Ben Rhodes does America a favor and tells us why the MSM is so twisted.

From the mouths of drunks and fools occasionally a serious and honest  statement blurts out.  Ben Rhodes made a splash after pushing through the Iranian deal by lying to the MSM about its value and it’s underlying bad deals.  When interviewed, his arrogant and dismissive statement that the reporters he fooled were 27 year old and had no worldly experience shocked the  27yr year old naive reporters.

The words stung like he had slapped them with the slimy tail of a long dead fish! Did they abandon him or do their job in retaliation? No, because they were, and are, Obama lovers, true believers because they know nothing else.  But you have to know it stung nevertheless.

The profile of one Ben Rhodes running in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is not unsympathetic, which makes it all the more devastating.

Perhaps the key sentence is this: “His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling.”

Rhodes comes off like a real asshole. This is not a matter of politics — I have voted for Obama twice. Nor do I mind Rhodes’s contempt for many political reporters: “Most of the outlets are reporting on world events from Washington. The average reporter we talk to is 27 years old, and their only reporting experience consists of being around political campaigns. That’s a sea change. They literally know nothing.”

Imagine that moment when you thought the guy in the lead, who you thought was on your side, actually considered you nothing more than cannon fodder to be abused and thrown aside.  Ouch.

However, Rhodes is right. I watched the last presser with Trump, I listen to the likes of Don Lemon and Rachael Maddow and I have realized we can put the “journalists” into about three categories.  1. The young, dumb, naive crew that loves liberalism because that’s all they know.  Think of them as Maoist youngsters during the Mao reign.

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Best way to describe young “journalists” of today. They believe what they know. They know no truths.

2. The corrupted liberal/socialist/or WORSE types like Van Jones, Maddow, Matthews, Lemon, Pelly, et al.  They are more like Walter Duranty of the New York Times who reported on Russia during Stalin’s era of mayhem and murder and kept saying “All is well, communism is utopia”, and we know he knew better. So let’s call them liars  and charlatans. Jon Lovitz plays it perfectly.

 

You can almost hear the likes of Rather and Lemon and Olbermann shouting with a wink, “Yeah, that’s the ticket!”  The Federalist article gives examples on how these more professional type act. It isn’t always a straight out attack on the person, although Trump’s presidency has encouraged that manner of attack.  But what they do is less a commission as it is an omission. By using the Benghazi attack as an example, the Federalist shows the continuous soft bias of the media.  It isn’t what they ask, it is they don’t ask, thus never demanding an embarrassing answer.

Buried deep beneath the Michael Flynn hysteria this week was Judicial Watch’s release of newly obtained State Department documents related to the Benghazi terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. One email confirms—again—that the Obama administration knew the day after the attack it was not a random act of violence stemming from an anti-Muslim video. That was the excuse shamefully propagated by top Obama administration officials (including the president himself) and swallowed whole by a media establishment desperate to help Obama win re-election six weeks later.

According to the summary of a call on September 12, 2012 between State Department Under-Secretary Patrick Kennedy and several congressional staffers, Kennedy was asked if the attack came under cover of protest: “No this was a direct breaching attack,” he answered. Kennedy also denied the attack was coordinated with the protests in Cairo over the video: “Attack in Cairo was a demonstration. There were no weapons shown or used. A few cans of spray paint.”

 It’s somewhat ironic—galling?—that this email was disclosed the same day the anti-Trump universe was spinning into the stratosphere over Flynn’s resignation as President Trump’s national security advisor. It begs for a little trip down memory lane, to a kinder, gentler time when the media gave a great big pass to another national security advisor in the days after four Americans, including an ambassador, were murdered in Libya by Islamic terrorists under her watch.

Lying to Us Only Matters If We Dislike You

Fun fact: While Trump press secretary Sean Spicer fielded 55 questions on February 14 related to the Flynn debacle, Obama’s press secretary Jay Carney received only 13 questions from reporters on September 12, 2012, three of which were set-ups to blast Mitt Romney’s criticism of the administration after the attack. 55 to 13.

55 to 13.  Think about that. Trump’s presser is an example of a President fighting to get his message out while the media wants to only ask him trick questions nobody cares about. Imagine had the media kept hammering over and over what was becoming quickly recognized as a cover up concerning what we were doing in Libya and what happened on 9/11/12 maybe the truth gets out, maybe Romney wins, maybe. But at least we would know what our government is doing in our name. It’s not like they didn’t know the truth.

But they didn’t.

(Washington DC)—Judicial Watch today released 54 pages of new State Department documents, including a transcript of a September 12 2012, telephone conference call with congressional staffers in which then-Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy admitted that the deadly terrorist assault on the Benghazi Consulate was not “under cover of protest,” but was, in fact, “a direct breaching attack.”

The documents were produced in response to a January 29, 2016, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the State Department failed to respond to an August 27, 2015, FOIA request (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:16-cv-00153)). The recently settled lawsuit sought:

  • All records of security waivers issued for the Special Mission compound in Benghazi, Libya under the Secure Embassy Construction and Counterterrorism Act (SECCA);
  • All records concerning, regarding, or related to the Special Mission compound in Benghazi, Libya being “excepted from office facility standards and accountability” under SECCA as noted by the Benghazi Accountability Review Board.

The transcript was contained in an email from Julie K. Bulgrin, the State Department Bureau of Legislative Affairs director for Global and Functional Affairs:

From: Bulgrin, Julie K.

Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 7:55 PM

To: H_Egypt; Canedo, Denese; Lang, Alan; ‘Rodriguez Miguel’; ‘Arguelles, Adam’; ‘Lundebergy, Greta’; ‘Ortiz, Michael’; ‘Lee Collin’; Pitkin, Douglas A; Maier, Christina A

Subject: Write up of U/S Kennedy Call with Hill re Libya

The call ended up starting around 6:30. Here are the raw notes.

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  • Rob Carter – was this an attack under the cover of a protest?
  • No, this was a direct breaching attack.
  • Do we have any ideas of who launched? Leads?
  • Some claims from someone who has never made threat before, but everyone is looking at this closely.
  • Do we believe coordinated w/Cairo?
  • Attack in Cairo was a demonstration. There were no weapons shown or used. A few cans of spray paint.

The call notes also detail that Amb. Stevens got of the compound, but “collapsed” and was taken to the hospital.  Kennedy also said that it was his personal opinion that the attack “was semi-complex.”

When asked why no Americans troops were inserted, Kennedy responded that “the entire thing lasted approximately 4.5 hours. No US forces within time to get there.”  (This was false, troops were available and could have arrived in time to provide support during the second attack on the CIA annex, which according to Kennedy, was assaulted by 100 attackers.)

One of the reasons the Leviathan of the administrative government is panicking is that people who want to know the truth are now in charge.  The people at State and the CIA were hoping for another four years to completely cover up the mistakes- or crimes- they committed.

If I were the new CIA director my first act would be to have all the Benghazi files brought to me, the RAW files. Not the smoothed over crap the CIA was peddling.  Sure, it’s embarrassing, but when your people are getting killed, you have an obligation to explain why you allowed that to happen. Further, the CIA/STATE operation had nothing to do with keeping America safe, but everything to do with upsetting the balance in the Middle East. We were meddling in the Middle East trying to use force to overthrow a government.  While now we complaining that Russia had the audacity to do it to us, with emails…? Sorry you don’t get a “For God and Country” for that mess.

