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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

12 Indicted Russians, Helsinki and Russian Conspiracy


John R. Houk
© July 18, 2018

On July 13, Special Counsel Robert Mueller signed off on an Eleven Count Indictment against these Russian nationals purportedly to be members of Russian military Intelligence (aka GRUMORE DETAIL):

1)   VIKTOR BORIS OVICH

2)  BORIS ALEKSEYEVICH ANTONOV

3)  DMITRIY SERGEYEVICH BADIN

4)  IVAN SERGEYEVICH YERMAKOV

5)  ALEKSEY VIKTOROVICH LUKASI

6)  SERGEY ALEKSANDROVICH MORGACHEV

7)  NIKOLAY YURYEVICH KOZACHEK

8)  PAVEL VYACHESLAVOVICH YERSHOV

9)  ARTEM ANDREYEVICH MALYSHEV

10)       ALEKSANDR VLADIMIROVICH OSAD CHUK

11)       ALEKSEY ALEKSANDROVICH POTEMKIN

12)       ANATOLIY SERGEYEVICH KOVALEV


The Eleven Counts:

o   COUNT ONE: Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States

o   COUNTS TWO THROUGH NINE: Aggravated Identity Theft

o   COUNT TEN: Conspiracy to Launder Money

o   COUNT ELEVEN: Conspiracy to Commit an Offense Against the United States

After each count there are alleged details of the alleged crimes – 29 pages worth.

Isn’t it interesting Mueller doesn’t use some form of legalese claiming there was a conspiracy to hack the 2016 election with the cooperation with the Trump Campaign?

Kim DotCom claims the allegations in the indictment are very flimsy. The Gateway Pundit claims Kim DotCom said this:

In late May 2017 internet entrepreneur Kim DotCom claimed to have evidence that former DNC worker Seth Rich was involved in the leaked emails released by WikiLeaks.

Kim DotCom shared that he was willing to come to the US and give testimony if it is required.

Then Kim DotCom’s lawyers sent a letter to Robert Mueller saying he would come testify in the US and would provide evidence to the Investigation.


Kim DotCom later said trusting Mueller was a mistake and that the special counsel was out to destroy President Trump.

On Friday Kim DotCom responded to the latest Mueller indictments of another 12 Russian operatives.

Kim DotCom says the evidence in the indictment doesn’t survive a giggle test. Kim DotCom added today’s indictment confirmed that Mueller cannot be trusted.

Kim DotCom: Deep State indictment against Russian DNC hackers is so light on evidence that the DOJ should place a Weight Watchers logo on the front page. #ZeroCalories

Mueller knows that his PR stunt will never be tested in Court. The ‘Russian Conspirators’ will never see a US Court room.


Kim DotCom’s maintains DNC servers weren’t so much hacked but shared by Crooked Hillary campaign staffer Seth Rich. Rich was mysteriously murdered on the DC streets.

The Mueller indictments are the basis for the Leftist MSM and many Republicans are screaming and Crying President Trump has committed treason by meeting with Putin. After all, the indicted GRU Officers were under the direction of Vladimir Putin, right?

What really chapped the Trump-haters hide was not only did President Trump meet with Putin, but said he believed the Russian thug’s claim Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election cycle.

In all honesty, my gut tells me Putin is pitching a load of crap, ergo I am not pleased with Trump’s agreement with Putin. On the other hand, I believe President Trump did not want insult Putin publicly out of the hope he could work out some kind of geopolitical deal with Russia that would benefit the USA.

I believe Trump wheeling and dealing with Putin blew up in President Trump’s face, misjudging the stakes of any deal. Is a mistake an act of treason? HECK NO!

Indeed, President Trump the next day wisely walked back not pointing a finger at Russia. In a public statement on Tuesday the President admitted he erred in has grammar. Here’s the statement explaining his verbal error:


Posted by NBC News
Published on Jul 17, 2018

During a meeting with members of Congress, President Trump clarified his statements during his summit with Russian President Putin in Helsinki when he cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies on Russian election interference. Trump said he misspoke and assured that he has “full faith and support” in American intelligence. He said he accepts the conclusion of Russian interference, but also diverted the blame to “other people” as well. READ THE REST

Mueller is closer to committing treason by obstructing Congressional inquiries into his Special Counsel team’s motives of trying to create evidence – NOTHING THERE – to form the basis for impeachment proceedings. Faking evidence is in essence the actions of coup against the Executive Branch of Trump’s Administration. AGAIN, giving credence of a Deep State operating in our government’s Executive Branch.

Here are some legit investigative reporting excerpts the Leftist MSM is still completely ignoring:

Former FBI Director James Comey asserted Thursday evening that he did not know beyond news reports that Hillary Clinton's campaign had paid for research that led to a dossier of unverified allegations about President Trump's ties to Russia.

"When did you learn that the [Democratic National Committee] DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign had funded Christopher Steele's work?" Fox News anchor Brett Baier asked Comey on "Special Report," referring to the dossier compiled by Steele, a former British spy.

"I still don't know that for a fact," Comey responded. "I've only seen it in the media. I never knew exactly which Democrats had funded. I knew it was funded first by Republicans."

"That's not true," Baier interjected, referring to funding by Republicans.

