Tensions Escalate in South Asia

With Aaron Kleigman, Diana West, Joe diGenova and Elaine Donnelly

AARON KLEIGMAN, News Editor at the Washington Free Beacon:

  • Details on India’s Cold Start military doctrine
  • Why the US needs a more robust stance towards Pakistan

DIANA WEST, Nationally syndicated columnist, Blogs at Dianawest.net:

  • All forms of supremacism should be opposed equally
  • Debunking the Trump-Putin conspiracy narratives

JOE diGENOVA, Founding Partner of the Washington, D.C. law firm of diGenova & Toensing, LLP, Former U.S. Attorney, District of Columbia, for four years, Former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the Senate Rules Committee, Former Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary, Governmental Affairs and Select Intelligence Committees:

  • Who is behind the counter-narrative to smear Trump?
  • The Mueller investigation’s evident obstruction of justice

ELAINE DONNELLY, Founder and President of the Center for Military Readiness, Appointed by President George H.W. Bush to the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces in 1992:

  • Implications of women in combat roles
  • Dangers of diminished standards in basic training courses




Oppose All Supremacism

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted nearly unanimously in the wake of published remarks by Rep. Steve King to condemn “white nationalism and white supremacy.” Mr. King voted for the resolution, underscoring his animosity towards such practices, and his devotion to Western civilization.

One of the hallmarks of our civilization is a commitment to individual liberty.  The highest expression of that commitment is to be found in the U.S. Constitution with its guarantees of unalienable, God-given rights.  The most foundational of these is freedom of speech.

Every legislator who voted Tuesday has sworn an oath to support and defend the Constitution as the “supreme law of the land.” Yet, singling out certain forms of supremacism for criticism is a formula for restricting some speech as “hateful” – and, thereby, eroding one of our most important, and needed, bulwarks against supremacism of all kinds.

The High Stakes Race to Dominate 5G

With Robert Charles, Fred Fleitz, Gordon Chang and Kevin Freeman

ROBERT CHARLES, Former Assistant Secretary of State at the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs in the Bush Administration, Author of Eagles and Evergreens:

  • Open border policies and drug trafficking
  • The FBI’s counter-intelligence operation against President Trump

FRED FLEITZ, President and CEO Center for Security Policy, Former CIA analyst, Former Chief of Staff for Amb. John Bolton in the State Dept., Author of The Coming North Korea Nuclear Nightmare: What Trump Must to Reverse Obama’s Strategic Patience (2018)

  • Is confidence in our justice system fading?
  • Debunking the Trump-Putin conspiracy narratives
  • Mainstream media lies continue

GORDON CHANG, The Daily Beast contributor, Author of The Coming Collapse of China and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World:

  • Why we must protect Qualcomm
  • The importance of an American company dominating 5G technology

KEVIN FREEMAN, Host of Economic War Room, Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Author of “Game Plan” and “Secret Weapon”:

  • Grave consequences of China’s intellectual property theft
  • Why the US must maintain a competitive position in the 5G sector




Sanction Turkey to Secure the Kurds

In a Tweet on Sunday, President Trump threatened Islamist Turkey, promising devastating economic sanctions if it attacked Kurds inside Syria. It would appear he has correctly concluded that the Turks are allies no more – and will be pursuing policies reflecting that reality.

It’s high time.  After all, under the Sharia-supremacist Erdogan regime, Turkey has repeatedly demonstrated that it is playing for the other team – buying advanced weapons from Russia and China, violating sanctions to trade with Iran, pushing migrants into Europe, threatening Israel and enabling ISIS.

A principal concern about Mr. Trump’s decision quickly to withdraw the small contingent of U.S. special forces on the ground in Syria was the prospect that the Turks would see it as a green light to crush our Kurdish allies there.  Here’s hoping that the threat of devastating U.S. economic sanctions will prevent that from happening.

The “Trump Hid His Meetings with Putin” Stories Begin to Unravel

Over the weekend the mainstream media launched a new ploy to promote their Trump-Russia collusion narrative with a story that first appeared in the Washington Post titled “Officials in dark on Putin talks.” A similar piece was published in the Wall Street Journal today, “Trump didn’t use notetakers at Putin/ Meeting.” Cable News networks and Democratic congressmen claimed these stories indicated that President Trump held secret discussions with Russian President Putin that were revealed to no one. For example, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) told CNN on Sunday that the U.S. government ‘does not know’ what Trump and Putin discussed.

These stories were misleading, if not mostly false. First, they neglected to mention that the President’s decision to restrict access to read-outs of his one-on-one meetings with Putin were due to the extraordinary number of leaks to the press of his phone calls and meetings with foreign officials at the beginning of his presidency.

Second, it is untrue that senior officials are unaware of what was discussed in President Trump’s meetings with Putin.

Concerning Trump’s first meeting with Putin in 2017, although a notetaker reportedly was not present and Mr. Trump allegedly took possession of his interpreter’s notes, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attended this meeting and provided a detailed read-out to senior U.S. officials. It is clear that the unnamed officials cited in the Washington Post piece on the 2017 Trump-Putin meeting were irritated they were not provided with copies of Tillerson’s read-out of the meeting, not that there wasn’t a read-out. It also is ridiculous for the press to assert that President Trump said something nefarious to Putin with Tillerson present.

Concerning President Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Putin in Helsinki last July, I can attest as former National Security Council Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff that senior U.S. officials – including myself – knew everything that was discussed. Again, the real issue here is that some U.S. officials are irritated they were excluded from read-outs of this meeting and voiced their frustrations to the press.

The media’s claim that this story amounts to a U.S. president concealing his secret discussions with the Russian president as part of his alleged collusion with Russia is fake news. Senior U.S. officials knew exactly what was discussed in these meetings. This story is really about a successful effort by President Trump to prevent anti-Trump government officials from leaking sensitive national security information to the press.

Good job President Trump!

Nigerian Children Being Trafficked To Europe For Sex Slavery

From Trevor Loudon's News Feed:

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Remember back  in 2014 there was a devastating condition in Nigeria of abducted school girls? The Congressional Black Caucus back then demanded the girls be returned and the terror group be brought to justice.

Anyone wonder where the United Nations is on trafficking in Africa?

Anyway, at the time in 2014, Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Barbara Lee and Karen Bass (both D-CA) all gathered to hold a press conference outside the Nigerian embassy in Washington, DC to make declarations and demands.

As of March 2018, most of the 276 school girls have been freed and returned to their hometown, Dapchi, Nigeria. An estimated 60 escaped and others were sold, then released by Boko Haram while a few others were rescued.

But now there is another nasty condition and it is trafficking. Hello Europe?

Highly organised Nigerian gangs are earning “extremely high profits” from trafficking children into 12 European countries, including Ireland, for prostitution, according to the EU police agency.

Europol said victims generate a smuggling debt of between €30,000-€60,000 each — and that paying off the debts can take years.

The agency said Nigerian criminal groups are organised into cells, typically run by females, known as “madams,” with men working in supportive roles.

The Europol report on the trafficking and exploitation of underage victims said southern EU countries, such as Italy and Spain, are the main entry points for trafficked Nigerians.

It said victims are then forced into prostitution in both the two entry countries and 10 other member states, including Ireland.

It said Nigerian organised crime gangs pose a “great challenge” to EU law enforcement. It said they were well organised, but not structured like most other crime networks.

The Ramble: Human Trafficking and Boko Haram Refugees

“The typical Nigerian criminal group is not hierarchically structured but rather organised into cells, among which female suspects usually execute the core business [recruitment and exploitation], with male members having supportive roles,” said the report.

“Contrary to other criminal groups involved in human trafficking, where female members are generally employed as victim controllers, the figure of the ‘madam’, including acting as a ring leader, is central for the Nigerian THB [trafficking of human beings] business.”

The report said the cellular structure makes it easy to move victims and that if one cell is dismantled by police, the other cells can continue operating.

It said: “Nigerian networks generate extremely high criminal profits, as each victim is forced to pay back the organisation usually between €30,000 and €60,000.”

It said most victims of Nigerian gangs were aged between 15 and 17, though the reports documents children aged 11-15 and some aged six-10 and even under five.

The girls were often promised well-paid jobs. The gangs often involved family relatives to persuade the girls to move and in other cases use voodoo rituals.

It said victims are passed from trafficker to trafficker and are “frequently subjected to physical assaults” and subsequently sexually exploited.

About 9,000 Nigerian Women to Face Forced Prostitution in ...

So, where is the Congressional Black Caucus now? Well, they have moved on to water issues in Nigeria. Last July:

23 members from the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) issued a letter of solidarity to the Our Water, Our Right Coalition in Nigeria which is leading an ongoing struggle for water access that has been sidelined for years by government attempts to privatize the water system. The letter makes direct connections between the struggle of the people of Lagos and that of people in U.S. cities like Flint and Detroit, Michigan and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read more here.

Now we understand that trafficking of children is a selective scandal for the Democrats… those from Central and Latin America and those in Africa. Has anyone in the CBC spoken out to the media about the new conditions in Europe and Nigeria? Anyone?

One last item, this is not a new phenomenon:

In an interview with Reuters at the end of May, Julia Siluyanova of Russian anti-slavery group Alternativa said: “We discovered that about 30 [Nigerian women] were brought to the Confederations Cup in Moscow last year… we expect to face the same problem during the World Cup this year.”

Law enforcement agencies across Europe and other regions routinely rescue young Nigerian women who have been smuggled out of their home country to work in brothels.

Many are put through juju voodoo rituals before being smuggled abroad, during which they are convinced that their relatives will suffer death or serious illness if they refuse to follow the instructions of their traffickers.

In February, police in the UK and Spain arrested 12 members of an international Nigerian sex trafficking gang who were said to have pulled out their victims’ fingernails and made them eat raw chicken hearts during juju rituals.

PG&E Heads To Bankruptcy Due To Wildfire Liabilities

From Trevor Loudon's News Feed:

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

PG&E is the largest power company in the United States and is giving employees a 15-day notice of intent to file Chapter 11.

The catastrophic fires of 2017 and 2018 in California could reach upwards of $30 billion in damages and liability. The CEO has announced his exit and has been replaced on a temporary basis by the corporate lawyer, John Simon. PG&E serves 16 million customers and this legal process is not supposed to impact services for electric power or natural gas.

The November Camp fire that swept through a mountain community in California, killed 86 people and the property and business damage has yet to be estimated. It is estimated that PG&E has $1.5 billion in liquidity and could take as much as two years to recover from Chapter 11.

Meanwhile, there was quite the travel and play junket to Hawaii as those fires burned. What you say?

California lawmakers are no different from those in Congress taking little vacations at really bad times in the worst of bad judgement. (30+ Hispanic lawmakers, part of the BOLD PAC took a multi-lobby paid vacation to Puerto Rico during the government shutdown)

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FNC: A group of California lawmakers took a trip to Hawaii with utility companies last year as wildfires wreaked havoc in their state.

During the junket, representatives from utility companies discussed with the bipartisan group of lawmakers just how much responsibility they should bear for wildfires – even as Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) could be on the hook for several billions of dollars in damages for fires it caused over the past few years.

The utility companies are pushing for a new state law that would raise electricity prices to offset costs incurred from wildfires, according to The New York Times.

The annual event, hosted by the nonprofit Independent Voter Project, was held in Maui in November. PG&E executives did not attend the conference because of the wildfires, but representatives from San Diego Gas and Electric and Southern California Edison did, KABC-TV reported.

Those in attendance at the Wailea conference included California Assembly members Frank Bigelow, Bill Brough, Ian Calderon, Jim Cooper, Tom Daly, Heath Flora, Jim Frazier, Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Freddie Rodriguez and Blanca Rubio. State Sens. Ben Hueso and Cathleen Galgiani also attended, nonprofit Consumer Watchdog reports.

Bigelow and Brough are Republicans. The rest of the group are Democrats.

Thanks to Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit that is dedicated to being a consumer advocate with regard to protecting taxpayers and taking on special interests regardless of party. Ah, but take caution, keep an eye on a possible financial bailout of PG&E. There are some energy billionaires out there that will lobby for financial assistance for PG&E.

It was just last June that a report was published revealing that PG&E has the makings of another Enron. For the highlights of that report, go here.

Nigerian Children Being Trafficked to Europe for Sex Slavery

Remember back  in 2014 there was a devastating condition in Nigeria of abducted school girls? The Congressional Black Caucus back then demanded the girls be returned and the terror group be brought to justice. Anyone wonder where the United Nations is on trafficking in Africa? Anyway, at the time in 2014, Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), Sheila […]

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PG&E Heads to Bankruptcy Due to Wildfire Liabilities

PG&E is the largest power company in the United States and is giving employees a 15 day notice of intent to file Chapter 11. The catastrophic fires of 2017 and 2018 in California could reach upwards of $30 billion in damages and liability. The CEO has announced his exit and has been replaced on a […]

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The Washington Post, Bezosgate, And The National Security State

From Trevor Loudon's News Feed:

By: Cliff Kincaid

The slogan of The Washington Post is “Democracy dies in darkness.” So I did a search of recent articles on its website about its billionaire owner, Jeff Bezos, who does business with the CIA and NSA and finds himself in the middle of a sex scandal that makes even liberals cringe. I found a story about his announced “split” with his wife in which a lawyer is quoted as saying “the couple’s amicable joint statement indicates that the split probably won’t be messy or protracted.” The lawyer added, “Sounds like they are making an effort to do this the right way and not make it into a public spectacle.”

The amicable statement has quickly turned into a public spectacle. The blockbuster from the National Enquirer is that, “Bezos —  a self-described ‘family man’ —  has been whisking his mistress off to exotic destinations on his $65 million private jet, sending her raunchy messages and erotic selfies —  including one steamy picture too explicit to print here  —  and having secret rendezvous at palatial private estates.”

The “right way” to conduct a divorce has taken a cruel and nasty turn. “It’s going to be a beauty,” Trump said of the divorce. It’s a beauty that has turned ugly. His behavior, if the revelations are true, was immoral and reckless. On a personal level, he has embarrassed himself and his family. He and his wife have four children.   

We have to be skeptical about revelations from a tabloid. On the other hand, remember that it was the National Enquirer that got the goods on former Democratic Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards, his mistress and baby. The National Enquirer also revealed how Jesse Jackson used his tax-exempt nonprofit corporation to pay his mistress. She quit as director of Jackson’s Washington office and moved to California after tests proved that Jackson was the father of her baby. In the case of Bezos and his mistress, there has been a no comment about the affair.

Most of the media have tried to stay away from the revelations about the “family man” Bezos because it may say something about what he’s been doing with his Trump-hating Post. Perhaps the Post has been a big diversion away from the cozy relationship Bezos has had not only with a mistress but the U.S. intelligence community.

Reporters now speculate about how a divorce will affect his empire. The real issue is his empire’s links to the NSA, CIA, FBI, and Department of Defense. This could have made his personal life of interest to hostile foreign nations and their intelligence services. Let’s call it Bezosgate.

Bezos is not an enemy of the state. He is an agent of the state. And a very powerful and rich one.

Indeed, one of Bezos’ projects involves what the ACLU calls “a government surveillance infrastructure that poses a grave threat to customers and communities across the country.” Bezos’ software surveillance program known as Rekognition uses facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence to “identify objects, people, text, scenes, and activities.” This is ironic since the National Enquirer conducted its own surveillance of Bezos’ secret activities of a sexual nature. But it appears the reporters used old-fashioned journalism techniques to document Bezos’ private life. 

CNN has covered the scandal, but only in terms of whether the story is a case of Trump’s revenge. CNN reported “media insiders” as saying they “wondered about a Donald Trump connection, given that the president has repeatedly criticized Amazon as a company and Bezos as an individual. Trump has repeatedly attacked Bezos on Twitter for how his administration is covered by The Washington Post, which Bezos has owned since 2013.”

In an article last June, former counselor to Obama, John Podesta, offered his own conspiracy theory, saying the Post owner was emerging “at the top” of a Trump White House “enemies list.” Podesta concluded, however, that “Jeff Bezos is extremely wealthy and can defend himself.” It looks like his lust got the better of him.

The Post’s relentless attacks on Trump can now be perceived as cover for an owner who was allegedly betraying his wife and family for carnal thrills while doing business with the U.S. intelligence community. One photo shows Obama’s Secretary of Defense Ash Carter giving Bezos a tour of the Pentagon in 2016. “If big tech companies are going to turn their back on US Department of Defense, this country is going to be in trouble,” Bezos said. The FBI is also reportedlyusing the software on a trial basis.

We have long known that the Russia-gate probe of Trump was a case of the intelligence community using a major media organ to mislead the American people. Since Post owner Jeff Bezos does business with the CIA and the NSA, this was always a matter of utmost concern. The charges of sexual misconduct bring this matter to a level that requires more probing.  Who is using whom? Can we expect some Congressional interest from liberals and left-wingers who have said they are concerned about the rise of the surveillance state?

Bezos’ announcement of his divorce made no mention of an alleged adulterous affair. Will the Post hold him accountable for this? Will his contracts with the CIA and NSA now be examined? If the National Enquirer could uncover this damaging material, what about foreign intelligence services?

The Washington Post has a reporter, David A. Fahrenthold, whose job it is to probe every aspect of the life of President Trump, no matter how esoteric and trivial. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his coverage of Trump in 2017. Will he be reassigned to probe his boss? Don’t bet on it.

What we do know is that a Pulitzer Prize should now go to the National Enquirer. But more investigations are needed. What about the socialist do-gooders in the House of Representatives? Will they demand answers from the owner of their favorite Trump-hating newspaper? One hope is that Bezos’ wife, MacKenzie Bezos, gets the newspaper in the divorce settlement and turns it into a true vehicle for accuracy, balance, and fairness. Then, the “Democracy dies in darkness” slogan may finally mean something.

Transgender Theory Enables Child Abuse

From Trevor Loudon's News Feed:

By Lloyd Marcus

Pope Francis said that teaching children about being transgender is a moral problem which he calls “ideological colonisation”. He said explaining gender theory to youngsters is wrong because it can change their “mentality”. The pontiff shared, “A father asked his ten-year-old-son: ‘What do you want to do when you grow older?’ The child replied: ‘A girl’. The father realized that in the school books the gender theory was taught. This is against the natural things.”Pope Francis declared transgender theory is part of a “global war against the family”. 

Unexpected voices like renowned feminist professor Camille Paglia are saying that well-meaning adults transgendering minors is child abuse. Professor Paglia actually called it “evil” to help troubled kids make permanent decisions for which there is no turning back. As commonsense normal thinking adults, our response to Prof. Paglia’s comment is, “Well dah”.

Public radio show host Jesse Thorn identified his two-year-old son as a girl; dressing his son as a girl and calling him a girl name. Ponder that folks — a two-year-old. We all know this is insane child abuse. When comedian Owen Benjamin compassionately said Thorn was abusing his child, LGBTQ enforcers crushed Benjamin’s career. His tours were canceled, and he was blacklisted in Hollywood.

Benjamin has a comedy special. Here is the headline of a hit-piece written to end Benjamin’s career. “Why is Amazon promoting this anti-trans alt right troll’s comedy special?” Do you see how this works?  Benjamin courageously exposed the abuse of a child and he is branded an extreme-right nutcase hater. LGBTQ enforcers seek to shame and destroy anyone who dares to state the obvious truth that gender theory is child abuse hiding in plain sight. 

American College of Pediatricians president Dr. Michelle Cretella, wrote, “Transgender Ideology Has Infiltrated My Field and Produced Large-Scale Child Abuse.” Dr. Cretella said transgender ideology is not rooted in reality. She said sex is hardwired before birth and it cannot change. Cretella continued, “By feeding children and families these lies, children are having their normal psychological development interrupted. They’re being put on puberty blockers which essentially castrates them chemically — followed by surgical mutilation later on. This is child abuse. It’s not health care.”

Dr. Cretella said we need to nurture children through natural puberty. “Our job as parents and physicians is to help children embrace their healthy bodies. And when this is done, once they get past puberty to late adolescence, as many as 95% will come to embrace their bodies — and identify with their biological sex.” 

“See, according to most mainstream medical organizations, if you want to cut off a healthy arm or a healthy leg, you’re mentally ill. But if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender. Dr. Cretella enraged LGBTQ enforcers by saying, “No one is born transgender.” Dr. Cretella is under severe attack.

Folks, can you believe we live in such a crazy evil time in which stating scientific facts and publicly expressing a desire to protect children could cost you your livelihood and even your life (death threats)?

Every time I write about LGBTQ enforcers bullying the masses into submission, my frustrated wife Mary says, “Let people know they are only 3 percent of the population.” 

So this is where we are, folks. We instinctively know LGBTQ indoctrination is child abuse. And yet, far too many are afraid to say it out loud. LGBTQ enforcers are using government, corporations, the medical profession, social media, and mainstream media to bully the mainstream into allowing the abuse of children. How did such a tiny segment of our population (3%) obtain such dictatorial power?

God will severely judge those who lead new believers and children astray. “but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

God instructs parents to loving protect and raise their children. “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) God does not want government usurping parental authority over America’s children.

It takes courage to stand in a culture which humiliates and high-tech executes all who refuse to kneel in worship to their god of debauchery. Shouldn’t abusing children be our red line in the sand?

Lloyd Marcus, The Unhyphenated American

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Ron with Generals Flynn, Honoré, Vallely and Others to Honor Veterans-Part 3

 

11-11-18 marks 100 years since the end of WW I, the “war to end all wars” and yet, our battle goes on preserving our freedoms and safety for the United States.

The military is a huge, complicated, involved machine of people, equipment, logistics, planning and execution all intertwined to operate worldwide in nearly 150 countries.

There are currently about 16.1 million living veterans who have served in at least one war, with 5.2 million living veterans having served during times of peace. And while many times our Hollywood celebrities are seen to fight against our displays of patriotism, many of them have served our country.

  • Morgan Freeman joined the Air Force in 1955
  • The late Bea Arthur, known on Golden Girls, served as a truck driver and typist in the USMC, was honorably discharged in 1944 as a Staff Sergeant.
  • Tom Selleck served in the California Army National Guard from 1967 to 1973
  • Clint Eastwood served in the army during the Korean War and discharged in 1953
  • Ice-T joined the army in 1977 and was honorably discharged.
  • Drew Carey enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1981 and served 6 years.
  • And of course we know the long list from the past including Charlton Heston, Hugh Hefner, Elvis Presley, Chuck Norris, and yes even Jimmy Hendrix enlisted and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division having completed paratrooper training. Many others also felt that military service was part of a right of passage into full citizenship responsibility.

The professionals that have joined this written honorarium have collectively committed hundreds of years of service to our country, served in countless theaters of war and scenarios of battle and peacetime activities. Their leadership has saved lives, protected this country and served as an example of the truest patriotism to be honored and mirrored.

