Welcome to my blog. I have been posting on FB for some time. Some of my posts were very long….too long for FB, so I started this blog in order to share my research, my opinions and some insight from others concerning the political, economic, and governmental health of our country.
I am no one in particular, I am not famous, I’m not important, just an American that has experienced many things in life….however I have worked for wages, worked for a salary, and owned a business. I have seen life from the bottom, from the middle, and from the top. One thing I have done that few others have, is pay attention and do research. I have researched many things. I spent 13 years researching only scripture….no…not the Bible, but all scripture. I studied the founding and the constitution, developed new economic theories, and for years looked into the corruption in government. I have no special talent or ability…..just common sense, logic and a very skeptical mind set…..I question everything.
I don’t know if this will lead anywhere, but at least for the next few months I will be posting my research on our corrupt political process. Be sure to follow me on Facebook: here
For months, I have written many stories and Facebook posts concerning the events surrounding the many investigations and counter-investigations into the Trump campaign and presidency. I laid out solid evidence that our own Intelligence Community (IC) had become deeply involved in affecting the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Here is a link to just one story, but there are others, here on my blog.
What I want to focus on in this post, is a NY Times article, written on Jan. 11, 2019. In that article, the Times all but calls the president an agent of the Russian government and a stooge of Vladimir Putin. They arrived at this conclusion by revealing that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump days after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May of 2017.
Of course, no names are used, only “anonymous sources close to the investigation”. Before I go on, let me make sure you understand that the NY Times is actually a tool of the IC. When the IC wants to make a story public, they go directly to contacts at the Times, and leak that information. That said, the Times, in practice, is used to disseminate any propaganda that the IC chooses to use for its own ends. To answer why the IC would deliberately spread propaganda is a difficult question to answer. I would say that in the past, almost all Americans had faith in their government and believed, without question, what they were being told by their government. But over the last ten years, or so, that faith has been shaken. I suppose it can be attributed to some in congress and especially a more diverse availability of news and information. The Times and the Washington Post, are no longer the “go-to” sources for information. Knowing now, that these two news organizations are an arm of the government, is very troubling to say the least. Couple that with the fact that major network and cable news outlets receive talking points, virtually every morning, from the DNC, who in turn, work closely with the IC, should be very concerning to not just conservatives, but to all Americans. News is no longer news in many instances, but sheer propaganda and INFORMATION THAT DRIVES AN AGENDA. If you doubt this conclusion, take a look at this montage from CNN, MSNBC, ABC, and NBC. It is just one of many that I have seen, but this one speaks directly to the NY Times’ story. Notice the words “secretly” and “on behalf of Russia”. Is it just a coincidence they all use the same words?
But the why, is the question. The IC is the so-called “Deep State”. It has an agenda. In recent posts concerning the workings of the CIA, I laid out what, exactly, that agenda is: to control our foreign policy at all costs. If that premise is correct, and I think I have provided evidence to support that conclusion, then removing a president is not beyond the desire of the IC to prevent interference in that goal.
So what was the purpose of this particular article from the Times, and the purpose of those in the IC that directed the Times to write the story? The Times takes the opportunity in this article to explain to its readers the difference between a criminal investigation and a counterintelligence investigation:
The F.B.I. conducts two types of inquiries, criminal and counterintelligence investigations. Unlike criminal investigations, which are typically aimed at solving a crime and can result in arrests and convictions, counterintelligence inquiries are generally fact-finding missions to understand what a foreign power is doing and to stop any anti-American activity, like thefts of United States government secrets or covert efforts to influence policy. In most cases, the investigations are carried out quietly, sometimes for years. Often, they result in no arrests.
So why does the IC want us to know this? I believe the purpose of this entire story is to provide a future reason to counter any information Trump might have to expose their illegal activity which I outlined in my piece: “What Does a Coup Look Like?” . Because of the work of Devin Nunes and others in congress, as well as Hannity and his stable of investigative reporters, the door has been opened a crack and a tiny amount of light is exposing exactly what the deep state is and always has been doing. This light has provided us, the public, a glimmer into the workings of our government…..and we don’t like it at all.
In some way, the IC has provided themselves an out. They can now claim they were conducting a “counterintelligence investigation…..a fact finding escapade, if you will. No evidence of a crime was needed, not even reasonable suspicion. Just someone with authority interfering with their agenda….with their power. Is this the way our government should behave? I recently posted on FB many questions concerning this behavior. The consensus of the commenters seemed to be one of wonderment and misbelief. My followers are certainly those in the know, and very much engaged in what has been going on, so if that’s THEIR reaction, what do you suppose the unengaged and ill-informed believe? They still believe in our government, and that what they are told is accurate, necessary, and honorable. That’s sad and understandable at the same time. We should be able to trust in government, we should be able to lead our lives without looking over our shoulder to see what government is doing on our behalf…..but we can’t! As much as I would like to allow the government the ability to conduct America’s business without scrutiny, I have seen, first hand. how their decisions and actions affected my daily life, and not in a good way. There’s not enough room on this blog to list all the ways government is affecting our lives and our culture. From Globalism to abortion, wars to elections, the government has taken control of virtually everything we do and care about. If there’s anything that history has taught us about governance, it comes from an old saying: “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” And folks, we have given our government absolute power over our lives.
But the IC and Deep State have crossed a line. It is one thing to remove a sitting president. We have laws and constitutional provisions to accomplish that purpose. That is not what the IC chose to do. They may have opened a legal counterintelligence investigation, but where was the evidence to do so. Statements???? They are claiming statements made by, then candidate Trump, was the reason. But surely there had to be more. I’ve already shown above that the IC, the justice department, the DNC, and the media all work together. Is it possible that what they were really doing was simply trying to, first, affect an election, but when that failed, to remove the president from office? It is more than possible, it is what the facts say. They actively created evidence…..not sought evidence….actually created evidence by falsifying reports, lying to courts, illegally spying on a campaign and the president, framing and trapping those connected to the president to gain testimony, and actively leaking, unmasking, and redacting information to prevent the truth from being known. This is not the act of an elected government. These actions are not what we vote for. These are not the actions of a free society with a democratic government. These are the actions of a tyranny…..a small group of people in power deciding for all of us what direction and actions America should take. As much as it pains me, we cannot let this stand. We MUST continue to do what we can to say NO. Just what we can do is small. Continue to expose what we find, continue to debate and discuss, and continue to insist congress does their job. Make no mistake, my friends, we are in deep trouble as a nation. The need for war grows daily, the economic status of the entire world is at the edge of disaster, and the moral decay is without precedent. Trump has given us a temporary reprieve, but past globalist policies have connected us to the world like never before….and the rest of the world is not in good shape.
Trump is walking softly. He knows all this. He has the evidence to expose it all. Many people have asked why he doesn’t just do it. He also understands that many lives are at stake. We have members of the IC all over the world. In many cases it has taken years to put assets in place, years to cultivate allies and partners to achieve goals. Should he just blow that all up? Remember the old saying: “be careful what you wish for”. Such drastic change could lead to a market collapse, a collapse of the dollar, and even a world economic depression….war! I learned a long time ago that people, at least Americans, want to know secrets. We want to know what goes on behind closed doors, we want to know what is being said behind our back. We love drama! In this case, knowing may be deadly. I say we should end this episode in our history and move on. The IC needs to stop trying to remove the president, stop interfering in our elections, end the Mueller investigation with a whimper, and move on doing what they do to keep America safe. Tell the American people why you are doing what you are doing and for God’s sake, end the corruption.
So here’s how I think this ends: Almost to the person, every patriot I know wants the deep state exposed and heads to roll. Some of my smartest cohorts even believe this is imminent…..that its all about to come down, But its not…..it can’t. So far, 26 people in the deep state have been fired, retired, left their position, or been re-assigned….there will be more. No one has gone to prison, and no one will. Prison is the death knell to the deep state. Most people don’t like prison, and would do almost anything to escape that fate. They would turn on the higher-ups in that deep state. That won’t happen. So Mueller will make his report, it will be heavily redacted, and it will be released. We will learn that the Russians “interfered” in our elections and people like Cohen, Manafort, and Flynn may have acted inappropriately….all things we already know. You see, the coup has failed. Trump was able to withstand the attack because of our support. The entire escapade was designed to turn us against him. It didn’t work! The Times article is merely an escape mechanism to justify what the IC did. But make no mistake, the actions of the deep state are not finished. They will continue to thwart Trump in every way possible, when his views don’t coincide with the status quo. It will be two more years of constant struggle on issues and policy. It will also be constant investigations into everything Trump to divert real policy debates and actions.
In my last post I presented a story of what the CIA and the broader Intelligence Community (IC) do and have done to control American policy. In that post, I laid out how The CIA, in particular, has spread its operatives all through the government and into corporate America. I even explained and defended their actions as necessary to defend America. But when illegality and corruption run rampant, the IC is continually crossing a line between honest governance in a democratic republic and a tyrannical police state.
Before I reveal what I have put together, I must provide further background on CIA activity in the corporate world. We all have heard the Name Solyndra. Solyndra was the first corporation to receive a $528 million loan guarantee from the federal government in 2009, and a $25 million tax break from California as a result of the 2009 stimulus package. Although this had nothing to do with the CIA, it was the first public exposure of government investment in the private sector. Conservatives were outraged. “The government has no business investing in private American enterprise” was the outcry. But not widely known, or publicized, is the CIA’s involvement in investment within the corporate world. The CIA operates a company called In-Q-Tel. Although a private, venture capital company, virtually every investment is made on behalf of the CIA. It invests hundreds of millions in startup and tech companies that create all sorts of technology in information handling, computer programming, lasers, drones, weapons of all kinds, and especially data. Each investment comes with the caveat that the CIA gets first dibs on any new and unique technology. In-Q-Tel reportedly has invested in thousands of American companies, but as one would expect, those companies and what they work on is top-secret and unavailable to the public.
