THE REAL SPYGATE

The liberal left loudly criticized George W. Bush for it surveillance program developed after 9-11 to prevent future terrorist attacks. These included using NSA to survey certain telephone calls without obtaining a warrant. The following article by the Washington Post criticizes Bush, while acknowledging this was only used to monitor suspected terrorists. No one even suspected that Bush would use this to conduct surveillance on political opponents. They were angry that it was being used to conduct surveillance on anyone. Ultimately that program was abandoned and replaced by the Patriot Act.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/07/AR2006090700837.html

The Patriot Act was designed to allow for surveillance but to limit it to threats of terrorism.

https://www.justice.gov/archive/ll/highlights.htm

But under Obama, those restrictions where apparently shredded. The following document titled 2016 Cert FISC Memo Opin Order April 2017 is interesting:

https://www.scribd.com/document/349261099/2016-Cert-FISC-Memo-Opin-Order-Apr-2017-

On page 19, it is documented that NSA analysts had been conducting queries that were illegal and non-compliant at a rate that was staggering. The report concluded that this represented an institutional lack of candor (deliberate lying). To put this in perspective, there are some reports that 85% of these queries did not meet the standard. In addition, federal contractors were able to access the database and conduct 40,000 queries. We know something happened, but the magnitude of the problem has not been fully documented. Some of the leaks come from places like info wars that are not necessarily that credible.

There are some who think the Obama administration was engaged in a systematic effort to spy on anyone they considered a threat. That would be consistent with the unmasking we definitely know went on. All we really know if that they were lying about what was happening.

You did not read about this in the Washington Post. They didn’t care. Apparently Bush spying on terrorists is the crime of the century, but Obama spying on everyone is just par for the course. More likely the Washington Post could never bring itself to suspect wrong doing by the Obama administration.

We know a couple of very interesting facts. Admiral Mike Rogers, Director of the NSA is the one who notified the FISA court of the abuse. Rogers, without authorization, flew to New York to meeting with President-elect Trump. Trump moved his transition team out of Trump tower and he also fired Mike Roger, from the transition team. Coincidence?  (Same name, different guys) Several people in the Pentagon and the intelligence services tried to get Trump to fire Admiral Mike Rogers. There was a direct request by James Clapper and Ashton Carter. Soon and very soon this is all going to be documented and made public. Admiral Rogers retired on May 5, 2018.

Here is some of what he said:

This nation entrust us with an amazing set of capabilities. We are given access to data of incredible sensitivity. We must continue to safeguard that, ensure the appropriate security, and to remember the trust the nation places in us.

We execute our critical mission of foreign intelligence and cybersecurity at NSA within a legal framework and set of policies that we follow to the letter.

That is our strength. That is what generates the confidence of this nation.

That these many resources that are granted to us are being used appropriately, wisely and in the best interests of the citizens we serve.

Here is a timeline of events transpiring at the NSA in2016.

A Quiet Hero – NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers Retires

  • November 2015-April 2016 – The FBI and DOJ’s National Security Division (NSD) uses private contractors to access raw FISA information using “To” and “From” FISA-702(16) & “About” FISA-702(17) queries.
  • March 2016 – NSA Director Rogers becomes aware of improper access to raw FISA data.
  • April 2016 – Rogers orders the NSA compliance officer to run a full audit on 702 NSA compliance.
  • April 18 2016 – Rogers shuts down FBI/NSD contractor access to the FISA Search System.
  • April-September 2016 – Rogers continues his investigation.
  • September 26 2016 – DOJ’s NSD Head John Carlin files the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications. The filing does not disclose the FISA Abuses. Carlin is aware of Rogers’ compliance review. The 2016 certifications are scheduled for Court approval on October 26, 2016.
  • September 27 2016 – Carlin announces he is resigning. Mary McCord will later assume his position.
  • October 15, 2016 – Carlin formally leaves the NSD.
  • Mid-October 2016 – DNI Clapper submits a recommendation to the White House that Director Rogers be removed from the NSA. Clapper’s effort fails.
  • October 20 2016 – Rogers is briefed by the NSA compliance officer on the Section 702 NSA compliance audit and “About” query violations.
  • October 21 2016 – Rogers shuts down all “About Query” activity. Rogers reports the activity to DOJ and prepares to go before the FISA Court.
  • October 21 2016 – DOJ & FBI seek and receive a Title I FISA probable cause order authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. At this point, the FISA Court is unaware of the Section 702 violations.
  • October 24 2016 – Rogers verbally informs the FISA Court of Section 702(17) violations.
  • October 26 2016 – Rogers formally informs the FISA Court of 702(17) violations in writing.
  • October 26, 2016 – The FISA Court refuses to formalize the 2016 Section 702 certifications. A complete overhaul of Section 702 processes ensues.
  • November 17 2016 (morning) – Rogers travels to meet President-Elect Trump and his Transition Team in Trump Tower. Rogers does not inform DNI James Clapper.
  • November 17 2016 (evening) – Trump Transition Team announces they are moving all transition activity to Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.