This is Part 3 of our series covering areas such as changes in technology, military leadership, respect of the military, a touch of politics, and the VA. Part 1 can be FOUND HERE, and Part 2 can be FOUND HERE.

RB ~ In many military occupational areas, there have been tremendous changes in technology from battlefield communications and weaponry, medical practices, surveillance, etc. Did you have opportunity to participate in the growing technology trends or during your time would you have benefited from it?

FLYNN ~ “Our survival instinct is so strong and it causes so many things to change in our behaviors when you’re in combat under severely stressful conditions, especially when lives are on the line. That is why innovation occurs on the battlefield more than in any other human endeavor.”

HONORĖ ~ “We certainly have optimized technology with precision fire that can dominate a battle. But we’ve also come to realize, as wonderful as that technology is, it takes men and women to win a war, to engage with people, to blow the bridge up today and build it back tomorrow when you’re transitioning to peace. Fix the water system so people have clean water and try to allow them to have a shot at the freedom. And I’m not saying democracy: the freedom as they want it. Sometimes we make that step to say, okay, we’re going to make you a democracy.

In many cases, we win the battle but we haven’t won the war. But it takes soldiers to win the war. It takes boots on the ground.

Technology, the way you look at it, is a tool – which means it should assist you at being more efficient. On the other hand, a technology can overexpose you. We went into Afghanistan and everybody had their thumb drives. And then, when you sent officers to conferences and you got free thumb drives, guess what? The Chinese that build these thumb drives had built cookies in them and they were able to come in and extract things off some of our computer bases. And we had soldiers lose things, so you lose a thumb drive in Afghanistan, you go to the local market and you figure out this guy was a personnel clerk for the battalion. And 1,200 soldiers’ individual information is on his thumb drive and this guy is trying to resell it.”

VALLELY ~ “Absolutely”

WARD ~ “Absolutely, military medicine has been on the forefront of civilian medical advances. Our survival rate is unmatched in the world.”

MANESS ~ “I had the opportunity in the aviation world but not in my EOD enlisted time. I did benefit from the advances in aviation tremendously. I would have definitely benefited from the new robotic EOD tool and information gathering technology for sure.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I was involved deeply in a few generations of Information Technology during my service.”

HARMES ~ “In my 40 years, I saw changes and advancements that I could not have even dreamed of when I joined. At the same time, some of it makes our soldiers more dependent, or afraid. For example, we spent 2 days, setting up a sweep through a town in northwest Afghanistan. Right after we have 2 companies of Afghan Soldier (ANA) spread through the far side of town and all the gun trucks on the other. A full Colonel, more than 200 miles away, (more than a days drive) starts telling us, he does not like our deployment (he can see our vehicle location on a computer), ordering us to leave. Then when we don’t, he gets upset. The ANA company commanders (plus the US officers with them) were all ready meeting with the village elders. Distractions like this can get people killed, because the leaders (on the ground) are trying to explain every move they make, instead of paying attention to want is actually going on around them.”

WENZEL ~ “Oh yes, my job had some of the most sophisticated equipment available. I did notice the dumbing down of our airman in order to improve aircraft availability. There was less troubleshooting and more swap and pop. Also our technical school was drastically reduced form 9 months to just a few weeks.”

RB ~ Is your particular area of service, or the military in general, finding it harder to perform their duties given the enemies we now face and their use of expanded use of certain weapons, i.e.: IEDs, chemical, or threatened nuclear.

FLYNN ~ “The battlefield, whether we like it or not, becomes the modern laboratory for innovation. Why? It is because our enemy has a vote! Our enemies adapt as well or better and faster than we do. They have far less bureaucracy to contend with. I benefited from and drove innovation on the battlefield and also faced extraordinary pushback directly from some (not all) Pentagon bureaucrats who thought they knew better what we needed. I believe that is still the case today. All said, there are good people in the chain (up and down) that seriously try to help and jump through professionally dangerous hoops to cut through the red tape…if it saves even one life, it is worth it.

Last point on this…if you have never served in combat you have no idea what I’m talking about.”
[ RB ~ Are we approaching that time when the military will be used more at home?

FLYNN ~ “Remember our Constitutional Oath is to protect and defend against all enemies, Foreign AND Domestic…! From what I can tell, I believe the President and his homeland security and defense department leaders have made the right set of decisions. (regarding the southern border situation)” ]

HONORĖ ~ “I think all the services, starting with the [Joint Chiefs] Chairman, with the Secretary of Defense, have more focus on the combat lethality to deal with the conventional threat.

I think, when we look at things like the pandemics like Ebola and others, that these diseases that come from a crossover between humans and animals have always occurred. The difference now is they move at 500 miles an hour. You get on the airplane with somebody… That’s an existential threat to peace and security in the world.”

VALLELY ~ “Very challenging for sure. Requires different tactics, strategy, weapons and training.”

WARD ~ “Not in Medicine.”

MANESS ~ “Not really.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “Not applicable to me given how long since on active duty.”

HARMES ~ “In my opinion, for the soldier it really is no difference (the enemy has always had these things, some in just different names). The leadership (became afraid, of loses, zero tolerance), because news media fear mongers these things, which scares the public, scaring the politicians, which tells the leadership, no mistakes (the spiral continues).

Where I was in Iraq in 2004 – 2005, they had an alarm. They sounded for everyone to go into bunkers / shelter, in case of an attack. The camp had an average of 4 a day for the year I was there. Most every day, I knew where exactly where 1 of them (rocket / mortar) impacted. Because it was shoot at me. The alarm would sound about 5 minutes after the impact (in other words after the attack was over). The alarm made the shooter successful, because it shutdown the camp for about 30 minutes, every time.”

WENZEL ~ “I’m guessing it’s always been hard, but as Americans we will adapt to each and every battlefield we are exposed. I was in SAC and even in the 80s we spent plenty of time in chemical suits and masks.”

RB ~ I’m always amazed to see the acceptance of military personnel in airports etc. As we celebrate Veteran’s Day, have you over time, or are you now seeing a different level of honor shown our service personnel? And what would have precipitated that?

FLYNN ~ “Most American people still revere our military and I hope that never changes. And I see even more of this as I travel around the Country.”

VALLELY ~ “Yes. It is excellent. Great women and men.”

WARD ~ “I believe that in general military personnel are given great respect and support.”

MANESS ~ “I came in when the Vietnam war was still at top of mind and we were told not to wear uniforms off base or in airports because of the spitting and yelling we might face even then. Today is much different but I have noticed that the left in the country is showing its true colors again more and more. During the Kavanaugh hearings I saw veterans being attacked by protestors, verbally and physically, just because they were veterans. Lets hope we don’t return to those days, our young men and women deserve better.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “Today it is – thank you for your service. I even get that when I wear a ship cap. It was not always this way. I remember landing back in the states at Travis AFB after my tour in Australia in July 1968 and the hostility of people when we arrived at San Francisco IAP. I also experienced the organized protests at Fort Dix and McGuire AFB when I was stationed at McGuire – ’68-’70.”

HARMES ~ “Living remote, and not traveling, I do not know how or if there are any changes, in recent years.”

WENZEL ~ “Oh yes, that never happened during the Vietnam War. Many times, we were told to not wear our uniforms in public. I did anyway…”

RB ~ After leaving the service, did you ever consider returning?

FLYNN ~ “I did not consider returning to the Military, although I felt a strong desire to continue to serve our Country in other ways and capacities.”

VALLELY ~ “No”

WARD ~ “Not yet.”

MANESS ~ “NO, 32.5 years, had a great ride, but my time was up.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “If only…….. No, I did my 30+ years of a great ride.”

HARMES ~ “No, when I retired, I was beyond any consideration of returning, being too old and wore out. I probably stayed beyond my usefulness as it is.”

WENZEL ~ “No but I did join the Civil Service and continued on serving our country actually in the same job as it transitioned from blue suit to Civil Service.”

RB ~ Do you see enough of a separation between politics and the military? Has it gotten better or worse in the last 10-15 years?

FLYNN ~ “I believe the issue of political correctness crept too far into our ranks and needed to be excised out. We had / have some military senior people and many civilian seniors who look “up” instead of focusing “down” on the troopers who need their leadership, support and the resources these senior officials can bring to bear in order to have the finest fighting force on the planet.”
[ RB ~ It seemed that during the Obama years, ROE were warped, and limited or non-engagement was more the norm putting our forces and objectives in danger.
FLYNN ~ “What I will say about ROE is that they must be simple for the basic Soldier to understand and execute (almost on instinct). And they cannot and should not be changed often, especially on the battlefield. There are simply too many complexities and dynamics as well as a great deal of stress and confusion. ]”

HONORĖ ~ “Democracy: the freedom as they want it. Sometimes we make that step to say, okay, we’re going to make you a democracy. Well, they’ve got to make themselves a democracy, if that’s what they so choose.”

VALLELY ~ “Worse, especially with the Senior Officers. Our ROE was bad, forces and objectives were more in danger during the Obama years.”

WARD ~ “I believe that politics will always play a part in military decisions and strategy, I see less of the micromanagement now.”

MANESS ~ “About the same except, during the sequester years politics played a direct role in degrading our readiness while trying to fight the war too. Now that Obama is gone, we’ve changed that issue.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “Cannot say since I was not on active duty. I was not in during the Obama years and only know that Obama downgraded the forces and our military readiness.”

HARMES ~ “I do not think there is enough separation. Military has always been political, but it seems, to be getting worse.”

WENZEL ~ “I don’t remember as much when I was in the service. Only recently have I seen politics impacting our long standing traditions.”

RB ~ Are there any areas you see that would benefit from creative thinking, more efficiency, more or less upper intervention that would improve the day to day operations?

FLYNN ~ “Yes…and people with these type of qualities (i.e., creative thinkers) should be protected—most times they are not. My other thought on this question is that we have become a process-oriented military and not an outcome-oriented military. Our outcome should be to win, that is how we should be judged, and not graded on how effective we are on the process. What results did you achieve? For instance, we’re still fighting wars that should have ended years ago and we’ve lost focus on why.”

VALLELY ~ “Constantly changing. Now we will have a Space Command, more focus on terrorism and cyber terrorism.”

WARD ~ “Not really”

MANESS ~ “We need to get away from rigid rule sets and move toward an innovation mindset day to day, not just for special projects. In combat, both ground and air, our success is because our youngest, and lowest ranking combatants are empowered to innovate on the battlefield. We must do this throughout the corporate culture of all services (then we can reduce the overhead budgets and prioritize resources to the mission at all times, not just when there is a specific challenge.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I can’t answer for the service today.”

HARMES ~ “The army, because of technology, has become and has stymied creative thinking. Leadership is more intrusive, and maybe even less efficient. Technology, has commanders looking over the shoulder of so much more than ever, so before anyone does anything. Instead of looking what the enemy is doing, they look behind them, what does their leader think, who is looking behind them, who are looking behind them.

Equipment has become almost un-repairable, without a bank of computers, to diagnose the problem, So much so, some sensor that got dust on it can shut down an entire system.”

WENZEL ~ “Oh heck yes, there is plenty of room for process improvement. I pushed 6 Sigma, Lean, and their associated process improvements. It’s much harder to get buy-in from middle management. Upper Leadership and the shop floor is much easier to convert. Also many metrics used in the DOD go against good process improvement.”

RB ~ Are you, as a veteran and other veterans in general, staring to receive better benefits such as from the VA, retirement, education and other elements that adequately reward them for their service?

FLYNN ~ “I am, and I am satisfied with the interaction from those healthcare professionals that I’ve encountered in the VA. The bureaucracy sometimes seems to take forever, but my time in the military taught me to be patient and if everything is in order, the system eventually corrects itself. It is not perfect, but it eventually gets the job done. That said, any ethical or moral issues inside of the VA need to be dealt with immediately and those negatively affected need to be our first priority and get taken care of…”

VALLELY ~ “Yes , since I retired in 1992.”

WARD ~ “I believe that VA will continue to fail countless Veterans – that is what socialized medicine does.”

MANESS ~ “Not really. The claims process is atrocious. I spent today with a retired USMC Sgt Major (30 years of service, in 6 wars), a purple heart recipient that has zero VA disability rating. That’s inexcusable.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I receive my military retirement. I did used my educational benefits while on active duty and achieved an Associate Degree, Bachelors Degree and MBA with the in-service GI Bill. I was selected for the Navy’s College Degree Program as a Lieutenant and completed a Bachelors Degree with full pay and allowances for 15 months at Eastern Connecticut State University in ’87. Under the program I had to pay for all tuition and college expenses, used the in-service GI Bill. I obtained a GED within 4 months of reporting to WASP in 1964.”

HARMES ~ “Personally yes. The VA is taking good care of me.”

WENZEL ~ “Actually I am retired with no health problems so I never needed Veterans Health Benefits. Tricare and Medicare seem to be working great together. Other VA benefits seemed to be pretty consistent throughout the years and have been a great value to myself and my family.”

RB ~ “The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking… the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.” ~Albert Einstein

Do you think we will face that final ultimate nuclear war, and are we prepared and committed to win it?

FLYNN ~ “Yes…and there are no winners.”

HONORĖ ~ “I think that many people will say, what is the biggest threat to the nation? And they’ll mention Russia, China… I don’t think North Korea is a threat to the U.S., but they certainly have interests that are diametrically opposed to the way we like to see the world, as Americans, to be able to trade where we want, to be advocates for individual liberty. But the ones that keep me up at night [are] those threats that might come and do things like take the power grid off. If we lose the grid in any major portion of the country, within 24 hours we’re in a crisis. I see that as a significant threat and my own assessment is we’re not nearly doing enough to protect it because it’s so damn vulnerable.”

WARD ~ “I hope not. I expect the next war will be conventional.”

MANESS ~ “Only if Muslim countries that are ambitious, like Iran, develop and operationalize ICBM technology. We are not currently committed to win it but we are addressing that issue.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I think we are committed to win any war, but doubt we will see nuclear war on a large scale.”

HARMES ~ “War is always enviable (turning the other check, only gets you 2 sore checks). All through history, there is someone who wants to take what their neighbor has. Some are small, and only can take the neighbors peace (we see an example of this in North Korea). Others are big, and want the world (Gangues Con, Napoleon, and Hitler). So ultimately nuclear war will come (all through history, every time someone came up with a bigger rock, someone had to use it).

Are we prepared and committed to win it? Only if we are allowed to fight with no limits (like WWII). We will have to be willing to bomb the enemy, even their cities (even if they are not German cites). Right now it seems the only cities we are willing to bomb are our own.”

WENZEL ~ “No, it’s a no-win war, Hiroshima and Nagasaki must never be forgotten. We must work very hard to reduce Nuclear Proliferation and protect our current nuclear arsenal as we negotiate their reduction/elimination. Our leaders must spend the money necessary to keep all military weapons of this nature under lock and key.”

RB ~ General Omar Bradley is quoted: “Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.” Has the humanity of America and the world in general changed or learned anything from wars, or are we still operating day to day, just fighting for survival and supremacy?

FLYNN~ “I personally believe that peace is an aberration and war or conflict are the norm when it comes to human behavior. From serious wars being fought around the planet today to crime on our streets (all of which seem to be on the rise). Why it is paramount that America remain strong morally, politically (based on our constitutional values and principles) and militarily. We are at war now, we are challenged internally, and we will face great wars again. The latter are NOT things of the past.”
[ RB ~ In the 4th century, Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus wrote: Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum (“Therefore, whoever wishes for peace let him prepare for war.”) While America is one of, if not, the strongest military force in the world, in order to achieve and maintain the peace we seek, are we 1) from a leadership standpoint and 2) front-line solder mindset continually prepared to fight this enemy who’s so willing to indiscriminately kill others and himself for his ideology?

FLYNN ~ “No, we are not fully prepared—in fact, we are fighting an uphill information war that clearly impacts on our ability to defeat the true enemy on the “battlefield”. We face an aberration of a political system and not some small group of radicalized Islamists. That said, communism is an ideology that would also kill indiscriminately, so don’t think for a second that radical Islamists are our only threat.” ]

VALLELY ~ “Major mistakes in strategy and tactics in Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. And our southern border continues to be breached by illegal border crossers and the cartels movement of drugs to inner America. We must continue to be vigilant and more aggressive and forge ahead with a more offensive oriented border strategy. You cannot win and defeat this national threat by being on defense all the time.”

WARD ~ “It seems we are fighting for social reasons at times, but expressing our superiority is very important.”

MANESS ~ “We are in too many wars, are too willing to commit young lives to death and maiming, and are slow to get out once in, whether we win initially or not. That’s means we’ve learned nothing and must redouble our efforts to return to a constitutional America, where Congress approves going to war and the Presidency has much less imperial power, according to the enumerate powers in the Constitution.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “Hard to answer and, in my opinion, a factor of who is in political power at a given time. I think today, in 2018, we are prepared for war and fighting to win.”

HARMES ~ “To me, in the last decade, we are not even looking to our own survival. We as a country are more worried about social experiments, and not offending our enemies.”

WENZEL ~ “In many countries war is a part of their daily life but, so few Americans actually know real war. Many think they know but don’t. We must remain strong so that we don’t have to introduce wars horrific punishment on our citizens.”

RB ~ Are there any additional thoughts you’d like to include from personal experience or in general are worthy of consideration?

FLYNN ~ “There were numerous times throughout my career that I cherish. My family’s involvement and the Soldiers and other service members and their families are what I will always hold dear and remember. The many friends we made and those who gave their lives in service to nation are what matters.”

VALLELY ~ “Our men and women in uniform are bearers of a proud military tradition that has been dutifully passed forward—from generation to generation—for more than two centuries. In times of war and peace alike, our veterans have served with courage and distinction in the face of tremendous adversity, demonstrating an unfaltering commitment to America and our people. Many have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the country they loved. The selflessness of our service members is unmatched, and they remind us that there are few things more fundamentally American than doing our utmost to make a difference in the lives of others and secure our great Country.”

WARD ~ “Great questions.”

MANESS ~ “I have great hope for the USA, but each generation must learn to fight to keep it. I am of Obama’s generation (we are the same age) and I am sorry to say that not all of my generation has been effective at that crucial task. We must correct it.”

HARMES ~ “No, I am afraid I may have already said too much.”

WENZEL ~ “I would like to thank all the great people that offer support and thanks to us retired military and veterans daily, decades have passed and it hasn’t always been that way.”

RB ~ Are there any special moments that gave meaning and validation to your career?

FLYNN ~ “I believe our nation is at a turning point in the early decades of this century. If we don’t get our political path figured out, this may be the defining century for our Country. Last century we came into our own on the world stage, most clearly after WWII. We cannot/must not lose sight of the fact that other great powers are also emerging or trying to emerge on the world stage and their way of life is 180 degrees from our way of life. If we want to continue to be the world sole superpower defining which currency to use as the currency of choice, or which language to use as the language of choice, etc., around the world, then the American people had better wake up and get more involved…and that starts right here at home, America First!”

WARD ~ “My early career was a time when I was building my own sense of purpose and it was during those early years as an enlisted medic that I found my passion for medicine. There were several negative mentors whose lack of encouragement and negativity made me work harder to become successful. Not just in my military career as a Flight Surgeon, which ended well serving as the senior medical officer in the Arizona Air Guard, but also with my civilian career as an Emergency Physician.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “As a crewmember of the Prime Recovery Ship for 4 GEMINI Spacecraft Missions – GEMINI IV, VI, VII & IX – on USS WASP (CVS-18). As a crew member of USS NATHAN HALE (SSBN-623) Onboard for an operational test of the Poseidon Missile System launching 4 test missiles in the South Atlantic. HALE was one of the “41 for Freedom FBM Submarines”. Also, on HALE earned both Gold and Silver Submarine Dolphins and was promoted to Ensign LDO Supply Corps. Onboard USS MISSISSIPPI (CGN-40) in the Northern Red Sea at the beginning of Desert Storm when 4 Tomahawk Missiles were launched at the Iraq enemy in January 1991. On MISSISSIPPI and earned my Supply Corps Surface Warfare Qualifications badge and was promoted to Commander.”

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Having served and spent time at the Naval Academy and Strategic Communications Command, I had a lot of exposure to generals and admirals. There’s a presence about them that bespeaks power and authority, yet kindness and understanding; Traits required of good leaders.

The same is present in these patriots who have served so honorably in military and civil service positions. I can’t thank them enough for the time and thought they put into helping me write this, and I trust it has meaning for them and motivation to the readers to be better citizens – better Americans.

When you see a serviceman or servicewoman, take a minute, say thanks and realize they have put their life on the line to protect you, your family and your country.

HAPPY VETERANS DAY!

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Ron with Generals Flynn, Honoré, Vallely and Others to Honor Veterans-Part 2

 

From the early civilian colonists (known as  Minute Men) who independently organized to form a well-prepared militia, through 2 world wars and conflicts in Korea, Vietnam and the Middle East, veterans over the centuries have defended this country, protected us and made possible the lives we lead today. This article attempts to honor those included here as representatives of all who served; all who committed their lives and actions to the service to our country.

They each have a story to tell. Some have expanded on the basic questions with their own personal experiences. Their answers are their own and varied – which makes our overview so interesting and unique to the individuals. LTG Honoré will be joining us again from the road and catching up – he’s on special assignment during this time.

I trust you’ll enjoy this in-depth glimpse into some very interesting and dedicated military professionals.

This is Part 2 of my series. Part 1 can be FOUND HERE and Part 3 can be FOUND HERE. In this part we reveal insight into race relations in the service, “Don’t Ask- Don’t Tell,”  women in the military and U.S Acceptance around the world.

Part 2:

RB ~ When I first entered in ’68, in basic there were many mixed groups; black, white, native American, Hispanics – people who normally, except for the draft, might not associate but were thrown into living and working together, and it didn’t always work smoothly. The military, for its size and many intricate parts, functions fairly smoothly without regard to outside factors. In my last unit, I had a black first Sargent who always made the point that “in our unit, there is no black, no white, only green.” Was race considered at all during your service or did you see any changes over time?

FLYNN ~ “Everyone wore (wears) the same name tag…US Army (emphasis on U.S.) If you create a team atmosphere, if you build an effective team, if you create an atmosphere of trust, you will function as an effective team. I rarely dealt with any racial issues—I was aware of them and nipped them in the bud when they came up (and very fairly). We are a standards-based military. If you can meet the standards, you can serve. I don’t care what color you are, nor did 99 percent of the people I served alongside.

HONORĖ  ~  “All people, wherever they were in the world – if we truly believe Christian-Judeo philosophy, that the man-made laws that define our boundaries are just, that people who believe, “Hey! God wants me to do just as well as them” – I don’t think people are going to stay in a place where they’re starving and persecuted and demonized, that they’ll try to find a place where they can raise their family in peace. So, that’s a long answer to that threat question – but it’s inclusive of what I think.”

