Not to minimize the carnage, but when will the Brits quit blaming Japanese and Chinese people for the terror attacks in their country. They keep calling the terrorists “Asians”. They are not Asians, they are middle eastern Muslims. Today, another one decided to become their version of a drone strike and kill a bunch of innocent people.
It is currently known that:
One woman was killed on Westminster Bridge after a number of pedestrians were mowed down by a car.
Two more people were killed in the incident on the bridge.
Another woman ended up in the Thames and was treated for serious injuries after being pulled from the water.
A group of French schoolchildren were among those targeted on the bridge.
The attacker jumped out the car and fatally stabbed police officer Keith Palmer in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.
The knifeman was shot dead moments later by another officer.
Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
Witness Jayne Wilkinson said: ‘We were taking photos of Big Ben and we saw all the people running towards us, and then there was an Asian guy in about his 40s carrying a knife about seven or eight inches long.
‘And then there were three shots fired, and then we crossed the road and looked over. The man was on the floor with blood.
‘He had a lightweight jacket on, dark trousers and a shirt. He was running through those gates, towards Parliament, and the police were chasing him.’
Her partner David Turner added: ‘There was a stampede of people running out. You saw the people and you thought ‘what the hell is going on’.’
Foreign Office minister Tobias Ellwood was among those who rushed to help the policeman who had been stabbed.
Mr Ellwood, who lost his brother in the Bali bombing, could be seen pumping the officer’s chest then standing above him, his hands and face smeared with blood.
Frazer Clarke, 25, from Burton-on-Trent, said: ‘We heard a loud bang and screaming and then I noticed some smoke. I thought it was a car crash.
‘I looked towards the front gate and people were running, a police officer and a fellow coming to the gate with two knives.
‘He was stabbing the police officer with the knives. He was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a black of grey top and what looked like work boots. The police officer was stumbling and fell on the floor’.
courtesy of UK daily mail
There is video now, since Britain is one large CCTV nation and there will be more I’m sure. One video shows people jumping off the bridge into the very cold river to avoid being run down.
This is another terror attack in a nation full of terrorists. One of them is the London mayor, who is playing the part of “kitman.” He’s the first Muslim mayor and is literally the well dressed educated camel’s nose under the tent.
London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has already been controversial for his ‘openness’ towards Islamic immigrants with no plans what so ever to help assimilate them to Western culture. Well, with today’s attacks that left at least four dead and many injured, we are reminded of Sadiq Khan’s chilling remarks that terrorism is ‘part & parcel’ of living in a large city. Via DailyMail:
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has said that living with terror attacks – like the one that hit New York at the weekend – is ‘part and parcel of living in a big city’.
Mr Khan told the Evening Standard: ‘It is a reality I’m afraid that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things.
‘That means being vigilant, having a police force that is in touch with communities, it means the security services being ready, but also it means exchanging ideas and best practice.’
It goes without saying that the majority of Londoners, or New Yorkers, or pretty much the population of ANY major city are NOT willing to accept terrorism as nonchalantly as Sadiq Khan has; the rise is terrorism across the Western world is a direct consequence of open immigration laws extending to countries that are known hotbeds of Islamic extremism and terrorism. Unfortunately, Sadiq Khan recently won re-election back in 2016 and Mayoral terms in London last for four years. One can only imagine that many Londoners are deeply regretting their last vote.
How bad is it for the Left wing news and politicians on the “Trump’s a nut because he said Obama wiretapped him!” claim now? (Remember, Trump is seventy-one. He cut his teeth on an era where wiretaps were the only method of collection electronic data. So, I forgive him for the catch-all phrase.)
Jake Tapper and Don Lemon? Sure…sure…I accept your apology…NOT!
I just watched CNN literally be backed into the one…last…corner of “Well, there is no proof it was ordered by Obama!”
They seem to not quite grasp the CRIME of spying on American citizens!
Here’s the Breitbart article, far more accurate to what Nunes actually said. On a side note, my ex-intel buddy said right off the bat this was probably “extra-judicial surveillance”. They swept up everything “legally”. However, “legal” is a bullshit term used by people who like to hold power over others. Legal doesn’t mean right or just or good, just legal. (Don’t get me started on lawyers and judges…aaaagghh!)
My friend said that Congress and the courts have to reign in the powers being used by the intelligence agencies. Not stop them, but make them accountable for their actions through some kind of judicial review. One suggestion was- People whose information is “incidentally” swept up must be notified and be allowed to seek redress.
House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced on Wednesday that he had learned that members of President Donald Trump’s transition team had been under surveillance by the Obama administration, that individual names had been “unmasked” by the intelligence community, and that those names had been leaked to the media.
Nunes’s information — which he said he would deliver to the White House later — vindicates the bulk of Trump’s claims earlier this month.
Nunes said that while there was no direct “wiretap” by President Barack Obama of Trump Tower, there was indeed surveillance — perhaps collected incidentally — of people close to Trump, possibly including Trump himself.
