Can you tell when history is repeating? A Trump Dictatorship

Reichstag fire

Reichstag Building, Berlin, Feb. 27, 1933

How is a dictator born when he was elected? Can you tell when history is repeating? Consider the burning down of the Reichstag building in Berlin under Hitler; February 27th 1933. Hitler seized the opportunity as a means of extending his power. So he suspended 7 articles of the Constitution of the German Reich:

“It is therefore permissible to restrict the rights of personal freedom, freedom of opinion, including the freedom of the press, the freedom to organize and assemble, the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications. Warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.”

4 weeks later, on March 23rd, 1933: Hitler introduces “The Enabling Act.” This was a 5-year measure that allowed the Nazis to bypass the Constitution so they could flush out “the troublemakers and secure the state.” (Just until we can figure out what the hell is going on.”)

“The Enabling Act gave the executive branch full power to rule, which included creating and enforcing laws. Hitler vehemently declared that the laws the Nazi Party would implement were for the good of Germany, and that the people of Germany would be relieved of their current economic problems.” (Everette Lemons)

Now Hitler could write foreign policy without legislation or Reichstag approval.

#Resist

The Trump Administration’s cooperation with Russia

trumptweetKey Issue: Trump Administration cooperation with Russian government

Other issue: Trump campaign colluding with Russians on efforts to influence the election

Key People Involved: Donald Trump, Sally Yates, Michael Flynn

Timeline

January – early February: U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agency officials interviewed say that they have seen no evidence of Trump campaign colluding with Russians on efforts to influence the election.

Late January: Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates warns Trump’s administration that Flynn might be lying about the Michael Flynn phone call, in which he allegedly spoke with Russian officials.

Jan. 30: Trump fires Sally Yates. (White House states that Yates had “betrayed the department of justice”.)

Feb. 13: Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigned following revelations he spoke with the Russian ambassador about U.S. sanctions during a late December phone call.

Feb, 14: NYT and CNN published their stories:

Facts Reported

  • Members of Trump’s presidential campaign had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials before November elections (NYT and CNN)
  • The information comes from phone records and intercepted calls (NYT and CNN)
  • U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the phone records and calls (NYT)
  • The interceptions happened around the same time they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking the DNC (NYT)

The Podesta Emails Part One: Key Points

Wikileaks Post Key Points

Overview

  • WikiLeaks began its series on deals involving Hillary Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta, who has been a Clinton associate for a long time.
  • Podesta was President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff from 1998 until 2001.
  • Podesta controls the Podesta Group, which is a major lobbying firm.
  • Part 1 of the Podesta Emails comprises 2,060 emails and 170 attachments (many to and from Hillary Clinton) and focuses on Mr Podesta’s communications relating to nuclear energy and media handling of donations to the Clinton Foundation.
  • Donations are from mining and nuclear interests.
  • 1,244 of the emails reference nuclear energy.

Russian control of Uranium approved by Hillary Clinton

  • In April 2015 a company called “Uranium One” was sold to Russian government-controlled interests, giving Russia effective control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.(See NYT article.)
  • The deal was approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of US government agencies, including the State Department, then headed by Secretary Clinton.
  • The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) comprises, among others, the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Energy.

Russian Interests pay Hillary Clinton

  • As Russian interests gradually took control of Uranium One millions of dollars were donated to the Clinton Foundation between 2009 and 2013 from individuals directly connected to the deal including the Chairman of Uranium One, Ian Telfer.
  • Clinton hides the donations: Although Mrs Clinton had an agreement with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors to the Clinton Foundation, the contributions from the Chairman of Uranium One were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons.
  • Clinton denies having any role in the deal: When the New York Times article was published the Clinton campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, strongly rejected the possibility that then-Secretary Clinton exerted any influence in the US goverment’s review of the sale of Uranium One, describing this possibility as “baseless”.
  • Mr Fallon promptly sent a memo to the New York Times with a rebuttal of the story (Podesta Email ID 1489).
  • Proof of Clinton’s role is in the leaked emails: Afew days before sending his rebuttal to the New York Times, Jose Fernandez wrote on the evening of the 17 April 2015 to John Podesta following a phone call from Mr Podesta (Email ID 2053): “John, It was good to talk to you this afternoon, and I appreciate your taking the time to call. As I mentioned, I would like to do all I can to support Secretary Clinton, and would welcome your advice and help in steering me to the right persons in the campaign”.
  • Five days after this email (22 April 2015), Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon wrote a memo to the New York Times, declaring that “Jose Fernandez has personally attested that ‘Secretary Clinton never intervened with me on any CFIUS matter’,” but in fact, Fallon had agreed with John Podesta to play a role in the Clinton campaign.
  • The emails show that the contacts between John Podesta and Jose Fernandez go back to the time of internal Clinton campaign concern about the then-forthcoming book and movie “Clinton Cash” by Peter Schweizer on the financial dealings of the Clinton Foundation.
  • In an email dated 29 March 2015 (Email ID 2059), Jose Fernandez writes to Podesta: “Hi John, I trust you are getting a brief rest after a job well done. Thanks no doubt to your recommendation I have joined the CAP [Center for American Progress] board of trustees, which I’m finding extremely rewarding.”

Thanks to Julian Assange for putting together this insightful summary. Click here to search the Podesta Email archive.

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