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Thursday, December 12, 2019

The clumsy hand

A former CIA operations officer with thirty years of experience in the conduct of intelligence operations in the Middle East, South Asia and Europe reviews the recent IG report:
As I read through the recently released IG report for the second time, as someone with a great deal of experience in military and intelligence matters, I see that hand everywhere.

Per the IG report, a single report is delivered to the FBI in the summer of 2016.  It concerns a meeting between a cooperative contact of a foreign intelligence service and a junior level employee of the Trump campaign, George Papadopoulos.  The report relates what are frankly very amorphous comments by Papadopoulos concerning the Russian government and its alleged possession of information on Hillary Clinton.

On any other day this report would command no attention whatsoever.  The source in question has no track record of any kind with the FBI. Papadopoulos has been employed by the Trump campaign for perhaps 90 days at this point, and there is no reason to believe he has contacts of significance in the Kremlin.

Not on this occasion.  This one report from a foreign intelligence service goes directly to the top of the FBI.  The Director himself, James Comey is briefed.  A full investigation is launched.  Multiple confidential human sources are tasked.  Wiretaps are ordered.  A task force is organized. Crossfire Hurricane is born.

There is a problem, though.  This hand, perhaps because it is controlled by individuals who have made their bones riding desks in Washington, DC and not in the field running actual operations, is clumsy.  The information regarding Papadopoulos provided the needed pretext to start an investigation, but most of the people who will now form the investigative team are not in on the plot.  They will have to be led to the pre-ordained conclusion, so that it appears that they did so without outside interference.

And these investigators have a pesky habit of actually doing their jobs.
Read the whole thing. This is very, very far from over.

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32 Comments:

Blogger Christian Schulzke December 12, 2019 11:13 AM  

Not to be Debbie Downer but I don't see anyone high up being held accountable for any of this. That's not how our country works.

Blogger #7139 December 12, 2019 11:17 AM  

Bring forth the hidden hand. Whose hand is it?

Blogger tuberman December 12, 2019 11:20 AM  

Yes, this was great, also read ZeroHedge's article on the misspellings.

Blogger MagisterLudi December 12, 2019 11:30 AM  

Let there be PAIN

Blogger Oswald December 12, 2019 11:31 AM  

After all of this, why do we insist on taking at face value that Christopher Steele is a former British spy. From the very beginning he has always been referred too as a former spy. It is never questioned. Thus, I believe it is therefore a lie. He is still a spy for the British Government. The British Government is part of the hidden hand working against Trump.

Blogger xevious2030 December 12, 2019 11:39 AM  

Yep. Now track that with another consideration, going after Hillary and the rest of the Deep State upon taking office, preparing military tribunals, the works. That latter consideration would have been unknowingly passed to Deep State officials to carry out (Mattis, McMaster, Kelly), giving them Enigma from day one. Giving them the information to tie the narrative of working for Russia with an attempted overthrow of the government. Trump would have gone to jail, and his supporters would be in the position of the Japanese and pro German crowd in the US, December 12, 1941. Instead, patience is bearing out against impatience. The single shade tree with the snare is being let to whither, rot, and compost, while Trump digs a moat around it and sets about planting a snare less forest of his design.

Blogger Arthur Isaac December 12, 2019 11:40 AM  

I pray that good men will prevail and give them my blessing and my backing for what it is worth.

Blogger Balkan Yankee December 12, 2019 11:50 AM  

The Hidden Hands are Household Names at this point. The only thing left is for Durham to state his theory of the conspiracy in the form of indictments.

Or not.

Blogger Damelon Brinn December 12, 2019 11:54 AM  

Not to be Debbie Downer

[narrator voice]: He was a total Debbie Downer.

Sometimes it seems like there were about a dozen people everyone was using for their scams, and since it was all coming through them, they could be as arrogant and lazy as they wanted. And they were wannabe secret agents, so they couldn't help but be cocky about it.

Blogger Dos Voltz December 12, 2019 12:09 PM  

What a great article, thank you!

It is the clearest, most powerful and concise summary I've read describing the last 3 years of treachery!

Blogger Jeff aka Orville December 12, 2019 12:11 PM  

the Q team, who probably are intelligence people themselves, keep saying "these people are stupid", and this article demonstrates that in spades.

The Horowitz report was a questionable crab puff hors d'oeuvre. The main meal of Durham and Huber still sound delicious.

