Oh, what a tangled web we weave, former FBI Director James Brien Comey, when we practice to deceive and decide to play politics from a position that should, theoretically, be the least political of any in Washington DC.
A web you created, sir, when you opened a political door that you walked through and, now, others appear to be walking through that very same door you opened. It does not bode well for you, Mr Comey.
Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material
by John Solomon
More than half of the memos former FBI Director James Comey wrote as personal recollections of his conversations with President Trump about the Russia investigation have been determined to contain classified information, according to interviews with officials familiar with the documents.
Just when the “bombshell news” today is about Donald Trump Jr’s nothing-burger emails (a ridiculous act in itself), the real news goes purposely uncovered. Representative Jason Chaffetz knows what’s happening.
This revelation raises the possibility that Comey broke his own agency’s rules and ignored the same security protocol that he publicly criticized Hillary Clinton over in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election.
Comey testified last month before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a friend. He asked that friend, a law professor at Columbia University, to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director.
Comey insisted in his testimony he believed his personal memos were unclassified, though he hinted one or two documents he created might have been contained classified information.
Hinted. I see.
But when the seven memos Comey wrote regarding his nine conversations with Trump about Russia earlier this year were shown to Congress in recent days, the FBI claimed all were, in fact, deemed to be government documents.
While the Comey memos have been previously reported, this is the first time there has been a number connected to the amount of memos the ex-FBI chief wrote.
Except that now there is a problem. Solomon continues to write:
Four of the memos had markings making clear they contained information classified at the secret or confidential level, according to officials directly familiar with the matter.
A spokesman for the FBI on Sunday declined to comment.
FBI policy forbids any agent from releasing classified information or any information from ongoing investigations or sensitive operations without prior written permission, and it mandates that all records created during official duties are considered to be government property.
I myself had to sign a document which stated in part, “Unauthorized disclosure, misuse, or negligent handling of information contained in the files, electronic or paper, of the FBI or which I may acquire as an employee of the FBI could impair national security, place human life in jeopardy, result in the denial of due process, prevent the FBI from effectively discharging its responsibilities, or violate federal law. and all information acquired by me in connection with my official duties with the FBI and all official material to which I have access remain the property of the United States of America.”
The American Media Maggots are primarily avoiding this story like the plague because there is otherwise Trump Russian blood in the water. So sayeth the New York Times and CNN. More Russia Russia Russia. Fox News, however, addressed the issue with Kellyanne Conway.
Solomon finally writes:
In order to make an assessment, congressional investigators will have to tackle key questions, such as where and how the memos were created, including whether they were written on an insecure computer or notepad; where and how the memos were stored, such as inside Comey’s home, in a briefcase or on an insecure laptop; whether any memos were shown to private individuals without a security clearance and whether those memos contained any classified information; and when was it determined by the government that the memos contained classified information — before Comey took them and shared one or after.
Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) indicated Comey may have violated, at minimum, four laws (one a very clear and unequivocal felony) to include:
18 USC 793(E), the espionage act making it a felony for a person with “unauthorized access or possession to convey it to an unauthorized person;”
18 USC 793(G); conspiracy provision under the espionage act;
18 USC 371; generally criminalizes the conspiracy to violate any federal criminal law;
Executive Order (EO) 13526 (2009); policies and procedures for identifying and safeguarding classified information.
The Ninth and Robart’s court essentially gave due process rights to people in Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Yemen and Iran. People outside this country possess no constitutional rights whatsoever. Additionally, despite that, 77% of refugees arriving in the US since the travel stay suspension have been from those seven enumerated countries. One-third of that 77% are from Syria alone.
Even Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is telling us the obvious.
BY DR. JOHN C. EASTMAN, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR – 02/10/17 02:20 PM EST
Like it or not, Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States on Nov. 8, 2016, and sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2017. He won the election, in significant part, because he promised to enforce our nation’s immigration laws more vigorously and to enhance significantly the vetting of refugees and other aliens seeking admission to the United States, in order to ensure to the extent possible that terrorists were not coming to our shores.
Nevertheless, there is now a concerted effort by many on the left (and even some on the “Never Trump” right) to block President Trump at every turn in order to prevent him from implementing the agenda on which he was elected.
