Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Friday Night Takedown

Mutt and Jefferson

"The FBI expects every employee to adhere to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and accountability."
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Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions
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So says the man who perjured himself in sworn testimony before his former senate colleagues. Nice!
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Andrew McCabe
Last night was a milestone in this ongoing catastrophe that is also known as the Trump administration. Traditionally, Friday nights have usually been fairly slow as far as news cycles are concerned. The entire country is either out on the town tying one on - or home in bed sleeping one off. That is why late Friday evening is the ideal time to dump awkward or embarrassing political news on the American people. By late Saturday morning, hopefully, the impact of the story might have dissipated. One of the most peculiar characteristics of the Age of Donald Trump, it would seem, has been that every Friday evening has seen a news dump of damned-near eye-popping proportions.

On schedule, it happened again late last night, only this time the bad news was even more unsettling than it usually tends to be. A lot of alarm bells went off when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he had terminated the employment of Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe. Brian Williams of MSNBC remarked that, while this was not quite a Saturday Night Massacre, it most definitely was "a Friday Night Takedown". Indeed.

The cruelest cut of all is the fact that McCabe, a twenty-one year veteran of the bureau, who has earned himself an unblemished reputation and the esteem of his peers, was within twenty-four hours of retiring. Now the pension he has worked so hard for is in serious jeopardy of evaporating into the wind. Perhaps that is the case, but I have a funny feeling that old Andy is going to have a golden opportunity to make some juicy lemonade out of these nasty-tasting lemons. His memoirs will soon be in demand - that's assuming they're not in demand already. I envy this guy's future.

The charge from on high against Andrew McCabe is that he transmitted unauthorized information - via another agent - to the Wall Street Journal. Then, when asked about it by his "superiors" (FUN FACT: There are no "superiors" in this disgusting administration) Sessions claims that he was evasive in his responses. The only problem with these rather vague allegations is the fact that McCabe is (or was) the "Deputy Director of the FBI". Part of his job description was that it was he (and no one else) who deemed what information was "authorized" for public consumption and what information was not. Do you see where I'm going with this? The incident in question involved a report the Journal was in the process of putting together regarding Hillary Clinton's infamous email server. Apparently McCabe believed that some of the information obtained was erroneous and he wanted to set them straight. Perfectly reasonable if you ask me.

Mr. McCabe is not going gently into that good night of obscurity. In a  public statement made last night, he indignantly said that the only reason he is being sacked by these treasonous bastards (my words, not his) is because he is within just a few days of sitting down for what will no-doubt be a comprehensive question-and-answer session with Independent Council Bob Mueller, and that he knows a lot of things the Trump Mob would rather Mueller not know. Apparently, McCabe is as compulsive a note-taker as was James Comey. He's in a position to mortally wound this administration, and Trump is as desperate at this point as a cornered rat.  The Deputy Director's life and career have to be destroyed and discretided by any means necessary. Common decency and justice mean not a thing to these people. McCabe's statement is one for the books:

"For the last year-and-a-half, my family and I have been the targets of an unrelenting assault on our reputation and my service to this country. Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us. The President's tweets have amplified and exasperated it all. He called for my firing. He called for me to be stripped of my pension after more than twenty years of service. And all along we have said nothing, never wanting to distract from the mission of the FBI by addressing the lies told and repeated about us. No more. Here is the reality: I am being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took, and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey."
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No, Andrew McCabe will not be going quietly - you'd better believe it, Bubba! Trump may not realize it yet - but the decrepit old freak is going to find out soon enough: He has stupidly created his very own, custom-made John Dean. The only difference here (and it's a helluva big difference) is that McCabe, unlike Dean, won't need to "cooperate" in order to receive a lenient sentence. There will be no plea bargaining here. He has done nothing illegal.

Matt Apuzzo
The incident with the Wall Street Journal reporters occurred a year-and-a-half ago. Trump has been in office for nearly fourteen months. Why was it not an issue until this week? What took him and Sessions so long to bring it up? Matt Arpuzzo is the New York Times reporter who has been covering this story closely. Last night on MSNBC he said, "The disciplinary process is not known for great speed at the Justice Department, and so one of the things that I am quite interested in is, why did this happen so fast? The speed of it is certainly interesting."

