07/16/20

Law Enforcement Surveillance of BLM/Protests Goes Tech AI

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

Meet Dataminr, the leading artificial intelligence platform for real-time events and risk detection. In a world characterized by unexpected and rapidly moving events that can impact operations in innumerable and unforeseen ways, relevant information can surface anywhere at any time. Dataminr discovers, distills, and delivers alerts from the increasingly diverse and complex landscape of publicly available information—including social media, blogs, information sensors, and the dark web—ensuring that businesses have the knowledge they need to act with confidence.

Build the Movement to Defeat Racism!/¡Construir un ...

Back in January, The New York Post had a short article on how the NYPD on Monday was ordered to respond to a request for records related to its surveillance of Black Lives Matters protestors’ cell phones and social media.

The secret police documents were among a Freedom of Information Law request by the New York Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Millions March NYC, an activist group affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

But, the Glomar response kicked in. What is that? It is used often actually. It is where an agency refuses to confirm or deny the existence of responsive records. The term “Glomar” originates from a case related to the CIA’s classified Glomar Explorer project, in which the agency sought to recover materials for military and intelligence purposes from a sunken Soviet submarine in the Pacific Ocean.

George Floyd protests: Trump blames 'antifa' for violence ...

It is not just about Black Lives Matter, add in ANTIFA, The Youth Liberation Front, and Boogaloo among others, perhaps even MS-13.

Okay, circling back to Dataminr:

Leveraging close ties to Twitter, controversial artificial intelligence startup Dataminr helped law enforcement digitally monitor the protests that swept the country following the killing of George Floyd, tipping off police to social media posts with the latest whereabouts and actions of demonstrators, according to documents reviewed by The Intercept and a source with direct knowledge of the matter.

Dataminr helps newsrooms, corporations, and governments around the world track crises with superhuman speed as they unfold across social media and the wider web. Through a combination of people and software, the company alerts organizations to chatter around global crises — wars, shootings, riots, disasters, and so forth — so that they’ll have a competitive edge as news is breaking. But the meaning of that competitive edge, the supercharged ability to filter out important events from the noise of hundreds of millions of tweets and posts across social media, will vary drastically based on the customer; the agenda of a newspaper using Dataminr to inform its breaking news coverage won’t be the same as the agendas of a bank or the FBI. It’s this latter category of Dataminr’s business, lucrative government work, that’s had the firm on the defensive in recent years.

In 2016, Twitter was forced to reckon with multiple reports that its platform was being used to enable domestic surveillance, including a Wall Street Journal report on Dataminr’s collaboration with American spy agencies in May; an American Civil Liberties Union report on Geofeedia, a Dataminr competitor, in October; and another ACLU investigation into Dataminr’s federal police surveillance work in December. The company sought to assure the public that attempts to monitor its users for purposes of surveillance were strictly forbidden under its rules and that any violators would be kicked off the platform. For example, then-VP Chris Moody wrote in a company blog post that “using Twitter’s Public APIs or data products to track or profile protesters and activists is absolutely unacceptable and prohibited.” In a letter to the ACLU, Twitter public policy chief Colin Crowell similarly wrote that “the use of Twitter data for surveillance is strictly prohibited” and that “Datatminr’s product does not provide any government customers with … any form of surveillance.”

Dataminr continues to enable what is essentially surveillance by U.S. law enforcement entities, contradicting its earlier assurances to the contrary, even if it remains within some of the narrow technical boundaries it outlined four years ago, like not providing direct firehose access, tweet geolocations, or certain access to fusion centers.

Dataminr relayed tweets and other social media content about the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests directly to police, apparently across the country. In so doing, it used to great effect its privileged access to Twitter data — despite current terms of service that explicitly bar software developers “from tracking, alerting, or monitoring sensitive events (such as protests, rallies, or community organizing meetings)” via Twitter.

And despite Dataminr’s claims that its law enforcement service merely “delivers breaking news alerts on emergency events, such as natural disasters, fires, explosions, and shootings,” as a company spokesperson told The Intercept for a previous report, the company has facilitated the surveillance of recent protests, including nonviolent activity, siphoning vast amounts of social media data from across the web and converting it into tidy police intelligence packages.

Dataminr’s Black Lives Matter protest surveillance included persistent monitoring of social media to tip off police to the locations and activities of protests, developments within specific rallies, as well as instances of alleged “looting” and other property damage. According to the source with direct knowledge of Dataminr’s protest monitoring, the company and Twitter’s past claims that they don’t condone or enable surveillance are “bullshit,” relying on a deliberately narrowed definition. “It’s true Dataminr doesn’t specifically track protesters and activists individually, but at the request of the police they are tracking protests, and therefore protesters,” this source explained. There is much more detail here from The Intercept.