Andrew Klavan over at PJ Media, like me no Trump fan, points out what is really happening. For YEARS our “leaders” were picked from a rarefied group of acceptable politicians, who all knew which side the real bread was buttered on by the Leviathan cooks.  Now they are facing a true outsider who is wanting the truth of things, and thinks we have a right to know.  They response is they will try to destroy him.  You should take note of that.  When given the choice between serving the American people and telling the truth- they went the other way.

Those whose opposition to Trump has overcome their dedication to the American idea support even the worst of this — appallingly enough. Never Trumper Bill Kristol tweets: “Obviously strongly prefer normal democratic and constitutional politics. But if it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” Leftist filmmaker Rob Reiner says hopefully: “Intelligence community will not let DT destroy democracy.” From Leftist Harvard Law Prof Lawrence Tribe: “Props to the intel officials! They’re putting their duty to protect the nation from hostile Russian acts above their loyalty to this POTUS.”

It’s ugly to accuse people of being unAmerican. But the idea that freedom is served by the CIA undermining our elected president — that’s unAmerican.

If you care about liberty, there’s really only one side here. In the fight between Donald Trump and the Deep State, I’m for Trump one hundred percent. Unconstrained bureaucrats, rogue spies, and their media fellow travelers — I hope he defeats them all.

Yep, but he will need help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And speaking of idiots left behind by Obama that need to go…

Kellyanne Conway, the first woman campaign manager who won a Presidential campaign, made the “mistake” of defending Ivanka Trump from attacks by saying buy her products on TV.  Apparently, the uptight federal government which can’t find a crime in any of HRC’s/Cheryl Mills/Obama coverups, has managed to find Conway violated an ethics rule.  Which the dems jumped all over like a fat kid on a donut!  Truth is this guy should work on real ethic violations or be removed or transferred to the new Fairbanks Alaska branch to find “fake ethic” violations.

Federal ethics officials need more teeth in order to investigate and punish ethics violators, a nonprofit government watchdog group wrote Tuesday.

The Office of Government Ethics (OGE) “lacks the authority to investigate complaints of ethics noncompliance and to issue binding recommendations for disciplinary action,” Project On Government Oversight policy counsel Liz Hempowicz wrote.

“Currently, investigations, determinations, and disciplinary actions … are primarily left to the employing agency in noncriminal cases,” she continued. “For there to be true accountability, ethics investigations and enforcement should be conducted by an entity other than the agencies involved in the alleged violations.”

In a recent example, OGE wrote that “there is strong reason to believe” White House special counselor Kellyanne Conway “has violated the standards of conduct and that disciplinary action is warranted.”

 But OGE is barred from investigating and punishing Conway for using her position to promote Ivanka Trump’s clothing line last week. (RELATED: Ethics Chief Wants Conway Disciplined For Touting Ivanka’s Clothing Line)
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Where’s the love girl power liberals?

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The “Leviathan” takes its first scalp. The illegal destruction of Michael Flynn. There will be more.

I haven’t been blogging much lately basically because the most of the more established blogs have covered the issues quite well.  However, as the guy who drifts towards the underdog, I find myself having to stand up here for….Trump.  Why? Because Trump now realizes, as I did years ago, that the “leviathan” will not be killed easily and in fact will commit homicide, both by personal attacks and maybe in a physical sense, in order to survive.  (And they trash Putin for his will to survive…come on guys..)

The issue people need to grasp here is if there is one breath left on this earth and the government bureaucracy has a choice whether it be them or you- it will ALWAYS be them!

Trump is now learning, painfully, that very lesson. The only way he survives is if the people strike back for him, like a high heater brushing back the overly aggressive batter.  The batter in this case is the neo-con, establishment, entrenched system that people like McCain and Graham and Ryan and Schumer support.  It is manned by the likes of Clapper, Brennan (and those he left behind), Obama and his crew (many also left behind intentionally to defeat Trump’s agenda. A crime? (When does a conspiracy to commit come into play?)

Powerlineblog has a good set of posts, you should read them.  They link over to a good number of articles, not all critical of Trump, but certainly honest in the current situation.  Trump is a billionaire who managed through intimidation and business savvy to  gain money and fame.  He has NO IDEA what a thirty dollar an hour bureaucrat can do to him, especially  if that bureaucrat has access to the most powerful surveillance apparatus known to man.

Trump also didn’t get that judges, especially ninth circuit types, do not follow any law. They stipulate “facts” in order to obtain their desired outcome. I can only imagine Trump’s people going “WTF?” when reading the opinions reached by the ninth.  In fact, there is a rumor that there are other judges ON THE NINTH that are saying the same thing.

Plus, and make no mistake here, the Leviathan, manned by the likes of corrupt Schumer, are intent on slapping the arrogance right out of Trump, then unseat him promptly to put in a more manageable Mike Pence. And they will use the concentrated efforts of Soros funded organizations, Hollywood, the government and the media. It’s Trump vs the world, and that’s why I find myself on the side of the Trumpster. No fan mind you, (I was a Cruz guy because, well, he’s smarter than Trump for one), but Trump won fair and square and did so by  sure will and savvy, so he’s my President and anyone fucking with him, inside the country or out, is the bad guy.

The abrupt resignation Monday evening of White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is the culmination of a secret, months-long campaign by former Obama administration confidantes to handicap President Donald Trump’s national security apparatus and preserve the nuclear deal with Iran, according to multiple sources in and out of the White House who described to the Washington Free Beacon a behind-the-scenes effort by these officials to plant a series of damaging stories about Flynn in the national media.

The effort, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes—the architect of a separate White House effort to create what he described as a pro-Iran echo chamber—included a small task force of Obama loyalists who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn’s credibility, multiple sources revealed.

The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn, an opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, in order to handicap the Trump administration’s efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.

Insiders familiar with the anti-Flynn campaign told the Free Beacon that these Obama loyalists plotted in the months before Trump’s inauguration to establish a set of roadblocks before Trump’s national security team, which includes several prominent opponents of diplomacy with Iran. The Free Beacon first reported on this effort in January.

Sources who spoke to the Free Beacon requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the situation and avoid interfering with the White House’s official narrative about Flynn, which centers on his failure to adequately inform the president about a series of phone calls with Russian officials.

Flynn took credit for his missteps regarding these phone calls in a brief statement released late Monday evening. Trump administration officials subsequently stated that Flynn’s efforts to mislead the president and vice president about his contacts with Russia could not be tolerated.

However, multiple sources closely involved in the situation pointed to a larger, more secretive campaign aimed at discrediting Flynn and undermining the Trump White House.

“It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him,” said one veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House team. “This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”

The Free Beacon first reported in January that, until its final days in office, the Obama administration hosted several pro-Iran voices who were critical in helping to mislead the American public about the terms of the nuclear agreement. This included a former Iranian government official and the head of the National Iranian American Council, or NIAC, which has been accused of serving as Iran’s mouthpiece in Washington, D.C.

