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Across Europe, political leaders have lost the trust of their people

 Will Hutton

I have been impressed with how fast "left-leaning" economists who went to work in industry and finance became pro-business, anti-labor, and politically right wing. I think that what got to them was not only the impact of association with businesspeople, but the fact that business profitability became central to their own worldview and enumeration. From the point of view of  corporate shill wage increases would seem bad — as encroaching on profitability as well as threatening inflation and business growth (and by extension stock prices).

Tough environmental rules would also hamper profitability; their relaxation by law or friendly (non-)enforcement would enhance it. So they pretty quickly slide to waht is called  “bottom-feeders morality,” with positions on key issues dictated by bottom line effects, but of course rationalized with an ideology that made this despicable behavior looks benevolent, which these bottom-feeders into Good Samaritans as they collected their fat salaries and bonuses while the vast majority waited for trickle-down.  That mean that phony "free market ideology" of neoliberalism has a lot of eager customers. On the fraudulence of this ideology, see David Harvey, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, and Ha-Joon Chang, Bad Samaritans.)

With the steady increase in business’s economic and political power over the past 30 years and the parallel decline of organized labor, neoliberal (market-can-do-it-all) ideology has become even more firmly entrenched in establishment thought and practice. The novelist Ayn Rand, most famously the author of Atlas Shrugged, was an extreme proponent of so called positivism -- an far right individualist, "free enterprise", anti-government ideology, and it is no coincidence that one of her cult admirers and associates, Alan Greenspan, became a leading member of the policy-making elite in the 1980s and into 2006.

The morality of this elite became essentially a slight variation of mob morality. And in most case the difference is fairly superficial (Mob movie lessons American Gangster):

Plot: American Gangster tells the true story of Frank Lucas (played by Denzel Washington), the bad-ass gangster who hijacked the New York drug trade in the 1960s and 1970s. He inherits Harlem territory from his mentor Bumpy Johnson, the man he used to chauffeur.

Once in power, he ingeniously cuts out the middlemen and flies to the Golden Triangle of southeast Asia to personally form contacts with opium growers there. He then devises a brilliant, if somewhat brash, system of transporting the illegal cargo back to the U.S. in the coffins of dead American soldiers. He amasses a fortune in the process, but the authorities — both crooked and straight —are out to get him, as are rival drug dealers, once they figure out who he is. He eventually goes down, but not before cutting a deal to expose over three quarters of the NYPD’s drug squad as corrupt. 

Mob lessons learned:

Let them underestimate you

When Frank takes over for Bumpy, nobody knows who the guy is, which is fine for Frank because he’s more interested in making huge amounts of money than in making a name for himself. Foolish pride never factors into Frank’s way of doing things, so he flies under the radar of the authorities for years. When it finally emerges that a new player has taken over the entire New York heroin trade, everyone thinks it must be the wiseguys behind it. They think there’s no way anyone other than the mob who could pull off such a feat. By the time they realize that it’s Lucas who’s responsible — a black man from Harlem, of all people — he’s already turned the trade on its head and created an empire.

Stay off the radar

“The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room,” Frank informs his younger brother Huey, who shows up to his party dressed like a pimp. He offers this advice very earnestly, since it’s a code by which he himself lives. When Frank goes out, he goes to his own club and surrounds himself with his own people. No gold medallions or spinning hubcaps on display, and absolutely no unwanted attention.

Cut out the middleman

Many of the lessons we learn from Frank can be applied directly to basic capitalist business practices. Before Bumpy dies, he hints at the state of affairs in the American world of commerce. He speaks of the lack of customer service and “pride of ownership.” Franks knows what he has to do, and brazenly takes the necessary steps to set up his very own cartel, even if it means taking on the Mafia.

Brand your product

In another scene (which could be taken straight from a Harvard Business School class), Frank speaks of the importance of creating a recognized product or a “brand.” A conversation takes place with rival gangster Nicky Barnes in which Frank warns the strung-out dealer not to tamper with his product, which he refers to as the “Pepsi of smack” or “blue magic.” It soon becomes so widely coveted that he’s making $1 million per day on drug sales alone.

More mob movies lessons from American Gangster...
 

The nest result is that both in Europe and the USA , political leaders have lost the trust of their people. I´d go further and say that the people despise their politicians, who are lying, greedy, self-serving morons doing the bidding of their masters, the bankers, rather than the people they pretend to serve.

grumpyoldman

We are mired in cheating and lying, and massive hypocrisy on the part of the rich and the technocrats who serve them, because that is the only way in which neo-liberal ideology can maintain its hegemony.

Fortunately for the self-serving and self perpetuating aristocracy of money, there exists an overwhelmingly servile media pumping out Chicago School propaganda 24/7.

Welcome to the world of financial fascism.


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[Oct 23, 2019] The Pathocracy Of The Deep State Tyranny At The Hands Of A Psychopathic Government

Highly recommended!
If we assume that most politicians are latent psychopaths, they need to be more tightly controlled by the people. which means no re-election of Senators after two terms.
Notable quotes:
"... " Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths . I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this... That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to swallow -- but it does explain a great many things, shamelessly deceitful political behavior being one." ..."
Oct 23, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Authored by John Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

" Politicians are more likely than people in the general population to be sociopaths . I think you would find no expert in the field of sociopathy/psychopathy/antisocial personality disorder who would dispute this... That a small minority of human beings literally have no conscience was and is a bitter pill for our society to swallow -- but it does explain a great many things, shamelessly deceitful political behavior being one."

- Dr. Martha Stout, clinical psychologist and former instructor at Harvard Medical School

Twenty years ago, a newspaper headline asked the question: " What's the difference between a politician and a psychopath? "

The answer, then and now, remains the same: None . There is no difference between psychopaths and politicians. Nor is there much of a difference between the havoc wreaked on innocent lives by uncaring, unfeeling, selfish, irresponsible, parasitic criminals and elected officials who lie to their constituents , trade political favors for campaign contributions, turn a blind eye to the wishes of the electorate, cheat taxpayers out of hard-earned dollars, favor the corporate elite, entrench the military industrial complex, and spare little thought for the impact their thoughtless actions and hastily passed legislation might have on defenseless citizens.

Psychopaths and politicians both have a tendency to be selfish, callous, remorseless users of others, irresponsible, pathological liars , glib, con artists, lacking in remorse and shallow.

Charismatic politicians, like criminal psychopaths, exhibit a failure to accept responsibility for their actions , have a high sense of self-worth, are chronically unstable, have socially deviant lifestyles, need constant stimulation, have parasitic lifestyles and possess unrealistic goals.

It doesn't matter whether you're talking about Democrats or Republicans.

Political psychopaths are all largely cut from the same pathological cloth, brimming with seemingly easy charm and boasting calculating minds . Such leaders eventually create pathocracies: totalitarian societies bent on power, control, and destruction of both freedom in general and those who exercise their freedoms.

Once psychopaths gain power, the result is usually some form of totalitarian government or a pathocracy. "At that point, the government operates against the interests of its own people except for favoring certain groups," author James G. Long notes. "We are currently witnessing deliberate polarizations of American citizens, illegal actions, and massive and needless acquisition of debt. This is typical of psychopathic systems , and very similar things happened in the Soviet Union as it overextended and collapsed."

In other words, electing a psychopath to public office is tantamount to national hara-kiri, the ritualized act of self-annihilation, self-destruction and suicide. It signals the demise of democratic government and lays the groundwork for a totalitarian regime that is legalistic, militaristic, inflexible, intolerant and inhuman.

Incredibly, despite clear evidence of the damage that has already been inflicted on our nation and its citizens by a psychopathic government, voters continue to elect psychopaths to positions of power and influence.

According to investigative journalist Zack Beauchamp , "In 2012, a group of psychologists evaluated every President from Washington to Bush II using 'psychopathy trait estimates derived from personality data completed by historical experts on each president.' They found that presidents tended to have the psychopath's characteristic fearlessness and low anxiety levels -- traits that appear to help Presidents, but also might cause them to make reckless decisions that hurt other people's lives."

The willingness to prioritize power above all else, including the welfare of their fellow human beings, ruthlessness, callousness and an utter lack of conscience are among the defining traits of the sociopath.

When our own government no longer sees us as human beings with dignity and worth but as things to be manipulated, maneuvered, mined for data, manhandled by police, conned into believing it has our best interests at heart, mistreated, jailed if we dare step out of line, and then punished unjustly without remorse -- all the while refusing to own up to its failings -- we are no longer operating under a constitutional republic.

Instead, what we are experiencing is a pathocracy: tyranny at the hands of a psychopathic government, which " operates against the interests of its own people except for favoring certain groups ."

Worse, psychopathology is not confined to those in high positions of government. It can spread like a virus among the populace. As an academic study into pathocracy concluded , "[T]yranny does not flourish because perpetuators are helpless and ignorant of their actions. It flourishes because they actively identify with those who promote vicious acts as virtuous."

People don't simply line up and salute. It is through one's own personal identification with a given leader, party or social order that they become agents of good or evil.

Much depends on how leaders " cultivate a sense of identification with their followers ," says Professor Alex Haslam. "I mean one pretty obvious thing is that leaders talk about 'we' rather than 'I,' and actually what leadership is about is cultivating this sense of shared identity about 'we-ness' and then getting people to want to act in terms of that 'we-ness,' to promote our collective interests. . . . [We] is the single word that has increased in the inaugural addresses over the last century . . . and the other one is 'America.'"

The goal of the modern corporate state is obvious: to promote, cultivate, and embed a sense of shared identification among its citizens. To this end, "we the people" have become "we the police state."

We are fast becoming slaves in thrall to a faceless, nameless, bureaucratic totalitarian government machine that relentlessly erodes our freedoms through countless laws, statutes, and prohibitions.

Any resistance to such regimes depends on the strength of opinions in the minds of those who choose to fight back. What this means is that we the citizenry must be very careful that we are not manipulated into marching in lockstep with an oppressive regime.

Writing for ThinkProgress , Beauchamp suggests that " one of the best cures to bad leaders may very well be political democracy ."

But what does this really mean in practical terms?

It means holding politicians accountable for their actions and the actions of their staff using every available means at our disposal: through investigative journalism (what used to be referred to as the Fourth Estate) that enlightens and informs, through whistleblower complaints that expose corruption, through lawsuits that challenge misconduct, and through protests and mass political action that remind the powers-that-be that "we the people" are the ones that call the shots.

Remember, education precedes action. Citizens need to the do the hard work of educating themselves about what the government is doing and how to hold it accountable. Don't allow yourselves to exist exclusively in an echo chamber that is restricted to views with which you agree. Expose yourself to multiple media sources, independent and mainstream, and think for yourself.

For that matter, no matter what your political leanings might be, don't allow your partisan bias to trump the principles that serve as the basis for our constitutional republic. As Beauchamp notes, "A system that actually holds people accountable to the broader conscience of society may be one of the best ways to keep conscienceless people in check."

That said, if we allow the ballot box to become our only means of pushing back against the police state, the battle is already lost.

Resistance will require a citizenry willing to be active at the local level.

Yet as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People , if you wait to act until the SWAT team is crashing through your door, until your name is placed on a terror watch list, until you are reported for such outlawed activities as collecting rainwater or letting your children play outside unsupervised, then it will be too late.

This much I know: we are not faceless numbers. We are not cogs in the machine. We are not slaves.

We are human beings, and for the moment, we have the opportunity to remain free -- that is, if we tirelessly advocate for our rights and resist at every turn attempts by the government to place us in chains.

The Founders understood that our freedoms do not flow from the government. They were not given to us only to be taken away by the will of the State. They are inherently ours. In the same way, the government's appointed purpose is not to threaten or undermine our freedoms, but to safeguard them.

Until we can get back to this way of thinking, until we can remind our fellow Americans what it really means to be free , and until we can stand firm in the face of threats to our freedoms, we will continue to be treated like slaves in thrall to a bureaucratic police state run by political psychopaths.


fudly , 4 minutes ago link

"There is no difference between psychopaths and politicians."

Could have just left it at that.

Is-Be , 13 minutes ago link

The solution, dear Zerohedge, is to pass a law demanding any official's psychological profile for public scrutiny. (By humans and by our superiors, Artificial Intelligence.)

(I think Is-Be just cracked a funny.)

BiloxiMarxKelly , 18 minutes ago link

http://www.ponerology.com/

Max.Power , 27 minutes ago link

The problem of democracy is that too many are unbelievably naive, and even more are poorly educated.

That's why propaganda always works, regardless of how absurd the narrative is.

herbivore , 29 minutes ago link

"Psychopaths and politicians both have a tendency to be selfish, callous, remorseless users of others, irresponsible, pathological liars , glib, con artists, lacking in remorse and shallow".

And the people who elect them are colloquially known as dumbasses.

IntercoursetheEU , 29 minutes ago link

The countries with the best psychopaths win ... they call it history.

Manthong , 32 minutes ago link

Gimme a break.

Just because they do not care about hurting people, are irritable, narcissistic, avaricious and lascivious does not mean they are psychopaths.

They are morally superior.

SocratesSolves , 22 minutes ago link

Bravo! The inner workings of psychopathy. All is justified. Included the Joker cults 911 mass murder with dancing after the fact. I want to see real dancing Israelis now. Dancing like hell to try to save their own murderous lives now. That's what we do with murderers out here in the west. We line them up and watch them DANCE for their lives.

Four chan , 22 minutes ago link

one could say gods chosen, or is this lie where the false sence of entitlement began?

Manthong , 21 minutes ago link

They are doing "God's work".

Don't worry about the slave trading, usury or death count thing.

PrintCash , 32 minutes ago link

What I find hilarious is the psychopathic politicians/bureaucrats/cia-fbi types/all matter of deep staters getting upset at Trumps words/tweets/style.

Pilfering the country for profit perfectly ok. Unseemly (by their standards) speech or tweets are not.

See, while they are pilfering Uncle Sam, ie you, they do it with charm (one of the strongest signs of a psychopath) and manners. What a narcissist/psychopath fears most is being outed as a fraud. And unfortunately, as long as Washington DC plays nice, throws in some lines about American values, helping the less fortunate, helping the kids, the majority fall in line with their pilfering, and whatever they want goes.

What they fear most about Trump is he hurts their Big Government brand. Either by his rhetoric, his logic, his investigative actions, or his brassness. This also includes Republicans, who only fell in line when the base forced them to fall in line.

Epstein101 , 35 minutes ago link

Big Tech Oligarchs' Best Tool for Censoring the Internet: The ADL

SocratesSolves , 18 minutes ago link

Just another *** shell game

Omni Consumer Product , 37 minutes ago link

Ahh, now we're talking about topics of substance:

There is no form of government, no perfect "ism" that can withstand the real-world effects of psycopaths at the top.

Until that problem is solved, history will continue to repeat.

http://pathocracy.net/

[Oct 09, 2019] Epstein Co-Conspirators Named By Accuser; Alleged Pedo Scout Ready To Spill The Beans

Oct 09, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

by Tyler Durden Wed, 10/09/2019 - 16:45 0 SHARES

Jeffrey Epstein accuser Jennifer Araroz filed an amended complaint Tuesday which names two accomplices in the convicted pedophile's alleged sex-trafficking operation along with more than 20 corporate entities, according to CNN .

While Epstein's alleged 'madam' Ghislaine Maxwell has been accused of actively participating in Epstein's sex crimes, the new complaint asserts that "secretary" Lesley Groff and former executive assistant Cimberly Espinosa "participated with and assisted Epstein in maintaining and protecting his sex trafficking ring, ensuring that approximately three girls a day were made available to him for his sexual pleasure ."

Jennifer Aroz, 14, via NBC News

"The co-conspirators provided organizational support to Epstein's sex trafficking ring, identifying and hiring the recruiters of underage girls for Epstein's sexual pleasure, scheduling appointments with these underage girls for Epstein's sexual pleasure , intimidating potential witnesses to Epstein's sex trafficking operation, and generally providing administrative oversight of his sex trafficking operation and ensuring it remained secret ," the complaint continues.

"He raped me, forcefully raped me" Araoz told NBC News in July. The 32-year-old Epstein accuser says she was 14-years-old when the abuse began. " I was terrified, and I was telling him to stop. 'Please stop,' " Araoz continud.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/CYNnkAJHk_w

Groff's attorney, Michael Bachner, told CNN "As an executive assistant to Epstein, Lesley worked as part of a professional staff that included in-house attorneys, accountants, an office manager and other office staff."

"Lesley's job included making appointments for Mr. Epstein as directed by him, taking his messages, and setting up high-level meetings with CEOs, business executives, scientists, politicians and celebrities," the statement continues - adding " At no time during Lesley's employment with Epstein did she ever engage in any misconduct. "

Also included in the complaint are the executors of Epstein's estate (one of whom was reportedly seen removing a bag of items the day after Epstein's death).

In August, Araoz told reporters that her abuse at the hands of Epstein and his enablers "robbed me of my youth, my identity, my innocence, my self-worth."

Brunel ready to talk

On Monday, an attorney for Epstein's former confidant, business partner, and model scout Jean-Luc-Brenel says he's ready to talk to authorities, according to the Telegraph .

Brunel and Ghislaine Maxwell (via the Daily Mail)

The Paris prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation in August into any possible Epstein victims in its territory, and Mr Brunel is of potential interest to investigators.

Last month police searched Karin Models, which Mr Brunel founded.

In court filings, Virginia Guiffre, a long-time accuser of Epstein, claimed teenage girls were brought to the US by Brunel and were "farmed out" by him to have sex with Epstein . Ms Guiffre also claims she was forced to have sex with Brunel several times. Brunel denies both allegations.

His lawyer Corinne Dreyfus-Schmidt said Mr Brunel "firmly contests accusations in the press" and "will reserve his statements for justice officials."

On Monday Ms Dreyfus-Schmidt, said that her client has notified the Paris prosecutor's office that he is at the disposition of judicial officials. - Telegraph

According to Epstein accuser Virgina Giuffre Roberts, Brunel "would bring young girls (ranging to ages as young as twelve) to the United States for sexual purposes and farm them out to his friends, especially Epstein."

"Brunel would offer the girls "modeling" jobs. Many of the girls came from poor countries or impoverished backgrounds, and he lured them in with a promise of making good money."

Illustration via the Daily Beast

In the 1980s Brunel was featured in a 60 Minutes expose after having gained a reputation for sleeping with many of his underage models. His name was prominently featured in a series of phone messages recovered from trash pulls of Epstein's mansion.

[Oct 03, 2019] Former Israeli Intel Official Claims Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell Worked for Israeli Intel by Whitney Webb

Oct 03, 2019 | www.unz.com

A recent interview given by a former high-ranking official in Israeli military intelligence has claimed that Jeffrey Epstein's sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians in the United States and abroad.

Since the apparent death by suicide of Jeffrey Epstein in a Manhattan prison, much has come to light about his depraved activities and methods used to sexually abuse underage girls and entrap the rich and powerful for the purposes of blackmail. Epstein's ties to intelligence, described in-depth in a recent MintPress investigative series , have continued to receive minimal mainstream media coverage, which has essentially moved on from the Epstein scandal despite the fact that his many co-conspirators remain on the loose.

For those who have examined Epstein's ties to intelligence, there are clear links to both U.S. intelligence and Israeli intelligence, leaving it somewhat open to debate as to which country's intelligence apparatus was closest to Epstein and most involved in his blackmail/sex-trafficking activities. A recent interview given by a former high-ranking official in Israeli military intelligence has claimed that Epstein's sexual blackmail enterprise was an Israel intelligence operation run for the purpose of entrapping powerful individuals and politicians in the United States and abroad.

In an interview with Zev Shalev, former CBS News executive producer and award-winning investigative journalist for Narativ , the former senior executive for Israel's Directorate of Military Intelligence, Ari Ben-Menashe, claimed not only to have met Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, back in the 1980s, but that both Epstein and Maxwell were already working with Israeli intelligence during that time period. "They found a niche"

In an interview last week with the independent outlet Narativ , Ben-Menashe, who himself was involved in Iran-Contra arms deals, told his interviewer Zev Shalev that he had been introduced to Jeffrey Epstein by Robert Maxwell in the mid-1980s while Maxwell's and Ben-Menashe's involvement with Iran-Contra was ongoing. Ben-Menashe did not specify the year he met Epstein.

Ben-Menashe told Shalev that "he [Maxwell] wanted us to accept him [Epstein] as part of our group . I'm not denying that we were at the time a group that it was Nick Davies [Foreign Editor of the Maxwell-Owned Daily Mirror ], it was Maxwell, it was myself and our team from Israel, we were doing what we were doing." Past reporting by Seymour Hersh and others revealed that Maxwell, Davies and Ben-Menashe were involved in the transfer and sale of military equipment and weapons from Israel to Iran on behalf of Israeli intelligence during this time period.

He then added that Maxwell had stated during the introduction that "your Israeli bosses have already approved" of Epstein. Shalev later noted that Maxwell "had an extensive network in Israel at the time, which included the then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, according to Ben-Menashe."

Ben-Menashe went on to say that he had "met him [Epstein] a few times in Maxwell's office, that was it." He also said he was not aware of Epstein being involved in arms deals for anyone else he knew at the time, but that Maxwell wanted to involve Epstein in the arms transfer in which he, Davies and Ben-Menashe were engaged on Israel's behalf.

However, as MintPress reported in Part IV of the investigative series " Inside the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Too Big to Fail ," Epstein was involved with several arms dealers during this period of time, some of whom were directly involved in Iran-Contra arms deals between Israel and Iran. For instance, after leaving Bear Stearns in 1981, Epstein began working in the realms of shadow finance as a self-described "financial bounty hunter," where he would both hunt down and hide money for powerful people. One of these powerful individuals was Adnan Khashoggi, a Saudi arms dealer with close ties to both Israeli and U.S. intelligence and one of the main brokers of Iran-Contra arms deals between Israel and Iran. Epstein would later forge a business relationship with a CIA front company involved in another aspect of Iran-Contra, the airline Southern Air Transport, on behalf of Leslie Wexner's company, The Limited.

[Oct 01, 2019] Eyes Wide Shut by Trevor Lynch

Oct 01, 2019 | www.unz.com

The day Jeffrey Epstein turned up dead in a New York jail cell, I decided I needed to write something about Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Stanley Kubrick's last and weakest movie.

Epstein has quickly faded from the headlines, so let me remind you briefly of who he was. Epstein was an American Jew who enjoyed immense wealth from unknown sources, hob-knobbed with the global elite, including Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, and was a pervert with a taste for underage girls, meaning that he was a serial rapist. He is also accused of sharing these women with his wealthy and powerful friends, which would have implicated them in marital infidelity and statutory rape, making them subject to blackmail.

In 2006, the FBI began investigating Epstein, tracking down over 100 women. In 2007, he was indicted by the federal government on multiple counts of sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex. If convicted, he and his co-conspirators could have spent the rest of their lives in prison. But US Attorney Alex Acosta was told to go easy on Epstein, because "he belonged to intelligence." Epstein received a sweetheart deal. He pled guilty to two state prostitution charges and spent 13 months at a Florida county jail with generous work release. Epstein's co-conspirators were not prosecuted at all. The records were sealed, and would have remained so, were it not for the efforts of reporter Julie Brown , whose stories led to the unsealing of Epstein's records, followed by his arrest and death in custody.

The most plausible explanation for Epstein's mysterious life and death is that he was a pimp who implicated rich and powerful men and then blackmailed them, financially and politically. If he enjoyed the patronage of "intelligence," it was most likely Israeli. When he was first arrested, he called in favors from his patrons (and probably from his victims as well), to avoid federal prosecution, which could have embarrassed many powerful people. When Epstein was re-arrested, there was no way he could escape prosecution, so he was murdered to protect the secrets of any (or all) of his patrons and victims.

... ... ...

The higher one climbs in the social hierarchy, the closer one approaches the inner party, the greater the degeneracy and the more ferocious the assault on marital fidelity.

... ... ...

So why would the power-elites of a society engage in group perversion? The richer a person is, the more opportunities there are for self-indulgence. After a while, though, such people get jaded and hunger for exotic pleasures, including ones that violate the rules of morality and the laws of society. It takes a highly developed sense of honor not to abuse the freedom granted by great wealth. Even when such an aristocratic ethos was cultivated, there were many spectacular failures. Moreover, today's oligarchy has dispensed with the pretenses of honor entirely.

...Beyond routine degeneracy, elites also use sexual perversion as a tool of control. Just as street gangs require prospective members to sully themselves with crimes to join, elites have similar rituals, the more morally repulsive the better.

The prospects are eager to incriminate themselves because joining the gang will bring them power. But self-incrimination also gives the gang power over its members, who must obey lest they be exposed and humiliated. And of course worse sanctions are waiting in the wings, as Jeffrey Epstein reminds us.

... ... ...

But for all its faults, Eyes Wide Shut has two important messages to which today's Dissident Rightists are particularly receptive. It dramatizes important truths about man-woman relationships and displays how sexual perversion is a tool of elite control. If you already know the score on these matters, however, you might not want to suffer through two hours and forty minutes of Cruise and Kidman.

[Sep 30, 2019] Epstein Connection to CIA and DynCorp -- Steemit

Sep 30, 2019 | steemit.com

Your browser indicates if you've visited this link https://steemit.com /epstein/@krnel/epstein-connection-to-cia-and-dyncorp The sex trafficking network has connections to the CIA and DynCorp. A special report on Occurrences: Foreign and Domestic identified Epstein's suspected trafficking vehicle, a small plane, which had the "same tail number as a State department Bronco used under contract by DynCorp."

[Sep 24, 2019] Have some fun with this imperialist Raguram Rajan: "The US served as a benevolent hegemon, administering the occasional rap on the knuckles to those acting in bad faith"

Sep 24, 2019 | economistsview.typepad.com

Paine , September 14, 2019 at 04:38 PM

Have some fun with raguram

"The US served as a benevolent hegemon, administering the occasional rap on the knuckles to those acting in bad faith"

". Meanwhile, the system's multilateral institutions, especially the International Monetary Fund, helped countries in dire need of funds, provided they followed the rules."

anne -> Paine ... , September 14, 2019 at 04:43 PM
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/trump-trade-war-damage-by-raghuram-rajan-2019-09

September 5, 2019

The True Toll of the Trade War

Behind the escalating global conflict over trade and technology is a larger breakdown of the postwar rules-based order, which was based on a belief that any country's growth benefits all. Now that China is threatening to compete directly with the United States, support for the system that made that possible has disappeared.
By RAGHURAM G. RAJAN

CHICAGO – Another day, another attack on trade. Why is it that every dispute – whether over intellectual property (IP), immigration, environmental damage, or war reparations – now produces new threats to trade?

For much of the last century, the United States managed and protected the rules-based trading system it created at the end of World War II. That system required a fundamental break from the pre-war environment of mutual suspicion between competing powers. The US urged everyone to see that growth and development for one country could benefit all countries through increased trade and investment.

Under the new dispensation, rules were enacted to constrain selfish behavior and coercive threats by the economically powerful. The US served as a benevolent hegemon, administering the occasional rap on the knuckles to those acting in bad faith. Meanwhile, the system's multilateral institutions, especially the International Monetary Fund, helped countries in dire need of funds, provided they followed the rules....

likbez -> anne... , September 14, 2019 at 08:30 PM
"The US served as a benevolent hegemon, administering the occasional rap on the knuckles to those acting in bad faith"

USA foreign policy since 70th was controlled by neocons who as a typical Trotskyites (neoliberalism is actually Trotskyism for the rich) were/are hell-bent of world domination and practice gangster capitalism in foreign policy. Bolton attitude to UN is very symptomatic for the neocons as a whole.

Madeline "not so bright" Allbright was the first swan. As well as Clinton attempts to bankrupt and subdue Russia and criminal (in a sense of no permission from the UN) attack on Yugoslavia. Both backfired: Russia became permanently hostile. The fact he and his coterie were not yet tried by something like Nuremberg tribunal is only due to the USA dominance at this stage of history.

The truth is that the dissolution of the USSR the USA foreign policy became completely unhinged. And inside the country the elite became cannibalistic, as there was no external threat to its dominance in the form of the USSR.

The USA stated to behave like a typical Imperial state (New Rome, or, more correctly, London) accepting no rules/laws that are not written by themselves (and when it is convenient to obey them) with the only difference from the classic imperial states that the hegemony it not based on the military presence/occupation ( like was the case with British empire)

Although this is not completely true as there are 761 US Military Bases across the planet and only 46 Countries with no US military presence. Of them, seven countries with 13 New Military Bases were added since 09/11/2001. In 2001 the US had a quarter million troops posted abroad.

Still as an imperial state that is the center of neoliberal empire the USA relies more on financial instruments and neoliberal comprador elite inside the country.

I recently learned from https://akarlin.com/2010/04/on-liberasts-and-liberasty/ that the derogatory term for the neoliberal part of the Russian elite is "liberasts" and this term gradually slipping into English language ( http://onlineslangdictionary.com/meaning-definition-of/liberast ;-)

With the collapse of neoliberal ideology in 2008 the USA centered neoliberal empire experiences first cracks. Brexit and election of Trump widened the cracks in a sense of further legitimizing the ruling neoliberal elite (big middle finger for Hillary was addressed to the elite as whole)

If oil price exceed $100 per barrel there will yet another crack or even repetition of the 2008 Great Recession on a new level (although we may argue that the Great Recession never ended and just entered in Summers terms "permanent stagnation" phase)

Although currently with unhinged Trump at the helm the USA empire still going strong in forcing vassals and competitors to reconsider their desire to challenge the USA. Trump currently is trying to neutralize the treat from China by rejecting classic neoliberal globalization mechanism as well as signed treaties like WTO. He might be successful in the short run.

In the long run the future does not look too bright as crimes committed by the USA during triumphal period of neoliberalism hangs like albatross around the USA neck.

EU now definitely wants to play its own game as Macron recently stated and which Merkel tacitly supports. If EU allies with Russia it will became No.1 force in the world with the USA No. 2. With severe consequences for the USA.

If Russia allied with China the USA No.1 position will hinge of keeping EU vassals in check and NATO in place. Without them it will became No.2 with fatal consequences for the dollar as world reserve currency and sudden change of the USA financial position due to the level of external debt and required devaluation of the dollar.

Looks like 75 year after WWII the world started to self-organize a countervailing force trying to tame the USA with some interest expressed by such players as EU, Russia, China, India, Iran, Turkey, Pakistan and even Saudi Arabia. As well as ( in the past; and possibly in the future as neoliberal counterrevolutions in both countries probably will end badly) by Brazil and Argentina.

Only Canada, Australia and probably UK can be counted as the reliable parts of the USA empire. That's not much.

ilsm -> likbez... , September 15, 2019 at 07:21 AM
"If Russia allied with China the USA No.1 position "........

Think Italy moving into the Axis in 1937? Or the Soviet German Non Aggression Pact. Nuclear weapons removes the incentive for large "rearmaments" or not?

Would the Britain to France 1938 relationship describe the US to EU? Thinking in 1939 (1914?) terms Europe is less stitched together than in 1936.

ilsm -> Paine ... , September 14, 2019 at 06:43 PM
"Beliefs" must be sustained by trust and justice... Which are clearly missing in the US' sacred cold war and post history "postwar rules-based order".

[Sep 24, 2019] Jeffrey Epstein claims additional Trump people were in on his plea deal by Bill Palmer

Jul 16, 2019 | www.unz.com

According to the Washington Post, Epstein's legal team is claiming that Sigal Mandelker is one of the people at the DOJ who signed off on the lenient plea deal. This is eye popping, because Donald Trump ended up appointing Mandelker as Under Secretary of the Treasury. Epstein is also claiming that Alice Fisher signed off on the deal, which is also eye popping when you consider that according to Politico, Donald Trump interviewed Fisher to be FBI Director. Again, this is on top of Trump having appointed Alexander Acosta as his Secretary of Labor.


Fisher is telling the Washington Post that she did not approve the Epstein deal. There's obviously a paper trail for this kind of plea deal showing who was and was not involved, and it'll surface. If Epstein is falsely accusing these people, it'll only make his legal troubles even worse. What stands out is that Epstein and Trump clearly have conflicting goals here


Jeffrey Epstein is trying to prove that some of the people currently running the federal government are the same people who already gave him a plea deal, and thus they shouldn't get to bring new charges against him for the same crimes. That's a feeble argument that's unlikely to go anywhere, but it's all that Epstein has left. It just so happens that in the process, Epstein is pointing to additional Trump people who were (allegedly) in on the original plot to let Epstein off the hook. This whole thing is getting uglier by the minute.

[Sep 24, 2019] Sigal Mandelker, the Zionist Under Secretary of the Treasury in charge of enforcing sanctions and boycotts, was one of the high-ranking Department of Justice officials who signed off on the nonprosecution agreement with Jeffrey Epstein in 2008

Sep 24, 2019 | www.unz.com

lysias , says: September 23, 2019 at 3:00 pm GMT

Sigal Mandelker , the Zionist Under Secretary of the Treasury in charge of enforcing sanctions and boycotts, was one of the high-ranking Department of Justice officials who signed off on the nonprosecution agreement with Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.

Was she the one who told Acosta to back off on Epstein, as he belonged to intelligence and was above Acosta's pay grade?

[Sep 13, 2019] Wallace against the USA neocolonialism

Leopard can't change its spots...
Notable quotes:
"... After he became vice president in 1940, as Roosevelt was increasingly ill, Wallace promoted a new vision for America's role in the world that suggested that rather than playing catch up with the imperial powers, the United States should work with partners to establish a new world order that eliminated militarism, colonialism and imperialism. ..."
"... In diplomacy, Wallace imagined a multi-polar world founded on the United Nations Charter with a focus on peaceful cooperation. In contrast, in 1941 Henry Luce, publisher of Time Magazine, had called for an 'American century,' suggesting that victory in war would allow the United States to "exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit and by such means as we see fit." ..."
"... Foreign aid for Wallace was not a tool to foster economic dominance as it was to become, but rather "economic assistance without political conditions to further the independent economic development of the Latin American and Caribbean countries." He held high "the principle of self-determination for the peoples of Africa, Asia, the West Indies, and other colonial areas." He saw the key policy for the United States to be based on "the principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations and acceptance of the right of peoples to choose their own form of government and economic system." ..."
"... The United States should be emulating China, its Belt and Road Initiative and Community of Common Destiny, as a means of revitalizing its political culture and kicking its addiction to a neo-colonial concept of economic development and growth. Rather than relying on militarization and its attendant wars to spark the economy, progressives should demand that the US work in conjunction with nations such as China and Russia in building a sustainable future rather than creating one failed state after another. ..."
Sep 13, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Stephen M , September 10, 2019 at 15:14

This is as good a time as any to point to an alternative vision of foreign policy. One based on the principle of non-interference, respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, and, above all, international law. One based on peaceful coexistence and mutual cooperation. A vision of the world at peace and undivided by arbitrary distinctions. Such a world is possible and even though there are currently players around the world who are striving in that direction we need look no further than our own history for inspiration. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you one Henry A. Wallace, for your consideration.

(The following excerpts from an article by Dr. Dennis Etler. Link to the full article provided below.) --

The highest profile figure who articulated an alternative vision for American foreign policy was the politician Henry Wallace, who served as vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1940-1944 and ran for president in 1948 as the candidate of the Progressive Party.

After he became vice president in 1940, as Roosevelt was increasingly ill, Wallace promoted a new vision for America's role in the world that suggested that rather than playing catch up with the imperial powers, the United States should work with partners to establish a new world order that eliminated militarism, colonialism and imperialism.

Wallace gave a speech in 1942 that declared a "Century of the Common Man." He described a post-war world that offered "freedom from want," a new order in which ordinary citizens, rather than the rich and powerful, would play a decisive role in politics.

That speech made direct analogy between the Second World War and the Civil War, suggesting that the Second World War was being fought to end economic slavery and to create a more equal society. Wallace demanded that the imperialist powers like Britain and France give up their colonies at the end of the war.

In diplomacy, Wallace imagined a multi-polar world founded on the United Nations Charter with a focus on peaceful cooperation. In contrast, in 1941 Henry Luce, publisher of Time Magazine, had called for an 'American century,' suggesting that victory in war would allow the United States to "exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit and by such means as we see fit."

Wallace responded to Luce with a demand to create a world in which "no nation will have the God-given right to exploit other nations. Older nations will have the privilege to help younger nations get started on the path to industrialization, but there must be neither military nor economic imperialism." Wallace took the New Deal global. His foreign policy was to be based on non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries and mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Sadly, since then, despite occasional efforts to head in a new direction, the core constituency for US foreign policy has been corporations, rather than the "common man" either in the United States, or the other nations of the world, and United States foreign relations have been dominated by interference in the political affairs of other nations. As a result the military was transformed from an "arsenal for democracy" during the Second World War into a defender of privilege at home and abroad afterwards.

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Foreign aid for Wallace was not a tool to foster economic dominance as it was to become, but rather "economic assistance without political conditions to further the independent economic development of the Latin American and Caribbean countries." He held high "the principle of self-determination for the peoples of Africa, Asia, the West Indies, and other colonial areas." He saw the key policy for the United States to be based on "the principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of other nations and acceptance of the right of peoples to choose their own form of government and economic system."

--

Wallace's legacy suggests that it is possible to put forth a vision of an honest internationalism in US foreign policy that is in essence American. His approach was proactive not reactive. It would go far beyond anything Democrats propose today, who can only suggest that the United States should not start an unprovoked war with Iran or North Korea, but who embrace sanctions and propagandist reports that demonize those countries.

Rather than ridiculing Trump's overtures to North Korea, they should go further to reduce tensions between the North and the South by pushing for the eventual withdrawal of troops from South Korea and Japan (a position fully in line with Wallace and many other politicians of that age).
Rather than demonizing and isolating Russia (as a means to score political points against Trump), progressives should call for a real détente, that recognizes Russia's core interests, proposes that NATO withdraw troops from Russia's borders, ends sanctions and reintegrates Russia into the greater European economy. They could even call for an end to NATO and the perpetuation of the dangerous global rift between East and West that it perpetuates.
Rather than attempt to thwart China's rise, and attack Trump for not punishing it enough, progressives should seek to create new synergies between China and the US economically, politically and socioculturally.
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In contrast to the US policy of perpetual war and "destroying nations in order to save them," China's BRI proposes an open plan for development that is not grounded in the models of French and British imperialism. It has proposed global infrastructure and science projects that include participants from nations in Africa, Asia, South and Central America previously ignored by American and European elites -- much as Wallace proposed an equal engagement with Latin America. When offering developmental aid and investment China does not demand that free market principles be adopted or that the public sector be privatized and opened up for global investment banks to ravish.
--
The United States should be emulating China, its Belt and Road Initiative and Community of Common Destiny, as a means of revitalizing its political culture and kicking its addiction to a neo-colonial concept of economic development and growth. Rather than relying on militarization and its attendant wars to spark the economy, progressives should demand that the US work in conjunction with nations such as China and Russia in building a sustainable future rather than creating one failed state after another.

Link to the full article provided below.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/henry-wallaces-internationalism-path-american-foreign-policy-could-have-taken-still-can/5683683

[Sep 13, 2019] Epstein, like Maxwell, was laying the groundwork for Israeli espionage activities

Sep 13, 2019 | www.counterpunch.org

Media tycoon and former Labour MP Robert Maxwell (father of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's partner in crime) was given a state funeral in Jerusalem after *accidentally* falling off his yacht – the unluckily named "Lady Ghislaine". Later it was revealed Maxwell Sr was a Mossad asset who used his vast network of connections and publishing platforms to run editorial interference over his purchased assets to influence enemies and friends alike, ensuring their fealty to the foreign government that had enlisted him for its espionage work.

His tabloid empire was the piss-colored propaganda organ of the interests he served, overseeing its rapid growth and tentacled reach across the globe. More ominously, he was behind the spy agency's successful attempt to install a trapdoor in software intended for government use, allowing the Israelis a direct pipeline into a vast network of computers installed with undectable malware.

At the time of his death, the disgraced magnate was under investigation for raiding his companies' pension funds to cover the losses incurred from his multiple and reckless takeovers, and finance a luxury lifestyle he enjoyed sharing with high profile pals like Henry Kissinger and Barbara Walters. Curiously, many of these fossilized specimens from Robert Maxwell's roster of friends from the Reagan era would circle around Epstein, most notably Donald Trump whose Mar-a-Lago resort would later become a recruiting center for employer Epstein's underage "massage therapists".

Fast forward a couple of decades since the days a casino mogul was gobbling down canapés with the old guard denizens of the 'swamp'. Notice a similar, if not identical MO in both Maxwell and Epstein's role in procuring technology for the Israelis, who in turn sold it with undisclosed add-ons, providing an open window into its users' databases.

Like his predecessor, Epstein had a financial stake in a startup (headed by former Israeli Defense Minister and later Prime Minister Ehud Barak) connected to Israel's defense industry that provides infrastructure for emergency services as a call handling platform. Considering the company's connection to military intelligence, it wouldn't be a stretch to speculate on some of this software's other 'special' features. A variation of the early technology that Maxwell was able to procure for his Israeli bosses was later sold to the Saudis, who leveraged its sophisticated tracking features to assassinate Jamal Khashoggi.

Epstein, like Maxwell, was laying the groundwork for Israeli espionage activities through his interests in companies with a political agenda concealed in products intended for international export. If true, the playboy philanthropist feted and flattered his high profile friends to ensnare them as complicit partners in what amounts to the legal definition of treason. Epstein's covert activities have undiminished real world consequences for anyone on Israel's international radar, especially those challenging the status quo policies in place that prioritize "The Jewish State's" political and financial objectives over actual justice and global stability.

If you have ever asked yourself why Israel's war crimes and settlement expansion go unchallenged by US lawmakers, consider the career destroying consequences contained within those dossiers compiled by the braintrust behind Epstein's 'suicide'. "We'll trade you one US Embassy in Jerusalem for 10 minutes of hidden camera footage of you . . . let's say 'enjoying' a rolled up Forbes magazine".

Were the surveillance apparatuses installed throughout Epstein's properties merely a voyeur's tools, or did he use them to leverage the moral failings of his former friends for purposes that might have risked exposure of more than the nether regions of wealthy pedo-punters? Considering his connections to Israeli defense industries and his own Achilles penis that required, by his own admission, "three orgasms a day", the answer points to an unslakable addiction that dovetailed conveniently with his state-sponsored sex crimes.

Did Epstein make the same mistake of Maxwell (who had asked for nearly half a billion dollar in "loans" from his Israeli backers to relieve him of his mounting debts) believing the dirt he had in his possession would prove radioactive if released? By this time, the corpulent tycoon was nicknamed the 'Bouncing Czech' a reference in most part to his worsening money woes. The implication of this request, if turned down, was the exposure of Israel's state secrets. Epstein could have also attempted to collateralize the cache of damning evidence still in his possession to secure his his freedom with the same fatal consequences.

Both Maxwell and Epstein somehow evaded the electronics that linked them to the outside world at the time of their deaths, even though the latter had reportedly made an attempt on his own life while in custody. Both men, facing ruination and serious prison time gave their executioners an alibi: They had nothing to left to live for. The establishment media is already trotting out ancient, ding-a-ling conspiracy theories from obscure right wing sources (attributed to Russia, of course) to highlight the absurdity and futility of questioning the official story of Epstein's death. Verdict: Nothing to see here.

By now, it's a given that the parasitic and preferred daughter of the deceased tycoon, made the fateful introduction between her new boyfriend and the Israeli operatives seeking an entry level plutocrat to carry out their blackmail operations after the untimely death of his predecessor. An impoverished socialite has to survive in pricey Manhattan somehow, and that somehow was re-establishing the shady connections to the espionage underworld that had recruited Maxwell Sr.

Ghislaine's later role as Epstein's Chief Procurement Officer (or pimp for short) gives more credence to the rumors that she is more than just a debased, barnacle-like appendage to a billionaire, desperate to please her platonic partner by "organizing his social life", but a fully cognizant co-conspirator in an operation aimed at strengthening Israel's hand in all matters pertaining to its national security interests, or more accurately, its overseas criminal enterprises.

The recent raid on Epstein's Manhattan apartment was not the result of a so-called Justice Department righting the egregious wrong it committed by letting Epstein off with a slap on the wrist after his initial conviction that allowed him to serve his sentence largely outside the minimum-security facility with an open door policy for its billionaire guest. More likely, the reversal of Epstein's "sweetheart" deal was a joint operation between the oligarch cabal informally known as the Mega-Group, and the state security apparatuses that do their bidding.

It's seems likely that this sudden pivot towards justice from a Justice Department initially spooked into inaction by the spook in his custody, was motivated by the need to remove the most damning bits among Epstein's vast trove of physical evidence against the pervy punters who visited his island getaway for unintended photo ops with underage girls.

Perhaps his own abuse of these minors was a perk he felt entitled to, and one that would be overlooked in the service of "national security". It's hard for most people to differentiate between the government he actually worked for and the ruling establishment on his home turf.

It's possible that Epstein felt his serial transgressions were merely par for the plutocracy and justified in the service of a higher calling.

The 'Israel First' philanthropist shared an unyielding ideological justification for his own criminality as Robert Maxwell, whom the British Home Office had considered recruiting for its own intelligence gathering in the mid 1960's. Having determined that the well-connected, multilingual, rising star politician was strictly "Zionist", the spy agency withdrew his candidacy.

Epstein's real crimes had little to do with raping children, despite the overturned plea deal that came about when a federal judge ruled that prosecutors had violated the victims rights by by concealing the agreement from them. The one time teflon-coated "member of intelligence" who was "above the pay grade" of a powerful District Attorney (now a now scandal-tainted former Labor Secretary) was ultimately (and lethally) penalized for not destroying the contents of his secret-laden safes, leaving his handlers still vulnerable to their explosive contents.

Had the doomed financier divested himself of the toxic assets still in his possession, he might still be roaming the earth today, scouring it for new specimens to populate his underage petting zoo. As a result of the Justice Department's decision to reverse the non-prosecution deal meant to bury the most incendiary facts of the case, lower-rung punters like former governor Bill Richardson and Senator George Mitchell are being publicly named for their part in the sordid scandal. Someone has to take the fall. (Rule number one of PR crisis management: Crucify the insignificant and let them hang out to dry until the public tires of watching the slow motion spectacle of their undoing.) Meanwhile, documented and/or photographic evidence against more powerful players like Bill Clinton and Donald Trump will have already been destroyed in the pursuit of selective justice.

The fallout of Epstein's spectacular downfall predictably miss the mark as scandals involving the rich and powerful tend to do. Much of the controversy will dissolve into a Cheetoh dust maelstrom of disinformation, disseminated on Reddit and 4Chan by incel info-warriors before shooting up a shopping mall or playground.

Subsequent reporting of the case will overlook decades of the elite-driven state craft that elevated corrupt and ruthless entities like Epstein and Trump, both ring-kissing acolytes in their youth of influential mob fixer/politcal power broker Roy Cohn – himself a serial sexual predator who similarly caught the fancy of fellow deviants Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover. Follow the money trail from Tel Aviv and you'll discover an ancestral link between the corpse of Epstein and his ghostly godfathers waiting with his rewards in hell.

Along with the other disgraced and expendable patsies left in the wake of this ongoing scandal is Alan Dershowitz, Epstein's octogenarian chief legal counsel and 'wing man' aboard the Lolita Express. The now unemployable cable news pundit will live out the remainder of his pointless life under a cloud of suspicion. Despite all the damning testimony against him, the statutory rape allegations never quite stick, but follow him around like a sneaky fart, forcing a distance between himself and the rest of humanity that will last until he is engulfed by the sulfurous fumes of his own making.

The former Harvard law professor's lifelong service to Israel will go unrewarded – not as a result of victim testimony placing him at multiple crime scenes, but in consideration of his own inept self-defense strategy: "I'm a scurvy rat aboard a sinking ship eating its own tail to stay alive. Pity me"! Dershowitz at this point will be lucky if he can achieve the same pay grade and social status of Lindsay Lohan. Ditto for Prince Andrew who can at least be relied on to expire slowly of gout in his time-out corner at Windsor Castle.

The moral of this story could be "Lie down with dogs and never wake up again with a prison-issued sheet around your neck". A variation of the old "Lie down with dogs and and wake up as fish food". Join the debate on Facebook More articles by: Jennifer Matsui

Jennifer Matsui is a writer living in Tokyo and a columnist for the print edition of CounterPunch magazine .

[Sep 13, 2019] Several women procured girls for Epstein, then were granted immunity. Why ?

Sep 13, 2019 | www.unz.com

Bumpkin , says: September 11, 2019 at 10:52 am GMT

Seen some good Epstein links that commenters throw up here, thought I'd add some that I read recently:

– A literary agent named John Brockman was pushing Epstein fairly brazenly:

"Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire science philanthropist showed up at this weekend's event by helicopter (with his beautiful young assistant from Belarus) He also got into trouble and spent a year in jail in Florida. If he contacts you it's probably worth your time to meet him as he's extremely bright and interesting the cover of the NYpost had a full-page photo of Jeffrey and Andrew walking in Central Park under the headline: 'The Prince and the Perv.' (That was the end of Andrew's role at the UK trade ambassador.)"
https://newrepublic.com/article/154826/jeffrey-epsteins-intellectual-enabler

– Two sisters reported Epstein decades ago, nothing happened, even after one got death threats from Ghislaine Maxwell:

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/us/epstein-farmer-sisters-maxwell.html

– Scientist Steven Pinker and head of MIT Media lab Joi Ito caught up in it:

https://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/tarring-steve-pinker-and-others-with-jeffrey-epstein/
https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/how-an-elite-university-research-center-concealed-its-relationship-with-jeffrey-epstein

– Several women procured girls for Epstein, then were granted immunity:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epsteins-alleged-accomplices-where-are-sarah-kellen-nadia-marcinkova-adriana-ross-and-lesley-groff

As for the above piece, interesting stuff and probably mostly true, but needs to be edited better.

[Sep 13, 2019] Gordon Thomas on Robert Maxwell/Mossad Espionage Project in the USA and Beyond

Sep 13, 2019 | www.unz.com

wesmouch , says: September 11, 2019 at 5:23 pm GMT

@Wally Read the complete 4 part series at mint press. She outlines Israeli/Mossad connections to the Mega group, organized crime connections to the mega group, Epstein connections to the Mega group, Les Wexner connections to organized crime and CIA, Mossad spying on Clinton, attempts by Mossad to install backdoor software to spy via PROMIS which was sold by Robert Maxwell and was installed in Los Alamos nuclear laboratory, etc.

Also the connections of Epstein and Barak to Calybr software which is a potential spy application.

Even more so is the attempt by Paul Singer to populate US technology firms with former Israeli intelligence assets.

... ... ...

anon [113] Disclaimer , says: September 12, 2019 at 6:30 am GMT
@wesmouch Agreed. Their obsessions blind them to the huge story unfolding before our eyes. Have you looked at Gilad Atzmon's post about Gordon Thomas?

His interview is in the last 25 minutes of the TruNews video.

The beauty of Epstein is that they're only hiding the deeper story. They haven't created some heroic counter-narrative. So everyone knows Epstein's name, and they know he was a creep.

Gordon Thomas on Robert Maxwell/Mossad Espionage Project in the USA and Beyond

http://www.unz.com/gatzmon/gordon-thomas-on-robert-maxwell-mossad-espionage-project-in-the-usa-and-beyond/

[Sep 11, 2019] Joe Biden's Son Blames Russian Agents For Ashley Madison Profile

See also "Amorality and criminality of neoliberal elite"
Notable quotes:
"... "due diligence." ..."
"... Biden thinks international agents, possibly Russian, who objected to his board membership with a Ukrainian gas company set up a fake account to discredit him. ..."
"... As Breitbart reports, ..."
Aug 29, 2015 | Zero Hedge
Last night we heard the best 'excuse' yet if you are caught with an Ashley Madison account, from Dan Loeb - "due diligence." Today, not to be outdone by a married hedge fund manager, Vice-President Joe Biden's son "Hunter" has unleashed his own set of excuses for member ship of the extramarital affairs website, as Breitbart reports - Biden thinks international agents, possibly Russian, who objected to his board membership with a Ukrainian gas company set up a fake account to discredit him. However, IP mapping suggests otherwise...

