Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Sheldon Adelson, Israel behind Gulf Arab split By the Wayne Madsen Report

Sheldon Adelson, Israel behind Gulf Arab split By the Wayne Madsen Report
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and Israeli interests he funds are behind a series of computer hacking incidents that have resulted in a serious split between Qatar, the home of the U.S. Central Command's massive Al-Udeid airbase, and a bloc of Qatar's erstwhile Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) allies that include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

WMR has learned from unimpeachable intelligence sources who monitor Adelson's worldwide activities that the casino tycoon has used the neo-conservative and Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and like-minded groups, all with close propaganda links to the Israeli government, to spread falsehoods attributed to the Emir of Qatar and the UAE government. The reason for the propaganda operation is to drive a wedge between Arab states that take a strong stand against Iran and those who maintain cordial ties to Iran.

What has led to the crucial divide between Qatar and its Arab neighbors are two hacking incidents. One was the hacking of the Qatar News Agency website and the alleged insertion of a "fake news" story reporting that Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, told a group of Qataris in a speech that "there is no wisdom in harboring hostility towards Iran." Sheikh Tamim also reportedly had kind words for both Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Although Qatar insisted the story was fabricated, Saudi Arabia led a group of GCC partners, including Bahrain and the UAE, as well as Egypt, Maldives, Mauritania, and the Saudi-financed puppet regime in eastern Libya and the Yemeni government-in-exile in Saudi Arabia to sever diplomatic, transportation,commercial, and military ties with Qatar. Jordan downgraded its diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Adelson and his FDD and other pro-Israeli information warfare specialists wanted to punish Qatar for not only backing Iran but also hosting in exile in Qatar the political leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal. The placing of a fake news story in the computer system of the Qatar News Agency and the resulting break down of relations between Qatar and its Arab partners was the first phase of the operation.

The second phase was the release of emails, allegedly hacked from the Hotmail account of the UAE ambassador to the United States, 
Yousef al-Otaiba. An initial tranche of the emails were released by a previously unknown group called GlobalLeaks, which was neither connected to WikiLeaks or an Italian software company called GlobaLeaks.

Oteiba's alleged emails, which span the time period from 2014 to this year, claim that Oteiba participated in a back channel relationship between the UAE and Israel facilitated by the FDD. The emails also purport to show that Oteiba participated in an Adelson/FDD operation to tarnish both Qatar and Kuwait as sponsors of terrorism and that this effort involved not only the UAE but Saudi Arabia.

Owing to the importance of the Al Udeid airbase to US CENTCOM operations in the region, Otaiba is a frequent participant in Pentagon activities, including anti-Islamic State operational planning meetings. One of the emails attributed to Otaiba is part of an exchange between the ambassador and John Hannah, the arch-neocon national security adviser to then-Vice President Dick Cheney and a key cog in the fake intelligence, including altered and re-edited CIA analysis reports, used to justify the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The Otaiba-Hannah email exchange, which is now believed by intelligence analysts to be fraudulent, claims that Hannah complained to Otaiba that Qatar was sponsoring a meeting of Hamas in Doha at a hotel owned by the UAE. The email states that Otaiba told Hannah that the Al-Udeid airbase was the real problem in the region, adding "How's this, you move the base then we'll move the  hotel :-) ." There are 8000 U.S. military personnel stationed at Al-Udeid, along with aircraft and other war equipment.
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Adelson's FDD has been behind the propaganda campaign against Qatar and it has been assisted by such bailiwicks of pro-Israeli policymaking and propaganda as The Huffington Post and George Washington University.

The emails also contain an alleged agenda for an FDD-UAE meeting to be held from
June 11-14 in which the disruption of Qatar-based Al Jazeera, Qatar's links to the Muslim Brotherhood, and dissuading U.S. companies active in Saudi Arabia and the UAE from extending their business to Iran were to be discussed. The emails claim that former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Mark Dubowitz, the chief executive officer of FDD were to attend the June meeting. Dubowitz, a South African-born Jew who vigorously opposed the international nuclear deal with Iran and supports increased sanctions on the nation. In addition to heading up the FDD, Dubowitz also leads the FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance.

Adelson, who was a multi-million dollar donor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign saw the presence of Trump, his Orthodox Jewish daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner in the White House hierarchy as a rare opportunity to squeeze Qatar over its relations with Iran and disrupt Al Jazeera. Trump did not disappoint Adelson or the Saudis. On the morning of June 6, Trump tweeted: “During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology,” Leaders pointed to Qatar — look!” Against the wishes of his own Defense Department and National Security Adviser, Trump decided to weigh into the Gulf Arab split engineered by right-wing Jewish hacking efforts to declare his support for Saudi Arabia and its allies, placing the Al-Udedid airbase in jeopardy.

Furthering the dissemination of the FDD-Israeli hacking "product" were Israel's always-reliable media partners, including Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept, which also burned former U.S. Air Force and inside National Security Agency source Reality Winner by making it easy for NSA to determine the source of a leaked Top Secret Releasable to Five Eyes report on Russian military intelligence computer probes of U.S. election-related computers prior to last Election Day. The Intercept was sloppy with Winner's hard copy document by making an image of it available to NSA, which then drilled down using obscure and unique "printer dots" and paper folds to determine Winner was the leaker. Joining The Intercept in spreading the fake UAE-FDD emails and phony Qatar News Agency report were The Daily Beast and CNN, both hives of Israeli propaganda activity.

CNN and like-minded media outlets reported that GlobalLinks and those who hacked the Qatar News Agency were "Russians," the default bogeymen for all hacking events, as far as the corporate media is now concerned.

Adelson has become the "George Soros of the far right" through his media acquisitions and influence. He owns the Israel Hayom and Makam Rishor newspapers in Israel, both of which support the far-right government of Binyamin Netanyahu. Adelson's sponsorship of the FDD has expanded his reach into American newsrooms with the type of fake news stories that have split the Gulf Arab and other Muslim nations into two camps: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, eastern Libya state, and Maldives on one side and Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, and Turkey on the other. U.S. strongman Trump claimed he was going to create an "Arab NATO" prior to his recent visit to Saudi Arabia. Instead, Trump left the region in a huge pile of camel dung with himself as the chief shit tosser via his Twitter feed.

Trump's incompetence and his fealty to Adelson and his operatives, including Jared Kushner who has pushed for Adelson's picks to be appointed to senior positions within the National Security Council, State Department, and other departments, may have further repercussions in the Middle East. Two members of the UAE federation, Dubai and Sharjah, both of which have close commercial contacts with Iran, are not happy about Abu Dhabi, which holds the UAE presidency, cooperating with Saudi Arabia in isolating Qatar. In fact, Abu Dhabi and the other six UAE federation members [see above map] have never been further apart on foreign policy. Geographically and culturally, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm al Qaiwain, Ras al Khaimah, and Fujairah, in addition to the Sultanate of Oman, have closer links to Iran than do either Abu Dhabi or Saudi Arabia. The only thing that is keeping the UAE together is the fact that Abu Dhabi remains the wealthiest of the seven emirates, largely thanks to Dubai's extravagant spending habits which gave it an amazing skyline of futuristic buildings but little else except for massive debt.

To tamp down independent opinions among the "northern emirates," Abu Dhabi authorities have threatened to imprison for up to 15 years anyone in the UAE expressing sympathy for Qatar, and by default, Iran.

Taking a cue from the inter-Arab squabbling in the Gulf, the Islamic State (ISIL) launched two separate terrorist attacks in Iran. One attack struck the Iranian parliament, the Majlis, killing at least one person, a security guard. The other involved a suicide bomb blast at the Ayatollah Khomeini mausoleum between downtown Tehran and the international airport.

Although ISIL claimed responsibility for the Iran attacks, there have been intelligence reports that the group has worked with the U.S., Saudi, and Israeli-supported cult-like Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), which has conducted several successful terrorist attacks inside Iran. Although once listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the U.S. State Department, congressional pressure saw it de-listed in 2012 by the Obama administration. The MEK's chief supporters are also among those who avidly support Israel. They include Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Bob Corker (R-TN), John McCain (R-AZ), Jack Reed (D-RI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Roy Blint (R-MO) and Representatives Elliot Engel (D-NY), Ed Royce (R-CA), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Brad Sherman (D-CA). Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao is among those who are also strong supporters of the Iranian terrorist group, along with such neocons as John Bolton; Newt Gingrich; and Fran Townsend, the latter considered for the top FBI job by Trump. Other strong supporters of the MEK include former Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

Adelson's international activities have been under close scrutiny by two of the world's best intelligence agencies, Britain's MI6 and China's Guojia Anquan Bu (Guoanbu). From Macao and Singapore to Qatar and Abu Dhabi, Adelson has become a thorn in the side of British, Chinese, and other interests. Trump and Kushner have chosen to side with Adelson and his private intelligence operations aimed at disrupting the Gulf states and the wider Middle Eastern and South Asian region and Trump, Kushner, and Adelson will, by infuriating major international players, pay a heavy price for their meddling in dangerous sands of the Middle East.

