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Defense contractors: Russian bogeyman is great for our business

On January 17, 1961, in his farewell address as the 34th President of the United States, former General and WWII Supreme Allied Commander in Europe Dwight D. Eisenhower sounded this warning:

“Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense. We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security alone more than the net income of all United States corporations.

Now this conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence—economic, political, even spiritual—is felt in every city, every Statehouse, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet, we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources, and livelihood are all involved. So is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

The military–industrial complex is an informal alliance between a nation’s military and the arms industry which supplies it. Together, the complex operates as a vested interest that exerts a powerful influence on public policy.

The worst thing to happen to the military-industrial complex was the end of the Cold War when the Soviet Union imploded.

Have you wondered, as I have, why the Democrats insist on the Russian-Trump collusion story, why the FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller continue their witch-hunt, and why the Republicans can’t seem to put an end to the witch-hunt despite having a majority in both houses of Congress?

Here’s the answer.

Lee Fang writes for The Intercept on August 19, 2016:

The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries.

Weapon makers have told investors that they are relying on tensions with Russia to fuel new business in the wake of Russian’s annexation of Crimea and modest increases in its military budget.

In particular, the arms industry — both directly and through its arsenal of hired-gun, think-tank experts and lobbyists – is actively pressuring NATO member nations to hike defense spending in line with the NATO goal for member states to spend at least 2 percent of gross domestic product on defense.

Retired Army Gen. Richard Cody, a vice president at L-3 Communications, the seventh largest U.S. defense contractorexplained to shareholders in December that the industry was faced with a historic opportunity. Following the end of the Cold War, Cody said, peace had “pretty much broken out all over the world,” with Russia in decline and NATO nations celebrating. “The Wall came down,” he said, and “all defense budgets went south.”

Note: General Richard A. Cody, 67, was the 31st Vice Chief of the Staff of the U.S. Army (June 2004 to July 2008). He retired from the Army on in August 2008 and joined defense and aerospace contractor L3 Technologies as Senior Vice President of Washington Operations. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Manhattan, L3 Technologies is one of the top ten U.S. government contractors.

Now, Cody argued, Russia “is resurgent” around the world, putting pressure on U.S. allies. “Nations that belong to NATO are supposed to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense,” he said, according to a transcript of his remarks. “We know that uptick is coming and so we postured ourselves for it.

Speaking to investors at a conference hosted by Credit Suisse in June, Stuart Bradie, the chief executive of KBR, a military contractor, discussed “opportunities in Europe,” highlighting the increase in defense spending by NATO countries in response to “what’s happening with Russia and the Ukraine.”

The National Defense Industrial Association, a lobby group for the industry, has called on Congress to make it easier for U.S. contractors to sell arms abroad to allies in response to the threat from Russia. Recent articles in National Defense, NDIA’s magazine, discuss the need for NATO allies to boost maritime military spending, spending on Arctic systems, and missile defense, to counter Russia.

Many experts are unconvinced that Russia poses a direct military threat. The Soviet Union’s military once stood at over 4 million soldiers, but today Russia has less than 1 million. NATO’s combined military budget vastly outranks Russia’s — with the U.S. alone outspending Russia on its military by $609 billion to less than $85 billion.

And yet, the Aerospace Industries Association, a lobby group for Lockheed Martin, Textron, Raytheon, and other defense contractors, argued in February that the Pentagon is not spending enough to counter “Russian aggression on NATO’s doorstep.”

Think tanks with major funding from defense contractors, including the Lexington Institute and the Atlantic Council, have similarly demanded higher defense spending to counter Russia.

Note: Hadley is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Stephen Hadley, the former National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush now serving on the board of Raytheon, a firm competing for major NATO military contracts, has argued forcefully for hiking defense budgets and providing lethal aid to Ukraine. Hadley said in a speech last summer that the U.S. must “raise the cost for what Russia is doing in Ukraine,” adding that “even President Putin is sensitive to body bags.”

The business press has noticed the development. The Washington Business Journal noted that “if anyone is benefiting from the unease between Russia and the rest of the world, it would have to be Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp,” noting that the firm won a major contract from Poland, which is revamping its military in response to Russia. Roman Schweizer, an analyst for the defense industry with Guggenheim Securities, predicted last year that U.S. arms sales would continue to rise, particularly because “eastern NATO countries will increase procurements in the wake of continued Russian activity in Ukraine.”

