Putin’s Time of Troubles?

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The Sater Saga Continues…


Once again: Who is Felix Sater?

American hero? Russian-American Mobster? American Spy? Russian Intelligence Asset? Coming Soon to the Big Screen?

All the Above?

Felix Sater is now in LA and once again making headlines here, here and here. The BuzzFeed piece is the most in depth article of the three and appears to be part of an effort to rehabilitate and bolster Sater’s somewhat shady public image. Buzzfeed is of course the same publication which has played such a central role in the Russian collusion narrative by publishing the GPS/Steele Dossier.  Why bolster Sater? Does Mueller’s newly publicized interest in the Trump Organization have anything to do with it?

For years the Felix Sater Saga has popped up in media stories, his connection to Donald Trump was supposed to make a Trump presidency impossible as far back as 2011, 2012. But a funny thing happened on Trump’s road to the White House, the Sater Saga not only didn’t prevent  Trump from gaining the White House, but it may help to keep him in the White House and finally force the appointment of second Special Counsel who may end up having to investigate and indict some members of the first.

How? The Sater Saga has the potential to completely turn the Russian Collusion narrative on its head. If Buzzfeed has finally gotten a story in this mess essentially right, then Trump didn’t collude with Russian Intelligence and the Putin mafia state, Robert Mueller, the FBI, DOJ and the American Intelligence Community did and still are, whether they realize it or not.

You see no matter how much a hero Sater handlers in the US LE and IC make him out to be, and he may well have made significant contributions to US national security, there is no way, no possibility whatsoever that Felix Sater operated in Russia and moved within the circles he did without the knowledge and consent of FSB/SVR. In short, Russian Intelligence would have viewed him and used him as an intelligence asset.

The failure of US LE & IC to adequately screen, monitor and control their informants in recent years has become a huge problem. The idea that Mueller and Weissmann might in any way utilize or heavily rely on their CI Sater in their Special Counsel investigation of Trump is pure Clouseau.

An idea made even more Clouseauean by the almost certain fact that Trump realized Sater was likely working with/for the Feds and sought to leverage it in a predictably Trumpian way. In other words, Trump’s Russian business dealings wasn’t a case of early colluding with Russia or the Putin regime, Trump was colluding  with a clueless Mueller’s FBI and elements of US IC to make a buck while helping the Feds, something Inspector Mueller will likely never grasp.

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Maybe President Trump and AG Sessions Should Interview Mueller & Gang First?

The unmentioned issue in all the speculation about a possible Mueller interview of President Trump concerning “whatever” the Special Counsel is supposed to be investigating, is Felix Sater’s relationship with Mueller, Weissmann other various former Obama officials, and then the Trump organization.

You see Citizen Trump knew that Felix Sater had been a CI for the FBI and perhaps the CIA. (See Trump deposition regarding Sater.) Trump knew and that’s a huge problem for the DOJ, the FBI and all the public servants involved given Sater’s background and family history.

If Mueller and the Special Counsel office starts to publicly insist, thru various favorite press outlets, that Mueller needs to interview Trump, then President Trump, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, should invite Mueller, perhaps Andrew Weissmann and others to meet for an interview. President should have not only WH Counsel but AG Sessions and the current FBI Director along with the unsealed government records of Felix Sater  on his desk.

Then first things first, because before there was a President, Candidate, even Businessman Trump, there was a Citizen Trump. And Citizens, last time I checked the Constitution, are still nominally the rulers in our country and public servants, including the President, are well, public servants.

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Take Our Movie Stars, Please!

Red Star Over Hollywood, Again

Red Star Over Hollywood, Again


“Chinese companies poured record amounts of capital into Hollywood in 2016 — a trend eagerly embraced by the U.S. film industry. Among the deals: Dalian Wanda Group acquired Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion and Dick Clark Productions for $1 billion; Alibaba made a major investment in Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment; and Beijing-based Perfect World Pictures put $500 million into 50 films from Universal.”

“What If China’s Money Stream Stops Flowing to Hollywood?”

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Monolithic Intelligence Communities?

Monolithic ICs?

Monolithic ICs?

Both the Trump Camp and critics are operating and tweeting based on a false premise that the IC, in fact any IC, is a monolithic entity. Divisions, cliques, cabals, bridge clubs, whatever, the American IC is no more  monolithic than any other IC from around the world. The Russian Dossier on Trump and all the chatter that has accompanied it provides a perfect example of how competing factions and interests within and across ICs will use the shibboleth of a united , single IC to bash the heads in of their rivals or perceived rivals in a world of non-monolithic ICs.

One can see this in action right now on Twitter if one follows John Schindler , XX Committee,  see recent twit such as this one for example:

“I’ve chatted with more than a half-dozen intel services about Trump. All have pieces of an ugly puzzle. Devastating.”

Schindler is intent , somewhat maniacally intent on proving PEOTUS Trump and all his main advisors are nothing more than Russian  stooges, agents in place; ‘traitors and treason’ seem to be favorite refrains from his followers. It’s amusing to follow, but also grating on one’s analytical senses because one can’t help but ask is Schindler, and many of his fawning followers, as detached and oblivious to the realities of the role and actions of  Vladimir Putin  in the world as they claim Trump and his advisors are?


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Deja Vu All Over Again: Woolsey has resigned! Next Ex-Director on Deck: The ‘Deutch Treat’?

It’s a shame that Woolsey resigned as an advisor to the transition team, he would have been a valuable asset for the incoming Administration.

Will Trump now follow Clinton down the rabbit hole of DC insider advisors and now take on John Deutch another former CIA Director as an advisor?

John M. Deutch


“He is a trustee of Center of American Progress, Resources for the Future, the Massachusetts Hospital Physician Organization, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Urban Institute (life) and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology…

Since July, 2015 Mr. Deutch is a Member of the Board of Directors at Renova Management AG. He chairs Technology Committee of the Board.”

I.E., Technology Scout for Vladimir Putin.

Also as an aside: Why is the US IC attempting to dump over 17years of failure dealing with Vladimir Putin on the PEOTUS?

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From St Bart’s to the White House

The Grazing Habits of Hollywood’s Lemmings


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