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July 8, 2018

Justice Department Inspector General Report on FBI and 2016 Elections

 

Why not just get the most over-hyped part out of the way right off the bat. Yes, FBI lawyer Lisa Page sent a text message to her lover at the FBI asking, “(Trump is) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” with an actual ?! which where we come from shows distress, uncertainty and heightened anxiety. Then the fateful reply from FBI agent Peter Strzok who texted back stating, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.” So, what can we conclude from this evidence? Well, that the rest of the five-hundred page report will end up as fodder for the mainstream media while social media will be tossing back and forth how that exchange is meaningless and also that it signifies the end of the world, it all depends upon which side of this battle you side.

 

We have a different take on the whole report and a few of the outstanding minutia which we believe should have sounded alarm bells somewhere within the FBI or the Justice Department but obviously did not. The first thing is this was the Justice Department selecting an inspector to inspect the FBI which is part of the Justice Department. The fact that this investigation found absolutely nothing untoward should have been the expected response. Basically you had an enforcement officer from the Justice Department investigating if the department which pays his salary did anything wrong. Why is it we see something not quite right here? Well, because this investigation which was largely to see if there was any bias in favor of Hillary Clinton and/or against Donald Trump during the 2016 election cycle was performed by the agency where the bias presumably was centered while the investigation into whether Trump’s campaign was working hand in glove with the Russians went to a special prosecutor. The important difference there is the special prosecutor is paid independently and thus will often be more thorough. Both of these investigations should have been investigated by a special prosecutor or neither of these investigations should even have been executed. Having the Justice Department investigate the Justice Department is the quickest means to reaching a conclusion that nothing was done which requires any further investigation, now can we get back to running the country as we see fit while basically ignoring the President and Congress unless we agree with them.

 

But we believe there was one little item which really should have set off alarms. This concerns FBI agent Peter Strzok. Even before his little reassuring text message, there was something not quite correct in his behavior. Mr. Strzok was part of the investigation by the FBI into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server. Mr. Strzok was part of the investigation by the FBI into collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. Mr. Strzok was initially part of the special counsel probe being run by Robert Mueller. Any normal human being would probably grow suspicious of any person who wormed their way into every aspect of investigating and potentially affecting the Presidential campaign. One would think that Mr. Strzok’s immediate supervisor would have at least called him in for a consultation and inquired as to what was it that had him working on so many closely related investigations. Then, a good supervisor would have made him give up at the very least one of the positions if not just choose which one in which he most desired to take part. Leaving one person in all three of these investigations was an error of management. Additionally, Peter Strzok’s wife, Melissa Hodgman, was appointed by President Obama as Associate Director of the SEC’s (Securities and Exchange Commission) Enforcement Division in 2016. We guess the good news is that Joseph Burrow, the husband of former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, has a position which is not with the government and may actually be above suspicion of anything except probably really upset about his name being dragged like this because his wife was having too much fun at the office parties.

 

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

 

What we love about this entire boondoggle is that it exposed something those of us who grew up around Washington D.C. already knew, that there is a government within the government which actually runs the day-to-day operations and because Congress grew fat and lazy, they also decide how the general concepts and ideas which Congressional legislation contains are interpreted and applied into regulations which have the weight of law. President Barack Obama understood this which is why during his first term; Cass Sunstein was named the Administration’s Regulatory Czar. President Obama’s initial instructions to Mr. Sunstein were to go through the legislation passed during the last decade and look for regulations which could be derived out of these pieces of legislation. Needless to say, Mr. Sunstein was very efficient and the number of regulations during President Obama’s first term was significant. So, yes, Virginia, there really is a “Deep State” and it lives within the agencies which are largely manned by left-leaning to extreme left individuals with, every so often, a conservative who spends much time ducking to remain out of sight and hopefully out of mind. The reason for this is very simple to understand. During Republican conservative administrations, true conservatives, they more often than not put in place a hiring freeze, consolidate departments, which often lead to numerous government workers being sent to new agencies where they bump another worker who has less time in service at their level or is a lower pay grade who then bumps the next until the most recent hire found loses their job. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is a very strong and powerful union and has garnered near chiseled in stone guarantee that once you complete your probationary period you can only be fired if you really do something stupid like texting on your government provided computer, “(Trump is) not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” or reply to this text saying on your government provided computer, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.” One of these people was forced from their position and the other merely demoted and barred from active investigatory positions. So, even doing such as these might not get you fired. So, Republican conservatives block hiring new personnel when they might have some sway in the process. Then when a Democrat or Republican Progressive and often leftist is elected, the flood gates open and the hiring circus begins and things are good in old D.C. This is how and why most federal government employees are liberal or even leftists and the promotion ladder is stacked even further to the left than the middle and lower level positions. President Trump has revealed this truth for the world to see. Unfortunately, most of the world, and even the American people, do not care and most honestly believe that there is nothing that can be done to repair this problem. The really sad news is that they are correct.

