August 15th, 2020
Under normal circumstances, before posting this, I probably would have sifted through it for a couple of days to try to verify the main points.
Millie Weaver, the independent reporter who produced and directed the film, has just been indicted and arrested in Ohio:According to the information I obtained through my investigative inquiries (and partially detailed in the video of her arrest), she was indicted by a grand jury seated in Ohio. The indictment was sealed until served. The nature of her alleged offenses appears to be “process crimes” (e.g. Obstruction of Justice, Tampering with Evidence). It remains unclear whether her indictment is related to her investigation that culminated in today’s release of her investigative documentary ShadowGate, although the timing is more than curious and must not be ignored.
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MM: ... Both (Republican and Democrat) parties are equally guilty of covering up what should turn out to be an even bigger scandal: Shadowgate; the tactical and operational role the shadow government played behind the scenes, carrying out the coup against President Trump. We're going to be looking at who the real puppet master string pullers are. The material presented in this documentary should concern people of all political affiliations.This is about real players, people whose names never come up, but should. Politicians are definitely part of the beltway swamp, even aspects of the deep state, but they are not the shadow government. The shadow government consists of government contractors, defense, intelligence, security and so on. Our government mostly consists of front-facing desk jockeys that are compartmentalized in cubicles. They are to cover up for the fact that most of the real work is outsourced to contractors, aka the military industrial complex. That way, what the public sees through FOIA requests, investigations, congressional hearings, or otherwise is as clean as a whistle. All the dirty work is kept private, with contractors in clandestine networks. These contractors have used their connections, power and influence to create an unprecedented international criminal enterprise where blackmail is traded and people's personal data is gold.
Two whistle blowers, Tore (Linguist and NAVY Intelligence Contractor) and Patrick Bergy (Cyber Security, ARMY PSYOP Program Developer), who both worked extensively within the shadow government as contractors, have come forward with revelations that may be part of the biggest whistle blowing event to date...
Tore: I'm one of thousands of patriotic Americans who work within the shadows and had been doing that for a very long time. People that worked for John Brennan approached me while I was in specialist training while I was in the Navy. When I was recruited for electronic warfare, then I ended up in information warfare, ironically the base that I first went to for electronic warfare is now information warfare.
Bergy: My job for a company called Dynology, which was owned by Obama's National Security Advisor, General James Jones, and I answered directly to his son (Jim Jones). I worked for them for about eight years, from 2007 to 2010 (?). My focus was primarily in the development of a couple of different contracts for the Department of Defense for the development of the capabilities for interactive internet activities, being something that helps support CNO, which is Computer Network Operations - hacking and different things like that, and Information Operations, which would be your actual influence operations. It's kinda like a Microsoft project which allows you to manage large projects, like enterprise level projects, but instead of managing the construction of a 14 story building, it's managing the most malevolent operations you could imagine.
Tore: I was a contractor for various intelligence agencies that were privately created. So, they were private contracting agencies; because, unlike what most people think, our intelligence doesn't stay within our borders or within federal buildings.
Bergy:The shadow net was the commercial version of an IIA weapon, IIA being Interactive Internet Activities - that's the military nomenclature, for what basically you've heard being described for the last three or four years with all the fake news, the fake news journalists, and fake stories, fake dossier. All these things are attributes and characteristics of IIA; which is social media psychological warfare.
We began that in really in 2007 when right after the policy guidelines first came out. We were on one of the first contracts with DOD that I'm aware of, trying to help the four psychological operations group understand how to go from dropping flyers from planes to a more micro-targeted social media psychological warfare application where you could select an individual target, or a group target, or an entire country, if you want.
Tore: What I did was something called localization, or L-10N. So, a localization strategy is you find a group of people that could be a whole country, a city, a certain religious group, a six block radius - like CHAZ, and you try to get in their mind. You have to understand how they eat, how they walk, how they talk, what they like, what pushes their buttons, what drives them nuts, what upsets them, what makes them happy, and then you use that to your advantage to push whatever ideology or product or direction you want them to go; marrying together cultural appropriation language, nuances of the demographic that you are targeting, or the country you are targeting. It pries into your demographic, your world, so that if I want to blackmail you and put you under my thumb, not only will I know everything, but I will know your deepest, darkest fears, I will know people I can get into contact with to find out more about you to find out more about you. Maybe, you have an old hockey injury. So, if I wanted to attack you I would know where to hit you.
