SpyGate testimony

Wed May 22 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Declassification begins in a week

John Solomon says it to Hannity, starting with "Bucket Five". As a bonus, there's a poll saying over 60% of the public support naming a prosecutor to investigate whether regulations were violated to spy on Trump.

UPDATE: Oops. Poll results were misread a bit. 64% believe the FBI knew the dossier was unreliable when they used it to get a FISA warrant. 49% favor a DOJ investigation into illegal spying on the Trump campaign. 64% of Republicans support an investigation.

Wed May 22 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A Matter of Conflicting Testimony

Comeys says Lynch told him to call the Clinton email investigation a "matter". Lynch says she did not. One of them is lying. Both were under oath.

They went after Flynn for less even after their own interviewers said they didn't think he was lying. One of those two is lying to support a cover up. Apply the Flynn standard. Prosecute, convict, imprison.

Wed May 22 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An unverified application submitted as verified to the FISA court

National ReviewIf dossier claims were still unverified when Comey testified to Congress in mid 2017 (and thereafter), then those claims could not have been verified when the Obama Justice Department and FBI submitted it to the FISC as a “VERIFIED APPLICATION” in October 2016. It also had to have been unverified on January 6, 2017, when the Obama administration chose to include a sliver of the dossier in the briefing of President-elect Trump — the day after intelligence chiefs met with President Obama in the Oval Office and discussed what Russia information should be shared with the incoming Trump team.

Moreover, FBI and Justice Department procedures require that information be vetted for factual accuracy before it is submitted to the FISC. The rules of the FISC require the Justice Department to notify the court promptly if misstatements or inaccuracies have been discovered. Far from alerting the FISC that information in what it boldly labeled the “VERIFIED APPLICATION” was actually unverified, the Justice Department and the FBI kept reaffirming the dossier allegations to the court — in January, April, and June of 2017.

The thing is, claiming that you verified something you didn't in court documents... that tends to be called perjury.

Tue May 21 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI tried to get Papadopoulos's wife to wear a wire?

Sara CarterGeorge Papadopoulos said to Laura Ingraham on Thursday that the FBI tried to get his wife to wear a wire to “entrap” him. He also said that Congress “probably has transcripts” of meetings he had that would prove he was spied on by the FBI.

Papadopoulos believes his wife was targeted because she knew all about academic Joseph Mifsud’s connection to Italian government.

“But what we believed that they really targeted her for is, we believe she knew all about Joseph Mifsud’s connections to the Italian government and his connections in Europe, which we just found out today that … the prime minister … just fired the heads of three intel agencies in Italy. And I think it has to do with the person, Joseph Mifsud, who the president and Devin Nunes and other people have been asking the government in Italy to examine a lot more because he’s actually at the core of this entire scam,” Papadopoulos said.

Even if it's entirely legal, trying to get to someone through their wife is a really scummy move.

Tue May 21 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ATF contractor stole guns from his agency, including full auto

Of Arms and the Law has more details. This one is for the people who fantasize that if only the government will confiscate all the guns, then only the government will have all the guns. Of course it's not that simple. It's never that simple.

Mon May 20 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A third of children caught crossing border are not related to claimed parents

Daily MailAn Immigration and Customs Enforcement pilot of new rapid DNA testing at the border has found that nearly a third of those tested were not biologically related to the children in their custody.

ICE conducted the pilot for a few days earlier this month in El Paso and McAllen, Texas, finding about 30 per cent of those tested were not related to the children they claimed were their own, an official told the Washington Examiner.

The official said that these were not cases of step-fathers or adoptive parents.

'Those were not the case. In these cases, they are misrepresented as family members,' the official said.

Sounds like that's an easy way to dispose of a third of the asylum claims. Ask if they are related to the children they are with. Test them. If they lie, send them home -- and put them in the identity database so next time you don't even have to bother.

Mon May 20 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Arson suspected in three fires at Jewish centers

Free BeaconFires at Jewish centers in Massachusetts were deliberately set, authorities now believe. Two were an hour apart, and two struck one house the same week.

Police responded to reports of fires two Massachusetts cities Thursday night. One, at a Chabad rabbi's home in Arlington, burned for less than a minute before police responded to put out the flames.

The current Democratic party is showing a disturbing trend towards antisemitism. I don't want to say that this is the result, but the Overton window has certainly been shifted by it.

