This blog, online since 2005, and our predecessor Little Nicky Machiavelli have been reporting on the corporate malfeasance of Google since the search giant launched.
Google has always been politically motivated, the two semi autistic nerds reputed to have created the technology went straight from being socially challenged college kids to being billionaires, totally missing out of real life aling the way. Thus they have always clung to the kind of naive, extremist political positions embraced by students. After the 2016 election the corporation was exposed as having tried to help Hillary Clinton win, and who beside themselves with angst after she lost. Since then Google has been at the forefront of the Democrats campaign of misinformation, disinformation, distortion, misrepresentation and downright lies aimed to stirring up suspicions of collusion between the Trump campaign and the government of Russia to steal the election. Unfortunately such evidence as has come to light suggests Google and social media giant Facebook were the only organisations meddling in the election, and they were on the side of Clinton.
Now leaked documents show high level meetings of Google’s management discussed whether to bury conservative media outlets in the company’s search function after Donald Trump became president, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation‘s Peter Hasson.
Google founders Page & Brin, liberals, leftists, privacy abusers, election meddlers, fake news spreaders and general cunts (picture: Zero Hedge)
Internal communications obtained by the The Daily Caller reveal that The Daily Caller and Breitbart were specifically singled out for potential censorship.
Communications obtained by TheDCNF show that internal Google discussions went beyond expressing remorse over Clinton’s loss to actually discussing ways Google could prevent Trump from winning again.
“This was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it,” Google engineer Scott Byer wrote in a Nov. 9, 2016, post reviewed by TheDCNF.
Byer falsely labeled The Daily Caller and Breitbart as “opinion blogs” and urged his coworkers to reduce their visibility in search results.
“How many times did you see the Election now card with items from opinion blogs (Breitbart, Daily Caller) elevated next to legitimate news organizations? That’s something that can and should be fixed,” Byer wrote.
“I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources – because not doing so hides real information under loud noises,” he continued.
“Beyond that, let’s concentrate on teaching critical thinking. A little bit of that would go a long way. Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years – demographics will be on our side.” –DCNF
Not all Google employees agreed with the notion of censoring conservative outlets; engineer Uri Dekel – a self-described Clinton supporter, argued that manipulating search results was the wrong approach.
“Thinking that Breitbart, Drudge, etc. are not ‘legitimate news sources’ is contrary to the beliefs of a major portion of our user base is partially what got us to this mess. MSNBC is not more legit than Drudge just because Rachel Maddow may be more educated / less deplorable / closer to our views, than, say Sean Hannity,” Dekel wrote Byer in a reply, adding “I follow a lot of right wing folks on social networks you could tell something was brewing. We laughed off Drudge’s Instant Polls and all that stuff, but in the end, people go to those sources because they believe that the media doesn’t do it’s job. I’m a Hillary supporter and let’s admit it, the media avoided dealing with the hard questions and issues, which didn’t pay off. By ranking ‘legitimacy’ you’ll just introduce more conspiracy theories”
Another engineer, Mike Brauwerman, suggested that the company could avoid “accusations of conspiracy or bias” by using technology to “trace information to its source, to link to critiques of these sources, and let people decide what sources they believe.”
“Give people a comprehensive but effectively summarized view of the information, not context-free rage-inducing sound-byte,” added Brauwerman.
Other Google employees have expressed support for providing context to sources in order to “help” users evaluate information. Unfortunately, the search giant’s solution was to employ fact-checking organizations with a liberal bias, such as Snopes, which has never exposed a Democrat lie and never acknowledged a Republican truth.
According to the Caller. Google eventually pulled their fact-checkers in January, crediting an investigation by the Daily Caller in their decision.
Google claims that the email conversation did not lead to the manipulation of search results for political purposes.
“This post shows that far from suppressing Breitbart and Daily Caller, we surfaced these sites regularly in our products. Furthermore, it shows that we value providing people with the full view on stories from a variety of sources,” the spokeswoman told TheDCNF in an email.
“Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology. Our processes and policies do not allow for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies.” –DCNF
Anyone who still believes anything an official spokesperson says or that is included in a Google press realease is obviously two bits short of a byte – speaking of which, if you want to know do Google manipulate search results, a Google search for “Idiot” returns pictures of the Trump family, while the same search in DuckDuckGo is completely different:
This isn’t the first time Google have been caught manipulating search results either:
After Trump announced his initial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed ways to manipulate search results in order to push back against the president’s order.
