Rand Paul is Right: NSA Routinely Monitors Americans' Communications Without Warrants
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:55
On Sunday's Face the Nation, Sen. Rand Paul was asked about President Trump's accusation that President Obama ordered the NSA to wiretap his calls. The Kentucky senator expressed skepticism about the mechanics of Trump's specific charge, saying: ''I doubt that Trump was a target directly of any kind of eavesdropping.'' But he then made a broader and more crucial point about how the U.S. government spies on Americans' communications '-- a point that is deliberately obscured and concealed by U.S. government defenders.
Paul explained how the NSA routinely and deliberately spies on Americans' communications '-- listens to their calls and reads their emails '-- without a judicial warrant of any kind:
The way it works is, the FISA court, through Section 702, wiretaps foreigners and then [NSA] listens to Americans. It is a backdoor search of Americans. And because they have so much data, they can tap '-- type Donald Trump into their vast resources of people they are tapping overseas, and they get all of his phone calls.
And so they did this to President Obama. They '-- 1,227 times eavesdrops on President Obama's phone calls. Then they mask him. But here is the problem. And General Hayden said this the other day. He said even low-level employees can unmask the caller. That is probably what happened to Flynn.
They are not targeting Americans. They are targeting foreigners. But they are doing it purposefully to get to Americans.
Paul's explanation is absolutely correct. That the NSA is empowered to spy on Americans' communications without a warrant '-- in direct contravention of the core Fourth Amendment guarantee that ''the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause'' '-- is the dirty little secret of the U.S. Surveillance State.
As I documented at the height of the controversy over the Snowden reporting, top government officials '-- including President Obama '-- constantly deceived (and still deceive) the public by falsely telling them that their communications cannot be monitored without a warrant. Responding to the furor created over the first set of Snowden reports about domestic spying, Obama sought to reassure Americans by telling Charlie Rose: ''What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a U.S. person, the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls '... by law and by rule, and unless they '... go to a court, and obtain a warrant, and seek probable cause.''
The right-wing chairman of the House Intelligence Committee at the time, GOP Rep. Mike Rogers, echoed Obama, telling CNN the NSA ''is not listening to Americans' phone calls. If it did, it is illegal. It is breaking the law.''
Those statements are categorically false. A key purpose of the new 2008 FISA law '-- which then-Senator Obama voted for during the 2008 general election after breaking his primary-race promise to filibuster it '-- was to legalize the once-controversial Bush/Cheney warrantless eavesdropping program, which the New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing in 2005. The crux of the Bush/Cheney controversy was that they ordered NSA to listen to Americans' international telephone calls without warrants '-- which was illegal at the time '-- and the 2008 law purported to make that type of domestic warrantless spying legal.
Because warrantless spying on Americans is so anathema to how citizens are taught to think about their government '-- that's what Obama was invoking when he falsely told Rose that it's ''the same way when we were growing up and we were watching movies, you want to go set up a wiretap, you got to go to a judge, show probable cause'' '-- the U.S. government has long been desperate to hide from Americans the truth about NSA's warrantless powers. U.S. officials and their media spokespeople reflexively mislead the U.S. public on this critical point.
It's no surprise, then, that as soon as Rand Paul was done uttering the unpleasant, usually hidden truth about NSA's domestic warrantless eavesdropping, the cavalcade of ex-intelligence-community officials who are now heavily embedded in American punditry rushed forward to attack him. One former NSA lawyer, who now writes for the IC's most loyal online platform, Lawfare, expressed grave offense at what she claimed was Sen. Paul's ''false and irresponsible claim.''
The only thing here that's ''false and irresponsible'' is Hennessey's attempt to deceive the public about the domestic spying powers of her former employer. And many other people beyond Rand Paul have long made clear just how misleading Hennessey's claim is.
Ted Lieu, the liberal congressman from California, has made it one of his priorities to stop the very power Hennessey and her IC colleagues pretend does not exist: warrantless spying on Americans. The 2008 FISA law that authorized it is set to expire this year, and this is what Lieu tweeted last week about his efforts to repeal that portion of it:
And in response to the IC attacks on Paul on Sunday, Lieu explained:
As Lieu says, the 2008 FISA law explicitly allows NSA '-- without a warrant '-- to listen to Americans' calls or read their emails with foreign nationals as long as their ''intent'' is to target the foreigner, not the American. Hennessey's defense is true only in the narrowest and emptiest theoretical sense: that the statute bars the practice of ''reverse targeting,'' where the real intent of targeting a foreign national is to monitor what Americans are saying. But the law was designed, and is now routinely used, for exactly that outcome.
How do we know that a key purpose of the 2008 law is to allow the NSA to purposely monitor Americans' communications without a warrant? Because NSA and other national security officials said so explicitly. This is how Jameel Jaffer, then of the ACLU, put it in 2013:
On its face, the 2008 law gives the government authority to engage in surveillance directed at people outside the United States. In the course of conducting that surveillance, though, the government inevitably sweeps up the communications of many Americans. The government often says that this surveillance of Americans' communications is ''incidental,'' which makes it sound like the NSA's surveillance of Americans' phone calls and emails is inadvertent and, even from the government's perspective, regrettable.
But when Bush administration officials asked Congress for this new surveillance power, they said quite explicitly that Americans' communications were the communications of most interest to them. See, for example, FISA for the 21st Century, Hearing Before the S. Comm. on the Judiciary, 109th Cong. (2006) (statement of Michael Hayden) (stating, in debate preceding passage of FAA's predecessor statute, that certain communications ''with one end in the United States'' are the ones ''that are most important to us'').
The principal purpose of the 2008 law was to make it possible for the government to collect Americans' international communications '-- and to collect those communications without reference to whether any party to those communications was doing anything illegal. And a lot of the government's advocacy is meant to obscure this fact, but it's a crucial one: The government doesn't need to ''target'' Americans in order to collect huge volumes of their communications.
During debate over that 2008 law, the White House repeatedly issued veto threats over proposed amendments from then-Sen. Russ Feingold and others to weaken NSA's ability to use the law to monitor Americans' communications without warrants '-- because enabling such warrantless eavesdropping powers was, as they themselves said, a prime objective of the new law.
When the ACLU's Jaffer appeared in 2014 before the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board to argue that the 2008 FISA law was unconstitutional in terms of how it was written and how NSA exploits it, he made clear exactly how NSA conducts ''backdoor'' warrantless searches of Americans' communications despite the bar on ''reverse targeting'':
Those who actually work to protect Americans' privacy rights and other civil liberties have been warning for years that NSA is able to purposely monitor Americans' communications without warrants. Human Rights Watch has warned that ''in reality the law allows the agency to capture potentially vast numbers of Americans' communications with people overseas'' and thus ''currently underpins some of the most sweeping warrantless NSA surveillance programs that affect Americans and people across the globe.'' And Marcy Wheeler, in response to Hennessey's misleading claim on Sunday, correctly said: ''I can point to court docs and congressional claims that entire point of 702 [of the 2008 FISA law] is to ID convos involving Americans.''
Elizabeth Goitein, the co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, warned in the Boston Review that the ban on ''reverse targeting'' was a farce. In fact, ''the program tolerates '-- and even contemplates '-- a massive amount of collection of Americans' telephone calls, emails, and other electronic communications.'' Thus, she explains, ''it is likely that Americans' communications comprise a significant portion of the 250 million internet transactions (and undisclosed number of telephone conversations) intercepted each year without a warrant or showing of probable cause.''