In-Q-Tel’s founder was one Norm Augustine, a former CEO of Lockheed. That’s curious because in many searches involving CIA operations, Lockheed comes up all the time……..and don’t forget how James Comey got rich when he originally left government for the private sector, prior to becoming FBI director……chief council for Lockheed earning reportedly $6 million. As I have pointed out many times, the deep state is an incestuous organization with tentacles everywhere. But understand that In-Q-tel’s involvement with the CIA is not a secret that I just revealed. It was created in 1999 when George Tenet was CIA director. Here is what Tenet had to say:
“We [the CIA] decided to use our limited dollars to leverage technology developed elsewhere. In 1999 we chartered … In-Q-Tel. … While we pay the bills, In-Q-Tel is independent of CIA.”
During the last decade, the CIA and their surrogate, In-Q-Tel, have focused heavily on data. Would it then surprise you that those companies and people which were early investors into Facebook and Google were connected to In-Q-Tel? Here’s what Jody Chudley wrote about it at the “Daily Reckoning” concerning Facebook: (From the article)
The company [Facebook] received its first capital injection of $500,000 from Peter Thiel that summer. The next two capital injections were $12.7 million from Thiel and Accel Partners in May 2005 and then $27.5 million from an Accel-led round of financing that included Thiel, Accel and Greylock Partners in April 2006.3
Just for fun, I searched for each of those investors and In-Q-Tel at the same time.
Here is what I found:
Peter Thiel — Took In-Q-Tel funding for his startup firm Palantir somewhere around 2004.
Accel Partners — In 2004, Accel partner James Breyer sat on the board of directors of military defense contractor BBN with In-Q-Tel’s CEO Gilman Louie.
Greylock Partners — Howard Cox, the head of Greylock, served directly on In-Q-Tel’s board of directors.
Now, I’m not saying that the CIA or In-Q-Tel had any direct involvement with Facebook.
All I’m saying is that it appears to me that the key early investors in Facebook had direct relationships with In-Q-Tel or In-Q-Tel’s top management at the same time that Facebook was raising capital…
Once again, I have to say that someone like me or you can never prove the CIA has involvement in Facebook or Google, I can only ask the question: Why wouldn’t they be involved in the two largest data collectors in the private sector in the world?
Now…..I’ve given you most of the background and context for the story I am about to tell. This story is like a small puzzle with several pieces…..placed into the context I’ve laid out above, and then connected to what I’ve reported about the on-going coup, and it becomes quite clear that it’s all true…..that the CIA and IC are actively trying to remove Trump from office….one way or the other.
It starts with a company called “New Knowledge“. New Knowledge is a data analyzer. It has developed software that allows the user to determine data origins….at least that’s the way I understand it. They promote themselves as a defender of American information. In fact, they were the company that claimed that the Russians definitely interfered in the 2016 election and used Facebook to create and distribute thousands of fake accounts to sway American voters. In a November 2018 op-ed in the NYTimes, New Knowledge lays out a case of Russian interference, and exactly how it was done. Its funny when you read an article that is giving you information that is very serious, sounds very well researched, and is sincerely presented as truthful, but you now know that it’s all lies and propaganda. It really places a new understanding of how information can work to change minds. Anyway….back to New Knowledge. So, New Knowledge is confirming the initial analysis of the IC…..the Russians interfered in the election. How convenient! After penning this fabulous, and bombshell article, New Knowledge was caught doing something unimaginable. They were creating fake accounts on Facebook, attributable to the Russian government. It was revealed that they, (New Knowledge) were responsible for the creation of thousands of fake Russian accounts, that were used in the Special Election in Alabama against Roy Moore. This exposure was explained away by the NY Times as “an experiment”. I guess when you’re caught red-handed, an explanation must be provided, no matter how bad it is.
So how can we know the truth? As usual follow the money. Just who is New Knowledge? Lets start with its founders, Jonathan Morgan and Ryan Fox. Mr. Morgan is “a published researcher for the Brookings Institute, Atlantic Council and Washington Post, a former advisor for the State Department where he developed strategies for digital counter-terrorism, and leader for Data For Democracy, an organization targeting white supremacists and far right thinkers with the goal to develop analytics to suppress their blogs” (Helena, The National Voice). Mr. Fox spent 15 years in the signals intelligence division of the NSA and was a computer analyst for the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) military unit. Just what were these two guys up to? Sometime during the investigation by the senate intelligence committee into Russian hacking, New Knowledge was hired, by the committee, to prepare a report detailing who hacked the 2016 election. Their report was touted by democrat senator, Mark Warner, as a “bombshell”. The report offered proof positive that Russia was behind the hacking and most likely won the election for Donald Trump. As you will recall, this was the analysis of our IC’s 17 branches in early 2017. However, to date, they have never provided any evidence to confirm this analysis, until this report…..coincidence? This report would now confirm that analysis….remember that.
If you read the article at the link in the previous paragraph, (it was revealed) you would find in the very last paragraph that this effort to influence an election was funded by a donation by Reid Hoffman, the Billionaire founder of Linked-in. In every story about these shenanigans, it starts with the headline “Reid Hoffman apologizes….”. But they also lay blame onto an obscure third-party, called American Engagement Technologies (AET), that New Knowledge paid to conduct “the experiment”. A Google search reveals nothing on AET. However, I did manage to find just one reference to AET. It provided the name of the CEO of AET……Mickey Dickerson. So who is Mickey Dickerson?
I know you will find this hard to believe…..but Mickey Dickerson was the administrator for the newly created “US Digital Service” . This is important because the US Digital Service was created by the Obama administration in 2014, but the Moore election wasn’t until 2017. This all says we are supposed to believe that an organization (AET) was conducting an experiment, by creating fake Russian accounts on Facebook to influence an election to defeat a conservative Republican, all while the holier than thou, “New Knowledge” is preparing a report for the US Senate, confirming what the IC told us about who was trying to influence the 2016 presidential election, by creating fake bots on Facebook. Are we really that stupid?
So back to the question….who is New Knowledge. They are funded in a big way by Lux Capital. Lux’s name in investing circles always appears where In-Q-Tel shows up. In fact, recently James Woosley
was recently added to the board of Lux Capital. Woosley is a former director of the CIA. Of course, the money is hard to trace, but I can say with confidence, that most of the funding is coming from the IC in one form or another. So let me give you a little analysis. The CIA and IC are heavily involved through In-Q-Tel in investing in private sector high-tech startups and technology companies, most of which, is top-secret. A large emphasis is placed on data and data collection. The IC was involved in the original funding for Facebook and Google. Let me insert here that, if you remember, for a long time both companies struggled to find a way to make money……but they survived for many years without making a profit, why? I, for one, have little problem with all that. But as I said above, they have crossed a line that should never be crossed. They have used their technology to inject themselves into the civilian political process. In past blog posts I have shown that, with little doubt, the IC first tried to derail Trump’s campaign, and are now actively trying to have him removed from office, quietly, using IC resources and technology. We also can conclude that with the exposure of the adventures of New Knowledge and AET, that it is more than likely that there never was any Russian hacking or interference in the 2016 US presidential election, but rather a concerted plan to create a narrative that Trump was illegitimate and somehow he had ties to Russia.
Folks, I have to repeat that what the CIA and broader IC do is necessary and important. But as all parts of the military and defense industry…..they are a tool of the elected, civilian government, and subsequently, not in charge of policy. There is a long-standing status quo that has formulated American foreign policy. The IC sees their role as protecting that status quo. Donald Trump was elected as an outsider, to, in part, change that policy. A policy of continuous wars to create instability in obscure parts of the world, where stability could lead to alliances that could jeopardize commerce. However, those policies have led to massive corruption and exploitation of world resources and peoples. I do believe, the IC would conclude that the corruption is a necessary component to the needed status quo. And who can argue that it’s not? Are we, the American people, smart enough to demand a change? I also have no doubt that Trump knows about all this and struggles mightily with making any changes. You can rest assured that he is counceled everyday as to the dangers faced from our enemies, but yet, if he holds firm in his desire to change our policies….the IC will have no choice but to continue to have him removed.
Finally, I would be remiss, if I didn’t mention one more aspect of the IC’s power. Their ability to not just influence elections, but to, now, control elections. In my last post, I alluded to other times in our history when the IC got involved in politics and removing an unwanted president. But now they have control of all the data and information. As we become a more digital society and rely so heavily on technology, it only stands to reason, that controlling that technology would be a priority for the IC. Tyrannies everywhere have always concluded that they must control the masses. I submit that the IC now has that capability. They do it with controlling information and where that doesn’t work they can control the outcomes in key elections that will keep the secrecy in tact….I think they did that in 2018. I would point to one particular county in California, although there were others. In order to quash republican inquiry into the 2016 election, it was imperative that the democrats take back the House. Too much information was being made public. So, where else would be better to assure a change than in ever blue California. In Orange County, a historically very conservative area in California, all 7 seats were put in democrat hands. At this writing, I have absolutely no evidence that anything untold took place, but it just fits with everything I believe: the IC can now control an election. Not to worry, though. Republicans will be put back in charge when the defense budget needs to be increased or they need authorization for another war. They manipulate congress as easy as they manipulate the American electorate. Is there anything we can do? Doubtful. Not until somebody in high authority comes forward, goes public, and explains to the people what’s going on……but sadly, I doubt that will ever happen.
Its been months since I last posted. In those months I have reflected over and over on everything I have learned about our government and how it operates. Also in those months I have been reading and watching as the cover-up unfolds. Make no mistake, there was/is a plan to make what they are doing to Donald Trump all go away. It would seem the cover-up began sometime before the mid-terms. It was always clear to me, at least, that the exposure of the deep state and their clandestine activities would be a disaster for our country.
