20210424

"The Great Collapse" by Jean-David Benichou

by Jean-David Benichou, President, ElNet France  (Translated from original French)

The decision of the
Court of Cassation sinks the foundations of the French Republic.

The decision that concludes that the murderer of Sarah Halimi, a mother of 3 children, an exemplary citizen, in her sixties, murdered in the greatest violence, because she was Jewish, by a black Muslim, thirty years old, a multi-recidivist, idle, inveterate consumer of cannabis since the age of 16, on the grounds of an acute delirious crisis, alters the founding principles of our country , starting with the principle of equality.

Equality?

This promise that ornate the pediment of our institutions, it is that of the equality of all the citizens in face of the law. Why is this first principle threatened in its foundation? Well, because it is enough to consider a reverse scenario. A black mother, Muslim, exemplary, savagely murdered by a white Catholic in his thirties, often condemned, unemployed, drug addicted since his adolescence and who kills with the cry of "Jesus is our savior, I killed the Evil One". This horrible crime, which would have made millions of French people take to the streets in revolt against racial violence, committed in the name of a perverted faith, a crime with an odious colonial flavor, of a blond man on a brunette, of a Catholic on a Muslim woman, this crime, would it have left the choice to the supreme magistrates , to say that in law, well no, this murderer is not criminally responsible because he was a victim of an acute delirious state at the time of committing the act?

Sarah Halimi  and alleged murderer, Kobili Traore

Everyone will make their own opinion, but it is plausible to believe that in such a case, facing the risk of the nation's conflagration, the judges would not have taken the decision to analyze the law restrictively. They would have, rightly, interpreted the law to make it conform to its essential objective of maintaining peace and civil order and would have said, logically, that the deliberate use of drugs cannot be a mitigating circumstance because it deliberately causes an alteration of the discernment, and that of course, this man must be judged for his crime and condemned by a popular jury.

Freedom?

There is only public freedom because there is an implacable justice that is imposed on all.

The right to life is inseparable from the condemnation of homicide. This was not the case for a long time when the law of the strongest prevailed and the weakest were exterminated.

Murder is even the only reason why the law has long given justice the right to condemn to the death penalty. Its abolition has been replaced by a very long period of deprivation of liberty, sometimes until the death of the condemned.

But when the perpetrator of an established anti-Semitic crime escapes judgment for a reason whose basis is hidden in the meanders of the law's unspoken words, when high magistrates lose themselves in the exegesis of the Letter to the detriment of the Spirit, then we witness the collapse of that other republican looter who bears the name of Freedom.

For how can we prohibit when we no longer sanction? How can we guarantee public liberties if we absolve the most despicable criminals of their responsibility? And above all, if drug use is now a mitigating circumstance, how many retrials can we expect?

Is that Fraternity?

Our country is going through its most serious identity crisis. The 55,000 cathedrals, churches and priorities of France are emptying, while the 3000 mosques are overflowing and the 300 synagogues are depopulating.

Instead, we carry in our hands digital temples that level the culture with stories, destroy the critical spirit, abolish the nuance and atrophy the curiosity. When science becomes a conspiracy and a conspiracy a revealed truth, when belief prevails over knowledge, is it any wonder that this Brotherhood explodes, that a man kills his neighbor because he sees at his place symbols contrary to his own faith, that a hysterical man beheads a professor and that a murderer is declared irresponsible because he was stoned during his crime?

What a tragedy to see the resurgence of obscurantism in the land of enlightenment.

President Emmanuel Macron reacted with celerity. Taking note of the judgment and its unbearable consequences, he asked the Minister of Justice to undertake without delaying a text to reform the legal status of criminal irresponsibility. It should be recalled in this look that on January 8, 2020, Senator Nathalie Goulet had already filed a bill in this sense ...

In the absence of bringing the family of the deceased a reparative trial, may this legislative change bear the name of Sarah Halimi so that we never forget that the ultimate objective of the law is to protect the weak and the minorities by depriving the strong and the majorities of any impunity.

For it is the determining condition for society to live in freedom, equality and fraternity and for the foundation of the Republic to remain solid."

