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WHY IS CHRISTOPHER WRAY STILL THE DIRECTOR OF THE FBI?

One might have assumed that the current Director of the FBI would have been more forthcoming on the politicization and corruption in the FBI and taken affirmative steps to restore the public’s trust in the agency and the men and women who have been unfairly tainted by the FBI’s past leadership…

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The FBI has continued to claim that they received the allegations contained in the Steele Dossier on September 19, 2016, so it couldn't possibly be the predicate to initiate the criminal case known as “Crossfire Hurricane” which was opened on July 31, 2016.

Abbreviated Timeline of Key Events Related to Crossfire Hurricane Investigation
Prepared for 12/18/19 Hearing with IG Michael Horowitz

July 31, 2016: FBI opens the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation (CFH).

Sept. 19, 2016: CFH team receives six Steele reports.  <Source>

[OCS: Evidence proffered in various reports suggests this is a deliberate lie to absolve the Clinton Campaign and the Democratic National Committee from direct responsibility for the entire Russia/Trump collusion hoax and its aftermath.]

However, newly declassified letters to the FISA court indicate the FBI had access to Steele's material in the Spring of 2016.

Excerpts from a July 2018 letter from DOJ to the FISA court alerting the court to some of the significant errors and omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications

As discussed below, after the filing of the first application targeting Page in October 2016, the FBI obtained information that provided additional context regarding Source #l's employer and motivations.

Specifically, on November 22, 2016, the FBI interviewed Bruce Ohr, an Associate Deputy Attorney General who worked in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General but who had no involvement in the FISA process generally, and as far as the Department is aware, no role in or visibility into the drafting, review, or approval of the applications targeting Page.

According to Ohr, he had a preexisting long-standing professional relationship with Source #1. [Christopher Steele] During the November 22nd FBI interview, Ohr informed the FBI that Source #1 contacted him in late July 2016 to discuss information Source #1 had collected, including about Carter Page's contacts with the Russians.

[OCS: From all of the reporting, it does appear that the allegations contained in the Steele Dossier were used for the justification of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation and the spying on American citizens. Although it is likely that the spying was initiated by the Obama Administration far earlier than claimed.

I find it amazing the President Barack Obama knows nothing about nothing – getting his information from news sources rather than his senior advisors and Presidential Daily Brief.]

Source #1 also told Ohr that he had already given some of this information to his FBI handling agent, and planned to give him the rest. Ohr informed the FBI ·that he was familiar with the identified U.S. person who had hired Source #1, and was aware that this person "was hired by a lawyer who does opposition research," and that Source #l's reporting was also "going to" Candidate #2' s campaign.12 In addition,

Ohr stated that Source #1 "was desperate" that Candidate #1 "not get elected and was passionate about" Candidate #1 not being the U.S. President.

The FBI has reviewed this letter and confirmed its factual accuracy. <Source


Excerpt from a “Verified Application” for a FISA Warrant on Carter Page

Source #1 [Christopher Steele] reported the information contained herein [the FISA warrant application] to the FBI over the course of several meetings with the FBI from in or about June 2016 to August 2016."  <Source>

Conclusion: Either the information in these documents is greatly in error or the FBI is lying.

Why did Inspector General Horowitz obfuscate the fact that Christopher Steele was working with the FBI  in Footnote 461?

Excerpt from Inspector General’s Review of Four FISA Applications and Other Aspects of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation (Footnote 461)

461 The only express direction we found that McCabe gave regarding the use of a CHS
concerned a former FBI CHS [Christopher Steele], who contacted an FBI agent in an FBI field office in late July 2016 to report information from "a colleague who runs an investigative firm ... hired by two entities (the Democratic National Committee [DNC] as well as another individual...[who was] not name[d]) to explore Donald Trump's longstanding ties to Russian entities."

The former CHS also gave the FBI agent a list of "individuals and entities who have surfaced in [the investigative firm's] examination," which the former CHS described as "mostly public source material." In mid-September 2016, McCabe told SSA 1 to instruct the FBI agent from the field office not to have any further contact with the former CHS, and not to accept any information regarding the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. McCabe told the OIG he did not remember giving those instructions, and could not tell us why he
might have done so. We found no evidence that the FBI reopened the former CHS for the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, or tasked the former CHS in connection with the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. 


As detailed in Chapter Four, we found no documentation demonstrating that Steele was asked by the FBI whether he was the source of the Yahoo News article disclosure or told the FBI he was not. Handling Agent 1 told us that he had no idea how the FBI made its assessment that Steele's business associate or the law firm likely provided the information to the media. We found that the basis for that assessment was neither accurate nor supported by appropriate documentation, demonstrating a failure in the Woods process.

[OCS: Blind and stupid – what a combination – or is it something else, like directions from above?]

Further, as we describe in Chapter Seven, as the FBI learned new information about Steele's disclosures to the media-from the source himself, from Department attorney Bruce Ohr, and from media reports of the source's admissions in court filings in the foreign litigation the FBI did not make changes in any of the three later FISA renewal applications to reflect this new information. 

[OCS: The FBI appears to deliberately ignore the facts known to the DOJ, the FBI, and others when they submitted the “verified” applications to the FISA Court. Why the FISA Court does not have an evidentiary hearing and sanction those involved with the “verified” application is problematical.]

