Whither Bellingcat in the Age of Trump?

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Whither Bellingcat in the Age of Trump?

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Elliott Higgins’ infamous Bellingcat organization which is attempting to position itself as an independent investigative institution focusing on international conflicts and crimes against humanity has made yet another effort to make itself relevant in the MH17 shoot-down saga by claiming it has identified the Russian officer who, presumably singlehandedly, brought the Buk launch vehicle from Russia into the Donbass, though apparently forgetting to take along such niceties as target surveillance radars, ammunition supply vehicles, or battery command units without which a single isolated launch vehicle has very limited usefulness. This “investigation” was performed in the usual Bellingcat fashion: by slapping together related and unrelated, dated and undated, photographs and social media posts which may or may not have originated on the Donbass, but which, thanks to a few Sherlock Holmes-like logic somersaults, indubitably confirm Russia’s guilt. Which is an unsurprising conclusion, since literally every single investigative project Bellingcat has ever undertaken has let its to the same discovery–if things go bump in the night, if there are monsters under the bed, you can be sure Vladimir Putin is behind it.

That Bellingcat was one of the many visible manifestations of the Hydra-headed intelligence “deep state” was never in doubt. While most Western NGOs hew closely to the official ideology of the day, Bellingcat’s eagerness to provide propaganda fodder for the current US or NATO talking points is in a league of its own. This is also manifested by its complete disinterest in any theater of war in which Russia is not engaged in any way: Iraq, Yemen, Libya. Investigations of atrocities committed by NATO forces or their proxies clearly are outside of Bellingcat’s sphere of interest. The remarkable success at utilizing crowd-funding services has the effect of concealing its real sources of funding. Bellingcat’s British origins fit well within the tradition of outsourcing intelligence “dirty jobs” to the UK, which in the past was happy to falsely implicate Saddam Hussein in an effort to procure uranium from Niger, or more recently the “Trump dossier” which alleged that the current US president availed himself of the services of FSB-enlisted sex workers.

Trump Administration’s nascent efforts to improve relations with Russia naturally put into question the future of an instrument of a hybrid war against Russia such as Bellingcat. Given the intimate relationship between Bellingcat and the international intelligence “deep state”, Bellingcat’s future will be one of significant indicators of the state of relations between the Trump Administration and his domestic “Fifth Column.”

For example, should Bellingcat gently fade away into the night or focus itself on more benign activities that do not impinge on US-Russian relations, one will be able to draw the conclusion that Trump has succeeded at bending the deep state to his will. A lot will depend on whether Bellingcat begins to attack Trump directly in the same way that the “Trump dossier” did. If the latter is the case, it will mean that the opposition to Trump is so deeply entrenched that no agreement reached between him and President Putin is likely to survive Trump’s departure from power. While it is too soon to dismiss the possibility of Russia-US cooperation on a variety of issues, one should also take into consideration the very real obstacles that Donald Trump has yet to overcome.

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  • Roland Mikiani

    I’m sorry, but you are blind or idiots, or manipulators. Putin make a direct invasion of Ukraine, killed 20 thousand citizens of Ukraine, in Ukraine terrible destruction on Donbas ragion, occupied the Crimea and part of the Donbass region, MH17 killed rusarmy BUK-M1.

    You manipulators, You work for murderer Putin, You are cheating Mr. President Trump and his team, which wants to make the resuscitation of America, You enemies of the United States.

    Ugh!

    NATO PA: Hundreds evidence Russia’s War against Ukraine
    https://informnapalm.org/en/

    • dez nuts

      Putin never made a direct invasion into ukraine, the people revolted against puppet porshenko beimg installed into their government by soros and other western factions

      • 1691

        Ukraine was a gift by Chrustchov, not Russia. There was no ukraine before 1922.

    • kraaiiii

      20 thousand ? believe its 9 most done by Ukraine, second its was a western backed coup, third look a what the did during euromaiden against the pro Russian. And you wonder why the people in Donbas region the people revolted against undemocratic coup and puppet leader porshenko.

      https://nsnbc.me/2014/05/10/odessa-massacre-detail-investigation/
      http://libyancivilwar.blogspot.nl/2014/11/odessa-trade-union-massacre-stairwell.html

    • Doom Sternz

      Washington had chosen to spearhead Neo-Nazi’s into positions of authority. Under a “regime of indirect rule”, however they take their orders on crucial military and foreign policy issues including the deployment of troops directed against the Russian federation, from the the US State Department, the Pentagon and NATO.