So, if law enforcement in various locations has a partnership with Dataminr, it puts to question why destructive protests on an ongoing basis continue to happen, costing lives, injuries, and ruining business and livelihoods. Ah, that is a question for governors, mayors, prosecutors, and judges but you can be assured that in many cases arrests have been made and investigators have additional tools to build cases against alleged criminals.

So, if there is to be law and order and any kind of restoration to community peace or civil society, tools such as Dataminr are valuable… that is if the unlawful acts are prosecuted in the first place.

07/16/20

Gorsuch at SCOTUS – Give up the State of Oklahoma?

By: Denise Simon | Founders Code

So many news reports on the recent decisions of the Supreme Court as the session came to a close weren’t aired and those that did reach the news were covered as they were political in scope. But one very consequential majority opinion authored by Neil Gorsuch did not have any coverage at all and it is will ripple through law offices and lobbyists as well as other states for years to come. It may also come down to Congress to resolve the land claims and treaties.

Supreme Court sneaks in another Indian Country case to the ...

The case comes from an Indian-American convicted for rape. He was sentenced to over 1,000 years plus life. After so many motions and appeals, one such filing reached the Supreme Court. This will be argued in many state legislatures, by owners of property, by tax revenue experts and by corporations especially those in the oil industry. Jimcy McGirt vs. Oklahoma lawsuit.

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The eastern part of Oklahoma, about half of the state’s total land, was granted by Congress to Native American tribes in the 19th century and is still under tribal sovereignty, the Supreme Court has ruled. Kmusser, based on 1890s data/Wikimedia CommonsCC BY-SA.

Land in eastern Oklahoma that the United States promised to the Creek Nation in an 1833 treaty is still a reservation under tribal sovereignty, at least when it comes to criminal law, the Supreme Court ruled on July 9. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote for the majority, “Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word.”

To most Americans, it may seem obvious that a government should live up to its word. But the United States has regularly reneged on the promises that it made to American Indian nations in the nearly 400 treaties that it negotiated with them between 1778 and 1871. Many people feared that the Supreme Court would turn a blind eye to another treaty breach in this case, McGirt v. Oklahoma.

For decades, the state of Oklahoma has prosecuted tribal citizens for committing crimes on lands in eastern Oklahoma that the United States granted to tribes in treaties. In 1997, Jimcy McGirt, a citizen of the Seminole Nation, was convicted in an Oklahoma state court of three sex crimes, including rape, that happened within the historic territory of the Creek Nation. He was sentenced to 500 years in state prison.

McGirt argued that the judgment was invalid because under an 1885 federal law, only federal courts – not state courts – have the authority to try American Indians accused of committing serious crimes on Indian reservations.

Who has jurisdiction?

In response to McGirt, Oklahoma had argued that even if the treaty granting land to the Creek Nation created a reservation, that treaty was no longer relevant. Oklahoma claimed that the lands, which included the places where McGirt’s alleged crimes happened, were no longer under tribal jurisdiction.

As the case made its way through state courts and then to the Supreme Court, Oklahoma claimed that even if the land was within the Creek reservation and therefore under Creek Nation jurisdiction, the state should be allowed to continue to prosecute tribal citizens on the land because it had done so for decades.

But the Supreme Court ruled that the terms of an 1833 treaty still apply, acknowledging that the Creek Nation had received the lands in eastern Oklahoma as partial compensation for surrendering and leaving their lands in what are now parts of Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. The court affirmed that the Creek lands in Oklahoma land remain the tribe’s reservation.

Gorsuch wrote, in a 5-4 decision supported by justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, that the state’s prosecutions of American Indians for crimes on the tribe’s reservation violated federal law and the Creek Nation’s treaty rights.

“Unlawful acts, performed long enough and with sufficient vigor, are never enough to amend the law,” he wrote. “To hold otherwise would be to elevate the most brazen and longstanding injustices over the law, both rewarding wrong and failing those in the right.”

For Oklahoma, the ruling means the state cannot continue to prosecute tribal citizens on tribal lands – which includes about half of Oklahoma’s territory because the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole nations have similar treaties with the United States granting them land in Oklahoma, too.

The state had argued in court that the ruling would cause all sorts of problems with law enforcement and the economy in Oklahoma. But within hours of the ruling, state officials and leaders of the five American Indian nations had released a joint statement assuring the public that they are negotiating agreements that will fix any problems that might arise.

The statement declared that all the authorities “are committed to ensuring that Jimcy McGirt … and all other offenders face justice for the crimes for which they are accused.” Under the Supreme Court decision, McGirt faces retrial by a federal court.

Beyond Oklahoma, the decision’s effects will vary by tribe and state. States from Florida to Michigan have sought to curtail tribal sovereignty, and this decision clearly affirmed tribal sovereignty and treaty rights. It also emphasized the limited powers that states have over American Indian tribes under the U.S. Constitution. States may now think twice before ignoring treaty promises or challenging tribal jurisdiction.

They may decide it’s better to negotiate than to fight in court.

This article is republished from The Conversation, a nonprofit news site dedicated to sharing ideas from academic experts.

