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3:40 AM 4/17/2019 – Yes, investigate the investigators!

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Attorney General William Barr dared to use the “s-word.” He said in congressional testimony that the Trump campaign had been spied on by the U.S. governme.

Behind the Obama administration’s shady plan to spy on the Trump campaign

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In Senate testimony last week, Attorney General William Barr used the word “spying” to refer to the Obama administration, um, spying on the Trump campaign. Of course, fainting spells ensued, with the media-Democrat complex in meltdown. Former FBI Director Jim Comey tut-tutted that he was confused by Barr’s comments, since the FBI’s “surveillance” had been authorized by a court.
(Needless to say, the former director neglected to mention that the court was not informed that the bureau’s “evidence” for the warrants was unverified hearsay paid for by the Clinton campaign.)
The pearl-clutching was predictable. Less than a year ago, we learned the Obama administration had used a confidential informant — a spy — to approach at least three Trump campaign officials in the months leading up to the 2016 election, straining to find proof that the campaign was complicit in the Kremlin’s hacking of Democratic emails.
As night follows day, we were treated to the same Beltway hysteria we got this week: Silly semantic carping over the word “spying” — which, regardless of whether a judge authorizes it, is merely the covert gathering of intelligence about a suspected wrongdoer, organization or foreign power.
There is no doubt that the Obama administration spied on the Trump campaign. As Barr made clear, the real question is: What predicated the spying? Was there a valid reason for it, strong enough to overcome our norm against political spying? Or was it done rashly? Was a politically motivated decision made to use highly intrusive investigative tactics when a more measured response would have sufficed, such as a “defensive briefing” that would have warned the Trump campaign of possible Russian infiltration?
Last year, when the “spy” games got underway, James Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence, conceded that, yes, the FBI did run an informant — “spy” is such an icky word — at Trump campaign officials; but, we were told, this was merely to investigate Russia. Cross Clapper’s heart, it had nothing to do with the Trump campaign. No, no, no. Indeed, the Obama administration only used an informant because — bet you didn’t know this — doing so is the most benign, least intrusive mode of conducting an investigation.
Me? I’m thinking the tens of thousands of convicts serving lengthy sentences due to the penetration of their schemes by informants would beg to differ. (Gee, Mr. Gambino, I assure you, this was just for you own good . . .) And imagine the Democrats’ response if, say, the Bush administration had run a covert intelligence operative against Obama 2008 campaign officials, including the campaign’s co-chairman. Surely David Axelrod, Chuck Schumer, The New York Times and Rachel Maddow would chirp that “all is forgiven” once they heard Republicans punctiliously parse the nuances between “spying” and “surveillance”; between “spies” and “informants”; and between investigating campaign officials versus investigating the campaign proper — and the candidate.
The “spying” question arose last spring, when we learned that Stefan Halper, a longtime source for the CIA and British intelligence, had been tasked during the FBI’s Russia investigation to chat up three Trump campaign advisers: Carter Page, George Papadopoulos and Sam Clovis. This was in addition to earlier revelations that the Obama Justice Department and FBI had obtained warrants to eavesdrop on Page’s communications, beginning about three weeks before the 2016 election.
The fact that spying had occurred was too clear for credible denial. The retort, then, was misdirection: There had been no spying on Donald Trump or his campaign; just on a few potential bad actors in the campaign’s orbit.
It was nonsense then, and it is nonsense now.
The pols making these claims about what the FBI was doing might have been well served by listening to what the FBI said it was doing.
There was, for example, then-Director Comey’s breathtaking public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on March 20, 2017. Comey did not just confirm the existence of a counterintelligence probe of Russian espionage to influence the 2016 election — notwithstanding that the government customarily refuses to confirm the existence of any investigation, let alone a classified counterintelligence investigation. The director further identified the Trump campaign as a subject of the probe, even though, to avoid smearing people, the Justice Department never identifies uncharged persons or organizations that are under investigation. As Comey put it:
“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts . . .”
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      The FBI was spying, and it was doing so in an investigation of the Trump campaign. That is why, for over two years, Washington has been entranced by the specter of “Trump collusion with Russia” — not Page or Papadopoulos collusion with Russia. Comey went to extraordinary lengths to tell the world that the FBI was not merely zeroing in on individuals of varying ranks in the campaign; the main question was whether the Trump campaign itself — the entity — had “coordinated” in Russia’s espionage operation.
      In the months prior to the election, as its Trump-Russia investigation ensued, some of the overtly political, rabidly anti-Trump FBI agents running the probe discussed among themselves the prospect of stopping Trump, or of using the investigation as an “insurance policy” in the highly unlikely event that Trump won the election. After Trump’s stunning victory, the Obama administration had a dilemma: How could the investigation be maintained if Trump were told about it? After all, as president, he would have the power to shut it down.
      On Jan. 6, 2017, Comey, Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan and National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers visited President-elect Trump in New York to brief him on the Russia investigation.
      Just one day earlier, at the White House, Comey and then–Acting Attorney General Sally Yates had met with the political leadership of the Obama administration — President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and national security adviser Susan Rice — to discuss withholding information about the Russia investigation from the incoming Trump administration.
      Rice put this sleight-of-hand a bit more delicately in the memo about the Oval Office meeting (written two weeks after the fact, as Rice was leaving her office minutes after Trump’s inauguration):
      “President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia. [Emphasis added.]”
      It is easy to understand why Obama officials needed to discuss withholding information from Trump. They knew that the Trump campaign — not just some individuals tangentially connected to the campaign — was the subject of an ongoing FBI counterintelligence probe. An informant had been run at campaign officials. The FISA surveillance of Page was underway — in fact, right before Trump’s inauguration, the Obama administration obtained a new court warrant for 90 more days of spying.
