On July 12th there will be an Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality

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The broadband industry has scored a major victory: The  Federal Communications Commission has overturned its own Obama era net neutrality protections.

In a party-line vote, the FCC formally agreed to start the process of gathering feedback before drafting a more specific plan (#bureaucracy). But FCC chair Ajit Pai, has made it clear that, barring a successful legal challenge, the agency will give up its authority to actually enforce net neutrality regulations.

The country’s largest broadband providers say you have nothing to worry about. In fact, the industry now claims to love net neutrality. But what the industry is calling “net neutrality” doesn’t really fit the full definition. It’s a version of net neutrality that doesn’t cover the loopholes internet providers have already discovered. The FCC decided to drop its own protections, you probably won’t wake up one day to find YouTube or Slack blocked. But the principles that made the internet what it is today could still erode over time.

We can all agree that inter-connectivity is part of our future, and its backbone is the internet. It is important that access to the net remains open, accessible and equitable, to ensure that it can continue to benefit humanity as a whole, and not just to the few.

Right now, in the US, the FCC is planning to dismantle Title II net neutrality protections that prevent companies like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from controlling what Internet users can see by throttling, blocking, and censoring sites and apps, or charging special fees that get passed along to consumers. Big Cable companies are pouring a ton of money into lobbying, misleading ads, and astro-turf campaigns in an attempt to confuse the public. If they succeed, the Internet will never be the same.

Even though this issue is occurring in America, and many of our subscribers are international, we know that a lot of the web hosting companies, social media giants, and tech powerhouses are based in the US. We also know that other countries such as the UK and Australia have contemplated other types of restrictions on the internet which will impact on the open-access nature of the web that a lot of us currently enjoy.

As such, the mod team at /r/Futurology have agreed that we will be joining an Internet-wide day of action (like the SOPA Blackout and the Internet Slowdown) on July 12th to help save net neutrality.

PLEASE click image below to sign:

  • What is net neutrality?

    Net neutrality is the basic principle that protects our free speech on the Internet. “Title II” of the Communications Act is what provides the legal foundation for net neutrality and prevents Internet Service Providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T from slowing down and blocking websites, or charging apps and sites extra fees to reach an audience (which they then pass along to consumers.)

  • Why is net neutrality important?

    The Internet has thrived precisely because of net neutrality. It’s what makes it so vibrant and innovative—a place for creativity, free expression, and exchange of ideas. Without net neutrality, the Internet will become more like Cable TV, where the content you see is what your provider puts in front of you.

  • What will happen on July 12th?

    Websites, Internet users, and online communities will come together to sound the alarm about the FCC’s attack on net neutrality. We’ll provide tools for everyone to make it super easy for your followers / visitors to take action. From the SOPA blackout to the Internet Slowdown, we’ve shown time and time again that when the Internet comes together, we can stop censorship and corruption. Now, we have to do it again!

  • SITES: DISPLAY AN ALERT

    On July 12, sites from across the web will display a prominent alert on their homepage that shows the world what the web will look like without net neutrality. Below are mockups of the “spinning wheel of death”, “blocked”, and “upgrade” alert modals; plan to use the one that best fits your site to encourage users to send a letter to the FCC and Congress in support of net neutrality. To use these modals, you’ll embed a bit of javascript in the header of your site. We’ll be sharing the code for them soon!

    And don’t worry, none of these will actually block, slow, or paywall your site. But, they will let your users submit a comment to the FCC and Congress without having to leave your platform. They will only show up once and users can click away.

Participants

Below is a list of notable websites, companies, and organizations who have confirmed their participation in the July 12th day of action. The list is broad, and represents a wide range of perspectives and online communities. The one thing all of them agree on: defending Title II net neutrality.

  • Fight for the Future
  • Center for Media Justice
  • Free Press Action Fund
  • Demand Progress
  • Amazon
  • Etsy
  • Kickstarter
  • Netflix
  • Twitter
  • Vimeo
  • GitHub
  • Internet Association
  • Private Internet Access
  • Reddit
  • Y Combinator
  • Mozilla
  • PornHub
  • OkCupid
  • 18 Million Rising
  • 99 Designs
  • AALL
  • accessnow
  • ACLU
  • Action Network
  • Adafruit
  • AdBlock
  • American Library Association
  • Anchor Free
  • ASBC
  • Bigchain
  • BitTorrent
  • Bloody Disgusting
  • Brave
  • Burlington Telecom
  • Cash Music
  • CCIA
  • Center for Democracy and Technology
  • Checkout
  • Chess dot com
  • Color of Change
  • Common Cause
  • Consequence of Sound
  • CoWorker
  • CreativeCommons
  • CREDO Action
  • Daily KOS
  • discourse
  • DigitalOcean
  • DFA
  • Dread Central
  • Dream Host
  • DuckDuckGo
  • EFF
  • Engine
  • Expative
  • Experts Exchange
  • Fark
  • FaithfulInternet
  • Free Music Archive
  • Golden Frog
  • Greenpeace
  • Harry Potter Alliance
  • Internet Creators Guild
  • Imgur
  • Internet Archive
  • IPDB
  • IPFS
  • Kink.com
  • Lookfar
  • Linode
  • MAG-Net
  • March for Net Neutrality
  • Mitu
  • ManyVids
  • Media Alliance
  • Media Mobilizing Project
  • Medium
  • MetalSucks.net
  • Minds
  • MoveOn
  • Mpower Change
  • Namecheap
  • The Nation
  • NDIA
  • Newgrounds
  • National Hispanic Media Coalition
  • Noiseaware
  • Next Door
  • OFA
  • Open Media
  • Open Technology Institute
  • OReilly Media
  • Open Software Initiative
  • The Other98
  • Pantheon
  • Patreon
  • Popular Resistance
  • Progressive Change Campaign Committee
  • Proton Mail
  • Plays.tv
  • PLOS
  • Public Knowledge
  • Race Forward
  • Race Forward
  • Rent the Runway
  • Rock the Vote
  • Shapeways
  • Simple InOut
  • Slashdot
  • Sonic
  • SongMeanings
  • SourceForge
  • SoundCloud
  • StartMail
  • StartPage
  • Ting
  • TeamSnap
  • Twilio
  • USDAC
  • USV
  • Vice Impact
  • Vivaldi
  • Voqal
  • USV
  • Wanderu
  • Witness
  • World Wide Web Foundation
  • Working Narratives
  • Writers Guild of America East
  • Writers Guild of America West
  • ZenMate
  • Feel free to use these alerts, or create a unique message that makes sense for your site. For example, if you primarily host video, put the spinning wheel of death on every video with a link to battleforthenet.com so your users can submit a comment to the FCC and Congress.
  • APPS: SEND A PUSH NOTIFICATION