Much of that had been suspected, on the basis of mainstream media reports, but Rep. Nunes reported something new: that the surveillance did not involve the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) inquiry into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Indeed, none of the surveillance had intelligence value, he said.
“I believe it was all done legally,” Nunes told a press conference. The question, he said, was why names of those swept up in the surveillance had been leaked. The collection of the intelligence appeared to have been legal, but the leaking may have been illegal.
Most of the activity occurred during the transition period from November to January. Furthermore, Nunes said, he did not know whether phone calls — including phone calls involving Trump — were among the communications captured.
CNN is admitting, because they are Obama apologists, that not only was the information captured it was widely disseminated, and that information had nothing to do with Russians, but how the Trump administration was going to govern.
THINK ABOUT THAT! If anyone else did it (named Nixon) the media would go crazy!
Now there is no way the Obama administration would widely distribute political information and Obama not know. Impossible. He will deny it and you’ll have trouble getting people to admit he knew, but he knew.
But let’s go over the facts here. What do we know now?
Obama was President when the FBI started their “investigation”.
Obama was President when the NSA and other illegally captured and kept what appears to be POLITICAL conversations on an opposition party President elect.
That information, which had nothing to do with any crime or Russians, but dealt with how the Trump administration wanted to govern, was captured, transcribed and WIDELY disseminated. (Seriously, why isn’t someone in jail?)
The NSA/FBI/et. al. have been hiding behind their classified status in order not to reveal who did it. Comey outright lied in his testimony. He was sweating bullets and giving off “tells” all day! Trust me, the feds document everything. NOBODY goes “rogue” without someone knowing. So some tech guy has the conversation, passed it to some higher up, who passed it to some higher up. The NSA KNOWS who did what.
Okay, yes, I was lying before, but I’m not lying now, right Mike? Mike??
A true measure of Trump will be if he lets this go. If he does, then he’s just another flunkie in the “I won’t tell on you if you don’t tell on me.” world of politics. If I see people running for lawyers and getting perp walked across to the US Justice building, then I will know Trump is serious about draining the swamp. He should be, he’s a victim of a felony and was spied on by his former President.
Hmm… I wonder if Tahiti has an extradition agreement with us.
Update: Here is the video of the press conference. One reporter, a female, was just a little crazy trying to undermine what Nunes was saying. He’s not happy. He just had to tell a President, that the powers Congress gave the Intel community ended up with the President being put under political surveillance. The fact the media is so biased that it can’t see the HUGE scandal here is just amazing.
Further, the democrat head of the committee is whining it wasn’t fair Nunes put all the info out there because he was told. That’s a lie. He was told last week. This is all grandstanding. If you take the time to watch Comey and Rogers earlier this week in the public meeting, you were seeing two guys who wanted to be anywhere but where they were! They knew bad things are coming.
Turkey’s President Erdogan, is playing a game with Europe. Europe, being suicidal and stupid, is playing along. Erdogan has been pushing “migrant refugees” into Europe from the war torn area of Syria. He stopped when Europe paid him billions. Now he took the money and has threatened to start up the migration again. In addition, he tells the people already there to take over Europe through demographics. Europe is in deep sh*t. Everybody but the global elites knows this and cares. The globalists may know, but don’t care and they hold the power. It is curious why they want to undermine Europe, they will be some of the first who will die at the hands of the Islamists.
ANKARA (AFP) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged Turks resident in Europe to have five children, telling the millions strong diaspora community “you are Europe’s future.”
Turkey and Europe are locked in a bitter spat after Germany and the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from holding rallies to campaign for a ‘yes’ vote in next month’s referendum on expanding Erdogan’s powers.
Erdogan has repeatedly accused EU states of behaving like Nazi Germany over what he sees as discrimination against Turks, in comments that have caused outrage across the continent.
“From here I say to my citizens, I say to my brothers and sisters in Europe… Educate your children at better schools, make sure your family live in better areas, drive in the best cars, live in the best houses,” said Erdogan.
“Have five children, not three. You are Europe’s future.”
“This is the best answer to the rudeness shown to you, the enmity, the wrongs,” he added in a televised speech in the city of Eskisehir, south of Istanbul.
Some 2.5 million Turkish citizens resident in Europe are eligible to vote in elections in their homeland. But millions more people living in EU states have Turkish origins.
Their leadership is getting good innocent people, Europeans, killed every day by people who are not Europeans. It is a war. A serious Crusader level, clash of cultures, war. And the people who know they are war will win.
Which means Europe is doomed UNLESS the Europeans change leadership.
Remember, the key here is how many, in what concentration vs how little dispersed. That’s how armies win battles.
Remember when the Prime Minister, “Kid” something…oh yeah Trudeau, said that his nation was an inclusive nation which would never turn anyone away? Well, it turns out their laws are tougher than ours and they just aren’t used to having waves of illegals walk across the border. Now they are experiencing it firsthand and suddenly.
Canada’s border authorities detained more Mexicans in the first 67 days of 2017 than they did annually in any of the three previous years, according to statistics obtained by Reuters.
