“No operation of a war is more critical than a night-march.”
— Winston Churchill
COME ON DOWN TO THE HILL
Information is leaking at a record pace these days, most all of it headed in one direction: corruption by top FBI officials in the genesis and operation of the PutinGate probe.
House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte surely wants to know more, and is readying subpoenas for people connected to the Steele pee-pee dossier, most notably Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, his homely NeverTrumper wife Nellie Ohr and smear firm Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson. These are the folks who linked the bureau to the dossier, and boy do we have some questions for them.
The subpoenas will reportedly also go after other current and former FBI and DOJ officials including Jim Baker, Sally Moyer, Jonathan Moffa and George Toscas, all Barry loyalists who no doubt were in full knowledge and compliance of what was happening, much like Barry himself.
Moffa and Baker both played a role in drafting the memo Comey used to announce the bureau’s findings in the Hillzdawg email probe, according to documents released by the FBI last fall. Baker was also involved in decision-making of the pee-pee dossier as well as other FBI officials. Toscas was another top DOJ official involved in the Hillzdawg probe.
Goodlatte’s top aide made the plan pretty clear to reporters: “We plan to interview the people below in the coming weeks and we will issue subpoenas to compel their attendance if necessary.”
The latest revelations about the Ohrs’ integral roles as the links between the bureau and the BS come at a decidedly convenient times, as Goodlatte could issue the orders as early as this week as part of his panel’s joint investigation with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is examining FBI and DOJ decision-making during the 2016 presidential election. Timely AND pertinent. Match made in Heaven!
Bruce Ohr arrived on the radar when it was revealed that he had been BFF with Simpson and Steele during the presidential campaign, a revelation that caused the few useful Republicans in Congress to demand a special counsel investigation into the DOJ and the FBI last December.
However, Steele was officially fired by the FBI once it was “revealed” that he had been shopping the dossier to the press, which is comical considering they knew he was working for Fusion GPS, whose entire job is to disseminate hatchet jobs to the media for broadcast. What exactly did the FBI think it was getting when it used a guy who was hired to dig up dirt on PDT for the Clinton campaign? The answer, of course, is they knew and didn’t care. What likely happened is someone else found out, which forced them to momentarily pretend to be following protocol and acting with integrity.
And now, we have definitive proof that sudden bout of integrity was indeed all a ruse, as it’s come to light that Ohr remained in contact with Steele and other Fusion representatives long after Steele was terminated and even after the presidential election.
So just to recap the big picture here….the FBI “fired” Steele, yet the high-ranking official who served as the link between Steele and the bureau remained in contact as if nothing had ever happened. That’s called doing one thing in public and something different in private. That’s called corruption, plain and simple.
Here are a few of the messages discovered between Steele and Ohr, as published by Fox News:
One text message from Steele to Ohr on Jan. 31, 2017 reportedly said: “B, doubtless a sad and crazy day for you re-SY.” The text is an apparent reference to President Trump’s firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.
The text continued: “Just want to check you are OK, still in the situ and able to help locally as discussed, along with your Bureau colleagues.”
Ohr reportedly replied: “I’m still here and able to help as discussed….I’ll let you know if that changes.”
It is unclear what and whom Steele was referring to in that exchange.
The Hill reported that FBI officials admitted they continued to receive information from Steele through Ohr.
The FBI declined to comment when asked by Fox News whether the bureau relied on Steele’s intelligence after their working relationship was terminated.
Steele also sent one email to Ohr on July 1, 2016, obtained by The Hill, making an apparent reference to Trump.
“I am seeing [redacted] in London next week to discuss ongoing business, but there is something separate I wanted to discuss with you informally and separately,” Steele wrote. “It concerns out favourite business tycoon!”
So we have Bruce Ohr, working in conjunction with his wife and friggin Fusion GPS employee Nellie Ohr with a rabid NeverTrump spook on an ongoing basis and exchanging partisan messages along the way.
I’m dying to know what “help” was discussed between Bruce and Steele. As far as “their guy” who was in danger of being “sent back home,” they’re undoubtedly referring to Russian aluminum financier Oleg Deripaska, who is increasingly looking like he may have been a primary source for the dossier.
Remember in my piece not long ago regarding the Carter Page FISA warrants, I noted that Steele was likely relying on second or third hand Russian information, which is about as reliable as a Taco Bell fart.
