Beyond the Cusp

June 6, 2018

My How the Tables Have Turned

 

Richard Nixon was wrong, as wrong as wrong can be. He utilized the investigative powers of the Federal Government, the FBI, Justice Department, IRS and whatever might have aided his reelection, against his opponent, anything and anyone was a target, forging a theft which was his downfall. This was criminal in every way and President Nixon was fortunate to only have to resign and not spend many months or years in prison. His reputation was in tatters with everything positive he had accomplished now tarnished. His actions resulted in half a century of more and more liberal policies and culture taking over America. Now the tables have turned and the shoe is on the other foot and a million other trite sayings.

 

The questions now revolve around where will the investigation lead and who will be held culpable. Some of the names tossed about range from lesser known until the recent political free-for-all while others are household names. Who had heard of Mueller, Comey, Clapper, Steele, Brennan and other names which will become all too familiar in the near future, as everything plays out? Then there are the two names which we all are already very familiar with, former Secretary of State, Senator for New York and First Lady Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. The same questions from the Nixon era will be heard all over again. Questions such as how high did it go, who knew and when did they know and a host of others will be thrown around and featured in article after article. Then there will be the big question, who, if anyone, will fall on their sword to save those above them who actually gave the orders. This was done and bartered into making himself into a folk hero of an odd sort when Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North in full uniform took total responsibility for the Iran-Contra Affair. His standing at attention while taking the oath and taking his valiant responsibility clearing President Reagan of any accountability.

 

Mueller, Comey, Clapper Brennan, Steele

Mueller, Comey, Clapper
Brennan, Steele

 

Now we have heard reports that former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied in their testimony given to Congress. This is a crime, obviously, defined by U.S. Code sections 1621 and 1001 of Title 18. These crimes could result in a maximum five-year prison sentence and potential fine. Both men are highly unlikely to actually face anything more than fines, especially if they are willing to give testimony leading to indictments of what are often called bigger fish. The truth should be sought over making the entire affair into some kind of vendetta. But there is a larger question involved this time around; is it worth the time, effort and attention for the Trump Administration to expend when the same efforts can be used to accomplish the Trump and the nation’s agendas.

 

This is what we will attempt to predict. President Trump is unlikely to seek convictions of his former opponent, Hillary Clinton, or of former President Barack Obama. What the FBI and other agencies desire may be something of a different matter. The FBI and CIA will likely desire to clear their agencies of any hints of corruption and could turn on their former heads which might not fare well for James Comey and John Brennan. These two disgraced their agencies and these are not agencies which can stand for politics entering into their lairs as these are investigatory agencies whose reputation is for providing administrations of both parties with equal diligence. But as far as Clinton and Obama, they will probably not face any serious difficulties, well; Obama will not likely be facing any charges. Hillary Clinton may face some charges for her handling of classified information while Secretary of State but will get a pass in sentencing if the charges are even pursued. The one thing is this might prove to be an interesting circus to watch while the antics are filling the three rings with the media doing its finest job at making molehills out of mountains. In the meantime, the media will be making mountains out of absolutely nothing over the presumed Trump-Russia collusion fantasy. The mainstream media has become so unfortunately predictable.

 

The main driving force in these investigations will probably be completely independent of President Trump and his closest team members. Coming from the business world, President Trump probably looks at the moves and machinations which were used to attempt to defeat his election as a done bad deal and in business; you move on from such difficulties and simply hope to never need to deal with such people again. President Trump is more forward looking and wants to get things accomplished, not dwell on things he would rather simply ignore and forget. President Trump has plans which he wants to get done and knows that looking back is counter-productive to getting everything accomplished as quickly as possible. President Trump probably has some long term plans which he realizes will take a second term, and he knows a second term is not a guarantee. This means he has a driving force to get as much accomplished as quickly as possible. This has been evident to anybody who has watched the blizzard of Executive Orders he issued almost as soon as he returned to the White House after the Inauguration. Things have slowed somewhat as much of what he desires to accomplish requires Congress, and Congress is a problem for Presidents, something Prime Ministers are unfamiliar with facing. A Prime Minister has the support of his coalition until he doesn’t, and then he has a problem which is called a new election. Presidents know when their next election is, they just are never quite sure if Congress will work with him, even if his party is in the majority. President Trump has realized that in spades.

