Dem Sen Merkley: Rosenstein Ouster ‘Could Deeply Compromise Congress Getting the Details’ of Mueller’s Investigation

Monday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) said if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were fired or asked to resign it “could deeply compromise Congress getting the details” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Merkley said, “There’s a cloud over the investigation, and certainly the immediate battle question is Rod Rosenstein’s role and whether he’ll resign, be fired, will be replaced, so on and so forth, and recognize there’s discussion of Jeff Sessions stepping down two months from now, possibly after the election, which then would affect the question of his recusal and whether someone takes over and this—all of this amounts to a dramatic turn of events in terms of whether Congress will get the information from Mueller.” He added, “Mueller cannot report independently back to Congress. It has to go through supervisor in the Department of Justice, and who is that person overseeing him? This could deeply compromise Congress getting the details of his investigation.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN

Schiff: Rosenstein Should Not Resign Under Any Circumstances

On Monday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) stated Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should not resign and it seems as though there is “a slow-moving Saturday Night Massacre.” Schiff said, “Rod Rosenstein should, under no circumstances, resign. If the president intends to obstruct justice, Rosenstein should require him to be fired. He shouldn’t take a step affirmatively and essentially let the president off the hook. This looks to me like a slow-moving Saturday Night Massacre. It seems like the only question is whether these steps take place now or they take place after the midterms when the president believes he’ll pay less of a political price for it.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

Nadler on Rosenstein: ‘Just Another Step in the Unfolding Slow Motion Saturday Night Massacre’

Monday on CNN’s “At This Hour,” Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was fired or asked to resign, it was “the next step in a slowly evolving, slow motion Saturday Night Massacre,” referencing when former President Nixon ordered Attorney General Richardson to fire independent special prosecutor Cox in 1973. Nadler said, “It’s very upsetting. this is the next step in a slowly evolving, slow motion Saturday Night Massacre in which the president is getting rid of all the people who are involved in initiating or carrying out the investigation of obstruction of justice by him.” He continued, “This started with the firing of Comey, the firing of Mccabe, the incessant attacks on the attorney general sessions, the incessant attacks on the FBI and people like Bruce Ohr, on others. Incessant attacks on the institutions we depend on to do our police work and protect the integrity of our system. And this is, I think, just another step in the unfolding slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre.” He added, “The question isn’t whether firing Rosenstein is an impeachable move. The president has the right to fire Rosenstein or anybody else, obviously. The question is, is the entire series of actions starting

FBI, NSA, CIA Intel Officials Respond to Ron RE: Brennan’s Security Block

There is not much more of predominant importance to our country than its intelligence resources. The methods, the people, the sources which keep us informed and prepared for those potential actions against us.

And it seems, no one loves to whine more about rights, freedoms and being politically abused than the lefties; especially at times when they themselves are committing the crimes set to distract, disrupt and destroy.

Damage done through careless intelligence actions – by foreign OR domestic persons – can be devastating and permanent to individuals, to the country, to our futures. The ability to be aware and to react quickly through efficient intelligence operations is paramount to our safety.

The list of abusive, partisan, potentially dangerous entities is large during this administration’s time. And while President Trump works to complete campaign promises of improving the economy, protecting our rights and securing our country, political opposition feels it’s more important to distract and divert our attention to their own agendas than the results of Trump’s actions.

Hardly anyone has been more vocal in their opposition to President Trump – and unreasonably so – than John Brennan, former CIA Director. Many question his original qualifications to even hold the office given the CIA’s investigations into candidates having connections with, or support of, our country’s adversaries.

As reported by CNN, during a CIA polygraph exam. Brennan hesitated when queried “Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to overthrowing the US?” His problem? Brennan voted for Gus Hall (a Stalinist), the presidential candidate for the Communist Party USA, in 1976. A Communist? Not a comforting, solidifying decision for the top position of intelligence in our country.

These recent events bring to the forefront the question of former employees’ “right” to maintain their security clearances after leaving their post – for whatever reason. The basic justification being that previous officials may be called on to assist the new administration with particular cases and situations. All true, HOWEVER, having conversations and discussions about any previous actions DOES NOT require a clearance. People are subpoenaed or have more casual input all the time. And having life long access is hardly safe, or a valuable needed tool for our intelligence community.

Also, it’s important to note two things.

  1. The retention of a security clearance is an accommodation, a privilege not a right, and meant to aid the country, not the individual; especially when possession of such is used as a “get me a cushy job” card and potentially could lead to unreasonable access to, and misuse of current sensitive information.
  2. And, the President’s right to revoke such clearances is absolute for whatever reason.

When someone has no further “need” for sensitive information, and in fact works for the media which has proven itself not supportive of the president or the country’s best values, then a review and possible revocation is warranted.

I reached out to some contacts regarding this issue. They, like most true professionals, attempt to take a non-partisan approach to their former positions, rather looking at facts and reason for their motivations – not political affiliations.

Our contributors are:

Former Asst Dir FBI Ron HOsko

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Ron Hosko: FBI

Former Assistance Director of the FBI, Mr. Ron Hosko retired from a thirty year career in the FBI. He worked undercover assignments focused on complex financial and violent crimes and closely with other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in multiple joint task forces. Mr. Hosko was awarded the FBI’s Shield of Bravery for his actions during a violent ransom kidnapping.

Ron was promoted to serve as special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division, and then was asked to serve as assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, responsible for oversight of the organization’s largest program, worldwide.

 

 

 

William Binney

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William Binney: NSA

Mr. Binney was a former high-profile, intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency (NSA). In 2016, he said the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election was false.

Binney was a Russia specialist and worked in the operations side of intelligence, starting as an analyst and ending as a Technical Director prior to becoming a geopolitical world Technical Director. Binney’s NSA career culminated as Technical Leader for intelligence. He has expertise in intelligence analysis, traffic analysis, systems analysis, knowledge management, and mathematics (including set theory, number theory, and probability)

 

 

 

Verne Lyon

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Verne Lyon: CIA

Recruited first as a student, Lyon operated as a CIA officer in the 1960s and 1970s. While operating under deep cover Lyon engaged in domestic spying on antiwar Iowa State Univ. students; Codenamed Operation CHAOS.

Lyon was also involved in destabilizing operations in Cuba. He also worked in Peru, Chile and Mexico.

 

 

Coleen Rowley FBI

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Coleen Rowley: FBI

Rowley was appointed a Special Agent with the FBI, and  in 1984 was assigned to the New York Office working Italian organized crime and Sicilian heroin drug investigations. She also served in the Paris, France Embassy and Montreal Consulates. In 1990 Rowley assumed the duties of “Chief Division Counsel” which entailed oversight of the Freedom of Information, Forfeiture, Victim-Witness and Community Outreach Programs.

In May of 2002 Rowley brought forth some of the pre 9-11 lapses and testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about some of the endemic problems facing the FBI and the intelligence community. Rowley’s memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller in connection with the Joint Intelligence Committee’s Inquiry led to a two-year long DOJ Inspector General investigation. She was one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine in 2002. In April 2003, following an unsuccessful attempt to warn the Director and other administration officials about the dangers of launching the invasion of Iraq, Rowley stepped down from her (GS-14) legal position to go back to being a (GS-13) FBI Special Agent. In early March 2003 she warned FBI Director Robert Mueller of further problems, including his going along with the Bush Administration’s deceptive plan to launch war on what would become the counterproductive war on Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks.

My questions were of a general nature so as not to bring politics into the equation. Their answers are short – as their views and the facts of the situation are simple, straight forward and valuable to these current events, and very much  appreciated.

1. Is it really necessary for former Intelligence officers or high ranking officials who would NEVER be called on for future assistance – and who have shown a slant toward political opposition – to keep their security clearance?

RH ~ “No. while I see some utility for some ranking IC folks maintaining a clearance in the event current IC folks need to consult with them to form an opinion or course of action, I suspect that seldom happens. I believe it’s more courtesy out of respect and tradition than need.”

WB ~ “No, not unless they are contributing to an on-going government program, in which case, they would have a sponsor to continue their clearance.

VL ~ “NO. There is no reason for them to continue to have access to secrets.”

CR ~ “NO!” [And Ms Rowley added separately] “Information is extremely over-classified which shouldn’t be. A lot of it is already public source but the govt claims it’s still classified (sometimes for decades) even though everyone essentially knows. So a “security clearance” is often just a kind of “vanity” (but only for the top echelon elites). But also those with current access to national security info will not be worried about providing info to a former Director like Brennan, even though Brennan does not have a “need to know.” Brennan’s criticism of Trump is actually irrelevant; he’s making money as a CNN “talking head” inherently benefiting from notion that he has access to national secrets.

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2. Was this too late in coming, or is there really a need to “review and consider” such action since so many holdovers have such political bias as to be damaging to current administration policies and workings?

RH ~ “The Pres has authority to do what he wants. Politically, it could have been far more diplomatic and smarter to review the whole system of extended clearances than single out Brennan, who’s been quite loudly critical of the Pres. This looks like what it is – retaliation against a critic. Rather than push back on individuals, address the system.”

WB ~ “In this case, it was a little late in coming. There should be some review to determine if the person is contributing to a government initiative.

VL~ “If access is used for political reason or personal gain, then access should be denied.

CR~ “I think a wider review of the entire procedure for extending security clearances should be undertaken. But I don’t think “political bias” should be a factor one way or the other. Brennan and his cronies are trying to make this seem as if Trump is shutting down their “dissent” when in fact they can dissent all they want.”

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3. There seems to be such a tight knit group that if one lost his access, others might be available to keep him supplied. And doesn’t it seem dangerous to have non-involved personnel with access to things they no longer work on?

RH ~ “The system as I know it allows access to classified where the person has the right clearance AND a need to know. Formers with clearances shouldn’t routinely be reading classified material or briefings. I think my clearance was still in place for four years after I retired. In that time, I never got classified intel. There was no need.

WB~ “Yes, this is what should be reviewed by government.

VL~ “You could never stop the “sharing” of info, classified or not, between current and old friends in the intelligence community. However, since the operational groups are usually limited to specific targets or geo-political areas, the information is not widely shared and can become obsolete rapidly. This could give rise to decisions being made on old and/or faulty information.

CR~ “As I explained, Brennan would not have a “need to know” for most types of national security info and certainly it’s not proper for him to be using his access to such info to make money as a CNN commentator. BUT as I said, other cronies currently in the Trump Admin might think it’s OK to give Brennan info just because he had the clearance. Of course some will probably just continue to leak him info too even after he longer has the clearance.”

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When the functions and specific activities of our government becomes so embroiled in political wrangling instead of responsible performance of essential duties, our egalitarianism suffers.

Brennan’s own questionable speeches and activities related to personal involvement into the fake dossier adds to his credibility to have access to information that is unneeded, irrelevant and only serves to complicate this administration’s duties. And whatever Brennan felt was “important,” and hence contributed to the Russian hoax, it was so insubstantial that Robert Mueller hasn’t even interviewed him about it.

There will always be opposing views but it’s requisite we keep the big picture in mind and work as a cohesive team striving for the long term survival of our democracy. For someone of such obvious political antipodal views, to talk of our president’s “treasonous actions” – which in actuality is an action punishable by death – is irrational and preposterous. Grown adult professionals should know and act better.

The real “need and appropriateness” for security clearances is under evaluation for:

  • former FBI Director James Comey,
  • former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper,
  • former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden,
  • former national security adviser Susan Rice,
  • former FBI attorney Lisa Page,
  • former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates,
  • former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok,
  • former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose security clearance was deactivated after he was fired earlier this year, and
  • Bruce Ohr, who is still in the Justice Department although he was demoted from associate deputy attorney general.

As justification of our article here, the word “former” as noted above should be  preeminent in our thinking. What is the real need? What is the benefit to our country?

My heartfelt thanks again to our professionals for their service to our country, and who were so accommodating in their quick response to this article.

Leave your thoughts and comments below and they’ll be answered as needed.

~ RB

@VideoRon

Socialism Election Update 2018

Sonny and Cher said it decades ago and it still resonates: The beat goes on. The irritating, annoying drum beat of socialism: and it continues with the denial of all who protest in its favor without benefit of facts, experience or reason.

As this year’s mid term elections loom closer, this short follow up is just a reminder, a warning, of the new mantra – and the direction – of the left, except they choose to call it “democratic socialism.” As if that’s really any different than the controlling, debilitating, dangerous form of beneficial freedom they expound to the masses: equality.

Bernie brought it to the forefront as an acceptable alternative to our republic and the two parties which dominate its government. He made it cool to be, and support, a socialist. He started the landslide of acceptability of a form of economics/government that his followers haven’t a diddly clue of what it really means. And now Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has picked up the mace of misguidance to lead the parade of liberal lemmings.

For those bereft of facts, here’s a quick look at a couple reminders of the “good stuff” they characterize as nice.

1- NO country has EVER succeeded under Socialism – NONE.
2- 100,000,000 people were murdered under the banner of Socialism in the 20th century.
3-  It doesn’t reward people for being entrepreneurial and competitive, an opposition to the true human spirit to excel and succeed.
4- The government set up to represent and benefit the masses may well abuse its position and claim power for itself.
5- From each according to his ability, to each according to his need – except when people’s ability becomes nill, zip, zero and nada.

The masses who left the sanctity and safety of their parents’ basements need to

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either do some basic research or buy a plane ticket south and look at Socialism in its raw state of despair – Venezuela.

The educational value would be worth more in life than all the college degrees they’d earn, for it would change and better their lives to know the truth.

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They would find people waiting for hours in lines for food, only to find disappointment that the food, the paper goods, the essential staples of even a simple life – are all gone. Disappeared in a cloud of desperation.

The basics of life not to be found for people who have lived decades in a country once wealthy and successful, or those who entered life and a future of failure and poverty only months before.

Store shelves

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This is not what God intended for people, and yet a failed government and system of economics produces exactly this for those anxious and intent to accept it.

 

People fill their days, not with productive endevours, but are relegated to the humbling tasks of foraging for their fundamental food in the trash heaps which increasingly line the streets and alleys.

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Life is not productive. It’s not easy. It’s not fun or relaxing. It’s a daily struggle just to survive for the facts are evident and overwhelming as to the result of socialism in Venezuela.

Life in every corner of the country is the same, growing evidence of a destructive regime. Make a note:

 

1- Hospitals are overrun as disease spreads on the wind.
2- Much needed medications are nonexistent.
3- Children are left at orphanages because their parents can’t feed them.
4-The military is in virtual breakdown down with desertions as rations disappear.
5-Utilities work very little if at all so water, sewer, power…well, just live without them for they’re not to be found.

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One result? Imagine if in America 33,000,000 citizens just left the country. That’s in essence the result in Venezuela. 10% of the country who had the means has left. And those who are left demonstrate for their rights – as though anyone is watching and heeding their pleas.

The sign says: “Why do the Venezuelans protest? Insecurity, injustice, shortages, censorship, violence, corruption. Protesting is not a crime. Is a right”.

The sign expresses the desire of a forgotten and abused populus that might live till tomorrow – or might not depending on the garbage they find to eat and the used needles they recover from street gutters for what little medication they may have scrounged.

And without being flippant, in America right now are we seeing insecurity? Unequal or injustice? Censorship, violence and corruption? America is a strong country but violence from the well financed socialist left is growing with blatancy and dangerous intent. Are we not overwrought with corrupt officials running their own government in the dark halls of Congress and beyond?

And the current American reality?

A recent Gallup poll reports:

  • 57% of Democrats look favorably on Socialism, but
  • 47% of Democrats look favorably on Capitalism
  • Univ of Michigan teaches Capitalism should be overthrown
  • Open Syllabus Project says the most assigned economist in US colleges: Karl Marx

Police in Berkeley, Oregon and elsewhere have been given their stand down orders so as not to interfere with “socially organized” protesters so as not to “inflame them” or silence their right to protest.

Yes, Socialism is a mental, physical and cultural disease. A cancer growing wildly through the uneducated masses donning bandanas, black shirts and night sticks in order to get theirs, and led by self serving monarchs of majestic mischief.

Will America go socialist? As Justin Bieber sang:

Lyrics
“I will never say never! (I will fight)
I will fight till forever! (Make it right)
Whenever you knock me down
I will not stay on the ground”

If antifa and socialists, leftists and fascist radicals are willing to fight and be true to their misguided ways… are we willing to fight any less for our rights and freedoms?

Those who have a real interest in America and yes, their own futures as healthy, successful, happy individuals need to wake up and smell what they’re really wanting – because it smells more like the tent conclaves of those cities and states whose goal is to fight our way of life rather than better it.

When you vote this November, know the person you’re voting for and ask: “do they have your best interests at heart… or their own?” And “are they socialist, openly or in disguise?”

Your comments below will be answered and I thank you.

~RB

@VideoRon

The Ocasio-Cortez Fizzle…and it’s NOT a Beverage

Occasionally something or someone bursts onto the scene with such impact and fervor that it overwhelms the senses of some intelligent – and not so intelligent – inhabitants of the current sphere of influence.

Such was the unexpected and surprising appearance of one Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former not-so-long ago bartender and social activist from the Bernie campaign.  On June 26, 2018, Ocasio-Cortez garnered 15,897 votes to Joe Crowley’s 11,761, defeating the 10-term incumbent by almost 15 percentage points.

A surprising loss sending Crowley home weeping in disbelief. However, considering there are over 300,000 registered voters, 4.4% of the populous isn’t a huge bragging point for Cortez.

And one should consider that in a district where Hispanics outnumber whites over 2.5 times, a young socialist leaning girl with a “everything for free” message coulddraw more attention than a older white guy even though he outspent her 19 times.

After her primary win, she laid out her philosophy as:

I knew that if we were going to win, the way that progressives win on an unapologetic message is by expanding the electorate. That’s the only way that we can win strategically. It’s not by rushing to the center. It’s not by trying to win spending all of our energy winning over those who have other opinions. It’s by expanding the electorate, speaking to those that feel disenchanted, dejected, cynical about our politics, and letting them know that we’re fighting for them.”

This very statement makes the point of the socialism she stands for. First it’s important to note that word “progressives.” A term which accurately portrays the slide from Democratic through Socialististic to Communistic.

And her point being to pull together those who “feel” disenchanted, dejected, cynical, or in other words, possibly lazy, uneducated, non-participatory agitators who have ideas they deserve more and aren’t getting their fair share so…. glom onto the money train and full steam ahead – let’s all get ours.

The one problem with liberals in appealing to the masses of the illinformed, uneducated or apathetic “lackadaisicals” of society, is that you can say about anything to get their support and they’ll all nod in monochromatic agreement and go along with the plan. But, step out into the light of reality and put forth your invective diatribe of deceitful ideas, and your own level of intellectual incompetence is on full display.

The premise of Socialism has been tried and tweaked, retried and massaged through the anals of history the world over. One could contrive it started in Acts 4:32 which describes an early Christian socialist community that shared a common purse:

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had

But early times lent themselves to a different mindset as life was simplistic, not profit driven and societies were not overrun with shopping malls and 401K plans revealing the need for a more capitalistic way of living, spending, investing and running businesses.

In Britain, Thomas Paine put forth a detailed plan to tax property owners to pay for the needs of the poor in Agrarian Justice in 1797, while Charles Hall wrote The Effects of Civilization on the People in European States in 1805, denouncing capitalism’s effects on the poor of his time. The English word “socialist” in its modern sense dates from at least 1822.

But, Socialism made its move from the late 1700s in the French revolution, through Russia, with changes by Marx and Engels, then through Europe, and ultimately finding its way to China, Viet Nam, the middle east, then west to Cuba and the shinning example of economic failure, Venezuela.

I mention this short historical account because its failures and faltering attempts are lost on those who would rule over a successful capitalistic society. The strong Iron Lady of Britain said is succinctly and concisely:

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.
― Margaret Thatcher

Under Democratic planning and their Socialistic agendas – replace “eventually” with “quickly.”

But liberals (progressives, socialists, et al) give no thought to the future. They just count the voters standing in lines to attend their speeches, and plan their deception to gain and promote their own populist message and position.

Ocasio-Cortez is the face of the party, she is the star du jour. She must have the answers as she’s got an economics degree from Boston University, but, in reality and speaking in economical/financial terms…. “Workshops and seminars are basically financial speed dating for clueless people.” And she is as clueless as any casually dressed single attendee at table 5.

She’s already promoting and supporting Medicare for all,  a whopping $32 trillion over 10 years and other Socialistic projects bring the total to $42.5 trillion. The 30-year projected tab for these programs (Medicare for all, free public college, and a jobs guarantee) is even more staggering: new proposals costing $218 trillion.

When asked on the Daily Show about funding her desires, she responded with ideas for taxing the rich and cutting defense spending that would raise revenue by about $300-400 billion a year; a pittance.

We’re at a national debt of $21 trillion now and that’s NOT including our “unfunded liabilities”; those debt obligations for which there is no current asset backing them, and that figure? Currently over $210 trillion.

To answer the dinaro deficit, Brian Riedl of the Manhattan Institute has calculated that the US would have to seize all corporate and personal profits above $90,000 a year, add an 87% VAT, or a number of equally horrible ideas. And the truth is… that wouldn’t even cover it. Keep in mind – Total wealth of the entire country reached a record high of $88.1 trillion in the first quarter of 2016. So, where is the money coming from? It just isn’t.

And Ocasio-Cortez is not only clueless but realistically mentally unstable and lacking in reason on so many fronts. As I’ve written before, she has stated that “Capitalism has not always existed in the world and will not always exist in the world.” Actually, capitalism has pretty much always existed. When Jesus chased the money changers from the temple, they weren’t there giving money away. People have been trading since there was something to trade. “The market economy, contrary to what you might have heard, has existed since the caves,” writes Deirdre McCloskey in “Bourgeois Dignity.”

Ocasio-Cortez summarizes lowering unemployment numbers by saying …“Well, unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs.” No. That would make sense if the unemployment rate were calculated by asking businesses whether their jobs were filled. But instead BLS uses the household survey, which asks people whether they have a job. The answer is “yes” whether you work one job or ten.

And the “fizzle?” Self-proclaimed “Democratic-Socialist” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had a truly unmotivating and miserable Tuesday night election experience. The socialist, who pulled off her amazing upset last month in New York, tried to use her media attention to help other far-left Democrats win their primaries this week. The results of her endorsements rival the 1,000,000% inflation rate of Venezuela. They were inflated but not successfully flat.

Ocasio-Cortez expounded the virtues of Fayouz Saad in Michigan’s 11th District, Cori Bush in Missouri’s 1st District, Abdul El-Sayed for Michigan Governor, and supported Congressional Candidate Kaniela Ing in Hawaii.

For those keeping track from their parents’ basements,  Saad is currently in fourth place out of five candidates for Michigan’s 11th district, with 86 percent of precincts reported. Abdul El Sayed lost his campaign in the Michigan gubernatorial primary, 51.8 percent to 30.5% percent.

Bush lost to William Lacy Clay, 57 percent to 37 percent, and We’ll have to see what happens in Hawaii’s primary elections, which take place on August 11. Considering the track record of Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsed candidates, the odds in the Aloha State don’t look maikaʻi loa.

The obvious observation and warning in all this is BEWARE OF SOCIALISTS BEARING GIFTS. They’re probably bought on someone else’s credit and will be repossessed. Her own campaign endorsements sound the warning alarm of socialism and progressivism. Ocasio-Cortez was endorsed by progressive, violent, left leaning and civil rights organizations such as MoveOn, Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, Black Lives Matter, and Democracy for America.

The ultimate “fizzle” could very well be the United States. We came closer than ever to our domestic decline under B. Hussein. With the growth of the Bernie Sanderses, Ocasio-Cortezes and more Socialists, as well as more Muslim candidates who do not have our best interest in mind, our 242 year success story will lay as flat as last month’s soda in an Arizona desert.

I don’t like being accused of anti this or that especially when it comes to religious or racial groups but… we have to observe the news, what’s happening and then associate the facts with reality and prepare for the future.  As example, this week’s revelation of horrific crimes in NM glue themselves to previous events and people and bear observation, investigation and consideration. We must be prepared with facts and eyes wide open to survive and grow as people and as a country. With people like Sanders and Cortez and others, if you’re not part of the real solution, then you’re definitely part of the problem.

For the darling of the democratic party I would offer this reflection for your consideration:

Imagine how asleep or utterly unperceptive and clueless you would have to be not to see yourself as absurd for the most part.
– John Malkovich

~RB

@VideoRon

BOAT Interviews Dr. Kelli Ward, AZ Candidate for U.S. Senate- Part 2

With the election of Donald Trump in 2016, came overwhelming hope, tremendous changes, enormous opportunities. Ones to make a difference in our futures and a the chance save our republic – even from itself. For while a president has the opportunity to perform many duties in areas requiring his attention, one of the most important is the selection of Supreme Court Justices. Not every president has this opportunity to leave his personal mark on America’s history, but its outcome fosters an effect on the country for decades – far beyond the term of any one president.

President Trump successfully filled the immediate opening with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. A justice with America’s values and a strong constitutional foundation. In Judge Kavanaugh, it appears, President Trump has someone who can be counted on to be a true constitutional conservative. Time will reveal the truth on this selection, but the ramifications of Trump’s choices could ring freedom’s resounding bell for generations.

The important point is that President Trump needs senators; not only in numbers, but in dedication to his, and the country’s, cause of freedom. Appointments designed to interpret the law according to the constitution, not create law according to some personal or political bias.

While every citizen across the country can’t vote for other state’s elected officials, it’s my belief, and others that it’s incumbent on each of us to be aware and support those running which are best, or detrimental for the country. Their performance in Washington affects us all no matter where they’re elected from.

Such a senator to support the president might very well be Arizona’s candidate for the 2018 midterms, Dr Kelli Ward.

Dr. Ward brings a quality of proven community service not always found in a candidate; having served the public as a practicing physician and also as public servant in the AZ state House of Representatives. As Dr Ward has said, ” I know that I can do more to advance the ideas of freedom and liberty so eloquently described in our founding documents, which is why I’ve decided to run for the U.S. Senate.” It was with anticipation and pleasure we had this opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Ward about her candidacy.  Here is part 2 of our series with various links to Dr. Ward’s YouTube videos for more information.

Arizona's Dr. Kelli Ward for the US Senate

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for Senate committee

RB – What possess people like Schumer, Pelosi, and even some republicans to hold such anti-American views that fight against the very things they were elected to achieve? And what will change their destructive approach to governance?

KW – Democrats today seem almost ashamed to be Americans, having accepted the liberal narrative that America is part of what is wrong with the world. And it is not just President Trump that prompted this shift on the part of the Democrats – from President Obama’s disastrous “lead from behind” strategy to Secretary Clinton abandoning our greatest ally, Israel, the Democrats seem determined to cede American interests however they can.

RB – What can a freshman senator do to fit in quickly and effect change in the current direction of ignorance or non-compliance with things like Uranium One, Clinton Foundation and email scandals. And things like healthcare which are of paramount importance to this country but on such a backburner as far as congress seems concerned… they don’t even exist in light of everything else going on with leaks and lies, collusion and all?

KW – A big part of the solution here is simply making the effort to treat issues like Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation scandals seriously, regardless of whether that is unpopular with the career politicians or not. That is precisely what I intend to do. It is also critically important that we do not became complacent now that the individual mandate has been repealed. Some of my key policy passions include repealing Obamacare, providing veterans the highest standard of care, jumpstarting the economy, securing our borders and building the wall, getting federal debt under control, protecting our religious heritage, further simplifying the tax code, and maintaining a strong military.

RB – You just released a new digital ad that covers some of your main points for putting America first;

RB – What bought the country to such a state of divisiveness, and what will heal the racial, social and political strife?

KW – President Obama and the far left have recently embraced in full the misguided notion that America is a racist, sexist, undemocratic country based in, and perpetuated through, oppression. As part of this worldview, identity politics has exploded in popularity, in the process increasing the division and conflict between racial and gender groups. Rather than fixating on what makes us different, we should instead focus on what unites us.

Dr. Kelli Ward supports law enforcement

Kelli Ward supports our Law Enforcement.
Photos courtesy of Ward for Senate
committee

RB – In interviewing numerous top intelligence and law enforcement officials, the same reasonings keep coming out as a basis for America’s social problems. Was Obama’s 8 years that influencing or was the timing right for America to head down a path of socialism and immorality?

KW – The Obama administration unfortunately coincided in many ways with the rapid expansion of a liberal, anti-American worldview on college campuses across the country. So, not only was Obama pushing far left policies at the federal level, activists and students have been increasingly primed to accept and support such policies over the last few decades.

RB – In your opinion, what is the most pressing issue in America right now?

KW – Securing our borders. Whether it is stopping gang violence, human trafficking, or drug trafficking, or addressing the opioid crisis, limiting burdens on social welfare systems, or protecting our Border Patrol agents, I stand fully behind President Trump’s promise to build the wall and secure our southern border.