As we describe in Chapter Five, drafts of the Carter Page FISA application stated, until October 14, 2016, that Steele was responsible for the leak that led to the September 23 Yahoo News article. One of the drafts specifically stated that Steele "was acting on his/her own volition and has since been admonished by the FBI."

In contrast, the final version of the first FISA application stated: Given that the information contained in the September 23rd News Article generally matches the information about Page that Source #1 discovered during his/her research, the FBI assesses that Source #l's
business associate or the law firm that hired the business associate likely provided this information to the press.

[OCS: The individual or group who wrote the final applications ignored the facts in the draft copies and thus lied to the FISA court.]

The FBI also assesses that whoever gave the information to the press stated that the information was provided by a 'well-placed Western intelligence source.' The FBI does not believe that Source #1 directly provided this information to the Press.

The 0I Attorney told us that at some point during the drafting process, the FBI assured him that Steele had not spoken with Yahoo News because the source was "a professional."

As we discuss in greater detail in Chapter Five, no one at the FBI or the National Security Division (NSD) was able to explain to us the source of the information that resulted in, or supported, either the draft language that existed until October 14 or the final language regarding the Yahoo News article.

Steele told us that he did not recall the FBI ever asking him whether he was the source for the Yahoo News story, no one from the FBI recalled having asked Steele if he was the source of the Yahoo News story, and we found no documentary evidence to suggest that Steele had ever been asked this question by the FBI. As described in Chapters Seven and Eight, even after receiving additional information about Steele's media contacts, the Crossfire Hurricane team did not change the language in any of the three renewal applications regarding the FBI's assessment of Steele's role in the September 23 article.

[OCS: Thus the FBI used the Yahoo story as independent confirmation of the Steele allegations and used it to help them obtain a FISA warrant. The information continued to be repeated in subsequent “verified” applications even though the FBI knew or suspected the information was not true.]

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It appears that Inspector General Horowitz is as clueless as Special Counsel Robert Mueller when it comes to fully investigating the entire Russia/Trump collusion allegations. While the FBI might have not engaged Christopher Steele after his contacts with the media were disclosed, it appears that he had ongoing contact with Nellie Ohr of Fusion GPS, the wife of Bruce Ohr, and Bruce Ohr, the Associate Deputy Attorney General who disclaims any involvement in Crossfire Hurricane but seems to be in the middle of an information chain between Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, and the DOJ/FBI.

Bottom line…

One might think that Christopher Wray would turn over all requested documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. and the others who have oversight over this matter. One might also think that heads would roll and departments reorganized. However, the only thing I see as a proactive step was a list of reforms that were sent to the FISA Court and rejected as being insufficient.

We are so screwed. The Obama Administration and the perpetrators of these egregious affairs should thank the Wuhan virus for deflecting attention to the greatest political scandal and a soft coup attempt in the history of the United States.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



NANCY PELOSI BIT BY THE COMMUNIST CHINESE SNAKE AT THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION?

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Thousands are dead, dying, or suffering around the world because the World Health Organization’s leadership was compromised by the Communist Chinese government and coerced into spreading false and misleading health information that allowed time for the infectious and lethal Chinese Wuhan Coronavirus to spread further. The delay allowed the Wuhan virus to escape China and infect much of the globe.

It appears that the Director-General Tedros Adhanom, who owes his position to China’s influence, was repeating Communist Chinese propaganda while others were sounding the alarm. It does not appear that Tedros, as he is commonly known, was concerned that physicians and journalists who sounded the early alarm were disappearing or dying. At the same time, evidence of the viral outbreak’s origin was being destroyed. Or that international infectious disease experts were being denied access to the country. Even the glaring false statistics submitted by the Communist Chinese did not bring any significant degree of condemnation.

How many people remember Tedros saying, “If we invest in fighting at the epicenter, at the source, then the spread to other countries is minimal and also slow. If it’s minimal and slow, what is going outside can also be controlled easily. So the number of cases we have now, 151, is actually small, and it’s growing only slowly. I was very impressed in my meeting with President Xi at his detailed knowledge of the outbreak, his personal leadership, and his commitment as reflected in the words he told me. We will take serious measures at the epicenter, at the source, in order to protect our people, and also to prevent the spread of the virus to other countries.” <Source>

How many people remember that Tedros strongly objected to Trump’s early-on correct decision to impose travel restrictions on China, claiming it would “have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with little public health benefit?” Or that the progressive socialist democrats loudly accused Trump of racism and xenophobia – although his actions saved hundreds or maybe thousands of American lives?”

The politics continued when the WHO assistant director-general, Bruce Aylward, refused to answer a question in a TV interview about Taiwan’s denied membership in the WHO, first pretending he did not hear journalist Yvonne Tong’s question and then when it was repeated hung-up on the journalist. It is no secret that Communist China considers Taiwan to be a rogue Chinese province and refuses to recognize its status as a sovereign entity; encouraging others to also ignore the nation. 

