Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trump forces US taxpayers to continue paying $300 million a year to fund Palestinian Islamic terror and the corrupt UN via payments to UNRWA and its schools that teach children to be jihadists-Disobedient Media...(Voters thought they were getting the Trump of his 3/21/2016 AIPAC speech. US presidents can't say 'no' to funding Islamic terror)




Above, 12/23/2016, Donald J. Trump twitter 


3/21/2016, Candidate Trump's remarks about the UN and the Palestinians (link inactive, I copied in 2016):  "Donald J. Trump Remarks at AIPAC,": 


"The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It's not a friend to freedom. It's not a friend even to the United States of America, where as all know, it has its home. And it surely isn’t a friend to Israel....We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem-and we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the state of Israel.

The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable. They must come to the table willing and able to stop the terror being committed on a daily basis against Israel and they must come to the table willing to accept that Israel is a Jewish State and it will forever exist as a Jewish State....Just last week, American Taylor Allen Force, a West Point grad who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was murdered in the street by a knife-wielding Palestinian."... 


8/29/17, "U.S. Continues to Fund Hamas-Linked UN Agency,", Kenneth Whittle

"According to a recent report, the Trump administration has decided to forgo requests by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, and continue to provide funds to the U.N. Relief Works Agency (UNRWA). The UNRWA, a UN relief agency responsible for providing aid to Palestinian refugees, will continue to receive upwards of $300 million in funding from the U.S. each year. As of December 2016, the U.S. ranks as the largest overall donor to the UNRWA, more than doubling the second largest contribution from the EU.

The issue arising from provisioning the group with funds stems from the UNRWAs’ ties to the terror organization Hamas. Hamas, which has been listed as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization by the U.S. Department of State since 1997, has been responsible for the murder of over 60 U.S. citizens since 1993, including the 2001 bombing of a pizza restaurant in Jerusalem resulting in the in the deaths of 15 (2 Americans) and injuring over 122.

Disobedient Media has reported on previous instances of the UN’s support for groups who have been accused of serious human rights abuses,, including the KLA during the Kosovo conflict. 

I. Hamas Leadership in UNRWA

The UNRWA has deep ties to the terror organization Hamas; In a 2004 interview, then UNRWA Commissioner-General Peter Hansen, stated that he is “sure that there are Hamas members on the UNRWA payroll and I don’t see that as a crime. That the Commissioner of the UN Agency in question would not only admit, but defend the UNRWA’s connection with a terror group is extremely disturbing, and raises serious questions regarding US financial support for UNRWA.

In 2016, Avi Dichter, the former head of the Israeli Security Agency (ISA), claimed that almost 100% of UNRWA workers in the Gaza region are active members of Hamas.

In February, the UNRWA was forced to terminate the employment of the chairman of its Palestinian workers’ union, Suhail al-Hindi, after it was discovered that he had been elected to Hamas’s leadership.

That same month, it was reported that Muhammad al-Jamassi, a senior engineer employed by the UNRWA, was also elected to Hamas leadership. Jamassi has held various positions in Hamas since 2007, including serving in Hamas’ public relations department, as well as many of its affiliated charities.

The numerous instances of UNRWA admitting its deeply tied to Hamas, in addition to the numerous figures from the agency having being employed as leaders for Hamas, should be of serious concern to Americans whose taxes are being used to support the UNRWA.

II. UNRWA Aiding and Abetting Terrorism

It has also been found that the UNRWA has been cooperating and working directly with Hamas’s terrorist activities.

In fact, this cooperation is so great, that Hamas’ own Minister of Religion stated: “Hamas’ relationship with UNRWA is good, very good! We assist UNRWA and Hamas cooperates with UNRWA on many levels. Now a direct connection exists between UNRWA and Hamas.

In 2014 the head of the IDF’s Maglan commando, Lt. Gen. Yuval, stated that Hamas was using equipment supplied by the UNRWA to dig their longest tunnels under Israeli territory. Within these tunnels, Israeli Defense Forces found weapons and bunkers capable of withstanding air strikes, as well as supplies from the UNRWA.
In July of 2014, the UNRWA reported that during a “routine inspection” they had discovered rockets being stored in one of their Gaza schools. This was the third such incident to take place that month. After confiscating the weapons, the UNRWA handed them over to “local authorities”, who, in turn, answer to Hamas. 

III. UNRWA Schools Complicit in Teaching Radicalism

UNRWA Schools in Hamas controlled regions have been found to be teaching anti-Israeli lessons, as well as promoting the radicalization of youth. This is allowed to happen in schools in these particular regions because of the UNRWAs’ policy that, “UNRWA’s Schoolchildren in UNRWA schools follow the host authorities’ curricula and textbooks.”

In 2015, a UNRWA school for Palestinian refugees in Syria came under scrutiny after it posted anti-Semitic cartoons on its Facebook page, calling for the murder of Jews.

In the documentary “Children’s Army of Hamas, the Center for Near East Policy Research (CNEPR) exposes the relationship between UNRWA schools and Hamas. The film documents how the UNRWA allocates cash from donor nations in order to provide military training for students in UNRWA classrooms, alongside weapons training camps organized by Al-Kutla al-Islamiya, a division of Hamas. This allows children at UN-affiliated schools to learn how to shoot weapons, use grenades, and ultimately pave the way for recruitment into Hamas’ military wing.

Furthermore, in February of 2017, the watchdog group “UN Watch”, released a 130-page report detailing the actions of teachers and staff engaged in inciting their students to jihadist terrorism and antisemitism. The report lists the names of those involved, providing examples of their participation. These examples include: celebrating the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers by terrorists, cheering rockets being fired at Israeli civilian centers, praising Hitler and posting with his photo, erasing Israel off the face of the map, as well as endorsing various forms of violence against Israelis.