      In each Page surveillance warrant application, after describing Russia’s espionage operations, the Justice Department told the court, “The FBI believes that the Russian Government’s efforts are being coordinated with Candidate #1’s campaign[.]” Candidate #1 was Donald Trump — now, the president-elect.
      The fact that the Trump campaign was under investigation for collaborating with Russia was not just withheld from the incoming president; it had been withheld from the congressional “Gang of Eight.”
      In his March 2017 House testimony, answering questions by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), then-director Comey acknowledged that congressional leadership was not told about the Trump-Russia probe during quarterly briefings from July 2016 through early March 2017, because “it was a matter of such sensitivity.” Let’s put aside that the need to alert Congress to sensitive matters is exactly why there is a Gang of Eight (comprised of bipartisan leaders of both chambers and their intelligence committees).
      Manifestly, the matter was deemed too “sensitive” for disclosure because that would have involved telling Republican congressional leadership that the incumbent Democratic administration was using foreign counterintelligence powers to investigate the Republican presidential campaign, and the party’s nominee, as suspected clandestine agents of the Kremlin.
      How to keep the investigation going when Trump took office? The plan called for Comey to put the new president at ease by telling him he was not a suspect. This would not have been a credible assurance if Comey had informed Trump that (a) his campaign had been under investigation for months, and (b) the FBI had told a federal court it suspected Trump campaign officials were complicit in Russia’s cyber-espionage operation.
      So, consistent with President Obama’s instructions at the Jan. 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting, information about the investigation would be withheld from the president-elect. The next day, the intelligence chiefs would tell Trump only about Russia’s espionage, not about the Trump campaign’s suspected “coordination” with the Kremlin. Then, Comey would apprise Trump about only a sliver of the Steele dossier — just the lurid story about peeing prostitutes, not the dossier’s principal allegations of a traitorous Trump-Russia conspiracy.
      This strategy did not sit well with everyone at the FBI. Shortly before meeting with Trump on Jan. 6, Comey consulted his top advisers about the plan to tell Trump he was not a suspect. In later Senate testimony, Comey admitted that there was an objection from one FBI official:
      “One of the members of the leadership team had a view that, although it was technically true [that] we did not have a counterintelligence file case open on then-President-elect Trump[,] . . . because we’re looking at the potential . . . coordination between the campaign and Russia, because it was . . . President-elect Trump’s campaign, this person’s view was, inevitably, [Trump’s] behavior, [Trump’s] conduct will fall within the scope of that work.”
      Note that Comey did not refer to “potential coordination” between, say, Carter Page or Paul Manafort and Russia. The director was unambiguous: The FBI was investigating “potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
      Perspicaciously, Comey’s unidentified adviser connected the dots: (a) because the FBI’s investigation focused on the campaign, and (b) since the campaign was Trump’s campaign, it was necessarily true that (c) Trump’s own conduct was under FBI scrutiny.
      Then-director Comey’s reliance on the trivial administrative fact that the FBI had not written Trump’s name on the investigative file did not change the reality that Trump, manifestly, was the main subject of the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation.
      Remember last year’s hullabaloo over special counsel Robert Mueller’s demand to interview the president? What need would there have been to conduct such an interview if Trump were not a subject of the investigation? Why would Trump’s political opponents have spent the last two years demanding that Mueller be permitted to complete his probe of collusion and obstruction if it were not understood that the investigation — including the spying, or, if you prefer, the electronic surveillance, the informant sorties, and the information gathered by national-security letter demands — was centrally about Donald Trump?
      That brings us to a final point. Congressional investigations have established that the Obama Justice Department and the FBI used the Steele dossier to obtain FISA court warrants against Page.
      The dossier, a Clinton campaign opposition research project (again, a fact withheld from the FISA court), was essential to the required probable-cause showing; the FBI’s former deputy director, Andrew McCabe, testified that without the dossier there would have been no warrant.
      So . . . what did the dossier say? The lion’s share of it alleged that the Trump campaign was conspiring with the Kremlin to corrupt the election, including by hacking and publicizing Democratic Party e-mails. This allegation was based on unidentified Russian sources whom the FBI could not corroborate; then-director Comey told Senate leaders that the FBI used the information because the bureau judged former British spy Christopher Steele to be credible, even though (a) Steele did not make any of the observations the court was being asked to rely on, and (b) Steele had misled the FBI about his contacts with the media — with whom Steele and his Clinton campaign allies were sharing the same information he was giving the bureau.
      It is a major investigative step to seek surveillance warrants from the FISA court. Unlike using an informant (a human spy), for which no court authorization is necessary, applications for FISA surveillance require approvals at the highest levels of the Justice Department and the FBI. After going through that elaborate process, the Obama Justice Department and the FBI presented to the court the dossier’s allegations that the Trump campaign was coordinating with Russia to undermine the 2016 election.
      To be sure, no sensible person argues that the government should refrain from investigating if, based on compelling evidence, the FBI suspects individuals — even campaign officials, even a party’s nominee — of acting as clandestine agents of a hostile foreign power. The question is: What should trigger such an investigation in a democratic republic whose norms strongly discourage an incumbent administration’s use of the government’s spying powers against political opponents?
      The Obama administration decided that this norm did not apply to the Trump campaign. If all the Obama administration had been trying to do was check out a few bad apples with suspicious Russia ties, the FBI could easily have alerted any of a number of Trump campaign officials with solid national-security credentials — Rudy Giuliani, Jeff Sessions, Chris Christie. The agents could have asked for the campaign’s help. Instead, Obama officials made the Trump campaign the subject of a counterintelligence investigation.
      That only makes sense if the Obama administration’s premise was that Donald Trump himself was a Russian agent.
      Andrew C. McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor, is a contributing editor of National Review.
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      Attorney General William Barr dared to use the “s-word.” He said in congressional testimony that the Trump campaign had been spied on by the U.S. governme.