Friday, June 02, 2017

SPECIAL REPORT. Media being lazy and ignorant in coverage of Trump scandal By the Wayne Madsen Report

SPECIAL REPORT. Media being lazy and ignorant in coverage of Trump scandal
By the Wayne Madsen Report
The corporate media is being lazy and ignorant in its coverage of the scandal surrounding the Donald Trump administration and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The media would rather claim the scandal is all about Russia, when, in fact, it encompasses at least two dozen different countries involved in money laundering, registration of dummy corporations, and providing passports for key members of the Trump Organization and its criminal syndicate partner, the Kushner Companies.

The major reason why Justice Department Special Prosecutor and former FBI director Robert Mueller has tapped Andrew Weissmann, the chief of the Fraud Section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, to assist him in his investigation of the Trump White House are the ties of the Trump and Kushner families to securities fraud and money laundering schemes. These operations involve interlocking real estate deals between the Trump and Kushner organizations and implicate not only Donald Trump and his son-in-law and presidential special adviser Jared Kushner, but also Trump's sons, Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump; Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump; and Trump's closest advisers, including individuals under congressional subpoena for the "Russia" investigation. The House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed documents maintained by President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen and Trump campaign spokesman Boris Epshteyn.

The "Russia" investigation is a misnomer. WMR has identified several nations other than Russia that are involved in varying degrees to the Trump/Kushner real estate empire. This combined family business powerhouse has used U.S. tax laws to either skirt the law or violate it completely. The Trump/Kushner enterprise has been the subject of numerous lawsuits. An examination of these suits reveals that the Trump/Kushner enterprise uses offshore tax havens, 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, bribes -- in violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act -- limited liability corporations, dodgy banking institutions linked to money laundering, and various "pay-to-play" schemes to increase their profits. President Trump recently relaxed the law on political activities that may be engaged in by 501(c)(3) entities like the Donald J. Trump Foundation and his daughter's Ivanka Trump Foundation, the latter having recently received $100 million in donations from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

The following list is of the countries, in addition to Russia, that are linked to what can safely be called the Trump-Kushner criminal syndicate:

1. Albania                             61. Macao
2. Argentina                          62. Malaysia
3. Aruba                               63. Maldives
4. Australia                           64. Malta
5. Austria                              65. Mexico
6. Azerbaijan                         66. Moldova
7. Bahamas                           67. Monaco
8. Bahrain                             68. Morocco
9. Bangladesh                       69.  Namibia
10. Belarus                           70. Netherlands
11. Belgium                          71. New Zealand
12. Belize                              72. Panama
13. Bermuda                          73. Peru
14. Brazil                               74. Philippines
15. Brunei                              75. Poland
16. Bulgaria                           76. Portugal
17. Cambodia                         77. Puerto Rico
18. Canada                            78. Qatar
19. Cayman Islands                79. Romania
20. Central African Republic     80. St. Kitts and Nevis
21. Chile                                81. St. Lucia               
22. China                               82. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
23. Colombia                          83. Saudi Arabia
24. Cook Islands                     84. Serbia
25. Costa Rica                        85. Seychelles
26. Croatia                             86. Sierra Leone
27. Cuba                                87. Slovenia
28. Cyprus                             88. South Africa
29. Czech Republic                  89. Switzerland
30. Dominica                          90. Taiwan
31. Dominican Republic           91. Tanzania
32. Egypt                               92. Thailand
33. France                              93. Tunisia
34. Georgia                             94. Turkey
35. Germany                          95. Turks and Caicos Islands
36. Gibraltar                           96. Ukraine
37. Greece                              97. United Arab Emirates
38. Guatemala                        98. United Kingdom
39. Guinea                             99. Uruguay
40. Haiti                               100. Uzbekistan
41. Honduras                        101. Vietnam
42. Hong Kong                      102. Virgin Islands (British)
43. Hungary
44. Iceland
45. India
46. Indonesia
47. Iran
48. Ireland
49. Israel
50. Italy
51. Japan
52. Jordan
53. Kazakhstan
54. Kenya
55. Korea (South)
56. Kuwait
57. Kyrgyzstan
58. Libya
59. Liechtenstein
60. Luxembourg

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent interview that "patriotic Russians" may have been involved in conducting computer hacking of Democratic Party computer systems during the 2016 campaign, but this was a politically correct way of naming the "FSU Mafia" or "Former Soviet Union Mafia." The FSU Mafia is overwhelmingly Russian and Ukrainian Jewish. Putin keeps some of these gangster-oligarchs close in order to ascertain the nature of their operations and whether they adversely impact on Russian state security. Some of these same mafiosi figures are also close to the Trump and Kushner organizations. Consider that some of those tied to Trump and Kushner and are under investigation have similar names, for example, Boris Epshteyn and Boris Birshtein, the latter involved in the defunct Trump Tower project in Toronto.

Epshteyn's dubious business methods are summarized in a lawsuit brought in Houston against him and his business partner. [Click here for lawsuit download]

