Friday, May 26, 2017

Russia

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Radical Islamist

Now that Robert Mueller has been appointed special counsel to investigate if Russia influenced the 2016 presidential election it’s worth reiterating his misguided handiwork and collaboration with radical Islamist organizations as FBI director. Judicial Watch exclusively obtained droves of records back in 2013 documenting how, under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI purged all anti-terrorism training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims after secret meetings between Islamic organizations and the FBI chief. Judicial Watch had to sue to get the records and published an in-depth report on the scandal in 2013 and a lengthier, updated follow-up in 2015.

As FBI director, Mueller bent over backwards to please radical Islamist groups and caved into their demands. The agency eliminated the valuable anti-terrorism training material and curricula after Mueller met with various Islamist organizations, including those with documented ties too terrorism. Among them were two organizations— Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)—named by the U.S. government as unindicted co-conspirators in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case.

CAIR is a terrorist front group with extensive links to foreign and domestic Islamists. It was founded in 1994 by three Middle Eastern extremists (Omar Ahmad, Nihad Awad and Rafeeq Jaber) who ran the American propaganda wing of Hamas, known then as the Islamic Association for Palestine.

The records obtained as part of Judicial Watch’s lawsuit show that Mueller, who served 12 years as FBI chief, met with the Islamist organizations on February 8, 2012 to hear their demands. Shortly later the director assured the Muslim groups that he had ordered the removal of presentations and curricula on Islam from FBI offices nationwide.

The purge was part of a broader Islamist operation designed to influence the opinions and actions of persons, institutions, governments and the public at-large. The records obtained by Judicial Watch also show similar incidents of Islamic influence operations at the Departments of Justice and State, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Obama White House.

Here are some of the reasons provided by Mueller’s FBI for getting rid of “offensive” training documents: “Article is highly inflammatory and inaccurately argues the Muslim Brotherhood is a terrorist organization.” It’s crucial to note that Mueller himself had previously described the Muslim Brotherhood as a group that supports terrorism in the U.S. and overseas when his agency provided this ludicrous explanation. Here’s more training material that offended the terrorist groups, according to the FBI files provided to Judicial Watch: An article claiming Al Qaeda is “clearly linked” to the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing; The Qur’an is not the teachings of the Prophet, but the revealed word of God; Sweeping generality of ‘Those who fit the terrorist profile best (for the present at least) are young male immigrants of Middle Eastern appearance;’ conflating Islamic Militancy with terrorism. The list goes on and on.

Mueller’s actions have had a widespread effect because many local law enforcement agencies followed the FBI’s lead in allowing Islamic groups like CAIR to dictate what anti-terrorism material could be used to train officers. Among them are police departments in three Illinois cities— Lombard, Elmhurst and Highland Park—as well as the New York Police Department (NYPD).

In the case of the Lombard Police Department, CAIR asserted that the instructor of a training course called “Islamic Awareness as a Counter-Terrorist Strategy” was anti-Muslim though there was no evidence to support it. Like the FBI, Lombard officials got rid of the “offensive” course. The NYPD purged a highly-acclaimed report that’s proven to be a critical tool in terrorism investigations after three New York Muslims, two mosques and an Islamic nonprofit filed a lawsuit.

Considering Mueller’s role in much of this, it makes him a bizarre choice to lead the heated Russia investigation. The goal, apparently, is to determine of Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and if President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian officials. In the Justice Department announcement, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein describes Mueller as person who qualifies to lead the probe because he exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command. “Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result,” according to Rosenstein.

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Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz (Utah), chairman of the US House Oversight Committee, claimed on Sunday, that he has planned a private talk with James Comey, former FBI Director. According to Chaffetz, he plans on discussing several issues with Comey, including the recent claim made by one of Comey’s associates to the New York Times, that President Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation into former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Chaffetz spoke about his plans on ABC’s “This Week,” with George Stephanopoulos.

