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The Chart: Charges Against Trump Aides - Ari Melber Explains It All

The Chart: Charges Against Trump Aides

Ari Melber Explains It All

MSNBC's Ari Melber

TheBeat w/Ari Melber

The Beat Goes On: Manafort, Flynn, Cohen, Stone, Papadopoulos, Gates.

It's common to compare Trump's legal problems to Nixon's,
but that itself is a low legal bar. More broadly, Trump has now
had *more advisers indicted* earlier in his term than
*any* President in history.
11:30 AM - 19 Mar 2019

The "witch hunt" seems to have caught a lot of witches. MSNBC's Ari Melber, legal analyst and host of "The Beat" compares staff and adviser indictments of the Trump, Nixon, Clinton and Obama presidencies.

examines how despite claims that the Russia probe is a “witch-hunt”, Mueller has proven to be one of the fastest and most effective Special Counsels in U.S. history, racking up indictments at the fastest pace since Watergate.

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On The Subject Of Freedom


      On The Subject of Freedom

      What does it really mean in 2019 America?

      Although right-wingers are working hard to dismantle FDR’s New Deal—the GOP budget for 2019 contains massive cuts to Social Security, as well as to Medicare and Medicaid—we got halfway toward his notion of freedom and liberty here in the United States with the addition of elements of socialism.

      So what is freedom?:

      • You’re not free if you’re old and deep in poverty, so we have Social Security (although the GOP wants to gut it).
      • You’re not free if you’re hungry, so we have food stamps/SNAP (although the GOP wants to gut them).
      • You’re not free if you’re homeless, so we have housing assistance and homeless shelters (although the GOP fights every effort to help homeless people).
      • You’re not free if you’re sick and can’t get medical care, so we have Medicare, Medicaid, and Obamacare (although the GOP wants to gut them all).
      • You’re not free if you’re working more than 40 hours a week and still can’t meet basic expenses, so we have minimum wage laws and the right to unionize (although the GOP wants to gut both).
      • You’re not free if you can’t read, so we have free public schools (although the GOP is actively working to gut them).
      • You’re not free if you can’t vote, so we’ve passed numerous laws to guarantee the right to vote (although the GOP is doing everything it can to keep tens of millions of Americans from voting).

      - Thom Hartmann

      Common Dreams

      March 19, 2019


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      The Difficulty In Losing A Friend


          In life we understand that death is inevitable. The day that you are born is the day that you begin die. Over the weekend I had begin the process of trying to find answers to why my friend and her immediate family was taken in an instance. This is a very difficult time for me as I have faced various issues that have already rocked me to my core.

          This loss has hit me in a different way when a husband, wife, and child prematurely is taken due to another person poor decisions and judgement. I am forced to visit places in my mind that I haven’t been before. I just want to understand the “why” in this tradegy and “how” this will help. Not to mention “what” am I supposed to learn from this situation.

          My friend will never walk this earth again and sure I will have the memories of our relationship and the recall of our conversations. Unfortunately, at this moment the pain is immeasurable due to how my friend was forced to leave this world. My friend including the family wasn’t given a choice. Their lives were sniffed out. I don’t even know how to end this.

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          Trump's Racist Delusions And The Global Threat Of White Hate




              Democracy, security and peace are being endangered by white supremacist hate, while Trump yells about his wall.


              Many studies have shown that mass shootings/terrorist incidents/hate crimes are connected to the far right’s extremism. These incidents are increasing rapidly, with racism, homophobia, misogyny, xenophobia, Muslim hate and anti Semitism included in the list of these terrorists' motivations. Following the dots take us to the Trump administration’s support of such motives, yet in the main, the media most often seems not to have followed the dots.

              Trackers tell the public that at this time there are over one thousand active hate groups that are working their murderous mayhem just in the United States, and we are aware that there are many more if other countries are included; yet Trump and his administration just shrug them off as Trump declares a national emergency that is obviously not an emergency, He and his mostly white supporters spread their paranoia against immigrants and their bigotries, racism and hatred against non whites and non Christians. The goal: billions of dollars from the national treasury to build Trump’s vanity wall.