    Do you run a popular mobile app? Tell your users that ISPs want new powers to control what they see and do online.

    push

  • EVERYONE: SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    Are you a social media user? Change your avatar to a dreaded loading sign below. And be sure to share these images on Facebook and Twitter.

  • HELP US GET CREATIVE!

    We’re just getting started with organizing this massive day of action, so sign up and we’ll get in touch soon with more information. If you have ideas or want to help, let us know. If you run a high-traffic website, startup, or small business, get in touch. We need you!

  • Battle for the Net is a project of:

  • Fight for the Future
  • Free Press Action Fund
  • Demand Progress

Regardless of your political beliefs, this issue affects all redditors. Online communities like ours wouldn’t exist without the principles of net neutrality that foster creativity and innovation on the web. We’ve worked together to defend the Internet before, now we need to do it again.

Let’s have a conversation about how we as redditors can organize together for July 12th to make sure that decision-makers in Washington, DC listen to real Internet users, not just telecom lobbyists.

Reddit itself has agreed to participate in the day of action along with popular sites like Amazon, Etsy, Kickstarter, Vimeo, GitHub, and Mozilla. Dozens of other subreddits have already jointed too. This is going to be big.

But there’s so much we can do together, from flooding the FCC and Congress with comments and phone calls to organizing in-person meetings with our lawmakers. Learn more about the day of action at https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12 and let’s discuss in the comments below!

[–]Valianttheywere 11 points 9 days ago

We need international laws recognizing public ownership of global bandwidth, and a limit of equal bandwidth share for all the same as we should for carbon credits.

[–]boytjie 5 points 7 days ago

Sign me up for whatever is decided. I’m not American so (I would imagine) impacts from the international community won’t be great.

[–]thestickystickmanpoop lol 2 points 8 days ago

I think it’s pointless. We can try and keep fighting it, but if it’s what the ISPs want, they’re going to get it eventually. They only have to win once, we have to win every time.

[–]Dichlorodifluorometh 5 points 2 days ago*

Alternatively, if we win enough, maybe people will finally stop trying to remove neutrality in the net.

[–]boytjie 1 point 1 day ago

Just venting.

We can all agree that interconnectivity is part of our future, and its backbone is the internet. It is important that access to the net remains open, accessible and equitable, to ensure that it can continue to benefit humanity as a whole, and not just to the few.

FFS this should be the default. The onus should be on the telecom lobbyists to ‘have a conversation about how they can organize to make sure that decision-makers in Washington, DC listen to telecom lobbyists’ on how they can compromise net neutrality’.

On what planet would internet users want a compromised internet? Where they must ‘demonstrate support’ for net neutrality? “Oh, unless we are shown unequivocal support, we assume you want throttling, blocking, and censoring sites and apps, and the charging of special fees that get passed along to consumers.” Duh!

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Look Inside the Extremely Rare Codex Seraphinianus, the Weirdest Encyclopedia Ever

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The Indecipherable Rohonc Codex

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– Image: With this scan, you can clearly make out that this drawing is depicting some kind of curious clockwork device, though – as cipher mysteries connoisseurs would perhaps expect – it’s still as clear as mud what is going on with it.

The discovery of an unidentified text in Hungary, among many other languages, has led to more than 200 years of attempts to determine who authored it and to decipher its contents. Many scholars have studied the text, known as the Rohonc Codex in an effort to understand its meaning and to determine who wrote it and when it was drafted. However, these efforts have been futile to date, as the meaning and origin of the text still remain a mystery.

The Rohonc Codex was discovered in Hungary in the 1800s. It is believed to have been part of the personal library of Count Gusztáv Batthyány, before he donated his entire personal library to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. When the Codex surfaced, it initially appeared to be from medieval times. However, the text, which appears to resemble Old Hungarian script, was completely indecipherable. The mysterious text led many to wonder what the writings meant, who wrote it, and what purpose it served. Many of these questions remain to be answered, as the author has not been identified, and the text has yet to be translated.

Page 41 of the Rohonc Codex

Page 41 of the Rohonc Codex. Public Domain

In total, the Rohonc Codex contains 448 pages of indecipherable text, which is similar to Old Hungarian script, as they are both written with a right-to-left orientation, and have similar combinations of straight and rounded characters. Scholars have asserted that in reality, the writing could be anything from Hindi to Old Hungarian, although it lacks features from each of those written languages. The number of different symbols used is considered to be extremely high, with ten times more symbols than are found in any known alphabet.

The paper within the Codex has the unique characteristic of being watermarked. Each page contains the watermark, which has the appearance of an anchor, which is within a circle, which is within a six-rayed star. The watermark itself appears to date to 1529-1540 AD, although the actual Codex appears to have been written much earlier than that. This discrepancy makes it difficult to determine exactly when the text was written, although it is possible that the book was transcribed after its initial creation.

The Codex contains more than just written text – it is also accompanied by 87 illustrations depicting military battles, landscapes, and religious icons, which are said to hint at several different religions, including Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. Some have interpreted this to show that whichever culture was responsible for creating the text was one within which the three religions co-existed.

