31 thoughts on “American Spectator: The Bell Is About to Toll

  1. The author’s partisan bona rides are certainly on display.

    I suspect we will never see much of the Durham investigation. Or if we do it will be so redacted and cherry picked by Barr to make a false impression. From what I gather, Durham is not partisan so we’ll see what happens. Maybe.

    I did find it kind of fun that the author conflated Brennan’s vote for Gus Hall as a student in 1976 as evidence of being in Putin’s pocket. That era of lies about the war, Hoover, Nixon’s enemies lists, Watergate, assassinations, riots etc., was not exactly America’s finest hour. Trust in government had ebbed since the euphoria of post war successes. Yet, Brennan admitted his vote during a CIA interview and was still accepted.
    Apparently an early version of the “nothing burger”.

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  2. The Bell is about to toll? Don’t hold your breath. This is only the latest in a long line of bullshit efforts to discredit our national security agencies for resisting Russian attacks.

    By the way, did you notice that the much touted and longingly hoped for Trump State Department review of Clinton emails came up with ZILCH. Absolutely nothing new and no deliberate mishandling of classified material.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/state-department-probe-of-clinton-emails-finds-no-deliberate-mishandling-of-classified-information/2019/10/18/83339446-f1dc-11e9-8693-f487e46784aa_story.html

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    1. RE: “By the way, did you notice that the much touted and longingly hoped for Trump State Department review of Clinton emails came up with ZILCH.”

      Yes. We discussed the story a month ago here in the forum. It is not true the review “came up with ZILCH”:

      AT: At least 130 State Dept. officials notified of possible ‘culpability’ in ‘security incidents’ related to Hillary’s private email server

      https://tidewaterforum.blog/2019/09/29/at-at-least-130-state-dept-officials-notified-of-possible-culpability-in-security-incidents-related-to-hillarys-private-email-server/

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    2. The real scandal of the Clinton Email server is that she had it at all, keeping documents that rightfully belonged to the National Archives under her control so those that could hurt her could be conveniently destroyed.

      The classified material mishandling is just the scandal she wanted you to focus on instead of the real one.

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      1. I believe the team of Mr. and Mrs. Kushner are, or were, using private servers for some official emails that should go in the archives.

        But that’s different. Nepotism excuses that according to Fed Regs…somewhere I guess.

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      2. Those goal posts keep moving. Now that the hoped for revelations about mishandling classified documents failed to materialize we now have to look for “the real scandal.” LOL!

        At the time that Clinton was Secretary of State there was no law against using personal email accounts for work related communications. There WAS an obligation to provide copies of such emails to the archives which Clinton eventually did. That she was slow in getting to that compliance is a legitimate criticism but hardly a scandal let alone “the real scandal.”

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        1. Sadly, the Pilot’s archives are no longer available, but i pointed out that we were being duped into looking at the wrong scandal prior to the 2016 election.

          It’s a repeated Clinton rope-a-dope, to provide a survivable scandal to draw attention away from the damning one.

          Hillary did the same thing with Benghazi. We were steered to focus on the failure to rescue our people when the real scandal was overthrowing Gadahfi, who we had no legal cause to attack, and turning Libya’s large cache of conventional weapons over to ISIS.

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          1. No, no that ain’t the problem at all.

            The real scandal was Bush invading Iraq, which led to Al Qaeda, which led to the wars, which led to the Arab Spring, which led to…

            Of course, that was preceded by us overthrowing a lawfully elected popular president in Iran and installed the brutal dictator known as the Shah, which let to the Iranian revolution, “Death to America”…

            I know, this is ridiculous. But if you notice the absence of any conflict with Saudi Arabia, you get an A+ for keen perception. And then, for extra credit, you note that all the ideology for the Islamic extremism everywhere in the world comes from, drum roll please, Saudi Arabia.

            And lo and behold, we have Saudis that have bailed both our esteemed president and his favorite son-in-law out of failed real estate ventures. Which is why we are feeding the Saudis weapons to slaughter Yemeni families, and. … ah, screw it. You get the picture.

            Gosh, this puzzle is, well, puzzling.

            And since we are so good a this kind of foreign policy scandals, we are know as the home of American Exceptionalism. We are exceptionally good at f#@&%#g things up.

            IMHO, of course.

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      3. RE: “Now that the hoped for revelations about mishandling classified documents failed to materialize we now have to look for ‘the real scandal.'”

        The revelations materialized, in fact, in the letter James Comey read at his famous press conference where he declined to recommend prosecution for Hillary’s criminal conduct. Dr. Tabor’s point is thus well taken: Hillary’s mishandling of classified information was a crime, but her failure to adhere to federal records requirements was a breach of public trust, comparable to a high crime.

        Repeating the same disinformation as you do will never make it true.

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  3. After the way General Flynn was treated, with a pre dawn swat raid appropriate for a drug lord, I sincerely hope to see Comey and everyone else who played part in it go to prison.

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    1. More white privilege? Why should a person in high office who has sold out his country be immune from measures that are routinely applied to “drug lords.” The clear and legitimate purpose of a pre dawn apprehension is to try to prevent evidence from being destroyed.

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  4. Oh, boo hoo. You probably totally ignored the manner in which Mr. Comey was fired. His firing couldn’t wait one, two more days . . . no; Trump had to send a personal administration guy (in some capacity) to California for the sole purpose of literally handing over to Comey his notice of separation. Flynn was treated as he should have been.

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    1. Well, at least they didn’t shoot his dog.

      But please do tell me how a retired general with 30 years of service to the country deserved to have a swat raid on his home before dawn for something that for anyone else would have been handled by two agents in business suits knocking on the door at a decent hour.

      There is no excuse for treating an old soldier that way.

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        1. Treason? He lied to the FBI about conversations with a Russian official in which he asked the Russians to not retaliate for Obama administration sanctions until Trump had a chance to review them and he failed to register as a paid agent for Turkey.

          Hardly treason.

          This is white collar crime at worst and dynamic entry searches and arrests are by law supposed to be reserved for specific exigent circumstances, none of which applied.

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      1. How do you know? When was the last time “The Compound” was raided by federal agents? Your pipe dream of how they should do their job shows how little you know of federal law enforcement.

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        1. Actually, during the Ryan Frederick trial, which I covered for Tidewater Liberty, I spent a great deal of time studying the law pertaining to searches. I wrote about it for the Pilot.

          http://tinyurl.com/RnorN

          You should read the SCOTUS cases cited there.

          Sadly, these days police around the country are getting their search training watching TV.

          BTW, Police kill 25 to 30 family pets every day.

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  5. Really? An “old soldier” argument is what you have? The judge had about as much sympathy for Flynn as I do.

    “You were an unregistered agent of a foreign country while serving as the national security adviser to the president of the United States,”

    Seems reasonable to me to be concerned.

    Funny how all these people connected to Trump had some path to Putin & Russia.

    And, Trump was too sappy to listen to Sally Yates when she did her best to warn him about Flynn.

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    1. Flynn was an unregistered agent for Turkey, not Russia.

      Forced entry searches without giving the subject time to collect himself and admit them peaceably, are restricted to certain exigent circumstances such as narcotics that could be destroyed if there is a delay, hostage situations and known dangerous individuals who could be expected to resist violently.

      None if those applied to Flynn, he was raided for the purpose of intimidation.

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      1. Financial records are as easy or easier to destroy as drugs. Flynn had already proven himself to be untrustworthy with his lies making it entirely appropriate to take him by surprise. The idea that a tough soldier was going to be intimidated by this approach is quite a stretch.

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      2. Thanks for the link to your article about the Ryan Frederick case. I can see you went to a great deal of trouble to inform yourself. You may have even become an expert. In that article you wrote . . .

        “Expedited forced entry for a search may be reasonable if there are exigent circumstances, such as evidence which can be quickly destroyed …”

        I wonder why this clear example of “exigent circumstances” which was FIRST on your list at that time is completely gone while discussing the arrest of Michael Flynn. Given your expertise on this subject, I can only surmise that this category of “exigent circumstances” simply did not fit the assertion of abuse you want to make about Flynn so you deliberately left it out in an attempt to mislead your readers.

        If there is some other reason you omitted this category which was at the top of your list in 2009 maybe you could share what it might be.

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        1. I thought that would be pretty obvious.

          Flynn knew he was under investigation, his background was military intelligence, so searching for incriminating documents would be pretty much pointless. Any records he had that would have been incriminating would have been long gone, at least as hard copies.

          There would certainly have been nothing incriminating at his house, and their wasn’t. And the FBI knew well ahead there would not be. So, that exigent circumstance goes out the window.

          Are you going to claim now that he was going to fight it out with the FBI to the death for a white collar crime?

          The only reason for the raid was intimidation, humiliation and a photo op.

          And again, there is no excuse for the government to act like bully.

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          1. You thought that would be pretty obvious? Given the way you operate, No sale.

            You have ZERO knowledge of what documents Flynn may or may not have had in his possession and even less knowledge of what law enforcement knew about it. It is entirely relevant that at the time of the arrest Flynn had proven to be untrustworthy. It would have been folly to give him any chance to destroy anything that he might have had.

            Your idea that the government should not act like a bully is generally a good one but seems to elude you every time there is a case of police brutality targeting minorities or when someone like Colin Kaepernick has the gall to protest such bullying.

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        2. BTW, the same thing applied in 2009 in the Ryan Frederick case.

          The Chesapeake police knew that Fredericks marijuana plants were in the detached garage when their informant saw them(and stole most of them) so they knew there was no reason to knock the door to his house down without warning as that was not where the evidence was. .

          The Chesapeake police were simply bullies who liked terrorizing minor criminals,and they were quite successful, They scared him so much they got a policeman killed.

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  6. I didn’t say Flynn was an unregistered agent of Russia. I quoted what the judge said re: Flynn being an unregistered agent of Turkey. Sorry; I thought you’d remember that judge’s in-court comments.

    But, Flynn did have plenty of connections with the Russian, Kislyak. (sp?)

    You have to remember that this was all unfolding during that period when intelligence agents from the NSA, FBI and others had come out saying Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election. With all that going on WHY WOULDN’T people with sketchy connections with Russia be investigated? Since we saw photos of Flynn at Putin’s table in Russia, WHY WOULDN’T our agents need to find documents, etc., before he had time to destroy or move anything? The man was as toxic and guilty as Manafort.

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