"My understanding is that his work started ... as oppo research funded by Republicans," Comey maintained, adding the activity was "then picked up by Democrats opposed to Donald Trump."

The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative publication, confirmed to the House Intelligence Committee in October that it originally funded the Trump project through the opposition research firm Fusion GPS.

The project until that point had focused on researching multiple Republican presidential candidates and was not looking at collusion with Russia, the Free Beacon said.

The Free Beacon maintained that none of the work product it received from Fusion GPS appeared in the dossier and the publication said it did not pay for any work performed by Steele, suggesting he became involved after the publication stopped funding the project. (Comey on Clinton camp paying for Trump dossier: 'I still don't know that for a fact'; By JULIA MANCHESTER; The Hill; 4/26/18 08:31 PM EDT)

Follow the money:

Steele — a former British spy and a Russia expert — was working on contract to Fusion GPS, a Washington-based public-relations firm, which, in turn, was on contract to a D.C. law firm, which, in turn, was on contract to the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC. Steele, that is to say, was working for Hillary Clinton. His job, among other things, was to collect opposition research on Trump from his network of Russian sources.

When Steele arrived in Rome, his famous “dossier” did not exist. The dossier, as we have come to know it, is some 17 reports that he compiled between June and December 2016. In early July, Steele had been working on the Clinton account for only a few weeks and had written but one report, dated June 20. (The Real Collusion Story; By MICHAEL DORAN; National Review; 3/13/18 6:30 AM)

Dems and Crooked Hillary Fingerprints:

A significant part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s basis for investigating the Trump campaign’s Russia ties is looking more and more like a political hit job carried out by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Her campaign’s fingerprints are on at least three separate pieces of information fed to the FBI, including the Christopher Steele dossier Republicans say formed the basis of a secret warrant obtained to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

A former State Department official confirmed on the record Thursday that Clinton associates were funneling information to Steele as he was compiling a dossier commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign and DNC. That’s on top of the recent revelation that a top Department of Justice official fed the FBI information compiled by his wife, who was working for the firm Clinton and the DNC were paying to dig up dirt on Trump, Fusion GPS.


“It is troubling enough that the Clinton Campaign funded Mr. Steele’s work, but that these Clinton associates were contemporaneously feeding Mr. Steele allegations raises additional concerns about his credibility,” Sens. Chuck Grassley, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, and Lindsey Graham wrote in the letter referring Steele to the FBI for a criminal investigation. (Hillary Clinton’s Fingerprints Are All Over The FBI’s Investigation Into Trump’s Russia Ties; By Rachel Stoltzfoos; The Federalist; 2/10/18)

If Mueller was truly a neutral Special Counsel, he would not only focus on the Trump Administration and Campaign in a conspiracy with Russians to win the election. There is plenty of evidence suggesting Crooked Hillary’s campaign committed conspiracy with Russian government to sway the election.

There is certainly the appearance that Crooked Hillary solicited Trump dirt from Russian operatives. Christopher Steele alleges the information on his discredited Dossier had Russian sources. Crooked Hillary’s campaign paid for that Dossier making that an act of conspiracy that involved the Russian government.

I am confidently certain Putin is a thuggish liar in proclaiming no meddling in the U.S. election process (and other American National Interest agendas). Nonetheless Putin threw a Russian monkey wrench at the Leftist MSM and the Democratic National Committee. He accused the DNC of receiving $400 MILLION contribution from nefarious Russian sources:

While the mainstream media, Democrats and the Never-Trump crowd clutched their pearls over President Trump and Vladimir Putin’s summit on Monday, a major bombshell was overlooked.

During the highly publicized joint press conference the Russian President not only called US. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s bluff on the indictment of 12 Russian officials, but blasted former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for nefarious activities.

Putin said that he’d welcome U.S. officials to Russia to probe further into alleged Russia-Trump collusion. He also referenced Bill Broward, a U.S. born, London-based banker who’s been accused of improper donations to Democrats.

Putin suggested that perhaps, the Russians need an investigation of their own in regard to Broward:

For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder, in this particular case.  Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over $1.5 billion in Russia and never paid any taxes neither in Russia or the United States and yet the money escaped the country.

They were transferred to the United States. They sent [a] huge amount of money, $400,000,000, as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.  Well that’s their personal case.
  
Well that’s their personal case.  It might have been legal, the contribution itself but the way the money was earned was illegal.

 So we have solid reason to believe that some [US] intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions.  So we have an interest in questioning them.

Broward has a complicated history with Fusion GPS, the group hired by the DNC and Hillary Clinton to concoct the now infamous Trump dossier.

READ ENTIRETY (Putin’s explosive claim US intelligence helped drop $400,000,000 Russian-linked money into Hillary campaign; By Renee Hayes; BizPac Review; 7/17/18)


Finally, after Mueller indicted 12 Russian spies in an obvious propaganda campaign to make the dump Trump crowd happy, Rep. Devon Nunes had some relevant insight about Mueller and the FBI:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) slammed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 12 Russians accused of hacking activities during the 2016 presidential election because it only focuses on efforts to disrupt operations of Democratic Party campaign apparatuses.