RB – What are voters in Arizona and around the country to do to get the dead wood out of congress and make a real change? Many have almost given up on their vote counting for anything?

KW – I know it can be disheartening to see coastal elites and the professional political class constantly working against average Americans, but the simple truth is that we need voters to keep fighting for what they believe in if we are going to win. I am counting on Arizonans tired of the status quo to show up to the polls and help me win the primary on August 28. It is only with the hard work and determination of these voters that we can ever hope to reclaim Congress, scale back a bloated federal government, and restore personal responsibility to American life.

RB – What can Arizona citizens do to help with your campaign? How can they get involved?

KW – For voters looking to help with our campaign, we are always looking for new volunteers to help at our campaign headquarters and around the state, from reaching out to prospective voters to attending official campaign events. Those interested in volunteering can contact Sam@kelliward.com. Voters can also follow us on Twitter at @KelliWardAZ and on Facebook at @KelliWardAZ to stay up to date on all the latest news and events.

RB – What would be your important, closing thoughts on Dr. Ward  in the U.S. Senate that help people to know you and your passion for the country?

Dr. Kelli Ward for US Senate

Photos courtesy of Kelli Ward
for Senate committee

KW – Perhaps most importantly, I am the only wife, mom, business owner, problem-solver, and trained healer in the race. I will always be honest, authentic, and accessible, and will continue to build relationships with those I represent so we can enjoy government of, for, and by the people.

 

Our thanks to Dr. Ward for taking time to articulate her views in such an important midterm election year; possibly one of the most important of our time. We thank Dr. Ward for her specific plans for Washington and her strong desire to work with the President.

Again, for those seeking to help with her campaign, contact Sam@kelliward.com. Voters can also follow her on Twitter at @KelliWardAZ and on Facebook at @KelliWardAZ to stay up to date on all the latest news and events. You can find more information on her website www.kelliward.com

 

RB ~  #ronboat

BOAT Interviews Dr. Kelli Ward, AZ Candidate for U.S. Senate

With the election of Donald Trump in 2016, many thought we were out of the woods for losing this country. But even with a quality president leading his party and the country, there are many areas of government that require oversight and delicate manipulation in order to save our republic – even from itself.

While a president has the opportunity to appoint judges, promote his agenda and work with congress, execute executive orders, there are other areas requiring his attention. One of the most important opportunities for any president is the selection of Supreme Court Justices. Not every president has this opportunity to leave his personal mark on America’s history. But, depending on current vacancies to be filled when the need is there, so is the overwhelming responsibility of his decision. The post filled through selection and confirmation will have an effect on the country for generations – far beyond the term of any one president.

President Trump has successfully filled the first opening with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch. A justice with America’s values and a strong constitutional basis for his past decisions. In Judge Kavanaugh, Trump has someone who can be counted on to be a true conservative unlike his “somewhat” conservative predecessor Justice Kennedy who found the need to be more middle of the road and left leaning at times. And also unlike the Chief Justice who many counted on for a position of conservative power, yet who let many down with his supportive vote for ObamaCare.

The important point is that President Trump needs senators, not only in numbers, but in dedication to the cause of freedom, and ones he can count on to confirm his choices. Choices designed to interpret the law according to the constitution, not create law according to some personal or political bias. Such a senator to support the president might very well be Arizona’s candidate for the 2018 midterms, Dr Kelli Ward.

Dr. Ward brings a quality of proven private and public service not always found in a candidate; having served the public as a practicing physician and also as public servant in the AZ state House of Representatives. As Dr Ward has said, ” I know that I can do more to advance the ideas of freedom and liberty so eloquently described in our founding documents, which is why I’ve decided to run for the U.S. Senate.” It was with anticipation and pleasure we had this opportunity to spend some time with Dr. Ward about her candidacy.  Here is part 1 of our series with various links to Dr. Ward’s YouTube videos for more information.

RB – When people enter the political arena for battle against opposing forces, the public likes to know “What makes you, you?” What do you bring to the fight?” What originally got Kelli Ward into the medical field to serve others?

KW – I’ve always been a person who likes to make good things happen rather than complaining about what I can’t change. I’ve been blessed with skills, talents, and abilities that have made it possible for me to help others in many ways.

Photos courtesy of the Kelli Ward
for Senate campaign

RB – And making that leap from a medical provider to a really more open public servant as an Arizona state legislator – how did that come about?

KW – As a family physician, I came into contact daily with not just the policies of the Affordable Care Act, but also the people those flawed policies impacted. As someone who firmly believes in limited government, the vast overreach of Obamacare – and the skyrocketing premiums and deductibles that came with it – compelled me to act, particularly when it became clear that establishment Republicans were not standing up to this unprecedented government takeover.

RB – After successfully serving the state, what propelled you into having an interest in the national arena of politics? Did the appearance of Donald Trump offer some impetus to be a true American nonpolitical nonconformist?

KW – Because I was an extremely successful state senator, many people asked me to take my results-oriented approach to Washington, D.C. President Trump is a strong leader with a message that resonates with Americans – I look forward to working with him and other conservatives in Washington to keep the nation on the right track.

RB – Some get into national office with little or no public service even though they may have a specialty they believe will help them. How did your years in the Arizona legislature prepare you for the work ahead when you’re elected?

KW – During my time in the Arizona Senate, I was provided an excellent opportunity to prepare for serving all Arizonans in the U.S. Senate – from establishing a proven track record of passing legislation that supported small businesses, preserved the Second Amendment, decreased the size of government, addressed the opioid crisis, protected vulnerable Arizona students, and fought Common Core – to getting 19 bills to the governor’s desk to be signed into law during my final year in office. In the State Legislature, I learned to work with people on both ends of the political spectrum to bring forth great policy ideas that served all Arizonans.

RB – Surveys show that healthcare is still at the top of the “concern” list for Americans. When you ran the first time – with a most respectable showing against John McCain – healthcare was more on the front burner of public thinking. Even with its current importance, it has moved aside a bit amongst other existing subjects so what can you do with your medical background to keep it a hot topic and to move it forward and improving the options for everyone?

KW – It is critically important that we do not became complacent now that the individual mandate has been repealed and allow Obamacare’s burdensome taxes and invasive policies to remain on the books. For years, the Republican party campaigned on repealing Obamacare – and that is still what I support. I know that Congress can do better for the American people, whether it is increasing competition to improve healthcare or allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines, we should be doing more.

RB – You had a showing much better than many thought possible against Sen McCain. In comparison to your first campaign just a couple of years ago, your message is close to before but what did you learn then to tweak this campaign to get your message across to the public? Your campaign team seems to be very organized and everywhere you go.

Dr. Ward spends time with her many supporters.
Photos courtesy of the Kelli Ward for Senate
campaign

KW – I think a big difference between the 2016 campaign and now is that Arizonans are waking up to how out-of-touch Democrats and establishment Republicans are with average Americans. Career politicians seem to think that they can say one thing on the campaign trail and then legislate in a totally different way, more in line with their special interests and donors than the citizens they are supposed to represent – and, frankly, people are tired of it. I’ve learned a lot the past few years and it’s made me a stronger candidate who knows how to communicate our message to voters in a way that resonates.

RB – When making that move to a DC office, what are your most important objectives for your constituents in addition to healthcare?

KW – Some of my key policy passions include repealing Obamacare, providing veterans the highest standard of care, jumpstarting the economy, securing our borders and building the wall, getting federal debt under control, protecting our religious heritage, further simplifying the tax code, and maintaining a strong military.

RB – I remember years ago talking with the president of a local hospital group and asking about the excessive rising costs. His answer was that the government’s hand in everything was driving up costs. They might need an MRI machine but have to apply for special equipment and building permits, and with the gov’t interventions a $5 million need becomes a $10 million investment years later when finally approved. When you look at things like making healthcare more efficient, better availability across state lines, associations etc., what can be done to make an industry out of control more affordable to those who need it so badly?

KW – The prices for many of the goods and services we buy have dropped over the last few decades, many by a lot. Televisions, appliances, telephone service, air travel and many other goods are much less expensive today than they were a decade or two ago. Where do we see prices rising? In the areas most controlled by government – health insurance and college tuition are prime examples. Americans need more options and alternatives for health care and health insurance. That means repealing Obamacare, which has sent health insurance premiums into the stratosphere, and giving Americans more choices when it comes to how we pay for health care and health insurance. The Democrats know Obamacare has failed too – and their solution is to make the federal government the only provider of health insurance. This is the wrong approach: we need more, not fewer, choices in health care.

RB – You threw in college tuition which is a very important and major expense to many middle class families hoping their children secure a better life through a better education. Can you expand on that?

KW –  College tuition costs are soaring because many students have limited options when making educational choices, and the government is willing to loan students endless sums of money that have landed many graduates with crippling debt. We need more innovation in education financing, and we must also restore the dignity of work in our trades. I want every student who wants to go to college to be able to do so. At the same time, America needs men and women who will power our favorites, build our homes, keep our transportation network running, and so on. Every student who wants to go into one of these areas should also be free to do so and have access to a wide array of educational options to help them succeed.

RB – You and I first talked years ago when I also had the chance to talk with Dr. Josh Umbehr about his program. His private practice, “concierge” approach of $50-75/month for virtually unlimited 24/7 personal care has been such a model of success, it’s grown to thousands of participating patients. Why can’t the government look at more innovative ways to handle healthcare vs. a politically infused exercise in futility?

KW – One of the big problems with big government is that it almost inevitably degenerates either into byzantine bureaucracy or political gamesmanship, neither of which serve the interests of the American people. Instead, we need to empower local communities and states to be able to adapt their healthcare policies to the specific needs of their citizens, needs they are much more familiar with than some faraway Washington bureaucrat. And we need to empower individuals to live in freedom.

RB – You’ve been so lucky to be married to another medical professional, your husband Mike, a recently retired Air Force Colonel. Besides sharing a passion for quality medical care, what inspirations have you drawn from him and what does he bring to your campaign?

KW – We are a well-matched pair – we are both passionate about caring for people and about demanding good government in the United States. I couldn’t do what I do without his love or support. He’s my sounding board and No. 1 supporter.

RB – Coming from an area close to ground zero for immigration, what solutions do you have to help reform it, force the revitalization of E-Verify, put American’s to work and reduce the threat of illegal criminals, and of course, improve border security?

KW – It’s important that the U.S. government pass legal immigration policies designed to serve America in the 21st century.

Dr. Ward supports our veterans.
Photos courtesy of the Kelli Ward
for Senate campaign

I fully support the RAISE Act, which President Trump has championed, to reform our legal immigration system. This legislation would create a merit-based immigration system that protects the American worker, taxpayer, and economy.

RB – Distinction is decisive in candidates. What separates you from your opponents in terms of goals, directions, and personal/professional experience?

KW – First, unlike Martha McSally and Krysten Sinema, I am not a big-government, big-spending, establishment politician who is more committed to the Washington elites than the citizens I claim to represent. Second, I am the only candidate in this race who has a proven track record of legislating conservatively and effectively – something I plan to continue in the United States Senate.

RB – You’ve been a strong supporter of President Trump. What can you do – along with other REAL conservatives – to further his successful agendas and help to eliminate this deep state resistance that defies logic and fights patriotism?

KW – President Trump needs the help of true conservatives in Washington, conservatives who are committed to his pro-America, limited government agenda. Unfortunately, Many Republicans seem to be simply trying to wait the President out, to shirk anything even a little bit controversial, and just hang on for the next election cycle. Or worse, they pretend to support him (when they never have) to help their own ambitions. This is exactly what is wrong with our government today – we need representatives who are going to stand up for the people and work for real change, not simply cling to power for as long as possible.

 

Our thanks to Dr. Ward for taking time to articulate her views in such an important midterm election year; possibly one of the most important of our time. In part 2 we’ll delve into more of Dr. Ward’s specific plans for Washington and working with the President. For those seeking to help with her campaign, contact Sam@kelliward.com. Voters can also follow her on Twitter at @KelliWardAZ and on Facebook at @KelliWardAZ to stay up to date on all the latest news and events.

 

RB ~

A Red Wave Coming…and it’s NOT Republican

As our nation’s birthday loomed present, we all awaited anxiously for fireworks, BBQs, family gatherings and a day off from work. All good, but truly should only serve as reminders and celebrations of the greatest nation on Earth; The “Beacon,” as it’s been referred to, and refuge for those legitimately oppressed and seeking freedom.

But in opposition of these lofty ideals is the currently growing, woesome cry of a destructive demon. An ideology that would ruin this country like it’s ruined many others. A concept so foreign to this country’s founding that the modern citizenry in many can’t even explain it – IF they’ve even heard of it. It’s been the downfall of many lands, the most recent being the undermentioned, wishfully forgotten, country of Venezuela.

THE NAME OF THIS CANCEROUS RED WAVE?  SOCIALISM:

The operative word, as they say… SOCIAL. And defined as: “A political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.”

There are many forms of a Socialist economic system, that can be divided into non-market and market forms and other variants. But it’s the control of the economy, businesses, property etc for the “collective good” of the community.

We’ll keep it simple here with some links, but it stands in comprehensive contrast to the founding fathers’ idea of freedom, capitalism and God-given rights. Socialism has its origins in the 1789 French Revolution and the changes which it wrought,

although it has precedents in earlier movements and ideas. The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848, was just before the Revolutions of 1848 swept Europe. In the last third of the 19th century, social democratic parties arose in Europe, drawing mainly from Marxism. (There’s that “social” again)

But face it, the facts and history of socialism is lost on today’s illiterate multitudes. They don’t have either the time, inclination or intellect to investigate and appreciate the veracity of history. They willingly listen and follow the lemming’s list of talking points issued by the proletariat leadership which is NOT in the best interest of the country or ultimately the masses themselves.

A few minutes spent thumbing through the millennials’ influential bibles of FaceBook or Google, would yield many multitudinous mounds of truths related to their pet social outcries. The prime precedent of baronial breakdown is Venezuela, whose government has largely stopped reporting economic data. The Central Bank of Venezuela has not independently released inflation figures in at least a year.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has passed blame for the implosive failed economy onto others, including opposition activists and, if you can believe this, officials in Washington. At a campaign rally in May, he blamed hyperinflation on “criminal mafias.” All elements of a country’s economy and social structure to be overwatched and controlled by the government.

Venezuelan socialism is the embodiment of self-deprecation of extreme socialist ideas, the type of Marxism that, when applied for the first time in Russia just 100 years ago, called itself communism. France, on the other hand, like most Europeans, has shown they no longer have faith in the other variant of socialism, the “moderate” form that in many countries has been called Social Democracy or Democratic Socialism.

Both ideologies coincide on a fundamental point: their rejection of capitalism and the free market economy that give everyone the right to produce and consume according to their needs.

Some have taken notice and heeded the warning. Colombia Report’s headline: “Iconic Medellin slum votes Duque to avoid ‘another Venezuela.’” Ivan Duque, the 41-year-old, has been called the new conservative, pro-businesses leader by the Walk Street Journal. Time will tell the outcome of success…or failure. It’s a matter of judgement, reality and trust.

And the problem of socialism/communism/fascism is the trust and believability of those in charge for the “common good.” The most recent example of misplaced trust is the election of a self-acclaimed “socialist from the hood” who proclaims and promised “equality” and “fairness.” In truth, this disciple of disdain for America,  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, was endorsed by progressive and civil rights organizations such as MoveOn, Justice Democrats, Brand New Congress, Black Lives Matter, and Democracy for America. She claims to be a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and has been endorsed by various politically progressive organizations. These are dangerous waters in the political swamp as our populous even considers people with ties to “progressive”, “socialist” and “community organizing” groups.”  (We all remember how well that turned out for America after 2008.)

Ocasio-Cortez has touted her own hard-luck biography as a key selling point in her insurgent campaign while subduing the fact she grew up mostly in wealthy Westchester County, the daughter of an architectural firm CEO. But facts are lost on the blind who seek only social results without benefit of reality.

But take heed, her ill-conceived ideas of abolishing one of our most important law enforcement efforts, the “all inclusive” open arms ideas for immigration, and other socialist concepts would eventually destroy this country, leaving a few wealthy in charge while the poor and middle class wither and slither away to some shanty towns of Appalachia, foraging for food and reviving the talents of hunting and fishing to eat and survive.

For millennials who seek a panacea for their own lack of accomplishment – known as capitalism…. take a plane trip south and see if that’s really how you wish to live your destitute lives. Socialism is NOT the nirvana you seek. There’s no paradise, no refuge in the control of others.

~RB

Children in Cages – Politics in Chaos

They’re wrenching crying babies from their mother’s arms said Rep. Steny Hoyer recently.  Pictures are splashed into every corner of the news spectrum showing young children placed in cages sleeping on cold, concrete floors, restrained by imposing fences.

Children in cages

By US Government – U.S. Customs and
Border Control, Public Domain, https://
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:
Ursula_ (detention_center)_1.png

After seeing old photos and doctored videos, even the Pope found it requisite to weight in. “It’s not easy, but populism is not the solution,” Pope Francis said on Sunday night, adding populists were “creating psychosis” on the issue of immigration. This from a radical, leftist, South American who never saw a conservative, law supporting agenda he didn’t hate.

But of course, unless the light of truth is brought out of the closet, the facts remain unrevealed that these photos were taken in the era of 2014 during the Obama reign, and the terror of screaming separated kids was on his watch – and inflicted under the laws of a Democratic congress. Lest we forget Elian Gonzalez and his gun wielding federal abductors, the concept of child separation was not conceived under president Trump.

This is not a singlized battle for the rights of children. It’s a total war for the right to open borders, free access to America’s wealth and benefits, by masses, not immigrating, but invading our sovereign nation and… pushed to become a constituency of grateful manipulated voters for generations to come. They are pawns in a long perpetrated scheme of contrived lies and subverting control, exorcised from the truth of a larger national problem.

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
~   Nelson Mandela

But let’s remember, these are NOT our children. They may not even be the children of the adults who accompany them through our southern fences and fields, making their way through the hot, parched deserts of the Southwest. They are the youthful product of law breakers. Their actual parents in many cases are living in their native country, now free from the parental responsibilities of child-rearing because… it’s America’s problem now, so they think – and want. How much does the American taxpayer owe the world?

Not to be harsh but, let’s reflect on a basic tenet of life. Parents are to love, nurture and care for their children. I’m not sure, but I don’t think you’re accomplishing this societal mandate by sending your kids thousands of miles away, either by themselves, or with people you don’t know yet paid in order to accomplish some unknown, potentially selfish goal; maybe hoping they’ll compassionately get “in”, and then send for you later through some illogical “chain migration” dictate?

The fact is that legitimate parents who present themselves at official border crossings with claims of asylum should NOT  be separated from their children. Only those who BREAK OUR LAWS by stealing into our country through the dead of night or undercover of  hidden truck beds are legally held and separated through the due process of law. Just like any American citizen sent to confinement and their offspring sequestered at home, with family or as a ward of the state. By law, minors cannot be confined in criminal custody so… reasonable accommodations are provided.

The photo above is recent, though similar to those circulated from years past. The difference is that the photo is of a temporary, processing holding area – not permanent housing. The Trump administration has taken steps to ensure that kids are safe and well fed with complete breakfasts of eggs, potatoes, grains and juice. Estimates are that 10,000+ children are being held – at a cost of $3,000 a month. Simply, that’s $30,000,000 A MONTH shelled out by uninvolved taxpayers working to support a problem they didn’t create.

This is a long and ongoing story that won’t be solved here, in congress or the courts for some time. And even though President Trump has tried to appease the left, right and everyone in between, his compassionate actions will be viewed as temporary, illogical, contrived, inadequate or even illegal.

Our legal system, like our southern fences, appears to exist as stepping stones to personal benefit and attainment; to be used and crushed as needed, forsaking what’s established and best for our society. Remember, liberals and their liberal media were born to lie. It’s your job to sift through the chaff to find the kernels of truth.

 

~  RB

Former Assistant FBI Director Speaks Up…To Ron – Part 2

The biggest organization currently under fire for NOT doing its job, and in fact standing accused of being an obstruction to true justice, has been the FBI. The majority of which are true patriots doing their job but being hampered or allowed, or led, by their leaders into committing their own crimes. But partisan rancor has wormed its way into the leadership and their unwarranted disdain for the president is prominently displayed in virtually every action, investigation, misleading testimony and email.

There’s no better place to find truthful, rational, relevant inside information and opinion on today’s DOJ environment than going to the top. I had the privilege to speak with a former Assistance Director of the FBI, Mr. Ron Hosko. His candor and valued thoughts help to give perspective to our daily exposure on current events. There aren’t a lot of individuals with a more diverse and in-depth law enforcement background. I never ask political affiliation as I too am interested in facts, and those don’t change with the party. Straight forward input is paramount to keeping people informed and prepared.

Ronald T. Hosko, retiring from a thirty year career in the FBI, began his work as a Special Agent in Jackson, Mississippi. In the late 1980s, he transferred to Chicago, working undercover and in assignments focused on complex financial crimes and violent crimes. He worked closely with other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in multiple joint task forces and served on both the Jackson and Chicago SWAT teams targeting the most dangerous subjects of FBI investigations. He went on to lead the FBI’s Crisis Management Unit in Quantico, Virginia before serving as an assistant special agent in charge in Philadelphia from 2003-2007. During that time, Mr. Hosko was awarded the FBI’s Shield of Bravery for his actions during a violent ransom kidnapping.

Promoted to the Senior Executive Service and serving as an inspector, Mr. Hosko conducted multiple serious and fatal shooting investigations involving FBI and associated law enforcement personnel and led a seminal 20 year review of FBI shooting incidents. Ron was promoted to serve as special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division, overseeing all criminal and cyber cases in the FBI’s second largest field office.

In 2012, he was asked to serve as assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, responsible for oversight of the organization’s largest program, worldwide. He has served in important roles at the Salt Lake City and Torino, Italy Olympics, World Cup, national political conventions, and events including the Oakdale Prison siege, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and many others.

This is part 2 of our look into today’s FBI where we continue our talk about everything from Ron’s time working under Mueller and Comey, to 9/11 incompetence and the Obama influences. Part 1, with more great insight, can be found HERE.

RB –  And when we talked about 9/11 and all the questions and theories, you expressed that you’d rather be on the side of incompetence than conspiracy – but aren’t both dangerous these days?   And after 17 years no one has opened their mouths about anything but is there a limited possibility that 9/11 was combination of the two; given such warnings that were known and presented in advance (like those of Coleen Rowley) with little or no action taken by Mueller, Bush and others?

Former Asst. Director, FBI, Ron Hosko

Ron Hosko, Former Asst. Dir FBI
and President of Law Enforcement
Action Network. Photo courtesy
of LEAN.

RH – I give zero credence to a 9/11 conspiracy that suggests the US government was involved in planning or executing those attacks.  None.  However, there’s plenty of evidence that we could have been far better as a government and as individual intel agencies to prevent them.  I believe that most government employees are dedicated and hard working (with exceptions, of course), and that they are simply trying to fulfill the public’s expectations of them and their agency.  But, all agencies are full of people who are flawed, who make mistakes, sometimes use poor judgment, or are motivated by ego, greed or something other than God and country.  My hope is that those are few and they are marginalized before they’re sent out of government.  Yes, incompetence plus conspiracy would be very bad, but I’m not signing on to any “deep state” theories where whole agencies or components (the intel community) are a part of it.  I’ve never seen it in the FBI, nor in the government agencies I worked with.

RB – Are agents caught up in, and a bit dismayed or disappointed, working more “social” crimes (violence at political rallies and the like) than major crimes that would challenge them and also be more important in their outcomes?

RH –  The FBI is very serious about its process for understanding, prioritizing, and actioning the top threats it identifies.  I do not think Congress understands nor cares about that process, if FBI funding is any reflection, so there’s a big disconnect.  However, we dedicated lots of effort to documenting what we thought we knew, what we thought we needed to know better, how we assessed those threats, and how we pushed resources to mitigate them.  We were serious about it.  Some activities demand FBI attention, even though they might have seemed social – i.e., we sent hundreds of personnel to secure the Salt Lake Olympics and now the FBI will send resources to major special events.  But they are concerned about what could happen.  Major crimes are always a focus, particularly those where there’s federal jurisdiction, so you might see a big FBI response to an active shooter incident, even some leadership, but at the end of the day, most of those are local homicide investigations and the FBI is there to support local partners, not take the lead.  That’s jurisdictional, not just a random judgment.

RB – While the majority of Americans highly respect the rank and file agents and officers, and would be proud in the many accomplishments, interventions and successes we’ve never heard of, is the agency falling short in their mandate to fully protect us and what can bring it back to the status it once had?

RH – The 2016 election and FBI’s involvement in the HRC emails put them in the midst of American politics, as does their current work to uncover Russian influence and possible “collusion” with the Trump campaign.  The FBI’s work is guided by the DIOG I mentioned above and I hope they follow it closely and that there are clear justifications for their decisions.  Day to day, they are guided by the DIOG, by the Constitution, by case law, by other DOJ expectations, by the rule of law.  The folks who worked with and for me avoided discussing politics in conjunction with our investigative work.  We were guided by the facts and the law, that’s all, and I’m confident that’s ongoing today.

RB – As with any company, group or government organization, the leadership bears the final responsibility for its successes or failures. You’ve worked under Directors Mueller and Comey. Are you surprised at the partisanship displayed and evidently affecting the position’s ability to do a fair and adequate job?

RH – Like many, I’m waiting to see the IG report on the HRC investigation.  I know others who were involved and believe they thought at the time they were making the best decisions based on what they knew (including judgments about the statute/intent, etc.)  As you know, the FBI can’t just work in a vacuum.  They typically need the support of prosecutors to provide subpoenas, to guide court orders and search warrants.  Many things they do and need, require a federal judge to sign off on, including search warrants, FISAs, Title IIIs so there’s an independent review even after review by agents, FBI attorneys, and DOJ attorneys.  There’s no room for partisanship and I never saw an inkling of partisanship from Bob Mueller or Jim Comey, ever.  My expectation is that any findings by Mueller, particularly any charges, will be fully exposed to the light of day in court and we’ll all be able to judge for ourselves.  And I think Mueller is fully capable of reporting that he found no “collusion”.  His mission is to look for it, not just to find it regardless of the facts.  He’s mission driven, a patriot.

RB – Having interviewed other highly placed operatives in various alphabet intelligence agencies, and knowing that Comey, Clapper, Brennan, McCabe and others in high positions have betrayed the public trust and openly lied to the public or to congress, is this the influential breakdown of controlling authority that affects the day to day agent trying to do the best job possible but loses respect and motivation?

RH ~ I don’t necessarily agree with your premise that “knowing that Comey, Clapper, Brennan, McCabe and others in high positions have betrayed the public trust and openly lied to the public or to congress..” but there can be little doubt that attacks on the leadership, even if unfounded, can have a deleterious effect on the morale of the workforce.  It can end up in a loss of respect for the agents and the organization, trust can be lost.  I fear that has been happening and will continue to happen.  It’s not good for the institutions, it’s not good for America.

What I saw in Jim Comey as a boss was a smart, ethical, apolitical, experienced former U.S. Attorney, Deputy Attorney General, prosecutor who was well equipped to run the FBI.  McCabe was very experienced, dedicated, smart.  Both have

fallen from grace for an array of reasons but I’m not ready to agree they betrayed the public trust or openly lied to the public or congress.  McCabe does appear to have misled FBI and IG investigators and has paid a dear price for it.  Time will tell if that’s the extent of his sins.  On Clapper and Brennan, again, I’ll hold commentary until I’m better informed but I think as a general proposition, there’s been almost no case, other than a political one, suggesting either willfully misled Congress.  If that proof was there, there’d be a referral for contempt or another crime to the DOJ and there’s not been.

“The lies of leadership” can be incredibly damaging but in our divided country, we need more than one side saying “liar”.  We need reasonable people in the middle saying “that’s a lie” along with the proof of a lie.  What we are living though is a massive political divide that’s corrosive to the nation and hopefully true leaders will take us out the other side to some sort of rapprochement.

RB – And you having seen the inner working of the DOJ for so long, do you think those who have betrayed their trust will ever be brought to justice?

RH – I have disagreed with some of the politics at DOJ under Holder yet I have no expectation he’ll ever be “brought to justice.”  We’re seeing different politics there now and expect that there’s wide latitude for an AG and their staff, thought certainly many who disagree with AG Sessions’ politics would love to “bring him to justice.”  If there’s evidence of a crime by any of these folks, there ought to be a thorough investigation, public transparency, and then the right result.  We need trust in agencies like DOJ but politics is a very erosive force and both sides of the aisle want to impugn the other so as to limit its effectiveness and the effectiveness of the government by the opponent.  Again, we’re living through very polarized times so we need reasoned, rational, trusted leaders, particularly in DOJ and the FBI.

