In a Hawaii USDC, defendant is moving to disqualify the prosecutor claiming that her attorney Abbe Lowell got her to plead guilty and finger Elliot Broidy because Lowell feared he was a person of interest in another case. @Maddow

“While the events underlying this motion are intricate and complex, the
conspiracy to coerce Ms. Davis was quite simple at its core.
Either shortly before or at least during the negotiations that resulted in Ms.
Davis’ coerced guilty plea, her then-attorney, Abbe Lowell, learned that he was (at a minimum) a “person of interest” in—and at least potentially the target of—a criminal investigation being handled by the very same prosecutors with whom he was negotiating a plea deal on behalf of his (now-former) client, Ms. Davis.”

What the Russia-Turkey relationship may mean to the war to defeat Daesh and to the survival of democratic Northern Syria.

Ukraine has occupied the news and our outrage for months. Putin’s murderous admitted plan to commit genocide in Ukraine leaves the US and its SDF/AANES partners in Syria in a very difficult position.

You may recall that Putin’s agent in the White House betrayed the Kurds in 2018 when Mike Pompeo plotted with Putin’s three sanctioned intelligence chiefs to reach an agreement that permitted Erdogan to deploy the Turkish army embedded with terrorists, including ISIS and Al-Qaeda, to conduct ethnic cleansing of Kurds, Ezidi (also Kurds) and Christians in Afrin.

Then in 2019, when Erdogan threatened to attack our forces and Trump, who receives cash from Turkey via his Trump Towers, surrendered much of the rest of Kurdish northern Syria to Turkey. I believe this was likely in exchange for cash funneled through Trump Istanbul. With Turkey moving in to attack, it appeared ISIS prisoners would be released from prison and all the advances against ISIS would be reversed. You may recall Mattis and McGurk quit and abandoned by the US, the democratic ANNES and its SDF defense force cut a deal with Assad and Russia to stop the planned Turkish genocide in exchange for allowing Assad and Russia access to the NE.

For the past three years, Russia and Turkey have patrolled areas of NE Syria ostensibly to keep Turkey from attacking our partners. There is a still a small US force in the East. Ukraine is much simpler battlespace. It’s basically Russia vs Ukraine. But in NE Syria there are US, Regime, Russian and Turkish forces in an area still at risk from a variety of terrorist forces including ISIS and and Turkey’s affiliated Al-Qaeda forces. There are few constants that can be relied on in this mix other than these: Turkey is allied with the terrorist and Russia and Assad claim to be fighting the terrorists but in reality give them space to remain a threat to the Sunni population that far outnumbers the Assad Alawite base and keeps the Sunnis from asserting their majority rights. And in the middle of this mess is the US and its SDF partners in the war to defeat Daesh.

Now we are about to see Turkey putting on a face that it no longer will allow Russian overflights to reach Syria but still allowing Russian flights full of tourists and businesses to continue to do business with Turkey. To demonstrate who Erdogan really is, we just witnessed Turkey moving shipload of pillaged Ukrainian grain to Turkey from the Sea of Azov. Erdogan is without morals and will play all sides believing that his role in NATO gives him license to violate sanctions. So what comes next?

What I fear is that the Turkish move to stop overflights is just a fake. Erdogan and Putin will find a way to permit Erdogan to finish off Assad’s AANES problem in the NE while looking like a loyal NATO member. President Biden will have to make a decision, just like Trump in 2019, whether to cut and run or stand up to Erdogan. What we need to do is to realize that Turkey is not a valued NATO ally. It is a corrupt, authoritarian ally of global terrorism and a Russian business partner.

If morality is not enough motivation, the oil and gas in Syria is there to be move to fill in for the Russian output loss. Besides assisting global terrorism, Erdogan wants the oil and gas in Kurdistan, not just Rojava (Syria) but also in Bashur (Iraq). Now would be a good time to stop the Turkish genocide of Kurds, Christians and Ezidis. And in doing it finally end the war in Syria and put its oil and gas on line. Also, Russia is weak and over extended. That’s when you attack.

Who is Thomas Windom, the career prosecutor Merrick Garland tapped to investigate the run up to the attack on the Capitol? He’s a person I might pick if the planning involved domestic terrorists or if the evidence comes from intelligence intercepts.

When Rachel Maddow interviewed Alan Feuer, one of the New York Times reporters who reported on the fact that the DOJ is looking at the run up to the attack, one particular fact peaked my interest. It was an off-hand comment about Mr. Windom’s background.

Mr Feuer identified Windom’s remit as whether there was criminal activity related to the January 6th attack that took place outside of the Capitol. It sounds it could cover the White House and the planning. But the fact that caught my attention is that Windom is from the District of Maryland. I immediately looked deeper at his cases and I think he’s likely got a very high level clearance that would allow him to see FISA related materials. My suspicion is based on the fact that he’s done NSA prosecutions. Not many federal prosecutors do them. And you need special clearance to see the treasure.

