No charges for Giuliani after FBI raid

Just The NewsFormer New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will not face criminal charges in connection with an FBI raid on his apartment and the seizure of electronics stored within.

Prosecutors announced the decision in a Monday court filing, per the New York Post, saying "The Government writes to notify the Court that the grand jury investigation that led to the issuance of the above-referenced warrants has concluded, and that based on information currently available to the Government, criminal charges are not forthcoming."

Authorities in the Southern District of New York had been investigating Giuliani's relationship with Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, the Post reported. Lutsenko reportedly gave the Republican information on former President Donald Trump's political opponents and was a prominent figure in his first impeachment trial.

Of course he won't face charges; the charges only existed to enable the investigation, and the investigation only existed to enable the surveillance.

We need legislation that applies a significant personal penalty to abuses of the police power. Any search warrant that doesn't find the evidence that it was supposed to should result in recompense to the target and penalties to those who requested and signed the warrant.

Categories Police Abuse

Wed Nov 23 22:51:39 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

MA secretly installed contact tracing app on resident's phones

Gateway PunditThe Massachusetts Department of Public Health is facing a class action lawsuit after colluding with Google to repeatedly auto-install contact-tracing spyware on the smartphones of over a million Massachusetts residents without their permission or consent.

According to a class action lawsuit filed by the New Civil Liberties Alliance, a nonpartisan nonprofit civil rights organization, the Department of Public Health rolled out the contact tracing app it worked with Google to create in April 2021.

“The App causes an Android mobile device to constantly connect and exchange information with other nearby devices via Bluetooth and creates a record of such other connections. If a user opts in and reports being infected with COVID-19, an exposure notification is sent to other individuals on the infected user’s connection record,” the NCLA explains in the complaint, Wright v. Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Initially, the app which obtains users private locations and health information was voluntarily installed.

But then in June, DPH ramped up its contact tracing program and allegedly began surreptitiously installing the surveillance app on residents’ phones.

For anyone in MA and using a google-based phone (Android), your government violated your privacy.

Tue Nov 22 23:08:44 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ Observers and the elections

Town HallOn the eve of the elections, the Biden administration's Department of Justice announced Monday it would be dispatching such monitors to as many as 64 jurisdictions in almost half of U.S. states on Election Day to oversee federal election law "compliance."

According to the DOJ's watch list, Pennsylvania's Luzerne County, Texas's Harris County, Arizona's Maricopa County, and Pima County, and Nevada's Washoe County all had the feds there "monitoring" polls. The nationwide deployment is a notable expansion. Nevada wasn't on the DOJ's roster two years ago during the presidential election cycle in 2020. Still, it was on the DOJ's radar this time, and Pima County—Arizona's second-most populous, which holds Tucscon—is among the new additions.

These five jurisdictions supposedly under in-person DOJ supervision throughout Tuesday suffered major muck-ups.

Doesn't surprise me a bit.

Sun Nov 20 22:01:05 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

So what did the FBI raid Trump for?

Don SurberNow that the election is over, WaPo admitted the raid on President Trump was nonsenses.

The FBI confiscated 11,000 documents. A review showed 99% of the documents were not classified and the ones marked classified were harmless.

The story said, "That review has not found any apparent business advantage to the types of classified information in Trump’s possession, these people said. FBI interviews with witnesses so far, they said, also do not point to any nefarious effort by Trump to leverage, sell or use the government secrets. Instead, the former president seemed motivated by a more basic desire not to give up what he believed was his property, these people said."

Trump had nothing but souvenirs and newspaper clippings.

The FBI had no business doing this.

By their silence, Republicans in Washington are accomplices.

The only thing the FBI got in the Trump raid was cheap political theater.

Thu Nov 17 13:33:24 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House Republicans release report on FBI political abuse

Just The NewsHouse Judiciary Republicans on Friday released a 1,000-plus page report on FBI whistleblower disclosures on "the politicization of the FBI And Justice Department."

The members called the report "the first comprehensive accounting of the FBI's problems to date, which undermine the FBI's fundamental law-enforcement mission."

They also say in an announcement about the report that the 1,050 document "primarily concerns FBI abuses, due to the experiences and roles of whistleblowers, but also examines the actions of the Justice Department where appropriate for context and explanation."

If they intended this to have some impact on the midterms, they waited too long.

Wed Nov 16 22:27:00 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden regime censored social media posts directly

Daily CallerThe Department of Homeland Security has left open a special feature that allows government officials to flag Facebook posts for misinformation after scrapping a controversial advisory board tasked with developing guidelines for social media censorship, the Intercept reported Monday.

DHS announced plans for a Disinformation Governance Board to “develop guidelines, standards, guardrails to ensure that the work that has been ongoing for nearly 10 years does not infringe on people’s free speech rights, rights of privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee in May, according to The Hill. While DHS shuttered the initiative after an onslaught of bipartisan opposition decrying the potential censorship, the Intercept found through an analysis of public and leaked documents that government efforts to police tech companies goes on.

Those activities include a Facebook portal only accessible by government and law enforcement representatives to formally request the platform kill or label alleged misinformation, according to the Intercept. A leaked set of slides contains instructions on how to operate the system, and the URL to access the site — — was still active at the time of publication.

Daily CallerThe U.S. government has for years discussed the scope and scale of online content moderation the government should engage in, as well as how to compel social media platforms to flag or remove “misinformation,” “disinformation” and “malinformation,” the Intercept reported, citing meeting minutes and records appended to a lawsuit filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt.


That would right there proves a 1st Amendment violation.

Facebook literally provided DHS a censorship portal. Presumably the other social media networks did similar things. They cloaked the whole thing as a response first to foreign influence, then to misinformation generally. However, there are no exceptions for either in the 1st Amendment. Freedom of speech trumps -- pun intended -- both.

When this information starts to come out and lawyers have time to digest it, there will be hell to pay.

Thu Nov 10 23:05:00 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ already planning to kneecap Trump in 2024

Just The NewsDepartment of Justice officials have reportedly discussed the possibility of appointing a special counsel to oversee the investigations related to former President Donald Trump should he opt to run again for the nation's top job in 2024.

Though they are waiting for the midterm elections to pass before making major public moves, the DOJ is reportedly bringing on additional experienced prosecutors and preparing for a potential slew of indictments against major figures in Trump world, CNN reported, citing "sources familiar with the matter."

"Now federal investigators are planning for a burst of post-election activity in Trump-related investigations," CNN reported. "That includes the prospect of indictments of Trump's associates – moves that could be made more complicated if Trump declares a run for the presidency."

We're living in a police state. But we have the chance to put Republicans in charge of both the House and the Senate. We can put a spotlight on DOJ and FBI. We can expose the abuses and make them pay a political price. We can shut down the J6 kangaroo courts.

But we have to vote.

Tue Nov 08 10:35:30 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ "Civil rights division" to monitor elections in 24 states

Conservative TreehouseIn foreign countries when the ruling government sends federal police or military agents of the regime in power to “monitor elections,” U.S. politicians and media call it intimidation, corruption and election fraud. When Joe Biden sends federal police to monitor elections, U.S. politicians and media call it “protecting democracy.” The process is identical.

Comrades, earlier today the political branch of the Dept of Justice announced their dispatch to key Democrat cities and counties in order to support the correct regime voting process. No, really, they did.

DOJ's Civil Rights division is a nest of Dem vipers. Who knows what they will actually be doing in the 24 states they announced they will monitor, but it can't be good. And the National Guard will activate cybersecurity teams in 14 more states as well.

Nothing says secure and honest elections like martial law.

Tue Nov 08 09:35:40 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI, DOJ leaking about super-secret classified documents

Gateway Pundit quoting Washington PostSome of the classified documents recovered by the FBI from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and private club included highly sensitive intelligence regarding Iran and China, according to people familiar with the matter. If shared with others, the people said, such information could expose intelligence-gathering methods that the United States wants to keep hidden from the world.

At least one of the documents seized by the FBI describes Iran’s missile program, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe an ongoing investigation. Other documents described highly sensitive intelligence work aimed at China, they said.

The secret documents about Iran and China are considered among the most sensitive the FBI has recovered to date in its investigation of Trump and his aides for possible mishandling of classified information, obstruction and destruction of government records, the people said.

These documents are so sensitive that the FBI is leaking details about them to the press.

Categories Police Abuse Spygate

Sat Nov 05 23:36:28 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lawsuit filed over ATF crackdown on FFLs

The FederalistA Texas firearms dealer is suing the Biden administration for weaponizing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to shut down law-abiding gun retailers over paperwork errors discovered during audits.

President Joe Biden ordered the Department of Justice in June of 2021 to enforce “zero tolerance for willful violations of the law by federally licensed firearms dealers that put public safety at risk,” but after a 500 percent increase in federal firearm license revocations for retailers over the last year, it’s clear the Biden administration isn’t just going after gun sellers who intentionally violate the law.

I don't see how the current policies survive Bruen when even the use of serial numbers on firearms is in question. We may even get some good legal precedent over the ATF overstepping itself here. But ATF harassment of FFLs under Biden may well succeed in putting many out of business entirely if not checked by a friendly Congress.

Sat Nov 05 22:36:28 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Big Tech collusion with Big Government censorship

Conservative TreehouseThere is also a formalized process for government officials to directly flag content on Facebook or Instagram and request that it be throttled or suppressed through a special Facebook portal that requires a government or law enforcement email to use. At the time of writing, the “content request system” at is still live. DHS and Meta, the parent company of Facebook, did not respond to a request for comment. The FBI declined to comment.

[…] The extent to which the DHS initiatives affect Americans’ daily social feeds is unclear. During the 2020 election, the government flagged numerous posts as suspicious, many of which were then taken down, documents cited in the Missouri attorney general’s lawsuit disclosed. And a 2021 report by the Election Integrity Partnership at Stanford University found that of nearly 4,800 flagged items, technology platforms took action on 35 percent — either removing, labeling, or soft-blocking speech, meaning the users were only able to view content after bypassing a warning screen. The research was done “in consultation with CISA,” the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Prior to the 2020 election, tech companies including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Discord, Wikipedia, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Verizon Media met on a monthly basis with the FBI, CISA, and other government representatives. According to NBC News, the meetings were part of an initiative, still ongoing, between the private sector and government to discuss how firms would handle misinformation during the election.

We all suspected this was happening, but now we have proof.

Fri Nov 04 12:08:46 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Big tech created government censorship portals

TechnofogThe federal government’s guidelines to counter “misinformation” and “disinformation” – what we might more accurately describe as Big Brother’s Playbook – has been released. The US government and its allies, including media gatekeepers and educational institutions and global corporations, have become the judges and juries of “misinformation.”

And Big Tech is their executioner.

According to recently-filed court documents in Missouri v. Biden that were made available by The Intercept (big hat tip to Lee Fang and Ken Klippenstein), “The Department of Homeland Security is quietly broadening its efforts to curb speech it considers dangerous.”

"Curbing speech" is dangerous.

Wed Nov 02 17:55:40 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reporter goes missing after FBI raid

ZerohedgeA star reporter for ABC News has been missing since an April 27 FBI raid at his Arlington, Virginia apartment.

Emmy award winner James Gordon Meek - a deep-dive journalist who was also a former senior counterterrorism adviser and investigator for the House Homeland Security Committee, abruptly quit his job of 9 years and "fell off the face of the earth," after the raid, one of his colleagues told Rolling Stone.

At the time of the raid, Meek, 52, was co-authoring a now-published book about the botched US withdrawal from Afghanistan. According to 'sources familiar with the matter,' federal agents allegedly found classified information on Meek's laptop during their raid - though one investigative journalist who had worked with him said it would be highly unusual for a reporter to do so.

Is he in FBI custody? A suicide? What was he working on? He's back now, but still not talking.

Wed Nov 02 11:46:06 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI whistleblower: FBI is misclassifying cases for political reasons

PJMediaRepublicans on the House Judiciary Committee announced on Thursday that they would be calling a former top FBI official to testify before Congress to address claims that the Biden administration pressured agents to label cases as domestic extremism or a white supremacist threat even if they did not meet that criteria in order to match Joe Biden’s rhetoric.

Last month, current and former FBI agents came forward claiming the Biden administration has been deliberately exaggerating the danger posed by white supremacists. According to the whistleblowers, high-ranking FBI officials were pressuring field agents to fabricate domestic terrorism cases and label people as white supremacists in order to “meet internal metrics.”

Remember when they sent a dozen agents to investigate a garage door pull rope?

We need Congress to put a stop to this, and that means Republicans. Go vote.

Categories Police Abuse

Wed Nov 02 10:56:24 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AZ AG shows his true colors

Gateway PunditRINO Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has revealed his true colors with a recent letter to the IRS and the corrupt FBI, which calls on them to investigate True The Vote, the election integrity group featured in the groundbreaking 2000 Mules documentary.

Bernovich claimed during the primary season to be investigating voter fraud, but as soon as his primary was over, he turned around and referred the people he was working with to the FBI. He did nothing, lost his primary because of it, and now is engaging in petty revenge.

True The Vote has issued a public response.

Sun Oct 30 23:31:28 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI classifying "misinformation" as an "election crtime"

Conservative TreehouseThe dissidents at Project Veritas have received leaked whistleblower information from the FBI highlighting a guidance document that puts “disinformation” into the category of an “election crime.” [Source Article Here] According to the internal guidance, sharing “false or inaccurate information intended to mislead others” may lead the FBI to charge people with election crimes.

This is ripe for political abuse, no doubt by design. The FBI gets to decide who "really" won any given election and jail anyone who disputes it. But they only have to do that once; after that they go to social media and get everyone banned for "violating the law", and the combination will be more than enough to chill most ordinary people.

Fri Oct 28 15:24:58 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Another "domestic terrorism" letter to the FBI

Just The NewsA year after Attorney General Merrick Garland promised to deploy the FBI against heated, parent-led protests at school board meetings, medical associations are seeking a similar response, one which could cite ill-defined "disinformation" and "provoking" threats of violence to squelch scrutiny of "gender affirming" treatment for minors.

The Oct. 3 letter to Garland from the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Association resembles the National School Boards Association's September 2021 "domestic terrorism" letter, which prompted Garland's pledge but also a subsequent revolt by half of NSBA's state affiliates.

Both letters are merely a thin pretext for the FBI to investigate Biden's political opponents, and implement an increasingly totalitarian censorship state.

Mon Oct 24 22:02:11 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The importance of timing

American Thinker Specifically, Durham asked FBI supervisor Brian Auten what the FBI offered Steele for “corroborative information.” Said Auten, “Mr. Steele was offered anywhere up to a million dollars for any information, documentary, physical evidence, anything of that sort which could help to prove the allegations.”

This offer reeks of desperation. The FBI made it in early October 2016, two weeks before it filed its first FISA application against American businessman Carter Page. As Auten admitted, Steele did not and could not provide “anything.” Ever. Yet without any corroboration, the FBI went ahead and filed not just one but four FISA applications against Page with the unproven Steele information as its foundation -- a clear violation of FISA law.

One thing most of the summaries of the Danchenko trial fail to note is the timing. Right before the election, the FBI was feeling a huge sense of urgency driving them to offer a million dollars to Steele to verify his allegations. He could not, but they got a FISA warrant anyway, knowing he could not verify any of it even with a million dollars on the table.

That means they knew he couldn't, which means they knew they were lying to the court under oath. And they went back three times to renew it, lying each time.

Fri Oct 21 20:09:49 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The motive in the Las Vegas shooting?

PJMediaIt has been five years since Stephen Paddock stashed an arsenal of weapons in his Las Vegas hotel room and began spraying outdoor concertgoers with more than a thousand rounds of rifle fire, killing 58 people and wounding 869. Since the Oct. 1, 2017, massacre, there’s been neither an official nor satisfactory explanation for why Paddock took his assorted rifles and shot those country music fans. But now, an FBI whistleblower believes he has the motive.

Former FBI special agent John Guandolo told Turning Point USA in a recorded interview (below) that there’s a 90% certainty that the Las Vegas attack was a jihadi operation and Stephen Paddock was the conduit through which the terrorist organization attacked America.

Even with this whistleblower revelation, we satill don't know why the FBI covered this link to terrorism up. Sometimes they do it by reflex. Sometimes they do it because they had a connection to the killer. If this was just terrorism the FBI has no motive to cover it up. So why did they?

Thu Oct 20 23:57:30 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Terrorizing the school board... via disrespect?

Just The NewsSchool board members reported a police detective to her employer and the U.S. Department of Justice for showing "disrespect," making "over dramatic" comments about COVID-19 school policies and threatening to sue the district if it kept interrupting her at board meetings.

According to the lawyer for Michigan's Chippewa Valley Schools, the elected school board members were just exercising their First Amendment rights as private citizens, and the board had no involvement.

Sandra Hernden filed a First Amendment retaliation lawsuit against the school board and members Frank Bednard and Elizabeth Pyden, seeking to remove qualified immunity from the individual public officials for violating "a clearly defined constitutional right."

This was always a desperate attempt to shut down effective criticism before the midterms.

Thu Oct 20 22:57:30 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DHS paying millions to combat "disinformation"

Judicial WatchThe agency created after 9/11 to protect the nation from another terrorist attack is giving nonprofits, local governments, and academic institutions millions of dollars to promote media literacy and combat what the Biden administration considers to be “disinformation.” Among the recipients of the grants awarded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a center founded by former President Jimmy Carter to implement a “media literacy curriculum” designed to mitigate the harms presented by disinformation. In all, DHS will dole out around $7 million for its new media literacy campaign, which is part of a broader and handsomely funded initiative called Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Program (TVTP) launched in 2020 to “prevent targeted violence and terrorism.”

Yes, that's the Department of Homeland Security paying millions to censor Americans and call their opinions terrorism. And it's not the only time.

Tue Oct 18 22:06:42 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Durham's last gasp

FoxThe FBI offered ex-British intelligence agent Christopher Steele $1 million to corroborate salacious allegations made in his dossier against former President Donald Trump and members of his 2016 campaign, but he was unable to do so, an FBI official testified Tuesday.

FBI supervisory counterintelligence analyst Brian Auten was the first witness in the trial of Igor Danchenko, the Russian national who served as the primary sub-source for Steele's anti-Trump dossier and has been charged with five counts of making false statements to the bureau.

And yet the FBI used it before the FISA court to spy on Trump and to smear Trump publicly for years. Who approved the offer to pay a million dollars for dirt on the President? We don't know. It doesn't look like Durham will prosecute anyone else, despite Kash Patel pointing out that this means the FBI misled Congress.

UPDATE: Kash is calling for Wray (FBI Director) to be impeached.

Wed Oct 12 09:53:18 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI informants provided no evidence against Oath Keepers

Just The NewsNone of the five confidential human sources (CHS) the FBI had embedded with the Oath Keepers on Jan. 6, 2021, provided the bureau with any evidence of the group's alleged criminal activity, defense attorney David Fischer has claimed.

"What the Government knew—but only recently disclosed to the Defendants—was that none of the CHSes provided evidence of guilt on the part of the Oath Keepers as an organization, or the individual Defendants in this case," he said in a recent court filing, according to the Epoch Times.

So why are there still cases against them?

Tue Oct 11 23:34:52 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI misled judge to confiscate safe deposit box assets

YahooThe privacy invasion was vast when FBI agents drilled and pried their way into 1,400 safe-deposit boxes at the U.S. Private Vaults store in Beverly Hills.

Eighteen months later, newly unsealed court documents show that the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles got their warrant for that raid by misleading the judge who approved it.

They omitted from their warrant request a central part of the FBI's plan: Permanent confiscation of everything inside every box containing at least $5,000 in cash or goods, a senior FBI agent recently testified.

So they basically just robbed the place, and then investigated people who asked for their property back.

Mon Oct 10 22:12:33 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI retaliates against whistleblower

NYPostBombshell allegations by FBI Special Agent Steve Friend contained in a whistleblower complaint filed late Wednesday with the Department of Justice inspector general reveal a politicized Washington, DC, FBI field office cooking the books to exaggerate the threat of domestic terrorism, and ­using an “overzealous” January 6 ­investigation to harass conservative Americans and violate their constitutional rights.

Friend, 37, a respected 12-year veteran of the FBI and a SWAT team member, was suspended Monday, stripped of his gun and badge, and escorted out of the FBI field office in Daytona Beach, Fla., after complaining to his supervisors about the violations.

He was declared absent without leave last month for refusing to participate in SWAT raids that he believed violated FBI policy and were a use of excessive force against Jan. 6 ­subjects accused of misdemeanor ­offenses.

This American hero, the father of two small children, has blown up his “dream career” because he could not live with his conscience if he continued to be part of what he sees as the unjust persecution of conservative Americans.

The FBI's retaliation is proof enough that his accusations have merit.

Sun Oct 09 23:58:12 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

White House updates executive order governing surveilance

So the White House made some changes to the executive order that governs surveillance. Right before an election. At first it looked like they were removing protections, but then that changed. Now, no one is quite sure what is going on.

I know just a few things.

1) Biden didn't do this personally. His handlers did. They had a reason. That reason is nothing good for the people of the United States.

2) The fact that this was done right before the midterms when Biden's party is way, way down in the polls and there is already a history of abusing surveillance for domestic political purposes is especially concerning.

3) Dumping the change on a Friday afternoon is a move designed to minimize news coverage, so this is something the White House doesn't want in the news much.

All of those things lead me to conclude that something is going on we don't know about, and it isn't good.

Sun Oct 09 15:11:14 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ admits to running informants in Jan 6th event

Gateway PunditOn Thursday evening sources notified The Gateway Pundit that the government admitted to defense attorneys that there were government operatives inside the Oath Keepers organization.

From today’s motion, the government seeks to prevent the defense attorneys from asking about any other investigations or operations the confidential human sources have been involved in.

The government also seeks to keep the identity of these confidential human sources private from the American public.

A week before trial, the government finally admits what already know: that it had informants at the Jan 6th protest. Maybe eventually we will find out who they were, what they said, what they did. I mean, specifically. We have a pretty good idea already: inciting violence. Was "ginger gun" one of the informants? Background.

Sat Oct 08 22:39:26 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI "intentionally diverting" resources to J6 investigations

Conservative TreehouseIn his framing of the statements from the FBI insider, Jordan states the FBI are intentionally diverting resources to investigate claims surrounding the J6 narrative in an effort to give the appearance of a national domestic extremist threat.

In semi-related news, Joe Biden quietly extended the 9/11/01 National Terrorism Emergency today. {LINK HERE} For 21 years the 2001 National Terrorism Emergency has been continued as a tool for the Dept of Homeland Security, through the FBI, to use powers not granted by congress. Yes, twenty-one-years of continuous extensions.

It's time, and long past time, to end the "emergency" and return to a normal situation where our civil rights are respected. J6 was not a domestic terrorism event. It was, at most, a riot -- likely enhanced and orchestrated by a combination of informants, Antifa/BLM, and provocateurs.

Wed Oct 05 23:54:26 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Even the Post Office is spying on you

PJMediaThe Washington Times noted that Patrick Eddington of the Cato Institute obtained redacted documents showing that U.S. Postal Service inspectors monitored the mail of some American citizens. The impetus for the move? These people were gun rights activists and had issues with the election of Joe Biden. The office spied on gun activists who attended a gathering in Richmond, Va., what the Times calls “far-right” groups who went to D.C. after Biden’s election, and even those who gathered to protest the shooting of Breonna Taylor. This particular operation also included digital surveillance through the Internet Covert Operations Program. The documents Eddington obtained showed that the operation in question ran from September 2020 to April 2021. There were disclaimers on the reports that stated that the surveillance was not intended to infringe on anyone’s rights but to give law enforcement intel about potential violent or criminal activity. The post office inspector general said that the moves were outside the scope of law enforcement and may not have had legal approval. The inspectors disagreed. In the interim, the Postal Service has agreed to a full review and to make sure that future surveillance is properly authorized.

This is what a totalitarian state looks like.

Wed Oct 05 10:49:34 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Compare and Contrast: FBI treatment of Trump versus Clinton

Real Clear InbvestigationsFormer Attorney General Loretta Lynch obtained evidence that a computer contractor working under the direction of Hillary Clinton’s legal team destroyed subpoenaed records that the former secretary of state stored on a private email server she originally kept at her New York home, and then lied to investigators about it. Yet no charges were brought against Clinton, her lawyers, or her paid consultant.

The leniency accorded to Clinton contrasts with recent moves by Attorney General Merrick Garland to aggressively investigate former President Trump and his lawyers for allegedly obstructing investigators’ efforts to locate subpoenaed records at his Florida home. Legal experts say the apparent double standard may provide a useful defense for Trump and his legal team.

Read the whole thing.

Mon Oct 03 23:52:01 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Grand Jury in Fulton County GA probe targeting political figures

Just The NewsThe Fulton County prosecutor investigating "attempts to influence" the 2020 presidential election in Georgia says some targets of the probe, if convicted of a related crime, will receive prison sentences.

"The allegations are very serious," Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who is leading the probe, told The Washington Post on Tuesday. "If indicted and convicted, people are facing prison sentences."

Decisions on indictments are still months away, but at least 17 people have been told that they are targets of the criminal investigation. Willis said that more people will be added to that list.

Regarding Trump's testimony, Willis said, "A decision is going to have to be made, and I imagine it's going to be made late this fall."

Just in time to interfere in the 2022 elections.

Sun Oct 02 22:42:52 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Jan 6th Committee lies again

Gateway PunditI know this including from how it was described by the U.S. Government when the recording was provided to the defense attorneys.

First, notice there is NO crowd noise on the recording. This is NOT a recording from the US Capitol. No one on this recording is at the US Capitol.

This is a recording of people all over the country watching the news on TV.

What they are describing is what they are seeing ON TV.

Not the first time they have done something like this. It's a sign of desperation, I think. They know they are going to have to cheat really, really hard, and they know people will be watching for that. But why do they fear just taking an election loss so much?

It would be nice if thew news media was doing their job and questioning the BS.

Thu Sep 29 23:31:35 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Facebook provides FBI with private messages proactively

Conservative Treehouse Facebook has been spying on the private messages and data of American users and reporting them to the FBI if they express anti-government or anti-authority sentiments — or question the 2020 election — according to sources within the Department of Justice.

Under the FBI collaboration operation, somebody at Facebook red-flagged these supposedly subversive private messages over the past 19 months and transmitted them in redacted form to the domestic terrorism operational unit at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, without a subpoena.

“It was done outside the legal process and without probable cause,” alleged one of the sources, who spoke on condition of ­anonymity.

“Facebook provides the FBI with private conversations which are protected by the First Amendment without any subpoena.”

The answer to this is end-to-end encrypted communications, which somehow has never quite taken off.

Wed Sep 28 22:15:26 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden Admin pushing FBI to exaggerate "white supremacist" threats

Washington TimesRank-and-file FBI agents are accusing the Biden administration of exaggerating the threat of White supremacists and pressuring agents to cook up domestic terrorist cases involving racist extremists.

Current and former FBI agents told The Washington Times that the perceived White supremacist threat is overblown by the administration. They said top bureau officials are pressuring FBI agents to create domestic terrorist cases and tag people as White supremacists to meet internal metrics.

“The demand for White supremacy” coming from FBI headquarters “vastly outstrips the supply of White supremacy,” said one agent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “We have more people assigned to investigate White supremacists than we can actually find.”

It seems pretty clear that the goal is to have something to use to paint Republicans as racists for the midterms.

Tue Sep 27 23:19:50 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Special Prosecutor appointed over election disputes

Gateway PunditThe Michigan Attorney General now joins in with DC Supreme Chancellor Joe Biden in weaponizing her office against her political opponent in the November election.

On Thursday, Dana Nessel appointed the Democrat prosecutor from Muskegon Co, DJ Hilson, as special prosecutor to investigate election fraud election “tampering”.

Making it a crime to question the results of elections seems like a very thuggish way to run a republic.

Fri Sep 23 22:19:50 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ appeals special master order in Mar-A-Lago raid case

Conservative TreehouseA comprehensively corrupt and politically motivated U.S. Justice Department has appealed the part of Judge Cannon’s previous order appointing a special master with authority to review documents the FBI collected at Mar-a-Lago last month.

In essence, the DOJ-NSD, an agency within the justice department created by Eric Holder, is claiming no one outside the DOJ-NSD should be allowed to review the documents they have defined as “national security” interests. Main Justice really, really doesn’t want anyone seeing what the DOJ-NSD are defining.

For normal classified information, picking someone with a reasonable security clearance already and reading them in to whatever this specific information is would not be an issue. The only thing that DOJ needs to hide this badly would be the things that incriminate them in targeting Trump, because anyone who sees the full extent of that information and actually pays attention to it will immediately understand that this is more of the same.

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Sun Sep 18 22:18:49 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

SEC investigations of Trump run by Clinton allies, Strzok's wife

Just The NewsGary Gensler, President Joe Biden's Securities and Exchange Commissioner, had final approval authority for the Hillary Clinton campaign's payments for the discredited Steele dossier, according to congressional testimony that is adding to concerns about conflicts of interest as the SEC investigates Donald Trump's social media firm’s merger request.

Questions surfaced last month about the SEC's probe of Trump's Truth Social when RealClearInvestigations journalist Paul Sperry reported that Gensler, as SEC chairman, previously served as the Hillary Clinton campaign's chief financial officer.

In addition, Sperry reported that SEC Associate Director of Enforcement Melissa Hodgman was married to Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who led the much-criticized Russia collusion probe and was fired in 2018 for anti-Trump texts on his official bureau phone.

It's not justice; it's just insiders.

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Fri Sep 16 22:09:37 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats begin disqualifying candidates for Jan 6th

Gateway PunditFirst Judicial Judge Francis Mathew ordered Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin be removed from office on Tuesday, effective immediately, ruling that the attack on the Capitol was an insurrection and that Griffin’s participation in it disqualified him under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This decision marks the first time since 1869 that a court has disqualified a public official under Section 3, and the first time that any court has ruled the events of January 6, 2021 an insurrection.

This, and other prosecutions, are intended to set precedent before targeting Trump in front of a DC jury where 99% of the population voted against him.

Wed Sep 14 22:51:51 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Carter Page lawsuit dismissed

Just The NewsA federal judge has dismissed Carter Page's lawsuit against the FBI and former Director James Comey alleging they improperly surveilled him under a FISA warrant.

The bureau surveilled Page under a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant in a process during which they concealed exculpatory evidence against him, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found in his 2019 report, per the Washington Examiner.

Judge Dabney Friedrich, in a Thursday ruling, dismissed the suit....

“If proven, these allegations clearly demonstrate wrongdoing... but Page does not allege that any of the individual defendants, including the unknown John Doe defendants and those most responsible for the applications’ critical errors, took part in obtaining the surveillance information, either by setting up the devices or gathering or listening to Page’s communications," the judge wrote.

In other words, because none of the defendants personally tapped any wires, they can't be sued. Well, the way FISA warrants work, the NSA taps the communications of the whole country and the warrant just allows the FBI to use the collected information in court. And it's clear that the defendants were heavily involved in targeting Carter Page, even if they didn't conduct it by personally listening to everything he communicated.

So this dismissal is bullshit.

Presumably there will be an appeal.

Sat Sep 10 23:38:20 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bannon and dozens of political allies raided by FBI

Conservative TreehouseDuring a podcast interview between Charlie Kirk (Turning Point USA / Club4Growth) and Warroom host Steve Bannon, Mr. Bannon stated the FBI raided 35 homes, offices and residences yesterday in seemingly coordinated activity timed with his arrest in Manhattan.

I question the timing of these arrests, as well as their justice.

Some are claiming these arrests concern fraud charges related to "build the wall" funding. This is a matter that has already been addressed by the legal system: Trump issued a pardon to block what appears to be a political prosecution at the federal level. State officials are reportedly investigating state charges, something that is legally dubious given the pardons.

I doubt many prominent left-wing "charities" would stand up to similar levels of scrutiny. And the mass arrests shortly before the midterms, complete with perp walks, is undoubtedly intended to disrupt campaign activities.

If that's the reasons for these raids, though, why the DOJ-FBI involvement?

It seems clear that whatever the claimed cause, it is only a pretext. The left has decided to go full totalitarian.

UPDATE: 50 raids now. Seems very political.

Sat Sep 10 15:44:55 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Arresting legal counsel

FoxA lawyer for the far-right Oath Keepers extremist group has been charged with conspiracy in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said Thursday.

Kellye SoRelle — general counsel for the antigovernment group — was arrested in Texas on charges including conspiracy to obstruct the certification of President Joe Biden's electoral college victory, the Justice Department said.

SoRelle, 43, is a close associate of Stewart Rhodes, the Oath Keepers' leader who is heading to trial later this month alongside other extremists on seditious conspiracy charges.

It's not extreme or illegal to want honest elections and attend a protest in DC calling for them.

The Oath Keepers are not an "antigovernment" group. Their members are mostly current or former military and police who believe in their oath to uphold the constitution.

Fri Sep 09 22:53:18 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS Targeting is coming back

Gateway PunditNikole Flax was the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.

The IRS lost Nicole’s emails.

This week the Biden regime appointed Nikole Flax to lead the IRS “Centralized Office” for the 87,000 new agents.

Nikole is the perfect pick for the government to target and destroy any conservative voter in America.

Some Democrats are getting impatient and leaking tax documents.

Tue Sep 06 22:35:07 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sidelining Project Veritas for the midterms

Conservative Treehousehe reason the FBI raided the home and office of Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, was to discover the source of the Ashley Biden diary. The feds then went to work on prosecuting the suspects who “stole” the diary, and a guilty plea in New York was entered today.

The timing makes the motivation clear. Property that was left behind (by accident or otherwise) isn't stolen. That said, without being able to prove the origin of any of it, I'm a little skeptical that it isn't a dirty trick intended to be exposed as false. Jury is still out on that question, I think. The laptop, on the other hand, seems solid.

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Mon Sep 05 22:51:45 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI asked Facebook to block the Biden laptop story

Conservative TreehouseDuring a discussion with Joe Rogan, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked about the removal of content, specifically citing the example of the pre-2020 election Hunter Biden laptop story. In his response Zuckerberg says the background context is important because the FBI came to Facebook and told them Russian disinformation was about to drop, just before the New York Post article was published.

This discussion comes on the heels of an FBI whistleblower approaching the Senate Judiciary Committee with evidence the Washington DC field office was specifically working to coverup any discoveries around the Hunter Biden laptop (per Chuck Grassley). Add the Zuckerberg statement to the whistleblower claim and the resounding implication is the FBI taking advanced proactive measures to stop information they deem adverse to the interests of democrats.

If Facebook takes action to censor information about the Biden laptop on their own, that's one thing. It's a violation of our free speech principles, but not of the law. (There's some argument that online platforms trade the ability to moderate user content for legal protections from what users post, but that argument hasn't been successful yet).

But if the government pressures Facebook to censor its users, that's a violation of the 1st Amendment. It's pretty clear that's exactly what happened here, and if they pressured Facebook you can bet they pressured other big tech companies too.

Mon Sep 05 15:26:36 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The American Gestapo

Gateway PunditThere is a serious story here, however, that merits the attention of Americans and, frankly, the rest of the world. It is the corruption of the FBI. The FBI is behaving like the East German Stasi or the old Soviet Union’s KGB. They are now behaving as political police dedicated to protecting the Democrats and punishing anyone who dares support Donald Trump. The FBI’s attempt to smear and discredit Donald Trump stands in sharp contrast to its treatment of Hillary Clinton.

The only thing wrong here is the idea that this is new. The FBI has always been a political agency.

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Mon Sep 05 15:25:53 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

On The Mar-A-Lago Raid

Tablet MagazineThe Mar-a-Lago raid feels like Russiagate because, well, it is Russiagate: a conspiracy theory weaponized by the country’s courtier class to serve the interests of a delirious and deracinated oligarchy, spawning daily prophesies of doom fed by an endless supply of national security “leaks” asserting that the former commander-in-chief really was and is a secret Russian agent. And proof of the president’s treachery, chant the priestly keepers of the “collusion” mysteries, will soon be revealed to the public. It is their blanket justification for every past crime and every new banana republic-style abuse of power, accompanied by a drumbeat of ever more outlandish and violent threats.

It is in this context that the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago should be understood: Government records and reports from political and media operatives and bureaucrats who previously starred in Russiagate I give evidence that the FBI raided Trump’s home to seize documents exposing the crimes that the FBI and Justice Department have been committing since 2016. The fact that Russiagate shows no signs of ending anytime soon is bad news for the republic, betrayed from within by a performative elite whose ability to project power outside its gilded bubble requires a steady supply of paranoia, fear, and hysteria.

Read the whole thing.

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Mon Sep 05 15:25:04 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Special Master in Trump raid

Meaning In HistoryTGP passes the story on, with a link to CBSNews’ Steve Portnoy. Notably, Portnoy points out that Judge Cannon takes at least two swipes at the government and makes some additional important statements. First, she questions the FBI’s reliability—offering two examples to support her skepticism. And Second, she strongly suggests that DoJ’s arguments against Trump’s executive privilege “overstate[] the law.” A Third important point: Cannon blocks any further investigation until the special master reports. Finally, Cannon reveals, among other things, that the FBI Raiders seized Trump’s medical records. Medical records? Passports? This is further confirmation of SWC’s view, shared by many, that 1) the warrant itself was overbroad and that 2) the search as conducted was overbroad. The implication is that the whole thing should be tossed out.

This is a step towards rule of law here. However, I fear it is too late to prevent the FBI/DOJ from making use of anything they found internally (ie, for their defense in court against Trump's lawsuit, or against Durham, or whatever else). Assuming they actually found anything related to that, which reports are not clear on.

(Don't get me wrong; they were almost certainly looking for the SpyGate material, it's just not clear if they got it).

But, a Special Master is the minimum necessary step here.

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Mon Sep 05 15:24:30 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]


Washington ExaminerThe Justice-backed FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago winter resort home has increased the percentage of people who believe that President Joe Biden is using the G-men as his “personal Gestapo.”

In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, 53% of likely voters agreed that “there is a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI that are using the FBI as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.”

That kind of majority is hard to overcome if you are counting votes honestly.


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Fri Sep 02 22:22:37 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Confirmed: FBI frat boys conducted a panty raid on Melania's closet

Gateway PunditJudge Aileen Cannon also ordered unsealed a status review of the records seized during the Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago.

The expanded property list gives further detail of the volume of material seized by agents in the search and how it was intermingled with seemingly innocuous items such as newspaper clippings, photographs, books and clothing. It describes hundreds upon hundreds of U.S. government documents collected by investigators without any classification markings that were grouped in some cases with only a few documents that bore classification markings ranging from Confidential to Top Secret/SCI.


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Fri Sep 02 13:44:51 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden's political Gestapo strikes again

Gateway PunditFormer Arkansas State Senator Jon Woods was the first elected official in the state to endorse President Trump in 2016.

Two years later U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks of the Western District of Arkansas sentenced Woods to serve 18 years in federal prison, in addition to three years of supervised release and ordered Woods to pay $1.6 million in restitution.

Yesterday, the lead FBI Agent in his case plead guilty to destroying exculpatory evidence that could have proven Woods’ innocence.

The FBI has had a remarkable number of political cases that turned out to be based on fake evidence, advanced by FBI informants using entrapment, made use of falsified documents to obtain search warrants, were motivated by political malice, overseen by officials with conflicts of interest, and now destroying exculpatory evidence in yet another political case targeting Trump and the people who support him.

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Thu Sep 01 23:47:33 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More political interference by law enforcement

Legal InsurrectionAttorney General James’ pre-emptive attempt to chill free and lawful speech is extremely troubling, and has nothing to do with support for or opposition to Trump. The Attorney General, with her immense prosecutorial power, should be protecting freedom of speech and association, not taking substantive sides and attempting to intimidate churches or other forums from hosting lawful events.

The New York AG is all about targeting her political opponents.

Wed Aug 31 23:13:54 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI admits taking Trump's passports and taking privileged documents

PJMediaNow, according to Just the News, we’ve learned that the FBI will give back President Trump’s passports and documents containing privileged information between the former president and his attorneys. No doubt the Justice Department will be reading and copying the documents as they prepare to return them. It may be why the DOJ estimates it will take two weeks to get Trump back his property.

The FBI'S National Security Division has been spying on Trump since at least 2015. Why would they stop now? Trump will have to find a way to make them stop.

Tue Aug 30 22:14:22 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI ordered the capitol doors opened

Gateway PunditYesterday, a confidential human source used by the Feds in the setup testified in the case. This individual shared that it was the FBI who made the decision to open the doors to the [Michigan] Capitol and allow the protesters to enter back in April of 2020....
The fact that the FBI was the entity that made the call to open the doors is important. For one, this leads individuals to question whether it was the FBI who made the call to enter the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. The doors there were opened from the inside as was first reported by TGP.

The entirety of events at the capitol on Jan 6th looks like a setup by the FBI for political purposes.

Mon Aug 29 22:41:06 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Of course it was a fishing expedition

PJMediaSources familiar with the investigation told Fox News that in addition to their seizure of potentially privileged records, the Department of Justice denied a request from Trump’s lawyers for an independent special master to review the records.

Sources told Fox News that Trump’s team was informed that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, and A-33 as well as a set of documents, all of which were itemized on the FBI’s property receipt, contained information covered by attorney-client privilege and that some records could be covered by executive privilege.

And we’re supposed to believe this wasn’t a fishing expedition?

Why does this matter? Because Trump has repeatedly asserted executive privilege in the Democrats’ January 6th witchhunt investigation. Now, as a result of the FBI’s raid, the FBI has documents covered by attorney-client privilege and possibly executive privilege in their possession. That’s rather convenient, isn’t it?

Everyone knows this was a fishing expedition, even the left. The only question is what the FBI was looking to find, and whether they found it.

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Sun Aug 28 22:41:06 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What the J6 cmt is really up to

Conservative TreehouseThe J6 committee demands testimony and asserts the testimony must be offered without conflict because the J6 committee itself has no criminal authority. As the issue is argued, the witness cannot be criminally charged by the committee, therefore no criminal liabilities exist for the witness, therefore the testimony can be compelled by the committee (the legislative branch). However, what we are seeing is the committee being used as a legal shield and enforcement tool by/for the DOJ who could never -on their own- force the same testimony.

The result is President Trump legal counsel Pat Cipollone being compelled to testify before a criminal grand jury, and within that questioning he will be asked about about his prior testimony before the J6 committee. Essentially, this is one big Lawfare workaround; and likely a legal and constitutional issue that will end up at an appellate court level or higher.

Political elements within the legislative branch (J6) are colluding with political elements within the executive branch (DOJ), to fracture the constitutional protections that exist not only for presidents’ (exec privilege), but also for all Americans (attorney/client privilege).

In ordinary times, this approach would be a jaw-dropping controversy that would come under rebuke from everyone involved in the media and justice system.

I assume they are looking for something specific, which they probably planted, and which Trump didn't do anything with; and of course, opportunistically willing to use anything they can find to get Trump in front of a DC jury before 2024.

Wed Aug 24 22:49:35 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ATF running warrantless searches on legal gun buyers

The Truth About GunsThe older ATF agent told him they were assigned to a task force investigating straw purchases. A straw purchase – a federal felony – occurs when someone buys a firearm on behalf of another person, who is unable to legally purchase a firearm themselves.

The agent said they were verifying that people who bought multiple firearms still had the guns in their possession. The homeowner had bought seven firearms since January 2022.

He asked the men for identification, which the agents and trooper produced. They admitted they did not have a search warrant. The doorbell camera recorded what happened next.

I have no words for how abusive this is. Checking serial numbers of guns after a legal purchase?

Thu Aug 18 23:13:38 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The breadth of the search warrant for Mar-A-Lago

Conservative TreehouseThis issue stands out for a host of reasons. One of them speaks to the mindset of a judge who would authorize the raid itself. What judge would authorize a raid on the home of the president with the parameters to seize “Any government and/or presidential record created between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021?”

That’s literally everything, including Christmas cards, notes, letters of appreciation from Americans, internal correspondence, the works. Every shred of documentary evidence associated with the office of the President from the day he stepped into office until the day he left. That’s the parameters for the seizure.

If that doesn’t showcase the targeting effort, nothing will. That is an absurd demand that no president in the history of this nation has ever faced. No DOJ official in any capacity past or present would ever consider that an appropriate parameter for a document seizure, until now. THAT showcases the intensity of the DOJ and FBI effort to target Donald J Trump.

Claiming that any presidential record from Trump's four years as President is subject to seizure is incredibly broad, as it allows the FBI to take literally any record they want. Warrants are supposed to be narrow and particular, and the statutes covering presidential records are not criminal ones. This entire search was clearly pretextual for something else; most likely, to obtain Trump's declassified records of the SpyGate coup attempts along with a generalized fishing expedition for whatever else might be politically useful.

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Thu Aug 18 08:55:58 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AG claims transparency, DOJ requests court documents remain sealed

Conservative TreehouseOn Thursday August 11th, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the justice department was committed to transparency in order to retain their integrity with the American public. On Monday August 15th, Attorney General Garland asked the court to keep the records sealed

Legal InsurrectionNote the feds are using the Cincinnati incident. But the NY Times article they cite does not attribute a motive to the perp, and another article says he was on the feds radar for months and also does not attribute his attack to the Mar-a-Lago raid. The ABC News article is just a “wrap up smear” where the press repeats what the feds are saying about unspecified threats, and then the feds use the press reports as proof.

There is no doubt that if names of informants and witnesses were disclosed, it might pose a threat, but why not just redact those names? It appears the feds don’t even want to try to reasonably redact the affidavits, they don’t want anything disclosed. (As an aside, I don’t know if Trump’s lawyers would have copies of the affidavits, since there is no criminal proceeding, just an “investigation”).

Here's the thing. Everyone knows the FBI's "investigation" is bullshit. This administration -- not just the DOJ and FBI but the whole thing -- have to put up whatever they've got to justify their actions as anything more than blatant totalitarianism and political targeting. And everyone knows they can't, which means they won't. Secrecy is the only defense at this point.

Tue Aug 16 09:08:18 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Agent Provocateurs on January 6th

American Greatness Hence the Times is willing to transform Ray Epps from perpetrator into victim in order to influence the Narrative. Their proximate goal is signaled in the subtitle to their maudlin valentine: “Ray Epps became the unwitting face of an attempt by pro-Trump forces to promote the baseless idea that the F.B.I. was behind the attack on the Capitol.”

Ah. The “baseless” idea, you see.

Yes, even in that video taken on January 5, 2021, when Epps tells the crowd that the next day they must go “into the Capitol, into the Capitol,” members of the crowd start chanting “Fed, Fed, Fed.” They knew.

Yes, some well-meaning idiots probably wandered through the building to take selfies and, in one well known case, a podium. But they were led there by instigators, operatives, and informants.

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Sun Aug 14 22:37:51 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

AOC sort-of confirms capitol police opened doors on Jan 6th

Gateway PunditIn the video, AOC just made a confession saying that the Capitol Police opened the door wide on January 6.

“These insurrectionists and that there were actual officers working with this, and we never got to the bottom of that, and we never got any answers about that. And then to this day, we’re just supposed to pretend that that never happened. I have no idea what happened to the people on the inside who were very clearly sympathetic with what was going on and opening the doors wide open for that. And I’m supposed to sit here and pretend like none of that ever happened,” angry AOC said.

Sympathizers or a setup? I'm betting the latter.

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Sat Aug 13 23:23:05 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Remember the names

Just The NewsA senior Justice Department official recently flagged by a U.S. senator in an FBI whistleblower probe into alleged politicization of prosecutions played a key role in the Lois Lerner IRS scandal a decade ago in which conservative Tea Party groups were improperly targeted for scrutiny, government emails and congressional evidence shows.

Richard Pilger, the current chief of the DOJ Elections Crime Branch of the department's Public Integrity Section, engaged in discussions in 2010 and 2013 with Lerner and other IRS officials about ways to pursue criminal prosecutions of conservative nonprofits, the records show.

Well why wouldn't he? He got away with it last time.

Fri Aug 12 05:24:01 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The truth about Jan 6th

Paul Sperry“BLM/Antif will wear MAGA hats, wear camo,and attempt to blend in with MAGA crowd” so violence blamed on Trump supporters attending Trump rally

BREAKING: Internal email reveals day before Jan 6 riot, US Capitol Police intel unit warned “BLM from Baltimore” was bussing in rioters: “BLM/Antif will wear MAGA hats, wear camo,and attempt to blend in with MAGA crowd” so violence blamed on Trump supporters attending Trump rally

BussjaegerSomeone did a FOIA request asking for information on why Ray Epps was removed from the fed’s Jan 6 wanted list.

It was denied.

The reason for the complete denial is interesting.

They can’t release info on Epps because it was a government operation?

Between BLM, Antifa, and FBI agents inciting terrorism, it's a wonder that the only people who got hurt were two female Trump supporters killed by police.

Wed Aug 10 23:55:00 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI raids Mar-a-Lago

TechnoFogBreaking news for a Monday night: President Trump announced his home in Palm Beach - Mar-A-Lago - “is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.”

According to the New York Times, the search has to do with materials taken home by President Trump after he left the White House.

The politics of the search can’t be ignored. If the New York Times is to be believed, Trump’s purported crime - the delay of returning materials that may be classified - could have been resolved in another manner that didn’t involve raiding his home and breaking open a personal safe. No doubt the search is an escalation by a desperate Regime confronted by their own failures at home and abroad.

I can only agree with Technofog here. This is a desperation move. It makes America look like a third-world nation -- because the FBI is, evidently, as corrupt as law enforcement agencies are in such nations.

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Mon Aug 08 19:20:57 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Confirmed: police had embedded agents in the Jan 6th crowds

Gateway PunditA new police report that was exclusively obtained by The Epoch Times has proved that “plainclothes” members of a special law enforcement Electronic Surveillance Unit (ESU) were secretly embedded among protesters for the purposes of conducting video surveillance on January 6th.

The newly uncovered report, titled First Amendment Demonstrations, was issued on Jan. 3, 2021 by DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief of Police Robert Contee under the Homeland Security Bureau’s Special Operations Division. It detailed the MPD’s response to the planned MAGA protest, which included specifics about covert operations that occurred on, and leading up to January 6th.

So all that footage will be available to defendants to use in court, right? RIGHT?

Wed Aug 03 23:32:35 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI blacklisting conservatives

Behind The BlackBlacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em: According to numerous whistleblowers talking to the office of Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the FBI has been aggressively blacklisting any employee who happens to express any conservative opinions at all.

Jordan detailed the most recent actions in a June 7th letter [pdf] to Chris Wray, director of the FBI, which was also a follow-up on another such letter sent in May.

They are preparing the ground for an even more politicized FBI, which is absolutely terrifying.

Thu Jul 21 23:11:46 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Political retaliation

Institute for JusticeLast summer, when 74-year-old East Cleveland resident William Fambrough supported a challenger to East Cleveland’s incumbent mayor, Brandon King, he used a sound truck to broadcast campaign messages. But his political support resulted in serious personal and professional consequences: East Cleveland Police enforced obscure municipal ordinances against William that it never enforces against anyone else as a pretext for smothering his speech. They towed his truck, severely damaging it in the process. This retaliatory scheme flies in the face of the Constitution. Yesterday evening, William—represented by the Institute for Justice (IJ)—sued East Cleveland and its officials to vindicate his First Amendment rights and to hold city officials accountable.

“Government officials using the police to punish political opponents is a core violation of the First Amendment,” said IJ Attorney Ben Field. “Just as citizens must follow the law, the government must follow the Constitution.”

Political retaliation starts at the local level.

Wed Jul 13 23:09:41 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Public-Private partnership

Meaning In HistoryLast night Senator Josh Hawley, a very smart lawyer, went on Tucker Carlson’s show to discuss what he and Senator Chuck Grassley have discovered about the Disinformation Board that the Zhou regime has set up. What they appear to have discovered is a scheme for Department of Homeland Security to partner with private media companies to censor views that the government disagrees with. As I said, Hawley is a very smart lawyer and he understands the First Amendment issues that are at stake:

Twitter and other Big Tech companies would "partner" with government to shut down and censor political opposition.

Wed Jul 13 22:09:41 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Navarro arrested on orders of Jan 6th committee

Conservative TreehousePeter Navarro was the former Senior Trade and Economic Advisor to President Trump and a staunch critic former of U.S. policy toward China. The January 6th Commission demanded all his documented communication with President Trump and anything that might be related to the authorities of the J-6 Committee. Navarro did not comply with the Democrat subpoena from the committee.

Attorney General Merrick Garland, acting on the authority of Joe Biden, instructed the FBI to arrest Peter Navarro and bring him to federal incarceration.

Put in more clear terms, Joe Biden is arresting his political opposition for failing to reveal confidential and privileged communication with the former President.

Democrats are using the FBI as the federal police agency to arrest their political opposition. This is happening right now.

This is happening in the United States of America.

It happened the day after he pledged to help impeach Biden. The political motivation is transparent, as is the comparison to the treatment of AG Holder.

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Tue Jul 05 23:44:45 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ opens the settlement spigot

BattleswarmBlog President Biden’s Department of Justice appears to be rebuilding a dubious money chain known as “settlement slush funds.” The Obama DOJ used these funds to channel cash from corporate settlements to bankroll private progressive organizations, circumventing the budget and oversight authority of Congress.

On May 5, Attorney General Merrick Garland revoked a Trump-era rule that specifically prohibited the DOJ from directing funds from corporate settlements to finance third-party organizations and causes. The use of these so-called settlement slush funds became so rampant under the Obama administration that the House passed the Stop Settlement Slush Funds Act in 2017 in an attempt to end it. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate but failed to pass.

Under the Obama Justice Department, corporate fines were directed to organizations including the Sierra Club, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and the National Council of La Raza.

So, basically, the DOJ is shaking down corporations for donations to leftist (and ONLY leftist) activist groups. This should certainly be illegal and is absolutely a violation of the First Amendment. But the leftists don't care.

Wed Jun 29 23:44:02 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ won't charge FBI in olympic gymnast child abuse scandal

Just The NewsThe Department of Justice on Thursday announced it will not bring charges against the former FBI agents who botched the investigation into former U.S. women's national gymnastics team Dr. Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to prison in 2018 for the sexual assault of some of America's top gymnasts.

The DOJ Inspector General wrote that while the two former officials likely provided "inaccurate or incomplete information," more is required to file criminal charges, The Associated Press reported.

The FBI fired one agent while the other retired.

The FBI gets another pass.

I didn't follow the details closely but it sure sounded like more than a botched investigation to me.

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Fri Jun 24 22:26:46 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Republicans blow the midterms by voting for gun control

Gateway PunditRepublican Senators John Cornyn of Texas, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr of North Carolina, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky are so far on board with the gun control legislation.

Just a few hours after the text of the legislation became available, mostly Democrats plus the ten Republicans above voted to advance the bill.

Passing this legislation, which now seems likely, would be a dramatic betrayal of the Republican base, no doubt motivated in part by the idea that the NRA's troubles have neutralized gun owners as a political force.

If any of the Senators on the list belong to you, or happen to be Democrat swing votes, you have at most a few days to write or call to tell them to block this bill.

Gateway PunditThe law would prohibit a misdemeanor domestic violence offender with a "current or recent former dating relationship with the victim" from purchasing or owning a firearm.

The definition of a "dating relationship" will be determined by the court, and offenders will automatically regain their ability to buy and own guns after five years if they do not commit any disqualifying offenses.

What this means in practice is that if you date someone once, they can bar you from owning or possessing guns for 5 years.

How red flag laws actually work. And, you know, they probably work to make squish RINO Republicans lose elections, too.

Oh, and anyone under 21 who tries to buy a gun gets a waiting period during which the FBI can search "confidential databases"... in other words, the NSA's ongoing 1st and 4th amendment violations will be weaponized to target young conservatives who want to own guns.

Wed Jun 22 10:04:38 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI investigated concerned parents as domestic terrorists

EmeraldReps. Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson co-signed a letter to AG Merrick Garland informing him that whistleblowers had confirmed the FBI was actually investigating concerned parents as “domestic terrorists” using a so-called “threat tag” created by the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division.

In addition to the obvious political problems of investigating concerned parents as domestic terrorists, it also contradicts AG Garland's testimony to Congress about this topic.

Mon Jun 13 23:37:30 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI arrests another political opponent

Just The NewsThe FBI on Thursday arrested Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Kelley was taken into custody and had his home searched in connection with the arrest.

The agency is alleging that Kelley was part of the crowd that shoved past Capitol Police officers during the congressional certification of the 2020 election results. However, the FBI did not find any evidence suggesting Kelley had entered the capitol building.

It happened on the day of the January 6th hearing, in a transparently political piece of show business. This is totalitarianism dictatorship shit.

Thu Jun 09 23:34:07 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Sundance reveals he(?) was targeted by the Jan 6th committee

Conservative TreehouseThe committee is desperate to find something, anything, that can justify all of the time and expense they have been consuming in the effort. The clock is running out fast and the pressure is building internally. As a target of their investigation, and as a recipient of one of these subpoenas’, I can assure readers of the ridiculousness of the people conducting the investigation fishing expedition. It is nonsense. All of it.

Chilling. Which is, no doubt, the intended result.

Tue May 31 22:28:08 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI maintains computer portal and workspace at Perkins Coie

Gateway PunditRep. Matt Gaetz: “The Democrat Party’s law firm, the law firm that received $42 million from the Democratic Party has this co-located workspace that they operate in concert with the FBI. Why in the world would that be the case? Why would Christopher Wray allow this to continue? Then you would also have to ask yourself why in the last 12 months was the person on behalf of Perkins Coie operating that worksite, Michael Sussmann himself?… What reason would there be for that and what leverage would the Perkins law firm have over the FBI given this work they are doing together?…”

Must-read analysis.

UPDATE: Even more.

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Tue May 31 21:24:19 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Prosecutors investigating Trump for classified documents at Mar-a-Lago

Gateway PunditProsecutors launched a grand jury investigation into Trump’s handling of classified White House documents stored at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

The National Archives in February asked the Justice Department to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records after it raided Mar-a-Lago in January and took 15 boxes of documents.

The classified material found by the National Archives was stored in the SCIF and it is not unusual for a former president to be in possession of classified documents.

It's just the Deep State desperately trying to get something to stop Trump.

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Sat May 28 23:56:02 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI targeting Project Veritas

Just The NewsThe federal government is weaponizing the law to target a media organization that's critical of the Biden administration, according to the lawyer for a journalist who's been the subject of a sweeping Justice Department investigation.

"The FBI is using the legal system to harass a media company and its journalists who are critical of the current administration and to collect 'evidence' of a non-crime in order to amass a secret file on American journalists," said attorney Paul Calli, who represents investigative journalist and Project Veritas Founder James O'Keefe. "J. Edgar Hoover would be proud."

There is no doubt in my mind that this is another political persecution. Veritas gets targeted because they are one of the very few organizations doing effective investigative reporting.

Wed May 25 22:28:54 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI whistleblower says parents at school boards investigated as terrorists

Gateway PunditRepublican Congressmen Jim Jordan and Mike Johnson received documents from FBI whistleblowers that reveal the bureau targeted parents who protested CRT and Covid rules despite Attorney General Merrick Garland’s claims it never happened.

One mom was investigated because she belonged to a ‘right-wing group’ called “Moms for Liberty” and because she owned a gun. Another dad who opposed masks was investigated because he fit the bill of an “insurrectionist” because he “has a lot of guns.”

Last fall, the National School Board Association (NSBA) coordinated with the Biden White House weeks before AG Merrick Garland classified parents “domestic terrorists” in a letter to the FBI.

No one is going to call Merrick to account for lying to Congress. Or the people at the FBI for their years of political abuse.

Tue May 24 23:03:51 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Better late than never

Judicial Watch Judicial Watch announced today that a federal court has ordered the FBI to disclose additional details about FBI and other officials “cc-ed” on the memo used to justify launching the “Crossfire Hurricane” spy operation against President Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign. Judge Carl J. Nichols has given the FBI until June 16, 2022 to respond. The order comes in a September 2019 FOIA lawsuit Judicial Watch filed after the FBI failed to respond to a request for the memo, known as an “Electronic Communication” or “EC.” (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:19-cv-02743)).

In May 2020, Judicial Watch obtained a redacted version of the previously secret memo, authored by former FBI agent Peter Strzok. The Biden Justice Department argued that there is no significant public interest in disclosing the names of officials “cc-ed” on the memo.

Judicial Watch filed a motion countering that claim and arguing that the public had a significant interest in knowing who at the FBI had knowledge of the memo and presumably approved the investigation.

We're already starting to see issues with prosecuting the people involved due to statute of limitations issues on the crimes they have been stonewalling any attempt to obtain information about.

Wed May 18 22:22:44 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How the intelligence agencies control the government

Just The NewsNorth Carolina freshman GOP Rep. Madison Cawthron is responding to the latest piece of unflattering news and leaks amid his reelection bid — a video in which he appears naked — by saying he was merely "acting foolish and joking" with a friend.

On Wednesday, the site, which is run by the American Muckrakers PAC, posted a blurry video in which the 26-year-old congressman appears naked atop another man, becoming physical and making noises.

Cawthorn later confirmed the video and said he and the other male were "acting foolish" years ago.

"A new hit against me just dropped," he tweeted. "Years ago, in this video, I was being crass with a friend, trying to be funny. We were acting foolish, and joking. That's it. I'm NOT backing down. I told you there would be a drip drip campaign. Blackmail won't win."

So Madison (who I don't know and don't endorse, he's just the current victim) talked about being invited to "sex parties", orgies, with drugs, by Congressmen and others. And that led, very quickly, to blackmail material being dropped publically -- the above is just the latest example.

Conservative TreehouseThe second larger Obama/Holder objective was control over the FBI. Why was that important? Because the FBI does the domestic investigative work on anyone who needs or holds a security clearance. The removal of security clearances could be used as a filter to further build the internal ideological army they were assembling. Additionally, with new power in the ODNI created as a downstream consequence of the Patriot Act, new protocols for U.S. security clearances were easy to justify...

Every member of the SSCI is compromised in some controlling manner. Those Senators who disliked the control over them; specifically disliked because the risk of sunlight was tenuous and, well, possible; have either left completely or stepped down from the committee. None of the SSCI members past or present would ever contemplate saying openly what their tenure involved.

The FBI does background checks on everyone. They have all of that information, or know where to look to get it. And when someone steps out of line, it starts getting leaked to the press. Going through an opposition research PAC is just a fig leaf.

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Sun May 15 23:28:40 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI more than doubles warrantless searches of American communications

Just The NewsThe FBI more than doubled the number of warrantless searches it conducted of Americans' communications data from 2020 to 2021, according to a report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The report released on Thursday explains how U.S. intelligence agencies use Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which allows for surveillance without a warrant of electronic communications data stored by U.S. internet service providers. ODNI pointed out that this year's report is the first to track the FBI's use of "unminimized Section 702 collection," which is raw data that the National Security Agency collects.

The FBI used Section 702 to collect data from nearly 3.4 million Americans in 2021, more than double the over 1.3 million in 2020. Those two years are the only ones for which the report provides statistics.

Over 3 million Americans have had their constitutional rights violated just over the last year, almost all of it likely political abuse, because they could get a warrant for an actual criminal.

Thu May 12 22:28:13 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI accused of planting, tampering with evidence

TwitterBREAKING: In the case of US v. Keith Raniere, three forensic experts, including a former FBI Special Agent of 20 years, have filed affidavits affirming that the FBI tampered and planted the child porn evidence presented at trial, in motion to stay appeal.

I have no idea if the accused is guilty of something or not, but the fact that three experts are alleging the FBI planted and/or tampered with evidence in his case suggests that something is very wrong with the FBI even when you presumably remove politics from the equation.

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Wed May 11 22:08:15 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Biden Administration installs censorship regime

Gateway PunditFollowing Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter last week, which was a triumphant victory in the ongoing war over free speech, the Biden Regime announced the creation of a “Disinformation Governance Board” that will be tasked with silencing anything deemed to be misinformation that’s related to homeland security. And, yes. It’s just as dystopian and creepy as it sounds.

It seems obvious that this agency will attempt to impose externally what, previous to Musk's purchase of Twitter, Big Tech was imposing internally.

It also seems obvious that this agency is a gross violation of the 1st Amendment and free speech, but it will likely take time for the courts to process this. If in fact they ever do. Our theoretical majority on the court is slimmer than it appears as Republican justices are apparently inherently untrustworthy, while leftist judges vote in lockstep.

Still, if the Supreme Court rules that a government censorship board is acceptable, we're not living in America anymore.

Sun May 08 22:48:31 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Judicial Watch sues over DOJ targeting opposition

Epoch TimesJudicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) is being weaponized against opposing voices. Fitton’s group filed a lawsuit against the DOJ recently to get documents connected to the department’s election threat task force, after almost a year of no response to their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Fitton thinks the DOJ has something they don’t want the public to know.

“We want answers about it. And of course, when you don’t give us answers, and you don’t comply with the law that requires that records be turned over, it suggests to me that you got something to hide,” Fitton told the host of EpochTV’s “Facts Matter,” Roman Balmakov, during a recent interview. “So, what are they nervous about, that they don’t want to give to us?”

It takes so long for these lawsuits to produce any results that the elections the DOJ intends to influence are already over.

Mon May 02 22:34:25 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did the FBI set up a Republican congressman?

Gateway PunditFortenberry was convicted on three felony counts – one count of falsifying and concealing material facts and two counts of making false statements (each count carries five years) by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.

Fortenberry’s lawyers argued at trial that the FBI lured the Congressman into giving two interviews – then indicted him after he couldn’t remember all the details about a conversation he had with an FBI informant about the illicit campaign donation.

“Defense lawyers said the FBI “set up” Fortenberry after a national investigation fizzled into foreign money funneled to members of Congress. They said Fortenberry’s flaw was voluntarily meeting with agents and prosecutors to help their probe and having a faulty memory.” – AP reported.

I see two red flags here. First, the setup by the FBI to create a staged event and then claim in a subsequent interview that any minor discrepancies are deliberate lies. And second, the conviction was in LA when the man represents Nebraska. A very friendly, reliable jury.

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Mon Apr 25 23:32:04 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ's new domestic terrorism office

Just The NewsOhio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, is requesting the Justice Department provide information about its new domestic terrorism office, considering the agency's plans last year regarding parents at school board meetings.

"The creation of this domestic terrorism office appears to contravene advice from career Justice Department officials, and raises serious concerns about how the Biden administration will use the new office in light of the Justice Department’s misuse of existing counterterrorism resources to target concerned parents at school board meetings," read a letter Thursday to the agency from Jordan and fellow committee Republicans Reps. Mike Johnson, of Louisiana, and Andy Biggs, of Arizona.

The lawmakers suggested the creation of the new office, with the agency's National Security Division, has spooked "longtime dedicated career lawyers" at the agency who believe it is "unnecessary and potentially harmful."

After 9-11, the vast majority of "domestic terrorism" in the country has been aided and abetted by the FBI, who -- at a minimum -- looked the other way despite being warned repeatedly.

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Fri Mar 25 23:48:30 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI's case implodes

American GreatnessFor months, the lawyer representing Kaleb Franks—one of six men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020—has produced some of the most detailed and damning reports to make a case for FBI entrapment. Defense attorneys last year discovered that at least a dozen FBI agents and informants were intimately involved in the abduction plot, brought to a dramatic conclusion in October 2020 when the men were arrested after an FBI informant drove them to meet an undercover FBI agent to buy materials for explosives.

With the trial date just weeks away, the Justice Department’s case is imploding amid numerous scandals.

Read the whole thing.

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Thu Mar 17 22:31:04 CDT 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Investigation of Jan 6th police beating rules death "Objectively reasonable"

Gateway PunditCapitol Police investigators ruled the beating of unconscious Trump supporter Rosanne Boyland by Capitol Police officers until she died was “objectionably reasonable.”

This is the second murder that day by Capitol Police that was given a pass. Lt. Mike Byrd was exonerated after he shot Trump supporter Ashli Babbit in cold blood inside the US Capitol that day. Investigators did not even interview Byrd before he was exonerated!

As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, Officer Lila Morris was filmed beating Rosanne Boyland repeatedly with a stick while she lay on the ground motionless.

There is no way this was objectively reasonable. The woman was exercising her 1st Amendment right to protest peacefully before being knocked unconscious and struck dozens of times while unconconscious and unresisting until she died. Police claim she died of a "drug overdose". Sorry, but police are on video beating her while she is unconscious. That's not reasonable.

What would the left be saying if she was black and this happened at a BLM "protest"?

Thu Mar 10 22:16:24 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Students threatened with arrest for refusing mask mandates

PJMediaSchool mask mandates have recently been lifted in New Jersey and in Delaware. Massachusetts is also considering lifting its mandate.

But in Loudoun County, Va., students who attempt to enter school maskless could face arrest. According to a leaked email, a security official for Loudoun County Public Schools coached principals on obtaining a warrant to arrest students who attempted to enter school maskless.

This is how police states operate.

Mon Mar 07 22:37:38 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pelosi using capital police to spy on legislators

Gateway PunditOn November 20th, 2021, Capitol Police entered my office without my knowledge and photographed confidential legislative products protected by the Speech and Debate clause enshrined in the Constitution, Article 1 Section 6.

Gateway PunditThe Biden Department of Justice was recently caught opening Rep. Louie Gohmert’s House mail before it reached his office.

The government is dropping the pretense of respecting rights and freedom. This doesn't bode well for "free and fair" midterms.

Fri Mar 04 23:00:45 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Canadian pastor arrested to prevent him from speaking at trucker rally

Gateway PunditArmed policemen arrested Calgary Pastor Artur Pawlowski again at his home on Tuesday before his scheduled appearance at the peaceful Freedom Trucker rally in Milk River to show support at the Freedom Convoy.

According to the police, Pawlowski has committed a ‘mischief offense’ under $5,000.

Pawlowski’s son, Nathaniel, told Ezra Levant of Rebel News that the raid was done by an undercover SWAT.

Take note of the timing. It was clearly intended to prevent the pastor speaking at the trucker rally.

Sun Feb 27 00:35:34 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NSA admits to violating the 4th Amendment

Conservative TreehouseThis is the 5th straight year where the National Security Agency (NSA) produces a document admitting their metadata capturing system, the system that captures all electronic communication of every single American and puts it into a stored database, is continually used as a research library for unnamed federal agents to scour (without search warrants) for the private documents of American citizens.

At this point, the NSA admission without consequence is simply just another Tuesday, it literally doesn’t even make the headlines anymore.

Trump was, and probably remains, our best chance to fix this. He has been personally bitten by all this in a way that no one else in the political class ever has.

Sat Feb 26 23:13:12 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The political targeting continues

Gateway PunditOn Friday, the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) announced they are pairing with several federal intelligence agencies and other law enforcement divisions to launch “enhanced intelligence operations and investigations” that will target individuals who are participating in the Canadian Truckers For Freedom Convoy.

US law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will also assist with the crackdown by investigating “online threats that originated in the US,” despite little to no evidence or behavior that has indicated any violence is being planned.

According to the OPS statement, the ‘enhanced investigation’ will begin targeting the key figures who are behind the organization of the convoy as part of the Canadian government’s “increased effort to identify and target protestors who are funding/supporting/enabling unlawful and harmful activity by protesters.”

Now our intelligence agencies are investigating Canadian political protesters.

Fri Feb 25 23:14:57 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

WA law criminalizing speech about election results advances

PJMediaCandidates and elected officials complaining about election fraud would be slapped with a gross misdemeanor charge, fine, and/or jail sentence under a plan by Washington’s far-Left governor Jay Inslee. The anti-free speech bill has now advanced from a Democrat-controlled committee with a “do-pass” recommendation to the state legislature.

In WA -- which already has universal mail-in voting, to enable constant Dem fraud -- even asking to check the work of the people counting the fake ballots will get you thrown in jail.

This is a rule for totalitarian states run by dictators, not for America.

Thu Feb 24 23:17:31 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An increasing pattern of police abuse

Just The NewwThe legal team for former Trump adviser Steve Bannon leveled explosive charges Friday night, accusing federal prosecutors of snooping on one of his defense lawyers and the FBI of misleading the grand jury through omissions.

In a motion filed in U.S. District Court where Bannon is charged with contempt of Congress for failing to comply with a subpoena for the Jan. committee, lawyers disclosed evidence the Justice Department and phone carriers turned over to them show prosecutors obtained phone and email records for defense lawyer Robert J. Costello.

After you have spied on the president, spying on attorneys in violation of privilege must seem like a very small thing indeed. But the federal government has shown a disturbing pattern of such behavior. Bannon, here, is just one case. The FBI earlier leaked privileged attorney-client material to the New York Times following a raid that was itself questionable.

Mon Feb 21 23:58:23 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Macron violently attacks freedom protesters

Gateway PunditFreedom protesters were expected to converge on Paris on Saturday to protest against the Macron government’s tyrannical vaccine mandates in the country.

Thousands of truckers and tractors were expected to arrive in Paris this weekend from several cities across France.

But Macron had other plans.

The French president cracked down on the protests — beat protesters, fired tear gas inside of restaurants and chased demonstrators down the street.

We are living in totalitarian states.

Mon Feb 21 14:12:10 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why the hell does the post office need this?

Just The NewsWatchdog groups are sounding the alarm on the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service, which they say is violating the privacy and civil liberties of the American people by using sophisticated tools to break into hundreds of citizens' cellphones and collect their social media posts.

Until now, it's gone largely unpublicized that the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) admitted in its 2020 annual report that it not only employed top-of-the-line technology hundreds of times to hack into mobile phones but also planned to expand its use of the hacking tools in the future.

"The Cellebrite Premium and GrayKey tools acquired in [fiscal year] 2019 and 2018 allow the Digital Evidence Unit to extract previously unattainable information from seized mobile devices," the 2020 report states. "During FY 2020, 331 devices were processed, and 242 were unlocked and/or extracted by these services. The success of the program and ever-increasing demand for services required the purchase this year of a second GrayKey device for use on the East Coast."

The USPIS's figures indicate a surge in such hackings compared to 2019, when the agency disclosed it accessed 34 devices using Cellebrite and 143 with GrayKey.

Government just doesn't seem to understand that we don't want people reading our mail.

Sat Feb 19 22:03:31 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Canada freezing bank accounts, confiscating assets over peaceful protest

PowerlineCanada’s Parliament has commenced the debate on Prime Minister Trudeau’s declaration of emergency under Canada’s Emergencies Act. The debate will continue until a confirmation vote is held next Monday under the terms the Act. The National Post is live blogging the thing here.

Canada is now under martial law and looks like it will remain so. The first post on today’s debate — the National Post titles it “Freeland: It is happening” and includes a Twitter video of the statement summarized — gives us a snapshot of the wit and wisdom of the Trudeau government in the person of its deputy prime minister

These measures are incompatible with any society that labels itself free, democratic, or a republic.

They are more appropriate for a People's Democratic Republic, of course, which is international code for a communist dictatorship.

We will find out Monday if Canada's parliament are mice or men.

Sat Feb 19 16:53:17 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Canadian government calls freedom terrorism

Conservative Treehouse"Driven by an extreme ideology that would seek to overthrow the existing government and create some kind of parallel structure where they get to make the rules based on untrammeled freedoms."

This sort of rhetoric is the culmination of decades of battleground prep in the media. When "freedom" and "conservative" are defined as "far-right" and "extreme" ideology, the link to terrorism and violence is a very short one.

Since when is freedom "extreme" or "far right"?

Freedom is the birthright of every human being. Governments rarely respect that, even when they claim -- as most do these days -- to receive their mandate from the people.

Sat Feb 19 16:13:18 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The problem with no knock warrants...

Gateway PunditA protest is forming in Minneapolis after police fatally shot an armed black man while executing a no-knock warrant.

Police cam footage shows SWAT officers fatally shooting 22-year-old Amir Locke on Wednesday shortly after entering the apartment.

Amir Locke, who is black, appeared to be asleep on the couch when police entered the apartment with their weapons drawn.

... is that warrant or no warrant, criminal or not, this was straight up murder. The victim had no opportunity to surrender peacefully. None.

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Fri Feb 18 23:56:59 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Canada faces tyranny

Canada's prime minister, Trudeau, famous for repeatedly and unapologetically wearing blackface, has declared martial law through Canada because he is tired of truckers honking their horns in peaceful protest over his vaccine mandates.

He has enacted travel restrictions and internal checkpoints. He has threatened to seize the children of those protesting peacefully against his rule.

He has stolen donations and frozen bank accounts, resulting in what appears to be a run on Canada's banking system.

He has endorsed the illegal actions of hackers doxxing those who simply contributed a few dollars to a peaceful protest.

He has used political support to determine whether bank accounts are seized or merely frozen, thus penalizing political opinions and support. Even posts on social media can be used to debank people without due process.

The police are moving in and arresting truckers. Threatening to arrest media who report on it.

On Monday, Canada's parliament will either ratify his abuses and doom the nation to tyranny, or reject them and remain a free people.

If you ever wondered, in an idle moment, what you would have done were you a citizen in the Weimar Republic during Hitler's rise to power... you now have the opportunity to find out. Canada has not yet fallen. But the Reichstag is burning.

Fri Feb 18 10:24:01 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

ATF wants you to turn in your ex for valentine's day

ATF HQ (@ATFHQ) February 14, 2022Valentine’s Day can still be fun even if you broke up. Do you have information about a former (or current) partner involved in illegal gun activity? Let us know, and we will make sure it’s a Valentine’s Day to remember! [contact info removed]

Not only is this generally tone deaf, it's inviting revenge based reports from people who likely have no idea whether their ex's gun collection is legal or not. This was a really bad idea for a lot of reasons.

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Tue Feb 15 07:45:44 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trudeau freezes bank accounts of protesters and "supporters"

Conservative TreehouseI am carefully reviewing the details of the authorization because according to the public statements by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, they have authorized banks, financial institutions and insurance carriers to suspend the accounts of Canadian citizens based on their social media postings.

Yes, you read that correctly. Support of “blockades and/or occupations” are specifically noted.

Anyone in Canada (individual or business) who supports or “furthers” the Freedom Convoy or Freedom Protest on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media platform, is a target to have their bank accounts frozen and insurance policies nullified.

If this is allowed to stand then free speech in Canada is dead, and a totalitarian dictatorship has taken power.

Tue Feb 15 07:45:38 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trudeau invokes never-used Emergency Act against truckers

Conservative TreehouseRather than remove any of the Canadian government restrictions and rules surrounding COVID-19 mandates, media are reporting that at 4:30pm today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will instead invoke the Emergency Act, formerly the War Powers Act, to take emergency action to quell the ‘Freedom Protests’ taking place in Canada.

This is a rather remarkable development highlighting the severity of the totalitarian mindset behind the governing Liberal party in Canada. The Emergency Act has never before been used.

He's already called them Nazi racists, used police powers to spy on their social media accounts and send police to their homes, attempted to steal $10M of their funding, frozen their bank accounts, taken their food and fuel in below-freezing weather (thus putting their children in danger from the cold), threatened them with arrest, imprisonment, loss of commercial driver's licenses, and $100K in fines.

The truckers have so far responded with remarkably peaceful good grace.

The best response to this provocation might be to just go home, and stay home, for a couple weeks. All the truckers, all at once. No goods moving anywhere in Canada, not because anything is blocked, but because all the truckers are having a nice nap.

Trudeau has chosen, repeatedly and consistently, to threaten and escalate rather than listening to the concerns of the people he claims to represent. He has denied their right to free speech and peaceful protest.

Mon Feb 14 20:42:03 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Jan 6th Cmt abusing its power

Glenn GreenwaldThis abuse of power is not merely abstract. The Congressional 1/6 Committee has been secretly obtaining private information about American citizens en masse: telephone records, email logs, internet and browsing history, and banking transactions. And it has done so without any limitations or safeguards: no judicial oversight, no need for warrants, no legal limitations of any kind.

Indeed, the committee has been purposely attempting to prevent citizens who are the targets of their investigative orders to have any opportunity to contest the legality of this behavior in court. As we reported in October, the committee sent dozens if not hundreds of subpoenas to telecom companies demanding a wide range of email and other internet records, and — without any legal basis — requested that those companies not only turn over those documents but refrain from notifying their own customers of the request. If the companies were unwilling to comply with this "request,” then the committee requested that they either contact the committee directly or just disregard the request — in other words, the last thing they wanted was to enable one of their targets to learn that they were being investigated because that would enable them to seek a judicial ruling about the legality of the committee's actions.

But now the committee is escalating its aggressive investigative actions. They have begun sending subpoenas to private banks, demanding the banking records of private citizens, and doing so such that either the person never finds out or finds out too late to obtain a judicial order about the legality of the committee's behavior. In one case, they targeted JP Morgan with these subpoenas while knowing that that bank is being represented by former Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch; Lynch — unsurprisingly — then directed her client not to accommodate any requests from its own customers to ensure they can seek judicial review.

It's not a surprise; ever since the 2012 election, at least, the Democrats have been all about abusing their power to influence elections. Obama started with the IRS, got caught (after he won re-election), and then shifted to a national security agency focus with the CIA, FBI, and DOJ, along with help from the Clinton campaign. He got caught there too, but so far neither Obama nor Clinton have faced any personal consequences. The heavy thumb on the scale in 2016 was not enough, but the effort continued even with Trump in office. In 2020, vote fraud carried the day and Congress got into the political surveillance game.

Fri Feb 11 22:33:03 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ excuses felony murder by arson as part of Black Lives Matter protest

Gateway PunditJoe Biden’s Department of Justice has said that a man who killed someone during the Black Lives Matter riots in 2020 should get a lesser sentence because he was “caught up in the fury” when he burned down a pawn shop.

Of course, the move is especially heinous when you consider the harsh charges that January 6 protesters are facing for much less.

Montez Terriel Lee Jr. broke into a Minnesota pawnshop, poured gasoline, and lit it on fire on June 5, 2020.

A 30-year-old man, Oscar Lee Stewart, was found dead in the rubble over two months later.

Burning down a building is not a peaceful protest. It's not even "mostly peaceful".

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Wed Feb 09 23:25:40 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Truc Frudeau -- Let's Go Brandon!

I haven't had much to say about the situation in Canada with the trucker's protest against vaccine mandates. It has certainly been devastatingly effective in paralyzing the government there and forcing a reaction -- indeed, a dramatic overreaction which has already cost the government quite a bit of support.

See, these truckers just wanted to do their jobs without getting a shot that doesn't protect them against a disease that most people won't even notice having. But Trudeau, famous for repeatedly wearing blackface, issued a diktat that would have prevent these truckers from crossing the border back into their own country. Turning them into exiles.

This resulted in a massive protest by truckers and their supporters who had clearly become fed up with mandates, masks, lockdowns, all of it.

What did Trudeau do?

He called them racists and terrorists, pressuring the police and national security agencies to investigate the peaceful protesters and their financial supporters.

It didn't work.

Neither did the antifa activist who ran over four protesters.

The police tried to take their fuel, then had to give it back.

Mass arrests come next.

The truckers stand for freedom continues.

Wed Feb 09 19:29:38 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Why is the postal service spying on us?

Judicial WatchMonths after Judicial Watch sued the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) for information about a secret program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, more of the agency’s controversial spy mechanisms are being exposed. The newly uncovered tools are sophisticated hacking devices that can breach cell phones and the USPS’s law enforcement arm, U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), has utilized them hundreds of times in the last few years, according to a news story that cites USPIS data buried in a lengthy agency report. The questionable surveillance schemes appear to indicate that the government is weaponizing the nation’s postal service to improperly spy on the citizens who fund it.

This seems way outside of the intended role of the postal service. Is there any federal agency that doesn't have some sort of spying and surveillance program?

Tue Feb 01 22:38:34 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Competing narratives

Real Clear InvestigationsAs he documents the role of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in generating false allegations of Trump-Russia collusion, Special Counsel John Durham has also previewed a challenge to the FBI’s claims about how and why its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign began. At stake is the completeness of the official reckoning within the U.S. government over the Russiagate scandal – and whether there will be an accounting commensurate with the offense: the abuse of the nation's highest law enforcement and intelligence powers to damage an opposition presidential candidate turned president, at the behest of his opponent from the governing party he defeated.

No more excitement without more indictments... but at least Durham is still investigating and occasionally we get some journalists summarizing things and reminding us that Durham exists.

Sat Jan 22 23:47:14 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI raids Dem Rep critical of Biden border policy

Democrat Representative Henry Cuellar represents Texas’ 28th Congressional District, which extends to the U.S.- Mexico border, has been in Congress since 2005. Cuellar has been very public and very critical of how Joe Biden has collapsed the U.S-Mexico border enforcement. Suddenly, Cuellar becomes the target of the FBI.

I'm not quite ready to call this a political prosecution, but in my view the burden of proof is now on the FBI to explain itself and demonstrate that this isn't just political. Because it sure does look political.

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Fri Jan 21 22:53:34 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Canadian government illegally spied on cell phone data

Conservative TreehouseComrades, when we permit the government to gather private cell phone data, the government will always gather private cell phone data. In Canada the health officials have now admitted they captured, without legislative authority, the personal cell phone data and geolocation data of 33 million Canadians.

As a result, and a little late all things considered, privacy issues are being raised about the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) buying the location data of Canadian cellphone users to monitor their activity. The agency said it wanted to analyze the movement of people during the pandemic to ensure their safety and well-being.

However, the implications of a totalitarian administrative state monitoring citizens under the guise of pandemic authority, does not make everyone feel comfy.

Of course they did.

If they have the ability to spy, they will.

The answer is to make it as hard as possible -- impossible, if possible.

Tue Jan 18 22:09:56 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Seattle police faked radio calls

Seattle TimesAt a crucial moment during 2020’s racial justice protests, Seattle police exchanged a detailed series of fake radio transmissions about a nonexistent group of menacing right-wing extremists.

The radio chatter about members of the Proud Boys marching around downtown Seattle, some possibly carrying guns, and then heading to confront protesters on Capitol Hill was an improper “ruse,” or dishonest ploy, that exacerbated a volatile situation, according to findings released Wednesday by the city’s Office of Police Accountability.

The June 8 chatter about Proud Boys was part of an approved “misinformation effort” via radio that multiple police leaders knew about, according to Wednesday’s closed-case summary by Myerberg, which will be reviewed by interim police Chief Adrian Diaz for disciplinary rulings. Fabricating the group of Proud Boys as part of the effort violated department policies, Myerberg determined.

But it appears unlikely that anyone will lose their jobs or pay over the incident. The two employees who ordered and supervised the misinformation effort and who Myerberg sustained allegations of policy violations against have already left the department, according to the case summary.

What the hell? This sort of thing is why people don't trust the police.

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Sat Jan 08 23:25:38 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The FBI are Biden's secret police

Washington ExaminerIn the latest sign of how today’s politics is dividing support for major Washington institutions, the latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows more people than not view the FBI as the punishing political arm of President Joe Biden.

Picking up on a comment from former Trump adviser Roger Stone, long caught in the wandering FBI Russia probe, the pollster found that likely voters, by a 46%-38% margin, believe “there is a group of politicized thugs at the top of the FBI who are using the FBI … as Joe Biden’s personal Gestapo.”

We're not supposed to have political police in America.

Fri Jan 07 23:21:55 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did FBI and DOJ instigate events on January 6th?

NewsweekOn Sunday, January 3, the heads of a half-dozen elite government special operations teams met in Quantico, Virginia, to go over potential threats, contingencies, and plans for the upcoming Joint Session of Congress. The meeting, and the subsequent deployment of these shadowy commandos on January 6, has never before been revealed.

That sure sounds like the FBI and DOJ had, at minimum, detailed foreknowledge of what was going to take place on January 6th. Probably because they instigated it.

This article reminds me of a similar article defending the "secret cabal who saved the election"... from the people.

Thu Jan 06 23:53:00 CST 2022 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Austria to hire "vaccine hunters" to track down the unvaxxed

Conservative TreehouseStarting in February, vaccination in Austria is compulsory for all citizens. As a result, the Austrian government is now hiring “hunters” to track down the unvaccinated citizens and enforce compliance.

This is really getting scary.

Mon Dec 27 23:18:48 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Shocking report on conditions of Jan 6th detainees

SpectatorOn November 4, 2021, Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14) and Louis Gohmert (TX-01) and their staffs toured the DC Jail’s Central Detention Facility (CDF) and Central Treatment Facility (CTF). The purpose of the visit was to inspect the conditions at these facilities and to determine the treatment and status of the January 6 protesters held in the CTF.

The delegation published its findings in “Unusually Cruel — An Eyewitness Report From Inside the DC Jail.” What follows below is taken from that report.

On November 2, the U.S. Marshals Service had released a report regarding its surprise inspection of the DC Jail. The report declared that the CDF did not meet the Marshals’ “minimum standards of confinement.”

These people are being treated like the scum of the earth because they believe in our country, and that our government should legitimately represent the people. The Democrats would have a complete freakout if illegal aliens were being treated this way. But when it is Americans being mistreated, they are silent.

Fri Dec 24 22:57:27 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Appearance of Impropriety

Free BeaconA top adviser to Attorney General Merrick Garland is facing calls to recuse herself from the Justice Department's investigation of the Trump-Russia probe, which has looked into the actions of her husband, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

Margaret Goodlander serves as counsel to Garland, who oversees Special Counsel John Durham's investigation. Garland has oversight of Durham's budget, the scope of the investigation, and the release of a report Durham is believed to be writing. Sullivan, who married Goodlander in 2015, has been referenced in Durham's indictment of a cybersecurity lawyer who worked for the Clinton campaign. While there is no indication that Durham is targeting Sullivan, the national security adviser could be a witness for the investigation given that he was a foreign policy adviser to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. Durham's report could also reveal embarrassing details about Sullivan's work on the campaign to dig up dirt on Donald Trump's possible links to Russia.

A spokesman for the Justice Department said Goodlander "has no role in Mr. Durham's investigation," but it is unclear whether she has formally recused herself from the matter or whether the Durham probe is outside her Justice Department portfolio. Fox News reported that Goodlander advises Garland on antitrust and international issues.

So let me get this straight. Comey's daughter is in the FBI/DOJ and taking a leadership role in the Epstein/Maxwell cases. Yes, the one where Epstein didn't hang himself and the video cameras did not record him not doing it. And Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's wife is a lawyer for Garland while Garland oversees an investigation that may well target Sullivan.

There's ALWAYS someone with a connection in a position to interfere. That's how DC protects itself.

Tue Dec 21 23:45:38 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A study in contrasts

PJMediaFar-left miscreant Thomas Alexander Starks, 31, of Lisbon, North Dakota, pleaded guilty to destruction of government property last April. Starks brought an ax to Sen. John Hoeven’s office in Fargo on December 21, 2020, and smashed an intercom and glass door. The attack was captured on video.

Federal guidelines suggested Starks should spend 10–16 months in the hoosegow, but because he is a protected member of Antifa, he was sentenced to mere probation and ordered to pay $2,784 in restitution.

Keep in mind that there are people still in solitary confinement for taking non-violent selfies in the Capitol on January 6.

The contrast in treatment between this man and those who attended a peaceful protest at the capital less than two weeks later is stunning.

Sat Dec 11 22:49:14 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Australia conducting forced vaccinations of aborginal population

Conservative TreehouseAfter several reports surfaced both nationally and internationally, sharing first-hand accounts of the Aboriginal people in region, Minister Gunner announces publicly that he is not harming the native aboriginal tribes with his mandatory vaccination program. Gunner has activated the Australian Defense Forces, aka the Australian military, to round up the tribes in an effort to save them from the virus.

The left claims to be so sensitive about racism, And yet, they are willing to do horrific things to minorities as long as they claim it is "for their own good". Isn't respecting personal autonomy about medical treatments a good thing?

Forced "medical treatment" is something you do to livestock. Or slaves.

Tue Dec 07 22:18:58 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

RRISD police force used to stifle dissent

NYPostThe latest and most egregious example comes from Round Rock, Texas. In a series of school board meetings this fall, two fathers — a minister named Jeremy Story and a retired Army captain named Dustin Clark — spoke out against alleged corruption and school officials’ hostility toward parents.

The establishment of the school police force was a local issue to me and happened fairly recently. I was, at the time, relatively neutral since I had no children in school and no idea whether the request was reasonable or not.

I am now opposed, because placing police under the control of school board administrators willing to use them to stifle dissent in this manner is unacceptable.

Sun Dec 05 22:16:30 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI raids Colorado election officials over preserved election data

Even as the Department of Justice Inspector General released a report this week criticizing the politicization of the department, the FBI on Tuesday raided the homes of a Republican election official and several of her associates in Mesa County, Colo., in connection with a dispute about efforts to preserve 2020 election files.

In collaboration with state and county law enforcement, the FBI raided the homes of Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert’s former campaign manager Sherronna Bishop, and two others.

The FBI operations targeting skeptics of the 2020 election results follow the bureau’s raids earlier this month on the homes of conservative guerrilla journalist James O’Keefe and several of his associates with Project Veritas.

The FBI has accepted its role as Gestapo.

Fri Dec 03 23:08:13 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI raids election official who preserved election evidence

Just The NewsEven as the Department of Justice Inspector General released a report this week criticizing the politicization of the department, the FBI on Tuesday raided the homes of a Republican election official and several of her associates in Mesa County, Colo., in connection with a dispute about efforts to preserve 2020 election files.

In collaboration with state and county law enforcement, the FBI raided the homes of Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters, Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert's former campaign manager Sherronna Bishop, and two others.

Funny how the FBI is so very active in trying to cover up voter fraud, but not in investigating it.

Actually, on second thought, it's not funny at all.

Fri Dec 03 22:08:14 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

School officials kept dossiers on parents

UncoverDCA Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) board member allegedly and “unknowingly” made public, files contained in a “digital dossier,” exposing parents and other individuals in the community. The Dossier contains, among other things, both public and private documents and information; credit scores, court documents, social media posts, photos, and video of parents who oppose policies set forth by SUSD. AZInformer provided UncoverDC with a Google Drive and a local article on the subject late Tuesday evening.


Wed Dec 01 23:20:46 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Bannon indicted for refusing to appear despite executive privilege claim

Just The NewsFormer White House advisor Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury Friday following his refusal to comply with a subpoena by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol breach.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Bannon's indictment, just days after the House Committee announced further subpoenas of Trump officials.

"Since my first day in office, I have promised Justice Department employees that together we would show the American people by word and deed that the department adheres to the rule of law, follows the facts and the law and pursues equal justice under the law,” Garland said in a statement obtained by Just the News. "​​Today’s charges reflect the department’s steadfast commitment to these principles.”

To Merrick Garland, equal justice under the law means Republicans get indicted and Democrats don't.

Sat Nov 27 22:16:03 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

School boards spying on parents

Conservative TreehouseThe Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona was scrambling after a group of moms discovered that Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg was keeping secret surveillance files, a dossier of sorts, on parents and students the school board head viewed as a risk to the interests of the district.

In essence what the parents discovered was evidence their own school system was keeping creepy opposition files on the parents of students in the school district.

Parents gathered today to demand the removal of the Governing Board President Jann-Michael Greenburg, and the destruction of the Google Drive files filled with personal information, documents, and photos of about 47 people, including children.

Disgusting, and a perfect inversion of the power relationship that is supposed to exist.

Fri Nov 26 23:53:43 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ Treating parents as terrorists and lying about it

Conservative TreehouseDespite the obvious instructions to the FBI, Attorney General Merrick Garland previously gave testimony before congress denying that parents who attended school board meetings were being targeted by an FBI Counterterrorism task force. However, today the House Judiciary Committee has received a ‘whistleblower complaint’ showing the FBI is indeed using the Counterterrorism Division as the tool to target parents. [Document Source]

The day before AG Merrick Garland testified to congress, the FBI instructed all national heads of the Counterterrorism Division to begin using internal tags to create a notification list containing the names of parents they considered to be domestic extremists.

More background here.

Thu Nov 25 22:53:45 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More FOIA on Seth Rich

Gateway PunditAttorney Ty Clevenger received another batch of documents from the FBI. This time the FBI provided an index of records from the FBI, and #19 is particularly interesting:

“FD-302 documenting the interview of a third party regarding the homicide of Seth Rich, dated March 26, 2018.”

Ty’s request was for records from the FBI regarding the Russian collusion investigation. He says this is the first time the FBI has admitted that it investigated the Seth Rich murder as part of the Russian collusion investigation. We knew that the FBI took custody of his computers and interviewed witnesses, but this is an admission that the murder was under investigation by the Russian collusion team.

Let me be the first to say that the FBI's FOIA response team did not kill themselves.

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Mon Nov 22 22:19:20 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Compare and contrast

Don SurberCatherine Herridge tweeted, "Igor Danchenko, charged with 5 counts false statements to the FBI (Steele Dossier sources) was released at the US Eastern District Of Virginia Courthouse on a $100,000 bond. He will NOT be on electronic monitoring system + must surrender his passport within 24 hours."

Meanwhile, hundreds of Capitol protesters remain in a DC jail. Their only crime is trespassing a public building.

A possible Russian spy turns the FBI on the duly elected president, and gets unmonitored bail. While real Americans who may have walked around a public building without official permission are held incommunicado for almost a year.

Sun Nov 07 16:52:39 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Political profiteering from the Attorney General

Conservative TreehouseWell, well, well… This is interesting. U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland recently instructed the FBI to begin investigating parents who confront school board administrators over Critical Race Theory indoctrination material. The U.S. Department of Justice issued a memorandum to the FBI instructing them to initiate investigations of any parent attending a local school board meeting who might be viewed as confrontational, intimidating or harassing.

Attorney General Merrick Garland’s daughter is Rebecca Garland. In 2018 Rebecca Garland married Xan Tanner [LINK]. Mr. Xan Tanner is the current co-founder of a controversial education service company called Panorama Education. [LINK and LINK] Panorama Education is the “social learning” resource material provider to school districts and teachers that teach Critical Race Theory.

A complaint has already been filed with the Inspector General.

Thu Oct 21 23:31:24 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG Complaint filed over AG Garland's threatening letter

NYPostAmerican parents are organizing to fight racist critical race theories being taught in their kids’ schools. Attorney General Merrick Garland, once touted as a moderate, has responded by asking the FBI to treat them as domestic terrorists.

As befits the Biden administration, this over-the-top authoritarianism is accompanied by the stench of corruption, as it turns out that Garland’s son-in-law is in the business of selling educational materials on CRT.

America First Legal Today, America First Legal requested that the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) investigate the circumstances surrounding Attorney General Garland’s October 4th memorandum regarding the use of federal law enforcement against parents opposed to critical race theory, gender ideology, and irrational mask mandates in public schools. Among other things, AFL asked OIG to investigate whether the Attorney General’s Memorandum was issued on Biden White House instructions contrary to the department’s standard procedures, and to determine if it was issued for the improper partisan purpose of chilling and deterring parents from exercising their constitutional right to control and direct the education of their children.

To think this man came so close to sitting on the Supreme Court.

Tue Oct 19 23:47:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI raids New York police union headquarters

Just The Newshe New York City police officers union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, was raided Tuesday by the FBI, along with the home of its leader Ed Mullins, according to reports.

According to WTOP, an FBI spokesperson said agents were “carrying out a law enforcement action in connection with an ongoing investigation.”

Just The NewsThe leader of the New York City police union has resigned following FBI raids Tuesday of his Long Island home and the group's Manhattan headquarters.

Ed Mullins, the leader of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the country's fifth-largest police union, announced his resignation hours after the raids. He is purportedly the target of a federal investigation band had led the group since 2002.

In a letter to union members, the executive board of the SBA wrote, "The nature and scope of this criminal investigation has yet to be determined. However, it is clear that President Mullins is apparently the target of the federal investigation. We have no reason to believe that any other member of the SBA is involved or targeted in this matter."

Though the parameters of the investigation remain unclear for the moment, members of the public corruption unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York were also involved in the raid.

The New York Police Union endorsed Trump in 2020. This obviously put a political target on their back.

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Mon Oct 18 22:00:01 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The FBI strikes again

PJMediaAn explosive report over the weekend claims to show that two alleged Capitol riot participants were actually government informants. The New York Times reported Saturday that “records, and information from two people familiar with the matter, suggest that federal law enforcement had a far greater visibility into the assault on the Capitol, even as it was taking place, than was previously known.”

The revelations in the Times reveal that there was no conspiracy on the part of the Proud Boys to storm the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, as alleged by the Department of Justice.

It's quite clear as this point that the FBI considers itself to be the American equivalent of the KGB.

Sat Oct 09 23:57:42 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IG report shows FBI continues to abuse FISA process

Just The NewsThe FBI under Director Chris Wray continues to fail to follow its rules and procedures for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants in the aftermath of the Russia fiasco, jeopardizing American civil liberties, the Justice Department's internal watchdog warned Thursday.

In all, Inspector General Michael Horowitz found more than 200 FISA warrant applications with missing information or documentation that violated the bureau's so-called Woods Procedures between 2015 and 2019, making clear reforms that Wray put into place have not solved problems that first surfaced in the 2016 election cycle, particularly a FISA warrant against Trump adviser Carter Page during the now-discredited Russia probe.

"The FBI’s Woods Procedures are designed to ensure FISA applications are 'scrupulously accurate' and require agents to document support for all factual assertions contained in them," Horowitz reported. "However, our audit found numerous instances where this did not occur."

If you're wondering why nothing will change, Sundance explains it. The same people shuffle around into different positions to protect each other. The entire system is corrupt and must be destroyed.

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Tue Oct 05 08:26:10 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Australia enforcing alcohol consumption limits AT HOME in lockdown

Gateway PunditAustralians in lockdown in New South Wales are having their alcohol deliveries monitored by the government’s NSW Health Agency, because science.

“Residents in apartment blocks locked-down by NSW Health are having their alcohol deliveries policed as part of a policy to limit the number of drinks being consumed each day,” NCA News Wire reported.

Government goons are rummaging through private mail deliveries, confiscating alcohol and telling Aussies they can only receive a ration of “six beers or pre-mixed drinks or one bottle of wine.”

This is insane.

Sat Sep 18 22:16:49 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Ex-FBI official charged with extorting a politician

Pasadena Star NewsFederal prosecutors on Tuesday accused a Florida man of trying to defraud U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz’s father Don Gaetz out of $25 million, in a scheme allegedly linked to a criminal investigation targeting the Republican congressman.

In a newly unsealed indictment, prosecutors accused Stephen Alford, 62, of contacting Gaetz’s father and demanding $25 million. The congressman is currently under criminal investigation over an allegation that he sex trafficked a minor and, prosecutors alleged that Alford falsely claimed he could help Gaetz obtain a pardon from former President Donald Trump.

The indictment does not refer directly to the embattled pro-Trump lawmaker or his father, a former healthcare executive who also served as president of Florida’s state senate. But the alleged plot was widely reported this year after Gaetz released documents he said showed an extortion plot against him.

Looks like Gaetz has been vindicated here.

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Wed Sep 08 22:38:23 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

More FBI abuses

Just The NewsThe FBI, already under fire for its handling of FISA warrants and confidential informants, is enduring more scrutiny as the Justice Department admits agents failed to disclose to a court that they had paid — to the tune of six figures — a white supremacist publisher for years to be an investigative source.

Just The NewsThe latest example came when it was disclosed that one of the lead FBI agents in the investigation into an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be precluded from testifying at trial after he used an expletive to describe Trump.

Remember when SpyGate was the news of the day and almost everyone who commented on it said they were sure the rank and file agents were great, and it was just the DC folks who were unethical and politicized?

Yeah, that's not looking so good right now.

Tue Sep 07 22:12:49 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Australia goes full totalitarian

Gateway PunditAustralia is sending troops to help local police enforce the new Covid lockdown in Sydney.

Australia’s largest city went into a hard lockdown – again – last Saturday amid rising Covid cases.

Beginning Monday, 300 troops will patrol Sydney and knock on doors to make sure people are following orders to stay at home.

So, these troops who will be going door to door making sure people are at home?

They're inevitably going to be spreading the disease across all of those homes. They get it from someone on their route, incubate for a day or two, and then start spreading it to everyone whose doors they knock on later.

This is a colossal failure of policy for containing a disease.

For spreading it? Less so.

And it's perfect to take another big step towards totalitarianism by using the military to enforce a total lockdown of society.

Sun Aug 22 22:03:20 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ targets another Trump associate

Just The NewsThomas Barrack, a friend and ally to former President Donald Trump, was arrested and charged Tuesday for violating foreign lobbying laws, obstructing justice, and making false statements.

Barrack, who chaired Trump's inaugural committee, was arrested and charged with illegal foreign lobbying on behalf of the United Arab Emirates, which prosecutors described as an effort to influence the foreign policy positions of the 2016 Trump campaign and administration, according to CNN.

Note the charges. "Violating foreign lobbying laws" is the catch-all charge that the FBI uses to spy on people they want to spy on. And after that the charges are obstructing justice -- meaning he made the FBI's illegal spying harder somehow -- and making false statements -- meaning he didn't say what the FBI wanted him to say.

These charges are, in other words, completely bullshit, fabricated out of thin air because Barrack (and what a coincidence that name is) wouldn't cooperate in the FBI's witch hunt against Trump.

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Wed Aug 18 23:52:02 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI ignored child abuse allegations in gymnast cases

Conservative TreehouseAn absolutely damning Inspector General investigation of FBI conduct in the rape and sexual assault of U.S. Gymnasts reveals how FBI agents facilitated Nassar’s sex crimes by taking no action despite numerous witness statements to them.

Worse yet, the FBI never reported the sexual assaults to local law enforcement… and to top it off the FBI agents lied during the investigation of their conduct, and the DOJ under AG Bill Barr refused to prosecute the FBI liars.

This is your modern FBI. Disgusting.

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Thu Aug 12 23:25:57 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NSA agrees to release records on FBI illegal spying

LawflogBuckle up, kids. The National Security Agency has agreed to produce records about the FBI’s illegal snooping on 16,000 Americans, according to a letter that I received from the NSA this afternoon, and that suggests a political fight between the two agencies.

I eagerly await the results of this, if we ever see any. I expect the Biden Admin to shut it down as soon as they find out about it, though.

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Sun Aug 08 22:57:44 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police reform in Illinois

Just The NewsIllinois has become the first state to ban law enforcement officers from lying to juveniles during interrogations.

The law was part of a package of criminal justice reform measures put forth by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker Thursday.

Senate Bill 2122, which prohibits the use of deceptive tactics by all law enforcement when interrogating a minor, takes effect on Jan. 1, 2022.

Honestly I see this as a good reform in general, including for adults. Police should be examples of good behavior, not lying and cheating to close cases. I get that that makes it harder for them to get confessions, but it can also lead to "confessions" that aren't real. And it certainly leads people to lose trust in police and see them as adversaries who are out to get anyone they can, rather than honest investigators who are trying to get the truth.

I'd like to see more behavioral reforms like this one rather than reducing the funding for police departments in order to redirect that funding to liberal political agencies.

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Sat Aug 07 23:54:25 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Two standards of justice...

Conservative TreehouseThat is the baseline for Politico writing today about U.S. Attorney David Weiss intentionally burying information about an investigation of Hunter Biden in the summer and fall of 2020 in order to protect the candidacy of Joe Biden. USAO Weiss of Delaware stopped the investigation of Hunter Biden, stopped issuing grand jury subpoenas, and stopped the issuance of search warrants in order to keep the public from knowing that Hunter Biden was under a criminal investigation.

Contrast that –now confirmed– defensive activity, with these exact same DOJ and FBI officials leaking everything they could about investigations of Donald Trump, or anyone in Trump’s orbit, even when those investigative statements were false, in order to undermine his candidacy and presidency.

This glaring contrast is one of the most brutally obvious examples of political manipulation within the DOJ as an institution. Two solid and confirmed tiers of justice.

Leak everything about Trump, leak nothing on Biden.

Really as far as politicians go, I could live with either standard, so long as both sides go the same one. But that does not appear to be on the menu.

Thu Aug 05 22:27:57 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI accessing NSA database

Conservative TreehouseIn essence, what this segment reveals is Andrew Weissmann being so comfortable and casual with his reference point from time and experience inside the DOJ-NSD, that he doesn’t even realize what he is saying so matter-of-factly is something that is not supposed to take place.

The DOJ (or DOJ-NSD) is not supposed to have simple access to the NSA database without a reason for it. Or without a contact from the NSA with a directive to review an intercept because it might involve unlawful activity.

The DOJ-NSD personnel are not supposed to be randomly data-mining the NSA database just to see if they can find some issue they would be under the authority to investigate. Yet this frame of reference is exactly the casual nature of Weissmann’s diatribe.

If the NSA database is so easily searched by any domestic law enforcement agency, FBI or DOJ, then what exactly is the difference between the DOJ sucking up all the communication of Americans (brutally obvious 4th amendment violations) and the NSA capturing it? Under the process Weissmann seems so casual about, the DOJ apparently has full unlimited access to everything the NSA captures.

This isn't news to anyone who has been paying attention, but it's an admission that rules aren't being followed. And that access from the FBI was supposed to be turned off...

Sun Aug 01 23:02:13 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The case for abolishing the ATF

Second Amendment FoundationNo one makes a better case for abolishing the ATF than the ATF.

There has never been a federal agency with such little regard for the sanctity of human life, with such a history of failure, with such antiquated duties and responsibilities, with such a propensity to overreact, with such an addiction to good press, with such a willingness to bend over for any politician in charge, and – as we currently see playing out – with such little regard for the constitutional rights of American citizens.

I'm just about ready to put the FBI in the same category. And remember, the ATF may have started things at Waco, but the FBI were the ones who finished them.

Sat Jul 31 23:38:39 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Was the FBI leading the charge on January 6th?

Glenn GreenwaldThe original report, published by Revolver News and then amplified by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, documented ample evidence of FBI infiltration of the three key groups at the center of the 1/6 investigation — the Oath Keepers, the Proud Boys, and the Three Percenters — and noted how many alleged riot leaders from these groups have not yet been indicted. While low-level protesters have been aggressively charged with major felonies and held without bail, many of the alleged plot leaders have thus far been shielded from charges.

Based on the FBI's documented history with encouraging terrorists and then losing control of the situation, I have no trouble believing that FBI-affiliated informants were present and advocating for violence at critical moments. Along with the documented presence of Antifa and BLM activists doing the same (and then selling their footage to news organizations).

Fri Jul 30 23:37:41 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About the rank and file of the FBI...

American ThinkerI think we can dispense with the overly protective pleasantries at this point. The FBI is a goon squad of un-American thugs who have taken the worst elements of East Germany's Stasi police state and Cosa Nostra's organized crime and turned them into a blueprint for exercising and keeping illegitimate power over their enemies. They aren't a law enforcement organization, and they certainly don't give a rat's rear end about justice. They're regime enforcers with badges.

And they always have been.

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Thu Jul 29 23:59:53 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

McCloskeys plead guilty

Gateway PunditMark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who sought to protect their property and lives from the rabid BLM mob marching down their private street pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and agreed to forfeit the firearms they used in the showdown last year.

Mark McCloskey spoke to reporters from the courthouse steps on Thursday and said he’d “do it again” to protect his family.

This result is not justice, but that's the nature of plea bargains. But the requirement to forfeit the specific firearms involved in the case stinks of anti-gun politics, especially as he can legally replace the weapons immediately.

This situation was clearly self defense.

Mon Jul 26 23:08:43 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Gaetz calls on Wray to fully disclose role of informants in Jan 6th events

American GreatnessCongressman Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Wednesday called for FBI Director Christopher Wray to “fully disclose” any role the FBI may have played in instigating the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Historically, it's the FBI informants who are the ones calling for violence.

Fri Jul 23 22:33:28 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ continues to abuse the law to investigate Trump

Conservative TreehouseNew York Times Reports Andrew Weissmann and Robert Mueller Sought, Then Hid, Special Counsel Surveillance of Trump White House Attorney Don McGhan... the real nub of the revelation is that Weissmann and Mueller used the Special Counsel and FBI to conduct surveillance on the White House legal counsel, and his family, while President Donald Trump was in office. Think about that for a moment. Think about it carefully.

Think about it. When going after Trump the FBI abused their authority to violate attorney client privilege repeatedly. They did it with McGhan. They did it with Rudy Giuliani. They did it with Michael Cohen (the only one who actually flipped, but he had nothing on Trump).

Thu Jul 22 23:29:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pelosi establishes secret congressional police force

Conservative Treehouse A federal political agency will now coordinate with federal U.S. Attorney’s on specific targeting operations. In essence, the Florida and California offices of Pelosi’s police will direct the DOJ on who and where to target. This is completely political.

There’s no legislative or constitutional process for a subsidiary federal law enforcement agency to exist. This appears to be a new construction outside the boundaries of the legislative branch, and quasi-constitutional from the framework of the executive branch. Essentially satellite DC police units.

There is no doubt that this is a political police force. It will be used for political repression.

Thu Jul 22 10:53:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI markets fake encrypted cell phone to criminals

Just The NewsThe FBI on Tuesday announced a "massive worldwide takedown" of criminals around the globe with a sting operation in which the agency marketed and sold smartphones purported to encrypt messages, leading to roughly 500 arrests.

The sting operation, called Operation Trojan Shield, was led the agency's San Diego bureau.

FBI officials said in a press conference that the agency and other law enforcement groups worldwide, in an effort to nab criminals, created a fake company called ANØM to marketed the sleek black smartphones that were encrypted

However, when users sent messages, the phone would attach a master key that allowed law enforcement officials to decrypt and view the messages.

I find this extremely troubling. The FBI here created an explicit expectation of privacy under false pretenses and then spied on their "customers", presumably without warrants. I do not care that their actions appear to have resulted in catching real criminals; this action by the FBI appears entirely inappropriate and unconstitutional.

Sun Jul 18 22:01:49 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Grassley questions disparate treatment of capitol protestors

Sharyl AttkissonSenator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is asking the U.S. Justice Department to explain the differences between the prosecutions of rioters at violent and destructive riots over the summer and fall of 2020 and the January 6th Capitol rioters. The letter questions whether the law has been applied equally to the people who participated in riots during the summer and fall of 2020 and the people who were present at the Capitol on January 6th. Grassley asks about the numbers of people arrested, charged, released on bail, and fully prosecuted during the summer 2020 Portland, Oregon riots that involved a months' long violent seize of a federal courthouse compared to the same data for the January 6th riot.

The difference is obvious: politics.

More commentary.

Wed Jul 14 22:21:50 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mueller leaker gets 6 months

Just The NewsA former Treasury Department official has been sentenced to six months in prison for leaking thousands of confidential reports and financial documents related to former President Trump, Russia, and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards was sentenced Thursday for one count of conspiracy for leaking over 2,000 documents, known as Suspicious Activity Reports, to a reporter who worked at Buzzfeed News

A small helping of justice. Emphasis on small. 6 months for leaking thousands of documents, when there was no criminal behavior even charged in any of them?

Mon Jul 05 23:09:08 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NSA spying on political opponents of the Biden Administration

Conservative TreehouseTonight on Tucker Carlson the Fox News Host outlined how an NSA whistleblower contacted him and told him the NSA was conducting electronic surveillance of his communication. To verify the authenticity of the claim the whistleblower told Carlson what the content of his private text messages and emails contained.

More information and background here and here.

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Thu Jul 01 12:00:53 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NYAG initiates criminal investigation into Trump org

KEYTNew York Attorney General Letitia James is joining the Manhattan district attorney’s office in a criminal investigation of the Trump Organization, James’ office said Tuesday.

The attorney general office’s investigation into the Trump Organization, which has been underway since 2019, will also continue as a civil probe, but the office recently informed Trump Organization officials of the criminal component.

“We have informed the Trump Organization that our investigation into the organization is no longer purely civil in nature. We are now actively investigating the Trump Organization in a criminal capacity, along with the Manhattan DA,” James’ spokesman Fabien Levy told CNN. “We have no additional comment.”

Just like her investigation into the NRA, this is a purely political exercise.

Hopefully, the Trump organization has not been so foolish as to leave itself vulnerable.

Even if it has, it does not change the obvious political motives behind the investigation. I'm frankly sick and tired of Trump being investigated for everything by people who are determined to investigate the person until they can find the crime. That's not how it is supposed to work.

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Thu Jun 17 22:15:04 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Democrats aren't even hiding their totalitarian plans

Conservative TreehouseHouse Democrats have organized a bill [pdf here] that will create a commission to investigate the January 6th events in Washington DC. The narrative is a 9/11-style commission to investigate the details, issues and circumstances of the January 6th “insurrection”; however, everyone with a lick of political common sense knows this commission will be used to further a Democrat narrative about ‘right-wing extremism’ in an effort to assist Democrats in the mid-term election.

Even the comparison to 9/11 -- when 3,000 people died and buildings worth billions were completely destroyed, affecting many city blocks and injuring thousands more -- is odious.

Conservative TreehouseThe commission will also be permitted to use any/all aspects of the U.S. intelligence community to advance their investigation. “The Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency information, including any underlying information that may be in the possession of the intelligence community, that is necessary to enable it to carry out its purposes and functions under this Act.” In other words, the House democrats will use their control to weaponize and shape the intelligence information for their political benefit.

And to add insult to injury, after the Russia hoax and the Spygate controversy, they are going to unleash the intelligence agencies and their pervasive spying on Americans against their political opponents openly and without shame.

Over a nothing-burger manufactured "riot".

Wed Jun 02 22:49:15 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DC government just doesn't care

WILACarjackers put a gun to 73-year-old Doug Nelson’s head as he arrived home a little after midnight. The Vietnam veteran and grandfather of 11 had just finished his usual late shift at the U.S. Postal Service.

It would be days before police recovered the only vehicle that Doug and Nancy Nelson owned and relied upon.

And when they got it back, it would be returned with something extra.

“Over $2,000 worth of fines. Yes. Over $2,000 worth of fines,” Nancy Nelson said as we sat in their living room looking over a folder of paperwork and a pile of speeding tickets.

The DC government didn't back off their demand for payment until they realized a local news program was investigating.

Mon May 31 23:48:11 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police seize hundreds of safe deposit boxes from lawful owners

ReasonDagny discovered that the FBI had seized the contents of her safe deposit box—about $100,000 in gold and silver coins, some family heirlooms like a diamond necklace inherited from her late grandmother, and an engagement ring she'd promised to pass down to her daughter—almost by accident.

After a brief moment of panic, some phone calls, and several days, Dagny and her husband Howard (pseudonyms used at their request to maintain privacy during ongoing legal proceedings) figured out what happened. On March 22, the FBI had raided U.S. Private Vaults. The federal agents were armed with a warrant allowing them to seize property belonging to the company as part of a criminal investigation—and even though the warrant explicitly exempted the safe deposit boxes in the company's vaults, they were taken too. More than 800 were seized.

Howard tells Reason there was no attempt made by the FBI to contact him, his wife, or their heirs—despite the fact that contact information was taped to the top of their box. Six weeks later, the couple is still waiting for their property to be returned.

This is exactly the sort of thing the Constitution was supposed to prevent.

Sun May 30 23:35:11 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FEC drops campaign finance case against Trump

Just The NewsThe Federal Election Commission (FEC) revealed that it has ditched a case related to whether former President Donald Trump breached election law in connection with a payment made to Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election by Trump's then-lawyer Michael Cohen.

The case was ditched by the FEC because it is no longer politically useful with Trump out of office. It was never valid because no campaign money was used.

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Wed May 19 22:59:28 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Likely arson at home of pastor who was arrested for calling police Nazis

Gateway PunditOn Sunday morning Pastor Artur Pawlowski reported that someone tried to burn his house down on Saturday night.

He is the pastor who called police Nazis when they shut down his church services, and was arrested for it. I'm guessing he was spot on in his name-calling.

Joe is famous for his Jews in the Attic test. Perhaps we need a Pastors in their Church test?

Mon May 17 22:48:05 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Video released of officers allowing protesters into the Capitol

ZerohedgeOne officer, identified in the video and confirmed by charging documents as Officer Keith Robishaw, appears to tell Chansely’s group they won’t stop them from entering the building. “We’re not against . . . you need to show us . . . no attacking, no assault, remain calm,” Robishaw warns. Chansley and another protestor instruct the crowd to act peacefully. “This has to be peaceful,” Chansley yelled. “We have the right to peacefully assemble.”

The video directly contradicts what government prosecutors allege in a complaint filed January 8 against Chansley: “Robishaw and other officers calmed the protestors somewhat and directed them to leave the area from the same way they had entered. Chansley approached Officer Robishaw and screamed, among other things, that this was their house, and that they were there to take the Capitol, and to get Congressional leaders.”

Chansley later is seen entering the Senate chambers with a police officer behind him; he led several protesters in prayer and sat in Vice President Mike Pence’s chair. (The man in the yellow sweatshirt is William Watson, a drug dealer out on bond. He was arrested in January.)

The police let them in.

Any charges related to trespassing should be immediately dropped.

Any prisoners still being held should be immediately released.

The only person murdered during the protest was Ashli Babbit. She was shot by a police officer without warning while unarmed.

Mon May 17 09:01:21 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ attempts to interfere in Arizona audit

Conservative TreehouseEveryone knew this was coming…. The Feds are attempting to get involved in the Maricopa County ballot audit. The DOJ Civil Rights Division has sent a letter [pdf available here] to the Arizona State Senate claiming their review of Lawfare statements and media reports may show evidence of auditing issues that violate federal laws.

The reasons they cite are worthless, but they don't need to be serious. All they need to do is get their foot in the door, and they will find -- or make up -- anything else they need.

Thu May 13 21:24:19 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Did we finally solve the anthrax letter mystery?

Meaning In HistorySchreyer points out that the US government decided to conduct a project to see whether "terrorists" could--using "off the shelf" materials--construct an anthrax weapon. The results were successful! Later, he deals with the famous "anthrax letters"--a case that mirabile dictu has still not been solved. He notes that the two senators to whom anthrax letters were directed--Leahy and Daschle--had been opposing proposed measures to grant the Deep State extensive new powers. They changed their minds. Make of that what you will. In that first half you'll also learn about the significance of Zhou's reference to the US facing a "Dark Winter."

Case closed, as far as I am concerned.

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Tue May 11 23:20:22 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI using NSA databases without warrants -- again -- STILL

Just The NewsThe FBI has without court orders looked through troves of National Security Agency foreign communications for information on American "racially motivated violent extremists," according to a news report based on a recently declassified report.

The agency conducted the reviews despite being warned several years ago by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which approves warrants for such investigations, that such inquiries were constitutionally alarming, according to the Daily Beast.

The FBI’s warrant-free queries, known as backdoor searches, were related to criminal investigations including those on "domestic terrorism involving racially motivated violent extremists."

The legality of these investigations stops at without court orders. There's no exception in the 4th Amendment for terrorism, regardless of motivation or potential for violence. (If international contacts are involved, that is murkier, but even in such situations communications of US persons are supposed to be protected). It's clear that with Trump out of office, the FBI is doubling down on Spygate and political investigations.

And don't forget that the FBI has been trying for decades to smear the right in general, and Donald Trump supporters in particular, as white supremacists. Which makes me think that's who those queries are targeting.

This is not an isolated problem. Seven separate field offices were involved, meaning not just the Washington, DC group.

More opinionated analysis here.

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Fri May 07 22:07:30 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI raids Giuliani, Toensing

Conservative TreehouseAccording to media reports federal authorities raided the New York apartment of Rudy Giuliani today. Apparently electronic devices were seized as part of their investigation into him. However, the DOJ motive behind the investigation is something everyone should be familiar with, Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).

FARA violations being used as a backdoor justification for political targeting has long been the approach of a weaponized DOJ. They are using that same tactic again in their effort to target Rudy Giuliani.

This is nakedly political.

It's unclear what exactly they were looking for, but the election audit in Arizona is also getting a lot of attempted legal interference, and Trump gave interviews on that topic the day before the raid where he said he was being kept up to date on the results. Likely, the FBI were really looking for information about the results of that audit (which is ongoing). It's not the first time they have targeted Giuliani. And of course before that they targeted another Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, who eventually broke -- but had nothing on Trump.

They raided Victoria Toensing at about the same time. The warrant mentioned John Solomon. It's purportedly about Ukraine. But once they have seized all electronic devices, they can search those devices for whatever they want to know. Legally? Of course not; legally they are only supposed to look for evidence of crimes listed on the warrant. But in practice? Everything.

Thu May 06 22:05:52 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Post Office running surveillance on social media posts

According to Yahoo News, the Post Office is running a program to monitor conservative social media postings, possibly using donor databases seized from We Build The Wall to know who to watch. The post office appears to have no authority to do this, nor is it remotely within the purpose of their agency. Even if it was, it appears to violate the 1st and 4th amendments, as they admit to monitoring for information about protests.

Remember when the Post Office was begging for money recently? Was this what they wanted to fund?

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Fri Apr 30 22:51:56 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Allegations of DOJ/intel dirty tricks

Just The NewsIn an extraordinary claim of misconduct, a prominent political bundler convicted of fund-raising and lobbying offenses alleged Monday that a U.S. government agency deleted evidence from his computer and left him to take the blame for obstruction.

Lawyers for Imaad Zuberi argued the government's alleged duplicity in the deletion may only be "the proverbial tip of the iceberg" and that federal prosecutors have shown "a pattern animus" by withholding exculpatory evidence showing they were seeking a 12-year prison sentence against Zuberi while allowing a foreign fund-raiser in a similar case to escape punishment with a deferred prosecution agreement.

I find these allegations particularly interesting. Here's my theory: this guy was known to law enforcement and intelligence. He was their agent in channeling donations to their preferred candidates, like Hillary and Obama (both of which he fundraised for). When Trump won, the intel agencies tasked him with trying to "dirty up" Trump by donating to Trump's inauguration and trying to get favors in return. This would allow the FBI to immediately put him under investigation and wiretap him, trying to parley the resulting evidence into getting someone in the Trump administration for bribery or the like. When that effort failed, the only thing they could do was go after their own agent to make it look like a real investigation instead of an attempted political sting.

And the emails that were deleted likely contained the official DOJ/intel instructions for this guy to do exactly what he did.

Speculation? Sure. But it makes sense, and we already know the intel agencies, DOJ, and FBI are willing and able to engage in dirty tricks.

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Thu Apr 29 22:57:41 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

No charges for capitol police officer who shot Ashli Babbit

Conservative TreehouseThe U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice will not pursue criminal charges against the U.S. Capitol Police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Ashli Babbitt, the Office announced today.

I've personally watched the video where Babbit was shot. Babbit was arguably entering into the house building by force, but she was unarmed and threatening no one. I observed no threat of deadly force from her. I observed the still-unidentified police officer shoot her from effective concealment (only his hands and arms were visible), without an audible warning. He had a clear path to retreat, additional officers close by on the other side of the doors, and every opportunity to deescalate the situation with Babbitt personally.

Even if he was legally in the right (which, for all practical purposes, depends on the details of federal and DC laws combined with the proven lack of stomach for actual prosecution of this case), this was an easily avoidable shooting.

Should he still have one, that officer's conscience should torment him for the rest of his life.

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Sat Apr 24 23:26:24 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Blackmail scheme confirmed

PJMediaRep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) has claimed that the sexual misconduct allegations made against him were part of an extortion scheme, and Bob Kent, one of the men allegedly involved in the scheme, all but confirmed in an interview on “The Michael Smerconish Program” on SiriusXM radio on Monday that he had asked Gaetz’s father for $25 million—but insists it was not extortion.

Kent says he needed the money to help find FBI agent Robert Levinson, who went missing in March 2007 and is presumed to be dead by his family, but Kent claims he’s seen video evidence that Levinson is alive in Iran.

This appears to confirm Gaetz's story. And really... that's a pathetic and transparent excuse. It shouldn't fool anyone.

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Wed Apr 14 23:14:31 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Inside Story of SpyGate

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Sat Apr 10 22:37:27 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Rep Gaetz targeted by ex-DOJ official in extortion scheme?

Conservative TreehouseTwo people inside the DOJ leaked a story about Matt Gaetz (R-FL) being under DOJ/FBI investigation to the New York Times. The essential elements of the article are that Gaetz had a relationship with a 17-year-old woman, and paid for her to travel; ergo the DOJ/FBI is investigating “sex trafficking.” Presumably AG Bill Barr opened the investigation. However, Matt Gaetz vehemently denies everything about the claims, and instead says the FBI and DOJ were recently conducting a sting operation -with his cooperation- against a former DOJ lawyer named David McGee who was extorting Gaetz for $25 million.

According to Gaetz his father was contacted by McGee in March of this year and told he would release the details of a relationship with the woman if Gaetz did not pay $25 million. Gaetz contacted the FBI, and his father wore a wire in his conversation with McGee where the FBI were recording the extortion attempt. Now that someone has leaked the erroneous background of the investigation to the New York Times, Gaetz is demanding the DOJ release the tapes of the extortion attempt.

No idea what the truth is here, but Gaetz's side of the story deserves to be heard.

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Mon Apr 05 23:51:02 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Federal law enforcement are feeling their oats again

Montana Daily GazetteHeretofore ignored by the legacy press and mainstream media, in February, federal authorities invaded a neighborhood in the Flathead Valley with militarized police and terrorized its occupants with what appears to be Waco-level tyrannical overreach

Calling this Waco-level is incorrect; no one died and no buildings burned. But it's troubling to see this kind of abuse, particularly with the heavy military presence.

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Wed Mar 24 22:25:13 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Danforth and the Waco coverup

Future of Freedom FoundationThe easiest way to achieve sainthood in Washington is to cover up a federal atrocity. Thus, it is no surprise that former senator John Danforth continues to be treated by the Washington Post as a visionary statesman. The Post showcased Danforth’s attack on Donald Trump in October after Trump derided the Commission on Presidential Debates. Danforth, a permanent member of that commission, is one of the top five “useful idiots for Leviathan,” according to the revised rankings after the death of John McCain.
In the 1990s, Danforth received plaudits for being a “moderate” Republican who supported gun control. But his true claim to establishment fame arose from his contortions to suppress the truth about Waco. Danforth appointed himself as the nation’s political faith healer after the biggest federal law-enforcement debacle in modern times.

Prompted by Danforth's involvement with the President Debate Commission, the author examines Danforth's role in covering up the Waco massacre. The focus on Danforth is a little odd, but the piece is worth reading as a refresher on what happened at Waco and how it was covered up. And if Danforth is still treated with respect anywhere, well, this should put an end to that.

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Mon Mar 22 22:37:06 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It Was Rosenstein All Along

Just The NewsA federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by TV show host and journalist Sharyl Attkisson alleging former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and other ex-officials conducted illegal wiretap surveillance against her during her reporting of the Obama administration in 2013.

Attkisson wrote in a statement Thursday that she was not surprised but disappointed by the ruling.

"At least we now know that our own government was directly responsible for conducting illegal surveillance of a journalist and that Mr. Rosenstein was directly involved," Attkisson said. "Although as despicable as this conduct is and was, the goal was to find the truth."

This doesn't surprise me a bit. Comey is a weasel, but Rosenstein is a snake.

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Sun Mar 21 22:02:58 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS resumes investigating political opponents

Judicial WatchReminiscent of the Obama Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) witch hunt of conservative groups, a U.S. Senator who sits on the committee that oversees the tax agency is pushing it to revoke a student charity’s nonprofit status. The veteran lawmaker, Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, says the conservative student organization, Turning Point USA, should lose its nonprofit rating because it held large events that could help spread COVID-19. In a letter to IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig the senator describes the gatherings as “superspreader” events. He specifically mentions a Palm Beach, Florida winter gala at the Mar-a-Lago Club famously owned by former President Donald Trump.

It's a new excuse for the same old trick -- suppress your political opponents by any means necessary. The IRS has always been willing to accommodate Democrats. The FBI have a long tradition of similar behavior that they prefer not to talk about.

Wed Feb 03 21:44:01 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

This is why people hate the police

CBS For the first time, police body camera video reveals what an innocent woman said happened to her nearly two years ago: police officers wrongly entered her home with guns drawn and handcuffed her naked as she watched in horror.

Last year, Anjanette Young filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the video to show the public what happened to her that day. CBS 2 also filed a request for the video. But the Chicago Police Department denied the requests.

Young recently obtained the footage after a court forced CPD to turn it over as part of her lawsuit against police.

“I feel like they didn’t want us to have this video because they knew how bad it was,” Young said. “They knew they had done something wrong. They knew that the way they treated me was not right.”

It is absolutely vital that police treat everyone they interact with as human beings with inherent dignity and inalienable rights. Yes, some people are scum. But you don't know which ones.

Fri Dec 18 09:09:24 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI harassing and intimidating witnesses instead of investigating

Lou DobbsWitness Intimidation: Whistleblower @OGJesseMorgan describes the harassment he and his family have faced from the FBI and USPS OIG after testifying he witnessed completed ballots smuggled from New York to Pennsylvania.

Disgusting. It's obvious they aren't taking this seriously.

Mon Dec 14 22:24:04 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Police shoot sleeping man through his own window

... and they did it because of red flag laws. They are also refusing to share their bodycam footage, because of course they are. After all, that footage would expose them as liars who shot and killed a man while he slept peacefully in bed next to his pregnant girlfriend, who they also shot.

The police are keeping the survivors under surveillance and threatening them with arrest if they attend protests.

Everyone involved here needs to go on trial for murder and violation of civil rights. But they won't. Because they are police.

Tue May 26 02:15:41 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Mexican President demands answers on Fast and Furious

Wed May 20 01:30:58 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FISC chastises FBI

Sara CarterCollyer emphasized that the ‘frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other F.B.I. applications is reliable.”

How many other questionable FISAs are there?

Sundance infers that there are more.

Note that, however strongly worded the letter may be, it is effectively demanding new policies and procedures rather than issuing contempt of court orders. Thus, it is unlikely to deter further abuses as none of the people involved have suffered real consequences... at least so far. Durham is still in play.

Nunes is actually calling for the court to be dismantled.

Wed Dec 18 04:33:08 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ declined to prosecute sexual assault by DOJ official

These are the people who prosecuted Flynn for maybe possibly not remembering every word of a conversation he had as the incoming National Security Advisor. Of course, it's not like they set precedent by declining to prosecute their own. California has a whole list of convicted cops, many of whom went on to new careers in law enforcement after their convictions. But when it comes to ordinary people, being in the wrong place at the wrong time is enough for 170 people.

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Thu Feb 28 08:47:20 CST 2019 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Houston police chief urges voters to vote for gun control

But he's only the chief. He's appointed by politicians. Has anyone asked the Indians?

Wed May 23 11:02:58 CDT 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Patterico is working himself into a lather over a detail...

Patterico is not quite a NeverTrump guy. He's a California lawyer (prosecutor) who is usually intellectually honest and doesn't much like Trump. I'm cool with that, because usually he has good reasons for not liking Trump. This time, I'm not quite as onboard with his reasoning. He's talking about the Nunes memo.

PattericoNunes was asked about reports over the weekend that the FBI application did refer to a political entity connected to the dossier. It is unclear precisely what language the application might have used.

Nunes conceded that a “footnote” to that effect was included in the application, while faulting the bureau for failing to provide more specifics.

While Patterico is right that this admission does mildly weaken the point of the memo, it is far from fatal. Disclosing to the FISA court that the Trump dossier was put together by an unspecified political entity is a far cry from disclosing that the dossier was put together by the candidate running against him, her political party, and the political party of the sitting President who runs the surveillance apparatus that the FISA applications seeks to use. It also makes a difference when the surveillance request is not against Trump (remember, reports are they tried for a warrant that mentioned Trump and got rejected) but against a temporary unpaid volunteer member of the Trump campaign, Carter Page. Does surveillance against Carter Page raise red flags of political interference? Not really... unless you realize that authorizing Title I surveillance of Page will retroactively authorize surveillance of everyone on the Trump campaign he has been in contact with. Did the FISA application disclose that Page was a Trump campaign member and that authorizing surveillance of Page would expose the entire Trump campaign to the same surveillance authority? No? Oh, I see.

Oh, and the FISA application described Page as, essentially, a Russian spy. In actuality, it appears Page was an undercover FBI agent or informant who was cooperating with the FBI in exposing Russian spies. Was that disclosed? No?

Why not?

Well, they might not get the warrant.

Did they disclose in the renewals that Steele had been terminated as a source? That he had very strong political motivations and was shopping his "research" to media outlets, including the outlets they had previously cited as corroboration? No? Why not?

But let's assume, for the sake of argument, that it was all disclosed properly and the Nunes memo was wrong to leave that out.

Why the FUCK did the FBI and DOJ request the FISA warrant?
Why the FUCK did the FISA court authorize the warrant?

Saying "Gosh, it was all disclosed properly.." does not make the scandal go away. The FBI is still corrupt. The only thing that does is make the FISA court either corrupt, complicit, or incompetent. And before you say "Just one judge!", the FBI reportedly went to four separate judges, once each, to get the warrant and renew it. So four separate judges all saw this warrant request and approved it. If everything was disclosed, they are all implicated.

But I do agree with Patterico on one thing.

Release the Documentation. Let's see the FISA applications. Bring it all into the sunlight.

Tue Feb 06 09:14:14 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

DOJ IG recovers missing text messages between Page and Strzok

CNNThe Justice Department's inspector general has informed lawmakers that a trove of missing text messages exchanged between FBI employees has been recovered. In a letter to lawmakers on Thursday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote that this week his office was able to recover texts sent between Strzok and Page over a five-month span from December 2016 to May 2017.

Well, they sure didn't stay missing long, did they? As this incident should remind us, when the government wants to recover text messages, they can generally recover the text messages. When they don't want to recover the text messages, as with the case of the Lois Lerner IRS scandal, it's a cover up.

And speaking of coverups, I feel that I should point out that the IG had to use "forensic tools" to recover those missing text messages. That means someone tried to delete them, probably Page and Strzok themselves, which speaks to consciousness of guilt.

I wrote about the missing text messages and reported on Hannity's tip last night that they were being recovered. And I would like to offer a hat tip to an anonymous reader for pointing out the story, since I don't usually follow CNN...

UPDATE: I meant to point out that the notification does not say "all" messages were recovered, which potentially leaves some wiggle room. We don't know how many messages were actually recovered, out of how many total.

Thu Jan 25 12:59:29 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

5 months of FBI text messages missing

By some strange coincidence, the missing months of text message records are some of the most important months for understanding the Trump-Russia investigation.

So remember: those 10,000+ text messages between Strzok and Page that included the "insurance policy" against a Trump win and god only knows what else? Those are the ones they thought we should be allowed to have. The missing messages -- between Dec 14th 2016 and May 17th 2017 -- must be much, much worse.

Funny how government agencies have their records go missing whenever this sort of investigation pops up. I remember when Lois Lerner destroyed her hard drives, laptops, and cell phones. And of course there's Hillary, who wiped her server with a cloth soaked in Bleachbit.

UPDATE: Sessions announces DOJ will probe missing messages. Isn't this exactly the sort of thing that needs a special counsel to investigate independently? Remember, DOJ is just as corrupt as the FBI...

Mon Jan 22 09:24:57 CST 2018 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Prosecutors refuse to charge officer for videotaped execution

After struggling with Saenz for several minutes and apparently getting frustrated with their inability to get Saenz sufficiently subdued, one of the officers, El Paso Police Officer Jose Flores, pulls his pistol and shoots a downed and restrained Saenz from behind, twice, killing him.

Note to police, prosecutors, and the whole court system in general: this is why we don't like you or trust you any more.

Categories Police Abuse

Sat Jun 21 16:46:41 CDT 2014 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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