President Trump’s response to alleged WHO corruption, misfeasance, malfeasance, and nonfeasance…

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President Donald J. Trump Is Demanding Accountability From the World Health Organization
Issued on: April 15, 2020

"I will never hesitate to take any necessary steps to protect the lives, health, and safety of the American people. I will always put the well-being of America first.”
~ President Donald J. Trump

ACCOUNTABILITY FOR AMERICAN TAXPAYERS: President Donald J. Trump is holding the World Health Organization (WHO) accountable by putting a hold on United States funding.

  • President Trump is placing a hold on all funding to the WHO while its mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic is investigated.
  • The American taxpayers provide $400 million to $500 million in funding to the WHO each year, but the WHO has failed them.
    • China, on the other hand, provides just around one-tenth of the funding that the United States provides.
  • The American people deserve better from the WHO, and no more funding will be provided until its mismanagement, cover-ups, and failures can be investigated.
  • President Trump will continue fighting the coronavirus outbreak and will redirect global health aid to others directly engaged in the fight.

INVESTIGATING THE WHO’S FAILED RESPONSE: The WHO’s response to the coronavirus outbreak has been filled with one misstep and cover-up after another.

  • Despite the fact that China provides just a small fraction of the funding that the United States does, the WHO has shown a dangerous bias towards the Chinese government.
  • The WHO repeatedly parroted the Chinese government’s claims that the coronavirus was not spreading between humans, despite warnings by doctors and health officials that it was.
    • Taiwan contacted the WHO on December 31 after seeing reports of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus, but the WHO kept it from the public.
    • The WHO praised the Chinese government’s response throughout January and claimed there was no human-to-human transmission, despite the fact that doctors in Wuhan were warning there was.
    • The WHO decided on January 22 that the coronavirus did not pose a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, all while praising China’s response.
  • The WHO put political correctness over life-saving measures by opposing travel restrictions.
    • The WHO made the disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other countries—despite applauding travel restrictions within China itself—leading to further spread of the virus internationally.

STRUCTURAL ISSUES AND NECESSARY REFORMS: The WHO has longstanding structural issues that must be addressed before the organization can be trusted again.

  • The WHO has shown it was not prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to a severe infectious disease crisis like this.
  • The WHO lacks the structure to ensure accurate information and transparent data sharing from members, which makes it vulnerable to misinformation and political influence.
  • The United States seeks to refocus the WHO on fulfilling its core missions of preparedness, response, and stakeholder coordination.
  • The United States is also calling for reforms to promote transparency and data sharing, hold member states accountable for abiding by the International Health Regulations, increase access to medicines, and counter China’s outsized influence on the organization.

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Nancy Pelosi’s response to President Trump…

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Pelosi Statement on President Trump Halting WHO Funding
APRIL 15, 2020

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after President Trump announced that he would halt funding to the World Health Organization in the middle of the coronavirus crisis:

“The President’s halting of funding to the WHO as it leads the global fight against the coronavirus pandemic is senseless.”

“We can only be successful in defeating this global pandemic through a coordinated international response with respect for science and data. 

But sadly, as he has since Day One, the President is ignoring global health experts, disregarding science and undermining the heroes fighting on the frontline, at great risk to the lives and livelihoods of Americans and people around the world.

“This is another case, as I have said, of the President’s ineffective response, that ‘a weak person, a poor leader, takes no responsibility.  A weak person blames others.’”

[OCS: This is the next hoax … President Trump bungled the Wuhan Virus response; in essence, the old communist refrain: “The president lied and people died.”]

“This decision is dangerous, illegal and will be swiftly challenged.”  <Source>

[OCS: Under the President’s plenary powers to ensure that American funds are spent appropriately and do not provide aid and comfort to our enemies, the decision was prudent, practical, and by no means, illegal. That is, unless it is adjudicated in Adam Schiff’s super-secret Kangaroo Court in the basement of the House Building.]

Unbelievable…

Here is a concrete example of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a long-serving Member of Congress, demonstrating that she places corrupt partisan politics over the health and welfare of her nation. And she is not the only one carry water for the Chinese Communists because they believe it will hurt President Trump’s reelection bid or delegitimize his presidency should he be re-elected.

Here is Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy in an interview with Anderson Cooper…

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: Senator Murphy, I want to read you a tweet that you tweeted out February 5th about the White House's response at that time. You said, "Just left the Administration briefing on Coronavirus. Bottom-line, they aren't taking this seriously enough. Notably, no request for any emergency funding which is a big mistake. Local health systems need supplies, training, screening, staff et cetera. And they need it now." What did you see in the medium, what was the problem?

[OCS: It is not the constitutional role of the President, especially under the Tenth Amendment, to fund or direct the public health activities of the individual states. The fact that the Democrats are trying to “federalize the blame” to damage the President and members of his administration only speaks to the corruption and duplicity of the Democrats.]

SEN. CHRIS MURPHY (D-CT): Well, that was an extraordinary montage that you just played and that attitude was reflected in the meeting, inside that meeting in early February, where the President's top Coronavirus experts. It was led by then-Chief of Staff Mulvaney and Secretary of HHS Alex Azar and they were just incredibly confident that they had beaten Coronavirus. At that time, they were only a few cases here, they were reflecting what the President said in those clips because they thought that the travel bans have kept it out of the United States.
We told them that they needed money and they needed money fast in order to buy supplies, in order to hire more staff and they told us that they didn't need any funding, that they had everything that they needed. And I walked out of that closed-door briefing just with chills running down my spine because many of us on both sides of the aisle knew what this virus had done in China.

