WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s Republican allies in Congress advanced their monthslong assault on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Monday, voting along partisan lines to release a classified memo slamming officials from the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation who have investigated the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
The episode has more than a touch of Washington theater to it: Republican staffers wrote the memo, and Republican members of Congress, who always had the power to vote to release it, spent weeks calling on themselves to do so.
But it was still an extraordinary event. In a letter last week, a top Justice Department official said releasing the classified memo would be an “unprecedented action” that would be “extraordinarily reckless” and could “risk harm to national security and to ongoing investigations.”
The department did not “understand why the Committee would possibly seek to disclose classified and law enforcement sensitive information without first consulting with the relevant members of the Intelligence Community,” the letter read.
It is extremely unusual for lawmakers — especially Republican lawmakers — to clash so publicly with law enforcement on issues of national security and classification. Trump has five days to block the memo’s release, but has indicated he will side with congressional Republicans on the matter, over the objections of the Justice Department.
Republicans argued that releasing their own memo is a matter of transparency. Making the GOP memo public will allow journalists and the public to at least partially assess the claims it makes. But fully judging its merits will also be difficult without access to the underlying intelligence information, which is also classified and will not be released.
At the same time, Republicans voted down a Democratic effort to release a memo authored by Democratic staffers that they say combated some of the inaccuracies in the GOP memo. While members of Congress will be allowed to read the Democratic memo, the public will not.
“The ‘release the memo’ crowd, apparently, doesn’t want to release the memo,” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters after the vote.
“We have crossed a deeply regrettable line in this committee, where for the first time in the 10 years or so that I’ve been on the committee, there was a vote to politicize the declassification process of intelligence, and potentially compromise sources and methods,” Schiff added.
There’s indeed more at stake than D.C. grandstanding: The release of the document is part of a pattern of behavior by the president and his congressional allies — all of it apparently aimed at undermining Mueller’s probe and shielding Trump from scrutiny.
Since Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey — then the official responsible for the Russia investigation — last summer, the president, Republican members of Congress and the right-wing media have battled to undermine public perceptions of the bureau and of the Justice Department:
Andrew McCabe, Comey’s former deputy, stepped down Monday after weeks of pressure from Trump and Republicans. Republicans have charged that McCabe was biased against the president because his wife ran for a Virginia state Senate seat as a Democrat, but FBI documents released earlier this month indicate he followed bureau recusal rules. The day after Trump fired Comey, the president called McCabe to complain about Comey being allowed to take a government-funded plane back to Washington, NBC reported Monday. When McCabe said he wasn’t asked to authorize the flight but would have approved it, Trump told McCabe to ask his wife — who lost her race for state Senate — how it feels to be a loser, and hung up the phone, according to NBC.
The president, Republicans in Congress, and the right-wing media have spun tales of a dark conspiracy involving Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, two FBI officials who were having an affair and exchanged text messages critical of Trump and other politicians from both parties. The evidence suggests Page and Strzok were actually driven more by loyalty to the FBI than partisan political considerations.
The memo the House voted to release Monday reportedly focuses on criticizing Rod Rosenstein, a Republican Trump appointee at the Justice Department who now has responsibility over the Mueller probe. The memo, The New York Times reported, accuses Rosenstein of approving an application to surveil a former Trump campaign official last spring. Trump has long resented Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel after Trump fired Comey. Trump reportedly considered firing Rosenstein last summer, but instead ordered Mueller’s firing — only to back away the decision after his lawyer threatened to quit.
The sustained assault on the FBI seems to have affected perceptions of the bureau among Republicans and independents. Just over half of the public has at least a fair amount of trust in the FBI, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll, down 12 points since 2015. The percentage of Republicans and independents saying they trust the agency dropped by 22 points and 15 points, respectively.
The GOP memo lays the groundwork for that distrust. It was the work of the office of Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee chairman and close Trump ally who recused himself from the committee’s investigation into ties between Trump and Russia after he was caught last year promoting a different surveillance scandal with intelligence cooked up by Trump White House officials.
The memo reportedly suggests that FBI agents obscured their reliance on a controversial dossier about Trump’s ties to Russia when they sought a warrant to spy on Carter Page, a Trump campaign adviser. Republicans have long sought to discredit the dossier, which was compiled by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele.
Committee members voted along partisan lines earlier this month to allow any member of Congress to read Nunes’ classified memo. Some of the Republicans who read the memo described the allegations as “sickening” and “worse than Watergate.” Democrats who read it said it was a partisan hack job.
“Rife with factual inaccuracies,” said Schiff. “This may help carry White House water, but it is a deep disservice to our law enforcement professionals.”