Illustration in the Rohonc Codex

Illustration in the Rohonc Codex. Public Domain

Attempts at translating the Codex have led to several theories. There is much variation in these theories, as scholars have not even been able to agree on the orientation of the text. Researcher Marius-Adrian Oancea has hypothesized that the text is the Old Hungarian alphabet (known as székely rovásírás or székely-magyar rovás), and that the contents revolve around topics from the New Testament.  This is called the Old Hungarian Alphabet hypothesis.

Page 51, text and illustration from the Rohonc Codex

Page 51, text and illustration from the Rohonc Codex. Public Domain

Mahesh Kumar Singh believes that the text is actually a variation of Brahmi script, from India, and that it should be read left to right, top to bottom. This is known as the Brahmi-Hindi hypothesis. Singh claimed to have transliterated the first 24 pages into Hindi, and then subsequently had those 24 pages translated from Hindi to Hungarian. According to this translation, the Codex begins as an apocryphal gospel, followed by a meditative prologue, and then leads into stories of Jesus during his infancy. A portion of Singh’s translation includes:

he bhagwan log bahoot garib yahan bimar aur bhookhe hai / inko itni sakti aur himmat do taki ye apne karmo ko pura kar sake

Which translated into English, reads:

Oh, my God! Here the people is very poor, ill and starving, therefore give them sufficient potency and power that they may satisfy their needs.

However, Singh’s translation was quickly criticized as lacking consistency, and most consider his translation to be a hoax.

Viorica Enăchiuc has attempted a translation as well, leading to the conclusion that the script is intended to be read right to left, bottom to top, and that it is written in the Vulgar Latin dialect of Dacia. This is called the Daco-Romanian hypothesis. This translation concludes that the text originated in the 11th or 12th century, and that it belongs to the Blaki people, who fought against the Hungarians and Pechenegs. Some of his translations include:

Deteti lis vivit neglivlu iti iti itia niteren titius suonares imi urast ucen

Which translated into English, reads:

In great numbers, in the fierce battle, without fear go, go as a hero. Break ahead with great noise, to sweep away and defeat the Hungarian!

Enăchiuc is also criticized as lacking consistency, and as a linguist and historian, her work is denounced for not being “scientific.”

Finally, Attila Nyíri, of Hungary has proposed that the pages, when turned upside down, are a Sumerian ligature. This is known as the Sumero-Hungarian hypothesis. His translation includes:

Eljött az Istened. Száll az Úr. Ó. Vannak a szent angyalok. Azok. Ó.

Which translated into English, reads:

Your God has come. The Lord flies. Oh. There are the holy angels. Them. Oh.

Like the others, Nyíri’s translation was criticized for lack of consistency. It is said that he took too many liberties with rearranging symbols, which in essence could lead to an infinite number of translations.

Part of Attila Nyiri's attempt to decipher the Rohonc Codex

Part of Attila Nyíri’s attempt to decipher the Rohonc Codex. The image shows the top of folio 19 of the codex, upside down, with transliteration and Hungarian text. Public Domain

Methodical and computer-based attempts at translation have been conducted as well. However, none of these attempts have been successful in actually translating the text of the Codex. Some researchers, like Levente Zoltán Király, have come to widely accepted conclusions about the structure of the book, and the references it contains to the life of Jesus. While this has not led to a definitive conclusion as to the origins or meaning of the Codex, it has helped to debunk any theories that the book itself is a hoax.

It is possible that with further study, the Rohonc Codex will be more fully understood. For now, it remains a textual clue to some of the mysteries of humankind’s ancient past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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John Dean helped bring down Richard Nixon. Now he thinks Donald Trump is even worse

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– John Dean, the Nixon White House counsel and Watergate-whistler-blower-turned-Trump-critic, suspects a cover-up involving Russia’s interference in the 2016 campaign.

John Dean is a connoisseur of cover-ups, a savant of scandal, so he can more than imagine what it’s like inside the Trump White House right now.

“It’s a nightmare,” he said, presiding in a high-backed leather wing chair off the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Not just for those in the headlines — political strategist Steve Bannon, jack-of-many-duties Jared Kushner — but for their unsung assistants and secretaries as well.

“They don’t know what their jeopardy is. They don’t know what they’re looking at. They don’t know if they’re a part of a conspiracy that might unfold. They don’t know whether to hire lawyers or not, how they’re going to pay for them if they do,” Dean said in a crisp law-counsel cadence. “It’s an unpleasant place.”

Dean was a central figure in Watergate, the 1970s political scandal against which all others are measured, serving at the tender age of 32 as President Nixon’s White House attorney. In that capacity Dean worked to thwart investigators after the clumsy break-in at Democratic Party headquarters, then flipped and helped sink Nixon by revealing the president’s involvement in the cover-up (see ‘The Alabama Project).

It is the one thing, Dean said resignedly, for which he will be forever recalled. “I can thank you and your profession,” he said. “I was placed in a pigeonhole, and once you people put somebody in a pigeonhole, you live there. You never get out.”

Nixon, fighting vainly to stay in office, famously said a year was long enough to wallow in Watergate. For Dean, it’s been more than four decades.

As part of a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and served four months in a federal safe house. He was barred from practicing law in Virginia and the District of Columbia, moved to his wife’s home state of California and made his livelihood as an investment banker and regular on the lecture circuit. He has also written a shelf-load of books, including several on Watergate.

The memory that persists though, is the owlish whiz-kid lawyer, with horn-rimmed glasses and his pretty blond wife perched stoically behind him, laying out Nixon’s treachery in a dull monotone before the Senate Watergate Committee.

At age 78, he is fleshier and far more affable, with rimless glasses sliding down his nose and receding white hair combed straight back. He arrived this week in the cream-colored hotel lobby, not far from his Beverly Hills home, camera-ready in a blue blazer, striped dress shirt and red tie.

John Dean is having a moment, again.

Everyone — the BBC, Der Spiegel, the New York Times, MSNBC and on — wants to know what he thinks of Trump, of Russian alleged interference in the 2016 campaign, about the cascade of investigations that threaten to bury Trump’s presidency. He hasn’t been in this great a demand since his call for President  George W. Bush impeachment — for condoning torture, among other perceived abuses of power — and, before that, as a ringside commentator during the Clinton-era Monica Lewinsky scandal.