Whenever anyone that investigates government corruption and even mentions the deep state, immediately that person is accused of being some sort of conspiracy nut job. Mostly from the ill-informed left, but even the right does it. Even for me, before I engulfed myself in this, I didn’t want to believe our government would turn on its people and do the things they are doing. But they are! What I have determined is that none of this started with Trump……it just got out of hand because so much information is now available. It is now possible to look up past events and connect them to a pattern. A pattern that, in its entirety, reveal much about and why our government is behaving the way it does.
I have written about the deep state many times. Here is one post from a year ago that spells out what I knew at the time, of which, most is still relevant: The Deep State, Part 1
For 6 decades the intelligence community has always held sway over our foreign policy. Their intelligence gathering has always been the lynchpin to what controls our actions. They appear to have an agenda, to keep America safe and the top dog in the world. They sincerely believe that a few elected representatives can never grasp the complexity of world affairs, and will never know what’s right and needed to do to achieve the goal. So let me be clear: As America grew in stature and dominance, the intelligence community could justify any action, as necessary to fulfill their mission to protect America. But as time passed, more and more things were exposed. In the early days, the bay of pigs, the installation of the Shaw of Iran, the assassination of King Faisal, and the pardon of Marc Rich, these events were easily covered up by the pliant media. Any alternate explanations were quickly deemed conspiracy theories and no investigations occurred.
At some point along the way, politics entered the equation. My sense is, that as the president has gained more pre-eminence and power, one party or the other, found they could use these unusual moves by the intelligence community against the other party’s president. The congressional hearing was the tool of choice. What is so hard to discern, are those hearings that are useful and necessary and those that are purely political. I would say that almost all are political. Most members of congress are informed by staff and lobbyists way before any hearing is called for. One rule of thumb that can be used, is the degree to which these hearings are covered by the news media. The bigger the spotlight, the more political in nature they are. So what is meant by “political”? It means the sole purpose of public hearings is to provide cover for congressman to their constituents. Decisions are always made before hearings are ever held. The hearing is simply a political platform for members of congress. Just think about all the hearings that have been held in the last 8-10 years? Each time, we are told that, finally, the truth will be revealed and action will be taken. Has anything happened to anybody as a result of congressional hearings? Has anyone been held accountable? It’s all a Kabuki theater to make the public believe something is being done…..but you see, nothing really is being done.
It is also important to point out that even in government, there are a few true believers. Those that really try hard to make a difference, but soon learn, unless they play by the establishment rules, their time in congress will be short-lived and they might even be forced from office. The intelligence community knows everything about these people, that there is to know. From their childhood through school and career. What American can say in their entire life, there is not a blemish on that life that they are ashamed of? Even if they think no one knows about it, the intelligence community knows…..it is their business.
Like I already said, the intelligence community has a long history of manipulating world and domestic affairs to achieve a perceived outcome. In 1960, the CIA concocted a plan to invade Cuba. I won’t give you the details, you can read about it here. It was refered to as “The Bay of Pigs”. The plan was concocted during the Eisenhower administration, then authorized by Kennedy as he came into office. It was just one high-profile example of CIA involvement in clandestine military operations 60 years ago. But there’s another fact from the Bay of Pigs episode that is, now, widely known. President Kennedy refused to send reinforcing air power, when the assault on Cuba ran into sharp resistance. You can imagine how this sat with the CIA. It is also a fact that shortly after the Bay of Pigs, our involvement in Vietnam began. Kennedy agreed to increasing the number of South Vietnamese troops by 20,000 and to send 1000 US military “advisors” to South Vietnam. It is important to understand that the mindset of the American military in 1961 was to stop communism from spreading. Kennedy became convinced that the South Vietnamese needed our help. But Kennedy was no war monger and was worried of being bogged down there as he was told by Charles DeGaul of France. Even though Kennedy continued to increase the advisor amount, he ordered the American force to not participate in combat. By 1963, the war for South Vietnam was already going badly, and the CIA assassinated the South Vietnam president. Three weeks later, Kennedy was assassinated. I’m not immune to what most will say….that its just another conspiracy theory. But it’s not. I only bring these things to your attention to help you see the CIA and our intelligence community for who they are. This is hard stuff to know and even harder to believe….but the CIA believes in what they are doing and will do anything to accomplish their stated goals…….anything! There are literally thousands of examples of CIA and IC (Intelligence Community) involvement in foreign lands, this is no secret and possibly not even illegal. I’ve stumbled on many stories myself. I wish I knew just how many CIA and other intelligence officers there are. It’s classified for sure, but its got to be in the tens of thousands. They’re everywhere, and even when they retire, they are still considered an asset. What is not widely known, is, how they participate in politics. Make no mistake, they are very involved. They need authorization from congressional committees, agency secretaries, ambassadors, and yes, the president, to do things that could make headlines. That said, many of the things they do, that may not make headlines, get very little external scrutiny.
The wildcard in all the cases I could write about that the CIA has undertaken, is the corruption that it has brought. When the government is working outside the law and the constitution, which they do on a daily basis, there will always be those that will take the opportunity to get rich and gain more power. This is human nature. As the CIA took on a larger and larger role in American policy and actions, corruption became rampant. Rampant to the point that keeping the actions secret became harder and harder.
Then came Watergate. This was different. This wasn’t about a clandestine action or paramilitary operation, this was about foreign policy. Nixon promised to end the war in Vietnam. Nixon normalized relations with China, and laid the way to the SALT 1 treaty with Russia, that led to further nuclear disarmament. We all believe Nixon was a crook, and a bad president, but could there be another explanation? The next case is the Iran Contra scandal…..weapons for hostages! Was that really what it was about or yet another attempt to remove a republican president? The Marc Rich pardon was an episode that today is virtually unknown, but trust me, it was more of the same. Marc Rich was an important CIA asset and was used by them to illegally break US economic sanctions on bad international players. Sanctions by the US congress and/or the president often get in the way of CIA operations. The CIA deems what Marc Rich and others did, was necessary to conduct the “proper” US foreign policy. Law and the constitution be damned.
I want to make something perfectly clear for all my critics. They have called me all sorts of things including crazy, extremist, hard right, and very often a conspiracy nut job. It is those that refuse to believe that our intelligence community believes they have a higher calling….one to protect America, keep America strong, and keep the world safe from global threats. This is no small task and very complex to achieve. As worthy and important as their mission is, it is the corruption that invariably takes place that brings so much scrutiny. Make no mistake, in order to conduct their mission, the Intelligence community MUST do things that are illegal. I think they tend to rationalize this behavior as necessary and something an uninformed electorate and their representatives cannot grasp. And it is a complex world with many, many bad actors. The IC believes in what they do, and should possibly keep doing most of it. Certainly more transparency would have to come with lengthy explanations of why, how, and who they are working with, which, certainly would be met with disdain by the public. This is why things are classified and kept from the public. why we will never know for sure what they are doing, and why the deep state can never be exposed.
Another aspect of CIA activity is their placement of operatives, not only in all government agencies, but in Corporate America, as well. Recently I wrote about Fletcher Prouty, a 1980s whistle-blower, that wrote a book called “Secret Team”, which exposed the CIA’s placement of operatives into all agencies of government, including congress. But running government is not enough. They now are entering corporate America in a big way. In August of 2018, there was a story about 60 ex-CIA officials that signed a letter to Trump, expressing their displeasure that Trump had revoked John Brennan’s security clearance. I took that list and searched the first 7 on the list, just to see what, if anything, they were doing now. All 7 were now in corporate America.
JEANNE TISINGER, Retired analyst with unparalleled mission knowledge and resource needs of the U.S. intelligence community. Now, on an Advisory board to Peraton Corp, and Director of Northwest Federal Credit Union
MARK KELTON, Former CIA Officer
Now, Director, Dyncorp International, and National Security Solutions,
JEREMY BASH, former CIA and DoD chief of staff
Now, Director, Paladin Capital and Beacon Global Strategies
BOB FLORES, Chief Technology Officer of the Central Intelligence Agency
Now, Director, BlueCat Networks, Inc.
KENT HARRINGTON, former national intelligence officer for East Asia and CIA director of public affairs. Now, Advisor to Board, Beneseed KK, International Emergency Management Organization,
PHILLIP MUDD, former CIA analyst. Now, director of Enterprise Risk at Southern Sun Asset Management
GREG VOGEL, former CIA deputy director for operations. Now, Director, Third Option
JAMI MISCIK, Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA
Now,Director, General Motors
I’m sure I could have went down the entire list and everyone of them is now working in the private sector. But of course, one would say, why wouldn’t they do something after retiring. OK, that’s fair, but the CIA also has a policy to allow all their employees to work in the private sector while they are working at the CIA. Here’s an excerpt from an article in the Telegraph:
CIA allows agents to moonlight
The CIA is allowing operatives to moonlight by selling their espionage expertise
Officials said the policy was needed to stop top CIA officers from leaving the spy agency, where the millions spent on their training can help command very high salaries………
Details of the policy appear in Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage by Eamon Javers.
Officials said that the out-of-hours work did not compromise national security and was only allowed once CIA officers had submitted full details of the work and been granted permission.
It is not known how long the policy has been in place or how many CIA officers work for outside organisations.
The policy is an indication of the attractiveness of CIA techniques
This doesn’t even speak to the countless ex-CIA I found working at Teneo, and many foundations and non-profits all over the world. Judging from what I found, I can confidently say that there must be thousands of current and former CIA employees in Corporate America. It all reminds me of an episode of Law and Order, where one undercover cop posed as an anti-war activist while another undercover FBI agent posed as a member of the Black Panthers in the 60s. One shot the other, neither knew who the other really was.
With the advent of the information age, there is no doubt that human intelligence is still vital to national security. But adding that political piece to the mix is extremely dangerous and only further enhances public distrust of the Intelligence Community. Can anyone deny the bias that was exposed at these agencies during the past year? Have they not done everything to obfuscate, deny, delay, and ignore congress?