              All bigotries erase rational thought. Fear based prejudices arouse hatreds. Trump, the GOP congress and his advisors promote fear and compromise rational thought every day just to keep their followers supporting their power and yes, to get an unnecessary, very expensive wall.

              David Mascriota reports the following for SALON, March 19, 20i9.

              Donald Trump, speaking in a style that boldly combines the last call drunken rant with the megaphone corner rave, recently proved that three pillars of America’s executive governance are stupidity, racism and delusion. While pounding his chest over issuing a veto of Congress’ rebuke of his emergency declaration to build a wall at the Southern border, Trump fielded a question from a journalist about the escalating threat of “white nationalism.” Studies show that terrorist incidents in the United States connected to far-right extremism — with motivations including racism, anti-Muslim, homophobia, anti-Semitism and xenophobiaare on the rise. The question came in response not to any act of violence in the United States, but the gun attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that left 50 dead. The white man arrested for the murders appears to have posted to social media a document filled with xenophobic and anti-Muslim propaganda in advance of the shootings.

              “I don’t really,” Trump said with typical eloquence in response to an inquiry into whether or not he believes white nationalism is a growing danger. “I think it’s a small group of people who have very, very serious problems.”

              All evidence indicates that the group of antisocial and criminal people who have “very, very serious problems” — on that we can agree with our President — are not so small, and are not any smaller than the Mexican street gang MS-13, with its estimated membership of 10,000, which Trump has denounced often. It is difficult to nail down with great precision the amount of white supremacists in the United States, but the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that there are 1,020 active hate groups across the country. Assuming that each organization has more than ten members, simple arithmetic — which now might fall under the category of “fake news” — demonstrates that the threat of white hate dwarfs that of MS-13, the right wing’s favorite and latest comic book monster.

              It is worth remembering that the Ku Klux Klan is the deadliest terrorist network in United States history, and that before the attacks of September 11, 2001, the worst terrorist attack in American history was the Oklahoma City bombing. 168 people died in Oklahoma, all at the hands of Timothy McVeigh, a white supremacist and anti-government extremist.

              The mass shooting in New Zealand, along with the 2011 Norway bombing from another white supremacist, shows that, unlike student debt and medical bankruptcy, white hate is not merely an American enterprise. It is a global movement threatening to continually add to its already high body count, and undermine international cooperation and multicultural democracy.

              Meanwhile, President Trump, and his overwhelmingly white base of support, are attempting to overthrow the separation of powers in United States governance to build a wall along the Southern border. Trump’s current real estate ambition will address a problem that exists nowhere outside the imagination of white paranoia. In 2017, arrests for illegal border crossings hit a 46-year low; the majority of illegal immigrants in the United States have overstayed their visas, not jumped the border; and multiple studies coalesce to prove that immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than natural born citizens.

              If Trump and his supporters were judicious evaluators of evidence, they might demand the deportation of everyone who advocates the white supremacist ideology, at least until we “figure out what the hell is going on,” to use Trump’s erudite justification for his prohibition of Muslim entry in the United States. They might also call for a thorough scrutiny of white applicants for green cards, and maybe they would instruct TSA workers to spend a little extra time questioning and patting down young men with blonde hair and blue eyes.

              Racism eliminates rationality. Mexicans and Muslims will continue to suffer vilification, rather than their more dangerous white counterparts, because they look different, and because millions of white people are preconceived to see them as dangerous, even when they are not.

              The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University defines “implicit bias” as “the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.” “Build that wall!”, more than an insipid, pro-wrestling audience chant, is an admission of implicit bias.