Very interesting indeed. But I'm sure that it's all merely a harmless coincidence. Yeah right.

Within an hour of Sessions' announcement of the Deputy Director's dismissal, Trump - to no one's surprise by now - was positively giddy with his latest, unhinged Twitter tirade:

"Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy."
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How awe-inspiring. Someone hand me my chisel, please.
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The Donald's animosity toward McCabe is nothing new. At his first meeting with Trump following the inauguration, the new president asked him for whom he had voted in the 2016 election. McCabe responded - uneasily, I'm sure - that he hadn't voted at all. Whether he was being truthful or not, it was an impudent and unethical question to ask. McCabe's wife, Jill, had been a candidate for senate in Virginia a couple of years earlier. She had run as a Democrat and eventually lost the election. One of her chief fundraisers was former governor Terry McAuliffe, an old and cozy friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton's.

Jim Comey
Here's where it gets quite awkward and weird: Jim Comey was in Los Angeles attending a conference when he was suddenly fired (as Trump, himself, later admitted to Lester Holt on national television) for not shutting down the Russia investigation. He ceased what he was doing in his official capacity as  head of the FBI, and promptly returned to Washington in the plane he had come in. A few hours later, Trump summoned McCabe into the Oval Office. When he asked why Comey had been allowed to use a government plane to fly home, McCabe's response was, apparently, not satisfactory for the First Fool. Then, out of the blue, the president of the United States of America said this to the Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation:

"Ask your wife what it feels like to be a loser."

What did Jill McCabe have to do with any of this? Besides that, was Jim Comey expected to take a bus back to D.C.? Did Trump expect him to walk? Or fly coach even? This is merely an illustrative example of what a petty, vindictive and juvenile little piece-of-shit our president is. Aren't you proud to be an American?

Bob Mueller
Here's what's going to happen: Last week, the Republican-controlled, House committee that was "investigating'" the Russia connection to the Trump campaign of 2016, shut it down unexpectedly and announced that there had been no collusion with Putin or anyone else within the Russian government - much to the chagrin of the Democrats. Trump will use that event - plus Andrew McCabe's "disgrace"  as a pretext for shutting down Robert Mueller's inquiry. It will, of course, happen late on a Friday night. Maybe not this Friday; maybe not next Friday - but a Friday night soon. We'll be able to call that one "The Friday Night Massacre". The Chief-Executive is using the Department of Justice as a tool for political persecution. We all need to keep on our toes.

Tom Degan
Goshen, N Y

SUGGESTED VIEWING: Here is a link to watch the Brian Williams segment on MSNBC last night that was quoted in this piece:


AFTERTHOUGHT:

I was just thinking early this morning that Watergate was nothing like this scandal. For political junkies these are, indeed, heady days. To quote Bill Murray in the role of Hunter Thompson in the 1980 film, Where The Buffalo Roam: 

"It still hasn't gotten weird enough for me."
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Happy Saint Paddy's Day, everybody!

29 Comments:

At 3:56 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

Washington Post
Matt Zapotosky
March 17 at 12:52 AM


"Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday night fired former FBI deputy director Andrew Mc­Cabe, a little more than 24 hours before McCabe was set to retire — a move that McCabe alleged was an attempt to slander him and undermine the ongoing special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign.

Sessions announced the decision in a statement just before 10 p.m., noting that both the Justice Department inspector general and the FBI office that handles discipline had found “that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor — including under oath — on multiple occasions.”

His firing — which was recommended by the FBI office that handles discipline — stems from a Justice Department inspector general investigation that found McCabe authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to the media about a Clinton-related case, then misled investigators about his actions in the matter, people familiar with the matter have said. He stepped down earlier this year from the No. 2 job in the bureau after FBI Director Christopher A. Wray was briefed on the inspector general’s findings, though he technically was still an employee. "

 
At 5:04 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

MajorMAGAt leaves out important details in his highly edited copy and paste.

First thing: Attorney General Jeff Sessions LIED under oath about contacts with Russians. IOKIYAR... or a Trumpist... or a fascist. But I’m being redundant.