So ask yourself a question. Is there more evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia or the Obama administration abusing power? Who do you trust? James Comey or William Barr? Seriously, would any sane person trust James Comey?

If you ever watch a crime show, like criminal minds, you learn to watch for the critical moment. That is when the police not only know the suspect, they know they have enough evidence to make an arrest and obtain a conviction. While things can move excruciatingly slow up for a long time, once that happens things move at the speed of light.

It is increasingly obvious that a lot of people tried, and failed, to frame Trump for colluding with Russia. The real question is why? Because they were so upset Hillary lost? Because they really hate him that much? What if the primary motivation was to cover-up their own crimes.

TDM

BEYOND STUPID

The New York Times published an article slamming Trump for authorizing William Barr to declassify information.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/politics/trump-barr-declassify-intelligence.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

The theory is that Brennan had a mole very close to Putin who warned the CIA that Putin was going to interfere in the U.S. election to try and help Trump get elected. Brennan and the New York Times are terrified that this “source” may be outed if Trump declassifies certain documents. Actually, if the source exists at all, it was outed by the Washington Post in June of 2017:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/world/national-security/obama-putin-election-hacking/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.cb1af99609b2

It describes an envelope so sensitive it was only shown to President Obama and three senior aids.

Inside was an intelligence bombshell, a report drawn from sourcing deep inside the Russian government that detailed Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s direct involvement in a cyber campaign to disrupt and discredit the U.S. presidential race.

But it went further. The intelligence captured Putin’s specific instructions on the operation’s audacious objectives — defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.

No one thought to ask the most obvious question: “are you really buying this?

If, and that is the world’s biggest IF, this story is true that the people who released this information and those who published in the Washington Post are guilty of treason. The Washington Post could have a conceivable freedom of press excuse, but the damage to national security would still be unprecedented. This is at best highly irresponsible. At worst, it is both irresponsible and frankly stupid.

The article also indicates that Obama personally warned Putin. Wow, that must have terrified him. What Obama did not do was warn Donald Trump. Instead:

Brennan convened a secret task force at CIA headquarters composed of several dozen analysts and officers from the CIA, the NSA and the FBI.

Only four senior security officers were allowed to attend briefings in the White House situation room, Brennan, Clapper, Lynch and Comey. Even aides were banned. Eventually the circle expanded to John Kerry and Ashton Carter who were given envelopes that subordinates were not supposed to open.

There are points where this article says things that are at best extremely unlikely and most likely demonstrably false. For example,  it says U.S. spy agencies reached unanimous agreement that the DNC servers were hacked by Russia intelligence.  But that is far from true. Only the CIA and the DNI reached that conclusion and the NSA gave a conditional could be true statement. In reality the secrecy of this committee meant that conclusions by definition came primarily from Brennan, Clapper, Lynch and Comey.

Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it. James Jesus Angleton was chief of counterintelligence at the CIA. He became convinced that there was a soviet mole in the CIA. He was told by a defector named Golitsyn that the KGB had a network of spies within the CIA. He went on a counter-intelligence campaign that destroyed a lot of careers. It is unclear, even today, whether there even was a mole. There were some people caught spying for the Soviet Union, but they were at much lower levels. The 2006 film the Good Shepherd is based at least partly on the real James Jesus Angleton.

The point is that the top intelligence officials in this country “believed” that they had a mole close to Putin and that Putin had the fix in for Donald Trump. In reality, that seems very unlikely. Putin has a long history of bribing the Clintons and they had helped him steal our uranium. It was Bill Clinton, not Donald Trump that Putin paid to give speeches in Moscow. It was the Hillary Campaign that was helped by the Russian Dossier, which can definitely be traced to Russian intelligence and which was absolutely designed to undermine Donald Trump. Odds are Putin was interested primarily in undermining who ever won the presidency and if he favored Trump over Hillary it was only because he was sure Hillary would win so he wanted to undermine her credibility. By the way this article admits that Russians also targeted Republican servers, they just were unsuccessful in penetrating them.