 

That brings us to what President Trump is probably most concerned with over the coming six months, the mid-term elections. He is about to attempt what most Presidents have found very difficult, increasing his party’s numbers in both houses at their first mid-terms. Sitting a mere 9,387 kilometers, or 5,833 miles, from Washington D.C., we must rely on articles to get a feel for the electorate and information on the tricky Senate where only one-third of the Senators are up for re-election at any election cycle. From what we have read, the predictions are all over the place with some predicting the Republicans gaining three to five seats while others predict the Democrats taking control of the Senate gaining as many as seven or eight seats. We are glad we will not be in the business of predicting the outcome of the thirty-five seats up for election, apparently there are a couple of special elections making it more than the normal thirty-three seats. Perhaps when the coverage becomes somewhat more informative closer to the election and we will know who made the biggest gaff or posted a disturbing Tweet we will be bold enough to take a stab at a prediction. The only prediction we can make now is that President Trump will probably work hard to retain the House of Representatives and try very hard to increase his majority in the Senate by at least three seats giving him a better advantage at accomplishing his legislative agendas. This will mean much more to President Trump than wasting efforts on gaining conviction against people for past grievances. That he will leave up to the wheels of justice which move ever so slowly that we often forget what the crime was when politicians face prosecution for past misdeeds.

 

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May 10, 2018

Was Iran the Threat Trump Claims?

 

United States President Trump pulled the Americans out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) while offering the Iranians to sit down and work out a more restrictive treaty (see video below), which President Trump assured them would benefit the world. The reality is that should a better treaty be hammered out which truly would prevent Iran from ever attaining nuclear weapons capability with an inspection regime, which assured their compliance, then this would make the world a far better place. The reality is that Iran will simply continue as they have been by doubling down on ignoring their agreements of the deal, refusing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) permission to inspect their military sites other than Fordow. That was simply the most glaring refusal of the Iranian regime.

 

 

When one adds the revelations made by Israel last week about the Iranian nuclear activities, divulging the treasure trove of records absconded with by Israeli intelligence agents (Mossad) over the period of a single night, President Trump had all the information he required to justify pulling out from the JCPOA. Still, we are amazed they could even move that many records within such a brief period of time without being challenged. The speech made by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu revealing the information (see video below) was interesting in that he was not addressing the Israeli people, for that he speaks Hebrew, and was not, as many declared, speaking to President Trump; he was speaking for the benefit of the American public. President Trump, his Cabinet Members who were interested and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had already been granted full access to the information for reason of verification that they were indeed exactly as claimed and for their being informed. Prime Minister Netanyahu was making the preparation for the action taken by President Trump by revealing the full extent of the Iranian breaching of the treaty including the initial requirements for validating the treaty, thus the treaty was in reality an empty shell from the beginning. With that established and made by a credible source, President Trump could make his announcement without facing rejections of his statements claiming that he did not have actual information on whether Iran was complying or ignoring their obligations. That simply caused those who claim that President Trump cannot walk without assistance, as he is that unstable, from claiming that he was bringing the world to the brink once again. That as it may, the die is cast and President Trump gave Iran the offer to make a new deal, which they will reject instead making much bluster while continuing with their nuclear research and weapons manufacture, and now it is just a matter of time until President Trump places a time limit on his patience over Iran requesting negotiations for a new treaty. This will be where things could become quite serious including the possibility of Iran testing an actual nuclear weapon and declaring themselves a nuclear-armed power.