First, Nixon vs. Trump.

“Nixon was much better prepared for the job than Trump,” Dean said, citing the former president’s service in the House, the Senate and then eight years as vice president.

Trump “just doesn’t know anything about the job, and it shows,” Dean said as a gas-fed fire flickered nearby. (It was a touch that Nixon, who famously kept a blaze going even during Washington’s blistering summers, might have appreciated.)

Both men have authoritarian personas, Dean went on, though Trump is far more narcissistic and easier to read: “We wouldn’t know Nixon as well as we do but for his taping system, where his guard is down. He reveals who he is. Trump is the same in public as he is in private.”

Dean was careful to say he has no inside information on the Trump administration, no Deep Throat, the famous Watergate leaker, funneling him tales of intrigue from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. But, he said, he knows the odor of malfeasance, even from 3,000 miles away.

“I’ve been inside a cover-up. I know why we could make certain things go away and other things not go away. And that’s because some things, you just couldn’t make them disappear,” he said. He might have been roughing out a verbal draft of “Scandal Containment for Dummies.”

“I feel that’s true with the Trump people. If they could make this go away, they would. I mean, they’re not stupid. They would hire good P.R. people who would say: ‘This is how you deal with this. You make mistakes, you go out and you explain them, and people are very forgiving.’”

Dean was raised in a Republican family, and acquired his political coloration thus, but he no longer belongs to the party, calling himself an independent. “My political beliefs have not changed very much in the last 45 years,” Dean said, describing himself as a fiscal moderate and social liberal. But “just by staying in one place, today I’m way left of center.”

He hasn’t voted for the GOP candidate for president since George H.W. Bush ran against Michael Dukakis in 1988, backing President Obama and, last year, Hillary Clinton. So his observations on Trump and his cohorts and their alleged wrongdoing may be judged accordingly.

Dean firmly believes the truth about any misdeeds, if they took place, will come out much sooner than the many years it took for the full nature of the Watergate scandal to be revealed.

Unlike Nixon, “Trump is surprisingly candid about himself,” Dean said. The president’s admission that he fired FBI Director James B. Comey to relieve the pressure of his investigation into Russia and the alleged 2016 election was, to Dean’s mind, “basically confessing obstruction of justice.”

Another appointment was looming.

His role as the Watergate whisperer and a leading expert on White House scandal was not something he sought out, Dean said, but given no choice he’s embraced it. He mused about the vagaries.

As a teenager, “I remember marching by the White House at the Eisenhower inauguration and seeing this kind of gray figure beside Eisenhower who was all smiles, his vice president, and never would it ever to occur to me that man would become president and I would help ease him out of his job,” Dean said. He smiled faintly at the memory of that distant encounter with Nixon. “You just don’t know where life is going to turn.”

With that, he slipped out a back door and headed off to his next TV appearance.

 

 

 

 

 

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Putin Offers Political Asylum To James Comey, Citing Potential Prosecution In U.S.

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“What’s the difference between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden? Russian President Vladimir Putin asked Thursday during his yearly live call-in show, saying that he would offer political asylum to fired FBI head James Comey in the same way Russia has sheltered former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

By phrasing a question uniquely constructed for these unusual times, Putin put a new spin on the ongoing saga over Russia’s alleged tampering in the U.S. election, links between President Trump’s inner circle and Russia, and allegations that the president tried to stop at least one line of inquiry.

Comey recently testified that Trump fired him after asking him to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn — a request that Comey says he memorialized in personal notes that he allowed to be leaked to the media.

“Comey said he’d written down his conversation with President Trump and handed it to the media through a friend of his,” Putin said, according to a translation by Radio Free Europe. “This does sound and look odd: the director of a security service making records of his talks with the supreme commander and handing it over to the media through a friend of his.”

 – Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions from a studio audience and citizens calling in, at his annual Direct Line session on Thursday.
Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Comparing Comey to Snowden, Putin said, “It makes him not a security service director, but a civil activist advocating a certain belief.”

He added, “By the way, if he faces any kind of prosecution in this regard, we will provide political asylum in Russia for him as well. He should be aware of that.”

As wide smiles broke out among the studio audience at that last remark, Putin pivoted in his chair, signaling that the question had been dealt with.

This year, the Kremlin says, the call center that funnels the public’s curiosity received some 2 million messages, including 1.3 million phone calls.

The Kremlin says most of the calls at this year’s question-and-answer session dealt with Russia’s future. Many of the topics centered on wages, inflation and the economy.

 – Operators take live calls from across Russia. The call center received some 2 million messages, including 1.3 million phone calls.
Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Noting that the U.S. Senate has moved to impose new sanctions on Russia and to prevent the Trump administration from rolling back the sanctions without congressional approval, Putin said, “Whatever the case, I believe this is utterly groundless.”

President Vladimir Putin On Russian Alleged Election Interference (Full Exclusive) | Megyn Kelly | NBC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FBI Files Document Communism in Valerie Jarrett’s Family

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Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files obtained by Judicial Watch reveal that the dad, maternal grandpa and father-in-law of President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, were hardcore Communists under investigation by the U.S. government.

Jarrett’s dad, pathologist and geneticist Dr. James E. Bowman, had extensive ties to Communist associations and individuals, his lengthy FBI file shows. In 1950 Bowman was in communication with a paid Soviet agent named Alfred Stern, who fled to Prague after getting charged with espionage. Bowman was also a member of a Communist-sympathizing group called the Association of Internes and Medical Students. After his discharge from the Army Medical Corps in 1955, Bowman moved to Iran to work, the FBI records show.

-Dr. James Bowman (1923-2011), father of Valerie Jarrett.  (U of Chicago)

According to Bowman’s government file the Association of Internes and Medical Students is an organization that “has long been a faithful follower of the Communist Party line” and engages in un-American activities. Bowman was born in Washington D.C. and had deep ties to Chicago, where he often collaborated with fellow Communists. JW also obtained documents on Bowman from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) showing that the FBI was brought into investigate him for his membership in a group that “follows the communist party line.” The Jarrett family Communist ties also include a business partnership between Jarrett’s maternal grandpa, Robert Robinson Taylor, and Stern, the Soviet agent associated with her dad.