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      President Trump is taking up a common refrain of his allies who are critical of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-focused probe: Investigate the investigators.
      Trump on Monday morning added extra emphasis to the refrain, tweeting about Mueller, 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and others, “Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS! 
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      The symbol of “The end of the Western Civilisation” or the intention to create such a symbol? – M.N. – 1:02 AM 4/17/2019 | “I do support Mr. Barr’s intent to investigate the FBI and the other related agencies. And needless to say, it has to be bipartisan, non-political, absolutely objective, and in depth.” – M.N.

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      I do support Mr. Barr’s intent to investigate the FBI and the other related agencies. And needless to say, it has to be bipartisan, non-political, absolutely objective, and in depth. Posted by MichaelNovakhov on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019…
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      President Trump is taking up a common refrain of his allies who are critical of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-focused probe: Investigate the investigators.
      Trump on Monday morning added extra emphasis to the refrain, tweeting about Mueller, 2016 Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and others, “Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS! 
      The investigate-the-investigators mantra follows a series of official actions in that direction recently.
      During testimony last week before a House committee, Attorney General William Barr said he is putting together a team to examine the Department of Justice’s original probe in 2016 about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia elements — including whether the DOJ, then under Obama administration control, improperly pried into Trump campaign matters.
      “I want to make sure there was no unauthorized surveillance,” Barr told lawmakers. “The question is whether it was adequately predicated. And I’m not suggesting it was not adequately predicated. But I need to explore that,” Barr said.
      Barr’s use of the term “spying” drew outrage from many Democrats.
      Trump’s comments come amidst an independent investigation into possible FISA abuse and other Justice Department actions by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz. When it was launched in March 2018, DOJ’s inspector general said it would “examine the Justice Department’s and the FBI’s compliance with legal requirements, and with applicable DOJ and FBI policies and procedures, in applications filed with the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.” Barr said the investigation will conclude by May or June.
      And U.S. attorney John Huber was also tasked by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March 2018 with looking into the actions by the DOJ and FBI as well. The progress that Huber’s office has made, if any, is not known.
      Meanwhile, Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has also been putting together a series of referrals of Justice Department and FBI officials for months. Nunes is trying to meet privately with Barr about the referrals.
      And in recent weeks, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., has released transcripts of the private interviews of former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, his wife and former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, former top FBI official Bill Priestap, and former FBI general counsel James Baker. Collins and fellow House Republicans suggest institutional plotting against the Trump campaign at the highest levels of federal law enforcement.
      Republicans have criticized the way the DOJ and FBI conducted themselves during the Trump-Russia investigation, pointing to, among other the things, the use of the unverified so-called Trump Dossier by the FBI to obtain FISA warrants to spy on onetime Trump campaign official Carter Page. That dossier, compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele during his time working for Fusion GPS, was funded in part by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the Perkins Coie law firm. The dossier was given to more than a dozen members of the media and found its way into the DOJ and FBI through various individuals.
      Democrats have countered that the FBI acted appropriately in obtaining the authority to surveil Trump campaign associates over concerns about Russian influence. In its rebuttal to the House Intelligence GOP memo, Democrats said the DOJ and FBI “met the rigor, transparency, and evidentiary basis needed to meet FISA’s probable cause requirement.”
      Mueller’s report — with Barr’s redactions — is expected this week. Congressional Democrats want the entire unredacted, 400-page document. A court fight may be looming over access to all the materials.
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      Michael Novakhov on Twitter – 8:14 AM 4/16/2019

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      MichaelNovakhov on Twitter: ziz iz my main twitterrupor.
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      MichaelNovakhov on Twitter: After I posted this tirade, the stupid FBI panicked and blocked my websites. Thank you, the Great American Democracy and the Great American Freedom of Speech! Thank you Obama, and the rest of you!
      MichaelNovakhov on Twitter: FBI is a very sick, Mafia and Nazi style type of the organisation staffed with shrewd but brainless and soulless psychopaths. It has to be studied and researched in depth. Their sick, unlawful, low, cynical, gypsy mentality type “secrets” and … fbinewsreview.blogspot.com/2019/04/fbi-is…
      MichaelNovakhov on Twitter: The FBI News Review: FBI is a very sick, Mafia and Nazi style type of t… fbinewsreview.blogspot.com/2019/04/fbi-is…
      MichaelNovakhov on Twitter: Now, ziz will be my main branch to sit on. Listen up, birdies!
      MichaelNovakhov on Twitter: RT @Metro_PR: Descartan incendio en catedral de Notre Dame haya sido provocado bit.ly/2Df6plo pic.twitter.com/0OXDnxeHbm
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      FBI is a very sick, Mafia and Nazi style type of the organisation staffed with shrewd but brainless and soulless psychopaths. It has to be studied and researched in depth. Their sick, unlawful, low, cynical, gypsy mentality type “secrets” and “mysteries” have to be exposed and revealed… FBI is the major threat to the sanity and the mental health of the American people. And you better investigate all of the above!

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      FBI NEWS REVIEW – By Michael Novakhov

      FBI is a very sick, Mafia and Nazi style type of the organisation staffed with shrewd but brainless and soulless psychopaths. It has to be studied and researched in depth. Their sick, unlawful, low, cynical, gypsy mentality type “secrets” and “mysteries” have to be exposed and revealed. This stupid, brainless, ever hungry, dysfunctional, ugly Beast feeds on America and her people. They are worse than KGB and Gestapo, and they are stupider too.
      Their “hair analysts” gave the wrong testimonies and sent the innocent people to prison simply because they wanted to “make it”, to serve and to move up the ladder. Read about it, including my blogs and sites.
      They have to be destroyed, abolished, and those who deserve it should be prosecuted themselves. I could not and still cannot believe that all this, including their infamous COINTELPRO “operations” were happening in America!
      And in addition to all that, they are simply incompetent and are not able to carry out their duties properly. I think that the FBI is the major threat to the sanity and the mental health of the American people. The FBI “COINTELPRO specialists” literally and deliberately drive you crazy, and those very talanted artistic nincompoops sincerely believe, in accordance with their limited intellectual capacities, that this is exactly their job to do.
      They became the inspiring model for the many monstrous “secret security services” around the world, and lately for the Israeli private spying firms who developed and expanded ad criminal absurdum the COINTELPRO tactics and techniques. Read about those firms activities and interference in 2016 Elections.

      And you better investigate all of the above! Michael Novakhov – 4:51 AM 4/16/2019

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      3:12 PM 4/15/2019 – Mueller’s Trump-Russia report to be released on Thursday The Guardian: William Barr will release a redacted version of the near 400-page report to Congress and the public, spokeswoman said. “trump putin” – Google News

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      3:12 PM 4/15/2019 – Mueller’s Trump-Russia report to be released on Thursday  The Guardian: William Barr will release a redacted version of the near 400-page report to Congress and the public, spokeswoman said.