As Breitbart reports,

Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden's account on the extramarital dating website Ashley Madison was used and likely created on the Georgetown University campus while Biden was teaching there.

Business executive Robert "Hunter" Biden, reportedly an adviser to his father's political career, told Breitbart News Monday that he suspected his enemies of creating a fake Ashley Madison account for him in order to discredit him. The email address provided for "Robert Biden's" account matched a personal email address once used by Biden, the vice president's son confirmed.

Biden thinks international agents, possibly Russian, who objected to his board membership with a Ukrainian gas company set up a fake account to discredit him. A source close to Biden told People Magazine after the first Breitbart story ran that the IP address for the account traces to Jacksonville, Florida.

But account information shows that the profile, which was confirmed by a credit card purchase in 2014, was used at the latitude/longitude point of 38.912682, -77.071704.

That latitude-longitude point just happens to exist on the Georgetown University campus, at an administrative building on Reservoir Road. And Hunter Biden just happened to be teaching there around the time the account was set up.

* * *
Faced with the new information, representatives for Biden said that the vice president's son would not comment on the story beyond his original statements to Breitbart News denying that the account was his.

hedgeless_horseman

Biden's son discharged from Navy after testing positive for cocaine

He could be head of the ethics committee for the House of Lords.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11763582/Lord-Sewel-filmed-snor...


knukles

At least his character flaws are in no way reflective of his father.
You know, apples never fall too far from the trees, stuff.

Hunter says: Hey, quit pickin' on me. Everybody has to try to get a head somehow!

jcaz

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait until they find Joe's profile....

Manthong

"The truth about the conflict with Russia"

Aw c'mon..

Chevron, Shell, Monsanto, Cargill and others all had deals worth hundreds of billions with Ukraine prior to the Nuland putsch.

When Yanukovych swung toward Russia's Trade Union instead of the EU, Nuland used the $5 billion of NGO and western sympathizers she bought over the years, spent a little more and engineered the violent coup and subsequent civil warfare.

The US sought to marginalize Russia and kick them out of Sevastopol but surprise, surprise the locals would have none of that. Neither would Russia and the next thing you know Crimea voted to be absorbed once again by Russia and Nuland is left with crap on her face. Since the Donbass would have none of that either, 6,000 people are now dead and the Ukraine is a basket case that the west will have to pay for.

There may be some ethnic animosities in play too, but the real motivations are geo-political and economical.

ThanksChump

The most-credible bits of information I've found support your summary.

It's sad.

I doubt the West will pay for the cleanup in Ukraine without some form of ROI. That expense will fall on their non-Russian neighbors who will be directly affected by starving neighbors this winter, with Poland carrying the bulk.

I doubt the ethnic problems will play a significant role, aside from pro-Russia Ukrainians feeling less charitable than otherwise.

ThanksChump

The most-credible bits of information I've found support your summary.

It's sad.

I doubt the West will pay for the cleanup in Ukraine without some form of ROI. That expense will fall on their non-Russian neighbors who will be directly affected by starving neighbors this winter, with Poland carrying the bulk.

I doubt the ethnic problems will play a significant role, aside from pro-Russia Ukrainians feeling less charitable than otherwise.

JustObserving

Demented mass-murderer Putin is also a hacker and a blackmailer?

Since the beginning of the week, the three most influential mass circulation newsmagazines of the United States, Britain, and Germany-Time, The Economist, and Der Spiegel-have published cover stories that combine wild accusations against Vladimir Putin with demands for a showdown with Russia.

The most striking and obvious characteristic of these cover stories is that they are virtually identical. The CIA has scripted them all. The stories employ the same insults and the same fabrications. They denounce Putin's "web of lies." The Russian president is portrayed as a "depraved" mass murderer.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/07/30/pers-j30.html

[Sep 10, 2019] Being called a narcissist by Jim Comey is akin to being accused of having sex with underage girls by the late Jeffrey Epstein by Larry C Johnsons

Highly recommended!
Sep 04, 2019 | turcopolier.typepad.com

Diana C ,

"Being called a narcissist by Jim Comey is akin to being accused of having sex with underage girls by the late Jeffrey Epstein."

As usual, your analogy here is spot on. I'm still giggling.

[Sep 10, 2019] How Deep Is the Rot in America s Institutions by Charles Hugh Smith

Highly recommended!
The question why the USA intelligence agencies were "unaware" about Epstein activities is an interesting one. Similar question can be asked about Hillary "activities" related to "Clinton cash".
Actually the way the USA elite deal with scandals is to ostracize any whistleblower and silence any media that tryt to dig the story. Open repression including physical elimination is seldom used those days as indirect methods are quite effective.
Notable quotes:
"... Either we root out every last source of rot by investigating, indicting and jailing every wrong-doer and everyone who conspired to protect the guilty in the Epstein case, or America will have sealed its final fall. ..."
"... If you doubt this, then please explain how 1) the NSA, CIA and FBI didn't know what Jeffrey Epstein was up to, and with whom; 2) Epstein was free to pursue his sexual exploitation of minors for years prior to his wrist-slap conviction and for years afterward; 3) Epstein, the highest profile and most at-risk prisoner in the nation, was left alone and the security cameras recording his cell and surroundings were "broken." ..."
"... America's ruling class has crucified whistleblowers , especially those uncovering fraud in the defense (military-industrial-security) and financial (tax evasion) sectors and blatant violations of public trust, civil liberties and privacy. ..."
"... Needless to say, a factual accounting of corruption, cronyism, incompetence, self-serving exploitation of the many by the few, etc. is not welcome in America. Look at the dearth of investigative resources America's corporate media is devoting to digging down to the deepest levels of rot in the Epstein case. ..."
Sep 09, 2019 | www.oftwominds.com

Either we root out every last source of rot by investigating, indicting and jailing every wrong-doer and everyone who conspired to protect the guilty in the Epstein case, or America will have sealed its final fall.

When you discover rot in an apparently sound structure, the first question is: how far has the rot penetrated? If the rot has reached the foundation and turned it to mush, the structure is one wind-storm from collapse.

How deep has the rot of corruption, fraud, abuse of power, betrayal of the public trust, blatant criminality and insiders protecting the guilty penetrated America's key public and private institutions? It's difficult to tell, as the law-enforcement and security agencies are themselves hopelessly compromised.

If you doubt this, then please explain how 1) the NSA, CIA and FBI didn't know what Jeffrey Epstein was up to, and with whom; 2) Epstein was free to pursue his sexual exploitation of minors for years prior to his wrist-slap conviction and for years afterward; 3) Epstein, the highest profile and most at-risk prisoner in the nation, was left alone and the security cameras recording his cell and surroundings were "broken."

If this all strikes you as evidence that America's security and law-enforcement institutions are functioning at a level that's above reproach, then 1) you're a well-paid shill who's protecting the guilty lest your own misdeeds come to light or 2) your consumption of mind-bending meds is off the charts.

How deep has the rot gone in America's ruling elite? One way to measure the depth of the rot is to ask how whistleblowers who've exposed the ugly realities of insider dealing, malfeasance, tax evasion, cover-ups, etc. have fared.

America's ruling class has crucified whistleblowers , especially those uncovering fraud in the defense (military-industrial-security) and financial (tax evasion) sectors and blatant violations of public trust, civil liberties and privacy.

Needless to say, a factual accounting of corruption, cronyism, incompetence, self-serving exploitation of the many by the few, etc. is not welcome in America. Look at the dearth of investigative resources America's corporate media is devoting to digging down to the deepest levels of rot in the Epstein case.

The closer wrong-doing and wrong-doers are to protected power-elites, the less attention the mass media devotes to them.

... ... ...

Here are America's media, law enforcement/security agencies and "leadership" class: they speak no evil, see no evil and hear no evil, in the misguided belief that their misdirection, self-service and protection of the guilty will make us buy the narrative that America's ruling elite and all the core institutions they manage aren't rotten to the foundations.

Either we root out every last source of rot by investigating, indicting and jailing every wrong-doer and everyone who conspired to protect the guilty in the Epstein case, or America will have sealed its final fall.

[Sep 09, 2019] So what had happened in 2014? I guess, some people had decided that Epstein needed to be taken out.

Definitely there is lack of facts regarding Epstein, only plausible hypothesis. But it does not make Epstein affair less dangerous or less sordid. For example, the role of Wexner in it.
Notable quotes:
"... The issue is never whether Epstein was a criminal. The issue is whether Epstein was the mastermind of a vast pedophile conspiracy masquerading as the Democrat Party, whether he made his fortune as a pimp selling pre-pubescent little girls to Democrats, whether his extortion made him millions or even tens of millions, whether Epstein's services to the pedophile conspiracy of the Democrat Party turned the Democrat Party into a bunch a Zionist traitors. Those are the issues. Saying it's about minimizing the crime is a lie meant to ram through everything else. ..."
"... I am not convinced its Jews, I propose situs to be within the inter-sanctum of Economic Zionism, Jewishness is not required for admission... ..."
"... Epstein never took on young women with resources, he recruited those who had none. This whole scene has little to do with sexual norms and everything to do with the power of money over poverty, privilege over disenfranchisement, resource over hollowness. ..."
"... It's a class struggle, as with everything else. ..."
"... Whitney Webb at mintpressnews.com has described how Jewish gangsters provided blackmail services to CIA/FBI and how Epstein was connected to the 'Mega Group' of billionaire Jewish philanthropists (some with gangster pasts) as well as other groups and individuals that are likely to have connections to Mossad. ..."
"... People were talking about trafficking young women, most of them from impoverished backgrounds or dysfunctional families afflicted by violence or alcoholism, and recruited with promises of easy wealth and security, as prostitutes / sex slaves for wealthy men. No-one was talking about consent laws. ..."
"... Michael Chertoff, who ran Homeland Security under former president George W. Bush, serves on Carbyne's advisory board. Chertoff wrote the Patriot Act, which authorised sweeping digital surveillance of Americans. ..."
"... Given that Epstein spent only 13 months in jail for what appears to be a 38-year crime-spree, how did Epstein evade justice? The answer may lie in a gentlemen's agreement shaping the Israeli-US intelligence relationship. Essentially, spies can operate with impunity when both countries agree on the same security objectives. ..."
"... With a technology and espionage sector rife with criminals like Epstein, Chinese and Russian oligarch investors; there is more than meets the eye to Israel's intelligence. More critically, its security industry may be more compromised and unrestricted than the rest of the world is able to recognise. ..."
"... Victims' lawyers Lisa Bloom and David Boies used to work for Harvey Weinstein involving Black Cube - Lisa Bloom advised on how to smear the accusers. ..."
"... MIT establishes the trends in terms of nowadays Academia. US prestige. What is funded. Result: European and Arab sheeps aka decision makers going 100% technology, hard science and hyper-specialization. ..."
"... ben@67 somehow thinks that if I remind anyone that the goal of the Epstein re-run is to paint the Democratic Party, almost officially known as the Democrat Party by Republicans, as a monstrous pedophile conspiracy operated by Jew gangsters, I am endorsing this madness. ..."
"... Witney Webb at mintpressnews.com has described a history of blackmail ops by Jews in USA that preceded Epstein (Lewis Rosenstiel, Meyer Lansky, Roy Cohn). It's not antisemitic to take note of this anymore than it would be anti-Italian to note that the mafia is run by Italian families. And this history has nothing to do with partisan politics. ..."
Sep 09, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org
somebody , Sep 8 2019 20:35 utc | 42
Posted by: b | Sep 8 2019 18:47 utc | 36

BTW - the whole Epstein issue only creeped up again because one reporter at McClatchy dug into the old files, spent some shoe lather and talked to witnesses. It had exactly zero to do with Trump.

Journalists don't just "dig up" issues that had been closed 10 years ago. Julie K. Brown worked for the Miami Herald in 2008 when the sweet deal was done. She did not start digging then. Journalists (and photographers) go to work because someone gives them a tip that this will be a huge story. The context is always political.

For ten years the Epstein issue had been successfully kept out of the news.
What had changed ?

When Julie K Brown of the Miami Herald approached a former police chief of Palm Beach, Florida, in 2017, hoping to get him to open up about his investigation of the child sex crimes for which the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein had been fleetingly jailed a decade earlier, she was surprised by how unresponsive he was.

Michael Reiter told Brown he had been down this road many times and was sick of it. As Brown recalled in a WNYC interview last month, Reiter said he had talked to many reporters and told them precisely where to find damning evidence against Epstein. But nothing ever came of it.

"He was convinced that a lot of media had squashed the story and he was fed up," she said. Reiter warned Brown what would happen were she to continue digging: "Somebody's going to call your publisher and the next thing you know you are going to be assigned to the obituaries department."

Julie K. Brown obviously had the support from her paper in doing what she was doing. Something seems to have happened in 2014 when Virginia Giuffre got a first class pro bono lawyer . Successful pro bono cases are PR for law firms, so David Boies likely had a hunch something was going to happen and this was before Trump and before the Weinstein case.

So what had happened in 2014? I guess, some people had decided that Epstein needed to be taken out.

That he was part of a (Israel run) blackmail campaign becomes obvious when one looks at the connections.

Connections are to Iran-Contra.


AuGold , Sep 8 2019 21:01 utc | 46

@4 steven t johnson - check out some of George Webb's youtube videos pertaining to Epstein .. he believe the pedophile angle is largely missing the point and that Epstein represented a drug / weapons trade more than anything if i recall correctly.. interesting take at the very least
steven t johnson , Sep 8 2019 22:04 utc | 50
"Connection" are Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. No, it is not at all certain Epstein was a spy.

Nor is it certain Epstein was pimping an army of girls or an extortionist, much less that he made hundreds of millions from it. The allegations are that the girls were recruited by other girls, who would be the ones turning their friends into prostitutes. It is amazingly unclear that the recruiters were paid. It is clear Epstein was a customer, which is indeed criminal.

I have no idea how you can honestly excuse the alleged accomplices (which you and everyone else really do.) The girls were reportedly neglected and abused by their families but the families get excused too, because apparently sexual purity is far more important than anything else about these girls.

The issue is never whether Epstein was a criminal. The issue is whether Epstein was the mastermind of a vast pedophile conspiracy masquerading as the Democrat Party, whether he made his fortune as a pimp selling pre-pubescent little girls to Democrats, whether his extortion made him millions or even tens of millions, whether Epstein's services to the pedophile conspiracy of the Democrat Party turned the Democrat Party into a bunch a Zionist traitors. Those are the issues. Saying it's about minimizing the crime is a lie meant to ram through everything else.

Last the notion that Trump has nothing to do with the Justice Department as it started what may have been a violation of double jeopardy to attack the Democrats for the upcoming election is excessively naive. Acost wasn't even on good ground with Trump at the Labor Department, either. The notion that Acosta wasn't concerned with Republican Party politics in 2008 is about as dubious.

snake | Sep 8 2019 15:25 utc | 7

Mr. Steven t Johnson.@4.. Epstein affairs may expose CIA and others throughout world.. people are dying and retiring and hiding..

AFAICT.. deep state <=> CIA <=> Epstein <=> Universities <=>foundations <=> NGOs <=> Bureaucracies <=> monopoly powered private corporations

I am not convinced its Jews, I propose situs to be within the inter-sanctum of Economic Zionism, Jewishness is not required for admission...

Grieved , Sep 8 2019 22:41 utc | 51

@36 b - "It is solely the grown up..."

Thank you for pouring some cold water on the "Jailbait Nostalgia Hour" discussion that was simmering. Jesus...

~~

@ 42 dh - "...well brought up but ultimately one can only hope they are immune"

Of course they are immune - they have resources that you and your family have given them to operate in this world. They are thus not helpless and vulnerable.

Epstein never took on young women with resources, he recruited those who had none. This whole scene has little to do with sexual norms and everything to do with the power of money over poverty, privilege over disenfranchisement, resource over hollowness.

It's a class struggle, as with everything else.

Jackrabbit , Sep 8 2019 23:02 utc | 53
somebody @42

So what had happened in 2014?

Maybe Israel/Mossad tried to use their blackmail material after Russia blocked Obama from bombing Syria? Isn't that when calls for a 'No-fly Zone' started?

Connections are to Iran-Contra.

The "connections" go well beyond Iran-Contra. Whitney Webb at mintpressnews.com has described how Jewish gangsters provided blackmail services to CIA/FBI and how Epstein was connected to the 'Mega Group' of billionaire Jewish philanthropists (some with gangster pasts) as well as other groups and individuals that are likely to have connections to Mossad.

Her latest: How the CIA, Mossad and "the Epstein Network" are Exploiting Mass Shootings to Create an Orwellian Nightmare .

Jackrabbit , Sep 8 2019 23:19 utc | 55
steven t johnson @50

Possibly the most disturbing whataboutism I've ever seen.

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It is amazingly unclear that the recruiters were paid.

How stupid do you think we are?

The girls were reportedly neglected and abused by their families ...

Epstein chose to victimize those that he could most easily control.

The issue is never whether Epstein was a criminal.

Epstein is a convicted sex offender.

somebody , Sep 9 2019 0:03 utc | 60
Posted by: Jackrabbit | Sep 8 2019 23:02 utc | 53

A lot of this is conjecture. Epstein's funding a certain type of research certainly looks like him acting as a kind of front possibly a CIA front.

The way he was shielded from the law in 2008 suggests he was a US secret service asset for what other agencies he might have worked for or not.

It looks like Victoria Giuffre moving from Australia back to the United States made all the difference .

Giuffre said she contacted the FBI in April 2014, months after she moved back to the United States. "But, it seemed like the hands of [assistant U.S. Attorney Marie] Villafaña and the FBI were always tied by someone else with more authority," she said.
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Jen , Sep 9 2019 0:28 utc | 63
Bevin @ 61:

No-one was talking about paedophilia on this comments thread until you decided to butt in and mention it. What are you trying to insinuate?

People were talking about trafficking young women, most of them from impoverished backgrounds or dysfunctional families afflicted by violence or alcoholism, and recruited with promises of easy wealth and security, as prostitutes / sex slaves for wealthy men. No-one was talking about consent laws.

The more you pontificate on this issue in the way you have done on past MoA comments forums and elsewhere, as though to muddy the conversation with irrelevant information about age of consent laws and how to slice-n-dice the definition of paedophilia, encourages people to suspect you have a hidden agenda, and perhaps not a pleasant one at that.

Jackrabbit , Sep 9 2019 0:44 utc | 64
bevin defends perversity with circular logic that will make your head spin.

40 year olds with 14 year olds? Its only natural, he claims. To think otherwise is defending the wealthy who have imposed this outrage upon us . Yeah, the old scumbags that want to bed 14 year olds TRICKED us into enacting bizarre laws that protect our children from them. LOL.

It would all be devilishly clever, if we were stupid enough to believe bevin's outlandish drivel.

Jackrabbit , Sep 9 2019 2:41 utc | 68
Why are 4 or 5 MoA regulars defending Epstein - weeks after his demise?

Who would defend Epstein except hasbara propagandists? They know that Epstein is Jewish and believed to be (with good reason!) a key member of a Mossad blackmail op.

It's almost comical to see them in action. @4 steven t johnson wraps his pro-Epstein views in the colors of democracy but his STFU message comes through loud and clear.

ben , Sep 9 2019 3:12 utc | 72
I don't get the confusion over the Pimp Epstein, perverse purveyor of young women to the rich and famous.

Ain't rocket science, it's as old as humanity..

uncle tungsten , Sep 9 2019 3:21 utc | 73
Thank you jackrabbit #68, the combined effort of the apologist team is disgusting and totally exposes their ulterior motive - to excuse the Maxwell and Wexner complicity in this ongoing crime. THESE TWO above all else must be protected by lowering the Maxwell Smart cone of silence.

Your succinct rebuttal is welcome as are the sane words of jen.

A User , Sep 9 2019 3:25 utc | 74
When I stumbled across the New Yorker article about the Epstein rock spider's control over MIT Media Labs, the first thing which occurred to me was "that's interesting, WTF does this MIT Media Labs thing do?"
After googling, duckduck going and yandexing this joint I am still none the wiser.
eg Check out this sleazy operation's wikipedia page & see if you become enlightened.

No? Same here, I particularly like this piece of what used to be called guff:

"Some recurring themes of work at the Media Lab include human adaptability,[18] human computer interaction, education and communication, artistic creation and visualization, and designing technology for the developing world. Other research focus includes machines with common sense, sociable robots, prosthetics, sensor networks, musical devices, city design, and public health. Research programs all include iterative development of prototypes which are tested and displayed for visitors"
.

Hmm not good, the news media is saturated with articles about how the rock spider would turn up to meetings with a female child on each arm, a couple of scientist virtue signalled how they would rescuse the children although none did, yet there isn't anything anywhere in any article which specifically deals with what was discussed. Isn't that rather odd?

I thought so then I came across this list of Media Lab spin off corporations .

Nearly all the corporations listed had links to their web site conveniently included which was handy since apart from Buzz Feed News I was unfamiliar with most.
I Haven't included any links altho the 'about page of Buzz Feed is an indication of their propaganda bent and the Crowd Supply page had me wondering if MIT Media Labs was about developing spy ware.
Well spyware and a lot of other nefarious shit I would say. No wonder MIT bosses rid themselves of Joi Ito so fast, not doing so would almost certainly have caused investigation of the Media Labs and could have caused some otherwise dutiful believers to wonder if MIT really was into 'academic objectivity'.

Peter AU 1 , Sep 9 2019 3:45 utc | 78
"WTF does this MIT Media Labs thing do?"

A good guess would be research regime change and population control, foreign and domestic.
From your wiki link ..
"The Media Lab was founded in 1985 by Nicholas Negroponte and former MIT President Jerome Wiesner, and is housed in the Wiesner Building (designed by I. M. Pei), also known as Building E15. The Lab has been written about in the popular press since 1988, when Stewart Brand published The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at M.I.T., and its work was a regular feature of technology journals in the 1990s. In 2009, it expanded into a second building"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_Negroponte
"In August 2007, he was appointed to a five-member special committee with the objective of assuring the continued journalistic and editorial integrity and independence of the Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones & Company publications and services"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wall_Street_Journal
"August 1, 2007, News Corporation and Dow Jones entered into a definitive merger agreement.[31] The US$5 billion sale added The Wall Street Journal to Rupert Murdoch's news empire, ..."

A User , Sep 9 2019 5:48 utc | 93
Well that is interesting as it seems many posters prefer discussing tabloid gossip whose effect is pretty much confined to the participants, than issues which could effect all of us.

Peter AU, one of the few who considered this highly relevant issue, has interpreted the Media Lab mission statement or WTF it is as, "research regime change and population control, foreign and domestic ", which it may well be that open ended guff at the site certainly doesn't preclude it but it also doesn't satisfy my point about how it is that everyone in journalism appears completely untroubled by the complete paucity of information that an organisation which troubles them because of its close relationship with a notorious rock spider, has been permitted to blithely skate through upon.
If this organisation is shady because it enabled Epstein's reprehensible behaviour surely that organ of democracy, a free press would also check out what it was that this organisation did to attract the largesse of a pedophile.
Incidentally FWIW, I have no doubt that the Epstein gang committed genuinely evil acts against children.

There was a link here a coupla months back to a Whitney Webb article which detailed how one of Epstein's 'girls' had been kidnapped off a NJ street when her mother went into a store to pay for some takeaway pizza. That 'young adult' was 11 years old and she had to endure an argument between Epstein & one of his clients about which one had the 'right'
to take her vaginal virginity after both had just sodomized her.
Tell me again this was just a bit of fun between some high spirited fellas.

I have known a few women 'on the game' in the course of my life and too many of them had horror stories of pre-teen rape and other abuse in their past for me to believe that it is all jolly hockeysticks and bluebells. I should also point out that where I live prostitution has been legal for more than 20 years.
It makes no difference because although some women are smart and self-motivated enough to dealt with the hypocrisy of a society which allows prostitution while is disparages the prostitutes, reality is that a majority of women hawk their forks because they have been made to feel that their vaginas are their sole marketable feature, and the disparagement they cop from nearly every part of society reinforces that.
People who have been subjected to abuse as a child frequently have a substandard education because for example, at the time other kids are asking their Dads to lend a hand with a science project, they are having to devote their time and energy to ensuring that they are never alone in a room with 'Dad'.

Peter AU 1 , Sep 9 2019 6:30 utc | 96
The MIT founder is associated with Murdoch who was a founding member of Reagan's perception management. The MIT's founder was put in charge of Murdoch's propaganda purchase to ensure editorial integrity.
MIT researches perception management.
The wheel revolves.
phiw13 , Sep 9 2019 6:54 utc | 97
@ A User | Sep 9 2019 5:48 utc | 94

MIT are the techbros par excellence . From the very early days of the "internet" and personal computers, they were at the forefront to popularises this thing (and making all its surveillance / spying / controlling origins.

See Yasha Levine's "Surveillance valley".

chu teh , Sep 9 2019 9:21 utc | 100
somebody | Sep 9 2019 7:58 utc | 100

..."We will develop a scenario for obtaining private funding," ...

Drug trade + weapons trade + energy prime sources trade [petroleum and U235 + nuclear reactors] operating under "cover of law" using "national security" as perfect cover to enable secret/off-the-books operations by private groups without actual government oversight. The surveillance/assassination state.

A. McCoy [Politics of Heroin in S Asia] explained how, under DeGaulle, France was able to covertly fund secret operations after WW2 using opiate drugs. The above is the natural extension of that successful policy.

That is Epstien's world. His pedophilia is a sensational attention grabber [Hey! Look at that red herring!] albeit despicable, so we do not see the rest.

All of us have been programmed, some more spinny than others but most unable to confront the utter lies of the collapse of WorkdTradeCenter Bldg. #7 or the JFK Magic Bullet or What were we doing killing millions in Viet Nam and leaving the legacy of unexploded bomblets and Agent Orange.

somebody , Sep 9 2019 9:32 utc | 101
Posted by: chu teh | Sep 9 2019 9:21 utc | 102

More Epstein's world

Jeffery Epstein was arrested on July 6 for the sex trafficking of minors within the US.

The billionaire shared the same personal network that included Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, infamous Blackwater founder Erik Prince, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, UAE Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Donald Trump and Bill Clinton.

Israeli ties notwithstanding, the Carbyne investor and advisory board brought strong ties to the US military-industrial complex.

Michael Chertoff, who ran Homeland Security under former president George W. Bush, serves on Carbyne's advisory board. Chertoff wrote the Patriot Act, which authorised sweeping digital surveillance of Americans.

Peter Thiel, one of the founders of Paypal, Facebook and Palantir, is also a Carbyne investor.

Thiel is an avid Trump supporter, and is heavily invested in military and intelligence companies. Thiel's Palantir is described as making use of "war on terror tools to track American citizens".

Trae Stephens, another co-founder of Palantir, is on Carbyne's advisory board. Stephens also served as the head of Trump's Department of Defense transition team.

....


Given that Epstein spent only 13 months in jail for what appears to be a 38-year crime-spree, how did Epstein evade justice? The answer may lie in a gentlemen's agreement shaping the Israeli-US intelligence relationship. Essentially, spies can operate with impunity when both countries agree on the same security objectives.

With a technology and espionage sector rife with criminals like Epstein, Chinese and Russian oligarch investors; there is more than meets the eye to Israel's intelligence. More critically, its security industry may be more compromised and unrestricted than the rest of the world is able to recognise.

For nations not in the know, it could mean their security and privacy. For authoritarian leaders, the no-qualms approach Israel offers could be the opportunity of a lifetime.

somebody , Sep 9 2019 9:37 utc | 102
It is all a small world where everybody trades across party lines and countries.

Victims' lawyers Lisa Bloom and David Boies used to work for Harvey Weinstein involving Black Cube - Lisa Bloom advised on how to smear the accusers.

Mina , Sep 9 2019 10:50 utc | 105
Ref MIT lab
MIT establishes the trends in terms of nowadays Academia. US prestige. What is funded. Result: European and Arab sheeps aka decision makers going 100% technology, hard science and hyper-specialization.

Best way to avoid dissent, critical reflection, creativity.

You taxpayers did not wonder where has all the education money gone? Why were social sciences left deriving neuro? or humanities deriving statistics and computing?

steven t johnson , Sep 9 2019 14:18 utc | 109
ben@67 somehow thinks that if I remind anyone that the goal of the Epstein re-run is to paint the Democratic Party, almost officially known as the Democrat Party by Republicans, as a monstrous pedophile conspiracy operated by Jew gangsters, I am endorsing this madness.

It is of course people who excuse all the accomplices and all the families in this, tacitly insisting Epstein had demonic powers, while falsely equating rejection of this insane vicious scheme with defense of pedophilia who are promoting antisemitic pedophile=Democrat Party allegations. There is no decent motive for this. It is as contemptible as insisting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a real expose.

The horrible story about kidnapping an eleven year old girl off the street after the mom went into a pizzeria? This is an excellent example of the filthy hypocrites excusing all sorts of criminals so they can Jew bait pedophile Democrat Party monsters. When the mother walks out of the store, she reports a missing child.

Which police commander suppressed the report? When the girl resurfaces with this hideous tale, which police commander suppressed the investigation into the kidnapping? If the mother didn't report the rape at all, why not? Who transported the girl across state lines (the revised Mann Act is what the "new" charges are supposed to be about?) Instead of even wondering who did all these things---which Epstein didn't personally do---instead of caring about these criminals also going to jail at all, these dirtbags only want to talk about Trump's enemies being monsters and international Jewry, pretending that none of this can be investigated because Epstein's files have been disappeared. This is despicable.

b , Sep 9 2019 14:19 utc | 110

Jackrabbit , Sep 9 2019 15:34 utc | 111

steven t johnson @109:
... people ... who are promoting antisemitic pedophile=Democrat Party allegations.
The only one associating the Democratic Party with Epstein is YOU. You appear to be doing so as a device to intimidate and silence us.

But your bullshit doesn't work because:

>> Intelligence agencies don't care about political divisions. A large-scale blackmail op like Epstein's would ensnare people across the political spectrum.

>> There are still suspicions regarding Trump despite no direct evidence that he got "massages". The video of him scoping out girls with Epstein (and Ghislaine in the background) is damning enough.

>> Jews are significant donors to BOTH parties.

>> US establishment support for Israel is bi-partisan.

>> Epstein, Ghislaine, Wexner, and Dershowitz are all Jewish. They are the principals and most prominent people involved. I'd guess that billionaire Wexner is republican while we know that Dershowitz is a Democrat.

>> Witney Webb at mintpressnews.com has described a history of blackmail ops by Jews in USA that preceded Epstein (Lewis Rosenstiel, Meyer Lansky, Roy Cohn). It's not antisemitic to take note of this anymore than it would be anti-Italian to note that the mafia is run by Italian families. And this history has nothing to do with partisan politics.

Mina , Sep 9 2019 17:12 utc | 117
How funds end up in 'trending labs' that 'research' nothing else but marketing.
https://slate.com/technology/2019/09/mit-media-lab-jeffrey-epstein-joi-ito-moral-rot.html?via=gdpr-consent
and how the US impose a model of 'money has no smell'
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/08/opinion/joichi-ito.html

[Sep 09, 2019] Epstein Connection to CIA and DynCorp

Notable quotes:
"... Epstein's arrest has been a shock really. I never thought the day would come where he would actually face the rest of his life in prison. Perhaps, as others have suggested, he's being thrown under the bus to protect the un-named co-conspirators who also received blanket immunity in his sweet-heart plea deal. (Clintons? Trump? Podesta? Hastert? Dershowitz? Summers? Spacey?...) ..."
Sep 09, 2019 | steemit.com

Disgraced billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is being charged as a child molester molestation involving "dozens of minor girls" as young as 14 between 2002 and 2005, according to an unsealed indictment released by prosecutors.

This is a separate from last weeks court order for documents which may contain the names of high-level individuals. The indictment says he "sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in Manhattan... and Palm Beach."

Epstein apparently used recruiters to help him create "a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit in locations including New York and Palm Beach" . Receruiters are how these sex trafficking groups and sex cults like NXIVM work. Miami Herald Investigative Reporter Julie K. Brown mentioned how there are many more victims who she hopes come forward.

"They were taken advantage of by someone who knew how to prey upon them and groom them to do things he wanted them to do."

The Miami Herald previously exposed how the current U.S. labor secretary Alex Acosta violated federal law he swore to uphold when he gave Epstein the deal without clearing it with his victims.

"The Miami Herald last year published a series of articles reporting that the top federal prosecutor in southern Florida at the time, Alex Acosta, worked with Epstein's lawyers to fashion the deal. Acosta, now the U.S. labor secretary, violated federal law when he failed to clear the federal non-prosecution agreement with many of Epstein's alleged victims, a federal judge ruled in February."

The Herald apparently found 60 victims, some who were 14 and 15 years old, who were also trafficked with 25 to 30 others.

The sex trafficking network has connections to the CIA and DynCorp. A special report on Occurrences: Foreign and Domestic identified Epstein's suspected trafficking vehicle, a small plane, which had the "same tail number as a State department Bronco used under contract by DynCorp." This is the same plane that was involve din DynCorp sex trafficking of minors in the Balkans.

Most of the business DynCorp had by 2003 came from the CIA. Wired wrote of the importance of DynCorp in 2003:

DynCorp represents nothing less than the future of national security. While outfits like Raytheon make their money developing weapons systems, DynCorp offers the military an alternative to itself. In 2002, the company took in $2.3 billion doing what you probably thought was Pentagon work. DynCorp planes and pilots fly the defoliation missions that are the centerpiece of Plan Colombia.

Armed DynCorp employees constitute the core of the police force in Bosnia. DynCorp troops protect Afghan president Hamid Karzai. DynCorp manages the border posts between the US and Mexico, many of the Pentagon's weapons-testing ranges, and the entire Air Force One fleet of presidential planes and helicopters. During the Persian Gulf War, it was DynCorp employees, not soldiers, who serviced and rearmed American combat choppers, and it's DynCorp's people, not military personnel, who late last year began "forward deploying" equipment and ammunition to the Middle East in preparation for war with Iraq.

DynCorp inventories everything seized by the Justice Department's Asset Forfeiture Program, runs the Naval Air Warfare Center at Patuxent River, Maryland, and is producing the smallpox and anthrax vaccines the government may use to inoculate everyone in the United States.

It stands to reason that the CIA was involved in sex trafficking as part of their operations at the time, possibly for their own operatives or other soldiers who had these perverted predilections. The operation may have been multi-national, with who knows how many planes trafficking girls in various areas of the world for sexual exploitation by the powerful rich or military men.


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Thank you for your time and attention. Peace. v4vapid ( 72 ) · 2 months ago (edited) Fun Fact: my very first post on Steemit was about Epstein and his connections to America's oligarchy. Epstein is/was also a member of the Trilateral Commission, the CFR and very closely connected to Harvard law school.

The connections to Dyncorp are tangible - for anyone interested in this connection fellow steemian @rebelskum wrote a self published e-book on the subject from his investigation into the contractor.

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The Epstein case is a giant iceberg with much more below the surface, with tentacles connecting a seemingly unconnected network of child abuse rings on an international scale.

Epstein's arrest has been a shock really. I never thought the day would come where he would actually face the rest of his life in prison. Perhaps, as others have suggested, he's being thrown under the bus to protect the un-named co-conspirators who also received blanket immunity in his sweet-heart plea deal. (Clintons? Trump? Podesta? Hastert? Dershowitz? Summers? Spacey?...)

Will be following this very closely, thanks for keeping us up to date!

theouterlight ( 72 ) · 2 months ago I forgot about that story about the tail number and the airplane, otherwise would have talked about that in my last vid. Great article btw!

[Sep 09, 2019] Jeffrey Epstein His Accomplices, His Victims, His Powerful and Possibly Official Entanglements

Epstein scandal does not begin and does not ends with Epstein. It was pioneers by Meyer Lansky and OSS. It was continued by J. Edgar Hoover and
Sep 08, 2019 | jessescrossroadscafe.blogspot.com
Jeffrey Epstein: His Accomplices, His Victims, His Powerful and Possibly Official Entanglements
"Yet, as this report will show, all of these rings -- and more -- were connected to the same network that involved key figures linked to the Reagan White House and linked to Roy Cohn -- revealing the true scope of the sordid sexual blackmail operations and sex rings that involved the trafficking of children within the U.S. and even in Central America for their exploitation by dangerous and powerful pedophiles in the United States.

Appalling for both the villainous abuse of children itself and the chilling implications of government by blackmail, this tangled web of unsavory alliances casts a lurid light on the political history of the United States from the Prohibition Era right up to the present day and the Age of Trump, a fact made increasingly clear as more and more information comes to light in relation to the Jeffrey Epstein case."

Whitney Webb, Too Big to Fail: Government By Blackmail

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

Ephesians 6:12

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[Sep 08, 2019] Kidnapping as a tool of imperial statecraft by The Saker

Sep 08, 2019 | www.unz.com

There is nothing new about empires taking hostages and using them to put pressure on whatever rebel group needs to reminded "who is boss". The recent arrest in Italy of Alexander Korshunov , the director for business development at Russia's United Engine Corporation (UEC), is really nothing new but just the latest in a long string of kidnappings. And, as I already mentioned in distant 2017 , that kind of thuggery is not a sign of strength but, in fact, a sign of weakness. Remember Michael Ledeen's immortal words about how "" Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business "? Well, you could say that this latest spat of kidnappings is indicative of the same mindset and goal, just on a much smaller, individual, scale. And, finally, it ain't just Russia, we all know about the kidnapping of Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou by the Canadian authorities .

By the way, you might wonder how can I speak of "kidnapping" when, in reality, these were legal arrests made by the legitimate authorities of the countries in which these arrests were made? Simple! As I mentioned last week , words matter and to speak of an "arrest" in this case wrongly suggest that 1) some crime was committed (when in reality there is ZERO evidence of that, hence the talk of "conspiracy" to do something illegal) 2) that this crime was investigated and that the authorities have gathered enough evidence to justify an arrest and 3) that the accused will have a fair trial. None of that applies to the cases of Viktor Bout , Konstantin Iaroshenko , Marina Butina or, for that matter, Meng Wanzhou or Wang Weijing . The truth is that these so-called "arrests" are simple kidnappings, the goal is hostage taking with the goal to either 1) try to force Russia (and China) to yield to US demands or 2) try to "get back" at Russia (and China) following some humiliating climb down by the US Administration (this was also the real reason behind the uncivilized seizure of Russian diplomatic buildings in the USA).

This is not unlike what the Gestapo and the SS liked to do during WWII and their kidnapping of hostages was also called "arrest" by the then state propaganda machine. By the way, the Bolsheviks also did a lot of that during the civil war, but on a much larger scale. In reality, both in the case of the Nazi authorities and in the case of the imperial USA, as soon as a person is arrested he/she is subjected to solitary confinement and other forms of psychological torture (Manning or Assange anybody?!) in order to either make them break or to at least show Russia and China that the US, being the World Hegemon gets to seize anybody worldwide, be it by a CIA kidnapping team or by using local colonial law enforcement authorities (aka local police forces).

US politicians love to "send messages" and this metaphor is used on a daily basis by US officials in all sorts of circumstances. Here the message is simple: we can do whatever the hell we want, and there ain't nothing you can do about it!

But is that last statement really true?

Well, in order to reply to this we should look at the basic options available to Russia (this also applies to China, but here I want to focus on the Russian side of the issue). I guess the basic list of options is pretty straightforward:

Publicly protest and denounce these kidnappings as completely illegal (and immoral to boot!) Retaliate by using legal means (sanctions, cancellation of agreements, etc.) Retaliate by using extra-legal means (counter-kidnappings, not unlike what China allegedly decided to do in the case of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor )

Frankly, in the case of the USA, options one and two are useless: the AngloZionist leaders have long given up any hope of not being hated and despised by 99% of mankind and they have long dropped any pretense of legality, nevermind morality: they don't give a damn what anybody thinks. Their main concern is to conceal their immense weakness, but they fail to do so time and time again. Truly, when wannabe "empires" can't even bring an extremely weakened country such as Venezuela to heel, there ain't much they can do to boot their credibility. If anything, this thuggery is nothing more than the evidence of a mind-blowing weakness of the Empire.

But that weakness in no way implies that Russia and China have good options. Sadly, they don't.

Russia can engage in various types of sanctions, ranging from the petty bureaucratic harassment of US representations, diplomats, businessmen and the like to economic and political retaliations. But let's not kid ourselves, there is very little Russia can do to seriously hurt the USA with such retaliations. Many would advocate retaliation in kind, but that poses a double problem for the Kremlin:

some are more equal than others " and that that which is "allowed" to the World Hegemon is categorically forbidden to everybody else. Thus if Russia retaliates in kind, there will be an explosion of hysterical protests not only by the western legacy corporate and state ziomedia, but also from the 5 th columnist in the Russian "liberal" press.

And yes, unlike the USA, Russia does have a vibrant, diverse and pluralistic media and each time when Putin agrees to a press conference (especially one several hours long) he knows that he will be asked the tough, unpleasant, questions. But since he, unlike most western leaders, can intelligently answer them he does not fear them. As for Dmitrii Peskov and Maria Zakharova, they have heard it all a gazillion during the past years, including often the most ridiculously biased, mis-informed and outright ridiculous "questions" (accusations, really) from the western presstitute corps in Russia.

So yes, Russia could, in theory, retaliate by arresting US citizens in Russia (or by staging Cold War type provocations) or by kidnapping them abroad (Russia does have special forces trained for this kind of operation). But this is most unlikely to yield any meaningful results and it would create a PR nightmare for the Kremlin.

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The truth is that in most of these cases we always come down to the fundamental dichotomy: on one hand we have a rogue state gone bonkers with imperial hubris, arrogance and crass ignorance (say, the USA and/or Israel) while on the other we have states which try to uphold a civilized international order (Russia, China, Iran, etc.). This is by logical necessity a lop-sided struggle in which the thugs will almost always have the advantage.

Kevin Frost , says: September 7, 2019 at 12:05 pm GMT

I see that not everyone believes in an eye for an eye. Bless your religion sir. If I had the power to call down blessings, which I don't, I'd have to make that a double order. You are twice blessed for saying, out loud, publicly and all, that the Soviet Union did not fall, nor did anyone push it over. It was not about the price of oil or the cost of wheat or even the darkness that lurks in the depths of mens souls. It was dismantled by its own chief executive officers and it fell apart precisely because its officials still did their jobs. People have all sorts of strong feelings about this, understandably so, yet is it well to stick to the truth. I agree with you on this matter thought it's difficult to endure such provocative and insulting evils. In past struggles with Europe, Russia has proven itself capable and willing to make the sacrifices necessary to achieve its aims. A determined stance on the part of the leaders puts a burden on the people. But as well, it empowers them to. In this way they succeed.
renfro , says: September 8, 2019 at 4:37 am GMT
Captain Hook to Captain Kumar of the runaway oil tanker lol peter pan clowns running the State Department.

"This is Brian Hook . . . I work for secretary of state Mike Pompeo and serve as the US Representative for Iran," Mr Hook wrote to Akhilesh Kumar on August 26, according to several emails seen by the Financial Times. "I am writing with good news."

"With this money you can have any life you wish and be well-off in old age," Mr Hook wrote in a second email to Mr Kumar that also included a warning. "If you choose not to take this easy path, life will be much harder for you."

[Sep 06, 2019] 9-11 and Jeffrey Epstein Media Malfeasance on Steroids by Kevin Barrett

It is not vey clear for whom Epstein used to work. Mossad connection is just one hypothesis. What sovereign state would allow compromising politician by a foreign intelligence service. This just does not compute.
But the whole tone of discussion below clearly point to the crisis of legitimacy of neoliberal elite. And Russiagate had shown that the elite cares about it and tried to patch the cracks.
Sep 06, 2019 | www.unz.com

As Eric Rasmusen writes: "Everybody, it seems, in New York society knew by 2000 that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were corrupting teenage girls, but the press wouldn't cover it." Likewise, everybody in New York society has long known that Larry Silverstein, who bought the asbestos-riddled white elephant World Trade Center in July 2001 and immediately doubled the insurance, is a mobbed-up friend of Netanyahu and a confessed participant in the controlled demolition of Building 7 , from which he earned over 700 million insurance dollars on the pretext that al-Qaeda had somehow brought it down. But the press won't cover that either.

The New York Times , America's newspaper of record, has the investigative talent and resources to expose major corruption in New York. Why did the Times spend almost two decades ignoring the all-too-obvious antics of Epstein and Silverstein? Why is it letting the absurd tale of Epstein's alleged suicide stand? Why hasn't it used the work of Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth -- including the brand-new University of Alaska study on the controlled demolition of WTC-7 -- to expose the biggest scandal of the 21 st century, if not all of American history?

The only conceivable answer is that The New York Times is somehow complicit in these monstrous crimes. It must be protecting its friends in high places. So who are those friends, and where are those high places?

One thing Epstein and Silverstein have in common, besides names ending in "-stein," is alleged involvement in the illicit sex industry. Epstein's antics, or at least some of them, are by now well-known. Not so for Silverstein, who apparently began his rags-to-9/11-riches story as a pimp supplying prostitutes and nude dancers to the shadier venues of NYC, alongside other illicit activities including "the heroin trade, money laundering and New York Police corruption." All of this was exposed in a mid-1990s lawsuit. But good luck finding any investigative reports in The New York Times .

Another Epstein-Silverstein connection is their relationships to major American Jewish organizations. Even while he was allegedly pimping girls and running heroin, Larry Silverstein served as president for United Jewish Appeal of New York. As for Epstein, he was the boy toy and protégé of Les Wexner, co-founder of the Mega Group of Jewish billionaires associated with the World Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, and other pro-Israel groups. Indeed, there is no evidence that "self-made billionaire" Epstein ever earned significant amounts of money; his only investment "client" was Les Wexner. Epstein, a professional sexual blackmailer, used his supposed billionaire status as a cover story. In fact, he was just an employee working for Wexner and associated criminal/intelligence networks.

Which brings us to the third and most important Epstein-Silverstein similarity: They were both close to the government of Israel. Jeffrey Epstein's handler was Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of Mossad super-spy Robert Maxwell; among his friends was Ehud Barak, who is currently challenging Netanyahu for leadership of Israel. Larry Silverstein, too, has friends in high Israeli places. According to Haaretz , Silverstein has "close ties with Netanyahu" (speaking to him on the phone every weekend) as well as with Ehud Barak, "whom Silverstein in the past offered a job as his representative in Israel" and who called Silverstein immediately after 9/11.

We may reasonably surmise that both Jeffrey Epstein and Larry Silverstein have been carrying on very important work on behalf of the state of Israel. And we may also surmise that this is the reason The New York Times has been covering up the scandals associated with both Israeli agents for almost two decades. The Times , though it pretends to be America's newspaper of record, has always been Jewish-owned-and-operated. Its coverage has always been grotesquely distorted in favor of Israel . It has no interest in exposing the way Israel controls the United States by blackmailing its leaders (Epstein) and staging a fake "Arab-Muslim attack on America" (Silverstein). The awful truth is that The New York Times is part of the same Jewish-Zionist " we control America " network as Jeffrey Epstein and Larry Silverstein.

Epstein "Suicide" Illustrates Zionist Control of USA -- and the Decadence and Depravity of Western Secularism

Since The New York Times and other mainstream media won't go there, let's reflect on the facts and lessons of the Jeffrey Epstein suicide scandal -- a national disgrace that ought to shock Americans into rethinking their worldviews in general, and their views on the official myth of 9/11 in particular.

On Saturday, August 10, 2019, convicted child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was allegedly found dead in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in New York City, one of America's most corrupt prisons. The authorities claim Epstein hanged himself. But nobody, not even the presstitutes of America's corporate propaganda media, convincingly pretends to believe the official story.

Jeffrey Epstein was a pedophile pimp to presidents and potentates. His job was recruiting young girls for sex, then offering them to powerful men -- in settings outfitted with hidden video cameras. When police raided his New York townhouse on July 6-7 2019 they found locked safes full of pornographic pictures of underage girls, along with piles of compact discs labeled "young (name of girl) + (name of VIP)." Epstein had been openly and brazenly carrying on such activities for more than two decades, as reported throughout most of that period by alternative media outlets including my own Truth Jihad Radio and False Flag Weekly News . (Even before the 2016 elections, my audience knew that both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump were blackmailed clients of Jeffrey Epstein, that Clinton was a frequent flyer on Epstein's "Lolita Express" private jet, and that Trump had been credibly accused in a lawsuit of joining Epstein in the brutal rape of a 13-year-old, to whom Trump then allegedly issued death threats.) It was only in the summer of 2019 that mainstream media and New York City prosecutors started talking about what used to be consigned to the world of "conspiracy theories."

So who was Epstein working for? His primary employer was undoubtedly the Israeli Mossad and its worldwide Zionist crime network. Epstein's handler was Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of Mossad super-spy Robert Maxwell. According to sworn depositions, Ghislaine Maxwell recruited underage girls for Epstein and oversaw his sex trafficking operations. As the New Yorker reported August 16: "In court papers that were unsealed on August 9th, it was alleged that Maxwell had been Epstein's central accomplice, first as his girlfriend, and, later, as his trusted friend and procuress, grooming a steady stream of girls, some as young as fourteen, coercing them to have sex with Epstein at his various residences around the world, and occasionally participating in the sexual abuse herself." Alongside Maxwell, Epstein's other Mossad handler was Les Wexner, co-founder of the notorious Mega Group of billionaire Israeli spies , who appears to have originally recruited the penniless Epstein and handed him a phony fortune so Epstein could pose as a billionaire playboy.

Even after Epstein's shady "suicide" mega-Mossadnik Maxwell continued to flaunt her impunity from American justice. She no doubt conspired to publicize the August 15 New York Post photograph of herself smiling and looking "chillingly serene" at In-And-Out-Burger in Los Angeles, reading The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of C.I.A. Operatives . That nauseating photo inspired the New Yorker to accuse her of having "gall" -- a euphemism for the Yiddish chutzpah , a quality that flourishes in the overlapping Zionist and Kosher Nostra communities.

Maxwell and The New York Post , both Kosher Nostra/Mossad assets, were obviously sending a message to the CIA: Don't mess with us or we will expose your complicity in these scandalous crimes. That is the Mossad's standard operating procedure: Infiltrate and compromise Western intelligence services in order to prevent them from interfering with the Zionists' over-the-top atrocities. According to French historian Laurent Guyénot's hypothesis, the CIA's false flag fake assassination attempt on President John F. Kennedy, designed to be blamed on Cuba, was transformed by Mossad into a real assassination -- and the CIA couldn't expose it due to its own complicity. (The motive: Stop JFK from ending Israel's nuclear program.) The same scenario, Guyénot argues, explains the anomalies of the Mohamed Merah affair , the Charlie Hebdo killings, and the 9/11 false flag operation. It would not be surprising if Zionist-infiltrated elements of the CIA were made complicit in Jeffrey Epstein's sexual blackmail activities, in order to protect Israel in the event Epstein had to be "burned" (which is apparently what has finally occurred).

So what really happened to Epstein? Perhaps the most likely scenario is that the Kosher Nostra, which owns New York in general and the mobbed-up MCC prison in particular, allowed the Mossad to exfiltrate Epstein to Occupied Palestine, where he will be given a facelift, a pension, a luxury suite overlooking the Mediterranean, and a steady stream of young sex slaves (Israel is the world's capital of human trafficking, an honor it claimed from the Kosher Nostra enclaves of Odessa after World War II). Once the media heat wave blows over, Epstein will undoubtedly enjoy visits from his former Mossad handler Ghislaine Maxwell, his good friend Ehud Barak, and various other Zionist VIPs. He may even offer fresh sex slaves to visiting American congressmen.

