Actions May Foreshadow Pro-American “October Surprise in Reverse” by Obama to Counter Trump’s Obvious Reliance on ISIS Successes to Fuel His Demagogy; YPG Kurds Get US Green Light to Attack Main Terrorist Supply Line at Jarablus, Irrespective of Turkish Threats; Reports Circulating Of Coalition’s Pre-November 8 Liberation Plans for Fallujah and Mosul; West Point Report on “The Caliphate’s Global Workforce” Confirms Vital Role of Jarablus Corridor in ISIS Recruiting 1
World Crisis Radio
May 28, 2016
“Americans want a victory at Raqqa and Mosul before their elections. Kurds want to open a corridor from Kobani to Afrin [cutting the main ISIS terrorist supply route between Jarablus and Azaz]. Of course all this may change with new actors after the elections. That is why the Kurds want to make progress on their own plans before the elections.” —Middle East source close to US-Kurdish negotiations quoted by Al-Monitor.2
Fascist Billionaire’s Operation Fleeced Taxpayers for Tens of Millions of Dollars; Scam Disguised Equity Investment as Loan, Exploiting Tax Loophole; Trump’s Negotiator Was Mob Figure and Convicted Felon Felix Sater; Trump Likely Committed Perjury by Claiming Under Oath He Could Not Recall His “Senior Adviser” Sater
“I’m the king of debt. I love debt.” —Trump, 2016 1
It’s not a loan – it’s really equity. I don’t think they would survive a challenge [by the IRS] —Howard Abrams, Professor of Tax Law, University of San Diego
Photo shows Trump business associate Felix Sater. As …“man in the room” [For Bayrock Group, a smaller Trump satellite] on various Trump real estate dealings, the mogul chose “Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman who spent a period in prison in the Nineties for stabbing a man with a broken margarita glass. He was then convicted of helping lead one of the biggest stock fraud heists of Wall Street of the era, involving New York mafia families.” Sater had an office in Trump Tower and business cards listing him as a “senior advisor to Donald Trump,” whom he represented in the 2007 Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium project. 2
During this final phase of the 2016 presidential primary elections, all candidates have made public some part of their tax information – all, that is, except the fascist billionaire Donald Trump, who claims his usual special privilege while whining that the system treats him unfairly. Trump’s underworld handler Paul Manafort has now bluntly stated that Trump has no intention of making his tax returns public, allegedly because they are so complicated that the public would not understand them.3 Perhaps Trump’s fear is that the public WOULD understand his tax returns all too well. Many rich men have run for the presidency, and just about all of them in recent years have bowed to the imperative of financial transparency. All that Trump will tell the public is that he has paid some form of federal tax in some recent years. This is an insult to the intelligence of the American people.
The US television networks should now be clamoring in chorus for Trump to release these returns. His feeble excuse that he is being audited convinces no one at this point. But these US media corporations have focused instead on supporting Trump with free media coverage, which now must be approaching $3 billion in value.
Fortunately, there are other media in the world. Ruth Sherlock, Edward Malnick, and Claire Newell of the London Daily Telegraph have just published a very revealing profile of the shenanigans that went on in 2007 around the Trump Soho Hotel and Condominium project.
From their excellent research, we can already conclude that Trump’s business operation aimed at dodging tens of millions of dollars in federal taxes – lost taxes that would have to be made up by increasing the burden on the middle class, who often pay withholding taxes and cannot afford the offshore tax havens, expensive lawyers and accountants used by predatory plutocrats like Trump.
At the heart of this scam was a slick trick to transform the purchase of a $50 million ownership stake in Trump Soho into a loan. This maneuver, which is seen by many tax experts as simply illegal, shows us what Trump means when he says that he loves debt. The US tax code notoriously rewards debt and punishes equity, and Trump has fully embraced crushing debt, relieved by periodic write-downs at the expense of others, as his way of life.
In addition, Trump’s agent in this entire matter turns out to be one Felix Sater of Bayrock Group, a shadowy mob figure who represented him in the dodgy and convoluted negotiations. Trump is currently so anxious to put distance between himself and Sater that he may have lied under oath by vehemently insisting that he could not recall who Sater is.
Thus, the Daily Telegraph revelations show Trump to be a tax cheater and possible perjurer. This may not be enough to wake up his crazed petty bourgeois followers, but allegations of this type cannot be helping Trump among tens of millions of normal, middle-class American voters who are also honest taxpayers.
The Daily Telegraph report is based on three months of research and interviews and has benefited from the advice of experts on US and New York State tax law. The findings are summed up as follows:
In 2007, “US presidential hopeful Donald Trump signed off on a controversial business deal that was designed to deprive the American government of tens of millions of dollars in tax, the Telegraph can disclose. The billionaire approved a $50 million investment in a company – only for the deal to be rewritten several weeks later as a ‘loan’. Experts say that the effect of this move was to skirt vast tax liabilities, and court papers seen by the Telegraph allege that the deal amounted to fraud. Independent tax accountants and lawyers said that the documents Mr. Trump signed – copies of which were obtained by this newspaper as part of a three-month investigation – contained “red flags” indicating the deal was irregular.” 4
The Trump Soho operation reached all the way to Iceland, which was in 2007 one of the focal points of the world derivatives-assisted real estate bubble. Anti-fascist investigative journalists in Reykjavík will no doubt be interested in tracking down some of these details:
“The allegations centre on Mr. Trump’s business alliance with Bayrock Group, the property company that was building Trump SoHo, the mogul’s prized New York building – as well as two other projects to which he had licensed his name. In 2007 Bayrock struck a deal with FL Group, an Icelandic company that had agreed to invest $50 million in four of Bayrock’s subsidiary partnerships. However, the deal was later relabelled as a loan. In New York, the sale of a stake in a partnership would make the existing partners liable to pay more than 40 per cent in tax on their ‘gain’, based on the highest tax rate. However, if the investment is classified as a loan no tax would be payable. Former employees of Bayrock have alleged in a case against the company that the deal was intended to fraudulently evade some $20 million in tax through a disguised sale of partnership interests. They also claim the participants mislabelled the sale as a loan in order to avoid paying a further estimated $80 million taxes on the projected profits from the real estate.”5
Disguising the purchase of equity and ownership in the company by masking the transaction as a loan is a well-known tax dodge, and tax officials should have no difficulty in recognizing this state of affairs. The allegations made by the British researchers are corroborated by ‘Howard Abrams, professor of law and director of tax at the University of San Diego, [who] said: “Converting the original equity into debt improved their tax position dramatically. However they have changed the labels, but they didn’t really change the economics at all. “It’s not a loan – it’s really equity. I don’t think they would survive a challenge [by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)].’”
