Russia appears to be preparing for war as troops have lined up on the North Korea border just one day after Vladimir Putin’s nation fired a ballistic missile. A large number of soldiers were seen arriving near the Khasan crossing point between the two nations on Tuesday. Photos captured some of the troops patrolling the top of Zaozyonara Hill, a meeting point between Russia, North Korea and China. Russia is thought to be concerned at the build-up of US troops in South Korea as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un continue their war of words. Moscow has previously denied moved more troops to the border area as tensions between the US and Kim’s regime reach boiling point. Earlier this year, the movement of heavy weaponry towards the border was also caught on camera. Frants Klintsevich, the first deputy chairman of the Russian upper house’s Committee on Defence and Security, has warned that any US action against North Korea would also be seen as a hostility towards Russia due to their shared border.
In 1978, Ion Mihai Pacepa walked into the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, Germany, and defected to the United States.
At the time, Pacepa was an intelligence chief and three-star general in the Securitate, Romania’s secret police during the days of the Soviet Union.
Before defecting, Pacepa rolled in crowds that included Fidel Castro, Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev, and Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu.
With all the news surrounding Trump and Russia, Independent Journal Review wanted to know what Pacepa thought about the hot-button issue.
“The current anti-Trump campaign — including the completely unsubstantiated allegations about his Russian connection — is the result of eight years of a socialist/progressivist government of the United States.
History usually repeats itself, and if you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance to see that re-enactment with your own eyes.”
Pacepa provided some examples of what he meant by “history repeating itself”:
“In 1978, I paid with two death sentences from my native Romania for helping her people to stop thinking of government as a boon bestowed from on high, and to rid themselves of their Socialist ruler, Nicolae Ceausescu, who preached that ‘a man like me is born only once in five hundred years.’”
“Thirty years later, I saw the virus of Marxism, disguised as socialism/progressivism, and its nauseating Stalinesque cult of personality infecting the shores of my adoptive country, the United States,” he continued. “’I am the One the world is waiting for,’ proclaimed Senator Barack Obama, the Democratic Party nominee for the White House, during his 2008 electoral campaign.”
The 88-year-old intelligence chief continued:
“On Feb 7, 2009, the cover of Newsweek magazine proclaimed: ‘We Are All Socialists Now.’ That was also what Romania’s newspaper Scînteia proclaimed when Marxism transformed that country into a monument to Ceausescu.
Two years after seizing power, the U.S. nomenklatura produced the same results as Romania’s nomenklatura did — on a U.S. scale. Over 14 million Americans lost their jobs, and 41.8 million people went on government food stamps. The GDP dipped from 3.4% to 1.6%, and the national debt rose to an unprecedented $13 trillion.”
IJR asked Pacepa if he sees any merit in the accusations against Trump. He fired back, “Making the country‘s new leader a scapegoat for the country’s inherited problems might be a new phenomenon in the United States, but it is an old Russian/Soviet/ tactic known as political necrophagy in the inner circle of the KGB community to which I once belonged. From the lips of Nikita Khrushchev, I used to hear over and over: ‘Change the public image of the leader, and you change history.’”
Pacepa provided personal examples of his use of political necrophagy: “Khrushchev’s political necrophagy was launched into the world on February 26, 1956, when he exposed ‘Stalin’s crimes’ at the XXth Congress of the Soviet Communist Party in a four-hour ‘super secret speech’ that was secretly released to The New York Times. Sound familiar?”
“Although Marxism publicly proclaimed the deciding role in history was played by ‘the people,’ the Marxists firmly believed that only the leader counted,” Pacepa said. “A fish starts smelling from the head, KGB chief Yuri Andropov used to preach, and one of the main tasks of the KGB community was to make America’s head stink.”
“His KGB — and my Romanian DIE — produced thousands of fake ‘documentary’ materials portraying President Harry Truman as the ‘butcher of Hiroshima,’ painting President Dwight Eisenhower as a “shark” of the war-mongering military-industrial complex, describing President John F. Kennedy as an arrogant millionaire who thought he owned the world, and insinuating that President Lyndon Johnson was a Mafioso who had bumped off his predecessor.”
