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2020-10-14 -Lurid Crime Tales-
Bill Barr's ‘Unmasking' Probe Into Obama Officials Concludes without Charges
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Posted by JohnQC 2020-10-14 10:22|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6486 views ]  Top

#1 Kabuki theater
Posted by DarthVader 2020-10-14 10:53||   2020-10-14 10:53|| Front Page Top

#2 Some people figured out that nothing would happen the moment that the "investigation" was announced.

Other people said "Muh sealed indictments! Wait til the end of summer!"

Maybe they meant summer in the Southern Hemisphere in 2030.
Posted by charger 2020-10-14 12:20||   2020-10-14 12:20|| Front Page Top

#3 Laws for the plebs, not for the Patricians. Seems politburo members (democrats in power positions) have special rules under KGB (FBI/DOJ) guidelines. Sound familiar comrades?
Posted by NoMoreBS 2020-10-14 12:33||   2020-10-14 12:33|| Front Page Top

#4 Above the law
Posted by Critle Claiper3106 2020-10-14 12:38||   2020-10-14 12:38|| Front Page Top

#5 Russia probe figure Bruce Ohr retired from DOJ as disciplinary review decision loomed, spokeswoman says
Posted by Skidmark 2020-10-14 13:13||   2020-10-14 13:13|| Front Page Top

#6 What do you suppose this bodes (if anything) for the John Durham investigation? US Attorney John Huber's investigation seems to have yielded zilch on the Clinton Foundation investigation. Has all this just been Washington pretending to be doing something whereas it isn't doing anything to clean up corruption? So the two-tier system of justice is still intact?
Posted by JohnQC 2020-10-14 13:35||   2020-10-14 13:35|| Front Page Top

#7 #6 "Ill" to the first question. "Yes" to the last two questions.

It was all crap designed to render us passive in the hope that someone was TCB.

Posted by charger 2020-10-14 14:09||   2020-10-14 14:09|| Front Page Top

#8 What do you suppose this bodes (if anything) for the John Durham investigation?

The chances of anything happening is slim to none... and Slim got ran out of town.

Even less of odds if Biden wins.
Posted by DarthVader 2020-10-14 14:45||   2020-10-14 14:45|| Front Page Top

#9 Unfortunately for all of us, if the Left succeeds in sparking a civil war they are so looking for and loses, I suspect the finer points of the law are going to be jettisoned and some form of justice will be rendered.
Posted by Procopius2k 2020-10-14 15:59||   2020-10-14 15:59|| Front Page Top

#10 Explanation from a friend.As you might have heard, the DOJ probe into the extensive unmasking of US citizen communications metadata under Obama has concluded without any report or indictments. Here's what I wrote elsewhere in response to the suggestion that we should stop being angry about the unmasking now:
When then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lied on the Senate floor in 2012 about Mitt Romney paying no income taxes, he did so under the immunity members of Congress have for statements made officially in that context. What he did could not be prosecuted nor could Romney sue, because we rightly give members of Congress wide discretion in that context.
Reid was abusing that discretion in order to influence the ongoing presidential election. When he was out of office and was challenged on why he lied under cover of his immunity, he smirked and said, "It worked, didn't it?"
Reid abused his legal immunity for political purpose. That abuse and his casual defense of it was appropriately anger making.
There is extensive discretion that senior executive branch officials have with regard to national security mechanisms. That discretion is necessary.
It is also however subject to significant abuse whose impact has grown in parallel with the capabilities of technical information gathering and analysis. Unless officials who wish to abuse national security mechanisms for political ends are utterly stupid, they are able to create enough official cover to protect themselves from indictment and conviction. Susan Rice's CYA email to herself on the last day of the Obama administration is a good example of how to do that.
One can disagree with discretionary judgements by officials and yet accept them when they are made in good faith. Anger is, however, an appropriate response when the extent, nature, and timing of them strongly points to abuse for political purposes.
Reid's cynical and corrosive action was not widely rejected by members of his own political party. That's one reason Trump got elected.
Abuses of the national security mechanisms, whether "simply" abusive unmasking and unprecedented sharing of the unmasked information across many federal agencies or the deeper abuses involved in lying so as to acquire FISA warrants, seriously corrode the trust of many citizens who see themselves increasingly disenfranchised by power holders with the tacit or open support of those who align politically with the abusers.
When neither legal recourse nor even public condemnation of abuses is on offer, the remaining options for pushing back on such abuse do not bode well for a peaceful shared future.
Posted by Deacon Blues 2020-10-14 18:12||   2020-10-14 18:12|| Front Page Top

#11 ^ nicely put DB
Posted by Frank G 2020-10-14 19:33||   2020-10-14 19:33|| Front Page Top

#12 Now what's Fox News and Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz gonna talk about now? Then again, who cares? Few would be watching.
Posted by Clem 2020-10-14 21:16||   2020-10-14 21:16|| Front Page Top

#13 Ditto #11 on DB post.
Posted by JohnQC 2020-10-14 23:30||   2020-10-14 23:30|| Front Page Top

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