We Lost. Putin Won. For Now.

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The day after the 2016 presidential election, I began writing about the cyber war that Putin won. There was no solid evidence of such a war. The president of the time, Barack Obama, did not admit defeat. Yet look at the anguish in his eyes. No one in electoral politics talked of war. Hillary Clinton, the woman who should be president, did not announce a cyber conflagration.

There was no 72-point headline in the NY Times. No outcry from the Senate floor. No. There was silence and retreat. Obama rushed off to Germany and conferred with Chancellor Merkel. Hillary and Bill wore their enigmatic purple and she left us with this plaintive entreaty:

This loss hurts. But please, please

never stop believing that fighting

for what’s right is worth it.

It’s always worth it.

And we need you to keep up these fights

now

and for the rest of your lives.

Obama and Clinton went dark for months after the election. Occasionally, there was a tweet or public appearance. But in what is a noticeable departure from historic politics, neither the former POTUS or the former candidate were seen on news shows. There was no review, no references, no polite invites, no regard for their political capital. In effect, their names were black-listed and their accomplishments erased.

Instead, the media bombarded us with the image and sound of the ignorant, degenerate chump who squats in the Oval Office. Mentions of Clinton or Obama emanate from the mouth of this buffoon – and they are always, always negative. We know this.

None of this proves a cyber war in which Putin won. None of this proves a fixed election. But we must notice silence. And circumstances.

The smart people know this. But the smart people are yelling from the fringes. They have been kicked out of government or silenced or fear for their job in government.

The news organizations are trying. Mostly it is print journalism keeping us informed. But cable news hosts are discombobulated and cute, partisan and just plain stupid. The smart people were kicked out long ago when broadcast news became some ratings-based mix called infotainment. If you want smart, you wait up late for Rachel Maddow or even later for Christiane Amanpour. If you want TV journalism, watch the BBC or check out France24.

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And just as it has taken American media over a year to openly call Trump a liar and a racist, it may take another year for it to declare his treachery. And I doubt they will pronounce Hillary Clinton’s name with respect until she is dead. Hillary Clinton – the woman who is the legitimate President – is treated as anathema. How Putinesque.

Out of this mix of silly rhetorical questions and hysterical Breaking News comes a fresh agent – citizen journalists – people like Sarah Kendzior and Julia Davis. They know Putin. These citizen journalists keep a sharp eye on events that matter; they draw holistic circles and point to logical outcomes. They ring warnings. They will be our life lines.

Putin won. I know because our government, those men and women whose job is to protect us, are instead placing us in peril. I know because Donald Trump still occupies the White House.

Putin won by cyber derring-do – the planting of malware in our critical infrastructure and defense systems. We are at his mercy. We are prisoners of his cyber war. There may be kompromat but really – that sounds more like a placating possibility than a genuine threat. The person in the White House throws tantrums and Congress is silent. Their obeisance to this frothing child is not about the base. It is not about blackmail. It is a bargain. The terms of surrender. Let him do as he wishes or else…

It seems really simple to me: remove those who place us in danger. And yet, doing so may put America in far greater danger.

Still, I wake every morning with hope.

I hope that a shadow team is working feverishly to thwart that malware and divert power grids to a new and impenetrable system.

I hope that our intelligence community is feeding Putin misleading and diversionary intel while safekeeping the necessary secrets.

I hope that General Mattis stands ready to do what he must, whatever that may be.

I hope our allies are still our friends, and they are in this fight with us, exerting their influence in unseen ways.

I hope we make it through this tunnel. I hope we wise up. I hope there is no violence (Trump would love bloodshed).

I hope we read the words of Hillary Clinton and understand. She knew the real identity of Trump, and she knew what America would face. We are there, now.

This loss hurts. But please, please

never stop believing that fighting

for what’s right is worth it.

It’s always worth it.

And we need you to keep up these fights

now

and for the rest of your lives.


I wrote most of this post in the days following 11-8-2016. I didn’t publish it for two years because it seemed off the charts, wildly improbable and likely to be dismissed as fringe hysteria. And mostly because I did not want to admit it is true.

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How I Would Save America

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My rescue plan is based on the premise that Vladimir Putin (and his agents) launched a cyber attack on the United States in the Fall of 2016.

The attack encompassed major servers for nearly every major online website, the White House, Department of Defense Cyber Division (DC3) and significant power grids throughout the country. It’s likely that some aspects of the intelligence community, specifically the FBI, was also compromised. This was no less than a full-scale war via the Internet.

Putin won.

The consequences: President Obama surrendered. Hillary Clinton lost. And Putin’s puppet Donald Trump was installed as POTUS.

As cyber warfare, the malicious takeover of the entities named above (and likely many more) remains in effect. We as a country are at the mercy of Putin and the threat of any number of dreadful possibilities: killing the internet, shutting down power grids in Los Angeles or New York, cutting off communication between air traffic controllers and commercial airlines, freezing our military arsenal and removing our ability to respond to a physical attack.

With this as the current status of the country, my rescue plan is narrowed down to those areas of Putin influence.

