EIR Daily Alert Service
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017
Volume 4, Number 62
EIR Daily Alert Service
P.O. Box 17390, Washington, DC 20041-0390
- How to Clean Up the Mess? Go on the Offensive Against the FBI!
- Grassley Demands Details on the FBI and British from Firm behind Anti-Trump ‘Dodgy Dossier’
- Nunes Is Not Leaving Chairmanship of House Intelligence Committee
- Watch Out: The Russians Have Gotten Into Our Salad Dressing!
- Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing March 30: Expect a Sewage Dump, Absent Facts
- Russian General Staff: U.S. Global Missile Defense Is a Global Threat
- Yemen: Will Trump Dive into the Saudi Quagmire?
- Intransigence of Saudi-Backed HNC Threatening Syria Peace Talks in Geneva
- Millions of Chileans Demand End to Pinochet’s Privatized Pension Disaster
- President Xi Meets Madagascar, Nepal Leaders after Boao Forum, To Talk Belt and Road
- The Growing China-EU Economic Relations and Connectivity
March 28 (EIRNS)—The grounds for optimism in the United States are huge, as most vividly demonstrated in President Trump’s beautiful call to return to space in his March 25 Weekly Address.
Yet every time Americans turn around, a new dirty operation is stirred up feeding the British “color revolution” against the Trump Administration!
What to do? When in doubt, go after the FBI!
Lyndon LaRouche said today, when briefed on the latest news of the mess, “The FBI is no damn good. It’s obvious; it doesn’t need an argument.” Though the FBI is probably reduced in its capacity, “It’s still a bad factor.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is an evil, treasonous organization which for more than 70 years has operated on behalf of Wall Street financiers and the British Empire. The Trump Presidency was elected by American voters to crush that empire. To ensure that effort succeeds, that the American Republic and its Hamiltonian System of Economics flourishes, the FBI national Gestapo must be crushed.
What Americans are facing is an unceasing stream of contrived “scandals,” fabricated according to the simple formula: 1) make accusations against Trump and his colleagues, over associations with Russia; and 2) assert that Russia is the evil enemy. The modus operandi is embodied in a headline last night by CNN, a leader of the pack, which stated, “The Darkening Storm over Russia, Is Now Looming over Trump’s Circle.”
The latest accusation in this hokum is against Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, for having met Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak twice during the transition to Trump’s inauguration, and for meeting with a representative of the Russian state-owned development bank, Vnesheconombank. You are supposed to think this is despicable. Kushner immediately joined the growing ranks of those demanding to testify to Congress to set the record straight. He even volunteered to go before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday, which is otherwise set to be a circus, on the topic, “Disinformation: A Primer on Russian Active Measures and Influence Campaigns.”
Even so, the color revolution crowd is targetting Intelligence Committee leaders themselves. Today’s pre-planned House Intelligence Committee closed-door session could not take place, because the witnesses, FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers, said they have a scheduling problem.
Yesterday House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) came under fierce attack. He was asked to either resign or be replaced in his position by a gang including Democrats, Sen. Charles Schumer (NY), and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (CA) and many Republicans. Among the witch-hunt charges made against Nunes is the non-starter that he, last Tuesday, arranged to read classified intelligence documents, then the next day, briefed the President. In reality, Nunes is doing his job. He is pursuing the trail of how intelligence officials revealed—“unmasked”—Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.), who was spied upon in the course of U.S. surveillance of foreign individuals. Nunes’s accusers say, Nunes is “not fair” to pursue this.
However, this week Nunes is continuing his pursuit, and requesting that these very same intelligence documents be made available for his fellow Congressmen to read. EIR has been told by an independent source that, indeed, someone present at the NSA/intelligence meeting, where it was decided to commit the illegal unmasking of Flynn, did in fact leak, i.e., blow the whistle on the crime.
On the Senate side, Charles Grassley (R-IA) is going to the heart of the beast—the FBI and the British. Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Grassley revealed yesterday the contents of his March 24 letter to the dirt-for-hire outfit, Fusion GPS. This is the Washington, D.C.-based firm, that sub-contracted with a British intelligence firm, to produce dirt against Trump. Fusion contracted with the London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, which is the 2009 creation of two so-called ex-MI6 agents, Christopher Steele and Christopher Burrows (who have both gone underground). They produced the 2016 “dodgy dossier” on Trump.
