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Fake stories, real leaks…

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Read this  slowly and carefully.   Assuming the Conservative Treehouse is correct,  and I have no reason to think otherwise,  we now possibly know who at least one of the leakers is.   I was paying attention a while back when when Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coates said they were forming a counterintelligence unit to identify the leakers.

House Intelligence Committee Minority Chairman Adam Schiff apparently wasn’t listening,  since he may have been the one caught leaking through his apparatchik colleagues at CNN.  It’s pretty much a classic intel move.  You would think that,  as a member of the Gang of Eight,  Rep. Schiff would have been aware of it and would have recognized it.    The Go8 has oversight of every U.S. covert intelligence operation around the world,  and oversee the NSA,  CIA,  FBI,  DNI,  and every single intelligence unit and operation.

The worms are beginning to turn,  but  not many are  noticing yet,  even amongst the supposedly  smart media…..



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December 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Clapper to resign…

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I was never impressed  by Clapper,  because he always struck me as being a bureaucrat first and foremost.   And that was before he lied to Congress and Americans about the massive NSA data collection efforts.

He claimed during  this hearing  that he had already sent in his letter of resignation,  but I wonder.   I mean,  how can you be aware that part of the documents submitted to Congress under your watch were plagiarized from Wikipedia by the Pentagon?   I will not miss him at all,  and hope that Trump gets someone who actually knows what his job is and performs it.


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November 18, 2016 at 10:05 am

Criminally stupid…

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Now senior State Department officials at the U.S. Embassy in Japan have been caught  sending “sensitive” information over personal email accounts.   They apparently did not havd servers secreted in their homes.  Now it will be interesting to see what punishment they face,  since Madam Hillary has done something much worse,  and when she was Secretary of State forced  the resignation  of an Ambassador for setting up a private email service.   Did they decide that since their former boss conducted official business on an unprotected personal server,  their use of personal email would be OK?

Remember that Gen. David Petraeus was charged with giving classified information to his biographer and lover,  who had a security clearance.  As far as I can tell,  the mysterious  “black books” which were deemed so vital were the General’s personal schedules.   Sensitive,  yes,  but hardly up to the unencrypted emails containing satellite images which Hillary got,  and which the Russians and Chinese certainly also have now.




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September 1, 2015 at 10:11 am

Obama called it illegal…

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TWENTY-FIVE times His Oneness has called taking executive action on immigration illegal.  Last night’s Kelly File put together a collection of 25 video statements to that effect by the President himself.   Watch  it here.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest  couldn’t tell  FOX’s Martha MacCallum what had changed his boss’s mind,  merely trotting out the already tried and untrue claims that Reagan and Bush 41 had done the same thing.

Tonight we will see just how large an impeachable offense His Oneness commits.   No,  I’m not suggesting that Obama be impeached  —  it’s much more instructive to leave the destroyer in place so that his devotees can see writ large a failed presidency in action.

But make no mistake — Obama has already failed to faithfully enforce the Constitution and laws of the United States.   This will be another instance,  one which will do great damage to our sovereignty,  the taxpayers,  and ultimately to those who receive his illegal reprieve.   The latest liberal bleat is that legal status doesn’t equal amnesty because it doesn’t confer automatic citizenship.   But amnesty would be granted for document fraud,  Social Security fraud,  and identity theft.   Anyone who has lied on a federal form is guilty of a felony.

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November 20, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Something’s strange here…

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Why did the Justice Department send in a magistrate and an attorney to read the surviving Boston bomber his Miranda  warnings after only 16 hours?   The FBI was  still interrogating  him,  thinking it had the 48 hours the White House claimed.   This is  not incompetence.   It is malfeasance and an actual threat to national security.

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April 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Let the critters know…

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When you have your opponent in retreat,  you don’t sit down and wait for him to stop.   So while the Obama Administration is  having to rethink trying KSM & Co. in New York,  avail yourself of this opportunity to make your stand on terrorists quite clear.

911TerrorTrialTest asks 7 straightforward questions related to this matter and the handling of terror suspects.   If you choose,  your responses will be forwarded to your Congressional critters.

Put the hammer down,  patriots!

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February 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Obama vs. Cheney…

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First thing —  Cheney’s speech has been booked for weeks, while His Oneness only scheduled his in the last few days, which should tell you that Obama is nervous abut the competition.

Politico’s take is here .  Note that Obama repeated a line he has used often of late:  “Let me begin by disposing of one argument as plainly as I can:  we are not going to release anyone if it would endanger our national security,  nor will we release detainees within the United States who endanger the American people.”     No mention of the fact that placing large groups of terrorists at any facility other than Gitmo will make it worthwhile for their fellow jihadists’  to mount an attack on the local populace.    Just picture a schoolbus full of children being hacked to pieces one by one until the detainees are released.

He also trotted out a favorite straw man:  “I know some have argued that brutal methods like water-boarding were necessary to keep us safe.  I could not disagree more,” Obama continued. “As commander-in-chief,  I see the intelligence,  I bear responsibility for keeping this country safe,  and I reject the assertion that these are the most effective means of interrogation.”

Rush Limbaugh made the observation to Glenn Beck that Obama’s speech was like the party response to a presidential speech,  even though Obama spoke first.    I think this was because His Oneness was very defensive, perhaps because he’s accustomed to affirmation, not challenge.   Cheney came off as a statesman, sober and clear-eyed.   Obama was a disingenuous campaigner, repeating the same sound-bytes he has used for over 2 years —  Gitmo is a mess,  it’s a recruiting tool,  etc.    There is a vast chasm between what our president says and what he does.    Unfortunately for him,  while I appreciate words,   I always judge by actions.

What Politico didn’t tell you was that the press wasn’t allowed to report at the National Archives, with the White House saying it would handle everything,  and handing them a nice, complete news package to run.    A good way to rate media’s honesty is by whether those facts are revealed to you.    So far, only FOX News has allowed it to be known.

The Weekly Standard has a copy of Cheney’s speech,  which should be close to what he actually said.    If I find an updated copy,  I’ll post it.

Here’s Obama’s speech.

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May 22, 2009 at 12:11 am