The Problem with Secret Courts


The Problem with Secret Courts    Guest post by Mustang

The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) is a federal court established by and authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.  Its role is to oversee requests for surveillance warrants against foreign spies operating inside the United States.  Agencies making requests for warrants include the National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  FISA was the brainchild of Senator Frank Church (D-ID).  Since its inception, more than 35,000 warrants have been issued to surveil suspects.

In 2013, the FISA Court issued a TOP SECRET order requiring Verizon to provide daily, on-going reports of call detail records, including those of domestic calls, to the National Security Agency.  The order was revealed to the American people by Edward Snowden, who is often reviled by politicians and intelligence agencies as a traitor to his country.

In 2016, U. S. District Judge Rudolph (Rudy) Contreras (an Obama appointee) was assigned to the FISA Court.  In November of that year, Judge Contreras took charge of the case against Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor to the President.  A two-page grand jury indictment was rendered in early December.  Judge Contreras accepted General Flynn’s guilty plea to one count of making a false statement to the FBI; the plea was part of a bargain with the Special Counsel Investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.  However, on 7 December, Judge Contreras suddenly recused himself from further hearings in the Flynn case.  The case was reassigned to U. S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan (a Clinton appointee).

Several days ago, The Federalist discovered the existence of text messages between two key federal law enforcement officials who conspired to meet with FISA Court Judge Rudy Contreras.  The two officials were DOJ attorney Lisa Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok.  The text messages were deliberately hidden from congress investigators.  In the text messages, Page and Strzok discussed Strzok’s personal friendship with Contreras and how the duo might use that relationship in ongoing counter-intelligence investigations.  The pair then began to conspire with one another to set up a cocktail party so that Contreras, Strzok, and Page could speak with one another without arousing suspicion that they were in fact colluding with one another.

While working as one of the FBI’s senior counter-intelligence officials, Strzok is reported to have taken part in the FBI interview with General Flynn on 24 January 2017.  Subsequently, Strzok left the FBI to join Mueller’s special counsel team, which obtained the indictment against Flynn.  Strzok was later removed from Mueller’s team due to inappropriate text messages between Strzok.  Now, of course, we have a reason to wonder if Contreras, Strzok, and Page have illegally conspired against General Flynn, and further, we ought to wonder about:

·       The clandestine meeting between Bill Clinton and (then) Attorney General Loretta Lynch;

·       The decision by former FBI Director James Comey not to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton in the mishandling of classified information—a determination made before the FBI interviewed Clinton;

·       The use of the thoroughly discredited Trump Dossier, paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, as prima facie evidence in securing a FISA warrant against the Trump Campaign and Trump’s business interests;

·       The lies told by Andrew McCabe to IG investigators surrounding his release (leaking) of classified information to liberal news sources

The American people will never have confidence in their government if its agencies do not work lawfully and transparently in the interests of the nation.  Moreover, the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires reasonable searches and seizures only upon issuance of a warrant judicially sanctioned by probable cause, supported by oaths or affirmations, which specifically describe the places to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

The question remains, given the foregoing, how can the people have confidence in FISA courts when all of its business is conducted in secret, when judges can order TOP SECRET warrants and orders, and when the American people have no protection from politicized courts or judges?

For additional information, see Mollie HemingwayChuck Ross, and Sara Carter.


Sunday Respite – Welcome to Spring


This week we celebrate on March 20 the Spring Equinox. For my Sunday Respite I chose “The Meaning of of the Spring Equinox.”  The notes say “An inspiring journey, set to beautiful music, into the history and current significance of the Spring Equinox”

I invite you to explore a relationship with the Christian tradition and many ancient and present religions, and their commonality. Among the Roman Catholic church and Protestant denominations, Easter Sunday falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after MARCH-20, the nominal date of the Spring Equinox.

I offer you this video when you have some time for self-reflection.

Belsebuub & Angela Pritchard from Belsebuub expand upon the symbolic and spiritual significance of this time.

“…Throughout the world, the spring equinox is a time of great confrontation between the forces of darkness and light, in the death and resurrection of the central deities of sacred teachings throughout the world.

“It symbolizes what an initiate goes through in a definitive and important stage of self-realization, where the struggle between darkness and light creates the opposition needed to attain immortality. This is symbolized by the dark half of the year on one side of the spring equinox sun, and the light half of the year on the other…


The Clintons AKA the Corrupters lure one Andrew McCabe into their lair


By now we all know that McCabe is out, and with it years of service down the tubes with his name ruined forever. That is what happens when one get’s mixed up with the Clintons. The Clintons give a siren call to others to join them in their corruption. McCabe is only the beginning. Before this is over, no doubt there will be dozens who were lured by the corrupters and if lucky will only lose their reputation if not spend years behind bars. I leave you with this for a Saturday’s contemplation.


NY Post:

Yet there’s another dimension to their chronic crookedness, and it gets insufficient attention even though it might be more important to the nation’s well-being.

“Wherever they go, whatever they do, ethics are trashed and suspicions of criminal conduct follow them like night follows day.”

It is that, in addition to being personally corrupt, the Clintons are corrupters. They are piggish users, with the people and institutions around them inevitably tarnished and sometimes destroyed even as the Clintons escape to their next scam.

