"While it is extremely disconcerting that the government willfully concealed the existence of their financial relationship with Steele, a foreign national, what is more troubling is the fact that the government used tax payer dollars to do so. In other words, every single American who did not vote for Hillary Clinton, whether they voted for Trump or a third party candidate or did not vote at all – were forced to finance the Clinton campaign-funded opposition research....The public’s tax dollars were spent on creating fake “evidence” to tie Trump with Russia, a false narrative that put the planet at heightened risk for nuclear war, for the sake of the Clinton’s hurt feelings. Why the media refuses to mention or cover this fact, this author does not know. But this is an extremely important fact that every American, whether left, right, up, down, should remember, as it is the perfect example of the corruption which exists within our tax payer-funded institutions, which we are told to have nothing but the utmost respect for."..."The results amounted to a repudiation, not only of Mrs. Clinton, but of President Obama, whose legacy is suddenly imperiled." NY Times, 11/9/2016
2/4/18, "Nunes Memo Details Weaponization of FISA Court for Political Advantage," Disobedient Media, Kenneth Whittle
"On Friday, the much anticipated “Nunes Memo” was finally released to the general public. Disobedient Media
previously reported on the push to prevent the memo from being
released. While there is much contained in the four pages, the most
glaring issue contained in the memo is the FBI’s willful concealment of
pertinent details of which they were required by law to turn over to the
FISA court when seeking the initial surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former volunteer foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign.
According to the memo, former director James Comey signed three FISA
applications on behalf of the FBI. Additionally, Deputy Director Andrew
McCabe, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Deputy
Attorney General Dana Boente, and acting Deputy Attorney General Rod
Rosenstein, each signed one or more applications on behalf of the DOJ.
Under 50 U.S.C. § 1805(d)(1),
a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the Foreign
Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) every 90 days. In order to
protect the rights of Americans, each subsequent renewal requires a
separate finding of probable cause. This means that the in order to be
granted a renewal, the government is required to produce all material
and relevant facts to the court, including any information which may be
potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application.
On four separate occasions the Obama administration essentially
claimed before the FISA court that Page had betrayed his country by
working for a hostile foreign nation, and therefore it was necessary
that the government violate his Fourth Amendment rights."...
[Ed. note: FISA warrant was in effect for almost a year beginning Oct. 21, 2016 through Oct. 2017. Initial warrant was renewed 3 times. Two were signed after Obama left office. Total of 4 warrants at 90 days each. "Former FBI director James Comey signed one of the three renewal
applications on behalf of the FBI, and McCabe signed one. Then-Deputy
Attorney General Sally Yates, then-acting-DAG Dana Beonte, and DAG Rod
Rosenstein each signed at least one or more of these renewal
applications on behalf of the DOJ."]
(continuing): "However, in
this case, the government purposely withheld relevant information from
the government not once, but four separate times.
According to the memo, at no time during the initial application
process for the warrant to surveil Page, or in any of the three renewals
of that application, did the government disclose to the FISA Court the
nature of their relationship with Christopher Steele, his relationship
with the Democratic National Committee (DNC), or his relationship with
the Clinton campaign. Instead, the memo simply, yet vaguely states that,
“Steele was working for a named U.S. person.”
Instead, the government purposefully withheld information from the
court that the “dossier” compiled by Steele was done so on behalf of the
DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was further withheld from the
court that the DNC had paid Steele over $160,000 for his work in
compiling this “dossier”, and that the money was funneled
to Steele through the law firm Perkins Coie, which represents both the
Hillary Clinton campaign as well as the DNC in legal matters. According
to the National Review, the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid at least $9.1 million to Perkins Coie from mid-2015 to late 2016.
The government further held from the court the fact that the FBI had authorized payments to Steele. According to the New York Post, in October 2016 the FBI contracted to pay Steele $50,000 to “help corroborate the dirt on Trump.”
In March of 2017, CNN also reported that the FBI had entered into an arrangement with Steele, whereby they agreed to cover all of his expenses.
While it is extremely disconcerting that the government willfully
concealed the existence of their financial relationship with Steele, a
foreign national, what is more troubling is the fact that the government
used tax payer dollars to do so. In other words, every single American
who did not vote for Hillary Clinton, whether they voted for Trump or a
third party candidate or did not vote at all – were forced to finance
the Clinton campaign-funded opposition research.
In other words, the public's tax dollars were spent on creating fake "evidence" to tie Trump with Russia, a false narrative that put the
planet at heightened risk for nuclear war, for the sake of the Clinton’s
Why the media refuses to mention or cover this fact, this author does
not know. But this is an extremely important fact that every American,
whether left, right, up, down, should remember, as it is the perfect
example of the corruption which exists within our tax payer-funded institutions, which we are told to have nothing but the utmost respect for.