“It’s important to remember nobody’s actually seen these documents,” Chaffetz said on “This Week” in reference to the notes Comey reportedly kept of his conversations with Trump. “There’s been an awful lot written and said about it, but I don’t even know that the Department of Justice has them. Maybe Director Comey has them. I don’t know where they reside. I don’t know if there are documents. But we’re certainly pursuing them.”

Comey, who was recently dismissed by Trump, has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. According to Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the committee’s chairman, Comey’s testimony will be heard after Memorial Day.

Since Comey’s dismissal on May 09, the Trump administration has faced a barrage of criticism and never-ending questions regarding the decision and whether it was made in any relation to slow down or completely halt the FBI’s investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

As of now, absolutely no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and any Russian operatives has been found. However, numerous scandals related to the decision have now surfaced; the most recent one being a claim by the New York Times on Friday, which suggested that Trump told Sergey Lavrov, the Russian Foreign Minister and Sergey Kislyak, Russian Ambassador to the US, that Comey is crazy, a real nut job.” Trump also reportedly told both the Russians that firing Comey had “taken off” “great pressure.”

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Tip 1: Never let Pence take your picture.

Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer gave President Trump some important tips to kick start his agenda that has now been “immobilized,” by his alleged scandal.

Fox News’ Tucker Carlson characterized President Trump’s agenda as “immobilized” by the rise of scandals and obstacles surrounding him. Carlson asked conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer how the president could right the wrongs.

Krauthammer explained the five things that the president can do.

“Well I think you take your playbook from Bill Clinton,” he explained. “He’s caught up in the Lewinsky scandal. And in his case he knows he’s lying from the very beginning. Keeps on lying, but he was able to keep a straight face. Tried to keep his nose to the business he wanted to carry out. The famous statement, ‘I did not have sexual relations’ end with ‘and now I gotta go back to work.’ So he just pretended as if this thing was on the side, it was a distraction, he went back to work.”

“So what Trump needs to do is spend less effort and time and emotional energy on this,” he added. “Starting with, you make an unimpeachable FBI director appointment. Right now he needs to calm the craziness. I think he actually was helped by the appointment of this special counsel. Even though in the long run it means the White House loses control of this.”

“In the short run,” he explained, “people say, ‘well look there’s an investigation, let’s talk about health care, and let’s talk about tax reform. That’ll take care – it’s a way to deflect. If you make a good appointment for the FBI – by ‘good’ I mean politically astute. Which means somebody unimpeachable. On Special Report I said, what you need is an Elliot Ness.”

Krauthammer continued on to his third point, which was “stop tweeting.”

“Now that’s never gonna happen. Because I think he’s hard-wired like neurologically attached to his tweeting machine. But it would help because when you tweet you say what you really believe and that’s not always, that’s not usually the smartest thing in politics. You know, I tell the truth because it’s easier to memorize, but I’m not the president or a politician.”

“Number four, go on the foreign trip,” he added, “and thereby, number four, change the narrative. He’s got a real opportunity. It’s going to be a big deal what happens in Saudi Arabia. There’s gonna be 50 Sunni Arab countries there. There’s gonna be an announcement to the world of the total reversal of the Obama-Iran appeasement policy, where we chose a radical Shiite jihadist regime. We chose their favor over the Sunni Arabs who want to support us, and over Israel, which will be stop number two. That’ll be a big deal, it’ll allow him to announce and really exemplify a huge change in foreign policy.”

“The last thing,” he concluded, “is daily sessions with Dr. Krauthammer. I’m still licensed, board certified, and he’s the only one who can afford my rates.” After finishing his jokes, he explained, “He doesn’t easily compartmentalize. He doesn’t have that kinda of, almost psychopathic ability to make distinctions as Clinton did. I think he gets sort of into everything and it takes him over. So I don’t think he can, but that’s why he needs to see me, probably for an hour a day for several years.”

The past few weeks have been tough on the Trump administration with the constant supply of fresh leaks and criticisms from all fours.

