April 1, 2016 by Barbara With
There is mounting evidence that Hillary Clinton supporters have been sabotaging the Bernie Sanders campaign, and the trail leads to the Democratic National Committee and a “national security” think tank made up of current and former Clinton supporters, staff, and contributors.
In a March 30, 2016 videocast on YouTube (below), “Debbie the Sane Progressive” interviewed Stephen Coyne, a grassroots volunteer for Sanders, about state-level campaign directives that Coyne says sabotaged Sanders’ GOTV and canvassing efforts in Western Massachusetts.
In December 2015, the Massachusetts Sanders campaign hired Democratic strategist Joe Caiazzo as State Communications and Political Director. Coyne claims Caiazzo canceled their events, provided out-of-date voter roles, denied them canvassing material, and gave them orders to not open a campaign office. All of this worked against the best interests of the Sanders campaign, Coyne says, and demoralized volunteers, who subsequently quit.
This is not the first allegation of Clinton supporters infiltrating and sabotaging the Sanders campaign.
Niko House, president of North Carolina College Students for Bernie Sanders and Carolina Students for Bernie Sanders at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, posted several of his own videos testifying to similar experiences in North Carolina.
House claims that Statewide Director Aisha Dew cancelled events and meetings, effectively got rid of key volunteer organizers, and refused several key endorsements. Dew has openly posted photos of herself on her social media with Clinton supporter and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schulz, and at a Clinton captains organizing meeting.
Also in question is NGP-VAN, the vendor that controls the DNC voter database. In December 2015, an alleged “bug” in new software allowed the campaigns to briefly see each other’s voter files. Josh Uretsky, Sanders’ national data director, copied Clinton voter data from the DNC’s voter database and was immediately fired. The DNC, however, cut Sanders access to the database.
Sanders accused the DNC of sabotaging his presidential bid, partly because Uertsky was originally recommended to Sanders by the DNC and NGP-VAN. Stu Trevelyan, CEO of NGP-VAN, worked in the 1992 Clinton-Gore “War Room” and then in the Clinton White House. On March 24, Sanders served the DNC with a lawsuit, but believes the issue ultimately will be “resolved amicably.”
The presence of Caiazzo and Dew in the Sanders organization raises deeper questions about the Clinton campaign. Both are also employed by the Truman National Security Project, a quasi-liberal think tank populated by a gaggle of neo-conservatives who believe foreign policy should be “grounded in a strong military.”
Joe Caiazzo lists the Truman National Security Project as an employer on his LinkedIn page. According to House, Aisha Dew is also listed as a “membership partner” on the Project’s website, although access to her page is password protected.
The Truman National Security Project was founded by Rachel Kleinfeld, who served as CEO and President from its inception through 2013. Concurrently, she was personally appointed by Secretary of State Clinton in 2011 to the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, the advisory body to the U.S. Department of State, on which she served until 2014.
According to Sourcewatch:
The Truman National Security Project describes itself as being “dedicated to forging a Democratic foreign policy founded on strength and security, grounded in a strong military and active diplomacy, and committed to furthering the American ideals of freedom, dignity, and opportunity worldwide.”
At its 2005 conference one of the panel discussions was on “what Democrats did wrong, Republicans did right, and neo-cons did better” and “the need to increase the size of the deployable military.”
The organization’s mission is to “unite next-generation veteran, political, and policy leaders to develop and advance strong, smart, and principled solutions to the global challenges Americans now face.” Their members include “military, policy and political leaders at the national, state, and local level, many of whom have served their country in conflict zones around the world.”
In a 2012 article on antiwar.com, Kelley B. Vlahos called this group little more than a “re-election campaign that promises to keep the war machine humming no matter who is elected to office.” On closer inspection, Truman’s Board and Advisory Board are a who’s who of representatives from the billionaire class Sanders is consistently referencing: defense contractors, private security, venture capitalists, tech investors, multinational realtors, Big Pharma, and the lobbyists who connect them:
Pierre Chao, Managing Partner, Renaissance Advisors, a lobbying firm that serves the aerospace, defense, space, intelligence and government services industries. John J. Kenkel, co-founder and managing partner, was also an analyst with The IBP Aerospace Group between 1998 and 2000, where he marketed defense and aerospace systems to former Soviet and Eastern European nations.
Craig Hanson General Partner, Next World Capital, a venture capital firm investing in leading enterprise technology companies.
Sally Painter, COO, BlueStar Strategies, which devises global government relations strategies for corporations and governments, and connects private sector services and products to governments. BlueStar CEO Karen Tramontano served as Bill Clinton’s deputy chief of staff and continues her work with the Clintons through the Global Fairness Initiative.
John Freidenrich, co-founder and partner, Regis, a multi-billion dollar portfolio manager and investment adviser. Freidenrich is also on the board of directors of the Center for National Policy, whose former chair Leon Panetta, now CNP’s National Advisory Board Chair and former White House Chief of Staff, endorsed Clinton in January 2016.
R. Hunter Biden Partner, Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC, an investment firm founded in 2009 by the son of Vice President Joe Biden and Christopher Heinz, son of the late Sen. H. John Heinz III and stepson of Sen. John Kerry. The Heinz-Biden alliance unites both sides of the aisle, as Biden is a Democrat and Heinz a Republican.
Madeleine Albright, Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State, who once claimed the loss of 500,000 Iraqi children due to the US-imposed sanctions against Iraqi was “worth it.” Albright supported the NATO bombing of civilian targets in Serbia in 1999, after which her Albright Capital Management bid for the region’s telecommunications company PTK and attempted to create a monopoly that would have destroyed all her competition. With a net worth of approximately $10M, Albright is also co-investor with Jacob Rothschild, 4th Baron Rothschild and George Soros in a $350 million investment vehicle called Helios Towers Africa, which intends to buy or build thousands of mobile phone towers in Africa.
Whether or not the DNC and Clinton herself can be directly tied to sabotaging Sanders, Dew and Caiazzo do appear to be double agents. But because of the nature of her network, Clinton would not have had to have done any coordination. The capabilities of these think tanks, with access to private security firms, former intelligence agents, tech experts, and virtually unlimited capital would, for example, allow them to hack voter roles and remove Sanders’ supporters’ party designations in Maricopa County, Arizona. They certainly have the expertise, tools, motive and party loyalty to do it.
But Sanders is not afraid of suing. He successfully sued the State of Ohio when Secretary of State Jon Husted decided that, despite Ohio election law, 17-year-olds who would be 18 in time for the November election could not vote in the primaries. On top of his suit against the DNC for limiting his access to the database, Sanders is also mulling over whether to sue over the results of Maricopa County election. He is waiting until April 4th, when the Arizona Secretary of State officially certifies the results.
Meanwhile, Bill Clinton is being sued for election fraud by a group of Sanders supporters called MA Sanders Voters and Volunteers Disenfranchised by Bill Clinton. The group filed suit in Boston Federal District Court on March 30th and claims Clinton is guilty of openly campaigning at polling stations, among other illegal activities.
After the latest “mistake” of leaving Sanders off the D.C. ballot because the D.C. Democratic Party forgot to send in his registration in time for the filing deadline, it is clear that someone inside the Democratic Party establishment does not want Sanders to win.
With so much at stake for the billionaire class Sanders is running against, it’s easy to understand why Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein labeled this as a “dangerous moment” in American politics. Their gal Hillary is no match for the people-powered revolution Sanders has inspired, including record fundraising that will allow ample funds to move these lawsuits forward.
As Stephen Coyne so aptly reminds us, “We need to understand, the Clinton enterprise will do anything to steal this election.”