Dear US citizens,
Trump’s finances and the Mueller Russian probe have something in common: money laundering.
Dictators all run kleptocracies. They steal from their people and hide the stolen money in foreign banks accounts so it’s safe from whatever laws and taxes might still exist in their own countries. For that reason, dictators are all money launderers.
There is a network of banks that are friendly to money launderers in places like Cyprus, Panama, Switzerland and the Bahamas. This is not new. The Russian Mafia is one group of money launderers loyal to Russia, but they are not alone. Mueller will eventually show that Trump is a money launderer as well. That’s where all this is going. That’s also why Trump does not show his taxes.
Trump and Putin are both kleptomaniacs propped up by the seals of their governments and law enforcement agencies. Putin was elected in a democratic Russia. He stole 200 billion in just a few years by killing his opponents and hiding it from the public by ending Russia’s free press. This is why Trump says the press is the enemy of the people. He knows it worked for Putin. He is getting dictator lessons from Putin.
But America is stronger than Russia was when Putin took over. Trump, not a student of history, missed that. He should have studied a bit growing up – but he never had to. That is his fatal weakness. He was a spoiled child, just like his kids are now.
That Helsinki meeting was really about one thing: money. Putin wants more than his 200 billion. He wants the Magnitsky Act to go away because it costing him his billions more. He wants that Russian oil deal valued at 500 billion. And Putin has plenty of his stolen Russian funds parked here in the USA. In NYC, they back Kushner – and they have long backed Trump too. Trump used to hold Miss Universe contests in Moscow. And there were plans to build a Trump Tower there. This is why Helsinki had a private meeting. They needed to talk about money. This is why Pompeo did not get invited in. They don’t want anyone to know the scope of their crimes.
Trump has been into international crime since the ’80’s when he started hiding his casino cash overseas, so he did not have to pay tax on it. Trump is a player in what is sometimes called the Russian Mafia. Putin can just seize Trump’s Russian-parked money if Trump does not help Putin secure his money in the USA. It’s a quid pro quo. They have each other’s backs. The crime world works that way. Manafort was overheard asking if getting Trump elected would square a debt with a Russian oligarch. Quid pro quo.
So the Helsinki Summit was about two international criminals meeting in private to discuss money. Putin has stuff on Trump. But Trump has nothing on Putin and couldn’t use it if he did. In Russia, everyone already knows Putin is a criminal dictator. They are mostly okay with it. They have no choice. But in the USA, that’s still not okay. We still have a free press in spite of Trump’s calls of “fake news”. And we still have a justice system in spite of the GOP’s refusal to apply it to our criminal president.
Putin can tell the compromised Trump exactly what to say. If Trump does not say it, the financial dirt Putin has on Trump can be leaked and/or his funds in Russia could be seized. The private Helsinki meeting was about explaining to Trump what will happen if he does not live up to his end of the bargain made for election help. That’s what was said in that private room.
And that could be most of it. Except there would have been back-up plans. And those could include war, martial law, hacking the grid on election day and/or the fixing of elections. Maybe the GOP is mainly okay with all this because they sort of know the GOP can’t win an honest presidential election – certainly not next cycle – and I think – perhaps never again. What is the GOP these days anyway?
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Putin and Trump are the most powerful figures in this money-laundering crime syndicate, but there are many other players. This is a map of the countries of the earth, with yellow being a free country and red being a dictatorship.
It’s pretty stunning. The most infamous of the dictators are Putin (Russia), Rouhani (Iran), Al-assad (Syria), Maduro (Venezuela), Xi Jinping (China), Kim Jong-un (North Korea), Erdoğan (Turkey) but there are about 40 other dictators. They all need places to park their stolen loot. They are all money launderers. They collect taxes, but they don’t pay much tax, if at all. So they all sort of need each other because they have to get the stolen money our of their countries – and democracies may not play ball. So they stand up for each other! They are loyal to each other.
The syndicate is nameless to protect the not-so-innocent. And it’s not just comprised of rulers. There are businessmen in the syndicate as well. Manafort, Cohen, Wilbur Ross have all done business with the syndicate. George Bush called it an “axis of evil”. Reagan called it an “Evil Empire”. I call it Dictators United.
And here’s the part that Trump supporters, both in Congress and among the US citizenry have to come to grip with. Donald Trump has been a player in that nameless crime syndicate of money launderers for a very long time. Trump owes the syndicate for the work done electing him and they will collect.
And Trump will try not to pay his debts to Putin. Trump never pays unless he has to. It’s how he got rich. It’s Trump’s plan to make American citizens pay his debt to the crime syndicate. That’s what these tariffs are all about too. And who is paying for his wall if it gets built? (You and I.) And Putin is laughing. It hurts his two biggest opponents – the USA and China. Why should he not laugh?
Since Putin is the richest player in the syndicate, he is the syndicate’s kingpin and has the final say. You can’t expect Putin to do things that favor the USA or any democracy. Democracies generally don’t play ball with dictators.
Democracies are a danger to the dictators. Democracies and dictatorships are like cats and dogs -they don’t get along.
This is the real struggle on planet earth. Who will control mankind’s destiny? Will it be the many via democratic proxies – or the few via brute force and dictatorship?
I have known Trump was a money launderer for over thirty years. I worked close to him in AC and stuff like this shows through the cracks. And, sad to say, until he became president, I was more or less okay with it. His business was none of my business and out of my league. But since that sad showing in Helsinki, it’s becoming clear to most Americans that Trump and Putin have something going besides just being presidents of two big countries. Trump and Putin are business associates.
And folks, no matter what kind of American citizen you are, we just can’t have that here. It might be OK in the Arab Emirates or Venezuela, but this is the USA. We have too much to lose here.
Newspapers and TV stations, you have your livelihoods to lose. Farmers, lawyers, artists – you have your livelihoods to lose. We have our dignities to lose. We have our best hope for our children’s future to lose. We have our own assets to lose as well, because the dictators handbook says to get power, you get control of the police and seize the assets. Putin seized most of his 200 billion. He just took real estate deeds and re-wrote them, selling off parcels to his friends and allies for pennies on a dollar.
Doing nothing about this is like doing nothing about a cancer diagnosis. Ignoring this will not solve it. These are some steps we should take right away:
- Sequester the president’s war powers immediately!
- Make sure the Mueller investigation report is published.
- Subpoena Trump’s taxes and make a retroactive law that a US president cannot serve without revealing seven years of taxes and all foreign bank accounts.
- Get the translator’s notes. Criminal’s do not deserve a private space to collude.
- If the GOP Congress does nothing, we vote the entire GOP Congress out. No exceptions next cycle.
Americans have to make sure this does not happen again. If a GOP member won’t call for these kind of actions, a DEM should do it. Call the roles. Announce no agenda before the session. We need to know who is with Team USA and who is with Team Russia.
And do not assume the next election will be fair. Dictators steal. Remember that. Assume the 2020 votes will be tampered with. Do not trust the GOP-endorsed voter software. Voter software must be open source or blockchain protected. Create a web site where votes can be tallied online and encourage people to vote at the booth and online as backup. I believe voting online can be made safer than voting at a booth.
Congress should approve absolutely nothing until these things happen. Citizens can strike or hold off paying taxes until Trump shows his taxes. We have to do whatever is necessary the way dictators do, because that second shoe is about to fall. It was discussed in that private two hour talk with Putin. That’s why even John Kelly could not get
into it. We all know something fishy went on in there. We could see it. Trust your gut now.
We need an immediate emergency session of Congress whose topic is:
How to Handle Our National Security Crisis.
Then we will see what happens.
Dear Trump supporter: Please ask yourself this. How safe would you have felt if Obama spent two private hours with Osama and came back saying “Osama said very strongly that he didn’t do it” – and then he invited him to the White House?
Yes, he walked back that invitation under pressure, but the act of inviting Putin revealed his true intentions and alignment. Note how Trump likes the leaders of so many of the RED DICTATOR countries, and bashes the leaders of the DEMOCRATIC countries. It’s not just Russia. Dictators are criminals – and they stick up for each other. They way to reverse this in the USA is voting out the GOP at every level. Planet-wise this is the solution.
Joseph Aronesty is an e-commerce pioneer, songwriter, author, linguist, father of five and staunch activist for every day people. He was in a class with Trump at Wharton in 1967 and worked near him in AC in the 80’s. firstname.lastname@example.org