Putin Must Bring the KGB Files when he Visits White House

There is much anticipation of the repatriation of the POW/MIA from North Korea as a result of the Singapore Summit. As of the time of this post, still none have been returned yet coordination is still underway as stated by the U.S. State Department. But, it must be understood, the KGB, now FSB maintains files […]

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Putin vs. McFaul, DHS, Browder and Why

It all comes down to the Magnitsky Act. In short Vladimir Putin is furious over this law and other countries are slowly setting it as law as well, most recently it appears, Spain. When President Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, that was part of the discussion, repeal the law or apply waivers and allow […]

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Iran to Hit Infrastructure with Cyber Attack

Primer: (Reuters) – Iran has built a factory that can produce rotors for up to 60 centrifuges a day, the head of its atomic agency said on Wednesday, upping the stakes in a confrontation with Washington over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear work. Under the terms of the 2015 agreement, which was also signed by Russia, […]

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Stabbing in Germany

On Friday July 20th, in the Kuecknitz district of the German city of Leubeck, a man stabbed and seriously injured 14 people on bus headed to the costal city of Travemunde. The suspect, who is believed to be Iranian and in his 30s, was arrested by police after they arrived in the area. It is reported that the perpetrator used a kitchen knife in his attack. Police have not ruled out terrorism as a motive after the man dropped a smoldering backpack during the attack.

The German government has long warned that other attacks are possible after having experienced several attacks claimed by the Islamic State in recent years. Over the first weekend of July, Belgian, French, and German authorities thwarted a plot to bomb a conference hosted by an exiled Iranian political party, the Mujahidin al-Khalq (MEK). In June German authorities announced that they had foiled what is believed to have been the first attempted biological attack within the country when they arrested a Cologne man for procuring materials needed to create ricin and launch a deadly attack. The most notable terror incident in recent years, however, was the December 2016 lorry attack that saw the perpetrator drive through a Berlin Christmas market, leaving 12 people dead and several more injured.

Germany remains a keen target for jihadist groups because of involvement in the fighting of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. German intelligence estimates that there are over 10,000 Islamic radicals in Germany, at least 900 of them deemed to be extremely dangerous and capable of using violence against innocent people. A small amount of these individuals has been detained for various offenses, this leaves a substantial number of these radical that are currently free members of German society. If Germany wants to reduce the threat posed by such individuals then they must devise a means of reducing these numbers in a secure and effective manner.

 

al-Hijra designated as Wing of al-Shabaab

On Thursday, July 19th, the U.S. Department of State amended the designation of the al-Shabaab terrorist group to include al-Hijra, the terror organization’s branch in Kenya.  The Department of State claims al-Hijra has helped al-Shabaab “both organizationally and operationally” by engaging in fundraising, recruiting, and occasional logistic support for al-Shabaab.

Al-Hijra started out as the Pumwani Muslim Youth in 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya. Lead by Shaykh Ahmad Iman Ali, and heavily influenced by a radical al-Ashabaab supporting preacher Shaykh Aboud Rogo, the organization quickly turned into a propaganda and recruiting arm for al-Shabaab. By 2012, the group had renamed itself to al-Hijra, merged with al-Shabaab, and began openly calling for violence within Kenya.

After the Westgate Mall attack by al-Shabaab in 2013, members of al-Hijra were caught housing and transporting the attackers, a move that  highlighted to intelligence agencies their ambition to carry out violence. Since then, several unexplained attacks on religious leaders within al-Hijra have severely hampered the organizations leadership. However, attacks on churches and support for al-Shabaab’s attacks within Kenya and Somalia have continued.

The United States will continue to work with allies in the region to fight al-Shabaab and expose their affiliate groups and bases of support.

Elections’ Voter Registration System and the Russian Investor

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By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Remember the outrage when sites all over the Internet published items that Soros owned the voting machines? Remember that same outrage when Soros invested heavily in the states’ secretaries that were responsible for the respective elections process?

Remember the outrage that a Russian investor was able to buy American uranium in a deal concocted by Hillary? We learned then about the Committee for United States Foreign Investment.

Remember the outrage when Obama deferred the ‘red-line’ chemical weapons removal in Syria to Moscow that killed thousands? Anyone remember the anger when Russia shot down MH17, a civilian airliner, killing everyone on board?

Remember that we have lost regard for the top ranks of the FBI due to the Russian investigation and the Hillary investigation?

Remember the horror and vote rigging reported across various states in the recent elections?

Our votes are the most sacrosanct privilege Americans have. Okay, so how about the very under-reported matter in Maryland?

See, it was not until AFTER the Justice Department announced the indictment of 12 Russian military intelligence officers for computer hacking that Maryland officials reached out to Rod Rosenstein. FBI officials in the Maryland office held a briefing with the Maryland officials and did not want to make the information public… that is due to a wider investigation on the matter. What matter is that?

Well…

Vladimir Potanin – Getty Images

In part:

Four FBI agents informed state officials Thursday that a vendor Maryland has contracted with — ByteGrid LLC — to host data for statewide elections has ties to a Russian oligarch, Miller and Busch said.

Potanin acquired his wealth notably through the controversial loans-for-shares program in Russia in the early to mid-1990s.

He is one of the wealthiest men in Russia, with an estimated net worth of $15.9 billion, ranking 83rd on the 2018 Forbes The World’s Billionaires list, and 6th in Russia. His long-term business partner was Mikhail Prokhorov until they decided to split in 2007. Subsequently, they put their mutual assets in a holding company, Folletina Trading, until their asset division was agreed upon.

In January 2018, Potanin appeared on the US Treasury’s “Putin list” of 210 individuals closely associated with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

ByteGrid LLC owns the servers that hold the data for voter registration, candidacy, election management, and election night results, state elections officials said. An ownership stake in the company was purchased by AltPoint Capital Partners, whose largest investor is a Russian oligarch named Vladimir Potanin, the election officials said.

Busch said that Potanin is “very close” to Russian Pesident Vladimir Putin and that Altpoint’s managing partner is Gerald T. Banks, a Russian millionaire who changed his name from Guerman Aliev.

But Busch said the state has no evidence that Potanin or Banks had done anything untoward.

“We don’t have any idea whether they meddled in any elections at all,” Busch said.

Attempts to reach the companies were unsuccessful.

The Maryland officials also said they had no indication the Russian-linked firm had anything to do with the problems that arose shortly before June’s primary election in which more than 80,000 voters’ change of address and party affiliation requests were never forwarded from the Motor Vehicle Administration to election officials.

