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originally posted by: tiredoflooking
originally posted by: RelSciHistItSufi
a reply to: LurkNoMore
I'd just like to add a further statistic that shows the Catholic Church decline was more dramatic 20 years ago and now it's more "hanging on" than facing a sudden change.
When my eldest child left catholic junior school, aged 11, I was a school governor for one of the best schools in the midlands, UK. This was in the late 90s.
I was living 10 miles from Birmingham, the UKs second largest city with a population of 1.5 million. Part of the definition of a city in the U.K. Is that it has its own cathedral. In Birmingham this was St. chads for the Catholics. In 1996 it's congregation had reduced to 70 regular church goers.
The Catholic Church demise in The UK is not a new thing -- it hit rock bottom 20 years ago and has basically been hanging on ever since. In the last 5 years however, more churches are being knocked down to make old people's homes or converted into houses of character.
Even before the first Republican primary, a London-to-Langley spy ring had begun to form against Donald Trump. British spies sent to CIA director John Brennan in late 2015 alleged intelligence on contacts between Trumpworld and the Russians, according to the Guardian.
It appears that Halper had won Brennan’s confidence with a false report about Flynn in 2014 — a reported sighting of Flynn at Cambridge University talking too cozily with a Russian historian. Halper had passed this absurdly simpleminded tattle to a British spy who in turn gave it to Brennan, as one can deduce from this euphemistic account in the New York Times about Halper as the “informant”:
"According to people familiar with Mr. Flynn’s visit to the intelligence seminar, the source was alarmed by the general’s apparent closeness with a Russian woman who was also in attendance. The concern was strong enough that it prompted another person to pass on a warning to the American authorities that Mr. Flynn could be compromised by Russian intelligence, according to two people familiar with the matter."
Again, that’s early 2014 and a file on Flynn is already sitting on Brennan’s desk. In 2015, as word of Flynn’s interest in the Trump campaign spreads, the London-to-Langley spy ring fattens the file with more alarmist dreck — that Flynn had gone to a Russian Television gala and so forth. By February 2016, when it is reported that he has joined the Trump campaign as an adviser, the spy ring moves into more concerted action.
The stench of entrapment that hangs over this part of the story is unmistakable, and the spy ring’s treatment of Papadopoulos looks flat out cruel. Every figure who plays a key role in tripping him up — Mifsud, the Australian diplomat Alexander Downer, and Stefan Halper — has ties to British intelligence.
This unnamed former British intelligence officer adopts a very knowing, almost proprietary, tone, as if to acknowledge that the spying on the Trump campaign was a British-American venture from the start. Ignatius writes, “A former British intelligence officer who knows Halper well describes him as ‘an intensely loyal and trusted U.S. citizen [who was] asked by the Bureau to look into some disconcerting contacts’ between Russians and Americans.”
“Intensely loyal and trusted,” “asked by the Bureau” — how would he know? These are the insiderish phrases of a handler or fellow member of the ring.
What started in late 2015 with promise ended in panic, with British sources for the alleged Trump-Russia collusion going silent or mysteriously disappearing. A few days after Trump’s inauguration, the director of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, prompting the Guardian to wonder if the sudden resignation was related to “British concerns over shared intelligence with the US.” All of this raises plenty of questions, but one conclusion about this epic fiasco requires no spying: the fingerprints of the British are all over it.
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: FlyingFox
In October 2017 CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the CIA is "working to take down" Wikileaks.
I thought Pompeo was/is one of the good guys.
originally posted by: Perfectenemy
originally posted by: IAMTAT
originally posted by: Perfectenemy
Well this is an interesting development.
Can you give us all a little background on this to bring us up to speed?
JA was BC17 all along. Q spread disinformation when they told us it was a Fake and pay no attention. All the current ecuadorian embassy BS seems to be theatrics to conceal the departure of JA. I had my suspicions but i kept them to myself and awaited confirmation hence my [V] Chess post. They are definitely reading this board. Say hello guys and gals.
originally posted by: Elostone
It's my understanding that one sells his soul to the Christian GOD for the promise of eternal life in a place called heaven.
Yep, that's what they told me in Sunday School