According to the memo, in an effort to corroborate Steele’s dossier, the FBI extensively cited a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, titled “U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin”,
which focuses on (Carter) Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. However, when
presenting this article to the court the FBI falsely assessed that
Steele did not provide this information directly to Isikoff. Meaning
that the FBI was aware that the article they presented to the court was
not corroborating evidence from a separate source, because the
information in the article was provided to Isikoff by Steele himself. In fact, as the memo points out, Steele himself has stated in British
court filings that in September 2016 he met with Yahoo News, as well as several other outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker.
What’s more, in an article
published on January 12, 2017, Isikoff reports on a story by the Wall
Street Journal in which Christopher Steele is identified as the author
[compiler] of the infamous dossier, and even notes that Steele was an “FBI asset”.
However, what is most striking about this article is the fact that
despite receiving the information which served as the basis for his own
article in September, Isikoff pretends to have not known that Steele was
the source of the dossier."...
[Ed. note: "Isikoff was shocked, he said, because his very article was based on
information that came from Christopher Steele, the former British spy
who wrote the dossier. He said it was “a bit beyond me” that the FBI
would use his article in the FISA application. “Obviously the information that I got from Christopher Steele was
information the FBI already had,” he said, noting that Steele began
sharing information from his dossier in July 2016. Isikoff acknowledged the potential problem with the DOJ and FBI citing his article to support the FISA against Page. “It’s self-referential,” he said of the article and its reliance on the dossier. “My story is about the FBI’s own investigation,” he continued. “So it seems a little odd that they would be citing the Yahoo! News
story about the matter that they are investigating themselves based on
the same material that had been separately presented to the FBI before I
was ever briefed by Christopher Steele.” The Republican spy memo makes a similar argument. “This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is
derived from the information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo! News,”
it reads. It also asserts that the Page FISA application “incorrectly assesses” that Steele was not a source for Isikoff....An FBI unit
that tried to verify Steele’s research had determined that it was only
“minimally corroborated” at the time the FISA warrant was granted....Isikoff said that he wonders whether the Republican memo accurately
characterized the FISA application or whether the FBI/DOJ were trying to
“dress up” the document. The latter scenario would be “embarrassing”
for U.S. officials, he said. Isikoff’s article was not considered a bombshell when it was
published, though the Clinton campaign did tout it in a press release.
The report did not initially gain much traction on cable news or with
other major outlets, but it has picked up attention over the past year."...2/2/18, Daily Caller
(continuing): "Even more interesting is the close relationship Isikoff had with the
DNC during the 2016 Presidential election. According to an email from
the DNC released by by Wikileaks,
Isikoff attended the “Open World Society’s forum” as the guest of DNC
official and Ali Chalupa.
In the email, Chalupa states that she was invited
to the forum to speak specifically about Paul Manafort, the former
campaign manager for Donald Trump. Chalupa goes on to state that she has been working with Isikoff for the past few weeks and that at the event, she was able to get him “connected him to the Ukrainians.”
“I invited Michael Isikoff whom I’ve been working with
for the past few weeks and connected him to the Ukrainians. More offline
tomorrow since there is a big Trump component you and Lauren need to be
aware of that will hit in next few weeks and something I’m working on
you should be aware of.”
According to the memo, Steele’s relationship with the FBI as a source
continued until late October 2016, when he was terminated for what the
FBI defines as the most serious violations, “an unauthorized disclosure
to the media of his relationship with the FBI”. This unauthorized
disclosure occurred in an October 30, 2016, Mother Jones article by David Corn, the reporter who broke the infamous Mitt Romney “47 Percent” story.
Again, the FBI did not notify the court that Steele was leaking
information to media outlets, or that he was terminated by the FBI after
doing so for the second time.
Before and after his termination, Steele maintained contact with
then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, whose wife, Nellie
Ohr, was employed by Fusion GPS. Ohr would later tell the FBI in an
interview in September 2016, that Steele had stated that he, “was
desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him
not being president.”
Lastly, the memo also reveals that the Steele dossier was so crucial
to the investigation, that Deputy Director McCabe testified in December
2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC
without the Steele dossier information. This admission by the former
Deputy Director is damning, as it proves that, if it were not for the
Clinton campaign and DNC funded dossier created by a foreign national,
there would have been no surveillance of (Carter) Page, and ultimately there
would have never been a special counsel appointed.
At the end of the day, every American, regardless of their position
on the political spectrum, should be worried about the fact that the FBI
and DOJ sought and were granted a warrant to spy on an opposing
political campaign based on a document that the FBI itself had neither
verified or corroborated. If the FISA court does in fact employ strict
“safeguards” and procedures in order to ensure that the rights of
American citizens are not being systematically violated, how is it that the FBI and DOJ were able to obtain a surveillance warrant based on
unverified allegations? And why did Congress overwhelmingly vote to reauthorize Section 702?"