Even more alarming is the power NSA now has to search the immense amount of Americans' communications data it routinely collects without a warrant. As Goitein explained: ''The government may intentionally search for this information even though it would have been illegal, under section 702's 'reverse targeting' prohibition, for the government to have such intent at the time of collection.''
In the wake of the controversy triggered by Trump's accusations about Obama's ''tapping'' his phones, Goitein wrote a new article explaining that there are numerous ways the government could have spied on the communications of Trump (or any American) without a warrant. She emphasized that ''there have long been concerns, on both the right and left, that the legal constraints on foreign intelligence surveillance contain too many loopholes that can be exploited to access information about Americans without judicial oversight or evidence of wrongdoing.''
This is what Rand Paul meant when he said on Sunday that ''because [NSA analysts] have so much data, they can tap '-- type Donald Trump into their vast resources of people they are tapping overseas, and they get all of his phone calls.'' And while '-- as I've argued previously '-- any leaks that reveal lying by officials are criminal yet justified even if they come from the CIA or NSA, Paul is also correct that these domestic warrantless eavesdropping powers vest the Deep State '-- or, if you na¯vely prefer, our noble civil servants '-- with menacing powers against even the highest elected officials.
The warrantless gathering and searching of vast amounts of communications data essentially becomes a dossier that can be used even against domestic opponents. This is what Snowden meant in his much-maligned but absolutely true statement in his first interview with us back in 2013 that ''I, sitting at my desk, could wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant, to a federal judge or even the president, if I had a personal email.'' As Paul put it on Face the Nation: ''It is very dangerous, because they are revealing that now to the public.'' That's a serious concern no matter how happy one might be to see Donald Trump damaged or how much one now adores the intelligence agencies.
Congress has now begun debating whether to allow these provisions of the 2008 law to expire at the end of the year, whether to meaningfully reform them, or whether to let them be renewed again. The post-9/11 history has been that once even ''temporary'' measures (such as the Patriot Act) are enacted, they become permanent fixtures of our political landscape.
Perhaps the growing recognition that nobody is immune from such abusive powers will finally reverse that tide. Those eager to preserve these domestic surveillance powers in their maximalist state rely on the same tactic that has worked so well for them for 15 years now: rank disinformation.
If nothing else, this debate ought to finally obliterate that pleasing though utterly false myth that the U.S. government does not and cannot spy on Americans' communications without warrants. It does so constantly, easily, deliberately, and by design.
If Trump Leaked His Own Taxes, This May Be Why 2005
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:18
Trump taxes from 2005 were leaked. Why?Trump 2005 Taxes were leaked and Rachel Maddow published them. Many were disappointed, not only were they from 2005 but they did not have all of the supporting pages, just the top two. He paid taxes, and nearly a fair share of them '-- which was shocking. There are a lot of questions, though, and one of them is how the two different years of Trump taxes we have seen are so different. And why this particular year was leaked. The answer may be very simple.
Why that matters is that as her sponsor, and joint filer, their joint returns were required to be made available to the federal government in order for her to remain here on a Greencard, and again to get her citizenship. You have to show that you have no problems with the IRS to become naturalized.
She was naturalized and received her citizenship in 2006, freeing them from that requirement.
The 2005 tax returns are stamped, ''Client Copy.'' So they were from his inner circle at some point. they were given as part of a loan application or stolen, or as some have opined, he leaked them himself: they passed through his hands.
RELATED: Did Trump Leak His Own 2005 Income Tax Return?If indeed, those tax returns were leaked by him or a person close to him, the one year in his past you can guarantee he would have dotted his ''Is'' and crossed his ''Ts,'' shown a profit and paid taxes would have been in 2005. He was filing jointly with a woman who would not get naturalized as a citizen if she had blemished tax papers. That year had to be perfect.
This one year could likely be the most flattering to him of any year. And since we have seen other years that are the polar opposite of this year, e.g. showing a 1 Billion dollar loss, we can't just assume they are all this, well, Boy Scout-ishly perfect. In fact, Trump could lay those thoughts to rest by releasing all the years since 2005 up until the ones supposedly still under audit'... what are the chances of that?
This means that the person who leaked them had a much higher probability of this coming off making Trump look decent. Why would someone choose that particular year if they had intended to embarrass him or do his reputation harm? It seems that this year would flatter Trump, and that isn't the choice of someone opposing him.
This is not definitive proof that he leaked them nor even someone close to him, though it seems that the evidence is mounting for that. However, the fact stands, due to the federal immigration oversight of his tax returns before Melania was a citizen, in 2006 and during their marriage, in 2005 that single year was most likely the most meticulous, by the book year on record for Trump.
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David Cay Johnston - Wikipedia
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:34
David Cay Boyle Johnston (born December 24, 1948) is an American investigative journalist and author, a specialist in economics and tax issues, and winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting.
From 2009 to 2014 he was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer who taught the tax, property, and regulatory law of the ancient world at Syracuse University College of Law and the Whitman School of Management. From July 2011 until September 2012 he was a columnist for Reuters, writing, and producing video commentaries, on worldwide issues of tax, accounting, economics, public finance and business. Johnston is the board president of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He has also written for Al Jazeera English and America in recent years.
Reporting Johnston covered "student radicals, black politics and development" at the San Jose Mercury News from 1968 to 1973. Although he "earned enough credits for at least one master's degree," his formal educational credentials are limited to a "night high school diploma" as he "skipped most general education requirements in favor of upper division and graduate study at seven schools," including San Francisco State University (1972), the University of Chicago (where he studied under a five-month fellowship in 1973) and Michigan State University (1973-1975). At Michigan State, he wrote an internal textbook (A Guide to Public Records) for the University's journalism department. From 1973 to 1976, he was an investigative reporter at the Detroit Free Press in its Lansing bureau. In 1976, he joined the Los Angeles Times, where he remained until 1988. Johnston subsequently worked as a reporter at The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1988 to 1995. He joined The New York Times in February 1995.
As a reporter Johnston investigated Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) political spying and other abuses, the hotelier Barron Hilton, misuse of charitable funds at United Way, news manipulation at WJIM-TV in Lansing, Michigan, and Donald Trump's financial dealings. He once tracked down a killer whom the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department failed to catch, resulting in an innocent man winning acquittal at his fifth trial.[citation needed ]
From February 1995 to April 2008, he was the tax reporter with The New York Times. For the next three years, until joining Reuters, he wrote "Johnston's Take," a column on tax policy for the nonprofit journal Tax Notes and its sister website tax.com, published by Tax Analysts. In 2009 he briefly wrote, "By The Numbers," a column for The Nation.
Johnston received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Beat Reporting "for his penetrating and enterprising reporting that exposed loopholes and inequities in the U.S. tax code, which was instrumental in bringing about reforms. "Johnston described how corporations were paying less in taxes, even as individuals were paying more, with even well-known companies like Colgate-Palmolive, Compaq Computer, and United Parcel Service (UPS) engaging in "what the courts called shams." A court found that Merrill Lynch saved AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) $180 million in "sham" money transfers among foreign companies. However, the IRS is, since 1999, more likely to audit the poor than the rich, Johnston reported.