So why do I work so hard to expose the deep state? Because of what I know. They have crossed the line many times…..Today I was trying to learn about CIA involvement in Morocco, in the context of Carter Page.
Although no information was available, Carter Page did work in Morocco as an intelligence officer while in the Navy, at the time Bill Clinton, as president, traveled there for the funeral of the king. During that search, however, there were plenty of stories about the work of the CIA in that country. An opposition leader was reportedly assassinated by the CIA and many stories disclosing the use of Moroccan prisons as places of torture while CIA operators were involved in the interrogation……all washed away in history, and tacitly accepted as necessary for “security”. But what they have and are doing to Trump is a bridge too far. They have staged an arguably provable coup against a legitimately elected American president. This is no joke, and is still happening as I write. you can read what I wrote about it here. The witch hunt of the Mueller investigation is a travesty. It has been used to “create” evidence of a crime where none exists. This is far different from “finding” evidence of a crime. I believe this investigation has been purposely extended beyond the 2018 midterms in order to assure the democrats would shut down the republican inquiries and begin political investigations into everything Trump. But Ken, you say, we still have the senate and Lindsey Graham will be in charge of the senate judiciary committee. Do you not know who’s pocket Lindsey Graham is in? Graham is a neocon, a hawk, and totally in bed with the CIA and the defense industry. This will end all possible exposure of the coup attempt and begin a political process to have Trump removed by impeachment, or resignation. Again, you say, impeachment can’t happen, we have the senate. Mark my words, it would only take 19 republican senators to go along. So what if the CIA provided information, true or not, that Trump said or did something that would jeopardize national security or conducted financial transactions with some unsavory terrorist types….whatever. All it would have to be is plausible to those 19 senators and give them cover to vote for impeachment. Believe me, the CIA can put pressure on enough senators to get their vote. If none of it works, he certainly will lose in 2020. The Intelligence Community now, I believe, has taken control over the election process, at least at the national level. They will, never again, allow a person, not of their choice, to become president.
So what’s the bottom line here? If you have read my previous work, you’ll know that I’ve said consistently that we are in a battle between Nationalism and Globalism. The battles have been going on for 60 years, but since the inception of the Tea Party, some Americans have determined they don’t want Globalism and began to fight back….with information. The battle today, is for that information. I can assure you that we are using a Glock 9, while the other side uses ICBMs topped with thousands of nuclear warheads……we are out of our league. We are losing badly and we are all afraid to take the next step. All I can do is keep writing and all you can do is keep sharing and commenting. Keep fighting, my friends.
Why all those that voted for Trump and more MUST vote for the republicans.
This won’t be my usual post.
As many of you know I do a lot of research. I report what I find and offer conclusions based on those findings. This report is more of a look at the big picture based on all the research I’ve done, my vast experience of following politics, and the changes I’ve seen over the last 40 years. Yes, its true, things have changed dramatically over the last 40 years. We can access more information than ever before. We should be so much more informed than we are. News has become front and center to life and now has permeated our culture. 40 years ago, news consisted of two, half hour programs a day….one local, one national….repeated at 11 pm. There was also one or two local papers….mostly used for the coupons contained within them. No one in my circle ever even thought to subscribe to the NYT or the WSJ, those were for the elite business types from New York and Washington. Today, news is 24/7 on at least 6 major cable stations, the three networks are still alive and well, and the NYT, WSJ, WaPo, LA Times, and many others have websites that reach millions. Then there’s the addition of talk radio, and a gazillion news oriented websites. All leading to a bevy of sources that offer news, and commentary on that news, for every varying ideology. No matter how much we try to deny it, most of us live in our own echo chambers and listen to, or read, only the sources that agree with our preconceived world view.
So what does any of that have to do with the election of 2018? Everything! Because we live in echo chambers, we are extremely divided in what we know and what we think we know. I have written dozens and dozens of reports, exposing corruption. But not only hasn’t anyone on the left read them….they refuse to read them. The voices in their echo chamber will not allow them to even consider what we have to say. So at this point, any partisan observer would say the right does the same thing. There is no equivalence! Conservatives want more speech, more debate over ideas, and more freedom. The left leaning media refuses to debate ideas, rather find victimhood in every action and idea put forward. But I’m not here to criticize the left or its media. I want to appeal to democrats that still believe in America and are puzzled by what they see happening to their party.
At the top of this page, I posted a video of an ANTIFA protest. These folks are not protestors…..they are young people, organized, and funded by interests that would destroy America……they are anarchists. Democrats should be concerned.
Black Lives Matter is another radical anarchist group that wants change in America. The name and original intent was laudable. It changed! Their “protests” became about killing cops and ending law enforcement…in other words….reaping havoc on America. Democrats should be concerned.
Then there’s the remnants of Indivisible and the Occupy movement. Protesting every policy to secure our borders, vet refugees, round-up gangs, or support law enforcement. Democrats should be concerned.
And what about the noble “Me-Too” movement. For sure, this was an important initiative by women to bring awareness to sexual assault and sexual harassment. But it soon manifested itself into a disregard for the bedrock principles of innocent until proven guilty and the presumption of innocence. Democrats should be concerned.
This was never more on display than in the Kavanaugh hearings. An accusation was made, and we were all supposed to just believe the accusation, without proof, and allow a good man to be destroyed. Barely considering his record, all that was heard everyday in the left echo chamber was that Kavanaugh would end abortion and support corporations. I get that the left doesn’t agree that the constitution should be interpreted as written. For decades they have used the courts to make the changes to our country that couldn’t be passed by congress……like it or not, that’s not how it’s supposed to work.
As if feeding off the anarchy of these radical Marxist groups, the democrat leaders encouraged the violence:
The so-called “protestors”, encouraged by democrat leaders, became harassers and terrorizers. Civil discourse on policy has been thrown out the window along with any pretense of debate, replaced with violence and physical confrontation
I only show you all this because there is nothing from the right that comes close to duplicating what is coming from the left. The right has been silenced, shut down, beaten, verbally and physically abused, and harassed…..but we are not victims. We continue to fight everyday for policies that will make America great again. But let me say that I am no fan of the republican party. The parties have become so corrupt, that neither serve the people…..they serve only the special interests. The republican electorate was poised to eliminate the corruption within its own ranks. But then the democrat party went off the rails. The parties have manipulated the entire process.
I am vehemently opposed to the republican party. But what choice do we have? The republican party has been pulled kicking and screaming to make the changes needed to return America to prosperity. Half the republican politicians in congress still oppose those changes. We need to give those that support the Trump agenda the help they need to continue the success achieved so far. Democrats and Independents that supported Trump, now must support congressional republicans. The democrat party has been infiltrated with virulent radicals and communists seeking to destroy our very country in favor of anarchy and socialism. I know there are many, many millions of democrats and independents who see what I see. You voted for Trump. But now America needs you again! Please do not return democrats to power. As distasteful as it might be, we must allow republicans to maintain their control for now and continue the job that has been started. There is no doubt that we will have to drag them over the finish line….but we can do it….with your help. Send a message to the democrat party, that Americans do not want communism, socialism or anarchy….we want prosperity and more freedom from government. Please, please, please……if you care about your country, about your future…..then help our president by voting for those that will support his policies….. vote republicans into the congress on November 6th.
As I dig deeper into the coup attempt by officials at the highest levels of our government, I hesitate to go on. Not because I don’t care, but because what I am learning….maybe I shouldn’t know. Now there is no way I, or anybody but those involved, can know the workings of the CIA or the Intelligence Community….its designed that way. So the pieces I am able to glean are certainly incomplete and mysterious, and leave many questions. Last year I began a ten part series on the Clinton Foundation titled “Into The Weeds”. I used that title, because everything I found was complicated and took focus to follow. I’m sure many readers were confused. Well, this next part of the story makes that look like a child’s book.
That said, I believe I can conclude that I know what happened. It all starts with the Magnitsky Act! What the hell is that??? Yes, I know, only a handful of informed conservatives know what it is or why it was enacted, and why it is important. Much has been written about it so I won’t endeavor to provide its substance here. Wilkipedia has a pretty good basic (and short) explanation. I will, however, try to give you an analysis that connects the dots to this soft coup taking place. You can read about the Magnitsky Act here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnitsky_Act
The Magnitsky Act revolved around a company called Prevezon and an elaborate money laundering scheme inside Russia. Many times I have laid out for you just how corrupt the so-called Russian government is. The oligarchs control things and many government officials simply do their bidding. This scheme, involving a quarter billion dollars, was no different. It occurred in 2007, and was discovered in 2012. Russia brought charges, but failed to investigate thoroughly, due to who was involved. Meanwhile in America, law enforcement moved to seize questionable assets of Prevezon while bringing charges in America. This was sometime right around the election of 2016. The case was set to go to trial in the Southern District of NY in March of 2017. Coincidently, or not so coincidently, this is the exact time Preet Bahara was fired by Jeff Sessions. Bahara was the United States attorney for the Southern District of NY. The case was mysteriously settled for a mere $6 million in October of 2017. Now….did this firing, and this case, prompt anger at the CIA? Was Trump and Sessions beginning to ease pressure on Russia? You see the Magnitsky act gave the US government a lot of power over the Russian economy. Through the US banking system and their control over a lot of Central Banks, the US could now sanction anybody, anywhere in the world. A heavy hammer indeed!
So what does this have to do with Russian Collusion? Good question, and the right one. You see as we look to the scandalous acts of the justice system toward Trump, we are missing a lot of the surrounding machanations that have led us in one direction….conspiracy! This is really all about Russian sanctions and the CIA’s incessant desire to destroy Russia. Its not a coincidence that the authors of the Magnitsky Act are known to you…..Ben Cardin and yes, our friend……the “Hawk”, John McCain. The game the Hawks and the CIA are playing to destroy Russia is very dangerous. I would venture to say that Crimea, Georgia, Ukraine and so many other actions by Russia are a kind of retaliation to American sanctions and actions harmful to Russia and her oligarchs. These are not normal government leaders. They have access to armies, nuclear weapons, satellites and satellite weapons, and advanced delivery systems. Ever try to catch a snake in a corner? It will bite you….and you might die! This, my friends, is the game the CIA is playing.
