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Canada to Pay Heavy Price for Trudeau’s Groupie Role in US Banditry Against China

Trudeau would had to have known about the impending plot to snatch Huawei CFO Wanzhou and moreover that he personally signed off on it.

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Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation:


You do have to wonder about the political savvy of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government. The furious fallout from China over the arrest of a senior telecoms executive is going to do severe damage to Canadian national interests.

Trudeau’s fawning over American demands is already rebounding very badly for Canada’s economy and its international image.

The Canadian arrest – on behalf of Washington – of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, seems a blatant case of the Americans acting politically and vindictively. If the Americans are seen to be acting like bandits, then the Canadians are their flunkies.

Wanzhou was detained on December 1 by Canadian federal police as she was boarding a commercial airliner in Vancouver. She was reportedly handcuffed and led away in a humiliating manner which has shocked the Chinese government, media and public.

The business executive has since been released on a $7.4 million bail bond, pending further legal proceedings. She is effectively being kept under house arrest in Canada with electronic ankle tagging.

To add insult to injury, it is not even clear what Wanzhou is being prosecuted for. The US authorities have claimed that she is guilty of breaching American sanctions against Iran by conducting telecoms business with Tehran. It is presumed that the Canadians arrested Wanzhou at the request of the Americans. But so far a US extradition warrant has not been filed. That could take months. In the meantime, the Chinese businesswoman will be living under curfew, her freedom denied.

Canadian legal expert Christopher Black says there is no juridical case for Wanzhou’s detention. The issue of US sanctions on Iran is irrelevant and has no grounds in international law. It is simply the Americans applying their questionable national laws on a third party. Black contends that Canada has therefore no obligation whatsoever to impose those US laws regarding Iran in its territory, especially given that Ottawa and Beijing have their own separate bilateral diplomatic relations.

In any case, what the real issue is about is the Americans using legal mechanisms to intimidate and beat up commercial rivals. For months now, Washington has made it clear that it is targeting Chinese telecoms rivals as commercial competitors in a strategic sector. US claims about China using telecoms for “spying” and “infiltrating” American national security are bogus propaganda ruses to undermine these commercial rivals through foul means.

It also seems clear from US President Donald Trump’s unsubtle comments this week to Reuters, saying he would “personally intervene” in the Meng case “if it helped trade talks with China”, that the Huawei executive is being dangled like a bargaining chip. It was a tacit admission by Trump that the Americans really don’t have a legal case against her.

Canada’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland bounced into damage limitation mode following Trump’s thuggish comments. She said that the case should not be “politicized” and that the legal proceedings should not be tampered with. How ironic is that?

The whole affair has been politicized from the very beginning. Meng’s arrest, or as Christopher Black calls it “hostage-taking”, is driven by Washington’s agenda of harassment against China for commercial reasons, under a legal pretext purportedly about Iranian sanctions.

When Trump revealed the cynical expediency of him “helping to free Wanzhou”, then the Canadians realized they were also being exposed for the flunkies that they are for American banditry. That’s why Freeland was obliged to quickly adopt the fastidious pretense of legal probity.

Canadian premier Justin Trudeau has claimed that he wasn’t aware of the American request for Wanzhou’s detention. Trudeau is being pseudo. For such a high-profile infringement against a senior Chinese business leader, Ottawa must have been fully briefed by the Americans. Christopher Black, the legal expert, believes that Trudeau would had to have known about the impending plot to snatch Wanzhou and moreover that he personally signed off on it.

What Trudeau and his government intended to get out of performing this sordid role for American thuggery is far from clear. Maybe after being verbally mauled by Trump as “weak and dishonest” at the G7 summit earlier this year, in June, Trudeau decided it was best to roll over and be a good little puppy for the Americans in their dirty deed against China.

But already it has since emerged that Canada is going to pay a very heavy price indeed for such dubious service to Washington. Beijing has warned that it will take retaliation against both Washington and Ottawa. And it is Ottawa that is more vulnerable to severe repercussions.

This week saw two Canadian citizens, one a former diplomat, detained in China on spying charges.

Canadian business analysts are also warning that Beijing can inflict harsh economic penalties on Ottawa. An incensed Chinese public have begun boycotting Canadian exports and sensitive Canadian investments in China are now at risk from being blocked by Beijing. A proposed free trade deal that was being negotiated between Ottawa and Beijing now looks dead in the water.

