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Hmmm: Durham expanding scope of Operation Crossfire Hurricane probe to include … Mueller?

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If the previous big news on Ukraine-Gate turned out to be a disappointment, another pair of Fox News reports on Russiagate seem a little more promising. Fox reported late yesterday that the US Attorney assigned in parallel to an inspector-general investigation of the Justice Department’s actions in the Russia-collusion probe has expanded his scope to include actions taken in 2017 as well. “Based on what Durham is finding,” John Roberts said, “he has added staff and agents,” while pushing his timeline out to include the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel.

And that’s not a coincidence, Roberts says:

John Durham, the U.S. attorney reviewing the origins of the 2016 counterintelligence investigation into Russia and the Trump campaign, is probing a wider timeline than previously known, according to multiple senior administration officials.

Fox News previously reported that Durham would be reviewing the days leading up to the 2016 election and through the inauguration.

However, based on what he has been finding, Durham has expanded his investigation adding agents and resources, the senior administration officials said. The timeline has grown from the beginning of the probe through the election and now has included a post-election timeline through the spring of 2017, up to when Robert Mueller was named special counsel.

According to Roberts, Durham’s team has concluded that Mueller was “not being truthful” about his disinterest in the open FBI director position after James Comey got fired. Bret Baier and Jake Gibson also reported that for Fox News separately at the same time:

Multiple administration officials tell Fox News that when Robert Mueller met with President Trump in May of 2017, Mueller was indeed pursuing the open post as the director of the FBI – something the former Russia probe special counsel denied under oath during congressional testimony this summer.

These officials also told Fox News government documents showed Mueller was pursuing the job as a candidate himself.

It came as emails released this month through a Freedom of Information Act request by the conservative group Judicial Watch seemed to indicate Mueller knew there was a real possibility he could be named special counsel if he wasn’t chosen as the next FBI director.

“The boss and his staff do not know about our discussions,” then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in an email to Mueller on May 12, 2017. Rosenstein’s boss was then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who had recused himself from the Russia probe, meaning the president would not have known either.

Hmmm. Perhaps this part of the expansion is merely to settle the question for good. Trump has claimed repeatedly that his meeting with Mueller on May 16th was a job interview to replace Comey. Mueller has denied this in his congressional testimony, which puts him at some theoretical legal risk if Durham can prove otherwise. It does seem odd, however, that a 73-year-old man with twelve years previously on that job would be asking for another ten-year gig running the FBI, especially in the explosive political environment of that moment. Not impossible by any means, but perhaps a bit improbable. 

So it’s possible that Durham’s expanding the scope merely to dispense with that issue, but that wouldn’t require additional staff. Nor would it seem necessary to expand the staff to corroborate that allegation. If Durham’s scope now includes the whole Mueller probe right up through 2019, however, that would be yuuuge — and would create an immediate backlash. Special counsels are no longer entirely independent, so the DoJ has authority to investigate them, but it certainly would put a damper on the next special counsel that gets appointed.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, either. Politically controversial in this environment, though? You betcha.

This scope expansion might not be tracking in Mueller’s direction at all, of course. It seems more likely that Durham might have taken an interest in what the FBI did after the election, perhaps in its handling of the Christopher Steele dossier, and how top officials had been leaking information out to the press. Could that expansion have more to do with James Comey’s use of his pal as a cutout to leak classified material to the New York Times? That seems much more likely than a closing of the Mueller-application loop.

Of course, Inspector General Michael Horowitz has also been looking at some of the same issues in Operation Crossfire Hurricane, and has reportedly completed his report. Roberts leads off his story by teasing out the release time frame and the robustness of the public report to come:

A senior administration official tells FOX News exclusively, that the investigation into the genesis of the Russia probe is expected to be released later this month and that its findings will be detailed. The Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz has been looking into whether there were abuses of the FISA system to begin surveillance of Trump campaign officials that ultimately led to the Mueller investigation.

This morning, Fox & Friends spoke with former House Oversight chair Jason Chaffetz, who says that the Durham expansion is “really bad news” for John Brennan and James Clapper. Chaffetz expects more damage from the Horowitz report, however much it has to be redacted. “The Horowitz report is going to be a bombshell,” Chaffetz predicts.

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Democrats, Media Wet Themselves Over a New Trump “Scandal” Involving the Australians

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Just when you thought things couldn’t get dumber, Democrats and the media hand their beer off and go headfirst into another wall.

The background is of course the phone call between Trump and Zelensky, the Ukrainian President. On the call, Trump, after Zelensky brings up Giuliani’s work (which centered on Biden), simply asked if it could be looked into. He doesn’t ask for dirt to be manufactured, he doesn’t mention the 2020 election, and he applies no pressure or quid pro quo to the situation. Yet, we are assured this is an impeachable offense.

Naturally, because the narrative must be formed and solidified, now any foreign interaction involving any request about an investigation is being spun as scandalous.

