Government by Blackmail: Jeffrey Epstein, Trump’s Mentor and the Dark Secrets of the Reagan Era

Mint Press News has a several part piece by Whitney Webb on some sordid history that I did not know about. The first part, which I have only partially read so far is Hidden in Plain Sight: The Shocking Origins of the Jeffrey Epstein Case.

Epstein is only the latest incarnation of a much older, more extensive and sophisticated operation that offers a frightening window into how deeply tied the U.S. government is to the modern-day equivalents of organized crime.

The second part, which is where I started, is Government by Blackmail: Jeffrey Epstein, Trump’s Mentor and the Dark Secrets of the Reagan Era.

Appalling for both the villainous abuse of children itself and the chilling implications of government by blackmail, this tangled web of unsavory alliances casts a lurid light on the political history of the U.S. from the Prohibition Era right up through the Age of Trump.

My initial reaction on reading this second part was “If 1% of this is true, one might wonder why bother anymore?”

I have mixed reaction to the prominent place that the Bronfman family plays in this story. Once, when I was growing up I remember my father mentioning some family. He claimed that our family name might originally have been something garbled which I remember as the sound “brnfmn” I never made much out of that until somehow it came up in conversation many decades later with a cousin of mine. He mentioned that what I was remembering was actually Bronfman. My grandmother had reportedly been the source of the story that there might be a family connection. My father and grandmother had long since passed away before I had this conversation, so I couldn’t check the original sources.

All I knew about the Bronfman’s was their tie to the brand name Seagrams. I used to laughingly talk about this connection after I learned about it. Now I am not so sure I should ever mention it again.

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