Stephen Miller, Trump’s policy advisor

“I think [Miller] is an American nationalist, but that doesn’t mean he is a racial nationalist… I do not think he is a white nationalist,” Spencer said. “Stephen Miller would never be alt-right at the time, or probably now too.”
However, Spencer, who was a history graduate student while Miller was an undergraduate, said that the two of them had worked to bring white-nationalist writer Peter Brimelow to campus together, something first reported by Mother Jones.
The two lost touch around five years ago, Spencer now says. And Miller disavowed Spencer last year, telling The Daily Beast about Spencer’s claim of mentorship that “his comment is totally false and obviously ludicrous… I strongly condemn his views.”

via The Troublemaker Behind Donald Trump’s Words – The Daily Beast

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What I saw at the Women’s March

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The Women’s March on Washington was the yuge-est, most bigly protest I’ve ever seen.

The atmosphere at the march reminded me of the blackout in NYC, 2003 – lots of people crowded in the streets after some inexplicable disaster, trying to figure out what to do next. Since the government and the politicians had proven to be useless,  we collectively decided to take care of ourselves.

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Hopefully, Americans can keep this collective-yet-independent spirit going.

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Other observations:

  • There were very few signs for Hillary or Bernie.
  • Participants were definitely opposed to Trump, but they also seemed to be disappointed by politicians in general. The most popular chant was “This is how democracy works.”(as in, rule by the people, not politicians)

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It was a very polite crowd. People were respectful to the cops. I didn’t hear one mention of ‘safe spaces’

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  • One enterprising capitalist was selling leftover Trump flags, saying “you can burn them.”

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  • I didn’t hear any of the speakers, but saw their videos later on.  I liked Scarlett Johansson’s speech best, Ashley Judd’s rant was whacked – wish I’d heard Alicia Keys’ music.

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  • The Washington DC and Baltimore area tried to prepare for the crowd, but there were many, many more people than they expected. Trains were packed, and they had to add more trains to the usual Saturday route.

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My predictions:

1. A Left-leaning group will form, something equivalent to the Tea Party in that it represents one party’s beliefs without supporting that party’s old guard political power.

2. The opposing side will cherry-pick the worst examples of this movement to try to portray them as extremists, but the movement will still gain strength.

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Unfortunately, the Tea Party led to Trump. It would be good for the Left to to figure out why that happened, and to avoid creating yet another demagogue-wannabe. Right now, we already have more of those than we can handle.

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Trump’s Targeted Campaign

On the day of the third presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, Trump’s team blasted out 175,000 distinct variations on his arguments, mostly via Facebook. The messages varied mostly in their microscopic details, in order to communicate optimally with their recipients: different titles, colors, subtitles, with different images or videos. The granularity of this message tailoring digs all the way down to tiny target groups, Nix explained to Das Magazin. “We can target specific towns or apartment buildings. Even individual people.”

via Trump Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself | aNtiDoTe Zine

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Innocent-looking US Charities that help Fund Terrorism

One example worth investigating is the Gaza-based Unlimited Friends Association for Social Development (UFA). At least eight prominent U.S. charities and, apparently, the taxpayer-funded United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are supporting this Palestinian group. A close examination of UFA shows that it is closely aligned with senior Hamas leaders, provides cash to the families of so-called martyrs in the Gaza strip, and promotes virulent anti-Semitic rhetoric.

UFA claims to “provide relief, emergency and developmental services to marginalized areas and people in need.” And it probably does. Its social-media pages show happy children playing in the sun, buildings constructed, and food packs distributed. But UFA operates with the political support of senior Hamas figures. And the support of Hamas means the support of a genocidal terror group that has pledged to eradicate Jews across the globe, that throws its political opponents off rooftops, oppresses women and homosexuals, fires rockets at Israeli schools and homes, and uses Palestinian children as human shields to advance its murderous cause.