       “trump putin” – Google News

      Mueller Report News Review – The Trump Investigations Report – Review Of News And Opinions
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      “Mueller Report” – Google News 
      “Mueller Report” – Google News 
      Mueller report to be released on Thursday – POLITICO
      Mon, 15 Apr 2019 15:55:00 GMT

      1. Mueller report to be released on Thursday  POLITICO
      2. Mueller Report Will Be Released Thursday, Justice Dept. Says  The New York Times
      3. Mueller report expected to be released Thursday morning  CNBC
      4. AG William Barr to release Mueller report on Trump, Russia Thursday  USA TODAY
      5. William Barr To Play Key Role in Mueller Report Aftermath  NPR
      6. View full coverage on Google News
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      Trump and Trumpism – 3:21 PM 4/15/2019

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      Trump and Trumpism  – 3:21 PM 4/15/2019
      Trump and Trumpism from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites)
      “Trump” – Google News: Mueller report to be released on Thursday, DoJ announces – live – The Guardian
      “Trump” – Google News: Trump jumps on Cher’s sanctuary city tweet but ignores his record on poverty – CNN
      “Trump” – Google News: Trump tweets he would ‘FIX’ and ‘REBRAND’ Boeing’s 737 Max – The Washington Post
      “Trump and Trumpism” – Google News: De Niro Polarises Social Media by Thrashing Republicans for ‘Muting’ Bob Mueller – Sputnik International
      “Trump” – Google News: Mueller’s report on Russia and Trump to be made public Thursday – NBCNews.com
      “Trump and Trumpism” – Google News: From Zakaria and Clinton: smart takes on nationalism and asylum – MinnPost
      “trumpism” – Google News: From Zakaria and Clinton: smart takes on nationalism and asylum – MinnPost
      “Trump” – Google News: Trump attorneys warn accounting firm not to hand over financial records – POLITICO
      “Trump” – Google News: Trump tweet to Boeing: “REBRAND” the 737 Max jets – Vox.com
      “Trump” – Google News: Tiger Woods’ triumph may help clean off the stain of Trump’s golf addiction – The Guardian
      “Trump and Trumpism” – Google News: The Eternal Sunshine of Mayor Pete – Rolling Stone
      “trumpism” – Google News: The Eternal Sunshine of Mayor Pete – Rolling Stone
      “Trump” – Google News: Trump campaign said it raised $30 million last quarter, the largest haul since his election – The Washington Post
      “Trump” – Google News: 4 ways Trump’s tax cuts changed the American economy – CNN
      “Trump” – Google News: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez really thinks there’s still a way to impeach Trump – New York Post
      “Trump” – Google News: Trump’s Fed Attacks Cast a Chill at Global Finance Gathering – The Wall Street Journal
      “Trump” – Google News: Goldman Sachs says Trump has a ‘narrow advantage’ in 2020 election – CNBC
      “Trump” – Google News: Trump’s Justice Department Now Says the Emoluments Clause Doesn’t Apply to His Hotels – Esquire.com
      “Trump” – Google News: Trump’s advice to Boeing following fatal crashes: ‘REBRAND’ after fixing 737 Max – CNN
      “Trump” – Google News: Trump maintains ‘no collusion, no obstruction,’ says it’s time to ‘investigate the investigators’ in Russia… – Fox News
      “Trump” – Google News: Avlon breaks down Trump’s ‘bait and switch’ moments – CNN
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      2:39 PM 4/15/2019 – Facebook has to be broken up, just like AT&T was, they became the dangerous social media and communications (!!! – that’s what is important) monopoly. Replace it with the non for profit business model, make it better, truly social, and maybe even “socialist”, it would fit it to the T

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      Mi zinkz zat Booty-booty (my cuti), Bernie, und Harris would make a good menage, if they could only manage, und it lookz like zey will.

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      Mi zinkz zat Booty-booty (my cuti), Bernie, und Harris would make a good menage, if they could only manage, und it lookz like zey will.

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      5:29 AM 4/15/2019 – Bernie Sanders introduces his new ‘Medicare for all’ plan, and other stories

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      5:29 AM 4/15/2019 – Bernie Sanders introduces his new ‘Medicare for all’ plan, and other stories 

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      FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Democratic Rep. Swalwell announces 2020 presidential bid
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      Russia warning: Kremlin threatens to END American power – ‘Time for the US to step aside’
      Putin and Kim Jong Un to hold FIRST EVER summit as North Korea and Russia meet in China – Express.co.uk
      Democrats and the Mueller report – Las Vegas Review-Journal
      Where the investigations related to President Trump stand – Washington Post
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      Hints, but no proof of crime, in Mueller’s hunt for a Trump-Russia conspiracy

