Butina Case: Neo-McCarthyism Engulfs America

Authored by Phillip Giraldi via The Stratgeic Culture Foundation,

The United States Department of Justice would apparently have you believe that the Kremlin sought to subvert the five-million-member strong National Rifle Association (NRA) by having two Russian citizens take out life memberships in the organization with the intention of corrupting it and turning it into a mouthpiece for President Vladimir Putin.

Both of the Russians – Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin – have, by the way, long well documented histories as advocates for gun ownership and were founders of Right to Bear Arms, which is not an intelligence front organization of some kind and is rather a genuine lobbying group with an active membership and agenda.

Contrary to what has been reported in the mainstream media, Russians can own guns but the licensing and registration procedures are long and complicated, which Right to Bear Arms, modeling itself on the NRA, is seeking to change.

Maria Butina, a graduate student at American University, is now in solitary confinement in a federal prison, having been charged with collusion with Torshin and failure to register as an agent of the Russian Federation. It is unusual to arrest and confine someone who has failed to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, but she has not been granted bail because, as a Russian citizen, she is considered to be a “flight risk,” likely to try to flee the US and return home. It is to be presumed that she is being pressured to identify others involved in her alleged scheme to overthrow American democracy through NRA membership.

Indeed, in any event, it would be difficult to imagine why anyone would consider the NRA to be a legitimate intelligence target. It only flexes its admitted powerful legislative muscles over issues relating to gun ownership, not regarding policy on Russia. In short, Butina and by extension Torshin appear to have done nothing wrong. Both are energetic advocates for their country and guns rights, which they appear to believe in, and Butina’s aggressive networking has broken no law except not registering, which in itself assumes that she is a Russian government agent, something that has not been demonstrated. To put the shoe on the other foot, will every American who now travels to Russia and engages in political conversations with local people be suspected of acting as an agent of the US government? Once you open the door, it swings both ways.

One might dismiss the entire Affair Butina as little more than a reflection of the anti-Russia hysteria that has been sweeping the United States since Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, but that would be unfair to those remaining honest FBI agents who may have investigated Butina and Torshin and come up with what they believed to be a plausible case for an indictment. There were possibly suspicious money transfers as well as email intercepts that might be interpreted as incriminating.

But two important elements are clearly missing.

The first is motive. Did the Kremlin seriously believe that it could get anything substantial out of having a gun totin’ attractive young Russian woman as a life member in the NRA? What did the presumed puppet masters in Moscow expect to obtain apart from the sorts of group photos including Butina that one gets while posing with politicians at the annual NRA convention? Sure, the photo might even evolve into a cup of coffee together, but what is the end game?

Second is the lack of any of the hallmarks of an intelligence operation, which is referred to in the business as tradecraft. Spies meet secretly or at least outside the public eye with prospective agents whereas Maria operated completely in the open and she made no effort to conceal her love for her country and her desire that Washington and Moscow normalize relations. Spies also communicate securely, which means that they use encrypted systems or various cut-outs, i.e. mis-directions, when maintaining contact with those who are running them. Again, Maria did none of that, which is why the FBI has her emails. Also spies work under what is referred to as an “operating directive” in CIA-speak where they have very specific information that they seek to obtain from their contacts. There is no indication that Maria Butina in any way sought classified information or intelligence that would relate either to the security of the United States or to America’s political system. And finally, Maria made no attempt to recruit anyone and turn them into an actual controlled Russian agent, which is what spies eventually seek to do.

It has come down to this: if you are a Russian and you are caught talking to anyone in any way influential, there is potentially hell to pay because the FBI will be watching you. You are automatically assumed to be part of a conspiracy. Once “evidence” is collected, you will be indicted and sent to prison, mostly to send a message to Moscow.

It is the ultimate irony that how the old Soviet Union’s judiciary used to function is now becoming standing operating procedure in the United States.

Comments

lock-stick Tony 12-Letters Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:38 Permalink

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dozens and dozens and dozens of banned log-on's -- more than seven years!

 

....and all the while, the pathetic little SPAMMER sits in his leaky, moldy, smelly single wide in Western New York, surrounded by garbage and dirty clothes, trying to find his dick amidst rolls of fat, talking to his ACTION FIGURES and wondering where his life went.

 

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Adolfsteinbergovitch Bud Dry Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:51 Permalink

It's a waste to let that chick rot in a solitary federal prison whereas she could genuinely make a man happy for life. Russian girls are awesome.

This is something that's going to come back to haunt the anti Russian hysterics.

Ps: fuckstick, it is wrong to say that i took pleasure seeing you being banned. At last. Good riddance anyway and don't feel compelled to come back before a few years at least.

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Oldguy05 Tony 12-Letters Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:41 Permalink

Strategic Culture Foundation - Headquartered in Moscow. Lot's of articles from this outlet on ZH lately.

Even though I think this chick is getting railroaded, I also think this SCF article flood is propaganda....and I wonder why I'm frequently reading it here.

Perhaps that adjunct professor at Merrimack College was right when she added ZH to the list of sites promoting Russian propaganda that blossomed into Russia Russia Russia.

