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Now at The Epoch Times

Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo writes:

I asked Isikoff whether he thought the Russia reporting had gone overboard. ‘I think it’s fair to say that all of us should have approached this, in retrospect, with more skepticism, particularly when we didn’t know where it was coming from,’ he said. ‘We knew that Steele compiled it, but that Steele did not hear these allegations himself. Somebody else heard them from others and then passed them along. That’s third hand stuff, which is not usually the kind you want for publishing.’

“All of us?” “We?” Investigative journalist Michael Isikoff may find comfort in the herd; however, the fact is, he led it. It was Isikoff who published the first news story based on this “third hand stuff” from the so-called...

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Hesitant about working my way through the Mueller report, I found myself gratified to hear Rep. Devin Nunes’s assessment of the thing.

According to Nunes, there is only one item of relevance in the entire 450-page document. While it is an item of significance, it confirms something many have long suspected.

Nunes explained that on page 11 there is a veiled disclosure to the effect that the “scope memo,” the directive Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave Special Counsel Robert Mueller in August 2017, included “the Steele dossier,...

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Even as fires raged and consumed Notre Dame uncontrollably before the crying eyes of the world, the narrative was being carefully constructed in its newsrooms. Had to be an accident, most likely. Just one of those things, probably. Renovation work was going on, dontcha know. There must have been a spark in the attic and, whoosh, Notre Dame was aflame.

Maybe that is exactly what happened! However, there was something doubly nightmarish about watching not one, but two Fox anchors (Shephard Smith, Neil Cavuto) prevent guests from discussing a spate of recent attacks, including arson, on Catholic churches in France lest some logical discussion of the possibility that we were looking at an epic attack of anti-Catholic or anti-Christian arson might ensue -- and you know where that goes. Given what we have all been through as veterans of the jihad, lo, these nearly 18 years,...

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A condensed version of this essay is published at The Epoch Times. 

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This is not a review of Victor Hanson's book, The Case for Trump. Rather, it is a passing comment on the treatment of "America First" in Hanson's case for Trump. 

In discussing Trump's counter-revolutionary (my term) "America First" vision, Hanson writes:



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Some years ago, Pavel Stroilov was able to "liberate" between 50,000 and 100,000 pages of top secret Communist Party documents from the Gorbachev Foundation, some of which he put to good use in his book Behind the Desert Storm, some of which Vladimir Bukovsky has put to good use in his forthcoming book Judgment in Moscow.

After Julian Assange was seized today in London, I asked Pavel, who lives in the UK, for his thoughts.

He emailed me the following.

I think...

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On October 2, 2016, around the tenth anniversary of Julian Assange's remarkable online publishing venture Wikileaks, source of ten million authentic, notably government documents known as "secrets" to us mere citizens, I posted a compilation of writings on same under the headline, "Wikileaks at Ten Years: Populism's Lucky Break."

Today, the government of the president with the populist appeal, the president whose own election was powered in some huge part by public outrage over Wikileaks' revelations of corruption and hypocrisy in the Democrat Party and the Hillary Clinton Campaign (revelations pro-DNC, pro-Clinton media failed to uncover), has seized Assange to be tried in the US on a single count of Conspiracy to Commit Computer Intrusion...

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Now at The Epoch Times:

I wouldn’t call it an out-of-body experience exactly, but I did get a thrill to read in the autobiography of former CIA Director Richard Helms, “A Look Over My Shoulder,” strong validation of the line of research I followed to write my brand-new book, “The Red Thread: A Search for Ideological Drivers Inside the Anti-Trump Conspiracy.”

It’s this same line of research, Helms’ book explained in 2003, that helped identify Soviet agents.

Helms, who led the CIA between 1966 and 1973, was recounting a post-retirement luncheon he had with a World War II buddy from the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the CIA. It was the day before Helms was to meet with the CIA’s counterintelligence staff, and his old friend told him: “Remind them that no intelligence agency can for very long be any better than its counterintelligence component. And recommend that they chisel the words into the granite entrance out there.”

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Here are some new Red Thread interviews to listen to from recent days.

Hour #2 with Frank Gaffney on Secure Freedom Radio is here.

On with Janet Mefford Today here.

On with Matt Bracken, guest-hosting for Alex Jones, here.  

 



It is Quarterly Fund-Raising Week at Gates of Vienna, indispensable chronicle of the counter-jihad and other battles to defend Western Civ, such as it is (do please donate here). That means we are treated to ruminations by the Baron and Dymphna, both of whom have the finest minds and a store of humanity, wisdom and wit to draw upon. The theme of this fund-raising week is GoV's fifteen-year-history. Baron writes: "Each day Dymphna and I have grabbed hold of one part or another of the elephant of what we’ve been doing for the past decade and a half, in an effort to provide some insight into how we got where we are now."  

Yesterday, Dymphna grabbed hold of American Betrayal, which now comes attached with The Red Thread. Let me explain the GoV connection.

Readers of American Betrayal may recall --...

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