 

 

As far as the threat level that Iran poses, President Trump underestimated their threat levels. Much of what the Iranians are threatening across the Middle East goes well beyond Hezballah, Hamas, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Israel and others within the MENA countries. Some of their threat stems from the Tri-Border Area (TBA) of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay (see image below), where criminal interests, terrorist training, and IRGC preparations for strikes within the Americas take place including the two attacks in Buenos Aires, the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA; Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) bombing and the bombing of the Israeli Embassy. Iran has made threats to destroy Israel as well as the United States. There have also been rising levels of threat to Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States as well as Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and beyond. These are the threats which President Trump referred.

 

Tri-Border Region of South America Terror training haven and Iranian proxy state in the Americas and Base of operations for the 17 March 1992 Israeli Embassy Bombing murdering 29 injuring 242 and the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) 18 July 1994bombing murdered 85 injured over 800 and now we must add the murdered Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman to AMIA fatalities

Tri-Border Region of South America Terror training haven and Iranian proxy state in the Americas and Base of operations for the 17 March 1992 Israeli Embassy Bombing murdering 29 injuring 242 and the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) 18 July 1994 bombing murdered 85 injured over 800 and now we must add the murdered Argentine Prosecutor Alberto Nisman to AMIA fatalities

 

These threats are actually minimal compared to the entirety of the designs of the Ayatollahs. Their dreams and designs are a compilation of the desires of the Persian Empire to rule the known world, which has grown since their time, and the Shiite Islamic desire to spread Shia Islam to every person on Earth. This put in the most simple terms states that the Iranian leaders believe it will be their triumph in the end taking over the entirety of the Earth and converting every remaining person to Shia Islam. Their intent is to give people the choice of convert or die by beheading. They are serious about this just as they have been at enforcing their nightmarish rule over the people of Iran operating a torture operation at Evin Prison where those who protest the regime face if arrested. Despite these chilling possibilities, there have been large demonstrations against the Mullahs in 2009, which were brutally put down with numerous of the leaders simply disappearing. These demonstrations have been building once again. President Trump gave those who wish to replace their governance with something more attuned to the needs of the people and not so intent on military building and nuclear weapons development at the expense of the people and the national economy. President Trump stated that the people should be the first concern of their governance, not just an annoyance to be disregarded. This was a message that Washington D.C. will back their demonstrations this time should they decide to challenge the rule of the Mullahs. Should the Iranian people rise up, we can only hope the President is ready and willing to stand behind his encouraging words and not simply blowing smoke in their direction.

 

Iran, as dangerous as they likely currently are, could become far more of a world threat should they ever compile a nuclear weapons cache of thermos-nuclear weapons which are miniaturized making them useable as missile warheads with greater yields per unit size mountable on intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) threatening the entirety of the globe from within hardened launch sites within Iran. Already it is suspected that Iranian ballistic missiles are capable of attaining four-thousand-kilometers with new plans reaching possibly over six-thousand-kilometers. Iran has also proven their ability at firing satellites into low-Earth orbit, which is the principle requirement for launching an EMP device that would be almost impossible to prevent should it reach deployment orbit and be set upon a reentry path. That aside, the weapon could be removed from orbit while it remains in its orbit by anti-satellite missiles which have been developed by Russia, China, Israel and the United States at a minimum. The Iranians went one-step further by placing a satellite in a trans-polar orbit where it crosses over the North Pole and South Pole. This also permits for an orbit which approaches the United States from a southerly direction over the Gulf of Mexico and through Texas to Louisiana passing over Kansas City and St Louis, the prime location for an EMP device to be deployed and approaching from the area where the anti-missile detection and interception capabilities are at their most limited. So, Iran is capable of orbiting satellites, firing continental ballistic missiles up to possibly five-thousand kilometers and is at the verge of producing solid fueled ICBMs and the thermonuclear warheads to place atop them, exactly how much more dangerous would make them an international concern? We would claim they already are an international concern of great weight.

