Ben Rhodes – The Wheels of Lady Justice spinning his way

 

 

Oh this is going to get good. It’s going to give a lot of people heart burn. Who else is nervous? Ben Rhodes says investigating origin of Russia probe ‘Waste of Time’ really?   Ben has his own problems big time.

Senior officials, including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap, will now have to answer to Judicial Watch.

Fed Judge Authorizes Judicial Watch to Depose Ben Rhodes IN PERSON After He Defies Court Order to Answer Written Questions Under Oath

Enter Mr. Rhodes: Who has a masters in fiction from NYU. An aspiring writer.

For some background on Rhodes a Foreign Policy post:

A stunning profile of Ben Rhodes – the asshole who is the Presidents foreign policy guru

 

The profile of one Ben Rhodes running in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine is not unsympathetic, which makes it all the more devastating.

Perhaps the key sentence is this: “His lack of conventional real-world experience of the kind that normally precedes responsibility for the fate of nations — like military or diplomatic service, or even a master’s degree in international relations, rather than creative writing — is still startling.”

Rhodes’ official title in the Obama administration was Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, and he played key roles in numerous foreign policy decisions. He took heat in 2016 when he boasted in a New York Times profile of creating an “echo chamber” to sell the Iran nuclear deal and mocked Washington, D.C., reporters.

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Former Obama Advisor: Investigating Origin of Russia Probe ‘Waste of Time’

So here is the latest interview from the fiction writer:

 

 

In the aftermath of the final Mueller report release, Ben Rhodes, Former Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, speaks about the Christopher Steele dossier and the origins of the Trump campaign and Russia collusion investigation. Rhodes said U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr and the Justice Department “will find nothing” that shows former President Obama or White House staff had any political “involvement” in the origins of the Trump campaign and Russia collusion investigation during Obama’s time in office.

Obama hack Ben Rhodes was ordered by Judge Royce Lamberth to answer questions under oath about the Benghazi scandal — but he defied the court order.

Even worse, the State Department and Justice Department were objecting to Judicial Watch who then sought an in-person interview with Mr. Rhodes – but Judicial Watch never backed down and won!

In January, Judicial Watch submitted a court-ordered discovery plan seeking depositions of Obama-era officials connected to the Benghazi scandal, including Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes.

The discovery plan stems from a December, 2018 ruling by Judge Royce Lamberth ordering the State Department and DOJ to submit discovery in three areas.

Judge Lamberth called Hillary Clinton’s use of the private email server “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”

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Back in January we learn the breath-taking amount of info the Judge is allowing.

Via Judicial Watch:

Judicial Watch announced today that United States District Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that discovery can begin in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. Obama administration senior State Department officials, lawyers and Clinton aides will now be deposed under oath. Senior officials, including Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Jacob Sullivan, and FBI official E.W. Priestap, will now have to answer Judicial Watch’s written questions under oath.

The court rejected the DOJ and State Department’s objections to Judicial Watch’s court-ordered discovery plan. (The court, in ordering a discovery plan last month, ruled that the Clinton email system was “one of the gravest modern offenses to government transparency.”)

Judicial Watch’s discovery will seek answers to:

  • Whether Clinton intentionally attempted to evade the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by using a non-government email system;
  • whether the State Department’s efforts to settle this case beginning in late 2014 amounted to bad faith; and
  • whether the State Department adequately searched for records responsive to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request.

Discovery is scheduled to be completed within 120 days. The court will hold a post-discovery hearing to determine if Judicial Watch may also depose additional witnesses, including Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.

The Judicial Watch discovery plan was in response to a December 6, 2018, ruling by Judge Lamberth.

Incredibly, Justice Department attorneys admit in a filing opposing Judicial Watch’s limited discovery that “Counsel for State contacted the counsel of some third parties that Plaintiff originally included in its draft discovery proposal to obtain their client’s position on being deposed.”

This collusion occurred despite criticism from the Court that the DOJ engaged in “chicanery” to cover up misconduct and that career employees in the State and Justice Departments may have “colluded to scuttle public scrutiny of Clinton, skirt FOIA, and hoodwink this Court.”

The Judicial Watch piece is worth going over for the full read.