The spike comes immediately after Canada’s federal government lifted its visa requirement for Mexican citizens in December.
Many Mexicans looking north have shifted their focus from the United States to Canada as President Donald Trump vows to crack down on America’s undocumented immigrants, about half of whom are Mexican. On Friday, Reuters reported, immigration judges were reassigned to 12 U.S. cities to speed up deportation.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said it detained 444 Mexican nationals between Jan. 1 and March 8, compared with 410 for all of 2016, 351 for 2015, and 399 for 2014.
The CBSA can detain foreign nationals if it is believed they pose a danger to the public, if their identity is unclear or if they are deemed unlikely to appear for removal or for a proceeding.
The number of Mexicans turned back at the airport has risen, too – to 313 in January, more than any January since 2012 and more than the annual totals for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
With the visa requirement lifted, all that Mexicans need to come to Canada is an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), obtainable online in a matter of minutes. But they cannot work without a work permit, and the eTA does not guarantee entry.
Canada issued 72,450 travel authorizations to Mexican citizens between Dec. 1, 2016, and March 10, 2017 – a significant increase compared with a similar period when visas were required.
Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Minister Ahmed Hussen has said his department is monitoring the situation.
“It would be premature to draw conclusions or to speculate on future policy at this point,” Hussen’s spokeswoman, Camielle Edwards, wrote in an email Friday evening.
Plus, the “immigrants” are just wandering across the border, through the fields and into small towns.
On Tuesday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said another 22 people had walked across the border and into Canada over the weekend; 19 of them on Saturday and three on Sunday.
“They’re not crossing at the actual point where there’s an immigration and customs offices,” said Rita Chahal of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council. “They’re walking through prairie fields with lots and lots of deep snow. In Europe we’re seeing people in boats; now just imagine a prairie flatland and snow for miles and miles.”
Remember when all the liberals said Donna Brazile would never lie about helping HRC cheat in her run against Bernie? Remember how upset and outraged Donna was at the idea, even though WikiLeaks had just released the hacked emails proving that she did it? Remember how the Left screamed that the Right was chasing yet another conspiracy theory?
One of the most astounding revelations from the Podesta email published by Wikileaks was that then interim DNC Chair and CNN commentator Donna Brazile leaked potential primary town hall questions to the Clinton campaign.
That was astounding in two regards — that it happened, and that the media didn’t make a bigger deal about it.
Just imagine what the media reaction would have been if during the general election it came out that questions during Republican primary debates had been leaked to the Trump campaign. It would have been non-stop, 24/7, foaming at the mouth coverage demanding Trump drop out of the race. …
…Now Brazile has confessed in a column in Time devoted to decrying Russian hacking. The admission of guilt was buried in one paragraph in that column.
Former interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile admitted Friday that she forwarded Democratic primary debate questions to members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign – something she had previously denied.
“[I]n October, a subsequent release of emails revealed that among the many things I did in my role as a Democratic operative and D.N.C. Vice Chair prior to assuming the interim D.N.C. Chair position was to share potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign,” she wrote.
In October, emails from Clinton campaign Chair John Podesta’s account were released by WikiLeaks showing that Brazile – then a CNN contributor – had forwarded questions ahead of a March primary debate.
In one email, Brazile told Clinton Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, “One of the questions directed to HRC tomorrow is from a woman with a rash,” the night before a March 6 CNN primary debate in Flint, Michigan.
“Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint,” Brazile wrote.
The following night, a question along those lines was posed to both Clinton and her primary rival Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt.
In another email, dated Mar. 12, she passed on to Palmieri a question on the death penalty set to be asked in a Mar. 13 town hall and said: “From time to time I get the questions in advance.” After Palmieri responded, Brazile wrote back: “I’ll send a few more.” …
In the essay, Brazile said she will “forever regret” the decision to leak the questions to the Clinton campaign.
“My job was to make all our Democratic candidates look good, and I worked closely with both campaigns to make that happen. But sending those emails was a mistake I will forever regret,” she wrote
Uhhh…don’t care. She lied, knew she was lying, threw out “As a Christian woman I know persecution” line on a Megyn Kelly interview and basically laughed at citizens who asked someone, ANYONE inside the Clinton circle to tell the truth for once.
On the other hand, Greg Gutfeld at Fox pointed out something. If Bernie had won, he may have won it all. So in a way Brazile, by cheating and helping HRC, saved all of us.
There are two issues here. First, did the Brits tap the Russian Ambassador and pick up Flynn’s side of the conversation? Who knows, but the reaction to Judge Napolitano’s assertion by the Brits is a lie.
In a startling segment on the Fox News program The First 100 Days, Judge Andrew Napolitano told viewers that there will be no paper trail linking President Obama to any surveillance of telephone calls in Trump Tower during the presidential transition period. (President Obama called it “wiretapping” even though no wires were involved.) The reason is that British intelligence had access to NSA surveillance data – which captures every phone call in the United States – and were able to provide such intelligence to President Obama without a FISA court warrant or any other paper trail that would expose an American intelligence agency that used the same NSA data.