Tucker asked if Krauthammer believes Trump could actually follow the tips. “He doesn’t easily compartmentalize. He doesn’t have that almost kind of psychopathic ability to make distinctions, as Clinton did. I think he gets sort of into everything, and it takes him over,” Krauthammer said. “So, I don’t think he can. But that’s why he needs to see me, probably for an hour a day for several years.”

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Thirsty for Power. Photo by DonkeyHotey

Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) addressed President Trump’s tweet on Thursday, regarding him being the subject of a “witch hunt” after the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the alleged interference of Russia in the 2016 US presidential election.

“The president is entitled to his opinion, but we’re a nation of laws,” Rubio told reporters. “That’s not a criticism of the president. That is a reality that our institutions work. The acting attorney general has the authority to appoint a special counsel and has done so.”

On Wednesday, Robert Mueller, former FBI Director was appointed as special counsel to investigate allegations that Russia had meddled with the US presidential elections last year.

Rubio called Mueller a “person of high esteem” and admitted that he was fully confident in Mueller’s abilities to “conduct and independent, thorough and fair investigation.”

Referring to the appointment of Robert Mueller as special investigator in the ongoing investigation, President Trump tweeted on Thursday, “This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

He further added, “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special counsel appointed.”

Ex-CIA official Phillip Mudd, in a show Wednesday night on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, was full of praise for Mueller.

“For four and a half years of sitting down the hall from [Mueller] I saw one two three times a day threaten meetings, personnel meetings, meetings with three attorneys general,” Mudd told Blitzer about Mueller’s stern and fair principles.

“I can tell you, every American who thinks that this is a moment of turmoil, whether they like the president or not, should breathe easy tonight,” he said. “Robert Mueller is solid ground. I saw presidents, kings, prime ministers, secretaries of state, CIA directors, the former U.S. Attorney in New York said he’s one of the best.”

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Are cracks forming in our relationship?

Speaking to the press outside the White House on Monday, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster denied the shocking allegations from a Washington Post article that said President Donald Trump had shared sensitive intelligence with the Russians in the meeting last week.

“A brief statement for the record,” McMaster began. “There’s nothing that the president takes more seriously than the security of the American people.”

“The story that came out tonight as reported, is false,” he said rather flatly.

“The president and the foreign minister reviewed a range of common threats to our two countries including threats to civil aviation. At no time, at no time,” he emphasized, “were intelligence sources or methods discussed. And the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known.”

“Two other senior officials who were present, including the secretary of state,” he continued, “remember the meeting the same way and have said so. Their on-the-record account should outweigh those of anonymous sources.”

“And I was in the room, it didn’t happen,” he concluded. “Thanks everybody.”

Even though it is usually criticized and frowned upon by the Trump administration, the Washington Post report mentioned information from anonymous sources. However, sources later confirmed the legitimacy of the information to the New York Post, Buzzfeed, and Reuters.

Several journalists called McMaster’s statement to be an incomplete denial of the story. MSNBC’s Katy Tur tweeted, “McMaster saying “sources and methods” is a red herring. Article doesnt say Trump revealed sources and methods to Russians.”

Washington Post’s National Security Correspondent, Greg Miller, said that McMaster was “playing word games,” referring to the denial, as the report did not mention anything about President Trump revealing intelligence methods or sources. Miller further said that the administration was trying hard to “blunt the impact of the story.”

“Nor do any of these White House officials who are denouncing this story,” he added, “nor have any of them offered any explanation why if this was all so above board and not problematic in any way, why did the National Security Council coming out of this meeting feel it was necessary to contact the CIA director and the director of the National Security Agency to give them a heads up on what Trump had just told the Russians?”

According to Miller, the Washington Post ‘absolutely’ supports their reporting.

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Bwaaaaa!!!!

Hosts on the show “The View,” went absolutely nuts, over reports that President Trump had banned the American media from covering his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislak, in the Oval Office. They called his act as “treason.”

