Senator Feinstein’s Loyalty to China First

Now, this is the woman that concocted the while Dr. Ford v. Brett Kavanaugh chaos event in Washington DC and refused to hand that pesky letter over to Chairman Grassley… Personally, she should be brought up before the Senate Ethics Committee, it would be a gesture for sure but then we could have a Senate […]

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The Kavanaugh Kalculation

From Trevor Loudon's News Feed:

From the movie Animal House. Recall a time, before Progressivism and its political correctness, when we were permitted to account for things such as context (youth), common sense, and humor. There is some irony in the fact that this movie was released just a few years before the alleged incident.

Once upon a time, in a more rational America, we could laugh at  <ahem> the “inappropriate behavior” of youth.  But now, we’re thoroughly “progressivised” and humor is politically incorrect (as, increasingly, is common sense).

Such partially explains why for the past two weeks the Brett Kavanaugh nomination has ground to a halt over: an accusatory letter that was held secure by Dianne Feinstein from last July until after the confirmation hearings (unlike the case with her Chinese-spy driver, apparently Senator Feinstein can maintain operational security when it’s important to her).

That letter – the public portion of which so far is as redacted as the FISA applications targeting President Trump – we are supposed to take as a serious indictment of a serious crime, disqualifying one for a seat on the Supreme Court.

That would be, if it occurred at all, the clumsy groping by a seventeen year old at a party where heavy drinking was involved – which according to the accuser’s (now purged from the Internet) high school yearbook was an activity in which (she?) and her peers were boastful and serial participants (see here and  here).  A detailed indictment of a hazy recollection from 36 years ago, bereft of the kinds of facts that one would think would be seared into the memory of one so traumatized, such as “when” and “where.”

At most, Brett Kavanaugh is guilty of behaving like a 17 year-old Kennedy or Clinton!

Animal House … or Brett Kavanaugh and Professor Ford nee Christine Blasey? Either way, NO WONDER her recollection is so hazy!!!

We know not when the accuser penned this letter; why these decades later she decided to; whether any one was soliciting her to write it, or assisting with its composition.

Nor do we know when she engaged her current attorney(s); how they found each other (or through whom); or may be paying the attorneys’ fees (or reimbursing / subsidizing the accuser for them).

The timing of the (partial) release of this letter is significant – it came only after the Democrats were unsuccessful in derailing the nomination during the hearing process – so having all the signs of a quintessential “Plan B.”

Presumably, what the Supreme Court can giveth, it can also take away: the Progressives’ fear of a Justice Kavanagh is palpable, for they sense genuine risk to the viability (pun intended) of abortion, and so their Satanically-inspired culture of death (as detailed here).

Abortion politics. Babies are expendable; collateral damage in the cause or advancing Progressivism.

Without a doubt the Progressives and their political wing (the Democrat Party) still hope to derail the nomination – to delay at least until after the midterms which, if they gain either House of Congress, will prompt calls to delay the vote until the new Congress is seated – if not derail it entirely before then.

But one suspects that they also have a “Plan B” underlying all of this, an ulterior motive that will be useful for them even if Brett Kavanaugh is approved: to provide fodder for the 2020 Presidential race.  In other words, this circus is intended in part to provide campaign-advertising material for (first) Kamala Harris and (secondarily) to Elizabeth Warren.

The only thing missing are signs that say: “We’re useful idiots, and we vote!

While it’s hard for sentient females or males to take such pussy-headed “womyn” seriously (see photo above), the Democrats definitely do.  And one can sense that they’re all itching for a 2016 redux in 2020, only this time with the “first [Democrat] woman elected President.”  They see it as payback time.

And should they succeed impeaching President Trump, they see (evangelical) Mike Pence as an even easier target for …

Motivating their “feminist” and pro-abortion identity politics base into voting to “save” abortion (mass murder) and the historical step of electing the first female President.

In this, one surmises as them viewing Kamala Harris as their ultimate vehicle for an electoral kill-shot: uber Progressive, female and light-skinned minority – essentially Barack Obama with a pu**y and a pussy-hat.

Kamala Kalculating her way into the White House …

This would explain much of what is occurring now: Harris using doctored tapes of Kavanaugh at the nomination hearings on top of her more generic grandstanding there; and this hazy charge from 36 years ago that is defamatory even as its calculated lack of specificity renders it nearly impossible to refute.

It is not hard to image “Kamala Harris for President 2020” ads replaying selected excerpts of her from the nomination hearings, while accompanying taglines declare that if the Republican is elected in 2020 we’ll get more anti-abortion and women-assaulting Supreme Court justices.

In other words, “pussy hats” and abortion advocacy and “#MeToo” all rolled into one.

Given the now open shift-Left of the Democrat Party – which philosophically if not officially is already an appendage of the DSA (Democratic Socialists of America), it’s rational to expect that Kamala Harris will be the Democrat nominee in 2020 – for Democrat identity politics she hits the sweetest spot – relatively young, attractive, minority, female and completely compatible with Progressivism and DSA agendas.

In the world of Democrat identity politics, the fact that appearance-wise Harris could pass for either part-Black or part-Hispanic is a bonus.

From there, it’s also easy to imagine the Democrats’ nominating their “dream ticket” by having Elizabeth Warren as the VP candidate – there’d be the doubly “historical” nature of an all-female ticket; the candidates would come from the West and East coasts; and being second-fiddle would help Warren mitigate her Fauxcahontas baggage.  At the same time, Harris would appeal to the younger, DSA-inclined useful idiot demographic, while Warren would appeal to the older, Hillary-dowager useful idiot demographic.

In other words, a consummate application of the Rainbow Conspiracy, concerning which Trevor Loudon has been warning us.

Yes, the VP slot might go to a token male – a Bernie Sanders or Cory Booker.  But given the current (increasingly open) Socialist trajectory of the Democrat Party I’m betting that the geriatric Sanders will be bypassed, and Spartacus Booker bypassed as well (if for no other reason that Harris already serves to play the minority card).

So as the Kavanaugh nomination plays out, keep in mind that there’s probably a longer-term “Kavanaugh Kalculation” at play as well.

Mr. Wigand is the author of Communiqués From the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracywhich is available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.  Comments or questions for Mr. Wigand may be sent to: communiques@use.startmail.com— he will make every effort to personally respond to every email.

OSCE participating States should add Sharia to current restrictions on political activities

The Center and its allies are participating in the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.

The conference is supposed to be dedicated to a focus on Democracy & Human Rights within all of the 56 member states – official reps of each government plus a slew of Civil Society NGO reps.

Protests continue to grow over what is described as “migration” but may be as a recent study has suggested a hostile attempt to destabilize the OSCE region that continues to lead to violence, rape, murder, and terrorism, including for example in Chemnitz, Germany.

Unfortunately, some protest participants across the OSCE region have resorted to references back to the worst eras in world history – including to the horrifying National Socialist movement that led to World War II and the Holocaust.

But far too often, moderate citizens have been smeared as Nazis simply because they are concerned about their future in a world where politicians bill and coo with each other about how tolerant and diverse their countries are, while their citizens get, literally in the case of Chemnitz, knifed.

Secure Freedom recommends that OSCE participating States add Sharia to current restrictions on activities related to Nazism without further modification.

180919 Submitted Secure Freedom OSCE HDIM 2018 Working Session 14 Intervention on Refugees[3]

OSCE Participating States should focus on rights of their native-born populations and acknowledge migrant violence

The Center and its allies are participating in the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.

The conference is supposed to be dedicated to a focus on Democracy & Human Rights within all of the 56 member states – official reps of each government plus a slew of Civil Society NGO reps.

OSCE commitments on rights of migrants include that “appropriate measures should be taken to betterprevent racist attacks and other manifestations of violent intolerance against migrant workers and their families.”

That is ironic, given that on 9/11, 19 “migrants” murdered 2,753 men, women and children in the attackon the Twin Towers alone.

Secure Freedom recommends that: The OSCE Ministerial Council replace the Porto “2002 OSCE CHARTER ON PREVENTINGAND COMBATING TERRORISM,” p. 9, paragraph 2 with a measure that acknowledges that today by far and away the greatest driver of what the West calls terrorism, as well as of the loss of the rights of migrants and all other citizens as well, is Sharia.