As a result, the radicalization in these schools has become so prevalent, that Former Israeli Defense Forces Intelligence Officer, Jonathan Halevi, has estimated that nearly 60 percent of homicide bombers were educated in UNRWA schools.

The explicit coordination between Hamas and the UN Agency UNRWA raises serious concern not only because it shows a troubling example of the UN supporting terrorism, but also because the agency is funded to a large degree by U.S. tax dollars."


Comment: This is the opposite of what Trump voters had reason to believe he would do (per his 3/21/2016 speech excerpted below). It's exactly what people like the Kushners and George Soros would do while imagining themselves the compassionate ones. From candidate Trump's 3/21/2016 speech at AIPAC:

 "The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It's not a friend to freedom. It's not a friend even to the United States of America, where as all know, it has its home. And it surely isn’t a friend to Israel." 

3/21/16, "Donald J. Trump Remarks at AIPAC," Donald J. Trump

"Which brings me to my next point – the utter weakness and incompetence of the United Nations. 

The United Nations is not a friend of democracy. It's not a friend to freedom. It's not a friend even to the United States of America, where as all know, it has its home. And it surely isn’t a friend to Israel.

With President Obama in his final year, discussions have been swirling about an attempt to bring a security council resolution on the terms of an eventual agreement between Israel and Palestine.

Let me be clear: An agreement imposed by the UN would be a total and complete disaster. The United States must oppose this resolution and use the power of our veto. Why? Because that's not how you make a deal.

Deals are made when parties come to the table and negotiate. Each side must give up something it values in exchange for something it requires. A deal that imposes conditions on Israel and the Palestinian Authority will do nothing to bring peace. It will only further delegitimize Israel and it would reward Palestinian terrorism, because every day they are stabbing Israelis – and even Americans.

Just last week, American Taylor Allen Force, a West Point grad who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, was murdered in the street by a knife-wielding Palestinian. You don't reward that behavior, you confront it!

It's not up the United Nations to impose a solution. The parties must negotiate a resolution themselves. The United States can be useful as a facilitator of negotiations, but no one should be telling Israel it must abide by some agreement made by others thousands of miles away that don't even really know what's happening. When I'm president, believe me, I will veto any attempt by the UN to impose its will on the Jewish state....

We know Israel is willing to deal. Israel has been trying to sit down at the negotiating table, without pre-conditions, for years. You had Camp David in 2000, where Prime Minister Barak made an incredible offer – maybe even too generous. Arafat rejected it. 

In 2008, Prime Minister Olmert made an equally generous offer.

The Palestinian Authority rejected it. Then John Kerry tried to come up with a framework and Abbas didn't even respond, not even to the Secretary of State of the United States of America!

When I become President, the days of treating Israel like a second-class citizen will end on Day One. I will meet with Prime Minister Netanyahu immediately. I have known him for many years and we will be able to work closely together to help bring stability and peace to Israel and to the entire region.

Meanwhile, every single day, you have rampant incitement and children being taught to hate Israel and hate the Jews. When you live in a society where the firefighters are the hero’s, little kids want to be firefighters. 

When you live in a society where athletes and movie stars are heroes, little kids want to be athletes and movie stars. In Palestinian society, the heroes are those who murder Jews - we can't let this continue. You cannot achieve peace if terrorists are treated as martyrs. Glorifying terrorists is a tremendous barrier to peace. In Palestinian textbooks and mosques, you’ve got a culture of hatred that has been fermenting there for years, and if we want to achieve peace, they’ve got to end this indoctrination of hatred.

There is no moral equivalency. Israel does not name public squares after terrorists. Israel does not pay its children to stab random Palestinians. 

You see, what President Obama gets wrong about deal making is that he constantly applies pressure to our friends and rewards our enemies. That pattern, practiced by the President and his administration, including former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has repeated itself over and over and has done nothing but embolden those who hate America. We saw that with releasing $150 billion to Iran in the hope that they would magically join the world community - It's the same with Israel and Palestine. 

President Obama thinks that applying pressure to Israel will force the issue, but it's precisely the opposite. Already, half the population of Palestine has been taken over by the Palestinian ISIS in Hamas, and the other half refuses to confront the first half, so it’s a very difficult situation but when the United States stands with Israel, the chances of peace actually rise. That's what will happen when I’m president.

We will move the American embassy to the eternal capital of the Jewish people, Jerusalem - and we will send a clear signal that there is no daylight between America and our most reliable ally, the state of Israel.

The Palestinians must come to the table knowing that the bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable. They must come to the table willing and able to stop the terror being committed on a daily basis against Israel and they must come to the table willing to accept that Israel is a Jewish State and it will forever exist as a Jewish State."...


Blog Editor's note: The red text at top of this post is a reminder from my Google babysitters that they're the boss.


In 1920 same pressure to keep US wages down as in 2017. In 1920 US congressman said US needs more cheap foreign labor to do jobs second generation Americans just won't do

Dec. 10, 1920, "Congressional Debate on Immigration Restriction (1921) Excerpts" (Hanover College, Indiana) 

"The result of the debate excerpted below was to limit new immigrants to 3 percent of the nationalities represented in the census of 1910. In 1924 immigration was limited even further. -smv"

"{17} MR. [FREDERICK W.] ROWE [R.-N.Y.]. Mr. Chairman... 

{18} The fact is that in this country we need laboring men and women of certain-classes. We are paying now in the city of New York for ordinary shovelers to dig trenches in which to lay a sewer or a water pipe from $4.50 to $6 a day. We are paying from $6 to $9 a-day for hod carriers. It is not because we have not plenty of men in this country. The fact is that our people of the second generation in this country will not carry a hod or dig a trench. We need the men on the farms. We have a great need in this country of competent women to do housework, and there are in Europe men who are willing to do this hard work in America and women who are capable and willing to do the housework."...

