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FBI’s smoking gun: Redactions protected political embarrassment, not ‘national security’, by John Solomon

Try to contain your shock, but some of those redactions in documents the FBI and DOJ dribble out to congressional committees are to prevent embarrassment!  Who knew? Next thing you know they’ll be telling us that some people in those agencies don’t like Trump! From John Solomon at thehill.com:

To declassify or not to declassify? That is the question, when it comes to the FBI’s original evidence in the Russia collusion case.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have tried to thwart President Trump on releasing the evidence, suggesting it will harm national security, make allies less willing to cooperate, or even leave him vulnerable to accusations that he is trying to obstruct the end of the Russia probe.

Before you judge the DOJ’s and FBI’s arguments — which are similar to those offered to stop the release of information in other major episodes of American history, from the Bay of Pigs to 9/11 — consider Footnote 43 on Page 57 of Chapter 3 of the House Intelligence Committee’s report earlier this year on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Slouching Toward Okeefenoke, by James Howard Kunstler

The real Russian collusion conspiracy, the one involving Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the DNC, and Robert Mueller and team, is gradually being exposed. From James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:

Quite a hot time in the ole Swamp this week, with the gators, ‘possums, snakes, and snappers roiling the filthy waters to a bloody froth in the battle for supremacy of the food chain. The Swamp even has its own version of Bigfoot, the Golden Golem of Greatness. Lumbering and garrulous, unlike his shy cousin of the Oregon forests, the flaxen-haired giant plies the sloughs, oak domes, and cypress hammocks desperately seeking respect. His bellowing can be heard each night through the din of chittering insects, croaking bullfrogs, laughing anhingas, and the baying bloodhounds at his heels, as he searches for the fabled drain-plug that might convert this treacherous ecology into an upland peaceable kingdom.

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Russian Oligarch And Putin Pal Admits To Collusion, Secret Meetings, by Tyler Durden

Spoiler alert: the meetings weren’t with Trump. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close associate of Vladimir Putin, has gone on record with The Hill‘s John Solomon – admitting to colluding with Americans leading up to the 2016 US election, except it might not be what you’re thinking.

Deripaska, rumored to be Donald Trump’s “back channel” to Putin via the Russian’s former association with Paul Manafort, says he “colluded” with the US Government between 2009 and 2016.

In 2009, when Robert Mueller was running the FBI, the agency asked Deripaska to spend $25 million of his own money to bankroll an FBI-supervised operation to rescue a retired FBI agent – Robert Levinson, who was kidnapped in 2007 while working on a 2007 CIA contract in Iran. This in and of itself is more than a bit strange.

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Trump Should Fire Rosenstein Immediately, by Paul Craig Roberts

Rod Rosenstein is a political hack who’s out to get Trump and protect the Department of Justice and the FBI. Firing him would indeed be the right thing for Trump to do. From Paul Craig Roberts at paulcraigroberts.org:

Does Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for allegedly hacking Hillary’s emails and interfering in the US election have any purpose other than to throw a monkey wrench in President Trump’s upcoming summit with Putin?

Don’t forget that Rosenstein is implicated in the orchestration of Russiagate as a weapon against Trump, a weapon that serves the interests of the Democratic Party and the military/security complex about which President Eisenhower warned us 56 years ago to no avail. Rosenstein’s indictment of 12 Russians for allegedly hacking computers is a political indictment aimed at President Trump. The indictment is otherwise pointless as the Russian government will certainly not turn over its military personnel to a Washington kangaroo court. The indictment serves no purpose except to poison the atmosphere of the summit.

If you read the indictment, you will see that it consists of nothing but improbable accusations. There is no way on earth that the US Justice (sic) Department would be able to acquire the information in this fictional story that Rosenstein has presented. Moreover, there is no sign whatsoever of any evidence in the indictment. Rosenstein knows that he needs no evidence, because the accused will never be brought to trial. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/13/rosenstein-says-12-russian-intel-officers-indicted-in-special-counsels-probe.html

Rosenstein has thrown red meat to the presstitutes, who are assets of the military/security complex and Democratic Party, and the presstitutes will pressure the Republicans to get behind Rosenstein’s call for a united front against Russian interference. You can imagine what would happen if Trump and Putin were to have a successful summit and normalize the relations that Washington ruined between the two countries. If your imagination is not working, consult here: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2018/07/10/the-view-of-russia-in-the-west-paul-craig-roberts/

During the presidential election campaign, I pointed out that Trump was not Washington savvy, did not know who would support his positions, which were antithetical to the interests of powerful interest groups such as the military-security complex and global offshoring corporations, and that Trump ran the risk of being destroyed by his own appointments.