 - Jean-David Benichou,  President Elnet France. www.elnetwork.eu
(courtesy of Larry Hochberg)

20210413

A.D.L. exec, Greenblatt's smear to fire Tucker Carlson blows-back; Republican Jews call to fire HIM & return agency to battling anti-Semitism

Mark Levin calls to replace ADL boss for Democrat-
politicizing of the agency, which imperils Jewish people
Radio host, Mark Levin and Dov Hikind (founder of Americans Against anti-Semitism) came to the aid of Fox News host, Tucker Carlson, accusing A.D.L's Jonathan Greenblatt for repurposing the anti-Semitism-combating organization - to serve as hatchet-man for Democratic Party (and his former boss, ex-Pres. Barack Obama) whom Mr. Levin claims is anti-Semitic and anti-Israel.

Mr. Hikind exposed the situation in his video on the subject. "Ever since a member of the Obama administration, Jonathan Greenblatt took over as leader of the ADL, their stance on racism and anti-Semitism has been politicized. The latest example is Greenblatt's call to oust the highly popular, conservative voice, Tucker Carlson. His crime (according to Greenblatt)? Using the word "replacement" when describing Democratic efforts to shift the electorate in their favor. Yes, there is a white-supremacist conspiracy-theory called "the great replacement" but that's about minority-races replacing the white race. Tucker Carlson spoke about non-citizens being brought in large numbers so they dilute the voting power of all citizens regardless of color. 

Mr. Greenblatt's attack on Tucker is nothing but a politicized witch-hunt - meant to neutralize another prominent conservative."


Mr. Greenblatt appeared on CNN's "Reliable Sources" with Brian Stelter to allege Tucker Carlson's remarks about "replacement" theory were a dog-whistle to white supremacists. Greenblatt called for Carlson's firing in an ADL letter to Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott on April 9, 2021.

Transcript from Mark Levin radio program where he excoriates Greenblatt and calls for his dismissal: April 12, 2021

0:04  "So the head of the anti-Defamation League, who is a leftist, who served on the Obama White House staff - who was a disastrous appointee to that position - accused Tucker Carlson essentially of either being a white supremacist or repeating far- right, white supremacist language. They called for his immediate removal by Fox News. Immediate removal. So I feel compelled -  and he's not the only one. There's another group that came out to the piling- on it started. I don't know Tucker well. But I know a sleazy CEO at the anti-Defamation League when I see one.

0:55  What Tucker Carlson said about the Democrats trying to influence the demographics in this country so that they can create more Democrat voters is a fact - is a fact! And if Mr. Anti-Defamation League is worried about anti-Semitism, he should have looked at his former boss, Barack Obama, and the men he surrounded himself with - (Rashid) Khalidi, among others.

Mark Levin Show audio player

1:28  The most anti-Israel president in the history of the State of Israel. And I accused Obama, at the time, of being an anti-Semite more than once - and I still believe he is! The fact that secular Jews are self-hating Jews, in my humble opinion, back people who are hostile to the State of Israel and hostile to the Jewish community is a problem. Like the mayor of New York, targeting Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. Like the governor of New York, targeting Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn. While Black Lives Matter, and Antifa, and other Marxist organizations are marching around (without masks)  attacking cops, attacking innocent civilians, burning, looting. While the Orthodox Jews are trying to have funerals and weddings, and celebrate various holidays - that should tell you all you need to know. So immediately this this buffoon, this lowlife, Brian Stelter, brings this clown Greenblatt on his program, when he further smears Tucker Carlson.

2:40  And so they try to bring all these parallels that aren't parallels at all. They aren't parallels at all. That Carlson's comments echo the "great replacement" of the largely white populations in the Western countries with non-white immigrants. You know, it's an amazing thing . . . the Democrats Obama used to say this (and others, Biden too)  that by 2044, thereabouts, white people will be the minority, whereas minorities will be in the majority collectively. They're the ones who keep talking about this.