A group of employees brainstormed ways to counter “islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms ‘Islam’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Iran’, etc,” as well as “prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results from search terms ‘Mexico’, ‘Hispanic’, ‘Latino’, etc.”
Meanwhile, President Trump told the Daily Caller in September he suspectted that Google and Facebook were trying to manipulate election outcomes in the 2018 US midterm elections.
Tesla car crash – Elon Musk doesn’t do things by halves (picture: indianexpress.com)
Electric Vehicle maker Tesla, which released astounding Q3 figures yesterday, suggesting the company had turrned a $1billion plus loss in Q2 into a multi million surplus in the third quarter of this year (more on that a little further down the page,) looks to be courting more trouble from Stock Market regulators, and simultaneously tempring the FBI to get involved.
While we already know that following a statement by loony CEO Elon Musk to the effect that he was taking the public company private, a move that netted Musk millions as the value of his holding soared, but resulted in a regulatory investigation as Musk did not have the finance to carrry out the change, a second SEC investigation is taking place in relation to Tesla’s Model 3 production, because Tesla overstated production figures after news was leaked that production was well short of the break – even target. This afternoon the Wall Street Journal dropped a bombshell by revealing that a Department of Justice investigation into Model 3 production numbers was also not only was taking place, but was also intensifying.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI is examining whether Tesla misstated information about production of its Model 3 dating back to early 2017. Action in the criminal investigation is reported to have intensified since Musk settled with the SEC last week.
The Journal also reports that the FBI has contacted former Tesla employees for testimony in the criminal case. Many former employees have received subpoenas and have been interviewed by the FBI.
Tesla shares quickly dropped almost $25 off highs on the news before bouncing after releasing its own response, stating it has only received a “voluntary request for documents” and not a subpoena. If people believe any statement from Tesla any more they deserve to lose their money.
Here’s what an experienced US market analyst had to say about those third quarter profits yesterday:
Analyst Erupts At Tesla: “They Used Every Trick From Every Fraud To Put Lipstick On Q3 Results”
On October 11, I noted that “…I have booked all of my Tesla (TSLAQ – USA) Jan 2019 250/175 put spreads after owning them for almost a year, at a reference price of $255 compared to a reference price of $320 when I first wrote about them. While I am certain that Tesla collapses in the near future, all evidence seems to show that they’ve used every trick from every financial fraud over the past 100 years to put lipstick on the Q3 financial results.” Modern day Ivar Kreuger has not disappointed.
Over the years, I have purposefully kept accounting and numbers to a minimum on this site—they’re “boring.” Besides, if you must use a fancy spreadsheet to prove a point, then your thesis isn’t very good to begin with. The numbers should fit onto a bar napkin after a full night of drinking. Unless, of course, you suspect fraud—in that case, numbers and financial ratios are everything. With that out of the way, let’s delve into the Q3 Tesla numbers.
Big picture, from Q2 to Q3, there was a sequential improvement in operating income of $1.038 billion, and they delivered 43,007 incremental cars. That’s $24,140 per incremental vehicle on a car that is retailing for as little as $49,000. No other auto OEM even comes close to that. Something simply doesn’t add up—so I went looking for it.
I get that when revenue grows, you get operating leverage. This can be seen where SG&A as a percentage of revenue declined for 4 sequential quarters (green). This is normal. You would expect with a huge increase in Q3 revenue, that there would be more operating leverage. Would you expect that SG&A drops 2.8% sequentially on a 70.5% increase in revenue (red)? That’s not how manufacturing companies work. The expense is obviously still there, we just don’t know where they hid it…
Media headlines have been dominated for the last two days by the news that pipe bombs are being sent to Democratic Party elites and their allies, a list of whom as of this writing consists of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, George Soros, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, Robert De Niro, and the CNN office (addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan who actually works for NBC). As of this writing nobody has been killed or injured in any way by any of these many explosive devices, and there is as of this writing no publicly available evidence that they were designed to. As of this writing there is no evidence that the devices were intended to do anything other than what they have done: stir up fear and grab headlines.