VALLELY ~ “No

WARD ~ “Race was never a consideration in all aspects of my career.

MANESS ~ “Race was not a factor in any of my decisions, nor was gender.

ALLIGOOD ~ “There was a period in the early ‘70s where race was an issue. I was stationed on USS CANOPUS (AS-34) in Holy Loch Scotland when this “racial period” occurred and how the Navy handled this period was terrible and caused much resentment and hard feelings. The situation in the Navy as an outcrop of what was happening the society as whole in ’72, ’73. The Navy’s answer, as is always the “answer” in the service, was mandatory training. The mandatory training was one week’s seminars and working groups and was called UPWARDS (Understanding Personal Worth and Racial Dignity). It did not work and only time and getting back to “mission focus” fixed the problem. That was the only period during my service that race was an issue.

HARMES ~ “In my (1973) Basic Training Platoon, there were only 5 or 6 whites. It was not bad, until they gave us a race relations class. After that I was not sure if I was safe in my own barracks. What the class taut was if you were not white you were being held back, not give a chance, so demand that you should be given what you wanted when you wanted it, otherwise it was prejudice.

WENZEL ~ “I’ve always thought it was one of the best parts of military service.


RB ~ In my unit we had two gay men (not a couple) and it was open, and actually mutually dealt with humorously, but it had no major influence. Admittedly, in combat situations it might have been different. DADT (Don’t ask, don’t tell) wasn’t introduced till 1994. In your areas of work, was this a needed policy? Did it achieve its purpose, or something better left undiscussed assuming no discrimination issues?

FLYNN ~ “We are a standards based Army (and Military)…if you can meet the standards, you can and should be able to serve.

VALLELY ~ “Not good for the military. Has caused many morale problems.

WARD ~ “DADT was a disaster and getting rid of it has not been fully worked out. Now with the transgender issue, is even more messed up. Deployed forces should not have to worry about these issues, they are there to kill people and break things.

MANESS ~ “DADT was bad for us as a culture. It forced a culture of honesty, integrity, and selflessness to accept dishonesty and selfishness. And I include all sides of the DADT equation, not just straight people. I implemented the repeal of DADT as a Wing Commander. To a man and woman, my subordinate commanders all said the repeal was not going to be an issue unless personnel policies such as housing policies, were changed.

ALLIGOOD~ “There was a gay, or two, in many units that I served, and it was never an issue. This was during the ‘60s and ‘70s.

HARMES ~ “Until DADT (Don’t ask, don’t tell), I did not see any problem with gays, there were some I am sure, but it was more just joking around, as far as I ever knew. It seemed that after 1994, there were some that used it as a way to move to the front of the line. Mostly females, suddenly it seemed half the females in the army were gay, and had another reason, they could not be told to meet the standard. Of course I spent most of my career in combat units prior to that, so women were not a consideration.

WENZEL ~ “That never came up in my time in service. I’m sure it was there. It was just never discussed. I retired in 1994 and don’t recall DADT being an issue.


RB ~ Women have many attributes and great skills that are of value to the service. How do you view women in combat and, understanding there have been some great women fighter pilots, are we really in need of that segment in those situations or are they better used in other, less dangerous and volatile Occupational Specialties? (Were they really needed or just brought into combat for “equality” and “socially inclusive” reasons? Leave it as their personal choice?)

FLYNN ~ “Women have been serving in and supporting combat actions since the beginning of time and certainly since the founding of our Country. I am proud to say I have worked alongside many professional women, both enlisted and officers, who today continue to serve and have achieved high rank, to include Sergeants Major, and Flag Officer. Again, we are a standards-based military and if you can meet the standards, you can and should be able to serve.”

VALLELY ~ “Women have always served in some capacity in our Armed Forces. I was of the first to select women into the Academies. They are doing well and serve in many, varied career fields. They are excellent in almost areas they serve. Should not be in Infantry (or maybe Intel officers).

WARD ~ “It should always be a personal choice. No forced acceptance and not changing requirement, especially physical, to get the job done.

MANESS ~ “I commanded a combat flying squadron, was the vice wing commander of the largest airborne intelligence wing in the Air Force, and commanded the wing with the largest nuclear mission on the planet. I had the pleasure of leading and serving with men and women, gay and straight people, people from all religions, all races and never had an issue with anyone. I supported my people based on their merit and ability, nothing else. 50 percent of my best combat aviators were women, my best intelligence squadron commander was a gay woman (I helped select her for squadron command and it was during DADT so I was not aware of her orientation but I don’t think it would have mattered had I known.), and I could go on and on, not a factor for us.

ALLIGOOD ~ “I never had a problem with women in the service. The overwhelming majority of women I encountered in my time in the Navy were superlative performers and contributed to the unit. This was especially true of the senior female NCOs. When I had command of the LANTFLTILO Program my enlisted staff were all senior NCO’s – E7s, E8s – That staff would usual number 25+. This was the late ’80 and females were very visible in the Navy and the senior ranks. I thought it strange that with my large number of senior NCO’s on staff I had no females. I finally called the assignment detailer for Chief Storekeepers and was told the detailed did not think I wanted any females in a unit so close to the fleet. Women served in ships and I said I want my share of female CPOs. Within six months I had four female CPOs on staff and each performed superbly.

HARMES ~ “In Iraq, because I was running an entry control point (gate) at night, I always had to have at least 1 female, in case a patrol brought in a female prisoner. I had 1 tell me she could not be on a machine gun. Guess where she was the next night. Late on, they became a big problem, because there was a higher bounty for females by rank, (an extra 50,000) than males. That meant if they want to go to the port-a-potty. I had to pull a male to go with them, beside cover their job. I always laughed, because command was worried about the females, and there bounty, when mine (a personal bounty) was 7 times as much, and I was everywhere, to include outside the perimeter as a lone American.

WENZEL ~ “I remember when the first women were allowed into my career field (airborne defensive fire control). It took some adjustment and not necessarily due to heavy lifting requirements but just learning to cope with the job. Many women spent most of their time trying to get into a different job.

RB ~ If/when you worked in various locations around the world, what was the acceptance of the US military and did you see a level of cooperation, acceptance from our foreign partners or host countries?

FLYNN ~ “I did. All of the countries we worked alongside loved their relationship with the US Military, especially the very close-knit Special Operations Forces community from around the world. Their tight and very professional relationships were strong.

VALLELY ~ “Very well accepted in most areas that I served.

WARD ~ “Always had a great experience and acceptance.

MANESS ~ “Accepted very well from a capability perspective but women and Christians were not initially accepted into Muslim majority nations at first.

ALLIGOOD ~ “I never saw an open hostility towards the US military or military personnel in any of the countries I was stationed in or visited.

HARMES ~ “In both Iraq and Afghanistan, once you were accepted, they would die for you. If you were not they would leave you on your own, if you were bad enough, one of your own local soldiers might kill you. Everyone else was lying to you.

WENZEL ~ “It all depended on where you were assigned. In my case, I spent all of my overseas assignments in Europe (UK, Germany, Spain} and we always had a very high level of cooperation and acceptance.


RB ~ When I entered, I enlisted but it was during a time of the draft. I saw a lot of changes in some people during basic and at the Academy. Many I’ve talked with think the draft was a good idea in that it does build discipline and traits in people they don’t seem to find elsewhere in life, and it provides a diversity of personnel. Is the military as large and strong with an all-volunteer military or would bringing back the draft be a viable idea for needed size and quality?

FLYNN ~ “The answer requires a Masters thesis. I am pro the all-volunteer force, but I am also pro-service to Country. We have to find ways to cause young people to want to serve. Currently, we do not have the capacity to take on the vast array and number of challenges our Country faces here at home and overseas…and our readiness is nowhere near where it should be. The DOD is bloated at the top and we waste too much time on unnecessary issues and actions. Instead, we should be exceptional at the basics. One last point on this topic, when budgets are cut, among the first things to be cut are training programs (not weapons systems and platforms that never see the light of day on the battlefield). We better have really effective training programs when we do require a draft to fill the ranks of troopers to fight our enemies—that is how newly inducted trainees will be prepared for combat. We should also exercise the draft processes routinely so we’re ready when it does have to be implemented.

VALLELY ~ “Should bring back the draft for men and women. All of society needs to serve the country in some capacity, especially in times of War. Less than 1% of our society serve in the military. Not right or fair.

WARD ~ “I do not believe we need a draft at all.

MANESS ~ “We don’t need a draft under current conditions, but it’s a close call considering the current combat mission sets we’re facing. The other issue is not every segment of our society is shouldering the burden of war equally. We have a lot of politicians in office that never served and don’t have children that served. That is something to consider as we move forward and if we need a larger force. We have no problem recruiting right now.

ALLIGOOD ~ “The “draft” had its day and is gone unless national security would deem otherwise. I was subject to the draft and joined as a volunteer before I could be drafted. I think the all-volunteer force is a better approach.

HARMES ~ “I was in at the end of the draft. The military is a much better place without the draft. The overall quality of soldiers improved with the all volunteer army.

WENZEL ~ “That’s a good question, I didn’t notice a big difference in the draft or all-vol force in the USAF. We all wanted to be there for many different reasons such as the draft, lack of jobs or just excitement.

RB ~ Do you/ had you personally seen a higher level of quality in individual personnel based on the all-volunteer system?

FLYNN ~ “I see / saw people serving our military that love our Country. When members of our military are willing to sacrifice everything they have, for something bigger than themselves, that is pretty special.

VALLELY ~ “Not now.

WARD ~ “Having people that want to be there is always best.

MANESS ~ “Yes. I came on active duty in 1979 after the AVF was implemented but we still had a large population of draftees. Drug use was higher, professionalism was lower, and UCMJ incidents were higher. AVF changed all that over time.

ALLIGOOD ~ “I saw quality people with and without the draft.

HARMES ~ “The overall quality of soldiers improved with the all volunteer army. The draft seemed only to catch the ones that could not figure out a way out, and were too often trouble on the outside and brought that with them.

WENZEL ~ “No, not really.

RB ~ Was 9/11 a turning point in patriotism for the military? Has it waned?

FLYNN ~ “9/11 was a seminal crisis for our Nation. As we have gotten further away from it and yet the war wages on, the American public and the American psyche start to lose sight of what we’re supposed to be doing and more important, why. We can never forget 9/11 or other seminal events and crises our Country faced. Too many Americans sacrificed too much to forget.

VALLELY ~ “Late 1960s (Vietnam era)

WARD ~ “I believe it was and it has waned.”

MANESS ~ “Yes it was. What is amazing is that the kids volunteering after 9/11 KNEW they could get hurt or killed when they signed up. The volunteer rates have not waned. I am so proud of these young American men and women! Honored to have commanded some and served with them.

ALLIGOOD ~ “I have been retired for 24 years, so I am not sure about individual patriotism in today’s force.

HAMES ~ “Yes, for recruiting. The people suddenly wanted to do something. I saw people beyond the normal initial enlistment age, joining. Prior service, which could not get on active duty, was joining the National Guard, because they wanted to do something. Now it seems that too much of the nation is embracing the enemy. The same enemy that wanted to destroy us in 2001, that still wants to destroy us today.

WENZEL ~ “I wasn’t in the military then but it seemed to spark more enlistments.

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Part 3 will deal with the important changes in military technology, military operations and readiness, the acceptance of the US overseas, possible improvements to the military, the VA and… is anyone ready to reenlist? LTG Honoré will be joining us again from the road and catching up – he’s on special assignment during this time.

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Ron with Generals Flynn, Honoré, Vallely and Others to Honor Veterans-Part 1

 

No one is more laden with the mantle of providing security for this country than the soldier on the front line of duty, protecting us and placing his patriotism on display before the world. No one more tasked with committing himself to the selfless acts needed to defend and protect our constitution, our country, our lifestyle and freedoms.

From the clatter and chatter of combat; fighting national disasters; medical surgeries to rescuing Gemini space craft, these patriots have served our country around the globe for decades.

Whether you choose to celebrate with public parades or personal prayer, this Veterans Day finds us again remembering and honoring those who served, who protected and kept our country safe. While originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I, and largely considered the end of “the war to end all wars,” we’re reminded the battle goes on and so does our need for faithful defenders of our freedoms.

Memorial Day is celebrated as a time to remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country; Veterans Day honors all who have served, and meant to thank those living veterans for the sacrifices.

This article attempts to honor those included here as representatives of all who served, all who committed their lives and actions to the service to our country. In talking with these patriots, their love of country is validated; their professional dedication to duty, ability to lead and to win the battle and the war is confirmed; all while showing personal concern for their troops, the mission and the country.

This is not a political piece, shining the light of liberalism or conservatism on serving this country. I don’t know the political leanings of each as it’s not important. They’re to be recognized and applauded for their selfless service.

They each have a story to tell. Some have expanded on the basic questions with their own personal experiences. Their answers are their own and varied – which makes our overview so interesting. We’ll touch on “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell,” women in the military, volunteer vs. the draft and more.

I trust you’ll enjoy this in-depth glimpse into some very interesting and dedicated military professionals.

This is Part 1 of my series where we reveal insight into why they joined, made it a career and opinions on serving in occasional politically charged environments. Part 2 can be FOUND HERE and Part 3 can be FOUND HERE:

RB ~ Napoleon once said, “A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon.” What motivated you to join the service in the first place?

FLYNN ~ “My father, my grandfathers (plural), and other family members have all served in the military starting with WWI. After having immigrated over from Ireland, my family’s history of military service to the United States is significant and drove me to want to serve as well…a decision I would readily make again. I absolutely loved serving in our military…simply the best people in the world!”

HONORĖ ~ “Well, I joined the service out of obligation. When I was in college it was mandatory to be in ROTC or be drafted [laughter]. So, I wanted to come in to the service as a lieutenant. Going through ROTC gave me the opportunity to get a commission, but it was either that or go down to the draft board for when your number is called up, and I wanted to get my education so that gave me the opportunity to start serving as a commissioned officer from the ROTC program. But it was strictly a four-year obligation. And after the fourth year, I never looked back as far as… It became a way of life, in service to the country. And the teamwork, the military teamwork, the constant routine to try and make yourself better at doing your job as an infantryman, was intriguing to me. To increase your endurance, to be able to deal with all types of weather, for the potentiality if you ever had to charge up a hill or take a beach, as they did so many times of World War Two. So, it started off as an obligation and it became a way of life. And I think I’m a better person as a result of 37 years doing that.“

VALLELY ~ “Wanted to be an Aerospace Engineer and was enrolled at Penn State Univ and then received an appointment to West Point. My motivation, then, was to serve as Infantry and Special Ops Officer.”

WARD ~ “I came from a patriotic family and actually sought out an AF ROTC scholarship in college, but when I did not get selected (due to my lack of enthusiasm for high grades in High School), I decided to enlist, hoping for something in the Intelligence fields. I ended up in the Delayed Entry Program and was encouraged my recruiter to enter Basic Training with 20 semester college credits and I would be an E-2 at the completion of basic, not an E-1. I took and EMT course and while in Basic Training was selected to become a medic a medic.”

MANESS ~” I wanted to do something for my country and be part of something bigger than myself. I also was the third son out of four of a retired Air Force MSgt. We had no dollar for college and I wanted to fly supersonic jets, so I had to get to college.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “One word was the motivator – the DRAFT! I first joined the Naval Reserve Surface Division. I had friends who were serving in submarines and wanted a submarine assignment. I was told that as a reservist I was not eligible for submarine duty with a two-year active duty commitment. I reenlisted USN for 4 years. I was told that facilities were not available to process me for submarine service and could put in for submarines after at year at my duty station. I received orders in about two weeks to USS WASP (CVS-18) an “anti-submarine” Aircraft Carrier homeported in Boston MA. I did not get submarines but got something close – a ship that destroys them!

The most historic memories of WASP was when designated the GEMINI recovery flagship and I was there to recover GEMINI IV, VI, VII and IX. GEMINI IV.”

HARMES ~ “I was told I needed another year of high school before I could go to college. I was graduating in a couple of weeks. I signed up for tech school in Auto Body instead. A guy from my high school convinced me to come over to the National Guard Armory (the commander (a MAJ who made BG) happen to be my dad’s cousin, he played that angle also). Joined, because I could be in the army, and go to school at the same time (after Basic and AIT), besides I did not feel like I had any direction at the time.”

WENZEL ~ “As much as I would have liked to have said I was the most patriotic individual in my town, I wasn’t. I had just gotten married and had a baby on the way. Actually, it was the Vietnam war’s draft. I had a draft number of 208 so I figured better sign up or end up in the Army. I joined the US Air Force and the rest is history. Funny fact was the draft only went up to 195.”

RB ~ What motivated you to stay in the service and make it a career?

FLYNN ~”I loved the people, especially the Soldiers and Non-Commissioned Officers I served alongside. They represent the salt of the earth and are why our Country is so strong. They are the rocks upon which our nation’s foundation is built upon.“

HONORĖ ~ “I chose the Army because we had Army ROTC! Actually, it’s probably more my wheelhouse. Most of my relatives who were in the service went into the Army. And it just made a lot of sense to me. And then I chose the infantry, and the infantry chose me. And again, it became a way of life.“

VALLELY ~ “Service to country, education and a stable life for my family“.

WARD ~ “I initially just wanted to get out. I applied for an early discharge with a commitment to the Reserves and was selected, so 2 ½ year after entering basic, I went into the reserves and started college on my path to become a physician. I have enjoyed to comradery and opportunity to serve my state and nation. Very few get the opportunity to put on our nations uniform and serve our fellow Americans. I loved it, both my time enlisted and as an officer. I got far more than I gave and I never considered getting out once I completed my medical training.”

MANESS ~ “Success and the love of what I was doing at a time when our country was faced with the Soviet Union, Iran hostages, etc. Later on the challenges we faced from 911 and on.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “When my enlistment was approaching the end in 1968 I was stationed at Naval Communications Station Harold E. Holt Australia. I got married on leave in route to Australia. I was promoted to SK1 (E-6). My enlistment was up in June and I was a newly minted 1st Class Petty Officer with a wife, a pregnant wife, and in Australia. The Navy seemed like a good job to continue and I reenlisted.“

HARMES ~ “Before I even went to Basic, I was seeing all of these guys coming back (some trying to get back in, but health stopped them), to get the 20 years for retirement. Many of them WWII vets. I thought “if the retirement is that good / important, I am going to do a minimum of 20 years.” 1 of these guys, (Robert Teeples) was the hometown hero (the real deal). Joined the National Guard 1 October 1940 (the National Guard was mobilized for WWII 15 October). He was a charter member of the Alamo Scouts, battle field commission, fighting the entire war.“

WENZEL ~ “I actually loved my job and was offered a re-enlistment bonus I couldn’t refuse for the next 8 years. My wife and I actually liked the military family’s togetherness.”

RB ~ What made you choose the branch of service you did?

FLYNN ~ “Originally, I thought I would join the USMC (and for a period of time, I did, going right up to the point of enlisting). But given that my father was Army (WWII and Korean War VET), I always felt I would join the Army. I got lucky, an Army Major and ROTC Officer who I played intramural basketball with at the University of Rhode Island offered me an Army ROTC Scholarship, one that had been turned back in from the ROTC Region. When the Major offered it, I accepted, and the rest is history. There’s a lot more to that story, but suffice to say, I got lucky and I’m glad that ROTC Major saw something in me.”

HONORĖ ~ “As a career soldier, we spent a lot of time in professional development, going to schools, understanding the laws, regulations and appropriate meanings of certain statutes of the Constitution. And we are sworn in, approved by the President on our commission. And it’s a clear, undisputed fact that we are subordinate to the civilian leadership. And every four years, leadership changes. And over time, they can do things that could really make things hard for us by not giving us all the resources we need. And I saw many lean years where we had resource constraints. We couldn’t complete all of our training we wanted to do, the way we want to do it. And all that was the result of civilian leadership, telling us how much money we were going to get as opposed to asking how much we need to train with. And on the other hand, there are good times and there are bad times. I grew up on a farm and some years the crops are good, some years the crops are bad. You take the good with the bad. But there’s a great respect for that authority, that political authority, and that it’s going to change. The good news is, they all say they love us – but that comes at a price. And they’ll remind you every now and then that what we put into our defense, you know, is seven times our nearest competitor. And that’s something else we’re not doing… So, you go with that and you survive those lean budget years and make up for it when you’re back in cycle. And again, that’s the good news about the politicians changing, is that you get a different view every four years or every eight years, the way it is now. But the good news is, you know, that the American people support you and when we start to squeak, they American people listen and they will go with somebody that’s going to promise us the resources that we need. You know, along those lines, we’ve got 17 years now in Afghanistan and still there. That’s a long war. And I don’t see an end to it, but again, that’s the job of the politicians to figure out how they’re going to resolve that war. And I don’t think they’ve been doing as much as they should have done to seek a political solution. I’m not quite sure a military solution exists, because going all the way back to Alexander the Great, everybody’s tried – to include the Russians, multiple times – I’m not sure there’s a military solution there. But again, we bow to the directions we get from the political class.”

VALLELY ~ “Saw many more opportunities for a career and promotion opportunities in the Infantry and Army.”

WARD ~ “Oh come on, the Air Force is the best, I never considered any other branch, I had a girlfriend in High School whose dad was a retired Marine Aviator, a Vietnam Vet, tough and mean, I wanted a different path.”

MANESS ~ “My Dad put me in the cockpit f an SR-71 when I was five years old, he worked in the Blackbird and U-2 programs early, when they were still highly classified, so he got to show his family the aircraft occasionally.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “My father was a Boatswains Mate in the Navy during WW II, I had been a Sea Cadet for a couple of years and enlisting in the Naval Reserve was a good option for me. The Navy it was.”

HARMES ~ “It was the hometown unit, and part of the Army National Guard. (If it would have been another branch, under the same circumstance, I probably would have joined anyway.)”

WENZEL ~ “I lived next to a Navy base and knew a few sailors, the problem was they were always at sea and my wife suggested the USAF. Sounded good to me.”

RB ~ When you served, did politics from the top become a part of decision making or influencing or was it easy to function strictly in a military mindset?

FLYNN ~ “Anyone who says politics doesn’t play into decision making in the military is being unrealistic. As Carl Von Clausewitz would say, War is an extension of Politics—that was a very true statement when he wrote it well over a hundred years ago and it remains true today. However, at different levels, politics, as part of decision-making, plays vastly different roles. When you’re a young officer, you focus on the troopers under your care, politics is (and should be) irrelevant. You’re executing your orders and you’re accomplishing your mission…as you become more senior, especially at the flag officer level, politics influencing decision making comes more into play and you certainly understand it better, but that doesn’t mean you like all the decisions made. However, as military officers, we work for our civilian bosses and we swear an oath to our inspired Constitution (which is why we are such a great military). All that being said, because of our political system (not in spite of it), to include politics being part of the decision-making process, AND the great leaders we have leading our Armed Forces, we have a very professional, very capable and very effective all volunteer force.”

