Constitutional Crisis Looms in U.S. As Election Nears

The bitter partisan divide over the nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court of Judge Amy Coney Barrett by President Trump extends far beyond the usual debates over "conservative" versus "liberal" interpretations of the Constitution in deciding legal battles over legislation and executive orders.  It is increasingly likely that the Supreme Court may be called on to rule on matters pertaining to the outcome of the election, as it did in settling the issue of vote-counting in Florida in 2000, which gave the election to George W. Bush.  With expectations that many Americans will use mail-in voting to cast their ballots, due to fear of being infected by COVID19 in long lines at voting stations, it may take weeks to get a final vote count.  Supporters of both Trump and his opponent, Joe Biden, are mobilizing legal teams to challenge the counting, with the Democrats especially approaching it as though it were combat, claiming they have 600 lawyers on call.  Those advocating confirmation of Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court are counting on her to tilt the court to a 6-3 majority of "conservatives", which presumably would favor Trump in a constitutional challenge to the final vote, if the election ended up being decided by the Court.

The partisan contention is far worse than usual, given that the establishment running the U.S. has been engaged in a regime change coup against Trump since the day of his inauguration, smearing him and slandering him with a series of unsubstantiated charges, beginning with Russiagate. Trump is warning that mail-in balloting increases the danger of fraud in counting the vote, and would be an extension of the coup plot against him. Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in 2016, has insisted that Biden must not concede defeat, even if Trump is declared the winner, and must instead be prepared to legally contest the outcome, up to the Supreme Court. That is one of the reasons why the insistence that the Senate confirmation hearings on Judge Barrett take place now, to fill the seat before the election, has provoked such contention.

What makes the situation around the election more potentially chaotic and dangerous is the proliferation of armed insurgents tied to Antifa and other violent groups, which are engaged in attacks on police and law enforcement officials, and against Trump supporters, in a number of American cities. These gangs are committed to removing Trump from office, claiming he is a racist, and a supporter of white supremacy. Some have posted warnings they will put Washington, D.C. under siege if Trump is not ousted.

MILITARY COUP?

As part of its campaign to expose the coup, LaRouchePAC (LPAC) has held a series of conferences featuring National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblowers Bill Binney and Kirk Wiebe, who have presented evidence that the charges of Russian hacking and meddling in the U.S. election are a total fraud, concocted to prevent Trump from breaking with the geopolitical policies of Bush and Obama. (1.) Trump's stated intent to work with Russia, and to end the "endless wars", provoked an enraged response from the political and intelligence establishment, which has worked to remove Trump, and is now supporting Joe Biden, who has a long record of being a pawn of the "Military Industrial Complex" and its neoliberal banking and finance sector allies.

In their desperation to insure that Trump does not win a second term, they are escalating the attacks against him, including pushing the line that he will not leave the White House if he is defeated. The media has intensified the speculation about this, with reporters repeatedly asking Trump whether he would abide by the decision of the voters.

Col. Richard Black, the former head of the criminal division of the U.S. Army in the Pentagon, reported to an LPAC online conference that there are indications that retired military officers are contemplating the physical removal of Trump, were he to not accept the results of the election. Prominent military veterans such as former Defense Secretary, General Mattis, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Gen. H.R. McMaster were quoted by Black suggesting that the military must be prepared to remove Trump. Among other evidence, he cited an open letter from two Colonels, published in the anti-Trump online daily Defense One, to Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calling upon him to be prepared to intervene were Trump to refuse to leave. Col. Black reported that retired officers engaging in such talk, including attacks on the Commander-in-Chief, are subject to proceedings under the military Code of Justice, and called on Milley and the U.S. Defense Secretary Esper, to make strong statements condemning such open endorsements of military intervention.

Col. Black pointed out in his presentation, and in subsequent interviews he has conducted with me, that this is all based on anti-Trump rumors and gossip, and that the polls showing Biden with a lead do not determine the election, but the voters and the Electoral College (remember, the polls showed Clinton would win in 2016!). For his part, Trump has insisted that he wants to make sure that the election is not determined by fraud, but by the voters, and if necessary, by the Courts and the Congress.

On October 11, Gen. Milley spoke out against the rampant speculation identified by Col. Black. He asserted that the military are "sworn to obey the lawful orders of our civilian leadership." He added, "We have established a very long 240 year tradition of an apolitical military that does not get involved in domestic politics." If there is a contested election, he concluded emphatically, echoing remarks by Trump, it will be handled "by the courts and by the U.S. Congress. There is no role for the U.S. military in determining the outcome of a U.S. election. Zero. There is no role there."

As to the repeated allegations that Trump would not accept the outcome of the voters, Vice President Pence addressed that in a sharp response during his debate with Kamala Harris, pointing out that with Russiagate, Ukraine impeachment, etc., it is clear the Democrats never accepted the results of 2016! Why, he asked, does the press never bring that up?

UNFINISHED BUSINESS OF RUSSIAGATE

President Trump is demanding that the documents related to the targeting of him by Obama, Biden and their intelligence team, in conjunction with intelligence officials in the United Kingdom, must be publicly released immediately, before the election. He warned that if they were not, and if he loses the election, the incoming Biden regime would cover up for the crimes and corrupt practices of the last four years. Among those he criticized for holding back or blocking the release were members of his cabinet, including Attorney General Barr, FBI Director Wray and Secretary of State Pompeo.

There are reliable reports from investigative journalists that CIA Director Gina Haspel, who has worked closely with Pompeo as his former Deputy, when he was CIA Director, then continued consultations with him as his successor, is blocking the declassification and release of documents related to Russiagate. Haspel was CIA station chief in London from 2014 to 2017, when high level British intelligence operatives were creating the Russiagate story. It was in 2014 in London when a team of operatives from MI6, including its former head, Sir Richard Dearlove, and U.S. intelligence, first targeted Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Her close relations with MI6 leaders led to her designation by them as the "honorary U.K. desk officer." While in London, she reported directly to CIA Director Brennan. Her refusal to free the documents requested by Congressional investigators and U.S. Attorney Durham, who is conducting an independent investigation under AG Barr on the origins of Russiagate, has raised questions as to what she is trying to hide.

New documents declassified by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe include hand-written notes from Brennan, which show that he and U.S. officials—including President Obama—knew that the allegation of "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia was launched by Hillary Clinton's campaign. Brennan wrote that Clinton approved "of a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security services."

That Brennan's notes show he knew of the Clinton campaign's role in promoting Russiagate didn't stop him from publicly pushing the lie of Trump-Russia collusion. Brennan has also been identified as the instigator of the intelligence community's campaign to investigate Russian "hacking", based on a special briefing he received from the head of the U.K.'s cyber-security outfit, GCHQ, the British equivalent to the U.S. NSA, in early 2016.

Trump's latest insistence on the public release of declassified documents makes it clear that he will not stop in his effort to expose the corruption of the Obama intelligence apparatus in the Russiagate scandal, and their collusion with British intelligence. In his recent campaign rallies, he has made this a central point in his identification of Biden as a part of the cabal of coup plotters, who broke the law to stop him from making a decisive break with the failed geopolitical strategies of his predecessors, Bush and Obama.


Footnotes:

1.) September 5th Schiller Institute conference: speeches of Bill Binney and Kirk Wiebe.

2.) September 5th Schiller Institute conference: speech of Col. Richard Black.

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