Since then, top members of the Obama administration’s national security team have launched a communications infrastructure after they left the White House, and have told reporters they are using that infrastructure to undermine Trump’s foreign policy.

“It’s actually Ben Rhodes, NIAC, and the Iranian mullahs who are celebrating today,” said one veteran foreign policy insider who is close to Flynn and the White House. “They know that the number one target is Iran … [and] they all knew their little sacred agreement with Iran was going to go off the books. So they got rid of Flynn before any of the [secret] agreements even surfaced.”

Flynn had been preparing to publicize many of the details about the nuclear deal that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal, these sources said.

I liked Mike Flynn mainly because Obama hated him.  Anyone Obama hated is a friend of mine.  Why?  Flynn reminded of my old partner, who was just smarter than anyone else in the room. He saw things in levels and depth and was excellent in anticipating outcomes. He would often remark “You can do that if you want, but I wouldn’t” leading to our bosses to stop dead in their tracks, knowing full well they were about to step on their collective di*^s and screw up.  Flynn looked at the Iranian deal and the CIA/State arming jihadis and said “You can do that, but..” and the Obama administration fired him. And much like my bosses when they ignored his warnings, they are realizing they screwed up with ISIS absorbing our weapons and “fighters” and Iran firing ballistic missiles seemingly every day.

If I were Flynn I would go to Congress, with every file I had on those in power, and sit down and do a “James Comey” for eight hours, outlining the Iranian deal, outlining the error the CIA made by backing ISIS fighters and at the end of the day move the Trump agenda ahead a year by bitch slapping the CIA/DIA/NSA/McCain- neocon cabal until they cried for mercy.

From Powerline.

First, I’m calling it an “ouster” because it appears to be the result of a campaign against him. Indeed, Eli Lake calls it a “political assassination.”

Lake quotes Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, as follows: “”First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will be Reince Priebus.” “Put another way,” Lake adds (melodramatically?), “Flynn is only the appetizer; Trump is the entree.”

This doesn’t mean Flynn didn’t deserve to go. If there was substantial reason to believe that he intentionally misled the administration about his conversation with the Russian ambassador, this was sufficient reason to oust him.

Second, when Flynn was appointed national security adviser, I wrote:

Is Flynn an ideal national security adviser? Not in my view. However, he’s the voice Trump wants most to hear on national security issues. I believe that most of what Trump hears from Flynn will be sound.

I stand by both prongs of that assessment. The questions now are whose voice will replace Flynn’s and will the advice President Trump receives be mostly sound.

As Scott says, the frontrunner for the job is believed to be Vice Admiral Robert Harward, a protege of Secretary of Defense James Mattis. I know nothing about Harward, but having a Mattis protege in the position sounds like a good thing. So does having Mike Pence heavily involved in the selection process.

Ret. Gen. David Petraeus is also said to be in the running. The nation is greatly indebted to Petraeus for the Iraq surge and for his military service generally. But after his service to the Obama administration, it’s unclear to me that he would provide mostly sound advice to President Trump. It may be that he would serve up mostly the conventional wisdom of the Obama-era CIA, which Petraeus headed for a time.

Third, in his article on the “political assassination” of Flynn, Eli Lake observes: “It’s very rare that reporters are ever told about government-monitored communications of U.S. citizens.” Trump himself has tweeted:

The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?

The Post says the recording of Flynn’s conversation with the Russian ambassador was obtained by monitoring the ambassador, not Flynn. According to its reporters:

Intelligence analysts began to search for clues that could help explain Putin’s move [his announcement on December 30 of last year not to respond to the Obama administration’s sanctions]. The search turned up Kislyak’s communications, which the FBI routinely monitors, and the phone call in question with Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general with years of intelligence experience.

Whether the contents of the phone call were obtained by monitoring the ambassador or by monitoring Flynn, I think Trump is right. The leaking of those contents is a big part of the story, and a disturbing one.

The media-intelligence community pipeline is a swamp that needs to be drained. But can it be?

That is a good question. It is big and powerful.  The Left made fun of  and complained about J Edgar Hoover for having files on everyone in Washington which protected Hoover from dismissal.  Yet, here we have even a bigger threat to privacy, the threat of a machine scattered across the nation and numbering into the thousands, instead of one man.  In Hoover’s defense he was set on protecting America along with himself.  These guys inside the leviathan are only interested in protecting themselves.  Think about it.  If the new CIA director asks for the real Benghazi file, does a phone conversation he had a year ago with someone, that might be embarrassing to him,  show up with a note saying “You don’t want everyone to see this do you?”

Thomas Lifson over at the American Thinker blog is pulling no punches. It was a coup by insiders.

Make no mistake: we have just witnessed an operation by members of the CIA to take out a high official of our own government.  An agency widely believed to have brought down democratically elected governments overseas is now practicing the same dark arts in domestic American politics.  Almost certainly, its new head, Mike Pompeo, was not consulted.

Senator Chuck Schumer, of all people, laid out on January 2 what was going to happen to the Trump administration if it dared take on the deep state – the permanent bureaucracy that has contempt for the will of the voters and feels entitled to run the government for its own benefit:

New Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump is “being really dumb” by taking on the intelligence community and its assessments on Russia’s cyber activities.

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”

Or, as the old rueful saying has it, “you’ve got to go along to get along.”  This means that we the people had better acknowledge that the bureaucrats have turned into our masters, and the old expression “public servant” is as ironic as anything Orwell came up with.  Schumer knows this and likes it, because the deep state wants a bigger, more powerful government, just as he does.

Note that the law was broken by whoever leaked the transcripts to the media.  Not only is the crime underlying the “scandal” being ignored, but the criminals are being hailed.  On Morning Joe‘s first hour today, the host, a former congressman (i.e., a lawmaker) himself, called the leakers “heroes.”

This interference in domestic politics by the CIA should be regarded as a major threat to our democracy, but of course our Trump-hating domestic media are reveling in a major point scored against the new president.

Let me remind you of some history as it pertains to this.  During the transition from GWB to Obama, the not yet in power Obama administration sent contacts to Iran to tell them NOT TO deal with the GWB administration but to wait until they got into power, because things were changing.  That is EXACTLY what Flynn is accused of doing, yet nobody makes the comparison? Frankly, I think Flynn was doing just that for Trump, letting the Russians know not to overreact to the outgoing idiot of a President.

Not that Trump is a Russian plant, instead Trump truly believes that the greatest threat to our nation right now is the McCain/Graham/neo-con cabal that makes money and keeps power by finding new enemies to fight. When I say “fight” I mean they stay home and go on Sunday shows, and our kids get injured and/0r end up dying in the sand or mud in some shithole on the other side of the world.

Ask yourself what is our intel community attempting to hide? What did it do? What is it doing?  Why are they afraid of letting us see?  Sure, some things do need to be hidden from the American people, we are horrible at keeping secrets, but if they are doing bad things, we need to know. Of course, they will argue, bad things is a matter of perspective.

Who is behind this effort?  The better question is who isn’t.  Over at the New York Post, Paul Sperry points out Obama has his hand in this. We were told before he left, he intentionally inserted his people into career positions (so they can’t be rooted out) in order to disrupt Trump’s attempt to undo any of Obama’s screwed up and dangerous legacy. That is some seriously aggressive actions done by a man who seems to have no concept of boundaries.