HONORĖ ~ “I think all the services, starting with the [Joint Chiefs] Chairman, with the Secretary of Defense, have more focus on the combat lethality to deal with the conventional threat. Over the years, in Afghanistan and Iraq, going from the conventional invasion to a counter-terrorism fight, one where you’re not fighting conventional forces but you’re fighting irregulars… We used to have a significant advantage with our computer networking, with our drones, with our satellites. And some of that advantage slipped away because you can learn how to do it on the computer, and you’ve got to assume somebody can break into it.”

VALLELY ~ “Not really, I was not political in the Army or served with Commanders that were.”

WARD ~ “I began serving under Reagan and extended my commitment until after Obama was gone. It was great to get the retirement letter from President Trump. Service under Clinton and Obama was horrible. Their politics and priority for funding the military harmed moral. Although I am not a big fan of G W Bush, his love of the military and its people was inspiring, and inspired me to voluntarily deploy to Iraq.”

MANESS ~ “Not at first, but toward the end it was impossible to get away from it. Obama was President, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal, etc.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I only saw any political considerations, influencers when I achieved senior ranks and command.”

HARMES ~ “When I was young and enlisted, politics did not make a difference what I did. Later as an officer, even without giving a political party, or preference, I could see, if your new commander was a D, It seemed to quickly become a problem for anyone that was not. I did not notice it the other way or maybe, it was because, I was in the same mind set, and that it was not a problem.”

WENZEL ~ “I didn’t always agree with my leadership but knew the importance of following orders and supporting the chain of command.”

RB ~ If you were in a command position now, would it be easier or harder to lead than when you were active? (given political, social and other factors)

FLYNN ~ “I would serve again and would go back in today if needed.”

HONORĖ ~ “You know, the sound of freedom is loud and it’ll shake your windows. And whether it’s at Fort Hood, Texas, the middle of Germany or South Korea where we are forward-deployed and we are in a readiness posture and we’re training, or if we’re conducting an operation in Afghanistan and Iraq to protect people, the tools we use are loud, dangerous, lethal. And whatever we do, whether we’re training or we’re in operations, it disrupts the hell out of people’s lives.

But again, the sound of freedom is loud and it rattles. Because you’ve got to train and we’ve got to protect the people we are forward-deployed to protect. And those where we are strictly just training, whether it’s in the United States or in Europe or South Korea or Japan, wherever, we can be a nuisance to a community. Again, as I said, that’s the sound of freedom. And for people that hadn’t seen a war or rounds fired in 60 to 70 years, [they] say, why do we still have these troops here, taking up our highways and bombing stuff where we can hear it and disrupting their solitude at their home. But again, we’re loud and we will shake and rattle and roll. And whether it’s from our fighter jets or our bombs that we’re dropping, we can be and are sensitive to that. And we even adjust the times we’re training and give great notice, but still we are a nuisance to many people in their homes. But again, that’s the sound of freedom. There’s no way to do this quietly and practice our craft. So, we respect that.”

VALLELY ~ “Much more difficult now because of political correctness and social engineering. Lack of the Warrior Ethos.”

WARD ~ “I believe it would be much easier now, under Trump than the social engineering that was occurring under Obama.”

MANESS ~ “Harder. I would have resigned eventually had I stayed in. I was in 3 command positions, including my final assignment as the senior commander in a Wing. Retired in 2011.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I had command of the Atlantic Fleet Integrated Logistics Overhaul Program as Lieutenant Commander. LANTFLTILO, headquartered in Portsmouth VA, preformed logistics overhauls at 6 east coast sites for ships of the Atlantic Fleet and was subordinate command of Surface Forces Atlantic Fleet. The Program was staffed by 100 civilian and senior enlisted personnel and 300-500 personnel from ships undergoing ILOs on a temporary basis.

I believe it would be harder to lead now that when I was on active duty. It seems many more “social” considerations and practice today than 30 years ago.”

HARMES ~ “From being in command, every time they come up with another social experiment, it made command and leading more difficult. Too often, these changes made discipline impossible, because they would say you were prejudice against them. For example, when I was in IOBC (Infantry Officer Basic Course), I was accused of being prejudice against the Arabs, because I was on them, (not because they were Arabs) because they were late, and just not meeting the standard. What no one else saw, was that I have foreign students, several nationalities, and religions, coming to my room at night (they were not all even in my same IOBC class). I was explaining what they did not understand about some class, what books they needed for the next day, or anything else they did not understand about what was going on. Each and every one, was suppose to have a student (sponsor) from there platoon helping them. I was no one’s sponsor.”

WENZEL ~ “Easier in some ways and harder in others. I have so much more experience now. Many decisions would be much easier to make. On the other hand, the armed forces have become so much more PC that it makes it so much harder to work around liberal mindsets.”

RB ~ At times when you were in charge, were you able to make “military” decisions, or did you ever feel the need to be more “socially aware,” “inclusive,” “accepting or understanding” in making the final determination of a personnel or operational situation?

FLYNN ~ “I always felt I could make the decisions I believed needed to be made (and always felt free to let my superiors know how I felt). My primary considerations for the decisions I was involved in or made were always for the betterment of the people I served alongside, to accomplish the mission I was given, and for the good of my organization, unit and our Country. That said, the acceptance of those decisions come with consequences. If you worry about being politically correct when making decisions to satisfy some political narrative, lives will be lost and units will be ruined.”

VALLELY ~ “We were taught and trained to lead troops in combat and win battles and war. Being a good leader for all cultures and ethnic backgrounds.”

WARD ~ “Military decisions were always over shadowed by social awareness, some of that is good – being a good leader and some bad.”

MANESS ~ “I always made military decisions. I was very aware of the desire for some to get politically correct decisions but they were disappointed.”

ALLIGOOD ~ “I was able to make military decisions during my service.”

HARMES ~ “I did not think in a “Socially Aware” way (some may even say I did not think). I just did what I thought was right, be dammed the consequences. Everyone was held to the same standard. I just saw soldiers, not color. I may have attained more rank, if I would have played the PC game.”

WENZEL ~ “On deployments there wasn’t always time to be inclusive yet all factors had to be accounted for. Some decisions had to be made in a short time based on the ops tempo of the war. Aircraft flying safety and lives depended on good decisions. One time I signed an ER (exceptional release) for an A-10 and it never returned to base. My entire career was on the line if I had missed an inspection item and it contributed to the crash. Decisions couldn’t be taken or made lightly.”

RB ~ During or after active service, over time, did you see an overly aggressive acceptance of our enemy or an Islamification of our forces?

FLYNN ~ “I did.”

WARD ~ “I cannot say that I saw an Islamification of our forces but rather a greater willingness to make concessions around the need for Chaplains and translators.”

ALLIGOOD ~ I retired on September 1, 1994 at a time when the ”Jihad” was virtually unknown in the service and a Muslim was a strange creature in my units if any existed. That said, I have had personal experience in the Islamic world, assigned to the US Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia and was headquartered at Dammam on the Arabian Gulf. My counterpart in the Royal Saudi Naval Force (RSNF) was a LTJG and we developed a good relationship. The Saudis were allies and friendly during my time in “The Kingdom” and positive towards the US. I saw no signs of Islamic Radicalism during my tour. On a personal note, I was told my old LTJG counterpart was now a navy Captain and the number 2 of RSNF Logistics.

Part 2 of our series will deal with the military’s questions of race, DADT (Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell), Women in the military and more.

You can get a more personal insight from their writings. Click the images below for access to their bestsellers.

           

You can follow Col Rob Maness on CRTV

MG Paul Vallely can be found at Stand Up America US Foundation and the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund Foundation

 

RB ~

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The Government’s Needle of Death

  • When does the line for personal freedom cross that chart of social obligation?
  • Are we our brother’s keeper at the expense of our own rights and safety?
  • Who has the ultimate responsibility for ourselves and our families?

The Centers for Disease Control has recommended getting 48 doses of 14 vaccines by age six, and 69 doses of 16 vaccines by age 18. Remember that no US federal laws mandate vaccination, but all 50 states require certain vaccinations for children entering public schools. No shots – no schooling and then you’re breaking the law.

So….Is the Government Killing You and Your Children with their demands?

The U.S.D.A. figures the cost of raising a child today is $233,610 – to age 18 excluding college. And the cost doesn’t figure in things like major accidents, diseases, extended illness etc.

The Government’s Needle of Death:

Some of those extended illnesses could be a result of…. Vaccinations.

CNN made their public announcement last month that “It’s time to call your pediatrician. All children should get a flu shot as soon as it becomes available this season, preferably before the end of October, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends in a policy statement published early September.

”FLU SEASON” – So, do we Vaccinate or not Vaccinate?

We can outline ideas, throw statistics around and argue one report against another till the ink runs out but I thought it important to talk with someone with first hand, on the ground experience from their respected medical and practical perspectives.

Introducing Charles B. Simone, M.MS., M.D.

During your life there are people you would really like to meet and Dr Simone is one of them.

Courtesy of Dr. Simone

Dr. Simone is known worldwide for his studies and practice related to cancer and now serves as a consultant to major corporations, foreign countries, and had been asked to advise prominent figures, including President Reagan.

We also appreciate his work in other specific areas of general medicine, immunology and specific diseases.

NOTE: We would note that we are not giving medical advice, that’s between the reader and his medical provider. This is presented for your consideration in making your own choices.

RB ~ Every year we hear about the dreaded flu season. “get your vaccinations, don’t spread the flu to others, be prepared for the worst year yet” but what are the real facts on the flu and these various vaccines?

DS ~ More than 200 viruses cause influenza and influenza-like illness infecting the airways and produce symptoms that include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, muscle aches and fatigue. The “flu” commonly occurs in the autumn/winter and is usually self-limiting and can last 1-2 weeks. Influenza is contagious and is spread from person-to-person by droplets produced when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. Complications include secondary bacterial infections like otitis media (ear infections) and pneumonia.

RB ~ Are the vaccines effective?

DS ~ With those over 200 known viruses that cause the flu like syndrome. And we know AT BEST flu vaccines might be effective against only influenza A and B, which represent about 10% of all circulating viruses that cause the flu like syndrome – about 20 out of 200.

RB ~ How do they make a vaccine that can treat so many people for months and long periods of time?

DS ~ It’s important to know that forms A and B of the viruses mutate every 2-3 weeks so the flu shot you got today might not protect you in a month when you’re exposed to a new form of the virus.

RB ~ But in essence how effective are the vaccines if we’re supposed to rely on them to save lives?

DS ~ Because of a number of factors overall, it’s been found that flu vaccines are not effective in babies. 51 studies involving 294,000 children aged 6 -24 months found there was “no evidence that injecting them with a flu shot was any more effective than placebo.” In children older than 2 years, it was only effective 33% of the time in preventing the flu. [Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews. 2 (2008)].

RB ~ What about adults?

Courtesy Dr. Simone

DS ~ In studies from the Cochrane Collaboration, (a group of more than 10,000 professionals worldwide that produces systematic reviews of disease progression and treatments) and the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal both found that vaccines were not effective in adults. In a study of 66,000, vaccination reduced the risk of influenza by only 6% and reduced missed work by only 1 day.

RB ~ Aren’t the elderly most at risk and what about them?

DS ~ For the elderly, out of 5,700 articles screened, 64 studies used in the ’98 flu season, “Evidence for protection is lacking,” Lancet and Cochrane, and so it simply doesn’t work. When you look at the flu season of 2016-17, it simple didn’t work and that comes from the National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control.

RB ~ What about those who got the vaccine for this year so far?

DS ~ Three-quarters of people who got a flu shot 2018 were not protected against H3N2 flu, the viruses that have caused most flu in what has been one of the most difficult flu seasons in years in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

RB ~ What is the recent history of pregnant women receiving the vaccination?

DS ~ There was a higher risk of miscarriage for pregnant women who received the flu vaccine during both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 influenza seasons. (Information).

RB ~ Can the vaccine actually give you the flu.

DS ~ Yes, indeed the vaccines can give you the flu. We need scientists dictating polices and not politically appointed people.

RB ~ So then Is the flu vaccine dangerous?

DS ~ In specific cases, influenza vaccines were associated with serious harms such as narcolepsy and febrile convulsions, and even a neurologic disease called Guillain Barre.

Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favorable to the vaccines. The Cochrane reviews show that reliable evidence on influenza vaccines is thin but there is evidence of widespread manipulation of conclusions and spurious notoriety of the studies.

RB ~ We hear stories of so many vaccines containing other elements including mercury. Is thimerosal present in the flu vaccine and, if so, does it pose any risk to patients? What are we missing when we hear of other problems and warnings?

DS ~ Some flu manufacturers use thimerosal or even mercury itself as a preservative. (Thimerosal Information)

Although the FDA indicates that there is no risk at the preservative doses, there is no need for a person to choose a vaccine that contains thimerosal when other vaccines are available without it.

Given these facts NO COMPANY OR ORGANIZATION SHOULD DEMAND THAT THEIR EMPLOYEES RECEIVE THE FLU VACCINE.

RB ~ Since your entry into the medical or research field, how have vaccines been promoted by the government agencies?

DS ~ Governmental agencies like the FDA and CDC employ scientists but are led by politically appointed people who ultimately approve medicines including the flu vaccine. Scientists should guide our science policies and not politically appointed lay people. The weakest among us, the very young and the elderly, need the most protection because they contract the most complications, and they are virtually not protected by vaccination.

RB ~ Whether people choose to get vaccinated or not, what are the simple steps to avoid catching the flu virus?

DS ~ We do not diagnose disease or recommend a dietary supplement for the treatment of disease. You should share this information with your physician who can determine what nutrition and disease treatment regimen is best for you.

Frequent decontamination techniques of washing hands, face. [Keep in mind that everywhere you go, you touch things other people have touched; Door handles, elevator buttons, escalator railings, car doors, shopping carts, money, items in stores, telephones, even dishes and glasses in restaurants and the candy given out at Halloween. You can pick up viruses and bacteria left by others then transfer that to your face and… you’re exposed.]

Sinus Hygiene

Flush your nose with a nasal saline spray to promote mucus flow so that viruses and bacteria can’t lodge. Insert the spray tip in the nostrils perpendicular to the face and direct it toward the ears to get the spray to the exit ports to open them.

Use steam with Eucalyptus oil – boil about an inch of water in a quart size pot, take it away from the stove, add about 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil, and inhale over the pot with a towel over your head for about ten minutes four to five times a day. You may use an over-the-counter Oxymetazoline nasal spray (not a banned substance) as directed. You can add a prescription steroid nasal spray to keep inflammation down but this requires a Therapeutic Use Exemption approval during sports competitions. Insert the spray tip in the nostrils perpendicular to the face and direct it toward the ears to get the medicine to the exit ports to open them. Hydrate to keep the mucus thin and flowing. Also consider:

Hydrogen peroxide gargle
Proper hydration
A good multiple vitamin formula
Zinc 50 mg once every week; Zinc Lozenges often
Vitamin C 500 mg to 1000 mg per day with food 
Vitamin D3
Resveratrol
Green Tea (Catechins)

RB ~ So many people swear by Tamiflu, but isn’t there a better alternative?

DS ~ Quercetin outperforms Tamiflu – A laboratory study showed that quercetin reduced symptoms and gave higher survival rates in mice. Also, animals treated with Quercetin had half of the virus load in their lungs compared to animals treated with Tamiflu. (Choi HJ, et al. Phytother Res. 2012 Mar;26(3):462-4).

Quercetin 500 mg twice per day (nutrient over-the-counter) – interferes with the virus binding onto your cells. Quercetin is an Anti-inflammatory supplement available without a prescription.

Quercetin possesses anti-influenza activity by inhibiting viral entry and viral-cell fusion. Quercetin has strong antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties (Wenjiao W, et al. Viruses. 2016. Jan. 8(1):6).

A reduction in total sick days and severity was noted in middle aged and older subjects ingesting 1000 mg quercetin/day for 12 weeks who rated themselves as physically fit (Heinz SA et al. Pharmacol Res. 2010 Sep;62(3):237-42).

Tamiflu’s chemical structure is similar to Quercetin but different enough to allow it to be patented. Despite all the media attention about Tamiflu, here is what the makers of Tamiflu say in their insert (Nov ’09):

Adults felt better 30 percent faster (1.3 days) than flu patients who did not take TAMIFLU

Children felt better up to 26 percent faster (1.5 days) than flu patients who did not take TAMIFLU

During this time of year when kids are sick and parents are confused and questioning, we thank Dr. Simone for taking time from his busy schedule to go through some important points on vaccinations. as we take a break from political postings, hopefully this will give a basis to make your healthcare decisions.

(DR. SIMONE’S OPINIONS ON VACCINATIONS ARE HIS OWN BASED ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTATION AS PRESENTED. YOUR CHOICE TO VACCINATE OR NOT IS CERTAINLY YOUR OWN.)

Additional information on Dr Simone:

Education:

Dr. Simone graduated from Rutgers College of Medicine and also earned the rare Masters of Medical Science while investigating the cancer killing properties of plant herbals. After training in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic (1975-77), Dr. Simone was offered a position in the Immunology Branch and Medicine Branch and later in the Pharmacology Branch and Medicine Branch at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland (1977-82). At the National Cancer Institute, he trained in medical oncology and immunology. In 1982 he accepted a position in the Department of Radiation Oncology at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; and in 1985 began as Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. Since 1988, he has been the Founder and Director of the Simone Protective Cancer Center.

Media
Dr. Simone appears on hundreds of television shows including 60 Minutes, Prime Time Live, etc; thousands of radio shows, and is written about in thousands of national and international print media. He is sought for medical and politically related issues.

Awards
First Bulwark of Liberty Award 2001 by the American Preventive Association
James Lind Scientific Achievement Award 2004
Excellence in Medical Research Award 2014
Excellence in Integrative Medicine Award 2014
Excellence in Nutrition Science Award 2014
Excellence in Health Product Innovation Award 2014

Summary
Charles B. Simone, M.MS, M.D. is one of the few individuals in the world with formal training in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Tumor Immunology, with expertise in nutrition, cancer prevention, and cancer detection. As one of the first physicians to champion integrative medicine, Dr Simone combines effective conventional and alternative modalities.

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Simone Protective Cancer Institute
The Simone Protective Cancer Institute [501 (C) 3 non-profit] was founded by Charles B. Simone, M.D. in 1980 for the purpose of carrying on scientific research, conducting public lectures, and educating people, especially children, concerning prevention, early detection, and treatment of diseases.
Through research and education, we expect to profoundly influence the way diseases are handled in America.

 

Scientific Discoveries:

While at the National Institutes of Health and Bethesda Naval Hospital as Commander, Dr Simone commenced a series of outstanding scientific investigations that:
• uncovered the fundamental mechanism of how human white cells kill foreign cells by forming pores in the membrane.
• helped demonstrate how “complement proteins” aid in killing by forming pores in the membrane.
• demonstrated how adriamycin, an anti-cancer drug, operates at the cellular level.
• conceived and developed the idea of splicing monoclonal antibodies to killing cells that seek out cancer cells, called directed effector cell killing.
• provided the foundation for Anthrax killing via membrane pore formation

For contacting Dr. Simone – CLICK HERE    MAP

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No Treason, Generals Vallely and Jones Say “America First”

We’re reaching a time when Americans have to get more serious and involved. Involved in being more educated and aware of forces within, and more involved in local, state and national elections – because they do have consequences.

I turned to two patriots for their input from the Center for Security Policy and Citizens Commission on National Security. Two distinguished military officers who have the background and current involvement to look at America and what would make it great again.

Your contributors are:

Courtesy ccnationalsecurity.org

PAUL E VALLELY MG, US ARMY (RET)

He retired in 1992 from the US Army as Deputy Commanding General, US Army, Pacific. He graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point and is also a graduate of the Infantry School, Ranger and Airborne Schools, Jumpmaster School, the Command and General Staff School, The Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Army War College. His combat service in Vietnam (2 combat tours) included positions as infantry company commander, intelligence officer, operations officer, military advisor and aide-de-camp. He has over fifteen (15) years’ experience in Special Operations, Psychological and Civil-Military Operations.

He has served on US security assistance missions on civilian-military relations to Europe, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Syria, Iraq, Kuwait, Turkey, Israel Indonesia and Central America. He has served as a consultant to the Commanding General of the Special Operations Command as well as the DOD Anti-Drug and Counter -Terrorist Task Forces. He also designed and developed the Host-Nation Support Program in the Pacific for DOD and the State Department.

General Vallely is a military/national Security analyst and guest lecturer on National Security, international political, economic issues, strategic planning matters and the Global War against Radical Islam and other threats to America. He and LTG Thomas McInerney authored the book, “Endgame” – Blueprint for Victory for Winning the War on Terror”. He was the senior military analyst for the Fox News Channel from 2001 -2008.

Courtesy ccnationalsecurity.org

CHARLES E. JONES III, BRIG. GEN., USAF (RET)

BG Jones served in the Air Force and Air Force Res. holding numerous command and staff positions including Vice Commander Numbered Air Force, Commander Tactical Fighter Wing, Tactical Air Lift Wing, Strategic Air Lift Wing, (Commanded first Air Force Composite C-141 and C-130 Wing), Commander Special Operations Group A-37, and B-66B Aircraft Commander.

Commander Air Lift Forces Bold Eagle 80. Graduate Air War College. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal, Received 5 AF Outstanding Unit Awards plus 13 other Decorations. Recalled to Active Duty twice. Worked with White House staff 1980-1986, re-called to Active Duty for Pueblo Crisis.

 

 

RB ~ Where are we in America right now?

A ~ “America First” and “Make America Great Again” citizens strongly believe that life, liberty, citizenship and the pursuit of happiness are the unalienable RIGHTS of every American Citizen that cannot be taken or transferred. However, “We the People” must become brutally frank and honest with ourselves and with each other to ensure the Constitution survives. The Constitution requires that all laws must be faithfully executed, but far too many are not and have not been adhered to, specifically by the Deep State (The Swamp), DOJ and FBI as recent revelations and investigations have revealed. Nor has the Oversight Power of Congress and the Supreme Court been exercised to ensure Leadership enforcement of United States laws. The Republic must be restored and preserved in its original ordained Constitutional Power.

KEY NATIONAL ISSUES that must be solved if the separate and collective States of The United States of America are to become economically solvent, remain peaceful and nationally secure are:

The Constitution of the United States, as originally established and amended, will remain in absolute and total effect. The original XIII Amendment, as written and ratified, is an operational Amendment and will be adhered to immediately. (The original XIII Amendment was falsely hidden by less than honorable men of the times). Congress shall make all laws necessary for carrying into execution the Powers authorized in the Constitution and that all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives. Constant Congressional leadership oversight will always be maintained. All Laws requiring Executive action will be faithfully executed upon receipt from Congress by the President and appropriate departments and selected agencies of Government under the President’s sworn responsibility and authority.