Of course, the Brits deny this. As any intelligence agency would. Unfortunately for them, there was this guy named Snowden. And Snowden proved them all liars. Communications are digital and can be hacked and stored. In fact, the revelation that the Brits were doing it did not escape the Brits.
British intelligence services acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s personal communications collected by the NSA, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled today. The decision marks the first time that the Tribunal, the only UK court empowered to oversee GHCQ, MI5 and MI6, has ever ruled against the intelligence and security services in its 15 year history.
The Tribunal declared that intelligence sharing between the United States and the United Kingdom was unlawful prior to December 2014, because the rules governing the UK’s access to the NSA’s PRISM and UPSTREAM programmes were secret. It was only due to revelations made during the course of this case, which relied almost entirely on documents disclosed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, that the intelligence sharing relationship became subject to public scrutiny.
In a previous December 2014 ruling, the IPT held that GCHQ’s access to NSA data was lawful from that time onward because certain of the secret policies governing the US-UK intelligence relationship were made public during Privacy International’s case against the security services. Yet that belated disclosure could not remedy the lack of transparency regarding the UK-US sharing prior to December 2014, meaning that all UK access to NSA intelligence material was unlawful before the Court’s judgement.
In light of today’s ruling, Privacy International and Bytes for All will now ask the court to confirm whether their communications were unlawfully collected prior to December 2014 and, if so, demand their immediate deletion.
While we welcome today’s decision, Privacy International and Bytes for All disagree with the tribunal’s earlier conclusion that the forced disclosure of a limited subset of rules governing intelligence-sharing and mass surveillance is sufficient to make GCHQ’s activities lawful as of December 2014. Both organisations will shortly lodge an application with the European Court of Human Rights challenging the tribunal’s December 2014 decision.
The people, and they are just people, who are collecting this data are not monsters. They are doing their job. It is the guy working with them, or above them, that has access to that data and no moral compass or has political agendas that makes the collection of the data dangerous.
My very intelligent former detective partner had a local take on how data can be misused. He created a case about a high end burglary that occurred at 1am in our city. To catch the burglar we gathered all the cell traffic metadata in a one mile square around the crime scene. We throw out all the residents, all the people just traveling through. What is left we run background on and find one is a high end burglar. Through that we run down the stolen property he fenced and he gets to go to jail. Good solid police work.
Unfortunately, we have all that raw data, so what do we do? Do we keep it? In a criminal case we have to, discovery and appeals and such. My friend points out a possible local problem. He offers a scenario. What if a sergeant on the team looks through the data and finds that the current mayor’s cellphone was in the area and pinged off an address belonging to his secretary. The mayor is married. Worse, the sergeant’s brother in law is running against the mayor in the upcoming election. Do you think the information about the mayor and his secretary will remain confidential? Hardly.
But in an intel collection effort, what do they do with it? Do they keep it? The answer is yes, because even if they are good guys, they are lazy guys. And having all that data on hand and not have to go and find it when they are putting together a case is easier.
What they are doing is lazy policing. They are making cases in almost an opposite of the Tom Cruz’s movie “Minority Report” about pre-crime. They are using the data to make cases on post crime. Say a bad guy commits a crime. Instead of making the effort to stop it (Hello travel bans and the FBI being compromised by CAIR, thus preventing FBI agents from stopping events like the Boston bombing), the government is great on post crime gathering of already seized (illegally) data by intelligence agency. Once the bad guy does something they can track his PAST movements and contacts through the metadata. Not who is he talking to, but rather who DID he talk to.
In the case of the local sergeant using data to undermine a political opponent, Obama’s people did the same thing. IF there is a transcript, and not an all out lie pushed into the papers by never Trumpers and Obama acolytes, that means somebody illegally obtained the raw data and disseminated it.
Either way, it’s a trick bag they are now trying to get out of by rewriting history.
Good luck on that. They should check the papers- Trump won.
If this was a street beating, the judge would be in ICU! The other judges lay out the reasons why the Hawaii judge erred to an unprecedented level. In fact, he has in his warped opinion, created a constitutional crisis and exposed the danger of letting advocates inside the judicial system. You can bet the ninth will suffer for it- and they know it.
In one of the most ruthless opinions issued of fellow panel judges, five judges from across the political spectrum in the Ninth Circuit went out of their way to issue an opinion about a dismissed appeal, to remind everybody just how embarrassingly bad the prior Ninth Circuit stay panel decision was on Trump’s travel ban. The five judges included the famed, and most respected intellectual amongst the Ninth Circuit, Alex Kozinski. The others included Jay Bybee, Consuelo Callahan, Carlos Bea and Sandra Ikuta. Nobody other than the original panel came to the defense of the original panel decision, a less than promising start for future approvals of district court interference in Presidential immigration policy.
The language of the opinion was almost Scalian: the five Ninth Circuit judges noted their “obligation to correct” the “manifest” errors so bad that the “fundamental” errors “confound Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit precedent.” The district court questioned any judge issuing a “nationwide TRO” “without making findings of fact or conclusions of law” on the merits of the matter and conducting published opinions on seminal matters of national security based on “oral argument by phone involving four time zones.”
