Welcome to the new, streamlined Storm Thread.
As I mentioned in the Week Twelve chronicle, the storm-related news will continue for a while yet. But from here onwards, I’m going to be focusing my time mostly on the next phase; the transition towards Congressional investigations, law enforcement and legal proceedings, and how these coming attractions will impact society, politics, the economy, and more.
Previous Storm Threads:
The Big Picture Theory in Chronological Order:
Other Writings on The Dangers of Unchecked Leftism (How the West Got to This Point):
Links to the President’s Executive Order Freezing Assets:
The importance of this executive order was discussed near the end of Storm Thread Nine.
To a lovely Irish-Catholic lady whose talents have moved on to the higher realm.
This might be an offshoot of the Executive Order referenced in the foreword to this thread. It will be interesting to see what kind of blowback this news will bring from those in the big cities if this comes to fruition. You might even see Democrats all of a sudden becoming big State’s Rights proponents. Leftist governors and mayors may well push for secession rather than enforce the border laws of the nation.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen confirmed Tuesday that her department has asked federal prosecutors to see if they can lodge criminal charges against sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal deportation efforts.
“The Department of Justice is reviewing what avenues may be available,” Ms. Nielsen told the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Her confirmation came after California’s new sanctuary law went into effect Jan. 1, severely restricting cooperation the state or any of its localities could offer.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan says those policies put his officers and local communities at more risk because they have to arrest illegal immigrants out in the community.
Mr. Homan told The Washington Times last July that he wanted to see local officials charged as complicit in human smuggling if they shielded illegal immigrants through sanctuary policies.
Mr. Homan repeated that demand in an interview with Fox News earlier this year, setting off a firestorm of criticism.
Fusion GPS Allegedly Still “Researching” Trump-Russia Collusion
Excerpted from Sara Carter’s website.
The controversial research firm Fusion GPS is still investigating alleged ties between President Trump’s 2016 election campaign and Russia, according to several sources who spoke to this reporter.
What’s not known is who is paying for the continuing research? Fusion GPS officials could not be reached immediately for comment.
In October, the Washington Post revealed that Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign paid the now embattled research firm Fusion GPS to fund the research into the dossier. Marc E. Elias, who was a lawyer representing the Clinton campaign and the DNC allegedly retained Fusion GPS, but the campaign failed to disclose those payments on its finance records.
Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Florida Republican and Chairman of the National Security Subcommittee, sent a letter last week to House Speaker Paul Ryan, asking him to direct Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes , R-CA to declassify documents given to the committee related to the dossier. He asked Nunes to utilize the process known as Rule X to make the documents available to the American people and said Fusion GPS’s continuing research into President Trump should be investigated.
DeSantis told this reporter that releasing the information on the dossier and the classified FISA applications is the first step in getting the truth to the public.
“Congress needs to determine the role played by Fusion GPS in the Russia matter and that includes any current Fusion activity,” said DeSantis. “Fusion has not been forthright with Congress and the American people deserve the facts.”
The New York Times was the first to allude to Simpson’s continuing investigation into Trump’s alleged ties with Russia in a recent expose on Simpson stating, “But the work has not stopped. Fusion continues to look into ties between Mr. Trump and Russia, according to several people briefed on the research. Mr. Simpson’s specific areas of focus, and information about any current benefactors, are closely guarded.”
As We Await The Fake News Awards…
…let’s listen to the execrable Arizona Senator Jeff F(l)ake denounce President Trump as a Stalinist.
From a Deadline article:
In his address, Flake listed Trump’s Hit Parade of Lies, including his fake inauguration crowd size boast, his having led the birther movement against President Obama, his insistence that Russian tampering with the election is a hoax.
These “pernicious fantasies” are “as destructive as they are inaccurate,” Flake said.
“To call the Russian matter a hoax, as the president has done so many times, is a falsehood,” Flake warned. “It is in the interest of every American to get to the bottom of this matter wherever the investigation leads. Ignoring or denying the truth about hostile Russian intentions towards the United States leaves us vulnerable to future attacks.”
Flake pointed out “there has not been a single cabinet level meeting regarding Russian interference and how to defend America against these attacks.”
The President, the senator said, is setting an example to dictators around the world in painting the media as “enemy of the state,” he added. “2018 must be the year in which the truth takes a stand against power that would weaken it,” he said.
It’s amazing to hear Champion of Truth F(l)ake list the Russian Narrative and birther issues as evidence of Trump lies. The Russian Hoax that Flake referred to is indeed just that: an elaborate hoax for which there is ample proof proving it so. As for the birther issue, while the proof is not as overwhelming, there is enough there to warrant an investigation.
