan guarantee.

Ciaramella was one of several people CC’d in the email, which was sent from the U.S. ambassador at the time, Geoffrey Pyatt, who was another key champion of the loan guarantee to Ukraine along with Nuland.

The email is one of several that shows Ciaramella in the loop with brass hats such as Nuland working on Ukraine policy under the B.O. regime.

Link


-Lurid Crime Tales-
Who will be the first to flip in spygate criminal investigation?
2019-10-26
[Legal Insurrection] It was clear after the release of the Mueller Report that Attorney General William Barr was determined to get to the bottom of the spying on Trump and his campaign.

Because of that expressed determination, Barr became a public enemy. On May 2, 2019, I wrote, Bill Barr is going to expose Spygate, and the Democrat-Media Russia Collusion Complex is panicking:
It was Barr’s comments about spying on the Trump campaign, and his pledge to investigate that spying, that explains the frenzy to take down Barr. That spying, regardless of whether lawful, has the potential to be a scandal that could touch deep into the Obama administration, and some former officials who loom large in the anti-Trump resistance.

It also could reach deep into the media, with the involvement of Fusion GPS in feeding Russian-provided, Clinton/DNC paid-for, disinformation to the mainstream journalist community.

So the stakes are huge. The Russian collusion scandal may be a Democrat and media scandal. People may go to jail for that collusion, and if so, they may be the first people to go to jail over Russian collusion involving the 2016 election.

Barr is the single greatest threat to the Democrat-Media Russia Collusion Complex. That’s why Democrats, with help from the mainstream media, will spare no effort to tarnish Barr as a way of discrediting the investigative train that is rolling down the tracks.

When Barr appointed John Durham to handle the investigation, later in May, the finger-pointing among those involved in investigating Trump started, leading to the the pressing question was Who’s going to cut a deal first in Spygate?
Link


Home Front: Politix
Hiillary claims Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian Asset (not from a satire site)
2019-10-18
[NationalReview] Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted that the Russians are attempting to undermine the 2020 election by backing Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) as a third-party candidate, stating "she's the favorite of the Russians."
"Steele and Fusion GPS told me"
Appearing on Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's podcast, Clinton made a number of claims regarding Russian meddling in U.S. elections, including that Gabbard's substantial social-media support relies on Russian bots. Gabbard was the most-searched candidate after the first and second Democratic debates.

"I think they've got their eye on someone who's currently in the Democratic primary and are grooming her to be the third-party candidate," Clinton said on the podcast. "She's the favorite of the Russians. They have a bunch of sites and bots and other ways of supporting her so far."
Link


-Lurid Crime Tales-
Memos from Steele dossier made their way ‘directly' to Soetoro
2019-10-17
[World Tribune] A new book by the founders of Fusion GPS reveals that then-President Barack Obama received the memos that made up the unverified anti-Trump dossier.

The Hoover Institution’s Paul Sperry tweeted: "BREAKING: In new book "Crime in Progress," set for release next month, #Spygate archvillain Glenn Simpson reveals that he was first hired to investigate Trump in "the fall of 2015" and that memos from his now-discredited Steele dossier made their way directly "to President Obama".

Simpson and Peter Fritsch are the founders of Fusion GPS, the political opposition research firm that oversaw the compilation of the dossier by ex-British spy Christopher Steele. The dossier contained numerous allegations that the Trump campaign was aided by Russian government operatives. None of the allegations have been proven.

Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 presidential election hid their payments to Fusion GPS and Steele through their law firm Perkins Coie.

Perkins Coie paid Fusion GPS who then paid Steele to compile the dossier.

Though the FBI knew the dossier was unverified, the bureau nonetheless used it has key evidence in its counterintelligence investigation into the campaign and in obtaining FISA warrants to spy on Trump campaign associates.

Publishing giant Random House announced that the book, titled Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump, will be released on Nov. 26.
Link


-Lurid Crime Tales-
Democrats' Fear of Durham About to Reach Panic Level
2019-10-10
[PJ] The important news of the day--far beyond the inevitable tedious impeachment jousting--is that John Durham's investigation of the provenance of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation of possible Trump-Russia collusion has expanded, according to several administration officials.

Fox News previously reported that Durham would be reviewing the days leading up to the 2016 election and through the inauguration.

However, based on what he has been finding, Durham has expanded his investigation adding agents and resources, the senior administration officials said. The timeline has grown from the beginning of the probe through the election and now has included a post-election timeline through the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.

That's the same Robert Mueller who testified under oath he was "not familiar" with Fusion GPS after years investigating a supposed scandal instigated by that company. This eye-rolling lie is far more significant than anything he has prosecuted others for. This is the same Mueller who also lied, administration officials just informed us, in denying, again under oath, he interviewed for the FBI job before becoming special counsel.

Actually, it's worse. As the president's former lawyer John Dowd put it: "Capt. Robert Mueller, USMC, sits in front of his commander in chief being interviewed for FBI director knowing he is going to investigate the president and never says a word."

Link


-12 More