Secure Freedom also recommends that Participating States focus on the rights of OSCE-region native-born populations, rather than facilitating mass migratory movements and focusing on the rights of migrants who are disproportionately convicted of terrorist crimes in America, and/or jihadis, who kill an ever-more- wildly disproportionate share of Europeans.

180918 Submitted Secure Freedom Intervention for OSCE HDIM 2018 Working Session 13 on Rights of Migrants[1]

Want To Make Federal Employees Easier To Fire?

From Trevor Loudon's News Feed:

By: James Simpson | American Thinker

Project Veritas just released its latest undercover video, “Unmasking the Deep State.”  This first video focuses on a State Department employee who is both a poster child for the Deep State and a perfect example of why the federal bureaucracy needs serious reform.  Providentially, there is new legislation being considered in Congress that would do just that: the Merit Act (H.R. 559).

The Merit Act would greatly streamline the process for firing employees who are poor performers, insubordinate, or otherwise engaged in misconduct.  Since the election of President Trump, the bureaucracy, including numerous holdovers from the Obama administration, has been engaged in an unprecedented level of obstruction, leaks, and sabotage.  These bad actors call it “resistance.”  FBI and Department of Justice misconduct in the Trump-Russia probe and the Clinton email scandal is only the most visible component.

This is nothing new.  President Bush faced similar resistance from the bureaucracy, and going as far back as 1986, the Reagan administration had to contend with a State Department relentlessly working to derail his foreign policy.  In the intervening period, we have been treated to stories of almost incomprehensible incompetence and corruption in the federal bureaucracy.

Recall, for example, the case of John Beale, the EPA’s “climate expert,” who continued to collect a salary for 18 months after he retired and scammed the government for 13 years.  He collected a salary higher than legal limits; took unearned bonuses; awarded himself a handicapped parking pass though he wasn’t handicapped; and was absent for months at a time, falsely claiming to be a CIA agent working other assignments.  Then-president Obama appointed Beale’s wife, Nancy Kete, to the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  The pair own houses in Arlington, Va. and Cape Cod.  Beale was sentenced to 32 months and fined – a rare conviction, though the EPA waited three years before charging him.  Beale is paying off his fine over time, using his government retirement annuity, which he still receives.

There is so much more.  What about the horrors we discovered at the Veterans Administration?  Or how about the 100 federal employees watching porn at work, some for as long as six hours per day?  Many complained they were bored and didn’t have enough work.  No mention of punishment.  They were probably all just told to go back to work.

The Veritas video presents a portrait of a State Department bureaucrat committed to “resistance.”  The employee caught on tape, one Stuart Karaffa, says, “Resist everything…every level, f‑‑‑ s‑‑‑ up.”

Karaffa is a self-identified member of Democratic Socialists of America, and uses work time to draft DSA-related political emails, a violation of the Hatch Act.  What about getting caught?  He says, “I don’t have anything to lose.  It’s impossible to fire federal employees…”

He’s right. A century-long litany of successive legislation has created what amounts to a civil service industry, with public employee unions leading the charge.  According to the Government Accountability Office, it takes on average from 170 to 370 days to fire a poor-performing employee, with unions intensively litigating on his behalf.  The employee can appeal the decision, dragging the whole thing on for years.  Most federal managers just give up.  A recent study found that only about 0.5 percent of federal employees are terminated for cause.

But President Obama made matters worse, politicizing the hiring process under a2010 executive order that circumvented many federal hiring rules.  This made it easier for him to seed the bureaucracy with his people.  We are witnessing the results.  It’s called the Deep State.

Well, if the Merit Act passes, things could change, and it could not happen soon enough.  The legislation shortens the appeals process and reduces the burden of proof required to fire a bad employee.  The Merit Act passed out of committee in July and enjoys 58 congressional sponsors.  A companion bill (S. 3200) has been proposed in the Senate.

President Trump needs to hear from us on this bill, and he needs to push it.  He has already taken action to curb federal union work time abuse and faces firsthand every day the rampant problems embedded in the bureaucracy.

We have been treated to two years of in-your-face government behaving badly, but it didn’t start then.  We have a rare opportunity to fix a major problem that has been festering for decades.  Only now, when Congress is controlled by the GOP,and we have a president who is willing to do the heavy lifting on controversial issues, do we have a chance.  We cannot afford to squander it.

Pushing Back Against ODIHR’s Attempt to Censor Anti-Sharia Speech

The Center and its allies are participating in the Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (HDIM) 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.

The conference is supposed to be dedicated to a focus on Democracy & Human Rights within all of the 56 member states – official reps of each government plus a slew of Civil Society NGO reps.

Last year at this meeting, the moderator first reminded and then required virtually every individual who spoke against Sharia’s threat to Fundamental Freedoms to practice tolerance and non-discrimination toward this most intolerant and discriminatory of all legal systems.

Going further, before a July meeting, ODIHR without consensus4 created a new power: The moderator could “interrupt any speech” that “attacks” anyone.

This time the U.S. delegation stepped up, saying that: you can’t simply insert new rules outside the consensus process, this rule violates guidelines about civil society participation, and civil society doesn’t have to follow Participating States’ commitments – because they’re not Participating States.

180917 Submitted OSCE ODIHR HDIM Intervention Working Session 10 Fundamental Freedoms I[1]

German and Austrian media outrage me

Originally published on washingtontimes.com:

Europe’s mainstream media has reached a point of distorted frenzy about what it calls the “far-right” and “neo-Nazis.” I know. I have just experienced this first hand. Allow me, please, to tell my tale.

Ezra Levant of Canada is a brilliant conservative and an eloquent critic of the left. He’s indefatigable and successful; Rebel Media, which he founded in February 2015, has more than 1 million YouTube subscribers. Of his many concerns, such as “ethical oil,” Mr. Levant most worries about the threat of Islamism.

Our common outlook means we often cooperate, and he recently invited me to join a Rebel Media cruise on the Danube River in June 2019, which I accepted. It makes roughly equidistant daily trips, beginning with two towns in Germany (Regensburg, Passau), then four in Austria (Linz, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna), one in Slovakia (Bratislava), and one in Hungary (Budapest).

Of course, the cruise has a political element as well. The talent includes British journalist Katie Hopkins and activist Tommy Robinson; and, as the brochure explains, “we’ll also meet with local political leaders of democratic political groups who are working to preserve western civilization and values” — the Alternative fur Deutschland party, Sebastian Kurz’ government in Austria, and Viktor Orban’s in Hungary.

Who could oppose this innocent mix of merriment and education?

The Establishment could. The assault started on Sept. 7, when the Oberosterreichische Nachrichten newspaper in Linz excitedly informed its readers that “Right-Wing Extremists’ Cruise on the Danube to Land in Linz in June 2019.” It also collected statements from the governor, the mayor, and other politicians who unanimously told us we are unwelcome, one of them even demanding that the trip be halted.

It got worse. Major media in Austria and then Germany in herd-like fashion embellished the story, distorting it with nearly identical words. Here, some headlines from Germany, referring to the visit to Linz (which is also the town where Simon Wiesenthal began assembling evidence on Nazi atrocities):

• Die Welt: “Right-Wing Extremists Planning to Cruise with a Stop in Hitler’s ‘Hometown’.”

• Berliner Kurier: “Right-Wing Extremists Plan Cruise with a Stop in Hitler’s ‘Hometown’.”

• MSN (Germany): “Right-wing Extremists Planning a Cruise with a Stop in Hitler’s ‘Hometown’.”

Thus did Austrian and German media transform a Canadian organization learning about immigration and Islamization problems in four countries into neo-Nazis clandestinely paying homage to Adolf Hitler.

I must now put this topic in more personal terms, terms I ordinarily do not raise:

Much of my family was murdered by the Nazis. My parents are Holocaust survivors. I was born four years after the end of World War II. Growing up, the fact that the world’s most horrific crime was perpetrated against my own family cast an indelible shadow.

