FALSE-FLAG INSURRECTION AND STAGED DEATH AT THE US CAPITOL

FALSE-FLAG INSURRECTION AND STAGED DEATH AT THE US CAPITOL

BY

VIVIAN LEE

January 15, 2021

 

Storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Image: Daily Mail.

 

The “siege” on January 6, 2021, has been called a “coup” (Jamie Raskin, D‒Maryland), a “brutal assault on our Republic” (Dan Newhouse, R‒Washington), a “white nationalist insurrection” (Adam Schiff, D‒California) that caused “death and destruction in the most sacred space in our Republic” (Liz Cheney, R‒Wyoming), an “act of sedition” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D‒New York), and “one of the darkest days in American history” (NPR):

“Wednesday will go down as one of the darkest days in American history. It was all egged on by a sitting president, who has been unable to accept losing his bid for reelection and who persuaded millions of his followers to buy into baseless, debunked and disproved conspiracy theories.”

Hundreds of “protesters” with flags and Trump paraphernalia “stormed” the Capitol building, pushing down barricades, charging up the stairs, climbing the walls, and barging into the building, where they roamed around, broke glass, carried off souvenirs like Nancy Pelosi’s lectern, terrorized the Senators and Congressmen, and reportedly killed several people.

 

Members of Congress “cower in fear” inside the House Chamber. Image: Daily Mail.

 

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spelled it out in a lengthy video for her supporters, saying she had “a very close encounter where I thought I was going to die” and “many, many members of the House were nearly assassinated.”

 

 

This “traumatized” young woman is practicing her acting skills while having trouble keeping a straight face. Her message is that Trump must be removed from office immediately, due to his role in inciting the “insurrection.” Not only Trump, but all those in his cabinet have the blood of five people on their hands, according to AOC.

 

Daily Mail article of January 6, 2021.

 

Unfortunately, many in America were actually traumatized, just by watching the event as presented on TV. This official story has been repeated over and over, accompanied by video clips, stills, and interviews, driving home a scenario that is totally false, as will be seen.

 

Who stormed the Capitol?

 

The official narrative blames Trump supporters, who were supposedly “egged on” by the President’s rhetoric at his “Save America” rally on January 6 at the Ellipse near the White House. After Trump’s speech, the crowd walked to the Capitol to protest the certification of the Electoral College vote, in the hope that totals for Biden in the swing states might be successfully challenged. The President’s speech ended at 1:11 pm, and the walk took approximately 45 minutes, with the Trump crowd arriving around 2 pm. However, the first “protesters” arrived at the Capitol at 12:40 pm, and flash bangs were going off even before Trump had finished his speech.

 

Timeline of the “Capitol Breach” on January 6. Image: Newsmax.

 

The “mob” in the vanguard did not even hear Trump’s speech. So who were they, and why were they there? Evidence points to a bunch of leftists, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter operatives who dressed up as Trump supporters and led the charge, pulling in others behind them. A “manhunt” for the perpetrators has turned up some inconvenient rioters, who were identified by cell phone videos that were posted online. These include the flamboyant actor and “shaman” Jake Angeli, with a horned fur hat and a face painted like an American flag, along with various other miscreants who look nothing like Trump supporters.

 

Actor Jake Angeli, center, with his band of fake Trump supporters in the Capitol. Image: Daily Mail.

 

Aaron Mostofsky, wearing fur pelts and a bullet-proof vest, is a registered Democrat and the son of Brooklyn judge Shlomo Mostofsky. Posing as a Trump supporter, no matter how unlikely his appearance and pedigree, he told the New York Post, “We were cheated. I don’t think 75 million people voted for Trump – I think it was close to 85 million.” His brother claimed that Aaron was “pushed inside” the building and “he definitely was not part of the riot.”

 

Aaron Mostofsky, holding a shield he had stolen, was “definitely was not part of the riot.” Image: Daily Mail.

 

One of the most transparent imposters is John Sullivan, aka Jayden X, who posted many of the videos taken during the “riot.” A Black Lives Matter activist from Utah, Sullivan is the founder of Insurgence USA, which was “started in 2020 in response to the George Floyd tragedy.” The staged George Floyd tragedy, that is, which has been shown many times over to have been faked. Sullivan spoke at a rally in Washington DC in August 2020, where he yelled “it’s time for revolution” and “rip Trump outta that office right over there.”

The media, however, calls Sullivan “a civil rights activist” who was in the Capitol on January 6 only as a reporter. He has now been arrested after bragging about posing as a Trump supporter and breaking a window in the building. In a video exposé by The Gateway Pundit, Sullivan is shown with CNN/NPR reporter Jade Sacker, who took part in the staged raid on the Capitol. This important video has now been removed from YouTube and Rumble but can be seen at BitChute (after signing in) and 153News.net.

 

John Sullivan in the banned Gateway Pundit video, in Trump gear (left) and as Antifa (right).

 

Leftists, Democrats, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter are not front and center in media coverage, however. Instead, we learn that “suspected white supremacists,” military and ex-military, police personnel, firefighters, “Pro-Trump extremists,” and “people on a terrorist watch list” were among the “mob that stormed the Capitol.” Thus the rationale for the thousands of National Guard troops that have descended on Washington DC, to “bolster security” for the January 20 inauguration.

 

The staged death of Ashli Babbitt

 

Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and alleged Trump supporter, was captured on video as she tried to climb through a glass panel in a door inside the Capitol building, when a shot rang out and she fell backwards to the floor. Extensive footage, posted by several bystanders including Jayden X, shows her lying on the ground, next to a stone pillar, with blood pouring out of her mouth. She was reportedly shot in the neck (or the chest) by a gunman on the other side of the door, said to be Capitol Police but not yet identified or charged with a crime.

 

Ashli Babbitt on the floor of the Capitol building, ministered to by police. Image: Daily Mail.

 

The circumstances look suspicious, with many unlikely “Trump supporters” gathered at the scene and riot police arriving via the stairs but doing nothing to apprehend the gunman. The crowd of onlookers seems curiously unaffected by the presence of an “active shooter” (as one calls out) despite the possibility that they themselves would have been in danger.

 

Thomas Baranyi on his phone after Ashli Babbitt was shot. Image: Daily Mail.

 

One young man, Thomas Baranyi, stands right next to the door, his back to the shooter, busy on his phone. That man, coincidentally, was found later by a reporter from a CBS affiliate and interviewed about Babbitt’s death. What are the chances? The interview has since circulated online and forms the basis for the official story of the shooting incident. Baranyi holds up his hand for the reporter, showing what he says is the blood of Ashli Babbitt, which he somehow chose to preserve in situ. He has since been arrested by the FBI, who tracked him down from the interview.

 

Man with the gun, aimed at Ashli Babbitt. Image: Jayden X.

 

Close analysis of the footage shows that Ashli Babbitt cannot have been shot by the man with the gun shown in the videos. Great care was taken to photograph the gunman on the other side of the door, who is aiming in the direction of Babbitt. Before shooting, however, he moves the gun to his left, away from his target, and shoots straight ahead, with his gun level.

 

Gunman fires straight ahead, away from Ashli Babbitt. Image: QAnonOfficial.

 

Moreover, Babbitt is high off the ground, having climbed into the window. Even if the man had shot before he moved the gun away, he would have hit her in the leg, not the neck. As she fell, she was protected from the stone pillar and cushioned by her backpack.

 

Ashli Babbitt up high in the window. Image: Daily Mail.

 

Curiously, and again coincidentally, not only is John Sullivan (Jayden X) the source of most of this footage, he himself appears in an interview at the scene conducted by InfoWars. He was interviewed later by Anderson Cooper on CNN along with Jade Sacker, retailing the official story. As with the testimony of Thomas Baranyi, John Sullivan’s story aligns closely with the official narrative – much like the eye witnesses on 9/11 who are in on the scam and report seeing planes flying into the buildings for a gullible TV audience.

 

John Sullivan at the scene of Ashli Babbitt’s shooting, interviewed by InfoWars: “She got shot right here in the neck…I have the video of the guy with the gun.”

 

The aftermath is equally anomalous. The riot police behave strangely, milling around the fallen Ashli Babbitt, telling everyone to get back, but making no effort to protect the crowd or apprehend the gunman. One of the “rioters” walks past the police, down the stairs, and changes his clothes, assuming a new identity – one of many details indicating a coordinated effort by the various players in this drama.

There was very little blood at the scene, considering that Babbitt was supposedly shot in the neck. In fact, she bit on a fake blood capsule, producing the bright red “blood” seen running from her mouth in the videos. A photo of the nearly spotless area shows “blood…seen on the floor after a woman was shot and killed inside the Capitol,” according to the Daily Mail.

 

Scene supposedly showing blood on the floor after the shooting of Babbitt. Image: Daily Mail.

 

Finally, Babbitt was brought out on a stretcher, as captured by the news media, with the same bright “blood” on her face but now augmented. Her body was not covered but exposed for the cameras, and the paramedics show no particular urgency in getting her to an ambulance. This pre-planned, scripted event involved many players, and Ashli Babbitt, the star of the show, was a highly skilled actor.

 

Ashli Babbitt wheeled out on a stretcher to be photographed by MSNBC.

 

Meanwhile, four other people are supposed to have died as a result of the Capitol “riots,” including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who allegedly was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher. Few details are available on Sicknick, as opposed to the large amount of data on Babbitt. He supposedly “returned to his division office and collapsed,” according to the Capitol Police. “He was taken to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.” This lack of information notwithstanding, Sicknick has become a cause célèbre, with hundreds of police officers attending his funeral. And Sicknick has a GoFundMe page that has raised over $700,000 to date.

Of the three other victims, Kevin Greeson, alleged Trump supporter and longtime Democrat, died of a heart attack “in the midst of the excitement,” Rosanne Boyland collapsed while in the Capitol rotunda, and Benjamin Philips died of a stroke. Sicknick himself has been said to have died of “a medical condition.”

So did anyone actually die as a result of the “mob riots” and “violent insurrection”? It looks like Nobody Died, as in so many staged psyops of the past decade.

 

The security forces stand down

 

Much hand-wringing has occurred in the mainstream media over the alleged mistakes and oversights that left the Capitol building vulnerable to the “mob.” The Capitol Police were strangely unprepared for the Trump rally, although they knew well in advance about the march to the Capitol. In addition, John Sullivan and friends had scheduled a “Dump Trump for Good” rally at the Washington Monument on January 6 at 11 am.

 

 

Nothing but flimsy bike-rack barricades protected the Capitol building, and these were quickly dispensed with by the “rioters,” who seem to have been let into the site by the very police who were tasked with defending it. The officers stepped back or were pushed aside with no apparent means of stopping the incursions.

 

Protesters break through barricades at the Capitol. Image: Daily Mail.

 

One week before the rally, Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser asked for support from the DC National Guard in support of the Metropolitan Police, but the Capitol Police, responsible for Capitol Hill, did not follow suit. The US Department of Defense reached out to the Capitol Police to see if they wanted support, but they declined. According to the timeline released, the chief of the Capitol Police finally requested help from the DC National Guard only at 1:49 pm on January 6. The Guard then made an emergency deployment, which took hours to complete.

The city looked much different on January 6, 2021, than it did on June 2, 2020, when troops were called out to protect the Lincoln Memorial during a Black Lives Matter “peaceful protest” over the staged death of George Floyd. Obviously, the Capitol could have been better protected if the authorities had wished to step in.

