John Brown – Abolitionist Hanged for Harpers Ferry Attack


On December 2, 1859, abolitionist John Brown was hanged for leading the failed raid on Harpers Ferry.

Brown’s plan was to raid the federal armory at Harpers Ferry. He would use the weapons stolen to arm slaves so that they may revolt and free themselves.

The raid didn’t go well, Brown and his men were either killed or captured. Brown was tried and convicted of treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia, the murder of five men, and inciting a slave insurrection.

It’s righteous to take the right position when it’s not popular with the capitalists.

Learn more about John Brown on wikipedia.

Michael Flynn Guilty Plea Statement

Michael Flynn entered a guilty plea in the Robert Mueller Trump/Russia investigation today. The most interesting aspect of this story is Flynn’s acknowledgement that he’s cooperating with Mueller investigators.

Flynn and his son were looking at felony convictions.

In his statement, Flynn said, “My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country.”

Statement by Lt. General Michael T. Flynn (Ret.)

After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of “treason” and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.

December 1, 2017

Paul Manafort Arrest Warrant

Paul Manafort arrest warrant filed in The United States District Court for the District of Columbia on October 30, 2017.

Charges

18 USC 371 Conspiracy Against the United States
18 USC 1956(h) Money Laundering Conspiracy
31 USC 5314 and 5322(b) Failure to File Reports of Foreign Agents
22 USC 612, 618(a)(1) Acting as an Agent of a Foreign Principal Without Registering
22 USC 618(a)(2) False and Misleading Statements in Documents Furnished to the Attorney General under FARA
18 USC 1001 False Statements
18 USC 2 Aiding and Abetting Causing and Act to be Done

Paul Manafort Release to PSA’s High Intensity Supervision Program

Paul Manafort “Release to PSA’s High Intensity Supervision Program” filed on October 30, 2017. Manafort was given home confinement, except for meeting with attorneys, court, medical emergency or religious services. Manafort is not to travel outside the DC-area. He must check-in by telephone every day.

Paul Manafort Appearance Bond

Paul J. Manafort, Jr. “Appearance Bond” filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia on October 30, 3017.

Manafort was released on a $10 million unsecured bond.

Georgia Deletes Election Results

The state of Georgia destroyed all of the ballots from the last election – digitally. Today, Georgia’s attorney general announced the attorney general’s office will not defend government officials suspected of wrongdoing.

When that voting data was destroyed, along with it was the evidence of possible Russian hacking. Georgia’s election system has been under fire for being antiquated and not secure.

It’s not inconceivable that one or more of Georgia’s government employees, officials or politicians could give a Russian hacker, or hackers, a backdoor into this antiquated system. Then all the people in Georgia have to do is look the other way, the GOP candidate wins, delete the data and evidence of the crime. Boom, you just stole and election.

We may never know the answer.

Who Is Paul Manafort?

Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort (Source: AP Photo)

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was indicted this week on several serious felonies in connection with Russia’s manipulation of our democratic processes to benefit Trump and harm his opponent Hillary Clinton.

Manafort, 64, was born in New Britain, Conn. His grandfather, James A. Manafort, immigrated from Italy in 1907. James founded the construction company New Britain House Wrecking Company. It was later renamed Manafort Brothers Inc. in 1947. Paul was named after his father, a World War II veteran and the mayor of New Britain from 1965 to 1971.

New Britain is about a 2-hour drive from New York City.

Before Manafort started his long career working for strongmen and thugs, he corralled delegates for the Republican party.

In 1976, Manafort worked for President Ford as a delegate hunter in eight states. Between 1978 and 1980, he worked for the Ronald Reagan campaign and Manafort was a deputy political director for the Republican National Committee. Manafort also worked as a political advisor for the George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole presidential campaigns.

But it’s Manafort’s lobbying career that made him his millions. In 1980, Manafort and Roger Stone and Charles Black, Jr. started Black, Manafort & Stone. Manafort worked for that firm until 1996 when he joined Richard Davis and Matthew Freedman to form Davis, Manafort and Freedman.

As an aside, Roger Stone was recently, permanently banned from Twitter for, among other things, calling CNN New Anchor Don Lemon a cocksucker on the social networking platform.

As a lobbyist, Manafort’s clients included, Philippines Ferdinand Marcos when he was the president of the Phillipines, Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaïre, and the governments of Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Kenya. These clients made Manafort’s firm one of the top five lobbying firms receiving money from human-rights abusing regimes in the Center for Public Integrity report “The Torturer’s Lobby.”

In the mid-1990s, Manafort was caught up in the so-called Karachi Affair. For work Manafort did with Edouard Balladur in the 1995 French elections, approximately $200,000, Manafort wasn’t paid directly. For some reason, he was paid through a friend, Lebanese arms-dealer Abdul Rahman al-Assir, using middle-men fees paid for by arranging the sale of three French Agosta-class submarines to Pakistan. That’s the Karachi Affair.

In the 1990s, Manafort was paid $700,000 for work in Pakistan intelligence to spread disinformation about the threat of terrorism in the country. For this job, Manafort pretended to by a CNN reporter and interviewed three Indian government officials.

In the late 1980s, Manafort ran some sort of HUD scam that netted him more than $300,000.

It was 2004 when Manafort started working for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Manafort was a political advisor for Putin’s buddy Viktor Yanukovych. The United States government opposed Yankovych because of his close ties to Putin, but that didn’t stop Manafort from advising him.

From there, Manafort got deeper and deeper in with with Russian oligarchs. In addition to some real estate deals, Manafort was awarded a $10 million annual contract with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to promote Russian interests in Europe and the United States. That was in 2005.

Over the years, millions of dollars has flowed in and out of Manafort’s hands via shady banks and questionable financial transactions. Some reports show that when Manafort took the job as chairman of the Trump campaign, he was $17 million in debt to Russian oligarchs.

In February, hacked text messages from Manafort’s daughters’ phone appear to show that his daughters believe their father was implicated in murders while working in Ukraine, according to Politico story.

The hacked text messages from his daughters’ phones show that at least one believes her father was involved in the death of demonstrators in Ukraine. In one messages his daughter writes that his “strategy that was to cause that (2014 Hrushevskoho Street riots), to send those people out and get them slaughtered”