Archive for March, 2017

Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Sanctuary Cities must end!

March 28, 2017

Yesterday, President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions told White House correspondents his agency would begin to end sanctuary cities and penalize those municipalities that fail to enforce current federal immigration law.

Watch theKDreport YouTube report here

Sessions said the Justice Department could claw back approximately $4.1 billion in 2017 grant money if cities requesting funds refuse to verify that they are in compliance with the federal law that calls for local law enforcement to share immigration details with federal officials.

“The Department of Justice will require that jurisdictions seeking or applying for DOJ grants (sic) to certify compliance with [U.S. Code § 1373] as a condition of receiving those awards,” Sessions explained.

The law in question prohibits local law enforcement or government officials from withholding illegal immigrant status to the federal government, i.e. ICE/Immigration and Customs Enforcement. President Trump ran on a platform of strictly enforcing immigration laws passed by Congress and building a wall.

“Failure to deport aliens who are convicted of criminal offenses puts whole communities at risk, especially immigrant communities in the very sanctuary jurisdictions that seek to protect the perpetrators,” Sessions explained. “I urge the nation’s states and cities to carefully consider the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws.”

A number of large cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, as well as more than 300 smaller cities and counties, are refusing to work with the federal government. These communities claim that reporting those detained by local enforcement could prompt them to not report other crimes to police because they could be arrested and deported for being in the country illegally. Those officials say that would make their communities less safe.

“LAPD has never participated in programs that deputize local law enforcement to act as immigration agents, and on my watch, they never will,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Writer’s note; deputizing is not a formal necessity as almost all Federal law includes concurrent jurisdiction with states and municipal law enforcement.

Illegal US Immigrants opt for Canada (and its generous benefits)

March 22, 2017

Now that “the Donald” is president, restless illegal immigrants in the US are now facing likely deportation. The “build that wall” mantra appears to be moving forward, leaving millions to consider their residency options.

Enter Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who has opened the door for those fleeing persecution in the US by lifting visa requirements for the Mexican people. Starting in December, numerous Mexicans sought refuge in Canada and its generous refugee asylum program.

According to Canada’s True North Initiative report, written by its Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), last month saw an explosion of immigration north of 2,500 percent.

For those who cross the Canadian border by foot, they can lawfully apply for refugee or political asylum status. The illegal immigrants do have to meet with an immigration judge and explain why they are fearful for their lives if they were to return to their homeland, including the US.

During the immigration process, asylum seekers are able to “take” part of Canada’s lavish social safety programs, including health care benefits many Canadian’s must pay extra for. According to the Toronto Sun, “Only about 10 percent of those applications were eventually accepted and given refugee status in Canada. The remaining 90 percent of cases were either abandoned by the claimant or rejected by a Canadian immigration judge. These bogus claimants cost Canadian taxpayers hundreds of millions annually through social welfare programs, legal aid, court costs and deportation services. The low acceptance rate for Mexican asylum seekers is due to the fact that, while Mexico is a dangerous country, simply coming from a dangerous place is not enough to qualify for asylum in Canada.”

Nevertheless, Trudeau announced his country would eliminate the visa requirement for Mexican neighbors to the south. “This move will make it easier for our Mexican friends to visit Canada while growing our local economies and strengthening our communities,” he told Parliament after a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

However, the new policy was met with criticism because it allows any Mexican national to visit without background checks or guarantee they will return home.

A recent Reuter’s article interviewed several Mexican nationals set for deportation by America and the illegal immigrants indicated they were looking to call Canada home! “’I want to go to Canada,’ said one man who was deported from the US for drug possession and working illegally without immigration status. ‘For those without documents, I think (the United States) is over. Now it’s Canada’s turn,’” the criminal said.

So far the Canadian government data highlights that it’s approved more than 61,500 Electronic Travel Authorization forms (eTAs) to Mexican nationals, tripling the number of usual visitors. The question many Canadian taxpayers have is “will they leave?” Luckily, that maiden voyage should be answered in June when the first rounds of visa holders are supposed to leave.

In the meantime, the Trump administration has implemented a new program to prod America’s sanctuary cities by shaming local jails that refuse to honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers. Staunch Trump supporters say the president is following through on a campaign promise to deport the worst of the worst criminals, while the open border crowd claims Trump is targeting Hispanics.

Now that Trump has occupied the Oval Office for 60 days, ICE released the sanctuary city list fashioned after President Trump’s executive order (EO) that he signed in January. The EO specifically asked government agencies to document which jurisdictions refused to cooperate with ICE’s new strict policies to apprehend and deport criminal illegal aliens.

Following through with Trump’s EO, newly-minted Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a statement on the Declined Detainer Outcome Report: “This important report demonstrates a clear and ongoing threat to public safety. It is not acceptable for jurisdictions to refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement by releasing criminal aliens back into our communities when our law required them to be deported. The Department of Justice will use all lawful authority to ensure that criminals who are illegally in this country are detained and removed swiftly and to hold accountable jurisdictions that willfully violate federal law.”

Sanctuary cities and aiding and abetting illegal immigration are on a collision course to test the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution (Article VI) and President Trump’s immigration policies.

 

 

Michael Hastings: collection of articles

March 14, 2017

Interview with CRN Radio on CIA “Vault 7” and reporter Michael Hastings’death-a “cold case”  Listen/watch here

Included are photos of official documents collected throughout my quest to uncover the facts surrounding the death of national security reporter Michael Hastings.

 

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The CIA to provide new details into Hastings’ death

Oct 6, 2013

CIA Director, John Brennan was Hastings next exposé

August 12, 2013

CW6 TV Segment here

Hastings’ 911 callers and new video confirm large explosions

August 4, 2013

It’s been nearly two months since journalist Michael Hastings died in a fiery car crash in Los Angeles. A new surveillance video from a nearby business obtained by San Diego 6 News and posted by LA Weekly graphically shows multiple explosions consuming his 2013 Mercedes Benz.

The surveillance video captures the final moments of Hastings life and provides intriguing details of the “crash.” The video shows a flash of light appearing at the 13-14 second mark, the headlights are on at 14 seconds, but all lights are extinguished at the 16-second mark. The car then turns left and the first horizontal explosion appears just after the 16-second mark (it ejects the left front tire across northbound highland approximately 40-50 feet). The second explosion engulfs the engine compartment at the 17-second mark. The third and largest explosion consumes the passenger compartment at the 17-18-second mark.

Inexplicably, the palm tree Hastings’ car hit has scorched bark and slightly wounded the base approximately –16″W x 4.5” H x 1″D –seemingly minimal damage for a 3,538 pound car striking the tree at a reportedly 100 mph. Also, pictures taken by San Diego 6 News show the curb has a small scratch, but no major chipping or fractures and the rear tires resting against the curb. Keep reading

Investigation into Michael Hastings accident continues

July 15, 2013

Details of reporter Hastings’ death remains elusive

July 8, 2013

Pentagon says yield from Yemen raid produced significant Intel

March 7, 2017

A January military operation in Yemen that took Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens’ life and was hyped by President Trump at his first address to the nation is now being touted as a significant Intel success story. On Thursday, Pentagon officials said, “they are now taking action to locate and monitor hundreds of people or contacts found as part the intelligence retrieved during the deadly raid.”

The terabyte’s worth of intelligence gathered from computers and cell phones is now being reviewed at the National Media Exploitation Center outside Washington, which analyzes documents, electronic media, cell phones, video and audio tapes seized on overseas missions.

Early reports suggest some of the information recovered provided the location of safe havens, explosives manufacturing facilities, training, and future targets were acquired in the January ground operation.

The Department of Defense confirms three alleged terrorists Abdul-Raouf al-Dhahab, Sultan al-Dhahab, and Seif al-Nims along with 14 others were killed during the firefight. But Al Qaeda in Yemen claims more than 30 civilians were slaughtered, including Anwar al-Awlaki’s 8-year-old daughter. Awlaki was the first known American to be killed in a Yemen drone strike back in 2011.

“AQAP has taken advantage of ungoverned spaces in Yemen to plot, direct and inspire terror attacks against the United States and our allies,” US Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said last week following a series of US airstrikes in Yemen against the terror group.

The SEAL Team 6 mission ran into trouble the moment members reached the targeted housing compound in an isolated portion of Yemen.

“There were a lot of female combatants who were part of this… as it was taking place, female fighters ran to pre-established positions — as though they had trained to be ready, and trained to be combatants — and engaged with us,” Davis said.

Despite an hour-long firefight, the special operators were able to successfully acquire numerous computers and cell phones that contained valuable intelligence information.

However, the purportedly compromised operation injured three Americans, destroyed a $75 million MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft and more tragically killed Owens.

Notwithstanding the loss of life and equipment, officials at the White House, as well as the Pentagon said the mission that was planned under the Obama administration was ultimately successful.

Critics were eager to discredit President Donald Trump’s first covert operation. “Given the public’s concerns about the raid’s costs and other media reports about the raid, the administration has an obligation to disclose support for this claim,” Democrat Senator Ron Wyden, a member of the Intelligence Committee said.

Perhaps more concerning is the fact military officials are saying the January raid was compromised from the get-go. Numerous reports indicate that the SEALs did not have a chance and were greeted by well-prepared terrorists. If this is true, then it means someone leaked classified information to residents at the terrorist hideaway.

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA) told reporters: “There’s been major crimes committed. What I’m concerned about is no one is focusing on major leaks that have occurred here. We can’t run a government like this. A government can’t function with massive leaks at the highest level.”

To this end, Democrats on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence fired three Pakistani brothers, Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan from their $160,000 IT managing information technology jobs. They worked for dozens of House Democrats on the Committee for Foreign Affairs and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, including the now disgraced DNC chairwomen Debbie Wasserman Shultz.

The brothers along with a wife were told that a criminal investigation was ordered for the unlawful use of congressional IT systems, including the possible removal of classified data and overbilling.

Eva Malecki, communications Director for the US Capitol Police confirmed the ongoing investigation to this reporter. “At the request of Members of Congress, the United States Capitol Police are investigating the actions of House IT support staff. We have no further comment on the ongoing investigation at this time.”

According to the Daily Caller, “Three members of the intelligence panel and five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs were among the dozens of members who employed the suspects on a shared basis. The two committees deal with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism… including covert anti-terrorism activity… including the Yemen operation” (emphasis added).

More fallout from the January military raid continued this week as  Yemeni Foreign Minister, Abdul-Malik al-Mekhlafi said in a statement that reports of a suspension of cooperation with the US military were unfounded.

“Yemen continues to cooperate with the United States and continues to abide by all the agreements. The Yemeni government is involved in talks with the US administration on the latest raid.”

Shadow government fights to preserve the “Establishment”

March 7, 2017

Quite frankly, I was astounded that President Trump won the election, not because his message did not resonate with voters, but because the “Establishment” has so much invested in the cronyism of Washington.

It is an irreconcilable oxymoron that our Capitol City, named to revere George Washington, who set the moral and ethical principles that have guided America for nearly 250 years, should become the hotbed of global corruption.

To many voters, Trump’s run represented an opportunity to break the cycle of corruption that the trillions of taxpayers’ dollars pose to the “Establishment.” While most Americans work hard to support their families and country, those entrusted to govern have used the US Treasury as their personal piggy bank, no offense to Miss Piggy.

The Trump movement gave the American heartland a reason to rise up against the entitlement states of California and New York and said enough; Get a job and pay your own bills.

But the “Establishment,” which overplayed its Hillary woman card, hoping to follow-up on the Barack Obama black card, miscalculated its control of the masses. Despite the crowds and under-polling, the “Establishment” was certain their worn-out candidate would win. They were wrong.

So now, with too many secrets to protect, the “Establishment” is preparing to offer and repackage the political messiah of Barack Obama in 2020.

After a stellar performance by Trump at his first address to the joint session of Congress, the opposition is so terrified that he will succeed in “Making America Great Again” and be re-elected that they have resorted to attacking anyone who is willing to stand with Trump and the American working class.

The first causality, General Mike Flynn, was feared by the Intel community, and this week the shadow government took aim at newly posted Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Presumably, the next target will be Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; plus it appears Congress is now hedging its bets by delaying and obstructing President Trump’s cabinet from confirmation. Such conduct is not just shameful — it threatens the will of the people to choose the trajectory of the country against the ill-intentioned “Establishment.”

Never mind that the people have spoken, that won’t be enough, the people must continue to stand together and repel the onslaught of those miscreants who suck the life from the Constitutional government of the people and steal its wealth for their personal gain.

The battle began on November 8th with a resounding victory, but the people were unaware that a new war against the “Establishment” began in earnest. To regain control of the government, Americans cannot take off their packs or lay down their resolve. Like all warriors on a dangerous battlefield, we must stay vigilant, adapt and overcome.

Our individual and collective freedoms are at stake. As Ben Franklin reportedly said, “if we do not hang together we will definitely hang apart.”

Semper fi, Colonel sends

 

Reduce taxes – payoff $20 trillion debt

March 1, 2017

As many people have observed, the $20 trillion of federal debt is unsustainable but for the artificially low-interest rates the Federal Reserve forces on the markets. At “historic” rates for US Treasuries (5+ percent), nearly the entire US budget would be absorbed into debt servicing. That has been the beauty of the Obama-McConnell-Boehner-Ryan Continuing Resolution system of government spending versus the Constitutionally required budgeting process, nobody knows or cares how much the government is spending.

It’s time to care. First off, let me state the obvious, individuals, families, and businesses can spend more than they earn for a limited period of time, we all know that. But eventually, either you increase income, reduce spending, or go bankrupt. Governments are not any different. Several cities have filed for bankruptcy and there is debate as to whether states and territories, like Puerto Rico, can file bankruptcy.

Now, for all of you statistical wonks (always wanted to use that word), let me throw some statistics at you in the “lightning round.”

Claiming 93 million Americans are not in the workforce is a true statement, but it is not an accurate statement. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Some … 93.8 million Americans age 16 and older are deemed “not in the labor force,” 9.7 million of them are between 16 and 19 years of age. Another 5.7 million are between 20 and 24. And 37.8 million are age 65 and over. In fact, 17.5 million are over 75 years old.

BLS reports the employment-to-population ratio of 60 percent is a macroeconomic statistic that indicates the ratio of the labor force currently employed to the total working-age population of a region, municipality or country. It is calculated by dividing the number of people employed by the total number of people of working age.

According to the Social Security Administration 66 million people (not necessarily Americans) receive benefits, 45 million are 65 or older, 14 million are less than 65 and receive disability benefits.

Mitt Romney was famously correct in claiming 47 percent or more of workers do not pay federal taxes and the top one percent pay 87 percent of income taxes collected.

Furthermore, FAIR.com estimates the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion per year; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local levels. This does not account for the life-long commitment of billions paid to support refugees from Cuba and the Middle East.

So, like other enterprises, the US must increase revenues or reduce spending, or preferably, both. By controlling our borders we can begin to cut into that $113B per year devoted to illegal immigrants. My colleague, Kimberly Dvorak, has long proposed that all of those Sanctuary Cities and open border people volunteer to take in a few illegal immigrant families in a show of solidarity with them. So, open your doors to support open borders. It is easy to not pay any taxes and march in favor of spending $113B for open borders when you do not have any direct costs. But watch out for the indirect costs!

As an aside, can you appreciate all the Bernie students protesting against their student debt but marching for open borders? What are they teaching at universities?

Nevertheless, LEGAL immigration is important as our death rate exceeded our birth rate in 2015. The difference with LEGAL immigration is that legal immigrants contract not to go on the dole for five years, demonstrate financial worth, pass health and civics tests, and pledge an oath of allegiance to the USA.

By chipping away at the $113B, we will see an almost immediate return on investment.

Now another big-ticket item is the defense budget. My problem with defense spending is that the US has not defined our national interests (red lines in the sand over which we would go to war) in any meaningful way. We have a reactionary foreign policy and a commitment to nothing.

First, a little geography, our country is nearly surrounded by great moats, the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans and the Caribbean Sea. We have a mere 2,000 miles of land border with Mexico and 5.5 million with Canada.

The Canadians have been pretty good at controlling their sea and air ports of entry and pose little to no threat to the US (despite PM Trudeau’s commitment to “open borders’). Mexico, on the other hand, is a problem as the border has not been enforced to the extent Mexico enforces its own southern border, and, millions of undocumented and unvetted persons enter the US each year. Enough said.

By controlling our southern border and ports of entry we can greatly reduce the risk of land invasion. If the Chinese were to invade us, we would see them coming. They would have to come by ship or plane and those avenues of approach are easily defended.

By focusing our defense in space, cyber, and EMP we could build a secure defense against most vulnerabilities at a much more manageable rate than huge armies and navies. By maintaining strike forces capable of quick and lethal attacks, we could deal with threats without the necessity of seizing and occupying foreign territories. The psychological effect on those who would do us harm would be considerable as they would learn “here today, gone tomorrow” applies to threats against America.

Peace through strength is a good motto and effective tool, but the temptation to intercede in other nations’ business is great. It is true we are safer when everyone is at peace but politics and scarcity drive war and the world’s military-industrial complex has proven war makes money. We must control the temptation to “nation-build” or “export democracy” or “search-out WMDs”.

The military-industrial complex has been addressed ad nauseum in this column so it will not be repeated. But reversing those defense industries (as we did in World War II – “The Arsenal of Democracy”) into infrastructure behemoths would retain jobs and produce a return on investment by improving roads, ports of entry, bridges, dams, power grids and engineering and technology. We should not have to invest in killing to the degree our economy is dependent on it!

Now let’s turn to taxes. Despite the hype about the rich not paying their fair share the facts tell a different story. The top 1 percent pays 87 percent of US income taxes, the next tier pay the rest. At least 45 percent pay no federal income taxes. That is not a fair system by any means. It is understood we all pay sales taxes, but those go to states and local governments (except excise taxes).

So the idea of capitalism is that we vote with our pocketbooks. By exempting almost half of the society from paying taxes we are eliminating an important check and balance against government excess. When LBJ increased US war making in Vietnam the Congress passed a 5 percent surcharge on existing income taxes to pay for the war. The effect of the draft and the surcharge caused people to take notice of what the government was doing. People must be interested in the workings of government to maintain a strong democracy and paying a “fair share” is a major step in forcing the taxpayers to take note.

My warped thinking suggests that controlling spending, increasing the number of taxpayers, and investing tax revenues in the US, not on perpetual war, the US can reduce taxes overall, reduce spending overall, eliminate deficits, and begin a systematic pay-down of the $20 trillion in debt. The result will build a more vibrant economy, stable infrastructure, promote political awareness, and leave a better world to our children.

Semper fi, Colonel sends

Democracy by bureaucracy

March 1, 2017

How many times have we repeated President Eisenhower’s warning about the military-industrial complex or MIC? Despite the acronym, there is nothing Mickey Mouse about the power, tenacity, and viciousness of the “Establishment” in Washington DC and its realms.

The MIC orchestrated the takedown on General Flynn through the selective leaks of highly classified information. Whether General Flynn was guilty or liable for improper conduct is not something to be determined by the shadow government that lurks inside the Establishment.

Some commentators have called the leaks appropriate, despite constituting felonies, because of the seriousness of the information. But where were those voices when Edward Snowden was warning America that our government agencies were capturing metadata that could jeopardize the entire operation of the government. It was not the Russians that blackmailed President Trump’s former national security advisor Gen Flynn it was the shadow government lurking behind every text, tweet, email, phone call and any other electrons flying across the airways.

Despite the claims of Intel and law enforcement agencies’ that all metadata collected was within the letter and spirit of the law and properly protected, we know now that the information is not just destined to surveillance operations and court proceedings, but can be used indirectly assailing individuals without Constitutional and statutory safeguards. In actuality, it can be used to “blackmail” or threaten government officials with whom the shadow government is at odds … like General Flynn. Suppose “they” did not just want him gone from the NSC but instead intended to blackmail him into a separate agenda?

Did not Senator Schumer (D-NY) specifically threaten General Flynn of grave consequences if he tangled with the “state security” agencies? Did not Senator Feinstein rail against the CIA for spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee?

For many years we have been writing about the power entrusted with the state security services and the potential for abuse. Clearly from disclosures of Edward Snowden, Thomas Drake, John Kiriakou, William Binney, Private Manning and others the temptation to leak such information is oftentimes overcome by personal agendas.

While it may be too late to put the metadata genie back into the bottle, it is clearly time to revisit the necessity for so much secrecy and the need to collect it. Big Brother is no longer a fiction but a faceless bureaucracy of tens of thousands that must be corralled and controlled.

A first step would be to ban the secrecy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and its non-Article III courts. Secondly would be to provide severe prison sentences for leakers who are not designated as “whistleblowers” by an independent tribunal composed of citizens and no government employees. Thirdly, limit the scope of data collection, both routine and targeted, to matters pertaining to external national security threats. Fourth, Article III courts based on probable cause MUST handle any internal threats. Fifth, ban National Security Letters (NSL). Sixth, prohibit the sharing of tax and banking information between state and federal agencies without a pending, active, criminal case and subpoenas based on probable cause. Seventh, eliminate the practice of demanding email and other electronic media providers from producing records without subpoenas or notice to the consumer.

There are plenty of smart people that know how all this metadata is collected and analyzed that can develop much more effective methods for limiting and controlling the government’s insatiable desire to spy on us. But we must have a public dialogue about the subject as the current practices run counter to our governing document.

Another issue that is looming on the horizon is the cashless society. While many find the idea of a cashless economy quite appealing as a means of controlling illegal drugs, money laundering, and black marketeering, it is the electronic trail that would give Big Brother the inside track to every financial move. It’s bad enough Google® tracks your web surfing and offers up your musings for weeks after, but for the government to have capabilities would truly be the beginning of the end of a democratic society of, by, and for the people.

So, back to General Flynn and the shadow government, all of these things threaten the very foundation of our Constitutional society. Either we come to grips with controlling the electronic melodies of our lives or we will be facing a society that is run by the holders of the metadata and their agendas.

So to those who say you have nothing to hide believe the young peeps, an all-knowing government is a dangerous threat to our freedom.