Monday, October 14, 2019

The relationship between NOOA and private weather companies


Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Full Interview: Edward Snowden On Trump, Privacy, And Threats To Democracy

The Edward Snowden Interview by Brian Williams on the 11th Hour, MSNBC

September 17, 2019

His explanation of what he did and what was accomplished are powerful. 

Friday, September 20, 2019

Do Not MIss the Opportunities! More and more interesting sports

A Letter to Sarah H. Kramer
                    Digital Content Specialist 
                    Alliance Defending Freedom 

In response to your letter, please consider the following:

Dear Sarah,

Before anything else, let us congratulate you on the joyful event in your future.  Children are a blessing, always. 

Before you have a bouncing baby, please bounce this to Maureen, and I can bring her up to speed on our offering your outfit a 2-way audience participation show via satellite, cable, and streaming to and FROM devices. Our Take it To The People interactive TV Network that will be launched initially as part of the Women Leading interactive TV Network that is ramping up this quarter with the All Presidential Candidates' 1:1 Debate Tourney. There are 854 candidates running besides Mr. Trump and the 30 the MSM has told you about. 

See 1st Dibs Advertising Agency and Cause Marketing for our the four Producer's Guides to Interactive Television to understand how you can inexpensively use smartphones on major TV distribution with opinion tallies. I am a pioneer in this field going back to 1992 with dark horse presidential candidates and getting women's issues considered separately from passing laws or use of force. It unconfuses the audience on any topic whether they are for it or against it, and then deal with the force aspects separately as useless or not. You can see how it was successful for Ross Perot with the ladies in 1992 at PhoneVoter TV Network as I took him from 8% to 38% in 6-weeks while handling 3 others satellite TV campaigns on satellite (COS). One won against a sitting president that was 89% popular.

See what we are mocking up now at for over a dozen types of interactivity with candidates. So far we have invited 650 by mail, and have received a positive response by 32 whom the mainstream media has never informed you even exist. We will be having organizations and experts ask hardball questions of such candidates' not media pundits. The League of Women Voters among others will be back doing that versus the demopublican self-commissioned Commission on Presidential Debates. Those are soundbite-a-thons, we will have the real debates for 47-minutes minus commercials and instructing the audience how to PhoneVote and ask questions on issues and candidates on-air and on website landing pages. One of the three debate tracks in Environmental / Cultural Legal & De-Legalization Leadership, the others being Foreign Policy and Economic Vision. Understand the wannabe presidents are just an excuse for the audience to find real solutions to problems. The rest of our programming is viably free-market and persuasion. 

We do have another exception which is where Americans can actually post charts, graphs, evidence, videos, pictures, and all the other stuff that the and websites for 20 years have excluded, so the congress critters decapitated themselves from Americans who would like to tell or show them something, anything. We are looking for producers/ content-leaders there to operate that nexus point of opinions too. Maybe you have some friends.

I signed your petition only because I agree with you on the issue, but I was disappointed to see you drinking political Kool-Aid as a savior of your cause as the only plan of action. I assure you no politician is a solution, and a pretense to invoke rules or regulations get watered down with compromise with your opponents; then that gets to be a far cry from your moral clarity, sense of justice, and you wonder what it was all for at the bitter end. In contrast, winning a popular majority in Culture Wars in the court of public opinion, is actually more solid ground when you win by persuasion, and are willing to take on opponents uncensored, get sharp, and keep winning by persuasion when robotic enhancement is the next issue you'll be up to distinguish yourselves from. Note Special Olympics already exist. 

Respecting minority rights is clearer against those that wish to use force for their point of view for either majoritarian or minority points-of-view. People can organize sports for instance in a variety of ways. For instance, I am 5'5" and I like basketball. I can whine about discrimination, force my way onto the NBA and steal ground balls all day; but that doesn't even mean I'll make a dunk or even take a shot. In contrast, I can start a Shrimp Nationwide Basketball League with height classes and or lower the basket to I can make those dunks. I can find sponsors form Jimmy Au's Short and Small Clothiers with famous short stars like Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Robert Redford. A third of the audience will like to watch b-ball who can relate to skill and their height, and not being shut-out by a genetic anomaly. The medium-size folks will watch their welter-weights in their League, and the giraffes are already covered in the NBA. It's not a threat to the NBA anymore than the WNBA is, plus it widens the sport out to more people to enjoy it, not make it a never-winning chore for some groups due to physical genetic nature. I intend to do this. 

