Today, I had an experience where I felt I was in familiar territory. I was in a restaurant having breakfast with a friend and as I was about to leave, an older gentleman came up to me and said that he couldn’t help but overhear my conversation with my friend about the Russians.

I admit that I have a booming voice, but I sometimes have to really speak on the low key so people don’t hear everything I say.

The man had an accent that he was trying to cover up and for the first time in a very long time I thought that I was talking to an agent or an operative.

The last time this happened I was in South America near a theater when a real CIA agent stopped me on the street asking if I was an American Citizen.

The gentleman I met at the restaurant today was explaining to me that what I was saying he believed to be accurate and while he did not say anything about how he knew he wanted to make it very clear that he was not from this country and that he was very surprised that an American would know so much about what was happening outside of the United States.

He left me with a tidbit of information about the recent nerve gas attacks in Britain.

He said that he felt that blaming Vladimir Putin for the attacks is what he called a “rush to judgment” and that if I wanted to find the truth, maybe I should discover the links between Sergei Skripal, the Russian double agent poisoned along with his daughter in Salisbury, England last weekend and Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence agent that compiled a dossier on Donald Trump for the private Washington research firm, Fusion GPS.

After our conversation I had a sinking feeling. It was this sneaking sense of paranoia where I was targeted or observed and that this unassuming man approaches me and decides to drop a tip into my lap.

When I asked the man if he listened to my radio show, he said no, but he continued “I listened to you today, just now.”

I paid my tab and quickly left the restaurant.

I guess we are now finding ourselves in the same Cloak and Dagger atmosphere that may have existed in the 1950’s through the 1970’s where Cold War informants would be everywhere – and some people would be designated as messengers. There were sleepers all over the United States and many of them would receive messages via numbers stations.

As a matter of fact, there have been many new Russian Numbers stations or number broadcasts that have been found which leads us to believe that Russian spies are everywhere now and agents may be in our midst.

In 2010, ten Russian sleeper agents were arrested in the United States after a decade-long FBI operation. It was a chilling reminder that espionage on U.S. soil did not disappear when the Cold War ended.

The case against the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service operatives was dubbed Operation Ghost Stories and it went on for more than a decade.

The purpose of these sleeper agents was merely to spot and assesses situations.

They identified colleagues, friends, and others who might be vulnerable targets, and it is possible they were seeking to co-opt people they encountered in the academic environment who might one day hold positions of power and influence.

It is obvious that with the recent nerve gas attacks in Britain against so-called Russian double agents we can be sure that nothing ever stays clean in a world of mistrust.

Our hyperawareness can’t handle a perfect world. Was it ever a perfect world? Was there ever a time where you could trust the motives of anything or anyone?

National intelligence agencies are now the authority in this country; maybe even the entire world.

Today I was watching CNN and of course they used a former CIA agent as a consultant with regard to what U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said during a Security Council meeting about the dangers of a similar nerve gas attack on New York.

Of course, the agent said that an attack by Russia is highly likely and that we should not trust Russia because of what happened in Britain.

I had to stop a minute and ask myself – “Is this merely fear mongering?” I also wondered where is the evidence that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with what happened in Britain.

There may be motive, but evidence of any direct order from the Kremlin has not been made and the cases that have happened are beginning to look like a false flag attack.

In many of these cases we have to ask cui bono or who benefits with regard to the case of Sergei Skripal?

There seems to be more hysteria about the case and not enough analysis or insight.

It has sparked nothing more than stoke the fires of Russiaphobia in the West.

As with the Mueller investigation into the alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election there are accusations with varying degrees of wild conspiracy theory , but little or no actual evidence that would get past first base in any independent court of law.

The official story that has now been ignored by the media is that the so-called election meddling was nothing more than counter propaganda meant to divide the United States and so far there has not been one extradition of the so-called suspects in the case.

Once again, the whole case continues to be a vengeance play and a nothing burger.

However, with a full scale effort by the media to utilize former intelligence ops with agendas against the President the hysteria and wait continues for confirmation of obstruction of justice and other such accusations.

It seems that the former CIA agents in the media are the ones who approve what is truth. What falls through the cracks is the ooze and paranoid conspiracy theory that we are told to avoid because it is just not American to be a paranoid collector of the muck that is left behind from the deceit that we have been given for nearly 70 years.

We see bribing and blackmailing, sex scandals and character assassinations on a daily basis. One minute we are enamored with darlings of the media and then vultures gather to eat the carrion left behind when that darling becomes public enemy number 1.

In the case of Sergei Skripal, there are connections to the whole Russian accusation conspiracy that cannot be ignored.

Skripal was formerly a Colonel in the Russian military intelligence service (the GRU). This is the largest of the Russian intelligence agencies and, as with its western equivalents, has a wide variety of functions, of which “spying” is only one.

In the early 1990s Skripal was recruited by an MI6 agent Pablo Miller, whom the British media declined to name. Miller was an MI6 agent in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Miller’s main task was recruiting Russians to provide information about their country to the British. An interesting fact, possibly coincidental, was that the MI6 officer under diplomatic cover in Moscow at this time was Christopher Steele. Steele was later to become better known as the principal author of the infamous Trump dossier.