Valerie Jarrett talks about her great-grandfather, Robert Robinson Taylor, after she unveiled the postage stamp at the National Postal Museum Thursday. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

Jarrett’s father-in-law, Vernon Jarrett, was also another big-time Chicago Communist, according to separate FBI files obtained by JW as part of a probe into the Jarrett family’s Communist ties. For a period of time Vernon Jarrett appeared on the FBI’s Security Index and was considered a potential Communist saboteur who was to be arrested in the event of a conflict with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). His FBI file reveals that he was assigned to write propaganda for a Communist Party front group in Chicago that would “disseminate the Communist Party line among…the middle class.”

It’s been well documented that Valerie Jarrett, a Chicago lawyer and longtime Obama confidant, is a liberal extremist who wields tremendous power in the White House. Faithful to her roots, she still has connections to many Communist and extremist groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Jarrett and her family also had strong ties to Frank Marshall Davis, a big Obama mentor and Communist Party member with an extensive FBI file.

JW has exposed Valerie Jarrett’s many transgressions over the years, including her role in covering up a scandalous gun-running operation carried out by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Public records that show Jarrett was a key player in the effort to cover up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious, a disastrous experiment in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allowed guns from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of hundreds of weapons which have been used in an unknown number of crimes, including the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

In 2008 JW got documents linking Valerie Jarrett, who also served as co-chairman of Obama’s presidential transition team, to a series of real estate scandals, including several housing projects operated by convicted felon and Obama fundraiser/friend Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko. According to the documents obtained from the Illinois Secretary of State, Valerie Jarrett served as a board member for several organizations that provided funding and support for Chicago slum projects operated by Rezko.

 

 

 

 

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Trump: Novice-in-Chief

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Paul Ryan is defending Donald Trump’s attempts to interfere with FBI investigations (commonly called “obstruction of justice”) by claiming that Trump just didn’t know:

Of course, there needs to be a degree of independence between [the Department of Justice], FBI and the White House, and a line of communication’s established. The president’s new at this. He’s new to government. So he probably wasn’t steeped in the long-running protocols that establish the relationships between DOJ, the FBI and White Houses. He’s just new to this.

Is Ryan claiming that ignorance of the law is a good excuse? Even for the president?

But I personally don’t think that this is even a believable excuse. The real problem is that Trump has such an absolutely tenuous connection to reality that he feels perfectly willing and able to lie about just about anything, even things that are trivially disproved.

“The president’s new at this,” Ryan said. “He’s new to government.”

For example, on Friday Trump attacked James Comey, calling the former FBI director a liar, a leaker, and without actually providing any actual evidence against Comey’s testimony under oath, claimed that there was “No collusion. No obstruction.”

Then Trump had to just throw out one last thing. He tried to claim that the whole Russia investigation was merely a creation of those loser Democrats:

That was an excuse by the Democrats, who lost an election that some people think they shouldn’t have lost, because it’s almost impossible for the Democrats to lose the electoral college, as you know. You have to run up the whole East Coast and you have to win everything as a Republican, and that’s just what we did.

Trump is absolutely obsessed by the magnitude of his victory over Hillary Clinton, such as her taking the popular vote, and even including such inconsequential things as the size of his inauguration crowd. So he is now claiming that he won the entire Eastern seaboard.

But that is a total fabrication. Trump won four states on the East coast: Florida, Georgia, and both Carolinas. He also won one electoral vote (EV) (out of four) in Maine (a state that divides up its electoral votes). It would be accurate to say that Trump won four states in the south, and other than one EV in Maine, lost the rest of the Eastern Seaboard (eight states and DC, plus three EVs in Maine).

But Trump seems to believe that he won “everything!” He might also believe that Comey is a liar and a leaker. Although Trump is (once again) just hurling insults and calling names, as he has not presented any evidence that Comey lied, nor that Comey did anything illegal in getting his own memo disseminated to the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Massive Security Breach on the House of Representatives’ Computer Networks

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– Photo: Imran Awan in an undated Facebook photo with former president Bill Clinton.

“Imran Awan threatened that he is ‘very powerful’ and would use that power to have people kidnapped in Pakistan.”

You might recall a couple of months ago when House Democrats fired technology staffers Hina Alvi and her husband, Imran Awan, part of the Pakistani family now under criminal investigation for its role in a massive security breach on the House of Representatives’ computer networks. Now, Alvi and Awan have fled to Pakistan, where they have joined their family, have substantial resources, and according to a report, “VIP-level protection.” 

In February, as noted previously, the strange case of the three Awan brothers, who got themselves hired as IT Professionals, working for a number of Democratic Congressmen at an extraordinarily high rate of pay. They had access to intelligence and homeland security information, among much else, but were fired weeks after the Obama administration left office:

Horatio Alger would be proud – they somehow managed to get themselves paid three times the average rate of IT professionals working in Congress. They displayed admirable thrift – all living in the same house (not their parents’). They pulled themselves up by their bootstraps, one overcoming bankruptcy (despite being incredibly overpaid) and a felony record to get themselves hired into sensitive Intel positions for prominent Democratic congresspersons. Inquisitive fellows they were, poking around in congressional computer systems without authorization.

Did I mention thrifty? Apparently in addition to illicit information acquisition, they saved money by allegedly taking home some odds and ends, office supplies, like pens and notepad and PCs and paperclips and servers and cell phones…
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The investigation supposedly started “late last year,” yet somehow the alleged — how to put it? – unauthorized accessors of information and undocumented removers of electronics were not cut off until two weeks after Obama left office.

– According to the report, both Awan and Alvi withdrew their children from their respective schools and ALvi listed their properties for sale.