"Congress imposed a literacy test and other restrictions on immigration during World War I. By 1921 many were arguing for even more stringent restrictions as a way of maintaining the purity of American culture as they understood it."...

"The US Immigration Act of 1921 established a "quota system that would last, virtually unchanged, until 1965"...


Added: "The Regulated Economy: A Historical Approach to Political Economy,"  Univ. of Chicago Press, Jan. 1994, National Bureau of Economic Research 

Chapter 7, "The political economy of immigration in the United States, 1890 to 1921," Claudia Goldin 

Introduction, 7.1: "With the passage of the Emergency Quota Act in May 1921 the era of open immigration to the United States came to an abrupt end.' The American policy of virtually unrestricted European immigration was transformed, almost overnight, to a quota system that would last, virtually unchanged, until 1965"...


That Putin is really amazing. In Minnesota there are 12 Trump/Democrat districts--places where 2016 voters broke Republican for president but elected Democrats to Congress-Washington Post, Weigel, 8/30/17 (Article Is about Minnesota and 2018 elections, doesn't mention Putin the magician. Seeks to make narrative about WaPo pal Paul Ryan)

The "four Republicans" in the article aren't incumbents. Paul Ryan's super PAC would spend to defeat them if they spoke negatively about him.

8/30/17, "In Minnesota, four swing-seat Republicans decline to back Ryan for speaker," Washington Post, David Weigel

"But the reluctance on display in Minnesota came from candidates running in three of the cycle’s 12 Trump/Democrat districts--places where 2016 voters broke Republican for president, but sent a Democrat back to Congress. Trump’s surge among rural white voters nearly took out Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.), whose 1st District in the southern part of the state backed Barack Obama by 1.4 points, then backed Trump by 14.9 points.

Hagedorn, who was nearly elected by that swing, was among the candidates who refused to take a stand on Ryan this week. Saying he did not want to alienate any potential supporters, even “Washington Republicans,” he suggested that it was too early to ask candidates who they’d back for speaker."...



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Commenter Feral Cat on The Race Card: "The Race Card is the most rapid-fire, all purpose, over used and abused, ad hominem and vapid weapon of smear, mass deception and diversion ever conceived by man. It is a weapon under which weak minds are servilely crouched"-8/8/2011 comment to American Thinker article

8/8/2011, Feral Cat comment about  the Race Card to American Thinker article: 

"The Race Card is the most rapid-fire, all purpose, over used and abused, ad hominem and vapid weapon of smear, mass deception and diversion ever conceived by man. It is a weapon under which weak minds are servilely crouched and can be fired with the greatest of ease by even the most reason and integrity challenged, and in fact, was designed especially for use by them. It is void of justice. It is void of liberty. It needs no footing in rationality. It is, in plain and clear fact, similar to a lynching. It has no expiration date"...

Comment was made to 2011 article about the rise of violent "knock out" and "flash mob" group attacks on random, defenseless individuals. At the time, the attacks were carried out mostly by black groups or mobs, caused severe injuries and sometimes death, and media refused or was reluctant to report the phenomenon:

August 8, 2011, "The Taboo on Mentioning Black Mob Violence," American Thinker, John T. Bennett

"If you point out a wave of racial mob violence, you are "race-baiting," according to several liberal commentators.... 

The wave of racist violence committed by black flash mobs is different from any other form of racism today.  The neglected social problem of racial mob violence is unique in its organization, the high numbers of people involved, the intensity of the violence, and the stark racial impact of that violence.  The violence is also unique in that it has been purposefully obscured by the mainstream media, with the editor of the Chicago Tribune, among others, saying that his paper will not report on the race of the attackers....

The attacks have largely emerged after Obama took office, with the first serious outbreak occurring in Philadelphia in 2009. The New York Times must be racist for reporting on that event. Of course it's "race-baiting" to point out unique problems that have emerged or worsened under this president -- like flash mobs, debt, and entitlements.... 

Pareene [of Slate] took Drudge to task for reporting on the vicious beating death of Derrion Albert. "The violent death of a young man is definitely Chicago, where it happened.  It had very little to do with whether Chicago is a suitable venue for the Olympics." The Olympic Committee probably thought otherwise. Mainstream outlets like CBS news questioned whether the murder hurt Chicago's Olympics bid.  A reasonable Olympic Committee would want to find a less violent place to hold the Olympics, just as many reasonable people have fled cities for the same reason....

Pareene goes on: "this world of race riots and constant violent attacks on innocent Caucasians exists only in the imaginations of Matt Drudge and the paranoid suburban and exurban white people he wants to keep terrified." But Drudge is not generating the terror; black violence is. Yen Nguyen was terrified as she watched her 72-year-old husband being beaten to death by blacks in the senseless "knock out" game.  Let Pareene find a story where whites did something similar and it was swept beneath the rug. Shaina Perry was terrified when she was being taunted and beaten in Milwaukee. Carter Strange was terrified while his skull was fractured in South Carolina, and Dawid Strucinski was terrified while being beaten into a coma in Bayonne. Anna Taylor, Emily Guendelsberger, and Thomas Fitzgerald were terrified as they were kicked on the ground in separate flash mobs. The 38 blacks who were arrested for four month's worth of mayhem in Denver, including the murder of Andrew Graham, are the source of terror, not Drudge.

John Cook at the Gawker takes a slightly less myopic approach than Pareene.  He says, "young people in large groups often make poor decisions" and that Drudge "rounded up a slew of run-of-the-mill summer crime stories that happen to involve black people and suggestively weaved them into a nationwide race riot." 

First of all, these are not run-of-the-mill crimes. They typically involve group attacks against defenseless, random victims who have no means to resist and did nothing to provoke their attackers. These flash mobs often stomp their victims even after they are down, as most of the news reports describe. These are not rumbles or fisticuffs; these are acts of brutal mob violence -- a new social problem that needs to be addressed. Cook says it's "race-baiting" to talk about these crimes. Presumably, it would not be considered race-baiting if the races were reversed. Speaking out about these stories is not only justified; it is necessary. There is no racism in America today that causes more harm than these mobs."...