We knew it was a matter of time before it arrived here and it was shocking how cavalier the Administration was. This was at a time when the President really, you know, viewed this as a hoax. He said so on TV and the reason that we're in the crisis that we are today, is not because of anything that China did.

It's not because of anything that the WHO did. It's because of what this president did. He didn't take this virus seriously. We weren't going to be able to keep every case out of United States, but we didn't need tens of thousands this of people dying.

There you have it, the un-American progressive socialist democrats always distorting the truth to further their political agenda.

In the early days of the Wuhan virus outbreak, Trump’s team of distinguished medical advisers, including the renown Dr. Anthony Fauci, were telling the President that this wasn’t going to be any worse than the seasonal flu. This was repeated endlessly in the media echo chamber. Since each state was responsible for its own public health activities, professed to have adequate preparedness plans, and their own stockpiles of medical supplies, there was no need to amass quantities of medical supplies nor allocate billions of dollars of funding – some of which was subsequently directed by the progressive socialist democrats to fund the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and other entities that had nothing to do with the response to the Wuhan virus.

The truth may be more damaging to China, the WHO, and the Democrats…

Sources believe coronavirus outbreak originated in Wuhan lab as part of China's efforts to compete with US

There is increasing confidence that the COVID-19 outbreak likely originated in a Wuhan laboratory, though not as a bioweapon but as part of China's attempt to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater than the capabilities of the United States, multiple sources who have been briefed on the details of early actions by China's government and seen relevant materials tell Fox News.

China's foreign ministry pushed back on the suspicion that the virus escaped from the facility, by citing statements from the World Health Organization that there is no evidence the coronavirus came from a laboratory. <Source>

Bottom line…

Perhaps the review should include Nancy Pelosi’s long-term relations with China, profits that the Pelosi family generated from insider business deals, and of course, why the Chinese spy on Nancy Pelosi’s staff for nearly twenty years was allowed to retire with a government pension instead of being tried, convicted, and imprisoned. What did he have on Nancy Pelosi, who was known to conduct official business in his presence, or what might the Chinese Communists have on Nancy Pelosi?

Correction: The spy was on Diane Feinstein's staff--not Nancy Pelosi's staff.] 

It appears that one of the greatest threats to American security and safety are those un-American progressive socialist democrats like Adam Schiff (D-CA), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) who have access to classified information and may have significant business dealings or campaign relations with Communist Chinese nationals.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



9/11 AND SAUDI ARABIA: WHAT ARE THE POLITICIANS HIDING?

Never Forget...
9-11

There is no doubt that the 2001 terrorist attack on 9/11 remains on par with the sneak attack on December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor…

In a class-action lawsuit, the victims and relatives of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack are civilly suing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in Federal Court for just compensation on the belief that Saudi Arabia was complicit in the attack and provided material aid and comfort to the 9/11 hijackers.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sought protection against the lawsuit on the grounds that, under the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, a foreign sovereign government enjoyed limitations from being prosecuted in U.S. Courts. However, in 2016, the law was partially superseded by the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act that allows U.S. citizens to sue foreign governments over terrorist acts carried out on American soil.

Beyond the classified 28-pages…

When the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Community Activities before and after the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001 report was published in July 2003, a 28-page section on possible Saudi links to the attacks was completely redacted at the insistence of the George W. Bush administration. Bush claimed that releasing the material would ‘reveal sources and methods that would make it harder for us to win the war on terror.’” Many suggested that the decision was driven by the Bush family’s long-time close relations with high-ranking members of the Saudi government. Especially Bush’s close friend Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar who was affectionately nicknamed Bandar Bush.

Declassified on July 15, 2016, the 28-page section titled "Part IV: Finding, Discussion and Narrative Regarding Certain Sensitive National Security Matters," summarized investigative leads suggesting possible financial, logistical and other support provided to the hijackers and their associates by Saudi officials and others suspected of being Saudi agents. 

However, as much as Americans were promised a full and complete accounting of 9/11, it appears that the last thing the U.S. government wants is total openness and transparency.

How else can you believe otherwise when representatives of the U.S, government, including our premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, sneak into court to file briefs under seal? Briefs that are said to support the withholding of classified 9/11 documents – so secret that the very reason they are being withheld is also classified.

Attorney General Barr Refuses to Release 9/11 Documents to Families of the Victims

In a series of filings just before a midnight court deadline on Monday, the attorney general, William Barr; the acting director of national intelligence, Richard Grenell; and other senior officials insisted to a federal judge in the civil case that further disclosures about Saudi connections to the 9/11 plot would imperil national security.

But the administration insisted in court filings that even its justification for that secrecy needed to remain secret. Four statements to the court by FBI and Justice Department officials were filed under seal so they could not be seen by the public. An additional five, including one from the CIA, were shared only with the judge and cannot be read even by the plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Barr insisted to the court that public discussion of the issue “would reveal information that could cause the very harms my assertion of the state secrets privilege is intended to prevent.”

