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-Land of the Free
Frantic texts from Christopher Steele to Bruce Ohr revealed
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Posted by: Fred || 08/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Are you people crazy"
"It was to use with the press - you take it to FISA, we'll all end in jail!"
Sorta thing?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/17/2018 5:22 Comments || Top||


FCC targets pirate radio station that broadcasts Alex Jones
[THEHILL] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has shut down a pirate radio station known for its broadcasts of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday that the station, Liberty Radio, was hit with a $15,000 fine and at least temporarily pulled from the airwaves.

The newspaper reported that a lawsuit filed in federal court in Austin alleged that Liberty Radio had functioned without a license since at least 2013, and had been transmitting from a tower at an Austin apartment complex.

Liberty Radio, or LRN.FM, stopped airing on the radio in December, but still streams online.

The FCC is charging that the station was also illegally broadcasting on an FM wavelength.

The News Agency that Dare Not be Named reported that Walter Olenick and M. Rae Nadler-Olenick were named as the defendants in the lawsuit, and the apartment complex from which the station was transmitting is linked to them.

The Olenicks reportedly told the FCC that they would not pay the fine and would treat any agency representatives as trespassers.

Media reports, including the local Statesman, described the station as Jones's "flagship" outlet; NPR reported Thursday that it had picked up the nickname "Alex Jones Radio" over the years.

The station does air rebroadcasts of "The Alex Jones Show."

However,
facts are stubborn; statistics are more pliable...
station host Danny Sessom wrote in a Facebook post late Wednesday that media reports describing the station as Jones's "flagship" are "actual fake news," noting that Jones didn't broadcast from the station.

Posted by: Fred || 08/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I do not give a damn What you think about Alex. And this is not about Alex. Alex pissed me off too before. This is about keeping our lines of comms open:

The beauty of the pre-social media internet is that it was flat. That is, anyone could publish a website, and every website existed on the same plane as every other. The hyperlink held us bloggers to account, by directing readers to the source material which they could judge for themselves.

All the more reason to listen to them. What happens to them when they have no voice or worse?


We need to go back to real RSS again.
Before the faceberg came to sink US all or the twitter shitbird came to end US as we were crawling to shore.

I want MY Vertical RSS tweetdeck back again. And it is my patent. FU.
Posted by: newc || 08/17/2018 3:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Radio Free America. Who could have guessed there would be a need for one?
Posted by: Black Bart Sproing3283 || 08/17/2018 6:32 Comments || Top||

#3  To be honest there's a strong case for frequency title holdings to be regulated by the state.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/17/2018 9:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Suggest a move to Cuban radio space.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/17/2018 10:02 Comments || Top||

#5  The beauty of the pre-social media internet is that it was flat. That is, anyone could publish a website, and every website existed on the same plane as every other.

When Facebook first got started I couldn't understand it. Why would I want to publish anything on a platform that looks as clunky as that when I could set up my own website and have total control over the look and feel of the thing as well as the content. But that's because I'm a techie and setting up a web page would be easy for me. Setting up a web page would be easy for a lot of people because HTML is really not that hard to learn. But I guess if you're a snowflake...
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/17/2018 10:54 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Ex-intel leaders admonish Pres. Trump in joint letter
[Washington Examiner] Twelve former senior intelligence officials have issued a joint statement admonishing President Trump for yanking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance, calling it "ill-considered and unprecedented."

The ex-officials say "the president's action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances ‐ and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech."

The signees include six former CIA directors, five former deputy directors and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Two of the signees ‐ Clapper and former CIA Director Michael Hayden ‐ have appeared on a White House list of people who may also have their security clearances revoked.
Afraid they're next
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 07:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ....stifle free speech.

No, they'll still have 'free speech' and the ability to say whatever they want. They just won't have access to classified information. Chatter away you bastids !

Holding a security clearance is a privilege and vehicle of special trust granted by the US Gov't, not a right.

Just think, you won't have to sit through those dreadful full-scope polygraphs. Oh wait, you've not been poly'd in decades ?


Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 7:17 Comments || Top||

#2  If it's a free speech issue, then shouldn't every American citizen in good standing also have the same level security clearance? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/17/2018 7:23 Comments || Top||

#3  Pull access from all of them.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/17/2018 7:37 Comments || Top||

#4  I've not seen the complete list, but it would appear the signatories of the memo are all former members of the same agency ?

Perhaps this speaks to the greater problem.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 8:51 Comments || Top||

#5  Pull access from all of them.

Hear, hear.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/17/2018 9:27 Comments || Top||

#6  Oh wait, you've not been poly'd in decades?


Harumph.
What happened to the 1 scheduled and 1 random poly and fluids annuals?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/17/2018 9:58 Comments || Top||

#7  Brennan can run his suck hole all he wants, its his right. But since he cant keep his mouth shut, he violates his security clearance. Pretty simple in my book...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 08/17/2018 10:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Skid - I cannot believe these tongue wagging SOB's have been on a box lately.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||

#9  some people have a hard time keeping their mouth shut, :)
Posted by: 746 || 08/17/2018 12:04 Comments || Top||

#10  If they were the same idiots that were running things during Bosnia, Crimean, Haiti, Georgia or Ukraine, they need to have theirs pulled as well and have their pension seized as collateral for their gross incompetence.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/17/2018 12:49 Comments || Top||

#11  They are...
utterly worthless. Fire them too.
Posted by: newc || 08/17/2018 13:17 Comments || Top||

#12  I wish Trump would make a very public example of these ex-intel, but still idiotic, protestors. Maybe this would encourage the others.
They have clearly signaled their allegiance, and it is not to the USA.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 08/17/2018 13:56 Comments || Top||

#13  Pres. Trump is upending the Klingon business model and revealing their modus operandi (endless wars, regime change, and political chicanery). They are most unhappy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 15:47 Comments || Top||

#14  They fear for their rice bowls. Nothing more. Pull them all. More. Implement Glenn Reynolds revolving door policy.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 08/17/2018 16:25 Comments || Top||

#15  The swamp is deep over at soggy bottom.....
Posted by: 49 Pan || 08/17/2018 17:06 Comments || Top||

#16  The Swamp is a Superfund site in more ways than one, 49 Pan.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 08/17/2018 19:09 Comments || Top||

#17  It seems like being an asshole ought to be a sufficient reason for yanking a security clearance of former swamp-dwellers.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/17/2018 19:19 Comments || Top||

#18  Would hanging them all be an option. We used to do that to traitors.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/17/2018 20:35 Comments || Top||


Nearly 350 US newsrooms run editorials denouncing Trump’s attacks on ‘fake news’
[IsraelTimes] The Wall Street Journal, which is not participating, notes in a column that the effort runs counter to the independence that news outlets claim to seek.
The Wall Street Journal is correct — this is how they get much, much more Trump. November can’t come soon enough.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  MORE than 350 "newsrooms" are worthless lobotomized parrots for the democrat party.

Listening to them is like listening to zombies preach to zombies. \

Knee jerk emotionalism and sudden anger that no drug can fix.

They are just fucking ignorant as hell -those that watch this. Mos Americans have tuned out, cut cord, and done their own research.

At least I Pray so. Americans are worth soooooo much more than this.

And Fuck off and die @CNN.
Posted by: newc || 08/17/2018 4:05 Comments || Top||

#2  What did I miss?.
Posted by: Dale || 08/17/2018 7:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Entire MSM demand President listen to their diversity of opinion that the public got it wrong when he won the election.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/17/2018 7:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Wow! They were able to fit 350 clowns newsrooms in that little car?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 08/17/2018 8:57 Comments || Top||

#5  The left-wing Mockingbird media gets its marching orders daily at 4:00 a.m. That is why the messages and narratives sound like an echo chamber.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/17/2018 9:53 Comments || Top||

#6  And they say they are honest journalists. This is a defining moment in our nation, if we listen. The press, 350 newsrooms have just came out of the closet and admitted they are all working together to shape the media messaging to Americans, to drive the political message, not report it. This is a attempt at a coup for control of our nation. This is clear we need to act.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 08/17/2018 9:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Mrs. Bobby informed me yesterday the U.S. Senate agreed - 100% - that the 'press is not the enemy of the people'.