 

Deep State

Deep State

 

Thomas Jefferson realized that this would be a problem, that with parties that the government employees would tend to be more from one party than the other and with time would create a poisonous atmosphere which would threaten the people’s freedoms and liberties. Thomas Jefferson stated it outright when he wrote to his friend William Smith, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Thomas Jefferson once confided that he believed for the United States to stay true to its founding declarations that it would take a revolution every twenty years to force the nations to start again from scratch with only the Declarations of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. This, in his opinion would be found to be necessary otherwise; the federal government would usurp the power of the states and become tyrannical. He was very likely a tad too pessimistic thinking twenty years, but two-hundred and twenty would probably have reached that stage in his mind. When people who have positions of such power as obviously Peter Strzok must have wielded getting on every investigation of note about the election all to work to the detriment of one of the candidates and the favor of the other, then there is a problem. That it took an investigation by an Inspector General to make possible the airing of the full scope of the problems was significant. What became even more significant was that the Inspector General was so invested in the swamp that is the Deep State that he saw nothing inherently wrong or partisan in these events. Basically, the report states that everything was just as normal as could be expected, all things considered. This is what is considered normal then there is a deep-seated problem and it needs to be pulled up by its rotting foliage, roots and all. But, that is something the American people need to wrestle with and decide. We hope that the solution found will be peaceable but thorough leading to efficient and balanced government similar to the initial days of the nation where the government represents the people and not represses the people. We wish you well as you enter your two-hundred-forty-third year.

 

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June 11, 2018

Trump Russia Probe is Now All About Israel

 

We know what many are shaking their heads asking, ‘Really BTC, not everything is about Israel.’ Well, true, but let’s dive down this rabbit hole and see where it leads us. The reporting we saw came from an article titled Does Mueller have an Israel problem? Quoting from the initial paragraph, it states the following;

According to The Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has exhibited a “disturbing pattern” of suspicion directed against Israel over the years – which continues to this day.

Ominous start, but why not explore the remainder and then all make up our minds. Looking at Jordan Schachtel’s article in Conservative Review titled “Robert Mueller’s Israel Problem,” we read in his first paragraph,

As the Mueller probe drags along into year two of its supposed investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, a disturbing pattern has emerged. The special counsel has become obsessed with the state of Israel. The former FBI director is deeply suspicious, to the point of total paranoia, that there is a grand conspiracy involving the Trump campaign and transition officials as potential agents for the Israelis.

Is this starting to get a little more interesting yet? Well, we also went through a number of the Daily Caller articles where we finally found the source for the initial intrigue where presumably George Papadopoulos plead guilty to lesser charges in order to avoid the threat from Mueller that he would prosecute him as an Israeli spy. That source was presumably George Papadopoulos’ wife, Simona Mangiante. While looking at the Daily Caller articles on the Mueller Probe, and they apparently are obsessed with this probe, we found this little jewel,

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is looking into White House adviser Jared Kushner’s contacts with Israeli officials in the days leading up to the election.

