By Rick Wells
It was one thing when the John Kerry State Department refused to provide Hillary Clinton emails while the enemy Democrats were in power or when DHS and DOJ were obstructionists in prosecutions, investigations or FOIA requests under Lynch, Comey and Jihadi Jeh Johnson. That was a little surprising at first but we soon learned as the Obama regime dragged on that it was not a government as much as it was a mechanism of social manipulation and perpetrator protection.
What is surprising is that the stonewalling and obstructionism is continuing under President Trump, with some of the denials directly impacting him in a negative manner. Most prominent and incredible are the revelations that the intelligence community is stonewalling the investigation into leaks of classified information to the “press” about Trump associates. In doing so the deep state operatives are not only telling the president to “stick it,” they’re telling members of Congress the same thing.
Fox News cites one unnamed source who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, likely a Republican, who said, “Our requests are simply not being answered. The agencies are not really helping at all and there is truly a massive web for us to try and wade through.”
The same story was told to them by a Senate Intelligence Committee member who said, “Any information that will help find the wide extent on the unmasking and surveillance is purposely not being provided.”
The NSA denied it was happening, saying, “Allegations that the National Security Agency is ‘withholding information’ from congressional intelligence committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election are categorically untrue.”
They added, “NSA fully supports the committees’ work. We have already made available significant information in response to their requests, and we look forward to continuing to work with them in the execution of their important responsibilities.” That sounds eerily like Clinton’s statements about the 33,000 email pages of spam that were held up as proof of their cooperation.
Surely President Trump can find a solution to this problem without too much effort. It would seem that within the web of think tanks and retired experts in DC there would be twenty people with top level security clearances, ten of which could be assigned as a special operations unit to the NSA and another ten to the CIA. They would need to be familiar with the capabilities and procedures so that they couldn’t be lied to about whether or not something could be done and the amount of time required.
Then President Trump could simply send them out as information posses, with instructions to not leave the facility they where they went for the documents until they were in their possession. If they needed a military escort in order to secure its release, that would be pre-arranged with the Pentagon or whatever was the most appropriate military facility.
He’s the Commander-in-Chief, for crying out loud. How difficult can this be? If the recalcitrant analyst persisted, he could be escorted off property, his access cards confiscated and a transfer to the Aleutian Islands or similar “prime” duty station set up for the following day. There would be plenty of empty time in a hellhole like that to think about their attitude and what could be done to improve their willingness to work with others andfollow instructions.
After one or two postcards home from the reassigned troublemakers, the rest of the malcontents would likely decide that it’s better to do their job than to freeze or get shot at on some misguided principle. As cold as DC is in the winter, it’s nothing like Alaska, the information would start flowing immediately. Maybe they need analysts in Libya, Yemen, or Somalia. The possibilities for motivational readjustment assignments are endless.
By Rick Wells
It’s important for Americans to remember, when they hear of the depraved, gruesome offenses committed by MS-13 gang members and illegal aliens in general, that these are people who are here in our country largely through the efforts to subvert our laws of Hussein Obama and Jeh Johnson. They, along with John Kerry and Hillary Clinton, are most responsible for the opening up of our nation to the criminal filth of Central America and other countries. The very people who were supposed to be most responsible for enforcement of our immigration laws are the ones who opened us up to the ravages of non-enforcement.
They are the ones who encouraged the invasion that they oversaw, whichallowed this thug foreign trash to take root in our nation instead of being repelled at the border or never having made the effort at all. Had word not been spread that it was easy to cross into America as a result of the refusal of the Obama criminals to enforce the law and honor their oaths of office, they might never have tried.
Bedford County, Virginia, Sheriff Mike Brown announced last Friday that three Salvadoran MS-13 gang members have been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the horrific March 28th death of 17-year-old Raymond Wood. Their names, as if being described simply as foreign illegal trash isn’t sufficient, are Victor Arnoldo Rodas, 19; Jose Coreas-Ventura, 21; and Lisandro Posada-Vazquez, 24.