Trump’s execrable judgment in associating with a known criminal like Felix Sater underlines once again that he is totally unfit for the US presidency. Richard Nixon, from whose circles so much of the Trump team is drawn, showed the same kind of terrible judgment through his close association with the sleazy banker Charles “Bebe” Rebozo, who became known as “Nixon’s bagman.” The press may soon be referring to Sater as “Trump’s bagman.” According to the Daily Telegraph:
‘At the same time, however, intense final negotiations were ongoing between Bayrock and FL. Their representatives had met in London, where Bayrock’s “man in the room” was “Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman who spent a period in prison in the Nineties for stabbing a man with a broken margarita glass. He was then convicted of helping lead one of the biggest stock fraud heists of Wall Street of the era, involving New York mafia families.” Sater had an office in Trump Tower and business cards listing him as a “senior advisor to Donald Trump,” whom he represented in the 2007 Trump SoHo Hotel and Condominium project.’
Trump claims to have the “world’s greatest memory,” although knowledgeable observers are beginning to wonder whether he has been overtaken by Alzheimer’s disease.5 Whether Trump’s memory is good or bad, it is in any case highly selective and seems to block out memories which might be detrimental to him. As ABC News recently reported:
‘Though he touts his outstanding memory, when Donald Trump was asked under oath about his dealings with a twice-convicted Russian émigré who served prison time and had documented mafia connections, the real estate mogul was at a loss – Even though the man, Felix Sater, had played a role in a number of high-profile Trump-branded projects across the country. “If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he looked like,” Trump testified in a video deposition for a civil lawsuit two years ago.’6
Alzheimer’s or perjury? In either case, Trump is disqualified from being president of the United States. Self-respecting Americans should join in demanding that a person who is seeking to get control of the thermonuclear launch codes turn over his complete tax returns of the last 10 years, as some of the candidates have already done. We would also need to examine the legality of whether Trump could continue to speculate from inside the Oval Office, and whether privileged government intelligence reports used for speculative purposes by him would constitute illegal insider trading. America needs to stop Trump long before any of this can become reality.
After EgyptAir Incident, Fascist Billionaire Is Positioned as Beneficiary of Terror Attacks from Now Through Nov. 8; Trump and Turkey’s Erdogan Share Common Ground; CNN Joins Discussion of Looming “October Surprise” Attack on Americans; Thomas Friedman Brands Trump as the ISIS Candidate; The Parallel to the Reichstag Fire of 1933; August Olympics and Sept. 9 Attica Anniversary Are Possible Flashpoints
Donald Trump is now well-positioned to be the beneficiary of any significant terrorist attacks taking place in this country or, to a large extent, in other countries between now and the November 8 US presidential election. The EgyptAir airplane disappearance has shown the pattern the fascist billionaire will follow in attempting to blame terrorism on Obama and Hillary, while conveniently glossing over his own role as a provocateur. From now on in, if terrorism occurs, we must be prepared to immediately answer the classic questions of “CUI BONO?” and “CUI PRODEST” (who benefits?) by pointing to Trump. We must be ready to attribute the operational guilt to intelligence factions favorable to the fascist billionaire.
A significant number of prominent pundits and news commentators have already commented on the obvious potential for a terror attack in August, September or October to give Trump’s demagogy a seeming confirmation, thus stampeding gullible voters into supporting their own worst enemy. But so far, Trump has not been confronted on this score, and his various sleazy surrogates like Paul Manafort and Roger Stone have also escaped serious interrogation. It is time for the various investigative journalists to prove their mettle, thus building up a drumbeat in American public opinion. The US population must be inoculated about the obvious danger of a false flag terror attack that would play the same role for Trump which Hitler’s Reichstag fire of 1933 did back then, making the pressure for dictatorship far more formidable.
The danger of an October Surprise is now something of an open secret: last week, CNN’s commentary on the EgyptAir incident suggested that the public exchanges between Trump and Hillary Clinton showed how such a provocation could play out. CNN noted that ‘their back-and-forth could foreshadow the political and temperamental reflexes of each candidate in the event of any “October Surprise” style attack against Americans.’1
As soon as the EgyptAir plane was reported missing, the demagogue Trump started blaming Hillary and Obama. Trump did everything possible to interpret the loss of the airplane as a complete confirmation for his own foreign policy line of xenophobia and Islamophobia. Hillary Clinton showed that she is woefully unprepared for the cynical rage and vilification which are Trump’s stock in trade. Trump’s offensive included the following tirades:
‘”Looks like yet another terrorist attack. Airplane departed from Paris. When will we get tough, smart and vigilant? Great hate and sickness!” Trump wrote on Twitter, automatically turning the crash into a political issue.’ ‘”Look at the carnage all over the world including the World Trade Center, San Bernardino, Paris, the USS Cole, Brussels and an unlimited number of other places. She and our totally ignorant President won’t even use the term Radical Islamic Terrorism,” Trump said. “And by the way, ask Hillary who blew up the plane last night – another terrible, but preventable tragedy. She has bad judgment and is unfit to serve as President at this delicate and difficult time in our country’s history.”’2
Hillary Clinton’s bright idea of trying to stop Trump with charges that he is a “loose cannon” is simply pathetic and a loser.