And of course it is a good thing that nobody has been hurt by these devices. [ … ]
It is good that Barack Obama was never sent anything resembling the 26,171 bombs that his administration dropped in the final year of his presidency, for example. [ … ] People would have been killed and badly injured if anyone had been sent anything like those kinds of explosive devices, their bodies ripped to shreds like the countless civilians killed in the airstrikes which resulted from the Obama administration’s expansion of Bush’s so-called “war on terror”.
Yemen’s brutal civil war slips into its fourth year
Last month Yemen’s civil war slipped into its fourth year. It’s a war without obvious good or bad guys: Security Council investigators have documented violations of international humanitarian law by all sides. UN human rights officials nonetheless claim that the “leading cause” of civilian casualties are airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition, which backs Yemen’s President Hadi against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and allied supporters of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Yemeni’s bury their dead after yet another Saudi air raid. A report released by the UN this week confirmed in considerable detail misdeeds by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, killing thousands of civilians in Yemen, raping and torturing detainees, and using child soldiers. In a masterpiece in understatement the report warned these may amount to … Continue reading
US Aiding Massive Genocide in Yemen at Behest of Saudi Arabia Civilians in Yemen are still in the grip of a major humanitarian crisis as Saudi Arabia’s war on the impoverished republic continues unabated. Shocking numbers are affected including 7 million civilians facing severe malnutrition, and 19 million out of the country’s 27 million population “in need of some form of aid.” However, all of this is made worse by the Saudis having imposed a blockade on humanitarian support.
Last month the war in Yemen slipped, unremarked by mainstream media, unnoticed by the oh-so-politically-correct talking heads on television, into its fourth year.If the war was simply a falling out between Yemen’s Sunni Muslim government supported by Saudi Arabia and the Shia Muslim Houthi rebels, supported by Iran, … Continue reading
Saudi Coalition Attacks Hodeidah Yemen’s Lifeline Port
The Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s former president Hadi’s bid to regain power have launched an assault on Yemen’s main port of Hodeidah, middle eastern news services report. The operation to drive the Houthi rebels from the port, after four years of relentless bombing on the impoverished Arabian nation by the oil rich Saudis and their Arab allies has been largely unreported by western media
As the US 2018 midterm elections loom ever larger on the horizon it is clear the US electorate has never been more implacably polarised, while the smearing, lying, backstabbing and name calling have never been more blatant. The Democrats know there is not only control of the Senate and House of Representatives at stake, but the outcome will have a huge influence on the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election when Donald Trump will seek a second term. Win control of both houses, the Democrats will be able to effectively hamstring Trump’s presidency, win only the House of Representatives and they will be able to make life difficilt for his administration. Six months ago it looked as though The Democrats could gain control of both houses but since then they have been determined to show they can repeat hillary clinton’s trick of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
The failed attempt to derail the conformation of Supreme Court nomineee Brett Kavanaugh by smearing him with an unsubstantiated accusation of a sexual misdemeanour which allegedly took place 35 years ago and was witnesses by nobody (not even the victim apparently, given her inability to remember accurately and details of the when and where,) seriously backfired on the party. This was followed by the debacle over claims made by 2020 presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, who in a bid to gain support from minorities said she is a member of the Chreokee nation. Unfortunately Ms. Warren, whose claim dates back to her 2012 senatorial campaign, was pressured into taking a DNA test, and proved to be ten generations away from any Cherokee ansector.
The left’s assumption is that women and minorities Democrats because they perceive supporting the party’s liberal stance as being in their best interest while major cultural events back up that view. This is not entirely true, the Republicans have done as much on civil rights, while before World War 2 The Democrats were the part of slavery and segregation in the southern states , (it’s all documented.) Over the course of the past two weeks, since the conformation of Justice Kavanaugh, and the discrediting of ‘Fauxoontas’ Warren as Trump calls her, the left’s strategy of identity politics as a way to divide and conquer American voters has not only failed catastrophically, it’s backfired.
