Archives for category: assassinations

I am rerunning this piece for the fact of how it relates to so-called ‘special counsel’ Robert Mueller, a long time deep state operative. Like him or despise him, Trump is not the point. The point is our system is corrupted to the core, influenced by multiple, often times competing, criminal actors, and is unstable and dangerous.

Anyone wishing for a glimpse of irrefutable evidence the USA’s Department of Justice, and its satellite Federal Bureau of Investigation, have been corrupted/co-opted by the Central Intelligence Agency, need look no further than Robert Mueller’s failure to act, when FBI Director, on the case of Enrique Prado, a drug cartel serial killer whose concurrent career had been high-level official at CIA. It follows, appointing Mueller “Special Counsel” in a case where Western liberal democracies’ intelligence agencies are implicated (MI6/CIA, Fusion GPS, et al) is brilliantly cynical.

“This title is not currently available for purchase”

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^ amazon screenshot

Why has Enrique Prado never been prosecuted? How is it three consecutive FBI Directors, Robert Mueller, James Comey & Christopher Wray, all of them, have let a proven serial killer continue to run free and go on killing? Corruption doesn’t go much deeper than this:

The CIA’s Amazon Books (or how to own a billionaire)

So, how is it a ‘kindle’ e-book detailing the history of a contemporary era CIA assassin is ‘out of print’ at amazon books? Can virtual reality actually have a paper supply problem? Or is it because Jeff Bezos’ amazon (Bezos is amazon’s largest stock-holder & CEO) has a $600,000,000 (six-hundred-million) contract supplying the CIA with ‘cloud’ services?

Small wonder Bezos’ Washington Post is recently the CIA’s preferred street-walker for planting fake news stories even as it had shrieked over ‘fake news.’ Now, going to the banned-at-amazon book:

‘How to Get Away with Murder in America: Drug Lords, Dirty Pols, Obsessed Cops, and the Quiet Man Who Became the CIA’s Master Killer’

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^ Enrique Prado (he would be older now, perhaps 60+)

“This is a story that the CIA will not want you to read. It will likely shake your faith in the highest levels of America’s national security establishment. And it will leave you feeling as if you are living not in the United States but in a seedy banana republic where there is no line between the good guys and the bad guys.

“In “How to Get Away with Murder in America,” the celebrated journalist Evan Wright reveals the extraordinary story of Enrique “Ricky” Prado, an alleged killer for a major Miami drug trafficker who was recruited into the CIA. Despite a grand jury subpoena and a mountain of evidence unearthed by a federal task force, Prado was promoted into the agency’s highest echelons and charged with implementing some of the country’s most sensitive post-9/11 counterterrorist operations, including the agency’s secret “targeted assassination unit.” All while staying in close touch with his cocaine-trafficking boss and, evidence suggests, taking part in additional killings for him.

“After Prado retired in 2004 at the rank of SIS-2—the CIA equivalent of a two-star general—he moved to a senior position at Blackwater, the private military contractor, where he continued to run the same, now-outsourced “death squad.” Contrary to government assurances that it was never actually activated, Wright reveals explosive testimony from one of the Blackwater assassins that Prado’s unit was indeed carrying out assigned killings. As a former military intelligence officer told Wright in 2011, “Private contractors are whacking people like crazy over in Afghanistan for the CIA.”

“In “How to Get Away with Murder in America,” Wright discloses never-before-seen federal investigation files and lays out a mind-boggling and ultimately damning indictment of Ricky Prado and the intelligence community that embraced and empowered him. It is the deeply disturbing story of a criminal case abandoned because of CIA intervention, political maneuvering, and possibly corruption. Its cast includes Mafia capos, former U.S. Senator Bob Graham, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, former CNN host Rick Sanchez, and Prado’s longtime boss at the CIA and then Blackwater, J. Cofer Black, who is now a “special adviser” to presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Wright also delivers a stunning portrait of Prado’s childhood friend Albert San Pedro, a.k.a. “the Maniac,” the drug lord whom he served for years as loyal bodyguard and enforcer, as well as their longtime nemesis Mike Fisten, the detective who began pursuing them more than two decades ago and still hopes to put them both in prison for murder.

“There are many conspiracies in Wright’s story, all of them unsettling. Did the CIA knowingly hire a suspected murderer with strong ties to drug traffickers? Or was the agency a stooge, infiltrated by an underworld hood described by one investigator as “technically, a serial killer”?

“How to Get Away with Murder in America” is likely to have serious repercussions for the U.S. national security establishment. And it will shake to the core your conceptions of government and justice in America”

Sure it could have “serious repercussions” if it were available. The book was offered for sale at amazon in 2012. Bezos picked up the 600 million ‘private cloud services’ contract with the CIA in 2013:

“Professor Robert McChesney, who has published books dealing with conflicts of interest in the media, for example, also blasted the links. “When the main shareholder in one of the very largest corporations in the world benefits from a massive contract with the CIA on the one hand, and that same billionaire owns the Washington Post on the other hand, there are serious problems””

No shit, Sherlock. And serious problems at amazon. After all, when the CIA comes calling, Bezos wouldn’t want things going wrong and a last sight of Enrique Prado’s silenced pistol presented in a follow-up visit:

“When best-selling author Evan Wright began digging into the hard-to-believe life story of Enrique “Ricky” Prado–a former Miami thug who became a top CIA official–he was told to stay away or risk getting “whacked.” One investigator warned, “You don’t want to f— with this guy.” Wright first learned about Prado while researching American Desperado, his shockingly good book about drug trafficker Jon Roberts. At first, he refused to believe that an alleged hitman and bodyguard for a mobster could become a CIA informant and eventually rise to the top echelons of the U.S. national security and intelligence systems. In this riveting account, Wright says the “two halves of Prado’s life…made no sense.” But through dozens of interviews and thousands of documents, Wright tries to make sense of them. The result is a story of two fiercely loyal Cuban-American childhood pals–Prado and his former cocaine-running boss, Albert “the Maniac” San Pedro–whose kinship lasted throughout Prado’s CIA career. Even as Prado rose to the CIA equivalent of a two-star general, he helped San Pedro with numerous deadly deeds. This is investigative journalism at its best—brave, meticulous, and significant” -Neal Thompson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

“Evan Wright is the recipient of two National Magazine Awards and the author of the bestselling “Generation Kill,” “Hella Nation,” and “American Desperado,” which he co-wrote with Jon Roberts. His reporting has also been included in “The Best American Crime Writing.” He co-wrote the HBO series “Generation Kill,” based on his book

Leave comments for Enrique Prado at his website e.g. I filled out the enriqueprado.com ‘murder for hire’ webform and left the message “Kudos to Evan Wright”

Suggested messages for Enrique Prado: Confess, brave men don’t kill with silencers, assassination is morally and ethically wrong, justice will prevail, your career makes Castro look like an angel by comparison, sneaky murders are a damning judge of one’s character, or other, simple, polite and on point message reminding Prado he is not invisible or forgotten

If perchance Prado’s webmaster blocks this site’s link to Prado’s page, you have the options to type or copy and paste: http://enriqueprado.com (into your browser’s address bar to access his site)

References:

[https://www.amazon.com/How-Get-Away-Murder-America-ebook/dp/B008EJL43Q]

The original (above) amazon link from which much of the preceding quotes are drawn appears to have been disabled, here is an alternative link to a Wired article with similar information:

https://www.wired.com/2012/06/cia/

Also see:

https://theintercept.com/2017/01/04/washpost-is-richly-rewarded-for-false-news-about-russia-threat-while-public-is-deceived/

https://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/sectors/item/17261-washington-post-urged-to-disclose-new-owner-s-cia-ties

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^ Gina Haspel’s boyfriend (Mike Pompeo)

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An old American ‘boy-prank’ directed at a deserving person (to send a message) was to fill a small paper bag with a fresh dog shit, put just a little bit of lighter fluid (kerosene) on it, place this on the porch of the target, light the bag on fire, ring the doorbell and run. If all went to plan, the target would open their door to sight of a small fire and reflexively stamp it out with their feet. As a metaphor, I’m inclined to think someone had done this to Matt Taibbi, and perhaps, to the editors of RollingStone.

RollingStone’s Why You Should Care About the Julian Assange Case [1] by Matt Taibbi, is a piece this writer (yours truly) finds not only disingenuous but worthy of an intelligence agency propaganda award.

The thrust of the article being any prosecution of Julian Assange endangers journalism, we’ll dissect Taibbi’s premise concerning a very plausible secret/sealed indictment of Assange:

“Assange’s lawyer Barry Pollack told Rolling Stone he had “not been informed that Mr. Assange has been charged, or the nature of any charges.”

“Pollock and other sources could not be sure, but within the Wikileaks camp it’s believed that this charge, if it exists, is not connected to the last election.

““I would think it is not related to the 2016 election since that would seem to fall within the purview of the Office of Special Counsel,” Pollack said.