"John Bennett (MA, University of Chicago, MAPSS '07) is a veteran, writer, and law student at Emory University living in Atlanta, GA."


To silence Republicans: 'Call them racists...This makes them sputter with rage,' said top Journolist member 7 years ago. Republicans must be made to live in a state of constant fear, he said. During 2008 campaign Journolist members were outraged if Obama received tough questions-Wall St. Journal, Taranto, 7/20/2010

July 20, 2010, "'Call Them Racists'," Wall St. Journal, James Taranto, "How "journolists" tried to suppress the news"

"The "Journolist" scandal has deepened with new revelations that participants in the now-defunct email list for ideologically approved journalists--no conservatives allowed--engaged in efforts to suppress news damaging to then-candidate Barack Obama.

The Daily Caller [7/20/2010] reports ABC News's "tough questioning" of Obama at a 2008 debate with Hillary Clinton "left many of [the Journolist participants] outraged": 

"George [Stephanopoulos]," fumed Richard Kim of the Nation, is "being a disgusting little rat snake." 

Others went further. According to records obtained by The Daily Caller, at several points during the 2008 presidential campaign a group of liberal journalists took radical steps to protect their favored candidate.

Employees of news organizations including Time, Politico, the Huffington Post, the Baltimore Sun, the Guardian, Salon and the New Republic participated in outpourings of anger over how Obama had been treated in the media, and in some cases plotted to fix the damage." 

Most damning is a long quote from a Spencer Ackerman, who worked for something called the Washington Independent: 

"I do not endorse a Popular Front, nor do I think you need to. It's not necessary to jump to Wright-qua-Wright's defense. What is necessary is to raise the cost on the right of going after the left. In other words, find a rightwinger's [sic] and smash it through a plate-glass window. Take a snapshot of the bleeding mess and send it out in a Christmas card to let the right know that it needs to live in a state of constant fear. Obviously I mean this rhetorically. 

And I think this threads the needle. If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they've put upon us. Instead, take one of them--Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares--and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction."

Smashing somebody's [sic] through a plate-glass window seems like an odd way to thread a needle, but atrocious prose is the least of the problems here. The problem here isn't bias, either. Assuming Ackerman was an opinion writer rather than a straight-news reporter, he was entitled not only to hold his opinions but to express them.

But Ackerman was not engaging in a public debate; he was privately strategizing about how to suppress the news. And his fellow journolists, while disagreeing with him, did so "only on strategic grounds": 

"Spencer, you're wrong," wrote Mark Schmitt, now an editor at the American Prospect. "Calling Fred Barnes a racist doesn't further the argument, and not just because Juan Williams is his new black friend, but because that makes it all about character. The goal is to get to the point where you can contrast some _thing_--Obama's substantive agenda--with this crap." . . 

Kevin Drum, then of Washington Monthly, also disagreed with Ackerman's strategy. "I think it's worth keeping in mind that Obama is trying (or says he's trying) to run a campaign that avoids precisely the kind of thing Spencer is talking about, and turning this into a gutter brawl would probably hurt the Obama brand pretty strongly. After all, why vote for him if it turns out he's not going [to] change the way politics works?" 

But it was Ackerman who had the last word. "Kevin, I'm not saying OBAMA should do this. I'm saying WE should do this."

If anybody on the list objected in principle to Ackerman's idea of slandering people, including a fellow journalist, as racist, the Caller missed that part of the story. (We'll be happy to report it if a Journolist member would care to supply us with the evidence.) What Ackerman proposed was to carry out a political dirty trick in order to suppress the news and thereby aid a candidate for public office. That's about as unethical as journalism can get.

The final product of this debate was a pathetic "open letter," which, as we noted at the time, was signed by 41 self-described "journalists and media analysts," nearly all of whom were affiliated with universities, left-wing publications or left-wing think tanks. The letter does seem to have been more of a collaborative effort than we guessed back then: the Caller lists eight people who contributed to its drafting. Even so, what self-respecting journalist shares a byline with 40 other guys?

"The letter caused a brief splash and won the attention of the New York Times," the Caller reports, but thereafter was deservedly forgotten until now. Obama weathered the Wright revelations, but it seems a stretch to give Journolist the credit (or, if you prefer, the blame) for that. On the other hand, are there other stories they did succeed in suppressing? We cannot know as long as the full Journolist archives are secret.

These revelations also belie Journolist founder (and now Washington Post commentator) Ezra Klein's defense of the enterprise back in March 2009: 

"As for sinister implications, is it "secret?" No. Is it off-the-record? Yes. The point is to create a space where experts feel comfortable offering informal analysis and testing out ideas. Is it an ornate temple where liberals get together to work out "talking points?" Of course not. Half the membership would instantly quit if anything like that emerged."

This statement is true only if parsed as a denial that an email list is an ornate temple. Plainly the list was a forum where liberals got together to work out talking points, as evidenced by that "open letter." Worse, it was a forum where people employed as journalists conspired to suppress the news--and, by doing so "off the record," used journalistic ethics as cover.

In 2009 Klein wrote that Journolist's policy of excluding conservatives was "not about fostering ideology but preventing a collapse into flame war. The emphasis is on empiricism, not ideology."

"Call them racists." That's empiricism for you!"...