At the Defence Security Exposition International, an arms dealer conference held in London last fall, contractors were quick to use Russia and rising defense budgets to hawk their products. “The tank threat is … much, much more closer to you today because Putin is doing something” in eastern Ukraine, a shoulder-fired-rocket touting representative from Saab told Defense One.

“Companies like Lockheed Martin and Boeing have pledged to increase the share of exports in their overall revenues, and they have been seeking major deals in East and Central Europe since the 1990s, when NATO expansion began,” said William Hartung, director of the Arms & Security Project at the Center for International Policy. Hartung noted that as some nations ramp up spending, U.S. firms will be “knocking at the door, looking to sell everything from fighter planes to missile defense systems.”

“Russian saber-rattling has additional benefits for weapons makers because it has become a standard part of the argument for higher Pentagon spending — even though the Pentagon already has more than enough money to address any actual threat to the United States,” he said.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, aka the much-touted GOP budget deal, has no funding to construct the US-Mexico wall, but increases defense discretionary funding cap by $80 billion in FY2018 and $85 billion in FY 2019, as well as an additional $160 billion in uncapped funding for overseas military and State Department operations. In fact, the GOP budget deal increases military funding even more than than the already large sums that President Trump had requested in his 2018 budget proposal.

Altogether, the budget deal increases federal spending by more than $500 billion, further inflating, instead of reducing, America’s national debt — which now stands at $20.76 TRILLION.

So much for the Republican Party being a party of fiscal conservatism and smaller government.



Parkland teacher: ‘Shooter was in full metal garb, helmet, face mask, bulletproof armor, shooting a rifle I’ve never seen before’

According to the official timeline, issued by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School shooting of February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Florida:

  • 2:19 pm: Uber driver drops off confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz at MSD School at 5901 NW Pine Island Road, Parkland.
  • 2:21 pm: Two minutes later, Cruz enters the east stairwell with a rifle inside a black soft case. He exits the stairwell after pulling the rifle out of the case.
  • 2:21:33 pm: 2 minutes 33 seconds after he was dropped off by Uber, Cruz begins shooting at classrooms 1215, 1216 and 1214; returns to classrooms 1216 and 1215, and then to classroom 1213. He then takes the west stairwell to the second floor. He shoots one victim in classroom 1234. In all, the shooting lasted 5 minutes 27 seconds.
  • 2:27 pm: Cruz takes the east stairwell to the third floor. He drops his rifle and backpack and runs down the stairs. He exits building 12 and runs toward the tennis courts.
  • 2:29 pm: Cruz takes a southbound turn, crosses fields and runs west along with others who are fleeing and tries to mix in with the group running away.
  • 2:50 pm: Cruz arrives at the Walmart at 6001 Coral Ridge Drive, buys a drink at the Subway inside and leaves on foot.
  • 3:01 pm: Cruz arrives at the McDonald’s at 5741 Coral Ridge Drive, sits down for a short time and leaves on foot.
  • 3:41 pm: A Coconut Creek Police Department officer detains Cruz at 4700 Wyndham Lakes Drive. He is positively identified and taken into custody.

19-year-old Cruz faces 17 charges of premeditated murder and is being held in custody at the Broward County jail without bail. He told law enforcement officials that he’d taken an Uber to school along with a concealed AR-15 rifle and extra ammunition. The driver of the Uber confirmed to law enforcement that she had dropped Cruz off at the school.

According to an eyewitness, Cruz arrived at the school in a small, gold-colored vehicle. He was wearing a maroon shirt, black pants, and a black hat and carried a black duffel bag and backpack. The eyewitness watched as Cruz walked towards one of the school buildings. Moments later gunshots were heard, and the eyewitness called a “Code Red.” (Breitbart)

Stacey Lippel is a language arts teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. That afternoon, she was in her creative writing class when she heard a “popping sound” followed by the fire alarm moments later. She unlocked her classroom door and a flood of students came running in. (ABC News)

In the video below, Lippel told ABC’s Good Morning America what happened next (1:18):

“And then I suddenly saw the shooter… standing in the hallway, actively shooting down the hallway. Just a barrage of bullets. And I’m staring at him, thinking, ‘Why is the police here?’ This is strange ’cause he’s in full metal garb — helmet, face mask, bullet-proof armor, shooting this rifle that I’ve never seen before.