The Justice Department has declassified some information about the Saudi role in 9/11 and shared it with lawyers for the plaintiffs under a protective order that allows them to read it but not make it public.<Source>

Let us not forget…

Our government gave preferential treatment to high-ranking Saudis, allowing them to overcome the national travel ban that grounded all civilian aircraft to leave the country without being interviewed by federal authorities.

THE REACH OF WAR: ARRANGED DEPARTURES; New Details on F.B.I. Aid for Saudis After 9/11

The episode has been retold so many times in the last three and a half years that it has become the stuff of political legend: in the frenzied days after Sept. 11, 2001, when some flights were still grounded, dozens of well-connected Saudis, including relatives of Osama bin Laden, managed to leave the United States on specially chartered flights.

Now, newly released government records show previously undisclosed flights from Las Vegas and elsewhere and point to a more active role by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in aiding some of the Saudis in their departure.

The F.B.I. gave personal airport escorts to two prominent Saudi families who fled the United States, and several other Saudis were allowed to leave the country without first being interviewed, the documents show.

The Saudi families, in Los Angeles and Orlando, requested the F.B.I. escorts because they said they were concerned for their safety in the wake of the attacks, and the F.B.I. -- which was then beginning the biggest criminal investigation in its history -- arranged to have agents escort them to their local airports, the documents show.

But F.B.I. officials reacted angrily, both internally and publicly, to the suggestion that any Saudis had received preferential treatment in leaving the country.

"I say baloney to any inference we red-carpeted any of this entourage," an F.B.I. official said in a 2003 internal note. Another F.B.I. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said this week regarding the airport escorts that "we'd do that for anybody if they felt they were threatened -- we wouldn't characterize that as special treatment." <Source>

Ironically…

Statement by FBI Director Robert Mueller Regarding the Joint Intelligence Committee Report Into the Terrorist Attack of September 11, 2001

The final report today released by the Joint Intelligence Committee into the events of September 11th generates constructive discussion of how the federal government can best protect America from terrorism. The FBI thanks the Joint Committee for their efforts and for its recommendations to improve the Counterterrorism efforts of the United States government. We have already implemented or are in the process of implementing these recommendations. While the report provides a snapshot of the FBI at September 11, 2001, the picture of the FBI today shows a changed organization, including:

Patriot Act Has Allowed Sharing of Critical Information Related to Counterterrorism Investigations. Changes in the Patriot Act and Justice Department policies have allowed for greater information sharing among law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The walls that inhibited the sharing of that information prior to September 11 have crumbled. Additionally, training for new Special Agents includes specific instruction on FISA, including detailed instruction on the U.S.A. Patriot Act, as well as how to use FISA and Title III effectively, in criminal versus intelligence investigations.

Improved Training. The FBI has re-designed its core training curriculum to focus on essential skills for counterterrorism investigations. Additionally, the FBI has significantly improved strategic analytical capabilities by creating the College of Analytical Studies to train new analysts and enhance the skills of current analysts to better understand the process of "connecting the dots."

Stronger Accountability. In order to ensure accountability, executive management has regularly reinforced the new priorities through regular communication to the field, through inspections of the 56 field offices, and through frequent gatherings of the Special Agents in Charge of the field offices. <Source>

Yeah Right! Fifteen years later, one finds the snapshot of the FBI’s leadership riddled with partisanship, duplicity, lying, and no accountability. Good job Mueller and Comey.

Bottom line…

Given the recent duplicity and hyper-politicization of our nation’s premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, I am inclined to believe that, in addition to methods and sources, the government wants to spare certain U.S. officials, namely in the Bush Administration and who may still be serving, the embarrassment of disclosure; and not to interfere with ongoing Saudi relationships. Even though the Saudis are trying to cripple American oil and gas production in cooperation with Russia and return America to some degree of energy dependence on foreign energy sources.

Considering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and all of the privileged Royals derive their income from the sale of oil, it is time to learn the truth and seek just compensation from the Saudis. Just as we should seek just compensation from the Communist Chinese government for their actions in causing a worldwide pandemic.

American citizens deserve to know the truth.

We are so screwed when we cannot trust our government to tell us the truth about our enemies or continues to place the wishes of members of the elite political class and their foreign special interests above the interests of American citizens.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



COVID-19: IT'S THE GOVERNORS WHO ARE DOING THE DAMAGE, STUPID!

No matter what President Trump may say or tweet, the Constitution’s Tenth Amendment gives the right to impose quarantines, curfews, travel restrictions, business closures, and other police powers to the individual states… 

UPDATE: However -- using the Commerce Clause, it appears that the President can exert power over the states in the name of interstate commerce. 

DD-BOTH

Andrew Cuomo and Gavin Newsom: a failed trust experiment!

The un-American progressive socialists have a pattern and practice of doubling down on failure, not because they are oblivious or incompetent (which they often are), but because chaos, panic, and scarcity are the keys to Democrat power. Essentially, creating a never-ending stream of victims who then are promised redress for their grievances in exchange for political power. However, anyone viewing the plight of the Blacks can see that billions of dollars have washed through Democrat’s hands and spent with special interests – and not a damn thing changed, especially in the inner cities governed by Democrats. Now they are preparing to do the very same thing to our magnificent and exceptional country with their economy-killing policies and stingy government giveaways.