As of Wednesday, Trump was still waiting on confirmation for 10 of his 15 Cabinet nominees. By this time in 2001, then-President George W. Bush had his entire Cabinet confirmed. Then-President Barack Obama was just three short of a full Cabinet on Feb. 8, 2009.
Senate Republican leaders asserted this week that — based on numbers provided by the Partnership for Public Service, Plum Book, and Congress.gov — Trump has the fewest Cabinet secretaries confirmed at this point in the presidency of any incoming president since George Washington.
Regrettably, that effort now seems to include using the courts to achieve political ends that could not be achieved through the electoral process.
The 9th Circuit’s order upholding Judge Robart’s nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) is nearly as bereft of legal analysis as was the original TRO.
For example, in determining whether Trump was likely to succeed on the merits, one might have expected some discussion of the relevant statute that unambiguously gives the president the authority to do what he did here (and what President Carter, in response to the Iranian take-over of our embassy in Tehran, did back in 1979).
“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restriction he may deem to be appropriate.”
If you are a reader of this blog and a listener to my radio show, I suspect some of this information is beginning to sound repetitive. 8 USC 1182? President Carter?
It does not get much clearer than that, yet the 9th Circuit does not even cite, much less explain away, that statute.
Nor did the 9th Circuit cite the language in controlling Supreme Court precedent that makes unmistakably clear that the decision whether or not to admit aliens or any class of aliens is an inherent aspect of sovereignty vested by our Constitution in the legislative and executive branches of our government that is “largely immune from judicial control.”
Instead, the 9th Circuit held that the denial of visas to foreign nationals from countries that President Obama himself had certified as being hotbeds of terrorism likely violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, despite the fact that another controlling decision of the Supreme Court has quite clearly held that foreign nationals have no right whatsoever to enter the United States, and hence no property or liberty interest that is subject to the Due Process clause.
Again, does this not sound familiar to you? Dr Eastman summarizes wonderfully.
Whether or not a particular judge or panel of judges likes the policy judgment made by the president, it is the president, not the judge, who was elected to make that decision.
Indeed, the notion that a single federal trial court judge can take it upon himself to determine national security and immigration policy, in the face of explicit determinations made by the president with the full support of law actually adopted by Congress, is so far beyond the judicial role as to pose a serious threat, not just to our national security, but to the rule of law.
That a panel of the 9th Circuit affirmed the order does not place it on more solid footing but rather merely expands the lawlessness to a higher court. One can only hope that the Supreme Court will put a stop to this usurpation, and quickly.
Otherwise, we as a nation have a much bigger problem to confront than terrorists seeking entry to the United States.
Some have distilled the decision to some solid bullet points, like Ben Shapiro.
1. States Suffer “Concrete and Particularized Injury” If Aliens Can’t Come To University Classes.This is absolutely absurd. It would strike down virtually any immigration law. All immigration laws restrict classes of people from entering, numbers of people from entering. Some of those people would undoubtedly go to university, or teach there. Does this mean that states can now sue to overturn all immigration laws?
2. The Federal Government Doesn’t Suffer “Irreparable Injury” If The Courts Overrule Immigration Policy. The court casually states that while the government has an interest in combatting terrorism, the “Government has done little more than reiterate that fact.” The executive branch didn’t explain sufficiently to the judiciary why the executive order needed to be put into effect, and so the executive branch has to go home emptyhanded. Again, this is ridiculous. Are we supposed to wait to be hit? Would the judiciary apply this same standard to, say, gun control laws?
3. Everybody Has Due Process Rights. This is perhaps the craziest element of the ruling: the statement that everyone from lawful permanent residents to aliens with a visa traveling abroad has due process rights. The court even says that illegal aliens have due process rights. The Constitution isn’t just for citizens anymore – which begs the question as to why anyone would bother applying for citizenship.
4. Courts Can Look To Motive Rather Than Text. The court said that they could look at Donald Trump’s statements during the campaign about a Muslim ban in order to evaluate this executive order. This is dangerous. Attempting to read the minds of those who put together laws is far more arbitrary than reading the text or looking at the application of the law. It’s also amazing that the Ninth Circuit would say this now, but that the Supreme Court would ignore President Obama saying for YEARS that Obamacare was not a tax, then rule that Obamacare was indeed a tax.