Realizing early on that disaster looms when politics go wrong, from a young age I seriously studied political philosophy. I concluded that mainstream American conservatism offers the surest path to liberty, prosperity and safety. In my college years (1967-71), I studied with Harvey Mansfield and Robert Nozick. I read National Review and Friedrich Hayek’s “The Constitution of Liberty,” and I fought the New Left totalitarians.

My career is devoted to political sobriety and moderation. I write about it and donate to it financially. I served in five U.S. presidential administrations and founded the Middle East Forum toward this end. I continue to learn and teach on this topic.

And now, the progeny of Nazis, living in the precise two countries from which the Holocaust originated, dare to imply I am a neo-Nazi paying homage to Hitler. Their impudence is exceeded only by my disgust.

On a more practical level, this distortion confirms my wariness of European media: After this, how can I believe it?

Take the case of Chemnitz, a town in the old East Germany where two Middle Eastern migrants recently killed a local man, leading to days of protest and rage. The media and politicians immediately located supposed neo-Nazis on the town’s streets (Times of London: “NeoNazis rampage unchecked in Chemnitz”) and slyly turned Middle Eastern migrants into victims. A review of the facts requires turning to an alternate source, like Rebel Media or the Gatestone Institute; unsurprisingly, it proves the mainstream media version wildly inaccurate.

The European elite whom I call the 6Ps (police, politicians, press, priests, professors and prosecutors) shamelessly distorts facts to turn those protecting their heritage into criminals. I know, for now I too am a casualty.

• Daniel Pipes (DanielPipes.org, @DanielPipes) is president of the Middle East Forum.

Arms Trafficking on the Rise in Djibouti

Attention was brought this week to the growing issue of arms trafficking in the East African nation of Djibouti, which has seen a spike in recent years. Driving the problem is the instability and ongoing conflict in neighboring countries such as Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan. The negative attention comes as Djibouti is trying to establish itself as a developed and economic upstart nation.

Major reasons attributed to the growth of transnational criminal activities like these in Djibouti include widespread incidence of corruption and a lack of transparency in government. The nation’s secret police, for example, are known to allow the smuggling of humans across boarders for a payment of 100 Djiboutian francs (.60 USD). By allowing illicit activities such as human and arms trafficking to go unchecked, Djibouti could see the onset of instability and a negative impact on its national security.

Djibouti’s lack of internal conflicts, its surge of economic investments and its resulting economic growth, have all led to increased stability not present in its neighboring countries.  Driving these positive developments are its access to both the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, resulting in its labeling by some as the “most valuable real estate” in the world.

Another major component of Djibouti’s growth has been the military presence of several major world powers within its border such as the United States, France, China, and Japan. France was the first power to establish a military base there as the former colonial power in the region, although budget constraints will require them to close this in the near future. The United States has a strong military presence in Djibouti as the central location of its African-based operations known as AFRICOM. The only foreign bases of both China and Japan are in Djibouti, and India is looking to build a base there in the coming years. The main interest of these countries in Djibouti is the country’s strategic positioning near the Bab-el-Mandeb strait and the Horn of Africa.

There is, however, concern over tension between some of the previously mentioned countries that could create future instability within the small, East African nation. China has a long history of political and military conflict with Japan and India, and it is also currently locked in a trade war with the United States and is a rising challenge to global US hegemony. China has the largest presence in Djibouti, given its large development and business presence, and owns a significant amount of the nation’s debt. To this point, the United States sought reassurance earlier this year by the Djiboutian Foreign Ministry that Djibouti’s relationship to China would not overshadowed their agreement with the United States. Despite these assurances, concern over China’s heavy presence in Djibouti, and its ability to remain a neutral partner, continues to increase.

As Djibouti’s economy and international profile continue to grow, interest in the strategically located African nation will continue to increase from world powers and transnational criminals alike who look to profit from the country’s exponential rise.

A Matter of Humanity

From Trevor Loudon's News Feed:

By: Tabitha Korol

The anti-American, anti-Semitic activist jihada, Linda Sarsour, was a scheduled speaker at the annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), in Houston, Texas.  Last year, she called for jihad against President Trump and this year, she warns her “sisters and brothers” to avoid the trap of “humanizing” the Jews.

Born and raised in a shame-honor culture by “Palestinian” parents who made hijra to Brooklyn, New York, her messages, unsurprisingly, are directed against America and Israel.  Regarding the former, her words, “it is not our job to assimilate,” received applause from the audience.  Regarding the latter, she insists that only extermination will suffice. Her diatribe was designed to shame the attendees into vigorously supporting the Palestinian cause for the total destruction and Islamic replacement of Israel.  Any dialogue is discredited as an indication of weakness and perfidy towards Allah.  Islamic ideology specifies that holy war is a religious duty because of the universalism of the Muslim Mission and their obligation to convert everybody to Islam by either persuasion or force.  Sarsour’s purpose and rhetoric, intolerance, and death, are as old as Islam itself.

To be adequately alerted to Sarsour’s fanatical beliefs, we must familiarize ourselves with an important aspect of her culture’s vocabulary and modus operandi.  Just as the Inuit (Eskimo) people have more than 50 words for snow because that is how they live, so the Muslims have a variety of words for lying because that is how they live.  Briefly, they include:

  • Takiyya – Saying something untrue about the Muslim identity.  Mohammed used deception when he signed a 10-year treaty with Meccans, allowing him access to their city while he secretly prepared for a takeover.  From Mohammed to Saddam Hussein, promises made to non-Muslims are non-binding.
  • Kitman – Lying by omission, as when Muslims quote verse 5:32, that if anyone kills, “it shall be as if he had killed all mankind,” while omitting the rest of the mandate to murder in undefined cases of “corruption” and “mischief.”
  • Tawriya  – Intentionally creating a false impression, such as “Hiding Faith,” when Sarsour bills herself as progressive, and claims that gays, women, and religious minorities need not worry about sharia; and the deceptive Muslim outreach programs to local citizenry.
  • Muruna  – “Blending in” by secreting some practices of Islam and sharia in order to advance others. The 9/11 hijackers visited bars and drank alcohol to throw off suspicion that they were fundamentalists plotting jihad.

To the devout tyrannical Islamic belief system, where the majority of their people is kept illiterate and underdeveloped in terror- or trauma-bonding, Israel’s accomplishments and prosperity during the same 70 years (since Israel’s statehood, 1948) are seen as an affront, an ever-present reminder of Islam’s deficiency.  They are humiliated for not being self-sufficient, of relying on booty for wealth and on others, including the despised Israel, for funds, utilities, water, and jobs. In their shame-honor social order, they project the fault on others and feign ownership of what is not theirs.  This is a people that took their “Arabic” numerals from the Hindu numerical system, cryptography from Egypt, and their coveted arches from Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans.  Ignorance and envy have led to self-deception and the desire to deceive the rest of the world, like the dying Pharoah who resented others the joy of living.

The invention of the term, “Islamophobia,” is a potential game-changer.  Developed by the Muslim Brotherhood developed “Islamophobia” in the early 1900s to hide their misdeeds and to ensure that the world – the host government, protective forces, academia, and media – would never articulate their atrocities out of fear of humiliation,  so that the Islamists could seize control without having to reveal their true nature.  We have nevertheless come to understand much about their modus operandi, due to extensive research and reporting by psychoanalyst and counter-terrorism expert, Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin.  The jihadi’s accusations against others are an effort to separate themselves (splitting their persona) from their criminality, and to project onto others the terrors they acquired from their childhood.

Dalia Mogahed, a speaker at the same event, accepted no Islamic responsibility for 9/11 and blamed Americans for the excessive attacks on Muslims, yet FBI statistics show that of the 1,584 religious hate crimes registered in 2016, 54.4 percent were motivated by anti-Jewish bias.  The Religion of Peace website (on 9/11/18) lists 16 suicide blasts, 860 people killed and 804 injured in 162 attacks in 27 countries during August 2018, were committed by Muslims, and 33,825 (9/16/18) deadly terrorist attacks were committed by Muslims worldwide since 9/11/01.

