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"Where's My Roy Cohn?": A U.S. Coup by Nihilists, Mobsters, Pedophiles and Blackmailers

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Recently, I spent two weeks in Tijuana working with Al Otro Lado (AOL). I've written about that experience here, here, and here.

AOL is a legal defense service for refugees seeking asylum mostly from gang-rule in Mexico and Central America. The emigrants want escape from countries whose police forces and allied power holders are controlled by ruthless drug rings whose only goal is accumulation of money and social dominance.

As I did my work helping clients fill out endless forms concocted by those who would illegally exclude them, everything seemed so hopeless. I wondered how those gangs achieved such power? Isn't it a shame, I thought, that entire countries are now controlled by criminal mobs with names like "MS 13," "Nueva Generacion," and "18?" How sad for these people!

Then, during my flight home to Connecticut, I happened to watch the documentary "Where's My Roy Cohn?" (WMRC). It introduced viewers to the dark and criminal mentor of Donald Trump.


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On its face, the film illustrated the absolute corruption of the U.S. government as the unwavering servant of the elite as the only people who count. But in the light of my experience in Tijuana, it made me realize that our country too is literally controlled by shadowy gangs to an extent even worse than what's happening south of our border. I mean, the United States of America now has the most prominent protege of Roy Cohn, an unabashed mafioso, actually sitting in the Oval Office! Both Cohn and, of course, his disciple turn out to be absolute nihilists without principle or any regard for truth.

The film made clear how both men tapped into a similar nihilist strain within huge numbers of Americans who identify with the Republican Party and ironically with the Catholic faith and Christian fundamentalism. Nonetheless, WMRC wasn't explicit enough in probing either Cohn's corruption, that of Donald Trump or of our reigning system's complex of government, education, church and mainstream media.

It failed to show how the phenomena of Roy Cohn and Donald Trump represent mere surface indications of a profoundly anti-democratic coup d'e'tat that has gradually unfolded in our country over the last 40 years. The actuality of this takeover was revealed most clearly in the recent impeachment proceedings. They provided a kind of last straw undeniably exhibiting how nihilist "Christians" have seized power in perhaps irreversible ways.

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To see what I mean, begin by watching "Where's my Roy Cohn?" for yourself. It not only details Cohn's life as an infamous New York mafia consigliere. It also shows how he started his career in crime as the 23-year-old advisor of the equally villainous Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. (McCarthy, of course was the force behind the nation-wide communist scare of the early 1950s.)

However, most importantly WMRC describes the film's subject as the mentor of Donald Trump. By both their admissions, each recognized in the other a kindred spirit. Each used mafia and friends in high places (from Ronald Reagan to New York's Cardinal Spellman) to enrich himself in terms of power and money. In the end, the alliance brought Trump to "the highest office in the land."

To that point, here's the way the film's (highly accurate) preview-teaser reads: "Roy Cohn, a ruthless and unscrupulous lawyer and political power broker, found his 28-year career ranged from acting as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy's Communist-hunting subcommittee to molding the career of a young Queens real estate developer named Donald Trump."

In the course of the film, witnesses testify that Cohn taught Trump his basic approach to life. To wit: here are Cohn's (and by extension, Donald Trump's) implicit Ten Commandments. They also summarize the guiding principles of perhaps the majority of the most prominent politicians in the U.S. and across the world:

  1. Value money as the highest good.
  2. Manipulate the law to enhance personal wealth and privilege
  3. Put your own interests above everyone else's
  4. Bully opponents mercilessly
  5. Wrap yourself in the flag while you do so
  6. Never admit wrong-doing or failure
  7. When accused change the subject and make vigorous counteraccusation
  8. Lie unceasingly with great confidence and bluster
  9. Declare even the worst defeat a victory
  10. Win at all costs

All of that was actually Cohn's personal ethos. It worked for him throughout his life. It is reaping at least short-term benefits for Donald Trump as well. In fact, with Cohn as his mentor and as the man's protege, Donald Trump would seem to merit all the adjectives on the film's cover envelope: ruthless, unscrupulous, powerful, flamboyant, notorious, despicable . . .