3:20  There is no rational explanation for what's going on on the southern border. Except for the fact that the Democrats want more and more people to come into this country, eventually give them amnesty, legalization, citizenship, because I can assure you if people coming into this country were voting two-thirds or three-fourths Republican, they (the Democrats) would be the first to have a wall. The widest, tallest wall on the face of the earth.

3:50  Tucker Carlson is not talking about a "replacement theory" (a white supremacists' tenet, we're told) that "the white race is endangered by a rising tide of non-whites," writes  Greenblatt.  What we're talking about, Greenblatt, you left-wing kook, is what you're DOING!  Is what you are doing!  And if people actually point it out - if people actually mention it, then they must be part of the Klan. They must be part of the neo-nazi movement. Or they're just part of the "systemically white-racist" movement.

4:35  The vast majority of the American people oppose what's going on on the southern border today, including the vast majority of minorities, including the vast majority majority of Latino Americans living in these communities.  Including one of the congressman who represents one of these communities. Greenblatt doesn't live down there. His ass is in New York!

5:00  That's a fact. our immigration laws are being violated. What's going on in the southern border is inhumane at the hands of Joe Biden and his party. Little girls are being raped, drug kingpins are making a fortune. We've got more fentanyl crossing the border than any time in our history. Greenblatt doesn't talk about any of that, because it is Biden in the democrat party or mistreating around people. It is they are doing it and it's fine with his early racist past in the 1970s.

5:42  So they they try to, you see, they try to do their Alinsky tactics on a guy like Carlson. Because they truly are of that mindset - this neo-Marxist mindset I've been talking about. Target somebody, personalize it. And that's exactly what they're trying to do.

6:04  "How dare you speak up about what's going on on the southern border? How dare you speak up about what the Democrats are doing and what the media are doing? Brian Stelter never moved his fat ass to the (south border) southern border to see what's going on. He would never, never get out of a cafe in Manhattan to see what's going on.

6:31  Everybody knows Tucker Carlson is no Klansmen or white supremacist or neo-nazi. So you see the viciousness of the hard Left. And I am calling on the the Anti Defamation League to fire Jonathan Greenblatt!  He has brought his left-wing, kook, Obama politics to the Anti Defamation League! He's undermining their job - which is to call out true anti-Semitism! Not as some free-wheeling commentator for CNN and MSNBC. Absolutely outrageous!  

7:16  Meanwhile, Joe Biden actually doesn't even care what the hell is going on on the southern border, but this is what they do on the Left, you see? President (Trump) of the United States -  the most pro-Israel president since Israel has been in existence. Has (an Orthodox) Jewish daughter, son in law and grandchildren, and they paint HIM to be an anti-Semite! Who do you think this (Greenblatt) jerk voted for Biden, and Biden has actually surrounded himself with anti Semites!  Biden's policies with Iran and the Palestinians are all anti-Israel!  He's got one kook after another advising him. But this jerk Greenblatt doesn't say a word about that! Because they're HIS friends! This jerk Greenblatt sits on his mouth while the Iranians are running wild, getting support from the United States for the back door. This jerk says nothing while the Palestinians are going to get money without any obligation to not use it for terrorism! That's Greenblatt who needs to resign! Greenblatt!

8:29  And what's this other group? Hold on here, let me - there's so many left wing groups I'd say what's this other group here? Let's say (give me a second). Oh, then we get a write up from The Intelligencer, the national, New York Magazine - another crap, left wing magazine. Jonathan Chait - another a-hole, quite frankly. When Nazis marched in Charlottesville in 2017 they chanted, "You will not replace us." And some more clarifying Jews will not replace us."  The terrorists who gunned down . . . and he goes on. So in other words, Tucker Carlson is like the Nazis, and the Klansmen in Charlotte. Now this creep, Jonathan Chait knows that's not true. There's not any evidence whatsoever in  Carlson's background - nothing! Nothing. But this guy's a punk! He never speaks up against the anti-Israel policies of his OWN party! Tommy, did he demand the resignation of (Rep. Rashida) Talib? Did he demand the resignation of (Rep. Ilhan) Omar? Did he demand the resignation of (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez) A.O.C. and the other, anti-Semite Jew haters in the Democrat party? Not once! Not once!"

