“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, January 19, 2018


‘Worse Than Watergate’: ‘Shocking’ House Intel Memo Allegedly Reveals FISA Abuse by Senior DOJ and FBI Officials

Members of the House on Thursday said they viewed a “shocking” classified memo allegedly detailing abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials in relation to the investigation of the Trump campaign and called for it to be declassified and available to the public immediately.

“It’s troubling. It is shocking,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Fox News. “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.”
“The facts contained in this memo are jaw-dropping and demand full transparency. There is no higher priority than the release of this information to preserve our democracy,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), a member of the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the DOJ and the FBI.

Another Judiciary Committee member, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), called what he saw in the memo “sickening” and said it was “worse than Watergate.”

I have read the memo. The sickening reality has set in. I no longer hold out hope there is an innocent explanation for the information the public has seen. I have long said it is worse than Watergate. It was & .

Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), another Judiciary Committee member,  called the memo “deeply troubling” and said it raises questions about the “Obama DOJ and Comey FBI.”

“The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation,” he tweeted.

The classified report compiled by House Intelligence is deeply troubling and raises serious questions about the upper echelon of the Obama DOJ and Comey FBI as it relates to the so-called collusion investigation.

“You think about, ‘is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is,” Rep. Scott Perry (R-VA) told Fox News.

“It is so alarming the American people have to see this,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, also said to network.

The viewing of the memo came after all Republican members of the House intelligence committee, whose investigators compiled the classified memo, voted Thursday to make it available to all House members. Every Democrat on the committee voted against it.

According to Gaetz, the memo’s contents could lead to the firing — and perhaps even jailing — of senior DOJ and FBI officials.

“I think that this will not end just with firings. I believe there are people who will go to jail,” he said on Fox News’ Hannity.

He said what he saw in the memo also explains why Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently referred the Fusion GPS dossier author Christopher Steele for a criminal investigation.

“I think there will be criminal implications here,” Gaetz added.

The memo also reportedly contains information about the dossier put together by Fusion GPS that alleged Trump and members of his team colluded with Russians in the 2016 election, according to a report by investigative journalist Sara Carter.
It was revealed in October that the dossier was funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Despite being a political document, the dossier was reportedly part of the evidence FBI officials used to apply for and obtain a warrant through a secret FISA court to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Page told Breitbart News in a statement: “After over a year of inciting discord and threats of violence across America, it’s encouraging that the individuals in Washington responsible for these efforts to undermine our great democracy may be held accountable soon.”

Breitbart News reported on March 3, 2016, that the Obama administration took steps to undermine Trump’s presidential campaign using “police state” tactics, including spying on the Trump campaign. That report is widely believed to have led to President Trump’s tweet that later accused the Obama administration of wiretapping Trump Tower.

Members of the public and Congress are now calling for the document to be declassified and released to the public.

Immediately & ALL relevant material sourced in it. Every American needs to know the truth! We wouldn't be revealing any sources & methods that we shouldn't; only feds' reliance on bad sources & methods.
DeSantis said the House intelligence committee, pursuant to House rules, should vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible.

“While the report is classified as Top Secret, I believe the select committee should, pursuant to House rules, vote to make the report publicly available as soon as possible. This is a matter of national significance and the American people deserve the truth,” he said.

“Rule X of the House Rules allows the select committee to publicly disclose any information in its possession after a determination by the select committee that the public interest would be served by such disclosure.”

According to House Rules, if the House intelligence committee votes to make the report public, President Trump would have five days to issue an objection. If he objected, it would take a vote on the House floor.



  1. The US media will have to be broken up after this. None of them have this as a top story, "The Story."

    Now is the time for Drudge.

    1. Free market capatialism ...

      500 channels and you can't find a favorite.

      Drudge can have a channei, too.
      If they wanted.

      Sinclaier - largest media company there is ... More stations in down stream markets than any competitor.

      A ferocious Conservative voice.

      Ignored by those who continually bash the media.

      In the face of that reality you guys propagate "Fake News" and demand the rape of the First Amendment.

      So sad

  2. Ah YES !


    This was all over Fox today especially on Hannity and Ingraham Angle too.

    I soooooo want to see the shit hit the fan against Hillary, Comey, Mueller, and all the supporting cast of hundreds !

    1. It'll be great ...
      Hillary in the dock and exonerated. .
      Mr Trump impeached by the House in 2019.

      Unable to convict him in the Senate, it'll be an ego wounded and mentally unstable Mr Trump who limps on to the end of his term.

      Destroying the GOP and tthe "Conservative" cause ...

      And that is the posituve scenario.

      After Mr Trump initiates a "First Strike" against the fearsome and ferocious "Rocket Man" and the images of the millions of South Korean casualties flood US TVs and other devices ..

      A war of choice - instigated by a fearful Neo-Liberal that has to "Wag the Dog", to save himself ...

      That without even referencing what Mr Bannon referred to as TREASONOUS
      activities perpetrated by Team Trump.

      It will not end well, for the Party of Trump

    2. You derailed with your first sentence.

      Why read further ?