RB – With not having a former agent promoted to director since Louis Freeh left in 2001, are we better served in not having lawyers running the bureau as we did with Mueller and Comey? It seems there would be a better understanding of the operation, duties, problems and responsibilities of agents having been one.

RH –  Because of the FBI’s jurisdiction and involvement in legal issues of great magnitude, I think it’s quite reasonable for a very experienced federal prosecutor or judge to be considered as FBI Director.  The job and expectations is immense, so you need someone with great intellect, an understanding of politics and political dynamics yet decidedly apolitical, someone with federal legal experience, right out of the gate.  There’s much for any new Director to learn, the law shouldn’t be one of those things.  I don’t think it should be a prerequisite that the director be a former agent or come up “through the ranks.”

RB – With so many agents asking congress to be subpoenaed in order to testify about agency abuses, what will it take to bring the FBI back into a position of efficiency, respectfulness and with the statue it held for so many years?

RH –  I think that number will be far fewer than some are predicting.  Any agent or employee can become a “whistleblower” if they’re inclined.  Chuck Grassley would welcome them to his office.  I suspect some will disagree with how the HRC investigation was run (I have my own questions), and certainly the outcome, and certainly the notion of the Director saying what he did on July 5…  Perhaps the IG report will answer some of our questions and concerns, but I have little doubt that some voices will never be quieted, they’ll always see conspiracy, their politics will color everything in view so some folks will never find complete satisfaction short of the disbanding of the opposing party.

RB –  Growing up my dad used to teach me, “son, right or wrong, never argue with a guy that has a badge and a gun. Say yes sir, no sir and work it out later.” Today it’s more complicated than teenage drinking or speeding. The one problem we all see more and more is the role that politics plays in non-partisan activities and agencies. The insertion of one’s political views and social agendas into situations which have nothing to do with those personal views and becomes the pivot point for aggressive action and misunderstandings. Many feel the election of BHO was such a climacteric junction as race and social issues played more of a part in his actions than the truthful elements of particular situations.

You so correctly and succinctly detailed this social and law enforcement phenomenon in your treatise for the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law,  laying out the groundwork done to establish and perpetrate the “Ferguson Effect.” The incorrect intervention of race into non-racial, factual law enforcement activities is a dangerous arena. The St. Louis suburb saw more lies, misreporting, conjecture, DOJ personnel, activists, lawyers and even the Attorney General of the United States than one could imagine in light of the facts to be revealed over time.

You outlined those national media headlines with Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and others indicating a spreading caner of bad societal and media behavior stirred up with false accusations. How can our leaders and especially those in positions with the topic agencies counter these false movements and promote a truer sense of law enforcement rather than lawless encroachment?

RH – I like the Trump/Sessions approach – regular expressions of support for law enforcement generally and then when a questioned incident becomes a viral video, withhold comment pending investigation.  That’s the opposite of the BHO approach which I believe did great damage to trust in law enforcement and damaged him as well, as he was proven wrong repeatedly (Harvard buddy, Ferguson, Baltimore).  There’s a time and utility to discussing issues that tend to divide us.  That time is not when you simply don’t have the details, the facts.  It was, I believe, part of BHO’s social agenda.   There’s all kind of opportunity for a president to address such concerns, particularly on policing.  Police groups and associations would welcome his involvement in such discussions.  Just not with ill-informed and -advised comments meant for the evening news.  All that did was embolden criminals to push and test the police.

RB – We saw Officer Darren Wilson’s career smashed and his life sidetracked then derailed for doing his job; protecting society (and himself) while enforcing the law. And here in the Southwest we see the same circumstance that leads to a similar outcome from the Ferguson event – “Declining Police Engagement” For officers here and even our county sheriff have found more and more unjust criticism of “profiling” and “racism” leading more and more officers to be inclined to walk away or turn a blind eye than to get involved with career ending threats, lawsuits and worse.

How much will society need to change in order to bring back the confidence that law enforcement needs to do their job?

RH –  It’s important that society have a clear understanding of the importance of law enforcement in a civil society, of what law enforcement is up against, and it’s equally important that law enforcement personnel understand what constitutional policing is, what the public expects of them, what boundaries they have on their work.  In short, an effective and lawful balance must be struck, day to day, to ensure expectations are constantly met by all.  From time to time, there’s an imbalance and we can see it playing out with police heavy-handedness or someone from the public expecting/demanding the police to accomplish something that they shouldn’t or that would be unreasonably dangerous to them.

Education is required on all sides.  Police and community relationships are multi-lateral, where all involved parties should learn from the other, where all must commit to learning and understanding and to action.  When that happens, and when there’s the right investment in our law enforcement leadership and training and equipping, and staffing, and recruiting and retention, and pay, and community outreach, and accountability and transparency, then I think confidence will return.  These are some of the critical components of professionalism.  With professionalism and accountability there tends to be trust and confidence.

RB –  Since leaving the bureau, you’ve taken up the mantle of increasing support of law enforcement across the country. You serve as President of the Law Enforcement Action Network  as well as the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund; two great organizations who stand with and behind our country’s law enforcement professionals. What drew you to these two groups in particular?

RH – I wanted to retire from a job but continue to be connected with the law enforcement profession and continue to support both the FBI and the larger law enforcement community.  I was approached by a LELDF board member about running the two organizations, which had recently suffered the death of my predecessor, David Martin.  The boards had a number of former, senior DOJ and FBI officials including former Attorney General Ed Meese and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Brad Reynolds, whom I had great regard for.  After meeting Mr. Meese, I agreed to take the position.  The LELDF has been extremely successful in my four years here.  We’re careful in our case selection and the officers have prevailed in every case but one, where the officer had been indicted for murder and ended up taking a misdemeanor plea to another charge and was sentenced to home confinement.  That doesn’t sound like complete vindication, which we believe should have happened, but it was far better than a murder conviction.  We supported that officer through two jury trials, and mistrials, and he was threatened with a third before the plea.  We’ve raised funds to help dozens of officers, including the six Baltimore officers wrongly charged by prosecutor Marilyn Mosby in the death of Freddie Gray.  We attended some of the trials in that case and watched as the judge, a former DOJ civil rights attorney, shot down every shifting and misleading prosecution theory and tactic.  At the end of the day, Mosby’s trial attorneys could prove not a single count of any indictment.  It was exactly what criminal charges against police should never be – allegations of guilt without proof.  That’s the type of case that generated the formation of LELDF 25 years ago and keeps us going today.

On the LE Action Network side, we’ve joined forces with and amplify the voices of those who want strong U.S. borders that are effectively policed and those who reject the politicized madness of “sanctuary cities” that would rather stealthily free criminal illegal aliens from local jails rather than hand them off to federal immigration authorities.  We’ve seen too many tragedies, like the horrible fate of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, and push for policies and coordination that would prevent them in the future.  LE Action Network supports the professional and sacrificial work of hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers and we stand behind legislation that will keep them, and the public, safer, more informed, and better trained, equipped, and led.

RB – Are the current mores of society leading to more and more law enforcement being caught up in bad decisions or even worse situations, wrongful accusations, and legal entanglements – victims of the very system they have sworn to defend? And requiring the support of your organizations?

RH –  We live in very litigious times.  Offenders with guns can and do engage in terrible crimes yet are willing to sue individual officers, their departments, and their municipalities for any conceivable reason.  Our court system will listen to even ridiculous allegations, often requiring officers who simply did their job to go out and hire expensive legal counsel while cases with zero merit wind through the system.  In many communities, police are seriously underpaid and can ill afford liability insurance so if a mistake is made, the officer is left on the hook financially and professionally.  We’ve seen time and again where completely bogus allegations are made against police, sometimes where race is a factor.  We’re proponents of police body cameras for that very reason, among others.  These can be great tools to demonstrate that police acted professionally and the person making the allegations was a liar.  So, there are many good reasons for the existence of LELDF and LEAN.

RB – With the election of Trump and his support, a growing awareness of wrongful political interventions and the crimes of our leaders coming into the light of day, do you see a shift in the support of the public for law enforcement?

RH –  We were all delighted to hear Trump, both during the campaign and post-election, speak so regularly and positively about law enforcement.  It was a wonderful change from the pre-judged negativity of Obama.  Too often, the mainstream media was willing to jump right into the criticisms of police without looking at or questioning the details of an encounter.  We all need to be smart consumers of information – whether that information comes from BHO, DJT, or the media.  We all need to be good listeners, active readers, critical in our thinking to ask why we’re being told what we’re being told and to examine whether there are facts behind it.  We have to understand the difference between journalism, editorial commentary, and opinion.  Today’s media is far from what we heard and saw 30 years ago.  Today, the media is loaded with panels of people with opinion but no actual news or hard facts.  It’s important we all know the difference, regardless of the direction it comes from.   That applies to policing and many other aspects of our lives.

RB –  With such strong and continual tweeting about AG Sessions, is Trump’s dismay with his performance leading to a change or is he just venting frustrations and playing a media game? And would he be fair and justified in making a change to a more active AG?

RH ~  I think his tweets are demeaning, are wrong, are thinning out his support, are beneath the dignity of the office he holds.  Jeff Sessions has been a champion for the Trump immigration and crime agenda, quietly but steadily.  He’s taken a virtual beating but wakes up and goes to work.  Our organizations are fully with him and his team, which has to fight uphill battles because of so much that the president said as candidate, especially on immigration.  Sessions did what he should have – he was a campaign insider and of course had to recuse himself when the investigation became known.  So, the question is, ‘what does Trump really want?’.  Who knows.  He may be working toward another round of the disaster that’s been the Comey firing.  Does he want Sessions to quit?  Will he fire him?  Does he think that this congress, or any, would confirm the nomination of someone who would be a Trump ‘rubber stamp’ for anything he wants to do, regardless of legality?  I think he’s way down the wrong path with how he’s treating his AG and one that won’t serve him going forward.  The president’s term has been mired in scandal, including among cabinet officials.  Except Jeff Sessions.  Frankly, another one is Kirstjen Nielsen, who seems to be doing the best she (DHS) can with what resources and law she’s got but is still beat up on by the president.  These are two folks executing the mission, the vision, not creating their own scandals for the media to feed on.  He ought to be thanking them and singing their praises

RB –  What can the public do to better support law enforcement, even the FBI and other agencies?

RH – Be smart consumers.  Understand the mission, understand the guidelines, understand the training, leadership and ethos of an organization.  We badly need the police in a civil society and we need them to be the best they can be.  They need us too.  They need our support so we should participate!  Go to a police citizens academy, learn more about them and how to support them.  Encourage youth to get involved, to see police as a friendly force.  Thank a cop for what they do or write a letter commending them for a service or an encounter.  We tend to hear too little of their sacrifice of their professionalism and get to see (repeatedly) a questionable encounter.  Law enforcement saves thousands of folks a year, they’re violently attacked more than 50,000 times a year,  and occasionally, they take someone’s life.  Police have tremendous power and authority so they SHOULD be scrutinized and controlled.  Part of that scrutiny and control should be by an informed citizenry so involvement and information are important to the balance.

RB –  Are there any other important thoughts we need to consider or would help advance the cause of your organizations?

RH –  We’re at www.policedefense.org and www.leaction.org   We have lots of information (and a way to donate) on our website.  Folks can see about us, our mission, our issues, our officers.  I encourage the support.

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The United States without quality, efficient, dedicated law enforcement; it’s a hard thing to comprehend. Our front line of defense, the men and women of named and unnamed agencies, do a valued community service while placing themselves in harm’s way every day. They protect us from domestic as well as foreign enemies so that we may live our safe and guarded lives.

I greatly appreciate Mr Hosko’s service to our country, as well as his time in helping me to write this article outlining his thoughts and input to our current state of the union and law enforcement. I invite you to visit his organizations to keep abreast of their efforts to support our local law enforcement.

RB ~

Former Assistant FBI Director Speaks Up…To Ron – Part 1

Take federal and local law enforcement out of our society and consider the anarchy from within, and without, destroying our country. Getting a speeding ticket or even undergoing government scrutiny are minor inconveniences if you consider the total absence of a legitimate societal oversight and protection

The biggest organization currently under fire for NOT doing its job, and in fact being an obstruction to true justice, has been the FBI. The majority of which are true patriots doing their job but being hampered or allowed or led by their leaders into committing their own crimes.

There’s no better place to find truthful, rational, relevant inside information and opinion on today’s DOJ environment that going to the top. I had the privilege to speak with a former Assistance Director of the FBI, Mr. Ron Hosko. His candor and valued thoughts help to give perspective to our daily exposure to current events. There aren’t a lot of individuals with a more diverse and in-depth law enforcement background.

Ronald T. Hosko retired from a thirty year career in the FBI. A graduate of the Temple University School of Law, he began his work as a Special Agent in Jackson, Mississippi. In the late 1980s, he transferred to Chicago, working undercover and in assignments focused on complex financial crimes and violent crimes. He worked closely with other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners in multiple joint task forces and served on both the Jackson and Chicago SWAT teams targeting the most dangerous subjects of FBI investigations. He went on to lead the FBI’s Crisis Management Unit in Quantico, Virginia before serving as an assistant special agent in charge in Philadelphia from 2003-2007. During that time, Mr. Hosko was awarded the FBI’s Shield of Bravery for his actions during a violent ransom kidnapping.

He was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and served as an inspector where Mr. Hosko conducted multiple serious and fatal shooting investigations involving FBI and associated law enforcement personnel and led a seminal 20 year review of FBI shooting incidents. Ron was promoted to serve as special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division, overseeing all criminal and cyber cases in the FBI’s second largest field office.

In 2012, he was asked to serve as assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, responsible for oversight of the organization’s largest program, worldwide. He has served in important roles at the Salt Lake City and Torino, Italy Olympics, World Cup, national political conventions, and events including the Oakdale Prison siege, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and many others.

This is part 1 of our look into today’s FBI where we talk about everything from Ron’s time working under Mueller and Comey, to 9/11 incompetence and the Obama influences.

RB – When growing up in the 50s and 60s, many of us got our adventure by playing the all-encompassing cowboys and indians. Maybe in the last few decades with the cold war and political events, it changed to spies and counterspies. Either way, it’s the norm in the world for good guys vs. bad guys. What prompted you to choose the path you did and what did you do to prepare for it and secure it?

RH –  I was, like lots of kids, enthralled by the lights and sirens and drama of police work.  Even, fire, for that matter.  Watched The FBI (in color), Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and other great crimefighters of the 60s, so that was always in the back of my mind.  I’d applied for the Pennsylvania State Police and tested highly but not highly enough in the era of affirmative action there, so after college I decided to try for the FBI and I went to law school as my path in.  It worked – I was accepted in after graduating Temple University Law, and I started training in Quantico shortly after taking the bar exam, in 1984.

RB – And how does the pursuit of such a career differ these days in terms of expectations and preparation?

Ron Hosko Asst. Dir FBI

Ron Hosko, Former Asst.
Dir FBI and President of
Law Enforcement Action
Network. Photo courtesy
of LEAN.

RH –  Expectations and prep for a career in the FBI are higher still – they take a range of very smart, energized, experienced people from science, the military and law enforcement, law and accounting, and other diverse backgrounds and give those who make it in untold opportunities for adventure, service, and upward mobility.  The FBI is a global operation, that though relatively small (about 13,000 agents) has outsized impact both here and abroad.  I have nothing but positive memories and thoughts about the people there and the opportunities they gave me in my career.  Anyone contemplating a career there should be ready to compete with great patriots, people with tremendous educational backgrounds, people who’ve led troops into combat and demonstrated heroism on the battlefield.

RB – So many people I’ve talked to from the bureau have that positive memory and pride, but it must hurt tremendously to see what’s become of the top leadership and how they’ve warped and manipulated the organization for personal or certainly political gain?

RH – It’s deeply concerning how the FBI has ended up in the middle of a political firestorm.  Like I did in my FBI career, I want to see PROOF of what is true, what’s fiction, what is a blend, so I’m eagerly awaiting the IG’s report on the Clinton email investigation.  I worked with Jim Comey and respect him.  I never saw any piece of a politically driven agenda, or any personal politics at all, by him or those he surrounded himself with (myself included) but disagreed with his ill-fated decision to put himself in the prosecutor’s role when commenting on HRC and her emails.  That decision put him (and the organization) on a path to the middle of politics during the election.  I, and many others, were sickened to read the Strzok/Page texts, which suggested a political animus.  Again, I hope the IG tells us all whether those views infected their work in any observable way, but regardless, great damage has been done and a price (in trust) is being paid.  Finally, I did read the IG report on McCabe and found it compelling.  McCabe has paid a big price for the missteps and has also damaged the FBI “brand.”   I hope Director Wray rebuilds his executive team and works every day to ensure an apolitical FBI, which is an absolute must.

Meanwhile, I think there are lots of uninformed voices out there who don’t even care to wait for or understand the facts before they try to damage the FBI’s reputation.  Just today, the House Speaker credited Trey Gowdy’s recent assessment that the FBI didn’t run a “spy” at the Trump campaign and that they did what the public would want them to.  Time will tell whether that sort of comment is too little too late.

RB – The truth will come out… good or bad. As we talked about, in the good ol days, they generally wanted either an accounting or law degree to even be considered for being an agent, and women originally were not even considered for such positions outside the steno pool. How did that mindset make for a great agent then and what backgrounds are most favored now?

RH – Accounting and law were valued backgrounds then, and now.  Those disciplines help teach logic and reasoning as well as the specialties that are needed in FBI agents.  Women began getting hired in greater and greater numbers in the 80s and they now form a critical part of the workforce.  We sometimes joke about “that person” not being a rocket scientist but the FBI actually has hired some rocket scientists, other folks with advanced degrees in arcane subjects, and broadly a workforce with tremendous capability and depth.  I had a bunch of folks who were military academy grads on my squad in Chicago and they were phenomenal agents.  The FBI is looking for leaders, folks with proven abilities and track records of success, people from diverse backgrounds.

RB – As you worked your way from Jackson, MS through Chicago and then to Quantico, did you envision yourself in a long-term career with an ultimate goal or did you take it as it came, learning and preparing keeping many options in public service in mind?

RH –  I was a baby boomer and like many of that generation, I wanted stability for myself and my family.  I entered looking at the FBI as my career, a job I’d do for 25 years or more.  That comes with a degree of sacrifice because you know going in that government employment will never make you rich, that you’ll never have the biggest house or the coolest car.  The tradeoff is that it can come with tremendous satisfaction that follows successful resolution of a big case, the arrest of a bad guy, the dismantling of a dangerous criminal enterprise, the defeat of a terrorist plot.  For me and many colleagues, that was a worthy tradeoff.

I never had a different career in mind because I loved the camaraderie, the opportunities, the successes, the teamwork, the ethos of the organization and my coworkers.

RB – In 2012, you found yourself serving as the Assistant Director of the FBI. With the state of country and the world at that time, were there overwhelming pressures at times dealing with the many ever-changing landscapes of law enforcement both locally, domestically and internationally?

RH – FBIHQ can be an incredibly challenging environment.  There’s a constant demand for current information on breaking cases and events, a need to be continually informed.  That meant very long days and nights, including weekends, for planning and prep.  At that level, there’s little actual “work/life balance” because you’re always “on”.  I think that leads to some of the turnover in leadership at the highest levels.  There’s a degree of exhaustion that’s inevitable and demands that you find change after a time in that seat.  The threat does evolve and we were always looking at ways to better understand the threat and to apply available resources against it.  Congress and the Administration didn’t always make our job easier – we could have easily used hundreds more agents and support personnel and the budget challenges were always great and made harder by sequester, delayed budget agreements and government shutdowns.

RB –  As you look back over your 30 year career with the bureau, certainly the intensity has changed, and there’s more satellites and less keyholes for listening, but how has the change in problems and technology affected an agent’s ability to the his/her job? And what mental effects does the current state of expansive problems have on an agent?

RH –  The FBI was accused of having failed to connect the dots that would have prevented 9/11.  Some of the criticisms are fair but the FBI, in my estimation, was always a great intelligence agency.  For decades, agents collected bits of intelligence, identified subjects and corrupt organizations (and spies), and disrupted and dismantled them.  We built huge corruption and racketeering cases – that’s all intelligence collection and analysis with a purpose.  But as our world has changed, so must the FBI.  The shifts to a cyber and connected world meant we had to evolve to understand how to capture the digits and electrons, how to store them, how to bring them back into court and explain how we knew what we knew.  As our collection techniques became known (and mimicked on TV shows and in movies) those devices and techniques had to get smaller and better.  And, with some scandals of the past, the FBI had to develop and follow (and police) internal guidelines that would keep it from trouble in the future.  We did so with the Domestic Investigative and Operations Guidelines (DIOG) that serves as a kind of bible for operations.  Much is expected of today’s FBI, in fact, many expect perfection.  Know and follow every rule faithfully, crack every case, prevent every crime and terrorist plot.  It’s a high bar.

RB – Much of your time was spent in more violent crime activities, even having served on multiple SWAT teams. Have you seen the level of violence and criminal obstinacy grow?

RH – No and yes.  I’m proud to have been part of the effort to make America safer.  We succeeded in many ways: violent crime was, in 2014, about half of what it was in 1990.  That means thousands fewer victims, thousands fewer families losing a loved one to murder.  Despite recent spikes in homicide and violent crime, we’re far safer than we were 25-30 years ago and we owe law enforcement much for that.  But I have witnessed the rise of the viral video there parts of a police encounter are captured and retransmitted without full context.  And, I believe, as a result, we’ve seen horrific attacks on police simply because they are the police, and we’ve seen a change in attitude by others who think they have the right to obstruct, fight, curse and spit at, and otherwise resist lawful authority.  It’s very concerning and I think the impact on recruiting for police work is profound.  Applicant pools across the country are drying up.  That is a troubling trend that must be reversed.

RB – And as our society has changed over the last 30, 40 or 50 years, has that “change in attitude” come from a lack of parental guidance, even punishment played out as a part in youth’s “no fear of authority” mindset?

RH –  My sense is that is so.  We have far more broken families, kids being raised by the available electronics while parents are busy at work, too little accountability as kids are growing up.  When kids get in (or start) trouble at school, the parent(s) go on the attack and defend the indefensible.  The school retreats and the kids learn they can get away with bad behavior.  What will be the result long term – I think we’re seeing it.

RB – As a follow up, has liberalism added to the lack of respect for the law and law enforcement?

RH –  In my estimation, without question.  Liberalism seems to defend any written or spoken bad behavior that serves their purpose as lawful First Amendment protected activity.  Our norms and standards have fallen steadily for the last 4 decades.  I was walking through a major airport recently and a young lady had vile obscenities in large letters on her t-shirt.  Did we see that in the 70s or the 80s?  Every child in sight could have read that language and asked a parent what it meant.  We also saw the impact our last president’s liberalism had on policing – he was quick to condemn a questionable police encounter as race-driven policing, heavy handed policing.  Too often he was wrong yet his message was sent and it was loud and clear.

He (BHO) was complicit in the negativity toward police that is still felt today.  Add to that the willingness of the liberal media to tell only the part of the message that stirs controversy and you have just what the media wants – conflict.

RB – And so the media is fueling the flames of violence and dissent rather than presenting facts and helping to discover solutions?

RH –  Without a doubt.  I’ve seen again and again where the media intentionally tells the story in a way that feeds trouble.  Look at Ferguson, at Baltimore, at Charlotte.  All places where the lies are told and repeated with little question, only to have the truth try to catch up months later.  Then, the truth is presented as a footnote, not the headline.  That’s by design, not by accident.  Media outlets today are serving their political masters and are trying to sell advertising.  They do that by spinning the stories in a way that stirs or creates conflict or gives the slant they prefer.  That happens on both sides of the political spectrum, of course.

RB – And it’s odd that crime rates have been falling while young people’s intransigence has been increasing. Certainly, making law enforcement’s job harder and more dangerous.

RH –  in late 2014, continuing into 2015 and 2016, violent crime rose, homicides rose, fatal attacks on police rose, ambushes on police rose.  These alone are cause for concern; in combination, they should have our full attention.  Our country is politically polarized, with people on opposite sides barely able to agree on what day of the week it is.  Law enforcement, unfortunately, finds itself in the middle of it, trying to settle conflicts in an angry, undermedicated country.  They are the first to respond, the ones expected to “figure it out” in seconds and resolve conflicts to everyone’s complete satisfaction.  Throw in massive mental health problems from coast to coast and you have some appreciation for the difficulty of that work.

RB – in the years you mentioned of 2014,15,16, we were in the final years of a very liberal, almost 60’s radical administration that had it’s own lawlessness running rampant through the admin and its controlled people and groups. Did this overly liberal, unaware or unconcerned attitude lead in part to our society’s destructive and violent nature toward law enforcement?

RH –  Not sure about that as a conclusion.  They were certainly very liberal but I don’t think unaware.  I think it was deliberate.  These were smart, educated people who knew what they were saying and knew if they said it enough, regardless of its essential truth, that it would have an effect.  Maybe the intended effect was to foster discontent, some protests, some noise, some disruption.  Maybe the intent was worse.  But, in my opinion, it was wrong in its timing, wrong in it’s repetitiveness, wrong in how it took hold.  The mainstream media treated Obama with kid gloves.  And when he suggested and repeated police abuse or misconduct, especially on account of race, the media was more then happy to oblige him by fanning the flames.  Look at the lie of Ferguson’s “hands up, don’t shoot.”  Quickly, CNN commentators assuming the pose, Rams players, congressional reps, others.  All based on a lie that so many so readily and happily embraced.  Obama was complicit, as were many others.  But he was educated, a Harvard trained lawyer.   Meanwhile, while he was pointing fingers at police, look at what was happening in Chicago, in Baltimore, in St. Louis and Memphis and Philly.  All democrat cities with big swaths of black urban poor.  Yes, the police paid a price but those who can’t leave these places paid the biggest price, in blood.  Hundreds more killed – not by police, by other citizens.  Criminals saw the gap when police started pulling back, criminals filled that void with gunfire and carnage.

RB – Are we reaping the whirlwind of 60’s radicals (both in society and in government) all grown up and passing on the genes of dissidence and violence? Is the fatherless society adding to our major discipline problems?

RH – Re the latter, I think so.  Our reality is that very often where a family has two parents living in the same house, both are working, both are busy and traditional child-raising is far different than in the 50s and 60s.  We’ve heard a lot about the fracturing of the nuclear family in recent years; divorce is increasingly likely for any couple – maybe a 50/50 proposition and the damage to the kids in that environment can be profound.  Some three quarters of blacks are born out of wedlock (Washington Examiner article on black births), the percentage is far lower for Hispanics and whites.  There’s plenty of commentary out there suggesting ties between kids raised in single family homes to offending rates.  So, while this might not be the genes of radicals, I think there’s some evidence that our changing family “models” may help feed crime and violence.

RB – You had your time dealing with cyber cases. Many worry we’re just not prepared enough for the multitude of damaging activities that foreign and domestic groups could wreak on this country. The FBI probably has its share of investigations in this area, but why hasn’t the government taken the threats to our utility grids, banking structures, defense systems etc. more seriously? Do they deny the risks or will it take a technological 9/11 to grab their attention?

RH –  We’ve seen too often that America, a city, a business, an industry, needs a crisis before meaningful change comes.  A major cyber disaster is looming for all of those entities.  Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, “hactivists” and many others have the capability today to cause major disruptions and to take many lives.  I think some of our government components (FBI/DHS/USSS) are working very hard to keep abreast of threats, to attribute intrusions and mitigate them, and to keep us informed.  But I think with the speed of tech developments and willingness of bad actors to use tech for bad purposes, government is playing “catch-up” every day.  Add to that that so many of us are relative novices in tech and cyber defenses, that we are ineffective at protecting our own desktops, laptops, networks, that we don’t know what questions to ask let alone know what the answers mean, that we’re all very vulnerable.  Look at the recent warning by the FBI that Russian actors were injecting malware to US routers and that we could mitigate the harm by resetting our routers, including those in our homes.  What percentage of folks do you think heard the message and took the steps the FBI recommended.  I’d bet less than 25% and maybe far less.  That’s a big vulnerability and it happens every day in places big and small.  This threat is real, it’s big, it’s persistent, it’s growing daily.  We all need to be paying attention and getting smarter about it.

RB – A lot happened during the 8 years of BHO in office. Was he more focused on social agendas than on true awareness and protection of the country… especially in the areas of growing NSA domestic spying under Mueller? I think the revelation of things to come came with his and Holder’s desire not to pursue or prosecute the Black Panther’s actions at the Philly polling place: Something Bush wanted to finish.