 

Ranges of Iranian Missiles

Ranges of Iranian Missiles

 

The Iranians have been working on producing nuclear weapons since December 1984 when with the aid of China, Iran opened a nuclear research center in Isfahan. This was claimed to be for the peaceful use of nuclear power, a story we have heard before from every nation right before they test a nuclear device. The United States started from scratch with the Einstein letter in August of 1939 to plan for making a nuclear device and exploded a fully operational thermonuclear weapon at the start of November of 1952. That is from nothing to a thermonuclear device in less than fifteen years in complete secrecy. Iran was suspected of working towards nuclear weapons in late 1997 and this was stated with an earlier estimate in the 1990’s, probably in 1992. When one figures out that Iran had the advantage that in 1992 one could search the Internet for a design for a normal nuclear weapon giving them a head start towards weapons research, then the fifteen-year requirement should be considered even smaller. One can even find the basic design for a thermonuclear device on the Internet; so making such devices must be far less complicated in the current time with the available free information. So, we will stay with the fifteen-year period just to be fair. So, if we decide for the sake of fairness using 1995 as the start point for the Iranian nuclear research into weapons. That would mean that Iran should have been fully capable for the manufacture of thermonuclear warheads certainly by 2010. As the JCPOA was signed initially in November of 2013, three years after Iran should have already found a system for the production of a thermonuclear device, we can probably also assume that the JCPOA was signed closing the nuclear barn-house door well after the thermonuclear horses had escaped. Iran could have been building such weapons for three years before they entered an agreement which had little if any punitive measures and weak and limp investigatory abilities after which they could very easily have continued their manufacture of warheads. Assuming that Iranian physicists are competent and actually were working honestly on weapons development, the world should expect that Iran has at least fifty, if not several hundreds, of thermonuclear warheads sitting currently in the ground in hardened silos atop missiles capable of striking virtually anywhere in Europe and across the entirety of the MENA states. Add into the formula their capability to place a satellite capable of carrying a small thermonuclear device into polar low Earth orbit, Iran already could deliver a devastating device anywhere on the planet. But that is not the end of the threat.

 

Iran is known to have also researched EMP weapons, particularly it is suspected they have developed those with nuclear and thermonuclear devices as their trigger systems. These EMP devices could be capable of setting off a continent wide EMP pulse if detonated between thirty and three-hundred miles. It could effect anywhere from a closed area to a near open area including all of the United States (see image below). The outlines of the range of a strong device detonated at three-hundred miles altitude are purely frightening. Imagine turning off the electricity for up to as much as a decade across North America or Europe or almost fifteen-hundred mile radius effect anywhere on the globe. This is a threat that Iran may have already produced weapons with such capability as any nuclear device can be modified such that it has a stronger EMP pulse effect and a lower yield. This means if they choose less of an explosive shock, that they can maximize the EMP effects of their weapon crippling any nation which has not fortified their electrical distribution grids. The really scary item is that very few, if any, nations have bothered to spend the necessary funds to fortify their grids to protect them from an EMP device. This is despite this effect being known since the middle of the 1950’s.

 