From the article:

He responded on Friday night with a lengthy statement, claiming he was being targeted because he was a witness in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and asserting that his actions were appropriate. He also alleged former FBI Director James B. Comey knew about the media disclosure about which the inspector general has raised questions.

“This attack on my credibility is one part of a larger effort not just to slander me personally, but to taint the FBI, law enforcement, and intelligence professionals more generally,” McCabe said. “It is part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation, which continue to this day. Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel’s work.”
...Michael R. Bromwich, Mc¬Cabe’s attorney, said that he had “never before seen the type of rush to judgment — and rush to summary punishment — that we have witnessed in this case.” He cited in particular President Trump’s attacks on McCabe on Twitter and the White House press secretary’s comments about him on Thursday — which he said were “quite clearly designed to put inappropriate pressure on the Attorney General to act accordingly.”

“This intervention by the White House in the DOJ disciplinary process is unprecedented, deeply unfair, and dangerous,” Bromwich said.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbis-andrew-mccabe-is-fired-a-little-more-than-24-hours-before-he-could-retire/2018/03/16/e055a22a-2895-11e8-bc72-077aa4dab9ef_story.html?utm_term=.473c738d31f0

Simple addition:

being targeted because he was a witness in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia

Plus

part of this Administration’s ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the Special Counsel investigation

= OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE!

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

I'm sure MajorMAGAt would want us all to know this little detail too.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/01/26/trump-launched-campaign-to-discredit-potential-fbi-witnesses/?utm_content=buffer989ee&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

"Trump Launched Campaign to Discredit Potential FBI Witnesses"

President Donald Trump pressed senior aides last June to devise and carry out a campaign to discredit senior FBI officials after learning that those specific employees were likely to be witnesses against him as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to two people directly familiar with the matter.

In testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, recently fired FBI Director James Comey disclosed that he spoke contemporaneously with other senior bureau officials about potentially improper efforts by the president to curtail the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s efforts constituted obstruction of justice.

Not long after Comey’s Senate testimony, Trump hired John Dowd, a veteran criminal defense attorney, to represent him in matters related to Mueller’s investigation. Dowd warned Trump that the potential corroborative testimony of the senior FBI officials in Comey’s account would likely play a central role in the special counsel’s final conclusion, according to people familiar with the matter.

In discussions with at least two senior White House officials, Trump repeated what Dowd had told him to emphasize why he and his supporters had to “fight back harder,” in the words of one of these officials.


"Fight back harder"? When applied against law enforcement agencies it is called Obstruction of Justice.

 
At 8:17 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

I have a suggestion, folks. Enough of the name calling and let's try to keep it civilized, alright. I'm considering turning the comments section off permanently. It's embarrassing.

 
At 11:49 PM, Blogger Just the Facts! said...

Ya hear that Mozart?

 
At 11:51 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

McCabe was fired because 1) an IG investigation demanded by Democrats that was 2) directed by an Obama IG appointee resulted in 3) a recommendation from the FBI's ethics office that McCabe be terminated. Yet Democrats and NeverTrumpers believe this was a Trumpian conspiracy.

 
At 1:25 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Tom, if you could just get Clucky to pick ONE name, AND stay on the subject at hand, it would help.

If he doesn't want us calling him names, tell him to give us ONE we can use.


As for MCabe's firing, there is NO way to see it as anything but an attempt to discredit, since he was retiring in a couple days anyway. They just wanted to screw him out of the pension he EARNED for talking to Mueller.

 
At 9:51 AM, Blogger ArchieBunkerNYC said...

Andrew McCabe, gone like a fart in the wind!

Its about time Mr. Sessions you started fighting back against the swamp in Washington.

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...


Arch loves Sessions because he also LIED under oath, like the rest of the slime in Trump Swamp.

Soon the disgraced and crooked Trump will be gone like a fart in the wind. Unfortunately he stunk up the White House and it will need fumigation.

His evil racist base will be very angry. I will laugh at them and mock their anger, hatred and stupidity.

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

Fact Check

"In a press briefing earlier on March 2 2017, Pelosi said Sessions’ comments in the confirmation hearing MIGHT amount to perjury.