Aside from the procedural defects of the process, the five panel jurists then noted the deep legal problems with the panel’s order: its a-historicity, it’s abdication of precedent, and its usurpation of Constitutionally delegated Presidential rights. Mirroring much of the Boston judge’s decision, the five judges then detail and outline what other critics, skeptics and commentators have noted of the prior panel decision, including critical commentary from liberal law professors and scribes Jonathan Turley, Alan Dershowitz, and Jeffrey Toobin. The original 3-judge panel “neglected or overlooked critical cases by the Supreme Court and by our making clear that when we are reviewing decisions about who may be admitted into the United States, we must defer to the judgment of the political branches.” Of particular note, the five panel judges note how the 3-judge panel decision in “compounding its omission” of Supreme Court decisions and relevant sister Circuit precedents, also “missed all of our own cases” on the subject. The 5 judges conclude the panel engaged in a “clear misstatement of law” so bad it compelled “vacating” an opinion usually mooted by a dismissed case.
Read the whole article. It is stunning in its dismissal of the whole opinion. In Maryland, another former Obama acolyte, and now judge, thinks he might force Trump to increase the number of Muslim immigrants by demanding he do it, as a simple district judge. Another crisis created out of whole cloth by judges who should be slapped across the nose for trying it. The Senate is doing just that, and you can bet Trump will sign it.
As judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals weigh the legality of President Trump’s immigration executive order, a Republican push to split up the controversial court — and shrink its clout — is gaining steam on Capitol Hill.
Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain of Arizona introduced legislation last month to carve six states out of the San Francisco-based court circuit and create a brand new 12th Circuit.
They argue that the 9th is too big, too liberal and too slow resolving cases. If they succeed, only California, Oregon, Hawaii and two island districts would remain in the 9th’s judicial fiefdom.
Right now, Flake said, the circuit is far too sprawling.
“It represents 20 percent of the population — and 40 percent of the land mass is in that jurisdiction. It’s just too big,” Flake told Fox News on Wednesday. “We have a bedrock principle of swift justice and if you live in Arizona or anywhere in the 9th Circuit, you just don’t have it.”
Flake says it typically takes the court 15 months to hand down a decision.
“It’s far too long,” he added.
Conservatives have mocked the 9th Circuit for years, often calling it the “Nutty 9th” or the “9th Circus,” in part because so many of its rulings have been overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The court has a reputation as one of the most liberal in the country, in large part because of its makeup. Eighteen of the court’s 25 active judges have been appointed by Democrats. Former President George W. Bush appointed six justices, while former President Barack Obama appointed seven.
Unless Congress runs into a problem, you can bet the ninth’s days are numbered and they know it. It’s long overdue.
I kinda like Bharara’s campaign of digging out New York state and local corruption. As an assistant US attorney he was going after the governor, the state assembly and even the NYC mayor. Easy pickings for anyone who is looking for generations of open corruption. Nobody looked before because it was the good ol’ boys system of “If you don’t tell on us, we won’t tell on you.” corruption. (Of course, one wonders where he disappeared to when someone mentioned the feds should look into the Clinton Foundation’s illegal donations. )
However, in that mix came Dinesh D’Sousa. He is a conservative writer and producer of some very popular anti-Obama books and movies. He never accused Obama of anything beyond what Obama turned out to be- an America hating, anti-colonist progressive. Of course, that went against the political persona that Obama attempted to develop.
D’Sousa committed the crime of giving a small amount of money to an old college friend running for office. (Compared to the billions given to Clinton’s network, the amount he gave wouldn’t even register as a rounding error!) Because of that, he was arrested and prosecuted and jailed. The sentence, by all accounts, was harsh beyond reason for the crime committed. The message was clear; “Fuck with us, we fuck you with you.” The person sending that message was Bharara.
When Bharara was fired as part of the cycle of removing and replacing political AG in the DOJ, everybody was shocked. He had refused to resign (he is a big supporter of Obama) and was then fired by Trump. Two things here; First replacing political appointees is normal. Second, when you are asked to resign, be a man and resign. Enough grandstanding. It shows your true nature and your inability to realize your real place in the system. You are not that important.
And Bharara’s actions reinforce D’Souza’s contemptuous tweet.
D’Souza makes an observation most people who are not familiar with the Indian culture may have missed. Bharara is that special personality that is drawn to government power. He’s that glorified DMV clerk who makes you go to the back of the line, because he can.
One of the most dangerous personalities in government is the person who believes they can abuse the system just because they can. That personality always ends up destroying someone who doesn’t deserve it. We’ve seen under Obama this kind of prosecutorial abuse at the EPA and other major agencies. Here is another example.