This is not just a paranoid fantasy scenario. According to Eric Rasmusen : "The Justice Dept. had better not have let Epstein's body be cremated. And they'd better give us convincing evidence that it's his body. If I had $100 million to get out of jail with, acquiring a corpse and bribing a few people to switch fingerprints and DNA wouldn't be hard. I find it worrying that the government has not released proof that Epstein is dead or a copy of the autopsy."

But didn't the alleged autopsy reportedly find broken neck bones that are more commonly associated with strangulation murders than suicides? That controversy may have been scripted to distract the public from an insider report on 4chan , first published before the news of Epstein's "suicide" broke, that Epstein had been "switched out" of MCC. If so, the body with the broken neck bones wasn't Epstein's.

The Epstein affair (like 9/11) illustrates two critically important truths about Western secularism: there is no truth, and there are no limits. A society that no longer believes in God no longer believes in truth, since God is al-haqq, THE truth, without Whom the whole notion of truth has no metaphysical basis. The postmodern philosophers understand this perfectly well. They taught a whole generation of Western humanities scholars that truth is merely a function of power: people accept something as "true" to the extent that they are forced by power to accept it. So when the most powerful people in the world insist that three enormous steel-frame skyscrapers were blown to smithereens by relatively modest office fires on 9/11, that absurd assertion becomes the official "truth" as constructed by such Western institutions as governments, courts, media, and academia. Likewise, the assertion that Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide under circumstances that render that assertion absurd will probably become the official "truth" as recorded and promulgated by the West's ruling institutions, even though nobody will ever really believe it.

Epstein's career as a shameless, openly-operating Mossad sexual blackmailer -- like the in-your-face 9/11 coup -- also illustrates another core truth of Western secularism: If there is no God, there are no limits (in this case, to human depravity and what it can get away with). Or as Dostoevsky famously put it: "If God does not exist, everything is permitted." Since God alone can establish metaphysically-grounded limits between what is permitted and what is forbidden, a world without God will feature no such limits; in such a world Aleister Crowley's satanic motto "Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law" becomes the one and only commandment. In today's Godless West, why should men not "do what they wilt" and indulge their libidos by raping young girls if they can get away with it? After all, all the other sexual taboos are being broken, one by one. Fornication, adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism, gender-bending all of these have been transformed during my lifetime from crimes and vices to "human rights" enjoyed by the most liberal and fashionable right-thinking Western secularists. Even bestiality and necrophilia are poised to become normalized "sexual identities" whose practitioners will soon be proudly marching in "bestiality pride" and "necrophilia pride" parades. So why not normalize pedophilia and other forms of rape perpetrated by the strong against the weak? And why not add torture and murder in service to sexual gratification? After all, the secret bible of the sexual identity movement is the collected works of the Marquis de Sade, the satanic prophet of sexual liberation, with whom the liberal progressivist secular West is finally catching up. It will not be surprising if, just a few years after the Jeffrey Epstein "suicide" is consigned to the memory hole, we will be witnessing LGBTQBNPR parades, with the BNPR standing for bestiality, necrophilia, pedophilia, and rape. (It would have been LGBTQBNPRG, with the final G standing for Gropers like President Trump, except that the G was already taken by the gays.) The P's, pioneers of pedophile pride parades, will undoubtedly celebrate Jeffrey Epstein as an ahead-of-his-time misunderstood hero who was unjustly persecuted on the basis of his unusual sexual orientation.

It is getting harder and harder to satirize the decadence and depravity of the secular West, which insists on parodying itself with ever-increasing outlandishness. When the book on this once-mighty civilization is written, and the ink is dry, readers will be astounded by the limitless lies of the drunk-on-chutzpah psychopaths who ran it into the ground.


NoseytheDuke , says: September 5, 2019 at 4:30 am GMT

Correct me if I am wrong but I thought Lucky Larry only leased the WTC buildings rather than actually purchased them. I think I have read that his investment was in the region of 150 mill for which he has recouped a whopping 4 bill.
Wizard of Oz , says: September 5, 2019 at 4:42 am GMT
Would you please answer a preliminary question before I put finishing this on my busy agenda? You stake a fair bit of your credit on what you say about Larry Silverstein and insurance. My present understanding is that the insurance cover for WTC 1 and 2 was increased as a routine part of the financing deal he had made for a purchase which was only months old. Not true? Not the full story? Convince us.

As to WTC 7 my understanding is that he had owned the building for some years and had not recently increased the insurance. Not true? And when did any clause get into his WTC7 insurance contract which might have had some effect on inflating the payout?

Fozzy Bear , says: September 5, 2019 at 4:55 am GMT
“Trump had been credibly accused in a lawsuit of joining Epstein in the brutal rape of a 13-year-old, to whom Trump then allegedly issued death threats.)”
The “Katie Johnson” case collapsed in 2016 when it was revealed that “she” was in fact a middle-aged man, a stringer for the Jerry Springer show. Just another Gloria Allred fraud.
nsa , says: September 5, 2019 at 5:26 am GMT
“a society that no longer believes in god no longer believes in the truth, since god is the truth….blah blah blah”
This is thin gruel indeed…..just silly platitudes from a muzzie convert. There are at least 100 billion galaxies in the universe with each galaxy containing as many as 100 billion stars. And there is no telling how many universes there are. Does anyone really believe Barrett’s preferred deity takes a time out from running this vast empire to service Barrett’s yearning for “truth”? Just goes to prove that humans will believe almost any idea as long as it’s sufficiently idiotic.
utu , says: September 5, 2019 at 5:47 am GMT
The release of Prof. J. Leroy Hulsey report on the finite element analysis of the WTC7 collapse should be a big news.

http://ine.uaf.edu/wtc7

http://ine.uaf.edu/media/222439/uaf_wtc7_draft_report_09-03-2019.pdf

Conclusion form the EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

“The principal conclusion of our study is that fire did not cause the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11, contrary to the conclusions of NIST and private engineering firms that studied the collapse.”

“It is our conclusion based upon these findings that the collapse of WTC 7 was a global failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of all columns in the building and not a progressive collapse involving the sequential failure of columns throughout the building.”

WorkingClass , says: September 5, 2019 at 5:47 am GMT
Trump is Israel’s best friend. Right? So why is the Jew York Times trying to destroy him? I don’t get it.
Mark James , says: September 5, 2019 at 5:52 am GMT
Speaking of the truth v. parody I’d really rather work on the cause of Epstein’s death –yes I think he’s dead– suicide or strangulation ?
There are some things the Justice Dept. could do if they wanted to. Why they apparently didn’t want to expose the corpse in greater detail, let media view the cell, have correspondent(s) interview the ex- cellmate of Epstein, et.al just leads to suspicions. This is something they should have to answer for . That includes AG Barr. Trump could make it happen–like every thing else– if Barr says no. The President won’t.

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utu , says: September 5, 2019 at 5:58 am GMT
Dostoyevsky with his “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” overlooked the Jewish God who permits much more when it comes to Jewish gentile relations. The Jewish God is not limited by the Kant’s First Moral Imperative. The Jewish God’s moral laws are not universal. They are context dependent according to the Leninist Who, whom rule.
utu , says: September 5, 2019 at 6:00 am GMT

Not so for Silverstein, who apparently began his rags-to-9/11-riches story as a pimp supplying prostitutes and nude dancers to the shadier venues of NYC, alongside other illicit activities including “the heroin trade, money laundering and New York Police corruption.”

I would like to see more about the beginnings of Silverstein’s career.

BlackDragon , says: September 5, 2019 at 6:19 am GMT
Good work Kevin, Irrelevant exactly what Silverstein did in way of insurance.The FACT is that WTC7 DID NOT FALL due to fires. Neither did WTC1 or 2. The 6 million dollar question is ‘WHO put the ‘bang’ in the building?’ to bring them down, by what ever means. Im in favour of nukes for 1 and 2.
Answer that! Why isnt Silverstein arrested? I think Kevin provided the answer in the article..
Antares , says: September 5, 2019 at 6:27 am GMT
I liked the article but skipped the part about some god. Nothing matches intellectual integrity.

“It is getting harder and harder to satirize the decadence and depravity of the secular West”

This is the same line of reasoning as Vltchek’s but then from a(nother) religious point of view.

The Duke of Dork , says: September 5, 2019 at 6:28 am GMT
I just stumbled onto your article from a link on reddit, r/epstein. You make some convincing arguments. I was thrilled that you brought 9/11 into this – because the Epstein “suicide” and how it is being covered reminds me so much of how I felt after 9/11 and the run-up to the war. -But you lost me at the end with the stuff about Godless secularism. I’ve read the bible and it is not the answer to what’s wrong with the world.
Sean , says: September 5, 2019 at 6:31 am GMT

Why did the Times spend almost two decades ignoring the all-too-obvious antics of Epstein and Silverstein? Why is it letting the absurd tale of Epstein’s alleged suicide stand?

One thing cannot be denied : Epstein was arrested, denied bail and jailed awaiting trail on a Federal indictment for much the same offence he had pleaded guilty to a decade ago, which did not involve even a single homicide yet made him universally reviled and in as much trouble with the legal system as a man could be (almost certain never to get out again). Epstein was in far more trouble that anyone of his financial resources has ever been, but then that was for paying for sex acts with young teen girls.

What an awesomely impressive testament to the impunity enjoyed by the Jewish elite Epstein is. It is no wonder that Larry Silverstein was insouciant about the risks of a Jewish lightning fraud controlled demolition killing thousands of people in a building he had just bought and increased the insurance coverage of. After all, it wasn’t anything serious like paying for getting hundreds of handjobs from underage girls. And it is not like someone like the Pizzagate nut that fired his AR15 into underground child molestation complex beneath the Dems restaurant/pedophile centre would take all those WTC deaths seriously enough to shoot at him just because of inevitable internet accusations of mass murder. Mr Barrett, why don’t you step up and do it, thereby proving you believe the things you say .

Macon Richardson , says: September 5, 2019 at 7:11 am GMT
@NoseytheDuke Yes, he leased the World Trade Center buildings one and two from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He built World Trade Center building seven, having acquired a ground lease from Port Authority.

I can’t imagine why you ask this question in a public venue. I found the answer in less than one minute on the internet.

I assume the insurance policies were for the present value of his net profits for the duration of the leases.

Lastoknow , says: September 5, 2019 at 7:26 am GMT
I recall reading about this guy prior to the event. I believe it was USATODAY . He and a silent partner had bought the complex with a down of 63million and had it insured for 7billion. I thought it odd that the port authority would let go of the property at the time.
As the building deficiencies became known afterwards,my thoughts were along the line of insurance fraud.
I came across a copy of the rand Corp “state of the world 2000” which accurately describes the scenario and resulting culture of terror as “one possible future “…. funny how it’s taken all these years to discover this website.
Sean , says: September 5, 2019 at 9:08 am GMT

Indeed, there is no evidence that “self-made billionaire” Epstein ever earned significant amounts of money.

Good thing that Wexner is Jewish so we can discount the possibility that he was telling the truth the other month when he said that Epstein stole vast amounts of Wexner money

his only investment “client” was Les Wexner

Clever of Wexner to give Epstein 80 million dollars to deliberately lose.
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-lost-usd80-million-in-hedge-fund-bet-gone-bad.html

Alongside Maxwell, Epstein’s other Mossad handler was Les Wexner, co-founder of the notorious Mega Group of billionaire Israeli spies

Wexner and his fellow Mossad spy Maxwell leaving Virginia Roberts alive to repeatedly sue them, and use the world”s media to accuse them of sexually abusing, trafficking, pimping her out to VIPs, and fiming the trysts was a brilliant way to keep everything a secret.

Mossad handler Ghislaine Maxwell, his good friend Ehud Barak, and various other Zionist VIPs.

Yes, they are the greatest covert operatives ever.

Just another serf , says: September 5, 2019 at 9:45 am GMT
Epstein’s crimes are simple breaches of etiquette when compared to Silverstein. I believe the term “Silverstein valleys” has been used to describe the melted granite discovered beneath the former towers, Silverstein grins widely in interviews, while so many suffered horribly.

One might even consider the 9/11 deaths to be something of a “holocaust”. Certainly one of the most evil human beings to have walked the Earth.

Whitewolf , says: September 5, 2019 at 10:11 am GMT
@Wizard of Oz Silverstein said he gave the okay for wtc 7 to be “pulled”. The building was on fire at the time. Either someone wired it to be pulled while it was on fire and already damaged or it was wired for demolition beforehand. The second scenario seems a lot more likely. In that case all the insurance contract details are largely irrelevant to the bigger picture.
Twodees Partain , says: September 5, 2019 at 10:54 am GMT
The idea that the CIA is somehow independent of Mossad and that Mossad would have to warn the CIA off of the Epstein matter is implausible to me. Guyenot’s hypothesis tends to give cover to the CIA in the assassination of JFK by claiming that the CIA plot was set in motion as some sort of attempt to control JFK and that it was hijacked into an actual assassination by Mossad. That just isn’t credible.

It’s much more accurate to observe that the CIA was erected by the same zionists who oversaw the creation of Israel and later the forming of Mossad, and that the two agencies have been joined at the hip ever since.

anon [383] • Disclaimer , says: September 5, 2019 at 11:33 am GMT
@WorkingClass Bad cop good cop. NYT is trying to destroy him . Israel says to him :” send this , do this ,allow us to do this , increase this by this amount , and we will make sure that in final analysis you don’t get hurt ”
Trump possibly knows that the only people who could hurt him is the Jewish people of power .

Has NYT ever criticized Trump for relocating embassy , recognizing Golan, for allowing Israel use Anerican resources to hit Syria or Gaza , for allowing Israel drag US into more military involvement. for allowing Israel wage war against Gaza ,? Has NYT ever explored the dynamics behind abrogation of JCPOA and application of more sanctions?

NYT has focused on Russia gate knowing in advance that it has no merit and no public traction, Is it hurting Trump or itself ?

Kevin Barrett , says: • Website September 5, 2019 at 12:25 pm GMT
@NoseytheDuke It was a 100 year lease, which is better described by the word purchase .
anon [383] • Disclaimer , says: September 5, 2019 at 12:28 pm GMT
People with normal IQ would believe that Epstein killed himself, if the following took place –

Media day and night asking questions about him from 360 degree of inquiries

1 why the surveillance video were not functioning despite the serious nature of the charges against a man who could rat out a lot in court against powerful people
2 why the coroner initially thought that Epstein was murdered
3 how many guards and how many fell asleep?
4 who and why allowed the spin story around Epstein brilliance and high IQ build up over the years ?
5 how does Epstein come to get linked to non -Jews people who have absolute loyalty to Israel
6 how did Epstein get involved with Jewish leaders ?
7 How did Epstein continue to enjoy seat on Harvard and enjoy social celebrity status after plea deal ?
8 Why did Wexner allow this man so much control over his asset ?
9 Media felt if terrorism were unique Muslim thing , why media is not alluding to the fact that pedophilia is a unique Jewish thing ?
10 why the angle of Israel being sex slavery capital and Epstein being sex slave pimp not being connected ?
11 how death in prison in foreign unfriendly countries often become causus celebre by US media , politicians , NGO and US treasury – why not this death ?

Kevin Barrett , says: • Website September 5, 2019 at 12:37 pm GMT
@Fozzy Bear Not true. A respectable civil rights attorney, Lisa Bloom, handled Katie Johnson’s case. Shortly before the scheduled press conference at which Johnson was to appear publicly, she received multiple death threats: “Bloom said that her firm’s website was hacked, that Anonymous had claimed responsibility, and that death threats and a bomb threat came in afterwards.” https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/11/3/13501364/trump-rape-13-year-old-lawsuit-katie-johnson-allegation Johnson folded because she was terrified (and perhaps paid off).
DaveE , says: September 5, 2019 at 12:51 pm GMT
@Twodees Partain In “Body of Secrets” by James Bamford, a newspaper article from the Truman era is referenced where the OSS, predecessor of the CIA, is described as “a converted vault in Washington used as an office space for 5 or 6 Jews working to protect our national secrets” (or similar wording).

Going from memory and gave away my copy of the book….. sorry for the vague reference, but you can look it up.

DanFromCT , says: September 5, 2019 at 1:24 pm GMT
@nsa An atheist like “nsa” must concede Dosteovsky’s point from his novel The Possessed that even for the atheist the concept of God represents the collective consciousness, highest principles, and ontological aspirations of believers. Given this sense, “nsa’s” real animus is more than likely an atavistic hatred of Christians and Muslims, probably for just being alive in his paranoid mind. What imbecility when this clown cites a multiverse of universes that has no proof and less plausibility for its existence than the tooth fairy. I’d also bet “nsa” speaks algebra, too, like the recently deceased mathematical genius, Jeffrey Epstein.

What’s Mr. Wexner’s, Mega’s, and Mossad/CIA’s involvement? That’s the real question trolls like “nsa” and the Dems and Republicans alike are crapping in their pants we’ll find out. When evidence starts to cascade out of their ability to spin or suppress it, things will get interesting. Meanwhile, Fox News is still doing its best from what I can tell to run cover for 911, now extended to the suspiciously related perps in the Epstein affair.

Patrikios Stetsonis , says: September 5, 2019 at 1:24 pm GMT
“The Epstein affair (like 9/11) illustrates two critically important truths about Western secularism: there is no truth, and there are no limits. A society that no longer believes in God no longer believes in truth…..”

You said it ALL Kevin.

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Mulegino1 , says: September 5, 2019 at 1:37 pm GMT

“While the Zionists try to make the rest of the World believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb Goyim. It doesn’t even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state in Palestine for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organisation for their international world swindler, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.
It is a sign of their rising confidence and sense of security that at a time when one section is still playing the German, French-man, or Englishman, the other with open effrontery comes out as the Jewish race.”

More prophetic words were ever spoken or written by any of the statesmen of the Twentieth Century than these, even though they themselves were insufficient to describe the horrors that the Zionist state would bring upon the world if left unchecked- and its power and influence have been unchecked since the 1960’s. The last time that the world stood up to Zionist power in an appreciable way was during the Suez Crisis.

renfro , says: September 5, 2019 at 1:41 pm GMT
@Wizard of Oz

Not the full story? Convince us.

Connect the dots….

DOT.. Port loses claim for asbestos removal | Business Insurance
https://www.businessinsurance.com › article › ISSUE01 › port-loses-claim-…
May 13, 2001 – The suit sought claim of the Port Authority’s huge cost of removing asbestos from hundreds of properties ranging from the enormous World Trade Center complex

DOT…Silverstein knew when he leased WTC 7 that he would have to pay out of pocket for asbestos abatement removal in WTC 7, multiple millions, which is why the Port Authority leased it so cheaply.

DOT…In May, 2000, a year before, signing the lease, he already had the design drawn for a new WTC building. Silverstein had no plans to remove the asbestos as he already had plans to replace it.

DOT… Larry Silverstein signs the lease just six weeks before the WTC’s twin towers were brought to the ground by terrorists in the September 11, 2001, attacks.

DOT….After leasing the complex, Silverstein negotiated with 24 insurance companies for a maximum coverage of $3.55 billion per catastrophic occurrence. However, the agreements had not been finalized before 9/11.

DOT…..Silverstein tries to sue insurers for double the payout claiming 2 catastrophic occurrences because of 2 planes involved.

DOT….Silver loses that lawsuit but sues the air lines and settles for almost another billion, $ 750,000,000.

Just another Jew insurance fire folks. He planned on tearing down WTC 7 to begin with. The only missing DOT is who he hired to set the demolition explosives in WTC 7. Were they imported from our ME ally?

[Sep 06, 2019] A Deeper Dive Into The Epstein-Dubin Wall Street Connection

Sep 06, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Jeffrey Epstein may be dead, but there are still many stones to turn over while investigators sift through his network of high-profile friends, some of whom may be guilty of sex crimes themselves.

The wealthy pedophile, transhumanist, and financier's circle of friends included Bill Clinton, Ehud Barack, Prince Andrew, and Victoria's Secret boss Les Wexner.

It also included billionaire hedge fund manager Glenn Dubin and his wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin - a former Miss Sweden who dated Epstein for three years before she and Dubin married in 1994.

The Dubins and Epstein were close, and remained close after his 2008 conviction for pedophilia - inviting him to their Palm Beach home for Thanksgiving the following year. Eva even wrote an email to Epstein's probation officer insisting that she was "100% comfortable" with the pedophile and registered sex-offender being around her minor children.

According to Vanity Fair ' s William Cohan, several sources said that Epstein was the godfather to the Dubins' three children - a claim which the family disputed ("The Dubins are Jewish and Jewish people do not typically do godparents," said a spokesman).

Epstein, Dubin and Wall Street

In 2004, Epstein reportedly received a $15 million fee after JPMorgan Chase bought control of Dubin's hedge fund, Highbridge Capital. Epstein had introduced Dubin to then-JPM Exec Jes Staley, who is now CEO of Barclays. According to Bloomberg , Staley "visited Epstein on the private island, accompanied by his wife Debora." He also visited Epstein at his Palm Beach office while the Epstein was on prison work-release.

Dubin, meanwhile, also directed some of Epstein's money to at least two hedge fund mangers; Dan Zwirn and Joseph Kusnan - both former Highbridge employees who left to start their own firms.

"Glenn Dubin introduced me to Epstein as a new manager that he was familiar with and thought highly of," Kusnan told Vanity Fair - insisting that he and Epstein only met once, and never communicated again . Notably, Kusnan delivered "a good rate of return on his modest investment."

The relationship between Epstein and Dubin also ventured into more controversial realms, if one believes the depositions recently unsealed in an old court case between one of Epstein's alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre, and Epstein's longtime companion and alleged madam, Ghislaine Maxwell. According to Giuffre's May 2016 deposition, Dubin was the "first" powerful person that Maxwell sent her to have sex with "after my training." She also said that she was instructed by Maxwell to have sex with, among others, Alan Dershowitz, the Harvard Law professor; George Mitchell, the former U.S. senator; Bill Richardson, the former New Mexico governor; and Jean-Luc Brunel, a French model scout. "My whole life revolved around just pleasing these men and keeping Ghislaine and Jeffrey happy," Giuffre said in her deposition. "[Maxwell and Epstein's] whole entire lives revolved around sex. They call massages sex. They call modeling sex." She said Maxwell told her to give Dubin "a massage." (The Dubins categorically deny Giuffre's allegations. Their spokesperson also provided evidence they say disproves Giuffre's account. Dershowitz, Mitchell, Richardson, and Brunel have also denied her allegations.) - Vanity Fair

Did the Dubins bring in a 15-year-old girl?

Former Dubin chef and assistant Rinaldo Rizzo claimed in a recently unsealed June 2016 deposition that when he and his wife Debra worked for the Dubins, Andersson-Dubin brought home a 15-year-old Swedish girl who had been with Epstein and Maxwell during a visit to the Dubins' home.

The girl was "distraught," "upset," and "she was shaking" said Rizzo, who added that the girl seemed "on the verge of crying."

According to the report, "[T]he girl told him and his wife that she worked for Epstein as his "executive personal assistant," and when Rizzo expressed shock that such a young girl could have that job, "she just breaks down hysterically." Rizzo stated that the girl told him she was involved in some forced sexual activity at Epstein's Caribbean island and was told by Maxwell and Epstein not to discuss it. "

But about a month later, according to Rizzo, the Dubins, along with the girl and the Rizzos, were on Dubin's private jet back to Sweden and the girl was returned home . "We flew to Sweden," Rizzo said in his deposition, "we stopped at an airport we didn't usually stop at and she got off the plane." The Rizzos left the Dubins' employ in October 2005, following those events, he said in his deposition. " My wife and I had discussed these incidents, and this last one was just, we couldn't deal with it, " he said. - Vanity Fair

The Dubins have denied everything - stating through a spokesman who shared flight records "There was never a 15-year-old Swedish nanny in the Dubins' home and flight records for trips to Sweden on the Dubins' plane do not include any minors other than family members." The Dubins' longtime live-in nanny also attested "with certainty" that they had never employed an underage nanny.

That said, the Dubins did confirm having traveled with Epstein on his private jet - occasionally flying between Palm Beach and New York, where they all had homes. Maxwell, meanwhile, flew on Dubin's plane twice along with his children; once in 2004 and again in 2010.

Pilot Jim Dowd who flew for both Epstein and the Dubins said that both men were "friends" who liked "vacationing together."

Meanwhile, a Russian model who worked for French modeling exec and accused rapist Jean-Luc Brunel was reportedly "friendly" with Andersson-Dubin. The model, Lana Pozhidaeva, recently made headlines for having received a $55,000 donation from Epstein for her New York-based nonprofit.

Dubins and Wexner

Last but not least, Vanity Fair 's Cohan notes that the Dubins were close enough to Victoria's Secret boss (and former Epstein pal) Leslie Wexner, the billionaire founder and CEO of L Brands. Wexner - Epstein's only known financial client - allowed the Dubins and their children to use their 316-foot, $100 million yacht, Limitless, for a Mediterranean vacation .

"Wexner's wife, Abigail, "graciously invited the Dubins to use their boat for four days while Eva Dubin was recovering from breast cancer surgery," Dubin's spokesperson explained," according to the report - which adds that it was "quite unusual for Wexner to let anyone use Limitless when he was not on board."

Interestingly - all parties have denied all wrongdoing, and many claim to have had no knowledge of Epstein's proclivities despite hanging out with him during and following his conviction for pedophilia . What's wrong with these people?


Mr. Pain , 11 minutes ago link

"Interestingly - all parties have denied all wrongdoing, and many claim to have had no knowledge of Epstein's proclivities despite hanging out with him during and following his conviction for pedophilia . What's wrong with these people"

It is the same as to why parents let their kids hang around with Micheal Jackson. They get something from the relationship which seems to be much more important than their kids mental and emotional wellbeing.

LetThemEatRand , 18 minutes ago link

I suppose they need to continue trotting out stories like this to make it appear that someone is actually investigating something, before the whole thing winds up in the memory hole.

yaright , 19 minutes ago link

Key indicator here people, if nothing happens then justice is for the "sheep" only.

Bill of Rights , 16 minutes ago link

Its not about Justice, its about how deep your wallet is...Everyone has a price.

wokegoy , 23 minutes ago link

Lots of (((connections)))

Snippy21 , 16 minutes ago link

(((cohencidence)))

[Sep 06, 2019] A possible role of Sigal Mandelker in obstructing justice in the first Epstein investigation

See also Gilsinan, Kathy (July 20, 2019). "The Woman at the Center of Trump's Iran Policy". The Atlantic.
Sep 06, 2019 | www.unz.com

annamaria , says: September 5, 2019 at 6:16 pm GMT

"It must be protecting its friends in high places." -- Occam razor in action.

From here, the question is, who had guided the Israel-firster Sigal Mandelker in 2008 to protect Epstein from any real punishment for his gross crimes? And who has awarded Sigal Mandelker with the job of Under Secretary of Treasury as a reward for protecting Epstein? https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-epstein-bail-hearing-20190715-x2oztbwjkbcdrho7ae73vhmzvy-story.html

"From her influential post at the Treasury Department, Sigal Mandelker has vowed to defend "our great partner, Israel" by sanctioning Iran: https://thegrayzone.com/2019/09/03/pro-israel-sigal-mandelker-fbi-americans-iran/

Who is Sigal Mandelker? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigal_Mandelker

A child of Holocaust survivors...he was born in Tel Aviv, Israel.

She worked in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York as Assistant U.S. Attorney before becoming Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, where she worked on national security and counterterrorism. She was Counselor to the Secretary of Homeland Security before she worked in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice as Deputy Assistant Attorney General.

What are Sigal Mandelker' connections to this illustrious group?

Even while he was allegedly pimping girls and running heroin, Larry Silverstein served as president for United Jewish Appeal of New York.

As for Epstein, he was the boy toy and protégé of Les Wexner, co-founder of the Mega Group of Jewish billionaires associated with the World Jewish Congress, the Anti-Defamation League, and other pro-Israel groups.

Reads like the best of the best among Israel-firsters: Pimps, drug-dealers, thugs from the ADL, major mafioso-philanthropists for Israel, WJC activists with a special fondness for the illegal settlers' terrorism against native Palestinians, and the most active promoters of the Wars for Eretz Israel, including a war-in-making against Iran.

[Sep 06, 2019] US State Dept Program Offers $15 Million to Iran Revolutionary Guards

While people do not agree of detail the main theme is common: government stories explaining both 9/11 and Epstein death are not credible. And that government tried to create an "artificial reality" to hide real events and real culprits.
Absence of credible information create fertile ground for creation of myths and rumors, sometimes absurd. But that'a well known sociaological phenomenon studies by late Tamotsu Shibutani in the context of WWII rumors ( Improvised News: A Sociological Study of Rumor (1966)).
Now we can interpret famous quote of William Casey "We'll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false as an admission of the fact that the government can create artificial reality" much like in film Matrix and due to thick smoke of propaganda people are simply unable to discern the truth.
Sep 06, 2019 | www.unz.com

renfro , says: September 5, 2019 at 2:31 pm GMT

A foreign policy of "maximum pressure" and swagger: tawdry bribes, heavy-handed threats, and complete failure ..now what group does this remind me of?

US State Dept Program Offers $15 Million to Iran Revolutionary Guards September 4, 2019

The US State Department has unveiled a new $15 million "reward program" for anyone who provides information on the financial inner workings of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, in an attempt to further disrupt them.
The program comes after the US declared the Revolutionary Guards "terrorists," but remains very unusual, in as much as it targets an agency of a national government instead of just some random militant group.

The Financial Times reports on the farce that is our government's Iran policy:

Four days before the US imposed sanctions on an Iranian tanker suspected of shipping oil to Syria, the vessel's Indian captain received an unusual email from the top Iran official at the Department of State.
"This is Brian Hook . . . I work for secretary of state Mike Pompeo and serve as the US Representative for Iran," Mr Hook wrote to Akhilesh Kumar on August 26, according to several emails seen by the Financial Times. "I am writing with good news."
The "good news" was that the Trump administration was offering Mr Kumar several million dollars to pilot the ship -- until recently known as the Grace 1 -- to a country that would impound the vessel on behalf of the US. To make sure Mr Kumar did not mistake the email for a scam, it included an official state department phone number.
The administration's Iran obsession has reached a point where they are now trying to bribe people to act as pirates on their behalf. When the U.S. was blocked by a court in Gibraltar from taking the ship, they sought to buy the loyalty of the captain in order to steal it. Failing that, they resorted to their favorite tool of sanctions to punish the captain and his crew for ignoring their illegitimate demand. The captain didn't respond to the first message, so Hook persisted with his embarrassing scheme:
"With this money you can have any life you wish and be well-off in old age," Mr Hook wrote in a second email to Mr Kumar that also included a warning. "If you choose not to take this easy path, life will be much harder for you."
Many people have already mocked Hook's message for its resemblance to a Nigerian prince e-mail scam, and I might add that he comes across here sounding like a B-movie gangster. Hook's contact was not an isolated incident, but part of a series of e-mails and texts that he has sent to various ships' captains in a vain effort to intimidate them into falling in line with the administration's economic war. This is what comes of a foreign policy of "maximum pressure" and swagger: tawdry bribes, heavy-handed threats, and complete failure.

independent109 , says: September 5, 2019 at 2:53 pm GMT
The Committee of 300 is an evolution of the British East Indies Company Council of 300. The list personally last seen included many Windsors (Prince Andrew), Rothchilds, other Royals. Some of the Americans included some now dead and other still living: George HW Bush, Bill Clinton Tom Steyer, Al Gore, John Kerry, Netanyahu, lots of bankers, Woolsey (ex CIA), journalists like Michael Bloomberg, Paul Krugman, activists and politians like Tony Blair, now dead Zbigniew Brzezinski, CEOs Charles and Edgar Bronfman. The list is long and out of date but these people control much of what goes on whether good or bad. Their hands are everywhere doing good and maybe some of this bad stuff.
Irish Savant , says: Website September 5, 2019 at 2:56 pm GMT
Given the facts a 10 year-old child could see that the official 911 explanation was totally flawed. Just three of these facts are sufficient, the 'dancing Israelis', Silverstein admitting to the 'pull (demolish) it' order and the collapse of steel-framed WTC 7 in freefall despite not being hit. It is not hyperbole to say that America is a failed state given that the known perpetrators were never even charged. ZOG indeed.
Junior , says: September 5, 2019 at 4:08 pm GMT
@Kevin Barrett

A respectable civil rights attorney, Lisa Bloom, handled Katie Johnson's case.

"Respectable"?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA!
You do realize that Lisa Bloom is the daughter of Glora Allred and defender of Harvey Weinstein do you not?

You people are so desperate to try to link Trump to Epstein it's pathetic.

I suggest you go back to your gatekeeping nonsense of trying to discredit the 9/11 Truth Movement by spreading misinformation about nukes in the towers.

Tony Hall , says: September 5, 2019 at 4:20 pm GMT
This article stakes out much important ground of information and interpretation Kevin Barrett. The essay resonates as a historic statement of some of our current predicaments. What about the comparisons that might be made concerning the mysteries attending the disappearing corpses of Osama bin Laden and Jeffrey Epstein. And according to Christopher Ketcham, the release of the High Fivin' Urban Movers back to Israel was partially negotiated by Alan Dershowitz who played a big role in defending Epstein over a long period.
Tony Hall , says: September 5, 2019 at 4:29 pm GMT
@anon The ultimate "nutjob quackery" of 9/11 is Phillip Zelikow's 9/11 Commission Report, a document that stands as a testimony and marker signifying the USA's descent into a mad hatter's imperium of lies. legend and illusion.
restless94110 , says: September 5, 2019 at 4:40 pm GMT
Has someone (hint: the author of this article) got a real bad case of TDS? Yes, someone has.

Does someone think the pedophilia means consensual relations with 17 year olds? Yes, someone does.

Ronald Thomas West , says: Website September 5, 2019 at 4:58 pm GMT

It is getting harder and harder to satirize the decadence and depravity of the secular West, which insists on parodying itself with ever-increasing outlandishness. When the book on this once-mighty civilization is written, and the ink is dry, readers will be astounded by the limitless lies of the drunk-on-chutzpah psychopaths who ran it into the ground

You might try:

https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2019/07/29/gina-haspel-wild-indians/

'Believers' aren't exactly innocent in the criminal history of the disintegrating Western culture

follyofwar , says: September 5, 2019 at 5:02 pm GMT
@Kevin Barrett Adding to Junior's comment, I quit reading after you wrote of "credible accusations" of Mr. Trump being involved "in the brutal rape of a 13 year old." And feminist shakedown artist Lisa Bloom, daughter of the even more infamous feminist shakedown artist G. Allred, is your "credible source?" Bloom has about as much credibility as the sicko democrat women who tried to derail Judge Kavanaugh.

Regardless of how much one might hate Trump (and I'm no Trump supporter) levelling such unfounded accusations is journalistic malfeasance. Did we elect the Devil Incarnate? Mr. Barrett, I'm done reading you.

9/11 Inside job , says: September 5, 2019 at 5:09 pm GMT
The special relationship between the CIA and the Mossad was driven partly by the efforts of CIA officer James Angleton . Philip Weiss in his article in Mondoweiss entitled "The goy and the golem: James Angleton and the rise of Israel." states that Angleton's " greatest service to Israel was his willingness no to say a word about the apparent diversion of highly enriched plutonium from a plant in Western Pennsylvania to Israel's nascent nuclear program " The same program which JFK tried to curtail which efforts may have led to his assassination .

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Intelligent Dasein , says: Website September 5, 2019 at 5:22 pm GMT

a confessed participant in the controlled demolition of Building 7,

For the love of God, this is stupid. Larry Silverstein was talking about the Fire Commander , for fuck's sake. The Fire Commander made the decision to pull the firefighters out of the building because they could not put the fire out and were in unnecessary danger. That's all he meant. There is not one word in this that has anything to do with a controlled demolition whatsoever.

In order to believe what the 9/11 Douchers would have you believe about this comment, you would have to believe that 1) Building 7 was wired for demolition beforehand; 2) That the NYC Fire Commander somehow knew about this; 3) That the NYC Fire Commander was perfectly okay with allowing his men to spend hours inside a burning building in which he knew that explosive charges had already been rigged to blow; 4) That the NYC Fire Commander had the authority to decide when the charges should be blown and had access to the master switch that would blow them all; 5) That after 7 hours of attempting to fight the fire, the NYC Fire Commander (who by now can be nothing but a full-fledged member of the conspiracy) decides, after briefly consulting with Larry Silverstein, "Oh, the hell with this! Let's just blow up the building now!", to which Larry Silverstein agrees; 6) That after spending 7 hours in a burning building that had fires burning randomly throughout it and that had been struck by multiple pieces of debris, all of the explosive charges and their detonators were still in perfect working order; 7) That none of the firefighters extensively searching the building for survivors happened to notice any of the pre-placed explosive charges nor thought it necessary to report about such; 8) That the NYC Fire Commander then proceeds to "pull" the building after presumably giving some other order for the men to evacuate, which order was never recorded because the "pull" order must have meant "blow up the building"; 9) And that Larry Silverstein, after being part of a massive conspiracy involving insurance fraud, murder, and arson which, if exposed, would send him to a federal death sentence, just decides to casually mention all of this in a television interview for all and sundry to see, but it is only the 9/11 Douchers who pick up on the significance of it.

Does any of this sound remotely believable? Did anyone subscribing to this nonsense stop to think about the context in which this conversation took place? Do any of you 9/11 Douchers even care that you're being completely ridiculous and grasping at nonexistent straws in your vain attempt to establish some sort of case for controlled demolition? Do you even care that everybody can see that what you are saying makes no sense at all? It is perfectly obvious that Larry Silverstein is NOT talking about controlled demolition here. To believe otherwise would require you to literally be insane, to not understand the plain meaning of words and to have no awareness of conversational contexts; yet not only have you swallowed all of this, you have been beating the drum of this insanity for nearly 20 years.

There is no point in reasoning with an insane person. There is, however, the possibility that you don't really believe what you are saying and are just flogging a hobbyhorse, in which case it is you who are engaging in mendacious journalism and trafficking in lies. In either case, you need to be silenced. Neither lies nor insanity have any "right" to be uttered in the public square. You 9/11 Douchers are really the ones doing everything you accuse the mainstream media of doing, and worse. You have become a danger to the public weal and must be stopped. Your conspiratorial nonsense just isn't cute anymore.

Major1 , says: September 5, 2019 at 5:31 pm GMT
Let's recap:

The official stories about the Kennedy assassination, Epstein's death, and 9/11 are clearly suspect. No one with the capacity for critical thinking can seriously deny this. Which elements of these stories are true and which are false will never be resolved.

Because:
The mainstream media including Fox News have abdicated their mission as fact finders and truth tellers. They peddle entertainment and sell ad space. Rachel Maddow foaming at the mouth about Trump's pee tape and Hannity fulminating about FISA abuse are the same product, simply aimed at different demographics.

Nothing in the above two paragraphs is even remotely novel. It's all been said before twenty bazillion times.

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Kevin Barrett , says: Website September 5, 2019 at 5:39 pm GMT
Being a feminist or Democrat (or nonfeminist or Republican) is irrelevant to a person's credibility. It's possible that Lisa Bloom was part of a conspiracy to invent a fictitious Katy Johnson story, in which case Bloom is guilty of criminal fraud as well as civil libel. That would be quite a risk for her to take, to say the least. It's also possible that she was somehow duped by others, in which case they would be running the civil and criminal liabilities, while she would just get disbarred for negligence.

The same is true of Johnson's attorney Thomas Meagher.

It is also possible that Johnson's story is at least roughly accurate. There is supporting testimony from another Epstein victim.

If you set aside your prejudices about Democrats-Republicans, feminists-antifeminists, Trump-Hillary, etc., and just look at what's been reported, you'll agree with me that the allegations are credible (but of course unproven). If you suffer emotional blocks against thinking such things about a President, as so many did when similar things were reported about Bill Clinton, I sympathize but also urge you to get psychiatric treatment so you can learn to face unpleasant facts and then get to work cleaning up this country.

CanSpeccy , says: Website September 5, 2019 at 5:42 pm GMT
@utu

The release of Prof. J. Leroy Hulsey report on the finite element analysis of the WTC7 collapse should be a big news.

But won't be.

Democracy works this way. The ruling elite, via the media, Hollywood, etc., tell the people what to think, the people then vote according to the way they think.

Ensuring such top-down control was a primary objective of the bankers, j0urnalists -- including doyen of American journalism, Walter Lippman, and politicians who established the Council on Foreign Relations , America's ruling political establishment.

So the truth of 9/11 will never be known to the majority unless we have a public statement from George W. Bush acknowledging that he personally lit the fuse that set off the explosions that brought WTC 7 down at free-fall speed .

This is fortunate for the intrepid Dr. Hulsey* who would, presumably, otherwise have had to be dispatched by a sudden heart attack, traffic accident, weight-lifting accident suicide with a bullet to the back of the head. As it is, hardly anyone will ever know what he will say or what it means.

* Fortunate also for those who so rashly advocate for truth here and elsewhere on the yet to be fully controlled Internets.

Durruti , says: September 5, 2019 at 5:45 pm GMT
Kevin Barrett

Nicely done. Article will not be featured on front page NYT & discussed on TV.

There are many highlights in your article. This is one.

Epstein's career as a shameless, openly-operating Mossad sexual blackmailer -- like the in-your-face 9/11 coup -- also illustrates another core truth of Western secularism: If there is no God, there are no limits (in this case, to human depravity and what it can get away with). Or as Dostoevsky famously put it: "If God does not exist, everything is permitted."

Morality is officially out of style.

Durruti

anonymous [307] Disclaimer , says: September 5, 2019 at 6:11 pm GMT
Please consult the following papers about the CIA/Mossad crimes against humanity and their pimps who pose as 'politicians' of the fake Western 'democracy' where Epstein was their agent serving their interest as a PIMP.

{from being the work of a single political party, intelligence agency or country, the power structure revealed by the network connected to Epstein is nothing less than a criminal enterprise that is willing to use and abuse children in the pursuit of ever more power, wealth and control.}

https://www.mintpressnews.com/genesis-jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-relationship/261455/

[Government by Blackmail: Jeffrey Epstein, Trump's Mentor and the Dark Secrets of the Reagan Era]

https://www.mintpressnews.com/blackmail-jeffrey-epstein-trump-mentor-reagan-era/260760/

Mega Group, Maxwells and Mossad: The Spy Story at the Heart of the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal

https://www.mintpressnews.com/mega-group-maxwells-mossad-spy-story-jeffrey-epstein-scandal/261172/

[Sep 04, 2019] Standard procedure was not following in case of Epstein: the fact the Maxwell was not arrested tells a lot

Notable quotes:
"... Absolutely standard procedure in this case where the conduct took place openly over years would include: a. informants wearing wires; b. securing the crime scenes, including all the properties and the planes; c. simultaneous arrests of 20-50 co-defendants/conspirators ranging from Maxwell and Wexner at the top to most all staff at the properties where the crimes occurred, the pilots, etc. None of this happened. ..."
"... The Bureau of Prisons has two main operations: prisons for convicted offenders and "federal jails". They are completely separate lines of business. The purpose of the "jails" in the federal system, where each District has its own, is to obtain convictions from the detainees. The BOP staff in the jails are members of the prosecution team for all practical purposes. All mail in and out is read and copied. All calls are monitored and recorded. Detainees are placed in units after consultations among the BOP, U.S. Marshals and U.S. Attorneys for the District. ..."
"... Cooperating codefendants may all be placed on the same unit, for example, so that they get their stories straight, while those fighting cases are elsewhere. ..."
"... Snitching is rampant and good information is rewarded by downgrading of charges, lenient sentencing and assignment to sweet spots in the prison system. Berman and his team were involved in formulating and were continuously aware of the most minute details of the conditions of Epstein's confinement. ..."
Sep 04, 2019 | www.unz.com

skeptic23 says: September 3, 2019 at 1:00 am GMT 400 Words Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is the only government official who is clearly trustworthy , because he could have stopped the 2019 Epstein indictment and he didn't. I don't think Attorney-General Barr could have blocked it, and I don't think President Trump could have except by firing Berman. I do trust Attorney-General Barr, however, from what I've heard of him and because he instantly and publicly said he would have not just the FBI but the Justice Dept. Inspector-General investigate Epstein's death, and he quickly fired the federal prison head honcho.

The above statement re: Berman is exactly wrong. He is a Trump Appointee and transition team member.

1. There was no real Epstein indictment/investigation , just a piece of paper sufficient to take him into custody and institute a criminal proceeding.

Absolutely standard procedure in this case where the conduct took place openly over years would include: a. informants wearing wires; b. securing the crime scenes, including all the properties and the planes; c. simultaneous arrests of 20-50 co-defendants/conspirators ranging from Maxwell and Wexner at the top to most all staff at the properties where the crimes occurred, the pilots, etc. None of this happened.

They took computers and records from NY and visited Little St. James for a few hours 30 days after the arrest. see Rusty Shackleford videos. The way they always build a case like this is to get the little guys to talk and then move up the food chain to the big boys (and girls).

2. The Bureau of Prisons has two main operations: prisons for convicted offenders and "federal jails". They are completely separate lines of business. The purpose of the "jails" in the federal system, where each District has its own, is to obtain convictions from the detainees. The BOP staff in the jails are members of the prosecution team for all practical purposes. All mail in and out is read and copied. All calls are monitored and recorded. Detainees are placed in units after consultations among the BOP, U.S. Marshals and U.S. Attorneys for the District.

Cooperating codefendants may all be placed on the same unit, for example, so that they get their stories straight, while those fighting cases are elsewhere.

Snitching is rampant and good information is rewarded by downgrading of charges, lenient sentencing and assignment to sweet spots in the prison system. Berman and his team were involved in formulating and were continuously aware of the most minute details of the conditions of Epstein's confinement.

Berman was at the center of whatever it was that happened.

[Sep 04, 2019] A Debauched Culture Leads to a Debauched Foreign Policy

The author should use the word "neoliberal" instead of "debauched"
Notable quotes:
"... When talking about politics, we should be careful not to define "debauched" too narrowly. While debauchery is typically associated with over-indulgence of the sensual pleasures, a more fitting political definition is a general loss of self-control. ..."
"... In the political realm, debauchery is less characterized by the sensual vices than by an overzealous desire for power. ..."
"... The ghost of Jeffrey Epstein is all one needs to see that many elites are very debauched as regards social mores. Yet how might a debauched culture be reflected in the realms of domestic and foreign policy? ..."
"... Class warfare tends to resonate most broadly when the wealthy become self-indulgent and unworthy, and dissolute plutocracies are oft times defended by "conservatives." In the terminal phase of a democracy, this can portend domestic revolution. ..."
"... Belligerent intervention is not nationalism! It is Neocon Texas - Harvard Redneckism ..."
"... I'm not sure I agree with the author's thesis: that debauchery or gratuitous political leadership results in immoral foreign policy. Were the highly-disciplined and self-sacrificing Japanese militarists who bombed Pearl Harbor and aligned with the Axis (Hitler, Mussolini) guided by any more virtuous foreign policy than say, "debauched" Churchill and Roosevelt? I doubt it. ..."
"... The article lacks specifics on how America's leaders are debauched and how this debauchery influences foreign policy, other than to say they are "unrestrained". But is non-restraint debauchery? Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was running a gratuitous non-profit institute to shake down foreign rulers in return for promising political favors if elected. She was going to sell the country out. ..."
"... We stole Venezuela's assets in the U.S. and even denied their baseball players the ability to send money back to their families, we really love them. We have an oil embargo on Syria and we are the only reason the Saudis are able to starve Yemen. None of these countries have ever done anything to us but it feels good that we can do this and even get most of the world to support us. ..."
"... It drives me crazy that devout Protestants in govt who believe that human nature is corrupt act as if they are standing in the gap while being belligerent and never questioning their own judgment. ..."
"... The problem is that we are led by sociopaths. ..."
"... This current round of unprovoked aggression against small countries started when Clinton attacked Serbia even though he did not have authorization from the UN. He did it because he could -- Russia had collapsed by then so they were powerless to prevent NATO from attacking their ally. No one had the power to stop the hegemon so it was a short journey from the relative restraint of George W. Bush to going beserk all over the world (of course in the name of stopping genocide, ecocide, insecticide or whatever). Get absolute power, get corrupted. ..."
"... I think people like Epstein are state sponsored to use the warped values of the elites to gain political advantage for their masters. Destroying historic value sets is part of this package. ..."
Sep 04, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com
TAC are no doubt familiar with the truism that "politics is downstream of culture." This maxim, which is undoubtedly true, should not, however, only be applied to social issues. In fact, culture shapes our public policy very broadly, far more than do dispassionate "policymakers" exercising careful reason and judgment. The nature of our governance tends to reflect the cultural and philosophical orientation of our elites, and this orientation is increasingly debauched.

When talking about politics, we should be careful not to define "debauched" too narrowly. While debauchery is typically associated with over-indulgence of the sensual pleasures, a more fitting political definition is a general loss of self-control.

All the great religious and philosophical traditions understood that there is a part of our nature that can get out of control and a divine part that can exert control. A culture thus becomes debauched when elites lose the sense that they need to rein themselves in, that "there is an immortal essence presiding like a king over" their appetites, as Walter Lippmann put it. In the political realm, debauchery is less characterized by the sensual vices than by an overzealous desire for power.

The ghost of Jeffrey Epstein is all one needs to see that many elites are very debauched as regards social mores. Yet how might a debauched culture be reflected in the realms of domestic and foreign policy?

Let's start with domestic policy. How would debauched elites govern a democracy at home? One might surmise, for example, that their lack of self-control might cause them to spend federal money as a means of keeping themselves in power. They might also attempt to bribe their constituents by promising a variety of domestic programs while also pledging that the programs will be funded out of the pockets of others. If they were really debauched, they might even borrow money from future generations to pay for these incumbency protection initiatives. They might run up staggering debt for the sake of their expedient political needs and promise that "the rich" can provide for it all. In short, the hallmark domestic policy of a debauched democracy is, and has always been, class warfare.

It should be pointed out that class warfare is not simply a creation of demagogues on the left. Class warfare tends to resonate most broadly when the wealthy become self-indulgent and unworthy, and dissolute plutocracies are oft times defended by "conservatives." In the terminal phase of a democracy, this can portend domestic revolution.

While most conservatives might agree about the dangers of class warfare, it is on the foreign policy front where they seem most debauched themselves. They remain stuck in a vortex of GOP clichés, with standard references to Neville Chamberlain and Winston Churchill, leaders who were closer in their time to the American Civil War than we are to them now. For many of these "conservatives," every contemporary authoritarian leader is the progeny of Hitler and any attempt to establish cordial relations is a rerun of Munich 1938.

As with domestic policy, the true sign of a debauched foreign policy is a loss of self-control and an excessive will to power reflected in attempts to exert dominion over others with no particular nexus to the national interest. A debauched foreign policy might just look like the decision to invade Iraq -- a war whose supporters offered numerous justifications, including alleged weapons of mass destruction, democracy promotion, and anti-terrorism. Yet in hindsight, its real cause seems to have been the simple desire by our leaders to impose their will. In a debauched democracy, class warfare is the paradigmatic domestic policy and profligate war making is the paradigmatic foreign policy.

Given that self-control and restraint are the hallmarks of a genuinely conservative foreign policy -- because they remain humble about what human nature can actually achieve -- one should receive the recent conference on national conservatism with some skepticism . The retinue of experts who spoke generally espoused a foreign policy that sought dominion over others -- in other words, a continuation of the belligerent interventionism that characterized the second Bush administration. This may be nationalism, but it seems not to be conservatism.

