Day 320: Fascism, With Profit Thrown In

The Trump administration already has lots of fascist elements sprinkled into their policy positions.

From the Muslim ban, to the wall, to the gaslighting of the press, to the aggressive, hate-fueled demonization of anyone who opposes their desire for more money and power, it would be correct to classify this Bundy Bunch as oligarchic.

These moves have been terrifying, from a personal and political standpoint. But few things have scared me more than the news the Intercept broke yesterday which is straight out of 1939 Deutschland.

Erik Prince, who you might remember from his earlier career committing war crimes or his later career committing treason, has teamed up with (I kid you not) Oliver North, who you might remember from his earlier career illegally selling weapons to Iran and then using the profits from those weapons sales to fund a civil war in Nicaragua.

So, what are these two crooks cooking up? According to the Intercept, they’re soliciting Trump donors for seed money to start an SS style intelligence operation that would be private and report to Trump and current CIA director Mike Pompeo. Pompeo allegedly is in support of the proposal.

So, what kind of intelligence work would these off-grid folks be doing? Let’s take a look at a quote from the story for some insight on what dirt they might dig up:

“Maguire (another project collaborator) told at least two people that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, in coordination with a top official at the National Security Agency, authorized surveillance of Steven Bannon and Trump family members, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump. Adding to these unsubstantiated claims, Maguire told the potential donors he also had evidence McMaster used a burner phone to send information gathered through the surveillance to a facility in Cyprus owned by George Soros.

Amyntor employees took potential donors to a suite in the Trump Hotel in Washington, which they claimed was set up to conduct ‘secure communications.’ Some White House staff and Trump campaign supporters came to refer to the suite as ‘the tinfoil room,’ according to one person who visited the suite. This account was confirmed by another source to whom the room was described. “John [Maguire] was certain that the deep state was going to kick the president out of office within a year,” said a person who discussed it with Maguire. ‘These guys said they were protecting the president.’

Maguire and others at Amyntor have boasted that they have already sent intelligence reports to Pompeo.”

It’s completely insane, but also terrifying if these individuals are already go-to sources from Pompeo, who is not only the current leader of the CIA but also a partisan hack.

This is exactly how the SS started: with a group of blind, evil loyalists performing security, surveillance and paramilitary operations extrajudicially for an evil man. Make no mistake about it: Erik Prince and his associates are deranged lunatics who have floated for-profit regime change in other countries. There is no reason why they wouldn’t do the same type of work in America: their only principles are money and power.

The company that Prince and North keep may start with digging up unflattering dirt on Trump’s enemies, but they must be stopped before going any further.

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