Here’s what I’d do. All actions must be done simultaneously and without warning.

  1. Institute martial law in Washington, DC under the aegis of General “Mad Dog” Mattis.
  2. All members of Congress, their aides, staffers and visitors would be placed under protective custody. Specific foreign diplomats would be placed under protective custody.
  3. Both chambers of Congress and all federal offices with command and control capability would be hermetically sealed. These structures would be scanned for eavesdropping devices and any such devices would be destroyed.
  4. The White House would be sealed. Every member of the Executive branch, the Cabinet, aides, support staff, family members and visitors would be placed under protective custody. This includes the president and his family, the vice president and his family and all other members of the Executive branch.
  5. All electronic devices would be removed from the above people and selectively replaced with secure devices. All devices would be forensically examined for any hostile influences (malware, suspicious communications from suspicious characters, etc.) and cleansed/purged/deleted or destroyed.
  6. At the same time, pre-designed solutions to thwart Russian malware would be implemented. Malicious agents would be effectively countered and/or removed.
  7. While all this occurs, our military cyber command would be on high alert, prepared to digitally attack the Russian command structure, communications framework, and infrastructure with the assistance of our allies.

This coordinated response must be shrouded in extreme secrecy. There are government actors at the highest level who are complicit in the Putin takeover. Any knowledge of this counter attack  – even a hint of it – must be walled off, and upon completion, these individuals must face the consequences of their betrayal.

I am no expert when it comes to cyber warfare or malicious agents or subterfuge or the capabilities of DC3. My plan surely has deficiencies. It sounds ludicrous to some, like anarchy to others, but many will nod their heads in agreement.

We were attacked. We are collectively prisoners of war. The rules have changed. Our survival is at stake. We have to fight. This is the essence of resistance.


I started this post a year ago, and like many of my blog articles, it was difficult to complete. I am exhausted with the assault that is Donald Trump and the rapid disintegration of this great idea of democracy.

Ohio Special Election Hits Pause

Republicans are celebrating. Democrats are cautious. No major media outlet is declaring a winner and neither is the Ohio Secretary of State.

Ohio’s 12th District Special Election is in pause mode.

The race between Democrat Danny O’Connor and the Trump-annointed Troy Balderson (R) hinges on 5,048 absentee ballots and 3,345 provisionals in a squeaker that should cause a collective shiver among Republican National Committee members. Continue reading “Ohio Special Election Hits Pause”

Rosie Crushed it: Day 22 at the Kremlin Annex

Manafort Trial Day 5 Preview

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The prosecution is crafting a seamless, fact-based case against Paul Manafort, using his own financial team and tomes of documents to prove his guilt.

This is trial number one for Manafort, who ran the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016. At stake is his own freedom, all his property, even a life insurance policy, stripping both he and his family of the wealth and comfort they have enjoyed for years.

Day 5 could include damning testimony from Rick Gates, who worked for Manafort during his illegal dealings in Ukraine and has knowledge of the alleged money laundering schemes and bank fraud named in the 32-count indictment. Continue reading “Manafort Trial Day 5 Preview”

Manafort Trial Day 4 Preview

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MANAFORT ASSOCIATE AND TRUMP CAMPAIGN AIDE RICK GATES. Gates, who is cooperating with the Special Counsel, was a member of the Trump transition team and may testify on Day 4 of the Manafort trial.

This could be a newsworthy day, as the prosecution has hinted Rick Gates could take the stand.

The former deputy of Paul Manafort and Trump campaign official has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the Special Counsel. His direct testimony could nail Manafort, particularly if it is backed up by documentation. And Mueller’s team has plenty of evidence. Continue reading “Manafort Trial Day 4 Preview”

Manafort Trial Day 3

During the opening two days of the Paul Manafort trial, the Special Counsel has questioned nine of the 35 people on its Witness list.  The prosecution is moving ahead of schedule, and plans to complete its portion of the trial sometime next week.

Today, the prosecution is likely to conclude its questioning of contractors and retailers and could move into the more convoluted financial dealings of the plaintiff.

The following persons on Mueller’s witness list have yet to take the stand and may appear today. None of the witnesses granted immunity have testified.

CONTRACTOR/RETAIL

  • Darin Evenson – Airnb
  • Irfan Kirimca – NY Yankees
  • Kevin LaPorte – Florida contractor
  • Joel Maxwell – Big Picture Solutions, Inc.
  • Michael Regolizio – New Leaf Landscape Maintenance

IDENTITY UNCLEAR

  • John Day
  • Melinda James
  • Paula Liss
  • Morgan Magionos
  • Peggy Miceli
  • Renee Michael
  • Stacey Sullivan

FINANCIAL/ACCOUNTING

  • Hesham Ali
  • Phillip Aycliff
  • James Brennan*
  • Donna Duggan*
  • Cindy LaPorta*
  • Amanda Metzler
  • Conor O’Brien*
  • Dennis Raico*
  • Taryn Rodriquez
  • Gary Seferian
  • Michael Welch

FORMER EMPLOYEES

  • Richard Gates
  • Alex Trusco

* Granted immunity