    3. Well actually your second utterance...'Hillary in the dock and exonerated'

  3. Somehow someway we are going to have to train Quirk to watch Fox News and read Drudge and American Thinker.

    I wonder if little chocolate prizes for good behavior would work ?

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    1. His replacement could well be Jeff Flake. If Maverick holds on until October

      Appointed by the Gov to fill McCain's seat, until a Special election was held ...

      Then AZ would have one new Democrat Senator and a Rwal Republican, Jeff Flake.

      A double whammy on Team Trump

      A lot like Wisconsin 10, where the Party of Trump lost. A Stste Senate seat witha 26 point swing to the Dems. In a seat tbe Repubmicans had held for 18 years.
      A district where Trump trounced Hillary

      So sad

  5. Care to share your perspectives, Ash ?


    1. Wisconsin 10, where the Party of Trump lost. A State Senate seat with a 26 point swing to the Dems.

      In a seat tbe Repubmicans had held for 18 years.

      A district where Trump trounced Hillary

      Har de har har

      The punchline to Mr Mueller's joke . ...

      It'll have 'em rolling in the aisles ...
      Of Congress, in 2019.

      Fuck the Storm ...
      There's a Tsunami coming

    2. From your typing of your last two posts you look to have been doing some late night drinking.

    3. No Stanley , it's just low light and big thumbs.

      You know about low lightibg, but your hands are built for typing, aren't they.

      I mean, your typing is suburb
      Your fingers must be tiny

  6. Quirk will go with his standard "they are all dicks" line.

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    2. Thank you.

      I appreciate your staying away from me.

      Please keep it up.

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    5. Umpf

      Jack just does not have any self control.

  7. Yeppers, all those in DC are Swamp Masters, no doubt.

    Mueller issued the subpoena after Bannon was quoted in a new book criticizing Trump, saying that Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with Russians was “treasonous” and predicting that the special counsel investigation would ultimately center on money laundering.

    The Muellerjoke keeps getting funnier

    Can't wait for the punchline.

    They'll be rolling in the aisles.

  8. You guys can, if you want to stay ahead of the curve ...

    Google. "VEB Bank Trump"

    The results won't be surprising, not if reports of money laundering and corruption are what you expect to see.

  9. .

    Release the Report

    Let's stop talking about it and get the report released.

    If it's as blockbuster as these boys say it is, the American people should know.

    Maybe then, instead of getting sentences like this...

    Despite being a political document, the dossier was reportedly part of the evidence FBI officials used to apply for and obtain a warrant through a secret FISA court to spy on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

    Damn tired of hearing about 'reportedly', 'supposedly', 'we can assume', 'unnamed sources say', etc. etc. etc.

    Get it out to the public and we can see what evidence these boys have for their charges. Hopefully, this won't be like the last time Nunes went public.

    Quirk will go with his standard "they are all dicks" line.

    Why wouldn't I? They all are. That is independent of anything in this whiz-bang report. It's certainly not dependent on whether it gets released.


    1. I like the "they are all dicks" line.

      Leaves no room for any pissing or moaning or exceptions.

    2. Taken to its furthest extreme it leaves Quirk as the only non-dick in the entire world.

      I've got no problem with that either.


    3. Who do you think cares your 'likes' bare Robert "Facebook" Peterson?

      You are a continuous embarrassment.


  10. The "Optics" of having a Neo-Liberal gala inaugural anniversary celebration at the Florida flop house, with meal tickets costing six figures...

    All thw while upwards of 800,000 Federal workers could be facing layoffs due to Mr Trump's poor negotiating and governing skills.

    But, if he can keep the governnent open, there could be cause to celebrate.


    1. It'd be interestng to watch ...

      Mr Trump portrayed as Nero ...

      Partying down with the "Big Money", as his government grinds to a halt.

      Burning down the house, metaphorically speaking.

      Another step towards "Greatness"

  11. Mr Manafort's trail date has moved from May ...

    To September.

    Har de har har

  12. Everyone here wishes Jack would just go away.

    He showed his stuff with his ISIS prediction.

    Was that ever a laugher.

    That took away the last of his credibility.

    Without credibility he's just nasty.

    And no one likes that.


    1. Despite some high-profile examples touted by Mr Trump, there is also no evidence of a major move from US manufacturing firms, as a whole, to switch jobs in their international supply chains back to America.

      The opposite in fact.
      In the year since he was elected, around 93,000 jobs

      have been recorded by the United States Department of Labor as lost to outsourcing or trade competition, which is slightly higher than the average of about 87,000 in the preceding half decade

      Trade deficits are booming, even as the USD continues to weaken on the global market.

      More US jobs created in 2016 than 2017
      Higher trade deficits in 2017 than 2016
      US wages higher in 2016 than 2017.

      Winning ?

      On Wall Street, not Main Street.

      But what else should we have expected from a Neo-Liberal from Manhattan ???

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  13. .

    The Report

    Get it out to the public and we can see what evidence these boys have for their charges. Hopefully, this won't be like the last time Nunes went public.

