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Rob Reiner calls President Trump an ill sociopath after Florida school shooting

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Remember folks, #LoveTrumpsHate!

From Fox News: Following the news of a Florida school shooting, Rob Reiner attacked “GOP patriots” and called for an end to Trump’s presidency. 

On Sunday, the famed Hollywood filmmaker took to Twitter to accuse the government of putting the president before the lives of children and the country.

The Hollywood writer and director tweeted, “How much longer do we have to put up with a mentally ill sociopath? When the f—ed up psyche of the leader of the free world comes before the horrific deaths of innocent children, it’s time for GOP patriots to stand up and end this sickness.”

The filmmaker, who is a frequent critic of Trump, also called out the president over reports of Russian interference with the 2016 election.

“There was a time when the GOP was the party of national security. When Trump refuses to acknowledge Russia’s attack on US, he refuses to protect US from without. When he refuses to support sensible gun safety, he refuses to protect US from within,” Reiner tweeted on the evening of Valentine’s Day following the mass shooting.

That Friday, the filmmaker continued to slam the president.

“There are 21,000,000 reasons why Donald Trump refuses to protect our children from being slaughtered by guns. The NRA has deep pockets. But we will show them that our hearts and our pockets are deeper than theirs,” Reiner wrote.

The “Princess Bride” director joins the chorus of celebrities who have called for government action after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

Back in December, while accepting a social justice award at the African American Film Critics Association Awards, Reiner called the Trump presidency “the last battle of the Civil War.” 

DCG

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Libtard Jennifer Lawrence taking a year off from acting to focus on “activism” for a “nonpartisan” organization

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Jennifer Lawrence: I’m really now concerned about “nonpartisan stuff”

And by “activism,” I’m sure she means pushing for progressives, as based upon her past comments:

From Yahoo (via Cosmopolitan): Jennifer Lawrence is making a big change – over the next year, the multi award-winning actress won’t be working on any new movies. Instead, Lawrence plans to focus on activism, and encouraging young people to become more engaged with politics.

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, while promoting her latest movie Red Sparrow, Lawrence said, “I’m going to take the next year off. I’m going to be working with this organization as a part of Represent.Us… trying to get young people engaged politically on a local level.”

As for the focus of her work, Lawrence elaborated, “It’s just anti-corruption, and stuff trying to pass state by state laws that can help prevent corruption, fix our democracy.”

In January, Lawrence paid a visit to Ohio’s Cleveland Heights High School to discuss corruption in politics, on behalf of Represent.Us. Of Lawrence’s visit, one student told E! News, “It makes a big difference when people who are just 10 years older than us come to talk about political issues. When she said, ‘This is your time,’ that really made me think.”

As well as meeting with students, Lawrence was active in the Women’s March last month, and posted on Facebook her support for women’s rights, equal pay, DACA, and CHIP: “I stand in solidarity for Women’s rightsEqual payDACACHIP. Posted by Jennifer Lawrence on Saturday, January 20, 2018.”

FYI: Jennifer Lawrence is a board member of Represent.Us.

According to Wikipedia, Represent.Us is “a nonpartisan, non-profit organization founded in November, 2012 whose stated mission is “to pass tough anti-corruption laws in cities and states across America, and end the legalized corruption that has come to define modern politics.

Represent.Us places a heavy emphasis on grassroots organizing, employing a staff of organizers to help manage a national network of volunteers and volunteer-led chapters. The organization also relies on a large social media following through platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Reddit to draw attention to its public education and advocacy campaigns.

Represent.Us is a nonpartisan organization with a board, staff, and membership composed of liberals, conservatives, and independents. The organization does not endorse or oppose political candidates in an effort to maintain a nonpartisan stance.

The founder of Represent.Us is Josh Silver, a graduate of The Evergreen State College and former CEO and president of Free Press.

Major donors to Represent.Us include the following (see full list here):

Represent.Us is “nonpartisan?” Yeah, riiiiiiiight.

DCG

Was crash of Russian flight 6W703 another Arkancide?

On 11 February 2018, a Russian commercial plane, Saratov Airlines flight 6W703, crashed shortly after take off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, killing all 71 people (65 passengers, 6 crew) on board.