During the campaign, Trump said many times he wanted better relations with Russia. We all, pretty much agreed that he was right…afterall, in 2016, terrorism was still front and center in most American households. We thought the US and Russia together could solve a lot of the world’s problems. But that’s not what the CIA wanted. In the summer of 2016, after he secured the nomination, the campaign was criticized for what was reported as chaos within the inner circle. “shake-up” after “shake-up” we were told was simply bad management….Trump didn’t know what he was doing. But Trump stuck to his idea that he wanted better relations with Russia. In June, he dumped Corey Lewandowski in favor of Paul Manafort, someone who had every reason to want better relations with Russia. Could this be why Trump brought him in? Then a lot of bad stuff came out about Manafort and he had to go. This was the exact time period the CIA hatched a plan to destroy him then have him removed from office. Russian Collusion was born.
This is why it is so hard to diagnose. We all agree Russia is not our friend. We also agree we must be careful when dealing with Russia. Trump believes we need Russia to help with NK, Ukraine, Syria, Iran…….all the big threats to peace in the world. The CIA, on the other hand believes we can solve those problems if Russia is destroyed. Both perspectives are probably correct and flawed. Trying to get Russia’s help in anything is not only difficult and costly, it could be very dangerous for our allies and friends. On the other hand, trying to crush Russia, could be even more dangerous to the world if we push them into war. Meanwhile, friends of the president are advising just how dangerous Russia is. They are breaking the sanctions on NK, they are breaking the sanctions on Iran, they are fighting back the only way they know how….using corruption. These so-called “friends” of the president are giving him information provided to them by the CIA.
Recently I uncovered an ancient interview of an Air Force colonel named Fletcher Proudy. It is from 1973…so its old. BUT! It is revealing because what he reveals is still going on and has grown to epic proportions within all parts of government. The interview was over an hour, but I cut out a 6 minute excerpt that explains what has happened to our government. Watch it before you go on, because everything else you read here has to be placed in the context of just how the CIA has taken over our government.
Now you should understand that the CIA has people all throughout the government, making policy decisions, and we don’t even know who they are or who they are working for. In the full interview, Prouty revealed that former secretary of state, Alexander Haig, was an early CIA employee, who rose through the system working for the CIA, attaining secretary status. Who knows, now, after 40 years, is taking orders from the CIA? When I wrote about what I believed to be connections between the Clinton Foundation and the CIA, even I thought I was crazy. But much of what I have found over the past few months, lead me to believe that that connection is real. That all the folks I discussed have one single mission….to destroy Russia. Russia has our foot on their throat. How would you expect them to react? By the way, this policy preference is great for a bloated defense industry thirsty for government contracts. The sanctions are crippling the oligarchs and that is crippling their already weak economy. All of this leads to what Russia has been doing to end the sanctions.
It starts with the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer that purportedly had dirt on Hillary Clinton in June of 2016. The meeting was reported as proof positive that Trump was colluding with Russians. But now we are learning that the meeting was orchestrated by elements within the government, working in concert with Russian friends.
For sure this is a very hard trail to follow, and I can’t be sure I have all the pieces yet, but I want to get what I now know out there while its fresh in my mind….because it is complicated. At the center of all of it is the Russian Oligarch, Oleg Deripaska. As you may recall, I wrote early about his friendship and relationship to Andrew McCabe that goes back to 2009. At the time, Robert Mueller was FBI director and Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. Mueller sent McCabe to Moscow to seek his assistance in acquiring the release of our CIA resource, Robert Levinson, who was being held in Iran. Deripaska had a deal made when Hillary Clinton pulled out, after Deripaska spent $25 million of his own money to get the deal done. Just why is unknown, but a quote from Deripaska in 2009, may reveal a possible reason: “They try to push me in a corner, maybe believing I would cooperate with them [with information]. There is a Russian interest I would never go through.”
But the relationship with Deripaska continued. In September of 2016, McCabe, once again solicited Deripaska’s help. They met in London and Deripaska was asked to provide damaging information on Manafort. Coincidently, he was offered $25 million for that information. Manafort had been a lobbyist for Deripaska and also entered into a business venture with him that went south. Deripaska sued Manafort. In the United States, Deripaska was represented by Adam Waldman, who just coincidently was also the attorney for Christopher Steele, the author of the notorious dossier. Waldman has close ties to the Clintons and worked in the Clinton Justice Department.
Oddly enough, in 2013, Natalia Veselnitskaya, hired Fusion GPS to lobby against the Magnitsky Act (Russian sanctions). We recently found out that Veselnitskaya had closer ties to the Kremlin than she had revealed. She was taking direction from people at the highest levels within the Russian government. She was closely tied to Sergei Prikhodko, a long time Russian government deputy director,
minister, and administrator, and a man very close to Putin. I recently uncovered a video, made by the main opposition candidate to Putin laying out a case of bribery and other criminal activity within the Russian government and particularly with Prikhodko. Its ironic, because it fits into everything I have layed out so far. To understand why, you must understand how Deripaska is viewed in Russia. He is a billionaire oligarch and a criminal. He has strong connections to the Russian Mafia. I have outlined in other writings the connections in Russia between the sitting government and the oligarchs. So….with that understanding, the video reveals a secret meeting between Drripaska and Minister Prikhodko. The video is concerned that it was bribery, because the meeting was held over three days on Deripaska’s yacht, cruising in Norwegian waters. Aboard the yacht were several hookers, one of whom, wrote a book about what was discussed at the meeting. (She is now in hiding) Sanctions were discussed and the name of Victoria Nuland…assistant secretary of state under Obama from 2013 until January of 2017, was mentioned as the one responsible for those sanctions. This meeting was in September of 2016, just weeks before the Trump Dossier was first written. So….the inference is that the US State Department, in the person of Nuland, was using Deripaska to create credible evidence that Trump was colluding with Russia. I said create….not find, purposely. The difference is the difference between law enforcement and treason.
Now I have to change gears and talk about Britain’s involvement in all this collusion. As you should know, Christopher Steele was a long time MI6 spy, stationed in Russia. He worked with another agent named Pablo Miller (an alias). Miller was assigned to be the handler for a Russian spy turned double agent……Sergey Scripal. When Steele left MI6 he started an intelligence gathering company called Orbis. This is the company hired by Fusion GPS to get dirt on Trump. When Miller left MI6 he immediately went to work for Steele at Orbis. Scripal was a defector in effect and was likely the source of much of the dossier information. I don’t know how it fits yet, but Scripal is the double agent that was reportedly poisoned by the Russians. A poison was used that only the Russians use….how convenient! Personally I don’t believe it for a minute. This poisoning has everything to do with this collusion plot, I just don’t know exactly how or why….yet! But I can say that after this poisoning of a single Russian agent, Britain went crazy on Russia. They invoked all sorts of verbal warnings, and imposed over reaching sanctions. Was this what was intended? British counterintelligence was also involved through the “Five Eyes” treaty. They were secretly surveilling the Trump campaign and who knows what they were hearing. I can only speculate that they learned Trump was planning to lessen the sanctions on Russia. This had to be stopped.
It has been reported that FBI agents went to visit Oleg Deripaska when he was in London in September of 2016. The agents were seeking Deripaska’s help to gain evidence that Trump was colluding with Russia. They offered him $25 million to help. He laughed and said the entire idea was ridiculous. They asked him to think about it. They then asked if he could help with information on Paul Manafort, that would show Manafort was working with the Kremlin to influence the election. Even though Deripaska had every reason to provide that information, he said there was no such collusion. I suspect this is when they turned to Steele.
Now, without the context here and in many other pieces I have written, it would certainly look like the FBI was just doing their job…..but placed in the context of offering Deripaska money, offering to pay Steele for his information, and ultimately using that information in a warrant request that was not able to be confirmed….still leads us right back to a conspiracy to CREATE evidence, not find evidence. Much of the left’s reporting, completely ignores this context.
The next part of the story is a more thourough investigation of “spygate”. It has been reported and talked about by Trump that “spies” were placed into his campaign and his transition….even his administration. I believe I have identified four such players. The first I have written about at length, but I have new information that further corroberates what I wrote in “Who Is Carter Page”.
Carter Page is an intelligence operative. There can be no other conclusion. Let me start at the beginning of his education. As I list these things, remember he is a professional “expert” in the energy industry.
Carter Page is 48 years old. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1993. From there he was accepted into the Trident Scholar Program, reserved for the top 10% of his class. In that program, he completed a paper titled ”Balancing Congressional Needs for Classified Information”. After that, he moves on to Georgetown University where he completes a masters degree in “National Security Studies” in 1994. From Georgetown, he goes into active duty in the Navy, spending his last year there (1999-2000) stationed in Morocco working in Naval Intelligence. In 2000, he leaves the Navy and does a stint at the Council of Foreign Relations, where he goes to Russia to do “energy related research” in the Caspian Sea area. I could be wrong, but at this point, he is 30 years old, and I see no education related to energy. From that little research gig, he is handed a VP job working for Merrill Lynch in London, then soon travels to Moscow to set up Merrill’s first office in Moscow. According to the bio, he then completes an MBA from New York University in 2001. Surely that must be a typo. The next listing is his acquisition of a PHD from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 2009. There he writes a dissertation titled: “transition of Asian countries from communism to capitalism” The dissertation is twice rejected by his advisors. Finally it is accepted when he receives new examiners….imagine that. Nowhere in his education can you find a hint of learning about the energy industry. But wait….there’s more. An energy expert in the field for over 20 years asked some questions. She went to Russia and talked to Page’s boss in Moscow. His name is Sergey Aleksashenko. He said this about Page:
“When it came to finance”, Aleksashenko says, Page “was not a specialist in any branches of finance or in any instruments. Judging by the drivel he spews on Russia, you can tell he doesn’t really understand the topic.”
