[WSJ] The agency might have led the bureau down a rabbit hole in the 2016 Trump counterintelligence probe.
Did the Central Intelligence Agency lead the Federal Bureau of Investigation down a rabbit hole in the counterintelligence investigation of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign?
Although the FBI’s case officially began July 31, 2016, there had been investigative activity before that date. John Brennan’s CIA might have directed activity in Britain, which could be a problem because of longstanding agreements that the U.S. will not conduct intelligence operations there. It would explain why the FBI continues to stonewall Congress as to the inquiry’s origin.
Further, what we know about the case’s origin does not meet the threshold required by the attorney general guidelines for opening a counterintelligence case. That standard requires "predicate information," or "articulable facts."
From what has been made public, all that passes for predicate information in this matter originated in Britain. Stefan Halper, an American who ran the Centre of International Studies at Cambridge, had been a CIA source in the past. Recent press reports describe him as an FBI informant. Joseph Mifsud, another U.K.-based academic with ties to Western intelligence, met with Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos on April 26, 2016. Mr. Mifsud reportedly mentioned "dirt" on Hillary Clinton. Then, on May 10, Mr. Papadopoulos met with Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer in London, to whom he relayed the claim about "dirt" on Mrs. Clinton.
Peter Strzok, the FBI’s deputy assistant director, went to London Aug. 2, 2016, two days after the case was opened, ostensibly to interview Mr. Downer about his conversation with Mr. Papadopoulos. But what about the earlier investigative activity? The FBI would not usually maintain an informant in England. It is far likelier that in the spring of 2016 Mr. Halper was providing information to British intelligence or directly to the CIA, where Mr. Brennan was already pushing the collusion narrative.
James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, has acknowledged that "intelligence agencies" were looking into the collusion allegations in spring 2016. The Guardian, a British newspaper, reported that British intelligence had been suspicious about contacts between associates of Mr. Trump’s campaign and possible Russian agents. That prompted Robert Hannigan, then head of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters, to pass information to Mr. Brennan. With only these suspicions, Mr. Brennan pressured the FBI into launching its counterintelligence probe.
The FBI lacked any real predicate. But in the post-9/11 world, a referral from the CIA would cause some in the FBI to believe they had to act‐particularly as the agency’s information originated with America’s closest ally. Shortly after the case opened that summer, Mr. Brennan gave a briefing to then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, telling him that the CIA had referred the matter to the FBI‐an obvious effort to pressure the bureau to get moving on the collusion case.
As the FBI’s investigation progressed, it would use a surveillance warrant against Carter Page, a former member of Mr. Trump’s campaign, who had been in contact with Mr. Halper. A dossier prepared for the Clinton campaign by Christopher Steele, formerly of Britain’s MI6, was used to obtain the warrant.
The existence of the investigation was withheld from the congressional "gang of eight" because of its "sensitivity," former FBI Director James Comey later said. The FBI continues to withhold the full details of the origin story from Congress. Their rationale is the "protection of sources," as the origin lies with our best international partner.
Although Mr. Brennan has exposed himself as a biased actor, the CIA has escaped criticism for using only thinly sourced information from British intelligence to snooker the FBI. Most damaging is the possibility that the CIA violated agreements with Britain by spying there rather than asking MI5 or MI6 to do so. And that may be what is really being withheld from Congress.
I suspect the UK's GCHQ in Cheltenham was used as a vehicle to collect on selected US Person targets from a roster as provided by a possibly unwitting (or witting) Trump campaign associate Carter Page. At the bottom will probably be found former Directer CIA John Brennan with the full knowledge and consent of the first black president and #10 Downing Street.
I further suspect that a great many in the congress are fully aware of the GCHQ connection and are complicit in the cover up.
The FBI and CIA thought they could control the elections. They really thought they could stop the disruption caused by a third party candidate, Trump. The two party oligarch kept the sheep fed and the top of the parties and agencies rich and in power. They underestimated the power of our constitution and the people who believe in it.
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
08/02/2018 10:09 Comments ||
Obama's pet cops.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/02/2018 10:39 Comments ||
Carter Page, a former member of Mr. Trump’s campaign, who had been in contact with Mr. Halper
"In contact", because Halper contacted *him*!
Note that Strzok was/is also a CIA Section Chief:
intellihub reports: “A sheep-dipped Peter Strzok has been covertly operating as the Section Chief of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterespionage Group during his secret 24 year tenure with the agency while masquerading as Deputy Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counterintelligence Division where he was in charge of investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server along with the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
[Daily Caller] Tucker Carlson had Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer representing 20 Trump supporters in a lawsuit against the San Jose Police Department, on his Fox News show to discuss the latest development in the case on Wednesday night.
"As we were leaving, the 250 riot gear clad San Jose police were there on the scene, forced all of the people leaving to come out through one exit and directed them away from the most direct path to the garages and into a riot of several hundred anti-Trump violent types waving Mexican flags with large 6-foot poles and the eggs are just one part of it," Dhillon stated, explaining the circumstances of the brawl.
