Victim of the Swamp

Manafort, McCain, and The Military Industrial Complex

Did Paul Manafort, John McCain and The RNC Pay $4 Million for Covert, Military Grade, Social Media Psychological Warfare in 2008?

With Paul Manafort’s political baggage, why did anyone ever recommend Manafort to work for the Trump campaign?

By Patrick Bergy

31 October, 2017 – Tampa, FL. –  Having both served in the U.S. Army, and worked as a private contractor in the military industrial complex for over a decade combined, I’m not a big believer in coincidence as it relates to politics and the DC Swamp, and this story from the Washington Post back in June, 2008, didn’t help.

Full disclosure:

I worked for the defense contracting company, Dynology, for over 8 years.  It was a small company owned by General James L. Jones, and I answered directly to his son, Dynology’s president, Jim Jones.  I spent over 6 of those years deployed overseas in Iraq and South Korea providing contract support for Dynology in support of the Department of Defense.  My career was ended in May, 2015, after filing an official report of fraud, waste, and abuse.  within 24 hours of filing that report, the contract I had been supporting for over 5 years, was modified by the very people I profiled in my official report.

Within a few days of me leaving the contract, it was magically modified back to its original requirements, and my position was replaced.  I was denied whistleblower protection by the Inspector General, not based on any merits of my official reports, but because I was a contractor, and told I wasn’t covered under whistleblower protection, even though the IG’s very own website stated that contractors had been added under whistleblower protection since 2013.  I tried every legal means within the system to find justice, and when all other means failed, I took to social media to try and get support, and have my story heard.  I recently published my first book, ‘Victim of the Swamp: How the “Deep State” Destroyed the 40-Year-Old Private’ as yet another attempt to expose the decade of systemic fraud, waste, and abuse I experienced between our government, military, and the military industrial complex.

So, back to the Washington Post story. According to the report,

“the RNC and 3eDC have apparently been negotiating a larger contract for the firm to oversee microtargeting, a deal that could be worth $2 million or $3 million.

Here are some facts The Washington Post didn’t know when they wrote the article in 2008, and I’ll let you decide if it’s all just a coincidence.  Just as the Washington Post, I am not accusing anyone of anything, I am merely pointing out facts.  It is up to American’s that read this to make their own conclusions.

Fact #1 – 3eDC was an internet firm owned by Richard “Rick” Davis, then McCain 08′ campaign manager, and Paul Manafort, whom I think can best be described as a political “fixer,” and international man of mystery.  Many news organizations felt it was inappropriate for McCain to be paying Paul Davis through his company, 3eDC, when his campaign was struggling financially, and Davis had said he would “forego” his campaign salary.  I would also be in that camp.

NEWSWEEK. Federal campaign records show the McCain campaign paid Davis Manafort $90,000 through July 2007, when a cash crunch prompted Davis and other top campaign officials to forgo their salaries and work as volunteers. Separately, another entity created and partly owned by Davis– an Internet firm called 3eDC, whose address was the same office building as Davis Manafort’s–received payments from the McCain campaign for Web services, collecting $971,860 through March 2008.”

Fact #2 – What was 3eDC?  According to a Google “Wayback Machine” capture of 3eDC’s website from 2008, “3eDC was established to develop cutting edge web and data tools… designed to connect people and to affect the results in the political, social, and commercial worlds.

When I saw the Washington Post report the RNC was in negotiations to pay 3eDC for “Microtargeting,” and then saw the company, Dynology,  everything started to fall in place for me.  I had spent from 2007-2010 pioneering microtargeting, social media psychological warfare application for on a DoD contract in Iraq, and also back in Tampa, at McDill, and it made me wonder… Notice Dynology is listed as 3eDC’s top Strategic Partner – forgoing alphabetical order.

According to the Washington Post, “the RNC and 3eDC have apparently been negotiating a larger contract for the firm to oversee microtargeting, a deal that could be worth $2 million or $3 million…”

 

 

Fact #3 – Dynology Strategic Partnership.  A couple quick facts: Dynology is owned by the 4 Star General, James Jones. To understand Gen. Jones’ moral compass, it was a family owned business that was making millions of dollars from Department of Defense contracts, both while Gen. Jones was in uniform serving as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, and while also serving as Obama’s National Security Advisor from 2009-2010.  I’m sorry, but in what world is it honorable, or even legal for that matter, for someone in uniform, or sitting at the right-hand of a U.S. president as his National Security Advisor, while at the same time your family owned and run defense contracting company is profiting millions in Department of Defense contracts.

Perhaps it explains how he can afford this house, as was reported by Angelajean? If you read her post, you will notice in her description of General Jones, there is no mention of his relationship with Dynology, yet he has the largest office in Dynology’s headquarters, on the 15th floor of the Towers Crescent building, one of the most premier high rise buildings in Tyson’s Corner, VA.  In fact, try doing a Google search looking for any relationship with General James L. Jones and Dynology, and you will find virtually nothing. He founded it early in 2000 or 2001, and has profited millions from its Department of Defense and Marine Corp. contracts for nearly two decades now.  General Jones openly boasts of his membership publicly on many other boards, and his position in many other corporations and non-profits.  Why is there virtually nothing to the fact Dynology was being run by his two sons, and many other family members, as well as his massive private office suite in such a luxurious building?  I think most can make their own conclusions based on the facts.

