Sunday, May 20, 2018

Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley to Rosenstein: Special Counsel not authorized to conduct spy investigation. If Special Counsel is conducting spy investigation or issuing FISA warrants against Trump or associates, please inform us in writing how and when this activity was approved-5/18/18 letter

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FISA Court was created in 1978 by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. A judge issues permissions for US government to engage in a variety of surveillance activities against Americans the US thinks might be foreign spies.
 
5/19/18,Senator Chuck Grassley Asks Rod Rosenstein if He Gave Mueller Independent FISA Authority,” tcth, sundance

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has sent a letter (full pdf below) [dated May 18, 2018] and list of questions to Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein” with more questions about the Special Counsel.

The primary question within the letter is: under what authority, and within what statute, is the AAG [Asst. Attorney Gen. Rosenstein] authorized to assign a counterintelligence investigation to a special counsel:

“More specifically, section 600.1 states the Attorney General “will appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted.” The omitted regulations do not authorize counterintelligence investigations.”

One of the questions within the letter is additionally interesting. See:

“7. During an all-Senators briefing on May 18, 2017 [approximately one year ago], you were asked by Senator Collins and Judiciary Commmittee staff whether you had delegated the Attorney General’s FISA approval authority to Special Counsel Mueller. Have you delegated FISA approval authority to the Special Counsel? If so, on what date, and was the delegation done in writing? If it was in writing, please provide a copy to the Committee.” [By May 31, 2018, p. 4]

What an odd framework for a question. Did Rod Rosenstein refuse to answer the question on May 18th, 2017 [a year ago]?

Why would Senator Grassley make note of that question, and then ask that exact same question again in this letter?

If Robert Mueller has the independent autonomy to request and receive FISA surveillance warrants; against the backdrop of DOJ and FBI admissions of massive abuse of the FISA(702)(16)(17) database searches; and considering there is an actual OIG investigation into FBI conduct and engagement with the FISA court; such independent authority would be an alarming scope of power granted to the Special Counsel’s office by Rod Rosenstein.

It will be interesting to see how Rosenstein responds Here’s the full letter.”

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Added: Page 4 Grassley letter citestroubling” refusals to supply information on purported grounds of “national security” even when no legitimate risks have existed or the information was already public:

page 4: Most troubling, the Department’s close hold of this information arises amidst multiple instances of the Department’s resistance to transparency on the purported grounds of national security, even when the information sought to be restricted did not pose any legitimate security risk, or was already public. 16″

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Added: No one knows what alleged crime was committed to cause a Special Counsel to be appointed. Question 3 in Grassley’s letter to Rosenstein addresses this problem:

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dads were legal owners of guns used by high school sons in recent Texas and Maryland high school shootings. 68% of school shooters use guns from home-Baltimore Sun

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"The [2018 Maryland] case highlights the issue of child access to firearms. She pointed to a 2004 report from the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education that found that 68 percent of school shooters used a gun from their own home or a relative’s home." The 20 year old Sandy Hook, Ct. school shooter used his mother's legal guns to kill 26 people at the school in Dec. 2012. 

5/18/18, "School shooting suspect had father’s legal guns," AP, Santa Fe, Texas

"Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says the school shooting suspect used a shotgun and .38-revolver he obtained from his father. At a news conference on Friday, Abbott said both weapons were owned legally by the suspect’s father."...

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Misdemeanor: "Maryland law prohibits a person from leaving a loaded firearm somewhere that the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised child under age 16 could gain access to it. Violators face a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $1,000. In the Great Mills shooting, however, Rollins was 17. Pauliukonis said the state law has a “gap” when it comes to older teens." 

3/21/18, "Gun used in Maryland high school shooting was legally owned by shooter's father, sheriff says," Baltimore Sun, Pamela Wood 

"The handgun used in Tuesday’s shooting at Great Mills High School in Southern Maryland was legally owned by the shooter’s father, the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Austin Wyatt Rollins, 17, brought a Glock 9-millimeter pistol to the school and opened fire in a hallway at about 7:50 a.m., injuring a 16-year-old girl and striking a 14-year-old boy in the leg, according to the sheriff’s office. A school resource officer quickly responded and fired at Rollins. Rollins fired his gun almost simultaneously.

Rollins died hours later at a hospital. The school resource officer, Deputy First Class Blaine Gaskill, was not injured.

The 16-year-old victim of Tuesday’s shooting — identified by family as Jaelynn Willey — remained in critical condition Wednesday morning at the University of Maryland Prince George’s Medical Center, according to a hospital spokesman....