RB ~Can and will our constitutional republic survive?

A ~ When we fail to recognize the enumerated powers endowed to our respective branches of the federal government – Article I (Legislative), Article II (Executive), and Article III (Judicial) – our republic is threatened.

RB ~ And what about our current education system?

A ~ At the end of the day, when your children come home, ask them a question, “What did you learn in school today?” If they were not taught about our Constitution on Constitution Day (September 17th), chances are they will never be taught it. We certainly know this is the case on our college and university campuses. The failure of our education system, rather indoctrination, is that we no longer teach civics. We are not enabling future generations to comprehend the system of governance that was established 232 years ago in Philadelphia. If we do not teach the writings of those whom our Founding Fathers read – John Locke, Montesquieu, and others – to establish this nation, then we have no concept of natural rights theory, unalienable rights from the Creator, three co-equal branches of government, or checks and balances. If there are those who embrace the notion that our rule of law, our Constitution is just a recommendation not to be heeded when confronted by their ideological agenda, then unequivocally no, we will not keep this republic. America is the longest running constitutional republic the world has ever known. We are losing our Republic because we are not teaching its merits to subsequent generations. There is a reason why we should carry a pocket Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.

RB ~ Adolf Hitler said, “Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.” Are we seeing that today?

A ~ The words of a famous Statesman: – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

We Americans have solutions to this dilemma and should pursue them to restore our Constitutional Republic. In Congress, we see weak, cowardly leaders who fail to stand up to represent what citizen voters want. Thank God to the new leadership in Washington, our country is rebounding. Are you frustrated with American Politics? We are consumed with politics each day through the media – there is another world out there! The socialist Democrats are attempting to finish the political message of Barack Obama “there is a fundamental change coming to America”. A major change was the objective of Obama’s vision and as we witness today, it was not in the best interests of our country and the Constitution. Republican political elites (RINOS) and middle-of-the-road Independents are mostly meek and have very little fight. “We the People, for the People and by the People” must stand and fight to save our Republic before it is too late.

If you care about our country, your children’s future as well as your own, you must get involved! You must do your own research! Do you know what is expected of you to help preserve these rights given to you by the Founders? Get to know the facts to develop a mindset. You will then be a better citizen of our country. If voting citizens acquire the necessary wisdom rather than blindly following partisan political parties, they will serve our country in a more responsible way!

RB ~ And what about the upcoming midterms elections?

A ~ American voters can control the destiny of The United States of America by their vote. Your vote, when combined with all other voting “American First Citizens”, will decide the future of this Nation. Today, we are marching to a new “Path to Glory” for our country much as our founders and ancestors had to do. We must continue to be good and responsible citizens and rise above partisan politics and political parties. We must face the future through a reality prism – not a political prism. We must restore this great country, our Republic and the Constitution. The challenge ahead is to select common-sense leaders who understand the challenges and have the vision to lead us to a secure America.

Contact: Stand Up America Foundation HERE:

SUNDAY OCTOBER 28, 2018
PAUL E VALLELY MG, US ARMY (RET)
CHARLES E. JONES III, BRIG. GEN., USAF (RET)

We thank these two patriots for their views on making and keeping America great. It’s really quite simple: We’re at a time when everyone’s involvement in our country is paramount and without knowledge, action, we’re doomed to succumb to the resistive internal forces of evil.

Remember:

Our strategy is to destroy the enemy from within, to conquer him through himself.”   ~ Adolf Hitler

RB ~

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The New Hateful Insane America

As I was driving this morning I was struck with how truly insane the left has become in this country. No longer just a party to express opposing views and alternatives to the conservative side of the slate, but a violent, pushy, intrusive, damaging, destructrive force that has no ideas – just obstructive resistance.

In the universe we live in, there are checks and balances, rights and wrongs, truths and falsehoods. Yet the liberal/progressive groups have taken it upon themselves to demand respect instead of earning it.

My FBI, CIA, NSA, and other official contacts remind me that we’re in a time of aggressive actions by our opposition enemies, and if we falter in our response and duty to protect and defend… we’ll lose the freedoms and the country so many have died for.

The Left’s Agenda:

They push their agendas rather then presenting them for consideration. There is no consideration with the left – only “this is it, take it or else we’ll destroy you.

We put up with lies for the 8 years of Obama related to healthcare, foreign relations, the economy and immigration and personal responsibilities.

We saw the leftist ideas explode and double our national debt 100% + with no answers to control it. Only a desire to gain popularity through social agendas.

Last year we saw a left wing advocate enter a baseball field of conservatives enjoying a spirited sport, and yet instead of carrying a protest sign, his operated a killing weapon shooting several till he himself was killed.

We saw this week where a former top US law official in the country advocated for kicking people when they are down for their political expressions. And, as an extension of his and other’s direct or implied instructions, we don’t see demonstrators or protestors, we experience the hand of violence through mobs – angry, shoving, rock throwing, fire-bomb tossing thugs.

They’re not seeking poignant, rational, America improving discussion, but anarchy, rebellion and disorder. All subsidized by anti-American forces set to dismantle our union. Ten will get you twenty they didn’t just come from a church service or conservative meeting hall.

We saw hundreds of thousands of illegals allowed into this country with open arms, flooding our countrysides and draining our resources for healthcare, education, housing, social benefits and incarceration costs. What are they contributing?

We’ve seen governmental departments like the IRS and others persecute and prosecute opposing political groups for their opinions. Denying rights and legal expression.

We’ve seen top officials and party hacks lie and manipulate the system in order to spy on an opposition party, and individuals wrongly accused. All while committing crimes and covering their own tracks.

Our country was founded under the tenets of freedom and God given rights, and yet we now openly see candidates supporting and spouting socialist views which are contrary to our capitalistic systems.

And we see increasing numbers of Muslim candidates running for office. KEEP IN MIND that their religious beliefs, their agendas and culture DO NOT align with our constitutional form of government so ask…. why run for office if not to subvert and destroy?

We saw immigration from refugees overtake some of our cities and integration is NOT their goal.

We continually see the education system spin clockwise down the drain of humanity offering safe spaces, playdough distractions, pamper puppies while dismissing the truth and logic of ANY right oriented opinion. Shouting, screaming, pushing and shoving their way into buildings to demand their rights, their views be adhered to.

We see schools taking more and more American history out of the classroom. They don’t teach civics any more and instead replacing with socialistic ideas, Muslim prayers, hateful anti-American agendas.

We see a left sided congress that oppresses truth, fighting at every turn an agenda created by one of America’s best presidents – ignoring a booming economy, growing jobs, reduced unemployment, lower welfare numbers, better trade deals, a real plan for national security, help for the opioid addicted, foreign held hostages returned, and a more respected and efficient foreign policy NOT related to planes loaded with cash for our enemies.

In what appears to be a complete lie and set up against one of the most qualified SCOTUS nominations ever, women started coming out of the woodwork claiming sexual assaults with NO facts, NO witnesses, NO filed police reports, NO medical records, NO personal supportive evidence but.. .they had a story that interrupted our system for weeks. Where were they a week, a month, a year, a decade before the nomination? Didn’t it matter then if it were a real assault?

AND the left was complicit in holding word of these accusations til the last minute when their other failed attempts to block Judge Kavanaugh had gone by the wayside.

So in general, I just find it’s MOST important that truth and reason dictate this midterm election. We must find and support the best candidates for America – not for an agenda meant to enrich individuals or a party with power to be abused.

I steal a line from a movie about a person’s motivation for seeking the “Holy Grail, the cup of Christ.” “Do you seek it for your glory, or for his? It should be the same ask of people seeking public office.

It’s time for the lies to end. It’s time for the manipulation and unpatriotic actions to end. It’s time for reason and truth to prevail. IT’S OUR FUTURE at stake and if we don’t do anything to preserve our country, we’ll lose it in the dust of confusion, pooled in the blood of wasted patriotism under the slow, dull sword of tyranny.

These were simple, reflective thoughts. Not overly complicated, just personal reactions to the everyday news we experience and the forces we’re meant to fight against.

We’ll be writing more on this in the future, but consider your rights under Article V of the Constitution for a Convention of States.

God bless America!

RB ~

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The Assassination of Judge Kavanaugh – Before and After

“It is important for all of us to appreciate where we come from and how that history has really shaped us in ways that we might not understand.”

Brett Kavanaugh – A man who knew and appreciated where he came from, and understood how it shaped his life. A life that stood as testament to hard work, and good works. A man that matriculated to be the best of his ability, to be top of his class in high school, college and law school.

He participated in sports and outside activities: teamwork at play to be a better, a more whole, integrated person in his life and others.  He volunteered to feed the homeless and the poor, and made sure he raised children of faith and conscience.

What we’ve seen the last couple of weeks is the assassination, not just of character, but an attempt to totally obscure and obliterate from memory the past life of a good man. To render worthless all that a man has worked for, annihilating achievements proclaimed through a life’s career and participation in family and community.

This process of moving this man from Judge to Justice should embarrass all members of the Senate Judiciary committee – Republican and Democrat alike. But it won’t. Republicans will do little recognizing the shortfalls, the Democrats will ignore and dismiss them.

In the fast lane of politics, it was a collision. One party’s ideals to bring a constitutionally oriented individual to bear on the decisions of the highest court in the land, and a situation they were ill-equipped to handle; a sexual allegation. An accusation that, at best if true, would be hard to administer, and at worse, if false, would open doors and wounds most would not be able to accept or withstand.

The puzzle pieces just didn’t conform – or confirm. The accuser wanted to remain anonymous, yet talked to everyone around; her state representative, the leader of the Democratic committee, the media. Word of the accusation started to spread throughout the democratic community in DC. The leader made as ambiguous announcement about delivering “something” to the FBI regarding this nomination.

The dishonesty of the leader, Diane Feinstein, was foundation for ethical questions as she sat on the letter provided her for weeks, rather than to bring it to the attention of the committee’s opposing party leadership. Her fellow party members claiming it was tough for her as there was no set-in-stone procedure for handling such a  circumstance. Well… how about talking to people and working out a solution rather than hiding it til the last possible “gotcha” moment?

The Republican leadership appeared to want a fullsteam ahead hearing and confirmation while some indicated that a pause was in order to ferret out the facts. Democrats not knowing what was afoot only wanted all of Kavanaugh’s dirty laundry on the line for everyone to see. So a detailed gathering was the plan.

A formal hearing with testimony was conceived. A hearing? A trial? A circus?

But let’s face it. This was not an equal justice for all, bring out the facts, get to the truth ordeal, but a political hit squad out to derail the Republican’s more conservative hold on the court for potentially generations. And the accuser?

Just to reiterate:

  1. She didn’t remember when it happened. What year, what month, what date.
  2. She didn’t remember where it happened. What house, what address.
  3. She didn’t remember how she got to the party and with whom.
  4. She didn’t remember how she left the party and with whom.
  5. She wasn’t sure who was there except for a couple of people named who didn’t remember such a party, or any incident with Brett Kavanaugh.
  6. She wasn’t sure of a lot of details you might remember from a horrific life altering event.

Not sure about you but for me… impossible to prosecute, tough to investigate, hard to believe such sparsely presented castigation against a long time, proven, upstanding citizen. And what. No facts? No presumption of innocence? No due process or verification of accusations? No, all dismissed from the court of public opinion for the sake of creating a colorful, poignant parade route to the pillory.

A lot of questions raised as to why people she said were there – apparently weren’t. Or, if you were in fact so traumatized by a sexual act, would you not scream out as soon as you could on your way out the door? Or alert others, at least the person who took you there, to warn them?

For an event that, supposedly, so drastically affected and altered your life, would it not be part of some discussion with current or subsequent relationships and would you not seek help as you achieved adulthood? No future boyfriend ever shared such a discussion. And not to minimize anyone’s absolutely right to suffer… it was accusation of a grope, not a rape.

She was 100% sure it was Kavanaugh that was there that day committing these acts. 100%? That’s pretty damn certain and yet so thin on supportive elements even 75%, 50%, or 20% – and in fact most not presented at all – only left for imaginary assumption.

I’m not going to “retry” this whole bizzare scenario here with the other incomplete minutia except to highlight a couple of inconsistencies that could lead one to believe that the facts weren’t remembered… because the facts never happened. At least with Brett Kavanaugh. And possibly they were facts – or ideas – created, embellished for a political gain?

While I strive for middle of the road observations, the left most times never surprises me in their tactics and maneuverings. They will do anything to win the battle – to win the day – to win the war.

Repeated twisting of facts, outright lying, factual jousting and fancied jabbing to achieve their increasingly socialist ambition is not beyond their scope. They have but one agenda – To WIN…at all costs, no matter what, or who gets in their way.

All this energy described, the manipulation and contorting of “certainties” was before Judge Kavanaugh’s final, razor edged confirmation. Liberals fell short and thankfully failed. Even after America held its breathe for an additional week of FBI background investigations – his 7th – liberals were denied any platform from which to launch credible missiles of career stagnation. Yet, in lockstep they saluted and voted no.

Judge Kavanaugh – Before and After?

From the positive side, if things continue as they have for his 28 years of judicial assignments, we should see a constitutional temperament, a centrist on many issues, a conservative on others. A man following his principals of reason and fairness, guided by the reality and dictates of a sacred document ratified June 21st, 1778.

To deliver on his life’s mission of fairness and reason, to further advance the cause of women in law and, possibly to drive the left insane, Justice Kavanaugh made history by appointing an all female law clerk staff – the first in Supreme Court history.

Some on the left will surely claim this as his self imposed penitence, seeking absolution for his sins against Dr. Ford, but in fact, as he is quoted:

A majority of my 48 law clerks over the last 12 years have been women. In my time on the bench, no federal judge — not a single one in the country — has sent more women law clerks to clerk on the Supreme Court than I have.”  ~ Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Sept, 2018

The hateful retributionist actions of the left know no boundaries. Their distaste for anything good accentuated with vial, reprehensible behaviors.

Lisa Graves wrote in her Slate column, “After the revelations of his confirmation hearings, the better question is whether he should be impeached from the federal judiciary. I do not raise that question lightly, but I am certain it must be raised.

Reps. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) have already floated their  balloon of desire for the possibility of impeachment. Axios recently noted that “top Democratic operatives are already talking about impeachment of Brett Kavanaugh as a 2020 campaign issue if he gets confirmed to the Supreme Court,” adding, “A well-known Democratic strategist says the ‘only question is: Who calls for it first?’”

The man’s been in his position less than 24 hours and they’re planning his funeral. A deliberate dirge of disparagement. Another attempted assassination of a worthy individual dedicated to public service, yet unjustifiably misdirected to a public hanging.

When you think of hate filled, despondent, power hungry, sour faced despites lined up singing their recalcitrant themes of demise, think Democrats. It’s their swan song of sorrow meant to lull you into compassionate concern for their collective cause.

But remember when you vote this November 6th, ANY power given these monarchs of  massacre in either the House or the Senate will evolve into years of questioning, accusations, hearings, lying, impeachment rumoring, and deny, delay destroy for our American way of life.

Oh yea.,.. that original quote at the top? From Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

And, with words of confidence…

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
~ Thomas Jefferson

I trust that Justice Kavanaugh’s dreams of a bright, productive, patriotic future will erase the memories of the vile, hateful past of his confirmation process; the left’s assassination attempt gone bad.

 

RB ~

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Congratulations – America Divided and in Peril

America the beautiful. The United States of America. United you say?

The good ol USA, commonly known as the United States, or America, is a federal republic (not a democracy) composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

Minnesota says they’re “USA’s version of Canada
Maine claims to be “1/2 Yuppie, 1/2 Hillbilly and Stephen King.
Arizona says it’s “Beige in every way imaginable.”  etc.  🙂

3.8 million square miles framing just over 325 million individuals united in their love of freedom: Native born, immigrants, global visitors sharing space for the pleasures of living, enjoying a burger or pizza, holding a job, raising a family, watching a movie, obtaining an education or taking in the views of canyons and mountains’ majesty.

But sharing an existence does not united make. Yes, everyone has different opinions, views, ideas, desires and yet for the most part, we work them out; wearing the Christmas tie that grandmother sent, eating at Sarah’s favorite sushi house or watching a chick flick for sake of domestic peace.

But when our futures, our incomes, our rights are on the line, the complexities of “unity” emerge and find their place on the agenda of survival; on the ballot of political voting, and in discussions of diversity.

The greatest social chasm is lined with skin color. Race is the topic, the personal preference and personification of individuality that separates positions of reason, forgetting facts. If you’re white you must be this, you’re black? You have to be that. Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern? A whole ‘nother set of considerations and consequences.

Most American’s don’t care a diddle about race. We grew up with friends of different color, we marry other races, our list of friends reads like the visitor’s log at the UN. But during the reign of B. Hussein Obama, race entered the lexicon of Americana undoing decades of growth toward openness and acceptance.

But from the beginning of those Obama years,  race took preference and served as a wedge of division. From the first refusal to prosecute Black Panthers for white voter intimidation in PA, to chiding Cambridge police, accusing an officer of “acting stupidly” by arresting leading black scholar, Prof Henry Louis Gates – a fact that was later contradicted as they had performed their duties professionally and legally.

He fanned the pyrotechnics of progeny in the Trevon Martin, George Zimmerman case and the Missouri landscape exploded when race became the “hands up” declarative dirge of Michael Brown’s self imposed criminal demise at the hands of a white police officer. Again, played up by a president bent on promoting racial divide for purposes unrevealed.

So the abyss of UNacceptance grew wider in our social scene because of racial conflict unnecessarily inserted. But the one, the widest wedge of disunion comes in the political arena – maybe one of the strongest factors for hatred and mistrust in our country.

Politics runs our lives. It makes our laws, enforces our laws, punishes the law breakers, oversees our economy affecting our incomes and families, and has in essence infused itself into our very being – happily, willingly or not.

Everything has become “partisan.” Every word spoken or tweeted, posted or presented on paper becomes a foundation for either reason or ridicule. The badinage and excited exchanges fight logical levels of lucidity because of agendas and personal purpose. The clarity of conscience is swept aside and covered with lies, half-truths, and undiscerning discourse.

This last week saw our senate, one of the highest, responsibility-endowed groups in the land descend into a pit of pitiful. A classless display of clumsiness trying to deny a most qualified jurist, a model citizen, a capstone of clarity when it comes to dispensing justice – Judge Brett kavanaugh – a life long earned position.

How far down the resistive road of history do we travel to destroy a life? When an unsupported, unproven, uncorroborated accusation from 35 years ago can derail an truthfully earned appointment, we’ve reached a point of danger in this country not easily undone.

FACT: The accuser can’t tell anyone exactly when (sometimes in the year of ’82?). Can’t tell anyone where. Can’t tell of anyone who was there. And anyone listed as probably being able to support her views denies being at such a party or knowing the party happened or the accused being there.

FACT: The accuser writes a letter to the democratic leadership asking for confidentiality but of course her name and events are released to soil the fabric of the proceedings. And instead of bringing the allegation to the Senate Hearing committee leadership, liberals sit on it to pull out the slanderous slate of events later, if needed, to deny a position on the Supreme Court.

FACT: During the “waiting” period the democratic leadership prepares the playing field lining up the accused with a left wing, activist attorney to inaccurately align everything for the big reveal but again, the republicans sit on the sidelines unaware.

FACT: This shell game of the left leaves open the door for other accusers to “show up,” again without benefit of truth, without the support of ANY witnesses but all having in hand their crying claims of crimes portrayed for one purpose – to destroy.

For all the latest information out there, you might want to read   Maricopa County Special Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s report, basically exonerating Judge Kavanaugh regarding Ford’s allegations!

These pompous pimps sit in their sanctimonious piety, dispensing judgement over those, not unworthy, but with whom they disagree through their partisan beliefs of superiority. The judge is a pawn in the larger, odious game of chess played out on the gameboard of a senate hearing room. In light of the FBI investigations and general reason, watch as potentially the Dems’ complaint shifts from sexual assault to the judge’s drinking and partying. Oh my… a REAL human being in college. Someone wake up Justice Ginsburg.

The division of Americans grows more every day as we see the agenda of the left to demean our people, deny our rights, dismantle our system of justice and attempt to destroy our way of life and our very country. It’s a danger our founding fathers tried to avoid through their careful construction of our constitution; through the assemblage of our Bill of Rights and laying a foundation of law and reason to keep us free and safe from tyranny.

This writer admits to being a conservative essayist. Not a journalist, but a reporter of facts,holding to a middle of the road position so as to attempt fairness and reason for all. It’s important that facts prevail and truth be told so as to reach the real conclusions of any situation, for anything less will result in collapse of our very civilization with irreparable results.

The division seen this last week, the widening of the gulf of personal greed and goofiness will only serve to separate us as people. We’re only strong when we can stand together. When we know truths, we’re able to make decisions based on what’s truly the best for everyone – not a few who hold office over us in prestigious wood walled sanctuaries of standing.

This November again presents the opportunity to make choices, to enlist a cadre of leaders who will adhere to an established set of laws, will work to keep us all equal and united, not divided. If this past week doesn’t show the partisanship of the left; doesn’t reveal the venomous vehement vigor of vileness guiding the democratic party; doesn’t serve as a warning for what could be under unequal justice and insane accusations meant only to abuse and align us against one another… then you’re not fit to vote and you should stay home and celebrate your misanthropic malaise.

RB ~

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Are you understanding enough to die for inclusiveness?

They want you to be understanding, accepting, all inclusive, helpful, waiting with open arms and loving hearts.  These are the buzzwords the left uses but in fact they are just marketing argot, for there’s no basis in reality for their meaning when applied to illegals entering this country. They want you to be ready to step forward, checkbook in hand and checked ballot in your pocket to support their cause, but leave out many of the finer points of their objectives.

Yes, we’re talking about illegal aliens. Those who come uninvited, crawling and sneaking in the dead of night across barbed wire barriers, or hidden in the back of produce laden trucks like so many tightly packed cabbages. Whatever their reasoning and motivation, they have a plan and it does not align with our laws.

Illegal: That’s the term, and it openly defines its own essence. Not to be confused with some other word or phrase, meaning or obscure hidden attempt to be nice and helpful, but just illegal as defined by law, reason and Webster.

In theory they, the leftists, the radicals, and the media want you to be nice to people, to assist them, to better their lives, and to help them find the Utopia that they seek: legally or illegally. They want them to have an equal quality of life just like you, your family and friends who were born in this country, and who actually belong here… simply and legally.

There’s no black and white with liberals. It’s a vast ocean of gray stewn with wide nets where everyone is equal and free to come, go, be, work, exist as they please. A noble but insincere and insane motive.