Dr. Charles Jacobs, president of Americans for Peace and Tolerance in Boston, discusses whether liberal, Jewish leaders affinity for the (now leftist-hijacked) Democratic Party (and enmity against "Trump'ers" and Republicans) inhibits them from seriously defending Jewish people against anti-Semitism from the Left - and among the Democratic Party. 



Dr. Jacobs references an occasion where he felt the A.D.L. he called-in, dropped-the-ball instead of challenging new anti-Jewish curriculum in a liberal, suburban Boston school district. He posits how the ADL, today under Mr. Greenblatt, endangers Jews by choosing to dwell on white-supremacist anti-Semitism while refraining from confronting Black and Muslim anti-Semitism. Dr. Jacobs joins the calls for Mr. Greenblatt to be replaced.

20210227

Soviet-whistleblower, Ion Mihai Pacepa, 92, wrote the book on Disinformation: Recognized Democrat abuse of it domestically

Romanian intel liason to KGB, Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa
The passing of Ion Mihai Pacepa, 92 an authentic, Communist practitioner of the "disinformation" (which Democrat gov't and social-media officials create, but divert to cancel critics). 
 
"Death of a Defector: Ion Mihai Pacepa, Rest in Peace" by Paul Kengor

A leading Cold War defector who exposed communist disinformation from a unique vantage point. Naturally, liberals preferred to ignore him. By Paul Kengor (published in American Spectator Feb 24, 2021).

On February 14, 2021, the world quietly lost one of the most intriguing, enduring figures of the Cold War. He was Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, 92, the highest-ranking Soviet Bloc official ever to defect to the United States.

Throughout the 1970s, Pacepa had been arguably the top official in communist Romania, behind only the insane and vicious dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. He served Ceaușescu in numerous capacities, including as intelligence chief and liaison between the brutal Securitate and the KGB. He knew where bodies were buried.

After yet another request by Romanian goons to bloody his hands, Pacepa had enough. One day in the summer of 1978, he slipped into the U.S. embassy in West Berlin while on routine business for the Romanian madman who was his boss. He said he wanted to defect. He was hustled out in a late-night flight to the United States — a country he came to love.

Gen. Pacepa revealed how KGB fomented anti-Israelism
to exploit militant Islamism as their political tool
“It was noon when the U.S. military plane bringing me to freedom landed at the U.S. presidential airport inside Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington, D.C.,” he later told our mutual friend David Kupelian. “It was a glorious, sunny day outside…. I had an overwhelming desire to dance around in a jig all by myself. I was a free man! I was in America! The joy of finally becoming part of this magnanimous land of liberty, where nothing was impossible, was surpassed only by the joy of simply being alive.” He continued, “On that memorable day of July 28, 1978, when I became a free man, I fell to my knees and I prayed out loud for the first time in more than a quarter of a century. It took me a while. It was not easy to find the right words to express my great joy and thanks to the good Lord. In the end, all that I asked for was forgiveness for my past, freedom for my daughter and strength for my new life.”

Forgiveness and freedom. And yet, Pacepa was never totally free. He was a wanted man, hunted by the Romanian government.

Once in the United States, Pacepa lived in undisclosed locations, dodging a $2 million bounty placed on his head by his homeland. Communists officials were enraged when Pacepa in 1987 published (via Regnery) his shocking memoir of the Ceausescu era: Red Horizons: The True Story of Nicolae & Elena Ceausescu’s Crimes, Lifestyle, and Corruption. (The book was reviewed with highest praise by Michael Ledeen in the April 1988 issue of The American Spectator.) Hit squads were dispatched to assassinate him. They never found him. And ironically, Pacepa’s grisly account of Nicolae and his equally cruel and crazy wife Elena would be used as evidence for their conviction and execution by a firing squad of Romanian citizens on Christmas Day 1989.

Pacepa long outlived the Ceaușescu menace. Now, over four decades after the brutal regime began targeting him, Pacepa’s life has ended. He died at the age of 92, a victim of COVID-19.