All three were arrested by ICE officers on Tuesday first being held by theBedford County Sheriff’s Office and all three are MS-13 gang members. They described the murder as being the result of “narcotic-related activity.”
Sheriff Brown said in describing the incident, “It appears at this point in time, the 17-year-old, Raymond Wood, did not leave voluntarily from the city of Lynchburg.” The Bedford County dispatch office received a 911 call from a motorist who reported a body in the road at approximately 9:30 pm. That motorist had observed an older model Honda Accord traveling at a high rate of speed toward US highway 221. Shortly thereafter, a BedfordCounty Sheriff’s deputy who was responding to the call of the body in the road met the oncoming Honda.
The Deputy engaged with the occupants and determined that the driver, MS-13 gang member Rodas, was an illegal alien. He was detained and transported to the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. The other two were picked the following morning following suspicious activity reported by the public.
Dale Wood, the uncle of the victim, Raymond Wood, described what the deranged animals had done to his nephew on a local radio broadcast at WLNI.
Mr. Wood said, “His hands were cut off, his throat was cut, his tongue was pulled into his throat, he was stabbed 16 times, ran over 3 times.” The Daily Caller referred to what they called a “Colombian necktie,” in which a victim’s tongue is sliced and pulled through their neck.
He asked, “How do you do that to a child? How do you do that to anybody? It’s just, unbelievable. It’s definitely not human.” He added, “These are monsters”
Of course they are monsters, he is absolutely correct in his evaluation. They are monsters who are in the United States with an entry pass personally stamped by Hussein Obama and Jihadi Jeh Johnson. Were it not for those two regime criminals the other criminals, the foreign MS-13 gang members, would still be in El Salvador.
Like so many other American deaths, the death of Raymond Wood is the fault of those two despicable enemy Democrats. The blood is on their filthy America-hating hands.
A US Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz was forced to change directions after it came within 600 yards of multiple Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels, a US official says.
Multiple Iranian vessels stopped once they came within about 600 yards of the USNS Invincible, a tracking ship, which was accompanied by three British Royal Navy ships, the official told Reuters. The Invincible and its entourage were forced to change course.
The incident was “unsafe and unprofessional,” the official told Reuters. He added that the Invincible’s attempts to communicate over radio were not answered.
The Strait of Hormuz is off the Iranian coast, east of the Persian Gulf. The official did not say where in the strait the interaction occurred.
The incident comes amid increasing tension between Iranian and US forces in the Strait of Hormuz. On February 26, the Iranian navy conducted its annual drill near the area, through which nearly a third of all oil traded by sea is transported. The drill did not involve Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
In early January, the USS Mahan, a US Navy destroyer, fired three warning shots at Revolutionary Guard vessels in the Strait of Hormuz after the boats did not heed a US order to halt its course.
In November, a small Iranian vessel allegedly pointed a gun at a US Navy helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz, in international waters, according to the Pentagon.
Democrats have found another narrative to cling to
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
After questioning President Trump’s sanity earlier in the week, it appears Democrats have found another narrative to cling to – invoke the 25th Amendment unless Trump “gets a grip.”
With a growing number of Democrats openly questioning President Trump’s mental health.
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) in a floor speech this week called for a review of the Constitution’s procedures for removing a president. He warned the 25th Amendment of the Constitution falls short when it comes to mental or emotional fitness for office.
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) during a weekend interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” said that “a few” Republican colleagues have expressed concern to him about Trump’s mental health.
And Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) plans to introduce legislation that would require the presence of a psychiatrist or psychologist in the White House.
Justifying their questions by pointing to Trump’s habit of making demonstrably false claims.
“It’s not normal behavior. I don’t know anybody in a position of responsibility that doesn’t know if they’re being rained on. And nobody I work with serially offers up verifiably false statements on an ongoing basis,”
And now that narrative has grown louder as CNN’s State of The Union just discussed invoking the 25th Amendment unless President Trump “gets a grip”
In fact, The Atlantic’s David Frum joked after the election, “Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Article 4. We’re all going to be talking a lot more about it in the months ahead.”
