‘The Russia Lie’ Was A Washington Political Hit On An Outsider

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by THOMAS J. FARNAN

The Russia Lie is the story of how federal agencies, pundits, lobbyists, big money donors, and politicians, crossed party lines to defend themselves against an outsider, Donald J. Trump.

The sordid mess is difficult to describe in full detail, partly because in the expensive inquiry that followed, the important details were mostly hidden. Ridiculously, as can only happen in clique like Washington, the investigation merged into the political operation that caused the investigation.

Enough has been ferreted out, though, that a complete picture is finally emerging.

In 2016, a Democratic Party-funded political research firm, Fusion GPS, hired a London-based former British spy by the name of Christopher Steele to investigate Trump’s connections with Russia. Steele produced a dossier that said Trump was working with Russian President Vladimir Putin to undermine candidate Hillary Clinton.

The dossier suggested Putin’s leverage on Trump was Kompromat: Russian intelligence had secretly recorded Trump hiring prostitutes in a Moscow hotel and paying them to pee on a bed in which President Obama had once slept.

This schlock was sold to the FBI which in turn opened an investigation into the Trump campaign and used the dossier to obtain warrants to go through sensitive emails. There were illegal leaks, and a false narrative was injected into the election (and its aftermath) that Trump was a Manchurian candidate.

That really happened.

In late July 2020, a redacted version of the FBI’s 2017 interview with the Steele dossier’s primary sub source (PSS) was released, and it was a game changer. The interviewing agents took pains to prop up the fan-fiction of Russian intrigue even as the PSS was pretty much laughing it off.

Completely missing from the interview, as always with the Russia hoax, was anything from inside the Kremlin.

Official Washington – including top Republicans – has accepted for years that the PSS was connected at the highest levels to Putin. Really, though, he was just an employee of Christopher Steele, spouting the company line.

It has been confirmed that the PSS is Igor Danchenko, a long-ago Russian immigrant who got his masters from the University of Louisville, after which he started doing some translation work for the stuffy, globalist DC-think tank, the Brookings Institution.

In his master’s thesis he thanked Fiona Hill, who later would help him graduate to the position of senior researcher at Brookings, and co-author a paper with her about how Russian ambitions in Europe and Asia are bolstered by its energy exports.

Hill is the British-American academic and self-confessed Russia-hawk who was Adam Schiff’s key impeachment witness against President Trump.

When questioned by the FBI under a grant of immunity, Danchenko claimed that he had no insider knowledge and the dossier was just rumors that he heard third hand from people who couldn’t know. He said that he had no connections to Putin or to Russian intelligence.

He does, though, have a record for drunk and disorderly conduct and was himself investigated by the FBI in 2009 on suspicion of spying for Russia.

A more compromised source could not be imagined. It is as if they were trying to make a flop, but the audience got sucked in, a bumbling bureaucrat version of The Producers.

Some pundits are now buying into the idea that Danchenko is a Russian spy. That’s hard to believe.  In his private and academic life, Danchenko has been anti-Putin, going so far as to accuse Russia’s president of plagiarism.

There is an FBI report that has him trying to recruit a researcher associated with the Obama administration to sell intelligence to “some people” for money in 2009.

We know, though, from WikiLeaks, that at the time Danchenko was picking up money on the side, selling insider analysis to the Texas based global intelligence company, Stratfor.

Stratfor is certainly a better explanation for “I know some people who will pay for intelligence” than Putin-did-it.

Let’s assume it’s true, though. Then there is presently a Russian spy in Washington DC under a grant of immunity from the FBI hawking analyst work on Linkedin between shopping trips on the Metro.

If it were not tragic, it would be comical.

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How Cultural Marxism is Grinding Down America’s Public Schools

Posted by Jimmy Minnish on September 25, 2020 under Links | Be the First to Comment


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How Cultural Marxism is Grinding Down America's Public Schools

Cultural Marxism is the gradual process of grinding down western democracies by subverting the pillars of their culture, the structures and institutions of family, religion, education, politics, law, the arts and the media, as they provide the social cohesion necessary to a functioning society. Undermine the principles these structural institutions embody, and a capitalist society can be overthrown from within without firing a shot. Like termites eating away at the foundation of a house, cultural Marxists in our midst have plotted since the 1960s to radically transform every cultural institution in America, including its secondary education system.