Fact #4 – Dynology (Gen. Jones) was paid a tremendous amount of taxpayer funds to send me to Iraq on an Interactive Internet Activities (IIA) Defense Department contract to build social media psychological warfare applications that were capable of covertly “microtargeting” (sound familiar) social network users.  I’m not acknowledging ANYTHING we may or may not have done with it, as any of the dissemination process or actual projects would be classified at the Top Secret level!  Additionally, Dynology maintained the intellectual property rights to the application, and made it commercially available to the public.  Understanding the potential for such an application to be misused, I was personally troubled by this at the time, but never spoke out.  Below is a screenshot of the application, notice the copyright Dynology 2009 at the bottom of the application window.  The only thing I discuss is what the application is capable of when it was made publicly available.

Fact #5 –  Think of iPSY (what I named it for commercial sale at Dynology) as a “Fake News” project management tool.  Let’s say you woke up one day and wanted to alter the outcome of an election, or start riots that spread across the United States, like what we witnessed in Ferguson. (I actually saw this happening in 2014 and spoke out, but nobody listened, until a few weeks ago when Facebook and the FBI acknowledged it.)  If you did decide to go such an unscrupulous route, you would require a project management tool exactly like this.

Fact #6 –  If you think it’s just a coincidence Paul Manafort, John McCain, Richard Davis and the RNC was funneling millions of dollars into a project billed as “microtargeting” using 3eDC, a social media influence company, and a Strategic Partner with Dynology, think about this.  It’s not like you can call up ‘The Geek Squad’ and ask, “do you sell covert, social media PSYOP project management applications capable of microtargeting specific demographics in Facebook, Twitter using multiple fake persona’s?   Projects that “effect the results in the political, social and commercial worlds,” as 3eDC boasted on their website, which is exactly what iPSY was designed to do, are very well funded, covert and tactical. How many U.S. companies in 2007 actually had this capability outside, or within, the military industrial complex?  The answer to that is like one or two, including Dynology in that figure.  I also worked a contract in Afghanistan for another company for a few months on an Interactive Internet Activities project.  I know what I am talking about here.

Fact #7 – Why covert, well, for two reasons. First, when you’re managing a small group of analysts (maybe 10-15) using multiple fake social media “persona’s,” (maybe 10-25 fake persona per analyst,) trained in psychological warfare to disseminate a particular narrative, you might have a problem if your opponent found out and made it public.  You can’t have anyone tracing it back to you.  You must be able to make it look like your anyone you want, coming from anywhere in the world you want to make it look like you’re coming from, and do it in such a way that no intelligence agency on the planet could tell.  Second, many blog sites and social networks have site administrators that look at where you’re internet IP address is located, as well as many other characteristics of you and your computers profile.  Look at what Facebook just admitted to congress about identifying over 250 fake persona’s coming from a single location in Russia.  If a group of fake persona’s all show up using the same software, computer profiles, and are all from the same physical location in Tyson’s Corner, VA., you would busted.  It is for that very reason I strongly question the U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was actually doing this.

Firstly, you wouldn’t have a team of 250 people, that would be ridiculous to manage and maintain anonymity.  You would use a small, 10-15 person group of highly skilled analysts, and project managers that had years of experience in Psychological Warfare.  Second, the only “breadcrumbs” the program would leave that could trace back to anyone, would be what they wanted you to find.  Having Facebook and U.S. intelligence agencies so quickly and easily find a group of 250 Russians, on a project they claim was budgeted at close to $100 million, makes me think it is more likely someone in the U.K., like GCHQ, which would seemingly love to bring us to war with Russia based on their recent actions.

After going to war in Iraq based on false intelligence, I’m sorry, but I need to see more evidence before I get on board with the Russia scandal.  I openly acknowledge Russia uses social media to influence the U.S., but the actual stuff they are doing, we wouldn’t know about, and won’t for years, if ever.  They’re some of the best, if not the best, on the planet at this stuff (after me, of course.)

Fact #8 – On March 22, 2017, the Associated Press reported,

“Manafort was paid $10 million from 2006 to 2009 to lobby on behalf of the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, using a strategic “model” that the AP said Manafort wrote would “greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success.”

It deeply concerns me that the timing of 3eDC’s reported payments by McCain and the RNC, as well as descriptions like “microtargeting,” and “affect the results in the political, social, and commercial worlds,” is used by a company that was seemingly propped up overnight as a front under suspicious circumstances.  If Dynology did license military grade, social media psychological warfare technology it was contracted to build by the Department of Defense, commercially, what steps would have been taken to prevent it falling into the hands of our foreign adversaries?  Especially given the report by AP listed above describing Paul Manafort’s talks with close allies of the Russian President Vladimir Putin around 2006.

Fact #9 – Even if the Strategic Relationship between Dynology and 3eDC, as well as the descriptions of services, was all just a coincidence, I don’t believe it should just be ignored.  It should be investigated!  Paul Manafort was just indicted on multiple charges relating to money laundering, and numerous accusations by news outlets and foreign leaders for interfering with elections well before he got involved with the Trump campaign.  Manafort’s moral piggy bank seems to have a few “IOU’s” in it?  Then you have, in my personal opinion, a morally bankrupt, 4 star General owning a defense contracting company making millions on Defense Department contracts, both while in uniform, and while serving as National Security Advisor.  You have Rick Davis owning a business, 3eDC, that is taking in money from the very campaign (John McCain’s Straight Talk Express) he is managing, as well as the RNC reportedly giving him many millions more through that very same company.   McCain’s Straight Talk Express seems less like an “Express,” and more like a commuter service, making stops at every lobbying firm and donor kickback it sees, in my personal opinion.

finally, what was the RNC and others around Trump supposedly tasked with protecting him thinking when they recommended Paul Manafort work for the Trump campaign?  I get it, Trump hasn’t been in politics like the rest of these folks, how was it ever a good idea in anyone’s mind to allow this to happen?  Something here smells very “swamp like” and fishy, if you ask me.

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