Well, as it turns out, at the same time Steele was compiling the pee-pee dossier accusing the Trump campaign of colluding with the Russian government, he was also lobbying Bruce Ohr on behalf of Deripaska, who is known to have close ties to Vladimir Putin.
Now, why would Ohr and Steele have such a keen interest in keeping this friend of OMG Putin so happy? Could it be that they had quid pro quo relationship of Trump dirt in exchange for visas? Worse yet, could it be that Ohr and Steele knew that Deripaska was full of crap (he had every reason to lie, after all, which is the first thing one learns about gathering human intelligence).
And guess who else Mr. Deripaska was close with: Paul Manafort. And since Manafort, along with Carter Page, was clearly the key to collusion between Trump and Russia (in the eyes of the FBI), we can logically deduce that O.D. was being used to provide information on Manafort. And since they haven’t gotten anything on Manafort beyond 13 -year old foreign lobbying violations, we can further deduce that whatever info was provided wasn’t worth jack squat.
Desperation made fools of the FBI, and corrupt ones at that.
It’s become crystal clear that Bruce Ohr was more than happy to work hand in hand with Christopher Steele, Glenn Simpson and every other figure involved in the attempted soft coup of PDT all the way up until their actions became impossible to hide.
And now, we have at least some of the direct communications between these men, much of it pointing to even shadier activity that needed to be discussed “informally and separately.”
We also know a thumb drive was exchanged between Ohr and Steele at some point. What was on it? Whatever it was couldn’t have been too damning for PDT, as they still relied on the dossier to get their dirty FISA applications approved all the way up to 2017.
One thing I do know is PDT knows more than all of us what lies behind that curtain. And as Rudy Guiliani announced on Hannity this week, this story is going to blow up. The fact that so many former Obama officials are now being lumped in with Ohr and others tells us that they’ve gotten to the roots of a very poisonous tree.
I feel the sweet breeze of vindication coming to wash over me. Oh, how glorious it will feel.
RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA
Last Friday, people who haven’t been paying attention to the jihadist threat right in front of their own faces over the past few years finally got to see what they’ve been missing…right in front of their own faces.
Nothing less than a jihadist training compound for would-be school shooters was discovered — or should I say, revealed — in a remote outpost in the hills of northern New Mexico. The revelation of the compound started with a simple plea that made it to local authorities
“We’re starving,” read the desperate plea.
Executing a search warrant, officers were stunned by what they found: 11 children and 5 adults living in squalor in a decrepit trailer half buried in the high desert. While they were low on food, they were well supplied with guns and ammunition and had barricaded themselves behind adobe walls and piles of tires. Everyone has priorities I suppose.
The compound bears some resemblance to so-called earthships, dwellings made from discarded materials like bottles, tires and empty beer cans, which can be found around that particular. But the makeshift home was shoddier than most, and included a 100-foot tunnel with areas containing bedding, according to a sheriff’s affidavit.
It lied at the end of a bumpy dirt road past a cemetery. Filthy clothes were strewn around the trailer, next to empty boxes of Remington rifle cartridges, operating instructions for Bushmaster rifles, notebooks scribbled in English and Arabic, a bilingual English-Arabic Quran and a third-grade home-schooling textbook.
On the ground outside were battered pairs of children’s shoes, broken bicycles, a basketball net and empty wine bottles. Columns of old tires were placed around the trailer, seemingly as barricades. A knife protruded from a bag containing empty boxes of ammunition.
Finally, and most sadly, the search of the compound turned up the decomposing body of a young boy, thought to be that of 3-year old Abdul Ghani-Wahha. His mother had reported him as abducted last year by his father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, one of the men arrested at the compound. Prosecutors said in a court filing that Mr. Wahhaj was training one of the other children in the use of an assault rifle “in preparation for future school shootings,” information the child was happy to provide to his foster parent.
Hakima Ramzi, the mother of the missing toddler, told authorities that her estranged husband, the younger Wahhaj, had abducted the boy late last year after saying he was taking the boy to a park in Jonesboro, GA. Ramzi said Wahhaj had taken the boy with the aim of performing an Islamic alternative healing ritual known as “ruqya,” a form of prayerful meditation which is designed to mend damage from witchcraft.
Yes, these Bronze Age idiots think seizures are caused by witchcraft. It’s hardly a surprise they believe Mohammad ascended to Heaven on a white horse after beheading scores of Jews.