In 2001 Johnston investigated the claim that estate taxes, which Republicans call "death taxes," were so high that farm families were being forced to sell their family farms in order to pay the taxes. This claim was presented to prove the need to eliminate the inheritance tax. Johnston challenged those who made that claim, such as the American Farm Bureau Federation, to cite an example of a farm that was lost because of estate taxes, and they were unable to do so. Economists told Johnston that it was a myth. An IRS analysis of 1999 returns found that almost no working farmers owe estate taxes. Estate taxes are not assessed on the first $1.35 million net worth, and then rise from 43% to 55% after $3 million. Additionally, most wealthy people use legal maneuvers to reduce their estate taxes to 25% (or even as little as zero) for the largest estates.
He was a Pulitzer finalist in 2003 "for his stories that displayed exquisite command of complicated U.S. tax laws and of how corporations and individuals twist them to their advantage." He was also a finalist in 2000 "for his lucid coverage of problems resulting from the reorganization of the Internal Revenue Service."
Like columnist Steven Pearlstein, Johnston has won praise for his writings even though he has no degree in economics. Johnston studied economics at the University of Chicago graduate school and six other colleges, earning the equivalent of six years of college credits but no awarded degree, because he took upper level and graduate level courses almost exclusively, and did not remain at any one school long enough.
Johnston has been critical of news media coverage of the 2008 $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. In a letter to American journalist and blogger Jim Romenesko, Johnston wrote, "In covering the proposed $700 billion bailout of Wall Street don't repeat the failed lapdog practices that so damaged our reputations in the rush to war in Iraq and the adoption of the Patriot Act. Don't assume that Congress must act instantly, as so many news stories state as if it was an immutable fact. Don't assume there is a case just because officials say there is." Johnston has been cited favorably by Glenn Greenwald as well as other bailout critics. On September 26, 2008, Johnston said: "If you look around, you'll notice that banks are still making ordinary loans to ordinary businesses. Your mailbox is still full of proposals to sell you credit cards and extend you debt. The Internet still has ads for these very toxic mortgages that are at the heart of this. They're being advertised all over the Internet."..."And my point is not to argue that there is or is not a crisis, but that journalists need to begin not by questioning around the edges but by going to the core question. Is this the least expensive way to do this? Are there market solutions that might be applied?"
In late 2016 Johnston founded DCReport, an online journal covering the president's administration and congress.
On March 14, 2017, Johnston released a portion of Donald Trump's 2005 tax return.
Books Johnston is the author of best-selling books on tax and economic policy. Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense and Stick You With The Bill, is about hidden subsidies, rigged markets, and corporate socialism. It follows his earlier book Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich'--and Cheat Everybody Else, a New York Times bestseller on the U.S. tax system that won the Investigative Reporters and Editors 2003 Book of the Year award.
Johnston's first book, the 1992 Temples of Chance: How America Inc. Bought Out Murder Inc. to Win Control of the Casino Business is an account of how the junk-bond kings usurped mob control of the casino industry in the 1980s. The book discusses corruption in the industry and the role of the federal and state governments in that corruption.
In 2014 Cay Johnston released Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality. Cay Johnston shows most Americans, in inflation-adjusted terms, are now back to the average income of 1966. Post-recession (from 2009 to 2011) the top 1 percent of households took in 121% of the income gains while the bottom 99% saw their income actually fall.
In 2016, Johnston released The Making of Donald Trump, a journalistic account of the rise of businessperson-turned-presidential candidate Donald Trump, with Melville House Publishing. At the time he wrote the book, Johnston had known Trump for 28 years. The book soon became a New York Times bestseller.
Personal life Johnston was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Gretchen E. and Leslie Jules Johnston, a chef. Johnston is married to Jennifer Leonard, who is president and executive director of the Rochester Area Community Foundation. They live in Brighton, New York, a suburb of Rochester. He has eight children and five grandchildren.
Writings References ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. ^ "IRE - Board of Directors". Investigative Reporters and Editors. Retrieved November 9, 2012 . ^ http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/david-cay-johnston ^ https://davidcayjohnston.com/about-david/biography/ ^ http://www.pulitzer.org/winners/david-cay-johnston ^ https://davidcayjohnston.com/about-david/biography/ ^ "Tax Analysts -- David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter, Begins Regular Column for Tax Analysts". taxanalysts.com. Retrieved 1 October 2015 . ^ http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090803/johnston ^ The 2001 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Beat Reporting Works. ^ Talk of Lost Farms Reflects Muddle of Estate Tax Debate By David Cay Johnston, New York Times, April 8, 2001 Free text ^ Perfectly Legal author bio ^ Poynter forum post from David Cay Johnston: Journalists, start your skepticism. ^ Glenn Greenwald Salon Radio interview of David Cay Johnston, Salon, October 1, 2008 ^ Forty-Two: David Cay Johnston on the Bailout; October 1, 2008 ^ "Rescue Mission". onthemedia. Retrieved 1 October 2015 . ^ "You Can Help David Cay Johnston Help Us". Daily Kos. Retrieved 2017-03-04 . ^ Levin, Sam (2017-03-14). "Donald Trump tax returns: president paid $38m in 2005, leaked document reveals '' as it happened". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-03-15 . ^ Roth, Bryan (2008), "And the rich get richer", Brighton-Pittsford Community Post, Canandaigua, New York: Messenger-Post (published January 21, 2008), pp. 1''2 ^ http://www.mhpbooks.com/on-sale-today-the-making-of-donald-trump-by-david-cay-johnston ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20160820081623/http://www.nytimes.com/books/best-sellers/hardcover-nonfiction ^ "Johnston, David 1948''". highbeam.com. Retrieved 1 October 2015 . ^ Jennifer Leonard, president, Rochester Area Community Foundation ^ Jennifer Leonard bio ^ The-Fine-Print-Companies, Amazon.com. Retrieved 21 September 2012 External links
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TIMOTHY L. THOMAS is a senior analyst at the Foreign Military Studies Office at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He conducts extensive research and publishing in the areas of peacekeeping, information war, psychological operations, low intensity conflict, and political-military affairs. He is an adjunct professor at the U.S. Army's Eurasian Institute; an adjunct lecturer at the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School; and a member of two Russian organizations, the Academy of International Information and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Mr. Thomas was a U.S. Army foreign area officer who specialized in Soviet/Russian studies. His military assignments included serving as the Director of Soviet Studies at the U.S. Army Russian Institute in Garmisch, Germany; as an inspector of Soviet tactical operations under the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; and as a brigade S-2 and company commander in the 82nd Airborne Division.
Mr. Thomas has written six books on information warfare topics, focusing on recent developments in China and Russia.
Mr. Thomas holds a B.S. in engineering science from the U.S. Military Academy, and an M.I.R. from the University of Southern California.
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Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:43
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Mr. Matthew Armstrong is an author and advisor on public diplomacy, international information, and propaganda. His emphasis is examining how operating structures, authorities, doctrine, and individual opinions impact informational activities in support of national or organizational strategy. His focus is on the traditional and emerging security issues facing civilian and military government agencies, the Congress, news organizations, think tanks, and academia across several continents. He is an Associate Fellow at King's Centre for Strategic Communication at King's College London.
From August 2013 through December 2016, he served as a Governor on the Broadcasting Board of Governors. He was nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate into this part-time role where he provided strategic guidance and oversight over the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Office of Cuba Broadcasting, and the Middle East Broadcasting Network. Collectively, and separate from the expansive Internet Freedom programs of the BBG and RFA, the networks operated in up to 61 languages in over 100 countries.