Ariel Edwards-Levy contributed to this article.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
The media hailed Air Force Lt Gen Jay Silveria for condemning “hate” and “racism” in an “impassioned speech” late last year after “Go Home Ni**er” was found scrawled on several black cadets’ dorm rooms.
“Air Force Academy head to racists: ‘Get out,'” CNN’s headline read at the time.
Here’s some highlights from Silveria’s speech as NPR glowingly reported last September:
“That kind of behavior has no place at the prep school, it has no place at USAFA, and it has no place in the United States Air Force,” Silveria said, in a speech that has found an enthusiastic reception after it was recorded and published online. “You should be outraged not only as an airman, but as a human being.”
[…]”Just in case you’re unclear on where I stand on this topic, I’m going to leave you my most important thought today: If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you can’t treat someone from another gender, whether that’s a man or a woman, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out. If you demean someone in any way, then you need to get out. And if you can’t treat someone from another race, or different color skin, with dignity and respect, then you need to get out.”
Those in the room listened in silence. To make sure his message was received and taken away, Silveria told cadets and others present to get out their phones and record it. Citing the need for the group to have moral courage and protect their institution’s values, he then repeated his message: “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out.”
It turns out — shockingly — it was all a hoax.
From The Air Force Times:
One of the five black Air Force Academy preparatory school cadet candidates who had racial slurs written on their dormitory message boards has admitted to writing the slurs, the academy said in a Tuesday statement.
The cadet candidate is no longer a student at the prep school, said Lt. Col. Allen Herritage, spokesman for the academy.
Rather than admit they were wrong and apologize for falsely accusing innocent people, Herritage and Silveria said it doesn’t matter either way:
“Racism has no place at the academy, in any shape or form,” Herritage said. “We will continue to create a climate of dignity and respect for all, encourage ideas that do so, and hold those who fail to uphold these standards accountable.”
In an emailed statement, Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, superintendent for the academy, stressed that these actions were unacceptable, no matter who was responsible.
“Regardless of the circumstances under which those words were written, they were written, and that deserved to be addressed,” Silveria said. “You can never over-emphasize the need for a culture of dignity and respect ― and those who don’t understand those concepts aren’t welcome here.”
Here’s some reactions to the news from the comment section in Silveria’s speech on YouTube:
Four similar hate hoaxes were exposed in just the last few weeks.
Despite the unfortunate fact that pornography has largely shaped our ideas and perceptions about sex, and might have negative biological consequences, porn websites still rank among the top in the world, and, as we now know thanks to whistleblowers like Edward Snowden, William Binney, and Thomas Drake, we’re not the only ones watching.
In case you didn’t know, Edward Snowden is the former intelligence contractor who leaked information about the NSA’s mass surveillance program, one of multiple clandestine black budget operations that involves a global network of intelligence agencies who can access your phone, computer, email, cameras, and much more.
“A child born today will have no conception of privacy at all,” says Snowden. “They’ll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought. And that’s a problem because privacy matters, privacy is what allows us to determine who we are and who we want to be.”
So, what’s the justification for these mass surveillance programs? A heightened national security state. In the wake of global terrorism and other national security threats, the global elite has made our surveillance out to seem a necessity, a matter of life and death even, and many of us are buying into this view. But that’s all changing thanks to people like Edward Snowden, and the alternative media networks daring to report that many of these so-called threats to national security are actually manufactured by the same ones proposing to solve it.
This has become more clear every single year since 9/11, a classic example of false flag terrorism, which is one method used to justify the heightened national security state and mass surveillance programs. But these tactics have been around for a long time, and people have been calling them out for just as long. As Mark Twain once wrote:
The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself that the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.
So, if they’re lying about their justification for these programs, what’s the reason for mass surveillance? There could be several. Perhaps the Deep State would like to keep their eye on developments that threaten their control? These could include ideas, people, new technologies — you name it.
A recent tweet by S nowden explored this idea, reminding people that the NSA “wrote entire reports about how people’s porn habits could be used to discredit them.”
Here is the article link to the article Snowden is referring to.
This is a classic example of the elite working to protect their own interests. If somebody provides proof of, let’s say, rigged elections, the establishment would instantly look into them and use whatever information they find against them. They’re always looking to blame someone else, as the recent Russian election hacks debacle made clear.
It’s very concerning that the mainstream media can make a claim, without any evidence to back it up, and it immediately becomes accepted as fact and discussed all over the world.
“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”
– Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1928
Rlated CE Artile: The Problem With Porn
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SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — A Middleton woman has filed a federal lawsuit this week against a former Sun Prairie police officer, saying the officer violated her constitutional rights.