Sarsour plumbed the depths of envious loathing when she admonished her co-religionists to not “humanize” Jews, ironically using a term that perfectly defines the differences between Judaism and Islam. It was Jews, some two thousand years before Islam was invented, who brought humanity to the world through monotheism when the rest of humankind lived in lawlessness and chaos.  It is expressed in the Second Commandment, “Love thy neighbor as thyself,”  and embodied today, through the Israeli IDF medics and the civilian social workers who rush to volunteer in earthquake zones, at terrorist attack sites, and in the aftermath of natural disasters like tsunamis and floods.  It is seen as Israel brings her unparalleled expertise in water technology to arid countries, helping Africans grow their own food, start schools for their children, and become self-sustaining.  And it is seen as Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty, which guarantee, among others, the right of all to basic dignity.  These are the people that Sarsour considers dehumanized, imitating the Nazis in the 1930s.

The current situation necessitates an honest comparison between Islam and Judaism.

Where Judaism is empowered by moral purpose, the dignity of man and the sanctity of free will, Islam is driven by fear, vengeance, greed, and conquest, enforced by prayers issued five times daily, and dedication to an oppressive God. Within Islam, a man may decapitate the apostate, homosexual and intellectual; flog and imprison the woman who is raped; stone his wife for accusations of adultery; sell his young daughter into marriage with a sexual predator; and take up to four underage girls into the modernized, legalized slave harem, renamed “marriage.” Under Islam, girls may be deprived of schooling and hospitalization, and such funding, along with what is earmarked for research and laboratories, is more likely used to build mosques and support terrorism.

Nearly 40% of the Islamic world, mostly women of the hundreds of millions of illiterates of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation), can neither read nor write.  Under Islam, the female is so cruelly undervalued that her offspring become the severely emotionally disturbed jihadi terrorists.  These Palestinian children are exploited and trained to be fighters and suicide bombers and a recent study revealed that more teenagers are eager to take on terror attacks for suicidal greatness and glory.  Sarsour’s use of “humanity” may be explained as a trait that was never permitted to emerge.  It may be defined as “projection,” a defense mechanism, whereby the hostile traits of the speaker are attributed to another.  It allows the accuser to project (transfer) the responsibility for her people’s faults and misdeeds on the other.  It permits the Muslim to be cleared of the guilt, the toxic chaos, the blood, guts, explosives, and suicides that keep the jihadi in his (or her) maternal attachment.

This is the culture that Linda “we will not assimilate” Sarsour would impose upon America.

Of all the attributions noted by Sarsour, choosing “humanity/humanizing” is a textbook case because she knows, at least psychologically, that the Jews and Israelis are particularly motivated by moral purpose, so she paints them as the reverse.  But she is a product of her upbringing and history, and honor-bound to carry forth the mindset of lies, abuse, torture, and extermination for which Islam is known.  There is not a modicum of evidence to show any difference between Islam’s horrific past and Islam today.

Sarsour may be ignored, but the applause she received must alert us to vigilance.

Contributions to this post by Kevin O’Neil.

Tabitha Korol
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#EnemiesWithin: Trevor Loudon releases mini-doc on Texas Rep Marc Veasey

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Congressman Marc Veasey

This week Trevor Loudon exposes U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, who was elected in 2012 to represent Texas’ new 33rd Congressional District. Rep. Marc Veasey is a member of the House Armed Services Committee, which has legislative oversight of America’s military. As you will see in the video, Congressman Veasey is working hard to bring illegal aliens into the military and founded the “Voting Rights Caucus,” all while working with members of the Communist Party USA through their front group, the euphemistically-named “Texas Alliance for Retired Americans.”

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In 2016, New Zealand author and film-maker Trevor Loudon released his full-length documentary The Enemies Within, which exposed a shocking number of United States Senators and Congress members who pose a security risk to America. These elected officials were all tied to hostile foreign powers, anti-American Marxist groups or fronts for the pro-terrorist Muslim Brotherhood.

Trevor Loudon

Trevor has made a “short list” of 59 Congress members and 19 Senators who likely could not pass a basic security background check.

Unfortunately, there are no security checks for Congress members, so the United States is now suffering the consequences of highly untrustworthy people serving on sensitive Congressional Committees, including Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Intelligence.

These are the “Enemies Within.”

Trevor has made a series of 90-to-150 second mini-documentaries exposing these people. He is releasing them in batches every Thursday night on TrevorLoudon.com at 8 pm EST up until election day. Others may be released at appropriate times after the election.

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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

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

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

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

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

Store shelves

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

 

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

searching for food in the trash

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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.

protest sign

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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
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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

http://www.federalappeals.com/

http://licensedtolie.com/

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

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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.

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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
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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
© 2017 Group AMC, Inc.

 

 

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
© 2017 Group AMC, Inc.

 

 

 

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.

Attorney-General’s Department [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)]

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.

 

Failed Notre Dame Walk Out

How embarrassing?

Prior to the walkout during Notre Dame commencement with guest speaker Vice President Mike Pence, organized group We StaND For, was not involved in much. The group has labeled itself as a student activist coalition, and according to their twitter feed, they believed there was going to be a successful walk out this past weekend.

Turns out only 100 students joined the group to show their dismay in VP Mike Pence. Over 3,000 students remained in their seats, some even shouted a few boos to those that decided to get up and leave. Once the students left the event, they stood outside the ceremony awaiting their photo opportunity wearing gay pride ribbons.

Of course groups such as the Women’s March praised the students that decided to selfishly take attention away from those that worked hard and paid a lot of money to enjoy their graduation. There is a time and place to protest the current administration, and this wasn’t the place. It seems the liberals have yet to understand that the abundance of protests are continuing to sway many independents to the right.

Ron Boat chats with Suzanne Shattuck – Part 2

Continuing our discussion with Suzanne Shattuck, we look at some truths about Islam and the politics of America.

She speaks of views, ideas and ideals that aligned with mine, and I find her to be an exceptional lady of great experience with a strong love for this country, life and putting forth the truth.

Used with permission of Suzanne Shattuck

This is part 2 of 2 segments discussing the important considerations of our time and where America might, or might not be headed…. And what can we do about it.

RB –  It’s a shame that our lives are so consumed with politics. It used to be you could go days or weeks not worried about who was president or what congress was or wasn’t doing or national security issues. Now it’s an hourly thing for many discussing who wire tapped who, how’s the vote going in congress or will taxes go down, the border be secured or how many Muslims are coming in from unstable countries of war?

SS –  Exactly! And I would much rather be spending my days decorating, gardening, playing sports, hiking and on and on. Like I tell others, this is not what I want to be doing. It is not easy putting your name and your non-PC beliefs out there. Especially now when there are serious repercussions for doing so. Look at Tim Allen and what happened with his perfectly good show.

RB –   Going back to the military subject, you had some emphatic thoughts on General Mattis. Think it was a onetime comment about killing the ISIS leader, possibly misspoken, or some underlying philosophy that might prevent his long term success?

SS –  I believe General Mattis politically aligns himself with “Obama like” people. He is more than likely a Democrat. If you look at who he wanted to name as his deputy secretary, a woman named Anne Patterson, an Obama ambassador to Egypt who backed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi. If that wasn’t bad enough, he wanted to name Michele Flournoy to that same post as well. She was Hillary’s pick for Secretary of Defense had she gotten into office. I don’t doubt his military prowess, but seriously don’t think he understands who he is fighting and why they fight.

RB –  On your show I finally heard a reasonable, factual parallel opinion to mine about Islamic terrorism. That being that it’s not Radical Islam that’s the problem, it’s Islam itself. I mean really… a 6th / 7th century “religion” founded by a prophet who married a 9 year old, who promotes violence, polygamy, murder and torture. The two things that bother me are 1) all Muslims ascribe to the Qur’an and yes some claim to be peaceful while the same book tells others to lie, kill infidels and rewrite history at will. Not logical. And 2) With all the evil, killing and world destruction I keep wondering where the leaders are standing up and denouncing this viciousness. In my book, if you don’t speak out against atrocities, you’re part of the problem.