Those who think the threat of communism ended when the Soviet Union collapsed would be shocked to know what’s being taught decades later in many of America’s schools. In “Bill Ayers, the Critical Pedagogy Movement and Cultural Marxism,” author Geoffrey Brittain wrote this:

In many of our public schools, young, impressionable children are no longer being taught to feel good about being Americans. Their school teachers, who traditionally embody socially approved values, are teaching them to be ashamed of being Americans. Spreading out from the schools that teach our teachers, this ideology is being inculcated into our nation’s K-12 schools and is anti-American in the most profound meaning of the term. It is a movement that is teaching future generations that capitalism and traditional American values are intrinsically evil. Critical pedagogy and its advocates, in their vehement antipathy toward capitalism, private property and traditional American values, is a classic fifth subversive column, no less dangerous to freedom than communism. Its advocates are seeking to radically transform our society by covertly indoctrinating the young through an essentially clandestine and subversive transformation of its culture.  

What follows are examples of how cultural Marxists in our schools are indoctrinating the young.

Caught on tape: Union teachers discuss pushing communism in the classroom

During a meeting of the Left Forum, two public school teachers were caught on video discussing how to slip communist dogma into classrooms. Wearing a “Tax the Rich” shirt, Sarah Knopp, a Los Angeles high school teacher and teachers union activist who contributes to “The Socialist Review,” and Megan Behrent, a New York City public school teacher affiliated with the International Socialist Organization, participated in a panel discussion about injecting Marxism into classroom instruction.

6th grade lesson plan: Design a flag for a new socialist nation

Across America, activist teachers, nearly all of whom vote Democrat, are pushing communist doctrine on captive young minds, often with the tacit approval of Democrat school administers, Democrat-controlled school boards and the modern Democratic Party.

A progressive-designed lesson plan for 6th graders in Texas public schools read as follows:

Note that socialist/communist nations use symbolism on their flags representing various aspects of their economic system.  Imagine a new socialist nation is creating a flag and you have been put in charge. Use symbolism to represent aspects of socialism/communism on your flag. What kind of symbolism/colors would you use?

If this type of thing is taught in a red state like Texas, the odds are off the charts that communist-themed lesson plans are also being used in other states.

6th grade teacher: “Republicans don’t care about anyone but the rich.”

After telling her 6th grade class that Republicans are stupid, Virginia public school teacher Kristin Martin went on to say that Republicans “don’t care about anyone but wealthy people and businesses,” an absurd claim designed to infect her students with Marxist class resentment.  Martin made her comments on Mar. 6, 2012 as Republicans filed into Powell Elementary School in Fairfax to vote on Super Tuesday.

 

Virginia 3rd graders required to perform Occupy Wall Street song

During an official event at an elementary school in Virginia, 3rd grade students were required to perform “Part of the 99%,’ a song with an unmistakable political overtone: support of the anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street protests. In response to an outburst of criticism, school board officials defended the song, saying the district’s schools don’t censor songs children write or try to influence the subjects children write songs about. “It all came out of the kids’ own mouths and the kids’ own words,” said Albemarle County school board chair, Steve Koleszar. Does it appear the song was written by 3rd graders? You decide:

Part of the 99%

Some people have it all
But they still don’t think they have enough
They want more money, a faster ride
They’re not content, never satisfied
Yes, they’re the 1%
I used to be one of the 1%
I worked all the time, never saw my family
Couldn’t make life rhyme, then the bubble burst
It really, really hurt
I lost my money, lost my pride, lost my home
Now I’m one of the 99%

The song accomplished its decidedly anti-American purpose: planting the seeds of Marxist class hatred in the minds of 8-year-olds.

 

Using Legos to teach communism

Two teachers at a Seattle school banned Legos from the classroom to teach kindergarteners about the alleged evils of private property. Anxious to have the toys returned to the classroom, the children agreed to a new set of guidelines set by their teachers, including these: All structures must be public structures and all structures must be standard size.  Later, the teachers proudly quoted their newly indoctrinated students:

• “A house is good because it is a community house.”

• “We should all have equal houses.”

• “It’s important to have the same power over your building as other people.”

What the 5-year-olds were taught is explained in this Karl Marx quote: “The theory of Communism can be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.”

Students at Florida college show signs of prior Marxist indoctrination

Valencia College economics professor Jack Chambliss asked his sophomore class two questions on an essay assignment: what does the American Dream look like to you, and how much do you expect the federal government to help you achieve that vision? Eighty percent of his students expect government to provide one or more of the following:

  • Free college education
  • Free health care
  • Guarantee of a good-paying job
  • Money for down-payment on a home
  • Money for retirement

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FBI Failed To Tell Surveillance Court About Investigation Of Primary Dossier Source, Senator Says

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  • Sen. Lindsey Graham has notified the secret surveillance court that the FBI failed to disclose it previously investigated the primary source for the Steele dossier as a possible Russian agent. 
  • Graham released an FBI memo on Thursday that said the bureau opened an investigation on the source, Igor Danchenko, in 2009. 
  • The memo also said that the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team learned of the previous investigation on Danchenko but failed to disclose that fact in applications to surveil Carter Page. 

The FBI failed to inform a federal court that oversees surveillance of Americans that the primary source for Christopher Steele was suspected of being a Russian agent, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, formally notified James Boasberg, the judge presiding over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) about the information in a letter on Thursday.

“This letter, and the attached summary, details what appear to be further failures on the part of the FBI to fully inform the court of all of the facts related to the probable cause determination for the Carter Page FISA applications,” Graham wrote.

“I feel that it is my duty to alert the court to this information so that it can consider it as part of its
ongoing review of this matter.”

Graham included an FBI memo that revealed that the bureau opened a counterintelligence investigation on Steele’s source, Igor Danchenko, in 2009. The memo said that investigators pursued a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against him in 2010, but tabled the effort after Danchenko left the country. (RELATED: FBI Investigated Steele Dossier Source As Possible Russian Spy)

Danchenko, a Russia analyst who has worked for the Brookings Institution, would later return to the U.S., and begin working as a contractor for Steele, who operates an intelligence firm in London. Danchenko was the primary source for Steele’s dossier claiming that the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin.

The dossier was “central and essential” to the FBI’s decision to obtain FISA orders against Carter Page, according to a Justice Department inspector general’s (IG) report.

The new revelations call Danchenko’s motives into question. It also marks another black eye for the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team.

The IG report said that investigators made 17 “significant” errors and omissions in its FISA applications. Rosemary Collyer, who preceded Boasberg as the FISC’s chief judge, admonished the FBI over the IG’s findings and ordered the bureau to revamp its FISA procedures.

According to the latest FBI memo, the Crossfire Hurricane team learned in December 2016 that Danchenko was the target of the prior counterintelligence investigation. The bureau continued to cite the dossier in applications to renew FISA coverage of Page.

Despite red flags about Steele and his source, Peter Strzok, the lead agent on the Crossfire Hurricane team, capitalized on the dossier’s publication on Jan. 10, 2017, saying in a text message that he wanted to use the release “as a pretext to go interview some people.”

According to Graham, the FBI failed to disclose that it had previously investigated Danchenko in any of the four FISA applications against Page.

“Specifically the three FISA applications filed after December 2016 make no mention of the previous counterintelligence investigation against the Primary Sub-source and the last two FISA applications additionally misled the court about the results obtained of the interviews of the Primary Sub-source in January and March of 2017,” Graham said in a statement.

It is unclear whether the FBI or Justice Department notified the FISC about Danchenko before Graham submitted his letter to Boasberg.

The Justice Department sent a letter to the FISC on July 12, 2018 acknowledging other FBI omissions regarding Steele and an alleged sub-source for Danchenko.

The IG report criticized the FBI for failing to tell the FISC that investigators also had a counterintelligence probe open against an alleged sub-source for the dossier, Sergei Millian.

The IG report also said that the FBI failed to disclose in its FISA applications that Steele told the FBI in October 2016 that he considered Millian to be a “boaster” and “egoist” who might have embellished claims that were put in the dossier.

“We also were concerned that the FISA application did not disclose to the court the FBI’s belief that this sub-source was, at the time of the application, the subject of such an investigation,” the IG report says.

The IG report said that Justice Department officials conveyed that FISA applications typically disclose whether sources are the subject of an open investigation.

The FBI did not respond to a request for comment about whether the information about Danchenko was given to the FISC.

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