 

National Guard troops at the Lincoln Memorial in June 2020. Image: New York Times.

 

Once inside the building, protesters were courteously admitted and ushered through the halls, allowed to pose with statues, enter private offices, and sit in Mike Pence’s Senate chair and at Nancy Pelosi’s desk. Guards were shown conferring with and even posing for selfies with the “rioters.” This was a planned event, an inside job, organized and funded by the same forces that have called for Trump’s removal from the White House.

 

Alleged Trump supporter taking a selfie with a member of the Capitol Police. Image: Daily Mail.

 

The media is casting the standdown in a different light, however, suggesting that police had been caught unawares or had colluded with Trump supporters. Democrat Representative Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey has called for an investigation into suspicious access to the Capitol building on January 5, as though Congressional staff had aided and abetted the “Trump mob” by giving “outside groups” pre-event tours so they could plan their “riot.”

 

Cui bono?

 

All this being the case, what purpose did the staged “siege of the Capitol” serve? Most obviously, it moved the Congress to expedite the certification of the election results, without any further investigation into the obvious fraud, although half the country has called for it. Trump laid out extensive evidence that the election was stolen in his speech at the Ellipse on January 6. The “riot” at the Capitol directed attention away from “Stop the Steal” and toward protecting “the most sacred space in our Republic” – even though it was left unprotected on purpose.

With the election certified, Joe Biden, who lost in a landslide, was officially canonized as President-Elect, with his inauguration set for January 20. Thereupon, 20,000 National Guard troops were mobilized, erecting roadblocks and fences in downtown DC and sleeping en masse on the floors of the Capitol. America has become a rank security state, and Washington DC is an armed camp with its own Green Zone. Warnings of more “Trump-fueled right-wing violence” have been circulated, with threats of civil war.

 

National Guard troops sleep on the floor of the Capitol Visitors’ Center. Image: Daily Mail.

 

The internet purge continues, ostensibly to protect us from “violent content,” with heads of social media platforms more powerful than the President of the United States. Trump supporters are losing their jobs, Democrats in Congress are calling for blacklists and re-education centers, and ordinary Americans are branded “domestic terrorists” that must be tracked and surveilled.

And COVID restrictions are still in place to protect us from the Plandemic, which is nothing more than the flu. We are primed to enter The Great Reset, which the “storming of the Capitol” has facilitated. It is those participating in the stolen election, the destruction of the Constitution, the move toward world government, and the “siege” in DC who will benefit if the plan succeeds.

Many are wondering how Trump, a master strategist, fell into this obvious trap? Why did he call his supporters to DC on January 6 for the “Save America” rally – and direct them to the Capitol, into the heart of the “insurrection”? For those who believe that he is authentic, his speech shows that he hoped the election would not be certified:

“All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states to recertify, and we become President, and you are the happiest people…Mike Pence has to agree to send it back.”

For those more skeptical, perhaps Trump’s rally was part of the deal.

 

VIVIAN LEE is the nom-de-plume of a tenured professor at an east coast university.

This article was published at JamesFetzer.org.

 

 

THE STRANGE CRASH OF UKRAINIAN FLIGHT #752 IN IRAN

THE STRANGE CRASH OF UKRAINIAN FLIGHT #752 IN IRAN

BY

VIVIAN LEE

January 14, 2020

On the morning of January 8, 2020, a Boeing 737 crashed and left debris scattered over a wide area just minutes after takeoff from the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran. The Ukrainian International Airlines jet was en route to Kyiv, scheduled to land at Boryspil International Airport at 8 am local time. “Amateur” videos posted on social media led to the suspicion that the plane had been brought down by a missile over the city of Parand.

The first video, posted on Instagram by The Rich Kids of Tehran, was taken by someone who just happened to be shooting up at the totally dark sky at the very moment the plane appeared and was apparently hit by something, resulting in its crash in a flaming fireball when it hit the ground. This recalls the luck of the Naudet brothers on 9/11. The New York Times obtained a high-resolution copy of the Rich Kids video and “verified” it, whatever that means.

A second video was posted, filmed from a car that was driving in the direction of the crash. A third video showed the plane flying in from the right, proceeding on a downward trajectory, and exploding in a huge fireball upon impact:

 

 

A CCTV video turned up, reportedly showing the last moments of the jet, or what remained of it, exploding in a passageway between two walls, raining burning debris and leaving small fires on the ground. Other videos of small fires circulated in the media, suggesting widespread burning and destruction.

There were 176 people on board flight #752 according to Wikipedia, including 9 Ukrainian crew members and two additional Ukrainians. The other passengers included, by nationality, citizens of Iran (82), Canada (63), Sweden (10), Afghanistan (7), and Great Britain (3). According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was outraged by the situation, 138 of the 167 passengers were traveling to Canada. At least one Canadian passport was recovered, miraculously, and it seems likely that there are others. Just like the passports of four of the alleged hijackers on 9/11.

Canadian Passport. Image: Office of the President of Ukraine.

One does wonder why 138 people would travel from Tehran to Canada via Kyiv, but that is only one of many questions associated with this crash. Stranger still are the memorial programs for the Canadian victims that showed up in the media ON THE SAME DAY as the crash. Two that appeared immediately were produced by the CBC and the Vancouver Sun.

The CBC video, “Flight 752: A Canadian Tragedy,” is 45 minutes long and includes extensive reporting, dramatic commentary, and footage of the crash site, as well as the “stories” of the victims, with their full names, biographical information, candid shots, and professional black-and-white photos. The post is now dated January 9, but it was up on January 8. Even considering the time difference between Canada and Iran, it must have taken a cast of thousands working feverishly to compile the information and images and produce the programs so quickly. Unless they had advance notice.

 

 

Curiously, relatives and friends of the victims appear in the memorials, some looking barely distressed and even smiling, speaking to reporters ON THE SAME DAY their loved ones died, instead of choosing to grieve in private. One thinks of the cheerful interview of Chris and Lynn McDonnell by Anderson Cooper right after their daughter Grace was supposedly killed at Sandy Hook Elementary by Adam Lanza.

The crash site is also problematic. Debris is strewn over a wide area, with little of it burned. Very few parts of the plane are visible in the news footage, although most of it should have been recovered. The Boeing 737-800 has between 162 and 189 seats, but not a single airplane seat is seen in the footage.

A few pieces of luggage show up, but nowhere near the amount there should be, and papers, water bottles, photo albums, and children’s books survived. And we do have shoes, lots of single shoes – the hallmark of hoax events worldwide.

Pieces of debris look dropped at the site, and where they are close to a wall, the wall is not damaged.

The tail usually survives in a plane crash, but only the tip shows up here, and it looks like it was set down carefully in a tilled field, with the rows undamaged by any kind of impact.

The theory that the plane was shot down by a missile (or two missiles), which supposedly exploded before actually hitting it, is said to be substantiated by a missile part found at the crash site. This is allegedly a piece of a Tor-M1 missile, found in the yard of a home in the city of Parand, although this is unverified.

Photo of a Tor-M1 missile part that was posted on Twitter. Image: New York Post.

It seems that a missile may have been involved, although not to shoot down the airplane. This was discovered by Jeffersonian Girl who has posted several videos on the crash at 153news.net. She is an expert on jet fuel and a designer of fuel farms for airports. The Boeing 737-800 uses Jet A fuel, WHICH DOES NOT EXPLODE. The plane would have broken apart on impact, and fires may have resulted, although the high flashpoint of jet fuel reduces the potential for a post-crash fire. But the plane would not have exploded in a massive fireball.

One of the “amateur” videos, the “third video” posted above, allegedly shows the plane coming in from the right on a straight downward trajectory, hitting the ground in an exploding burst of light. If this video is real, it actually shows a missile and not a Boeing 737. The CCTV video, if real, further indicates that a missile hit the ground and not flight #752. This is all made clear in Jeffersonian Girl’s informative presentation.

None of the “amateur” videos can be assumed to be authentic, just as the stories in the media cannot be trusted. Taken together, however, the evidence points not to a plane crash but to a fake event, perhaps involving a missile, with loads of debris trucked in and deposited for the cameras.

This is further indicated by the lack of a proper investigation of the crash site and the hasty clean-up, which has been blamed on Iran. What about all those people walking around the area and gathering things up, and what about all the body bags? News footage shows many of these bags being carried away from the scene and, in a few cases, being filled with items picked up off the ground. Some of these people are not even in uniform, while others are from the Iranian Red Crescent, an NGO under the aegis of the International Red Cross. As with other deep-state events, local officials are involved, and the cover-up is part of the operation.

Body bags at the site of the crash of flight #752, filled with junk from the debris field. Image: New York Times.

Officials in the U.S., Canada, and elsewhere suggested that the Iranians had shot down the plane, although they conceded that it may have been accidental. Iran said that this was “a big lie,” “psychological warfare,” and “scientifically impossible.” After holding out for three days, however, the Iranians knuckled under and took responsibility, admitting that they had shot down the jet by accident. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif apologized in a tweet.

The admission gave rise to protests against the government, with shouts of “Khamenei is a murderer!” as reported by The New York Times. On January 13, The Times was reporting that “at least several people had been shot in the back by security forces, according to witnesses and videos.” Since one cannot believe anything that appears in The Times, it is unclear if this is true. But it further demonizes Iran, and it makes a good story.

So Iran has allegedly shot down a plane full of civilians, killing 176, and is murdering its own people in the streets. And all this stemmed from Trump’s drone strike on Qasem Soleimani on January 3, according to the media. The neocons are pleased, with Iran diminished and on the defensive, with Soleimani dead, and with Trump cast as the culprit. But was Trump really the main instigator?

In a two-page spread on Sunday, January 12, The Times published a story claiming that he was indeed at fault: “Seven Days in January: How Trump Pushed U.S. and Iran to the Brink of War.” This is an amusing title, referring to “Seven Days in May,” a 1964 film (based on a 1962 book) about a planned takeover of the U.S. government by a military/political cabal displeased with the fictional President’s disarmament treaty with the U.S.S.R. – that is, with the President’s wish to avoid war and commit to disarmament instead.

That is pretty much what is happening now, with Trump wanting to end the endless wars, and the neocons and their sponsors – Israel chief among them – hoping to keep the wars going and finish up by attacking Iran. The list of authors of “Seven Days in January” reads like a Who’s Who of CIA journalists:

One should remember that Soleimani has been in the sights of Israel and its operatives for years. He was instrumental in Iran’s support for Hezbollah in 2006, and he reportedly worked with Hezbollah in 2010 to strike at Israel. In 2015, Barack Obama allegedly warned Soleimani about an assassination plot by Israel, although by 2018, Israel was supposedly given “the green light” by U.S. officials. Benjamin Netanyahu has campaigned tirelessly for war against Iran, on the pretext that it is developing nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu at the UN in 2012, telling the General Assembly that Iran was close to building a nuclear bomb.

Although Netanyahu has distanced himself from the assassination of Soleimani, calling it “an American event,” Israeli sources are reporting that “the Jewish state was involved in the January 3 operation, handing the Americans key intelligence details.” The Times reports that Mike Pompeo briefed Netanyahu in advance about the plan to kill Soleimani, and that he was the only non-U.S. leader who knew about it beforehand. Some have speculated that the assassination was carried out by the CIA and Mossad. Did Trump really give the order?

