The Spies plotting against Trump are out of control – I’m saying this as registered Democrat and ex CIA operative

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“I know what’s best for foreign policy and national security… And I’m going to act on that.” – Aldrich Ames, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent convicted of treason in the 1980s and 1990s whose crimes resulted in the compromise of more than 100 assets. Many people were tortured and executed as a result.

During my time as a CIA officer, I quickly learned why all these rules were in place. I read people’s emails. I listened to phone calls. I recruited assets that told the dirtiest and most embarrassing of secrets. I came to realize that my power was both an awesome responsibility and, at times, wickedly seductive.

– And that is precisely what we are experiencing today. The spies who are plotting against President Donald J. Trump are breaking U.S. laws. They’re violating their oaths. And they’re committing treason to remedy (perceived) treason.

They likely don’t see it that way, of course.

But, then again, neither did Aldrich Ames.

Bryan Dean Wright is a former CIA ops officer and member of the Democratic Party. He contributes on issues of politics, national security, and the economy. BryanDeanWright.com Twitter @BryanDeanWright.

 

I’m a Democrat (and ex-CIA) but the spies plotting against Trump are out of control | Fox News

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Using the Deep State/CIA to stop Trump undermines Justice; is dangerous, height of folly.

 

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The idea that President Donald J. Trump is some kind of an agent or a spy of Russia, or that he is being blackmailed by Russia and is going to pass secret information to the Kremlin and endanger American agents on purpose, is an incredibly crazy claim that has been nowhere proven to be true. It reminds me of the kind of things Glenn Beck used to say about Obama (such as that Barack Obama is a communist) while he stood at his chalkboard and drew those—those unstable charts that he drew, these wild conspiracy theories that are without evidence.

Now, I happen to think that the Trump presidency is extremely dangerous… it is important to resist them. And there are lots of really great ways to resist them, such as getting courts to restrain them, citizen activism and, most important of all, having the Democratic Party engage in self-critique to ask itself how it can be a more effective political force in the United States after it has collapsed on all levels.

– That isn’t what this resistance is now doing. What they’re doing instead is trying to take maybe the only faction worse than Donald J. Trump, which is the deep state, the CIA, with its histories of atrocities, and say they ought to almost engage in like a soft coup, where they take the elected president and prevent him from enacting his policies. And I think it is extremely dangerous to do that.

Even if you’re somebody who believes that both the CIA and the deep state, on the one hand, and the Trump presidency, on the other, are extremely dangerous, as I do, there’s a huge difference between the two, which is that Trump was democratically elected and is subject to democratic controls, as these courts just demonstrated and as the media is showing, as citizens are proving. But on the other hand, the CIA was elected by nobody. They’re barely subject to democratic controls at all. And so, to urge that the CIA and the intelligence community empower itself to undermine the elected branches of government is insanity.

– That is a prescription for destroying democracy overnight in the name of saving it. And yet that’s what so many, not just neocons, but the neocons’ allies in the Democratic Party, are now urging and cheering.

And it’s incredibly warped and dangerous to watch them do that.

Glenn Greenwald

 

Greenwald: Empowering the “Deep State” to Undermine Trump is Prescription for Destroying Democracy | Democracy Now!

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The Silence Of The Lambs Congress

In the past three weeks, Trump has: staffed the White House, sent a dozen Cabinet nominees to the Senate, browbeat The Boeing Company into cutting its price on a government contract, harangued American CEOs into keeping their plants in the United States, imposed a terrorist travel ban, met with foreign leaders and nominated a Supreme Court justice, among many other things. What have congressional Republicans been doing? Scrapbooking?

After the inauguration (gigantic!), House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put out a plan for repealing Obamacare… in 200 days. They actually gave their legislative agenda this inspiring title: “The Two Hundred Day Plan.”

TWO HUNDRED DAYS!

This is The Silence Of The Lambs Congress. They’re utterly silent, emerging from the House gym or their three-hour lunches only to scream to the press about Trump.

To the delight of the media, these frightened little lambs are appalled by nearly everything Trump does.

– Attorney Ann Coulter, ‘Enter the Dragon Lady’ anncoulter.com

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If I make a yearly income of $300,000 and want to buy a $1.7 million dollar penthouse what would I have to do?

If I make a yearly income of $300,000 and want to buy a $1.7 million dollar penthouse what would I… by Randall Burns

Answer by Randall Burns:

You have the income you need. Do you have $2–400K in down payment? What is your credit score like(I think a bank will want at least 700 for that kind of purchase)? How long have you been earning $300K? I think a bank may want to see 3 years at that level. Once you have those in place you can make that kind of purchase. I have by doubts about whether getting extended that way is a good idea or if this is the right time to buy, but you can make that purchase with those in place. You can talk to a local mortgage broker. They may have some fine points I would miss. One trick: if you have parents that live out of state, you can buy their home and rent it back to them and declare it as a second home, then in 2–3 years. That is an asset you can borrow against, maintaining that kind of asset/debt may help your credit rating. In general mortgages will help your credit rating and consumer credit will not, but having established credit cards that have low, zero balance but have been used will help.

If I make a yearly income of $300,000 and want to buy a $1.7 million dollar penthouse what would I have to do?

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Can billionaires actually liquidate their entire net worth?

Can billionaires actually liquidate their entire net worth? by Pascal Lorig

Answer by Pascal Lorig:

Yes they can. The most famous billionaire that comes to mind is Pablo Escobar. He had nothing but cash. Though there are many stories and rumours about his wealth it is indeed true that it was all money.