Since 2012, Mr. Armstrong has served as a Member of the Board of The Public Diplomacy Council, and since 2014 as the Board Secretary. The PDC is a nonprofit organization committed to the importance of the academic study, professional practice, and responsible advocacy of public diplomacy. He has also been a member of the National Press Club since 2009.
In 2011, Mr. Armstrong served as the Executive Director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy where he reoriented the organization to its core purpose of ''advocacy and oversight over U.S. government efforts that intend to understand, inform, and influence foreign publics.''
Mr. Armstrong obtained both his B.A. in International Relations and a Master of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California (USC).
Michael D. Lumpkin - Wikipedia
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:34
Michael D. Lumpkin (born October 14, 1964) is a former American Naval Officer and businessman who served as the Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center at the U.S. Department of State until January 2017. From 2013 until 2016, he was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict. During that time, he also served as the acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the third-highest civilian job at the Department of Defense (DoD).
Lumpkin is considered an experienced crisis manager and turnaround expert. Prior to his current role overhauling U.S. government efforts to disrupt extremist propaganda, he led the DoD response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, efforts to locate and return Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, and the reorganization of the military's broken POW/MIA program.
As a Navy SEAL, Lumpkin served nine operational tours, one Commanding a Team, in counter-insurgency and counter-narcotics operations around the world, including in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Horn of Africa, the Philippines, and Central and South America.
Early life and education [ edit] Lumpkin was born in Oceanside, California to his parents, David and Jeri Lumpkin. They raised Lumpkin and his brother in nearby in Vista, California. His father served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and his brother currently serves as a Chief Master Sergeant in the U.S Air Force.
Lumpkin graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 1986, and subsequently earned his Master's Degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. His thesis analyzed incidents of violence at sea between 1975 and 1995.
Military career [ edit] After graduating from college, Lumpkin joined the U.S. Navy. Before becoming a Navy SEAL, Lumpkin did an abbreviated tour on the USS Vancouver, where he qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer. He began his career as a SEAL taking part in counter-narcotics operations in Latin America, mainly operated out of Panama. During this time, he held every leadership position from Platoon Commander to Commanding Officer, and he was formally recognized by the Armed Forces Preparedness Association for his Outstanding Contributions to National Security.
Immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001, he was assigned as the Officer in Charge for the training and readiness of all West Coast SEAL Teams. The Teams he trained took part in the invasions of both Afghanistan and Iraq while sustaining zero casualties.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Lumpkin served as Deputy Commander of the Joint Special Operations Task Force for the Arabian Peninsula. He then served as the Deputy Commander of all Special Operations in Iraq. In that role, he oversaw the daily operations of more than 2,000 Special Operators, and activities at six High Value Target interrogation facilities.
Lumpkin returned from Iraq for his final military assignment, working as a liaison to the U.S. Congress on policy and funding issues to support U.S. Special Operations Forces. He is recognized by the Department of Defense as a specialist in both the Western Hemisphere and Special Operations/Low Intensity Conflict.
Government career [ edit] Lumpkin retired from the Navy in 2007, returned home to Jamul, California, and decided to run for Congress. He ran as a Democrat in California's strongly Republican 52nd Congressional District, and one of his chief campaign issues was bringing a responsible end to the war in Iraq.
In 2010, Lumpkin began serving as both Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). During that time, Secretary Eric Shinseki put Lumpkin in charge of implementing Family Caregiver legislation, passed in 2010, to better support families caring for post-9/11 Veterans.
In April 2011, Lumpkin moved over to the Pentagon, where he was sworn in as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (SO/LIC).
He then served as the Special Assistant to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. During that time, Secretary Hagel assigned Lumpkin with overseeing the reorganization of the then-broken POW/MIA accounting program. In the fall of 2013, President Obama nominated Lumpkin to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for SO/LIC. His nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 2, 2013.
As the Assistant Secretary for SO/LIC, he was responsible for oversight of all special operations and low-intensity conflict activities, including counterterrorism; direct action; special reconnaissance; embassy security, peacekeeping operations, and counter proliferation of WMD.
While he was the Assistant Secretary, Lumpkin served as the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. He was also asked to lead DoD's response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, and efforts to return Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban.
In January 2016, President Obama asked Lumpkin to overhaul the U.S. government's efforts to counter the propaganda of violent extremist organizations abroad such as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. He was appointed the Special Envoy and Coordinator of the Global Engagement Center, an interagency organization that leverages the private sector and new data analytics tools to disrupt extremist violent propaganda.
Private sector experience [ edit] At a couple of points during his public service tenure, Lumpkin left government to work in the private sector. After his 2008 campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives, Lumpkin took a job as Director of Business Development for ATI.
In 2012, Lumpkin was hired to be the CEO at Industrial Security Alliance Partners, a San Diego-based firm that connects defense technology companies with venture capital and new market development.
Political positions [ edit] Self-proclaimed "fiscal conservative".Advocate of personal responsibility.Gun owner.In addition to his over 40 awards and citations as a naval officer, Lumpkin has on two occasions been awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, DoD's highest civilian medal. He has also twice been awarded the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Public Service, as well as the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence.
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VIDEO - Watch: Lawmakers appear shaken after Comey briefing on Russia - Shareblue
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 06:35
FBI Director James Comey met separately with members of the Senate and House for highly classified briefings. Members went into the briefings looking for a firm answer from the FBI to the question of whether or not their was an ongoing investigation into possible ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia but emerged silent on that question and appearing visibly disturbed.
On the Senate side, Comey met with the Chair, Senator Chuck Grassley, and Ranking Member, Senator Dianne Feinstein, of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
After the meeting, Feinstein spoke very briefly with reporters who had been waiting for the pair to emerge from the briefing:
Sen. Feinstein on meeting with FBI Dir. Comey: "This briefing was all on sensitive matters and highly classified" https://t.co/yU56Ikmx8Y
'-- NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) March 15, 2017
Long-time observers of events on the Hill noted the unusually somber appearances of the Senators:
I've seen Feinstein have the worried look on her face. This is more than that. She just met with FBI chief Comey.
'-- Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) March 15, 2017
Interesting historical perspective on Sen. Feinstein's stricken look post-Comey meeting ''> https://t.co/hYbCsvtZrb
'-- Phil Elliott (@Philip_Elliott) March 15, 2017
@Philip_Elliott@kurteichenwald She had a similar look when she announced Moscone & Milk had been shot by Dan White.
'-- Fay Murphy (@murfdawgie) March 15, 2017
Grassley looked grim too. Grimmer than usual.
'-- Karoli (@Karoli) March 15, 2017
Also notable is the fact the meeting with Comey took place not just behind closed doors, but within a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF):
FBI Director Comey is in the Senate SCIF with Grassley and Feinstein. Schumer and Warner have also gone down.
