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McCloskeys plead guilty

Gateway PunditMark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who sought to protect their property and lives from the rabid BLM mob marching down their private street pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and agreed to forfeit the firearms they used in the showdown last year.

Mark McCloskey spoke to reporters from the courthouse steps on Thursday and said he’d “do it again” to protect his family.

This result is not justice, but that's the nature of plea bargains. But the requirement to forfeit the specific firearms involved in the case stinks of anti-gun politics, especially as he can legally replace the weapons immediately.

This situation was clearly self defense.

Mon Jul 26 23:08:43 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gaetz calls on Wray to fully disclose role of informants in Jan 6th events

American GreatnessCongressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Wednesday called for FBI Director Christopher Wray to “fully disclose” any role the FBI may have played in instigating the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Historically, it's the FBI informants who are the ones calling for violence.

Fri Jul 23 22:33:28 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ continues to abuse the law to investigate Trump

Conservative TreehouseNew York Times Reports Andrew Weissmann and Robert Mueller Sought, Then Hid, Special Counsel Surveillance of Trump White House Attorney Don McGhan... the real nub of the revelation is that Weissmann and Mueller used the Special Counsel and FBI to conduct surveillance on the White House legal counsel, and his family, while President Donald Trump was in office. Think about that for a moment. Think about it carefully.

Think about it. When going after Trump the FBI abused their authority to violate attorney client privilege repeatedly. They did it with McGhan. They did it with Rudy Giuliani. They did it with Michael Cohen (the only one who actually flipped, but he had nothing on Trump).

Thu Jul 22 23:29:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pelosi establishes secret congressional police force

Conservative Treehouse A federal political agency will now coordinate with federal U.S. Attorney’s on specific targeting operations. In essence, the Florida and California offices of Pelosi’s police will direct the DOJ on who and where to target. This is completely political.

There’s no legislative or constitutional process for a subsidiary federal law enforcement agency to exist. This appears to be a new construction outside the boundaries of the legislative branch, and quasi-constitutional from the framework of the executive branch. Essentially satellite DC police units.

There is no doubt that this is a political police force. It will be used for political repression.

Thu Jul 22 10:53:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI markets fake encrypted cell phone to criminals

Just The NewsThe FBI on Tuesday announced a "massive worldwide takedown" of criminals around the globe with a sting operation in which the agency marketed and sold smartphones purported to encrypt messages, leading to roughly 500 arrests.

The sting operation, called Operation Trojan Shield, was led the agency's San Diego bureau.

FBI officials said in a press conference that the agency and other law enforcement groups worldwide, in an effort to nab criminals, created a fake company called ANØM to marketed the sleek black smartphones that were encrypted

However, when users sent messages, the phone would attach a master key that allowed law enforcement officials to decrypt and view the messages.

I find this extremely troubling. The FBI here created an explicit expectation of privacy under false pretenses and then spied on their "customers", presumably without warrants. I do not care that their actions appear to have resulted in catching real criminals; this action by the FBI appears entirely inappropriate and unconstitutional.

Sun Jul 18 22:01:49 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Grassley questions disparate treatment of capitol protestors

Sharyl AttkissonSenator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is asking the U.S. Justice Department to explain the differences between the prosecutions of rioters at violent and destructive riots over the summer and fall of 2020 and the January 6th Capitol rioters. The letter questions whether the law has been applied equally to the people who participated in riots during the summer and fall of 2020 and the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6th. Grassley asks about the numbers of people arrested, charged, released on bail, and fully prosecuted during the summer 2020 Portland, Oregon riots that involved a months' long violent seize of a federal courthouse compared to the same data for the January 6th riot.

The difference is obvious: politics.

More commentary.

Wed Jul 14 22:21:50 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller leaker gets 6 months

Just The NewsA former Treasury Department official has been sentenced to six months in prison for leaking thousands of confidential reports and financial documents related to former President Trump, Russia, and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards was sentenced Thursday for one count of conspiracy for leaking over 2,000 documents, known as Suspicious Activity Reports, to a reporter who worked at Buzzfeed News

A small helping of justice. Emphasis on small. 6 months for leaking thousands of documents, when there was no criminal behavior even charged in any of them?

Mon Jul 05 23:09:08 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NSA spying on political opponents of the Biden Administration

Conservative TreehouseTonight on Tucker Carlson the Fox News Host outlined how an NSA whistleblower contacted him and told him the NSA was conducting electronic surveillance of his communication. To verify the authenticity of the claim the whistleblower told Carlson what the content of his private text messages and emails contained.

More information and background here and here.

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Thu Jul 01 12:00:53 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NYAG initiates criminal investigation into Trump org

KEYTNew York Attorney General Letitia James is joining the Manhattan district attorney’s office in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization, James’ office said Tuesday.

The attorney general office’s investigation into the Trump Organization, which has been underway since 2019, will also continue as a civil probe, but the office recently informed Trump Organization officials of the criminal component.

“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA,” James’ spokesman Fabien Levy told CNN. “We have no additional comment.”

Just like her investigation into the NRA, this is a purely political exercise.

Hopefully, the Trump organization has not been so foolish as to leave itself vulnerable.

Even if it has, it does not change the obvious political motives behind the investigation. I'm frankly sick and tired of Trump being investigated for everything by people who are determined to investigate the person until they can find the crime. That's not how it is supposed to work.