              Implicit bias is one of many reasons why white racism constitutes the gravest threat to peace, security and democracy in the entire world. America has already fought two wars due to white supremacy — the Civil War and World War II. A reasonable observer would expect the entire culture to act with obsessive caution, guarding against the mere hint of white hate’s resurgence.

              The members of the mainstream media, on cue and off their cue cards, continue to miss the story, even as it confronts them with a sheeted face.

              When Senator Sherrod Brown recently called Donald Trump a “racist” on Meet the Press, Chuck Tood, with odd indignation, asked if he could really make that judgment about “what’s in the President’s heart.” As Aristotle taught, virtue is habitual action. A man who habitually does and says racist things is a racist.

              The press also plays into the right’s hands by abusively bandying about the word “socialism” to describe progressive policies of universal health care, tuition free public universities, and higher taxation on the wealthy. As the entirety of Western Europe shows, all of these programs fit into a capitalist framework. And yet, the press is bashful about using the word “fascism” to describe the rightward turn of American politics and the leadership of Donald Trump. Even the softer term “authoritarian” typically comes with the qualifier, “impulse” or “instinct.”

              Albert Camus wrote that “the State is always criminal in its dreams.” Former Presidents have joked about how they would prefer to have dictatorial powers, and there is not much that citizens can do to censor the dreamlife of a leader. Trump is unique in his overt ambition to redefine American political life. Already working the soil to plant seeds of electoral nullification with his talk of “voter fraud” and “illegals voting for Democrats,” Trump has programmed his supporters into hostility toward the essence of American democracy. According to poll results first published in the Washington Post, 52 percent of Trump voters believe that their emperor should have the power to postpone the 2020 election if he believes that voter fraud is a concern.

              Trump also recently told an interviewer that things could get “very, very bad” if his “tough” supporters in the military, police departments, and biker gangs decide to “play it tough.”

              Is that what happened when Brenton Tarrant, who cites Trump as an inspiration, opened fire on a mosque in New Zealand? Christopher Paul Hasson, another Trump supporter and white supremacist, attempted to play it tough with his foiled plot to assassinate the most prominent politicians in the Democratic Party.

              As the country inches toward another presidential election, Trump and the Republicans will attempt to distract the public from genuine dangers with phony warnings about Mexicans, Muslims and socialists.

              It is an old tactic of manipulation. One white nationalist put it this way in the 1990s, “I believe we are turning into a socialist government. The government is continually getting more powerful, and people need to defend themselves against government control.”

              That was Timothy McVeigh explaining why he decided to “play it tough.”


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              Opinion: Trump Is Right. This Is A Witch Hunt!



                  Along with Jim Carey, I tend to view Trump as the “wicked witch of the West Wing.” Evil witches cause chaos, destruction, and general all around misery, and in my mind Trump fits that description.

                  According to fact checkers, he has used the term “witch hunt” to describe the Russia probe and any other investigations he sees as threatening to expose him for what he is, 361 times since the 2016 election. Since he has all the characteristics of a wicked witch, it would seem that he is correct in labeling it that way. After all, he is the first witch that we have actually seen take over the oval office.

                  In the old days, when America was new to the colonies, magic was considered real, and witches who practiced evil magic were prosecuted. In today’s world we have laws against tax cheating, attacking people of color, boosting wealth with foreign money, and paying hush money while using tax payers money to boost one’s personal wealth, among other crimes. Such things are considered bad magic!

                  Dana Milbank takes us through the world of Trump’s witchery in the following essay written for the Washington Post and published yesterday, March 18, 2019.


                  President Trump is right. This is a witch hunt.

                  Monday morning, he used the term for the 261st time as president (according to the Factba.se database), this time tweeting: “50% of Americans AGREE that Robert Mueller’s investigation is a Witch Hunt.”

                  On a weekend of rage directed at late senator John McCain, “Saturday Night Live,” Fox News and many others, Trump rose Sunday morning to denounce Crooked Hillary’s Fake and Unverified Dossier, “the info that got us the Witch Hunt!”

