Good attorneys quickly learn to never ask a question to which they do not know the answer. Few would accuse Jerrold Nadler of being a good attorney. As far as I can tell, he never actually practiced law at all. The attached letter to Nadler from Attorney General William Barr is devastating for Democrats and it demolishes the so-called impeachment hearings before they begin. Nadler ASKED Barr for information which he probably now regrets receiving:

The only real question is whether Nadler is bright enough to realize he is in serious trouble.

The letter says that: “It is now well established that, in 2016, the U.S. government and others undertook certain intelligence-gathering and investigative steps directed at persons associated with the Trump campaign.”

What is not established is whether or not these activities were justified. We already know that the Mueller investigation found zero evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. If there is no evidence now, there was no evidence then.

Barr said his investigation includes a “collaborative, ongoing effort between the Departments’s Review Team and the intelligence community as well as certain foreign actors.

He has assigned this to John Durham:

“The Review is being conducted primarily in the Washington, D.C. area by Mr. Durham and a number of U.S. Attorney’s office personal and other Department employees. The Department has made existing office space in Washington available for this work. Mr. Durham’s Review will be funded out of the U.S. Attorney’s Salaries and Expenses appropriation.”

In the meantime, Nadler is embarrassing himself by calling John Dean who was publicly humiliated by the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee. These hearings are a joke. They have zero evidence, since everything is already published in the Mueller report. They can neither add to nor detract from that. They have less than nothing and they don’t have enough resources to investigate anything.

In the meantime, John Durham has a staff of U.S. Attorney’s office personal at his beck and call. The U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) is there to prosecute criminal cases on behalf of the United States government. It is not there to make political points.  It is not investigating Donald Trump. It is not investigating any of his associates. It is investigating the people who ordered the investigation of Donald Trump and his campaign.

The only question is whether there is some justification for doing this. Since there is zero evidence that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, or anyone else, there is unlikely to be such justification. Think about this. A lot of people are still harping about the totally discredited Russia Dossier. There is a reason for that. They apparently have nothing else.

When you combine this with the bone chilling comment that this is a collaborative effort between our intelligence community and “foreign actors” this is a very serious investigation. Add in the fact that he is including activities by civilians (Hillary Clinton was a civilian in 2016) and this becomes even more significant.

We are very close on this. It sure looks like Barr is setting the stage for indictments. Barr would never has disclosed this information unless he already had almost everything he needed. Think about any TV show you have watched about law enforcement. When they show up with a search warrant, the end is near.

The DOJ almost never comments on an ongoing investigation. Perhaps Barr did so this time because he wanted to send a message. Part of that message is to let people know that the window to “let’s make a deal” is closing rapidly. Those people not already singing like canaries are probably seeking legal counsel with voice coach training.

There is always the potential that this will all end with nothing. That has certainly happened many times before. But, there is increasing evidence that this is headed in a different direction. Here are some clues with regard to what is really happening. Watch for people who start screaming loud accusations about anyone and everyone other than themselves. That may signal a desperate attempt to change the subject. Then watch for these same people to suddenly go strangely silent. That often results after competent legal counsel has warned them to shut up. They say it is often darkest just before dawn. When people are in serious legal jeopardy, it is often most silent when they are sitting at home, terrified, waiting for a very big legal hammer to drop.



Wow! The liberal media is ripping Nancy Pelosi a new one for saying that she wants to see Trump in prison. Even someone as far out there as Chris Matthews has a limit. While Trump said he would like to see Hillary investigated and the crowd responded by “lock her up” that is very different than Pelosi wanting to imprison Trump based on zero evidence. For one thing, the need to investigate Hillary Clinton is beyond obvious and there actually is evidence of crimes. For another, Trump never said lock her up, nor did he mention imprisoning her.  Continue reading


Up until now, Christopher Steele has refused to cooperate with the DOJ regarding the origins of the Russian Collusion investigation. He was the former British spy who allegedly came up with the Russia Dossier. But, while Trump was in England, it was suddenly reported that Steele would cooperate. That may be far more than a coincidence.

Donald Trump said something remarkable this week. He said that if Jeremy Coryn became Prime Minister of Great Britain, the U.S. would have to evaluate whether it would continue to share intelligence with Great Britain. That would be devastating to Great Britain. While all the intelligence agencies have their resources, no one comes close to the resources available to the United States. For example, there are stories that Britain was developing the Avro 730, before the development of the U.S. SR-71 Blackbird. But the United States did develop the Blackbird, and it used extremely expensive titanium. Great Britain could never have have produced the SR-71. The point being that while other countries would like to have resources like this, the United States actually has them. Great Britain knows it needs the United States to share intelligence. We, on the other hand, do not necessarily need Great Britain. Trump just reminded everyone who really holds the keys to the kingdom.