From 1996 for 25 years, as a teacher in schools, I advocated for a balance of funds for girls' sports in government, private, and parochial middle & high schools. I find it ironic that that battle was won by popular will and many grassroots meetings, not laws from above; as compared to your petition of a politician. Try that grassroots strategy again, only this time with interactive TV to speed it up. Even if Maureen is a lawyer, maybe she'll get persuasion as more effective, and also be able to guard yours and our rear flank from any media law attacks. Our new channels' policy is no censorship, no shadow-banning, and take on all comers. Controversy and Debate are good and good for ratings and involves everyone. it is not boring one-hand clapping to the right or left as CNN with 157,000 TV viewers and 1.1M phone app viewers, or Foxnews with 1.5M viewers and 300k phoneapp viewers. These are actually small numbers, we can take these passive networks out with higher ratings interactive TV, and that is best with your controversy. Don't beg for airtime, be the show. 

The top 5 passive TV networks only are that because they have at least one interactive show on their roster that pumps them up. So you think you Can Dance? holds the record for the most phone calls/texts/online PhoneVotes in a 3-hour period = 94-million. That is almost as many people as vote for president, and they do it weekly in their finals. You can create a transgender birth male genetic league, and a transgender birth female league in any sport, and add the physical classes to that, or do that anyway in any sport so us smaller folks don't always get aced out. we can win something. Enough folks in any class can create their own league. Little schools have 5-person football, big one 11-person football. Get it? 

Further, we dazzled some the top connectivity companies that handle 800 channels with our Charity Champions overlay TV network and niche-market new Leagues, where either a team or individuals on a team can be playing, racing, for a charity (including yours). This includes Secondary Education, College, and Pro Sports who can play for more than whose best, or a sponsors' money purse, the audience can pledge to the charity of the players, including yours. That idea was advanced to me by Dale Earnhardt Sr., and now the technology makes it possible to work for 14-million Girl Scouts and their families cheering for a Girl Scout racecar, pledging money to its standings as successful, buying cookies, or 10-milllion girls inquiring about why a girl should join the GS on a video downloadable from an allied cloud company to our "Content Delivery Network" (CDN). Maureen can make such phone-calls and PowerPoint presentations for allies and sponsors for such arrangements and write the contracts too. We can aim her in the right direction as a producer. 

This is a strategy that will win, will be self-funding with a bit of pump-priming with lady-related sponsors for female-genotype persons. By the way, 55% of all advertising agencies are womanaged or owned by women. See our 1stDIBS Advertising, PR, & Cause-Marketing Agency at and click on Ad Rates, then click on the box "Percentage As You Earn" box and see 2 diagrams of our media tech and connectivity allies we have so far enlisted as the best at what they do, and are offering severe discounts to entice producers to try 2-way TV. Think about that, and have Maureen give us a call.

Melinda Pillsbury-Foster, Chair, Freedom interactive Television Networks (FiTNA), and Executive Producer of the Women Leading interactive TV Network has been following your work and speaks highly of it.  The work you are doing is greatly needed - and you might consider Interactive TV as a natural extension for your work.  

There are equity positions a producer (you) of your show can offer legal beagles, accountants, advertising acquisition executives, and other functions by teams to get your show on the road, literally besides an origination studio. Don't worry that Maureen or anyone else in media understands this new tech we have put together for 3 years for outfits just like yours, nobody is ahead of the pack like we are. We know, from being called "the Goose that will lay the golden media eggs in the next era of 5G and 3.0 ATSC broadband protocols". We can spin-off both non-profit and for-profit media entities, and so can you. Your Alliance has such content, 7 conventional halls full of media companies don't. We can answer any questions if you and Maureen are ready to lead and win. 

We hope the birthing is beautiful!
Ready when your alliance is.          
Brock d'Avignon
Executive Producer, FiTNA [a Kansas 501(c)3]

Melinda Pillsbury-Foster
CEO, President, FiTNA

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Take Action - Julian Assange’s father warns WikiLeaks’ publisher’s health is “declining rapidly” in Belmarsh Prison

We are dedicating today to speaking out for Julian Assange on our blog and elsewhere so let me share our statement with you.   

- The UK at the behest of the US government pursued and incarcerated Julian Assange on trumped up charges.  Julian was targeted because he believed all of us have a right to know the truth. 

Last Sunday Price Andrew was left to vegetate and consider his criminal behavior because of his sexual abuse of at least one girl held as a sex slave by his friend, Jeff Epstein, the Deep State functionary who supplied those in power with sexual victims.   This was a statement made through action which was widely understood as disapproval of Prince Andrew’s actions.

As we need to denounce predators and hold them liable for their wrongs, so do we need to remember those who spent their lives in the pursuit of freedom.  Julian Assange is such an individual and today he is dying, wrongly incarcerated in the UK in collusion with America’s government. 

Her Majesty Elizabeth, Queen of England, understands what cannot and must not be tolerated by her government or her people.  She acknowledges this for her own family and as the conscience of the nation, she rules we turn to her for justice.  This treatment of Julian Assange cannot be tolerated by any decent person.  