    In line with the first part of the comment I put up above, the ACLU and Snowden are also calling for the release of the report because they believe it might show how antithetical the FISA laws (the same ones these clowns in Congress overwhelmingly extended yesterday) are to the public interests and to the privacy rights of American citizens.

    Unfortunately, in line with the second part of my comment, it appears Nunes is up to his old tricks, the same tricks that forced him to recuse himself from the Trump/Russia investigation previously.

    This latest report was put out by Nunes' staff. The other members of the intelligence committee didn't even see the report before it was released to the entire House. None but Nunes and his staff have seen any supporting evidence for the report at this point. The Dems are crying foul as they have seen zero evidence to support the charges the Nunes report outlines and had no change to comment on them before they were released. Typical Nunes bullshit and one more reason the report should be released to the public. One more reason the evidence needs to be shared with the Dems on committee at a minimum.

    Once again, it appears Nunes has his head firmly ensconced in Trump's ass.



  14. Turkey intensified its shelling of Kurdish fighters in neighboring Syria on Friday as it ramped up threats to launch a full military offensive across the border, a move that would stoke tensions with the United States.

    Senior Turkish officials have been warning for days of an imminent strike into the Kurdish-held region of Afrin in northern Syria, after the US announced it was training a 30,000-strong border force in Syria made up predominantly of Kurdish fighters.
    The Turkish Defense Minister said on Friday that the operation was "de facto" uunderway

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the US -- its most powerful NATO ally -- of creating an "army of terror" along its southern border

    1. Yeppers, the Neo-Liberal from Manhattan has decided to support terrorists.

      Terrorists just like Hezbollah.

  15. .

    Yemen Antagonistes

    How the U.S. Is Making the War in Yemen Worse

    The conflict has killed at least ten thousand civilians, and the country faces famine. Why are we still involved?

    After a hundred and forty mourners were killed at a funeral, the tail fin of a U.S.-made bomb was found in the rubble.

    The Atlantic article is kind of long but it gives a short history of the fighting in Yemen that has been going on for decades but which has intensified over the past few years and created a humanitarian crisis for much of the population. The fight is between a large Shia tribe called Houthi, AQAP (al Queda in the Arabian Peninsula), a government in exile recognized by the UN, and Saudi Arabia and a coalition providing support to them consisting of the US, UK, France and a number of Arab States in league against the Houthi and their supporter Iran.

    It is well to note that Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world and that this war has made a miserable existence even worse for the population. Saudi Arabia has been condemned by the UN and various human rights groups around the world for their indiscriminate bombing of civilian populations and their blockade which has cut off food and medicine shipments and led to the growing famine in the country in addition to diseases like cholera that affects over a million.

    The US government started selling weapons in the ME on a large scale in the late 60's. Prior to that France and Russia supported the arms needs of Israel and the Arabs. However, pressured by US arms manufacturers the US government got its ME allies to start buying from us.

    In this latest war in Yemen, US arms sales to Saudi Arabia grew under Obama and, in fact, Obama ended up selling more arms to SA than any other president. The Obama administration was already there fighting al Qaeda in Obama's infamous drone war. However, after the Houthi took over the capital and drove the existing government (a Saudi puppet regime) into exile, the arms sales increased rapidly as SA escalated its war of attrition. In 2015, the US reached a major arms deal with the Saudis. Most think it was an effort to appease the Saudis over the Iran nuclear deal.



    1. {...}

      However, by the end of 2016, because of the bad press we were getting around the world and Saudi refusal to cut back on the civilian slaughter, Obama cut off sales of cluster bombs and precision-guided missiles to the Saudis. Without Western arms sales, the Saudis wouldn't be able to continue their war.

      However, the situation reversed again when Trump took office. Trump had a history of business ties with Saudi Arabia and his first official trip was to the kingdom. He agreed to a $110 billion arms deal and the precision-guided missiles were back on the table. It was business as usual again and Trump didn't seem that concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

      The new boss same as the old boss.

      So after all this what is the military situation in Yemen?

      The Houthi took over 30% of the country including the capital and despite the escalating bombing by the Saudis they don't seem like they are going away anytime soon. Al Qaeda has grown in strength and reputation (in the area they control, they seem to be much more organized and capable of governing than any of the other players there). They now control about 25% of the country. The rest of the country is controlled by government troops.

      Prior to this latest war, Iran provided some support to the Houthi in the form of training (in Iran) and small arms. Since the war expanded they have jumped on the opportunity to aid the Houthi and hurt the Saudis. Iran is in a position where by spending millions they force the Saudis to spend billions, billions he Saudis no longer can afford.

      The Saudis and their coalition continue on destroying a country and its people but making little tangible progress in military aspects of the war.

      And the US? Same old same old. This isn't our first rodeo and it likely wont be our last. And things seem to be going the way of most of our other wars lately. We support SA as an offset to Iran, however, as this war progresses Iran's influence and prestige grows. Our prestige is suffering because of the humanitarian crisis we are helping to bankroll. But, US arms sales are going along swimmingly.

      The war...

      A waste of money.

      A waste of lives.

      Yet, it's likely a good percentage of the people in the US never heard of Yemen. Even more certain is that they are unaware of what's going on there or our part in it.