In addition to the over 100 countries in which the Trump Organization is active, Mueller and Weissmann are scrutinizing the databases of the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) to discover links between known Mafia companies and those under the Trump umbrella. Trump Organization companies include:
  • Sentient Jets LLC (Now/Known/As Trump Jets LLC)
  • T International Realty LLC (dba Trump International Realty)
  • The Donald J. Trump Foundation, Inc.
  • The Trump Corporation
  • The Trump Follies Member Inc.
  • The Trump Equitable Fifth Avenue Company
  • Trump 106 CPS LLC
  • Trump 55 Wall Corp
  • Trump 767 Management LLC
  • Trump 845 LP LLC
  • Trump 845 UN GP LLC
  • Trump 846 UN MGR Corp
  • Trump 846 UN MGR LLC fka 845 UN LLC
  • Trump AC Casino Marks LLC
  • Trump AC Casino Marks Member Corp
  • Trump Acquisition Corp.
  • Trump Acquisition, LLC
  • Trump Books LLC
  • Trump Books Manager Corp
  • Trump Brazil LLC
  • Trump Briarcliff Manor Development LLC formerly Briar Hall Development LLC
  • Trump Canadian Services Inc
  • Trump Canouan Estate LLC
  • Trump Canouan Estate Member Corp
  • Trump Caribbean LLC
  • Trump Carousel LLC
  • Trump Carousel Member Corp
  • Trump Central Park West Corp
  • Trump Chicago Commercial Member Corp
  • Trump Chicago Commercial Manager LLC
  • Trump Chicago Development LLC
  • Trump Chicago Hotel Member Corp
  • Trump Chicago Hotel Manager LLC
  • Trump Chicago Managing Member LLC
  • Trump Chicago Member LLC
  • Trump Chicago Residential Member Corp
  • Trump Chicago Residential Manager LLC
  • Trump Chicago Retail LLC
  • Trump Chicago Retail Manager LLC
  • Trump Chicago Retail Member Corp
  • Trump Classic Cars LLC
  • Trump Classic Cars Member Corp
  • Trump Commercial Chicago LLC
  • Trump Cozumel Corp
  • Trump Cozumel LLC
  • Trump CPS Corp
  • Trump CPS LLC
  • Trump Delmonico LLC
  • Trump Development Services LLC
  • Trump Development Services Member Corp.
  • Trump Drinks Israel Holdings LLC
  • Trump Drinks Israel Holdings Member Corp
  • Trump Drinks Israel LLC
  • Trump Drinks Israel Member Corp
  • Trump Education ULC
  • Trump Empire State, Inc.
  • Trump Endeavor 12 LLC
  • Trump Endeavor 12 Manager Corp
  • Trump EU Marks Member LLC
  • Trump EU Marks Member Corp
  • The Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC (fka Trump University CA LLC)
  • Trump Ferry Point LLC
  • Trump Ferry Point Member Corp
  • Trump Florida Management LLC
  • Trump Florida Manager Corp.
  • The Trump Follies LLC
  • Trump Fort Lee LLC
  • Trump Fort Lee Member Corp
  • Trump Golf Acquisition LLC
  • Trump Golf Coco Beach LLC
  • Trump Golf Coco Beach Member Corp
  • Trump Golf Management LLC
  • Trump Home Marks
  • Trump Home Marks Member Corp
  • Trump Ice LLC
  • Trump Ice Inc
  • Trump Identity LLC
  • Trump Identity Member Corp
  • Trump International Development LLC
  • Trump International Development Member Corp
  • Trump International Golf Club LC
  • Trump International Golf Club Scotland Limited
  • Trump International Golf Club Inc.
  • Trump International Hotel and Tower Condominium
  • Trump International Hotel Hawaii LLC
  • Trump International Hotels Management LLC
  • Trump International Management Corp
  • Trump Kelowna LLC
  • Trump Kelowna Member Corp.
  • Trump Korean Projects LLC
  • Trump Las Olas LLC
  • Trump Las Olas Member Corp
  • Trump Las Vegas Corp.
  • Trump Las Vegas Development LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Managing Member LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Managing Member II LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Marketing and Sales LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Member LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Member II LLC
  • Trump Las Vegas Sales & Marketing Inc.
  • Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas Unit Owners Association
  • Trump Lauderdale Development 2 LLC
  • Trump Lauderdale Development LLC
  • Trump Management Inc
  • Trump Marketing LLC
  • Trump Marks Asia Corp
  • Trump Marks Asia LLC
  • Trump Marks Atlanta LLC
  • Trump Marks Atlanta Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Baja Corp
  • Trump Marks Baja LLC
  • Trump Marks Batumi LLC
  • Trump Marks Batumi Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Beverages Corp
  • Trump Marks LLC
  • Trump Marks Canouan Corp
  • Trump Marks Canouan LLC
  • Trump Marks Chicago LLC
  • Trump Marks Chicago Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Cozumel Corp
  • Trump Marks Cozumel LLC
  • Trump Marks Dubai Corp
  • Trump Marks Dubai LLC
  • Trump Marks Egypt Corp
  • Trump Marks Egypt LLC
  • Trump Marks Fine Foods LLC
  • Trump Marks Fine Foods Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Ft. Lauderdale LLC
  • Trump Marks Ft. Lauderdale Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Golf Swing LLC
  • Trump Marks Golf Swing Member Corp
  • Trump Marks GP Corp
  • Trump Marks Holding LP (FKA Trump Marks LP)
  • Trump Marks Hollywood Corp
  • Trump Marks Hollywood LLC
  • Trump Marks Istanbul II Corp.
  • Trump Marks Istanbul II LLC
  • Trump Marks Jersey City Corp.
  • Trump Marks Jersey City LLC
  • Trump Marks Las Vegas Corp
  • Trump Marks Las Vegas LLC
  • Trump Marks LLC
  • Trump Marks Magazine Corp
  • Trump Marks Magazine LLC
  • Trump Marks Mattress LLC
  • Trump Marks Mattress Member Corp.
  • Trump Marks Menswear LLC
  • Trump Marks Menswear Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Mortoaoe Corp.
  • Trump Marks Mtg LLC
  • Trump Marks Mumbai LLC
  • Trump Marks Mumbai Member Corp
  • Trump Marks New Orleans Corp
  • Trump Marks New Orleans LLC
  • Trump Marks New Rochelle Corp.
  • Trump Marks New Rochelle LLC
  • Trump Marks Palm Beach Corp
  • Trump Marks Palm Beach LLC
  • Trump Marks Panama Corp
  • Trump Marks Panama LLC
  • Trump Marks Philadelphia Corp
  • Trump Marks PhiladelPhia LLC
  • Trump Marks Philippines LLC
  • Trump Marks Philippines Corp
  • Trump Marks Products LLC
  • Trump Marks Products Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Puerto Rico I LLC
  • Trump Marks Puerto Rico I Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Puerto Rico II LLC
  • Trump Marks Puerto Rico II Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Punta del Este LLC
  • Trump Marks Punta del Este Manager Corp
  • The Donald J. Trump Company LLC
  • The Trump Marks Real Estate Corp
  • Trump Marks Real Estate LLC
  • Trump Marks SOHO License Corp
  • Trump Marks SOHO LLC
  • Trump Marks South Africa LLC
  • Trump Marks South Africa Member Corp
  • Trump Marks Stamford Corp
  • Trump Marks Stamford LLC
  • Trump Marks Sunny Isles I LLC
  • Trump Marks Sunny Isles I Member Corp.
  • Trump Marks Sunny Isles II LLC
  • Trump Marks Sunny Isles II Member Corp.
  • Trump Marks Tampa Corp
  • Trump Marks Tampa LLC
  • Trump Marks Toronto Corp
  • Trump Marks Toronto LLC
  • Trump Marks Toronto LP (formally Trump Toronto Management LP)
  • Trump Marks Waikiki Corp
  • Trump Marks Waikiki LLC
  • Trump Marks Westchester Corp.
  • Trump Marks Westchester LLC
  • Trump Marks White Plains Corp
  • Trump Marks White Plains LLC
  • Trump Miami Resort Management LLC
  • Trump Miami Resort Management Member Corp
  • Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck LLC
  • Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck Member Corp
  • Trump National Golf Club LLC
  • Trump National Golf Club Member Corp
  • Trump National Golf Club Washington DC LLC
  • Trump National Golf Club Washington DC Member Corp
  • Trump Ocean Manager Inc.
  • Trump Ocean Managing Member LLC
  • Trump Old Post Office LLC
  • Trump On the Ocean LLC
  • Trump Organization LLC
  • The Trump Organization, Inc.
  • Trump Pageants, Inc.
  • Trump Palace Condominium
  • Trump Palace/Parc LLC
  • Trump Panama Condominium Management LLC
  • Trump Panama Condominium Member Corp
  • Trump Panama Hotel Management LLC
  • Trump Panama Hotel Management Member Corp LLC
  • Trump Parc East Condominium
  • Trump Park Avenue Acquisition LLC
  • Trump Park Avenue LLC
  • Trump Payroll Chicago LLC
  • Trump Payroll Corp.
  • Trump Phoenix Development LLC
  • Trump Plaza LLC
  • Trump Plaza Member Inc. fka Trump Plaza Corp.
  • Trump Procida Fort Lee LLC
  • Trump Productions LLC (former Rancho Lien LLC)
  • Trump Production Managing Member Inc
  • Trump Project Management Corp.
  • Trump Properties LLC
  • Trump Realty Services, LLC (fka Trump Mortgage Services LLC (03) & Tower Mortgage Services LLC)
  • Trump Restaurants LLC
  • Trump RHF Corp
  • Trump Riverside Management LLC
  • Trump Ruffin Commercial LLC
  • Trump Ruffin LLC
  • Trump Ruffin Tower I LLC
  • Trump Sales & Leasing Chicago LLC
  • Trump Sales & Leasing Chicago Member Corp
  • Trump Scotland Member Inc
  • Trump Scotsborough Square LLC
  • Trump Scotsborough Square Member Corp.
  • Trump SoHo Hotel Condominium New York
  • Trump Soho Member LLC
  • Trump Toronto Development Inc
  • Trump Toronto Hotel Management Corp.
  • Trump Toronto Member Corp. (formally Trump Toronto Management Member Corp)
  • Trump Tower Commercial LLC
  • Trump Tower Condominium Residential Section
  • Trump Tower Managing Member Inc
  • Trump Village Construction Corp.
  • Trump Vineyard Estates LLC
  • Trump Vineyard Estates Manager Corp.
  • Trump Vineyard Estates Lot 3 Owner LLC (fka Eric Trump Land Holdings LLC)
  • Trump Virginia Acquisitions LLC (fka Virginia Acquisitions LLC)
  • Trump Virginia Acquisitions Manager Corp
  • Trump Virginia Lot 5 LLC
  • Trump Virginia Lot 5 Manager Corp.
  • Trump Wine Marks LLC
  • Trump Wine Marks Member Corp.
  • Trump World Productions LLC y LLC
  • Trump World Productions Manager Corp
  • Trump World Publications LLC
  • Trump/New World Property Management LLC
  • Trump Castle Management Corp
  • Trump Marks White Plains Corp
  • Trump RHF Corp
  • The Donald J. Trump grantor Trust – DJT is the Trustee Successor – Trustee is Donald J. Trump, Jr.
  • The Donald J. Trump Revocable Trust
And if the above list of countries and companies are not enough to examine, consider all the firms linked to Trump and Kushner that are being looked at by the Special Prosecutor and his staff. They are headquartered in a multitude of locations with some being mere fronts for shady characters who have bought Trump condominiums in New York, Florida, and other locations.

The Trump-Kushner enterprise has enabled wealthy individuals, some subject to Interpol arrest warrants, to establish residencies at Trump or Kushner properties. Trump's private clubs, including Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, are being investigated for "pay-to-play" racketeering schemes. In April of this year, two former presidents of Colombia, Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana, each paid the $100,000 Mar-a-Lago initiation fee merely to be introduced to Trump to air their opposition to Colombia's peace agreement with the leftist rebel FARC group. The two presidents sought to bend Trump's ear prior to the president's meeting the following week with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, who hammered out the peace agreement with the FARC through the good offices of Cuba. Florida Senator Marco Rubio was identified as an interlocutor for Uribe and Pastrana and he may also be subject to the Special Prosecutor's racketeering probe of Trump's business activities.