“If you hate Assange because of his role in the 2016 race, please take a deep breath and consider what a criminal charge that does not involve the 2016 election might mean. An Assange prosecution could give the Trump presidency broad new powers to put Trump’s media “enemies” in jail, instead of just yanking a credential or two. The Jim Acosta business is a minor flap in comparison”

These four paragraphs likely have Gina Haspel’s information operations people over at Langley, Virginia, orgasming in their pants. Taibbi omits the fact trying Assange on charges unrelated to the ‘the Russians did it’ is a solid means of shutting Assange up and burying him where he cannot shed any light concerning the 2016 elections’ intelligence agency caper. Trying Assange on unrelated charges, prior to sending him to deep isolation at, for instance, Florence ADX super-max, actually solves a CIA problem. How’d that work? The American legal principle of ‘relevance’ [2] where practically infinite technicalities can be argued to exclude any mention or reference to another case possibly pending before another court, such as the work of the incredibly corrupt [3], [4] special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, example given. Yep, sending Julian off to super-max on charges unrelated to the 2016 ‘the Russians did it’ would be perfectly predictable (desirable outcome) for those intelligence operatives who’d used Wikileaks to frame Russia, and some of Trump’s associates [5], [6], for meddling in the USA’s so-called ‘democratic processes.’ Hey, Matt Taibbi, was it Gina Haspel set the dog shit on fire you proceeded stamp out? Because a bit further on in his article, Taibbi goes on to screw it up even more:

“The perception that Assange worked with Vladimir Putin to achieve his ends has further hardened responses among his former media allies.

“As to the latter, Assange denies cooperating with the Russians, insisting his source for the DNC leak was not a “state actor.” It doesn’t matter. That PR battle has already been decided”

Beyond political fellatio, Gina Haspel would arrange a literal blow-job for Taibbi (even give it herself, if only she were pretty enough) because RollingStone has gone on record stating the DNC mails leak story is passé, out-of-fashion, old news. In other words, Taibbi is saying there is no point in investigative journalism looking into whether (the promptly assassinated) Seth Rich was Wikileaks’ source of the DNC mails, despite more than ample evidence, even a ‘preponderance of the evidence’ or the USA civil law standard necessary for conviction. [7] He might as well have written “Don’t go there.” Why? We’ll come back to this.

Taibbi:

“Although Assange may not be a traditional journalist in terms of motive, what he does is essentially indistinguishable from what news agencies do, and what happens to him will profoundly impact journalism”

This is not only wrong, Taibbi (apparently without noticing) contradicts it himself later in the article:

“…the relationship between Assange and the press deteriorated quickly. A lot of this clearly had to do with Assange’s personality. Repeat attempts by (ostensibly sympathetic) reporters to work with Assange ended in fiascoes … gain[ing] him a reputation for egomania and grandiosity.

“Partners like the Committee to Protect Journalists, who had been sifting through Wikileaks material to prevent truly harmful information from getting out, began to be frustrated by what they described as a frantic pace of releases”

Precisely. Journalists not only vet their sources (Assange, in the past, has stated Wikileaks does not [8] ) but they also must assess whether they can do more harm than good with the secrets they are in possession of, and consider how to finesse information that must be divulged in the public interest in such a way as to not create social chaos. One means of attempting this would be to refer the actual material (documents) evidencing state crimes to the apropos authorities, while restraining oneself to writing about having done this within the context of the story, putting the relevant authority on the spot and in a position of having to do something. Wikileaks dumping massive caches is not journalism. This is not a case of, as Taibbi would have it, “…what he [Assange] does is essentially indistinguishable from what news agencies do”, that is if the news-service is not corrupted and taking intelligence agency scripts to amplify fake stories and bury real stories (like the Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, New York Times do, and now, clearly, RollingStone also does.)

This brings us to Assange had attempted, via Dana Rohrabacher, a horse-trade with Trump, where Assange gets immunity from prosecution or a pardon and Trump gets definitive proof the Wikileaks DNC mails source was not Russia. [9] The people surrounding Trump, notably Chief of Staff John Kelly, shut that avenue down. [10] Taibbi, with his ‘don’t go there’ posed as “It doesn’t matter. That PR battle has already been decided” obviously isn’t going to touch this, rather wants it buried. Why?

Possibly, even likely, because of a phenomenon we had seen slip out of the closet during the Obama POTUS tenure, meetings with John Brennan on “Kill List Tuesdays” where America’s extra-judicial assassinations targeting list had been regularly updated, to include American citizens. [11], [12], [13]

We can likely add to the CIA’s three known assassinations of American citizens abroad these past seven years, two of those ordered by Obama and one ordered by Trump, at least two domestic assassinations by CIA, both of which tie into this assessment; Seth Rich and Michael Hastings.

Seth Rich removed, whether at that time incidental to present circumstance or not, doesn’t matter; that is to say if Rich was initially silenced for the leak to send a message, or silenced to remove a dupe, is immaterial to the present moment. Either way, Rich’s removal is part and parcel of what enabled the framing of Trump and Wikileaks for ‘Russian collusion.’ That’s a big piece of the ‘problematic witnesses’ solved for the people behind the making a patsy of Russia. It is entirely possible the DNC leak was initially a MOSSAD operation (Trump has been Bibi’s wet dream) and Rich was gunned down by Brennan’s CIA, with a ‘Russian collusion’ follow-on or the neo-liberal intelligence agency faction’s attempt to reverse the damage. A second possibility (the one I favor) is the leaked DNC mails by a duped Seth Rich reflects the internecine warfare between neocon and neoliberal elements in American intelligence. A third (least likely, in view of developments, but still plausible) possibility is, Rich’s had been an unmanipulated, straight-foward motivation based in a rather ‘naive idealism’ (victim of a Wikileaks bait and hook.)

Michael Hastings, whose car of its own will, took upon itself a desire to run into a tree at high speed and explode with the force of a military grade limpet mine, had been 1) investigating then CIA Director John Brennan, 2) in contact with Wikileaks, and 3) writing for RollingStone [14], all shortly before he died. A lesson Taibbi and his editors at RollingStone have taken to heart? It is no stretch of the imagination, at all, to assume Taibbi (and his employer) had subsequently been put on notice ‘you will take our script and run with it or die.’ The alternative is, RollingStone, editors & writers, had suddenly morphed into incredibly stupid parties who, by pure coincidence, appear to follow diktat and promote the intelligence agency line. Which do you think is more likely? Of course, it is also possible the insect species ignavum nominare [15] had crawled up Taibbi’s butt altogether independently of any specific threat.

Pointing towards wrapping this up, with turning our attention to Wikileaks per se, the following question must be posed: how is it certain alternative media stars miss that Julian Assange was a critical gear in the intelligence agencies (primarily CIA & MOSSAD) information operations responsible for the ‘Arab Spring’ … leading to not only revolution and counter-revolution in Egypt but also the overthrow of Gaddafi and the Syrian so-called ‘civil war.’ [16] How do Chris Hedges (RT’s On Contact), Caitlin Johnstone (medium.com), Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept), Vanessa Beeley (21st Century Wire), Raul Ilargi Meijer (Automatic Earth), and Elizabeth Vos (Disobedient Media), among others, with their defense of Assange, drive the ‘Assange is a good guy’ square peg into the round hole of Wikileaks assisting intelligence agencies geopolitical engineering the so-called Arab Spring? [17] This is also a question certain Wikileaks personalities should be asking themselves, notably Baltasar Garzon, Jennifer Robinson, and Craig Murray.

A second question the Wikileaks staff should be asking, among themselves is, whose strategy is it to conceal THE critical information, information that can only be helpful to Assange when it is made public: the method and source used by Wikileaks to acquire the DNC mails? Is this concealment a strategy of Sarah Harrison? Does Wikileaks have an uncompromised, professional counter-intelligence unit? Because if you don’t, you’re not only a lot of stooges, the lot of you are ultimately stupid. Take a lesson from Amnesty International:

“My conclusion was that a high-level official of Amnesty International at that time, whom I will not name, was a British intelligence agent. Moreover, my fellow board member, who also investigated this independently of me, reached the exact same conclusion. So certainly when I am dealing with people who want to work with Amnesty in London, I just tell them, “Look, just understand, they’re penetrated by intelligence agents, U.K., maybe U.S., I don’t know, but you certainly can’t trust them” [18]

Finally, when it comes to what Russia HAS done, it is to use their propaganda [19] to ‘flip’ the ‘Assangemania’ [20] infecting the Western alternative press, in a disingenuous way so as to promote Assange as a straight-foward example of a persecuted whistle-blower by the corrupt fascism of Western institutions, but this strategy ultimately props up ‘the Russians did it’ Western intelligence propaganda lie; and one wonders when the Russian press will get this. Assange’s currency as an asset is exhausted, no matter which side of the contest is taking advantage.

