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  1. Spoiler alert: Nellie Ohr, wife of disgraced DOJ official Bruce Ohr, while simultaneously employed by Fusion GPS AND the CIA, used a ham radio to communicate with British MI6 agent Christopher Steele. Uh oh, say it ain't so. The word for the day ? Colluuuuuuuusion (tradecraft style). December 12, 2017 Fusion GPS dossier cabal was using spy tradecraft to evade leaving electronic footprints for NSA surveillance By Thomas Lifson I suspect that we are in the process of uncovering the worst political scandal in American history, in which the most fearsome tool of federal government spying was turned against the Trump campaign. A cabal manipulated events behind the scenes to subvert the legal safeguards that are supposed to prevent such an abuse. The National Security Agency (NSA) picks up and records almost all electronic communications, thereby effectively wiretapping telephone conversations, email, and practically everything else we send out electronically. When a FISA court permits "unmasking" of American citizens, that universal wiretapping capability can be used to spy on their conversations. It now appears that an elaborate plot was crafted to generate phony accusations of dirty ties to Russia that would be used to get a FISA court warrant to "unmask" members of the Trump campaign, and thereby enable spying on that campaign. We do not know how many members of that campaign were "unmasked" (i.e., spied on), but there are suggestions that the list ended up quite long. Bit by bit, evidence is leaking out connecting the members of that cabal at senior levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI with shadowy operatives in the private sector. Merely keeping track of everyone so far compromised is a challenge that casual news-consumers will not bother with with the necessary focus. The rest of us – those who care deeply about preserving the Republic bequeathed to us by the Founders – can catch up by reading Victor Davis Hanson's up-to-date account of the web of backdoor relationships in the Mueller probe. The latest revelation, uncovered by James Rosen of Fox News and largely ignored elsewhere in the media, is particularly damning. A senior Justice Department official demoted last week for concealing his meetings with the men behind the anti-Trump "dossier" had even closer ties to Fusion GPS, the firm responsible for the incendiary document, than have been disclosed, Fox News has confirmed: The official's wife worked for Fusion GPS during the 2016 election. Contacted by Fox News, investigators for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) confirmed that Nellie H. Ohr, wife of the demoted official, Bruce G. Ohr, worked for the opposition research firm last year. The precise nature of Mrs. Ohr's duties – including whether she worked on the dossier – remains unclear but a review of her published works available online reveals Mrs. Ohr has written extensively on Russia-related subjects. HPSCI staff confirmed to Fox News that she was paid by Fusion GPS through the summer and fall of 2016. The words "conspiracy theory" frequently are used to denounce those who see covert organized activity, so the task of gaining media attention and public understanding is all the more challenging, especially given the level of ridicule that is certain to be launched by the rest of the media seeking to protect the legacy of the Obama administration and prevent a triumph for supporters of Trump. Drawing lines and boxes on a chart is all well and good, and necessary to untangle the hidden ties that have been uncovered among the players in this cabal. But to really get the public to focus, we need vivid symbols that have resonance, that show evil intent. Richard Nixon knew this when he seized upon a detail uncovered in the Alger Hiss communist conspiracy in the upper ranks of the State Department – an investigation that launched his political career into national prominence. Nixon dramatized and publicized the name "Pumpkin Papers" for secret State Department documents and ... rolls of 35 mm film [that] were found wrapped in waxed paper inside a hollowed-out pumpkin on Whittaker Chambers's Maryland farm. In response to a HUAC subpoena, Chambers on the evening of December 2, 1948 dramatically led two HUAC investigators to the patch, where the film had been placed by Chambers only the previous day. The catchy, alliterative trademark of "the Pumpkin Papers" became the handle by which the entire conspiracy could be understood by the broader public. They stood as proof that something nefarious was underway, something that caused people to hide from discovery. Chambers was a repentant conspirator who turned over state's evidence. So far, no member of the cabal has been turned, but with leak investigations underway and felony charges possible, we may yet see a cooperating witness or witnesses. Former FBI and DOJ folks don't tend to do very well among members of the prison population, after all. What we do have now is a fact, a resonant symbol, that catches the attention of casual news consumers – something that obviously indicates secrecy was necessary to cover up nefarious activities. I leave it to Sundance and Conservative Treehouse, those incredible sleuths of publicly available information, to present the stunning little detail so compelling that even the fertile mind of spy novelist John Le Carré could not top it. Mrs. Nellie Ohr was not only a Fusion GPS contracted employee, but she was also part of the CIA's Open Source Works, in Washington DC (link) Both Mr. and Mrs Ohr worked on a collaborative group project surrounding International Organized Crime. (pdf here) Page #30 Screen Shot Below But wait, it gets even better. A month after Hillary Clinton hired Fusion GPS (April 2016) to sub-contract retired British MI6 agent Christopher Steele to write the opposition research report "the Trump Russia Dossier", Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr applied for a HAM radio license (May 23rd 2016); a communication tool that would allow Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele the ability to communicate outside the normal risk of communication intercepts. Keeping in mind, both Bruce and Nellie Ohr's subject matter skill-set within the DOJ would provide them with a comprehensive understanding of how to network and communicate with international actors outside the traditional risk of communication intercepts. In short, Mrs. Nelli Ohr would know that using HAM radio frequencies would be a way to avoid the risk of U.S. intelligence intercepts on her communications. The Clinton Campaign hired Fusion GPS in April 2016. Fusion GPS then sub-contracted retired British Intel MI6 agent Christopher Steele to write the Russian Dossier. A month later, May 23rd 2016, Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr gets HAM radio license. So are we to believe it's COINCIDENTAL? All of a sudden, a 60(ish)-year-old woman decides to use a HAM radio the month after contracting with Christopher Steele for a Russian opposition research dossier on Donald Trump? So this shadowy spook who has been spying most recently on international organized crime syndicates, and who is helping use the NSA surveillance capabilities against the Trump campaign, resorts to an obsolete technology dating from a century ago to communicate and not be captured by the very surveillance system they are subverting. That is evidence of intent. Unless Mrs. Ohr can point to a history of fascination with ham radio – maybe she built a Heathkit rig in the 1960s or '70s? – this resort to radio looks like tradecraft – the stuff of spies. The ham radio license could be the pumpkin papers of our time. I want pictures of her broadcast facility.
  2. Harrassed By Doug Jones