Grassley is demanding, by April 7, all the details about how Fusion was involved with Orbis, Steele and the FBI, and before that, how Fusion worked for the Hillary Clinton Democrats, and before that worked for anti-Trump Republicans. This shows British and FBI interference in U.S. elections, to the hilt.
Grassley’s letter goes after the FBI involvement, saying, “When political opposition research becomes the basis for law enforcement or intelligence efforts, it raises substantial questions about the independence of law enforcement and intelligence from politics….”
U.S. POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC
March 28 (EIRNS)—On March 27, Sen. Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued a press release on his March 24 letter to the political opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, demanding full details about its history in the production of an unsubstantiated dossier against then-candidate Donald Trump, alleging, among other things, misdeeds in Russia.
Fusion GPS, based in the Washington, D.C. area, was first hired by anti-Trump Republicans to dish dirt on Trump; then after Trump was nominated as the Republican candidate, the Hillary Clinton Democrats took over and paid Fusion GPS, then finally, the FBI came into the picture last Fall. In the course of this, Fusion GPS subcontracted to the London-based Orbis Business Intelligence, a spook outfit set up in 2009 by so-called “ex” MI6 agents, Christopher Steele and Christopher Burrows.
Grassley sets out a list of 13 detailed questions to be answered by Fusion GPS, attention Glenn R. Thompson. Grassley points out in the letter that, “Last month, the Washington Post reported that a few weeks before the election, the FBI had reached an agreement with Mr. Steele to pay him to continue his work [on anti-Trump information], noting that ‘[t]he revelation that the FBI agreed to pay Steele at the same time he was being paid by Clinton supporters to dig into Trump’s background could further strain relations between the law enforcement agency and the White House.’
“When political opposition research becomes the basis for law enforcement or intelligence efforts, it raises substantial questions about the independence of law enforcement and intelligence from politics,” Grassley’s letter concluded, before proceeding to his questions.
March 28 (EIRNS)—Obamacrats, of both the Democratic and Republican variety, spent the last 24-hours or so demanding House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes’s (CA) head. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (WI) to replace Nunes as chair; Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), backed by Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), called for him to resign. The unholy duo of Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain joined in, saying that if Nunes didn’t brief other Committee members on who his sources on the Obama administration’s surveillance of President-elect Trump are, he should be removed.
They charged that Nunes demonstrated a “lack of objectivity” by meeting last week with an intelligence whistleblower who gave him access to official intelligence community documents which show that the Obama administration had collected and then disseminated surveillance intelligence gathered on the President-elect and his transition team. Nunes demanded information on which Obama officials made the decision to “unmask” the names of American citizens monitored, because that is a crime.
The Trumpgaters insist that Nunes reveal his sources, which he says he will not do. He told reporter Eli Lake on March 27, however, that he had copied down the identifying numbers on the documents he was shown, so as to formally request them in order for the other members of the Intelligence Committee to read them at secure locations outside of Congress as soon as this week.
Nunes and the other Intelligence Committee members have the security clearance to read the documents—but it took a whistleblower to make them available.
Lake, writing in Bloomberg, made two points of particular interest: that Nunes told him that the intelligence reports were sent to the Obama White House, as well as other Executive Branch agencies, and that Nunes “has a history of cultivating independent sources inside the intelligence community,” and has a “network of whistleblowers,” as seen in his investigations on Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, and pressure inside military U.S. Central Command to produce positive reports on U.S. anti-ISIS campaigns.
March 28 (EIRNS)—To hear the press tell it, “if the President puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded to a badgering reporter who insisted that the White House “deal” with its “Russia problem.” The White House doesn’t have “a Russia problem,” as every one, Republican or Democrat, who has seen the “intelligence” on alleged Trump team-Russian ties has concluded, Spicer countered.
Spicer’s “Russian salad dressing” is a fair characterization of the depths to which the Russia-baiting in the British campaign to oust President Trump have descended.
Senior Presidential Advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner is the latest to be drawn into the maelstrom of what CNN calls “The Darkening Storm over Russia … Now Looming over President Donald Trump’s Innermost Circle.” Why? Kushner met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December (shocking!) and then with Sergey N. Gorkov, head of Vnesheconombank (VEB), Russia’s State Corporation Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs. Media scandalizing over how VEB head Gorkov “has deep ties to the Russian government and was appointed by Putin” is ridiculous; it is a Russian state bank! Unfazed, Kushner volunteered to answer questions at Thursday’s Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, an offer which the Senate chairs have yet to accept.