Sun May 19 08:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Turns out, Comey is a communist

New York Magazine (from 2003)“In college, I was left of center, and through a gradual process I found myself more comfortable with a lot of the ideas and approaches the Republicans were using.” He voted for Carter in 1980, but in ’84, “I voted for Reagan—I’d moved from Communist to whatever I am now. I’m not even sure how to characterize myself politically. Maybe at some point, I’ll have to figure it out.”

No, a literal Communist. His own words.

Here's the thing. He describes himself as a Commmunist. He admits voting for Carter. And then he switches to Reagan. But that doesn't make him a true believer; it makes him someone who realized being a Communist was bad for his career. Identifying as a Republican means he gets all the Deep State jobs where they need a Republican who is...reliable.

And remember, Obama's pick for CIA, Brennan, was... also a Communist. Voted for their candidate back in the day, before he went undercover. Just like Comey. It's not really a surprise that two "ex"-Communists would conspire to overthrow a legitimate President.

Sun May 19 07:47:19 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Who is committing federal crimes?

Conservative ReviewThe latest report from the U.S. Sentencing Commission demonstrates that the 800-pound gorilla in the room clogging up the federal criminal justice system is immigration, not “low-level” domestic offenders.

If we only solved our border problem and deported illegal aliens before they commit more crimes, not only would we be safer, but we’d save a ton of money on the federal criminal justice system – without irresponsibly releasing American criminals back into our communities, as proposed by jailbreak proponents.

According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, in its recently published 2018 report on federal sentencing statistics, 54.3 percent of the 69,425 federal offenders last year were Hispanic, and 42.7 percent of offenders were non-citizens. The two biggest offense categories were immigration (34.4 percent) and drugs (28.1 percent).

This is somewhat circular but the point is still valid. The counterpoints: federal crimes don't include local or state crimes, which are the majority of criminal activity, especially violence, and of course, being in the country illegally is a crime and one of the few crimes that fall under federal jurisdiction and are commonly committed.

The core point does stand, though. Illegal aliens are a large burden on our justice system, and deporting them rather than allowing them to remain in the country tying up the court system with frivolous asylum claims and court dates they don't bother to show up for would save us a lot of trouble.

Sun May 19 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Nellie Ohr deleted emails from Bruce Ohr's DOJ email account

Washington ExaminerNellie Ohr, the wife of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, told her husband she was deleting emails sent from his government account.

The revelation comes as both Ohrs remain under intense scrutiny for their ties to Fusion GPS and British ex-spy Christopher Steele, the author of the anti-Trump dossier that was used to obtain warrants to wiretap a member of President Trump's 2016 campaign.

Sounds like a coverup, doesn't it?

Sat May 18 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Italian government requests resignations of intelligence officials

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Fri May 17 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Strzok on the Spygate hot seat

The Kavalec email describing flaws in Steele's dossier went directly to Strzok well before the FISA warrant application was submitted. That means Strzok knew Steele's story had massive holes -- the most obvious being the routing of payments through a nonexistent Russian consulate in Miami.

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Fri May 17 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another terror compound found inside US

Daily CallerThe FBI has uncovered a homegrown, jihadist compound in Macon County, Alabama.

The FBI‘s search warrant described the property as a “makeshift military-style obstacle course” in a story first reported by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The land where the group gathered reportedly looked like an “abandoned dump,” and was led by Siraj Wahhaj, who allegedly trained children to commit school shootings in a similar terrorist breeding ground in New Mexico last year.

Make no mistake, these terror camps are intended to produce terrorists. If we've found two there are likely more.

For what it's worth, on the scary scale, the indoctrination factor of being isolated in a controlled environment is probably worse than any skills they could be teaching. Firearms instruction is perfectly legal and gas is cheap. The missing ingredient to manufacture a terrorist is the desire to kill infidels for the glory of their twisted god of murder.

Thu May 16 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Google restricting search results to left-leaning news sites

Hot AirGoogle provides a significant percentage of the incoming traffic which many news sites get, but the algorithms that determine which sites get that traffic are proprietary and not widely understood. Academics at Northwestern University decided to attempt to quantify how those algorithms work by looking closely at search results for news related queries for one specific month, November 2017. The researchers identified 200 search terms related to hard news events and then ran those terms once for each minute of each day. What they found after collecting all of this data is that Google’s top story search results are concentrated on a small handful of major outlets.

If you exclude the 26% that isn’t rated, the ratio of news that appears in Google search results leans left by more than 5:1. But CJR points out that this result may be skewed by the fact that there are more left-leaning sites than right-leaning ones overall. However, even if you account for this, it appears Google’s algorithm is still tilting the results to the left.