When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular “America First” agenda.

He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action. Normally you’d expect an organization set up to support a politician and his agenda to close up shop after that candidate leaves office, but not Obama’s OFA. Rather, it’s gearing up for battle, with a growing war chest and more than 250 offices across the country.

Since Donald Trump’s election, this little-known but well-funded protesting arm has beefed up staff and ramped up recruitment of young liberal activists, declaring on its website, “We’re not backing down.” Determined to salvage Obama’s legacy, it’s drawing battle lines on immigration, ObamaCare, race relations and climate change.

Obama is intimately involved in OFA operations and even tweets from the group’s account. In fact, he gave marching orders to OFA foot soldiers following Trump’s upset victory.

“It is fine for everybody to feel stressed, sad, discouraged,” he said in a conference call from the White House. “But get over it.” He demanded they “move forward to protect what we’ve accomplished.”

Uh…listen….just because you think you are the second coming, doesn’t mean the rest of us do- or HRC would be President… .

Now I ask, as a retired detective, this obvious question. When does it cross over from protests and politics into conspiracy and crime?  You remember, many on the Left wanted DOJ to look at the Tea Party as a RICO crime. The difference here is the Left is breaking things and committing assaults to intimidate others.  THAT is a crime.  Wearing a three pointed hat and marching- then cleaning up your mess afterwards- is not.  See the difference lefties?

And speaking of crimes.  This is an interesting take. Flynn is a private citizen with a long military career and top secret clearance. He calls or receives a call from the Russians, and while talking to them, they bring up the sanctions (according to one report).  To that he says wait until Trump gets in and everything is under review. What is the crime?

Remember, the sanctions were put in place by Obama on the way out as a way to cement the meme “The Russians stole the election” to explain why HRC lost.  It was not a serious effort, just politics.

However during this conversation(s), Flynn is being recorded by top secret intercepts.  As Intel Chairman Nunes points out there had better be a paper trail- including a warrant signed by a judge as per the federal law- allowing for that conversation to be kept and transcribed. THEN the person who leaked it MUST BE arrested and prosecuted.  You want to play, there’s a fee for playing. It is that simple.  I hate “whistleblowers” on the Left who are truly never at risk for prosecution, while the guys in the real world get hammered for coming forward if the complaint is against a liberal progressive. No more.

House Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes called foul on the leaks of classified information relating to conversations between former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and a Russian ambassador.

“Any intelligence agency cannot listen to Americans’ phone calls,” Nunes told reporters Tuesday night. “If there’s inadvertent collection that you know is overseas there’s a whole process in place for that.”

He explained, “It’s pretty clear that’s not the case, so then they could have been listening to someone else and inadvertently picked up an American. If that happens, there’s a whole process in place to where they have to immediately get rid of the information unless it’s like high level national security issue and then someone would have to unmask the name — someone at the highest levels.”

“So in this case it would be General Flynn and then how did that happen. Then if they did that, then how does all that get out to the public which is another leak of classified information,” Nunes added. “I’m pretty sure the FBI didn’t have a warrant on Michael Flynn.”

The California Republican said he expects the FBI to tell him exactly what is going on.

 

One would hope, but at this point it is obvious the leviathan is simply going to do what it wants, screw the law and the good guys.

Like I said, Flynn should go up to Congress, with THEIR files, and spill the beans, demand the FBI show him the warrant and explain he was just doing what Valerie Jarrett did in 2008/9 before Obama came into office.  Remember, this guy is the one who made Obama and the PC crew look stupid by demanding they call radical Islam..well, radical Islam.

To abandon him is a loss.  Maybe Trump makes him a private contact and lets him hammer the PC crowd like a rusty nail!

Better days

 

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Maybe NOT the Russians? The TRUTH of this has to come out

The Democrats, who have SCREAMED the Russians did it!, may have a serious problem. It seems their desire for diversity may have compromised serious security for our nation.  Now we don’t know exactly what happened, but the guess is a number of them, if not all of them, who use the DNC system and the intel committees, had their data accessed and even equipment stolen by three subjects- Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan (plus a mystery woman).

Three brothers who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers were abruptly relieved of their duties on suspicion that they accessed congressional computers without permission.

Brothers Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan [Ed: Militant Quakers, no doubt] were barred from computer networks at the House of Representatives Thursday, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.

Also among those whose computer systems may have been compromised is Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat who was previously the target of a disastrous email hack when she served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 campaign.

The brothers are suspected of serious violations, including accessing members’ computer networks without their knowledge and stealing equipment from Congress.

Jamal handled IT for Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Texas Democrat who serves on both the intelligence and foreign affairs panels.

“As of 2/2, his employment with our office has been terminated,” Castro spokeswoman Erin Hatch told TheDCNF Friday.

Jamal also worked for Louisiana Democrat Rep. Cedric Richmond, who is on the Committee on Homeland Security.

Imran worked for Reps. Andre Carson, an Indiana Democrat, and Jackie Speier, a California Democrat. Both are members of the intelligence committee, and their spokesmen did not respond to TheDCNF’s requests for comment. Imran also worked for the House office of Wasserman Schultz.

Then-Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, employed Abid for IT work in 2016. She was a member of House committees dealing with the armed services, oversight, and Benghazi. Duckworth was elected to the Senate in November, 2016. Abid has a prior criminal record and a bankruptcy

W..T…F…?!

How much was accessed and stolen?  That’s a good question, but remember, these are the same guys who swore the Russians did it.  Even when the Russians kept saying, “Hey look, we do bad shit all the time, this time, Honest Injun’ we did not do it!”

What makes me wonder if there is a bit of a cover up going on here, because the complaint is they “stole” equipment.  More likely they took equipment that had data on it, because they made a salary of 160,000.00- a PIECE! So, snagging a laptop isn’t cost effective.  What they may have stole is information on the laptop.

You can bet if the Dems were compromised by hiring, for the sake of diversity, Middle Eastern types, but managed instead to be compromised by those same ME types and top secret data was stolen, you can bet they are in full cover up mode!  Worse, if that data made it to even bigger ME bad guys.

They will chase the brothers down for stealing a laptop, deny they took data, and blame Putin and Trump.  (Which sadly, I may have just written Don Lemon’s opening statement on his lame show!)

“if they were compromised”…  who am I kidding. It is how MUCH they were compromised!

Fools.  Utter fools who will get a bunch of good people killed on the altar of PC and the progressive agenda.  Not them, sadly, they are above all this mess.  It will be just regular folks trying to do the right thing. Maybe even the SEAL in Yemen.

Jeezz….

Apparently, not Mormons from Utah.

William and Imran. There are several ways to screw around while in government employ, I guess….

 

 

 

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When is being an obstructionist crossing the line?

I understand now why the Trump people are fighting over things like crowd sizes and popular votes. They are in a dog fight with a large and violent and unconstitutional segment of our society.  Some of my “conspiracy” buddies- and I put this in quotes only because it appears they are onto something- warned me and others about the “deep state” inside our government, along with other major elements of our nation, that are hellbent on undermining and destroying and REMOVING a duly elected President, violently or illegally if necessary.  And they do it with the confidence of a Fascist ideologue.  All the while calling the Trump supporters fascist ideologues.  Weird, right?