I don’t know when I decided that it was the right time to close the door. I grabbed the handle with both hands, and that’s when I got nicked [pointing to her upper left arm] or grazed, or whatever you call it.”

At the 2:04 mark, Lippel says:

I had a good visual of him [the shooter].”

Watch and listen for yourself:

Someone put the video on YouTube (don’t expect this to stay on YouTube for long):

But an eyewitness saw Cruz arriving at the school in a small, gold-colored vehicle (the Uber), wearing a maroon shirt, black pants, and a black hat and carrying a black duffel bag and backpack. The eyewitness watched as Cruz, still wearing a maroon shirt, black pants and a black hat, walked towards one of the school buildings. Moments later gunshots were heard.

Recall that according to the official timeline, 2 minutes 33 seconds after he had been dropped off by Uber, Cruz walked to began shooting, where he was seen by teacher Stacey Lippel as dressed “in full metal garb — helmet, face mask, bullet-proof armor”.

Recall also the testimony of Alexa Miednik, who said she was walking with Nikolas Cruz after she had heard shots being fired, and told Cruz she was glad “it wasn’t him” who was doing the shooting.

So we are to believe that in the space of 2 minutes 33 seconds, Nikolas Cruz managed to:

  • Walk from the curb where the Uber driver had dropped him off, to the east stairwell.
  • Put on a full metal garb of helmet, face mask, and bullet-proof armor, and began shooting.

H/t Intellihub, where you can watch the Stacey Lippel interview in the event ABC takes down the video.

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Who is David Hogg, Florida Parkland School shooting survivor?

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, metropolitan Miami, Florida, a young man named David Hogg has appeared in many TV news videos and interviews, such as this one:

This is what David Hogg claims to be:

  • A 17-year-old student, a senior, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (CNN).
  • The son of a FBI agent — the federal agency that is so maligned by President Trump.
  • He and his family moved to Florida several years ago, when he was a freshman. Hogg once wrote on Reddit about moving in the middle of his freshman year and how hard it was because so many people in high school weren’t authentic (Heavy).
  • Hogg is an aspiring broadcast journalist.
  • He said he was in his environmental science class when he heard the first gunshots, and that they never had an active shooter drill at the school.
  • He told CNN that during the shooting, he hid in a closet in the school — where he is a student. He said all he could think was “Tell the story.” So, while the gunman was shooting, the very brave Hogg pulled out his phone and interviewed people near him about what was happening because “I want to show these people exactly what’s going on when these children are facing bullets flying through classrooms and students are dying trying to get an education. If I was going to die, I wanted to die doing what I love, and that’s storytelling. And this is a story that needed to be heard. … At least our echoes, our voices would carry on and possibly make some action.”

Here’s the video Hobb took while he was hiding in a closet. So calm and so brave in the midst of a MASSACRE! — and with the presence of mind to advocate gun control!


But then, here’s a video of Hogg flubbing his lines. What survivor of a bloody school shooting does that?

And here’s David Hogg and other students who just survived the hellish ordeal of a bloody shooting massacre, having watched their fellow students get shot to death and wounded, laughing and whooping it up right before they put on their grim, sad faces for the TV camera.

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Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Schools, told the Tampa Bay Times that David Hogg (as well as another student “survivor” Emma Gonzalez) is indeed a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

“These are absolutely students at Stoneman Douglas. They’ve been there. I can verify that. Anything to disparage such brilliant and passionate youth who have the courage to stand up and do what they’re doing, I just think it’s outrageous and disrespectful for someone to make those allegations.”

The only problem with the above is that it was posted on Facebook that David Hogg had actually graduated more than two years ago, in 2015, from the Redondo Shores High School in Redondo, part of Greater Los Angeles, California.

And here’s confirmation that David Hogg is a 2015 graduate of Redondo Shores High School — he registered as one on

Below is a screenshot I took of David Hogg’s page on, showing the time (11:43 am) and date (2/21/2018) when I took the screenshot, in case Classmates removes the page. The page is also archived here.