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A Federal Judge and a bizarre view of Justice for an American ISIS terrorist

 

 

Terrorist Khan and The Clown Judge

  by Mustang

 

Were the actions of an ISIS terrorist the actions of simply an immature youth’s exuberance – a “stupid thing” – which should have received the mercy from Judge Hughes? Or was it a major error?

Lynn Hughs

Judge Lynn Hughs

Prosecutors have appealed Judge Hughes’ sentence, arguing that the sentence imposed potentially have national security implications: there are more than 150 Moslem-Americans fighting for ISIS in Syria.  One-hundred more have been arrested before they were able to physically join the terrorist organization.

U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas, argued as much in a brief filed with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals last month, that “The district court’s error was not harmless. Indeed, the magnitude of its error was enormous.”

“The sentence,” the brief explained “… did not reflect the gravity of Khan’s conduct and would not sufficiently deter others from taking the first step along the path to radicalization. The sentence also results in unwarranted disparity with sentences of similarly situated defendants who have received far more serious sentences.”

A counter-brief by Khan and his attorney, David Adler, is expected sometime in the coming weeks.

Asher Abid Kjan
Source: Facebook

Five years ago, the FBI learned that a (then) 19-year old citizen had joined a terror group affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) while temporarily living with an uncle in Australia.

Asher Khan used Facebook to lavish praise on Jizb ut-Tahrir and stated that he joined the group so that he could die in service to Allah.  He not only communicated this to his readers at Facebook, he also served as active recruiter for ISIS.  Over the long-distance Internet, Khan recruited a high-school friend to join ISIS as well.

His friend was named Sixto Ramiro Garcia, who he had met at their Houston mosque.  Khan arranged to meet Sixto in Turkey; there, a guide would take them into Syria where they could achieve glory for the moon-god.

Khan and Garcia boarded planes; Khan from Australia, and Garcia from Houston.  But the FBI concocted a ruse to convince Khan to return to the United States.  Khan’s mother told him that she was dying in a hospital; he needed to come home.

He flew to Texas instead of Turkey and having arrived, wired his panicked friend in Turkey $300 and arranged through the internet to put Garcia in contact with the ISIS guide.  Sixto was killed a few months later, which, quite frankly, is a likely result of joining a terrorist group.

Khan, now in Texas, kept recruiting for ISIS —an activity that continued until his arrest by federal authorities in May 2015.  Khan was charged in federal court with violations of 18 USC 2339(a)(b), providing material support to terrorist organizations.  Notably, 2339(b) requires a longer prison sentence because, as in this case, “material support” resulted in the death of another person (Sixto Garcia).

In 2015, Federal prosecutors wanted Khan to remain behind bars awaiting trial, arguing that Khan is a threat to national security.  Judge Lynn Nettleton Hughes decided to impose house-arrest, instead.  Hughes then assailed prosecutors asking whether the government would have detained someone during the Cold War for joining the Community Party of East Germany.  It was a rhetorical question.

Nevertheless, East German Communists never threw a five-year-old child off a second-floor mezzanine at the Mall of America, either.  That aside, it was only after his bond hearing that Khan claimed to be a “changed man.”  He’s now a 24-year old engineering student at the University of Houston, which given Khan’s previous line of work, shouldn’t bring us a sense that all is well in the world.

Judge Hughes considered the facts of this case from the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas.  He sentenced Khan to 18-months in prison.  Prosecutors were asking for fifteen years.  Hughes, a Reagan appointee, scoffed at the arguments set forth by the prosecutors and expressed sympathy for Khan, a convicted terrorist.

The argument that Khan had anything to do with Garcia’s death is specious, he said.  “Given the right breaks, most young people —if you can get their attention and give them some guidance— will quit doing that particular stupid thing.”  Hughes dismissed out of hand the evidence presented by prosecutors that Khan continued to proselytize for ISIS after he returned to Texas.

What are these implications?  Oh, I don’t know.  Do we really want 150 combat-tested terrorists returning to the United States with their hatred of the American Republic and anyone connected with it?  Maybe what we need are stiff consequences for treasonous behavior.  Perhaps our judges ought to be able to make a distinction between that and stealing bb’s from a local toy store.

And there is another issue.  Khan told Judge Hughes he’d learned his lesson —easily said.  The fact is that terrorists, having committed themselves to that course, do not change their ways over time.  They don’t “age out” of their lust for barbarism.  Judge Hughes has access to this material, and he has no further to look than the tribunals at Guantanamo Bay.