The United States carried out a test of the EMP effect with a test in the early 1960’s finding that a moderate strength device exploded over the Pacific Ocean at an altitude of two-hundred-fifty miles and found the device affected electrical distribution in Hawaii approximately nine-hundred miles distant. This was beyond their expected range and this was a weapon not specifically set to maximize the EMP effect. The EMP Pulse has multiple ranges of effect which cause electrical devices an entire series of stresses which maximizes the numbers and types of electronic devices and how they are potentially destroyed. The more nations allow their electrical grids to remain susceptible to the adverse effects of EMP pulse attacks, the more expensive it becomes to protect their systems in the future. The advantage of hardening electrical grids as early as possible is that once they have been hardened, keeping the entirety of the grid hardened as time continues and the system grows, is that such hardening can be included in building regulations thus all upgrades and additions to the systems will retain the advantages made by the hardening of their electrical grids. The United States figured that it would have been implemented in three-to-five years at a cost of ten-to-twenty billion dollars back in 2008. This would have included hardening the entirety of the system. Even after this has been performed, devices plugged into the system could still be susceptible and should the Congress pass new standards today which required all future electronic devices which will be powered by the electrical grid to be made less susceptible to EMP pulses, it would need to give industry around three years in order for new power supplies to be designed and all the old power supplied to be sold or upgraded, perhaps a decade later devices would be made EMP immune. Even if they were only required to only build power supplies to be fifty percent less susceptible, within a decade almost all moderate quality devices would be near hundred percent protected simply because the public would demand such protection once EMP was raised by such that it became something sellers could use in their commercials in order to claim their protection was superior than their competitor. If you want proof, look at the many food cereals which claim to be healthy and their specific amounts of the different kinds of fats, triglycerides, omega-3 fatty acids, calories and you name what else, but they will each claim they have the magic combination which researchers claim will make the healthy eater drool.

 

EMP area by bursts at 30, 120 and 300 miles

EMP area by bursts at 30, 120 and 300 miles

 

Seatbelts were originally an option on vehicles and the commercials showed the great advantages to wearing them. Within a few years, virtually every car had seatbelts standard and then soon after the Congress made them mandatory. Then came the tree-point seatbelts and they were standard even in the sub-compacts and then Congress made them mandatory. Air quality and water quality has been cleaned up well beyond what the laws written half a decade later required by industry simply due to the pressure the people placed on cleaning up the environment and industry responded and there were even commercials which stated the advances the production of some products were using at their factories to reduce pollution. The upper limits on people-power on manufacturers are near beyond the ability for us to measure. You probably would like us to prove this point, and so we will. Back on April 23, 1985, the Coca-Cola Company decided to release their great new idea, “New Coke,” and it ended up being less exciting than hoped. The BIG problem was that they discontinued their old formula and discarded it once and for all betting the company on their new product. All their testing had proven this product to outperform Pepsi with Pepsi drinkers. There was a small problem with their research, they forgot to test Coke drinkers. As it turns out, Coke drinkers were quite pleased with the standard Coke product and were quite distressed when this new more Pepsi-ish formula replaced it. Well, within a rather short period, on July 11, 1985, seventy-eight days after New Coke’s introduction, Classic Coke was announced. It was the old formula making its return after a short hiatus. That is what the power of the people demanding their preference can do.

 

Congress will claim that their regulations have done so much to improve our lives, the reality is the people demanding companies meet their expectations has done so much and Congress, late as usual, has jumped on the bandwagon after the companies have already circled the wagons and put their ducks in a row meeting the people’s demands. The politicians have to have their talking points, and that is all they usually are and they are depending on the people not realizing that it was their power that got the changes and Congress just jumped in at the end and is attempting to steal all the credit. Yes, they are a bunch of over-pious, overly-righteous, self-promoting egomaniacs who believe that the people really are that easily fooled. We wish they were not so close to reality on that assumption and being informed is what makes people less susceptible to the politicians stroking them just to get their vote and then serve the moneyed interests who paid for the town hall meeting and barbeque that gained them the votes. When the people demand that their electrical providers harden their service system, that is when it will be performed. Once the entirety of the nations is hardened, then Congress will require it and put aside tons of money presumably to harden the electrical grid. The money will be given to the surviving providers to repay them for what the people forced them into action and performing. Congress, always is there with the money, just after the fact more often than not.