SS –  I’ll simply agree with you here. Nothing has changed in the Koran for 1400 years. They follow the same doctrine and the same prophet, Mohammad. Muslims have never been told they can pick and choose how they live their lives. Their lives must model Mohammad. In Christianity, you have the Old and New Testament. Christians live in the New Testament times, and Jesus didn’t encourage violence, sexual perversion, polygamy, rape, torture, etc. He instead encouraged forgiveness, love, and mercy. Islam is the only “religion” I know of that rewards paradise to those who murder.

 

[ RB – As a follow up to that, I heard recently that Christians follow Christ in their actions, thoughts and with a desire to be like him. Muslims are doing the same following their god, their leader, to be more like him and that includes everything they’re doing to destroy the world. ]

RB –  In their own words,  (Qur’an 3:54) “And they (the unbelievers) planned to deceive, and Allah planned to deceive (the unbelievers), and Allah is the best of deceivers.”  And Qur’an 8:30,  “And (remember) when the unbelievers plotted deception against you (O Muhammad), to imprison you, or kill you, or expel you. They plotted deception, but Allah also plotted deception; and Allah is the best of deceivers.” Quite a basis for a ”loving” “peaceful” “truthful” religion.

SS – You hit on one of their main modus operandi, lying or takiya. The Muslim Brotherhood front groups like Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), thrives on deception to the point of denying they are linked with the terrorist group HAMAS. This is well documented and even in the Holy Land Foundation documents entered into public record. In addition, there are many open sourced materials that link them, but the heads of these groups deny it openly in the face of facts.

RB –  I think Americans need to wake up to the facts, the truth, the threats of Islam as it’s not a foreign religion but a threat right here on our own shores perpetrated and promoted by one Barak Hussein Obama. Trump’s desire to better vet those coming here is a natural link in our protective chain of entrance into this country. And a better vetting of those already in our government needs to take place as well. With your work with several national security groups, have you seen an understanding of the problems and a commitment to better protecting this country?

SS – I think for the sake of Western Civilization, Islam needs to be declared as more of a political ideology more than a religion as it is a complete way of life. And, come to think of it, I would probably not even quantify it as a religion because it is more like a cult. The very fact that we sanction it as a religion gives it a protected status in our country because of the wording of our Constitution. I take a more rigid and unforgiving stance on the supposed “vetting” of Muslim refugees and immigrants into this country. There really is no way to vet an individual who harbors a political ideology in opposition to our Constitution.  If there were no other place in the world that these individuals could go it may be a different story because of the humanitarian aspect, but there are plenty of other Islamic countries for these people to go to instead of America. If you want to keep America… America, then Islamic immigration of any kind must cease. It is for the survival of our civilization.

RB –  Trump rose on a wave of discontent, and while he is no Messiah, do you see him as a saver (not savior) of this country from our downward slide? I can’t image what we’d be going through and discussing had Clinton been victorious on Nov 8th.

SS –  While I believe having Trump in office is much better for the country than Hillary, there is still reason for much concern. Although trump seems to be moving in the right directions with the economy and America’s strength on the world stage, he is disappointingly turning away from dealing with the enormous threat on our soil, the Islamic threat. He has tabled the Foreign Terrorist Organization for The Muslim Brotherhood which is extremely worrisome. But, it is evident Trump can turn on a dime and make some bold necessary moves. I hope and pray he does this concerning the designation for the Brotherhood.

RB –  You’ve researched many refugee resettlement issues and immigration in general, and I find it incomprehensible that our previous president would throw open the borders allowing tens of thousands to wonder in only to be taken care of by the taxpayers of this country. They’re housed, fed, given medical treatment, education opportunities and free transportation. What a life. While our elderly suffer and our veterans go unnoticed. Can we not see and acknowledge a subversive agenda to this former social justice madness?

SS – We must get a grip on immigration as a whole, especially immigration through the Refugee Resettlement Program. The Refugee Program is simply a means to destabilize this country just like it did and continues to do in Europe. There is not one good reason for Islamic refugees to come to this country, unless they were leaving Islam, which makes them an apostate and running for their lives. The other Islamic refugees should rightfully go to other Gulf rich countries in the region. The Islamic ideology of Sharia is contrary to our Constitution and therefore should bar them from our country, period. No more discussion should be required.

RB –  With the success of your Red Nation Rising radio program, where do you see the program moving in the future? More impactful, hard hitting topics? More forceful discussion of our growing enemy, Islam? Guests? What are the pressing issues that need to be brought to the forefront with the same deliberate emphasis you brought last week?

SS –  I am starting to have guests on the show and/or tape interviews with people who I think have something to say about this fight we are in, whether it be against Leftist/Progressive/Marxist policies, the Islamic movement or simply people whom I have met that would enrich my listeners lives. I believe we are headed for trying times, but the more we stand and speak truth now, the more people will wake up and join this fight for Liberty. And the more people are educated and willing to stand, the better chance we have at preserving this precious country we have been given.

RB – Where can people go to learn more about Suzanne, her views, projects and proclamations?

SS – Suzanneshattuck.com, talkamericaradio.us, drrichswier.com

 

I can’t thank Suzanne enough for taking time and voicing ideas that run through all our minds – but many are hesitant to express. Conservatives may have won the election in the early hours of Nov 9th, but the ultimate success of a Trump presidency is still to be seen, and we continue to fight the destructive progressive ways of liberals.

They are standing in opposition to everything Trump is trying to achieve, wasting time and energy with one Russian dog fight after another, advancing any story or lie to diminish the presidency because “they lost”, and generally developing the largest set of road blocks to any presidency we’ve seen.

The uncontrolled immigration of overwhelming Muslim populations, any continuing advancement of an Obama socialistic society, the onslaught of immigrants from the south needs to stop and soon… or America will become a third world country with problems we can’t even imagine yet.

People need to get involved ensuring local offices are filled with constitutionally minded patriots, working to make sure their state representatives to congress are the best for America, and working to make sure that the presidency will always held by a person (man or woman) that is grounded in the beliefs that America is exceptional, is a beacon of hope for the world and conforms the desires of our freedom seeking founding fathers.

 

~ RB
© 2017 Group AMC, Inc.

Ron Boat chats with Suzanne Shattuck – Part 1

A while back I was wondering though different shows here on RNR and was struck by one very strong and passionate personality. In a world of men dominated radio hosts, Suzanne Shattuck puts forth such energy and strength that others could learn a lesson from her.

Used with permission of Suzanne Shattuck

She spoke of views, ideas and ideals that aligned with mine, and I had not heard many express on the open airwaves. I’m not easily impressed, but after talking with her, I found her to be an exceptional lady of great experience with a strong love for this country, life and putting forth the truth.

This is part 1 of 2 segments discussing the important considerations of our time and where America might, or might not be headed. And what can we do about it.

 

RB – Suzanne, you certainly had a middle American start on life growing up on a farm in Virginia with middle America lifestyle and values. Did that form a basis for your thinking and conservative direction, or did it really develop later on? Did family and faith play a part in your conservative thinking or did you become disgusted over time as you grew up? And has that hunger for truth always been a part of your inner core?

SS – Most definitely, my growing up on a farm had everything to do with my more conservative way of thinking, as well as my family’s strong faith in God. My childhood, for the most part was spent on my grandparent’s farm since my parents built a home on the end of their property. More days than not, I would be hiking in the woods and through the fields many times ending up at my grandparent’s home and not being allowed to leave until I ate something!

I can remember working in the garden, hay field, or potato patch and looking forward to the dinner break, which was usually served around 1-2 o’clock in the afternoon. My grandmother was an awesome cook and added at least 1 ½ cups of sugar to every pitcher of iced tea. Often while eating, my grandfather would reach up and flick the radio on to Rush Limbaugh. Rush made a lasting impression on me as I remember listening to him regularly for over twenty-two years.

My family was always involved in church. Later, when I was in middle-school, my parents switched from a Brethren to an Independent Baptist church. This new church actually had people carrying their Bibles into the worship center and studied them intensely on Sunday morning and night, then again on Wednesdays. It was quite a change, but I found myself coming into a more personal relationship with Jesus at that time. It would turn out to be a good thing for me as it was also about that time I was experimenting with partying and alcohol in high school.