Assange was seized because he released information to which we have a right, information we need if we are to correct the criminal direction of the US government as a tool of the corporate interests in control who use it to force our children to die in their wars for profits and have drained us of our honestly earned wealth. This is a blatant act of cooperation between the governments of the US and the UK.

Therefore, we need to direct our demands for justice to Elizabeth, who understands the need to preserve the moral integrity of her rule. If this is permitted to continue England will have lost the respect of people around the world and cause people of goodwill to question the continued existence of the monarchy.

Ask Elizabeth, Queen of England, to release Assange to his family so his life might be preserved. Life and honor are precious so speak your wish in flowers piled up at Buckingham Palace as the anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of the People approaches, August 31, 1997.

- American Vision, the voice of Freedom Interactive TV Networks Association (FiTNA).  Our first Network is Women Leading and our first Interactive TV Show with 2-Way Mass Audience Participation through all platforms and for all devices is

FiTNA is dedicated to giving everyone a voice and the freedom of individual choice in all parts of life.  

By Oscar Grenfell 
20 August 2019
In an interview on August 16 with 3CR, a Melbourne community radio station, Julian Assange’s father John Shipton stated that the WikiLeaks founder’s health is continuing to deteriorate in Britain’s maximum-security Belmarsh Prison.
Shipton revealed that Assange had received a visit from his brother Gabriel several days earlier. “Julian is emaciated and not in tip-top order or health,” Shipton said. “He is suffering anxiety. He is still in fighting spirits, but his well-being is declining rapidly.”
Julian Assange
Shipton said there was a danger that “we will lose Julian” if action is not taken to end his incarceration. His warning followed a statement by world-renowned investigative journalist John Pilger on Twitter earlier this month, who wrote: “Do not forget Julian Assange. Or you will lose him. I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated…”
Assange’s father outlined the draconian conditions in Belmarsh Prison, where Assange has been held since he was dragged from Ecuador’s London embassy by British police on April 11.
“Can you believe that Julian, who is a gentle, intellectual sort of fellow gets locked up in a maximum security prison?” he asked the interviewer, WikiLeaks supporter Jacob Grech.
Assange was dispatched to the facility despite being convicted only of a minor British bail offense, which stemmed from his successful claim for political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012.
Shipton explained that Assange was “in a cell 20 hours a day and has two social visits a month. Lawyers are allowed there other times. These social visits can be arbitrarily cancelled or reduced in time.”
He related that when he travelled from Australia to London two-and-a-half months ago, “we waited and were told that we couldn’t come” into the prison for a pre-arranged visit with Assange.
“No reason was given,” Shipton said, except that “there were conflicting appointments made with prison doctors to come and see him. So, they use the visiting times to have his medical examiners examine him, which means that a social visit needs to be cancelled.”
Shipton, along with a WikiLeaks staff member and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, returned the following week for another arranged visit. “We waited 46 minutes for Julian to arrive,” he said. The prison authorities claimed that they had “forgotten” to notify Assange of the visit, “so they had to go and find him and bring him down.”
This resulted in the two-hour visit, which Assange is entitled to, being reduced to just one hour. “To travel all the way from Australia to see Julian and to get only an hour, it seems cruel to me,” Shipton said.
Asked by Grech whether he thought this was the result of incompetence, or a deliberate attack on Assange’s rights, Shipton answered: “I’m told that often that is done with a well-known prisoner to assert authority over him and over his visitors.”  MORE

Monday, August 12, 2019

Epstein's Death: A Predictable 'Surprise'