↓Click image to enlarge↓

Now we know why he was captured in a TV news video in August 2017 in Redondo Beach, California, thousands of miles away from Parkland, Florida.

If David Hogg had already graduated from a California high school more than two years ago, in 2015, that means:

  • He is not 17 years old, but is at least 19.
  • He is not a student at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
  • He was not “hiding in a closet” in Stoneman Douglas High School during the shooting, filming himself advocating gun control.

Please contact Robert Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Schools, and ask him to produce evidence that David Hogg is registered as a student at Stoneman Douglas High School. To send him an email, click here.


There is a systematic effort to discredit the David Hogg 2015 Redondo Shores High School Yearbook as a “far right conspiracy theory”. See Business Insider.

It is said that the t-shirt worn by the student two rows above Hogg in the yearbook indicates that the yearbook is actually Stoneman Douglas High School, because the eagle is the mascot of Stoneman Douglas High School.

But the Stoneman Douglas High School t-shirts available don’t look like the one in the yearbook photo.

Stoneman Douglas High School t-shirts

The shirt worn by the student two rows above David Hogg in the yearbook is most likely a Philadelphia Eagles t-shirt (h/t Vivian Lee):

Philadelphia Eagles shirt

UPDATE (Feb. 22, 2018):

Joey Wong tweeted a video showing the Yearbook with David Hogg’s pic is not Redondo Shores High School, but Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

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The crisis actors of Florida Parkland School shooting

On the afternoon of February 14, 2018, Valentine’s Day, America was subjected to another mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, metropolitan Miami, Florida.

We are told that 17 people were killed and 15 more were taken to hospitals. The alleged perpetrator, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student of the high school, was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. He confessed to the shooting, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. (Wikipedia)

And, as in the case of past school shootings, calls for gun control immediately followed the Parkland school shooting but with a new twist. In addition to the “usual suspects” of politicians and amoral celebrities, students are also clamoring for gun control, never mind that Cruz had obtained his AR-15 legally and passed the required background checks. (See DCG’s “Hashtag solutions: Washington state student starts online campaign after Florida mass shooting“)

We are told only the official narrative, so we don’t really know what actually happened. But it is noteworthy that the Parkland school shooting carries the usual signatures of previous false-flag or contrived incidents:

  1. An active shooter drill just before or co-terminous with the actual shooting.
  2. Eye-witness reports of more than one shooter.
  3. Pre-dated news reports (on February 12 and 13) of the February 14 shooting.
  4. A decision to tear down the school, all the better to erase any and all evidence that might point to the shooting being a false-flag incident.

See “Florida Valentine’s Day school shooting: anomalies and confessed shooter

Now we can add another false-flag signature to the Parkland shooting — Crisis Actors. (See “Professional crisis actors simulate mass casualty events“)

Below is the evidence culled from Alt-Media memes and videos:

(1) A familiar face from previous mass shootings — the crying brunette. It’s remarkable that in the five years since the December 14, 2012 Sandy Hook hoax, she has kept the same hair-style and hair-parting-on-the-right.

(2) Another familiar face: the dyed-in-the-bottle blonde. She even kept her hair-parting on the right side since the October 2017 Las Vegas Mandalay Bay mass shooting!

(3) Fledgling crisis actors David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, both Douglas High School student “survivors”:

Here’s Hogg and Gonzalez being interviewed and advocating gun control on CNN.

I took this screenshot in case YouTube takes down the CNN video:

Watch Hogg, who claims his father is an agent in the much-maligned (by Trump) FBI, flubs his line (Note: YouTube removed the video for “harassment and bullying“. Thankfully, someone had saved it):


Here’s Hogg in August 2017, in Redondo Beach, California, thousands of miles away from Parkland, Florida:

But wait!

How come Hogg, Gonzalez and other “survivors” of a terrible mass shooting were smiling, laughing and whooping it up moments before they put on their grim sad faces for the camera?

Just like Robbie Parker, father of slain 6-year-old Emilie, going from joking and laughing off camera to feigning tears before the camera:

Benjamin Kelly, the district secretary for Florida House of Representatives member Shawn Harrison (R-District 63), sent an email to Tampa Bay Times reporter Alex Leary asserting that Hogg and Gonzalez are crisis actors. Harrison immediately fired Kelly.