The meeting was held in the Oval Office and not a single US media outlet was allowed to cover the meeting. However, some reports revealed that a Russian photographer was allowed to take pictures for Russian state news agencies.

CNN reported that the meeting was set up to emphasize the necessity for the US and Russia to combine forces to end violence in Syria and Ukraine. It is was also reported that the meeting “floated the prospect” of a US-Russia coalition to resolve Middle Eastern conflicts.

The show’s co-host Joy Behar called out on Trump. “He’s speaking to the Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak — who’s the one who Michael Flynn got fired for talking to him about possibly talking about sanctions,” talking about the meeting, Behar added. “And in the room, here’s Trump talking to the Russians and the Russian press is there covering … and guess who’s missing from the room? The American press.”

“They were barred from the room,” Behar continued. “All I’m saying in this lengthy speech, which I hate to give, is that this is treason to me. This is un-American, un-patriotic. Americans should be furious. Furious. This is the American press being left out … it hurts my feelings, frankly.”

New York Times on the other hand, called the meeting as a “public relations coup,” and wrote:

“The result was a public relations coup of sorts for Russia and Mr. Lavrov in particular, who not only received a collegial Oval Office welcome from the president, but the photographic evidence to prove it. By contrast, when Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson traveled to Moscow last month, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia kept him waiting for hours before granting him an audience at the Kremlin. Then, too, Mr. Tillerson left his American press contingent behind.”

 

 

ISIS should think twice about poking the bear.

Another day, another attack by the Islamic State.

This time, a blast ripped through a subway train in St. Petersburg, Russia.

At least ten are dead and another 50 are injured.

While Russian President Vladimir Putin was reserved and did not want to point to terrorism until the bombing was investigated, members of ISIS are already cheering.

Since 2013, at least 3,867 people have been killed in ISIS terror attacks and many thousands more have been injured.

So far in 2017, at least 344 people have been killed including one American in the recent attack in London.

In 2015, 14 Americans were killed in San Bernardino by radical Islamic terrorists and another 24 were injured.

Earlier in 2015, two ISIS members opened fire on police officers in Garland, Texas who are guarding an art exhibit that featured cartoon images of Muhammad. Thanks to the quick draws of the Texas lawmen, the Islamic terrorists were the only ones to lose their lives that day.

A similar incident happened in Queens New York months before the Texas incident and the ISIS convert was shot dead.

And then you have the Boston Bombing where six people were killed. The bombing was committed by the Tsarnaev brothers who were found to have ties to an ISIS-linked mosque.

Russia is of course no stranger to Islamic terrorism.

In October of 2015, 224 passengers of a Metrojet flight were shot down enroute to St. Petersburg. ISIS took responsibility for the bombing and even posted a picture of the device used in the explosion.

While the previous presidential administration never wanted to admit it, ISIS and its radical Islamic offshoots are at war with the world.

The strategy of the Obama Administration was to ignore the violence until the groups died out through lack of funding or interest. The lack of action led to an explosive growth with the terrorist group gaining complete takeovers of land in several nations.

Even on social media, the growth is evident with pro-ISIS tweets increasing by 600% within the last year alone.

In January of this year, Trump had hoped that Russian and U.S. forces could “go out together and knock the hell out of ISIS.”

But that was before Democrat leaders began their witch-hunt over alleged Russian influence in the Presidential Election.

Now, with the media hounding the subject 24/7 and Trump’s own Federal Bureau of Investigation investigating his campaign’s links to Russia, little action is likely to happen.

By chilling the relationship between Russia and the United States with unfounded acquisition of impropriety, there is only one true winner: ISIS.

If Trump and Putin made the commitment to wipe out ISIS, the terrorist group’s time on this earth would be limited, regardless of where they chose to hide. If one doubts that, they should ask a WWII Nazi — if they can find one.