      From fabricating an “invasion,” to the claims of “threatened” lives, to the labeling of Russians as “subhuman,” Yatsenyuk recited fully the script of Nazism used to justify its various historical crimes against humanity. Kiev’s forces in eastern Ukraine are not fighting an “invasion,” but constitute an invading force themselves, making incursions into eastern Ukraine and holding territory only through unmitigated brutality against local populations clearly collaborating with armed self-defense forces intent on resisting US/EU’s fascism.

      Its no coincidence that Victoria Nuland indicated the US had invested $5 billion on a regime change in Ukraine and its no coincidence that the CIA is in Kiev to ensure that the regime change occurs. Its no coincidence that the Rand Corporation documented the necessary steps to genocide the eastern federations prior to the events and its no coincidence that fascist organisations were enlisted to action the genocide, to ensure that a pro Russian government is not returned to power in Ukraine.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gbVOr6n8Ww

      • John Whitehot

        Washington does not give a fuck about putting nazis, jihadists and every scum of the world in power. 60 years of south american countries couped and given to the likes of Pinochet and Videla speak for themselves.

        The respect the US has had for democracy and freedom has always stopped short of how much it suited their plan of global dominance. Any anti-communist military junta has always been much better suited to it than left-leaning democratically elected governments.

        Thanks to the CIA, hundreds of thousands people were killed, tortured and “vanished”, in South America alone.

    • Gary Sellars

      Get knotted, idiot troll…

      FFS clown. If Russia invaded Ukraine, they would have annihilated the Ukrop and would have been in Kiev inside a week or two at most.

      Crimea underwent a unilateral secession from its union with Ukraine. As an autonomous Republic within Ukraine (a status it has had since transfer in Soviet times from Russia to the Ukraine SSR), its arguable that Crimea had that right, especially in light of the violent putsch by Ultra-nationalist militants.

      As for Donbass, its people rebelled against the illegal and unconstitutional overthrow of the elected President by foreign-backed Ultranationalist gangs and Neo-nazi groups. The new regime immediately resorted to military force to quash the resistance, and when regular army refused to open fiore on protestors, the regime moved in Right Sector thugs and new “volunteer” militias like Neo-Nazi Azov and Aidar battalions. Russian involvemnet has been limited to assisting East Ukrainians with defnding themselves againt UNCEASING REGIME ASSAULTS.

      Go peddle your stupid lies elsewhere. Fecking idiot…

    • 1691

      Looks like you are “blind idiot”. I feel sorry for you.

  • Doom Sternz

    They have achieved their goal, making sure we all believe it was a BUK that shot down MH17 when eye witnesses say it was a Ukrainian SU25.

    Why did flight MH17 leave the international corridor? Flight MH17 stayed within the corridor until it reached Donetsk but then it deviated from the route to the north. Was flight MH17 leaving the route as a navigation error or was the crew following instructions by Ukrainian air traffic controllers in Dnepropetrovsk?

    Why was a large group of air defense systems deployed to the militia-held regions just before the tragedy? Especially considering that the self-defense forces have no planes. Also on the day of the crash Kiev intensified Kupol-M1 9S18 radar activity, key BUK system components.

    What was a military plane doing on the route intended for civilian flights? A Russian monitoring system registered that there was a Ukrainian Air Force jet, probably Su-25, climbing and approaching flight MH17. Why was the military jet flying so close to a passenger plane?

    A Ukrainian air force Su-25 combat jet took off from an airbase in eastern Dnipropetrovsk carrying air-to-air missiles and returned without them on the day a Malaysia Airlines plane crashed in eastern Ukraine. An airbase employee claims that on July 17 three Ukrainian combat jets took off and two were shot down in Donbass. He remembers the pilot saying “the wrong plane” and “the plane was in the wrong place at the wrong time” after he returned from the flight. The man, who shot down the passenger plane, was captain Vladislav Voloshin, from the city of Nikolaev.

    • Лена (Киев)

      Stealth Su-25!

      tinyurl.com/mh17links

      • Лена (Киев)

        http://function.mil.ru/news_page/country/more.htm?id=11970654@egNews
        Chief of Staff of the Air Forces general- lieutenant Igor Makushev:
        At 17.21 35 seconds P.M. with the aircraft speed of 200 km/h at the
        point of the Boeing crash there is a new mark of the aircraft to be
        seen.
        The aircraft was steadily monitored by radar stations of Ust-Donetsk and Butirinskoe during 4 minutes period.

        https://www.rt.com/news/360634-mh17-ukraine-radar-data/
        Spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry, Major-General Konashenkov delivers a news conference:
        The Ust-Donetsky radar picked up no foreign objects near the Malaysian plane which could have caused its destruction

        Guess who lied.

  • Gary Sellars

    Bellingcat? More like Bellingcrap.