[Editor’s note: Trump stories are becoming like wallpaper, you’ve got the massive Fox organisation on one side, owned by Murdoch but run by the Israeli security organisations, lulling the worst of America’s sheeple into complacency; the phony ‘liberal press’ also controlled by Israel’s security agencies, is lulling the Trump-hating sheeple into complacency as well.
Now listen well, the bill is going to come due…
In January, 2017, Trump invited FBI Director Comey to dinner, at that dinner Trump asked Comey if the FBi was investigating…. wait for it…. Donald Trump.
At that moment, though careless, loud-mouthed Trump was unaware of it, his Presidency went on life support.
We know Comey answered, we also know, or believe we know, that Trump recorded the conversation; let’s look at a few issues:
The meeting itself was improper, based on the direction of the Russian investigation (real or bogus, we don’t care) was going; we would see Attorney-General Sessions recuse himself and we would see both Attorney-General Sally Yates and US Attorney Preet Bharara removed from office. It was their investigations, in conjunction with the FBI, investigations of Trump, Bayrock and money laundering that Comey, during that dinner meeting, may or may not have told Trump about.
Trump’s threats against Yates, backed up by Senator Graham during her testimony, yes he worked to silence her as well, are based on the fact that newly-seated Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the man forced to recuse himself due to his own possible criminal complicity, had classified the evidence against Trump as ‘S C’ (Special Compartmented). In fact, Trump ordered Sessions to send US Marshalls to the floor of the Senate to immediately arrest Yates if she tried to speak. Yates looked up at these marshalls, as she told Graham during questioning, that she was not going to fall into his trap and allow herself to be branded a criminal.
You can see the whole thing on the video, the sneer on Lyndsey Graham’s face, and Yates looking over at the marshalls.
What we have here is the equivalent of a Stalin show trial taking place in front of an American population and the controlled media; democracy down the toilet as warned of so many times, with barely a whimper.
Trump’s recent purge in the form of the sackings of Comey, Yates and Bharara, represents a desperate attempt to keep Trump from being impeached, as the UK Independent put it: “Donald Trump has now fired three of the people investigating him”
Donald Trump has now fired three people who were carrying out investigations linked to either him or his campaign – something the president’s critics have said represents “a troubling pattern”.
Before the president dismissed FBI Director James Comey, claiming that he had been obliged to act because of the way he handed an investigation into Hillary Clinton, he had previously fired Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Preet Bharara, the New York US Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
“They fired Sally Yates. They fired Preet Bharara. And they fired James Comey, the very man leading the investigation. This does not seem to be a coincidence,” said Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer.“
Any person who he appoints to lead the Russian investigation will be concerned that he or she will meet the same fate as Director Comey.”
Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin took to the Senate floor on Tuesday evening to urge the White House to clarify whether the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the presidential campaign would continue now that Comey has been fired.
“Any attempt to stop or undermine this FBI investigation would raise grave constitutional issues,” Mr Durbin said.
“We await clarification by the White House as soon as possible as to whether this investigation will continue.”
The evidence Yates has – the Russian mob bosses pumping cash into both Bayrock and the Trump organisations is incontrovertible and exists in voluminous quantities. As long as Sater was still an ‘on the books’ CIA informant, part of an operation to embarrass Putin, Trump would be safe from prosecution.
The only thing new to the wrinkle is the tape, the one Trump stupidly made, following incompetently in Nixon’s footsteps – he can’t deny it, he can’t destroy it, and no-one is going to buy it if 18 minutes mysteriously goes missing; he can only make it irrelevant – 10 kilotons worth of irrelevant, and in the post-9/11 environment, the only real question for Trump is this:
Are 100,000 dead enough? Is 2,000,000 too many?
Here’s what we see when we run this cheerful scenario: we see a tearful Trump and a flag-draped coffin containing the body, perhaps only the vapourised remains, of the Slovenian-born First Lady that Trump now finds ‘inconvenient’. We also know this – when Russian mobsters start heading for the airports, there will be an exodus of insiders from NYC that parallels the one conspiracy theorists say happened on 9-11.
The scenario being played out in this drill – of a nuclear device being used to destroy the Jersey end of the Lincoln Tunnel is taken directly from the 9-11 operation; thankfully, on that fateful September day 15 years ago, the NYPD thwarted that part of the operation. Fort Lee, NJ, close to the Lincoln Tunnel, is home to a Mossad cell that played an active part in the 9-11 operation, the nuclear devices used on 9-11 were smuggled in via a NJ airstrip just west of Fort Lee. Therefore Ardent Sentry 17 bears all the hallmarks of being a rehashing of that old Mossad plan to use a nuke to take out one of the major routes into and out of Manhattan.
Hiroshima was 13.2 kilotons, the type of device used today for operations like 9-11, can be dialled as high as 40 kilotons and may be positioned to destroy as many debt-ridden over-insured Trump properties as possible. You want to see where the nuke is likely to be placed – just have a look at a map of where Trump’s properties are, check with his insurers and perhaps most importantly of all, how he could insure former mayor Michael Bloomberg would die that day then imagine Rudy Giuliani looking like the portrait of Dorian Gray from his attic, aged, withered and corrupt, once again standing in the ashes, fresh blood on his hands, but I digress….