United States Fifth Circuit Court Judge Jerry Smith has scalded a DOJ lawyer for misbehavior in the courtroom. While it wasn’t perjury this time, it was behavior Justice Department lawyers aren’t supposed to do. It’s behavior Attorney General Jeff Sessions will notice and should address. From the case:
And then there is the United States, appearing through attorneys from the Department of Justice. I have no criticism of their knowledge of the law, and their zeal is, to say the least, more than adequate. But they entered these proceedings with arrogance and condescension. One of the Department’s lawyers even exhibited her contempt for Texas and its representatives and her disdain for these proceedings by regularly rolling her eyes at State witnesses’ answers that she did not like, and she amused herself by chewing gum while court was in session.
It was obvious, from the start, that the DoJ attorneys viewed state officials and the legislative majority and their staffs as a bunch of backwoods hayseed bigots who bemoan the abolition of the poll tax and pine for the days of literacy tests and lynchings. And the DoJ lawyers saw themselves as an expeditionary landing party arriving here, just in time, to rescue the state from oppression, obviously presuming that plaintiffs’ counsel were not up to the task. The Department of Justice moreover views Texas redistricting litigation as the potential grand prize and lusts for the day when it can reimpose preclearance via Section 3(c).
This attitude is in keeping with what Hans von Spakovsky and I have reported here on the pages of PJ Media. An ideological hiring campaign took place during the Obama years where Every Single One of the lawyers hired into the Civil Rights Division were committed leftists. When the DOJ inspector general recommended that hiring criteria be changed to eliminate this perceived bias, then-Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez rejected the recommendation.
‘m told that these reports are popular reading inside the Civil Rights Division. Thanks to everyone there for helping make Injustice a New York Times bestseller. Again, Judge Smith:
The Department of Justice has overplayed its hand and, in the process, has lost credibility. The wound is self-inflicted. The grand theory on which its intervention was mainly based—that invidious racial motives infect and predominate in the drawing of the 2011 district lines—has crashed and burned.
For those of you following along, this is a federal judge indicting the perspective, tactics and gum chewing of Justice Department lawyers. They are bigots toward the South. Sure of their righteousness. Zealous in their struggle against people with whom they disagree. We’ve been reporting about this bias now for eight years. Thankfully federal courts now see the same biases and corruption that have been reported here for years. As we saw in November, the American public also understands this bunch and their utopian, transformative agenda.
Voting Section staff even hung a sign inside the Justice Department offices saying “Mess With Texas,” mocking the famous slogan “Don’t Mess With Texas.”
Then of course…Trump won. So this is going to be fun to watch. Drain the swamp.
Before making any statement along the lines of “No way they would be that stupid!” Remember who they are. They are ideologues backed up by a huge leviathan administrative state which shares their common goal of government control over the people, abet for possibly two different motives.
Obama’s type really believe they need to “manage” the lives of their subjects, just as kings did a millennium ago. We are too stupid to take care of ourselves. There are tons of articles illustrating this particular mindset. On the other hand, the administrative state is made up of little people who like a lot of power without accountability- and the cash they can make from that power. Lois Lerner for example was a political appointee in the Clinton administration that moved over to the permanent state. Out of that move she guaranteed herself influence over little people AND a huge pension and retirement benefits. Win/win! She is not alone by any means.
This isn’t WWF stuff. This is real world winner take all!
Obama has apparently installed his select group of permanent political allies. Once inside the system, they cannot be removed unless they quit or die. It’s that simple as the error years ago of allowing them union status guarantees their safety from opposition candidates gaining the White House.
After Trump secured the nomination, Obama’s people filed a wiretapping request. As he was on the verge of winning, they did it again. After he won, they are doing everything they can to bring him down.
It was always going to come down to this.
One is the elected President of the United States. The other is the Anti-President who commands a vast network that encompasses the organizers of OFA, the official infrastructure of the DNC and Obama Anonymous, a shadow government of loyalists embedded in key positions across the government.
A few weeks after the election, I warned that Obama was planning to run the country from outside the White House. And that the “Obama Anonymous” network of staffers embedded in the government was the real threat. Since then Obama’s Kalorama mansion has become a shadow White House. And the Obama Anonymous network is doing everything it can to bring down an elected government.
Valerie Jarrett has moved into the shadow White House to plot operations against Trump. Meanwhile Tom Perez has given him control of the corpse of the DNC after fending off a Sandernista bid from Keith Ellison. Obama had hollowed out the Democrat Party by diverting money to his own Organizing for America. Then Hillary Clinton had cannibalized it for her presidential bid through Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Donna Brazile. Now Obama owns the activist, OFA, and organizational, DNC, infrastructure.
Obama controls the opposition. He will have a great deal of power to choose future members of Congress and the 2020 candidate. But he could have done much of that from Chicago or New York. The reason he didn’t decide to move on from D.C. is that the nation’s capital contains the infrastructure of the national government. He doesn’t just want to run the Democrats. He wants to run America.
Apparently Trump figured if he won the other side would back off. What he got wrong is the other side BELIEVES in what they are doing and a blustering blowhard stumbling into the White House means nothing to them. Just a small bump in the road to be smoothed out with a huge steam roller. Remember, he campaigned on destroying them. They aren’t going to let that happen and they have the power, which includes lying to the media and abusing law enforcement tools.