The Maryland news came hours after the Department of Justice indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers, charging that they hacked the computer networks of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.The 11-count indictment alleges that the Russian agents infiltrated the networks, implanting malicious computer code and stealing documents on field operations, opposition research and campaign analytics as a way of interfering with the election.

The charges include conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S., aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

According to the indictment, the Russians posted stolen documents online and worked with an organization — unnamed but believed to be WikiLeaks — to spread them further, and take advantage of continuing tensions between supporters of Clinton and primary opponent Bernie Sanders.

The federal indictment charging 12 Russian includes an allegation that a Twitter account, @BaltimoreIsWhr, was set up to invite people to join a “flash mob” and to post images using the hashtag “#BlacksAgainstHillary.”

It is the latest revelation of how social media were used locally and nationally in an attempt to influence the election. Cyber security analysts in September told The Baltimore Sun that a Facebook ad that referred to the Black Lives Matter movement and targeted Baltimore users in the months following the 2015 riots was likely part of a broader effort by Russia to sow discontent and deepen racial tension.

In response to such ads, the General Assembly in April passed a bill requiring social media platforms and websites with significant traffic to track all political ads and record which users are being targeted. In May, Hogan expressed reservations that the law could be found unconstitutional and allowed the bill to become law without his signature.

The @BaltimoreIsWhr account has been suspended.  Read more here.

Election officials in Maryland along with Governor Hogan have asked the Department of Homeland Security for technical assistance to evaluate the network used by the state elections board. ByteGrid, interesting name, was bought by the Russian investor in 2015 without the knowledge of Maryland officials. ByteGrid hosts the entire state system including registration, online ballot delivery systems and unofficial election night results.

Oh yeah, one last item, Maryland was one of the states that had very suspicious online activity in the 2016 election according to DHS and the FBI. That suspicious activity was for online registration and in the ballot request system.

According to the ByteGrid website, they offer: “With ByteGrid’s Compliant Hosting Solutions you get security, compliance and control over your business-critical data. Our CISA and CRISC certified experts have you covered. Industry sectors include: Life Sciences, Health IT, Financial and Government.”

Boko Haram Attacks Traders

On Thursday, July 19th, it was reported that fighters from Boko Haram killed six traders in an ambush in northeast Nigeria. The six traders were killed around 6:00pm in the village of Mussini, located 10 miles from Gamboru, Nigeria. The trader convoys are escorted by military assets, but they are frequently targets of attacks given they carry supplies, along with local markets which are soft targets for suicide bombers. This convoy was forced to stop after the gunman opened fire. Boko Haram fighters looted supplies and torched the vehicles before fleeing.

On Tuesday, July 17th, twenty-seven individuals were killed, and several others injured, after an ambush on Borno Highway. The attack took place between the villages of Logumani and Musune about 18 miles from the town of Ngala, Nigeria. Several vehicles were burned, including pickup trucks and commercial vehicles. Many individuals are still missing after the ambush took place, and at this time neither the military nor the police have issued any statements regarding the attack. This follows a reported attack the previous day that around 20 Nigerian soldiers went missing after a battle with Boko Haram militants in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

In June, Boko Haram carried out a string of suicide attacks in three Nigerian villages under the control of the local government: Kalwa, Misala, and Gwollam. During the attack Boko Haram terrorists set houses ablaze and killed 43 people either by shooting them or stabbing them to death. Weeks before this attack a nearby village was attacked when gunmen from Boko Haram shot and killed 48 people.

Boko Haram, founded in northeast Nigeria in 2002, is a violent terrorist organization that frequently targets and kills innocent civilians. Since 2013 they have been listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the United States Department of State. Boko Haram is a Salafist-jihadi group with known links to the Islamic State. Boko Haram is wide spread across northern Nigeria and along the border regions of Chad and Cameroon, with their stronghold in the Bama area of Borno state where more than 30,000 people have been killed since 2009.

The violence from Boko Haram does not appear to be letting up anytime soon, they are a continual security threat not just to the people of Nigeria but also North Africa region.

“Eagles and Evergreens”

With Robert Charles

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

  • Significance of untold WWII veteran stories
  • New book “Eagles and Evergreens

(PART TWO):

  • Recounting WWII insights and memories

(PART THREE):

  • The agenda of the Helsinki summit
  • Why the Mueller investigation needs to wrap up

(PART  FOUR):

  • Implication of Judge Dana Sabrow’s ruling
  • Significance of strong border enforcement policies




Are Tariffs Really Slowing The Chinese Economy?

Originally published on Forbes.com:

Are tariffs against over $30 billion worth of China goods having any meaningful impact on the Chinese economy? If so, investors won’t get the data points to prove it until early in the fourth quarter. For now, the rear view still looks pretty normal for China.

Here are the latest overall economic figures out of China.

China’s GDP year over year is up 6.7%, down slightly from the 6.8% gain in the first, but within consensus estimates. June industrial production declined to 6% versus estimates of 6.5% and May’s 6.8% IP growth rate.

On the consumer side, Chinese shoppers sent retail sales up 9% versus consensus estimates of 8.8% and May’s 8.5% retail sales increase. And June fixed-asset investment was a tad lower at 6% compared with 6.1% in May. The 6% total was the consensus forecast.

The immediate takeaway: China’s growth rate is within investor expectations and is on par to surpass the government’s 6.5% growth rate for the year.

The service sector grew 7.8% in the second quarter versus 7.5% in the first. Chinese manufacturing fell somewhat but is still up 6% from a year ago compared with the first quarter’s 6.3% from the previous year.

“Against the backdrop of an escalating trade war, there is the potential for targeted easing to mitigate those effects,” says Brendan Ahern, chief investment officer for KraneShares in New York, an ETF company heavily invested in China. “The worry for us would be China’s role in global trade. Is the global economy weakening as a trade war escalates? China has been deliberating slowing due to its antipollution campaign and curtailing debt growth. We will have to monitor if there is a global knock-on effect,” he says, regarding the tit-for-tat trade tariffs between the U.S. and China.

China’s mainland equity markets are down 17% year-to-date ending July 15 and over 20% from their highs on the year reached on Jan. 26.

G20 finance ministers meet in Buenos Aires this weekend, with everyone expecting the U.S. to remain at odds with the rest of the G20 over trade policy. There are also EU meetings coming up with China. Beijing will try again to convince Brussels to take their side. So far, Brussels has not done so.

China and the EU account for about a third of the global economy. Europe is China’s largest trading partner, and China is Europe’s second largest.