So, what’s Article 4 to the 25th Amendment? In the abstract, the amendment itself is about presidential succession, and includes language about the power of the office when a president is incapacitated. But Digby recently highlighted the specific text of growing relevance:
“Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”
What does that mean exactly?
Well, it means Congress isn’t the only institution that can remove a president from office between elections. Under the 25th Amendment, a sitting vice president and a majority of the executive branch’s cabinet could, on their own, agree to transfer power out of the hands of a sitting president. At that point, those officials would notify Congress, and the vice president would assume the office as the acting president.
And what if the challenged president wasn’t on board with the plan to remove him/her from the office? According to a recent explainer, “If the president wants to dispute this move, he can, but then it would be up to Congress to settle the matter with a vote. A two-thirds majority in both houses would be necessary to keep the vice president in charge. If that threshold isn’t reached, the president would regain his powers.” All of this comes up in fiction from time to time, and in all likelihood, Americans will probably never see this political crisis play out in real life. And that’s probably a good thing: by all appearances, the intended purpose of the constitutional provision was to address a president with a serious ailment – say, a stroke, for example – in which he or she is alive, but unable to fulfill the duties of the office.
In other words, for the first time, the concept of a “soft palace coup” has been officially brought up on public media; we expect such speculation will only get louder.
The ball is now in Trump’s court.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets of Tehran to celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and denounce US President Donald Trump’s recent statements regarding the Muslim state.
On the anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which saw the ousting of the former US-backed House of Pahlavi, a flood of protesters headed towards Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square with Iranian flags, celebrating the rule of the current clerical establishment.
Some also carried effigies of Trump, as well as banners reading “Death to America,” the footage showed, to the sound of traditional Iranian revolutionary songs played by police military ensemble.
The crowd included hundreds of military personnel and police officers, Reuters reported citing local TV.
Footage showed people trampling on pictures of Trump in a central Tehran street, where marchers carried banners reading: “Thanks Mr. Trump for showing the real face of America.” The crowd was also seen burning US and Israeli flags. Israel is Washington’s main ally in the region, while Iran has been supporting Palestinians in their dispute with Israel. Chanting out provocative slogans and burning flags are common practices at mass demonstrations in Iran.
However, some Iranians held banners that said “Down with the US regime, Long live US people” and “Americans are welcome to visit Iran,” showing gratitude to the demonstrators who took to the streets of America to protest Trump’s executive order barring entry to the citizens of seven Muslim countries, including Iran. Yesterday, a US Court of Appeals upheld an injunction blocking enforcement of the ban, but the case will likely continue to be appealed all the way up to the Supreme Court.
The protest comes after Iran’s most powerful authority, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, called on Iranians earlier this week to demonstrate against the US to show Iran was not frightened of their “threats.”
“[Trump] says ‘You should be afraid of me.’ No! The Iranian people will respond to his words on February 10 and will show their stance against such threats,” Khamenei said on Tuesday.
Last week Fox News published an interview with Donald Trump, in which he said “they [Iran] have total disregard for our country, they’re the number one terrorist state, they’re sending money all over the place and weapons,” referring to accusations frequently coming from the West that Tehran is supporting various Shiite rebel groups in the Middle East, including the Lebanese Hezbollah, the Palestinian group Hamas and the Houthis in Yemen.
Earlier in February, the US also imposed new sanctions on Iran in response to a ballistic missile test, which Trump’s National Security Advisor Mike Flynn described as provocative and destabilizes the situation across the Middle East.
The US claimed the test violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231 which called on Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles.” Flynn said that the Trump administration “condemns such actions by Iran,” and has “officially put Iran on notice.”
Addressing the crowds on Friday, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani also called on Iranians to “show their unbreakable ties with the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Republic.”
“Some inexperienced figures in the region and America are threatening Iran […] They should know that the language of threats has never worked with Iran […] They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians […] We will strongly confront any warmongering policies,” Rouhani told the crowd at the Azadi Square, as cited by Reuters, which reported that millions had shown up to commemorate the occasion across the country.