Before Kushner, former Trump campaign advisor Paul Manafort was the “Russian agent of the day.” That case was made in a widely reported March 22 “exclusive” Associated Press story on a contract Manafort allegedly signed 12 years ago with Russian industrial magnate Oleg Deripaska to “promote Putin.”
Today, Deripaska placed an ad in the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, stating that he, too, is “ready to take part in any hearings conducted in the U.S. Congress on this subject in order to defend my reputation and name.” AP’s story is a “malicious assertion and lie,” Deripaska charged. He demanded that “any and all further dissemination of these allegations, by the AP or any other media outlet, must cease immediately,” and warned that any media or person that continue to spread this lie, will be aggressively sued for “taking part in this disinformation campaign.”
March 28 (EIRNS)—The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m., from which it can be anticipated will emerge another round of raw sewage to be ingested and spit out by the news media upon the American population. The topic is Russian interference into the elections (a verdict already rendered without trial or any supporting facts).
The scheduled witnesses are a veritable who’s who of disgusting neocon creeps and British agents of influence beginning with Roy Godson. Godson, a violent opponent against Lyndon LaRouche since the 1970s, is a direct product of the old Jay Lovestone, Irving Brown, J.J. Angleton Satanic British CIA networks. He considers himself to be an expert on Russian disinformation or what he calls “active measures.” Godson, of course, played an absolutely critical role in formulating NSDD77, allowing controlled media, black propaganda operations by the United States to subvert foreign governments and to sell murderous wars and other genocidal policies to the American population. He also played a major role in the founding of the National Endowment for Democracy as the new regime-change color revolution subversion operation of the Anglo-American imperialists.
During the time he was doing all of this in 1982-83, he himself was ensnared in the Oliver North, Project Democracy investigation for laundering funds through the Heritage Foundation to the drug lords known as the Contras in Nicaragua. He is also the mentor for Abram Shulsky, the Pentagon employee who pushed through the absolutely fake intelligence justifying the Iraq war.
Joining the fake news chorus will be Clint Watts of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. FPRI was founded by Robert Strausz-Hupé. Since its founding, FPRI has been dedicated to the proposition that a new world order under American control, without other nation-states, is critical to mankind’s survival, given the political emergence of the Asian peoples. Strausz-Hupé argued for what he called the American Universal Empire. Godson is a senior fellow at FRPI, whose founding
board members included Henry Kissinger, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samuel Huntington, William Yandell Elliot, and Bernard Lewis.
Rounding out the witnesses will be Eugene Rumer, head of the Russia Eurasia desk at the National Intelligence Council under Obama; and former NSA Director Keith Alexander, who has defamed Edward Snowden as a Russian agent. Also testifying will be Kenneth Mandia of the Fire Eye computer-security firm. The latter firm has not only been used to back up the highly disputed CrowdStrike analysis of the DNC hack; it has also focused on alleged Russian use of social media to promote fake news, setting the stage for a new assault on the First Amendment by the new guardians of the truth.
STRATEGIC WAR DANGER
March 28 (EIRNS)—Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznikhir, the Deputy Chief of the Main Operation Directorate of the Russian General Staff, warned, during a seminar in Geneva, that the U.S. global missile defense system, in combination with ground- and space-based radar and the capacity to launch up to 1,000 Tomahawk cruise missiles, greatly increases the danger of nuclear war. This was reported by TASS.
U.S. Aegis guided-missile destroyers and cruisers, equipped with 2,500-km-range Tomahawk cruise missiles, can threaten all of European Russia from the Black and Baltic Seas, Poznikhir said.
“Missile defense ships in the Black and Baltic seas pose a threat to facilities in the European part of Russia, because it is unclear what missiles the Mk-41 launchers carry at a given moment,” Poznikhir said. Poznikhir included the Mk-41 launchers deployed as part of the NATO ABM system in Romania and soon to be deployed in Poland. He said that the assertion that these launchers can’t fire Tomahawk missiles “doesn’t hold water,” because the launchers can be rapidly and stealthily loaded with Tomahawks at any time.
Radar systems that are part of the U.S. early warning system, Poznikhir went on, can detect all possible flight trajectories of Russian ballistic missiles towards the United States. This capability is expected to increase with the deployment of a low-Earth-orbit system of detecting and tracking ballistic missiles.
