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ISIS “Beatles” From the UK Just Want to Come Home, Now Asking for the U.S. to Try Them

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Crazy what facing certain death will do for these cowards. It’s all fun and games until a tribunal in Baghdad is ready to hang you.

CNN decided to interview a pair monsters named Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh. The interview is you typical kid gloves presentation, including attempts to further humanize them as broken and “drained.” Killing people will do that I guess.

Two of the remaining members of the British ISIS cell known as “the Beatles” have confessed their part in the ransoming of Western hostages in a rare interview that showed them broken and pleading for news of their fate. One of the fighters also offered an unprecedented apology for his actions with the group.

Kotey and Elsheikh are from the United Kingdom and joined ISIS as part of a group known as “the Beatles,” which included the now deceased “Jahidi John.” He was killed back in 2015 and infamously appeared in videos beheading western hostages.

To show how serious they are, one of them won’t even apologize for his role in the killings.

Kotey — whose year mostly in solitary confinement appears to have removed the arrogance he displayed when interviewed by CNN a year ago — declined to offer an apology. But he admitted taking email addresses from European hostages and assisting in the ransom negotiations that followed with relatives and friends.

“I was a fighter,” Kotey said. “Extracting from them email addresses for communications. For example, if it was a proof of life question, something that only they would be able to answer.” Asked why he agreed to this task, he replied: “It just so happened that way.”

If that doesn’t scream remorseful, what does?

Regardless, it shouldn’t matter if they now feel remorse. They joined a foreign terrorist army and helped facilitate in the murders of hostages. Furthermore, they won’t even fully admit to what they did, instead choosing to gaslight everyone by claiming they had no part in the murders or tortue.

The pair currently being held in Syria are accused of torturing the hostages they kept in their care. The US State Department has accused Kotey, 35, originally from Ladbroke Grove in London, of having “likely engaged in the group’s executions and exceptionally cruel torture” of their Western journalist and aid worker hostages. Elsheikh “was said to have earned a reputation for water-boarding, mock executions, and crucifixions,” according to the State Department.

The men denied involvement in the murders and physical abuse of hostages, saying they had been transferred to another unit before the violence began. Several former hostages however, have said they were tortured by masked British-accented men matching their descriptions.

Ricardo Garcia Vilanova, a Spanish photographer imprisoned by the group for about six months before his release in 2014, told CNN: “I was tortured in an ISIS jail by masked men with British accents. Many other of my fellow prisoners were too, and some didn’t survive captivity. We would want that they see justice for what they did.”

The claim that they simply didn’t participate in any of what happened doesn’t even begin to pass muster. There werne’t exactly a rash of British guys walking around and eye witnesses put them on the scene torturing people. While they may have not killed anyone personally (but they probably did), there’s no doubt they helped move the process along.

Now, after all they’ve done, they just want to be extradited and for the episode to be over.

Elsheikh said: “If anything, I think that a confession will maybe hasten our extradition or rendition to the United States, I don’t think this is something that will prevent me going to the United States at all. I don’t see how that would be possible. I just want this period to be over. I know what needs to be done. The truth has to come out.”

Painting yourself as a truth teller after you imprisoned, tortured, and helped murder innocent people isn’t a good look and will certainly do nothing for their chances of being brought to the United States for a trial.

CNN’s article goes on to bemoan the fact that these two are likely to be put to death soon by an Iraqi court.

The swift and brutal justice exposes the delicate line between the deterrent value of leaving foreign ISIS fighters in the hands of the legal system of the countries they sought to fragment, and the need for their home nations to be seen to prosecute their own extremists under the value system ISIS sought to undermine.

I actually see no conflict there at all. If you leave the shores of your country to go fight against it, killing and torturing along the way, it’s perfectly consistent that you’d then be tried in the area you chose to go. There is no moral obligation for western nations to repatriate these people and give them the chance to manipulate our justice systems. Where CNN see is a “delicate line,” I see a massive gulf that’s easy to distinguish.

The entire tenor of the CNN piece just rubs me the wrong way. Some people don’t deserve to be pitied. Not in this life at least. Terrorists are not going to suddenly change their ways because we start importing their counterparts back to western countries for trials. The deterrent is much stronger when they know they’ll be staring down an Iraqi judge who’s going to make his decision in ten minutes.

