Russiagate, Trump, and an American Police-State?

Eric Zuesse

Republicans in the U.S. House have made available to all members of the House an allegedly scandalous “memo” that allegedly summarizes the FBI’s cooperation with the Democratic Party during the 2016 Presidential election; but, supposedly, no House member is being allowed to make this evidence available to the public, because, supposedly, as Republican House Intelligence Committee member Mike Conaway from Texas said, “That’d be real dangerous,” and yet he provided no evidence to back up that police-state assertion of the Government’s supposed ‘right’ to hide, from the voters, information that’s crucial to voters’ being empowered to vote intelligently.

The veteran opinion-columnist and Reagan Administration Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy, Paul Craig Roberts, has headlined about this, “The NSA Is a Blackmail Agency” and alleges:

The blackmail mechanism was put into gear the minute the news reported that the House Intelligence Committee had assembled proof that the FBI, DOJ, and DNC created Russiagate as a conspiracy to unseat President Trump. Members of Congress with nothing to hide demanded the evidence be released to the public. Of course, it was to be expected that release of the facts would be denounced by Democrats, but Republicans, such as Rep. Mike Conaway (R, Texas), himself a member of the committee, joined in the effort to protect the Democrats and the corrupt FBI and DOJ from exposure. Hiding behind national security concerns, Conaway opposes revealing the classified information. “That’d be real dangerous,” he said.

As informed people know, 95% of the information that is classified is for purposes that have nothing to do with national security [but is for ‘blackmail’].

Rep. Conaway might consider the alleged “memo” to “be real dangerous” to release to the public; but, as the skilled lawyer and journalist Glenn Greenwald has made clear and documented:

1. Trump can declassify anything he wants. …

2. The House (and Senate) intelligence committees can declassify any material they possess. …

3. The Constitution protects members of Congress from prosecution for “any speech or debate in either House.” …

4. Republicans can leak everything to the news media.

If for some reason Trump and the congressional leadership refuse to use any of the above options to vindicate themselves, a brave member of Congress could turn whistleblower and transmit the classified proof of the GOP’s claims about the memo to the news media. …

The above leave me with three possible explanations for why this information hasn’t yet been made public:

1. Paul Craig Roberts is correct that coercive means from the Deep State are being applied in order to hide from the public the Government’s thoroughgoing corruption — that we live in a police state; or, as he phrases this, “The main function of the National Security Administration is to collect the dirt on members of the house and senate, the staffs, principal contributors, and federal judges. The dirt is used to enforce silence about the crimes of the security agencies.”


2. The Republicans in Congress are just as eager as the Democrats in Congress are to hide this “memo,” and there isn’t anyone in Congress, from either Party, who is willing to reveal the complete “memo” to the public. However, it that’s true, then don’t we already live in a police-state, just like PCR is alleging?


3. Our Senators and Representatives in Congress are unanimously in support of keeping the evidence away from the public, because all of them want to protect the public from having essential information to be able to make valid voting-decisions.

Or: Can you think of any other options here? And do all of the possible options come down to one? — That the U.S. is a dictatorship.


Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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11 Responses to Russiagate, Trump, and an American Police-State?

  1. Windy says:

    Make a list of all these scoundrels and they are out.We need to bring in whistleblowers to this government they seem to stand for truth no matter what might come their way for speaking out.

  2. Sparticus says:

    In order to get the government out it will take a plan. People will have to unite and protest. The people will have to hold wall street accountable and protest short the exchanges until the government obeys the people.
    You put corporate wall street against government by setting siege to wall street profit. Nobody profits until the people say so. It will only take a few days, people, and the payoff, you get anything you desire.

    Wake up and Smell the coffee, America … It could not be any easier. Government either obeys or corporate bankers downgrade it into oblivion. This is Checkmate for the USG, Easy.

    • Sparticus says:

      Yes, you cowards, Imitation is flattery but none of you ( all mankind) could flatter me. A people who allow themselves to be RULED by such malfeasance are my ENEMY. Simply, you`re embarrassing! I have given you the keys … Wake up and Smell the Coffee!