The U.S. is winning the trade war so far, as measured by the stock market. Investors are unmoved. The S&P 500 Index is back at the high seen in March, and the index is only 2.5% away from its January highs. The Nasdaq is at a record high. Meanwhile, China’s A-shares are in a bear market.

“Assuming that investors are not complacent, the answer must be that investors believe that trade tensions between the U.S., the EU and China will ultimately be resolved,” says Neil MacKinnon, an economist at VTB Capital in London.

The Trump China Doctrine

China has no friends in Washington. Even the opposition Democrats side with Trump on tariffs, with many leaders agreeing that China does not play fair.

For its part, the Chinese government filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization on Monday about Washington’s proposed $200 billion in extra tariffs. Trump’s main trade advisors and negotiators, led by Robert Lighthizer and Peter Navarro, are staunch critics of China trade policies. Navarro co-authored the book Death by China with University of Southern California professor Greg Autry. Their book is considered the bible on the Trump view on China.

While most politicians on the Republican side have used election campaigns to pick on China, Trump has gone the extra mile by doing what few have done before: putting his actions in line with his rhetoric. Most people in the market have grown accustomed to politicians talking negatively about China during election season, only to return to status quo shortly after.

President Obama used trade tariffs as a weapon to pressure China during or before WTO arbitration panels. The Trump doctrine seems to be designed to level the playing field for labor in a number of key industries, including white-collar labor in the pharmaceuticals and chemicals industry. Tariffs, therefore, can be seen as a premium placed on China’s lower-cost labor.

Frank Gaffney, a longtime advocate for Republican Party positions on foreign affairs and CEO of the Center for Security Policy, says he thinks Trump’s long-term strategy is to isolate communism.

“The common denominator for Trump’s foreign and trade policies seems to be a determination to isolate and counter Communist China,’ Gaffney says. “Russia has become a close ally of China. North Korea is Beijing’s puppet. Pakistan, Iran and Venezuela are its clients. The European Union—unlike NATO and many of its members—is hostile to the U.S. and doing deals with the Chinese,” he says. “President Trump is working hard to drive wedges between China and the (rest), weakening its regional proxies, and challenging our allies for harming U.S. interests and rewarding them when they don’t. And he’s taking on China directly with trade, investment and military measures. Here’s hoping this is the Trump Doctrine’and that it works,” Gaffney says. [Emphasis added]

Elections’ Voter Registration System and the Russian Investor

Remember the outrage when sites all over the internet published items that Soros owned the voting machines? Remember that same outrage when Soros invested heavily in the State’s secretaries that were responsible for the respective elections process? Remember the outrage that a Russian investor was able to buy American uranium in a deal concocted by […]

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Pork Still Lives In The Swamp

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By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Primer:

On January 17, 2018, Rep. Rooney stated, “you can’t do jack s— for your constituents” without earmarks. Perhaps Rep. Rooney’s successor will find a way to do his or her job without resorting to the most wasteful and corrupt practice in congressional history.

$11,000,000 for the aquatic plant control program, an increase of 22.2 percent from the $9 million earmarked in FY 2017, and the largest amount ever earmarked for this program.

Since 1994, there have been 24 earmarks worth a total of $58.1 million for aquatic plant control projects, including three by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and one each by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

Watchdog exposes $14.7B of pork-barrel spending, including ‘brown tree snake eradication’ project

FNC: The federal government is spending millions to save Pacific Coast salmon. And it’s doling out more than $600,000 to kill brown tree snakes in Guam.

A watchdog group, Citizens Against Government Waste, on Wednesday released its annual Congressional Pig Book of what it considers the most egregious examples of pork-barrel spending in Congress, drawn this time from fiscal year 2018 appropriations bills.

According to the group, earmarks in 2018 totaled $14.7 billion, an increase of 116.2 percent from $6.8 billion in 2017.

Among the most blatant examples of pork flagged by the group:

— $65 million for “Pacific coastal salmon recovery.” According to its website, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund “was established by Congress in 2000 to reverse the declines of Pacific salmon and steelhead, supporting conservation efforts in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.”

— $11 million for an “aquatic plant control program.” The group said that since 1994, there have been 24 earmarks worth $58.1 million for aquatic plant control projects.

— $663,000 for a “brown tree snake eradication program.” According to Citizens Against Government Waste, the snakes are “native to northern Australia, Indonesia and many islands in Melanesia, and have caused damage to the ecosystem of Guam, where they were likely introduced by the U.S. military following World War II.”

— $10 million for “high-energy cost grants” within the Rural Utilities Service.

– $2.8 million for the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs grant program, which funds arts and cultural institutions in Washington, D.C.

A number of Republican lawmakers attended Wednesday’s press conference on the list, including Sens. Jeff Flake, Ted Cruz and Joni Ernst, of Arizona, Texas and Iowa, respectively.

To be considered for listing in the group’s annual book, an earmark must meet at least one criterion, including whether it was requested by only one chamber of Congress; if it was not specifically authorized; if it was not competitively awarded; if it was not requested by the president; if it greatly exceeds the president’s budget request or the previous year’s funding; if it was not the subject of congressional hearings; or if it serves only a local or special interest.

Russia’s Operations Against The US Explained At Aspen Security Forum

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By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Associated Press

Published on Jul 18, 2018

(19 Jul 2018) FBI Director Christopher Wray says Russia is trying to influence opinions and sow discord and divisiveness in the U.S. Wray spoke at the opening event of the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. (July 19)

Meanwhile, there has been substantial theories and responses due to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of the 13 Russians from February.

Add in the second round of 12 Russians that SC Mueller indicted just this month. So, we are currently at 25. Now, consider Ms. Maria Butina who was arrested last Sunday.

Butina, 29, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges she served in the United States as an agent of the Russian government without notifying the Justice Department. In the court filing Wednesday, prosecutors said Butina maintained constant contact with Russian intelligence officials and “loyally” carried out a years-long conspiracy to advance the Kremlin’s interests. They described her plan as “calculated, patient” and directed by a Russian official believed to be Alexander Torshin, who was sanctioned by the Treasury Department earlier this year.

Perhaps, one should consider that Mueller is for sure simply trying to clean up a Russian mess left behind by the Obama administration. All of this happened during his administration. For an exceptional summary on the matter of Butina and what FBi Director is referring to at the Aspen Security Forum, click this link.

Security agency professionals are in attendance at the Aspen Security Forum to include DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence, Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General and Christopher Wray, Director of the FBI.

