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  • Donald Trump Shouldn’t Talk to the Feds. And Neither Should You.

    02/09/2018 5:57:16 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 61 replies
    ©2018 Reason Foundation ^ | 02.08.18 | Ken White
    When the feds interview a subject or target, their goal is not mere information-gathering or fact-finding or "clearing a few things up." Their goal is the hunt. One purpose, arguably the primary purpose, is to provoke the foolish interviewee into lying, thus committing a new, fresh federal crime that is easily prosecuted, rendering the original investigation irrelevant. When special counsels or FBI agents ask questions ..., they are not fact-finding. They've already done their homework. They've already gathered facts—almost certainly many more facts than the interviewee knows. They are asking questions the answers to which they can already prove, hoping...
  • Draft DHS report calls for long-term surveillance of Sunni Muslim immigrants

    02/09/2018 5:37:15 AM PST · by beaversmom · 23 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | February 6, 2018 | George Joseph
    A Department of Homeland Security draft report from late January called on authorities to continuously vet Sunni Muslim immigrants deemed to have "at-risk" demographic profiles. The draft report, a copy of which was obtained by Foreign Policy, looks at 25 terrorist attacks in the United States between October 2001 and December 2017, concluding there would be "great value for the United States Government in dedicating resources to continuously evaluate persons of interest" and suggesting that immigrants to the United States be tracked on a "long-term basis." If the report's recommendations were implemented, it would represent a vast expansion of the...
  • Chinese Tanker Had A Container Full Of Dead Americans

    02/09/2018 5:08:27 AM PST · by smileyface · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feb 8 2018 | Chris White
    Exporting companies are using Chinese ships, planes, and trucks to transport dead Americans across the world for research purposes, according to a Thursday report from Reuters. A Hong Kong flagged cargo ship departed South Carolina in July carrying 6,000 pounds of human remains valued at $67,204. The container’s temperature was set to 5 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the parts from spoiling. Relatives of the dead, meanwhile, did not realize their loved ones’ remains were being dismembered and sent to Europe and elsewhere, the report notes. Body brokers like Oregon-based MedCure rely on lax regulations to export heads, shoulders, knees and...
  • Sen. Mark Warner Traded Secret Texts with Russian Oligarch's Lobbyist Linked to Hillary

    02/09/2018 4:47:45 AM PST · by markomalley · 14 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/8/18 | Debra Heine
    The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee communicated through phone calls and text messages last spring with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch in order to gain access to Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the salacious and unverified anti-Trump dossier. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) texted back and forth with lobbyist Adam Waldman, who runs the Endeavor Group -- which has ties to (surprise!) Hillary Clinton -- while leading the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation into President Trump's alleged ties to Russia with his Republican colleague North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr.In one text to the lobbyist, the senator expressed a desire...
  • Fmr. Cruz Aide Raises Ivana Rape Allegation to Rip Trump

    02/09/2018 4:19:16 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 29 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    There on the CNN split screen this morning were former Obama communications director Jen Psaki, and former Ted Cruz aide Amanda Carpenter. But you could be forgiven for wondering whether CNN had mistakenly switched their names. Because Carpenter was, during a discussion of former Trump aide Rob Porter, far rougher on President Trump. Claiming that Trump “does not give a whit” about the abuse of women, Carpenter recounted a list of alleged Trump transgressions. Among them, Carpenter mentioned “the rape allegation from his first wife, Ivanka [sic, Ivana].” Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Oxfam staff 'paid prostitutes for sex in Haiti during earthquake recovery - then charity covered...

    02/09/2018 2:30:53 AM PST · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 2/9/18 | Steve Robson
    Top staff at Oxfam paid Haitian prostitutes for sex in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, it has been claimed.Senior aid workers were found to have paid for sex while involved in the massive cleanup operation after the natural disaster killed 220,000 people and left millions more homeless, the Times reports.The charity, which receives £300million a year in government funding, conducted an internal investigation which led to three men being sacked for gross misconduct.Four others were allowed to resign, it is claimed.One source told the Times that an Oxfam worker had arranged "sex parties" at a villa rented by the...
  • Mother of Pirates Catcher Kidnapped in Venezuela