      Oh, and none of you can debate with me because you do not have the aptitude, so run away and use cryptic insult. I am laughing at 300-million held prisoner by an ORANGE OMPA-LOOMPA!!! Jesus Christ …. It does not get any worse!

  3. kimyo says:

    sara carter’s ‘explosive’ ‘this will be the thing that brings them down’ schtick. where have i heard that before? oh yeah – on every single rachel maddow show for the last 12 months.

    option 4. the content being presented to us by fox/msnbc/wapo/nyt/etc. is purposely designed to distract our attention AWAY from power.

    there’s 2-300 u.s. military officers out there who have the authority to launch nuclear weapons, whether or not trump gives them the go-ahead. apparently, some of them believe we can win a nuclear war. how many of them are on the same anti-depressants the germanwings pilot was prescribed? i’m much more worried about the damage they could inflict than anything the unstable orange moron might accidentally set off.

    trump is such a puny, insignificant figure in the true scheme of things. alt-media should spend a lot less time talking about him.

  4. teri says:

    Sorry, but anything that was compiled by that strange and stupid man, Nunes, should be considered suspect. And apparently, this “memo” is just an opinion piece put together by Nunes’ staffers.

    I’ll pass on anything related in any way to the whole Russia-gate, who ate the election, FBI conspiracy thing.

    Congress and the WH are so busy wrecking my life in real time that I can’t find much interest in this sort of idiotic carnival barker sideshow shit any more.

    Mr. Zuesse, I would suggest as number 4 the possibility that we do live under a police-state, dictatorship style government, but that the “memos” in question are just another dumb distraction that are irrelevant to any real discussion of what our gov’t is or what it is doing, since they are cobbled together by an idiot who has proven himself to be one of the silliest and most inane people ever elected to office (i.e., Nunes) and are therefore not proof of anything one way or the other. Putting credence in this little nut’s “smoking gun evidence” is exactly the same as listening to Rachel Maddow blather on about Russia-gate, only this time it’s just a bullshit reality show coming from the other side.

  5. stupidicus says:

    There’s nothing mutually exclusive about us living in a police state and this memo effort being a stupid and desperate effort to defend and protect the titular head of it who’s long been entertaining and working with the Russian competition of the monied interests/puppet masters pulling the deep state strings. What I find so confusing is why they’re presumably pursuing the lopping off of his head given the tax cuts, deregulation, etc that has enriched them so. Did he like screw their wives or something? I don’t see any deep state here, I just see an inept/incompetent loudmouthed boob who got his tit in a wringer he for one of the few times, can’t get it out of.

  6. iseeit says:


  7. Marek Edelman says:

    PCR is not a good example to use to illustrate your point.
    He has been a Drumpf supporter from the beginning & has since doubled down regardless of the cost of that support:

    Bigotry, White Supremacy, Nazi Sympathizers, & absolute Pillage & Plunder of the Environment for personal gain.

    PCR’s obsession with focusing on “Russiagate” is a deflection to distract from Obstruction of Justice, Money Laundering, Income Tax Fraud, & selling Condos to Russian Mobsters (laundering dirty $).

    Here is my take: Even the “Deep State” which killed JFK RFK MLK & did 911 is APPALLED at what Drumpf is doing.

    Even they have a Conscience in this rare circumstance.

    It would be just for the law to be applied and let the case take its course.

  8. Ned says:

    Hey Washington Blog, RSS feed is stuck on a month ago and won’t update.

  9. Tom Paine says:

    Mr. Edelman it is the left that is obsessed with Trump as the sum of all evil when Obama was at least as corrupt. If any of these Russian allegations were true the evidence would have been forthcoming a long time ago. Much of your concerns are myths i.e. global warming is itself a corrupt plot by the Plutocracy who are the real enemy. I suggest you broaden your reading as you seem as much a victim of myth as those that that swallow the lies of the repulsive NeoCons. The threat to the people are Marxism, Fascism and any “ism” that concentrates power in the hands of the few ostensibly for the greater good.

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