Just yesterday, President Trump abruptly fired his National Security Advisor on Twitter and hired a new NSA from Fox News without so much as a “welcome to the team” call.
Today, the New York Times revealed that Trump’s incoming neocon war hawk NSA, John Bolton, spent millions of dollars from his SuperPAC on shady data firm Cambridge Analytica’s services right when they were illegally harvesting 50 million Americans’ private Facebook data in late 2014.
The Times reports that they have a copy of his contract, and it confirms every American’s worst nightmares about the impact of mental manipulation deployed by Republicans to poison the electorate with harmful propaganda:
The contract between the political action committee and Cambridge, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, offers more detail on just what Mr. Bolton was buying. The contract broadly describes the services to be delivered by Cambridge as “behavioral microtargeting with psychographic messaging.”
To do that work, Cambridge used Facebook data, according to the documents and two former employees familiar with the work.
But John Bolton isn’t a man interested in subtlety, which is why he hired a British psychological warfare company to attack America’s electorate with lies like the ones he sold about the disastrous Iraq War, which killed nearly half a million people and threw the entire Middle East into chaos.
Until former Cambridge Analytica data scientist Chris Wylie blew the whistle, Bolton, along with the Breitbart publisher and editor had maintained strict secrecy about the company’s activities, which caused multiple investigations into the Leave.eu campaign for Brexit after The Observer of London’s Carole Cadwalladr broke the story last year.
Wylie explained to the Times that Bolton’s PAC had no illusions about where its data came from or its goals to turn America into a warlike society:
“The data and modeling Bolton’s PAC received was derived from the Facebook data. We definitely told them about how we were doing it. We talked about it in conference calls, in meetings.”
“The Bolton PAC was obsessed with how America was becoming limp wristed and spineless and it wanted research and messaging for national security issues. That really meant making people more militaristic in their worldview,” he added. “That’s what they said they wanted, anyway.”
The Times worked with Cadwalladr to complete her extensive multipart report leading to SCL and Cambridge Analytica both receiving suspensions from Facebook before publication and sparking a Massachusetts State Attorney General’s investigation.
A recent Channel 4 News undercover investigation unveiled Trump’s data company’s full range of services, which include using sex workers as honeypots to tarnish political reputations, bribery, and extortion.
Cambridge Analytica used foreign workers to craft campaign strategies – an election crime – prompting at least one FEC complaint already by the Resistance Committee Action Fund, as their lawyer Whitfield Larrabee explains:
The complaint alleges that Trump and the Trump campaign received valuable support from foreign nationals paid by and working for Cambridge Analytica in knowing and wilful violation of FECA’s restrictions foreign participation in elections in the United States.
There is a web of corrupt ties between the Trump Campaign, the Mercers, Steve Bannon, Cambridge Analytica and the Make America Number 1 Super-PAC that are coming to light due to the investigation of Channel 4. I believe there was a criminal conspiracy involving these groups and individuals.
Those very same federal elections laws are applicable to the John Bolton SuperPAC, and violating them intentionally is a federal criminal offense.
The American professor suing Cambridge Analytica in the UK under their tough privacy laws just announced that two lawsuits against the company and Facebook have been filed in a northern California federal court.
John Bolton’s exposure to charges for federal elections crimes for his eponymous PAC suddenly makes his selection by Trump as the one man he is placing atop every federal cabinet agency to coordinate the safety of America make perfect sense.
Special Counsel Mueller is already investigating Cambridge Analytica for its role in the 2016 election, so Bolton may wind up facing an interview with prosecutors or the grand jury before starting a White House job with potential co-defendants.
“All the best people” seem to be felons and crooks, so John Bolton will fit right with Trump’s ever-tightening circle of accused felons under FBI investigation aka the very people who are supposed to be busy running America’s federal government.
Here’s a copy of the criminal federal elections complaint against Cambridge Analytica:
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) March 23, 2018