Trump had locked down the GOP nomination in May. Next month there was a FISA request targeting him. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court denied the request, and it is still unknown whether the request targeted Trump, or only his associates, but it’s silly to pretend that the submission of such a request a month after he became the presumptive GOP nominee was apolitical.
The second, narrower, FISA request came through in October. This one was approved. The reason for getting a FISA request in October was even more obvious than June. October is the crucial month in presidential elections. It’s the month of the “October Surprise” when the worst hit pieces based on the keenest opposition research is unleashed. Obama’s opposition research on Trump involved eavesdropping on a server in Trump Tower. Nixon would have been very jealous.
After the election, Obama Inc. began to spread out its bets. Some of his people migrated into his network of political organizations. Others remained embedded in the government. While the former would organize the opposition, the latter would sabotage, undermine and try to bring down Trump.
An unprecedented campaign for full spectrum dominance was being waged in domestic politics.
Political opposition wasn’t a new phenomenon; even if a past president centralizing control of the organizational and activist arms of his party to wage war on his successor was unprecedented. But weaponizing unelected government officials to wage war on an elected government was a coup.
Obama Anonymous conducted its coup in layers. The first layer partnered congressional Democrats with OA personnel to retain control of as much of the government as possible by the Obama Deep State. They did it by blocking Trump’s nominees with endless hearings and protests. The second layer partnered congressional Democrats with the deeper layer of Obama operatives embedded in law enforcement and intelligence agencies who were continuing the Obama investigations of Trump.
This second layer sought to use the investigation to force out Trump people who threatened their control over national security, law enforcement and intelligence. It is no coincidence that their targets, Flynn and Sessions, were in that arena. Or that their views on Islamic terror and immigration are outside the consensus making them easy targets for Obama Anonymous and its darker allies.
Here is the problem. Washington exists on whispers and underhanded actions. But if the other side uses a government agency against its enemies, THAT is a crime. We already know the DOJ went after Dinesh D’Souza for a minor campaign violation (note HRC and Bill into the billions of questionable and illegal contributions and nothing happened) and the judge made a point of making a point of him forcing him into a halfway house and putting a very limiting probation that had nothing to do with the crime.
We know the IRS, through Lois Lerner and others in coordination with the WH went after the Tea Party.
We know that the ATF under Holder went after gun owners.
We know that the political appointees used private emails to avoid being discovered, one so much she committed crimes to cover it up.
So going after Trump, who promised to undo all the mess that is Obama’s legacy is no stretch. And breaking or bending the rules simply does not matter as the ONLY rule that matters to them is this;
The ends justify the means.
In its last days, Obama Inc. made it easier to pass along unfiltered personal information to the other agencies where Obama loyalists were working on their investigation targeting Trump. The NSA pipeline now makes it possible for the shadow White House to still gain intelligence on its domestic enemies.
And the target of the shadow White House is the President of the United States.
There is now a President and an Anti-President. A government and a shadow government. The anti-President controls more of the government through his shadow government than the real President.
The Obama network is an illegal shadow government. Even its “light side” as an opposition group is very legally dubious. Its “shadow side” is not only illegal, but a criminal attack on our democracy.
When he was in power, Obama hacked reporters like FOX News’ James Rosen and CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson. He eavesdropped on members of Congress opposed to the Iran Deal. Two men who made movies he disliked ended up in jail. But what he is doing now is even more deeply disturbing.
Obama no longer legally holds power. His Deep State network is attempting to overturn the results of a presidential election using government employees whose allegiance is to a shadow White House. Tactics that were illegal when he was in office are no longer just unconstitutional, they are treasonous.
Obama Inc. has become a state within a state. It is a compartmentalized network of organizations, inside and outside the government, that claim that they are doing nothing illegal as individual groups because they are technically following the rules within each compartment, but the sheer scope of the illegality lies in the covert coordination between these “revolutionary cells” infecting our country.
It is a criminal conspiracy of unprecedented scope. Above all else, it is the most direct attack yet on a country in which governments are elected by the people, not by powerful forces within the government.
I don’t disagree. What is an example of this illegality? I was talking to my MENSA bright former detective partner who is far more versed in the issue of intelligence as he had experience with the fed system. He is no fan of Trump. So I expected some kind of push back to what was going on. I was surprised when he opened his comments with- “extra-judicial surveillance.”
He believes, and we’ll see if he is right again, that Trump’s campaign may have been spied on by the NSA or something like it. Once in possession of the Flynn transcript, they illegally passed it around. Obama made it harder to find his leaker by opening up who could read raw data. I understand it was a few at five people originally, it’s probably more like five hundred now. So good luck finding that guy!
My friend also thinks they created the FISA warrant story in order to cover up the illegality. Remember, the “deep state” was leaking the details of this alleged transcript all through the transition. Then somebody asked the question how they got it. That’s when they doubled down on the lies. Either they illegally spied on Trump’s people. Or they convinced a judge through a false affidavit to give them FISA warrants. This is a Chinese menu moment. You either get to pick from column A or column B, that’s it, no three from here, a couple from there. It is one or the other! He also pointed out there had to be a really good reason because no judge would want anywhere near a criminal probe of an opposition candidate running for office. So the chances of a decent judge just saying “Ah, what the hell!” and approving a FISA based on some crap thrown against the wall, fully knowing WE’LL know who he is if Trump wins is pretty thin.