Of course it is. Algorithms are developed by people, trained by people, and given manual tuning input by people. And the people working at Google are so far to the left they don't even know how reproductive sex works. We'll be fine, if we can just survive the current idiots.

Thu May 16 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Roger Stone challenges claim Russians hacked DNC

Details here. There are good technical arguments the data was leaked rather than hacked, even if you discount what Wikileaks says about how they got the data. Who exactly did the leaking is still an open question.

DOJ is of course saying they don;'t have to prove anything about the supposed "hack", they can just charge Stone with somehow being an accessory or conspiring to do something that they haven't proven was a crime.

Wed May 15 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Weissman knew about Papadopoulos entrapment scheme

The Conservative TreehouseRecently release FOIA documents into the special counsel team of Robert Mueller reveal the remarkable trail of a 2017 entrapment scheme conducted by Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann to target George Papadopoulos.

Before digging into the details it is important to note this is a DOJ/FBI entrapment operation being conducted in 2017 by the special counsel; this is not prior to the 2016 election. The detail surrounds a series of events previously discussed {Go Deep} where George Papadopoulos was approached by a known CIA operative named Charles Tawil.

The entrapment operation against Papadopoulos has been known for some time now. It was obvious from the first accounts we heard from Papadopoulos that it was an entrapment operation. However, this is the first evidence we have seen that Mueller's team was the one definitively behind it and knew what was going on in advance. This is more than just a tip that Papadopoulos was flying into the US with an undeclared $10,000 cash from some guy in Israel who tried to recruit him -- it's evidence Weissman was preparing the groundwork before the events.

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Wed May 15 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Someone should remind Congress that they can impeach judges...

... since some judges in Kentucky pre-signed child seizure documents for nights and weekends.

And then, charge workers and judges with violation of civil rights under color of law.

Wed May 15 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AG Barr appoints US Atty Durham to review SpyGate

Attorney General William P. Barr has assigned the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut to examine the origins of the Russia investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter, a move that President Trump has long called for but that could anger law enforcement officials who insist that scrutiny of the Trump campaign was lawful.

John H. Durham, the United States attorney in Connecticut, has a history of serving as a special prosecutor investigating potential wrongdoing among national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s ties to a crime boss in Boston and accusations of C.I.A. abuses of detainees.

Durham's history of prosecuting national security abuses seems promising. And that bit about FBI ties to a crime boss in Boston? Mueller kept 4 innocent people in jail to protect an FBI informant.

Alan Dershowitz on NewsMax"He's the guy who kept four innocent people in prison for many years in order to protect the cover of Whitey Bulger as an FBI informer. Those of us in Boston don't have such a high regard for Mueller because we remember this story. The government had to pay out tens of millions of dollars because Whitey Bulger, a notorious mass murderer, became a government informer against the mafia . . .

"And that's regarded in Boston of one of the great scandals of modern judicial history. And Mueller was right at the center of it. So, he is not without criticism by people who know him in Boston."

So Mueller in particular may have reason to be especially worried.

Unanswered question: What happened to Huber? He was appointed under AG Sessions to look into basically the same thing.

Categories Spygate

Tue May 14 18:58:56 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Banks, YouTube deplatforming gun businesses, gun rights advocates

BreitbartConservative YouTuber and second amendment activist Antonia Okafor reports that her entire channel was stripped of advertising revenue by the Google-owned video platform after she uploaded an interview about self-defense with a fellow conservative. YouTube restored advertising to Okafor’s account after this article published, claiming in a statement, “sometimes we make the wrong call on content.”

“YouTube went straight to just demonetizing my ENTIRE channel today” wrote Okafor. “Just uploaded an episode where Nina Prevot, a Creole libertarian and I interviewed Amy Robbins about teaching young women to defend themselves.”

Outdoor LifeDuring the April 12 “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 years after the Financial Crisis” hearing, Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat basically said imposing the institution’s ant-gun policy is a higher priority than wisely managing investors’ money.
Corbat acknowledged Citigroup’s policy is to discriminate against firearms manufacturers and retailers who refuse to abide by their policy of instituting age-based gun bans, “deny a right to keep and bear arms by a legal adult,” Keane writes, and that the policy is not a Second Amendment threat but a “good practice.”

We're heading into a new civil rights era, complete with new Jim Crow laws -- except now instead of basing those laws on race, they are being based on holding conservative political opinions. Even if those political opinions are explicitly protected in the bill of rights.

Everyone has the right to free speech and gun ownership for self defense until they abuse it. Publicly owned corporations need to be obliged to respect that, even of the people who nominally represent the shareholders personally prefer not to.