I never had the pleasure of directly meeting Pacepa, given that he was always in hiding, though we emailed frequently for years. He went by the name “Mike,” the Anglicized version of “Mihai.” He had at least two aliases that would pop up sometimes when I got emails from him. His email address was cryptic, starting with an upper-case letter and followed by seven numbers and then @aol.com. I’m tempted to share the email address here publicly, but doing so would offer no great value. Besides, I never had permission from him to share his email address publicly.



I often got his emails in response to my articles here at The American Spectator, of which he was an avid reader. He and I even co-authored a piece, “Obama’s Sword and Shield,” for The American Spectator in May 2013 (he also did a piece for this magazine in June 2009). Pacepa was a fan of this publication.

I believe Pacepa first reached out to me in 2010, when I published my Cold War tome, DupesPacepa was cited a number of times, particularly for his disturbing insights into how easily communist officials were able to manipulate gullible progressives in the West. That was a subject that troubled and perplexed Pacepa; it fascinated him but also nagged at him. He had seen it from the Truman years through Vietnam and still into the 21st century.

“They were like putty in our hands,” said Pacepa of the ability of Western liberals to be duped by communists, from the “strong leftist movements [in Western Europe] that we secretly financed” to the vast amounts of disinformation cooked up and spoon-fed to Western liberals who gobbled it up.

Consider Vietnam: “During the Vietnam War,” said Pacepa, “we spread vitriolic stories around the world, pretending that America’s presidents sent Genghis Khan-style barbarian soldiers to Vietnam who raped at random, taped electrical wires to human genitals, cut off limbs, blew up bodies and razed entire villages. Those weren’t facts. They were our tales.” (Recall a young John Kerry’s 1971 Senate testimony.) They were lies. Nonetheless, said Pacepa, millions of Americans “ended up being convinced their own president, not communism, was the enemy.”

According to Pacepa, it was the odious Yuri Andropov, then head of the KGB, who conceived this dezinformatsiya campaign — that is, disinformation campaign — against the United States. The Soviets devoted exorbitant spending to that cause. “Vietnam,” Andropov told Pacepa, had been “our most significant success.”

Pacepa read my book and was very pleased to see that I had focused upon what he judged one of the most significant but under-reported and least understood phenomena of our times: the cynical but remarkable power of disinformation.

In fact, it turned out that he was writing a book on precisely that subject and by that very name: Disinformation. He and co-author Ron Rychlak published the book in 2013 through WND Press, and they asked me to write the foreword (former CIA director James Woolsey wrote the introduction). It was a landmark book that everyone ought to read. It will indelibly impact the way you view history and current affairs.

That groundbreaking book exposed the KGB disinformation schemes against figures like Pope Pius XII (the smearing of Pius XII as “Hitler’s Pope” was begun as a mass Soviet disinformation campaign launched by a Radio Moscow broadcast in 1945) and Cardinals Stepinac and Mindszenty and Wyszyński, as well as the duplicity of groups like the World Peace Council and World Council of Churches. 

The material on the Soviet promulgation of the insidious Protocols of the Elders of Zion conspiracy is an awakening. 
The authors chronicled Andropov’s anti-Zionism campaign, support of Islamic terrorism, and promotion of virulent anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism among Middle East Arabs.

By 1978, the Soviet bloc planted some 4,000 agents of influence in the Islamic world, armed with hundreds of thousands of copies of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion (and military weapons). Militant, atheistic communism sought a handmaiden in militant, jihadist Islam, with extremist Muslims exploited by Soviet manipulators. They promulgated not only acts of terrorism but egregious acts of “diplomacy” like the infamous UN Resolution 3379 declaring Zionism a form of racism.

Pacepa revealed how many vicious myths created by communists have been unwittingly adopted by mainstream historians and journalists. He said the very handbook on Soviet/communist dezinformatsiya opened with this in capital letters: “IF YOU ARE GOOD AT DISINFORMATION, YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH ANYTHING.”

