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Pizzagate: DC police is investigating Comet Ping Pong!

Comet Ping Pong is a popular “family style” and curiously politically-prominent pizza restaurant located less than 5 miles from the White House.

The pizzeria’s owner is James Alefantis, a former boyfriend of Clinton crony and Democratic Party operative David Brock of Media Matters. Though a mere pizza restaurateur, GQ magazine in 2012 had Alefantis as 49th among the 50 most powerful people in Washington, D.C. — along with such political luminaries as Hillary Clinton (no. 5), Gen. David Petraeus (no. 7), Rep. Paul Ryan (no. 21), Democrat lobbyist Tony Podesta (no. 23), Jake Sullivan, Director of Policy Planning and member of the 7th Floor Group in the State Department (no. 33), and Sen. Marco Rubio (no. 43).

For a “mere” pizzeria owner, James Alefantis visited the Obama White House four times. One visit was an overnighter in which Alefantis’ group of four included a male porn star.

This is the image on Comet Ping Pong’s Facebook page

Comet Ping Pong is also the rotten heart of Pizzagate — the term given to speculations and assertions that there is a pedophile network of Democratic Party élites in D.C., who communicate with each other via email with pedophile code words such as “pizza” and other food items (“hotdogs”; “pasta”; “tempting” “cheeses”; “yummy” “sauces”). Those code words are found in a collection of emails sent by and to John Podesta, a longtime Democratic Party operative who was White House chief of staff in Bill Clinton’s administration, White House counselor in the Obama administration and, most recently, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

For a sample of the “pizza” emails, see  “Pizzagate: The Podesta ‘pizza’ emails”.

You would think that claims as incendiary as Pizzagate would warrant investigation by the D.C. police and the MSM’s supposed investigative journalists. Certainly, if the allegations were about Donald Trump or Republican élites, you can be sure WashingtonPost/NewYorkTimes/CNN/ABC/CBS/NBC would have reporters crawling over this story ad nauseum.

Even more curious is the fact that some big names in the Alternative Media treat Pizzagate like it’s a leprous contagion. An example is Wayne Madsen, who touts himself an “independent investigative journalist”. Madsen not only refuses to look into Pizzagate, he dismisses Pizzagate with ridicules and insults, calling it a “vacuous story” and “fake news” and those who blog and YouTube about it “crazy conspiracists” who do “a great disservice to those reporters” like the great Wayne Madsen “who have been investigating actual criminal conspiracies involving pedophiles.”

See “Failure of American Journalism: Pizzagate and the muzzling of Ben Swann“.

Now, it appears the authorities finally are taking Pizzagate seriously — the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department has assigned a detective, Jeremiah Johnson, to investigate Comet Ping Pong!

Child Porn on Comet Ping Pong Website

Sometime in November of last year, a blogger named Titus Frost and a hacker who goes by the alias “Big Fish” @trebillion, discovered that Comet Ping Pong’s official website (Cometpingpong.com) has a protected section (http://www.cometpingpong.com/protected). Big Fish hacked into the protected section and found it to contain child porn — which is a crime. Pedophiles call child porn “cheese pizza”.

Below is a screenshot of the protected section of Comet Ping Pong’s website, showing various files containing child porn which “members” can download to their own computers (click image to enlarge):

Evidence of the child porn was emailed as zip files to the Metro DC Police on December 5, 2016. A detective named Marcus Stevens emailed confirmation of receipt of the zip files. See the screenshots of the emails here.

Below is Titus Frost’s interview with hacker “Big Fish”:

Although the Metro DC Police had received evidence of Comet Ping Pong’s child porn in December 2016, nothing seemed to have been done about it.

On November 6, 2017, netizen Chris Cunningham sent an email to Chanel Dickerson, Commander of the Youth and Family Services Division, of the Metropolitan D.C. Police Department’s Investigative Services Bureau, inquiring why the police have not investigated Comet Ping Pong. Cunningham wrote:

“Dear Commander Dickerson:

If you have not been made aware of this video or the evidence against Comet Ping Pong, I encourage you to watch this video. The video reveals actionable evidence was given to police in November 2016. I am perplexed why it has taken a year to arrest anyone.

I have been told an investigation is taking place, and I have heard there is no investigation is [sic] taking place.

Can I please get clarification on that.”

Here’s the email response from Commander Dickerson:

“Mr. Cunningham:

I appreciate the email, Detective Jeremiah Johnson is the detective assigned to this case. I will ensure he gets the video link that you provided. Detective Johnson will need to contact you to obtain further information. Can you please provide your telephone number so he can contact you or do you prefer he contact you by email?

Thanks

Chanel D. Dickerson
Commander, Youth and Family Services Division
Investigative Services Bureau
Metropolitan Police Department
5002 Hayes Street, NE
Washington, DC 20019
(202) 576-6765 (Office)
(202) 486-5769 (Cell)
Chanel.Dickerson@dc.gov
Twitter @DCPoliceDept”

Below is a screenshot of Cunningham’s email exchange with Commander Dickerson, which Cunningham @Cunningham623 tweeted yesterday, Nov. 8, 2017:

I can confirm the following:

  1. Metro DC Police does have an individual named Chanel Dickerson, who is Commander of the Youth and Family Services Division. Her email is chanel.dickerson@dc.gov.
  2. I called the Metro DC Police Dept. at (202) 727-9099, and confirmed that they do have a detective named Jeremiah Johnson.

Metro DC Police Chief is Peter Newsham. This is his email address:

peter.newsham@dc.gov.

Please call or email Police Chief Peter Newsham and Commander Chanel Dickerson to urge them to investigate Comet Ping Pong!

H/t Voat

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~Eowyn

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Pizzagate: The Podesta ‘pizza’ emails

Did you know that four days ago on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, John Podesta testified before Congress in a closed-door hearing?