Now the Daily Caller reports that at least some of the Awan family has decamped for Pakistan, where they apparently are treated as VIPs with extraordinary influence in the U.S.: “Sources: Democratic Aide Suspected Of Major Security Breach Under Government Protection In Pakistan.”

A criminal suspect in an investigation into a major security breach on the House of Representatives computer network has abruptly left the country and gone to Pakistan, where her family has significant assets and VIP-level protection, a relative and others told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

Hina Alvi her husband Imran Awan, and his brothers Abid and Jamal were highly paid shared IT administrators working for multiple House Democrats until their access to congressional IT systems was  terminated Feb. 2 as a result of the investigation. Capitol Police confirmed the investigation is ongoing, but no arrests have been reported in the case.
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The Awans are “accused of stealing equipment from members’ offices without their knowledge and committing serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network,” according to Politico.

Many of the Democrats who employed the Awans are members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (A list of potentially compromised members is listed below.)

Their positions gave them access to members’ emails and confidential files. In addition, Imran was given the password for an iPad used by then-Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat. The five came to the U.S. from Pakistan.

Since the investigation became public, the Awans have abruptly moved from longtime homes in Lorton and Springfield, Va. … Multiple people said Hina told them she was headed to Pakistan where the family has significant property.
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Two other sources close to the family, who requested anonymity because they believe it is a “national security issue,” also said that Hina has gone to Pakistan.

It seems that there could be a major story here, but the Capitol Police decline to comment and there is no indication that the investigation into the Awans is moving forward. It isn’t hard to guess the reasons why that might be.

UPDATE: The Daily Caller, pretty much the only source on this story, has more: “Wasserman Schultz Threatened Police Chief For Gathering Evidence On Her IT Staffer’s Alleged Crimes.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz threatened the chief of the U.S. Capitol Police Chief with “consequences” for holding equipment that she says belongs to her in order to build a criminal case against a Pakistani staffer suspected of massive cybersecurity breaches involving funneling sensitive congressional data offsite.

The Florida lawmaker used her position on the committee that sets the police force’s budget to press its chief to relinquish the piece of evidence Thursday, in what could be considered using her authority to attempt to interfere with a criminal investigation.

The Capitol Police and outside agencies are pursuing Imran Awan, who has run technology for the Florida lawmaker since 2005 and was banned from the House network in February on suspicion of data breaches and theft.

As the report adds that a “large U.S. House of Representatives seal is now displayed prominently on a first-floor window of the house.”

Well, Democrats never were big on vetting.

 

 

 

 

 

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Refugee Resettlement Programs That Scams U.S. Taxpayers

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–  Feb. 2: Several members of a Pakistani immigrant family who work as IT for several democrats are abruptly fired.

State Dept. Redacts Big Chunks of $22.8 Million Contract to Resettle Muslim Refugees

The U.S. government spends billions of dollars to “resettle” foreign nationals and transparency on how the money is spent depends on the agency involved. Judicial Watch has been investigating it for years, specifically the huge amount of taxpayer dollars that go to voluntary agencies,” known as VOLAGs, to provide a wide range of services for the new arrivals.

Throughout the ongoing probe Judicial Watch has found a striking difference on how government lawyers use an exemption, officially known as (b)(4), to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to withhold records. All the cases involve public funds being used to resettle foreigners on U.S. soil and Americans should be entitled to the records.

The (b)(4) exemption permits agencies to withhold trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person which is privileged or confidential. Depending on the government agency and the mood of the taxpayer-funded lawyers handling public records requests, that information is exempt from disclosure. In these cases, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) disclosed a VOLAG contract to resettle tens of thousands of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) that entered the U.S. through Mexico under the Obama administration while the State Department withheld large portions of a one-year, $22.8 million deal to resettle refugees from Muslim countries. Most of the UACs came from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala and the Obama administration blamed the sudden surge on violence in the three central American nations. The agency responsible for resettling the minors and issuing contracts for the costly services is HHS.

As a result of Judicial Watch’s work HHS furnished records with virtually nothing redacted. Disclosed were employee salaries of VOLAGs contracted by the agency to provide services for the illegal immigrant minors, the cost of laptops, big screen TVs, food, pregnancy tests, “multicultural crayons” and shower stalls for the new arrivals. The general contract was to provide “basic shelter care” for 2,400 minors for a period of four months in 2014. This cost American taxpayers an astounding $182,129,786 and the VOLAG contracted to do it was government regular called Baptist Children and Family Services (BCFS). The breakdown includes charges of $104,215,608 for UACs at Fort Sill, Oklahoma and an additional $77,914,178 for UACs at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

HHS rightfully provided all sorts of details in the records, including the cost of emergency surge beds ($104,215,608) for just four months; food for the illegal alien minors and staff ($18,198,000); medical supplies such as first aid kits, latex gloves, lice shampoo and pregnancy tests ($1,120,400); recreation items such as board games, soccer balls and jump ropes ($180,000); educational items like art paper and multicultural crayons ($180,000); laptops ($200,000) and cellphones ($160,000). Hotel accommodations for the BCFS staff was $6,765,000, the records show, and the salary for a 30-member “Incident Management Team” was $2,648,800, which breaks down to $88,293 per IMT member for the four-month period. It was outrageous that the Obama administration spent nearly $200 million of taxpayer funds to provide illegal alien children with the types of extravagant high-tech equipment and lavish benefits many American families cannot even afford for their own children.

This has become a heated issue for the government which may explain why other agencies aren’t as forthcoming in providing specific figures, thus abusing the (b)(4) exemption. The State Department, for instance, redacted huge portions of records involving contracts with VOLAGs to resettle refugees from mostly Muslim countries. The files illustrate the disparate redaction treatment given by different government agencies to the same types of records.

The State Department paid a VOLAG called United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) a ghastly $22,838,173 in one year to resettle refugees that came mostly from Muslim countries. Unlike HHS, the agency redacted information related to what the USCCB charged the government for things like furniture, personnel, equipment and other costs associated with contracts to resettle refugees. Why did one government agency hand over the same types of records that another agency claims are trade secrets? Judicial Watch is challenging the State Department’s (b)(4) exemption and will provide updates as they become available.