Thomas L. Friedman of the New York Times has been playing a useful role by publicly speculating about a pro-Trump October surprise. Specifically, Friedman has been comparing the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and how this horrific event opened the door to the creation of a right-wing warmonger government under Netanyahu. The tragic irony here is that Rabin’s assassin was actually quite close to the circles supporting Netanyahu. Friedman told the morning radio talk show host Don Imus:
‘The bad guys know just what they’re doing,” Friedman said. “They wanted [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] because that would radicalize the situation even more. And I fear that ISIS will believe that Trump would radicalize the situation even more.”
“I’m not blaming Trump for that,” he said. “I’m simply saying that’s how they’d see the dynamics of it.”’3
Imus had been asking about the kinds of surprises that might take place between now and the election, and this was Friedman’s way of answering. Friedman pointed out that the ISIS leadership, reeling from bombings and territorial losses, would be delighted to see an incendiary figure like Trump in the White House, and also expect that the fascist billionaire might be trigger-happy in sending more US troops back into the Middle East, whatever his ever-shifting positions on this matter may have been so far.
The notion is also spreading that Trump and the Turkish dictator Erdogan represent parallel lives, since both have an existential need for terrorism between now and early November.
From the viewpoint of the forces above and behind Trump who tend to control his candidacy, his very high unfavorability ratings among key groups and in the US population in general suggest that he will need an artificially orchestrated outside event to help him into the White House. Trump’s self-serving promises that he will reconcile with the various factions of the Republican Party have been exposed as a farce through his raving attacks on New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, a leading Hispanic Republican, and his apparent refusal to offer concessions of the type requested by GOP Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. A survey conducted by the New York Times indicates that at least a considerable number of Republican billionaires have decided to funnel their cash support to candidates for the Senate, the House of Representatives, and for governorships.
Erdogan’s situation has become unsettled, as is perhaps suggested by the ouster of his longtime sidekick, Prime Minister Davutoglu. Erdogan would need to see a safe zone for terrorists, covered by a no-fly zone enforced by the US and NATO, before the end of the year. As is well known, Trump’s policy positions flip back and forth almost every day, but it does appear that the fascist billionaire is momentarily in favor of a free zone for terrorists under the cover of a no-fly policy, and has held this position since early March.4 Knowledgeable observers of the Middle East regard Erdogan, a high official of the Moslem brotherhood, as the operational commander of ISIS and thus as the premier terrorist controller in today’s world.
Loyal and patriotic United States intelligence officials should therefore concentrate their attention on the emerging Trump-Erdogan axis of terror. The references to a possible October Surprise terrorist scenario made by CNN and by Friedman are part of a substantial pattern of straws in the wind in the mainstream media over the past two months — a pattern which has so far not received the intensive and systematic scrutiny which it undoubtedly deserves.
As comedian Bill Maher said in his Episode 380 on March 11:
‘MAHER: if there’s a terrorist attack within two months of the election. Then it’s definitely going to be President Donald Trump.’5
Thomas Friedman had previously stated on Meet the Press, May 1, 2016:
You know, I think one of the things that Obama has done right and a favor to Hillary Clinton on is saying in response to these acts of terrorism, we have to suck it up. It’s got to be like Israel, you know? “You blew up that bus. In three hours, the sidewalk is cleaned up, no one knows it happened.”
Because if we set this up the way we’re setting it up, if there is an act of terrorism in late October, early November, it’s going to rebound [sic] to Donald Trump’s favor in ways that are highly unpredictable. I saw that play in Israel. It elected Bibi Netanyahu over Shimon Peres after the Rabin assassination.
So you think we’re a terrorist attack away from President Trump?
Could be, Chuck.6
GOP pollster Frank Luntz was quoted talking about a possible October Surprise in the March 30 Washington Post:
‘Frank Luntz, an unaligned GOP pollster, said Trump could erase at least some of his deficit if he capitalizes on the fall debates and other events, noting that history is littered with examples of candidates doing just that. “The big moments cause people to change,” Luntz said. “And let’s face it, we may have a moment outside of conventions and debates that’s even bigger. If you have a Paris or a Brussels on American soil, that can completely change the dynamic.”’7
Charlie Rose mentioned a “huge unforeseen event” in a discussion with Maggie Haberman of the New York Times on May 7:
ROSE: “Is it impossible for [Trump] to win this presidential race, barring some kind of black swan, some kind of indictment, some kind of huge unforeseen event maybe coming from international?”
HABERMAN: “I do think it will take some kind of black swan event, as you just described, in order for him to beat Hillary Clinton…”8
On May 5, WNYC radio personality Brian Lehrer asked former NYC Public Advocate about an “October Surprise” terrorist attack that could get Trump into the White House.9 Although he himself had probably been prevented from becoming New York mayor in 2001 by the September 11 attacks which occurred on primary day, Green was somewhat less than alert to the danger this time around.