In any event if there really was a mole close to Putin, that person is almost certainly dead probably shortly after the Washington Post article was published. If that didn’t do the trick, the New York Times article published over the weekend will finish the job. Declassification of anything by Trump will have little if any impact on this person, assuming he or she even exists.

If Putin planted this seed in the minds of Brennan and Clapper, to seed distrust in the American government, he succeeded beyond all expectations. No one with an ounce of credibility pretends that Russian influence had anything to do with the 2016 presidential election results. If Hillary was beaten because of WikiLeaks, which consisted of real e-mails, she deserved to lose. Brennan and Clapper thought they had a source willing to provide access to Putin’s most secret thoughts and actions. This source told them what they wanted to hear, so they absolutely believed it. When you combine that with the failure of the NSA or the FBI to even do a forensic evaluation of the DNC servers, this theory is built on the thinnest of air.

This is about to blow sky high. This is worse than we could even imagine. A President of the United States and his top intelligence officials became convinced that Russia was trying to steal a presidential election by hacking WikiLeaks. They were so terrified that they set up a double top-secret committee to investigate. For years they have denied spying on the Trump campaign at all, now we know the opposite is true. We also know that this was not only abuse of power, it was incredibly stupid abuse of power. Abuse of power, we can understand, incompetence at this level is mind numbing.

Unfortunately, regardless of what evidence surfaces a high percentage of the usual suspects will continue to believe the impossible fueled by the ridiculous in a continued effort to find some reason to believe. Fortunately, for the country, Obama is no longer President and neither Brennan nor Clapper have any influence on our intelligence operations. More importantly, the Attorney General is William Barr, not James Comey and we will soon learn the facts as the result of criminal prosecutions.

Absolutely unbelievable. If this is an example of how the Obama administration functioned, we were lucky to survive.

TDM

A DIRECT ORDER

On April 15, 1969 North Korea shot down an American EC-121 aircraft. I remember this very well because I had two friends from language school on that plane. What most people don’t know is that there were other intelligence agencies involved and at least one of them tried to send a warning to that plane. However, at that time, intelligence agencies weren’t exactly famous for talking to each other. The result is that it is unlikely the crew on that plane had any chance.

Shortly after this happened, under the direction of President Richard Nixon, communication barriers were eliminated to prevent this from happening again.

There are several articles regarding this incident. The following one has a lot of information, so you can read what has already been publicly disclosed:

https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/the-ec121-shootdown-north-koreas-killing-of-31-us-sailors-that-has-almost-been-forgotten/news-story/f31ac9893795646a044d874fbd62386c

Frankly, in retrospect, if Nixon had actually nuked North Korea at the time, or at least bombed them conventionally we might all be better off today. It is hard to argue that the threat from North Korea has diminished.

But my point was that almost instantly intelligence agencies, at the direction of Nixon, began communicating with each other. There has probably always been a problem in our government regarding different agencies being highly protective of their own turf. That was part of the reason the 9-11 attack was successful. Following 9-11 President Bush also cut down some communication barriers between intelligence agencies. But they still exist.

Yesterday President Donald Trump did something remarkable. He ordered several agencies to cooperate with Attorney General Barr in declassifying documents to investigation the origins of the Russia probe. This is a very significant development and I certainly do not know of a single incident where this happened in the past. Since Trump has access to everything, regardless of classification, he already knows exactly what is in those documents. That should terrify those people who appear to have been engaged in a cover-up since at least mid-2016.

What is stunning is that this is not limited to the intelligence agencies; it also includes the State Department, the Treasury, and the Department of Energy. While Nancy Pelosi accused Trump of conducting a cover-up, of something, based on zero evidence, we may be about to be confronted with documentation of the worst cover-up in American History and this will be no joke.

It is actually broader than that. The wording is “The Attorney General is currently conducting a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns (not just the Trump campaign) in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters.” That could include a lot of other things including the sale of uranium, contributions to the Clinton Foundation, and even the Clinton e-mail scandal.

This is a reminder that the President of the United States is the most powerful person on earth. No one, other than him, could have issued this order. All of the following report directly to him:

Secretary of States, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, The Attorney General, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

He just gave them a direct order they cannot ignore. It is impossible to overstate the significance of this. The first thing you will hear is loud squealing from people who want to stop having this information declassified. The louder they scream, they more likely they are the ones who should be frightened. Ultimately, none of them matter. Trump has the authority, he has used that authority, no one can stop him and this is guaranteed to change EVERYTHING.