RH – BHO did have a social agenda, a very clear one and I think his criticisms of police before there was evidence played right into it.  I think those criticisms were too often very unfair and that he intended to put his finger on the scales of justice.  He had an AG who was often an echo chamber for the president’s ill-timed and -informed comments and, in combination with other factors had the effect of putting police on their heels.  That damage has been done and hopefully it can be undone by a president and AG who have spoken very appreciatively of police and the sacrifice they make for us.  I don’t know the specifics of why DOJ failed to prosecute those Black Panthers in Philly but it looked like a clear case of voter intimidation that should have been addressed.

I do believe the NSA is staffed by patriots who are duty bound to protect America from hostile foreign actors; they should always be guided by the Constitution and the rights of Americans protected appropriately, including through effective Congressional oversight.

RB – I’ll never forget being at home the night of 9/11. I got a strange call from an east coast number and all the guy said was…. “today you got what you deserved.”  It was chilling and I immediately wrote down the number, called the local FBI office and reported it. I felt almost dismissed as if I was calling drunk from a bar somewhere, and of course never got a follow up call, further inquiry or anything from the local office. Looking back, has the bureau’s working environment, openness to civilian help, tips and information changed a lot in the last 30 years in terms of morale, awareness and efficiency?

RH –  In our post-9/11 hours and days, the FBI was literally flooded with calls and tips like yours.  You’ve heard the term “drinking from a fire hose” and I’d say that doesn’t come close to the volume of information we were trying to process so you shouldn’t look at it as being dismissed as much as an organization that was in full crisis mode trying to process what was important, get agents out to those leads that seemed like priorities at the time, etc.  I do think the FBI today is far better in managing crisis information but the reality is that any massive event would again cause some earthquakes inside the biggest and best run organizations.  As you know, the FBI now has centralized it’s public tipline work, in West Virginia.  They can surge additional employees to handle surges of tips on cases that get heavy media attention – all good.  Except when something in the system fails – like a clear, detailed and concerning tip about a school shooter that, for whatever reason, the tip taker fails to relay to the office of interest.  In my time, we had agents who were responsible for taking complaints (and often support personnel) every day.  You were known as the “complaint agent” that day.  A great number of the complaints had nothing to do with FBI work, our jurisdiction and plenty involved folks who were paranoid, suffering delusions and other mental illnesses.  So, it may have made sense to centralize and economize the effort across 56 field offices.  The FBI knows well it will be far less successful without a supportive public and to that end, all offices host citizens academies, recognize people who provide great support to them and the community, and take other steps to engage the public and help them understand the mission, the work, and the great people who do it.

On efficiency: the FBI is always looking at better ways to apply their resources; however, among the biggest complaints in the last decade has been the “administrative burden” on agents.  All are expected to be in an almost continual learning/training mode, most type their own reports (steno pools are long gone), many are on specialty teams like SWAT, Evidence Response, crisis management/negotiation, and many others, so their days are very very full and most agents feel like they need more “street” time and less office time but they must address all their “admin” requirements with few exceptions.  Finding the right balance can be very difficult.

 

Our gratitude goes out to Mr Hosko, not only for his service to our country, but his time and insight in helping me to write this article and bring to light some thoughts from the inside of a most important government agency.

In Part 2 we talk more about 9/11, the “Ferguson Effect,” the Directorships of Mueller and Comey under which Mr Hosko served, and Trump’s actions with AG Sessions.

 

RB ~

NSA, CIA, and FBI Officials Talk – Part 2

My series of “Insider Interviews” has focused on the inner workings of those agencies which are charged to protect us, but, all too often and without our permission, work against us as free citizens entitled to our rights under the constitution. Many still don’t know, or choose to deny, the abusive, invasive domestic spying perpetrated by those we entrust to protect us, but instead choose to insert themselves into our daily emails, phone calls, web searches, texts and more.

Included in my previous writings has been time with a former agent with the FBI, Coleen Rowley; Former operative with the CIA, Verne Lyon; and a former highly placed intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency now turned whistleblower, William Binney.

My articles have asked questions about their individual specific experiences and their work in general serving our country. All have left their service with disdain and disgust for the agencies they dedicated their lives. They were ignored in their presentation of important intel related to such events as domestic spying and even pre-9/11 activities. They witnessed things, were asked to do things they felt were either illegal or immoral so, being vocal in their objections, were labeled whistleblowers and left their posts.

The anti-American, possibly traitorous, acts committed by some at the upper layers of our intel community is being seen daily in the news. DOJ committing domestic surveillance and the illegal leaking of people and events.

We’ve seen FBI agents openly abusing their positions with ineffective investigation of anti-American, crime committing politicians, while selectively pursuing and attempting to replace a sitting, duly-elected president. All for partisan, pestiferous, personal, political, and parlous reasons.

In order to see the relevance of their answers from different perspectives and the common views they share, I’ve selected certain questions for a side-by-side comparison of answers. This is part 2, a continuation of part 1 which can be seen HERE.

RB ~ When the average American thinks about all this data collection, the feeling is the gov’t should be spending time, money and resources chasing bad guys in Yemen, Iran or Syria, not worrying about some conversation or email between a guy and his grandmother. Are there hidden reasonings behind collecting so much private and inconsequential information about non-threats within the country?

NSA- William Binney

WB ~ Yes. I call it population control motivated by power and money. It’s the “happiness management program” for a few that the rest of we poor suckers pay for – at least as long as most of us believe their lies.

VL~ Certainly politics always has a role in what type of intelligence is collected and from whom. With today’s technology that allows us and foreign nations to encrypt private communications, the race to stay ahead of the curve outweighs the concerns for people’s rights.

CR ~ As I’ve said and written many, many times, how does it help if you are looking for a “needle in a haystack,” to add more hay?!  I attended a Senate Hearing in 2013 about the massive illegal monitoring of Americans where this and other bizarre and deceptive excuses were made (and wrote about it) but to answer your question, the collection of non-relevant data is not warranted.  NSA whistleblowers will tell you that the NSA Director and other intelligence agencies were given vast budgets after 9-11 and they just wanted to “collect it all.”

RB ~ Is the invasion of our privacy “rights” (and maybe I’m using that term loosely) growing, or has the presence of Trump in the oval office stemmed the tide of intrusion into our lives?

WB ~ The shadow government fears Trump may change their gravy train. He has not yet moved to stop that even though that process has been used against him.

VL~   Basically and simply – No

CR ~ Unfortunately it hasn’t been stemmed at all.  I cannot believe that House Intelligence Chair Nunes, and other congresspersons recently voted to enlarge the monitoring even though they are well aware of how the agencies have abused their powers for political purposes.  Even more than mere “privacy rights,” the entire Bill of Rights and other parts of the Constitution have been greatly undermined.  As Cicero observed hundreds of years ago, “In times of war, the law falls silent.”

RB ~ With all the agencies working inside and outside the country, are we overlooking the presence AND dangerous influence of groups like CAIR and others with ties to foreign entities or governments?

WB ~ This bulk data collection makes them dysfunctional and we lose on all fronts.

CR ~  I think the most consistently dangerous things the CIA and other US agencies have done has been to aid and arm various Al Qaeda and other associated terrorist groups, trying to use them as our “proxies.”  This began with “Charlie Wilson’s War” using the Mujahadin in Afghanistan and Pakistan who morphed into Al Qaeda and the Taliban.  We should’ve learned our lesson about the consequences of aligning ourselves with foreign terrorists, but it has continued with the Chechen terrorists, the Syrian and Libyan jihadists and even the Iranian terrorist dissident Mujahedin al Khalq (MEK) group.  As bad as the increase in international terrorism is, all due to this stupid US foreign policy and perpetual wars, aligned with Wahabi extremist Saudi Arabia, domestic mass shootings have tripled in recent years and actually take more lives inside the U.S.

RB ~ For most of us, the Clinton’s have been on the highway of free rides since the 80’s, bypassing every legal stop sign and prosecution toll booth in their path as they speedily wind their way toward fame and riches – mostly infamous riches. Everything they touch seems to be laden with bi-chromatic fingerprint dust and the blood of innocents mixed with confusion. With the questionable death of Seth Rich and other DNC maneuvering, it’s been said you have your own theories and proof that the DNC email hacking was not the Russians, but an inside job. And for whose benefit and for what purpose? Was Rich to receive the blame for the hacking but wanted to prove otherwise?

WB ~ All the G2 data presented to prove a hack is clearly demonstrable by forensics as a fabrication. Plus, NSA with all the taps and collection inside the us should be able to state without reservation where the alleged attack came from and where the data was transferred to – which they have not done. If the unauthorized recording of Sy Hersh plus statements by Julian Assange and former Ambassador Greg Murry then the motive was money for emails and supposedly the FBI knows about this and has it in a report.

Photo courtesy of
former CIA agent,
Verne Lyon

VL~ Investigation, NO enforcement.  More open but still restrictive.

CR ~   It’s true that both of the Clintons have constantly displayed deceptive and corrupt, self-enriching and ruthless activity in the course of their prior “leadership” of the U.S.

I haven’t weighed in on the Seth Rich case because it’s not possible to intelligently opine without hard evidence i.e. what’s called a “smoking gun.” But it’s possible he or some other insider leaked DNC information.  I don’t think anyone really knows.

Hacking and hackers are now ubiquitous and everywhere.  There are certainly hackers in Russia and China but also in the U.S. and Western countries.  It looks like more than a few separate hackers were targeting and exfiltrating info from the DNC and DNC officials for months.  I don’t think the full truth has come out.  The “Intelligence Community Assessments” (which the FBI, CIA, NSA and DNI’s handpicked analysts produced), were mere allegations and did not provide any real evidence showing the Russian government was responsible for the hacking.  The ICA was thus a good example of the opposite of “intelligence,” similar to what was ginned up for Colin Powell’s false presentation to the United Nations in order to launch war on Iraq.  President Obama even admitted that it could not be shown that Russians hackers were the source for “Wikileaked” DNC info.  Yet our mainstream media constantly spews this war propaganda.

RB ~ Did you in your wildest intelligence dreams ever think that a major political party could invade the sanctity of our election process by creating false documents, use them to smear an opposition candidate before an election, then use them to assault the privacy of his closest confidants, using them to corrupt the privacy process of the FISA system, all while the long-term goal of removing a duly elected president loomed in the back of their destructive playbook?

WB ~ No, that’s why I call them all criminals. The term swamp is probably not bad enough.

VL~  Since FISA courts (hearings) are held in secret, much like grand jury hearings, the prosecutor usually controls the hearing and the court will go along with the prosecution’s request 99% of the time so its use is always, in my view, political. The fact that the election process can be corrupted to the degree that it has been is just another example of politics over-ruling facts. It’s sad to see its degradation to the point that politics has apparently removed all fairness to the process.

Photo courtesy of former FBI
agent, Coleen Rowley

CR ~  That is an excellent description of what appears to have transpired with the “Steele” dossier.  Although I and other whistleblowers warned the surveillance abuse would happen—I wrote an article back when Congress was initially intimidated into passing the “FISA Amendments Act” in August 2007 that the powers they were giving to the Executive Branch’s “national security” agencies would be turned on themselves, I am still somewhat surprised at how this all transpired so quickly.  Officials sell their grabbing for more and more abusive and illegal powers as only being used to target foreigners but it was a slippery slope, and a rather quick slippery slope.  The “war powers” quickly migrated home.  That’s frankly why the CIA was supposed to be prohibited from acting domestically, because of their history of abuses since they are so used to having free reign abroad, without having to follow any laws.

RB ~ Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

WB ~ While he did go a little too far in data he took (it has not caused major damage to the IC) he is clearly on the hero side.

Eris Snowden Freedom of the Press Foundation/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 4.0

VL~  Borderline hero

CR ~  I don’t believe in heroes and have written many times why it’s foolish to put anyone on a pedestal.  Everyone is a mixed bag.  But there are heroic actions and all whistleblowers who tell the truth about government fraud, waste, abuse, illegality and serious risk to public safety despite the personal risks and misfortunes and despite group think pressures are to be praised and emulated.

RB ~ With so many problems and scandals related to political corruption, spying on citizens, immigration, local communities and states opting out of abiding by federal law….are we losing a lawful and secure America?

WB ~ Yes

VL~  Its already lost and there is no real way back.

CR ~ Things are always changing.   When the 13 colonies became states, the federal government had very little power.  Even when the FBI was formed in 1920’s, there were almost no federal laws creating federal crimes that it could investigate.  But the federal government has been aggregating and centralizing power since the U.S. came into being under the Constitution and perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad idea if power went back to being more decentralized and citizens could have more input on lower levels than they can have on the national government.  I don’t see that happening however.

RB ~ Are there any final thoughts you think important to remind people.

WB ~ We really need to focus more on law enforcement than use of NSA+ collection of domestic data.

VL~      Understanding that the world is not our enemy we don’t need to invent enemies.

CR ~  I’ve included a number of links to articles for you as I feel Americans need to be aware of where we’re coming from, where we are and where we’re headed.  [ Some in Ms. Crowley’s answers and some at the end of my article ]

We live in the greatest country ever conceived and created. One built on individual freedoms which are being eroded by those who seek personal power and position. Whether on the soil of our homeland, or the expanses of foreign countries, we’re in a forever battle, and those who seek to do us harm are only stopped by the loyalty and patriotism of people like these listed here.

Watch the news, read the truthful papers, do your research and scouring of the facts to be aware for as Louis Pasteur said: Le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés  [ Chance favors the prepared mind ] and we must be prepared to win the battle for our country.

I can’t express enough my thanks for the time taken by these dedicated, patriotic Americans to site through my questions and give me thoughtful, cogent, honest answers about our intel community. More can be found in their individual interviews about their personal lives and more specific abuses toward them by their agencies.

 

RB

The NSA, CIA, and FBI Talk – Part 1

My series of “Insider Interviews” has focused on the inner workings of those agencies which are charged to protect us, but, all too often and without our permission, work against us as free citizens entitled to our rights under the constitution. Many still don’t know, or choose to deny, the abusive, invasive domestic spying perpetrated by those we entrust to protect us, but instead choose to insert themselves into our daily emails, phone calls, web searches, texts and more.

Included in my previous writings has been time with a former agent with the FBI, Coleen Rowley; Former operative with the CIA, Verne Lyon; and a former highly placed intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency now turned whistleblower, William Binney.

My articles have asked questions about their individual specific experiences and their work in general serving our country. All have left their service with disdain and disgust for the agencies they dedicated their lives. They were ignored in their presentation of important intel related to such events as domestic spying and even pre-9/11 activities. They witnessed things, were asked to do things they felt were either illegal or immoral so, being vocal in their objections, were labeled whistleblowers and left their posts.

The anti-American, possibly traitorous, acts committed by some at the upper layers of our intel community is being seen daily in the news. DOJ committing domestic surveillance and the illegal leaking of people and events.

We’ve seen FBI agents openly abusing their positions with ineffective investigation of anti-American, crime committing politicians, while selectively pursuing and attempting to replace a sitting, duly-elected president. All for partisan, pestiferous, personal, political, and parlous reasons.

In order to see the relevance of their answers from different perspectives and the common views they share, I’ve selected certain questions for a side-by-side comparison of answers.

RB ~ Today we see such a pervasiveness of corruption in the higher levels of leadership. In the early days, was there more of a separation between national security and politics? The line seems very blurry these days. And are people trying to take down our country, or just looking for personal gain and power?

NSA- William Binney

WB ~ In the past, IC agencies were much less political with the exception of the Nixon administration where NSA (program Mineret), FBI (program Cointelpro) and CIA (program Chaos) spied on Americans who opposed Nixon policies. After Bush/Cheney and Obama, it’s no holds barred.

VL~   The difference between the two was always blurred. Higher ups in the CIA helped write both foreign and domestic policy instead of just providing intelligence.

CR ~ I think that it’s obvious some of the leaders of the bigger intelligence agencies have indeed used and abused their “national security” surveillance powers for improper political purposes. Some of us warned that would happen if the massive monitoring and data collection was not reigned in after Snowden’s and other NSA whistleblowers’ disclosures.  (See my 2013 essay on CNN: “Massive Spying on Americans is Outrageous”.)  The current situation is a bit of history repeating itself if you go back to the J. Edgar Hoover days, when Hoover’s broad, virtually unfettered spying, including on political figures, was based on his (and Joseph McCarthy’s-HUAC’s) hysterical fear of communism during the Cold War and then the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  The Church Committee reigned some of those abuses in after Hoover died, but almost all of the Church Committee reforms–for instance in the form of Attorney General Guidelines and strict separation between criminal and intelligence matters– have now been rolled back.

Hoover’s 47 year term as FBI Director and his gathering of info (including a lot of “dirt,” in some cases creating secret files on politicians and government leaders, made him arguably more powerful than the presidents and other politicians.  But as a balance, the FBI was the agency most restricted from engaging in any partisan political activity under the strictest provisions of the Hatch Act.  I’ve read that Hoover himself, realizing his vast power, boasted that he would not even vote (so as to not show favoritism).  Over the years, the Hatch Act got watered down, first reducing the prohibitions on the Department of Justice and US Attorneys’ offices, to allow them to engage in more political activity, and then even reducing some of the restrictions upon FBI personnel.

Perhaps more importantly, corruption occurs via politically appointed agency leaders constantly going back and forth through the “revolving door” to profit from their public service in the private sectors.  Nearly all FBI managers get lucrative second careers after early retirement which sets up numerous potential conflicts of interest.  This happened far less frequently when I joined the FBI, partly because after a 25 to 30 year career, most FBI agents just retired on their pensions and did not go on to lucrative second jobs.

RB ~ It used to be we never thought of much except who’s playing Friday night at the high school, where’s lunch after church on Sundays, but now… it’s the FBI in our face, the IRS after our records, the NSA storing emails and phone numbers and the CIA doing who knows what. Did this really need to get to the level it is with normal everyday patriotic Americas?

WB ~ No, and they all knew there was an alternative to bulk data collection/mass surveillance; but, they chose to go down that rat hole because it gave them power over everyone and cost about 1000 times more to do. This cost to the tax payer went into the Military/industrial/intelligence/governmental complex that help enable them to maintain power and control.

Verne Lyon – CIA

VL~  It is where it is due to the rapid, uncontrolled expansion of technology in communications, satellites, social media, news from every corner of the world within a few minutes, the internet, hacking, etc. Our society as well as most governments live in the NOW and want to respond at once to news, etc. After 911, we all gave up personal  freedoms for security and the Patriot Act which the government exploits to the max.

CR ~  Well as many lament, Orwell’s “1984” was not supposed to be a “How To Manual.”  It’s a very sad situation that has now developed and which may have gotten its start when Eisenhower’s warning about the “Military Industrial Complex” went unheeded.  Now we have a Military-Congressional-National Security-Media Complex that has fully metastasized as I detailed in “War on Terror: a False Promise for National Security.”  Even the rule of law has taken a back seat these days which, by the way, was what Founding Father James Madison, Father of the Constitution, warned, that “no country can maintain its freedom in the midst of continual war.”

RB ~ People used to think that national security meant protecting us from foreign entities bent on our destruction. But then talk of special phone equipment rooms in San Francisco surfaced with connections to the government, and now that huge collection facility in Camp Williams, Utah came to light. People couldn’t believe their eyes. How were explanations handled internally about such expansion? Or was it common knowledge that the government was now in the data collection/citizen surveillance business?

WB ~ Inside the IC agencies especially NSA/CIA/FBI/DEA/DNI and the DOJ, it was known in a limited way initially; but, after the New York Times article in 2005 and then with later compromises, they all know; but many, I think, still don’t believe it or are afraid to talk about it openly.

VL~   I think that Edward Snowden, now living in exile in Russia, showed us how pervasive the government is in gathering all kinds of intelligence on the average citizen.

Coleen Rowley – FBI

CR ~ When the NSA turned on its illegal, warrantless surveillance of Americans just days after 9-11, then called the “Presidential Surveillance Program” enabled via secret legal interpretations and emergency orders signed off every 90 days by the Attorney General, it was a closely held secret.  Even those attorneys working on regular (legal) secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters, were not all in the loop.  The first whistleblowers, like DOJ Attorney Thomas Tamm, whose father had been an FBI official, figured out that the illegal surveillance was taking place but he was cautioned not to ask any more questions.  I retired at the end of 2004 and although I think at that time, most of us suspected that things had already vastly changed, most of these draconian changes, not only the illegal surveillance but also the illegal kidnappings and torture was still a closely guarded secret from most employees of the intelligence community.

I made a few complaints to the Department of Justice Inspector General regarding wrongful and illegal surveillance actions that I became aware of and I detailed some of these, including the wrongful post 9-11 detentions of nearly 1000 immigrants in a letter to Mueller in February 2003, written to caution against his going along with going to war on Iraq.

Eventually the NY Times broke the story of the illegal “Presidential Program” in 2005, over a year after they got the story but were threatened by the Bush Administration not to publish it.  Bush immediately re-labeled the program the “Terrorist Surveillance Program” and although some aspects changed, it mostly continued in different forms, despite being disclosed by several NSA whistleblowers, and eventually in documents from Edward Snowden.

RB ~ While surveilling citizens with ties to terrorists should warrant close examination, can’t John Doe and his parents be left alone in peace? (AKA James Rosen from FOX News?)

WB ~ Yes; but, that’s not what they are doing. FBI/DEA and others are using bulk collection to find common criminals inside the US. And, they use it to intimidate anyone doing something they don’t like: Jim Risen, Jim Rosen, Associated press, Tea Party, occupy group, Elliot Spitzer, Joe Nacchio, whistleblowers, etc. See programs Fairview, STORMBREW, BLARNEY plus others in the UPSTREAM bulk data collection.

VL~ The line dividing the domain between the FBI’s former exclusive powers to do domestic spying and the CIA’s mandate to handle everything beyond the borders has become so blurred that the NSA’s collection of date from both actually negates separation of powers.

CR ~ Before 9-11, nearly all of the news industry thought that the First Amendment provided them some protection in publishing news from their sources, even if the information was classified.  The thought was that there was some remaining remnant of “Reporters Privilege” and/or that the provisions of the old 1917 “Espionage Act” that could be used to charge reporters with receiving/retaining classified information would be held unconstitutional if ever the Department of Justice decided to charge a member of the press with that violation.  But that’s no longer the case after the Plame investigation wherein reporters were jailed or threatened with jail for not giving up the identities of their news sources; after FOX Reporter Rosen was named as a “conspirator” in a search warrant; after the DOJ went after then NYT reporter James Risen for publishing classified information and other cases like this.  Members of the press now realize they have very little legal protection under the First Amendment so some try to be pragmatic and rely on their own efforts such as encryption to keep their sources’ identities’ secret.  Unfortunately, I think the majority, with few exceptions, have taken their cue from the government’s threats and have become more like stenographers of government press releases instead of actual investigative reporters.

 

In Part 2 we’ll compare thoughts on Edward Snowden, the intelligence community and political parties, the Clinton email hacking, current day domestic spying and more.

My heart felt thanks to these patriotics for their service to the country and the time they allowed me for these interviews.

 

RB

Former Highly Placed NSA Intelligence Officer, William Binney, Speaks Out

My series of “Insider Interviews” has focused on the inner workings of those agencies which are charged to protect us, but, all too often and without our permission, work against us as free citizens entitled to our rights under the constitution. Many still don’t know, or choose to deny, the abusive, invasive actions perpetrated by those we entrust to protect us, but instead choose to insert themselves into our daily emails, phone calls, web searches, texts and more.

Included in my writings has been time with a former U.S. Asst. Attorney with the DOJ, Sidney Powell; Former agent with the FBI, Coleen Rowley; Former operative with the CIA, Verne Lyon; and now a former highly placed intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency turned whistleblower, William Binney.

Mr. Binney was a former high-profile, intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency (NSA). He was critic of his former employers during the George W. Bush administration, and later criticized the NSA’s data collection policies during the Barack Obama administration. In 2016, he said the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election was false.

Binney was a Russia specialist and worked in the operations side of intelligence, starting as an analyst and ending as a Technical Director prior to becoming a geopolitical world Technical Director. In the 1990s, he co-founded a unit on automating signals intelligence with NSA research chief Dr. John Taggart. Binney’s NSA career culminated as Technical Leader for intelligence in 2001. He has expertise in intelligence analysis, traffic analysis, systems analysis, knowledge management, and mathematics (including set theory, number theory, and probability)

He, like the others, has been kind enough to answer my questions with honesty and as much information as he can impart at this time.

William Binney

RB ~ How early in your life did you develop your interests in “security” and what initially prompted you to enter public service?

WB ~ I got into security in the Army Security Agency (1965-1969). The war in Vietnam basically forced me to make a decision – either join and pick a first tour or get drafted and go to Vietnam. I chose to join and got to Europe as a first tour.

RB ~ So, you, like myself, chose to join the Army vs “take my chances” with the draft. Was your time with the Army Security Agency a solidifier in your career choices?

WB ~ Yes. While in the Army, I spent the last 2 of my 4 years working in NSA where I got hooked on intelligence.

RB ~ Was the NSA a logical progression from earlier law enforcement or security positions? Did you initially feel fulfilled in your service and when did your perception of important intelligence change to invasion of rights?

WB ~ Yes. The Army Security Agency is part of the Combined Security Serves (CSS) of NSA/CSS. The CSS is the ARMY/NAVY/AIR FORCE/MARINE components of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and therefore fall under the control of NSA. Until October 2001, my experience inside NSA was all positive but after this, NSA started taking in data on almost all Americans  which violates the Constitution. So, I had to leave.

RB ~ Today we see such a pervasiveness of corruption in the higher levels of leadership. In the early days, was there more of a separation between national security and politics? The line seems very blurry these days. And are people trying to take down our country, or just looking for personal gain and power?

WB ~ In the past, IC agencies were much less political with the exception of the Nixon administration where NSA (program Mineret), FBI (program Cointelpro) and CIA (program Chaos) spied on Americans who opposed Nixon policies. After Bush/Cheney and Obama, it’s no holds barred.

RB ~ It used to be we never thought of much except who’s playing Friday night at the high school, where’s lunch after church on Sundays, but now… it’s the FBI in our face, the IRS after our records, the NSA storing emails and phone numbers and the CIA doing who knows what. Did this really need to get to the level it is with normal everyday patriotic Americas?

WB ~ No, and they all knew there was an alternative to bulk data collection/mass surveillance; but, they chose to go down that rat hole because it gave them power over everyone and cost about 1000 times more to do. This cost to the tax payer went into the Military/industrial/intelligence/governmental complex that help enable them to maintain power and control.

RB ~ People used to think that national security meant protecting us from foreign entities bent on our destruction. But then talk of special phone equipment rooms in San Francisco surfaced with connections to the government, and now that huge collection facility in Camp Williams, Utah came to light. People couldn’t believe their eyes. How were explanations handled internally about such expansion? Or was it common knowledge that the government was now in the data collection/citizen surveillance business?

WB ~ Inside the IC agencies especially NSA/CIA/FBI/DEA/DNI and the DOJ, it was known in a limited way initially; but, after the New York Times article in 2005 and then with later compromises, they all know; but many, I think, still don’t believe it or are afraid to talk about it openly.

RB ~ While surveilling citizens with ties to terrorists should warrant close examination, can’t John Doe and his parents be left alone in peace? (AKA James Rosen from FOX News?)

WB ~ Yes; but, that’s not what they are doing. FBI/DEA and others are using bulk collection to find common criminals inside the US. And, they use it to intimidate anyone doing something they don’t like: Jim Risen, Jim Rosen, Associated press, Tea Party, occupy group, Elliot Spitzer, Joe Nacchio, whistleblowers, etc. See programs Fairview, STORMBREW, BLARNEY plus others in the UPSTREAM bulk data collection.

RB ~ You had your own pushback toward the Bush administration and then Obama’s related to this invasion of personal privacy.

WB ~ Yes

RB ~ When the average American thinks about all this data collection, the feeling is the gov’t should be spending time, money and resources chasing bad guys in Yemen, Iran or Syria, not worrying about some conversation or email between a guy and his grandmother. Are there hidden reasonings behind collecting so much private and inconsequential information about non-threats within the country?

WB ~ Yes. I call it population control motivated by power and money. It’s the “happiness management program” for a few that the rest of we poor suckers pay for – at least as long as most of us believe their lies.

RB ~ Is the invasion of our privacy “rights” (and maybe I’m using that term loosely) growing, or has the presence of Trump in the oval office stemmed the tide of intrusion into our lives?

WB ~ The shadow government fears Trump may change their gravy train. He has not yet moved to stop that even though that process has been used against him.

RB ~ After all, as late as 2007, in the privacy of your own home, your early morning shower was interrupted by the barrel of a gun wielded by armed agents in your home seeking to confiscate personal and business records related to the NSA’s warrantless eavesdropping program. A charge you were later cleared of.

WB ~ That raid came the morning of the second day after AG Gonzalis gave his partial testimony to the senate about the presidents surveillance programs. So, they knew we knew the truth and had a record of going to congress therefore they had to stop us from doing that. The raid did achieve that objective. The FBI knew from the Stellar Wind program (domestic massive spying) that we had no contact with the New York Times.