The Tax Wall Street is currently monitoring other events which may feed into a chaos and confusion strategy leading up to the November 8 election – a chaos and confusion strategy which has to all intents and purposes already started with the large-scale bombings in Baghdad 10 days ago, and with persistent reports that ISIS intends to mount continuous terror actions in the Iraqi capital as a means of relieving pressure on Mosul, Raqqa, and other Daesh strongholds. This scenario of permanent terrorism in Baghdad is suggested by this report:
“As the Islamic State loses territory in Iraq and Syria, it is waging a counteroffensive far from the battlefield, taking its fight to the bustling markets and streets of the Iraqi capital in an attempt to distract security forces and create chaos. The group has unleashed carnage in Baghdad over the past week, carrying out a wave of attacks ferocious even for a city so used to violence. Bodies of the dead lay scattered among blazing shops and vegetable stalls after militants launched four separate bombings in open-air markets. Checkpoints were also attacked. U.S. and Iraqi military officials say the attacks are part of an effort by the Islamic State to stall any offensive to retake its strongholds in Iraq — Fallujah and Mosul — by refocusing security forces on the capital. While Iraqi commanders characterize the bombings as a sign of desperation, analysts say they are a calculated campaign to worsen instability in the capital amid a political crisis in Baghdad. With its origins in al-Qaeda, the Islamic State has carried out mass-casualty bombings on civilian targets throughout its existence. But the severity of the latest bombings in Baghdad is “somewhat unprecedented” since the group declared its caliphate two years ago, according to Otso Iho, an analyst at IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Center. Over the past week, more than 150 people have died in violence linked to the group in Baghdad alone, a reminder that the Islamic State will be able to continue to wreak havoc even if it is eventually routed on the ground. The Islamic State-linked news agency Amaq claimed that the group had killed 522 people in the capital in less than a month.’10
A significant possibility of large-scale international terrorism obviously arises in connection with the Olympic Summer Games, which are scheduled to be held in Brazil between August 5 and August 21. Ill-fated Olympic Games like those in Munich in 1972, or in Mexico City in 1968, to look no further, remind us of the immense potential for terrorism. In the case of the recent February 2014 Winter Games held in Sochi, Russia, terrorism took place at other locations, especially in southern Russia. Western intelligence agencies timed their coup d’état against the existing government of Ukraine to coincide with the Sochi games. We must consider the possibility that NATO intelligence will attempt to install Trump-style dictators in countries in any part of the world if the situation seems ripe.
There will also be a nationwide prisoners’ strike on September 9, which is the 45th anniversary of the uprising which occurred in the New York state prison at Attica, in the course of which 45 people lost their lives. The demands of this action focus on exploitation of inmates by the prison industrial complex. Whatever the motives of the organizers of this action, it ought to be evident that there will be ample possibilities for terrorist provocateurs to hijack the strike and turn it in ways which will be beneficial for the pro-Trump backlash. It would be hard to imagine, in the weeks and months before the November 8 election, a background more conducive to the coming of a law and order dictator on horseback than a series of violent prison riots, in which the controlled media could do everything possible to focus public fear and rage on Hispanic or Moslem strike leaders.11
Donald Trump led a rally in Lawrenceville, New Jersey at the National Guard Armory building last Thursday night. His dupes paid $200 a head to hear him speak.
The money for this entrance fee was funneled to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to help him pay back his presidential campaign debts. This fleecing of Trump’s supporters, who normally attend his rallies for free, appears to have been part of a deal between the former and current presidential candidates; a deal which was likely made to secure Christie’s endorsement.
Meanwhile, across the street from the armory, a crowd of over three hundred protesters were waiting for Trump, carrying a variety of placards. Protesters included the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), New Jersey Citizen Action, New Jersey Sierra Club, the Tax Wall Street Party, Working Families Party and a number of other non-affiliated people with their own improvised signs. At one point, a plane flew overhead, flying a large banner that could be clearly seen from the ground that read: “Make New Jersey Great Again #DumpChristieTrump”. This crowd soon migrated directly outside the fence of the military base as they continued to express their disgust at the prospect of a fascist Trump takeover.
The Tax Wall Street Party was there to offer a critique of Donald Trump’s fascist policies. They engaged with anti-Trump protestors and Trump supporters alike.
TWSP members explained to the assembled crowd that Trump is not anti-establishment, and in reality is an agent of fascism deployed by Wall Street to strip the American people of the last remaining vestiges of the New Deal. Trump’s supporters argued for unity around lower wages, police-state mass deportations and jingoism abroad, while the Tax Wall Street Party called for taxation on Wall Street speculation, the nationalization of the Federal Reserve and other policies that would begin the process of economic recovery for the people of the United States.
Later this same evening, Trump attended a $25,000 a plate fundraiser at an undisclosed location. This second event was held to help the New Jersey Republican Party pay back the legal fees from Christie’s Bridgegate scandal. Bridgegate was the Christie administration’s illegal and psychotic closure of several traffic lanes across the George Washington Bridge to Manhattan in September 2013 in an apparent attempt to blackmail Northern New Jersey Mayors into endorsing Christie’s bid for reelection as Governor.
“If Another Couple of Planes Go Down”; October Surprise to Benefit Fascist Billionaire Will Be Preceded by Crescendo of Attacks; Chinese Recklessness, 9/11 Anniversary, Fraud of 28 Pages, Al Qaeda Revival All Helping Trump Propaganda; EgyptAir Crash Triggers Conniption Fit Amidst Hard Right Turn by Mogul; Ten Possible Diagnoses for Trump’s Mental Illness; Reminder to Attend Tax Wall Street Party Panels at New York City Left Forum Saturday and Sunday
World Crisis Radio
May 21, 2016
During the dispute during the Middle Ages as to whether the Roman Pope of the Holy Roman Emperor in Germany had the right to appoint bishops, the disobedient emperor Henry IV, whom the Pope had excommunicated, was forced at a certain point to give his claims and surrender to the superior power of Pope Gregory VII, also known as Hildebrand. The hapless emperor had attempted to assert his authority over the choice of bishops, but he was soon threatened by a rebellion of his vassals. His only hope was to make a pilgrimage to the Pope’s castle at Canossa in northern Italy and there beg for forgiveness in the form of an official absolution. The Pope forced the emperor to remain kneeling bareheaded in his courtyard for 72 hours in the snow before he would hear his confession. Since this memorable event a millennium ago, to go to Canossa has become proverbial in a number of languages for a humiliating capitulation.