If I squint just right, I can kinda sort see that point of view. Are deplorables 'people'?

What else would the Uniparty say? And where is Kek Wars, Part 2?
Posted by: Bobby || 08/17/2018 10:00 Comments || Top||

#8  That could be considered collusion, no?
Posted by: Frank G || 08/17/2018 10:49 Comments || Top||

#9  Nearly 350 US newsrooms purveyors of fake news run editorials denouncing Trump’s attacks on ‘fake news’

Fixed that one for you.


Mos Americans have tuned out, cut cord, and done their own research.

I'm not so sure about that. I wish it were so but I'm afraid there are still an awful lot of zombies out there.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/17/2018 11:07 Comments || Top||

#10  Every one of those newspapers have officially abandoned the concept of a free & independent press.

I would offer the solution to Trump calling them 'fake news' - 'then stop with the fake news stories', but that will fall on deaf ears.
Posted by: Raj || 08/17/2018 11:29 Comments || Top||

#11  350 tentacles of Pravda complain that Trump has noticed Pravda behind the curtain.
Posted by: PBMcL || 08/17/2018 12:03 Comments || Top||

#12  Fake opinions
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 08/17/2018 13:51 Comments || Top||

#13  Has anyone done a check to see what percentage (near 100%? Any Bets?) are also on record for Donating (D) Democrat ?
Posted by: magpie || 08/17/2018 14:48 Comments || Top||

#14  The fact that 350 newspapers are preaching the same message proves Trump's point. We do not have a free press; we have a fake media. We have a bunch of shills spooning out left-wing Dem tripe.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/17/2018 17:01 Comments || Top||

#15  I just want the list of papers; so, I can block their websites from my browser. They have self-identified as non-news sources.
Posted by: rammer || 08/17/2018 19:26 Comments || Top||

#16  350 fake news sources. Bloviating eunuchs morning the absence of their magical mulatto muslim traitor n thief.

By the way where is the list of these turd wipers? Or is the 350 a fake number too?
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/17/2018 20:44 Comments || Top||

#17  I just want the list of papers; so, I can block their websites from my browser.

According to this article at Real Clear Politics, nobody knows, rammer.

It was not clear how many newspapers participated. Marjorie Pritchard, the editor who launched the campaign, said earlier in the week that some 350 news organizations indicated they would, but she did not immediately return messages on Thursday. Even with the coordinated effort, there was some significant blowback from newspapers that wrote to say they would not participate.

The New York Times encouraged readers to subscribe to a local newspaper. “We’re all in this together,” the Times said.

That last sentiment made some journalists skittish. Some newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Times-Picayune in New Orleans, the Rome (N.Y.) Daily Sentinel and the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch, contained editorials or columns explaining why they weren’t joining the Globe’s effort. Some worried that it played into the hands of Trump and his supporters who think the media is out to get him. The idea of a coordinated campaign simply left others cold, with one newspaper referencing a longtime rivalry.

“We prize our independence, both from government and from other media outlets,” the New York Daily News wrote. “Coordination, especially with Boston, isn’t in our nature.”

There was also some scolding of the press — from the press — for letting distaste for Trump show up where it shouldn’t in news stories.

“Just as his lack of restraint has often been the president’s self-inflicted wound, the bias of some of the press has hurt journalism, at the very moment when it is most needed to save itself,” said the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It is time for a truce.”
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/17/2018 22:52 Comments || Top||


Keith Ellison Fights Back Tears During Interview About Abuse Allegations
[THEDAILYBEAST] Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) got emotional this week during an interview with local television discussing an abuse allegation leveled against him by his ex-girlfriend.