Here’s a tweet from Alt-Media journalist Jack Posobiec of Rebel Media:

John Podesta is a longtime Democratic Party operative who was White House chief of staff in Bill Clinton’s administration, White House counselor in the Obama administration and, most recently, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

He is also the namesake of a collection of very curious emails published by WikiLeaks just days before the 2016 presidential election. The emails contain cryptic references to “pizza” and other food items (“hotdogs”; “pasta”; “tempting” “cheeses”; “yummy” “sauces”), believed by many in the Alternative Media to be code words that pedophiles use to communicate with each other about their criminal activities. One of the parties in those emails is James Alefantis, a former boyfriend of powerful Democratic Party operative and Clinton loyalist David Brock. Though only a pizzeria owner (of Comet Ping Pong  near Capitol Hill), Alefantis was named by GQ magazine as the 49th most powerful person in Washington, DC.

It is the Podesta “pizza” emails that gave rise to the term “Pizzagate”.

Certainly, the late Andrew Breitbart had thought Podesta to be a pedophile. A year before his sudden death from a heart attack, though he was only 43 years old, Breitbart in a tweet called Podesta a “cover-upperer” for a “world class” child sex slave operation.

That there are pedophiles in Washington, D.C. is not farfetched given the Franklin child sex ring scandal of 1988-1991 which involved GOP élites in Washington, D.C., and prominent citizens and Boys Town of Nebraska. The scandal was documented in two books:

MSM and even Alt-Media journalists like Wayne Madsen and Alex Jones dismiss Pizzagate as a “conspiracy theory” by tinfoil hat-wearing loonies (see “Failure of American Journalism: Pizzagate and the muzzling of Ben Swann” and “Alex Jones apologizes for Pizzagate ‘fake news’ on eve of March on D.C.”). They would have us instead believe that powerful and very busy D. C. élites like Podesta and 49th-most-powerful Alefantis spend their time incessantly chatting about pizzas in emails.

I have NEVER talked about pizza (or any food) in my emails. Have you?

It is to those Podesta pizza emails that we now turn.

Podesta “Pizza” Emails

Out of WikiLeaks‘ 2,060 Podesta emails, there are 149 references to “pizza”, 73 “hot dog”, 85 “cheese”, 78 “pasta”, 41 “sauce”, 84 “ice cream” and 47 “walnut” — all in very bizarre contexts that have nothing to do with food.

Below is a sample of the Podesta “pizza” emails. See if you can make any sense of them without resorting to code-words.

Here are the senders and recipients of the above “pizza” emails in alphabetical order, and, where relevant, what they wrote in the “pizza” emails:

(1) James Alefantis <jamesacorp@gmail.com>, the 49th post powerful person in Washington DC. On Oct. 4, 2008, he wrote to John Podesta presumably about a fundraiser at Comet:

“Great show! Great speech. Raised over 40 grand. My only regret is I did not make you a nice pizza. When can I?”

On March 19, 2016, at 5:30 PM, Alefantis sent a joke logo for a “Hillary party” (fundraiser?) to John Podesta’s brother, Tony (#13 below) and Nora Cox-Peled (#3 below) with this email message:

“My graphics guy sent this. No not forward 🙂 “

Note what the arrow in Hillary’s logo is doing to the pizza:

(2) Catherine Chieco <crchieco@gmail.com>, a D.C. writer/consultant who donated $1,000 in 2004 to the John Kerry presidential campaign. On Oct. 20, 2015, at 6:22 pm, she wrote to James Alefantis and others re. “Friday night at posto for Tony [Podesta]’s birthday”:

“Will you join us? Small gathering a few days before the pizza extravaganza. Time PDA but probably 7:30 ish. RSVP please!”

(3) Nora Cox-Peled <npeled@podestagroup.com>, Special Assistant to the Chairman (John Podesta), Podesta Group, August 2015 to August 2016.

(4) Tom Cunningham <Tom.Cunningham@uatp.com>, Vice President of Business Development at Universal Air Travel Plan Inc. (UATP), Washington, D.C.; former legislative assistant to a U.S. Representative.

(5) Leslie Dach <leslie.dach@outlook.com>, businessman; as Senior Counselor at DHS of Obama administration, he worked on promoting Obamacare; aide in Clinton administration; former Executive VP at Wal-Mart (Wikipedia).

(6) Paula Dailey <paulapix@starpower.net>, artist/writer/editor at Artz Road Studios, Washington DC (LinkedIn).

(7) Brian Dailey <brian.d.dailey@artzrs.com>, 65-year-old husband of Paula Daily; a D.C. “artist noted for his careers in both art and international relations,” whose life experiences “include national level involvement in arms control, space policy, intelligence systems, and international security” in the Pentagon, Senate Armed Service Committee, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and White House National Space Council. (Wikipedia)

(8) Mary Dickie <maryadickie@gmail.com>, nutritionist/dietician in Washington, DC. (Source)

(9) Peter Kadzik <peterkadzik@gmail.com>, Assistant Attorney General of the Obama administration; close friend of John Podesta who dined together the day after Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony before the House. (Gateway Pundit)

(10) Alan Kriegel <ajkriegel@gmail.com>:

  • I found a Twitter account of an Ari Kriegel @ajkriegel, but it’s set to private.
  • I found an Elan Kriegel, who was Director of Analytics for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. (Politico)
  • FOTM reader Maryaha found an Alan J. Kriegel, who was or is an attorney at Skadden Law in DC. He attended Georgetown University Law Center, and is listed as a First Year Student 1974/75. His wife is Hinda S. Kriegel. The addresses linked to him are all in the same area as Comet Ping Pong. Here is another email between Alan and John Podesta from Wikileaks: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/4232

(11) John Podesta <john.podesta@gmail.com>, chairman of 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. On Sept. 4, 2014, at 2:28 am, he responded to an email from Susan Sandler (see #14 below) re. “Did you leave a handkerchief“:

“It’s mine, but not worth worrying about.”

On March 3, 2016, at 6:40 pm, he wrote in response to an email from his brother, Tony, one of the most powerful Democrat lobbyists in Washington, D.C.:

“I’m going to pass. I have too much to do before heading to Michigan tomorrow. No need for pizza.”

