(I have slightly expanded this post since original publication.)
Remember Khizr Khan, the Gold Star parent who spoke so movingly at the Democratic National Convention? He canceled an upcoming speech in Toronto, and for a very disturbing reason
In an email to ticket holders on Monday, organizer Bob Ramsay said that Khan was “notified that his travel privilege (sic) are being reviewed” Sunday evening.
“This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me, but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad,” Khan said, according to Ramsay’s statement.
“I have not been given any reason as to why.”
is reviewing what
? Nobody seems to know. Nevertheless, I have a guess as to what's really going on here.
After the Khans appeared at the DNC, Roger Stone and other Trump-affiliated conspiracy-mongers spread the story that the Khans were actually secret Muslim Brotherhood operatives
Mr. Khan more than an aggrieved father of a Muslim son- he's Muslim Brotherhood agent helping Hillary
Stone linked to a slimey article by Islamophobe Walid Shoebat,
who argued that Humayun Khan (a hero who died for his country) was actually an Islamic terrorist. Last year, everyone laughed at Stone and Shoebat when they made these claims.
But Trump is in power now. What if the administration gins up evidence "proving" that Stone and Shoebat were right?
Yes, I'm positing a conspiracy theory. I freely admit it. I will not insist on this scenario and I am very willing to consider counter-narratives. I ask only for an open mind: Keep this thesis in your thoughts as you weigh future news stories.
I believe that what is happening to the Khans ties in with a larger plan. In order to consolidate power and to regain lost credibility, Trump and his followers must now offer "proof" that their conspiratorial weltanschauung reflects reality.
Every news story I've seen today has validated my theory (expressed in the post below) that that Obama "tapp" story is the prelude to a coming smear campaign against the former president. Trump is playing with live ammunition: He may even intend to imprison
the former president using fake evidence.
My theory is not likely to gain many converts at this stage of the game. I said a few words about it in a comment sent to Emptywheel's blog, and Marcy wouldn't let it pass moderation. (Hey, it's not as though she
is immune to the occasional oddball notion, although she's usually very careful about what she says in public.)
The mainstream view is that Trump emitted those instantly-infamous tweets because Breitbart published a wacky conspiracy story which dumbo Donnie accepted instantly. I don't think that the situation is so simple.
Neither do I accept the claim that Trump and Bannon had a furious row
, and that Der Donald's wild charges were merely an exercise post-row "anger tweeting." And I don't accept Digby's idea
that the accusation against Obama is simply the latest example of Trump's penchant for "mirror imaging."
These conventional views simply do not provide an answer to the question that bugs me the most.
Why did Trump ask for a congressional probe?
Heretofore, Trump has done everything in his power to prevent
a congressional investigation of the Russian connection. Suddenly he wants precisely that -- and the White House has expressed confidence that Trump's accusations will be proven correct.
Does any of that make sense to you?
That Breitbart story, and the tweetstorm that followed were part of a much larger right-wing effort. Infowars published an interview with Larry Johnson in which Johnson "confirms" the accusations against Obama.
Remember Larry? He's the former CIA guy who tried to commandeer the PUMA movement in 2008; he also instigated both the "Whitey" rumor and the earliest incarnations of the birther smear. Do not trust this man
I was hardly surprised to see that Johnson thinks that Obama really did mount an illegal spying operation against Trump.
The former CIA analyst told RT that the controversy was a “huge deal” and that Trump’s only real mistake was to call it a “wiretap” which was “technically inaccurate” and that those who have denied the charges on behalf of Obama are using semantics to fool the public.
“I understand from very good friends that both Jim Clapper and John Brennan at CIA were intimately involved in trying to derail the candidacy of Donald Trump, that there was some collusion overseas with Britain’s own GHCQ,” explained Johnson, adding that information on Trump gathered by GCHQ was passed to Brennan and illegally disseminated within the Obama administration with the green light coming from Obama himself.
“Donald Trump is in essence correct that the intelligence agencies and some in the law enforcement community on the side of the FBI were in fact illegally trying to access, monitor his communications with his aides and with other people – all of this with an end of trying to destroy and discredit his presidency,” said Johnson, noting that the head of the NSA, Admiral Michael Rogers, visited Trump shortly after his victory, prompting Clapper and others to call for Rogers to be fired.
According to Johnson, Rogers visited Trump Tower in order to “cover himself” because he knew the NSA had been used to spy on Trump.
“There is a genuine effort to take out and defeat Donald Trump even in the aftermath of his election,” said Johnson, calling for the senior executives behind the plot within the NSA and CIA to be fired.
According to the former CIA analyst, there is a “coordinated, organized effort” on behalf of Obama and his allies to sabotage Trump, and some within that camp even thought they could prevent him from taking the oath of office by releasing the infamous “pissgate” dossier.
“What they’re doing I think would fall under the definition of sedition,” he added.
Sorry to quote such an odious source at such length, but I think that a between-the-lines reading gives us an idea of what to expect. In order for Bannon and Trump to attain their goals, in order to purge the executive branch of all non-Trumpers, in order to discredit Trump's critics in the media, the public must be convinced that the conspiratorial viewpoint of Trump and Bannon has a basis in reality. Breitbart and Alex Jones must be credibilized; all non-extremist news sources must be de-
And so the Trumpers are framing the Khans.
They are framing Obama.
After that: The Clintons.
This isn't Pizzagate. This is Pizzagate plus power.
Imagine what would have happened if the Pizzagate promoters had the ability to concoct seemingly incontrovertible evidence, and if the Attorney General had assured the nation that this "evidence" was genuine.
We are now entering the "Reichstag Fire" phase of a fascist takeover.
You may be wondering: Does Trump have enough manpower to pull off a series of Reichstag fires? Yes. I must once again remind you that Breitbart has long been tied to one faction within the American intelligence community. Bannon has plenty of "soldiers" at his disposal.
Go ahead and laugh at these predictions; I hope one day to laugh with you. I honestly do not want to be proven right.