In reality the numbers of people crossing the border, the hordes and throngs of those seeking unproclaimed asylum, looking for “a better life” are really, and they hope, just future voters for the Democratic cause. Here to participate, but only in the land of FREE and benefits, as provided from and paid for by the hard-working people who are justified in their presence on this, their foreign soil.

Liberals seek the numbers to increase their power, their hold on getting a doctrine, an agenda welded into place for future generations. And if the Democrats ever get that stronghold of foreign voters they seek, there won’t be another Republican voted into office until the last days of the Republic’s demise as it sinks into the sunset of failed commonwealths. And then it’ll be too late.

The names of those who were robbed, assaulted, raped, murdered are not inscribed on a wall of stars, but are nothing more to leftists than hidden collateral damage in the war to take over America. To make her the most inclusive third-world country on the immigration travel map. One that’s “almost” able to support the masses it receives.

When in fact those names, those casualties in that border battle are not to be forgotten, not to be overlooked nor passed by in some evolution of progressivism to make certain people more rich and powerful at the expense of others. And those others? Those are you, me, our friends and family who are bystanders, spectators of the immigration game. And it’s the fourth quarter, two minute warning, fourth down, 82 yards to the goal.

Virtually every state in the Union has seen its share of participants from this sad game of Run for the Border. And for many it has hit home on our streets, in our neighborhoods or to our very families. We’re reminded daily as we watch the news what happens when that “undocumented worker seeking an opportunity,” enters our neighborhood or God forbid, our very abode.

Many names have been ascribed to the legend of victims. Local casualties violated, injured, or murdered in the left’s quest for their powerful supremacy. Individuals,  known participants in their community; students, shop keepers, even law enforcement.

Kathryn Michelle Steinle was one of those “locals” and might have been one of the

first to bring more national attention to this malignant malaise of migration. Some say murdered by accident on Pier 14 in a criminal’s sanctuary… San Francisco. But it was no accident her assailant, who had been convicted of 7 felonies and deported only to illegally return 5 times.

Recently the spirit of our republic’s understanding and acceptance was overcome by the unnecessary, brutal murder of Molly Tibbetts in the very heartland of America. Another young soul fallen victim to the accepting openness of the left’s border policy.

But these are just two of those sacrificed in the name of inclusiveness. Inclusive of those less fortunate seeking a better life, wanting only opportunity for them and their families. What a joke! They weren’t looking for a better life, but looking for the opportunity to take advantage, to be irresponsible, to be hidden from society, able to ply their illegal presence into some advantage for personal gain or pleasure; To commit crimes of murder, to sell drugs and traffic in innocent human beings.

17 year old Allison Kunhardt and 16 year old Tessa Tranchan
Killed by Alfredo Ramos, a drunk illegal immigrant

30 year old Dominic Durden
killed on his way to work when hit by an illegal immigrant from Guatemala with a record of drunk driving convictions driving an unlicensed pickup truck.

21 year old Grant Ronnebeck
Shot by Apolinar Altamirano, who was in the country illegally from Mexico and charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, burglary, unlawful flight.

38 year old Kevin Will, a Houston Police Officer
Killed by Johoan Rodriguez, 26, charged with the intoxicated manslaughter driving through a traffic stop. Investigators found “reason to believe” he was not a citizen.

17 year old Jamiel Shaw Jr.
Murdered by Pedro Espinoza, a DREAMer, an illegal alien from Mexico, the same day the 19-year-old gang member was released from jail, & battered a police officer. (I’m guessing that DACA recipients are not disproportionately valedictorians and Medal of Honor recipients as popularized.)

For the most part, these were everyday people just leading their lives, going about their own personal business and enjoying life; whether sitting at a stop light waiting to finish an evening of fun, walking home from school or at work trying to make a living. They didn’t volunteer to sacrifice themselves for social acceptance or humanitarian inclusion.

Our newspapers and court records are replete with victims too many to list here but not to be forgotten none the less. Such as Jamica Williams, Nabra Hassanen, Jose Chavez, Lauren Bump, Sarah Root, Edwin Jackson, State Trooper Edward Andersson shot and beaten and police sergeant Brandon Mendoza, killed by an illegal immigrant,  convicted of previous crimes, no Social Security number, no valid driver’s license – and the stories pile up like so many death certificates in a morgue.  None of their killers should have been in this country.

We look at 5 states for 2009 – numbers of incarcerations for homicides

  • Arizona: About 240 illegal aliens imprisoned for homicide-related offenses.
  • California: 2,430 illegal aliens imprisoned for homicide and related offenses.
  • Florida: 480 incarcerations for murder and manslaughter offenses
  • New York: 1,340 incarcerated for murder and manslaughter offenses (murder, first-degree manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, other homicide)
  • Texas: Approximately 900 were incarcerated for homicide.

In these five examples for one year, about 5,400 incarcerated were deemed illegal aliens, an average of about 1,100 ea. And it’s important to note that in some cases, perpetrators were responsible for more than one murder.

Many of these were intentional crimes. Some accidents. And open border, immigration proponents are anxious to say that illegal immigrants are not any more likely to commit crimes than citizens and the media claims it’s a victimless phenomenon, as insignificant as the coming of fall leaves and as impossible to deter. I’d ask you to tell that to the 5,400 families affected in just these 5 states.

America is overrun with caring, compassionate, benevolent citizens. Anxious to give, help and support those in need. But don’t crawl through the deserts at night, steal away in the luggage compartment of an RV or send your unaccompanied children here to illegally take up space on our fermement and expect us to smile and be overly concerned about your future.

You may be one of these generous, humane people but….

Are you willing to die in order to be inclusive?

~ RB

The Soul of American Exposed – Lies Revealed

Our current climate of partisan fury is not new or unique. We’ve faced it, and,  continually, constantly do so still, even in the face of facts, truths and reason.

The past is never dead; it is not even past.
—William Faulkner

In those simple words lie the truth and the warning of the Kavanaugh hearings that America has been here before… and survived. The threat still exists and we find ourselves again faced with discomposing occurrences dealt to us by those willing to play the hand of hateful discourse, the cards of carnage no matter what the cost to society or individuals.

How divided we are – how far we’ve slipped down a path of destruction thanks to socialists / fascists / communists in our midst. Party lines aren’t meant to divide but to define, and the rancor from the left is a clear and present danger to us all.

Some, so power hungry as to place our society in harm’s path to reclaim and secure their sanctimonious seats of supremacy over us. And some so negligent, so incognizant, or even complicit, as to allow the demise of our appointed authority.

The recent senate hearings laid bare the soul of those whose morals are so withered and decayed, whose scruples are so removed, so bereft of principles as to scare any patriot for their own existence, not just a candidate for a higher position. Their essence brazenly displayed like the bloody innards of cattle on a slaughterhouse floor.

The resolution of the Democrat leadership’s actions to deceptively hide and hold potentially important claims of wrong doing until confirmation of their Supreme Court seat loss, is best left to those whose judicial powers can deal with the malfescience.

But the judgement of moralistic rectitude is ours, the people who live under the detrimental decisions of the pompous piety controlling us. The full facts of fallacy may never be know to us, but the basics seem clear as presented.

A woman with contradictory facts holds hostage the nation waiting for truth. Facts clinched in her mind for a period unknown to us but certainly for decades. Facts not only unsupported, but refuted by those very witnesses presented for evaluation.

How much perceptive clarity is required to judge reason? How much tolerance is given when there’s no political agenda, but only the search for compassionate – or  merciless truth? Weighing one against the other dictates people’s lives.

It’s been reported in Daily Wire that a woman Dr. Ford claimed was at the party where SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her told FBI investigators that Dr. Ford’s “allies” tried to pressure her to change her story about what happened. Create or cover up lies perhaps?

Leland Keyser told investigators that Ford’s friend, former FBI agent Monica McLean, had urged her to alter the original statement that she gave about not remembering any such party and not knowing Kavanaugh.

Ford’s ex-boyfriend claimed this week in his letter to the Senate Committee that Ford had coached McLean on how to pass a polygraph test so she could get into the FBI. This accusation is serious because, if true, Dr. Ford perjured herself under oath when she testified that she had “never” given anyone any tips on how to take a polygraph test. More lies to consider?

And who are we to question their motives? Why do people kill randomly friends and strangers? Where from does the motivation of lying and even annihilations spring? Each individual’s impetus, their catalyst for action is varied and unpredictable – only the outcomes are evident.

And we know that Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor questioning Dr. Christine Ford in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a five-page memo that was released on Sunday that outlines why she would not bring criminal charges against Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh.

The ramifications of opening that door to political possibilities are dangerous ones, for too many seek to occupy the expanse of entanglement: To insert themselves into the circus of circumstances for personal or party profits.

Was embarrassing a man with nearly 30 years of spotless standing worth a week of lies and deceit? Were the disconcerting, demoralizing games on display worth the awkwardness leveled against his family? Most on the left think so, and maybe deserving of more hatred than has already been feverishly flung.

You’re able to watch Judge kavanaugh’s impassioned speech here: https://youtu.be/eahnOcp883k

John Adams said, “Always stand on principle…even if you stand alone.” And this was certainly the lonely plight of Judge Kavanaugh as he appeared to be enduring much these last few weeks. Allowing his personal truth to proclaim and support his innocence as hundreds of letters; Testimonies of trust; Accolades of accomplishments were thrown aside in the dim light of lies and innuendos of unknown assailants. But revealed in the bright light of truth.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham reminds us in his book “the Soul of America” that we have been here before, and shows us how, what Abraham Lincoln called the “better angels of our nature,” have repeatedly won the day.

As you decide your own amount of acceptance, consider that the left held information for weeks. Displaying it only when all was lost to defeat the most qualified candidate in generations, bringing with him a denial of power to the left for decades.

The honesty of the claims will come out at some point, possibly showing a very concerted, orchestrated battleplan. A plan where they combine liberal forces to take down Judge Kavanaugh in any way, in any system of interwoven lies as necessary involving the number of people required to meet their goal. Then they called insistently for an FBI investigation. And when completed proclaim… “it wasn’t long enough,” “it wasn’t complete,” or “it’s just a coverup.” There no appeasing tyranny. A special investigator needs to look into the sham of this particular political process.

Yes the soul of our country has been exposed, and many left wanting for truth, justice, and the American way. Lies have been revealed damaging the delicate process of governance. As the senate votes this week, we trust those with wavering tendencies will see the need for such a jurist; Will experience the heat of truth and realize their duty to keep America free through a just judicial system. We trust they might consider and heed these words:

In selecting men for office, let principle be your guide. Regard not the particular sect or denomination of the candidate — look to his character….”

Noah Webster, Letters to a Young Gentleman Commencing His Education, 1789

It’s incumbent on each of us to view the upcoming midterm elections with the same sincerity and seriousness because the balance of power is thin. The potential for disturbing the good work, and erasing the beneficial results of the president in areas of taxation, trade improvement, national security, economic growth, and healthcare can be wiped clean by the brush of a socialistic congress and the long term is not what we all envision for a great nation.

Imagine waking up on Nov 7th to find Pelosi as House Speaker, Schumer as Majority Leader of the senate, and Maxine Waters and Shelia Jackson Lee in charge of life controlling committees.

Vote in November like your life depends on it – because it does.

 

RB ~

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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

https://commons. wikimedia.orgwindex. phpsearch=bernie+sanders

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

Are You Pregnant? Or Are You Not Pregnant?

Come on. It’s easy. You should know the answer. Male or female you have to be one or the other. You can’t be both at the same time. There is no in between, no gray area, no vast desolate wasteland overrun with “maybes” or “kindas” because you’re one or the other. It becomes a simple fact of life.

It used to be said that truth was sort of like that. It’s either true…or it isn’t true. A fact or a falsehood. Something has veracity, or is an invention of someone’s overactive inaccurate imagination. But in today’s political asylum, the inmates vacillate and so the acceptance of what is fact and what is feigned swings like a steel door in the wind; Especially to those entrenched on the battlefield of politics.

Then the question arises… when you tell the truth are you really being truthful? When you don’t tell the truth are you just wrong? Misinformed? Mistaken? Miscalculating or misconstruing? Or are you just a plain LIAR? Yes liar. The term offends some who walk that shadowy line of friendship, even complicity. The Urban Dictionary defines such a person as this:

Liar

1. someone who represents one set of facts, while knowing that a
different set of facts prevails;

2. (popular) someone who having led others to believe one thing, does
a different thing; a promise-breaker;

3. (colloquial) someone whose general conduct, level of reliability,
relationship with truth, and past performance leave him or her with
little to no credibility in peoples’ opinion;

We should be reminded of our founder’s views on truth:

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
~ Thomas Jefferson

It has become requisite it seems, that every politician’s moving lips indicate a separation from truthful thoughts. And why?  To catapult his popularity within a certain group? But in doing so it presupposes that his hope is that others will not recognize his honesty faux pas. Or is it to start a lie that confuses or potentially could be the basis of fact for those unaware of reality?

We’ve heard this wishful truth:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
~ Joseph Goebbels (Nazi propagandist)

What is really important is the balance of this quote by Goebbels:

“…The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

 

You see, America is in the midst of a “lie uncovering” itinerary. We’ve been exposed to lies for years from so many that we can’t tell who’s pregnant and who isn’t. And they are just now seeing the illumination of truth shine down like a stadium flood light on a squirrel. And, while I tend to strive to find a middle of the road position on my writing, the scale of truth is a bit light on the left side of the balance beam. We were most exposed to falsehoods by a recent president resolved to a single-minded objective of advancing his roster of socialistic deceit.

Days could be wasted writing about Obama’s lack of truthful expression but they all ring of the same vile sound. Basically lies to the American populous. For the masses, did they keep their doctor? Did they keep their plan? Did they save $2,500 a year? As he said:

“If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it”

This memorable promise by Obama backfired on him in 2013 when the Affordable Care Act went into effect and at least 2 million Americans started receiving cancellation notices.

He loved to push his disparaging racial rants saying:

“More young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America”

From a 2007 campaign claim by Obama, he was wildly off the mark. In reality, there are five times more black men enrolled in colleges and universities than young black men in federal and state prisons — and two and half times the total number incarcerated (including local jails).

He loved to play on emotions and make others the butt of responsibility for people’s problems in life; Even picking on janitors saying:

“The Capitol Hill janitors just got a pay cut”

Obama offered the image of despair at a 2013 news conference when the sequester spending cuts hit the federal budget — janitors sweeping the empty halls of the Capitol, laboring for less pay. But, he was completely wrong. Janitorial staff did not face a pay cut — and Capitol Hill administrative officials even issued a statement saying the president’s remarks were “not true.” Then the White House tried to argue that janitors at least faced a loss of overtime. That was not correct either. Some just keep digging their hole of lies.

We could go on but the point is made. America is sick of lies and deception for the sake of manipulating us. One reason,we believe, people turned to the rogue candidate of Donald Trump. They wanted an outsider, a success, an accomplished businessman rather than another ranting and raving politician to oversee their lives.

Even in this midterm year, the left is turning from truth to deception in order to hide their subversive, rebellious agenda.  Dem Rep. Al Green took center stage in front of the House and called on his colleagues to impeach President Trump. Green’s 15-page resolution didn’t allege a specific crime, but it did include a bill of particulars that almost any Democrat could get excited about, citing Trump’s “record of inciting white supremacy, sexism, bigotry, hatred, xenophobia, race-baiting, and racism by demeaning, defaming, disrespecting, and disparaging women and certain minorities.”

Actually Al, all your ASSumptions are just that and are in fact, NOT requirements or a basis for impeachment. The Constitution defines impeachment at the federal level and limits impeachment to “The President, Vice President, and all civil officers of the United States” who may be impeached and removed only for “treasonbribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.

For all the talk about Trump’s social transgressions, punctuated by Mad Maxine’s rants of “Impeach 45,” Democrat leaders are desperate to keep a lid on the idea of impeachment. The left through their lies are continually displaying acts of omission and commission. For party leaders, strategists, and Democrats in competitive districts, talk of impeachment only serves as a distraction. So “truth be told,” they have one agenda but don’t express it for the fear of revealing the real truth of their ways.

America deals with truth in the creation and execution of its laws. At some point we may even see that finally played out in the Clinton email fiasco, but the deception, the rhetoric for impeachment continue to peg the lie meter. Personally I want facts, for the greased rails of misleading actions only serve to make the slide into problematic areas even faster and more dangerous. Politicians should remember the words of Honest Abe:

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
~ Abraham Lincoln

And when it comes to ferreting out the truthful qualifications of our political vanguard, the 16th president had a golden thought, still true today.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
~ Abraham Lincoln

So… are you pregnant? Or ignoring that bulbous bulge laying claim to a large turkey dinner (whose time has not yet come)? Be real – be truthful and lead a better life through a meaningful, fact based discussion.

~ RB

@VideoRon

Do Not Read This – NOT For Public Release

Why? Because this contains information, facts, tactics that liberals don’t want revealed. Deep rooted strategies that involve treason, sedition, even the death of patriots rather than truthful, productive and meaningful interactions of worth and value. Do I lie? How many needed and respected law enforcement officials have been ambushed and killed? How many politically involved opponents or citizens attacked, murdered in the name of radical leftist views. How many lives destroyed for the sake of recusant, partisan agendas?

Liberals operate in the shadows of deceit. They hide under cover of confusion, accusations and false narratives in order to bind together those who hate and wish to destroy. Their long history and secrets obscured and concealed to aid in the completion of their calamitous mandate. Many have ranted and rallied about impeachment but warn their candidates not to mention it for the truthful fear of their intentions’ damage to their campaigns.

The progression of America’s decline was decidedly slowed with the election of Donald J. Trump. However, with the election of Hillary Clinton, the future of America, our laws, our safety, economy and our governance as a free and independent country could well have continued to be in jeopardy.

SOCIALISTS INVADING AMERICA?  GOING MAINSTREAM?

During the last 8 years in particular, we’ve seen our rights take wing on birds away during hunting season, and heard our slide into the dark abyss of socialism resound like the scratch of rat claws in the stone walls of our existence.

Used with permission of the artist

Liberal leaders correlate lies with truth, and their twisted agendas with reasonable policies, and merge their efforts in order to affect a new America NOT  envisioned by our founding fathers.  The Democratic party of your fathers and grandfathers is not the party of today’s liberalized, radicalized politicians.

The Democrats have morphed into Democratic Socialism.
The Democratic Socialists are moving toward Progressivism.
Progressives are slowly but systematically moving toward Marxist Socialism
Full Socialists are on their march to Communism.

The likelihood that young people become the embodiment of their influences is reasonable and significant. It’s happened over time, was furthered during the radical 60’s and continues today supported by the likes of Soros and others who encourage a violent, destructive, anti-American defiance. Intransigence designed to eradicate freedom.

The more openly, full on attack on America was furthered with the election of B. Hussein Obama, whose upbringing was filtered and honed through the teachings of Saul Alinski, and calamitous beliefs of Cloward and Piven. His understanding of life, his views of oppression and exercising government will and influence on the people came, in part, from a Communist sympathizer known as Frank Marshall Davis; a subject of FBI interest and investigation for 19 years.

The line separating opposition views is blurred, yet distinct. Davis wrote: ““I worked with all kinds of groups.  I made no distinction between those labeled Communist, Socialist or merely liberal.” But the FBI record of Davis contains what is reported to be his Communist Party identification number: #47544 (obtained from a “highly confidential source”).

Obama’s has his own involvement with the insurgent Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), a Socialist organization moving in a revolutionary Marxist direction. In the 60’s, SDS was joined by the Progressive Labor Party (PLP), a self-styled Marxist-Leninist-Maoist party, dedicated to implementing communist ideology. In January, 1996, Barack Obama formally joined the New Party, which was deeply hostile to the mainstream of the Democratic Party and even to American capitalism.

Are Socialists invading America? The Socialist presence was openly displayed with the campaign of Bernie Sanders. A political wannabe that did virtually nothing and collected no steady paycheck till he was 40. At that time being elected mayor of a VT town and proudly proclaiming he was the “only Socialist Mayor in the United States,” his socialistic “everything free for everyone” beliefs resonated with America’s youth who supported him from the basements of their parents’ homes during 2016.

And again, Socialism is proudly displayed as a badge of honor, a placard of qualification from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, A NYC candidate for Congress under the banner of Socialism. A true believer and anti-American, anti-capitalist wanting to give everything free to anyone sitting on their ass in the park with their hands outstretched to receive the unearned freebies of society.

There was this from Ocasio-Cortez: “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 the principle of the Democratic Socialists of America, of which she is a member: “No person in America should be too poor to live.” And her big complaint on the economy? She credits [or blames] the low unemployment figures because… “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.

My point in all this and my warning…if you love America, if you fear for her future, know that these people vehemently believe and bolster their destructive rhetoric. They loudly proclaim factless rants, for their game plan is not based on patriotism and truth. Their goals are not good for America and Americans. They want only societal elements aimed at increasing their own voter base, their own power position, their own enriched futures as ruling tyrants and dictators.

The ever-growing presence of socialistic endeavors is evidenced on our political landscape by the screaming, demanding masses yearning to breathe free, eat free, live free and to be free to do whatever, whenever, wherever for personal reasons free from consequences.

Ask yourself… Are these the goals to improve and protect America? Or a select few and for what reasoning? Goals such as:

  • Eliminate borders opening our country to anyone and everyone regardless of the past or plans for their crime-filled futures.
  • Eliminate any immigration barriers thereby allowing a lifelong flood of Democratic/Socialistic voters eliminating the opposition party (conservatives).
  • Eliminate ICE, the agency, not mandated to separate families, but to seek and hunt down and deport those who choose to do us harm. (ICE stats
  • Giving sanctuary to criminal elements in the name of “social justice” and “equality” at the expense, and peril, of society.
  • Raise taxes even more on those who, while creating wealth for themselves, also create jobs and wealth for millions more.
  • Give away everything as an entitlement like healthcare, education, housing, food, public services…all ultimately paid for by those who have something left of their own hard earned money; till they run out of money to support the whining masses.
  • Hand out justice not based on the law, but by whatever social, economic or political class you align yourself with.
  • They promote the tenets of Socialism for the collective good, not as a reward to those who actually work hard and produce.
  • The diminishment of privacy both in private lives and in surreptitious operations of the government.

The main goal of a socialist system is to shift the means of production from private hands, or to regulate it, by the power and authority of the “community.” Socialism espouses the common good and access to all services and resources by ALL citizens. In an archetypal socialistic society everyone is equal; all have equal voice and equal access. This is not to say that there are no different economic classes or groups, just that all pay according to their ability so that all can share equally (seems some are more equal than others). Just remember Obama’s prime job… Community Organizer.