(12) Mary Podesta <podesta.mary@gmail.com>, wife of John Podesta.

(13) Tony Podesta <podesta@podesta.com>, John’s brother. On March 3, 2016, he wrote to John Podesta:

“29 at between park and Madison right around corner. Let me know. Or I could bring a pizza home.”

On Jan. 6, 2014, at 10:12 pm, he wrote:

Mary not free. Would love to get a pizza for an hour? Or come over”

(14) Herbert Sandler <hms@sandlerfoundation.org>, billionaire father of Susan Sandler (#15 below); Herbert and wife Marion, as CEOs of Golden West Financial Corporation and World Savings Bank, were notorious players in the 2008 financial crisis. On Dec. 24, 2015, Herbert Sandler wrote to John & Mary Podesta:

“Mary and John, I think you should give notice when changing strategies which have long been in place. I immediately realize something was different by the shape of the box and I contemplated who would be sending me something in the square shaped box. Lo and behold, instead of pasta and wonderful sauces, it was a lovely, tempting assortment of cheeses, Yummy. I am awaiting the return of my children and grandchildren from their holiday travels so that we can demolish them. Thank you so much. I hope you and your gang are well. I miss you both. Best wishes fro a merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Herb. Ps. Do you think I’ll do better playing dominos on cheese than on pasta?”

(15) Susan Sandler <ses@sandlerfoundation.org>, daughter of Herbert Sandler; member of Democracy Alliance, a powerful money group that funds Black Lives Matter (see “The white elites who fund Black Lives Matter“). On Sept. 2, 2014, at 2:54 pm, she wrote to John Podesta:

“Hi John, The realtor found a handkerchief (I think it has a map that seems pizza-related.) Is it yorus [sic]? They can send it if you want. I know you’re busy, so feel free not to respond if it’s not yours or you don’t want it.”

(16) Eryn Sepp <eryn.sepp@gmail.com>, assistant to John Podesta at the Center for American Progress (CAP).

(17) Todd Stern <SternTD@state.gov>, appointed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change (2009-April 1, 2016). On Sept. 3, 2015, at 5:17 PM, he wrote to John Podesta:

“The next three months are going to be rougher internally than in Beijing. Between 7th and 1600, no fun. Hope you’re doing ok. I’m dreaming about your hotdog stand in Hawaii…”

(18) Kathryn Tate <kathy@ktate.com>, . On Sept. 2, 2014, at 10:04 AM, she wrote this email to Susan Sandler, cc Herbert Sandler, re. “You left something at the Field house”:

“Susan & Herb, I just came from checking the Field house and I have a square cloth handkerchief (white w/ black) that was left on the kitchen island. Happy to send it via the mail if you let me know where I should send it. I also meant to inquire yesterday about the pillows you purchased. I can send them as well, if you let me know where they are in the house.”

(19) Amy Weiss <Amy@weisspublicaffairs.com>, longtime Democratic Party operative; White House Deputy Assistant to the President/Deputy Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton; Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee. (Source)

(20) Rhett Workman <rhett.workman@aa.com>, Managing Director of Government & Airport Affairs for American Airlines.

Law enforcement authorities and online Urban Dictionary-like resources have identified the words in the Podesta emails, such as “pizza”, “hotdogs”, “cheese”, “sauce”, “pasta”, “handkerchief” and “map”, as code words for child sex trafficking. Writing in code words provide pedophiles a cover story in the event their communications, such as the Podesta emails, are discovered.

Below are the code words, according to The Daily Sheeple and others on Alt-Media, and examples from the Podesta emails. The words between brackets are the translations of the pedophile code words:

  • “cheese” = little girl
    • Herbert Sandler to John Podesta: “Lo and behold, instead of pasta [little boys] and wonderful sauces, it was a lovely, tempting assortment of cheeses [little girls]”
  • “hotdog” = boy
    • Todd Stern to John Podesta: “I’m dreaming about your hotdog [boy] stand in Hawaii…”
  • “ice cream” = male prostitute
  • “map” = semen
    • Susan Sandler to John Podesta: “The realtor found a handkerchief (I think it has a map [semen] that seems pizza [girl]-related). Is it yours?”
  • “pasta” = little boy
    • Herbert Sandler: “Do you think I’ll do better playing dominos on cheese [little girls] than on pasta [little boys]?”
  • “pizza” = girl
    • Tony to John Podesta: “Or I could bring a pizza [girl] home” “Would love to get a pizza [girl] for an hour?”
    • John to Tony Podesta: “I’m going to pass. I have too much to do before heading to Michigan tomorrow. No need for pizza [girl].”
    • James Alefantis to John Podesta: “My only regret is I did not make you a nice pizza [girl]. When can I?”
  • “sauce” = orgy
  • “walnut” or nuts = person of color

Urban Dictionary confirms the meanings of some of the terms:

  • cheese pizza: child pornography
  • pizza: code word for pussy
  • pizza: a girl’s vagina or pussy
  • pizza: code name for rough sex, bondage
  • pizza: code name for sex
  • hotdog: hotdogging is when “one man puts his penis in between the buttcheeks of the other and wiggles it it around, not penetrating, thus creating a hot dog”.
  • hotdog: a semi-hard penis
  • hotdog: butt sex
  • map: Australian slang for the female pubic region

Once you plug in the codes, the cryptic Podesta emails that otherwise make no sense, become comprehensible.

As Kim Holleman, an MIT Media Lab  visiting scholar and research affiliate (2013–2017), wrote in an article for Medium, June 5, 2017:

“What is interesting to me, is that we are all adults here. We all know code language when we use it. We all know code language when we see it. If I want to convey something covert to a colleague or friend, I use code…. This is the nature of code. It hides something. Once the code is ‘revealed’, you can never again occupy the same awareness you did before the information was ‘uncoded’….