Pacepa would see these patterns in modern American “journalism,” though it wasn’t always clear if duped American journalists were wittingly or unwittingly spreading disinformation (or “fake news,” to use a modern term). Often, they simply believed what they wanted to believe — just as the Kremlin knew they would.

Beyond Disinformation, Pacepa wrote a number of fascinating works, including a remarkable 2007 book on the Kennedy assassination, titled Programmed to Kill: Lee Harvey Oswald, the Soviet KGB, and the Kennedy Assassination. Pacepa believed that the Soviets were involved in early steps leading toward or helping to precipitate the assassination. He argued that Oswald had been recruited by the KGB when he first entered the Soviet Union. Over the next two years, however, several things complicated the picture. By 1962, once Oswald was settled in Texas, Khrushchev (allegedly) changed his mind about killing Kennedy. Consequently, claims Pacepa, “the KGB tried to turn Oswald off.” It was too late.

"Disinformation" co-author, Ron Rychlak, presented this biography of Pacepa at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC in January, 2014 (courtesy of World Net Daily):

For the record, this theory of Soviet involvement is disputed by Kennedy assassination investigators and by the Warren Commission, but this much we do know: Moscow did its damnedest to direct eyes of suspicion elsewhere. The Kremlin blamed the Kennedy shooting on (as Pacepa put it) “racists, the Ku Klux Klan, and Birchists.” Pacepa confirmed that the KGB had a thorough, ongoing disinformation campaign to blame the Kennedy assassination on domestic elements in the United States. He reported that on November 26, 1963, Soviet General Aleksandr Sakharovsky landed unannounced in Bucharest and met with Pacepa and other high-level members of Romanian intelligence and leadership. This was his first stop in a “blitz” tour of KGB “sister” services in the Communist Bloc. “From him,” recalled Pacepa, “we in the DIE [Romanian intelligence] learned that the KGB had already launched a worldwide disinformation operation aimed at diverting public attention away from Moscow in respect to the Kennedy assassination, and at framing the CIA as the culprit.” Nikita Khrushchev himself, said Sakharovsky, wanted it made clear to the sister services that “this was by far our first and most important task.” They circulated rumors that “the CIA was responsible for the crime” and that Lyndon Johnson and the “military-industrial complex” had been involved.

The effort would be called Operation Dragon. It became, said Pacepa, one of the most successful disinformation operations in contemporary history. Pacepa pointed to Hollywood film director Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie, JFK, which blamed the Kennedy assassination on a cabal that included the CIA, Lyndon Johnson, and the military-industrial complex. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards.

There are so many intriguing items like this from this intriguing figure that was Ion Mihai Pacepa. I could go on and on. One more item of interest to readers here:

The scourge that is Liberation Theology has rotten roots. Those roots go back not only to twisted Jesuit theologians in Latin America in the 1970s but, according to Pacepa, to the KGB. Pacepa went so far as to claim that Liberation Theology was created by the KGB. “The movement was born in the KGB,” stated Pacepa unequivocally, “and it had a KGB-invented name: Liberation Theology.” He said that “the birth of Liberation Theology” came from a 1960 “super-secret Party-State Dezinformatsiya [Disinformation] Program” approved by Aleksandr Shelepin, then-chairman of the KGB, and by Politburo member Aleksey Kirichenko, who coordinated the Communist Party’s international policies. The program “demanded that the KGB take secret control of the World Council of Churches,” which was based in Geneva, and use it “as cover for converting Liberation Theology into a South American revolutionary tool.”

Again, I could go on. The late Lt. Gen. Pacepa knew a lot.

Ion Mihai Pacepa died on February 14. Fittingly, he passed away at an undisclosed hospital in an undisclosed location somewhere in the United States. There was no official announcement.

The loss of Mike Pacepa is a loss for many, especially his beloved wife and family. It is also a loss for history and contemporary understanding of certain events. He shared with us gems of information and even disinformation. Perhaps most helpful of all, he warned us not only about what to believe but what not to believe.


Paul Kengor is professor of political science at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa., and senior academic fellow at the Center for Vision & Values. Dr. Kengor is author of over a dozen books, including A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism, and Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century.