One hopes that the leaders of this new movement will re-consider their foreign policy orientation as they have increasingly formidable resources to draw upon. The creation of the Quincy Institute and the rise of an intellectually formidable network of foreign policy "restrainers" provide hope.

Given that culture is king, however, these intellectuals may want to keep top of mind that restraint is not simply a policy option but a character trait -- a virtue -- that needs to be developed in leaders who are then elevated. Prudent policies are no doubt essential but the most important challenge in politics is, and always will be, attracting and encouraging the best leaders to rule. Our system often does the opposite. This is at root a cultural problem.

William S. Smith is research fellow and managing director at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Catholic University of America, and author of the new book Democracy and Imperialism .


Chris in Appalachia 21 hours ago

Belligerent intervention is not nationalism! It is Neocon Texas - Harvard Redneckism. The two opposing teams loathe each other.

Other than that, a good analysis.

Wayne Lusvardi 19 hours ago
I'm not sure I agree with the author's thesis: that debauchery or gratuitous political leadership results in immoral foreign policy. Were the highly-disciplined and self-sacrificing Japanese militarists who bombed Pearl Harbor and aligned with the Axis (Hitler, Mussolini) guided by any more virtuous foreign policy than say, "debauched" Churchill and Roosevelt? I doubt it.

Moreover, has the author never heard of the concept "reasons of state"?: a purely political reason for action on the part of a ruler or government, especially where a departure from openness, justice, or honesty is involved (e.g. "the king returned that he had reasons of state for all he did"). In an existential emergency, would the leader of a nation be justified in using amoral means to save his nation; but in all other circumstances should rely on conventional Christian morality as the default position? This is what Pres. Truman apparently did when he dropped a-bombs on two Japanese cities. What Dietrich Bonhoeffer was apparently involved with in the assassination attempt on Hitler. What Moses was embroiled with when he slayed 3,000 of his "debauched" followers in the Exodus from Egypt.

The article lacks specifics on how America's leaders are debauched and how this debauchery influences foreign policy, other than to say they are "unrestrained". But is non-restraint debauchery? Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was running a gratuitous non-profit institute to shake down foreign rulers in return for promising political favors if elected. She was going to sell the country out.

The opponent who beat her in the election promised the opposite and pretty much has delivered on his promises. Just how is the current administration "unrestrained" other than he has not fulfilled pacifist's fantasies of pulling out of every foreign country and conflict? Such pull outs have to be weighed on a case by case basis to determine the cost to human life and world order. If the current administration has a policy it is that our allies have to fight and fund their own wars and conflicts rather than rely on the U.S. to fight their wars for them.

The article is full of inflationary clichés ('politics is downstream of culture', 'class warfare', etc. And just how does the author connect the dots between pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who was elected to nothing and held no power over anyone, and our "debauched' foreign policy? Correlation is not causation but there isn't even a correlation there.

tweets21 12 hours ago
The more one reads opinions of Intellectuals , and as anyone with half a brain knows, to never believe a Politician, I am always reminded, after considerable research why I personally choose Realism . Realism is certainly not new and has some varied forms. Realism re-surfaced leading up to and during WW 2.
chris chuba 11 hours ago
"...the true sign of a debauched foreign policy is a loss of self-control and an excessive will to power reflected in attempts to exert dominion over others"


I love this.

We stole Venezuela's assets in the U.S. and even denied their baseball players the ability to send money back to their families, we really love them. We have an oil embargo on Syria and we are the only reason the Saudis are able to starve Yemen. None of these countries have ever done anything to us but it feels good that we can do this and even get most of the world to support us.

This reminds me of a Nick Pemberton article when he wrote ...

"We still play the victim. And amazingly we believe it ... We believe we can take whatever we want. We believe that this world does not contain differences to be negotiated, but foes to be defeated."

I could never get this out of my head.

It drives me crazy that devout Protestants in govt who believe that human nature is corrupt act as if they are standing in the gap while being belligerent and never questioning their own judgment.

Trump the adulterer was the one who decided against bombing because he did not have a taste for blood while the pious were eager for it.

TruthsRonin 10 hours ago
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the Earth."
-Matthew 5:5

"Meek" is the wrong word/translation. In the original Greek, the word is "preais" and it does not mean docile and submissive. Rather the word means gentleness blended with restrained strength/power.

The passage should read, "Blessed are those who have swords and know how to use them but keep them sheathed: for they shall inherit the Earth."

Sid Finster 10 hours ago
The problem is that we are led by sociopaths.
fedupindian 10 hours ago
There is a simpler explanation of what has happened to the US. When it comes to human beings, the only thing you need to remember is Lord Acton's dictum: power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

This current round of unprovoked aggression against small countries started when Clinton attacked Serbia even though he did not have authorization from the UN. He did it because he could -- Russia had collapsed by then so they were powerless to prevent NATO from attacking their ally. No one had the power to stop the hegemon so it was a short journey from the relative restraint of George W. Bush to going beserk all over the world (of course in the name of stopping genocide, ecocide, insecticide or whatever). Get absolute power, get corrupted.

The same thing is true domestically in the US. A small ethnic minority gave 50% and 25% of the money spent by the Democrats and Republicans in the last presidential election. That gives them huge influence over the foreign policy of the country. Best of all, no one else can question what is going on because classic tropes etc. Give a small group absolute power, get the swamp.

PAX 9 hours ago
I think people like Epstein are state sponsored to use the warped values of the elites to gain political advantage for their masters. Destroying historic value sets is part of this package.

The destruction of main core Christianity has not helped stem this tide (subtle Happy Holidays, CE, BCE, etc.) . Brave women and men must arise and sewerize (drain the swamp) this mob of miscreants defiling our belief system. .They have a right to exist but not dictate by subterfuge and fake news our values as they have been doing.

NotCatholic 11 hours ago
I find it interesting the author is at Catholic u. I wonder how he feels about the Crusades or the Inquisition as an example of debauchery of power.
Joe R. 8 hours ago
Remove the OP pic of the Marines NOW, and fix the rest of your whine later.

This is America, we have no "betters" and our "gov't" has never, and will never, be comprised of anything other than our idiot ay-whole neighbors who needed a job, whose sole job it is to govern the machinations of gov't and not us, as an un-self-governed Society is otherwise un-governable.

And [due to human nature and physics (of which neither has or will change in the entire history of humanity)] sometimes you have to go to war at the slightest of hints of provocation in order to achieve "illimitably sustainable conflict" of "Society" [J.M. Thomas R., TERMS, 2012] not have to haphazardly fight minute to minute of every day.

If when Political objects are unimportant, motives weak, the excitement of forces small, a cautious commander tries in all kinds of ways, without great crises and bloody solutions, to twist himself skillfully into peace through the characteristic weakness of his enemy in the field and in the cabinet, we have no right to find fault with him, if the premise on which he acts are well founded and justified by success;

still we must require him to remember that he only travels on forbidden tracks, where the God of War may surprise him; that he ought always to keep his eye on the enemy, in order that he may not have to defend himself with a dress rapier if the enemy takes up a sharp sword ”.

(Clausewitz, “On War” pg. 137)

Loosely paraphrased: " peaceable resolution to conflict is only effective, and should only be sought and relied upon, when it is certain that the other party will never resort to arms, with the implication that that is never " [J.M.Thomas R., TERMS, 2012 Pg. 80]

Weakness is provocative don't provoke your enemies. Quit whining.

LFC 8 hours ago
Let’s start with domestic policy. How would debauched elites govern a democracy at home?

Let's see. They'd likely repeatedly cut taxes on the wealthiest and on corporations and skyrocket deficits. They'd likely increase military spending to insane levels to the benefit of the military industrial complex. They'd likely perform wide scale deregulation on polluting industries. They'd ignore all inconvenient science, especially that which didn't support the fossil fuel industry. They'd likely avoid meaningful action on a healthcare system that is more broken and expensive than any other OECD nation. Then they'd look for targets, the "others", to bash and attack in attempt to hide the real world consequences of what they were doing.

Why would they do this? They do it for campaign contributions, "a means of keeping themselves in power."

Clyde Schechter 6 hours ago
"...in other words, a continuation of the belligerent interventionism that characterized the second Bush administration. "

And the Clinton administration before it, and the Obama and Trump administrations following it.

Stephen J. 5 hours ago
I believe we are in the hands of:
The Demons of “Democracy”

The demons of “democracy” speak of “peace”
While their selling of weapons does not cease
Hypocrites from hell who posture on the world stage
When they should be in a gigantic prison cage

Evil reprobates in positions of power
Anything that’s good they devour
Destroying countries and families too
This is the satanic work they do

Fancy titles are given to their names
Such is the state of a system insane
Madness and filth has become “normal”
Nobody speaks or asks: “Is it moral”?

Principals and ethics, they are of them, devoid
Speaking of decency and truth has them annoyed
Pimping for war is their diabolical expertise
Killing and bombing is the forte of this demonic sleaze

Training and supporting terrorists, they do this as well
Will nobody arrest this treacherous crew from hell?
These people are devils and full of hypocrisy
We need to be freed from these, demons of “democracy”...

[much more info on this at link below]

http://graysinfo.blogspot.c...

[Sep 04, 2019] Lawyer For Epstein's 'Madam' Says 'Hundreds Of Names' Contained In Upcoming Records Dump

Sep 04, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Lawyer For Epstein's 'Madam' Says 'Hundreds Of Names' Contained In Upcoming Records Dump

by Tyler Durden Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:45 0 SHARES

An attorney for Jeffrey Epstein confidant (and alleged groomer) Ghislaine Maxwell told a judge on Wednesday that there are "hundreds" of people named in what is expected to be approximately 2,000 pages of documents ordered unsealed by the federal appeals court in New York, according to Bloomberg .

The lawyer, Jeffrey Pagliuca, told U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska Wednesday that the materials also include an address book with about 1,000 names . Preska is considering how to carry out a ruling by the federal appeals court in New York that she must consider unsealing some of the documents. There was no detail at the hearing as to the identity of the people are named in the documents, and they may include women who say they are victims of Epstein, his friends and others . - Bloomberg

According to court filings, Maxwell was said to have hired, supervised and fired household staff, while directing the visits of dozens of "massage therapists" to Epstein's residence , according to the Journal .

In depositions taken in 2009 and 2010 as part of civil lawsuits against Mr. Epstein, household employees said Ms. Maxwell was a central figure in Mr. Epstein's private life . Several said Ms. Maxwell hired, supervised, and fired household staff, while directing the visits of dozens of "massage therapists" -- typically young women.

Juan Alessi, who said in one of the depositions that he served as the Palm Beach house manager from around 1992 through 2002, described a basket of sex toys in Ms. Maxwell's bathroom closet . He said he would find them around when he cleaned up after visits from the young women. - WSJ

The document release stems from a 2015 defamation lawsuit in New York brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Maxwell. Giuffre says Maxwell helped Epstein traffic herself and other underage girls to sex parties at the billionaire pedophile's many residences. Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing and called Giuffre a liar.

The case was settled in 2017 and the records were sealed - however appeals by the Miami Herald, Harvard Law professor (and former Epstein pal) Alan Dershowitz and right-wing blogger Mike Cernovich were successful.

In August, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ordered the partial release of Epstein documents, which revealed that Giuffre said that President Trump was a "good friend of Jeffrey's," but that Trump 'didn't partake in any sex with any of us," adding "Donald Trump never flirted with me."

Epstein was found dead in federal lockup last month after his arrest on child sex-trafficking charges. While the case was dismissed against Epstein, Judge Preska must now consider how to release the sealed records - and from the looks of it, the possibility remains that they may not be released at all.


Son of Loki , 31 minutes ago link

You can be sure there is a **** storm of fierce fights amongst the pedos going on behind the scenes NOT to release the info.

Prince Andrew is already being "disinvited" from many events in the UK and ireland for fear he'll "change the conversation of the event."

M_Mulligan , 1 hour ago link

The real question about that name list, and why it may or may not be released is:

How many other 'Epsteins' are still active? Observing that Epstein was a hedge fund trader, one might posit that he 'traded' and 'hedged' with other 'non-financial traders' so...

spiderbite , 1 hour ago link

This was the same question I had for Penn State/Jerry Sandusky. My suspicion was there was a vast network across sports with elite alums sponsoring these nefarious activities. Paterno was sacked, an investigator killed and everything got very quiet.

Emergency Ward , 1 hour ago link

The other unasked question in this whole affair:

Who told Acosta to back off Epstein? Reddington probably knows, but isn't saying.

"I was told to back off, he belonged to intelligence."

[Sep 04, 2019] Jeffrey Epstein Was Just Another Stooge For The Elite By Richard Enos

This is just a hypothesis. Where are the facts ? The only facts that we have is that Epstein always got a "special treatment" and the Maxwell and other accomplices were not arrested as is usually ion such cases -- when prosecution tries to find "the weakest link" that starts telling the story and will implicate others.
Aug 30, 2019 | crushlimbraw.blogspot.com

In most circles, the mystery of exactly how Epstein made his fortune was shrugged off as simply part of his personal mystique. Epstein played the role of enigmatic billionaire 'to a T', able to exude the persona of a man who could use his charm and wit to get anything he wanted without revealing many of the nuts and bolts of how he rose to that position. He claimed that he would only advise people whose personal wealth was over a billion, yet any 'evidence' that he moved money around and made investments within the established industry markets were small-time and insignificant.

... ... ...

Steve Pieczenik, who has a storied history as a psychiatrist and a terrorism expert with important roles in foreign affairs with many U.S. administrations said the following about Jeffrey Epstein in the video below:

I want to talk about the Epstein pedophilia ring, what it really is, is a Mossad Israeli operative ring which goes back decades and decades. Jeff Epstein was picked out by the Mossad as the proper agent of influence, because, number one, he was grandiose, two, he had some intelligence and he was so narcissistic that they could manipulate him up and down and create a false front for him, which involved the fact that he had multi-million dollars, multi-billion dollars. But to make sure that Jeffrey Epstein was working properly, they had an operative from the Mossad who was named Maxwell, the daughter of Robert Maxwell, one of the greatest crooks in the world, who was an Israeli Mossad operative. When he died in 1991, he was either killed or he died, he was one of the biggest contributors to Israeli national security than anybody else. What the Israelis did, under the tutelage of two brilliant Mossad chiefs, both of whom used pedophilia as a honey trap to encapsulate any one of our operatives in America. Jeff Epstein was a willing operative.

He willingly was involved in pedophilia, the Israelis knew that, they created his story line, they made believe he was a billionaire, Wexner was the theoretical backup man to him. Acosta, the Secretary of Labor, was correct when he said that Epstein got off of the prosecutor's indictment in Florida because he worked in the intelligence service. And it was not only the Mossad who was involved, clearly the CIA was involved.

Blackmailer And Intelligence Operative

In the clip below from the Collective Evolution Show on CETV (you can watch the full episode as part of your free 7-day trial here ), Joe and I discussed not only Epstein's role as a blackmailer and intelligence operative, but the fact that he is nothing more than one person in a long line of people who have stepped in to play a role in these child sex blackmailing operations.

Connecting Epstein's operations to current CIA and Mossad programs and then further back even before the CIA existed, where these operations were formally being run by the American mafia and other powerful figures, reveals important patterns that help us piece together more accurately exactly what is happening in our world. If there is anything to pay attention to regarding Epstein's death, it is the level of desperation on the part of these powerful forces to squelch public attention around their very real organized criminal conspiracy that operates between intelligence, government, law enforcement, mainstream media and others, in which innocent women and children are taken, raped, and sometimes even tortured and killed as mere casualties of the self-serving power struggles amongst factions of world power.

[Sep 04, 2019] It's clear that the Epstein story is about much more than young girls and political blackmail.

Sep 04, 2019 | www.unz.com

Miro23 , says: September 3, 2019 at 5:37 am GMT

@Taras77

Whitney Webb has done a ton of research on these issues: Barr, Mena airport, Iran-Contra, guns and dope, and Clinton; he worked for Casey, CIA director under Reagan, as they say, there are no ex-spies.

https://www.sott.net/article/419114-From-Spook-Air-to-The-Lolita-Express-The-Genesis-And-Evolution-of-The-Jeffrey-Epstein-Bill-Clinton-Relationship

Thanks for that unbelievably good link.

Epstein has a "history" that explains a lot. When you run through it, it's clear that the Epstein story is about much more than young girls and political blackmail. In fact CIA airfields, drug running, Clintons, money laundering, assassinations etc. The conclusion is that Epstein is only the visible tip of the iceberg.

The Sott.net article is a 100% necessary article to print out and read carefully. It explains better than anything else I've read about how and why the US is in the place it is today.

[Sep 04, 2019] Jean-Luc Brunel is Jewish. He had a nasty reputation for drugging young women and raping them once they became helpless

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Flo , says: September 3, 2019 at 5:33 pm GMT

@utu Jean-Luc Brunel is Jewish. He had a nasty reputation for drugging young women and raping them once they became helpless. His "modeling agency" had offices in Paris, N.Y., and Tel Aviv. He's in Israel right now, laying low.

[Sep 02, 2019] Questions Nobody Is Asking About Jeffrey Epstein by Eric Rasmusen

Highly recommended!
While details on Epstein death are not interesting (he ended like a regular pimp) the corruption of high level officials his case revealed in more troubling.
Notable quotes:
"... Epstein was released, and various lawsuits were filed against him and settled out of court, presumably in exchange for silence. The media was quiet or complimentary as Epstein worked his way back into high society. ..."
"... What would I do if I were Epstein? I'd try to get the President, the Attorney-General, or the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to shut down the investigation before it went public. I'd have all my friends and all my money try to pressure them. If it failed and I were arrested, it would be time for the backup plan -- the Deal. I'd try to minimize my prison time, and, just as important, to be put in one of the nicer federal prisons where I could associate with financial wizards and drug lords instead of serial killers, black nationalists, and people with bad breath. ..."
"... What about the powerful people Epstein would turn in to get his deal? They aren't as smart as Epstein, but they would know the Deal was coming -- that Epstein would be quite happy to sacrifice them in exchange for a prison with a slightly better golf course. What could they do? There's only one good option -- to kill Epstein, and do it quickly, before he could start giving information samples to the U. S. Attorney. ..."
"... Trying to kill informers is absolutely routine in the mafia, or indeed, for gangs of any kind. ..."
"... Famous politicians, unlike gangsters, don't have full-time professional hit men on their staffs, but that's just common sense -- politicians rarely need hit men, so it makes more sense to hire them on a piecework basis than as full-time employees. How would they find hit men? You or I wouldn't know how to start, but it would be easy for them. Rich powerful people have bodyguards. Bodyguards are for defense, but the guys who do defense know guys who do offense. And Epstein's friends are professional networkers. One reporter said of Ghislaine Maxwell, "Her Rolodex would blow away almost anyone else's I can think of -- probably even Rupert Murdoch's." They know people who know people. Maybe I'm six degrees of separation from a mafia hit man, but not Ghislaine Maxwell. I bet she knows at least one mafioso personally who knows more than one hit man. ..."
"... Or, if you can hire a New York Times reporter for $30,000 ( as Epstein famously did a couple of years ago), you can spend $200,000 on a competent hit man to make double sure. Government incompetence does not lend support to the suicide theory; quite the opposite. ..."
"... Statutory rape is not a federal crime ..."
"... At any time from 2008 to the present, Florida and New York prosecutors could have gone after Epstein and easily convicted him. The federal nonprosecution agreement did not bind them. And, of course, it is not just Epstein who should have been prosecuted. Other culprits such as Prince Andrew are still at large. ..."
"... Why isn't anybody but Ann Coulter talking about Barry Krischer and Ric Bradshaw, the Florida state prosecutor and sheriff who went easy on Epstein, or the New York City police who let him violate the sex offender regulations? ..."
"... Krischer refused to use the evidence the Palm Beach police gave him except to file a no-jail-time prostitution charge (they eventually went to Acosta, the federal prosecutor, instead, who got a guilty plea with an 18-month sentence). Bradshaw let him spend his days at home instead of at jail. ..."
"... In New York State, the county prosecutor, Cyrus Vance, fought to prevent Epstein from being classified as a Level III sex offender. Once he was, the police didn't enforce the rule that required him to check in every 90 days. ..."
"... Trafficking is a federal offense, so it would have to involve commerce across state lines. It also must involve sale and profit, not just personal pleasure. ..."
"... Here, the publicity and investigative lead is what is most important, because these are reputable and rich offenders for whom publicity is a bigger threat than losing in court. They have very good lawyers, and probably aren't guilty of federal crimes anyway, just state crimes, in corrupt states where they can use clout more effectively. Thus, killing potential informants before they tell the public is more important than killing informants to prevent their testimony at trial, a much more leisurely task. ..."
"... Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is the only government official who is clearly trustworthy, because he could have stopped the 2019 Epstein indictment and he didn't. I don't think Attorney-General Barr could have blocked it, and I don't think President Trump could have except by firing Berman. ..."
"... "It was that heart-wrenching series that caught the attention of Congress. Ben Sasse, the Republican senator from Nebraska, joined with his Democratic colleagues and demanded to know how justice had been so miscarried. ..."
"... President Trump didn't have anything personally to fear from Epstein. He is too canny to have gotten involved with him, and the press has been eagerly at work to find the slightest connection between him and Epstein and have come up dry as far as anything but acquaintanceship. But we must worry about a cover-up anyway, because rich and important people would be willing to pay Trump a lot in money or, more likely, in political support, if he does a cover-up. ..."
"... he sealing was completely illegal, as the appeals court politely but devastatingly noted in 2019, and the documents were released a day or two before Epstein died. Someone should check into Judge Sweet's finance and death. He was an ultra-Establishment figure -- a Yale man, alas, like me, and Taft School -- so he might just have been protecting what he considered good people, but his decision to seal the court records was grossly improper. ..."
"... Did Epstein have any dealings in sex, favors, or investments with any Republican except Wexner? ..."
"... Dershowitz, Mitchell, Clinton, Richardson, Dubin, George Stephanopolous, Lawrence Krauss, Katie Couric, Mortimer Zuckerman, Chelsea Handler, Cyrus Vance, and Woody Allen, are all Democrats. Did Epstein ever make use of Republicans? Don't count Trump, who has not been implicated despite the media's best efforts and was probably not even a Republican back in the 90's. Don't count Ken Starr– he's just one of Epstein's lawyers. Don't count scientists who just took money gifts from him. (By the way, Epstein made very little in the way of political contributions , though that little went mostly to Democrats ( $139,000 vs. $18,000 . I bet he extracted more from politicians than he gave to them. ..."
"... What role did Israeli politician Ehud Barak play in all this? ..."
"... Remember Marc Rich? He was a billionaire who fled the country to avoid a possible 300 years prison term, and was pardoned by Bill Clinton in 2001. Ehud Barak, one of Epstein's friends, was one of the people who asked for Rich to be pardoned . Epstein, his killers, and other rich people know that as a last resort they can flee the country and wait for someone like Clinton to come to office and pardon them. ..."
"... "intelligence" is also the kind of excuse people make up so they don't have to say "political pressure." ..."
"... James Patterson and John Connolly published Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him , and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein . Conchita Sarnoff published TrafficKing: The Jeffrey Epstein Case. I never heard of these before 2019. Did the media bury them? ..."
"... There seems to have been an orchestrated attempt to divert attention to the issue of suicides in prison. Subtle differences in phrasing might help reveal who's been paid off. National Review had an article, "The Conspiracy Theories about Jeffrey Epstein's Death Don't Make Much Sense." The article contains no evidence or argument to support the headline's assertion, just bluster about "madness" and "conspiracy theories". Who else publishes stuff like this? ..."
"... The New York Times was, to its credit, willing to embarrass other publications by 2019. But the Times itself had been part of the cover-up in previous years . Who else was? ..."
"... Not one question involving Maurene Comey, then? She was one of the SDNY prosecutors assigned to this case, and her name has been significantly played down (if at all visible) in the reportage before or after Epstein's death. That she just "happened" to be on this case at all is quite an eyebrow raiser especially with her father under the ongoing "Spygate" investigation ..."
"... As important as it is to go on asking questions about the life and death of Jeffrey Epstein, I have to admit that personally I'm just not interested. I've always found people of his social class to be vaguely repulsive even without the sordid sex allegations. Just their demanding personalities, just the thought of them hanging around in their terrycloth jogging suits, sneering at the world with their irrefrangible arrogance, is enough to make me shudder. I want nothing of their nightmare world; and when they die, I couldn't care less. ..."
"... We are supposed to have faith in this rubbish? The cameras malfunctioned. He didn't have a cellmate. The guards were tired and forced to work overtime. ..."
"... One tiny mention of Jewish magnate Les Wexner but no mention how he & the Bronfmans founded the 'Mega Group' of ultra-Zionist billionaires regularly meeting as to how they could prop up the Jewish state by any & all means, Wexner being the source of many Epstein millions, the original buyer of the NYC mansion he transferred to Epstein etc the excellent Epstein series by Whitney Webb on Mint Press covering all this https://www.mintpressnews.com/author/whitney-webb/ ..."
"... ex-OSS father Donald Barr had written a 'fantasy novel' on sex slavery with scenes of rape of underage teens, 'Space Relations', written whilst Don Barr was headmaster of the Dalton school, which gave Epstein his first job, teaching teens ..."
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The Jeffrey Epstein case is notable for the ups and downs in media coverage it's gotten over the years. Everybody, it seems, in New York society knew by 2000 that Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were corrupting teenage girls, but the press wouldn't cover it. Articles by New York in 2002 and Vanity Fair in 2003 alluded to it gently, while probing Epstein's finances more closely. In 2005, the Palm Beach police investigated. The county prosecutor, Democrat Barry Krischer, wouldn't prosecute for more than prostitution, so they went to the federal prosecutor, Republican Alexander Acosta, and got the FBI involved. Acosta's office prepared an indictment, but before it was filed, he made a deal: Epstein agreed to plead guilty to a state law felony and receive a prison term of 18 months. In exchange, the federal interstate sex trafficking charges would not be prosecuted by Acosta's office. Epstein was officially at the county jail for 13 months, where the county officials under Democratic Sheriff Ric Bradshaw gave him scandalously easy treatment , letting him spend his days outside, and letting him serve a year of probation in place of the last 5 months of his sentence. Acosta's office complained, but it was a county jail, not a federal jail, so he was powerless.

Epstein was released, and various lawsuits were filed against him and settled out of court, presumably in exchange for silence. The media was quiet or complimentary as Epstein worked his way back into high society. Two books were written about the affair, and fell flat. The FBI became interested again around 2011 ( a little known fact ) and maybe things were happening behind the scenes, but the next big event was in 2018 when the Miami Herald published a series of investigative articles rehashing what had happened.

In 2019 federal prosecutors indicted Epstein, he was put in jail, and he mysteriously died. Now, after much complaining in the press about how awful jails are and how many people commit suicide, things are quiet again, at least until the Justice Department and the State of Florida finish their investigation a few years from now. (For details and more links, see " Investigation: Jeffrey Epstein "at Medium.com and " Jeffrey Epstein " at Wikipedia .)

I'm an expert in the field of "game theory", strategic thinking. What would I do if I were Epstein? I'd try to get the President, the Attorney-General, or the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York to shut down the investigation before it went public. I'd have all my friends and all my money try to pressure them. If it failed and I were arrested, it would be time for the backup plan -- the Deal. I'd try to minimize my prison time, and, just as important, to be put in one of the nicer federal prisons where I could associate with financial wizards and drug lords instead of serial killers, black nationalists, and people with bad breath.

That's what Epstein would do. What about the powerful people Epstein would turn in to get his deal? They aren't as smart as Epstein, but they would know the Deal was coming -- that Epstein would be quite happy to sacrifice them in exchange for a prison with a slightly better golf course. What could they do? There's only one good option -- to kill Epstein, and do it quickly, before he could start giving information samples to the U. S. Attorney.

Trying to kill informers is absolutely routine in the mafia, or indeed, for gangs of any kind. The reason people call such talk "conspiracy theories" when it comes to Epstein is that his friends are WASPs and Jews, not Italians and Mexicans. But WASPs and Jews are human too. They want to protect themselves. Famous politicians, unlike gangsters, don't have full-time professional hit men on their staffs, but that's just common sense -- politicians rarely need hit men, so it makes more sense to hire them on a piecework basis than as full-time employees. How would they find hit men? You or I wouldn't know how to start, but it would be easy for them. Rich powerful people have bodyguards. Bodyguards are for defense, but the guys who do defense know guys who do offense. And Epstein's friends are professional networkers. One reporter said of Ghislaine Maxwell, "Her Rolodex would blow away almost anyone else's I can think of -- probably even Rupert Murdoch's." They know people who know people. Maybe I'm six degrees of separation from a mafia hit man, but not Ghislaine Maxwell. I bet she knows at least one mafioso personally who knows more than one hit man.

In light of this, it would be very surprising if someone with a spare $50 million to spend to solve the Epstein problem didn't give it a try. A lot of people can be bribed for $50 million. Thus, we should have expected to see bribery attempts. If none were detected, it must have been because prison workers are not reporting they'd been approached.

Some people say that government incompetence is always a better explanation than government malfeasance. That's obviously wrong -- when an undeserving business gets a contract, it's not always because the government official in charge was just not paying attention. I can well believe that prisons often take prisoners off of suicide watch too soon, have guards who go to sleep and falsify records, remove cellmates from prisoners at risk of suicide or murder, let the TV cameras watching their most important prisoners go on the blink, and so forth. But that cuts both ways.

Remember, in the case of Epstein, we'd expect a murder attempt whether the warden of the most important federal jail in the country is competent or not. If the warden is incompetent, we should expect that murder attempt to succeed. Murder becomes all the more more plausible. Instead of spending $50 million to bribe 20 guards and the warden, you just pay some thug $30,000 to walk in past the snoring guards, open the cell door, and strangle the sleeping prisoner, no fancy James Bond necessary. Or, if you can hire a New York Times reporter for $30,000 ( as Epstein famously did a couple of years ago), you can spend $200,000 on a competent hit man to make double sure. Government incompetence does not lend support to the suicide theory; quite the opposite.

Now to my questions.

Why is nobody blaming the Florida and New York state prosecutors for not prosecuting Epstein and others for statutory rape?

Statutory rape is not a federal crime, so it is not something the Justice Dept. is supposed to investigate or prosecute. They are going after things like interstate sex trafficking. Interstate sex trafficking is generally much harder to prove than statutory rape, which is very easy if the victims will testify.

At any time from 2008 to the present, Florida and New York prosecutors could have gone after Epstein and easily convicted him. The federal nonprosecution agreement did not bind them. And, of course, it is not just Epstein who should have been prosecuted. Other culprits such as Prince Andrew are still at large.

Note that if even if the evidence is just the girl's word against Ghislaine Maxwell's or Prince Andrew's, it's still quite possible to get a jury to convict. After all, who would you believe, in a choice between Maxwell, Andrew, and Anyone Else in the World? For an example of what can be done if the government is eager to convict, instead of eager to protect important people, see the 2019 Cardinal Pell case in Australia. He was convicted by the secret testimony of a former choirboy, the only complainant, who claimed Pell had committed indecent acts during a chance encounter after Mass before Pell had even unrobed. Naturally, the only cardinal to be convicted of anything in the Catholic Church scandals is also the one who's done the most to fight corruption. Where there's a will, there's a way to prosecute. It's even easier to convict someone if he's actually guilty.

Why isn't anybody but Ann Coulter talking about Barry Krischer and Ric Bradshaw, the Florida state prosecutor and sheriff who went easy on Epstein, or the New York City police who let him violate the sex offender regulations?

Krischer refused to use the evidence the Palm Beach police gave him except to file a no-jail-time prostitution charge (they eventually went to Acosta, the federal prosecutor, instead, who got a guilty plea with an 18-month sentence). Bradshaw let him spend his days at home instead of at jail.

In New York State, the county prosecutor, Cyrus Vance, fought to prevent Epstein from being classified as a Level III sex offender. Once he was, the police didn't enforce the rule that required him to check in every 90 days.

How easy would it have been to prove in 2016 or 2019 that Epstein and his people were guilty of federal sex trafficking?

Not easy, I should think. It wouldn't be enough to prove that Epstein debauched teenagers. Trafficking is a federal offense, so it would have to involve commerce across state lines. It also must involve sale and profit, not just personal pleasure. The 2019 indictment is weak on this. The "interstate commerce" looks like it's limited to Epstein making phone calls between Florida and New York. This is why I am not completely skeptical when former U.S. Attorney Acosta says that the 2008 nonprosecution deal was reasonable. He had strong evidence the Epstein violated Florida state law -- but that wasn't relevant. He had to prove violations of federal law.

Why didn't Epstein ask the Court, or the Justice Dept., for permission to have an unarmed guard share his cell with him?

Epstein had no chance at bail without bribing the judge, but this request would have been reasonable. That he didn't request a guard is, I think, the strongest evidence that he wanted to die. If he didn't commit suicide himself, he was sure making it easy for someone else to kill him.

Could Epstein have used the safeguard of leaving a trove of photos with a friend or lawyer to be published if he died an unnatural death?

Well, think about it -- Epstein's lawyer was Alan Dershowitz. If he left photos with someone like Dershowitz, that someone could earn a lot more by using the photos for blackmail himself than by dutifully carrying out his perverted customer's instructions. The evidence is just too valuable, and Epstein was someone whose friends weren't the kind of people he could trust. Probably not even his brother.

Who is in danger of dying next?

Prison workers from guard to warden should be told that if they took bribes, their lives are now in danger. Prison guards may not be bright enough to realize this. Anybody who knows anything important about Epstein should be advised to publicize their information immediately. That is the best way to stay alive.

This is not like a typical case where witnesses get killed so they won't testify. It's not like with gangsters. Here, the publicity and investigative lead is what is most important, because these are reputable and rich offenders for whom publicity is a bigger threat than losing in court. They have very good lawyers, and probably aren't guilty of federal crimes anyway, just state crimes, in corrupt states where they can use clout more effectively. Thus, killing potential informants before they tell the public is more important than killing informants to prevent their testimony at trial, a much more leisurely task.

What happened to Epstein's body?

The Justice Dept. had better not have let Epstein's body be cremated. And they'd better give us convincing evidence that it's his body. If I had $100 million to get out of jail with, acquiring a corpse and bribing a few people to switch fingerprints and DNA wouldn't be hard. I find it worrying that the government has not released proof that Epstein is dead or a copy of the autopsy.

Was Epstein's jail really full of mice?

The New York Times says,

"Beyond its isolation, the wing is infested with rodents and cockroaches, and inmates often have to navigate standing water -- as well as urine and fecal matter -- that spills from faulty plumbing, accounts from former inmates and lawyers said. One lawyer said mice often eat his clients' papers."

" Often have to navigate standing water"? "Mice often eat his clients' papers?" Really? I'm skeptical. What do the vermin eat -- do inmates leave Snickers bars open in their cells? Has anyone checked on what the prison conditions really like?

Is it just a coincidence that Epstein made a new will two days before he died?

I can answer this one. Yes, it is coincidence, though it's not a coincidence that he rewrote the will shortly after being denied bail. The will leaves everything to a trust, and it is the trust document (which is confidential), not the will (which is public), that determines who gets the money. Probably the only thing that Epstein changed in his will was the listing of assets, and he probably changed that because he'd just updated his list of assets for the bail hearing anyway, so it was a convenient time to update the will.

Did Epstein's veiled threat against DOJ officials in his bail filing backfire?

Epstein's lawyers wrote in his bail request,

"If the government is correct that the NPA does not, and never did, preclude a prosecution in this district, then the government will likely have to explain why it purposefully delayed a prosecution of someone like Mr. Epstein, who registered as a sex offender 10 years ago and was certainly no stranger to law enforcement. There is no legitimate explanation for the delay."

I see this as a veiled threat. The threat is that Epstein would subpoena people and documents from the Justice Department relevant to the question of why there was a ten-year delay before prosecution, to expose the illegitimate explanation for the delay. Somebody is to blame for that delay, and court-ordered disclosure is a bigger threat than an internal federal investigation.

Who can we trust?

Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is the only government official who is clearly trustworthy, because he could have stopped the 2019 Epstein indictment and he didn't. I don't think Attorney-General Barr could have blocked it, and I don't think President Trump could have except by firing Berman. I do trust Attorney-General Barr, however, from what I've heard of him and because he instantly and publicly said he would have not just the FBI but the Justice Dept. Inspector-General investigate Epstein's death, and he quickly fired the federal prison head honcho. The FBI is untrustworthy, but Inspector-Generals are often honorable.

Someone else who may be a hero in this is Senator Ben Sasse. Vicki Ward writes in the Daily Beast :

"It was that heart-wrenching series that caught the attention of Congress. Ben Sasse, the Republican senator from Nebraska, joined with his Democratic colleagues and demanded to know how justice had been so miscarried.

Given the political sentiment, it's unsurprising that the FBI should feel newly emboldened to investigate Epstein -- basing some of their work on Brown's excellent reporting."

Will President Trump Cover Up Epstein's Death in Exchange for Political Leverage?

President Trump didn't have anything personally to fear from Epstein. He is too canny to have gotten involved with him, and the press has been eagerly at work to find the slightest connection between him and Epstein and have come up dry as far as anything but acquaintanceship. But we must worry about a cover-up anyway, because rich and important people would be willing to pay Trump a lot in money or, more likely, in political support, if he does a cover-up.

Why did Judge Sweet order Epstein documents sealed in 2017. Did he die naturally in 2019?

Judge Robert Sweet in 2017 ordered all documents in an Epstein-related case sealed. He died in May 2019 at age 96, at home in Idaho. The sealing was completely illegal, as the appeals court politely but devastatingly noted in 2019, and the documents were released a day or two before Epstein died. Someone should check into Judge Sweet's finance and death. He was an ultra-Establishment figure -- a Yale man, alas, like me, and Taft School -- so he might just have been protecting what he considered good people, but his decision to seal the court records was grossly improper.

Did Epstein have any dealings in sex, favors, or investments with any Republican except Wexner?

Dershowitz, Mitchell, Clinton, Richardson, Dubin, George Stephanopolous, Lawrence Krauss, Katie Couric, Mortimer Zuckerman, Chelsea Handler, Cyrus Vance, and Woody Allen, are all Democrats. Did Epstein ever make use of Republicans? Don't count Trump, who has not been implicated despite the media's best efforts and was probably not even a Republican back in the 90's. Don't count Ken Starr– he's just one of Epstein's lawyers. Don't count scientists who just took money gifts from him. (By the way, Epstein made very little in the way of political contributions , though that little went mostly to Democrats ( $139,000 vs. $18,000 . I bet he extracted more from politicians than he gave to them.

What role did Israeli politician Ehud Barak play in all this?

Remember Marc Rich? He was a billionaire who fled the country to avoid a possible 300 years prison term, and was pardoned by Bill Clinton in 2001. Ehud Barak, one of Epstein's friends, was one of the people who asked for Rich to be pardoned . Epstein, his killers, and other rich people know that as a last resort they can flee the country and wait for someone like Clinton to come to office and pardon them.

Acosta said that Washington Bush Administration people told him to go easy on Epstein because he was an intelligence source. That is plausible. Epstein had info and blackmailing ability with people like Ehud Barak, leader of Israel's Labor Party. But "intelligence" is also the kind of excuse people make up so they don't have to say "political pressure."

Why did nobody pay attention to the two 2016 books on Epstein?

James Patterson and John Connolly published Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him , and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein . Conchita Sarnoff published TrafficKing: The Jeffrey Epstein Case. I never heard of these before 2019. Did the media bury them?

Which newspapers reported Epstein's death as "suicide" and which as "apparent suicide"?

More generally, which media outlets seem to be trying to brush Epstein's death under the rug? There seems to have been an orchestrated attempt to divert attention to the issue of suicides in prison. Subtle differences in phrasing might help reveal who's been paid off. National Review had an article, "The Conspiracy Theories about Jeffrey Epstein's Death Don't Make Much Sense." The article contains no evidence or argument to support the headline's assertion, just bluster about "madness" and "conspiracy theories". Who else publishes stuff like this?

How much did Epstein corrupt the media from 2008 to 2019?

Even outlets that generally publish good articles must be suspected of corruption. Epstein made an effort to get good publicity. The New York Times wrote,

"The effort led to the publication of articles describing him as a selfless and forward-thinking philanthropist with an interest in science on websites like Forbes, National Review and HuffPost .

All three articles have been removed from their sites in recent days, after inquiries from The New York Times .

The National Review piece, from the same year, called him "a smart businessman" with a "passion for cutting-edge science."

Ms. Galbraith was also a publicist for Mr. Epstein, according to several news releases promoting Mr. Epstein's foundations In the article that appeared on the National Review site, she described him as having "given thoughtfully to countless organizations that help educate underprivileged children."

"We took down the piece, and regret publishing it," Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review since 1997, said in an email. He added that the publication had "had a process in place for a while now to weed out such commercially self-interested pieces from lobbyists and PR flacks.""

The New York Times was, to its credit, willing to embarrass other publications by 2019. But the Times itself had been part of the cover-up in previous years . Who else was?

Eric Rasmusen is an economist who has held an endowed chair at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and visiting positions at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, the Harvard Economics Department, Chicago's Booth School of Business, Nuffield College/Oxford, and the University of Tokyo Economics Department. He is best known for his book Games and Information. He has published extensively in law and economics, including recent articles on the burakumin outcastes in Japan, the use of game theory in jurisprudence, and quasi-concave functions. The views expressed here are his personal views and are not intended to represent the views of the Kelley School of Business or Indiana University. His vitae is at http://www.rasmusen.org/vita.htm .


Paul.Martin , says: September 2, 2019 at 3:54 am GMT

Not one question involving Maurene Comey, then? She was one of the SDNY prosecutors assigned to this case, and her name has been significantly played down (if at all visible) in the reportage before or after Epstein's death. That she just "happened" to be on this case at all is quite an eyebrow raiser especially with her father under the ongoing "Spygate" investigation

Apparently, there will always be many players on the field, and many ways to do damage control.

utu , says: September 2, 2019 at 4:43 am GMT

How easy would it have been to prove in 2016 or 2019 that Epstein and his people were guilty of federal sex trafficking?

It would be very easy for a motivated prosecutor.

Mann Act: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mann_Act The Mann Act was successfully used to prosecute several Christian preachers in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

So the problem was finding a motivated prosecutor in case of Jewish predator with very likely links to intelligence services of several countries. The motivation was obviously lacking.

Your "expertise" in game theory would be greatly improved if you let yourself consider the Jewish factor.

Intelligent Dasein , says: Website September 2, 2019 at 4:44 am GMT
As important as it is to go on asking questions about the life and death of Jeffrey Epstein, I have to admit that personally I'm just not interested. I've always found people of his social class to be vaguely repulsive even without the sordid sex allegations. Just their demanding personalities, just the thought of them hanging around in their terrycloth jogging suits, sneering at the world with their irrefrangible arrogance, is enough to make me shudder. I want nothing of their nightmare world; and when they die, I couldn't care less.
utu , says: September 2, 2019 at 4:46 am GMT

More generally, which media outlets seem to be trying to brush Epstein's death under the rug?

Not the National Enquirer:

Jeffrey Epstein Murder Cover-up Exposed!
Death Scene Staged to Look Like Suicide
Billionaire's Screams Ignored by Guards!
Fatal Attack Caught on Jail Cameras!
Autopsy is Hiding the Truth!

National Enquirer, Sept 2. 2019
https://reader.magzter.com/preview/7l5c5vd5t28thcmigloxel3670370/367037

Mark James , says: September 2, 2019 at 6:33 am GMT
I don't hold AG Barr in the high regard this piece does. While I'm not suggesting he had anything to do with Epstein's death I do think he's corrupt. I doubt he will do anything that leads to the truth. As for him relieving the warden of his duties, I would hope that was to be expected, wasn't it? I mean he only had two attempts on Epstein's life with the second being a success. Apparently the first didn't jolt the warden into some kind of action as it appears he was guilty of a number of sins including 'Sloth.'

As for the publications that don't like conspiracy theories –like the National Review -- they are a hoot. We are supposed to have faith in this rubbish? The cameras malfunctioned. He didn't have a cellmate. The guards were tired and forced to work overtime. There was no camera specifically in the cell with Epstein.
In the end I think Epstein probably was allowed to kill himself but I'm not confident in that scenario at all. And yes the media should pressure Barr to hav e a look in the cell and see exactly how a suicide attempt might have succeeded or if it was a long-shot at best, given the materiel and conditions.

SafeNow , says: September 2, 2019 at 6:49 am GMT
19. Why is the non-prosecution agreement ambiguous ("globally" binding), when it was written by the best lawyers in the country for a very wealthy client? Was the ambiguity bargained-for? If so, what are the implications?

20. With "globally" still being unresolved (to the bail judge's first-paragraph astonishment), why commit suicide now?

21. The "it was malfeasance" components are specified. For mere malfeasance to have been the cause, all of the components would have to be true; it would be a multiplicative function of the several components. Is no one sufficiently quantitative to estimate the magnitude?

22. What is the best single takeaway phrase that emerges from all of this? My nomination is: "In your face." The brazen, shameless, unprecedented, turning-point, in-your-faceness of it.

sally , says: September 2, 2019 at 7:32 am GMT
ER the answer is easy to you list of questions .. there is no law in the world when violations are not prosecuted and fair open for all to see trials are not held and judges do not deliver the appropriate penalties upon convictions. .. in cases involving the CIA prosecution it is unheard of that a open for all to see trial takes place.

This is why we the governed masses need a parallel government..

such an oversight government would allow to pick out the negligent or wilful misconduct of persons in functional government and prosecute such persons in the independent people's court.. Without a second government to oversee the first government there is no democracy; democracy cannot stand and the governed masses will never see the light of a fair day .. unless the masses have oversight authority on what is to be made into law, and are given without prejudice to their standing in America the right to charge those associated to government with negligent or wilful misconduct.

mypoint

Anonymous [425] Disclaimer , says: Website September 2, 2019 at 7:33 am GMT

https://www.youtube.com/embed/fMG8SVrqstg?feature=oembed

Brabantian , says: September 2, 2019 at 8:31 am GMT
There are big questions this article is not asking either

The words 'Mossad' seems not to appear above, and just a brief mention of 'Israel' with Ehud Barak

One tiny mention of Jewish magnate Les Wexner but no mention how he & the Bronfmans founded the 'Mega Group' of ultra-Zionist billionaires regularly meeting as to how they could prop up the Jewish state by any & all means, Wexner being the source of many Epstein millions, the original buyer of the NYC mansion he transferred to Epstein etc the excellent Epstein series by Whitney Webb on Mint Press covering all this
https://www.mintpressnews.com/author/whitney-webb/

Was escape to freedom & Israe,l the ultimate payoff for Epstein's decades of work for Mossad, grooming and abusing young teens, filmed in flagrante delicto with prominent people for political blackmail?

Is it not likely this was a Mossad jailbreak covered by fake 'suicide', with Epstein alive now, with US gov now also in possession of the assumed Epstein sexual blackmail video tapes?

We have the Epstein 'death in jail' under the US Attorney General Bill Barr, a former CIA officer 1973-77, the CIA supporting him thru night law school, Bill Barr's later law firm Kirkland Ellis representing Epstein

Whose Jewish-born ex-OSS father Donald Barr had written a 'fantasy novel' on sex slavery with scenes of rape of underage teens, 'Space Relations', written whilst Don Barr was headmaster of the Dalton school, which gave Epstein his first job, teaching teens

So would a crypto-Jewish 'former' CIA officer who is now USA Attorney General, possibly help a Mossad political blackmailer escape to Israel after a fake 'jail suicide'?

An intriguing 4chan post a few hours after Epstein's 'body was discovered', says Epstein was put in a wheelchair and driven out of the jail in a van, accompanied by a man in a green military uniform – timestamp is USA Pacific on the screencap apparently, so about 10:44 NYC time Sat.10 Aug

FWIW, drone video of Epstein's Little St James island from Friday 30 August, shows a man who could be Epstein himself, on the left by one vehicle, talking to a black man sitting on a quad all-terrain unit

Close up of Epstein-like man between vehicles, from video note 'pale finger' match-up to archive photo Epstein

Anon [261] Disclaimer , says: September 2, 2019 at 8:34 am GMT
The thing that sticks out for me is that Epstein was caught, charged, and went to jail previously, but he didn't die . The second time, it appears he was murdered. I strongly suspect that the person who murdered Epstein was someone who only met Epstein after 2008, or was someone Epstein only procured for after 2008. Otherwise, this person would have killed Epstein back when Epstein was charged by the cops the first time.

Either that, or the killer is someone who is an opponent of Trump, and this person was genuinely terrified that Trump would pressure the Feds to avoid any deals and to squeeze all the important names out of Epstein and prosecute them, too.

anonymous [340] Disclaimer , says: September 2, 2019 at 8:37 am GMT
The author professes himself "expert in the field of "game theory", strategic thinking," but he doesn't say how his 18 questions were arrived at to the exclusion of hundreds of others. Instead, the column includes several casual assumptions and speculation. For example:

As to this last, isn't "quickly [firing] the federal prison head honcho" consistent with a failure-to-prevent-suicide deflection strategy? And has Mr. Rasmusen not "heard" of the hiring of Mr. Epstein by Mr. Barr's father? Or of the father's own Establishment background?

I hope to be wrong, but my own hunch is that these investigations, like the parallel investigations of the RussiaGate hoax, will leave the elite unscathed. I also hope that in the meantime we see more rigorous columns here than this one.

Miro23 , says: September 2, 2019 at 9:45 am GMT

...Also, subsequently, it should have been a top priority to arrest Ghislaine Maxwell but the government, justice and media lack interest . Apparently, they don't know where she is, and they're not making any special efforts to find out.

Sick of Orcs , says: September 2, 2019 at 9:45 am GMT
Epstein had no "dead man's switch" which would release what he knew to media? C'mon! This is basic Villainy 101.

[Sep 01, 2019] What Jeffrey Epstein 'could not buy, he forcibly took' His accusers speak out in court

Epstein was strategic in recruiting girls and he selected those who badly need money and were ready for moral compromises to get to modeling career, or acting or massage therapy.
In a was this was a replay of how Hollywood treats starlets but a different set of "customers" for the girls. What is unclear why Maxwell was in this dirty business. Was it for money ?
Sep 01, 2019 | www.nbcnews.com

"The investigation into those matters has been ongoing, is ongoing, and will continue," a prosecutor for the Southern District of New York said.

Several accusers who spoke in court Tuesday named Epstein's former longtime associate, Ghislaine Maxwell.

"We all know he did not act alone," Sarah Ransome said, asking prosecutors to "finish what you have started."

Theresa Helm said that Maxwell needs to be "held accountable."

https://tpc.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-35/html/container.html?n=0

Another accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, said she was 17 when Maxwell allegedly recruited her. Giuffre said she was told that she could have a career as a massage therapist, but she instead became "a victim of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell and the horrible acts they committed against me."

"I commend the prosecutors for the Southern District of New York for their ongoing pursuit of justice," she said.

Maxwell, a British socialite, has been named in some court filings by women alleging abuse by Epstein.

A cache of court papers relating to a separate 2015 federal defamation lawsuit filed by Giuffre against Maxwell shows that she claimed in a 2016 deposition that Epstein and Maxwell groomed her to become a "sex slave" for high-powered men starting when she was 16.

Maxwell has not been charged with a crime and has not commented publicly since the papers were released earlier this month. Her lawyer also has not previously returned a request for comment upon release of the documents Friday and could not be immediately reached on Tuesday.

Previously, in a motion to dismiss the suit, Maxwell's lawyers said Giuffre "produced no evidence substantiating any of her fantastical claims that she had been trafficked by Epstein, or by Maxwell."