And yet, there is not doubt this is an all out war on a President, who is only two weeks in office.  Imagine had Americans did the same thing in 2008 because they didn’t like Obama?!

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They aren’t lying.

By the way, this is a map of America Trump won. Take out the liberal urban population centers and HRC’s entire campaign was non-existent.

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So who is doing this? The answer, sadly, is a good number of Americans and international influences who fear Trump might actually have a point here- that America first is not a bad thing.  The fact they are so violently certain of their ideals is frightening.  Trump’s large victory, and it was large, has ripped off any facade of decency the people behind the effort have as they try to destroy America quietly (led by Obama and his ilk), and exposed the violent underpinnings of what is simply an all out effort to eliminate America from within. Imagine if HRC had made it,  the wounds would have been fatal.

Now some of the people are arguing against themselves and don’t realize it.  Gays are against Trump for no good reason.  He’s trying to save their lives and lifestyles by slowing down the immigration of a culture that murders gays- for simply being gay.  (Pulse nightclub shootings were Muslim on gay attacks.) Militant gays, like the one we have here, would be hunted down and killed on the spot in a world dominated by Islam.  So, next time a gay person gets all twisted up over Trump, he/she should take a minute to rethink  his/her position- or a trip to the Middle East- and consider their good fortune.

Same with the INSANE woman’s movement, which is figuratively and literally melting down over what exactly?  A cad in the White House? Back when WJC was in there, you girls were lining up to see if you could “get you some” of ol’ Billy!  Now it’s the worse thing ever?  Come on!

Now the media is simply out and out lying about Trump at every turn, and when one of the spokespeople makes an honest mistake, they jump in with both feet.  The other day, Kellyanne Conway misspoke calling the break up of a plot in Kentucky a “massacre” and CNN, along with every liberal source in America, ran with that single mistake over and over, and over and over, totally missing the rest of Conway’s message. Or better put, dismissing her message because “she’s the enemy.”  (Seriously, if CNN is in the front row at the next presser, shame on Trump and Spicer.)

They ignore the almost perfect message she sends otherwise, like when being interviewed by Chris Wallace and smoking his weak arguments like an angry wife telling her errant husband EXACTLY what is wrong with him, and him taking it like a wimp!  Here’s that interview. She is so much smarter and better than they all are.  Take the time to watch it.

But the MSM simply will not waiver from their conviction that Trump “must be stopped”.  Because I guess, we were doing so well going in the other direction; arming Iran, freeing terrorists while letting more into our country, destroying the middle class, while enriching billionaires and other nation’s lower class of workers, destroying our way of life, our morality and what was once a common fabric of all of us being Americans rather than divided groups full of self interested activists.

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Some lying angry elitists liberals with a TV show. That nobody watches.

Now we expect the Dems to be fighting back. It the hypocrisy that drives normal people nuts.  Schumer is a snake.  The quintessential example of the Serpent.  Not his fault- he’s a lawyer, and a New Yorker, and a corrupt politician.  Like I said- snake.  And I’m wrong, it is his fault.

However, at this point the obstructionist attitude is going a bit far.

The Senate Democrats’ obstruction of President Trump’s cabinet nominees has reached a record-setting level. Yesterday, ABC News reported: “President Trump has more unconfirmed Cabinet nominees at this point in his term than all previous presidents combined.” Senate Democrats have failed to a historical magnitude to offer deference to the president, running counter to what they argued for during previous administrations.

From President George Washington to President Barack Obama, only 10 times has a president’s initial Cabinet nominees remained unconfirmed two weeks into their terms. Never in all of American history has this level of obstruction been seen.

Remember they can get away with this because Trump supporters are working and not marching on Schumer’s office and setting it on fire- like the anarchists are doing everywhere else. The Left/Soros/liberals still setting the narrative. Imagine how quickly ol’ Chucky would get on board if his limo was set on fire like that poor driver in New York!

Maxine Waters, a nutbag liberal, and rich from DC corruption (remember, it’s all about the money and power),  is saying she lives to impeach Trump, even though she can’t explain why- other than she’s pissed HRC sucked as a..I mean lost.

All of this is liberal madness.  But it isn’t a crime.  However, we are now hearing that former Obama administration people are holding classes for federal employees on how to thwart the President’s efforts and not get fired or disciplined. Now think about that for a second, if this had occurred in 2009, which CNN talking head would just have exploded?  That’s a trick question, they would have ALL exploded!  And yet there is a movement to do exactly that.

The weepy bureaucrats at the EPA have rallied and are now setting up their own resistance communication network within the agency. Politico reports:

At the EPA, a small group of career employees — numbering less than a dozen so far — are using an encrypted messaging app to discuss what to do if Trump’s political appointees undermine their agency’s mission to protect public health and the environment, flout the law, or delete valuable scientific data that the agency has been collecting for years, sources told POLITICO.

Fearing for their jobs, the employees began communicating incognito using the app Signal shortly after Trump’s inauguration. Signal, like WhatsApp and other mobile phone software, encrypts all communications, making it more difficult for hackers to gain access to them.

One EPA employee even got a new, more secure cellphone, and another joked about getting a “burner phone.”

This underground resistance effort is also said to be communicating with “former Obama administration political appointees” on their plans. So you can probably expect lots of leaked exclusives about the EPA at the New York Times and the Washington Post, none of which will mention that the former President’s people are passing them the information. In fact, these people are so proud of themselves that they are already leaking their existence to the media before they’ve even done anything.

Imagine for a moment that Hillary Clinton had won the election and a group of partisans at Customs and Border Patrol decided to start an encrypted network to stay in contact with former Trump campaign staffers. I have little doubt this would be considered extreme and dangerous. The word “sedition” would likely appear in print somewhere. If there was any question about cutting the EPA’s budget before, there won’t be now.

Agreed, along with some serious employee reassignments, to places like Fairbanks Alaska to measure snow drifts.

The trouble is the liberal ideological person, who was embedded into the government for a long time cannot allow his or her personal belief system (which may be wrong) to stop them from doing the job.  If it does, they must resign.

When a federal employee turns dissent into disruption and disobedience, then they have crossed a line. If President Trump issues a policy that is legal and with which a federal employee disagrees, they have to carry out the directive. If their conscience forbids them to carry out the policy, they need to resign. The civil service is effective largely to the extent that it is above politics. As the Heritage Foundation explained, “the President needs a full cadre of personnel committed to him and his agenda in the federal agencies that execute the details of national policy.” Once a presidential election is over, federal employees are obliged to respect the results of that election, and carry out the lawful policy initiatives of the president.

If a federal employee doesn’t like the ideological foundation or likely outcomes of a presidential directive, it doesn’t mean that the directive is not legal. It means that the views of the federal employee are in conflict with the views of the president who runs the federal government. In that instance, the solution should not be to resist the actions of the president in their professional capacity as a career civil servant in the workplace. The solution is for that federal employee to honorably resign, not actively or passively hamper the White House.