Whether the 5th US Court of Appeals will increase Khan’s sentence is yet to be seen —but you know, that may not matter quite as much as the number of chowder heads at work within our federal government who, every single day, impose a clear and present danger to the Republic.

Neither does one require all of the details; no, they only need to take a cursory look around.  Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, Robert Mueller & Company, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Paige, Candice Will, Lynn Hughes … and too many others to mention.  One can even forget the characters; look instead at the number and scope of challenges to justice and sovereignty: an unprecedented number of illegal invasions along our southern border, a congress that refuses to act in the interests of the American people, and a media that aids and abets America’s enemies.

We don’t just need Donald Trump; we need another 49 just like him.  No one man can keep pace with the unrelenting power of this anti-American tidal wave that every second of every single day assaults our values and —worse, common sense.

Well, I suppose that when you think about it, common sense isn’t all that common in American today —not even on the federal bench.

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Sunday Respite – Fields of Fortune

 

For today’s Sunday Respite, I have chosen Secret Garden – Fields Of Fortune. It has exquisite photography best viewed in full screen or shoot it over to your smart T.V. Nature’s finest gifts to us.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

 

AZ Democrat: I Want My Generation to Kill Golf, ‘Self-Interested Parts of the Agriculture’ Industry

Something for a Saturday to remind us just how far left the left can go. I was looking forward  to sitting down and enjoying watching a round or two of golf on the golf channel this weekend.

Next weekend, Tiger Woods will be back at it, and we will see if he can do a repeat and continue his winning streak. I have many happy memories of a round of golf with my father on a Saturday. Enjoy it while you can.

Democratic state senator Juan Mendez (Ariz.) on Monday called for Arizona to adopt provisions of the Green New Deal because he wants to be “part of the generation that kills golf” and the “greedy parts of the agriculture business industry.”

Mendez participated in a press conference on “Earth Day” with Democrats and environmental activists, where he touted his support for the Green New Deal.

“I’d rather be part of the generation that kills golf and self-interested, greedy parts of the agriculture business industry than the one that killed the planet,” Mendez said. “I have no concern for just one industry’s future. I’m here to protect our shared future, and that does not have to include alfalfa just because it’s safe market choice and has high yields.”

The Green New Deal is a 14-page economic stimulus resolution that was released in February by self-described democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D., Mass.) that aims to fight income inequality and climate change. The American Action Forum study offered an estimate in February of the Green New Deal costing up to $94.4 trillion, or over $600,000 per household in the United States.

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Thanks and welcome readers from  Pirates Cove   for the link

 

Bag Man Biden’s first campaign stop at Comcast – collecting on merger of NBC?

 

I read that Biden last night was visiting his old friend at Comcast no doubt “collecting” his chits from the hey day of the merger of NBC and Comcast. You see, the Obama administration made NBC agree to become the radical news source that it is for the merger to occur. Now that we know what sticky fingers Biden has as a bag man with his nefarious business deals, it makes sense for Biden to make his first collection at Comcast- owner of NBC and MSNBC. No less the visit with the “diversity officer?” Now that is a real knee slapper. Hey, anyway, it’s always good to have a friend down D.C. way.

Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser at the home of an executive of Comcast, which owns NBC.

David Cohen, a senior executive vice president and the chief diversity officer for the company, will host a fundraiser at his Philadelphia home on Thursday, Common Dreams reports. The event will also include Democratic members of Congress and important donors.

Comcast owns NBCUniversal, which runs NBC, MSNBC, and other news networks.

Biden spoke with donors on Wednesday, according to Politico.

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Let’s step back in time, oh say around 2011. I’ll throw out some highlights.

Slowly, we are learning more about the merger of Comcast and NBC. Not that NBC could carry George Soros’s water any more than they do, but it is stunning that there is no shame.

The pending merger between NBC Universal and Comcast appears to have received Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s support because of the companies’ recent promises to the NAACP, Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, the National Urban League and several Hispanic and Asian civil rights organizations. The two media giants promised more “diversity” in new and existing programming, and in all levels of the company and they promised more minority characters in existing television programs and more new programs targeted at the specific racial minorities.