All someone has to do is ask him [John Podesta] directly about the email codes, or the instagram photos, or the obsession with dark art, art about child abuse and art about cannibalism, art about beheading and autopsies-or ask him why he speaks fondly of his friend, Dennis Hastert, a convicted child rapist.”

Was Podesta asked about the “pizza” emails in his closed-door hearing before Congress on Tuesday?

I doubt it.

See also:

~Eowyn

Please pray for Pizzagate journalist David Seaman

David Seaman is a self-described “Progressive” independent journalist who contributes to a number of media outlets, including Huffington Post — until last year, when he was banned by HuffPo for his reporting on Hillary Clinton’s health.

See “Banned by HuffPo, David Seaman calls media collusion with Hillary Clinton ‘Orwellian propaganda’

Since then, Seaman became a Trump supporter and has continued to speak out. He is also among a handful in the Alternative Media who tirelessly report on the evil called Pizzagate. In Seaman’s case, his main platform is YouTube, to which he would upload almost daily video reports on the latest news or discovery concerning Pizzagate.

Seaman recently caused quite a stir when he suddenly went silent and removed all his many videos from YouTube, which you can verify for yourself by going here.

Thankfully, he resurfaced yesterday with a YouTube video explaining his absence and defending himself from scurrilous attacks on his character.

Pizzagate involves some very powerful people in Washington, D.C., who are ruthless and unscrupulous. The attacks on Pizzagate researchers are very real, notably Ryan A. O’Neal who was threatened by Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis. Read about it here.

David Seaman needs our prayers.

Please pray for his safety, and for the safety of all citizen journalists who have the courage to expose Pizzagate, which law enforcement as well as the useless and feckless MSM — including even Alt-Media journalists like Wayne Madsen — not only refuse to do, but contemptuously dismiss as “debunked fake news,” never mind that something that hasn’t been officially investigated can neither be “debunked” nor brushed off as “fake news”.

H/t Will Shanley

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~Eowyn

Failure of American Journalism: Pizzagate and the muzzling of Ben Swann

“Pizzagate” is the term given to speculations and assertions that there is a pedophile network connecting Democratic Party élites and two Washington, D.C. pizzerias, Besta Pizza and Comet Ping Pong. The latter is a Disneyish pizzeria owned by a homosexual named James Alefantis, who is a former boyfriend of David Brock, a powerful Democratic Party operative and Clinton loyalist.

The word “pizza” in Pizzagate isn’t just a reference to Comet Ping Pong pizzeria but stems from the many cryptic references to “pizza” and other food items (“hotdogs”; “pasta”; “tempting” “cheeses”; “yummy” “sauces”) in a collection of curious emails sent by and to John Podesta, a longtime Democratic Party operative who was White House chief of staff in Bill Clinton’s administration, White House counselor in the Obama administration and, most recently, chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. This is the same John Podesta whose emails, published by WikiLeaks, reveal his and his brother Tony’s enthrallment with a cannibalism painting and their involvement with satanic performance-artist Marina Abramovic’s occult “spirit cooking” dinners.

Some say the references to “pizza” and “hotdog” are code words used by pedophiles; others dismiss the claim and would have us instead believe that powerful and very busy D. C. élites spend their time incessantly chatting about pizzas in emails. One of the parties in those Podesta emails is James Alefantis who, though the “lowly” owner of a D.C. pizza joint, is considered the 49th most powerful person in Washington, DC.

For a sample of the “pizza” emails, see  “Pizzagate: The Podesta ‘pizza’ emails”.

That there are pedophiles in Washington, D.C. is not farfetched given the Franklin child sex-ring scandal of 1988-1991 which involved GOP élites in Washington, D.C., and Nebraska’s Boys Town and assorted prominent citizens. The scandal is documented in two books:

Then there is the more recent case of former Congressman and House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Illinois) who, in April 2016 at his sentencing hearing, admitted under pressure from the judge that he had sexually abused boys. The judge in the case called Hastert a “serial child molester” and imposed a sentence of 15 months in prison, two years’ supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

You would think that claims as incendiary as Pizzagate would warrant investigation by the D.C. police and the supposed “investigative” journalists of the MSM. Certainly, if the allegations were about Donald Trump or Republican élites, you can be sure WashingtonPost/NewYorkTimes/CNN/ABC/CBS/NBC would have reporters crawling over this story ad nauseum.

Even more curious is the fact that some big names in the Alternative Media treat Pizzagate like it’s a leprous contagion.

Wayne-madsen

Wayne Madsen, who touts himself as America’s premier “independent investigative journalist,” not only has not investigated and continues to refuse to look into Pizzagate, when asked by a reader why, responded with Alinskyite ridicule and insults, calling pizzagate “fake news” and those who blog and YouTube about it “crazy conspiracists” who do “a great disservice to those reporters” like the great Wayne Madsen “who have been investigating actual criminal conspiracies involving pedophiles.”

In his post of December 5, 2016, available only to his subscribers, Madsen airily dismisses Pizzagate:

“The so-called ‘Pizzagate’ story had problems from the outset of its genesis on a few dubious websites. The vacuous story falsely claimed that the pizzeria was engaged in a pedophile operation with John Podesta, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager and former White House chief of staff for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.”

In the chat forum with his subscribers about his post, Madsen redoubles his mockery, calling Pizzagate a “phony” “100% bullcrap” “fake story” concocted by “fallacious conspiracy-mongering” “malicious” and “libelous” “fabulists”. To a faithful reader Will Shanley who doggedly asked Madsen why he’s avoiding Pizzagate, Madsen replied with more derision:

“This story is so fake the tabloids won’t even touch it. Concentrate on something more authentic, like Elvis’s three-headed alien baby.”

Even Alex Jones and his InfoWars shied away from Pizzagate. As Oscar Platt, who says the Pizzagate story has “definitely something to it,” recounts for Russia Insider, January 19, 2017:

Alex Jones publicly dropped his coverage of it. He has the resources and the audience to break the story wide open. Jones even created a special video explaining to his audience his logic for dropping his investigation, and then another one to explain why Infowars team member Joe Biggs, who was very active investigating Pizzagate, left the company.