We will probably never know what actually happened. But it is quite possible that Christopher Steele was provided a strong incentive to start cooperating with the DOJ. Actually, he may have been given an offer he couldn’t afford to turn down. If that is true, then a lot of people involved in the international deep state who thought they were immune from scrutiny should be terrified. History teaches us that one person in the right spot who turns states evidence changes everything. Christopher Steele is exactly that kind of person. It does not even need to be something Steele did. He would just need to provide some hints about where to look.

Up until now Trump’s opponents were at war with him, but he was not at war with them. This is a sign that things may have changed. This reminds me of some hardened combat veterans I have met. They would run from a fight, not because they are afraid of being injured but rather because they fear the harm they could do to someone else. Trump has been confronted with the evidence of systematic abuse of power by the Obama administration. We are all fortunate that he did not choose to confront that by abusing power himself. What is remarkable about the obstruction of justice allegations against Trump is that, if anything, the Mueller report shows that Trump exercised remarkable restraint.

That is not to confuse Trump with being weak. This is the opposite of weak. It is someone with the patience to endure, knowing that in the end he is the one with the stronger hand. A determined man ready, willing and able to do whatever it takes to fix this. He will not be distracted by weak political assaults. It has taken him time to assemble his own team of people he can really trust to do the job. But that team is now in place and he has given them the green light to deal with this. They have almost unlimited resources. Unlike Obama, Trump has directed them to actually play by the book. The people he has chosen are not clowns like James Comey, desperately in search of the spot light. These are people who do not care if you even know they exist. The evidence of their ability will be more than obvious by the results they deliver.

Other people have noticed. Even Jim Acosta and Joe Scarborough recently said nice things about Donald Trump. There is a reason for that. They suddenly looked up and realized, with shock, that Donald Trump actually is the President of the United States. They are just now beginning to grasp how seriously they underestimated this man.



During the period from July 3 to July 5, 1938, the last great reunion of Civil War veterans from both the North and the South took place in Gettysburg. It was obvious that many of these men were nearing the end of their lives. This was the last time there was an opportunity to see them and hear their stories. The last Civil War veteran was apparently Albert Woolson, who died in 1956 at the age of 109.

Tomorrow we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings at Normandy. Sadly, we are reaching the point where there soon will be no more living WWII veterans. Many of the veterans who attended the celebration this week were in their high nineties. It is unlikely many of them will still be around for the 85th anniversary.

It is hard to even imagine the courage it must have taken to land on those beaches 75 years ago. Most wars are fought by very young men. I was 20 years old when I enlisted in the Air Force and by the time I was 23 I have flown on over 200 combat missions. The men who flew on those missions with me were the same age. We often said that the class of 1965 was the class that went to war.

Now reflect on the current generation of people between 18 and 25 years old. We call them Millennials. The following article contains the results of research on this generation:

It describes the debate as between whether Millennials are primarily self-entitled narcissists or rather open-minded do-gooders. Either way it is hard to imagine them participating in something like the Normandy invasion or even the Vietnam War. They would be more focused on protesting the use of guns by the enemy.

D Day is a reminder that the world is a very dangerous place and if anything more dangerous today than it was in 1944. We have about the same percentage of good and evil people; they just have far more destructive weapons.

It is important to pick leaders, not by the way they comb their hair or spout politically correct statements but rather by whether they have the character to stand up to threats like Iran or North Korea. The invasion of Normandy was a truly catastrophic event, but it pales in comparison to the cost of allowing an adversary to attack us with a nuclear weapon.

The real demonstration that mattered in 1944 was put on by the men who landed on that beach. When you see all those silly protests today remember they are only possible because of those who fought and died to preserve that freedom.

If Millennials really want to protest something important, why not buy a one way ticket to North Korea or Iran and protest there. Be sure it is a one-way ticket, because the odds of returning home alive are slim.



The pictures of Donald Trump and Queen Elizabeth are stunning. She is not very large, so he looks huge. More important he looks very Presidential and she is literally beaming at him. The liberal media tried to pretend that the Queen loved Obama because he had such class and she hated Trump because, well, they hate Trump. But there are no pictures of the Queen beaming like this at Obama.

Judge for yourself.

First, Obama and the Queen

Now Trump and the Queen

The contrast is stunning. While the Queen was gracious and smiling with Obama, as expected, she was literally beaming at Trump. This is one case where a picture says far more than  1,000 words. The Queen, contrary to all liberal expectations, clearly likes Trump.

