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Did we finally solve the anthrax letter mystery?

Meaning In HistorySchreyer points out that the US government decided to conduct a project to see whether "terrorists" could--using "off the shelf" materials--construct an anthrax weapon. The results were successful! Later, he deals with the famous "anthrax letters"--a case that mirabile dictu has still not been solved. He notes that the two senators to whom anthrax letters were directed--Leahy and Daschle--had been opposing proposed measures to grant the Deep State extensive new powers. They changed their minds. Make of that what you will. In that first half you'll also learn about the significance of Zhou's reference to the US facing a "Dark Winter."

Case closed, as far as I am concerned.

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Tue May 11 23:20:22 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI using NSA databases without warrants -- again -- STILL

Just The NewsThe FBI has without court orders looked through troves of National Security Agency foreign communications for information on American "racially motivated violent extremists," according to a news report based on a recently declassified report.

The agency conducted the reviews despite being warned several years ago by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which approves warrants for such investigations, that such inquiries were constitutionally alarming, according to the Daily Beast.

The FBI’s warrant-free queries, known as backdoor searches, were related to criminal investigations including those on "domestic terrorism involving racially motivated violent extremists."

The legality of these investigations stops at without court orders. There's no exception in the 4th Amendment for terrorism, regardless of motivation or potential for violence. (If international contacts are involved, that is murkier, but even in such situations communications of US persons are supposed to be protected). It's clear that with Trump out of office, the FBI is doubling down on Spygate and political investigations.

And don't forget that the FBI has been trying for decades to smear the right in general, and Donald Trump supporters in particular, as white supremacists. Which makes me think that's who those queries are targeting.

This is not an isolated problem. Seven separate field offices were involved, meaning not just the Washington, DC group.

More opinionated analysis here.

Categories Police Abuse Spygate

Fri May 07 22:07:30 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI raids Giuliani, Toensing

Conservative TreehouseAccording to media reports federal authorities raided the New York apartment of Rudy Giuliani today. Apparently electronic devices were seized as part of their investigation into him. However, the DOJ motive behind the investigation is something everyone should be familiar with, Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).

FARA violations being used as a backdoor justification for political targeting has long been the approach of a weaponized DOJ. They are using that same tactic again in their effort to target Rudy Giuliani.

This is nakedly political.

It's unclear what exactly they were looking for, but the election audit in Arizona is also getting a lot of attempted legal interference, and Trump gave interviews on that topic the day before the raid where he said he was being kept up to date on the results. Likely, the FBI were really looking for information about the results of that audit (which is ongoing). It's not the first time they have targeted Giuliani. And of course before that they targeted another Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, who eventually broke -- but had nothing on Trump.

They raided Victoria Toensing at about the same time. The warrant mentioned John Solomon. It's purportedly about Ukraine. But once they have seized all electronic devices, they can search those devices for whatever they want to know. Legally? Of course not; legally they are only supposed to look for evidence of crimes listed on the warrant. But in practice? Everything.

Thu May 06 22:05:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Post Office running surveillance on social media posts

According to Yahoo News, the Post Office is running a program to monitor conservative social media postings, possibly using donor databases seized from We Build The Wall to know who to watch. The post office appears to have no authority to do this, nor is it remotely within the purpose of their agency. Even if it was, it appears to violate the 1st and 4th amendments, as they admit to monitoring for information about protests.

Remember when the Post Office was begging for money recently? Was this what they wanted to fund?

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Fri Apr 30 22:51:56 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Allegations of DOJ/intel dirty tricks

Just The NewsIn an extraordinary claim of misconduct, a prominent political bundler convicted of fund-raising and lobbying offenses alleged Monday that a U.S. government agency deleted evidence from his computer and left him to take the blame for obstruction.

Lawyers for Imaad Zuberi argued the government's alleged duplicity in the deletion may only be "the proverbial tip of the iceberg" and that federal prosecutors have shown "a pattern animus" by withholding exculpatory evidence showing they were seeking a 12-year prison sentence against Zuberi while allowing a foreign fund-raiser in a similar case to escape punishment with a deferred prosecution agreement.

I find these allegations particularly interesting. Here's my theory: this guy was known to law enforcement and intelligence. He was their agent in channeling donations to their preferred candidates, like Hillary and Obama (both of which he fundraised for). When Trump won, the intel agencies tasked him with trying to "dirty up" Trump by donating to Trump's inauguration and trying to get favors in return. This would allow the FBI to immediately put him under investigation and wiretap him, trying to parley the resulting evidence into getting someone in the Trump administration for bribery or the like. When that effort failed, the only thing they could do was go after their own agent to make it look like a real investigation instead of an attempted political sting.

