Monday, January 23, 2017

Finks: How the CIA Tricked (?) the World’s Best Writers

This is a book  that want's you to believe this type of manipulation is all in the past. To say it’s in the past is yet more media obfuscation.  It's not in the past at all!  The CIA manipulates your perception via the media. All forms of it. And there are more venues for manipulation now then ever!
Books, Magazines, Tell a vision. Radio. Facebook. Twitter. Etc.,

  Manipulation via the media- all forms of it has never ended. Including in book reviews, such as this one- where the book reviewer desperately employs the guilt by association logical fallacy to involve Russia. This book is not about Russia. It’s about cultural deceptions/manipulations the CIA used in the past.  Present day manipulations, such as the pussy hats march, aren't addressed.

Addressed here at the blog, of course:

Madonna and the Pussy Hats..

A personal indulgence- Perception management, memes and catapulting propaganda

Deception/manipulation in cultural context. I’ll cut to the chase as always:

G&M Arts & Amazon.

“Joel Whitney, in his new book about America’s own insidious control of domestic and foreign journalism, identifies as “the traditional adversarial role of media, a role that at least theoretically checked government power and guarded against overreach.” But what Whitney’s Finks makes astonishingly, harrowingly clear is that such affronts are a matter of course in the United States as well, where intellectuals, editors and self-styled belletrists were employed as CIA stooges during the Cold War. (And still today) Sometimes they have had plausible deniability. But in many more cases, they collaborated all too willingly”
As a central study, Whitney looks in depth at the history of The Paris Review. The quarterly literary magazine was founded in Paris in 1953 by George Plimpton, Harold L. Humes and Peter Matthiessen, an undercover CIA agent. As described by Whitney, such highbrow magazines were devised as part of a larger government initiative to trump up U.S. culture during the Cold War

As he puts it, “Many policymakers felt that Western Europeans were being softened to the horror of Communism thanks to towering Soviet and Russian cultural achievements. Americans, in a word, needed to become boosters of their high culture.”

High Culture? Or degraded culture?
Judging by the Pussy hats, Pussy Riot, Gloria Steinam, Hugh Hefner an over abundace of No Good Organizations- Obfuscating media- including so called edgy stuff like "Vice", the answer would be degraded, profiteering/war making culture


Enter the Congress for Cultural Freedom, an anti-Soviet arts advocacy group underwritten by the CIA. The CCF toured the Boston Symphony Orchestra around Europe and funded abstract expressionist art exhibitions. As Whitney writes of the CIA’s covert funding of seemingly liberal, abstract art, “the paint splashes of Jackson Pollock did not lend themselves to a Marxist or anti-imperialist narrative.”

Jackson Pollocks: “Art”? More like an offence to the senses. As was intended. “meant to be the unmitigated will of a human being, blasted onto a canvas " Really? Perhaps if you’re a human mess?

Gizmodo: How the CIA Spent Millions Turning Modern Art into a Cold War Arsenal

Reports from former agents acknowledge what was always a tall tale in the art world—that CIA spooks floated pioneering artists like Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell, to drop an aesthetic nuke on Communism. What seemed like natural popularity of certain artists was, in part, actually a deliberate attempt at psychological warfare, backed by the US government.
Finks Review Continues...
Where older conservatives might balk at funding and promoting works of art comprised of dribbles and streaks of paint, the CIA and the CCF adopted a more nuanced, “keep your enemies closer” approach. A lighter, diet-pop version of Western-sponsored socialism was ultimately preferable to the looming spectre of whole-hog Sovietism.

When the CIA wasn’t endowing would-be cultural combatants, they were keeping a chary watch of them. Paris Review editor Peter Matthiessen was tasked with spying on American expats living in the French capital.
CIA fronts funded foreign literary publications such as Spain’s Mundo Nuevo, and covertly published Russian-language editions (terribly translated, apparently) of Doctor Zhivago, a novel deemed by Russian publishers as anti-Soviet.
CIA appendages also underwrote (still do to this day) Hollywood films that were censored and rewritten to prune out seemingly anti-U.S. themes – the legendary director John Ford proved a willing collaborator, requesting government propaganda booklets in order to better express the CIA’s cultural mission of “militant liberty.”
Even George Orwell, one of the 20th century’s savviest political writers and outspoken critics of authority, found himself the punchline of a bad CIA joke when the 1954 film adaptation of Animal Farm was revised to serve the Cold War agenda.