How happy then is the braying Donald Trump, who knows nothing of any of this and who seemingly has utterly no shame. The fascist billionaire visited Kissinger on Wednesday to deliver his declaration of fealty. Trump naturally strutted about, no doubt posturing as the new Metternich (Kissinger’s dissertation was about how the original Metternich, the Austrian leader, had re-installed and restored the reactionary feudal aristocracy of Europe after the defeat of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna in 1815).
Trump is desperate for legitimacy. He has evidently been in contact with Kissinger for some time. Kissinger, long an enabler of bloody dictators, has some legitimacy to give, at least in the eyes of vain fools. What Kissinger has always wanted in return are patronage jobs for his clients and proteges. The price of his advice will be a good number of posts that will allow him to influence policy.
So it was more of the usual sleazy horse trading among the hacks of the regime. But wait! Wasn’t Donald Trump supposed to be the fiercest of all the anti-Establishment candidates? Wasn’t he supposed to be the great hope of senile, vindictive, white male voters to go to Washington and shake things up? Bernie Sanders says he would never put a tyrant like Kissinger into his cabinet. Does that mean Trump has been housebroken by the Establishment, while Bernie is still fighting?
If these questions are embarrassing for the fascist billionaire, they are more so for his wretched flacks. Michael Savage, an eager member of the Trump media cartel, now thunders that if Trump names the scoundrel Newt Gingrich as vice president (as seems more than likely), then he will sit out the November elections and urge his benighted followers to do the same. Trump has nothing to worry about, though, since Savage made these same kinds of empty threats when the fascist billionaire declined to join the rejection front against the North Carolina bathroom law.
The biggest laughs were to be had observing the antics of the feckless libertarians as they carried out evasive maneuvers to re-assure their duped audiences that Trump had not sold out. Roger Stone was happy to sit in with assurances that Trump was merely trying to get close to Kissinger to learn the secret plans of the infamous Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderberger Group. The hosts themselves were eager to embrace this doctrine.
One commenter complained that he had been duped and fleeced by Ron Paul. Then he had been duped and fleeced by Rand Paul. Now he was being told to give his loyalty, his effort, and his money to Trump, and he was thoroughly disgusted.
When Hitler in mid-1934 chopped off his plebeian activist wing, the ones who had taken his promises seriously, he had already created a police state dictatorship, and was thus able to keep control of the Nazi or NSDAP party. But Trump has not yet taken state power.
Trump’s current hard right reactionary turn is therefore not without the danger that some of his fanatical myrmidons may see that he is a faker, and head for the hills. They will be doing themselves a favor. Anything is better than remaining lashed to the carcass of Trump.
The Tax Wall Street Party has long argued that the most effective way to reform the US political system is to bring about the collapse and extinction of the Republican Party as a national political force, quickly followed by the split of the Democratic Party into two factions, one representing the interests of Wall Street, as interpreted by such figures as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and the like, with the other emerging democratic faction oriented towards a revival of an anti-Wall Street, new deal, and pro-labor party. The events of recent months have abundantly confirmed that this perspective is completely realistic, and is indeed occurring all around us day by day. But this process needs to be guided by leaders who are conscious of what is going on. This is the idea of a party realignment of the type the United States has witnessed in such critical watershed elections as 1824, 1860, 1896, 1932, and 1968. The current realignment began in 2008, and is now in urgent need of successful completion, lest Trump or some similar political adventurer abort the process and engineer realignment into fascism.
The entire Trump phenomenon and the reaction to it on the part of traditional GOP reactionaries, shows that this party is ripe for a schism. On the Democratic side, the bifurcation of the party between the Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders campaign also points in the same direction. In the past several days, new evidence has emerged to show how much animosity has been generated by the goon tactics deployed by the pro-Wall Street hacks at the Democratic National Committee, and in the right wing Democratic bureaucracy in many states.
The DNC and its boss, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, are supposed to be neutral in regard to the various candidates competing in the Democratic primaries, but it has long been an open secret that Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz functions as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Clinton machine. One signal of this was the DNC’s absurd 2015-2016 debate schedule, which featured an unusually limited number of debates, many of them scheduled for odd hours on weekends, and some of them timed to be in direct conflict with popular sporting events, thus assuring a miniscule audience. This was almost universally interpreted as an attempt by Wasserman Schultz to protect Ms. Clinton from an expected effort by her adversaries to gang tackle her on the early debate stages.
Ms. Wasserman Schultz also made herself into a laughingstock by demanding that the DNC defray tens of thousands of dollars of expenses of a costly fashion wardrobe which she claimed was indispensable for her to carry out the functions of her chairmanship.
This is the bankrupt apparatus which is now howling with feigned shock and consternation about a little shoving and a few nasty phone calls associated with the Nevada Democratic Convention. Suddenly the rotten, corrupt, corporate media who must by now have contributed almost $3 billion of free publicity to the fascist Trump have discovered that Bernie Sanders is also a presidential candidate, although their only commentary is to demand that he drop out and stop interfering with the Hillary coronation.