Bergy: If you understand enough about someone, then you can hack their shadow, right? You can use their fears. You can use their anxieties, like sound, anything like pandemics that you recognize. So you can use those things to help reflexively control or influence a target, or individual, or whoever it is - a group of people, or an entire election, or an entire country.
Tore: What Patrick Bergy created was a program that was based off the strategies that we used in person. It was a psychological operation, but that crunches data with the use of psychological operations. So, you can predict how your target will respond.
Bergy: When we were largely doing this, it was done by analysts. Now, this is more done by automated through artificial intelligence which is just a common iteration of the program or application development process. The database component ends up allowing you to build up behavioral profiles on individual targets; and through those behavioral profiles, you can develop or implement reflexive control which allows you to understand. With enough information about someone, you can predictably determine how they're going to react.
Bergy: They had asked us to bring the application to a classified network, but Jim sent them a bogus, made-up, ridiculous bid to actually do that because if it went on a classified network, we couldn't turn around and sell it commercially. We went on after that to another contract in Tampa, took everything with us for psychological operations group (who) had no idea that we were going to be taking their years worth of work that they paid us to do, the taxpayers paid us to do, and we kept the intellectual property rights to it, and re-marketed and branded it commercially as the shadow. So, I came back here and I see these guys back here in America have just been having a field day utilizing the technology that we've been developing to alter our elections in America.
MM: This technology was so successful they couldn't resist the temptation to not use it commercially and have the power to affect outcomes of elections at home. The commercial and black market value of such a technology is incalculable.
He shows the "mobile mega shatternet mobile laptop" with "2 4K capture cards" mounted on his motorcycle
The group of whistle blowers from the NSA and other classified data collection agencies referred to as the global surveillance whistle blowers were used as a vector to legalize what was then illegal dragnet spying on everyone 24/7.
The FISA Amendment Act of 2008 had Section 702 that permitted the government to spy on citizens with a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. The NSA data system collects everything through what's called the upstream, where everything is stored for 72 hours, then dumped. However, if one could twin this stream of data, they could privatize it. Imagine what you could do with that!
MM: Oh my goodness! So, you could gather that information and psychologically target them to get them upset...Do you think that they were pushing information to them, like tailoring their viewpoint on social media?
Bergy: I would... I didn't actually finish this earlier, but in 2014 I recognized Black Lives Matter during the Michael Brown riots is being influenced by of a colleague of mine in South Korea did a trace route on it, trace routed the source of... what I believe to have been IIa to Ukraine...
MM: Do you think that many of these social media companies, like Twitter, Facebook, that they were created with IIA operations in mind, and it was never intended to be a free speech platform?
MM: You were speaking on news pundits and how many of the news pundits are IIa assets and intelligence assets, so tell us more about that
Bergy: Mika Breszinski, her father is the father of influence operations and psychological operations, a towering figure in American foreign policy, ab extended member of the NBC news family as well. ZB, Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor. Jillian Turner Fox News host, was also Vice President of H Jones Group International doing an interview with her old boss and my old boss. Now, why would I assume that they would be using anything but Shadow Net? Because the owner of Shadownet has so many key assets? Why would he need to go to anybody else, right?
So, they get their key talking points from the analysis they are putting together, but then they disseminate those talking points through non-attribution to their assets throughout these news organizations utilizing an application like the Shadownet. Jillian Turner has a direct connection to the Atlantic Counsel. General Jones was the Chairman of the Board of the Atlantic Council, JGI. Jones Group International is an oil lobby. Atlantic Council in Brisbane has a relationship. Brisbane is an energy company. Obviously they have these connections...
Donald Trump previewed his RNC acceptance address before the influential Council for National Policy. The membership list of this Christian Right cabal was a carefully guarded secret – until now.
President Donald Trump’s appearance in Arlington, Virginia on August 21 before the Council for National Policy (CNP), a hyper-secretive Christian Right powerhouse that helps set the movement’s agenda, offered an hour-long preview of the stem-winding speech he would deliver several nights later on a balcony in front of the White House to the Republican National Convention.
Joined by his acting and still-unconfirmed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, the longtime corporate lobbyist who guided federal troops against anti-racism protesters, the president proclaimed, “China very much wants Joe Biden to win.”