RB ~ You’re known for making the claim that the NSA collects and stores information about every U.S. communication. At the time, did you consider “Trailblazer” (a system intended to analyze mass collection of data carried on communications networks such as the Internet.),  an overly invasive threat to personal freedoms or a valuable tool?

WB ~ I considered it a swindle of the public treasury (wasting “millions and millions of dollars”) and designed to fail from the beginning. It failed in late 2006. They knew that from the start and reverted to using the software we developed for our program ThinThread with modifications removing the ups front filtering that gave privacy to everyone in the world not involved, eliminate the encryption of attributes to further protect identities and finally remove the monitoring program that watched all on the network and what they did.

RB ~ Didn’t you feel that your own system “Thin Thread” would have revealed more and accurate information about 9-11? Even Ms. Rowley during her time at the FBI attempted to enlighten Mueller about the threat but to no avail. You’ve expressed furiously that the NSA hadn’t uncovered the 9/11 plot and stated that intercepts it had collected, but not analyzed, likely would have garnered timely attention with your leaner more focused system. Is our government too big, ineffective, inefficient or just blind to following the facts that turn out to be so important?

WB ~ Yes to all. Plus they are obsessed in covering up their failures and incompetence.

RB ~ With all the agencies working inside and outside the country, are we overlooking the presence AND dangerous influence of groups like CAIR and others with ties to foreign entities or governments?

WB ~ This bulk data collection makes them dysfunctional and we lose on all fronts.

RB ~ With your background related to Russian intelligence, and inside knowledge of our government, you’ve been very outspoken about the recent misdirection known as “Russian collusion and interference” in our elections. With our decentralized election system, it’s tough to imagine but isn’t the threat internally from political forces much more plausible?

WB ~ That’s for sure.

RB ~ For most of us, the Clinton’s have been on the highway of free rides since the 80’s, bypassing every legal stop sign and prosecution toll booth in their path as they speedily wind their way toward fame and riches – mostly infamous riches. Everything they touch seems to be laden with bi-chromatic fingerprint dust and the blood of innocents mixed with confusion. With the questionable death of Seth Rich and other DNC maneuvering, it’s been said you have your own theories and proof that the DNC email hacking was not the Russians, but an inside job.

WB ~ All the G2 data presented to prove a hack is clearly demonstrable by forensics as a fabrication. Plus, NSA with all the taps and collection inside the us should be able to state without reservation where the alleged attack came from and where the data was transferred to – which they have not done.

RB ~ And for whose benefit and for what purpose? Was Rich to receive the blame for the hacking but wanted to prove otherwise?

WB ~ If the unauthorised recording of Sy Hersh plus statements by Julian Assange and former Ambassador Greg Murry then the motive was money for emails and supposedly the FBI knows about this and has it in a report.

RB ~ You’ve claimed the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election is false, and that the DNC e-mails were leaked by an insider instead.  Did your October, 2017 meeting, with then CIA Director Mike Pompeo, yield any revelations about the email thefts and a possible release of new, truthful and revealing information to bring about justice to those involved in all this current Clinton/DNC/State Dept./intelligence corruption?

WB ~ No

RB ~ But, is enough finally being done to investigate and dig into these email scandals and schemes? Or will everything again be swept under some political rug?

WB ~ No, FBI and DOJ are still trying to cover up this story.

RB ~ Did you in your wildest intelligence dreams ever think that a major political party could invade the sanctity of our election process by creating false documents, use them to smear an opposition candidate before an election, then use them to assault the privacy of his closest confidants, using them to corrupt the privacy process of the FISA system, all while the long term goal of removing a duly elected president loomed in the back of their destructive playbook?

WB ~ No, that’s why I call them all criminals. The term swamp is probably not bad enough.

RB ~ Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

WB ~ While he did go a little too far in data he took (it has not caused major damage to the IC) he is clearly on the hero side.

RB ~ After retiring from the NSA, you founded, together with fellow NSA whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe, Entity Mapping, LLC, a private intelligence agency to market their analysis program to government agencies. Is there anything relevant and revealing you can tell us about your Amsterdam operations and how they might add to our current security, or aid our understanding of the interweaving of international security threats and countermeasures?

WB ~ We have started a company (Pretty Good Knowledge) with partners in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to resurrect and do the kinds of smart things we thought we do with data back in the 1990s, because this government and the Deep State as well as the shadow government didn’t want us doing that here. So we’re over there doing this. We will demonstrate how to do intelligence the right way resulting in security (stopping bad guys) while providing privacy.

RB ~ How far will the NSA go to gather our most personal information and what will it take to stop them?

WB ~ All the way in secret of course. Indict them.

RB ~ With so many problems and scandals related to political corruption, spying on citizens, immigration, local communities and states opting out of abiding by federal law….are we losing a lawful and secure America?

WB ~ Yes

RB ~ In closing, having been the target of punitive actions, privacy invasions and wrongful accusations, does the America public have something to fear about the growing unknown? Are we headed down a path of intrusion that warrants the Utah facility be turned into a veteran’s homeless shelter while money and resources are directed to the outside world instead of inside our borders?

WB ~ We are already a police state headed toward a totalitarian state – it only takes a turn of the key to make that happen. At present most don’t know that. Goethe said:

“No one is more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe we are free.”

RB ~ And, what can day to day citizens – who before now had nothing to fear – do to be aware, and to ensure they are not caught up in some unintentional web of government lies from an alphabet agency set on invading our lives and destroying our futures?

WB ~ Fire everyone in DC. Demand term limits in politicians. Demand those who have violated our constitutional rights be indicted. Establish a means to verify and tell the public what our country is doing so we have an informed electorate. The MSM (Main Stream Media) has failed their 1st amendment responsibility.

RB ~ Amen to all of that. Are there any final thoughts you think important to remind people.

WB ~ We really need to focus more on law enforcement than use of NSA+ collection of domestic data.

 

My personal thanks to Mr Binney (NSA) for his input and revelations, as well as those of Sidney Powell (DOJ), Coleen Rowley (FBI), and Verne Lyon (CIA). Their responses reflect their own views and do not necessarily represent those of the author or talkamericaradio.us, but give an insight into the inner workings of their agencies, and the workings behind the scenes which affect all of our lives.

Our thanks for their valued service to our country and for the risks they took, and the personal, sometimes dangerous, situations they encountered in their time protecting us.

 

~RB

A CIA Insider Talks

Those famous words of Ronald Reagan were never more true:

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

When originally spoken, many will relate this quote’s initial intention to social situations of taxation, entitlement control and more social issues. However, it’s become evident that the government – once thought to primarily exist for our protection – has turned bare toothed on its citizenry with a more aggressive, subversive agenda of diabolical proportions.

Alphabet agencies wreaking havoc on the public, the country, and even its own, as we we’ll soon reveal. The dishonesty, the lies, corruptions, yea the treason, is running rampant through every office and orifice in our governing bodies and if not for those speaking out, we’d all be un or misinformed.

In my series of “Insiders,”  I’m pleased to talk next with a former CIA operative. Someone who saw not only the inside, but the dirty wrath of an agency gone amuck.

Verne Lyon-CIA:  Recruited first as a student, Lyon operated as a CIA agent in the 1960s and 1970s. While operating under deep cover Lyon engaged in domestic spying on antiwar Iowa State University students. Codenamed Operation CHAOS, the CIA launched the illegal program against U.S. citizens. Lyon was also involved in destabilizing operations in Cuba. He also worked in Peru, Chile and Mexico. Lyon wrote in a 1990 article in Covert Action Information Bulletin, “The CIA must be put in its place. Should we demand or allow anything less, we will remain vulnerable to these abuses and face the risk of decaying into a lawless state destined to self-destruction.”

This is a first hand account from Verne and his book dealing with sensitive activities perpetrated illegally on the American public. Some of his answers are short as some information is sensitive to his life, his past, the agency, and, at times, a short explanation is all that’s required. We’re grateful for the opinions he can share at this time. Verne offers this expose’ as a foundation for domestic spying.

RB ~  Verne, you’ve led a life whose tale is the basis of spy novels and horror stories; Attempted abductions and assassination, prosecutions. You found a passion for aviation at a young age but then made, or were seduced, into a left turn into an intelligence career. We know it started when you were approached by the CIA to spy on antiwar activities at Iowa State. How did they find and pick you for their Operation CHAOS?

Verne Lyon

Image courtesy of Verne Lyon

VL~ I believe I was approached after a high school/college friend of mine went into Naval Intelligence. He told me he had talked to “some people” about me.  The job of spying on campus anti-war activities paid $300 a month and came with a guaranteed draft deferment. For over fifteen years, the CIA, with assistance from numerous government agencies, conducted a massive illegal domestic covert operation called Operation CHAOS. It was one of the largest and most pervasive domestic surveillance programs in the history of this country. Throughout the duration of CHAOS, the CIA spied on thousands of U.S. citizens. The CIA went to great lengths to conceal this operation from the public while every president from Eisenhower to Nixon exploited CHAOS for his own political ends.

After I signed the documents getting into their “student program,” I asked if university officials knew of their work on campus. They said yes but admonished me to keep this to myself. Apparently some officials at Iowa State not only knew of the CIA recruiting on campus but actually suggested names of select students to approach. Nobody mentioned that the work I just signed up for was illegal at worst and immoral at best. [1]

RB ~ You, like myself, grew up in a small midwestern town but found yourself directed to greater intrigue in your life. How did you take to this move up the status ladder working for a large int’l intelligence agency and did your views of a “worthwhile, needed and valuable gov’t agency soon change?”

VL~   I found it to be almost a dream at the first. Being a secret agent, paid undercover, part of the government’s inner decision making circle, etc. As time went on I became more skeptical with each passing day.

RB ~ Was this domestic spying expanded?

VL ~ As campus anti-war protest activity spread across the nation, the CIA reacted by implementing two new domestic operations. The first, Project RESISTANCE, was designed to provide security to CIA recruiters on college campuses. Under this program, the CIA sought active cooperation from college administrators, campus security, and local police to help identify anti-war activists, political dissidents, and “radicals.” Eventually information was provided to all government recruiters on college campuses and directly to the super-secret DOD on thousands of students and dozens of groups. The CIA’s Office of Security also created Project MERRIMAC, to provide warnings about demonstrations being carried out against CIA facilities or personnel in the Washington area

RB ~ This must have taken a lot of local resources to gather and review “information and activities” on so many people

VL ~ Under both Projects, the CIA infiltrated agents into domestic groups of all types and activities. It used its contacts with local police departments and their intelligence units to pick up its “police skills” and began in earnest to pull off burglaries, illegal entries, use of explosives, criminal frame-ups, shared interrogations, and disinformation. CIA teams purchased sophisticated equipment for many starved police departments and in return got to see arrest records, suspect lists, and intelligence reports. Many large police departments, in conjunction with the CIA, carried out illegal, warrantless searches of private properties, to provide intelligence for a report requested by President Johnson and later entitled “Restless Youth.[1]

RB ~ How much information was gathered and wasn’t this illegal?

VL ~ During the life of Operation CHAOS, the CIA had compiled personality files on over 13,000 individuals including more than 7,000 U.S. citizens as well as files on over 1,000 domestic groups. The CIA had shared information on more than 300,000 persons with different law enforcement agencies including the DIA and FBI. It had spied on, burglarized, intimidated, misinformed, lied to, deceived, and carried out criminal acts against thousands of citizens of the United States. It had placed itself above the law, above the Constitution, and in contempt of international diplomacy and the United States Congress.

RB ~ How ominous did it become when you found the agency who had you spy on Americans was now going after you by framing you for an airport bombing, chasing you to Canada to have you kidnapped and ultimately tracking you to Lima, Peru, bring you back for trial and sentencing you to 17 years in Leavenworth for that bombing? Yuri Totrov, former KGB counter intelligence officer says. “Verne Lyon’s story so shocked me that I hoped he would one day make it public.”

VL~   It was as if the weight of the world had fallen on my shoulders. I felt hopeless, betrayed, angry.

RB ~ “Eyes on Havana,” your revealing book, has the tag line “Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA.” The title alone has a foreboding, gloomy aire about it. You talk about “the transformation of a young patriotic engineer…into the second class citizens I am today; a convicted felon who has survived fear, prosecution, and utter collapse of my dreams…” Are you able to realize at lease some of your dreams and goals?

VL~  I have become an accomplished pilot, although my aerospace engineering education was never used to its fullest, I did work as an engineer for a number of years.

Image courtesy of Verne Lyon

RB ~ In your book you say “…Things went from bad to worse and pitted three government agencies against each other and against me in games of cat and mouse around the globe.”[1] From an agency you wanted to dedicate yourself to, this must have been a shock.

VL ~ My two-day trial, the jury’s brief deliberations and the judge’s stern sentence. Seventeen Years, I heard him say. You shall be remanded to a Federal Penitentiary for 17 years. My freedom, my youth my wife, my son all disappeared in those words.[1]

RB ~ Did your overseas positions add any different perspective to your overall view of national security – both foreign and domestic until your apprehension in Peru and return to the states?

VL~  Having traveled to over 100 countries, I much appreciate the views of peoples and cultures  abroad. To best understand the geo/political problems of the USA, you must travel overseas to understand how the rest of the world views us and why.

RB ~ Today we see such a pervasiveness of corruption in the higher levels of leadership. In the early days, was there more of a separation between national security and politics? The line seems very blurry these days.

VL~   The difference between the two was always blurred. Higher ups in the CIA helped write both foreign and domestic policy instead of just providing intelligence.

RB ~ It used to be we never thought of much except who’s playing Friday night at the high school, where’s lunch after church on Sundays, but now… it’s the gov’t in our face, the IRS after our records, the NSA storing emails and phone numbers and the CIA doing who knows what. Did this really need to get to the level it is with normal everyday patriotic Americans?

VL~  It is where it is due to the rapid, uncontrolled expansion of technology in communications, satellites, social media, news from every corner of the world within a few minutes, the internet, hacking, etc. Our society as well as most governments live in the NOW and want to respond at once to news, etc. After 911, we all gave up personal  freedoms for security and the Patriot Act which the government exploits to the max.

RB ~  People used to think that national security meant protecting us from foreign entities bent on our destruction. But then talk of special phone equipment rooms in San Francisco surfaced with connections to the government and that huge collection facility in Camp Williams, Utah came to light. People couldn’t believe their eyes. How were explanations handled internally about such domestic activities? Was it common knowledge that the government in general was now in the data collection/citizen surveillance business?

VL~   I think that Edward Snowden, now living in exile in Russia, showed us how pervasive the government is in gathering all kinds of intelligence on the average citizen.

RB ~  Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

VL~  Borderline hero

RB ~ While surveilling citizens with ties to terrorists should warrant close examination, can’t John Doe and his parents be left alone in peace? (AKA James Rosen from FOX News?) Has the CIA become more involved in domestic activities?

VL~ The line dividing the domain between the FBI’s former exclusive powers to do domestic spying and the CIA’s mandate to handle everything beyond the borders has become so blurred that the NSA’s collection of date from both actually negates separation of powers.

RB ~ You said in a 1990 article in Covert Action Information Bulletin, “The CIA must be put in its place. Should we demand or allow anything less, we will remain vulnerable to these abuses and face the risk of decaying into a lawless state destined to self-destruction.” Are we seeing that thought in spades these days? Lyon

VL ~  We thought that the East German STASI was the embodiment of George Orwell’s 1984 but we have achieved that status here at home now.

RB ~ You’ve been quoted as saying “The CIA is a state sponsored terrorist association. You don’t look at people as human beings. They’re nothing but pieces on a chessboard.” Was this scary concept surprising to you as you worked more and more in the agency?

VL~   The Agency’s view of the world was divided into spheres of influence where, at times, operations pitted one country or area against others for our benefit. The effects on the ordinary people were ignored for the goal of the greater good.

RB ~ Average Americans think about this data collection and that domestic spying should be spending time, money and resources chasing bad guys in Yemen, Iran or Syria, not worrying about some conversation or email between a guy and his grandmother. Are there other hidden reasonings behind collecting so much private and inconsequential information about non-threats within the country? Maybe political?

VL~  Certainly politics always has a role in what type of intelligence is collected and from whom. With today’s technology that allows us and foreign nations to encrypt private communications, the race to stay ahead of the curve out weighs the concerns for people’s rights.

RB ~ Is the invasion of our privacy “rights” (and maybe I’m using the term loosely) growing out of control, or has the presence of Trump in the oval office stemmed the tide of intrusion into our lives?

VL~   Basically and simply – No

RB ~  For most of us, the Clinton’s have been on the highway of free rides since the 80’s, bypassing every legal stop sign and prosecution toll booth in their path as they speedily wind their way toward fame and riches – mostly infamous riches. Everything they touch seems to be laden with bi-chromatic fingerprint dust and the blood of innocents mixed with confusion. With the questionable death of Seth Rich and other DNC maneuvering, for whose benefit and for what purpose? Was Rich to receive the blame for the hacking but wanted to prove otherwise?

VL~ Investigation, NO enforcement

RB ~  Is the CIA capable of assisting or independently pursuing “political crimes” to bring about justice to those involved in all this current Clinton/DNC/State Dept./intelligence corruption, or should they be more an investigative, enforcement force against more traditional crimes? Or is there really a difference anymore?

VL~   Dem’s vs Republicans – too political.

RB ~ Is enough finally being done to investigate and dig into these email scandals and schemes? Seems like 2 intelligence groups would be more efficient given the foreign component of things.

VL ~  More open but still restrictive

RB ~ And as a follow up, are the lines of communication between the FBI, CIA and NSA now more open than before, or is interagency pride and elitism keeping them from working together efficiently?

VL~     It’s all politics

RB ~  Did you in your wildest intelligence dreams ever think that a major political party could invade the sanctity of our election process by creating false documents, use them to smear an opposition candidate before an election, then use them to assault the privacy of his closest confidants, using them to corrupt the privacy process of the FISA system, all while the long term goal of removing a duly elected president loomed in the back of their destructive playbook?

VL~  Since FISA courts (hearings) are held in secret, much like grand jury hearings, the prosecutor usually controls the hearing and the court will go along with the prosecution’s request 99% of the time so its use is always, in my view, political. The fact that the election process can be corrupted to the degree that it has been is just another example of politics over-ruling facts. Its sad to see its degradation to the point that politics has apparently removed all fairness to the process.

RB ~ Knowing you weren’t there then, but has John Brennan stepped over the line of reason? Is his lying and anti-patriotic, partisan views a change or was it always there, hidden from public view?

VL~ Political leanings always influence decision and actions

RB ~ Did the decision to become so outspoken come easy given your patriotism and seeing the need for truth, or was it a life changing moment with thoughts of reprisals and long term career and personal ramifications?

VL~ I needed to tell the truth

RB ~  With Alexis, Echo, TVs with cameras, home security Wi-Fi cameras, Google phones tracking our every move and refrigerators knowing what we buy  and how we shop, are we living totally exposed with our non-private lives open to become fodder for anyone willing to review, sell or track?

VL~  We allow this for the sole sake of convenience

RB ~ With so many problems and scandals related to political corruption, spying on citizens, immigration, local communities and states opting out of abiding by federal law….are we losing America?

VL~  Its already lost and there is no real way back.

RB ~ And with all the action and complications of a government intelligence / law enforcement position, what was that one fun, rewarding, passionate moment you remember from your whole career?

VL~      Understanding that the world is not our enemy we don’t need to invent enemies.

 

Our thanks to Verne for his time, his service to our country and thoughts, and to his co-author, Professor Phil Zwerling for their input into this book and this article.  This and my other “insider” articles go to the question of whether we can truly trust our own government and their real intentions in their attempt to protect us.

Whistleblowers exist for a reason… to spread the truth of what’s behind the curtain and alert us to wrongdoings that affect our lives, our futures.

This article is just the beginning. You’ll find a fascinating read on the intrigue of Verne’s CIA life and adventures in the US, Cuba and beyond in his book, “Eyes on Havana.” I can’t recommend enough its addition to your reading shelf. It’s an eye opening revelation of what lengths the government will go to destroying policies, laws and lives to get to their final nefarious objectives.

RB

Facts and opinions expressed are those of the interviewee and not necessarily
those of the author or talkamericaradio.us. Certain passages and quotes used with
permission from his book,"Eyes on Havana -Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the
CIA."

[1] Eyes on Havana- Verne Lyon & Phil Zwerling, McFarland Publishing
(January 12, 2018)

Coleen Rowley, FBI insider and whistleblower explains – Part 2

With so much happening in our intelligence agencies, the average citizen has no idea of the invasive danger these rogue, secretive, overbearing groups present to our everyday lives. Over the next few weeks I’m going to present insider information from whistleblowing patriots; high level operatives from the FBI, NSA, CIA and DOJ.

The patriot forces that protect us are spread out across the homeland and foreign soil preventing the tragedies we all fear from madmen with untold weapons of mass destruction. Their actions often unknown, yet ever present, make our lives safer, and allow our freedoms to be enjoyed and shared.

But, worthy as some in public service are with their activities, some are alarmingly perfidious, dangerous, while secretly spying and subverting, invading our personal lives for purposes planned, and known only to a few who wish to gain or increase their power over us. We’ve seen it in the past but has the Trump light of scrutiny exposed more and more vermin than a New York sewer on Thanksgiving?

To bring to light the activities, familiar as well as unacknowledged, of these government watchdogs, it’s been a privilege to talk with people from the inside of some of our country’s top agencies. Patriots who dedicated years of service to doing what they thought right, best, honest and appropriate. All of these insiders having become whistleblowers, exposing the wrongdoing at great risk to future personal and career opportnities.

Many of us have taken the oath to support and defend the Constitution, to protect against “all” enemies, foreign and domestic, and yet never imagined that meant against our own administrations. Most of us grew up when the government and its many parts were respected, not feared; depended on, not worried about.

In this series, I introduce special people assembled to express facts and opinions, lay out those facts of agency abuses, and whose valuable time is so appreciated to share what should be an enlightening  warning based on their own experiences and observations. You’ll see some answers are short. Reasons being 1) some of my interviewees are traveling internationally at this time and their valuable time limits long discussions. 2) Some subjects require restraint on the information they can give for personal, legal,  career reasons or national security reasons.

Part 1 of Ms Rowley’s interview is HERE.  This is part 2 of 2:

FBI – Coleen Rowley: B.A. degree in French from Wartburg College, graduated with honors from College of Law at the Univ. of Iowa. In 1981, Rowley was appointed a Special Agent with the FBI, and in 1984 was assigned to the New York Office working Italian organized crime and Sicilian heroin drug investigations. Rowley also served in the Paris, France Embassy and Montreal Consulates. In 1990 Rowley was “Chief Division Counsel” which entailed oversight of the Freedom of Information, Forfeiture, Victim-Witness and Community Outreach Programs as well as providing regular legal and ethics training to FBI Agents of the Division. In May of 2002 Rowley brought forth some of the pre 9-11 lapses and testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about some of the endemic problems facing the FBI and the intelligence community.

Rowley’s memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller in connection with the Joint Intelligence Committee’s Inquiry led to a two-year long DOJ Inspector General investigation. She was one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine in 2002. In April 2003, following an unsuccessful and highly criticized attempt to warn the Director and other administration officials about the dangers of launching the invasion of Iraq, Rowley stepped down from her (GS-14) legal position to go back to being a (GS-13) FBI Special Agent. In early March 2003 she warned FBI Director Robert Mueller of further problems, including his going along with the Bush Administration’s deceptive plan to launch war on what would become the counterproductive war on Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks. (Sadly enough, despite all facts to the contrary, the Bush Administration was able to fool 70% of the American public into believing that Saddam Hussein was behind 9-11.)

Ms Coleen Rowley, retired FBI agent. Photo courtesy of Ms Rowley.

RB ~ With all the agencies working inside and outside the country, are we overlooking the presence AND dangerous influence of groups like CAIR and others with ties to foreign entities or governments?

CR ~  I think the most consistently dangerous things the CIA and other US agencies have done has been to aid and arm various Al Qaeda and other associated terrorist groups, trying to use them as our “proxies.”  This began with “Charlie Wilson’s War” using the Mujahadin in Afghanistan and Pakistan who morphed into Al Qaeda and the Taliban.  We should’ve learned our lesson about the consequences of aligning ourselves with foreign terrorists but it has continued with the Chechen terrorists, the Syrian and Libyan jihadists and even the Iranian terrorist dissident Mujahedin al Khalq (MEK) group.

As bad as the increase in international terrorism is, all due to this stupid US foreign policy and perpetual wars, aligned with Wahabi extremist Saudi Arabia, domestic mass shootings have tripled in recent years and actually take more lives inside the U.S.

RB ~ With your background related to the law and ethics, and inside knowledge of our government, is this something that should be personally adhered to by agents or something they need to be taught? And is the FBI and other agencies doing enough to counter illegal activities within?

CR ~   Senator Grassley, long an effective FBI watchdog, released a report compiled in 2000 chronicling misconduct by FBI agents, which he called a “list of horrors.” [Grassley report on FBI misconduct] Unfortunately I doubt that things have much improved since that time.  The Department of Justice’s Inspector General and a US Attorney are looking at some of the current FISA Court abuses but I doubt they have either the time or resources to address all of the misconduct that is happening.

Law enforcement ethics training was initiated in 2001 as a result of various reckless (drunk driving) homicides committed by agents and other serious misconduct but this training seems to have gotten neglected after 9-11.

RB ~ For most of us, the Clinton’s have been on the highway of free rides since the 80’s, bypassing every legal stop sign and prosecution toll booth in their path as they speedily wind their way toward fame and riches – mostly infamous riches. Everything they touch seems to be laden with bi-chromatic fingerprint dust and the blood of innocents mixed with confusion. With the questionable death of Seth Rich and other DNC maneuvering, it’s been said you have your own theories and proof that the DNC email hacking was not the Russians, but an inside job.

CR ~   It’s true that both of the  Clintons have constantly displayed deceptive and corrupt, self-enriching and ruthless activity in the course of their prior “leadership” of the U.S.

I haven’t weighed in on the Seth Rich case because it’s not possible to intelligently opine without hard evidence i.e. what’s called a “smoking gun.” But it’s possible he or some other insider leaked DNC information.  I don’t think anyone really knows.

Hacking and hackers are now ubiquitous and everywhere.  There are certainly hackers in Russia and China but also in the U.S. and Western countries.  It looks like more than a few separate hackers were targeting and exfiltrating info from the DNC and DNC officials for months.  I don’t think the full truth has come out.  The “Intelligence Community Assessments” (which the FBI, CIA, NSA and DNI’s handpicked analysts produced), were mere allegations and did not provide any real evidence showing the Russian government was responsible for the hacking.  The ICA was thus a good example of the opposite of “intelligence,” similar to what was ginned up for Colin Powell’s false presentation to the United Nations in order to launch war on Iraq.  President Obama even admitted that it could not be shown that Russians hackers were the source for “Wikileaked” DNC info.  Yet our mainstream media constantly spews this war propaganda.

RB ~  And for whose benefit and for what purpose? Was Rich to receive the blame for the hacking but wanted to prove otherwise?

CR ~  It’s hard for anyone right now to adequately know.  For good overviews on the overall situation, its general purpose and to whose benefit—a horrible and extremely dangerous predicament for the American people brought on by corrupt government leaders, your readers should see these two exhaustive reviews:   The first review is on Russianmania at the boiling point, and the second is on Mass Deception and the prelude to war.

RB ~  Is the FBI capable of independently pursuing “political crimes” to bring about justice to those involved in all this current Clinton/DNC/State Dept./intelligence corruption, or should they be more an investigative, enforcement force against more traditional crimes? Or is there really a difference?

CR ~  I really doubt the FBI is up to the task of impartially investigating the President and these highest levels of corrupt government leaders.  In a way, it’s easy to sympathize with Comey and McCabe trying to walk a political tightrope given that unprecedented fact that BOTH presidential campaigns were under FBI investigation in the months and even weeks right up to (and after) the 2016 election.  It’s hard to see how any law enforcement/justice entity could conduct an independent investigation and hold the highest level accountable.  Those pragmatic reasons are why Nixon (and many other presidents) have always thought they were above the law.

RB ~ Is enough finally being done to investigate and dig into these email scandals and schemes?

CR ~  I don’t know what’s going on with regard to any further investigation of the Clinton email server and the Clinton Family Foundation corruption, but I doubt any official will get to the bottom of it any time soon.  I do see the Dept of Justice’s Inspector General is expected to produce a report on some aspects of alleged FBI misconduct involving “Russiagate” so there is some source of hope that some independent investigation can be conducted.

RB ~ And as a follow up, are the lines of communication between the FBI, CIA and NSA now more open than before, or is interagency pride and elitism keeping them from working together efficiently?