In management, we have an old saying: managers manage the known, leaders manage the unknown, and agitators continually start crises that they promise to manage. Agitators who create their own crises in order to appear to be more than they are. Agitators who create a vicious cycle of never-ending problems with their ceaseless, mindless, harmful, wasteful, and unproductive behavior. Agitators who simply re-brand failure as success and move on to the next crisis before anyone has time to raise red flags or blows the whistle.

Consider that the two most populous and strategically important states, New York and California, are governed by near-incompetent Democrats who have presidential aspirations. New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to replace Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election cycle to set up a 2024 run for the presidency and California’s Governor Gavin Newsome, who is eyeing the 2024 presidential race. Both failed to prepare for a significant catastrophe in states prone to natural and man-made disasters. Both demand that the federal government bails them out financially even though their states were deep underwater with deficits and unfunded pension liabilities. Both willing to shut down their state’s economies with the flimsiest of evidence-based medicine. Creating an opportunity to plunder the public treasury as they selectively reopen their states.

Or consider Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) who ignored the unfolding disaster to sign bills including those on abortion, voting, climate change, LGBT issues, gun control, collective bargaining, minimum wage, and let us not forget Confederate monuments. All signed in silence on Easter weekend while his constituents suffer. Oblivious to the fact that the Green New Deal will make the COVID-19 crisis appear to be the good old days.

We are all now “inner city” residents at the mercy of the Democrats…

Other than the wealthy, the powerful, and the politically-connected who are immune from most day-to-day problems facing us all, we are all in the same rapidly sinking boat—inner-city residents governed by the Democrats.

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Consider that the duplicitous, lying Adam Schiff (D-CA), Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, who is forming a House Committee to investigate the intelligence surrounding COVID-19 to evaluate the performance of President Trump and his Administration during the opening days of the pandemic. He is seeking subpoena power for his committee – no doubt, to subpoena Trump’s tax returns to see if Trump may have received federal assistance for his various properties.

Then there is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her new committee to monitor the disbursement of COVID-19 funds to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. The very type of waste, fraud, and abuse that is customarily associated with the Democrats and their party.

The Democrats are moving from one cover-up to another before anyone realizes the degree of criminality associated with the Obama Administration and the Democrats in particular. Another ongoing attempt to impeach the President a second time or just to give the media permission to continue to disparage and demonize the President?

Bottom line…

Truth-be-told, I do not believe that the Governors have the ability or the competence to clean up the mess that they have created. Looking at the federal government for financial and logistical assistance as they continue to attack the President and his Administration. When are “We the People” going to say ENOUGH and elect problem solvers instead of ideologues at the local and state level?

We are now about to meet the challenges of the second phase of the COVID-19 crisis, the Democrat Disease whose symptoms are the decay and rot we will find in our economy and the erosion of our civil liberties.

Likewise, I do not believe that the GOP – except for Donald Trump – has the cojones to stand up to the Democrats and their mainstream media propaganda arm. It is almost as if the FBI compiled dossiers on the most prominent and influential Republicans and will leak the information to the media – resulting in the discovery of criminal wrongdoing or severe reputational damage that will cost them their cushy jobs, perks, privileges, and profits.

The question I want to ask is: how are these states allowed to avoid following the Constitution and federal immigration laws when it comes to sanctuary cities and to demand that federal assistance be given to illegal aliens -- and then demand that their states continue to receive federal aid and assistance. Now is the time to put demands on the federal funds being disbursed to the states.

What do you want to bet that these governors will drag heir feet in opening up businesses? Look for the new Democrat normal.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



TRUMP DID NOT SHUT DOWN THE ECONOMY -- YOUR GOVERNOR DID THE DEED

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I am tired of hearing the ignorant talking heads and chattering class, especially those residing in New York and California, who continue to blast President Trump for this economic train wreck.

FACT: Under the enumerated powers of the U.S. Constitution and the Article II powers of the Presidency, the President does not have the power, legal authority, or police powers to command any state to take action with respect to public health, including quarantines, travel restrictions within the state, and business closures.

These powers belong to the states and administered by its governor and legislature, depending on the state's constitution.

Specifically, the Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution governs states' rights, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

UPDATE: However -- using the Commerce Clause, it appears that the President can exert power over the states in the name of interstate commerce. 

Therefore, it is the states themselves that can determine when to lift quarantines, travel restrictions, and reopen businesses.

The crucial question not being asked by the Democrat-dominated mainstream media is: Does your governor hate President Donald J. Trump so vehemently that they are willing to sacrifice your state’s economy and the nation's welfare to attempt to oust President Trump from the White House in 2021?

Ask the governor…

When will the draconian or nonsensical Chinese Coronavirus response measures end? Ask your governor.

Why was the state ill-prepared to render assistance to local entities? Ask your governor.

Why are the state’s politicians playing partisan politics with people’s lives? Ask your governor.

But do not expect a straight answer if your governor is trying to capture the Democrat Party nomination for the Presidency in 2020 (New York Governor Andrew Cuomo) or 2024 (California Governor Gavin Newsom; Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker). 