And if Trudeau’s government caves in to the excruciating economic pressure brought to bear by Beijing and then abides by China’s demand to immediately release Meng Wanzhou, Ottawa will look like a pathetic, gutless lackey to Washington. Canada’s reputation of being a liberal, independent state will be shredded. Even then the Chinese are unlikely to forget Trudeau’s treachery.

With comic irony, there’s a cringemaking personal dimension to this unseemly saga.

During the 197os when Trudeau’s mother Margaret was a thirty-something socialite heading for divorce from his father, then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, she was often in the gossip media for indiscretions at nightclubs. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards claims in his autobiography that Margaret Trudeau was a groupie for the band, having flings with Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood. Her racy escapades and louche lifestyle brought shame to many Canadians.

Poor Margaret Trudeau later wound up divorced, disgraced, financially broke and scraping a living from scribbling tell-all books.

Justin, her eldest son, is finding out that being a groupie for Washington’s banditry is also bringing disrepute for him and his country.

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UBEEN HAD
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UBEEN HAD

2019 elections can’t come soon enough so we rid this thing out of office.

Raymond Comeau
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Raymond Comeau

If you familiarize yourself with Canada’s elections ( and Political parties, you will realize there is nothing much to choose from)!

Platon
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Platon

As if you have any other choices! Name them.

Cap
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Cap

He will be voted back in…Canadians have a strange way of showing their dislike of their leaders by voting them back in for a second term… then complain about it.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Oh, Canada…there is a Spanish saying…tell me with whom you hang around and I’ll tell you who you are. Doing yourself a great disservice by sucking up to the Yankees – the ‘dear’ neighbours to the South.

Penny Currah
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margaret trudea is the sole hier to the Sinclair fortune. She was never broke.

Tom Welsh
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“A proposed free trade deal that was being negotiated between Ottawa and Beijing now looks dead in the water”.

Ironic, eh? So that Trump can gain leverage in his “trade war” against China, Canada loses its chances of a trade agreement with China.

Of course, you just have to ask yourself how much that will bother Trump – or anyone in Washington.

Brigitte Meier
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Brigitte Meier

We all share in China’s outrage: a US president arresting the daughter of the founder of China’s second largest tech company and right after Huawei came out with a new phone with features surpassing Apple’s iPhone. The desire to humiliate China is self-evident, but the primary reason was to use Meng as a bargaining chip – that is in essence a human shield for extortion and blackmail. The methods of the Mafia and ISIS used by a US president! Xi hit back with the usual Chinese subtle depth: by arresting two Canadians, he pushed Trump into his own double bind:… Read more »

Antony Manolis
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Antony Manolis

In 2017 the USA imposed 220% tax on Bombardier jets – essentially in an attempt to destroy the Canadian aviation industry. Now, we have lost any remote possibility of selling these jets to China – maybe through a reciprocal trade agreement. Further background – Trudeau (the father) allowed US deserters and draft dodgers to stay in Canada, despite protests from the US government. He stood up for Canada. Now we have ruined our future commercial relationship with China and become more dependent on the USA, which will continue to impose punitive taxes on any industry that rivals US industry, so… Read more »

AriusArmenian
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AriusArmenian

This will push China further into alliance with Russia. The US is already checkmated by the Russia/China alliance. The US is a moron that keeps doubling down on stupid.

Jets
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Jets

“But who still believes in the superiority of western democracy? And who still doubts that the world’s center of gravity moved to Asia?” Answer to your first question. Not too many people left on the planet, give or take a couple of hundred million (elites, others who still believe the MSM lies …) Answer to your second question. Not me and certainly not Kishore Mahbubani. Mr. Mahbubani has been a diplomat of the government of Singapore. He has written several books and watched the first interview they had on Dutch Television (VPRO Tegenlicht 1 september 2008). He has written a… Read more »

You can call me AL
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You can call me AL

Dont worry about the phones, they are second to Samsung (apple is third) and because of this behaviour by the US and Canada, I’ll be the sales will skyrocket.

The Realist
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The Realist

This is what happens when you piss off your neighbour & biggest ally. So sad. No more friends. Justin’s world is Fantasy Island.