 

Eventually, running all of this backwards far enough and we find the Wall Street Journal article, “Special Counsel Mueller Probes Jared Kushner’s Contacts With Foreign Leaders” where our suspicions were finally verified on what the entire Mueller Russia Probe is all about, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 condemning all Israeli settlement activity beyond the Green Line (the 1949 Armistice Line) including East Jerusalem and everything that entails claiming it constitutes a “flagrant violation” of international law and has “no legal validity”. It demands that Israel stop such activity and fulfill its obligations as an occupying power under the Fourth Geneva Convention. We all remember the claims that President Obama had absolutely no part in the authoring of this resolution, and we agree as it was entirely written in Tehran and was last swipe at Bibi Netanyahu and a conjoined effort by the Mullahs of Iran and President Obama probably with Valerie Jarrett acting as the go-between. So, one last quote from Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel,

The special counsel has become obsessed with the state of Israel. The former FBI director is deeply suspicious, to the point of total paranoia, that there is a grand conspiracy involving the Trump campaign and transition officials as potential agents for the Israelis.

 

President Obama probably with Valerie Jarrett acting as the go-between

President Obama probably with Valerie Jarrett acting as the go-between

 

Now we can continue with the rest of this now that we have found that kernel of reality, which binds it all together. Mueller, who is a close friend of President Obama and was hand picked by the Deep State at the Justice Department with high recommendations from then FBI Director James Comey was chosen to lead this expedition as revenge for President Obama on President Trump because Trump had the audacity to make an attempt to thwart President Obama’s United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 with which he was going to show those upstart Israelis who really holds the power. Can one really believe this entire mess has been a personal vendetta also joined into with the Clinton’s as Trump had just bested Hillary Clinton in an election which was supposed to coronate her as the heir to the throne. One can only be tempted to substitute these characters into the series “Game of Thrones” and debate who is going to have their head chopped off next. Just to set things straight, Mueller would be the Ice King’s dragon sent forth to destroy the normal with the Ice King and the second in command being Obama and Hillary and the Ice Wall was the Constitution of the United States, that which protects individuals from political vendettas. Now back to our regularly scheduled article.

 

We have Papadopoulos pleading guilty to lesser charges after Mueller, the Great Inquisitor, threatened him with prosecution as an Israeli spy. Papadopoulos knows there is virtually no evidence which would link him with being an Israeli spy, but also knows that there are many people out for blood in this matter and he did not desire any of it being his. He probably thought it is better to require a Band-Aid than surgery to treat the wounds he was going to receive. So, he pleads guilty, turns evidence as to whatever Mueller demands and walks away a few months later with all his parts in order. We understand completely, when choosing between a cement truck and a tricycle, you pick being run into by the tricycle over run over by the cement truck. We now know how they got the presumed goods from Papadopoulos to go after General Michael Flynn with misleading the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador about a UN anti-Israel resolution in December of 2016. This is an easy trap to set; you have Papadopoulos swear in a deposition that he heard General Michael Flynn say something simple. Then you have James Comey claim in his deposition that General Michael Flynn also said the same something simple. Both agree that what Flynn stated to the FBI was not the actual truth and bingo, two against one. Now you have General Michael Flynn caught in the Mueller bear trap with the intent of turning him against President Trump and then you have impeachment proceedings to remove Trump, or better yet, conspiracy to alter the outcome of an election to take to the Supreme Court in order to overturn the election results because there was tampering with the vote and really Hillary Clinton won the election. That would really be selected, not elected, the chant we heard back during George W. Bush’s first term in office after the Florida debacle.