Unlike the Acting AG, who decided she wanted to act out (and get some publicity) instead of being a professional.  What she doesn’t understand is this isn’t about her or Trump, but over sixty million voters, three thousand counties and 304 electoral votes Trump won.  They are the ones who are insulted by these actions- and there should be a penalty for her and other to act out that way.

What penalty?   I would make it a law- quickly- that if you show up in a mask to protest you get arrested.  You can protest, you can be violent, but when you do, the police will know who you are and hold you accountable.  Trust me, that would cut the violence down to nothing.

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This should earn you a rubber bullet to the chest and handcuffs. Take out the fun, they will go home.

Secondly, Trump should quietly move to take the silly union protections from the employees.  Not all, but the ones that stop them from being fired for being freaking terrible employees and even criminals! Let the good people do a good job without having to drag the dead weight of bad employees along with them! (Take the time to read up on the VA for examples.)

Trump is going to be swimming upstream, while under fire, weighed down lead weights hung on him by his own bureaucracy.  He’s going to need to eat his Wheaties. Especially when dealing with fools like this. Remember, they have been told he’s the bad guy, not seen it so far.

In a blog post for Foreign Policy magazine, Rosa Brooks, a former Obama administration official, outlined four ways to “get rid” of President Trump, including declaring him mentally unfit for command or carrying out a military coup.

Brooks is a Schwartz senior fellow at the New America Foundation, which is funded by billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations. She served from 2009-2011 as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as a senior adviser at Obama’s State Department.

Her posting is titled “3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020,” although the piece actually outlines four ways.

In what seems to be a deliberate tactic, Brooks repeatedly questions Trump’s mental stability, claiming that the president’s first week in office “has made it all too clear: Yes, he is as crazy as everyone feared.”

Brooks, who is not a mental health professional, offered no evidence for her armchair psychological evaluation other than citing policies that she doesn’t like.

Remember those optimistic pre-inauguration fantasies? I cherished them, too. You know: “Once he’s president, I’m sure he’ll realize it doesn’t really make sense to withdraw from all those treaties.” “Once he’s president, surely he’ll understand that he needs to stop tweeting out those random insults.” “Once he’s president, he’ll have to put aside that ridiculous campaign braggadocio about building a wall along the Mexican border.” And so on.

Nope. In his first week in office, Trump has made it eminently clear that he meant every loopy, appalling word — and then some.

Brooks listed four ways to get rid of a “crummy” president.

  • Elect him out of office after his four-year term. “But after such a catastrophic first week, four years seems like a long time to wait,” she wrote.

  • Impeachment. However, she lamented, “impeachments take time: months, if not longer — even with an enthusiastic Congress. And when you have a lunatic controlling the nuclear codes, even a few months seems like a perilously long time to wait.”

  • Utilizing a claim of mental instability to invoke the 25th Amendment of the Constitution, which sets the path for the commander-in-chief’s removal if the “president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

  • A military coup. She writes: “The fourth possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders.”

Military coup.  Where was that idea eight years ago?

 

 

 

 

 

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John Brennan needs to just go away

He’s the ultimate political insider/do-boy.  He’s the one that made the intel officers in the ranks change their reports to match not reality but what Obama’s people wanted.  Reality, as she is a fickle bitch, bit Obama in the ass and he blamed the rank and file officers for screwing up.  Which is a dumb thing to do (hello Wikileaks).

But Brennan, the “perfect” bureaucrat, doesn’t realize he has no friends. He screwed up by getting too far up the chain and then being called out for his lies.  His public persona is just off putting, as he looks like he’s that kind of guy.  If he had stayed in middle management inside such a huge system he could F-up until the cows came home and just be moved around but never fired. (If you have ever worked in government you know those people I’m talking about.!)  But he’s been caught publicly putting his finger on the scales of truth more than once, so his credibility is shot with any average citizen out there who has paid even the slightest attention.

But he still wants to bitch.

Just one day after he left the seat, former CIA Director John Brennan said President Donald Trump “should be ashamed of himself.”

Trump gave his first speech to the CIA Saturday after repeatedly attacking the U.S. intelligence community as president-elect. At the time, he alleged they leaked information about Russian interference in the presidential election.

Then-Director Brennan lashed back, telling The Wall Street Journal, “It’s when there are allegations made about leaking or about dishonesty or a lack of integrity, that’s where I think the line is crossed,” he said. “Tell the CIA officers who are serving in harm’s way right now and their families who are worried about them that they are akin to Nazi Germany. I found that to be very repugnant, and I will forever stand up for the integrity and patriotism of my officers who have done much over the years to sacrifice for their fellow citizens.”

Trump went to the rank and file of the agency and cleared all that up by pointing out that he doesn’t think THEY are the problem, but types like Brennan are. (He’s wrong, there are far too many politically left employees in the agency. A result of the intentional seeding of ALL departments by democrats.)  Brennan trying to use the real agents as cover for his corruption is an embarrassment.   If you look at Brennan, you can see that classic “But I was just following orders” personality that the world witnessed in the docks at Nuremberg. So no, Trump isn’t saying the CIA are Nazi types, he’s saying YOU are the Nazi types, and guess what, the average Joe agrees.

My message to Brennan is-  go away, get on panels, get guest shots on CNN where they will allow you to spew your message that Trump is a screw up.  Who cares, you were in charge when he wasn’t and everything went sideways.  That’s the reality of it, and reality bit you in the ass as well.

And when the dems quit stalling over the new CIA director, I hope the new guy pulls the files on your questionable operations and makes them transparent.  People have a right to know just how badly all of this was handled. Of course, there is that persistent rumor those files are being eliminated.

The campaign to delay Pompeo’s confirmation appears to be just one piece of a larger effort aimed at undermining Trump’s national security team, multiple sources told the Free Beacon.

There is evidence Obama’s outgoing administration took steps to complicate and delay the building of Trump’s new team, according to one veteran foreign policy insider who has been in close contact with Trumps’ national security transition team.

“Something strange is going on,” the source, who is not authorized to speak on the record, said. “The Trump folks keep loading up accounts and looking at specific jobs, and they’re not finding anything like what should be there. It’s like the Obama national security team went out of their way to cripple the transition on the way out.”

A senior congressional aide familiar with the efforts to hold up Pompeo’s confirmation vote told the Free Beacon that Democrats are playing politics with America’s national security.

“This is nothing more than an exercise in partisan showmanship,” the source said. “Senate Democrats know Pompeo is wholly qualified for this job and that he’ll eventually be confirmed.”

“Playing politics with this confirmation only jeopardizes our national security at a time when the United States faces a multitude of security challenges,” added the congressional source, who asked not to be named so he could speak freely. “They should drop this charade and confirm him.”

Keep shredding boys. Of course you know somebody inside made copies and is just waiting for you to leave…so…

 

 

 

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Beware

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Ouch!

As my son pointed out the Crusades will soon begin.  I would just let the Russians lead the way.  Putin hates terrorists and they respond to questionable acts with “JAG? Vhat is this JAG you say we have to check with?”

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Trump’s in. His speech honest. The war is on. The Clintons are gone.