Appearing on Fox News Nunes told host Maria Bartiromo that his House committee learned of the Russian meddling found in the Mueller indictments over a year ago and was included in his committee’s report months ago. 

“It’s great that they indicted Russians — yes, they did bad things. They’re always up to bad things. We know that. They have very sophisticated intelligence capabilities in Russia. And they’re always — they’re constantly attacking the United States and our allies. However, in the indictment, they leave out some really important people that they also went after, so the indictment plays like they are only going after the Democrats, when Bob Mueller and all his investigators and his lawyers know for a fact that they also targeted Republicans. Why is that not in the indictment? It makes the indictment look ridiculous.”


Watch the interview here: 


--READ ENTIRETY (Nunes: 'Ridiculous' Mueller indictment ignores Russian efforts to hack GOP; By Larry O'Connor; Washington Times; 7/16/18)

You know, I’ve had a great respect for the FBI apart from the DOJ. I’ve listened to Conservative commentators repeat over and over how the FBI rank-and-file are law enforcement with integrity and all the existing corruption has been inherent in the FBI management/leadership. I gotta tell ya though, I beginning to think leadership corruption has been so pervasive that I gotta believe the corruption has filtered down to the rank-and-file.

If there hasn’t been any filter-down corruption, where in the heck is the mountain of integrity coming as one-voice to spill the beans on crooked leadership?

Especially since the Obama years, law enforcement and Intelligence operations in the Executive Branch have become so politicized, it is no wonder that Conservatives as myself are seeing the manifestation of a rogue Deep State in operation. A Deep State concept is something that had been relegated to fringe Conspiracy Theory like the Illuminati.

Not anymore. It is becoming obvious there is a corrupt government within the government.

JRH 7/18/18
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Other related News of possible interest:






In case WaPo takes down their PDF of the Mueller Indictment against 12 Russians (sourced in 1st paragraph), HERE’S A GOOGLE DRIVE VERSION


Sunday, July 15, 2018

NATO and Russia's Naked Aggression


Intro to ‘NATO and Russia's Naked Aggression
Intro by John R. Houk, Blog Editor
July 15, 2018


In case you were unaware, during the 2016 election cycle I was a Cruz for President kind-a-guy. After Trump sewed up the GOP nomination, I placed all my efforts behind his candidacy.

Nonetheless I was certain Crooked Hillary would win. Why? Because the Dem nomination was fixed and EVEN THOUGH she obviously committed felonies with an unsecured private email server, the Deep State showed the depth of its power by exonerating her of any crimes. The same kind of crimes that past Republican government officials were prosecuted, found guilty or pled guilty.

Even with my hesitation to support Trump anyway, he won. Then President Trump began unravelling Obama’s misdeeds except where the Dems and Never-Trumper Republicans have stalled the Trump agenda to Make-America-Great-Again.

And so, I have been willing to wait and see how some of controversial policy plans were rolled out even though those policies may look foolish on the outside.

Justin Smith addresses one of those uncertain policies in relation to Foreign Policy. Specifically President Trump’s plans to negotiate something with very untrustworthy Vladimir Putin and his Russia.

JRH 7/15/18
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NATO and Russia's Naked Aggression
America's Most Dangerous Adversary

By Justin O. Smith
Sent 7/15/2018 2:42 AM

President Trump has been right all along to harshly castigate our NATO allies for falling short of their duty and responsibility for their own defense contingencies and all associated expenses, but his suggestion that he could pull out of NATO unilaterally, a fact, is dangerous to the free world and serves to undermine NATO and play into Putin's hands. Putin would love nothing better than to succeed in weakening the NATO alliance, and President Trump must always remain cognizant of the fact that, as long as Putin is in charge of the Kremlin, Russia will be a threat to the U.S. and its allies, a fact Trump seems to acknowledge on some levels and deny on others, in a curious schizophrenic sort of foreign policy.

As Europe has grown stronger, since WWII, it has never been a good financial partner to the United States, in the support of NATO, which was created 69 years ago for the defense of Europe. Our NATO allies have consistently handed the major burden to America, while the European Union runs trade surpluses at our expense, in excess of $100 billion a year.

Germany pays only 1.2 percent of its Gross Domestic Product on defense, while America spends 3.57 percent. And incredibly, the European Union collectively have a GDP that is tenfold larger than Russia's. So why do we continue to pay the lion's share of the free riders' defense? 

Before leaving, President Trump demanded all NATO members pay 4 percent, in order to meet present threats from Russia. One should note, its 1946 charter states that NATO decisions be consensus based. That means one member-state can block NATO's entire agenda.

On the first day of the NATO summit, President Trump was most correct along a certain vein of thought, sitting down to breakfast with NATO's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, [President Trump] was particularly harsh with Germany, as he remarked: "I have to say ... it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we're supposed to be guarding against Russia. We're supposed to protect you against Russia but they're paying billions of dollars to Russia, and I think that's very inappropriate ... Germany, as far as I'm concerned, is captive to Russia."

However, neither the U.S. or its NATO allies can lose sight of the fact the Putin is in fact an evil, murderous tyrant seeking the restoration of the Old Czarist Empire, more so than the communist era, and a regional hegemony and a set of buffer states in eastern Europe and central Asia that can add to Russia's strategic depth. Putin is responsible for 298 murdered people aboard flight MH17 that Russia shot down over Ukraine in July of 2014. Let's also not forget that Putin has invaded Georgia, annexed Crimea and invaded Ukraine, where a hot war is ongoing, not to mention Russia's violations of the Open Skies and Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaties.