    02/08/2018 9:58:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 8, 2018 | Hannah Withiam
    Days before catcher Elias Diaz was to report to spring training with the other Pirates pitchers and catchers, the Venezuelan native learned his mother was kidnapped in their home country. The incident was first reported by a Venezuelan local news organization, which said Diaz’s mother went missing Thursday afternoon. MLB players who hail from Venezuela, and make up the third-most represented nationality in the league, have grappled with how to handle the danger facing their family members back home, as kidnappings of the relatives of athletes and celebrities have increased amid the political turmoil there. The Pirates said in a...
  • Tweets by @realDonaldTrump

    02/08/2018 9:50:04 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 22 replies
    Twitter ^ | 2/8/2018 | President Donald J Trump
    Wow! -Senator Mark Warner got caught having extensive contact with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch. Warner did not want a “paper trail” on a “private” meeting (in London) he requested with Steele of fraudulent Dossier fame. All tied into Crooked Hillary.
  • Jeff Sessions' Advice to Pain Patients: 'Take Some Aspirin' and 'Tough It Out'

    02/08/2018 9:16:48 PM PST · by Forgotten Amendments · 184 replies
    reason.com ^ | Feb. 8, 2018 6:14 pm | Jacob Sullum
    If we extend the attorney general's medical advice to people who suffer from severe chronic pain—people who need opioids to get out of bed in the morning and have something like a normal life, people who may be driven to suicide when they are denied adequate medication—his attitude is not merely cruel but downright barbaric. As a college student with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome told me when I interviewed him for an upcoming Reason feature story about opioids, the right kind of pain medication can be "the difference between wanting to put a bullet in your brain and enjoying life." Sessions' "tough...
  • Daughter of famed sci-fi author reveals sexual horrors she suffered growing up in LGBT home

    02/08/2018 9:07:11 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 98 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | February 8, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    February 8, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The daughter of famed science fiction author Marion Zimmer Bradley has written an autobiographical account revealing the horrors of growing up in a home raised by LGBT parents who repeatedly sexually abused her and her brothers. “I have heard all the customary protestations. ‘Your parents were evil because they were evil, not because they were gay,’ but I disagree,” writes Moira Greyland in her new book, The Last Closet: The Dark Side of Avalon. “The underlying problem is a philosophical one that is based on beliefs that are not only common to gay culture but...
  • Judicial Watch Sues For FBI Docs on Comey Book Deal, Coordination on Comey Testimony before Senate

    02/08/2018 8:03:22 PM PST · by bitt · 24 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 2/8/2018 | ADMIN
    Judicial Watch announced today it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Justice Department for FBI records about former Director James Comey’s book, which he signed to write in August 2017 and is set for publication in April 2018 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice, (No. 1:18-cv-00220)). The suit also seeks records of communications between Comey and the FBI prior to and regarding Comey’s controversial June 2017 testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Judicial Watch filed suit on January 31 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after the Justice Department failed to...
  • 'Twin Peaks dam' breaking with dismissal of 13 cases, biker's lawyer says

    02/08/2018 7:46:57 PM PST · by Elderberry · 77 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 2/8/2018 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    An attorney for one of the bikers indicted in the deadly 2015 Twin Peaks shootout said it appears the "Twin Peaks dam" is starting to break with the dismissal of charges against 13 bikers Thursday. Meanwhile, the same attorney, Brian Bouffard, said McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna only dropped the cases in a show of "moral cowardice by an elected official" to avoid adverse testimony at a scheduled Thursday hearing to disqualify his office. Two district judges signed orders submitted to them by the DA's office Thursday morning dismissing charges against 13 bikers arrested in the May 17, 2015,...
  • Devin Nunes May Summon Chief Justice To Testify On FISA Abuses

    02/08/2018 6:04:06 PM PST · by bitt · 121 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/8/2018 | Kevin Daley
    GOP Rep. Devin Nunes of Calif., chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, may invite Chief Justice John Roberts to testify before the panel on alleged FISA abuses. Nunes told radio host and Republican wise man Hugh Hewitt Thursday that committee Republicans have entertained the idea, as Roberts appoints all FISA judges, but cautioned no decision has yet been made. Hewitt and Nunes discussed the idea in connection with the committee’s memo on the secret intelligence courts, which alleged the FBI sought authorization to surveil President Donald Trump’s campaign aides on the basis of political opposition research. “Now...
  • Strzok May Have Used His Cell Phone In A SCIF, Himself Breaking Classified-Info Rules

    02/08/2018 5:52:21 PM PST · by smileyface · 154 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feb 8 2018 | Luke Rosiak
    Released texts between Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who ran the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server, and his lover, FBI attorney Lisa Page, reveal the strong possibility that Strzok used his cell phone in a SCIF — a strict violation of protecting classified information. Such a breach would compromise Strzok’s ability to probe Clinton for mishandling classified info and show a lack of awareness about security breaches, which is what he was tasked to investigate. The text messages that the Senate released Wednesday show that Strzok texted his mistress on Aug. 11, 2016, “We’re in...
  • Lobbyist offers $25,000 reward for evidence of FBI wrongdoing

    02/08/2018 5:04:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/8/18 | Jeff Mordock
    A Washington, D.C. lawyer and lobbyist is offering $25,000 to any credible whistleblower willing to come forward with evidence of FBI wrongdoing in investigations related to the 2016 presidential election. Jack Burkman issued a statement Thursday announcing the reward. He has promised to keep the whistleblower’s identity anonymous. “Enough is enough, let’s settle this,” Burkman said in a news release. “America is facing too many issues at home and abroad to be preoccupied with infighting. If an issue exits, it’s critical to our society to fix it immediately.” Questions of political bias have engulfed both the FBI’s probe into Hillary...
  • Dreamers Lawyer Up in Anticipation of Supreme Court Contest

    02/08/2018 4:53:41 PM PST · by Cheerio · 25 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | February 8, 2018 | Kevin Daley
    Two groups leading the legal fight to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have retained the country’s most powerful law firms to protect DACA at the Supreme Court. That the DACA case would attract top legal talent is not surprising, especially since the litigation has reached a critical stretch. The University of California, which sued to stop DACA’s termination in Sept. 2017, hired Covington & Burling’s Robert Long, while Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Ted Boutrous was retained to represent six DACA recipients who are individually suing the administration. Long and Boutrous are veteran Supreme Court advocates who have...
  • Democratic Sen. Mark Warner texted with Russian oligarch lobbyist in effort to contact dossier....

    02/08/2018 4:50:01 PM PST · by blueyon · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/08/18 | Ed Henry
    """Democratic Sen. Mark Warner texted with Russian oligarch lobbyist in effort to contact dossier author Christopher Steele""" EXCLUSIVE – Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee who has been leading a congressional investigation into President Trump's alleged ties to Russia, had extensive contact last year with a lobbyist for a Russian oligarch who was offering Warner access to former British spy and dossier author Christopher Steele, according to text messages obtained exclusively by Fox News.
  • “Mike” is Out – Michael P Kortan Quits FBI…

    02/08/2018 4:40:47 PM PST · by bitt · 93 replies
    CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE ^ | 2/8/2018 | SUNDANCE
    Another longtime FBI official quits today. According to Fox News Catherine Herridge reporting, FBI Asst. Director Michael Kortan (aka text message “Mike”), the head of the FBI Public Affairs Office, has announced he is retiring. Mike Kortan was previously exposed by FBI Agent Peter Strozok as having specific information that the investigation into Hillary Clinton was manipulated by the “small group”. “Mike’s” job was to sell the ruse as a valid investigation. WASHINGTON – The longtime head of public affairs at the FBI — who was a confidant of former director James Comey — is planning to retire, Fox News...
  • Uranium One informant says Moscow paid millions in bid to influence Clinton

    02/08/2018 4:26:06 PM PST · by bitt · 36 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/8/2018 | Brooke Singman
    An FBI informant involved in the controversial Uranium One deal has told congressional committees that Moscow paid millions to a U.S. lobbying firm in a bid to influence then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by helping former President Bill Clinton’s charities during the Obama administration. The Hill first reported late Wednesday that informant Douglas Campbell gave a 10-page statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, House Intelligence Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and was interviewed for several hours behind closed doors by committee staff. In the statement, obtained by Fox News, Campbell said Russian executives told him that Moscow...
  • Another longtime Comey aide leaving FBI

    02/08/2018 4:11:18 PM PST · by jazusamo · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 9, 2018 | Catherine Herridge
    The longtime head of public affairs at the FBI -- who was a confidant of former director James Comey -- is planning to retire, Fox News has learned. A notice went out this week for a retirement get-together for Michael Kortan scheduled for Feb. 15. Since 2009, Kortan has served as assistant director for public affairs, an influential job that controlled media access. He also served under former director Robert Mueller, now leading the Russia probe. The FBI confirmed to Fox News that Kortan is retiring. It's unclear whether the retirement was long-planned or in any way precipitated by recent...