The 14-year-old boy — identified as Desmond Barnes — was discharged from MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital on Wednesday, hospital officials confirmed. He was shot in the leg.

The sheriff’s office did not offer further information about the gun, including when and where it was purchased or how Rollins gained access to it.

The sheriff’s office also said Wednesday afternoon that the shooting was not a random act. There’s evidence that Rollins and Willey had “a prior relationship which recently ended,” according to the sheriff’s office....

Jen Pauliukonis, president of the group Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence, said the case highlights the issue of child access to firearms. She pointed to a 2004 report from the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Education that found that 68 percent of school shooters used a gun from their own home or a relative’s home....
 
Maryland law prohibits a person from leaving a loaded firearm somewhere that the person knew or should have known that an unsupervised child under age 16 could gain access to it. 

Violators face a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $1,000.

In the Great Mills shooting, however, Rollins was 17. Pauliukonis said the state law has a “gap” when it comes to older teens. 

“I think it’s something that Maryland leaders need to evaluate,” she said....

All schools in St. Mary’s County were closed Wednesday because of a snowstorm. Schools will be closed next week for spring break, so Great Mills High is expected to reopen April 2."...



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US Deep State is so frenzied in its zeal to control America that its inhabitants can no longer see straight. In their determination to "have her," they may ruin themselves as well-Alastair Crooke, Consortium News, 8/26/2017

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"It seems that the American deep state is so frenzied in this way that its inhabitants can no longer see straight: they are ready to risk despoiling not just the "recalcitrant" abroad but America herself.  

And the way they are going about trying to "have her," may well ruin the deep state too, as collateral damage."...

8/26/2017, "How the Deep State Ties Down Trump,Alastair Crooke, Consortium News 

"President Trump has had his foreign policy hands and feet tied by the Russia (and Iran) Sanctions Act. He now has been rendered “helpless”: in respect to d├ętente with Russia — gulliverized, spitefully, by his own party, working with the Democrats, to empty Trump's constitutional prerogatives in policy--and to seize them for Congress."...





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With IntelGate US finally achieves Soviet values, puts spy in political campaign of opposition Pres. candidate Trump after denying it for 18 months. Instead of appealing to voters across the country, US election would be decided by Beltway apparatchiks. US taxpayer funded intel institutions were converted to political use by the fed. government without a shot being fired

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FBI didn’t have enough evidence to open a criminal investigation into Trump’s campaign, so DOJ/FBI group instead decided to treat the Trump campaign as if it were a national security risk, ie a bunch of spies (I guess on the phone between rallies). The “deciders” then needed a legal excuse to spy on the Trump campaign as a national security threat and Carter Page (an FBI friend) became the excuse. In Oct. 2016 the secret FISA court  granted a FISA Title 1 surveillance warrant against Carter Page. The same Carter Page was well known to FBI as a patriotic American, was an FBI cooperating asset in 2013, and remained FBI’s primary witness through May of 2016 and the successful conclusion of FBI’s case against a Russian operative named Buryakov. After years of service to FBI, he was all of a sudden a dangerous anti-American spy? Why didn't FBI arrest Page?
 
5/18/18, President Trump Questions FBI and DOJ Campaign Surveillance and Spy Operations – Carter Page and George Papadopoulos,” tcth, sundance

“Buried in paragraph 40 of the FBI/DOJ justification article presented by the New York Times on behalf of contributing editors James Comey, Sally Yates, Mary McCord, John Brennan and James Clapper, the oft-used intelligence propaganda outlet attempted to bury the lede:

“The F.B.I. obtained phone records and other documents using national security letters — a secret type of subpoena — officials said. And at least one government informant met several times with Mr. Page and Mr. Papadopoulos, current and former officials said. That has become a politically contentious point, with Mr. Trump’s allies questioning whether the F.B.I. was spying on the Trump campaign or trying to entrap campaign officials.”  (read more)

In essence what the Deep State apparatchik was/is doing is admitting they conducted a large-scale surveillance operation against their political opposition by weaponizing the most intrusive intelligence gathering capabilities of the federal government. An admission they denied for the previous 18 months….

And somehow, we are supposed to be ok with this….

From the justification outline the conspiracy crew focused on using the national security apparatus to target: •Michael Flynn; according to the article under Flynn was under surveillance since 2015 because he took a trip to Russia;Campaign and Delegate Manager Paul Manafort because he did business with Ukraine; and two unpaid low level staff “volunteers” •Carter Page and •George Papadopoulos.