Or as Karl Marx said: “In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-around development of the individual, and all the springs of co-operative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its entirety and society inscribe on its banners: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,

Be aware, for as your “ability” to contribute increases due to your own hard work and worth, the “needs” of the masses will demand them and the government or community will gladly take them. Doubt my warning? Here’s the bombshell:  of those queried, four out of 10 adults said they preferred socialism to capitalism and some cities and states are offering “guaranteed” incomes to attract residents.

This is an alert, a wake up call, a warning to what’s happening right under our own allegorical and patriotic noses. This is a revelation of the revolution to come; goals and potential harm to be caused to us all should we not be aware enough, not prepared enough to keep our country as it was designed.

As a writer, I find history, past and yet to come, as fascinating endeavors and yet would be more interested in researching and documenting more positive things. But as long as we live in our current times, the awareness of conditions and changes to our well conceived, solidly founded republic need to be portrayed on the pages of as many websites and publications as possible. Pass these words to your friends and join the informed resistance of the onslaught against us.

@VideoRon

RB ~

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

Photos courtesy of Kelli Ward
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

What do Republicans Mean When We Say Enforcing Immigration Laws Already On the Books?

Immigration laws in the US are very complex. Similar to Obamacare & tax reform, it is very easy to skip the heavy reading and just trust the mainstream media to give you the facts. Historically, immigration to the United States has been based on the reunification of families, admitting immigrants with skills that are valuable to the U.S. economy, and protecting refugees. Since 2000, 1 million are welcome to the US annually, but because of all of the loop holes, we currently have 37 million immigrants here. Below is a quick overview of how and who we accept in our country….

  • Family Based Immigration- The limit annually in the country is 480k of those that are immediate family. However, that limit does not apply to children and spouses. That is where it gets tricky, that number isn’t defined, so we end up with many members of one family able to reunite with members already in the US. This also includes going through the preference system. A family member already here can petition for another relative to come to the US if they can prove that person will financially assist the member currently here.
  • Temporary Visas- There are 20 types of temp visas. For example, athletes, entertainers, religious workers, diplomats, nurses etc.. Basically those sponsored by an employer for a specific job.
  • Permanent Immigration- This one is complicated. Like many there are a certain number of visas allocated, but we exceed 140k visas every year. Those that qualify have advanced degrees, special skills, workers with experience or training in an area we are lacking here in the US, and those that can employ at least 10 people. It also states those with extraordinary abilities, what the heck does that mean? A bad ass circus clown? Very vague.
  • Pre-Country Ceilings- This is supposed to ensure all countries get a fair shake. Each country can not contribute more than 7% to our immigration population. It doesn’t take someone with 20/20 vision to see that way more people are coming in through the southern border than any other country. This law is continuously broken and should be better enforced.
  • Refugees & Asylees- In my opinion, this is the worst law on the books with more loopholes than a colander. Each year the President, with Congress, decides on this number. Which is silly, because the number is constantly overlooked. Once in our country, any illegal immigrant can claim they can’t go home due to life threatening situations. Who checks out their story? Great question, I don’t know. After a year the refugees are granted Lawful Permanent Residents. From my understanding, this is how we ended up with most of our immigrants. If you could imagine, ICE is overwhelmed and it only makes sense to include the National Guard in protecting the border. Which both President Obama & President Trump did to try to control this problem.
  • The Diversity Visas- I honestly see no problem with this law. This law allows countries with a very low number of people coming to the US to join the party. 50k visas are available and the individuals chosen are usually found to contribute to society and less likely commit a crime.
  • US Citizenship- Lastly, everyone complains that this is the hardest of them all, well its honestly the law that makes the most sense. Applicants for U.S. citizenship must be at least 18 years old, demonstrate continuous residency, demonstrate “good moral character,” pass English and U.S. history and civics exams, and pay an application fee.

So, this is what Republicans mean when we say lets start by enforcing the laws on the books. If we could at least adhere to the number of visas allocated for each, that would help. 50% of immigrant homes rely on government assistance. Only 30% of American homes rely on government assistance. Crazy, right?

Another fun fact, President Obama deported 2.8 million immigrants in 8 years, the most in American history. President Trump most likely will not hit 2.8 in 8 years, but we shall see. I hope this helps!

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

Righting a “Wrong”?

 

When Donald Trump descended the escalator at Trump Tower that fateful day in June 2015, Americans knew they were in for a rowdier and yes, sillier election cycle than normal. Donald Trump, incredibly successful businessman, celebrity, reality show host, and last but not least, American citizen, decided that he did not like the direction his country was taking and announced he was running for president. Many howled with laughter. Surely he can’t be serious! Doesn’t he know who he will be running against? Doesn’t he realize that it is Hillary Clinton’s turn? She has the money and power of the Clinton machine behind her, not to mention the mainstream media who will do what they must to get her elected. We now know that Hillary did what she had to as well by rigging the primary.  Apparently Bernie Sanders did not realize it was her turn either.

Fast forward to election night. Something completely unexpected happened. At least unexpected to the pollsters, the media, and every other entity that insisted on ignoring what those in the New York, D.C. corridor like to think of as “fly over country”. Average ordinary Americans decided they had had enough. Enough of business as usual in Washington, enough of the same faces running for office, enough of those same people getting elected based on the promises they made to those average Americans, then promptly forgetting those promises the minute they hit the city limits of Washington D.C. Donald Trump would be like no other president in American history. For the D.C. swamp, the elitists, whatever you want to call them, that was exactly the problem.

There are lots of people, many of them the talking heads we see every night who talk about the divide we see among Americans right now. They talk about how it seems to be getting worse. What they are referring to is the political divide between Republicans and Democrats, Conservatives and Liberals. But what if that is not the divide we should be concerned with? What if the most disturbing divide is among the elitist swamp creatures of the political class and the rest of us? What if the elitists witnessed in horror what happened on election night 2016 and decided that no, this cannot stand. We cannot allow the American people to duly elect this unsophisticated ogre of a man, this political neophyte, this outsider whose supporters chant, “Drain the swamp” to be the leader of the free world. They knew all too well that when Trump said he would drain the swamp, he was talking about them.

Now we are finding out the mass and the scope of the plan that was put into place. It is like nothing we have ever seen before. It involves the weaponizing of the FBI and the Department of Justice, it involves high ranking officials in the Obama administration, it involves an active spying operation on an American political candidate, and the very people who organized it and carried it out are the ones who should have been stopping it. We will for quite a while to come hear the names Comey, McCabe, Clapper, Mueller, and Rosenstein. It will also involve a propagandist media that is no longer populated with journalists but activists for the Democrat Party who will do their level best to minimize this and dismiss it as just so much Trump and conservative conspiracy theory. Now we are hearing the spin that, “we were just trying to keep an eye on what the Russians were doing. We were doing Trump a favor!” Move along silly average Americans, nothing to see here.

The question every American should be asking is, how on earth have we gotten here? How has a group of people who feel so privileged, so entitled, so superior to their fellow citizens come to feel that they have a right to carry out what amounts to a silent coup d’état? How do people who are in positions of power, who are charged with the protection of this nation rationalize the attempted destruction of every ideal this country was founded upon simply because they don’t like the president?

The answer is multifaceted, but part of it is really kind of simple. These people truly believed, and more than likely, continue to believe that they were just righting a wrong. President Donald Trump was never supposed to happen. Hillary Clinton was poised to make history. They all knew it with every fiber of their beings, and when it didn’t happen, history had to be corrected. And not only did history need correcting, they also needed to send a message that continues to be sent today to all other outsiders who think they might do what Donald Trump did. Don’t rock the boat, don’t think you will come in here and disrupt the status quo. Because if you do, we will destroy you personally and professionally, we will destroy your family, we will destroy anyone associated with you personally and professionally, we will make an example of you.

The more we learn of this, the more egregious, disgusting, and truly disturbing it is. A Hillary Clinton presidency would have kept this secret more than likely forever. And the clearer it becomes that Donald Trump was the history correction.

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)

 

The Beauty of Getting Older

American societal norms can be a curious animal. It is probably why college students take classes called “Sociology”. In most places around the world, the elders of the population are revered. People look up to them and respect them for their wisdom and life experience. In America though, we frequently overlook the senior citizens in our population. We dismiss them, ignore them, younger people don’t really pay attention to them because they are not up to date when it comes to pop culture. They often end up in deplorable conditions.

But one American company is attempting to change the way we look at older Americans, particularly older women. When we think of models, we think of teenage to twentysomething girls who we just want to force feed a sandwich to. They do things like chain smoke and subject themselves to ridiculous dieting habits in order to maintain their refugee-like weight. They are all too aware that their years of modeling earning potential are about as long as Olympic figure skaters and gymnasts have to compete. By 25 they are has-beens.

Enter Cover Girl and their newest spokes model Maye Musk. Maye may not be all that well known in the U.S., but she ought to be. She was born in Canada, and moved with her family to South Africa at age 2. She began modeling at 15, and entered the Miss South Africa beauty pageant in 1969. Her face has graced the cover of such magazines as Time, New York magazine, and Elle Canada. She is also a Dietician, having earned a Master’s degree in Nutritional Science from the University of Toronto. On April 19, Maye Musk will celebrate her seventieth birthday.

American women have spent most of last 100 years being told what the ideal American woman should look like. She is very young, usually white, and extremely thin. With the advent of the Women’s movement in the 60’s and 70’s, those ideals slowly began to change. The women in those magazines don’t look like the women in the grocery store or at PTA meetings. They might have a few extra pounds; they don’t have hair and makeup people swooping down on them every day before they leave the house. The lines and wrinkles that inhabit their faces tell the stories of real lives. They are Black, Hispanic, Asian, and everything in between. They have jobs and children and some days are lucky if they have time to chug a single cup of coffee before they deal with real life.

It has taken longer than it ever should have for the beauty industry to figure out that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and ages. The fact that Cover Girl has put Maye Musk up as one beauty ideal sends a vitally important message to young girls and women in general. In a society and culture where women and girls starve themselves to look like the airbrushed waif on the cover of “Vogue”, watching Maye strut her stuff in a Cover Girl commercial is encouraging, long overdue, and tells women that they do not need to check off the beauty boxes that the culture has brainwashed them into thinking are mandatory. And if you learn about Maye, you learn that the combination of beauty in whatever form it comes in, self-confidence and brains is an unbeatable combination. It will take you where-ever you want to go.

With any luck what Cover Girl has started will spread to other cosmetic companies. American women, especially those who are over 50 are tired of being told that as soon as they reach that magical age they should no longer worry about their looks, that no one is looking anyway. Cover Girl is saying, “MAKE them look.” But the best message comes from Maye herself in a Twitter hashtag,

#JustGettingStarted.

Is Conservatism the New Counterculture?

Ah the 60’s, what a heady time. America was experiencing growing pains in a way she had not seen since her inception. It was a time of war, an unpopular one at that. It was a time of Americans demanding racial and gender equality. At times it was violent and ugly. It also spawned a generational gap that had never been seen before. Teenagers and college age students in the 60’s were a completely different animal than their WWII era parents. While tradition defined the greatest generation, rebellion defined their children. Those coming of age in the 60’s wanted completely different lives than their parents. Their values and beliefs were the opposite of their parents. It was practically a requirement, it was also hip and cool.

Fast forward to today. Those teenagers are all grown up. And quite a few of them teach today’s teenagers and college students. And they are guilty of the very behavior of the generation that came before them. They insist that they are all for freedom of speech, equality for all, tolerance and inclusivity all around. But that is not what happens on today’s college campuses. What used to be a sacred place for the free exchange of ideas is now a repressive safe-space filled place where one had better go along with the group-think of one’s designated group. So, one had better figure out quick to which group one belongs. Are you a minority, female, gay? Shut up and think with your respective group and no one gets hurt.

But there is a different group rearing its head, and the problem is, well, they appear to be free thinkers, and it does not look like they are going to reform their evil ways any time soon. We are talking about college conservatives. Go to any college campus and it’s the Conservatives who are the kooks, the freaks, the ones who just do not it in. They are insulted, if speakers they invite to campus manage to step foot on campus they are shouted down, threatened, and harassed. They are not allowed to say what they think, that is hate speech. And don’t even think about publicly supporting the political candidate of your choice. Because if it not the choice of those tolerant former flower children, it is not going to happen.

So, have conservative college students become the new counter culture? Are they the new rebellion? They are certainly the underdog, and in many cases, curiosity gets the better of those want to know more about the underdogs and why they have achieved that status. Will the curious want to know what sort of values and beliefs this totally unacceptable group holds and why they hold them? Will they mull conservatism over, roll it around in their heads, even agree with it? More and more studies are showing that the generation behind Millennials is leaning more conservative in their beliefs. Will they relish the idea that they are, in a way, the odd men out? And will it make conservatism hip and cool? Maybe not right away, liberals are not about to let the cool factor of being a hippie, even an aging one, go without a fight. But maybe the fight stage is where we are now. More conservative students speak up even when they see the treatment of others like them. They are standing up and fighting “the man”. Rather ironic that liberals have become exactly what they warned each other about back in the old days.

Liberals love to ramble on about revolutions and resisting. What may be on the horizon is probably not what they had in mind.

Ron Boat Sees Another School Shooting in 3….2….wait for it….

It’s a bright sunny morning. The school is filled with sounds of studying and socializing as young people fill classrooms and hallways. Thoughts of tests, and plans for finishing the week, then enjoying another weekend of youthfulness. Ah, the carefree life of adolescence.

Then the unexpected, unimagined snap of gunfire breaks the consciousness and rips the flesh of those going about their daily routine of innocence and normalcy. Another day in the life of a school ground shooter changing the lives of his nameless victims.

17 dead. Students, staff, all led to believe it was another regular day until that moment they met the assassin’s random, impartial objective: death and disruption. For it was not meant to be another normal day. The shooter moved from classroom to classroom, pausing briefly each time in the doorway to shoot, then moving on to the next room finding more innocents to kill.

The shooter’s true motive is unknown. Media reports assumed it to be related to his expulsion from school, along with his subsequent feeling of victimhood and hopelessness. Another of “society’s children” victimized by their own actions seek revenge on the blameless and guiltless.

Such was that infamous day at Gutenberg school in Erfurt, Germany, April 26, 2002. The lone, disturbed yet impassioned murderer, Robert Steinhäuser, brought his wrath to school, much like others, who seek to punish for personal or political reasons. Another in a growing list of slaughtering stereotypes seeking their place in social antiquity.

Thomas Hamilton, in 1996, added his name to the roster with 17 dead in his Stirlingshire, Scotland massacre when he shot sixteen children and a teacher at the Scottish primary school before killing himself. And the list of school shootings go on all over the world.

LIBERAL DELUSION:

Liberals would have you believe that America is to blame. Our society’s laws, accepting attitudes toward guns, the 2nd Amendment, Trump, or conservative values are to blame for the senseless spray of slaughtering slugs. They portray it’s more unique to America, our open way of life and freedoms. It’s a curse stemming from our right to keep and bear arms.

Violence, murder and mayhem on school grounds have been added as a sizzling hot topic to the long list of liberal talking points, and the complicit media seeking the next big “rights” discussion. It’s another in the established and growing line of “reasons” Americans should let the government run their lives instead of logic, reason, reality and, oh yeah…the Constitution.

But as we saw, the government did not protect these students and teachers. Months and years before, students made remarks that if there was ever to be a school shooting, it would be Cruz on the trigger. The dozens of home visits by police to Nikolas Cruz were dismissed, the many well-intentioned reports by students went unheeded while even direct calls to the FBI were ignored and not passed to local offices for follow up and action.

GOVERNMENT MISFEASANCE?

And that fateful day? Scot Peterson, the deputy assigned to protect the school, waited outside the building instead of going in; Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said this week Peterson waited for four to six minutes even though he could “clearly” hear gunfire. “I gave him a gun. I gave him a badge. I gave him the training. If he didn’t have the heart to go in, that’s not my responsibility.” Maybe knowing an officer’s “heart” is now more important? Maybe you need to answer the 40 investigations into your own administration as sheriff?

Upon their arrival, Coral Springs police officers say they found Peterson and three other deputies outside the school, pistols drawn and hiding in safety behind their vehicles while others, undeservingly, met Cruz’s deadly dose of disdain for their lives.

The bungled handling of the Parkland shooting, before, during, and after, has grown in increasingly important frustration and accusations. Law enforcement failed to act at several milestones in the timeline before the shooting: the FBI didn’t act on a January tip about the danger posed by Cruz, and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office failed to write up a November warning about him.

During a conversation with good friend of mine, a 30+ year veteran of a Chicago suburb police department, came a well-taken point that seems evident in many locals. And it was certainly present in this Florida situation. County sheriff’s personnel seem less trained, less committed or at the least, less involved than those of regular city and state police forces. Broward (or as now referred to Coward) County officers seem to have protected themselves while Coral Springs took action upon their arrival.

My friend’s point being that, while many officers are courageous and professional, many times, the “county sheriff’s” office is more cronyism and a soft retirement gig where former LEOs go for a nice added retirement, are many times not in as good of physical shape, and are looking for a less stressful, less engaging position as their full time, larger community counterparts.

When you put on a gun and a badge, you’re hired to protect and serve – not cower and refrain. Society needs and depends on the concise, immediate, precise actions of experience defending life and property. The call to law enforcement is a strong one not accepted by all. And while abused by some, is a call to duty that citizenry counts on for safety and security.

There could be catalogs filled with reasons and excuses for the actions of the delusional despots reigning death on their fellow man; be it retribution or revenge, misaligned loyalty to some political view, or the result of medicated misgivings.

In the many decades preceding the late nineteen eighties, mass shootings and acts of senseless violence on crowds were “relatively” unheard of.  Prozac, the most well-known SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant, was not yet on the market to be consumed by the handfuls by those with real or perceived mental punishments.

The left loves to demonize our 2nd Amendment and conservatives’ views, saying it’s not our inherent right. But we also need to look at many other issues. Issues such as the overly prescribed, readily available supply of drugs being pushed and pumped into our young people potentially ill-equipped to deal with their effects.

Mass shootings are not a coincidence among legal drug users. Eric Harris was on Luvox when he and Dylan Klebold killed twelve students and a teacher at Columbine High School.  Cho Seung-hui, the Virginia Tech shooter who killed thirty-two people was on an antidepressant.  Withdrawing from Prozac, Kip Kinkel murdered his mother and stepmother, then proceeded to shoot twenty-two classmates and killed two.  Jason Hoffman wounded five at his high school while he was on Effexor, another antidepressant.  James Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater and killed twelve people and wounded fifty-eight.  He was under the care of a psychiatrist, but no specific drug information has been released to date.

AN ANSWER?

Should we review the amount of violence perpetrated, promoted and displayed through video games, movies and music? Many feel the permissive nature of the 60s advanced through our recent administration’s lax attitude toward the law and lawlessness, may continually allow people to destroy, disrupt and kill without thoughts of results and ramifications. And those not mentally capable of such responsibilities or are harboring violence need to be weeded out from the gun-buying marketplace.

Add in the ever growing “missing fathers” and the problem is exacerbated. A study in 2013 shows:

Children with negative attitudes about school and their teachers experienced avoidance and ambivalence with their fathers. On the other hand, children with a secure attachment to their father and whose father was involved had a higher academic self-concept. The father-child attachment was more associated with the child’s social-emotional school outcomes than their academic achievement.

[Source: Newland, L., Chen, H., & Coyl-Shepherd, D. (2013)]

The bottom line should be that the result of schoolyard shootings, classroom chaos and mass mobocracy of matriculation lies at the feet of the culpable assassin. There are 89 guns for every 100 Americans as many have one, two or a dozen weapons secluded in their homes that will never kill anyone. Arizona has been an open carry state forever and yet people are not roaming the streets randomly shooting everyone in sight; while Chicago, Baltimore and NY have some of the toughest gun laws with no evident positive results.

Yes, it’s time for reason and improvement in our background checks, societal responsibilities and approach to youth. With a truthful realism of facts and deliberate forethought, we can reduce violence, be it in the hallway of a local school, a shopping mall or movie theater. 98% of shootings take place in “gun-free” zones. I guess they didn’t get the memo.

“A free people ought not only to be armed, but disciplined…”
– George Washington, First Annual Address, to both House of Congress, January 8, 1790

Tucker Carlson makes so many valid observations. As media covers this event even more, as people realize their own responsibilities, as the masses take a good look at reality instead of rhetoric, we can hope to reduce the unhappiness of these occurrences.

We enjoy our freedoms in this country but the right to keep and bear arms was not for the purpose of hunting. It was for the protection of ourselves, families and property, and as resistance toward a tyrannical government should that day ever come. (Be it foreign or domestic?)

Some will always lose sight of the real reason behind privileges, and yet, if the will is there, then a gun will be replaced with a knife, a vehicle or other means to murder. Yes, while not a weapon of mass killing, the use of bare hands to commit murder is 25 times more prevalent than using a gun.

Eliminating guns from our lives is not the answer, as our own DOJ found that the Assault Weapons Ban of 1994 shows no decrease in violence, and even an inexperienced shooter can change a “required” small capacity magazine in 2 seconds.

It’s time to set aside the hidden agenda and rhetoric of confiscation and concentrate on those ideals that will improve the lives and mindset of individuals fraught with fright against an unseen enemy of oppression…their own minds. Take away the drugs, the opportunity to arm themselves, and the societal pressures that plague them…for dealing with an aftermath instead of a precursor…is far too expensive.

~ RB

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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The People of God Must Regain Their Rightful Place in Society

America’s DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE was written as a proclamation to the world of the reasons why the colonial leaders called for a separation from England. But while the declaration gave a detailed list of legal offenses that England had left unresolved, the Founders saw these as more than isolated wrongs. Rather; they saw them as part of a predetermined plan to take away their religious liberties and reestablish the church of England to rule over their hearts and souls, thus spiritually enslaving the colonies. In that light, one understands the power on Patrick Henry’s fiery words, “give me liberty or give me death.’

Faced with such prospects, the Declaration stated that the American colonists were set to defend “the laws of nature and of nature’s God”- words that define the principle upon which the Founders stood. The laws of nature were understood to mean the will of God for man as revealed to man’s reason. However, because man is fallen and his reason does not always comprehend this law, God gave His law in the Bible to make it absolutely clear.

THUS, IT WAS THE CHURCHES THAT became the primary source that stirred the fires of liberty. Many Church leaders told the colonists that the British government was usurping their God-given rights, and the King and Parliament were violating the laws of God. The Founding Fathers were convinced that it was their sacred duty to begin a revolution to uphold the law of God against the unjust and oppressive laws of tyrannical men. The fight for political freedom was seen as a sacred cause because civil liberty was an inalienable right, according to God’s natural law.