TDM

I WALK THE LINE

Nancy Pelosi made a huge mistake yesterday. She crossed a big red line and the results will be catastrophic. We are used to politicians lying about each other, that is a well-established genetic defect affecting both parties. But there is a big difference between saying someone is lazy, or dumb etc. and falsely accusing them of a crime. Yesterday the Speaker of the House literally accused the President of the United States, Donald Trump of committing a crime. She, of course, not only has zero evidence; she can’t even define what was allegedly covered-up. This was followed today with a statement saying they still won’t impeach him, because that is what he wants, but she is praying for him. Then she suggested an intervention of some kind. Beyond the obvious stupidity, this is totally unacceptable behavior from a Speaker of the House. There is zero chance Trump will tolerate this. No President of the United States can or should tolerate that.

This is further proof that the Democratic Party has gone completely off the rails. That will impact more than Donald Trump. Even those Republicans who despise Trump will not tolerate this. They cannot tolerate this.

While the MSM is pretending Trump threw a hissy fit, the opposite is true. The opposite of love is not hate. Hate and love are actually very similar. The true opposite of love is apathy. It sure looks like Trump has moved on from hate and disgust to apathy. He no longer has any hope of Democrats acting responsibly on any subject, so he won’t even pretend any more. But he is more likely to ignore them than bother becoming angry, unless they accuse him of a crime. Other Republicans noticed. Kevin McCarthy gave a scathing rebuke to Democrats today and also said he was done trying to bargain with those who have zero intention of bargaining in good faith.

I doubt serious that Democrats will impeach Trump, because they simply do not have a case. They might not even get enough Democratic votes in the House. They have zero chance of getting a conviction in the Senate.

There was an important poll out there today that should tell you everything you need to know. This poll showed that 67% of Democrats really believe that we have 12 years to reverse climate change or we all die. This is so stupid that even AOC, who made that prediction, was surprised anyone took her seriously. So the question is are 67% of Democrats really that stupid? I suspect not. It is more likely that 67% of the Democrats willing to respond to opinion polls are that stupid. For the past several years all the polls have been increasingly worthless. One would think that Democrats had learned their lesson in 2016, but they really thought this was a Russian plot. They deluded themselves into thinking Hillary really won after all. The most recent example was in Australia. The polls weren’t even close.

I pondered this in my heart and came to several conclusions. One is that polls are worthless because a lot of people rarely talk on the phone at all anymore, unless they are at work. Test this yourself. While you are out and about, watch for people actually talking on their cell phone. Odds are the only people you see will be loud and obnoxious. Now compare that to those who are texting etc.

Another is that people are far more selective with regard to receiving phone calls at home. We have caller ID on our television, so unless we know who it is, odds are pretty high we won’t even try to answer. In addition, we have the two second rule. Remember the ten second rule that applied if you dropped food on the ground? If you picked it up in less than ten seconds, it was still safe to eat because it didn’t have time to attract germs. That is nonsense, of course, but widely practiced. Now we have the two second rule. If, and that is a big IF, we do answer the phone, you have about two seconds to start talking or we will hang up. Actually, if my wife answers the phone you have even less time.  The reason is that we know telemarketers have this built in delay, so we listen for it. This means the odds of getting us, or anyone like us to answer a telephone opinion poll is close to zero. So, who is answering the phone? Well now we know. About 67% of them are people dumb enough to think the world is going to end in 12 years. Oh, they also vote Democratic.

That begs the question: why do bother taking meaningless polls. Then, I realized the answer is actually quite obvious. The polls are providing valuable feedback to the MSM desperate for confirmation they are on target. Liberals feast on opinion polls and twitter accounts for the same reason. Both are dominated by left wing radicals incapable of communicating normally with other human beings. It is beyond obvious that newspapers are shredding subscribers even faster than CNN shreds viewers. If CNN hadn’t bought up all the TVs in airports, they might not have any viewers at all. But, thanks to worthless opinion polls and left-wing twitterites they remain deluded into thinking they remain relevant. They are relevant, but only to people stupid enough to think we have 12 years before climate change kills us all. And, oh, people impressed by someone as stupid as Nancy Pelosi.