Companies linked to the Trump/Kushner criminal enterprise mostly bear nondescript names like Alferon Management, Trans World Metals, SDG Capital S.A., Eurasian Bank, Triadou SPV, S.A., Excel Venture I LLC, Bayrock Group LLC, FL Group (Iceland), Eurasia Resources Group, Olave Equities LLC (BVI), Lytton Ventures Inc., Westix Ltd., Arigon Overseas, Arbat Capital, Toromont Ltd. (Cyprus), Barlow Investing, Annex Holdings Ltd. (St. Kitts), Mission Capital LLC, Smetanka LLC, Strategy International LLC, Federal Bank of the Middle East (Cyprus), Colley International Marketing (BVI), Firtash Group DF Ltd., 1st Rate Investment, ME Moldova Enterprises AG, MAB International, Midland Resource Holdings Ltd., Seabeco Security International Inc. (Zurich), Kazbay, Azarpassilo Construction Company ((Iran), Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation (Tehran), and Inkombank.

Wealthy individuals, some of them on the lam from international law enforcement, have purchased Trump properties using corporate covers like Soho 311 LLC, Soho 3310 LLC, Soho 3203 LLC, K One Journal Square LLC, Baku XXI Century, and 65 Bay LLC. The Special Prosecutor is very likely looking at whether cash purchases of Trump and Kushner properties were first laundered and subsequently transferred to their respective businesses and/or Trump's political campaign coffers.

The Trump and Kushner criminal organizations have plenty to hide and Messrs. Mueller and Weissmann have their jobs cut out for them. WMR has attempted to draw the interconnecting relationships of the Trump-Kushner operations to the wider network of con men and foreign oligarchs. As seen in the photo below, it has been no easy task.

Because the investigations of Trump and Kushner are so complicated, the corporate media has taken the easy way out by calling the scandal the "Russian" affair. As seen from our report, Russia is but one of 102 nations and territories involved in the Trump and Kushner criminal syndicate. The scandal is a classic Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) case but the media would rather paint it as the plot of a James Bond flick. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

While Trump tweeted and sniffled, grown-up leaders planned major global projects By The Wayne Madsen Report

While Trump tweeted and sniffled, grown-up leaders planned major global projects By The Wayne Madsen Report
While Donald Trump displayed his immaturity by tweeting threats and sniffling during televised interviews, the world's grown-up leaders were meeting in Beijing to plan major and ambitious global projects foreseen by China's "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) recreation of the ancient Silk Road. Chinese President Xi Jinping told assembled world leaders, who included Russian President Vladimir Putin, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, and United Nations Secretary General Antonio Gutteres, that China's vision of a new Silk Road would expand beyond its ancient predecessor to include global highways, railways, and maritime routes.

Xi spoke of the ancient road that linked  the "Nile, the Tigris and Euphrates, the Indus and Ganges, and the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers" via trade routes that extended through "Jiuquan, Dunhuang, Tulufan, Kashi, Samarkand, Baghdad and Constantinople, as well as ancient ports of Ningbo, Quanzhou, Guangzhou, Beihai, Colombo, Jeddah, and Alexandria." The discussions in Beijing were a far cry from the "he said, she said" antics occurring in Washington, DC, the capital of what has truly become, in Mao Zedong's famed words, a "paper tiger."

The one clear message the Beijing meeting sent out to the world is that America’s “unipolar” vision of the world lies dead and buried. Even among Washington’s longtime friends and allies, one will not hear Donald Trump referred to as the “leader of the Free World.” That phrase has been discarded into the waste bin of history, along with America’s insistence that it is the world’s only “superpower.” The United States is a power, a second-rate one that happens to possess a first-rate nuclear arsenal.
The United States almost ignored the Beijing meeting completely. Its pathetic representation was carried out by Matt Pottinger, a little-known special assistant to Trump and the senior director for East Asia for the National Security Council. The only reason Trump sent anyone to represent the United States in Beijing was because President Xi made a special request for American representation during his recent meeting with Trump at the president’s private Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Perhaps Trump was disinterested in OBOR because there were no projects for which his Trump Organization could profit. The gathered leaders were not discussing hotels and golf courses but trans-Eurasian transportation systems, South American regional infrastructure, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Western Balkans extension of Eurasian transport networks, and the very important environmental issues of "conserving and sustainably using oceans and seas, freshwater resources, as well as forests, mountains and drylands, protecting biodiversity, ecosystems and wildlife, combating desertification and land degradation." China announced two major environmental initiatives in Beijing: the Big Data Service Platform on Ecological and Environmental Protection and the Joint Initiative to Establish the International Coalition for Green Development on the Belt and Road with the United Nations Environment Program.

Why would Trump want to participate in a conference in which 1) he saw no profit motivation and 2) the assembled leaders were discussing issues that stand diametrically opposite from policies being enacted by Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke?

It is reassuring that other world leaders are taking the environment into consideration when planning major projects like the Eurasian Land Bridge and the East-West Middle Corridor, the latter running from Xian in China to Rotterdam in Europe. Land bridges, comprising highway and rail routes, are planned throughout Eurasia, including China-Mongolia-Russia, China-Central and West Asia, China-Indochina Peninsula, China-Pakistan, and Bangladesh-China-India-Burma.

Xi announced that a China-Russia Regional Cooperation Development Investment Fund would have a initialization capital of $14 billion in capital to begin funding One Belt, One Road projects. Meanwhile, Trump's Congressional allies were talking of economic sanctions on China over North Korea and increased sanctions on Russia over everything from Syria to Ukraine. It is noteworthy that among the governments represented by influential political players in Beijing were both North and South Korea, as well as Syria -- the government, not the "regime," as it is referred to by Trump's chest-thumpers in the White House.

Further plans were enacted in Beijing to expand the Interbank Association of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), an alternative to the SWIFT interbank financial transfer network that is subject not only to surveillance by the Five Eyes (FVEY) signals intelligence allies of the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, but also Western-imposed sanctions. The chiefs of the Washington, DC-based World Bank and International Monetary Fund listened to Chinese officials explain how the new Silk Road would bypass the Western and European Union political strings attached to both their institutions. China has initiated a Belt and Road Multi-currency Special Lending Scheme and Belt and Road Multi-currency Special Lending Scheme for Infrastructure Development that will allow participant nations to kiss the World Bank and IMF, with all of their "austerity" measures, goodbye. There is little wonder why the prime ministers of Greece, Spain, and Italy were in Beijing to find out more about loosening the financial shackles placed on them by the IMF, World Bank, and their European Union surrogates.

It also rankled the feathers of Trump's key Zionists in his administration -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, special adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and National Economic Council chairman Gary Cohn -- to see the China Development Bank sign Silk Road memorandums of understanding with two banks that have been subjected to sanctions by the West: Tejarat Bank of Iran and Raiffeisen Bank International of Austria. The Chinese are beginning to supplant the Zionists in their own playground of international banking and finance, something that irritates the Goldman Sachs players who surround Trump in his White House and Cabinet.

Serving to further irritate the interests of the Zionists of Trump World, China signed an agreement with Palestine on establishing a Think Tank Cooperation Program on Enhancing People-to-People Connectivity. The initiative is part of the Silk Road Think Tank Network (SiLKS). And in a show of force to George Soros and his friends at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), China announced that the China NGO Network for International Exchanges and over 150 civil organizations are jointly establishing the Silk Road NGO Cooperation Network. China has a long memory and will not forget Soros and USAID/NED meddling in Tibet, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia, and the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

The Western corporate media tried to spin the One Belt, One Road summit as a disappointment because Britain, France, and Germany were not represented. It was a specious argument from the likes of The Washington Post and Associated Press. British Prime Minister Theresa May would have been in Beijing except for the tiny little issue of her waging a general election campaign. In her place was Chancellor of the Exchequer Phil Hammond. At least May did not copy Trump and send some middle-grade civil service flunkie. Speaking of elections, France had just seen a presidential election and President Francois Hollande had an excuse not to be in Beijing as he was preparing to hand over the presidency to his successor. France was represented by former prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. Politics kept the prime minister of Japan and Chancellor of Germany away from Beijing, but both nations were represented by important personal representatives of Shinzo Abe and Angela Merkel, respectively.