But legal experts say it would be difficult to prosecute a perjury charge against Sessions, given the ambiguity of the context of his statement.

“There is enough wiggle room that makes a perjury prosecution [against Sessions] difficult,” Randall Eliason (who teaches white collar criminal law at George Washington University Law School and is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia,) said. Unless there is some bombshell, he said, such as emails or notes from the conversation that suggest Sessions was acting in his role as a campaign surrogate, “I don’t see it as a criminal case.”

We agree that there may be some ambiguity about Sessions’ response in the confirmation hearing, and whether or not he intentionally misled senators. And so we’ll leave it up to readers to make up their own minds about that. And we will update this piece should new information emerge."

Now while you can make up your own mind about Sessions lying, the record of President Trump's opponent in the 2016 isn't a matter of ambiguity.

Marc A. Thiessen September 19, 2016
Washington Post

"Hillary Clinton’s dreadful lies. Let’s review just a few examples of her serial dishonesty:

She lied repeatedly about her emails. She lied when she said she had “turned over everything I was obligated to turn over” (FBI Director James Comey said the FBI “discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not among the group of 30,000 e-mails returned by Secretary Clinton to state in 2014”). She lied when she said there was “no classified material” in her private emails . . . that there was nothing “classified at the time” . . . and that there was nothing “marked classified” in her private emails — all of which the FBI director said were untrue. And, to top it all off, she lied about her lies — declaring on national television that “Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people” — a claim The Post’s Fact Checker gave “Four Pinocchios.”

Clinton lied to the American people about Benghazi. At 10:08 p.m. the night of the attack, she issued a statement that blamed the attack on “inflammatory material posted on the Internet” with no mention of terrorism or al-Qaeda. But an hour later, at 11:12 p.m. she emailed her daughter, Chelsea: “Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an Al Queda-like [sic] group.” The next day in a phone call with the Egyptian prime minister, Clinton said: “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film. It was a planned attack, not a protest.” Yet two days later, as she welcomed the caskets of the fallen in Dover, Del., she blamed that attack on “an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with.”

She lied about a trip she made to Bosnia, claiming that she and her team arrived “under sniper fire,” skipped the arrival ceremony and “just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.” In fact, a video shows her being greeted on the tarmac by Bosnian officials and an 8-year-old Muslim girl, Emina Bicakcic, who read a poem in English and told Clinton, “There is peace now.”

She lied about her family history. In 2015, she said she could relate to illegal immigrants because “all my grandparents” immigrated to the United States. When BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski pointed out that three of Clinton’s four grandparents were born in the United States, a Clinton spokesman said “her grandparents always spoke about the immigrant experience and, as a result she has always thought of them as immigrants.”

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

Continued


And her (HRC) dishonesty stretches back decades. As the late, great William Safire pointed out in a 1996 New York Times column, she delivered a “blizzard of lies” as first lady — about Whitewater, the firing of White House travel aides, her representation of a criminal enterprise known as the Madison S&L and how she made a 10,000 percent profit in 1979 commodity trading simply by studying the Wall Street Journal. Even back then, Safire concluded, Clinton was “a congenital liar.”


 
At 12:25 AM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

McCabe gone for lying? When does Sessions resign? Trump himself has been caught about 300 times. Where is his resignation?

Everyone fired that criticized Russia for the poisoning in the UK. Go figure.

But there is no collusion. (wink)

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"[Trump's] evil racist base will be very angry. I will laugh at them and mock their anger, hatred and stupidity." ~~ Dave Dubya

That 30% of Americans is as treasonous, dishonest and deplorable as the demagogue who currently occupies the White House. They would support him even if he were shackled in cuffs and chains and escorted from the building at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Yes, a true constitutional crisis awaits us. Unless the Republican Party places country over partisan pettiness, the next phase of the corporate state's militarist fascism begins and we're another step closer to the demagogue's quest to emulate his counterpart in Russia to convert the presidency into an authoritarian office of unlimited tenure.

