The FBI “stacks of cash” sting of George Papadopoulos.

 

I sure wish that Saint Comey was asked about this little number last night on CNN. One incredible story that should not shock us at this point. Keep in mind, this poor fellow spent 10 days in jail thanks to Mueller and his henchman when they had to know they had set him up. Welcome to the deep state. Follow the marked bills please. Another “Fast and Furious.” Here is an interview not to be missed.

Toensing, an attorney who partners with her husband at the Washington DC law firm diGenova & Toensing, accused the FBI of trying to frame Papadopoulos with a suitcase full of cash in the summer of 2017.

According to Attorney Toensing, Papadopoulos was vacationing with his then-fiance, Simona Mangiante, in Greece when he was approached by someone who was supposedly impressed with his credentials, and said he wanted to do business with him. The individual allegedly talked the then-29-year-old into traveling to Israel to make a deal, and invited him to his hotel room.

“And there on the bed, is $10,000 in cash in a suitcase,” she continued. Papadopoulos took the money and gave it to his lawyer, who has it still.

Toensing said when Papadopoulos returned to the United States, he was greeted by FBI agents at Dulles Airport and they started searching through everything that he had “the second he landed.”

“It was a set up!” exclaimed Gorka.

“It was a complete set up,” agreed Toensing.

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The FBI “stacks of cash” sting of George Papadopoulos. Joe DiGenova and Victoria Toensing

 

 

 

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Peter Strzok is Facing Serious Charges

 

Strzok Facing Serious Charges

by Mustang

Peter Strzok

At least, this is what Sara Carter is telling us on her news blog. Under the microscope is Strzok’s behavior in the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to send classified e-mails and the counter-intelligence investigation into President Trump’s political campaign.

Apparently, this new concern comes from an investigation by DOJ Inspector general Michael Horowitz, which alleges malfeasance by FBI and DOJ officials who were involved in the Russia-Russia-Russia probe. When will we know for sure? Maybe by the last of June. The wheels of justice are slow (and hopefully, deliberately thorough).

I’m not holding my breath. An investigation is generally started whenever there is probable cause to open one—but “probable cause” is an extremely low bar. Here is the legal definition and explanation:

Probable Cause are facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused or suspected person has committed a crime and that such facts suggest that the accused warrants further investigation or prosecution.

Reasonable belief must be based on easily articulated and sufficiently available facts that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the accusations or chargers are true. In criminal law, probable cause is used as a basis for searching and seizing evidence of wrongdoing and the arrest of persons and depriving them of their civil liberty. In the absence of probable cause, then any seizure of material or arrest of persons may later be regarded as malicious prosecution.

So according to Carter, the current inquiry goes to the issue of what Strzok knew and how he knew it. If the basis for opening a criminal or counter-intelligence investigation was the Steele Dossier, and if Strzok knew that the dossier was manufactured by the Clinton Campaign, and knowing this, proceeded anyway, then I would say that Strzok could be in trouble. According to Carter’s source:

“There are a number of individuals who are looking at Peter Strzok’s actions and inactions and how those actions affected both of the investigations he was involved in,” said a U.S. official, with knowledge. “Further evaluation of what Peter Strzok did or did not do needs to be evaluated thoroughly.”

I remain skeptical. We have now witnessed several years of investigations by congressional committees. These are political, not criminal inquiries. I’m not sure “we the people” benefit from this overload of information. Nevertheless, as I previously said, the wheels of justice are slow. Thanks to the Democratic Party, the RINO-wing of the GOP, and operatives like George Soros, most Americans no longer have confidence in our most important institutions.

It is heartening to see that finally, there are demonstrations that America’s laws do apply to everyone. Attorney General William Barr is a careful and deliberate man and I do have confidence that he will make an in-depth inquiry into US spying against an American presidential candidate. Still, even with that said, Hillary Clinton has not been fitted for an orange jumpsuit and she, after all, was behind this entire affair.

In this sense, Strzok was a useful idiot and more than likely, “small potatoes” in the overall scheme of things. If he did bad things for political purposes, then he must answer for it. My problem is one of confidence. Whatever does happen to Strzok may very well depend on whether he ends up standing before an impartial judge, or another Obama hack.

 

Mustang has other great reads over at his two blogs – Thoughts from Afar

with Old West Tales and Fix Bayonets

Thanks to WhatFingerNews for the coverage! A great site for all the news.