Added: More on Ms. Ali Chalupa: "One of the key media sources who
blamed the DNC hacks on Russia, ramping up fears of crypto-Putinist
infiltration, is a Ukrainian-American lobbyist working for the DNC." Detail: There can be no removal of Putin by force as Ms. Chalupa et al. desire unless US taxpayers are forced to pay for it.
12/7/2016, "The Anonymous Blacklist Promoted by the Washington Post Has Apparent Ties to Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying," AlterNet, Mark Ames
"Digging deeper into the PropOrNot controversy."
(subhead): "The DNC’s Ukrainian ultra-nationalist researcher cries treason"
the PropOrNot blacklist of American journalist “traitors” is anonymous,
and the Washington Post front-page article protects their anonymity, we
can only speculate on their identity with what little information
they’ve given us. And that little bit of information reveals only a
Ukrainian ultranationalist thread—the salute, the same obsessively
violent paranoia towards Russia, and towards journalists, who in the
eyes of Ukrainian nationalists have always been dupes and stooges, if
not outright collaborators, of Russian evil.
One of the key media sources who
blamed the DNC hacks on Russia, ramping up fears of crypto-Putinist
infiltration, is a Ukrainian-American lobbyist working for the DNC. She
is Alexandra Chalupa—described as the head of the Democratic National
Committee’s opposition research on Russia and on Trump, and founder and
president of the Ukrainian lobby group “US United With Ukraine Coalition”,
which lobbied hard to pass a 2014 bill increasing loans and military
aid to Ukraine, imposing sanctions on Russians, and tightly aligning US
and Ukraine geostrategic interests.
In October of this year, Yahoo News named Chalupa one of “16 People Who Shaped the 2016 Election” for
her role in pinning the DNC leaks on Russian hackers, and for making
the case that the Trump campaign was under Kremlin control. “As a
Democratic Party consultant and proud Ukrainian-American, Alexandra
Chalupa was outraged last spring when Donald Trump named Paul Manafort
as his campaign manager,” the Yahoo profile began. “As she saw it,
Manafort was a key figure in advancing Russian President Vladimir
Putin’s agenda inside her ancestral homeland — and she was determined to
Chalupa worked with veteran reporter Michael Isikoff
of Yahoo News to publicize her opposition research on Trump, Russia and
Paul Manafort, as well as her many Ukrainian sources. In one leaked DNC email
earlier this year, Chalupa boasts to DNC Communications Director Luis
Miranda that she brought Isikoff to a US-government [ie, taxpayer] sponsored Washington
event featuring 68 Ukrainian journalists, where Chalupa was invited “to
speak specifically about Paul Manafort.” In turn, Isikoff named her as
the key inside source
“proving” that the Russians were behind the hacks, and that Trump’s
campaign was under the spell of Kremlin spies and sorcerers.
(In 2008, when I broke the story about
the Manafort-Kremlin ties in The Nation with Ari Berman, I did not go
on to to accuse him or John McCain, whose campaign was being run by
Manafort’s partner, of being Manchurian Candidates under the spell of
Vladimir Putin. Because they weren’t; instead, they were sleazy,
corrupt, hypocritical politicians who followed money and power rather
than principle. A media hack feeding frenzy turned Manafort from what he
was—a sleazy scumbag—into a fantastical Kremlin mole, forcing Manafort to resign from the Trump campaign, thanks in part to kompromat material leaked by the Ukrainian SBU, successor to the KGB.)
Chalupa’s Twitter feed went wild accusing Trump of treason—a crime that
carries the death penalty. Along with well over 100 tweets hashtagged #TreasonousTrump Chalupa repeatedly asked powerful government officials and bodies like the Department of Justice to investigate Trump for the capital crime of treason. In the weeks since the election, Chalupa has repeatedly accused both the Trump campaign and Russia of rigging the elections, demanding further investigations.
According to The Guardian,
Chalupa recently sent a report to Congress proving Russian hacked into
the vote count, hoping to initiate a Congressional investigation. ["What if Alexandra Chalupa’s report now on its way to Congress presents compelling evidence that the election was hacked?" 11/29/2016]. In an
interview with Gothamist, Chalupa described alleged Russian interference in the election result as “an act of war.”
be clear, I am not arguing that Chalupa is behind PropOrNot.
But it is
important to provide context to the boasts by PropOrNot about its
Ukrainian nationalist links—within the larger context of the Clinton
campaign’s anti-Kremlin hysteria, which crossed the line into Cold War
xenophobia time and time again, an anti-Russian xenophobia shared by
Clinton’s Ukrainian nationalist allies. To me, it looks like a classic
case of blowback: A hyper-nationalist group whose extremism happens to
be useful to American geopolitical ambitions, and is therefore nurtured
to create problems for our competitor. Indeed, the US has cultivated
extreme Ukrainian nationalists as proxies for decades, since the Cold War began."...
News that doesn't receive the necessary attention.
Monday, February 5, 2018
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