CR ~  No doubt some turf battles persist, but I think the great enlarging of all their budgets after 9-11 to fight the “war on terror” has reduced interagency rivalry to a large extent.   The agencies also seem to have equal access to the big intelligence databases (which include billions of pieces of non-relevant data) but as I mentioned before, that entails as many problems as it solves involving creating a bigger and bigger “haystack” as well as potential illegal and improper use of the data.

RB ~  Did you in your wildest intelligence dreams ever think that a major political party could invade the sanctity of our election process by creating false documents, use them to smear an opposition candidate before an election, then use them to assault the privacy of his closest confidants, using them to corrupt the privacy process of the FISA system, all while the long term goal of removing a duly elected president loomed in the back of their destructive playbook?

CR ~  That is an excellent description of what appears to have transpired with the “Steele” dossier.  Although I and other whistleblowers warned the surveillance abuse would happen—I wrote an article back when Congress was initially intimidated into passing the “FISA Amendments Act” in August 2007 that the powers they were giving to the Executive Branch’s “national security” agencies would be turned on themselves, I am still somewhat surprised at how this all transpired so quickly.  Officials sell their grabbing for more and more abusive and illegal powers as only being used to target foreigners but it was a slippery slope, and a rather quick slippery slope.  The “war powers” quickly migrated home.  That’s frankly why the CIA was supposed to be prohibited from acting domestically, because of their history of abuses since they are so used to having free reign abroad, without having to follow any laws.

Eris Snowden

RB ~  Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

CR ~  I don’t believe in heroes and have written many times why it’s foolish to put anyone on a pedestal.  Everyone is a mixed bag.  But there are heroic actions and all whistleblowers who tell the truth about government fraud, waste, abuse, illegality and serious risk to public safety despite the personal risks and misfortunes and despite group think pressures are to be praised and emulated.

RB ~ You’re a strong proponent of critical thinking vs the standard partisan rants that are so pervasive. What can be done from the government side or the personal side to get back to reasonable thinking using truth and facts and not ideology?

CR ~ That’s a good question and I have asked prominent psychologists the same question, and unfortunately without any good answer.  I have given many presentations on “ethical decision-making” and also on “Psychopathy, Propaganda and Group Think” but just letting people know how this works, how easily human vulnerabilities to emotional manipulation work, doesn’t seem to be very effective in reducing the phenomenon. After all, Nazi leader Goering’s warnings during the Nuremberg trials about how easy it is to manipulate people, to turn otherwise good people into monsters, even in a democracy, are well known.  Perhaps a concerted effort to reduce group think by instilling critical thinking at an earlier effort in the education process would have an impact but our country’s educational and media apparatus do just the opposite.

RB ~ Did the decision to become a whistleblower come easy given your patriotism and seeing the need for truth, or was it a life changing moment with thoughts of reprisals and long term career and personal ramifications?

CR ~  Other than Daniel Ellsberg, Edward Snowden and perhaps a handful of others, very few people deliberately decide to sacrifice everything to tell the truth.  The majority of whistleblowers that I’ve met and I now know dozens, begin more naively, believing that it’s possible to get the truth out without martyring oneself.  In my own case, I was realistic enough to know that my truth telling about FBI Headquarters having dropped the ball, that 9-11 could have been prevented, would anger these FBI officials and hurt my career but even I was somewhat surprised when I heard they were immediately discussing firing me.  The only reason that probably didn’t happen was due to media pressure and four Senators writing to Mueller and Ashcroft recommending that I not be fired.

RB ~ What can day to day citizens – who before now had nothing to fear – do to be aware, and to ensure they are not caught up in some unintentional web of government lies from an alphabet agency set on invading our lives and destroying our futures?

CR ~  Well I think average citizens need to do a better job of watchdogging their own government and not abdicate their own responsibility to government “leaders” who don’t have their interests in mind.  This means they have to read more, beyond mainstream news, speak up and write their opinions, contact their elected representatives, engage in protests and political action, basically exercise their First Amendment rights.  Perhaps if more people would have voiced their opposition a few months ago to the reinstatement/enlargement of the FISA Amendments Act, it wouldn’t have passed when the alphabet agencies claimed they needed these vast spying powers, that allow monitoring and collection of Americans’ communications.

RB ~  With Alexis, Echo, TVs with cameras, home security Wifi cameras, Google phones tracking our every move and refrigerators knowing what we buy and how we shop, are we living totally exposed and non-private lives open to any invasion from someone is willing to review, sell or track?

CR ~  You also need to include the recent example of Facebook (and other social media) using and selling the data they collect on those who join social networks or use the internet.  There’s no doubt that almost all technological advances and new communication devices that people see a need for also are privacy-defeating.  Cameras are everywhere now and while they serve some good purposes, they also infringe on privacy and exercise of rights.  I don’t see any of this being ever rolled back.  So laws and policies need to keep pace with developments in technology.

RB ~ With so many problems and scandals related to political corruption, spying on citizens, immigration, local communities and states opting out of abiding by federal law….are we losing America?

CR ~ Things are always changing.   When the 13 colonies became states, the federal government had very little power.  Even when the FBI was formed in 1920’s, there were almost no federal laws creating federal crimes that it could investigate.  But the federal government has been aggregating and centralizing power since the U.S. came into being under the Constitution and perhaps it wouldn’t be a bad idea if power went back to being more decentralized and citizens could have more input on lower levels than they can have on the national government.  I don’t see that happening however.

I do think our democratic form of government is in danger for a lot of reasons: corruption; war powers abuses; lack of ability of voters to hold leaders accountable, etc.

RB ~ And with all the action and complications of a government intelligence / law enforcement position, what was that one fun, rewarding, passionate moment you remember from your whole career?

CR ~ I’m not sure there was one such moment but I did a lot of painstaking transcribing of intercepted conversations among Italian organized crime members in New York City in the early 1980’s by which we were able to piece together elaborate labor racketeering schemes that were eventually successfully proven at trial and used to convict a number of mob bosses.

RB ~  In closing, does the America public have something to fear about the growing unknown? Are we headed down a path of intrusion that warrants the Utah facility be turned into a veteran’s homeless shelter while money and resources are directed to the outside world instead of inside our borders?

CR ~ I do believe we face a “Brave New World” to put it euphemistically with all the data gathering going on—and without a shred of evidence that it has reduced terrorism.  Even worse, I also think we could be headed for a nuclear WWIII .

RB ~ Are there any other areas you think important to cover here or highlight?

CR ~  I’ve included a number of links to articles for you as I feel Americans need to be aware of where we’re coming from, where we are and where we’re headed..

As I’ve interviewed and written about these intelligence professionals and whistleblowers, I’m reminded…

Power is always dangerous.  Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.”

–Edward Abbey

 

My next article will highlight a former NSA intelligence official. His input will add much to this series of government insiders.

Our gratitude and appreciate to Ms. Rowley for her service to our country and her time in sharing these important inside views. Part 1 of Ms Rowley’s interview is HERE.

~ RB

Coleen Rowley, FBI insider and whistleblower explains – Part 1

With so much happening in our intelligence agencies, the average citizen has no idea of the invasive danger these rogue, secretive, overbearing groups present to our everyday lives. Over the next few weeks I’m going to present insider feelings of whistleblowing patriots, high level operatives from the FBI, NSA, CIA and DOJ.

The son of a longtime friend knew from age 5 that he wanted to “travel the world and carry a gun.” In the many years I’ve known “Brandon,” his life’s passion found the fulfillment of his destiny and resulted in assignments to include military intelligence in Haiti and Korea, guarding an Iraqi general, investigating a military payroll heist in Italy, and various other assorted and disavowed activities in undisclosed locations with unmentionable associates from alphabet agencies.

These forces of patriots spread out across the homeland and foreign soil protecting us and preventing the tragedies we all fear from madmen with biological, chemical and nuclear opportunities. Their actions often unknown, yet ever present, make our lives safer, and allow our freedoms to be enjoyed and shared.

Their motivations for such a life could be categorized into passion for our country, the love of intrigue and travel, or countless other personal expressions of self-fulfillment, but are valued and appreciated none-the-less for the dangers they encounter and survive.

But, worthy as some in public service are with their activities, some are alarmingly perfidious, dangerous, while secretly spying and subverting, invading our personal lives for purposes planned, and known only to a few who wish to gain or increase their power over us. We’ve seen it in the past but has the Trump light of scrutiny exposed more and more vermin than a New York sewer on Thanksgiving?

To bring to light the activities, familiar as well as unacknowledged, of these government watchdogs, it’s been a privilege to talk with people from the inside of some of our country’s top agencies. Patriots who dedicated years of service to doing what they thought right, best, honest and appropriate. All of these insiders having become whistleblowers, exposing the wrongdoing at great risk to future personal and career activities.

Many of us have taken the oath to support and defend the Constitution, to protect against “all” enemies, foreign and domestic, and yet never imagined that meant against our own administrations. Most of us grew up when the government and its many parts were respected, not feared; depended on, not worried about.

Being “just citizens,” most are limited in personal resources to fight against such corruption, misfeasance and malfeasance. When the IRS spies on the citizenry for no legitimate reason or the Social Security Administration starts to stockpile weapons, and seeing every email, text, and phone call under collection and scrutiny becomes normal……. It’s not your grandmother’s America anymore.

I introduce the special people assembled to express opinions, lay out the facts and abuses, and whose valuable time is so appreciated to share what should be an enlightening, and a warning discussion as to their own experiences and observations. You’ll see some answers are short. Reasons being 1) some of my interviewees are traveling internationally at this time and their valuable time limits long discussions. 2) Some subjects require restraint on the information they can give for personal, legal or career reasons.

This is part 1 of 2 from:

FBI – Coleen Rowley: After a B.A. degree in French from Wartburg College, graduated with honors from College of Law at the Univ. of Iowa. In 1981, Rowley was appointed a Special Agent with the FBI, and  in 1984 was assigned to the New York Office working Italian organized crime and Sicilian heroin drug investigations. Rowley also served in the Paris, France Embassy and Montreal Consulates. In 1990 Rowley assumed the duties of “Chief Division Counsel” which entailed oversight of the Freedom of Information, Forfeiture, Victim-Witness and Community Outreach Programs as well as providing regular legal and ethics training to FBI Agents of the Division. In May of 2002 Rowley brought forth some of the pre 9-11 lapses and testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee about some of the endemic problems facing the FBI and the intelligence community. Rowley’s memo to FBI Director Robert Mueller in connection with the Joint Intelligence Committee’s Inquiry led to a two-year long DOJ Inspector General investigation. She was one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine in 2002. In April 2003, following an unsuccessful and highly criticized attempt to warn the Director and other administration officials about the dangers of launching the invasion of Iraq, Rowley stepped down from her (GS-14) legal position to go back to being a (GS-13) FBI Special Agent. In early March 2003 she warned FBI Director Robert Mueller of further problems, including his going along with the Bush Administration’s deceptive plan to launch war on what would become the counterproductive war on Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with the 9-11 attacks. (Sadly enough, despite all facts to the contrary, the Bush Administration was able to fool 70% of the American public into believing that Saddam Hussein was behind 9-11.)

Coleen Rowley, FBI ret. Photo courtesy of Coleen Rowley

RB ~  You, like myself, grew up in a small midwestern town but aspired to greater things. What drew you to the law and then the FBI for your career choice? How early in your life and what initially prompted you to enter public service?

CR ~  I, like many other kids, got ideas from TV and movies.  At about age 11 or 12, my favorite TV show was “Man From U.N.C.L.E” a kind of law enforcement-spy show.  I wrote a letter to our town newspaper stating that I wanted to join U.N.C.L.E when I grew up and asking how I could write to the organization.  The paper’s response was that “UNCLE” was fictional but the closest to it in the U.S. would be the “F.B.I.” and they gave me the FBI’s mailing address.  I then wrote to the FBI which sent me their “99 Facts About the FBI” pamphlet, one fact (followed by a convoluted explanation) was that women were not allowed to become FBI agents.  But I got enthused anyway as I figured that rule was stupid and would change by the time I grew up.  Later after majoring in French and going to law school, I took the Foreign Service exam and applied to a few other government agencies, along with the FBI.

It always appealed to me to be on the side of working for justice and helping solve (and hopefully) reduce crimes.

RB ~ Did your overseas positions add any different perspective to your overall view of national security?

CR ~  When I joined the FBI, I was also pursuing joining the Foreign Service (of the State Dept) and had taken the (very difficult) foreign service exams and even went through their interview process.  However the FBI recruiter told me the FBI had its own “foreign service” branch, called “legal attaches (legats)” who worked in liaison with foreign law enforcement and intelligence agencies and which at the time were stationed in 13 foreign countries including France.  In the course of my FBI career, I worked for a few weeks in both Paris and Montreal as a “temporary duty” assistant legat just filling in and mostly helping with translation of French information in response to FBI leads.  The number of “legats” grew from 13 to over 60 by the time I retired.  I haven’t checked what the number is now but I suppose that increase in the FBI’s foreign assignments reflects U.S. hegemony and this notion that the U.S. needs to exercise more control over the world.  (I don’t think our national security has improved, however, due to all the counter-productive wars and violent regime change actions the U.S. has undertaken.)

RB ~ Today we see such a pervasiveness of corruption in the higher levels of” leadership. In the early days, was there more of a separation between national security and politics? The line seems very blurry these days.

CR ~ I think that it’s obvious some of the leaders of the bigger intelligence agencies have indeed used and abused their “national security” surveillance powers for improper political purposes. Some of us warned that would happen if the massive monitoring and data collection was not reigned in after Snowden’s and other NSA whistleblowers’ disclosures.  (See my 2013 essay on CNN: “Massive Spying on Americans is Outrageous”.)

 

The current situation is a bit of history repeating itself if you go back to the J. Edgar Hoover days, when Hoover’s broad, virtually unfettered spying, including on political figures, was based on his (and Joseph McCarthy’s-HUAC’s) hysterical fear of communism during the Cold War and then the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  The Church Committee reigned some of those abuses in after Hoover died, but almost all of the Church Committee reforms–for instance in the form of Attorney General Guidelines and strict separation between criminal and intelligence matters– have now been rolled back.

Hoover’s 47 year term as FBI Director and his gathering of info (including a lot of “dirt,” in some cases creating secret files on politicians and government leaders, made him arguably more powerful than the presidents and other politicians.  But as a balance, the FBI was the agency most restricted from engaging in any partisan political activity under the strictest provisions of the Hatch Act.  I’ve read that Hoover himself, realizing his vast power, boasted that he would not even vote (so as to not show favoritism).  Over the years, the Hatch Act got watered down, first reducing the prohibitions on the Department of Justice and US Attorneys’ offices, to allow them to engage in more political activity, and then even reducing some of the restrictions upon FBI personnel.

Perhaps more importantly, corruption occurs via politically appointed agency leaders constantly going back and forth through the “revolving door” to profit from their public service in the private sectors.  Nearly all FBI managers get lucrative second careers after early retirement which sets up numerous potential conflicts of interest.  This happened far less frequently when I joined the FBI, partly because after a 25 to 30 year career, most FBI agents just retired on their pensions and did not go on to lucrative second jobs.

RB ~ It used to be we never thought of much except who’s playing Friday night at the high school, where’s lunch after church on Sundays, but now… it’s the gov’t in our face, the IRS after our records, the NSA storing emails and phone numbers and the CIA doing who knows what. Did this really need to get to the level it is with normal everyday patriotic Americans

CR ~  Well as many lament, Orwell’s “1984” was not supposed to be a “How To Manual.”  It’s a very sad situation that has now developed and which may have gotten its start when Eisenhower’s warning about the “Military Industrial Complex” went unheeded.  Now we have a Military-Congressional-National Security-Media Complex that has fully metastasized as I detailed in “War on Terror: a False Promise for National Security.”  Even the rule of law has taken a back seat these days which, by the way, was what Founding Father James Madison, Father of the Constitution, warned, that “no country can maintain its freedom in the midst of continual war.”

RB ~  People used to think that national security meant protecting us from foreign entities bent on our destruction. But then talk of special phone equipment rooms in San Francisco surfaced with connections to the government and that huge collection facility in Camp Williams, Utah came to light. People couldn’t believe their eyes. How were explanations handled internally about such expansion? Or was it common knowledge that the government was now in the data collection/citizen surveillance business?

CR ~ When the NSA turned on its illegal, warrantless surveillance of Americans just days after 9-11, then called the “Presidential Surveillance Program” enabled via secret legal interpretations and emergency orders signed off every 90 days by the Attorney General, it was a closely held secret.  Even those attorneys working on regular (legal) secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) matters, were not all in the loop.  The first whistleblowers, like DOJ Attorney Thomas Tamm, whose father had been an FBI official, figured out that the illegal surveillance was taking place but he was cautioned not to ask any more questions.  I retired at the end of 2004 and although I think at that time, most of us suspected that things had already vastly changed, most of these draconian changes, not only the illegal surveillance but also the illegal kidnappings and torture was still a closely guarded secret from most employees of the intelligence community.

I made a few complaints to the Department of Justice Inspector General regarding wrongful and illegal surveillance actions that I became aware of and I detailed some of these, including the wrongful post 9-11 detentions of nearly 1000 immigrants in a letter to Mueller in February 2003, written to caution against his going along with going to war on Iraq.

Eventually the NY Times broke the story of the illegal “Presidential Program” in 2005, over a year after they got the story but were threatened by the Bush Administration not to publish it.  Bush immediately re-labeled the program the “Terrorist Surveillance Program” and although some aspects changed, it mostly continued in different forms, despite being disclosed by several NSA whistleblowers, and eventually in documents from Edward Snowden.

RB ~ While surveilling citizens with ties to terrorists should warrant close examination, can’t John Doe and his parents be left alone in peace? (AKA James Rosen from FOX News?)

CR ~ Before 9-11, nearly all of the news industry thought that the First Amendment provided them some protection in publishing news from their sources, even if the information was classified.  The thought was that there was some remaining remnant of “Reporters Privilege” and/or that the provisions of the old 1917 “Espionage Act” that could be used to charge reporters with receiving/retaining classified information would be held unconstitutional if ever the Department of Justice decided to charge a member of the press with that violation.  But that’s no longer the case after the Plame investigation wherein reporters were jailed or threatened with jail for not giving up the identities of their news sources; after FOX Reporter Rosen was named as a “conspirator” in a search warrant; after the DOJ went after then NYT reporter James Risen for publishing classified information and other cases like this.  Members of the press now realize they have very little legal protection under the First Amendment so some try to be pragmatic and rely on their own efforts such as encryption to keep their sources’ identities’ secret.  Unfortunately, I think the majority, with few exceptions, have taken their cue from the government’s threats and have become more like stenographers of government press releases instead of actual investigative reporters.

RB ~ You had your own pushback toward the Bush administration related to this invasion of Iraq.  Is national security, surveillance, foreign policy all mistakenly wrapped up together?

CR ~  US wars and violent “regime change” actions have come home with devastating consequences for all of us even though most Americans have not connected the dots.  I have written tomes on this problem of “blowback.” And so have others.  A recent piece that I co-authored detailing some of this is “Recipe Concocted for Perpetual War Is a Bitter One.”

RB ~ When the average American thinks about all this data collection, the feeling is the gov’t should be spending time, money and resources chasing bad guys in Yemen, Iran or Syria, not worrying about some conversation or email between a guy and his grandmother. Are there hidden reasonings behind collecting so much private and inconsequential information about non-threats within the country?

CR ~ As I’ve said and written many, many times, how does it help if you are looking for a “needle in a haystack,” to add more hay?!  I attended a Senate Hearing in 2013 about the massive illegal monitoring of Americans where this and other bizarre and deceptive excuses were made (and wrote about it) but to answer your question, the collection of non-relevant data is not warranted.  NSA whistleblowers will tell you that the NSA Director and other intelligence agencies were given vast budgets after 9-11 and they just wanted to “collect it all.”

RB ~ Is the invasion of our privacy “rights” (and maybe I’m suing the term loosely) growing or has the presence of Trump in the oval office stemmed the tide of intrusion into our lives?

CR ~ Unfortunately it hasn’t been stemmed at all.  I cannot believe that House Intelligence Chair Nunes, and other congresspersons recently voted to enlarge the monitoring even though they are well aware of how the agencies have abused their powers for political purposes.  Even more than mere “privacy rights,” the entire Bill of Rights and other parts of the Constitution have been greatly undermined.  As Cicero observed hundreds of years ago, “In times of war, the law falls silent.”

RB ~ In dealing with Mueller at the time, did you find him considering or totally dismissive of your position against the war? What do you see in him now that you did or didn’t see at that time? Do you trust him to do things right or things political?

CR ~ Well Mueller was brand new—he had only been director for one week before 9-11.  And when I met him in person in June 2002 after my memo went public and I was going to testify to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he had not been on the job for even a year.  So I had a relatively more open mind back then.

But in light of all the deception and wrongdoing that they have been involved in, I don’t think either should be trusted or put on pedestals.  See “No, Robert Mueller and James Comey Are Not Heroes” and “‘This is Nuts’: Liberals Launch ‘Largest Mobilization in History’ in Defense of Russiagate Probe.”

RB ~ From what you know now, at the time, did you consider “Trailblazer” an invasive threat to personal freedoms? Was it a tool available to the FBI and if so how was it applied domestically?

CR ~ All of these secret legal opinions and programs were initially closely held secrets and I retired in 2004 before they were openly revealed.  I will add however that from my current reading, it appears that the FBI is using NSA domestic surveillance of American citizens in its targeting for sting operations as well as using NSA info to start investigations via what is called “parallel construction,” by which the NSA or CIA info that gave rise to the FBI investigation is kept secret

Our thanks to Ms. Rowley for her time and input. Next is part 2 which expands on more internal agency surveillance, the actions of Eric Snowden, the Steele dossier and more. Any information or views presented are those of the interviewed and not necessarily those of Ron Boat or talkamericaradio.com.

 

Soon to follow an interview from the NSA insider.

~ RB

 

A CIA Insider reveals….

Those famous words of Ronald Reagan were never more true:

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

When originally spoken, many will relate this quote’s initial intention to social situations of taxation, entitlement control and more social issues. However, it’s become evident that the government – once thought to primarily exist for our protection – has turned bare toothed on its citizenry with a more aggressive, subversive agenda of diabolical proportions.

Alphabet agencies wreaking havoc on the public, the country, and even its own, as we we’ll soon reveal. The dishonesty, the lies, corruptions, yea the treason, is running rampant through every office and orifice in our governing bodies and if not for those speaking out, we’d all be un or misinformed.

In my series of “Insiders,”  I’m pleased to talk next with a former CIA operative. Someone who saw not only the inside, but the dirty wrath of an agency gone amuck.

Verne Lyon-CIA:  Recruited first as a student, Lyon operated as a CIA agent in the 1960s and 1970s. While operating under deep cover Lyon engaged in domestic spying on antiwar Iowa State University students. Codenamed Operation CHAOS, the CIA launched the illegal program against U.S. citizens. Lyon was also involved in destabilizing operations in Cuba. He also worked in Peru, Chile and Mexico. Lyon wrote in a 1990 article in Covert Action Information Bulletin, “The CIA must be put in its place. Should we demand or allow anything less, we will remain vulnerable to these abuses and face the risk of decaying into a lawless state destined to self-destruction.”

This is a first hand account from Verne and his book dealing with sensitive activities perpetrated illegally on the American public. Some of his answers are short as some information is sensitive to his life, his past, the agency, and, at times, a short explanation is all that’s required. We’re grateful for the opinions he can share at this time. Verne offers this expose’ as a foundation for domestic spying.

RB ~  Verne, you’ve led a life whose tale is the basis of spy novels and horror stories; Attempted abductions and assassination, prosecutions. You found a passion for aviation at a young age but then made, or were seduced, into a left turn into an intelligence career. We know it started when you were approached by the CIA to spy on antiwar activities at Iowa State. How did they find and pick you for their Operation CHAOS?

Image courtesy of Verne Lyon

VL~ I believe I was approached after a high school/college friend of mine went into Naval Intelligence. He told me he had talked to “some people” about me.  The job of spying on campus anti-war activities paid $300 a month and came with a guaranteed draft deferment. For over fifteen years, the CIA, with assistance from numerous government agencies, conducted a massive illegal domestic covert operation called Operation CHAOS. It was one of the largest and most pervasive domestic surveillance programs in the history of this country. Throughout the duration of CHAOS, the CIA spied on thousands of U.S. citizens. The CIA went to great lengths to conceal this operation from the public while every president from Eisenhower to Nixon exploited CHAOS for his own political ends.

After I signed the documents getting into their “student program,” I asked if university officials knew of their work on campus. They said yes but admonished me to keep this to myself. Apparently some officials at Iowa State not only knew of the CIA recruiting on campus but actually suggested names of select students to approach. Nobody mentioned that the work I just signed up for was illegal at worst and immoral at best. [1]

RB ~ You, like myself, grew up in a small midwestern town but found yourself directed to greater intrigue in your life. How did you take to this move up the status ladder working for a large int’l intelligence agency and did your views of a “worthwhile, needed and valuable gov’t agency soon change?”

VL~   I found it to be almost a dream at the first. Being a secret agent, paid undercover, part of the government’s inner decision making circle, etc. As time went on I became more skeptical with each passing day.

RB ~ Was this domestic spying expanded?

VL ~ As campus anti-war protest activity spread across the nation, the CIA reacted by implementing two new domestic operations. The first, Project RESISTANCE, was designed to provide security to CIA recruiters on college campuses. Under this program, the CIA sought active cooperation from college administrators, campus security, and local police to help identify anti-war activists, political dissidents, and “radicals.” Eventually information was provided to all government recruiters on college campuses and directly to the super-secret DOD on thousands of students and dozens of groups. The CIA’s Office of Security also created Project MERRIMAC, to provide warnings about demonstrations being carried out against CIA facilities or personnel in the Washington area

RB ~ This must have taken a lot of local resources to gather and review “information and activities” on so many people

VL ~ Under both Projects, the CIA infiltrated agents into domestic groups of all types and activities. It used its contacts with local police departments and their intelligence units to pick up its “police skills” and began in earnest to pull off burglaries, illegal entries, use of explosives, criminal frame-ups, shared interrogations, and disinformation. CIA teams purchased sophisticated equipment for many starved police departments and in return got to see arrest records, suspect lists, and intelligence reports. Many large police departments, in conjunction with the CIA, carried out illegal, warrantless searches of private properties, to provide intelligence for a report requested by President Johnson and later entitled “Restless Youth.[1]

RB ~ How much information was gathered and wasn’t this illegal?

VL ~ During the life of Operation CHAOS, the CIA had compiled personality files on over 13,000 individuals including more than 7,000 U.S. citizens as well as files on over 1,000 domestic groups. The CIA had shared information on more than 300,000 persons with different law enforcement agencies including the DIA and FBI. It had spied on, burglarized, intimidated, misinformed, lied to, deceived, and carried out criminal acts against thousands of citizens of the United States. It had placed itself above the law, above the Constitution, and in contempt of international diplomacy and the United States Congress.

RB ~ How ominous did it become when you found the agency who had you spy on Americans was now

going after you by framing you for an airport bombing, chasing you to Canada to have you kidnapped and ultimately tracking you to Lima, Peru, bring you back for trial and sentencing you to 17 years in Leavenworth for that bombing? Yuri Totrov, former KGB counter intelligence officer says. “Verne Lyon’s story so shocked me that I hoped he would one day make it public.”

VL~   It was as if the weight of the world had fallen on my shoulders. I felt hopeless, betrayed, angry.

RB ~ “Eyes on Havana,” your revealing book, has the tag line “Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA.” The title alone has a foreboding, gloomy aire about it. You talk about “the transformation of a young patriotic engineer…into the second class citizens I am today; a convicted felon who has survived fear, prosecution, and utter collapse of my dreams…” Are you able to realize at lease some of your dreams and goals?

VL~  I have become an accomplished pilot, although my aerospace engineering education was never used to its fullest, I did work as an engineer for a number of years.

RB ~ In your book you say “…Things went from bad to worse and pitted three government agencies against each other and against me in games of cat and mouse around the globe.”[1] From an agency you wanted to dedicate yourself to, this must have been a shock.

VL ~ My two-day trial, the jury’s brief deliberations and the judge’s stern sentence. Seventeen Years, I heard him say. You shall be remanded to a Federal Penitentiary for 17 years. My freedom, my youth my wife, my son all disappeared in those words.[1]

RB ~ Did your overseas positions add any different perspective to your overall view of national security – both foreign and domestic until your apprehension in Peru and return to the states?

VL~  Having traveled to over 100 countries, I much appreciate the views of peoples and cultures  abroad. To best understand the geo/political problems of the USA, you must travel overseas to understand how the rest of the world views us and why.

