My focus this week is on the “wiretapping” (electronic interception of communications, if you insist) of President Trump and his associates during the campaign. It seems to me this story is rapidly unfolding -- if only mostly in overseas press and online -- and promises to be far more explosive than the Watergate story, an account that says frightening things about our intelligence agencies and those of some of our allies, most particularly Great Britain. It has become increasingly clear to me that there was widespread wiretapping of President Trump and his associates and that the underlying justification was pretextual
Comments: The now decades-long American tradition of not holding high-ranking Democrats accountable for crimes is a tradition that must now come to an end.
Amen, OP, but I won´t hold my breath. I just do not believe that Washington has the moral fortitude to tackle the wide reaching and obviously illegal activity of our first black President. If serious charges are leveled at the boy King and his administration, the democrats will burn the country down before they will allow their messiah to be held accountable. Unfortunately, we have seen the utter disregard for the rule of law by the very agencies tasked to uphold the bedrock construct of equality under the law. I frankly can´t see this group of Republicans having the resolve to confront the media and the left without someone at the highest level in the Obama administration who is willing to testify under oath that the spying was done and who ordered it. The MSM is not interested and the democrats, I believe, know where all the bodies are buried. It will take divine intervention and providence to bring the guilty to justice.
If the CIA/NSA can create IP addresses as a pretend to accuse anyone of colluding with Russia or anywhere else, then absolutely no one, no one, is safe in this country. Think what would happen if any demonrat in political power anywhere in this country had access to this trick. I wouldn´t be surprised if it´s already being used.
When all this unravels, the evil mind, black heart and dirty hands of John Muhammed Brennan will be at the center of things, working not only with other foreign intelligence agencies, but with the confederacy of criminals at the top of the feckless and feculent regime of the fraud Barack Hussein Obama: Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Valerie Jarrett, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates and many others, working with and through an army of dunces such as James Clapper, Ashton Carter and, most importantly, the hopelessly corrupted and compromised James Comey. Comey is a perpetrator and inevitably a target here, and neither he nor the equally compromised FBI he nominally leads can be allowed any role in the investigation -- crooks can´t investigate themselves. This requires the appointment by AG Sessions of an independent counsel with competence, integrity and courage to pursue a vigorous criminal investigation. An honest investigation will also, happily, yield the scalps of John Songbird McCain as well as jerks like Evan McMullin.
If former President Clinton can give secret missile technology to China, which North Korea now has and Iran will likely get also, in exchange for illegal campaign contributions and nothing happened why would anyone think obama or any of his sycophants would be convicted of anything? The Washington DC elites and uniparty types take care of their own. No one will admit to any wrongdoing and any evidence has long been destroyed. Marathon hearings on the Hill will produce Benghazi results - nothing.
So the Ruskie was too lazy to Google readily available material? (Thereby loudly screaming Entrapment.) Oh and by the way, it isn´t much of a stretch to figure out why Loretta Lynch was noodling with William Jefferson Clinton on the tarmac.
Yes, #8; collected and bound together they would be a good textbook for beginning patriots.
Clarice is always on target. I agree with the above posters that the Obama Administration was the most corrupt in History. I also think that James Comey must go. He HAD to have known what was going on. He had to know that Brennan and Clapper were corrupt. He is no longer to be trusted to lead that once proud Agency.
The point here is that the intelligence community can manufacture whatever it likes for whatever reason, hand it to a judge who will almost always slam the gavel in favor of surveillance in the name of national security. The public is ignorant, mostly uncaring.
Since 9/11 the government has taken, with the public´s full assent, gobs of liberty while promising security. Nearly everyone rationalized "I got nothing to hide." Now we find out that increasingly there is nothing one can hide if government wants to know. Ask Sharyl Attkisson how her own property was used to spy on her by the government...and, really, who is she but a private citizen? We surrendered liberty and we deserve the "security" it provided.
The use of foreign intel agencies can be a sham, too. It appears those "five eyes" operate with the other five eyes cocked to see if anyone is looking. Add in the weaponization of Federal agencies, like the IRS. Now, try to reform this morass.