AriusArmenian
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AriusArmenian

Trudeau is a sniveling moronic lapdog that does dirty work for the US.

Platon
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“Justin,her eldest son, groupie for Washington’s banditry.’ Nicely structured, Finian Cunningham, with ‘Band’ in “banditry” echoing ‘groupie’, the band called the Rolling Stones and Margaret with them, in flagrante delicto. There are many questions raised in this rich and intuitive study of the situation. One of them is ‘Did Justin know?’ I think that the fact that Justin does not de facto run the ‘Eye’ formerly known as Canada, George Soros’s agent, (Ukro-Fascist albino dwarf, Chrystia Freeland does), means that this could have been handled between Freeland and Bolton. Freeland is positioning herself to de jure take over Canada for… Read more »

Platon
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It is ironic that the illegitimate stepson of Pierre Eliot Trudeau, Justin Sinclair-Jagger-Castro, has spelled the death of Canada, just as his putative father, spelled its birth.

Canada was never intended to be more than a resource colony, (in modern parlance an “Eye”) but Pierre Eliot Trudeau, by a colossal act of the will, did, for a decade or two, wrench it into a nation.

Wrest in Peace, Canada.

Antony Manolis
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Antony Manolis

A little background on pertinent Canadian history The USA wanted to place nuclear weapons in Canada in the late 50’s early 60’s: Diefenbaker (a Conservative Prime Minister) said NO The USA wanted Canada to fight in Vietnam (Trudeau – the father) said NO and allowed draft dodgers and deserters to stay in Canada The USA wanted Canada to fight in Iraq, Jean Chretien (Prime Minister) said NO Then after the reign of Steven Harper Prime Minister (a Margaret Thatcher wannabe) we arrive to today’s Justin Trudeau and the sorry state of affairs that Canada find itself in. Justin Trudeau has… Read more »

Platon
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“Justin,her eldest son, groupie for Washington’s banditry.’ Nicely structured, Finian Cunningham, with ‘Band’ in “banditry” echoing ‘groupie’, the band called the Rolling Stones and Margaret with them, in flagrante delicto. There are many questions raised in this rich and intuitive study of the situation. One of them is ‘Did Justin know?’ I think that the fact that Justin does not de facto run the ‘Eye’ formerly known as Canada, (George Soros’s agent, Ukro-Fascist albino dwarf, Chrystia Freeland does), means that this could have been handled between Freeland and Bolton. Freeland is positioning herself to take over Canada de jure for… Read more »

Disgusted
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Disgusted

A lot of assumptions that don’t stack up with what I’m reading. All credibility evaporated when you demeaned Margaret. I’m no fan of Justin but this article is beyond the pale.

Platon
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Platon

Are you mentally ill yourself then?
Margaret never denied her mental illness.
In fact, she made a bit of a profession out of it.

Platon
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Platon

Apologies to the mods, if they exist and are not in Israel.
I had a busy day (chess) and my Edits ran out of time.
I assume that the latest edit is the correct one.
Plse fix if possible.

William Udy
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William Udy

Contrary to Trumps “Trudeau is weak” comment, true weakness is exhibited by Canada’s kowtowing to whatever Washington wants.

Normski
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Normski

Trudeau, you’ve only got yourself to blame. Shut up and grow a pair!.

Jane Karlsson
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Jane Karlsson

I wonder whether Trudeau really did know. The CIA/deep state is perfectly capable of pulling this off without informing the Prime Minister. Look how they’ve made Trump into their slave. Even Trump! No leader is safe.

Sarah
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Sarah

This frog lickspittle is an embarrassment to Canada!!

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Trudeau is not mentally fit to be Prime Minister, however critical thinking and accepting factual reality (about Huawei) and rampant sophisticated IP Theft, from a nation famous as replicators, not innovators, and solely built up by the Greed of Western Multinationals:

Nortel hacked to pieces (from 2012):
https://business.financialpost.com/technology/nortel-hacked-to-pieces

Platon
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Platon

Blackberry was hacked to pieces in the reign Harper the First I believe. Not a finger was lifted to save it.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Nice. Copying, IP theft, and quickly using massive slave labour resources to produce and overwhelm all potential competition, to sell in the “First World”, is not ok.