5. The Court Refuses To Strike Down Portions. Normally, the court works to avoid striking down entire laws or staying entire executive orders. Instead, the court just threw up its hands and suggested that it had done its best, but it couldn’t bother doing a close read.
First, a brief bit of truth about the Middle East.
Second, an interview by Tucker Carlson of the District of Columbia (DC) Attorney General (AG), Karl Racine, who allows us to peek briefly into the minds of the Cabal of Black Robes.
Please note Tucker extrapolating the argument, doing what I call the “logical extension,” as if it hadn’t occurred to an attorney and — perhaps it didn’t. Which in and of itself is a massively short-sighted and extremely troubling issue, particularly when unseen by a highly educated individual like AG Racine.
What Tucker has exposed if you’re reading between his questions is the insular and inbred fashion in which the law exists today via the manner in which it is interpreted by Left-leaning judges.
AG Racine, however, does provide some light, some very noteworthy light, in his response to Tucker’s questions about “what next”?
The government argued that Trump’s executive orders were “unreviewable.” I’m going to go out on a limb a bit and say 1) that was a major tactical error on behalf of the government, because 2) human nature became involved, meaning 3) the judges got pissed off and reacted viscerally — as in “oh really? We shall now show you what is ‘unreviewable.’ ”
AG Racine made one incredibly-important point by intimating the government had not done its homework, when it could not provide one instance in which a refugee had been arrested or charged with terror in the US. Judge Robart said that was because there were none to cite, which is a lie. Racine made the point, however: the government was ill prepared. I cited numerous cases here, however.
Tucker then brought up the issue of Soviet Jews who were allowed into the US up until 1988 simply because of their persecution due to religion — clearly a “religious test.” Again, upon which AG Racine was caught flat-footed in response. Being a student of Paul Ekman and Sgt Carl Stincelli, I noted during the formulation of Carlson’s question the darting concern in the eyes of Racine as he either consulted notes or accessed spheres in his brain from which to respond.
AG Racine then made more interesting points when he said the words of Trump and his aides essentially came back to bite them. Yet Tucker perseveres with the truth when he factually refers to US law having been predicated upon “country of origin.”
However, AG Racine once more provides illumination to Tucker Carlson.
“Your department of justice did not make any of the arguments you made.”
“They found the government’s arguments were unavailing.”
The underlying subtext being: had the government made those arguments, would they have prevailed?
Moreover: why did the government not provide those arguments?
Then let us listen to Newt Gingrich bring some history into view with regard to federal judges.
RETWEET THE HELL OUT OF THIS!
Newt: The ACLU has a “fascist mentality,” and as for the 9th Circuit: “Don’t impeach them, just ABOLISH them!” pic.twitter.com/icdhC3gjLP
It was Judge Andrew Napolitano who initially thought the Ninth Circuit might overturn Judge Robart.
Now, Judge Napolitano suggests a different strategy.
That tactic is: “Rescind the executive order and issue a new one.” As of this writing there are 48 lawsuits against President Trump; Napolitano believes that, if the case does hit the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts will consolidate all of them.
“We are going to keep our country safe. So we’ll be doing something very rapidly, having to do with additional security for our country. You’ll be seeing that sometime next week.”
What went wrong? I think we’re starting to see.
Leftists, Demorats and the courts insist that politics play no part in the decisions handed down. I humbly suggest that politics play most every part in the decisions handed down if one is, of course, cognizant of history and the past actions of, say, Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter.
“President Trump’s Executive Orders remain in place — prohibited travel will remain prohibited, and the US government retains its right to revoke visas at any time if required for national security or public safety.”
Leftists, anarchists, Demorats and the American Media Maggots conveniently forget that Barack Obama banned all Iraqi refugees from entering the United States in 2011. No issue, no problem. From ABCNews.com, this quote:
As a result of the Kentucky case, the State Department stopped processing Iraq refugees for six months in 2011, federal officials told ABC News – even for many who had heroically helped U.S. forces as interpreters and intelligence assets. One Iraqi who had aided American troops was assassinated before his refugee application could be processed, because of the immigration delays, two U.S. officials said. In 2011, fewer than 10,000 Iraqis were resettled as refugees in the U.S., half the number from the year before, State Department statistics show.
