Friday, March 23, 2018

Trump Picks Bolton to Replace McMaster Who Replaced Flynn: From Bad to Worse

Bolton (Worse); McMaster (Didn't Fit); Flynn (Bad) 

Bolton PAC now connected to this huge growing scandal

WASHINGTON (NY Times) — It has been revealed that super PAC founded by John Bolton, Trump’s latest and #3 incoming NSC adviser to replace H.R. McMaster, was one of the earliest customers of Cambridge Analytica, who was hired to develop psychological profiles of voters with data harvested from tens of millions of Facebook profiles (some 50 million overall). 

Bolton’s PAC, known as “The John Bolton Super PAC,” first hired Cambridge in August 2014, months after the political data firm was founded and while it was still harvesting the Facebook data.

In the two years that followed, Bolton’s PAC spent nearly $1.2 million primarily for “survey research,” which is a term that campaigns use for polling. But the contract between the Bolton PAC and Cambridge (copy obtained by The NY Times) offers more detail on what Bolton was buying. The contract broadly describes the services to be delivered by Cambridge as “behavioral micro-targeting with psychographic messaging.” To do the work, Cambridge used Facebook data, according to the documents and two former employees familiar with the work.

One of those former employees, Christopher Wylie, data expert, and one who was part of the team that founded Cambridge Analytica (and the current whistleblower) said this: The data and modeling Bolton’s PAC received was derived from the Facebook data. We definitely told them about how we were doing it. We talked about it in conference calls, in meetings. The Bolton PAC was obsessed with how America was becoming limp wristed and spineless and it wanted research and messaging for national security issues. That really meant making people more militaristic in their worldview. That’s what they said they wanted, anyway.”

Note: Cambridge Analytica rose to prominence through its work with Trump’s 2016 election campaign. Now it has found itself confronted by the a deepening crisis since reports this past weekend in The New York Times and The Observer of London that the firm had harvested the data from more than 50 million Facebook profiles in its bid to develop techniques for predicting the behavior of individual American voters. 

Cambridge’s so-called psychographic modeling techniques, which were built in part with the data harvested from Facebook, underpinned its work for Trump’s campaign in 2016, setting off a furious — and still unsettled — debate about whether the firm’s technology worked. The same techniques were also the focus of its work for Bolton’s super PAC.

My 2 cents: Knowing the background on Bolton, a top-notch sleazebag conspiracy nut who loves the more war the better was also deep in this Cambridge Analytica scandal – maybe the largest ever in hi-tech “hi-jacking of personal information for political warfare” now by the Trump campaign. Now we are on very dangerous path with this Bolton appointment.

S/C Mueller is on that scent and trail and rightly so since it ties directly into the dirtiest of dirty tricks to influence and undermine the 2016 election.

This a major breakthrough in this story since it leads to the heart of who was directly involved in the whole Trump-Russian hacking, massive bot usage, the calculated undermining of our democratic voting process and systems, and now this deep Cambridge Analytica involvement.

That same NY Magazine has this very interesting article with this title:

“Nobody is Left to Save the World From Trump Now”

I can’t believe or trust anything that Trump says or those around him on this issue and no one will ever convince me that with all that we know now: the guilty pleas, indictments, and such that Trump did not know what was going on every step of the way. 

Trump demands control and loyalty and it existed in this highly-coordinated effort from day-one and that makes it more believable. 

What the outcome is remains to be seen however, this is one huge piece of a growing and yet incomplete complex puzzle.

Stay tuned and as always thanks for stopping by. 

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