After arrest by FBI as he sought to return to Pakistan, Imran Awan retains active US congressional email account linked to staffer of Democrat Rep. Andre Carson. Carson subcommittee oversees Dir. of Nat. Intelligence. Carson and Awan played video games together-Daily Caller...(In 2012 Rep. Carson said US schools should be modeled after Madrassas. In 2011 Carson said Tea Party wants blacks to 'hang from a tree')

Democrat Rep. Andre Carson said the Tea Party movement would "love" to see black Americans "hang from a tree."..."At ICNA-MAS 2012: Congressman André Carson [Indiana's 7th district] advocated the American school system should be modeled after “madrassas” where the foundation is the Koran."...7/25/17, "Imran Awan Arrested by FBI At Airport After Wiring $300k To Pakistan"

8/29/17, "Exclusive: Imran Awan Has Still-Active Secret House Account, And It’s Tied To An Intelligence Staffer," Daily Caller, Luke Rosiak 

"A former IT aide suspected of stealing equipment and data from Congress still has an active, secret email account on the House computer system, even though he has been banned from the congressional network because of a criminal investigation into the alleged cybersecurity violations, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Imran Awan’s still-active email address is linked to the name of a House staffer who specializes in intelligence and homeland security matters for Indiana Democratic Rep. André CarsonCourt documents and emails obtained by TheDCNF show Awan used the address in addition to his standard account.

He and two of his Pakistani-born brothers, as well as his wife, are at the center of an FBI investigation over their IT work with dozens of Democratic congressional offices. Authorities shut down Awan’s standard email account Feb. 2, and he was arrested by the FBI at Dulles International Airport trying to board a flight to his native Pakistan on July 25.

Authorities apparently did not realize Awan has a second account that is not linked to his identity. While his main email address began rejecting mail after it was shut down, the 123 address was still accepting mail Tuesday.

Mail sent via Gmail fills in the name of the account-holder of 123 as Nathan Bennett, whose LinkedIn profile says his individual legislative portfolio covers “national security and foreign affairs” and includes work on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

The member Bennett works for, Carson, is a member of both the House Intelligence and House Homeland Security Committees, and previously employed Awan.

Carson is ranking member of the House intelligence subcommittee on emerging threats, which oversees the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The subcommittee oversight extends to the National Counterterrorism Center and information-sharing programs.

A spokeswoman for Carson, Jessica Gail, did not express concern or surprise when contacted by TheDCNF about Awan’s still-active email address Monday morning. Bennett said Tuesday morning Gail had not even informed him of the details.

Bennett, who is Carson’s deputy chief of staff, told TheDCNF he has no control over the 123 address. “However this happened, it was not with my consent or control,” he said in an email. “For the record, I do not, nor have I ever, had control of the email account or any other account connected with Imran Awan or his family.” That could not be confirmed by the House’s chief administrative officer (CAO) because spokesman Dan Weiser has said “the CAO will not comment on matters pertaining to this ongoing investigation.” 

Bennett’s response raises questions about whether Awan was misusing Carson’s office, access or staffers.

Gail declined to comment on Awan, or state whether the office is concerned he may have misused Bennett’s identity. She also declined to state whether the office has taken any measures to assess its data security since Awan’s problems came to the attention of the office in September 2016.

Carson had employed Awan since 2015, and did not fire him when his office learned Awan was the subject of an investigation in September. He also did not fire Awan immediately after he was banned from the House computer network by Capitol Police in February. Of the 13 House Democrats who employed Awan, only two — Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Marcia Fudge — waited longer than Carson to fire him after the red flags emerged, payroll records show.

Gail directed TheDCNF to the House Information Resources Office (HIR). “Our office has no control over House email addresses,” she said. “Those are controlled through the House Information Resources office. Any questions regarding the address should be directed to that office.”

Until last year, email addresses were created by individual offices, but now members have to request HIR to set up new addresses. 

Carson’s office is not showing any concern that an indicted IT guy apparently set up a secret email address using the name of his deputy chief of staff, who is also his top intelligence staffer, and that the account is still active. Since the account was still accepting emails as of Tuesday afternoon, it appears Carson’s office has not alerted anyone of the security vulnerability.

A Democratic IT aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of job concerns, told TheDCNF that Awan and Carson used to play video games together in Carson’s office, and that he had been teaching Carson a foreign language. Gail did not dispute either claim.

Court documents and testimony from others back up Awan’s use of the 123 address.

A landlord mentioned the address in a claim he filed against Awan for unpaid rent at an apartment called Morningside. “He told me that he worked for the House of Representatives, his email is,” the landlord said in Fairfax, Va., court records show.

Awan and his wife, Hina Alvi, owned four houses and collected $330,000 annually in congressional salaries. It’s unclear why he would be paying rent on the Morningside apartment. His stepmother, Samina Gilani, claims Awan had two wives under Islamic law — both in Virginia — and that he “kept” his second wife in a place she knew as “Morningside.” TheDCNF did not independently verify her account.

Gilani said the second wife’s name is Sumaira Sidiq, also spelled Saddiq, and that Awan divorced her the same month that court records say he stopped paying rent on Morningside. TheDCNF visited the apartment, but no one responded to a knock on the door.

After TheDCNF contacted tenants of a single-family home involved in an alleged mortgage fraud for which Awan has been indicted, a past renter, Laurel Everly, provided TheDCNF with email correspondence with Awan at the 123 address.

Everly described Imran Awan as a highly aggressive landlord who threatened to sue her if she didn’t pay for damage to the basement caused by natural flooding and a broken sump pump. She claimed he broke an air conditioner by installing a part incorrectly and then demanded that she buy him a new one. She also said he “charged me $350 for not gardening.”

“He’s a really bad guy, he laid the pressure on so heavily,” she told TheDCNF. “He absolutely is capable of trying to extort money....

He presents himself well — a clean-cut articulate manbut when he turns snake, I can’t think for a minute that he didn’t turn dishonest in his work [in Congress].”"