Next, Trump inspired gales of applause by boasting, “I could run in Israel, and I think they set up probably a 98 percent approval rating in Israel… And you know who appreciates it the most are the evangelical Christians.”
The president earned more cheers when he previewed a line he deployed a few nights later at the RNC: “Nobody has done more for the black community or the Hispanic community than we have. Nobody. Nobody. I guess, maybe Lincoln. Questionable.”
Trump’s recent event with the CNP was his second appearance before the group. The first encounter came during an October 2015 CNP forum, as candidate Trump was surging ahead of his Republican primary rivals and emerging as the Christian Right’s foul-mouthed Chosen One.
Several CNP members went on to serve in Trump’s White House, including Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon. But this appearance was different.
This time, in contrast to other Republican presidential hopefuls who had addressed the CNP, the White House videotaped Trump’s speech and proudly disseminated it online. Conspicuously missing from the footage, however, were any clear images of the audibly enthused crowd.
That is because the CNP’s membership is a carefully guarded secret; its meetings are private – off limits to the public and the press – and even the location of the gatherings is carefully protected.
Literature distributed to members at the entrance of meetings instructed attendees not to disclose the names of fellow members and forbade them from distributing the membership list to outsiders in order “to maintain the quality of membership communications.”
The Grayzone obtained the Council for National Policy’s October 2018 membership list and has published it in full at the end of this article. Pages 1-72 show the names and bios of members; 72-87 contain CNP literature, including official policies and guidelines, as well as details about future meetings.
The release of the CNP’s membership list represents the first time in the Trump era that the Christian Right powerhouse has been exposed, and the most recent disclosure since a copy of its 2014 member roll was published.
The CNP’s personnel comprise a blend of conservative movement leaders, industry moneymen, foreign policy hardliners, and culture war activists enforcing right-wing unity at the base of a Republican Party that has cohered around the doctrine of ultra-nationalist Trumpism.
As I documented in my 2009 book, Republican Gomorrah, the Council for National Policy was founded in 1981 with seed money from T. Cullen Davis, a Texas oil billionaire who found his way to Jesus and the Christian Right after a high-priced lawyer secured his acquittal on charges that he hired a hit man to kill his ex-wife and her family, then attempted the job himself, murdering his step-daughter and his ex-wife’s boyfriend while paralyzing an innocent bystander and wounding his ex-wife in the process, according to prosecutors.
When the CNP was first established, one of its founding fathers, the Louisiana ultra-conservative politician Woody Jenkins, vowed to a Newsweek reporter, “One day before the end of this century, the Council will be so influential that no president, regardless of party or philosophy, will be able to ignore us or our concerns or shut us out of the highest levels of government.”
Under the watch of his protege, Tony Perkins, who also directs the Christian Right policy factory known as the Family Research Council, Jenkins’ pledge was fulfilled. The CNP secured promises from both George W. Bush and Trump to appoint exclusively anti-abortion judges to high courts, and recently helped Trump allies coordinate their response to the Covid-19 pandemic while astroturfing a series of anti-lockdown protests.
The secrecy maintained by the Council for National Policy throughout its decades-long history has been strictly enforced by Perkins, who demanded my ejection from an October 4-6, 2018 conference after learning I was in attendance. I had secured an invitation to the gathering from an anti-war member who no longer belongs to the Council, enabling me to report on a speech that former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley gave to the group, in a feature for Harper’s Magazine.
Perkins recognized me because I had published an article in 2005 reporting his signing of a check for $82,500 to David Duke — the former Ku Klux Klan leader and failed Republican gubernatorial candidate — to purchase Duke’s mailing list on behalf of the senate campaign of his mentor, Woody Jenkins. I had also noted Perkins’ 2001 speech before the Council of Conservative Citizens, a white nationalist and neo-Confederate organization that racist mass murderer Dylan Roof partially credited with his radicalization.
Infuriated by my presence in the inner sanctum of Christian Right networking, Perkins and his lieutenants ordered me to immediately exit the Charlotte, North Carolina hotel where the conference took place.
On my way out, I passed by Herman Cain, the former Godfather Pizza CEO and Republican presidential candidate, holding court in the hotel lobby. Cain died this July 30 after contracting Covid-19 at a Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Within hours, I was on a flight out of Charlotte with a thick CNP members’ list and a pile of official Council literature in hand – materials that were forbidden for outsiders to view and off-limits to the public until now.
A few notable Council for National Policy members are described below. The full membership list follows.
Shawn Akers – Akers is the vice provost of Liberty University, which is currently reeling from the exposure of the bizarre sexual peccadilloes of its chancellor, Jerry Falwell Jr., and his wife, Becky. Akers’ colleague at the CNP, journalist Warren Cole Smith, recently hammered the board of Liberty University, where his daughter is enrolled, for its failure to hold Falwell accountable over the years. The “trustees failed the school’s students, faculty, administration, and parents,” Smith wrote. “They failed donors and alumni. They failed to hold the one member of the Liberty staff that reports to them to the Biblical standards of leadership, or even to the standards that every member of the Liberty community must live up to.”
Jerry Boykin – Boykin is best known as the US Delta Force general who led the disastrous peacekeeping mission to Somalia depicted in the book and blockbuster film “Black Hawk Down.” During the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, he declared that his god “was bigger” than that of the Muslim warlords he battled in Somalia, and that Muslims hated America because they worshiped Satan. Boykin current serves as executive vice president for Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council in Washington.
Elsa Prince Broekhuizen – The Michigan-based mother of Blackwater mercenary corporation founder and Trump Inc. consigliere Erik Prince and his sister, Trump secretary of education and school privatization advocate Betsy Devos. Prince Broekhuizen has plowed her family’s auto parts fortune into various anti-gay initiatives over the years.
Stuart Epperson – The co-founder and president of the right-wing evangelical broadcaster Salem Media, which is tied with CBS News as the fifth-largest radio broadcaster in the US. Epperson’s stations play host to right-wing personalities like Michele Malkin, Sebastian Gorka, Hugh Hewitt, and Dennis Prager.
Mike Farris – A lawyer and homeschooling advocate, Farris founded Patrick Henry College as a training ground for Christian Right cadres seeking jobs in Washington’s halls of power. Vice President Mike Pence addressed Farris’s Alliance Defending Freedom in 2019, praising the group for guiding the Trump administration’s agenda.
Tom Fitton – The president of the right-wing legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has battled Covid-19 lockdown policies, sued climate scientists, and helped guide Trump’s messaging against the Democrats’ Russiagate onslaught.
Frank Gaffney – The Center for Security Policy founder is a foreign policy militarist who emerged from neoconservative circles to become a leading voice of anti-Muslim conspiracism while clamoring for US military action against Iran and Syria. Gaffney has claimed that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was a Muslim Brotherhood agent, warned that that American Muslims were engaged in a “stealth jihad” to place the country under the control of Sharia, and helped influence Trump’s so-called Muslim ban.
Donna Rice-Hughes – Famous for bringing down former Democratic Senator Gary Hart’s presidential campaign after a possible set-up, when tabloids published photographs of her perched on the candidate’s lap while carousing on his yacht, Rice-Hughes (formerly known only by her birth name, Rice) came to Jesus and founded the anti-pornography group, Enough is Enough! Today, she markets herself as a “progressive leader” and expert on “preventing the exploitation of children online.”
Jon Lenczowski – Founder of the Institute for World Politics, a Washington-based training institute for hardline interventionists, Lenczowski takes a leading role in setting the CNP’s foreign policy agenda. In recent months, he has been particularly focused on reinforcing the Trump administration’s new cold war narrative against China.
Herman Pirchner – The founding President of the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), Pichner served on Trump’s foreign policy transition team in 2016. The Grayzone reported Pirchner’s role in hosting Andriy Parubiy, a Ukrainian ultra-nationalist politician who co-founded the far-right Social National Party, for a series of Capitol Hill meetings. Researcher Moss Robeson has documented Pirchner’s activity as a key liaison between the Washington foreign policy establishment and Ukrainian ultra-nationalists.
Virginia “Ginni” Thomas – The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Ginni Thomas was part of the Groundswell network that compiled lists of “disloyal” Trump administration officials to be fired. Her involvement with the CNP is an extension of a long history of ethical entanglements that prompted 74 House Democrats to issue a letter demanding Clarence Thomas recuse himself from ruling on the national healthcare overhaul, which she lobbied against.
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