Thankfully my parents saw that I needed a little help in making wiser decisions and abruptly placed me in the Christian school associated with the church. It was there that I found some great friends and learned you can have fun in high school without getting in trouble and drinking alcohol. Instead, many of my new friends loved to scope out our teachers’ or other friends’ homes to decorate with toilet paper. We got pretty creative and always did a superb job. It also helped that one of my friends was the janitor/night security at a large business. He used to donate heavily to our paper products required for these missions. That friend continues to work at this same company and to this day I believe he is one of the executives.

RB –   Being a military wife and having the opportunity to experience that living and working environment, did you see a strong patriotic dedication over the years? Were there changes in the way the military, that you were exposed to, that indicated a social influence or did the enlisted and officer corps show more patriotism than compliance with some “social” agenda? How would you compare it to the last few years of our military command under Obama?

SS – Again, I must credit my parents for setting the tone for my patriotism that has been strong for as long as I have memories. They taught my brothers, sister and myself; love of freedom, respect for our founding fathers, honesty, forgiveness, hard work, and a desire for the truth. There was frequent talk of current events and politics of the day. Most all of my immediate and extended family were Republicans and hardworking individuals, because they took care of farms as well as having other jobs in the community. I can remember going to Republican Dinners and listening to speeches from local elected officials, even standing in line to see Dan Quayle come through the little city’s airport where I grew up. I am blessed to say I had a wonderful childhood.

Being a military wife increased my understanding of how this small section of the population sacrifices their lives in numerous ways to keep America free. I must say much of the sacrifice is given by the children of those in active duty as they never really experience being able to sink roots down anywhere, thus being denied a feeling of grounding and solidity. Being a military wife enabled me to be around so many Americans who respected our freedom enough to dedicate their lives to the protection of it. I have many vivid memories of driving on Army posts when “Retreat” would play over the loud speakers. This indicated the flag was being lowered. It is custom to stop your car, even in the middle of the street, get out, place your hand over your heart while facing the direction of the flagpole. You were to remain silent for the remainder of the playing of “To the Colors.” It was always a reminder of what that flag stood for. My children remember that as well, and it is something that will never be taken from them.

As a military wife of an officer, I probably had more opportunity appreciate a growing political correctness towards the end of my former husband’s career. I think this also was more apparent to me as I was becoming well read in the area of the Global Islamic movement and more specifically with the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood here in America. I definitely witnessed the deference to the women in the military and a sharp rise in sexual harassment cases within the ranks which lead to sensitivity training, the same kind of training that is going on now for transgender and other minority groups. It is sad to see the decline of morale in the military largely due to the social experiment it has turned into.

RB – You just recently entered the world of radio broadcasting?

SS – Yes, I just started broadcasting my show called, “Wide Awake” on Rednationrising.us. The name comes from my website, “I’m Wide Awake” at suzanneshattuck.com. I chose the name as a way of letting our enemies know that what they are doing in plain sight isn’t fooling me. Many of our elected officials, Hollywood, MSM, the Left, and Islamic leaders continue to attempt to lull Americans back to sleep so they can continue chipping away at our freedoms. The name of my show and those who listen to me aren’t going to fall for it. In addition before anyone moves to protect freedom they have to wake up to what is going on.

Used with permission of Suzanne Shattuck

 

Don Neuen was very instrumental in bringing me out of my shell and offering and encouraging me to write, to speak. It was he and his wife, Donna Fiducia, who gave me the opportunity at radio. I really never planned on doing any of this, but doors kept opening to me and I trusted God to walk through them.

I don’t feel like I have anything special to offer. I am simply filling a void that exists because so many are silent about what threatens our liberties here at home. And one of those main threats is the Islamic movement. It exists here in this country though because Americans have lost their identity. Many fail to remember our roots, grounded in not just freedom, but God-given freedom.  We are not passing that on to the children, which over time is showing us vulnerable. America is not too big to fall. It took the lives of many to purchase the freedom we enjoy, and we cannot expect to keep it without fighting to preserve it.

RB –  And what pushed you into such an arena of ever changing, competitive verbal dog fights and exhaustive energy to keep up with shifting political landscape?

SS – I always think about Rush talking about how healthy it is to have a free exchange of ideas. Growing up, I remember debating a lot with my grandfather on my father’s side. He grew up in New York, actually in the city during the Great Depression. He loved to discuss religion and politics all day long. So, he was also a big influence in my desire to find the truth and to openly question and ponder issues both past and present.

RB –  As we discussed, I first ran into you by finding your show here on Red Nation Rising, and felt I had to connect with you because you exhibited such passion and drive for your subjects. Where did all this drive and craving for truth develop from?

SS – I believe ultimate truth is of God, so I believe searching for it is a drive He places in your heart. In regards to my subject, I went to a gathering in 2010, down on River Street in Savannah, Georgia where Ralph Reed was going to speak. Somewhere in the lineup was a wife of an Army Ranger who also had 4 children. She spoke with much passion and her topic was the Islamic movement. This sparked my interest because ever since 9/11 I was curious about who these terrorists were and what made them attack us. I ended up becoming friends with her and another local lady who also was passionate about educating others as to this growing threat in our country.

RB – Because you have such energy for your views, do you find push back from other media, friends or listeners because you’re so steadfast in your beliefs and truth laden topics?

SS –  Yes, in fact my intensity probably is off putting to some who literally have no idea of the seriousness of this issue. It can seem very foreign when you first start to understand it. I am very active on Facebook and find occasionally some who vociferously disagree with me. I am fine with anyone wanting to debate the facts, and I don’t consider myself an expert so I am willing to learn from others who can back up their arguments with facts. What I do not tolerate is name calling and shooting the messenger type tactics. Usually those are the left leaning folks whose arguments are based in emotion.

 

Next time, we’ll talk about day-to-day politics, General Mattis, Trump, the Qur’an  and more. Don’t miss her show here on Red Nation Rising, Sundays at 7 EST on the Justice network.

Thanks to Suzanne for sharing her views.

 

~ RB
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Ron Boat says Happy Mother’s Day

OK, maybe it’s a given that everyone should express and enjoy a holiday such as this or Father’s Day. But not everyone has the opportunity to do so, Having recently lost my father, I know the impact it will have come June 18th. And while I still have my mother, many don’t.

To remember and celebrate our family is paramount in a civil society. In Asian cultures, generations of ancestors are remembered and revered. Taking a day out to expressly honor a parent is part of who we are.

And maybe this is part of a bigger problem as we move toward the continuing development of our society. How many don’t even know their fathers, or mothers through whatever process of abandonment, neglect, death etc.? Without a cohesive family unit binding our nation together, we are a collection of lost souls randomly wondering through life alone without the glue of love and support that helps all of us to grow and develop.

This has long been the discussion of the black community where nearly 74% of kids are born out of a marriage unit and that has led to societal ramifications of crime, incarceration, dysfunction, welfare, and generational shortcomings and missed opportunities. All races have their problems but in general, aiding and promoting the proper and desired quality of a family unit is paramount to the long term survival and betterment of our country.

And to those of the gay community that feel a day such as this slights their position of a “parent?”  GROW UP. Not everything in life is about you. If there are 2 daddies or mommies…. then celebrate twice but don’t try to diminish our traditions to change the world to your ideology of uniqueness, diversity and difference. There’re well founded reasons and a place for established societal customs.

Here’s wishing everyone a day of relaxation, peace, love and joy in their family settings whether expressed in person, or through a medium less personal – yet just as meaningful.

 

~ RB
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Ron Boat applauds Comey change

In a free and just society, our very lives depend on our leaders. We live with one party or another running the country, back and forth with policies we “hope” are good for the country at large. But we expect and deserve honesty, transparency, and above all – fairness and equality under the law.

When someone in the chain of governance fails and changes the rules, we’re in trouble – whether we recognize it, know it or not. When someone, on either side of the isle, decides that their way is the best way instead of our constitution and set of laws and rules, we’re diverting from our path of freedom and heading toward tyranny.