DEA spied and collected data on those who bought money-counting machines

 

 

By now, most of us probably are aware of the massive amounts of data collected on each and every one of us and is maintained out at the “Utah Data Center” aka NSA Spy Center. Add this gem to the collection pile. I for one want to know more about these “blanket administrative subpoenas” that are being used that I keep hearing about. Easy to pass this off as a “who cares.” Money counting machines you say?  But it is the arrogance of our government that should be chilling.The government is collecting anything and everything. How much more that we don’t know about?

The Drug Enforcement Administration maintained a database of people who purchased money-counting machines as part of a “legally questionable” effort to identify suspected drug dealers for further surveillance and enforcement efforts, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

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Beginning in 2008, the DEA began issuing “blanket administrative subpoenas to vendors to learn who was buying money counters,” all of which had “no court oversight and were not pegged to any particular investigation.” They then assembled a database of “tens of thousands” of individuals who had purchased the devices, using the information as leads in investigations.

Before we get to the meat of this abuse, let’s take a refresher as to why we should care and why this must be stopped.

 

NSA Utah spy center revealed – 100 years of total data stored

Filmed from Redwood Road, you can see the progress of the NSA’s Utah Data Center as it was being built also called the NSA Spy Center. There are quotes from various individuals who are knowledgeable or have worked for the NSA.

 

 

 

Back to the story:

The public version of the report, which noted that the program might not be legal, was heavily redacted as part of a DEA-inspector general joint process. But the Times wrote that due to a mistake, the inspector general failed to redact a section where it was mentioned that the DEA was not mentioning where their leads were coming from in case files:

Human Rights Watch researcher Sarah St. Vincent, who first flagged the redaction mistake, noted a 2008 email in which a DEA official wrote, “Unless a federal court tells us we can’t do this, I think we can continue this project.” Vincent told the Times that was curious, as the secrecy of the program precluded any judicial review. She also noted that it appeared to be an example of parallel construction, in which investigators attempt to conceal how a particular investigation began to avoid scrutiny in court.

According to the Times report, the DEA program was one of those shut down after Snowden leaked a massive archive of U.S. government secrets, including the existence of an NSA program to collect bulk metadata on Americans’ domestic phone calls; that program was later declared illegal by courts and replaced by Congress with a scaled-down program. (That successor program itself may be on the way out.) The controversy surrounding bulk records collection programs appears to have spooked the DEA.

Another DEA program “that used administrative subpoenas to collect bulk logs of outgoing international phone calls from the United States to countries linked to drug trafficking” was shut down in 2013, the same year as FBI agents raised their suspicions about the money-counter sales records program and it was discontinued, the Times wrote. According to the Washington Post, the inspector general report “came as close as it could to” declare the phone-data operation illegal.

The collection of the outbound international calls was “not connected to specific investigations or specific individuals under investigation” as would be necessary to justify it under law, Deputy Inspector General Bill Blier said in a statement. “This use of the subpoena authority conflicts with court decisions stating that a federal agency’s issuance of administrative subpoenas must be for records relevant or material to a specific investigation.”

More at  Gizmodo

Below, William Binney describes in detail how the whole system works.

NSA Utah Spy Center Holds Ribbon Cutting ceremony -Videos

 

 

Bonus;

NSA collecting phone records of millions – sent to secret Utah Spy Center?

Thanks to WhatFingerNews for the coverage

 

Arizona bill forces people to submit DNA

 

It’s Friday. So let’s take a look and see how our police state is coming along. The news from Arizona caught my eye, so let’s do a medley of news from “the front” with some flashbacks.

For those sucking up the Socialist kool-aid, there will be lots more of this coming to your town soon.

Arizona: Bonus: You have to pay the $250 buckeroos for it.

New legislation working its way through the Arizona Senate would establish one of the country’s first statewide DNA databases in which wide swaths of residents would be forced to give up their genetic material.

The DNA database would be maintained by the Department of Public Safety, which would include a person’s name, social security number, date of birth and last known address – and could be accessed and used by law enforcement for investigations. The database can also be shared with other government agencies across the country for the purposes for “employment, licensing, death registration, missing persons identification,” and IDing people using aliases or multiple identities, reports AZ Central.

No other state has anything this expansive in place, according to David Kaye, an associate dean for research at Penn State University who studies genetics and its application in law.

Kaye said the proposed bill is one step away from requiring DNA from anyone who wants a driver’s license. –AZ Central

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Arizona wants some DNA, but the FBI wants all of it

While Arizona’s bill collects DNA from certain categories of individuals – and eventually everyone once they’re dead, the FBI is creating a “nation of suspects” according to a US think tank, as they seek to collect every single American’s DNA for a massive database signed into law in 2017 by President Trump which comes into effect this year.

