Comey’s memos were classified according to FBI regs, but he leaked them anyway simply to retaliate against Trump

Former FBI director Jim Comey began raising eyebrows very early in his directorship, but it now appears that he willfully disobeyed FBI regulations simply to make life difficult for Donald Trump

Comey acted against President Trump based solely on his “gut” feeling that the President was what the media had made him out to be, not based on evidence that he had personally seen. He acted differently than he did with President Obama, arguing that he thought Trump might do some of the things that conservatives argue Obama actually did. (Crack down on the 1st Amendment, illegally target private citizens, illegally use the intelligence community to undermine political adversaries, and more.) The final straw, the real proof that Comey had become a cog in the Washington machine and was acting as partisan as every other corrupt swamp-dweller, was his decision to leak his own memos to the New York Times.

At the time, many questioned whether Comey had the right to do so. According to longstanding FBI tradition (and government regulation) the Director’s memos are not his own, and in fact belong to the FBI as product of the agency’s efforts. Comey, ignored this and argued that the memos were his own private property. During a Senate hearing back in June, Comey responded to Senator Roy Blount (R-MO) on this subject.

“So you didn’t consider your memo or your sense of that conversation to be a government document?” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) asked Comey on June 8. “You considered it to be, somehow, your own personal document that you could share to the media as you wanted through a friend?”

“Correct,” Comey answered. “I understood this to be my recollection recorded of my conversation with the president. As a private citizen, I thought it important to get it out.” 

Comey was wrong, the memos were not his own private property (you can see the arguments explaining why – here, here, here, and here). Something he has tacitly admitted to since the hearings because he quickly turned them back over to the FBI, where the memos now reside in perpetuity.

But wait, it gets worse.

In the same hearing Comey also told the Senators that he believed his memos contained no classified information.

He was wrong.

The Hill has learned that more than half of the memos leaked by Comey actually DID contain classified material.

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.

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 for in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election…

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.

So the question is… is Hillary Clinton laughing at Comey? A follow up to that… when will Comey go to prison for leaking classified information? (He probably won’t.) But it does continue to prove the injustice inherent within the D.C. swamp. When a whistleblower leaks the illegal activities of the government he is forced to go on the run (Edward Snowden), but when a leaker leaks classified information for partisan political purposes… nothing happens. That is not right, fair, or just.

By the way… the President agrees with me.

 

[by Onan Coca and published by CONSTITUTION.COM]

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! We thank you for Liberty!

Thanks, America, for Liberty!

 

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“Crime of the Century” not what WaPo says it is; it can only be deliberately false (i.e., lying) journalism which lying sources like the Post call “news”

The latest propaganda piece from The Washington Post, “Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault,” is based, as usual, on anonymous sources determined to make Obama look good. The gist is that Obama tried his best to punish Russia for alleged interference in the 2016 election, but he fell short and left the matter in the hands of President Donald Trump, who has done nothing.

So Trump is blamed for Obama’s failure. (How convenient!)

The essence of the piece is that “intelligence” was “captured” that somehow proved that Russian President Vladimir Putin gave “specific instructions” that he wanted  to “defeat or at least damage the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, and help elect her opponent, Donald Trump.”

Pardon me, but I don’t believe this for a moment. This “intelligence” may be what the Post seeks to expose—Russian “active measures” or disinformation.

As we reported back in January, “looking at the election objectively, it is possible to say that Russian leader Vladimir Putin may have had a personal vendetta against the former U.S. secretary of state for some reason, stemming from allegations of U.S. meddling in Russian internal affairs. On the other hand, Putin may have preferred that Clinton become the U.S. president because her failed Russian ‘reset’ had facilitated Russian military intervention in Ukraine and Syria, and he believed he could continue to take advantage of her.”

This makes far more sense than the Post story.

Remember that Obama won the 2012 election after dismissing his Republican opponent Mitt Romney’s claim that Russia was a geopolitical threat to the United States. Obama had also been caught on an open mic before the election promising to be “flexible” in changing his positions to benefit Russia.

“These comments provide more evidence that Obama was never the anti-Russian figure he postured as in the final days of his second term,” we noted.

The Post story by Greg Miller and others is an obvious response to the observation that, if Obama thought the Russian interference was such a big deal, what did Obama try to do about it?