Plus, from the WashingtonExaminer.com:
President Obama has barred huge groups of potentially dangerous immigrants from entering the United States at least six times, undercutting his claim that barring Muslims from terrorist countries as Donald Trump has proposed is un-American.
In his first ban, according to a search of White House records, Obama instituted a ban on “immigrants or non-immigrants” covered by a larger United Nations travel ban. He also included those on an economic sanctions list. Most countries were Muslim.
He cited the very same section of law that many critics of his policies have asked him to use, “section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952.” It says, “Whenever the president finds that the entry of aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, the president may, by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrant’s or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
He used the same provision five other times, one more in 2011, twice in 2012 and twice in 2014. In those, he targeted people aiding Iran, Syria, Crimea, and those involved in war crimes.
Still, in his latest tirade against Trump‘s call for a ban on Muslims from terror nations, Obama said such bans violate the American way. In reaction to the Orlando terror attack, Trump said, “When I’m elected, I will suspend immigration from areas of the world where there is a proven history of terrorism against the United States, Europe or our allies until we fully understand how to end these threats.” Obama ripped him. “That’s not the America we want,” he said. “It doesn’t reflect our democratic ideals. It will make us less safe.”
White House documents also show that former President Bill Clinton issued six immigrant bans; George W. Bush six immigrant bans; and former President Ronald Reagan four. And in 1980, former President Jimmy Carter banned Iranians after Tehran seized the U.S. embassy.
— July 25, 2011. Barred those under a UN travel ban, or who broke 29 executive orders covering transactions with terrorists. — Aug. 4, 2012. Banned anybody involved in war crimes, or just about any other crime including human rights violations. — April 23, 2012. Barred those helping Syria or Iran, or involved in human rights abuses for those governments. — May 1, 2012. Another block on those helping Iran and Syria. — April 3, 2014. Banned anyone known to threaten South Sudan. — March 6, 2014 . Barred entry of those claiming government authority in the Crimea region of Ukraine, presumably on behalf of Moscow.
Those seven enumerated countries referred to by Trump are the same countries previously identified by Barack Hussein Obama as problematic in nature for the United States of America.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas stated:
“It’s simply wrong to call the President’s executive order concerning immigration and refugees a ‘religious test’ of any kind. I doubt many Arkansans or Americans more broadly object to taking a harder look at foreigners coming into our country from war-torn nations with known terror networks; I think they’re wondering why we don’t do that already.”
Let the battle of national sovereignty vs open borders officially commence. Leftists and anarchists finally come out and state what they want: “no borders, no nation, fuck deportation.”
Correct. Leftists want no borders. No actual nation called the United States. I thank them for being, at least this time, honest.
In the interest of keeping national sovereignty with an eye towards self-determination and self-interest as well as national security, President Trump signed an executive order on Friday the 27th which banned Syrian refugees indefinitely and immigration from Syria, Yemen, Somalis, Sudan, Libya, Iraq and Iran for 90 days. Those countries were sourced referencing materials and incidents identified by the Obama administration.
Subsequently, Leftists, Demorats, anarchists and the American Media Maggots are losing their minds. Not that they were particularly well-assembled in the first place.
The Usual Suspects in the EU, Germany and France — Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande — are and will be doing their level best to demolish Trump’s decision. I suspect they are shocked they may be holding the refugee bag themselves only — but rightly so. They were the ones who decided to accept the refugee hordes in the first place, going so far as to ask for them. The true creator of the refugee problem is Barack Obama. Perhaps therein lies their umbrage.
Yes, these countries are predominantly Muslim — not for lack of trying by Christianity but because Christians are simply killed — as it is Islam that wishes to convert or kill the rest of the planet, and it is Islam that is directly linked to terror events aimed at the US and other western countries. The point at issue is the threat and danger represented by these nations. That they are mostly Muslim is a link but not the primary point. If Islam were not involved but they were still as dangerous the threat would still exist. If you merely changed the word “Catholic” to “Muslim,” for example — everything else being the same — I would strongly support Trump’s executive order.
Let’s not forget that ISIS and Islam has told us that its goal is to infiltrate Westernized countries like those of the EU and the United States. Terror groups are up front in terms of
At odds with damned near the entire state, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Tulare in California, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence said:
“In light of attempts by jihadist groups to infiltrate fighters into refugee flows to the West, along with Europe’s tragic experience coping with this problem, the Trump administration’s executive order on refugees is a common-sense security measure to prevent terror attacks on the homeland.”