Additionally, Russia has violated several international agreements affecting European security, including the 1994 Budapest Memorandum that guaranteed Ukraine's territorial integrity in exchange for its nuclear weapons; the 2008 Medvedev-Sarkozy ceasefire agreement, removing Russian troops from Georgia; and the September 2014 and February 2015 Minsk agreements, whose ceasefire provisions are regularly violated, as demonstrated by 80 Ukrainians killed and over 500 wounded in 2017 alone, and with 10,000 killed thus far in this conflict.

By and large, given that North Korea and Kim Jong Un benefited more from the one-on-one with President Trump and is currently intransigent and reneging on the so-called "agreement", one should not look for anything to be different with Putin who holds many more cards than little Kim did. And yet, Trump has shown a willingness to abandon Georgia, Ukraine, and Crimea and granting concessions to Putin, in order to develop a better relationship with Russia. President Trump even went so far as to suggest at the recent G-7 meeting, that Putin and Russia should be allowed to return to the "G-8", somehow oblivious to the fact that this would reward Putin's bad behavior and ensure no future forthcoming change.

In asinine fashion, President Trump shocked the world and the G-7 officials in June, arguing that the Crimean peninsula should belong to Russia, because "people there speak Russian". The assertion contradicted international law and longstanding U.S. and transatlantic policy of not recognizing the seizure of sovereign territory by force. Using Trump's logic, Brighton Beach should belong to Russia too.

"Kiev's main concern is that President Trump will unilaterally recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea", effectively selling Crimea out to the Kremlin, said Daragh McDowell, senior Russia analyst at Verisk Maplecroft. Legally questionable, this would certainly demoralize U.S. allies and trigger greater domestic instability in Ukraine.

It's no wonder that  NATO members Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Finland and Sweden, the Nordic Defense Cooperation nations, hardened their commitment to combat what they see as an escalation of naked Russian aggression. In 2015, Russia feigned an air assault against the Danish island of Bornholm, which served as a major intelligence outpost during the Cold War; and, according to Commodore Hans Helseth, a senior Norwegian defense official, these nations association with NATO has lowered the threshold of an armed Russian aggression against these nations. 

In the meantime, Air Force General John Hyten, America's top nuclear commander, warned the Senate Armed Services Committee in March, that Russia was sprinting to deploy a hypersonic nuclear weapon, a new breed of high-speed threats that the U.S is currently incapable of countering or defending against.

Although President Trump's administration is keeping intense economic sanctions on Russia, and it has armed Ukrainian troops and expelled a number of Russian diplomats, Trump's words vitiate these measures, when he says he "respects" Putin and places the violence of our country in the defense of other nation's freedom, and for the greater moral good, on the same moral plane as Russian malevolent and naked aggression. In 2017, when asked by Fox News about Putin's role in the murders and disappearances of so many journalists and opposition members, President Trump responded, "You think our country's so innocent?"

Regardless of President Trump's ahistorical perspective of NATO, less than half of NATO's members are exerting much effort to dispel the notion that they are "free riders" who won't properly defend and protect their own citizens. As Trump speaks about the NATO alliance, as though it's a big confidence scam, and he accurately illuminates their financial malfeasance and negligence, if ever there was a time for NATO members to increase their defense spending, this is it. 

Some have suggested the combination of a high-stakes NATO summit and a one-on-one meeting between Trump and Putin, in Helsinki, could bring about the most dramatic geopolitical shift since the end of the Cold War, and it just might, to our detriment, if Trump fails to recognize Putin as a foe. Most of NATO's European members, such as Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, see Russia as one of the world's most pressing security threats, and they are concerned that Trump might make undue concessions to Russia, like he recently did with North Korea. Whether it's Helsinki or elsewhere, President Trump must show real determination and strength in the face of America's most dangerous adversary.
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Edited by John R. Houk
Any text enclosed by brackets as well as well as source links are by the Editor.

© Justin O. Smith

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Peter ‘Scoffer’ Strzok Kept People Awake with The Creeps Last Night


On Thursday (7/12/18) I watched about 98% of two House Committees questioning Peter Strzok. That is nearly 10 hours of Republicans trying to get answers and of Dems doing every parliamentary procedure possible to obstruct those answers. ALSO, I was greatly disappointed of the FBI excuse to prohibit Strzok answers in the name of an ongoing investigation.

I mean really, if some of those questions were answered by Strzok, it would not have affected an ongoing investigation. For example off the top of head: No investigative procedure would be exposed if the specifics of who or how many people were involved in pushing the Steele Dossier as a valid source for a FISA Warrant?

The Dems were so infuriating that my family may have thought I was watching a football game loudly castigating numerous bad calls!  

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Peter ‘Scoffer’ Strzok Kept People Awake with The Creeps Last Night

Strzok Creeps [Photo edited by Editor]

July 13, 2018

What the devil were former FBI agent Peter Strzok and the Democrats trying for during Strzok’s appearance before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees yesterday?