Further, there are real concerns that the federal and state governments are not doing enough to protect whole election architecture and systems. That is a false assertion by the Democrats as there have been hearings on the Hill explaining the work/collaboration between DHS and individual states. Admittedly, there are issues at the state level where databases, computers, voter rolls and more all take place. The bell first rang on state vulnerabilities beginning in the 2016 general election, where the cyber professionals at the FBl were placed in states known to be under brute force cyber attacks. State officials were warned then and provided advice on how to harden their respective systems going forward.

Those discussions and activities continue today including at the Aspen Security Forum.  A specific session is dedicated to this issue as noted:

Defending Democratic Institutions: Election 2018 and Beyond

Though the motivation and the effects are disputed, nearly everyone agrees that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, and security experts agree that it is already interfering in this year’s mid-terms. Though efforts are underway to stop them, what more can be done to put an end to Russia’s interference in our elections and democratic institutions?

Monika Bickert, Head of Product Policy and Counterterrorism, Facebook
Tom Burt, Corporate Vice President for Customer Security and Trust , Microsoft
Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary of Homeland Security
Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Cybersecurity and
Communications
Kim Wyman, Secretary of State, Washington State
Moderator: Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News

Meanwhile, Senator Rubio introduced legislation last year to further add sanctions on Russia due to Russian interference. Due to the most recent political scandals, some noted above, Rubio’s bill is getting renewed attention and support in Congress.

Briefly from the Miami Herald:

Rubio and Van Hollen’s bill, called the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines (DETER) Act, is the first bill since the 2016 presidential election that sets specific punishments for the Russian government and other countries that interfere in U.S. political campaigns.

“Congress has already taken various steps when it comes to Russia and its interference in 2016, this will just be one moving forward that hopefully would deter future attacks, which I believe is the real threat here ultimately,” Rubio said on Tuesday. “It’s not what happened, but what could happen in the future. Hopefully we’ll get to a critical mass and momentum that we can get going on it and get it passed.”

Rubio’s bill, if passed, codifies specific penalties for the Russians that must be implemented within 10 days if the Director of National Intelligence determines that interference took place.

The penalties include “sanctions on major sectors of the Russian economy, including finance, energy, defense, and metals and mining” and blacklisting every senior Russian political figure or oligarch identified in the Russian sanctions bill that became law in 2017 over the initial objections of Trump after a supermajority in Congress approved it.

The bill lays out specific acts by foreign governments that constitute election interference. Foreign governments are forbidden from purchasing advertisements to influence elections, using social and traditional media to spread “significant amounts” of false information, hacking election or campaign infrastructure such as voter registration databases and campaign emails, and blocking access to elections infrastructure such as websites that provide information on polling locations. Read more here.

Socialists Unite! Bolshevik Bernie And Ocasio-Cortez Campaign Together In Kansas

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By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | NoisyRoom.net

Just as I predicted, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, fresh off her win in New York against Democratic incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley, has hit the campaign trail with big name leftists. This time it’s in Kansas with Bolshevik Bernie Sanders. It’s a socialist dream come true. Ocasio-Cortez may not be able to tell you the difference between socialists and Democratic Socialists of America (there really is none), and she may be math challenged when nonsensically dissing Trump’s low unemployment rate, but she’s got her socialist creds in with Bernie.

No one knew who Ocasio-Cortez was a few weeks ago. Now, she’s the fresh, young, communist millennial face of the Democratic Party. From bartender to brunette Evita… a Marxist Cinderella is born. On one hand, you have a cult-of-personality geriatric figure such as Bernie Sanders, born in 1941, and on the other, you have the telegenic and propagandic Ocasio-Cortez, born in 1989. Quite the spring/winter pairing there. “This week, I am traveling to Kansas with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to rally in support of James Thompson’s and Brett Welder’s campaigns for Congress — two great progressive candidates who will prove our message can win anywhere,” Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in an email to supporters. Hopefully not… Kansas is conservative Trump country, I hope it still is.

Sanders waxed socialist in his email:

If Democrats want to win elections up and down the ballot in 2018, 2020 and beyond, we have to run progressive candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez everywhere, even in states Donald Trump and the Republicans won in 2016.

Because the issues Alexandria campaigned on — Medicare for all, a $15/hour living wage, free college tuition at public colleges and universities, fighting climate change and promoting racial, social and environmental justice — are not just popular in Vermont, Queens and the Bronx, they are popular everywhere. At a time of massive income and wealth inequality, and when real wages for ordinary workers continue to decline, these are the issues working families feel strongly about.

In a statement, Sanders said, “All across this country people understand that we need a government that represents all of us, and not just billionaire campaign contributors. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, we need health care for all, we need to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and we need to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. These are popular ideas in Vermont, in the Bronx, in Kansas and in every state in the country. Candidates who run on a progressive agenda can and will win.”

Ocasio-Cortez followed by saying, “The political revolution is alive and well in Kansas. James Thompson and Brent Welder know that policies like Medicare for All, Tuition-free College and Trade School, and a living wage can win across the country — including the Midwest. They have committed the organizing power to show that if Democrats run on a clear, committed platform for working class Americans, while rejecting dark money, we can win. I am proud to join Senator Sanders to let voters in Kansas know they have this option here at home.”

Then came the obligatory asking for money… they always do. Bernie is struggling with the rest of us you know. It’s a burden having to care for three homes and never work a day in your life. America can relate… not. No doubt, Ocasio-Cortez, who paints herself as one with the working class, but who in reality isn’t, will soon get her own lakefront mansion, so she can suffer in luxury, like all good socialist elitists do.

Progressives smell blood in the political waters of Kansas these days:

But Ocasio-Cortez and Sanders have more expansive aims than turning the 3rd [Congressional District] blue. They want to prove their theory of the progressive case.

On Friday, they will rally for Brent Welder, a former labor lawyer running on a platform of “Medicare for All,” a $15 an hour minimum wage, tuition-free public college, and reducing big money’s influence in politics. “Brent can win, he can win,” Ocasio-Cortez said on The Dig, a podcast from Jacobin magazine. “And he can not only win his primary, but he can win in a red-to-blue district on a progressive vision. And I think that’s so exciting.”

Indeed, a February poll of the district gave Welder a 7-point lead against Yoder, with broad support for many of Welder’s ideas. “People say, ‘How can you win in Kansas on progressive policies?’” Welder told The Intercept in an interview. “I’ve learned that the only way to win in Kansas is on progressive policies.”