One can read the entire article if you are interested in how pro-Obama propaganda is manufactured by the Post. Some parts of the article are more ludicrous than others, such as this paragraph:

“Throughout his presidency, Obama’s approach to national security challenges was deliberate and cautious. He came into office seeking to end wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was loath to act without support from allies overseas and firm political footing at home. He was drawn only reluctantly into foreign crises, such as the civil war in Syria, that presented no clear exit for the United States.”

The Post tries hard to mask Obama’s indifference to Russian aggression in places like Crimea, Ukraine and Syria. In regard to the latter, Obama failed to save Syria from Russian aggression and facilitated a conflict—through secret arms shipments to the region—that now stands at 500,000 dead.

Mark Twain said it best...

Obama’s alleged “cautious” approach in the Middle East was to support jihadist groups in Syria and Libya, and back regimes such as the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt, which was overthrown by the military backed by the people.

The hero in the Post account is Obama’s CIA director John Brennan, who joined the agency after admitting to voting for Moscow’s man in the 1976 presidential election, Gus Hall of the Communist Party USA. Suddenly, we are led to believe, as CIA director, he quickly became anti-Russian after discovering a Moscow plot in 2016 to disrupt the presidential election.

“In political terms,” the paper said, “Russia’s interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy.”

This is complete nonsense. There is no evidence any votes were changed as a result of this so-called “interference.”

The crime of the century is bad journalism based on anonymous sources who hide behind papers like the Post to spread their self-serving and partisan propaganda.

“This account of the Obama administration’s response to Russia’s interference is based on interviews with more than three dozen current and former U.S. officials in senior positions in government, including at the White House, the State, Defense and Homeland Security departments, and U.S. intelligence services,” the Post said. “Most agreed to speak only on the condition of anonymity, citing the sensitivity of the issue.”

One paragraph in particular tells you everything you know about the anonymous sources behind this story. “Those closest to Obama defend the administration’s response to Russia’s meddling,” the Post said. Yes, indeed, those “closest to Obama” would certainly (and blindly) do so.

Then we’re told that “they believe that a series of warnings—including one that Obama delivered to Putin in September—prompted Moscow to abandon any plans of further aggression, such as sabotage of U.S. voting systems.”

There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for this foolish and dramatic statement. It’s completely made up.

Remember, this is the same Obama who once assured Putin that after he won his re-election campaign in 2012, he would have “more flexibility” with the Russian leader and be able to offer more concessions.

Now, all of a sudden, Obama is rough and tough and gets things done with the Russian leader? What a joke!

The paper reported that “Obama confronted Putin directly during a meeting of world leaders in Hangzhou, China. Accompanied only by interpreters, Obama told Putin that ‘we knew what he was doing and [he] better stop or else,’ according to a senior aide who subsequently spoke with Obama. Putin responded by demanding proof and accusing the United States of interfering in Russia’s internal affairs.”

Or else what?  This sounds like the little red line in Syria that Obama had warned the Syrian regime not to cross, and which they crossed anyway.

Obama’s so-called “secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault” exists in the minds of Post reporters who are waging a not-so-secret struggle to rehabilitate the former president’s disastrous foreign policy toward Russia and most of the rest of the world.

Let’s not forget one more debacle—Obama’s deal with Russian client state Iran to facilitate the regime’s nuclear weapons program and world-wide terrorism.

That may end up being another crime of the century, on par with President Bill Clinton’s deal with North Korea that was supposed to prevent the communist regime from getting its hands on nuclear weapons.

Speaking of North Korea, whose nuclear weapons program accelerated under Obama, hear the words of Otto Warmbier’s father about his son being released after Trump took office: “I think the results speak for themselves.”  Obama’s “cautious and deliberate” approach was to let that young man languish in a North Korean prison while being tortured so near to death that he died right after we got him back home.

 

[From an article by Cliff Kincaid, written for ACCURACY IN MEDIA]

 

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Nineteenth Obamacare co-op folds, leaving only four operating

Minuteman Health of Massachusetts and New Hampshire announced it is withdrawing from the Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2018, leaving only four co-ops in operation. The co-op will stop writing business on January 1 and organize a new company, Minuteman Insurance Company, instead.

The company cited issues with Obamacare’s risk-adjustment program, which is the program that shifts money away from those with healthier customers to those with sicker enrollees. Minuteman Health said that the negative impact of this program had been “substantial.”