This is one public Democrat Act that went well beyond the main takeaway: that Strzok’s infamous message to mistress, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page: “We will stop him” (Trump) was based not on his “bias” but on his “deep patriotism”.  The takeaway went well beyond because the manner in which he gave it lived on to give people who watched it online night time creeps and lurid nightmares.

Some Canada Free Press readers were sending in alerts—even as the Hearing was in progress.

Others were contemplating in overnight wee hours just what is it was that they saw on video.

“Scoffer” is the name of the arrogant, haughty man who acts with arrogant pride”-Proverbs 21:24.

Scoffer is a name that fits Strzok to a ’T’. Scoffer Strzok invaded citizen dreams last night.

“A video clip of Trump-hating FBI agent Peter Strzok at Thursday’s marathon House hearing by the Judiciary and Oversight committees shows Strzok smirking and squirming in a manner that has given the creeps to people who have watched it online. Strzok was being questioned by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) late in the day-long hearing.” (Gateway Pundit, July 12, 2018)

“The clip was posted by a Twitter user, @Hollybowie, in three versions, an eight-second clip, a seven second loop and a three second loop.





“In response to a query as to when in the hearing this took place, Bowie said around 6:30 p.m. (EDT).



“Imagine having to look at that creepy behavior by a senior government official all day at the hearing.

“UPDATE: A TGP reader posted in the comments (thank you!) the YouTube video of Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) questioning Strzok. The squirming smirking is at the end. The link is set to start the video just before then.


Published on Jul 12, 2018

July 12, 2018 | walker.house.gov]

“A version posted from CNN’s feed:


And in slow motion close-up.



“Pleasant dreams, everyone!”

“Strzok was on Mueller’s special counsel team until the text messages were discovered.  He was then reassigned to the FBI’s office of human resources.” (Fox News, July 12, 2018)

Hard to believe while watching him yesterday that just last month he was escorted from the bureau and was relieved of his security clearance.

The devil must have been doing gleeful cartwheels during yesterday’s Hearing:

“Like many people, I had and expressed personal political opinions during an extraordinary presidential election. Many contained expressions of concern for the security of our country,” Strzok said in his opening statement, adding that those opinions were expressed “out of deep patriotism.” (Fox News, July 12, 2018)

“We’ll stop it”—referring directly to Trump’s candidacy expressed “out of deep patriotism”?

What kind of patriotism is THAT?

“In the exchange Strzok, also said he doesn’t even remember sending the “stop” Trump text, noting it was written late at night, “in shorthand”. (Fox News)

With the Deep State running the show, a lot of strange things go on “late at night”.

Meanwhile, no matter how well meaning some of its members, congress should toss ‘Peter Scoffer’ out of the limelight, bring down the Final Curtain on him—thereby getting him out of our nightmares.

We should take solace of the soul in just knowing that:  “The haughty looks of a man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day”: (Isaiah 2:11), and that “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” (Proverbs 16:5)

It is high time to write the words “The End” on ‘Peter Scoffer’s litany of alibis.
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Thursday, July 12, 2018

DeSantis Hearing Establishes the Muslim Brotherhood Must Be...


The Muslim Brotherhood should have been declared terrorist organization decades ago. Thanks to a hearing at the Subcommittee on National Security of the House oversight committee chaired by Ron DeSantis, the terrorist designation seems closer than ever.

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DeSantis Hearing Establishes the Muslim Brotherhood Must Be Designated as a Terrorist Organization – the Sooner, the Better

Press Release Contact: Deborah Hamilton
Sent 7/11/2018 6:25 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C.— It is no longer a question of whether the United States will designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. It is only a matter of when and how.

That’s the principal take-away from a congressional national security panel this morning that addressed “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Threat” and what the US should do about it.

“This hearing is an opportunity to discuss what the United States’ next step should be in combatting the Muslim Brotherhood’s threat,” said Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL), chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security of the House oversight committee.

“The Muslim Brotherhood is a militant Islamist organization with affiliates in over 70 countries,” DeSantis said. “There’s no question that the Muslim Brotherhood’s affiliates are involved in terrorism.”

The historic hearing follows a June 28 Center for Security Policy Decision Brief that called on the Trump Administration to declare the entire Muslim Brotherhood and its fronts and affiliates as terrorist organizations.

“Thankfully the Trump Administration has discarded the Obama-era policy of treating the Brotherhood as a potential ally,” DeSantis said. “Now, the questions are focused on how expansive to make the terror designation, and whether it should be done through the State Department or Treasury Department.” 

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a longtime associate of the Center for Security Policy, was one of the four witnesses who testified. He was the only Muslim witness, and made the case powerfully for Center-recommended policy of designating the entire Muslim Brotherhood and its fronts as terrorist entities.

In the course of his testimony, Dr. Jasser rebutted characterizations by the Brotherhood’s apologists and enablers of its critics as “haters” and “Islamophobes”:

Nothing would be more pro-Muslim than the marginalization of the Muslim Brotherhood and its direct affiliates. Making the Muslim Brotherhood radioactive would allow the light to shine upon their most potent antagonists in Muslim communities – those who reject political Islam and believe in liberty and the separation of mosque and state.