[…]

Kansas holds a special place in the hearts of progressives, and running and winning there on an unapologetic platform has long been a goal. The love affair goes back to “bleeding Kansas,” when abolitionists such as John Brown moved west to Kansas to do battle with slave owners in an effort to turn Kansas into a free state. The bloodshed there was a forerunner to the Civil War. Later, Democrats running as prairie populists dominated the state. Modern progressivism could be said to date to a speech delivered by Teddy Roosevelt in 1910 in Osawatomie, Kansas. Just over a century later, Barack Obama returned there at the height of the Occupy Wall Street protests to deliver his own version.

Hello Kansas? You have socialists in your midst.

For the socialists to overcome though they’ll have to get past EMILY’s List first. It’s a commie face-off. Last week, the group’s Super PAC Women Vote! dropped $400,000 on an ad to support Sharice Davids, a lesbian, Native American, amateur mixed martial arts fighter who was a fellow in the Obama administration. The ad plays on Davids’ MMA background: “She never backs down; not in the ring, not to the NRA, or Trump and the Republicans in Washington. … She’s fierce, she’s progressive, and she’s a fighter.” This will get bloody. Hopefully, the conservative candidates will let them beat each other to a pulp and step over them to win the race.

Ocasio-Cortez is a political climber. There are whispers in the Democratic Party that Bernie Sanders will run again with her as his vice presidential running mate. But make no mistake, Ocasio-Cortez wants to be president herself and makes no bones about it. Her proud mom told the New York Post, “Her aspiration is to be the president.”

This is their schedule for tomorrow in Kansas:

  • 1:00 p.m. Rally with Ocasio-Cortez and James Thompson, Orpheum Theatre, 200 N Broadway St., Wichita, Kansas. Information for the public: Doors open at noon. This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.
  • 6:00 p.m. Rally with Ocasio-Cortez and Brent Welder, The Reardon Convention Center, 520 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Information for the public: Doors open at 5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.

Tickets are sold out for the events. I would go anyway. Kansas, you need to take a stand against these socialists and vote in those on the Republicans ticket. Your freedom is at stake here… don’t answer the siren call of freebies and the lying utopia of socialism.

Russia’s Operations Against the US Explained at Aspen Security Forum

Associated Press Published on Jul 18, 2018 (19 Jul 2018) FBI Director Christopher Wray says Russia is trying to influence opinions and sow discord and divisiveness in the U.S. Wray spoke at the opening event of the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. (July 19) Meanwhile, there has been substantial theories and responses due to Special […]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former Asst. Director, FBI, Ron Hosko

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RB ~

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ron Hosko Asst. Dir FBI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

RB ~

NSA, CIA, and FBI Officials Talk – Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSA- William Binney

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

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

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

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

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

VL~   Basically and simply – No

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of
former CIA agent,
Verne Lyon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of former FBI
agent, Coleen Rowley

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

RB ~ Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

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

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

VL~  Borderline hero

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

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

WB ~ Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

RB

The NSA, CIA, and FBI Talk – Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NSA- William Binney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Verne Lyon – CIA

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

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

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

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

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

Coleen Rowley – FBI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

RB

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

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

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

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

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

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

William Binney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WB ~ Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WB ~ That’s for sure.

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

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

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

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

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

WB ~ No

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

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

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

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

RB ~ Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

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

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

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

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

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

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

WB ~ Yes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

~RB

A CIA Insider Talks

Those famous words of Ronald Reagan were never more true:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Verne Lyon

Image courtesy of Verne Lyon

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

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

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

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

RB ~ Was this domestic spying expanded?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image courtesy of Verne Lyon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RB ~  Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

VL~  Borderline hero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VL~   Basically and simply – No

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

VL~ Investigation, NO enforcement

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

VL~   Dem’s vs Republicans – too political.

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

VL ~  More open but still restrictive

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

VL~     It’s all politics

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

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

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

VL~ Political leanings always influence decision and actions

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

VL~ I needed to tell the truth

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

VL~  We allow this for the sole sake of convenience

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

RB

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

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

Coleen Rowley, FBI insider and whistleblower explains – Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eris Snowden

RB ~  Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

–Edward Abbey

 

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

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

~ RB

Righting a “Wrong”?

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coleen Rowley, FBI insider and whistleblower explains – Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is part 1 of 2 from:

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

Coleen Rowley, FBI ret. Photo courtesy of Coleen Rowley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Soon to follow an interview from the NSA insider.

~ RB

 

A CIA Insider reveals….

Those famous words of Ronald Reagan were never more true:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Image courtesy of Verne Lyon

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

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

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

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

RB ~ Was this domestic spying expanded?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RB ~  Was Snowden a traitor or a hero?

VL~  Borderline hero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VL~   Basically and simply – No

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

VL~ Investigation, NO enforcement

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

VL~   Dem’s vs Republicans – too political.

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

VL ~  More open but still restrictive

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

VL~     It’s all politics

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

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

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

VL~ Political leanings always influence decision and actions

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

VL~ I needed to tell the truth

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

VL~  We allow this for the sole sake of convenience

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

RB

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

 

The Beauty of Getting Older

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

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

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

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

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

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

#JustGettingStarted.

Is Conservatism the New Counterculture?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LIBERAL DELUSION:

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

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

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

GOVERNMENT MISFEASANCE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AN ANSWER?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

~ RB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Follow her on Twitter @SidneyPowell1

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.

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.

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?

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To backtrack:

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.

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.

RB

*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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

Ron Boat Sees Continuing Education Destruction

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.

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.

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

 

 

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

 

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

Ron Boat sees the country getting taken for a ride

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

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

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.

Stop Blaming The Teachers

Since America’s earliest days, education has consistently ranked at or near the top of the list of priorities most important to its citizens. Americans, in general, regard education as the single most valuable contribution we can make to the betterment of our children’s lives and to the overall long term health of the nation. Every year, America invests billions of dollars in our educational system from the primary and secondary levels to the college and graduate levels and beyond. As a result, America consistently produces many of the brightest, most educated, and most capable children in the world who go on to reach great heights of educational and professional achievement and lead meaningful, productive lives.

But what about the other kids?

Regrettably, however, many of America’s children miss the boat educationally, so to speak, and, therefore, fall far short of their potential. Americans are so concerned about this lamentable situation that the subject is constantly in the minds and on the tongues of political leaders, media personalities, pundits of every sort, and average Joes gathered around the coffee pot every morning at work. Theories abound as to the cause of the dilemma – not enough money spent on education, too many kids in the classroom, lack of local control of education, etc., etc., etc. Unfortunately, some even blame the teachers. Undoubtedly, the cause is complex and multi-factorial, however, with this last theory, in particular, I heartily disagree.