Pacepa told us that he sees Trump as a strong leader.
We asked him to provide some reasons for his view:
“After eight years of Obama’s efforts to transform the U.S. into a monument to himself, I see President Trump as manna from heaven for the United States. In my view, he is a contemporary version of John D. Rockefeller, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, and J. P. Morgan, all of whom played a large part in making the American dream a reality for millions.
“President Trump also understood that all socialism and progressivism had left behind was countries that ended up looking like trailer camps hit by a hurricane, and I have strong reason to believe that this is a lot more important for the U.S. than the fact that he is still learning the bureaucratic and political skills one also needs to be president.”
Pacepa addressed the Russia issue further. But instead of talking about Trump, he brought up former CIA Director John Brennan, who voted for the Communist candidate in the U.S. in 1980, when the U.S. was still heavily engaged in the Cold War. “In March 2013, President Obama appointed a new CIA director, John O. Brennan, who had voted the Communist ticket. In my experience, communism is a malignant tumor on the body of any country or organization.”
“This is another thing I learned during my years at the top of Socialist Romania,” he said. “Marxism, like any cancer, works silently — you can feel it only after it has spread throughout the body, and then it is usually too late. The sudden, almost overnight collapse of the powerful Soviet empire is incontestable proof to that.”
Pacepa went on to call the U.S. the greatest country in the world because of its successful “capitalist system.” But he didn’t paint a rosy picture of Russia, either.
“During the Soviet Union, the KGB was a state within the state. Now the KGB is the state. Over 6,000 former KGB officers are running Russia’s federal and local governments. Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s current Minister of Foreign Affairs, a graduate of the KGB-sponsored Institute of International Relations, is just one of them,” said Pacepa.
According to Pacepa’s co-author of the book “Disinformation,” Professor Ronald Rychlak, Pacepa believes Russian President Vladimir Putin would have also preferred a Democrat president to Trump.
With all the continued talk of Trump and the Russia conspiracy, Pacepa’s incredibly unique voice on the issue is one that shouldn’t go unnoticed.
- Oleg Erovinkin was found dead on Boxing Day in the back of his black Lexus
- The morgue in Russia has not reached a conclusion about the cause of death
- Local media is claiming foul play was at the centre of him being killed in Moscow
- It has been claimed Erovinkin is a key source mentioned in the explosive dossier
Gareth Davies For Mailonline
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Oleg Erovinkin, who served as a general in the KGB, was found dead on Boxing Day in the back of his black Lexus in Moscow
The Kremlin may have covered up the murder of a former KGB chief accused of helping ex-MI6 spy Christopher Steele to pull together the notorious dossier on Donald Trump.
Oleg Erovinkin served as a general in the KGB and was found dead on Boxing Day in the back of his car in Moscow.
It has been claimed he died of a heart attack, but an expert on Russian security threats believes he was murdered for his role in the explosive dossier.
The suspected murder victim was close to former deputy prime minister Igor Sechin, who is named throughout the leaked memo, according to the Telegraph.
Erovinkin is understood to have been an important link between Sechin and leader of the Kremlin Vladimir Putin.
Agent Steele’s dossier, which was made public earlier this month, noted how he had a source close to Sechin.
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Igor Sechin and Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured attending a meeting on January 25
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Donald Trump speaks with Vladimir Putin on the telephone in the Oval Office on January 28
He said the source had revealed alleged links between the US President’s supporters and Moscow.
At the time of Erovinkin’s death, Russian state-run RIA Novosti news agency said his body was found in a black Lexus and that a major investigation was underway in the area.
His body was sent to the morgue, which returned no cause of death, and the investigation continues.
Local media reports suggested he was killed as a result of foul play, but it was later claimed he died of a heart attack.
Christo Grozev, an expert on Russia-related security threats, wrote in a blog post, that he believes Erovinkin was Mr Steele’s dossier source.
He wrote that he has no doubt the dossier was on Putin’s desk at the time the suspected victim died.
‘Whichever is true,’ he wrote, ‘He would have had a motive to seek – and find the mole.
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Christopher Steele pictured with a female companion believed to be his second wife Katharine
‘He would have had to conclude that Erovinkin was at least a person of interest.’
The so-called dirty dossier states that in 2013 Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on the bed of the Presidential Suite at the Moscow Ritz Carlton, where he knew Barack and Michelle Obama had previously stayed.
It says: ‘Trump’s unorthodox behavior in Russia over the years had provided the authorities there with enough embarrassing material on the now Republican presidential candidate to be able to blackmail him if they so wished.’
The document states that Trump had declined ‘sweetener’ real estate deals in Russia that the Kremlin lined up in order to cultivate him.
The business proposals were said to be ‘in relation to the ongoing 2018 World Cup soccer tournament’
The dossier claimed that the Russian regime had been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting Trump for at least five years’.
According to the document, one source even claimed that ‘the Trump operation was both supported and directed by Russian President Vladimir Putin’ with the aim being to ‘sow discord’.
The report claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin himself had endorsed moves to encourage ‘splits and divisions in the West.
The dossier was handed over to the FBI in August although the information was also passed from the former MI6 agent to John McCain through an intermediary.
McCain then handed the document over to FBI Director James Comey.
Its contents were made public after intelligence chiefs apparently briefed Trump and Obama on the allegations which were circulating in Russia and elsewhere.
However, none of the claims have been proven and most are strongly denied by the President-elect.
Donald Trump’s admiration of Vladimir Putin and the tyrannical way he runs Russia is very worrying to Trump’s friend Joe Scarborough.
The Morning Joe host strongly advised that Trump to put out a statement condemning the killing of journalists and political opponents. Because if he doesn’t, his recent statements in two separate interviews over the course of the last year are even scarier.
“He’s running his country, and at least he’s a leader,” Trump said in December 2015 when asked about Putin murdering journalists and political rivals. “Unlike what we have in this country.”
“But again: He kills journalists that don’t agree with him,” Scarborough replied.
Trump then stunned Scarborough by excusing Putin’s crimes.
“I think our country does plenty of killing, also, Joe, so, you know. There’s a lot of stupidity going on in the world right now, Joe. A lot of killing going on. A lot of stupidity. And that’s the way it is.”
And just as in that interview, Trump basically repeated himself during an interview with Bill O’Reilly that aired prior to the Super Bowl on Sunday.
“There are a lot of killers,” Trump said in defense of Putin. “You think our country’s so innocent?”
And that makes Joe Scarborough wonder if Trump will start emulating Putin.
“If Donald Trump keeps being asked to criticize Vladimir Putin for assassinating journalists, and Donald Trump refuses to criticize Vladimir Putin for assassinating journalists, and say, well, we do it, too, in a sense, does that suggest that he thinks that it’s OK to assassinate journalists? Does that suggest that it’s OK to jail political opponents, to assassinate political opponents?”
Scarborough then condemned Trump for defending Putin and advised him to issue a statement against killing journalists and political rivals to make it clear that he does not support doing these things.
“If you don’t condemn after being asked repeatedly to condemn these actions, at some point you go back to the ‘he who does not deny admits’ story, and it suggests that he does. I suggest somebody at the White House get him to write a very strong statement letting the world know that he condemns the assassination of journalists and political rivals, because he suggests in the two interviews with O’Reilly and us that he does not…How do you compare a country whose leader assassinates journalists, a country’s leader who assassinates political rivals — we saw one found dead in the street across from the Kremlin a year ago — who jails economic rivals, who has an authoritarian regime that has put everybody on notice, he’s plundered his country. Many people estimate that Putin is worth $200 billion that he has stolen from the Russian people, and yet this desire to keep preaching moral equivalency continues and it is baffling. It was disturbing enough a year ago, it is baffling now, as president of the United States, that he’s still doing this.”
Donald Trump is a threat to our individual liberties and our lives. His obsession with wanting to be buddies with Putin is frightening and the fact that he is actually defending murder is sickening and un-American.