The biggest anticipated news about the Mueller Report has not come out, which may be another form of obstruction of justice which has happened before in history. I keep referring to the Dreyfus Affair (in French Affaire) which is on the website of the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States. It doesn’t matter if you, the reader, are Jewish, or love history, this is still about current events and the people trying to shape it.
Intelligence in Public Literature
The Lessons for CI of the Dreyfus Affair
Why the Dreyfus Affair Matters, by Louis Begley. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009), xvi + 250 pp., notes, index.
For the Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus, by Frederick Brown. (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2010), xxv + 304 pp., notes, index.
Dreyfus: Politics, Emotion, and the Scandal of the Century, by Ruth Harris. (New York: Henry Holt, 2010), xvii + 542 pp., notes, bibliography, index.
Officers new to counterintelligence (CI) and overwhelmed by the scope of what they need to learn often ask the same question: “Where do I start?” The best place might be the Dreyfus affair. The tale of French Army Captain Alfred Dreyfus, his wrongful conviction for treason, and how the argument about his guilt plunged France into turmoil is as dramatic and riveting as any true story can be. Just as important, it took place at the dawn of the modern intelligence era, when governments were forming the permanent, professional intelligence services that we know today. Its timing made the affair not only the first modern CI case, but it was also the first modern CI disaster—that is, not just an investigative and legal error, but one that spilled over from the intelligence world into the sphere of mass politics, with consequences for culture and society as well.
Is there anything new to be learned about the Dreyfus affair? More than 115 years have passed since Dreyfus was convicted of treason, and it has been more than a century since he was exonerated. With the facts of the case long settled, the archives thoroughly mined, and hundreds of books and articles published, it would seem unlikely that there is much left to be discovered or said. As the appearance of three new books within a year indicates, however, scholars still can find new ways to look at the affair and draw fresh insights from it.
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As you can see I decided to copy and paste this important lesson from the Central Intelligence Agency Library. Please make it available to others.
The F.B.I. is currently checking out Mar-A-Lago because there seems to be evidence that it is open to foreign espionage. These are the things that our nation has to do to protect us, just as the Mueller Investigation was similar to checking all people and items at our nation’s airports. Security Matters. And there is a counterintelligence agent who was in debt that started giving secrets to China. This happened under Trump’s watch, but it could have happened in any administration.
Now we can turn to another Fox News report by Sean Hannity citing the Strzok-Page Affair. I selected it to comment on because at the time of the Dreyfus Affair, the French military assumed that Dreyfus, a Jew who came from Alsace-Lorraine in France (which had just been taken from Germany after a war) and who worked in artillery was the only candidate for treason and was quickly court-martialed and railroaded through secrets passed on to the judges. The comment that Strozk and Page who were having an affair “might have” been vulnerable to espionage is not the same as that they were vulnerable to espionage. The proof of the pudding is what has happened about this Fox News broadcast since. What new news evidence is there to even support the title. As I pointed out to you, Dreyfus was considered vulnerable to espionage or counterintelligence as well. But it turned out that it was Count Esterhazy who was not connected with the artillery and who have amassed debts from gambling and who fit the profile of someone who could be persuaded by a foreign power. You have witnessed the men who have been indicted in the Mueller Investigation who were on the take for money. I have not seen any proof in the last few days that the Strzok-Page Affair did not produce anything new that was newsworthy. I will keep looking to see if other media even report it close to the way that Fox News has.
We know that Donald Trump has been cited for using a cell phone in the course of business that he should not have since that could easily result in problems as others could listen in to his calls and now once again there is news from Mar-A-Lago about the threat of espionage and the F.B.I. is investigating. This is the same F.B.I. whose reputation Trump and his supporters have been trying to destroy. Trump destroys and then Trump decides to resurrect is typical of politics everywhere, but it has been harmful. The F.B.I. is just trying to do its job.