References:

1 https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/taibbi-julian-assange-case-wikileaks-758883/

2 https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Federal_Rules_of_Evidence/Relevancy#Rule_403._Exclusion_of_Relevant_Evidence_on_Grounds_of_Prejudice,_Confusion,_or_Waste_of_Time

3 https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2017/03/08/the-cias-amazon-books/

4 https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2013/06/15/americas-deep-state-ii/

5 http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2018-09-13/local-news/Russiagate-Maltese-professor-Joseph-Mifsud-due-in-US-court-today-living-under-an-alias-6736196262

6 https://www.realclearinvestigations.com/articles/2018/05/26/the_maltese_phantom_of_russiagate_.html

7 https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2017/09/16/incompetent-espionage-wikileaks-iii/

8 https://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/online/wanted-by-the-cia-the-man-who-keeps-no-secrets-2029083.html

9 https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/pardon-me-rep-rohrabachers-curious-visit-with-assange/

10 https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/353744-kelly-wont-let-rohrabacher-talk-to-trump

11 https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-presidents-kill-list

12 https://www.politico.com/story/2010/12/judge-nixes-kill-list-suit-046079

13 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki

14 https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/media/wikileaks-vault-7-dump-reignites-conspiracy-theories-surrounding-death-of-michael-hastings/news-story/0df1d06403d0223ce1cfc286a1e75325

15 https://www.translate.com/ignavum-nominare/english/6691827

16 https://www.democracynow.org/2011/7/6/wikileaks_founder_julian_assange_on_role

17 http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2011/12/arab-spring-egypt-strikes-back.html

18 http://cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/articles/article0004573.html

19 https://www.rt.com/about-us/

20 https://ronaldthomaswest.com/2018/10/15/assangemania/

A former Special Forces Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald is published in International Law as a layman (The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole) and has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.

Contact: penucquemspeaks@googlemail.com

New York taxpayers to shell out three billion to Jeff Bezos’ CIA liaised Amazon’s promise of 40,000 jobs. What’s wrong with this picture? The question I would pose is, how much of the three billion will see returns for the people who actually have to pay it out? How does the poor schmo from Schenectady benefit from subsidizing the artificially created upscale community in Long Island that will no doubt see inflated property values drive out the lower middle class with concurrent property tax increase and associated cost of living hikes? This taxpayer subsidy is consistent with Bezos’ raking in the hundred of millions contracting for CIA ‘cloud services’ apparently to be followed on with another ten billion providing the same for the Department of Defense, none of which brings returns to taxpaying citizens across the board. Read about it at Bloomberg:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-11-13/virginia-lures-amazon-for-a-bargain-compared-with-new-york-city

The preceding brings up an interesting, well thought out essay on executing billionaires and politicians (within the parameters of the social contract) by Joaquin Flores; raising (in my thinking) the failed American ‘equal protection’ (of the laws) principle, perhaps the future subject of a constitutional law essay at this blog:

https://www.fort-russ.com/2018/11/flores-the-people-want-blood-chinas-execution-of-billionaires-is-what-america-needs/

If CIA documents have turned up where ‘project medication’ was proposed to do the ‘truth serum’ thing (a CIA obsession since around 1950), you can bet your butt it was actually employed … disclaimers notwithstanding; sort of like when Blackwater was contracted to do CIA assassinations and Leon Panetta’s CIA claimed it was never more than a ‘powerpoint presentation’ even as Blackwater employed former green berets were admitting ‘people are getting whacked like crazy.’

https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/torture/secret-cia-document-shows-plan-test-drugs-prisoners

Forty nine pages of declassified ‘top secret’ documents reveal the weasel-words of the USA’s government concerning the Russian government’s ‘hack’ of the DNC mails; amounting to ‘we believe it because we want to believe it.’

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5031716-LEOPOLD-SHAPIRO-ODNI-FOIA-RUSSIA-HACKING.html

The preceding brings up wikileaks accused of releasing the DNC mails via a Russian hack and that organization denying Russia was the source but declining to offer proof. Why? Is it because Assange’s currency as an intelligence agency asset isn’t yet entirely exhausted? Consider this: certain alternative media stars either fail to realize or selectively black out the fact Julian Assange was a critical gear in the intelligence agency (primarily CIA & MOSSAD) information operations responsible for the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ … leading to not only revolution and counter-revolution in Egypt but also the overthrow of Gaddafi and the Syrian ‘civil war.’ How do Chris Hedges, Caitlin Johnstone, Vanessa Beeley and Raul Ilargi Meijer (among others), when defending their perception of Assange as a hero, drive their square peg into the round hole of wikileaks supported the intelligence agency geopolitical engineering called the Arab Spring? A case of ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it too.’ Example given, Chris Hedges, who is otherwise often an astute social observer, has an exceptionally severe case of the ‘assangemania‘ virus:

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/crucifying-julian-assange/

vs

WikiLeaks & Spy Agencies

Incompetent Espionage & WikiLeaks

Litmus Test

Agent Assange

The Arab Spring, A Modern Fable

“Assange … had MOSSAD connections” -Robert Steele, former CIA clandestine services officer –

A former Special Forces Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald is published in International Law as a layman (The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole) and has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.

Contact: penucquemspeaks@googlemail.com

 

This story has to do with 1) denial, 2) conspiracy and/or 3) coverup. In any of the preceding, or combinations thereof, the underlying principle driving this vacuous media non-event is cowardice.

Beginning with a flashback to another case involving the German extreme right, where there had been initial, strong, circumstantial evidence radicalized German police were involved in the murder of a policewoman, Michèle Kiesewetter, by an ideologically similar Nazi terrorist cell (helped coordinate her murder) and the case was finally buried after:

“Heinz Fromm, then the president of the BfV [German FBI], voluntarily resigned in 2012 after it became known that files related to the NSU had been destroyed shortly after the group’s existence became public. Any remaining BfV files on the NSU have been redacted or remain under lock and key. Some others were destroyed, even after the investigation had begun” [1]

The NSU terrorists has been a serial killer cell targeting immigrants across Germany, but with this policewoman a glaring exception:

“The Bild tabloid … reported that the two NSU terrorists, Uwe Böhnhardt and Uwe Mundlos, had for days been lying in wait for the police officer in vain, because she had suddenly decided to spend a holiday with her mother. But on April 25, 2007, Kiesewetter telephoned the department where she worked in Heilbronn, asking to be placed on patrol. According to the duty roster, she should have been off.

“Böhnhardt and Mundlos subsequently extended the lease on their caravan home. The newspaper asked: “Did they receive a tip-off?” Could it possibly have come from the two police officers with ties to the [German chapter] Ku Klux Klan, one of whom was Kiesewetter’s boss?” [2]

With that all wrapped up and neatly buried by Angela Merkel’s BfV (federal police), the two ultra-right German cops, who well may have (likely did) assist in the murder of their colleague, kept their jobs after relevant investigative files had been destroyed; we come to today’s story that actually had been broken just after midnight or 00:25 AM Friday morning Central Europe Time by the online edition of FOCUS Magazine [3] where it is reported (this portion of the article translated to English)

“In the investigative case of [lieutenant] Franco A. the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has apparently developed evidence of a larger conspiratorial network of radical survivalists, i.e. people preparing for a possible end of the world, within the German army. FOCUS reports and refers to investigation files of the BKA.

“Indeed, there appears to be numerous connections to an association for elite soldiers and members of the special forces command (KSK). According to eyewitnesses, in chat groups and at real meetings of survivalists, there were concrete plans for a so-called “Day X”, “to send unpopular politicians to a place of executions”.

“In addition, secret weapons depots and fuel storage have been created, reports FOCUS. On a death list not yet found, the leader of the Left Party in the Bundestag, Dietmar Bartsch, should be at the top. As part of the investigation last year, the house of a Rostock local politician and lawyer was searched. A [military counter-intelligence] lieutenant colonel obstructed the investigation”

As I am writing this, it is nearly 48 hours since the story broke. It has been picked up by British and Russian press [4], [5], [6], [7] beginning more than 24 hours ago but apparantly not in German publications other than FOCUS, who broke the story. By the time of Sunday’s English editions of Deutsche Welle, Handelsblatt, The Local and The Munich Eye, there is no mention of a story where a cell amounting to around 200 of Germany’s elite soldiers have a parallel structure in place, provisioned  and armed, so far consisting of (identified as) officers and senior non-commissioned officers up to the rank of colonel; with a concrete mission to slaughter immigrants and politicians.

All of the headlines are WWI armistice covering politicians sanctimonious speeches whilst ignoring the very necrosis infecting their institutions that had led to incredible bloodbaths of the past, and this habit had preceded both WWI and the subsequent Nazis, for instance the German slaughter of Namibians. [8]

So, what’s the delay in the reporting? Too embarrassing to spoil Merkel’s visits to sprawling graveyards, with soldiers’ headstones as far as one can see? Is the larger German press waiting for some guidance, for instance Merkel’s government must meet first and decide on proper spin? Not immediately newsworthy? Oh, and although this case uncovering the military cell is over a year old with the colonel’s case (very quietly) before a court, the relevant parliamentary oversight was never informed? That certainly smells wrong.