Added: Related Daily Caller articles on this topic dating from Feb. 2017: "Imran Awan: A Continuing DCNF Investigative Group Series"


Added: Rep. Andre Carson elected by Indiana's 7th district:

7/4/2012, "Congressman: American Schools Should Be Modeled After Madrassas," Breitbart TV

(1 min. 13 sec.),"At a May 26, 2012 event, Muslim Congressman André Carson, Democrat from Indiana, "says American Schools Should Be Modeled After Madrassas."... 


Comment: It's accepted that once American citizens elect you, you immediately go to work for everyone in the world except American citizens. This is true for both political parties, not just democrats. There's no donor money for making America First. Globalist donors only make money if American interests are placed last.


Felix Sater became an FBI asset in 1998 hoping for reduced prison time after pleading guilty to racketeering in a Mafia-linked fraud. In Jan. 2015 before the US Senate, Loretta Lynch defended the sealing of Sater's court records for 10 yrs. (1998-2008). Dozens of high level US intel agents gathered to praise Sater at a private meeting in NY City in 2011 or 2012. Sater left the Soviet Union at age 6 with his father-LA Times

Felix Sater pleaded guilty in 1998 to federal racketeering charges related to a Mafia fraud case. His guilty plea was kept secret until 2008. Sater had agreed in 1998 to become an FBI informant in exchange for reduced prison time. Born in 1966, at age 6, Felix emigrated with his father from the Soviet Union to the US.

March 2, 2017, "Trump business associate led double life as FBI informant — and more, he says," LA Times, Joseph Tanfani, David S. Cloud

Felix Sater, 2014,  you tube
"There is no question that Sater led a double life during the years he worked with the Trump Organization.

In 1998, Sater pleaded guilty to a federal charge of racketeering for his role in a Mafia-linked $40-million stock fraud scheme. He quickly cut a deal, agreeing to become a secret FBI informant in hopes of getting a lenient sentence.

Court records were sealed to protect Sater’s identity, so his role in the fraud case stayed secret for a decade [through 2008] while he was at Bayrock. After a court hearing in 2009, he was fined $25,000 but was not sent to prison or ordered to pay restitution.

At his sentencing hearing, several FBI officials vouched for Sater's help. He got his biggest endorsement in January 2015 when Loretta Lynch was asked at her Senate confirmation hearing for U.S. attorney general why court records had been sealed in the fraud case.

Sater had secretly worked with federal prosecutors and the FBI for more than 10 years, “providing information crucial to national security and the conviction of over 20 individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud and members of La Cosa Nostra” — the Mafia — according to Lynch, who had served as U.S. attorney in the Eastern District in New York.

Sater’s lawyer, Robert W. Wolf, gives his client more credit, saying he worked with “numerous U.S. national security, intelligence and law enforcement agencies.” Sater says he helped hunt “America’s greatest enemies” in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

There is no independent verification of those assertions.

Former CIA officials who worked in counter-terrorism and Russian affairs said they never heard of Sater and doubt his cloak-and-dagger claims of chasing down terrorists.

“We should not take this guy’s statements at face value,” said Glenn Carle, a former CIA operations officer who retired in 2007. “There are all sorts of people who seek protection by wrapping themselves in the American and CIA flags.”

A spokesman for the CIA declined to comment.

Sater’s business history with Trump is well documented, however. 

In their first deal, in November 2003, the Trump Organization and Bayrock announced plans to build a 19-story condominium tower and hotel complex in Phoenix.

Residents who objected that the project was too large forced a citywide referendum to block construction, however. Trump pulled out in 2005, and the project was never built.

The following year, Bayrock licensed Trump’s name and began construction of a 24-story hotel and condominium complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The project ran out of money and was hit by lawsuits and claims of fraud by buyers. Trump was dropped from the lawsuits after asserting he was not the developer and was not responsible for the problems.

The Trump Organization and Bayrock developed the Trump Soho hotel in Lower Manhattan starting in 2006. Sater appeared with Trump at a launch party in September 2007.

Sater left Bayrock the following year [2008] after news stories first revealed his criminal record He continued to work with the Trump Organization — he had business cards that called him a “special advisor” and kept his offices in Trump Tower — trying to put together real estate deals through 2010.

Sater said he had signed several development deals with Trump’s company, including one for a Trump Tower in Moscow, but none were built.

“We were looking to do deals in various capitals, in London, Paris — we had no special affinity for Moscow,” Sater said in the interview.

Sater says he was still pitching deals to the Trump Organization in 2015. A lawyer for the Trump company did not return requests for comment.

In a sworn deposition in 2013 in a civil suit, Trump said he barely knew Sater.

“If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he looked like,” Trump said.

Short, the White House spokesman, declined to comment on Sater’s role as an FBI informant or on Trump’s relationship with him.
Born in Russia, Sater grew up in Brighton Beach, a gritty Brooklyn neighborhood known for its large Russian community, after his father emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1972.

Sater became a licensed stock broker, but he stabbed a man with a broken margarita glass during a bar fight in 1991. He was convicted of felony assault and served about a year in prison
During his years as an informant, Sater sometimes confided in his rabbi — who thought he was making up his exploits.

“I thought perhaps he had watched too many James Bond movies and read one too many Tom Clancy novels,Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel said in a 2014 speech naming Sater “man of the year” for his service to his Chabad congregation on Long Island. Paltiel said Sater then invited him to a secret thank-you ceremony at a federal building in New York.

“To my amazement I see dozens of U.S. intelligence officers, from all the various three-letter intelligence agencies of this country, including some I had never even known existed,” Paltiel said in a video posted by Sater. Their accounts were “more fantastic and more unbelievable than anything he’d been telling me.”

Several lawsuits paint a less flattering portrait of Sater, however. In one, Ernest Mennes, an investor in the Phoenix project, sued Sater and Bayrock in Arizona Superior Court in 2007, alleging that they had skimmed an unspecified amount of money and that Sater had threatened to kill Mennes if he disclosed Sater’s criminal record.

