First, I’m guessing Twitter will move to shut me up for good. So watch this space. I may be starting my own Rojava news service. Also watch my Face Book account Tawan Ceng (“War Crimes”) exposing Afrin war crimes. I’m cross posting to that site.
Here is why Twitter’s management should all see their own attorneys.
This is a page from Manafort’s recent superseding indictment. See para. 39.
So the Manafort case proves that the US government says that, if you should be registered and willfully fail to, your money derived from your actions are proceeds of a specified unlawful activity with implications for US criminal money laundering statutes and RICO.
How could Twitter managers be required to register under FARA?
First, Twitter’s major area of revenue growth has been in its foreign sales. A country with a controlled press, like Turkey or Russia, could be proven to have all business in the political arena media as government controlled. I believe it will be easy for the FBI and NSA to make the connection between Turkey’s MIT and Twitter’s pro-Kurdish account takedown activities. They probably already have.
So the key is to prove Twitter is an agent of a foreign principal that engages in propaganda, or as the statute was amended to call it “political activities.” Once established, Twitter and its management have to register under FARA.
Under FARA: “agent of a foreign principal” means—
22 U.S. Code § 611(FARA).
So if Twitter’s Turkish sales force responds to a “request” by Turkey through the sales force to limit pro-Kurdish account activity, it is engaged in political activities in the US and Twitter and possibly all its management must register under FARA.
Michael Flynn’s case proves that taking money from Turkish government affiliates to influence American political discourse requires registering under FARA. Shutting down the Kurdish accounts while being un-registered is a FARA violation. Once that is proven, all the money derived from Turkey becomes evidence of money laundering that is also a RICO predicate offense. See 18 U.S. Code § 1961(1) (racketeering activity definition includes section 1956 laundering of monetary instruments).