The Tax Wall Street Party hopes his that Bernie Sanders will muster more courage than he has generally shown so far, and will honor his pledge to fight all the way to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. This is more important than ever in the light of today’s polling, which has indicated that Hillary Clinton has lost her nationwide lead. Bernie Sanders has almost always done better than Hillary against the fascist billionaire Trump. Bernie’s Pacific Coast strategy has already given him victory in Washington state and Oregon, and augurs well for his results in California. A big and important state like California certainly deserves a full-fledged presidential debate of its own, where key Western regional issues like water, land, and the like could be debated. Bernie should be publicly demanding that Hillary engage in a formal debate with him before the California primary. Finally, the predominantly black voters of the District of Columbia should not be disenfranchised and thus also deserve their say in the DC Democratic primary, which comes one week after California.
Depending on the results in these states, it may well be that large numbers of Democratic super-delegates will arrive in Philadelphia plagued by profound doubts about the viability of Ms. Clinton. Bernie has to hang on, come hell or high water, to be able to offer the alternative. We also should never forget the sort of Damocles which hangs over Ms. Clinton in the form of a possible indictment for her illegal email server, or for her influence peddling through the corrupt channels of the Clinton Foundation.
Bernie must assert his leadership of the Democratic Party by assuming direct personal responsibility for the defeat of Trump. If he leaves this task to Ms. Clinton, he will not be seen as a serious fighting leader. His speech in California last night offered some grounds for cautious optimism in this regard, but the Vermont senators still has a very long way to go before he will be able to reach across the aisle with the knockout punch he should have delivered on Hillary months ago. Hint: exposing Trump as a fascist and a Nazi would go very far in this direction, in our view.
The Tax Wall Street Party therefore calls upon Bernie Sanders to fight for the Democratic nomination, for the platform, and on other issues, all the way through the Democratic National Convention. Far from increasing the possibilities of a Trump victory, this is the best recipe to make sure that Trump’s opponent will be the most effective one.
Fascist Billionaire’s Continued Erratic Behavior Raises Questions About His Mental Health; Does He Consciously Flip-Flop, or Do His Rapid Shifts Reflect the Ravages of Alzheimer’s Disease, Which Claimed the Life of His Father?; Anyone Seeking the Life and Death Power of the Thermonuclear Button Owes the American People Their Complete Medical Records; Trump Has Only Submitted a Crude PR Letter with the Unverifiable Claim That He Would Be “The Healthiest Individual Ever Elected to the Presidency”
Continuing with his slow-motion Night of the Long Knives that has seen him recruiting such sleazy establishment figures as Paul Manafort of the “Torturers’ Lobby” and Steven Mnuchin of Goldman Sachs and the Soros interests to run his campaign, Donald Trump will on Thursday seek the blessing of Henry Kissinger for his quest for the presidency. Trump is not anti-establishment; he is the essence of the establishment, and has been for almost three decades. Perhaps some of his dupes and gulls will wake up.
As Trump looks increasingly towards the Republican National Convention in July, public attention is beginning to focus on two areas of obsessive secrecy which the fascist billionaire will undoubtedly be forced to clarify in the coming weeks. The first involves Trump’s federal income tax return, which – according to his rival Cruz — contains information about embarrassing business ties to organized crime and the mob. The second issue regards Trump’s mental health and his cognitive ability to discharge the duties of the office of the presidency. The Tax Wall Street Party will, over the coming days, take this opportunity to survey the broad array of opinions in the public domain about Trump’s mental health.
Many candidates in the recent past have made their medical records public. Some have been forced to do so by doubts about their fitness raised in the public domain. Last December, the Trump campaign released a crude and meager letter from his attending physician, Harold Bornstein of New York City. This strange document reads more like a public-relations release than a physician’s summary of the candidate’s medical condition.
The letter starts with the elementary blunder of being addressed “To Whom My Concern.” It goes on to boast that Trump’s medical condition is “astonishingly excellent.” This sounds like Trumpspeak. After a few brief paragraphs, the letter concludes with the sweeping summary that, if elected, Trump would be the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” This is obviously an assertion which is beyond the ability of Dr. Bornstein to make, since whatever his great merits might be as a physician, he has here ventured on the terrain occupied by the historian, but without providing any documentation in the process. This absurd letter must therefore be dismissed as pure public-relations, and no substitute for the detailed medical review to which the American people have a right. (For the “To Whom My Concern” [sic] letter, please see http://www.npr.org/2015/12/14/459700154/doctor-trump-would-be-healthiest…).
In assessing Trump’s mental health in the context of his overall medical condition, a number of starting points would be feasible. One would be the candidate’s own claim that he is suffering from what he has called borderline obsessive-compulsive disorder. Or, we could begin from the fact that his brother Fred died of alcoholism at a relatively young age. Or, we could start from the fact that his father died of Alzheimer’s disease in 1999.
We will examine these starting points and others in the course of our survey. Let us begin with Alzheimer’s, because it is one of the most obvious issues.
Donald Trump is older than he looks. A small army of plastic surgeons has been necessary to keep them looking the way he does. In fact, the fascist billionaire is now approaching the age of 70.
What makes this avenue of inquiry compelling is the obvious match between the textbook symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Trump’s own erratic behavior. One author who has taken the lead in courageously calling attention to the obvious is Sophia McClennin, currently Professor of International Affairs and Comparative Literature at Penn State University and founding director of the Center for Global Studies, who recently wrote in Salon:
‘The Donald Trump gaffe track keeps playing. The GOP frontrunner seems to literally spew out a doozy almost daily. Campaigning in Pittsburgh, he recently blathered, “How’s Joe Paterno? We gonna bring that back? Right? How about that—how about that whole deal?” While his campaign suggested he was referring to the former Penn State football coach’s statue, it was hard to shake the sense that Trump was unaware that Paterno died in 2012 and that Pittsburgh has no direct tie to the sports program at Penn State, which is located three hours east.