Sater angrily denied the allegation. “You think I’m doing Trump Towers [deals] and telling someone I would…cut their legs off? Are you crazy?” he said in the interview.

Bayrock settled the case for an undisclosed amount. In an interview, Mennes praised Sater, saying he “served the U.S. well” and was “a great partner.”"


Following is transcription of 2014 remarks (via You Tube, about 4 and a half minutes) relevant to Felix Sater's career as a much admired asset of the US Deep State. The comments are from a Rabbi and close friend of Sater's. (Per LA Times article, it appears this is Rabbi Shalom M. Paltiel). The occasion is to deliver to Sater the Port Washington, NY Chabad chapter's Man of the Year Award. Video documentation follows:

"Felix Sater - (2014) Man Of The Year: Chabad of Port Washington," You Tube. Uploaded by Felix Sater, August 8, 2014. "Felix Sater, managing partner of Bayrock Group and former senior advisor to Donald Trump, speaking at the Chabad of Port Washington [Long Isl., NY]. For more, please visit,, or" 

2014, Pt. Washington, Long Island, NY: Chabad group gives Felix Sater man of the year award: 

Begins 1:20, ends 5:58, Rabbi speaking: "One fine day two and a half years ago [2011-2012], Felix invited my to join him at a private, closed door session in the Federal Building in New York. Only his immediate family members were allowed in, and he had gotten special clearance for his Rabbi to be there as well. I get there and to my amazement, I see dozens of US intelligence officers from all of the various three letter intelligence agencies of this country, including some I had never even known existed. They're taking turns standing up one after the other, offering praise for Felix. Praising him as an American hero for his work and his assistance in the highest levels of this country's national security interests. They were speaking about Felix Sater, my Felix. They're talking about his clandestine activities to help the government and protect the country. They elaborated in great detail stuff that was more fantastic and more unbelievable than anything he had been telling me. I vividly recall one of the officers proudly stating and I quote, "Felix Sater probably saved tens of thousands of US lives, maybe even millions. Her certainly saved the lives of hundreds of not thousands of US servicemen and women through the brave work that he's done. Battling at the risk of his own life with this country's greatest enemies. Friends, I sat there open-mouthed, I was flabbergasted. Here I was listening to these stories for the past decade,...and here I am hearing them being said by federal agents about my Felix Sater. He wasn't just bragging,...and I realized that he only told me one tenth of what really went on. I'm not going to elaborate more because I'm not allowed to, probably said more than I should, but I felt it's important, that I have to say something. To tell the world, to tell you the rest of the story, to tell you the things about my dear friend Felix Sater that you won't read in the newspaper, but that I heard with my own ears along with his family and a few others sitting here tonight. Just as he stood up then and risked his life for his country, possibly the fact that we're sitting here tonight in safety as a result of his efforts. He did the same at his Chabad, this Chabad so near and dear to all of us. He didn't have to....Felix, I want to personally thank you for your service to your country."...


Added: The NY Times wants so badly for something to be true:

Aug. 29, 2017, "More Misleading Russia-gate Propaganda," Robert Parry, Consortium News

"Exclusive: The U.S. mainstream media is touting a big break in Russia-gate, emails showing an effort by Donald Trump’s associates to construct a building in Moscow. But the evidence actually undercuts the “scandal,” reports Robert Parry."

"There is an inherent danger of news organizations getting infected by “confirmation bias” when they want something to be true so badly that even if the evidence goes in the opposite direction they twist the revelation in fit their narrative. Such is how The Washington Post, The New York Times and their followers in the mainstream media are reacting to newly released emails that actually show Donald Trump’s team having little or no influence in Moscow. 

On Tuesday, for instance, the Times published a front-page article designed to advance the Russia-gate narrative, stating: “A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency.”

Wow, that sounds pretty devastating! The Times is finally tying together the loose and scattered threads of the Russia-influencing-the-U.S.-election story. Here you have a supposed business deal in which Putin was to help Trump both make money and get elected. That is surely how a casual reader or a Russia-gate true believer would read it--and was meant to read it. But the lede is misleading.

The reality, as you would find out if you read further into the story, is that the boast from Felix Sater that somehow the construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow would demonstrate Trump’s international business prowess and thus help his election was meaningless. What the incident really shows is that the Trump organization had little or no pull in Russia as Putin’s government apparently didn’t lift a finger to salvage this stillborn building project.

But highlighting that reality would not serve the Times’ endless promotion of Russia-gate. So, this counter-evidence gets buried deep in the story, after a reprise of the “scandal” and the Times hyping the significance of Sater’s emails from 2015 and early 2016. For good measure, the Times includes a brief and dishonest summary of the Ukraine crisis.

The Times reported: “Mr. Sater, a Russian immigrant, said he had lined up financing for the Trump Tower deal with VTB Bank, a Russian bank that was under American sanctions for involvement in Moscow’s efforts to undermine democracy in Ukraine. In another email, Mr. Sater envisioned a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Moscow. ‘I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected, Mr. Sater wrote.”

But the idea that Russia acted “to undermine democracy in Ukraine” is another example of the Times’ descent into outright propaganda. The reality is that the U.S. government supported – and indeed encouraged – a coup on Feb. 22, 2014, that overthrew the democratically elected Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych even after he offered to move up scheduled elections so he could be voted out of office through a democratic process.

After Yanukovych’s violent ouster and after the coup regime dispatched military forces to crush resistance among anti-coup, mostly ethnic Russian Ukrainians in the east, Russia provided help to prevent their destruction from an assault spearheaded by neo-Nazis and other extreme Ukrainian nationalists. But that reality would not fit the Times’ preferred Ukraine narrative, so it gets summarized as Moscow trying “to undermine democracy in Ukraine.”