Only Donald Trump saw fit to send a virtual nobody to Beijing. Perhaps it is fitting because on the world stage, Trump, in every way, increasingly shows that he, too, is a nobody in charge of a bloviating, meandering, and listless former "superpower." Trump vowed to "Make America Great Again." America's "greatness" died decades ago and Trump neither has the power nor the inclination to change that sobering fact of life regardless of all the red ball cap and t-shirt slogans to the contrary.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Intelligence sharing brouhaha has more to do with protecting Israel By The Wayne Madsen Report

Intelligence sharing brouhaha has more to do with protecting Israel
By The Wayne Madsen Report
Official Washington was all aflutter in the late afternoon of May 15 with news that President Trump shared "highly-sensitive" intelligence from a "close Middle East ally" with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.

The National Security Council and other White House staff requested The Washington PostNew York Times, and other press outlets not to provide details of the intelligence Trump is said to have shared with his Russian visitors.

However, in a tweet sent on May 16, Trump wrote: ""As President I wanted to share with Russia (at an openly scheduled W.H. meeting) which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons, plus I want Russia to greatly step up their fight against ISIS & terrorism."

What was learned was that Israel provided the United States with intelligence on a planned terrorist attack by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The U.S. Intelligence Community then slapped the intelligence with a sensitive compartmented intelligence code word, restricting it from wide access within the intelligence community.

Details of the ISIL terror plan had already leaked out and it was pretty much in plain sight. Apparently, the Israelis had a mole inside an ISIL bomb making unit located in a Syrian town still occupied by the terrorist group. The Israeli agent reported that he had witnessed ISIL constructing bombs in laptop computers. That intelligence was used as justification by the Trump administration to order the Transportation Security Administration to ban laptop computers from passenger cabins on flight to the United States originating from specific Middle Eastern airports. That ban has now been extended to U.S.-bound flights from Europe. Passengers with laptops are required to check them with their baggage.

The top secret intelligence Trump shared with Russians was about bombs in laptops.

In 2015, ISIL placed an online advertisement looking for bomb makers to travel to Syria and join the group. The advert was run by British ISIL operative Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani, whose actual name is Omar Hussain. It is ISIL-related online items like these that are "discovered" by the Israeli intelligence-linked Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE), which is run from Washington, DC, and run as "news" by the major media.

Israel and its supporters in the United States are livid about Trump sharing the intelligence with the Russians. National security adviser H. R. McMaster and his deputy Dina Powell are insisting the report about Trump blabbing to the Russians is not true. Yet, they also asked the media not to publish details about the story.

The reason for Israel's and its supporters' angst about the intelligence disclosure is that this is yet another example of Israel's rather close relationship with ISIL, a group that has murdered Americans; Middle East Christians, Shi'as, Alawites, moderate Sunnis, and Yazidis; and nationals of American allies. The fact that Israeli intelligence could place an informant so close to an ISIL bomb making operation is testimony to the Israel-ISIL relationship.

Former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said that last November, ISIL "apologized" to the Israeli Defense Force after an ISIL unit exchanged fire with the IDF "by mistake." The Israelis are reticent about reporting cases of "friendly fire" between its military and ISIL.

Although it is not known in what Syrian town the laptop bomb making factory is located, it is reasonable to believe that it is close to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in southwestern Syria. Wounded ISIL fighters have been transported to Israel over the 1974 Syria-Israel cease fire "Disengagement Line" in the Golan region for medical treatment and the Golan-Syria "border" has served as a practical meeting point between the Israelis and the Islamic State. Israeli logistics aid, including ISIL flags, has also been supplied to ISIL by the Israelis across the Golan armistice line. The Israeli-ISIL cooperation in Golan makes it a much easier location from which to slip Mossad agents into ISIL ranks.

As for Russia learning about the Israeli intelligence on ISIL, they likely already knew about it. The relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin is much closer than that between Putin and Trump. Since Russian airlines fly numerous routes to the Middle East, including Israel, it is inconceivable that Israel had not already informed Moscow about the laptop bomb plot. 

Trump's "Russian" ties are with the "Red Kosher Nostra," not the Kremlin By The Wayne Madsen Report

Trump's "Russian" ties are with the "Red Kosher Nostra," not the Kremlin
By The Wayne Madsen Report
Donald Trump has solid criminal links. Donald Trump also used foreign money to help finance his almost-broke presidential campaign in the mid-summer of 2016. Foreign hackers did penetrate the computers of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. However, none of these events were connected to the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin. Any suggestion to the contrary is an attempt to whitewash the roles of what can be called the "Red Kosher Nostra" -- billionaire oligarchs from the collapsed Soviet Union, all Jewish or claiming to be Jewish, who are linked to the business activities of both the Trump Organization and the Kushner Companies.

The Western corporate media has been misrepresenting this important fact by coming up with diversionary throw-away phrases like "Russian hackers," "Putin's agents," "Russian cyber warfare," and other terms meant to be pejorative toward Russia. Nowhere in the din of corporate propaganda about Trump's criminal connections is heard "Russian-Israeli," "Ukrainian-Israel," "Uzbek-Israeli," "Bashkir-Israeli," "Kazakh-Israeli," or "Kyrgyz-Israeli," yet billionaire gangsters and tycoons hailing from the republics of the former Soviet Union dominate Donald Trump's and his son-in-law Jared Kushner's business empires. For the media to fail to mention the nature of the Trump/Kushner-connected eastern European  mafia as being Jewish is as disingenuous as the media failing to recognize the Sinaloa and Los Zetas drug cartels as Mexican; the Cosa Nostra, Camorra, and 'Ndrangheta as Italian, the Yakuza as Japanese, and the Crips and the Bloods gangs as primarily African-American.
Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey primarily because Comey asked for additional resources from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to beef up the FBI's "follow-the-money" investigation of the Trump campaign. The FBI's receipt of data from the Department of Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) regarding the money laundering involving Trump and Kushner businesses, accounts maintained by the Bank of Cyprus, HSBC, Bank Hapoalim of Israel, and other banks, and the Trump presidential campaign are what lie at the heart of the FBI's investigation of Trump. The FBI is reportedly focused on Trump's associates' financial dealings with banks in Cyprus. As with previous political scandals, including Watergate and Iran-contra, most of the perpetrators were caught when federal investigators began to "follow-the-money."

WMR has counted at least eight past and current separate FBI investigations involving those close to Trump, including members of his own family, as well as that of Trump's close adviser, his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Among the criminal investigations involving Trump associates were those prosecuted by Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who was fired by Trump after the sacking of acting Attorney General Sally Yates. While Yates was the Deputy Attorney General from 2015 to her sacking by Trump on January 30, 2017, she was also involved in criminal cases targeting Trump business associates in the shady underworld of the Red Kosher Nostra.

Among the federal and a few state crimes for which Trump/Kushner associates have either been convicted or investigated are wire fraud, extortion, money laundering, bribery and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, first degree assault, homicide, obstruction of justice, smuggling, racketeering, tax evasion, prostitution, and illegal gambling.

The complex nature of the network and sub-networks of criminal syndicates doing business with the Trump family and/or the Kushners would have necessitated Comey to ask for more resources for the FBI to pursue the Trump/Kushner connection to the money laundering operations that helped finance the Trump campaign. These criminal syndicates involve secret bank accounts, offshore tax havens, and dummy corporations.

Felix the Trump consigliere

Although there are a multitude of gateways from the Trump Organization to the world of organized crime, one of the major links is that of Trump Organization figure and Bayrock Group LLC senior adviser Felix Sater, aka Felix Sheferovsky. Imprisoned for a year in 1991 for breaking a margarita glass in a midtown Manhattan bar and stabbing another bar patron, a crime of first degree assault, seven years later Sater pleaded guilty to a penny stock pump and dump scheme. Sater's 1998 trial involved his White Rock Partners LLC. In a deal in which Sater pleaded guilty to racketeering and fraud charges, U.S. Attorney for Brooklyn Loretta Lynch sealed for ten years the court records on case in return for Sater becoming a federal informant. Sater has close ties to Donald Trump's top attorney, Michael Cohen.

Bayrock Group's owner is Tevfik Arik, a national of Kazakhstan and a former Soviet official. In 2010, Arik was arrested in Turkey for running a prostitution ring.

The Trump-Kushner global criminal syndicate
Although Arik claims not to be Jewish, he has donated handsomely to the Chabad House of Port Washington, New York. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have affiliated with a Chabad synagogue in Washington, DC. Jared's father and mother, Charles and Seryl Kushner, have donated $342,500 to Chabad institutions over the years. In 2005, Charles Kushner pleaded guilty to 18 counts of illegal campaign contributions, tax evasion, and witness tampering and spent a year in prison in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2016, Charles Kushner donated $100,000 to Trump's Make America Great Again PAC. Chabad Houses around the world have been identified by law enforcement agencies of providing fronts for organized crime and Israeli espionage.

