By Robert Willmann
It is deja vu all over again. Around 1692-1693, in Salem in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, numerous people were charged with witchcraft, an accusation that was an abstraction. The situation produced the term “witch-hunt”, which remains in our vocabulary today. The term aptly describes the attempt to remove president Donald Trump by more than one means, including an effort by the appointed Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, which effort was disguised as an investigation of “interference” by the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election. In that investigation, Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.), who had briefly been Trump’s national security advisor, was threatened with a criminal charge of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), if he did not plead guilty to making false statements during an unrecorded interview with agents of a federal organization called the FBI.
And now, Thomas Joseph Barrack, Jr. — a self-made, accomplished man and friend of Donald Trump — is charged with crimes including violating FARA and making false statements to the FBI . As a result of his arrest, he has resigned from the Board of Regents (Board of Trustees) of the well-known University of Southern California (USC), where he has been on the board since 6 June 2012, and where he went to school, graduating in 1969. He has resigned from the real estate oriented company he founded in 1991, Colony Capital, Inc., which was listed on the New York Stock Exchange (CLNY) and became DigitalBridge Group, Inc. on 22 June 2021 with NYSE ticker DBRG. From August 1994 to September 2007, he served on the board of Continental Airlines, Inc., one of the largest passenger airlines in the United States, including as a member of its Corporate Governance Committee, Executive Committee and HR Committee. Starting in January 2014, he was on the board of Carrefour S.A., a French retailer which is one of the largest in the world. From June 2001 until 2019, he was on the board of directors of First Republic Bank, which he also helped stabilize in 2010, and which by the end of 2019 was the 17th largest bank by deposits in the U.S. He has been on the board of directors of one of the largest property companies in Hong Kong called Kerry Properties; and on the board of Korea First Bank; and Aozora Bank in Japan. And there have been others.
This arrest is the signal that the deep state is going to go after the Trump administration hard for corruption related to UAE, Saudi Arabia and other Gulfies. This corruption was blatant and openly reported on, but usually no one in Washington gets prosecuted for taking Gulf monarchy money.
Hunter’s laptop, what’s that? The Biden institute, what corruption is no one talking about?
I wish Mr Barrack luck, he’s going to need it in a justice system which looks more and more like it is run by Lavrentiy Beria.
The Department That Calls Itself Justice has degenerated into a vehicle for partisan & vengeful political theater. Barrack’s indictment is lawfare purely designed to terrify Trump & his associates into submission. The show trials of the 1/6 ‘insurrectionists’ are no better. Here the aim appears to be to throw more red meat to the already hysterical mob, thereby reinforcing the insurrection myth.
Ron Paul has an excellent piece up on the case of Paul Hodgkins whose sole ‘crime’ was to peacefully enter the Senate and take a selfie. In sentencing Hodgkins was described by Special Assistant US Attorney as a “terrorist”. The sentencing memo admits; “The Government … recognizes that Hodgkins did not personally engage in or espouse violence or property destruction.” It goes on; “we concede that Mr. Hodgkins is not under the legal definition a domestic terrorist”. But, it concludes by saying that he should be considered a terrorist because his actions occurred during an event that the court is “framing…in the context of terrorism”.
So there you have it. Collective punishment for being in the wrong place at the wrong time is now the law, you don’t even need to commit a thought crime. How much more of this are the America people going to take?
“the already hysterical mob…”
What mob are you refering too? There has been no retaliation against antifa, BLM or any elected officials by anything on the right that can be described as a mob.
I was referring to the folk who believe the propaganda that 1/6 was “the worst attack on our democracy since the Civil War” and that Trump supports are the domestic equivalent of the Taliban. Salem level mass hysteria is what the Dems are trying to achieve with this witch hunt and a good proportion of the American public seem to be swallowing it.
Update re Lavrentiy Beria style justice for the January Sixers:
“You would not arrest [someone] then gather evidence later. That’s not how this works.”
If this treatment does not meet the definition of a political prisoner I don’t know what does.
This Viciousness in Victory has a very third world aroma to it, and can be very habit-forming as they in the third world have found.
The Left does not seem to realise that while Trump may be gone, Trumpism is very much alive and well and will return in a future iteration of Executive government. It’s adherents by then will be far more proficient and practised at government, and will be ready to exert a far greater degree of viciousness unless curtailed by good leadership.
“Chilling Effect” machinery activated.