The latest involves the Australians, who were at the center of the start up of Crossfire Hurricane, the Trump-Russia investigation. In reality, the Steele dossier clearly played a more significant role, but the claims about George Papadopoulos and an Aussie diplomat at a bar have become the go to excuse for why Democrats spent 2016 and beyond investigating a political enemy based on no evidence.

Trump, being the primary target, wants to get to the bottom of this and asked the Australians to cooperate with AG Bill Barr’s ongoing, official investigation into the matter. This set hair on fire across the left because apparently the president can’t even request cooperation in investigations anymore.

He “pushed” him! Unheard of!

This is ludicrous. The investigation into the origins of Crossfire Hurricane is an official investigation. It is completely legitimate and it is completely proper for a president to ask his foreign counterpart, who’s country is near the genesis of the matter, to cooperate with Barr.

Keep in mind that this interaction with the Australians is yet another illegal leak as well. So the intel community, in the middle of insisting Trump is the bad guy here, are still leaking information for political reasons. Instead of questioning this, the media are running with it like lackeys, not even stopping to wonder how coordinated this all feels.

The pushing of this story does reveal something, and it is that the Democrats think they have a weak hand on impeachment. That’s why they are rushing to reinforce a narrative that Trump was acting improperly regularly. Evidence doesn’t bear that out but this Australian thing lets them say “look, he asked someone else to help him politically!” No, he asked someone else to cooperate with an investigation which needs to happen.

Meanwhile, the IC is scrambling, throwing everything they’ve got out there for one reason. The IG report on their misbehavior is coming and they want to cover themselves, muddying the water as much as possible. In reality, that’s what all this is about. It’s not a coincidence these leaks happened right before the DOJ was getting ready to drop the hammer.

They are scared. We’ll see if their strategy of screaming “look a squirrel” works.

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Gowdy: FBI transcripts may well show FBI targeted Trump campaign, not Russian interference

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Just what do the still-classified transcripts from the FBI’s Operation Crossfire Hurricane reveal? Only a few people know for sure, and former Rep. Trey Gowdy is one of them. He told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that the transcript of George Papadopoulos’ interview would be a “gamechanger” in how the public views the Russia-collusion investigation, and it’s not the only such transcript that could leave the impression that the FBI targeted Donald Trump’s campaign rather than the Russians (via Conservative Treehouse):

Gowdy, who has declined to provide specifics about the contents of the classified FBI document, neither confirmed nor denied that the transcript involved Papadopoulos and Halper, but strongly hinted that Bartiromo was correct.

Gowdy told Bartiromo that this transcript “certainly has the potential to be” a game changer and said that he was “lost” and “clueless” as to why it hadn’t been made public yet, stating that he didn’t think it contained any information that would have an impact on relationships with our allies.

Gowdy further said that the transcripts would show “what questions [the FBI] coached the informants or the cooperating witnesses to ask of the Trump campaign officials” and implied that the questions would show that the FBI had been targeting the Trump campaign rather than simply attempting to combat Russian election interference.

Gowdy claimed that if the transcripts showed that the FBI was “veering over into the campaign or your [the FBI’s] questions are not solely about Russia, then you [the FBI] have been misleading us for two years.”

“The good thing about transcripts they don’t have to remember,” Gowdy said. “All you got to do is read them. They don’t have bad memories. Just release the transcripts and we can tell for ourselves when it began and what it was about.”

Why haven’t the transcripts been released? Trump himself could order them declassified, which would allow for their publication at some point. It’s possible that they do contain significant information about intelligence sources and methods, although those could also be redacted in that case. Even while complaining that the investigation was a “witch hunt” that was politically aimed at his campaign, Trump has been slow to use his declassification authority.

That reluctance made sense when Robert Mueller’s special-counsel investigation was still active. As the Mueller report showed, investigators were highly sensitive to potential obstructive actions, and selectively declassifying material to undermine the investigation’s credibility might have been added to their Volume II catalog of (near-)obstructive acts. But Mueller’s done now — packed up and gone home, with the exception of a single day that Jerrold Nadler would likely want to take back if he could. Why not declassify all of this now?

The short answer is that the investigation of the investigation is still ongoing. Inspector General Michael Horowitz will shortly conclude his probe into the beginnings of Operation Crossfire Hurricane, which might rely heavily on those still-classified transcripts. Declassifying them prematurely might have complicated Horowitz’ ability to depose others involved in the investigation. Horowitz’ report will be out soon enough at this point that declassifying these transcripts isn’t urgent as much as it may be necessary at some point.

The longer answer may be that Horowitz’ investigation might not be the last word. Horowitz could refer the matter to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution, depending on what evidence he uncovers in his probe. The odds that William Barr would proceed with a prosecution are small, thanks to the highly politicized environment surrounding Operation Crossfire Hurricane now, but they’re not zero either. Keeping key evidence out of public view allows for the selection of a relatively unbiased jury if the need arises. And since the person who would enjoy such a trial most is also the man who would have to order the declassification of the materials — Trump, of course — he’s probably not keen on closing out the possibility of prosecution through premature declassification and release.

Let’s not forget, too, that Gowdy’s word won’t be the last one about the transcripts. Gowdy’s been a highly reliable voice on such matters and he’s hardly a Trump apologist, but he may not have the full scope on what those transcripts mean. Horowitz will, and that’s why Horowitz’ voice will be the authoritative one on these matters. Still, Gowdy thinks he’s seen more than smoke in those transcripts, and it’s a safe bet that Horowitz’ probe is making a lot of people very nervous.

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Overstock CEO Who Says FBI Encouraged His Relationship With Maria Butina Reveals Order To Reconnect With Her Came From Very High Up

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The strange tale of Overstock CEO and sometime FBI informant Patrick Byrne, who says the FBI gave him the “green light” to form a relationship with alleged Russian spy Maria Butina (we covered it here), now says that after he ended what became their sexual affair in March 2016 he was encouraged to rekindle their romance by someone “high enough” to make him agree in spite of  his better judgment.

Byrne, who ultimately decided that Butina was what she presented herself to be — “an inquisitive student in favor of better U.S.-Russian relations and not an agent of the Russian government or someone involved in espionage or illegal activities” — did initially worry when she first approached him in 2015 her Russian ties could be problematic so he informed the FBI.

He was, he says, encouraged to form a relationship with her, one that became sexual and that ended in March 2016. He then says he was “ordered” to rekindle that relationship.

By his account, the 57-year-old CEO, who said he holds a low-level security clearance, reported the contact with Butina, 30, to the U.S. government. The FBI then gave him a “green light” to get to know Butina. The two began a romantic relationship, which ended in March 2016. Four months later, he said, the FBI asked him to rekindle the relationship with Butina.

“The second period, I did it because I was instructed to rekindle it. However, I decided that was not the right thing to do,” Byrne said. “But I was told where the orders came from, and the orders came from high enough that I accepted the orders. I just want America to know that I didn’t lay a finger on her that second time.”

Byrne said this second phase with Butina lasted until March 2017, and that he was swept up in “political espionage,” meeting with the FBI to discuss her.

The rekindling would have happened right around the time the FBI says they were beginning to open their investigation into the Trump campaign and any Russian connections it may have had (although Republicans believe their probe began much earlier). Butina, who is serving 18 months for failing to register as a foreign agent since she was being supported by a Russian politician with ties to the Kremlin, was never questioned by Mueller’s team.

So the question is: was Maria Butina just a naive student and, if she was, why would the FBI want Byrne to rekindle his romance with her right (and around the time Crossfire Hurricane was heating up) to the extent he was ordered by someone high up in the chain of command?

Byrne seems to think there’s a connection between the Russia probe and his relationship with Butina, telling journalist Sara Carter, “make sure you are sitting down because [information about the Russia probe is] about to get worse.”

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DOJ Seeks Secret Tape Between Papadopoulos and Informant, Called a “Game Changer”

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I’m not much for dramatic descriptions in the Russia investigation because I’m generally cynical anyone will be held accountable, but “game changer” are Trey Gowdy’s words, not mine.

At this point, it’s getting hard to keep track of all the different informants the government ran against George Papadopoulos, but one in particular made a recording that is getting renewed scrutiny by the DOJ. It involves possibly “exculpatory” evidence that was purposely not presented to the FISA court in subsequent renewals against Carter Page.

The Justice Department is intent on reviewing transcripts of recordings that at least one government informant made of conversations with former Trump campaign associate George Papadopoulos.

Little is known about these classified transcripts, including who is the source, other than the growing hype about them in conservative circles. Former Rep. Trey Gowdy called them a “game changer” in a Fox News interview in May.

Here are some of the scant details revealed so far.

Investigators looking at why certain “exculpatory” material from these transcripts was not presented in subsequent applications for surveillance warrants against another Trump campaign aide, Carter Page.

“I think it’s the smoking gun,” one source said.

Without Trump’s declassification order, one source said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats would not have allowed anyone to have access to these mysterious records. But another source stressed that Coats as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel are cooperating with DOJ’s investigation.

It should shock no one that Dan Coats was trying to stonewall this until the president stepped in.

It never ceases to amaze me how pervasive the scheme to protect each other is within our federal bureaucracies. They hide behind claims of “sources and methods,” but if a law (or even department policy) was broken, how is it proper to hide behind secrecy? Without transparency in the face of malfeasance there can be no accountability, and that’s apparently exactly how the FBI likes it.

So who is on the recordings? The best guess is that it’s Steven Halper and Azra Turk. Turk is known for having asked Papadopoulus if Trump was working for the Russians. At this point, it’s essentially been confirmed that she was an FBI informant, with even The New York Times reporting on it. This of course all leads back to Joseph Mifsud, the mysterious man who first told Papadopoulus the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton. That was the beginning of the investigation dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. The lack of prosecution against Mifsud, despite the fact that he lied to the FBI and Mueller’s team at least three times, points to the fact that he was also working for U.S. intelligence, otherwise there would be no reason to continue protecting him.

When you put all this together, you get Papadopoulus as nothing more than a poor sucker who was baited by the U.S. government and used as a pretext to start an investigation against the Trump campaign.

If this recording turns out to show that Papadopoulus actually rebuffed Halper or even that his interest was mostly innocent, it’s going to be another black eye against the FBI’s conduct. I say FBI because if the CIA is involved, then things really get bad for the government from a legal standpoint. Hopefully, AG Barr and the Durham investigation are getting to the bottom of this. The fact that they are going after these recordings does give me hope that they are pulling on every thread.

Time is of the essence though. This can’t drag out into the 2020 election. Things need to start going public sooner rather than later.

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Democrats worry the forthcoming IG report could undercut their Trump investigations

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We’ve been hearing for weeks that Inspector General Michael Horowitz report would be released soon and that it would cast a very different light on elements of the Russia collusion investigation, including the Steele dossier and the behavior of the FBI. Today, Politico reports Democrats are worried the report is going to deliver on those promises and, in the process, wind up undermining their endless investigations of President Trump:

“I don’t think it will throw us off track, but it will certainly give Republicans ammunition to try to divert attention away from the specifics of the Mueller investigation,” said Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee…

Democrats, wary of Republicans’ narrative becoming dominant, are preemptively trying to dispel those claims.

“If there’s really a ‘deep state’ within DOJ to tank Donald Trump, then they should’ve revealed in 2016 that they had a counterintelligence investigation ongoing with regard to the Trump campaign,” said Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.), who sits on the Intelligence and Oversight committees…

“There’s nothing there. It’s a big nothingburger,” Krishnamoorthi added.

It’s a nothingburger, they said nervously. I don’t think that’s likely to be the case. More importantly, Democrats don’t think that’s the case or they wouldn’t be doing their best to dismiss it before it has even been seen by anyone.

Meanwhile, Republican Rep. Mark Meadows thinks the report is going to change the tone in Washington: “Because Inspector General Horowitz is known for calling balls and strikes, any validity that he offers in his report that substantiates some of the things that conservative members have been saying for some time … will change the narrative overnight,” Meadows told Politico.

Meadows has already suggested there is “game-changing” information about the Crossfire Hurricane investigation which will be declassified soon. It’s not clear if that is part of the IG’s report or will be part of a separate investigation launched by AG Barr.

But there’s another reason to assume IG Horowitz’ report will have an impact: His record. Horowitz’ previous report on the Clinton investigation had an impact as did his report on Andrew McCabe, which led to McCabe’s firing. The only way Horowitz’ report won’t have an impact is if he found nothing of import in the past year. And that seems very unlikely. There have already been suggestions that his report will take aim at Christopher Steele and his dossier. We’ll have to wait and see what else it contains but Democrats are right to be worried.

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Trump: Mueller’s a true Never Trumper who begged to be my FBI director, or something

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After yesterday’s valediction from special counsel Robert Mueller, the big question was how Donald Trump would respond. Would he claim that Mueller’s statement was old news, just a recap of the report? Focus on a lack of charges? Claim that Mueller was part of an establishment out to get him?

The answer, Trump made plain in an impromptu press conference this morning, is yes. At first, Trump said it was “the same as the report … no obstruction, no collusion, nothing”:

Trump followed that up with an accusation that Mueller was “totally conflicted, ” citing a “business dispute” between them earlier. Trump then claimed that Mueller, who was supposedly sore over this business dispute, asked Trump for the FBI director job after James Comey was fired. And on the heels of that bizarre claim, Trump then says that Mueller was either “in love with James Comey” or “in deep like” with him, which doesn’t exactly comport with the idea that Mueller begged Trump to get Comey’s job:

By the way, despite wanting to work for Trump, Mueller is “a true Never Trumper,” the president claimed in his extemporaneous offensive:

Interspersed into this head-spinning analysis was a more coherent defense, if not exactly a convincing one. Trump pointed out repeatedly that Mueller never brought charges against him, which under the American legal tradition requires an assumption of innocence. Reporters challenged that interpretation, noting that Mueller was constrained by Department of Justice policy from indicting a sitting president, a point Mueller emphatically presented yesterday as his central reason for not doing so. Trump rejected that, claiming that Mueller would have done so anyway if he’d found a predicate for it, and suggested that he’s being accused of fighting back against a smear.

This strange performance also overshadowed a good question from Trump: why didn’t Mueller investigate the origins of Crossfire Hurricane? Mueller pointedly never mentioned Carter Page or the FISA warrant that fueled this investigation. As special counsel, perhaps Mueller thought that was outside of his commission from the DoJ, but its omission from his report raises some interesting questions, and Mueller’s perspective would be equally intriguing to know.

Had Trump stuck to those points in a disciplined manner, they might have driven the news cycle this morning. Instead, the media will obsess over Trump’s kitchen-sink approach, perhaps better characterized as a blizzard of bull feces. Trump’s throwing everything at Mueller in the hope that some of it sticks, which it might with his base. Everyone else will be under the impression that Trump and the truth are only casual acquaintances. The White House press office will have to work overtime to unwind this performance.