    I don't want Alabama dependent on Federal redistribution of any kind.
  3. Harrassed By Doug Jones

    Only offers from the ACLU to transport me to register. lol This is a great idea ! Best way to kill the Progressive ideology.
  4. Franken Resigns

    Here is Franks' resignation statement: Congressman Franks states the opposite of what you are saying. He didn't approach either of the women to provide surrogacy. Here is an excerpt: "Given the nature of numerous allegations and reports across America in recent weeks, I want to first make one thing completely clear. I have absolutely never physically intimidated, coerced, or had, or attempted to have, any sexual contact with any member of my congressional staff. "However, I do want to take full and personal responsibility for the ways I have broached a topic that, unbeknownst to me until very recently, made certain individuals uncomfortable. And so, I want to shed light on how those conversations came about." Congressman Franks says that it was an uncomfortable discussion(s). He didn't grab any women by the breasts, butt, thigh. He didn't walk around in his underwear in the presence of women. He didn't molest any single woman or ask them to perform sexual favors. Congressman Franks spoke unwisely. Since Congressman Franks has resigned I think the women should speak to the matter for clarification but I doubt that will happen.
  5. Franken Resigns

    I listened to another woman who worked for Representative Franks and she was saying that she didn't think that he was making overtures for assistance from one of the two women to act as a surrogate, but she did say, and I agree, that the discussion was completely inappropriate. She further explained that Congressman Franks and his wife were struggling desperately to have a baby. Did Congressman Frank's overstep his bounds ? Definitely. Do his actions even compare with those of Conyers, Franken, etc. ? No, definitely not.
  6. Franken Resigns

    What's the matter with these people ? I read about Franks after your post and he's discussing surrogacy with his staff ? I'm assuming that this means he was wanting one or the other or both to carry his baby. Is this correct ? Is there something in D.C.'s water ?
  7. Franken Resigns