“Therefore, the information and reconnaissance means of the U.S. ABM system at present provide for both detecting the launch of Russian ballistic missiles, tracking them in the flight trajectory, and giving target acquisition to the ABM firepower complexes for intercepting the warheads of intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles,” Poznikhir said.
Therefore, Russia is calling on the United States for talks. “We are calling for an equitable and constructive dialogue on anti-missile issues, aimed at searching for the solutions that take into account the interests of all the parties concerned,” Poznikhir said. Russia “is forced to take adequate countermeasures aimed at preventing the existing possible damage to the security of the state as a result of the further build-up of the U.S. ABM capabilities,” he said. Poznikhir reported that according to Russian calculations, the number of ABM missiles available to the U.S. will exceed 1,000 by 2022, and eventually, will exceed the number of warheads in the Russian nuclear arsenal, limited to 1,500 by the New START treaty. Such a number of ABM weapons “poses a serious threat to the Russian containment potential, especially considering the constant work on modernizing ABM firepower complexes,” he said.
Poznikhir warned that all of this adds up to a very dangerous threat to international security. “The deployment of the missile defense systematically ruins the current system of international security. As it builds up missile defense capabilities, the United States hopes to gain strategic advantage by downgrading the deterrence potentials of Russia and China. This may cause serious effects in the field of security,” he said. “Firstly, the existence of missile defense systems lowers the threshold of using nuclear weapons, which creates the delusion strategic offensive weapons might be used with impunity under the missile defense umbrella. Secondly, the missile defense upsets the current balance of deterrence forces, thereby jeopardizing the implementation of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 2010 and the Intermediate Nuclear Force [INF] treaty of 1987. Thirdly, the emerging missile defense system poses a threat to the safety of the international space activity and hinders the conclusion of agreements on the non-deployment of weapons in space,” Poznikhir said.
March 28 (EIRNS)—According to several news reports, the Trump Administration is considering, or has already decided, to increase U.S. military support to the Saudi-led coalition that has been at war in Yemen for the past two years. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning, that the administration is already stepping up its support to the Saudis and the U.A.E., particularly in terms of intelligence and logistical support. The primary interest of the Trump Administration is said to be combatting Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP); secondarily, countering Iranian influence in the country.
The Washington Post reported on March 26 that Secretary of Defense James Mattis submitted a memo last week to Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, Trump’s National Security Advisor, seeking the removal of restrictions on military support to the coalition that were imposed by President Obama in 2016, in order to enable an operation by the U.A.E. military to take the port city of Hodeidah from the Houthi tribal militias, but the memo doesn’t propose supporting every aspect of the proposed U.A.E. operation. According to the Post, the Principals Committee is to convene, this week, to consider Mattis’ memo; it is not clear that it will be approved.
A proposal to provide American Special Operations forces on the ground on the Red Sea coast “was not part of the request [Mattis] is making,” a senior administration official told the Post. When the U.A.E. made the same request last year, it was blocked because of concerns that it was unlikely to succeed and that it could worsen the already disastrous humanitarian situation. Some advisors to President Trump share those same concerns, one senior official said.
“There has been no decision yet as to whether [the restrictions] will be lifted. There is certainly broad disagreement across our government.” There is also concern that the proposed operation, and an increase of U.S. support more generally, might undermine the stalemated diplomatic effort to end the war.
March 28 (EIRNS)—At the end of last week, UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura handed over to the Saudi-backed High Negotiations Committee (HNC) a “non-paper” on how talks on the four baskets of issues—governance and political transition; constitution; elections; and counterterrorism—should proceed.
“The non-paper was indeed given to the delegations, and the HNC refused to accept it,” a source in the opposition told Sputnik.
Qadri Jamil, the leader of the Moscow group of opposition, told TASS, this morning, that the talks could fail.
“We insist that the ‘four baskets’ are discussed simultaneously while until now de Mistura has been holding separate talks with the Riyadh-based opposition group and the government delegation,” he said. “This may lead the negotiation process to a failure, as the Geneva-2 situation will repeat itself,” Jamil added.
It seems, too, that the HNC’s insistence on maintaining a position—the removal of President Bashar al-Assad from power—that it knows that the government side can’t even discuss, much less accept, will also lead to the talks failing.
“We reiterated at the beginning of the meeting that the key aspect of political process is stepping down of Bashar al-Assad and all those who took part in the crimes against the Syrian people,” HNC delegation chief Nasr al Hariri said, after meeting with de Mistura’s deputy, Ramzi Izz Eddin Ramzi.