07/16/20

All Lies Matter

By: Tabitha Korol

This is my fifth review of a children’s propagandist library book.  “Tasting the Sky” described Barakat’s childhood.  “Balcony on the Moon” covers her high school years and her ongoing pursuit for Palestine. 

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Ramallah-born Ibtisam Barakat, a kind, intelligent child, has become a thoughtful, accomplished young woman.  She excelled in her studies and defied Islamic custom by breaking free of an early arranged marriage to pursue her education.

In her book, Balcony on the Moon, she explains that she was born in “Palestine,” but questions why it appears nowhere on a map.  Except for the nineteen years of Jordan’s rule over its “West Bank,” it was historically Judea (from which is derived “Jew”) and Samaria.  The name Palestine was a Roman-contrived insult to the Jews, a taunt of their ancient Cretan enemies, the Philistines.

Ibtisam’s surname, Barakat, is Egyptian.  Her mother is Bedouin, a nomadic people.  There is no history, government, language, culture, literature, monetary system, or archaeological evidence of a Palestinian nation.

As further explanation, the following is my abridgment of Efraim Karsh’s The Privileged Palestinian“Refugee.”

After World War II and the displacement of millions, the UN General Assembly organized the International Refugee Organization (IRO) in December 1946.  Only the Arab escapees of the 1948-49 war received their own relief agency with 110 times the money allocated to others worldwide, although they did not meet the conventional refugee concepts.  They were not unprovoked victims, but the aggressors who should have compensated their Jewish and Israeli victims.  They were not displaced victims because they remained in their country of nationality, and they had no fear of persecution because Israel did not persecute them.  Israel’s future prime minister, Ben Gurion, promised them equality without exception, no harm, no expulsion, but peaceful coexistence with Israel’s Arab population.  Nevertheless, the UN blindly registered the false claimants as refugees, a lie, even adding new non-Palestinian arrivals to the roster.

They could not return to their dwellings in Judea and Samaria, Jordan’s West Bank, because Egypt and Jordan prohibited them, and Israel was awaiting a workable peace plan.  Those who fled to Jordan became Jordanian citizens.  And had King Hussein not attacked, there would have been no war, no refugees, and the West Bank would have remained Jordan’s.

Within months of its creation, UNRWA should have yielded control to the host countries and ended UN support for the works program on June 30, 1951, but it didn’t.  The Arabs refused to improve their condition and, instead, demanded increased and improved medical and education services.  The works program became a relief operation for an exaggerated number of Arabs; the mission of reintegration was all but abandoned by 1956.

Seventeen thousand displaced Jews in Israel plus hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Arab countries were absorbed into Israel’s citizenry, but the Arabs perpetuated their entitlement status of welfare recipients for generations, now in its 72nd year of eternal refugeedom.  Each time the Arabs were offered a large expanse of land, they refused and went to war.  They remain in the West Bank and in Gaza, hoping to someday conquer Israel and rename it Palestine for themselves.

Ibtisam Barakat’s Author’s Note begins: “When I mention that I am Palestinian, I am often asked: but where is Palestine on the map?”  She defines it geographically as an area ruled by many nations, Ottoman governance until World War I, and a British military mandate until 1948.  (TK-This was followed by Jordanian control for 19 years following its attack on Israel until Jordan lost another attack in 1967, when Israel, the victor, was forced into administering the territory.  It is now called “disputed land,” not Palestine.)

Ibtisam continued that Israel became a state because of the Holocaust, an incorrect, perpetuated lie.  Theodore Herzl, journalist, playwright, and visionary began bringing the centuries of love of Zion (Israel) to the world in the 1800s.  Ibtisam said that Britain had suppressed Palestinian aspirations for freedom, not true, a lie and that Israel had been established on three-quarters of the mandate, also untrue, a lie.  The Jews were betrayed in several ways over 100 years, one being that 78% of the land originally promised to them became Jordan, and the Arabs west of the Jordan River declined statehood.  They were Egyptians, Yemenites, Iraqis, and sundry nomadic tribes, not Palestinians.  They adopted the term in 1967 to support their victimhood narrative (a lie) with its lure of financial aid and the eventual goal of eradicating the Jews.  They eschewed statehood and independence.

During and after the Holocaust, many Jews returned to their homeland (then a borderless swath of land known as Palestine) and embraced Zionism, the movement to re-create the Jewish state.  After tirelessly petitioning for an independent state in their homeland, Israel became a UN-recognized, independent nation in 1948.  Tensions between Jews and Arabs a constant, now escalated, and the neighboring Arabs immediately waged war against the nascent state.