August 12, 2019

by Andrew Kreig

The death of the wealthy pedophile sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, right, on Aug. 10 in a New York prison has been expected in investigative circles.
jeffrey epstein new mug cropped july 2019His death became almost foreordained by recent revelations publicly linking him ever more closely to powerful foreign intelligence assets, financial moguls and mob figures — and not simply to underage girls and the celebrities who socialized in his circle.
Although there are many people and institutions that bear some responsibility for Epstein's death and the trafficking cover up that existed for years, prime responsibility for the death falls squarely on U.S. Attorney General William Barr, a master of covering up deadly and otherwise sinister crimes of massive historical importance, as we reported this May in Trump Found His Roy Cohn In Deep State Fixer Bill Barr.
The column documented Barr's work first as a CIA operative working with CIA Director George H.W. Bush in 1976 and then as a cover-up maestro in the Reagan-Bush Justice Department.
There, Barr rose to the post of Bush U.S. Attorney General after he helped thwart massive investigations of government-enabled narcotics and arms smuggling and hundreds of billions of dollars in financial frauds that helped fill Republican Party coffers around the nation, as we reported. We noted also that the crimes Barr was helping to hide implicated members of both major U.S. political parties, who were thus deterred from investigating aggressively via congressional hearings.
Then Bush and Barr orchestrated in late 1992 Bush pardons of six high-level Iran-Contra U.S. government officials, thereby ensuring that Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh's investigation would fail.
william barr new oBarr, left, is implicated in Epstein's death even if Barr's role was merely of the "let it happen" method whereby Barr's subordinates in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons created the conditions enabling either Epstein's suicide or murder in the high-security, federally run Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan.
That prison has been entrusted with housing some of the nation's leading criminals in recent decades, including New York Mafia leader John Gotti. Based on a tip from a former Gotti accomplice, the Murdoch-owned New York Post reported this weekend that Barr made a secret visit to the prison two weeks ago, a report unconfirmed elsewhere.
The paragraphs above summarize this editor's opinions after reviewing closely the news reports and commentaries this weekend about Epstein's death. Previously, I reported in depth on the careers of Epstein, Barr, Donald Trump and a number of other figures involved with them. Barr's late father Donald Barr had worked at the CIA-forerunner Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II and later served as headmaster of the Dalton School, which hired Epstein as a teacher in 1974 even though Epstein had no college degree.
The opinions here are derived also from daily conversations and emails from a circle of fellow investigative reporters who for years have researched Epstein as well as other mob and intelligence-affiliated sex traffickers who specialize in providing underage sex victims to important government, business and media leaders, in part for the purpose of political blackmail.
nicholas tartaglione facebook CustomOne of those experts is investigative reporter and former Navy intelligence officer Wayne Madsen, who predicted Epstein's death in two columns published last month in The Wayne Madsen Report, "WMR," a daily subscription investigative report whose first post-Epstein death analysis is scheduled for Aug. 12. Madsen's reports on July 25 and 26 came after Epstein was found with bruises on his neck in his MCC cell. Authorities, providing few details, ascribed the bruises either to an attempt at hanging or strangling the prisoner.
Madsen's reports noted the odd presence in Epstein's company of a particularly muscular former New York City policeman, Nicholas Tartaglione, who reportedly said that he helped rescue Epstein after a suicide attempt.
Tartaglione, shown on his Facebook photo and a former policeman in Otisville, New York among other Hudson Valley locales, is facing trial on charges of murdering four Columbian drug-runners in an alleged contract killing.
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In early 2018,  this editor collaborated with Madsen on a multipart series Welcome To Waterbury: The City That Holds Secrets That Could Bring Trump Down.
We reported in depth on allegations that Epstein and Trump had raped a 13-year-old "Katie" and a 12-year-old "Maria" belonging to Epstein's friend Leslie Wexner, founder of the L Brands retaile empire. "Katie" dropped her 2016 lawsuit with the allegations after receiving death threats. We reported also that "Maria" had been kidnapped from her home in Waterbury, Connecticut with apparent mob involvement, and that several news organizations suppressed their reporting on the case at the time of the 2016 presidential elections, with the result that the complainants would understandably remain fearful that no one with clout would protect them if they continued to tell their stories.
michael cohen ap file croppedNew York federal judge Ronnie Abrams had shown a keen interest in the case before it was dropped shortly after the election. But Justice Department prosecutors have so far shown no public sign of bringing forward witnesses like former Trump counsel Michael Cohen, right, who presumably could shed light on such situations.
Cohen, right, has admitted involvement in threatening and bribing women and news organizations during that period regarding their aborted investigations into Trump sex scandals. Cohen's admitted bribery and intimidation of news organizations focused heavily on tabloids, which are most likely to dig deeply into sex scandals involving celebrities. Madsen also is close to that world. The National Enquirer, controlled until recently by Trump ally David Pecker, has repeatedly cited Madsen as a knowledgeable expert on political sex scandals, particularly on those targeting Trump's opponents.  
Not just complaining girls but Cohen himself, now serving a three-year sentence in the federal correctional center in Otisville, New York, surely must have observed with dread the federal malfeasance leading to Epstein's death.