We saw this play out first with the fight to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The narrative, created by the left and repeated by allies in the media, quickly became about women. Without distinction, it was declared that all women were on the side of Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
This was not true and it refelcts badly on The Democrats and feminism the assumption that ‘all women’ hold the opinion the liberal narrative on mainstream media assigns them can even be made. Hundreds of women who knew Kavanaugh came out publicly in his defense, saying that he had always behaved properly in female company. Scores of women wearing “I Stand With Brett” and “Women For Kavanaugh” T-shirts gathered on Capitol Hill to show their support for his nomination. Thousands tweeted #HimToo as a way to show support for due process and evidence to back accusations.
After years of pussy hats, #MeToo, college kangaroo courts and entirely spurious gay and trans rights cases, plus some particularly nasty outbreaks of fascist style street violence people don’t buy the liberal message about a right wing ‘war on women,’ the ‘rape culture’ or the need to ‘exterminate white heterosexual males.” These crude scare tactics are repeated at left wing events and rallies designed to grab the votes of women and ethnic / sexual minorities. But Democrats are making a huge miscalculation.
Conservatives are furious at the people purporting to speak for women, furious that what should have been an ordinary parsing of evidence (what little there is after 36 years) was turned into a Kabuki theater campaign ad for the Democratic Party, stressing their trope that the GOP is conducting a so-called war on women,” Stephanie Gutmann wrote in an op-ed for USA Today.
More importantly, this facile assumption that ‘all women’ supported #MeToo because ‘all women’ have faced sexual harassment from every man they meet, that ethnic minorities are constantly beaten down by ‘white racism’ or ‘white privilege’ and that gays are universal victims (when most have good careers and are accepted by most people, has encouraged conservatives to get ready to head to the polls and vote against Democratic Party candidates.
According to a survey conducted by NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Polls, enthusiasm among Republican women jumped 12 percent since Kavanaugh was announced in July and that was further solidified during and after his confirmation.
Shortly after Kavanaugh was officially sworn in as a justice, President Trump held a meeting at the White House with rapper and cultural icon Kanye West.
With the cameras rolling, West lavished Trump with praise, talked about prison reform and explained why he loves what the president is doing. “He can speak for me any time he wants,” Trump said from the Oval Office. “He’s a smart cookie. He gets it.”
It was yet another cultural moment that derailed the left’s talking points: African-Americans are Democrats and could never align themselves with a Republican president has been the assumprion for several decades. The meeting was shocked many liberals, particularly those easily triggered snowflakes, the university students and spun many into a panic of egregious and racist insults.
“Kanye West is what happens when negroes don’t read,” CNN commentator Bakari Sellers said on Don Lemon’s show.
Since West showed support for Trump’s policies earlier this year, the president’s approval among African-American voters has been on the rise.
In a desperate attempt to somehow fit into the left’s narrative on race, the Warren fiasco further alienated minorities Complete with a video and extensive campaign website, the data shows she might be 1/1,024th Native American.
The fallout was swift and painful.
“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. released in a statement. “Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. … Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.”
Warren’s cultural and victim status appropriation not only further hampered her reputation, but threw a bomb into the waning “blue wave” just three weeks ahead of the midterms.
“Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now? Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???” tweeted Jim Messina, former President Obama’s 2012 campaign manager.
The Democrats obsession with skin color and gender, and their fondness for Islam while they simultaneously denounce Christianity and are positively anti – Semitic (as are their fellowe travellers the UK Labour Party,) is as a strategy, falling apart and recent events show why. Nov. 6 is just around the corner and the battle lines for presidential votes are already being drawn. For Democrats, those lines are being crossed as women and minorities vote on interest, not on identity politics.
Last week,White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was kicked out of a Red Hen restaurant in Virginia because the owner, a pussy hat wearing liberal feminist, did not want to serve anyone who worked for the Trump administration. In a separate incident Protesters swarmed around Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s home on Friday. Florida’s Attorney General was confronted and heckled at a showing … Continue reading
The Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal which has rocked the Hollywood establishment and shocked America to its core, according to mainstream media should not have surprised anyone (if fact much of the shock and horror being expressed is typical Hollywood liberal hypocrisy.) And now the story has broken, it seems that as well as a … Continue reading
Authored by ‘Washington Watcher’ via VDare.com, The leaked internal Google briefing “The Good Censor” [PDF] has received suspiciously little attention from the Main Stream Media, but it represents the crassest statement yet of the Tech oligopolies’ intention to impose Silicon Valley Political Correctness on the U.S. As American Thinker Editor Thomas Lifson puts it: “I congratulate Breitbart.com for the … Continue reading
On a day that saw the latest nonsensical claims from the UK government about Russian government culpability for the Skripal assassination attempt back in March, we came across a story which shows how the other great “It’s The Russians fabricated narrative is falling apart. While NATO governments were getting their knickers in a right old … Continue reading
How US Department Of Homeland Security Created Fake News On Russia Hacking US Election The narrative of Russian intelligence interfering with the outcome of U.S. elections has achieved near-universal acceptance among media and political organisations. But the real story behind that narrative reveals that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) created an account of events that was designed to spread false information and cause fear and panic.
