Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Andrew Klavan on the ongoing FISA scandal

Here's a goodly chunk from Andrew Klavan's article on the FISA scandal:

America’s news centers—from 42nd Street in Manhattan all the way to 57th Street in Manhattan—did everything within their power to suppress, taint, and minimize the impact of the memo, even before they knew what was in it. “President Trump’s assault on the nation’s law enforcement apparatus is unlike anything America has seen in modern times,” wailed a Times “analysis” (the paper’s term of art for front-page editorializing). “The memo is the most explicit Republican effort yet to discredit the FBI’s investigation into Trump and Russia,” reports CNN, increasingly the most trusted name in hysteria.

One CNN commentator—former CIA guy Phil Mudd—actually threatened that the memo would set off a vendetta by the Deep State against our elected president: “So the FBI people, I’m going to tell you, are ticked. And they’re going to be saying . . . If you think you can push us off this because you think you can intimidate the director, you’d better think again, Mr. President. You’ve been around for 13 months. We’ve been around since 1908. I know how this game is going to be played. We’re going to win.” It was almost as if Mudd were channeling The Onion’s satirical headline: “FBI Warns Republican Memo Could Undermine Faith in Massive, Unaccountable Government Secret Agencies.”

All this comes after a solid year of media whining about Trump’s criticism of their biased and dishonest coverage of his presidency. The general idea, in the words of one Times op-ed writer, is that “the unrelenting attacks on the news media damage American democracy.”

But is it Trump who is doing the damage? After all, those of us who still go to the movies have just sat through Steven Spielberg’s The Post, a two-hour left-wing talking point about how brave The Washington Post was when it defied President Nixon’s concerns over national security in order to expose government malfeasance by publishing the Pentagon Papers. Yet now—even before the FISA memo was published—news outlets, including both CBS and NBC, were highlighting and giving credence to dire warnings that the FISA memo would damage national security and, channeling The Onion again, undermine trust in unchecked law enforcement. After decades of listening to leftists screech about J. Edgar Hoover’s unjustified wiretapping, we are suddenly told to believe that a little unjustified FBI wiretapping now and again is a “nothingburger.”

In short, a press that should on principle raven for every piece of information that might be damning to the powerful of every stripe—a press that has shown itself willing to publish anonymous anti-Trump leaks that sometimes turned out to be false—has made it clear that they do not want you to know what they do not want to know themselves.

Styx points out that the media have switched from saying "Releasing the memo is a breach of national security!" to "It's a big nothingburger!" (thus echoing what one CNN exec said about the Trump-Russia collusion "scandal"). Obviously, it can't be both.


  1. America’s news centers—from 42nd Street in Manhattan all the way to 57th Street in Manhattan—did everything within their power to suppress, taint, and minimize the impact of the memo, even before they knew what was in it.

    Bullshit. They knew exactly what was in it, which is precisely why they were freaking out so much in the lead-up to the memo's release. (The MSM are an extension of the Deep State, after all.)

    More to the point, they've known all along that "Russiagate" itself is the biggest nothingburger of all.

  2. Carter Page was an FBI Under-Cover Employee in 2013, and remained the primary FBI witness through May of 2016 throughout the case.

    If Carter Page was working as a UCE (FBI undercover employee), responsible for the bust of a high level Russian agent in 2013 -and remained a UCE- throughout the court case UP TO May of 2016, how is it possible that on October 21st 2016 Carter Page is put under a FISA Title 1 surveillance warrant as an alleged Russian agent?

    Conclusion: He wasn’t. The DOJ National Security Division and the FBI Counterintelligence Division, knew he wasn’t. The DOJ-NSD and FBI flat-out LIED.

    Source: https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/02/05/in-march-2016-carter-page-was-an-fbi-employee-in-october-2016-fbi-told-fisa-court-hes-a-spy/

    These ratfuckers are going down hard.

  3. Page was either a patsy or a plant sent to screw the Trump campaign.

    Either way, Trump is in the clear.

  4. A fish rots from the head:

    "One of the final executive orders of the Obama administration takes on new significance. Shortly before leaving office, Obama abruptly issued yet another expansion of the Reagan-era Executive Order 12333, dramatically enlarging some 17 government agencies’ legal authority to surveille U.S. citizens — an order that had followed even earlier expansions of the number of officials privy to surveilled information. Why such a radical move in the last days in office?

    At some distant point, investigators and the media will conclude that the nexus of wrongdoing was likely Barack Obama himself. Aside from the massaged investigations of Hillary Clinton’s wrongdoing, during the election of 2016 and the Trump transition of November 2016 to January 2017, Obama allowed his DOJ and the FBI to manipulate the FISA courts to surveille an American citizen and indirectly target others. He then made sure such data were disseminated among as many administration hands as possible. And he further allowed his subordinates to unmask surveilled citizens, whose identities and (in some cases conversations) were ultimately leaked to news organizations."

    Source: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/456134/fisagate-boomerangs-democrats-hillary-obama



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