Posts tagged ‘treason’

The Chaos Just Got More Chaotic

First, the Republicans on the Intelligence committee decide there is nothing there, and then the President fires Tillerson. Just another day in the week for President DFF and chaos. Let’s start with the Republican House Intelligence Committee finding that there was no collusion and the Russians did not try to help President DFF. Let’s think about that. These are the boys and girls who could not stop investigating Benghazi but can see nothing bad from Russia, even though really important witnesses refused to answer questions and the Republicans refused to subpoena them and get them under oath. “We don’t need no stink’n facts and answers.” Our intelligence agencies are unequivocal about the Russians helping Trump (or basically anyone else but Hillary) and yet they found nothing. And all those meetings with the Russians? Oh it was just friendly chit-chat. Had this been a Democrat there would have been a firing squad. This is partisanship bordering on treason.

Next, in the world of misdirection and confusion so you stop focusing on the ball, Rex Tillerson is fired (announced on Twitter) and Mike Pompeo moves to Secretary of State. Then he promotes Gina Haspel to CIA Chief. Here is what we know about her:

A 2017 New York Times report says Haspel, in 2002, oversaw the torture of two suspects at a secret prison in Thailand and later was involved in the destruction of videotapes documenting that torture. One of those prisoners was waterboarded 83 times in a single month, had his head repeatedly slammed into walls, and endured other harsh methods before interrogators decided he had no useful information to provide, says the Times.

As a result of such torture, she was shifted out of her role as head of the CIA’s clandestine service.

Haspel was picked to run the CIA’s clandestine operations unit in 2013, but Senator Dianne Feinstein, who was the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee at the time, blocked the promotion because of Haspel’s history of torture.

Within the agency, though, Haspel is reportedly widely respected – and has support from members of both the Bush and Obama administrations. Where she stands personally on issues such as extreme interrogation techniques is an unknown, as she has not offered any public comments on policy, as you would expect for an undercover officer.

I, of course, run paranoid and I can’t help wondering if President DFF has a secondary agenda to get control of the intelligence agency. An attempt, I think, to get control of the flow of information to better control news and the Russia investigation. Republicans, of course, will rubber stamp her.

My conclusion? We are in very deep shit. We put government in the hands of Republicans and it turns out, they aren’t Americans any more, just lackeys carrying water for President DFF. Maybe the new oath of office will remove the “to defend and protect the Constitution” and replace it with “to defend and protect the Presidency only if it is Republican.” Yep, that is where we are this morning. You cannot paint this with a normalcy paint brush no matter how hard you try.

Obstruction of Justice

I have said this a million times before, it is about the money.  It is always about the money.  When, according to Michael Wolfe in his new book, Steve Bannon verified that, he was just saying the obvious.  Money is power in Trump world, well in our world too sadly, so colluding with the Russians, which of course they did and as Steve Bannon also got right, was treasonous, was all about money laundering. Trump never expected to win the election, but the Russians wanted to cripple a Hillary Clinton Presidency, and President DFF was indebted up to the hilt with money laundered loans.  That has always been the giant Trump fear that his illegal loans would get exposed

Up till now Republicans could throw cold water on all of that because there was still no real smoking gun, just circumstantial evidence that would even convict Jesus in a court of law.  But the gullible, the fools who voted for him and watch Fox News could delude themselves.  No more.  We have the damning book by Michael Wolfe that points out (and there may be tapes which is why those quoted have not denied they said what is quoted) that everyone who works with him understands he is dangerous and incompetent.  But more important was this little tidbit in a NYT story about how President DFF tried to get little Jeffey Sessions to not recuse himself:

The special counsel has received handwritten notes from Mr. Trump’s former chief of staff, Reince Priebus, showing that Mr. Trump talked to Mr. Priebus about how he had called Mr. Comey to urge him to say publicly that he was not under investigation. The president’s determination to fire Mr. Comey even led one White House lawyer to take the extraordinary step of misleading Mr. Trump about whether he had the authority to remove him.

This should terrify the White House because the Special Counsel has written evidence corroborating the Comey notes.  What else does he have?  The obstruction of justice “fake news” is quickly moving into a sure thing.  The collusion will come later and what is important about the money laundering is the motive for the collusion.  So it is panick time in the White House. Since it is clear he cannot be controlled, what will he do next?

But what should really concern us is those that know he is incompetent, ignorant, immoral, and dangerous and enable him.  Michelle Goldberb in a NYT op-ed today said this:

And yet these people continue to either prop up or defend this sick travesty of a presidency. Wolff takes a few stabs at the motives of Trump insiders. Ivanka Trump apparently nurtured the ghastly dream of following her father into the presidency. Others, Wolff writes, told themselves that they could help protect America from the president they serve: The “mess that might do serious damage to the nation, and, by association, to your own brand, might be transcended if you were seen as the person, by dint of competence and professional behavior, taking control of it.”

Then she points out this is wild fantasy and they are maybe irreparably damaging the country.  But one misses the real enablers, Republicans in the House and Senate.  This is the real travesty here.  The Founders knew that a president like our DFF might be elected and they gave us tools to deal with it.  Instead of dealing with an incompetent and dangerous president, they have tried to thwart the investigation into him, using smoke and mirrors of the appearance of an investigation without any meat.  Their need for implementing their unpopular ideology (most of the nation is against the tax cut, killing Obamacare, etc.) trumps (pun intended) our basic values and the Constitution.