 

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May 6, 2018

Ends and Means and Which Justifies Which

 

There are many phrases about this subject such as, “The ends do not justify the means,” and other variations on the subject. The real problem is that government agencies often conduct their business as if the ends justify their means. There actually is a logical reason for why their operations appear as such. The government agencies are handed ends and told to write regulations to achieve what the Congressional legislation defined, thus the bureaucrats are charged to build the means to achieve defined ends. This means that their job description is to make means which are justified by the ends where the ends are the Congressional legislative work which is often vague and filled with generalizations and often touchy-feely terminology which only half defines the intended ends; they often lack conclusions and only provide broad suggestions. Then such sketchy definitions of what the Congress actually may have desired is left for the bureaucrats to determine the final ends which they believe the Congress actually desired. As is often the case, many different agencies and committees within each agency are given the legislation and told to work on a section and flesh out the Congressional intentions as best as they are able to interpret and make their work also fit well with the entirety of the legislation. This is why the government bureaucracy is often accused, rightfully, of using the ends to justify their means or writing regulations in order to attempt and fulfill their interpretation of the meaning of Congressional legislation which has been signed into law. This also has led to the definition of these agencies and their bureaucracy as being the “Deep State” and now being portrayed as the monster fighting against President Trump and his preferred ends.

 

Perhaps this would be a good time to try to define “Deep State” and what makes up this entity and how it came into being and other items which might be helpful. The first thing which needs to be told is under which party’s leadership the “Deep State” was predominantly established. This is easy to determine simply by looking at the history of the last century. During that time, there have been definitive prerogatives which applied to the two parties. The Republicans have mostly enlarged the military while cutting back on the rest of the government often using hiring freezes for all but the military and some of the research and development which would often include NASA, an area of government which has rarely ever received more than one percent of the total budget while being tasked with some of the most taxing and exacting demands. The Democrats have often worked at building support functions such as welfare, Social Security, social spending and placing taxes and regulations on industry to play to their particular special interests such as ecological lobby, workers’ rights and similar items. Probably the best means would be to quote from the Democrat Party 2016 Platform where we find the following; Workers Share in Near-Record Corporate Profits, Reining in Wall Street and Fixing our Financial System, Making the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes, Ending Systemic Racism, Guaranteeing Every Minority or Special Interest’s Rights, Protecting Voting Rights, Securing Environmental and Climate Justice, Making Debt-Free College a Reality, Guaranteeing Universal Preschool, Securing Universal Health Care, Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice, Preventing Gun Violence, Support Global Economy and Institutions and lastly Strengthening Management of Federal Government. Needless to say, for fairness we will also link to the Republican Party 2016 Platform. They are equally incriminating, especially when proving a point.

 

Back to our discussion, the Democrats more often are the party which hires the largest numbers of new government workers, especially in and around Washington D.C. This has led to the government agencies being predominantly liberal bordering on leftist. These are the people who make up the bureaucracy and who slowly have worked their way higher and higher to the point where they are now responsible for all of the hiring and they hire people of like minds. Unfortunately, nepotism is not exactly discouraged in reality though it is against most departmental hiring policy, but when your child is seeking a job, what could give them better job security than a job which after successful completion of a year in service you become almost unfireable. This is what faces each administration which wished to cut the size of the government, the only method is to freeze hiring. On the other side, monitoring the regulatory jungle from growing one is pretty much on their own. Trump has issued an Executive Order that for every new regulation an agency issues, they must retire two regulations. Still, there are so many regulations, some which have been found to be completely opposing one another. There are regulations which should have been repealed ages ago and with so many regulations, almost everybody has crossed the line of some regulation before noon providing you left the house. The reality is the government agencies are set up to operate filling in the means which result, if we are fortunate, producing the ends the Congress passed and the President signed into law.

 

Now we can look at some recent actions which have been in the News, actually has been the focus of the news almost to the point of obsession. The question we should be asking is whether the people assigned to enforce the laws have been using means to justify the proposed ends or using the means to lead to non-preconceived ends. Justice is supposed to be taking the evidence and seeing where it leads and not determining where the evidence is desired to lead and then fitting the evidence to reach that end. The Mueller investigation is exactly the opposite of what an investigation is supposed to be. As far as all appearances, the Mueller investigation has been set on the campaign and anything else necessary to find an impeachable offence which can be leveled at President Trump. He was to initially look into potential Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. The investigation is presumably heading towards its conclusion. The one major item left is the presumed discussion between Mueller and President Trump, providing President Trump proves foolish enough to provide Mueller with such a present.