This brings us back to the crash of flight #752. If this was a staged event and not a real plane crash, which is all but certain, who was capable of carrying out such a huge operation – and who benefits? According to the media, we are now very close to a war with Iran. General Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, apologized for the downing of the jet but added, “We are at war with the United States. We do not consider the conflict over.” The U.S. does not benefit from a war with Iran – nor does Trump, as this would only alienate his supporters and add to his current problems. His defeat in 2020 is already being predicted by the media, due to the situation in Iran.

But one country does benefit from the assassination of Soleimani and the staged plane crash, and that is Israel. While one might think that the crash of a Boeing 737 and the deaths of 176 passengers would be impossible to fake, one should remember the attacks of 9/11. Four passenger planes were said to have crashed into WTC 1 and 2, the Pentagon, and the ground at Shanksville, killing the crews and passengers – although none of this actually happened. The false-flag attacks of 9/11 were engineered by Israel and its accomplices, including many traitors in the U.S. government. Like those attacks, the crash of flight #752 was an orchestrated event on a grand scale, involving an airplane and killing no passengers – calculated to keep America fighting for the Zionist Project.

So what induced the Iranians to take responsibility for downing the Ukrainian jet, when they knew the crash was “scientifically impossible”? As the media saying goes, the situation is still developing.

 

VIVIAN LEE is the nom-de-plume of a tenured professor at an east coast university.

This article was published at JamesFetzer.org.

 

 

 

CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD: CREDIBLE OR COMPLICIT?

CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD: CREDIBLE OR COMPLICIT?

BY

VIVIAN LEE

September 30, 2018
Revised and updated September 16, 2019

 

Christine Blasey Ford takes the oath. Image: Getty Images.

The word of the moment is “credible.”[1] Immediately following the Senate hearings on September 27, 2018, The New York Times published several online editorials as to why we should “believe” Christine Ford and not Brett Kavanaugh. The lead editorial is still posted there: “Why Brett Kavanaugh Wasn’t Believable and Why Christine Blasey Ford Was.”[2] This was echoed on the front-page of the print version on September 28, showing two huge photos side by side: a stoic-looking Ford with her right hand raised, next to an angry Kavanaugh who is meant to appear unhinged. As The Times notes:

What a study in contrasts: Where Christine Blasey Ford was calm and dignified, Brett Kavanaugh was volatile and belligerent; where she was eager to respond fully to every questioner, and kept worrying whether she was being “helpful” enough, he was openly contemptuous of several senators; most important, where she was credible and unshakable at every point in her testimony, he was at some points evasive, and some of his answers strained credulity.

Who cares whether Ford’s allegations of attempted rape were true? As everyone had been told, it was the “optics” that would be the deciding factor.

CNBC tells us Ford was credible because she was vulnerable, at times she “appeared visibly traumatized,” and she made direct eye contact, “showing that she had nothing to hide.”[3] And, by the way, she was genuine. The Boston Globe reports that “Christine Blasey Ford Was More Credible.” This is because Kavanaugh’s defense “doesn’t ring true.” Plus, Ford “doesn’t seem like a partisan schemer.”[4] Then we hear from Slate that Ford was credible because she was trustworthy, she was “definitive,” and because she was not really certain about all the answers she gave.[5] In other words, although she was unclear about many details and could not substantiate her allegations with witness testimony or real data about the alleged event, this somehow acted to her advantage. She was credible because, well, she was credible. Even President Trump agreed.[6]

Brett Kavanaugh testifies. Image: Associated Press.

By contrast, Kavanaugh was considered not credible, as supported by the various published images of him looking vicious, indignant, and, um, uncredible. He was “angry,” he went “full partisan,” and he lost it in a “toddler-worthy temper tantrum.” He even resorted to asserting his virginity in high school and for some years after. Not credible, sez Trevor Noah. Kavanaugh is “trying way too hard.”[7] A team of pundits at MSNBC broke it down in the video “Credibility vs. Emotion: Blasey Ford & Brett Kavanaugh’s Divergent Testimonies.”[8]

We were told to “believe” Ford and not Kavanaugh by virtually all mainstream outlets, including the controlled opposition “alternative” media.[9]  The main exception to this snow job is Fox News, which clings to the antiquated idea that the accused may be telling the truth. Online sources, however, tell a different story. Is Ford credible? I don’t think so, and neither do many others who watched her performance.[10]

 

The accuser

As Fellowship of the Minds points out, Christine Blasey Ford is a 52-year-old professional with a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina (1988), a master’s degree (PsyM) in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University (1991), and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California (1996); in 2009 she earned another master’s degree (MEd) in Epidemiology from Stanford University.[11] Wow – that’s impressive. Why is she not familiar with the details of a polygraph test and clueless about the meaning of the word “exculpatory”? Not to mention the fact that she supposedly did not know how to contact the US Senate.

Handwritten statement by Christine Blasey Ford, as used for her polygraph exam.

Efforts have been made to interpret Ford’s body language and handwriting. Analysis of her performance at the Senate hearings suggests that she was acting the part of a vulnerable, confused child, feigning nervousness, and playing the “terrified” victim. One does not need a professional analyst to spell this out – anyone paying attention will have noticed her discrepant behavior. Her handwriting is odd as well – with errors and strike-throughs – and traits that are said to indicate an addictive personality and lack of self esteem.

Not only that, her memory is rather poor for an academic. Most obviously, she does not remember when or where her alleged assault took place, or how she got to the party and home again, but that was a long time ago.[12] However, she is also foggy on when she took the polygraph test, despite the fact that she had just come from her grandmother’s funeral – she either took the test on that very day or maybe it was the following day – just not sure.[13] She didn’t know who paid for her polygraph test. And, by the way, she wasn’t sure if she gave The Washington Post her therapist’s notes. Are these memory lapses, or is she lying?

In a blatant lie, which was brought out in her questioning by prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she was too afraid to fly east for the hearings, despite the fact that she has been flying all over the country – indeed the world – continually, as she had to admit.[14] If she lied about this, was she lying about her allegations of assault? And was the attempted rape she has described, and from which she escaped, enough to traumatize her for the following 36 years, leaving her so claustrophobic that she needed a house with two front doors? Those who have actually been raped, and I am one of them, tend not to spend the rest of their lives paralyzed as “victims” but get on with things – in a way that Ford has oddly been unable to do. Except for somehow getting a BA, two master’s degrees, a PhD, holding several professional positions, and publishing widely, overcoming all odds no doubt.[15]

 

The ex-boyfriend

New light was thrown on the matter by a former boyfriend, who said he dated Ford and even lived with her over a period of six years (1992‒1998). His statement of October 2, 2018, was obtained by Fox News and posted on Twitter the same day. The ex-boyfriend (name redacted but later identified as Brian Merrick[16]) wrote that during his time with Ford she never mentioned Brett Kavanaugh or said that she had been the victim of a sexual assault. She had no fear of flying and in fact flew with him around the Hawaiian Islands in a propeller plane. She “never expressed a fear of closed quarters, tight spaces, or places with only one exit.” And a year after they broke up, she charged $600 on their joint credit card, from which she had been removed.

Statement of Brian Merrick, ex-boyfriend of Christine Blasey Ford, disputing details of her sworn testimony.

But that’s not all. Merrick stated that Ford had helped her best friend, Monica L. McLean, prepare for a polygraph test, which he had witnessed.[17] During questioning by Rachel Mitchell, Ford said she had never had discussions with anyone besides her attorneys on how to take a polygraph. The following day, McLean denied the account, saying that Ford had never helped her prepare for a polygraph test.[18] Indeed, Monica McLean, former FBI agent, would not have wanted to admit that she was coached, if she was.[19]

At any rate, the fact that Ford passed a polygraph test says nothing about her credibility, which is why the tests are not admissible in court. Polygraph tests are notoriously unreliable and can be “beaten” by those in the know.[20] Ford was apparently one such expert, having published on the use of hypnosis and “psychoeducation” as treatment therapies, indicating her interest in the use of hypnosis to assist in memory retrieval and to create artificial situations in order to affect emotions.[21] Add to this her alleged connections to the CIA, through the internship program that she oversees at Stanford University and also through her father, Ralph G. Blasey, Jr., who worked for a CIA black-budget bank – charges that the “fact-checker” Snopes lists as “false.”[22]

 

#BelieveChristine

 

Protesters on Capitol Hill before the hearings. Image: Associated Press.

Tied in closely is the #MeToo movement, which has resonated with women worldwide, for good reason. However, a large cadre of left-leaning supporters now insists that we “believe” the victim, women, Ford, etc., because of course the victim is telling the truth.[23]  During the hearings, scores of protesters appeared in support of Ford, carrying banners reading “Believe Survivors” or wearing t-shirts and buttons with “Believe Women” and “I Believe Christine Blasey Ford,” while some wrote “I believe” on the palms of their hands, for some indiscernible reason. A woman claiming to be a victim of assault may indeed be telling the truth, but she may also be making a false accusation.

#MeToo has been hijacked and is now a “color revolution” – or perhaps it was from the start. Like the Arab Spring, the Rose/Tulip/Orange revolutions, and the “Occupy,” “Black Lives Matter,” and “Resist” movements in the USA, #MeToo is such an engineered campaign.[24] So-called color revolutions worldwide are financed by deep state entities to stoke and capitalize on the distress of repressed populations (in this case, women) to create chaos through protest and divide-and-conquer tactics in order to advance the objectives of those at the top. The driving force behind color revolutions is now social media, and appropriately we have #BelieveSurvivors and #BelieveChristine on Twitter.

Graphic for #BelieveChristine. Image: Planned Parenthood.

The graphic meme is the raised hand with clenched fist, which has migrated from the Middle East and Eastern Europe to #DisruptJ20 for Trump’s inauguration – and on to #BelieveChristine. The special tactic of #MeToo activists is to take down those who have been accused but denied due process, pitting women against men and subverting the presumption of innocence. Most of the press has marched to this tune in lock step. As The New York Times cautions, “Women are watching.”[25]

 

Political circus

Not coincidentally, Ford’s lawyer Debra Katz is a NeverTrumper, a “Resist” protester who herself sports a shirt with the clenched fist of the color revolution.[26] As learned from the hearings, Katz and her colleague Michael Bromwich both worked for Ford pro bono, and they paid for her polygraph test. We also learned that Senator Dianne Feinstein recommended the Katz firm to Ford as counsel. Just who organized this impressive effort? And who paid for it? That remains to be seen, although Katz is Vice Chair of the Board of the Project on Government Oversight, which has received Soros funding.[27] Bromwich resigned from his law firm in order to join Ford’s legal team.[28] He had recently represented Andrew McCabe after his firing by Jeff Sessions, helping raise money for McCabe’s legal fees from a crowdfunding campaign.[29]

Speaking of which, Christine Ford has or had several GoFundMe campaigns in her name, as alluded to in her testimony. As of this writing, these have raised $31,000 to establish an academic chair in her name, $34,190 for a Christine Blasey Ford endowment to establish research funding “into the prevention of violence against women and into ending gun violence,” $57,162 for newspaper ads supporting Ford, and $857,592 for Ford directly. As she had no legal fees, one wonders why she needed this financial support. Meanwhile, Kavanaugh was not far behind, with more than $600,000 pledged in GoFundMe campaigns. According to Market Watch, more than 42 GoFundMe pages mentioning Kavanaugh or Ford were started in the wake of the Senate proceedings, some of them “satirical,” such as the “Start a Brett Kavanaugh Beer!” campaign, which raised $38 (now listed as $0) toward its $100,000 goal.[30] Kavanaugh has since declined the GoFundMe contributions; Ford accepted hers.