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      NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As recently as February, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team dropped hints that the inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election might unearth evidence of active cooperation between Moscow and President Donald Trump’s campaign.
      FILE PHOTO: Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs after briefing members of the U.S. Senate on his investigation into potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/File Photo
      That turned out not to be the case, according to Attorney General William Barr, who has said he hopes to release Mueller’s nearly 400 page report this week. Barr told U.S. lawmakers on March 24 that the special counsel investigation “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.”
      To be sure, the investigation documented numerous contacts between Trump campaign figures and Russia, a willingness on the part of the campaign to accept help from Moscow, and no indication that the campaign told the Kremlin to keep out of an American presidential race.
      No criminal conspiracy was documented, according to Barr. But court statements by members of Mueller’s team and evidence disclosed in various prosecutions by the special counsel had suggested on several occasions during the 22-month investigation that they were investigating a possible conspiracy.
      Frank Montoya, a former senior FBI official with extensive experience in counterintelligence investigations, said the words “did not establish” are commonly used in national security cases as language merely ruling out a chargeable offense.
      “It doesn’t mean a subject is innocent. It means investigators didn’t find enough evidence to charge a crime,” Montoya said.
      A recent indication that the special counsel was investigating a Trump-Russia conspiracy came on Feb. 4 during a closed-door court hearing in Washington. Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said Mueller was still investigating interactions between former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his Russian business partner Konstantin Kilimnik as critical to the inquiry.
      “This goes to the larger view of what we think is going on, and what we think the motive here is,” Weissmann said, according to a transcript released days later. “This goes, I think, very much to the heart of what the Special Counsel’s Office is investigating.”
      Mueller’s team said Manafort shared political polling data from the campaign with Kilimnik, who the special counsel has said had ties to Russian intelligence. The two also discussed proposals for a Ukrainian client to solve the Crimea conflict in a Kremlin-friendly way, Mueller said.
      Three weeks after Weissmann made his comments, Mueller’s office backtracked. It said in a court filing it needed to correct its assertions about Manafort’s interactions with Kilimnik. Partially redacted court filings indicated the correction may relate to the polling data.
      When Mueller’s report is released – with parts blacked out by Barr to protect certain sensitive information – it is unclear how harsh a light it will shine on the contacts between Trump campaign figures and Russians. Those making contacts included the president’s son Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and campaign figures Manafort, Jeff Sessions, Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos.
      Mueller and U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded Russia employed hacking and propaganda to sow division in the United States, harm Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and boost Trump’s candidacy. Moscow has denied election interference.
      A key event in the question of conspiracy was a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York in which Manafort, Kushner and Trump Jr. met with Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had offered damaging information about Clinton. After being promised “dirt” on Clinton, Trump Jr. wrote in an email, “I love it.”
      Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., declined to comment.
      Mueller charged 34 people and three Russian entities. He convicted or secured guilty pleas from Trump aides including Manafort, Flynn, Cohen and Papadopoulos, and charged Russian intelligence officers and a Russian “troll farm.”
      Another avenue related to potential conspiracy was Mueller’s pursuit of longtime Trump political adviser Roger Stone, who had suggested he had a relationship with the WikiLeaks website and advance knowledge of its release of Democratic emails the special counsel said were stolen by Russians to hurt Clinton.
      But when Mueller indicted Stone in January, the seven criminal counts did not refer to conspiring with Russians and there was no allegation of close ties to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who separately was charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion related to a 2010 hack of U.S. government computers.
      Mueller questioned more than a half dozen Stone associates to establish if he had acted as a go-between for the campaign with WikiLeaks. Two Stone associates who spoke to Reuters said Stone had struggled to make contact with Assange rather than having an inside track.
      Randy Credico, a New York comedian associated with Stone who appeared before Mueller’s grand jury, is a case in point. Text messages between Stone and Credico seen by Reuters show Stone sought to use the comedian as an intermediary with Assange and urged Credico to feed WikiLeaks anti-Clinton research. Credico told Reuters he never made good on the request.
      Stone, who has been ordered by a judge not to talk about the case, is declining comment on the investigation.
      Mueller’s investigation was aided by witnesses including Flynn, the former national security adviser who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying about his communications with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak in 2016, and Samuel Patten, a political consultant and former Kilimnik business partner sentenced to probation on Friday after prosecutors credited him for assisting Mueller and other probes.
      It is unclear to what extent Mueller’s inability to secure cooperation from others impeded him.
      A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.
      A judge found that Manafort, after agreeing to cooperate, repeatedly lied to prosecutors about interactions with Kilimnik and other matters, breaching a plea deal. Kilimnik, charged along with Manafort with conspiring to tamper with witnesses, was believed to be in Russia, out of reach.
      There also are witnesses like Papadopoulos, the first former Trump aide charged by Mueller who initially cooperated but became increasingly critical of the special counsel, especially after completing a two-week prison term in December.
      Reporting by Nathan Layne and Mark Hosenball; Editing by Will Dunham and Daniel Wallis
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      Puerto Rico News: 3:37 AM 4/15/2019 – How Mueller’s hunt for a Russia-Trump conspiracy came up short – Reuters | Ricardo Rossello: “Helpful to have another presidential candidate raising awareness of #PuertoRico’s lack of political representation. Thank you, @PeteButtigieg! We need to end 2nd class citizenship immediately and respect the will of the people who have twice voted for #equality through #statehood”

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      3:37 AM 4/15/2019 – How Mueller’s hunt for a Russia-Trump conspiracy came up short – Reuters | Ricardo Rossello: “Helpful to have another presidential candidate raising awareness of #PuertoRico’s lack of political representation. Thank you, @PeteButtigieg! We need to end 2nd class citizenship immediately and respect the will of the people who have twice voted for #equality through #statehood”

      Ricardo Rossello: 

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      How Mueller’s hunt for a Russia-Trump conspiracy came up short – Reuters

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      How Mueller’s hunt for a Russia-Trump conspiracy came up short  Reuters

      As recently as February, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team dropped hints that the inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election might unearth …

      Mayor Pete Is the Democrats’ Folksy Heartland Hope. Really!

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      Pete Buttigieg (pronounced BOOT-edge-edge). Photo: Bobby Doherty for New York Magazine
      By the time Pete Buttigieg arrived at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire, on the night of April 5, the space was at capacity and the crowd had swelled to fill half the parking lot. It was drizzling, but word quickly spread that Buttigieg would speak before heading inside, so those denied admission stayed put, preparing to lift up their phones to document this moment in the twilight, when the suddenly famous mayor of a small city in a state they’d probably only ever visit by accident or under force would make the case for his campaign to be the savior who delivers America from President Donald Trump.
      The mayor of South Bend, Indiana (pop. 102,245), for the past eight years and a candidate in the 2020 Democratic primary (pop. 18 and expanding) since January, Buttigieg is in the middle of what the mainstream media likes to call “a moment,” that dreamy season between obscurity and overexposure when all anyone asks is “Who is Pete Buttigieg?” or “How do you pronounce Buttigieg?” or “Should I care about Pete Buttigieg?” Which is mostly a way of asking, “Is this for real?”
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      How Mueller’s hunt for a Russia-Trump conspiracy came up short – Reuters

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      How Mueller’s hunt for a Russia-Trump conspiracy came up short  Reuters

      As recently as February, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team dropped hints that the inquiry into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election might unearth …

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      5:06 PM 4/15/2016 – Mike Nova’s Shared NewsLinks Putins Main Target in Syria: Helping al-Assad Win the Civil War

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      Putins Main Target in Syria: Helping al-Assad Win the Civil War

      mikenova shared this story from Eurasia Daily Monitor – The Jamestown Foundation.