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Epstein's death was "a rather stunning turn of events" and that giving the women a chance to speak was a matter of law and "respect."

"I believe it is the court's responsibility and in its purview that the victims in the case are dealt with, with dignity and with humanity," he said.

[Aug 30, 2019] Jeffrey Zwi Epstein Migdal by Gilad Atzmon

That version does not explain presence of cameras in multiple Esptein homes. And the past that in his NYC home their installation predate his acquisition (actually the house was gifted to him by Wexner, who is the person who installed the cameras.) Camera is what is used to compromise politicians. Is this a typical mafia activity, or a typical intelligence agencies activity. I think the latter is more plausible.
Notable quotes:
"... Epstein wasn't the first Jewish sex trafficker. This seems like a good time to look back at Zwi Migdal, a Jewish global crime syndicate that operated a century ago and trafficked tens of thousands of Jewish women and under age girls as sex slaves. According to contemporary Jewish writer Giulia Morpurgo the Zwi Migdal had turned Argentina, "into a nightmare of prostitution and exploitation." ..."
"... The Zwi Migdal ..."
"... The Zwi Migdal organization operated from the 1860s to 1939. In its heyday, after the First World War, it had four hundred members in Argentina alone. Its annual turnover was fifty million dollars in the early 1900s. ..."
"... The recently released documents related to the Jeffrey Epstein affair suggest that Epstein and Maxwell were to be charged with child sex trafficking, and as the alleged procurer of underage girls. ..."
"... A very well-mannered and elegant-looking man would appear in a poor Jewish village in places such as Poland or Russia. He would advertise his search for young women to work in the homes of wealthy Jews in Argentina by posting an ad in the local synagogue. Fearful of pogroms and often in desperate economic circumstances, the trusting parents would send their naïve daughters away with these men, hoping to give them a fresh start." ..."
"... The last line recalls Virginia Giuffre's account of her encounter with the elegant British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell who allegedly lured her victims to 'escape' their misery. ..."
"... The Zwi Migdal Organization reached its peak in the 1920s when some 430 rufianos, or pimps, controlled 2,000 brothels trafficking around 30.000 Jewish women and girls in Argentina alone. "The largest brothels of Buenos Aires housed 60 to 80 female sex slaves. There were brothels all over Argentina, but most of them were in the big city, in the Jewish quarter, on Junin Street." ..."
"... One may wonder how all of that fit with Judaic tradition and Talmudic law. "In one brothel," the ACACA reports, "the Madam, an observant Jewish woman, would not let her women work on Fridays but instructed them herself in the art of lovemaking." ..."
"... Many commentators on the Epstein affair are amazed by the incapacity of America's law enforcement, legal system and federal agencies to bring justice to Epstein's victims and its failure to lock him away. Once again, that is not new. The JCACA writes of the Zwi Migdal criminality: "These activities went on undisturbed because they were frequented by government officials, judges, and reporters. City officials, politicians, and police officers were paid off. The pimps had powerful connections everywhere." ..."
"... The Jewish community didn't rush to save their abused daughters. "The prostitutes, who were mostly illiterate, destitute and despised by the mainstream Jewish community, banded together to form their own mutual-aid societies." However, rarely, some Jewish ethnic activists stood for the abused women and girls. "One night Nahum Sorkin, a well-known Zionist activist, stood outside the theatre and physically stopped the rufianos (Jewish pimps) from entering. Next, they were banned from the synagogues, and to top it all, they were refused burial in the Jewish cemetery." ..."
"... Her testimony led to an extensive investigation. The findings reached Dr. Rodriguez Ocampo, a judge who would not take Zwi Migdal bribes either. ..."
"... The lengthy trial ended in September 1930, with 108 detainees. "The very existence of the Zwi Migdal Organization directly threatens our society," the judge wrote in his verdict, handing down long prison terms." ..."
"... As with Epstein and his mobsters friends, things changed quickly and not in favour of justice let alone guided by ethical principles. The Zwi Migdal mobsters were at least as well connected as Epstein to politicians, judges and prosecutors. "While in prison, the pimps pulled some old strings, appealed their sentences in January 1931, and senior Justice Ministry officials left only three of the convicts in jail, discharging the rest." ..."
"... The JCACA sums up the Zwi Migdal saga by stating that the Jewish crime syndicate was "an organization that traded in women while its members wore tefillin (a Jewish religious garment) and built themselves a synagogue." I guess the same can be said about Epstein's ring. They may not be religious, they may not wear Tefillin but they are self identified Jewish Zionists who donate to Israel and vocally support Israel's criminal politics. ..."
"... The Wandering Who ..."
Aug 29, 2019 | dissidentvoice.org

The story of Jeffrey Epstein has lost its mystery as more and more commentators allow themselves to express the thought that it is a strong possibility that Epstein was connected to a crime syndicate affiliated with a Zionist political organisation or Israel and/or at least a few compromised intelligence agencies. Whitney Web and others have produced superb studies of possible scenarios, I would instead like to attack the topic from a cultural perspective. Epstein wasn't the first Jewish sex trafficker. This seems like a good time to look back at Zwi Migdal, a Jewish global crime syndicate that operated a century ago and trafficked tens of thousands of Jewish women and under age girls as sex slaves. According to contemporary Jewish writer Giulia Morpurgo the Zwi Migdal had turned Argentina, "into a nightmare of prostitution and exploitation."

During the first three decades of the 20th century Argentina was a rich country. It outgrew Canada and Australia in population, total income, and per capita income. Just before the first world war Argentina was the world's 10th wealthiest state per capita. When Argentina was a rich country, large parts of its economy, culture and politics were controlled by crime syndicates and particularly a Jewish organised crime apparatus named 'Zwi Migdal.'

In 2009 The International Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault (JCACA) published a comprehensive article about the Zwi Migdal titled Understanding the Zwi Migdal Society which I am about to quote from extensively.

The Zwi Migdal , was an association of Jewish mobsters who were involved in the "sexual exploitation of Jewish women and children, which operated globally." Apparently the Zwi Migdal originally picked a pretty innocent sounding name: "Warsaw Jewish Mutual Aid Society." It does indeed sound almost as innocent, humane and charitable as 'Anti Defamation League,' 'Jews against Breast Cancer,' or even 'Jewish Voice for Peace' but the Warsaw Jewish Mutual Aid Society wasn't innocent at all. It forced thousands of women and girls to become sex slaves and destroyed their lives.

On May 7, 1906, the Jewish syndicate had to change its title after the Polish ambassador to Argentina filed an official complaint to the Argentine authorities regarding the use of the name 'Warsaw.' Clearly, the Polish government did not want to be associated with a Jewish crime syndicate. In that line, it would be appropriate to ask how long is it going to take before the American government and its politicians insist that AIPAC drop its first 'A' or before The Neocon Project of the New American Century are ordered to drop American from their title.

"Zwi Migdal means 'strong power' in Yiddish and it also honoured Zvi Migdal, known as Luis Migdal, one of the founders of the crime organization."

The Zwi Migdal organization operated from the 1860s to 1939. In its heyday, after the First World War, it had four hundred members in Argentina alone. Its annual turnover was fifty million dollars in the early 1900s.

Unlike Epstein and Maxwell who allegedly recruited non-Jewish underage women, the Zwi Migdal specialised in trafficking Jewish women. "Most of the Jewish women and children who were kidnapped were taken from impoverished shtetls (Jewish small towns) and brought to Buenos Aires."

The recently released documents related to the Jeffrey Epstein affair suggest that Epstein and Maxwell were to be charged with child sex trafficking, and as the alleged procurer of underage girls. It seems none of that is really novel in the Jewish world: "The Zwi Migdal Society lured decent girls and young women from Europe in many inventive and deceitful ways. A very well-mannered and elegant-looking man would appear in a poor Jewish village in places such as Poland or Russia. He would advertise his search for young women to work in the homes of wealthy Jews in Argentina by posting an ad in the local synagogue. Fearful of pogroms and often in desperate economic circumstances, the trusting parents would send their naïve daughters away with these men, hoping to give them a fresh start."

The last line recalls Virginia Giuffre's account of her encounter with the elegant British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell who allegedly lured her victims to 'escape' their misery.

The JCACA continues "The girls, aged mostly 13 to 16, packed a small bag, bade their families farewell and boarded ships to Argentina, believing that they were on their way toward a better future. However, they soon learned the bitter truth. Their period of training as sex slaves, which began on the ship, was cruel and brutal. The young virgins were "broken in" ~ raped, beaten, starved and locked in cages."

The Zwi Migdal Organization reached its peak in the 1920s when some 430 rufianos, or pimps, controlled 2,000 brothels trafficking around 30.000 Jewish women and girls in Argentina alone. "The largest brothels of Buenos Aires housed 60 to 80 female sex slaves. There were brothels all over Argentina, but most of them were in the big city, in the Jewish quarter, on Junin Street."

Apparently "Prostitutes who failed to satisfy their clients were beaten, fined, or taken to work in provincial houses. Every business transaction was logged. The rufianos 'held a meat market' where newly arrived girls were paraded naked in front of traders in places such as Hotel Palestina or Cafe Parisienne."

One may wonder how all of that fit with Judaic tradition and Talmudic law. "In one brothel," the ACACA reports, "the Madam, an observant Jewish woman, would not let her women work on Fridays but instructed them herself in the art of lovemaking."

Many commentators on the Epstein affair are amazed by the incapacity of America's law enforcement, legal system and federal agencies to bring justice to Epstein's victims and its failure to lock him away. Once again, that is not new. The JCACA writes of the Zwi Migdal criminality: "These activities went on undisturbed because they were frequented by government officials, judges, and reporters. City officials, politicians, and police officers were paid off. The pimps had powerful connections everywhere."

The Jewish community didn't rush to save their abused daughters. "The prostitutes, who were mostly illiterate, destitute and despised by the mainstream Jewish community, banded together to form their own mutual-aid societies." However, rarely, some Jewish ethnic activists stood for the abused women and girls. "One night Nahum Sorkin, a well-known Zionist activist, stood outside the theatre and physically stopped the rufianos (Jewish pimps) from entering. Next, they were banned from the synagogues, and to top it all, they were refused burial in the Jewish cemetery."

From Rachel (Raquel) Lieberman to Virginia Roberts Giuffre

We learn that the rufianos' audacity eventually led to their demise. "It happened when they refused to forgo their income from the work of one woman, Rachel Lieberman from Lódž, Poland. She, like so many others, was tempted to travel to Buenos Aires answering a matrimonial ad, but was taken to Jonin Street where she was forced to prostitute."

"After five years she had enough money to go into the antique furniture business to support herself and her sons but the rufianos made it impossible for her. They did not want her to set an example for their other slaves. But this woman had not been broken."

As was the case for Virginia Giuffre, it needed brave Rachel to come forward.

https://vimeo.com/124652938 In desperation, Rachel Lieberman "contacted Superintendent Julio Elsogray. She had heard his name mentioned on the street as one who would not take Zwi Migdal's money and was actually looking for ways to destroy the organization. She slipped into his office one day and gave a detailed account of the connections among the various pimps in the organization management.

Her testimony led to an extensive investigation. The findings reached Dr. Rodriguez Ocampo, a judge who would not take Zwi Migdal bribes either.

The lengthy trial ended in September 1930, with 108 detainees. "The very existence of the Zwi Migdal Organization directly threatens our society," the judge wrote in his verdict, handing down long prison terms."

As with Epstein and his mobsters friends, things changed quickly and not in favour of justice let alone guided by ethical principles. The Zwi Migdal mobsters were at least as well connected as Epstein to politicians, judges and prosecutors. "While in prison, the pimps pulled some old strings, appealed their sentences in January 1931, and senior Justice Ministry officials left only three of the convicts in jail, discharging the rest."

As was the case with The Miami Herald's Julie Brown and many of us in the alternative media who didn't allow the rotten. Epstein and his pedophile ring's crimes to be shoved under the carpet, the 1930s Argentinian media didn't agree to turn a blind eye to the Jewish syndicate's impunity.

When the media reported the release of the Zwi Migdal's mobsters from jail, "the public was very upset and pressured the authorities to reverse the discharge decision. Thereafter, hundreds of pimps were deported to Uruguay. "Over the years, they slowly returned one by one, but the era of the huge brothels ended."

The JCACA sums up the Zwi Migdal saga by stating that the Jewish crime syndicate was "an organization that traded in women while its members wore tefillin (a Jewish religious garment) and built themselves a synagogue." I guess the same can be said about Epstein's ring. They may not be religious, they may not wear Tefillin but they are self identified Jewish Zionists who donate to Israel and vocally support Israel's criminal politics.

The JCACA proclaims that the Zwi Migdal's "history is an embarrassment to all decent Jews. It involved loads of money, corrupt politicians, violent sex, international women trade, hard brutality, rape, and cheating, all lightly spiced with yiddishkeit and God-fearing traditions. Among those traditions, according to Jewish beliefs as expressed in the Torah, is that it is perfectly fine to keep slaves so long as they are not Jewish. Yet these Zwi Migdal also enslaved Jewish girls and a great many who ran the bordellos were Jewish women."

I find myself admitting that except for Benjamin Netanyahu who denounced Ehud Barak for his ties with Epstein for political opportunist reasons, I have yet to see a single Jewish organisation express any embarrassment in regard to Epstein and his sex trafficking operation.

On the contrary, Epstein's lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, announced that he is actually a victim of the #metoo movement . He also occasionally insists that Jews should never apologise for using their strength. Maxwell has kept quiet.

Wexner has yet to apologise. Like Dershowitz, he adopted the victim path announcing that Epstein 'misappropriated' a few shekels from his family and he regret being associated with the sex trafficker. JVP that cares so much for Palestinians must be slightly less bothered by Guiffre's plight.

I am left wondering, is it the fact that Zwi Migdal abused Jewish women and girls that provoked Jewish discomfiture? I guess that, at least for the time being, it seems as if Jews do not posses the cultural or psychological means to look refectively into Epstein and his ring. The only question left open is whether the FBI has the cojones to do its job.

Gilad Atzmon, now living in London, was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He is the author of The Wandering Who and one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. He can be reached at: atz@onetel.net.uk . Read other articles by Gilad , or visit Gilad's website .

[Aug 26, 2019] US and Israeli spy agency activities in the United States are by no means limited to sex trafficking and compromising politicians

Some links and pictures deleted...
Notable quotes:
"... “According to Nigel Rosser, a British journalist who wrote in the Evening Standard in 2001, Epstein apparently for much of the 1990s claimed that he used to work for the CIA.” ..."
"... The Times of Israel reported that Epstein was an “active business partner with former prime minister Ehud Barak” until 2015, adding: “Barak formed a limited partnership company in Israel in 2015, called Sum (E.B.) to invest in a high-tech startup…. A large part of the money used by Sum to buy the start-up stock was supplied by Epstein.” Webb wrote he “was a long-time friend of Barak, who has long-standing and deep ties to Israel’s intelligence community.” On the board of their company sat Pinchas Bukhris, a former commander of the IDF cyber unit 8200 ..."
Aug 26, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

The protection of sex traffickers by intelligence agencies is especially interesting in the wake of Epstein’s death. Like others, Epstein had long been purported to have links with spy agencies. Such allegations documented by Whitney Webb in her multi-part series were recently published in Mintpress News.

Webb states that Epstein was the current face of an extensive system of abuse with ties to both organized crime and intelligence interests. She told CNLive!that: “According to Nigel Rosser, a British journalist who wrote in the Evening Standard in 2001, Epstein apparently for much of the 1990s claimed that he used to work for the CIA.”

Vicky Ward,, who wrote on Epstein for Vanity Fair before his first arrest, and claimed the magazine killed one of her pieces after Epstein intervened with editor Graydon Carter, said in a Tweet that one of Epstein’s clients was Adnan Khashoggi, an arms dealer who was pivotal in the Iran Contra scandal and was on the Mossad (the Israeli intelligence agency) payroll. This was also noted in a book “By Way of Deception” by former Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky.

The Times of Israel reported that Epstein was an “active business partner with former prime minister Ehud Barak” until 2015, adding: “Barak formed a limited partnership company in Israel in 2015, called Sum (E.B.) to invest in a high-tech startup…. A large part of the money used by Sum to buy the start-up stock was supplied by Epstein.” Webb wrote he “was a long-time friend of Barak, who has long-standing and deep ties to Israel’s intelligence community.” On the board of their company sat Pinchas Bukhris, a former commander of the IDF cyber unit 8200.

Epstein’s allegedly protected status was revealed by Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. attorney in Miami who gave Epstein an infamously lenient plea deal in 2007. Acosta, who was forced to resign as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary because of that deal, reportedly said of the case: “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone.”


Abe , August 25, 2019 at 22:09

US and Israeli spy agency activities in the United States are by no means limited to sex trafficking.

Details about CIA and NSA surveillance activities conducted in the United States were revealed in the disclosure by Edward Snowden in June 2013.

A top-secret document provided by Snowden also revealed that the SIGINT National Unit of Israel routinely receives raw intelligence data (including those of U.S. citizens) from the NSA.

An agreement between the NSA and its Israeli counterpart places no legally binding limits on the use of the data by the Israelis.

Billions of dollars per year are spent by US government agencies to purchase software systems, including intelligence programs developed by private companies with direct links to Israeli intelligence agencies such as cyber warfare Unit 8200, which is subordinate to the Israel Military Intelligence directorate.

In addition to enormous security risks embedded in US government tech platforms, commercial systems and software produced by Israeli companies linked to Israeli intelligence put US citizens at significant risk.

The political implications of these government and consumer tech security vulnerabilities are staggering.

The fact that Israeli intelligence agencies have been given the means to spy on American citizens is of major concern. Surveillance of US citizens by Israel, and the potential for political blackmail of US government officials by Israel, should prompt immediate investigation.

In addition, many pro-Israel Lobby organizations trying to influence US politics have direct links to Israeli government ministries, military, and intelligence agencies.

In 2016, Al Jareeza installed an undercover journalist inside several Washington–based pro-Israel Lobby propaganda organizations, including the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), Stand With Us, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the Israel on Campus Coalition, the Zionist Organization of America's (ZOA) Fuel For Truth, and The Israel Project (TIP).

https://www.youtube.com/user/electronicIntifada

The Al Jareeza documentary series, "The Lobby – USA" exposed a covert war waged by the pro-Israel Lobby in America. News of the controversial documentary in October 2017 prompted efforts to censor its broadcast.

In February 2018, it was reported that Qatari leaders had reassured the leaders of Jewish American organisations that Al Jazeera would not be airing the documentary series on the Israel lobby in the United States.

According to Haaretz, the Qatari government had reportedly hired Republican Senator Ted Cruz's former aide Nicolas Muzin to open communications channels with Jewish American organisations. Earlier, the network had sent letters to several American pro-Israel organisations informing them that their employees would appear in the documentary. These letters generated speculation that the Qatari government had reneged on its earlier promise to block Al Jazeera from screening the controversial documentary which, like the earlier British series, had utilized clandestine footage and recordings of pro-Israel Lobby propaganda activities.

In March 2018, a group of US lawmakers including Democratic Congressman Josh Gottheimer, Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, and Ted Cruz penned a letter urging United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate whether Al Jazeera should register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. They also urged the Justice Department to investigate reports that the network had infiltrated non-profit organisations and accused Al Jazeera of broadcasting "antisemitic", "anti-Israel", and "anti-American" content.

In April 2018, the Zionist Organization of America's president Morton Klein claimed credit for lobbying the Qatari government not to screen Al Jazeera's documentary series focusing on American pro-Israel Lobby.

In late August and early September 2018, leaked portions of the documentary series were aired by several outlets including The Electronic Intifada. In early November, The Electronic Intifada released the four episodes of "The Lobby – USA".

Larry Shea , August 25, 2019 at 12:17

Adnan Khashoggi was not only an arms dealer, he was also a money launderer and a cocaine kingpin who worked with and for the CIA. Please, see the article: "The Jeffrey Epstein Social Network & the Container Ship Crime Wave." This excellent article can be found online at Daniel Hopsicker's Madcow Productions. So, let's see; Donald Barr was former OSS, William Barr (aka Robert Johnson) was CIA, Adnan Khashoggi was an asset of the CIA, and Jeffrey Epstein Epstein claimed that he worked for the CIA in the 90's. Please, also see, "Creating a Crime: How the CIA Commandeered the DEA." This article, which was written by Douglas Valentine for Counterpunch (counterpunch.org), was published on September 11, 2015. Dennis Dayle, who was the former chief of an elite DEA enforcement unit made the following statement for the record: "In my thirty-year history in the Drug Enforcement Agency and related agencies, the major targets of my investigations almost invariably turned out to be working for the CIA." The quote is from "Causes and Cures National Campaign on the Narcotics Epidemic: Final Report, (Washington, D.C., 1991) 9.

JOHN CHUCKMAN , August 25, 2019 at 10:30

Epstein's private island was wired for video, literally everywhere, so that couples could not take off somewhere for a private get-together. If that doesn't sound like an intelligence service's elaborate "honey trap," I don't know what does.

Hard to see why Epstein and Company would record literally everyone, unless they were creating compromising material for potential blackmail or political pressure. Who would be interested in videos of a number homely, older men making love to young women, other than a blackmailer or a spy agency? But we have no evidence or even suggestion of blackmail. Many of Epstein's big-shot friends remained his friends for many years, returning for visits again and again.

But there are suggestions, in the way his case was handled by prosecutors for his conviction in 2008 and the highly unorthodox sentencing he received, of some kind of powerful outside influence at work. There's just no question about that. And, of course, his sentence allowed a complete return to the same arrangements he had had in New York to just continue on a private island, perhaps only adding a certain new sense of exotic adventure for visitors.

polistra , August 25, 2019 at 08:01

It's really automatic. Spy agencies recruit using blackmail, so their recruited members are going to have unfashionable and illegal habits. Spy agencies know a lot of secrets, so they have the material to engage in blackmail against leaders who try to subdue the agency. Vicious circle.

CitizenOne , August 24, 2019 at 23:03

Well researched article on one of the key tactics that intelligence uses to blackmail their targets they want to neutralize or hold a sword over their heads. Not only that but it does not nor does it always involve children. Adults that are tools for anyone trying to gain control over another person often use seduction and illicit sex as blackmail when the target is confronted with evidence that the relationship is known about and that the details of it if revealed would tarnish and perhaps severely damage the reputation of the targeted individual. It is a tool used by not just intelligence agencies but also the mob and any underhanded organization that hits below the belt.

That was the strategy of the FBI and its attempts to control MLK. They wiretapped his telephone, bugged his hotel rooms and eventually got a sex tape. When nobody in the press would publish it without sources that the FBI was unwilling to disclose they mailed the tape with a suicide note to MLK saying he would be destroyed by the tape and rather than facing his impending character assassination he should consider suicide to preserve his honor and legacy.

The FBI told MLK to kill himself.

On April 3 1968 MLK delivered his last speech. Part of that speech was an open recognition of the ruthless forces that tried to convince him he should kill himself rather than be shamed by sexual indiscretions. In the speech he said the following, "Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind. Like anybody, I would like to live – a long life; longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land. So I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord"

The next day April 4th he was assassinated. The rest of the history of that crime is also mired in controversy. James Earl Ray was arrested and convicted but tried many times from jail to change his plea to innocent. His requests for a trial were never granted and he died in prison. The King family believes that MLKs death was at the hands of the government to this day.

Is it not feasible that the FBI upon failing to convince MLK to commit suicide would take matters into their own hands?

The whole unraveling of events begins with information obtained by wiretapping and bugging that King had committed illicit sex acts. The attempts to derail King and end his career or in the end his life stemmed from the initial dirt the FBI had on him about sex.

Initially Hoover approached Bobby Kennedy with his demands that Bobby Kennedy should authorize the wiretapping and bugging of King, which as Attorney General, Bobby Kennedy could do. He initially refused Hoover's demands until Hoover produced evidence of JFK's sexual improprieties and threatened to go public with the information in his possession. Upon examining the evidence and fearing the damage it could do to the presidency, he changed his mind and begrudgingly authorized the FBI to use whatever spy technology they had to eavesdrop on every private conversation MLK had.

MLK was assassinated April 4th 1968 and Bobby Kennedy was assassinated June 8th 1968 two months later. Mopping up operations for those who knew too much.

The point is that sex has been used as a tool by the powerful since the beginning of time as a way to completely control individuals over allegations of sexual impropriety. It is one of the most powerful means to control others and to get them to bend to ones will as are many blackmail situations.

Given what we know of history, there is motive and opportunity for those who would like to see a compromised and vulnerable Jeffery Epstein's voice silenced as he was one who knew too much about the methods used by powerful people in high places to exercise control over others.

That is why his activities were allowed for so many years and also why he is now dead.

Gregory Herr , August 25, 2019 at 01:03

I recommend William Pepper's research on the MLK assassination.

Also illuminating:
https://ratical.org/ratville/JFK/Unspeakable/MLKconExp.html

One of MLK's finest hours was a speech he gave exactly a year prior to his assassination. Margaret Kimberley and Joanne Leon discuss:
http://aroundtheempire.com/2019/01/31/ep88-beyond-vietnam-feat-margaret-kimberley-2/

Sally Mitcheell , August 24, 2019 at 19:49

Monsters in suits they are the chosen ones and they can make their fantasies into reality that allow abuse to happen on any unfortunate child they want their sickness to choose. .We certainly do have a problem with mental illness in the world This is what the sick in power have become and the rest of us are too busy struggling for survival to want to know or believe or care. The disinterest is heartbreaking.we must mass socially to help human nature turn this behaviour around. Thank you for making me to never forget

Spike , August 24, 2019 at 18:16

This is an astonishing piece. If true, that actual pedophilia -- the sexual molestation of children who have not yet reached puberty -- is so common that it involves stunning numbers of people in high positions, then the world is an even worse place than I thought it was.

But what has mostly been going through my mind these past few weeks is how taboos on behaviors that really should not be so taboo have been used over the decades to extort, blackmail and hold in check powerful figures. J. Edgar Hoover's famous files that presumably noted adultery and homosexuality were used to hold and increase Hoover's power, and yet he couldn't touch the Mafia because they had evidence of Hoover's own homosexual activity. So the cost to society has been considerable.

It is not accurate to describe Epstein as a pedophile. Those girls were teenagers, reproductively viable young adults. Need I say that when the entire history of the human race is considered, most people were born to adolescents, because the luxury did not yet exist of living beyond the age of 20 or 30, so if one wanted to procreate, one had to do it early. Civilization has brought with it an extended period of preparation for adulthood, but that has not changed human physiology or delayed the onset of sexual behavior. It has only been since the 1980s that this fierce taboo against sex with teenagers has been a part of cultural hysteria.

I, along with everyone else in the general public, have only the vaguest knowledge of what transpired within the residences of Jeffrey Epstein. But it sounds like these girls were paid generously for their services and they kept coming back week after week. I think I read that one girl said she had been raped by Epstein twenty times. Did she not, after the first 'rape', go home to her parents, where she was presumably housed, fed, and clothed, where she did not tell her parents what happened, and then the next week returned to chez Epstein a second time, and then a third, and so forth? If that was the case, then every episode after the first was not a rape, which means that the first episode was not a rape also.

Every sanctimonious hypocrite who refers to the infamous Epstein parties as 'sex trafficking' 'pedophilia' should admit that, barring the need for discipline to avoid cheating on one's wife or to protect an elite reputation, they would have been happy to be given a consenting teenage girl as a party favor.

The point being made is that were there not this regressive cultural hysteria against teen sex then this whole mess, with it's likely extortions, would not have happened. There is a price society pays for this, and it's quite a bit more than just the death of one unscrupulous billionaire.

Alan Ross , August 25, 2019 at 09:23

" should admit that, barring the need for discipline to avoid cheating on one's wife or to protect an elite reputation, they would have been happy to be given a consenting teenage girl as a party favor."

I think many men would have reservations about having sex with 13 year old girls. Just because, at an earlier time in civilization it might have been necessary to procreate by having sex with very young women does not justify it now. Does the reservation have to do with the fact that 13 year-olds do not have fully developed personalities? Our criminal justice systems are beginning to recognize that young men and women under 18 are not really adults.

ML , August 25, 2019 at 12:07

Thank you, Alan Ross. I have made similar comments several times in the reply sections of these articles. Thearche begins before menarche, often a couple years or more before menarche. It can begin at 8, 9, or 10. That is puberty- therache followed by menarche. Children's bodies are not completely matured enough at the young end of the teen years to have sex. And of course, their minds, their judgement, their ability to see through deceit is extremely compromised at young ages. That's why teens are generally so dangerous behind the wheel of a car- lack of good judgment. The brain is still developing. When you add in the poverty some of these kids experienced and the promises of money, clothing, food, you get exploitation which people like "Spike" don't seem to see. Any person who thinks like he does isn't safe around children- be they 7 or 17.

Taras77 , August 24, 2019 at 14:16

This is an excellent article.

The author mentions Whitney Webb and her excellent series on Mint Press; here is the last of a four part serious:

https://www.mintpressnews.com/genesis-jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-relationship/261455/sl

Very long but well worth the read; as is well known, Bill clinton (slick) is up to his eyeballs in mena drug traffic, etc.
Also, to state the obvious, current AG Barr does not come off as a leading charger on a white horse for justice and accountability during his previous stint as AG under bush I. Could cause some to link to reasons for long delay of doj in releasing fbi,doj files, now over 90 days since trump gave the go ahead to release.

Amanda , August 24, 2019 at 12:38

Excellent article. Yes, this seems to be standard operating procedure and how our politicians are controlled behind the scenes.

Dave McGowan referred to this as the "Pedophocracy" in his book Programmed to Kill here: https://www.docdroid.net/riM594s/david-mcgowan-programmed-to-kill.pdf and here: http://www.whale.to/b/pedophocracy.html He also gets into the Dutroux case in Belguim, which you wrote about here: https://consortiumnews.com/2019/07/11/the-revelations-of-wikileaks-no-4-the-haunting-case-of-a-belgian-child-killer-and-how-wikileaks-helped-crack-it/

michael , August 24, 2019 at 08:27

The naive days of Joe McCarthy and the Lavender Scare are long over. Homosexuality and marital affairs no longer serve as effective blackmail materials, replaced by the leverage of filmed pedophilia, and torture and killing of sex objects.
Whitney Webb's coverage both historical through Epstein shows what America, or at least, its Intelligence Agencies have become, closely invested in the Mafia and Israel, as well as our financiers and politicians. Her last in her Epstein coverage: https://www.mintpressnews.com/genesis-jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-relationship/261455/

Zhu , August 24, 2019 at 03:25

A lot of "alleged" and "it is possible" here.

bardamu , August 23, 2019 at 23:29

Fine article.

Given that "intelligence" agencies with no functional oversight and regularly involved in black ops use these things, and that a fresh use surfaces every few years, it seems parsimonious to conclude that they are a regular part of some subsection of intelligence community and, by extension, government operation. It makes little sense that this sort of of business is forever starting and stopping: that would be difficult to do.

Given that neither of the two major US parties have shown any interest in pursuing such connections, it seems clear that neither see any political advantage in pursuing it. A parsimonious conclusion is that at least some powerful members of media and both parties are involved, and that the connections are enough of an open secret that people know not to pursue it.

By extension, do we avoid the conclusion that this is in some way a mafia-run government?

Arby , August 24, 2019 at 19:45

Well, Criminal is criminal. No organization can match the war-making State for criminality. As long as that's clear, make any comparison you like. The war-making State is a terror organization and, as such, it's not going to shock us when we find it involved in widespread abuse of children or anything criminal. War, then, isn't alone the health of the State (Randolph Bourne.) Any darkness you may wish to think of will be found committed by the State and its worshippers. This is the thought behind the expression that aggression of one State toward another (par for the course with the United States) is the supreme crime, including within that crime all others.

Edward Herman's thoughts about terrorism:

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The really massive and significant growth of terrorism since World War II has been that carried out by states Contrary to [Claire] Sterling's foolish remark about the "colossal" armaments of retail terrorists, state military resources are vastly larger State terrorism is also much more important than non-state violence because it is rooted in relatively permanent structures that allow terror to be institutionalized ." -pg 83 of "The Real Terror Network" by Edward Herman
= ===

Substitute "child abuse" for "terrorism" in the above quote and you'll find that it works. Is the 'institutionalization' of child abuse not what we are seeing here?

John Wright , August 25, 2019 at 16:43

The Deep State is simply an international mafia of smaller mafias, the center of which is the international banking cabal. While their various alliances may shift over time, their primary interest, to remain in power, stays the same.

The vast global Ponzi scam that is international banking has swelled to its bursting point and the current chapter of that fraud needs to be closed and restarted. Much of what we are now seeing are the end games of the various mafias scrambling for the best positions as this round of the game comes to a close.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the consent of the mostly ignorant masses.

Most people just don't want to know.

Larry Shea , August 23, 2019 at 18:21

Yup, Check out former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert. See the video clip on NewsBud, "The Hastert Scandal: What the Media Isn't Telling You." The title of the piece is, The People's Campaign: The Real Hastert Case All in One Place. The above-mentioned video clip can be accessed within this article. More elite deviance!

Amanda , August 24, 2019 at 12:54

Larry Shea-

Yes, Sibel Edmonds has spoken about the FBI having blackmail information on Denny Hastert being a pedophile. No doubt, this is why he was given the position of Speaker of the House, since he was completely controlled. Sibel Edmonds has also spoken about Jan Shakowsky getting caught in some kind of lesbian honey trap by either Turkish or Israeli intelligence https://www.newsbud.com/2010/10/19/%e2%80%98kosher%e2%80%99-schakowsky-still-aipac%e2%80%99s-number-one-darling/ More on Shakowsky and her husband and Hastert is here: https://www.newsbud.com/2017/02/17/newsbud-special-report-state-secrets-sibel-edmonds-uncovers-the-untouchables/

I've also heard Cynthia McKinney reference blackmail files.

[Aug 26, 2019] On the board of their company sat Pinchas Bukhris, a former commander of the IDF cyber unit 8200.

Aug 26, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

The Times of Israel reported that Epstein was an "active business partner with former prime minister Ehud Barak" until 2015, adding: "Barak formed a limited partnership company in Israel in 2015, called Sum (E.B.) to invest in a high-tech startup . A large part of the money used by Sum to buy the start-up stock was supplied by Epstein."

Webb wrote he "was a long-time friend of Barak, who has long-standing and deep ties to Israel's intelligence community." On the board of their company sat Pinchas Bukhris, a former commander of the IDF cyber unit 8200.

Epstein's allegedly protected status was revealed by Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. attorney in Miami who gave Epstein an infamously lenient plea deal in 2007. Acosta, who was forced to resign as President Donald Trump's labor secretary because of that deal, reportedly said of the case: "I was told Epstein 'belonged to intelligence' and to leave it alone."

[Aug 25, 2019] Is Virginia Giuffre exaggerating things to get more money

Notable quotes:
"... Now she has set her sights on many millions and has a top notch team of lawyers behind her. ..."
"... The tens of millions in compensation that were paid out by Epstein to the schoolgirls in restitution has to be taken into account when considering if they got justice, or the system failed them in 2007. ..."
Aug 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Sean , says: August 24, 2019 at 8:49 pm GMT

@Jeff Stryker Epstein was never married to Maxwell although she desperately wanted him to make her his wife (she could not have been forced to give evidence against him if she had been his wife of course)...

Incidentally, Laing was 17 years old when she started in the business. Virginia Roberts/ Giuffre started working for Epstein at 17 and Tony Figueroa is described by court documents as Epstein's former bodyguard who was dating Virginia Roberts/ Giuffre when she was employed by Epstein, and being handsomely paid.

Now she has set her sights on many millions and has a top notch team of lawyers behind her. Do not mix her and her lurid blackmail of prime ministers and presidents yarns (in which she is the breathtakingly sexy centre of international Jet Set attention that no man can resist of course) up with the thirty odd early teens from from Palm Beach High School that Epstein's legal troubles stemmed from, none of who said they had sexual contact with anyone but Epstein or saw anyone else there.

The tens of millions in compensation that were paid out by Epstein to the schoolgirls in restitution has to be taken into account when considering if they got justice, or the system failed them in 2007.

If he had beat the case, which Michael Jackson had just done with something not too different, the girls would have got nothing. That would have been failing them totally I think.

[Aug 25, 2019] Supposed talk between Bill Clinton and Netanyahu

Aug 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Sean O'Farrell , says: August 24, 2019 at 6:56 am GMT

Netanyahu: "Bill, can I have a word with you?"

Clinton: "Sure, Bibi, what's up?"

Netanyahu: "Listen, I've got a bit of bad news. A tape recording has recently surfaced of you and Monica having phone sex. The good news is that one of my most trusted lieutenants has tracked it down. He assures me that he has the original tape and that there are no known copies. No one else knows about the tape but my lieutenant and me. Of course, I ordered him to destroy the tape and to never speak of it again. It will be like it never even happened. All that remains is our friendship."

Clinton: "Thank you, Bibi. Your friendship means the world to me."

Netanyahu: "I know, Bill. I feel the same way about you."

[Aug 25, 2019] Treatment of Maxwell makes sence only if we assume that she was an informant

Aug 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Mark James , says: August 24, 2019 at 6:52 pm GMT

It's likely G-Max spent the spring in Manchester BTS, Ma. She left and where she is this summer isn't public (yet). It does make sense in some minds that she is an informant.

And for that reason, private but not on the run from law enforcement.

After Epstein's death you would have thought that she would have moved to the top of the list of people to be charged with related crimes to JE? If she has it's been very quiet.

[Aug 25, 2019] Ghislaine Maxwell father possible connections with intelligence services

Aug 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Tony Ryals , says: August 24, 2019 at 8:31 pm GMT

MAXWELL, MOSSAD and the JEWISH MAFIA

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2019/08/maxwell-mossad-and-jewish-mafia.html

[Aug 25, 2019] Don't forget that Maxwell's publishing empire started by getting publishing rights to much of Germany's scientific papers.

Aug 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Alfred , says: August 24, 2019 at 12:19 pm GMT

@Tony Ryals Don't forget that Maxwell's publishing empire started by getting publishing rights to much of Germany's scientific papers.

As a British intelligence officer in Occupied Germany, he was in an excellent position to blackmail or threaten any number of people in order to get his way. Shooting people himself is not the easiest way of doing things. There are better ways in a country where people are starving.

What is the way that media king Robert Maxwell created a science publishing system that squeezes huge wealth from "science"?

[Aug 25, 2019] Jeffrey Epstein 'Friend' Ghislaine Maxwell Has More Skeletons in Her Family Closet Than a House of Horrors

Aug 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Tony Ryals says: August 25, 2019 at 12:06 am GMT 600 Words

... ... ...


But about Ghislaine's brother-in-law. Where's the body ? What tragi-comedy.

Jeffrey Epstein 'Friend' Ghislaine Maxwell Has More Skeletons in Her Family Closet Than a House of Horrors

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-friend-ghislaine-maxwell-has-more-skeletons-in-her-family-closet-than-a-house-of-horrors

Curiously, Isabel followed in the family tradition of filing for bankruptcy in December 2015 despite having been a multi-millionaire. That move may have been related to the untimely demise at age 56 of her third husband, the infamous con man Al Seckel who, she later found out, was not legally her husband since he was still married to his first wife. In 2015, when he reportedly died, he was potentially on the hook for millions

Seckel befriended and bewitched the Nobel Prize-winning physicists Richard Feynman and Murray Gell-Mann among other neuroscientists, as well as academics and even magicians like James Randi.

Seckel then used those contacts to sell rare books to prestigious customers who were often hoodwinked out of thousands in bad deals. He moved on to co-opt the burgeoning field of optical illusion, popularizing the art of manipulating images by using research from others in books he wrote.

(His daughter, Elizabeth Seckel, has built on her father's work in optical illusion by pioneering something called "mirror box therapy." Seckel brought her method, sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative, to Haiti after the earthquake in 2012 to help recent amputees with their phantom limb pain.)

In 2010, Seckel hosted a scientific conference on Jeffrey Epstein's infamous private island with Gell-Mann, Leonard Mlodinow, who was Stephen Hawking's co-author, and MIT's Gerald Sussman.

Oppenheimer told The Daily Beast this week that there was "no evidence" that Seckel or any of the scientists at the island party were involved in any sexual activity with young girls.

In 2004 Seckel gave a TED talk that's been viewed almost 2.5 million times about "perceptual illusions that fool our brains."

Because of Seckel's shady past, it was not surprising that vague reports of his death -- a perceptual illusion perhaps? -- began popping up just weeks after Oppenheimer's July 2015 story exposed him to hordes of creditors.

A paid obituary was published on Legacy.com, supposedly after appearing in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, but it does not appear on the paper's website. One report has circulated around various Seckel-obsessed corners of the internet that his body was found at the bottom of a cliff near the home in France where he had moved with Isabel.

But The Daily Beast could not locate any officials in the town where Seckel was last known to live who had any report of his death. Oppenheimer and others said they have not yet found proof, either. The Daily Beast was unable to reach Isabel Maxwell or Elizabeth Secker for comment.

[Aug 25, 2019] Can you really take Wexner's excuses at face value?

Wexner, owner of Bath and Body Works, Victorias Secret and The Limited, heads a group of politically active Jewish billionaires intent on solving Israel's issues with American military lives.
Aug 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

Issar , says: August 25, 2019 at 2:04 am GMT

@Sean Good questions. Answer: Chutzpah? Alternate answer: Dersh didn't find it radioactive when he went down to Palm Springs and started digging up dirt on Epstein's accusers. At what point would he find it radioactive?

After all, Jeff and Jizzaline were on a free pass for the next 15 years scooting about on a magic carpet– ie.– they were accepted. Also, the recent Labor Secretary openly stated he, as a prosecutor, was told to leave it alone– 'Epstein belonged to intelligence.' What's not to like?

The only real surprise was the recent indictment. Why now? (needs research) NOW Dersh finds it radioactive.

Comment on Wexner– Can you really take Wexner's excuses at face value? We recently found out from Whitney Webb that Wexler installed monitoring equipment throughout the Upper East Side mansion he then 'gave' to Epstein. There's evidently more to this case than Epstein himself. Webb then connects Wexler to organized crime and well-heeled organized Zionism– both sponsors of multi-farious sex/blackmail schemes stretching back decades (as in Meyer Lansky and Roy Cohn). Jizzaline wasn't considered radioactive at Chelsea Clinton's wedding. Looks like pedophilia is as Zio-American as apple pie.

[Aug 25, 2019] It's just not typical for someone of such enormous wealth to all of a sudden give his money to some guy most people have never heard of

Sep 07, 2019 | observer.com

Originally from: Observer by By Sissi Cao

... ... ...

Wexner, 81, is the only known client of Epstein's mysterious money management firm registered in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is also the former owner of Epstein's 45,000-square-foot residence on Manhattan's "Museum Mile."

Wexner hired Epstein to manage his multi-billion-dollar fortune in 1987. The relationship was seen as highly unusual per Wall Street standards. "It's just not typical for someone of such enormous wealth to all of a sudden give his money to some guy most people have never heard of," a person who knew Epstein told the New York magazine in 2002.

But Wexner has said that he severed ties with Epstein a decade ago after he faced allegations of sexually assaulting dozens of underage girls and running a sex trafficking scheme targeting minors. Those accusations led to a criminal case in 2008, but a team of skilled attorneys helped Epstein strike a controversially lenient plea deal with prosecutors.

In February, a federal judge in Flordia (where Epstein has a large home) appealed the verdict, saying prosecutors in the 2008 case had violated laws by allowing Epstein to plead guilty before notifying victims.

Last Saturday, Epstein was arrested at a New Jersey airport on newly unsealed indictments related to sex trafficking.

L Brands and the Wexner family haven't publicly commented on the new case against Epstein.

[Aug 25, 2019] The Mega Group's role in the Epstein case

Aug 25, 2019 | michaelruark.blog

In April 2003, a research report for the Wexner Foundation was leaked which was entitled Wexner Analysis: Israeli Communication Priorities 2003 . The document was prepared by the Luntz Research Companies and Israel Project. The document was a public relationship document which provided communication strategies for American supporters of Israel, especially those in the media, on how to sway U.S. public opinion in favor of Israel in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, and how to link Israel's interests with those of the United States. It was considered controversial since it was seen as a covert communication campaign for swaying the American public and showed a lack of good faith in resolving the conflict.

In October 2018, Israeli reporter Erel Segal and news outlets such as mida had reported that US$2.3 million had been transferred to Ehud Barak for unknown work between 2004 and 2006 by the Wexner foundation, which had described the money transfer as payment for research.

On October 29th Maariv (through its Israeli radio station) reported that Ehud Barak had been given the funds while he was a private citizen and the fund transfer is under investigation.

However, on November 6 a call for investigation by the attorney general of Israel had been filed. The following day, it was reported that contrary to initial claims, the Wexner funds had been transferred to Ehud Barak while he may not have been a private person.

The Mega Group's role in the Epstein case has garnered some attention, as Epstein's main financial patron for decades, billionaire Leslie Wexner, was a co-founder of the group that unites several well-known businessmen with a penchant for pro-Israel and ethno-philanthropy (i.e., philanthropy benefiting a single ethnic or ethno-religious group). However, another uniting factor among Mega Group members is deep ties to organized crime, specifically the organized crime network, which was largely led by notorious American mobster Meyer Lansky.

[Aug 25, 2019] Who in the US goverment was protecting Epstein and facilitiating Epstein activities

Aug 25, 2019 | off-guardian.org

DunGroanin

Even when he was 'sent down' to the cushy jail – he had it made easy. He was able to buy all he wanted. Including kiddie size girl panties! In prison!!

His charitable work was supposed to be at a charity set up just before he went in prison guards accompanying him on his daily escapades and multi 'chiropractory' appointments per day were paid by him and had to dress in business suits the records of who met have been destroyed.

But the prison has had to release a whole bunch of records that still exist.

This is a exploding can of worms that doesn't look like stopping anytime soon.

[Aug 25, 2019] Conspiracy Theories: Jeffrey Epstein's Uniquely American Death in Jail

Aug 25, 2019 | www.mintpressnews.com

The deal, which former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta struck with Epstein's attorney, ensured Epstein only served 13 months in county jail. According to a Miami Herald investigation , "potential co-conspirators" were granted immunity. Details of the deal were sealed until the judge approved the deal. Plus, the non-prosecution agreement effectively ended an FBI probe into "whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein's sex crimes."

"This is the story of how Epstein, bolstered by unlimited funds and represented by a powerhouse legal team, was able to manipulate the criminal justice system, and how his accusers, still traumatized by their pasts, believe they were betrayed by the very prosecutors who pledged to protect them," the Miami Herald's Julie K. Brown wrote.

Acosta was President Donald Trump's Labor Secretary until he was forced out in disgrace for his role in cementing the Epstein deal.

At one time or another, Epstein's social circle intersected with former President Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, and Trump.

Documents unsealed on Friday contained allegations from one of Epstein's most well-known accusers, Virginia Giuffre. They implicated "former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, Hyatt hotels magnate Tom Pritzker, hedge fund manager Glenn Dubin, the late Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Marvin Minsky, modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, Dershowitz, Prince Andrew, another unnamed prince, plus 'a well-known Prime Minister.'"

America's criminal punishment system operates with one system for the wealthy and powerful and one for the underclasses, especially people of color. Elites prevented a wide-ranging probe but in 2019, the publicity along with the # MeToo -inspired shift in consciousness meant they were no longer likely to escape accountability.

None of the above proves a conspiracy. However, it should give space to citizens to express their reservations about what happened until authorities involved in an investigation can transparently account for Epstein's death.

[Aug 25, 2019] The Genesis and Evolution of the Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Clinton Relationship

Some wild speculation which looks like third rate fiction. For example the episode describes as Barr meeting with Clinton looks like pure fiction: " During the meeting, William Barr, who represented himself as the emissary of then-CIA Director Bill Casey told Clinton: "The deal we made was to launder our money through your bond business but what we didn't plan on was you and your n****r here start taking yourselves seriously and purposely shrinking our laundry."
In such talks only two people are present and there are no notes...
But still Wexner emerges as a very strange semi-criminal figure who mingled with some people closely connected to organized crime and possibly intelligence agencies.
An interesting detail that is mentioned in this article is that Ghislaine Maxwell used to be closely connected with Chelsea Clinton.
Notable quotes:
"... Columbus Dispatch ..."
"... Epstein who orchestrated logistics for Wexner's business operations, including The Limited. As was revealed in the Arthur Shapiro murder file and in ties between SAT and The Limited, much of The Limited's logistics involved figures and companies connected to organized crime and U.S. intelligence. ..."
"... In addition, during this time period, Epstein had already begun to live in the now infamous New York penthouse that had first been purchased by Wexner in 1989. Wexner had apparently installed CCTV and recording equipment in an odd bathroom in the home after his purchase, and never lived in the home, as was noted in Part III of this series. ..."
"... In an exclusive interview, Bob Fitrakis told MintPress that Epstein and Wexner's involvement with SAT's relocation to Ohio had caused suspicion among some prominent state and local officials that the two were working with U.S. intelligence. ..."
"... Fitrakis specifically stated that then-Ohio Inspector General David Strutz and then-Sheriff of Franklin County Earl Smith had personally told him that they believed that both Epstein and Wexner had ties to the CIA. These claims further corroborate what was first reported by Nigel Rosser in the Evening Standard that Epstein had claimed to have worked for the CIA in the past. ..."
"... he believed that Wexner's association with SAT was related to his ties to elements of organized crime that were connected to the Lansky-created National Crime Syndicate. ..."
"... Catherine Austin Fitts -- the former investment banker and government official, who has extensively investigated the intersection of organized crime, black markets, Wall Street and the government in the U.S. economy -- was told by an ex-CIA employee that Wexner was one of five key managers of organized crime cash flows in the United States. ..."
"... As this series has noted in previous reports, Meyer Lansky was a pioneer of sexual blackmail operations and was deeply connected to both U.S. intelligence and Israel's Mossad. Furthermore, many members of the so-called Mega Group, which Wexner co-founded, had direct ties to the Lansky crime syndicate. ..."
"... Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism. ..."
Aug 25, 2019 | www.mintpressnews.com

During that same period of time, Epstein had already forged close ties to important Clinton White House officials and prominent Clinton donors like Lynn Forester de Rothschild and made several personal visits to the official presidential residence.

Despite the involvement of these CIA-linked men, as well as the organized crime-linked Leslie Wexner, the then-president of SAT told the Columbus Dispatch that the airline was "no longer connected to the CIA."

Notably, It was during this same time that Epstein exerted substantial control over Wexner's finances; and, according to Fitrakis and his extensive reporting on Wexner from this period, it was Epstein who orchestrated logistics for Wexner's business operations, including The Limited. As was revealed in the Arthur Shapiro murder file and in ties between SAT and The Limited, much of The Limited's logistics involved figures and companies connected to organized crime and U.S. intelligence.

It is also important to note that SAT was well-known for being a CIA front company prior to the efforts of Wexner et al. to bring the airline to Columbus, and that, a few years prior, Epstein himself had previously worked for intelligence-linked figures also involved in Iran-Contra, such as Adnan Khashoggi.

In addition, during this time period, Epstein had already begun to live in the now infamous New York penthouse that had first been purchased by Wexner in 1989. Wexner had apparently installed CCTV and recording equipment in an odd bathroom in the home after his purchase, and never lived in the home, as was noted in Part III of this series.

In an exclusive interview, Bob Fitrakis told MintPress that Epstein and Wexner's involvement with SAT's relocation to Ohio had caused suspicion among some prominent state and local officials that the two were working with U.S. intelligence.