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear stories of out of control children reeking havoc in America’s classrooms. Stories abound of kids bringing guns to school, or getting busted on campus with crack cocaine in their pockets, or incidents involving educators being physically assaulted at school by aggressive, criminally-minded teenagers. What amazes me even more, however, is that after all that, teachers continue to teach. Holding their students’ welfare above their own, many educators continue to run the daily gauntlet of student apathy, misconduct, and open aggression in an effort to reach as many of their students as possible and, in so doing, often put themselves at great risk of harm – both emotional and physical.

Of course, having been an observer of our educational system for many years, both internally and externally, not to mention the fact that one of my sisters is a teacher and that I have many friends in the teaching professions, I have my own theories. I don’t believe the problem lies in a failure to spend enough on education. I believe we spend plenty. In fact, educational expenditure is often a poor predictor of outcome as many developed nations around the world spend less money per student and, yet, have higher performance on standard educational assessments.

I believe, rather, that lack of local control of educational systems, too much government regulation, and too many children in the classroom are factors much more deleterious to educational success than the amount of money spent per child. An even greater problem, in my opinion, is diversion – which is to say, too many diversions. Children these days have so many diversions (cell phones, concerns about fashion, sexual aggressiveness among certain students, drugs, peer pressure, etc.) that it isn’t at all difficult to understand their lack of focus on education.

Several years ago, I participated in a US-sponsored humanitarian relief mission in Nicaragua in which my unit built two schools and a clinic. Everyday at the work sites where the schools were being built, children from the local community gathered around and “played” school in the shade of the trees. They were so excited about having a school that they actually gathered there before the school was completed. They had few diversions – they were focused on the opportunity to go to school, so much so, that they pretended they were already in school before the schools even opened. That enthusiasm for education, I believe, is missing among many of America’s school-aged children and I believe the cause is too many diversions.

Nevertheless, whether I’m right or wrong on my theory of diversion, I’m convinced I’m right that teachers, in general, are not to blame when children fall short of their educational potential. In fact, I believe teachers are to be commended for continuing their struggles to overcome the diversions that distract children from their studies. Certainly, there is the occasional teacher that is subpar, but I believe that is the exception rather than the rule. It’s time to reaffirm our belief in, and support of, our teachers. They must know they have our confidence and our understanding. A teacher’s job is tough, especially these days with so many diversions competing for student’s attention. We need to help teachers and students alike by attempting to minimize the impact of these diversions so children can focus on their educations. And, most important of all, we need to stop blaming the teachers.

Ron Boat sees…… Insanity

When you consider the thoughts and actions of our founding fathers, you’re liable to see brilliance, genius, forethought, and the truest displays of patriotism ever assembled on Earth.  They were able to draw from experiences. imagination and education to develop our system of governance that would work, and work well for hundreds of years – even with all the changes in local and global economies, societies and political shifting.

This of course assumes that intelligence would rule as we go through our own societal changes and political fluctuations (or deviant deviations). Something we’ve seen plenty of lately.

And let’s face it. If we’re not seeing deviant insanity in our ruling bodies today, we never have or will. It’s running rampant and is so out of control, our country’s very existence was on the precipice this last November. The “out of the blue” win by Trump, while anticipated by some, was a total shock and awe of political war to the left who were celebrating their BIG WIN even while the last votes were coming in the early morning of Nov 9th.

I truly do not like looking at everything from a partisan view but would choose to consider things logically – reasonably – scrupulously – honestly – realistically. But these days it’s not possible, for you have to take into account – and counter – the insanity of 200% selfish, absurdly partisan, uninformed or misinformed and ignorant hacks who speak without any logic or honesty in their rhetoric against American citizens and their opponents.

For 8 years we saw the insanity of a president that, when a candidate, spoke harshly of Bush’s running up debt, then pursuing his own doubling of our national money commitment once in office. INSANE. We saw him introducing an acceptance and promotion of Muslim practices and ideals at a time we’re at war with radical Muslim forces. Unable even to name our enemy for fear of slandering his roots. INSANE.

We saw a degradation of our racial relationships and a further divide among our citizens because of B Hussein’s love of race as a weapon of society. INSANE. And we saw his hatred for our military and police through his actions of inserting himself into situations where presidential presence was not required, requested or warranted. INSANE.

We have elected leaders so stupid that they think islands are going to tip over or we have to pass a bill so we can know what’s in it because they didn’t even read it. Or a repeatedly elected representative that think’s she’s a freed slave and our constitution is 400 years old. And a sitting senator displays his stupid gene stating his constitution is different that our country’s. For the sake of disruption, liberals push scenarios of Russian intervention and invasion of our electoral system while offering no proof, no evidence of such, no reason or logical reason, when in fact Trump would be a much more powerful enemy than Clinton against them. INSANE INSANE INSANE! These people run our country, our lives.

The president has been in office barely 60 some days and even with a great SCOTUS pick and bringing back business, jobs, consumer confidence and investments into the country, some are already calling for impeachment. Think they have a right after what we put up with for 8 years?

We lived under the lawlessness of “social justice” for 8 years seeing over 80,000 criminals released early from their imposed sentences and a president that was ruled against for his unconstitutional actions regarding immigration – even though he allowed hundreds of thousands to cross our insecure borders unvetted and unfettered from who knows where. INSANE.

Obama pressed his “openness” and “accepting,” and yes, even “controlling” mindset by pushing for shared restrooms – while forsaking societal norms and reason. A new presence in the oval office has brought sanity back to our culture.

Trump is no Messiah. No savior of our nation in any religious sense. But for the good of the country, we trust that a business approach to our spending and revenue will produce a more stable, a more secure, and more responsive economic mood and growth. We’ve seen him reduce costs of government aircraft and is working to reduce drug costs – all things normal business people do while politicians shuffle other people’s money while seeking personal benefit. That’s INSANE.

Our recent election was, contrary to liberal desires, a change of direction, a return to reason, to law, to truthful governance and sanity. And hopefully a positive, blossoming fruitful season of prosperity vs poverty, true security vs socialism, sanity vs progressiveness.

RB

The $10 Aspirin

Why do hospitals charge 10 bucks for an aspirin? If you’ve ever been a patient in a hospital, you’ve probably asked yourself that very question after reviewing your bill. And it’s a valid question. After all, if you can buy a bottle of aspirin at the drug store for pennies per pill, why, then, does a hospital find it necessary to charge 10 dollars for one? Is it a rip-off, a scam perpetrated on ill and vulnerable patients by heartless hospital administrators bent on making a profit regardless of the economic hardship thrust upon individual patients and society at large? Hardly. As angry as you might be at the notion of a hospital charging $10 for an aspirin, the reason they do so will truly make your blood boil.