'-- Katie Bo Williams (@KatieBoWill) March 15, 2017
As we previously reported, the Chair, GOP Representative Devin Nunes, and the Ranking Member, Democratic Representative Adam Schiff, met with Comey on the House side. Nunes came out of that briefing appearing likewise and saying it was ''very possible'' information involving Trump himself had been collected as part of the incidental intelligence gathered when the U.S. intelligence community was monitoring Russian officials. Nunes and Schiff likewise appeared tight-lipped and visibly discomfited:
House Intel Chair Nunes says it's "very possible" Trump's communications were 'swept up' in the FBI surveillance of Russians '--via @MSNBCpic.twitter.com/fXUorrYbSb
'-- Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 15, 2017
Additionally, Schiff took the unusual step of openly disagreeing with Nunes to assert it was not possible to say there were no contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia:
Reporter: ''Do you have any evidence that there were contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians?''
Nunes: ''I don't have any evidence of that, and we're not going to get into, I mean, this gets to the whole issue of incidental collection, you know, who else was talking to the Russian Ambassador. This is a slippery slope. I think you just need to let the appropriate agencies get us the information in a timely manner, which I agree with the Ranking Member on, the more that they stall, the more they make it more complicated for us, the slower the investigation goes and the more complicated it makes it for us to answer your questions.''
Schiff: ''I do want to say on that question because, Director Clapper [sic] was asked a similar question, I cannot answer that question the same way. Not certainly with the same categorical nature of the response. So, I don't share that summary conclusion, and that's about all I can say on that subject.''
Judging from the unusual reactions to the information the members received from the FBI Director, the story about the extent and nature of communications between Donald Trump and his campaign associates and the Russian government is far from over. However it ends, the American people deserve to know whether Trump and his aides were complicit in Russia's activities to subvert the will of our electorate.
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See more in the cross-post on the NewsBusters blog.
Buckle up, readers, because this has to be one of the more clueless things MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews has ever said. On Tuesday's show, Matthews repeated a false claim that there was no ''real'' individual mandate to purchase health insurance under ObamaCare and the GOP not fixing this supposed problem will doom its chances of success.
Matthews arrived at this asinine claim by reminding Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele that some ''countries have a requirement that you have to have insurance like you have to have a driver '-- a car insurance'' and conceded that ''a lot of young people in their 20s are healthy and most times, nothing will happen to them.''
VIDEO - Lying Brian Williams Chastises White House for Creating 'Alternative Universe' | MRCTV
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:59
***To read the full blog check out the complete post on NewsBusters***
During MSNBC The 11th Hour late Monday night, the outlet's resident fibber Brian Williams attacked President Donald Trump and the White House for creating an ''alternative universe.'' ''Is it as striking to you in the briefing room as it is to television viewers that an alternative universe is being proposed, alternative definition are being trotted out in real-time,'' he whined to senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing.
Scolding someone for creating an ''alternative universe'' is really rich coming from the man who lied, and lost his job as Nightly News anchor, for making up a story about being shot down in Iraq. That's not to mention how he completely fabricated a tale about seeing bodies floating through the streets of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Despite decrying the White House for spreading falsehoods, Williams' panel did some universe creating of their own. ''And then today, seemingly out of nowhere we hear, actually, President Trump doesn't think President Obama did it personally,'' Jansing sneered in response to Williams' original question. But her answer made it seem as though Spicer was walking back Trump's claim Obama ordered a wiretapping. In reality, Spicer gestured with his hands and mocked the idea of Obama physically tapping a wire himself.
VIDEO - Maddow Wastes Our Time in Delaying Release of Trump Tax Returns; Internet Loses It | MRCTV
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:57
See more in the cross-post on the NewsBusters blog.
On Tuesday night, one of the crazier news nights since Election Day occurred when MSNBC host Rachel Maddow failed on a level akin to Geraldo Rivera and Al Capone's vault when she falsely claimed to have a bombshell exclusive (that wasn't hers) in the form of President Trump's 2005 tax returns.
Hilariously, she wasted 22 minutes of viewers' time by rehashing past monologues on the history of presidential tax returns, implying connections between Trump and various Russian oligarches before discussing the contents of the first two pages from Trump's 1040 form.
VIDEO - 'What Is He Trying to Hide?' GMA Eagerly Looks for Scandal in Trump Tax Return | MRCTV
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:31
The morning after President Trump's 2005 tax returns were leaked to the press, the media eagerly reported on the returns, speculating whether there was more to the story than the documents revealed. ABC's George Stephanopoulos even interviewed the journalist who first reported the story Tuesday night on MSNBC, asking him what Trump could be ''hiding'' in the benign report.
Read more on Newsbusters here.
VIDEO - Trump Tax Reporter: White House Acted "Unethically" | MRCTV
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:22
On CNN's New Day Wednesday, the investigative reporter who revealed President Donald Trump's 2005 tax returns cried afoul over the White House leaking them to news organizations, accussing them of behaving "unethically," and that the public doesn't know how much the President is "getting from the Russian oligarchs." He also said the former point a few hours later on MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle. Moreover, Johnston ranted in his CNN interview about other aspects of Trump's returns.
VIDEO - Despite Mockery, MSNBC Spends Hours on Trump Tax Returns | MRCTV
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:20
More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.
Despite left-wing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow being lampooned on social media and even by her media colleagues Tuesday night over her laughable scoop that Donald Trump paid his taxes, on Wednesday, the mockery didn't deter the network from devoting extensive air time to the story every hour from 6 a.m. through noon ET.
During the 6 a.m. ET hour of Morning Joe, co-host Mika Brzezinski announced: ''And this morning, we're also learning more about Donald Trump's taxes. The President refused to release them throughout the campaign and throughout his administration, but last night, Rachel Maddow revealed two pages of his 1040 form from 2005.''
VIDEO - Trump Taxes Reporter Makes Slanderous Accusation About Melania; Media Ignore | MRCTV
Thu, 16 Mar 2017 03:17
The reporter who was lauded by the media for sharing Trump's boring 2005 tax return is not getting much attention for his politics but perhaps he should be. While the networks this morning described David Cay Johnston as a ''Pulitzer Prize winning reporter,'' they apparently didn't notice that he was a hard core liberal as well, like they would do with a reporter on the right.
Read more on Newsbusters here.
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VIDEO - VIDEO : Chief Counsel Who Worked with IRS '' Rachel Maddow BROKE THE LAW '' TruthFeed
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VIDEO : Chief Counsel Who Worked with IRS '' Rachel Maddow BROKE THE LAW Videos By TruthFeedNews March 15, 2017 Is Rachel Maddow headed to Prison?
According to Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, Jay Sekulow '' she clearly broke the law.
The disclosure of Tax return information or the Tax Return itself from, for example an IRS source is a violation of not only the criminal code 7213, but also a direct violation of the Internal revenue manual.
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VIDEO - Even Mainstream Media Forced to Admit Rachel Maddow Trump Tax 'Scoop' is a Big "Nothingburger" >> Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 23:54
Even Mainstream Media Forced to Admit Rachel Maddow Trump Tax 'Scoop' is a Big "Nothingburger" >> Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!Even Mainstream Media Forced to Admit Rachel Maddow Trump Tax 'Scoop' is a Big "Nothingburger" >> Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
VIDEO - Fox's Judge Napolitano: Obama Admin Used British Intel Service to Spy on Trump During Campaign | Law News
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 20:53
Fox News judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano appeared on ''Fox and Friends'' on Tuesday morning where he made a rather startling accusation about claims that President Obama ordered electronic intercepts of conversations Donald Trump and members of his campaign had with foreign leaders during the campaign and transition. Essentially, the former judge alleged that sources had confirmed to him that the Obama administration essentially farmed out the Trump surveillance task to Britain to ensure American fingerprints would never show up on the project.