The explosive result shows the Clintons haven’t lost their touch for leaving destruction and chaos in their wake. The remarkable events also serve as a clear reminder that while the Clintons enriched themselves over the years, they were helping to bankrupt the public trust in its government and institutions. And they won’t stop until they’re stopped

It’s who they are and it’s self-delusional to believe another stint in the White House would make the Clintons better people. Power exacerbates rather than cures an absence of integrity.


Hunter Biden inked a billion-dollar deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China just 10 days after the father and son flew to China in 2013.


The best way to money launder kick-backs apparently is to have the payments go through the children. If this story had been about one of Trump’s kids the howls out of the media would have been enormous. Look how far we got with Sander’s daughter? Chelsea? I won’t even attempt at that example. This isn’t the first we reported on dear Hunter: 

Bernie and Jane Sanders College corruption? Funneled daughter $500,000

Then we have this little number:

Investigators Probing Scheme Funneling Money From State To Kerry’s Muslim loving Daughter

but since we have Jeff Sessions as AG, no need for the swamp creatures to worry. Here we go:

The private equity firm of former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden inked a billion-dollar deal with a subsidiary of the Chinese government’s Bank of China just 10 days after the father and son flew to China in 2013.

The Biden bombshell is one of many revealed in a new investigative book Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart News Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer. Schweizer’s last book, Clinton Cash, sparked a FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.


Joe Biden has yet to comment on how the firm of a sitting vice president’s son was permitted to bag a billion-dollar deal with the Communist Chinese government—nor whether they had any knowledge or involvement in the deal. More at  Breitbart and how the scheme worked.


Cherokee Genealogist: Liz Warren’s Story About Parents Eloping Does Not Add Up


What I find most interesting about the Warren interest in her ancestry, is why now? As the saying goes, Someone was out to get her. This story has been bouncing around for a couple of years. Who is pulling the strings and getting the media to care? Whose road did Liz cross into to get this hit placed on her? But whatever, I’m game to join in the fun:

Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes debunked Warren’s claim in a 2016 blog unearthed by the Washington Times and found that there was no evidence Warren’s family had any Native American ancestry and that her parents had a typical wedding for the time period.

“The problem with Warren’s story is that none of the evidence supports it,” Barnes wrote. “Her genealogy shows no indication of Cherokee ancestry. Her parents’ wedding doesn’t resemble an elopement. And additional evidence doesn’t show any indication of her Herring grandparents being Indian haters.”

Barnes added that a prominent Methodist clergyman performed the wedding and that the wedding was publicized in a local newspaper in Wetumka, Oklahoma.

Despite the genealogist’s revelations, the progressive Massachusetts senator continues to tell people that she has Native American ancestry.

Warren’s campaign also claimed that the Massachusetts senator is Native American because her cousin Candy Rowsey edited a cookbook called Pow Wow Chow. A Boston talk radio show host found in 2012 that Warren plagiarized two recipes that she submitted to the cookbook. More at  Breitbart

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Hillary Clinton’s Magical Mystery Tour of India – Part II, What you may have missed


By now you no doubt have seen the clips of Hillary toppling down the stairs in India and probably the clip where she calls us “backwards.” In case you missed those: Hillary twice nearly falls on her rump after dissing Red State America

But this was a long interview and there were other splash hits of hers that are not getting the attention they deserve. So I am giving you two “extras.” If I find more clips I will add them. Until then, a post over at the Federalist covers the ground that gives the full details of the happening. Link at the bottom of the post:

During an event in Mumbai, India with Bollywood stars, Hillary Clinton was reportedly introduced as the “woman who should have been the president of the United States of America” and she told those gathered that America “did not deserve” President Trump.

She was asked if America deserved Trump after the event’s host remarked “it’s commonly said that countries deserve the governments they get.”

“Well, I would have to say no, we did not deserve that,” Clinton replied.



Clinton Blames Her Loss on White Women Listening to Their Husbands


Here is a good overview of the interview of her in as she spins her web of distortion and hate entitled

‘Backwards’: Hillary Clinton Apparently Still Has No Clue Why She Lost

Her condescending words targeted voters in states that twice voted for Obama, and show she still doesn’t understand why Americans didn’t vote for her at  The Federalist :
Clinton compared herself to the mother of the country, trying to enforce something wholesome that the children aren’t fond of. She said, “She ran the presidential campaign like a mother who was telling the kids to eat spinach because it was good for health while the other guy was asking them to go eat fast food and have ice-cream,” India Today reported. Clinton may not have realized it, but this also sheds a lot of light on how she sees the average American. She views them as short-sighted, more interested in junk than substance, and in her words, they’re “backwards.”

Hillary twice nearly falls on her rump after dissing Red State America

I am posting this just for good fun after she smacked around Red State Americans and the USA in India.

Bet this gets a lot more hits then the hours I spent on yesterday’s post.

U.S. already imposes over 12,000 tariffs on imports.

So, no one cares. It was a nothing burger and was a dud. So here is Hillary.


Hillary Clinton say states Trump won are BACKWARDS, RACIST & SEXIST


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