You have to wonder how liberals think this works. So, a manifestly conflicted special counsel leading a pack of maxed-out Democrat donors decides Donald Trump has to be kicked out of office for “obstructing justice” regarding a cynical lie about him cavorting with the Kremlin and…then what? President Pence, until they do the same thing to him? Or do we just skip right to President Felonia von Pantsuit, shrug our shoulders, and give up on our foolish dream of having a say in our own governance? Straightforward from here is…chaos. Because normal Americans are woke to the scam. No, the affidavits of
Sarah Palin issued a not-so-veiled warning to the New York Times on Thursday over a controversial editorial in the newspaper, one that prompted two corrections and an apology. In a tweet, Palin said she is "talking to attorneys this AM and exploring options." It all stems from an editorial, written in the wake of the Steve Scalise shooting, that linked a map put out by Palin´s political action committee in 2011 to the shooting of former congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Some background and new developments: What it said: In criticizing incendiary political rhetoric, the editorial mentioned the 2011 shooting of Giffords and
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How are we supposed to take the myriad leaks coming from Robert Mueller´s special investigation of what I guess we could call "The Russian Matter"? You would think that on the day Rep. Steve Scalise was shot the lava-like flow of illegal and frequently inaccurate leaked information being promulgated ad infinitum by the Washington Post, the New York Times, and CNN (among others) would stop for a moment´s respectful pause, but no -- at least not at the Washington Post. That very day they were "reporting" [scare quotes deliberate] that five, count ´em five, needless-to-say unnamed "officials" [scare quotes again
The New York Times used the attempted assassination of dozens of Republican congressmen by a left-wing Bernie Sanders supporter to attack former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with a baseless conspiracy theory blaming Palin for inciting mentally ill Jared Loughner to shoot Democratic Rep. Gaffy Giffords in 2011. “In 2011, when Jared Lee Loughner opened fire in a supermarket parking lot, grievously wounding Representative Gabby Giffords and killing six people, including a 9-year-old girl, the link to political incitement was clear. Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19
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Two weeks ago, in the wake of the Manchester bombing, I mistweeted and it cost me. Everyone knows what I said and I’m not going to repeat it here. The wording was horrible. Loaded with unintended meaning. Quickly deleted, amended to make clear, and apologised for live on TV and radio. I have no excuses. And I take full accountability — disasters, triumphs, I must treat them just the same. In truth, I woke up to the news of the terror attack in Manchester on our young girls and I saw red. As a mum, I felt fear. And I
California is restricting publicly funded travel to four more states because of recent laws that leaders here view as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. All totaled, California now bans most state-funded travel to eight states. The new additions to California’s restricted travel list are Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and South Dakota. They join Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee as states already subjected to the ban. California Attorney Xavier Becerra announced the new states at a Thursday press conference, where he was joined by representatives from ACLU Northern California and Equality California.
(Facebook) - Former President Barack Obama took to Facebook to ask Republicans to reconsider their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. "I recognize that repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act has become a core tenet of the Republican Party," Obama wrote. "Still, I hope that our senators, many of whom I know well, step back and measure what’s really at stake, and consider that the rationale for action, on health care or any other issue, must be something more than simply undoing something that Democrats did." He argued that the Republican health care bill
In a year that he would like to forget, which included his acrimonious divorce to Amber Heard, Johnny Depp appeared at a Q&A at the new Cinemageddon stage at Glastonbury. Introducing his 2004 film The Libertine, about a 17th-century poet who notoriously drank himself to an early death, the 54-year-old chose to discuss American politics. "I think [Donald] Trump needs help," he said. "There are a lot of dark places he could go." He added: "I´m not insinuating anything - by the way this will be in the press and it will be horrible - but when was the last
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Former presidential nominee Hillary Clinton came out swinging in a tweet Friday, saying if Senate Republicans pass their current healthcare bill, they will become the “death party.” Clinton’s post referenced an article from the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan policy institute, which cited Harvard researchers as saying “the Senate bill could result in 18,000 to 28,000 deaths in 2026.” (Snip) The tweet from Clinton follows an earlier tweet urging her supporters to "speak out against" the bill.