According to Napolitano,''Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command'' to conduct the surveillance on Trump. He further explained that Obama ''didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI, and he didn't use the Department of Justice.'' Instead, Judge Napolitano, said Obama went to the British intelligence services version of the NSA to do the work, GCHQ.
The GCHQ shares a large portion, if not all, of the NSA's vast electronic database of signals intercepts and that would enable the agency to gain access to records of Trump's phone calls, the judge argued. This move would ensure that no American fingerprints showed up protect, in the event it was discovered.
Napolitano then said that the sources have informed him that the man who actually ordered the surveillance ''[r]esigned three days after Trump was inaugurated.''
However, he did not name this alleged individual.
On Monday, the Justice Department requested additional time to present evidence of the alleged surveillance to the House Intelligence Committee and was granted until March 20th to comply with committee's request.
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VIDEO - Judge Napolitano: Obama Used British Intelligence To Spy On Trump >> Alex Jones' Infowars: There's a war on for your mind!
Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:56
Judge Napolitano went on ''Fox & Friends'' Tuesday morning to discuss Trump's allegation that Obama was spying on him at Trump Tower throughout last year's presidential election.
Why there may never be proof even if Obama spied on Trump I @Judgenaphttps://t.co/YxnB1gVcdj
'-- FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) March 14, 2017
The Justice Department is asking lawmakers to investigate the claim, but Napolitano said that if Obama did order spying on Trump, there might not be a way of proving it.
Napolitano says three intelligence sources told him if Obama asked an American agency for a wiretap on Trump, there would be a record of that request, but by using British agency GCHQ Obama avoided leaving any ''fingerprints.''
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VIDEO - Shots Fired At Ferguson Market After CNN Broadcasts Fake News and Edited CCTV Footage'... | The Last Refuge
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 15:59
As we shared last night, CNN is promoting a highly charged false claim about new, heavily edited CCTV footage from the Ferguson Liquor Market on the night before Mike Brown was shot and killed. We have thoroughly deconstructed the lies HERE.
CNN is promoting this fake documentary, ''Stranger Fruit'', that uses heavily edited footage of an earlier Mike Brown visit to the store. According to the documentary Mike Brown was exchanging marijuana for store product at 1:13am the night (early morning) prior to his return and strong arm robbery of the same store. The footage is edited to give the appearance of store employees accepting weed as barter for product. This is false.
Secondarily, the producer of the video, Jason Pollock, is claiming the police never released the earlier in the day CCTV footage and instead tried to hide it. Again, this is false. All of the CCTV video was documented by the police, reviewed, included in all records that were part of the Grand Jury inquiry and given to the FBI. Including footage from the 1:13am visit. However, CNN is promoting the falsehoods by the documentary producers in an effort to stir trouble.
Well, their collective antagonism worked:
FERGUSON '' Shortly before midnight, 7 or 8 shots were heard from an area across the street from the market. There appeared to be no injuries. Someone stuffed a rag in the gas tank of a police car, but the damage was minor. (read more)
As previously shared, these events are entirely based on Fake News. The claims by the documentary producers are false:December 2014 '' Grand Jury evidence shows that Mike Brown was one of a group of three people who went to the Ferguson Liquor Market at 1:13am on the same day as the shooting. The Grand Jury saw CCTV evidence of his visit approximately 10 hours before the cigarillo robbery at the same locale '' this would have been overnight between Friday 8/8 and Saturday 8/9/14.
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VIDEO - Unhinged and Shouting Mike Brown Documentary Filmmaker Explodes During Interview'... | The Last Refuge
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A seriously unstable Jason Pollock appeared on Fox News for an interview about his ridiculous, and entirely false, documentary claims. What happened next is rather unsettling '' the guy has a full psychotic reality break on television.
This is the sketchy guy CNN was promoting over the weekend in order to stir up racial animus on behalf of the agenda-driven social justice movement.
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VIDEO - Breitbart Releases Paul Ryan Audio: ''I Am Not Going To Defend Trump '' Not Now, Not In The Future'''... | The Last Refuge
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:37
Well, it would appear our hunch was correct.If Trump was going to pull off a ''reverse Castellano's'', Caesar needed Brutus to feel comfortable enough to come close'...The problem for Speaker Ryan was a lack of muti-dimensional situational awareness, and the abject inability to escape President Trump's political gravity. Breitbart Media, with transparent coordination between Matthew Boyle, Steve Bannon and President Trump delivers the shiv right on cue.
(Breitbart) On a never-before-released private October conference call with House Republican members, House Speaker Paul Ryan told his members in the U.S. House of Representatives he was abandoning then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump forever and would never defend him ever again. (read more)
Here's what everyone needs to understand about this play:
February 27th, 2017 '' President Trump and Matthew Boyle
'... First, the release is from Breitbart via Matthew Boyle; and contains all of the elements needed for well played political plausible deniability.
'... Second, it was transparent this was coming. The ''Reverse Castellano's'' play only works if the mark (Ryan) feels over confident about their position. It takes months for Caesar to cultivate the false confidence within Brutus; giving the appearance that Caesar depends on him.
Caesar Trump knows he must publicly shower Brutus Ryan with praise so the audience can provide the authentic fuel needed for Brutus to overcome any internal trepidation. Caesar Trump needs Brutus Ryan to feel empowered and emboldened.
Only when Brutus thinks his travels are inconsequential, can he be counted on to drop his guard and believe his schemes and associations are undetected.
'... Third, timing. On the eve of President Trump meeting with the Freedom Caucus, led by Jim Jordan, the face of Ryan's antagonism and opposition, Team Trump '' Bannon via Boyle, delivers the Brutus knee-capping that will drive the media discussion cycle.
As Brutus walks comfortably through the courtyard, dagger in hand, the trillion-power spotlights all simultaneously turn on and reveal his intent. The entire Senate quietly notified and previously pre-staged to watch as the reveal takes place'....
Yes, President Trump has allowed Paul Ryan to construct and carry the healthcare scroll; however, he also planned to leverage a change within it. Thus, Tom Donohue (CoC) and the Koch Brother's invisible ink signatures can now easily be removed from the document and modifications made forthwith.
To the electorate President Trump has magnanimously set all differences aside and taken the high road in his -very visible and public- praise of Ryan as the Speaker created the Healthcare proposal they both needed.
Now, with the release of his audio, the electorate look angrily toward Ryan who has verbally shown his snakeskin.
Speaker Ryan is now less than. He's lost a necessary coalition, support and friends. For a time he now becomes toxic even for those of similar skin who scheme quietly with him.
Ryan should have seen this coming. But, pride.
The reverse castellano's is a modified version of the same play previously carried out on Senator Ted Cruz at the GOP convention.
Candidate Trump knew prideful Cruz was not going to endorse him; and Trump knew defeated candidate Cruz was going to try virtue signaling for prideful political benefit. Trump also knew, as any top level executive chess-master does, the approach by a prideful Cruz would backfire against the largest possible political audience'.... so he let him walk right into the coliseum and do it.
Effective today, President Trump not only holds positional leverage, but he carries something more valuable '' emotional political leverage.
Today President Trump will take the high road and praise Speaker Paul Ryan yet again; telling the audience to drop old grudges, there are more important tasks at hand'... we must remove the lumps from our political hearts.