UFA regularly collaborates with Hamas officials. In 2014, envisioning the “right of return” for Palestinians, it organized a ceremony at which the guest of honor was Mustafa Sawwaf, a prominent Hamas minister. Sawwaf had argued in the Hamas newspaper Al-Risala that “Israel’s disappearance is a necessity [according to] the Koran — that is a truth that we have learned and that we have been teaching since the first intifada, which was the Palestinian people’s first step toward ending the usurpation of Palestine by the Jewish gangs.”

via How American Charities Fund Terrorism :: Middle East Forum

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Yes, the Saudi government helped the 9/11 terrorists

Though much is still redacted, they also show the Saudi government’s ties to the hijackers and other al Qaeda suspects were so extensive that the FBI’s Washington field office created a special squad to investigate the Saudi angle.

But this special focus on Saudi Arabia occurred belatedly, only after the 9/11 attacks, “due to Saudi Arabia’s status as an American ‘ally.’ ” Astoundingly, investigative resources were not dedicated to Saudi involvement in financing and supporting terrorism prior to 9/11.

The explosive information was locked up in a top-secret, highly secured room in the basement of the US Capitol for the past 15 years, ostensibly to protect the Kingdom from embarrassment. (The Post helped get the declassification ball rolling with the December 2013 piece, “Inside the Saudi 9/11 coverup.”)

That means for 15 years, 9/11 victims and their families have been denied by their own government critical evidence they’ve sought to sue the Saudi government for responsibility in the death of their loved ones.

It also means Washington has misled the American people about foreign sponsorship of 9/11. For 15 years, we’ve been told that al Qaeda acted alone, with no state sponsors. We were led to believe that 15 Saudi nationals who barely spoke English received no help while in America; that they operated in isolation, like visitors from outer space.

It was all a monstrous lie.

FBI files show Saudi agent Omar al-Bayoumi provided “substantial assistance” to Saudi hijackers Khalid al-Mihdhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi after they arrived in San Diego in February 2000. Hazmi was the leader of the cell that attacked the Pentagon, while Mihdhar was one of that cell’s muscle hijackers. The two even stayed at Bayoumi’s apartment, working out in his gym.

At the same time he was aiding the hijackers, Bayoumi was getting large salary increases from a Saudi defense front company tied to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, where he worked as a ghost employee. Another alleged Saudi intelligence officer who handled the hijackers, Osama Bassnan, worked closely with Bayoumi.

via Yes, the Saudi government helped the 9/11 terrorists | New York Post

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The Saudi connection linking the Boston Marathon to September 11 – World – Haaretz.com

Back in the early 1990s, Chechnya and neighboring Dagestan became a stronghold in the Caucasus region for the radical stream of Sunni Islam, Wahhabism. Mosques and madrasas were opened; training camps for young combatants were established to prepare them for the “jihad against the infidels.” Until this day, the teachings of Said Buryatsky, a charismatic, Wahhabist radical, are among the most downloaded files in Chechnya.
This radical Islamist movement was founded in the Arabian Peninsula and adopted by tribes that founded a kingdom in the 18th century that later became Saudi Arabia. This puritan, aggressive movement is considered by orthodox Muslims as heretic. Many approached it with suspicion and rejected it, but the situation changed once the “black gold” began to flow from Saudi Arabia’s soil. Thus the Wahhabists gained their much-wanted recognition, and began to send money to religious institutions around the world, including in Chechnya and Dagestan.
In addition to the money that began to emanate from Saudi Arabia in the late 1980s, “preachers” began to travel the world as well. Scholars, religious figures, and jihadist combatants trained in battles against the Soviets began to spread. One of them was Ibn al-Khattab, the well-known military commander of Saudi-Jordanian descent, who was killed by Russian forces in March 2002.
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via The Saudi connection linking the Boston Marathon to September 11 – World – Haaretz.com

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Isis fighters complaining of ‘Saudi nepotism’ on group’s waiting list for suicide bombers | The Independent

“Those Saudis have got things sewn up, they won’t let anyone in, they are letting their relatives go to the front of the line using blat (connections),” he reportedly told Chatayev.

British militants who reportedly died in suicide missions in Iraq appear to have had no such problems.

via Isis fighters complaining of ‘Saudi nepotism’ on group’s waiting list for suicide bombers | The Independent

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