                  Sometimes it’s the “Mueller Witch Hunt,” other times it’s the “Russian Witch Hunt,” occasionally it’s in ALL CAPS and often punctuated: “RIGGED WITCH HUNT!

                  Just because Trump says something, however, doesn’t automatically mean it’s wrong. The treatment of Trump by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and other investigators does have characteristics of a witch hunt. This is because Trump has characteristics of a witch.

                  So says a leading authority on the history of witchcraft, Thomas J. Rushford, history professor at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale. In an anthropological sense, Trump “is really quintessentially a witch figure,” the professor tells me, and if what is happening to Trump is a witch hunt, “it is only in a good sense, that is, this is society policing the boundaries that they believe to be ethically and morally right.”

                  Some explanation is in order.

                  Witch hunts get bad press, probably because of playwright Arthur Miller’s portrayal of the Salem witch trials in his immortal takedown of McCarthyism, “The Crucible.” We tend to think of innocent women burning at the stake because of accusations by devil-possessed girls (or, if not so literary, we might think of a wart-nosed hag stirring a noxious potion with the broomstick she uses to commute). But witch hunts weren’t all bad, and their targets weren’t always innocent.

                  Therefore, to dismiss what is happening to Trump as groundless by calling it a witch hunt is unfair — to witch hunts.

                  In the time of the witch hunts, roughly the 1530s through the 1690s, the existence of magic and witchcraft was as universally accepted as the existence of electricity is today. Though typically illegal, the practice was generally tolerated until something really bad happened — cows got sick, babies died, men went lame. When that happened, authorities (they lacked our modern understanding of illness) cracked down on bad magic.

                  Likewise, today’s laws and norms say that certain behaviors — cheating on your taxes or your spouse, holding racist views, lying to business associates — are bad, even if they are fairly commonplace and often ignored. But when, say, the president smashes social norms in an extreme way — attacking minorities, boosting his wealth with foreign money, paying hush money to a porn actress — the culture no longer tolerates his bad magic.

                  “A witch would be doing a lot of magical things all considered to be wrong,” the witchcraft professor says, but authorities “wouldn’t do anything about it until there was some egregious enough act.” If somebody was “truly a witch figure,” Rushford said, he eventually “crossed a line.” He also noted: “Trump has done the same kinds of things.” Trump’s dubious legal and ethical standards didn’t matter as much when he was in the private sector. But people are alarmed now that he’s using those same dubious standards to run the country.

                  This defense of witch hunts isn’t to excuse the long-ago practice of torture-induced confessions and executions of innocent people — often women or those on the margins. But it’s unfair to say, with the benefit of modern scientific knowledge, that earlier cultures were foolish because even the best-educated among them believed magic controlled the unseen, which led them to regulate witchcraft. “If you take that culture on its own terms, they had every right to punish people who were breaking the law,” Rushford argues. “They were saying, ‘Here is a person we believe to have violated the ethical and moral conventions of our society.’ ”

                  Just as Europeans had laws against witchcraft some 450 years ago, the United States today has laws about cheating on taxes, working for foreign powers, and lying to lenders and civil authorities. Five former Trump advisers have admitted violating these laws, and a sixth has been charged. That’s half a coven.

                  As far as we know, Trump hasn’t turned anybody into a newt yet. But the dubious business dealings he has conducted for years and continues to conduct in the White House are a 21st-century form of bad magic. You can’t plausibly complain about a witch hunt if you’re the guy stirring the cauldron.


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                  Trump And Pompeo’s Deal With The Taliban A "Charade"?


                      Trump And Pompeo’s Deal With

                      The Taliban A "Charade"?

                      Blocks ICC War Crimes Investigation

                      In Hasty Retreat

                      Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada

                      Meet the new Mullah, same as the old Mullah

                      Ray Cunneff


                      It appears from the following article that the Trump regime is so anxious to evacuate U.S. troops from Afghanistan that they are willing to negate sixteen years of American blood and treasure in order to make a bad deal and a quick exit.