Lastly, be on the lookout for the crisis actor who bears a striking resemblance to CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr (including even similar oblong-shaped eyeglasses!) — the network that faked a “live” report from the 1991 Gulf War; faked a report from Liberia on the Ebola epidemic in 2014; staged a fake Muslim “peace protest” in 2017; and has a producer who was caught on camera admitting that the Trump-Russia story is “bullshit” fake news.

Barbara Starr makes devil sign

H/t FOTM‘s Jim, DCG, Hadenoughalready; Harmony Carter, Vivian Lee, and Kelleigh.


Minutes after this post was published, a reader posted this on FOTM‘s Facebook page — David Hogg is not a Douglas High School student as he claims.

Linda Traitz on David Hogg not a Douglas Hi student

For more on Hogg, see “Florida Parkland School shooting survivor David Hogg is a fraud,” especially Hogg’s page on, indicating he had graduated from Redondo Shores High School in 2015.

David Hogg on Classmates

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Florida Valentine’s Day school shooting: anomalies and confessed shooter

On the afternoon of February 14, 2018, Valentine’s Day, America was subjected to another mass school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, metropolitan Miami, Florida.

We are told that 17 people were killed and 15 more were taken to hospitals. The alleged perpetrator, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student of the high school, was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with seventeen counts of premeditated murder. He confessed to the shooting, according to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. (Wikipedia)


Almost immediately, the Alternative Media took note of certain anomalies — things that don’t fit the official narrative, and are signatures of false-flag mass trauma incidents:

(1) As with past false-flag incidents (2013 Boston Marathon bombings), the Valentine’s Day shooting coincided with a drill. Independent investigative journalist Laura Loomer tweeted that 15-year-old student Will Gilroy said students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were told there would be an active shooter drill at their school this week. “He said that’s why students thought they were participating in a drill when they were evacuating.”

(2) As with past false-flag shootings (August 2012 Sikh Temple killing, December 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre, 2016 Orlando gay club shooting), there are eye-witness reports of more than one shooter.

Alexa Miednik believes there was another shooter. She said she was walking with accused suspect Nikolas Cruz after she had heard shots being fired, and told Cruz she was glad “it wasn’t him” who was doing the shooting.

This female student also said there was more than one shooter:

(3) As in the case of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting (see “Sandy Hook deception: Associated Press stories & photos predate the massacre”), there were also predated news reports (February 12 & 13) of the Florida Valentine’s Day school shooting of February 14 (source: James Fetzer):

(4) As with the Sandy Hook Elementary School (SHES), the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School too will be demolished (Miami Herald) all the better to erase any and all evidence that might point to the shooting being a false-flag incident. Will Parkland also get a multi-million dollar freebie to rebuild Douglas High School into a swanky, state-of-the-art school like the new SHES?

Who is Nikolas Cruz?

This is what we know about the Nikolas Cruz, who has confessed to the school shooting:

(1) The FBI had been warned about Nikolas Cruz:

On September 24, 2017, a person who identified himself as Nikolas Cruz wrote a comment on a video of YouTuber Ben Bennight:

“I’m going to be a professional school shooter.”

Bennight, 36, who is a Mississippi bail bondsman, immediately alerted the FBI and emailed the bureau’s Mississippi field office a screenshot of Cruz’s comment. Bennight also flagged the comment to YouTube, which removed it from the video. He said FBI agents responded “immediately”: “They came to my office the next morning and asked me if I knew anything about the person. I didn’t. They took a copy of the screenshot and that was the last I heard from them.”

On the day of the shooting after Cruz had been taken into custody, FBI agents visited Bennight and pressed for more information about Cruz. Bennight said he didn’t know who Cruz was, and the agents left.