The Rapid DNA Act allows police to routinely collect DNA samples from anyone they’ve arrested, but before they’ve been convicted of a crime. The 2017 law requires several states to connect Rapid DNA machines to the “Codis,” the FBI’s national DNA database.

Approximately the size of a desktop printer, use of the Rapid DNA machines made by Thermo Fisher Scientific and others, are “expected to become as routine a process as taking fingerprints,” according to the Daily Star.

But John W. Whitehead from The Rutherford Institute believes it is a sinister development which will make everyone a suspect.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, he said: “The fact of the matter is that these machines are not full-proof.“But we could look at a situation in which someone could be arrested, have their mouth swabbed and then be charged within hours after generating a DNA profile.“We are looking at the erosion of the concept of innocent before proven guilty because it will allow police to go on fishing expeditions. –Daily Star

More at  Zero Hedge

 

Meanwhile Phones are making Minority Report’s Precrime a reality – and other things we’ve learned.

Phillip K Dick predicted it, Steven Spielberg committed it to film and FOX is about to bring it to TV – but it looks like Precrime is already becoming a reality.

We’ve been reading through a new report released by EPJ Data Science called “a survey of results on mobile phone datasets analysis” which looks at what 15 years of mobile data has taught us.

For example, a study published by Bogomolov et al has used mobile phone traces to try to predict whether a certain area would become a crime hotspot within the next month. The study used the estimated number of people in each area, the age, gender as well as work, home and visitor group splits. All of the information was directly gained from mobile phone data.

That information was then pushed through the system and it found they could predict whether a certain area would be the scene of a crime in the next month with an accuracy of 70%.

In a separate study Bogomolov et al set out to find out if mobile phones could predict a person’s daily stress levels from non-invasive sensors, as well as mobile data.

Only using one lot of data provided a poor result but if the data was combined with personality traits and knowledge of the weather conditions they found a 72% accuracy in predicted whether people were stressed. Full story over at Tech Data

Here is a home grown movie ad, inserting facts with the regular ad for Minority Report

 

 

Nestled in President Obama’s stirring speech reasserting America’s commitment to the Rule of Law was a stunning announcement of a plan for a new legal construct justifying the “prolonged detention” of people we think might misbehave in the future.

This is the change Obama promised. Swathes of the discontent rounded up and imprisoned indefinitely. The persecution of the witches was nothing to what the schemers pulling his strings have laid plans for.

From

Senate Intelligence Authorization Act, Would Allow Arrest of Journalists, Anti-war Activists, Academics and Students

Let’s add this final memory from my way back machine not so long ago:

Meet ‘Sensitivity Readers’ looking for thought crimes prior to publication

…Censors who study manuscripts for thought crimes so that books can be revised or rejected prior to publication are called “sensitivity readers.” The Chicago Tribune approvingly defines a sensitivity reader as “a person who, for a nominal fee, will scan the book for racist, sexist or otherwise offensive content.”

“The industry recognizes this is a real concern,” said Cheryl Klein, a children’s and young adult book editor and author of “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults.” Klein, who works at the publisher Lee & Low, said that she has seen the casual use of specialized readers for many years but that the process has become more standardized and more of a priority, especially in books for young readers.

Rigid control of what young people read is a higher priority, because their opinions are more malleable, still being in the process of forming.

Sensitivity readers have emerged in a climate – fueled in part by social media – in which writers are under increased scrutiny for their portrayals of people from marginalized [i.e., politically favored] groups, especially when the author is not a part of that group.

If you portray characters in any light that could possibly be construed as reflecting negatively on a politically preferred group like blacks, you are a racist thought criminal; good luck getting published. Avoiding this problem by ignoring blacks is exclusionary and therefore also racist. The only course of action that is not racist is to crowd your work with cartoonishly correct black characters who have been explicitly approved by the thought police. If you do that you are not racist; you are a cultural expropriator. More at Moonbattery

Democrats don’t want ICE notified when illegals try and buy a gun

 

Oh this should work out swell. Not enough that it’s open border time. Let’s be sure and give them a bonus card for being too stupid to try and sign up for a gun. By the way, I wonder just why our newly minted illegals would want a gun? Any ideas folks?

 

As the debate over illegal immigration continues to rage, Democrats continue to prove they are proponents of open borders and lawlessness.

The latest example comes from Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, who is berating Democrats for protecting illegal aliens who attempt to purchase firearms and fail a background check.

From Gaetz Tweet:

Democrats in the Judiciary Committee just voted against notifying ICE when an illegal alien fails a background check to buy a gun. They hate ICE so much that they’d keep ICE in the dark when illegals try to get guns!