Judging by how the murder of Michèle Kiesewetter had been handled, don’t hold you breath the closet Nazi [9] institutions of Angela Merkel’s government will clean out this necrosis. After all, this investigator (your’s truly) handed what amounted to the European chapter of the present day Gladio [10] head (a ton of actionable intelligence that was suppressed) on a platter to the German police, and the political players at the top appear to have simply stitched that head back onto the body of the criminal organization. [11]

The black & white of it is, Germany has never shed its Nazi spots or this military terrrorist cell would have been broken up long ago. What a pity the honest low and mid-level cops work is ultimately undermined and suppressed at the top, in circumstance where that tired Flanders mare Merkel hasn’t the nerve to sack people surrounding her and bring in honest law enforcement to pull up the evil at the root.

The historical lesson in this? We can credit Napoleon for unifying the German states, enabling Bismarck to subsequently school a majority of the Germans into proper lock-step Prussian mentalities who, ostensibly put in their place after WWII, can nonetheless employ their intelligence services to contribute towards chaos in Syria and Ukraine… meanwhile Merkel says nothing when Macron speaks out and rehabilitates the Nazi collaborator Marshal Petain. [12]

This is a f’d up Europe folks, and if you don’t see the rot, even when  you can smell it, it is because the dead material of the European leaders’ ethics is concealed as matter of habit. The mere facts Merkel is a pastor’s daughter with a degree in physics cannot confer courage or a soul.

A former Special Forces Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald is published in International Law as a layman (The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole) and has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.

Contact: penucquemspeaks@googlemail.com

 

‘Beware of Greeks bearing gifts’ or ‘Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth’?

My international readers will understand the first admonishment, but outside of a horse culture, the second might bear some explanation. So, the anecdote:

It was Summer of 1977, at the Sportsman Bar in Columbia Falls, Montana, I was drinking with a friend, George, when a grizzled sheepherder decided to interrogate us, for the fact of our long hair and his desire to know if we were hippies or the fundamentally different ‘mountain people.’ Sort of like you wouldn’t necessarily know by superficial glance, whether a horse was six years old or sixteen years old. After a few short, unsatisfactory answers to his rude interjections, the old shepherd suddenly demanded to know “How old do you think I am?” George and I looked at each other and ignored this question. Our ignoring him did not derail his determination, however, and he answered his own inquiry with a solemn and and assertive “I am forty five.”

With a nod of the head towards the ancient one (he couldn’t have been a day under a badly beat up sixty years, by all outward appearance, and looked a full ten years older or more than that) I told George “You had better check his teeth.”

My indirect but satisfactory reply caught the old man just as he was taking a swallow of his beer (as if to punctuate his declaration) and he blew the beer out his nose with involuntary laugh and as well choked on significant amount of brew that went down his windpipe and began a coughing fit so severe it changed the color of his complexion and looked as though he actually might not survive.

With the old man hanging onto the bar with both hands so as not to collapse while struggling to find his ability to breathe, George’s and my conversation went something like this:

George: My God, Ron, ‘better check his teeth’ was a little harsh.

Myself: If he dies, whose fault is it? We didn’t initiate his ass-holiness.

It seemed like five eternities, but could not have been five minutes, finally the old man had recovered his breath, and altogether satisfied we were not hippies, afterwards left us alone. As a matter of fact we were ‘mountain people’, both young war veterans who were expert horsemen and local hunters influenced by the indigenous tribal culture reflected in our long hair; rather far away, philosophically speaking, from your typical ‘peace and love’ college student/dissident types.

It follows, when it comes to rude people interjecting uninvited crude behaviors into other peoples’ lives, that old man, with his honest sense of humor and ability to laugh at himself when confronted concerning his bull-shit, was possessed of humanity ten thousand times greater than a Gina Haspel or Hakan Fidan.

Speaking of jokes that can kill people, in the 1 November update of this blog’s piece on the Khashoggi assassination, you will find this language:

“When Gina Haspel flew to Turkey to ‘review evidence’, no doubt she compared notes with Hakan Fidan on who has the better ‘insurance file’ where national players represented in the intelligence agencies heads do business based not only on common interests but also liberally blackmail each other”

The very next day, the timing couldn’t have been more fortuitous, a former head of a French intelligence agency made what amounts to an unheard of admission (big mistake), the proposed fact intelligence agencies are often in position to call the shots between nations, in international relations:

Sophie Shevardnadze: But nevertheless, when the Washington-Moscow relationship was already in tatters, sanctions were flung around and everything, heads of Russian security and intelligence services – top brass – went to the United States to meet with their American counterparts (despite the personal sanctions). It showed that if need be, two conflicting sides can still benefit from talking to each other.

Bernard Squarcini: This is where I’m telling you that on one hand, it is a necessity, and on the other hand, if we don’t want to show it, it is done in a fairly confidential way, via the intelligence services, who are trusted by the heads of state.

Shevardnadze: The intelligence services are actually right after the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,’cause their are kind of doing what the Ministry of Foreign Affairs couldn’t do? 

Squarcini: But we work together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we transmit all the tidbits of information that are brought forth that might be of concern to them, and even better, and it happened to me personally, often when I went to see my foreign counterparts, I would always go visit our ambassador in that country and would transmit fresh analysis to the embassy.

Shevardnadze: So when diplomacy fails, that’s for secret services to come into play.

Squarcini: Which is very good! Especially useful when two countries no longer talk… Like in a married couple…

Meet NATO’s Trojan Horse

It was 22 October when the CIA’s Haspel traveled to Turkey for a meeting with MIT’s (Turkey’s intelligence chief) Fidan. It was one week later, two remarkable things happened, and both are concessions to Iran; 1) it was announced eight nations, presumably including Turkey, will be exempt from sanctions if they continue doing oil business with Iran, and 2) USA tells the Saudis to wind down and quit the proxy war with Iran in Yemen.

Recalling Squarcini’s “if we don’t want to show it, it is done in a fairly confidential way, via the intelligence services” one wonders who might have been present at the meeting other than the obviously blackmailed parties, that is Haspel and Fidan. Obviously blackmailed, one might ask? Certainly.

Erdogan and Fidan are no darlings of the Iranians, the Turks have been key in creating the perfect mess in Syria, to the Iranians profound concern. If it were not for that fact, the USA military would not be camped out in Syria east of the Euphrates, on Iran’s border, as the guests of separatist minded Kurds. That Erdogan had been too stupid to see this coming, changes nothing. He blew it in the eyes of Tehran. Moreover, it wouldn’t matter who was in charge in Turkey, they’d have to cooperate with Iran in regards to the Kurds.

This brings up Turkey and Iran on opposite sides of the ‘regime change’ endeavor in Syria where the losing Sunni extremists (takfiri-salafi) will be dispersed to the four corners of the world. Certainly by now the Iranians have all of the intelligence they need to expose Erdogan and Fidan’s Salafi nature (with Fidan a member of the Turkish branch of al-Qaida since the 1990s.) The Iranians could live without Erdogan and his minions but meanwhile, when stuck with this bozo leading their neighboring nation, the point has come the blackmailed Erdogan regime can be the Iranians’ useful idiot.

On the Western democracies side, it is simply inadmissible, however consistent with Erdogan’s policies, that 1) a serving NATO intelligence chief of 8+ years, Hakan Fidan, is a bona fide Salafi terrorist with two decades passed since he’d taken membership in the Turkish branch of al-Qaida. It follows, the gross imbecility of the other NATO nations intelligence agencies either 2) unaware of this information and associated potential for career ending scandal or what’s worse 3) knowing but allowing this to go unchallenged, would put every Western intelligence head at risk of not only scandal but in jeopardy of prison term.

The result? This not only explains Iran’s history of exploiting Fidan where he…

“arranged the secret black marketing of Iran through Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government”

…as a means of breaking past USA imposed sanctions but explains how it is the USA is presently taking steps to make the renewed sanctions regime ineffective enough Iran will survive until alternative (to SWIFT) oil trade mechanism is in place, and conceding the proxy war with Iran in Yemen; following the meeting between the CIA’s Haspel and MIT’s Fidan. This also should explain certain European nations resisting the Israeli lap-dog Atlantic Council’s policy on Iran in regards to reimposing sanctions; raising the question in geopolitical chess terms: what other, related avenues to ‘check’, could possibly be in the works? Stay tuned.

A former Special Forces Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald is published in International Law as a layman (The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole) and has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.

Contact: penucquemspeaks@googlemail.com

Jamal Khashoggi’s Turkish Wrap

What will be written one can believe? MSM is so pervasively lied through, in the course of the information wars, we are informed the Russians have committed all attributable acts of evil since Eve took a bite of the apple, example given. That is, until Erdogan’s people accused the Saudis of murdering Jamal Khashoggi. What will the history books say?

As of this writing, one can order “Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” (weasel words excusing its sale notwithstanding) at Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos’ amazon.com but you cannot order ‘How to Get Away With Murder in America’ by Evan Wright, an account of a high ranking CIA official, Enrique Prado, who is demonstrated to have doubled as a serial contract killer throughout his career, as detailed by a crack, award winning reporter citing government records no less.