Citing a number of specific clues, Madsen predicted Epstein's death last month in his WMR column: Is Epstein the target for a mob hit,, as follows:
What is apparent with Epstein’s so-called “attempted suicide” in the Park Row jail is that some very powerful interests do not want to see Epstein come to trial in New York.
These individuals, who include Donald Trump, would rest much easier if Epstein died either by suicide, murder, or murder made to look like suicide. It matters very little if Epstein died while ensconced under tight restrictions at his Upper East Side mansion or in the MCC with access to him by other inmates.
bernard kerik portraitAmong others who have voiced astonishment that the Bureau of Prisons would allow Epstein to die in federal custody are law professor and former federal prosecutor Harry Litman (Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent suicide is unfathomable) and longtime Republican Bernard B. Kerik, right.
Kerik supervised New York City's corrections system from 1995 to 2000 before becoming city's police chief under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Kerik then became President Bush's first nominee (later withdrawn) to become Secretary of then-new Department of Homeland Security.
Kerik, writing Jeffrey Epstein's suicide makes no sense for the Capitol Hill tabloid The Hill, commented over the weekend:
Accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s death this morning — reportedly a suicide, according to federal officials — is an inexplicable end to a bizarre, tragic case that only got more disturbing the more we learned about it.
The fact that one of the country’s highest-profile federal prisoners could even commit suicide defies all logic and belief.
His death raises doubts about officials’ actions. The FBI says it will investigate; Attorney General William Barr says he is “appalled” by what happened; members of Congress such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are demanding answers. Indeed we all need answers, before we lose all faith in our justice system.
Trump has responded to Epstein's death by retweeting an allegation by a right-wing propagandist that the Clintons are somehow responsible for Epstein's death. Vanity Fair reported: Trump’s Epstein Response: The Clintons Are Definitely Pedophile Murderers, "The president plumbed new depths by retweeting conspiracy theories about Epstein’s suicide, in lieu of making a public statement."
Meanwhile, the Washington Post has reported the disappearance of Epstein's former girlfriend and fellow trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, heir to newspaper magnate and purported Mossad asset Robert Maxwell. The Post article Epstein’s death leaves prosecutors with prime target: Ghislaine Maxwell by Marc Fisher said: 
Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts and Ghislaine Maxwell, 2001It was through a 2015 defamation lawsuit filed against Maxwell by one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, that thousands of pages of documents containing detailed accounts of Epstein’s alleged abuses became public last week.
Johanna Sjoberg, a student at Palm Beach Atlantic University when she said Maxwell hired her as an assistant, said in a 2015 deposition that was released Friday that it was Maxwell’s job to ensure that three girls a day were made available to Epstein for his sexual pleasure.
Giuffre, who says she was recruited by Maxwell after being a towel-girl at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, is shown at center in a 2001 photo with Maxwell at right and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at left. The thousands of pages released last Friday by a federal judge, possibly triggering Epstein's death, are available at the Blackstone Vault: Epstein files.
With so many new developments each day, our Justice Integrity Project coverage includes multiple subsites that we update daily. They focus on overlapping dimensions of the scandals as follows: #MeToo News(including sex trafficking and major sexual harassment scandals); Media News (including allegations of cover-up and propaganda); Deep State; and Trump Watch.
The latter includes major developments last week as U.S. House of Representatives leaders move towards court challenges of the president as part of an impeachment process. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) told reporters that an impeachment inquiry is formally underway, with the first step demands via courts for documents and witnesses withheld by Trump.
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Jeffrey Epstein (highlighted) with the Trumps and Ghislaine Maxwell, right, at Mar-a-Lago (Photo by Davidoff Studios/Getty Images)
Commentaries on Epstein Death
Below are links to notable expert commentaries about the death of Epstein and its implications for the Justice system and the Trump presidency:
What About the Clintons?
Republican partisans, including their well-funded propagandists, have developed the meme "WhatAboutism" during the recent two decades or so to deflect specific evidence or allegations against their leaders by changing the topic, often with the political battle cries "What about Bill Clinton?" and "What about Hillary?"
There is some relevance the case of Epstein because the former president is listed as having travelled on Epstein's airplane. Also, Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell did interact socially at times with the Clintons and Epstein did contribute to the Clinton Foundation. The Daily Beast documented number of those interactions in a July 25 column, Jeffrey Epstein Visited Clinton White House Multiple Times in Early ’90s by Emily Shugerman and Suzi Parker:
Days after Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest on sex-trafficking charges in New York, Bill Clinton distanced himself from the high-flying financier and convicted sex offender. The former president owned up to just six encounters with Epstein, starting in 2002: four flights on the billionaire’s private jet, a single trip to his Harlem office, and one “brief visit” to his New York apartment, all with staff and security detail in tow.