Christine Blasey Ford with lawyers Debra Katz (left) and Michael Bromwich (right) with Monica McLean looking on. Image: C-Span.

Other shenanigans involve Monica McLean, who attended the Senate hearings in support of Ford. Ford wrote her letter to Dianne Feinstein in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where, coincidentally, McLean has a residence.[31] So one might wonder whether the two wrote the letter together, or consulted about its contents, although Ford testified that she wrote it herself. Meanwhile, three people were named by Ford as attending the 1982 party where Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her: Mark Judge, Patrick “PJ” Smyth, and her lifelong friend Leland Keyser, none of whom corroborated her claim. It has now developed that Leland Keyser was pressured into changing her story by none other than Monica McLean, as revealed to the FBI and reported by The Wall Street Journal.[32] Ford shot back at Keyser saying, “Leland has significant health challenges, and I’m happy that she’s focusing on herself and getting the health treatment that she needs, and she let me know that she needed her lawyer to take care of this for her…”

Although Ford’s story is obviously full of holes, all was not lost for Kavanaugh’s detractors. Two other women joined the team with unsubstantiated allegations, as reported breathlessly by the corporate media: Deborah Ramirez[33] and Julie Swetnick,[34] the latter represented by Michael Avenatti, aka “Creepy Porn Lawyer,” whose most famous client was Stephanie Clifford, aka “Stormy Daniels,” hailed by the press as a “feminist hero.”[35] Swetnick’s claims were so unbelievable that they were widely ridiculed, and Avenatti, once a media darling, is now “radioactive.” And to top it off, Catland Books in Brooklyn hosted a public hex on Brett Kavanaugh on October 20 – see #HexKavanaugh on Twitter.[36] With this joyless circus, the Left has shot itself in the foot, or, as a recent Times editorial put it, “American liberalism has pierced its own tongue.”[37] Many Democrats have chosen to #WalkAway. And Brett Kavanaugh, his reputation in shreds, now sits on the Supreme Court.

 

Delay and discredit

After 16 days of meetings with individual US Senators (July 10‒August 23) and five days of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings (September 4‒7 and 27), only the last day seemed to count. Already on the first day of the hearings, Democrats called for a delay in the proceedings. On September 5‒6, Kavanaugh was asked about his political philosophy on certain issues as well as such things as Trump’s tweets about the judiciary; on September 7 outside witnesses were allowed to testify, including John Dean and Aalayah Eastmond, alleged survivor of the alleged shooting in Parkland, FL.[38] Protests disrupted the proceedings throughout.

“Survivor” Aalayah Eastmond testifies on September 7, 2018. Image: Associated Press.

Then on September 12, The Intercept revealed the existence of a letter held by Dianne Feinstein, describing “an incident” involving Kavanaugh and a woman, not naming the subject but only her lawyer, Debra Katz.[39] This was Ford’s letter, which was dated July 30 and received by Feinstein shortly thereafter. On the pretext of protecting Ford’s anonymity, Feinstein held the letter back until just before the scheduled vote; this was seen by many as an effort to extend the proceedings and eventually derail the nomination process. On September 16, The Washington Post published Ford’s account.[40] A final day of hearings was then scheduled for September 27, in order for Ford to testify and Kavanaugh to answer her allegations.

In one last attempt to discredit the nominee, Democrats on the comittee avoided all substantive discussion and went for the jugular. While Ford was treated with fawning courtesy, Kavanaugh was bullied and browbeaten. Dispensing with any pretense to the dignity of their office, the Dems threw the book at Kavanaugh – his high school yearbook. In over two hours of questioning, the Democrats pressed the judge on the meaning of Keg City Club, Devil’s Triangle, Beach Week Ralph Club, and Renate Alumnius/Alumni.[41] Some Republicans addressed more serious issues, including Lindsey Graham with his questioning on the Law of Armed Conflict, although the object of this interchange was not widely understood by the public.[42]

In her speech following the hearings, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins reported on the results of her own extensive interrogation of Kavanaugh regarding his judicial philosophy.[43] She determined that Kavanaugh would not vote to eliminate the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions. That he has been “unequivocal in his belief that no President is above the law.” And that he would not seek to overturn Roe v. Wade. She decried the politically charged atmosphere surrounding Kavanaugh’s nomination, and she ended by saying she would vote to confirm him to the Supreme Court. As punishment, Democratic donors have organized a multimillion-dollar fund-raising campaign to defeat Collins should she run in 2020.[44]

 

The debate we didn’t have

Many Americans felt cheated: “There was no debate when we needed one.” Instead of a broad inquiry into Kavanaugh’s judicial record, we heard about claims that he was a teenage alcoholic and “serial rapist.” One would want him to state his views on the separation of powers and the protection of civil liberties. In the words of Paul Craig Roberts:

Can the Executive branch spy on citizens without warrants and cause, despite laws and constitutional prohibition to the contrary? Can the executive branch detain citizens indefinitely despite habeas corpus, despite the US Constitution’s prohibition? Can the Executive branch kill US citizens without due process of law, despite the US Constitution’s prohibition? Dick Cheney and University of California law professor John Yoo say “yes the President can.”[45]

What are Kavanaugh’s thoughts on the “War on Terror,” besides his belief that we are now at war? After 9/11, “Congress passed the authorization for use of military force, which is still in effect,” as he told Lindsey Graham. What are his thoughts about Graham’s extended questioning on the Law of Armed Conflict and insistence that “you do not have a constitutional right to collaborate with the enemy” and “American citizens who collaborate with the enemy are considered enemy combatants”? And there is much more we would have liked to know.[46]

Kavanaugh was at the White House on 9/11, serving as an associate to White House Counsel, Alberto Gonzales. He was evacuated after the Twin Towers were “hit” along with his future wife, Ashley, who was President Bush’s personal aide at the time. Kavanaugh was involved in the drafting of the 2001 USA PATRIOT Act, and is credited with the line, “…the new law will update laws authorizing government surveillance,” although citizens are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures under the Fourth Amendment, and this is not subject to “update.” In correspondence obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request, Kavanaugh referred to the PATRIOT Act as a “measured, careful, responsible, and constitutional approach.”[47]

Brett Kavanaugh at the White House with Alberto Gonzalez and George Bush in an undated photo. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Then there are the “torture memos” of 2002: two documents drafted by Jay Bybee and a letter from John Yoo to Alberto Gonzales, along with other communications issued under the Bush administration, including a notorious DOD memo signed by Donald Rumsfeld. At this time, Kavanaugh was serving as an associate to Alberto Gonzalez, although he has denied any knowledge of these memos before their public release in 2004. In the opinion of critics, this is considered unlikely.

A meeting was held at the White House in 2002 regarding the assertion by the Bush administration that it could label an American citizen an “enemy combatant” at its discretion, and the question of whether or not this would be accepted by the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was reportedly at that meeting, and took part in the discussion, although in 2006 he claimed he did not. Democrats had discovered this apparent discrepancy and sought to use it to question his credibility. This is the reason for Lindsey Graham’s pointed questioning, which sought to establish precedent prior to 9/11 on the issue of Americans classified as “enemy combatants.” Kavanaugh has insisted, “I told the whole truth, the whole truth in my prior testimony. I was not read into that program.”[48]

These issues call into question the War on Terror itself. Kavanaugh appears to be behind it, as well as the PATRIOT Act and other unconstitutional policies enacted in the wake of 9/11 to bolster the US Security State. One might argue that these topics were avoided by Senators on the Judiciary Committee, since many of them were involved. In 2001, the only Senator who voted against the PATRIOT Act was Russ Feingold; only 10 Senators voted against the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2006.[49] And a majority of Senators voted for the USA Freedom Act of 2015 reauthorizing provisions of the 2001 PATRIOT Act. Of those who voted on the bill in 2015, all current Democratic senators (40) voted YES; 12 Republicans voted YES, as did one Independent (Bernie Sanders). Most Republicans voted NO (35), along with one Independent (Angus King).

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings were a bogus distraction from such major questions. They generated considerable sympathy for Kavanaugh as a victim of slander, although this was not the intended result, but they failed to hold him fully accountable.

 

Credible or complicit?

With the evidence in, we may conclude as follows. This charade was a scheme by the Democrats to delay and derail the Kavanaugh nomination. Although they did not succeed, they inflicted extensive damage. Ariel Dumas, a writer for Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, tweeted, “Whatever happens, I’m just glad we ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s life.”[50]

“He said, she said” – only one of them was telling the truth. Kavanaugh’s testimony was much more believable, with the possible exception of how much beer he drank as a teenager. Ford’s allegations, however, were unsubstantiated, uncorroborated, and even denied by the witnesses she named. Many details were unremembered, unclear, or illogical, and several of her statements were shown to be false. Senator Richard Blumenthal invoked falsus in uno, falsus in omnibus, “false in one thing, false in everything,” in order to discredit Kavanaugh. This was rich, considering Blumenthal’s lies about his (non)service in Vietnam.[51] According to this principle, it was not Kavanaugh but Ford who was discredited. Her testimony did not hold up. As Rachel Mitchell concluded:

A “he said, she said” case is incredibly difficult to prove. But this case is even weaker than that. Dr. Ford identified other witnesses to the event, and those witnesses either refuted her allegations or failed to corroborate them…I do not think that a reasonable prosecutor would bring this case based on the evidence before the Committee. Nor do I believe that this evidence is sufficient to satisfy the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard.

A new book by Ryan Lovelace reports that Debra Katz has admitted that Ford came forward with her allegations, in part, to taint Kavanaugh and undermine his authority should he support any alteration of Roe v. Wade. This contradicts Ford’s insistence that she was merely trying to be helpful and do her civic duty. A video clip of Katz confirms that she did indeed say the following:

…I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the Court…he will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that was part of what motivated Christine.[52]

Whether wittingly or not, Christine Blasey Ford was complicit in the Democratic Party’s plan to bring down Brett Kavanaugh. In view of the evidence, she and her lawyers appear to have been deeply involved in the process.

 

VIVIAN LEE is the nom-de-plume of a tenured professor at an east coast university. A life-long advocate for the rights of women, she is a registered Democrat who has walked away.

 

The original version of this article was published at MemoryHoleBlog.org and JamesFetzer.org; a revised version was prepared for a volume on the Kavanaugh hearings edited by James Fetzer and published by Moon Rock Books (forthcoming). The article posted here is an updated revision.

 

NOTES

[1] An early version of this article appeared on September 29, 2018, at Memory Hole Blog. http://memoryholeblog.org/2018/09/29/christine-blasey-ford-not-credible/.

[2] The New York Times, September 27, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/opinion/why-brett-kavanaugh-wasnt-believable.html.

[3] “How Christine Blasey Ford’s Vulnerability Shaped Her Credibility.” CNBC, September 28, 2018.  https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/28/how-christine-blasey-fords-vulnerability-shaped-her-credibility.html.

[4] The Boston Globe, September 27, 2018. https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/09/27/christine-blasey-ford-was-more-credible/xkJOu0kBshjqlhggeM0VEP/story.html.