The New England ministers, in particular were decisive in rallying the popular moral support for war against England. They pressed their congregations to overthrow King George because they believed that rebellion to tyrants was obedience to God. From many pulpits, ministers recruited troops and strengthened them battle with patriotic sermons. While the church leaders were well aware of the Biblical admonition to submit to civil authorities (Romans 13), they clearly noted there are numerous passages that recognize the need to resist ungodly authority. For example, when the apostles were commanded by the Sanhedrin to cease preaching that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead. But Peter boldly retorted: “We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29).

Therefore, it is no coincidence that one of the watchwords of the American Revolution was “No King but King Jesus.” For most of the patriots, their faith gave them the courage to stand on God’s word and risk their lives and properties to break the tyranny of an unjust human authority. In their Christian world view, obedience to God took precedence over country, over government, and their primary allegiance was to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In 1775, the Lutheran pastor John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg preached a sermon on Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Concluding the message, he declared, “In the language of the Holy Writ, there is a time for all things. There is a time to preach and a time to fight. And now is the time to fight.” He then threw off his clerical robes to reveal the uniform of a Revolutionary Army officer. That afternoon, he marched off with 300 men to join General George Washington’s troops and became Colonel of the 8th Virginia Regiment.

Numerous ministries turned the colonial resistance into a righteous cause and served at every level in the conflict, from military chaplains to members of state legislatures to taking up arms and leading troops into battle. Ultimately, after two main British armies were captured by the Continental Army at Saratoga in 1777 and Yorktown in 1781, the other words of Patrick Henry to his fellow Virginians proved true. “Three million people, armed with the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.”

The fighting spirit of Christians throughout history serves as a sterling reminder that in order to sustain liberty in our republic we must be willing to first learn about true liberty. Then “We the People” are commissioned to restore liberty where it has been lost and then sustain it everywhere. Many pastors have been purposely misleading their flocks into both utter spiritual and natural oblivion. They have lulled many generations to sleep via the fly away doctrine which has people thinking they are being raptured out of here at any given time. But the word plainly tells us to occupy until “HE” returns. In other words, do not cower away in the dark corners of society and complain about how bad things are if you refuse to utilize your God given talents to occupy positions of influence, business ownership, proper parenting, good schools, etc.

Both Biblical and American history have numerous examples of mighty men of valor who left an indelible mark on their respective societies. God prefers men even flawed men who have the strength of character to stand and fight against corruption and tyranny. But those who sit and do nothing or allow those who wish to corrupt, take over and change their institutions are only destined to be either swept away or dominated. I believe that America will be great again because of a large remnant of Americans refuse to allow those who desire to destroy our republic to have their way. Do not be concerned about the giants of evil in the land. If we fight, pray and have faith, like the patriots of old the victory is ours for the taking. God bless you, God Bless America and may America bless God.

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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Is President Trump Today’s Governor George Wallace?

President Trump captured enough electoral votes for the win. A glance back in recent history tells this story. While Hillary Clinton blames everyone but herself, you have to understand, her arrogance led her to believe she was above history repeating itself. So if I may, cheer up Hillary, it was never your time.

Like Wallace, Trump actually has a heart for the African American race and the poor. However, when you seek both money and power, and most importantly power, in this country, the blacks and the poor do not hold a special place in that same heart. The reasons President Trump does not condemn the KKK and Putin are quite obvious, they are the same reasons former Judge Wallace differed from then Governor Wallace, he has made a deal with the devil.

I know many believe I am a huge President Trump supporter because I defend many of his actions on social media. I have my reasons. The main reason is simply due to his bravery to fight the status quo. There are many events in US history that outlines a brotherhood between the police, secret service, CIA, FBI, government officials, and the mob. Assassinations all connected leading to a “lone wolf” and the average American will never be privy to the truth. Events both now and in the past that have been orchestrated purposely so that we the people cry out for more law and order. It is my belief the Vegas Shooter is baffling our federal agents because for once they truly had no idea he existed.

President Trump knew with the protests and the Black Lives Matter movement front and center he could sway those that did not like the feeling of division, and also those that did not like the thought of a black person being equal or superior. His strategy was simple, yet at a time when it could be most effective due to the state of our country. I know it is hard for many liberals to grasp that not all Trump supporters are racist, one day they may understand he also has the support for those wanting domestic peace and less government.

At the start of President Trump’s campaign, I bet he truly believed he could be the one to “drain the swamp”. To do that you would literally have to dismantle every branch of the government at the same time all while changing policies to limit the government in every aspect. Many insert he is changing every policy former President Obama has put in place to undo what a black man has accomplished. Yet, if you look closely, he is changing policies that limit government and those that are pulling strings behind the scenes. Am I the only one wondering why President Obama felt the need to break bread with Cuba?

Democrat and republican leaders all seek money and power. The problem I have with the democratic party is they will obtain both money and power by any means necessary. In history, some conspiracy theories have substantial evidence to where if you connect the dots, you can see not only sabotage of a party mate, but murder for a chance at the top spot has occurred. As we saw in the past election, the DNC and Hillary Clinton went out of their way to ensure the loss of Bernie Sanders. I say out of their way because I believe he didn’t have what it took to beat Clinton regardless, but apparently she scares easily.

I have a theory of my own. I believe President Trump will get back to his roots after the pot is stirred to a boiling point and he is in his second term. Like Wallace he will continue to court a specific group. “Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” is Trump’s “Make America Great Again”. Skirting the media by breaking his own news on Twitter will continue to anger many news networks, that will continue the attacks on him and keep him front and center. Tweeting about the NFL and every black protest will seem as if he is against the rise of a black man and will keep his racist voters satisfied, but he will flip the script angering those voters once re-elected. Similar to when Governor George Wallace had to pretend to oppose of integration at Alabama University. Maintaining his stance on immigration and tax reform will create a soft spot for the working class. And of course, for his wealthy friends, well he has to think of something quick. Congress dropping the ball on healthcare was a bad a look.

Was President Trump up against a modern day John Patterson? No, but people were afraid and angry, and tapping into that sealed the deal. I also have a few suggestions, dump Omarosa for former Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele, get Ivanka out of official business, and hand a yuge project to Melania.

Mark my words, President Trump will serve two terms.

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.

Colin Kaepernick Signing an NFL Contract Nullifies His Stance

“Runaway Slave Patrol”, according to unsigned Colin Kaepernick, is the perfect description of today’s police force. I wonder how he describes the NFL draft? You know, when rich white men evaluate mostly black men for their strength and physical ability. Choosing the best based on their performance in the field. Owners branding men immediately with a hat displaying their trademarked logo. Wait a minute….

What do we know for sure?

Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem as a stance against police brutality and the oppression of black people. Many on social media, not to be confused with the actual population within the United States, believe he is now being blackballed for his silent protest. Let us keep in mind this may actually be true. However, it is an owner’s right not to sign anyone they do not want to represent their brand. Ask Terrell Owens and Allen Iverson. So if everyone is exercising their rights, what is the problem? To some, a team exercising their right isn’t right because Kaepernick’s right is for social injustice and that right should precede any other right. I hope I got that right.

Unfortunately, the outrage that Colin Kaepernick is unsigned doesn’t actually align with his stance. For one, the amount of police surrounding the players in order to ensure their safety has got to make Kaepernick uncomfortable. Why would his supporters want him around that many officers? The NFL Association is a union established to protect players, their rights, and image. Why didn’t the union defend Colin’s first amendment right to kneel? Signing a contract is hardly freedom, the NFL has a long history of oppressing players, that was figured out in 1956 when the union was established. Think about it, Kaepernick fans begging for his NFL paycheck basically says he depends on a system which he decided to publically resist. Taking a job in the national league, that honors the National Anthem, goes against his personal views. Might I add, he opted out of his contract, he wasn’t kicked to the curb.

I will say I support his campaign for citizens to be familiar with the law, and understanding their rights. I will also say he and his girlfriend look related, but that is none of my business. At the end of the day, Kaepernick may receive an offer he and his agent can agree to accept. If Manziel gets a shot to coach college ball, anything is possible.

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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Deray McKesson Paid $165k to Terminate Teachers Due to $130 Million Deficit

Many Baltimore City residents gave Maryland Governor Larry Hogan the side eye for declining to bail out public schools now strapped with a $129 million deficit. As of July 1, $80 million cuts happened for individual schools, teachers and staff. 1,000 teachers and staff were laid off effecting approximately 82,000 students currently enrolled. Larger class sizes and favorite teachers missing will be the new normal for many in the Fall.

Another missing will be self proclaimed civil rights activist Deray Mckesson. He recently announced he will be leaving his position, not to be confused with staff that was let go due to budgeting issues. As the head of human resources, Deray was raking in $165,000 a year. CEO Sonja Santelises praised McKesson’s work exclaiming he showed great attention to detail, and worked late nights on complex staffing and payroll issues. So basically Deray was paid three times his salary to fire teachers in order to offset the budget and, well, payroll.

The CEO’s comments are intriguing, considering you can find Deray Mckesson on Instagram working late nights on furthering his agenda during the school year. February 24, Friday, during business hours, Deray shared a panel with former Attorney General Eric Holder discussing race in Atlanta. April 5, Wednesday he attended an event in New York alongside Yara Shahidi. On December 2, 2016, a Monday, Deray was speaking at the BoFVoices ‘Race, Inequality, and Privilege summit. Next photo shows later that night he was with his “Crew. BOFVoices” he writes. Next day, he was again speaking at the summit, definitely not in his Baltimore office that Tuesday. November 9, Wednesday, a great day in American history if I may add, Deray posted a few photos of himself consoling Cher at the Javtis Center in New York as the votes did not roll in for Hillary Clinton. On September 14, Wednesday, not sure if the CEO recalls seeing him, that evening, he posted a photo hanging out New York at a CBC event? On July 9, 2016, Deray made headlines for being arrested in Baton Rouge while protesting with his group Campaign Zero. He missed work on July 11th, Monday, and his colleagues were unsure if he would be released by Tuesday to attend a Baltimore City Public School meeting to take notes. You get the picture.

While collecting Baltimore City tax dollars, Deray managed to start a podcast, “Save the People”, receive notice via federal lawsuit that he is the one to blame for inciting a riot that resulted in the deaths of three police officers and wounding three more, partied at the Essence Festival the day the new budget cuts were administered, and one of the most offensive, tried to make the male romper a fashion statement. Perhaps Governor Hogan knows just how much fraud and senseless spending is going down in Baltimore City and found no reason to throw more money at the worst school district in the state of Maryland. I can’t help but wonder how much of Deray McKesson’s salary went toward funding political campaigns? If Deray Mckesson is any indication of the waste, CEO Sonja Santelises should be one of the 1,000 let go this summer.

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
© 2017 Group AMC, Inc.

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

Ron Boat thinks it’s time to relax, reflect and smile

Words have meanings. How many times have we heard that? Many times words convey love, friendship, authority, disappointment, praise…or more.

If you take any time at all to read the words of our founders, early purveyors of English literature or those with a great “turn of the word,” there’s a simplicity that makes the point directly with power and directness. There’s a powerful expression of depth – simple in it’s delivery, deep in its meaning.

When we speak we are trying to pass along information and emotion to others. Yes, sometimes we do it directly with emphasis and yet other times we are more subtle, with hidden, subdued, with a slight stab at our intended recipient.

These subtle and snarky pieces of wit are many times conveying a message that takes a bit of effort to fully spot…understand…enjoy. I trust you’ll enjoy these words from history.

 

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.”

“That depends, Sir, ” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”

 

“He had delusions of adequacy .”

-Walter Kerr

 

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.”

– Winston Churchill

 

“I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure.”

-Clarence Darrow

 

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

 

“Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.”

-Moses Hadas

 

“I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.”

“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”

-Mark Twain

 

“He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.”

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.”

-Oscar Wilde

 

“I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one.”

-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

 

 “Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second… if there is one.”

-Winston Churchill, in response

 

“I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.”

-Stephen Bishop

 

“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”

-John Bright

 

“I’ve just learned about his illness.  Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.”

-Irvin S. Cobb

 

“He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others.”

-Samuel Johnson

 

“He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.”

– Paul Keating

 

“In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.”

-Charles Count Talleyrand

 

“He loves nature in spite of what it did to him.”

-Forrest Tucker

 

“His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.”

-Mae West

 

“He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts… for support rather than illumination.”

-Andrew Lang

 

“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”

-Billy Wilder

 

“I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening.  But I’m afraid this wasn’t it.”

-Groucho Marx

 

In life and politics, there are times when a subtle expression can be more successful in carrying the message than words of hate. The question is whether or not the recipient will understand the jab and get the point.

Satire can be poignant, funny or both. Maybe this will spark your own verbal banters with humor and directness.

 

~ RB
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Ron Boat Sees The Problem with Grown ups

We certainly are living in a sick sick societal environment.

As I said on June 13th,  “Our civil rights, our religions, our customs and freedoms are under assault as we progress through the transition from growing socialism to our true American freedoms as conceived by our founders. Problem Part 1 – Our Schools:”

But over the past 10-15 years, we’re seeing the ramifications of that school upbringing problem and now we’re at:

Problem Part 2 – Grown Ups:

The 60’s really started a movement of rebellion. The hatred for the war, the growth of real drugs and hard knocking rock-n-roll, the open culture of “make love not war.” The rebels from that era have since grown up and gotten into our universities, high schools and political offices. The 60’s radicals made their BIG appearance when B Hussein made it into the oval office. And with him the socialistic policies and agendas that nearly destroyed this country – and would have continued had a certain HRC won the election last year.

The problem with dangerous grade and high school education is that those mind-washed, indoctrinated lemmings grow up into adults that carry with them unrealistic ideologies and potential for violent talk and actions. They bring with them conceived notions that aren’t based in grown up reality but philosophical fantasies that can harm people and societies.

We see that words do have consequences. Words Like:

“If they bring a knife you bring a gun”
~ B. Hussein Obama

“Democrats Have to ‘Fight in the Streets’ Against Trump”
~ Senator Tim Kaine

“Plea for more marching, blood and death on the streets… They’ve marched, they’ve bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. We have done this before. We can do this again.”
~ US Attorney General Loretta Lynch

“I’m glad he got shot. I wish he was f–ing dead.” [referring to Rep Steve Scalise’s shooting]
~  Phil Montag, Nebraska Democratic official

“I’d like to punch Trump in the face.”
~  Robert DeNiro

“I wish I could take Donald Trump “behind the gym.”
~  VP Joe Biden

And most of these violent quotes are not from street thugs or prisoners in some hinterland jail but high ranking gov’t officials who should know better. People who should have class and respect for the president of the United States and life in general.

And thanks to our permissive, open, accepting radical societal views it’s not just the violence but the stupidity that emanates from the pie hole of our leaders who should have had more time being educated than indoctrinated.

People who say things like:

“My fear is that the whole island of Guam will become so overly populated [with our troops] that it will tip over and capsize”
~ Representative Henry C. Johnson

“I stand here as a freed slave.”  [ in 2013?]
~  Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

“I’ve now been in 57 states with one left to go.”
~  Candidate B. Hussein Obama

“We lose 93 million Americans a day to gun violence…”
~ Gov Terry McAuliffe

Ok, we can say that everyone occasionally makes mistakes, HOWEVER, when you’re in an important position of power, responsibility, governance, you need to think before speaking. There are times when we cannot forgive ignorance from people who control our lives, protect our country, make laws and ESPECIALLY when they are attempting to control us – or justify doing so.

We see more and more of these laissezfaire attitudes when it comes to economics, governing, or communicating. We should expect and demand more.

If a waitress can’t pronounce “cordon blue” or “Chicken Kiev” correctly… no biggie. As long as the chef gets it right. But when you can’t communicate accurately in a public setting, how do we know the decisions you’re making behind the scenes are legit, accurate and reasonable?

We need to step up and demand more from our education systems. Make sure that kids are taught the things they need to know – not the things the teachers think will make them better social experiments and tree hugging, climate advocating liberal supporters later in life.

The most recent PISA results, from 2015, placed the U.S. an unimpressive 38th out of 71 countries in math and 24th in science. Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, the U.S. ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.

We’re one of the richest countries in the world. We led the space race and have some of the brightest doctors and scientists and yet.. .when they’re gone.. who takes over? We used to have statesmen. Now we have greedy, one minded, fascists bent on lying, manipulating, conniving and pushing to achieve more power and money for themselves…not a better America for everyone.

And our main problem? The lack of quality education is being mixed with socialistic ideals for political purposes and that only means trouble for the good ol US of A.

and… oh yea…. what do the stupid people (mostly liberals) say when they are caught in their misguided comments and lies? They blame it on someone else or just halfheartedly apologize and then move on to the next one.

Time to wake up America. Take a stand and demand more from the stupid adults who are running our country…..into the ground.

~ RB
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Ron Boat Sees Continuing Education Destruction

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Let’s face it. Even with the recent election of Donald Trump, Many feel America is still on the decline in many areas of our society.

Our civil rights, our religions, our customs and freedoms are under assault as we progress through the transition from growing socialism to our true American freedoms as conceived by our founders.

Part 1 – Our Schools:

More and more we see the influence of “acceptance” and “tolerance” being pushed on our youngest of students. We know God was taken out of schools years ago when prayer was banned and at times even the pledge of allegiance is being replaced by a pledge to alla-egiance. 

Thought it’s been 40+ years since I was in high school and college, we focused on American history, American laws, the constitution, learning to read, studied math, English, the sciences and arts. Now we’ve become a training ground for “social acceptance living” including liberalism, activision, protesting, efficient property damage, organizing, and multi-culturalism churning out next week’s arrestees from the local protest march against American rights and values.

Now, As part of their social studies curriculum, Grade 7 pupils throughout California study ancient Muslim cultures and the impact of Islam on world history. Hummmm, I myself am trying to remember the Islamic influence on medicine and life saving surgical techniques, space traveling astronauts, writers of symphonic classics, or world explorers. Kids who have little to no knowledge of American history (after all it is unimportant), can’t spell or use proper English, and only follow their leaders as lemmings to the slaughter….. A societal butchery we’ll all be part of.

One item from the 6-point list on how that standard is to be reached is especially troubling: “Trace the origins of Islam and the life and teachings of Muhammad, including Islamic teachings on the connection with Judaism and Christianity.”

(You can view for yourself California’s Grade Seven History-Social Science Content Standards.)

Many parents would be up in arms if schoolkids were learning about the life and teachings of Jesus in public school classrooms, even if the information were presented only as background for a unit on the impact of Christianity on world history. Even though a Christian myself, I’m all for the separation of religion from education as it potentially allows for introduction of ideas that should be left to individual choice – not forced educational indoctrination and possible false teachings.

Breitbart reported:

The “Access Islam” curriculum includes 10 lesson plans, including the “Five Pillars of Islam;” “Salat: Prayer in Muslim Life;” “Ramadan Observance;” “Quran: Sacred Scripture of Islam;” “The Haji: Journey to Mecca;” “Islam in America;” and “Women in Islam.”

Brigitte Gabriel Reads the Muslim Brotherhood Plan for America:

NEW JERSEY SCHOOL FORCES STUDENTS TO WATCH PRO-ISLAMIC VIDEO, MOTHERS FIGHT BACK:

Although the school has denied lessons on any other major religion, the Islamic curriculum included forcing seventh-graders to declare, “May [Allah] help us all find the true faith — Islam” and forced them to view a video about the 5 pillars of Islam that portrayed non-Muslims as unintelligent. PERSONAL OPINION…. THIS HAS NO PLACE IN OUR SCHOOLS.

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Parents are starting to see the light and realize that the future of our country depends on educated, well prepared and independent thinking kids and not ones fluent in Islamic cultural ideals and dangerous anti-American falsehoods. Even in Australia we see the presence and gov’t assistance against islam in schools.

The growth of multi-cultural studies grew over the last 8 years as our government leaders, indoctrinated with Islamic leaning, socialist ideologies, allowed or promoted a more open society based on social justice and middle east and European values, not realistic and truthful American foundations as laid out centuries ago.

While there are those of the Islamic faith who have adapted to our way of life, accepted our laws and values, and choose to live here under our societal lifestyle, there are many who choose to do us harm. And have for centuries.

I’m not even sure I knew the term Muslim when I was in school as life was simple, easy going, and our lives were wrapped up in American life. Surely, we’ve been reminded lately of the past they have played in slavery and our own American history.

How many know that perhaps 1.5 million Europeans and Americans were enslaved in Islamic North Africa between 1530 and 1780? We dimly recall that Miguel de Cervantes was briefly in the galleys. But what of the people of the town of Baltimore in Ireland, all carried off by “Tripolitan Corsair” raiders in a single night? Just a precursor to the violence that was to follow over the centuries.

Deprived of Royal Navy protection, American shipping became even more subject than before to the depredations of those who controlled the Strait of Gibraltar. The infant United States had therefore to decide not just upon a question of national honor but upon whether it would stand or fall by free navigation of the Muslim controlled seas.

And hence, the involvement of Thomas Jefferson, and our national reaction to the so-called Barbary Wars – A Muslim conflict not derived from or rooted in our recent 9/11/01 NYC attack, or the first ’93 WTC attack or even the 1983 US Embassy and Beirut barracks bombings, but the 1801 wars on foreign shores required to protect our fledgling country from the centuries old “ravages of savages.”

To promote in our schools the dangerous, opposing illogical teachings of “peace, love and acceptance” of a religion whose very tenet is in fact not based in our Christian way of life or constitutional method of governance, is setting up generations of future citizens as a threat to what we all hold dear in our lives.

Is this the future education you desire for your children, your neighbors and fellow citizens? or maybe we should get back to teaching them the true tools of learning and making a living to better our society with valuable and valued skills?

Not my child!

Be aware. Observe and be involved in local school boards and meetings. Know what’s going on and write your congress reps about things which pose a threat to our American way of life. Whether a Christian, a Jew, Hindu, Sikh or any more peaceful religion, we can’t allow subversion of our children and ultimately our country.

 

~ RB
© 2017 Group AMC, Inc.

Ron Boat with Memorial Day Thoughts

It’s a special day. A memorable day. A day which, even though it rolls around every year, never looses its important meaning to those who cherish freedom and the rare opportunity we have to live, work and enjoy life.

It is our duty, our obligation, and our distinct honor to remember those who gave so much to the existence of our country; To those who died in the liberation of our country and to those who kept us free and secure over the years. 

To many these days, they feel everyone owes them, everyone should support them and “give” to them just because, when in fact it is everyone’s personal responsibility to contribute to society, and millions over the years have given much more than we have the right to ask.

As a veteran with many veteran friends, there’s a sense of inner pride seeing men and women in uniform and knowing the sacrifice they make away from their lives; separated from family and departed from the comforts of home in order to fulfill a higher calling – the protection of our country from enemies abroad.

I and my many friends remember, honor and thank those who give everything to keep us free and safe. May we all live under the flag of freedom with gratitude that they made available to us through their service and sacrifice.

God bless America.

 

~ RB
© 2017 Group AMC, Inc.