Empty Boasts

However, leaving aside the Times’ propagandistic approach to Ukraine, there is this more immediate point about Russia-gate: none of Sater’s boastful claims proved true and this incident really underscored the lack of useful connections between Trump’s people and the Kremlin. One of Trump’s lawyers, Michael Cohen even used a general press email address in a plea for assistance from Putin’s personal spokesman. 

Deeper in the story, the Times admits these inconvenient facts: 

There is no evidence in the emails that Mr. Sater delivered on his promises, and one email suggests that Mr. Sater overstated his Russian ties. In January 2016, Mr. Cohen wrote to Mr. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitri S. Peskov, asking for help restarting the Trump Tower project, which had stalled. But Mr. Sater did not appear to have Mr. Peskov’s direct email, and instead wrote to a general inbox for press inquiries.”

The Times added: “The project never got government permits or financing, and died weeks later. …The emails obtained by The Times make no mention of Russian efforts to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign or the hacking of Democrats’ emails."

In other words, the Russia-gate narrative – that somehow Putin foresaw Trump’s election (although almost no one else did) and sought to curry favor with the future U.S. president by lining Trump’s pockets with lucrative real estate deals while doing whatever he could to help Trump win – is knocked down by these new disclosures, not supported by them.

Instead of clearing the way for Trump to construct the building and thus – in Sater’s view – boost Trump’s election chances, Putin and his government wouldn’t even approve permits or assist in the financing.

And, this failed building project was not the first Trump proposal in Russia to fall apart. A couple of years earlier, a Moscow hotel plan died apparently because Trump would not – or could not – put up adequate financing for his share, overvaluing the magic of the Trump brand. But one would think that if the Kremlin were grooming Trump to be its Manchurian candidate and take over the U.S. government, money would have been no obstacle.

Along the same lines, there’s the relative pittance that RT paid Gen. Michael Flynn to speak at the TV network’s tenth anniversary in Moscow in December 2015. The amount totaled $45,386 with Flynn netting $33,750 after his speakers’ bureau took its cut. Democrats and the U.S. mainstream media treated this fact as important evidence of Russia buying influence in the Trump campaign and White House, since Flynn was both a campaign adviser and briefly national security adviser. 

But the actual evidence suggests something quite different. Besides Flynn’s relatively modest speaking fee, it turned out that RT negotiated Flynn’s rate downward, a fact that The Washington Post buried deep inside an article on Flynn’s Russia-connected payments. The Post wrote, “RT balked at paying Flynn’s original asking price. ‘Sorry it took us longer to get back to you but the problem is that the speaking fee is a bit too high and exceeds our budget at the moment,’ Alina Mikhaleva, RT’s head of marketing, wrote a Flynn associate about a month before the event.”

Yet, if Putin were splurging to induce Americans near Trump to betray their country, it makes no sense that Putin’s supposed flunkies at RT would be quibbling with Flynn over a relatively modest speaking fee; they’d be falling over themselves to pay him more.

So, what the evidence really indicates is that Putin, like almost everybody else in the world, didn’t anticipate Trump’s ascendance to the White House, at least not in the time frame of these events – and thus was doing nothing to buy influence with his entourage or boost his election chances by helping him construct a glittering Trump Tower in Moscow.

But that recognition of reality would undermine the much beloved story of Putin-Trump collusion, so the key facts and the clear logic are downplayed or ignored – all the better to deceive Americans who are dependent on the Times, the Post and the mainstream media."

"Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. You can buy his latest book, America’s Stolen Narrative, either in print here or as an e-book (from Amazon and"


Among comments to above article, Aug. 29, 2017, "More Misleading Russia-gate Propaganda," Robert Parry, Consortium News:



Comment: The NY Times will not change until the US has two separate political parties. Today, the entire US political class and its media support the democrat party and happily cheer on the NY Times. Absolutely no one is on the side of the country or the American people. The entire US political class is intent on silencing ordinary Americans who under no circumstances can be allowed to choose a US president. These Americans on whom war is being waged have no political party behind them and haven't for many years. Everyone is just waiting for these Americans to die off. In the interim, they're viewed as no better than ignorant slaves. The Republican Party is by no means passive, it aggressively runs interference for its democrat partners. Thus the US is effectively a dictatorship. There are no checks and balances to protect citizens from a brute force central government and a weaponized media. The "Republicans" nearly unanimously joined Democrats in nullifying Trump's election, the votes of 63 million Americans (who still want detente with Russia they voted for), and removed any possibility that the most meaningful foreign policy promise of the 2016 election will ever be realized. Without bothering to announce that they were changing the Constitution, Congress transferred decisions about Russia from the Executive branch to the legislature. The country has been overthrown. It was brought to the point that they (the political class) would only be stopped by violent revolution. We voted for regime change and they simply ignored us. Now it's over. Ordinary Americans will continue to be rendered mute, while being forced to pay all the bills of their slave masters. The only solution I see is for Trump to announce formation of a new political party with himself as head, an actual second party, an opposition party to the Dem-Republican UniParty. This assumes Trump retains the views of candidate Trump and not the views of the Kushners.



Trump voters still want detente with Russia. They thought they were getting that when they voted for Trump. Unfortunately, Congress has nullified their votes: 

"The point here is that the Republican support for Trump’s desire for détente with Russia has not eroded one jot, whereas the “concern” of the Independents and even among Democrats is eroding somewhat....America’s ability to pursue or even to have a foreign policy is non-existent in the face of its internal civil war."..."Executive powers have been transferred to Congress:" 

8/6/17, "Playing Politics with the World’s Future," Alastair Crooke, Consortium News



8/26/17, "How the Deep State Ties Down Trump," Alastair Crooke, Consortium News

Trump "now has been rendered “helpless”: in respect to détente with Russia...spitefully, by his own party, working with the Democrats, to empty Trump's constitutional prerogatives in policy--and to seize them for Congress."...