Skip to comments.FBI’s smoking-gun: Redactions protected political embarrassment, not ‘national security’
Posted on 10/07/2018 10:42:08 AM PDT by yesthatjallen
To declassify or not to declassify? That is the question, when it comes to the FBIs original evidence in the Russia collusion case.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have tried to thwart President Trump on releasing the evidence, suggesting it will harm national security, make allies less willing to cooperate, or even leave him vulnerable to accusations that he is trying to obstruct the end of the Russia probe.
Before you judge the DOJs and FBIs arguments which are similar to those offered to stop the release of information in other major episodes of American history, from the Bay of Pigs to 9/11 consider Footnote 43 on Page 57 of Chapter 3 of the House Intelligence Committees report earlier this year on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Until this past week, the footnote really had garnered no public intrigue, in part because the U.S. intelligence community blacked out the vast majority of its verbiage in the name of national security before the report was made public.
From the heavy redactions, all one could tell is that FBI general counsel James Baker met with an unnamed person who provided some information in September 2016 about Russia, email hacking, and a possible link to the Trump campaign.
Not a reporter or policymaker would have batted an eyelash over such a revelation.
Then, last Wednesday, I broke the story that Baker admitted to Congress in an unclassified setting repeat, in an unclassified setting that he had met with a top lawyer at the firm representing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and received allegations from that lawyer about Russia, Trump and possible hacking.
It was the same DNC, along with Hillary Clintons presidential campaign, that funded the unverified, salacious dossier by a British intel operative, Christopher Steele, that became a central piece of evidence used to justify the FBI surveillance of the Trump campaign in the final days of the election.
And it was the same law firm that made the payments for the dossier research so those could be disguised in campaign-spending reports to avoid the disclosure of the actual beneficiaries of the research, which were Mrs. Clinton and the DNC.
And it was, in turns out, the same meeting that was so heavily censored by the intel agencies from Footnote 43 in the House report treated, in other words, as some big national-security secret.
What makes this so extraordinary is that the FBI and the DOJ would have Americans believe that a contact with a lawyer for a political party during the middle of the election is somehow a matter of national security that should be hidden from the public.
Well, that argument was proven to be a lie by the very way the interview with Baker played out last Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Baker was not interviewed in a "SCIF" a "sensitive compartmented information facility" routinely used to discuss super-secret, highly sensitive information. There was no claim of classification over any information he provided Congress that day.
So we can now say with some authority that the earlier redaction in Footnote 43 was done in the name of a national-security concern that did not exist.
Which raises the question of what the real reason was that it was hidden from public view. I think the answer can be found in an earlier set of documents that DOJ and FBI fought hard to keep secret the text messages of those FBI love-birds Pete Strzok and Lisa Page. What we learned from their messages was that the investigation was a whole lot more about politics and and a whole lot less about verified intelligence.
There is now a concrete storyline backed by irrefutable evidence: The FBI allowed itself to take political opposition research created by one party to defeat another in an election, treated it like actionable intelligence, presented it to the court as substantiated, and then used it to justify spying on an adviser for the campaign of that party's duly chosen nominee for president in the final days of a presidential election.
And when, nine months later, the FBI could not prove the allegation of collusion between Trump and Russia, unverified evidence was leaked to the media to try to sustain public support for a continued investigation.
That means the redaction of Footnote 43 had more to do with political embarrassment than with national security. And that should concern us all.
The Founding Fathers intended government to be open and transparent except when national security was at risk. They never intended national security to be used to hide old-fashioned politics.
So, Mr. President, when you weigh those DOJ/FBI arguments against declassification, please dont forget the ruse of the redaction that was Footnote 43.
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What huge Hannity story?
This is a prelude to the end of the Democratic Party as a going concern and the arrest of many of its principal actors and allies.
2) CONGRESS SHOULD PASS A LAW which states that ANY redaction made for ANY purpose OTHER than to PROTECT NATIONAL SECURITY should be made a FELONY punishable by a substantial FINE and up to 10 YEAR federal prison term.
“Is this the prelude to the ‘HUUUUUUGE’ Hannity story?”
Hannity has become a gas bag!
lawyer at Perkins Coie.
Follow the threads for the lowdown.
Hannity thinks stuff that is real is coming out. The stuff IS REAL. It just doesnt come out
But it's 'HUUUUUGE'.
“Is this the prelude to the ‘HUUUUUUGE’ Hannity story?”
Hannity’s program is just one big “PDOOHA” “Pulled DirectlyOut Of His......!”
I wish. Not going to happen. We have to stay motivated and beat them at the polls. VOTE!
ON its own, this article doesn’t reveal much.
There are two other “stories” on how the dossier was provided to the FBI. John McCain delivered it to Comey and Bruce Ohr delivered it to the FBI. These two “stories” give the FBI some deniability with regard to the origination of the dossier.
This article shows that a DNC lawyer gave the dossier to the FBI. This is conclusive evidence that the FBI knew the origin and did not disclose the evidence to the FISA court...certainly a crime.
I'm sure it's just a lot more complicated than the rank and file simpletons can understand, so they shouldn't be told. ;^)
You have a problem with the way we work at the FBI...?
Perhaps you WISH TO FILE A COMPLAINT..?! .
Atlanta Olympics, 1996:
An overweight security guard Richard Jewell finds a bomb in a crowded Atlanta park, an act of terror. He alerts the cops, but the bomb goes off and a desperate Bill Clinton facing a reelection bid ORDERS the FBI to simplify things by making Richard Jewell the perp.
Knowing Richard Jewell revers real cops the FBI brings him in for questioning, finally pretending to relent and accept his story of innocence. They then flattered him and lowered his guard by chatting him up in grand style like A Law Enforcement Colleague.
The FBI then claimed to Jewell that they were making a Training Videotape simulation in which a perp under questioning breaks down and confresses to a bombing, Ah shucks, our actor crapped out, got sick, say Richard, would ya help us FBI guys out..?
A micrometer away from consenting to help them with their training video, Jewell suddenly realizes if he cooperated with his friends, they might turn around use the tape against him in the world famous bombing that just transpired.
He calls his ex-roomate, a lawyer, who admonishes Jewell that hes in very grave danger. He leaves the FBI questioning and AVOIDS LIFE IN PRISON BY A WHISKER.
YOUR FBI IS **FINE** ACTING AS AN INSTRUMENT OF POLITICAL TERROR.
It started at least 20 years ago.
new rat Deep State logic:
We had to redact it for national security reasons. If it came out all the illegal crap we were doing the democrat party would be finished for 20 years. And America needs a two party system to counter-balance one party running everything as that is like Communism. So we had to cover this up.
Yes. It's as I pointed out back in December 2017. The FBI and everybody in Washington already knew about the dossier. But the FBI wanted to launder the source. So they tried to lauder the source of the dossier by giving the dossier to McCain.
This confirms that.
Hannity has been releasing real info that is moving the story along.
Sure he builds up hype...he’s got a show to run and needs viewers, but he does deliver (mostly). Unlike someone like Glenn Beck who always had a crisis breaking and then it’s just a new map he’s going to reveal of connections to the deep state.
BTW, we had a bunch of posters here defending the FBI/DOJ redactions. I think it was because they thought the AG was actually doing something behind the scenes.
Dan Bongino’s gonna be allll over this story on Monday’s podcast.
A true hero.
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