Fitrakis specifically stated that then-Ohio Inspector General David Strutz and then-Sheriff of Franklin County Earl Smith had personally told him that they believed that both Epstein and Wexner had ties to the CIA. These claims further corroborate what was first reported by Nigel Rosser in the Evening Standard that Epstein had claimed to have worked for the CIA in the past.

Fitrakis also told MintPress that Strutz had referred to SAT's route between Hong Kong and Columbus on behalf of Wexner's company The Limited as "the Meyer Lansky run," as he believed that Wexner's association with SAT was related to his ties to elements of organized crime that were connected to the Lansky-created National Crime Syndicate. In addition, Catherine Austin Fitts -- the former investment banker and government official, who has extensively investigated the intersection of organized crime, black markets, Wall Street and the government in the U.S. economy -- was told by an ex-CIA employee that Wexner was one of five key managers of organized crime cash flows in the United States.

As this series has noted in previous reports, Meyer Lansky was a pioneer of sexual blackmail operations and was deeply connected to both U.S. intelligence and Israel's Mossad. Furthermore, many members of the so-called Mega Group, which Wexner co-founded, had direct ties to the Lansky crime syndicate.

... ... ...

The Israel lobbying effort had considerable help from Mega Group member Michael Steinhardt as well as Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which was at the time heavily funded by Mega Group members, including Ronald Lauder and Edgar Bronfman.

There has been speculation for years that Clinton's decision to pardon Rich may have been the result of "leverage" or blackmail that Israel had acquired on the then-president's activities. As was noted in Part III of this report, the Mossad-linked "Mega" spy scandal broke in 1997, whereby Israeli intelligence had been targeting Clinton's effort to broker a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine and had sought to go to "Mega," likely a reference to the Mega Group, to obtain a sensitive document.

In addition, Israel is known to have acquired phone conversations between Clinton and Monica Lewinsky before their affair was made public. Author Daniel Halper -- relying on on-the-record interviews with former officials and hundreds of pages of documents compiled in the event that Lewinsky took legal action against Clinton -- determined that Benjamin Netanyahu told Clinton that he had obtained recordings of the sexually-tinged phone conversations during the Wye Plantation talks between Israel and Palestine in 1998. Netanyahu attempted to use this information to get Clinton to pardon convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard. Clinton considered pardoning Pollard but decided against it after CIA Director George Tenet threatened to resign if the pardon was given.

... ... ...

Whitney Webb is a MintPress News journalist based in Chile. She has contributed to several independent media outlets including Global Research, EcoWatch, the Ron Paul Institute and 21st Century Wire, among others. She has made several radio and television appearances and is the 2019 winner of the Serena Shim Award for Uncompromised Integrity in Journalism.

Taras77 10 hours ago ,

To state the obvious, current AG Barr does not come off in this excellent report as a stalwart defender of justice and accountability. May explain why the DOJ is not exactly leading the charge in disclosing the pile of steaming ____ that is RussiaGate and the Brennan coup attempt.

[Aug 25, 2019] Living Amongst Others by Gilad Atzmon

Notable quotes:
"... A few days ago Vanity Fair , the same outlet that once attempted to block the exposé of monster pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, published an article by Venessa Grigoriadis that provides some details of Epstein's friend and alleged 'co-conspirator' Ghislaine Maxwell. ..."
"... She would claim she had a phone job for them, 'and you'll make lots of money, meet everyone, and I'll change your life .'" Vanity Fair's source added: "When I asked what she thought of the underage girls, she looked at me and said, 'they're nothing, these girls. They are trash." ..."
"... The disregard of others and the dismissal of human life, symptomatic of the Epstein Orbit, extends beyond ethnicity, religious barriers and class. Indeed, we read in various outlets that Leslie Wexner, long standing patron of Epstein, is accused by some of having some connection to the murder of Arthur Shapiro -- a Jewish lawyer who was killed in a 1985 'mob-style murder ..."
"... According to Halper, Israel attempted to use tapes of former US president Bill Clinton's steamy sex chats with intern Monica Lewinsky to leverage the release of Jonathan Pollard. ..."
"... This horrific narrative of how Israel allegedly blackmailed an American president initially surfaced in 1999. In his book Gideon's Spies , author Gordon Thomas claimed that the Mossad had collected some 30 hours' worth of phone sex conversations between Lewinsky and Clinton and was using them to blackmail the US or to protect a deeply-embedded mole in the White House. ..."
"... I now believe that Epstein was just a player in a huge crime syndicate that often seems to operate in large parts of American life, its politics, culture, academia and, of course, finance. In such a vile apparatus Epstein ran an amusement park. He was never 'a financier.' He specialized in accumulating filth that could be used to extract dollars or other favours. ..."
"... In America in 2019 just about every politician at any level except probably Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib has been reduced into a Zionist puppet. Every prominent American is subject to direct or indirect Zionist pressure of one kind or another. ..."
"... "they're nothing, these girls. They are trash." ..."
"... This is another example of "the virtue of hate." These psychotic posers who insist on improving the world have given themselves carte blanche to perform any evil deed they like because they believe that their cognitive abilities are superior. ..."
"... The Epstein drama has instilled in me substantial doubt about the moral character of U.S. and Israeli elites which will probably come as no surprise to those reading this post who reached the same point I'm currently at some years or even decades ago. ..."
"... What we always see since inception of the CIA regime is that they keep their puppet rulers under tight control. Of course they use foreign intelligence assets to lower the boom. That gives CIA operational control protected by eyes-only intelligence liaison agreements, which are "compacts" judicially deemed* beyond the treaty-making powers of Congress. ..."
"... We have two criminal enterprises: the USG and the Jewish State. Reasonable people can differ about which is the henchman and which is the mastermind. But the crimes, in this case VIP kompromat, are indisputably collaborative efforts. Elected officials in the USA are puppets. But not Zionist puppets. They are puppets of Mossad and CIA. ..."
"... I understand what you are saying (because I have heard it so often) but I have a much different view of the CIA. I truly believe the CIA is a tool of statecraft, no different in its own way, than the marines or the special forces. If the CIA is guilty of doing lots of nasty stuff (which it is), it is only because it has been instructed to do so .by the powers that be. ..."
"... If you stop to think about it, it makes no sense, whatsoever, for the CIA to be allowed to act in an autonomous fashion. It does act with shadowy impunity, but the instructions for its all its "shadowy misdeeds" come from above. If you want to blame the CIA for all the dirty things it does, it is , in my perspective, a lot like blaming the "9 mm with silencer" for all the people it kills. ..."
"... One of the most fascinating aspect of Jewish culture and ID politics is the contradictory mixture of arrogance and sense of grandeur together with shameless victimhood. If this discrepancy could be fixed, Zionism would have prevailed in making the Jews 'ppl like all other ppl' as it vowed initially ..."
Aug 25, 2019 | www.unz.com

A few days ago Vanity Fair , the same outlet that once attempted to block the exposé of monster pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, published an article by Venessa Grigoriadis that provides some details of Epstein's friend and alleged 'co-conspirator' Ghislaine Maxwell.

Multiple victims claim that Maxwell often brought girls to Epstein and that she was an active sexual participant as well. According to Vanity Fair, "a source close to Maxwell says she spoke glibly and confidently about getting girls to sexually service Epstein, saying this was simply what he wanted, and describing the way she'd drive around to spas and trailer parks in Florida to recruit them. She would claim she had a phone job for them, 'and you'll make lots of money, meet everyone, and I'll change your life .'" Vanity Fair's source added: "When I asked what she thought of the underage girls, she looked at me and said, 'they're nothing, these girls. They are trash."

This is gossipy information, but it seems consistent with what we have learned about Epstein and his ring. Those familiar with Maxwell family history won't be shocked that Maxwell is quoted calling the girls "trash." Daddy Maxwell plundered the lifetime pensions of his workers for his own use. He was alleged to be a Mossad agent. Not many know that Daddy Maxwell was also under police investigation for war crimes just before he drowned. Metropolitan Detectives were preparing to interview Maxwell, once a decorated captain in the British army, about an allegation that he murdered the unarmed mayor of a German City back in 1945.

One may say 'like father like daughter'. But the total dismissal of otherness and human life is not limited to the Maxwells. Those of us who follow the unfolding Palestinian tragedy are pretty familiar with the institutional disregard to human life that is symptomatic of Israeli policy and is supported by its forceful lobby around the world. The saga of disgraceful conduct on the part of Epstein and others in his orbit suggests that the dismissal of otherness is characteristic of a wide circuit of those affiliated ideologically, politically and spiritually with Zion.

During an interview with Miami news station WPLG Alan Dershowitz not only bashed one of his accusers, calling her an "admitted prostitute and a serial liar" but claimed that the then-teen was not victimized and in fact "made her own decisions in life." I am not in a position to determine whether Dershowitz is guilty of sex crimes (which he denies) but this kind of language is the last thing you would expect from a retired Ivy League law professor. One wouldn't imagine that a law 'scholar' would refer to an alleged victim of sex trafficking as 'an admitted prostitute.' Nor would one expect a veteran 'law scholar' to suggest that the child victim of sexual abuse by a registered sex offender was actually 'making her own decisions in life.' But this is exactly what we hear from Alan Dershowitz. No doubt one of the most vocal Zionist advocates around.

Watch the entire interview:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/_GlK8dr6MP0?feature=oembed

The disregard of others and the dismissal of human life, symptomatic of the Epstein Orbit, extends beyond ethnicity, religious barriers and class. Indeed, we read in various outlets that Leslie Wexner, long standing patron of Epstein, is accused by some of having some connection to the murder of Arthur Shapiro -- a Jewish lawyer who was killed in a 1985 'mob-style murder '. Shapiro's doomed soul was resurrected when the Columbus, Ohio Police released the controversial -- and once believed destroyed -- document investigating his death. Presumably Shapiro knew too much. And author Daniel Halper claims that Israel and its operators within American politics have not refrained from blackmailing even an American president.

According to Halper, Israel attempted to use tapes of former US president Bill Clinton's steamy sex chats with intern Monica Lewinsky to leverage the release of Jonathan Pollard. Halper claims that during the Wye Plantation talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, held in Maryland in 1998, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled Bill Clinton aside to press for Pollard's release. "The Israelis present at Wye River had a new tactic for their negotiations–they'd overheard Clinton and Monica and had it on tape. Not wanting to directly threaten the powerful American president, a crucial Israeli ally, Clinton was told that the Israeli government had thrown the tapes away. But the very mention of them was enough to constitute a form of blackmail," Halper wrote, "according to information provided by a CIA source, a stricken Clinton appeared to buckle."

This horrific narrative of how Israel allegedly blackmailed an American president initially surfaced in 1999. In his book Gideon's Spies , author Gordon Thomas claimed that the Mossad had collected some 30 hours' worth of phone sex conversations between Lewinsky and Clinton and was using them to blackmail the US or to protect a deeply-embedded mole in the White House.

The Clintons have often been referred to in relation to the Epstein affair. It is likely, that as with the young women Epstein abused, the Clintons and other prominent Americans were also 'victims' so to say.

I now believe that Epstein was just a player in a huge crime syndicate that often seems to operate in large parts of American life, its politics, culture, academia and, of course, finance. In such a vile apparatus Epstein ran an amusement park. He was never 'a financier.' He specialized in accumulating filth that could be used to extract dollars or other favours.

In America in 2019 just about every politician at any level except probably Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib has been reduced into a Zionist puppet. Every prominent American is subject to direct or indirect Zionist pressure of one kind or another.

Igor Ogorodnev wrote yesterday on Russia Today that, "the media has wilfully misinterpreted Donald Trump's words to portray the most pro-Israel US president in history as an anti-Semite. It makes more sense to chide him for sacrificing US interests to please Benjamin Netanyahu." Here is my practical advice for Americans. Instead of accusing Trump of being an 'anti-Semite,' ask instead why your president is more loyal to Israel than most Israelis, let alone Jews.

To follow the path that led to Jeffrey Epstein's plea deal listen to this spectacular Jake Morphonios's podcast

https://www.youtube.com/embed/QK9GA46feWc?feature=oembed


lysias , says: August 23, 2019 at 3:25 pm GMT

Where is Ghislaine Maxwell? Does anybody know? Apparently, the photo of her in the LA burger joint is fake.
Jon Baptist , says: August 23, 2019 at 3:54 pm GMT

"they're nothing, these girls. They are trash."

This is another example of "the virtue of hate." These psychotic posers who insist on improving the world have given themselves carte blanche to perform any evil deed they like because they believe that their cognitive abilities are superior.

The mentality that calls for copulating with a wall in Jerusalem also calls for taking the innocence away from children and young teens. Dershowitz, Epstein, Maxwell, Weinstein, etc., can be sexual deviants because they are giving the world things like trans-humanism, sodomy, abortion and usury.

Gilad your idea in 'Nakba II' where you write that the, "Jewish State is making a real effort to redefine the notion of Jewish 'kindness'" is the most on-point analysis you have ever written. The "virtue of hate" is why the "Who" wanders. The group that speaks modern Hebrew as well as the diaspora who seek Eretz Yisrael and Tikkun Olam will eventually destroy themselves because their 42 volumes of theology is fatally flawed. The hate that they exude always returns back on them.

Who tried to correct their behavior over 2000 years ago? Who was crucified for telling them to "love your enemies?"

And right on cue, Whitney Webb retweets this .

Longfisher , says: August 23, 2019 at 7:43 pm GMT
The Epstein drama has instilled in me substantial doubt about the moral character of U.S. and Israeli elites which will probably come as no surprise to those reading this post who reached the same point I'm currently at some years or even decades ago.
Bob Gates' Latex Jew Schnozz , says: August 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm GMT
Notice that it happened at Wye Plantation. That's Aspen Institute's East Coast satellite office. And as any minimally sentient pongid knows, Aspen is CIA. Is anybody dumb enough to think CIA didn't know exactly what transpired? Staging the blackmail threat at a famous CIA front is what you call messaging. The message is, We Know, Too.

Closed caption for the hard-of-thinking: "according to information provided by a ► ► CIA ◄ ◄ source, a stricken Clinton appeared to buckle."

What we always see since inception of the CIA regime is that they keep their puppet rulers under tight control. Of course they use foreign intelligence assets to lower the boom. That gives CIA operational control protected by eyes-only intelligence liaison agreements, which are "compacts" judicially deemed* beyond the treaty-making powers of Congress.

We have two criminal enterprises: the USG and the Jewish State. Reasonable people can differ about which is the henchman and which is the mastermind. But the crimes, in this case VIP kompromat, are indisputably collaborative efforts. Elected officials in the USA are puppets. But not Zionist puppets. They are puppets of Mossad and CIA.

Purging all the bad Jew apples won't do you any good. The Mormons or the Family or some other cult will take over, and you'll be just as fucked. Your problem is CIA impunity. Fix that. Lock up some criminal spooks. They'll sing like John McCain in VC hands and you'll be free.

* in United States v. Belmont

AnonStarter , says: August 23, 2019 at 9:31 pm GMT
/Those of us who follow the unfolding Palestinian tragedy are pretty familiar with the institutional disregard to human life that is symptomatic of Israeli policy and is supported by its forceful lobby around the world. /

Micocosms of that disregard appear regularly among the zionazis that slum about this venue.

Here's a good example of it in your previous article's discussion thread:

Ah, you guys lost war after war. Had you won we would be gone. We won you are gone. Look India just took over Kashmir. The Palestinians are losers, losers do not get to dictate the right of who lives there and who doesn't

Sean , says: August 23, 2019 at 11:32 pm GMT

[D]ecorated captain in the British army

Robert Maxwell only won the George Medal, which is not for bravery in combat.

The disregard of others and the dismissal of human life, symptomatic of the Epstein Orbit, extends beyond ethnicity, religious barriers and class.

That is very true, but there was something that made Epstein a predator of his fellow Jews. Possibly because he hated the low social status in the Jewish community that his father job as a city groundsman relegated the family to. In fact the father of Roberts/Giuffre had a similar, but rather better job than Epstein's father.

alexander , says: August 23, 2019 at 11:51 pm GMT
@Bob Gates' Latex Jew Schnozz

I understand what you are saying (because I have heard it so often) but I have a much different view of the CIA. I truly believe the CIA is a tool of statecraft, no different in its own way, than the marines or the special forces. If the CIA is guilty of doing lots of nasty stuff (which it is), it is only because it has been instructed to do so .by the powers that be.

If you stop to think about it, it makes no sense, whatsoever, for the CIA to be allowed to act in an autonomous fashion. It does act with shadowy impunity, but the instructions for its all its "shadowy misdeeds" come from above. If you want to blame the CIA for all the dirty things it does, it is , in my perspective, a lot like blaming the "9 mm with silencer" for all the people it kills.

To find the real culprit, look to the hand that pulls its trigger.

Sean , says: August 24, 2019 at 1:04 am GMT
These are a lot of people on this site who seem quite normal until you mention the CIA then their schizophrenia spectrum disorder becomes salient.

To find the real culprit, look to the hand that pulls its trigger.

The real culprit is the real world , which forces every country into subversion and military menacing against every other country, forming alliances with them only to better subvert and wage war on other alliances.

anon [396] Disclaimer , says: August 24, 2019 at 5:09 am GMT
Comedian Bill Hicks explains the newly elected President's first day:

I have this feeling man, 'cause you know, it's just a handful of people who run everything, you know, that's true, it's provable. It's not -- I'm not a fucking conspiracy nut, it's provable. A handful, a very small elite, run and own these corporations, which include the mainstream media.

I have this feeling that whoever is elected president, like Clinton was, no matter what you promise on the campaign trail -- blah, blah, blah -- when you win, you go into this smoke-filled room with the twelve industrialist capitalist scum-fucks who got you in there. And you're in this smoky room, and this little film screen comes down, and a big guy with a cigar goes, "Roll the film."

And it's a shot of the Kennedy assassination from an angle you've never seen before that looks suspiciously like it's from the grassy knoll. And then the screen goes up and the lights come up, and they go to the new president, "Any questions?"

[mimicking Bush] "Er, just what my agenda is."

"First we bomb Baghdad."

"You got it "

Bill Hicks explains US Presidency

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Ytv15ono5J0?feature=oembed

Of course, the film they roll is both the Kennedy killshot from the grassy knoll and the President porking a 15 year old.

Jeff Stryker , says: August 24, 2019 at 5:14 am GMT
@Sean SEAN

As if Clinton did not prey on vulnerable and impressionable young Jewish girls. Or Hugh Hefner. Or Larry Flynt.

The core difference is that there are less of them.

If a creepy older Gentile couple went into some poor Jewish borough in New York City that was the equivalent of a trailer park, they would have any success getting 14 year old Jewish girls to come stampeding out for $300.

There are not many Jewish girls roaming the roads of Miami at 1 am on drugs in rich neighborhoods (What were these girls doing in a wealthy neighborhood even before they met Epstein? What were they planning to do there?).

Where were these girls' parents? Why are Jewish girls better insulated? Is this a Zion conspiracy?

Don't get me wrong. The world is full of trashy Jewish young women like Lewinsky or even middle-aged ones like Sarah Silverman who will do anything with any Gentile who will advance their careers. Porn has always been loaded with working-class Jewish girls.

But these are young women over 21 who have made a decision. Not kids.

So how are Jews protecting their children?

Why aren't Jewish girls pouring out trailer parks willing to do anything for $300?

Justsaying , says: August 24, 2019 at 6:40 am GMT

In America in 2019 just about every politician at any level except probably Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib has been reduced into a Zionist puppet.

It is virtually impossible to think of any country, powerful or weak, wealthy or poor that exercises such complete control over any other country, powerful or weak, rich or poor as Zionist Israel does over our country, the US of A. To top it all, discussion on the issue of liberation from this suffocating control and what in effect is annexation, has not even begun because the gagging that prevents it reflects the complete level that such control has achieved. It is a phenomenon that defies all logic. Anything short of a second war of independence, will not move this country closer to the company of free and sovereign nations of which, to be honest, are few and far between.

Frankie P , says: August 24, 2019 at 7:01 am GMT
Do any of these revelations surprise you anymore, Gilad? The Ghislaine Maxwell statement, "they're nothing, these girls. They're trash."? The Dersh comments calling a woman who was abused as a child "admitted prostitute and serial liar" who was "making her own decisions in life" when she was abused at age 15? Does any of it surprise you?

These people are informed, inculcated, immersed in this culture, thought, worldview:

Yossi Gurvitz: "The worst case, in my opinion, is the case of Maimonides, who decrees – first of all, he decrees that it is permissible to have sexual relations with a three-year-old girl. The age of consent is problematic. And second of all he decrees that if a Jew rapes a three-year-old non-Jewish girl, then she must be executed. Her, not him – because she tempted him to sin. And for this reason you have to treat her like an animal that put obstacles in a person's way, and he quotes some verse about a bull or something like that."

Gilad Atzmon , says: Website August 24, 2019 at 8:40 am GMT
@AnonStarter @AnonStarter

One of the most fascinating aspect of Jewish culture and ID politics is the contradictory mixture of arrogance and sense of grandeur together with shameless victimhood. If this discrepancy could be fixed, Zionism would have prevailed in making the Jews 'ppl like all other ppl' as it vowed initially

[Aug 24, 2019] The Missing Howls of Denunciation Over Major Sex Trafficking

Notable quotes:
"... MeToo overturns the presumption of innocence making one guilty until proven innocent, inciting mob rule. ..."
"... Antifa legitimizes force as speech, just what the fascists want. ..."
"... Intelligence and law enforcement are always infiltrating organisations seeking social change through legal means. In Britain an undercover policeman even married an organizer in the course of his duties. (a Stasi trick although one presumes the tactic is timeless). ..."
"... It looks for all the world that Epstein was basically pimping for the elitist of the insider elites throughout the capitalist universe. Sex trafficking has always been a big money-maker, even amongst street people, common reprobates and the clergy. The rich and powerful have fixers like Epstein to take care of all their nasty business. Does anyone think that muckety-mucks in high finance, the media monopoly, law enforcement, the courts, the highest levels of government and even some prominent female rainmakers may not have been among the beneficiaries of this service industry? ..."
"... A considerable factor in the Epstein case is not his individual perversity or crimes, but hierarchy and corruption, not just the corruption of the sexuality but the use of the sexuality in cementing, rewarding, and coercing corruption. ..."
"... There is no way that Epstein could have had the type of business that he is widely regarded as having had without the extensive and ongoing involvement of both major political parties and major media entities. ..."
"... The same corporate media behind the muted outrage response to the trafficking of girls and the anodyne narrative of Epstein's death just spent more than two years trying to convince the world that it was the Russians, not the fossilized Electoral College, that put Donald Trump into the Whitehouse based soley on rumor, suggestion, inference and accusations from well known liars and frauds ..."
"... "Over the past year," Haartez wrote, "a high number of powerful Jewish men have been accused of sexual misconduct. While it has provided fodder for anti-Semites, activists say addressing the problem is vital." ..."
"... Bronfman is the daughter of the legendary ultra Zionist billionaire Edgar Bronfman (1929 –2013) who was president of the World Jewish Congress. In his obituary, Edgar Bronfman was described by Haaretz as "prince of the Jews." His daughter has been ordered to pay a penalty of $6 million out of her $200 million fortune, and she faces up to two years in prison. ..."
"... Bloomberg, not exactly an 'anti-Semitic' outlet, dug into The Complicated Orbit of Jeffrey Epstein. Zionist enthusiast Leslie Wexner was identified as Epstein's 'patron'. The Jewish virtual library informs us that Wexner "often support[s] .. Jewish projects. He serves as Honorary Vice Chairman of the Board of Congregation Aguda Achim [And] established the Wexner Foundation, which runs both a Graduate Fellowship and an Israel Fellowship Program." ..."
"... Bloomberg lists the following as amongst Epstein's 'business partners': Harvey Weinstein, Mort Zuckerman, Donny Deutsch, Nelson Peltz, Ehud Barak and Ponzi aficionado Steven Hoffenberg. ..."
"... This raises critical questions, the most elementary of which is, why? Why are so many Jewish men currently in the news in connection with sexually predatory behaviour? What is it about these rich and influential people that pushes them over the edge? ..."
"... why hasn't Ghislane Maxwell been arrested yet? ..."
"... "Target" is the word. Franken was clearly an attempt by the Democratic leadership to push the party farther to the right. ..."
"... Not surprising if being compromised was a necessary preliminary to their careers being advanced. ..."
"... This only confirms what I suspected about the Me,Too movement from the very start – that it is not a genuine grassroots movement by women, but rather a political tool the "politically correct" Establishment party invented as a weapon to destroy powerful men of the Opposition. ..."
"... The missing howls can be explained easily. The military-industrial-congressional-corporate-media complex does not wish them to be. ..."
"... The monolithic, feckless "media" got the same memo Acosta did. "Congress" and conceptions of "justice" are as oil and water. And besides, they don't f*** with the "well-connected". ..."
"... The ruling elites (and CIA-Mossad) simply want this business buried so that the circus and the information flowing from it can continue through other means Me Too has no interest, nothing to be gained from, no ax to grind in this affair – apparently. Which would seem to indicate that it was as shallow and spiteful as it appeared in the main. ..."
"... That such as Epstein was allowed, given the nod and wink, to carry on as he had and that the Me Too movement has so far been silent about the whole business does indeed suggest that the women involved in that so-called movement were had motives other than really wanting a big change in socio-cultural attitudes toward and about male-female relationships, interactions, conceptions of each other. ..."
"... The reason for MeToo disinterest is because they are a CIA controlled operation. ..."
"... Lucianne Goldberg has been trying to get dirt on Democratic presidents from 1960 on, when she tried to get close to JFK before settling for Johnson. In 1972 she worked for the North American Newspaper Alliance, a CIA front, looking for dirt in the McGovern campaign. Lewinsky's "friend", Linda Tripp, has a military intelligence background. It appears to me that the Lewinsky scandal was planned to happen. ..."
"... I suspect that Bill was easy to hook for Epstein's operation. ..."
Aug 24, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Why have the howls of outrage not echoed through the media? Why has the trumpet's call to action been silent? Why haven't the halls of Congress resounded with denunciation and the demands for justice.

Sexual trafficking of women and children is probably the century's greatest assault on girls and young women outside of Boko Haram's rampages and the crimes of the Islamic State against the Yazidis. In terms of sheer numbers, it exceeds those atrocities. High among the malefactors is the Epstein-Maxwell operation. Its foul activities went on for 25 years. It was known to law enforcement authorities for most of that time. The sole legal action taken was the one count lodged against Jeffrey Epstein in 2006 for "soliciting a minor." With the connivance of the highest authorities in Washington, it was a genteel house arrest that was a mockery of supposed punishment.

U.S. lawmakers speak in support of End Demand for Sex Trafficking Act, 2005. (Wikimedia Commons)

The most grotesque aspect of this sinister criminal ring was the knowing participation of dozens of members of the highest echelons of the American elite – possibly including two occupants of the White House. Rape – both statutory and violent – was the order of the day. So, too, involuntary confinement, extortion, blackmail, intimidation and god knows what other heinous crimes.

Yet, the protests and cries for punishment from our self-styled militants for women's rights have been muted – to understate things. A brief flurry of ritual shock in the weeks immediately after Epstein's arrest is all. Such condemnation as we heard or read placed the entire affair in the wadding of a general critique of the abuses carried out by privileged men since 1776. Now, just the usual titillation about the deplorable condition of Epstein's jail cell and tidbits about Lady Ghislaine – the socialite super madame.

Stunning Discrepancy

Compare this soft murmuring with the hell raised by so many about garden variety sexual harassment ascribed to public personalities. Al Franken driven out of the Senate. Garrison Keillor cast into the wilderness by NPR. Etc., etc. No rape, no violence -- an uninvited hand on the bare back of a decade-long acquaintance in the latter instance. The discrepancy is stunning.

We comb the news waiting to hear of the reception held by Elizabeth Drew and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi in the former's swank Manhattan apartment to console and honor the victims. We wait breathlessly for a special issue of MSM exposing who was involved and what happened. We imagine deputations flooding the Capitol to insist on a swift, no-holds-barred investigation. We peer into the gloom for Hillary bearing the torch of women's emancipation. We anticipate The New York Times' mea culpa as to why they ignored the story for a quarter century. Perhaps #MeToo could sponsor a benefit concert in Central Park to raise funds for the hapless victims from around the world. After all, these odious crimes occurred on American soil, committed almost exclusively by Americans. The Clinton Foundation would be the logical place to ask for financial support. There is an ancient Crusader saying: "first the feast, then the morals."

We comb the news.

Mirages all. Isn't happening; won't happen

But why? The mind searches for explanations. Were the professional enforcers of strict no-harassment codes who police the nation seeking out evidence of stray male hands – especially if the women are well-educated, upper middle class and live in safe neighborhoods – on vacation? Or did they repress knowledge of friends who likely were implicated in the Epstein-Maxwell crimes? Did they find intolerable the idea that some of their favorites among the high and mighty are despicable low-lifes? Is the fact that the chief operational officer of the criminal enterprise was a woman inhibiting of incisive responses?
Let's also bear in mind that taking on the power elites (Epstein/Maxwell/ clients – maybe the CIA/Mossad) would indeed be ahard and dangerous business. By contrast, a Frankel or Keillor is a soft target. Those guys and their like are sensitive to their self-image and are not born fighters – moreover, their bosses have long practiced the art of the preemptive cringe.

Or, is it due to a core ambivalence that touches deep sensitivities about the myths we live by – held by men as well as women? Is it simply unpalatable that numerous of the elites who rule us – we America, the last best hope of humankind – and whom we admire are in fact among the scum of the earth?
Michelangelo: they feel that it is "better to nurse a delicious FANCY Than GAG ON TRUTH."

Powers of Sublimation

Hillary Clinton, as first lady, giving her famous "women's rights are human rights" 1995 speech in Beijing. (Sharon Farmer/White House via Wikimedia Commons)

Finally, let's never underestimate the powers of sublimation in contemporary America. When facilitated by a lax media, and encouraged by self-serving politicos, there seem to be no limits to their capacity for self-censorship. Consider the most recent example of President Donald Trump's sexual abuses: E. Jean Carroll's highly graphic and persuasive description of Trump's assault on her in Bergdorf's. It survived little more than one or two news cycles.

Consider this, too, re. Epstein: The New Yorker gave us this bold cover story about the defense of Alan Dershowitz the notorious legal defender of unsavory types who was an Epstein attorney and who has been identified by at least one of Epstein's accusers as a participant in statutory rape. If you are having difficulty figuring out why the rush to provide him with several thousand words for self-justification and self-promotion, then I have a not-so-green island to sell you.

I personally have no hypotheses to offer in way of explanation. The silence of the arch 'feminist' militants is a mystery to me.

Michael Brenner is a professor of international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. mbren@pitt.edu.


Jill , August 24, 2019 at 12:35

Michael,

Women don't deserve "mild" unwanted touching either. I hope maybe next time, that part of your article could be set aside. Also, I feel that your use of the term "arch "feminist" militants" is a mistake. I think you are asking a good question but this article seems more like a pejorative swipe at feminists than an actual inquiry when you use that phrase.

To answer your question plainly– women are neither worse nor better than men. As you must know, the movement for racial equality in the 60s was full of incredible sexism and cruelty by revolutionary men towards their sisters in the movement. Stokely Carmichael stated: 'the only position for women in SNCC is prone." MLK had some real problems with women. In other words, these men were hypocrites. They were both good and bad. Most movements for social change are filled with hypocrisy. There is freedom for some but not for all. This is shameful and I believe it is why revolutions never achieve their aim. Freedom must be for every person, not just one's chosen "worthy" group.

Women in the feminist movement also act shamefully when they fail to support justice for every abuse victim. Notice that you have difficulty criticizing Keiller (who also supports torture) and Franken because you like them. You are willing to minimize their actions because their politics and person meet your approval. This is what Democratic women are doing and have done when confronted by the victims of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Many Democratic women like this couple. They agree with their politics and they are willing to ignore wrongdoing by them because of that fact.

Your piece in a very real way, answers your own question. People won't see injustice in those whom they like. It's easier to pass it on by or minimize it. This is exactly the attitude we must all challenge inside ourselves. Until we do, until we are willing to admit to wrongdoing by those whom we like and agree with, abuse will continue.

Right, left or center– wrong is wrong. The abuse of women, men and children cannot be tolerated.

Truth , August 24, 2019 at 11:58

The pedophilia is satanic brought to usa by the past and present British Royals which epstein was and Andrew still is. Clinto Kerry and Rodham families as well. Do some real background on their geneology if you can. Scrubbing has eliminated most. Memory dates them all to B.C. druids and Earls in England.

Remember Stallones Movie Cobra? He was giving you hints. As he always has in the movies he writes. Broward county, Fla is home to the leaders the Bronfmans and their protégé D Wasserman.

Guy , August 24, 2019 at 10:21

The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein was an opportunity for all Americans to have a good look at themselves but it did not last long. Someone, some intelligence agency decided that it was too painful to expose the higher ups and it will do to show the world the corruption involved in the whole affair .So Epstein is now gone. The whole sordid affair is no more .No more to be said .Move on folks ,what was the score last night at that baseball game ?

Gerry L Forbes , August 24, 2019 at 05:21

Professor Brenner is a quick study, noticing the dog that didn't bark. Others have pointed out that MeToo might not even be a dog (a well-trained poodle at best) but I am concerned that all these extralegal groups might be part of a more insidious strategy: destroying the rule of law and the protections it provides.

MeToo overturns the presumption of innocence making one guilty until proven innocent, inciting mob rule.

Antifa legitimizes force as speech, just what the fascists want.

Counterprotests seek to restrict freedom of speech when the worst thing the speakers can do for their cause is express their views.

Intelligence and law enforcement are always infiltrating organisations seeking social change through legal means. In Britain an undercover policeman even married an organizer in the course of his duties. (a Stasi trick although one presumes the tactic is timeless).

A possible scenario: one or more of Trump's strategies implodes causing civil unrest. Heavy-handed response leads to full-blown riots. Americans do what they are supposed to and elect Biden whose advancing dementia only makes things worse. Cities burn. Martial law is declared. Prison labour builds walls paid for by Mexico and Canada (Seriously. We don't want millions of self-righteous refugees blithering cluelessly about Thoreau's Civil Disobedience. Had enough of that during the Vietnam war. And the Chinese and Indians won't stand for hordes of white, black and latino people diluting their influence).

Good luck!

Realist , August 24, 2019 at 02:30

It looks for all the world that Epstein was basically pimping for the elitist of the insider elites throughout the capitalist universe. Sex trafficking has always been a big money-maker, even amongst street people, common reprobates and the clergy. The rich and powerful have fixers like Epstein to take care of all their nasty business. Does anyone think that muckety-mucks in high finance, the media monopoly, law enforcement, the courts, the highest levels of government and even some prominent female rainmakers may not have been among the beneficiaries of this service industry?

It doesn't surprise me one bit that those who were saved by Epstain's demise would exercise their power and influence to make sure things were quickly "resolved" and the public calmed. The tried and true remedy has always been for the media to simply change the subject. There is certainly no way they are pinning this one on Putin, so it will quickly be forgotten and lost down the memory hole. They don't even need to put on a charade about reforming the system because the relevant laws are already on the books. The real reform will be that Epstain's replacement will make sure that no future service providers ever live long enough to file any legal complaints.

Douglas Schorr , August 23, 2019 at 20:17

Dang I didn't get past

'Boko Haram's rampages and the crimes of the Islamic State against the Yazidis'.

Aren't both products of the US. Second, surely a choice of just one American we'll-bring-you-democracy action over the last 20 years is far worse than Boko Haram? Indications to date are Epstein has been 'protected' by Rep and Dem since the early 80s, if not before.

Amanda , August 23, 2019 at 20:00

Thanks for posting on this.

Well, I'm actually not surprised–I always had the sense that the whole "MeToo" movement was controlled behind the scenes. Seems like it was quite useful when Kavanaugh was nominated for the Supreme Court (and I'm not a supporter of him–he's a Bushy and I'm pretty sure he had something to do with that Patriot Act), and Allyssa Milano was ready to go in telling us "we must believe all women" with regard to Dr. Chrissy Fraud and Julie Swetnick.

But they are interestingly quiet right now about the whole Epstein saga, and of course, there were no signs of support on the Friday before Epstein's supposed death, when there was a document drop, which indicated his victims named George Mitchell (D) and Bill Richardson (D) as men they were forced to have sex with. I think they may have issued a quick denial and then the MSM quickly moved away from it,never to be heard of again.

JWalters , August 23, 2019 at 18:13

Thanks to CN and Michael Brenner for maintaining attention on this extremely important topic. And while the #MeToo people are an understandable focus, the silence is deafening across the board. The politicians are all silent. The major news figures are silent. It's as if nobody had pulled back the curtain on the sociopaths who rule our society.

For convenience in posting to other sites, here is a link to the stunning CN interview with Whitney Webb on the Epstein case and its MANY ramifications.
"Whitney Webb in-depth history of Jeffrey Epstein"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBN7Xqf7rWI

Also, here is a series of in-depth reports on how the prosecution of Epstein was blocked by higher-ups at the state and federal levels. Jake Morphonios is an excellent, experienced investigator (so good he is being thrashed by YouTube).
https://www.blackstoneintel.com/podcast

bardamu , August 23, 2019 at 17:28

Just an idea --

A considerable factor in the Epstein case is not his individual perversity or crimes, but hierarchy and corruption, not just the corruption of the sexuality but the use of the sexuality in cementing, rewarding, and coercing corruption.

Perhaps not everyone who is concerned about sexual abuse is concerned about corruption and hierarchy in general. Perhaps not everyone concerned about sexual abuse even considers that hierarchy, with all its corruptions, is so much as unnecessary. For such people, the fact or apparent fact that Epstein is dead resolves matters insofar as they might be resolved–with all the hierarchy and its corruption in place, whatever such people may think of all that.

There is no way that Epstein could have had the type of business that he is widely regarded as having had without the extensive and ongoing involvement of both major political parties and major media entities.

So there will be no extensive and authentic push for investigation by Democrats, Republicans, or the push-style mass media that are allied to them. There is not likely to be a lot of investigation by foreign entities because those not allied with the above positions mostly do not find corruption in the United States to be news.

It seems that some who concern themselves with hierarchy might be principally concerned not with reducing hierarchy, but with changing which personnel or which demographics are favored.

It is a sad thing to recognize that one has fewer allies than one imagined. But it seems that for very many of us, the discoveries of the last few years have all been in this direction.

Seasoned Skeptic , August 23, 2019 at 16:37

The same corporate media behind the muted outrage response to the trafficking of girls and the anodyne narrative of Epstein's death just spent more than two years trying to convince the world that it was the Russians, not the fossilized Electoral College, that put Donald Trump into the Whitehouse based soley on rumor, suggestion, inference and accusations from well known liars and frauds

The same who brought us non existent WMDs in Iraq and moderate rebels and White Helmet rescuers in Syria, just to name a few more recent state sponsored fabrications. Justice and truth don't factor into the agenda of the swine who run our plutocracy.

I believe this horror story will be papered over, many accusers and collaborators will meet the same fate as Karen Silkwood and the think tanks and mainstream media talking heads will continue to bandy about the conspiracy theory trope while continuing to endorse the official false claims of the political establishment.

Stephen P , August 23, 2019 at 16:15

Whitney Webb has posted her next installment: https://www.mintpressnews.com/genesis-jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-relationship/261455/

Iowa Scribe , August 23, 2019 at 15:30

Gilad Atzmon's critique is far more substantive and more interesting, in part because he doesn't stoop to blaming class or feminists for the "missing howls of outrage" and "dearth of MeToo denunciations".

http://www.unz.com/gatzmon/predators-united/

"Not Just Weinstein: The Year #MeToo Rocked and Shocked the Jewish World" was the title of a 2018 Haaretz article that reviewed the large number of Jews involved in sex scandals that year. "Over the past year," Haartez wrote, "a high number of powerful Jewish men have been accused of sexual misconduct. While it has provided fodder for anti-Semites, activists say addressing the problem is vital."

Haaretz listed some of the prominent Jewish men accused of predatory sexual behaviour. "In addition to (Harvey) Weinstein and (Leon) Wieseltier, the list of Jewish men implicated in #MeToo over the past 12 months includes former Democratic senator Al Franken; ousted CBS chief Les Moonves; actors Dustin Hoffman, Jeffrey Tambor and Jeremy Piven; directors Woody Allen, James Toback and Brett Ratner; playwright Israel Horowitz; journalists Mark Halperin and Michael Oreskes; conductor James Levine; and radio show hosts Leonard Lopate and Jonathan Schwartz."

Apparently someone decided to 'clean the swamp'. Harvey Weinstein was just an early bird. In 2018 we also learned about the Nxivm sex cult and the role of Clare Bronfman at its centre. The Jewish Forward wrote that Nxivm's leader attracted "several prominent figures to his group, including heiress Clare Bronfman, who pleaded guilty in April to credit card fraud and harbouring an undocumented immigrant who provided unpaid "labor and services."

Bronfman is the daughter of the legendary ultra Zionist billionaire Edgar Bronfman (1929 –2013) who was president of the World Jewish Congress. In his obituary, Edgar Bronfman was described by Haaretz as "prince of the Jews." His daughter has been ordered to pay a penalty of $6 million out of her $200 million fortune, and she faces up to two years in prison.

When it seemed the Jewish universe couldn't cope with any more scandals involving predatory sexual behaviour, the Epstein affair resurfaced. The Jeffrey Epstein spectacle is one of the biggest of its kind in the history of America ensnaring presidents and prime ministers. Some of the world's most influential men in cultural, financial and academic fields are allegedly implicated in predatory behaviour with underage girls. And it doesn't take a genius to observe that the Epstein drama is, unfortunately, a 'Jewish drama.'

Bloomberg, not exactly an 'anti-Semitic' outlet, dug into The Complicated Orbit of Jeffrey Epstein. Zionist enthusiast Leslie Wexner was identified as Epstein's 'patron'. The Jewish virtual library informs us that Wexner "often support[s] .. Jewish projects. He serves as Honorary Vice Chairman of the Board of Congregation Aguda Achim [And] established the Wexner Foundation, which runs both a Graduate Fellowship and an Israel Fellowship Program."

Bloomberg lists the following as amongst Epstein's 'business partners': Harvey Weinstein, Mort Zuckerman, Donny Deutsch, Nelson Peltz, Ehud Barak and Ponzi aficionado Steven Hoffenberg.

Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of notorious Zionist pension plunderer Robert Maxwell, is described by Bloomberg as Epstein's 'Inner Circle.' And then there is Alan Dershowitz who has been labouring tirelessly to try to convince the American media and anyone else willing to listen that he didn't have sex with underage girls.

Again I find myself admitting that the list of Jewish names surrounding an unsavoury character, this time Epstein, resembles my Bar Mitzvah's guest list: a lot of Jewish names with just a few goyim at the margin.

This raises critical questions, the most elementary of which is, why? Why are so many Jewish men currently in the news in connection with sexually predatory behaviour? What is it about these rich and influential people that pushes them over the edge?

And there are deeper questions that beg attention. Why is it that with so many Jews in academia and media ordinarily so clever in explaining in a 'professorial manner' the psychology and sociology behind every world development and political shift, not one has volunteered to explain the cultural, ideological and spiritual continuum between Weinstein and Epstein and beyond? How is it that the academics and think tanks that are so adept in analysing 'cultural clashes' and, as they call it, 'Islamofascism,' are unwilling to analyse the roots of the cultural crisis at the core of the Epstein saga?

And I must extend this inquiry just one step further, why does the Jewish solidarity industry that cares so much for Palestine, Immigrants, the Civil Rights Movement and LGBT issues remain silent when it comes to the crimes committed, and on a mass scale, against underage girls just a few blocks from JVP's New York headquarters?

Litchfield , August 23, 2019 at 17:08

Uh, wait just a minute.
Good post up until this:

"why does the Jewish solidarity industry that cares so much for [1]Palestine, [2]Immigrants, the [3]Civil Rights Movement and [4]LGBT issues remain silent when it comes to the crimes committed, and on a mass scale, against underage girls just a few blocks from JVP's New York headquarters?"

Quick IQ test: of the four issues named, which one does not belong?
Yep, number 1.
These other groups are not known for their vocal or otherwise support of Palestine or, more precisely, the civil, political, property, and human rights of Palestinians.

This sentence sure looks like a misdirection game. Unless "cares for Palestine" actually is meant to mean, "cares for fighting indigenous rights in Palestine."

Anarcissie , August 23, 2019 at 12:57

This is all pretty stupid. #metoo was about people with legitimate complaints being ignored. 'Howls of outrage' were appropriate to get the needed attention. The Epstein business is hardly being ignored and involves so many bigwigs that its ramifications and effects are only beginning to be known. Cops, lawyers, journalists, and conspiracy theorists are on the case. So what are you all, including the author, talking about at such length?

Seamus Padraig , August 23, 2019 at 13:21

So, why hasn't Ghislane Maxwell been arrested yet? What's your theory there?

0ccupy on! , August 23, 2019 at 13:48

Dear Anarcissie, Puhleeze! You're comparing what Epstein 'allegedly' did with #MeToo's Al Franken's 'alleged' unwanted French kiss? Where is your sense of proportion?

Litchfield , August 23, 2019 at 15:26

In response to Anarcisse, all I can do is tell her to reread the article.

Why isn't #MeToo using its political and PR muscle to keep the pressure on Bill Barr to conduct a genuine investigation, which would include interrogating a number of big-wigs and also, Primus inter pares, Ghislaine Maxwell?

Until we see Maxwell subpoena'd and compelled to appear for questioning, we in the media peanut gallery will continue to assume that no serious investigation is to be espied in our crystal balls.

Re "Cops, lawyers, journalists, and conspiracy theorists are on the case. So what are you all, including the author, talking about at such length?"
This sounds a bit trollish (and sarcastic) to me, in particular the grouping "cops, lawyers, journalists and conspiracy theorists."
What we actually need is a wide-ranging and deep-delving investigation by the DOJ or by Congress. We need to get to the bottom of Epstein's ties to various intelligence communities. We need see chapter and verse as to how the sex trafficking interfaced with intelligence work. We need to know what is hidden under concrete at Little Saint James Island. Among other things. A genuine investigation, or multiple investigations, might allow the "ct" phrase to be retired in connection with this complex of crimes as it would uncover genuine evidence. Failing such a genuine investigation it can be inferred that evidence is being destroyed and/or suppressed and/or not developed (e.g., via under-oath questioning).

It is decidedly odd that Anarcisse thinks that "the case" can be adequately pursued by the four groups she names. "Cops"?

Karenvista , August 23, 2019 at 19:43

Unfortunately, of fortunately for some, William "Bill" Barr was involved in Iran-Contra and the Reagan/Bush Administration's dirty wars that not only illegally funded our death squads in Central America but also imported cocaine and promoted crack. As a side benefit, they also captured and trafficked in kids from the region, so anyone counting on him will be sadly disappointed.

See Whitney Webb https://www.mintpressnews.com/shocking-origins-jeffrey-epstein-blackmail-roy-cohn/260621/

Mary Vogt , August 23, 2019 at 12:51

Thank you for this. It's insane that the average person is not screaming for justice and for the disbanding of sex trafficking rings and the jailing of those participating and running them. Simply insane. And now, a woman who was going to Washington DC to testify against traffickers has 'disappeared'. I can't even find her disappearance, although reported by friends on social media, in the news at all. Isn't that interesting?

Bob In Portland , August 23, 2019 at 12:32

"Target" is the word. Franken was clearly an attempt by the Democratic leadership to push the party farther to the right. Better to have someone in the Senate to vote for wars and ignore social issues. This cleansing, on the surface, looked like a right-wing attack on Franken, check out the "complainants". But who did the DNC back during the primaries?

All sorts of veterans of the military-industrial complex, from the CIA through the military Buttigieg is Naval intelligence and worked in Afghanistan trying to track down the financing of the Taliban. Seems to me that the mystery of where the money's coming from could be easily answered by asking the soldiers who are guarding the opium fields. In the 2018 Democratic primaries the DNC backed over fifty "former" intelligence/military/Department of State et al.

Much of the suspicions about the Epstein case involve really high-end politicians, to include two Presidents. There are hints of Epstein's connections to Mossad. That information is even more valuable to the CIA, who would rather embarrass someone out of office than kill them. Someone thought it was time to pull the plug on him, and it didn't happen because of a sudden outrage by progressive women. Even Gloria Steinem, the woman chosen by the CIA to lead their faction of the feminist movement, is silent.

And, of course, many iconic feminist groups depend on the financing of the powerful. Realpolitik. Compromise everybody.

Maricata , August 23, 2019 at 12:29

Need we forget that our 'military contractors', like DynCorp have been found enslaving women in Kuwait, sexually raping them in Bosnia? Perhaps it is not that we forgot, perhaps it is that we never knew. https://www.mintpressnews.com/lawsuit-military-contractor-enslaved-american-employees-sewage-flooded-barracks-tent-cities/250994/

Eddie , August 23, 2019 at 12:21

The Me Too movement was an identity politics scheme initiated by elite bourgeois women actresses and their wannabes. From its very beginning , these well-to-do so-called liberals in the Democratic party had no interest in the plight of working class women. The working class victims of the neighbors and the country-club set of the Me Too leadership did not fit into the desired profile of the rich and spoiled.

Those on the roster of the status-seeking rich women do not have time for those who do not share their glamour and Beverly Hills addresses. Those who suffer the mundane and daily sexual harassment and outright sexual assault at their blue-color jobs just don't fit in with "right" crowd to be worthy of the fake Me Too outrage.

Clark M Shanahan , August 23, 2019 at 11:47

You said it so well, Mr Brenner. Thanks, My disgust started with the DNC's copyrighting the term "RESISTANCE". I agree totally w/ML on MeToo being a reactionary movement.

from an earlier comment I made on exclusionary politics:
"What about that BS imbroglio over the Women's March and Farrakhan
Should we have asked all Jewish participants to denounce apartheid Israel, before being allowed to take part..?"
(the DNC retracted their $$$ at that time.)

Pablo Diablo , August 23, 2019 at 11:31

HYPOCRISY? I'm shocked, shocked I tell you.

joel , August 23, 2019 at 11:17

The list of names in Epstein's black book reads like a who's who of the political, media, finance, and entertainment establishment of the past thirty years. Virtually all of them are in there. The media and politicians do not want the public dwelling on the revelation that the neoliberal ruling elite is one big gang of child rapists.

ROBERT B HAVERS , August 23, 2019 at 15:43

Isn't it a little surprising that these who's who's didn't know that their sexually deviant behavior wasn't being recorded for the purposes of blackmail. And these are supposed to be the brightest the species has to offer.

lysias , August 24, 2019 at 07:59

Not surprising if being compromised was a necessary preliminary to their careers being advanced.

Helga I. Fellay , August 23, 2019 at 11:17

This only confirms what I suspected about the Me,Too movement from the very start – that it is not a genuine grassroots movement by women, but rather a political tool the "politically correct" Establishment party invented as a weapon to destroy powerful men of the Opposition.

ML , August 23, 2019 at 09:56

It is about class. #Me too was a reactionary moment at its core- not a movement, a moment of the "better classes." In one telling comment on a recent Consortium News Epstein article, a poster sited a Vanity Fair piece and claimed Lady Ghislaine had once called these poor girls "trash." You know, throwaway children so a waif on a street corner late at night or working in a spa gets trafficked and the bourgeoisie and the upper classes "don't really care, do you?" (Melania's jacket was a clue.)

But a Hollywood starlet gets patted on her bum? The horrors. It's about class -- always has been, always will be. If the burgeoning underclass in their precarity doesn't one day choose to rise up en masse, I will be disappointed. And I am prepared for disappointment.

Ghost Ship , August 23, 2019 at 06:11

"we America, the last best hope of humankind"
Nah, not really, the United States is just like any other country and the sooner USians realize this the better for everyone including USians.