The city leadership is no better…

In the early days of the Chinese Coronavirus pandemic, we can look back and find the Mayor of New York and other officials urging their constituents to go fearlessly about their business while suggesting calling the Wuhan virus by its formal name SARS-CoV-2, or coronavirus to avoid being racist and disparaging Chinese individuals.

For most of last week, as Mayor Bill de Blasio continued to urge New Yorkers to mostly go about their daily lives — sending their children to school, frequenting the city’s businesses — some of his top aides were furiously trying to change the mayor’s approach to the coronavirus outbreak. There had been arguments and shouting matches between the mayor and some of his advisers; some top health officials had even threatened to resign if he refused to accept the need to close schools and businesses, according to several people familiar with the internal discussions. <Source>

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a closely-packed media gaggle down the street of her city’s Chinatown  and proclaimed, “… But also to say to everyone: we should come to Chinatown.  Precautions have been taken by our city.  We know that there is concern surrounding tourism, traveling all throughout the world, but we think it’s very safe to be in Chinatown and hope that others will come. It’s lovely here.  The food is delicious, the shops are prospering, the parade was great.  Walking tours continue.  Please come and visit and enjoy Chinatown.” <Source>

And, of course, Trump himself stirs the pot…

It is not unknown for President Trump to revert to his New York braggadocio and hyperbole – placing himself at the center of the media universe by tweeting or declaring:

"The president of the United States has the authority to do what the president has the authority to do, which is very powerful."

"The president of the United States calls the shots."

"When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total. The governors know that. And that's the way it's got to be."

"The federal government has absolute power. As to whether I'll use that power, we'll see."

All of which is demonstrably false to some degree, but wind-up the media into a frenzy.

Bottom line…

Much of the power the federal government exerts over the states is through persuasion, exposure of embarrassing behavior of wrongdoing, bribery, returning tax money or funding projects for preferable behavior, or coercion, the threat of federal investigations of individuals and institutions.

Considering what the un-American progressive socialist democrats have done to America in pursuit of political power and the promotion of their toxic political ideology, it remains an open question whether or not the Democrats will continue to put their own self-interests above those of their constituency. And suffer the consequences at the ballot box.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



CORONAVIRUS: PAINFUL LESSONS

There is something positive to be said about the current Chinese Coronavirus pandemic.

There is little doubt in my mind that such a widespread crisis clarifies the situation and cuts through the typical political bullshit and media omissions and distortions. It reveals the difference between what you have been told and political and economic reality.

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What have we learned?

Preparedness… The government, at the local, state, and federal levels, spent more than a billion dollars on disaster preparedness. Still, they seem uniquely unable to deal with the crisis without a healthy dose of politics. All of the stockpiles of disaster supplies were found to be outdated, missing, or simply nonexistent. Strategically essential states like New York and California seem to be unprepared even though both states face the ongoing threat of a massive natural or man-made disaster. It appears that large amounts of money were spent on meetings, commissions, panels, and of course, consultants who produce manuals and PowerPoint presentations rather than results. We have highlighted our vulnerability, but the local and state entities claim they are too broke to remedy the problem. Perhaps if they prioritize the use of their funds and cut back on supporting illegal aliens, welfare carpetbaggers, and non-essential grants, the money could be found.

The Federal Reserve 2020 stress test scenario appears to be a joke…

The severely adverse scenario is characterized by a severe global recession accompanied by a period of heightened stress in commercial real estate and corporate debt markets. This is a hypothetical scenario designed to assess the strength of banking organizations and their resilience to unfavorable economic conditions and does not represent a forecast of the Federal Reserve.

The U.S. unemployment rate climbs to a peak of 10 percent in the third quarter of 2021. This substantial increase in the unemployment rate is consistent with the Board’s Policy Statement on the Scenario Design Framework for Stress Testing.6 In line with the increase in the unemployment rate, real GDP falls about 8½ percent from its pre-recession peak, reaching a trough in the third quarter of 2021. The decline in activity is accompanied by a lower headline CPI inflation rate, which falls to an annual rate of about 1¼ percent after the first quarter of 2020, before gradually rising to average 1¾ percent in 2022.

In line with the severe decline in real activity, the interest rate for 3-month Treasury bills immediately falls near zero and remains at that level through the end of the scenario. The 10-year Treasury yield immediately falls to ¾ percent during the first quarter of 2020 and rises gradually thereafter to 2¼ percent by the end of the stress-test period. The result is a gradual steepening of the yield curve over most of the stress-test period. Financial conditions in corporate and real estate lending markets are stressed severely. The spread between yields on investment grade corporate bonds and yields on long-term Treasury securities widens to 5½ percentage points by the third quarter of 2020, an increase of 4 percentage points relative to the fourth quarter of 2019. The spread between mortgage rates and 10-year Treasury yields widens to 3½ percentage points over the same period.