Given the reluctance of both the MSM and AltMedia big shots like Jones and Madsen to investigate and report on Pizzagate, it was a breath of fresh air when a member of the MSM produced a TV report on the subject.

ben-swann

He is Ben Swann, an award-winning reporter and anchorman of CBS affiliate WGCL (CBS46) in Atlanta, Georgia, on which he had a regular investigative segment called “Reality Check”. Swann joined CBS46 as an anchor for its early evening and late newscasts in June 2015.

On January 18, 2017, CBS46 broadcasted Swann’s “Reality Check” report on Pizzagate, which Swann published to YouTube that same day:

As you can see, that video is no longer available, scrubbed from YouTube.

Fortunately, citizen journalists had saved Swann’s report, which you can see/hear for yourself in this video that, no doubt, will also be removed from YouTube:

The media drones immediately went on the attack:

  • Within hours, The Washington Post‘s Eric Wemple called Swann’s report “a gem of video slime”.
  • The Daily Beast‘s Ben Collins ran a denigrating profile of Benn Swann, calling him a “truther”.
  •  Gizmodo‘s Bryan Menegus published an article calling Swann a “CBS imbecile” who “just fanned the Pizzagate flames for no reason”.
  • Swann’s own station, CBS46, scrubbed his Pizzagate report. You won’t find it listed on the station’s page on Swann, which shows that Swann’s last “Reality Check” on “Why reports on Trump are fake news” was aired on January 12, 2o17, 6 days before the one on Pizzagate.

Even more troubling is the fact that, after his Pizzagate report was aired, Ben Swann disappeared and was not seen on CBS46 since.

Writing for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution‘s AJC.com on January 27, 2017, Rodney Ho archly observes:

Ben Swann, the evening anchor on CBS46 who created a social media firestorm last week after reviving the “Pizzagate” story, has been off the air since late last week.

UPDATE on Friday, January 27: He will be back Monday, January 30 after being off air since January 19. But his social media accounts will be deleted, he said. 

There has been no explanation for his absence on air. His co-anchor Sharon Reed has been solo anchoring at times. Sometimes, Tracye Hutchins joins in, as she did Wednesday night. Internally, staffers don’t even know what’s going on.

He does remain on the CBS46 website so he has not been fired.

Neither news director Frank Volpicella nor his boss and GM Mark Pimental have responded to requests for comment. A spokesman from Meredith Corp., which owns CBS46, has not returned email queries or phone call requests either.

It’s very possible the two sides are quietly negotiating an exit settlement agreement with Swann, who joined the station in mid-2015 and is clearly still under contract. And given that the story was cleared by his bosses, their futures are questionable as well.

Swann did one of his “Reality Checks” last Tuesday bringing back the frequently debunked story of a pizza place in D.C. linked to a Hillary Clinton senior aide that was supposedly running a child prostitution ring there. He noted that there is no clear evidence such a ring exists but threw out a lot of online speculation and innuendo, then wondered why the authorities had not done a thorough investigation….

He has not posted anything on Instagram since the brouhaha hit. Ditto on Facebook.

As the Daily Beast noted, he’s a bit of a conspiracy buff and his website Truth in Media is tied to a Republican PAC. Plus, he did some work for the Russian-government supported Russia Today before coming to Atlanta.

Ho calls Pizzagate a “frequently debunked story”.

Really?

As Ben Swann, with eminent common sense, pointed out in his “Reality Check” report, how can Pizzagate be dismissed as “fake news” or “debunked” when there hasn’t been an official investigation — not one — into the many troubling claims?

On January 27, 2017, Ben Swann posted an announcement on Facebook and Twitter that “things are OK,” but that he will “go dark” on social media beginning “Tzuday, Feb. 1”.

ben-swann-go-dark-announcement

Note that in his “go dark” announcement, Swann bizarrely spelled Tuesday as “Tzuday,” and identified Feb. 1 as Tuesday when February 1, 2017 falls on a Wednesday. Was this Swann’s way of sending out an S.O.S.?

On January 31, 2017, AJC.com’s Rodney Ho reported that “Swann returned on air Monday [January 30], as announced. I saw him at 5:30 p.m. Oddly, his mic was not working properly during an intro about ‘construction fatigue’.”

Below is a screenshot from Swann’s January 30 newscast.

ben-swann-returns-to-anchor-cbs46-newscast-1-30-2017

But as Swann had warned, his social media accounts have “gone dark,” which you can see for yourself. If you go on:

  • Swann’s Facebook page, you will get this message: “This content isn’t available right now”.
  • Swann’s Twitter account, you’ll get this message” “Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!”.
  • Swann’s TruthInMedia.com website, you’ll get a “401 Authorization Required” message, asking you to give your username and password, which you can’t provide because you don’t have one since TruthInMedia.com had never required your username and password before.

Sure looks like Ben Swann, the only MSM journalist who reported about Pizzagate, is being muzzled. So much for the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment declaration of a free press . . . .

H/t AllNewsPipeline

~Eowyn

Wayne Madsen: Snopes.com is a CIA operation

This morning, our DCG published this post, “Facebook is going to use Snopes and other fact-checkers to combat and bury ‘fake news’“.

Using Snopes as an authority is laughable. According to independent investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, “The so-called ‘fact-checking’ authentication website Snopes.com is the go-to website for CIA propaganda.”

From Madsen’s for-subscribers-only report of Oct. 7, 2016, “Snopes.com: the latest CIA addition to Internet disinformation“:

“On April 19, 2016, WMR reported: […] ‘Snopes.com is run by a California couple named Barbara and David Mikkelson, who founded the San Fernando Valley Folklore Society . . . The Mikkelsons chose the name Snopes because it is the name of a fictional family featured in William Faulkner’s novels that includes a pedophile, a murderer, a bigamist, a corrupt racist politician, and a thief who live in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi. The idea is to label all those targeted by the Mikkelsons as candidates for membership in the Snopes family. […]’

Snopes.com is on record calling WMR a ‘disreputable web site.’ Nothing says ‘CIA’ more than Snopes.com’s description of legitimate news reports of CIA director John Brennan being a Wahhabist and Saudi sympathizer as ‘bogus.’