All of this is in addition to the fact Windom is a very experienced prosecutor. Here is a report of the 351cases that I found his name connected with on the District of Maryland CM/ECF system.

Recently, Windom has handled high-profile domestic terrorism cases like domestic terror suspect Christopher Hasson the Coast Guard lieutenant who had planned to kill politicians and media personnel. This is in addition to his recent prosecution of a former NSA employee, Nghia Hoang Pho, for mishandling classified materials.

I have reported since January 6, 2021, that in my opinion, the event at the Capitol would have lit up the DC foreign intelligence services to intercept the cell phones around the Capitol and White House like no event in history. Once those systems started to work, the folks at Fort Meade would be watching and listening. Even if we didn’t do the spying we spy on the spies and what we can grab from them is generally admissible. And if DFG is a Russian asset, as I have suspected for years, he may have made a very big miscalculation.

How the West failed the Russian people and created a monster.

How many Americans distinctly remember the night the wall fell in #Berlin? I remember it well. I was in law school. My mother was staying with my sister and her husband in their home near Nuremberg that had its own Stasi agent who vanished that night. My mother and I spoke on the phone as the wall was coming down with a shared sense of hope and excitement for the future of not just the Germans but the whole world. The future of our planet seemed bright. I had idealistic hopes for some form of assistance to the East and the states emerging from Soviet domination. The Marshall Plan the east never got. I believed it was a way to use our wealth to build democratic institutions and prepare the people to live under the rule of law rather than Soviet brutality, corruption and coercion. Like so many of my bright ideas it went nowhere. The Germans were just relieved to not have to pay for an army and believed that a capitalist system would eventually iron out the disparity between the lives of the people in the West and the newly freed East. In some sense it did work in Germany.

The strong basis of the existing free liberal democratic society was a foundation upon which the East could grow as the changes came. For other nations it would take longer but eventually the desire to be free of the Soviet empire motivated the civil societies of the new democracies to build the foundation of the free republics we now see rally to try to save one of the last victims of the failed Soviet empire. Our mistake was to not use Western capital to foster a free society in Russia. That doomed the Russians and the states on the immediate periphery of Russia to be drawn back into a Russian empire but this time the people who rose to power were not the long-term party Apparatchik with some sense of order but rather the most dangerous criminals who lived in Russia and had learned how to cheat, kill and steal better than anyone to rise to power.

Vladimir Putin rose to become the top predator who manipulated the frail and corrupt Boris Yeltsin to steal the Russian people’s future and cast them back into a system of brutality, cronyism and theft. Appendages of this growing monster reached into every western society including the US and continue to conduct criminal enterprises so intertwined with US society to seem almost impervious to our laws. In the mean time the lives of many Russians got a little better. The people in the cities had lives that were less desperate than the lives during the collapsing Soviet empire but still the compromise was political expression and a system that treated people based on laws and not cronyism and extortion. For the majority of Russians in the vast nation, life remained hard. Few have indoor plumbing and little hope of a prosperous future for themselves and their children. The reports of the pillaging Russian soldiers in Ukraine are testament to the harshness of life for them in Russia. Desperation mixed with envy to breed cruelty. The result is an incompetent army that only murder and rape defenseless civilians and loot their belongings shocked that an average person in Ukraine might own a laptop. This did not have to be. So what now?

I don’t see any hope that the Russia crime state will voluntarily change. Its culture of corruption and brutality is in total control and won’t voluntarily relinquish its grip. How could the Russian people not know how much better life is in a free society? It’s because they are fed only a diet of lies in well orchestrated state propaganda that like the Soviet times blames the west for all their woes. They survive in a nation in the stark vastness that is not seeking democracy but only to be able to climb a little higher on the economic ladder than the next guy unaware what a liberal democracy would bring to all members of society not just the lucky ones in the cities and the ones who do the bidding of their Oligarch masters. They adopt the mentality of serfs who accept their lot to serve the Oligarchy.

Ukraine posed no security threat to Russia but it was an existential threat to the corrupt Russian state. The thriving, prosperous, free democratic liberal society in Ukraine with a capital center of art, music and human kindness contrasted so starkly with the cruelty and inequality of Russian society and the Russian state monster that it could not long survive living in its shadow. The Russians would want more and the criminals who stole their economy and their futures would be exposed for the monsters they are.

The Marshall Plan that we never funded can now be employed to bring Russia back from the collapsed economy that will exist soon. For Russians to be able to travel, bank and enjoy much of the life of the free world, it has to become free. And the work ahead once Russia is defeated in Ukraine and its economy is destroyed has to include fixing the mistake we made by not demanding freedom and democracy for every Russian as the price of Russia’s acceptance as a partner in the free world.

From this tragedy a new Russia can grow where a free society like Ukraine is not a threat. Fail to do that, and this tragedy will simply be repeated and the monster will return.