Blogger dc.sunsets December 12, 2019 12:15 PM  

Good stuff, but what's the author's deeper purpose (his website is a case study in civics-class level analytics, so count me skeptical.)

Angelo Codevilla's essays (2010-2018) remain a one-stop education on what's really going on here. The sentiments shared by every "highly placed" person in our society are quite literally a cult, and the cultists are united by their utter loathing of those less zealous.

First, they presume their own righteousness, so that the open coup and gross illegality of the Trump Inquisition morphs into a righteous crusade against the forces of EVIL. Second, the specifics of their religious dogma (Scoutmaster Pederast, Pink-hair girl-with-penis in the H.S. girls' showers, banning guns, government-run vice like pot and gambling, flooding your neighborhood with alien foreigners, teaching your 9-year-olds how to "safely" perform every sex act short of bestiality, etc.) are unimportant in specific, only relevant in that they are used to TERRORIZE those whom they deem "deplorables" (AKA apostates in their cult, and thus loathsome.)

The ruling cult members look at what YOU the one they loathe, hold dear and THAT is their target for debasement or destruction.

I think of Orwell's quote: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” Then I think of Nancy Pelosi or that lunatic Cortez, kicking a man over and over and then demanding he lick her shoe.

THIS is what exists. The rest is just window-dressing.

Blogger Scuzzaman December 12, 2019 1:00 PM  

@5

it's always "former" this or that.

In the '80s a group of 8 "former" CIA officers were discovered to have been "accidentally" running the biggest coke cartel money laundering operation in history, via their newly established bank in the bahamas.

Sounds legit, right?

Blogger Scuzzaman December 12, 2019 1:03 PM  

(cont)

as noted in the headline, clumsy hand is clumsy.

They rely on partisans to do two things:
1. not notice the obvious clumsy signs because they really don't want to, and
2. ascribe all critiques that notice the clumsy hand to be motivated purely by opposing partisanship

IOW, confirmation bias and projection.

Blogger KPKinSunnyPhiladelphia December 12, 2019 1:05 PM  

I found this paragraph from the article...um....intriguing.

Suddenly, Carter Page is shoved forward as the new focus of the investigation. His contacts with Russians are long-standing and well-known. He will serve well as the new target. Human sources are mobilized. Wiretaps are ordered.

Lots of passive voice here..."shoved" by whom?

The corrupt media have shouted over and over again the IG report found "no political bias." Of course, Horowitz didn't "find" any. He wasn't looking for bias -- rather he was looking for how individuals in the process either deviated from a process or used the process in unacceptable, perhaps even criminal, ways.

But it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why docs supporting warrants were deceptively altered, why exculpatory evidence was hidden, why the whole "predicate" for Cross Fire Hurricane was totally phony.

It was always a mystery to me why Carter Page escaped the dragnet, while it snared Flynn, Papadapalous, even the silly clown Roger Stone. Because Page WAS a USA asset. They couldn't trap him, he was too important to that OTHER agency. It makes total sense now.

Who knows how this will all turn out? The possibilities range from "nothing at all" to an indictment tsunami and criminal trials the like of which we've never seen.

Slowly, inexorably, something approaching the latter seems more and more probable.

Blogger Dyspeptic December 12, 2019 1:22 PM  

So I read the article referenced above and it's interesting as a condensed version of the coup plotters antics. But there isn't anything in it that I didn't already know and it doesn't have any particularly new or dramatic information. The author ends with the desperate refrain - "The perpetrators of that crime have yet to be brought to justice and identified. Let’s hope that happens soon." That sentiment and a few bucks will get you an overpriced coffee drink at Starbucks.

He also says "Time for the hidden hand to be revealed." Newsflash, anyone who has been following this sordid tale in-depth already knows who the hidden hand is. Hussein Obama is the kingpin of this whole affair and Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe and their various minions are the schemers and plotters who carried out Obama’s plan to save his malignant legacy and destroy Trump.

I don't see how you can reasonably conclude that it isn't over yet from reading this article. Maybe it is and maybe it isn’t who knows? What I do know is that if these seditious, totalitarian creeps aren't indicted, prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated for their crimes then our Constitutional Republic is finished and probably what remains of Western Civilization along with it.

Blogger MNW December 12, 2019 1:25 PM  

I'll be happy with just the hand.

Though a head would be preferable.

