FBI sting creates chilling effect on free speech
Jamie White | Infowars.com – MARCH 24, 2017
Undercover FBI agents disguised as documentary filmmakers went to Nevada in 2014 to interview supporters of Cliven Bundy during their armed standoff with the government, says FBI Special Agent Charles Johnson.
Testifying on the government’s behalf in its case against two supporters, Johnson told jurors Wednesday how the bureau used a fake film crew to gather statements during the standoff, reported the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The videos were then played in court during Johnson’s testimony, showing jurors the defendant’s mindset during the standoff.
Scott Drexler, one of Bundy’s supporters standing trial, told the bogus filmmakers that he traveled from Idaho to Bunkerville ranch when he learned about protests being waged against the Bureau of Land Management after its agents tried to seize cattle from Mr. Bundy following a legal land dispute.
“What I was looking for was just a show of support…it seems as if when there are armed people around a situation, then the authorities have to be a little more civil, have to treat you like a person,” Drexler said on camera. “If nobody is facing any kind of consequences for their actions, they can just do whatever they want.”
When asked by prosecutors what the protesters’ objective was, Drexler replied that “it was just a show of force.”
Eric Parker, the other Bundy supporter on trial who traveled with Drexler to the ranch, made similar comments in the bogus FBI sting “documentary.”
“I want to stand for the Constitution…I don’t think you have to be in a militia for that,” Parker said. “The goal was peaceful end.”
The government is expected to call one more witness before resting its case against these two defendants.
The situation began in April 2014 when the BLM began impounding rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle following a government order that Bundy pay $1 million in withheld grazing fees for use of federal lands near his Nevada ranch.
An armed standoff between Bundy and his supporters and the BLM followed, ending with the BLM finally releasing Bundy’s cattle.
Historic! Feds Forced to Surrender to American Citizens
The Video The Feds Don’t Want You To See
By Rick Wells
The automatic default for black racists like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and Rep Keith Ellison (D-MN) when they’re caught in a lie is to first deny and then claim that they were taken out of context. That’s the technique that was utilized by Ellison, now the DNC deputy chairman, in their Wednesday night debate.
Ellison is asked by a friendly CNN moderator, Dana Bash, about comments he made on the topic of gun control. She reads, “In 2014 you told Bill Maher that you wished the Democrat Party would come out against the Second Amendment. How do you reach out to Americans who support gun rights when you don’t support the Second Amendment?” For some unknown reason Ellison gets a goofy grin on his face before she even completes the question and attempts to start his false answer early.
He says, “First of all let me tell you, and I remember that show very well and that is not what I said at all.” Pay attention folks, this is what Ellison looks like when he’s telling a bald-faced lie. He continues, “What I talked about is my grandfather’s shotgun, the fact that I am a turkey hunter, and I didn’t say that. That was not an accurate statement.”
He then switches to a dissertation on how bad the employment picture is following 8 years of Democrat rule and some backtracking under the guise of a claim that “guns do need” the background checks that are already required and that nobody cares about murders. He’s no Hillary Clinton or Hussein Obama when it comes to lying and slipping free, Dana Bash proceeds to read the transcript from the Maher program, apparently expecting the lying Democrat might deny having said what he did.
Bill Maher said, “Then why doesn’t your party come out against the Second Amendment? It’s the problem.” Ellison responded, “I sure wish they would, I sure wish they would.” He then goes on to tell her he’s for the right to bear arms but is taking the politically risky position of being against the mass murders that happen every day, citing two examples that hardly qualifies as every day. He proclaims that he’s for “common sense” gun safety laws and he’ll decide who confiscates what from whom and who isn’t allowed to own what.
When one of the other panelists challenges him on that claim being based upon his not using the right words, he claims a right to not be taken out of context.
As the short clip below shows, nothing was taken out of context. He said he wishes that Democrats would attack the Second Amendment because he does, it’s how they take over the country. They need to disarm the people to enslave us. Ellison is lying about that as well.
Above the lie is proven by video tape of the statement on the Bill Maher program.
Below is the full exchange from the debate.
By Alfred S. Regnery
So far, the Senate has confirmed 14 of the 549 senior federal positions that President Trump needs to run the government and who need Senate confirmation—Cabinet secretaries and people who run the departments, bureaus, agencies and the rest of the government. The rest of the government is being run by career bureaucrats and a few Obama holdovers.
There are another 120 vacant federal judgeships and, of course, the Neil Gorsuch nomination to the Supreme Court. Each requires Senate approval.
White House staff is busily choosing and vetting candidates for the rest of the positions, and there undoubtedly will be many nominations sent to the Senate for confirmation in the next several weeks.
And where is the Senate now? On vacation.
We hear a lot of talk that Harry Reid gave away the store when he exercised the nuclear option, and that Republicans have the 51 votes needed to get the Trump team confirmed. That may be, but with the way Majority Leader Mitch McConnell runs the Senate, Democrats can—and probably will—make it impossible to confirm more than a handful of nominees.
The problem isn’t the votes. Republicans have those. The problem is time—floor time.
As a senior Senate staffer told me this week: “Regardless of how many votes it takes to confirm or approve anything in the Senate, if Democrats want to force the issue, they can require a minimum of 30 hours to debate any nomination or any bill. Let that sink in. 549 vacancies, at 30 hours each, equals 686 days. If you subtract weekends, and add a nice vacation every few months, you are looking at never finishing this job throughout the entirety of Donald Trump’s first term. And this assumes they are in session around the clock and do no other legislative business, which is also impossible.”
Under Senate rules, when debate is cut off, senators are entitled to another 30 hours of debate. Since the Senate is rarely in session for more than 25 to 30 hours a week, Democrats can tie things up indefinitely.
So you would think the Senate would be working long hours, forcing Democrats to talk until exhausted, so the President’s team gets confirmed, right?
Wrong. After doing virtually no work during most of January, and working at a leisurely pace in February, the Senate just left town for a 10-day recess. That means they went home to campaign—after being on the job for about six weeks. As my friend said: “The Democrats are shutting down the Senate’s business, and Mitch McConnell’s answer is to give everyone a big vacation. The message to Democrats is: keep up the great work, we have no intention of fighting back.”
The result? The government will be run by bureaucrats, Obama holdovers and temporary “acting” trump appointees. Neil Gorsuch won’t get confirmed for weeks and weeks, and other judicial vacancies will remain vacant. Not to mention letting President Trump’s program simply die on the vine—the crucial business of repealing Obamacare, tax reform, passing budgets and appropriations, and the rest of the things Donald Trump and taxpayers so badly need.
So what is to be done?
I spoke with a long-time staff member from the Senate Judiciary Committee (who must remain anonymous if he wants to keep his job), who told me that Republicans’ only remedy is to force Democrats to debate until they wear themselves out. Schedule Senate floor debates to go all day and night, on weekends and holidays until Democrats cry uncle.
“Is McConnell likely to do that?” I asked. Not a chance, said my friend.
“Are any Republican Senators demanding that they fight back?” I asked.
Not a one, I was told.
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington told the New York Times this week that [Democrats] “have to resist [Trump] every way and everywhere, every time we can… By undermining Mr. Trump across the board, Democrats hope to split Republicans away from a president of their own party.”
Unless Mitch McConnell gets down to business and gets the Senate back to work, he may help Democrats do exactly that.
Alfred S. Regnery serves as the Chairman of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund.
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