[5] “What Makes Christine Blasey Ford Credible.” Slate, September 27, 2018. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/christine-blasey-ford-credibility.html.

[6] “Trump Calls Christine Blasey Ford a ‘Very Credible’ Witness.” https://www.msn.com/en-us/video/world/trump-calls-christine-blasey-ford-a-very-credible-witness/vp-BBNGh8W.

[7] The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, September 25, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZgtEIp-mTU.

[8] MSNBC, September 27, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVVmlueAVqg.

[9] “Brett Kavanaugh Barely Controls His Rage in Combative Testimony Denying Sexual Assault Allegations.” Democracy Now! September 28, 2018. https://www.democracynow.org/2018/9/28/brett_kavanaugh_barely_controls_his_rage?utm_source=Democracy+Now%21&utm_campaign=2dfed4079f-Daily_Digest_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fa2346a853-2dfed4079f-190198269.

[10] “Watch Christine Blasey Ford Contradict Herself Again, Again, and Again.” Infowars, September 27, 2018. https://www.infowars.com/watch-christine-blasey-ford-contradict-herself-again-again-and-again/.

[11] “Christine Blasey Ford’s Body Language.” Fellowship of the Minds, September 28, 2018. https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/christine-blasey-fords-body-language.

[12] The many things Ford did not remember are outlined in the memorandum that Rachel Mitchell submitted to the Senate Republicans regarding her analysis of Ford’s allegations. https://static.politico.com/28/7f/80157df74b96bb352b10f8b7aa66/09-30-18-mitchell-memo-ford-allegations.pdf.

[13] “‘She Doesn’t Know’? Christine Blasey Ford Just Took a Torch to the Infamous Polygraph Test.” https://twitchy.com/sarahd-313035/2018/09/27/she-doesnt-know-christine-blasey-ford-just-took-a-torch-to-the-infamous-polygraph-test-video/.

[14] “Christine Blasey Ford Says She Flies Frequently, Despite Fear of Flying.” Washington Examiner, September 27, 2018. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/congress/christine-blasey-ford-says-she-flies-frequently-despite-fear-of-flying.

[15] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_Blasey_Ford.

[16] “Revealed: The Man Accusing Blasey Ford of Lying about Polygraphs.” The Daily Caller, October 3, 2018. https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/03/merrick-blasey-ford-polygraph/.

[17] “Christine Blasey Ford Ex-boyfriend Says She Helped Friend Prep for Potential Polygraph; Grassley Sounds Alarm.” Fox News, October 2 (updated October 3), 2018. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/christine-blasey-ford-ex-boyfriend-says-she-helped-friend-prep-for-potential-polygraph-grassley-sounds-alarm.

[18] “Christine Ford’s Friend Denies Being Helped on Polygraph, Fires Back at New Claims.” Fox News, October 3, 2018. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/christine-fords-friend-denies-being-helped-on-polygraph-fires-back-at-new-claims.

[19] “Press Release from DOJ Regarding Polygraph.com.” https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article24776287.html.

[20] “How To Beat a Polygraph Test.” The New York Times, April 10, 2015. https://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/magazine/how-to-beat-a-polygraph-test.html.

[21] Lisa Butler, Lynn Waelde, Christine Blasey, et al., “Meditation with Yoga, Group Therapy with Hypnosis, and Psychoeducation for Long-term Depressed Mood: A Randomized Pilot Trial.” Journal of Clinical Psychology 64, no. 7 (2008): 806‒820. https://www.academia.edu/30832978/Meditation_with_yoga_group_therapy_with_hypnosis_and_psychoeducation_for_long-term_depressed_mood_a_randomized_pilot_trial. The authors are aware of the use of hypnosis to assist in the retrieval of memories and to “modulate” the associated emotions, and they are interested in how this and other techniques can be used to affect clinical depression.

[22] “Christine Blasey Ford’s Deep Ties to the CIA Uncovered.” State of the Nation, September 29, 2018. http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=105084 “Wayne Madsen: Snopes.com Is a CIA Operation.” Fellowship of the Minds, December 16, 2016.  https://fellowshipoftheminds.com/wayne-madsen-snopes-com-is-a-cia-operation.

[23]Wall Street Journal: The New Liberal Standard – Presumed Guilty!” https://jamesfetzer.org/2018/09/wall-street-journal-the-new-liberal-standard-presumed-guilty/.

[24] James Tracy, “Media Disinformation and the ‘Arab Spring’ Color Revolutions.” Global Research, April 15, 2012. https://www.globalresearch.ca/media-disinformation-and-the-arab-spring-color-revolutions/30320. Michel Chossudovsky, “‘Color Revolution’ against Donald Trump.” Global Research, January 18, 2017. https://www.globalresearch.ca/color-revolution-against-donald-trump/5569300. Larry Chin, “Violent ‘Color Revolution’ in America? Attempted Overthrow of Trump? Threatens to Shred Fabric of American Society.” Global Research, October 25, 2017. https://www.globalresearch.ca/violent-color-revolution-in-america-attempted-overthrow-of-trump-threatens-to-shred-fabric-of-american-society/5605774.

[25] “Women Are Watching, Which Should Make Republican Lawmakers Very, Very Nervous.” The New York Times, September 28, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/opinion/brett-kavanaugh-jeff-flake-gop-women.html.

[26] “Christine Ford’s Unhinged Attorney Is Wearing Radical Socialist Power Fist T-shirt at Anti-Trump Protest.” The Gateway Pundit, September 22, 2018. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/09/update-christine-fords-unhinged-attorney-is-wearing-radical-socialist-power-fist-t-shirt-at-anti-trump-protest-video/.

[27] https://www.pogo.org/about/people.

[28] “Christine Blasey Ford Lawyer Michael Bromwich Resigned from His Law Firm Because Partners Objected to His Decision To Represent Her.” Slate, September 27, 2018. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/09/christine-blasey-ford-lawyer-michael-bromwich.html.

[29] “Did a K Street Firm Help Launch the Andrew McCabe GoFundMe That’s Raised $550,000 from the #Resistance?” Slate, April 2, 2018. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/04/andrew-mccabe-gofundme-raises-big-usd-from-resistance-may-have-been-set-up-by-k-street-firm.html.

[30] “Dueling GoFundMe Pages Raise More Than $500K Each for Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.” Market Watch, October 8, 2018. https://www.marketwatch.com/story/brett-kavanaughs-supreme-court-hearing-sparks-dueling-gofundme-pages-2018-09-28.

[31] “Read Christine Blasey Ford’s Full Unredacted Letter Accusing Brett Kavanaugh of Sexual Assault.” Newsweek, September 24, 2018. https://www.newsweek.com/christine-blasey-fords-unredacted-letter-accusing-brett-kavanaugh-sexual-1135066.

[32] “Friend of Dr. Ford Felt Pressure To Revisit Statement.” The Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2018. https://www.wsj.com/articles/friend-of-dr-ford-felt-pressure-to-revisit-statement-1538715152

[33] “In a Culture of Privilege and Alcohol at Yale, Her World Converged with Kavanaugh’s.” The New York Times, September 25, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/25/us/politics/deborah-ramirez-brett-kavanaugh-allegations.html. Ramirez’s story has surfaced again, with a recent article in The New York Times reporting that a witness, Max Stier, has alleged that he saw Kavanaugh expose himself at another Yale dorm party. According to The Times, Stier says he notified the FBI, but they did not choose to investigate. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/14/sunday-review/brett-kavanaugh-deborah-ramirez-yale.html. The Gateway Pundit points out that Ramirez’s story has been thoroughly “debunked” and Stier’s allegations are unsubstantiated. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/09/thats-weird-fake-news-is-pushing-already-debunked-story-by-drunk-kavanaugh-accuser-they-must-be-very-worried-about-ginsburgs-prognosis/. Not only are Stier’s allegations unsubstantiated, but the “victim” has no recollection of the incident in question. https://dailycaller.com/2019/09/15/nyt-brett-kavanaugh-allegation-evidence/. However, such facts are irrelevant in the run-up to the 2020 election. Based on the “newest revelations,” several of the Democrats running for President, including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, and Julian Castro, have called for Kavanaugh’s “impeachment.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/brett-kavanaugh-sexual-misconduct-accusation-sets-off-calls-for-supreme-court-impeachment/.

[34] “Julie Swetnick Is Third Woman To Accuse Brett Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct.” The New York Times, September 26, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/us/politics/julie-swetnick-avenatti-kavenaugh.html.

[35] “Stormy Daniels, Feminist Hero.” The New York Times, August 24, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/opinion/sunday/stormy-daniels-michael-cohen-feminist-hero.html.

[36] “Brooklyn Witches Plan To Put a Hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.” Time, October 14, 2018. http://time.com/5424289/brooklyn-witches-plan-to-put-a-hex-on-supreme-court-justice-brett-kavanaugh/. “Watch Live – Witches Cast Hex on Brett Kavanaugh.” Breitbart, October 20, 2018. https://www.breitbart.com/video/2018/10/20/watch-live-witches-cast-hex-on-brett-kavanaugh/. For live coverage of the ritual by CBS, see https://www.facebook.com/CBSNews/videos/346405056133461/. Due to the popularity of the event, to accommodate additional participants, a second hex was scheduled for November 3. To counter the effect (if any), renowned Catholic exorcist Father Gary Thomas held mass for Kavanaugh and was joined by other Christians in spiritual intercession on his behalf. The Daily Caller, October 18, 2018. https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/18/exorcist-witches-kavanaugh/.

[37] “Liberalism Pierces Its Tongue, Again.” The New York Times, October 13, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/12/opinion/liberals-trump-midterms-2020-election.html.

[38] “Parkland Shooting Survivor Gives Powerful Testimony at Kavanaugh Hearings.” USA Today, September 7, 2018. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/09/07/parkland-survivor-testifies-supreme-court/1224915002/.

[39] “Dianne Feinstein Withholding Brett Kavanaugh Document from Fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats.” The Intercept, September 12, 2018. https://theintercept.com/2018/09/12/brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-dianne-feinstein/.

[40] “California Professor, Writer of Confidential Brett Kavanaugh Letter, Speaks Out about Her Allegation of Sexual Assault.” The Washington Post, September 16, 2018. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/california-professor-writer-of-confidential-brett-kavanaugh-letter-speaks-out-about-her-allegation-of-sexual-assault/2018/09/16/46982194-b846-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html.

[41] “Kavanaugh’s Yearbook Page Is ‘Horrible, Hurtful’ to a Woman It Named.” The New York Times, September 24, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/24/business/brett-kavanaugh-yearbook-renate.html.

[42] https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4747307/sen-graham-asks-military-tribunals.

[43] “Read Susan Collins’s Speech Declaring Support for Brett Kavanaugh.” The New York Times, October 5, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/05/us/politics/susan-collins-speech-brett-kavanaugh.html.

[44] “Donors Are Organizing a Multimillion-Dollar Effort To Defeat Susan Collins in 2020.” Huffington Post, October 5, 2018. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/drive-to-defeat-susan-collins_us_5bb7d46de4b01470d05176ec.

[45] Paul Craig Roberts, “There Was No Debate When We Needed One.” https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/10/06/there-was-no-debate-when-we-needed-one/.

[46] “What Brett Kavanaugh Must Be Asked about Torture, Guantanamo, and Mass Surveillance.” The New Yorker, July 24, 2018. https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/what-brett-kavanaugh-must-be-asked-about-torture-guantanamo-and-mass-surveillance.