Hospitals determine what to charge for an aspirin through a process called “cost accounting.” It’s a complex process that “accounts” for, or assigns, costs to the myriad steps involved in getting an aspirin from the manufacturer to your blood stream. First of all, the hospital must purchase the aspirin – likely a nominal cost in itself due to the hospital’s bulk purchasing power. But, then, a worker in the receiving department or pharmacy must unpack the aspirin (bottle) and store it in the proper place within the pharmacy. When an order comes in for an aspirin, a pharmacist or pharmacy technician must retrieve the aspirin and forward it on to the patient’s floor (some hospitals have a medication storage device on the wards from which nurses can retrieve medicines directly but these still must be stocked by a pharmacist or pharmacy tech).

Eventually, a nurse obtains the aspirin and gives it to the patient. She or he must then catalogue the act of dispensing the medicine in order to establish a record or “paper trail” of the act itself. From time to time, other hospital personnel review patient charts in order to confirm that the appropriate medicines were, in fact, dispensed. As mentioned above, the act of giving a patient an aspirin (or any other medicine for that matter) is a complex process with associated costs beginning with its purchase and extending even beyond the point at which the patient swallows the pill. As many as ten people, or more, are often involved in what otherwise seems to be a rather simple process. All these costs must be met and all these people must be paid (including hospital overhead such as utilities, supplies, maintenance and repairs, new equipment purchases, etc.).

Nevertheless, although the apparently simple act of giving an aspirin to a patient is, in fact, a complex and expensive process, it still only “accounts” for less than half the total cost of the aspirin – say $3 or $4 of the total $10 cost. So, from whence do the additional charges arise? Yep, you guessed it – from those patients who ultimately don’t pay their bills. There are, as the old saying goes, “no free lunches.” Someone has to pay those unpaid bills. These costs are spread among other charges within the hospital, such as the $10 aspirin. So, in truth, it isn’t the hospital’s fault for an aspirin costing $10 but, rather, those patients who cannot, or simply choose not, to pay their bills.

A substantial percentage of these non-pay patients are seen in America’s emergency rooms. In fact, unpaid bills arising from the emergency room are often a hospital’s largest annual unpaid expense. And hospitals across America are struggling under the economic strain caused by non-pay patients inappropriately utilizing emergency rooms for non-emergency conditions such as colds, insomnia, or chronic aches and pains, and medication refills. Such non-emergency conditions should be handled at the patient’s doctor’s office. But visiting a doctor at his/her office often means paying a nominal co-pay. Why would a patient do that when they can just go to the emergency room for “free?”

In this age of “healthcare reform,” the regrettable truth is that the government has missed (or chosen to ignore) a key point in the overall problem of rising health care costs – that inappropriate utilization of health care resources by those having no intention whatsoever of paying for them is a major factor driving the rise in health care costs. Until these individuals are forced to assume financial responsibility for their own health care needs, productive Americans will continue to bear the burden of these costs.

Why do politicians continue to ignore this obvious and egregious problem? Because it is politically uncomfortable for them. Most politicians are concerned, first and foremost, about their re-election. Therefore, they don’t want to risk alienating part of their constituency by supporting measures that would require these patients to become responsible consumers of health care resources like the rest of us. Until these politicians alter their focus and become true leaders, we can expect to continue paying $10 for an aspirin.

The Two Great Failures Of The Legislative Branch

In a supreme act of both insight and foresight, America’s Founding Fathers established the greatest system of government the world has ever known – bar none. From its most humble beginnings, our American republic has become what President Reagan famously called a “shining city on a hill,” and is considered the benchmark of self-government the world over. The sometimes delicate, sometimes rugged system of checks and balances they created has withstood countless challenges from economic catastrophes to social upheavals to presidential assassinations to world wars and, rather than being diminished, has each time emerged stronger.

Nevertheless, in spite of our government’s obvious strengths, each branch possesses certain flaws that reduce its overall effectiveness. Of the three branches of our republican system of government – legislative, executive, and judicial – it is the legislature that suffers the greatest of these flaws. In fact, at least two such flaws – the lack of term limits for its members and the ability to attach myriad unrelated pieces of legislation to important bills – are so profound they actually constitute failures of the branch itself.

Though he was beloved by millions of Americans, elected officials saw President Roosevelt’s repeated election to the presidency (he was elected four times, dying in office shortly after beginning his fourth term) as a threat to democracy itself. As a result, the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, ratified February 27, 1951, limited to two the number of terms any person may serve as president. Curiously, these same legislators (and most legislators since) failed to apply the same logic to their own offices.

Congress and the many state legislatures across America are filled with people who’ve served multiple terms – some for 20 or 30 years or even longer. This is actually anti-democratic on at least two levels. First, the longer these people serve, the less likely other qualified candidates are to run against them. The result is a diminishment of democracy itself as voters ultimately experience less choice in government. This situation serves well the elected official, but not the electorate. Democracy is further damaged by the tremendous influence long-serving politicians accumulate through relationships with various individuals and special interest groups developed during their tenure. The old saying, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” applies in these situations as such influence often leaves politicians unaccountable to the voters.

Otto von Bismarck is attributed (possibly erroneously) with the saying, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Whether the German statesman actually made that famous quote or not, the message is clear – legislating is a dirty business. However, it isn’t the act of debating the merits of a particular piece of legislation that is so dirty but, rather, the back room deals, the whispers in the hallways, the winks and the nods that are so offensive to the notion of representative democracy – a.k.a., a republic. It is these seedy, underhanded dealings, which many elected officials consider a matter of course, that are an affront to American voters who put their faith in the electoral process and representative government. These acts are, in fact, anathema to “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”

A by-product of long-serving politicians is the strangle hold that certain of these people have on the chairmanships of important legislative committees such as appropriations. No single person should hold these seats year after year after year. The result is a concentration of power that leaves other legislators (and, therefore, other regions of the country) beholden to the whims and wishes of the chairman.

Even worse, however, than the unfair concentration of power and influence resulting from the lack of term limits is the utter catastrophe of representative government that stems from the legislature’s ability to attach completely unrelated provisions to important pieces of legislation. In fact, this legislative tactic constitutes the greatest single weakness of the entire legislative process in that, rather than risk failure of important legislation, legislators will accept nearly any attachment regardless of how esoteric or irrelevant in an effort to gain passage of the larger bill. Through this means, representatives and senators succeed in funding countless pork barrel projects designed to assure their re-election. And, of course, it’s all at taxpayer expense.