Where Orwell’s story ends on a melancholic idea that the capitalists (the humans) and communists (the animals) were ideologically indistinguishable from each other, the movie made the animals seem the clear villains, flattening Orwell’s original satire into plain ol’ pro-capitalist, pro-U.S. propaganda.

Indeed, there’s a depressingly Orwellian tenor to many of the revelations packed into Finks, from doublespeakish concepts such as “militant liberty” to the grander, and seemingly paradoxical, program of “fostering cultural freedom through routine acts of censorship.” Impressive in scope, depth and its marshalling of declassified documents, Whitney’s book proves that sophisticated cultural propaganda campaigns are by no means the exclusive province of looming totalitarian regimes.

 Finks also offers a reminder that it’s not one or another government, but the totality of government power itself that proves illegitimate – even if some forms of power seem more illegitimate than others.


You can also read about this type of manipulative activity in the Mighty Wurlitzer- How the CIA Manipulated America This is one of many books that sit in my home library- read it years ago- likely mentioned here at the blog at that time

You might also be interested in this Gnostic Media Presentation?

Psychedelic Intelligence – The C.I.A. and the Counterculture 

Yup, I was reading the Mighty Wurlitzer at that time!

Now I am  just getting started on the perfect companion book to Laurel Canyon, other then Dave's previous book  Programmed to Kill, which by the way is also great. Difficult, but great. The other perfect companion to both these books is 'The Mighty Wurlitzer" Which, as mentioned,  I am now reading Phew!

 

This is not in the past. Always keep that in mind.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Advance Iran-Russia-Turkey Meeting on Syria Begins



Moscow, Jan 22, IRNA – Iran, Russia and Turkey started tripartite meeting in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Sunday to hold consultations and coordinate their stances prior to the Syria peace talks.

 The meeting follows the second meeting of the Iranian and Turkish delegations.Seven delegations, including those of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia and Turkey, will attend two-day talks for diplomatic settlement of the Syria crisis.

Kazakh foreign ministry announced that two delegates representing the Syrian government and the opposition as well as the UN Special Envoy, Staffan de Mistura, will attend that round of talks.
The US ambassador will be present in the meeting.

The two-day talks will be held behind closed doors in the absence of reporters.

The official talks begin tomorrow:

Syrian Peace Talks : January 23rd Kazakhstan

 From Earlier:

Madonna and the Pussy Hats..

Madonna and the Pussy Hats..

A personal indulgence- Perception management, memes and catapulting propaganda

 Hats figure large in NGO backed feminist movements. Bright coloured, eye catching hats as props. 




Pussy Riot “rocked” the Balaclava- Allegedly

Should we expect the return of “Pussy Riot” Will Pussy Riot wear Pussy Hats in a rebranded/relaunch/ reappearance? Because surely these  girl power skanks will be back to "fight" the Donald! I suspect the Pussy hat was chosen to replant the propaganda..

Women complain about being objectified, but then they objectify themselves?
Willingly employ or turn themselves into products (Pussy Riot) loaded with sexual connontations 

Garish "pussy hat"


Josie and the Pussy Hats?
“Long tails, ears for hats”

Playboy bunnies- Ears for hats

Small foundation founded in 1964 by Playboy head Hugh Hefner. Provided the $5,000 seed money for the founding of marijuana lobby NORML in 1970. Co-financier of George Soros' Drug Policy Alliance

Madonna doing her best Madonna/Whore presentation-

Allegedly empowering woman while dropping the ‘f bomb’ several times.. And telling Donald to "suck a dick"- Yah, that's powerful!  Madonna is a brand. She has repackaged herself. Again.