Then there was the time that Sean Hannity asked Trump which government agencies Trump would shut down, “The Department of Environmental,” Trump replied. That exact sort of gaffe killed Rick Perry’s entire campaign, but despite some biting Stephen Colbert mockery, the mistake hasn’t seemed to hurt Trump at all. He won New York despite suggesting September 11 happened on 7/11….
We have become so accustomed to these sorts of ramblings that we don’t really register them as anything more than standard nonsensical Trump-speak—a pattern of speech we have seen crop up across the GOP in recent years, most notably in Palin’s gibberish. But I urge you to re-read the exchange [below] and register the range of nonsense—the lack of basic grammar, the odd syntax, the abrupt shift in topic, the disconnect from reality, the paranoia, and the seeming inability to even grasp the question.’2
McClennin and others were shocked by the discussion with Trump when he recently visited the Washington Post Editorial Board. Here, Trump was asked repeatedly as to whether he was proposing to use nuclear weapons against ISIS. In response to the question of whether he would go nuclear, Trump offered this incoherent non-reply:
“I don’t want to use, I don’t want to start the process of nuclear. Remember the one thing that everybody has said, I’m a counterpuncher. Rubio hit me. Bush hit me. When I said low energy, he’s a low-energy individual, he hit me first. I spent, by the way, he spent 18 million dollars’ worth of negative ads on me. That’s putting [MUFFLED]…”
When the editor pushed further, reminding Trump that the question was about ISIS rather than the other candidates, as his answer had no bearing on the question at hand, Trump again went completely off the rails.
“I’ll tell you one thing, this is a very good-looking group of people here. Could I just go around so I know who the hell I’m talking to?”’3
Trump cannot give a straight answer, and quickly drifts away into one of his typical obsessive-compulsive vendettas against rival candidates. He then seems to lose track of where he is, reminding readers of the unfortunate Admiral Stockdale, Ross Perot’s vice presidential candidate, when he seemed to awake from his slumber to call out in the middle of his vice presidential debate with Al Gore and Dan Quayle “Where am I? Why am I here?” in 1992.
Trump’s typical campaign rhetoric is an enraged monologue or stream of consciousness soliloquy, inevitably focused primarily upon himself as victim of injustice and indignity, seasoned with choice insults launched against his real or imagined tormentors. Another observer sums it up as follows:
‘Anyone who has watched one or more of Trump’s rambling, incoherent, aimless political speeches about himself can identify this most common trait. One would need to look no further than Trump’s use of the verbal tic “bing bing bong bong,” which refers to the ease at which he has bought politicians through campaign contributions. Trump has also shown a disconcerting habit of talking about his policies without being able to properly articulate what those policies actually are….Trump sounds less like a political broken record and more like a person suffering from some form of mental illness with meaningless slogans and shallow figures of speech” swirling around his head.’4
The website of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland , leaves no doubt that, although the causes of Alzheimer’s disease are by no means fully understood, genetic or hereditary factors certainly play a role. As the NIH writes:
‘Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease. It is characterized by the development of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary, or tau, tangles; the loss of connections between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain; and the death of these nerve cells. There are two types of Alzheimer’s—early-onset and late-onset. Both types have a genetic component.’5
Of the two principal types of Alzheimer’s disease, is the early onset variety, which generally appears earlier in life. Here the genetic or hereditary component is strong. In the early onset variety, the disease may have been present for many years, working below the surface in ways that are not easy to establish:
Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) or early onset familial Alzheimer’s disease (EOFAD) is an uncommon form of Alzheimer’s disease that usually strikes earlier in life, defined as before the age of 65 (usually between 50 and 65 years of age, but can be as early as 15) and is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion, identified by genetics and other characteristics such as the age of onset. It accounts for approximately half the cases of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Familial AD requires the patient to have at least one first degree relative with a history of AD. Non-familial cases of AD are referred to as “sporadic” AD, where genetic risk factors are minor or unclear.’6
The Tax Wall Street Party defends the principle that any person seeking the presidency, and thus the control of the life and death powers over hundreds of millions of people which is inherent in the thermonuclear button and launch codes, owes the American people the most complete, detailed, meticulous, and exhaustive disclosures possible. This applies to mental health perhaps more than any other area of inquiry. The public has the right to know literally everything, without claims of privacy of the type Melania Trump has tried to advance about her own parents.
Trump’s recent rejoinder that his effective tax rate is “none of your business” in response to the question of a reporter is also absolutely unacceptable and should, if maintained, disqualify this person from the presidency. If Trump does not like our comments on his mental state, then let him clear up all doubts by publishing a full and detailed set of medical records, reaching back at least 30 years.
Trump has described his life in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s as his “own personal Vietnam.” This apparently refers to his efforts to lead the life of a playboy, while avoiding venereal disease, STDs, and HIV. Unfortunately, some of his behavior might suggest a kind of mental deterioration, which is coherent with long-term syphilis.
These issues are too important to be left to guess work. Trump must publish his medical records, including his mental health records, forthwith.
Address: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York 860 11th Ave (Between 58th and 59th) New York, New York NEAR COLUMBUS CIRCLE SUBWAY
You can buy tickets at the door starting at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 20th at the New Building entrance on 11th Avenue, between 58th & 59th Street. You can also register on Saturday and Sunday after conference doors open at 8:00 am.