It’s been a good week.  Trump’s speech was a direct shot across the bow of the establishment like a pop in the jaw.  If the Republicans and the Democrats backed by the administrative state think they can bend him, they now know the only way back to their comfortable corruption is by destroying him.  That means war.

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Showing where he’s going to hang establishment gonads.

A friend of mine pointed out he read an article where a Republican in an off the record interview simply stated they will wait until he trips up and then impeach him.  The “Leviathan” will not be stopped by one guy who thinks silly things like government serves the people, not the other way around.

I agree. They will. And the press will turn him into Nixon, the loyal Republicans will suddenly fade away and power will be regained by those who fear they have lost it temporarily.  If I were Trump I would assume everything is a trap.

On the bright side, the Clintons -as a national couple consumed by power- are gone.  Gone, gone, gone…did I say gone?  I lived long enough to see their cycle come and go, sadly with a lot of damage in between to our nation and others.  But they are gone.  To that end, let me share some great cartoons.

Obama Gone

Literally Hillaryu

 

Hillary's Meds

I figured they had an IV of Valium stuck in her. She starts to twitch they hit the pump!Then she sits back down and does the “Queen wave” at the imaginary people she sees in her head!

However, as a final reminder why America could not risk Hillary in the White House we get this wonderful moment.  Bill getting busted by Hill yet once again!

I know right! She has to be thinking “I was embarrassed TWICE by losing an election not rigged by the DNC.  I was found out to be a liar, paranoid and a felon.  I may STILL face civil fines for running a scam charity.  I put up with your mistress for years and you STILL can’t keep it in your pants?! I’m going to grab you by your balls and rip the….aahhhh Valium…”

This is already occurring.  Trump may sideline the MSM for years to come.

Trump Querstions

And lastly metrosexual men may not need to apply moment,

 

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Semper fi!

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They are not going to lose to a Trump candidate again- DHS declares elections critical infrastructure

And this is the end game. 

In a stunning last minute power grab by the Obama administration with just 14 days left in his Presidency, the Department of Homeland Security released a statement this evening officially declaring state election systems to be “critical infrastructure.”  The statement from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson defines “election infrastructure” as “storage facilities, polling places, centralized vote tabulations locations, voter registration databases, voting machines” and all “other systems” to manage the election process…so pretty much everything.

I have determined that election infrastructure in this country should be designated as a subsector of the existing Government Facilities critical infrastructure sector. Given the vital role elections play in this country, it is clear that certain systems and assets of election infrastructure meet the definition of critical infrastructure, in fact and in law.

 

I have reached this determination so that election infrastructure will, on a more formal and enduring basis, be a priority for cybersecurity assistance and protections that the Department of Homeland Security provides to a range of private and public sector entities. By “election infrastructure,” we mean storage facilities, polling places, and centralized vote tabulations locations used to support the election process, and information and communications technology to include voter registration databases, voting machines, and other systems to manage the election process and report and display results on behalf of state and local governments.

Of course, it’s likely not a coincidence that the DHS made this announcement just hours after the “intelligence community” declassified their “Russian Hacking” propaganda which basically noted that RT has a very effective social media distribution platform while once again providing absolutely no actual evidence.

My position on this is Trump, if he’s really a guy that gets it, throws this mess out with the trash ten seconds after he gets sworn in.

Federalizing elections is unconstitutional- and a guarantee that one party will always win.

 

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The danger of the “government employee” syndrome in intelligence. The “why” no one should trust James Clapper.

Or John Brennan for that matter. There are people who make a career of staying inside the system. That choice forces them to decide what they are going to accept and what they are going to resist.  Often, they accept far more, justifying their accepting of the lies they are told and they are forced to tell by saying it is for the “greater good.”  The trouble with that theory is the greater good is defined by people with teir own questionable agendas.

Government employees like John Brennan have long ago agreed to sell out their ethical souls in  exchange for influence,  power and an opportunity to gain wealth.   We have examples of this throughout our history and the history of other nations. There will always be those guys and gals who simply choose being part of the system over telling the truth.

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who do they serve…other than themselves?

Newt Gingrich was interviewed the other day and said Clapper was a friend of his.  When asked about Clapper’s obvious lies in the past, Newt uncomfortably attempted to avoid the subject my mumbling that people make bad choices.  Here’s the problem.  If he made the choice to lie to the American people in front of Congress, he’s freaking out of here.  Either don’t answer- and take the lick for that- or answer honestly.  Lying ruins your credibility, even if it gains you favor with your masters.

Here’s the key transcript:

Wyden: Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?

Clapper: No sir.

Wyden: It does not?

Clapper: Not wittingly. There are cases where they could, inadvertently perhaps, collect—but not wittingly. This was a lie. Many people believed it was a lie at the time, but that was confirmed thanks to the documents leaked by Ed Snowden, who later claimed that seeing that bit of testimony helped convince him that he needed to go through with his plan to leak this information.

James Clapper, of course, is the Director of National Intelligence, and the heads of the various intelligence agencies basically report in to him. He’s still in that job, which many people argue is a complete travesty. He flat out lied to Congress and got away with it.

What’s been really odd is that the story as to why Clapper lied seems to keep changing. When questioned about this, Clapper’s initial response was that he thought that Wyden was asking about collection of email information, which is clearly not the case if you just listen to the actual question. Wyden, pretty clearly, says “any type of data at all.” About a week later, Clapper changed his story, saying that he believed the question was an unfair “loaded question” (he compared it to the “when did you stop beating your wife” type of question — even though it’s not that at all) and then said that he gave “the least untruthful answer.”

This didn’t make much sense either — and it made even less sense when Senator Wyden revealed that he didn’t just spring this question on Clapper, but had sent it to Clapper’s office a day ahead so he could review the question and be aware of what he was to be asked. On top of that, Wyden revealed that after Clapper’s answer — which Wyden knew was false — Wyden staffers sent a letter to Clapper asking him if he wanted to amend his answer, and Clapper’s office refused to do so.

Finally, about a month later, Clapper finally admitted that he lied, now claiming that it was all a “mistake.”

“mistakes will happen, and when I make one, I correct it.” Except… he had been given the chance to correct it and he didn’t. It was only after it was publicly revealed (via Snowden and Glenn Greenwald) that Clapper was outright lying that he claimed he made “a mistake.” But, even then, it only came after pretending he misheard the question, then claiming that it was a loaded question (when it was not). And then, of course, months later, Clapper could pretend, with the benefit of hindsight, that he should have been more forthright about the program, but that’s difficult to believe. And none of it matters, because the DOJ refuses to investigate Clapper for lying.

I think the bigger question we should ask, rather than “When did you stop beating your wife” as Clapper laments, is “When are you going to stop lying to please your masters?”

Every government employee knows these guys. I know them.  Anyone in government who is reading this post will nod their heads and say “Yep, I know one.”  These guys who decide early to play the game  and then compromise a lot.  They will, without hesitation, also stab a good guy in the back, lie for their bosses, and stop people from doing their jobs  if told to do so.  When an ethical employee quits in protest, these guys stay on burying themselves deeper into to the bureaucracy like a tick.  The higher up they go, the more likely they trade their ethics for access.