Witnesses said the plane, an Antonov An-148 aircraft, was in flames as it fell from the sky. Russia’s gazeta.ru website cited unnamed investigators as saying the pilot had reported a technical malfunction and asked for clearance for an emergency landing at the nearby Zhukovsky International airport. Other reports said one of the plane’s engines may have exploded before the crash. The flight-tracking site Flightradar24 tweeted that the 7-year-old passenger jet had gone into a steep descent five minutes after take-off, after which it vanished from radars. (The Guardian)

The Guardian maintains that plane crashes are common in Russia, where airlines often operate ageing aircraft in testing conditions. Some recent examples:

Sergei Poletykin, head of Moscow Region Directorate of Russia’s Emergency Ministry, said two flight data recorders had been found at the Antonov An-148 plane crash site.

Almost immediately, the Alternative Media became rife with assertions (see below) that the crash of Flight 6W703 was another Arkancide.

(1) From Q Anon on the day of the plane crash:

(2) On the day of plane crash, Jerome Corsi said on InfoWarsAlex Jones Show:

“It turns out, on the plane crash there were several executives of Rosatom…. One of the top ones was a gentleman named Ivanov, who ended up being the CFO of Rosatom…. The suspicions are that it may have been a U.S. intelligence agency CIA hit, to kill these Rosatom executives to prevent them from testifying or being available to give testimony…on the whole Uranium One scandal, which I’m predicting will be the end of Robert Mueller’s career.”

(3) Chatter on the net:

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It is claimed that the crash of Flight 6W703 is suspicious because the following individuals were passengers:

  1. Oleg Deripaska, a “Russian billionaire” who is “tied to” Senator Mark Warner (D-VA).
  2. Vyacheslav Ivano or Ivanov Vyacheslav, the CFO of Rosatom Overseas. Rosatom (Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation) is a state-owned uranium monopoly that in 2013 purchased Uranium One, the Canadian uranium-mining company that is presently under investigation by the House Intelligence Committee for its acquisition of 20% of U.S. uranium, which was approved in 2010 by Hillary Clinton’s State Department, after making a $23.5 million donation to the Clinton Foundation. See “Sealed indictment unsealed! Uranium One business executive Mark Lambert indicted on 11 counts“.
  3. Sergei Millian, aka Sergey Panchenko, a Russian businessman who is said to be former MI6 spook Christopher Steele’s source for the bogus “Russian dossier” on Donald Trump, paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign. The Obama Administration relied wholly on Steele’s unverified dossier to illicitly obtain FISA warrants to conduct surveillance on two members of Trump’s campaign team (volunteer advisors Carter Page and George Papadopoulos) and, by extension, everyone on Page’s and Papadopoulos’ contact lists. (See “FISA memo in text format. Lock them up!“)

If true, then the reach of the Clintons is long indeed.

EMERCOM of Russia is the website of the Ministry of the Russian Federation for Civil Defence, Emergencies and Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters.

On February 12, 2018, a day after the crash of Flight 6W703, EMERCOM published the flight list of passengers and crew:

Passengers and their Dates of Birth (day, month, year)

