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Yesterday, Trump removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. He replaced them with Steve Bannon. Bannon has no government, intelligence, or high-level military experience; his experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.

This would be deeply concerning in and of itself. But one of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.

Just to recap the absurdity: the President of the United States has appointed a known propagandist, nationalist, and white supremacist to replace the highest military advisor in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process.

What You Can Do:
- Call your Senators and Congressperson this week and demand that they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.
- Spread the word about this news to your networks, since this is not getting a lot of coverage right now.

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Trump and Bannon’s “America First”

Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council – elevating his chief political strategist Steve Bannon, and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top inter-agency group advising the President on national security. 

Meanwhile, the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will now attend meetings only when “issues pertaining to their responsibilities and expertise are to be discussed,” according to the presidential memorandum issued Saturday. 

Political strategists have never before participated in National Security Council principals meetings because the NSC is supposed to give presidents nonpartisan, factual advice.

But forget facts. Forget analysis. This is the Trump administration. 

And what does Bannon have to bring to the table? 

In case you forgot, before joining Donald Trump’s inner circle Bannon headed Breitbart News, a far-right media outlet that has promoted conspiracy theories and is a platform for the alt-right movement, which espouses white nationalism.

This is truly scary. 

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice calls the move “stone cold crazy.” Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who also served under George W. Bush, says the demotions are a “big mistake.” 

Republican Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, told CBS News, "I am worried about the National Security Council. … The appointment of Mr. Bannon is a radical departure from any National Security Council in history.” McCain added that the “one person who is indispensable would be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in my view.”

Here’s the big worry. Trump is unhinged and ignorant. Bannon is nuts and malicious. If not supervised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, their decisions could endanger the world.

In Trump’s and Bannon’s view, foreign relations is a zero-sum game. If another nation gains, we lose. As Trump declared at his inaugural: “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America First.”

Some of you are old enough to recall John F. Kennedy’s inaugural, when the young president pledged to support any friend and oppose any foe to assure the success of liberty. 

But Trump makes no distinction between friend and foe, and no reference to liberty. As conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer observes, Trump’s view is that all other nations are out to use, exploit and surpass us.

Not incidentally, “America First” was the name of the pro-Nazi group led by Charles Lindbergh that bitterly fought FDR before U.S. entry into World War II to keep America neutral between Churchill’s Britain and Hitler’s Reich.

Trump’s and Bannon’s version of “America First” is no less dangerous. It is alienating America from the rest of the world, destroying our nation’s moral authority abroad, and risking everything we love about our country.

Unsupervised by people who know what they’re doing. Trump and Bannon could also bring the world closer to a nuclear holocaust.

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Trump just made a sweeping, unprecedented change to the National Security Council
Trump signed a presidential memorandum that removed the nation's top military and intelligence advisers as regular attendees of the National Security...
By Natasha Bertrand

This is truly frightening. Trump’s de facto national security adviser is none other than Steve Bannon, former head of Breitbart News, known white supremacist, anti-semite, and Islamophobe.

We are so screwed.

The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, is warning against in-kind retaliation by the U.S. government for Russian hacking during the election.

In an interview with NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly, Brennan said, “They do some things that are beyond the pale,” referencing those who would undermine democratic processes, adding:

“I don’t think we should resort to some of the tactics and techniques that our adversaries employ against us. I think we need to remember what we’re fighting for. We’re fighting for our country, our democracy, our way of life, and to engage. And the skullduggery that some of our opponents and adversaries engage in, I think is beneath this country’s greatness.”

Brennan also discussed the war in Syria and the weeks of horrific violence in the city of Aleppo, where an evacuation appeared to be ending amid freezing weather.

CIA Director Urges Caution In U.S. Response To Russia Hacking

Photo: Ariel Zambelich/NPR

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Yesterday, the President removed the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council. In other words, the two most senior military men in the nation are no longer invited to attend the meetings where the National security decisions are made.

In their place, he has appointed Steve Bannon, a person with no government, intelligence or high-level military experience. Also a known anti-Semite and pro KKK individual. His only experience is leading a propaganda outlet (Breitbart News) that peddles nationalist and white nationalist viewpoints.
One of the jobs of the NSC is to oversee a secret panel that authorizes the assassination of “enemies of the United States Government” – including American citizens. These targeted killings are fully authorized by law under the Congressional military authorization act following 9/11. There is no trial, no due process, and no public record of the decision or the assassination itself.

To recap the absurdity: the President just appointed a nationalist white supremacist to replace the highest military advisors in the country on a council that authorizes secret, legal, targeted killings of American citizens (and others) without due process, among other things.

What You Can Do:
- Call your Senators and Congressperson and demand they publicly and legislatively oppose Trump’s appointment of Steven Bannon to the NSC.
- Spread the word about this news to your networks since this is not getting a lot of coverage right now.

Please COPY SHARE AND PASTE this, spread it like wildfire and stop this.

FITZWILLIAM! The Musical: "Questionable Interrogation Methods".

Drumroll please, let’s raise the tension… 

This is, to date, the best FITZWILLIAM! The Musical number there is (also the first, bar “He Is From Albion”) by CuddlyTogas. It’s over here on ff.net. It is also below, with nicer spacing. 

(NB: the original Horrible Histories song is quite splendid in its own right, so listening to it a couple of times before you look at the Tallis and Craddock version is recommended so you can focus on the significant stupendousness of Togas’ creation.)

QUESTIONABLE INTERROGATION METHODS by CuddlyTogas

[I have no excuse, except for the fact that His Pryority is a comedic, as well as literary, genius, and music hall numbers are ridiculously fun. The lyrics are based around the Victorian Inventions song from Horrible Histories.


“They walked up the stairs and into the entrance hall of the gallery, only to run into the unexpected pair of Tallis and Craddock. Sounds like a pair of music hall performers, Aubrey thought. Put your hands together for Tallis and Craddock - a song, a joke and some questionable interrogation methods!
Word of Honour, page 418


(The curtain opens onto Craddock and Tallis, standing either side of a man, unconscious, bruised and bleeding, tied to a chair in front of a wall on a revolving platform.)

Craddock: (spoken)
‘Tis the age of our King William
Prime Minister, Fitzwilliam,
This man was breaking into Darnleigh House.

He said he’d tell us nothing,
Our techniques soon had him gushing,
And we got some information.

Tallis: (spoken)
Did you really, what did you find out, then?

C: (spoken)
Well I’m just about to mention,
Drum roll please, let’s raise the tension –
(clears throat) We found out –
He’s a spy.

T: (spoken)
Is that all?

C: (spoken)
Well…

(singing begins)
This chap’s called Heinrich Gosschlinger,
A Muscovian spy,
Defected there from Holmland when the
Taxes got too high.
Was stationed at the embassy
In Fisherberg, it seems.
Was double-crossed, arrested,
Sent to prison for his schemes.

C+T: O-oh,
Counter-spies and zeal,

T: Double-crossers real,

C: Wheels within their wheels!

T: He’s had time to congeal.

C: Still there’s plenty to reveal… (turning around the platform so the prisoner is hidden from the audience, disappearing from view with him)

T: Holmland is working overtime
To come up with ideas,
But we’re counter-intelligence,
We’ve made it our careers.
Find out what the enemy
Has got behind their backs, (a scream echoes from behind the wall)
When they resist, well, our inven–
–tiveness,

C: (reappearing)
It never lacks.

C+T: Oh, Holm–
–landers never snooze,

T: Always have another ruse.

C: Compressed magic to defuse,

T: Some military coups.

C: Haven’t any time to lose – (as T pulls out a gun and moves back to face the man behind the wall)

T: (gunshot) Who’s your master?
(gunshot) How’d he pay you?

(C moves behind the wall – a scream echoes from behind it as T replaces his pistol)

T: (C reappears during these lines, turning around the platform to reveal the man in the chair, even more battered than before)
Our methods are notorious,
There’s reason for your fear,

C: But we’re the ones who keep you safe,
You’d rather we were near.

T: Ruthless and determined, with
Your injuries, insults,

C: It may seem quite inhuman,
But at least it gets results.

T: O-oh –

C: (spoken)
Hang on – he’s talked.

C: (singing)
It seems that his employer was
Quite high up in their ranks,
And for the clues he’s given us,
I doubt he’ll have their thanks.

T: The times ahead are dangerous,
Not much can we disclose,
But with war a possibility,
We must be on our toes.

C: (spoken)
And our sexual tension?

T: (spoken)
Will have to be put aside, I’m afraid. There are more important things at hand.

C+T: (singing)
Oh, in–
–terrogation’s cruel,

C: We are no one’s fool.

T: (as C turns the platform once more)
While we’ve kept our cool,

C: We’ve been rather fruitful.

C+T: Just one little oversight – (moving back to either side of the platform; a gunshot, T clearly having shot the prisoner dead)

C: (spoken, with a shrug)
He knows too much of you and I.

(Craddock and Tallis bow, and exit smoothly through opposite wings. An assistant hurries onstage, and after a moment of rustling and clicking, drags the dead man off.)