 

Mueller Shooting Questions at President Trump

Mueller Shooting Questions at President Trump

 

United States District Judge T.S. Ellis III has been charged to preside over the special counsel’s criminal case against Paul Manafort. Friday, Judge Ellis accused the Mueller team of “lying” about the scope of its investigation; something which has been a bone of contention chewed on by many a commentator. He asked for a copy of the unredacted “scope memo” penned by Rod Rosenstein, something a far cry from what was provided Congress. From here, we can only go into conjecture also not having an unredacted version of the memo. By everything we have witnessed, Rod Rosenstein, the Undersecretary of Justice and number two man in the Justice Department, pretty much gave Mueller a free hunting certificate to go wherever was required to nail President Trump to the wall with impeachment as the trophy. He used this to take the evidence piled up, often illegally, by researched by James Comey, Andrew McCabe and, believe it or not, Robert Mueller. Much of what the Mueller probe has been targeting has been at President Trump’s friends and campaign personnel and apparently specifically targeting two people to get dirt on President Trump. The initial work was actually performed under President Obama with the FBI using the Russian dossier on Donald Trump produced by Christopher Steele through intermediaries for the Hillary Clinton campaign to receive a FISA warrant to wiretap Carter Page. This led to their finding reason to bring preliminary charges against him which they used to parlay into his turning evidence against Paul Manafort. This brought charges against Paul Manafort for purposes totally unrelated to the Russian collusion investigation and for something performed years before he was even part of the Trump campaign. This was hoped to have him turn over again President Trump but he decided that he would prefer to go down rather than provide what he would probably classify as lies in order to snare the President.

 

All of these moves have been the ends justify the means. The entirety of this investigation has smelled of throwing out the rules and just going for the prize at the end of the road. The charges they brought against Manafort resulted equally from the testimony of Page and investigations into Manafort by Mueller when he was President Obama’s FBI Director. Now he got to finish what he started as the Special Prosecutor with all the advantages of secrecy and the ability to bring charges which probably would never have gotten past a knowledgeable Grand Jury or passed a normal legal sniff test. These were the nature of the trap he set and pegged Manafort with while receiving an assist from Page in order to escape the trap he was caught in resulting from an illegally procured FISA warrant. There are so many ends justifying the means in this train all in an effort to initially injure candidate Trump in order to assist the Hillary campaign and after the election to everything changed to removing President Trump in order to save the nation. If they were really successful, they might even get the entire election thrown out as having been interfered with by the Russians and give Hillary and the Democrats a second chance in a special election. These people have been watching far too many Hollywood movies.

 

The interesting thing will be the coming Manafort trial with United States District Judge T.S. Ellis III presiding. He has initially shown a good deal of skepticism with his demand for an unredacted copy of the Undersecretary of Justice Rod Rosenstein “scope memo” which gave the extreme and apparently unlimited latitude which the investigation has taken. We might call the coming trial as deciding in this day and age, even when the reasons are presumably so obviously important to the safety of the nation and ensuring the perceived person deserving to be elected wins or otherwise gets a do-over, do such ends justify the means which have been gone to. Should the decision be that Manaford’s indictment was politically motivated and came from evidence which was beyond the scope of the investigation and thus inadmissible, then we will reach another question, will anybody high enough in this entire brouhaha actually be called to answer for all the illegal attacking of President Trump and his friends and campaign personnel? How high will the responsibilities be taken, Comey? Rosenstein? McCabe? Mueller? Hillary? Or even President Obama? Why would we include President Obama? Mainly because these investigations began under his watch and with former FBI Director Mueller and continued through his replacement, former FBI Director Comey, which would imply that Comey was instructed to continue Mueller’s initial investigation. We believe that once people rise to a certain level, they become virtually unsusceptible to legal indictment provided they quietly retire.

 

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