 "Madonna really is the Queen of All Media"
"She's also a businesswoman. She knows what she's doing – she's on top of the latest trends in the music industry and the fashion industry and in business and in media and technology. She's smart."
The Queen of the Media" Trying to be relevant. Keeping her brand viable Shameless. 
 If you vote for Hillary Clinton, I will give you a blow job — and I am good.” 
“I not a douche. I’m not a tool. I take my time,” she continued, much to the displeasure of any of her children who have internet access. “I have ... eye contact and I do swallow.”
Perhaps Madonna should have worked harder at keeping her vote Clinton promise?
 
  That's all there is to her involvement-  Sales and Promotion. She's using her celebrity status to dupe the gullible

Yes, that's exactly how I see the pussy hat protestors: Gullible Dupes. Manipulated Masses. Useful idiots. As a woman... I will humbly state that is my opinion. Hell, I'll say it again-
These protestors are nothing more then gullible dupes. Manipulated Masses

Think FEMEN- Remember them?
FEMEN is not a group that benefits women.
The NATO media calls them a 'protest' group. They are not.

Sometimes the media calls them a feminist group. I can go along with that if we agree the 'feminist' movement which had it's origin with Gloria Steinam (see video embedded in Femen post)  & the CIA, was created to weaken/destabilize our society.  I can agree with the term 'feminist' in that context. Any other distortion of reality- empowering women or freeing women is pure delusion
And finally...

 For the pink headed pussycats...What's new pussyhats!



“Pussycat, pussycat, I've got flowers
And lots of hours to spend time with you
So go and powder your cute little pussycat nose
Pussycat, pussycat, I love you yes I do
You and your pussycat nose
What's new pussycat whoa
What's new pussycat whoa oh oh
Pussycat, pussycat, you're so thrilling
And I'm so willing to care for you
So go and make up your big little pussycat eyes
Pussycat, pussycat, I love you yes I do
You and your pussycat eyes....”


Me signing off with eyes rolling, while shaking my head in disgust- Just more divide to conquer!
I despise identity politics!!!!

Friday, January 20, 2017

CIA Documents Confirm Yom Kippur War Was An Act of Agression By Israel

 From the CIA document dump earlier this week: Online Now! 12 Million Pages of Declassifed CIA Documents I read all four documents Ynet is claiming demonstrate some imminent danger against Israel. 
What is actually written there leaves one with the impression that Israel desired and planned for the war- despite the US asking them, more then once,  not to pre emptively strike other nations. And clearly reporting that Israel had begun to mobilize troops in advance of their desired war. 
Considering all the recent Israeli aggression against Syria present day. The invasion of Lebanon. I find it impossible to believe that Israel was anything but the aggressor in this instance. 

 Despite the spin put on this news by Ynet 

The very first document Ynet points to:


 Intelligence briefing for Nixon on October 6, 1973 Intelligence briefing for Nixon on October 6, 1973
There is NO information to confirm Israeli reports of an imminent attack-
 "We have no information that would confirm the Israeli reports of an imminent attack"
 In fact there is proof of a partial mobilization of Israeli Defense forces already being underway
"He said that a partial mobilization of the Israeli Defense Force is underway"


The second document used by Ynet, again fails to demonstrate an attack is imminent against Israel- It may demonstrate that there was going to be an attack against Syria? If we should assume citizens of the Soviet Union were  actually being evacuated? Which is what this document does. "probably"?

CIA report before the war broke out



 The third document doesn't confirm imminent attack either?

The US asks Israel to exercise restraint
The US asks Israel to take no preemptive action
The US opposes preemptive action on the part of Israel
Kissinger's conversations on October 6

 The fourth document tells us only about Israel's intelligence.
"I was notified that the Israeli's have what they consider to be hard information..."
"Urgently communicating with the Israelis, Warning them against any pre emptive attack"
And Egypt expected an Israeli provocation..
 

 Kissinger's message to Nixon 

Reading all those documents for myself, suggests to me that Yom Kippur was a desired war, planned by the Israeli's against Egypt and Syria.

 Not sure why Ynet is using these to bolster the official narrative?

Ynet:  The morning of the coordinated attack on Israel, US assessments flipped from presuming war was not on the horizon to frantic attempts to prevent Syria and Turkey from attacking the Jewish state, which was warned off any preemptive strike.
 Read the documents and decide for yourself... In all four documents it is clear Israel has prepared for an aggressive move and the US is repeatedly calling for restraint. Warning Israel not to move preemptively. Egypt expecting an Israeli provocation..