Flake doth protest too much. But when you’re the empty-suit junior Senator and toady to dossier-huckster John McCain, I suppose defending the shadow government comes easy.
I’m a day late with this one and it will be short.
Simply, if you were in charge of purging out the intel agencies – as Bannon was – wouldn’t you love to be subpoenaed so you can get it all on public record? And force the media to cover it for once, free of it being called conspiracy theory? I’d be frothing in anticipation.
Bannon, Flynn, and Manafort combined know enough to send many in the Deep State to prison.
Former See Eye Aye Agent Seems To Agree With Us
Further proof of the importance of the Global Magnitsky/National Emergencies Act Executive Order. Here is a snippet of an intriguing article from USA Watchdog:
Former “high-level” CIA officer Kevin Shipp says President Trump has “declared war” on the so-called Deep State and the shadow government. Shipp explains, “I differentiate between the ‘Deep State’ and the shadow government. The shadow government are the secret intelligence agencies that have such power and secrecy that they act even without the knowledge of Congress. There are many things that they do with impunity. Then there is the ‘Deep State,’ which is the military industrial complex, all of the industrial corporations and their lobbyists, and they have all the money, power and greed that give all the money to the Senators and Congressmen. So, they are connected, but they are really two different entities. It is the shadow government . . . specifically, the CIA, that is going after Donald Trump. It is terrified that some of its dealings are going to be exposed. If they are, it could jeopardize the entire organization.”
President Trump’s December Executive Order on “Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption” is a major way Trump is turning the tables on the people trying to take him down. Shipp says, “Donald Trump, very wisely, starts out calling it a ‘threat to U.S. national security.’” That one term brings in the U.S. military, the U.S. intelligence agencies, domestic law enforcement and the whole U.S. law enforcement into enforcing these laws. The amazing thing about the Executive Order is now it extends to foreign persons, foreign organizations and even foreign government officials. So, this is a national security threat, which means it includes anyone inside the United States or outside the United States.”
The details of this story are seriously disturbing. But it is encouraging that the FBI is shining a light under every stone – even when it leads to sickos in other law enforcement agencies.
A federal investigation into a child porn site in the dark corners of the Internet has led to the arrests of two Homeland Security employees in the San Antonio area.
The secretive, ongoing probe was revealed at a hearing Friday for federal agent Richard Nikolai Gratkowski, 39, who works for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and was arrested earlier this month.
At the same hearing, FBI agent Larry Baker testified that the arrest of Border Patrol agent Paul Casey Whipple of Hondo in mid-December arose out of the same investigation into the child porn website on The Onion Router, or TOR network, which uses thousands of relays or servers, much like layers of an onion, to keep users anonymous.The network originally was used for dissidents to communicate privately in oppressive regimes, but criminals have turned to it to peddle drugs, black-market guns and other contraband and to trade child pornography. Because of the prevalence of crime, law enforcement has followed and unmasked many users.Whipple, 34, is charged with producing child porn and distributing it. He was denied release on bond last month, but officials did not publicly disclose at the time that Whipple was connected to the child-porn investigation. The Border Patrol, an agency within Homeland Security, did not respond Friday to the San Antonio Express-News’ questions submitted by email and left on voicemail about Whipple’s work situation.
According to his line of thought, the public may get a peek at information contained in the heretofore-classified Trump Dossier investigation.
Now, the House Intelligence Committee has taken a first step toward what might become public disclosure of key facts in the dossier investigation. It is a halfway step, and will not immediately reveal anything to the public, but it is a beginning.
At the committee’s meeting Thursday morning, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., offered a motion to allow all House members to review a brief report prepared by the Republican majority summarizing the panel’s investigation into what GOP members call “FISA abuse.” (That is a reference to the secret court set up by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.) The motion passed the committee on a party-line vote.
Naturally, it was a party-line vote. Dems want to delay the inevitable.
York also makes this valid point: as more Congress critters see the evidence, the higher the odds of leaks to the public.
There will be no copies of the report handed out to House members. Instead, a copy will be made available for them to read in a secure room in the Capitol. They won’t be able to take the report out of the room. But they will know the answers to the questions.
When will the public know? Obviously, the more House members know about the dossier investigation, the more likely its classified results are to leak. That might happen at any time.
The Plot Thickens
The following article from Lifezette highlights the links between Alexander Downer, an Aussie diplomat to the UK (the home of Christopher Steele), the Clinton Foundation, and the suspiciously omnipresent George Papadopoulos.