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This was the course, not necessarily established but, played out by James Comey in his quickly call presser, potentially to change the political landscape. The biggest road sign on his downward journey was his news conference in July last year. Everyone, especially Republicans, waited on the edge of their chairs, hands clasp, and holding their breath as 13 minutes of a stinging indictment; damaging in-depth details of Clinton’s legal shortcomings were expounded with specificity for all the world to witness and judge:

  • “Of the 30,000 emails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent.”
  • “The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related emails that were not among the 30,000 emails that had been returned by Secretary Clinton State in 2014.”
  • “None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system.”
  • “There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”
  • “We assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.”

All nicely packaged and wrapped up like a July 4th patriotic present with a last minute reprieve stating that:

  • “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

I’m truly thinking that he meant to say ” that no reasonable [Democratic] prosecutor would bring such a case.” For when legal scholar after legal scholar lists the crimes committed, the national security rules broken, the incompetence, malfeasance and misfeasance in high office and then no one pursues the obvious…. it’s enough to think we’re being conned. (Or Comey’d)

The intrusion into the election process was not professional and should not have happened for any reason and… to be fair should never be done by either party. But when you do interject yourself into the process by accusing, then excusing criminal acts, when the whole investigation is tainted with a tarmac meeting between the nation’s highest LEO and the husband of the investigation’s subject, with leaks and rants by every political hack on the planet… time to regroup.

The final straw in this bazaar stageplay is the Director’s decision to not just be an investigator, but an un-elected, un-appointed prosecutor performing duties not in his job description. When you state out of place:

  • “As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.”

This is where things fall apart because the FBI’s job, and only job, is to gather facts, present them to the Dept of Justice, and THEY decide yea or nay on the legal appropriateness of charges. But of course when the leader of that dept. has poisoned the water with her quiet, almost secret meeting…. everything deserves higher review and scrutiny. And keep in mind, this meeting would have gone unknown except for an aware local TV reporter in Phoenix who thought the occurrence was strange, recorded it and reported it.

Hillary and the Dems celebrated the absolution and acquittal, while Repubs couldn’t believe their collective ears. And it’s been reported that  many non-partisans observers — and even friends of Comey — noted that his veneer of “independence” was shattered after the matter.

As long-time Comey friend and former co-worker Andrew McCarthy writes in National Review:

“The independence of law enforcement is critical, but at times he seemed to redefine ‘independent’ as beholden to only those institutional guidelines he subjectively judged worthy of following.”

After the comments, former Department of Justice spokesperson Matthew Miller bemoaned on Twitter that the Comey presser was “outrageous”:

“Absolutely outrageous presser by Comey. DOJ/FBI is supposed to speak in court. If it won’t make statements in court, it shouldn’t make them.”

Lewis Schiliro, a former FBI agent of 25 years, told Politico that Comey “undermined his status by holding a news conference” just days before the election and that he was doomed from the start:

“He brought the bureau into a political situation when it ought not to be. That’s not the place for the FBI,” said Schiliro. “I think Comey was trying to play investigator and prosecutor, and putting both hats on was a drastic mistake on his part.”

“His press conference ought to have been two sentences: ‘The FBI has concluded its investigation. The facts of the matter have been presented to the Department of Justice for a prosecution decision.’ Thank you very much and walk off,” Schiliro added. “That’s the way it’s done.”

Many say the timing and nature of Comey’s firing are suspect. Many more reflect on the unfair, bitter end to an otherwise distinguished career in government, it seems the crisis for Comey began when he stepped outside his rightful role at the FBI and into the fire storm that was the 2016 election.

That was the moment where Comey should have been let go. But it was left up to Trump to deal with it and make the decision – one that MANY Democrats wanted but now decry, and one that Hillary might have done on day one, and so…. here we are again: Accusing, divisive, inefficient politics as usual.

The glaring appearance of Trump eliminating his accuser on the Russia investigation will be fodder for the “D’s” for some some time, but if people let the facts come out, watch the quality of a replacement, see the final results in all this mess, we trust that the confidence in the rule of law, the process of justice will be reestablished and ultimately prevail.

I find it mildly amusing that Dems refuse to recognize the president’s ability and right to change his mind with updated facts, but can’t see their own shift and stutter from one irrational position to another, thinking their latest rant is the only possible position to ever be taken on their behalf.

Through the turbulent storm of Trump’s reign, possibly and hopefully the end game will show that American is great again, law and order has been restored, and we can move the country forward with a better economy, a safer country, and an equality in the application of justice for all; politician and citizen alike.

PS – I find it all so interesting and telling that since Nov, 2016, everything of question has become a constitutional crises. Where were these historical geniuses during the last 8 years?

 

~ RB
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Ron Boat warns Obama made Socialism fashionable

If you didn’t see the Socialist leanings of B Hussein O in the last 8 years…. you must have been living out of the country.

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His association with Frank Marshall Davis – a literal, card-carrying member of Communist Party USA – his redistribution agendas, his early life involvements with a far left political concepts of the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) and the New Party of Chicago all bear testament to his anti-American, pro-socialistic/ communistic mind set.

We see the growth of this anti-American movement with California’s decision to allow open Communists to work within the state government. And we all know Jerry Moonbeam’s socialist leanings in his state imposed policies.

We see this openness in the current election of Jackson MI with candidate, Chokwe Antar Lumumba. A radical leftist running as a Democrat but an openly presented member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization,  a US Marxist-Leninist group.

These groups always propose they are “for the people”, “movement of the people”, for “social justice and betterment” and yet when the layers are torn apart… their socialist agenda stands strong and bold. The real problem? Many citizens are so stupid they don’t recognize the persuasiveness of their methods only see the “good stuff” they’re supposed to get through the new association.

WAKE UP America… the roots of socialism, communism, fascism and tyranny are growing into a giant oak that will one day shade the freedom of our country with leaves of control and destruction.

 

~ RB
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Ron Boat sees the country getting taken for a ride

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Let’s face it….. THIS is what you get when you’re groomed to be president of the US and then leader of the world: $3,000,000 for one speech at a $20,000 a night hotel.

And remember… we still pay him $200,000+ in pension and another $200,000 in expenses. NOTE: Congress proposed a law that would take back dollar for dollar what an ex-prez earns above $400K…… But Barry vetoed it.
To quote a great black American philosopher who was also a liberal progressive fascist president….
“I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.”
                                       ~B Hussein Obama [ April 2010 ]
I think that’s something I could get behind.
The Clinton’s must be really pissed, and for me… I can’t imagine any person worth 3 mill for a speech. But… some people have more money than brains. (Just look at congress)
~ RB
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Ron Boat is Miffed, Pissed & Waiting

I’ve generally been known as an easy going, fun loving, accepting and understanding guy. I try not to get overly passionate about worrying over many things as there’s generally nothing you can do and it’s easier to be aware and go along with the flow until something is really an emergency.

But I’m reaching that point where it’s time that our government’s representatives and senators and other leaders really took our lives seriously and did their job.

I could have added disappointed to the title above but to be be disappointed you have to have expectations and I’ve given up expecting anything efficient or positive from these people – only hoping that I might be surprised.

For eight years they sit whining about BarryCare and then when the time comes, they can’t pass a great replacement putting it off from a first attempt to last week.  Another half-hearted attempt at leading with a slim vote of 217 – 213. Even 20 Republicans didn’t go along and of course for pretty much partisan reasons, 100% of the Dimms didn’t.

You’d think people would come together to lead with the best interest of the public in mind but instead lean on party ideology to rule their actions.

I guess the overall process of the government has become tainted to most Americans as we see little being done, no responsibility for inaction, no rhyme or reason for their thinking other than personal or party selfishness, no long term plan, only wasted time spent on things that should be more obviously addressed.

I know that President Trump is no Savior, no Messiah come from the hills to save us from our political plight, and yet, at least he’s trying to get things done, move forward and make a difference. He’s taking action and unfortunately is lacking the support of even his own party.