Blogger An Orthodox Christian December 12, 2019 1:49 PM  

Checked out the "masthead" of AND. Editor and spouse are both former officers of the 3 letter agency. Advisors have TDS type credentials. Could the referenced analysis be misdirection?

Blogger Ominous Cowherd December 12, 2019 2:02 PM  

Christian Schulzke wrote:Not to be Debbie Downer but I don't see anyone high up being held accountable for any of this.
Three years into it, we are just starting to see this stuff. There may be be accountability, but it's not going to be soon. The goal looks like ``thorough'' rather than ``speedy.''
Christian Schulzke wrote:That's not how our country works.
The Cabal doesn't work that way. Trump may yet be able to wrest control from them.

Blogger pnq87 December 12, 2019 2:23 PM  

Pol Pot was ahead of his time. The upper class is responsible for the problems we face.

Blogger Oswald December 12, 2019 3:52 PM  

16. You left off a number of names. The three big ones you left off were Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. And I believe your list is only limited to traitors. If you were to include enemies of the state, you would likely have to include a number of names from Britain, France and Germany. Does anyone remember Obama meeting with Merkel after he was out of office right before she was to meet Trump the first time. What were they plotting?

Blogger Bert Head December 12, 2019 4:50 PM  

This article has two significant attributes; the author is authoritative, and AND magazine is a memorable title. This makes it easy to refer normie friends and family, when you are explaining reality, and they demand references. Zerohedge comes over as breathlessly conspiratorial.
I also thought it was a concise summary of much I already knew, but the immunity of Carter Page was interesting and new to me. An excellent article, and I liked the hidden hand imagery.

Blogger Reziac December 12, 2019 5:57 PM  

Whose hand? Read this (don't get impatient; read the whole thing) and note how much is explained:

https://www.docdroid.net/DtiLYBH/bender-affidavit.pdf

Might be the real reason those "under the influence" are so desperate to get rid of Trump is because Qatar has already tried to bribe and/or blackmail him, and he proved immune -- and now he's on to them.

Blogger map December 12, 2019 7:45 PM  

It's great to see that VD is referencing Anonymous Conservative at this site. There is a lot of important and interesting information there.

This article points to one very important aspect of this conflict. The Deep State is not the intelligence agencies or the permanent bureaucracy. The Deep State is a parallel society that has been growing in the America's and globally for centuries. The various missteps that we see in the IG report and the desperate maneuvering indicates that this parallel society is in a civil war.

The reason you're seeing all this clumsiness is twofold: First, the resources aren't there anymore to execute these conspiracies. The resources are now split between different factions. Second, and related to the first, the factions on defense now have to rely on the "facade government" to have any hope of defending themselves. The government that we learned about in civics is not the real government...but now, defense has to rely on the proverbial utility services of the potemkin village to get anything done. This is how the Mueller report failed and how the IG report is documenting criminal conspiracies out in the open.

Blogger Crew December 12, 2019 8:50 PM  

Julian Assange said: When all is finally exposed, 98% of Washington will fall!

Blogger Doktor Jeep December 12, 2019 9:18 PM  

By "clumsy hand" I recall the old saying "Sloppy job, Mossad".

Blogger Andy Texan December 12, 2019 10:41 PM  

The hidden Hand is Soros and his compatriots. Ever see Network or the 70's mini series Captains and the Kings? Obama is just a puppet. The FBI guys are foot soldiers.

Blogger SciVo December 12, 2019 11:42 PM  

F*** auditing the Federal Reserve, audit the CIA. It is not the last thing that needs to be done, but it is the first. If we can do that, then we can do anything.

Blogger SciVo December 13, 2019 12:07 AM  

Three years into it, we are just starting to see this stuff. There may be be accountability, but it's not going to be soon. The goal looks like ``thorough'' rather than ``speedy.''

That is the hallmark of an alpha. He needs to inspire trust, because he will win by simply having more patience than his opponents. And for that to work, he needs for his crew to follow his lead, even when they get antsy.

So there was this one time when I was out at a club, and my big friend told me to shut up. And I was really aggravated, but I trusted his judgement more than mine, so I did.

And the people aggravating me tried to do it more. "Looks like you got your little dog on a leash." And I clenched my teeth and held my silence, though it crushed my pride.

And what he explained to me later, back at his apartment, is that he was really grateful that I actually did what he said, precisely because he didn't expect it. He explained, they were trying to use me to get into a fight with him, without challenging him directly, so their hands would be clean.