"I can’t believe that most cops in any city would be in favor of this. Tell us where this order came from, do you believe?" Carlson asked.
She replied, "We believe the order came from the top, the mayor Sam Accardo, the chief of police, we believe they were involved."
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Many do not know or do not accurately realize the depth of the influence that the Moslem Brüderbund has in western countries after it has been almost three generations since the first batch of the group’s envoys arrived to European countries, especially to Germany and Switzerland ...home of the Helvetians, famous for cheese, watches, yodeling, and William Tell... , around seven decades ago.
Their sons and grandsons, Egyptians, Syrians and Iraqis, along with the Islamists from Ottoman Turkish parties since the days of "Khawaja" Necmettin Erbakan till the days of Sultan Recep Erdogan, became part of the German and European fabric and accurately chose to work in the institutions that establish public opinion and in lobbying institutions.
They became "Troy’s soldiers" from within the depths of Europe ...also known as Moslem Lebensraum... itself, and an advanced line of defense to defend the Moslem Brüderbund, its allies and its policies under a European imprint.
German complaints Recent German reports have addressed the problem of the deep Brotherhood influence inside the country. These reports came after the German Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, which is the country’s domestic security agency, examined the activities of a Brotherhood association called the "Saxony Forum" that manages a mosque called al-Taqwa in the city of Rastatt in Baden-Wurttemberg.
The German news agency quoted an official in the security agency as saying that the new Brotherhood activities continue to focus on the communities of Arab and Moslem refugees for the purpose of recruiting more people.
The German daily Die Welt said that more of the group members fled to Germany after Mohammed Mursi was ousted in Egypt. It quoted the security agency’s report as saying: "The Islamic Community of Germany includes around 13,000 members and its activities cover the entire country." Die Welt added that the Brotherhood has been exploiting the Islamic community in Cologne ...the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth populated city in Germany.... for political incitement purposes for more than three years and for the purpose of whitewashing the Brotherhood’s reputation in the West.
Anyway, the story of the Brotherhood immigration to Germany is old. Some attribute it to the son-in-law of the Brotherhood founder Hassan al-Banna, the group’s dangerous man Said Ramadan who is considered the group’s first envoy to Europe and the leader of the "Brotherhood immigration" to Germany.
In 1958, Ramadan established the strongest Islamic institution in Germany, the Islamic Community of Germany (IGD). Dozens of other organizations and the organizations that are currently affiliated with the Brotherhood branched from the IGD, and according to news sources, they’re about 30.
In his book ’The New Moslem Brüderbund in the West’, Dr. Lorenzo G. Vidino said: "Many of the Brotherhood cadres occupied prominent posts in Germany which strengthened their influence and made Germany a base (to launch their work) in Europe."
After all this, when we read a report by a German media outlet or a human rights ...not to be confused with individual rights, mind you... organization that speaks in favor of the Brotherhood, we must search for the fingerprints of the successors of the "first Brotherhood European envoy" Said Ramadan and other similar figures who are Syrians, Turks and Iraqis.
Germany is speaking the Brotherhood language!
Posted by: Fred ||
08/02/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Muslim Brotherhood
This is al Arabia? Straight from the horse's mouth.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/02/2018 10:44 Comments ||
[GeopoliticalFutures] This is one of the peculiarities of European thinking about the United States: the belief that if the U.S. is not involved in Europe, it is not involved in the world.
... From the American point of view, with so many of its problems to be found in Asia, an alliance structure in Europe dependent on the U.S. simply doesn’t address U.S. strategic needs. Read the whole thing.
If Germany had to contribute fairly to its own defense, it would have to cut back its generous welfare state.
That must never be allowed to happen. Thus they will always demand free protection while contributing little. It's a matter of life and death for them if they were forced to bear their share of the burden.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
08/02/2018 1:57 Comments ||
"MLF, we'll scare Breznev"?
First they need to buy spare parts for their fighter planes, ships, and tanks. Right now they are looking like the "massive Libyan Army" under Khaddafi that consisted of a horde of tanks sitting in desert boneyards...
[Breitbart] Pastor Darrell Scott thanked President Donald Trump for helping inner-city communities, predicting he would be the "most pro-black president in our lifetime."
"I will say this, this administration has taken a lot of people by surprise ... this is probably the most proactive administration regarding urban American and the faith-based community in my lifetime, he said. "To be honest, this is probably going to be the most pro-black president in our lifetime."
Scott, a vocal Trump supporter, met with the president and a group of inner-city pastors at the White House to discuss their priorities on Wednesday.
He urged the black community to continue working with the administration and give him a chance despite the criticism in the media.
[American Thinker] Stacey Abrams, the Democrat nominee for governor of Georgia, has set hearts aflutter among identity politics aficionados all across America. She's black! She's female (cis-gendered, although it shouldn't really matter except to troglodytes)! There's never been a black governor of Georgia, nor a female governor. A twofer!
Why, what else could anyone want? It's enough to drive turnout among black American voters, and maybe, just maybe put a Democrat in office as governor of Georgia after 16 long years, and therefore enable headlines proclaiming a national revolt against you-know-who.