“Unfortunately, the program has not worked as intended,” the company said. “It has been difficult for insurers to predict their risk-adjustment obligations, which has led some to withdraw from the ACA market.”

“The program also unfairly penalizes issuers like MHI that are small, low cost, and experience high growth,” the company said. “The significant relative impact from risk adjustment has been the principal driver of a reduction in MHI’s surplus and capital over 2 [sic] time.”

The co-op was able to grow to 37,000 members since it began in 2014 but said that being subject to certain co-op rules made it hard to adjust its business model to mitigate issues with the risk-adjustment program. The co-op was awarded $156.4 million in taxpayer-funded loans in 2012 and 2013.

The new company, Minuteman Insurance Company, will not be subject to these rules.

“Offering our members a quality, more affordable coverage option has been Minuteman’s mission from day one,” said Tom Policelli, CEO of the co-op. “We want to continue that mission in 2018 and beyond through the new company we are currently working to organize. Forming Minuteman Insurance Company will allow us to address numerous federal restrictions and work to make our coverage available to more people.”

There are only four co-ops of the 23 originally created through Obamacare that will still be offering health care plans next year.

 

[From an article by Ali Meyer, published by WASHINGTON FREE BEACON]

 

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CNN has now lost all credibility following admission by senior network executive that entire Russia interference story is false

Fake News Network

Nobody needs to dig a grave for CNN because they have done that themselves by simply lying the company to death.  There has been scandal after scandal at the network, and now one of their producers has been caught on undercover video admitting that CNN has been pushing fake news stories about a connection between Donald Trump and Russia in a desperate attempt to get ratings.  In other words, CNN’s entire Russia narrative has been a complete lie all along.  Unfortunately for CNN, they are going to discover that once your credibility is gone it is incredibly difficult to ever get it back.

Yesterday, Project Veritas made headlines all over the world when it released undercover video of CNN Producer John Bonifield admitting that CNN’s Russia narrative is fake news.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can view the entire video right here.   When one of your top producers admits that the story CNN has been pushing for months is basically a load of cow manure, it is impossible to maintain the pretense any longer that you are a legitimate news organization.

Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative.

“I mean, it’s mostly bull**** right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”

He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings:

“It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss… All the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school you’re just like, that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business.”

And of course this comes on the heels of three reporters being forced out of CNN for publishing a false story that attempted to link a Russian investment fund with Trump…

Three CNN employees have handed in their resignations over a retracted story linking President Trump to Russia, the network announced Monday.

The article was removed from CNN.com on Friday after the network decided it could no longer stand by its reporting.

“In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on CNN.com, CNN has accepted the resignation of the employees involved in the story’s publication,” a network spokesperson told TheWrap in a statement.

President Trump has taken a lot of heat for referring to CNN as “fake news”, but after the events of the past several days he has been completely vindicated.

And once news broke of three reporters being forced out of the network for a false story about Russia, he took a bit of a victory lap with this tweet

Wow, CNN had to retract big story on “Russia,” with 3 employees forced to resign. What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!

It is exceedingly difficult to see any sort of future for the network after all of this.

And of course other major news outlets have been guilty of pushing fake news about Russia too.  The following comes from the Intercept

Over and over, major U.S. media outlets have published claims about the Russia Threat that turned out to be completely false — always in the direction of exaggerating the threat and/or inventing incriminating links between Moscow and the Trump circle. In virtually all cases, those stories involved evidence-free assertions from anonymous sources that these media outlets uncritically treated as fact, only for it to be revealed that they were entirely false.

But with CNN it has always been on another level, and we now have a top insider on tape admitting that a connection between Trump and Russia is being pushed even though there isn’t any evidence.  In fact, Bonifield says that CNN CEO Jeff Zucker has been personally pushing this angle himself

“Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we’re done with that, let’s get back to Russia.”

I can’t imagine that Zucker gets to keep his job now that this has been revealed.

All along, Trump has insisted that this whole thing with Russia has been a “witch hunt”, and it turns out that Bonifield feels the exact same way

“I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”

If this doesn’t kill “the Russia story”, nothing will.

This whole thing has been a massive charade from the very beginning, and the big news networks have been endlessly pushing it for ratings.

In their zeal to destroy Trump, they have destroyed their own credibility.  Once upon a time, most mainstream journalists at least tried to pretend they were being objective, but those days are obviously long gone.