The Deep State Is Real..& They Don’t Like Trump’s Disruption In his new book titled “The Deep State: How an army of bureaucrats protected Barack Obama and is working to destroy Donald Trump,” Jason Chaffetz alleges that the deep state is very real. His book, which is set to be published on September 18, details the lengths the intelligence community is going to in an attempt to undermine Trump.
How Can US / NATO Claim Info From Syrian Rebels Is Reliable? The problem with the latest attempt to justify intervention by the USA and its allies France and the UK has things in common with previous illegal weapons incidents in Syria for which no evidence of the involvement of Russia or President Assad’s government was found, and one in particular in which the culprits were identified…
China and Russia Move To Outflank Washington Hawks, Avert War In Asia Events in recent days have given everybody in the world cause for concern. First it was revealed that renegade state North Korea how has nuclear capability to attack American interests in the Pacific and possible even targets on the US mainland. Then the war of words between the North Koreans and Washington took a nasty turn, opened up the throttle and seemed to be hurtling towards all out war.
Oprah Winfrey, Praised As A Feminist Icon, Exposed As A Fraud Within Twenty Four Hours
Tanya Gold, writing about The Golden Globes awards, praised the acceptance speech given by Oprah Winfrey who was given a lifetime achievement award presumably for fronting a television freak show, and commented on the ridiculous calls from other ‘liberals’ in hollywood and Washington for Oprah to run against Donald Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election.
Coming To A Town Near You: Expert Warns That No-Go Zones Are Growing In America
Nothing illustrated the failure of Europe’s open doors immigration policies more than the notorious “no-go zones” that have sprung up in Muslim dominated areas of many European cities. For decades the West has opened its borders to people who don’t share their values, and the West has utterly failed to encourage these people to assimilate. The lack of assimilation has reached a degree that many of these populations have become resentful of their mediocre status in society, and have actually become more insular.
President Trump has reportedly blocked the attempted acquisitions of a US technology company by a Chinese firm. while his opponents accuse him of breaking election promises and betraying votes, although they offer little evidence to support their claims, the increasingly tough policy against China’s acquisition of US companies continues, despite the firing of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who supported Trmp’s “economic nationalism.”
“Hopelessly Compromised”: Judiciary Member Calls For Mueller’s Resignation Over Uranium One Scandal
Earlier this morning (November 4) House Judiciary Committee representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) submitted a resolution calling for Robert Mueller to resign as special counsel overseeing the FBI investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government saying that the former FBI director is “hopelessly compromised” as a result of his failed oversight of the controversial Uranium One transaction …
It’s the breaking news we all knew about over a year ago, the Democratic Party Primaries were as bent as a fisherman’s hook. This blog and most other unaligned news websites in New Media reported last year, supplying irrefutable proof it must be said, that the Democratic Party pirmaries which secured the nomination for Hillary Clinton were rigged.
The airstrikes by a US led coalition that killed many Syrian soldiers fighting for the legitimate government of Bashar al Assad against the terrorist forces of ISIS has raised the level of hostile rhetoric between the USA / NATO coalition and the Russia / China / Iran alliance. The likelihood of war seemed to have receded through the summer, after it seemed possible early this year, that one stray shell or bullet could spread the war beyond the middle east. Is World War Three Really Kicking Off This Time?