And the emails that were deleted likely contained the official DOJ/intel instructions for this guy to do exactly what he did.

Speculation? Sure. But it makes sense, and we already know the intel agencies, DOJ, and FBI are willing and able to engage in dirty tricks.

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Thu Apr 29 22:57:41 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No charges for capitol police officer who shot Ashli Babbit

Conservative TreehouseThe U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, the Office announced today.

I've personally watched the video where Babbit was shot. Babbit was arguably entering into the house building by force, but she was unarmed and threatening no one. I observed no threat of deadly force from her. I observed the still-unidentified police officer shoot her from effective concealment (only his hands and arms were visible), without an audible warning. He had a clear path to retreat, additional officers close by on the other side of the doors, and every opportunity to deescalate the situation with Babbitt personally.

Even if he was legally in the right (which, for all practical purposes, depends on the details of federal and DC laws combined with the proven lack of stomach for actual prosecution of this case), this was an easily avoidable shooting.

Should he still have one, that officer's conscience should torment him for the rest of his life.

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Sat Apr 24 23:26:24 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Blackmail scheme confirmed

PJMediaRep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has claimed that the sexual misconduct allegations made against him were part of an extortion scheme, and Bob Kent, one of the men allegedly involved in the scheme, all but confirmed in an interview on “The Michael Smerconish Program” on SiriusXM radio on Monday that he had asked Gaetz’s father for $25 million—but insists it was not extortion.

Kent says he needed the money to help find FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in March 2007 and is presumed to be dead by his family, but Kent claims he’s seen video evidence that Levinson is alive in Iran.

This appears to confirm Gaetz's story. And really... that's a pathetic and transparent excuse. It shouldn't fool anyone.

Categories Police Abuse Spygate

Wed Apr 14 23:14:31 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Inside Story of SpyGate

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Sat Apr 10 22:37:27 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rep Gaetz targeted by ex-DOJ official in extortion scheme?

Conservative TreehouseTwo people inside the DOJ leaked a story about Matt Gaetz (R-FL) being under DOJ/FBI investigation to the New York Times. The essential elements of the article are that Gaetz had a relationship with a 17-year-old woman, and paid for her to travel; ergo the DOJ/FBI is investigating “sex trafficking.” Presumably AG Bill Barr opened the investigation. However, Matt Gaetz vehemently denies everything about the claims, and instead says the FBI and DOJ were recently conducting a sting operation -with his cooperation- against a former DOJ lawyer named David McGee who was extorting Gaetz for $25 million.

According to Gaetz his father was contacted by McGee in March of this year and told he would release the details of a relationship with the woman if Gaetz did not pay $25 million. Gaetz contacted the FBI, and his father wore a wire in his conversation with McGee where the FBI were recording the extortion attempt. Now that someone has leaked the erroneous background of the investigation to the New York Times, Gaetz is demanding the DOJ release the tapes of the extortion attempt.

No idea what the truth is here, but Gaetz's side of the story deserves to be heard.

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Mon Apr 05 23:51:02 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Federal law enforcement are feeling their oats again

Montana Daily GazetteHeretofore ignored by the legacy press and mainstream media, in February, federal authorities invaded a neighborhood in the Flathead Valley with militarized police and terrorized its occupants with what appears to be Waco-level tyrannical overreach

Calling this Waco-level is incorrect; no one died and no buildings burned. But it's troubling to see this kind of abuse, particularly with the heavy military presence.

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Wed Mar 24 22:25:13 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Danforth and the Waco coverup

Future of Freedom FoundationThe easiest way to achieve sainthood in Washington is to cover up a federal atrocity. Thus, it is no surprise that former senator John Danforth continues to be treated by the Washington Post as a visionary statesman. The Post showcased Danforth’s attack on Donald Trump in October after Trump derided the Commission on Presidential Debates. Danforth, a permanent member of that commission, is one of the top five “useful idiots for Leviathan,” according to the revised rankings after the death of John McCain.
In the 1990s, Danforth received plaudits for being a “moderate” Republican who supported gun control. But his true claim to establishment fame arose from his contortions to suppress the truth about Waco. Danforth appointed himself as the nation’s political faith healer after the biggest federal law-enforcement debacle in modern times.

Prompted by Danforth's involvement with the President Debate Commission, the author examines Danforth's role in covering up the Waco massacre. The focus on Danforth is a little odd, but the piece is worth reading as a refresher on what happened at Waco and how it was covered up. And if Danforth is still treated with respect anywhere, well, this should put an end to that.