Lest Ibtisam or the reader continues the belief that the upheaval rests with Israel’s rebirth, we must return to the history of Islamic Jihad, beginning with Mohammed’s slaughter of Meccan Jews in 620 CE to the present.  The Quran commands violence.  Muslims must convert or eliminate all non-Muslims.  Mohammed founded the deadly cult of Islam, his words encouraging Islam’s children to relinquish their lives so as to take the lives of others.  Only Islam has this unique fanaticism of a self-sustaining religious component that feeds on the psychological weaknesses of humans who fear the unknown and need a secure hereafter.  This is what drives them to accept suicide bombings, fight holy wars, force conversions, and slaughter humans – the comfort that their view is must be followed by the rest of the world.

Ibtisam continues her story of family and school, surrounded by war and war stories.  She is never taught that their leadership refuses statehood and independence at every opportunity and that her people’s political narrative of victimhood is a fallacy, another lie.  Just as she seeks independence, so too could her people have done the same.  The key was in their own hands.

In ninth grade, she learns about Dalal al-Mughrabi, the female terrorist responsible for the 1978 Coastal Road massacre in Israel, killing 39 Israeli civilians, including 13 children, and compares 30 hours of fierce offensive terrorism with Menachem Begin’s defensive actions.   Attempting to equate an act of terror and slaughter with Israel’s self-protection is an invention, a lie.  She learns to create her own newspaper by reversing roles, featuring the terrorist Dalal as the embodiment of heroism, courage, and resistance.

With each bomb explosion, she believes that armed Israeli settlers are taking Palestinian property.  She has bought the war of words, using settlers to mean colonizers, when these Jews are the progeny of the indigenous people of thousands of years before who holds the legal title deed to the land of Israel.  Not only can the Jewish people claim an eternal covenant to the land of Canaan given them by God in Genesis 13-17, but upon their return from exile in the late 1890s, they bought the desolate land at exorbitant prices from the absentee Arab landlords who had laid claim to the land under the Ottoman Empire.

Our writer looks back, but not far enough. For her, the conflict began when Jews said they would rebuild Israel on Jewish land, and purchased or restored fallow or swampland in the early 1900s.  But it began long before.  From the Prophet’s jihad against Arabs (622-634);  to the Jewish tribes (624), to Zoroastrians (634-651), to Byzantine Christians (634-1453), Berbers (650-700), Hindus (638-1857), Christian Coptic Egyptians (640-655), Nubians (650), Turks (651-751), Spaniards (711-730), Franks (720-732), Chinese (751), Sicilians (812-940), Armenians and Georgians (1071-1920), Mongols (1260-1300), Albania (1332-1853), Serbs, Croats and Albanians (1334-1920), Romania (1350-1699), Bulgaria (1350-1853), Croatia (1389-1843), Poland (1444-1599), Indonesians and Malays (1450-1500), Assyrians, Armenians and Greeks (1450-1853), Russia (1500-1683), Hungarians (1500-1683), Germany (1529 – ongoing), Yazidis (1640), Austrians (1683), and into modernity – Israelis, Americans, British, Russians, Norwegians, Swedes, Thais, Nigerians, Australia –jihad is now global.  The International Union of Muslim Scholars calls on all Muslims to spread incitement to terror and extremism, for Palestinians to “seek death so as to be given life.”

Certainly, Ibtisam has not studied true Islamic history and she would be shocked to learn of the centuries of bloodshed, and it is possible that she would deny that history.  In Islam, lies are acceptable if the purpose is deemed worthy.  Mohammed set the laws: it was right to take land from others, to steal women from conquered men, and to make and break treaties for conquest.

The concept was significant when Ibtisam was taking her final high school exam, and her proctor asked if she would help a girl who was crying because she had no student enough to complete the questions.  Ibtisam reasoned that this would not qualify as cheating because Islam justifies lying if it is done to help a fellow Muslim.  She did not reason that if this incompetent student is accepted into college and subsequently drops out, the space she appropriated from a capable student is now lost.  The help for one came at the expense of another, and the lie has now become theft, perhaps even life-altering.

The Palestinians who once identified with other Arab countries came to Israel and now occupy the land they lost in their war of aggression against Israel, previously Jordan’s, previously Ottoman, previously a host of other ruling entities.  Wars change boundaries.  Until Israel chooses to annex the area, the Palestinians will continue to have meager health services because their huge funds are funneled to the PA for weapons and awards for mothers of martyrs.  Today’s Arabs are tired of Arab corruption and more freely express that they prefer life under Netanyahu.  They want an Israeli ID to work freely in Israel, a parliamentary democracy.

Saudi writer Abdulhameed Al-Ghobain tells the Arabic media that he and others support Israel’s annexation of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.  He states, “There was a call for establishing a Palestinian state. The Palestinians, the Arabs, and even the Arab League refused to recognize that there should be a Palestine state.  Maybe if a Palestinian state had been established, the situation would be different.  So for us to be waiting all these years, destroying our Arab nation, destroying our economies and not achieving anything . . . I arrived at the conclusion that this cause has not been a real and just cause at any point in history.  The Palestinian cause is an illusion … nothing to do with reality.”