A global uniform minimum wage standard would be true “Globalism” and put a swift end to these shenanigans.

Platon
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Platon

“…and rampant sophisticated IP Theft, from a nation famous as replicators, not innovators…”

I thought you were talking about the US. I was a bit shocked to discover you live in the very dark and false past when it comes to China.

It is the US that is
agreement-incapable and therefore competition and peace-incapable as well.

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Globalism and the key nations’ policies, USA and China are both bad news. It is not, “You have to like one to dislike the other.”

Yellow vests end Globalist Exploiters, (CHINA, USA, EU) now!

Platon
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There is no question that Turdeau is barely warm when it comes to intellect. And what ambition he has seems to mostly stem from his wife and mother (at least they are two separate people, as is not the case with the other boy-king, Macron).

Wymyn [sic] will save the world Turdeau believes, as the Ukro-Fascist dwarf and Soros-contractee, Chrystia Freeland, his Foreign Minister, plots in the background.

Garuda Ronald
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Garuda Ronald

Garuda Ronald
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Christopher Black made some very good points, despite Trudeau’s air-headed auto OK of the US REQUEST warrants,Canada might have a chance, that chance is if the judge rules against the validity of the warrants. According to article lV for a charge to be extraditable, it must be illegal in both countries, and it must not be political. Canada has no law sanctioning Iran, and this is completely political.

Justin Taua
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As already mentioned in Information Clearing House regarding the conduct of the Canadian State; I repeat my comment here in TheDuran. For a country that the US military seriously considered invading in the 1930’s, under the then proposed “Plan Red” to destroy the British Empire; Canada has been silenced into a state of mass amnesia about its relationship with its US neighbour. Not only has Canada been the butt of US jokes for more than 200 years, but it has always been a natural target of US resource plunder; with little return for Canada. Now Canada, like its Australian and… Read more »

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris examine the global commercial airline industry, which is undergoing massive changes, as competition creeps in from Russia and China.

Reuters reports that Boeing Co’s legal troubles grew as a new lawsuit accused the company of defrauding shareholders by concealing safety deficiencies in its 737 MAX planes before two fatal crashes led to their worldwide grounding.

The proposed class action filed in Chicago federal court seeks damages for alleged securities fraud violations, after Boeing’s market value tumbled by $34 billion within two weeks of the March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX.

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According to the complaint, Boeing “effectively put profitability and growth ahead of airplane safety and honesty” by rushing the 737 MAX to market to compete with Airbus SE, while leaving out “extra” or “optional” features designed to prevent the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air crashes.

It also said Boeing’s statements about its growth prospects and the 737 MAX were undermined by its alleged conflict of interest from retaining broad authority from federal regulators to assess the plane’s safety.

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Boeing said on Tuesday that aircraft orders in the first quarter fell to 95 from 180 a year earlier, with no orders for the 737 MAX following the worldwide grounding.

On April 5, it said it planned to cut monthly 737 production to 42 planes from 52, and was making progress on a 737 MAX software update to prevent further accidents.

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Step aside (fading) trade war with China: there is a new aggressor – at least according to the US Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer – in town.

In a statement on the USTR’s website published late on Monday, the US fair trade agency announced that under Section 301 of the Trade Act, it was proposing a list of EU products to be covered by additional duties. And as justification for the incremental import taxes, the USTR said that it was in response to EU aircraft subsidies, specifically to Europea’s aerospace giant, Airbus, which “have caused adverse effects to the United States” and which the USTR estimates cause $11 billion in harm to the US each year

One can’t help but notice that the latest shot across the bow in the simmering trade war with Europe comes as i) Trump is reportedly preparing to fold in his trade war with China, punting enforcement to whoever is president in 2025, and ii) comes just as Boeing has found itself scrambling to preserve orders as the world has put its orderbook for Boeing 737 MAX airplanes on hold, which prompted Boeing to cut 737 production by 20% on Friday.

While the first may be purely a coincidence, the second – which is expected to not only slam Boeing’s financials for Q1 and Q2, but may also adversely impact US GDP – had at least some impact on the decision to proceed with these tariffs at this moment.