The media has been too busy reporting about the “mass” protests against Trump in London to notice. They were expecting 250,000 people. Only 9,000 people bothered to register and another 33,000 said they might be interested.  If you look at the pictures, you don’t see large crowds at all, instead you see carefully framed pictures trying to exaggerate the size. This, of course, is typical for the liberal media.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said it was “un-British to roll out the red carpet for Donald Trump.” The Queen was too busy rolling out the only red carpet that matters to notice. Who do you think is more popular in Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth or Sadiq Khan. Then there is Jeremy Corbyn who boycotted the state dinner. That will show the Queen who’s who. How dumb is that?

Right now, the real Tower of London is named Donald Trump. I suspect most people in Great Britain realize that.



We are now at the stage where far too many people only see what they want to see. All of us are probably guilty of this to some extent. I must admit that I take any report remotely favorable of Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton or Bill Clinton with a large grain of salt. It is easy to fall into the habit of thinking these people are incapable of doing anything good. The reality is that even the worst of us occasionally does something good and even the best of us occasionally does something bad.

The best way to handle this is to always look for the actual facts. They are usually there and surprisingly easy to find. The most recent case of this involves John Huber. He has been ignored by the left and the right. Both are convinced he has done nothing. Odds are both are making a grave mistake. The Attorney General does not give a special assignment to a U.S. Attorney without cause. In this case the appointment was in response to a request from Chairman Goodlatte of the Senate Judiciary Committee. That letter specifically asked for investigation into the sale of Uranium One and alleged unlawful dealing related to the Clinton foundation and other matters.

This morning, on CBS News, William Barr said that Huber had been originally asked to look the FISA applications and electronic surveillance, but he stood down when he learned the IG was already doing that. He was described as on standby in case Horowitz referred a matter to him to be handled criminally. Then Barr said that Durham is taking over that role.

The assumption was that Huber has done nothing, but that is not exactly what Barr said. Instead he said that the other issues he’s been working on relate to Hillary Clinton. Those are winding down and hopefully we’ll be in a position to bring those to fruition. Fruition is an interesting word. It doesn’t mean shutting it down with no action, in fact it means the exact opposite. Fruition implies accomplishment.”

While the interviewer on CBS missed this, Barr may have been hinting that Huber is getting ready with indictments. When you combine that with the statement that Huber wasn’t working on the FISA abuse case, because it was not at the stage of criminal referral this should give everyone pause. John Durham was assigned to that case, precisely because it is now at the stage of preparing criminal indictments.

At a minimum, the interviewer missed the opportunity to ask some interesting questions. Like what was Huber doing and did Barr expect any results from that. Huber wasn’t exactly demoted or criticized; Barr merely commented on the focus of his mission.

Keep this in mind. When the DOJ and the FBI is really closing in on criminal prosecution, they don’t exactly hold press conferences saying they are getting close. In fact, they avoid the press and they avoid saying anything at all. The first notice is often a knock on the door and an arrest by heavily armed agents. At a minimum there is a deal for a person to quietly turn themselves in for arrest. We rarely learn about these things until the last moment, unless the suspect themselves sends out an alert. Both Manafort and Stone did exactly that. They announced that they expected to be indicted. However, neither the FBI nor the Mueller investigation even gave a hint about what was about to happen.

The question then, is to see or not to see. A lot of people would love to see Hillary Clinton indicted and finally held accountable. Most are convinced this will never happen. But regardless of what one wants or believes, there are at least interesting questions with very few answers.



There have been a lot of very destructive tornados lately. This has happened before. I grew up in the Midwest and personally experienced storms like this. I remember one time when the Palm Sunday tornados hit Lower Michigan. This happened in April 1965, while I was a senior in high school. My brother was pastor of a church and I was assigned to stay outside and watch the sky, because there were a lot of warnings. We were right to do that, because a major tornado hit another church about a mile away. An usher outside saw the funnel cloud and gave warning. The people attending church did not have time to evacuate; they just lay down between the pews. The church was leveled, but miraculously none of them were seriously injured. I still remember seeing that church, with the roof and exterior walls gone and realizing there had been people inside. It was even more stunning to realize they had escaped with only minor injuries.

I also remember something else. The spring of 1965 was a mess. Three feet of snow fell during March in Grand Rapids Michigan and on March 27th it was zero degrees. Then on April 3rd, it skyrocketed to 10 degrees. However, by April 11th, Palm Sunday, the temperature in Grand Rapids was 72 degrees. That, folks is the kind of weather that results in a lot of big tornadoes. Extremely cold weather, followed by extremely hot weather results in very powerful and destructive storms. If you think about it, that is very similar to the weather pattern this year. We saw record levels of snow and cold weather followed by heat waves. Sound familiar? This has nothing to do with global warming, regardless of what is being reported on CNN.