[47] “The Constitutional Reasons To Oppose Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.” Foundation for Economic Education, October 1, 2018. https://fee.org/articles/the-constitutional-reasons-to-oppose-kavanaugh-for-the-supreme-court/.

[48] “Democrats Are Trying To Use Kavanaugh’s 2006 Confirmation Hearing Testimony against Him.” Vox, September 5, 2018. https://www.vox.com/2018/9/5/17819660/supreme-court-brett-kavanaugh-hearing.

[49] In 2001, 66 members of the House of Representatives voted against the PATRIOT Act; 138 members of the House voted against the reauthorization in 2006.

[50] “Stephen Colbert ‘Late Show’ writer: ‘I’m Just Glad We Ruined Brett Kavanaugh’s Life.’” Fox News, October 7, 2018. https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/stephen-colbert-late-show-writer-im-just-glad-we-ruined-brett-kavanaughs-life.

[51] “Cotton to Blumenthal: You Don’t Have Credibility To Question Kavanaugh.” The Hill, September 27, 2018. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/408857-rep-sen-blumenthal-lied-for-years-should-reconsider-questioning-kavanaughs.

[52] Ryan Lovelace, Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign against Brett Kavanaugh. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 2019, p. 143. Katz was speaking at the University of Baltimore’s 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference in April 2019. https://dailycaller.com/2019/09/04/christine-ford-abortion-kavanaugh/.

 

EL PASO AND DAYTON SHOOTINGS: QUESTIONS AND ANOMALIES

EL PASO AND DAYTON SHOOTINGS: QUESTIONS AND ANOMALIES

 

BY

VIVIAN LEE

August 5, 2019

 

Militarized law enforcement on the scene at the Cielo Vista Mall, El Paso, where the Walmart shooting allegedly occurred. Image: Daily Mail.

An action-packed summer weekend filled with not one but TWO mass-casualty events! Not to mention the Garlic Festival shooting in Gilroy, CA, of July 28. But the El Paso Walmart shooting and Dayton bar shooting are big ones, with 22 and 9 reportedly dead. That should knock the coming Epstein-related disclosures off the front page – or perhaps the news that the FBI conspired with Hillary to destroy her hard drives – although an additional event may be required for this purpose in the near future. These two “shootings” are highly problematic, however, with little to indicate that they occurred as reported.

 

THE EL PASO WALMART SHOOTING

On Saturday August 3, just before 11 am MDT, a gunman allegedly walked into a Walmart store in the Cielo Vista Mall and opened fire with an AK-47 type assault rifle, as shown in images from surveillance footage. The rifle was purchased legally, and the suspect, Patrick Crusius, was allowed to carry it openly in Texas, although the mall was apparently a gun-free zone. Without any extra ammunition, Crusius magically killed 20 people (the total has now risen to 22) and wounded another 27 with a single 30-round magazine.

Surveillance frames posted online of suspect Patrick Crusius allegedly walking into Walmart with an assault rifle. Image: Daily Mail.

Eye witnesses saw multiple shooters, dressed in black, but the story soon changed to a single gunman. Fox News reported shots being fired rapidly in multiple locations; more shots were fired 20 minutes later, although this has been dropped from the narrative. The police arrived in 6 minutes, but little information is available as to when and how they engaged and apprehended the shooter. According to Fox, officers found Crusius in his car outside the mall, and he surrendered voluntarily. Images show a lone policeman leading Crusius away in handcuffs, with no protection provided by any of the heavily armed law enforcement officers or SWAT team members on duty.

Patrick Crusius apprehended, being walked away by a single policeman. In the background, a pedestrian appears oblivious to the presence of the alleged mass murderer with his police escort. Image: Daily Mail.

According to witness accounts, the gunman started shooting in the parking lot and then continued inside the store, “shooting everyone, aisle by aisle, with rage.” As with other staged shootings, witnesses did not recognize the sounds they heard as gunfire, saying they were like “balloons popping” or “loud boxes being dropped or something” or “hits, like roof construction.” As with other staged events, cell phone videos show people running and being directed to exit the scene, but no evidence of any real gunshot violence, except for a few red-splattered victims. Although Walmart was filled with security cameras, store footage has not been released to the public.

Alleged victim with blood-like spatters being helped by policemen. Image: Daily Mail.

As of this writing, at least 27 were reported injured and taken to local hospitals. Some of the injured supposedly did not seek medical treatment because of their immigration status. The CEO of the Del Sol Medical Center in El Paso, David Shimp, has urged all those with injuries to seek medical attention, regardless of citizenship status. According to Shimp, “Undocumented citizen or not, we’re going to do everything we can to make sure we’re doing everything we can for them.” Note the new category that this event has produced – the “undocumented citizen.”

News reports attribute the shooting to “white nationalism” or “white extremism,” and some are blaming Trump, calling him a racist. As Cory Booker remarks in an NBC interview, “We have a President of the United States who is particularly responsible…this harvest of hate violence that we’re seeing right now lies at his feet.”

Senator and Presidential candidate Cory Booker.

Crusius, a 21-year-old QAnon follower, reportedly posted a 2,300 word “manifesto,” The Inconvenient Truth, on 8chan at 10:12 am, 27 minutes before the first 911 calls to the police. In the “manifesto,” he indicates his support for the New Zealand “Christchurch shooter” and his “manifesto” (even though the entire NZ event was fake). He states, “This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas…I am simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

There follow the “political reasons” and “economic reasons” for the attack, along with information on his “gear” – AK47(WASR 10) and 8m3 bullets – and “personal reasons and thoughts.” As with other “manifestos” posted by alleged shooters in staged attacks, this one reads like it was written by an employee of one of the government agencies or intelligence services involved in the operation.

In a Twitter post, former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein calls the alleged massacre “white terrorism.” According to Rosenstein, many such killers “are lone-wolf losers indoctrinated to hate through the internet, just like Islamic terrorists.” A New York Times editorial calls it “white nationalist terror,” aided and abetted by “online communities like 4chan and 8chan.”

This idea conforms nicely to the FBI’s recent assertion that “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” are a growing terrorist threat, and that “conspiracy theories” thrive in “the modern information marketplace, occasionally driving both groups and individual extremists to carry out criminal or violent acts.” Such as the “shooting” at the El Paso Walmart, I guess.

Allegedly injured victims being transported via Walmart shopping carts, with no blood to be seen. Image: Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.

Finally, as with other staged shootings, the participants amble around casually, with no sense of urgency or fear. Emergency protocol was not observed – no colored START tarps are in evidence, and EMTs and ambulances did not swarm the scene. Instead, makeshift efforts to attend to the “wounded” were carried out with the help of bystanders, and shopping carts were pressed into service. A drill or “training exercise” for a “mass killing” had just been held at the Del Sol Medical Center, which is allegedly treating 11 of the “injured.” Witnesses are not credible, and actors were involved. Blood donations were solicited, and pizza was served. Funeral homes have offered their services free of charge. Some Go Fund Me accounts were set up for the “victims” before the “massacre” actually occurred, and news reports were written up days before the event.

Beto O’Rourke reacts to the shooting with levity, earning him the title “the new Robbie Parker.” Image: CBS.

As the evidence suggests, this was a drill gone live, with multiple gunmen shooting blanks and Crusius playing the patsy. Contrary to Mike Adams’s assertion, there is no indication that anyone actually died at the Walmart in El Paso. This alleged shooting looks like a piece of (poorly) staged theater, calculated to push the gun control agenda, bolster illegal immigration and enhance the rights of “undocumented citizens,” reflect poorly on Trump, give the Democrats a boost for 2020, and further terrorize the US citizenry with another freakish psyop. Insider Beto O’Rourke finds it awfully funny.

 

THE DAYTON BAR SHOOTING

The El Paso “shooting” was followed 13 hours later by a second “shooting” in Dayton, Ohio. Connor Betts, 24, allegedly killed 9 and injured 27 in less than a minute outside the Ned Peppers bar at 1:05 am on Sunday. Betts reportedly wore a mask, body armor, and hearing protection. He supposedly carried an AR-style assault rifle with 100-round drum magazines and also had a shotgun in his possession. The 9 victims were identified within hours and included the gunman’s sister; Betts himself was shot and killed immediately by the police.

Connor Betts and his sister Megan, whom he supposedly killed. Image: New York Post.

Witnesses described the sound of the gunshots as “bang-bang-bang-bang” and reportedly found bodies lying all over the ground outside the bar. Officers at the scene were asking people for their belts to use as tourniquets, and party-goers stripped off their shirts and did CPR. According to one Holly Redman, “It was like World War II.” Cell phone footage posted on Twitter shows alleged bodies lying on the ground covered with sheets.

Screen shot of alleged bodies seen after the Dayton “shooting.”

On the other hand, video from an “unnamed source” obtained by CNN shows the same area with people crouching on the ground and no visible injuries.

Frame from a video from an “unnamed source” obtained by CNN purporting to show bodies on the ground outside the Ned Peppers bar. Image: CNN.

The Dayton police released an audio recording and later a two-part surveillance video that allegedly shows the death of Betts at the entrance to the bar. The footage does not comport with the reports of the attack, however, as troops of people run down the street, followed by Betts, who does not appear to be shooting; no one is hit, and no victims are shown on the ground outside the bar. While several officers are shooting at Betts, one man gets out of his parked car and strolls across the street – an unlikely occurrence if the event were real. The surveillance video – and the shooting scenario – were staged but not well coordinated.

Surveillance video frame allegedly showing Connor Betts on the ground at left outside the Ned Peppers bar, after he was shot by the police. Image: Daily Mail.

Even stranger, alleged photos of Betts lying dead on the ground have surfaced online, showing him wearing tan shorts and a black sweatshirt that reads “No Heart to Feel – No Soul to Steal,” from the song “Ramirez” by the Metalcore band The Acacia Strain – which has disavowed the shooting. What happened to the mask and body armor? And why is Betts not covered in blood, after being strafed with 65 rounds of ammunition? Is this a human corpse or a life-like dummy? Click on the link to view the photos.

Meanwhile, one Connor D. Betts has appeared on the internet, and he seems to have died in 2014 at the age of 22 in Suffield, CT. Watch the 2014 tribute to this long-deceased young man. This other Connor Betts even had a sister named Megan. So what gives, folks? Questions and anomalies, indeed.

As with other staged mass-casualty incidents, we have fabricated accounts about the suspect as well as unbelievable witnesses, officials, and relatives, who behave inappropriately for a tragic event. We have a massive exercise and drill program scheduled to take place in Ohio during the week of August 5-8, with the Dayton drills occurring on August 6-7. We have stories about the “shooting” written before it happened. And we have SHOES – lots and lots of shoes, which show, I don’t know – that this was another psyop?

Hoax shoes piled up in the street near Ned Peppers. Image: Associated Press.

Another weekend, another bunch of massacres. An article by Andrew Marantz in The New Yorker sorts it all out, telling us that “the national conversation will now turn, as it should, to gun control, to mental illness, and to the President’s practice of exacerbating racial tensions.” The author connects the new shootings not only to the New Zealand mosque attacks but also to the synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway, CA. He cites a Google spreadsheet of shootings posted on 8chan, with the alleged killers referred to as “martyrs.” He neglects to inform his readers that all these events were fake.