Please add your thoughts in the comment section below.

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Hillary had a few of these.

In what President Trump has, himself, described as a ‘witch hunt’ of ‘historic proportion,’ on Friday, March 31, 2017, said that his former national security adviser is right to ask for immunity in exchange for answering questions related to Russia’s alleged ties to the Trump campaign team.

Mike Flynn, a retired United States Army lieutenant general, and President Trump’s first national security adviser, saw his offer to testify in the congressional probe into Russia’s potential connection with the Trump campaign team, in return for protection against unfair prosecution, be backed by the president himself.

Indicating that the retired general wants immunity, Flynn’s attorney said on Thursday that he is currently in discussion with the House and Senate intelligence committees.

Attorney Robert Kelner said that Flynn “certainly has a story to tell, and he very much wants to tell it, should the circumstances permit,” but appealed that he’s operating in a “highly politicized, witch hunt environment” and wants assurances.

Trump backed Flynn’s demand today.

“Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!” he tweeted today.

The Associated Press has also reported that a congressional aide confirmed discussions with the Senate Intelligence Committee involved immunity.

The House and Senate intelligence committees are probing into claims of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election and the alleged ties between Trump’s aides and Moscow. FBI and both the committees are also scrutinizing Flynn’s ties to Russia.

In recent weeks, four other Trump associates have agreed to talk to the committees. As of Wednesday, the Senate intelligence had requested to interview 20 people related to the investigation.

On the flip side of the case, Trump and allies say that the leaking of sensitive information and the previous administration’s surveillance of Trump’s team is a much bigger problem. While FBI Director James Comey has denied the allegations of wiretapping Trump’s campaign ordered by former president Barack Obama, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, stated that he has found out some communication between the Trump team was incidentally collected during the transition.

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Everyday the corporate media tries to tie Trump to the Russians, but what is the truth now that Russia is starting to bang the war drums?

First the Democrats blamed the DNC and Podesta email leaks on the Russians with no real evidence. There is still no concrete evidence that connects the Russian Government to the leaks.

Then the claims from the left started rolling in after the election that Russia helped throw the election in favor of Trump. Again there is no concrete evidence to suggest that Russia was involved or that it even happened.

Images of Putin and Trump in love have been spread through social media and even projected onto the side of a large building in NYC.

The corporate media is doing their best to frame Trump as a president with deep connections to Russia. Here is an example from CNN, they wrote about two Trump advisors and their alleged ties to the Russian government.

It is true that Trump’s second campaign manager, Paul Manafort, did have connections with Russia and was fired in the summer before the election. Michael Flynn was the other “top aide” that communicated regularly to Russians and as of Monday he is no longer involved in the Trump administration.

If you were to believe the corporate media blindly, then you would think the Russians helped Trump in the campaign, and then helped him win by rigging the election.

Here is the big problem.

In the past week, a Russian spy ship was spotted moving up the east coast monitoring sub stations, military bases and intercepting communications.

Putin was caught this week deploying new cruise missiles that violate an arms control treaty. The New York Times calling it “a major test for President Trump as his administration is facing a crisis over its ties to Moscow.”

Why would Russia become antagonistic with the United States if they just helped us elect Trump? Why are we not seeing more partnerships between the two countries? We are seeing just the opposite; Russia is getting more aggressive.

The corporate media is working so hard to frame Trump as a secret friend of Putin, they are missing the obvious signs of an escalation in tensions. They are even contributing to the tensions with their focus on the Russian connections.

Putin is smart, and he will use the press in America as propaganda in his country to rally support for his next political move and our corporate media is playing right into his hands. It seems they are helping Russia more than Trump.

Thoughts? Comment below.

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On Friday, Counselor to the President Elect and pollster, Kellyanne Conway appeared on CNN with host Chris Cuomo to discuss “Russian Hacking.”

The segment turned into a heated throwdown between the two sides and is something you have to watch for yourself.

See the video above and comment below.

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