Also talking with a co-worker, Artem Torchinsky, he said “mildly speaking, not competent in the field of energy.”
Then there’s this: After he left Merrill Lynch in 2008, he started his own, one man investment company, Global Energy Capital. On his most basic of websites he claims to have been involved in some major energy deals. He writes this about himself:
Well, it seems, not so much. Julia Ioffe that 20 year, experienced, energy expert asked some of her long time energy friends. Here’s what she wrote: “So I called Ian Craig, the CEO of Sakhalin Energy from 2004 to 2009. But Craig said he didn’t know anyone named Carter Page. He was also surprised to hear about Merrill Lynch’s purported involvement in the deal. “I don’t think Merrill Lynch or anyone else was front-lining the negotiations, because it was all done at the highest level, because it was very political”
“When I asked a prominent Western businessman, who has worked in the former Soviet Union for over two decades and who is said to socialize with Sechin and other members of the Russian elite, about Page’s claim to Bloomberg that he advised Gazprom on Sakhalin II, he said, “I rolled my eyes at that one.” (He, too, said he hadn’t heard of Page until Trump’s announcement.)”
So, bottom line is how he is portrayed in the media and even how he portrays himself just simply doesn’t jive with the facts about his background. Then I’ll add this: When we first heard the name Carter Page, it was that he was a possible Russian agent working on the Trump campaign. This is also how the Steele Dossier pictured him. It was often reported (and still is) that he was being investigated in 2013 by the FBI for possible Russian espionage. So what was he doing in 2013? In 2013, the FBI was investigating a Russian spy network in New York. The three Russian spies were trying to gather information on the American energy industry. Carter Page, working in NY at the time, became the hook of the FBI, to infiltrate the ring. The screen shots below are from a sealed complaint/deposition document I found on-line. In the document the FBI special agent mentions “male-1”. This is Carter Page.
This screen shot is an excerpt from that document:
It has been confirmed by Page’s own testimony before congress that he is male-1 contained in this document. The three men indicted in the case were Victor Podobnyy Evgeny Buryakov and Igor Sporyshev. The media has again and again reported that the Russians tried to recruit Carter Page. It just ain’t so! Look at this press release excerpt from the Justice Department after Buryakov was convicted.
Male-1 is now referred to as UCE-1 which is short for UNDERCOVER EMPLOYEE! So in 2013 Carter Page was working undercover for the FBI to quash a Russian spy ring, not as an innocent victim or fellow conspirator. Now if all that’s still not enough to prove that Page was not an unsuspecting low level member of the Trump campaign, but an accomplise helping the FBI/CIA create evidence to frame Trump, then look at this one and a half minute clip I pulled from a Hannity interview. Hannity was the only one that ever asked Page the one question I wanted an answer to: “Did you work for the government?” Watch closely and tell me if you think he answered the question and was being honest. Watch how he quickly changed the subject.
All this information easily confirms everything I have written about Carter Page. He was used as the evidence that Trump was trying to soften the US position on Russia. He then became the legal cover to acquire surveillance warrants to listen to everything the campaign was saying and communicating. Trump was trying to change a long standing and on-going policy on Russia…..the CIA would have none of it! But Page wasn’t alone in this endeavor, he had lots of help.
Lets move on to spy number two….Richard Burt. Almost none of you have heard of this guy, but he entered the campaign through Jeff Sessions. He was involved in writing Trump’s first foreign policy speech. In that speech, Trump put forth his desire to have better relations with Russia, which, inconceivably to many of us was roundly criticized by the main stream media. So who is Richard Burt? He’s been around government for a long time. You might want to refer back to the interview of Prouty above…..at least keep it mind as I talk about Burt. Burt graduated from Tufts University in 1971. That would make him right around 70. In 1977, he was selected as a fellow at the Naval War College. During his fellowship, he was assigned to the International Institute for Strategic Studies. Upon that appointment, he received a letter congratulating him on that “new assignment”.
The letter was from Stansfield Turner, the then director of the CIA. Three years later he’s working at the state department, and by 1985, he’s ambassador to Germany. Right at the end of Reagan’s administration, he was made chief negotiator for the START talks with Russia, and remained under GHWB. This guys been in and around government his whole life…..I have been studying government my whole life and I had never heard of him until now. Do you realize how many people just like this are in government? Quietly working behind the scenes on life changing policy? Anyway, somehow, its not known how, he hooks up with the campaign through Jeff Sessions. This is important because Sessions is accused of recruiting Carter Page and Richard Burt. You see the stories you’ll read about Burt always….only…..mention he is a lobbyist for Alfa Bank….one of the biggest financial institutions in Russia. They never mention the bio stuff I’ve put down here. But just like Page…he’s worked in government for a long time and ends up in Russia…..with not a smidgeon of experience in banking on his resume. Then the fact that Burt knew Carter Page is evidence that Burt might have been the guy that had Page put on a list of policy advisors for Trump.
I have to stop here for just a minute. It is so clear to me now, what’s happening. Every move these spies make, seem to add to the intrigue that Trump and his campaign are colluding with the Russians and are trying to change US policy in favor of Russia. The main stream media reports it all exactly the way they have designed it to be reported. Meanwhile a very small few of us have placed it into context….again….its the subtle difference between “looking” for evidence and “creating” evidence. When the spygate story came out, the MSM was quick to point out that these guys were not spies, but investigators seeking the facts…in other words, plausible deniability. You’ve seen it before with Hillary Clinton…..every time she has been caught red handed….she has a plausible story to deny her actual intent. It’s a common practice in business, so the boss doesn’t face charges when his company is caught breaking the law.
But let’s move on, shall we? The third spy is Stefan Halper. I’ve written a lot about Halper and so have many others, but he’s another guy that’s been in and around government forever. He starts out in 1971 being placed on the US domestic policy council….an office in the White House. He’s there for two years before being placed in the OMB in 1973. In 1974 he moves to become an assistant to
the WH Chief of Staff, then moving over to the Congress to become legislative assistant to senator William Roth. Now I don’t know about you, but these moves seem odd to me. But put into the context of the interview with Fletcher Proudy above they make perfect sense. The next move for Halper, was to go into the Reagan campaign in 1980. There, a scandal occurred called “debategate”. It was discovered in 1983, that Halper had been involved in the theft of some of Jimmy Carter’s secret campaign documents. By 1983, he is deputy assistant secretary of state for political/military affairs, whatever that is! Upon leaving the Department in 1984, he remained a Senior Advisor to the Department of Defense and a Senior Advisor to the Department of Justice until 2001. At the same time he became Chairman and majority shareholder, of Palmer National Bank of Washington DC…..reportedly the bank of the CIA. I could go on, but if you’re not convinced who Stefan Halper is….let me be clear…..he works for the CIA. In fact, Halper still, to this day is being paid by the government and since 2012, all his records have been classified and sealed. One pay document was discovered in a FOIA request by a news outlet:
The key to understanding Halper’s involvement is to understand his relationship to Page. Two guys from very different backgrounds…who have no seeming connection meet just prior to Page’s acceptance to be on the Trump campaign. According to the NY Post the two met for over a year:
“Halper made his first overture when he met with Page at a British symposium. The two remained in regular contact for more than a year, meeting at Halper’s Virginia farm and in Washington, DC, as well as exchanging emails.”
The spying started in March of that year, but the investigation didn’t begin, as we’ve been told, until July. Once Page was placed onto the campaign, he then recommends Halper in an e-mail:
Page has tweeted a line from an email he says he sent to the campaign on July 16, 2016, regarding Halper. Halper — Page referred to him as the professor — “offered a range of possibilities regarding how he and the University might be able to help,” You can read more about this here: Trump campaign vet: Informant used me to get to Papadopoulos
The final spy in the campaign was not an American but a professor from Malta. How in the world does a professor from Malta get involved with a US presidential campaign?
Yeah, I asked the same thing…..but you should see by now what’s going on. This professor is no professor. His name is Josef Misfud. He is actually part of British Intelligence…GCHQ to be specific. GCHG is the British equivalent to our NSA. GCHQ has been involved in this escapade from the very beginning. I have talked about it before, but our “five-eyes” treaty, allows Britain to spy on Americans and share that information with our intelligence agencies circumventing our 4th amendment. It’s a great system that nobody knows about that has been used for decades. That aside, Misfud’s involvement was a little more personal. I’m going to skip Mifsud’s background because its sketchy at best, but I do have high confidence that he does work within the intelligence community.
He’s another guy that the press initially reported was a Russian spy trying to influence the election. This has now been debunked, but still there are those that cling to that story. Mifsud first approached Papadopolous in March of 2016. Again, this seems to be the time the whole plot to create evidence of collusion began. After all, Papadopolous had only joined the campaign 2 weeks before. At the March meeting, Mifsud made known to Papadopolous that He might be able to acquire the deleted e-mails of Hillary Clinton. Two months later, Papadopolous boasted about this knowledge to the Australian Ambassador, who promptly reported it to American intelligence. Then, Papadopolous was lured to London, by Halper, under the guise of doing a research paper. All expenses were paid and he was given $3000. He traveled to London, met with Halper, and again, was offered access to the Hillary e-mails. Papadopolous was subsequently arrested. This episode, has been stated by the FBI as the reason for opening an investigation on Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. But if all these guys meeting with Papadopolous as early as March were working for our government…..did they find evidence or did they create evidence? Its odd that Papadopolous was just sentenced to 15 days in jail for his part. A very light sentence for a “Russian” spy. But even being light, he is an innocent man, bearing the burden for the whole plot against Trump.