We now await Europe’s angry response to what is Trump’s latest salvo in what is once again a global trade war. And, paradoxically, we also expect this news to send stocks blasting higher as, taking a page from the US-China trade book, every day algos will price in imminent “US-European trade deal optimism.”

Below the full statement from the USTR (link):

USTR Proposes Products for Tariff Countermeasures in Response to Harm Caused by EU Aircraft Subsidies

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has found repeatedly that European Union (EU) subsidies to Airbus have caused adverse effects to the United States.  Today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) begins its process under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to identify products of the EU to which additional duties may be applied until the EU removes those subsidies.

USTR is releasing for public comment a preliminary list of EU products to be covered by additional duties.  USTR estimates the harm from the EU subsidies as $11 billion in trade each year.  The amount is subject to an arbitration at the WTO, the result of which is expected to be issued this summer.

“This case has been in litigation for 14 years, and the time has come for action. The Administration is preparing to respond immediately when the WTO issues its finding on the value of U.S. countermeasures,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.  “Our ultimate goal is to reach an agreement with the EU to end all WTO-inconsistent subsidies to large civil aircraft.  When the EU ends these harmful subsidies, the additional U.S. duties imposed in response can be lifted.”

In line with U.S. law, the preliminary list contains a number of products in the civil aviation sector, including Airbus aircraft.  Once the WTO arbitrator issues its report on the value of countermeasures, USTR will announce a final product list covering a level of trade commensurate with the adverse effects determined to exist.

Background

After many years of seeking unsuccessfully to convince the EU and four of its member States (France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom) to cease their subsidization of Airbus, the United States brought a WTO challenge to EU subsidies in 2004. In 2011, the WTO found that the EU provided Airbus $18 billion in subsidized financing from 1968 to 2006.  In particular, the WTO found that European “launch aid” subsidies were instrumental in permitting Airbus to launch every model of its large civil aircraft, causing Boeing to lose sales of more than 300 aircraft and market share throughout the world.

In response, the EU removed two minor subsidies, but left most of them unchanged.  The EU also granted Airbus more than $5 billion in new subsidized “launch aid” financing for the A350 XWB.  The United States requested establishment of a compliance panel in March 2012 to address the EU’s failure to remove its old subsidies, as well as the new subsidies and their adverse effects.  That process came to a close with the issuance of an appellate report in May 2018 finding that EU subsidies to high-value, twin-aisle aircraft have caused serious prejudice to U.S. interests.  The report found that billions of dollars in launch aid to the A350 XWB and A380 cause significant lost sales to Boeing 787 and 747 aircraft, as well as lost market share for Boeing very large aircraft in the EU, Australia, China, Korea, Singapore, and UAE markets.

Based on the appellate report, the United States requested authority to impose countermeasures worth $11.2 billion per year, commensurate with the adverse effects caused by EU subsidies.  The EU challenged that estimate, and a WTO arbitrator is currently evaluating those claims

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Mueller report takes ‘Russian meddling’ for granted, offers no actual evidence

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s ‘Russiagate’ report has cleared Donald Trump of ‘collusion’ charges but maintains that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election. Yet concrete evidence of that is nowhere to be seen.

The report by Mueller and his team, made public on Thursday by the US Department of Justice, exonerates not just Trump but all Americans of any “collusion” with Russia, “obliterating” the Russiagate conspiracy theory, as journalist Glenn Greenwald put it.

However, it asserts that Russian “interference” in the election did happen, and says it consisted of a campaign on social media as well as Russian military intelligence (repeatedly referred to by its old, Soviet-era name, GRU) “hacking” the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), the DNC, and the private email account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta.

As evidence of this, the report basically offers nothing but Mueller’s indictment of “GRU agents,” delivered on the eve of the Helsinki Summit between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in what was surely a cosmic coincidence.

Indictments are not evidence, however, but allegations. Any time it looks like the report might be bringing up proof, it ends up being redacted, ostensibly to protect sources and methods, and out of concern it might cause “harm to an ongoing matter.”

‘Active measures’ on social media

Mueller’s report leads with the claim that the Internet Research Agency (IRA) ran an “active measures” campaign of social media influence. Citing Facebook and Twitter estimates, the report says this consisted of 470 Facebook accounts that made 80,000 posts that may have been seen by up to 126 million people, between January 2015 and August 2017 (almost a year after the election), and 3,814 Twitter accounts that “may have been” in contact with about 1.4 million people.