                      Reminiscent of the spurious Nixonian "declare victory and retire from the field" in Vietnam, Trump acts upon a series of false premises to rationalize how the Taliban can now be trusted to control al Qaeda, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delegating negotiations to someone widely suspected of having a personal agenda that is not necessarily in America's interests.

                      In a Washington press conference last week, Afghanistan’s national security adviser, Hamdullah Mohib, blasted Zalmay Khalilzad, the chief American diplomat negotiating with the Taliban, of intending to set himself up as "viceroy" of a new caretaker government.

                      The current head of the Taliban, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, is not one of a younger generation of militants but a member of the old guard, a hard-liner elevated to the position within four days of the death in 2016 of Mullah Akhtar ­Mohammad Mansour who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s Baluchistan province.

                      The Taliban's end game is to re-establish an Afghan Islamic caliphate with no intention of sharing power with the "puppet" Afghan government, which appears to make the entire Khalilzad negotiation little more than a "charade".

                      Akhundzada’s selection signaled a continuity for the insurgency, which has exploited the draw-down of U.S.-led forces to strike hard at the Afghan government over the past few years, including a series of lethal bombings in the capital Kabul, and shows no signs of willingness to negotiate in good faith.

                      At the same time, Mike Pompeo has announced that the U.S. will henceforth revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) personnel investigating war crimes by U.S. or allied forces in Afghanistan, claiming it infringes on U.S. sovereignty.

                      Pompeo said, "These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis, without allies' consent".


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                      16-Year-Old Environmental Activist Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize



                          Greta Thunberg, 16 year old Nobel Peach Prize Nominee. Morris MacMatzen/Reuters
                          Why Global Citizens Should Care
                          The United Nations’ Global Goals recognize that climate change threatens the very foundations of human society and young people around the world are taking decisive action to protect the planet. You can join them in taking action on this issue.
                          I was unsure of what category to put this news - happy news - into; it kinda fits science, social justice, even personal stories; but I settled on “other.” The fact that she is doing something that will help to hold off “conflict," outright “wars" and “refugees" as well as increasingly harsh natural disasters is an excellent reason for nominating her for this award.

                          I was just so tickled to see the Nobel Prize Committee Members nominate this young woman for something our supposedly educated Congress isn’t doing; and that the current administration that is supposed to be leading our government FOR the people is currently pretending doesn’t even. exist.

                          I have felt humbled by these young people, all over the world, fighting for what their grand parents, their parents and their governments should have done something about long ago. I am grateful to them. I am gladdened by the nomination for Greta Thunberg. I hope everyone will wake up and join her in her fight.


                          Sixteen-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday for her efforts to raise awareness about climate change in Sweden, HuffPost reports. “We have proposed Greta Thunberg because if we do nothing to halt climate change it will be the cause of wars, conflict and refugees,” Norwegian lawmaker Freddy André Øvstegård reportedly told a Norwegian news outlet. “Greta Thunberg has launched a mass movement which I see as a major contribution to peace.” Thunberg reportedly started her efforts after Sweden had the hottest summer on record. She created the #FridaysForFuture movement, encouraging young people to skip school on Fridays to march for action on environmental problems. She also reportedly spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference late last year and World Economic Forum in January. “Honoured and very grateful for this nomination,” the teen tweeted on Thursday. Greta Thunberg sparked a movement among youth activists, challenging world leaders to take bold action that will help all the world’s nations countries put and end to the climate crisis.


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                          In The Shadow Of Bannon And The Blood That Flows From It


                              As the world still reels from the brutal slaughter in New Zealand the conversation is beginning to come around to the true threat to civilisation.

                              For too long the subterfuge of Islamic terror groups coming to rape white women and turn the entirety of the world into one big medieval misogynistic man club under the guise of a non legitimate version of Islam.....

