Promises Made and Promises Kept
An oft-overlooked portion of the Steele dossier is that Putin engaged Trump as a babysitter to his oligarchs. According to the dossier:
Further elaboration from the dossier:
For “at least 8 years,” Trump and his team plied Putin with information on Russian oligarchs. The next logical question is — how did Trump OBTAIN that information and feed it to Putin without detection?
Trump Properties Flooded by Russians
Trump properties have been long used as a Russian stronghold in the USA. Bloomberg once referred to Trump Tower NYC as the “tower full of oligarchs.” And Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, which is largely Trump-owned, is commonly referred to as “Little Moscow” due to the saturation of Russians living there. Then there is Trump SoHo, which was developed by two scandal-ridden, Russian-emigrant-owned companies. One of the companies’ operations were run by an ex-con and son of a Russian mafia boss who worked under the infamous Mogilevich.
The sheer number of Russians who’ve lived in Trump properties, helped to develop Trump properties, and facilitated financing of Trump properties is notable.
Dolly Lenz, a New York real estate broker said that she sold some 65 units in Trump World Tower to Russians. “I had contacts in Moscow looking to invest in the United States,” Lenz said. “They all wanted to meet Donald.” Sixty-five. By one broker at one Trump property.
Flooded with a blend of Russian oligarchs and Russian criminals, Trump properties provided Trump and his team ample opportunity to gather intel for Putin. But what was the mechanism? And how did Trump convey that information to Putin?
Trump Property Security Systems
Trump has long peddled the high-tech safety and security features of his properties. This is from a 2012 brochure marketing Trump Tower Manila:
Trump casinos are outfitted with the latest technology in biometric, face-recognition software. One former director of surveillance for Trump Marina and The Sands in Atlantic City is enthusiastic about the software:
In 2014, AISG (American Integrated Security Group) was hired by Trump properties to secure “all of its hotels, golf courses, resorts and residences.” AISG has numerous high-tech security and surveillance offerings. From their website:
Interestingly, one of the co-founders of AISG, Avi Jacobi, had an 11-year career at Honeywell in the gaming security industry. And gaming security, such as biometric face-recognition software, is part of AISG’s services:
AISG’s website offers a case study of Trump National Doral, in which they quote Trump officials touting AISG’s license plate recognition software as well as the high-resolution facial zoom on their cameras.
Hiring a company with such thorough credentials and experience suggests that Trump properties have rock-solid security. That might be true if security were the goal — but there is reason to believe that this was not the case.
The reality is that cyber security at Trump properties is not even close to optimal. Everything from hackable, weakly encrypted Wi-Fi networks at Mar-a-Lago to open Wi-Fi networks that don’t require a password at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Cyber security flaws seem to abound at Trump properties:
Additionally, client data at 14 of Trump’s properties’ were exposed for seven months when its reservation booking service was hacked. And this wasn’t the first time something like that had happened.
This lack of cyber security at Trump properties begs the question: since the plethora of high-tech security features aren’t being used to keep clients and their information secure, what are they being used for?
Weaponizing Security for Surveillance
Take, for example, the numerous surveillance cameras Trump uses at each of his properties. On one hand, these cameras could be used in case of theft, etc. But they can just as easily be used to track people on the property. Reports from former employees appear to substantiate this:
Additionally, Trump used to keep a switchboard in his bedroom at Mar-a-Lago. Several former employees reported witnessing Trump personally eavesdropping on phone calls.
For our purposes, the most important point — and a disturbing fact — is that Trump had a switchboard in his personal residence (his bedroom, no less) that made it possible for him to eavesdrop on any land-line phone calls made on his property.
Gathering Intel on Russian Oligarchs
On one hand, Trump properties’ cyber security is flawed at best. On the other hand, Trump properties have cameras capable of tracking clients; switchboards with all-day access to clients’ phone calls; and license-plate recognition software capable of tracking when clients enter and leave the premises.
Could it be that instead of using their high-tech equipment to keep clients safe and secure, that Trump and his team are using that high-tech equipment to surveil their clients? This is a particularly pertinent question given that Putin employed Trump and his team to gather intel on Putin’s oligarchs — and, as mentioned above, many oligarchs stayed at Trump properties.
As we consider the possibilities of Trump’s surveillance leviathan, let’s also consider how Trump might have gotten intel to Putin without detection. I have one suggestion.
Written by Unhackthevote