Now Clapper is in front of Congress yapping about how the intel community concluded the Russians undermined our election in order to help Trump.   True?  Maybe.  Who cares?  Only the liberals.  Is this verified with fact and evidence and not opinion?  Well, that’s the rub. They refuse to give up their sources, once again saying “trust us.”

The problem with that is the intel community under Brennan and Clapper has become uber political and maybe a shadow government unto itself.  And both have been caught shading the truth more than once.  In fact, fifty intel analysts risked or destroyed their careers by signing a letter of complaint that senior intel people (read Clapper and Brennan) were forcing them to change their reports to reflect an opinion more in line with Obama’s, which is we were beating ISIS (when they were actually gaining ground and influence).  You can bet if fifty are willing to destroy themselves, thousands are quietly agreeing. (If this were Climate Change, the liberals would be saying “The science is settled because so many are in agreement!)

Worse, the Democrats are trying to set the narrative that Trump is illegitimate.  He’s isn’t but that won’t stop the drumbeat.  I hope in this case he fights and fights and fights.  One way to fight back is to ask the very simple question EVERYBODY should be screaming about.  How does the FBI know for a fact the Russians hacked the DNC server?  The answer is they do not.

Never? Not once? The FBI has consistently asserted that the hack of the Democratic National Committee was an operation linked to the Russian government, even if they were less convinced that the Russians wanted to elect Donald Trump as a result. Last night, however, BuzzFeed’s Ali Watkins reported that the DNC has told her that the FBI never requested access to their servers, nor has any other government agency. Instead, they relied on a report from a private vendor:

The FBI did not examine the servers of the Democratic National Committee before issuing a report attributing the sweeping cyberintrusion to Russia-backed hackers, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Six months after the FBI first said it was investigating the hack of the Democratic National Committee’s computer network, the bureau has still not requested access to the hacked servers, a DNC spokesman said. No US government entity has run an independent forensic analysis on the system, one US intelligence official told BuzzFeed News.

“The DNC had several meetings with representatives of the FBI’s Cyber Division and its Washington (DC) Field Office, the Department of Justice’s National Security Division, and U.S. Attorney’s Offices, and it responded to a variety of requests for cooperation, but the FBI never requested access to the DNC’s computer servers,” Eric Walker, the DNC’s deputy communications director, told BuzzFeed News in an email.

So who did check out the hacked servers? The DNC brought in a well-respected outfit called Crowdstrike to check out their systems, and it was Crowdstrike that concluded that the DNC was the victim of a Russian-government hack. “Crowdstrike is pretty good,” Watkins’ intel-community source told her, adding that they had no reason to believe that Crowdstrike got it wrong.

As pretty good as Crowdstrike might be, cyberattacks are federal crimes. Add to that the espionage implications involved with a hostile government intrusion, and this story doesn’t add up at all. This kind of crime should have had the FBI seizing the evidence and creating a chain of evidence in order to build a case should the opportunity for prosecution arise. The CIA and/or the NSA should have conducted their own probe of the servers to check for potential means to track back the attacks. Those are fairly obvious first steps to take under any circumstances, let alone the highly public circumstances of these hacks both then and over the last several weeks.

Let me break this down in a simple to understand case.  Let’s say the police respond to a murder. There is a victim dead on the floor. They are not allowed to examine the body or collect evidence. However, the owner of the home says to them “We hired a third party contractor to collect evidence, including fingerprints, which was matched to “X”.  So go arrest them.” And the FBI did just that. They took the word of the DNC that the Russians did it, based on the report generated by a private firm.

Now let’s go back to the murder case and now imagine it in court.  The first question would be to the arresting officer. “It says here that prints from the scene, on the bloody knife in fact, were lifted and matched to my client, is that correct?”  “Yes.”  “Can you tell me the name of your certified evidence tech in your department that did that?”  “Uhh….welll.. you see… we let Acme evidence collection and plumbing do the work, so we don’t have any actual…evidence…. . ”

At which point the judge would call a halt to the case, the officer and the prosecutor (who is now suffering a micro stroke!) would be called into chambers and be given the riot act, just before the judge threw the case out, held the officer in contempt and screamed at the prosecutor until the poor kid pissed himself.

And yet, the FBI concludes, after not concluding and getting hammered by the MSM, that the intel agencies were right.

The trouble with this is the agencies released a public version of the report and in it there is no proof.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the Russians are doing stuff as we do stuff to other nations- as pointed out by a senator in the hearings.  It’s business.  To use this as evidence that Russia worked to get Trump elected is wrong and very political.  In Israel, Obama’s State Department funded anti-Netanyahu efforts during their election.  We PAID people to undermine him!  All because Obama hated Netanyahu for standing up to Obama’s feckless and dangerous foreign policy efforts.  This we do know for a fact, so the question now is, where is the sanctions on Obama?

So either it is all fair in love and war, or we quit doing what we complain others are doing to us and see what happens. I’m betting the whining complaining government of the US will in fact continue to do their best to hack, undermine, confuse our enemies in order to promote our agenda, and we should expect and counter-strike any attempts by our enemies to do the same to us.  It’s the game.  Quit whining and lying to your own people for a change.

The Washington Examiner asks some serious questions about the report, much of which appears to be rehashed open sourced material dating back several years.  In essence, what the “spies” are telling us is Russia, under Putin, is working to undermine the last remaining superpower and through that advance its own agenda.  Well DUH!!!  The political aspect is the tying in of Trump, formed as an assumption and a personal opinion by the intel community.

Julia Ioffe, a writer for The Atlantic who watches Russia carefully, tweeted this about the intelligence community’s unclassified report on Russian hacking released Friday: “It’s hard to tell if the thinness of the #hacking report is because the proof is classified, or because the proof doesn’t exist.”*

“Thin” is right. The report is brief — the heart of it is just five broadly-spaced pages. It is all conclusions and no evidence. In the introduction, the IC — the collective voice of the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA — explains that it cannot supply evidence to the public, because doing so “would reveal sensitive sources or methods and imperil the ability to collect critical foreign intelligence in the future.”

The problem is, without evidence, it’s hard for the public to determine just what happened in the hacking affair. So here are six questions the IC might consider answering in the days ahead:

1) When did the Russian hacking campaign begin? The report says Vladimir Putin “ordered an influence campaign in 2016.” It also says Russia’s intelligence services gained access to the Democratic National Committee’s computer system in July 2015 as part of an effort targeting both Democrats and Republicans, as well as individual campaigns, think tanks, and lobbyists. The IC also notes that some of Russia’s “professional trolls…started to advocate for President-elect Trump as early as December 2015.” This could be a simple writing problem, or it could be something more significant. Is the report saying Putin ordered the 2016 campaign in 2015? Is it saying Russian activities in 2015 were routine operations to mess with U.S. institutions and then became part of the Putin-ordered campaign in 2016? Is it saying something else?

Good point, read the rest.  The problem we have because of Wikileaks is we now know the MSM, federal agencies and the Obama admin/Dems are working together to LIE TO US!

Which naturally makes it hard to think this time, unlike Lucy with the football, they aren’t going to pull it away at the last minute.

To that I say- I’ll just not take the chance.

 

 

 

 

 

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