Then we have the news that Mueller Investigation team members are critical of the Barr summary and I have been telling people in my articles that the Mueller Investigation will be made public somehow. This is just the first example of that. When the military set up Dreyfus, it required patriotic people to come to his assistance and in this case it was an army colonel who was quite anti-Semitic himself. Now that is a true definition of patriotism given the circumstances. Trump is not a patriot by that definition. If he were, he would allow a lie detector test to be administered about everything, government security, obstruction of justice, collusion, foreign policy and domestic policy decisions, and more. I am assuming that the questions submitted by Robert Mueller to Trump were answered with I do not remember which was revealed to US in Bob Woodward’s book about Trump based on inside information. And Trump does not want that to be seen nor does he want the public to see other answers and aspects of the report.
Republicans and Fox News fans must know that I did not wait for the election of Donald Trump to decide just where things were going. I detected the Dreyfus Affair in Trump and the events of the moment (unnecessary violence and violent rhetoric and general unfairness bordering on racism replacing the anti-Semitism of France in 1894). I wrote about it and even attended a Bernie Sanders rally with my book in Prospect Park far from my home. Nobody listens to me. I wrote to Jewish Republicans who allowed that status quo. It’s true that I hear from some people that Trump will be reelected in 2020. I did not say that he is going to be reelected. Any Democrat might become the cement that Trump was in 2016 holding the party together. Yes things were that bad for the Republicans and the Electoral College saved Trump. His lies also saved him in swing states.
Reminiscent of the anti-Semitic press of France is today’s press and there may well be Jews among that media as there are Jews guiding Trump on key issues that are deplorable to large numbers of Jews as well. Here is an example of the media that knew that “Mueller’s goons” were going to do something. That should also remind most Jews of Hitler’s goons and I am no Hitler’s goon type. Yes we seem to be close to civil war as even Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Democrat, has stated as she probably refuses to go for the impeachment of Donald Trump. Gabbard was in the military and she knows symbolism and patriotism, but she doesn’t know enough and this article may help her understand things much better. She could call for Trump’s resignation as I do. I really know that there are certain reasons for some or many Jews to support Trump and the Republicans, but there are some reasons that are wrong or may be wrong as well. Many Jews have been alarmed by the rise of anti-Semitism due to Trump’s rhetoric and policies and I stand tall with those people. Even among those people there are many that do not see the connection to the Dreyfus Affair. Rudy Giuliani is calling these people “sneaky” and “leakers” and you either stand with him or you stand with me. Colonel Picquart was a “leaker” who saved Dreyfus and the lawyer who passed on the information passed it on to people in government who could be trusted. Save US all!
Breaking news. Trump’s Russia victory turns sour. His report on the opiate crisis did not come out in December or at the end of the year as Americans were told. He lost the government shutdown fight and hurt our people. He will now wait a year to possibly shutdown the border which I was informed today would have meant the loss of $132 billion a day. He claims fake news about the report that Barr did not present the facts to the American people about the Mueller Report summary and I have told my readers that the report will come out. Our nation needs justice, not Donald Trump at the present time. Also Trump said that Puerto Rico was given $91 billion when in fact Puerto Rico was only given $11 billion. There is an $80 billion discrepancy here. Among other things, I think we should buy out Trump’s contract with $10 billion which would reduce that discrepancy to $70 billion and if he agrees to leave the country and live in Russia we can give him another $10 billion to do that. Keep in mind that there are Jews in Puerto Rico who have been there for many decades and there is a Chabad as well. Seriously I feel that we have to do much more to run this nation and Trump has failed. Even Republican leaders have tabled his famous repeal and replace Obama Care now until after the 2020 Election. He is so fake and so are most of the people who support him.
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Our country really in danger and things have gotten worse under Trump, even as people say he is doing a good job. This will soon be a nation where neighbor does not respect neighbor largely due to Trump’s politics. He was a big mistake and few people listened. There are lots of right-wing people in the Republican Party that probably never expected to experience the roller coaster ride that Trump is taking them on too. Much of what he has signed his name to and his executive orders could have been signed by Republicans that knew more and could have accomplished more. Any Republican could have signed his name on the tax reform. Probably Republicans would have maintained leadership over the Congress if Trump had not been in office. Even right now a Marine general has leaked information about the relief of military personnel at Camp Lejeune North Carolina and which jeopardizes the armed forces as Trump has sought to fund his wall and border operation. Marine families are being forgotten. Enough is enough! Is there a Republican rally for Marine families that should be forgotten?