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The impeachment trial of President Trump divided America and captivated the world. At the center of it all was Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s old friend from New York.

Operating as Trump’s personal lawyer, Giuliani wove a complex web of misinformation involving Ukrainian tycoons and prosecutors, diplomats and hustlers, laying the groundwork for just the third impeachment trial in U.S. history.

Along with his associates Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, Giuliani worked to get rid of Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine at the time and a champion of the anti-corruption movement. He also pushed for Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, just as the former vice president announced he was challenging Trump in 2020.

As Giuliani waged his shadow pressure campaign, the Trump administration withheld millions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine and denied its new president an urgently sought White House meeting.

“The President’s Shadow” is a feature documentary from The Washington Post that traces Giuliani’s evolution from one of America’s most beloved figures to one of its most controversial, and it shows how his work in Ukraine almost brought down the president.

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[ Editor’s Note: Despite all of the political critics of Trump, none of them will go near the "mobbed up” flavor of the Trump regime, the layers of it that even a rookie counter-intel guy could spot after a couple of years on the job.

Media has touched on it, especially in New York where everybody knows about the Trump family legacy and Donald’s long time relationship with mob attorney Roy Cohn who handled City Hall payoffs for him, and labor issues with the Italian mob-controlled construction unions.

None of the Democratic candidates have even taken it on when it is really his most vulnerable flanks. And because of that failure, Trump is mobbing up government even more, with the Republicans tickled pink they might be able to rig everything forever and run the US as the plantation they always viewed it.

We have published tons of this stuff, never been challenged on any of it, and almost never get a call from anyone in media or politics wanting to know more.

Now with Barr as AG, we see what some would consider a template for mobbing up the Justice Department, and the travesty going on in the Roger Stone sentencing intervention now. At least we have a stream of prosecutors resigning. I pray this is the tipping point, but I fear not… Jim Dean]

Roy Cohn and Donald Trump in a still from WHERE’S MY ROY COHN?

First published … February 12, 2020

by Gordon Duff, VT Sr. Editor with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow and the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a research institution for the study of the countries and cultures of Asia and North Africa.

“Mobbed up” American Policy, The Global Shakedown

Those who accept the policies of the Trump administration, cancellation of the JCPOA with Iran, seizing oil fields in Syria, endless sanctions on the nation after nation, Europe blackmailed, endless threats emanating almost hourly from Trump’s iPhone as “national policy” or even criminally deranged is simply not paying attention.

There is a method, and it isn’t the madness it appears to be. Trump and the company have remade the “business environment of the world” in a way Americans are quite familiar with. We call it “organized crime.”

Currently, representatives of American political leaders are operating in over 60 nations. These aren’t diplomats, though some actually are, technically at least, most are simply “business agents,” often with long criminal histories.

They sell “the friendship” of the United States in return for anything of value and the buyers, nations terrified of the United States, are ready to sign anything, give up anything. From the film, The Godfather:

Michael: Well when Johnny was first starting out, he was signed to this contract with a big-band leader. And as his career got better and better he wanted to get out of it. Now, Johnny is my father’s godson. My father went to see the bandleader and offered him $10,000 to let Johnny go, but the bandleader said no. So the next day, my father went to see the bandleader again, only this time with Luca Brasi. Within an hour, the bandleader signed the release, with a certified check of $1,000.

Kay: How did he do that?
Michael: My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Kay: What was that?
Michael: Luca Brasi held a gun to his head, and my father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract.

Today, Luca Brasi has been superseded by a drone assassination or, just perhaps, a color revolution at the hands of Google and Facebook.

Some of what you read is almost common knowledge. Despite broad censorship, it is relatively commonly known that Jared Kushner’s shaky personal finances received a generous bailout from Saudi Arabia, real estate loans but also broad partnerships for his father in law also, including Saudi Arabia’s first official brothel.

There is also the glaring issue of Netanyahu’s corruption, of which only the most minor areas are subject to his current criminal indictment in Israel. In truth, Netanyahu has made billions, receiving kickbacks for military contracts from the US, Germany, and other nations, but going much further as well.

Netanyahu, while prime minister of Israel, has been co-employed by the Adelson casino operations group, making presentations on their behalf tied to trades for stolen American intelligence and technology.

The list of political leaders in the Middle East profiting from ISIS and al Qaeda would be frightening but it began much earlier. The vital Baku-Kirkuk-Ceyhan oil pipeline that services 30% of the world’s oil reserves and passes through a number of nations began pumping stolen oil a decade before ISIS existed.

ISIS simply took over operations from the American occupiers of Iraq, or, more likely, “partnered with,” adding new players to existing pirate operations that included Exxon and BP in what Iraq estimates as $1 trillion in stolen assets.

There are stories that are told, in part at least, told then buried, pushed out of sight and considered unimportant as an endless flow of wild conspiracy theories fabricated by “official sources” dominates the fake information flow.

It is impossible for someone working in banking, oil, defense or even in relatively innocent NGOs, though few exist today that are not turned subverted or controlled by intelligence agencies, without stumbling over ham-handed resource looting around the world.

In recent days, moves against Nigeria by Trump have been directly tied to oil deals where hefty commissions are demanded by American politicians, in some cases up to 3% of gross sale, based on Platts Marketscan prices.

In Sudan, for instance, many members of the current government still face international criminal charges tied to Darfur atrocities. Moreover, Sudan is still “terror listed” and is being financially choked by American sanctions.

Most recently, representatives, albeit “private” of the White House demanded and received $350 million in diamonds from that poverty-stricken nation, in trade for “efforts” on behalf of leaders facing prosecution seeking US intervention.

In fact, the original division of that nation, the separation of South Sudan, was predicated on negotiations between Washington, Khartoum and the UAE over “delisting” then-President Omar al-Bashir as a war criminal. I acted as the intermediary in those negotiations and continue to consult with the Khartoum government.

Similar shakedowns are going on in Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Morocco, and the list can go on forever. When it gets to the Western Hemisphere, into Central and South America, Smedley Butler’s words again serve us well. Nothing done today is without historical context.

Excerpt from a speech delivered in 1933, by Major General Smedley Butler, USMC.

War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high-class-muscle-man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

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