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It's the week that diplomats you've never heard of are attending closed door hearings in Washington to testify before the House intelligence committee, which is taking the lead on the Trump-Ukraine impeachment inquiry.

But their very obscurity (for the average outside-the-beltway peasant), and the in-camera nature of the hearings, is of vital importance. Open hearings with big names can be illuminating and move the dial in investigations, whether it's Trump-Russia or Trump-Ukraine, or whatever. But there's no denying they often descend into a partisan circus.

Yesterday career diplomat and former top Russia aide, British-born Fiona Hill, who has worked during the administrations of no less than six presidents, gave testimony for almost 10 hours. Some of the details that were later disclosed by indiscreet politicians are absolute dynamite.

Today it's George Kent, whose title, ordinarily, would be an eye-glazer - Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. But in the circumstances, with the White House trying to stop officials from testifying, folks like these are pure gold to investigators looking for sober facts about what the president's henchmen have been up to, where, when, with whom and why. The White House apparently attempted to block him, to no avail.

by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 05:49:40 PM EST


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 08:03:12 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 16th, 2019 at 10:31:46 AM EST
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"worked during the administrations of no less than six presidents", eh? Earlier this week in Fiona's wikiwtf article she was the daughter of a coal miner and a nurse. m'k. I see, that story is "developing."



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 17th, 2019 at 11:54:01 PM EST
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Far out! 💫

Quite a bit too dark for me! Vietnam deserter Clifford Gaddy .. escaped via the Soviet Union ... KGB Andropov .. Sweden the American Deserters Committee (ADC) ... run by Lyndon LaRouche ... infiltrated by any and all renowned foreign Intelligence agencies Swedes, CIA and KGB. Assassination of Olof Palme unsolved ... spooks usually stay aloof from news highlights and politics ... best to take her testimony and make choice of the bin or lighter. 😖

Swedes are still busy in search for alien submarines in coastal waters suspect the Russians of course. This week NATO's Stoltenberg frantically traveled from capital to capital ... covering acts and decisions by Trump and NATO partner Turkey ... is searching for a mental asylum to recover. 🤣

by Oui on Fri Oct 18th, 2019 at 01:00:22 PM EST
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 20th, 2019 at 10:41:16 PM EST
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