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 on: December 12, 2017, 09:57:02 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by G M

DECEMBER 12, 2017


I’m hearing from a source that Lisa Page was involved in approving Peter Strzok’s warrant requests to the FISC and possibly elsewhere. Can you confirm or deny if this was the case? And please tell me what her job title and function are in your office. Thanks.

Them (via spokesman Joshua Stueve):

Lisa Page, who was an attorney on detail to the Special Counsel’s office, returned to the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel in mid-July.

Me again:

Thank you but that doesn’t answer my question. What role did Lisa Page have in the handling of warrant applications, and in particular those involving Peter Strzok?

Them again:

I’ll decline to comment further.

Well, then.

Page, remember, is the FBI lawyer with whom Strzok was having an extramarital affair and exchanging anti-Trump texts. Perhaps someone with more resources than I will be able to get to the bottom of this. (Bumped).

 on: December 12, 2017, 09:06:10 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by ccp
No giant uprisings about the Jerusalem announcement and the LEFT is furious so Vox twists it to sound like Trump failed to create the violence he "wanted":’s-jerusalem-move-was.html

Left in medicine is S for sinister. Or from the Latin word sinnestra.
 sounds about right (no pun intended).

 on: December 12, 2017, 07:36:18 PM 
Started by ccp - Last post by ccp
A call from a Harvard liberal who was one of the main architects of Obama care for all physicians to be SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIORS AND AND GLOBAL WARMING ADVOCATES AND FOR OPENING THE DOORS FOR MASS IMMIGRATION :

 He makes a few good points early on then goes into the climate change , "mass incarceraton",  BLM stuff and immigration and calls on all doctors to their "calling" to be fucking SJW>

Just another God Darm liberal..........

 on: December 12, 2017, 05:47:21 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog
The United States is gearing up to increase pressure on Russia over what it claims are Moscow's flagrant violations of an important Cold War-era arms treaty. The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty is a cornerstone arms control pact between the United States and Russia that halted a destabilizing buildup of intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe during the 1980s. The United States has accused Russia of developing, testing and deploying a cruise missile that violates the limits set by the INF, and Moscow in turn has accused Washington of deploying drones and missile launchers that violate the terms of the treaty. Last week, the U.S. State Department released a report in which it vehemently refuted Russia's claims. To pressure Moscow back into compliance with the treaty, the U.S. State Department also announced Dec. 8 that Washington was preparing to take military, diplomatic and economic measures over alleged infractions of the pivotal arms treaty.

To ensure conformity with the treaty, the United States will seek to work with its NATO partners to present a united front against Russia. Last month during the North Atlantic Council meeting, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis reportedly presented NATO allies with an ultimatum: Either NATO acts jointly on punitive measures on Russia related to the INF violations by summer 2018 or Washington will move ahead unilaterally. Furthermore, U.S. Commerce Department is preparing new sanctions that will target Russian companies believed to be involved with developing weapons that violate the terms of the treaty. On the diplomatic front, the United States and Russia will meet this week as part of the Special Verification Commission to potentially address the U.S. accusations. However, past meetings on the same issue have failed to produce any breakthroughs.

Finally, the United States could pressure Russia militarily. For instance, the U.S. Congress has moved toward authorizing funds for the development of a U.S. missile that if fielded would violate the INF treaty. (Though, for now, the United States would develop the missile but not deploy it.) In addition, Washington is also looking into increasing its force deployments in Europe as well as expanding its missile defenses as a response. If the United States elects to ratchet up the pressure even further, it could then test and deploy its own missiles that violate the treaty.

 The fragility of the INF highlights the fraying legacy of an arms control framework left over from the Cold War. Complicating matters, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) will expire in 2021, and the dispute around the INF could impair negotiations over New START's renewal. If the dispute over INF ends up undermining New START, that would further exacerbate an already unstable arms control regime and lead to a significant new arms race between the United States and Russia that could even extend to other nations.

 on: December 12, 2017, 02:46:54 PM 
Started by DougMacG - Last post by Crafty_Dog

 on: December 12, 2017, 01:14:01 PM 
Started by G M - Last post by G M

Governmental accountability board? More like Wisconsin's Secret Police
Glenn Harlan Reynolds, Opinion columnist Published 3:40 p.m. ET Dec. 11, 2017 | Updated 4:46 p.m. ET Dec. 11, 2017

We talk about the recent revelation that the John Doe investigation into Gov. Scott Walker gathered millions of pages of records from Republicans

It was a partisan witch hunt masquerading as an inquiry into campaign irregularities. And it might presage the outcome of the Mueller investigation.

