The embarrassing texts that Bezos sent to his lover apparently were given to Team Trump (or to AMI, which amounts to the same thing) by the lover's brother, Michael Sanchez
. He's a Roger Stone pal.
The brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress, Lauren Sanchez, supplied the couple’s racy texts to the National Enquirer, multiple sources inside AMI, the tabloid’s parent company, told The Daily Beast.
Another source who has been in extensive communication with senior leaders at AMI confirmed that Michael Sanchez first supplied Bezos’ texts to the Enquirer.
AMI has previously refused to identify the source of the texts, but a lawyer for the company strongly hinted at Sanchez’s role during a Sunday morning interview on ABC.
“The story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to this story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr. Bezos and Ms. Sanchez,” attorney Elkan Abramowitz told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Seven years? The obvious possibility is that this Sanchez fellow -- and
his sister -- are part of a longstanding Roger Stone ratfucking team. In other words, she was the bait in a classic honeytrap.
I refuse to believe that Bezos coincidentally
hooked up with the sister of one of Stone's agents. This was planned. This was a scheme. This was -- dare I use the word? -- a conspiracy.
Most left-wingers embrace "coincidence theories" because they do not want to be lumped in with the Alex Jonesians. But I take a different stance. I've said it before and I'll say it again:
Some conspiracies are real, and the conspiracy theorists are the conspirators.
If Bezos hasn't booted that double-dealing creature already, he's a fool.
Conspiracy. This Atlantic overview of the right-wing "conspiraganda" network
tells us that Roger Stone met Alex Jones in 2013, at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination. I cannot convey how thoroughly this news disgusts me.
If Stone and Jones were of political age in 1963, they would have hobnobbed with JFK's enemies. Kennedy foes like General Walker, Revilo Oliver and Guy Bannister were conspiracy theorists par excellence
-- the Alex Jonesians of their day. Much the same can be said of James J. Angleton, the CIA counterintelligence chief who, in my view, masterminded the great unpleasantness in Dealey Plaza. Angleton may be described as an Alex Jones with power
. (Not to mention about forty additional IQ points.)
My standard line on Kennedy is this: "He wasn't killed by a conspiracy. He was killed by a conspiracy theorist."
No amount of Pepto Bismol can calm my stomach when I think about 2013. On the 50th anniversary, the JFK researchers allowed festering pustules like Alex Jones and Roger Stone to invade their domain. The Stone/Jones contingent did more than invade: They took over. If you say the words "JFK assassination" in mixed company, the name "Alex Jones" will probably come up within forty seconds. In the public mind, the connection has become ineradicable.
I just want to vomit.
Both Stone and Corsi have written JFK assassination books. Stone's is bullshit. Corsi's volume is actually not so bad, although he regurgitates the research of others, offering nothing original.
The danger of left-wing conspiracy research
is that it inadvertently bestows credibility on right-wing conspiraganda
. (A useful neologism, that. I didn't invent it.) Members of the general public can't tell the difference between good research and bad, between fact and fantasia. They know only that fear is delicious.
Paranoia is addictive. Paranoia is heroin. Say what you will about AJ: He sure as hell knows how to deliver an armload.
Last night, I gave Oliver Stone's JFK
another look. It saddened me in ways it never did before, in ways that I would not have thought possible back in 1991, the year of the film's release. I now realize that the JFK researchers -- most of whom were and are liberals -- did little good and much harm.
Sure, they meant
well. They made a responsible -- and sometimes heroic -- effort uncover new facts. I will always aver that they were, and are, basically correct, despite my quibbles on certain points and my impatience with with many of them on a personal
level. Yet despite the rightness of their position, they were fools.
They never understood one basic truth, a truth which I began to glimpse about a quarter-century ago: Conspiracy theory is the foundation of fascism
. Public alienation from government helps people like Vladimir Putin and Alexander Dugin undermine the very concept of democracy.
In the 1990s, the JFK researchers played a small but important role in the creation of the "paranoia chic" subculture. (The UFO buffs of that era played a larger role.) Over the course of the next 25 years, that subculture mutated into the Trumpist menace. I'm not saying that the assassination buffs bear full responsibility for Trump; I'm saying that they didn't understand that they were playing around with a dangerous substance.
Again: Paranoia is junk. Once hooked, addicts keep searching for a stronger rush.
I'm not sure that grass leads to H, but I'm quite certain that Oliver Stone unintentionally functioned as the warm-up act for Bill Cooper and David Icke -- and, eventually, for Alex Jones and the Alt Rightists.
The buffs didn't understand the addictive properties of paranoia. Thus, they ended up aiding and abetting the very fascism they despised.
(And by "they," I mean "we" -- as in "I'm guilty too, and I really
wish I had spent the '90s doing something else.")
Alex Jones is the bastard child of Jim Garrison, though the Jolly Green Giant would have denied parentage. And I say that as an obdurate Garrison admirer.