To get the civil rights groups on board with their merger, NBC Universal and Comcast worked out several Memorandums of Understanding, or written agreements, with the different groups, dividing them by race. The separate agreements included an Asian American Memorandum of Understanding, an African American Memorandum of Understanding and a Hispanic American Memorandum of Understanding.

Under the terms of the FCC order approving Comcast’s takeover of NBCU, at least half of NBC’s 10 O&Os have to find a nonprofit news center with which to work within the next year. The order cites the KNSD-VoiceOfSanDiego.org alliance as the model for what it would like to see in other NBC markets.

Proponents of the growing nonprofit news movement are hoping that NBC’s FCC-mandated efforts will bear fruit and encourage other commercial TV stations to seek out nonprofit partners.

There’s just one problem with this: Voice of San Diego is a member of INN (Investigative News Network) which is funded by the Open Society Institute, the URL of which is “www.soros.org.” Yes, these “non-profit” journalism centers are funded by George Soros.

Note “Open Society” circled. Click on image to enlarge.

Recall our earlier post: NBC-Comcast cave to FCC Diversity :

NBCU will strive to ensure the presentation of diverse viewpoints by seeking the expanded participation of minorities on its news and public affairs programming,” the companies promised in writing to black leaders. “To advance this goal, NBCU will consider suggestions from the African American Advisory Council of individuals who could be considered for such participation.”

“In addition, Comcast Cable is committed to launching a package of 40-60 Spanish-language channels in all of its major Latino markets, with a balanced mix of programming serving all demographics and strongly promoting a diversity of Latino voices,” the companies promised in writing to Hispanic leaders. “Comcast Cable also will more than double its 600 hours of Latino VOD content, continue to add SAP-enabled offerings, and offer thousands of choices within a few years.”

The media giants also agreed to allow black leaders to have influence over NBC’s news programming. In addition to programming “diversity,” the Comcast and NBC Universal Memorandums of Understanding with different race-specific civil rights groups promise “diversity” in company employment, in supplier and vendor procurement and in “philanthropy and community investment.

I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.

Federal Appeals Court Rules Marking Tires for Parking Enforcement Illegal

 

This has to be considered an interesting take on the fourth amendment. The days whereby the police could mark one’s tires to determine over staying in a parking spot appears to be over.

Of course a purpose of parking enforcement is to raise revenue. It is also to keep reasonable access to merchants and control traffic flow. Must we always be tweaking our amendments?

How is marking tires a search? The result of course will be the installation of meters, charging for parking, collecting the meter fees. All and all making life less pleasant.

Apparently our Firestones have more rights than we do…as my data is being sucked up as I type this. Of course the police can always get a FISA warrant now can’t they?

 

 

 

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Marking tires to enforce parking rules is like entering property without a search warrant, a federal court said Monday as it declared the practice unconstitutional in Michigan and three other states.

Alison Taylor had received more than a dozen $15 tickets for exceeding the two-hour parking limit in Saginaw. The city marks tires with chalk to keep track of how long a vehicle is parked. Her lawyer argued that a parking patrol officer violated the Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable searches.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court agreed.

The purpose of marking tires was to “raise revenue,” not to protect the public against a safety risk, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said.

“The city does not demonstrate, in law or logic, that the need to deter drivers from exceeding the time permitted for parking — before they have even done so — is sufficient to justify a warrantless search under the community caretaker rationale,” the court said.

[Taylor’s attorney, Philip Ellison ] argued that marking tires was similar to police secretly putting a GPS device on a vehicle without a proper warrant, which was the subject of a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Here is the opinion in the case

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Clinton was scrubbing emails since she was first lady. Meet Laura Callahan & Project X

 

FBI found Hillary Clinton’s emails in Obama White House, former top official says.

We learn this at the very same time she wants Trump impeachment efforts to continue.

A former top FBI official said a repository of Hillary Clinton’s emails was obtained by the Obama White House

As part of a court-ordered discovery related to Clinton’s unauthorized email server, Bill Priestap was asked by conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch to identify representatives of Clinton, her State Department staff, and government agencies from which “email repositories were obtained” by the FBI.