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Mon Mar 22 22:37:06 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It Was Rosenstein All Along

Just The NewsA federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by TV show host and journalist Sharyl Attkisson alleging former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and other ex-officials conducted illegal wiretap surveillance against her during her reporting of the Obama administration in 2013.

Attkisson wrote in a statement Thursday that she was not surprised but disappointed by the ruling.

"At least we now know that our own government was directly responsible for conducting illegal surveillance of a journalist and that Mr. Rosenstein was directly involved," Attkisson said. "Although as despicable as this conduct is and was, the goal was to find the truth."

This doesn't surprise me a bit. Comey is a weasel, but Rosenstein is a snake.

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Sun Mar 21 22:02:58 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS resumes investigating political opponents

Judicial WatchReminiscent of the Obama Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) witch hunt of conservative groups, a U.S. Senator who sits on the committee that oversees the tax agency is pushing it to revoke a student charity’s nonprofit status. The veteran lawmaker, Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, says the conservative student organization, Turning Point USA, should lose its nonprofit rating because it held large events that could help spread COVID-19. In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig the senator describes the gatherings as “superspreader” events. He specifically mentions a Palm Beach, Florida winter gala at the Mar-a-Lago Club famously owned by former President Donald Trump.

It's a new excuse for the same old trick -- suppress your political opponents by any means necessary. The IRS has always been willing to accommodate Democrats. The FBI have a long tradition of similar behavior that they prefer not to talk about.

Wed Feb 03 21:44:01 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This is why people hate the police

CBS For the first time, police body camera video reveals what an innocent woman said happened to her nearly two years ago: police officers wrongly entered her home with guns drawn and handcuffed her naked as she watched in horror.

Last year, Anjanette Young filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the video to show the public what happened to her that day. CBS 2 also filed a request for the video. But the Chicago Police Department denied the requests.

Young recently obtained the footage after a court forced CPD to turn it over as part of her lawsuit against police.

“I feel like they didn’t want us to have this video because they knew how bad it was,” Young said. “They knew they had done something wrong. They knew that the way they treated me was not right.”

It is absolutely vital that police treat everyone they interact with as human beings with inherent dignity and inalienable rights. Yes, some people are scum. But you don't know which ones.

Fri Dec 18 09:09:24 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI harassing and intimidating witnesses instead of investigating

Lou DobbsWitness Intimidation: Whistleblower @OGJesseMorgan describes the harassment he and his family have faced from the FBI and USPS OIG after testifying he witnessed completed ballots smuggled from New York to Pennsylvania.

Disgusting. It's obvious they aren't taking this seriously.

Mon Dec 14 22:24:04 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police shoot sleeping man through his own window

... and they did it because of red flag laws. They are also refusing to share their bodycam footage, because of course they are. After all, that footage would expose them as liars who shot and killed a man while he slept peacefully in bed next to his pregnant girlfriend, who they also shot.

The police are keeping the survivors under surveillance and threatening them with arrest if they attend protests.

Everyone involved here needs to go on trial for murder and violation of civil rights. But they won't. Because they are police.

Tue May 26 02:15:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mexican President demands answers on Fast and Furious

Wed May 20 01:30:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FISC chastises FBI

Sara CarterCollyer emphasized that the ‘frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other F.B.I. applications is reliable.”

How many other questionable FISAs are there?

Sundance infers that there are more.

Note that, however strongly worded the letter may be, it is effectively demanding new policies and procedures rather than issuing contempt of court orders. Thus, it is unlikely to deter further abuses as none of the people involved have suffered real consequences... at least so far. Durham is still in play.

Nunes is actually calling for the court to be dismantled.

Wed Dec 18 04:33:08 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ declined to prosecute sexual assault by DOJ official

These are the people who prosecuted Flynn for maybe possibly not remembering every word of a conversation he had as the incoming National Security Advisor. Of course, it's not like they set precedent by declining to prosecute their own. California has a whole list of convicted cops, many of whom went on to new careers in law enforcement after their convictions. But when it comes to ordinary people, being in the wrong place at the wrong time is enough for 170 people.

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Thu Feb 28 08:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Houston police chief urges voters to vote for gun control

But he's only the chief. He's appointed by politicians. Has anyone asked the Indians?

Wed May 23 11:02:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Patterico is working himself into a lather over a detail...

Patterico is not quite a NeverTrump guy. He's a California lawyer (prosecutor) who is usually intellectually honest and doesn't much like Trump. I'm cool with that, because usually he has good reasons for not liking Trump. This time, I'm not quite as onboard with his reasoning. He's talking about the Nunes memo.

PattericoNunes was asked about reports over the weekend that the FBI application did refer to a political entity connected to the dossier. It is unclear precisely what language the application might have used.