Now, a Daily Beast investigation has uncovered ties between Epstein and the Clinton administration that date bill clinton wback to the president’s earliest days in the White House, casting doubt on the oft-circulated narrative that the two only began associating after Clinton (shown in a White House photo) left office.
As early as 1993, records show, Epstein donated $10,000 to the White House Historical Association and attended a donors’ reception hosted by Bill and Hillary Clinton. Around the same time, according to a source familiar with the connection, Epstein visited presidential aide Mark Middleton several times at the White House. Two years later, businesswoman Lynn Forester de Rothschild wrote a personal letter to Clinton thanking him for their talk about the financier.
DJT jeffrey epstein cheerleaders party cropped mar a logo screenshotHowever, those interactions with the Clintons in no way compare in scope with the those of Trump (shown with Epstein at a wild Mar-a-Lago party ogling cheerleaders in a locale about a mile from Epstein's Palm Beach mansion).
For one thing, no reasonably credible allegation has yet surfaced that the former president engaged in sexual activities in Epstein's circle. If Epstein were part of an intelligence operation, as appears likely, any involvement with a former president would be useful for control purposes, much likely any involvement with Epstein's scientific, charitable, financial or other prestigious organizations would have been useful for cover and guilt-by-association blackmail purposes.
Democrats — including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell — were named by Giuffre as her partners when she served as what she called a "sex slave" for Epstein and Maxwell. Those officials have denied culpability.
Importantly, the former president, Richardson and Mitchell and most of the other alleged abusers did not hold relevant government power over criminal proceedings when Epstein was being criminally investigated by federal and Florida authorities on sex trafficking charges during the Bush Presidency in 2007-2008 or more currently.
The Acosta Sweetheart Plea Bargain
alexander acosta o cropped CustomIn 2007-2008, Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney for Miami Alexander Acosta, shown at left as Trump's Secretary of Labor, arranged a highly unusual plea deal whereby Epstein served just 13 months part-time in a Palm Beach jail.
Authorities promised not to investigate his fellow traffickers or others (including his celebrity friends) involved with his network, despite evidence that more than hundred junior high and high school girls were victimized from Florida alone. Epstein had homes in Manhattan, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and travelled widely around the world.
This editor is among those who call for vigorous prosecution of all abusers, whatever their political affiliation and whatever their other status. Yet it is only Trump who appointed Acosta as Secretary of Labor, which carries primary federal responsibility for investigating sex trafficking, and Barr, whose control over federal prisons and prosecutions makes his promise to investigate Barr's death a travesty given Barr's own sordid history, including his zeal in protecting Trump from investigation.
One of many signs that Barr puts loyalty to Trump and party above rule of law is Barr's obvious conflicts of interest in Epstein matters. Barr was a partner at the elite law firm Kirkland & Ellis, where Epstein was a valued client. Other top members of the firm early this century included Acosta and two of the prominent Epstein attorneys and Republican partisans who would negotiate the sweetheart plea deal with Acosta, Jay Lefkowitz and former Independent Counsel and Clinton sleuth Kenneth Starr.
The latter, serving as counsel to Kirkland & Ellis while holding top leadership posts at Baylor University before his ouster over a sex scandal involving student hostesses "recruiting" athletes to attend Baylor, told this reporter in an interview that he had represented Epstein out of loyalty to the financier's support for the law firm.
Barr has asked for Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horwitz to lead an investigation into Epstein's death but that is surely too little too late for Barr, who of course retains ultimate authority over all federal prosecutions and the largely opaque operations of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
What Spies? What Intelligence Connections?
Some readers here might also question references in this column to potential intelligence connections to the Epstein scandal, particularly because the mainstream media have ignored those story leads almost entirely.
True, such ties are inherently covert and controversial. Nonetheless, several expert reporters have made compelling cases that Epstein was not simply a self-indulgent pedophile but also a "Deep State" operative who followed a tradition dating back more than half a century whereby intelligence agencies worked with corrupt operatives like Epstein to obtain blackmail material on U.S. leaders for later use in influencing policy.
whitney webb twitterInvestigative reporter Whitney Webb, right, published a compelling three-part series on this history in MintPress News on July 18, July 25 and Aug. 7. She tied Epstein, Wexner and a number of their associates to support for Israel via its foreign intelligence agency, the Mossad, and otherwise.
The picture painted by the evidence is not a direct Epstein tie to a single intelligence agency but a web linking key members of the Mega Group, politicians, and officials in both the U.S. and Israel, and an organized-crime network with deep business and intelligence ties in both nations.
As billionaire pedophile and alleged sex-trafficker, Jeffrey Epstein sits in prison, reports have continued to surface about his reported links to intelligence, his financial ties to several companies and “charitable” foundations, and his friendships with the rich and powerful as well as top politicians.
While Part I and Part II of this series, “The Jeffrey Epstein Scandal: Too Big to Fail,” have focused on the widespread nature of sexual blackmail operations in recent American history and their ties to the heights of American political power and the U.S. intelligence community, one key aspect of Epstein’s own sex-trafficking and blackmail operation that warrants examination is Epstein’s ties to Israeli intelligence and his ties to the “informal” pro-Israel philanthropist faction known as “the Mega Group.”