HHS and the State Department work with nine VOLAGs to resettle refugees and the voluntary agencies have hundreds of contractors they like to call “affiliates.” It’s a huge racket that costs American taxpayers monstrous sums and Judicial Watch is working to pinpoint the exact amount. Besides BCFS and USCCB, other VOLAGs with lucrative government gigs to resettle refugees are: Church World Service (CWS), Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM), Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), International Rescue Committee (IRC), U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services and World Relief Corporation (LIRS).

 

 

 

 

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Fake News Purveyors Promote “Alt-Right” Claims That Susan Rice And James Comey Imperiled By Supposed FBI Investigation

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Fake news purveyors are promoting dubious claims from “Alt-Right” figures Mike Cernovich And Jack Posobiec that former FBI Director James Comey dropped an FBI investigation into former national security advisor Susan Rice because it would have implicated him. They are also claiming that Rice is in legal jeopardy for unmasking aides of President Donald Trump who were caught on incidental FBI surveillance. There have been no mainstream media reports that Rice or Comey committed any wrongdoing, and both Cernovich and Posobiec have a history of pushing misinformation and conspiracy theories.

Lets recap: F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired. On May 9, President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, according to The New York Times. The Times reported that Trump claimed he was following the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who in a memo cited Comey’s July 5 announcement that he would end the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails without prosecuting anyone involved as a reason for the degradation of trust between the FBI and the public. Trump has since contradicted that claim, telling NBC he would have fired Comey regardless of the memo. From the May 9 article:

President Trump last Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the specter of political interference by a sitting president into an existing investigation by the nation’s leading law enforcement agency. It immediately ignited Democratic calls for a special counsel to lead the Russia inquiry.

Mr. Trump explained the firing by citing Mr. Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though the president was widely seen to have benefited politically from that inquiry and had once praised Mr. Comey for his “guts” in his pursuit of Mrs. Clinton during the campaign.

But in his letter to Mr. Comey, released to reporters by the White House, the president betrayed his focus on the continuing inquiry into Russia and his aides.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter to Mr. Comey dated Tuesday. White House officials refused to say anything more about the three occasions Mr. Trump cited.

The officials said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, pushed for Mr. Comey’s dismissal. But many in Washington, including veteran F.B.I. officers, saw a carefully choreographed effort by the president to create a pretense for a takedown of the president’s F.B.I. tormentor. [The New York Times, 5/9/17; MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell Reports, 5/11/17]

Susan Rice Reportedly Unmasked Trump Officials Caught In Surveillance:

CNN: Susan Rice Accused Of Improperly Unmasking Names Of Trump Officials Caught In Surveillance, With No Proof She Broke Law. CNN reported that some Republicans, including Trump, have claimed that former national security adviser Susan Rice “broke the law by requesting the ‘unmasking’ of … identities” of “US individuals” who were connected to Trump and had been caught in surveillance. “Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides” told CNN they had “so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal.” From the April 12 article:

After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.

Their private assessment contradicts President Donald Trump’s allegations that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice broke the law by requesting the “unmasking” of US individuals’ identities. Trump had claimed the matter was a “massive story.”[…]

One congressional intelligence source described the requests made by Rice as “normal and appropriate” for officials who serve in that role to the president.

And another source said there’s “absolutely” no smoking gun in the reports, urging the White House to declassify them to make clear there was nothing alarming in the documents.

The lawmakers’ assessment comes after Trump, in a New York Times interview last week, accused Rice of breaking the law. [CNN, 4/12/17]

NBC News: “Susan Rice Did Nothing Wrong, Say Both [Democrats] and Republicans.” NBC News on April 17 confirmed CNN’s article, reporting, “A review of the surveillance material flagged by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes shows no inappropriate action by Susan Rice or any other Obama administration official, Republican and Democratic Congressional aides who have been briefed on the matter told NBC News.” [NBC News, 4/17/17]

“Alt-Right” Figures With History Of Dubious Reporting Claim Comey And Rice Implicated In Supposed FBI Investigation Of Rice

Rebel Media’s Jack Posobiec: “FBI Source Tells Me Comey Dropped The Susan Rice Unmasking Investigation [Because] It Would Have Implicated Himself.” On May 12, Rebel Media’s Jack Posobiec wrote on Twitter, “FBI source tells me Comey dropped the Susan Rice unmasking investigation bc it would have implicated himself.” Posobiec has a history of pushing misinformation and conspiracy theories and was one of the main people who spread forged documents targeting then-French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron.

[Twitter, 5/12/17; Media Matters, 5/11/17, 5/5/17]

Infowars’ Mike Cernovich: Rice’s Lawyers Are Seeking “Immunity” For Rice After Comey’s Firing.

On May 10, Infowars host Mike Cernovich claimed that Comey had “protected” Rice and that following Comey’s firing, Rice’s lawyers had “reached out the FBI” in order to get her “immunity” because she committed “multiple felonies.” Cernovich also suggested that Rice had spied on conservatives and conservative media figures. Cernovich, who seems to have been the first to claim that Rice committed nefarious behavior by unmasking officials, has a history of making dubious claims and promoting conspiracy theories. He also pushed the conspiracy theory that a chemical attack in Syria in April was a hoax, and he helped promote the forged documents targeting Macron. [YouTube, 5/10/17; Media Matters, 4/5/17, 5/3/17, 4/6/17, 5/5/17]

Fake News Purveyors Promote Cernovich’s And Posobiec’s Dubious Claims

Angry Patriot: Posobiec’s Claim “Could Potentially Destroy James Comey, and will Only Affirm Trump’s Decision In Giving Him The Boot.” Fake news purveyor The Angry Patriot referenced Posobiec’s claim that “Comey dropped the Susan Rice ‘unmasking’ investigation because it would have implicated himself, adding that without Posobiec, “we wouldn’t have any idea of what happened.” The site also used the unsubstantiated claim to defend Trump’s decision to fire Comey, writing that “what was leaked could potentially destroy James Comey,” and suggesting Posobiec’s claim “will only affirm Trump’s decision in giving [Comey] the boot.” From the May 14 article:

The public is aware now more than ever in terms of White House transparency. What was leaked could potentially destroy James Comey.