Trump is getting desperate, he sees the writing on the wall and it reads indictment, impeachment and imprisonment. Desperate men often turn to desperate measures…. Ian & G]
What Would Happen if an Improvised Nuclear Device Went Off in Manhattan?
It’s just after 10 a.m. on April 24, 2017, when the New York 1 cable TV news feed in the New York National Guard Joint Operations Center here goes dark.
Gabreski Air National Guard Base at the eastern tip of Long Island calls in, reporting a bright flash in the direction of New York City. Camp Smith in the Hudson Valley calls and says they see a flash to the south.
Phone calls to New York City don’t go through.
A nuclear device has detonated on Manhattan and the New York National Guard has to begin reacting. What happens next?
Fifty New York National Guard leaders and planners spent Thursday thinking about the unthinkable during a day-long table top exercise that included representatives from National Guard Bureau and Northern Command.
“An IND [improvised nuclear device] goes off in New York City; a million people killed right up front, and six million people needing shelter and food and medical help for at least four days in the most complicated megalopolis in the world. This is graduate level stuff,” said New York Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Timothy LaBarge, director of staff for the New York Air National Guard and the commander for the drill.
Preparation for Ardent Sentry 17
The table top exercise, LaBarge said, was designed as a rehearsal for New York National Guard’s participation in the Ardent Sentry 17 domestic response exercise that kicks off on April 24.
Ardent Sentry is an annual North American Aerospace Defense and U.S. Northern Command exercise focused on defense support to civil authorities with military capabilities. Exercise scenarios have included hurricanes, tornadoes damaging a nuclear weapons storage site, and massive earthquakes.
This year the scenario will revolve around a nuclear detonation in Manhattan. City, state, federal and military officials will work through the steps in responding to that kind of disaster.
Because he has been designated as the dual-status commander for the New York National Guard during the exercise, he wanted to think through the steps involved in responding beforehand, LaBarge explained.
A dual-status commander is a National Guard officer who is authorized to command both National Guard military forces — under the command of the governor–and federal military forces–under the command of the president.
Dual-status commanders can direct both federal active-duty forces and state National Guard forces in response to domestic incidents. The concept is intended to foster greater cooperation among federal and state assets during a disaster. The New York National Guard stood up a dual status commander in 2012 during the state response to Superstorm Sandy.
“We are going to walk ourselves through this, so it is not all brand new to us”, LaBarge told the exercise participants.
“We want to work out the moving parts. What forces are available to us? What about New Jersey and Massachusetts and New Hampshire?” he added. “It’s complicated.”
The exercise required participants to explain the steps their staff sections or commands would take, as the New York National Guard responded to a nuclear incident, beginning with the initial response.
Not all issues got resolved, but the opportunity to talk through the steps and identify issues ahead of time was incredibly valuable, said Brig. Gen. Patrick Center, the Director of Joint Staff for the New York National Guard.
The drill began with the device detonating, and moved through the first steps in response to the notional emergency.
42nd Infantry Division’s Role in Emergency Command
The headquarters of the Troy, New York, based 42nd Infantry Division, which is designated to command the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region II Homeland Response Force, would begin calling in Guard Soldiers and standing up a command post with full-time officers and noncommissioned officers.
The 24th Civil Support Team (CST), which is trained to evaluate nuclear, chemical, radiological, and biological attacks would shelter in place at their headquarters at Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn as a fallout plume passed overhead and wait for further orders. Their counterparts in the 2nd CST based at Stratton Air National Guard Base outside Schenectady, New York, would begin moving to an assembly area while the New Hampshire CST also started moving based on prior agreements.
Guard aviators would report to the New York State Emergency Management Office and begin coordinating for military and civilian agency air operations. The personnel section would begin the process of putting Soldiers and Airmen on State Active Duty, while the logistic section would lay the groundwork for moving the supplies needed to sustain thousands of Guard troops in action, coordinate convoy routes, and figure out where replacement hazmat suits and MREs would come from.
Much of the discussion hinged around legal issues of command and control and when Guard troops might move from state active duty status — with the state paying their salaries and buying supplies — to a federally funded response status in which the governor would still command the New York National Guard, but the federal government picked up the tab.
A team from Northern Command explained how an active duty team would move to New York to assist LaBarge and help coordinate the response.
Communications, the use of remotely piloted aircraft, and how Guard troops would interact with New York City first responders and federal troops were also hashed out.
The value of these kinds of discussions is that it lets planners and leaders identify potential issues ahead of time and make a workable plan, said Ron Hessdoerfer, a member of the Northern Command training and exercise and operations branch.
“A plan that is never exercised isn’t really a plan. It is just a book on the shelf,” Hessdoerfer said.
The critical thing in an actual emergency, LaBarge emphasized as the exercise concluded, would be to forget about egos and unit roles and concentrate on savings lives.
“As long as we resolve to do that, we will figure it out,” he said.