The problem is “radical nationalism, unhinged nihilism, and fears of ‘white genocide,’” as well as “free speech” networks such as Gab, 4chan, and 8chan – platforms that “serve as round-the-clock white supremacist rallies,” according to the Anti-Defamation League. First Amendment constraints notwithstanding, Marantz hopes that more pressure can be brought to bear on such platforms. On Monday, The New York Times called for 8chan to be shut down, and efforts are underway to do so.

The New Yorker thinks that the two weekend shootings “should spur democrats to propose big ideas on gun violence.” Certainly, the Democratic Presidential candidates all have their gun-violence-prevention plans. These “Presidential hopefuls” will convene at a forum in Las Vegas on October 2 (following the second anniversary of “the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history”) to discuss the problem. The forum is sponsored by the Giffords group and March For Our Lives. Parkland “survivor,” David Hogg, wants the candidates to discuss “bold and holistic plans” that tackle all aspects of gun violence.

The real problem is not gun violence, however, but staged gun violence. And weather warfare, forced immigration, and the erosion of our rights under the U.S. Constitution. The country came under attack on September 11, 2001, in what was only the opening salvo. With the corporate media in league with the traitors who are perpetrating this program, it is hard to feel optimistic.

VIVIAN LEE is the nom de plume of a tenured professor at an east coast university.

 

This article was also published at JamesFetzer.org.

 

 

EPSTEIN – PATTERSON – CLINTON: THE ART OF THE BOOK DEAL

EPSTEIN – PATTERSON – CLINTON: THE ART OF THE BOOK DEAL

BY

VIVIAN LEE

June 25, 2018
Updated July 8, 2019

 

The 2018 political thriller, The President Is Missing, co-written by James Patterson and former President Bill Clinton, debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list for fiction in both the print/hardcover and e-book categories. Reviewed in the New York Times Book Review section for June 24, 2018, the novel was touted as “ambitious and wildly readable,” a story of “a president who ditches his handlers and goes rogue from the White House, convinced he is the only one who can foil a huge cyberterror plot.”

Co-authors James Patterson and Bill Clinton promoting The President Is Missing, June 2018. Image: Associated Press.

While the book “unspools smoothly,” it reportedly gets a bit bogged down at the end, with “a few too many unsubtle messages about the current state of our politics.” Nonetheless, the reviewer admires the novel, in its realistic depiction of “the selfless and often nameless people who work in government” who are willing even to lose their lives “because they are compelled to serve their nation,” in its exploration of the thin line between loyalty/duty and resentment/temptation, and in its shining of “a spotlight on the deep commitment of America’s adversaries to tear us apart and weaken our standing in the world.”

Touted as an “Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller,” the book immediately had almost 700 amazon reviews, and now it has nearly 6,500, although it does not top the list when the title is searched at the site. According to amazon, James Patterson “holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers, and his books have sold more than 375 million copies worldwide.” He had reportedly written 202 books by the time of this publication, and he has contributed to many philanthropic causes, receiving the National Book Foundation’s 2015 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

Were you wondering about this instant bestseller that seemingly appeared out of nowhere to take the reading world by storm? Not mere happenstance, the book resulted from a political deal between pseudo-author James Patterson (who writes 202 books?) and ageing lothario Bill Clinton, in the service of big bucks and Hillary’s 2016 bid for the presidency. The President Is Missing is tribute to the selfless and often nameless people who work in the publishing industry, compelled to serve the interests of the media stars who bring in the profits. [1]

Patterson not only writes novels, but also non-fiction, such as his 2016 book, Filthy Rich, another New York Times bestseller – “the shocking true story of Jeffrey Epstein,” the billionaire socialite, sometime scientist, and registered sex offender. Although Patterson gets author’s credit, he collaborated with investigative reporters John Connolly and Tim Malloy, who were responsible for much of the research and writing.

 

Until recently, Epstein has flown mostly below the radar (and I do mean flown), coming into view from time to time and exposed, partly, by Patterson’s semi-pornographic bio. Filthy Rich details the downfall of Epstein, relatively speaking, who was arrested after a complaint in 2005 and incarcerated in 2008, serving 13 months of an 18-month sentence. With his arrest in New Jersey on July 6, 2019, Epstein is in the spotlight once again.

 

Jeffrey Epstein – Filthy Rich

Born in Brooklyn, Epstein is a reported billionaire and major donor to the Democratic Party, with residences in Palm Beach, New York City (“reputedly the largest private residence in Manhattan”), New Mexico, Paris, and the island of Little Saint James in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which he owns. Although Epstein worked on Wall Street, eventually founding his own financial management firm, no one has quite been able to explain the source of his purported vast wealth. [2] This funded a lavish lifestyle and allowed him to dole out piles of C-notes to underage girls solicited to give him erotic “massages,” as detailed in graphic fashion by Patterson in Filthy Rich.

Sexual encounters occurred at Epstein’s residences and on his Boeing 727, dubbed the “Lolita Express,” which was outfitted with a bed for “orgies” with his guests and groups of young girls. Flight logs released in 2015-2016 list such luminaries as Kevin Spacey, Chris Tucker, Naomi Campbell, Woody Allen, Alan Dershowitz, and Bill Clinton. The ex-president took 26 trips on the Lolita Express, notably an excursion to Africa in 2002 to tour AIDS projects, and Epstein credits himself as “part of the original group that conceived the Clinton Global Initiative.” Yet Patterson’s Filthy Rich has little to say about Clinton, summing up the relationship as follows:

“Bill Clinton got the use of a jet out of Epstein – a trip to Africa. But he and Epstein weren’t bosom buddies.” [3]

Although Clinton was an obvious star of the show, and his role should have been investigated, The President Is Missing from Patterson’s 2016 book about Epstein.

Epstein’s “Lolita Express.” Image: John Coates, airport-data.com.

Epstein’s pals include heads of state, entrepreneurs, academics and research scientists, celebrities, and numerous beautiful women, notably Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of media mogul Robert Maxwell (né Ján Ludvík Hyman Binyamin Hoch). Robert Maxwell, head of the Mirror Group Newspapers, was alleged to be a Mossad agent by Seymour Hersh in his 1991 book on Israel’s nuclear program, The Samson Option. Maxwell denied the charge and sued Hersh for libel, but he died in November 1991, and the suit died with him. Hersh countersued and eventually received an apology and a settlement.[4]

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Image: POLITICO.

This has led to the speculation that Ghislaine Maxwell has Mossad connections as well. She was instrumental in procuring young girls for Epstein, in a constant supply for his use, her own use, and for loans to others. According to the testimony of several of the girls involved, they not only serviced Epstein and Maxwell but also their associates, including Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, and other powerful players. The girls were asked to bring back reports on their liaisons, which were sometimes filmed with hidden cameras. [5] These look like high-end blackmail operations, with Epstein and Maxwell skimming sex off the top for their own sick pleasure. [6]

Virginia Roberts, now married and using the name Virginia Giuffre, filed an affidavit in 2015 claiming that Ghislaine Maxwell recruited her in 1999 at age 15 while she had a summer job at Mar-a-Lago. Giuffre says she spent four years as Epstein’s “sex slave” and was also pimped out to Prince Andrew and Dershowitz (although both have strenuously denied the charges). Giuffre claims that she never slept with Bill Clinton but met him twice at Little Saint James, and was sure “Bill must have known about Jeffrey’s girls.” At the very least, Clinton knew what Epstein was up to. [7]

Prince Andrew and Virginia Roberts in 2001. Image: Daily Mail.

 

Justice Not Served

Things started to slide in 2005, when the parent of a 14-year-old contacted the Palm Beach Police, saying she believed her stepdaughter had been molested by a wealthy man. The girl had shown up at school with $300 in her purse, and soon she was describing Epstein’s mansion at 358 El Brillo Way and the “massage” she had given him. Palm Beach detectives began to investigate and turned up more girls involved both as participants and solicitors. The girls were interviewed, and a search of the premises netted ”sex toys,” erotic art, and nude photos of underage victims, as well as secret cameras.

Police Chief Michael Reiter and Detectives Joseph Recarey and Michael Dawson began to build a case, culminating in Recarey’s probable-cause affidavit in 2006. This found sufficient cause to charge Epstein with four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, as well as lewd and lascivious molestation, both second degree felonies. These would have put him behind bars for years if convicted. However, things changed when the case was handed off to Palm Beach state attorney Barry Krischer, who had a different plan for Epstein. Instead of having him arrested, he convened a grand jury.

The fix was clearly in, as the Palm Beach Police were not informed of the time and date of the grand jury meeting, and witnesses including the victims were not notified regarding their testimony. Recarey eventually learned that Krischer’s office had made an offer to Epstein and his attorneys, Guy Fronstin and Alan Dershowitz. Despite all the evidence amassed, the offer was for one count of aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony, regarding only a single victim (although 47 were eventually identified), and a sentence of five years probation. This was due to the efforts of Dershowitz, who had proceeded to attack and smear the victims (Filthy Rich).

The many interesting details that followed cannot be recounted here (you can read Filthy Rich), but the outcome was a plea deal in 2007, an NPA (“non-prosecution agreement”). By this time, Epstein’s legal team also included Ken Starr, Roy Black, and Jay Lefkowitz. The NPA allowed Epstein to plead guilty to two state felony charges, for solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution. He would register as a level 3 sex offender but not be prosecuted for felony offenses involving the sexual abuse of underage girls. The victims were allowed to sue him in civil court, but any potential co-conspirators were immune from prosecution. The deal was negotiated in part by R. Alexander Acosta, then United States Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, who is now Secretary of Labor in the Trump cabinet. It was kept secret from the victims until it had been signed by a judge and put into effect.

Jeffrey Epstein in court to enter guilty plea, June 2008. Image: Palm Beach Post.

In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to the charges proposed. He received a 30-month sentence, including 18 months of jail time (of which he served 13 months), with six days off per week for “work release” (requiring him to spend only his nights in jail), and 12 months of house arrest (but allowing him to fly to his various residences). In what has been termed “a slap on the wrist,” he did his stint in the Palm Beach County Central Detention Center, not far from his home on El Brillo. Epstein enjoyed a single cell, in his own wing, with his own security guard, and unlimited visitors. According to the sheriff, “He was astonished that he had to go to prison at all.” [8]

 

The Art of the Book Deal

None of Epstein’s victims was consulted before the NPA was drafted, and this gave rise to a complex series of lawsuits, followed by numbers of settlements. In 2008, victims’ rights attorney Bradley Edwards filed a suit citing the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, stipulating that victims of federal crimes have the right to be heard in court and not be precluded from court proceedings. This has been winding through the courts, and new allegations have appeared, keeping Epstein on view as a person of interest. This caused a problem for some of his associates, including Prince Andrew, Alan Dershowitz, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

By early 2015, Roger Stone, Ken Silverstein, and others began to ask whether the Epstein affair might drag in Bill Clinton, creating a liability for Hillary in her bid for the presidency in 2016. Enter James Patterson, who was working on Filthy Rich with his investigative reporters. By the end of 2015, detective John Connolly announced that he was ready to turn over his manuscript to Patterson, so that the book could appear before the 2016 election. Why the rush, unless Patterson was working with the Clintons to establish a narrative – a narrative in which The President Is Missing from the Epstein saga? In return, Patterson got a lucrative book deal with co-author Bill Clinton, elevating his literary status considerably (his 202 books notwithstanding). However, this move did not help Hillary achieve her objective.