 

Town Hall

The FBI this year has barred a record number of cases of illegal immigrants from buying guns, according to a new report of background checks.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System listed 7,836,600 “illegal/unlawful alien” as of 2018.

That number has been increasing in recent years.

Illegal immigrants rank at the top of those on the FBI’s “prohibited category.”

Comey is the Cornered Rat not Trump

 

Alice in Wonderland

Did I take the Red Pill or the Blue Pill? Frankly by now I cannot remember. All I know is that somehow I slid down the rabbit hole and like Alice I know not where I am.

This after a weekend of bizarre interviews with Trump opponents claiming they had their very fingers on his jugular.

Bernstein claims that Trump the rat is cornered? Impeachment soon. Going to Prison. On and on.

Comey: “Former FBI Director James Comey asks American voters to end Donald Trump’s presidency with a “landslide” victory for his opponent in 2020.”

 

The Truth? They are the ones trapped. They know it. They are fighting for their very existence because given enough time, Trump can become the vicious dog who corners his prey.

See, two can play this game.

Comey has much to fear. Comey may fear for his brother as well.

Recall the Clinton Foundation whistleblower?

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Raids Home Of Whistleblower On Clinton …

here

Why the raid? Because the FBI is sweating bullets to learn what the whistleblower turned over to congress. They knew he had whistleblower status and should not have been touched. They knew he had an attorney that they should have contacted, not him. But they did it anyway. Thats what cornered dogs do.

But more importantly

CLINTON NIGHTMARE! Chief Financial Officer of Clinton Foundation …

Clinton Foundation CFO Who ‘Knows Where the Bodies Are Buried …

Western Journal

That’s because in one the documents being presented to the subcommittee will be comments from the Clinton Foundation’s longtime chief financial officer, Andrew Kessel.

According to The Hill’s John Solomon, Kessel is quoted as saying he was “unable to stop former President Clinton from ‘commingling’ personal business and charitable activities inside the foundation and that he ‘knows where all the bodies are buried.’”

Comey’s Brother?

Additionally, Peter Comey, James’ brother, serves as “Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas” for DLA Piper, according to the report.

DLA Piper is number five on Hillary Clinton’s all-time career Top Contributors list. DLA also performed an independent audit of The Clinton Foundation in November.

DLA Piper also does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes. That’s right. In fact, when the Clinton Foundation scandal broke, it was DLA Piper that performed the 2015 audit on the Foundation, which was supposed to be an independent audit for the appearance of propriety.

Clinton Foundation tax forms reveal millions in unreported donations.

An examination of the charity’s tax forms by reporters earlier this year prompted Clinton Foundation officials to undertake an “exhaustive review” of past returns, which uncovered “several additional errors,” according to foundation president Donna Shalala.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012, for example, the Clinton Foundation did not list any government grants.

Back to Comey

 

A review of FBI Director James Comey’s professional history and relationships shows that the Obama cabinet leader — now under fire for his handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton — is deeply entrenched in the big-money cronyism culture of Washington, D.C. His personal and professional relationships — all undisclosed as he announced the Bureau would not prosecute Clinton — reinforce bipartisan concerns that he may have politicized the criminal probe.

These concerns focus on millions of dollars that Comey accepted from a Clinton Foundation defense contractor, Comey’s former membership on a Clinton Foundation corporate partner’s board, and his surprising financial relationship with his brother Peter Comey, who works at the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.

In the report, Comey is noted as receiving $6 million in one year alone from Lockheed Martin, who is a Clinton Foundation donor, and became a donor in the same year Comey received those funds.

Haven’t had enough yet?

Additionally, Mr. Comey became a board member, a director, and a Financial System Vulnerabilities Committee member of the London bank HSBC Holdings in 2013. HSBC has also partnered with The Clinton Foundation, where records indicate that the bank projected $1 billion in financing through the Clinton Foundation for “retrofitting” 1,500 to 2,000 housing units to conserve energy.

Remember, Peter Comey,  James’ brother, serves as “Senior Director of Real Estate Operations for the Americas” for DLA Piper, according to the report.

H/T:Washington Standard

Just remember earlier B-ville post:

Twenty Million Americans spied on, unmasked, and Comey’s coverup?

and finally, most importantly. The Clinton Foundation is simply a shell game,

For Hillary, charity begins at home. Little reported with the Friday dump of her tax returns is the fact that $14 million of her “charity” went to her own foundation. So a tax break for herself. Actually, our little contribution to her corruption machine. It took me to go to the Indian Express to find this gem.

Indian Express:

The Clintons donated nearly 11 percent of their income to charity in 2014, according to her tax return. This year, the Clintons boosted personal donations to their global family charity, the Clinton Foundation, to between $5 million and $10 million.

