You can drink the latter but not the former.
You can drink the latter but not the former.
Ah, the memories!
Congress needs to learn how the FBI meddled in the 2016 campaign.
When Donald Trump claimed in March that he’d had his “wires tapped” prior to the election, the press and Obama officials dismissed the accusation as a fantasy. We were among the skeptics, but with former director James Comey’s politicized FBI the story is getting more complicated.
CNN reported Monday that the FBI obtained a warrant last year to eavesdrop on Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s campaign manager from May to August in 2016. The story claims the FBI first wiretapped Mr. Manafort in 2014 while investigating his work as a lobbyist for Ukraine’s ruling party. That warrant lapsed, but the FBI convinced the court that administers the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to issue a second order as part of its probe into Russian meddling in the election.
Guess who has lived in a condo in Trump Tower since 2006? Paul Manafort.
The story suggests the monitoring started in the summer or fall, and extended into early this year.
While Mr. Manafort resigned from the campaign in August, he continued to speak with Candidate Trump.
It is thus highly likely that the FBI was listening to the political and election-related conversations of a leading contender for the White House.
That’s extraordinary – and worrisome.
Mr. Comey told Congress in late March that he “had no information that supports those [Trump] tweets.”
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper was even more specific that “there was no such wiretap activity mounted against—the President-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign.”
He denied that any such FISA order existed.
Were they lying?
The warrant’s timing may also shed light on the FBI’s relationship to the infamous “Steele dossier.” That widely discredited dossier claiming ties between Russians and the Trump campaign was commissioned by left-leaning research firm Fusion GPS and developed by former British spy Christopher Steele—who relied on Russian sources. But the Washington Post and others have reported that Mr. Steele was familiar to the FBI, had reached out to the agency about his work, and had even arranged a deal in 2016 to get paid by the FBI to continue his research.
The FISA court sets a high bar for warrants on U.S. citizens, and presumably even higher for wiretapping a presidential campaign. Did Mr. Comey’s FBI marshal the Steele dossier to persuade the court?
All of this is reason for House and Senate investigators to keep exploring how Mr. Comey’s FBI was investigating both presidential campaigns.
Russian meddling is a threat to democracy but so was the FBI if it relied on Russian disinformation to eavesdrop on a presidential campaign. The Justice Department and FBI have stonewalled Congressional requests for documents and interviews, citing the “integrity” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
But Mr. Mueller is not investigating the FBI, and in any event his ties to the bureau and Mr. Comey make him too conflicted for such a job. Congress is charged with providing oversight of law enforcement and the FISA courts, and it has an obligation to investigate their role in 2016. The intelligence committees have subpoena authority and the ability to hold those who don’t cooperate in contempt.
Mr. Comey investigated both leading presidential campaigns in an election year, playing the role of supposedly impartial legal authority. But his maneuvering to get Mr. Mueller appointed, and his leaks to the press, have shown that Mr. Comey is as political and self-serving as anyone in Washington.
No investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 campaign will be credible or complete without the facts about all Mr. Comey’s wiretaps.
From Zerohedge: Meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election
UN General Assembly
Below are statistics regarding the UN General Assembly’s treatment of Israel. Click the links for more detail.
From 2012 through 2015, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a total of 97 resolutions criticizing countries; 83 out of those 97 have been against Israel (86%).
UN Human Rights Council
The UN Human Rights Council (HRC), comprised of 47 UN member states, holds three sessions a year, in March, June and September. Below are statistics for its first 10 years since its establishment, from June 2006 to June 2016, on the HRC’s treatment of Israel. Click on the links for detail.
From its creation in June 2006 through June 2016, the UNHRC over one decade adopted 135 resolutions criticizing countries; 68 out of those 135 have been against Israel (more than 50%).
UN Watch examined all resolutions that condemned or criticized a specific country, expressly or by implication. Resolutions that included praise for the country concerned, or which were adopted under the non-condemnatory rubric of “technical cooperation,” did not qualify.
Original article: UN Israel – Key Statistics
This is distressing, if you allow it.
For an organization that was founded on the premise of helping the entire world, they certainly seem to have a rather narrow focus.
If this keeps up, the King of Fierce Countenance will have his bed made for him when he shows up.
Study God’s Communique — all this is laid out in advance.
Be at peace. This has to be fulfilled.
Just run your race: give and receive life, laugh with those who laugh, weep with those weep, seek justice, listen through the noise, do good to all, reach out to all, and keep your guard up for the days are evil.
This post is for Believers…
As history has repeatedly proved, most people who oppose or even quote the Bible have no idea what is even in it.
This condition is called “Biblical illiteracy” and is corrected by actually reading it.
That’s how you find out what’s in a book: you read it.
Of late, there has been a lot of crossfire and even friendly fire on something called the “prosperity gospel”.
There is no such thing as Prosperity Gospel – there is only the Gospel
So, let me get this straight…
Do any of you actually propose to tell me…
that a MAN:
Is expected to fail?
That fact that we do fail proves we have no idea who we really are.
Seriously! You have all the above on your side and you cannot pull off whatever it is you’re trying to do? You can’t win with all that?
Even if God calls you to lay down your life, you’ve won.
Stop identifying with dead Adam.
Start identifying with the Second Adam.
Unleash your power.
Rattle the world!
You are no longer of this world, but if you are going to be stubbornly married to your former dead-ness and behave just like the world…
Then you reap the judgment of the world: poverty, sickness, disease, all the rest of it.
Growing risks to our tightly interwoven infrastructures, on an unprecedented scale, have put national continuity, and our lives, in jeopardy. There is now a unique opportunity to meet this challenge.
Emerging “Black Sky” hazards ranging from largescale cyber or electromagnetic-pulse attacks to extreme space weather or regional earthquake zones could cause subcontinent-scale power outages – a new class of extreme risks to the United States and the industrialized world. Water, fuel, and the other utilities our lives depend on cannot function without electricity, and cascading infrastructure failures would disrupt the resources essential for power grid restoration and restart, amplifying and expanding the outage and the cascading failures.
If we cannot find a solution, the first of these extreme hazards to strike the United States would be devastating. It would mean the end of our society, as we know it today.
Over the last five decades U.S. aerospace companies invented, developed and refined a powerful new methodology to found our high-tech world. Smoothly integrating the hyper-complexities of diverse disciplines into the dependable high-tech tools and devices we now take for granted, systems engineering has become the fundamental organizing principle used to integrate and transform disparate technologies into satellites, aircraft carriers and spaceships.
As the new Administration in Washington D.C. begins detailing its ambitious goals for securing the nation’s infrastructures, understanding the Black Sky resilience shortfalls and interdependencies putting our lifeline infrastructures and national continuity at risk will be essential. To accomplish this, and look to industry to build the coordinated solutions that will be essential, systems engineering will be an indispensable tool.
And the work has already begun.
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