“Finding government abuse and doing nothing about it is worse than not finding any at all.” Former CIA Director John Brennan proved in 2014 that rule of law is just for peasants. He was never punished for his crime that took place in 2013, never spent a day in jail, and wasn’t worried about it: “As Brennan said when he denied the allegations, “if I did something wrong…he [Obama] is the one who can ask me to stay or go.” Brennan of course was hired by NBC News in Feb. 2018 as “a paid contributor and “senior national security and intelligence analyst.”” An Inspector General report in 2014 found that CIA Director Brennan illegally hacked into US Senate Intelligence Committee computers and authorized 5 others–2 lawyers and 3 computer specialists- to help him. At first Brennan denied it. NY Times called Brennan’s actions “a Reckless Breach of Trust,“ and noted the “lawless culture that has festered within the CIA.” Washington Post writer said, “Obama should fire John Brennan,“ Washington Post, James Downie, Digital Opinions Editor…7/31/2014, “The C.I.A.’s Reckless Breach of Trust,” NY Times Editorial Board…Also in 2013, “Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied under oath to Congress when he told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and the Senate Intelligence Committee that the National Security Agency did not collect any kind of data on millions of Americans, a claim later disproved by documents leaked by former NSA employee Edward Snowden.” Clapper of course was hired by CNN in August 2017 as a “security” expert.…As to Peter Strzok, he’s free to run for office if he feels his ideas are so important.
Image: Peter Strzok screen shot from video at hearings July 12, 2018…Strzok’s smirk is proof if needed that US government is a rogue operation with zero respect for American people who pay all the bills.
“Finding government abuse and doing nothing about it is worse than not finding any at all.“ 6/14/18, “The Silencing of the Inspectors General,” Victor Davis Hanson…"The rule of law is a social contract between citizens and elected leaders,” commenter
6/12/19, “The FBI Tragedy: Elites Above The Law,“ Victor Davis Hanson, NR, via Zero Hedge
Authored by Victor Davis Hanson via NationalReview.com
“After decades in the FBI, the top brass came to believe they could flout the law and pursue their own political agendas.”
“Mueller thereby established a new but lunatic precedent in
American jurisprudence in which a prosecutor who fails to find
sufficient cause to indict a suspect nonetheless releases supposedly
incriminating evidence, with a wink that the now-besmirched suspect cannot be exonerated of the alleged crimes. Think what Mueller’s precedent of not-not-guilty would do to the American criminal-justice system, as zealous prosecutors might fish for just enough dirt on a suspect to ruin his reputation, but not find enough for an indictment, thereby exonerating their own prosecutorial failure by defaming a “guilty until proven innocent” suspect….
Mueller’s team also deliberately edited a phone message
from Trump counsel John Dowd to Robert Kelner, General Michael Flynn’s
lawyer, to make it appear incriminating and possibly unethical or
illegal. Only after a federal judge ordered the full release of the transcript did the public learn the extent of Mueller’s selective and misleading cut-and-paste of Dowd’s message….
One of the media and beltway orthodoxies we constantly hear is that just a few bad apples under James Comey at the FBI explain why so many FBI elites have been fired, resigned, reassigned, demoted, or retired — or
just left for unexplained reasons. The list is long and includes
director James Comey himself, deputy director Andrew McCabe,
counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, attorney Lisa Page, chief of
staff James Rybicki, general counsel James Baker, assistant director for
public affairs Mike Kortan, Comey’s special assistant Josh Campbell,
executive assistant director James Turgal, assistant director for office
of congressional affairs Greg Bower, executive assistant director
Michael Steinbach, and executive assistant director John Giacalone.
In short, in about every growing scandal of the past two years — FISA,
illegal leaking, spying on a presidential candidate, lying under oath,
obstructing justice — someone in the FBI is involved.
We are told, however, that the FBI’s culture and institutions are exempt from the widespread wrongdoing at the top. Such
caution is a fine and fitting thing, given the FBI’s more than a
century of public service. Nonetheless, many of those caught up in the
controversies over the Russian-collusion hoax were not recent career appointees. Rather, many came up through the ranks of the FBI. And that raises the question, for example, of where exactly Peter Strzok (22 years in the FBI) learned that he had a right to interfere in a U.S. election to damage a candidate that he opposed.
And why would an Andrew McCabe (over 21 years in the FBI) think he had the duty to formulate an “insurance policy” to take out a presidential candidate?
Or why would he even consider overseeing an FBI investigation of
Hillary Clinton’s improper use of emails when his wife had been a recent
recipient of Clinton-related PAC money? And
why would McCabe contemplate leaking confidential FBI information to
the press or even dream of setting up some sort of operation to remove a
sitting president under the 25th Amendment? And how did
someone like the old FBI vet Peter Strozk ever end up at the center of
the entire mess — opening up the snooping on the Trump campaign while
hiding that fact and while briefing the candidate on Russian
interference in the election, interviewing Michael Flynn, preening as a
top FBI investigator for Robert Mueller’s dream team, right-hand man of “Andy” McCabe, convincing Comey to change the wording
of his writ in the Clinton-email-scandal investigation, softball
coddling of Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, instrumental in the
Papadopoulos investigation con — all the while conducting an affair with
fellow FBI investigator and attorney Lisa Page and bragging about his assurance that the supposedly odious Trump would be prevented from being elected.
If a group of Trump zealots were to call up the FBI tomorrow and allege
that a member of Joe Biden’s family has had unethical ties with the
Ukrainian or Chinese government, would that gambit “alarm” the FBI
enough to prompt an investigation of Biden and his campaign? How many
career-professional Peter Strozks are still at the agency?
In sum, why did so many top FBI officials, some with long experience in the FBI, exhibit such bad judgment and display such unethical behavior, characterized by arrogance, a sense of entitlement, and a belief that they were above both the law and the Constitution itself? Were they really just rogue agents, lawyers, and administrators, or are they emblematic of an FBI culture sorely gone wrong?
How and why would James Comey believe that as a private citizen he had the right to leak classified memos of presidential conversations that he had recorded on FBI time and on FBI machines [and while on the payroll of US taxpayers]?”
“Dirty Sanchez, commenter
The rule of law is a social contract between citizens and elected leaders, maintained by any means of law enforcement. For the contract to have lasting meaning, all parties must adhere to the written laws.
When any party decides the law no longer applies to them, anarchy and chaos immediately ensue.
FBI agents, intel agencies, and criminal ruling elite have flouted the rule of law for decades.
All the tyrants have left is the surveillance state, activist judiciary, and the tech oligarchs to maintain status quo.
Their criminal disregard for the rule of law is going to bite them in the ***.”…
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Rule of law is just a social contract between citizens and elected leaders. When any party, such as FBI or CIA, decides it’s exempt from law, acts accordingly, and isn’t punished, anarchy ensues-Victor Davis Hanson…(The only way to remove these people from power is to break the US into parts, join SW states with Mexico, for example)
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