At a press conference the next morning, the FBI confirmed that it had received and looked into a tip about the “professional school shooter” comment on Bennight’s YouTube channel, but could not uncover any details from the account. Special agent Robert Lasky told reporters: “No other information was included in the comment, which would indicate a time, location, or true identity of the person who made the comment. The FBI conducted database reviews, checks, but was unable to further identify the person who made the comment.” (BuzzFeed)

(2) Nikolas Cruz has given every sign of being psychologically disturbed and yet nothing was done about it — as in the case of the Orlando gay club shooter — while schools punish boys for chewing a pop tart into the shape of a gun, making a gun sign with their fingers, or playing with a toy-gun in their home, and police even arrested a dad for a drawing of him holding a gun:

  • Cruz was expelled from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last year for disciplinary reasons.
  • Classmates, relatives, and neighbors describe Cruz as a troubled “loner” who often talked about guns and flaunted his obsession with weapons on his social media accounts.
  • Math teacher Jim Gard told the Miami Herald that Cruz had previously been identified as a potential threat to other students. (BuzzFeed)
  • Cruz had been treated in a “mental health” clinic. (Washington Post)

(3) Like countless other mass shooters, we are told Nikolas Cruz was on mind-altering, psychiatric medications (Natural News).

(4) Cruz told investigators that he heard voices in his head, giving him instructions on what to do to conduct the attack. The law enforcement sources who told ABC News about this described the voices as “demons“.

(5) Nikolas Cruz is NOT associated with white supremacist militia:

The day after the shooting, the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) claimed that they were told by Jordan Jereb, the leader for the white supremacist paramilitary group Republic of Florida (ROF) that Nikolas Cruz had participated in one or more training drills with his group.

However, Leon County law enforcement told the Tallahassee Democrat that they could not find information linking Cruz to the Republic of Florida Militia. Members of the 4chan AltRight discussion forum then admitted that all of the claims were false and were part of an elaborate attempt to troll a network news reporter and other media outlets.

(6) On the contrary, what evidence we have points to Nikolas Cruz being a radical leftist and a registered Democrat.

He is photographed in a red, hammer-and-sickle t-shirt with images of Stalin, Castro, Lenin, and Mao:

UPDATE (Feb. 17):

The above pic is not Nikolas Cruz. A Twitter account, pretending to be a California (Laguna Beach) Antifa group, had posted the pic as that of Cruz. It’s a hoax.

Nikolas Cruz

The real Nikolas Cruz on the right.

Cruz also posted to Instagram pics of himself in ISIS-like garb (InfoWars):

A “Nicolas Cruz”, age 20, address (803 W Oakland Park BLVD , Oakland Park 33311 FL 33311), phone (754-368-1309), is registered to vote in Broward County, precinct D005, as a Democrat (Florida Database):

H/t James Fetzer, Tony Mead, TrailDust, Bongiornoc, GiGi, MCA, Big Lug, Peace Frog, Vivian Lee, and Maryaha.


The crisis actors of Florida Parkland School shooting

Florida Parkland School shooting survivor David Hogg is a fraud


Dow Crashes 666 Points When Trump Releases FISA Memo

And let’s not forget the BITCOIN crash, and while we’re on the subject all the train crashes

The people at SGTreport have done some leg work to tie together these events, plus the statements by Q, to give us an interesting view into the house of mirrors:

If you have a 7:29 minutes to spare, they are pretty interesting.

“For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” – Like 8:17

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

FISA Memo in text format. Lock them up!

Yesterday, after President Trump had declassified the memo, the House Intelligence Committee (full name: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence or HPSCI) finally released the notorious FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) memorandum.

The memo was released in PDF format that does not enable copying. So I took screenshots of the memo and posted them yesterday.

Since I prefer a document in text format because it enables copying, pasting, highlighting, and reproduction, I painstakingly copied and typed the FISA memo from the screenshots into a text document.

Below is the text version of the FISA memo, followed by my bullet-point analysis. Word between brackets [ ] are my comments.

The FISA Memo

January 18, 2018

To: HPSCI Majority Members

From: HPSCI Majority Staff

Subject: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation


This memorandum provides Members with updates on significant facts related to the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and, 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.

Investigation Update

On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a U.S. citizen who served as a volunteer adviser to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI. It then required the approval of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General (DAG), or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.

The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute (50 U.S.C. §1805(d)(1)), a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.

Due to the sensitive nature of foreign intelligence activity, FISA submissions (including renewals) before the FISC are classified. As such, the public’s confidence in the integrity of the FISA process depends on the court’s ability to hold the government to the highest standard–-particularly as it relates to surveillance of American citizens. However, the FISC’s rigor in protecting the rights of Americans, which is reinforced by 90-day renewals of surveillance orders, is necessarily dependent on the government’s production to the court of all material and relevant facts. This should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application that is known by the government. In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts. However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted.