Trump's criminal sub-syndicates: "K-Trio, Sapir Organization & Chodiev Group

Arik's and Sater's Bayrock Group saw their Icelandic affiliate FL Group amid charges of fraud. Bayrock was a significant investor in the Trump SoHo hotel-condominium complex in Manhattan, a project that was also financed by the "K-Trio" -- the "Kazakhstan Trio" -- of Kazakh-Israeli Alexander Mashkevich, Uzbek-Belgian Patokh Chodiev and Alisan Ibragimov. The K-Trio are principals in the Eurasian National Resources Corporation (ENRC); Alferon Management, which is involved in mining in Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Indonesia, Russia, and other countries; ACCP, a chromium mining company once headquartered in the British Virgin Islands and now owned by the Chinese; and the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress (EAJC), a branch of the World Jewish Congress. The K-Trio have been under investigation by the FBI for forgery and money laundering. Mashkevich had a project to develop a "Jewish version" of Al Jazeera, the Arab-owned satellite news network broadcasting from Qatar.

Bayrock was linked as a partner to another business syndicate, the Sapir Organization, headed by Donald and Ivanka Trump's and Jared Kushner's good friends Rotem Rosen and Israeli citizen Alex Sapir.  The Sapir Organization is involved in major hotel projects in New York and around the world, including the Trump Tower in Toronto. Others involved with the Toronto Trump Tower include Uzbek-Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev, accused of trafficking in African "blood diamonds" and Canadian-Russian-Israeli businessman Alexander Shnaider, owner of Talon International Development Inc, and co-owner of Midland Resources Holding Inc. with his partner Ukrainian-Russian billionaire , who is also vice-president of the World Jewish Congress Shnaider's father-in-law is Boris Birshtein, a citizen of Canada, Switzerland, and Israel, who is strongly believed to be a top Mossad operative. Birshstein's firm, Seabeco Group, has been charged with money laundering in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova. The firm has been at the center of Red Kosher Nostra activities, including the fixing of elections in countries around the world. Birshtein is accused of fraud and money-laundering in Russia, Canada, Belgium and Switzerland and of the theft of gold from the Soviet reserves after the collapse of the USSR. FBI has maintained an investigation of Birshstein's activities for many years.

Chodiev's "Chodiev Group," a member of the K-Trio, was linked to the Uzbek-Israeli billionaire Michael Cherney, aka Chernoy, a billionaire who lives in Israel and is wanted on an Interpol arrest warrant for money laundering and criminal racketeering. Cherney made his fortune in the post-Soviet collapse Russian aluminum market. Together with his brother Lev Cherney and the publicity-shy British metals market billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben, Michael Cherney established the Trans World Group (TWG), Russia's largest company that produced aluminum for customers around the world. The Reuben brothers are investors in Manhattan's famed Plaza Hotel.

TWG was also linked to the businesses of Russian-Jewish aluminum oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Deripaska owns United Company RUSAL, a major aluminum producer. Major investors in RUSAL include Nathaniel Rothschild and Glencore. In a disclosure from classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents released by Edward Snowden, it was revealed that NSA's Australian partner, the Australian Signals Directorate, was monitoring the communications of the Reuben brothers' large international law firm, Mayer Brown. When it comes upon intercepts of communications involving non-U.S. nationals that is of a criminal nature, the NSA can share that information with the FBI.

Glencore was once owned by the late expatriate U.S. felon Marc Rich, who was pardoned in 2001 by the outgoing President Bill Clinton for his criminal convictions in an eleventh hour deal. Rich's attorney was Scooter Libby, vice president Dick Cheney's adviser who was convicted of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to FBI agents in the public exposure of Valerie Plame as a covert CIA agent.

Among TWG's partners was Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, a former partner of the late Boris Berezovsky. Abramovich, who spends much of his time in Britain and owns the Chelsea Football Club, has been the subject of Russian government investigations for theft, anti-trust, bribery, fraud, and stock manipulation. Berezovsky, who became a bitter opponent of Putin and subsequently offered assistance to him, was found hanging in his English estate in 2013. Berezovsky had previously broken with Abramovich. British police ruled that Berezovsky's suspicious death was a suicide. Berezovsky also owned a condo in the Trump Tower in Manhattan.

TWG owns Global Switch, one of the world's largest carrier-neutral data centers that provided digital telecommunications services to Europe and the Asia-Pacific. What could provide the connectivity for a global group of hackers to penetrate the computer systems of the Democrats and the Clinton campaign and then blame it on the Russian government? You are looking at it with Global Switch.

Along with Interpol, the FBI has investigated the Cherney brothers, along with the "K-Trio." Cherney set up the Intelligence Summit in New York in 2006 and named two former Central Intelligence Agency directors -- James Woolsey and John Deutch -- to the Intelligence Summit's board of advisers. They made their decision after federal law enforcement informed them that Cherney was under investigation as a member of the "Russian mafia." Again, it is the "Red Kosher Nostra," not the Russian mafia, which has been the target of the FBI. The Russian government has more arrest warrants out for the members of the Red Kosher Nostra than does the FBI or Interpol.

The Trump Tower in Manhattan has been a virtual criminal lair for the Red Kosher Nostra. If the tower and its dodgy residents had been wiretapped by the FBI, there was a good reason for it. Owning five condos in the Manhattan tower was ex-con David Bogatin, who the FBI considered to be one of the primary lieutenants of Ukrainian-Jewish crime boss Semion Mogilevich. Bogatin was the founder of the First Commercial Bank of Lublin, Poland, which was involved in major money laundering and other fraudulent operations, including tax evasion and gasoline smuggling.

Owners of Trump Tower condos in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida include Russian gangsters previously investigated by the FBI, including Anatoly Golubchik and Michael Sall and Ukrainian businessman Peter Kiritchenko, who was involved in money laundering through his Bainfield Company, Ltd. shell corporation in the British Virgin Islands with former Ukrainian Prime Ministers Peter Lazarenko and Yulia Tymoshenko.

The "boss of bosses"

It was through Ukrainian intermediaries linked to organized crime that Trump's short-lived presidential campaign manager Paul Manafort could be connected to Ukrainian crime "boss of bosses" Mogilevich. These criminal networks also relied heavily upon money laundering through the Bank of Cyprus, whose vice chairman was Wilbur Ross, Trumps' current Commerce Secretary.

Not only did the FBI have taps on Trump Tower Sunny Isles Beach but, from 2011 to 2013, the FBI was intercepting phone calls and text messages from the Manhattan Trump Tower triplex condo owned by U.S.-Israeli gangster Vadim Trincher, who ran illegal gambling operations with his sons Illya and Eugene Trincher.

One of the key members of the Trincher crime syndicate was Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, aka “Vor,” translated as “Thief-in-Law,” indicted in 2002 for bribing officials of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and remaining a fugitive from U.S. justice.

According to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, none other than Preet Bharara, who Trump fired, the Trincher criminal syndicate, known as the "Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization, ran a major illegal sports betting operation in the United States. Bharara's indictment specified the "Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization (the "Organization") was a criminal enterprise with strong ties to Russia and Ukraine. The enterprise operated a high-stakes, illegal sports gambling business out of New York City that catered primarily to Russian oligarchs living in Ukraine and Russia." In other words, the same tower that Donald Trump called home was the center of a major illegal sports betting operation. Given Trump's own ties to gambling casinos and professional sports, there is little wonder why Trump viewed Bharara and Comey as threats.

Bharara netted a major Red Kosher Nostra criminal gang with his nailing of the Trincher Organization. Among those indicted, in addition to the Trinchers, Sall, and Tokhtakhounov,  were Alexander Zaverukha, Molly Bloom, Noah Siegel, Nicholas Hirsch, Anatoly Shteyngrob, John Jarecki, Arthur Azen, Stan Greenberg, Alexander Katchaloff, Abraham Mosseri, Hillel Nahmad, William Edler, Bryan Zuriff, William Barbalat, Kirill Rapoport, Dmitry Duzhinsky, David Aaron, Moshe Oratz, Peter Feldman, and Ronald Uy. It does not take the FBI to ascertain what these individuals have in common, aside from being involved in illegal bookie operations run partly out of the Trump Tower.

Trump's Manhattan condo owner David Bogatin has other suspicious criminal ties. His crime partner in New York's Howard Beach community in the 1980s was Michael Markovitz, a Romanian Jew who ended up being shot to death in Brooklyn in 1989 after agreeing to cooperate with federal prosecutors. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Brooklyn, the one from which Loretta Lynch gave a pass to Trump associate Felix Sater, likely maintains a record on the investigation of Markovitz's death after he agreed to help prosecutors nail Bogatin.