07/16/20

A Conservative Senator with Guts

By: Cliff Kincaid

This is a story of two women. One, Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, denounced Black Lives Matter (BLM) as the Marxist organization it is. The other woman, Louise Radnofsky, a sports reporter for the Wall Street Journal, deceived her readers about the Marxist political agenda of Black Lives Matter, calling the group “decentralized.” This claim was then picked up by left-wing groups to defend BLM and attack Loeffler.

In fact, BLM is a group that honors convicted cop-killer, Assata Shakur, now living in Communist Cuba. A video shows a BLM co-founder admitting, “We are trained Marxists.”

Marxists are trained not to solve problems but to exploit them, on the road to socialism and communism. They were prepared when George Floyd died. Our cites were still burning when the BLM’s call to defund the police resulted in more black lives being lost as gun violence rose in those same cities.

BLM is in the forefront of a Maoist cultural revolution that few Republican Senators, except for Loeffler, seem to grasp.

Journalists distort the truth all the time. But Radnofsky works for a paper that carries a “conservative” reputation. That makes this case of media distortion and omission significant.

Her story was about Senator Loeffler, a part-owner of the WNBA team, the Atlanta Dream, objecting to the league glorifying the BLM movement on team uniforms. She appeared on Fox News and Newsmax TV to denounce the group’s “Marxist principles.”

While other “conservative” Senators were proposing to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth or to handcuff the police through more lawsuits, Loeffler took on the BLM directly. This is the kind of tough woman Trump needs on the ticket with him to salvage his campaign. Women need to know that BLM is not a group that deserves sympathy but scorn for dividing America along racial lines.

Here’s what Radnofsky wrote about BLM:

“Black Lives Matter is a decentralized political movement. Leaders of its official chapters, and throngs of loosely affiliated backers, generally support reallocating police funds to social programs, as well as other overhauls of police department oversight, discipline, and practices; many others have also pushed for departments to be completely abolished.”

In fact, BLM’s proposed destruction of “the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure” follows the dictates of the book, The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State, by Karl Marx comrade Friedrich Engels. The Marxists regard the family structure of husband, wife, and children to be a construct of capitalism and in need of complete overthrow. Hence, BLM also affirms “trans” rights, letting men become women, and vice versa. This is DNA denial.

Those interested in restoring the black family in America would be interested in that fact.

The BLM tribute to the terrorist Shakur is one thing. But the Capital Research Center notes that Susan Rosenberg, a board member of Thousand Currents — the group fiscally sponsoring the most organized part of the Black Lives Matter movement, the BLM Global Network Foundation — is a former convicted terrorist. The group posts links to the supporting documents.  The Rosenberg connection helps make the case that BLM is not only Marxist but pro-terrorist.

Radnofsky failed to do the elementary research required of a journalist upholding minimal standards of basic journalism. Perhaps she was afraid to report the facts because she would be criticized for doing so. This reflects the power of what former New York Times journalist Bari Weiss calls the mob-dictated dominant ideology in journalism today.

According to the Journal, this stand against BLM has “made Loeffler an outlier in the sports world, where leagues and franchises have rushed to embrace the antiracist movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd.”

Loeffler spoke out against the Marxist values of the BLM and suggested that basketball players and everyone unite as Americans behind the American flag — a global symbol of freedom. Her radical proposal was to put a small American flag on the uniforms of WNBA players to show unity.

This has made her an “outlier.” Nonsense.

Of course, the term, “antiracist,” as used by Radnofsky, is deliberately false. The group’s focus on saving the lives of one race of people is itself racist by definition. It is also Marxist and anti-family.

Official factions of the BLM have also been accused of anti-Semitism but never disavowed. Indeed, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) has thanked Loeffler for condemning BLM’s anti-Semitism. They said, “ZOA calls on all patriots and people of good conscience to join Sen. Loeffler in calling out the Black Lives Matter political organization for its Jew-hatred and its anti-Israel activities and associations, as well as it’s call to defund police and abolish prisons and the US military, as well as its call to end the nuclear family and asking young children to choose their own gender.”

Radnofsky’s bio says she has a master’s from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism was founded by Joseph Pulitzer (1847–1911), a famous newspaper publisher. “Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together,” Pulitzer wrote, on a plaque inside the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism building. “An able, disinterested, public-spirited press, with trained intelligence to know the right and courage to do it, can preserve that public virtue without which popular government is a sham and a mockery. A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself. The power to mold the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations.”

Today, it produces journalists who are not living up to his high aspirations. Sadly, this is typical.

To understand how journalism has been “fundamentally transformed,” please read this report, “Saving the World For Socialism: How Soviet Dupe and Fellow Traveler Curtis MacDougall Trained Today’s ‘Progressive’ Journalists.” MacDougall conceived “interpretative reporting,” the name of his textbook, and drove many young journalists to embrace this far-left worldview.

The report is based in part on my own experience in journalism. I saw it from the inside. Senator Loeffler is a victim but is standing up to it.