 

But there is still the matter of Barack Obama getting his revenge on Trump for attempting to get Russian President Putin to have his United Nations Ambassador veto President Obama’s United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 against Israel. Well, it failed anyway probably because President Putin, like President Obama, is allied with Iran and as they wrote the resolution, or helped possibly, he had to back his important Syrian ally. What is so very interesting is what has happened since. President Putin was following what then President Obama desired probably figuring that Trump would be a one-term President and a complete fiasco and failure having no influence or power. President Obama had all the signs of power and was the safer bet. Putin likely wishes for a do-over as President Trump has proven to be far more than an empty suit. Nowhere has this been more evident than concerning Israel with the official recognition by President Trump that the United States sees Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving the embassy to Jerusalem with great alacrity. That, in and of itself, has all but cancelled President Obama’s Resolution 2334. Yes, we know that President Trump gave lip-service to the moving of the embassy has nothing to do with the final borders the two sides might agree to in the end. With all that has happened in the past year, it has become obvious that it has been the Palestinian Authority which has prevented any steps towards peace to even those who have been asleep for the past fifty years.

 

Further, Mueller, as part of his pursuing charges against President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s part in the attempts to shoot down President Obama’s United Nations Resolution 2334, sent an investigatory team to Israel to speak with as many people who might have had contact with Kushner. This effort was all part of seeing if Kushner might be acting as an Israeli agent which would bring him instantly under charges. They turned over every leaf, combed every paper trail, and still came up empty. Interestingly, quoting once again from Conservative Review’s Jordan Schachtel,

Mueller’s suspicions of Israel — and Jews as a whole — go back to his early days as the FBI director.
In 2004, the Mueller FBI alleged that a massive Israeli spy ring was operating out of the Pentagon. The stunning revelations sent shockwaves throughout the intelligence community, and it was followed by endless editorials painting Israel as a nefarious actor seeking to undermine the United States.
Yet it later turned out that the allegations were completely bogus. There was no Israeli spy ring, but rather, what appeared to be a deliberate attempt to target Jews for prosecution. There were several disturbing instances of the Mueller FBI running sting operations attempting to “tempt Jews” to betray their country. “All turned down the offer,” according to the Washington Post. Mueller’s attempts to lure Jews into a trap failed. The botched operation confirmed the troubling reality that elements of the U.S. intelligence community remained attached to anti-Semitism.

Meanwhile, the investigatory team sent to Israel was tasked specifically to track down the activities of at least two Israeli social media and consulting firms. Mueller and his prosecutors suggested in leaks to the media, something done way too freely by everyone from the Justice Department, that the Israeli firms probably have colluded with the Trump campaign to secure his election victory. After all, it simply could not have been the will of the American electorate, those ones which President Obama once quipped, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

 

 

We used to believe the Mueller Probe was largely about overturning the Presidential Election as well as, failing that, preventing President Trump from accomplishing much of his program by hogtying as many in his administration with fighting against seemingly honest efforts to remove Trump from office. This has so catastrophically failed that even many Democrats now see the Mueller Probe as a boat anchor preventing their ship from sailing. Trust that it is more than that anchor as the mainstream stalwarts of the Democrat Party insist on firing their cannonades through the decks and the bottom of the boat which is sinking their hopes for the midterm elections. The Republican Party stands to gain in both houses despite recent efforts by retiring Speaker Paul Ryan to sabotage Republican gains. All the Republicans really need control is President Trump and his Tweeting something horribly offensive or some other unforgivable gaff. Also, the Republicans should do everything quietly and behind the scenes to encourage Mueller to continue full speed ahead and continue leaking like a sieve. The media will take care of the rest, as they cannot help themselves. If they even get a whiff of something anti-Trump, they are right on it and running with it to their ever-appreciative editors. But could we ask one more favor of Mueller while he is running to and fro attempting to chase his personal daemons, could you actively attempt to link Israel with Trump and Russia and spell it all out in the media and throw in a full recounting about how the Israelis foiled you uncovering their spy ring in the Pentagon and how this is all about Israel preventing you from finding the truth about Trump because, well, you know, they control Trump and the government. Of course that would mean they chose you knowing that you are looking for the Israel angle almost as hard as you are the Trump and Russia angle. Keep up the good work, really.

 

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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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