So that is how I look at Trump, that I should just follow his lead like my big friend -- and for the same reason, because he wants to protect me, and his enemies want to use that against him.

Blogger OneWingedShark December 13, 2019 12:16 PM  

Hm...
How much does anyone want to bet that the "foreign intelligence service" contact was a double-agent, or sent by a double-agent, to generate the very justification for starting the investigation?

Christian Schulzke wrote:Not to be Debbie Downer but I don't see anyone high up being held accountable for any of this. That's not how our country works.
Holding people accountable would be a rocking of the boat of the greatest magnitude… and Trump seems to be very much against rocking the boat. — I'm reminded of the so-called FBIAnnon, who said something to the effect that an honest investigation of Hillary/ClintonFoundation would take out large portions of government.

dc.sunsets wrote:The ruling cult members look at what YOU the one they loathe, hold dear and THAT is their target for debasement or destruction.

I think of Orwell's quote: “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.” Then I think of Nancy Pelosi or that lunatic Cortez, kicking a man over and over and then demanding he lick her shoe.

THIS is what exists. The rest is just window-dressing.

I understand what you mean; this is why we should pray, and pray hard.

Dyspeptic wrote:So I read the article referenced above and it's interesting as a condensed version of the coup plotters antics. But there isn't anything in it that I didn't already know and it doesn't have any particularly new or dramatic information. The author ends with the desperate refrain - "The perpetrators of that crime have yet to be brought to justice and identified. Let’s hope that happens soon." That sentiment and a few bucks will get you an overpriced coffee drink at Starbucks.
Yep. Shades of "Be Patient; Trust the Plan!"… only to be followed by no materialization of Justice.
I don't think that many in the official circles understand how tired of injustice the average US Citizen is, or how many political situations devolve to that paradigm: everything from illegal immigration (1 Timothy 5:8) to affirmative action (Proverbs 26:1) to unjust judges (Isaiah 10).

Ominous Cowherd wrote:Christian Schulzke wrote:Not to be Debbie Downer but I don't see anyone high up being held accountable for any of this.
Three years into it, we are just starting to see this stuff. There may be be accountability, but it's not going to be soon. The goal looks like ``thorough'' rather than ``speedy.''

I hope this is the correct reading of the situation. There are things that make this less-likely though: the fact that an honest prosecution of injustice would damage a lot of the institutional authority in the government is one, the fact that Trump keeps surrounding himself with known swamp-creatures is another.

Crew wrote:Julian Assange said: When all is finally exposed, 98% of Washington will fall!
This is very likely the case.

SciVo wrote:F*** auditing the Federal Reserve, audit the CIA. It is not the last thing that needs to be done, but it is the first. If we can do that, then we can do anything.
I believe that actually declassifying things would necessitate massive Treason trials, to the point "our" Intelligence Agencies would better be described as a coalition of Traitors and foreign-control institutions.

Blogger OneWingedShark December 13, 2019 12:21 PM  

SciVo wrote:Three years into it, we are just starting to see this stuff. There may be be accountability, but it's not going to be soon. The goal looks like ``thorough'' rather than ``speedy.''

That is the hallmark of an alpha. He needs to inspire trust, because he will win by simply having more patience than his opponents. And for that to work, he needs for his crew to follow his lead, even when they get antsy.

So there was this one time when I was out at a club, and my big friend told me to shut up. And I was really aggravated, but I trusted his judgement more than mine, so I did.

And the people aggravating me tried to do it more. "Looks like you got your little dog on a leash." And I clenched my teeth and held my silence, though it crushed my pride.

And what he explained to me later, back at his apartment, is that he was really grateful that I actually did what he said, precisely because he didn't expect it. He explained, they were trying to use me to get into a fight with him, without challenging him directly, so their hands would be clean.

So that is how I look at Trump, that I should just follow his lead like my big friend -- and for the same reason, because he wants to protect me, and his enemies want to use that against him.

Good story.
The operative parts here are trust and respect — they're two-way, as noted by your friend's gratitude, which is his respect of you and built his trust because you trusted him.

Blogger Joe December 14, 2019 1:15 PM  

"After all of this, why do we insist on taking at face value that Christopher Steele is a former British spy.After all of this, why do we insist on taking at face value that Christopher Steele is a former British spy."

In 2006, there was an infamous incident in which an FSB defector, Alexander Litvinenko, was assassinated in Britain through Polonium poisoning. An interesting factoid: Litvinenko's case officer was Christopher Steele.

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