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“Extraordinary & Worrisome” – WSJ Demands To Know How FBI ‘Meddled’ In 2016 Elections

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

A Global Cartel

United Hypocrites

UN Proportionality

Summary

  • UN Human Rights Council: From its creation in June 2006 through June 2016, the UN Human Rights Council over one decade adopted 135 resolutions criticizing countries; 68 out of those 135 resolutions have been against Israel (more than 50%)Details below.
  • UN Nations General Assembly: From 2012 through 2015, the United Nations General Assembly has adopted 97 resolutions criticizing countries; 83 out of those 97 have been against Israel (86%)Details below.
  • UNESCO: Each year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopts around 10 resolutions a year criticizing only Israel. UNESCO does not criticize any other UN member state in a country-specific resolution (100%). An exception occurred in 2013, when, under pressure from UN Watch, UNESCO adopted one resolution on Syria.
  • World Health Organization: For one week every year, the UN World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), meets to formulate global health policy. Resolutions are adopted to address global health issues. There is one exception: the annual resolution entitled “Health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan,” which singles out Israel for condemnation; no other country in the world is condemned by the WHO.
  • ILO: The International Labour Organization (ILO) was established to improve conditions of labor, regulate work hours, fight unemployment, assure adequate living wages, and protect workers worldwide. At its annual conference, however, the ILO produces a single country-specific report castigating Israel.

Detail

UN General Assembly

Below are statistics regarding the UN General Assembly’s treatment of Israel. Click the links for more detail.

  • In 2016, 20 of 26 UNGA condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 77%) exclusively targeted Israel. There were 3 on Syria, and one each on Iran, North Korea, and Crimea.
  • In 2015, 20 of 23 UNGA condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 87%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In 2014, 20 of 23 UNGA condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 87%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In 2013, 21 of 25 UNGA condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 84%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In 2012, 22 of 26 UNGA condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 85%) exclusively targeted Israel.

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.

  • In 2016, at the 31st and 32nd sessions of the HRC, 5 out of 12 condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 42%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In 2015, at the 28th29th and 30th sessions of the HRC, 5 out of 14 condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 36%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In 2014, at the 25th26th and 27th sessions of the HRC, 6 out of 14 condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 43%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In 2013, at the 22nd, 23rd and 24th sessions of the HRC, 6 out of 15 condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 40%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In 2012, at the 19th20th and 21st sessions of the HRC, 5 out of 16 condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 31%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In 2011, at the 16th, 17th and 18th sessions of the HRC, 6 out of 15 condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 40%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In 2010, at the 13th, 14th and 15th sessions of the HRC, 8 out of 11 condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 73%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In its third year, from June 2008 to Dec 2009, 8 out of 14 condemnatory country-specific resolutions (or 57%) exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In its second year, from June 2007 to May 2008, 10 out of 15 condemnatory resolutions exclusively targeted Israel.
  • In its first year, from June 2006 to May 2007, 9 out of 9  condemnatory resolutions exclusively targeted Israel.

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%).

Methodology

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.

Resources

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.

Identity Crisis

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:

  1. personally and purposefully designed by the Creator of the Universe;
  2. made in the image of a Supreme Being capable of conceiving, calculating, creating, and managing over 175-billion light years of cosmos in real-time, down to the quarks;
  3. who this same Supreme Being appointed the immortal manager of an ecological enclave of surpassing beauty and balance;
  4. the sole inheritor of the Earth, the moon, the solar system, and the stars, and everything in them;
  5. whom God loved so much that after Man’s great temptation, He sent a third of Himself, a spiritual emissary called the Son, to personally redeem the man from his self-inflicted spiritual death at no cost to him — an emissary promised for over a thousand years by prophets, who could raise the dead, walk on water, control weather, cure disease, and find tax money in the mouth of a fish;
  6. who promised man great and innumerable rewards for being good;
  7. who, after being murdered by a mob, resurrected himself, walked through walls, glorified himself before ascending into the atmosphere, all while diligently regenerating the man’s immortality by melding his new spirit with His own eternal pulse;
  8. who now, by virtue of their indestructible bond, enfranchises the man to utter and interpret the languages of men and angels;
  9. heal the sick, tame demons, and raise the dead;
  10. work miracles without end;
  11. speak prophecies;
  12. walk in divine wisdom;
  13. operate in mountain-moving faith;
  14. armed with knowledge of the past, present, and future;
  15. and imbued with the intellectual capacity and imagination of that same emissary (the Son);
  16. while being guarded and re-enforced by angels who now act on every word he speaks into the world;
  17. who will judge those and other angels in the age to come;
  18. and is networked into a global family called the Church that spans every nation, every kingdom, every social class, every language, every currency, on every continent;
  19. to whom God entrusted His living Word, the very code book to running the universe, and commanded him to use it;
  20. whom God ordains as a holy nation of Kings and Priests;
  21. whom God promises to spare from the terrible wrath of the End Times, the war of Armageddon, the rule of the Antichrist and the False Prophet, and the cataclysmic decimation of the planet;
  22. whom God promises will co-rule in a pacified millennial age of peace and prosperity;
  23. and who ultimately promises the man eternal unification in a new redesigned Earth and cosmos with streets of transparent gold and colossal gates made from giant pearls, decorated with mountains of sapphire, emeralds, diamonds, amethysts, and other precious gems;
  24. and crowns this man with no less than seven powerful crowns;
  25. in an astonishing realm where death and time no longer exist…

Is expected to fail?

At anything?

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.

Your choice.

Black Sky Hazards and Systems Engineering

Abstract

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.

Continued…

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