TDM

A SAD SITUATION

Sometimes little things really mean a lot. A classic example of this was the incredible interview of William Barr by Bill Hemmer. We already know that Barr is investigating the origin of the Russia investigation. We already know that Mueller found zero evidence of collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russia. We already know that many of the top officials in the DOJ and the FBI have already been removed, one way or another, from their jobs.

But we did not know somethings that are beyond stunning. Barr said:

“The thing that’s interesting about this is that this was handled at a very senior level of these departments. It wasn’t handled in the ordinary way that investigations or counterintelligence activities are conducted. It was sort of an ad hoc, small group — and most of these people are no longer with the FBI or the CIA or the other agencies involved.”

The following article puts a very dangerous spin on this. I do not know the source of this information and whether any of this is documented. If true, this is far more of a bombshell than anyone realizes:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3751132/posts

They worked exclusively for two groups of “customers,” officials said. The first was Obama and fewer than 14 senior officials in government. The second was a team of operations specialists at the CIA, NSA and FBI who took direction from the task force on where to aim their subsequent efforts to collect more intelligence on Russia.

At first only four senior officials were involved: Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and then-FBI Director James Comey..

When the closed Cabinet sessions on Russia began in the White House Situation Room in August, the video feed from the main room was cut off during the meetings.

The compartmentalization may help to explain why it was only Brennan’s CIA, Comey’s FBI and the NSA that penned the January 6, 2017 U.S. Intelligence Community report alleging Russian interference in the presidential race. Numerous news media reports originally falsely claimed the report was authored by all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies.

These meetings were allegedly held in the White House Situation Room beginning in August 2016. That would have been during the heat of the 2016 Presidential election. If there is no credible evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia now, there could not have been credible evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia then. When you combine this with apparently cutting the video feed for these meetings, alarm bells go off big time. One reason for cutting the video would be to cover-up who was in that meeting.

One will recall that Nixon was removed from office because conversations that took place in the White House were recorded. That begs the question whether situation room conversations are recorded. If they are, then those records are probably secured and William Barr, John Durham and Michael Horowitz already have access to them. If there were recordings and they were destroyed or are missing, that would be a huge problem. If there were no records of these meetings, and there should have been recordings, that would also be a problem.

Omarosa claims she has recordings of conversations with John Kelly in the White House Situation room. She allegedly recorded them on her cell phone. If that is true, it was a major breach in security. It also begs the question regarding who else recorded White House Situation room meetings.

This would sure explain why both Brennan and Clapper are crapping their pants in public. It would also explain why Comey, Clapper and Brennan are all pointing fingers at each other.

We do not know if this is accurate, but it has the ugly odor of truth. This is at least believable and it would fill in a lot of gaps. The fact that Barr said this involved a very small group of people and this was not the normal procedure is significant and totally consistent. He also said that the answers he was getting were not adding up. He has described this as unprecedented on several occasions.

This definitely falls into the category of a story too good (bad) to be true. A lot of people would really like to believe that Obama was capable of this. That does not mean this actually happened. But something happened, Barr is on it, and that alone greatly increases the potential for this story being accurate. At a minimum, nothing Barr has said even hints that this is not true.

We are now at the point where documents are being declassified on a daily basis. There are promises of more to come. Trump threw Pelosi and Schumer out of his office today and said he wouldn’t even pretend to negotiate with them if they continue this constant investigation nonsense. Always remember that Trump knows things you do not know. While Trump is routinely accused of acting impulsively, in reality he rarely does that. Even his “outrageous” tweets are usually designed to push people’s buttons and they are in fact brilliant. That means this decision to publicly announce that he wasn’t even going to pretend to negotiate with Pelosi and Schumer was probably a carefully crafted position. At a minimum, Trump believes this is the politically correct move to make at this point in time. The questions is whether there may be additional motivation that will soon become obvious. One thing is certain, Nancy Pelosi looked pretty panicked after this meeting.

TDM

THE PLOT

If you ever watch a crime show like Criminal Minds or NCIS it soon becomes obvious that many episodes involve a similar plot. The investigators start to zero in on a suspect. Family members are questioned. They are immediately outraged that anyone would suspect their loved one. They loudly protest and tell the investigators they have the wrong person. My son(father, husband, brother, mother, sister, daughter etc.,) could never do something like that. Then, there is the moment when the investigators uncover the critical piece of evidence. This evidence is impossible to dismiss and even harder to ignore. This is when the family members are confronted with the awful reality. Not only is their loved one guilty, they have been lied to over and over again. It is always a brutal moment. In many cases the family member starts to go back over things that have happened in the past and looks at them in a whole new light. In some cases, they are filled with guilt because deep down they knew something was terribly wrong all along and they just could not bring themselves to believe it.