Those numbers may seem substantial but, as investigative journalist Gareth Porter pointed out in November 2018, they should be regarded against the background of 33 trillion Facebook posts made during the same period.

According to Mueller, the IRA mind-controlled the American electorate by spending “approximately $100,000” on Facebook ads, hiring someone to walk around New York City “dressed up as Santa Claus with a Trump mask,” and getting Trump campaign affiliates to promote “dozens of tweets, posts, and other political content created by the IRA.” Dozens!

Meanwhile, the key evidence against IRA’s alleged boss Evgeny Prigozhin is that he “appeared together in public photographs” with Putin.

Alleged hacking & release

The report claims that the GRU hacked their way into 29 DCCC computers and another 30 DNC computers, and downloaded data using software called “X-Tunnel.” It is unclear how Mueller’s investigators claim to know this, as the report makes no mention of them or FBI actually examining DNC or DCCC computers. Presumably they took the word of CrowdStrike, the Democrats’ private contractor, for it.

However obtained, the documents were published first through DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0 – which the report claims are “fictitious online personas” created by the GRU – and later through WikiLeaks. What is Mueller’s proof that these two entities were “GRU” cutouts? In a word, this:

That the Guccifer 2.0 persona provided reporters access to a restricted portion of the DCLeaks website tends to indicate that both personas were operated by the same or a closely-related group of people.(p. 43)

However, the report acknowledges that the “first known contact” between Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks was on September 15, 2016 – months after the DNC and DCCC documents were published! Here we do get actual evidence: direct messages on Twitter obtained by investigators. Behold, these “spies” are so good, they don’t even talk – and when they do, they use unsecured channels.

Mueller notably claims “it is clear that the stolen DNC and Podesta documents were transferred from the GRU to WikiLeaks” (the rest of that sentence is redacted), but the report clearly implies the investigators do not actually know how. On page 47, the report says Mueller “cannot rule out that stolen documents were transferred to WikiLeaks through intermediaries who visited during the summer of 2016.”

Strangely, the report accuses WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange of making “public statements apparently designed to obscure the source” of the materials (p.48), notably the offer of a reward for finding the murderer of DNC staffer Seth Rich – even though this can be read as corroborating the intermediaries theory, and Assange never actually said Rich was his source.

The rest of Mueller’s report goes on to discuss the Trump campaign’s contacts with anyone even remotely Russian and to create torturous constructions that the president had “obstructed” justice by basically defending himself from charges of being a Russian agent – neither of which resulted in any indictments, however. But the central premise that the 22-month investigation, breathless media coverage, and the 448-page report are based on – that Russia somehow meddled in the 2016 election – remains unproven.

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The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the US out of the Alliance without a Senate vote.

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It is depressing to observe how the United States of America has become the evil empire. Having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and in the Central Intelligence Agency for the second half of the Cold War, I had an insider’s viewpoint of how an essentially pragmatic national security policy was being transformed bit by bit into a bipartisan doctrine that featured as a sine qua non global dominance for Washington. Unfortunately, when the Soviet Union collapsed the opportunity to end once and for all the bipolar nuclear confrontation that threatened global annihilation was squandered as President Bill Clinton chose instead to humiliate and use NATO to contain an already demoralized and effectively leaderless Russia.

American Exceptionalism became the battle cry for an increasingly clueless federal government as well as for a media-deluded public. When 9/11 arrived, the country was ready to lash out at the rest of the world. President George W. Bush growled that “There’s a new sheriff in town and you are either with us or against us.” Afghanistan followed, then Iraq, and, in a spirit of bipartisanship, the Democrats came up with Libya and the first serious engagement in Syria. In its current manifestation, one finds a United States that threatens Iran on a nearly weekly basis and tears up arms control agreements with Russia while also maintaining deployments of US forces in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and places like Mali. Scattered across the globe are 800 American military bases while Washington’s principal enemies du jour Russia and China have, respectively, only one and none.