Everyone wants to give Obama the benefit of the doubt that he didn’t know about the investigation. That is about the dumbest thing I can think of. A man obsessed with his legacy being “clean” doesn’t want in on whether or not they are going to wiretap a political opponent? No freaking way! Besides he has proven he has no familiarity with the truth or with any type of ethical or moral underpinning, so…yes Obama could be all over this. Imagine his frustration when HRC lost and he realized that Trump…is…going…to..find…out!
Where they screwed up was they never intended for Trump to win. They could hide this crime easily if HRC was President. However, that went side…ways! So now Trump is President, seriously pissed, not wanting to play the long time game of “If you don’t tell on us about what we did wrong, we won’t tell on you” that changing administrations do. He throws out a few tweets and more importantly does this-
A senior White House official tells the New York Times that White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn is now searching for a FISA warrant – or series of warrants – allegedly issued in an Obama-era investigation of Donald Trump’s ties to a shifty Russian bank.
The official says that McGahn’s office wants access to any order, issued by the ultra-secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, relating to President Trump, his campaign, or his immediate associates.
My buddy pointed out that any target of any FISA warrant is notified by that government of that warrant once it has been executed and fulfilled. Trump’s tweet was simple. “WHERE THE F-ING WARRANT?!” Because the feds, including Comey, are now saying they found nothing amiss in the relationships between the Russians and Trump’s people. That means the investigation is either done, never started or still ongoing. Trouble is nobody wants to own a “ongoing investigation”. It’s to the point where Clapper, the Obama people and Comey are all saying “Not me!” Love it, just love it.
This is called trick bag. I had a case once where the guy denied doing a burglary even though I had his fingerprints all over the house. The homeowner claimed his pistol was missing. I looked at the bad guy and said, “Here’s your problem. I have you dead to rights. The guy is claiming a stolen gun. That makes a simple burglary into an armed burglary, which with your record means guaranteed state time. If don’t talk, I go with what he says.” The bad guy looked at me, pondered his options and said, “F that guy, I didn’t take no gun! He’s lying. I took stuff, but not a gun.”
Right now the political people in charge of agencies capable of doing this kind of “wet work” are screaming their version of “I didn’t take no gun!” In fact, James Comey, the very battered director of the FBI is squalling to the DOJ for someone to get Trump off of him!
President Donald Trump caused a media firestorm by claiming over the weekend that then-President Obama wire-tapped telephones at Trump Tower in Manhattan during the final leg of last year’s election campaign.
Seeing the writing on the wall, tainted FBI Director James Comey promptly and publicly urged the Department of Justice to reject Trump’s claims. Although it is an attempt at a cover-up, it is an admirably transparent one.
Now the outlines of a Watergate-like conspiracy are emerging in which a sitting Democrat president apparently used the apparatus of the state to spy on a Republican presidential candidate. Watergate differed in that President Nixon didn’t get involved in the plot against the Democratic National Committee until later as an accomplice after the fact. Here Obama likely masterminded, or oversaw someone like the diabolical Benghazi cover-up artist Ben Rhodes, masterminding the whole thing.
Throughout his agonizingly long presidency, Obama serially abused his powers as the nation’s Chief Executive to undermine his political opponents. It might be said that every day of his presidency he committed at least one impeachable offense.
Obama used the IRS to target conservative and Tea Party nonprofits, along with Catholic, Jewish, and pro-Israel organizations. He brazenly lied about it, too. His Justice Department surreptitiously obtained telephone records for more than 100 reporters. He did nothing while Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius repeatedly violated the Hatch Act, an anti-corruption statute.
So where are we? Mark Levin uses public record to outline the case against the media and the deep state. It really comes down to two choices, like my burglary suspect. Either the WHOLE thing is a lie and there was no investigation, transcripts or FISA warrant, just political operatives lying to a willing media OR they did in fact intercept private conversations of people inside the Trump campaign and they had better come up with a FISA warrant, affidavit, a FBI team with the guy who wrote that affidavit, a DOJ attorney who approved it and a judge who signed it. That is the ONLY way it goes. They committed the crime, the question is which crime was it.
What reminds me of the Orwell novel “1984” is the way the media is reacting to this. For months the NY Times, etc. were screaming that there were warrants, tapes, transcripts. Headline after headline. Suddenly the Obama administration can’t find one and the media, instead of being angry about being used, blames Trump for being upset and out of control.
They now argue there is no proof there was ever an investigation or any warrants…. I know…WTF?!
If there is no warrant and there is a transcript that was leaked Trump HAS TO PROSECUTE THEM! That is the only way he can get this mess under control. Jail them, jail anyone near them that helped and purge the rest. Or he will be in this battle for four years.