Ep. 129 – The Specific Meaning of Trump’s National Emergency Declaration & The Story Everyone Missed
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“I Like To Break Up Countries.” – Sir Andrew Wood (The Man Who Made Sure John McCain Got The Steele Dossier)
Sir Andrew Wood, the man who John McCain admits alerted him to the existence of the Steele Dossier during a secret meeting at a security conference in Canada, once said “I like to break up countries,” during a 2015 panel discussion on how to stop what is described as “the increasing Russian threat to the international order.”
While the media has portrayed Sir Andrew Wood as little more than a middle man in the Russian Dossier saga, the powerful British diplomat and associate fellow of the Russia and Eurasia programme at London’s Chatham House seems to have played a much bigger role. In fact, Wood’s background, his long history of opposition to Russia, and his role in the story of the Steele dossier, makes it difficult not to question the entire narrative we’ve been told about Russian interference, Russian meddling, Russian collusion, or whatever they’re calling it today. At the very least, one wonders why the media has paid such little attention to a man who is such a central figure in the Russian saga.
In today’s episode of the Propaganda Report podcast, we introduce you to Sir Andrew Wood and we analyze a June 2015 Chatham House report titled “The Russian Challenge” as well as statements made by Sir Andrew during a July 2015 panel discussion at The Center for Strategic and International Studies titled, “The Russian Challenge:” Europe’s Future Policy Course Towards Russia Considered
“The West should reassess its understanding of the nature and trajectory of Russia. Relationships should be based not upon the personal relationships between leaders, but upon a set of guiding principles based upon generally accepted international norms and values.”
In an October 17th, 2013 article from the Guardian, Wood says, “”The United Kingdom has always pursued a relatively tough, robust policy,” said Wood. “I think we’re now seeing a new realism about Russia on all sides in the EU, free of delusions about a special Washington-Moscow relationship. The EU is now the third leg.” In a 2015 Paper title, “Russia and Europe in 2015“, Sir Andrew Wood Writes
“The Russian stance towards Europe and the US has undergone severe changes, rendering any cooperation in European and other regional security increasingly difficult. With the idea of Western-inspired Russian modernisation gone, and President Putin’s self-portrayal as “strong man”, this is not about to change.”
Hero or hired gun? How a British former spy became a flash point in the Russia investigation. (Washington Post)(Sir Andrew tells Steele that he doesn’t have a choice, he must alert the right sort of people about the Dossier.)
“Sir Andrew Wood, a British former diplomat and friend of Steele, said he urged him in the fall of 2016 to alert the authorities. “The right sort of people” needed to be told, Wood said he told Steele. “My opinion was, ‘You don’t have a choice. At least, you don’t have an honorable choice.’ ”” Sir Andrew, An Orbis Associate “Steele sought out Wood, the former British ambassador to Moscow.The two had become friendly after leaving government service. A court filing would later call him an Orbis associate.”
“Wood — the former diplomat and Steele friend — said he approached Steele to discuss whether they needed to take further steps to ensure the U.S. government was aware of his information, as well. They were particularly eager to provide the research to Republicans who shared their wariness of Russia.
Wood said he reached out to David Kramer, a former State Department official who was close to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and a Russia expert. Kramer declined to comment. Kramer arranged for Wood to meet McCain in a small room on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada in December, Wood said. There, Wood described Steele’s research and told McCain he could arrange for him to review it.”
Senate Judiciary Committee (Sir Andrew Was Aware of Steele’s Pre-Election Intelligence Gathering)
“As an Associate of Orbis, Sir Andrew Wood was aware of the Second Defendant’s intelligence gathering for the pre-election memoranda.” Page 5.
“After the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States on 8 November 2016, Sir Andrew Wood met Mr Kramer and Senator McCain. As a result of their discussions Sir Andrew arranged for the Second Defendant to meet Mr Kramer, as the representative of Senator McCain, in order to show him the preelection memoranda on a confidential basis.” Page 5. Sir Andrew Wood, trusted mentor to Christopher Steele https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/03/12/christopher-steele-the-man-behind-the-trump-dossier
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Today, the Journal paraphrases an unreleased UN report linking NoKo to the next Syrian chem weapons plant & refers to alleged 2013 Syrian chem attack that has been totally debunked. This is PURE propaganda w/out even the sprinkle of truth they usually throw in for credibility. pic.twitter.com/er1hRmueX3
From the internal coup in Saudi Arabia & the military build up there, to the lies being spewed about Syria, to moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, I can’t help but feel we’re creating a tinder box in the Middle East that no one will be able to dismantle. https://t.co/3j276Z8JYv
There are clear lies being spewed about the conflict in Syria by the MSM including on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today … I guess we’re just taking the gloves off and going in soon… #WTWOFhttps://t.co/lg4Ag6xaz2
Oy veh. Two new dialectics have emerged on cue: old v young and propaganda v conspiracy theory. I give up.
“We studied thousands of anonymous posts about the Parkland attack — and found a conspiracy in the making” – The Washington Post#WTWOFhttps://t.co/emKsW4aYSa
This is an extremely serious encroachment on our rights especially in the digital age…how can we have 24-7 news on many stations and this issue rarely if ever makes the cycle? SMH #WTWOFhttps://t.co/ZEbCh5VVWh
Seems like ICE is targeting California to create a conflict – I’m sure other states would welcome the help…
ICE arrests more than 150 people in Bay Area following Democratic mayor’s warning – Fox Newshttps://apple.news/AhPIpUq8BTambVV74RzTkFQ
Coral Springs sent 130 officers to Stoneman Douglas High during the shooting. From what I can tell, that’s their job–why are the Sheriff & his deputies in the spotlight? Is this narrative of failure & confusion driving to a policy agenda?https://t.co/flvrLnVFJS
I can understand why the sheriff was in charge during the FtLauderdale Airport shooting b/c that’s unincorporated territory, but Parkland has its own police and so does neighboring Coral Springs which sent 130 officers to the school shooting. https://t.co/qJIkhBHbbe
I recall in I-banking they shifted from stars 2teams b/c stars could quit & take all the business & so demand big $. If fidelity figured out a formula 4 stock-picking, they can shift to teams, pay less & not fear defection. But er, yeah–Fight harassment! https://t.co/wT7Kh6SSsI
Today’s Twitter Trip…
My two cents–or should I say two sentences–on the headlines of the day–or in this case the week! If you don’t use or keep up on twitter, scan this post and you can see my quick two-liners on all the headlines that caught my eye recently.
If you don’t use twitter or get overwhelmed by your feed, scan these one liners I offer to give you my very quick two cents on the headlines – I don’t tweet if I don’t think no one else is saying it (does that make sense????)
Hard 2listen to KyleStephens accusations against Nassar. She was the person whose charges first got him arrested. Her accounting is extremely compelling. The judge on the other hand always seems to be attention-seeking which takes away from the gravity IMO https://t.co/l7Ar9kAcmS
It’s always a treat to watch the hero Charles Ramsey recount his story. Did you ever hear the follow up? Ariel Castro the kidnapper was founded hanging from a bedsheet a month after he went to jail. https://t.co/vZPyfkAggd
Sexual harassment meme is being used to get the left to abandon the notion of #InnocentUntilProvenGuilty the way transgender bathrooms and plastic bag bans are used get the right to give up on the principle of subsidiarity. Both sides need to stand firm on principles. #UsVsThem
Rob Porter denies the allegations yet the media treats him as #GuiltyTilProvenInnocent. No one outside the actual people involved in the situation know the truth & extreme allegations are common in divorce proceedings these days. https://t.co/B1QFVCRbFi
Seriously? Rand Paul steps in to singlehandedly prove Republicans can’t govern? I stand by my principles but he didn’t do this to stop the tax bill that also adds to the deficit. Seems like a set up. https://t.co/bkHJtsi6K8
Heard on FoxNews today about this digital drivers’ license which allows police to use your phone to pull up all your info – show host said “Sign me up! I hate digging through my purse for my license when I’m at the airport!” That’s good enough for me 👍😃 https://t.co/gkqX2VKxvM
Good critique of bizarre behavior of judge in Nasser case. Just 1 correction: Nasser wasn’t convicted of molesting 250 girls-the legal case involved a much smaller #of victims; the judge allowed all accusers to tell their stories regardless of legal case https://t.co/7qXpoAZ0Is
If Rand stops the budget deal does he give Dems back their power to fold in DACA w/out seeming “obstructionist”? Why didn’t he hold his ground on the deficit-increasing cronyistic tax reform bill? https://t.co/64DC2NQxBC
Sadly, I think this’ll play in2 the push in DC 2“simplify” rules, reduce supermajority votes, etc. One great thing about the US system is how it empowers minorities. I fear that’s fading fast. (GOP should fear it too since they are usually the minority.) https://t.co/7mdESnHDCV