Now the laugh line:

Clinton Foundation placed on charity ‘Watch list’

What I find amazing is the media’s refusal to cover the fact that the Clinton Foundation gives out only about 15 percent of its “donations” for grants. We keep hearing about all of the “good works” that they do, but compared to its revenue, it is nothing but a money beast that enriches and corrupts others. So here we go:

Last month, the website The Federalist looked at the Clinton Foundation’s IRS filings for the period between 2008 and 2012. According to its analysis, only 15 percent of the $500 million raised during that span when towards grants for other organizations.

Nearly $110 million was paid out in the form of salaries and benefits while $25 million went towards travel expenses. Almost 60 percent of the organization’s disclosed revenue — or $290 million — was listed under the category of “other expenses.”

The Clinton Foundation has joined Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network on a list of naughty nonprofits maintained by Charity Navigator, a prominent charity monitor.

The Clinton Foundation was put on Charity Navigator’s “watch list” last month,The New York Post reported on Sunday.

Charity Navigator created a watch list last year to include any charity that does not “meet our criteria.” Organizations are placed on the list when Charity Navigator becomes “aware of conduct that may affect a donor’s decision to support that charity.” (Think Haiti as their one charitable cause that enriched Hillary’s brother.)

The Comey Fiasco

 

 

The Comey Fiasco

by Mustang

How to win leftist friends without really trying

I’ve been trying to figure out James Comey, 7th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  According to my understanding, Mr. Comey was, for most of his adult life, a registered Republican.  That changed in 2016 when he stated that politically, he is unaffiliated.

 

So, what happened in 2016?  In the news …

*Bernie Sanders was utterly destroyed by Hillary Clinton, after which she handily won the Democratic nomination for the presidency.

*Hillary Clinton seized the Democratic National Convention, and then drove that organization toward bankruptcy from such shenanigans as paying for a fake Dossier on Donald J. Trump, which from all accounts, cost the DNC millions of dollars.

*Black Lives Matter made it in to the political mainstream, which clearly must stand out as one of Barack Obama’s principal achievements.

*Elizabeth Warren challenged anyone to prove that she’s not a Native American.  If she is, then she must be one of the richest Indians on the continent.  Her Middlesex County wigwam cost multi-millions of wampum.  Later testing revealed that she’s actually 1/1,024th part Native American.  In making her claim, no one is quite sure which part she’s talking about.

*Bill Clinton met surreptitiously with Loretta Lynch, who was then serving as Attorney General of the United States.  As Attorney General, Lynch was Comey’s boss.

*Not long afterward, James Comey announced that he would not seek an indictment of Hillary Clinton over the now infamous email controversy.

*Four weeks before the 2016 general election, Comey drafted a letter exonerating Clinton for any wrong doing.

*Two weeks before the election, Comey stated that he would re-open the Clinton investigation.  Democrats claimed that Comey sabotaged Clinton’s chance of winning the election.

*Donald J. Trump surprised everyone by winning the general election and Hillary Clinton started hating Trump even more than she did before then —which, when you think about it, is an awful lot of hate for one person.

Of course, we can only guess about what was really going on.  Comey, a long-time Republican, suddenly unaffiliated, refused to ask for an indictment of Clinton in the face of overwhelming evidence that she willfully and intentionally violated federal law respecting the safeguarding of classified information.  This was after Bill’s meeting with Loretta.  Then, Comey did a 180 and “re-opened” the investigation.

Here’s my guess: Barack Obama did not want Clinton to succeed him.  Why? Because George Soros didn’t want Clinton to succeed Obama.  A republican in the White House for four years gives Georgie four years to look around for another Manchurian candidate.

What has Soros to do with Comey?  As my friend at Bunkerville keep’s reminding me, if you ever want to find the truth, follow the money.  I would like to know if Comey has an off-shore bank account and whether a very large sum of money was ever deposited there … oh, say, between two and four weeks before the general election.

 

Getting back to the Clinton email snafu, I heard today that a federal judge has ruled that Mrs. Clinton must answer questions under oath during a further inquiry into the events of the email escapade.  I presume that Judge Royce C. Lamberth will schedule a judicial hearing in the not-too-distance future.  If true, then 2019 should turn out to be a very happy new year for conservatives.  Removing this case from the halls of Congress to a federal courtroom seems like the right thing to do.

If there are any competing theories out there?  I’d love to hear them.  I love conspiracy theories.  There are so many possibilities about how this affair will turn out, and so little time.

 

(For those interested in Comey’s testimony on Friday the link is below)

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