I have been trying to savvy what Comey was doing with all his leaking, especially the January 2017 leak of the Flynn phone call to Ambassador Kislyak. I am assuming it was Comey who leaked it, but he could’ve manipulated McCabe or Clapper to do it. In any case, my guess is that Comey was the mastermind of it. His signature traits:
Monumental ego on the scale of a NY or California politician
“Savior of America” delusion of grandeur
Practitioner of “Ethics for thee but not for me!” ← ← lying, “weasel moves,” etc.
In early January, Comey has the Flynn/Kislyak transcript in some form. In order to infect Obama with it, he sends it to DNI Clapper. Clapper obliges and briefs Obama about Flynn and Kislyak. The next day, Obama is obliged to call a meeting of his intelligence types, followed by a small group “meeting after the meeting.” In that small meeting, Obama tries to distance himself from Comey, “by the book.” This interpretation of Obama’s motive comes from the Susan Rice CYA memo and Sally Yates testimony in Congress: Yates is surprised about the phone call and that Obama knows about it, but Comey reacts calmly — he knew all about the phone call. But it’s too late for Obama. Comey has “touched” Obama.
Other Comey leaks
Leak to Wall Street Journal about Midyear Exam (MYE) investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email obstruction. McCabe was the leaker, the inspector general nailed him for it, but he claimed Comey knew. Comey claims he did not know. My guess is that Comey knew and forced McCabe to take it, with Comey knowing he could count on McCabe being declined. Motive for the leak: protect McCabe and perhaps protect something else in Comey’s MYE schemes.
Leak to Washington press corp that President-elect Trump had been briefed on the Steele dossier. Clapper was the leaker. Motive for leak: bootstrap a criminal or counterintelligence investigation of President-elect Trump. Secondary motive: blackmail the incoming president.
Leak to NY Times of several of his memoranda concerning President Trump. Daniel Richman was the leaker. Motive for the leak: con his sub-weasel colleague Rod Rosenstein into the Special Counsel investigation.
Probably other leaks, TBA.
Who knows how many other anonymous sources were really Comey pulling the strings?
So it appears, in this analysis, that in two days, Comey runs a lefthanded blackmail operation against a sitting president and a president-elect. His self-lubricating mind must have been shaking with anticipation.
In addition, the other evil genius is DCI John Brennan. My guess is that the Italian thing is mostly Brennan’s work, and that it was initially independent of Comey’s Flynn scheme.
Well worth rereading in the present day. Two pull quotes:
But essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth.
A great, crude, strong, young people are the Americans – like a boisterous healthy boy among enervated but well bred ladies and gentlemen. Some day Jack when you are older you must come out here and I think you will feel as I feel–and think as I think today.
Picture to yourself the American people as a great lusty youth – who treads on all your sensibilities – perpetrates every possible horror of ill manners – whom neither age nor just tradition inspire with reverence–but who moves about his affairs with a good hearted freshness which may well be the envy of older nations of the earth.
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the heart of his servants…” Exodus 10:1
A wise scholar known as Ramban taught that the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that Pharaoh could freely choose to let Israel go or to retain them as slaves. Had the Lord not hardened Pharaoh’s heart, the plagues of trouble laid down on Egypt might have compelled Pharaoh to let the Israelites to go: not a freely chosen decision. And in the end, Pharaoh’s heart was so hard that he did send his chariots and charioteers after the Israelites.
Back to 2014 and the USA/Mexico border…
It was Pharaoh’s will to keep a foreign people, the Israelites, inside the Egyptian border as slaves, while Mr. Obama wants to sucker people from other lands through our border, into the USA, not as slaves per se but as easy-to-exploit workers.
By Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Washington Bureau
Eric Feldman, a former inspector general of the National Reconnaissance Office, the super-secret agency that oversees U.S. spy satellites, expressed concern that relying on workers to report colleagues’ suspicious behaviors to security officials could create "a repressive kind of culture."
"The answer to it is not to have a Stasi-like response," said Feldman, referring to the feared secret police of communist East Germany. "You’ve removed that firewall between employees seeking help and the threat that any employee who seeks help could be immediately retaliated against by this insider threat office."
In my view, the real intent of Obama Insider Threat is to turn us against each other, just like the Soviets did so effectively in East Germany, Czechoslovakia and other nations behind the Iron Curtain. That being the case, it would be good to remember what Waclav Havel wrote about the greengrocer in his essay, "The power of the powerless," and the grengrocer’s method for coping with the monstrous engine of Soviet-style government:
This system serves people only to the extent necessary to ensure that people will serve it. Anything beyond this, that is to say, anything which leads people to overstep their predetermined roles is regarded by the system as an attack upon itself.
By Jonathan S. Landay and Marisa Taylor | McClatchy Washington Bureau
..an FBI insider threat detection guide warns private security personnel and managers to watch for “a desire to help the ‘underdog’ or a particular cause,” a “James Bond Wannabe” and a “divided loyalty: allegiance to another person or company or to a country besides the United States.
Now we get to the nitty gritty. I expect this part of Obama’s Enemies List to operate only against anybody who supports Israel. "You’ve been pre-selected."
The Air Force talks about the earsplitting noise from its jet engines as "The Sound of Freedom." Good. But I prefer aircraft carriers, like USS America, CV-66
September, 1985: the US Navy pushed a flattop, USS America CV-66, into the Norwegian Sea and commenced various flight operations.
Part of the ocean safari for CV-66 included being parked a while in the Vestfjord of Norway, between Bodø and the Lofoten Islands, which every Lofot-man knows is a short flight to interesting sights like Murmansk.
To me, it is a book about Auschwitz/Oświęcim and how a German finds undeniable evidence of extermination.
It makes you think, "What would I have done in Germany, in 1938?" For the West, that question is the ghost in every man’s past. The answer to that question is the substance of your humanity.
After I read that book back in 1992 or so, it stimulated me to move from fiction to non-fiction, to educate myself about the holocaust. There is a lot to learn.
In the Soviet satellite states before 1989, they used to say that the Soviets had stolen their history, and that protecting and recovering what they could of that history was a vitally important task. It is good advice, not just for Poland, but for everyone in the West, including here in the USA.
It seems unusual to me. In this Orlando Sentinel article about a new recreational center for Muslim teenagers, Muslim community center set to open in Longwood, there is no mention of the actual street address. For a PR blurb, it seems unusual.
The article does mention that this new center is on "an industrial street off State Road 434 in Longwood," which would be helpful. According to Google Maps, however, that road stretches about 3 miles in the city of Longwood.
Maybe it is one of those mysterious "undisclosed locations" that we hear about.
How many times does BHO get something rubbed in his face on television, for all the world to see? Not often enough! Usually, it is BHO rubbing it in America’s face on television in Europe somewhere, about how we are sorry for being great or similar claptrap. It makes my day that Israel did so. Bibi slams it down!
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is in southern Afghanistan lately.
U.S. Defense Secretary Gates Visits Afghanistan U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates paid a visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan, arriving in Kabul on Thursday, as shared in a feature on The Washington Post. His visit, according to the feature, is happening during the time of the arrival of the last U.S. reinforcements in the country. Secretary Gates was met by NATO commander Gen. David Petraeus upon his arrival in Afghanistan.
On Friday, the Secretary travelled to Kandahar province…
Whenever one of these big shots shows up over in that part of the world, I look for something to squeeze up to the surface in Zahedan, like puss oozing out of a zit.
Where is Usama bin Laden, and what is happening in Zahedan today?
Zahedan, Iran, with a few other rumored locations for UBL, Zabol, Iran, Quetta, Pakistan, and the Taliban stronghold Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Click for large version.)
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