Why the ‘Saudis did it’ line just doesn’t make sense: However the Saudi regime is undoubtedly brutal by any sensible standards, not only Western standards, their intelligence operatives are not unprofessional and so stupid as to lead the bloodhounds directly to their door by murdering Khashoggi during a known appointment that that he would not return from. This would include rogue agents necessarily needing to conceal the murder from not only the Turks but also the Saudis, impossible within the consulate. It really is as simple as this. In the event the murder were actually a state sanctioned Saudi act, the Istanbul location would have staff who’re Saudi intelligence professionals and would have options to assassinate Khashoggi exterior to the consulate with little opportunity to trace the murder back to the Saudis. That’s the black and white of ‘what’s wrong with this picture.’

In a case where it had actually been Turkish state actors had murdered Jamal Khashoggi, there is no way the Saudis could win the ‘he-said-she-said’ information war and they’d have to cave in and play the game.

No doubt there will be many, falsified future accounts, made available at Amazon Books, of the so-called ‘journalist’ Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, especially those ‘agency approved’ narratives steering the reader away from certain inconvenient facts; 1) Khashoggi’s most recent employer, the Bezos owned Washington Post, is the CIA’s number one (top) information operations laundering organization (front), 2) Khashoggi had intelligence ties to CIA in Afghanistan going back years and profiles as a CIA asset, 3) the murder account is crude enough to pass muster as a false-flag information operation engineered by Turkey’s intelligence chief, the long time al-Qaida aligned (actual member) Hakan Fidan, eliminating a CIA asset and aiming to bring less liberal Saudi players into power who’d be more favorable to the interests of the Erdogan regime’s clandestine relationship with its takfiri allies, 4) any real exam of the facts would notice the main difference between Turkey’s regime and the Saudi regime is Erdogan and his people have to finesse the fact of their actual nature (Salafi) in regards to a strong secular political opposition and NATO membership.

Insofar as the Western leadership howls of outrage at the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, they have little choice but to play along for the fact alternative admissions are too destabilizing, for instance NATO’s Turkey employs an intelligence chief, Hakan Fidan, an al-Qaida member since the 1990s, who amounts to a laundered and state employed al-Baghdadi.

Mike Pence declaring Gina Haspel has been sent to Turkey to ‘get the facts’ is cynical to place of surreal. Recalling Haspel is a veteran of the USA’s own ‘disappearing people’ (the USA’s renditions program with 100 or so declared ‘detainees’ but 11,000 known flights, do the math, meanwhile Haspel had run a ‘black site’), it is anybody’s guess as to why she might really have made the trip. To finger wag at Turkish intelligence?

Other possibilities would include but not be limited to, the NATO states having decided MBS (the Saudi Crown Prince) had become a liability and the operation was carried out as a sop to the liberal democracies. In this case Haspel would be running damage control; wanting the Turks to all get on the same page and improve their story line, from ‘the body has been found in a well’ at the Saudi consul’s residence but that didn’t work because the body would already be demanded for exam, to ‘we have permission to look for the body’ in the well, and ‘we can’t find the body’ that ‘was smuggled out in a carpet’ (if you know that, you should know where the body is), all on top of if the Saudis have honestly admitted the dirty deed, they should be able to locate the body (a week on and they haven’t been able to.) In other words it appears to be the typical liars fest when guilty people don’t know what to say when confronted with demands for information. The Turks’ story lines come across as messed up as the Saudis’ story lines, that’s what happens when both parties are in circumstance of making things up. If the body is found in the well, oh well, now you’d have to examine how it actually got there, or consider if it had been merely asserted it had been found there, this whole thing is hostage to what amounts to a criminal regime’s liars playing off the liars of a criminal regime with its’ back to the wall.

Did the Saudis actually do it? It’s possible. People do incredibly stupid things and that includes the Saudis but I’m not convinced the Saudis did this one. The narrative (information war), as presented in mainstream media, details circumstance absolutely too stupid to be the planned intelligence hit Erdogan and his people would have us believe.

In the paradox that is today’s global reality, faced with soap-opera mentality level of propaganda (what people are prepared to believe) the escape strategy for the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia could be to absorb the accusations framing him with an ‘it was rogue players!’ defense and hope to weather the storm, but it’s not likely without major concessions.

This is consequence of the immense amount of ill will Saudi Arabia has accumulated over decades of extreme intolerance and radically brutal punishments insuring people around the world will put nothing past the Saudis when it comes to the information wars. Maybe they DID do it.

26 October 2018 updates: According to Craig Murray, Khashoggi filmed his own murder with Dick Tracy’s 2-way wrist TV:

I have not seen the video from inside the consulate, but have been shown stills which may be from a video. The most important thing to say is that they are not from a fixed position camera and appear at first sight consistent with the idea they are taken by a device brought in by the victim. I was only shown them briefly. I have not heard the audio recording

Guess what Craig? That’s absolutely an asinine assertion and if that’s the line being circulated out of Turkey, it means Saudi intelligence was not only stupid enough to kill Khashoggi during an appointment at the consulate pointing the finger direct to themselves, it also means they did not confiscate and shut down Khashoggi’s electronic device but let it broadcast instead. The Turks need to upgrade the level of novels they take their inspirations from; this is just too cheesy. If there is photos  extracted from video, as well as audio of the killing in the hands of the Turks (will we ever see them?), it follows the most simple explanation is Khashoggi was in the custody of the Turks when he was murdered. Or someone very close to Turkish intelligence, bringing up this next:

Over at the Spectator, Matthew Brodsky brings up two very salient points ignored in this story by MSM: Khashoggi’s longtime al-Qaida relationship including access to bin Ladin and how it looks very much like CIA issued Khashoggi’s Green Card before he even relocated to the States last year. This would be consistent with Hakan Fidan’s fraternal brothers, al Qaida, having an interest in interrogating and disposing of Khashoggi, with an assist from the Turks (Fidan.)

29 October 2018: Over at zerohedge.com, ‘Tyler Durden’ dissects a Financial Times article (pay wall) where the USA spooks lay out their disinformation line however the author dissecting the Times, seemingly astutely, notes the intelligence agencies are extending what amounts to…

“… a public invitation for MbS to save his own ass by becoming “triply loyal” to the CIA and MI6″

…except the problem with this is, the very nature of the ‘invitation’ (public) is inviting a palace coup. As well, the Financial Times article’s intelligence ‘sources’ states the prince who’d been ousted by MBS, that is Mohammed bin Nayef, had been the “darling” of Western intelligence. That’s a second public kiss of death by the CIA, indicating they certainly don’t want him back. The spook disinformation math (psychology) is simple: when a so-called ‘credible’ source (i.e. Financial Times, where English literate wealthy Saudis read) lays out a case that the CIA has what amounts to geopolitical consensual relationship with a player (Mohammed bin Nayef), that’s a means of making that player’s position impossible within the (in this case Saudi) hierarchy for the very important reasons of perception. If your proposed leader is in bed with CIA, MI6 and/or MOSSAD, the domestic perception is possessed of rather deadly potential. The more likely scenario is, Mohammed bin Nayef was pushed out with an assist from CIA, MI6 and MOSSAD but his replacement, MBS, is hopelessly damaged goods and it’s necessary to get other fish to rise to the bait. Directly relevant to this, Le Figaro is reporting a secret conclave of senior Saudi royals to determine who will replace MBS (who will be discretely retired.)

Meanwhile, across the pond in Britain, the stupidity of the disinformation line grows exponentially; supposedly British intelligence had foreknowledge of the planned Khashoggi kidnap and/or murder, had monitored the Saudi intelligence team’s movement and “begged” the Saudi’s not to do it. But they apparently forgot to tip Khashoggi, the Turks and the CIA… quoting MI6 “we’d done what we could” which indicates this new line in the story is methane generated noise from the MI6 arse.

Recap of the NATO intelligence agencies’ line: Saudi intelligence is so dumb they kill Khashoggi at a known appointment he won’t return from, pointing the finger direct to themselves, an event broadcast with Khashogggi’s own electronic device, ON TOP OF the Saudis having been tipped off the British are monitoring what they’re up to BEFORE the killing. My pet squirrel monkey could do better than this (if I had one.)

As this soap goes on, the Turks demand the Saudis produce a body the Saudis don’t seem to be able to find, and one wonders if the body is being ‘pre-soaked’ by the Turks to point of non-recognition so any remains (perhaps recovered from al-Qaida) can be convincingly be ‘found in a sewer’ (near the consulate, where the Turks are reported to be searching.)

1 November 2018: Who Ate Jamal Khashoggi?

“When you invite cannibals to dinner you can expect to end up as the main course”

The renown cannibal takfiri-salafi terrorist, however originating with Saudi-Wahabi theology, is not allowed in Saudi Arabia. You join, it’s exile for life, ‘don’t come home, ever’ or ‘thwok, thunk’ is the sound of the sword & head roll. It was Hakan Fidan and Recep Erdogan welcomed the takfiri-salafi terrorists into NATO via Turkey with open arms and now there are over a thousand cells there. It follows, where Turkey  continues to shield al-Qaida members in Syria’s Northwest Idlib province, counter to the Turks’ agreement with the Russians, we should recall when an al-Qaida commander “was denounced … for his descent into cannibalism on camera” (note he was not denounced for cannibalism per se) later was ambushed and killed by another group, and Hakan Fidan’s fraternal brothers (the al-Qaida group in Turkish controlled Idlib) went to immediate battle to avenge their cannibal commander’s death.