RB ~ Today we see such a pervasiveness of corruption in the higher levels of leadership. In the early days, was there more of a separation between national security and politics? The line seems very blurry these days.

VL~   The difference between the two was always blurred. Higher ups in the CIA helped write both foreign and domestic policy instead of just providing intelligence.

RB ~ It used to be we never thought of much except who’s playing Friday night at the high school, where’s lunch after church on Sundays, but now… it’s the gov’t in our face, the IRS after our records, the NSA storing emails and phone numbers and the CIA doing who knows what. Did this really need to get to the level it is with normal everyday patriotic Americans?

VL~  It is where it is due to the rapid, uncontrolled expansion of technology in communications, satellites, social media, news from every corner of the world within a few minutes, the internet, hacking, etc. Our society as well as most governments live in the NOW and want to respond at once to news, etc. After 911, we all gave up personal  freedoms for security and the Patriot Act which the government exploits to the max.

RB ~  People used to think that national security meant protecting us from foreign entities bent on our destruction. But then talk of special phone equipment rooms in San Francisco surfaced with connections to the government and that huge collection facility in Camp Williams, Utah came to light. People couldn’t believe their eyes. How were explanations handled internally about such domestic activities? Was it common knowledge that the government in general was now in the data collection/citizen surveillance business?

VL~   I think that Edward Snowden, now living in exile in Russia, showed us how pervasive the government is in gathering all kinds of intelligence on the average citizen.

Eris Snowden Freedom of the Press Foundation/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 4.0

RB ~  Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

VL~  Borderline hero

RB ~ While surveilling citizens with ties to terrorists should warrant close examination, can’t John Doe and his parents be left alone in peace? (AKA James Rosen from FOX News?) Has the CIA become more involved in domestic activities?

VL~ The line dividing the domain between the FBI’s former exclusive powers to do domestic spying and the CIA’s mandate to handle everything beyond the borders has become so blurred that the NSA’s collection of date from both actually negates separation of powers.

RB ~ You said in a 1990 article in Covert Action Information Bulletin, “The CIA must be put in its place. Should we demand or allow anything less, we will remain vulnerable to these abuses and face the risk of decaying into a lawless state destined to self-destruction.” Are we seeing that thought in spades these days? Lyon

VL ~  We thought that the East German STASI was the embodiment of George Orwell’s 1984 but we have achieved that status here at home now.

RB ~ You’ve been quoted as saying “The CIA is a state sponsored terrorist association. You don’t look at people as human beings. They’re nothing but pieces on a chessboard.” Was this scary concept surprising to you as you worked more and more in the agency?

VL~   The Agency’s view of the world was divided into spheres of influence where, at times, operations pitted one country or area against others for our benefit. The effects on the ordinary people were ignored for the goal of the greater good.

RB ~ Average Americans think about this data collection and that domestic spying should be spending time, money and resources chasing bad guys in Yemen, Iran or Syria, not worrying about some conversation or email between a guy and his grandmother. Are there other hidden reasonings behind collecting so much private and inconsequential information about non-threats within the country? Maybe political?

VL~  Certainly politics always has a role in what type of intelligence is collected and from whom. With today’s technology that allows us and foreign nations to encrypt private communications, the race to stay ahead of the curve out weighs the concerns for people’s rights.

RB ~ Is the invasion of our privacy “rights” (and maybe I’m using the term loosely) growing out of control, or has the presence of Trump in the oval office stemmed the tide of intrusion into our lives?

VL~   Basically and simply – No

RB ~  For most of us, the Clinton’s have been on the highway of free rides since the 80’s, bypassing every legal stop sign and prosecution toll booth in their path as they speedily wind their way toward fame and riches – mostly infamous riches. Everything they touch seems to be laden with bi-chromatic fingerprint dust and the blood of innocents mixed with confusion. With the questionable death of Seth Rich and other DNC maneuvering, for whose benefit and for what purpose? Was Rich to receive the blame for the hacking but wanted to prove otherwise?

VL~ Investigation, NO enforcement

RB ~  Is the CIA capable of assisting or independently pursuing “political crimes” to bring about justice to those involved in all this current Clinton/DNC/State Dept./intelligence corruption, or should they be more an investigative, enforcement force against more traditional crimes? Or is there really a difference anymore?

VL~   Dem’s vs Republicans – too political.

RB ~ Is enough finally being done to investigate and dig into these email scandals and schemes? Seems like 2 intelligence groups would be more efficient given the foreign component of things.

VL ~  More open but still restrictive

RB ~ And as a follow up, are the lines of communication between the FBI, CIA and NSA now more open than before, or is interagency pride and elitism keeping them from working together efficiently?

VL~     It’s all politics

RB ~  Did you in your wildest intelligence dreams ever think that a major political party could invade the sanctity of our election process by creating false documents, use them to smear an opposition candidate before an election, then use them to assault the privacy of his closest confidants, using them to corrupt the privacy process of the FISA system, all while the long term goal of removing a duly elected president loomed in the back of their destructive playbook?

VL~  Since FISA courts (hearings) are held in secret, much like grand jury hearings, the prosecutor usually controls the hearing and the court will go along with the prosecution’s request 99% of the time so its use is always, in my view, political. The fact that the election process can be corrupted to the degree that it has been is just another example of politics over-ruling facts. Its sad to see its degradation to the point that politics has apparently removed all fairness to the process.

RB ~ Knowing you weren’t there then, but has John Brennan stepped over the line of reason? Is his lying and anti-patriotic, partisan views a change or was it always there, hidden from public view?

VL~ Political leanings always influence decision and actions

RB ~ Did the decision to become so outspoken come easy given your patriotism and seeing the need for truth, or was it a life changing moment with thoughts of reprisals and long term career and personal ramifications?

VL~ I needed to tell the truth

RB ~  With Alexis, Echo, TVs with cameras, home security Wi-Fi cameras, Google phones tracking our every move and refrigerators knowing what we buy  and how we shop, are we living totally exposed with our non-private lives open to become fodder for anyone willing to review, sell or track?

VL~  We allow this for the sole sake of convenience

RB ~ With so many problems and scandals related to political corruption, spying on citizens, immigration, local communities and states opting out of abiding by federal law….are we losing America?

VL~  Its already lost and there is no real way back.

RB ~ And with all the action and complications of a government intelligence / law enforcement position, what was that one fun, rewarding, passionate moment you remember from your whole career?

VL~      Understanding that the world is not our enemy we don’t need to invent enemies.

 

Our thanks to Verne for his time, his service to our country and thoughts, and to his co-author, Professor Phil Zwerling for their input into this book and this article.  This and my other “insider” articles go to the question of whether we can truly trust our own government and their real intentions in their attempt to protect us.

Whistleblowers exist for a reason… to spread the truth of what’s behind the curtain and alert us to wrongdoings that affect our lives, our futures.

This article is just the beginning. You’ll find a fascinating read on the intrigue of Verne’s CIA life and adventures in the US, Cuba and beyond in his book, “Eyes on Havana.” I can’t recommend enough its addition to your reading shelf. It’s an eye opening revelation of what lengths the government will go to destroying policies, laws and lives to get to their final nefarious objectives.

RB

Facts and opinions expressed are those of the interviewee and not necessarily those of the author or westernfreepress.com. Certain passages and quotes used with permission from his book,”Eyes on Havana -Memoir of an American Spy Betrayed by the CIA.”
[1] Eyes on Havana- Verne Lyon & Phil Zwerling, McFarland Publishing (January 12, 2018)

 

Ron Boat and Sidney Powell look at the DOJ from the inside – Part 1

Lawyers. The very term scares us. It’s usually analogous to receiving a letter from the IRS. Should we open it (after all they aren’t writing to inform us of our lottery winnings) or throw it away hoping they’ll lose our address and forget about us? We don’t know the law – except what we gleaned from Perry Mason – and so we’re now exposed to a world outside our comfort zone. What do they know we don’t? What actions are they likely to take against me? How can I protect myself without giving up my entire life’s savings and that of my great grandchildren?

Add the government into the mix and you see the pressure, confusion and problems that mount with every rejected phone call and unopened letter. And today, that entity known as the top law enforcement of the land, the Department of Justice, adds even more gravity to the mere existence of the American public, either individually or collectively.

In peering deep into the depths of the legal pit known as the DOJ, there’s one person who has been there, done that, survived the less prominent (of her time) legal lies and entanglements on the inside and come out alive. She lays out this mantra of madness and maneuvering in her successful book, Licensed to Lie. (more of that later)

#Sidney Powell served in the Department of Justice for ten years, and has devoted her private practice to federal appeals for ​more than twenty years. She was the youngest Assistant US Attorney in the country when she was appointed. She has represented clients in a wide variety of civil and criminal litigation in our federal courts, serving as counsel in more than five hundred complex appeals to the Fifth Circuit. Her legal accomplishments would fill the shelves of a legal library, but they include a wide variety of memberships in associations and organizations, instructor, as well as author and coauthor of articles and books. Ms. Powell has served as chairperson and lecturer at each annual Fifth Circuit Appellate Practice and Advocacy Seminar from 1987 to 2010.

​She is a Senior Advisor for America First Policies and a Senior Fellow of the London Center.​ She has been heard on Dennis PragerU Live, Hannity’s radio show, seen on his FOX show, NEWSMAX TV and many others

I reference these biographical milestones to establish an understanding of this “Super Lawyer’s” valued perspective in seeing things for what they are; for exposing the corruption she’s seen over time; and as a basis for her integrity and insight to answer my questions in our interview. The level of her judicial savvy certain matches her physical stature, bringing confidence and credibility to any legal situation or client.

RB –   You started very young as an Assistant US Attorney. With the high pressure, dog eat dog, male dominated legal arena in Western Texas, what motivated a young lady from ​Raleigh​, NC to one, enter law, and two, seek such an inimitable position vs. being some clerk in a local law office?

SP –   ​My mother said that I was an unusual child.  I would go home from kindergarten and watch Perry Mason.  I had decided and announced at the end of first grade that I was going to be a lawyer.​  I didn’t think about it being difficult or male-dominated.  I remember people telling me there were too many lawyers.  My standard reply was:  “There are not enough good ones.”  I clerked for a local law firm as soon as I was 16 and could drive, and I used to spend spring break and vacation time sitting in a courtroom.  Sometimes my mother would go with me.

RB –  As the youngest Assistant US Attorney ever appointed, was there a sense of intimidation, or a confirmation of your own legal prowess that filled your mental thoughts and calendar.

SP –  ​I don’t think I have ever felt intimidated by anyone or anything in my entire life.  My parents raised me as a strong, independent-minded person with a strong, innate sense of right and wrong.  My father was a World War II veteran who earned a Distinguished Flying Cross on one of his 27 missions over Germany with the Eighth Army Aircorps.  He taught me how to play baseball and do lots of different things.  He also lived a life of integrity.  He would not even bring a pencil home from the office because it wasn’t his.  I learned how to shoot a gun when I was 5 or 6 and built my own treehouse.  My grandfather was a carpenter and an automobile mechanic.  I loved to work with him in his shop and fix things.  My grandmother taught me how to sew and make ceramics.  My mother taught me her special recipes.  I have more interests than I possibly have time for, and no one in my family ever said I couldn’t do something because I was a girl.

​The position with the United States Attorneys’ offices came with the assistance and mentoring of a longtime friend in Raleigh, Thomas P. McNamara, who was the US Attorney for the Eastern District of NC and hired me after my first year of law school to work in his office.  The next year, he recommended me as an intern for the US Attorney in San Antonio.  That US Attorney hired me upon graduation.  I never looked for a job.​

RB –  It must have been a valuable learning experience working alongside those with more specific and in-depth experience with government legal proceedings?

SP –  ​Working in the United States Attorneys’ Offices in three districts, under 9 US Attorneys from both political parties and countless good trial and appellate lawyers, was an invaluable experience.  I may be the only lawyer in private practice who has only ever practiced in federal court.  I feel very blessed to have had the experiences and opportunities that I have had.

RB –  What pushed you to make your move from government insider to your own shingle hanging in a private practice?

SP –  ​First I went from government to a partnership in a large firm.  That move was prompted upon receiving a call from a “head-hunter” who was working for the firm I joined.  Their timing was good however.  I had been with the government for approximately 10 years.  I was copying and binding my own briefs at midnight.  Half of our secretaries bordered on useless–they were just marking time as civil servants.  I also realized that a lot of Assistant US Attorneys who stayed more than 10 years lost their edge, got jaded, cynical, and myopic.  I did not want to stay too long.  I believe change is a good thing.  Change produces growth whether we want it or not.  So, I went from heading an appellate section for the Western district of Texas to the head of the Appellate Section for the Northern District of Texas, and then to the appellate section of a large regional firm.  I was a partner there for approximately 5 years.  I left there to start my own appellate shop after I had to turn down some terrific clients and cases because of the conflicts with other clients of the firm, and I realized that the big firm environment didn’t fit with my maverick propensities.

RB –  A friend of mine retired after 30 years as an agent with the FBI. He always spoke with pride of the days where being either an attorney or an accountant was the prerequisite for being an agent. In the DOJ of 30 years ago, did you see or experience a hint of the corruption, deceit, or political bias that we see so pervasive today?

SP –  ​No.  All of the agents with whom I ever worked from any agency were first rate, dedicated, and worked tirelessly.  When we made mistakes, or they did, we owned up to them.  There are several cases in which either the agents or the trial lawyers made errors, and we had to “confess” those to the court of appeals and reverse the convictions.  It was painful, but we did the right thing.

RB –  When you hear about the many, many occurrences of deliberate abuses of our laws by high ranking officials; illegal email servers, deliberate destruction of subpoenaed evidence of their crimes, collusion to subvert our rights and security, the taking of tens, no, hundreds of millions of dollars enriching their coffers for personal gain, their own lies to dissuade investigations…. What must run through your mind to see such antics of anarchy at the highest levels? And then to see them dismissed like so many parking tickets plastered on a governor’s car?

SP –  ​Outrage.  I think of all of the people who are really the engine of this country, the people that work two jobs, pay their taxes, take care of their kids, and then the double-standard applied to the benefit of the government or the political elite.  Most of Americans who make this country run every day are outraged.  People contact me often.

RB –  It probably goes without saying, but what goes through your thought process as you see the Director of the FBI, following the lead of a lower level investigator changing legal definitions to protect a candidate for our highest office, then using government time, equipment and resources to leak sensitive information to an outside source, only to prompt a far reaching, multi-million dollar investigation by his long-time friend and associate in order to justify losing an election and hopefully to bring down a duly elected president?

SP –  ​It is so intellectually dishonest and legally dishonest, it is really unfathomable.  At the same time, from what I have already seen and written about, it is not a surprise. It makes me very sad.  I believe that we are going to find that the elite of the FBI and DOJ were conspiring with FUSION GPS to create the “Steele dossier” and feed it back to the intel community and court to get the FISA court’s approval to cover the illegal surveillance they had done and were doing.  Comey is in all of it up to his eyeballs.

RB –   Does Sidney Powell see any real, final justice being served to those who appear daily in constant parades of suspects, having openly broken laws, abused their power and shattered the rust we placed in them? Or are their crimes to be swept under the DOJ’s rug or hidden in some back-office closet never to be mentioned again in polite political circles?

SP –  ​Since I wrote LICENSED TO LIE, and have been speaking on this issue in every forum available to me, and with Trump’s election, I think the tide is turning.  I am hopeful that between the Congressional investigations, investigative reporters, the Inspector General for the DOJ, and Judicial Watch, we are beginning to get the truth.  I think it will be so clear and so horrible that the DOJ will have to prosecute the crimes and their perpetrators as they are revealed.  I also think the trail goes right to Obama.

RB –  In writing “Licensed to Lie,” you’ve said “It was a book I hoped I would never have to write… I couldn’t sleep without this story being told.” What was the original overwhelming event, environment or reasoning that culminated into finally bringing you to expose your feelings of the inside?

SP –  ​When the bar associations refused to take any action against the powerful lawyers who were the subject of the lengthy and well-documented grievances that leading legal ethics expert Bill Hodes and I filed against them, it was the only thing remaining that I could do to bring this egregious problem to light.

 

In part 2 we’ll focus the spyglass of truth on the current DOJ fiasco involving Mueller, Comey, Sessions, Weissman, and other players in the game of shuffling facts and truths. We’ll also find great some insights into Ms. Powell’s fascinating book, “Licensed to Lie.”

Follow her on Twitter @SidneyPowell1

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Ron Boat exposes the Washington fears of 2018

2018 – The year of the ultimate Washington cleanup? Will it salvage America’s freedoms and reputation?

Will this be the year that Washington corruption sees its doom?

Will they feel the fear, the wrath of truth? It’s a fear forged in our founding fathers beliefs of freedom, equality and justice.

When Trump ran for president, many proclaimed his questionable past, his business dealings, his “Russian” connections. And yet being unproven he still pushes forward with his agenda to “Make America Great Again.” Will his inquisition and accusations finally fade away while the real truths of DC be judiciously dealt with?

In fulfilling his duties as president, and meeting his promises to improve this country, could he ever have known – or even thought – that such corruption was not only present, but prevalent in his new city of residence? Was he prepared to meet the challenges of lies, deceit, misinformation and political hackery?

like rats from that famous ship, we see the dumpster diving antics of politicians leaping for security away from their desks of deception rather than being exposed for the vermin they are. But we all live in hope that the prescribed pesticide of precept will find them in their duplicitous dens of deceit. We’ve seen an FBI director get fired leaving multiple questions of lawbreaking in his own wake. Replaced by another whose wife took hundreds of thousands of dollars in her democratic campaign causing serious conflict of interest proclamations. And so many of this DOJ clan are tainted with their own involvements into the Uranium One debacle as to be laughable in any serious discussion. We’ve seen an impotent Attorney General who seems to bypass any opportunity to defend the rule of law by not fully pursuing those who, in the eyes of the general public, have commited open and overt acts of corruption, lawlessness and possibly treason. yes, treason. What else do you call selling out America?

We’ve seen a special council appointed who is hell bent on finding, what seems to be, non-existent evidence of a US hating Trump and his imaginary “Russian Connection”, while a previous president’s political book is laid open with more and more pages stained with the blood of American lives, potential treasonous acts, and an agenda that bespeaks of nothing aligned with truth and patriotism.

Is this drawn out charade of justice meant to delay the inevitable until the presence of a new “leftier” congress is in place to carry out the impeachment marching orders of the radical progressives with more unsupported rhetoric from this wasteful effort?

And through all this, we again see the Clintons at the middle of scheme after scheme after slimy money grabbing scheme. All designed to personally enrich themselves, sell their influence and power. But are they now skating on the thin ice of lies over a sea of opposition and truth? Are their chickens about to visit home and walk right through the front door? Are they close to seeing the justice so many in this country want for their concealed crimes again the country and possibly truly innocent individuals?

Bill’s, speaking fees from a Russian bank involved with a cobal to take over partial control of a valuable American resource. The globe circling foundation, with their tens of millions of foreign dollars that serve to fill the silk lined pockets of the Clintons – all of them – rather than serving the starving, unclothed masses continually extolled most vociferously to gain the exchange of more and more checks and favors. Are these funds gathered for the purpose of buying a seat at the Clinton table of power to further their estranged grip on American assets and privilege?

All while, yes… American uranium was shipped out of the country to…. well, we’re not sure yet where to except it’s not here where it belongs. Uranium rich ore, a valuable resource not just for the making of weapons, but used for valuable medical isotopes such as Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99 or “moly-99”). A commodity we need for life saving research and treatments for some 56,000 citizens a day – but instead of making it here, we spend millions to import it because we have a shortage of… uranium.

The growing “email scandal” is still off the front burner but slowly making its way from the rear of discussions as people see the veiled attempts to run questionable activities out of public view. Destroying evidence after issued subpoenas? The use of unsecured resources putting our country and its secrets at risk? Hammering and hiding Blackberrys, laptops and smartphones for the purpose of… well, who really knows yet at this point.

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The DNC reveling in its own misdeeds paying for concocted files on a political rival under the guise of “opposition research”. A ruse involving participation of the nation’s top law enforcement agency and possibly their money- OUR money? A falsehood potentially used to obtain illegal warrants for the purpose of spying on their opposition, then… involving people and information obtained to prosecute for the purpose of political control and destruction?

And we haven’t touched on the sex scandals that are “exposing themselves” at every turn of the congressional calendar, or the other DNC and office holders whose actions exhibit questionable legalities in the lofty positions they hold.

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And will B Hussein finally be exposed for his socialist/ fascist/Communist/Muslim accommodating destructiveness he wrought, and, worse yet, will America care enough to perceive their responsibility to follow through? Will his continued opposition to this country and its principals through his Organizing for Action group, boasting tens of thousands of lemmings out to disrupt our society, have its desired affect on our freedom? Will his cohorts of Lynch, Holder, Rice, Lerner and countless hidden others be swept into the light of truth to face their rightful day in court?

Will his revealed actions teach America a lesson of how close we came to political and economic meltdown, or will the blind obsession of the left keep wielding the sword of socialism till a NWO emerges to control us through some power hungry group like the UN invading our borders?

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Coming soon, we look at the DOJ from the inside, from the perspective of the youngest Assistant US Attorney to hold the office in the 90’s, and we see how things have changed into the cesspool of dishonesty, disloyalty and the furthering falsehoods we have today. Could such a brothel of brummagem have been seen and even imagined for this great country?

Sidney Powell will expose this for what it is. Her recent book, Licensed to Lie, is more telling now than ever about the dangers present, and the ones yet to come.

If our leaders fulfill their appropriate and expected duties, the unraveling of this onerous onion will continue and we’ll see more and more of the lies we’ve been living under, and allow true justice to take its course.

Washington should fear the light of day. They should understand their time of treasonous actions is about to come to a close as America exposes them for what they are; And dispenses justice on their deeds. Yes, it’s a fear forged in our founding fathers beliefs of freedom, equality and justice.

As we look forward to a new year, may we all find peace, prosperity, personal power and presence of mind to better ourselves and our country.

God bless America.

~ RB

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Ron Boat asks…What makes America work?

THINK ABOUT IT AMERICA – What makes it work? People! The good people who work, who contribute and commit, step up and help others. People who give of their time and money for charities, helping others they don’t even know, selfishly participating in others’ lives. In the case of first responders actually placing their lives in danger for the benefit and well being of their fellow citizens.

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This week saw the repulsive antithesis of good – evil. The true and real  personification of what can go wrong when people put themselves above others. The total, ultimate and final resolution of personal hate and disdain for society, it’s rules, laws, and yes its participants. What causes – what forces someone to plan out an attack, living with ingrained hatred for days or weeks wanting to do one thing…. kill people they don’t even know. If we knew that we could probably solve crime in America.

We can make an excuse for those who kill out of rage or revenge, who take a life in defense or retribution but to wantonly take lives of people doing nothing more than enjoying their lives, their freedoms, their love of life is without reason or sanity. We find no solace in half truths, explanations of one’s anathema for humanity because in most cases there is no acceptable, reasonable reason for reactions so destructive. To harm those who don’t know, who have done you no wrong, who are not in your life in any way other than to breathe the same air of freedom and opportunity is wordless in its description.

The balance of this lunacy are the lines of people who stood for 6-8 hours to give their life’s blood for those they simply heard needed their help, their  support, their élan vital of life, giving subsistence to those who need it more. People who answered the call with no knowledge of the needy other than… they have a need. People who give their time and blood without benefit of reward other than that personal satisfaction and smile that lingers for days or weeks when remembering “they were there to help their fellow man,” they were part of the anonymous army that cared, that responded, that gave and saved.

It’s been said many times and by many means that no man is an island. The people killed did not live under a vacuousness veil of society anonymity. Their lives touched many people; they had families, friends, coworkers, they were contributors to the collective whole of America. Their passing leaves a potential for greater loss given their future beneficence to us all.  The only small flickering ray of rank reality was the cowardice of the gunman – who shall go unnamed here –  for taking his own desperate life saving taxpayers millions in trials, treatments and useless attempts at reform and rehabilitation – for there is none for such unspeakable heinousness.

The only shortcoming of this result is the lack of reason for the families of victims – the truth behind the turmoil that might offer some comfort and contentment, some final closure and cessation of the pains of life, if even for a moment of personal relief. But in the end… there may be no reason other than a selfish, self-serving act, a delirious desire for dominance on the world stage if only for the time it takes to forget such malevolent motion of murderousness inhumanity.

God bless the innocent victims, their families, their community and God bless America as we deal with the evil in our midst.

 

~ RB

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Ron Boat needs to be muzzled and put in a cage

At times that’s what many people think when I express my views and reveal my rants on current affairs, social and political misfires. I can’t stand idiocy, lunacy, stupidity or haranguing diatribe from either side of the political sewer.

As a basis…. I’m older than a half century, started and have run my own business for 46 years, am a proud US Army veteran and graduate of special schooling at the US Naval Academy. Have been a survivor in life making my own way with creativity and hard work having not been born into money or taking anything from society.

When asked about being either an “R” or a “D” I usually reply, “I’m an American and I want the best for this country wherever the ideas come from.”

I believe what’s true is true, and the pig with lipstick is still… well you know. And teaching that pig to sing… still doesn’t work. I believe in personal responsibility. If I can do it almost anyone can and I’m an equal opportunity believer…. Your race or religion, your personal sexual persuasions, your background or environment shouldn’t be the excuse for your failures.

Too many people from the wrong side of the river, with physical handicaps or lack of monetary foundations have been overwhelmingly successful in life. (I’m still working on mine) 🙂  And God bless their contributions to our society and the world.

But the thing that really pulls my chain, that influences people to want me committed, is the direction of the country. The lack of respect on the part of young people – a DIRECT result of poor parenting (or none) and the social acceptance promoted by our socialist/fascist leaders.

The lack of education being taught, or applied, that leads people to wonder through their day disrupting the lives of normal hard working people with their pedantic, pretentious displays of moral outrage at the reality of life. The botched belief they should condemn and control others with vicious, vituperative, vehement violence for the sake of pushing socialistic agendas NOT in the best interest of this free and capitalistic country.

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The misconception that some lives matter more than others, or  are dismissed by those of a different color without regard to any real truths. The free wheeling feeling that destruction of private and TAXPAYER supported property is an acceptable target or that others’ personal lives don’t matter as much as their personal volumes of verbosity express. There’s a war being waged against freedom and this country needs to heed the wake up call of patriotism and reason to combat the forces of evil which are prevalent, yea already prevailing in the perseverant  persona of personal promotion.

Freedom of speech? ABSOLUTELY. Freedom of  chaos and revolution? UNACCEPTABLE. Face it, anarchy is the method and goal of these Soros funded, Obama approved and trained messengers of misrule. They hate America, they hate its people, and they hate the success some have achieved and who will be accused of denying others of their rights and entitlements. For them, America is the reason the world is “unequal” and “unjust” and it’s their personal pilgrimage and primary pursuit that drives them to consume and crush cultures.

They don’t care about your right to survive, grow, produce and enjoy the fruits of your own labors. They want you to curtail your profits and not sell Pumpkin Spice lattes if you’re in a Trump building. They want you to “share the wealth” with those less fortunate (code word for lazy) while their citadels of abundance like Facebook and Google continue to overflow with the funds from the working class they despise.

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The concept or name of your sports team is probably racist. And you’re certainly a racist if you oppose a religion that wants to kill you or speak out against the illegal ignoring the rule of law, sneaking across our borders and wanting your job or wasting public funds with free this and that while flipping the finger of foulness at you for your lack of compassion and caring. Yea… let me get out my checkbook and take care of those unfortunates.

Schools want to kick you out if you wear an American flag t-shirt yet encourage, or order police to stand down while roaming hoards of paid, mask wearing, rock throwing, organized anarchists disrupt public gatherings and burn public buildings. Certain governmental “occupiers” want to diminish your personal religious beliefs and rights, using them as excuses for deleting you from positions and public acceptance.

The education system is setting us up to fail in future generations with social acceptance of idiotic social sideshows of leftist, radical teachers.

Cities, under the leadership of left leaning progressives, allow and participate in the dramatic and damaging dissolution of our country’s history. The defacing and tearing down of statutes of figures who, according to them, had no place in our country or our history. Countries, leaders, standards and behaviors evolve and define over time yet to use their presence as an excuse to destroy should be objectionable and repugnant, yet many communities allow their leaders to ignore, acquiesce or promote such.

Six times this year (180 days) I’ve been banned from Facebook for expressing personal, non-violent views against certain leaders, groups, cults/religions that want to bring down our country, even destroy our way of life. All while others are openly allowed to promote violence, hateful, anti-American rhetoric and views contrary to a reasonable discourse for growing our society. Ever heard about that Muslim group or mass murderer who was posting on Facebook just before his abhorrent act of violence? Who was watching and banning him? And in FB’s incapacity to use common sense and intelligence, the posts they ban me for are from a year or more in the past. NO acceptance of the fact someone might have “learned to confirm” and improve their posts… they just want me gone from communicating with like-minded conservatives my proclivity for passionate points of  patriotism.