The “Cheesehead Stasi.” That’s what Twitter humorist IowaHawk called a long-running and politicized investigation organized by Democratic politicians in Wisconsin, targeting supporters of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The mechanism for this investigation was an allegedly nonpolitical, but in fact entirely partisan, “Government Accountability Board.”

In the course of its secretive “John Doe” investigation, the GAB hoovered up millions of personal emails from Republican donors and supporters, and even raided people’s homes, while forbidding them to talk about it:

“I was told to shut up and sit down. The officers rummaged through drawers, cabinets and closets. Their aggressive assault on my home seemed more appropriate for a dangerous criminal, not a longtime public servant with no criminal history,” Archer wrote in a June 30, 2015, Wall Street Journal op-ed. The column was published a day before she filed her civil rights lawsuit.

When the agents finally left her home, Archer said she took inventory of the damage. She found drawers and closets ransacked, her “deceased mother’s belongings were strewn across the floor.” Like so many other targets of the secret John Doe investigation, Archer was forced to watch her neighbors watch her — the star of a very public search-and-seizure operation. . . .

And like her fellow targets, she was told she could say nothing publicly about being a target of Chisholm’s probe. Doing so could have landed her in jail and hit with hefty fines. The secret investigations come with strict gag orders."

Now an investigation by Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel on behalf of the overseeing court has spelled out a long list of misdeeds by the investigators, and has called for punishments including contempt-of-court holdings and possible disbarment. And the stuff that it has uncovered is pretty awful.

In short, it was a partisan witch hunt masquerading as an inquiry into campaign irregularities. And confidential information gathered during that investigation was deliberately leaked in an effort (unsuccessful) to influence a pending United States Supreme Court decision.

The prosecutors felt justified in these actions because they had already made up their minds about their targets’ guilt. As the report says, “After reviewing the emails exchanged between the attorneys at GAB, it is apparent that GAB attorneys had prejudged the guilt of Governor Walker, Wisconsin Republicans, and related organizations that they were investigating and this dramatically influenced their ability to give competent legal advice. GAB attorneys did not act in a detached and professional manner. The most reasonable inference is that they were on a mission to bring down the Walker campaign and the Governor himself.”

The investigation continued despite its failure to find anything like the sort of violations it was ostensibly intended to investigate. It continued despite court orders to stop. And prosecutors retained evidence (including medical and other records about Republican officials and donors, kept in a file labeled “opposition research”) even after being ordered by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to turn all the information over. It was a lawless exercise of prosecutorial power, for political ends.

Wisconsin Democrats took Scott Walker’s victory very hard. They tried to recall him, and failed. And they tried to undermine his term in office through the abuse of legal institutions. Now some of them will face professional discipline, and judicial punishment, as a result. (Criminal charges would be appropriate, except that, as the Attorney General’s report notes, record-keeping was — conveniently — poor enough that it’s hard to be sure exactly who did what.)

Given the vast powers with which prosecutors are entrusted, it’s easy for an investigation to get out of hand, especially when the investigators are a partisan bunch lacking in political diversity, and start out with the certainty, shored up by political resentment, that their targets must be guilty of something. But these abuses can ultimately turn back on the abusers.

It’s too early to say, as one account does, that the Wisconsin debacle prefigured the ongoing Robert Mueller investigation into Trump’s campaign, though there are certainly similarities between the attitudes of “The Resistance” in Washington and the Wisconsin establishment’s response to Walker. Writing in The Washington Post last week, Ed Rogers wrote that, though he’d supported Mueller in the past, Mueller needed to get a handle on the overwhelming partisan slant of his prosecutors or he’d be discredited. 

It’s good advice. Mueller and his investigators should take care not to get wrapped up in partisan politics while conducting a criminal investigation. Because that seldom ends well.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds, a University of Tennessee law professor and the author of The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education from Itself, is a member of USA TODAY's Board of Contributors. Follow him on Twitter: @instapundit.

 on: December 12, 2017, 12:43:23 PM 
Started by HUSS - Last post by G M

Which is strange, because you never see muslim outrage.

 on: December 12, 2017, 09:36:23 AM 
Started by HUSS - Last post by ccp

 on: December 12, 2017, 08:12:32 AM 
Started by HUSS - Last post by Crafty_Dog

 on: December 11, 2017, 10:35:06 PM 
Started by Crafty_Dog - Last post by Crafty_Dog

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