leslie wexner youtube cropped screenshot american academy of achievementThe Mega Group’s role in the Epstein case has garnered some attention, as Epstein’s main financial patron for decades, billionaire Leslie Wexner (right), was a co-founder of the group that unites several well-known businessmen with a penchant for pro-Israel and ethno-philanthropy (i.e., philanthropy benefiting a single ethnic or ethno-religious group).
However, as this report will show, another uniting factor among Mega Group members is deep ties to organized crime, specifically the organized crime network discussed in Part I of this series, which was largely led by notorious American mobster Meyer Lansky.
Dr. Philip Girardi, a think tank leader and former former CIA and military intelligence officer, is among those who have written similar reports in recent days. His column, Jeffrey Epstein RIP: But Many More Questions Remain to be Answered, appeared in the Unz Review, among other locales.
Giraldi wrote that in his experience a foreign intelligence service would not be able to operate assets like Epstein quite so brazenly as it appears without approval by at least some well-connected U.S. government officials.
In that vein, Girardi wrote:
My belief that Jeffrey Epstein was an intelligence agent is based principally on Acosta’s comments when being cleared by the Trump transition team. He was asked “Is the Epstein case going to cause a problem [for confirmation hearings]?” … “Acosta testified that he’d had just one meeting on the Epstein case. He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had ‘been told’ to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. ‘I was told Epstein belonged to intelligence and to leave it alone.’”
The questions about Epstein remain even though he is gone, but one fears that the authorities will be disinclined to further investigate a dead man. It appears that no one in the various investigative agencies or the mainstream media has been interested in what Acosta meant, even though it would be simple enough to ask him.
Who told him to back off? And how did they explain it? And then there is Epstein’s Austrian passport. Was it fake or real, with a real name and photo substitution or alternation of both picture and name? How did he get it? Austrian passports are highly desirable in intelligence circles because the country is neutral and its holders can travel just about everywhere without a visa.
Girardi continued:
And there’s more. As a former intelligence officer myself, there is little doubt in my mind that what Epstein did and how he did it was an intelligence operation. There is no other viable explanation for his filming of prominent politicians and celebrities having sex with young mossad seal Customgirls.
And as for the question of whom Epstein might have been working for, the most likely answer is Mossad. The CIA would have had no interest in compiling dossiers on prominent Americans, but American movers and shakers like Bill Clinton, with his 26 trips on the 'Lolita Express,' former Governor Bill Richardson, or former Senator George Mitchell are precisely the types of “agents of influence” that the Mossad would seek to coerce or even blackmail into cooperation.
Other compelling evidence for a Mossad connection came from Epstein’s relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell, who reportedly served as his key procurer of young girls. Ghislaine is the daughter of Robert Maxwell, who died or possibly was assassinated in mysterious circumstances in 1991. Maxwell was an Anglo-Jewish businessman, very cosmopolitan in profile, like Epstein, a multi-millionaire who was very controversial with what were regarded as ongoing ties to Mossad. After his death, he was given a state funeral by Israel in which six serving and former heads of Israeli intelligence listened while Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir eulogized: “He has done more for Israel than can today be said.”
Israel and high-profile Jewish players also have continued to turn up like bad pennies in the Epstein case, but no one seems to be interested in pursuing that angle. Epstein clearly had contact with former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak and Wexner also had close ties to the Jewish state and its government.
In a similar column alleging that Epstein had sinister and deep ties to the financial world, British entertainer Johnny Vedmore last month published The Epstein Associate Nobody's Talking About: The IDF-Linked Bond Girl Infiltrating the UK NHS. As in most such stories, those named denied any culpability.
Treatment in the mainstream media of these topics is virtually non-existent despite the scores of supposedly in-depth treatments of the Epstein case that have been appearing recently.
Part of the reluctance, undoubtedly, is the difficulty of documentation and fear of reprisal from powerful figures, some of whom (like Wexner) lead giant retailing companies and thus spend heavily on media advertising as well as on philanthropy for causes that some media decision-makers doubtless find attractive.
Despite those obstacles, independent researchers have undertaken much of spadework on Epstein for years. They include Vicky Ward (whose pioneering report for Vanity Fair was gutted in significant part before publication in 2003), Nick Bryant (author of The Franklin Scandal on child sex trafficking, co-author of Confessions of a DC Madam about the 1980s "call boy" scandal involving GOP lobbyist Craig Spence and also the reporter who first broke the story of Epstein's "black book" of celebrity addresses). Among others are the accomplished tabloid reporter/editor and author Sharon Churcher, Filthy Rich author James Patterson, and sex trafficking opponent and Trafficking author Conchita Sarnoff.
A number of victims' lawyers and citizen sleuths are also involved providing essential documentation, pressure on lawmakers and social media coverage that mainstream media -- claiming that they avoid "conspiracy theory" -- are often reluctant to provide on the most sensitive issues, including evidence of flaws in the 1964 Warren Report ascribing all blame on Lee Harvey Oswald for the President John Kennedy's assassination.