Who would cut up Khashoggi while still alive? The Saudis? Or the Turk’s allies with a documented (video, no less) reputation for cannibalism?

Jamal Khashoggi was a triple agent reflecting his long time relationships with al-Qaida, Saudi intelligence and the CIA. When it comes to Syria, Saudi intelligence and CIA’s consensual relations have been rather smooth for quite some time. The Turks and al-Qaida, on the other hand, despite a common animus held towards Assad with the Saudis and Americans, would jump at opportunity to interrogate and butcher a CIA asset, especially if there were opportunity to frame a 3rd party. Al Qaida likes the Saudis even less than the Erdogan regime who sees the the House of Saud’s Arabian desert kingdom as a renegade Ottoman province. As well, for the Turks, they won’t forget the CIA has already tried to take Erdogan out. Saudi intelligence might be a bit more reticent in carrying out the killing of a CIA asset, given the close nature of their relationship with the CIA. Then, it should be looked at whether Khashoggi’s fiance, a Turkish “36 year old doctoral student” had been a Turkish intelligence or al-Qaida aligned ‘honey pot.’

The Insurance File

When Gina Haspel flew to Turkey to ‘review evidence’, no doubt she compared notes with Hakan Fidan on who has the better ‘insurance file’ where national players represented in the intelligence agencies heads do business based not only on common interests but also liberally blackmail each other. In this latter case, the Turks could easily point out ‘if we take the hit for this and go down as result, the Western (read NATO) nations will discover who had been deep in the oil for weapons business with ISIS, you know it wasn’t only us.’ This would be a big concern for British and French, especially, not only the Americans.

FINALLY, it comes down to there is no body any of the parties are able or willing to produce. The (plausibly blackmailed) NATO nations would have us believe the Saudis butchered Khashoggi alive but that seems much more like a Turk allied al-Qaida narrative or what happens when you encounter people who prefer to think of their dinner as ‘long pig.’

What happened to Jamal Khashoggi? We’ll probably never know. But it could as easily (or more easily) be the Edogan regime’s al-Qaida actors murdered him with Fidan’s blessing and the Saudis had to take the hit.

Despite the much deserved worldwide reputation for brutality in matters of state punishments, the Saudi regime was never so bloody as the people Erdogan’s regime rub shoulders with everyday.

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A former Special Forces Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald is published in International Law as a layman (The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole) and has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.

Contact: penucquemspeaks@googlemail.com

Jon Bolton’s (September 2018) presentation of the Trump administration policy towards the International Criminal Court, given in a speech to the Federalist Society, is reproduced here in full (Bolton quoted in italics), with my annotations. I don’t believe I had ever seen such open justification and promotion of criminal behavior by a USA official.

“I am here to make a major announcement on US policy toward the International Criminal Court, or ICC.

“After years of effort by self-styled “global governance” advocates, the ICC, a supranational tribunal that could supersede national sovereignties and directly prosecute individuals for alleged war crimes, was agreed to in 1998. For ICC proponents, this supranational, independent institution has always been critical to their efforts to overcome the perceived failures of nation-states, even those with strong constitutions, representative government, and the rule of law”

Funny how Bolton seems to be unaware the USA was involved in the Rome Statute at its inception; mainly to convince the court should not exercise universal jurisdiction. The other states were keen to have the USA onboard but would appear this had been a ruse all along. When universal jurisdiction had been excluded, to please the Americans, the USA lost interest in joining.

“In theory, the ICC holds perpetrators of the most egregious atrocities accountable for their crimes, provides justice to the victims, and deters future abuses. In practice, however, the court has been ineffective, unaccountable, and indeed, outright dangerous. Moreover, the largely unspoken, but always central, aim of its most vigorous supporters was to constrain the United States. The objective was not limited to targeting individual US service members, but rather America’s senior political leadership, and its relentless determination to keep our country secure”

A Bolton type mentality is incapable to grasp if the USA had not pushed its nose into the affairs of nation-states across the globe, while flexing military might in the process (the crime of aggression), populations would not have become radicalized and turned that radicalized anger on the USA. Should any nation’s political leadership be privileged with impunity? Is Bolton saying impunity is a privilege reserved to the USA and its ‘chosen’?

“The ICC was formally established in July 2002, following the entry into force of the Rome Statute. In May 2002, however, President George W Bush authorised the United States to “un-sign” the Rome Statute because it was fundamentally illegitimate. The ICC and its prosecutor had been granted potentially enormous, essentially unaccountable powers, and alongside numerous other glaring and significant flaws, the International Criminal Court constituted an assault on the constitutional rights of the American people and the sovereignty of the United States”

What a load of patent nonsense. The USA’s Constitution makes treaty law entered into by the United States the “the supreme law of the land” in which case the relevant treaty law is absolutely constitutional as regards sovereignty. The real point here should be, if the USA’s citizens are worried about individual rights conforming to USA standards, they should stay home and keep their noses clean within the context of American law. That’s why we’ve had a constitutional treaty law provision since the USA’s inception, because the entire world isn’t the USA. But Bolton and like-minded minions of USA foreign policy seem to think American standards should apply to the entire globe. It follows, American empire isn’t welcome across much of the globe and understandably so.

“In no uncertain terms, the ICC was created as a free-wheeling global organization claiming jurisdiction over individuals without their consent”

Since when had it been necessary, in any society in the world, to ask the consent of criminals to prosecute?

“According to the Rome Statute, the ICC has authority to prosecute genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression. It claims “automatic jurisdiction,” meaning that it can prosecute individuals even if their own governments have not recognized, signed, or ratified the treaty”

What a worm’s slimy rationalization; if you wouldn’t like to be prosecuted by the ICC 1) behave yourself and 2) stay away from where the court’s jurisdiction is in force (like Afghanistan.)

“Thus, American soldiers, politicians, civil servants, private citizens, and even all of you sitting in the room today, are purportedly subject to the court’s prosecution should a party to the Rome Statute or the chief prosecutor suspect you of committing a crime within a state or territory that has joined the treaty”

So, what’s the problem? Don’t commit crimes, keep your soldiers at home and mind your own business, it couldn’t be more simple.

“To protect American service members from the ICC, in 2002 Congress passed the American Service-Members’ Protection Act, or ASPA, which some have branded “The Hague Invasion Act”

“This law, which enjoyed broad bipartisan support, authorizes the president to use all means necessary and appropriate, including force, to shield our service members and the armed forces of our allies from ICC prosecution. It also prohibits several forms of cooperation between the United States and the court”

The preceding two paragraphs is nothing short of an oblique declaration the USA has enacted a de facto rejection of the Geneva Conventions.

“I was honored to lead US efforts internationally to protect Americans from the court’s unacceptable overreach, starting with un-signing the Rome Statute. At President Bush’s direction, we next launched a global diplomatic campaign to protect Americans from being delivered into the ICC’s hands. We negotiated about 100 binding, bilateral agreements to prevent other countries from delivering US personnel to the ICC. It remains one of my proudest achievements”

This criminal disregard for the rule of law in international relations poses a relevant question: Were a state signatory to the ICC to act on Bolton’s, Bush era (strong-armed) agreements, would the actors be committing a crime of ‘aiding and abetting’? Methinks, yes.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to reach agreement with every single nation in the world, particularly those in the European Union, where the global governance dogma is strong. And last fall, our worst predictions about the ICC’s professed and overly broad prosecutorial powers were confirmed.

“In November of 2017, the ICC prosecutor requested authorization to investigate alleged war crimes committed by US service members and intelligence professionals during the war in Afghanistan – an investigation neither Afghanistan nor any other state party to the Rome Statute requested. Any day now, the ICC may announce the start of a formal investigation against these American patriots, who voluntarily went into harm’s way to protect our nation, our homes, and our families in the wake of the 9/11 attacks”

Two things with these preceding paragraphs. 1) The entire point of the Rome Statute is to bring prosecutions when states refuse to. A state that refuses is certainly not going to make a request. Bolton’s logic is beyond flawed, it is self-canceling. 2) the dry observation the USA’s own investigative conclusions concerning the 9/11 attacks, particularly as relates to WTC Building 7, is as flawed as, and only less far-fetched than, a proposal space weapons were responsible.

“The ICC prosecutor has requested to investigate these Americans for alleged detainee abuse, and perhaps more – an utterly unfounded, unjustifiable investigation”

This phrase in Bolton’s diatribe overlooks the fact of the John Yoo (Yoo, a Federalist Society member, may well have been in the audience) “torture memos” and the USA’s authorizing torture as a matter of policy

“Today, on the eve of September 11th, I want to deliver a clear and unambiguous message on behalf of the president of the United States. The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court.