Kimberly Holt, 28, is suing Matthew S. McElroy for violating her civil rights, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court of Western Wisconsin Wednesday.
McElroy pulled her over on Aug. 22, 2016, claiming she had a taillight out. During the stop, he claimed he saw air fresheners placed throughout the vehicle and that he smelled alcohol and marijuana. Holt’s complaint alleges that McElroy lied to a Dane County judge to get an order to withdraw her blood, after she passed field sobriety tests and a breath test showed there was no alcohol in her system.
The blood draw showed the presence of THC in her blood, and McElroy cited her for operating a vehicle without stopping lights, operating a vehicle without proof of insurance and third-offense operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in her blood.
But McElroy had no right to stop her vehicle, since her taillights were working, the complaint claims.
“By illegally stopping Holt’s vehicle and by lying about the basis of the stop in order to obtain a search warrant, McElroy deprived Holt of her right to be free of unreasonable seizures,” the complaint reads. “As a direct and proximate result of the unlawful seizure by McElroy, Holt was improperly detained and her bodily integrity was violated, causing her to suffer stress and anxiety.”
The charges against Holt were dismissed by the prosecutor in mid-March, court records show. By then, an internal investigation revealed McElroy had written about two dozen bogus tickets to other motorists. McElroy was put on administrative leave during the fake-ticket investigation, and he resigned in February.
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Former Calgary police constable John Brix-Maffei and the two dozen incidents of violence he wrote about in his book, The Wolf and the Sheepdog, will be investigated by the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT), CBC News has confirmed.
The agency has agreed to investigate “possible admissions of criminal conduct” in the book, according to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General spokesperson Jason van Rassel.
The decision comes less than a week after Edmonton attorney Tom Engel sent a letter to Alberta’s justice minister and the director of law enforcement asking for ASIRT to be called in over concerning passages like this one:
“My left fist slams into his face causing his nose to bend and suddenly pop under the force,” wrote Brix-Maffei under the pen name John Smith in 2008. “My right fist lines up for a second blow.”
CPS pulled Brix-Maffei off city streets
Brix-Maffei left the service in “good standing” in 2013 and was touted as a “talented author,” according to the police union.
But the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service was so concerned with Brix-Maffei’s writings, a decision was made back in 2011 that he could not testify at a trial, which meant CPS could never again allow him to patrol Calgary’s streets.
The Crown’s office “promptly informed Calgary police that it was no longer willing to call the officer as a witness and encouraged CPS to fully investigate the matter,” Van Rassel confirmed.
CPS said in a written statement it could not discuss details of the case now that ASIRT is involved, but the organization said “we fully respect and welcome the decision to investigate this and will of course co-operate to the fullest extent.”
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Ormond Beach, FL – Ironic body-camera footage reveals a retired Putnam County Sheriff failing every field sobriety test he takes, while telling deputies during the tests that he “wrote the book on DUI.”
Sheriff Jeff Hardy was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence. Hardy was previously sheriff of Putnam County. Revealing the blue privilege consistently extended to members of the “thin blue line,” the stop resulting in Hardy’s arrest was his second contact with law enforcement that day—with his first contact with officers, earlier in the day, resulting in officers escorting an intoxicated Hardy to his brothers home.
Sgt. Keith Peck of the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, who was wearing the body camera, can be heard noting that the Ormond DUI stop was the officers’ second official meeting with Hardy that day.
“I’m done. I’m done,” Hardy said to Peck about one minute into the video.
“No, you’re not done because this is our second time out here tonight, which means this is going to keep going on,” Peck said.
Subsequently, Hardy’s brother, Todd Hardy called 911 on his brother.
“Jeff Hardy is insane. He grabbed my throat. And I’m done with him. We’ve already had the police here once,” Todd Hardy said to the dispatcher. “Leave my property.”
Officers reportedly found the former sheriff one street over behind the wheel of his vehicle. Hardy, who claims during the footage that he “wrote the book on DUI,” is seen barefoot as he fails every field sobriety test he is given.
“One, two, s***, three, four, five. I was home and I just pulled out of my f****** driveway,” Hardy said as he attempted to count his steps while walking in a straight line.
The body camera footage shows Hardy lightly punching Peck in the chest, with Peck quickly instructing Hardy not to touch him. If someone that wasn’t a former cop had done the same, it’s likely they would have been met with violent force.
Hardy can be heard on the video gives numerous excuses as to why he is unable to pass the tests—with him claiming at one point that he’s having trouble with the tests due to one of his legs being shorter than the other. Later he attempts to claim that he has a broken leg.
“Well, your leg’s not broken or you wouldn’t be walking,” Peck said.