*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org.

07/16/20

Shameless Mueller, Romney Cast First “STONE” At Trump For Commutation

By: Daniel John Sobieski

The best thing that can be said about Willard Mitt Romney, the future one-term RINO Senator from Utah, is that he looks good in an empty suit. The wooden Romney, who holds the distinction of being the only candidate to lose a presidential debate to both Barack Hussein Obama and CNN’s Candy Crowley, has climbed down from the top of the wedding cake to opine that Trump has now become the poster child for ultimate corruption with his commutation of the outrageous sentence given to former associate Roger Stone for made-up process crimes.

Romney’s saying Trump’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence is the epitome of insider corruption:

GOP Sen. Mitt Romney (Utah) on Saturday sharply condemned President Trump’s commutation for longtime ally and political confidant Roger Stone, labeling it “historic corruption.”

“Unprecedented, historic corruption: an American president commutes the sentence of a person convicted by a jury of lying to shield that very president,” Romney tweeted Saturday morning.

Romney does not note that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose confused testimony on his report before Congress made Joe Biden seem competent by comparison, found no evidence of Russian collusion and admits he didn’t find any again in a Washington Post op-ed damning the commutation. So how can Roger Stone have been involved in assisting and covering up a crime that never happened?

The persecution and prosecution of Roger Stone was a classic attempt to scare and squeeze the bit players to “sing,” or as Professor Alan Dershowitz puts it, to “compose” a story pleasing to the prosecution. Except that Stone did nothing and knew nothing. There was nothing to confess. Nor would he have turned on President Trump to save his own skin, even if he did. So Mueller’s stormtrooper raid on Stone’s house and resultant prosecution and trial was a vendetta against someone who could not, would not, and did not assist Mueller in his politically motivated witch hunt. That is what real corruption looks like, Willard.

The raid on Stone’s house, an event choreographed for the liberal media, showed the personal animus and hatred of Trump and Stone motivating Mueller. More force was used to arrest Roger Stone than was used to rescue our heroes that were abandoned by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama as four Americans were left to die. As Attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon notes at Focnews.com:

President Trump’s Friday night commutation of the unjust 40-month prison sentence given to Roger Stone for convictions of lying to Congress and witness tampering was necessary to correct a grave injustice and abuse of power.

Now — at long last —   the tragedy of Stone’s wrongful and politically motivated indictment, trial, conviction, sentencing, and the rejection of his appeal is nearly over. This is a prosecution that should have never happened, and one that was motivated entirely by ego, politics, and hatred of President Trump….

The saga began with a predawn SWAT team raid on Stone’s Florida home, televised by a gleeful CNN crew that — by an amazing “coincidence” – happened to be on the scene. It looked like a bad made-for-TV movie about the takedown of an armed and dangerous terrorist leader of the caliber of Usama bin Laden — when, in fact, Stone was unarmed and posed no danger to anyone….

What exactly did Roger Stone do to merit 40 months in prison — a sentence longer than some drug dealers, killers, human traffickers, rapists, and robbers receive?…

The judge abandoned all pretense of impartiality when she complained about alleged threats Stone had made against her on social media in his typical flamboyant, exaggerated fashion (before she muzzled him with a gag order). Since when have we allowed the alleged victim of wrongdoing to judge the allegation and hand out a prison sentence to the alleged perpetrator?

Most laughable was the stentorious pronouncement that Stone should have received more punishment for “witness tampering” — angry texts by Stone to a longtime friend, Randy Credico about Credico being a “rat” for talking to prosecutors and about the disputed substance of his testimony.

That’s it – this is the list of his crimes along with a 60-something’s foggy and inconsistent memory about things that weren’t crimes and things that were true such as Stone’s alleged collusion with leaker Julian Assange of Wikileaks. So why aren’t those who lied about serious things in and outside of Congress in the attempt to overthrow a sitting President with falsified documents like the Steele dossier and committing fraud against the FISA Court among other real crimes prosecuted? Why aren’t James Clapper, John Brennan, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, and others on trial or in jail? If nasty text messages are a crime why are Peter Strzok and Lisa Page roaming free?

Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett heartily concurs and notes the framing and entrapment of Roger Stone were eerily similar to the persecution and prosecution of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn:

Illegitimately appointed under federal regulations, Mueller employed a scorched-earth strategy to bully, intimidate, and threaten people like former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos into coerced guilty pleas.

Mueller’s ultimate goal was to get these people to incriminate President Trump for imaginary crimes based on invented evidence of Russian “collusion” to steal the 2016 presidential election. But they didn’t. There was nothing incriminating. But the truth was irrelevant to the special counsel….

People associated with the president — like conservative radio host Jerome Corsi and former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland — were put in a room and threatened with years behind bars if they declined to capitulate. But they refused to lie and no charges were brought against them because there was no evidence they had done anything wrong….