He divulged a nonexhaustive list, which included the Executive Office of the President.“This astonishing confirmation, made under oath by the FBI, shows that the Obama FBI had to go to President Obama’s White House office to find emails that Hillary Clinton tried to destroy or hide from the American people,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “No wonder Hillary Clinton has thus far skated — Barack Obama is implicated in her email scheme.”

Obama himself said he learned of Clinton’s private email server “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports,” during an interview with CBS News in 2015.

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Now that Hillary Clinton has chosen to rise publicly to the Trump impeachment howl with her reciting chapter and verse the prescribed litany of Trump’s “offenses” I couldn’t resist looking back at her earliest days of criminality. That being the use of one Laura Callahan that was a provable crime. Had she been stopped then, we would have spared ourselves a whole lot of pain.

When I first ran into and wrote a post back in 2011 concerning Ms Callahan, it made absolutely no sense why Ms Callahan was hired to the second top position in security. A person who had lied about her resume that indicated her educational achievement was no more than back dated diplomas from a diploma mill.

Not only that, but even when it was discovered, she kept moving up the swamp governmental ladder. Then the ah-ha moment. Now we know why. I will include the old post in its entirety. Obama hires a security risk for sensitive post 2011. Hint: Ex-Clinton staffer ‘lost’ thousands of White House e-mails, booted by DHS for faking credentials. (Laugh line here!)

Hillary Was Burying Emails Since She Was First Lady…

Via NY Post:

May 29, 2016

While the State Department’s own internal probe found former Secretary Hillary Clinton violated federal record keeping laws, it’s not the first time she and her top aides shielded her e-mail from public disclosure while serving in a government position.

As first lady, Hillary was embroiled in another scheme to bury sensitive WhiteHouse e-mails, known internally as “Project X.”

In 1999, as investigators looked into Whitewater, Travelgate, Filegate and other scandals involving the then-first lady, it was discovered that more than 1 million subpoenaed e-mails were mysteriously “lost” due to a “glitch” in a West Wing computer server.

The massive hole in White House archives covered a critical two-year period — 1996 to 1998 — when Republicans and special prosecutor Ken Starr were subpoenaing White House e-mails.

Despite separate congressional investigations and a federal lawsuit over ProjectX, high-level e-mails dealing with several scandals were never turned over. And the full scope of Bill and Hillary Clintons’ culpability in the parade of scandals was never known.

During the Project X email scandal, career White House staffers and contractors found that someone close to the first lady had basically turned off the White House’s automated email archiving system. They fingered White House “special assistant” Laura Crabtree Callahan, who was overseeing the computer contractors

To those well-versed in Clinton shenanigans, this all sounds distressingly familiar.

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Obama hires a security risk for sensitive post


Laura Crabtree Callahan testifying before the House Government Reform Committee in the Project X White House e-mail scandal investigation.

So who is minding the store? Anyone wonder why Laura was chosen? Anyone care? If she can get hired, anyone can apparently.

The administration in May quietly hired Laura Callahan for a sensitive post at the U.S. Cyber Command, a newly created agency set up to harden military networks as part of an effort to prevent a “cyberspace version of Pearl Harbor.”   I ask why do we need a new Department?

Ex-Clinton staffer ‘lost’ thousands of White House e-mails, booted by DHS for faking credentials

Former co-workers say they’re shocked that Callahan passed a security background check and landed another sensitive post inside the federal government.

“She’s a security risk,” said a government computer specialist. “I don’t know how she got clearance.”

“We’re fuming about it,” said another federal employee. “Knowing her, I don’t see how she could ever be 100-percent honest.”

An elite team of computer technicians assembled by the Obama administration to protect Pentagon networks from cyberattack shockingly includes a former Clinton official who “lost” thousands of archived emails under subpoena and who more recently left the Department of Homeland Security under an ethical cloud related to her qualifications, WND has learned.

Investigators found that Callahan paid a diploma mill thousands of dollars for her bachelors, masters and doctorate degrees in computer science. She back-dated the degrees, all obtained between 2000 and 2001, to appear as if she earned them in 1993, 1995 and 2000, respectively. She landed the job of deputy DHS chief information officer in 2003.

The Defense Department last week revealed it recently suffered a massive cyberattack, even as it announced a new strategy to actively combat online threats to national security.

Read more: Look who Obama’s hired for cybersecurity team World Net Daily

Just that vast Right Wing conspiracy don’t you know.

 

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