“No, it’s f****** broken,” Hardy said.
Hardy can be seen in the footage holding onto Peck’s police cruiser, unable to stand on one leg as the deputy had instructed. The entire episode is reminiscent, in many ways, of an old three stooges skit.
“This is an exercise that doesn’t require you holding onto my police car, OK?” Peck said.
“Well, I wrote the f****** book on this,” Hardy responded.
“You wrote the book on DUI?” Peck said.
“Yeah. I don’t drive and drink,” Hardy said.
Peck then handcuffs Hardy only minutes later—and in typical police fashion claims Hardy was resisting arrest.
“You know, when you start pulling away, that’s resisting,” Peck said.
“Trust me, I’ve done this for 32 f****** years,” Hardy said.
“I’ve done it for 38,” Peck said.
The former sheriff refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, but body-camera footage showed a Putnam County Sheriff’s Office koozie and an open can of Miller Lite under a seat in Hardy’s truck. Additionally, police found that Hardy was carrying his badge in the center console of his vehicle.
“Don’t know why he’s still carrying that around,” Peck said.
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Hancel Woods said there is no formal policy about what retirees must do with their badges, according to CBS 47.
“The law enforcement officer’s badge is a representation of their authority. But it’s not – the formal authority actually comes from their credentials,” Woods said.
Woods said retirees typically get to keep their badges as mementos.
While Woods says that the badge is simply a representation of the authority, with formal authority coming only from credentials, to a layman on the street it’s likely that they would act differently to someone saying they are a cop and flashing a real badge—and judging by Hardy’s actions during the stop it’s certainly not beyond the realm of reasonable possibilities.
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The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who ruled the music industry in the 90s will remain in our heart forever through his great dance moves and grand career. The more successful he started to become in his professional life back then, the more disastrous impact it had on his private life.
Talking about his personal life, the legendary artist was famous for his friendships, and one such close friend of his, Michael Jacobshagen from Germany released a series of letters written by Michael Jackson.
The pop star, whose private life was not so private seems entirely different through the window of these letters. The letters reveal how scared Michael Jackson was in his last days, and how he predicted a few weeks before his death that his end was coming near.
Jacobshagen, a businessman from Germany, has been MJ’s friend for almost 20 years, and he is one of those people who surrounded Michael at the time of his death. If Jacobshagen has shared something, then it’s worth considering.
Have a look!
Michael knew that he’ll die soon.
Michael Jackson confessed to his friend a few weeks before his death that he’d die soon. And this is what had happened. The letters proved to be the real prediction as MJ died in 2009 due to the drugs overdose.
From pop star’s daughter Paris Jackson to his sister La Toya, everyone seemed to believe (even today) that Michael Jackson was killed unlawfully, reports Daily Mail.
That friend was none other than a child fan of M.J. who is now a businessman in Germany.
Michael Jacobshagen, who is now a grown up man and runs a business of his own has revealed that the King of Pop wasn’t happy about his life, and was emotionally turmoiled because of some reasons.
The businessman from Germany reveals that MJ used to write him tearful letters…
And when Jackson was hiding somewhere in Las Vegas hideaway to prepare for his next show in London’s O2, he begged his little friend to fly from Germany to the US, so that he can be with him.
But why would the star call a kid to be with him?
Well, if Jacobshagen’s words are to believed, then they reveal that Michael Jackson was terrified of what may occur in his life and wanted Jacobshagen to be with him ahead of his tour.
After German fan and friend, Michael Jacobshagen came to see Michael Jackson; MJ gave 13 notes to him. Jackson feared somebody was after his life and suggested that he might get murdered soon.
In this picture, Michael Jacobshagen.
He already shared a two-decade-long friendship with MJ before his death, and the existence of these letters has been revealed by (now) the 34-year-old, Jacobshagen. In May 2017, Michael Jacobshagen appeared on the Australian TV show where he confirmed the existence of these letters.
The King was found dead in his apartment.
Just four weeks after MJ handed over those letters, he was found dead. The initial reports suggested that he overdosed with sedative, Propofol which he used to take to cure insomnia.
The police department and doctors reveal that he might have said it because of the big tour that he was going to take.
The shocking news that came after his death
Michael Jackson’s physician, Conard Murray was sent to four years of imprisonment on the charges of the involuntary man slaughtering case of Michael Jackson.
Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson still believes that her father was murdered.
After finding the notes received by Jacobshagen, Michael’s daughter, Paris claimed that her father was murdered.
More investigation will be done now.
A proper interview is being arranged with Michael Jacobshagen next month so that more details can be known.
Michael Jackson’s fan following hasn’t decreased even after eight years since his death.