Nunes conceded that a “footnote” to that effect was included in the application, while faulting the bureau for failing to provide more specifics.

While Patterico is right that this admission does mildly weaken the point of the memo, it is far from fatal. Disclosing to the FISA court that the Trump dossier was put together by an unspecified political entity is a far cry from disclosing that the dossier was put together by the candidate running against him, her political party, and the political party of the sitting President who runs the surveillance apparatus that the FISA applications seeks to use. It also makes a difference when the surveillance request is not against Trump (remember, reports are they tried for a warrant that mentioned Trump and got rejected) but against a temporary unpaid volunteer member of the Trump campaign, Carter Page. Does surveillance against Carter Page raise red flags of political interference? Not really... unless you realize that authorizing Title I surveillance of Page will retroactively authorize surveillance of everyone on the Trump campaign he has been in contact with. Did the FISA application disclose that Page was a Trump campaign member and that authorizing surveillance of Page would expose the entire Trump campaign to the same surveillance authority? No? Oh, I see.

Oh, and the FISA application described Page as, essentially, a Russian spy. In actuality, it appears Page was an undercover FBI agent or informant who was cooperating with the FBI in exposing Russian spies. Was that disclosed? No?

Why not?

Well, they might not get the warrant.

Did they disclose in the renewals that Steele had been terminated as a source? That he had very strong political motivations and was shopping his "research" to media outlets, including the outlets they had previously cited as corroboration? No? Why not?

But let's assume, for the sake of argument, that it was all disclosed properly and the Nunes memo was wrong to leave that out.

Why the FUCK did the FBI and DOJ request the FISA warrant?
Why the FUCK did the FISA court authorize the warrant?

Saying "Gosh, it was all disclosed properly.." does not make the scandal go away. The FBI is still corrupt. The only thing that does is make the FISA court either corrupt, complicit, or incompetent. And before you say "Just one judge!", the FBI reportedly went to four separate judges, once each, to get the warrant and renew it. So four separate judges all saw this warrant request and approved it. If everything was disclosed, they are all implicated.

But I do agree with Patterico on one thing.

Release the Documentation. Let's see the FISA applications. Bring it all into the sunlight.

Tue Feb 06 09:14:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ IG recovers missing text messages between Page and Strzok

CNNThe Justice Department's inspector general has informed lawmakers that a trove of missing text messages exchanged between FBI employees has been recovered. In a letter to lawmakers on Thursday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote that this week his office was able to recover texts sent between Strzok and Page over a five-month span from December 2016 to May 2017.

Well, they sure didn't stay missing long, did they? As this incident should remind us, when the government wants to recover text messages, they can generally recover the text messages. When they don't want to recover the text messages, as with the case of the Lois Lerner IRS scandal, it's a cover up.

And speaking of coverups, I feel that I should point out that the IG had to use "forensic tools" to recover those missing text messages. That means someone tried to delete them, probably Page and Strzok themselves, which speaks to consciousness of guilt.

I wrote about the missing text messages and reported on Hannity's tip last night that they were being recovered. And I would like to offer a hat tip to an anonymous reader for pointing out the story, since I don't usually follow CNN...

UPDATE: I meant to point out that the notification does not say "all" messages were recovered, which potentially leaves some wiggle room. We don't know how many messages were actually recovered, out of how many total.

Thu Jan 25 12:59:29 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

5 months of FBI text messages missing

By some strange coincidence, the missing months of text message records are some of the most important months for understanding the Trump-Russia investigation.

So remember: those 10,000+ text messages between Strzok and Page that included the "insurance policy" against a Trump win and god only knows what else? Those are the ones they thought we should be allowed to have. The missing messages -- between Dec 14th 2016 and May 17th 2017 -- must be much, much worse.

Funny how government agencies have their records go missing whenever this sort of investigation pops up. I remember when Lois Lerner destroyed her hard drives, laptops, and cell phones. And of course there's Hillary, who wiped her server with a cloth soaked in Bleachbit.

UPDATE: Sessions announces DOJ will probe missing messages. Isn't this exactly the sort of thing that needs a special counsel to investigate independently? Remember, DOJ is just as corrupt as the FBI...

Mon Jan 22 09:24:57 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Prosecutors refuse to charge officer for videotaped execution

After struggling with Saenz for several minutes and apparently getting frustrated with their inability to get Saenz sufficiently subdued, one of the officers, El Paso Police Officer Jose Flores, pulls his pistol and shoots a downed and restrained Saenz from behind, twice, killing him.

Note to police, prosecutors, and the whole court system in general: this is why we don't like you or trust you any more.

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