I simply have to stop here……it is so complicated that even I, as close as I am to it, just can’t understand all the connections. I really only told you this much, so you can see how all the names you have heard in the news all fit together to create one picture. That picture is that the people working in the US government before and during Trump have worked closer with the Russians than Trump could ever hope to do. And all these connections, led to…not the finding of evidence, but the actual creation of evidence to frame Trump and have him removed from office. It is and has been a relentless attack, and continues at this writing. Our only defense is to get this confusing information to the public.
Finally, I have high confidence, that Nunez, Gowdy, Goodlatte…and the rest….already know all of this and a lot more. As I said in my opening paragraph…..maybe its just too dangerous to our security to make it all public. We should notice that so far, hundreds of crimes have been committed….there is no doubt…..and no one has been indicted. Rather people have quit, retired or been fired. This only protects the system. The minute the first person is convicted and sentenced for a crime, and faces prison, the whole system would be in jeopardy. I know that many think that should happen, and maybe they would be right……all I’m saying is there’s a lot at stake in taking down our government.
Old evidence as to how the deep state began and how it went wrong
For several years I have been writing about government corruption. Lately, however, I have written several pieces illuminating what I believe to be a coup taking place within the ranks of our intelligence community. To date I have uncovered many facts that point directly to it. In my piece “Who is Carter Page” and the following piece, “Who is Carter Page…Update”, I provide court documents that showed Carter Page actually worked for the FBI. I also followed the trails of Richard Burt, Stefan Halper, and others that had close ties to the CIA in “What Does A Coup Look Like” I can’t regurgitate all that here, you’ll have to go to the links to read what I discovered. The following information is predicated on the work mentioned above. If you have read this work then what you read here will make sense, if not I suggest you read that work first.
I think I have found a little bit of history, that may explain exactly how our CIA has gotten so powerful and, might I say, out of control. I found a 6 hour audio interview of an Air Force colonel named Fletcher Prouty. In 1989 he wrote a book titled “Secret Team”. In that book he revealed how he created a special program called the Tab 6 Organization, or “FOCAL POINT”. I would never expect you to sit through 6 hours of audio so I clipped out a 16 minute section that highlights a lot of what I want you to know. I hope you will listen to it before going on.
I will attempt to summarize more of it in this blog. But if you’d like to listen to the whole thing you can do that here. It’s in 4 parts, the link is to the first part, you should be able to find the others on Youtube.
Colonel Prouty served in the US Army Air Core beginning in 1941. He became a pilot and wound up in the newly formed US Airforce in 1947, where he became a colonel. He served years working with the also newly created CIA. In the interview he outlines at length, the history of the clandestine service, the necessity of such an organization, and especially the funding. To be as objective as possible, during his time in the spotlight, he was roundly criticized for what he revealed in his book, “Secret Team”. Congress conducted an investigation and their findings cleared the CIA of Prouty’s charges. However, Prouty was never reprimanded, charged with anything, or discharged. In fact he retired from the Airforce in 1964, months after receiving a medal of services from the joint chiefs. I note this because for months, this is what I concluded will happen with the investigations into the corruption within the DOJ, FBI, and Intelligence Community. They are just too powerful to be taken down. They will find a way to make it all go away. Prouty died in 2001.
Something I have stumbled across many times in my research, is just how all the money moves, where it comes from, and how its spent. I found that there is no published budget available, and this audio confirms that there is no accounting of where the money goes or where it comes from. Confirming what the colonel discussed, I could find a budget number for the IC but no other details.
The 2018 federal budget contains $73 billion for “national intelligence”. I did find something that may be related. When I was preparing for a speech I gave last year, I found that in the defense budget, there is a line item labeled “Overseas Contingency Operations” amounting to another $19 billion. I could find no information detailing what this money was for, but it continues to escalate, since it entered the budget in 2010. From this information, and what colonel Prouty has described, we can at least see there is a lot of money at stake, and not much detail as to how it is spent, confirming that there is no accounting, almost no oversight, and that it is up to a few unknown individuals as to just what that money is buying.
When I started this blog in 2016, I began to chronicle the corruption of the Clinton Foundation. It wasn’t long before I began to talk like a conspiracy guy, when I wrote that I believed the Foundation had strong ties to the CIA, and that its consulting firm Teneo, allowed the CIA to operate in plain sight all over the world. Even I thought I was crazy. But in that research, I saw that a scheme had been created to allow foreign “donations” to enter the Foundation through its Canadian arm called the CGEP. These donations, by Canadian law, are totally undisclosed. The CGEP can then donate in bundle form to the Clinton Foundation. This money, then, is used in countries all over the world in ways that are not fully understood. To be sure the Foundation has had problems with its reporting, with its tax returns, and with the countless accusations of theft and fraud from many sources. Is there a connection between the Foundation and the operations of the CIA? Are the donations by Saudi Arabia, Oman, the Emirates, and Bahrain, to the tune of hundreds of millions used by the CIA for operations in Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and throughout the middle east? Are our hands as clean as we are led to believe? With what colonel Prouty has outlined, I doubt that anyone can ever know. But what I take away from all the circumstantial information is an organization doing what it thinks it should do for America and the world….while desperately trying to keep an illegal and unconstitutional operation from being exposed…..or stopped! It also gives credence to the idea that the people who countenance and support these actions want no part of an outsider coming in to office and upsetting what they have built over decades. Trump is a threat to all of it….a threat like they’ve never encountered.
Just why is this audio interview important to what we are seeing in the Trump investigation on Russian interference? In my work “What Does A Coup Look Like” I chronicle the actions of two American “politicos”….Richard Burt and Stefan Halper. These two inserted themselves into the campaign months before any investigation had been reported as having begun. Why? As I wrote then:
“So let’s take a look at just who this Stefan Halper is. He has a long career, going back to the Nixon White House. He served as assistant chief of staff for the Chiefs of staff, Alexander Haig, Donald Rumsfeld, and Dick Cheney, but more important to this story was his involvement in a CIA operation to provide information to the Carter Administration on the Reagan campaign.”
Now put Halper in the context of the Prouty recording. Who might Halper actually be working for?
Or what about Richard Burt? He worked under George Bush Sr. Before Bush was president, he was CIA director. From a Politico story speaking of Carter Page’s entry onto the campaign:
“One way to answer the question was to figure out how he even got on that list to begin with. One source suggested to me that Richard Burt, former U.S. ambassador to Germany, START treaty negotiator, and longtime lobbyist for Alfa Bank, was the nexus. It was Burt who helped draft Trump’s foreign policy speech in April, and had been advising the Trump campaign, via Senator Jeff Sessions, on foreign policy.”
And then there’s Carter Page. I outlined a strong case that Page was, indeed working for the FBI. You can read that case in the link above.
Let’s add another crumb to the story. Who is “Professor” Josef Mifsud?
A Maltese academic that has some very strange credentials. In an article by Margot Cleveland, in “The Federalist” she discusses the strange case of Josef Mifsud. She begins the article with this:
“What if Donald Trump is wrong? What if the Russia collusion investigation isn’t a witch hunt? What if it was a set-up—from the get-go?”
What about Alexander Downer, the Australian diplomat that supposedly was “just trying to help” when he reported his conversation with Papadopolous to the FBI, which is what the FBI told us prompted the investigation. If this is what prompted the investigation, why were these operatives baiting Papodopolous months before the investigation began?
You can read that whole piece here. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention two other things I have written about that come into better focus when placed in the context of Colonel Prouty’s interview. During last year’s Charlottesville tragedy, it just so happened that the entire crash and killing of a counter-protestor and the injuring of 19 others by a “crazed white supremacist”, was videoed by a man named Brennan Gilmore. His video was aired within minutes of the tragedy, by CNN, MSNBC, CBS, and all the usual suspects. What are the chances that Mr. Gilmore was an operative of the Intelligence Community. Here’s what I wrote then:
“The one man who actually was literally in the right place at the right time recording the crash, the car, and its escape, in Charlottesville became an instant media darling at CNN. The day he made the video of the crash, it had barely been uploaded on social media, when CNN found him and interviewed him immediately after the crash. But that’s not the coincidence. His name was Brennan Gilmore. He was the Chief operations officer in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2012, for the CIA. He was there during a bloody war pitting Christians against Muslims. We were on the Muslim’s side….we lost and Gilmore had to leave the CAR. He also worked for the failed democrat candidate for governor of Virginia, in 2016, Tom Pereillo. Not highly unusual that a CIA operative works for a campaign….no!…not at all! But the campaign did receive $375,000 from George Soros. That’s kind of strange. But it sure seems odd that a CIA agent finds himself in Charlottesville on the day that a violent clash occurs between white nationalists and ANTIFA, and just happens to be in the one spot where he can film it all, and immediately get on CNN, and another CIA agent is there to speak.”
One has to ask the question….was that part of the plan as well, to discredit Trump? Was the entire crash, mayhem, and subsequent non-stop media coverage, orchestrated by Brennan and the CIA in “collusion” with the DNC? You can see Gilmore’s account here in a video from MSNBC
Then there’s the worst mass shooting in American history in Las Vegas by a shooter, that more than a year later, we still have not been told what motivated this ugly act of senseless violence. But I can tell you, Stephen Paddock, the shooter, owned a plane that he never registered a flight plan for the entire three years he owned it.
The identifying tail number was not listed in FAA files, and the number on the tail was listed in FAA records as a completely different aircraft. In Prouty’s interview, he reveals how the FOCAL POINT at the FAA was there many years, and rose to a top manager of the agency. Prouty even discusses that he believes that the assassination of JFK was a silent coup by the CIA, conducted for the sole purpose of stopping Kennedy from taking control of the CIA who had gone rogue in the Bay of Pigs episode. I for one, and none of you, want to ever believe our own CIA would do such things. It would go against everything we love about our country. But the evidence that the deep state exists and that the CIA is running the show is simply overwhelming.