Asset prices drop sharply in this scenario. Equity prices fall 50 percent through the end of 2020, accompanied by a rise in the VIX, which reaches a peak of 70. House prices and commercial real estate prices also experience large overall declines of about 28 percent and 35 percent, respectively, during the 5 first nine quarters of the scenario. <More…>

The Chinese Coronavirus stress test is more relevant, comprehensive, and accurate than any Federal Reserve effort. And, it seems that the Federal Reserve is willing to pump trillions into the system before the financial institutions take action themselves. What is not being mentioned is the “bail-in” provisions of Dodd-Frank, where a financial institution can use its depositor’s money to bail itself out rather than obtaining a taxpayer bailout. This is legalized theft – an unconstitutional government taking with no constitutional requirement for just compensation.

China…

The Chinese are not merely a trading partner as they would have you believe, but a lying duplicitous enemy that has taken advantage of the greed and corruption in America to buy political influence and access to our intellectual property. We need to hold this nation accountable for this preventable pandemic and those to follow as the night follows the day. We can no longer outsource the manufacture of strategically essential goods to China. One need only look at the Chinese propaganda campaign to deflect attention and responsibility for the Chinese Virus to see which politicians, media, billionaires, and others have been seduced by China.

Russia…

It is no surprise that they are capitalizing on our current weakness by attempting to destroy our oil and gas industry.

Saudi Arabia…

It is time to stop treating them as favored friends, but the adversary they are. The fact that they were majorly involved with the 9/11 terrorist attack should have placed us on high alert. The fact they are allying with Russia to destroy our domestic oil and gas production and nullify our energy independence is further proof that they are not our friends. To the extent they are willing to defend against Iran only means they need to take over their own defense and not outsource their protection to the United States taxpayer.

The limits of expertise and models…

We have seen the failure of both the experts and models. Thus, we need to be careful of blindly following the advice of experts who are opining on matters outside their field of expertise and in which they know as much as any other informed citizen. If something goes wrong, it is the fault of the data or ignored recommendations. If something goes right, it is their genius and insight that saved the day. What more can be said about models that faulty assumptions magnify errors and dodgy data produces garbage results?

Social Justice…

Once again, the poor and middle class are shouldering the burden of living in a time of crisis. There is no doubt in my mind that the un-American progressive socialist democrats are exploiting the crisis for political advantage. First, by pandering to a disaffected and dependent underclass which they need to gain or maintain political power. Creating victims for whom they will promise redress in return for political power. Supporting entire industries of poverty pimps, illegal alien advocacies, and entire bureaucratic structures to take care of these individuals while keeping them dependent on the government for sustenance, handouts, and giveaways.

Out of control public officials…

Even in a public emergency, there are limits to the power of elected officials, and they should be held responsible for their actions.

Funding our enemies…

We are just beginning to learn that the United States Government, particularly the National Institutes of Health, provided a $3.7 million grant to the Communist Chinese Wuhan Institute of Virology, the very group that is investigating the use of biological weapons of war. What else have we given our enemies to make them stronger militarily and more competitive economically? And, what have they stolen without pushback from politicians and others in government positions? Other contributors include the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, Harvard University, and the National Wildlife Federation. How many Chinese students and interns have access to this nation’s educational, military, and industrial resources as students, interns, or eventual employees?

Media…

Little that is positive can be said about the corporatized and partisan media, which often omits, distorts, and adds contradictory commentary to legitimate news. Where the wall between reporting and commentary is paper-thin or nonexistent. Where sensationalism, exceptions, and worst-case scenarios drive the narrative – often causing a false sense of urgency or panic. Where useful perspective and reasoned analysis take a backseat to corporate politics.

Bottom line…

American has been given a real-life stress test. It remains to be seen if Americans are smart enough to learn from these lessons and hold those who have caused so much pain and suffering accountable?

Unfortunately, I think not.

People are too consumed with the circumstances of their own lives to think about the larger picture.

The politicians will do everything in their power to perpetuate and expand their corrupt existence. Both political parties are continuing to exploit the naiveté of the American people while they plunder the national treasury on behalf of themselves and their preferred special interests. The bureaucracy will continue to justify and perpetuate their existence while ensuring a life of relative stability and ease for themselves. The unions will continue to sell protection and influence as they corrupt everything they touch.

Wall Street will continue to promote instability to perpetuate the “churn,” which produces enormous profits from those who buy and sell stocks and continue creating plausible stories to explain each market turn.

The media will continue to prioritize profits and partisanship over truthful reporting.

Our enemies are now using our congress, namely the democrats, our universities, our ideologically-driven billionaires, and our media to crush our energy sector with their global climate change nonsense and our economy with their manipulation of currencies and commodities.

And there are those opportunists who use insider information to profit no matter which way the wind is blowing.

We have been given a once-in-a-lifetime to evaluate the trust, morality, integrity, credibility, reliability, and trustworthiness of others -- especially the politicians we choose to lead us. I wonder if we will use it wisely or squander it to the detriment of future generations?

And, “We the People” remain so thoroughly screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell



OCS WISHES EVERYONE A HAPPIER EASTER & PASSOVER

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Progressives are among the most intolerant people in the world while “virtue signaling” to their peers how wonderful they are. A paradox to be sure. Willing to march for the equality of those Muslims who are intolerant of free speech and religious freedom, those that dishonor and abuse women … and totally ignore persecuted Christians.

We are so screwed.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell