Monday, February 05, 2018

"The Memo" and the Enemy Within

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Cicero, the wealthy Roman historian, lawyer, politician and one of Rome's greatest orators, warned his colleagues that the "enemy within" is to be feared far more than the murderer and other defined enemies of the Republic.

"The Memo," released Friday afternoon, shines the light on the enemy within.

And who is this enemy?

Mueller? McCain? Schumer? Pelosi? Trump? Ryan? McConnell? The Democrats? The Republicans?

The wealthy Marcus Tullius Cicero also served the Roman Empire as consul in 63 BC, where he closely observed the decline and fall of the Empire.

During that period he warned his colleagues with this:

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
President Lincoln had probably read these words when he told our own nation, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

"The Memo" profiles how the enemy within is infecting the body politic, "appealing to the baseness that lies deep within the hearts of all men" and "rots the soul of a nation."

Who is the enemy within?

Is it Senator John McCain who passed the Christopher Steele created, so-called Russian Dossier to former FBI director Comey, after McCain had met with Andrew Wood in Halifax, where they discussed the dossier?

He says, "No," it's not him. He was trying to save America from people like President Trump who are looking at this whole matter through the warped lens of politics and manufacturing partisan side shows. McCain himself has been known to do a little manufacturing, but he surely is not the enemy. He's a war hero. Right?

Or is the enemy within James Comey who has displayed multiple personalities, and duplicity in his so-called quest of "the truth."

Aaron Kline wrote an article this past weekend that encourages readers to ask the following questions about Comey:

  1. Why did Comey utilize the largely discredited anti-Trump dossier as purported evidence to sign FISA documents to conduct surveillance on Carter Page, who briefly served as a volunteer campaign foreign policy adviser?
  2. Why didn’t Comey tell the FISA court that Steele’s dossier was reportedly funded by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC)?
  3. Why didn’t Comey tell the FISA court the dossier he allegedly relied upon to request a warrant to monitor Page was a product of the controversial Fusion GPS firm?
  4. Why didn’t Comey tell the FISA court that Steele reportedly met with Yahoo News at the direction of Fusion GPS?
  5. How did Comey justify relying upon the dossier to monitor Page when he personally called the information contained in Steele’s dossier “salacious and unverified” months later?
  6. How did Comey justify relying upon the dossier to monitor Page when his own FBI determined the document was “only minimally corroborated”?
  7. Why did Comey push back against a request from President Donald Trump to possibly investigate the origins of claims made inside the dossier?
  8. Why didn’t Comey immediately inform Trump that the dossier was financed by Clinton and the DNC, and was compiled by the controversial Fusion GPS?

Is Comey the enemy within?

Russia undoubtedly has spies working in our country---everybody spies on everybody in today's world.

No doubt Russia is an enemy-- so is China, and Iran and Pakistan, etc., etc., etc. But they are not the enemy within, they are, as Lincoln described, the enemy from the outside.

"The Memo" profiles the enemy.

This is an overview of "The Memo":

Among the memo’s findings are:

The anti-Trump dossier funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee formed an “essential” part of the initial and all three renewal surveillance applications against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page;

The political origins of the dossier were “known to senior DOJ and FBI officials,” but those origins were not included in applications to obtain the warrant;

Also used to justify the surveillance warrants against Page was a news story supposedly corroborating the dossier, that was pushed by the dossier author Christopher Steele himself — yet the FISA application incorrectly says Steele did not provide the information in the article;

Perkins Coie — the law firm for the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee hosted a meeting with Steele, Fusion GPS and media (this revelation makes it harder for the Clinton campaign and the DNC to deny they knew about the dossier, though Clinton and other top DNC officials at that time have denied knowing about it);

Steele was “suspended and then terminated” as an FBI source, after the FBI learned that he made an authorized disclosure of his relationship with the FBI to liberal media magazine Mother Jones, and he lied to the FBI about his previous media contacts with Yahoo! and other outlets;

Steele — although portrayed as a “boy scout” by Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson — had personal bias against candidate Donald Trump, telling senior Justice Department official Bruce Ohr that he was “desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president”;

Ohr’s wife Nellie Ohr assisted with the dossier, but the FBI or the DOJ did not disclose this connection in the application for the FISA warrant, even though Bruce Ohr worked “closely” with Deputy Attorney Generals Sally Yates and then Rod Rosenstein — who both signed off on at least one FISA application or renewal;

At the time that the FBI used the dossier to obtain the spy warrant on Page in October 2016, head of the FBI’s counterintelligence division Bill Priestap had assessed that the corroboration of the dossier was still in its “infancy,” and after Steele was terminated as a source, an FBI unit assessed his reporting as only “minimally corroborated”;

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe acknowledged to the House Intelligence Committee in December 2017 that no warrant would have been sought without the dossier;

The FISA warrant also mentioned information related to another Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, even though there was no evidence of cooperation or conspiracy between Page and Papadopoulos;

The memo does not state what the information about Papadopoulos was, but said that information was the trigger to the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation on Russian meddling and collusion in late July 2016 (he had told an Australian diplomat at a London bar that a Maltese professor connected to Russia had told him he had dirt on Clinton in the form of emails);

Peter Strzok, the No. 2 at the FBI’s counterintelligence division opened the bureau’s investigation on Russian meddling and collusion (text messages between him and fellow FBI official and lover Lisa Page show that he held an anti-Trump bias);

The FBI authorized payments to Steele, but never disclosed that in any of the FISA warrant applications.

This is a link to the actual memo which was released without any of the redactions sought by the FBI and the DOJ.

The enemy within is ultimately bigger than the players.

It is godless secular progressiveism ---cultural Marxism.

This ideology is hammered home in the minds and hearts of Americans every single day; to our children, while they sit as captives in government-run institutions called public schools and adults as they sit mindlessly in front of their TV sets.

It "works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city--he infects the body politic so it can no longer resist."

Those who embrace this godless secular ideology believe their progressive "end" is so noble that it justifies any means to achieve that end which is a godless secular America---a rejection of the Judeo-Christian values and principles upon which this great nation was founded. And was blessed.

They believe the destruction of anyone who would stand against their secular worldview is not only justified but absolutely required.

The enemy within is the beliefs of the far Left progressives.

The players who seek to carry out that far Left ideology-- are in Lenin's thinking "useful idiots."

Be Informed. Be Vigilant. Be Strong. Be Pro-Active. Be Prayerful.