Twenty-nine FBI agents wearing tactical gear and wielding M4 rifles swept across Stone’s lawn. Four agents used a battering ram to break down his front door and then pointed rifle barrels at Stone’s head.

A helicopter hovered above, and two police boats roared up to the back yard of Stone’s home. The bust was shown live on CNN, which just happened to be there at 6 a.m….

The indictment of Stone was a gaseous windbag of a document. It told of a tantalizing story about Trump, WikiLeaks, and Julian Assange. The indictment suggested that Stone might have had some advance knowledge or inside information about the contents of hacked Hillary Clinton campaign emails that were released by WikiLeaks in the summer of 2016.

“Advance knowledge” is not a crime, by the way….

Instead, Stone stood accused of reaching out to WikiLeaks and asking others to do so — as did hundreds of journalists in the summer of 2016, myself included. That is not a crime. If it was, I’d be composing this column behind bars.

An examination of Stone’s emails showed that he provided little more than the same information that WikiLeaks had already stated publicly. Stone speculated that the Clinton emails would be damaging. But that was stating the obvious.

Willard has done this before. Before he butt-kissed President-elect Trump at a private dinner while lobbying for a secretary of state job that would have returned the 2012 presidential loser to political relevance, Romney during the 2016 campaign trashed Trump as the coming of America’s political apocalypse: On March 3, 2016, Romney before the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the Libby Gardner Hall in the University of Utah went after Trump. In that speech, he thoroughly trashed Donald Trump, who was then the front-runner in the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries:

Romney said Trump’s domestic policies “would lead to recession.” He said his foreign policies “would make America and the world less safe.” And he said Trump’s temperament was unsuited to the White House: “the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.”

The shameless name-calling didn’t stop here. Romney quickly proclaimed that Trump was a “phony” and a “fraud,”  tweeting, “Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”

Of course, none of this was true. Instead, we saw things like the remaking of the federal judiciary, returning it to its originalist roots, and SCOTUS appointments like Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, appointments to the Supreme Court that will affect the course of this nation and our democracy for generations, not just until the next election.

In the end, Trump first won the nomination and then the election because he pursued and enacted policies as conservative as Reagan’s if not more so. He cut taxes, regulations, environmental restrictions, prohibitions against energy exploration and development, all to free the American entrepreneur and worker from the chains of creeping socialism. Before the China Wuhan virus and Democratic-sponsored riots, minority unemployment was at historic lows, wages were rising, manufacturing jobs were returning, opportunity zones were reshaping our inner cities and prison reform had brought true social justice to black America, He’s rebuilding the military, but in a sensible way. Yes, we need to fight terrorism but we can beat ISIS,  and have, but we don’t need to spend our resources and manpower chasing random jihadists through Middle Eastern deserts while China and Russia test hypersonic missiles.

Again, Trump is transforming the courts at all levels, restoring them as bastions protecting the originalist interpretation of the Constitution the Founders. The words of the Constitution will be interpreted as they were written in the context of the times they were written, not interpreted in the heat of contemporary passions or the finite wisdom of the Washington Post editorial board.

So what is Romney’s problem now other than his cummerbund is on too tight?  The basic problem is that Trump became President and Romney never did or could. Trump brought jobs, prosperity, growth, and opportunity.  Romney is clearly polishing his street creds for a 2024 presidential run. Jealousy in a rich and entitled stuffed shirt is an ugly thing. A forgiving Trump endorsed Romney’s Senate bid in 2018 only to be repaid by being the only sitting Republican Senator to vote to impeach a President of his own party ever. Historic corruption, Mitt? Try Robert Mueller and Obama’s deep state den of traitors. You are the poster child for historic spinelessness and shameless opportunism

None of the charges against Trump, Flynn, or Stone are true. But they were true about the terrorists and traitors Obama set free with full pardons. As PJMedia reports:

Obama also commuted the sentence of convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera, the leader of the Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional Puertorriqueña (FALN), a Puerto Rican terrorist group. FALN was responsible for 130 attacks in the United States, and at least six deaths. An unrepentant Lopez-Rivera was serving a 70-year sentence when Obama set him free. The Congressional Black Caucus had repeatedly lobbied for Lopez’s release during the Obama years, and the commutation was met with praise from Democrats like Bill de Blasio, Congressman Luis Gutiérrez, Bernie Sanders, and others.

Obama also granted clemency to hundreds of drug offenders he claimed were non-violent offenders who deserved a second chance, because of racism or something. It later came out that many of the people he released were actually violent offenders guilty of gun crimes. Obama granted more acts of clemency than any president since Truman.

On these things Willard is silent. Maybe if Romney has gone after Obama’s and Hillary’s very real record of failure and corruption in 2012 he would have won. Trump did and Romney is not likely to get tickets to Trump’s second inaugural.

* Daniel John Sobieski is a former editorial writer for Investor’s Business Daily and freelance writer whose pieces have appeared in Human Events, Reason Magazine, and the Chicago Sun-Times among other publications.