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Thu Jun 17 22:15:04 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats aren't even hiding their totalitarian plans

Conservative TreehouseHouse Democrats have organized a bill [pdf here] that will create a commission to investigate the January 6th events in Washington DC. The narrative is a 9/11-style commission to investigate the details, issues and circumstances of the January 6th “insurrection”; however, everyone with a lick of political common sense knows this commission will be used to further a Democrat narrative about ‘right-wing extremism’ in an effort to assist Democrats in the mid-term election.

Even the comparison to 9/11 -- when 3,000 people died and buildings worth billions were completely destroyed, affecting many city blocks and injuring thousands more -- is odious.

Conservative TreehouseThe commission will also be permitted to use any/all aspects of the U.S. intelligence community to advance their investigation. “The Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency information, including any underlying information that may be in the possession of the intelligence community, that is necessary to enable it to carry out its purposes and functions under this Act.” In other words, the House democrats will use their control to weaponize and shape the intelligence information for their political benefit.

And to add insult to injury, after the Russia hoax and the Spygate controversy, they are going to unleash the intelligence agencies and their pervasive spying on Americans against their political opponents openly and without shame.

Over a nothing-burger manufactured "riot".

Wed Jun 02 22:49:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC government just doesn't care

WILACarjackers put a gun to 73-year-old Doug Nelson’s head as he arrived home a little after midnight. The Vietnam veteran and grandfather of 11 had just finished his usual late shift at the U.S. Postal Service.

It would be days before police recovered the only vehicle that Doug and Nancy Nelson owned and relied upon.

And when they got it back, it would be returned with something extra.

“Over $2,000 worth of fines. Yes. Over $2,000 worth of fines,” Nancy Nelson said as we sat in their living room looking over a folder of paperwork and a pile of speeding tickets.

The DC government didn't back off their demand for payment until they realized a local news program was investigating.

Mon May 31 23:48:11 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police seize hundreds of safe deposit boxes from lawful owners

ReasonDagny discovered that the FBI had seized the contents of her safe deposit box—about $100,000 in gold and silver coins, some family heirlooms like a diamond necklace inherited from her late grandmother, and an engagement ring she'd promised to pass down to her daughter—almost by accident.

After a brief moment of panic, some phone calls, and several days, Dagny and her husband Howard (pseudonyms used at their request to maintain privacy during ongoing legal proceedings) figured out what happened. On March 22, the FBI had raided U.S. Private Vaults. The federal agents were armed with a warrant allowing them to seize property belonging to the company as part of a criminal investigation—and even though the warrant explicitly exempted the safe deposit boxes in the company's vaults, they were taken too. More than 800 were seized.

Howard tells Reason there was no attempt made by the FBI to contact him, his wife, or their heirs—despite the fact that contact information was taped to the top of their box. Six weeks later, the couple is still waiting for their property to be returned.

This is exactly the sort of thing the Constitution was supposed to prevent.

Sun May 30 23:35:11 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FEC drops campaign finance case against Trump

Just The NewsThe Federal Election Commission (FEC) revealed that it has ditched a case related to whether former President Donald Trump breached election law in connection with a payment made to Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election by Trump's then-lawyer Michael Cohen.

The case was ditched by the FEC because it is no longer politically useful with Trump out of office. It was never valid because no campaign money was used.

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Wed May 19 22:59:28 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Likely arson at home of pastor who was arrested for calling police Nazis

Gateway PunditOn Sunday morning Pastor Artur Pawlowski reported that someone tried to burn his house down on Saturday night.

He is the pastor who called police Nazis when they shut down his church services, and was arrested for it. I'm guessing he was spot on in his name-calling.

Joe is famous for his Jews in the Attic test. Perhaps we need a Pastors in their Church test?

Mon May 17 22:48:05 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Video released of officers allowing protesters into the Capitol

ZerohedgeOne officer, identified in the video and confirmed by charging documents as Officer Keith Robishaw, appears to tell Chansely’s group they won’t stop them from entering the building. “We’re not against . . . you need to show us . . . no attacking, no assault, remain calm,” Robishaw warns. Chansley and another protestor instruct the crowd to act peacefully. “This has to be peaceful,” Chansley yelled. “We have the right to peacefully assemble.”

The video directly contradicts what government prosecutors allege in a complaint filed January 8 against Chansley: “Robishaw and other officers calmed the protestors somewhat and directed them to leave the area from the same way they had entered. Chansley approached Officer Robishaw and screamed, among other things, that this was their house, and that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional leaders.”

Chansley later is seen entering the Senate chambers with a police officer behind him; he led several protesters in prayer and sat in Vice President Mike Pence’s chair. (The man in the yellow sweatshirt is William Watson, a drug dealer out on bond. He was arrested in January.)

The police let them in.

Any charges related to trespassing should be immediately dropped.

Any prisoners still being held should be immediately released.

The only person murdered during the protest was Ashli Babbit. She was shot by a police officer without warning while unarmed.

Mon May 17 09:01:21 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ attempts to interfere in Arizona audit

Conservative TreehouseEveryone knew this was coming…. The Feds are attempting to get involved in the Maricopa County ballot audit. The DOJ Civil Rights Division has sent a letter [pdf available here] to the Arizona State Senate claiming their review of Lawfare statements and media reports may show evidence of auditing issues that violate federal laws.

The reasons they cite are worthless, but they don't need to be serious. All they need to do is get their foot in the door, and they will find -- or make up -- anything else they need.

Thu May 13 21:24:19 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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.

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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.

Categories Police Abuse

Sat Jun 21 16:46:41 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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