 Self-defense or provocation: Israel’s history of breaking ceasefires

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trump's Presidency: A Dangerous Deception

This had to be up before Trump's inauguration. So, finally here it is!

Personally speaking here. I've never been a believer in "the Donald" as the leader of any sort of grassroots/populist movement. Nor do I buy the common presentation of the media being opposed to him. I'm also not a fan of the whole 'deep state' is against Mr Trump. I see the psychology of influence at play. Link
 The response to scarcity is, like the other weapons of influence, often a shortcut which usually pays dividends. And we are prompted to react because a missed opportunity is a loss of freedom.
Donald Trumps Slogan "Make American Great, Again"

American's would loathe the missed opportunity of making America great, again 

  The theory of psychological reactance developed by Jack Brehm states that "whenever free choice is limited or threatened, the need to retain our freedoms makes us desire them (as well as the goods and services associated with them) significantly more than previously" (245). We react against anything that threatens to limit our freedoms. A plexiglas barrier placed between 2-year old boys and a toy prompted them to make special efforts to obtain that toy rather than another one without a barrier.
The media created the plexiglass barrier and the masses reacted
 The "Romeo and Juliet effect" predicts that teenagers in love will be much more likely to pursue this romantic attachment when they encounter parental interference. The stronger the influence, the greater the desire to continue the romance (249). For teenagers, being told not to smoke may have the effect of initiating a reactance response. Similarly, banning a product such as phosphate cleaners or marijuana may initiate a greater desire for that product, and because of the ban, consumers will rate the benefits of the banned product more highly than if it had not been banned. Similarly with information: "Almost invariably, our response to the banning of information is a greater desire to receive that information and a more favorable attitude to it than before the ban" (251). If a political speech or message is banned, we are more likely to agree with the argument; thus, some people gain sympathy to their arguments when their announced speeches are censored. Studies show that when a judge instructs the jury to disregard evidence, the jury will actually value that information more than if they had not been instructed to disregard it.
Pursue that which is desired due to the perception of parental aka STATE interference.

 Above is a nutshell synopsis- perhaps to shallow, but, that's how I see the whole Trump situation- one big manipulation of another sort.

That brief description out of the way let's listen to & read a very interesting interview/article from William Engdahl- Published November 2016- I missed it until last week

The project called the Trump Presidency has just two months before its formal beginning. Yet already the hopes and fantasies of much of the world are making him into something and someone Donald Trump most definitely is not. Donald Trump is yet another project of the same boring old patriarchs who try again and again to create a one world order that they control absolutely, a New World Order that one close Trump backer once referred to as universal fascism. Ignore the sometimes fine rhetoric in some of his speeches. Talk is cheap. If we consider rather the agenda that’s taking form even in these very early days of cabinet naming, we can see that Donald Trump is the same agenda of war and global empire as Obama, as Bush before him, as Bill Clinton and Clinton’s “tutor”, George H.W. Bush before him. There is no good side to what the world is about to experience with President Trump
‘Ladies and gentlemen, It’s Showtime!’ Today we give you Donald Trump. He will tell you just what many of you want to hear. Trump the showman will tell you he will make America great again; Trump will say he will ship at least 3 million illegals back across the Rio Grande; Trump will introduce a bill to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization; Trump will bring jobs back to America from China and other low wage countries; Trump will sit down with Putin and work out some kind of a deal to calm things down; Trump will scrap the Iran nuclear deal of Obama…
Often during this election campaign, which was more a Hollywood “D” grade movie than any honest debate of policies and ideas candidate Trump made statements that resonated with the “silent majority” of not only so-called blue collar workers, but also the disenfranchised middle class whose earnings have been declining in real terms since the 1970’s. Trump, like an earlier actor-President named Ronald Reagan, has a talent to make himself sound sincere.
Is Trump a Grassroots Revolution?
We should not imagine for one second that the Patriarchy– those loveless old men like David Rockefeller or George Herbert Walker Bush or unnamed others– were so overwhelmed by the political genius of candidate Trump emerging from every scandal more powerful than before, that they were surprised, out-foxed, and just groaned and let it happen.
The Trump Presidency has been planned in minute detail by them and their think tanks. Quite simply, had they continued the policies that Hillary Clinton represented–war and confrontation against Russia, against China, with Color Revolution destabilizations of any and all political leaders who opposed them whether Ghaddafi or Mubarak or even Putin–they saw they were losing power over huge parts of the world, essential geopolitical power.
When a President of the relatively tiny American former colony fears not to openly attack by name an American President as “son of a whore,” and declare in China his Philippines’ “separation” from the United States, when one country after the other comes closer in economic and political cooperation to Russia, to China and to their growing Eurasian economic cohesion around the One Bridge One Road Eurasian infrastructure great project, it was clearly time to install a Plan B President.
That Plan B is casino mogul Donald Trump, a political tabula rasa, a power-possessed person with a blackmail potential that will keep him on program for them, an alpha male who is quite gifted at being able to make people fear.
If we were to use conventional psychological definitions I would say the word sociopath fits: “Antisocial personality disorder characterized by a lack of regard for the moral or legal standards in the culture.” Narcissism would be another apt term: “Extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one’s own talents and a craving for admiration…” Read his own autobiography and his descriptions of his earlier antics with mob lawyer and mentor, Roy Cohn, at the cocaine-snorting Studio 54 and look more closely at his actual life history, not only what he dismisses as “locker room talk” eleven years ago with Billy Bush. He is definitely no JFK or Charles de Gaulle, not even close.
I state clearly my conviction, and please recall this as Trump Presidency policies unfold after January 20, 2017 to see if I am correct or not: Donald Trump was put into office to prepare America for war, a war the banks of Wall Street and the US military industrial complex are not presently in a position economically or industrially or otherwise, geopolitically, to win. His job will be to reposition the United States for them to reverse the trend to disintegration of American global hegemony, to, as the Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz Project for the New American Century put it in their September, 2000 report, “rebuild America’s defenses.”
To do that preparation, a deception strategy that will fatally weaken the developing deep bonds between Russia and China will be priority. It’s already begun. We have a friendly phone call from The Donald to Vladimir the Fearsome in Moscow. Russian media is euphoric about a new era in US-Russia relations after Obama. Then suddenly we hear the war-mongering NATO head, Stoltenberg, suddenly purr soothing words to Russia. Float the idea that California Congressman and Putin acquaintance, Dana Rohrabacher, is leaked as a possible Secretary of State. It’s classic Kissinger Balance of Power geopolitics–seem to ally with the weaker of two mortal enemies, Russia, to isolate the stronger, China. Presumably Vladimir Putin is not so naïve or stupid as to fall for it, but that is the plot of Trump’s handlers. Such a strategy of preventing the growing Russia-China cooperation was urged by Zbigniew Brzezinski in a statement this past summer.
Because he’s been selected (and not by us dear voters) to play a definite role–to shift tactics of global domination according to the basics of the 1992 Bush-Wolfowitz Doctrine–preempting any nation or group of nations in Eurasia from challenging American Sole Superpower hegemony–the selection of his Cabinet and key policy advisers, is vital. Here we can already see the outlines of the cast of characters who have been chosen to fill out the theater play called Trump Presidency, and the emerging new plot for reconfiguring the Sole Superpower strategy.
The dramatis personae
As of this writing, several key positions have been named. It includes three-star General Mike Flynn to be the President’s National Security Advisor; it includes Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas to be Director of Central Intelligence; it includes Jeff Sessions to be US Attorney General and it includes Stephen K. Bannon in a newly-created post as White House “Chief Strategist” and Senior Counsellor to the President.
Mike Pompeo:

Pompeo on Guantanamo Bay:
“GTMO has been a goldmine of intelligence about radical Islamic terrorism. I have traveled to GTMO and have seen the honorable and professional behavior of the American men and women in uniform, who serve at the detention facility,”
 Pompeo on the Iran deal (and Russia):

  “Each of these nations poses real threats to America and the West – what is needed is not ambiguity, but clarity, forcefulness and commitments that do not exceed America’s willingness to fulfill them.
Pompeo on NSA spying:
“I believe that program has proven to be a very valuable asset for the intelligence community and for law enforcement,”

On whether Americans are in more danger now:
“It’s a quite accurate perception. It’s different today than it was”


In this article I’ll look closely at Mike Flynn, the former 3-star general who will be the all-important Trump National Security Advisor, sitting in the White House. Normally perceptive bloggers and analysts have greeted the Flynn appointment with cheers of joy. They cite his opposition to US covert support for ISIS and Islamic terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra; he is on record that the 2003 Iraq invasion was a “strategic mistake.” Moreover, Flynn is opposed to stirring up war with Russia and instead calls for waging war against ISIS and other radical terrorist organizations. In fact Obama fired Flynn as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency when Flynn opposed the Obama decision to prioritize the anti-Russia war over the anti-Jihad war, and called for cooperation with Syrian President Assad to that end.
Flynn’s position on war against ISIS and presumably also against the Muslim Brotherhood so beloved by Hillary Clinton and the Obama Administration, is not one of a man of peace. Rather it is one of a cold, calculating military professional, a military professional who favors working with the Likud of Netanyahu to advance the global agenda of war.
Flynn’s statements on Assad and ISIS and Iraq must be interpreted not in a vacuum but in light of a military intelligence specialist who sees that the decades-long CIA and Pentagon policy of training Muslim Brotherhood and other fanatic Muslim-origin terrorists to wage surrogate wars of empire have backfired badly. Not only the CIA’s July 15 failed coup using networks of Turkey’s Fethullah Gülen, but rather every CIA-backed Jihad war from Secretary of State Clinton’s war against Mubarak, against Gaddafi, against most of the Islamic world to try to impose US-backed Muslim Brotherhood terror regimes loyal to Washington, has failed. The gross effect has been to drive much of the world away from Washington and their constant proxy wars.
An intelligent military strategist would say it’s time for another plan. This is what Flynn is about. He will advance a shift in Washington policy away from using Muslim Brotherhood and allied terror organizations towards more intimate restoration of full cooperation with Israel’s right-wing Netanyahu Likud government.
Walid Phares, Donald Trump’s adviser on terrorism, and Middle Eastern Affairs, told Egyptian media in comments reported by Ben Shapiro’s conservative US blog, The Daily Wire, that Donald Trump will back efforts to outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, something the Obama Administration vehemently refused and prevented Congress from doing.
The move away from Muslim Brotherhood was made clear when the US backed the Egyptian coup against Morsi - Recall that? Two posts to refresh your memory Link & Link
Also connected to the push against Turkey and Erdogan: In favour of Israel 2.0 
Anyone familiar with my latest book, The Lost Hegemon: Whom the gods would destroy, will know I am in no way a friend of the Muslim Brotherhood who have been in a dark alliance with the CIA since the 1950s. Yet reality is not simplistic as in, “my enemy’s enemy is my friend…” Walid Phares, Donald Trump’s key adviser on terrorism and the Middle East, is also a Senior Fellow of a small very pro-Netanyahu think tank called the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Foundation for Defense of Democracies?
The Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, was created in the wake of September 11, 2001 by a former Republican National Committee communications director, Clifford May, in order to, as it declares on its website, “promote pluralism, defend democratic values, and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism.”
The notable point about the FDD, whose Senior Fellow, Walid Phares is guiding President-elect Trump on the Middle East and terrorism, is the money trail behind it. It was founded and financed by a group of US billionaires closely tied to Benjamin Netanyahu and his Israeli geopolitical agenda. The donors include the notorious Sheldon Adelson, Las Vegas and Macau gambling casino mogul who according to the Israeli press gave the Trump campaign $25 million in the closing critical days. Other FDD financial backers include Jewish American with a long history of funding pro-Israel organizations: Bernard Marcus, co-founder of Home Depot; whiskey heirs Samuel and Edgar Bronfman; Wall Street billionaire speculators Michael Steinhardt and Paul Singer, and Leonard Abramson, founder of US Healthcare.
No surprise then that the main Washington think tank called on to testify against the Obama agenda of coming to a nuclear deal with Iran and lifting sanctions was the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who testified 17 times against the Iran plan. FDD’s executive director, Mark Dubowitz, even helped design the sanctions regime on Iran and its oil sales that was put in place in 2010.
In addition, most other positions of the FDD echo those of the Netanyahu regime in Tel Aviv. Toby Dershowitz, who spent 14 years as AIPAC’s communications head, is the FDD vice president for government relations and strategy. AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, was described by John Mearsheimer, University of Chicago professor, as “an agent of the Israeli government with a stranglehold on the United States Congress with its power and influence.” Trump was a featured speaker at the March 2016 AIPAC annual meeting.
Mike Flynn and Mike Ledeen
"Now we return to the anti-Muslim Brotherhood National Security Advisor, Mike Flynn"
 -Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn is a controversial right-wing pundit who was selected to be National Security Adviser in the Donald Trump administration shortly after the property mogul’s presidential election victory in November 2016

 -During his time at the DIA, Flynn reportedly “ruffled feathers in the organization by trying to reshape it for the wars of the 21st century.

- After leaving the DIA in August 2014, Flynn became involved in various business enterprises–including a drone business that could benefit from Trump border security plans–

 - Flynn sought to use the 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi as a ploy against Iran. Soon after the Benghazi incident, he “took to pushing analysts to find Iran’s hidden hand in the disaster, according to current and former officials familiar with the episode
"Flynn, along with CIA director-designate Mike Pompeo, agrees that the Obama Iran nuclear deal should be scrapped and calls Iran a state sponsor of terrorism, a position dear to Netanyahu’s heart.
Flynn also wrote a book together with Michael Ledeen. One doesn’t co-author a book with just anyone. I know. It has to be one whose thoughts are in full harmony with yours. Michael Ledeen is today a Freedom Scholar at, now isn’t this interesting: the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Worth noting, financial investor, Jim Rickards, also is on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and former CIA Director James Woolsey, rumored being considered for a top post with the Trump project, is one of four members of the FDD Leadership Council.
This year, 2016, Ledeen co-authored a book with NSC Director-designate Mike Flynn titled, Field of Fight: How to Win the War Against Radical Islam and its Allies. The ties between Ledeen and Trump NSC director are clearly not casual.
Years ago Ledeen–who was implicated in the illegal Iran-Contra arm for cocaine dealings of G.H.W. Bush and his CIA Old Boys network during the Reagan years — wrote a doctoral dissertation which I once saw, today almost impossible to find. It was titled “Universal Fascism,” and dealt with the applicability of Italian fascism of Mussolini to a global model, a fascist one world order if you will.
Michael Ledeen, who prefers to be in the background, is perhaps best characterized as a Godfather of the neoconservatives. He has shaped the policies of the likes of Paul Wolfowitz, Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld and others of the US war faction.
In 2003 just as the Bush-Cheney-Wolfowitz war on Iraq was underway, Ledeen gave a speech titled, “Time to Focus on Iran — The Mother of Modern Terrorism,” for the pro-Netanyahu Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) in which he declared, “the time for diplomacy is at an end; it is time for a free Iran, free Syria and free Lebanon.” To “free” Iran, Syria and Lebanon back in 2003, almost a decade before the US war against Assad, Ledeen declared that Iraq, Iran and Syria should get their “freedom” through a US-led “total War.”
According to reports of those near the cabinet selection process of president-elect Donald Trump, two people have decisive influence on who is being selected—Trump’s 35-year-old politically inexperienced son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Mike Flynn. Trump has even asked those two to sit in with him on those highly classified Presidential briefings.
Winston Churchill once said, “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” It is already clear that the project of the Trump Presidency, to prepare America for a new war, is already being well attended by a bodyguard of lies"
 A historical peek at Trumps' pal: Roy Cohn- Don't Mess With Him!
 December 1978- And Roy Cohn was one 'piece of work'!
  "The mere sending of a letter from Roy Cohn has saved us a lot of money," says builder Donald Trump. "When people know that Roy is involved, they'd rather not get involved in the lawsuits and everything else that's involved."
Betsy DeVos, (Amway) is Trump’s nominee for education secretary: Her brother is Eric Prince/Blackwater/XE
Prince’s sister, Betsy DeVos, is Trump’s nominee for education secretary and she has all but vowed to embark on a crusade to push a privatization and religious agenda in education that mirrors her brother’s in military and CIA affairs. Prince has long been a contributor to the campaign of fellow Christian warrior Mike Pence, and he contributed $100,000 to the pro-Trump Super PAC Make America Number 1. Prince’s mother, Elsa, pitched in another $50,000. That organization, run by Rebekah Mercer, daughter of billionaire hedge funder Robert Mercer, was one of the strongest bankrollers of Trump’s campaign.

Blackwater has longstanding ties to CIA

 The private military contractor formerly known as Blackwater has held classified contracts with the Central Intelligence Agency for nearly a decade.....

Trump is no outsider. The 'deep state' is not opposed to him. 
Eric Prince has had a long relationship with the CIA and he is involved with the Trump camp

If I'd had more time this past week- There would have been more outside links, but, surely there is enough here to understand the point being made?

Also.. apologies for not answering comments- Elder parent issues to deal with.
I'll do my best over the next couple days- Thanks for your patience

From earlier today!
 

Turkey and Russia, Coordinating With Damascus, Conduct Airstrikes...

JapanTimes
MOSCOW – The Russian military said Wednesday it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes, coordinated with Damascus, against an Islamic State group’s stronghold in northern Syria. It is the first acknowledgment of Russian cooperation in support of Turkey’s offensive in the area.

Reports of Moscow and Turkey coordinating airstrikes have occurred twice previously- but this is the first acknowledgement of such cooperation- Coming after the signed agreement mentioned here: January 12/2016- Turkey, Russia sign agreement of coordinating air operations in Syria
It is also the first incident of indirect coordination between the Turkish and the Syrian governments.
Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military’s General Staff said nine Russian warplanes and eight Turkish jets have taken part in the strikes on the outskirts of al-Bab. He said the joint airstrikes were “coordinated with the Syrian side.”
It highlighted an increasingly close alliance between Russia and Turkey, which last month jointly brokered a Syria truce and are working to prepare Syrian talks in Kazakhstan next week.
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He said that Russian and Turkish aircraft struck 36 targets, which have been jointly selected by General Staffs and air force officials of the two militaries.

Rudskoi added that drones and satellites had been involved in target selection over the past two days.

Last week, the Russian and Turkish militaries signed an agreement to prevent midair incidents and ensure air safety during operations over Syria. “It created the basis for unprecedented joint action against international terrorist groups in Syria,” Rudskoi said.
The Aviationist

Four Su-24Ms, four Su-25s and one Su-34 bomber of the Russian Air Force along with four F-16 and four F-4 jets belonging to the Turkish Air Force have carried out the first joint strike in Syria on Jan. 18: an interesting mix of aircraft for a quite rare COMAO (Combined Air Operation) made of platforms able to perform CAS (Close Air Support), BAI (Battlefield Air Interdiction), S/DEAD (Suppression/Destruction of Enemy Air Defenses) and Strike as well as Air Superiority and Aerial Escort.

The raid aimed at destroying 36 ground targets was previously agreed with Syrian authorities, said Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy, the chief of the Russian General Staff Main Operational Directorate in a briefing in Moscow.
From Earlier:

Online Now! 12 Million Pages of Declassifed CIA Documents

Online Now! 12 Million Pages of Declassifed CIA Documents

Documents "of historical value" that were more than 25 years old as of 1995 are now searchable online

 930,000 documents- 12 million pages

The CIA has made more than 12 million declassified pages from 930,000 documents available on the Internet for the first time.


The documents in question were part of Bill Clinton’s 1995 plan to declassify documents “of historical value” that were more than 25 years old; the archives of the documents were not made searchable until 2000, and they could only be accessed from four computers at the U.S. National Archives in College Park, Md., The Verge reports. Researchers and journalists had objected to the lack of access to the database, the CIA Records Search Tool (CREST).

“Access to this historically significant collection is no longer limited by geography,” CIA Director of Information Management Joseph Lambert wrote in a press release. “The American public can access these documents from the comfort of their homes,”

Interested readers can find files pertaining to everything from the Cuban Missile Crisis to Project MKUltra, an experiment in mind control.