An Australian investigative journalist who is a retired police detective said Tuesday he has been asked to provide the FBI with details about multiple allegations of mishandling millions of dollars contributed to the Clinton Foundation by the Aussie government.
“I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers,” Michael Smith told LifeZette.
At the center of Smith’s complaints are former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and multiple Australian government officials, including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, that government’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Downer hit U.S. headlines recently when he was reported to have told the FBI of a May 2016 conversation he had with George Papadopoulos, then a campaign aide to President Donald Trump. Downer told U.S. law enforcement officials that Papadopoulos told him Russia had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times claimed in its Dec. 30, 2017, story that the information Downer gave the FBI was a major factor in the bureau’s decision to investigate allegations of collusion between Russian interests and the Trump campaign. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI last year.
The materials Smith is giving the FBI focus on a 2006 memorandum of understanding between the Australian government and the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton HIV/AIDs Initiative (CHAI). Smith claims the foundation received a “$25M financial advantage dishonestly obtained by deception” as a result of actions by Bill Clinton and Downer, who was then Australia’s minister of foreign affairs.
So essentially, an Australian government official – previously in corrupt cahoots with the Clintons – fed a willing FBI some information that was used as the auspices for the investigation that helped lead to the surveillance on the Trump campaign. This looks like it’s a pretty big puzzle piece.
This is to be distinguished from his testimony given to the Senate which was previously released by Dianne Feinstein in her cold-induced delirium.
— thebradfordfile (@thebradfordfile) January 18, 2018
For all you out there with social media followings, this needs to get trending.
Apparently, the House Freedom Caucus is greatly disturbed by its contents.
— Steph (@steph93065) January 18, 2018
You can always count on Blumenthal’s corrupt fingerprints to be all over every political dirty trick or bit of opposition research.
A close friend, advisor and confidant of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was allegedly interviewed by the FBI in connection with the controversial dossier that was used ‘in part’ as evidence by the bureau to obtain a warrant to investigate members of President Trump’s campaign team, according to several sources who spoke to this reporter.
Sidney Blumenthal, a former journalist and a close friend of Clinton, was interviewed by the FBI in 2016 regarding the dossier that alleged Trump colluded with Russia, the sources stated. Department of Justice officials, however, declined to comment on Blumenthal or the dossier.
FBI officials declined to comment.
Blumenthal did not return a phone call seeking comment.
It appears we are getting really close to the crescendo in regards to the Russian Narrative and the Mueller Trojan Horse. Rep. Matt Gaetz was full of fire and fury on Hannity last night. Well worth the viewing.
Phase 2 should be here shortly.
Whatever is in that memo must be truly explosive. I wonder if this has anything to do with the Palpatine’s Revenge chat group on Gliph that we mentioned in earlier threads?
Regardless, Hannity is tick-tocking again:
Biggest Tick Tock Ever!! Vindication!
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) January 19, 2018
We Might Not Have Long to Wait
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 19, 2018
Just in case anyone is wondering what the hell I was talking about earlier:
These are private messages on the Gliph messaging service from 5/17/17, the day that Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel. The messages were hacked by someone using the handle Fresh Camel. The hacks were distributed on the dark web for deciphering recently thereafter.
It’s important to note that the messages were written before the news on Mueller broke to the public.
The messages have largely been ignored – or suppressed, perhaps self-censored, seeing as how many links to this are 404d – but in the ensuing 8 months since they were posted so much info has come out making decoding this easier. You can see how scandalous this chat group is. That’s why I think perhaps it may be germane to the memo referenced by Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan.
I guess the secure connection referenced wasn’t so secure, after all? Perhaps Fresh Camel was white hat intelligence?
company=See Eye Aye
RM= Robert Mueller
AEWP=Adam Entous, Washington Post, intelligence reporter
S= Peter Strzok
We really are a fractured people. Party line politics, party-line media, blue states, red states. Only when the truth is too obvious to ignore will this change. I slag on Alex Jones a lot, but his website is titled perfectly and he called this aspect long ago. Our wars are information wars and propaganda wars.
Excerpted from Sara Carter:
More than 130 congressional members have viewed the classified four-page memo detailing what senior government officials describe as “disturbing and explosive” surveillance abuse by employees of the FBI and Department of Justice under the Obama administration against President Trump and members of his campaign.
But almost all of them were Republicans.
Since the document was released Thursday to House members “only Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have seen it,” a congressional source with knowledge of the memo said.