I want to close by saying that so far…..nothing I have reported or have written has been yet disproved. To the contrary, each new story that comes out amplifies my findings. The CIA is in this up to their necks. They have operatives throughout government working for this, now, rogue agency. Do Brennan, Clapper, Comey, and their cohorts act like they want to preserve our democracy….save the nation from Trump, or rather, do they act like they are covering up something dark? You’ll have to judge for yourself. Only time will tell whether the people will be freed from this “Deep State”, or the Deep State will succeed in its efforts to keep it all secret and continuing, by sacrificing a few lambs to the slaughter.
Are democrats and republicans as different as we perceive or is it the way we understand our rights?
n. A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation.
n. Expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone
Over many years, I have heard something from my liberal friends that I had always merely glossed over. What they told me was that, even though they could appreciate my arguments, they found it odd that the same arguments were coming from liberals. Not so much in the content of an issue, but in the sentiment and attitude. For example, when I make the argument that conservatives love their country and respect the constitution they say their friends say the same exact thing. When I argue that conservatives believe in the rule of law and support our law enforcement….they say…..same here! When the case is made to support our military and ensure equal opportunity for all…..they retort that they hear that from all their friends. So even though I blew it off as “yeah, right”, I’ve heard it from so many, I stopped to ponder how this could be? Could liberals actually believe those things? Are we more the same than different? After much introspection, I concluded there is a nuanced difference in the way we understand the constitution. After all, American culture is integrated into the constitution. If culture is to change, then the constitution has to change. Which brings me to the understanding of rights. Before the constitution was written, rights were a second thought. Almost everyone understood that they had certain rights that they…well…..just had! Natural rights….rights from God…..from birth….just being alive came with rights. The right to live…..the right to breathe air….to defend that life….to work for a living….to have a family…and to respect those things in other people. When the founders sat down to write a constitution, many took for granted that these and other natural rights would always be respected. But there was a smaller group of founders that were mistrusting of any government and demanded that merely enumerating the government’s power and duties wasn’t enough to stop that government from infringing on those natural rights…they demanded that those natural rights be spelled out and formally protected…those founders gave us the Bill of Rights….the first 10 amendments to the constitution:
Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
Amendment 2 – The Right to Bear Arms
A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
Amendment 3 – The Housing of Soldiers
No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Amendment 4 – Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.
Amendment 5 – Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property
No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
Amendment 6 – Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
Amendment 7 – Rights in Civil Cases
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of the common law.
Amendment 8 – Excessive Bail, Fines, and Punishments Forbidden
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
Amendment 9 – Other Rights Kept by the People
The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
Amendment 10 – Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and the People
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.
These rights were given to the people by virtue of being born….these rights came from their creator…not from government and the proper role of government is to protect those rights. In the course of protecting those rights, the states set up a government to do that, ceding that government certain powers in order to carry out that responsibility. This was called enumeration….spelling out exactly what the national government could do.
Here is the nuance…..those on the left tell me they know all that….and they respect the constitution, as we do. They also see rights the government has created as being natural rights. They’re not! For over ten decades, natural rights have been bumping into government created rights and this all came about due to interpretations of the text by the Supreme Court. Now…disclaimer…..I am no constitutional scholar, but I can read. I have read the constitution, (many times) I have read many of the federalist papers, and I have read the notes of Madison he made during the constitutional convention, as well as countless other writings and letters of the framers. When I studied scripture for 13 years I learned there were two things you had to know to make a correct interpretation of the text: What was the historic meaning of the words chosen in the original language, and what did the people of the time understand those words to mean. Interpreting the constitution demands one understand the meaning of the words selected and what did the people involved understand those words to mean. For example, we struggle constantly with the word “militia”. What it means today is irrelevant to what it was understood to mean in 1787. The court in recent decisions interpreted the word correctly when deciding what natural right was held by the people with the second amendment. But even the conservative Justice, Antonin Scalia went too far when he said it was “reasonable” to assume the government had the power to provide “some” regulation on arms. The second amendment is very clear when it says “shall not be infringed”. This means that the states could provide some regulation, but the federal government had no power to regulate arms.
So what do I mean when I say “natural rights bumping into government created rights”? The founders gave us a means to fix the constitution when the culture agreed a change was necessary. It is the amendment process and has been used 17 times beyond the Bill of Rights. But, purposely, it is a long, deliberate and tedious process, that ultimately requires the approval of 38 of the 50 state governments to become part of the constitution….a tall hurdle to be sure. I say purposeful, because the framers recognized that changes should be hard to make. The governing document should not be changed willy-nilly at the whim of activists or minority groups that feel aggrieved. In the late 1850s, America was greatly divided as we are today. Then, however, the issue was slavery not abortion or immigration. The constitution, in order to be ratified by the then existing colonies, had to accept slavery. Blacks would be codified and counted as 3/5 of a person. The country was coming to a decision that slavery was wrong and should be abandoned…..but many in the south didn’t believe that. We went to war over what then was called states rights. I bring this up, because after the civil war was fought and won by the North, an amendment to the constitution was proposed and passed to right this wrong that had been codified in the constitution The 13th amendment was passed in 1864 and ratified in 1865. It abolished slavery. Shortly after that the 14th and 15th amendments were added, providing equal protection of the law to all citizens, due process to all persons within the jurisdiction of the United States, and equal voting rights.
I’m sorry I had to explain all that, but here’s why: These three amendments specifically addressed the ramifications of slavery. They corrected the constitution to provide equal protection of the rights I spoke of earlier to blacks and former slaves. That was their “intent”. But today we have 8 protected classes of Americans that, by statute, are not to be discriminated against.
They are: Age; Race; National origin; Religious beliefs; Gender; Disability; Pregnancy; and Veteran status
These statutes….laws written by congress….have been justified by the Supreme Court, using the 14th amendment to justify their existence. But the intent of the 14th amendment was only for race discrimination. So as harsh as it sounds the federal government has taken power where no power exists and given rights to certain groups of citizens where no natural right exists. This is how government given rights bump into natural rights. The best example is when it comes to faith and religious freedom. Religious freedom is a natural right protected by the first amendment. The government created right of a gay person to be served using the skill or talents of a person of deep religious conviction, bumps into the natural right of freedom of religion, which is to be protected by the federal government. Folks, this is unequivocal. The federal government must protect the freedom of religion…it is their duty. This is not to say that states can’t make laws that stop or promote discrimination. However those state laws cannot overshadow our natural rights. This, my friends, is called strict construction or originalism and why we need judges that understand their role. Part of originalism, is to understand that America is a republic. That means that states and individuals are sovereign, and the federal government has limited powers that are enumerated by the constitution. That means the states agreed (by ratifying the constitution) to cede certain tasks to a central government that could better be done collectively. Congress was given 18 powers, provided in article 1, section 8 of the constitution….18! Eleven of the 18 deal with national defense, the others which you can read below cover a variety of things such as taxes, money, post office, arts and sciences, and commerce. Each power is fairly specific, but again, it has come down to how those powers are interpreted by the Supreme Court. Take just one: the power to regulate commerce. This had a very different meaning in 1787 than what we think it means today. Before we were a country, individual colonies had their own rules for commerce. For example southern states shipped a lot of cotton to England, but had no ship building. They relied on Northeastern colonies to ship their cotton to England. However, for manufacturers in the Northern Colonies that could build or buy their own ships, this was not the case. So the cost to ship for southern states was always higher than for northern states. Congress was to make commerce “regular” between states. That meant shipping rates were to be “regulated” so that each state paid similar rates. Today, regulating commerce means something totally different. The commerce clause in article one has been interpreted to allow the federal government to control everything from fuel mileage to ladder safety, food safety to smoking. Nothing is out of the reach of the federal government. Absolutely not the intent of the framers or the commerce clause.
Finally, in the mix of all this, the tenth amendment has been cast aside and almost forgotten. Like most of the other first 10 amendments, it is very clear. No power not delegated to the federal government by enumeration is for the individual states to decide. This is why when the court legalized abortion, it had to find the mysterious “right to privacy” you see, because the federal government has no enumerated power to control abortion or Healthcare for that matter. The same reason John Roberts and the Supreme Court had to call the ACA mandate a tax and not a penalty. This stretching and changing the meaning of the words and intent of the framers is why we are where we are……trying desperately to get back to the original meaning of the constitution. So the nuance between right and left is the way the words are interpreted. Should the words be interpreted as the framers intended….changing them only by amendment…..or should the Supreme Court….a part of the federal government that was to be limited by the constitution….be given the power to interpret those words according to the way they believe the people would like to see them interpreted?
So its clear that what I’m saying is true and if you want to know why it matters, watch this three-minute exchange between long time congressman Pete Stark and one of his constituents. I’m sure Mr. Stark is a good and honorable American who loves his country as much as anybody….but he really believes the federal government can do anything it wants to, because they truly believe the federal government has the power to grant rights.
Article I, Section 8
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes;
To establish a uniform rule of naturalization, and uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign coin, and fix the standard of weights and measures;
To provide for the punishment of counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States;
To establish post offices and post roads;
To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;
To constitute tribunals inferior to the Supreme Court;
To define and punish piracies and felonies committed on the high seas, and offenses against the law of nations;
To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;
To raise and support armies, but no appropriation of money to that use shall be for a longer term than two years;
To provide and maintain a navy;
To make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces;
To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions;
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the militia, and for governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States, reserving to the states respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
To exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten miles square) as may, by cession of particular states, and the acceptance of Congress, become the seat of the government of the United States, and to exercise like authority over all places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state in which the same shall be, for the erection of forts, magazines, arsenals, dockyards, and other needful buildings;–And
To make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers, and all other powers vested by this Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof.