Trump’s record

No President has had to defend himself against more attacks by enemies foreign and domestic as Trump. False dossier, false charges, fake news to spread them, active measures by the government’s own intelligence agencies to destroy him and his presidency are the stuff that nightmares are made of.
Yet, despite all this, Trump soldiers on and passes legislation to cut the personal income tax, cut the corporate tax, eliminate regulations (which act as a tax insofar as they impose high compliance costs). He opened the door to North Korea and freed hostages, while getting them to curtail aggressive posturing (for the moment). He threatened retaliatory tariffs on foreign nations and won their cooperation on removing tariff and non-tariff barriers to fair trade for our businesses. He imposed painful sanctions of bad actors like Iran, Russia and NoKo which are forcing them to endure great economic pain until they come to the negotiating table. He got Europe to pay for more of its own defense. He’s bringing our borders under control.
His action-agenda is now accompanied by a record-setting booming economy in everything from manufacturing, retailing, farming, mining, milling, steel and aluminum production to growth and optimism among America’s Main Street small businesses.

The record low numbers of unemployed Americans and Americans on welfare, and record high numbers of new jobs created in the past 18 months, with a stock market that keeps making money for everyone, are Trump’s to claim as his. These are just some of his accomplishments. And, he didn’t do this with any help or votes from the Democrat/Socialists in Congress, either. Rather they have chosen to RESIST and pursue an insidious active opposition to Trump at every turn. So, now they face the mid-term elections without an agenda other than “Impeach the Tyrant Trump.” They are about to be trounced as Trump sets another record in the number of seats won by a President in a mid-term election.

Hate speech?

I’ve been accused of hate speech.
It was Facebook who convicted me.
The punishment? Immediate banishment for life from the platform.
But, if I’d been given a chance to bring a defense, this is what I’d say.
Pointing out that Trump’s being hounded by criminals in the DOJ, FBI, and CIA is not hate speech. If it were, how could you accuse anyone of any violations of the law? How could you point out that the FBI submitted a formal request for a FISA warrant to legally spy on Trump based upon a dossier which remained unverified by them, was paid for by the DNC and Clinton’s campaign war chest, and was researched and written by a former British spy who says he hates Trump and got the dirt in the dossier from Russian sources that remain unnamed. That’s criminal. Saying so is not hate speech.
To say it is treason for the executives at those agencies to have countenanced such criminal behavior cannot be hate speech. The truth being an affirmative defense against charges of slander, these events so described and true, cannot be hate speech because they are now accepted as being what actually had happened. That Obama knew about these actions is no stretch of the imagination for anyone who knows government, nor the fact that he had to have sanctioned them. Lisa Page said so in an email that became part of the disclosed officially released record. She wrote that O wanted to know everything that she and Strozk and the FBI were doing.
Its good to keep in mind that everyone involved KNEW Trump would lose the election.  So they also, therefore, believed/knew with a certainty that they would never be caught for their plot against the Republican candidate for president. Once he won and turned their world upside-down, they would have to go all-in to destroy him or be caught for the crimes they’d committed. The die had been cast. They either reverse the election math through fake claims of manipulation by Russians using FaceBook ads or impeach him for collusion with “Russians” who got him elected. Absent that, they now know for a certainty that they each face prosecution and prison for crimes so insidious as to rise to the level of treason. Rigging a presidential election is no small crime in America. Perpetuating an investigation (Mueller’s) that was predicated on the claims contained in an unverified dossier is also criminal.
18 months of investigation and no collusion evidence or charges are even remotely on the horizon. Now, they are reduced to the harassment and selective prosecution of the President’s former employees in the hope of tying Trump to some heretofore unknown dirt. What they’re now hanging their hat on is money paid to keep two trysts a secret. They don’t even have evidence of his having used Campaign money, because he didn’t, but they contend that paying their extortionate demand was criminal on Trump’s part. When Bill Clinton faced charges of rape, he paid $750,000 to Paula Jones rather than defend himself in court. He paid to make her go away, but that was OK.
Criminals acting in their role as federal employees have and are employing the powers and authority of the federal government’s top spy and criminal investigatory agencies to bring down a duly elected government of the United States. They are going all-in because once they are are relieved of this illegitimate authority to investigate, Trump will replace Sessions and put in place a person that will commence several honest investigations of the conspirators who sought to hide Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of an illegal, leaky email server.
Then there’s the effort to rig the election of Hillary Clinton (following her successful rigging of the Democrat primary election in which she defeated Bernie Sanders). And finally there’s the plot to oust the sitting President by framing him for collusion too laughable to comment on. If Putin put Trump in the White House only to have him impose painful sanctions on Russia, then he’s a terrible agent provocateur.

Top Democrats committed high crimes using the power of the Intelligence agencies

 to destroy Trump, and they are still at it as we speak. There is no real doubt about it
 if the facts are examined in a clear light.

Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack

Remember this? I don’t.

It was just one of hundreds of stories filed that day, but in retrospect this one was a blockbuster. It reveals the fact that the CIA deliberately failed to engage in the fight that saw our Ambassador Christopher Stevens dragged from the compound and beaten to death, along with the murders of Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods. CIA went into over-drive to cover-up what happened there that night. Incredible pressures were brought to bear on CIA personnel who knew anything to keep their mouths shut or be ruined.

Benghazi is not some fever dream of conspiracy theorists, it is a scandalous cover-up of the gun-running they were engaged in that required the death of those four men. Someone made a decision to guarantee that their secrets died with them. It was a decision that had to have been made by Sec’t of State Clinton and President Obama.

August 1st, 2013
05:00 PM ET

CNN has uncovered exclusive new information about what is allegedly happening at the CIA, in the wake of the deadly Benghazi terror attack.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the assault by armed militants last September 11 in eastern Libya.

Programming note: Was there a political cover up surrounding the Benghazi attack that killed four Americans? Watch a CNN special investigation — The Truth About Benghazi, Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.

Sources now tell CNN dozens of people working for the CIA were on the ground that night, and that the agency is going to great lengths to make sure whatever it was doing, remains a secret.

CNN has learned the CIA is involved in what one source calls an unprecedented attempt to keep the spy agency’s Benghazi secrets from ever leaking out.

Read: Analysis: CIA role in Benghazi underreported

Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency’s missions in Libya, have been subjected to frequent, even monthly polygraph examinations, according to a source with deep inside knowledge of the agency’s workings.

The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress.

It is being described as pure intimidation, with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employee who leaks information could face the end of his or her career.

In exclusive communications obtained by CNN, one insider writes, “You don’t jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well.”

Another says, “You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation.”

“Agency employees typically are polygraphed every three to four years. Never more than that,” said former CIA operative and CNN analyst Robert Baer.

In other words, the rate of the kind of polygraphs alleged by sources is rare.

“If somebody is being polygraphed every month, or every two months it’s called an issue polygraph, and that means that the polygraph division suspects something, or they’re looking for something, or they’re on a fishing expedition. But it’s absolutely not routine at all to be polygraphed monthly, or bi-monthly,” said Baer.

CIA spokesman Dean Boyd asserted in a statement that the agency has been open with Congress.

“The CIA has worked closely with its oversight committees to provide them with an extraordinary amount of information related to the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi,” the statement said.

“CIA employees are always free to speak to Congress if they want,” the statement continued. “The CIA enabled all officers involved in Benghazi the opportunity to meet with Congress. We are not aware of any CIA employee who has experienced retaliation, including any non-routine security procedures, or who has been prevented from sharing a concern with Congress about the Benghazi incident.”

Among the many secrets still yet to be told about the Benghazi mission, is just how many Americans were there the night of the attack.

A source now tells CNN that number was 35, with as many as seven wounded, some seriously.

While it is still not known how many of them were CIA, a source tells CNN that 21 Americans were working in the building known as the annex, believed to be run by the agency.

The lack of information and pressure to silence CIA operatives is disturbing to U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, whose district includes CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.

“I think it is a form of a cover-up, and I think it’s an attempt to push it under the rug, and I think the American people are feeling the same way,” said the Republican.

“We should have the people who were on the scene come in, testify under oath, do it publicly, and lay it out. And there really isn’t any national security issue involved with regards to that,” he said.

Wolf has repeatedly gone to the House floor, asking for a select committee to be set-up, a Watergate-style probe involving several intelligence committee investigators assigned to get to the bottom of the failures that took place in Benghazi, and find out just what the State Department and CIA were doing there.

More than 150 fellow Republican members of Congress have signed his request, and just this week eight Republicans sent a letter to the new head of the FBI, James  Comey, asking that he brief Congress within 30 days.

Read: White House releases 100 pages of Benghazi e-mails

In the aftermath of the attack, Wolf said he was contacted by people closely tied with CIA operatives and contractors who wanted to talk.

Then suddenly, there was silence.

“Initially they were not afraid to come forward. They wanted the opportunity, and they wanted to be subpoenaed, because if you’re subpoenaed, it sort of protects you, you’re forced to come before Congress. Now that’s all changed,” said Wolf.

Lawmakers also want to know about the weapons in Libya, and what happened to them.

Speculation on Capitol Hill has included the possibility the U.S. agencies operating in Benghazi were secretly helping to move surface-to-air missiles out of Libya, through Turkey, and into the hands of Syrian rebels.

It is clear that two U.S. agencies were operating in Benghazi, one was the State Department, and the other was the CIA.

The State Department told CNN in an e-mail that it was only helping the new Libyan government destroy weapons deemed “damaged, aged or too unsafe retain,” and that it was not involved in any transfer of weapons to other countries.

But the State Department also clearly told CNN, they “can’t speak for any other agencies.”

The CIA would not comment on whether it was involved in the transfer of any weapons.

Exclusive: Dozens of CIA operatives on the ground during Benghazi attack

The Internet Censors

Thanks to the WSJ and Glenn Harlan Reynolds for bringing more light to this remarkable development in the world wide web (When Digital Platforms Become Censors. Aug.18-19). Having been there at the beginning of the web, it is astonishing to see the regress and loss of freedom in a medium that was founded on the notion that the free exchange of ideas was essential to the Republic and that the web would guarantee it. The importance of that used to be a given It is only freedom that can trump fascism’s relentless waves of propaganda and lies spread throughout the world. The internet pioneers knew that, and moreover, were motivated by it, — which is why so many of them insisted on openness and information sharing (not information hoarding). Today’s internet is run by gatekeepers and corporate drones with no useful concept of what freedom means to the world. And that’s why they censor ideas and shackle purveyors of thoughtful debate. To them, it is as immoral to allow bad ideas circulation as it is to individually subscribe to bad ideas. To traditional thinkers steeped in the wisdom of the ancient Greeks and Romans, it is always preferable to allow the free expression of objectionable notions and defeat them in the free market of ideas. Trust no censor. Trust no one who says he has your best interests at heart when he censors speech. He is an agent of the rich and powerful as sure as I’m sitting here typing on my iMac.
Facebook is in this category. A young intellectually shallow man runs Facebook and shapes its decisions. Censorship being one of the pillars of the platform and the corporation, they hired 20,000 whipper-snappers, fresh out of inferior colleges and universities and super-saturated with the propaganda of the left, to monitor online speech and censor bad ideas. A few minor violations and they will consign you to Facebook Jail, a temporary banishment from the platform. But, if you cross a line seen only by them, they will ban you for life from the platform. Silenced, your good ideas and bad will never be discussed again with the same few thousand people on your “friends” list. I crossed that line. ​I am a martyr to the cause of free speech (in a very small way) and that’s why I’m writing. My hobby – horse is politics. I spent 20 years as a lobbyist for the small business community in the state capitol in Albany. Now, national politics interests me and I am a vociferous supporter of the President. All I write about is the swamp and the mindset of the people who thrive in it and who are framing Trump for a crime that never happened. I call it treason. That’s what I believe. There are long and short ways to defend that proposition and Facebook generally supports the succinct analysis. I was never given that chance. Somebody ruled and I was out. They never defended their position. They never cited a paragraph in evidence. They simply censored me off the platform. Now, the potentially thousands of people I used tor reach to share ideas with are out of my reach and me theirs. That is censorship of the first water. It is wrong. And that young man should be removed from his position at the top of what is becoming a public utility, but which is being run like a personal fiefdom.
Mark P. Alesse