                              For too long minds have been warped into fearing, loathing and hating upon the very people our own nations and alliances have brutalised, butchered and destroyed millions of lives.

                              From the ensuing crisis the human misery has been borne out in visions of human suffering, infant children being washed up on foreign shores or bloodied broken children in ambulances dazed after having a massive foreign bomb dropped on the house where they sleep.

                              The perceived threat has always been played upon by those who use those perceived threats to terrify the masses. Whilst the vast majority of open minded and intelligent people see this for what it is we have within the west our very own radicalised, racist, hate filled voices all over and they have now made their voices heard.

                              Their intent and their intentions are very clear and those of us who believe in a shared human future are under threat as our political systems are threatened by the infiltration of the darkest of human instinct and that instinct displayed itself.

                              As of now fifty human beings were executed on the basis and narrative of that described above and that number will almost certainly rise in the days to come although if I am wrong then i'll happily be so.

                              The perpetrator in this latest terrorist attack by worldwide white supremacist terrorists only furthers the increasing reality that as the world watched the middle east and Iraq and Syria burn the true terror was quietly hiding in the shadows watching the fear of others grow through media and news and lies about the true nature of the mess the world was in.

                              Never let the fears of others go untapped particularly when those fears are racist or bigoted in nature. Look at your president, look at the rise of leaders in Europe who do just that and tap into the false idea that to be white is to be endangered.

                              The purity and preservation of race and identity and in many instances faith are played upon to dupe and coerce lost minds and the hateful of heart to slaughter on the words and rhetoric of others. Word have consequences.

                              As of this moment the dead are just being laid to rest and the perpetrator who carried out this sick brutal murder is having his life scrutinised forensically. Every aspect and every connection to any and every possible lead that could determine just how his mind was warped to commit his act of evil is being investigated and there will be answers. We now know that during his live stream of the act he was actively encouraged by those watching live to kill more........think about that for a second.

                              During the executions the white supremacist terrorist was encouraged by those white supremacists watching online.

                              Supposed better beings, the master race choir singing along to the barbarism on bloody display.

                              We too know that he visited Europe and the Balkans along with trips to the UK. On his travels to Europe and in particular France it is being suggested that his witnessing the immigration population there tipped the scales and the supposed beginning of his journey that led him to doors of the Mosque and that first victim.

                              It was only a matter of time before an act of sheer hatred would focus the world's eyes on the cancer within many a western society and that cancer is starting to threaten the existence of not only a shared humanity but also humanity itself.

                              The fascists in Europe have been emboldened and riled up by the spectres of hard line right wing leaders whose DNA is corroded with the perception they are better than others when they are not.

                              They are being fed by the likes of Steve Bannon who by no coincidence has been leaving his noxious hatred all over Europe. He has embraced the Far Right and has become their motivational speaker. The man who riles against the machine that he helped create has become a welcomed visitor in places in Europe where the far right have a foothold.

                              It appears that the perpetrator was in many of the same countries that Bannon has visited. Everywhere Bannon goes he poisons the well.


                              A week ago we learned that Bannon’s tour of Europe inspired him to take the lead in organizing a “united” alt-right in Europe. He was surprised to learn that the far-right movements were not sharing skills and expertise. He thinks that the establishment of a non-profit foundation that would coordinate their activities would make an appreciable difference at the next European parliamentary election in May 2019, where Bannon believes a large far-right “super group” could attract as many as a third of the MPs, 236 to be precise.

                              This foundation, called “The Movement,” will be a central source of polling, advice on messaging, data targeting, and think-tank research. In brief, all the dirty tricks of the far right, including fake news factories, would be employed by Bannon’s foundation.

                              What we know about this future foundation comes from The Daily Beast,which had a lengthy interview with Bannon. Initially, The Movement will have only about 10 associates headquartered in Brussels. The staff will include a polling expert, a communications person, an officer manager, and a researcher. If all goes according to plans, the staff will grow to about 25 people.