Instituting term limits and curtailing the attachment of irrelevant legislation to important bills in the House and Senate would do much to restore faith in our system of government by enhancing its equitableness and cost effectiveness. However, regrettably for the American electorate, legislators benefit far too much to correct these two great failures of the legislative branch.

Nation Of Americans, Not Immigrants

It’s one of the liberal national media’s most beloved and oft repeated phrases – “We are a nation of immigrants.”

Well, sorry to let the cat out of the bag but, actually, no we’re not. We are a nation of Americans. Of course, it’s true there are a lot of first-generation immigrants here, however, don’t be fooled by repetitive liberal rhetoric designed to indoctrinate you into their way of thinking – the number of bona fide, non-immigrant Americans far exceeds the number of those newly arrived on our shores.

To test my point, perform a little experiment – first of all, think about yourself and your own family and ask yourself these simple questions: “Was I born here?” If the answer is “Yes,” then you’re not an immigrant. Next, ask: “Were my parents born here?” If the answer to that question is also “Yes,” then your parents aren’t immigrants either. For me, I can ask that question sequentially of my ancestors with the answer being “Yes” at least eight times which is as far back as my family has ancestry records. The point is that I’m not an immigrant, nor are my parents, nor my grandparents, nor my great-grandparents, nor my great-great-grandparents, nor, well, you get the picture.

Now, to further test my point, consider your friends and co-workers – were they born here? Chances are the answer is “Yes.” And chances are their parents were born here as were their grandparents as were their great-grandparents as were, well, again, you get the picture.

In fact, the total number of true first-generation immigrants in America today isn’t even close to the total number of bona fide, non-immigrant, multi-generational Americans living in this country. So why does the liberal media persist in attempting to convince us that we are a “nation of immigrants?” Lots of reasons.

The most important reason is political – the Democratic Party holds itself out to be the “party of the immigrant.” Stories of Tammany Hall operatives standing on the docks of New York harbor in the 1800s and early 1900s encouraging, and even coercing, Irish-immigrants as they exited the boats to “vote democratic” are legendary. Immigrants have long served as a source of new voters for the Democratic Party. The liberal Left, long the mouth-piece of the Democratic Party, continues to promote the “party of the immigrant” notion through its pro-immigrant rhetoric. But truth is, the Democratic Party doesn’t so much love immigrants as it loves their votes.

Another lesser reason for the liberal Left’s persistent pet phrase is political correctness – in stating openly and repeatedly that we are a “nation of immigrants,” the Left is attempting to create a sense of acceptance of immigrants (especially illegal ones), thus diffusing many of the practical issues concerning immigration including, most importantly, illegal immigration. By repeating the phrase over and over and over, the Left is attempting, through the power of suggestion and conditioning, to induce the average American to over-identify with immigrants, thus becoming lulled into a sense of complacency about immigration issues.

Now, it’s important for the reader to understand that I am not a xenophobe – I don’t have anything personally against any “legal” immigrant. For those immigrants who come to this country legally, work hard, and play by America’s rules, I say, “Good luck and more power to you.” It’s also important for the reader to understand, however, that I believe “illegal” immigration in this country is more than just a problem, it’s an outright calamity. Further, because I’ve long dismissed “political correctness” as a bogus liberal ideological construct, I’ve never been afraid to recognize illegal immigration for what it is – a dangerous influence in our society.

Of course, those of a liberal mindset would attempt to dismiss my views on immigration issues as unfounded except, of course, for the fact that I understand immigrants and immigration better than most – you see, there were and are first-generation immigrants in my own family. Though he died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1981, a former brother-in-law of mine was born in Mexico, given up for adoption, and raised in the United States. Before his death, he and my middle sister had three children – he was a favorite of my family, adored then and missed now. I have another brother-in-law, alive and well, who immigrated to America from Pakistan in the early 1980s. He and my youngest sister married not long after his arrival and they also have three children. He, too, has been a favorite of my family for many, many years.

The difference, of course, is that my brothers-in-law played/play by the rules – they were/are proud of their heritage but were/are more proud of being Americans. They came here legally, embraced American values, worked hard, and didn’t wear their immigrant status on their sleeves, waving it as a banner under the noses of those Americans like me and most of you who were born here.

So, the next time you hear someone on the Left attempt to indoctrinate you by saying, “We are a nation of immigrants,” say to yourself and those around you, “Hardly,” and recognize the truth that, even though there are many immigrants here, we are actually a “nation of Americans.”

The Oxymoron Libertarian Socialist

The political philosophy known as libertarian socialism has always been a subject of intrigue for me. Libertarian socialism, also known as left-libertarianism, is defined as a group of anti-authoritarian political philosophies inside the socialist movement that rejects socialism as centralized state ownership and control of the economy, as well as the state itself.  I am amused that the socialist movement would attach themselves to any form of libertarianism whatsoever. Libertarianism and socialism are antithetical political philosophies.. Libertarianism promotes freedom, choice, and individualism, while socialism nurtures intrusive government, servitude, and slavery. While these two doctrines are in direct opposition of each other, libertarian socialism is a separate entity.

Advocates of libertarian socialism strongly believe that capitalism cripples freedom. In their minds, power and privilege for the wealthy are offshoots of capitalism. Libertarian socialists endorse the abolition of private property and the state, which directly contrasts with the separate ideologies of libertarianism and socialism. Libertarians support the rights of private property, since it is an extension of self ownership. Socialists, however, thrive on state ownership to enforce what they perceive as equality. The stark disparity between libertarianism and socialism makes it impossible to combine these ideologies in any way.

Libertarianism socialism has frequently been linked to anarchism, although the validity of these claims is debatable. While each of these philosophies oppose big government, anarchism stems from capitalistic roots, not socialistic ones. Anarchism is the absence of all government. Libertarian socialists claim to oppose the government, yet rely on it to halt the production of private property. Libertarian socialism is the ultimate oxymoron. No matter what spin you put on the matter, you cannot be a libertarian and a socialist. The positions are too far apart on the spectrum. In this particular situation, the horseshoe theory does not apply.

Written by: Gabrielle Seunagal

Gabrielle Seunagal is a young, outspoken conservative woman.  Passionate about politics and currently residing in Alpharetta, Georgia, Gabrielle is a Republitarian/Constitutionalist Red Nation Rising Contributor and writes editorial/opinion articles.  On Twitter she is @ClassySnobb

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