Bogatin, via Mogilevich, was linked to two other principal members of the Red Kosher Nostra, both of whom did not live very long to talk about their exploits. One was Vladimir Vinogradov, a Bashkir Jew and the owner and president of Russia's failed Inkombank, which was partially financed by Russian Red Kosher Nostra oligarchs Vladimir Gusinsky, vice president of the World Jewish Congress; Leonid Nevzlin, an Israeli billionaire who was tried in absentia in Russia in 2008 and found guilty of several counts of conspiracy to murder and sentenced to life imprisonment; and former Yukos oil magnate and expatriate Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, convicted and imprisoned in Russia for tax evasion and fraud and released in 2013. Vinogradov died in 2008 at the age of 52 from a stroke.

The other Bogatin associate is Vyacheslav Ivankov, who worked with the Mogilevich gang in Brighton Beach, New York and the Tariel Oniani Georgian Kutaisi gang in the 1990s. In 2009, Ivankov was shot to death in Moscow by a sniper. During the 1990s, Ivankov resided in the Trump Tower and his personal phone book contained the private numbers for top Trump Organization officers.

The Kushner clan

The other side of the Trump White House is the business empire of the Kushner family. It was recently reported that Jared Kushner's sister, Nicole Kushner Meyer, tried to woo prospective millionaire Chinese buyers of Kushner family real estate in the New York-New Jersey area with guarantees of receiving EB-5 U.S. visas with a further prospect of U.S.  permanent residency. Of course, Ms. Kushner Meyer stressed her "special contacts" within the Trump administration to Chinese guests at a business conference in Beijing.

The Kushner Companies and Kushner Real Estate Group have a close relationship with Israel's Bank Hapoalim and the large Harel insurance company of Israel. Bank Hapoalim is a chief target of the international boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against Israel
 for its financial activities on the West Bank.

A Kushner project to redevelop Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood involves the family of Israel's diamond magnate billionaire family. The Kushner deal involves Raz Steinmetz, whose uncle is Beny Steinmetz, the owner Steinmetz Diamond Group and BSG Resources, the latter under an FBI investigation for violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act for bribes paid to officials of the West African Republic of Guinea for mining concessions in that nation. Steinmetz companies also conduct business through a British Virgin Islands shell company called "Rebar LLC."

Ras Steinmetz's brother, Daniel Steinmetz, was involved in business with Jared Kushner through Gaia Investments Corporation of Tel Aviv through an affiliate Gaia JC LLC. After Jared Kushner became a chief adviser to Trump, said to be one of only a few in a Trump "inner circle" that also includes daughter Ivanka Trump, communications specialist Hope Hicks, and Trump "body man" Keith Schiller, the Steinmetz-Kushner firm changed its name to "65 Bay LLC."

Steinmetz is represented in the U.S. by Greenberg Traurig, which came to the public's attention as the firm where convicted Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff hung his shingle, and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. Of course, Dershowitz's name has also come up in the civil suits filed by then-underage Mar-a-Lago "towel girl" Virginia Roberts. Ms. Roberts, now Ms. Giuffre, contended that she was forced to engage in sexual activities at the age of 15 with not only Dershowitz, but his client, close Trump friend and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.

Trump's pal, the "fertilizer king"

A recent letter, dated March 8, 2017, and addressed to President Trump from his tax attorneys, Morgan and Lewis of Washington, DC, was intended to silence critics of Trump who contend he is hiding something in his, as of yet, not-fully release tax returns. The letter, with the subject line "Transactions with Russian counterparties reported on your U.S. federal income tax returns, states that Trump only received Russian money from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and the $95 million sale of the 18-bedroom Maison de L'AmitiĆ© in Palm Beach, Florida to Russian-Jewish potash-fertilizer billionaire magnate and owner of the AS Monaco football team Dmitry Rybolovlev.

It is noteworthy that Rybolovlev is a minority stake owner in the Bank of Cyprus, which was owned by Trump's Commerce Secretary Ross. Rybolovlev is also no stranger to gangster-like violence. In 1996, Evgeny Panteleymonov, Director of Neftekhimik, a firm partly owned by Rybolovlev, was shot and killed in his home. In May 1996, Rybolovlev was indicted and arrested for the contract killing of his partner Panteleymonov. Rybolovlev was later released after the sole prosecution witness recanted his testimony.

According to golf historian and writer James Dobson, President Trump's son Eric Trump, who has, along with his brother Donald Trump, Jr., assumed control of the activities of the Trump Organization from their father, told the writer in 2013 that the Trumps relied on Russians to financially back Trump golf courses. Dobson quoted Eric Trump as saying, "Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia," adding, "Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time."

Of course, the term "Russia" and "Russian" are merely misstatements that actually mean the Red Kosher Nostra. In another widely reported comment, this one from Donald Trump Jr. at a real estate conference in 2008, the president's son allegedly said, "And in terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets; say in Dubai, and certainly with our project in SoHo and anywhere in New York. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia." But as discovered by WMR's investigation, "SoHo's major investors included the Red Kosher Nostra figures of the "K-Trio," in addition to the Kushner Companies and the Steinmetz family of Israel. Where are the "Russians" who Donald Trump, Jr. spoke of?

There are reports of possible federal grand juries being empaneled in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC. These grand juries may be on the trail of Trump's true benefactors, but given a recent case in New York, those who believe in the rule of law should not raise their hope.

Bharara was a prime target of the Trump team and their crime syndicate pals

In a case that was vigorously pursued by fired U.S. Attorney Bharara in Manhattan, the U.S. Justice Department, now under Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein, has agreed to a settlement with Moscow businessman Denis Katsyv and his hedge fund firm Prevezon Holdings, Ltd. just three days before scheduled jury selection for the trial. Prevezon and its eleven related companies had been charged with money laundering for a criminal network extending from Russia to Moldova and Latvia to New York and Israel. What was at the heart of the money laundering case? You guessed it. the Red Kosher Nostra. Katsyv's partners included his Russian partner Timofey Krit and Israeli businessman Alexander Litvak.

Trump's firing of Yates, Bharara, and Comey had nothing to do with the 2016 election and everything to do with Trump covering for his and the Kushners' friends and business colleagues in the Red Kosher Nostra. Chief presidential strategist Steve Bannon, accused of anti-Semitism, is clever window dressing for an administration that is owned, lock, stock and barrel by the Red Kosher Nostra. As long as Bannon is on the scene, Trump buys off any criticism from his allies in the alt.right movement, including Klan leader David Duke and neo-Nazi Richard Spencer. After all, Donald Trump claims he mastered the "art of the deal." Trump's deal has been to blindside the hard right while selling out the United States to the vilest of all crime syndicates.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

UPDATE 1X. There are only a few similarities between Trump scandal and Watergate By The Wayne Madsen Report

UPDATE 1X. There are only a few similarities between Trump scandal and Watergate - By The Wayne Madsen Report
Update 1x. As this story was being published, President Trump created a huge similarity between the scandal surrounding his administration and the Watergate scandal that led to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974. Trump indicated that during a dinner he had with then-FBI director James Comey on January 27, 2016, that Comey's comments to the president may have been "taped" by the Trump White House.

It is not clear where Trump and Comey dined on the evening of January 27. However, whether or not it was in the White House's private dining room in the West Wing, the presence of a clandestine recording system anywhere in the Executive Mansion is very reminiscent of the Oval Office taping system disclosed to the Senate Watergate Committee by White House aide Alexander Butterfield during his testimony on July 16, 1973. It was the contents of the Oval Office tapes about Nixon's obstruction of justice and conspiracy that helped spell the end of his Nixon administration. While it is doubtful that Trump employs an arcane analog taping system in either the Oval Office or the private dining room, there is a possibility that something as common as an iPhone, which is constantly being used by Trump to send out Twitter messages, may have recorded Comey's content. Or, a more sophisticated recording system could have been used by Trump.

Is this Trump's "taping system?"

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, in a mid-day press conference, said Trump's tweet "speaks for itself," adding that had no comment on Trump's tweet about possible "tapes" of the dinner conversation with Comey or two separate phone conversations Trump said he had with the FBI director. In all three conversations, Trump said he asked Comey about any FBI investigations targeting the president and that Comey replied in the negative. Spicer said, "the president has nothing further to add on" Trump's tweet about "tapes." Some legal experts believe that Trump's statement that Comey "better not" leak anything to the press smacks of witness intimidation, since Comey has been formally invited to testify before the Congress.