HNC spokesman Salem Meslet made the same point: “We would like to make this clarification. Assad cannot have any presence, neither in transition nor in future of Syria. None of us would accept having a criminal,” he said.
COLLAPSING WESTERN FINANCIAL SYSTEM
March 28 (EIRNS)—On March 26, an estimated 2 million Chileans, in 71 locations around the country, marched to demand an end to the privatized pension system forcibly imposed by the fascist Augusto Pinochet dictatorship in 1981. They urged President Michelle Bachelet, who has only proposed a timid “reform” of the system, to return to the state-run system that existed prior to 1981.
The Pinochet system, run in large part by foreign insurance predators, is a disaster. According to the OECD, of all its member nations, Chile pays the lowest pensions—an average of $400, which is below the poverty line. Opponents charge that the privatized system benefits only large financial groups.
The “No More AFP” movement—AFP is the acronym for the pension fund administrators—has organized several protest marches over the past year, but now, its leader, Luis Mesina, says it is time to go beyond marches. He has been mooted as a possible presidential candidate for the Broad Front, made up of leftist parties.
“We’re going to get rid of the AFPs, like it or not,” he warns.
As a specific measure, he’s calling for people to withdraw from two of the largest AFPs—Provida and Cuprum—before mid-year, to force them out of the country, and “strike at the heart of the system, to advance toward of our ultimate goal, to get rid of the AFPs and reinstate a public pension system.” Provida is owned by the U.S. insurance firm MetLife, and Cuprum by the Principal Financial Group, described as one of the largest insurance companies in the world.
THE NEW GLOBAL ECONOMIC ORDER
March 28 (EIRNS)—President of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who attended the March 23-26 Boao Forum for Asia in Boao, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on March 27 and “agreed to synergize development strategies under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative and ten major plans for China-Africa cooperation,” Xinhua reported.
Xinhua also reported China’s readiness “to establish a comprehensive partnership of cooperation with Madagascar,” and “to deepen cooperation in agriculture, fisheries, people-to-people exchanges, security, police affairs, justice and law-enforcement.” President Rajaonarimampianina said, “Madagascar supports the Belt and Road Initiative and is willing to beef up cooperation with China in energy, aviation, transportation, ports, and airport construction.”
Meanwhile in Beijing, another attendee of the Boao Forum for Asia, Nepal’s Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, met with President Xi today. Describing his discussions with Xi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing as “exciting, open, and clear,” the Nepalese premier said, “Apart from the positive response, the Chinese President talked about Nepal’s political stability, development, prosperity, and infrastructure development,” reported the Kathmandu Post. Xinhua, reporting on the meeting, wrote that “both leaders also discussed the construction of a railway line in Nepal with Chinese investment. Both sides are expected to promote cooperation in connectivity, free trade arrangements, agriculture, industrial capacity, energy and post-disaster reconstruction, ‘taking advantage of the opportunity provided by jointly building the Belt and Road Initiative,’ ” the Post quoted Xi as saying.
March 28 (EIRNS)—In an article today, Fu Jing, the deputy chief of China Daily’s European bureau, wrote: “Citing data, some Belgian media outlets have reported that Chinese investors in Belgium have created up to 18,500 jobs for local residents. … Some Central and Eastern European countries are facing labor shortages partly because of growing Chinese investment in manufacturing and the end of European Union’s economic stagnation. In the past five years, Huawei, for example, has created up to 12,000 jobs in the EU.”
Also today, the Atlanta-headquartered United Parcel Service (UPS) “announced today the addition of six stations to its Preferred full and less-than-container load (FCL and LCL) multimodal rail service between Europe and China. The additional stations will give customers moving goods on the world’s largest trade line more options to reduce supply chain costs and better balance cost/time-in-transit requirements. Changsha, Chongqing, Suzhou and Wuhan Stations were added in China to the existing stations of Zhengzhou and Chengdu. In Europe stops in Duisburg, Germany and Warsaw, Poland were added to the existing stops of Lodz, Poland and Hamburg, Germany.”
Fu wrote that last week, “Belgium and Hungary became full-time members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which means one-third of the bank’s 70 members are from Europe. And the development path of the AIIB suggests cooperation among members will deepen to bring Asia, Europe and Africa closer.”