This is exactly what is about to happen to a lot of people who call themselves Democrats. They could not bring themselves to believe the reality about the crimes, yes crimes, committed by people like Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, John Brennan, James Clapper and a class of thousands. It is bad enough when one person lets you down. But in this case the entire leadership of the Democratic Party has a lot of hopelessly corrupt people. Unbelievably corrupt people. What makes this worse is that the fawning MSM led by people like Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon continued to report the ridiculous and ignore the obvious. Seldom in world history have so many people been betrayed by so many others who did so much damage with so little regard for anyone but themselves.

I believe we are on the verge of having that critical evidence put on full display and as Trey Gowdy said it is capable of being persuasive. There are numerous signs of this. Interviews of top Democrats are being released in unredacted form. Each one shows a consistent pattern of guilt. President Trump is promising to de-classify even more documents. He has publicly said he is waiting to release them for the time when they will have the most impact. We are soon to be inundated with hard evidence of criminal activity that will be impossible to dismiss and even more impossible to ignore. We already know how the guilty will respond. They will continue to lie while running for cover. The great unknown is how the Democratic base will respond when they are confronted with the reality that they have been lied to over and over again. Once someone has betrayed you with that level of duplicity it is a life changing event. In some cases, they may even be forgiven, but this is never forgotten, and no one will ever trust them again.

I know many liberals and Democrats who are men and women of honesty and character. They are not like this at all. They, like those family members, are victims only of believing in people who let them down. While some will continue to believe, this reminds me of the words of Abraham Lincoln:

“You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

This is so bad; it is easy to understand why a lot of people have difficulty accepting the truth. But ultimately facts are stubborn things and so far, the facts are all pointing in the same direction. At some point, that will become too obvious to ignore. If that happens, don’t be surprised if the loudest outrage comes from those who have been betrayed.

TDM

COVER FIRE

One of my favorite cartoons was a picture of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, huddled down behind a tree stump covered with arrows. The Lone Ranger says:  “well Tonto, this looks like the end.”  Tonto replies saying: “what do you mean white man?” II can’t find that original cartoon so the quotes are probably not 100% accurate, but you get the point.

The Russia collusion investigation has turned a major corner. No longer is anyone, including Brennan, Clapper, McCabe, Comey or anyone else pretending that use of that FISA warrant was appropriate. At first they just screamed and yelled in an attempt to scare William Barr. That did not work. Not only did Barr refuse to back down, he hired one of the most dangerous investigators alive to take this on. Now we learn that he has already been on the job for weeks.

The following article by Victor Davis Hanson is excellent:

https://amgreatness.com/2019/05/19/he-did-it-not-me/

Trey Gowdy was interviewed by Maria Bartiromo. He said that the FBI informants were wearing wires and there are transcripts of their conversation along with copies of emails, text communications and phone calls. He says he had listened to some of these and while he did not discuss specifics he said they have the potential to “persuade people.”

Sometimes the best way to tell what is happening is to watch how people react. It is particularly important to pay attention to people who actually know what happened. All of the usual suspects have drastically changed behavior over the past week. As I mentioned previously, they are no longer even pretending there is justification for that FISA application. They also are trying desperately to describe this as anything other than spying on a political campaign. They aren’t even trying to justify this because of something Trump did. They are focused finding someone else to blame. While the usual suspects at CNN etc. remain oblivious the smart people recognize a dangerous fire storm when they see it and they are frantically looking for an exit.

This is moving very fast. The next step is likely to be some very entertaining video of people you know being arrested by the FBI. This could look a lot like the incidents with Paul Manafort and Roger Stone. There is obviously something about being handcuffed and read your rights by a heavily armed FBI agent that changes one’s perspective of life. Enjoy!

TDM

REPEATING HISTORY?

Robert Mueller was Acting U.S. Attorney in Boston during a time when some FBI agents crossed way over the line into illegality. The following article explains this:

https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/28555-probing-mueller-what-were-his-roles-in-boston-mafia-murders-uranium-one-and-other-fbi-scandals

It is impossible to know how much of this is accurate, but it is true that Mueller was there some of the time this was happening. We also know that John Durham, the man recently appointed by Barr to investigate the origins of the Russia investigation is the one who put those rouge Boston FBI agents in jail. He was appointed by U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Donald Stern.