Rod Rosenstein is a Trump appointment. Moreover when Trump’s Attorney General ordered Rosenstein’s resignation, Trump refused to accept it and kept Rosenstein in office. Trump’s miscalculation is so enormously wrong that he deserves the knife in the back that Rosenstein just delivered.

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DOJ Releases Inspector General’s Report


WSJ Exposes The Real ‘Constitutional Crisis’, by Kimberley Strassel

The FBI and Department of Justice continue to illegally evade legitimate requests from congressional committees investigating Russiagate and the Russiagate investigation itself. From Kimberley Strassel at The Wall Street Journal via zerohedge.com:

The Wall Street Journal continues to counter  the  liberal mainstream media’s anti-Trump-ness, dropping uncomfortable truth-bombs and refusing to back off its intense pressure to get to the truth and hold those responsible, accountable; in a forum that is hard for the establishment to shrug off as ‘Alt-Right’ or ‘Nazi’ or be ‘punished’ by search- and social-media-giants.

And once again Kimberley Strassel – who by now has become the focus of social media attacks for her truth-seeking reporting – does it again this morning, as she asks, rhetorically, why the FBI and Justice Department continuing evading congressional oversight?

Via The Wall Street Journal,

Democrats and their media allies are again shouting “constitutional crisis,” this time claiming President Trump has waded too far into the Russia investigation. The howls are a diversion from the actual crisis: the Justice Department’s unprecedented contempt for duly elected representatives, and the lasting harm it is doing to law enforcement and to the department’s relationship with Congress.

The conceit of those claiming Mr. Trump has crossed some line in ordering the Justice Department to comply with oversight is that “investigators” are beyond question. We are meant to take them at their word that they did everything appropriately. Never mind that the revelations of warrants and spies and dirty dossiers and biased text messages already show otherwise.

We are told that Mr. Trump cannot be allowed to have any say over the Justice Department’s actions, since this might make him privy to sensitive details about an investigation into himself. We are also told that Congress – a separate branch of government, a primary duty of which is oversight – cannot be allowed to access Justice Department material. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes can’t be trusted to view classified information – something every intelligence chairman has done – since he might blow a source or method, or tip off the president.

That’s a political judgment, but it holds no authority. The Constitution set up Congress to act as a check on the executive branch—and it’s got more than enough cause to do some checking here. Yet the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation have spent a year disrespecting Congress—flouting subpoenas, ignoring requests, hiding witnesses, blacking out information, and leaking accusations.

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Fortunately, the Dying Do Die, by Robert Gore

Deaths that won’t be widely mourned.

It is deeply satisfying to see the New York Times headline: “The Last Days of Time Inc.” One dying mainstream media organ writing the obituary of another. What could be better? It illustrates two truisms that sometimes get lost in the shuffle: things change, and the dying eventually die. For those of us who want things to change—not incrementally, bit by bit, but radically—and see sundry people, practices, and institutions depart this vale of tears sooner rather than later, the headline is pure hope.

Only 29 years ago Time Inc. was on top of the journalistic pile, flush enough to pay Warner Communications $14.9 billion for 51 percent of the company. The thing that changed was the internet, which skewered Time the New York Times, and countless other businesses, media and non-media alike.

If you’re of the same ideological persuasion as the mainstream media, you ascribe the internet’s ascendancy to its technological superiority and hastily move on. By this reckoning, old-line newspapers and magazines got caught in the same crosshairs as bookstores, record companies, and department stores. What’s ignored is the voice the internet gave to those not of the same ideological persuasion.

Since World War II, the media has crawled into bed with the government; they warm each other on chilly nights. Mainstream debate has devolved into how many government-approved angels can dance on the head of a government-approved pin. Will the deficit be $800 or $900 billion this year? For regime change, which works better, sponsoring internal insurrection, bombing campaigns, or both? Will Social Security go broke in 2034 or 2035?

There has always been news that wasn’t news because it wasn’t true. That’s an acceptable downside of a free press. You can’t give control of what gets published to the government and its minions to “protect” people from lies. It would take perhaps fifteen minutes for government-approved truth to become government-approved spin, propaganda, and lies. The truth’s only chance is press freedom, aggressive journalism (now found almost exclusively on the internet), and letting people sort things out on their own.

Substantial segments of the media now regard truth as a threat and want the government to suppress it. Substantial segments of the government would happily do so. Their increasingly hysterical reaction to the internet is a spike on the EKG just before the patient expires. The demise of the government’s public relations branch is the death of a vital organ that presages the death of the entire organism.

For the government, we even have a date when its condition became irretrievably terminal: July 6, 2016. On that date the US Treasury’s 10-year note yield hit its low, 1.34 percent, and has been trending irregularly higher ever since. Historically, debt has been the life support for regimes in extremis. No regime has ever been more in debt than the US government. Its annual deficit and debt service expense are growing, old-age pension and medical programs face a demographic crunch, and now interest rates are rising. One way or the other, the government walking away from some or all of its promises is as set in stone as anything in this life can be

As far as spending money the government doesn’t have, the new boss has been the same as the old boss, denial being the first stage of the terminal process. Notwithstanding his free-spending, Washington-pleasing ways, Trump infuriates elements of the ruling class, which has taken refuge in fantasy and criminality in an attempt to depose him. Anger is the second stage.

The Russiagate fantasy is a comatose, incontinent patient who shouldn’t be prevented from drowning in his own drool. As a kid, did you ever tell a string of lies, each increasingly outrageous lie designed to rescue the previous ones? Such has been the case with Russiagate, which started with an allegation of Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee computers. That the Democrats wouldn’t allow the FBI to examine those computers, instead relying on an outfit, CrowdStrike, of its own choosing, shouted: Whoppers to come!

And come they did, almost too numerous to count. The highlights have been the Trump dossier from Fusion One, secretly funded by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign; the intelligence assessment based on that dossier; the cover story that a meeting between a drunk Trump campaign aide and an Australian diplomat instigated the Russiagate investigation; the Department of Justice and FBI’s stonewalling of congressional appearance requests and subpoenas; James Comey’s, John Brennan’s, and James Clapper’s leaks to the press and lies to congressional committees, and The New York Times recent CYA attempt to soft-pedal both the FBI’s insertion of at least one spy into the Trump campaign and its own tendentious reporting ahead of the Justice Department Inspector General’s report. To believe any or all of this is like accepting little Jimmy’s explanation that Martians messed up his room and took all the cookies.

The real story isn’t Russia. Do you mount a “soft coup” over policy differences when, after all the Washington give and take, those policies will, at worst, marginally affect your influence, power, and payola? Doubtful. (Keep in mind Trump wants to increase military budgets.) If, on the other hand, you’re facing complete disgrace and ruin, including a long stretch in a penal institution, there’s nothing you won’t do to save yourself.

It’s not what politicians and bureaucrats do sub rosa that poses the biggest danger to the country and the world, but what they do in broad daylight. However, there’s no denying that Washington is the world capital of sub rosa—the unethical, immoral, and illegal. To use a favorite Trump adjective, it’s a crooked place. Trump knows or suspects where some of the bodies are buried, and the powers that be fear he’ll go after them for everything from garden-variety graft, bribery, theft, and influence peddling to crimes as sordid as child molestation and murder.

Plot Holes,” SLL, 2/25/17

Trump could unplug Russiagate from life support at any time, but if he keeps it alive he can do in the Deep State. Since “Desperation” and “Plot Holes,” SLL has argued that Russiagate signals Deep State weakness and desperation, and that Trump was underestimated and would gain the upper hand. He has done so and can continue to use the scandal as his foil against the Deep State. Notwithstanding the ministrations of its captive press, it’s now obvious that the leadership of the intelligence agencies, colluding with the Obama administration and the Clinton campaign, launched an effort to prevent Trump’s election, and failing that, to overturn the election result.

There was never going to be dramatic round-ups and military tribunals for the miscreants, outcomes the more fervid quarters of the internet kept insisting were just around the corner. However, the slow grind of the legal system will be more satisfying in the same way that Chinese water torture is more satisfying than a quick execution, at least for the torturer.

Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Lynch, Clinton, lower ranking officials in the intelligence agencies and Department of Justice, and maybe even Obama will spend years worrying about subpoenas, depositions, indictments, legal bills, turning state’s evidence, plea bargains, and jail time as the screws are ever so slowly turned. Running the gauntlet that is the American criminal justice system may be the closest thing to hell on earth. Forgive the rest of us for our schadenfreude.

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