The demagogue will definitely fire the special counsel and the GOP will hide in the shadows and dismiss Meuller's investigation -- effectively trashing the Constitution as the law of the land and officially ushering in the era of dictatorial government.

Thank you, Idiot Nation.

 
At 11:31 AM, Blogger Majormajor said...

"Everyone fired that criticized Russia for the poisoning in the UK"

List names please.


Kevin McCullough
Townhall
Mar 18, 2018 12:01 AM

"The firing of Andrew McCabe, the discovery of his “private notes,” the ill-tempered response by other Obama loyalists and a yet to be disclosed Inspector General’s report on an investigation that BEGAN BEFORE Donald Trump had come to office are all pieces of a story that dwarfs the still absent evidence of anything Trump and company did to cooperate with Russians in changing votes in Michigan and Wisconsin.

So many Democrats and Republicans have asserted the lack of evidence in the Russian collusion issue its become comical if not annoying to endure as the uninformed continue to argue otherwise.

But few have had interest in addressing a separate issue that demands attention. For while the Russians attempted mass chaos. The more serious scandal appears to have covered up criminal behavior, illicit manipulation of the FISA process, and an attempt to undo the quite serious results of an election.

Is there anything more sacred in our representative republic?"

 
At 12:34 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

Is there anything more sacred in our representative republic?

Yes. The right for all citizens to vote. Equal access to registration and polls. How about representing the will of the majority of voters? The radical Right represents money, not the majority of Americans.

How about letting the candidate with the most votes win the office? Democracy is what we need to counter the fascists of the far Right.

The antiquated slave state based electoral college has failed democracy, reversed the will of the people, and serves only one party, not the country.






 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"For the sake of justice, above all else, I hope it brings clarity to a story our modern media landscape is highly invested in keeping as convoluted as possible." ~~ Kevin McCullough, Townhall

From the same partisan article cited by Majormajor, also know as ArchieBunkerNYC, Just the Facts!, and others ("Chuck"), I've quoted the concluding paragraph.

I agree, Chuck, which lends even more credence to the notion of allowing the independent special counsel's office to complete its investigation and submit its findings to the Congress and the American people.

If there are allegations of collusion, conspiracy, or any other possible high crimes and misdemeanors, the demagogue-in-chief will have every opportunity to defend himself in impeachment proceeding by the Senate, or a court of law if charges of criminal acts are offered.

Chuck, shouldn't this be how it's done under our nation's rule of law? If mot, what would you propose instead?

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

JG: "...what would you propose instead?"

The rule of law is to punish adversaries, not hold Republicans accountable. He would propose what he has always proposed: IOKIYAR.

 
At 5:01 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

Funny, but Tom you again are not posting my reply's to the responses to my posts.


It's your site and as you proudly proclaim, it is an "electronic cesspool of naughty, left wing propaganda." But not a bit partisan...LOL.

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger Mozart1220 said...

Clucky, you would know all the names if you stopped obsessing on your Commie websites (not to mention Fox and Breitbart) and looked at REAL news.

The Secretary of State of State could be your first clue.

 
At 7:30 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"The rule of law is to punish adversaries, not hold Republicans accountable." ~~ Dave Dubya

Of course. This Congress proves it.

 
At 9:30 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Joseph diGenova? One of Trump's mob goons to the rescue? LOL

What's he gonna do?...bust Meuller's kneecaps? [head shaking]

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"...Tom you again are not posting my reply's [sic] to the responses to my posts."

Chuck, perhaps you violated the rule of no name-calling?...or what you wrote was a flagrant lie and Tom was gracious enough to protect you from embarrassment.

 
At 10:48 AM, Blogger Dave Dubya said...

As a fan of the Post’s Fact Checker, Majormajor would probably also like us all to know about this one:

Fact Checker: Our updated tally of President Trump’s false/misleading claims: 1950 claims in 347 days

Looks like he needs to find only about 1,940 more lies from Hillary to match his Dear Leader...for his first year in office.

He'd better get cracking. He has a major exercise in futility if he wants to show who the biggest liar is.

Or he can admit the truth. LOL!!!

As if...

LIES. IOKIYAR.