In the chat with WCCO-TV, Ellison, who won a primary on Tuesday night in the Minnesota attorney general race, once again denied Karen Monahan’s claim that he physically abused her during their relationship, which ended in 2016.

"I know I can’t just run past this controversy and not address it, which is why I’m here with you today," he said, emphasizing his declared desire to try and clear the air.

Asked directly if he ever abused Monahan in any way, Ellison flatly said: "No."

Neither physically nor emotionally? Ellison, again, said: "No."

He was also asked about the most egregious accusation, which first surfaced in a Facebook post by Monahan’s son: That a video exists of the congressman dragging Monahan off a bed by her feet.

"There couldn’t be. There couldn’t be such a thing as that," Ellison said when asked if such a video exists.
Posted by: Fred || 08/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Yeah, Nation of Islam Chief of Protocol Hakim Muhammad is the real victim.
Posted by: Black Bart Sproing3283 || 08/17/2018 8:26 Comments || Top||

#2  some what after the posted article, CBS in Minneapolis interviewed Karen Monahan live on camera.

the interview is devastating and I doubt Ellison will last another week as Dem nominee for AG

Posted by: lord garth || 08/17/2018 9:35 Comments || Top||

#3  But he's perfectly suited for a WH run in 2020.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 9:38 Comments || Top||

#4  A lot of what Clinton did to his victims after the tryst was over could be characterized as stalking and abuse.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/17/2018 9:43 Comments || Top||

#5  Tears worked for Musk.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/17/2018 10:03 Comments || Top||

#6  He's probably crying because he knows it's over.
Posted by: gorb || 08/17/2018 11:31 Comments || Top||

#7  "As long as the stick is not wider than my thumb, it's all cool. It's in the book"
Posted by: Frank G || 08/17/2018 11:49 Comments || Top||

#8  Actually I think he should be OK.

As I understand it, Moslem is still higher than women on the victimization totem pole.
Posted by: Tom || 08/17/2018 13:07 Comments || Top||


Nancy Pelosi: Maxine Waters ‘Strikes Fear in the Heart’ of Trump
[BREITBART] House Minority Leader Nancy San Fran Nan Pelosi
Congresswoman-for-Life from the San Francisco Bay Area, born into a family of professional politicians. Formerly Speaker of the House, but it's not her fault they lost. Really. Noted for her heavily botoxed grimace...
(D-CA) claimed on Wednesday that Rep. Maxine Waters
U.S. Representative for California's 43rd congressional district, serving since 1991, a total of 26.709869935324612 years. A member of the Democratic Party, she is the most senior of the 12 black women currently serving in the United States Congress, is a member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. Before becoming a member of Congress she served in the California Assembly, to which she was first elected back when Disco was in flower, in 1976, which would make it 41.70781654726595 years. She has been a politician for virtually all her adult life. If she was brighter she'd be a Communist...
'>Comrade Maxine Waters
(D-CA) "strikes fear in the heart" of President Donald Trump
...New York real estate developer, described by Dems as illiterate, racist, misogynistic, and what ever other unpleasant descriptions they can think of, elected by the rest of us as 45th President of the United States...
.

Pelosi was responding to Trump’s tweet that wished "Happy Birthday to the leader of the Democrat Party, Comrade Maxine Waters!"

Over the weekend in interviews with MSNBC and PoliticusUSA, Pelosi claimed that Republicans were scared of Waters and her because the Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party, Democrats were effective female politicians.

Pelosi, who got Democrats Obamacare
... aka the Affordable Care Act, an ineptly designed and worse executed piece of legislation designed to bring 17 percent of the U.S. economy under the direct control of the government. The previous iteration, known as Hillarycare, was laughed out of Washington. This stinker was passed on a party-line vote without being read...
and infamously said that Congress had to pass the bill to find out what was in it, even said Republicans were scared of her because she eats their lunch and outsmarts them at the negotiating table.

"They sat across the table from me, they know I can eat their lunch on the negotiations and I always have," she told PoliticusUSA before later telling MSNBC that Republicans have always been afraid of her because she raises tons of money and outsmarts them at the negotiating table.