      On March 14, President Vladimir Putin surprised both friend and foe by announcing that the Russian military mission in Syria was mostly accomplished and ordering the withdrawal of most of our forces (Kremlin.ru, March 14; see EDM, March 17, 21). A month later, it became apparent Russias engagement in Syria still continues and that Putin has not abandoned his long-time ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The partial redeployment of attack jets back to Russia was a shrewd tactical move that Putin dressed up as potential change in strategy. By the end of March, according to the defense ministry, all tactical jets designated for withdrawal have been redeployed to Russia together with some combat helicopters and ground support. The remaining Russian forces continue to attack terrorists in Syria and support the pro-al-Assad forces (RIA Novosti, March 28).

      A tentative and partial ceasefire brokered by Moscow and Washington went into force on February 27. Some of the Russian attack jet flew back together with several planeloads of support personnel, but all the heavy military equipment stayed in Syria, together with the bulk of the ground troops, special forces troops and antiaircraft missile batteries. While some attack aircraft were withdrawn, new assets were introduced: Russias most modern attack helicopter gunships, the Mi-28N Night Hunter and Ka-52 Alligator. During the first five months of the Russian air campaign in Syria, the older Mi-24 and Mi-35 (a modification of the Mi-24) helicopter gunships were deployed to guard the Hmeymim airbase. Last month, as the number of attack jets was reduced, the newest helicopters began flying attack sorties and were reportedly actively engaged in driving Islamic State (IS) forces out of the ancient desert city of Palmyra (RIA Novosti, March 28). After Putins announced withdrawal, Russian casualties continued. A special forces lieutenant was killed fighting the IS in Palmyra; and on April 12, an Mi-28N helicopter crashed in Homs province, killing both pilots (Interfax, April 12).

      The official reason given for continued Russian military engagement in Syria after the declaration of cessation of hostilities is the need to fight jihadists from the Islamic State and the al-Qaeda-connected al-Nusra Front. The offensive by al-Assads forces on Palmyra, planned together with Russian military advisors and supported by Russian forces, was tacitly welcomed by the West as a move against the ISinstead of again being an attack on the moderate Syrian opposition. There was hope that after capturing the desert crossroads town of Palmyra, the Russian-supported offensive would continue east and northeast, deeper into IS-controlled territory (Interfax, March 30). This did not materialize: Palmyra is a prize on its ownits capture was a propaganda bonus both to Putin and al-Assad. On top of that, there are oil fields in the towns vicinity. When Palmyra fell to the IS last May, with it were lost the last commercially important oil fields the al-Assad regime controlled; and now the Syrian government has taken them back.

      Neither Putin nor al-Assad appear willing to begin an all-out offensive to destroy the Islamic State while opposition forces in the rear are left undefeated. Last week, speaking to the press in St. Petersburg, Putin insisted: Our main task in Syria was to reinforce the Syrian state and its legitimate government [al-Assad]. This task has been achieved, but the situation is still far from a decisive turnaround (Interfax, April 7).

      This week, in Damascus, Syrian Prime Minister Wael Nader al-Halqi told a visiting delegation of Russian parliamentarians: We, with our Russian partners, are preparing an operation to liberate Aleppo and block all illegitimate armed rebel groups that are not part of or have violated the ceasefire agreement (TASS, April 10). Al-Halqis statement seems to indicate possible preparations to begin a major offensive in and around Aleppo against the Syrian opposition, using as a pretext alleged ceasefire violations and the presence of al-Nusra fighters whounlike the Islamic Stateare often intermixed with other more moderate opposition groups.

      On April 11, at a briefing in Moscow, the chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff, Lieutenant-General Sergei Rudskoy, accused the al-Nusra Front of concentrating up to 10,000 fighters and heavy weapons close to Aleppo and of attacking government (al-Assad) forces in an attempt to cut the DamascusAleppo road and isolate the north of Syria. According to Rudskoy, Russian jets and al-Assads forces are in action in and around Aleppo to stop al-Nusra, but no one is planning to storm the city. Moscow is keen to push Washington into accepting the value of bilateral deals to resolve the Syria conflict and possibly to use the same big power concert understanding in other places, like Ukraine, to decide the plight of lesser nations. Rudskoy insisted the Russo-US ceasefire agreement in Syria is important and called on Washington to do its part in reining in the Syrian opposition (Syria.mil.ru, April 11).

      During the five-year-long Syrian civil war, Aleppo, as many other towns, has been divided by deeply entrenched positions, where fighters and civilians hide from artillery and bombs. But during the second Chechen war in the early 2000s, the Russian military developed reliable tactics to break prolonged standoffs and sieges with heavy aerial and artillery bombardments, including by the use of incendiary and thermobaric warheads, also known as vacuum or fuel bombs. The thermobaric weapon of choice of the Russian military is the TOS-1A Solntsepyok (Sunburn) Heavy Flamethrower System. The TOS-1A was deployed in Syria by last September; it was used to effectively dislodge rebels from mountain hideouts in northern Latakia province and recently in the storming of Palmyra (Ridus.ru, March 29).

      The ТОС-1А launches heavy but relatively short-range (up to 3.5 kilometers) missiles that deliver thermobaric warheads, which scorch anyone hiding in dugouts, tunnels and bunkers. The ТОС-1А has been filmed in action in Latakia and Palmyra. In Syria it may be manned by Russian contractors or advisers. The use of the ТОС-1А against populated settlements could violate international law, but its use in Chechnya and now in Syria does not seem to cause much international alarm. The ТОС-1А could be a game-changer in the Syrian civil war, and the temptation to forcibly end the Aleppo quagmire could push al-Assad and his allies into decisive action. Liberating Aleppo is a high priority goal as its fall would demoralize the Syrian opposition, possibly finally putting al-Assads overall victory within reach.

      Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Operations, chapter 01

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      Title:                      Comprehensive Bibliographies

      Author:                Paul W. Blackstock

      Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr.Chapter 1: Comprehensive Bibliographies, Intelligence, Espionage,Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources.Detroit: Gale Research Co.

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      Chapter 1. Comprehensive Bibliographies

      Gunzenhauser, Max (1968). Geschichte Der Geheimen Nachrichtendienst: (Spionage, Sabotage Und Abwehr}: Literatur Berlchte Und Bibliographie. Frankfurt: Bernard und Graefe

      The second comprehensive bibliography of secret intelligence. An 80-page introductory essay precedes some 400 pages of bibliography. Although a smaller effort than Harris (1968), it includes many items, particularly German ones, missed by the earlier work, Moreover, the two bibliographies complement one another as the Gunzenhauser bibliography is organized chronologically and geographically while the Harris one is organized under 27 topics.[1]

      The 4,000 entries cover tites in English and several European languages, without annotation, although the most important works are discussed in the introductory critique of the literature, The discussion of strategic intelligence is relatively weak; nevertheless, this work is an indispensable guide for the scholar and researcher, and has been used extensively in compiling the present bibliography.

      Harris, William R. (1968). Intelligence And National Security: A Bibliography With Selected Annotations. rev. ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ., Center for International Affairs

      [1] Whaley, Barton (1973). Codeword BARBAROSSA. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 329-330

      Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Operations, chapter 02

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      Title:                      Selective Bibliographies

      Author:                  Paul W. Blackstock

      Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr.Chapter 2: Selective Bibliographies, Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co.

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      Chapter 2. SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHIES

      As a result of the interest in intelligence stimulated by World War II, three bibliographies on intelligence and espionage were prepared by U.S. agencies. A fourth bibliography was authored by Joseph S. Galland. All suffer from being out of date. Additionally, the majority of the items in the three government bibliographies are mainly personal memoirs by individual espionage or counterespionage agents, and illustrate the limitations for serious study of all such works.

      Galland, Joseph Stanislaus (1945, 1970). An Historical And Analytical Bibliography of The Literature of Cryptology. New York: AMS Press

      Haven, Violet S. (1942), comp. Espionage: Bibliography1942. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice Library

      This list consists of sixteen typewritten pages containing about 250 entries, with emphasis on counterespionage.

      U.S. Department of State (1948). Intelligence, a Bibliography of its Functions, Methods and Techniques, Part I, Bibliography No. 33. Washington, DC: December 20, 1948. Mimeographed, unbound.

      U.S. Department of State (1948). Intelligence, a Bibliography of Its Functions, Methods, and Techniques, Part II: Periodical and Newspaper Articles, Bibliography No. 331. Washington, DC: April 11, 1949. Mimeographed, unbound.

      The two-part State Department bibliography of more than 700 items was compiled from an unpublished bibliography developed by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and from entries in the Library of Congress card index,

      Further arrests in Edward Lin spy case possible, says US official

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      An American official has told Newsweek magazine that the possibility of further arrests in the espionage case of United States Navy flight officer Edward Lin should not be ruled out.

      Every Dollar Counts: New Army Policy Aims To Shake Up Spending Practices

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      The Army is rolling out a new policy Friday projected to shake up how the service spends its money.

           
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      Information Technology in A Democracy

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      Title:                      Information Technology in A Democracy

      Author:                Alan F. Westin

      Westin, Alan F. (1971), ed. Information Technology in A Democracy. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press

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      Date Posted:      April 15, 2016

      Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

      The editor describes this work as an edited collection of original and secondary materials about government use of information technology … [which] includes descriptions of information technology systems by the agency spokesman and consultants who have created them, providing readers with the operating assumptions, systems objectives, and stages of development as the managers of these systems see these happenings.

      [1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 88-89.

      Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources, chapter 3

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      Title:                      Encyclopedia Articles

      Author:                 Paul W. Blackstock

      Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr.Chapter 3: Encyclopedia Articles, Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, AndCovert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co.

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      The concept of covert operations is so new that there are no encyclopedia articles on the subject in spite of the fact that the United States and Great Britain developed special agencies (the American Office of Strategic Services and the British Special Operations Executive) to COIT} out such operations during World War II.

      The first encyclopedia article on espionage appears in Diderots classic Encyclopedie (Paris, 1751, V, 971) under the rubric espion. The spy is defined as a person paid to examine the actions, movements, etc. of another, and especially to discover the state of military affairs. This brief article also contains the famous observation that an ambassador is sometimes a distinguished spy who is protected by the law of nations.

      Most encyclopedia articles on either espionage or intelligence reflect the fact that intelligence agencies regard any disclosure of sources or methods as a breach of security. Hence the articles tend to be historical summaries rather than substantive or analytical treatments of either espionage or intelligence. With a few recent exceptions most articles also omit consideration of modern scientific and technological advances such as technical sensors, which have produced important new means of collecting information. Representative articles are annotated be low.

      Bolshaia Sovetskaia Entsiklopedlla. 2nd ed. Moscow; 1955. Vol.35, pp. 591-92.[1]

      Although the USSR has one of the most formidable combined espionage-intelligence-security police organizations of modern times[2], this edition of the Great Soviet Encyclopedia had only one article under the heading intelligence (разведка, razvedka) which dealt exclusively with military reconnaissance. There was nothing under the rubrics espionage or security services.

      Encyclopedia Americana

      Blackstock, Paul W. Espionage. International ed. New York, Americana Corp., 1973. Vol. 10, pp. 584-87.

      The article discusses and evaluates espionage as one of the means by which intelligence agencies collect information through their clandestine services, and notes the relative decline of its importance as new technological means of surveillance have been developed (technical sensors). Summarizes principles and techniques of recruitment, cover, communications, agent handling, and organization of clandestine services.

      Hoover, John Edgar. Espionage and Counterespionage. New York: Americana Corp., 1965. Vol. 10, pp. 504-6.

      The article by the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation begins with a definition of terms, followed by a historical summary of famous espionage cases from ancient times through the post-World War II period. There is a section on the espionage agent and his training, another on techniques, and a final section .on security end democracy, which reflects the familiar cold war orientation of the author of Masters of Deceit.[3]

      Ransom, Herry Howe. Intelligence, Strategic. lnternational ed. New York: Americana Corp., 1973, Vol. 15, pp. 246-48.