Yes, maybe there are times I should be caged but muzzled? I still think non-violent speech is allowed and acceptable even when I disagree. But don’t think me a combative opposing fool when trying to pull blankets of idiocy over me all while beating me with your club of acceptable and understanding.

Was Trump to be the savior of this country we’ve been wanting for 4, 8, 16, 20+ years? He’s no self proclaimed Messiah, but is trying his best non-political ways of dealing with the hand he was left with at the table of leadership. Take a deep breathe and imagine the chaos and calamity had he lost this important turning point election. If this country grows and succeeds – so does he in the long run. If the traitors on the left and the Trump haters, detractors and dissenters have their way… we all suffer and we could be looking at  irreversible  deterioration of the best country ever to inhabit this planet.

It’s been said that:

The decline from democracy to tyranny is both a natural and inevitable one. It’s a fact, nonetheless.

In every case, a democracy will deteriorate as the result of the electorate accepting the loss of freedom in trade for largess from their government. This process may be fascism, socialism, communism, or a basket of “isms,” but tyranny is the inevitable endgame of democracy. 

And while America is not a democracy, the same can be said for a republic founded on the principles of freedom and God given rights, operating under the rule of law.

I believe our founders were some of the most brilliant men ever to conceive a country. They came from the tyranny of governmental controls that confined its people and restrained their spirit. They knew what would make and keep this new bastion of freedom free and growing, centuries after their parting. As I’ve written before, their beliefs played a dominant part in our founding and it’s our charge to continue their dreams, to fight for their vision of this republic and its people.

OK, cage me, but I’ll never relinquish my attempt to express my views and love of this country. I’ll never give up hope that we can reverse the efforts of satanic and anarchist deviants that wish to destroy. I won’t acquiesce my oath to the military and the country for its protection and betterment.

Whatever your race, religion, status in life, political party, personal beliefs or opinions, I trust you’ll do your part as so many others have, and do what you can to #MAGA in one way or another.

 

~ RB

© 2017 Group AMC, Inc.

Ron Boat exposes the expanding “Facts of Corruption”…Again

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For the longest time, the collective liberal legions thought and expected that democrats were just “helping the poor”, “aiding the downtrodden”, and “bettering America.” Then instead of a helping hand it grew to give away the store while replacing personal responsibility, then in the last eight years we’ve seen Obama’s true gift to America…. the expanded concept of redistribution of wealth. (as leaked to Joe the plumber) Taking from those who earned it and giving to those who want it but are too lazy to work for it. (*)

But lately we’ve seen the real truth of liberal progressiveness. It’s the takeover of America, the total control of money, power, and even the actions and thoughts of a free citizenry. The complete rule over one’s being and existence.

The accomplishment of this goal is not as originally schemed, through the ballot box, but the subversion of our very government. The twisted misuse of our laws and the well considered intentions of our founding fathers. The destructive, satanic and ritualistic lies and violent disorder of social unrest all meant to distract and pervert our way of life.

The original simplistic strategy and insidious intention was to win and control through the greedy votes of  the electorate, whose minds had been warped by many theories of “you deserve”, “The other guys are taking from you”, and in essence “get you some.” But seeing this was slow and hampered by reason and truth, seeing more and more the em-battlement against them was strong, more sabotage and deceit was required.

Enter lawlessness. No one (of reason) can deny the growth of lies, manipulations, down- right corruption and chaos has entered our governing body. We saw lies and malfeasance about in the Obama years with scandal after scandal perpetrated through abuse of power. The growing, blatant assault on freedom was right there in front for all to see and yet most either ignored, accepted or acquiesced, or some cases justified and supported.

The most perfect, recent and shameless example is the handling of foreign involvement in our governmental rule. The pay-to-play schemes of the Clintons and their traitorous actions giving away portions of America’s uranium to an enemy for cash. The intrusion of religious groups from foreign lands who have no acceptance of our way of life or freedoms, yet worming their way into the fabric of our lives, dictating policies, taking and squandering our monies and minds.

And unless you’ve been under a rock or in a Pakistani cave for the last couple of weeks, the revealed abhorrent behavior of former DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz is on full display. Her actions bespeak the underlying corruption of a system gone bad – placing full trust in our leaders hoping they are there to protect us.

To backtrack:

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Mr. Imran Awan, 37, began working for House Democrats as an IT staffer in 2004. By the next year, he was working for future Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Over time he would add his wife, two brothers, a brother’s wife and a friend to the payroll—and at handsome sums. One brother, Jamal, hired in 2014 reportedly at age 20, was paid $160,000. That’s in line with what a chief of staff makes—about four times the average Capitol Hill staffer. No Democrat appears to have investigated these huge numbers or been asked to account for them.

According to an analysis by the Daily Caller’s Luke Rosiak,  the family has collected $5 million since 2003 and “appeared at one time or another on an estimated 80 House Democrats’ payrolls.” Yet Mr. Rosiak interviewed House staffers who claim most of the family were “ghost” employees and didn’t come to work. Only in government does nobody notice when staffers fail to show up. [ It’s been noted that some of this clan worked at McDonald’s or a car dealership – Abid Awan, a brother- while collecting huge salaries and one apparently stayed home a lot ]

The family was plenty busy elsewhere. A litany of court documents accuse them of bankruptcy fraud, life-insurance fraud, tax fraud and extortion. Abid Awan, ran up more than $1 million in debts on a failed car dealership he somehow operated while supposedly working full time on the Hill. One document ties the family to a loan from a man stripped of his Maryland medical license after false billing. Capitol Police are investigating allegations of procurement fraud and theft. The brothers filed false financial-disclosure forms, with Imran Awan claiming his wife had no income, even as she worked as a fellow House IT staffer

Most recent FBI affidavit accuses Imran Awan of defrauding the Congressional Federal Credit Union by lying about the use of his rental properties to get a $165,000 home-equity loan—which he immediately wrapped into a $283,000 wire transfer to Pakistan. At one point, (pretending to be his wife on the phone) lied about sending money to Pakistan,for “funeral arrangements.”

This clan of Pakistani thieves and subversives not only had access to our payrolls but to thousands of documents of House Democrats through the multiple servers they could penetrate. Hence, our nation’s secrets at risk – AGAIN. [staffer’s services were “so important” to congressional members, that on March 22, 2016, eight democrat members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence issued a letter, requesting that their IT staffers be granted access to Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). Of those that signed the letter were representatives Jackie Speier (CA) and Andre Carson (IN), the second Muslim in Congress, both of whom employed the Awan brothers.]

Enter Ms Schultz continued to shield Imran Awan to the end – even after he had been banned from working for democrats on the hill. Yes, the amounts of money, and the ties to Pakistan, are strange. Yes, it is alarming that emails show Imran Awan knew Ms. Wasserman Schultz’s iPad password, and that the family might have had wider access to the accounts of lawmakers on the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees.

This  IT staffer Imran Awan was arrested at Dulles airport while trying to flee the United States. His wife had already fled leaving behind 2 smashed hard drives in their home which the FBI now has. The Capitol Police retrieved a laptop and other computer equipment from behind cabinets in an abandoned home’s garage.

Schultz fought hard – even threatening Capitol Police – over the return of a laptop. A threat she has yet to explain to those in power asking about her unprofessional and potentially illegal actions. [“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”]

This is just another dripping chapter in the ongoing saga of corruption, lies, overly deceitful bravado, and subversion which encircle even the DNC’s candidate, HRC. The money flowing to her foundation, the enlarged enormous speaking fees paid to hubby Bill, her own email problems and lies, allowing more access to our enemies with total disregard for our country while flagrantly waving the flag of equality for women, and Russian influences.

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The true “definition” of this “D” party is palpable given they are “D-estructive”, “D-eceitful”, “D-fiant”, “D-uplicitous”, “D-ishonest”, “D-ouble Dealing”, “D-eceptive”, “D-isingenous”, “D-elusory”…… well… you get my Dominant Deliberate Disappointing point.

How long will America tolerate this totalitarian test? How long can we survive the slough of socialism, the carnage of communistic creep? How many times will we allow the predominant parlaying of personal promotion and prosperity?

Yes, we have been leaning this way more and more and the facts of fascism have presented themselves and are our own accepted doom without our relentless resistance.

Will the Trump train and a small segment of responsible republicans take the lead in curing our country of this cancerous cause? It’s about time and it seems more and more of our distressed, concerned and aware citizens are starting to see the light….. and they don’t like what they see.

 

*PS – I believe in social safety nets. But they’re not hammocks.

 

Thanks to Will Shakespeare’s Hamlet (act III, scene II), SPC  and Gateway Pundit for their sources on this

 

~ RB
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Ron Boat sits with Dennis Michael Lynch – Part 2

Dennis Michael Lynch (or DML as he prefers) is an American businessman, documentary film maker, and conservative political commentator. He often appears as a guest on Fox News, The Kelly File, and The Blaze.

He has captured America’s eye and focused it on such subjects as the growing immigration problem with films such as “THEY COME TO America” parts I, II, and III. He shows the increasingly liberal media and their take on the news with “WE RIDE TO DC,” and, with his upcoming “FIGHTING FOR AMERICA,” looks at our declining life in America and what we should do about it.

In his 2015 film, “POWER GRAB,” He spends time with Dick Morris and looked at  Obama’s remaining time in office and his plans for a one-party political system.

This is the 2nd part of our interview with DML’s responses that show his personal beliefs and motivations for producing the films and books he does. No racism, no rhetoric, just facts and reality as the camera and DML have seen them. Part 1 can be found HERE.

 

Part 2 –

Ron: Your recent successful projects (They Come to America I, II, & III) deal with the overwhelming immigration crisis we face. Not tens, but hundreds of thousands rushing our borders for freedom, opportunity or criminal advantage, take your pick. Either way, is this just one part of Obama’s realization of the Cloward-Piven strategy of causing harm to America by “overwhelming the system?” Will other “overwhelming” actions such as prisoner releases, crushing debt, takeover of the areas such as education and medicine, and suffocating regulatory environmental controls be part of your projects?

DML:  Obama’s fundamental transformation of America leaves a guy like me with no shortage of topics to cover.  Whether it’s a Cloward-Piven strategy he follows, or just his upside-down vision for America that fueled his moves, only he can answer that question.  I just know he’s been very effective at screwing up this country.  He has a full year to create more harm and I think he will.  That said, I could make 100 movies about what he’s done to America, and none of it is good.  As noted, I’m in pre-production on films covering welfare abuse, and another one on the abuse of veterans.  I tend to find myself interested in diving into areas where other people don’t go.  I’m passionate about some topics more than others, and I think my passion will dictate what I do versus don’t do.  Unlike Dinesh D’Souza, I don’t see myself making films about a single person like he did with Obama, and he has another coming out about Hillary.  I could never make a film entirely about one person who I don’t like.  For example, I would never make a film about Hillary — I would despise doing such a film.  I didn’t get into films so I can showcase 90-minutes of beating down on someone even if they deserve it.  I need and want my films to identify a problem, and then offer a solution.  If I can’t offer a solution, I won’t engage the topic.

Ron: For whatever reason, in whatever form, do you fear Obama’s plan, and execution of it, for America, and shouldn’t people be waking up to our real future as never imagined?

DML:  I think Obama’s damage is done, especially when it comes to immigration.  And if Hillary is elected, or if the wrong Republican is elected, I fear we take on the sort of trouble that is irreversible.  And as a father of 4, that scares me to no end.

Ron: You say that your biggest fear was filming the Cliven Bundy Ranch incident with the BLM? Are we seeing the beginnings of a tyrannical, dictatorial gov’t not previously allowed or even imagined in this country of the free?

DML:  I get asked a lot about the Bundy event and why the gov’t did what they did to Cliven.  I don’t have an answer.  I don’t know Cliven, and I didn’t spend much time getting into the back story.  I didn’t do what I did for Cliven or his cattle.  I stood in front of the BLM machine guns because the situation was getting hot and it needed leadership. I didn’t want to see one American die regardless of what side they were  on. That said, I was really scared that people were going to die, including myself — I feared I would get caught in crossfire.  So I stepped up and tried to defuse the situation.  Thankfully everything ended peacefully.  I’ve made a film about that day, it releases on DVD this November.

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As for gov’t take-overs, I don’t think agencies like the BLM are trying to control people, etc.  That sort of thinking is a bit over the top in my opinion.  I think the BLM is the poster child for big government gone awry.  It’s a sign of gov’t being out of control.  And if we had a Reagan-like president, I think agencies like the BLM would be done away with.  Then again, I could be wrong — I just don’t know.  But I can tell you without pause that the scene in Nevada was as dangerous as it was preventable.

Ron: Are you meeting your personal goals for reaching, informing, warning, motivating action from citizens, or do you restrict your documentary style so your films are reflective of society and informational, hoping to get people involved?

DML:  I am very frustrated about my films not being in theaters, but I cannot break through the liberal gatekeepers who don’t want my immigration films to see the light of day.  If it was not for FOX NEWS, conservative radio, and NewsmaxTV you wouldn’t know my name.  But sadly those outlets are not enough, that’s why I give away the free DVDs with the purchase of one. People have shared my films over and over again, and because I don’t do the theater thing, I will never have a true idea of how many people have seen the films.  I do know it’s more than 1,000,000, and that’s cool by me, but I’d like it to be 100 million.

Ron: Many of your projects have focused the light on illegal, mainly Hispanic, immigration and yet, should we also be looking at Obama’s “legal” immigration of increasingly disconcerting Muslim populations? Are these the real destructive forces being introduced to America. Are they a part of a bigger Obama plan (or are we paranoid) and do you have any plans for a future look at this increasing problem? isn’t  it a major problem when “They Come to America” bringing Sharia law and archaic customs?

DML:  I am not a racist, nor do I target people by their skin color or nationality.  Anyone who knows me knows I am a big hearted guy who loves all people.  And so when people say my films are anti-Latino it’s just a big fat lie used to deflect the facts regarding who is coming here illegally.  The reason why you see so many Hispanics in my films is because fact is Hispanics are coming through the southern border in droves.   If the Irish and Italian were coming in illegally through Mexico, my films would be flooded with Irish and Italian people.

As for Islam, same principle applies — I don’t put a bullseye on someone for the sake of their religion.  Frankly, I don’t care who you pray to. But I am concerned about Islamic extremism, and I’m also turned off when people blame their religion as the reason why they can’t adapt to American culture.  My response is, “Why live here?” That said, I do cover Islamic extremism in my films, and in They Come to America 3, I do discuss what I witnessed in Michigan.  When I traveled through Dearborn it was like being in another country at times. I’d see one store after the next filled with signs written in Arabic.  Residential streets are filled with hundreds of women wearing full burkas and not one of them would say hello to me.  But the worst was driving through neighborhoods without seeing a single American flag waving from a flagpole or porch.  When that sort of thing happens it’s going to make it into my film.

Ron:  One politically active veteran and civil servant opined that it was delusional for you to consider running for president last year. And yet, don‘t we need passionate, patriotic, intelligent, almost “every day“ people running for local and national offices (as originally intended) rather than the elite, the political opportunists, the career office holders who have already proven their destructive results? Do you think your films are inspiring people to get more involved?

DML:   I’ve had people who love me say that running for office is crazy, especially when I’ve built a nice career doing what I love (i.e. making films).  As for some stranger who doesn’t know me but is willing to take their time to write nasty things about my efforts, I feel bad for that person. But then again there is no shortage of keyboard cowboys on the Internet who have a lot to say but little to offer, especially bloggers and Facebook warriors who hide behind alias names and fake profiles so they can spew lies.

I don’t think it was delusional of me at all.  In fact, I wish I hadn’t gotten sick because I believe I’d be polling towards the top.  For example, Megyn Kelly had me on her show to discuss my 2016 strategy.  I told her I was exploring a run for the presidency because I am in love with my country, and that no person is more qualified than myself when it comes to securing the border and stopping the illegal alien invasion.  Plus, I’ve created jobs for 25 years as a businessman, and I understand the issues facing America and how they need to be solved. And I can’t be bought or lobbied to by special interest groups. When her show was over she ran a poll on her Facebook page asking viewers if they’d vote for me.  Over 4k people responded, of which 88% said yes they would vote for me.  Lots of delusional people, I guess?

Ron: You have some exciting film and book projects coming up with your “A Day At Bundy’s”, “Fighting for America,” and ultimately your remake of “King of the Hamptons.” Anything else you want to tease us with and will these be an expansion, another beginning to a longer story yet to unfold on America’s future?

DML:  I am making a film about the 2016 race, that’s all I can say for now.

Ron: Any final words of wisdom, encouragement, warning for American in light of our election next year? Will ultimately Neal Diamond’s song end in such societal disharmony and a sour discord we don’t even want to consider it?

DML:  If Donald Trump has taught us one thing it’s that America is tired of the political correctness and the DC insiders. So if you’re tired of being tossed under the bus, stand up — don’t be afraid of voicing your concerns.  Remember, being pro-America doesn’t mean your anti-anything.  As for my films, if people go to TheyComeToAmerica.com and buy a DVD, I send them free copies to hand out to people so the truth can get out there.  Some people say giving away more DVDs than I sell makes me delusional, I say it makes me feel good to know I’m doing what I can to help my country.

Our thanks to Mr. Lynch for his time in conversing about his projects, and these timely subjects so important to America.

 

Be sure to visit http://www.dennismichaellynch.com/   and see his hard hitting films at http://www.dennismichaellynch.com/films_reel/

 

~ RB
© 2017 Group AMC, Inc.

Ron Boat sits with Dennis Michael Lynch – Part 1

There are times it is interesting to look back and see how views of the past reflect the reality of what happened and what’s going to happen moving forward. In my travels I have opportunity to interview different people and DML is one of them.

Dennis Michael Lynch (or DML as he prefers) is an American businessman, documentary film maker, and conservative political commentator. He often appears as a guest on Fox News, The Kelly File, and The Blaze.

He has captured America’s eye and focused it on such subjects as the growing immigration problem with successful films such as “THEY COME TO AMERICA” parts I, II, and III. He shows the increasingly liberal media and their take on the news with “WE RIDE TO DC,” and, with his upcoming “FIGHTING FOR AMERICA,” looks at our declining life in America and what we should do about it.

In his 2015 film, “POWER GRAB,” He spends time with Dick Morris and looks at Obama’s remaining time in office and his plans for a one-party political system.

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This is a 2-part interview with DML’s responses that show his personal beliefs and motivations for producing the films and books he does. No racism, no rhetoric, just facts and reality as the camera and DML have seen them.

 

Part 1 –

Ron: Having witnessed 9/11 first hand, watching citizens jumping to their deaths, seeing the destruction, dust and debris, it must have been such a life changing impression that you enrolled in the New York Film Academy. You started with shorter, simpler, more commercially appealing films, but did you find the goal pretty quickly to start your pursuit of telling the important stories or did that take time to evolve during your studies?

DML:  After living 9/11 and seeing my fellow Americans jump from 80 stories, and after seeing what 19 people could do to the most powerful country on Earth, I decided to make a change.  I no longer desired to continue as a CEO and chase money, but instead chase my dream of making films.  And during the making of my first film “King of the Hamptons’, which includes many Hollywood stars, I met a man who protests against illegal immigration each and every day.  He does this because he lost his ability to earn a living because of the illegal aliens who undercut his prices (he’s a contractor).  And so he protests on the corner of a 7-Eleven where dishonest contractors come to pick up the illegal aliens who stand there each morning looking for work.  After speaking with the guy (Tom), I decided to make a film about illegal immigration and its impact on America.

It was the experience of touring the country and making They Come to America which opened my eyes.  It enabled me to truly see how immigration has not only grown out of control, but how the media is ignoring the negative impact immigration is having on American workers, America’s culture, and our national security.  I made that film in 2010 – 2011, and I’ve been locked in ever since.  I’ve made three films about immigration and will make more, I am sure.  It’s like the Roach Motel, once you get in you never get out.  And I’m here to stay until the issue is addressed the way it needs to be.

Ron:  Your first major film, “King of the Hamptons” was a success with the local film festival crowds who had the chance to view this non-released film. It was more personal, almost motivational questioning of people’s lives dealing with midlife crises, and seemingly very separated from the political energy of current projects. With your upcoming remake, will you add the political elements in today’s life’s decisions and its influence on our daily existence? Is the political environment today more intrusive, more restrictive, in allowing us “to be all we can be” than it was even in 2010?

DML: So many people have asked to see the film.  But to release the original would add no value to the viewer today.  I always have a need to add value — I want to put out a movie that makes people think, and then to act — I want my films to push people to move forward be it for themselves or for a cause.  That said, I decided it would be far more valuable to do a remake of the film.  In short, the remake will marry the best parts of the original film with new scenes that show where I am today and how I got here.  My hope is the film will provide a gateway for people who find themselves stuck in a place of uncertainty.  What does that mean?

So many people have dreams and ideas, they know they are destined to do something great — they know they want to use their talents and determination to scale higher and to be more, but for some reason they are scared to try.  And so I think if people see where I was in 2008 (when I started making the film), to where I am now, they will get fired up about taking a chance on themselves even if they don’t know where they will land.   As for politics, sure there will be political tones in the film but it’s only because I’ve become so engrossed in politics.  But I won’t do what the left does — I won’t try to push my politics onto the viewer.  That’s not my style — not in this film anyhow.

Ron:  When you started your quest for immigration research and documentation, did you ever imagine the many stories of incidents like San Francisco’s Kate Steinle, or the Kansas City woman kidnapped at knife point, repeatedly raped and driven to New York by an illegal, the two Virginia girls killed by the illegal Alfredo Ramos driving drunk or our own Arizona police officer killed by an illegal drunk driver? Add to these the hundreds, no thousands of crimes committed by first time and returning illegals?

DML:  I had NO IDEA about the amount of crime generated by illegal aliens.  Most people have no idea how bad it is, unless of course you’re one of the victims, or a loved-one of a victim.

I receive gifts and letters in the mail each week, and some of them make me cry.  Example. I had a veteran send me his medal from Vietnam and ask, “Please don’t stop doing what you do, my son was killed by an illegal alien.”  I mean WOW, how do I not continue on with the next film?

Fact is, the cost of illegal immigration goes beyond a dollar figure.  How do you put a price on a lost life, or a child raped?  For example, in N. Carolina alone, last year more than 1,000 illegal aliens were arrested for more than 5,000 counts of rape of CHILDREN.  To me, that’s terrorism.  That’s our government allowing illegal aliens to come into this country and terrorize our children.  I want it stopped!

Ron: Have you imagined any final, ultimate story to break or is that yet to be written by future events? Do you think we’ll find a positive outcome for America?

DML:  As far as immigration goes, until a major public figure is killed by an illegal alien nothing will be done.  That is unless we get a president who really cares about the American people and understands like I do the damage being doing to America, then, perhaps, it will be addressed.  I say it is the number one issue in America, and I say that because I know it touches almost every issue we face, including education, welfare, jobs, national security, healthcare, etc.

As for the long term outlook for America as a whole, I hate to bet against the country I love, so I won’t.  But if Hillary Clinton was elected, I may want to change my bet.

Ron: Immigration was the first main theme of your released films, then you moved to exposing the liberal media and then a more in depth look at Obama’s transformation of America earlier this year. Do you have a long term “pattern” or “route” in mind when picking your subjects or just taking things as they seem timely and important?

DML:  The media film is called WE RIDE TO DC.  And I didn’t plan on making it.  About 8-months earlier I was asked by producers if I would provide an exclusive to The Kelly File.  Meaning, I would appear only on Megyn’s show and to go out and shoot the sort of eye-opening video my films offer.  I agreed to try it, and in doing so I was exposed to various events, and I captured so much on camera.   I also got a real look at the media, and the bias that exists within it.

For example, The Kelly File was interested in me covering the government shutdown and the Memorials being closed.  And so in WE RIDE TO DC the viewer is shown what really took place when the veterans protested by throwing the barricades down in front of the White House.  The other media outlets like CNN and MSNBC where there covering the story with me, but they aired selective sound bites that made the veterans look like maniacs and racists.  It was so far from the truth and I had the clips to prove it.  That said, after 6 months of similar events and situations where I could show the media bias that powers the airwaves, I decided to use my footage to make a film. And so I made WE RIDE TO DC in a matter of weeks and funny enough, after its release is when people began asking me to run for president.

Moving forward, I see myself expanding into other issues.  I’m getting ready to do a film about welfare, another about veterans, and a biggie in time for 2016, but I cannot share details about that one at the moment.

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Ron: In 2007 I started my own research into this new player on the block – this Barack Obama, who, except for a previous speech at the Democratic convention in ’04, was virtually unknown. It was quickly apparent to me, a basically non-political person, that we were dealing with someone with long running associations such as the New party, the SDS, Socialists and Communists who would have an agenda not in keeping with our values and with possibly very destructive consequences. Have you had this same revelation and does it play a part in your writing and directing, or do you try to keep a more reserve, centered, “make your own decision” approach for the viewers?

DML:   I recall the first time I heard Obama speak.  He gave a speech at the DNC, and for some reason we were watching it on TV.  I looked at my wife and said, “That guy will be president one day.”  I said such not knowing who he was.  I was simply reacting to his ability to deliver a speech.  I did not vote for him, and so I never looked at his background because frankly, I wasn’t interested in politics at the time.  But today, knowing what I know, and diving into the nuances of news and politics each and every day like I do, he is a terrible president and I cannot believe the man was reelected in 2012.  It just shows how far downhill our country has gone, and how disconnected people are when it comes to knowing about what is taking place in America.  It’s one reason why I am happy about Trump being in the race.  His presence has reignited an interest in politics.  And so maybe more people will pay attention to who they elect.

As for my films, I tell the story as I see it happen in front of me.  I am conservative, but make no mistake, when it comes to the politicians, I am tougher on Republicans than I am on Democrats because I expect more.

Don’t miss Part 2 as we look at his new projects and thoughts of the elections of 2016.

Be sure to visit http://www.dennismichaellynch.com/   and see his hard hitting films at http://www.dennismichaellynch.com/films_reel/

 

~ RB
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Ron Boat grows impatient

I’ve never been an overly tolerant person. Especially when it comes to stupidity – And ESPECIALLY when it comes to people who lie to me or are so stupid that their own perception of facts stand as testament to irrational, misleading, blatantly wrong information and they believe they’re fooling me
 
People like Schumer, Waters, Sherman, Franken, Piglosi. Shelia Jackson Lee, and yes, B. Hussein and others (including the media) are so consumed with hate and deliberate blindness that their rhetoric rings hollow of any smidgen of truth and reason.
 
Their actions stand in the way of progress toward what’s important to America and its citizenry… things like national safety, economic growth, better education bringing fuller opportunities for all, a fairer less complicated ax system and affordable healthcare needed by so many.
 
The media has completely sold out in order to convey the untruthful messages of wrong doing, incompetence and yes, even treason. They make up misdirections and falsehoods in order to advance an agenda of anti-Americanism, socialism, and the power hungry left’s push for more control and less freedom. 
 
The interesting thing is that they miss the point. They amuse their own staffs, coworkers, family and friends with spoutings of silliness that wouldn’t pass muster at liars anonymous. THEY ARE GENERALLY TALKING TO THEMSELVES as even the left has started to see the futility of their efforts. They’re seeing that real facts stand in the way of wishful thinking and worse yet, only the most stupid of society will respond to their requests for opposition. And the thought that the most absurdly blind lemmings following this orchestration are directing the pulse of the country’s thinking makes one pause and puke.
 
When will real people stand up? When will they take a minute and call and write and make noise like the resistance does? Yes, I like others have written congress people only to months later get back an “email unread” or blanket irrelevant thank you response but with persistence we need to make an effort. MAKE NOISE and maybe, hopefully make a difference.
 
The media responds to one thing… MONEY. If they can ultimately get the message that we aren’t listening any more, we aren’t watching, we’re not buying from and supporting their sponsors….then maybe they’ll get the message that truthful, fair and balanced reason is a better way to go than deliberate, wrongful indoctrination.
 
With Trump’s election, we stemmed the tide of societal destruction but the effort to bring down America hasn’t ended. In some cases it’s increased. My blood boils to watch the stupidity standing proudly behind podiums screaming and yelling their fairy-tales and fantasies of wrongdoing and malfeasance in order to assume more power, position and a prolonged existence in the public square.  
 
We need to keep up the fight, increase the push back to protect and defend. If not…. then all that our military has fought and died for over the decades, all that we’ve invested in energy, money and time to make this country the best has been wasted.
All the naysayers of reason need to know that the caring, intelligent, reasonable and patriotic people in the homeland outnumber the disciples of destruction they so boldly attempt to lead into a civil war of discourse, animosity and resentment.
RB