                              Bannon has not been shy in his purposes for being in Europe and that is to radicalise as many young disenfranchised white angry men as possible to undo the alliances of old borne out of WWII. Instead Bannon under his false narrative of a democratic populist uprising within European elections to bring about an end to a unified Europe and regressing nations back to their insular paranoid selves fearful of once neighbours and friends.

                              Divide and conquer is an all too familiar path played out in history and in particular the history of America's mother continent.

                              We know this too well and if Bannon and his ilk are under the impression they are still flying under the radar of reality they are sorely mistaken.

                              I am of the strong belief that the perpetrator of the massacre in New Zealand will at some stage have been to a Bannon event already held in Europe. The ideas on culture are that of Bannon and those he courts in Europe from his HQ in Brussels.

                              His actions in the upcoming elections will be under even more scrutiny after what happened in New Zealand because the focus is now firmly on those who embrace the hatred of race and culture. Right now they are being watched and every keystroke and communication will be in the attention of authorities.

                              Bannon won't escape the scrutiny he truly warrants as he tries to destroy democracies around the world. Nor will the connections of the hateful words and rhetoric he spews be ignored.

                              Words have consequences and we are witnessing the shadow of Bannon and the blood that flows beyond it.

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                              It’s Time To Attack White Nationalism For The Terror Group It Is


                                  Now Is The Time For A Global War On White Nationalist Terrorism

                                  Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/Getty



                                  Terrorists are quite literally the enemy within our country, and within other developed nations as well. Strong hate groups that have clingers on of supporters and enablers are embedded in our societies. Trump is one of them, who has become bolder in his pronouncements that literally manipulate and motivate terrorists.

                                  Trump's obsession with having a wall to keep all Muslims out, his rejection of our Constitution and our Congress in order to hold onto and expand is power, and his veiled threats of violence are supporting terrorists all over the world.

                                  If we are going to get serious about hindering terrorism, we have to look at how we will be at war against Trump and those in his administration who have ignored or supported his reinforcement of those who commit vile and deadly acts of terror.

                                  The opinion offered by Christopher Dickey in the ‘Daily Beast’ provides a view of how and why the time is now for a global a war on terror. This is a long one, but I believe it fleshes out what we have been learning since the arrival of Trump and his MAGA hatted groupies.


                                  The special pleading around the question of whether to call terrorism by radical Muslims “radical Islamic terrorism” clouded a critical issue. The fight against extremism must start with ideas, and with language that is clear and unequivocal. Which is why we should be perfectly blunt about what Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old monster of Christchurch, claimed to represent, and did and does represent, which is white nationalist terrorism.

                                  Tarrant may have been a lone shooter when he slaughtered 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, but he was not a “lone wolf.” He was part of a much wider movement that is every bit as extensive as Al Qaeda was when it attacked the United States in 2001, and potentially much more dangerous to the future of Western democracies.

                                  Now, before it grows any stronger, should be the time to move against it with the same kind of concerted international focus of attention and resources that were trained on Osama bin Laden. Now is the time for a global war on white nationalist terrorism.

                                  But that’s not likely to happen. As The Daily Beast reported on Friday, fewer than one in five FBI cases target white supremacists.

                                  Nobody can claim, as the George W. Bush administration did, that “we’re going to fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them here,” because they are already “here” with a vengeance, steadily increasing their power and presence in Western democracies.

                                  Networks of white nationalist apologists, sympathizers, supporters and facilitators—vital to any terrorist movement—are deeply embedded in the political and social fabric. They are literally the enemy within. As an apologist, it should be said, President Donald Trump is in a class by himself. Trump is “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” as Tarrant wrote in his manifesto.

                                  The obsession with the border wall, the attempts to ban all Muslims—such measures are trending in Tarrant’s direction because Trump’s base buys into them. And when it comes to feeding the basic instincts of the base in order to hold on to power, it is not at all clear how far Trump will go.