If This Does Not Disqualify Hillary For The Presidency, It’s Hard To Know What Will
Even the conservative Wall Street Journal is waking up to the massive deception that is being perpetrated on voters by the American political establishment, media and judiciary. Unfortunately the around half or the voters seem to be willingly complicit in this deception. In fact the USA collectively appears capable of a level of cognitive dissonance on an unprecedented scale in relation to the crimes and corrupt practices of Hillary Clinton … If This Does Not Disqualify Hillary For The Presidency, It’s Hard To Know What Will
President Trump on Saturday touted a conservative victory after his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was confirmed as the 114th Justice after a contentious and dramatic assault from the left.
Speaking in Topeka, Kansas, Trump framed the Democratic resistance to Kavanaugh as an attempt by an “angry mob” to hijack the proceedings “in their quest for power.”
“They threw away and threw aside every notion of fairness, of justice, of decency and of due process,” Trump said of the anti-Kavanaugh efforts. “What he and his wonderful family endured at the hands of Democrats is unthinkable, unthinkable.”
“Just imagine the devastation they would cause if they of their obtained the power they so desperately want and crave,” Trump added. “You don’t hand matches to an arsonist and you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob, and that’s what they have become.”
Trump then used Kavanaugh’s example to illustrate why conservatives need to vote during the midterm elections in four weeks so that Democrats don’t take back the House.
On a day that saw the latest nonsensical claims from the UK government about Russian government culpability for the Skripal assassination attempt back in March, we came across a story which shows how the other great “It’s The Russians fabricated narrative is falling apart.
While NATO governments were getting their knickers in a right old twist about the discovery of some Russian citizens found in possession of laptop computers, smartphones
The Russians are alleged to have launched a cyber attack on the headquarters of global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW while it was investigating the Salisbury spy poisoning, the British and Dutch security services have revealed. No evidence has been offered to link the action to the Skripal case.
Authorities in the Netherlands have named four GRU operatives who, it is claimed, travelled to Amsterdam and attempted to hack into the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons network directly.
The four men – named as Alexei Moronets, Evgeni Serebriakov, Oleg Sotnikov and Alexei Minin – flew from Moscow to Amsterdam on April 10 on official passports, where they were met by a Russian embassy official.
Three days later, they parked in a rental car outside a hotel near the OPCW building, with specialist technical equipment in the back of the vehicle designed to hack into the watchdog’s network.
If you are quite web savvy you might, as I have, understand how ludicrous it would be to try to hack the OPCW network while sitting outside in a car, with all your hacking equipment visible to passing pedestrians. And can we believe the Russians would expect an organisation like OPCW would have omitted to secure their Wi Fi network?
Well if you have believed all or any of the story about the Russians hacking the US election systems to hand the presidency to Trump, you are probably naive enough to believe this latest shite.
A former top lawyer at the FBI provided “explosive” testimony to Congress on Wednesday regarding the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, lawmakers said. James Baker, who served as the FBI’s general counsel until May, told Congress that a previously unidentified source provided information to the FBI for its investigation, which began on July 31, 2016.
“During the time that the FBI was putting — that [the Department of Justice] and FBI were putting together the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act surveillance warrant] during the time prior to the election — there was another source giving information directly to the FBI, which we found the source to be pretty explosive,” Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said after a hearing, according to Fox News.
As the FBI’s top attorney, Baker was directly involved in handling applications for the FISA warrants granted against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Baker was interviewed behind closed doors as part of a congressional task force’s investigation into the FBI’s possible abuse of the FISA process. Republican lawmakers have expressed concerns that the Page FISAs relied heavily on the unverified Steele dossier.
The document, which was funded by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was cited extensively in the FBI’s applications to spy on Page.
“Some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature,” North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows told Fox regarding Baker’s interview. “This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion. That’s extremely troubling.”
Protestors in Nicaragua – but do they know what they are protesting about (Picture: Al Jazeera )
As civil unrest takes hold in the Central American republic, we are seeing reports that Nicaraguan student protest leaders have met with Washington DC, neocons, a publication funded by the US government’s regime change arm, the ludicrously misnamed National Endowment for Democracy (NED), boasts of spending millions of dollars “laying the groundwork for insurrection” against Daniel Ortega
Corporate mainstream media outlets are portraying the violent protest movement sweeping Nicaragua as a progressive grassroots upswell but the country’s student leaders have suggested otherwise.