  1. Tamerlan Turibekovich Aknazarov 30.11.1985
  2. Ilya Yuryevich Aleksandrov 17.11.1965
  3. Kriskentiya Nikolayevna Alekseyeva 01.10.1992
  4. Viktor Sergeyevich Anokhin 15.01.1950
  5. Zoya Mikhailovna Anokhina 19.08.1950
  6. Yekaterina Mikhailovna Boikova 18.11.1995
  7. Lilia Ilgizovna Bulatova 30.07.1984
  8. Yelena Vasilyevna Davydova 25.04.1986
  9. Yulia Nikolayevna Dmitriyenko 07.09.1988
  10. Viktor Ivanovich Dolbin 05.09.1953
  11. Margarita Yakovlevna Dragina 31.01.1948
  12. Namit Inoyat Ogly Gakhramanov 05.05.1971
  13. Alfia Akzamovna Gauss 31.01.1946
  14. Aleksei Yevgenyevich Grachev 10.09.1965
  15. Irina Petrovna Grishova 21.09.1961
  16. Igor Viktorovich Gromov 26.03.1962
  17. Vyacheslav Anatolyevich Ivanov 22.06.1986
  18. Yevgeny Viktorovich Ilyinov 26.05.1986
  19. Marika Aleksandrovna Kalashnik 09.02.1965
  20. Boris Aleksandrovich Karmaleyev 26.12.1938
  21. Anatoly Timofeyevich Karpukhin 01.09.1949
  22. Tatyana Vasilyevna Karpukhina 03.07.1950
  23. Olga Anatolyevna Khokhlova 21.03.1983
  24. Yekaterina Alekseyevna Kiselyova 22.08.1986
  25. Ulrich Klaeui 11.02.1985
  26. Anatoly Vasilyevich Kolodyazhny 19.06.1966
  27. Yevgeny Nikolayevich Korotkov 20.03.1978
  28. Lyudmila Sergeyevna Kovchuga 02.06.1964
  29. Antonina Ivanovna Kozupitsa 10.04.1962
  30. Nadezhda Krasova 24.12.2012
  31. Oksana Andreyevna Krasova 10.01.1986
  32. Oleg Nikolayevich Kurepov 04.04.1968
  33. lga Anatolyevna Leonova 11.11.1982
  34. Yevgeny Anatolyevich Livanov 13.09.1979
  35. Yevgeny Yevgenyevich Livanov 10.03.2005
  36. vetlana Yevgenyevna Machneva 19.03.1978
  37. Natalya Nikolayevna Meshcheryakova 04.05.1979
  38. Kristina Momzikova 22.06.1994
  39. Maksim Andreyevich Nazarov 22.03.1985
  40. Yekaterina Pavlovna Nasyrova 13.05.1986
  41. Galina Mikhailovna Nikitenkova 23.08.1986
  42. Aleksei Anatolyevich Nikitchenko 31.07.1988
  43. Lyubov Fominichna Nikolayenko 10.07.1941
  44. Alexander Vladimirovich Normantovich 12.09.1981
  45. Vladimir Andreyevich Normantovich 17.01.1958
  46. Sergei Panchenko 28.03.1973
  47. Ilya Sergeyevich Poletayev 27.07.2000
  48. Inna Yevgenyevna Radchuk 18.02.1975
  49. Vladimir Remarchuk 25.03.1990
  50. Alexander Sergeshko 03.11.1987
  51. Varsik Serezhayevna Sevoyan 23.06.1970
  52. Tatyana Valeryevna Sinitsyna 15.08.1966
  53. Ulyana Andreyevna Son 10.05.1990
  54. Ilya Gennadyevich Stavsky 11.02.1985
  55. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Tolkachev 20.10.1961
  56. Ivan Vladimirovich Tolkachev 23.05.1983
  57. Lyubov Aleksandrovna Tolkacheva 28.11.1960
  58. Darya Andreyevna Tolmasova 29.05.1995
  59. Olga Vladimirovna Tsigichko 16.04.1976
  60. Firgat Rinatovich Tulkabayev 28.09.1993
  61. Marina Vladimirovna Urazayeva 11.09.1977
  62. Vladimir Pavlovich Usachev 25.10.1970
  63. Maria Vladimirovna Vedyakina 09.04.1973
  64. lya Vladimirovich Vediborenko 22.11.1984
  65. Yuri Rifovich Yamayev 25.11.1974

Crew and D.O.B.

  1. Valery Ivanovich Gubanov 23.02.1966
  2. Sergei Arsenovich Gambaryan 14.05.1973
  3. iktoria Olegovna Koval 12.11.1996
  4. Andrei Arkadyevich Revyakin 28.08.1968
  5. Oleg Vladimirovich Sergeyev 13.07.1962
  6. Anastasia Vladimirovna Slavinskaya 31.08.1989

As you can see for yourself, according to the flight list:

(1) There is no Oleg Deripaska, the Russian billionaire said to be a passenger on Flight 6W703.

(2) There is an Vyacheslav Anatolyevich Ivanov, whose date of birth was June 22, 1986, which would make him 31 years old — very young to be the CFO of a state-owned corporation, Rosatom.