    Thanks. Cute baby !
  8. Franken Resigns

    Proud, you should edit your thread title. Franken did NOT resign. He gave a lengthy diatribe explaining why he hadn't done anything wrong and that he would resign in a few weeks, so he still works as a Senator for an indeterminate time.
  9. bump Just to remind everyone who the conspirators and liars are.
  10. And the fake colluuuuuuuusion stories against Trump keep unraveling. The only real colluuuuuuuuuusion appears to be between the Dems, Fusion GPS, the RUSSIANS and now the FBI ! LOL Top DOJ official demoted amid probe of contacts with Trump dossier firm EXCLUSIVE: A senior Justice Department official was demoted this week amid an ongoing investigation into his contacts with the opposition research firm responsible for the anti-Trump “dossier,” the department confirmed to Fox News. Until Wednesday morning, Bruce G. Ohr held two titles at DOJ: associate deputy attorney general, a post that placed him four doors down from his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein; and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.” Ohr will retain his OCDETF title but has been stripped of his higher post and ousted from his office on the fourth floor of “Main Justice.” Initially senior department officials could not provide the reason for Ohr’s demotion, but Fox News has learned that evidence collected by the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., indicates that Ohr met during the 2016 campaign with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who authored the “dossier.” Later, a Justice Department official told Fox News, "It is unusual for anyone to wear two hats as he has done recently. This person is going to go back to a single focus—director of our organized crime and drug enforcement unit. As you know, combatting transnational criminal organizations and drug trafficking is a top priority for the Attorney General." Additionally, House investigators have determined that Ohr met shortly after the election with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS – the opposition research firm that hired Steele to compile the dossier with funds supplied by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. By that point, according to published reports, the dossier had been in the hands of the FBI, which exists under the aegis of DOJ, for some five months, and the surveillance on Page had been commenced more than two months prior. Former FBI Director James Comey, testifying before the House in March, described the dossier as a compendium of “salacious and unverified” allegations against then-candidate Donald Trump and his associates. The Nunes panel has spent much of this year investigating whether DOJ, under then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch, used the dossier to justify a foreign surveillance warrant against Carter Page, an advisor to the Trump campaign. The contacts between Ohr and Steele, and between Ohr and Simpson, have not been publicly disclosed nor shared with HPSCI staff. The panel has issued numerous subpoenas for documents and witnesses related to the dossier but claims DOJ and FBI have “stonewalled,” an assertion that House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., seconded in a rare public statement in October. While the agencies say they have cooperated extensively with Nunes and his team, including the provision of several hundred pages of classified documents relating to the dossier, it was only last weekend that DOJ and FBI agreed to make available to the committee for questioning Peter Strzok, the high-ranking FBI official who was disciplined in July for having sent-anti-Trump texts to a colleague while playing a decisive role in last year’s investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s private server. Strzok was removed from the staff of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and demoted to a position on the FBI’s human resources division. The agencies’ decision to make Strzok available to House investigators came on the same day the New York Times and Washington Post disclosed the existence of the anti-Trump text messages, and Fox News disclosed that Strzok’s conduct in the Clinton case was under review by the FBI’s Office of Inspector General. The demotion of Ohr thus marked the second time within a matter of months that the Justice Department and the FBI have disciplined for misconduct a senior official connected in some form or fashion to the Trump-Russia case. According to congressional sources, Simpson and Ohr met sometime around Thanksgiving last year, when President-elect Trump was in the process of selecting his Cabinet, and discussed over coffee the anti-Trump dossier, the Russia investigation, and what Simpson considered the distressing development of Trump’s victory. How exactly Simpson and Ohr came to know each other is still being investigated but initial evidence collected by the House intelligence committee suggests that the two were placed in touch by Steele, a former FBI informant whose contacts with Ohr are said by senior DOJ officials to date back to 2006. Nunes, who has instructed HPSCI staff to draft contempt-of-Congress citations against Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray – preparatory to a House vote on whether the citations should be enforced – issued a fresh subpoena on Thursday specifically covering Ohr and his files.
  11. Gary Danielson