There’s too much wishy washy going on. Paul Ryan is a joke. He rallies against Trump during the election, He supports then backs off then winds up leading the charge for new healthcare. I’m not sure where he stands on things and I never trust people that smile too much.

We need serious people that care about their job, think and make a difference – not sit around collecting nice paychecks, retirement options and benefits. Congress was never meant to be a career or pathway to riches. But it’s happening at our expensive expense.

So, this is my rant for this week as I consider the direction of this country and the real, truthful efforts being made on our behalf by those who wear the pins. We wasting time when we could be making progress in many areas of technology, medicine, our economy and life long pursuits.

Until I see real progress from Congress, till I see real work and dedication to their chosen “career”, I’ll just remain miffed, pissed and waiting.

 

~ RB
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The Producer Reproducer Ratio

Math – for many, mere mention of the subject sends chills down the spine. However, in the case of the Producer Reproducer Ratio, it isn’t the math that’s scary – it’s the implications.

The Producer Reproducer Ratio or, PRR, is a concept I came up with a few years ago in an effort to explain a point to a friend regarding the economics of childrearing. I derived the notion from my mother’s oft repeated comment in which she said “The nine months it takes to get ‘em here is easy, it’s the eighteen years it takes to raise ‘em that’s hard.” Having had six children of her own, I consider her a bit of an authority on the subject.

The PRR explains a fundamental concept of the economics of childrearing by converting my mother’s wisdom into a social mathematical principle. Every human being requires a certain amount of resources (food, clothing, shelter, medical care, etc.) during his or her lifetime. It is the responsibility of parents to provide these resources for their child until such time as that person can provide for himself or herself. The problem, of course, is that many people who are biologically capable of reproducing are unable or unwilling to produce the resources the child requires, thus shifting that burden to someone else.

Now comes the math (try not to panic): say a set of parents reproduces (R) one child (R = 1) and the parents are required to produce (P) the total amount of resources that one child requires for the first 18 years of life (P = 1). As long as the parents produce the necessary amount of resources for that child, P = R or, expressed as a ratio, 1:1. And that’s the way it works in most families. However, problems arise for instance, when the parents only produce half the resources the child needs, resulting in a change in the ratio to 0.5:1. In this case, someone other than the parents must provide the remaining resources. Occasionally, these parents are able to turn to other family members or friends but, all too often, the burden of making up the shortfall is passed along to the taxpayers.

Consider a more extreme example: say a set of parents has three children (R = 3) with the means or motivation to provide for only one of them (P =1) resulting in a PRR of 1:3. The bigger the R, the bigger the problem. As long as P = R, no shortage of necessary resources exists – parents are pulling their weight and properly providing for their children. When R exceeds P, shortages of resources arise and either the parents receive help from outside sources or the child goes lacking.

An alarming trend in our society is the growing rate at which R is exceeding P. Too many parents, usually young, poorly educated, often unmarried and ill-equipped to alter their own life circumstances, are having children with little or no regard for the provision of their most basic needs. Most assume the state will provide for their children. And why wouldn’t they assume such given the acculturation of entitlement to which so many of today’s young people have been exposed?

The PRR may remind us of a dull, dry, uninteresting mathematical formula we were required to learn in high school only to selectively forget the minute we graduated. In truth, it is a numerical reflection of an alarming social trend plaguing modern America. The choice to have a child is the most monumental decision a person can make in his or her lifetime. Regrettably, the biology of reproduction is all too often unaccompanied by the motivation for resource production. No decent person wants to see a child go lacking the essentials of everyday life. We recognize, after all, that the child isn’t at fault. However, by continuing to send the message that it’s okay to have children without consideration of, or provision for, their needs, we merely encourage the behavior.

Further, those who so flippantly disregard the daily needs of their children often fall far short in other areas of effective parenting as well. For the sake of the children, it is important to send the message that having them is acceptable only in the context of being prepared to properly care for them. Merely loving a child isn’t enough. Being a good parent is hard and, from time to time, even requires learning a little math beginning with the Producer Reproducer Ratio.

What You Don’t Know About America’s Health Care System Can Hurt You

As a physician practicing full-time emergency medicine, I’ve spent thousands of hours treating patients in an acute care setting. During that time, I’ve seen America’s health care system at its best – lives saved, diseases cured, health restored. The daily contribution by our health care system towards the reduction of human pain and suffering is incalculable. American health care is unparalleled in the developed world and, without doubt, if a person is sick or injured, America is the place to be.

Regrettably, however, America’s health care system has a dark side as well – one populated by those who abuse themselves by abusing street drugs, alcohol, or prescription pain medications, those who chronically make poor lifestyle choices, and those who are generally out to beat the system. This dark side of America’s health care system is a side that, as a health care provider, I know all too well, yet, ominously, it’s a side many Americans don’t even know exists. Nevertheless, whether one is aware of this dark side of American health care or not, it’s a side that can hurt us all.

Average Americans are actually very decent people – hardworking, dependable, responsible, compassionate, charitable, and concerned about their fellow citizens. Further, the average American isn’t a substance abuser, doesn’t consistently make poor lifestyle choices, and isn’t out to get something for nothing. In fact, such activities are so typically foreign to them as to be beyond their awareness and even comprehension. Therefore, it often comes as a surprise to many of these average Americans when I recount the myriad stories of waste, fraud, and abuse I witness daily in the emergency room.

For instance, not so long ago, I treated a middle-aged woman who presented to the emergency room with a complaint of low back pain. The patient was well known to the ER staff, having been to that particular emergency room 43 times that year alone, of course, all at taxpayer expense. Her story was that someone had stolen her pain medication which she needed for a chronic back problem. Typical of this common scenario, the patient stated she hadn’t been able to see her doctor for a refill. When I asked her to describe the nature of her back problem, she couldn’t. When I asked what her MRI had shown, she explained that she’d never had one – the reason being that she missed her appointment. When I told her I would like to speak to her doctor, she proceeded to tell me she had recently stopped seeing her previous doctor and was in the process of finding a new one but hadn’t gotten around to it yet. Needless to say, I declined to write her a prescription for her pain medication after which she called me a few choice names of the four-letter variety.

The same night, another middle-aged woman arrived via ambulance to the emergency room. She was complaining of chest pain. It was her seventh ambulance transport to the ER that month – seventh – each time complaining of chest pain. Each time her cardiac workup was negative, yet, each time her urine drug screen was positive for cocaine. Though she had a healthy heart, the stimulant effect of the cocaine induced heart strain which resulted in significant pain and discomfort. Nevertheless, we were bound to perform a complete cardiac workup – the seventh that month – to the tune of many thousands of dollars, again, of course, at taxpayer expense.

Frustratingly, the above stories are so commonplace in emergency rooms across the country that they’ve essentially become clichés barely raising the eyebrows of health care providers. In fact, the problem is so extensive that few believe anything can be done to correct it. The waste, fraud, and abuse plaguing America’s emergencies rooms, a problem I’ve spoken about often and written about in the past, is costing productive Americans billions of dollars annually. I’ve long believed that if a portion of those wasted funds could be recouped by the government, Uncle Sam could afford to purchase private insurance coverage for every man, woman, and child in America.

And, yet, nothing is being done. Why? Several reasons. First, those who draw attention to the fact that certain patients abuse the health care system, particularly emergency rooms, are quickly labeled as uncompassionate. Further, medicine is a complex field and those with the expertise to suggest meaningful solutions to its many problems are generally outside the legislative process. In addition, with the ever-present threat of litigation hanging over its head, the health care industry is hesitant to even approach the subject of meaningful reform for fear of becoming mired in future lawsuits.

However, those concerns are no excuse for inaction. The health care reform America desperately needs is not in the form of socialized medicine but rather in legislation that promotes responsible utilization of our health care resources. In an emergency situation, in particular, inappropriate utilization of health care resources puts all Americans at risk. Imagine your mother, or husband, or best friend dying of a heart attack while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance that is delayed because it is being used to transport a crack addict to the hospital for the seventh time in a month. It’s time for Americans to get the word on what’s happening on the dark side of our health care system. After all, it’s what you don’t know about the American health care system that can hurt you.