Snopes’s most recent dissembling of the truth was to discount reports from Greece that Turkey has been shipping weapons disguised as furniture shipments to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and affiliated terrorist groups in North Africa and Europe.

Snopes claims that because the story of a Greek Coast Guard interception of a weapons shipment south of the island of Crete dates from 2015, there is no validity to the Turkish connection to weapons shipments to ISIL terrorists. The ship transporting the weapons was the Bolivian-flagged Haddad 1, operated by Delta Sea Maritime of Turkey. The vessel had loaded twelve containers at the Egyptian port of Alexandria, a favorite weapons shipment location for the CIA. The ship, before stopping in Famagusta in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, loaded another three containers at the Turkish port of Iskenderun, the transit port for the shipment of captured weapons from Muammar Qaddafi’s arms warehouses to Syrian jihadist rebels. It was the Iskenderun transport operation that involved the late U.S. envoy to Libya Christopher Stevens; Turkish Consul General in Benghazi Ali Sait Akin; CIA director David Petraeus; and, reportedly, senior advisers to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The CIA had to commission its favorite Internet disinformation site to throw cold water on the Turkish weapons links to ISIL because it threatens to expose the CIA’s massive weapons smuggling operations to ISIL terrorists that involved Turi Defense Group of Arizona — a case just buried by the Department of Justice on orders of the Obama administration and the Hillary Clinton campaign — and other covert weapons transfers being carried out on the orders of ‘Al Hadj’ John Brennan, veteran of the Islamic ritual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

One of the CIA’s smuggling operations entailed the Belgian-based arms manufacturer Fabrique Nationale (FN), which has a CIA-connected subsidiary called FNH-USA. One particular FN rifle, the Fusil Automatique Léger (FAL), was the standard weapon used by the Libyan rebels in 2011 and 2012, including the jihadist group that attacked the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012. The FAL, called the ‘Right Arm of the Free World’ during the Cold War, uses only NATO standard rounds. The weapon was never used by the Libyan Army, which relied on Soviet weaponry. Claims by NATO that the rebels were using Libyan weapons captured from Libyan army arsenals and caches were patently false.

Snopes is now questioning Turkey’s weapons links to jihadist terrorists in North Africa and Europe. However, photographs do not lie, as seen below. Ammunition and 5,000 shotguns from the Turkish-owned arms dealer Yavex USA were shipped from Istanbul in boxes denoted as plastic office furniture manufactured by the Turkish firm ‘Senyayla Plastik Sanayi ve Ticaret A/S’ of Istanbul. The Turkish government and the CIA had their ‘plausible deniability’ cover story on the intercepted weapons and ammunition ready to go just after the Greek Coast Guard interception: The 492,000 handgun bullets were destined for the Sudanese national police and were to be delivered through the port of Beirut, Lebanon and the 4900 shotguns were ‘hunting rifles’ destined for Lebanese customers. The Haddad 1 was stopping at the Libyan ports of Misrata and Tobruk, according to the Turkish government, to deliver bags of ‘cement mix.’ At the time of the interception, Libya was subject to a United Nations arms embargo.

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Yavex’s U.S. subsidiary is located at 6361 Corporate Park Circle in Fort Myers, Florida. It is clear that both Yavex USA, Turi Defense Group, and FN-USA, now called FN-America, were involved in a covert CIA weapons smuggling operation in violation of the UN arms embargoes imposed on Libya, and later, on Syria, with the connivance of Hillary Clinton. Not surprisingly, FN-America operates from a post office box in McLean, Virginia, not far from CIA headquarters in Langley.

What may have possessed Hillary Clinton to destroy thousands of State Department emails transmitted, processed, and stored on her personal servers? Perhaps it was her involvement in a major CIA weapons smuggling operation that saw U.S. and NATO weapons being shipped to jihadist terrorists in Libya, Syria, and Europe. As Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton had ultimate authority for approving U.S. weapons transfers abroad pursuant to the Arms Export Control Act.

As far as Snopes.com is concerned, nothing they report should be taken seriously. They are as reliable a news source as The Onion.”

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According to Wikipedia, the Mikkelsons, a California couple, created the Snopes site in 1995. By mid-2014, the couple had divorced and Barbara Mikkelson had not written for the site “in several years”. So David Mikkelson “hired employees to assist him from Snopes.com’s message board.” Barbara no longer has an ownership stake in Snopes.com.

In other words, we are to believe that one man, David Mikkelson, with “assistants” he’d hired from Snopes’ message board, manages to pump out a steady stream of researched articles every day. If you believe that, I have the proverbial swamp in Florida to sell you.

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H/t Will Shanley

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~Eowyn

Who really hacked the WikiLeaks emails? – Russia, Romania or the CIA?

Calling it “a direct assault on our democracy,” Hillary and the Obama administration are pointing their finger at the Russian government as the hacker of the never-ending stream of embarrassing and damaging Democrat emails published by WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks groups those emails into three data bases:

  1. DNC (Democratic National Committee) emails
  2. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton emails
  3. John Podesta emails (Podesta is the longtime Democrat apparatchik who is currently the chairman of Hillary’s presidential campaign).

Based on that accusation, Obama recently instructed the CIA to prep for a cyber attack on Russia. On NBC’s Meet the Press on Oct. 16, Vice President Joe Biden spoke ominously that U.S. retaliation “will be proportional in what we do” “at a time of our choosing and in circumstances that have the greatest impact.”

Hillary was equally bombastic. On August 31, 2016, she vowed that when she is President, she will treat Russia’s alleged “cyber attacks just like any other attack . . . with serious political, economic, and military responses.”

In effect, Hillary threatens to unleash what can become World War III in retaliation for Russia’s alleged hacking of emails.

But we are not told or shown the actual evidence that points to Russia as the hacker. So why should we believe it?

What we do have are evidence and testimonies that a Romanian hacker and perhaps the CIA are the hackers.

(1) FBI: No hack of Hillary’s email server

To begin, the whole question of who the hacker(s) is, is itself in question because none other than the FBI had said there’s no evidence that then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server had even been hacked in the first place. In his press release of July 5, 2016, FBI Director James Comey said:

“With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked.

(2) FBI: Hillary’s email hacked by Romania

That’s what FBI director James Comey publicly said. Privately, however, in FBI’s transcription of witness interviews, the FBI said a different story.

The latest Hillary Clinton document release by the FBI includes a 100-page document identified as FD-302a — summaries from FBI interviews conducted with employees of and various parties associated with Platt River Networks (PRN), the Denver-based IT (information technology) firm that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hired to manage her email system.

Until 2013, Hillary’s private, unsecured email server was located in her home in Chappaqua, New York. In early 2013, PRN won the bid for a contract to be the email server of not only Hillary Clinton, but also email domains associated with Bill Clinton and Clinton aides, e.g., Sidney Blumenthal, a close confidante of Hillary who was Bill Clinton’s White House aide and a major proponent of the “Arab Spring” rebellion in Libya that ousted Muammar Qaddafi and plunged Libya into a blood-soaked civil war. PRN’s account with the Clintons was under the name CESC.

According to an FBI interview conducted on June 6, 2016 with an unnamed employee working for a US defense contractor in “missile, space and intelligence,” while trying to determine if Hillary’s private server had been breached from the outside by “a foreign power,” the defense contractor employee found files from the server of Sidney Blumenthal residing on a server in Romania. The Romanian server contained approximately 200 Microsoft Word, Excel, and other file types belonging to Blumenthal. “Upon viewing this file”, the unnamed witness “became concerned he had found a classified document and stopped the project.”

(3) Guccifer

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In an NBC interview in May 2016, Romanian hacker Marcel Lazăr Lehel, aka Guccifer, claimed that in addition to hacking Sidney Blumenthal, he had also gained access to Hillary’s “completely unsecured” server. Referring to Hillary’s emails, Guccifer said, “It was like an open orchid on the Internet. There were hundreds of folders.”

It was in 2013 that Guccifer breached Blumenthal’s inbox and exposed Hillary’s private email address, which forced her to change her username.

In subsequent questioning by the FBI, however, Guccifer recanted and said he had lied about hacking Hillary’s server. But according to independent investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, Lehel/Guccifer was arrested by Romanian authorities for publicizing Hillary’s private emails that he had hacked during the time frame surrounding the attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi. Romania then very obligingly extradicted Lehel to the U.S., where he was prosecuted in the court of the U.S. Eastern District of Virginia, described by Madsen as “the U.S. military-intelligence community’s ‘rocket docket’ for quick prosecutions without the worry of classified information being disclosed during a trial.”

Last week, Guccifer was quietly sent back to Romania where he will remain for the duration of his 52 month sentence.

(4) Guccifer 2.0

“Guccifer 2.0” is a person or persons claiming to have hacked into the DNC computer network and then leaked its documents to WikiLeaks. In August 2016, Guccifer 2.0 posted an excel spreadsheet on his blog which includes the personal cell phone number, physical and email address, as well as full personal information of some 200 Congressional Democrats. (See “Nancy Pelosi had to change phone number after receiving scores of obscene and sick calls“)

According to Wikipedia, some of the documents released by Guccifer 2.0 “appear to be forgeries cobbled together from public information and previous hacks, which they then salted with disinformation.” The Obama administration’s intelligence community and cybersecurity experts and firms say that some of the genuine leaks claimed by Guccifer 2.0 are part of a series of cyberattacks on the DNC by two Russian intelligence groups. But the Russian government claims it had no involvement in the theft.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange also said there’s no proof that Russia was behind the attack. In an interview on Dutch television on August 9, 2016, Assange implied that the source of the leaked DNC emails was a 27-year-old DNC staffer named Seth Conrad Rich who, at about 4:19 a.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2016, was shot and killed in the 2100 block of Flagler Place NW in Washington, DC. The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department posted its customary reward of $25,000 for information about Rich’s death; WikiLeaks has a $20,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. Rich’s murder remains unsolved. (See “WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange: murdered DNC staffer was source of leaked DNC emails”)

(5) The CIA

In a for-subscribers-only post on October 17, 2016, Wayne Madsen — author of the recently-published book, The Almost Classified Guide to CIA Front Companies, Proprietaries & Contractors — claims that he was told by “top Republican Party sources not connected with the Donald Trump presidential campaign” that the CIA, not Russia, “has been conducting unprecedented interference in the 2016 campaigns for the presidency and Congress,” which Madsen calls “unparalleled in U.S. electoral history.”

The CIA’s code name for its clandestine interference in the 2016 election is “The Wave” — meaning “a wave” of Democrat victories on November 8.

To support his claim, Madsen makes the following points:

  1. The CIA favors Hillary Clinton, who has the endorsement of top retired CIA officials — former acting CIA director Mike Morrel; former CIA and National Security Agency director Michael Hayden (who said Hillary would be a better president than the “incoherent” Trump); former CIA director David Petraeus (who wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post last May that condemned Trump’s rhetoric without mentioning Trump’s name: “inflammatory political discourse . . . has become far too common both at home and abroad against Muslims and Islam.”); and former CIA director Robert Gates. The only former CIA director who has publicly endorsed Trump is James Woolsey, who describes himself as a life-long Democrat. Woolsey was Bill Clinton’s first CIA director. Bill fired Woolsey in December 1994 after CIA officer Aldrich Ames was revealed to be a Soviet spy.
  2. But the CIA wants Trump as the GOP presidential candidate because Trump, whose “embarrassing skeletons are well known to the CIA,” is “the best opportunity for the Democrats to retain the White House and decisively win back control of the U.S. Senate and, quite possibly, the House of Representatives.”
  3. Ohio was the one state where CIA operatives were unsuccessful in ensuring a Trump victory in the GOP primaries. Kasich won his home state’s primary and the state capital of Columbus serves as a GOP bulwark against Trump forces — comprised of Kasich, Ohio Republican chairman Matt Borges, Senator Rob Portman who is running for re-election, and state auditor Dave Yost. It was the CIA’s interference in Ohio that “showed its hand in the state,” which “became known to an inner circle of Republicans, both current and former office holders.” Presumably, those Republicans are Madsen’s informants.
  4. To ensure Trump’s defeat on November 8, a former CIA clandestine services officer, Evan McMullin, is running as an independent spoiler in normally solid-Republican Utah to siphon votes away from Trump. McMullin, a Mormon and a former banking executive for Goldman Sachs, is making a difference in Utah, which many polls now rate as a toss-up state between Trump and Clinton.
  5. Madsen: “Underlying the CIA subterfuge directed against the Ohio Republican Party are some recent suspicious and untimely deaths, including one individual who revealed the existence of ‘The Wave’ operation and two former Republican congressmen who may have been briefed on ‘The Wave.'” The suspicious deaths include:
    • A female CIA officer, who retired to her native Ohio and first spoke to a select audience about the CIA’s involvement in the 2016 election, contracted a fatal form of cancer and died soon thereafter.
    • Michael Oxley, a former Congressman (Ohio) who had served as an FBI agent and was the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee and House sponsor of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act that regulated Wall Street after the collapse of the CIA-linked Enron, died of lung cancer in McLean, Virginia, on January 1, 2016, a few weeks before the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Oxley never smoked.
    • Steve LaTourette, a 9-term Congressman (Ohio) and a close confidante of House Speaker John Boehner, died of pancreatic cancer at his home also in McLean, VA, on August 4, 2016. McLean is adjacent to CIA headquarters in Langley. In May 2015, LaTourette sued the federal government over a misdiagnosis of his cancer by U.S. Capitol doctors in 2012.

Madsen then makes the bold assertion that the CIA is “at the forefront of proffering intelligence” that Russia has been leaking hacked Democratic Party emails to WikiLeaks. All of this is actually “a ruse by the CIA to cover the tracks on its own interference in the election by running interference for Trump throughout the primaries” so as “to hand Hillary Clinton the White House and the Democrats the Congress with the gift-wrapping and ribbons supplied by the CIA.”

H/t Will Shanley and ZeroHedge

UPDATE:

Interestingly, a new Rasmussen Reports poll found that most voters aren’t buying the story that the Russians are trying to manipulate the election for Donald Trump. Instead, 56% of Likely U.S. Voters believe it’s more likely that many in the media are working to get Clinton elected president. Only 26% believe Hillary-Obama’s accusation that the Russian government is working to get Trump elected; 18% are not sure.

~Eowyn

Wayne Madsen: Hillary Clinton courts Muslims to win election

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In his subscriber-only post of Sept. 5, 2016, “Anti-migrant forces gain political steam in Europe (and America),” independent investigative journalist Wayne Madsen writes:

Europe’s populist anti-migrant leaders are backing U.S. Republican Party nominee Donald Trump against his rival Hillary Clinton, who favors a 555 percent increase in Syrian Muslim refugees allowed into the United States. Trump’s underlying theme of protecting American society against Islamists, jihadists, and terrorists has struck the same chord among America’s middle class as have similar calls in Europe to defend Western civilization against a radical Sunni Muslim culture of rape, pedophilia, sectarian violence, and unsanitary behavior in public places. Anti-migrant European political leaders, such as former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage and Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders, were guests of honor at Trump’s GOP convention in Cleveland.

The Hillary Clinton campaign has become desperate for Muslim votes in the United States. The Clinton campaign has spurred voter registration drives among Bosnian Muslims in St. Louis, many of whom entered the country during Bill Clinton’s war against Christian Serbia in the Balkans Wars, in order to flip Missouri to the Democrats. Clinton surrogates are also pushing for increased registration among Albanian and Kosovo Muslim blocs in Michigan and Florida to supplement Clinton’s sizable support among Muslim Arabs in eastern Michigan and the Jacksonville area of Florida.

Trump, on the other hand, can rely on political support from those of Lebanese Christian descent in New Hampshire; Greek descent in western Florida, Ohio, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Virginia, and North Carolina; Serbian descent in Cleveland and its suburbs in Ohio; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the greater Pittsburgh area of Pennsylvania; and Armenian descent in California that know, all-too-well, the dangers posed by Muslim radicals. The Lebanese Christian and Greek communities in New Hampshire are powerful political forces that could tip the state to Trump when the danger of Mrs. Clinton’s close ties to her Muslim Brotherhood-linked aide Huma Abedin is fully made known to the public.

For electorates in the United States and Europe, voting for leaders who will defend Western civilization against an influx of actual and potential terrorists is the most existential decision they will ever make.

Meanwhile, in Europe, a Visegrad group of four central European nations — Czechia, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary — are standing firm against calls by the EU for them to take in Muslim migrants from refugee camps in Greece and other countries:

  1. Czechia President Milos Zeman said that Muslim migrants are “impossible” to integrate into his country, while Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka rejects the EU’s refugee quota system.
  2. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said the EU’s policy of forcing members to accept quotas of Muslim migrants amounts to “ritual suicide.”
  3. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has called the Muslim migrants a “poison” in Europe and refused to accept any migrants into his country.
  4. Poland’s ruling Civic Platform government refuses to accept any Muslim migrants, although it did agree to take in some 300 Syrian Christian refugees because it does not consider them to be a threat to Poland’s security. Poland has rejected calls from the hypocritical Pope Francis — whose Vatican City has accepted only one Syrian immigrant family of 4 (who are Christians) — to accept a large number of Muslim migrants.

~Eowyn