One thing is certain, John Durham has a history of exposing corruption. There is speculation that two people, Robert Mueller and Andrew Weissman were involved in the Boston scandal, but Durham was not authorized to prosecute them.

Barr’s Investigator John Durham Once Probed Mueller in a Shocking Case

But this raised an interesting question in my mind. Were Mueller and Weissman part of the problem or part of the solution? In the case of the corrupt FBI agents in Boston, someone on the inside had to have provided Durham with access to critical documents. Someone alerted U.S. Attorney Donald Stern of the problem. It sure looks like someone with inside information was providing guidance. While it is easy to assume that Durham didn’t prosecute either of these men because he was not authorized, perhaps he didn’t prosecute them because they were critical insiders helping him break through the cover-up.

Now fast forward to 2017. Mueller and Weissman are once again heavily involved. Imagine if both of them were once again insiders helping to expose corruption, just like they did in Boston. Few people would have the courage and the skill to pull this off. Imagine they pretended to go along with those who were corrupt while in reality they were documenting their illegal activities.

History teaches us that nothing is more deadly than a criminal organization infiltrated by an undercover agent. It is difficult, if not impossible, to take down such organizations without someone on the inside. In many situations the undercover agent even has to break the law themselves in order to gain the necessary trust of the those involved. Being a double agent is difficult and dangerous duty and it is by definition messy. At a minimum a double agent becomes aware of illegal activity and must wait until the right moment before acting.

Few criminal organizations in our history would be more dangerous that FBI agents working with the mob in Boston. Infiltrating such an organization would be beyond dangerous. The only thing more dangerous would be infiltrating FBI agents coordinating with top officials in the CIA and other intelligence agencies in order to overthrow a U.S. President. The only way such people could survive would be to totally convince those involved that they were on their side and they could be trusted. Those willing to overthrow a U.S. President would not hesitate to kill anyone they thought was in their way. It would take some very special people willing and able to do such hazardous work with incredibly dangerous people.

Now fast forward to one of those texts by Peter Strzok. He hesitated to join the Mueller investigation because he did not believe it would be willing to help take out Trump:

Peter Strzok on Mueller investigation: ‘my gut sense…there’s no big there there’

Strzok wrote: “You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there.”

Someone convinced Strzok to change his mind. Who recruited Strzok for the Special Counsel investigation? Andrew Weissman, the same person who worked with Mueller in Boston. Who did Weissman recruit? By all accounts everyone involved was highly biased against Trump. Why would he do this? Is Weissman stupid? If the Mueller investigation had found evidence against Trump the patent bias by the Special Counsel team would have seriously jeopardized the credibility of the findings. It would have been far wiser to include some Republicans and conservatives to avoid that exact problem. Weissman and Mueller are a lot of things but no one accuses them of being stupid.

Are you still sure about Mueller and Weisman? Those people who conspired against the President of the United States were definitely sure and they may pay a very high price for that assumption. Again, just a question. Are these men part of the problem or a big part of the solution?
TDM

RECYCLE

There are easy ways to determine who has the facts in any situation and who does not. Lawyers are trained to do the following to defend their clients. If you have the facts, pound the facts. If you do not have the facts, pound the opponent. If you cannot pound the facts or the opponent, just pound. The louder the pounding, the more desperate the lawyer. Smart lawyers add an important step. If you are going to lose, don’t turn down a great deal.

We are now at the point where the lawyers defending those who conspired to overthrow the President of the United States have resorted to pounding. Smart lawyers are also telling clients to void being the last one to make a deal. We saw a case study in this with the recent college admissions scandal. Some of the participants were offered a plea deal which required a guilty plea but reduced the potential for a lengthy incarceration. The ones represented by smart lawyers took the deal. They will get minimum prison time and may even have the potential for rehabilitation at some point in the future. But others rejected the plea deal and decided to fight. They were quickly hit with a withdrawal of the plea deal and additional more serious charges. Now the prospect for serious prison time is all too real.

This involves something relatively minor, rich people bribing their kids into top colleges. That has been going on for a long time, but not necessarily crossing the line into illegality. For example a wealthy parent may donate $50,000 to the College Trust fund about a month before their child’s application arrives. The people who run these colleges are not stupid, so the odds of that application getting approved skyrockets. The result is while the college admissions scandal is disgusting; it is not exactly a big surprise.