07/16/20

Get Ready for the “Rainbow Nation” of America

By: Cliff Kincaid

It’s “Nelson Mandela International Day,” designated as such by the United Nations, on July 18. Look for Nelson Mandela statues to be erected in place of George Washington. (There’s already one at the U.N.). But in the same way the founding of the U.N. by communist spy Alger Hiss is routinely ignored, we will not be told that Mandela was exposed as a member of the South African Communist Party and that whites are now fleeing the workers’ paradise he created.

Meanwhile, Barack Hussein Obama’s former Ambassador to South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, who is now the president of the Open Society Foundations of George Soros, has announced a staggering grant of $220 million for black power movements, “placing a bet on their ability to carry today’s momentum toward a better tomorrow.” That’s on top of the admitted $15.2 billon the billionaire hedge fund operator has already provided to various Marxist and “progressive” forces.

Conservatives have focused on the amount of money rather than the credentials of the strategist. It is significant that Patrick Gaspard was Obama’s Ambassador to South Africa, already considered a “Rainbow Nation” where communists rule. A member of Obama’s inner circle, he had served as Director of the White House Office of Political Affairs, the executive director of the Democratic National Committee, the national political director for Obama for America in 2008, and lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Gaspard was confirmed as Ambassador to South Africa by the Senate on August 1, 2013, in a voice vote with no dissent. He served as the U.S. ambassador to South Africa until 2016.

As an eyewitness to what is happening in South Africa, Gaspard understands how a communist regime can take power through the democratic process.  Of course, the communist government there is attracting and exploiting the votes of the majority black population. Whites are facing discrimination and fleeing, being persecuted, and/or being killed. In the U.S., at least for the time being, whites are still a majority.

The key to the Soros/Gaspard strategy is to shame enough whites into joining the communist coalition.  These are the “progressive whites” caught up in the George Floyd protests. Through one of the most skillful propaganda campaigns ever launched, the cops in the Floyd case were portrayed as cold-blooded killers when in fact they were confronted with a career criminal high on drugs who was foaming at the mouth and resisting arrest. Evidence in the case, as I document in the column, “The Lies Behind the George Floyd Case,” exonerates the police of the horrendous charges of murder and aiding murder that has been made against them.

The article, “Mandela and Communism,” from the Communist People’s World newspaper, is very important in this context. It was about the South African president Nelson Mandela, exposed as a member of the South African Communist Party after his death, and compares him to Barack Hussein Obama, who concealed his relationship with Communist Party USA figure and mentor Frank Marshall Davis.

Published on December 13, 2013, after Obama’s election to a second term, author Rick Nagin said communist revolutions go through various stages and that, in the U.S., the “Democratic parts of the ruling class” were “still very much needed” for communism to succeed here. Nagin, a veteran Communist Party official, urged support for President Obama and “the Obama coalition,” in order to prevent division in the ranks of the progressives. He said to “win at this stage we need to emulate the steadfastness and political maturity shown by Mandela and the South African Communist Party.”

Obama delivered the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg, July 17, 2018, and said, “I believe in Nelson Mandela’s vision.” He wrote the foreword to the 2010 book, Nelson: Conversations with Myself, by Mandela.

Obama’s key ally in Congress was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. “I think Nancy Pelosi, when the history is written, will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country’s ever seen,” Obama said.

In this context, the name of Dr. Carlton Goodlett is significant. A communist associate of the Peoples Temple cult leader Jim Jones, whose more than 900 followers committed “revolutionary suicide” in Guyana in 1978, Goodlett was a Lenin Peace Prize winner and a central figure in the Democratic Party in San Francisco. Incredibly, there is a street in San Francisco, Dr. Carlton B Goodlett Place, named after this communist, where City Hall is located. House Speaker Representative Nancy Pelosi praised Goodlett after his death as a civil rights leader.

Pelosi, of course, is still running the House, while Obama is officially out of office.

President Trump’s real opponent isn’t Joe Biden, but Obama, who operates mostly behind the scenes. Gaspard understands that as long as Trump continues to talk about Biden, rather than Soros and Obama, the strategy to create a “Rainbow Nation” in America may succeed.

“Obama’s victory was more than a progressive move; it was a dialectical leap ushering in a qualitatively new era of struggle,” wrote Marxist activist Frank Chapman, a leading member of the pro-China Freedom Road Socialist Organization who recently showed up in Minneapolis to join the protests. “Marx once compared revolutionary struggle with the work of the mole, who sometimes burrows so far beneath the ground that he leaves no trace of his movement on the surface,” he said. “This is the old revolutionary ‘mole,’ not only showing his traces on the surface but also breaking through.”

Obama and Gaspard provide the brains, Soros gives them money, and Chapman and their comrades are the cannon fodder for the street revolution. Biden is their frontman.

*Cliff Kincaid is president of America’s Survival, Inc. www.usasurvival.org.