Emma Peele , August 23, 2019 at 03:17

#MeToo was silent against the Clintons whose past with Epstein and brought slavery back to Libya was a crime against humanity.

Speaks volumes

Zhu , August 23, 2019 at 02:49

We Americans kill on an industrial scale; why wouldn't we F* ** on an industrial scale too? And the victims are all poor people.

jsinton , August 23, 2019 at 00:50

The missing howls can be explained easily. The military-industrial-congressional-corporate-media complex does not wish them to be.

LarcoMarco , August 23, 2019 at 00:45

It's been a month and a half since Nancy Pelosi's daughter said, "Quite likely, some of our faves are implicated."

robert e williamson jr , August 22, 2019 at 23:42

Professor Brenner's choice of topic here is somewhat suspect as far as I can tell. Given his professional background I would expect him to focus on Jeff Epstein's not so stellar career on Wall Street and the resulting melt down of the world economy after the subprime mortgage debacle. Those topics more aligned with his forte. But nothing on that.

Instead he turns his focus to criticize the ME TOO movement and others, "Why no howling?". He blew it, he seems to have made a pretty grievous error. I

He flirts with discussing MOSSAD and CIA and their potential involvement in this story quickly moving on to provide a hot link to lend exposure to the extremely troubling history of Alan Dershowitz and his ties to Jeff Esptein.

Chose the link and read the story. His effort here to me is puzzling, unless he sees this as him "howling".

If in fact Brenner is virtue signaling he has failed himself miserably. What he has submitted here seems to openly blame victims and their advocates and appears to be his attempt distance himself from "elite status"by naming a few caught up in this story. Given his profile at The Globalist:

https://www.theglobalsist.com/contribtors/micheal-p-brenner/

he seems to travel in some very elitist circles himself.

Craig rudholm , August 22, 2019 at 21:47

It breaks my heart that the only comment is about the article rather than the issue addressed. Sexual predators, no matter their sex, economic or social stature, politics, nationality or racial background are heartless, soulless, vampires. Blood suckers. My guess is that it is just hard to admit we humans have a shadowy side, part of which is envy of those who appreciates to get away with it.

Gregory Herr , August 22, 2019 at 20:33

"Why have the howls of outrage not echoed through the media? Why has the trumpet's call to action been silent? Why haven't the halls of Congress resounded with denunciation and the demands for justice?"

The monolithic, feckless "media" got the same memo Acosta did. "Congress" and conceptions of "justice" are as oil and water. And besides, they don't f*** with the "well-connected".

AnneR , August 23, 2019 at 08:33

In my opinion, admittedly not worth the time taken to express it, Mr Brenner has raised a thought-provoking point. Where indeed is the pious Me Too lot. And as he indicates the vast majority in/of the Me Too "movement" were among the privileged, the bourgeoisie. So too the Me Too's much heralded victims.

But the victims of human trafficking (mainly for sex, though not always), whether children, adolescents, young adults – well, they're clearly *not* from the same social class, not of the bourgeoisie. They and the treatment, abuse of them matter less, it would seem than straying hands on the backs, bums of adult females within the upper middle classes. Especially when that abuse is at the hands of someone from the bourgeoisie, particularly from that segment of the haute bourgeoisie within the ruling elites.

The ruling elites (and CIA-Mossad) simply want this business buried so that the circus and the information flowing from it can continue through other means Me Too has no interest, nothing to be gained from, no ax to grind in this affair – apparently. Which would seem to indicate that it was as shallow and spiteful as it appeared in the main.

I'm not saying that sexual assault should ever be ignored, that females who are forced to submit to sex – rape, surely?- in order to work, continue working should not have justice. Indeed they should and the men who do such things should not only lose their jobs but also spend a nice lengthy time in a real prison. But Me Too seemed to be more about identity politics rather than really changing societal and police/court room attitudes toward rape and sexual assault.

That such as Epstein was allowed, given the nod and wink, to carry on as he had and that the Me Too movement has so far been silent about the whole business does indeed suggest that the women involved in that so-called movement were had motives other than really wanting a big change in socio-cultural attitudes toward and about male-female relationships, interactions, conceptions of each other.

Steve , August 23, 2019 at 13:18

The reason for MeToo disinterest is because they are a CIA controlled operation.

Seamus Padraig , August 23, 2019 at 13:25

"#MeToo ignoring the Clintons was a huge oversight indeed."

Yup. It was about as big an oversight as BLM giving Hillary "Super-predators" Clinton a pass during the 2016 campaign, while protesting against Bernie Sanders.

Bob In Portland , August 23, 2019 at 18:17

Whether or not Clinton abused Lewinsky is debatable, the question being consensuality, but what is clear is that there were intelligence operatives all around the case, which always points to others beyond the stage actors the public sees pulling the strings. Lucianne Goldberg has been trying to get dirt on Democratic presidents from 1960 on, when she tried to get close to JFK before settling for Johnson. In 1972 she worked for the North American Newspaper Alliance, a CIA front, looking for dirt in the McGovern campaign. Lewinsky's "friend", Linda Tripp, has a military intelligence background. It appears to me that the Lewinsky scandal was planned to happen.

I suspect that Bill was easy to hook for Epstein's operation.

Herman , August 23, 2019 at 12:31

Tom Kath, the message I took from the article is that there are too many third rails that can be touched and there is not an attempt to find out the truth about possible widespread and heinous criminality. The way Epstein did jail time in the first instance should have touched the antennae of investigative journalists. Perhaps they will dig deeper but Mister Brenner is right to be suspicious. In fairness it is too early to starting pointing fingers but it is probable that what we know will be as far as it goes..

Maricata , August 23, 2019 at 12:32

Indignation at the failure of others might be suspect, but not rational criticism. In fact, lack of rational critique is what is suspect.

In 2003 I saw it with my own eyes and the founder of this website founded it as a venue where the truth could be told. Not madness, disinformation or no information but the real story. Robert Parry left Washington "Journalism" after he saw a coalescing group think during the Iran Contra hearings as a group think settled in Washington and all journalists that were not on point felt the sharp end of it. At the end Bob had shown a great amount of evidence that CIA Chief Bush met with Iranian officials in the fall of 1979 and arrangements were made to prolong the captivity of the hostages until after the election.

The fact that the hostages were released to the exact minute that Reagan was sworn in was a gift from the Iranians but not one paper asked one question. When the Iran Contra hearings got close to figuring out that the arms for money to fight the Sandinistas in Nicaragua went way back and it was becoming clear that the president and vice president might be involved both democrats and republicans on the hearing abruptly shut it down without reason.

You might ask yourself then "Where is the public outcry". Well my own state of mind at the time told me that what just happened was obviously not just a coincidence and the lame story that the Iranians waited until the minute that Reagan was sworn in because they were afraid of him was a total pile of dung. Why would the Iranians want in such a highly visible way for all to see their capitulation to Reagan and show the World their fear. But that's the story they ran with and soon all was forgotten.

If you still do not have a clue then you should read the many excellent articles in the archives of Robert Parry and his quests to uncover the truth and tell the stories that official Washington just refused to do.

[Aug 24, 2019] 200PM Water Cooler 8-23-2019 naked capitalism

Aug 24, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

anon in so cal , August 23, 2019 at 6:27 pm

Re: Jeffrey Epstein:

"From "Spook Air" to the "Lolita Express": The Genesis and Evolution of the Jeffrey Epstein-Bill Clinton Relationship"

by Whitney Webb

"Far from being the work of a single political party, intelligence agency or country, the power structure revealed by the network connected to Epstein is nothing less than a criminal enterprise that is willing to use and abuse children in the pursuit of ever more power, wealth and control ..

in this four-part series, "The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Too Big to Fail," MintPress has revealed that Epstein's activities -- a sexual blackmail operation involving minors and connected to intelligence agencies -- was one of many such operations that have taken place for decades, developing from the nexus forged between the CIA, organized crime and Israeli intelligence shortly after World War II .

.the final installment of this series will focus on Democratic politicians, namely the Clinton family, and their ties to this same network as well as Jeffrey Epstein.

The Clintons' own involvement in Iran-Contra revolved around the covert activities at Arkansas' Mena Airport, which involved the CIA front company Southern Air Transport and occurred while Clinton was governor. Just a few years into the Clinton presidential administration, Leslie Wexner and Jeffrey Epstein would play a major role in Southern Air Transport's relocation to Columbus, Ohio, leading to concerns among top Ohio officials that both men were not only working with the CIA, but that Wexner's company, The Limited, sought to use the CIA-linked airline for smuggling.

During that same period of time, Epstein had already forged close ties to important Clinton White House officials and prominent Clinton donors like Lynn Forester de Rothschild and made several personal visits to the official presidential residence .."

https://twitter.com/_whitneywebb/status/1164967483964624897?s=20

https://www.mintpressnews.com/genesis-jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-relationship/261455/

pjay , August 23, 2019 at 8:01 pm

The Webb article is a tour-de-force, as is the series itself. I'm not sure she connects all the dots, but she certainly identifies a sh**load of them. Particularly noteworthy is her discussion of the PROMIS software scandal in relation to Robert Maxwell and later events; few people seem to know about that. She also makes clear that the Clintons have been up to their eyeballs in slime since their days in Arkansas. Much more work to be done, but Webb throws out many clues for future investigation. I'm sure the NYT will get right on it.

[Aug 24, 2019] The outrage being expressed in reaction to Wexler and his company's implicit support for organized pedophilia and abuse of young women is deafening but no arrest were made

Aug 24, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

JARED , Aug 22 2019 18:51 utc | 14

The outrage being expressed in reaction to Wexler and his company's implicit support for organized pedophilia and abuse of young women is deafening - I can't hear anything. No protest?
Where are the advocates for fair and just treament of women?
Seems that all goes to wayside when politics does not align.
Vote for the Pedocrats.

Mina , Aug 22 2019 19:42 utc | 25

No protests in the US? When all the laws seem to be taylored to protect the wealthy and the criminals?
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jeffrey-epstein-will-trust-victims_n_5d5e9cdfe4b02cc97c898b20
What of the fight against money laundering and off shore finances?

[Aug 22, 2019] Epstein's Purported Madam Now a Focus in Sex Abuse Cases

Maxwell might well be prosecutors' next main target and she could potentially name others connected to the multimillionaire.
Aug 22, 2019 | www.theepochtimes.com

"She would tell me, I am going to take care of the house," Alessi said in the deposition, adding later that he drove Maxwell to spas around South Florida to look for young women who could do "massages" for Epstein -- their code for sexual acts.

"I remember one occasion or two occasions she would say to me, 'Juan, give me a list of all the spas in Palm Beach County,'" Alessi said. "And I will drive her from one to the other one."

In one of the lawsuits, Virginia Roberts Giuffre laid out in detail what was believed to be Maxwell's role in Epstein's alleged sex trafficking ring, which other women have echoed in similar claims. Giuffre, 15 at the time, says she was working at a Mar-a-Lago club when she was approached by Maxwell about a way to earn good money: learn massage therapy and get to know Epstein as a man who could give her a bright future.

Giuffre says in a sworn affidavit that she was trained by Maxwell and Epstein to become "everything a man wanted me to be" and that she was flown on Epstein's private planes to his properties in New Mexico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Paris, and New York.

[Aug 22, 2019] New Indictments Expected in Wake of Epstein's Death, Lawyers Say

Aug 22, 2019 | www.theepochtimes.com

Two criminal defense attorneys told The Epoch Times that if the government was investigating Epstein to such a degree that they were able to make an arrest, it can be assumed that federal prosecutors in New York were also gathering evidence on those in his inner circle.

One attorney specifically mentioned the disgraced financier's former girlfriend, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell , who allegedly assisted Epstein in luring minors. He said Maxwell would be prosecutors' next main target and she could potentially name others connected to the multimillionaire.

"She's going down. She's going to take everybody with her," Jeffery Greco, a New York criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, said in a phone call. "They are going to ask her, 'Who else did you provide these girls to?' I think that she is going to start talking."

"Remember, it's just pieces to a puzzle, so she may not know everything. But they are going to use her to place the people at those parties, so if she can say, 'I was there on this date and this senator and so-and-so was there,' that will be enough for them to get them involved."

Epstein often hosted parties at his Upper East Side mansion in New York City . He owned the property, which has been valued at $77 million, through an LLC. The seven-story building is located on East 71st Street, between Fifth and Madison avenues.

Nearly 2,000 pages of documents relating to Epstein were unsealed on Aug. 9, revealing allegations against a number of rich and powerful men, just a day before his apparent suicide. The court documents, from a lawsuit by one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Giuffre, listed new names allegedly involved in Epstein's trafficking ring and more information on the role Maxwell played.

In a 2016 deposition, Giuffre claimed she was directed by Maxwell to have sex with a number of powerful men.

Greco believes the biggest implication of Epstein's death is that there will be "more and more indictments coming down." He said the government will be pressured to file "additional charges" against "additional people" and will be more aggressive in their methods.

"I think there is this extra pressure on the government now to really focus on these [unnamed] co-conspirators, no matter how high up because it's become so public," he said.

According to court documents , Epstein sexually exploited and abused dozens of minor girls at his homes in New York City and in Palm Beach, Florida, among other locations. Since his death, a slew of investigations have been opened or demanded into his death. The official autopsy result has been delayed , "pending further information at this time."

Julie Rendelman, a New York criminal defense attorney and former homicide prosecutor, said those who helped Epstein or assisted him along the way are now going to be the "focus of the future investigations" and will be "kind of the face of the Epstein case, instead of him."

[Aug 22, 2019] Justice Department Sat on Mountain of Epstein Evidence for 10 Years

Aug 22, 2019 | www.theepochtimes.com

"New evidence." An "assist" from journalists. Don't believe it.

The New York prosecutors didn't take action after reading a newspaper article about a game-changing piece of evidence. Compare the 2007 non-prosecution agreement with the new indictment. Both address sex trafficking of children. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has been sitting on mountains of evidence confirming Epstein's abuse of young girls for more than 10 years.

The "assist" was instead a wave of public outrage upon the discovery of how the Justice Department and Florida prosecutors protected a child sex offender with a lenient plea deal, hid the details from the victims and the public, and failed to prosecute the women who helped Epstein find, groom, and exploit children.

What did the Justice Department have on Epstein? The answers can be found in a 2008 lawsuit in which two of Epstein's alleged victims in Doe v. U.S. sued the United States for violating their rights under the federal Crime Victims' Rights Act. In particular, they claimed the government violated their right to confer during the negotiation of the non-prosecution agreement and failed to inform the victims that Epstein's state plea would end the federal case. The victims also claimed the government "violated their right to be treated with fairness" by concealing the non-prosecution agreement.

Judge Kenneth Marra sided with the victims on Feb. 21, ruling that the Justice Department violated the victims' rights under the Crime Victims' Rights Act. The opinion ( pdf ) set forth the DOJ's conspiracy with Epstein's lawyers to deceive the victims. Some of those who participated in the plea deal at the local level have offered justifications. As the Miami Herald's Julie Brown reported :

"Assistant U.S. Attorney [Marie] Villafaña, in court papers, said that prosecutors used their 'best efforts' to comply with the Crime Victims' Rights Act, but exercised their 'prosecutorial discretion' when they chose not to notify the victims.

"The reasoning went like this: The non-prosecution deal had a restitution clause that provided the girls a chance to seek compensation from Epstein. Had the deal fallen through, necessitating a trial, Epstein's lawyers might have used the prior restitution clause to undermine the girls' credibility as witnesses, by claiming they had exaggerated Epstein's behavior in hopes of cashing in."

These excuses fall flat. The volume of evidence that the DOJ had on Epstein and his criminal enterprise was extensive. For example, privilege logs filed by the prosecutors in the Doe case show they had records covering every part of Epstein's life, including his finances, corporate records, flight logs, and phone calls with conspirators.

When it came to the victims, the evidence was overwhelming. The DOJ had an FBI file entitled "Summary of Sexual Activity," containing an analysis of victim-specific information. This included a chart showing phone calls, travel, and grand jury evidence relevant to possible charges. Records show this involved at least nine potential victims. The DOJ was also in possession of FBI reports of interviews of victims and witnesses in New York back in March 2008.

Court records also revealed the DOJ had jury transcripts, witness and victim interviews, investigative files from the State of Florida and the Palm Beach Police Department, and records on potential co-conspirators.

The evidence was there. What was missing was the institutional desire to prosecute child sexual abuse. The institutions failed the victims. And the media has failed the public by not demanding those in power answer a simple question: "Why?"

The answer to that question lies with the Department of Justice headquarters, also known as "main Justice." They knew. Epstein's criminal defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz has stated that the plea deal "went through numerous levels of approval at main Justice."

The involvement of main Justice was confirmed in the court's Feb. 21 opinion, which states "any requirement that Epstein carry out his obligations under the [non-prosecution agreement] was delayed while he sought higher-level review within the Justice Department."

Further corroboration was provided by Acosta at his July 10 press conference, where he stated that people from main Justice were involved early in the development of the Epstein case and were aware of its progression. Acosta declined to state who at main Justice was involved in the Epstein case. I have names.

Court records show that post-plea-deal decisions went up to Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, who, according to one former DOJ official, has a stellar reputation. Filip was informed of reasons to approve the continued prosecution of Epstein if he didn't comply with the non-prosecution agreement. Judge Marra noted that Filip reviewed the Epstein matter and determined that federal prosecution of Epstein was appropriate if he did not "comply with the terms and conditions of the agreement."

Another high-level Department of Justice official who had his fingerprints on the case is Andrew Oosterbaan, then-chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section. A privilege log filed on June 23, 2015, references several emails from 2007 between the Florida federal prosecutors and Oosterbaan regarding an "Epstein meeting" and "changes to the draft indictment and status of plea negotiations."

The same document shows emails from 2008 with Oosterbaan concerning a "continued delay in presenting case to grand jury due to failure to receive decision from D.C., the status of grand jury presentation and ongoing investigation" and a "meeting in DC" concerning the case.

Additionally, these records appear to show Epstein's attorneys reached out to Andy Lourie in May 2007 to arrange a meeting to discuss the Epstein investigation. Lourie was the acting chief of the Public Integrity Section of the Criminal Division in Washington in 2006, before becoming the acting principal deputy assistant attorney general and chief of staff to the Criminal Division by 2007. In 2007, he was also an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Florida. Lourie was kept in the loop on possible federal coercion and enticement charges, proposed changes to the indictment, "finalizing details with State Attorney's Office," and "final revisions to indictment package." There are also notations of 2007 emails from Florida federal prosecutors to Myesha Braden, who was serving as a trial attorney for the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the DOJ's Criminal Division, regarding securing a pre-indictment consultation contract. This correspondence took place months before Epstein signed the non-prosecution agreement.

In other words, main Justice was well-informed with the investigation and status of the case.

The involvement of main Justice raises the question of who made the ultimate decision on Epstein's sweetheart deal. Was Acosta following orders from main Justice? If so, who issued the orders and how high did it go? Who did Filip and Oosterbaan report to?

And why did main Justice have such an interest in a South Florida child sex offender?

This quote from Acosta, cited in a July 9, 2019, Daily Beast article, may provide the answer: "I was told Epstein 'belonged to intelligence' and to leave it alone."

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

[Aug 21, 2019] Epstein Used Network Of Shell Companies And Associates For Sex-Trafficking Ring, Lawsuits Claim

Aug 21, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

Jeffrey Epstein used his tangled web of shell companies as a "brazen and powerful organization" to operate a sex-trafficking ring, according to three new civil lawsuits filed against his $578 million estate.

The new litigation was filed against the estate, its executors and the shell companies themselves, asking for unspecified damages for medical and psychological expenses, trauma, humiliation and other injuries suffered as recently as 2017, according to Bloomberg .

Among the companies named in all three suits are one that owned Epstein's Manhattan mansion until 2011 ; his money-management firm, Financial Trust Co.; and HBRK Associates Inc., which allegedly helped arrange travel for Epstein's accusers between New York and Florida . A Richard Kahn was listed as the registered agent for HBRK in New York state corporate filings in 2008.

Two of the complaints name as a defendant the company that once owned Little St. James , the smaller of Epstein's private islands in the Caribbean. Little St. James was one of the locations from which Epstein ran a " complex commercial sex trafficking and abuse ring , " according to the lawsuits.

...

The defendants include the executors, Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn , lawyers who were directors for a nonprofit Epstein had in the U.S. Virgin Islands called Gratitude America. - Bloomberg

Two of the women, "Katlyn Doe" and "Lisa Doe" claim to have met Epstein when they were seventeen. The third, "Priscilla Doe" says she was 20. The three say Epstein used a " vast enterprise " of associates working "in concert and at his direction, for the purpose of harming teenage girls through sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking. Notably, the new suits claim that all of this happened after his deal with federal prosecutors in Florida in 2007.

Katlyn and Priscilla claim they were flown to Florida so that Epstein could continue to sexually abuse them while he was on work release from jail . Katlyn claims he promised to pay for medical treatment, while he manipulated Lisa and Priscilla by promising to advance their dance careers - which he did not do, according to the lawsuits.

Epstein's complicit associates include "chefs, butlers, receptionists, schedulers, secretaries, flight attendants, pilots, housekeepers, maids, sex recruiters, drivers and other staff members, " according to the suits.

Katlyn also alleges that in 2013 Epstein paid her $10,000 to marry an associate in order for him to become a legal resident of the United States - stiffing her on another $10,000 she says she was promised upon their divorce. She says she agreed to come to Florida after Epstein promised her a job at his office, and that HRBK coordinated her travel . She added that Epstein forced her to "engage in sexual encounters" with him and another young female at the headquarters of his Florida Science Foundation.

According to University of Oregon law professor Susan Gary, Epstein's death shouldn't serve as an impediment to their civil claims.

" They're still in a good position ," said Gary, adding that the challenge "is proving as required by law that he injured them and they should get benefits for their injury."

After Epstein served 13 months in a Palm Beach jail, he settled over two dozen lawsuits with accusers who say he lured them when they were teenagers to his mansion, where they were coerced into sex and paid to recruit others .

Three of those cases, filed by clients of Brad Edwards, settled for a total of $5.5 million . Edwards is the lawyer for the women who filed the complaints Tuesday in federal court in New York. The plaintiffs aren't named because of the "sensitive sexual nature" of the cases , the suits say.

Late Tuesday, Edwards submitted arguments on behalf of VE, another client who last week sued Epstein's estate and three of the same companies targeted by the latest suits, asking the court to allow her to proceed anonymously.

" Epstein's vast wealth and far reaching connections make it clear that retaliation could be employed against individuals pursuing claims against the estate " and could deter witnesses, according to the filing. VE's anonymity will serve society as well, which " has an interest in eradicating the predatory practices of powerful men against vulnerable, susceptible women. " - Bloomberg

According to Katlyn Doe, Epstein would often remind her of his "extraordinary power to reward and punish."

Meanwhile, plaintiff Lisa Doe says she met Epstein in 2002 when she was 17, when he told her he was "close personal friends with some of the most influential names in dance," and would help her with her career if she taught a dance-based exercise class at the home of a wealthy New York man. Instead, Epstein forced her to engage in sexual encounters and derailed her career aspirations .

Lastly, Priscilla Doe says that an Epstein "recruiter" asked her if she wanted to give the financier a massage in his Manhattan mansion in 2006 when she was 20-years-old.

An associate of his taught her the "exact way" he liked to receive oral sex and Epstein "forced himself on her and took her virginity," according to the complaint. While Epstein was receiving massages, the suit says, he took calls from four people, referred to in the suit as "Important Business Person" 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The plaintiff says she was forced to "engage in commercial sex" on each of more than 20 trips to the Virgin Islands between 2006 and 2012 . - Bloomberg

According to the lawsuits, "Each of the employees and associates were paid through companies believed to have been funded by Jeffrey Epstein and, regardless of such funding, were disciples of Jeffrey Epstein, constantly informing plaintiff and other victims of Jeffrey Epstein's power and ability to improve or destroy a victim's life depending on her level of cooperation


Ms No , 14 minutes ago link

The last good FBI agent was Ted Gunderson. That's why Van Decamp gave the documentary that Bush Administration had buried to him. We almost lost this documentary forever, but some heroic individuals and fate kept it alive, hoping people would give a ****. It all ties to somebody controlling our politicians with honeypots. Remember when NWO was a conspiracy theory people laughed about? Not funny any more.

This is Gunderson after the FBI. He KNEW. This is all honeypot. The Satanism is for leverage and not real. People get detoured into that.

"He also investigated a child molestation trial in Manhattan Beach, California. In a 1995 conference in Dallas , Gunderson warned about the supposed proliferation of secret occultist groups, and He also investigated a child molestation trial in Manhattan Beach, California. In a 1995 conference in Dallas , Gunderson warned about the supposed proliferation of secret occultist groups, and the danger posed by the New World Order , an alleged shadow government that would be controlling the United States government. [8] He also claimed that a "slave auction" in which children were sold by Saudi agents to men had been held in Las Vegas , that four thousand ritual human sacrifices are performed in New York City every year, and that the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was carried out by the US government. [8] Gunderson believed that in the United States there is a secret widespread network of groups who kidnap children and infants, and subject them to ritual abuse and subsequent human sacrifice. [9] [10] ) ,

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Gunderson

Conspiracy of Silence , a documentary listed for viewing in TV Guide Magazine was to be aired on the Discovery Channel, on May 3 1994. This documentary exposed a network of religious leaders and Washington politicians who flew children to Washington D.C. for sex orgies. Many children suffered the indignity of wearing nothing but their underwear and a number displayed on a piece of cardboard hanging from their necks when being auctioned off to foreigners in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Toronto, Canada.

"At the last minute before airing, unknown congressmen threatened the TV Cable industry with restrictive legislation if this documentary was aired. Almost immediately, the rights to the documentary were purchased by unknown persons who ordered all copies destroyed.

A copy of this videotape was furnished anonymously to former Nebraska state senator and attorney John De Camp who made it available to retired FBI Agent Ted L. Gunderson . While the video quality is not top grade, this tape is a blockbuster in what is revealed by its participants involved."

Can you imagine what these heroic men would think of this exposed Mossad honeypot? Its all exposed now, just needs to be linked together.

MadelynMarie , 5 minutes ago link

Really looks like this is how they control govts--not just in the US but all over the world.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/14-israelis-suspected-of-running-child-sex-trafficking-ring-in-colombia/

from the above article, I found this comment:

So the Jews have another South America pedophile scandal to their discredit. We haven't forgotten the child prostitution business run by Arie Scher and George Schteinberg in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during the 1990s . It was exposed in the early summer of 2000 by an infuriated teenage girl who found a nude photo of herself online, after Schteinberg had PROMISED her that he'd never show it to anyone.

Schteinberg was arrested and given a slap on the wrist (they went easy on him because he was Jewish) while Arie Scher escaped to Israel, one step ahead of the authorities.

The Israeli government took away Scher's diplomat license for five years (because he got caught being naughty, presumably; properly trained Jews don't get caught, of course).

When the five years were past, Israel proposed to send Scher to Australia to replace Amir Laty, who'd made himself unwelcome by committing espionage and by being very rude to certain Australian women.

Somehow or other, the Australian public found out that the spy was being replaced by a pedophile as Israel's official ambassador to their country, and they got up in arms about it. This persuaded Scher to decline the post, perhaps keeping the cushy administrative job the Israeli government gave him during the previous five years

So, looks like there were running another operation like this in Brazil during the 90s (never heard of that one before)

Ms No , 3 minutes ago link

Thanks. I really appreciate your comments.

ILikeMeat , 14 minutes ago link

Sounds like the set up for a typical Mossad honey pot operation..

June 12 1776 , 15 minutes ago link

Case 1:19-cv-07772 Document 1 Filed 8/20/2019 Page 1 of 52

PRISCILLA DOE, Plaintiff,
vs.

DARREN K. INDYKE AND
RICHARD D. KAHN AS JOINT
PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES OF THE
ESTATE OF JEFFREY E. EPSTEIN,
NINE EAST 71st STREET, CORPORATION,
FINANCIAL TRUST COMPANY, INC.,
NES, LLC, MAPLE,INC., LSJ,LLC,
HBRK ASSOCIATES, INC., JEGE, INC.,
Defendants.

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6306617-Priscilla-Doe-v-Indyke.html

64. In 2006, Jeffrey Epstein told Plaintiff she was going on a trip with him to his island in the Unites States Virgin Islands.
65. On that trip was Jeffrey Epstein, Jean Luc Bruenel, Ghislaine Maxwell, Associate 2, Associate 8, and two other victims in addition to Plaintiff.
66. It was there that Ghislaine Maxwell taught Plaintiff the "proper way to give a blow job," describing to her the exact way that Jeffrey Epstein liked to be sexually serviced orally.

Case 1:19-cv-07772 Document 1 Filed 8/20/2019 Page 15 of 52

Give Me Some Truth , 16 minutes ago link

Easy predictions:

1) Authorities will NOT pursue, question or charge any of Epstein's clients or associates (the very people the entire trafficking operation catered to).

2) Authorities will NOT "follow the money."

3) Authorities will not arrest and prosecute any government employee who obstructed justice or participated in this scheme.

thefloridaman , 19 minutes ago link

You can't manage money if you are a felon!!! His licensing would have been revoked. It would have been on his U-4 and U-5.

Meanwhile he does not even show up on brokercheck.

Can anyone explain beyond the babble conspiracy theories. This is factual.

Jumanji1959 , 19 minutes ago link

The elites will have to get rid of people and evidence. The Clintons know too much and are oftened named. Nail gun sale at Home Depot. Those 2 geriatric fcuks must go.

Ms No , 9 minutes ago link

They are a huge liability on countless fronts. That will leave Chelsea to answer for any Clinton foundation questions, and she has been involved. She can play stupid and elicit sympathy. The Clintons are a huge problem.

south40_dreams , 25 minutes ago link

The clinton-soros-rothschild-obama cabal to rule the world is falling apart and the smell of arkancide is blowing heavy in the wind today......

Ms No , 7 minutes ago link

George Bush senior ran the CIA and his retarded offspring was in office for Israel's sept 11 false flag. Red team blue team is a joke.

Trump also has Mossad mob written all over him. His mentor was mob honeypotter, pedophile and hotel Titan Cohn.

They are all neck deep.

VWAndy , 39 minutes ago link

Notice these are civil lawsuits and not criminal cases.

Note the lack of perpwalks of the corrupted office holders.

Talk is cheap. Its in their actions we will know them by.

Ms No , 42 minutes ago link

JPMorgn and Douche bank need to be investigated for laundering the Epstein and Maxwell Mossad honeypot's money.

First JPMorgan was who they dealt with. Then when it started to get exposed they passed it to Douche.

Dont expect the Orange *** to investigate the Jewish Mob, that he is clearly an agent for.

the artist , 46 minutes ago link

Wait! Now there are TWO Islands!!!??? And Pedo Island is the SMALLER ONE???

WTF?

"Two of the complaints name as a defendant the company that once owned Little St. James , the smaller of Epstein's private islands in the Caribbean. "

marcel tjoeng , 53 minutes ago link

The Boss of Epstein is Wexner.

Wexner is related to Mossad and the very beginnings of the teaming up of Mossad with Dulles' CIA, after WWII, the OSS, the Irgun and the Stern gruppe, who did the King David Hotel bombing.

The Boss of Wexner is Henry Kissinger the 'republican free trader in favor of democracy'.

The Bosses of soldiers raping Kissinger in his Vietnam creation are the Rockefellers.

Kissinger ordered the Phoenix program mass murdering Vietnamese nationalist by the tens of thousands, which is a mere one feat in his massive killing career, like Churchill,

Kissinger who ran the Republican president Richard Nixon like fc*king a goat.

By the way, there are pictures in circulation of Republican president Ronald Reagan being deeply ejaculated into the manhole, enjoying that greatly (vehemently denied by his daughter at his funeral, pffffffff),

the same anecdotes exist of Prince Philip, husband of fake Queen Elisabeth, who requested to be manly penetrated by crew, when he was onboard visiting the British fleet.

USA USA USA

Bunch of parasite lunatics.

Burn it to the ground.

J S Bach , 1 hour ago link

" An associate of his taught her the "exact way" he liked to receive oral sex"

Wow... this is really important stuff.

How about a quote like:

"An associate of his taught him the "exact way" he liked to receive the blackmail information and videos in Israel."

MadelynMarie , 46 minutes ago link

"An associate of his taught him the "exact way" he liked to receive the blackmail information and videos in Israel."

Yes, interesting that we are NOT hearing about that aspect of the story.

I'm sure that Israel has operations like this all over the world. No doubt this is how they control governments behind the scenes.

Here's another one: https://www.timesofisrael.com/14-israelis-suspected-of-running-child-sex-trafficking-ring-in-colombia/

White Nat , 36 minutes ago link

And another ...

Homosexual Jewish Diplomat Runs a Child **** and Prostitution Business in Brazil

https://nationalvanguard.org/2016/08/recent-history-homosexual-jewish-diplomat-runs-a-child-****-and-prostitution-business-in-brazil/

NAV , 21 minutes ago link

And it it was no accident that the Monica Lewinsky/ Clinton sex scandal erupted into public view precisely at the moment Clinton had scheduled meetings with Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat to revive the peace process by pressuring Netanyahu.

bustdriver , 1 hour ago link

Just to be clear on previous post.

"Time to investigate Mark Epstein and Humpty Dumpty."

Mark is Jeffrey's brother. He is a director of believe it or not the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

http://thehdi.org/about_humpty_dumpty.html

It is similar to the Clinton Foundation...

Give Me Some Truth , 15 minutes ago link

Mark Epstein has also gotten a pass. Add him to the long list.

Ms No , 1 hour ago link

This likely could be tied to Franklin child sex ring scandal and Mossad will be there too. Watch this free documentary before Jootube takes it down. Men died for you to know this. The show was yanked before it could be played mainstream. Extremely disturbing but VERY important. This was the last time they slipped through your fingers and this type of thing will be what destroys this evil.

https://youtu.be/PScfMeXAQwU

ironmace II , 1 hour ago link

chefs, butlers, receptionists, schedulers, secretaries, flight attendants, pilots, housekeepers, maids, sex recruiters, drivers and other staff members.

All small potatoes. The people really guilty all go free.

LEEPERMAX , 1 hour ago link

With his Death the Case is Closed . . . Mission accomplished.

TheAntiProgressive , 1 hour ago link

Yeah and since Sir Pedo's death was termed a suicide, then one would think his will dealy in US VI was planned, as was his death and me thinks a good lawyer would negate the will, trust, etc by simply terming this transfer of assets a fraudulent conveyance and yank it back where those abused can take a slice.

LEEPERMAX , 1 hour ago link

To Big to Jail

[Aug 20, 2019] The Pseudo Debate Over Jeffrey Epstein's Suicide Consortiumnews

Notable quotes:
"... However, while throughout Webb's articles she draws linkages that lead to the Mossad, she only suggests CIA connections. This is similar to but milder than a point made in an article written by Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist, " Did Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein Work for Mossad? " Giraldi writes that the CIA "would have no particular motive to acquire an agent like Epstein." This makes no sense. Of course, it would. The CIA and the FBI have a long record of such activities, and to hold such a club over the heads of presidents, senators, et al to make sure they do their bidding is obviously a strong motivation. ..."
"... The CIA is organized crime, and if Epstein is Mossad connected, he is CIA also, which is most likely. Epstein could not have operated as he did for decades without being sustained and protected. ..."
"... no prosecution of the central operational cog in the gang, Ghislaine Maxwell, or her cohorts named in the fantastic settlement agreement ..."
"... “It is a mind game of extraordinary proportions, orchestrated by the perverted power elites who run the show and are abetted by their partners in the corporate mass media, even some in the alternative press who mean well but are confused, or are disinformation agents in the business of sowing confusion together with their mainstream Operation Mockingbird partners.” ..."
Aug 20, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Death, sex, power, intrigue, murder, suicide -- these are the staples of the 19 th century penny press, mass media and the CIA, writes Edward Curtin .

By Edward Curtin
edwardcurtin.com

W hen phrases such as "the deep state" and "conspiracy theory" become staples of both the corporate mainstream media and the alternative press, we know the realities behind these phrases have outlasted their usefulness for the ruling elites who control the United States and for their critics, each of whom uses them refutably or corroboratively. These phrases are bandied about so often that they have become hackneyed and inane.

Everything is shallow now, in our faces, and by being in our faces the truth is taking place behind our backs. The obvious can't be true since it's so obvious, so let us search for other explanations, and when the searchers search, let us call them "conspiracy nuts." It is a mind game of extraordinary proportions, orchestrated by the perverted power elites who run the show and are abetted by their partners in the corporate mass media, even some in the alternative press who mean well but are confused, or are disinformation agents in the business of sowing confusion together with their mainstream Operation Mockingbird partners.

It is a spectacle of open secrecy, in which the CIA, which created the "conspiracy theory" meme to ridicule critics of the Warren Commission's absurd explanation of the Kennedy assassination, has effectively sucked everyone into a game of to and fro in which only they win.

"When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Outside the Narrative Frame

Only by stepping outside this narrative frame with its vocabulary can we begin to grasp the truth here in our Wonderland of endless illusions.

Death, sex, power, intrigue, murder, suicide – these are the staples of the penny press of the 19 th century, Joseph Pulitzer's New York World , Hearst's New York Journal , the tabloids, today's mass media, and the CIA. People hunger for these stories, not for the real truth that impacts their lives, but for the titillation that gives a frisson to their humdrum lives. It is why post-modern detective stories are so popular, as if never solving the crime is the point.

Robert Pfaller in 2016. (Suzie1212, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons)

To say "we will never know" is the mantra of a postmodern culture created to keep people running in circles. (Note the commentaries about the Jeffrey Epstein case.) Elusive and allusive indeterminacy characterizes everything in the culture of postmodernity. Robert Pfaller, a professor at the University of Art and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria, and a founding member of the Viennese psychoanalytic research group "stuzzicandenti," put it clearly in a recent interview :

"The ruling ideology since the fall of the Berlin Wall, or even earlier, is postmodernism. This is the ideological embellishment that the brutal neoliberal attack on Western societies' welfare (that was launched in the late 1970s) required in order to attain a "human", "liberal" and "progressive" face. This coalition between an economic policy that serves the interest of a tiny minority, and an ideology that appears to "include" everybody is what Nancy Fraser has aptly called "progressive neoliberalism". It consists of neoliberalism, plus postmodernism as its ideological superstructure."

The propagandists know this; they created it. They are psychologically astute, having hijacked many intelligent but soul-less people of the right and left to do their handiwork.

Money Buys Souls

Money buys souls, and the number of those who have sold theirs is numerous, including those leftists who have been bought by the CIA, as Cord Meyer, the CIA official phrased it so sexually in the 1950s: we need to "court the compatible left." He knew that drawing leftists into the CIA's orbit was the key to efficient propaganda. For so many of the compatible left, those making a lot of money posing as opponents of the ruling elites but taking the money of the super-rich, events like the JFK assassination are inconsequential, never to be broached, as if they never happened, except as the authorities say they did.

By ignoring these most in-your-face events with their eyes wide shut, a coterie of influential leftists has done the work of Orwell's crime-stop and has effectively succeeded in situating current events in an ahistorical and therefore misleading context that abets U.S. propaganda.

The debate over whether Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide or not is a pseudo-debate meant to keep people spinning their wheels over nothing. It attracts attention and will do so for many days to come. There are even some usually astute people suggesting that he may not be dead but might have been secretly whisked off somewhere and replaced with a dead look-alike. Now who would profit from suggesting something as insane as this? The speculation runs rampant and feeds the spectacle. Whether he was allowed to kill himself or was killed makes little difference.

(Christopher Dombres, CC0, Wikimedia Commons)

Debates to Nowhere

It's akin to asking who pulled the trigger that killed President John Kennedy. That's a debate that was intended to go nowhere, as it has, after it became apparent that Lee Harvey Oswald surely did not kill JFK. Kennedy's murder in broad daylight in public view is the paradigmatic event of modern times. It is obvious to anyone who gives minimal study to the issue that it was organized and carried out by elements within the national security state, notably the CIA. Their message was meant to be unequivocal and clear: We can kill him and we can kill you; we are in full control; beware. Then they went on to kill others, including RFK and MLK. It takes little intelligence to see this obvious fact, unless you wish not to or are totally lost in the neighborhood of make-believe.

As it was with Jack Ruby killing Lee Harvey Oswald, so it is with Epstein. There will be no trial. Nothing is really hidden except the essential truth. Guess, debate, wonder, watch, read to your sad heart's content. You will have gotten nowhere unless you step outside the frame of the reigning narrative.

New York Post: Reigniting the narrative.

A corollary example of another recent national headline grabber, the Mueller investigation, is apropos here. Douglas Valentine, expert on the CIA and author of "The CIA as Organized Crime," said in a recent interview that in all the endless mass media discussions of the Mueller investigation, one obvious question was never asked: What is the CIA's role in it all? It was never asked because the job of the corporate mass media is to work for the CIA, not to expose it as a nest of organized criminals and murderers that it is.

What is important in the Epstein case is the deep back story, a tale that goes back decades and is explored by Whitney Webb in a series of fine articles for the Mint Press. Read her articles and you will see how Epstein is just the current manifestation of the sordid history of the American marriage between various factions of the American ruling elites, whose business is sexual exploitation as a fringe benefit of being willing members of the economic and military exploitation of the world. A marriage of spies, mafia, intelligence agencies, sexual perverts, foreign governments and American traitors who will stop at nothing to advance their interests.

Destroys the Fairy Tale of Democracy

It is a hard story to swallow because it destroys the fairy tale that has been constructed about American "democracy" and the decency of our leaders. Webb's articles are not based on secret documents but on readily available information open to a diligent researcher. It's known history that has been buried, as is most history in a country of amnesiacs and educational illiterates. The average person doesn't have Webb's skill or time to pull it all together, but they can read her illuminating work. Often, however, it is the will to truth that is lacking.

While Webb places the Epstein matter in an historical context, she does not "solve" the case, since there is nothing to solve. It is another story from a long litany of sex/espionage stories openly available to anyone willing to look. They tell the same story. Like many commentators, she draws many linkages to the Israeli Mossad's long-standing connections to this criminal under and over world in the United States and throughout the world. She writes:

"Ultimately, the picture painted by the evidence is not a direct tie to a single intelligence agency but a web linking key members of the Mega Group [a secretive group of Jewish billionaires, including Epstein's patron Leslie Wexner], politicians, and officials in both the U.S. and Israel, and an organized-crime network with deep business and intelligence ties in both nations."

If anything is obvious about the Epstein case, it is that he was part of a sexual blackmail operation tied to intelligence agencies. Such blackmail has long been central to the methods of intelligence agencies worldwide and many arrows rightfully point to the Mossad.

However, while throughout Webb's articles she draws linkages that lead to the Mossad, she only suggests CIA connections. This is similar to but milder than a point made in an article written by Philip Giraldi, a former CIA counter-terrorism specialist, " Did Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein Work for Mossad? " Giraldi writes that the CIA "would have no particular motive to acquire an agent like Epstein." This makes no sense. Of course, it would. The CIA and the FBI have a long record of such activities, and to hold such a club over the heads of presidents, senators, et al to make sure they do their bidding is obviously a strong motivation.

Valentine's point about not asking the question about the CIA's involvement in the Mueller investigation pertains. Does Giraldi believe that the Mossad operates independently of the CIA? Or that they don't work in tandem? His statement is very strange.

The CIA is organized crime, and if Epstein is Mossad connected, he is CIA also, which is most likely. Epstein could not have operated as he did for decades without being sustained and protected. Now that he is dead there will be no trial, just as there will be no mainstream media or justice department revelations about the CIA or Mossad. There will be a lot of gibberish about conspiracy theories and the open secret that is the spectacle of secrecy will roll on. There will, of course, be much sex talk and outrage. We will anxiously await the movie and the TV "exposés." Most people will know, and pretend they don't, that the country is ruled by gangsters who would pimp their mothers if it served their interests.

Those of us who oppose these criminals – and there are growing numbers all over the world – must avoid being sucked into the Establishment narratives and the counter-narratives they spawn or create. We must refuse to get involved in pseudo-debates that are meant to lead nowhere. We must reject the language created to confuse.

If revolutionary change is to come, we must learn to tell a new story in language so beautiful, illuminating, and heart-rending that no one will listen to the lying words of child molesters, mass murderers, and those who hate and persecute truth tellers.

As John Berger said, "In storytelling everything depends on what follows what. And the truest order is seldom obvious."

Educated in the classics, philosophy, literature, theology, and sociology, Ed Curtin is a former professor of sociology. His writing on varied topics has appeared widely over many years. He sees all his work as an effort to enhance human freedom.

This article is from the author's website edwardcurtin.com .

Brent Anderson August 20, 2019 at 12:09

Prince Andrew hung out with Epstein because he made a good tuna on rye. We are all conditioned to accept that powerful people do not have to go to jail. Its just the way it is and will always remain so. There is not an honest person anywhere on planet earth who believes that Bill Clinton and the others did not have sex with “those girls”. America and the west are morally corrupt piles of garbage. No wonder the African Americans and others rage against an unbalanced system of justice. Actually it is just poor people of any color who get the book thrown at them.

I saw the pictures yesterday on the telegraph of the young blond girl leaving Epsteins Manhattan home with Prince Andrew poking his head out the door. The girl looked like she was no older than 14. The dear old Queen doesn’t represent justice either.

Vera Gottlieb, August 20, 2019 at 11:29

Just curious…will the Epstein saga be as prolonged and boring as the Russiagate saga???

Litchfield, August 20, 2019 at 14:00

I don’t think so.

It is in the interest of the puppetmeister to let thing die out ASAP. Not so the Russiagate hoax: the idea was to prolong it in the hopes of finally finding a smoking gun of some kind. With the Epstein story we are awash in smoking guns, but they are being ignored.

Dan D. August 20, 2019 at 09:34

If there is no trial and further revelations about the nature of this operation, which should be expected, it won’t simply be because Epstein is dead, but because there will be no prosecution of the central operational cog in the gang, Ghislaine Maxwell, or her cohorts named in the fantastic settlement agreement. There are more than sufficient facts in the public sphere to proceed.

Bob Van Noy, August 20, 2019 at 09:07

“It is a mind game of extraordinary proportions, orchestrated by the perverted power elites who run the show and are abetted by their partners in the corporate mass media, even some in the alternative press who mean well but are confused, or are disinformation agents in the business of sowing confusion together with their mainstream Operation Mockingbird partners.”

“The CIA is organized crime,…”

Edward Curtin has summarized our contemporary hell as few others can. In the above comments he fully describes our dilemma and underscores the necessity for sites like Consortiumnews to present the truth for citizens to be able to sort truth from lies. Still we cannot forget that our democracy is “a criminal conspiracy”…

https://spartacus-educational.com/JFKmockingbird.htm

Jill, August 20, 2019 at 08:47

I actually believe knowing what happened to Epstein is knowable. It is also important because it will reveal who/what has the power to make such a thing happen. However, while this information will take a long time to come out it is our job to push on behalf of his victims right now.

There is information showing that Maxwell and several other people committed multiple rapes of children. We do not see her, Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, just to name a few, hauled in for questioning. That really needs to happen. We have built up the powerful into untouchable icons. This needs to full stop now. These are not icons, they are potential and likely guilty child rapists of children. Our power system is held up by unspeakable cruelty to children and to others who simply don’t have the power to fight back unless we offer our support and services to them. There is enough testimony and other evidence to bring them in for questioning.

The conspiracy to commit rape should be ready to go. Investigators have had that information for a long time. I’m not buying that they are too incompetent to move that case forward. We are going to need to push for this. Deliberate infliction of human misery is evil and it is not acceptable to create one’s society on such a thing.

There is ground penetrating radar which can see under Jeff’s concrete pour. It can also show the tunnels on the islands. “Lost” evidence can be relocated from it’s undisclosed location. The ranch in NM can be sealed off and also scanned by this radar. No one should believe agencies with the resources of this government behind them are incapable of doing such things.

In the meantime, there is a tape of Jeff’s wing from that night. There’s one from the hospital and the investigators can offer immunity to anyone guard or hospital/ambulance employee in exchange for their truthful explanation of what they were doing and what they saw. This was not a series of incompetent actions which all went one way and one way only. It took a lot of planning and a lot of resources. That means there are a lot of witnesses.

We do need to uncover and dismantle this chain of human misery. No More.

ML, August 20, 2019 at 11:27

Excellent comment, Jill. As a family medicine nurse practitioner for many years, I have witnessed and helped many teen victims of adults who thought it somehow A-ok to sexually take advantage of them. I understand teen psychology. They are wholly unprepared to deal with the often underhanded tactics of pedophiles who use charm, deceit, threats, flattery, physical violence, tangible needed goods like money, clothing, or even a place to sleep, to get what they want— sex with a young person.

It is truly evil and that is not too strong a word for it. Epstein apparently used all of these tactics on his victims. How I wish there were a hell for the likes of him.

Litchfield, August 20, 2019 at 12:14

I agree with all you say, and thanks for putting it so clearly. There is NO EXCUSE for this case NOT to go forward and for all the parties of interest to be interrogated, and not with velvet gloves on. Clinton, Andrew, Dersh, Wexner, Maxwell, just for starters. Possibly Barr should recuse himself, as he seems to be too intertwined with the Epstein background story.

Brian Murphy, August 20, 2019 at 12:42

Is it really such a mystery what organizations acting together have the capability to have done this? They are identified in the article. The western coalition of intelligence agencies, which includes the Mossad along with NATO powers. In the USA, that includes the entire intelligence apparatus — CIA, NSA, MIA, FBI, Secret Service, as supported and defended by the DOJ.

Which of those entities placed someone in the jail cell to crack his neck is somewhat immaterial. The current President and at least one former President were implicated, which justifies the use of the full arsenal in the minds of those involved, as a “threat to national security,” which of course means strictly “threat to the profits of certain entities.”

Walter, August 20, 2019 at 06:56

There is sparse evidence and zero proof that the charming fellow committed suicide, and only claims (somebody said stuff) that he’s actually dead. (Same for his girlfriend’s dad, same for Skirpal :–)

Whitney Webb at Mintpressnews is doing good job on Mr E.

... ... ...

[Aug 20, 2019] In this sordid world, people without power have absolutely no value.

Notable quotes:
"... When Trump was first elected, I tried to calm down friends with advanced TDS, who expected Kristallnacht to be directed at their favorite brunch spots, by saying that "This is what empires in decline look like." ..."
"... In this sordid world, girls/women have absolutely no value ..."
"... Don't forget the young boys who get traded around like fudge recipes. Something quick on the Hollywood angle on bent dicks. It applies almost everywhere in America now: https://news.avclub.com/corey-feldman-made-a-documentary-about-sexual-abuse-he-1834310252 ..."
"... My reinterpretation of your comment would be; In this sordid world, people without power have absolutely no value. ..."
"... Epstein's World was tied in with Hollywood and Wall Street. Both are homoerotic paedophile havens. The world of the Vatican is tied in to Wall Street; it has it's own bank, the Instituto per le Opere de Religioni. ..."
"... As is true with the continued withholding of key documents in the JFK assassination, I believe that if the lousy reporting and official screwups in the Epstein case persist, it will be perfectly fine for the public to conclude and believe the absolute worst and act accordingly. ..."
"... Given the spotiness and inadequacy of reporting on the Epstein affair I wonder if an avenue for exploration might be that of a more direct involvement of media moguls and highly placed media staff in being serviced by Epstein i.e., the decision-makers regarding what gets covered and published are themselves subject to exposure, embarrassment, and other things that befall men caught in such matters. ..."
Aug 14, 2019 | www.nakedcapitalism.com

Michael Fiorillo , , August 14, 2019 at 11:38 am

I can't add much to Yve's excellent post and the follow-up comments, except to say that the events of recent days and weeks have made Pizzagate (as deranged as it was) into some kind of weird Jungian premonition which is to say, the s&#* is out of control.