This pair should get nowhere near a western shore again. They should remain where they are and be put to death by the authorities of the country they chose to invade. Making a choice to join ISIS has consequences and they are about to learn that the hard way. We owe them nothing.

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Rep. Justin Amash After His Trump Impeachment Stance: Hero or Heel?

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he·ro
/ˈhirō/
noun
a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

heel
/hēl/
noun: heel; plural noun: heels

an inconsiderate or untrustworthy person.
“what kind of a heel do you think I am?”
(in professional wrestling) a wrestler who adopts a mean or unsympathetic persona in the ring.

Now that we have the basic definitions down….

I have been working on this piece in my mind since Rep. Justin Amash announced back on May 22nd that he would support the impeachment of President Trump after reading the full Mueller report.

Having met the man twice and talked to him briefly both times I have always found him an interesting politician to watch and have agreed with him on many things. So when Matt Lewis over at The Daily Beast wrote this piece on Saturday, Justin Amash for President: A Change Conservatives Can Believe In, I figured it was finally time to give my two cents about some serious issues I have about Amash’s analysis and his “brave” stance on coming out for impeachment.  (I will note that I produce Matt’s podcast Matt Lewis And The News.)

That Amash would post his opinion on the report should not surprise anyone who has followed him since his time in the Michigan House of Representatives. He has been excellent about posting his reasons for his votes and engaging people on their views. This was the case when I had a back and forth with him on Facebook about illegal immigration which I wrote about right here. Did Rep. Justin Amash Vote To Allow Illegals In San Francisco To Vote?

I take him at his word that he took the time to read the full Mueller report that is available. Being that he did not come out with a quick take right after the release like so many others did and waited a month before he released his opinion on Twitter, I believe that is a  reasonable assumption.

In his 20 tweet explanation, which you can find Right Here,  he goes through his reasoning.

Now to put this fully in context, let’s post what the Constitution says about impeachment in Section 4, Article 2 of the founding document.

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

What that means is that the founders were going to leave it up to future Congresses to determine what was the bar that we raise or lower for our executives and officers. In other words, there doesn’t need to be an actual crime committed but a political one would also suffice if the Congress has the guts to push it through. Even if an actual crime was committed as was the case with Bill Clinton’s lying under oath, the Senate decided that crime was not a big enough deal to remove a sitting President.

Amash, in his tweets above, lays out his best case for why, though an actual crime has not been committed, a political one has occurred, and thus Trump should be impeached.

In the scenario that is being pursued by Amash, the President essentially barked a lot and was told no or ignored and the issue was left at that. That amounts to a temper tantrum being thrown and nothing coming of it. The guilty pleas so far are on the people that plead that way for various reasons. Possibly that changes in the future but on the previous theory I laid out, Rep. Amash thinks that is enough. This is well within the power of the Congress that Justin Amash is part of right now to do so if they feel strongly about this.

Now, here is the part that I have been really thinking about lately and I’m not quite sure to make of this all. Matt’s piece above brought this again to the front of my mind and is the reason for finally writing this article.

From The Daily Beast story above…

Call it a protest vote if you want but Amash is one of very few politicians today that I could support in good conscience. And the good news is that—because he has already demonstrated his moral courage—he might just be crazy enough to do it!

The phrase “Moral Courage” has struck me along with something else. Rep. Amash at the end of last month held at a town hall meeting in his district stood for two hours and took questions — plus love and hate — from the assembled crowd.

According to The Atlantic, he said this at that gathering…

I’m a big believer in liberty and the Constitution. Nobody cares about liberty in Congress more than I do. One thing you see around the world is liberty cannot survive in a system where people hate each other and where there is no virtue. You can’t have a system like that. Our Founders and Framers talked about that. You have to have people who care about virtue and you have to have love.

Is Justin Amash the only one in Congress on the Republican side that has moral courage and loves liberty more than anyone else? Is he the only one that has a virtuous streak strong enough to say the hell with his political future over this stance?

Amash is the leader of the “House Liberty Caucus” that has 8 members including Rep. Amash. The others are…

Paul Gosar of Arizona
Morgan Griffith of Virginia
Thomas Massie of Kentucky
Warren Davidson of Ohio
Jim Jordan of Ohio
Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
Andy Biggs of Arizona

Surely one of these people also sees it the way that Rep. Amash does. According to Need To Impeach not one of these individuals who serve with Amash in the House and specifically in the Liberty Caucus see it as he does and declared this publicly.

Over on the Senate side, the two Senators who are most closely aligned with Rep. Amash’s view on most things are Sen. Rand Paul-KY and Sen. Ben Sasse-NE. I could find nothing on what Sen. Sasse has said about this but Sen. Paul came out against Amash and his view late last month. Rand Paul splits with Amash on Trump impeachment.

Does Justin Amash love liberty more than Rand Paul?

I know that seems like a bit of unfair question but the Representative from Michigan has put himself in this corner with his above comments on this.

The Democrats are using this situation to attempt to take down a Republican President as they have done with all others before so there is nothing mysterious there.

However, if Justin Amash is the only elected Republican who seems to think that impeachment is necessary among the likes of Rand Paul, Ben Sasse, and Thomas Massie, does that mean the others lack moral courage and not are not as in love with liberty as the Congressman from Michigan?

Or is it possible Amash is just dead wrong here?

Hero or Heel?

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The Knives Are Out For Meghan McCain At “The View”

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Et Tu Whoopi?

Who could have seen this coming?

Conservative millennial and famous for being Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, is reportedly in some hot water with her co-hosts at “The View” and in particular, the ringleader of the gal chat show, Whoopi Goldberg.

According to RawStory

Conservative commentator Meghan McCain, co-host of The View, has recently taken time off from the show. And the other hosts, producers, and viewers are happier without her there, reports the Daily Mail.

McCain’s absence has reportedly pleased Whoopi Goldberg, who is reportedly tired of McCain’s blow-ups and feuding with host Joy Behar.

“Whoopi is at her breaking point with Meghan. She’s been trying to hang in there, especially keep the peace with Meghan and Joy, but we all know she’s about to break,” a source told DailyMail.com.

You don’t say?

Also in the story are reports that Meggy Mac is hard on the staff in the background of the show. Now, this could all be speculation but with the recent absences on the show of both Meghan and Joy and the reports of those two titans butting heads, this story has a lil gravitas to it.

I would have never thought that while Donald Trump is President anyone would ever challenge Meghan on the show in front or behind the camera. Her attacks on the President both during the funeral of her Dad and after should have bought her a free pass to act however she pleases for the duration of Trumps Presidency.

However, if McCain is pissing off Hollywood veteran and liberal comedienne icon Whoopi the youngin might have her days numbered on the show.

Now I can already hear some of you saying WHY DOES THIS MATTER? Well, this is why.

The left is all in for defeating Donald Trump in 2020 and willing to do it at all costs. Meghan Mccain has been riding off the coattails of her Dad for years and has thus developed a persona also that she tells it like it is. This benefits the left greatly and gives rise to the narrative that Trump is on shaky grounds with GOP’ers like McCain.

If they are willing to bounce her to the curb, they must REALLY hate her or are pretty confident that they don’t need her on the bubble gum chat show to rip on the Donald. Plus, they already have another token conservative in Abby Huntsman to use as a punching bag.

Whatever the case may be, there might be life after “The View” but not with the hefty paycheck and platform. Will that be the end of….. insightful commentary from a “conservative” millennial?

I can’t even imagine.

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AOC Absolutely Clowns Herself in Hearing with FBI Official

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the freshest of fresh faces in the Democrat party, has invented a new problem that doesn’t actually exist and she’s determined to show her ignorance while trying to push it.

You see, the FBI is actually racist because they haven’t been charging white supremacists with “domestic terrorism.” In a hearing with the FBI Assistant Director of Counter Terrorism, AOC decided she was going to go hard and really rack up those retweets on Twitter. What she ended up doing was absolutely clowning herself.

There are several issues here.

One, as Ryan Saavedra points out, there is not actual thing as “domestic terrorism” when it comes to criminal statutes. We already have laws for domestic crime. When you kill someone, its called murder. Even if the FBI wanted to, they couldn’t charge a neo-nazi with “domestic terrorism” because that doesn’t exist as far as the justice system is concerned.

This is for good reason. Civil liberty questions become a very big issue if you start classifying Americans as terrorists when they have no actual foreign connections. If they are connected with a foreign entity, such as ISIS, then they can be charged under international terrorism statutes.

AOC still couldn’t understand this, so she then went to bat for the San Bernardino terrorists, insinuating they had been discriminated against.

As if the level of stupid wasn’t already high enough, the FBI doesn’t even charge people. They are an investigative agency, which means AOC was grilling someone for not bringing “domestic terrorism” charges when they don’t even have prosecutorial authority in the first place.

After getting thoroughly embarrassed, AOC then ran to Twitter with an edited video to get accolades from all her followers.

I like the nod to herself, asserting that she tried to give the FBI official, who’s an expert on the matter, the benefit of the doubt. But she checked on it and she’s right, even though she’s completely wrong on every level. Brilliant stuff.

There is no objective truth anymore in politics. Just Twitter and people clapping like seals. Her false tweet currently has 128,000 likes.

Here’s a summary of how that went.

This woman is ignorant on a level we’ve rarely seen before on the national level. She has no understanding of any issue at all. There’s a reason she was tending bar before she was elected to Congress and it becomes more apparent every single time she opens her mouth.

Now, if only we had some virtuous firefighting journalists out there who could do some fact-checks on this? Anyone?

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Koch Brothers Never Were Conservative

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Koch Brothers

Koch Brothers Never Were Conservative

Sarah Palin was right about “Crony Capitalists.” The Headline reads, “Koch Network Willing to Back Dem. Candidates In 2020.” Well No Kidding!” In the June 7th issue of National Review Online, Jack Crowe announces what we’ve all known for a long time (well, at least for the 31 months since Donald J. Trump’s unexpected thrashing of the criminal crone from Chappaqua) the Koch Brothers never were conservatives.

From the article

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the political arm of the billionaire Koch brothers’ sprawling influence network, which has traditionally confined its support to Republicans, plans to pursue a “bipartisan approach” when determining which candidates to back in the 2020 election cycle.

Crowe elaborates

In a memo distributed to employees Thursday and obtained by CNBC, AFP CEO Emily Seidel announced that the group will evaluate candidates entirely based on their support for its preferred policies without respect to party affiliation.

“AFP or AFP Action [the group’s super PAC] will be ready to engage contested U.S. Senate, U.S. House, and state-level primary races, including Republican, Democrat, Independent or otherwise, to support sitting legislators who lead by uniting with others to pass principled policy and get good things done,” Seidel’s memo said.

It gets better yet. Here is the money quote (emphasis, all mine)

The Koch network, collectively referred to as “Stand Together,” has struggled to find a political home since President Trump took office.

Imagine that! A political group that refuses to assist, nay actively undermines President Trump’s signature campaign issue: Immigration both legal and illegal, struggling “to find a home.”

If you want a home, I suggest you come out and actively support President Trump’s agenda. Here’s a challenge for you. How about you match Brian Kolfage’s GoFundMe effort, with a direct donation of your own to his citizen-supported Border Wall Program. If you do that, you’ll likely find the welcome mat out for you as you board the Trump Train. If you can’t bring yourself to help actively protect your fellow Americans, I suggest that you go ahead and come out of the closet and affiliate with the Democrats.

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The RedState Box Office Report – A Busy, Not Hectic Weekend

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Plenty of new arrivals were in theaters but the sequels failed to match prior success.

If audiences are showing signs of fatigue with retread properties then this summer could become worrisome. There are a slew of sequel on the slate, including the next couple of weeks. Sony is attempting to reinvigorate its “Men In Black” property next week, and Pixar is releasing ‘Toy Story 4” the following weekend.

Even as we enter the heart of the summer season audiences are showing that they will need a real reason to come out to theaters. Pretending your film is an event picture is not enough; you need to actually motivate audiences.

1. THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – $47.11 Million
Quite a surprising tally here with what was regarded as a sure-thing animated animal lark. Thoughts had been this would draw in the $60 million+ range, but it seems there was less interest in a second romp involving the household critters. One indicator of what went wrong was the film did not appeal to young boys; the audience skewed to 62% female, and the very kids turned out while it played light with the 10-12-year-old crowd. The original was a surprise smash, opening with $100 million on the way to retrieving over $350 million. The production studio Illumination kept the cost down to around $75 million for the budget, which is economical for an animated release, so Universal should be fine by the end of things. But these partners will surely be revisiting things in a serious manner if there is to be the third version of this down the road.

2. DARK PHOENIX – $33.9m
Said to be the culmination of the “X-Men” franchise at Fox, this thing never rose from the ashes. The advanced word on the film was poor to begin with, then during the past couple of weeks the front-lash has been severe, with fans and movie critics at odds over the quality of the film. As it opened “Dark Phoenix” was the worst-reviewed title in the “X-Men” series at 22%, and now it sports the worst opening in the franchise as well. The audiences were also unkind, as the Cinemascore was also a franchise lowest “B-”. Once this was being looked at as drawing $50 million for the weekend. The total becomes harrowing when you factor in the $200 million budget, before marketing costs. All they are hoping for now is an international audience bailout; this franchise performs strongly in foreign markets. If it ends up losing money this loss will all be on Fox, since the film was completed well before the finalization of Disney’s purchase of the studio. The only thing left is for fans to await what Marvel will do now that it has its beloved property but under its control.

3. ALADDIN – $24.6m
A bit of a surprise as the film dropped over 600 screens on its third weekend. That is rare for a Disney title, more rare for one that is doing healthy business, but with two major releases demanding over 4,200 screens room had to be made somewhere. As of now the live-action remake has pulled in over $200 million domestically and is playing strong in foreign markets as well. The Mouse House will ride this one for one more week before tossing its energy behind the Pixar release.

4. GODZILLA-KING OF THE MONSTERS – $15.54M
From a bad opening last week to a collapse this weekend. This total is a steep -67% drop from that debut, a horrible sign of long-range prospects. So far the foreign business has been soft, so Warners may have a tough bottom line in front of them by the looks of this so far.

5. ROCKETMAN – $14.0m
The Elton John biopic is holding well with its older-skewing audience. It had a very respectable second-week dip of -45%, and it has a stronger per-screen average than “Godzilla”. In the end if it ends up earning more than the thunder lizard then there is a real problem with that franchise.

6. MA – $7.82m
Taking a -57% hit is not horrendous, especially with it sporting a micro-budget of just $5 million. The Universal/Blumhouse formula of shooting on the cheap and netting a solid opening continues to deliver the profits.

7. JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 3 – PARABELLUM – $7.4m
The taciturn assassin, played by the taciturn Keanu Reeves, is churning out the dollars. After one month it continues to play on over 2,700 screens. It will earn over $150 million soon enough and has drawn over another $1100 million overseas. A needed win for Lionsgate.

8. AVENGERS: ENDGAME – $4.8m
It has now become only the second film to ever earn over 422.7 billion worldwide, and is still closing in on the all-time total of “Avatar”. It stands about $50 million behind on that global number.

9. POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU – $2.98m
This weekend takes the yellow private dick to over $400 million earned worldwide.

10. BOOKSMART – $1.57m
Critically it was loved, but audiences have not turned out for this female high school coming of age tale. It has all the making of a cult hit.

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Kirsten Gillibrand Produces the Single Most Awkward Moment in Political History

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She’s bad at this. So bad that she makes Hillary Clinton look scarily authentic.

Kirsten Gillibrand is currently polling at 0% and looks like she’s going to miss the first debate. What she does have is name recognition though and that’s earned her a bit more media time than the other hangers on.

We are in the midst of “pride month,” which means all Democrat politicians must relentlessly virtue signal their support for something they otherwise don’t think twice about. Gillibrand is no exception. In doing so, she has produced what appears to be the most awkward moment in political history.

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So many questions. For starters, how do you “work a gay bar?”

In the video, Gillibrand is seen swaying in her mom jeans, sporting a gay pride shirt and sipping a shot like it’s some kind of alien drink. At the end, she suddenly springs to life and shouts “gay rights!” in a manner you’d expect of a half-stoned college kid pounding beers at spring break.

What is this supposed to be? Who was filming this and how where they not on the floor laughing at the sheer embarrassment of it all? Could no one tell her, “look, this just looks ridiculous, let’s hit delete on this one?”

At some point, she’s got to pack this in, if only to try to keep at least some sliver of her tattered dignity intact. This level of pandering isn’t easy to come back from.

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More Winning! Additional Benefits From Mexico Deal?

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More Winning! Additional Benefits From Mexico Deal?

As noted here by my colleague Elizabeth Vaughn and your humble scribe here, Donald Trump has secured a signed agreement with Mexico, securing their assistance in stemming the tide of illegal aliens swarming across our Southern border. Yesterday on Breitbart News Saturday, host Matt Boyle interviewed Stephen Moore, onetime Trump Fed nominee, forced to withdraw due to establishment resistance.

Moore had this to say about President Trump’s deal with Mexico. Note: I transcribed this from a recorded broadcast. Any errors are of course, mine. The entire segment can be found on Sirius XM.

You know, I have to confess, I was against the tariffs strategy. I didn’t think Mexico would come to the table. I’ll admit I was wrong, because; Boy has this worked; Now Mexico has sent thousands of their National Guard to the border. So, this is a big, big victory for Donald Trump.

Moore went on to describe his assessment as it relates to the much larger trade dispute—with China. Here’s the money quote.

I do think this will have a positive implication for the China negotiations because China is going to look at this thing and go, “Ha, this guy really knows how to negotiate, he’s going to win,” If Trump can get that same kind of concession from China, and I think he will, like he got from Mexico, the economy is just going to soar.

The part about China all of the sudden having some great epiphany regarding President Trump’s negotiating skills is pretty good public relations, but not much else. I do agree that the President is very likely to come to an agreement with China; an agreement as good or better than with Mexico. Here’s why.

What has happened over the past 6 months is that the net trade relationship between Mexico (and Canada) has strengthened. If this newly-signed agreement proves out, that relationship will get even better. With escalating tariffs on Chinese goods increasing costs, the environment is now set for U.S. trade merchants to seek other suppliers, perhaps in Mexico and/or Canada. These suppliers could also be other partners in the Pacific Rim.

In any case, no matter which country(s) step up as replacement partners, there will be additional pressure on China. As an added benefit to that, China will have far less U.S. consumer-provided revenue to fund its military expansion in the South China Sea.

Winning!

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The FBI Just Dropped New Documents on Hillary Clinton and They Are Really Bad

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Late Friday night, we got a document dump from the FBI dealing with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server.

While we’ve already gotten ample evidence that she absolutely should have been charged for her mishandling of classified information, these latest revelations are still pretty mind-blowing. After you read them, you are left asking yourself how it was possible that she wasn’t indicted.

Well, we know why.

Starting with Hillary’s actions, her criminality isn’t even in doubt anymore. Stripping highly classified materials of their markings and then pushing them out via unapproved means is illegal. Nowhere in the statute is their a requirement for “intent” nor could any serious person argue she didn’t intend to do what she actively chose to do.

While we already knew that, it’s pretty amazing to see that even the FBI was admitting it at the time. Shortly after, the full whitewash would go into effect.

The revelations about Sidney Blumenthal are even crazier. Here’s more on that.

How is Sideny Blumenthal still walking around a free man after participating in a conspiracy like that?

It’s insane how not blind our justice system is. There’s clearly two separate tiers at play and that hasn’t seemed to change the last two years. The things in these documents don’t just demand disapproval, they demand a reopening of the investigation. No logical explanation except corruption exists where all of this evidence was simply hand-waved away by James Comey.

There’s even evidence of Hillary’s involvement in the start of the Trump-Russia hoax in these documents.

If this were a Republican, it’d be a massive scandal. But because we are dealing with Democrats, the media won’t touch this stuff.

Since Nancy Pelosi has made it acceptable to call for the jailing of your political opponents, I’ll just say it. Hillary Clinton should be in jail. The extent to what she participated in would have any normal person put away for years. The fact that she avoided even an indictment is a large black eye on the credibly of the FBI and one they won’t easily recover from. It also reinforces what an incredibly corrupt actor James Comey is. No one with any integrity could have done what he did given what they knew at the time.

I have no faith anyone will ever be held accountable for this stuff. We can only hope that Bill Barr’s investigation is actually extensive and that it exposes more of these people to the light.

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In Heavy-Handed Purge of Nazi Videos, YouTube is Deleting WWII Educational Videos Too

YouTube is facing a new wave of criticism after their new rules banning videos that promote Nazi ideology or Holocaust denial were put into effect in a way that resulted in educational videos used to instruct about World War II and the Holocaust being blocked as well.

A report by The Guardian interviewed several British history teachers who had seen their video channels featuring archival films from the WWII period deleted, and attempts to upload new content blocked. As The Guardian noted, in previous generations, teachers would often show VHS tapes in their classrooms, but most now rely on online content like YouTube for supplemental material.

Scott Allsop, a teacher at an international school in Romania, had his entire YouTube channel with hundreds of clips on European history from the Norman conquest to the Cold War taken down. Many of the clips were originally featured in BBC documentaries that are no longer easily available, and original archival videos of speeches by Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, and other well-known Nazi officials.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, sent Allsop an automated email saying his channel had been deleted because it included  “content that promotes hatred or violence against members of a protected group.”

“It’s absolutely vital that YouTube work to undo the damage caused by their indiscriminate implementation as soon as possible,” Allsop told The Guardian. “Access to important material is being denied wholesale as many other channels are left branded as promoting hate when they do nothing of the sort.”

After an appeal, Allsop was able to get his channel reinstated, but found the way YouTube’s automated process originally struck him down very frustrating, and contrary to YouTube’s stated goals for their anti-hate speech policies. YouTube’s appeals process is notoriously opaque, and users have a limited time to initiate an appeal or see their content permanently deleted.

“I fully support YouTube’s increased efforts to curb hate speech,” said Allsop, “but also feel that silencing the very people who seek to teach about its dangers could be counter-productive to YouTube’s intended goal.”

The MIT Technology Review reported on the controversy as well, noting that big tech companies have immense power as the “gatekeepers of material we consume online,” and the balance between allowing content and not promoting hate speech is a “fraught and complex” balance, with a very real “risk of unintended consequences when policies and algorithms are tweaked.”

Nonetheless, “[t]his complexity doesn’t excuse YouTube, which is owned by Google, of its responsibilities.”

As I wrote earlier this week, YouTube’s algorithm that recommends which videos you watch next has some critical vulnerabilities that cater to the prurient interests of pedophiles. It’s troubling that YouTube so far has refused to remedy some of the main issues, because to do so would likely impact their revenue.

It all comes back to the key point that these behemoth social media platforms have an enormous influence on the news, entertainment, and even educational content that we consume. My general tendency towards free market libertarianism recognizes YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. are private companies, but the ongoing lack of transparency and clarity regarding their rules, and the impersonal, heavy-handed enforcement mechanisms that often operate using automated, difficult-if-not-impossible-to-appeal methods, is a growing problem that these companies have a moral duty to address.

For example, regarding YouTube, most social media platforms have ways to verify the identity of users. Allowing educators and students to verify their identities as associated with a college or school, perhaps through their institutional .edu email address, might be a solution that would clarify that a video of a Hitler speech is intended for educational purposes.

There is no way to purge Nazis from the internet entirely — Richard Jones-Nerzic, another history teacher quoted in The Guardian article noted that the comments sections of his videos were sometimes “hijacked by neo-fascists” — but purging the educational content that allows future generations to learn about the Holocaust is not the answer either. If we are serious about our commitment to the principle of “Never Again,” continuing to teach these historical periods is our solemn duty.

 

For further reading:

YouTube’s Video Recommendation Algorithm Caters To Pedophiles, And They Refuse To Fix It

The Most Terrible Thing I Saw At Dachau

 

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