According to the LinkedIn profile of Vyacheslav Ivanov, who claims to have been the CFO of Rosatom from June 2013 until May 2017 (he is now self-employed), he began his B.Sc. education at Moscow Institute of Radioelectronics in 1987. But the Vyacheslav Ivanov who died in the plane crash was born in 1986, which means it was not Rosatom CFO Vyacheslav Ivanov who perished in the plane crash.

On February 12, 2018, a day after the plane crash, Ivanov posted two selfies on his Facebook page:

(3) There is no Sergei Millian, but there is a Sergei Panchenko on Flight 6W703’s passenger list, whose date of birth was March 28, 1973, which would make him 44 years old.

According to Buzzfeed however, there is no evidence that Russian businessman Sergei Millian has another name, Sergey (or Sergei) Panchenko. Buzzfeed maintains that Millian and Panchenko are two different people.

There is a Sergei Panchenko on LinkedIn (no picture), who’s the head of engineering Russian section, Nord Stream.

The LinkedIn profile of Sergei Millian (see pic below) says he’s the vice president of World Chinese Merchants Union Association in Beijing, China.

H/t Big Lug

~Eowyn

10% of Amazon workers in Ohio are on food stamps

On January 9, 2018, CNBC reports that Jeff Bezos (né Jorgensen) — founder/chairman/CEO of Amazon and the owner of Washington Post — surpassed Microsoft mogul Bill Gates to become the world’s richest man, with $105.1 billion in wealth.

Gates, once the world’s richest man, is now worth “only” $93.3 billion.

17 days later, propelled by the launch of Amazon Go, Bezos’ net worth increased another $2.8 billion to a total of $107.9 billion. (CNBC)

So it’s a downright disgrace that 10% of Amazon’s workers in Ohio are on food stamps (SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) — the working poor in America. Amazon is one of the largest employers in Ohio, with more than 6,000 workers and thousands more to be added soon at three new big warehouses.

But Amazon is also one of the largest employers in Ohio of workers who need food assistance to get by.

A study by the think tank Policy Matters Ohio found that according to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services, as of last August, as many as 10% or 1,430 Amazon employees or family members in Ohio were getting food stamps. That places Amazon 19th among all Ohio employers in the number of employees receiving SNAP. Just months before, Amazon didn’t even rank in the top 50.

The Amazon employees on food stamps include both full- and part-time workers, but it is likely mostly part-time workers require food assistance. Amazon operates data centers, wind farms, and Whole Foods outlets in Ohio, but the largest number of employees are at two big warehouses near Columbus.

While more than one in every ten Amazon employee in Ohio are on food stamps,  Amazon gets millions of dollars in state and local subsidies at its warehouses, including (Bloomberg Businessweek):

  • $17 million in tax incentives from the state of Ohio,and over $1.5 million in cash from JobsOhio, the state’s private economic development agency, as part of a two-warehouse deal — all funded with income from the state’s liquor monopoly.
  • At least $123 million in tax breaks and $2.9 million in cash grants in four deals with JobsOhio since 2014.
  • A 15-year exemption on state and local property and sales taxes, and $1.4 million in cash, in a 2014 deal with JobsOhio for Amazon spending $1.1 billion to build three data centers and a promise of 120 jobs.
  • No property taxes to Licking County for 15 years, a deal that Amazon negotiated in 2015 with local officials and JobsOhio.

At the same time, Amazon‘s new facilities in Ohio, totaling almost a million square feet, make use of public services like the fire department and emergency responders. At least once a day, a medical unit from West Licking Fire Station 3 makes a run to the Amazon warehouse 3.1 miles away, in the township of Etna, about 20 miles east of Columbus. Steve Little, the fire district administrator, said the calls for routine medical issues that occur in grueling warehouse jobs come at all hours, including shortness of breath, chest pains, and myriad minor injuries. During the busy holiday season, the warehouse sometimes issues multiple emergency calls a day. Little said, “We have to protect, but we get no extra money. We have no voice in these deals, and we get no cash. Our residents are being forced to pay instead.” In November 2017, voters in Little’s district were asked to approve a five-year, $6.5 million property tax levy to keep the fire department operating.

The deals Ohio made with Amazon create surprisingly few jobs. Ohio’s Republican state auditor David Yost says: “$123 million is a lot of money, and you ought to get a lot for that. It’s really hard to know how much the state of Ohio paid per [Amazon] job.”

Ohio’s job-growth rate has trailed the U.S. average for 57 consecutive months; in August it was an anemic 1.1%, compared with the 1.5% national rate. In 2013, Yost threatened to compel JobsOhio to be more transparent by showing him more numbers. So Governor John Kasich pushed a bill through the state legislature stripping public officials of the right to audit JobsOhio’s books. A private auditor now conducts an annual review, which is partly redacted before publication.

I thank God John Kasich didn’t win the GOP primaries and wasn’t elected POTUS.

See also:

~Eowyn

Sunday Smile: The best election night compilation video of all time

Warning: Some foul language due to libtard butt hurt.

This will NEVER GET OLD.

DCG

FISA Memo in text format. Lock them up!

Yesterday, after President Trump had declassified the memo, the House Intelligence Committee (full name: House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence or HPSCI) finally released the notorious FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) memorandum.

The memo was released in PDF format that does not enable copying. So I took screenshots of the memo and posted them yesterday.

Since I prefer a document in text format because it enables copying, pasting, highlighting, and reproduction, I painstakingly copied and typed the FISA memo from the screenshots into a text document.

Below is the text version of the FISA memo, followed by my bullet-point analysis. Word between brackets [ ] are my comments.

The FISA Memo

January 18, 2018

To: HPSCI Majority Members

From: HPSCI Majority Staff

Subject: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Purpose

This memorandum provides Members with updates on significant facts related to the Committee’s ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and their use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) during the 2016 presidential election cycle. Our findings, which are detailed below, 1) raise concerns with the legitimacy and legality of certain DOJ and FBI interactions with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and, 2) represent a troubling breakdown of legal processes established to protect the American people from abuses related to the FISA process.

Investigation Update

On October 21, 2016, DOJ and FBI sought and received a FISA probable cause order (not under Title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from the FISC. Page is a U.S. citizen who served as a volunteer adviser to the Trump presidential campaign. Consistent with requirements under FISA, the application had to be first certified by the Director or Deputy Director of the FBI. It then required the approval of the Attorney General, Deputy Attorney General (DAG), or the Senate-confirmed Assistant Attorney General for the National Security Division.

The FBI and DOJ obtained one initial FISA warrant targeting Carter Page and three FISA renewals from the FISC. As required by statute (50 U.S.C. §1805(d)(1)), a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days and each renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. Then-Director James Comey signed three FISA applications in question on behalf of the FBI, and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe signed one. Then-DAG Sally Yates, then-Acting DAG Dana Boente, and DAG Rod Rosenstein each signed one or more FISA applications on behalf of DOJ.

Due to the sensitive nature of foreign intelligence activity, FISA submissions (including renewals) before the FISC are classified. As such, the public’s confidence in the integrity of the FISA process depends on the court’s ability to hold the government to the highest standard–-particularly as it relates to surveillance of American citizens. However, the FISC’s rigor in protecting the rights of Americans, which is reinforced by 90-day renewals of surveillance orders, is necessarily dependent on the government’s production to the court of all material and relevant facts. This should include information potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application that is known by the government. In the case of Carter Page, the government had at least four independent opportunities before the FISC to accurately provide an accounting of the relevant facts. However, our findings indicate that, as described below, material and relevant information was omitted.

(1) The “dossier” compiled by Christopher Steele (Steele dossier) on behalf of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign formed an essential part of the Carter Page FISA application. Steele was a longtime FBI source who was paid over $16,000 by the DNC and Clinton campaign, via the law firm Perkins Cole and research firm Fusion GPS, to obtain derogatory information on Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

a) Neither the initial application in October 2016, nor any of the renewals, disclose or reference the role of the DNC, Clinton campaign, or any party/campaign in funding Steele’s efforts, even though the political origins of the Steele dossier were then known to senior DOJ and FBI officials.

b) The initial FISA application notes Steele was working for a named U.S. person, but does not name Fusion GPS and principal Glenn Simpson, who was paid by a U.S. law firm (Perkins Cole) representing the DNC (even though it was known by DOJ at the time that political actors were involved with the Steele dossier). The application does not mention Steele was ultimately working on behalf of—and paid by—the DNC and Clinton campaign, or that the FBI had separately authorized payment to Steele for the same information. [That means Steele, in addition to producing an egregiously flawed dossier on Trump, double-dipped!]

(2) The Carter Page FISA application also cited extensively a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. This article does not corroborate the Steele dossier because it is derived from information leaked by Steele himself to Yahoo News. The Page FISA application incorrectly assesses that Steele did not directly provide information to Yahoo News. Steele has admitted in British court filings that he met with Yahoo News—and several other outlets—in September 2016 at the direction of Fusion GPS. Perkins Cole was aware of Steele’s initial media contacts because they hosted at least one meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2016 with Steele and Fusion GPS where this matter was discussed.

a) Steele was suspended and then terminated as an FBI source for what the FBI defines as the most serious of violations—an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship to the FBI in an October 30, 2016, Mother Jones article by David Corn. Steele should have been terminated for his previous undisclosed contacts with Yahoo and other outlets in September—before the Page application was submitted to the FISC in October—but Steele improperly concealed from and lied to the FBI about those contacts.

b) Steele’s numerous encounters with the media violated the cardinal rule of source handling—maintaining confidentiality—and demonstrated that Steele had become a less than reliable source for the FBI.

(3) Before and after Steele was terminated as a source, he maintained contact with DOJ via then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, a senior DOJ official who worked closely with Deputy Attorneys General Yates and later Rosenstein. Shortly after the election, the FBI began interviewing Ohr, documenting his communications with Steele. For example, in September 2016, Steele admitted to Ohr his feelings against then-candidate Trump when Steele said he “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.” This clear evidence of Steele’s bias was recorded by Ohr at the time and subsequently in official FBI files—but not reflected in any of the Page FISA applications.

a) During this time period, Ohr’s wife [Nellie Ohr] was employed by Fusion GPS to assist in the cultivation of opposition research on Trump. Ohr later provided the FBI with all of his wife’s opposition research, paid for by the DNC and the Clinton campaign via Fusion GPS. The Ohrs’ relationship with Steele and Fusion GPS was inexplicably concealed from the FISC.

(4) According to the head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, Assistant Director Bill Priestap, corroboration of the Steele dossier was in its “infancy” at the time of the initial Page FISA application. After Steele was terminated, a source validation report conducted by an independent unit within FBI assessed Steele’s reporting as only minimally corroborated. Yet, in early January 2017, Director Comey briefed President-elect Trump on a summary of the Steele dossier, even though it was—according to his June 2017 testimony—“salacious” and “unverified”. While the FISA application relied on Steele’s past record of credible reporting on other unrelated matters, it ignored or concealed his anti-Trump financial and ideological motivations. Furthermore, Deputy Director McCabe testified before the Committee in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information.

(5) The Page FISA application also mentions information regarding fellow Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, but there is no evidence of any cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos. The Papadopoulos information triggered the opening of an FBI counterintelligence investigation in late 2016 by FBI agent Pete Strzok. Strzok was reassigned by the Special Counsel’s Office to FBI Human Resources for improper text messages with his mistress, FBI Attorney Lisa Page (no known relation to Carter Page), where they both demonstrated a clear bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton, whom Strzok had also investigated. The Strzok/Lisa Page texts also reflect extensive discussions about the investigation, orchestrating leaks to the media, and include a meeting with Deputy Director McCabe to discuss an “insurance” policy against President Trump’s election.

Here are the main points you need to know about the FISA memo:

(1) The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978 is a federal law that establishes procedures for the U.S. government’s physical and electronic surveillance of foreign powers and domestic (U.S.) agents of foreign powers suspected of espionage or terrorism. The Act created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to oversee requests for surveillance warrants by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

(2) To prevent abuse of FISA against U.S. citizens, FISA applications require the government to produce valid and unbiased documentation in support of the application.

(3) In October 2016, the Obama Administration made a FISA application to FISC to conduct electronic surveillance of an American citizen named Carter Page, who was at the time a volunteer advisor to the Trump presidential campaign.

(4) The validity of the Carter Page FISA application depended on two supporting documents:

  • A “dossier” compiled by a former British spook named Christopher Steele which claims that Trump was colluding with Russia, which meant Trump was a foreign (Russian) agent — thus triggering the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and justifying the government’s surveillance on Trump and members of his campaign team.
  • An article in Yahoo News by journalist Michael Isikoff.

(5) Both supporting documents are seriously flawed:

  • The Steele dossier’s information is tainted because:
    • The information in the dossier was unverified and unsubstantiated.
    • The dossier was politically motivated, paid for by the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign to be used as “opposition research” against Trump.
    • The dossier’s author, Christopher Steele, had made known to the DOJ (in the person of Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr) his political objections to and bias against Donald Trump — the subject of the dossier.
  • Michael Isikoff’s Yahoo News article is a duplicate of the Steele dossier because Isikoff’s source was none other than Christopher Steele. Since the Steele dossier is tainted, Isikoff’s article is also tainted.

(6) An individual involved in the Page FISA application, DOJ official Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, should have recused himself due to conflict of interest. Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, was working for Fusion GPS — the firm that hired Christopher Steele — to produce “opposition research” on Trump. All of this, however, was concealed from the FISC — information relevant to the FISC’s consideration of the Page FISA application.

(6) FBI agent Pete Strzok, who conducted a counterintelligence investigation of another Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos, should have recused himself because of his bias against Trump, expressed in text messages to his mistress, another FBI agent named Lisa Page. To compound his misdeeds, Strzok then leaked information to the media, which was used to attack Trump.

(7) Similarly, FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who signed the Page FISA application, should have recused himself because of his anti-Trump bias. McCabe had met with Bruce Ohr to discuss an “insurance policy” to ensure that Trump would not be elected President.

Lock Them Up!

The FISA memo shows that the Obama Administration abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to illicitly obtain court approval to conduct surveillance of at least one Trump team member, Carter Page, in violation of Page’s Fourth Amendment Constitutional rights.

This means that the following FBI and DOJ officials committed malfeasance when they certified, approved, and signed the FISA applications:

  1. FBI Director James Comey
  2. FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
  3. Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates
  4. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
  5. Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente

~Eowyn

Hollyweird still believes we care about them: Stars launch “Glam Up the Midterms” to get millennials to vote

Because apparently this process – when election day is, how to register to vote, and who the candidates are – is too complicated for some people to figure out. Shouldn’t the public education system have taught millennials how this whole election thing works?

Hint: If millennials can’t access the internet to figure out the election process, maybe they shouldn’t be voting.

From Hollyweird Reporter: Funny or Die has commissioned Billy Eichner and other big-name comedians to encourage millennials to vote during the Nov. 6 midterm elections with the launch of the “Glam Up the Midterms” campaign. 

“I had a dream last night that several small town Americans called me and were begging me to have more TV and film personalities lecture them about politics,“ Eichner said of the campaign. “So I’m here to answer their prayers!

According to an NBC news poll, only 12 percent of millennials voted in the last midterm election, something that Eichner wants to change by bringing various stars to districts across the country. Comedians participating in the campaign include James Corden, Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, Robin Thede, Andy Cohen and Chelsea Handler.

In all seriousness, I have certainly skipped more than a few midterm elections in my day — and now I deeply regret it,” the Emmy-winning actor said. “So, after years of shouting at people on Billy on the Street, I’ve decided it’s time to use my voice to do some good and to encourage young people all across the country not to make the same mistakes I did. Say what you will about me, I have a lot of energy and I can’t wait to use it to help get out the vote and help ‘Glam Up The Midterms’ on Nov 6th!”

During former president Barack Obama’s term, Funny or Die helped raise awareness about Obamacare with the president’s appearance on Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns. Funny or Die indicated that Trump wasn’t as game as Obama or even former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who sat for a Between Two Ferns interview.

“Sadly, the former host of Celebrity Apprentice won’t return our phone calls,” Funny or Die DC’s head writer David Litt joked of Trump. “But we’ll be working with artists across the country to increase the number of Americans – especially young people – who vote in 2018.”

The campaign will work to convince voters under the age of 40 to fight for democracy and take the time to vote in November. 

The “Glam Up the Midterms” portion starts at the 2:41 mark in the above video.

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