But what about the top 100 guys on forbes wealthiest people in the world. Well, the top 10 most probably have a billion in cash or real estate. The problem stock share billionaires have is, they hold a large number of shares of one ( in most cases their own) company. For instance Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc.. What will happen to the stock price if all of a sudden 10 million shares get available for sale? The price drops massively, cause the offer is now x times higher than the demand. So your wealth will drop noticeably. Plus other shareholders will go nuts and also throw away their shares. Why would the CEO sell so many shares of his own company? Did he loose faith? There must be trouble going on. So in the end this could end badly. That is why CEOs are most likely bound to their shares.

So the easiest way to liquidate your fortune is by having it already in cash or real estate. And if it is in stock shares, you need to have a diverse portfolio.

Can billionaires actually liquidate their entire net worth?

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Trump’s coup d’état in blitzkrieg strike; lays siege to Deep State

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if you imagine the Trump Insurgency as highly effective desert guerrillas, they are currently in the process of turning everything into a desert. The Establishment, optimized for “jungle conflict”, is going to have a hard time

Rather than endeavoring to establish control over the legacy infrastructure, the Trump Insurgency is in the process of destroying it entirely and replacing it with a very different architecture. One that is intrinsically compatible with its own form of collective intelligence.

The Insurgency is engaged in “total war”. They are simultaneously attacking the legacy power structures on multiple fronts (access, business viability and, in particular, legitimacy) while innovating novel approaches to the problem of large scale communications and control (e.g., direct tweets from POTUS). Their intent is not to play with or even dominate the legacy media — but to eliminate them from the field entirely and to replace them with something else altogether.

The Trump Insurgency represents a novel model of collective intelligence in general. It is the first truly viable approach that is connected directly with the emergent decentralized attractor that has been driving technical/economic disruption for the last several decades. This form of governance is structurally incompatible with the legacy media architecture. It is intrinsically dissonant with the kind of top-down, slow, controlled, synchronized approach of the old media. It therefore both must dismantle this architecture and replace it with one that is in synch with its mode of operation and, thereby, benefits massively by hamstringing any collective intelligence that works in the old top-down fashion (i.e., all existing forces currently at play).

My assessment is that the Trump Insurgency has identified the Deep State itself as its central antagonist and is engaged in a direct existential conflict with it.

Normally this would be an easy win for the Deep State. However, I expect this front to be the most challenging, uncertain and dangerous of the war. The Deep State is massive, has access to vast resources and capabilities and has been in the business of controlling power for decades. But two things are moving in the Insurgency’s favor.

First, the Deep State appears to be fragmented. For example, the “Russian Hacking” scenario of the past two months looks surprisingly uncoordinated and incompetent. I don’t know exactly what is going on here, but it is clearly not the product of a unified and smoothly operating Deep State.

Second, it seems highly likely that the Deep State is prepared to fight “the last war” while the Insurgency is bringing an entirely different kind of fight. The Deep State developed in and for the 20th Century. You might say that they are experts at fighting Trench Warfare. But this is the 21st Century and the Insurgency has innovated Blitzkrieg.

If my read is correct, the balance of the struggle between the Deep State and the Insurgency will be determined by how quickly the Deep State can dispense with old and dysfunctional doctrine and innovate novel approaches that are adequate to the war. In other words, is this the Western Front (France falling in six weeks) or the Eastern Front (the USSR bleeding and giving ground until it could innovate a new war machine that could outcompete the Wehrmacht).

If my read of the situation is correct (which, of course, it very well may not be), then the Deep State would be ill advised indeed to undertake any major efforts in the next 12–24 months. For example, an “impeach Trump” initiative, would almost certainly be an enormous strategic disaster. In spite of the apparent strength of the Deep State, the Insurgency’s superior OODA loop would likely result in an Insurgency victory in this fight — and victory here would greatly strengthen the Insurgency’s position. (Can you say “Emperor Trump?)

For those who want to take action, I have three recommendations:

  • The Blue Church, the Deep State, the Old Media and all the other aspects of the Establishment are holding you back. Free your mind. This is going to be much harder than it sounds. For most people, if you are under 40, your entire development has taken place within the context of the Blue Church. Many of your deepest assumptions and unconscious values are going to have to be examined with brutal honesty and courage.
  • All Collective Intelligence is gated by Sensemaking. Right now, our collective sensemaking systems are in complete disarray. We don’t know who or what to trust. We barely even know how. Find ways to improve your individual sensemaker and collaborate on collective sensemaking systems. This should get easier as the old media and the Blue Church collapse.
  • Both #1 and #2 require other people. And, since all of our old ways of collaborating with other people are either suspect or obsolete, you are going to have to learn how to build real faithful relationships the old fashioned way. Get much better at making friends. I don’t mean casual acquaintances. And I definitely don’t mean social network contacts. I mean the kinds of people who ready willing and able to actually care for you — even at risk to themselves. Not because of shared ideology or even shared mission, but because of the deep stuff of human commitment.-  Jordan Greenhall

Situational Assessment 2017: Trump Edition – Deep Code – Medium

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DC Falls; the elites reel. Surge to defeat Agenda 21. Setting the World on Fire.

War on an epic scale, for Stephen Kevin Bannon, is not a prospect to fear but to relish.“We’re at war” is one of Steve’s favorite slogans, whether it’s the struggle against jihadism, which he describes as “a global existential war” that may turn into “a major shooting war in the Middle East”, or the looming clash with China.

vaderFirst on the White House agenda – the collapse of the global order. Next, war? | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion | The Guardian

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