perversion of justice miami herald logoThe Miami Herald's investigative series on Epstein last fall, "Perversion of Justice," raised scandal's profile immensely with interviews of Epstein's victims that were primarily by lead reporter Julie K. Brown and video producer Emily Michot.
wayne madsen may 29 2015 croppedWayne Madsen (shown in a 2015 photo), the former Navy intelligence officer and NSA analyst who has authored 16 books, also has provided cutting-edge reporting through the years. He and this editor interviewed experts on organized crime three years ago on a trip to Columbus, Ohio, where we learned of Wexner and Epstein's relationships datin back decades with prominent mob interests in the region.
And when Trump nominated Acosta in February 2017 to join his cabinet Madsen responded the next day by publishing the first part of a series documenting Acosta's nefarious work as a cover-up mastermind in the Epstein case.
Meanwhile, the U. S. Senate largely ignored Acosta's multiple scandals as U.S. attorney during confirmation hearings, much as the Senate did with Barr's decades of cover scandals during this confirmation hearing in January. The Senate confirmed Acosta narrowly in March 2017 with a vote largely along party lines.
'A Lawless, Criminal Nation?'
There's much more to say. But since something new seems to be reported every few minutes we point readers to the above-mentioned special sites updated each day, particularly the #MeToo site on trafficking.
david talbot facebookWe conclude for now with words from David Talbot, the best-selling author of The Devil's ChessboardSeason of the Witch and Brothers. Talbot, shown at right and also founder of the Salon Media Group, wrote on his Facebook page over the weekend a powerful denunciation of the U.S. legal system that allowed Epstein's corruption and demise.
"Well, it's official," he wrote. "We now live in a criminal, lawless nation where people who know too much about the sleazy lives of the rich and powerful can be 'suicided' to death — even when they're on suicide watch in a New York City jail cell!"
He continued:
The "suicide" of Jeffrey Epstein — oh what the hell, let's call it what it really was, a politically necessary execution — reeks of the "suicide" of Craig Spence back in 1989.
Spence (below), a Republican lobbyist with deep ties to the Reagan presidency, ran a Washington call-boy service and, like Epstein, had the craig spencegoods on many of America's decadent elite. After his sex racket exploded in the headlines, Spence told friends he would probably be murdered — a termination that would be called a suicide. And guess what? In November 1989, Spence was indeed found "suicided" in a Ritz Carlton hotel room in Boston....
A final note on this flaming conspiracy to silence the latest man who knew too much.
For decades, the corporate media have been ridiculing and condemning those who believe that power in the U.S. often operates in darkly clandestine ways. The New York Times, Washington Post, TV networks et al have worked feverishly to marginalize the deep investigative work done by citizen researchers and independent journalists (including me) to shed light on the national security assassination of President Kennedy.
Eye-opening investigations into 9/11 — and the undeniable web of connections between Saudi royalty and the hijackers, U.S. agencies' foreknowledge of the hijacker plots, and the Bush-Cheney administration's coverup of inconvenient 9/11 truths — also are routinely blacked out by the mainstream media.
But in the wake of this Epstein bombshell, now, the C-word (as in 'conspiracy') is even creeping into the prose of NY Times columnists like Paul Krugman. Sometimes the criminality at the top of America becomes so brazen, so obvious that even our press watchdogs are stirred from their slumber.
Gloom, Doom & 'Strange Bedfellows' Fighting For Country
Amid legitmate fears of a fascist, unconstitutional takever by essentially lawless elements holding power, there exist (for those who dig deep) encouraging signs that the current threats to the United States justice system are persuading at least some experts to transcend put institutional reform ahead of their longstanding political loyalties. 
Former New York Police Commissioner Kerik's oped this weekend blasting federal law enforcement authorities over Epstein's death surely falls into that category. Kerik, a fervant Republican and law enforcement supporter throughout his career, is now a consultant (doubtless dependent on political goodwill). But he is also a prison reform advocate after being ruthlessly and in many ways unfairly prosecuted and imprisoned in a case that the Justice Integrity Project covered closely, with clear sympathy to his position. Kerik knows many things about many people and institutions, and in this instance chose to speak up for the powerless, who are in no position to help him or his beloved family.
Somewhat similarly, but from a different political perspective, reporter Wayne Madsen has published oped columns in several major newspapers this year advocating for former Vice President Joe Biden presidential candidacy. Madsen argues that mainstream Democrat Biden, despite flaws that Madsen underscored as a prominent muckraker of the Obama-Biden administration that Madsen was smeared falsely as a "conspiracy theorist," is best-positioned to fight the threat of lawless fascism represented by Trump.
Madsen also has reported that Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, a Trump appointee who is widely suspect in Democratic circles because he is former law partner of Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani, is credited with being a major backer of "Megan's Law," which is instrumental in fighting teen kidnappers and other traffickers.
The gist is that crime and cover-ups may not be forever, especially if authorities and the public are sufficiently revulsed by the crimes and inspired by reform impulses.
"Politics makes strange bedfellows" wrote Hartford Courant and Atlantic Magazine publisher / editor Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900) in an oft-quoted saying often misattributed to his Hartford neighbor Mark Twain.
We may be seeing that verity again now, but with the replacement of the term "politics" with the higher patriotism revolving around adherence to justice as a unifying goal.