Failure to subpoena witnesses, and provide their swore testimony or evasions to the American people is treasonous.  Their attempts to smear and defame the Special Counsel and his investigation as some partisan witch hunt is paranoid delusional, kind of like the email thing and Benghazi they pursued to against Hillary. They have proven themselves unfit for office.  In fact what they have done may itself be treasonous.

We will know when the tide has changed when Republicans. like the low life rats they are, start to abandon the sinking Trump ship.  But I can only hope Americans will remember, and Democrats will remind them, of how they enabled this travesty of a President, and if fact showed they are the problem in America.  Government is not the problem, Republicans in government is the problem. If you want to run against Trump in 2018, use this to show your Republican opponent is unfit for office.

Treason – Let’s Just Call it What it Is

The 47 Senators who consorted with the enemy committed treason.  I have to laugh.  Good upstanding Americans were just appalled when Edward Snowden release classified documents showing how the American government was both lying and spying on us to our media, but when 47 Senators actually consort with the enemy to undermine the President of the United States, well that is just politics.  Let’s see, Ed is a traitor because he blew the whistle on illegal activity and you guys are patriots because you actively seek to work with foreigners to undermine U.S. policy?  What hypocrites.

Now just step back a moment and think about this.  We are having a political discussion in the United States about what the proper course of action is with Iran.  A nuclear armed Iran is simply not in anyone’s best interests and on that we all agree.  The conservatives have decided, without seeing the agreement, that any agreement is bad.  Many of us think an enforceable agreement is much better than the inevitable war the conservatives seem hell bent on causing.  Of course in their faith-based reasoning, more stick and less carrot will make the Iranians more compliant.  This is ignoring the other players like China and Russia who will never go along with this.  See Roger Cohen’s op-ed piece for a total take down of Netanyahu’s speech which was milk and honey to the conservatives.

What occurred here is that the GOP decided to short circuit that discussion and abrogate democracy by consorting with Iran to keep them from completing a treaty, denying us the right to review and decide for ourselves.  Like I have said many times, Republicans hate democracy.  Even worse, our media seems afraid to call it what it was, along with many Democrats.  Let’s see, the Republicans brought in a foreign leader to try to sway public opinion (foreign control of our government?), and then, afraid that won’t work, actively went about working with the enemy to sabotage the effort, lending credence to the hardliners in Iran.  If this isn’t treason, I don’t know what is.  We should be outraged.  Well, I am anyway.

This reminds me of my Vietnam days when Jane Fonda went to North Vietnam during the war to support the North Vietnamese.  Now she was a private citizen, not a member of our government, but there are parallels.  Jane has admitted letting the North Vietnamese take photos of her sitting in an anti-aricraft gun was a mistake, but her mistake went much deeper than that.  She was right about the war, but assuming the North Vietnamese must be the good guys if we are the bad guys was a gross failure of logic.  There were plenty of ways to protest the war without aiding and abetting the enemy.  The same can be said about those 47 Senators.  The fact that they did not let the process work and then take their message to the people tells you everything you need to know about today’s GOP.  They do not respect the American people or our democratic processes.  It is their way or the highway.

I hope I see outrage today.  I hope Democrats take up the cause.  I hope the media doesn’t shy away from the obvious because they want to be “fair and balanced”.  It is time to see who these people really are and understand they committed treason to further their political beliefs.  Oh, and one last thing.  When the war starts, I hope they and their kids have to fight it.  I hope they have to suffer the pain and sorrow of what their politics will bring us.  Maybe that is the only way they will see the error of their ways.

Oh, and one last thing.  It would appear that Iran has a much more sophisticated understanding of the issues and our Constitution than these GOP Senators:

Asked about the open letter of 47 US Senators to Iranian leaders, the Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, responded that “in our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy.  It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history.  This indicates that like Netanyahu, who considers peace as an existential threat, some are opposed to any agreement, regardless of its content.

Zarif expressed astonishment that some members of US Congress find it appropriate to write to leaders of another country against their own President and administration. He pointed out that from reading the open letter, it seems that the authors not only do not understand international law, but are not fully cognizant of the nuances of their own Constitution when it comes to presidential powers in the conduct of foreign policy.


The Trap

More on Edward Snowden or more appropriately, the Snowden affair. I was listening to some thoughtful journalists discuss the issue of the leaks and they were torn. Again, the issue is when is an unauthorized release of classified information an act of treason, and when is it whistle blowing? Then I heard Karen Finney say she was having a real problem looking at Mr. Snowden as a hero. Now in fairness she said she wanted to hold judgement until all the facts about him and the release where known, but she referred back to her time in the White House and how she held her Top Secret clearance as a sacred trust.

And that is the trap. We get (I knew lots of secrets nobody cared about unless we went to war) a security clearance and then we are part of a select group that knows things that others don’t. It makes us feel important and special. We feel like a select member of our government protecting our Constitution. But then one day, what happens if we find out some of those secrets provide very disturbing information which should be in the public arena? What if that information counters what public officials are saying in public? What if that information details wrong doing and quite possibly illegal activities?

Are you still special if you keep that information to yourself? That is why I call it the trap. You are sucked in thinking you are somehow special and allowed to know things your fellow citizens are not. Then you find out you may have access to material that rightly belongs in the public domain, but you are trapped by facing criminal charges if you do what your conscience tells you to do. You are trapped and if you do the right thing, you will have people like Diane Feinstein label you a traitor because she has already decided for the rest of us what we need to know. We really do need strict guidelines on when leaking is whistle blowing when it comes to classified material, but so far, the three bags full guys have held sway.