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Oddly, and damned sure not coincidentally, Carter Page was an FBI asset in March of 2016 and yet somehow by October the same year he was a foreign agent, acting on behalf of mother Russia, and deserving of a FISA Title-1 Surveillance Warrant to ensure every second of every move was tracked and monitored as if he was an activated terrorist en-route to the detonation site:

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(Full Memo pdf)
 
In 2013 the U.S. Department of Justice, Southern District of New York, announced an indictment against a Russian Operative Evgeny Buryakov.  LINK HERE  In March of 2016 Buryakov pleaded GUILTY: Carter Page was an FBI cooperating asset in 2013, and remained the primary FBI witness through May of 2016 throughout the duration of the Buryakov case.

If Carter Page was an FBI asset and witness, responsible for the bust of a high level Russian agent in 2013, and remained so throughout the court case UP TO May of 2016, how the f**k is it possible that on October 21st, 2016, Carter Page is put under a FISA Title-1 surveillance warrant as an alleged Russian agent? 

Conclusion:  He wasn’t.

The DOJ National Security Division and the FBI Counterintelligence Division, knew he wasn’t a Russian agent.  

The DOJ [National Security Division] and FBI  flat-out LIED to the FISA court.

Now, go back to the March 2016 DOJ Press Release of the guilty pleading for Evgeny Buryakov, announced from the New York office:

…”Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, announced”… 

Because “FISA Title-I” surveillance authority against a U.S. citizen is so serious (the U.S. government is essentially calling the target a spy), only a few people are authorized to even apply for such surveillance warrants.

One of the four people authorized to make such a filing is the Asst. Attorney General who is head of the National Security Division of the DOJ. At the time that person was John P Carlin.  

The same John P Carlin who worked with the FBI 
counterintelligence unit, conscripted Carter Page as an FBI asset/witness, gained a guilty plea, then turned around six months later accuses their star witness of being a Russian Spy?…

Why?  Likely because the DOJ-National Security Division (DOJ-NSD) and FBI Counterintelligence needed to find a legal way to spy on the Trump campaign. The 2016 FISA Title 1 surveillance of former FBI employee Carter Page became that legal way. [“The Insurance Policy”]

In October of 2016, at approximately the same time the DOJ was making the FISA Court filing against Page, and successfully gaining the surveillance warrant, Asst. Attorney General  John P Carlin resigned as head of the DOJ-NSD.  –SEE HERE–  Did Carlin resign in protest? or, did Carlin resign knowing he too had served a larger purpose?

With John Carlin gone, immediately after admitting to FISA(702)(16)(17) search abuses [page 19, Court cites obvious surveillance abuses], the surveillance application filed by the DOJ to the FISA Court was signed by Sally Yates.

Sally Yates previously denied the DOJ Inspector General any oversight over the DOJ National Security Division. {SEE HERE}  Huh,… funny that.

Responding to a 2015 request by the DOJ Office of Inspector General, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the internal watchdog they cannot investigate the National Security Division. That’s right, there was essentially no oversight on any activity happening inside the NSD [DOJ National Security Division].

In 2015 the OIG requested oversight [of DOJ] and it was Sally Yates who responded with a lengthy 58-page legal explanation saying, essentially, ‘nope – not allowed.’ (PDF HERE) All of the DOJ is subject to oversight, except the NSD.

So where does this leave us?…

Occam’s Razor: The FISA Title I surveillance authority over Carter Page was cover, most likely retroactive cover, for the DOJ and FBI conducting surveillance on the Trump campaign. Previous to the October 21st, 2016, FISA Warrant the FBI was limited to using illegal searches of FISA(702)(16)(17) FBI and NSA databases {see here}; and according to the New York Times: “National Security Letters”.

[NPR]: National Security Letters are a type of administrative subpoena designed to allow the FBI to access the records of people suspected of being foreign agents. Section 505 of the Patriot Act expanded the FBI’s ability to use these subpoenas: FBI agents now only have to state that the information sought is “relevant” to a national security investigation in order to obtain sensitive financial, communications and other personal records. The letters are issued by FBI field offices and are not subject to judicial oversight. Recipients of these letters are under a gag order. (link)”

The DOJ-National Security Division and FBI Counterintelligence Unit didn’t care about Carter Page because to them he was a useful tool. It wasn’t Page they needed, per se’, they just needed someone, anyone, who had contact with the Trump campaign that they could apply the label “foreign agent” upon.

How did they enhance that appearance?

Enter Stefan Halper.
 
Remember the Peter Strzok trip to London?
 
The source of John Brennan’s “Electronic Communication”, which initiated the July 31st, 2016, origination authority of the FBI Counterintelligence operation, is likely FBI and CIA operative Stefan Halper a foreign policy expert and Cambridge professor with connections to the CIA and its British counterpart, MI6.

“[Stefan] Halper met campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page at a July 2016 symposium held at Cambridge regarding the upcoming election, Page told TheDCNF [Daily Caller]. The pair remained in contact for several months.” (link)

Stefan Halper posesses a very specific set of skills from all of his prior work within politics and the intelligence community. Halper was in contact with every official and entity in the set-up; and Halper was in the right places at the times when all of these set-up meetings and issues took place.

Stefan Halper connects to the same circle of intelligence operatives Christopher Steele used for his sketchy [Golden Showers Anti-Trump] Dossier construct. Halper’s role looks simple: make the low-level Trump campaign aides appear dirty…the CIA would relay that information to the FBI; and the FBI counterintelligence unit (Agent Peter Strzok) would take it from there.

The DOJ/FBI just needed someone they could position to gain the FISA “Title I” surveillance approval that would retroactively make all prior sketchy campaign surveillance legal. Carter Page and George Papadopoulos checked the right boxes. 

Page didn’t need to be a “plant” or a willing “participant”, he was carrying surveillance authority like an Ebola virus and transmitting it onto everyone he contacted. Both Page and Papadopoulos were useful for the corrupt intelligence apparatus because they could attach a label to them and justify their surveillance and monitoring. Nothing more.
 
Clear enough?

Carter Page testified to the House Intelligence Committee that DOJ-FBI officials leaked his identity, his role in the Buryakov case, to the media.  This is confirmation from Page himself that he was an FBI asset and witness.


(Source Link – Page. #19 House Intelligence Testimony pdf)”…
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Comments to above include posts of Washington Post and NY Times headlines saying Trump is wrong, FBI spying on him was “to protect him,” he doesn’t understand how things work: 

Below, 5/18/18, Washington Post: Trump is wrong, Spy was there “to protect him,” Trump just doesn’t understand how things work. Link to this at Washington Post. (Twitter poster added his comment above WaPo headline)….via tcth, “Pam says: May 18, 2018 at 9:40 pm”

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Below, 5/18/18, NY Times: Trump is wrong, Spy wasn’t there to spy on him, as he claims: (posted on tcth byHmmm… says: May 18, 2018 at 9:43 pm”

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Comment: Assuming anyone has “ties to Russia,” what is a “tie to Russia?” Countless people in the US have “ties to Russia.” Who said anything is wrong with Russia? Answer: The money laundering War Industry. If NY Times and Washington Post and their War Industry profiteer friends don’t like Russia, they’re free to go over there and attempt to change it. The incessant PR campaign for bloody regime change in Russia is a continuous attempt to transfer trillions of US taxpayer dollars to War profiteers. Whatever happened to Islamic terrorism? It’s Muslims who are committing mass murder on US soil and many other places–the US political class is even inviting them here with “Diversity Lotteries” and the like. NY Times and WaPo reveal themselves as clearly not motivated to protect the US and its citizens. 

Nothing will change. For all the world to see, the seizure of the intel branch of government is permanent as is the complete futility of US elections. No one will be held to account. The US government was successfully overthrown by the political class, US taxpayers have been converted to global slaves. We the slaves are the only ones who want this to stop–and slaves have no power unless they’re willing to die. The winners aren’t going to turn around and free the slaves and give the country back to the people. They got us! You can overthrow a large country if you’re willing to do it gradually over a generation. Certainly the Bush family is as responsible for this as anyone. 

The campaign to neuter Trump and his 63 million voters isn’t a Republican vs Democrat matter though it began during a Democrat administration. Trump ran as a Republican, but the Republican Establishment would be happy if Trump and all his voters were gone tomorrow. To the entire political class, the US has long since ceased to exist except as an ATM machine, meaning US taxpayers are global slaves in a borderless world. In the headline of this post I use the term “US” to mean the entire political establishment irrespective of political party. The Establishment of both parties favors open borders, extreme globalism, massive free trade deals, endless foreign wars paid for by US taxpayers, and a crushing central government. Not that elections matter anymore, but if they did, it remains the case that half the electorate (Republican voters, Independents who lean Republican, disaffected Democrats, and other Independents), still has no political party to reflect their views. The GOP E never viewed their massive rejection in 2016 as an opportunity for them and the country, that if they simply represented the half of America that doesn’t have a political party behind it they could win elections. Winning elections isn’t their priority, they’re happier in the minority (1994 was the first time in 40 years that Republicans controlled the House), and in any case they want nothing to do with either Trump or his voters. They care about their donors. All the donor money in the world is invested in putting America Last.








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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fox News adds meditation room with Muslim prayer rugs to its Washington bureau offices-Vanity Fair, Sherman

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"According to sources, Fox News recently installed a “meditation room” complete with Muslim prayer rugs in Ollie North’s office in the network’s Washington bureau. (Earlier this month, North left Fox to become the president of the National Rifle Association.)"...

5/17/18, "“People’s Heads Are Blowing Up”: As Fox News Installs a Meditation Room, Staffers Worry the Conservative Network Is Going Full Woke," Vanity Fair, Gabriel Sherman


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Paul Manafort's notes from Trump Tower meeting with Russians, June 9, 2016, include Bill Browder, offshore-Cyprus, Russian adoption by American families

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Via Washington Post reporter:







The meeting lasted about 20 minutes.

Via Zero Hedge: 5/16/18, "Senate Releases Transcripts From Don Jr.'s Trump Tower Meetings," durden
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The Soviet Union has not existed for over 26 years. It ended on Dec. 25, 1991 when Gorbachev resigned leaving Boris Yeltsin president of new Russian state

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"The Collapse of the Soviet Union" 

"On December 25, 1991, the Soviet hammer and sickle flag lowered for the last time over the Kremlin, thereafter replaced by the Russian tricolor. Earlier in the day, Mikhail Gorbachev resigned his post as president of the Soviet Union, leaving Boris Yeltsin as president of the newly independent Russian state. People all over the world watched in amazement at this relatively peaceful transition from former Communist monolith into multiple separate nations."...(third parag. from end)

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Due to its documented negligence, DNC is the only entity that should be sued for emails becoming public. DNC paid for cybersecurity assessment then disregarded advice it was given-Bloomberg, Riley, 7/28/2016...(Since no computer is ever secure, the entire issue is moot and fraudulent. Expect everything on computers to be public or don't use them. Cybersecurity industry is giant fraud)

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Cyber-security assessments can be a mixed blessing. Legal experts say some general counsels advise organizations against doing such assessments if they don’t have the ability to quickly fix any problems the auditors find, because customers and shareholders could have cause to sue if an organization knowingly disregards such warnings.

July 28, 2016, DNC Ignored Cybersecurity Advice that May Have Prevented Recent Breach,” Bloomberg, Michael Riley, via govtech.com

“The theft ultimately led to the release of almost 20,000 internal emails through WikiLeaks last week on the eve of the convention.” 

The Democratic National Committee was warned last fall [2015] that its computer network was susceptible to attacks but didn’t follow the security advice it was given, according to three people familiar with the matter. 

The missed opportunity is another blow to party officials already embarrassed by the theft and public disclosure of emails that have disrupted their presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia and led their chairwoman to resign. 


The review found problems ranging from an out-of-date firewall to a lack of advanced malware detection technology on individual computers, according to two of the people familiar with the matter. The firm recommended taking special precautions to protect any financial information related to donors and internal communications including emails, these people said.

The DNC paid $60,000 for the assessment, according to federal filings. 

Mark Paustenbach, a spokesman for the DNC, declined to comment on the Good Harbor report. Emilian Papadopoulos, president of Washington-based Good Harbor, said he couldn’t comment on work done for a specific client.

The security review commissioned by the DNC w,as perhaps the most detailed of a series of missed warnings. Officials at both the Republican National Committee and the DNC received government briefings on espionage and hacking threats beginning last year, and then received a more specific briefing this spring, according to another person familiar with the matter.

Cyber-security assessments can be a mixed blessing. Legal experts say some general counsels advise organizations against doing such assessments if they don’t have the ability to quickly fix any problems the auditors find, because customers and shareholders could have cause to sue if an organization knowingly disregards such warnings….

The firm typically recommends that clients conduct a so-called breach assessment to determine whether hackers are already lurking in the network, Papadopoulos said. He wouldn’t confirm whether such a recommendation was among those delivered to the DNC. 

“We give recommendations on governance, policies, technologies and crisis management,” he said. “For organizations that have not had a compromise assessment done, that is one of the things we often recommend.”

It isn’t certain a breach assessment would have spotted the hackers, according to Barron-DiCamillo, but it would have increased the chances. “Why spend the money to have Good Harbor come in and do the recommendations and then not act on them?” she asked.”"



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