When Trump was first elected, I tried to calm down friends with advanced TDS, who expected Kristallnacht to be directed at their favorite brunch spots, by saying that "This is what empires in decline look like."

In regard to this sordid tale, I'm reminded of Robert Graves' (and the superb BBC TV version of) "I, Claudius."

"Don't eat the figs."

adrena , , August 14, 2019 at 11:48 am

In this sordid world, girls/women have absolutely no value.

ambrit , , August 14, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Don't forget the young boys who get traded around like fudge recipes. Something quick on the Hollywood angle on bent dicks. It applies almost everywhere in America now: https://news.avclub.com/corey-feldman-made-a-documentary-about-sexual-abuse-he-1834310252

My reinterpretation of your comment would be; In this sordid world, people without power have absolutely no value. Otherwise, I'm with you all the way. Abuse is abuse. No other definition is logical.

ambrit , , August 14, 2019 at 4:18 pm

Epstein's World was tied in with Hollywood and Wall Street. Both are homoerotic paedophile havens. The world of the Vatican is tied in to Wall Street; it has it's own bank, the Instituto per le Opere de Religioni.

Who knows? Perhaps there will be some Prelates unearthed from the Lolita Express passenger log.

Pelham , , August 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

As is true with the continued withholding of key documents in the JFK assassination, I believe that if the lousy reporting and official screwups in the Epstein case persist, it will be perfectly fine for the public to conclude and believe the absolute worst and act accordingly.

Actually, we SHOULD believe the worst.

Robin Kash , , August 14, 2019 at 2:16 pm

Given the spotiness and inadequacy of reporting on the Epstein affair I wonder if an avenue for exploration might be that of a more direct involvement of media moguls and highly placed media staff in being serviced by Epstein i.e., the decision-makers regarding what gets covered and published are themselves subject to exposure, embarrassment, and other things that befall men caught in such matters.

Who covers the press and roots out its secret malefactions? Rogue reporters? And who publishes them? Indeed!

[Aug 20, 2019] one key aspect of Epstein's own sex-trafficking and blackmail operation that warrants examination is Epstein's ties to Israeli intelligence and his ties to the 'informal' pro-Israel philanthropist faction known as 'the Mega Group

Notable quotes:
"... "The Mega Group's role in the Epstein case has garnered some attention, as Epstein's main financial patron for decades, billionaire Leslie Wexner, was a co-founder of the group that unites several well-known businessmen with a penchant for pro-Israel and ethno-philanthropy (i.e., philanthropy benefiting a single ethnic or ethno-religious group). [ ] another uniting factor among Mega Group members is deep ties to organized crime [ ] ..."
"... "By virtue of the role of many Mega Group members as major political donors in both the U.S. and Israel, several of its most notable members have close ties to the governments of both countries as well as their intelligence communities. [ ] the Mega Group also had close ties to two businessmen who worked for Israel's Mossad -- Robert Maxwell and Marc Rich -- as well as to top Israeli politicians, including past and present prime ministers with deep ties to Israel's intelligence community. ..."
"... "Years later, Maxwell's daughter -- Ghislaine Maxwell -- would join Jeffrey Epstein's 'inner circle' at the same time Epstein was bankrolling a similar software program now being marketed for critical electronic infrastructure in the U.S. and abroad. That company has deep and troubling connections to Israeli military intelligence, associates of the Trump administration, and the Mega Group. ..."
"... "Ultimately, the picture painted by the evidence is not a direct tie to a single intelligence agency but a web linking key members of the Mega Group, politicians, and officials in both the U.S. and Israel, and an organized-crime network with deep business and intelligence ties in both nations." ..."
Aug 14, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Abe , August 14, 2019 at 00:45

"one key aspect of Epstein's own sex-trafficking and blackmail operation that warrants examination is Epstein's ties to Israeli intelligence and his ties to the 'informal' pro-Israel philanthropist faction known as 'the Mega Group.'

"The Mega Group's role in the Epstein case has garnered some attention, as Epstein's main financial patron for decades, billionaire Leslie Wexner, was a co-founder of the group that unites several well-known businessmen with a penchant for pro-Israel and ethno-philanthropy (i.e., philanthropy benefiting a single ethnic or ethno-religious group). [ ] another uniting factor among Mega Group members is deep ties to organized crime [ ]

"By virtue of the role of many Mega Group members as major political donors in both the U.S. and Israel, several of its most notable members have close ties to the governments of both countries as well as their intelligence communities. [ ] the Mega Group also had close ties to two businessmen who worked for Israel's Mossad -- Robert Maxwell and Marc Rich -- as well as to top Israeli politicians, including past and present prime ministers with deep ties to Israel's intelligence community.

"One of those businessmen working for the Mossad, Robert Maxwell, { ] who was a business partner of Mega Group co-founder Charles Bronfman, aided the successful Mossad plot to plant a trapdoor in U.S.-created software that was then sold to governments and companies throughout the world. That plot's success was largely due to the role of a close associate of then-President Ronald Reagan and an American politician close to Maxwell, who later helped aid Reagan in the cover-up of the Iran Contra scandal.

"Years later, Maxwell's daughter -- Ghislaine Maxwell -- would join Jeffrey Epstein's 'inner circle' at the same time Epstein was bankrolling a similar software program now being marketed for critical electronic infrastructure in the U.S. and abroad. That company has deep and troubling connections to Israeli military intelligence, associates of the Trump administration, and the Mega Group.

"Epstein appears to have ties to Israeli intelligence and has well-documented ties to influential Israeli politicians and the Mega Group. Yet, those entities are not isolated in and of themselves, as many also connect to the organized crime network and powerful alleged pedophiles [ ]

"Given that intelligence agencies in both the U.S. and elsewhere often conduct covert operations for the benefit of oligarchs and large corporations as opposed to 'national security interest,' Epstein's ties to the Mega Group suggest that this group holds a unique status and influence in both the governments of the U.S. and of Israel [ ] This is by virtue of their role as key political donors in both countries, as well as the fact that several of them own powerful companies or financial institutions in both countries. Indeed, many members of the Mega Group have deep ties to Israel's political class, including to Netanyahu and Ehud Barak as well as to now-deceased figures like Shimon Peres, and to members of the American political class.

"Ultimately, the picture painted by the evidence is not a direct tie to a single intelligence agency but a web linking key members of the Mega Group, politicians, and officials in both the U.S. and Israel, and an organized-crime network with deep business and intelligence ties in both nations."

Mega Group, Maxwells and Mossad: The Spy Story at the Heart of the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal
By Whitney Webb
https://www.mintpressnews.com/mega-group-maxwells-mossad-spy-story-jeffrey-epstein-scandal/261172/

[Aug 20, 2019] Mega group vs Al Capone

Aug 20, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

geeyp , August 15, 2019 at 00:42

M. Illoinen – I completely agree with you, innocent until proven guilty. I assume that you are referencing my post. When the Powers finally arrested the slippery Al Capone, they had him on tax evasion. They wanted him for a host of crimes. They had the evidence for tax evasion and went with that. These characters have ruined many innocent lives and have gotten away with it.

At this stage, I welcome any arrest of these greased pigs on any charges they want to file against them. If it's the Epstein case, that's certainly O.K. with me.

[Aug 20, 2019] Israel comes up often in Jeffrey Epstein case by Philip Weiss

Notable quotes:
"... Ehud Barak, 77, a former prime minister and defense minister, received some $2.3 million in payments from [the Wexner] foundation associated with Mr. Epstein from 2004 to 2006, and Mr. Epstein invested a reported $1 million in a limited partnership established by Mr. Barak in 2015 . . . ..."
"... Israeli news media has reported that the investment was about $1 million. Mr. Barak's company, Carbyne, formerly known as Reporty Homeland Security, specializes in emergency response geo-location and live video-streaming ..."
"... He'd cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein's attorneys because he had "been told" to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. "I was told Epstein 'belonged to intelligence' and to leave it alone," he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.) ..."
"... The Samson Option: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy ..."
"... One theory circulating among prominent Republicans is that Epstein was a Mossad agent. Another is that the George W. Bush White House directed Acosta not to prosecute Epstein to protect Prince Andrew on behalf of the British government, then the U.S.'s closest ally in the Iraq war. ..."
Aug 19, 2019 | mondoweiss.net

... ... ...

Epstein's relationship with Ehud Barak, the former PM who is now trying to stage a comeback in Israel, has become an issue in the Israeli campaign, the New York Times reports. Epstein made what appear to be shadowy investments with Barak.

Ehud Barak, 77, a former prime minister and defense minister, received some $2.3 million in payments from [the Wexner] foundation associated with Mr. Epstein from 2004 to 2006, and Mr. Epstein invested a reported $1 million in a limited partnership established by Mr. Barak in 2015 . . .

"I never took part in any party or event with women or anything like that," Mr. Barak said, adding that in Mr. Epstein's house he had met the heads of leading American universities, philanthropists, Nobel Prize winners , older women from academia, business and law, and political figures from the Clinton, Obama and Trump circles . . .

Mr. Barak does not dispute having received some $2.3 million in three installments from the Wexner Foundation, an Ohio-based nonprofit, and its founder, Leslie H. Wexner, a retail mogul and a former close associate of Mr. Epstein's and an investor in his financial company.

Mr. Epstein was a trustee of the Wexner Foundation and one of its main donors.

The payments were registered as compensation for research, but Mr. Barak has refused to divulge any details about the research, saying that doing so could harm his future business

Rabbi Elka Abrahamson, the president of the Wexner Foundation, which provides development training for Jewish volunteer leaders and Israeli public figures, has declined to say what the research payments were for.

One of Epstein's investments in Barak, in 2015, would seem to have intelligence applications.

Israeli news media has reported that the investment was about $1 million. Mr. Barak's company, Carbyne, formerly known as Reporty Homeland Security, specializes in emergency response geo-location and live video-streaming

This brings up the intelligence angle. Federal investigators found an Austrian passport in Epstein's NY mansion with a fake name and listing an address in Saudi Arabia that Epstein reportedly used to enter four countries, "France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia."

The scandal at the heart of the new prosecution is that Epstein served only a year or so in jail on Florida solicitation charges in 2007-2008, even as his lawyers cut a non-prosecution plea deal from the feds on more serious charges. Dershowitz was a lawyer on that team . Former US attorney Alexander Acosta cut that deal, and resigned as Labor Secretary last week when it became an issue.

As the Daily Beast reports, Acosta said he went light on Epstein because of an intelligence connection.

He'd cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein's attorneys because he had "been told" to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. "I was told Epstein 'belonged to intelligence' and to leave it alone," he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)

The speculation about Epstein's connections includes the fact that he was associated closely with a woman who allegedly helped bring him girl victims, Ghislaine Maxwell, who (as this news aggregator notes ), "is the daughter of Robert Maxwell, the media mogul who died under mysterious circumstances in 1991. Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh alleged in his book The Samson Option: Israel's Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy that Maxwell was tied to the Israeli Mossad. Hersh was sued for the allegation, but then received an apology ."

Gabe Sherman mentions Mossad in Vanity Fair :

One theory circulating among prominent Republicans is that Epstein was a Mossad agent. Another is that the George W. Bush White House directed Acosta not to prosecute Epstein to protect Prince Andrew on behalf of the British government, then the U.S.'s closest ally in the Iraq war.

In Epstein's 2004-2005 address book (published by Gawker) Israel has a listing among several countries (including Switzerland, Italy, France, Kenya, and Brazil). The Israel file includes future-prime-minister Ehud Olmert.

Several Israel supporters are in that address book, including former Murdoch news exec Gary Ginsberg, who wrote speeches for Netanyahu and is on the board of the Genesis Foundation, which gives prizes to Israel's friends. Also Ron Perelman, a financier and supporter of Israel.

The only thing we can be sure of in this case is that more names are likely to come out, and more speculation about how Epstein became such a wealthy international player when his financial chops were questionable to say the least.

Thanks to David Samel, Donald Johnson, and Adam Horowitz.

[Aug 20, 2019] Police Find Epstein Passport With Different Name And Saudi Arabia Residence Hallie Jackson MSNBC

Jul 15, 2019 | www.youtube.com

When Jeffrey Epstein was arrested last week, prosecutors say authorities found an expired 1980s passport, issued by an undisclosed foreign country, with Epstein's photo, a different name than his, and an address listed in Saudi Arabia, Stephnie Gosk reports.


Police Find Epstein Passport With Different Name And Saudi Arabia Residence | Hallie Jackson | MSNBC


RoNīN GaīJīN , 1 month ago

They brought up the passport because it shows evidence that he is capable of fleeing under an assumed name because he's done it before.

Idalina Oliveira , 1 month ago div class="

comment-renderer-text-content expanded"> Kudos to Miami Herald News You stuck to your story you said your story and you never gave up To all the victims the little girls who were in this ordeal God will be with you Stay strong and focused It's your turn for justice put them behind bars

sham hisham , 1 month ago

Epstein most likely ran a MOSAD operation to blackmail politicians in the U.S democrats and republicans

supreme1 , 1 month ago

Sounds like a tom cruise movie. Wtf is this guy.... . A spy prolly. Id imagine he has dirt on a lot of mf's

Vicki Ross Tudor , 1 month ago

A safe in a $77 million home filled with cash, pedophilia, fake passports and diamonds... Dude is a walking crime novel. I have no doubt that he's probably bribing the judge, prosecutors and law enforcement right now as we speak.

[Aug 19, 2019] In 2014 an onshore branch of Epstein by local pd in Miami. Everyone interviewed identified prince Andrew as the "boss"

Aug 19, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

Truth , August 16, 2019 at 11:57

In 2014 an onshore branch of Epstein(he is royal family also) was raided by local pd in Miami. Everyone interviewed identified prince Andrew as the "boss". he was booked and a few hours later doj showed up & drove him to airport where he left the country. The lady in this article filed charges against Andrew for raping her at age 14 and after. A local Female judge said her testimony was irrelevant and had had her statements stricken from the records. All this was reported in Miami newspapers but the fake deep state media quashed it all.. I read all this in the papers there as it happened. these are facts.
Epstein/Andrews activities went unchecked for over a decade as the operation contributed millions from their profits to local and state police and protected the elected who frequented this all pedophile operation, Hillary was also a customer.

[Aug 19, 2019] There is a video published by the daily mail showing Prince Andrew over at Epstein's place waving goodbye to the girls.

Aug 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

mcohen , says: August 19, 2019 at 12:18 pm GMT

Hi gilad

Why not mention prince andrew.

There is a video published by the daily mail showing him over at epsteins place waving goodbye to the girls.

Instead you are diverting attention away from all his fellow rot bags.But rest assured the evidence will come out.Jolly jumbuck,say what.

[Aug 19, 2019] Bill Clinton's Epstein Connection

Aug 19, 2019 | consortiumnews.com

The truth is that sexual abuse by the rich and famous transcends all political boundaries. Bill Clinton was very frequently on Epstein's plane and Epstein joins the very long list of those connected to the Clintons who died in dubious circumstances.

Two coincidences – the first being the bruise marks on the neck sustained in Epstein's first "suicide attempt" in jail – remind me of the case of John Ashe, the senior official very close to the Clintons who died with bruise marks on his neck, when he accidentally dropped his barbell on his throat while bench-pressing alone at home.

Ashe was charged and awaiting trial for receiving corrupt funds from businessman Ng Lap Seng while Ashe was serving in the USA's turn as president of the UN General Assembly. Ng Lap Seng, a six-time visitor to the Clinton White House, had previously been accused of making very large illegal donations to Clinton campaign funds, and was subsequently arrested while entering the USA with over $4 million in cash. Unlike the Clintons, Ashe was charged with taking Seng's money and rather like Epstein may have had an interesting song to sing while going down, had he not conveniently dropped the barbell on his throat.

I said that the first thing that jogged me to link the Epstein/Clinton and the Ashe/Clinton cases was the bruise marks on the throat. The second is that both stories have been debunked by self-proclaimed "conspiracy-busting" website Snopes – in a manner which shows that Snopes has no regard for the truth whatsoever.

In the case of John Ashe, Snopes wrote an utterly tendentious piece of "myth-busting" which stated that it was a myth that Ashe's death occurred shortly before his trial and that he was not due to testify against the Clintons. Snopes failed to mention that Ashe, a very senior Clinton appointee, was charged with taking corrupt money from precisely the same man who had been very widely accused of giving corrupt money to the Clintons. And while it was true his trial was not imminent, his pre-trial deposition was.

In the Epstein/Clinton case Snopes wrote a piece debunking the notion that this is a photograph of Bill Clinton on Epstein's private jet.

Snopes sets out to prove that this is not Epstein's private jet but that of another billionaire, and that the girl is not Rachel Chandler. For the sake of argument I am prepared to accept what they say on both counts. But is the sensible reaction to that photo to say "Oh that's OK it's another billionaire's jet" or to say "Why is Bill Clinton on a billionaire's private jet in an intimate pose with a worryingly young female?" As with the Prince Andrew photo, although it has been circulating for years, no alternative innocent explanation is on offer.

Passion for Sexual Exploitation

And the fact that this is another billionaire's plane should open again the much wider question of networks of the rich and the powerful indulging each other's passion for sexual exploitation of the young. It is a great shame that in the U.K., the Establishment has been able to characterize the falsifications of Carl Beech as discrediting the entire notion of historical child sexual abuse. It is as though one person making up stories about a bishop would mean there was never child exploitation in the Catholic Church.

The deeper question is why such a significant proportion of the rich and powerful have a propensity to want to assuage their sexual desires on the most vulnerable and powerless in society, as opposed to forming relationships among their peers. I suspect it is connected to the kind of sociopathy that leads somebody to seek or hoard power or wealth in the first place.

It is not necessary to develop that idea further, to understand that the Epstein case had given us a glimpse of criminal sexual behavior which, beyond doubt, involves many powerful people. It is essential that the threads that can be grasped are now worked on assiduously to uncover the entire network.

I am afraid to say I suspect the chances of that actually happening are very slim indeed.

Craig Murray is an author, broadcaster and human rights activist. He was British ambassador to Uzbekistan from August 2002 to October 2004 and rector of the University of Dundee from 2007 to 2010.


James Nelson , August 15, 2019 at 13:39

Famous people are asked to pose for pictures with others constantly. This is a rather thin reed to base a murder for hire charge. Let's provide more information and less innuendo. The rich and famous have left many shallow graves in their wake that warrant investigative digging. I sometimes think this kind of diversion serves their interests

Bif Webster , August 19, 2019 at 12:23

True. However, why did the Clinton's continue to do "business" with Epstein AFTER he was convicted?

Thelma Annes de Araujo , August 14, 2019 at 20:58

Carol, I suggest you read the three parts of Whitney Webb's report published by Mint Press. Here's the link for Part III, where you can also find links for Part I and Part II. Part III is rather long but definitely worth reading in full. There you will find what you're looking for Enjoy!
https://www.mintpressnews.com/mega-group-maxwells-mossad-spy-story-jeffrey-epstein-scandal/261172/?fbclid=IwAR3wcnnaVF0VOn4gYHs0gDc1-MOhVaLOry2e6JcVY8e5_oP0rq37PLM1jsw

willliam driscoll , August 14, 2019 at 20:36

The real question for me is why these people do not just pay for high priced beautiful prostitutes of legal age rather than risk their reputation, standing in society and possible jail time and law suits rather than by satisfying their sexual desires on underage and vulnerable children. The only answer that comes to mind is that there are people out their that are willing to provide these children for free in exchange for favors of money, power, political policy or some gain from blackmail.

I have dated fairly wealthy women and some that were lobbyists. I was surprised at the sense of entitlement from both the lobbyist and the veteran politicians in the way they did business. I understood quickly it was very much of the culture in the environment in which they worked. Every one was motivated to cower to each other for their own self interest whether it was maintaining or furthering their political career or enlarging their money interests by representing their clients that wanting to serve their own self interest in the political process.

To me the whole underlying common denominator is that there is no accountability for their actions and because of it they are able to maintain there behavior without any risk of sacrifice.

I remember in school the saying laws exist to prevent chaos in society, but it matters not if laws are enacted if they are not enforced to everyone equally. That statue of the lady of justice wearing a blindfold to represent justice equally for all I never seen in person but I have a feeling she is either a bundle of money behind her back or seeking a lucrative political appointment.

John Drake , August 14, 2019 at 20:13

The fact that Slick Willy would let his picture be taken with his arm around that pathetic young girl shows how above the law and social norms he thinks he is. On the other hand, if Hillary sees it he might be in for another black eye from her.

Bradley Anbro , August 14, 2019 at 20:43

I doubt very much that Bill Clinton worries about what Hillary "thinks" -- if she had any morals, she would have left him when
the Monica Lewinsky affair became public. She didn't -- because she's in it for the MONEY

[Aug 19, 2019] Trump's Foreign Policy All Coercion, No Diplomacy

Aug 19, 2019 | www.theamericanconservative.com

Trump's Foreign Policy: All Coercion, No Diplomacy By Daniel Larison August 19, 2019, 1:54 PM

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, President Trump and National Security Advisor John Bolton at the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels, Belgium on July 12, 2018. [State Department photo/ Public Domain] Matt Lee reports on the Trump administration obsessive use of sanctions:

Call it the diplomacy of coercion.

The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims.

It is true that the Trump administration is using economic coercion as its default approach to almost everything, but there doesn't appear to be any diplomacy involved. There is such a thing as "coercive diplomacy," but there is no evidence that Trump and his officials understand the first thing about it. An administration that genuinely wanted to secure lasting diplomatic agreements with other states would apply pressure only as a means to a specific, achievable goal, but with this administration they are waging purely destructive economic wars that the targeted states cannot end without capitulating. The "maximum pressure" description implies an unwillingness to relieve pressure short of the other side's surrender.

It is not just that it is a "combination of more sticks and fewer carrots." The Trump administration's policies are all punishment and no reward. In the case of Iran, it could hardly be otherwise when the administration chose to penalize Iran with sanctions for daring to comply with a multilateral nonproliferation agreement. Iran behaved constructively and acceded to the demands of the P5+1 four years ago, and in return for their cooperation they have been subjected to a grueling economic war despite fully complying with their commitments. When our government punishes another state for doing what previous administrations wanted them to do, no amount of punishment could force that state to trust our government a second time.

The administration approaches each case in the same way: they impose penalties, they make threats, they offer no incentives, and they make outrageous, far-fetched demands that no government would ever accept. Trump handles the trade wars in much the same way that he handles the "maximum pressure" campaigns against intransigent governments, and he fails every time because he can't conceive of a mutually beneficial agreement and therefore refuses to compromise. Trump's "diplomacy" is no diplomacy at all, but a series of insults, sanctions, tariffs, and threats that achieve nothing except to cause disruption and pain. Unsurprisingly, a pressure campaign that is aimed at toppling a government or forcing it to give up everything it has cannot be successful on its own terms as long as the targeted government chooses to resist, and the stakes for the targeted government will always higher than they are for the administration. In a contest of wills, the party that is fighting to preserve itself has the advantage.

[Aug 19, 2019] Maxwell asked court to keep Epstein papers sealed

Aug 19, 2019 | www.moonofalabama.org

Mina , Jul 19 2019 11:32 utc | 107

Behind paywall
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-18/epstein-s-socialite-pal-maxwell-asks-court-to-keep-files-sealed

[Aug 19, 2019] The labelling of a hypothesis as "conspiracy theory" is an attempt to erase uncomfortable evidence by re-prioritising the relevance of certain facts

Aug 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

Jewish economist Murray Rothbard contrasts "deep" conspiracy theories with "shallow" ones. According to Rothbard, a shallow theorist observes an event and asks, who benefits? He or she then jumps to the conclusion that the posited beneficiary is responsible for covertly influencing events. Under this theory, Israel benefiting from the events of 9/11 made it into a prime suspect. This is often a completely legitimate strategy and is exactly how detective and investigative researchers operate. In order to identify the culprit, they may well ask who would benefit from the crime. Of course this is only a first step towards substantiation.

According to Rothbard the "deep" conspiracy theorist begins with a hunch and then seeks out evidence. Rothbard describes deep conspiracy theory as the result of confirming whether certain facts actual fit one's initial 'paranoia.' This explanation pretty much describes a lot of how science works. Any given scientific theory defines the realm of facts that may support or refute its validity. Science is a deductive reasoning process, so that in science, it is the theory that defines the relevance of the evidence. Would Rothbard describe Newtonian physics as 'deeply conspiratorial'? I doubt it. My guess is that, bearing Rothbard in mind, attributing a 'conspiratorial nature' to a theory is an attempt the deny the relevance of the evidence it brings to light.

If for instance, the theory that Epstein was a Mossad agent is 'conspiratorial,' then the facts that he was a business partner of Ehud Barak and involved in a company that uses Israeli military intelligence tactics become irrelevant. The same applies to former Federal Prosecutor Alex Acosta's admission that Epstein belonged to intelligence and that was why he was the beneficiary of a laughable plea deal. If, for example, the theory that it was the Jews who led the 1917 Bolshevik revolution is 'conspiratorial,' then the facts regarding the demography that led the revolution and its criminal nature are of no consequence.

The labelling of a theory as conspiratorial is an attempt to erase uncomfortable evidence by reprioritising the relevance of certain facts.

[Aug 19, 2019] La Danse Mossad: Robert Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein by Jennifer Matsui

Notable quotes:
"... Notice a similar, if not identical MO in both Maxwell and Epstein's role in procuring technology for the Israelis, who in turn sold it with undisclosed add-ons, providing an open window into its users' databases. ..."
"... Like his predecessor, Epstein had a financial stake in a startup (headed by former Israeli Defense Minister and later Prime Minister Ehud Barak) connected to Israel's defense industry that provides infrastructure for emergency services as a call handling platform. Considering the company's connection to military intelligence, it wouldn't be a stretch to speculate on some of this software's other 'special' features. ..."
"... Epstein, like Maxwell, was laying the groundwork for Israeli espionage activities through his interests in companies with a political agenda concealed in products intended for international export. ..."
"... Were the surveillance apparatuses installed throughout Epstein's properties merely a voyeur's tools, or did he use them to leverage the moral failings of his former friends for purposes that might have risked exposure of more than the nether regions of wealthy pedo-punters? Considering his connections to Israeli defense industries and his own Achilles penis that required, by his own admission, "three orgasms a day", the answer points to an unslakable addiction that dovetailed conveniently with his state-sponsored sex crimes. ..."
"... Epstein could have also attempted to collateralize the cache of damning evidence still in his possession to secure his his freedom with the same fatal consequences. ..."
"... The establishment media is already trotting out ancient, ding-a-ling conspiracy theories from obscure right wing sources (attributed to Russia, of course) to highlight the absurdity and futility of questioning the official story of Epstein's death. Verdict: Nothing to see here. ..."
"... the parasitic and preferred daughter of the deceased tycoon, made the fateful introduction between her new boyfriend and the Israeli operatives seeking an entry level plutocrat to carry out their blackmail operations after the untimely death of his predecessor. An impoverished socialite has to survive in pricey Manhattan somehow, and that somehow was re-establishing the shady connections to the espionage underworld that had recruited Maxwell Sr. ..."
"... Ghislaine's later role as Epstein's Chief Procurement Officer (or pimp for short) gives more credence to the rumors that she is more than just a debased, barnacle-like appendage to a billionaire, desperate to please her platonic partner by "organizing his social life", but a fully cognizant co-conspirator in an operation aimed at strengthening Israel's hand in all matters pertaining to its national security interests, or more accurately, its overseas criminal enterprises ..."
Aug 16, 2019 | www.counterpunch.org
Media tycoon and former Labour MP Robert Maxwell (father of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's partner in crime) was given a state funeral in Jerusalem after *accidentally* falling off his yacht – the unluckily named "Lady Ghislaine". Later it was revealed Maxwell Sr was a Mossad asset who used his vast network of connections and publishing platforms to run editorial interference over his purchased assets to influence enemies and friends alike, ensuring their fealty to the foreign government that had enlisted him for its espionage work.

His tabloid empire was the piss-colored propaganda organ of the interests he served, overseeing its rapid growth and tentacled reach across the globe. More ominously, he was behind the spy agency's successful attempt to install a trapdoor in software intended for government use, allowing the Israelis a direct pipeline into a vast network of computers installed with undectable malware.

At the time of his death, the disgraced magnate was under investigation for raiding his companies' pension funds to cover the losses incurred from his multiple and reckless takeovers, and finance a luxury lifestyle he enjoyed sharing with high profile pals like Henry Kissinger and Barbara Walters. Curiously, many of these fossilized specimens from Robert Maxwell's roster of friends from the Reagan era would circle around Epstein, most notably Donald Trump whose Mar-a-Lago resort would later become a recruiting center for employer Epstein's underage "massage therapists".

Fast forward a couple of decades since the days a casino mogul was gobbling down canapés with the old guard denizens of the 'swamp'. Notice a similar, if not identical MO in both Maxwell and Epstein's role in procuring technology for the Israelis, who in turn sold it with undisclosed add-ons, providing an open window into its users' databases.

Like his predecessor, Epstein had a financial stake in a startup (headed by former Israeli Defense Minister and later Prime Minister Ehud Barak) connected to Israel's defense industry that provides infrastructure for emergency services as a call handling platform. Considering the company's connection to military intelligence, it wouldn't be a stretch to speculate on some of this software's other 'special' features.

A variation of the early technology that Maxwell was able to procure for his Israeli bosses was later sold to the Saudis, who leveraged its sophisticated tracking features to assassinate Jamal Khashoggi.

Epstein, like Maxwell, was laying the groundwork for Israeli espionage activities through his interests in companies with a political agenda concealed in products intended for international export. If true, the playboy philanthropist feted and flattered his high profile friends to ensnare them as complicit partners in what amounts to the legal definition of treason. Epstein's covert activities have undiminished real world consequences for anyone on Israel's international radar, especially those challenging the status quo policies in place that prioritize "The Jewish State's" political and financial objectives over actual justice and global stability.

If you have ever asked yourself why Israel's war crimes and settlement expansion go unchallenged by US lawmakers, consider the career destroying consequences contained within those dossiers compiled by the braintrust behind Epstein's 'suicide'. "We'll trade you one US Embassy in Jerusalem for 10 minutes of hidden camera footage of you . . . let's say 'enjoying' a rolled up Forbes magazine".

Were the surveillance apparatuses installed throughout Epstein's properties merely a voyeur's tools, or did he use them to leverage the moral failings of his former friends for purposes that might have risked exposure of more than the nether regions of wealthy pedo-punters? Considering his connections to Israeli defense industries and his own Achilles penis that required, by his own admission, "three orgasms a day", the answer points to an unslakable addiction that dovetailed conveniently with his state-sponsored sex crimes.

Did Epstein make the same mistake of Maxwell (who had asked for nearly half a billion dollar in "loans" from his Israeli backers to relieve him of his mounting debts) believing the dirt he had in his possession would prove radioactive if released? By this time, the corpulent tycoon was nicknamed the 'Bouncing Czech' a reference in most part to his worsening money woes. The implication of this request, if turned down, was the exposure of Israel's state secrets. Epstein could have also attempted to collateralize the cache of damning evidence still in his possession to secure his his freedom with the same fatal consequences.

Both Maxwell and Epstein somehow evaded the electronics that linked them to the outside world at the time of their deaths, even though the latter had reportedly made an attempt on his own life while in custody. Both men, facing ruination and serious prison time gave their executioners an alibi: They had nothing to left to live for. The establishment media is already trotting out ancient, ding-a-ling conspiracy theories from obscure right wing sources (attributed to Russia, of course) to highlight the absurdity and futility of questioning the official story of Epstein's death. Verdict: Nothing to see here.

By now, it's a given that the parasitic and preferred daughter of the deceased tycoon, made the fateful introduction between her new boyfriend and the Israeli operatives seeking an entry level plutocrat to carry out their blackmail operations after the untimely death of his predecessor. An impoverished socialite has to survive in pricey Manhattan somehow, and that somehow was re-establishing the shady connections to the espionage underworld that had recruited Maxwell Sr.

Ghislaine's later role as Epstein's Chief Procurement Officer (or pimp for short) gives more credence to the rumors that she is more than just a debased, barnacle-like appendage to a billionaire, desperate to please her platonic partner by "organizing his social life", but a fully cognizant co-conspirator in an operation aimed at strengthening Israel's hand in all matters pertaining to its national security interests, or more accurately, its overseas criminal enterprises.

The recent raid on Epstein's Manhattan apartment was not the result of a so-called Justice Department righting the egregious wrong it committed by letting Epstein off with a slap on the wrist after his initial conviction that allowed him to serve his sentence largely outside the minimum-security facility with an open door policy for its billionaire guest. More likely, the reversal of Epstein's "sweetheart" deal was a joint operation between the oligarch cabal informally known as the Mega-Group, and the state security apparatuses that do their bidding.

It's seems likely that this sudden pivot towards justice from a Justice Department initially spooked into inaction by the spook in his custody, was motivated by the need to remove the most damning bits among Epstein's vast trove of physical evidence against the pervy punters who visited his island getaway for unintended photo ops with underage girls.

Perhaps his own abuse of these minors was a perk he felt entitled to, and one that would be overlooked in the service of "national security". It's hard for most people to differentiate between the government he actually worked for and the ruling establishment on his home turf.

It's possible that Epstein felt his serial transgressions were merely par for the plutocracy and justified in the service of a higher calling.

The 'Israel First' philanthropist shared an unyielding ideological justification for his own criminality as Robert Maxwell, whom the British Home Office had considered recruiting for its own intelligence gathering in the mid 1960's. Having determined that the well-connected, multilingual, rising star politician was strictly "Zionist", the spy agency withdrew his candidacy.

Epstein's real crimes had little to do with raping children, despite the overturned plea deal that came about when a federal judge ruled that prosecutors had violated the victims rights by by concealing the agreement from them. The one time teflon-coated "member of intelligence" who was "above the pay grade" of a powerful District Attorney (now a now scandal-tainted former Labor Secretary) was ultimately (and lethally) penalized for not destroying the contents of his secret-laden safes, leaving his handlers still vulnerable to their explosive contents.

Had the doomed financier divested himself of the toxic assets still in his possession, he might still be roaming the earth today, scouring it for new specimens to populate his underage petting zoo. As a result of the Justice Department's decision to reverse the non-prosecution deal meant to bury the most incendiary facts of the case, lower-rung punters like former governor Bill Richardson and Senator George Mitchell are being publicly named for their part in the sordid scandal. Someone has to take the fall. (Rule number one of PR crisis management: Crucify the insignificant and let them hang out to dry until the public tires of watching the slow motion spectacle of their undoing.) Meanwhile, documented and/or photographic evidence against more powerful players like Bill Clinton and Donald Trump will have already been destroyed in the pursuit of selective justice.

The fallout of Epstein's spectacular downfall predictably miss the mark as scandals involving the rich and powerful tend to do. Much of the controversy will dissolve into a Cheetoh dust maelstrom of disinformation, disseminated on Reddit and 4Chan by incel info-warriors before shooting up a shopping mall or playground.

Subsequent reporting of the case will overlook decades of the elite-driven state craft that elevated corrupt and ruthless entities like Epstein and Trump, both ring-kissing acolytes in their youth of influential mob fixer/politcal power broker Roy Cohn – himself a serial sexual predator who similarly caught the fancy of fellow deviants Joe McCarthy and J. Edgar Hoover. Follow the money trail from Tel Aviv and you'll discover an ancestral link between the corpse of Epstein and his ghostly godfathers waiting with his rewards in hell.

Along with the other disgraced and expendable patsies left in the wake of this ongoing scandal is Alan Dershowitz, Epstein's octogenarian chief legal counsel and 'wing man' aboard the Lolita Express. The now unemployable cable news pundit will live out the remainder of his pointless life under a cloud of suspicion. Despite all the damning testimony against him, the statutory rape allegations never quite stick, but follow him around like a sneaky fart, forcing a distance between himself and the rest of humanity that will last until he is engulfed by the sulfurous fumes of his own making.

The former Harvard law professor's lifelong service to Israel will go unrewarded – not as a result of victim testimony placing him at multiple crime scenes, but in consideration of his own inept self-defense strategy: "I'm a scurvy rat aboard a sinking ship eating its own tail to stay alive. Pity me"! Dershowitz at this point will be lucky if he can achieve the same pay grade and social status of Lindsay Lohan. Ditto for Prince Andrew who can at least be relied on to expire slowly of gout in his time-out corner at Windsor Castle.

The moral of this story could be "Lie down with dogs and never wake up agan with a prison-issued sheet around your neck". A variation of the old "Lie down with dogs and and wake up as fish food".

[Aug 19, 2019] After Allegations Of Druggings And Rape, Epstein-Pal And His Modeling Agencies Come Into Focus

Aug 19, 2019 | www.zerohedge.com

After Allegations Of Druggings And Rape, Epstein-Pal And His Modeling Agencies Come Into Focus

by Tyler Durden Mon, 08/19/2019 - 11:15 0 SHARES

Following the death of Jeffrey Epstein, his seedy network of friends and potential co-conspirators alike have come into the spotlight.

One associate, considered to be Epstein's closest pal, is modeling maven Jean-Luc Brunel - who has recently been accused of pimping underage women around the world through his Mc2 and Karin modeling agencies, while former models have accused the 72-year-old of drugging and date-raping girls , according to the Daily Beast .

How close were Brunel and Epstein?

Brunel was one of the financier's most frequent male associates . The agent appears more than 15 times on flight logs from Epstein's private plane , jetting everywhere from Paris to New York, often in the presence of young women. He visited Epstein nearly 70 times in jail , according to visitor logs, and several more times while the financier was on house arrest in Palm Beach. According to one of Epstein's housemen, Brunel was comfortable enough to whip up his own meals in the financier's kitchen , and was one of Epstein's most frequent callers. - Daily Beast

Brunel's name appeared in a cache of court documents unsealed earlier this month, having called and left a message to let Epstein know that he "just did a good one - 18 years" who reportedly told him "I love Jeffrey."

"He has a teacher for you to teach you how to speak Russian," reads another note from September 2005, which adds " She is 2 X 8 [16] years old not blonde . Lessons are free and you can have 1st today if you call."

Epstein also extended a $1 million letter of credit to Brunel which was used to invest in Paris-based Elite Models. According to the Beast, "The venture, E Management, was first registered by Epstein's attorney, who listed its address as 457 Madison Avenue -- the same as Epstein's investment firm, J. Epstein & Co." Brunel says the venture fell apart after Elite Models learned of Epstein's sex-trafficking allegations - with the agent even suing Epstein in 2015 for tarnishing their reputation and causing a "tremendous loss of business."

At least two people say Brunel not only knew about the sex trafficking, he was actively participating in it .

Virginia Roberts (now Giuffre) -- one of the first alleged victims to speak out against Epstein after he was granted a sweetheart plea deal -- claimed in legal filings that Brunel was one of many powerful men she was forced to sleep with in her years as Epstein's "sex slave." She also accused Brunel of using his agency to find foreign girls, obtain visas for them, and "farm them out to his friends, including Epstein ."

"A lot of the girls came from poor countries or poor backgrounds, and he lured them in with a promise of making good money," Giuffre said in a 2015 affidavit. " Jeffrey Epstein has told me that he has slept with over 1,000 of Brunel's girls, and everything that I have seen confirms this claim. " - Daily Beast

" My assumption was that Jean-Luc Brunel got the girls from Eastern Europe (as he procured many young foreign girls for Epstein). They were young and European looking and sounding ," said Guiffre while describing an orgy she says she was forced to participate in on Epstein's 'pedo island.'

In a 1988 60 Minutes piece, several American models who worked with Brunel spoke of being plied with drugs and taken to parties with older men .

"My sense, based upon the allegations, is that Jean-Luc was a predator, his group was a predator, and they used their tools of power and leverage to force sex from women who otherwise might not be willing to engage in it," one of the reporters from the 60 Minutes piece told the Daily Beast .

Former model Thysia Huisman was 18-years-old when she says Brunel sexually assaulted her after giving her a spiked drink .

" I recall him lying on top of me, me trying to push him off, " she said in an interview. "I remember trying to move, but not really being able to. Like almost being paralysed. I heard the sound of my blouse – a black blouse – ripping. I had a black skirt, too. I felt him – this is difficult – between my legs. Pushing."

Huisman said the rest was a blur. She woke the next morning in a kimono that wasn't hers, with soreness on her inner thighs. "I felt we had had sex," she said. "I knew. I know."

She gathered her things and fled while Brunel spoke on the telephone in the living room, she said. Her modelling work never recovered and she embarked on a career in television, always behind the camera.

...

"I was really ashamed," she said. Huisman said she began telling her current partner about the incident eight years ago. He confirmed to the Guardian she then told him she was "molested" by someone at her modelling agency, and added more details – including Brunel's name – over time, explaining the full story about two years ago. - The Guardian

Another former model, Courtney Soerensen, says Brunel molested her when she was 19-years-old, and "sabotaged" her career when she rejected him.

Courtney Soerensen, Thysia Huisman

"He would get very handsy, start groping me, try to kiss me, try to get me to lay down on the bed just to 'try it out'" said Soerensen. "He would try to untuck my shirt, wanting to 'see my abs'. He would grab my breasts and put his hand on my bottom. There was one time where he rubbed himself up against me. "

" The guy was a vile pig" says former Brunel photographer and scout Clayton Nelson. "The girls who slept with him worked. The girls who didn't, he would tell bookers: 'I don't want her booked for anything'."

Former MC2 bookkeeper Martina Vasquez has also accused Brunel of similar behavior, claiming that Brunel employed scouts who would recruit teenage models from South America, Europe and the former USSR. " The most desirable of those teens were housed in Epstein's Upper East Side apartments and loaned out to wealthy clients for up to $100,000 a night, Vasquez alleged. If they refused to be "molested," she said, they would not be paid. (Brunel has denied these claims and says Vasquez was fired from his agency for embezzling company funds.)" according to the report.

Bloomberg , meanwhile, reports that MC2 Model Management had a growing list of concerned corporate clients by 2014 after Brunel's ties to Epstein came to light.

By 2014, Brunel's business partner Jeff Fuller was concerned that the relationship with Epstein could be damaging. In a letter reviewed by Bloomberg News, Fuller told Brunel that he was getting a "tremendous amount of worries from our clients" about the ties to Epstein , then went on to list as clients Nordstrom Inc., Macy's Inc., Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penney Co., Kohl's Corp., Target Corp., Sears and Belk . - Bloomberg

Brunel has denied all allegations of impropriety.

amadeus39 , 1 minute ago link

Molesting children is an abominable crime, but using that information to blackmail country leaders effects many more people. Using blackmail to gain political control will destroy nations and its citizens. It will destroy civilization. This Epstink plot will destroy trust of government. Once trust is destroyed, our world is destroyed.

nmewn , 13 minutes ago link

Jean-Luc Brunel, sounds Irish to me!

https://nypost.com/2019/08/13/french-officials-call-for-probe-into-epsteins-links-with-france/

Oh, I guess not ;-)

[Aug 19, 2019] Link to Edgar Bronfman: in 1981 he was fired from Bear Sterns for helping Edgar Bronfman in an insider trading scandal, which Bronfman blamed on his (phantom) Italian partner.

Aug 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

Tired of Not Winning , says: July 9, 2019 at 3:20 am GMT

This Epstein story is huge. I think Amazing Polly is just touching on the surface:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Vc-uysS6Tlw?start=1&feature=oembed

Epstein dropped out of Cooper Union and NYU at age 20, but mysteriously got a job teaching calculus and physics at the prestigious Dalton school in NYC. He was hired by then headmaster Donald Barr (born Jewish converted to Catholicism), father of current AG William Barr. A year later Donald Barr was forced out by a group of Dalton parents for not being "progressive" enough and replaced by a guy named Dunnan, who was later accused of having an affair with a teacher and also sexually molesting a 14 year old.

While at Dalton, Epstein taught the son of Bear Sterns CEO Ace Greenberg, and ended up working at Bear Sterns. Five years later in 1981 he was fired from Bear Sterns for helping Edgar Bronfman in an insider trading scandal, which Bronfman blamed on his (phantom) Italian partner.

Bronfman' and his two daughters have been embroiled in the NXIVM sex scandal case. Meanwhile, Epstein somehow got his start thanks to one major "investor", billionaire Les Wexner, founder of the Limited, Abercombie & Fitch, Victoria's Secret etc. Bronfman and Wexner co-founded mega, a Jewish organization that promotes Israel.

Epstein-Bronfman smells like a giant international Jew crime network that involves blackmailing of wealthy people, celebrities and politicians for having sex with underage girls. It's how Epstein gained his wealth. He had no money to start out. His "hedge fund" is nothing but a fake front for billionaires to wire their ransom money, which is why it is established offshore and so secretive. There has been two huge fires at his private island in BVI btwn 2018 and Jan. 2019. Speculation is that lots of incriminating video footage was burnt, but of course Epstein kept copies, and Mossad most likely has them as well. Got to keep the blackmailing of our political and economic elites going. Israhell has a right to exist.

[Aug 19, 2019] The scandal is about the Mega Group

Notable quotes:
"... The scandal is about the Mega Group [Bonfman and Wexner and the assorted group of other Israel-firsters with the ties to Mossad] ..."
"... Both Epstein and Bill Browder got started working for Maxwell. Why is nobody talking about Bill Browder's Epstein/Maxwell/Mossad connection? ..."
Aug 19, 2019 | www.unz.com

Anonymous [373] Disclaimer , says: August 18, 2019 at 2:12 pm GMT

One just wonders (but I have read no-one raising this question) why Epstein stopped being useful, why was his "business" dismantled.
All further steps, "suicide" comprised, are standard operation.

annamaria , says: August 19, 2019 at 3:35 pm GMT

@mcohen Learn, "mcohen," learn: https://www.mintpressnews.com/mega-group-maxwells-mossad-spy-story-jeffrey-epstein-scandal/261172/
https://www.mintpressnews.com/shocking-origins-jeffrey-epstein-blackmail-roy-cohn/260621/
https://www.mintpressnews.com/blackmail-jeffrey-epstein-trump-mentor-reagan-era/260760/

The scandal is about the Mega Group [Bonfman and Wexner and the assorted group of other Israel-firsters with the ties to Mossad], Maxwells [the old embezzler and his daughter the pimp, both tied to Mossad] and Mossad: "The Spy Story at the Heart of the Jeffrey Epstein Scandal."

Iris , says: August 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm GMT
@Anon

The end: blackmail the "elite" clients on behalf of a foreign intelligence service.

Thanks for posting this most interesting and edifying story about Israeli decade-long, standard practice, of using sex trafficking to blackmail and control politicians.

Although Shulamit Cohen's story is highly embellished by official historiography, she herself started working as a prostitute. The Syrian military she trapped was Adib Al Shishkali, who went on to become Syria's president.

The young girl she used to bait her "clients" was a 14-year Armenian youngster called Lucy Kobelian.

http://www.kawther.info/wpr/terrorists/shula-cohen-israeli-first-madam

annamaria , says: August 19, 2019 at 11:49 am GMT
@Anonymous Case in study -- Ben Cardin, the Israel-firster and promoter of Bill Browder http://www.unz.com/pgiraldi/is-bill-browder-the-most-dangerous-man-in-the-world/

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-18/la-danse-mossad-robert-maxwell-and-jeffrey-epstein
Comment section:

Both Epstein and Bill Browder got started working for Maxwell. Why is nobody talking about Bill Browder's Epstein/Maxwell/Mossad connection?

annamaria , says: August 19, 2019 at 3:12 pm GMT
@Iris Interesting: http://www.kawther.info/wpr/terrorists/shula-cohen-israeli-first-madam

One of Mossad' main modes of operation is prostitution. Not surprising. The Jewish tribe is exceptional in having as its heroines a set of prostituting women -- Esther, Judith, Dalila. No wonder that the orthodox Jews treat women like filth. All within the national tradition.

In 1967, Shulamit Cohen, Rachel Raffoul and two of the Jewish prostitutes were released in a secret prisoner exchange after the Six Day War: they were exchanged against three officers of the Syrian air force (the official version states that they were exchanged for "over 500 prisoners").

Today Shula is a national hero of Israel and her story has been whitewashed and made "apt for public consumption". She lives in the neighborhood of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish fundamentalists, the Haredim, who are probably ignorant of her past.

https://www.haaretz.com/1.5223302 "Orthodox Jews treat women like filtfhy little things:"

And if a man and a woman are drowning in a river, first they'll save the man, "who is obligated to perform more commandments," whereas a woman's "wisdom is only in the spindle." In fact, "words of Torah should be burned rather than being given to women."

A man must say three blessings every day during morning prayers: He thanks God "that He didn't make me a gentile, that He didn't make me a woman, that He didn't make me an ignoramus."

[Aug 18, 2019] The best way to get at some semblance of the truth is to follow the money. Epstein seems to have appeared virtually out of nowhere as a made man. Wexner appears to have gifted him a $56 million heavily bugged mansion. What does this tell us?

Aug 18, 2019 | off-guardian.org

mark It seems obvious that Epstein was murdered, but in reality this is just a side issue.
The MSM will happily carry on sending people down rabbit holes for ever, and ignoring the real questions.
They would like nothing more than to turn this into another JFK, where people speculate endlessly, generating more heat than light. Just what motivated Epstein? Money? Vice? Paedo sex? Spying and blackmailing for Israel? All of the above? Where did his loyalties lie? Was he just a hired hand, an intelligence operative, another Christopher Steele? Or was he more of a gun for hire, an Erik Prince, serving Mossad, the CIA, the Zionist Lobby, or whoever would pay him? Or was he more of his own boss, running his own organisation in his own interests? What about Ghislaine Maxwell? Was she just Epstein's pimp and loyal lieutenant, carrying out his orders? Or was she his Mossad handler, calling the shots, with Epstein as front man?

The best way to get at some semblance of the truth is to follow the money. Epstein seems to have appeared virtually out of nowhere as a made man. Wexner appears to have gifted him a $56 million heavily bugged mansion. What does this tell us?

Surprisingly, Maxwell has not gone to ground as expected. She made an exhibition of herself in LA a few days ago, ostentatiously eating a burger in public with a little dog in tow, reading a book about the CIA.

I think the stage is being set for an Oprah or Anderson Cooper style interview, presenting herself as the victim. Now that Epstein is dead, it will be in the interests of a lot of people to load everything on to his deceased shoulders. "I loved Jeffrey .but he was a monster ..he made me do terrible things ..I was frightened of him ..I'm a victim too."

This will probably be coordinated with a smear campaign against the victims, trying to dig up dirt about things like drugs, any criminal or mental health history, and any other issues.

One interesting detail to emerge from the search of Epstein's property is that he had a painting of Bill Clinton in drag, wearing a blue dress, like that of Monica Lewinsky, on his toilet wall. This is probably a case of gloating over the entrapment of Clinton. This somewhat grubby little episode occurred around the time of the Oslo peace deal, when Peres, Barak and Co. were under some pressure to negotiate seriously with the Palestinians, and facing criticism over settlements. Clinton was also under pressure from Zionist interests to release the Jewish/ Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, imprisoned for treason/ espionage. This is reminiscent of the transvestite J. Edgar Hoover, who was being blackmailed by Meyer Lansky with photographs of him and Claude Tolson wearing dresses.

Dershowitz is another highly dubious character whose involvement warrants serious scrutiny. He previously defended OJ Simson and Spectre. He will probably spearhead a campaign to discredit the witnesses.

Fortunately, this can't be buried completely, even if Maxwell and others escape prosecution. There are a number of outstanding civil claims which will generate even more publicity than would otherwise be the case.

[Aug 18, 2019]