Former FBI Director James Comey landed himself in hot water and was fired by President Trump earlier last week. Comey acted out of concern for himself rather than that of the American people. But it’s much worse. A source stated that Comey dropped the Susan Rice “unmasking” investigation because it would have implicated himself. (via Pat Dollard)

The source told this statement to Jack Posobiec. Posobiec is a Washington-based writer and a conservative activist. He is mostly known for sharing Emmanuel Macron’s hacked emails on Twitter during the French election. (via US Defense Watch) […]

We have to respect Posobiec’s efforts to be transparent. He made this information public because he felt that the American people have the right to know any background information pertaining to this.[…]

It’s imperative that conservative commentators and writers continue to serve as a trusting liaison between government officials and the general public. Jack Posobiec was our eyes and ears in the White House, and he publicized exactly what he heard.

Jack Posobiec has a history of making information available to the public. Conservative journalists differ from left-wing journalists because they rely on truth to do their jobs. Liberals rely on whining, ad hominem attacks, and excuses.

We are thankful to Posobiec because we wouldn’t have any idea of what happened without him, but the issue does need to be investigated further. It will only affirm Trump’s decision in giving him the boot. [The Angry Patriot, 5/14/17; Media Matters, 12/14/16]

TruthFeed: Posobiec’s Claim Does “Logically Make Sense.”

On May 13, fake news purveyor TruthFeed claimed that while “we can not be sure of the veracity of Posobiec’s claim, but it does logically make sense” because “Susan Rice, Loretta Lynch and James Comey were among the few that had the ability to unmask U.S. citizens and thus digging deeper into the Susan Rice investigation could have very well led to Comey having improperly unmasked Trump Team members for obvious political motivations.” [TruthFeed, 5/13/17; Media Matters, 12/14/16]

Conservative Daily Post And Washington Feed: Posobiec’s Claim Shows Comey “Covered For” Rice. Fake news purveyor Conservative Daily Post argued that Posobiec’s claim meant Comey “was worried that investigators would’ve found something that he didn’t want them to know about.” It added that “Comey’s past reluctance to help the Senate investigate Rice makes much more sense with this in mind,” and that Comey “was an extremely corrupt individual that not only covered for Clinton and Rice but also compromised their investigation in order to protect himself.” The article was later republished by fake news purveyor The Washington Feed. From the May 12 article:

The Democratic Party is filled with corrupt liberals. They get into office simply so they can engage in illegal behavior and do favors for others. While Barack Obama was the President, he did nothing to hold the left accountable for their misconduct.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that former National Security Adviser Susan Rice had repeatedly asked to “unmask,” or reveal the identities of, people associated with the Trump campaign. Before that, it was proven that Hillary Clinton stored classified information on private servers. Despite this, James Comey, the former FBI Director did not investigate either Democrat’s questionable conduct. If he did, sources close to the FBI say he would’ve implicated himself, which suggests that he dropped both investigations in order to protect himself.

Just recently, Jack Posobiec, a reporter for Rebel TV, tweeted, “FBI source tells me Comey dropped the Susan Rice unmasking investigation bc it would have implicated himself. Developing.” Apparently, he was worried that investigators would’ve found something that he didn’t want them to know about.

Comey’s past reluctance to help the Senate investigate Rice makes much more sense with this in mind. Despite the Senate’s repeated attempts to get information about the “Intelligence official who ‘unmasked’ Trump associates by Rice and others, the FBI refused to cooperate. Last month, Adam Housley, a Fox News correspondent, reported that Intelligence Committee members were complaining that the FBI was being extremely difficult. “The information they continue to request from the Intelligence Agencies, now for over a month, has been very little given,” he explained. If this continues, Congress may decide to deauthorize the congressionally approved program that allows them to collect the information in the first place. […]

Trump’s decision to fire Comey was an excellent one. He was an extremely corrupt individual that not only covered for Clinton and Rice but also compromised their investigation in order to protect himself. With this in mind, firing him may not have been enough. President Trump should consider having charged with corruption. [Conservative Daily Post, 5/12/17; The Washington Feed, 5/12/17; PolitiFact 11/4/16; Snopes.com, 1/18/17]

“Susan Rice Freaks! Wants Immunity Says Cernovich!”

Fake news purveyor Before It’s News wrote that “award winning journalist” Cernovich reported that “Susan Rice is freaking out over Trump’s wise decision to fire Comey” because she thought “she would beat the rap of illegally unmasking people as long as Comey was FBI director.” It added that “if we all get this information out and get in front of Susan Rice’s plans, she will be exposed,” and encouraged people to spread the story on social media. From the May 11 article:

According to award winning journalist, Mike Cernovich, Susan Rice is freaking out over Trump’s wise decision to fire FBI Director, James Comey.  Cernovich says his sources have confirmed she felt confident she would beat the rap of illegally unmasking people as long as FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe were in control!  Now that James Comey has been fired, she has freaked out and ordered her lawyers to get an immunity deal with the FBI!   She’s in a panic because she knows she will be going to jail if justice is served!

Get this video out EVERYWHERE so the Fake News can’t spin it.  If we all get this information out and get in front of Susan Rice’s plans, she will be exposed and hopefully Donald Trump will also fire FBI Deputy Director, Andrew McCabe because he is listed as the other person protecting Susan Rice!  Let Trump Know and spread on his Twitter Feed and through all Social Networks and email lists.  This is Key Information that must go viral NOW before she gets a deal to escape jail!  Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and James Comey must be forced to take an NSA, CIA and FBI lie detector test to see if they covered up crimes of the Clintons and others.  I guarantee you that if McCabe is asked to do a lie detector he will resign immediately! [Before It’s News, 5/11/17; Media Matters, 12/14/16]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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