However this time we are talking about illegal surveillance of a Presidential campaign and potentially a plot to overthrow the President of the United States. That is a very serious matter and if the facts prove that this happened, this will be one of the major stories of our lifetime. Few will bother pretending that these actions were acceptable because we don’t like the way Donald Trump combs his hair or his addiction to spray tans. These actions are never acceptable and with the exception of the new class of naïve and inexperienced Democratic members of congress and the News Anchors at CNN, this will be beyond obvious. If there are convictions, the penalty will be extreme. It does not get any worse than this.

We are also at the point where those in jeopardy will start to turn on each other. John Brennan and Tom Clapper are blaming James Comey for using the Russian Dossier to obtain a FISA warrant. Neither of them continues to argue that this was a good idea. By the way, it appears as though Comey has e-mails he sent to his staff saying this it was John Brennan who wanted this.

https://www.dailycaller.com/2019/05/15/comey-brennan-dossier-rift-gowdy/

Based on the personalities involved it looks like we are headed toward a world class circular firing squad. Since all of these people sure appear to be guilty, to at least some extent, any finger pointing at someone else will have at least three pointing back at them. Either way it is an admission that they knew this was happening, they knew it was wrong, and they did nothing to stop it. So we are at the point where a lot of people in positions of responsibility are left arguing they were only stupid and oblivious but necessarily necessarily acting with criminal intent. Good luck with that.

Many of you have believed that the day of reckoning was never coming. It just seemed like some people always get away with everything and are never held accountable. It is absolutely true that the MSM is incredibly biased in their reporting on this. If these allegations were being made about conservatives or Republicans the MSM would be on suicide watch. Imagine if someone did this to Obama? But everything in this world moves in cycles and this is no exception. The good times never last forever and neither does the bad times. The least likely outcome is permanent continuation of the status quo.

We recently watched a show on the history channel about John Rockefeller. He made a fortune selling kerosene which was used to light houses and street lights all over the country. When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, Rockefeller panicked. He fought back and tried to paint electricity as hopelessly dangerous. He failed, but then he learned that the gasoline he had been throwing away was actually worth something. The market for kerosene did basically disappear, but gasoline has not been all that bad. Like I said, everything moves in cycles. Enjoy the ride and expect quite a show.

TDM

LIGHT SPEED

It is increasingly clear that top officials in the DOJ and the FBI, in collusion with top Democrats including members of the Obama administration conspired to remove a duly elected President of the United States from office. While the cost to Donald Trump and his administration has been significant the real cost may unfortunately be to national security. It is increasingly clear that the situation with Iran is moving in a direction that could result in a very costly military conflict. This is a time when Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi should be singing God Bless America, linked arm in arm with our President in a show of unity. Instead they are second guessing President Trump with regard to deployment of military resources and troop levels. It is sending the worst possible signal to Iran and North Korea.

This is the kind of situation that sadly may result in one of our enemies making a serious mistake. That has happened before. Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait because he did not believe George H.W. Bush would have the courage to stop him. Remember that Democrats were not exactly supportive of Bush, until it became obvious that the military operation was a huge success. Then they developed amnesia and pretended they had supported him all along. He had support from our allies all over the world, but limited support from Democrats in congress. This time the stakes are much higher. Hopefully neither North Korea nor Iran has the ability to attack us with a nuclear weapon, yet, but the risk of a full sale war is all too real. There are reports that Saudi Arabia shut down its pipelines after a drone attack.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-14/saudi-pipeline-attack-highlights-risk-to-middle-east-oil-exports

William Barr appointed John Durham to investigate the decision to even start the Russia investigation. Since Barr has already been discussing this with the CIA, the DNI and the FBI, odds are Durham wasn’t appointed to investigate; he was selected to build a case for prosecution. This appointment only makes sense if Barr and others already believe there is evidence of a crime.

This investigation may move at the speed of light. A lot of the information is already documented with testimony, under oath, before congress. In addition there are a lot of e-mails that speak to motive. All of the recent news developments are devastating for Democrats. None of them appear to present any problem for Donald Trump.

There is also increasing evidence of a systemic cover-up. Just recently the FBI said they “lost” notes regarding a serious meeting on whether or not Hillary’s private e-mail server was hacked by a foreign entity. In addition Roger Stone has filed a legal motion demanding proof that Russia actually hacked the DNC servers. It is not entirely clear that the FBI has such forensic evidence.

The people now involved are not lightweights like Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Jerry Nadler. These are serious people with a reputation for putting people behind bars. The difference will soon be obvious to everyone, including the clowns at CNN.

TDM