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mc888 Oldguy05 Fri, 08/10/2018 - 01:46 Permalink

If it's propaganda, the format is unlike any Western propaganda. Fact based, logical presentation of an argument is anathema to Goebbels/Sunstein format. I'm sure some conservatives would find the opportunity to debate a point quite refreshing, compared to the constant gaslighting we get from the Alinsky BBG.

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SergeA.Storms Tony 12-Letters Fri, 08/10/2018 - 00:36 Permalink

I agree, it was much more scary in the 80’s hiding under our desks at school and learning each week how many times one country could blow up the world, multiple times over.  Now, so many people around the world call bullshit, not because MAD doesn’t exist, but everyone realized no matter the quality of your bunker and fortitude of cement, those things only mean you die slower than those outside near the big flash.  Hypersonic weapons seem like a step backwards in the whole ‘my missile is bigger than your missile’ game of Coldwar 2.0. 

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HedgeJunkie SergeA.Storms Sat, 08/11/2018 - 03:31 Permalink

Dude, try being six years old in the sixties and having the alarm sound.

I was a military brat and my ass puckered to my chin.

I knew my feeble desk couldn't hide my ass anymore than a tree could.  Even at five.  We lived near Norton Air Base in San Bernardino,  A prime target in those days.  And near meant, within city blocks of.

I did most of my elementary years there, with a break for Colorado, and the Cold War was always on my mind.

In the 80's, things were much more relaxed, and the collapse of the Soviet System in 1989 ended the Cold War.

Everything since then is theatrics.  Russia is not our enemy.  Never has been.

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Katos MozartIII Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:05 Permalink

As AMERICAN TAXPAYERS,  we spend hundreds of BILLIONS of DOLLARS a year on 17 of the worlds premier spy agencis?? Yet, these agencies have been stymied by a "Tin pot DICTATOR (PUTIN) from a 3RD WORLD SHITHOLE (RUSSIA) and they continue to say they are helpless to combat attacks on our DEMOCRACY?? I think its time we asked for our money back

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SybilDefense Shillinlikeavillan Fri, 08/10/2018 - 04:43 Permalink

If I marry her, she becomes a US citizen and the charges can be dismissed.  If she likes to camp, fish and likes boating too, well that's just a bonus.

Wtf's wrong with this country??? If you imprison every gal who took a little sugar daddy money (Russian or whoever) your gonna need a bigger country just to build the jails.  Cute red heads with sexy mysterious accents don't just grow on trees.  Have a heart! Most of us just aren't all butt puckered up about your scarey Russian  spy vs spy poli-ploy.  We like cute redheads who can draw a bead as well as a beer.  The Left's girls (if you can find a straight one that wasn't once a boy) are just nervous Trump is going to allow cute white girl immigration, and the Left's mating and hence survival depends on forcing Americans to reproduce with the brainwashed activists that are being devolped here.

I'm all for opening up the gene pool.  What's her number???

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navy62802 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 22:44 Permalink

The true criminals are attempting to cover their tracks through diversion. The magnitude of the scheme they are executing now is commensurate with the magnitude of their own crimes against the United States.

bh2 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 22:44 Permalink

"a plausible case for an indictment"

If a case is merely "plausible", that's not enough to indict.

Based on that thread-bare criterion, the FBI could probably come up with "plausible" cause to indict half the US population for something or other. Never mind Russians, all of whom might "plausibly" be suspected as secret agents for the Kremlin because they know other Russians.

This is absurd.

kralizec I am Groot Fri, 08/10/2018 - 08:22 Permalink

Who's the deepstate asshat down-voting that?

Anyway...your premise is correct, but this conclusion by Phillip needs work - 

It has come down to this: if you are a Russian and you are caught talking to anyone in any way influential (who is not an ally of the DeepState agenda), there is potentially hell to pay because the FBI will be watching you. You are automatically assumed to be part of a conspiracy. 

FIF Y'all

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just the tip Thu, 08/09/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

this gal is a red head.  that's all i need to know.  and every article about her, this bitch gets more fucking beautiful.  i wanted to fuck her from the first article i read about her.

uh.  wait.  what was this article about?

Reaper Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:00 Permalink

Our courts are totally corrupt.  There's a prosecutor/FBI/judge cabal which convicts 98+% of its victims at trials.  The excessive long sentences are used to convince the large majority unable to afford a slightly possible defense to bargain a plea.  The Exceptional morons selected for juries think, why would the FBI lie.  They lie to be promoted.  What do you think happens to an agent whose testimony aids the defense?

Kangaroo courts would be more honest in their convictions.

dday1944 Thu, 08/09/2018 - 23:10 Permalink

Thank you DOJ. There's no need for guns in Russia. These people intoxicated by the alcohol and hard drugs will kill one another by the thousands. I feel for Masha Butina, but as far away she is from Russia, as better for this poor country. Luckily she is in US and even better in prison.  Thank you Russophobes, warmongers and sheep that neocons will send to the slaughterhouse, you can not do any better.