Trump's tweet indicates that if Comey begins leaking details of his recent firing by Trump, he might face public disclosure of the former FBI director's comments. Comey has indicated through colleagues that he is not worried about Trump's tapes. Comey also indicated that during the dinner conversation, Trump inquired about Comey's willingness to sign a loyalty pledge to the president and whether he was under an FBI investigation over the Trump campaign's Russia links. Comey reportedly said that he told Trump at dinner that while he would not swear to be "loyal," he would be "honest." Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper indicated in an interview with MS-NBC that Comey expressed angst to Clapper prior to Trump's invitation to dinner. In an interview with NBC News, Trump claims it was Comey who requested the dinner with Trump. The only thing consistent so far in the entire emerging constitutional crisis are the repetitive documented lies from Trump.

In another morning tweet on May 12, Trump left open the possibility that he may cancel all future White House press briefings because he feels his own spokespeople are not always perfectly accurate. Nixon's antipathy toward the press is legendary. However, not even Nixon contemplated canceling the White House's daily press briefings as a way to punish the news media.

There are only a few similarities between the current scandal surrounding Donald Trump and the Watergate affair that brought down Richard Nixon. Before highlighting the similarities, it is important to stress one big difference. The corporate media was not full of political hacks, both Democrat and Republican, during Watergate. Today, the three cable news networks constantly feature as commentators and contributors partisan bloviators offering up nothing more than talking points for their own political persuasions. The "reporters" are not digging for scoops but echoing other news reports.

During Watergate, members of the press who reported on the scandal included a number of veterans of war reporting in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Middle East. These were unflappable "shoe leather" reporters who plied the halls of main Justice and the favorite DC watering holes for off-duty FBI agents and congressional staffers to get the "back stories" on the Nixon White House. Today, the "talking heads" on the three cable news wastelands are merely repeating "tweets" and each other's viewpoints and opinions.

FBI director Comey first learned of his sacking by Trump while attending a minority recruiting conference being held at the Directors Guild of America building in Hollywood, California. Comey actually discovered he had been fired by reading from a crawl that flashed across a television screen. He first believed it was some sort of prank. Comey huddled with FBI officials before darting off to his FBI jet at Los Angeles International Airport and his flight back to DC. 

Acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, meanwhile, dispatched FBI agents to seize and seal Comey's office. When Nixon ordered Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox fired on October 20, 1973, his Attorney General, Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelhaus refused to carry out the sacking and resigned. Nixon ordered armed federal agents to seize control of the offices of Cox, Richardson, and Ruckelshaus. However, Richardson and Ruckelshaus were smart enough to remove all Watergate-related files from their offices. 

It is not known whether Comey removed files related to the investigation of Trump and his campaign but it is clear that Trump took advantage of Comey being on the West Coast to make his move in ousting the FBI director. 

A major difference between the Saturday Night Massacre and the Comey sacking is that unlike Sessions and Rosenstein, Richardson and Ruckelshaus were honorable men. The same is not the case for the totally-corrupt Jeff Sessions and the Intelligence Community puppet Rosenstein. Rosenstein is trying to come off as a "good guy" in the emerging scandal surrounding Trump. 

Rosenstein replaced U.S. Attorney for Maryland Thomas DiBiagio, who was among the U.S. Attorneys fired by George W. Bush in January 2005. Bush wanted to clear out any U.S. Attorneys who posed a challenge for his second term. DiBiagio had been pursuing a corruption case against Maryland's GOP Governor Bob Ehrlich, an investigation that linked to the Pamela Martin and Associates sex escort firm run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey and GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff. DiBiagio treated Palfrey as an immunized confidential informant against Ehrlich, members of the Maryland State Police, and Republicans in the Bush administration and Congress. Rosenstein, while he was not pursuing whistleblowers and alleged leakers in the National Security Agency, was burying all the information collected by DiBiagio on Ehrlich, Abramoff, and DiBiagio's assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Luna, who, in 2003, was found dead in Pennsylvania, stabbed 36 times with his own penknife. Luna's death was ruled a suicide by the Lancaster County coroner.

Rosenstein's job in 2005, as well as today, is to protect certain individuals from wide-ranging investigations of corruption. This political hatchet-man is now attempting to curry favor with members of Congress. Whether or nor Rosenstein helps put a political shiv in Trump's back is too early to ascertain but the combination of Sessions, one of the Senate's most corrupt members, and Rosenstein at Justice will not help move the investigation of Trump and his cronies forward. 

Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claims that she "heard from a large number of individuals who work at the FBI who said they're very happy with the president's decision"to fire Comey. Given several reports that rank-and-file FBI agents, as well as line attorneys at Main Justice, are fuming over Trump's firing of Comey, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, look for a steady flow of "leaks" coming from "knowledgeable sources" within the Justice Department and the FBI. Leaks from inside the Watergate investigation are what eventually spelled Nixon's doom. Although it was rather "Nixonian" for Trump to fire FBI director Comey, one important difference between then and now is that Nixon never fired FBI director Clarence Kelly. Had he done so, Nixon would have likely left office long before August 1974. Trump's firing of Comey has created an FBI that is hostile to Trump's interests and that could spell disaster for the president.

Another important difference between Trump and Nixon is the underlying criminality of both cases. Nixon was impeached not for the 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters by Nixon campaign henchmen, a common burglary, but because of the obstruction of justice and criminal conspiracy to cover-up the White House's involvement in the burglary. In essence, it was not the crime but the cover-up that ended the Nixon presidency.

In the case of Trump, the underlying predicate of the cover-up by the White House, is not the investigation of Russian government interference in the 2016 election, but the possibility that illegal foreign money, much of it from private Russian oligarchs acting independently of the Kremlin, flowed into the Trump campaign in mid-2016. Trump, therefore, may be more like Spiro Agnew, Nixon's vice president who was indicted and resigned from office ten days before the Saturday Night Massacre. Agnew pleaded "no contest" to federal charges that he received bundles of cash bribes not only as governor of Maryland but as vice president. 

In Trump's case, his crime may have been to launder money from Russian and other foreign sources through his Trump Organization to his campaign. The word WMR has received from sources in Washington is that the same "follow the money" investigation that helped bring down Nixon and almost brought down Ronald Reagan in the Iran-contra scandal is at play in the Trump campaign scandal. For example, Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, was vice chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, the nation's largest, that is known to launder large amounts of money for Russian oligarchs who principally reside in Russia and abroad. Some of these oligarchs are dual nationals of Israel, Switzerland, and Britain.

It is of particular interest that after stonewalling for a year on disclosing his federal tax returns, Trump, on the morning of May 12, chose to have his lawyers reveal that for the past ten years Trump's only receipt of funds from Russian sources was income from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and $95 million received from the sale of a property to Russian "fertilizer king" magnate and billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev in 2008. The timing of the release of these small tidbits from Trump's last ten years of returns is suspicious.

The revelation about Trump's taxes comes a day after FBI agents -- not from Maryland, but from the FBI's DC field office -- raided the offices of Strategic Campaign Group (SCG) in Annapolis, Maryland. The firm is a Republican campaign consultancy that its president, Kelley Rogers, claims was under investigation for a civil suit filed by a past client, failed 2013 Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli. However, that suit was largely settled after SCG's's partner, Conservative Strike Force, agreed to pay the Cuccinelli campaign $85,000. Cuccinelli is now a talking head surrogate for Trump on cable news. The FBI refused to reveal why it raided the Annapolis office. 

The senior adviser for SCG is Dennis Whitfield, a former director of BKSH and Associates. BKSH was formed in 1996 upon the merger of Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly with Gold and Liebengood. Paul Manafort and Roger Stone left the newly-formed company. Manafort is reportedly a target of the FBI investigation on foreign money flows into the Trump campaign. Stone is also reportedly a target of the FBI's probe, which apparently includes grand juries now empaneled in Alexandria, Virginia and Washington, DC.

It was Nixon's Commerce Secretary, Maurice Stans, who, as finance chairman for the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP) who is believed to have come up with the one million dollars in cash to pay-off the Watergate burglars. Stans was eventually convicted of violating election laws and accepting illegal campaign contributions. If, as vice chairman of the Bank of Cyprus, Ross used the bank to launder Russian oligarch money to the Trump campaign, he could end up being charged as a co-conspirator, as was Stans in Watergate.

Attorney General Sessions appears to have violated his own recusal from the "Russia investigation" by being involved with the firing of Comey. It was the director of Nixon's CREEP, Attorney General John Mitchell, who was one of the chief targets in the Watergate investgation, primarily for obstruction of justice and conspiracy. So far, Sessions's involvement in the Comey firing skirt on the edge of potential obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges.

There is another similarity between Watergate and the Trump scandal. Nixon's political career died as the result of a thousand leaks. Likewise, Trump is looking to be swept away by a deluge of leaks, many from his own White House staff.