“We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC.

“We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.

“The United States bases this policy on five principal concerns about the court, its purported authority, and its effectiveness.

“First, the International Criminal Court unacceptably threatens American sovereignty and US national security interests. The prosecutor in The Hague claims essentially unfettered discretion to investigate, charge, and prosecute individuals, regardless of whether their countries have acceded to the Rome Statute”

This first ‘principle concern’ is not only disingenuous but contains incoherent logic. There is no threat to American sovereignty except that Bolton is claiming the USA is, example given, de facto Afghanistan’s sovereign overlord in what would amount to a feudal sense of fealty. If, in actuality, the USA were present at the discretion of a de jure Afghan government, they have placed themselves under the applicable laws of Afghanistan, inclusive of the Rome Statute. Bolton doesn’t mention this but the American contingent of NATO having ‘granted’ itself immunity in Afghanistan is irrelevant to the ICC except Afghanistan were to have withdrawn for the Rome Statute.

“The court in no way derives these powers from any grant of consent by non-parties to the Rome Statute. Instead, the ICC is an unprecedented effort to vest power in a supranational body without the consent of either nation-states or the individuals over which it purports to exercise jurisdiction. It certainly has no consent whatsoever from the United States”

To reiterate a former point, Bolton cannot seem to grasp if the Americans avoid violating the Geneva Conventions and even more to the point, quit with its’ (often uninvited) military adventures abroad, there would be no controversy.

“As Americans, we fully understand that consent of the governed is a prerequisite to true legal legitimacy, and we reject such a flagrant violation of our national sovereignty”

It follows, Bolton is, in no uncertain terms, claiming the the USA’s sovereignty extends beyond the USA’s borders. Bolton’s claim is USA sovereignty extends as far as the USA can flex its’ military might. The only other way to read this is, he cannot read a map and has no inkling where the USA ends and other national jurisdictions begin.

“To make matters worse, the court’s structure is contrary to fundamental American principles, including checks and balances on authority and the separation of powers. Our founders believed that a division of authority among three separate branches of government would provide the maximum level of protection for individual liberty”

Which extra-territorial American individual liberty is that? Again, Bolton cannot seem to grasp there are other nations with entirely differing cultures, philosophies and laws, possessed of their own inherently equal sovereignty which Americans, present as alien citizens, must submit to.

“The International Criminal Court, however, melds two of these branches together: the judicial and the executive. In the ICC structure, the executive branch – the Office of the Prosecutor – is an organ of the court. The framers of our constitution considered such a melding of powers unacceptable for our own government, and we should certainly not accept it in the ICC. Other governments may choose systems which reject the separation of powers, but not the United States”

In other words, other countries systems are inferior to the USA in Bolton’s view. It should be noted here that ‘American Exceptionalism’ is synonymous to ‘American Empire’ and was a concept born twin to “Manifest Destiny” or the idea the USA is Über Alles.

“There are no adequate mechanisms to hold the court and its personnel accountable or curtail its unchecked powers when required

“ICC proponents argue that corrupt or ineffective judges can be removed by a two-thirds vote of parties to the Rome Statute and that a prosecutor can be removed by a majority vote.

“However, I ask everyone in the room today: would you consign the fate of American citizens to a committee of other nations, including Venezuela and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and entities that are not even states, like the Palestinian Authority?

“You would not. I would not. And this Administration will not”

America Über Alles. As a USA citizen with a reasonable grasp of how this nation, the USA, had been philosophically founded, Bolton’s characterizations can only be described as grotesque caricature.

“The ICC’s Assembly of States Parties cannot supervise the court any more than the United Nations General Assembly can supervise the UN bureaucracy.

“Recent allegations of mismanagement and corruption among ICC personnel make this perfectly clear. The first prosecutor elected by the Assembly of States Parties attempted to protect a high-ranking government official from prosecution, assisted a businessman with links to violations in Libya, and shared confidential court documents with Angelina Jolie.

“In short, the International Criminal Court unacceptably concentrates power in the hands of an unchecked executive, who is accountable to no one. It claims authority separate from and above the constitution of the United States”

Let’s juxtapose the corruption and accountability of the ICC to the corruption and accountability of the Pentagon. The result would look like the kid who stole ten cents candy compared to the Keating Five & fleecing thousands of investors for billions of dollars in the saving & loan scandal.

“It is antithetical to our nation’s ideals. Indeed, this organization is the founders’ worst nightmare come to life: an elegant office building in a faraway country that determines the guilt or innocence of American citizens”

No, the founders’ worst nightmare was stated by Benjamin Franklin when he answered the crowd’s demand to know what form of government would be forthcoming from the American Constitutional Convention with “A republic. If you can keep it.” John Bolton is evidence prima facie we couldn’t keep our republic, it has been handed to neo-corporate-fascism.

“Second, the International Criminal Court claims jurisdiction over crimes that have disputed and ambiguous definitions, exacerbating the court’s unfettered powers.

“The definitions of crimes, especially crimes of aggression, are vague and subject to wide-ranging interpretation by the ICC. Had the ICC existed during the Second World War, America’s enemies would no doubt be eager to find the United States and its allies culpable for war crimes for the bombing campaigns over Germany and Japan”

Well, firebombing civilian areas for sake of ‘demoralizing’ the enemy is a war crime by definition. Firebombing of Dresden, famously written about by Kurt Vonnegut in his ‘Slaughterhouse Five” is widely regarded as a war crime, even among USA academics, and then there’s “Operation Meetinghouse, which was conducted on the night of 9–10 March 1945, is regarded as the single most destructive bombing raid in human history. 16 square miles (41 km2) of central Tokyo were destroyed, leaving an estimated 100,000 civilians dead and over 1 million homeless.”

“The “crime of aggression” could become a pretext for politically motivated investigations. Was the mission of US Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan a crime of aggression? What about the US and coalition strikes in Syria to protect innocent children from chemical weapons? How about US military exercises with allies and partners around the world? Or Israel’s actions to defend itself on countless occasions?”

The Osama raid, from a juridical point of view, would be a targeted assassination. The Syria strikes might qualify, particularly in case of false flag chemical attacks sponsored by NATO associated actors but Bolton could never admit he knows this. The military exercises angle is patently cute, that is until a military exercise were to be cover for going live with surprise attack (an expressed concern of North Korea.) As for Israel, we can let an Israeli citizen speak to Bolton’s nonsense:

“For refugees, camps were shelters for the reconstruction of personal and social life, but were also seen as sites of great political significance, the material testimony of what was destroyed and ‘all that remains’ of more than four hundred cities, towns and villages forcefully cleansed throughout Palestine in the Nakba of 1947-9. This is the reason refugees sometimes refer to the destruction of camps as ‘the destruction of destruction.’ The camp is not a home, it is a temporary arrangement, and its destruction is but the last iteration in an ongoing process of destruction.

“This rhetoric of double negation – the negation of negation – tallies well with what Saree Makdisi, talking about the Israeli refusal to acknowledge the Nakba, has termed ‘the denial of denial’, which is, he says, ‘a form of foreclosure that produces the inability – the absolutely honest, sincere incapacity – to acknowledge that denial and erasure have themselves been erased in turn and purged from consciousness.’ What has been denied is continuously repeated: Israel keeps on inflicting destruction on refugees and keeps on denying that a wrong has been done” –Eyal Weizman: ‘The Least Of All Possible Evils’ (Humanitarian Violence From Arendt To Gaza)

“In the years ahead, the court is likely only to further expand its jurisdiction to prosecute ambiguously defined crimes. In fact, a side event at the Assembly of States Parties recently included a panel discussion on the possibility of adding “ecocide”, environmental and climate-related crimes, to the list of offenses within the court’s jurisdiction.

“And here we come directly to the unspoken but powerful agenda of the ICC’s supporters: the hope that its essentially political nature, in defining crimes such as “aggression,” will intimidate US decision-makers and others in democratic societies.

“As we know, the ICC already claims authority over crimes committed in States Parties, even if the accused are not from nations that have acquiesced to the Rome Statute.

“The next obvious step is to claim complete, universal jurisdiction: the ability to prosecute anyone, anywhere for vague crimes identified by The Hague’s bureaucrats”

“ecocide” is a specialty of the audience Bolton is pitching his aggression to, the Federalist Society is where you’ll find USA based multinational minerals extraction stockholders rubbing shoulders with the military-industrial complex stockholders who concurrently become richer via strong-arm robberies of weaker nations around the world for the extraction people. Bolton is singing to a choir of major sociopath personalities whose wealth (and growing it) is more important to the lot of them than any crime committed in process of pursuing that wealth. Small wonder people with a conscience would hold aside conversations on the future of justice in an environmental context.

“Third, the International Criminal Court fails in its fundamental objective to deter and punish atrocity crimes. Since its 2002 inception, the court has spent over $1.5bn while attaining only eight convictions.

“This dismal record is hardly a deterrent to dictators and despots determined to commit horrific atrocities. In fact, despite ongoing ICC investigations, atrocities continue to occur in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Libya, Syria, and many other nations.

“The hard men of history are not deterred by fantasies of international law such as the ICC. The idea that faraway bureaucrats and robed judges would strike fear into the hearts of the likes of Saddam Hussein, Hitler, Stalin, and Gaddafi is preposterous, even cruel. Time and again, history has proven that the only deterrent to evil and atrocity is what Franklin Roosevelt once called “the righteous might” of the United States and its allies – a power that, perversely, could be threatened by the ICC’s vague definition of aggression crimes”

To begin, if the USA were not, as a matter of policy, blocking the court at every opportunity (one presumes the USA clandestine services could be involved, with a string of dead witnesses and the relevant-impudent war criminal running a quasi-state hosting Camp Bondsteel, example given), rather jointly pursuing justice, the success rate should have been considerably stronger. Then we have to notice the USA’s clandestine services paramilitary and/or military fingers have been involved with stirring the pot in “Congo, Sudan, Libya, Syria and many other nations”, and in the immediate preceding paragraph you could substitute the names George, Condoleezza, Barack, and Donald and the description ‘cruel’ is a good fit.

“Thus we see paradoxically that the dangers of the International Criminal Court stem from both its potential strength and its manifest weakness”

I would prefer to think of the court’s future as one of ‘manifest strength.’

“Fourth, the International Criminal Court is superfluous, given that domestic US judicial systems already hold American citizens to the highest legal and ethical standards. US service members in the field must operate fully in accordance with the law of armed conflict. When violations of law do occur, the United States takes appropriate and swift action to hold perpetrators accountable. We are a democratic nation with the most robust system of investigation, accountability, and transparency in the world. We believe in the rule of law, and we uphold it. We don’t need the ICC to tell us our duty or second-guess our decisions”

Huh. I can only wonder what that has to do with the USA aggressively, proactively, protecting it’s criminals tied to the renditions (kidnapping for delivery to torture) program from prosecution; unpunished at home with arrest warrants in Germany and Italy outstanding.

“ICC proponents argue that robust domestic judicial systems are fully consistent with the court because of the so-called complementarity principle. According to its supporters, the ICC functions only as a “court of last resort”. If nations have taken appropriate steps to prosecute perpetrators of crimes, the ICC will take no further action”

Right, see preceding. If the USA had properly prosecuted its’ criminals, there would be no action taken by the ICC. But if criminality is your fundamental nature, you could easily be a Federalist Society member in agreement with John Bolton.

“And yet, there is little precedent for the ICC to determine how to apply the complementarity principle. How is the ICC prosecutor to judge when this principle has been met? Under what circumstances will the ICC be satisfied? How much sensitive documentation would the ever-toiling bureaucrats in The Hague demand from a sovereign government? And, who has the last word? If it’s the ICC, the United States would manifestly be subordinated to the court”

Not if the USA would keep its nose clean per Geneva Conventions and keep its’ nasty people out of other nations business, because there’d be no case to be subordinated to.

“If the ICC prosecutor were to take the complementarity principle seriously, the court would never pursue an investigation against American citizens, because we know that the US judicial system is more vigorous, more fair, and more effective than the ICC. The ICC prosecutor’s November 2017 request, of course, proves that this notion, and thus the principle of complementarity is completely farcical. The ICC prosecutor will pursue what investigations it chooses to pursue, based upon its own political motives, and without any serious application of the complementarity principle”

“more vigorous, more fair and more effective” is a rank lie in a nation where non-violent offenders are incarcerated in for profit prisons with political (lobbyists & $$$) incentive to keep them there and, where bankers who turned families out on the street via fraudulent mechanisms walk free and constitutional protections seem to entirely depend on how much money you have, for instance the indigent whose court appointed attorney slept through his murder trial and the appellate court could find no problem with that… and what about a sitting Supreme Court justice (then appellate court judge) having let an innocent man rot an extra 8 years in prison because of a procedural flaw where the evidence exonerating him wasn’t brought to the court’s attention within the rules deadline, the USA appears to have buried that case with ‘search engine optimization.’

“Fifth, the International Criminal Court’s authority has been sharply criticized and rejected by most of the world. Today, more than 70 nations, representing two-thirds of the world’s population, and over 70 percent of the world’s armed forces, are not members of the ICC”

Bolton’s shamelessness is beyond adequate description. One nation, China, is at the core of his statistic. Beyond this, more than 120 nations are signed on to the Rome Statute.

“Several African nations have recently withdrawn or threatened to withdraw their membership, citing the disproportionate number of arrest warrants against Africans. To them, the ICC is just the latest European neocolonial enterprise to infringe upon their sovereign rights”

This criticism is uttered by the most crass hypocrite to ever occupy the role of National Security Advisor for the USA. How’s that? One acronym that describes neocolonialism in Africa on steroids: The Pentagon’s AFRICOM.

“Israel too has sharply criticized the ICC. While the court welcomes the membership of the so-called “State of Palestine”, it has threatened Israel – a liberal, democratic nation – with investigation into its actions to defend citizens from terrorist attacks in the West Bank and Gaza. There has also been a suggestion that the ICC will investigate Israeli construction of housing projects on the West Bank”

Simply stated, “Yinon Plan” should be adequate rebuttal.

“The United States will always stand with our friend and ally, Israel. And today, reflecting congressional concerns with Palestinian attempts to prompt an ICC investigation of Israel, the State Department will announce the closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization office here in Washington, DC”

Well, this recalls the time HAMAS won the election in Gaza and the USA reacted by refusing to recognize the outcome. Palestinians get the shaft coming and going in their dealings with the USA-Israel axis (Yinon plan.)

“As President [Ronald] Reagan recognized in this context, the executive has “the right to decide the kind of foreign relations, if any, the United States will maintain”, and the Trump administration will not keep the office open when the Palestinians refuse to take steps to start direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel. The United States supports a direct and robust peace process, and we will not allow the ICC, or any other organization, to constrain Israel’s right to self-defense”

Right, that why caches of Israeli weapons were discovered to have been in the possession of Islamic State in Syria, ‘self-defense.’ Maybe the ICC will have a look into that at some point (someone certainly should.)

“In sum, an international court so deeply divisive and so deeply flawed can have no legitimate claim to jurisdiction over the citizens of sovereign nations that have rejected its authority.

“Americans can rest assured that the United States will not provide any form of legitimacy or support to this body. We will not cooperate, engage, fund, or assist the ICC in any way. This president will not allow American citizens to be prosecuted by foreign bureaucrats, and he will not allow other nations to dictate our means of self-defense.

“We take this position not because we oppose justice for victims of atrocities, but because we believe that perpetrators should face legitimate, effective, and accountable prosecution for their crimes, by sovereign national governments”

Again, lost on Bolton is the fact the ICC only prosecutes when national governments refuse to.

“In April of 2016, it was right here, at the Mayflower Hotel, that President Trump gave his first major foreign policy address during his campaign. At that time, candidate Trump promised he would “always put the interests of the American people and American security above all else””

“Today, it is fitting that we reassert this fundamental promise within these walls. This afternoon, we also make a new pledge to the American people.

“If the court comes after us, Israel or other US allies, we will not sit quietly. We will take the following steps, among others, in accordance with the American Servicemembers’ Protection Act and our other legal authorities:

“We will negotiate even more binding, bilateral agreements to prohibit nations from surrendering US persons to the ICC. And we will ensure that those we have already entered are honored by our counterpart governments.

“We will respond against the ICC and its personnel to the extent permitted by US law. We will ban its judges and prosecutors from entering the United States. We will sanction their funds in the US financial system, and we will prosecute them in the US criminal system. We will do the same for any company or state that assists an ICC investigation of Americans.

“We will take note if any countries cooperate with ICC investigations of the United States and its allies, and we will remember that cooperation when setting US foreign assistance, military assistance, and intelligence sharing levels.

“We will consider taking steps in the UN Security Council to constrain the court’s sweeping powers, including ensuring that the ICC does not exercise jurisdiction over Americans and the nationals of our allies that have not ratified the Rome Statute.

“This administration will fight back to protect American constitutionalism, our sovereignty, and our citizens. No committee of foreign nations will tell us how to govern ourselves and defend our freedom. We will stand up for the US constitution abroad, just as we do at home. And, as always, in every decision we make, we will put the interests of the American people first”

In short, in Bolton’s view of the world, the criminality of American empire is über alles, having little or nothing to do with the several foreign organs of the Unites States keeping a clean nose abroad, let alone staying home and minding its own business.

A former Special Forces Sergeant of Operations and Intelligence, Ronald Thomas West is a retired investigator (living in exile) whose work focus had been anti-corruption. Ronald is published in International Law as a layman (The Mueller-Wilson Report, co-authored with Dr Mark D Cole) and has been adjunct professor of American Constitutional Law at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (for English credit, summer semester 2008.) Ronald’s formal educational background (no degree) is social psychology. His therapeutic device is satire.

Contact: penucquemspeaks@googlemail.com

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