Today everyone has an agenda.  Every single person you see on television has a message to promote, and that message can be, and usually is, nothing more than a misguided reflection of that person’s political viewpoint. When the misguided political viewpoint is coming from so-called news organizations, the best thing you can do is simply turn off the TV and look for truth somewhere else.

 

[From an article published by The Economic Collapse Blog]

 

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Amazing true story…man almost dies…claims he visited Heaven…describes Jesus

A man is sharing his amazing true story of visiting heaven after nearly dying as the result of a severe allergic reaction.

Steven Musick, author of the new book, “Life After Heaven: How My Time in Heaven Can Transform Your Life on Earth,” told earlier this year about a major reaction he had to the swine flu vaccine years ago while he was in the Navy. It was an experience that forever changed his perspective, and his life.Life After Heaven

“It’s pretty typical when you’re in the military to be vaccinated against all kinds of various diseases and bugs … you have to do that in order to be deployed,” Musick said. “I was allergic to the swine flu vaccine that they were testing and I had a very violent, dramatic reaction.”

While he survived that reaction and tried to shake off the resulting impact it had on his body, he was sick for months after the shot was given, saying that he never “got over the hump toward health.”

And when a nurse months later gave him an antidote to the vaccine, Musick had yet another horrible allergic reaction — and this time it was life threatening.

“[She had given me] a lethal amount of an allergic contagion directly into my blood stream,” he said. “I passed out in the emergency department and I ended up in a coma for five weeks.”

It was during that five-week period that Musick said he “went to heaven” and met Jesus, detailing the sights, sounds and conversations he claims to have had with Christ.

“The most dramatic part for me of heaven itself was the sense of being inside pure joy,” he recalled, explaining that the intensity of contentedness that he felt didn’t ebb and flow as it does on Earth; instead, it was constant. “There’s nothing that I could tell you today that would give you an inking of what it’s like to be in that place.  It was like being absolutely held tight and yet totally free at the same time.”

He also described all of his memories of the sights he recalls from heaven, saying he was in an outdoors or agrarian environment that included a large oak tree, a massive wheat field, rolling hills and mountains. Musick said it all collectively offered up a “wonderful view” filled with “brilliant” scenes, adding that it was “like HD on steroids.”

But it was Musick’s purported interaction with Jesus that captures the most attention, as he said the two walked arm-in-arm and engaged in conversation.

“Jesus was in his early 30s, long flowing brunette hair, hazel eyes, dark complexion,” he said. “He’s not overly large, but he’s massively built. You might think that he’s a weightlifter, a body builder.”

In the end, Musick said it was “painful” to hear Jesus say that Musick wouldn’t be able to stay in heaven. Immediately after that conversation, he said he woke up in intensive care and was hit with the reality that he would be staying on Earth.

“When he said, ‘You can’t stay,’ I woke up in intensive care isolation … it was not my destiny to stay in heaven at that time,” he said. “The contrast between heaven and here is just so stark that it almost leaves you delusional.”

After waking up, Musick learned that he had been in a coma for five weeks — a fact that left him flabbergasted.

And coming back wasn’t exactly all that easy, considering Musick was disabled for years, describing his body as “broken.” Over time, though, he recovered, never forgetting the experiences he claims to have had in heaven. Years after his harrowing ordeal, he’s now speaking out, sharing his story in “Life After Heaven.”

“There’s no reason that I should be there,” he said, adding that nurses assumed he’d never wake up. That said, Musick firmly believes “there’s a reason” that he’s still here.

 

[From an article by Billy Hallowell, writing for FAITHWIRE]

 

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This is God speaking…”Truth has perished from among you.”

My people have forgotten Me days without number.

 

They have polluted the land with their wickedness, yet they refuse to be ashamed.  They have not known Me, therefore they have no understanding.  They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.  How shall I pardon these people for this?  Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?

 

You have a defiant and rebellious heart; your sins have withheld good from you.  Do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; I will not hear.   You are a nation that does not obey the voice of the Lord your God, nor receive correction.  Truth has perished from among you.  This people proceeds from evil to evil, and they do not know Me, says the Lord.  They weary themselves to willfully commit perverse evil.

 

[From the Bible,  Jeremiah ch. 2 – 9.  Written ~600 years BC.]

 

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