President Trump will grant Speaker Ryan forgiveness and the crowd shall cheer Trump's decency and warmth.
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VIDEO - Caught On Hot-Mic, Texas Lawmaker Calls Transgender Man Testifying Before Her A "Pervert" | The Intellectualist
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:21
New Civil Rights Movement:
LGBT advocates say a Republican state senator in Texas was caught on a hot mic calling a transgender man a ''pervert'' during a hearing on Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick's anti-trans bathroom bill last week.
Sen. Joan Huffman, who chairs the State Affairs Committee, allegedly made the remark Tuesday in response to testimony from Colt Keo-Meier, a clinical psychologist who runs the Transgender Health Lab at the University of Houston. Keo-Meier was one of hundreds of witnesses who testified against Senate Bill 6.
State Sen. Joan Huffman (R-TX)
A Democratic state senator asked Keo-Meier how he felt about comparisons between trans people and ''perverts'' made by some supporters of SB 6.
''You know, as a person of God, I have to say, 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do,''' Keo-Meier responded. ''To tell someone that they are a pervert for telling you the truth about their life. Who's the perverted one in that case?''
''You are the pervert,'' Huffman allegedly muttered under her breath in response to Keo-Meier.
Huffman, who voted in favor of the bill, couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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VIDEO - Kellyanne Conway Claims That Microwaves Can Turn Into Cameras - Digg
Tue, 14 Mar 2017 06:10
In an interview released Sunday night, President Trump's Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway responded to a question about Trump's wiretapping accusations by referencing WikiLeaks latest release that suggests the CIA can use household smart devices for surveillance purposes. In the interview, Conway specifically mentions TVs (which were a feature of the WikiLeaks release) and microwaves (which weren't featured in the release): "there are many ways to surveil each other now...microwaves that turn into cameras, etc."
On Monday morning, Conway attempted to clarify her factually questionable statement, telling CNN that her comments the night earlier were meant to reflect general surveillance capabilities, not real evidence. She may have worsened the situation, though, with a new soundbite: "I'm not Inspector Gadget, I don't believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign, however, I'm not in the job of having evidence, that's what investigations are for."
She then went on Good Morning America to reinforce the Trump administration's lack of wiretapping evidence, saying that there isn't any specific evidence linking her "general statements" about surveillance to Donald Trump's accusations of wiretapping, saying "I wasn't making an allegation about Trump Tower... I don't have any evidence and I'm very happy that the House Intelligence Committee are investigating."
All in all, what seems like a damage control tour this morning might have brought more negative attention to Conway.
Benjamin Goggin is the News Editor at Digg.
VIDEO - Why the Russian navy were in the Channel - Russian warships pass through English Channel BBC News - YouTube
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:39
VIDEO - Caller: 'The President Has No Plan For My Generation' | On Point
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:23
In this Jan. 9, 2017, photo, Andrea Ledesma spreads sauce on pizza dough at Classic Slice restaurant in Milwaukee. (Carrie Antlfinger/AP)If you've noticed anything about this program during your time tuning in, you've probably noticed how important our callers are to the overall feel of our broadcast. This is perhaps made the most clear in our Friday Week in the News roundtable discussions, where the topics come fast and furious '-- and so do your calls.
Today, during our busy discussion, caller Sarah from Brooklyn had a few words to say about how she sees the Trump Administration "ignoring" her generation. And our guest, USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page, agreed with her.
TOM: Sarah in Brooklyn, NY, Sarah thank you for calling. You're on the air.
SARAH: Thank you Tom. I am calling because I wanted to mention something I don't hear anyone else talking about. And that is that it feels the President has no plan for my generation, which is the millennials. Everything he is trying to appeal to is, sure it's great that our parents can have coal mining jobs again, I mean we don't love that, you know, but what is going to happen with the things that we want to do? I feel like we don't have a seat at the table.
TOM: What do you want to hear him talking about that you don't think he is?
SARAH: I work in technology in New York, in a tech company and we have Republicans too here that come from other states. We kind of have a consensus. Just because we are millennials, we are the same generation. We want to talk about the environment. We are going to have to deal with the consequences of all of these policies. We're the real consequence bearers and we just don't have a seat at the table. Baby Boomers still have a grip on everything. I feel like we need to start a Super PAC to get the baby boomers out.
TOM: Sarah, but the president says he wants the gleaming future, all new infrastructure, gleaming American Future. That would be for millennials I guess. Sarah?
SARAH: No not the way, the kind of stuff that he is talking about. It's not technologically advanced. He's talking about tunnels and bridges.
TOM: And coal.
SARAH: We're trying to cut down on driving.
TOM: Sarah, I really appreciate your call. Millennial power there, the flag raised from Brooklyn. I mean Susan Page, we saw these interesting headlines this week. Sarah goes to environmental issues. And the reporting from out of the White House that Steve Bannon is pushing to take the US out of the Paris Climate agreement. The big agreement that was supposed to get us on track not to feel the worst effects of climate change, but that you've got Rex Tillerson, former head of Exxon for heaven's sakes and Ivanka Trump pushing back on that. What do we know about where that stands and what might actually emerge, Susan?
SUSAN: We know that President Trump has not followed through on his campaign promise to pull out of that agreement and that's been interesting because he's followed through on a series of other campaign promises including some controversial ones. But let me just congratulate Sarah on her perception. Because if you want to look at the war between baby boomers and millennials, look at the budget priorities that President Trump outlined on Monday. He said he wasn't going to touch Medicare and Social Security. Those are the biggest drivers of the federal budget, the biggest drivers of the expanding deficit and those are programs that of course, help people who are older, help baby boomers. And he's going to cut in big ways programs like, not just environmental programs, although they're included, but also education programs and childcare programs and school lunch programs and these are programs that of course help millennials and younger people. There is a big age divide and it fits with the divide among his own supporters because President Trump's supporters, his supporters were disproportionally older, he did not do nearly as well among millennials.
TOM: We're looking at a week in the news. I'm Tom Ashbrook. This is On Point.
This story aired on March 3, 2017.
VIDEO - President Trump Announces Elite Pedophile Ring Investigation
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 04:24
President Trump has announced a federal investigation into the Pizzagate elite pedophile scandal involving human trafficking on Tuesday and promised to help put an end to the ''horrific, really horrific crimes taking place.''
The president held a short, dramatic press conference after meeting with human trafficking experts to announce that he will direct ''the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies'' to devote more resources and personnel to the investigation.
Appearing at the press conference for less than two minutes, President Trump said that the issue has been on the radar of federal government ''for some time'' but since taking office in January the investigation has become ''much more focused.''
''It has been much more focused over the last four weeks, I can tell you that.''
Appearing calm and determined, Trump thanked staff members and his daughter Ivanka for their hard work on the issue in the lead up to his announcement. While the establishment and mainstream media have been trying to destroy the investigation into Pizzagate and suppress the findings, the Trump administration have been quietly researching and launching low-level take downs, gathering evidence in order to move up the chain.
Trump made it clear that the investigation intends to go all the way to the top, promising to bring the ''full force and weight of our government'' to eradicate the insidious problem.
''I want to make it clear today that my administration will focus on ending the absolutely horrific practice of human trafficking and I am prepared to bring the full force and weight of our government at the federal level in order to solve this horrific problem that is getting worse.