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I highly recommend this important film.

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Hi, Mike, I don't know how to cautiously ask this. Is there any way to determine the origin and costs of developing this flick? I certainly see the similarities of characters, but I still query 'cui bono'?

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Nels: Here's the Wikipedia article with the usual links. Let me know what you think in terms of your cui bono question:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Where%27s_My_Roy_Cohn%3F

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I personally believe in Go(o)dness but not in entertainment For more than 20 years I have had no films (CIA approved) or television in my life/home.

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You're a wise man, Nels. But then, I already knew that.

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Thanks for the article showing who really runs our government. I cannot help but connect the dots: Trump, Epstein, Mossad, Jerusalem.

Also, you mentioned we have been screwed as a country by criminality for "nearly half a century." Another good reference is the book, "Chasing the Scream," by Johann Hari. He documents Harry Anslinger's start of the phony "war on drugs" and how it gave rise to, and still fuels, the uber-violent Mexican gangs. That crap started in 1930, closer to a century ago.

Trump is but a symptom. Tulsi would end the war on drugs along with some of our other numerous wars, but our empire and its brainwashed proles will not give her a chance.

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Thanks for the book reference, Chuck. Especially after my experience in Tijuana, I'm hyper-interested in the topic -- the connection between the "War on Drugs" and gang violence in Mexico and Central America. I'll order the book for sure.

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Thanks for an informative overview of Cohn and Trump!

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Thanks for reading it, Don. I know it was over-long. It's just that there is so much to say -- especially about Epstein and all those loose ends. When and if the Epstein material is published, heads are going to roll.

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Mike, Do think Epstein's information will ever be released? I'll bet someone in the CIA will take it and use it themselves.

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Your guess is as good as mine, Dis. I'm hoping against hope that something big will be leaked.

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There is evidence that Epstein was Mossad, so Israel has Epstein's tapes, not the CIA. I am sure the CIA knows all about what is there, but wonder what kind of "cooperation" would be happening regarding such explosive blackmail material and two very sleazy governments and spook agencies.

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chasingthescream.com "Chasing the Scream" This information answers a lot of questions about our homeless problem, as well as the drug addiction problem. Article from the Huffington Post Johann Hari, Contributor Guest Writer The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think 01/20/2015 03:20 pm ET Updated Apr 18, 2017 It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true. Until I set off three and a half years ago on a 30,000-mile journey for my new book, Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs, to figure out what is really driving the drug war, I believed it too. But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it. If we truly absorb this new story, we will have to change a lot more than the drug war. We will have to change ourselves.

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Just bought the Kindle edition of Chasing the Scream. It's riveting and obviously important. Thanks.

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Flattery will get you somewhere, Mike. Could you help me get my name changed to NelSolomon?

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I just finished a great book by Sandra Lansky, called the Daughter of the King. A lot of myths about him I think are in this article. Everything organized crime did was attributed to the evil Meyer Lansky. So why was he hounded by Nixon and FBI Hoover, they themselves criminals in War and cover-up which Lansky has never even been accused of? The Photos of Hoover in drag were reported to also be in the possession of many, CIA even and i was shown them too in the village.


So according to this article the Clintons were doin' things that Lansky could never get away with. He was in Jail for gambling in Saratoga for a month or so and he was a gangster but not a war Criminal like many others mentioned here who were evil Compared to whatever Lansky was even accused of. And if you think this impeachment forever was legit wait and see after the Deep State is called as witnesses.

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My interview with Colleen Cowles, author of War On Us, casts light on this discussion too.

War On Us: How the War on Drugs and Myths About Addiction are a War on All of Us


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Thanks, Rob. I'll check that out. My experience in Tijuana has shown me how little I know (but should know) about connections between the drug war and gangs in Mexico and Central America.

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Excellent article.

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