The classified memo was described by senior government officials as a detailed account of the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the FBI and apparent FISA abuse associated with the controversial dossier that alleged President Trump colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. As recently reported, some congressional members who reviewed the memo said the revelations may end in the removal or criminal prosecution of senior officials in the FBI and Department of Justice.
Congressional officials expect the classified memo to be made available to the public before the end of the month. In order to make the classified memo public, the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by California Republican Devin Nunes, must first have another vote, a congressional source stated.
#ReleaseTheMemo Gains Traction
Unfortunately, we might have to wait as long as February 15th to see it.
Great news! Our efforts to #ReleaseTheMemo have been effective and the HPSIC plans to begin the process to release the FBI/FISA/Russia memo. This may take up to 19+ Congressional work days but Americans deserve to know the truth.
— Dave Joyce (@RepDaveJoyce) January 20, 2018
Now, it is my understanding that the president can declassify information at will. But it might put him in a sticky political situation if he does, for apparent conflict-of-interest reasons. I think this is why we’ve seen such a big push for the #releasethememo hashtag and the call from Hannity to contact members of Congress. A groundswell from the public allows the White House to stay at arms length.
Still, I would love to see it done in time for the State of the Union Address on January 30th. The media cannot avoid covering up the memo if Trump speaks about it at the dais in Congress. It would be an amazing opportunity.
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From Sharyl Attkisson at The Hill:
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch knew well in advance of FBI Director James Comey‘s 2016 press conference that he would recommend against charging Hillary Clinton, according to information turned over to the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Friday.The revelation was included in 384 pages of text messages exchanged between FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and it significantly diminishes the credibility of Lynch’s earlier commitment to accept Comey’s recommendation — a commitment she made under the pretense that the two were not coordinating with each other.And it gets worse. Comey and Lynch reportedly knew that Clinton would never face charges even before the FBI conducted its three-hour interview with Clinton, which was supposedly meant to gather more information into her mishandling of classified information.On July 1, 2016, as the Lynch announcement became public, Page texted Strzok:
Page: And yeah, it’s a real profile in couragw [sic], since she knows no charges will be brought.There are other revelations within the text messages. But in the cover letter accompanying them, the FBI notified Congress that many additional text messages are missing. According to the FBI, its “technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page from December 14, 2016 to approximately to [sic] May 17, 2017.”The reason?(M)any FBI-provided Samsung 5 mobile devices did not capture or store text messages due to misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI’s collection capabilities. The result was that data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected.
What a farce! But hardly unexpected. This time to cover up Shrub Bush’s Admin’s shenanigans.
The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings.
Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping of international communications after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In addition, the agency has made a series of representations in court over the years about how it is complying with its duties.
However, the NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the NSA said.
“The NSA sincerely regrets its failure to prevent the deletion of this data,” NSA’s deputy director of capabilities, identified publicly as “Elizabeth B.,” wrote in a declaration filed in October. “NSA senior management is fully aware of this failure, and the Agency is committed to taking swift action to respond to the loss of this data.”
In the update Thursday, another NSA official said the data were deleted during a broad, housecleaning effort aimed at making space for incoming information.
“The NSA’s review to date reveals that this [Presidential Surveillance Program] Internet content data was not specifically targeted for deletion,” wrote the official, identified as “Dr. Mark O,” “but rather the PSP Internet content data matched criteria that were broadly used to delete data of a certain type … in response to mission requirements to free-up space and improve performance of the [redacted] back-up system. The NSA is still investigating how these deletions came about given the preservation obligations extant at the time. The NSA, however, has no reason to believe at this time that PSP Internet content data was specifically targeted for deletion.”
An NSA spokesman declined to comment on Friday.
New Patreon Post Coming Tonight About the Previous Two News Items
It will be about why you should actually be encouraged by the seemingly discouraging news of missing and deleted documents.
Patreon Essay About the Missing FBI/DOJ Messages is Posted
One of the things I wrote about in my last Patreon post was the absolutely lame, incredible excuses being offered by the Deep State for all their shenanigans lately.
Throw one more onto the litany.
I didn’t know my password.
Hawaii Democratic Gov. David Ige said Monday that one of the reasons it took so long to inform the public that a ballistic missile alert in the state was in fact a false alarm was because he couldn’t remember his Twitter password.
As Daily Caller’s Eric Lieberman reports, Ige was notified two minutes after the alert was sent to mobile devices across the state, according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser, but was unable to send out communications stating the illegitimacy of the original alert for 17 minutes.
Their desperation is palpable.
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