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Hmm: CIA, DNI joining probe of FBI’s Russiagate activities

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Old-timers at Langley must be licking their chops over this news from CNN. Having the CIA investigate their rivals at the FBI for potential counterespionage wrongdoing has to be a bucket-list item for a few of them. For the rest of us, though, it sends a signal that the issues at the heart of what came to be known as Operation Crossfire Hurricane might not be limited to procedural defects:

Attorney General William Barr is working closely with the CIA to review the origins of the Russia investigation and surveillance issues surrounding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, according to a source familiar with the matter, broadening an effort that the President has long demanded to involve all major national security agencies.

Barr is working in close collaboration with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray, the source said.

There had been speculation as to why Haspel had been spotted at the Justice Department in recent weeks. Wray testified last week he was assisting Barr.

It’s been a long time since the rivalry between the two agencies have been palpably toxic, but perhaps not long enough. Until now, though, the CIA has been conspicuously absent from the Russiagate hysteria except to confirm that Russia did indeed conduct a significant operation to interfere with the 2016 election. While that conclusion is still weirdly controversial in some quarters, Russia has run operations like that for decades around the world, so much so that the better question to ask is why the US didn’t prepare better for it in 2015-16. It’s not like the government wasn’t warned about it.

The entry of the CIA and ODNI into the investigation now certainly should pique a little curiosity. Are they being brought into the probe strictly as consultants on proper counterespionage tactics and strategy, or did the CIA have something to do with developing the intel for the initial suspicions of Russian penetration into the Trump campaign? Or perhaps some experience in dealing with Christopher Steele that might be relevant to discerning the FBI’s motivations? The FISA warrant on Carter Page is still the crux of the issue, and anything related to Steele’s reliability and any CIA communications on that regard might be critical to whether the FBI misled the court to get that warrant.

For the moment, the CIA might just be consultants. Despite the appointment of John Durham to head the probe, the New York Times reported last night that it’s still just a review rather than a criminal investigation:

The federal prosecutor tapped to scrutinize the origins of the Russia investigation is conducting only a review for now and has not opened any criminal inquiry, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

The prosecutor, John H. Durham, the United States attorney for Connecticut, is broadly examining the government’s collection of intelligence involving the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russians, the person said. The additional details about the scope and limits of his role emerged a day after The New York Times reported that Attorney General William P. Barr had put Mr. Durham in charge of scrutinizing the early stages of the Trump-Russia investigation during the 2016 election.

While Mr. Durham has conducted criminal investigations into allegations of high-level wrongdoing by law enforcement and national security officials, including the F.B.I.’s handling of organized crime informants and the C.I.A.’s torture of detainees, his new review does not rise to that level, the person said.

The distinction means that Mr. Durham for now will not wield the sort of law enforcement powers that come with an open criminal investigation, such as the ability to subpoena documents and compel witnesses to testify. Instead, he will have the authority only to read documents the government has already gathered and to request voluntary witness interviews.

That seems a bit curious, however. The Department of Justice already had John Huber on hand to “review” the case being compiled by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is reportedly wrapping up his “review” in the next few weeks. If all that Barr wanted was a “review,” he could have left Huber in place and let Durham work on other business.

Durham’s experience in dealing with corruption in the FBI suggests that Barr thinks more than a “review” will be needed no matter how it’s categorized at the moment. A review probably wouldn’t need to involve CIA director Gina Haspel and DNI Dan Coats, either.

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‘In Bad Faith’: Big Tech’s Growing Conservative Censorship

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The latest Big Tech censorship news broke last week:

Facebook Bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos, Other Far-Right Figures

Let us for the moment leave aside this massive media inanity:

“Farrakhan also among those removed from social-media sites.”

If Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is “far-right” – I’m all the way back around to Karl Marx.

That being said, the latest move by Big Tech to de-platform people they don’t like – cleaved the center-right in two…Donald Trump-style.

The Trump-Never Trump Venn Diagram – is a nigh perfect overlay with the division over Big Tech censorship.

The Never Trump (NT) contingent mostly refused to defend the de-platformed – mostly on three fronts.

One: The de-platformed aren’t themselves defensible.  Because by their NT definition – they aren’t actually conservatives.  And/or they simply do not like them.

Which is willful blindness to the inexorable next waves of Big Tech purges – which will undoubtedly swallow very many who meet their definitions.

Next the NTers – start REALLY sounding Leftist.

Two: The de-platformed’s speech – may actually incite violence.  That crazy people will read what they say – and commit violence as a result.

This is at once incredibly anti-First Amendment, Leftist and intellectually diminutive (please pardon the redundancy).

Crazy people – are crazy.  They can be driven to mad acts – by their refrigerator manual.  Or by a Rogaine commercial.  Or by a flower opening in their yard.  Serial killer David Berkowitz said he took his murderous orders – from a dog named Harvey owned by his neighbor Sam.

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You simply can not sanitize the planet for crazy people.

And there is simply no way the threshold for violence-inciting speech – is this ridiculously low:

Conservative actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account for now more than a week.  For curse-word-free quoting the TV show “The Wire.”

If it was on pay TV fifteen years ago – and available via streaming services ever since – there is no way Woods Tweeting it is even remotely problematic.

We’ll get into more, even more ridiculous examples in just a bit.

Three: The NTers say “These Big Tech monsters are private companies – and they can have or not have whomever they wish on their platforms.”

Under normal circumstances, this is exactly the First Amendment “freedom to assemble” argument I have made my entire life.

In our private and business lives, we are free to assemble – or not assemble – any way we wish.  Completely free from government interference or imposition.

I made this exact argument when the Colorado baker wouldn’t bake a homosexual wedding cake.  His lawyers made the “freedom of religion” argument – which worked, he won – but that was to me the weaker tack to take.

“It’s my private business…and I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone” – seems undeniably strong to me.

But when faced by monstrous Big Tech’s de-platforming – this argument simply does not apply.  For several reasons.

For starters – Big Tech isn’t making this argument:

“Facebook Inc. said it’s banning a number of controversial far-right figures…for violating the social-media company’s policies on hate speech and promoting violence.”

This is omni-directional absurd.

“Promoting violence” – ???

Gay gadfly Milo Yiannopoulos was among the recently Facebook banned.  He was also banned by Twitter in 2016.

Milo has to my knowledge – and I LOOKED prior to writing this – never said a single thing that could be even remotely construed to incite violence.

But what about Leftist radical group Antifa?

Antifa got a Milo appearance at Berkley University cancelled – by violently tearing up the campus the month prior to Milo’s arrival.

Here’s a bunch of videos of Antifa’s violent Berkley destruction.  Here’s more videos of Antifa violence – in Portland, Oregon, Huntington Beach, California, Laguna Beach, California, at Kent State University and elsewhere.  Here are two compilations of Antifa attacking people all over the place.

But Facebook – hasn’t banned Antifa.

So Milo tries to peacefully engage in free speech at Berkley.  Antifa responds with violence.

And Berkley, Twitter and Facebook – ban Milo, and keep Antifa.

That’s…a little backwards.

And “hate speech” – is speech.  You can’t ban the adjective – without banning the underlying noun.

And “hate” – is in the eye of the beholder.  And the beholder – has biases.  Because the beholder – is human(s).

Let’s do some basic math, shall we?

There are about seven-and-a-half billion people on Planet Earth.  Let’s conservatively say three billion of them have access to the Internet – which means access to Big Tech’s platforms.

There is literally no way a website with as many posting members as a Facebook or YouTube – can possibly read each and every post for possible deleting purposes.  There are simply WAY too many.

So the platforms will have to come up with some sort of criteria to preemptively prevent the kinds of posts they wish to prevent.

Well, Big Tech – is exceedingly hard Left.  So their criteria – will be exceedingly hard Left.

Google, Facebook, Reddit Are Run by a Bunch of ‘Left-Wing Guys’

Facebook, Google, YouTube All Discriminate Against Conservatives

Silicon Valley’s Anti-Conservatism Is Getting Really Ridiculous

The Tech World Is Still Screwing Conservatives

Former Facebook Workers: We Routinely Suppressed Conservative News

Google is Rigging Searches for Hillary Clinton

Google is STILL Rigging Searches for Hillary Clinton

Google Execs’ Trump Meltdown Reminds: There’s No Such Thing As ‘Unbiased’

96 Percent of Google Search Results for ‘Trump’ News Are from Liberal Media Outlets

The Purge: YouTube Mass-Censors Conservatives, New Right, Classical Liberals

Undercover Video: Twitter Engineers To ‘Ban a Way of Talking’ Through ‘Shadow Banning,’ Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions

Liberal Journos Prove Twitter is Censoring Conservatives

Twitter’s Anti-Conservative Political Bias

Twitter CEO Dorsey: Comment Backing ‘Free Speech’ Was ‘a Joke’

We could list examples…until the crack of Doom.

All of which brings us to: The 1996 Communications Decency Act – and its Section 230.

Which gives Big Tech companies running allegedly open platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube – immunity from the lawsuit likes of slander, libel and Intellectual Property (IP) infringement.

Because it is users – not the companies – posting on their platforms.

So if a user slanders someone on Facebook – Facebook must remove the post when made aware, but can not be sued for it.

If a user uploads an entire movie to YouTube – Google must remove it when made aware, but can not be sued for it.

Makes perfect sense.

Except: The Big Tech companies were given this massive immunity – in exchange for each being an open platform.

Where everyone can post – and the companies do not edit.

If the companies start editing content and users, they cease to be immunized “platforms” – and start to be sue-able “publishers.”

To wit: The New York Times is a publisher.  With First Amendment rights – including the freedom to assemble any way they wish.  But they can be sued for slander, libel and IP infringement.

Big Tech – can’t have it both ways.  Availing themselves of “platform” immunities – while editing conservatives out of existence like “publishers.”

Big Tech’s Lying Legal Two-Step – To Defend Their Censorship Of Conservatives

Here’s the portion of Section 230 – on which Big Tech seems to be hanging its anti-conservative hats:

“Civil liability:

“No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be held liable on account of—

“(A) any action voluntarily taken in good faith to restrict access to or availability of material that the provider or user considers to be obscene, lewd, lascivious, filthy, excessively violent, harassing, or otherwise objectionable, whether or not such material is constitutionally protected; or

“(B) any action taken to enable or make available to information content providers or others the technical means to restrict access to material described in paragraph.”

(Emphasis ours.)

If Big Tech’s censorship is done “in good faith” – they do not lose their lawsuit immunity.

No one with an IQ above nine on a warm day – can possibly think Big Tech is censoring “in good faith.”

I’m no lawyer (thank God) – but there are several ways to address the monster, censoring monoliths these Big Tech companies have become.

Certainly antitrust is one.  (We have, in fact, made this argument also – for several years.)

Ok – Milo is kicked off of Twitter and Facebook.  What competitors to these two behemoths can he join instead?  You can’t think of a single reasonable one for either – and neither can I.

Really long second shot: We may even be able to use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act:

“(C)ommonly referred to as the RICO Act or simply RICO,…focuses specifically on racketeering and allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes they ordered others to do or assisted them in doing, closing a perceived loophole that allowed a person who instructed someone else to, for example, murder, to be exempt from the trial because they did not actually commit the crime personally.”

But where we should certainly start – is Big Tech’s wanton and blatant violations of Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act.

I’ve been told by a Never Trump attorney that it is impossible to prove “bad faith” in court.

I’d argue I just did here in print.

But if it’s true this part of the law is unenforceable – then the law is an ass.

We should throw it out – and pass something enforceable in its place.

We must do something about what’s happening.

Because what’s happening – ain’t great for the future of our nation.

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Good News for America and Americans – Is Gaslight-Requiring Bad News for Leftists

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This has been an absolute truth for at least the last half century:

If something is good for America and Americans – it is bad for Leftists.

The Left is in the misery business.

In order for the Left to achieve and hold on to power – things must be awful.  Or they must lie – and say things are awful when they are not.

To foster this latter massive falsehood – Leftists concoct many less-massive falsehoods.

We import more than a million foreigners per year – yet the Left screeches we are a racist, xenophobic, anti-immigrant nation.

We just finished two terms of a black president – yet the Left screeches we are in times worse than the days of Jim Crow.

We just had a very impressive 3.2% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) first quarter.  A continued, massive economic expansion – in the face of widespread “expert” predictions of a looming recession.

Unemployment is at a near record low.  Speaking of “racism” – Black and Hispanic unemployment is at their lowest respective rates…since we began recording such numbers.

Wages are increasing at rates significantly greater than they have at any point during the preceding half century.

The Donald Trump Economy – is roaring.

Unfortunately for the twenty Democrat presidential candidates (so far) – they have to run against it.  So they have to pretend the very may significant improvements upon the Democrat Barack Obama Economy – aren’t actually happening.

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Should the Trump Economy continue roaring as we head into the 2020 election – we will be subjected to the biggest Media-Left (please pardon the redundancy) gaslighting in the history of gaslighting:

“(A) form of psychological manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, making them question their own memory, perception, and sanity.

“Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the victim and delegitimize the victim’s belief.”

If you want a less esoteric explanation – I give you the Marx Brothers:

“Well, who you gonna believe? Me or your own eyes?”

Sometimes things are so antithetical to the Left’s lies – they simply can not continue lying after the fact.

I give you – the Internet.  And the very many lies the Left tells about Network Neutrality.

Disingenuously in its name, the Obama Administration in 2015 unilaterally imposed 1934 landline telephone law upon the Internet.

In 2017, the Trump Administration prepared to undo this titanic stupidity.  And the Media-Left – went completely insane in their attempts to set up the gaslighting.

Donald Trump Plans Total Repeal of Net Neutrality Law that Keeps the Internet Free

The FCC Is Trying To Destroy The Internet

Trump’s FCC Wants to Kill a Free and Open Internet

Under Trump, Dark Days Ahead for Net Neutrality and the Open Internet

FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Face New Attack

The Grim Future of the Open Internet Under Trump

Will Donald Trump Dismantle the Internet as We Know It?

This Is the Year Donald Trump Kills Net Neutrality

Trump’s FCC Is About to Destroy Net Neutrality

If Portugal is a Net Neutrality Nightmare, We’re Already Living in It

If Trump’s FCC Repeals Net Neutrality, Elites Will Rule the Internet—and the Future

How Trump Plans To Slow Our Internet To A Crawl

Get Set: Your Internet Bill is about to Soar, Thanks to Trump’s FCC

Gutting Net Neutrality Is the Trump Administration’s Most Brutal Blow to Democracy Yet

Under Trump the Future of Net Neutrality and Broadband is Uncertain

Except the Trump Administration undid the Obama power and grab, and….nothing bad happened.  NONE of the very many negatives above – transpired.  The Internet after – was identical to the Internet before.

Oh – except private sector investment in the Internet shot back up to pre-Obama-power-grab levels…and beyond.  And as investment increased – Internet speeds increased.

All very good things for America and Americans.  All very bad things for the Media-Left.

The post-Trump-freedom-restoration Internet has been so outstanding – even the Media-Left’s massive mendacity…was exceeded by reality.

As dishonest as they are – they couldn’t bring themselves to try to lie about what is actually happening.

Except here comes another opportunity for the Media-Left to drum up one of their oldie-but-goodie lies – the “Internet fast lane.”

Cox Cable Testing a Form of ‘Fast Lane’ Internet For Gamers

And just like with everything else – this development is good news for America and Americans.  Which means it’s bad news for Leftists.

That phrase “fast lane” – is itself a misrepresentation of how the Internet actually works.  And the Left makes up the phrase “fast lane” – so as to then lie and say we’ll all be consigned to a made up “slow lane.”

After Net Neutrality, Brace for Internet ‘Fast Lanes’:

“Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet ‘fast lanes’ and ‘slow lanes.’

Net Neutrality’s Repeal Means Fast Lanes Could Be Coming to the Internet. Is That a Good Thing?:

“The concept, known as paid prioritization, involves a telecommunications company charging an additional fee to transport a video stream or other content at a higher speed through its network.”

“Paid prioritization” – exists…everywhere else on Planet Earth:

“(T)he examples of private sector ‘paid prioritization’ ‘fast lanes’ – are nigh endless. Let’s examine just one.

“When you send a letter or package – are you limited to one delivery speed? Of course not.

“To chose but one private sector provider at random:

“UPS offers seven different delivery options: UPS Next Day Air Early, UPS Next Day Air, UPS Next Day Air Saver, UPS 2nd Day Air A.M., UPS 2nd Day Air, UPS 3 Day Select and UPS Ground.

“Heck, the government post office offers five different delivery options – right there on its government website.

“These are all variations of ‘paid prioritization’ ‘fast lanes.’ And no one is demanding the government ban them – because anyone who would do so would look titanically stupid.”

And guess what?  The Left only wants to ban “fast lanes” – for Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The much-more-massive, massive-bandwidth-hog Big Tech companies like Google and Facebook – who shovel lots and LOTS of money to the Left?  They not only can have “fast lanes” – they already do:

(T)here are hundreds of thousands (millions?) of them – and they have for years and years been an intrinsic part of the World Wide Web.

“Behold the Content Delivery Network (CDN): ‘(A) geographically distributed network of proxy servers and their data centers. The goal is to distribute service spatially relative to end-users to provide high availability and high performance….

“‘CDNs are a layer in the internet ecosystem. Content owners such as media companies and e-commerce vendors pay CDN operators to deliver their content to their end users. In turn, a CDN pays ISPs, carriers, and network operators for hosting its servers in their data centers.’

“Get all the facets of this particular Leftist lie?

“‘Fast lanes’ – aren’t actually fast lanes. And they are nothing new. They have nigh always been intrinsically woven into the Internet fabric.

“And the Left only wants to ban the practice for their political enemies – while allowing their political cronies to continue to build and use them unabated. Enjoy some cronyism with your delusion.”

Per the gamers: They use a LOT of bandwidth when they play other gamers online.  And they are very much concerned with “latency”:

“Latency = delay. It’s the amount of delay (or time) it takes to send information from one point to the next. Latency is usually measured in milliseconds or ms. It’s also referred to (during speed tests) as a ping rate.”

Latency is the amount of time between a gamer hitting a controller button – and the computer recognizing and executing his push of said button.  Longer latency – gets you killed or beaten.  Thus, gamers are incessantly obsessing about latency.

And yet again, the marketplace – is trying to accommodate.

Cox Cable Testing a Form of ‘Fast Lane’ Internet For Gamers

Ok – let’s use the Left’s disingenuous terminology.  To demonstrate how incredibly stupid the Left’s objections are.

Giving gamers their own “lane” – gets them off the “main roads” with all the additional traffic slowing them down.  Less traffic – less latency.  Good for gamers.

And getting gamers off the “main roads” – is better for everyone else.  Because those massive bandwidth hogs – won’t be hogging the “main roads’” bandwidth.  Leaving much more for the rest of us.

Charging bandwidth hog gamers a little more for all the bandwidth they’re hogging – is only fair.  You pay more at the grocery store for fifty steaks – than you do for five.

Which, by the way, ends our subsidizing gamers’ bandwidth hogging.

And a whole lot of that additional money – will be invested in ever-improving the networks we all use.

All of which – is nothing more than the creation of more CDNs.

Which have existed for decades – and already exist in the millions.

All of which is very good for America and Americans.

But very bad for the Net Neutrality-fetishizing, anti-free market, gaslighting Left.

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