Pelosi and Waters, though, have clashed this year over impeachment and Waters’ call for anti-Trump agitators to "harass" members of the Trump administration. Pelosi even called Waters’ incendiary remarks "unacceptable."
Posted by: Fred || 08/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6457 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/17/2018 4:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Did Nancy just call Maxine a spook?
Posted by: Ebbavirt Clunk4147 || 08/17/2018 6:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Laugh of the morning. Thanks
Posted by: Flilet Omeremble3846 || 08/17/2018 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Republicans were scared of her because she eats their lunch

So she's a bully?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/17/2018 7:39 Comments || Top||

#5  If I ever said something that stupid, it would give me a nose bleed
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/17/2018 9:41 Comments || Top||

#6  All the Republicans have to do is run clips of Nancy and Maxine running their mouths and they'll win in November.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/17/2018 11:11 Comments || Top||

#7  Nancy's brain was cooked three years ago; this statement is just another data point.
Posted by: Raj || 08/17/2018 11:34 Comments || Top||

#8  So much fear she should be House Minority leader.
Posted by: ruprecht || 08/17/2018 23:30 Comments || Top||


Yes, Revoking John Brennan’s Security Clearance Raises Constitutional Concerns
By David French
[NATIONALREVIEW] Let’s begin with two assertions that should, at least, be relatively uncontroversial. First, Article II of the United States Constitution grants the president broad authority to defend the nation as commander in chief of its armed forces. Second, that authority is not so broad as to always override individual constitutional rights whenever the president deems the two to be in conflict.
Who can disagree with a statement of the obvious?
To take an extreme example, while the president clearly can exercise great control over the standards for entry into and promotion within the military, no one would credibly argue that he can ban recruits from the opposing party. While the president clearly can exercise great control over who receives a security clearance, he could not revoke clearances from all Democrats on the grounds that the #Resistance was too pervasive in the party’s ranks.
Makes sense to me. But he could revoke the security clearances of specific individuals for cause.
In other words, in our constitutional system, even great power carries with it constitutional limits. Moreover, it is right and proper to weigh any given executive action against those limits.
Well, yeah. But I'm not sure it's right and proper to jump on any presidential action a body doesn't agree with and start niggling.
And that brings me to Donald Trump’s decision yesterday to revoke former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance.
I thought it might. Ready to niggle?
In the formal statement announcing the action, the White House articulated reasons for the termination that — on their face — raised no serious constitutional concerns. According to the administration, Brennan was “erratic,” had a history of behavior that “calls into question his objectivity and credibility,” and engaged in “increasingly frenzied commentary.”
All of which is on the mark true.
One claim in particular stands out as particularly damaging to Brennan:
In 2014 . . . he denied to Congress that CIA officials under his supervision had improperly accessed the computer files of congressional staffers. He told the Council of Foreign Relations that the CIA would never do such a thing. The CIA’s Inspector General, however, contradicted Mr. Brennan directly, concluding unequivocally that agency officials had indeed improperly accessed congressional staffers’ files.
Only a blindly dedicated partisan would claim that lying to Congress doesn’t raise concerns about an official’s truthfulness and character. If that was the true reason for revoking Brennan’s security clearance, then he should absorb the blow, move on, and consider himself fortunate. He’s faced only minimal sanction for a serious offense.
Here's where we part company. I'm headed for logic and legal, and I think he's headed for Tucumcari.
But what if that’s not the real reason he lost his clearance?
It doesn't matter what the "real" reason is. What matters is whether the stated reasons are valid, which they are on their face.
What if the real reason is the one articulated by President Trump himself in an interview with the Wall Street Journal? There, Trump decried the “rigged witch hunt,” declared that “these people led it,” and added that “it’s something that had to be done.” By “these people” he was apparently referring not just to Brennan but also to former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former FBI director James Comey, and former NSA chief Michael Hayden.
Brennan, Clapper, Comey, the lot of 'em, are no longer filling government positions. What possible need do they have for security clearances? The thing is, you can have Top Secret and ultra-compartmented clearances, and if you don't have the need to know, as part of your job, you should have no more access than the lady behind the counter at the drug store or the teller at the bank. You can't just snuggle up to someone and say "I've got a Top Secret clearance. Let's chat about what's up in Uzbekistan." Open source (I've seen it called OSINT) information is all that's appropriate. Losing his clearance should have no effect on Brennan or any of his clones from the Obama years, unless he and his buddies still retaining clearances were abusing them. I suppose they'll just have to reapply if that cush job with Lockheed comes open.
Posted by: Fred || 08/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  David French is, to be charitable, a clown.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 08/17/2018 3:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Remind me, which article of your constitution covers security clearances?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/17/2018 3:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Revoke a few more clearances, you'll start getting some people's attention inside the beltway I assure you.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 3:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Too bad for poor terrorist loving democrat and his terrorist living media pals.

For a traitor like that I may have had at the gallows before 9 AM. Who allows Barry Soretto to become President at all unless you are a piece of shit clinton stoogie and a mega moslem lover? And his pops, who can forget his pops?

Lovers of peeps all, no?

So, Barak Obama is essentially what they Replaced GOD with? And stuck with it?

heh
No Clinton is your fish hook. The corruption is far to great.
Posted by: newc || 08/17/2018 4:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Good start to end the lobbyist merry-go-round in the Swamp. You leave, you also automatically lose any government clearance. Let the lobbying firm pay for one. You want to mine, lumber, drill on federal lands, you pay for it. You want access, you pay for a clearance process.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/17/2018 7:14 Comments || Top||

#6  You know, I quit reading National Review a number of years back.
This kind of "don't harsh our cocktail party friends" crap was most of the reason. That and the jesuitical logic twists.
Posted by: ed in texas || 08/17/2018 8:19 Comments || Top||

#7  I didn't realize a security clearance was needed to make up lies and throw tantrums.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 08/17/2018 8:55 Comments || Top||

#8  The Real Point is that people that have and want to maintain their own TS Clearance don't have 'plausible deniability' when leaking to Brennan in the future. "Ooops! Brennan has a TS so it was kinda-sorta okay to leak to him all that dirt, right, Right?"
Posted by: magpie || 08/17/2018 9:40 Comments || Top||

#9  Defamation of clowns is a crime in Venezuela
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 08/17/2018 9:40 Comments || Top||

#10  Number 8 nailed it !
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 9:47 Comments || Top||

#11  In 2014 . . . he denied to Congress that CIA officials under his supervision had improperly accessed the computer files of congressional staffers. He told the Council of Foreign Relations that the CIA would never do such a thing. The CIA’s Inspector General, however, contradicted Mr. Brennan directly, concluding unequivocally that agency officials had indeed improperly accessed congressional staffers’ files.


Conclusion: He's broke the law and lied about it.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/17/2018 9:49 Comments || Top||

#12  To be honest they should have to renew security clearances when a new administration takes over, and get day clearance if they are ever called in.

This entire thing is faux unrest.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/17/2018 9:51 Comments || Top||

#13  Ditto RJ. BTW, there is no 'constitutional concern.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 9:57 Comments || Top||

#14  Article II of the United States Constitution grants the president broad authority to defend the nation as commander in chief of its armed forces. Second, that authority is not so broad as to always override individual constitutional rights whenever the president deems the two to be in conflict.

I get the first. Where, in the Constitution does it guarantee a right of a security clearance for clowns?

What if the person with the security clearance is convicted of obstruction of justice, conspiracy, sedition and treason, domestic spying, and perjury before Congress?
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/17/2018 10:29 Comments || Top||

#15  Pulling his clearance was clearly deserved and authorized by POTUS
Posted by: Frank G || 08/17/2018 10:48 Comments || Top||

#16  If the president has any reason at all not to trust the guy then the smart thing to do is err on the side of safety by revoking his security clearance. You don't take chances with national security just because you're afraid you might hurt somebody's feelings.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/17/2018 11:21 Comments || Top||

#17  I looked at the title of this column and correctly guessed who the author was. Screw him.
Posted by: Raj || 08/17/2018 11:31 Comments || Top||

#18  Apparently, never losing a security clearance (if you were high enough in the govt.) is some sort of "penumbral emanation" in the First Amendment. Just another example of self-marginalization from the Never-Trump crowd.
Posted by: PBMcL || 08/17/2018 12:23 Comments || Top||

#19  Author is a eGOP lover and Never Trump masturbater.
Posted by: DarthVader || 08/17/2018 12:43 Comments || Top||

#20  The CIA charter is to work for and under the authority of the president, not against him. He should have lost it years ago on ethics violations...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 08/17/2018 13:17 Comments || Top||

#21  The CIA took GWB and the entire US on a long ride that has us still mucking around in Iraq and Afghanistan. Because Poppy Bush was ex CIA it didn't occur to anyone the agency would hang Dubya out to dry with bad intel. I wonder how different things might have been if Dubya had cleaned house upon being sworn in?

And you'd think it would be a huge lesson to any incoming president, but, sadly, no.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/17/2018 13:38 Comments || Top||

#22  Just who do all these Inferior Officers think they are?
POTUS outranks you all.
Posted by: newc || 08/17/2018 13:42 Comments || Top||


#24  I still think whomever gave him the clearance in the first place, knowing he voted for the communist party during the cold war, should have their own clearance revoked.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/17/2018 15:36 Comments || Top||

#25  Real men aren't named French.
Posted by: Woodrow || 08/17/2018 20:38 Comments || Top||

#26  WIDTH=100

The face you wear is the face you earn.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/17/2018 23:22 Comments || Top||


Bruce Ohr May Have Broken More Than The Law By Pushing His Wife's Opposition Research To The FBI
A review of publicly available information causes a reasonable person to wonder whether Bruce Ohr broke the law by promoting his wife’s anti-Trump research to the FBI when he was working at the Justice Department.

The law prohibits public officials from involvement in matters in which their spouse has a financial interest. The question is, Did Ohr "personally and substantially" participate in a particular matter in which his spouse had a "financial interest" while he was employed by the Justice Department as the assistant attorney general? Let’s take a closer look.

Recall that the Hillary Clinton campaign (through its law firm Perkins Coie) hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS to generate dirt on Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign. Fusion GPS in turn hired former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the Trump dossier containing as yet unproven allegations of Russian dirt on Trump.



We learned in December that Ohr met with Fusion GPS in November 2016 ‐ a critical time frame ‐ while he was the associate deputy attorney general. Former FBI agent Peter Strzok has confirmed Ohr fed the FBI documents pertinent to the investigation into Trump’s Russia ties, and The Hill reported the FBI used Ohr to continue collecting information from Steele, even after it terminated him as a source for leaking word of the investigation to the media.

John Solomon filled in the contours of Ohr’s role in the investigation, writing in The Hill of recently disclosed emails:

They also confirm that Ohr later became a critical conduit of continuing information from Steele after the FBI ended the Brit’s role as an informant. ...
"Critical conduit?" How about 'cut-out?' In espionage parlance, a 'cut-out' is a mutually trusted intermediary, method or channel of communication that facilitates the exchange of information between agents.
The FBI specifically instructed Steele that he could no longer ’operate to obtain any intelligence whatsoever on behalf of the FBI,’ those memos show.
Translation: We can no longer conduct personal meets (PM's). Another venue will be developed. You will be notified.
Yet, Steele asked Ohr in the Jan. 31 text exchange if he could continue to help feed information to the FBI: ’Just want to check you are OK, still in the situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues.’

’I’m still here and able to help as discussed,’ Ohr texted back. ’I’ll let you know if that changes.’
Translation: We still have funding for your project.
Continues
Posted by: Vast Right Wing Conspiracy || 08/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6458 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The law prohibits public officials from involvement in matters in which their spouse has a financial interest.

Uhm...that would be the Hilarity/Bubba statute?
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/17/2018 10:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh, come on. They all do it. Only specially identified miscreants ever get any punishment for feathering the extended family nest.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/17/2018 10:39 Comments || Top||


Government
William McRaven, commander of the Osama bin Laden raid, asks Trump to revoke his security clearance
[SF Gate] One day after President Donald Trump stripped former CIA director John Brennan of his security clearance, the commander of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden said it would be an honor if the president would take away his own clearance next.

William McRaven, a retired four-star admiral who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid, directly addressed Trump in a Washington Post op-ed published online Thursday.

In the op-ed, McRaven, who retired from the Navy in 2014, described Brennan as "a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him."
I never personally "knew" Che, Pablo Escobar, Fidel, Saddam, Manuel Noriega, or Villa, but I'm pretty sure they were all scoundrels, similar to Brennan.
In this 2012 photo, Admiral William McRaven, commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), listens as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. McRaven condemned President Donald Trump on Thursday for revoking the security clearance of former CIA chief John Brennan and asked that his be withdrawn as well.
Yet another confirmation of the failed 1986 Goldwater Nichols Reorg Act (separate budget). DoD lost control of these people whilst the Klingons quickly assumed control. Endless Klingon wars soon followed.
"Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency," McRaven said in the piece.
Huh er, really Admiral? Flag officers can be recalled at anytime. Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe you were 'retired' vs discharged. Your clearance is a condition of employment and yes,....recall to active duty. If you cannot be recalled (say you defect, are convicted of a felony, or renounce your citizenship and move elsewhere), then perhaps you should immediately forfeit your pension. Be sure about what you're asking for, admiral, be very sure.
Courtesy of 746, Business Insider’s op-ed on the subject adds:
McRaven continued by describing the qualities of a good leader; characteristics he said he "hoped" that Trump would embody after becoming president.

"A good leader sets the example for others to follow," McRaven said. "A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself."

"Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities," McRaven said. "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."

McRaven retired from the Navy in 2014 after 36 years of service as a Navy SEAL. He was hired as chancellor of the University of Texas' school system in 2015. In 2017, McRaven announced he would leave the school, citing health concerns.
Posted by: Penguin_of_the Desert || 08/17/2018 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In 2017, McRaven announced he would leave the school, citing health concerns.

Couldn't keep his hands of the co-eds, eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 08/17/2018 4:12 Comments || Top||

#2  He hits the globalist keynotes. America's job is not to be world bully.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 08/17/2018 5:16 Comments || Top||

#3  Set up a .gov website that takes requests to remove themselves from holding any classification. Put the initiative and consequences squarely on the requestor's shoulders. Send them a very nice automated thank you.
Posted by: Black Bart Sproing3283 || 08/17/2018 7:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Give him what he's asking for.
Posted by: jvalentour || 08/17/2018 8:59 Comments || Top||

#5  Send him an adult-sized baby pacifier as well so the people around him aren't disturbed by his tantrums...
Posted by: magpie || 08/17/2018 9:32 Comments || Top||

#6  McRaven retired from the Navy in 2014. Should have had the security clearance retired as well.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 08/17/2018 9:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Ah'm sensing a 2020 Dem VP candidate.
Posted by: Skidmark || 08/17/2018 10:05 Comments || Top||

#8  Rest assured there is a political motive.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/17/2018 10:12 Comments || Top||

#9  Grant the man his wish.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/17/2018 11:01 Comments || Top||

#10  Well, good for you Mister McRaven. Thank you for your long service to the Republic, now kindly sit down and enjoy your retirement.
Posted by: magpie || 08/17/2018 12:13 Comments || Top||

#11  Trump should ask McRaven if he supported all of Obama’s policies or chose not speak out about Obama’s policies he disagreed. Either way McRaven will look like a political hack or a liar. Then revoke his clearance.
Posted by: Airandee || 08/17/2018 17:07 Comments || Top||



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