Tuesday, February 18, 2020

MSAC Sponsors 2020 Presidential Candidates Forum In Cambridge On Feb. 21, 2020


The Cambridge-Somerville chapter of Massachusetts Senior Action Council [MSAC] will be holding a forum for 2020 U.S. Presidential candidates BETWEEN 11:30 A.M AND 1:30 P.M on Friday, Feb. 21. 2020, at the Cambridge Senior Center. The Cambridge Senior Center is located at 806 Mass Ave., across street from City Hall.

Massachusetts voters interested in learning more about 2020 Presidential candidates' views on issues affecting lives of Massachusetts senior citizens are all invited to attend this MSAC-sponsored forum BETWEEN 11:30 A.M. AND 1:30 P.M.. For more information about the 2020 U.S. Presidential Candidates Forum, you can call the MSAC office  at 617-284-1234. 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Revisiting Multi-Millionaire Hillary Clinton and Millionaire Bernie Sanders' Post-2016 Election Campaign Books: Part 2


After the November 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, both 2016 and 2020 Democratic Party primaries' presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton apparently received a lot of money from corporate media conglomerate book publishing subsidiaries--for writing post-2016 election campaign books.

The Simon and Schuster book publishing division of the CBS corporate media conglomerate, for example, published a book in 2017, titled What Happened, in which Multi-Millionaire Hillary Clinton wrote the following:

"...I had known Donald Trump for years...In 2005, he invited us to his wedding to Melania in Palm Beach, Florida...I attended the ceremony, then met Bill [Clinton] for the reception at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. We had our photo taken with the bride and groom...

"...I had joined Bill [Clinton] and Chelsea [Clinton] as a new board member of the Clinton Foundation...My opponents spun wild tales about...how as President I would be forever in the pocket of the shadowy bankers who...paid my speaking fees...Dennis Cheng...raised hundreds of millions of dollars for my 2006 Senate re-election campaign and 2008 presidential campaign and later helped build up the Clinton Foundation endowment...


"...Bernie's presence in the race meant that I had less space and credibility to run the kind of...campaign that had helped me win Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2008...Bernie Sanders attacked me for raising money from people who worked in finance. But I reminded him that President Obama had raised more money from Wall Street than anyone in history...I am grateful to everyone who gave money to our campaign...The majority of donors were women...


"...Bernie Sanders, who loved to talk about how `true progressives' never bow to political realities or powerful interests, had long...supported the NRA's key priorities, including voting against the Brady Bill five times in the 1990s. In 2005, he voted for that special immunity law that protects gun makers and sellers from being sued when their weapons are used in deadly attacks...After months of pressure from activists and victims' families, Bernie finally said he would reconsider his vote...


"...As time went on, Bernie routinely portrayed me as a corrupt corporatist who couldn't be trusted. His clear implication was that because I accepted campaign donations from people on Wall Street--just as President Obama had done--I was `bought and paid for.'


"...Bernie couldn't make an argument against me...on policy, so he had to resort to innuendo and impugning my character. Some of his supporters, the so-called Bernie Bros, took to harassing my supporters on line. It got ugly and more than a little sexist...His attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump's `Crooked Hillary' campaign...Throughout the primaries, every time I wanted to hit back against Bernie's attacks, I was told to restrain myself...I felt like I was in a straitjacket...


"...The Russians made a particular effort to target voters who...supported Bernie Sanders.., including by planting...news on pro-Sanders message boards and Facebook groups and amplifying attacks by so-called Bernie Bros. Russian trolls posted stories about how I was a murderer...I don't know why anyone would believe such things, even if you read it on Facebook..."


But in the book that the Thomas Dunne-St.Martin's Press-Macmillan Corporate book publishing subsidiary of the Germany-based Holtzbrinck media conglomerate (which was apparently founded by a German Nazi Party member and publisher of books for the German imperialist army during World War II, named George von Holtzbrinck) published in November 2018, titled Where We Go From Here, Millionaire Bernie Sanders wrote the following:

"On the night of June 14 [2016], with the primary process over, Hillary Clinton and her key advisers John Podesta and Robby Moot sat down in a Washington, D.C. hotel with my campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, my wife, Jane, and me. The purpose of the meeting was...to determine how we could most effectively work together to defeat Trump.

"...Clinton, legitimately enough, had...immediate interests. She wanted to know what kind of ROLE I WAS PREPARED TO PLAY...When and should I endorse her? What states would be best for me to focus on? How could we best WORK TOGETHER at the [2016] convention in Philadelphia?


"...After reaching a general agreement at the meeting as to the best path forward, we trusted our staffs to work out the particulars...I...appreciated the willingness of the Clinton team and the DNC to WORK WITH US...


"On July 26, 2016, in a prime-time speech at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, I ENDORSED HILLARY CLINTON and URGED MY SUPPORTERS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO ELECT HER AS PRESIDENT.


"A few weeks earlier, appearing with Secretary Clinton...in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, I said, `Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process...I intend to DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO MAKE CERTAIN SHE WILL BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES'...


"...We had to defeat Trump and ELECT HILLARY CLINTON. This to me was a no-brainer...I was, perhaps, more aware than any one of Secretary Clinton's political deficiencies...But I was also aware that, on her worst day, she would be a better president than Trump...Unlike many other presidential candidates who had lost their elections, I did not intend to fade away into the sunset.


"In terms of supporting Clinton, not all the Sanders delegates agreed with me...I was booed by some for URGING THEM TO VOTE FOR HER. My response was to speak to as many state delegations as possible...As Sam Frizell of Time magazine reported: `...The Vermont senator visited with state delegations in Philadelphia TO CORRAL THEM INTO SUPPORTING HILLARY CLINTON...Sanders' effort was part of A FULL-COURT PRESS'...I visited delegations from New York, California, Kansas, Wisconsin, and Alaska, among others...I went to point out that OUR `FIRST TASK' WAS TO ELECT CLINTON...The chair of the Vermont delegation allowed me to NOMINATE HILLARY CLINTON BY ACCLIMATION...


"Here is the speech that I gave at the Democratic National Convention on July 26, 2016, endorsing Hillary Clinton for president:

"...`Any objective observer will conclude that--based on her ideas and her leadership--Hillary Clinton MUST BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES...I have known Hillary Clinton for 25 years. I remember her as A GREAT FIRST LADY...I served with her in the United States Senate and know her as A FIERCE ADVOCATE FOR THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN.

"`HILLARY CLINTON WILL MAKE AN OUTSTANDING PRESIDENT AND I AM PROUD TO STAND WITH HER HERE TONIGHT.'...

"In terms of HELPING HILLARY CLINTON...and bringing unity to THE PARTY for the 2016 election, I WAS ALL IN. I didn't need much encouragement to tell Clinton THAT I INTENDED TO DO EVERYTHING I COULD TO HELP HER BECOME THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES...

"Throughout September, October, and November 2016, I held 39 RALLIES IN 13 STATES ON BEHALF OF HILLARY CLINTON'S CAMPAIGN. In September, I was in Lebanon, New Hampshire, Kent, Ohio; and Akron, Ohio. In October, I was in Madison and Green Bay, Wisconsin; 4 cities in Michigan: Dearborn, Ann Arbor, Lansing, and Grand Rapids;...Scranton and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania...In November, I was in...Kalamazoo and Traverre City, Michigan; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Youngstown and Cincinnati, Ohio...I...generated a whole lot of positive media for Clinton...

"When asked...whether or not I was `selling out' by SUPPORTING CLINTON, I stated,`...It is absolutely imperative we do everything we can to defeat Donald Trump'...Election night I was tired...During the last week alone, I had done 17 EVENTS FOR CLINTON IN 11 STATES...My political gut gave Clinton a 3-1 chance of winning. In other words, I THOUGHT SHE WAS GOING TO WIN...Following the election, Chuck Schumer, Democratic Senate leader asked me TO BE PART OF THE 10-MEMBER SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP TEAM..."

Yet most politically independent antiwar and anti-imperialist left socialist Movement grassroots activists in the United States--unlike Democratic Party Loyalist and Millionaire Sanders--did not believe in 2016 that their "`first task' was to elect Clinton;" and that Hawk Democratic Party Leader and Multi-Millionaire Hillary Clinton (who voted in support of the U.S. war machine's attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq as a U.S. Senator, supported Democratic President Obama's policy of waging drone warfare in Pakistan, attacking Libya with cruise missiles and initiating a covert war for regime change in Syria as U.S. Secretary of State and, as a 2016 U.S. presidential nominee, proposed using the U.S. war machine to create a "no-fly zone" in Syria in support of regime change in Syria) "must become the next president of the United States."
And although Millionaire Democratic Party Loyalist Sanders "throughout September, October, and November 2016 held rallies...on behalf of Hillary Clinton's campaign" in Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Hawk Democrat Clinton still lost the November 2016 popular vote to Trump in Ohio by over 450,000 votes, in Wisconsin by over 27,000 votes, in Michigan by over 14,000 votes, and in Pennsylvania by over 67,000 votes..

Monday, January 27, 2020

Revisiting Multi-Millionaire Hillary Clinton and Millionaire Bernie Sanders' Post-2016 Election Campaign Books: Part 1


After the November 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, both 2016 and 2020 Democratic Party primaries' presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton apparently received a lot of money from corporate media conglomerate book publishing subsidiaries--for writing post-2016 election campaign books.

The Simon and Schuster book publishing division of the CBS corporate media conglomerate, for example, published a book in 2017, titled What Happened, in which Multi-Millionaire Hillary Clinton wrote the following:

"...We can't understand what happened in 2016 without confronting the audacious information warfare waged from the Kremlin...

"There's nothing I was looking forward to more than showing Putin that his effort to influence our election and install a friendly puppet had failed...In 2016 OUR DEMOCRACY was assaulted by a foreign adversary determined to mislead our people, inflame our divisions, and throw an election to its preferred candidate. That attack succeeded because OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM had been slowly eroded over years...

"Now that the Russians have infected us and seen how weak our defenses are, they'll keep at it...Their ultimate goal is to undermine--perhaps even destroy--Western democracy itself...


"In a series of memos, I warned President Obama that...America would have to take a harder line with Putin...During the campaign, I asked my team to start working on a more AGGRESSIVE STRATEGIC APPROACH TOWARD RUSSIA...BY JULY 2016, the FBI 's ELITE NATIONAL SECURITY DIVISION in Washington had STARTED INVESTIGATING...the TRUMP CAMPAIGN..."


Most U.S. antiwar and anti-imperialist left Movement activists, however, don't believe that: 1. the 2016 Hawk Democratic Party nominee failed to win the popular and electoral college votes in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin because of some alleged Russian government/"Russiagate Conspiracy;" 2. that the U.S. government should threaten world peace by "working on a more aggressive strategic approach toward Russia;" and 3. that it was morally and politically ethical for the Democratic Obama administration's "FBI elite National Security Division in Washington" to have apparently been used "by July 2016" to start "investigating" the campaign of the GOP opponent in the November 2016 presidential election of the 2016 Democratic Party's presidential nominee.

Yet in the book that the Thomas Dunne-St.Martin's Press-Macmillan Corporate book publishing subsidiary of the Germany-based Holtzbrinck media conglomerate (which was apparently founded by a German Nazi Party member and publisher of books for the German imperialist army during World War II, named George von Holtzbrinck) published in November 2018, titled Where We Go From Here, Millionaire Bernie Sanders wrote the following:

"...I received an invitation to speak at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, on September 21, 2017, when I would also receive an honorary degree. This tiny university has a unique place in history as the site of Winston Churchill's famous `Iron Curtain' speech...

"Here is the speech I delivered:

"`...We now know that the Russian government was engaged in a massive effort to undermine...the integrity of OUR ELECTIONS and our faith in OUR OWN DEMOCRACY.

"`...Today I say to Mr. Putin: We will not allow you to undermine American democracy...'"

And although most U.S. antiwar and anti-imperialist left Movement activists reject the validity of the Democratic Party's "Russiagate Conspiracy Theory," later in his 2018 Where We Go From Here book, 2020 Democratic Party presidential primaries candidate Sanders wrote the following:

"...Every U.S. intelligence agency...has made it abundantly clear that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Donald Trump and against Hillary Clinton...The intelligence committees of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate reached the same conclusion, as did the entire Senate and House...

"In other words, the debate over Russian interference in OUR 2016 election, as well as their meddling in the elections of many other democracies around the world has long been over. Everybody is in agreement--except Donald Trump.

"The New York Times reported that Trump was shown highly classified intelligence two weeks before his inauguration that indicated that Putin had personally ordered complex cyber-attacks to sway the election...

"On July 17 [2018] I went to the floor [of the U.S. Senate] and remarked:

"`My friends today we face an unprecedented situation of a president who...refuses to acknowledge the full scope of the threat to American democracy...He is under Russian influence because of compromising information they may have on him, or because he is...more sympathetic to Russia's...form of government than he is to American democracy...'

"...On July 19 [2018], Chuck Schumer and I went to the floor and presented a resolution that called for a course of action containing the following directives:

"`1. The Congress must make it clear that we accept the assessment of OUR INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY with regard to Russian election interfering in OUR COUNTRY...

"`2. The Congress must move AGGRESSIVELY to protect OUR ELECTION SYSTEMS from interference by Russia or any foreign power...

"`3. The Congress must demand that the sanctions against Russia passed last year be fully implemented...'" 


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Is Harvard University Still Collaborating With The CIA?


Most antiwar and anti-imperialist Movement activists who live in Cambridge, Massachusetts don't think that the Harvard University administration should be collaborating with the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA]. Yet as ProPublica website senior editor Daniel Golden observed in his 2017 book, Spy Schools:

"As intelligence agencies invade universities, they've penetrated not just conferences and laboratories but the very core of the academic endeavor--the classroom. [Kenneth] Moscow...enrolled uncercover at the Kennedy School...In a single year, 1991-92, at least three CIA clandestine officers attended the Kennedy School's mid-career program, all posing as State Department employees. For decades the CIA and Harvard have concealed this practice...

"...The CIA favors Harvard as a training ground for employees. It also wants to hire Kennedy School graduates, consults its professors, and cultivate its foreign students.

"...The Kennedy School now swarms with former intelligence brass...Michael Morell...former CIA deputy director is a...senior fellow at the Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, along with ex-CIA director David Petraeus...The CIA has long had an understanding with the Kennedy School that its intelligence officers can attend programs undercover.

"The Harvard Intelligence and Policy Program signified a rapprochement between the CIA and Harvard...The Kennedy School's policy of enrolling mid-career CIA officers undercover continues to the present day..."

Friday, January 24, 2020

Is CIA Recruiting Foreign Students On U.S. University Campuses In 21st-Century?


Most U.S. antiwar and anti-imperialist Movement activists don't think that U.S. university administrations should allow the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] to recruit on their campus foreign students who attend U.S. universities in the 21st-century. Yet as ProPublic website senior editor Daniel Golden noted in his book, Spy Schools, that Henry Holt & Co. published in 2017:

"Two trends have converged to create the surge in academic spying. The first is the growing intimacy between U.S. intelligence and academia...Deterred by student protests and faculty hostility during the Vietnam era, the CIA, FBI and other security agencies have returned in force, forging tenuous alliance of spies and scholars.

"`September 11 led to a quiet re-engagement of a lot of the academy, with the national security community,' says Austin Long, who teaches security policy at Columbia University...

"...Foreign students and professors have been pouring into the United States...There were almost one million (974,926) international students at U.S. universities in 2014-15, more than six times the 1974-75 total (154,580) and more than double that in 1994-95 (452,635)...Although the CIA is noted for its feats and failures abroad, its National Resources Division operates clandestinely in the United States, primarily recruiting foreign nationals. Henry Crumpton, who headed the division from 2003 to 2005, said that it relied on a network of `campus cooperators' numbering in the `low hundreds' to identify prospects.

"`We have cooperative contacts at the universities,' Crumpton told me. `I would meet with them sometimes. These are American citizens, for the most part, or persons legally here, cooperating because they think it's the right thing to do.'

"...Working from `lists of foreign students studying at U.S. universities,' one former CIA official used `a plethora of commercial aliases' to `make appointments with them,' according to his memoir, written under the pseudonym Ishmael Jones...Some CIA officers on clandestine missions pretend to be professors..."

Thursday, January 9, 2020

How CIA's `QRHELPFUL' Covert Action Program Helped Polish `Solidarity' Group In 1980s: Conclusion


During the 1980s a group in Poland that Lech Walesa led, called "Solidarity," was apparently secretly supported by the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] of the Republican Reagan administration. As the Chair and Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies [CSIS]'s Transnational Threats Project, Seth G. Jones, recalled in his 2018 book, A Covert Action: Reagan, The CIA, and The Cold War Struggle in Poland

"...CIA assets also helped organize pro-Solidarity demonstrations during high-visibility events like soccer games, especially when they were broadcast on television. The CIA's...campaign helped draw Solidarity back into the global spotlight. Reagan was elated...

"...CIA began channelling funds to...Polonia companies...Together Kultura and Polonia received about $450,000 per year in CIA funds. In 1985, CIA assets infiltrated a total of roughly $900,000 into Poland...In Paris...QRGUIDE...made a video history of Solidarity and sent 2,500 cassettes to Poland in 1985.

"...In 1986...CIA assets sent more than $1 million to...Solidarity...A growing percentage of this aid was for video-related equipment...CIA operatives also arranged satellite telecasts into Poland from Western Europe...

"...Throughout 1985 and 1986, the CIA provided funds for demonstrations...On may 1, 1985...15,000 people in Warsaw and 2,000 in Gdansk spilled onto the street to support Solidarity..." (end of article)

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

How CIA's `QRHELPFUL' Covert Action Program Helped Polish `Solidarity' Group In 1980s: Part 6


During the 1980s a group in Poland that Lech Walesa led, called "Solidarity," was apparently secretly supported by the Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] of the Republican Reagan administration. As the Chair and Director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies [CSIS]'s Transnational Threats Project, Seth G. Jones, recalled in his 2018 book, A Covert Action: Reagan, The CIA, and The Cold War Struggle in Poland:

"The CIA promoted the Solidarity logo around the world and helped manufacture and distribute Solidarity buttons, T-shirts, key chains, and other items--much like a public relations firm...With Malzahn's oversight, CIA case officers and assets helped organize demonstrations in roughly 20 countries...

"The CIA stations in Mexico City and Paris were particularly active. CIA case officers and their networks helped place articles in over two dozen Mexican newspapers; provided financial assistance for pro-Solidarity demonstrations, organized a half dozen television and radio interviews with Miroslav Dominczyk, one of Solidarity's founders; helped arrange a dozen press conferences with Dominczyk; and distributed over 70,000 bulletins across the country...

"The overseas hub of QRHELPFUL remained Paris, where QRBERETTA--the covert action program that began in 1950 to support...Kultura--had been one of the CIA's first-ever political programs. The CIA asset...QRGUIDE, who worked closely with CIA case officer Celia Larkin, helped plaster Metro stations with 40,000 stickers urging Parisians to the Polish ambassador...Also arranged for French television to broadcast taped interviews with Solidarity leaders...One of the...demonstrations was organized by a CIA Paris station asset...in cooperation with the French labor confederation Force Ouvriere (Workers' Force)...Thanks to these and other efforts, Poland and...Solidarity continued to be covered in newspapers, magazines, and radio and television programs..

"...Several additional CIA stations played roles in supporting QRHELPFUL. They included Rome, London, Brussels, and Bonn, as well as smaller CIA offices in West Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, and Frankfurt. Other CIA hubs included Lisbon, Portugal and Bern, Switzerland--which had mostly supporting roles.

"Several wealthy Europeans provided cover for the large sums of money flowing into...Poland-related activities...The CIA recruited a Portuguese businessman...who mounted pro-Solidarity demonstrations and served as what the CIA called an `agent of influence.'..." (end of part 6).