Well, one thing voters in Georgia might want from a future governor is a basic understanding of finance. Unfortunately, Ms. Abrams flunks that test, but she doesn't think it is important.
[Breitbart] Tuesday, on CNN’s "Anderson Cooper 360," author and former Fox News Strategic Analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) likened President Donald Trump’s treatment of the press to how Joseph Stalin and Joseph Goebbels attacked the press.
"Anderson, consider what a brilliant move it is to attack the press as the ’enemy of the people,'" Peters told host Anderson Cooper. "Instead of having the spotlight on Trump and his alleged misdeeds ‐ on his daily misdeeds against this country, it turns against the press, the ’lugenpresse,’ as Goebbels would have said, or the ’enemy of the people.’ ’Enemy of the people’ is a loaded term. It does go back to Roman times. But in the modern era, the first person I can find that really used it was Robespierre in the French Revolution, master of the guillotine."
He continued, "Under Stalin, during the purges, if you were called an enemy of the people, it was a death sentence. And given all of Trump’s other ties to Russia and things Russian and people associated with Russia, it hardly seems a coincidence that he calls our press the ’enemy of the people.'"
Dear LTC(ret.) Peters, I understand that you really, really feel loathing and contempt towards the sitting POTUS. Get Over It and give us an impartial analysis or find another corner to rant from atop soapbox.
P.S>: I probably will still ignore what you say...
Posted by: 49 Pan ||
08/02/2018 10:06 Comments ||
You tell a lie often enough and people start to believe it.
Posted by: Abu Uluque ||
08/02/2018 10:47 Comments ||
I think Peters has this turned around. It is the MSM that is acting as an arm of the Dem Party. They put out propaganda and sell it as honest news. They are more like USSR news and Goebbel's state propaganda than a true press.
Ralph's morphing is an act of pandering to keep his income flowing...surefire way to assess that personal finance is a key component of some opinion writers philosophic views! Sadly, it just reduces one to the worlds oldest profession, at least intellectually.
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] When the world stood against Hitler in the 1940s, Paleostinian leader Hajj Amin al-Husseini chose to stand with Hitler against the world. The Nazis were defeated in 1945 and the victors supported the establishment of the state of Israel.
During the Tripartite Aggression carried out by Israel, La Belle France and Britannia on Suez in 1956, American President Eisenhower took Egypt’s side and stopped the aggression. Gamal Abdelnasser was revived and he overturned against Washington and allied with Moscow. Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion then inaugurated the "Tel Aviv-Washington" highway because he believed that the future was with Washington and not with London.
These political choices were decisive in the path of the occupation state’s establishment and expansion. These were not Saudi options but the options of whoever handled the affair directly inside and outside Paleostine. Hajj Husseini and afterwards President Abdelnasser chose to be on the side of imagined victory.
Arabism voices were still loud with defiance and wanting to expel the invader. Victory in "the language of Arab steadfastness" is originally linked to defeat. Loss alone is repeated; therefore, there’s no shame in creating Arab victory our own way. The victory of defeat is the filthiest of thing to live on.
It is as malicious as cancer’s harm in one’s body. The substantial difference is that this ’victory’ controls all the power, and receives voluntary, insistent surrender. What further strengthens it is denying the defeat and shaming others. The victory of defeat is a hideous thing that even the filthiest history books in human biographies cannot tolerate.
Soddy Arabia's role
For the past decades, Paleostinian parties sought to devise one role for Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... , which is to first handle paying money and provide political support when it’s asked to. President Yasser Arafat’s path was familiar with this approach after he became the sole political and military decision maker and after he transferred the Paleostinian affair from hard boy ideological regimes to moderate states.
Saudi Arabia maintained its role in supporting the Paleostinian cause. It did not impose anything on the authority, the country’s legitimate representative, or any political or military option. It respected the desire of the cause’s leaders, to provide financial support and political support. It supported them when they revolted, and it facilitated their task when they sought peace. Saudi Arabia was with the cause at each step despite the temptations of the solo peace, which many countries in the region drooled over.
It’s Saudi Arabia’s fate, when you grow considering your responsibilities and status throughout history and, not just in your surrounding areas but also in the wider scene, you must bear the whims of the little ones before those of the peers. When you’re responsible for more important matters, and one day in your tally is like an era being built, you have to get busy with what’s higher and safer for the house’s ceiling.
Ever since our early years and throughout the rich memories conveyed to us, we have known the kingdom as dauntless in its politics. This is true based on the kingdom’s history and honor that it’s the country of the two holy mosques and the leader of many international balances that safeguard world peace and security in an international system, while maintaining the 2002 initiative as the only solution.
Posted by: Fred ||
08/02/2018 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Saudi Arabia
If we look at the Arab world, we might doubt that Arabs are capable of self-determination. And that goes cubed for "Palestinians".
Well, the NYSlimes may not be an enemy of the people, but it sure is for white men. They can protest all they want, but this level of racist bias says they must share her views, if only by association....if you always accuse conservatives of guilt by association for the most trivial connections, what does this mean you have to acknowledge if you are playing by the same rules?
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.