News of Bill’s 26 trips on the Lolita Express came out in May 2016, and in early November, just days before the election, highly-placed sources within the NYPD reported that both Bill and Hillary had frequented Little Saint James (“Orgy Island”), citing the contents of Anthony Weiner’s laptop. Forget James Comey and Hillary’s email server… The evidence from Weiner’s laptop, “enough evidence to put Hillary and her crew away for life,” was likely responsible for Donald Trump’s victory. [9] The details have not been released, although rumors abound on the internet, and photos have appeared allegedly showing tunnels and underground rooms on Little Saint James with disturbing images of children.

Donald Trump, Melania Knauss (the future Mrs. Trump), Jeffrey Epstein, and Ghislaine Maxwell at Mar-a-Lago, 2000. Image: Getty.

Not that Trump gets a pass. Although he is said to have barred Epstein from Mar-a-Lago over Ghislaine Maxwell’s solicitation of young girls at his club, he was formerly an associate of the two and even an admirer of Epstein:

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it – Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” [10]

A woman using the pseudonym Katie Johnson accused Trump and Epstein of raping her in 1994 when she was 13 years old, saying she realized only years later that one of her attackers was Donald Trump, after seeing him on “The Apprentice.” She filed suit in April 2016, but the suit was dismissed due to filing errors (the address given was a foreclosed home that had been vacant since the death of the owner). The suit was filed a second time but dropped on November 4 just before the election; no supporting evidence has appeared, and the claims of Ms. Johnson have been deemed not credible. In a recent interview, attorney Bradley Edwards has said that he does not believe that Trump was involved “in anything untoward whatsoever.”

In 2018, Epstein was again in the news. In April 2018, a fire allegedly broke out on Little Saint James. The lawsuit filed by Bradley Edwards against Epstein was scheduled to go to trial in March 2018 in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, but it was further delayed by an appeal from Epstein’s attorneys. In May 2018, the FBI released nine groups of files on Epstein, many of which were heavily redacted. One of the memos includes the sentence, “Epstein has also provided information to the FBI as agreed upon.” Some are speculating that the information he provided may explain the extreme leniency of his sentence.

Meanwhile, former Palm Beach detective Joseph Recarey died unexpectedly in May 2018, “after a brief illness,” at age 50. Recarey, mentioned above, was one of the lead investigators in the case against Epstein. “No other information about the cause of death was released.” The case was summarized in a Daily Beast article, and protesters disrupted a Patterson-Clinton book tour event and a Trump rally, voicing concerns over the Epstein connection.

 

The Downfall of Epstein?

The story has continued to unfold, with Epstein presumably pursuing his sybaritic lifestyle and his friends lying low – although things began to pick up in late 2018. The secret NPA was again brought to attention through a series of articles in the Miami Herald in late November, which pointed the finger at Alexander Acosta. [11] This seems to have been an effort to draw in Donald Trump, through his Secretary of Labor, although Acosta was clearly not the one calling the shots. The forces protecting and directing Epstein and his blackmail operation were surely behind the NPA, although “The Cowardly Secretary of Labor” was blamed by the mainstream media.

In February 2019, a Florida federal judge ruled that the prosecutors who brokered the NPA had broken the law by keeping the negotiations secret, in violation of the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat, called the NPA “despicable,” joining 18 other House Democrats in demanding Acosta’s resignation. “The Trump administration needs to get him the heck out of there – this is the person we have enforcing the country’s child labor laws.”

In a related case, 167 court documents were ordered unsealed by a federal appeals court ruling on July 3, 2019. The court decision cited the public’s right to access information about the case, outweighing the privacy concerns of certain individuals, “including numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known Prime Minister, and other world leaders,” implying that that such persons were involved in Epstein’s sex trafficking schemes.

With the world waiting for the release of these documents, Epstein was arrested on July 6, apprehended after his private jet touched down at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, arriving from France. The new charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy were brought by the public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York. According to U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman of New York, the NPA is binding only for the Southern District of Florida and not in New York. Epstein pleaded “not guilty” in court on July 8. He is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, pending a bail hearing scheduled for July 15.

Jeffrey Epstein’s townhouse at 9 East 71st Street in Manhattan.

Agents reportedly broke open the door of Epstein’s Manhattan mansion with a crowbar and searched the premises, finding “nude photographs of what appeared to be underage girls.” As Attorney Berman said of the victims, “They deserve their day in court.” Considering the many influential players who risk exposure with the new charges, one wonders if justice will finally be served.

 

VIVIAN LEE is the nom de plume of a tenured professor at an east coast university.

 

This article was also published at JamesFetzer.org.

 

NOTES

[1] According to a 2016 piece on Patterson in The New Yorker, “most often he farms out the word processing to co-authors, who receive detailed outlines and send back work that ranges in quality from vibrant schlock to hectic dreck.”

[2] Vicky Ward, “The Talented Mr. Epstein,” Vanity Fair, March 2003. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2003/03/jeffrey-epstein-200303. Landon Thomas Jr., “Jeffrey Epstein: International Moneyman of Mystery,” New York Magazine, October 28, 2002. http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/

[3] James Patterson, et al., Filthy Rich, 270.

[4] Seymour Hersh, The Samson Option (New York: Random House, 1991), 312 ff. Hersh also asserted the charge at a news conference in London in October 1991 following the book’s publication.

[5] Adam Withnall, “FBI Has Videos of Underage Sex with Epstein and ‘Powerful friends’ – Virginia Roberts Claims,” Independent, February 9, 2015. https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/fbi-has-videos-of-underage-sex-with-epstein-and-powerful-friends-virginia-roberts-claims-30976109.html

[6] According to her 2015 affidavit, “Epstein required me to describe the sexual events that I had with these men presumably so that he could potentially blackmail them,” Giuffre said, adding, “I am still very fearful of these men today.” Virginia Roberts Affidavit, section 58, p. 13. https://www.scribd.com/doc/267173868/Virginia-Roberts-Affidavit

[7] “When I was with him, Epstein had sex with underage girls on a daily basis. His interest in this kind of sex was obvious to the people around him. The activities were so obvious and bold that anyone spending any significant time at one of Epstein’s residences would have clearly been aware of what was going on.” Virginia Roberts Affidavit, section 17, pp. 5-6. https://www.scribd.com/doc/267173868/Virginia-Roberts-Affidavit

[8] Patterson, et al., Filthy Rich, 82-85, 161-189, 199-200.

[9] Vivian Lee, “President Donald Trump: The Art of the Deal.” Memory Hole Blog, November 10, 2016. https://vivianleeposts.com/2016/11/10/president-donald-trump-the-art-of-the-deal/

[10] Landon Thomas Jr., “Jeffrey Epstein: International Moneyman of Mystery,” New York Magazine, October 28, 2002. http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/n_7912/

[11] Julie K. Brown, “How a Future Trump Cabinet Member Gave a Serial Sex Abuser the Deal of a Lifetime.” https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article220097825.html.  “Cops Worked to Put Serial Sex Abuser in Prison. Prosecutors Worked to Cut Him a Break.” https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article214210674.html.  “Even from Jail, Sex Abuser Manipulated the System. His Victims Were Kept in the Dark.” https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article219494920.html.  “For Years, Jeffrey Epstein Abused Teen Girls, Police Say. A Timeline of His Case.” https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article221404845.html

 

SAN DIEGO SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING: QUESTIONS AND ANOMALIES

SAN DIEGO SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING: QUESTIONS AND ANOMALIES

BY

VIVIAN LEE

April 28, 2019

 

On Saturday, April 27, 2019, the final day of Passover, a gunman allegedly burst into the Altman Family Chabad Community Center in Poway, north of San Diego, and shot off ten rounds or so from an “AR-15 style gun,” killing one person and injuring three others. The attack was carried out six months to the day after the alleged shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. President Trump responded: “Our entire nation mourns the loss of life, prays for the wounded, and stands in solidarity with the Jewish community. We forcefully condemn the evil of anti-Semitism and hate, which must be defeated.”

 

Chabad Community Center, Poway, CA.

According to The New York Times, the gunman “paused when the rabbi of the congregation tried to talk with him. But he fired again, shooting the rabbi in the hand.” Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein reportedly lost a finger in this account, although other reports have him missing two fingers, or all the fingers on his hand. An alleged eye witness said that the rabbi continued with his sermon, even though his hand was bleeding. However, the rabbi himself said that he immediately ran and got everyone out of the sanctuary to safety, “not even knowing that my fingers were blown off.” Only then did he continue his sermon, outside the synagogue.

“I got up there and just spoke from my heart,” the rabbi said. “Just giving everyone the courage to know, it was just 70 years ago during the Holocaust we were gunned down like this, and I just want to let my fellow Americans know that we’re not going to let this happen.”

Which version is correct? Rabbi Goldstein has given an interview detailing the harrowing encounter.

Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was allegedly shot in the hand when a gunman attacked his synagogue in Poway, California. Image: Denis Poroy, Associated Press.

The gunman has been identified as 19-year-old John Earnest of San Diego, a “white nationalist” who “screamed that Jews were ruining the world as he stormed the synagogue.” He then fled the scene in his car, which sustained gunshot damage as he was driving away. So far so good for the gunman, but did he succeed in escaping? No – because he decided to call the California Highway Patrol to report his location on Interstate 15, and then, when approached by a policeman responding to the attack, he jumped out of his car with his hands up. Odd behavior for a determined killer.

The police apprehended the gunman when he pulled over in his car and surrendered, according to the authorities. Image: John Gastaldo, Reuters.

Yes, he was determined, reportedly posting an “anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, white supremacist manifesto” on 8chan before the shooting – “an  anti-Semitic screed filled with racist slurs and white nationalist conspiracy theories,” echoing the “manifesto” posted by the New Zealand gunman in the less-than-believable Christchurch attacks of March 15. Reports suggest that he may have tried to stream the shooting “in real time.” The New Zealand and Pittsburgh attacks supposedly inspired Earnest to shoot up the Poway synagogue.

John Earnest, suspect.

As reported by The Daily Beast, Earnest is “a piano-playing nursing student” from a “religious family with a racist secret,” who practiced for hours each day and had a GPA of 4.31 – and who looked up to Adolf Hitler and believed that Jews “deserved nothing but hell” and wanted to be the one to “Send. Them. There.” Earnest’s father was an elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church; the pastor of the church thought that John was not the sort of person to carry out such an attack. “This is a complete surprise,” he said.

As with other staged shootings, those present did not immediately realize they were hearing gunshots, one person saying, “I thought maybe someone was stepping on those little plastic bubbles.” Other problems include the numerous postings of articles about the shooting made in advance of April 27.

A Google search turns up numerous articles on the alleged shooting that were posted before the event. Source: 153news.net.

As to why the shooter did not do more damage, The Times says, “perhaps because his gun stopped working.” Or maybe because “He was a coward,” as reported by ex-military congregant Oscar Stewart, who says he rushed the shooter and scared him away. Finally, even though the injured victims have all been released from the hospital, a Go Fund Me effort is trending, with donations “used to pay for any necessary medical operations for the victims, funeral services, synagogue reparations or anything else the synagogue would need assistance with.” Stay tuned for what will surely be more problems and anomalies as the narrative progresses.

 

VIVIAN LEE is the nom de plume of a tenured professor at an east coast university.

 

This article was also published at JamesFetzer.org.