      This substantive article by the author of The Intelligence Establishment[4] stresses basic definitions and concepts, the intelligence process (collection, evaluation, and dissemination to decision makers), and describes briefly the intelligence organizations of the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union.

      ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA

      Don, W.J. [pseud.]. Espionage. Chicago: Encyclopoedia Britannica, 1954. Vol. 12, pp. 459-62.

      The author is presumably William Joseph Donovan, head of the U.S. Office of Strategic Services during World War II. The article is a general survey which discusses the necessity, scope, types of intelligence, and organization, stressing the argument: It is only when intelligence collection, analysis, evaluation, synthesis and dissemination are in one pierce and under one direction that the optimum value can be obtained.

      Ransom, Harry Howe. Intelligence end Counterintelligence. 15th ed. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1974. Vol. 9, pp. 679-86.

      The author of this excellent, substantive article also wrote the article on the some subject for the ENCY-CLOPEDIA AMERICANA. It discusses definitions, concepts, the intelligence process itself, and describes briefly the intelligence organizations of the great world powers. Brief bibliography included.

      Stessin, Lawrence. Intelligence, Military, Political and Industrial. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Brltannlca, 1972. Vol. .12, pp. 347-50.

      The article is for the most port a general historical survey with brief descriptions of the modern intelligence organizations of the United States, the USSR, Great Britain, and France, followed by a section on industrial espionage.

      ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

      Rowan, Richard Wilmer. Espionage. New York: Macmillan, 1931. Vol. 5, pp. 594-96.

      This three-page article by a prolific writer and historian in the espionage field is devoted almost entirely to a history of espionage since ancient times, with an added paragraph on industrial espionage and a generalized discussion of countermeasures.

      INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

      Ransom, Harry Howe . Intelligence, Political and Military. New York: Macmillan and the Free Press, 1968. pp. 415-21.

      The article is a general survey which stresses definitions, reviews the basic literature, and gives suggestions for further social science research.

      Seth, Ronald. Encyclopedia of Espionage. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1974. 718 p. Index. British ed. London: New English Library, 1975. 683 p. Bibliography.

      A remarkable compilation of information on espionage by a very prolific author on intelligence subject matter and a World War II British agent. Easy to use, the encyclopedia arranges entries by names of spies (the first entry is ex-Soviet agent Colonel Rudolph Abel), intelligence organizations, espionage networks, and well-known espionage incidents. Each entry is followed by bibliographic references for additional reading or research, The author notes that where no such bibliography is provided, in most cases the information has come only from my notebooks.

      Although this work is billed on the cover of the English edition as the Spys Whos Who, its coverage is almost entirely historical. It is useful as a biographical reference and also because it describes various networks and operations such as the Red Orchestra or Gieske s EnglandspieI. However, there are many curious gaps in the biographical coverage. For example, there are almost three pages on Sir Paul Dukes who directed British espionage in the USSR during the revolutionary period, but nothing at all on Sir Bruce Lockhart, Sidney Reilly, Boris Savinkov, Captain George Hill, and other British agents active during the same period. Moreover, the lack of an index makes the work more suitable for bedside reading than for reference purposes.

      [1] The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (GSE) (Russian: Большая советская энциклопедия, or БСЭ Bolshaya sovetskaya entsiklopediya) is one of the largest Russian-language encyclopedias published by the USSR from 1926 to 1990, and again since 2002 (under the name Bolshaya Rossiyskaya entsiklopediya or Great Russian Encyclopedia).

      [2] Of course, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the FSB (successor to the KGB) is no less skilled that was the KGB.

      [3] Hoover, J. Edgar (1958). Masters of Deceit: The Story Of Communism In America And How to Fight It. New York: Henry Holt & Co.

      [4] Ransom, Harry Howe (1970). The Intelligence Establishment. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Univ. Press

      Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations, Part I

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      Title:                      Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations, Part I

      Author:                  Paul W. Blackstock

      Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence,Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co.,

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      Part I GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHIC RESOURCES

      Due to the confusion of terms, books and articles on intelligence, espionage, and covert operations are listed under a wide variety of headings in the subject index of the U.S. Library of Congress and in the corresponding catalogs of other libraries. However, there are two comprehensive bibliographies which may be consulted to identify books on these subjects. Each of these bibliographies has an extended critique of the literature. In addition there are certain specialized bibliographies which are useful to the person interested in researching a specific aspect of intelligence, espionage, or covert operations. These comprehensive and specialized bibliographies are cited in the following pages.

      Chapter 1. Comprehensive Bibliographies

      Chapter 2. Selective Bibliographies

      As a result of the interest in intelligence stimulated by World War II, three bibliographies on intelligence and espionage were prepared by U.S. agencies. A fourth bibliography was authored by Joseph S. Galland. All suffer from being out of date. Additionally, the majority of the items in the three government bibliographies are mainly personal memoirs by individual espionage or counterespionage agents, and illustrate the limitations for serious study of all such works.

      Chapter 3 Encyclopedia Articles

      The concept of covert operations is so new that there are no encyclopedia articles on the subject in spite of the fact that the United States and Great Britain developed special agencies (the American Office of Strategic Services and the British Special Operations Executive) to COIT} out such operations during World War II.

      The first encyclopedia article on espionage appears in Diderots classic Encyclopedie (Paris, 1751, V, 971) under the rubric espion. The spy is defined as a person paid to examine the actions, movements, etc. of another, and especially to discover the state of military affairs. This brief article also contains the famous observation that an ambassador is sometimes a distinguished spy who is protected by the law of nations.

      Most encyclopedia articles on either espionage or intelligence reflect the fact that intelligence agencies regard any disclosure of sources or methods as a breach of security. Hence the articles tend to be historical summaries rather than substantive or analytical treatments of either espionage or intelligence. With a few recent exceptions most articles also omit consideration of modern scientific and technological advances such as technical sensors, which have produced important new means of collecting information. Representative articles are annotated be low.

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