''Human trafficking is a dire problem, both domestically and internationally, and is one that's made really a challenge. And it's really made possible to a large extent, more of a modern phenomenon, by what's taking place on the Internet, as you probably know.
''Solving the human trafficking epidemic, which is what it is, is a priority for my administration. We're going to help out a lot. ''Solve'' is a wonderful word, a beautiful word, but I can tell you, we're going to help a lot.''
Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney welcomed the news on Twitter and provided D.C insider information: if Trump goes straight all the way with the investigation, senior Democrats and Republicans in D.C are going to be bought down.
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VIDEO - Kremlin spokesman: Russian ambassador met with advisers to Clinton campaign too | TheHill
Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:49
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman said in an interview Sunday that the Russian ambassador who met with Trump campaign officials also met with ''people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.''
''Well, if you look at some people connected with Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonConway on criticism: 'I'm not there to read about myself'Report: Cuomo takes major step toward presidential bidKremlin spokesman: Russian ambassador met with advisers to Clinton campaign tooMORE during her campaign, you would probably see that he had lots of meetings of that kind,'' Dmitry Peskov told CNN ''GPS'' host Fareed Zakaria. ''There are lots of specialists in politology, people working in think tanks advising Hillary or advising people working for Hillary.''
Peskov said it is the job of Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to meet with officials on both sides to talk about ''bilateral relations.''
Peskov also defended those meetings, saying they were not an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election.''But there were no meetings about elections '-- electoral process '... So if you look at it with intention to demonize Russia, you would probably say that, yes, he was trying to interfere in Hillary's activities. But it would be nonsense, because this is not true,'' Peskov said.
Peskov also said Putin never voiced support for then-presidential candidate Trump.
''You would probably recall that President Putin, during election campaign, had never answered directly a question about his candidate of his support. He kept saying that we will respect a choice of American people,'' Peskov told Zakaria.
Peskov, did however, concede that Putin preferred Trump over Clinton, saying, ''If you ask him whether he had mentioned the then-candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTHE MEMO: For Trump, an early test of leadershipTrump tried to call NY attorney before firing him: reportFired U.S. attorney invokes shuttered New York corruption panel in tweetMORE, I will answer, yes, he had.''
Peskov suggested that the Kremlin leader found Clinton hostile toward Russia, while Trump was open to thawing U.S.-Russian relations.
''The candidate Hillary Clinton was quite negative about our country in her attitude and in her program, declaring Russia being nearly the main evil in the world and the main threat for the United States,'' Peskov said.
''And to the contrary, the other candidate, Donald Trump, was saying that, 'Yes, we disagree with the Russians ... in lots of issues, but we have to talk to them in order to try to find some understanding.' Whom would you like better? The one who says that Russia is evil or the one who says that, 'Yes, we disagree, but let's talk to understand and to try to find some points of agreement?''' he asked.
VIDEO - Top Democrat Provides Update On Trump-Russia Investigation : NPR
Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:39
NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Sen. Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia and ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, about the Congressional investigation into Russia's influence on the U.S. election.
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
We start with a major player in the Senate's investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia is the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. He has called his role in this investigation - and I'm quoting - "probably the most important thing I've done in public life." And he joins us from Capitol Hill. Welcome to the program, Senator.
MARK WARNER: Thank you, Robert.
SIEGEL: If it's that important, is an investigation by a committee that operates behind closed doors an appropriate forum, or should there be a much more public airing as there was after 9/11 or as there was after Watergate, for that matter?
WARNER: I think it's really, really important that we come up with a bipartisan report. I also think, to your point, there are certain things that will be done behind closed doors because it involves sources and methods of how our spy agencies work, and people's lives and techniques could be put in jeopardy.
But it's also really responsible that we hold public hearings - and I think we're going to be holding our first public hearing within the next couple of weeks - that we have a report that is going to be public when we conclude this investigation. And my sense would be - the president continues to say he's done nothing; his people have had no contacts that were inappropriate. Then he should welcome...
WARNER: ...This investigation and help it because it would remove the cloud that's over the administration.
SIEGEL: General Clapper, who until January was director of national intelligence, said that he had seen no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. Is that still an open question for the Senate Intelligence Committee and for you?
WARNER: It is still an open question that we have to investigate any kind of contacts between either campaign and Russian operatives before the election. Oftentimes what happens is if one of our traditional agencies, say, like the CIA, will determine some kind of contact, they have to turn that over to the FBI. And that falls into the counter-espionage category. And generally speaking, the FBI doesn't then make comments about ongoing investigations. So these are all things that we're going to have to work through in an appropriate way.
SIEGEL: But when you say that's still an open question, I mean is that because it hasn't been disproved or because there's so much smoke that you're concerned there's a fire there?
WARNER: No, Robert. I'm saying I'm not going to forejudge where this investigation is going to end up. We're going to follow the intelligence wherever it leads. We're going to get to the bottom of this. We're going to run down all the appropriate leads. We're going to interview people. And I think we'll be able to reach our own conclusion. And my hope is, the sooner the better because at this point in time, with all these stories dribbling out on a daily basis, it is - I think it really has caught the attention of the American people.
SIEGEL: What about President Trump's claim that his lines were tapped by President Obama? Is that an allegation that the Senate Intelligence Committee should investigate, or is it...
WARNER: I would say this, Robert. If we see any evidence and if the president has any evidence of that, we will follow it.
SIEGEL: Is it his obligation to present that evidence to Senate now?
WARNER: I sure as heck believe it is. I mean to accuse the former president of what would be a felony and then not put forward any information, any evidence - Chairman Burr and I've said we'll follow any evidence wherever it leads. But you've got to have some evidence. You just can't put out a morning tweet and then switch to Arnold Schwarzenegger...
WARNER: ...And not expect folks to scratch their heads.
SIEGEL: Let's say that there's no evidence found of collusion between Americans and Russians - no Russian money entering the campaign, no Russian blackmail against any candidate. Is the fact that Russia tries to influence U.S. policy not in those criminal ways but more generally - if it tries to influence policy however it can, is that some kind of new danger or even a danger that's unique to Russia?
WARNER: It is absolutely a new danger. I mean the Russians have almost created a new theory of war that says beyond fighting in the land, air and sea, cyber is a whole new domain. And they are experts at misinformation, disinformation. They've done this for a long time in Eastern European elections, sometimes much more obviously with old-fashioned payola and bribes. They're doing it right now in the French presidential elections where they've actually put financial resources behind Marine Le Pen - the far-right candidate's campaign.
So I think Americans - one of the things that disappointed me - I know there was lots going on - that there wasn't more kind of general outrage with the Russian manipulation in our election regardless of whether there was any contact between candidates.
SIEGEL: And I guess I should ask you about one new thing that happened this week, which was that General Michael Flynn, who had been the national security adviser and is - who had to resign all about what he told Vice President Pence about his contact with the Russians - he has now registered retroactively as having been an agent for Turkey and having taken payments from a Turkish company but with interest that involved the extradition of a Turkish cleric in this country between August and November of last year. Is your committee interested in any conceivable relationship between General Flynn and Turkey?
WARNER: I'm not going to comment on individuals that we hope to question. Just on an individual basis, though, I found this morning's reports about General Flynn very troubling.
SIEGEL: Senator Warner, thanks for talking with us.
WARNER: Thank you, Robert.
SIEGEL: That's Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, who is the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
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