The same pattern is occurring politically this year. For over two years the storm clouds have all been about Donald Trump. The world waited breathlessly for the Mueller report, only to have it land with a soft thud. Some still believed and when Mueller actually spoke, and repeated what was in the report, they could not hold back on the celebration. Happy days are here again, impeachment is on the way. But, in reality the opposite is true. Mueller time is over and it is not coming back anytime soon.

Politics, like the weather, can change rapidly. The more strongly things move in one direction, the more energy being built up in resistance. Science teaches us for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. That is just as true in politics as it is in weather. The establishment in Europe learned that the hard way just this week. So did the political establishment in Australia. They all missed the warning signs of a really huge political storm just over the horizon.

The next political storm is now approaching and this will be far more destructive than the storm that just passed. Those who fail to heed warning will pay a terrible price. The previous storm lasted far too long, but it was fueled primarily by belief in a mythical monster created out of thin air by liberal democrats and their public relations partners in the MSM. This fictional creation did not even resemble the real Donald Trump but they were too excited to notice. They waited breathlessly, for over two years, for the great dragon slayer, Robert Mueller, to destroy the evil Trump. But Mueller came and left and Trump is not only still here, he is actually stronger than before.

The political storm about to break will be destructive far beyond what anyone can imagine. This storm, fueled by actual facts, is far more powerful, energized by pent up anger. When you combine this with well-documented facts and professional prosecutors focused on real crimes it is a recipe for the perfect political storm. A lot of people are going to be swept away by this.

We are reminded that, as John Adams said while defending the British soldiers involved in the Boston Massacre: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Keep in mind that this is still called the Boston massacre and few people were less admired than British troops stationed in Boston in 1770. People wanted the British troops to be guilty and they wanted them to be punished. It is hard to imagine a lawyer faced with a more hostile jury. The prosecutors only had to prove that one of the soldiers fired with malice and the intent to kill. If they made that case, all of the soldiers would have been sentenced to hang. Incredibly, the jurors found all of the soldiers innocent of murder and two were guilty of manslaughter. Their punishment was to be branded on the thumb. Facts, are indeed stubborn and ultimately very powerful.

Now ask yourself a question. Who has documented evidence of crimes and who does not? That will help you estimate the size of the coming storm.



We are often blessed by the quality of our enemies. Donald Trump is truly blessed to be attacked by someone with the “skill set” of Rep. Nadler. That was never more evident than during his idiotic press conference today. He listened to Robert Mueller’s report and drew all the wrong conclusions. Most lawyers will instantly recognize that. Nadler is oblivious. Mueller did not say he found evidence of obstruction of justice. He didn’t come close to saying that. He actually eliminated the obstruction of justice allegation by saying the Russia collusion investigation was never about Donald Trump. Trump, in other words, had nothing to obstruct.

What Mueller said is that the role of law enforcement is not to find people innocent; it is rather look for evidence of crimes. They found no such evidence. It is not his job to exonerate Trump or anyone else. What is really significant is that Mueller is not willing to talk to anyone publicly about this anymore. That leaves people like Nadler left with no option other than to howl at the wind. They can try and investigate this until the cows come home and it won’t matter. Even if they were competent, which they aren’t, this would take months if not years. When is the last time a congressional committee indicted anyone? The answer is never, other than when they impeached Bill Clinton. That only happened AFTER the Special Counsel, Ken Starr, made a criminal referral to congress with specific evidence that Clinton had committed crimes. Even though Clinton was clearly guilty, the Senate still refused to convict.

At best congress can make a criminal referral to the DOJ, but only the DOJ can indict anyone. In this case the DOJ has already investigated and specifically determined that they do not have evidence of criminal activity. Nadler, in other words, has less than nothing.

This will have a major negative impact, on the Democratic Party. If they follow the fanatics, they will spend the next two years continuing to obstruct Trump and proposing no solutions. There is close to zero chance they will succeed in removing Trump from office. It would require a major bombshell and there is no evidence of that. Instead, they will only convince more and more people that they are incapable of governing themselves.

On the other hand, if they don’t mollify the radicals the party may literally split in two. We could be witnessing nothing less than the self-destruction of what used to be called the Democratic Party. Most Democratic primaries will involve hard core radicals silencing anyone who even pretends to be willing to compromise. The result is that the winner of the primary is destined to lose in the general election other than in districts died a deep stain of blue. All Republicans need to sweep the table in 2020 is to avoid choosing loser candidates, like Roy Moore.

We can always count on the Republican Party to muck things up, but they will have an increasingly difficult time keeping up with Democrats in the race to the bottom. This is very simple to explain. When you are surrounded by out of control screaming children it is very easy to look like the only adult in the room. While the kids won’t care, those people watching can easily figure this out.



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.

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

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

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.



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

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:

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.