He also discussed national security risks associated with failing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates as terrorist entities. One of them is censorship of jihadist terminology in U.S. government agencies.  Dr. Jasser correctly observed that such censorship impedes analysts’ ability to protect the nation:

To think that these words and concepts, and others are off limits in the freest nation on earth, censored [in] our agencies, is just incredulous considering the growing threat we face today from violent Islamism.  It smacks of a bizarre invocation of blasphemy laws in America. It is groups like the Muslim Brotherhood that have benefited from our refusal to discuss these elements of Islam and Islamism.

The three other witnesses – Hillel Fradkin of the Hudson Institute, Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Daniel Benjamin of the Qatar-funded Brookings Institution – agreed to varying degrees that the Muslim Brotherhood constitutes a threat.  They recommended, however, more narrow terrorist designations of specific Muslim Brotherhood entities.

Chairman DeSantis observed: “It is clear that the Brotherhood constitutes a real threat to the national security interests of the United States.  We can debate the best way to counter this threat, but simply ignoring the threat is not an acceptable answer.”

The Center for Security Policy has submitted a statement for the hearing record endorsing Rep. DeSantis’ assessment and laying out the factual basis for designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

Center President Frank J. Gaffney urged legislators, executive branch officials, the media and the public at large to examine particularly compelling evidence of the threat the Brotherhood poses: Its 1991 Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal of the Group in North America– a secret plan for “destroying Western civilization from within” written by a top Muslim Brotherhood operative, Mohammed Akram, and introduced by the federal government into evidence in the 2008 Holy Land Foundation et.al. v. United States terrorism financing trial.
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Designate the Entire Terrorist Muslim Brotherhood Now

By Frank Gaffney – Secure Freedom Minute
July 12, 2018

This is Frank Gaffney with the Secure Freedom Minute.

Congratulations to Rep. Ron DeSantis and others who took on the Muslim Brotherhood yesterday in a hearing on Capitol Hill.  They established that it’s a foreign terrorist organization and will be officially designated as such by the U.S. government.  The only question is how soon and how comprehensively.

Muslim reformer Zuhdi Jasser testified that in 2011 then-FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress that “elements of the Muslim Brotherhood both here and overseas have supported terrorism.” Dr. Jasser added, “Nothing would be more pro-Muslim than the marginalization of the Muslim Brotherhood and its direct affiliates.”

That’s because the Brotherhood seeks to impose its seditious Sharia-supremacist doctrine on pro-American Muslims as it works – according to the group’s secret plan – to use stealthy “civilization jihad” to “destroy Western civilization from within.”

They must be stopped.  Start by designating the entire Muslim Brotherhood now.

This is Frank Gaffney.
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VIDEO: The Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Threat [Feed actually Begins at the 9:30 mark]

Streamed live on Jul 11, 2018

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DeSantis Hearing Establishes the Muslim Brotherhood Must Be Designated as a Terrorist Organization – the Sooner, the Better

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Designate the Entire Terrorist Muslim Brotherhood Now

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Hammond Ranchers Pardoned by Trump


John R. Houk
© July 11, 2018



Members of the Hammond family pose outside a ranch building on their property in Harney County in this undated photo. Steven Hammond, second from left, and his father, Dwight Hammond Jr., center, were pardoned Tuesday, July 10, 2018, by President Donald Trump. (Hammond family) [Photo from OregonLive]

President Trump gave pardons to Oregon ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond. Many, including myself, consider their convictions a huge blight on the Justice system. The Hammond family had a long dispute with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) over cattle grazing and land management. They were actually convicted on terrorism charges because protecting their land from BLM started brush fires, they started their own fire on their own land. The Hammond fire slipped onto BLM managed Federal land. The BLM decided to make an example of the Hammonds undoubtedly to scare other ranchers in the Western States who also have long disputed BLM authority and practices.

The Hammonds actually pleaded guilty to the arson charges, but the original Judge saw how frivolous the Hammond fire was to Federal land, the gave very light sentencing. The light sentence ticked someone off in the Obama DOJ. Western Prosecutors appealed the short sentence which resulted in stiffer punishment that extended to years.

The incident of re-sentencing sparked a rancher rebellion in Oregon centered around the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.

I found out about the pardons from the Freedom Outpost which I am cross posting. However, the local Oregon media under Oregon Live has greater detail.

JRH 7/11/18
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By TIM BROWN 
JULY 10, 2018

Now, this is good news!  On Tuesday, President Trump Oregon cattle ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond, who had been serving sentences for arson.

Statement from the White House read as follows:

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Grants of Clemency (Full Pardons) for Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., and his son, Steven Hammond.  The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land.  The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds’ responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.

At the Hammonds’ original sentencing, the judge noted that they are respected in the community and that imposing the mandatory minimum, 5-year prison sentence would “shock the conscience” and be “grossly disproportionate to the severity” of their conduct.  As a result, the judge imposed significantly lesser sentences.  The previous administration, however, filed an overzealous appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison.  This was unjust.

Dwight Hammond is now 76 years old and has served approximately three years in prison.  Steven Hammond is 49 and has served approximately four years in prison.  They have also paid $400,000 to the United States to settle a related civil suit.  The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West.  Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency.

Well, it took long enough, but thank you President Trump.  You did the right thing in this matter.

And for all those who took the time to keep this story alive and urge people to petition the White House on behalf of the Hammonds, thank you!

It should be noted that the protests that took place in Oregon a couple of years ago were a response to the injustice the Hammonds faced.  As a result, Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was killed by Oregon State Police.

Those who led the protest were all acquitted of all charges and reporter Pete Santilli had all of his charges dismissed.   No doubt, Finicum would have been found not guilty as well, but that's not how tyrants work, is it?

Today is a day to celebrate a wrong that has not been fully made right, but has definitely turned in the right direction!

Article posted with permission from The Washington Standard.
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Trump pardons Oregon ranchers whose case sparked Bundy takeover of refuge

July 10, 2018 9:33 AM – UPDATED July 11, 2018 7:55 AM

President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned two eastern Oregon ranchers serving time in federal prison for setting fire to public land in a case that inflamed their supporters and gave rise to the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

Dwight Hammond Jr., 76, and son Steven Hammond, 49, walked out of a federal prison in California about 6 1/2 hours later. They were convicted in 2012 of arson on Harney County land where they had grazing rights for their cattle. They were ordered back to prison in early 2016 to serve out five-year sentences.

"The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement and farmers and ranchers across the West,'' the White House said in a statement. "Justice is overdue for Dwight and Steven Hammond, both of whom are entirely deserving of these Grants of Executive Clemency.''

Susie Hammond, Dwight's wife and Steven's mother, said she was sound asleep when a call from U.S. Rep. Greg Walden awakened her Tuesday morning. "He said it's a done deal, the papers were signed,'' she said. "We've been waiting a long time. I think it's wonderful.''

Though Susie Hammond believed her husband and son had a strong case for clemency, she was reluctant to get her hopes up.

"I've just been sitting here, on the phone since,'' she said. "I still can't believe it. I won't believe it until I see them.''

Walden said he looks forward to welcoming the Hammonds back to Oregon.

"Today is a win for justice and an acknowledgement of our unique way of life in the high desert, rural West,'' he said. "I applaud President Trump for thoroughly reviewing the facts of this case, rightly determining the Hammonds were treated unfairly and taking action to correct this injustice.''

Trump's move marks yet another big victory for backers of the Hammonds, including Ammon Bundy and his followers who repeatedly cited the case as the trigger for the 41-day occupation of the wildlife refuge that abuts the Hammond family ranch. A jury acquitted him and other key takeover figures of all federal charges.

"The true reason the Hammonds have suffered has not been corrected. It must be corrected," Bundy said. He pledged to continue to fight against the federal government's "control over land and resources inside our states."

Both Hammonds were convicted of setting a fire in 2001, and the son was convicted of setting a second fire in 2006. A federal judge initially sentenced the father to three months in prison and the son to one year after they successfully argued that the five-year mandatory minimum was unconstitutional.

They served the time and were out of prison when prosecutors challenged the shorter terms before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and won. Another federal judge in 2015 sent the ranchers back to complete the full sentences.

According to the Trump administration, federal prosecutors who challenged the Hammonds' original sentences filed "an overzealous appeal.''

"This was unjust,'' the White House said.

The Hammond family also said in a statement that they hoped the pardon will "help signal the need for a more measured and just approach by federal agents, federal officers and federal prosecutors - in all that they do."

Amanda Marshall, who was Oregon's U.S. attorney when the appeal occurred, defended it and said she was disturbed by Trump's pardons.

"It means their conviction doesn't exist. I find that incredibly troubling,'' Marshall said. "I think it's a slap in the face to the people in Pendleton who served on that jury and a slap in the face to the Constitution.''

Marshall said the Hammonds' first sentences veered from the mandatory minimum set by Congress. The trial judge's decision to issue shorter sentences violated the law, she said. 

Jennifer Rokala, executive director of the Center for Western Priorities, also criticized Trump's decision, saying it sends a "dangerous message'' to America's park rangers, wildland firefighters and public land managers.

"President Trump, at the urging of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has once again sided with lawless extremists who believe that public land does not belong to all Americans,'' Rokala said. 

As of this month, Dwight Hammond has served two years and nine months in prison and 31 months of supervised release. His son has served three years and four months in prison and two years of supervised release.

"I am very happy for the entire Hammond family, who I have known and respected for 25 years,'' said attorney Larry Matasar, who represents Steven Hammond. "I hope that Dwight and Steven will soon be able to continue their work on the Hammond Ranch."

Attorney Kendra Matthews, who represents Dwight Hammond Jr., said the pardon is "a just and proper resolution of the Hammonds' criminal prosecution and we are thrilled that the Hammond family will soon be reunited.''

Susie Hammond had heard several weeks earlier that Trump was considering a pardon. At the time, she said she had a "sense that things are moving forward and I have faith in our president. If anyone is going to help them, he'd be the one."

Ryan Bundy, who joined his brother Ammon as a leader of the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, said the pardons were "long overdue. It's time. It's overtime.''

Bundy said he and others would like to return to Burns to give the Hammonds a "hero's welcome'' when they get out of Terminal Island Federal Correctional Institution in San Pedro, Calif.

In clemency petitions, lawyers for the Hammonds cited the ranchers' longtime service to their community, the severity of their punishment, the trial judge's support and their family situation.

"Unlike some cases where clemency may outrage the community, clemency for the Hammonds would be embraced by the Oregon community, both rural and urban,'' Matasar wrote.

The lengthy sentences, plus the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's refusal in 2014 to renew a grazing permit for the Hammond ranch, have crippled the operation, the family has said. The Hammonds have appealed the federal agency's denial.

"If the Hammonds are unable to return to the ranch in the near future, the legacy and livelihood Dwight and Steven Hammond have been building for their family could truly be lost,'' Matasar wrote in his petition. "A clemency would not only serve as a balm to the community's angst about these sentences, but very practically, give the Hammonds a real chance to keep their ranch afloat.''

Dwight Hammond set a prescribed burn on about 300 acres of his own land that then traveled onto Bureau of Land Management property and burned an additional 139 acres, his lawyer wrote. The elder Hammond said he was trying to fend off invasive species.

Prosecutors argued the fire also was to cover up illegal deer poaching and got out of control, placing firefighters who had to be airlifted out of the area in grave danger.

The federal pursuit of the Hammonds followed years of permit violations and unauthorized fires, and they never accepted responsibility, Marshall said.  The Hammonds could have faced less than a year in prison under a plea offer they declined, she said.

The Hammonds' lawyers pointed out in their clemency petitions that the father and son faced other sanctions. They paid $400,000 in 2015 to settle a civil suit brought by the government and are having a hard time sustaining the cattle operation because of the grazing permit denial.

They cited the opinion of the trial judge, U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, who found the five-year sentences "grossly disproportionate to the severity of the offenses here'' and noted that the fires didn't endanger any people or property.

Prosecutors argued the fires did endanger others. When the government won the appeal of the Hammonds' lower sentences, Acting U.S. Attorney Billy Williams issued a release, saying that the fires illegally set on public lands, even in remote areas, endanger firefighters called to respond. Marshall said "firefighters were in grave danger and had to be dramatically evacuated'' after the fires set by the Hammonds.

Williams was asked by the Office of the Pardon Attorney to submit a written brief summarizing the Hammond litigation and his office's position on the Hammonds' clemency requests. He prepared a brief and submitted it, but his office declined to release it or summarize what Williams' position was, calling the document privileged.

Williams also declined any comment Tuesday about Trump's pardons.

Steven Grasty, a former Harney County commissioner, said he's glad the Hammond saga has come to an end. He said he disagreed with first sentence, but didn't see the value of sending the Hammonds back to prison after they had served their initial term.

"I'm really proud of the efforts of our community, Greg Walden, the Oregon Cattlemen's Association,'' Grasty said.

But he said the pardons shouldn't be considered a win for the Bundys. "The Bundys complicated this. They made it worse. The Bundys didn't know the Hammonds. They used them.''

Among those who wrote letters of support for the Hammonds' clemency petitions were Walden, Harney County Sheriff Dave Ward, Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe as well as leaders of the Oregon Cattlemen's Association and Oregon Farm Bureau.

Ward, who was the face of law enforcement during the 2016 occupation of the wildlife refuge in his county, wrote to the White House that he personally felt the initial sentences and the financial penalties "covered the debt owed to society.''

"This case was thrust into the national spotlight when, for lack of a better term, anti-government extremists exploited the Hammond family and began attempting to use their unfortunate circumstance to gain support for their own agendas,'' Ward wrote.

He noted that Dwight and Steven Hammond rejected pressure they faced from Ammon Bundy and others to defy federal orders and instead turned themselves in to prison.

"It is my humble opinion that justice would be better served if these gentlemen were afforded the opportunity to return home,'' Ward wrote. "For Dwight to spend his remaining years with his wife. For Steven to return to his family ... and to set an example that along with being a nation of laws, we are a nation of compassion and forgiveness.''

On Tuesday, Ward said he was "happy for their families and I respect the decision, as it is a responsible and lawful use of our governmental system. ... Now please allow this community to move on.''

Other letters of support described good deeds done for their neighbors, children and grandchildren's schools, the county's 4H and FFA clubs and many others in need. They spoke of Dwight Hammond's sincerity, decency, his humility and the respect for him in Harney County -- a man who dressed up as Santa Claus for schoolkids and what one friend described as "a real life John Wayne."

Dwight Hammond's wife, who is ailing, lives alone in Burns. Steven Hammond is married with three children.

"I am seeking commutation of my sentence so that I can return home to take care of my wife,'' Dwight Hammond wrote. "I live in fear that one of us will pass before we are reunited.''

Trump's action follows a flurry of pardons, including for Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative author convicted of illegal campaign contributions; I. Lewis Libby Jr., a former aide to Vice President Dick Cheney; former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio; and Alice Johnson, 63, serving life for her role in a cocaine distribution ring.
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The Hammond Ranchers Pardoned by Trump
John R. Houk
© July 11, 2018
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Trump Pardons Hammonds!

Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.comSonsOfLibertyMedia.comGunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his "more precious than rubies" wife, father of 10 "mighty arrows", jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab and Steemit

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Trump pardons Oregon ranchers whose case sparked Bundy takeover of refuge


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