                                  One of the most chilling moments in the congressional testimony last month of Trump’s consigliere, the infamous Michael Cohen, came when he said, “I fear that if he loses the election in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power.”

                                  I have been told by a very senior former U.S. intelligence official that he is concerned if Trump is impeached and removed, the result could be violence tearing the country apart. And Trump himself likes to feint in that direction, as he did in his Breitbart interview last week.

                                  In a weird aside, in the middle of an otherwise soporific dialogue about former House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump declared, “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump—I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough—until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

                                  That was widely interpreted as a veiled threat of violence because, clearly, it was one.

                                  So, if we are going to think seriously about a global war on white nationalist terrorism, we have to admit that the American president is an enormous obstacle.

                                  But let’s say he has a radical change of heart or is defeated in 2020 and the American government decides that the time has come to remove those elements from the military and the police that Trump is talking about, those who support his thinly disguised racist agenda—because, let’s be clear, there are many of them, even if they are not in command.

                                  Could that be done? Putting aside the treatment of the Japanese during World War II, among white people there are only a couple of precedents for such a purge in U.S. history: the removal of military officers, diplomats and other officials with real or suspected Confederate sympathies during the American Civil War (many of whom left of their own accord), and the ugly campaign against alleged communists in the McCarthy era of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

                                  Provocateurs like Tarrant are hoping for draconian measures, looking to provoke a conflagration. “Civil war in the so called ‘melting pot’ that is the United States should be a major aim in overthrowing the global power structure and the Wests’egalitarian, individualist, globalist dominant culture,” Tarrant’s manifesto tells us. He’s hoping “the conflict over the 2nd amendment” will lead to that fratricidal fight and “eventually balkanize the U.S. along political, cultural and, most importantly, racial lines.”

                                  When Tarrant writes in all caps “THE MYTH OF THE MELTING POT MUST END, AND WITH IT THE MYTH OF THE EGALITARIAN NATION” he is not coming up with his own lunatic theory, but parroting ones that have been disseminated for years by American racists, and developed into an ideology in Europe as resonant of terror today as Mein Kampf was in the 1920s.

                                  Vladimir Putin and his ideologues are apostles of ethnic and linguistic nationalism, and promote it both overtly and covertly in Western European countries to disrupt and divide their democracies.

                                  Parties running on anti-brown-or-black-immigrant platforms are now significant players in the politics of Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Italy. We know that Tarrant recently traveled to Spain, Bulgaria and other countries where there are active ultra-right movements. In Hungary, where the government of Viktor Orban is rabidly anti-immigrant and obviously anti-Semitic, the New Zealand shooter probably felt right at home.

                                  But the key to Tarrant’s thinking and to his connections is in the title of his manifesto, “The Great Replacement,” drawn directly from the work of far-right French author Renaud Camus, who has written that the fecund peoples of Africa and the Muslim world will overwhelm and replace European populations.

                                  As the daily Le Monde pointed out, the fantasy of this sinister replacement plot originally was based on the notion that the Jews were out to diminish or subjugate the white population of Europe—a notion that endured in right-wing circles even after World War II and the revelations of the Holocaust. And it is still a common trope among Americans on the far right. When neo-Nazis marched in Charlottesville in 2017, they were vowing that they would not be replaced by Jews.

                                  But here in Europe in the 21st century, where many countries treat expressed anti-Semitism as a crime, Renaud Camus put a new spin on that replacement fable following Sept. 11, 2001, by claiming Muslims were colonizing Europe.

                                  On Friday, Camus denied any incitement to terrorism in his own particular way. “The colonized,” he wrote, meaning the embattled white Europeans, “ought not to imitate the methods of the colonizer,” meaning the immigrants to Europe, by adopting terror tactics. “That is to become like him already and give in to colonization.”

                                  It might be possible to silence such voices of hate. Many European governments have tried. But would that be enough to stop the spread of white nationalist terrorism?

                                  Almost certainly not.


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