(1) The “dossier” compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $16,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Cole and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

a) Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.

b) The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named U.S. person, but does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a U.S. law firm (Perkins Cole) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOJ at the time that political actors were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of—and paid by—the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information. [That means Steele, in addition to producing an egregiously flawed dossier on Trump, double-dipped!]

(2) The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Cole was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.

a) Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations—an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship to the FBI in an October 30, 2016, Mother Jones article by David Corn. Steele should have been terminated for his previous undisclosed contacts with Yahoo and other outlets in September—before the Page application was submitted to the FISC in October—but Steele improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about those contacts.

b) Steele’s numerous encounters with the media violated the cardinal rule of source handling—maintaining confidentiality—and demonstrated that Steele had become a less than reliable source for the FBI.

(3) Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Rosenstein. Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele. For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files—but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.

a) During this time period, Ohr’s wife [Nellie Ohr] was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISC.

(4) According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial Page FISA application. After Steele was terminated, a source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated. Yet, in early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was—according to his June 2017 testimony—“salacious” and “unverified”. While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.

(5) The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok. Strzok was reassigned by the Special Counsel’s Office to FBI Human Resources for improper text messages with his mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page (no known relation to Carter Page), where they both demonstrated a clear bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, whom Strzok had also investigated. The Strzok/Lisa Page texts also reflect extensive discussions about the investigation, orchestrating leaks to the media, and include a meeting with Deputy Director McCabe to discuss an “insurance” policy against President Trump’s election.

Here are the main points you need to know about the FISA memo:

(1) The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 is a federal law that establishes procedures for the U.S. government’s physical and electronic surveillance of foreign powers and domestic (U.S.) agents of foreign powers suspected of espionage or terrorism. The Act created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to oversee requests for surveillance warrants by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

(2) To prevent abuse of FISA against U.S. citizens, FISA applications require the government to produce valid and unbiased documentation in support of the application.

(3) In October 2016, the Obama Administration made a FISA application to FISC to conduct electronic surveillance of an American citizen named Carter Page, who was at the time a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign.

(4) The validity of the Carter Page FISA application depended on two supporting documents:

  • A “dossier” compiled by a former British spook named Christopher Steele which claims that Trump was colluding with Russia, which meant Trump was a foreign (Russian) agent — thus triggering the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and justifying the government’s surveillance on Trump and members of his campaign team.
  • An article in Yahoo News by journalist Michael Isikoff.

(5) Both supporting documents are seriously flawed:

  • The Steele dossier’s information is tainted because:
    • The information in the dossier was unverified and unsubstantiated.
    • The dossier was politically motivated, paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign to be used as “opposition research” against Trump.
    • The dossier’s author, Christopher Steele, had made known to the DOJ (in the person of Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr) his political objections to and bias against Donald Trump — the subject of the dossier.
  • Michael Isikoff’s Yahoo News article is a duplicate of the Steele dossier because Isikoff’s source was none other than Christopher Steele. Since the Steele dossier is tainted, Isikoff’s article is also tainted.

(6) An individual involved in the Page FISA application, DOJ official Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, should have recused himself due to conflict of interest. Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for Fusion GPS — the firm that hired Christopher Steele — to produce “opposition research” on Trump. All of this, however, was concealed from the FISC — information relevant to the FISC’s consideration of the Page FISA application.

(6) FBI agent Pete Strzok, who conducted a counterintelligence investigation of another Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, should have recused himself because of his bias against Trump, expressed in text messages to his mistress, another FBI agent named Lisa Page. To compound his misdeeds, Strzok then leaked information to the media, which was used to attack Trump.

(7) Similarly, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who signed the Page FISA application, should have recused himself because of his anti-Trump bias. McCabe had met with Bruce Ohr to discuss an “insurance policy” to ensure that Trump would not be elected President.

Lock Them Up!

The FISA memo shows that the Obama Administration abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to illicitly obtain court approval to conduct surveillance of at least one Trump team member, Carter Page, in violation of Page’s Fourth Amendment Constitutional rights.

This means that the following FBI and DOJ officials committed malfeasance when they certified, approved, and signed the FISA applications:

  1. FBI Director James Comey
  2. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
  3. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates
  4. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
  5. Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente