MCCAIN WANTED DIRT ON TRUMP FROM FOREIGN SPY…

Shortly after the election,John McCain (right) was attending a conference in Canada and spoke with a ‘former senior western diplomat’ who knew of the dossier’s existence. That man was Sir Andrew Wood. He issued a nuanced explanation of his dealings with McCain: ‘I would like to stress that I did not pass on any dossier to Senator McCain or anyone else and I did not see a dossier at the time.’ He did not deny alerting McCain to its existence

By NIKKI SCHWAB, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER

Sen. John McCain said he did ‘what any citizen would do’ in turning over the dirty dossier, which contained unconfirmed secrets about the president-elect, over to the FBI.

The Guardian charted the path of how the dossier came to be and how it was that McCain got his hands on the controversial documents.

The story of the dossier began with an investigative firm in Washington, D.C., being tapped by one of Trump‘s primary allies to dig up some opposition research on the Republican hopeful.

Aide: Sir ANdrew Wood was Tony Blair’s ambassador to Moscow until 2000 

In turn, that firm outsourced the research to a ‘retired western European former counter-intelligence official, with a long history of dealing with the shadow world of Moscow’s spooks and siloviki (securocrats),’ explained the Guardian.

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal identified the ex-spy as Christopher Steele.

By the time the contractor had started digging, Trump’s primary opponent had dropped out. But the firm found a Democrat who wanted dirt on the now Republican nominee instead.

The Guardian pointed out that just because a Democrat was willing to pay for the information that didn’t mean that said Democrat was Hillary Clinton‘s campaign or the Democratic National Committee.

Sometimes donors seek out this information in order to ensure they’ve made a sound investment.

The contractor, who the Guardian didn’t name, but the Wall Street Journal identified as Steele, reportedly found the information that he dug up to be concerning. He and another ex-British diplomat, Christopher Burrows, run their own company, Orbis Business Intelligence.

‘If the allegations were real, their implications were overwhelming,’ the Guardian wrote.

So over the summer he delivered the intelligence he had gathered from his Russian sources, living within the country and also in the west, to former colleagues in the FBI.

The Guardian suggested he also delivered the documents to his country’s own intelligence service.

As fall approached, and he heard nothing about any FBI investigation into the documents, he was persuaded to tell journalist David Corn, of Mother Jones, of their existence.

The veteran reporter wrote about the dossier on October 31.

The intelligence agent, the Guardian reported, was worried about an FBI cover-up, as the bureau seemed to be spending most of its time and energy on an investigation into Hillary Clinton‘s private email server.

It wasn’t until mid-November, and after the presidential election, that the chips fell in place for the dossier to make its more public way to Washington.

Report: Christopher Steele (left) and Christopher Burrows (right) jointly run Orbis Business Intelligence which produced the report

London headquarters: This is the prestigious London headquarters of the intelligence firm run by an ex-spy who authored the discredited dirty dossier on Trump

On November 18, at the Halifax International Security Forum, McCain was introduced to a ‘former senior western diplomat’ who had set eyes on the documents and knew who put them together, telling the Arizona Republican that the individual was ‘highly reliable.’ 

That man can now be named as Sir Andrew Wood, British ambassador to Moscow from 1995 to 2000.

Wood told the Independent that he had met McCain, spoken to him about Trump, and about the potential for him to be compromised.

In a carefully nuanced statement he said: ‘Yes I did meet Senator McCain and his aides at the conference.

‘We spoke about the kind of activities the Russians can be engaged in.

‘We also spoke about how Mr Trump may find himself in a position where there could be an attempt to blackmail him with Kompromat [a Russian term for compromising material] and claims that there were audio and video tapes in existence.’

He added: ‘I would like to stress that I did not pass on any dossier to Senator McCain or anyone else and I did not see a dossier at the time. I do know Christopher Steele and in my view he is very professional and thorough in what he does.’

He did not however address whether he told McCain there was a dossier – and how to get it.

Clearly, somebody did.

 
Ultimate recipient: The FBI Director James Comey was handed the document by McCain after its extraordinary transatlantic journey

Dossier of unverifiable sleaze 

Lurid sex claims

The report states that in 2013 Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on the bed of the Presidential Suite at the Moscow Ritz Carlton, where he knew Barack and Michelle Obama had previously stayed.

It says: ‘Trump’s unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished.’

Trump ridiculed the idea, pointing out that Russian hotel rooms are known to be rigged with cameras and describing himself as a ‘germophobe’.

Property ‘sweeteners’

The document states that Trump had declined ‘sweetener’ real estate deals in Russia that the Kremlin lined up in order to cultivate him.

The business proposals were said to be ‘in relation to the ongoing 2018 World Cup soccer tournament’.

Russia ‘cultivated’ Trump for five years

The dossier claimed that the Russian regime had been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years’.

According to the document, one source even claimed that ‘the Trump operation was both supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin‘ with the aim being to ‘sow discord’. 

A dossier on Hillary Clinton

At one point the memo suggests Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov ‘controlled’ another dossier containing compromising material on Hillary Clinton compiled over ‘many years’.

Elsewhere in the document, it is claimed that Putin was ‘motivated by fear and hatred of Hillary Clinton.’

Peskov poured scorn on the claims today and said they were ‘pulp fiction’.

Clandestine meetings

At one point the memo says there were reports of ‘clandestine meetings’ between Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen and Kremlin representatives in August last year in Prague.

However, Trump’s counsel Michael Cohen today spoke out against allegations that he secretly met with Kremlin officials – saying that he had never been to Prague.

It has now emerged that the dossier was referring to a different person of the same name.

From there, McCain dispatched a ‘trusted emissary’ who flew across the Atlantic to meet the source of the documents at an airport that the Guardian did not name.

The aide was instructed to look for a man with a copy of the Financial Times  and that’s how the individuals met, with the source taking McCain’s emissary back to his house and giving the American a copy of the documents.

Within 24 hours, the dossier was in Washington, though the contents of the file couldn’t be verified without an investigation.

McCain, the Guardian said, was worried that his actions might be interpreted as revenge for some of the controversial comments Trump made about him – such as knocking the fact that the longtime senator had been a prisoner of war.

However, McCain decided to hand over the documents to FBI Director James Comey on December 9.

 ‘Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the Director of the FBI,’ McCain said Wednesday in a statement about that matter.

‘That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue,’ McCain said.

BACKGROUND: WHO IS SIR ANDREW WOOD?

Sir Andrew Wood’s five years as British Ambassador to Russia coincided with the arrival of Vladimir Putin first as FSB security service chief then premier, and finally acting president.

He was in charge of the UK embassy across the Moscow River from the Kremlin during some of the most momentous and fraught times in post-Soviet Russia.

He saw the decline of the ailing vodka-soaked rule of Boris Yeltsin and the rise of ex-spy Putin, and was among the first to publicly question his second bloody war in Chechnya, an early sign of the new leader’s ruthlessness.

He also choreographed Tony Blair‘s first visit to Moscow as prime minister, briefly losing touch with the new British prime minister in the crowds on on the Moscow metro.

Known for being understated and cool under fire in his dealings with the Russians, and famed for his discretion,

Sir Andrew, now 77, represented Britain at the funeral of former Soviet first lady Raisa Gorbachev in 1999, seeing her sobbing husband Mikahil Gorbachev lean over her open coffin to give her one final hug.

A year earlier he represented Britain at the burial of the remains of the murdered last tsar Nicholas II and immediate members of his family, which had been dug from a mineshaft in a Urals forest. He witnessed Yeltsin bow his head and denounce the ‘monstrous crime’ of killing the last tsar – ‘one of the most shameful pages in our history’.

He faced several espionage scandals during his tenure from 1995 to 2000.

A Russian diplomat was caught red handed by FSB counter-intelligence officers using high-tech communications equipment to pass secrets to British ‘spies’ in Moscow.

The Russians claimed no less than nine members of Sir Andrew’s diplomatic team were involved in walking past the double agent with receiver devices to pick up coded messages he transmitted.

A furious Moscow initially demanded nine expulsions from the embassy, but in lengthy negotiations by the ambassador it was reduced to four. Britain in a tit for tat move threw out four Russians.

Sir Andrew also had to deal with the gruesome beheading of three Britons and a New Zealander in Chechnya, accused of being spies, and forced to make a confession, saying on camera: ‘We have been recruited by the English intelligence service.’

The ambassador protested: ‘It’s totally absurd, everyone knows, especially in Russia, how these confessions can be obtained. Why would our special services be in Chechnya? It’s not rational,’

Darren Hickey, Peter Kennedy and Rudi Petschi and Stan Shaw were installing a satellite communications system for British company Granger Telecom in Chechnya when they fell victim to the spate of kidnappings.

Earlier he worked with controversial tycoon Boris Berezovsky – who would in 2013 die in Britain in unexplained circumstances – to free aid workers Camilla Carr and Jon James, taken hostage by bandits in Chechnya, denying claims that a ransom was paid to terrorists to secure their freedom.

He was aware of the risk of sexual entrapment in Moscow.

In 1997 when then Home Secretary Michael (Lord) Howard – later to be Tory Party leader – visited Moscow, the ambassador expressed alarm at his sudden decision to go out in the evening unchaperoned by diplomats in a Lada car to visit a newly-opened Irish pub in the company of a British journalist.

Sir Andrew was also caught in a row over an expensive £11 million refurbishment of the then British embassy, converting it into solely the palatial residence for the ambassador, with Chancellor Gordon Brown complaining about the lavish lifestyle of diplomats.

Sir Andrew’s led trade missions to distant regions of the country – including parts of Siberia – but he also saw the 1998 rouble crash when cowboy capitalist Russia, having rejected communism, witnessing millions lose their life’s savings amid rampant inflation.

During Blair’s walkabout in Moscow, the bald mayor Yuri Luzhkov sought to muscle in on event to the evidence annoyance of press secretary Alastair Campbell who barked at Sir Andrew: ‘Break a line and cut him off. We’re off.’

Despite this uninspiring start with the new premier, Sir Andrew later worked for Blair as an advisor on Russian investment. He also witnessed the 1996 election when Reds-to-Riches tycoons intervened to prop up a visible sick Yeltsin by bankrolling his campaign in return for ownership of Russia’s most prized industrial assets.

This stopped the Communists retaking power but it was the start of the oligarch era in Russia. After retiring from the diplomat service, Sir Andrew developed business interests linked to Russia.

He became caught in controversy over Labour premier Blair’s role in helping rescue a controversial £4.2 million BP deal in Russia. Earlier Sir Andrew served as ambassador to Belgrade, and in 1989 was appointed number two at the British embassy in Washington – when he is likely to have come across John McCain.

In recent years, he has been a regular at conferences in the West about Russia. He has also expressed concern at the direction of Russia under Putin. Last month he was scathing in dismissing as nonsense Russian claims to have had nothing to do with hacking the US election.

‘Russia always denies bad news,’ he said on Sky News. The Putin regime ‘has a strong record… of this sort of behaviour’. 

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‘For high crimes and misdemeanors’: Dem Congressman submits resolution to impeach Trump

Representative Brad Sherman (D-California) has introduced a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” including obstruction of justice over the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

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The initiative, submitted to the House of Representatives, claims the president has “prevented, obstructed and impeded” a federal investigation into his former national security advisor, Michael Flynn.

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Trump “sought to use his authority to hinder and cause the termination of such investigation(s) including through threatening then terminating James Comey who was until such termination the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” reads the proposed resolution.

In May, Trump abruptly fired Comey as the FBI director was leading an investigation into potential collusion between Trump’s aides and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential race.

A month later, Comey testified in Congress on the conversations he had with the president, which he said led him to believe that Trump asked him to stop looking into Flynn.

“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy,” Comey remembered Trump saying, according to Comey’s written notes of their meeting.

The conversation took place on February 14, according to Comey’s memos ‒ the day after Flynn was fired over misleading Vice President Mike Pence about contacts he had with Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

However, when asked during the June Congressional hearing if Trump “at any time” asked him to stop the FBI investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 US elections,” Comey replied: “Not to my understanding, no.”

Even though many Democrats have accused Trump of obstruction of justice, party leaders seemed reluctant to formally back an initiative to impeach him when the calls first came in May.

Currently, the only co-sponsor on Sherman’s proposed House resolution is Representative Al Green (D-Texas). 

Green was the first Congressman to call for Trump’s impeachment from the House floor in May.

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“President Trump is not above the law. He has committed an impeachable act and must be charged,” Green said in a statement.

“Our mantra should be ‘I.T.N. – Impeach Trump Now,’” he said.

Impeachment is a three-part process outlined in the Constitution. It begins in the House of Representatives, where a simple majority can vote to impeach a federal official for “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

The definition is vague and has long been debated. In 1970, then-House Minority Leader Gerald Ford defined an impeachable offense as “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.”

Once the House has voted to impeach, the issue heads to the Senate, which holds a trial. If the official in question is the president, then the chief justice of the US Supreme Court is the presiding judge, otherwise it is the vice president in his role as president of the Senate. The Senate needs a two-thirds majority, or 67 out of 100 votes, to find an official guilty and remove that person from office.

Only two presidents ‒ Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999 ‒ have ever been impeached by the House, both of which history has judged to be highly partisan proceedings. Neither was convicted by the requisite two-thirds majority in the Senate. President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, rather than go through an impeachment vote in the House.

BRITISH LAWSUIT RAISES NEW QUESTIONS OVER JOHN MCCAIN’S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE “TRUMP DOSSIER”

It’s unclear exactly when McCain got his first look at the dossier

Zero Hedge – JULY 12, 2017

In the aftermath of BuzzFeed’s release of the now-infamous “Trump Dossier,” much time has been spent speculating exactly who paid for dirt on the Trump administration and who had the opportunity to take a sneak peak at the findings before the report was passed off to the FBI.  Media reports have suggested that the “opposition research” was ordered by one of Trump’s presidential primary competitors though that detail has never been officially confirmed.

That said, a name that continues to pop up every time the dossier is mentioned is that of Senator John McCain (R-AZ), a rather outspoken and unapologetic critic of President Trump.

As a recap, for those who have manged to avoid the head trauma of this particular narrative, the dossier in question was compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and his London firm, Orbis Business Intelligence Ltd.  The intelligence produced amounted to a collection of uncorroborated reports gathered by Steele primarily from intelligence contacts he developed while working undercover in Moscow.  Provocative details relating to Trump, hookers and ‘golden showers’ in Russian hotel rooms proved explosive when they were published by BuzzFeed on January 10th, but were quickly debunked as nothing more than ‘fake news.’

But now, courtesy of a lawsuit filed by Aleksej Gubarev in the U.K., additional details are emerging which raise new questions about McCain’s links to the dossier.  As McClatchy notes today, according to a new court document filed in the British lawsuit, the counsel for Chris Steele repeatedly points to Senator McCain and a former State Department official as two of just a handful of people known to have had copies of the full document before it circulated among journalists and was ultimately published by BuzzFeed.

McCain

It’s unclear exactly when McCain got his first look at the dossier and his staff has refused to provide additional comment beyond a statement released back in January.  As a result, all we know for sure is that Steele finished his opposition research in October and Comey testified that he didn’t get a copy of the dossier until January 6th.  Precisely who saw what and when during that interim period still remains a mystery.

A McCain spokesperson declined to comment Monday on the new court document, pointing instead to a Jan. 11 statement from the veteran senator about the dossier. “Upon examination of the contents, and unable to make a judgment about their accuracy, I delivered the information to the director of the FBI,” McCain had said then. “That has been the extent of my contact with the FBI or any other government agency regarding this issue.”
In recent congressional testimony, ex-FBI Director James Comey, fired by Trump amid a widening probe, acknowledged receiving the dossier from McCain on Jan. 6. Kramer, a former State Department official who until recently served as a senior director at Arizona State University’s McCain Institute for International Leadership, declined comment.

Two defamation lawsuits — one in the United States and a second in the U.K. — have been brought by lawyers for Aleksej Gubarev, a Cyprus-based Internet entrepreneur whom Steele’s Russian sources accused of cyber spying against the Democratic Party leadership.

The dossier, without substantiation, said Gubarev’s U.S.-based global web-hosting companies, XBT and Webzilla, planted digital bugs, transmitted viruses and conducted altering operations against the Democratic Party leadership.
While one key name in the dossier was blackened out by BuzzFeed, Gubarev’s was not. He alleges that he was never contacted for comment, suffering reputational harm in the process.

In the court document, Steele’s barrister, Nicola Cain, argued that the portion of the dossier dealing with Gubarev, which came in weeks after Trump’s election and after Steele was no longer paid by his client for research, amounted to raw intelligence and was advertised as such. She did not return a call or email requests for comment.

Of course, with discovery still ongoing in both lawsuits, we suspect additional details on this narrative will continue to leak out slowly over time despite the best efforts of the mainstream media to conceal the fact that opposition research was being gathered, not just on the Clinton campaign, but on Trump as well.

https://www.scribd.com/book/353505827/2017-07-11-Trump-Dossier-Lawsuit

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Ohio man pleads guilty to conspiring to kill judge & support terrorists

Ohio resident Yahya Farooq Mohammad has admitted he conspired to give money to Al-Qaeda and later tried to solicit the murder of the US federal judge who presided over his case. Mohammad is a citizen of India who moved to Ohio 15 years ago.

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On Monday, he pleaded guilty on both counts: providing material support to terrorists and paying someone to have a judge killed.

On July 22, 2009, Mohammad traveled with two associates to Yemen to meet with notorious Al-Qaeda leader Anwar Al-Awlaki and deliver $22,000 that they had raised for the terrorist group, according to the US Department of Justice. Although they were unable to meet Awlaki in person, Mohammad and his associates ensured that the terrorist leader received the money through a courier, prosecutors said.

“The defendant conspired to provide and did provide material support to Anwar Al-Awlaki in response to his calls to support violent jihad,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Boente.

Mohammad was arrested two years ago on the terrorism support charges. While in prison in Toledo, Ohio, he told another inmate that he wanted to have US District Judge Jack Zouhary ‒ who was presiding over his case ‒ kidnapped and murdered, and that he was willing to pay $15,000 to have this carried out, court documents say.

The inmate gave Mohammad the number of an undercover FBI agent who posed as a hitman. Through a family member, Mohammad arranged for the undercover agent to receive a $1,000 down payment. When asked when he wanted the murder committed, he replied: “The sooner would be good, you know,” according to court documents.

Mohammad is expected to be sentenced to 27 and a half years in federal prison. He will be deported from the US upon completion of his sentence, under the terms of his plea agreement, the DOJ said in a statement.

The case against Mohammad’s three suspected associates, including his brother, is pending. They have pleaded not guilty.

Sunny Hostin – #TheView – Makes an ASS out her herself – #TFNOriginal

Comey memo makes Sunny Hostin look like a complete and total misinformed, big mouth liberal spouting out misinformation.

rocky balboa

I can’t even listen to these dummy cunts for half sec my ears start to bleed
whatever3210

They should go ahead and rename this show ‘The Losers View’.
Gerhard Braatz

Irrelevant, dumbass, gossiping, ignorant, bitches. What a waste of airtime and oxygen.
no views

What a total dumb cunt.
Great Owl

Dumbass house wives eat this crap up.
AtomicDog

What scares me more is the people that watch that crap actually DO believe it. I run into these people every day and it is mind numbingly frustrating to hear them repeat the same crap that has been refuted. sigh
real deal44

Sunny should be called Cloudy now!
Truckbuildercarl

Who the fuck is Sunny Hostin?
GC SAINTS 12

hey stupid I mean Sunny, Comey said he meet President Trump 3 times before the Comey Grand Standing

SENATE ANNOUNCES CRIMINAL PROBE OF LORETTA LYNCH

Senate Judiciary Committee looks into Lynch influence over FBI investigation

Infowars.com – JUNE 23, 2017

By Stephen Dinan

The Senate Judiciary Committee has opened a probe into former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s efforts to shape the FBI’s investigation into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the committee’s chairman announced Friday.

In a letter to Ms. Lynch, the committee asks her to detail the depths of her involvement in the FBI’s investigation, including whether she ever assured Clinton confidantes that the probe wouldn’t “push too deeply into the matter.”

Fired FBI Director James B. Comey has said publicly that Ms. Lynch tried to shape the way he talked about the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s emails, and he also hinted at other behavior “which I cannot talk about yet” that made him worried about Ms. Lynch’s ability to make impartial decisions.

Mr. Comey said that was one reason why he took it upon himself to buck Justice Department tradition and reveal his findings about Mrs. Clinton last year.

The probe into Ms. Lynch comes as the Judiciary Committee is already looking at President Trump’s firing of Mr. Comey.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, chairman of the committee, said the investigation is bipartisan. The letter to Ms. Lynch is signed by ranking Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and also by Sens. Lindsey Graham and Sheldon Whitehouse, the chairman and ranking member of the key investigative subcommittee.

Letters also went to Clinton campaign staffer Amanda Renteria and Leonard Benardo and Gail Scovell at the Open Society Foundations. Mr. Benardo was reportedly on an email chain from the then-head of the Democratic National Committee suggesting Ms. Lynch had given assurances to Ms. Renteria, the campaign staffer, that the Clinton probe wouldn’t “go too far.”

At a Senate hearing earlier this month, Mr. Comey told lawmakers that Ms. Lynch had attempted to change the way the FBI described its probe of Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server. The change appeared to dovetail with how Mrs. Clinton’s supporters were characterizing the probe.

“At one point, [Ms. Lynch] directed me not to call it an ‘investigation’ but instead to call it a ‘matter,’ which confused me and concerned me,” Mr. Comey said during his June 8 testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude I have to step away from the department if we are to close this case credibly.”

Acknowledging that he didn’t know whether it was intentional, Mr. Comey said Ms. Lynch’s request “gave the impression the attorney general was looking to align the way we talked about our investigation with the way a political campaign was describing the same activity.”

Mr. Comey said the language suggested by Ms. Lynch was troublesome because it closely mirrored what the Clinton campaign was using. Despite his discomfort, Mr. Comey said, he agreed to Ms. Lynch’s language.

Andrea Noble contributed to this story.

‘Liberal, politically correct culture leaves West vulnerable to acts of terrorism’

If we are not calling terrorism what it is, extremists like ISIS or radical Islamists will use Western liberal values of political correctness against it, Jennifer Breedon, international criminal lawyer and expert in extremism, told RT.

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The FBI is investigating the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in the US state of Michigan as a potential terror attack.

RT discussed this attack with Jennifer Breedon, an international criminal law attorney and expert in extremism studies.

RT: The FBI said the suspect shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he carried out the attack on the police officer. Why did it take so long for the authorities to say the stabbing is being investigated as a terror attack?

Jennifer Breedon: Really, we are seeing this in media outlets throughout the West, not just the US, definitely in the US, but also in Europe, we are seeing this. For example, in the Manchester attack, they called it “a balloon exploding.” And there were about three other headlines that I saw that said he just shouted “something” while he was stabbing the police officer in Michigan. And it is crazy, we have to be calling it what it is – it is a terrorist attack… but we refuse even to say that. And that is exactly what these extremists, like ISIS or their adherents or radical Islamists, are using against the West, specifically in the US and Europe – are these liberal values. We are trying to be politically correct, and we are so concerned about offending people that we don’t even tell the truth about what is happening.

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RT: The more these isolated assaults take place, the more police forces seem to be struggling with defining the reasoning behind them. In your opinion, will the latest crime wave affect our common understanding of terrorism?

JB: I think we should understand it now. There are a lot of countries where you don’t see these kinds of things happening. But you are seeing it in the West, in the more liberal and democratic societies where we are trying carefully not to offend. For the last eight years, in the US we had policies that prohibited our law enforcement from looking into religious facets behind extremist attacks. It means any kind of religious extremism wasn’t even allowed to be investigated. That’s why it is particularly in the West because of that and [the terrorists] are using that. Hopefully, we are going to see law enforcement start to notice these patterns. And because we see these stories as they come out and say, we don’t know the motivation yet. If you are connected to Islamic State, or to Islamic extremism, it is always going to be the same motivation and intent, and that is to dismantle the West. And the West has made itself a very easy target, specifically Europe and the US, by not really investigating or allowing itself to look at that for fear of offending people or offending a religion.