Never before in my lifetime has the United States been so belligerent, and that in spite of the fact that there is no single enemy or combination of enemies that actually threaten either the geographical United States or a vital interest. Venezuela is being threatened with invasion primarily because it is in the western hemisphere and therefore subject to Washington’s claimed proconsular authority. Last Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence told the United Nations Security Council that the White House will remove Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from power, preferably using diplomacy and sanctions, but “all options are on the table.” Pence warned that Russia and other friends of Maduro need to leave now or face the consequences.

The development of the United States as a hostile and somewhat unpredictable force has not gone unnoticed. Russia has accepted that war is coming no matter what it does in dealing with Trump and is upgrading its forces. By some estimates, its army is better equipped and more combat ready than is that of the United States, which spends nearly ten times as much on “defense.”

Iran is also upgrading its defensive capabilities, which are formidable. Now that Washington has withdrawn from the nuclear agreement with Iran, has placed a series of increasingly punitive sanctions on the country, and, most recently, has declared a part of the Iranian military to be a “foreign terrorist organization” and therefore subject to attack by US forces at any time, it is clear that war will be the next step. In three weeks, the United States will seek to enforce a global ban on any purchases of Iranian oil. A number of countries, including US nominal ally Turkey, have said they will ignore the ban and it will be interesting to see what the US Navy intends to do to enforce it. Or what Iran will do to break the blockade.

But even given all of the horrific decisions being made in the White House, there is one organization that is far crazier and possibly even more dangerous. That is the United States Congress, which is, not surprisingly, a legislative body that is viewed positively by only 18 per cent of the American people.

A current bill originally entitled the “Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019,” is numbered S-1189. It has been introduced in the Senate which will “…require the Secretary of State to determine whether the Russian Federation should be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism and whether Russian-sponsored armed entities in Ukraine should be designated as foreign terrorist organizations.” The bill is sponsored by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado and is co-sponsored by Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey.

The current version of the bill was introduced on April 11th and it is by no means clear what kind of support it might actually have, but the fact that it actually has surfaced at all should be disturbing to anyone who believes it is in the world’s best interest to avoid direct military confrontation between the United States and Russia.

In a a press release by Gardner, who has long been pushing to have Russia listed as a state sponsor of terrorism, a February version of the bill is described as “…comprehensive legislation [that] seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia’s interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in the Kerch Strait. The legislation establishes a comprehensive policy response to better position the US government to address Kremlin aggression by creating new policy offices on cyber defenses and sanctions coordination. The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the US out of the Alliance without a Senate vote. It also increases sanctions pressure on Moscow for its interference in democratic processes abroad and continued aggression against Ukraine.”

The February version of the bill included Menendez, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland and Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina as co-sponsors, suggesting that provoking war is truly bipartisan in today’s Washington.

Each Senator co-sponsor contributed a personal comment to the press release. Gardner observed that “Putin’s Russia is an outlaw regime that is hell-bent on undermining international law and destroying the US-led liberal global order.” Menendez noted that “President Trump’s willful paralysis in the face of Kremlin aggression has reached a boiling point in Congress” while Graham added that “Our goal is to change the status quo and impose meaningful sanctions and measures against Putin’s Russia. He should cease and desist meddling in the US electoral process, halt cyberattacks on American infrastructure, remove Russia from Ukraine, and stop efforts to create chaos in Syria.” Cardin contributed “Congress continues to take the lead in defending US national security against continuing Russian aggression against democratic institutions at home and abroad” and Shaheen observed that “This legislation builds on previous efforts in Congress to hold Russia accountable for its bellicose behavior against the United States and its determination to destabilize our global world order.”

The Senatorial commentary is, of course, greatly exaggerated and sometimes completely false regarding what is going on in the world, but it is revealing of how ignorant American legislators can be and often are. The Senators also ignore the fact that the designation of presumed Kremlin surrogate forces as “foreign terrorist organizations” is equivalent to a declaration of war against them by the US military, while hypocritically calling Russia a state sponsor of terrorism is bad enough, as it is demonstrably untrue. But the real damage comes from the existence of the bill itself. It will solidify support for hardliners on both sides, guaranteeing that there will be no rapprochement between Washington and Moscow for the foreseeable future, a development that is bad for everyone involved. Whether it can be characterized as an unintended consequence of unwise decision making or perhaps something more sinister involving a deeply corrupted congress and administration remains to be determined.

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