    Thanks ! How be it a4e ? Hope all is well.
  12. ABC News announced Saturday that Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross had been suspended for four weeks without pay over a botched "exclusive" about former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Ross' suspension is effective immediately. ABC News spokeswoman Heather Riley would not comment on whether anyone else had been suspended in connection with the error. During a live "special report" Friday morning, Ross reported that Flynn would testify that Donald Trump had ordered him to make contact with Russians about foreign policy while Trump was still a candidate. The report raised the specter of Trump's impeachment and sent the stock market plummeting. Later in the day, ABC News -- part of the reliably liberal Disney ABC Television Network -- issued a "clarification" to Ross's report, saying that Trump's alleged directive came after he'd been elected president. That's a key distinction in any investigation of Russian actions during the campaign. Ross himself appeared on "World News Tonight" several hours after the initial report to clarify his error. In a statement, ABC News said Ross' report "had not been fully vetted through our editorial standards process." "It is vital we get the story right and retain the trust we have built with our audience," ABC's statement added. "These are our core principles. We fell far short of that yesterday." Friday's fumble was another in a series of black marks for Ross, who has been at ABC News since 1994 after spending nearly two decades at NBC. In 2001, Ross incorrectly reported that Saddam Hussein's Iraqi dictatorship may have been responsible for anthrax attacks that terrorized the United States in the months after 9/11. Then-White House press secretary Ari Fleischer tweeted I explicitly told ABC News not to go with the anthrax story because it was wrong. Brian Ross went with it anyway - and one week later issued a murky, hard to understand correction. Saturday that he "explicitly told ABC News not to go with the anthrax story because it was wrong. "Brian Ross went with it anyway - and one week later issued a murky, hard to understand correction," Fleischer added. In 2006, Ross reported that then-House Speaker Dennis Hastert was a target of a federal corruption probe involving former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Despite the Justice Department's denial, Ross insisted that Hastert was "very much in the mix" of the investigation. Hastert was never approached by prosecutors. In 2010, Ross fronted a report called "Taking on Toyota," which claimed that some of the Japanese automaker's cars contained a defect that caused "unintended acceleration." The report included footage of a tachometer shooting from 1,000 to 6,200 RPM in seconds while Ross sat behind the wheel. However, the same footage showed that the car Ross was sitting in was parked with the doors open at the time. In a letter to ABC News at the time, Toyota complained that the work by a key expert Ross cited in his report was funded by "a paid advocate for trial lawyers involved in litigation against Toyota." The carmaker added that the expert's demonstrations were carried out "under conditions that are virtually impossible to occur in real-world conditions." Perhaps most infamously, Ross reported in 2012 that Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes may have had ties to the Tea Party movement. "There is a Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado page on the Colorado Tea Party site as well, talking about him joining the tea party last year," Ross reported on "Good Morning America." "Now, we don’t know if this is the same Jim Holmes – but this is Jim Holmes of Aurora, Colorado." Ross later apologized for the report, but received withering criticism -- including being dubbed "America's Wrongest Reporter" by the now-defunct Gawker website. "When there's breaking news, especially about terrorism and national security, ABC News' Brian Ross is there," John Cook wrote in a post on the gossip blog, before adding, "And under no circumstances should you listen to anything he says." Sources tell Fox News that ABC has cut the size of Ross' team of producers and provided him with fewer on-air platforms for his reporting. An ABC insider said, however, that this had less to do with Ross' errors than with ABC's diminished interest in hard news and investigative reporting. Reliably liberal ABC News has, however, continued its drumbeat of anti-Trump reporting, employing former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos as its principal anchor. ABC's Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz was called out by then-President elect Trump for crying on air on election night (she denies this), and former President Obama attended her second of three weddings. ABC's beleaguered entertainment programming is also notoriously liberal, with the network recently shelling out an eye-popping $25 million to employ Clinton activist Katy Perry as a judge for a rebooted season of "American Idol". Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger is widely reported to have ambitions to run for the White House himself and plans to step down prior to the 2020 and could challenge Trump as the Democratic nominee.
  13. Gary Danielson

    GD is just another Keith Jackson.
  14. Gary Danielson

    Direct or Dish ?
  15. Chip Kelly to Florida?-Edit-UCLA takes him

    Arizona is the place to be.