COINTELPRO 2016: The New Age of Active Measures by the Post-9/11 National Security State
Back in the 1970s, the Senate’s Church Committee, the Pike Committee in the House and citizens in Media, PA revealed a pattern of meddling by the FBI, CIA, etc. in US domestic politics, harassing and intimidating civil rights leaders, trade unions, and anti-war activists. During the 1980s, despite claims to the contrary, this illegal spook activity kept going. After 9/11, spying and harassment are now bigger and more intrusive than ever. This is COINTELPRO Stalking (COINTELPRO = COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE PROVOCATION). The old FBI methods have been supplemented by techniques from the STASI, the East German Communist secret police. The age of social media has become the Golden Age of Cointelpro. NSA surveillance has been known for a decade, but what happens once dissidents are identified? NSA works with a network of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIUs) – like the New York Red Squad, and another network of local intelligence offices called Fusion Centers. These direct a secret army of trolls, bloggers, disgruntled misfits, surveillance role players and others numbering in the hundreds of thousands. The response might be gaslighting – convincing the targets they are going insane. They plant bugs, issue slanders and threats, perform character assassinations, and publish embarrassing material. They slash bicycle and car tires, and misdirect deliveries. They want you to drop out of politics. COINTELPRO 2016 must be exposed and stopped.
One perspective will come from grassroots organizers who have personally undergone COINTELPRO harassment while organizing campaigns and other activities. A second perspective is the history of COINTELPRO operations from the 1950s until today. A third perspective is the input from the East German Communist secret police (STASI), which was copied by the FBI. A fourth perspective is the virtual impossibility of mass organizing unless COINTELPRO is exposed and stopped.
The Destruction of the Republicans as a National Party – An Agenda for United States Political Reform
Especially since 1968, the existence of the US Republican Party has been a scourge of humanity. Figures like Nixon, Ford, Reagan, the Bushes, and now Trump and Cruz have inflicted endless foreign and domestic catastrophes on the United States and the world. George W. Bush combined two wars, a depression, and domestic repression in 2008. Recent developments show the GOP could meet the fate of Federalists, Whigs, and Knownothings by breaking apart, losing the presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court and collapsing into a regional party for racists, bigots, and reactionaries in the Deep South, rural areas, and the intermountain west. The party remains tied to aging white men, and is demographically doomed by US population trends. Trump is the trigger, with a program of police state authoritarian rule to deport 12 million people while destroying the First, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Inside the GOP, the elite billionaire donor class (Koch, Edelson, Mercer) battles the depression-crazed petty bourgeois base. The GOP Cleveland convention may be a replay of the Dems’ split in 1860. If Trump takes the nomination, a third party can emerge and ruin down-ballot candidates. If Trump is blocked, he may create the third party himself. Senate and House could revert to the Democrats. A Democratic split between Wall Street and New Deal factions might follow. The axis of world politics would move markedly to the left, benefitting all of humanity.
One perspective involves the role of the billionaire donor elite in dictating Republican policy on tax cuts for the rich, corporate welfare and upward redistribution of wealth. We will have a sociological perspective about the developments taking place in the Republican base. A third perspective will involve party conventions from the past, from which we can learn how a party split can actually occur.
The Donald Trump Presidential Campaign: How to Fight the Rise of Fascism in Our Time
Can it happen here? Is it already happening here? Donald Trump has been denounced as a fascist and a Nazi, but there is still controversy. He is racist, sexist, Islamophobic, and xenophobic but he is something worse. Americans’ knowledge of fascism is tragically inadequate, limited to Blitzkrieg and the Holocaust – the end products. We need to examine fascist movements and ideology genetically, in the time before they took power – the phase that corresponds to today– and in their early years. Some say Trump is a buffoon, but that was also said of Mussolini, and after the laughing stopped about a million died. Others say Trump will not deliver on his threats, but this ignores the lesson of Mein Kampf, which revealed Hitler’s plans but was ignored. Still others contend the US is already fascist, so Trump’s seizure of power will make little difference. But if there is already fascism, how is the Left Forum still meeting? Many respond that Trump is bad, but they hate another candidate more. But who was more dangerous, Hitler or Hindenburg? Another misconception is that Trump might get to the White House, but would soon be toppled. State power would become a trap for him. Trump is eager for this trap. Eyewitnesses from the 1920s and 1930s show these mistakes are not new. This panel will attempt to combine lessons of Italian fascism and German Nazism, plus references to Vichy France, to develop a strategy for the American people to #StopTrump!
One perspective will be historical, focusing on fascist movements of the past. Another perspective will survey the fascist aspects of the Trump campaign. A third perspective will be to develop strategies to preserve and develop democracy and representative government.
It’s Time for Alexander Hamilton the Leftist: Hamilton’s American System of Political Economy Is the Key to Defeating Wall Street and Finally Organizing an Economic Recovery Starting With Infrastructure
The recent Broadway musical hit heard at the White House and proposals to re-design the $10 bill have put Hamilton back into the spotlight. But who was the real Alexander Hamilton, and how did he rise from humble beginnings to become George Washington’s most important staff officer during the Revolutionary War, and later Secretary of the Treasury and leader of the first transition team from nothing to a fully functioning federal government? Hamilton’s famous reports (Report on the Public Credit, Report on the Bank, and Report on Manufactures) were the program for founding the national economy. Hamilton’s great antagonist Jefferson is being revealed as a spokesman for the southern slavery party, which wanted a weak and poor federal government unable to end slavery. Hamilton by contrast was an anti-slavery activist and abolitionist all his life. Hamilton’s American System of protectionism, mercantilism, and dirigism can help us put an end to the free trade sellouts, unemployment, and immiseration of our own time. We will attempt to convince the Left to adopt Hamilton as a champion of economic progress and as a figure whose ideas are worth pursuing in our time. A case in point is the rebuilding of the US rail system, financed by Hamiltonian methods.
One perspective will be to establish the basic facts of Hamilton’s life, attempting to remove the many layers of Jeffersonian and libertarian propaganda. A second perspective will review some of Hamilton’s main economic ideas. A third perspective will show how these ideas can be of great value today. A fourth perspective will summarize Hamilton’s enemies and their real sinister motivations.