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§8. Notes on Trial and Error, January - December 2019
The year 2019, the last covid-free year, brought the nearly two-year-long investigation by Special Counsel Mueller and his team of 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents and intelligence analysts to an undramatic end (no collusion), consigning petabytes of spy-data, hundreds of FBI interviews, millions of dollars paid by the DNC for the writing and distribution of one salacious dossier, forensic analyses of data streams, and incalculable time spent on solemn testimony to Congresss and Courts -- consigning all this to the trash-bin. This monumental effort to revenge the 2016 electoral defeat could not be allowed to languish in vain.
Accordingly Trump Derangement Syndrome pivoted to Ukraine. This was already familiar territory to politicians of both parties who had used that poor country to transfer U.S. foreign aid and military assistance funds to themselves. Since the 'Maidan' joint CIA-State regime-change op of 2014, Ukrainian oligarchs had funneled billions of dollars to themselves, while cutting in helpful interference-runners like the Biden, Pelosi, Romney, Schiff, and other families. Rudy Giuliani had solid evidence on these activities from Ukranian witnesses and bank wire-transfer documents. Surely the party couldn't be over so soon! So when President Trump called newly elected Ukraine President Zelensky to request cooperation on finding out whether Joe Biden when Vice President exerted pressure to have the Ukranian prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, fired, to force discontinuation of investigation into payments to Biden's son Hunter as a Burisma Board member, Schiff characterized this as an improper 'demand'.
Yet the senior Biden had actually boasted publicly about forcing Shokin out:
Nevertheless Trump's call triggered a new revenge mission. Impeachment occupied the fourth quarter of a year which registered 3.5 percent unemployment, the lowest in 50 years, record low unemployment for all ethnic groups, the highest median income on record, U.S. energy independence for the first time in 67 years, and an economy revived by de-regulation and new investment.
Two separate investigations found that the FBI had falsified documents and submitted deceptive applications for FISA warrants: DOJ Inspector General Horowitz's Report, and internal DOJ documents released, as required, to Flynn defense lawyer Sidney Powell, recommending that all charges against Flynn should be dropped. In addition, Special Counsel Durham began his review of the basis for the FBI's having launched a counter-intelligence investigation of President Trump in the first place. If, as was likely, the FBI's basis was the same old discredited Steele dossier financed by the DNC, that would undermine the Bureau's claims of objectivity and nonpartisanship (not to mention its 'higher calling').
As 2020 approached with record-high incomes, record-low unemployment, and energy independence, re-election of President Trmp by an overwhelming margin looked certain. But two blips appeared on the horizon that were to dominate the looming election year. Although the Constitution grants only State Legislatures the power to make and change election laws, the Governor of Pennsylvania took it upon himself to vastly expand mail-in and absentee balloting. And in November 2019 the first cases of SARS-CoV2 appeared in Wuhan China. Hardly anyone realized at the end of 2019 the enormous significance that changes in election laws, in tandem with a lab-engineered virus, would have in the years following, and beyond.
On the way to belated recognition of the pathogen as an engineered bio-weapon, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its sidekick the World Health Organization (WHO) cycled through numerous fictitious origin stories. These included bats, pangolins, and snakes as host animals, with fanciful explanations of how a virus might have jumped from one species to another. First a lot of people got sick and died, then we learned the virus had a particular affinity for human endothelial cells that line passageways and organs, then it became clear this was not only a respiratory illness. At the same time, the CCP did its best to cover its tracks, destroy patient records, stop publication of the virus genome, silence doctors, prevent outside inspection, hoard supplies of masks and ventilators, and censor unauthorized research -- strange behavior for anyone interested in learning where the virus had come from and endeavoring to stop it from spreading. But CCP officials knew where it came from -- their own bio-weapons researchers at the the Wuhan Virology Institute.
But that was not the end of the story. Going further back in time brought the discovery that Shi and her associates in the Chinese bio-weapons group had help form an unlikely quarter -- the United States and its National Institutes of Health. If a bat virus had a hard time leaping over the species barrier from bats to humans, why not help it with a few snippets of SARS-1, a few snippets of AIDS, something to latch onto human endothelial cells with (a spike, say), and anything else to increase its virulence? Whatever their intentions, with generous U.S. NIH largesse and technical assistance from another bio-weapons lab at the University of North Carolina, they ended up with a bio-weapon in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party and military. Like much else that came to pass as this decade drew to a turbulent close, this too had its origins at the beginning of the century, when the NIH patented the disease it had helped to engineer.
While a deadly pandemic terrified the American populace, State Governors quietly changed election rules, to vastly expand mail-in balloting, allow ballot harvesting and trafficking, loosen voting qualifications, increase the numbers of purported absentee voters, enable 'black-box' computerized vote tabulation and compilation, and extend deadlines for compiling final vote-counts. These changes, already well-advanced before the pandemic struck, and later justified by the pandemic and its attendant business closures and meeting-bans, effectively determined the outcome of the 2020 vote-count.
By the time the spy agencies, investigators, and impeachment accusers admitted they were mistaken about Russia conspiring with a presidential candidate and elected president, it didn't matter anymore. Illegal snooping, fabrication of false evidence, lying to the secret FISA courts, striking down innocent individuals with overbearing prosecutions, media manipulation and censorship -- all were swept away by a new emergency.
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