Mon May 13 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama administration complicit in Clinton email FOIA coverup

Judicial WatchJudicial Watch announced today that it obtained 44 pages of records from the State Department through court-ordered discovery revealing that the Obama White House was tracking a December 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking records concerning then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecure, non-government email system. Months after the Obama White House involvement, the State Department responded to the requestor, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), falsely stating that no such records existed.

We've known for some time that Obama knew personally about Clinton's private email server; we know because they sent emails back and forth. Which means Obama's claims to have found out about it from the news are a transparent lie. But now, we have proof that the Obama White House knew about the FOIA requests for Clinton's emails and was watching those requests closely. That means any violations in the State Dept response to those FOIA requests implicate the White House.

That Obama is a liar is not news. That he may have participated in or even orchestrated the coverup puts members of his administration in legal jeopardy. Probably not at real risk of conviction, but it's definitely going to put some heat on any officials who put anything in writing about the coverup.

Mon May 13 06:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI "lost" notes of Hillary email security breach

Epoch TimesThe FBI lost notes from a 2015 meeting with people from the office of the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG), according to newly released FBI records on the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s alleged mishandling of classified information.

The ICIG-FBI meetings hold special significance because it was allegedly several of these meetings where the ICIG officials passed a lead to the FBI about anomalies in the metadata of the emails indicating that a copy of nearly every email was sent to an agent of a foreign power.

"Lost" is being generous. The person who took the notes claimed they were turned over to the person supposed to enter them into the system. And they would have exposed Hillary's email server as not just being a security risk but an actual security breach, sending literally all her private server email to a foreign power.

So they were not lost.

They were destroyed.

Or, as Hillary puts it, wiped with a cloth.

Sun May 12 08:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats getting worse on gun control

IJRThere may be 20 different Democrats entering the presidential race, but all the primary candidates are coming together on one issue: restricting the Second Amendment.

Gun control has always been a complicated issue in the United States, with lawmakers on both sides trying to strike the balance between keeping Americans safe and not trampling their right to bear arms and defend themselves from tyrants.

But if recent policies have any indication on Democrats’ intentions, the candidates have stopped their consideration for the rights of gun owners. Here are six ways — big and small — that 2020 Democrats plan to strip gun owners of their access to firearms.

Democrats have never had any consideration for the rights of gun owners; until the Supreme Court forced the issue they preferred to believe the 2nd Amendment was about a militia rather than a right of the people. But until recently, Democrats felt the need to pretend to care; they would create little astroturf "gun rights" groups to give endorsements to their candidates and wait until after the election (and an appropriate crisis appeared) to do their blood dancing and legislating. But it appears that is changing, and many of the current presidential candidates don't even feel the need to pretend.

That may lead them into electoral disaster, but if one of them wins, the disaster will be on us.

Sun May 12 07:47:20 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Fixing Healthcare Right

Houston ChroniclePresident Donald Trump on Thursday called for an end to "surprise medical bills," the astonishingly high charges insured patients can face when a member of a medical team that treats them is not in their insurer's network.

"Not a pleasant surprise," Trump said of bills that arrive in the mail and run to tens of thousands of dollars. "A very unpleasant surprise."

What will this do to the health care industry? Force them to compete on price. As always, much depends on the details of the legislation, but the basic idea -- forcing health care providers to publish their prices in advance, and perhaps getting rid of hugely disproportionate out-of-network costs (especially in emergency situations) -- is very sound and will allow people to choose where they go based on the expected price rather than being at the mercy of a mystery bill they don't know ahead of time and usually can't negotiate.

I've also heard of cases where people go to small, local "urgent care" facilities that are very definitely not hospitals... but charge like you went to the emergency room at a hospital. That's an outright scam that is enabled only by the lack of price transparency.

Will this solve everything? Probably not. But it's a start at applying market forces to the health care market, something that market has long been insulated from.

To see how this might work, look at procedures like Lasik. Such procedures compete on price. And the price has been going down, not up, even while technologies and techniques improved.

Sun May 12 06:47:21 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG Horowitz: final three FISAs obtained illegally, first one still in doubt

... and not in much doubt following the Kavalec email, where the State Dept calls out Steele as a political hack doing opposition research and smear operations, points out that anyone at the State Dept engaging with him is in violation of the Hatch Act (prohibiting campaign activities by government officials with government resources), and notifying the FBI of those concerns before the first FISA was issued.

Note that the report from IG Horowitz has not yet been released; this is a characterization of its current conclusions from DiGenova.

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Sat May 11 08:47:31 CDT 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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