 
At 2:20 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Chuck, please explain how the WP editorial by Marc Thiessen, from September 2016, has anything to do with the special counsel's independent investigation of Trump -- or the firing of Andrew McCabe Friday night by Jeff Sessions ("Trump").

I know, you can't. The allegations against H. Clinton are irrelevant in this discussion. You're trolling, again.

Don't you realize you're embarrassing yourself when you do this?

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"'An American president does not lead the free world by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections,' Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said in a statement.

Putin won re-election with 76.6% of the vote, although there were widespread reports of ballot-box stuffing and the most prominent opposition leader was banned from the ballot.
" ~~ USA Today, March 20, 2018

Birds of a feather...

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America...America will triumph over you." ~~ Twitter, John O. Brennan, March 17, 2018

Mr. Brennan also speculated on Morning Joe, earlier this week, that Trump is afraid of Putin due to something he might have on him.

What could that be? I guessing it's not only illegal, but treasonous. No wonder Trump's lashing out at everyone around him. He's scared s#&tless, and he should be.

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Majormajor said...

"Obama should fire John Brennan"
James Downie July 31, 2014
Washington Post (another "Commie website" Mozart?)

"In 2011, Brennan claimed that dozens of U.S. drone strikes on overseas targets had not killed a single civilian. This remarkable success rate was not only disputed at the time by news reports — even supporters of the drone program called it “absurd” — but as the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and the New York Times both reported later, President Obama received reports from the very beginning of his presidency about drone strikes killing numerous civilians. As Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser at the time, Brennan would have received these reports as well, so either Brennan knew that his claim was a lie, or he is secretly deaf. Similarly, Brennan denied snooping on Senate computers six weeks after Feinstein first made the accusation to the CIA in private, which means either that he was lying, or he had ignored a serious charge against his agency for six weeks, then spouted off about it without any real knowledge — hardly the behavior expected of an agency director.

And last year(2013), Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied under oath to Congress when he told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and the Senate Intelligence Committee that the National Security Agency did not collect any kind of data on millions of Americans, a claim later disproved by documents leaked by former NSA employee Edward Snowden. Despite Clapper receiving criticism from both sides of the aisle, the damage to Clapper’s and the White House’s credibility on intelligence and civil liberties issues and, well, the fact that lying to Congress is a crime (though one that’s difficult to prosecute), Obama has not disciplined Clapper in any way."

 
At 10:46 PM, Blogger woodenman1954 said...

It is getting worse by the day, now the war monger from hell, John Bolton is going to be Trump's National Security Adviser. The chances of a major war just went up dramatically.

Next week China launches her gold backed Petro Yuan, this very well might be the beginning of the end of the US have the worlds Reserve Currency. This country will turn into a shithole very fast if that happens. Bush and Obama were idiots to add 15 Trillion to our national debt and endanger our future. Bush led us down the path of endless wars and devastating debt and Obama doubled down on Bush's policies to put us all in great jeopardy.

Now that Russia has Nuclear weapons that are invincible the military has said " If Americans want to be safe they will have to make sacrifices" That means giving up our Social Security so they can spend a Trillion or three playing catch up with Russia!

Russia spends 60 billion a year on their military and we spend 20 times that amount. And they still won the arms race started by Bush in 2002 when he left the nuclear treaties that we signed with Russia.

I say screw the military, let them go hat in hand to Russia and try to negotiate another treaty and leave my Social Security alone.

 
At 6:40 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

James, everything you said is right on the money. The U.S.A. is in deep doo-doo, without question.

What compounds the seriousness of the predicament we're in, is the ignorance and incompetence of the demagogue leading us into an abyss of living hell.

Dark days await us. While we're heading full steam ahead toward an unmistakable catastrophe, the elites and corporate giants are dancing on the deck of the Titanic while the captain and his crew are raping and pillaging those of us down below. We lose, any way you look at it, while those living the high life own what few lifeboats remain.

I wish for you better circumstances in your next incarnation. Everyone, actually -- at least those who basically figured it out this time around.

Those whose greed brought us to this place, and those who encouraged them, I'm sure will return to a world of extreme poverty and anguish, or immense physical handicap. Whatever it is, it's how karma works, you know.

 

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