Additional irony was provided by Fornicalia’s newly-minted attorney general, Xavier Becerra, who has apparently been unconscious for the last eight years.
“Justice in America doesn’t live or die on the stroke of one man’s pen regardless of how high his office.”
If that isn’t remarkably obtuse, I don’t know what is.
Concern for our borders and who we allow into the country isn’t new. Let’s listen to the God of Demorats, William Jefferson Clinton, in 1994.
Bill Clinton limiting immigration? Obama barring Muslims not just once? What about Hillary Clinton who, it was revealed by Wikileaks, admitted that Muslim refugees could not properly be vetted?
“They can’t possibly vet all those refugees so they don’t know if, you know, Jihadists are coming in along with legitimate refugees.”
What about James Comey who said they could not be vetted?
A question for Leftists: if Islam has nothing to do with terrorism as you claim, why would a ban on immigrants from dangerous Muslim countries promote recruitment for ISIS and provoke terror attacks?
Another important question for Leftists: why do Muslim “refugees” flee to Christian/Western countries and not to their fellow Muslim countries? Let’s listen to a Muslim answer Katie Hopkins.
Leftists and those who wish to do harm to the United States, up in arms over President Trump’s common sense EO, cannot believe that 1. Donald Trump means to put America’s interests first and, 2. He is doing precisely what he said he would.
Leftists, Demorats, anarchists and the American Media Maggots don’t want you to understand that immigration to the United States was essentially halted between 1924 to 1965, via the Immigration Act of 1924 (otherwise known as the Johnson-Reed Act). The act provided immigration visas to two percent of the total number of people of each nationality in the United States as of the 1890 national census. It completely excluded immigrants from Asia. This was changed in the 60s by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 which opened up numbers of immigrants from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Southern and Eastern Europe.
Make no mistake: Islam is a global cancer that is little-understood by the bulk of the planet. It means to — and tells us this everyday, in the clear, verbally and in writing — convert infidels to Islam or kill them. It removes freedoms, rights, oppresses women and children and continues to slaughter infidels, Kaffirs and each other in horrendous ways. I have said for years: “Islam is as Islam does.” It is a common sense axiom that would be applicable to any and every religion acting as does Islam in terms of violence and death.
Why is all of this important or necessary? Here is one critical reason, from ABCNews.com:
The question comes down to this: is the stay on immigrants an issue of threats posed, or is it a matter of Islam?
Because here is what isn’t happening.
There is not a ban on individuals from Indonesia. Why is that important? Because Indonesia is the area which contains the greatest number of Muslims on the planet (around 62%), much greater than the Middle East.
Six of the seven countries to which the temporary visa issuance block applies were designated as “state sponsors of terrorism” or “countries of concern” by previous Democrat administrations, most Obama’s — also Jimmy Carter’s. Only one — Iran in 1984 — was designated by a Republican administration.
Remember: this emphasizes once again that the Demorats, Leftists, anarchists, the American Media Maggots and even a number of Republicans like John McCain and Lindsay Graham have no interest whatsoever in telling you the truth, revealing highly-important information, referencing history or placing issues in context. Where were Little Chuckie Schumer’s tears in 2015 and 2011 due to Obama’s actions? Where were McCain and Graham’s objections in those years because of Mr Obama’s declarations?
It’s all part of what I consider to be one of BZ’s Conventions: never let facts, history, logic, rationality, proportion and common sense get in the way of a good emotive and frakked-up decision.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the persons who were complaining about illegals who don’t belong in this country had as much concern about the quality of medical service provided to our veterans, the plight of our homeless veterans, and taking care of our own mentally-challenged and poor first.
There was a recent shooting (Sunday, 1-29) at a mosque in Quebec City, Canada, with six persons killed. In steps BZ’s Terror Axiom: the longer authorities conceal the nature of actors in terror incidents the more likely they are Muslims. We know two of the suspects are Alexandre Bissonnette and Mohamed Khadir Plus, the suspects yelled “Allahu akbar” as they shot people. That is called a clue. One must read almost the entire article to find this highly-important bit of information.