When Steele returned to London, he ran MI6’s Russia desk between the 2006 and 2009. The information that Skripal disclosed would have been given to Steele, first in Moscow and later in London.

Skripal was arrested in 2004. In 2006 he was convicted of treason and sentenced to 18 years imprisonment. In 2010 he was released as part of a prisoner exchange deal with Russian spies in U.S. jails. He went to live in the United Kingdom where he has lived in supposed retirement ever since. Another interesting fact, although again possibly coincidental, is that Salisbury, where Skripal lived, is only about 12 kilometers from Porton Down, the U.K.’s principal research centre for nerve agents.

If the Russians had wanted to kill him, they had ample opportunity to do so during the years when he was imprisoned or the eight years he lived in retirement in Salisbury.

If they did wish to kill him, it is not a very credible that they would do so very publicly and by a means that could not be bought off the shelf in the local pharmacy.

The handling and the administering of these very dangerous substances require professional expertise. The obvious candidates for the attempted murder are therefore government agencies, but which government is the unanswered question.

The nerve agent called, Novichok, is a very deadly substance, eight times more powerful than its western equivalent known as VX. There are also indications that it could have been smuggled out of the former Soviet Union as far back as 1993.

It is also interesting to note that there was an incident that took place at Fort Meyer in Arlington on February 27th, where several marines fell ill after being exposed to a “chemical substance.” There were at least 11 people that were affected by the unknown substance and there was no word on what the substance was.

In London, Theresa May first theorized that the Kremlin was directly involved.

However, that seems unlikely.

Skripal was in the UK as part of an official spy-swap deal with Russia. The only suggestion of suspicious activities on Skripal’s part has that he was close to an unnamed person in the organization run by Christopher Steele, who produced the dossier claiming Russia had compromising material on Donald Trump.

So I guess there are some very important questions that the media will not ask or even answer:

Did Skripal help Steele to make up the “dossier” about Trump?

Were Skripal’s old connections used to contact other people in Russia to ask about dirt on Trump?

Did Skripal threaten to talk about this?

If there is a connection between the dossier and Skripal, which seems very likely, then there are a number of people and organizations with potential motives to kill him.

We can say honestly that there are a lot of shady folks and officials on both sides of the Atlantic that were involved in creating and running the anti-Trump/anti-Russia campaign.

There are several investigations and some very dirty laundry might one day come to light.

Removing Skripal while putting the blame on Russia looks like a convenient way to get rid of a potential witness.

So again, who benefits from this?

An attack by Russia at this point in time would be counterproductive.

There have been comparisons made with the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, poisoned with polonium in London in 2006, but this took place under very different circumstances.

Litvinenko was not in Britain on an official deal agreed between London and Moscow. He was also, unlike Skripal, involved in activities that were strongly disapproved of by Russia. The Kremlin had far greater reason to have Litvinenko eliminated than it had to launch an attack on Skripal.

Doesn’t it seem likely that Skripal was involved in the production of the Steele dossier? If so he was in a position to offer potentially damaging information into the circumstances of the Steele dossier.

Further support for the hypothesis that this was a false flag operation comes in this statement that British Prime Minister Theresa May made to the UK Parliament. The statement was frankly absurd and could only have been made when the intention was to further demonize and punish Russia, rather than any attempt to establish the truth and apply ordinary principles of evidence and factual analysis.

The mixed messages given to us by the British Prime Minister Theresa May reinforce the view that Skripal was dangerous to the anti-Trump forces and the authorities therefore sought to have them removed.

There seems to be an onset of paranoia in the United States that permeates in a manner that is far more active than in times of the Cold War. In that era we were aware of the Soviet threat. We could name the so-called enemy and we could hide in our shelters with guns and ammo waiting to dive into our stored wheat that we would grind into bread.

We are pumped full of propaganda that tells us that the Russians are waiting to kill us.

It may sound crazy, but if it is, it is lunacy en masse, we are not alone in our paranoia and there has to be a logical explanation for all of it. There is either a mass psychosis or it really is happening and we have every reason to think that there is something lurking out there ready to pounce. There are many people who conclude that paranoia is a result of losing faith, or dwindling in faith in religion, politics and human honesty.

All of the above seem to be damaged today and so the deep question is can paranoia really be paranoia if you know that human honesty no longer exists in places where you used to count on accountability? The so-called “experts” tell us that paranoia is a gateway to a schizophrenic fantasy. However we as a nation have suffered so many traumas, it should be normal for an average American to have some sort of paranoia running around in his or her head.

We have had a virtual cloud of paranoia that has settled over the United States since World War II. It seems to have grown larger since that time. There has been too much secrecy and deceit that has left an indelible mark on the psyche of the country. We must continually tell ourselves that things will improve and then we secretly speak to our own consciousness that there is a devil responsible for all of our troubles. We say to ourselves that it could be the Illuminati, the Jesuits, Jews, or Immigrants, or gay people.

Now it is the Russians – and the Russian conspiracy is a faulty one at best.

Sure we have had past problems with Russia, and many still believe that Russia is fostering a secret communist ideology; however, they aren’t our enemy.

Someone truly wants them to be and they are ginning up the emotional hysteria to throw everyone into a panic over an isolated “false flag.”

The truth is now being tranquilized and a serious conflict with the Russians becomes greater now as the media is trying to sway the public into vilifying them.

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