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Oh, brother - American mercenaries are torturing' Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince

I'd wonder how Jared and Trump feel about this if they had any character, integrity or compassion. For all I know, it was heir idea.

EXCLUSIVE: 'American mercenaries are torturing' Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince - and billionaire Prince Alwaleed was hung upside down 'just to send a message'

* American mercenaries are torturing' Saudi elite rounded up by new crown princeSource in Saudi Arabia says American private security contractors are carrying out'interrogations' on princes and billionaires arrested in crackdown
* Detained members of Saudi elite have been hung by their feet and beaten by interrogates, source says
* Among those hung upside down are Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an investor worth at least $7 billion who is being held at Riyadh's Ritz Carlton
* Arrests were ordered three weeks ago by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Source claims mercenaries are from 'Blackwater', a claim also made by Lebanese president
* But its successor firm denies it has any operations in Saudi Arabia whatsoever and says its staff abide by U.S. law
* Americans who commit torture abroad can be jailed for up to 20 years

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5108651/American-mercenaries-torturing-Saudi-princes.html#ixzz58iA9tBPY

My head is exploding - Here's WHY Republicans won't go after Russia

The very long way around . . . but worth the trip. I put people and things (organizations) of interest in bold. Some of these explain or add context to other things. I pity Mueller & Team for all he has to figure out and keep track of.

So, Kushner got a loan from Apollo Global Management, which also happens to be the current owner of Academi... aka Xe Services... formerly known as Blackwater - the Erik Prince variety.
UNROLLED: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/969036130757865472.html

Here's some background on the transfer of ownership...

Apollo Global in talks to buy Constellis
Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N) is in discussions to buy Constellis Holdings LLC, the owner of the U.S. military security services business formerly known as Blackwater, a sp…
And here's something of interest about Apollo’s real estate trust:

One of the largest investors? Qatar.

And if you're bored by the lack of news today and want a deep rabbit hole to dive down, check out this thread:

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Now this is a rabbit hole I haven't been down myself, but.... Black was on the RDIF board [Ru Direct Investment Fund], along with Blackstone and TGF heads.

Before they were sanctioned, that is...

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But note the parent of RDIF: VneshEconomBank. VEB.

The same VEB that is also on the sanctions list - the VEB Kushner met with during the transition. You know, when they couldn't get the story straight if it was for govt or personal business?
And, now, I have to share this because
a) it's proximally relevant, and
b) Daily Beast categorized it as "Erotic." I don't know if I agree with that, but it made me laugh.

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince, Who Got Rich Off Of Iraq, Now Backs 'Anti-War' Donald Trump
Donald Trump may brag about how strong his dubious opposition to the Iraq War was, but one of its most famous villains loves him.
And, 'ya know, the guy who Erik Prince met with in the Seychelles? Random guy that just happened to be a Russian fund manager?

He also just happened to be Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the RDIF.

Blackwater founder Prince details meeting with Russian in Seychelles
Erik Prince, founder of military contractor Blackwater and a supporter of President Donald Trump, told U.S. lawmakers he had discussed U.S.-Russia relations during a meeting in the Seychelles with a …
And, of course, we've got these fun projects that Prince was working on....

1. A private war in Afghanistan, to extract phosphorus, uranium, talc, and rare earth metals (you know, the two weird rows on the periodic table, the lanthanides and actinides).

Private War: Erik Prince Has His Eye On Afghanistan's Rare Metals
BuzzFeed News is publishing the slide presentation by the founder of Blackwater to privatize the Afghan war and mine Afghanistan's valuable minerals. He pitched the proposal to the Trump administrati…
2. And of course, don't forget the Whitefish-based Stasi/Securitate he was trying to sell late 2017

Erik Prince and Oliver North are trying to sell Trump on a secret spy force
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Please, make sure to read the leaked presentation embedded in the article posted above.

Then read this article that really explains the fuckery.
The Blackwater Founder’s Afghan War Plan Just Leaked, And It’s Terrifying
The slide presentation Blackwater founder Erik Prince pitches to Trump administration officials propose strip-mining Afghanistan to fund private contractors
Sorry, those showed up out of order for some reason.
And then, dude, I'm going to go there... remember this thing that explains why the GOP is totally passive towards Trump's fuckery? The breach of SMARTech, the central GOP data infrastructure, by agents of the Russian government?


A collection of threads : Why did Republican reps fall in line with the Trump administration? No, not just to push through an agenda. Russia's fingers were all over the GOP's data center, and that's…
Rumour is that the death of Mike Connell, the guy behind SMARTech, after deciding to testify to his role in the 2004 GOP Ohio election fraud via a man in the middle attack organized by Ken Blackwell (of Trump's voter fraud commission)....
after he received threats & detected 3 prior attempts at sabotage on his plane...
not only is the rumour that it was not an accident, but that it was orchestrated by one former resident of Holland, MI. Former BW employee swore in an affadavit.

Think we don't need paper ballots?? Read this.

I happened across this in my travels this morning --

From the November 2012 issue of Harper's

How to Rig an Election
The G.O.P. aims to paint the country red

As the twenty-first century unfolds, American politics continues to veer precipitously to the right, even as the demographic base for such a shift—older white conservative males—keeps shrinking. The engine of this seismic movement is a strategic alliance of corporate interests promoted by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. empire and orchestrated by Karl Rove and the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council. And meanwhile, the American right has in recent years been empowered by a slew of upset victories that range from unexpected to implausible, and that have frequently been accompanied by technical failures and anomalies, which are swept under the rug as rapidly as possible.

In 2002, the G.O.P. regained control of the Senate with such victories. In Georgia, for example, Diebold’s voting machines reported the defeat of Democratic senator Max Cleland. Early polls had given the highly popular Cleland a solid lead over his Republican opponent, Saxby Chambliss, a favorite of the Christian right, the NRA, and George W. Bush (who made several campaign appearances on his behalf). As Election Day drew near, the contest narrowed. Chambliss, who had avoided military service, ran attack ads denouncing Cleland—a Silver Star recipient who lost three limbs in Vietnam—as a traitor for voting against the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Two days before the election, a Zogby poll gave Chambliss a one-point lead among likely voters, while the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Cleland maintained a three-point advantage with the same group.

Cleland lost by seven points. In his 2009 autobiography, he accused computerized voting machines of being “ripe for fraud.” Patched for fraud might have been more apt. In the month leading up to the election, Diebold employees, led by Bob Urosevich, applied a mysterious, uncertified software patch to 5,000 voting machines that Georgia had purchased in May.

. . .

Late on Election Day, John Kerry showed an insurmountable lead in exit polling, and many considered his victory all but certified. Yet the final vote tallies in thirty states deviated widely from exit polls, with discrepancies favoring George W. Bush in all but nine. The greatest disparities were concentrated in battleground states—particularly Ohio. In one Ohio precinct, exit polls indicated that Kerry should have received 67 percent of the vote, but the certified tally gave him only 38 percent. The odds of such an unexpected outcome occurring only as a result of sampling error are 1 in 867,205,553. To quote Lou Harris, who has long been regarded as the father of modern political polling: “Ohio was as dirty an election as America has ever seen.”



Remember, until the 2000 election and even now in other parts of the world, exit polls are used to identify potential / probable election fraud.

Here's the PERFECT response to "more guns in school" --

In my opinion, anyway:

Parkland student sums it up https://www.democraticunderground.com/100210269142

"If a kid in a sandbox throws a rock, you don't give rocks to everyone else to throw....it contradicts what you're trying to do."

Trump brought Cliff Notes to the Listening Session

So he knew what to ask them so he sounded interested and empathetic.

Final point: "I hear you."


Malcolm Nance: Muller is scrubbing Manafort's past - video clip

Mueller is going for every dollar which Moscow may have originally funded through Manafort from the beginning. He's not starting w 2016 election. He's scrubbing this man's past.

It's a great clip.


Why is Don, Jr. giving a Foreign Policy speech in India ? $38k ticket

For only $38k people can meet and lobby Donald Trump Jr while he is delivering a foreign policy speech on an UNOFFICIAL visit to India..
@DonaldJTrumpJr Pay for Play ??


Time to Run for Office Yourself !!

This looks like a really interesting book. Happened across it on Amazon just now.

Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself

I know some DUers either are running already or know someone who is running, and I'm also hoping others will consider it. You may not think you're qualified, but you are. You're more knowledgeable about a whole sh*tload of stuff than most of your neighbors. But it doesn't even take that, frankly. All it takes is the willingness and the perseverence.

If you don't feel up to state or federal office, run for city or county government. Or school board. Get started somewhere, anywhere. Just. Do.It.

Ryan Zinke - some things you didn't know


Video -- you'll have to click through to see it, but it's worth it.


AWESOME commentary on the gun issue

It's a video, so there's not really any text to post (other than praise for the video commentary by the poster: CAN'T. RETWEET. THIS. ENOUGH)


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