In June this year, young Nicaraguan political activists went on a junket funded by US taxpayers to Washington DC, hosted by right-wing advocacy group Freedom House. The Nicaraguans were there to lobby Donald Trump and other right-wing US government officials for help in their fight against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
During the trip, the young activists posed for photo-ops with leading Republican Party neocons and warmongers including Senators Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The Nicaraguan party also had meetings with top officials from the State Department and the US government soft power organization USAID. There, they were reportedly assured they would have Washington’s full-throated support in the event of a rebellion against Ortega.
A month before those meetings , a publication funded by the US government’s regime change arm, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), revealed that organizations backed by the NED have spent years and millions of dollars “laying the groundwork for insurrection” in Nicaragua.
This article, openly boasting of US meddling was repoted by the Latin America news website Global Americans, and was reputedly authored by US academic Benjamin Waddell, the academic director of the School for International Training in Nicaragua. Following publication of this piece, Global Americans replaced the term “insurrection” with the less incendiary word “change.” The original headline can however still be seen in the article’s URL.
Waddell’s article offers a remarkably honest assessment of the impact of the National Endowment for Democracy’s long term activities in Nicaraguan domestic politics. The author’s conclusions tended to confirm assertions made by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and members of his government, who have claimed the protests are a carefully staged plot backed and organised by Washington.
“International press has depicted the rapid escalation of civil unrest in Nicaragua as a spontaneous explosion of collective discontent, triggered by the government’s changes to its insolvent social security system and rooted in more than a decade of authoritarian rule by the Ortega-Murillo family,” Waddell wrote. “And while the underlying causes of the turmoil are rooted in government mismanagement and corruption, it’s becoming more and more clear that the U.S. support has helped play a role in nurturing the current uprisings.”
In another striking passage, Waddell concluded, “the NED’s current involvement in nurturing civil society groups in Nicaragua sheds light on the power of transnational funding to influence political outcomes in the 21st century.”
The USA has a long history of meddling in the domestic politics of small, thirds world nations, often unsuccessfully and frequently with catastrophic results. The NED has been one of the leading agent of US soft power since its founding in 1983, at the height of the Cold War, its function being to fund and organise opposition to governments that refuse to serve US geopolitical ambitions. The first NED success took place in Nicaragua, where it incubated anti-Sandinista media outfits like the La Prensa newspaper and right wing political groups.
In 1990, the Ortega’s party, the Sandinistas, were defeated at the polls by the right-wing candidate Violeta Chamorro, whose family happened to own La Prensa. Chamorro’s victory represented the culmination of nearly $16 million dollars in NED grants to anti-Sandinista political parties and media outlets.
More recently we have seen US led regime change efforts either fail ignominiously, as in Afghanistan and Syria, succeed catastrophically as in Libya, under Colonel Gadaffi Africa’s more prosperous and socially advanced nation, now after Libya was bombed by he US, France and UK (the FUKUS axis,) it is a failed state enmired in a tripartate civil war, or simply achieve the opposite of what was intended as in Ukraine where a deeply corrupt but democratically elected government was overthrown in a CIA engineered coup, only to be replaced by an equally corrupt neo – Nazi government.
Kermit Roosevelt, a member of the famous American political family but who made his contributions to the nation in the shadowy world of spy craft, even bragged about it publicly in his book Countercoup, revealing there was a manual in circulation at the CIA dealing with how you overthrow governments.
Mr. Roosevelt’s best-known exploit was as director of the 1953 coup that overthrew the leader of Iran, Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, a nationalist who concerned Washington because he was supported by the Iranian Communists at the height of the cold war.
So it seems to me this was a playbook coup détat is something reheared by the CIA many times over decades. The is no denying Washington’s role in the Ukraine regime change of course, Vitoria Nuland, at the time Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, working with the US Ambassador, in a famous open mic moment complained that the US had spent a billion dollars organising the coup with the aim of getting Ukraine into the European Union and thus controlling Black Sea shipping routes to Russia’s only warm water ports, only to find the right wing extremists they had supported were not acceptable to the EU. Many copies of the recording made of that slip up still exist, here’s a link to a BBC transcript.
Ukraine was a particularly embarrassing fail for the US DoD Regime change Agency,
What is surprising is that the warmongers of Washington have learned nothing from all this and, as we can see from the reports coming out of Nicaragua, are getting ready to make the same foreign policy mistakes all over again.