Wahhaj then had a brush with the police last December when the Ford Explorer he was in rolled over on Interstate 65 in Alabama. J.W. Earnhardt, the state trooper at the scene, said he was told that Wahhaj and others in the vehicle, including two other adults and five children, were on their way to New Mexico to go camping. Yeah, that’s one way to put it. He told them that he was traveling with his wife, and that they had recently moved to Tuskegee, AL..
Like all true Islamic believers, Wahhaj was heavily armed, with two rifles and three handguns. He had a Kimber 9-mm pistol in a holster on his hip. A Glock .380 and a Smith and Wesson .38 special were in their factory cases, the officer wrote in the report, and were thrown from the vehicle during the crash.
Wahhaj also had a bulletproof vest, several AR-style magazines and a bag that contained ammunition, according to the report.
“Mr. Wahhaj repeatedly stated that he owned the firearms legally, and was in possession of a valid Georgia concealed-carry permit,” the police report from the accident said. “There were several Qurans on the ground that had been thrown from the vehicle during the crash and a few other books that were written in Arabic.”
Pro tip: When you encounter an Islamic fundamentalist armed to the teeth with Qur’ans strewn throughout a vehicle, GET A SEARCH WARRANT THEN AND THERE. I don’t give a damn about just cause. Your “just cause” is a member of a death cult collecting weapons and going “camping.”
After arriving at Shelby Baptist Hospital, the trooper spoke to a female adult passenger injured in the wreck: Jany Leveille, who gave him a whollllllllle different story than Wahhaj had.
She told the trooper that “they had not moved to Tuskegee, that they had only stayed there overnight,” Trooper Earnhardt wrote. “Ms. Leveille also stated that she and Mr. Wahhaj were not legally married, contradicting Mr. Wahhaj. She then stated that they were traveling from Georgia to New Mexico to see Mr. Wahhaj’s brother-in-law’s land.”
“The stories Mr. Wahhaj and Ms. Leveille told were different and both were vague and did not provide much detail,” according to the report.
After the rollover, they made their way to a plot of land outside Amalia, N.M., a ranching village near the Colorado border with about 200 people. Hispanic settlers founded the remote settlement in the 1840s; to this day, residents still irrigate their fields with water from a tributary of the Rio Grande. It’s a truly off-the-grid situation in a time when few exists.
AUTHORITIES HAD BEEN WARNED
Taos police raided the compound last Friday, after receiving the plea for help, but local and federal authorities were warned months ago that Wahhaj and his son were at the site. A local couple, Jason and Tanyalyn Badger, told the sheriff’s office in April that they had seen a boy in January and February who they thought was Abdul Ghani-Wahhaj, who had been widely reported as missing. The stellar FBI we’ve come to know and love over the last year then conducted aerial surveillance and unsuccessfully tried to identify people at the compound through photographs.
So then, they just gave up.
“There was no credible evidence at the time to what they were saying,” said Steve Fuhlendorf, a spokesman for Taos County, regarding the tip from the Badgers. “It would not have been legal to enter the compound without more evidence.”
You know what you do to get legal access to a shady compound? YOU GET A ****ING WARRANT, THAT’S WHAT. WHEN THERE IS A COMPOUND IN WHICH KIDS ARE CLEARLY LIVING IN SQUALOR, IT’S NOT HARD TO GET PERMISSION TO FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON. KNOCK ON A DOOR TO GET A SNEAK PEAK INSIDE. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, DO ANYTHING BESIDES TAKE A FEW AERIEL PICS AND LEAVE.
Ironically, the breakthrough reportedly came last week, when the younger Wahhaj’s father, Imam Wahhaj (we’ll get to him in just a moment) said his daughter Subhana reached a friend in Atlanta, who then called and relayed the message to the imam saying they were running short on food. Imam Wahhaj said he contacted the authorities, setting in motion the raid on the compound. Subhana Wahhaj, his daughter, was among the adults taken into custody by the authorities.
NOT YOUR AVERAGE JIHADI
The younger Wahhaj was no random desert-follower of Mohammad. He has ties to a prominent mosque in New York, one known for obscure “Islamic healing practices.”
“Something happened and we’re going to find out what happened,” said the elder Imam Wahhaj, who was leaving the mosque in Brooklyn today on his way to New Mexico. “I want the truth to come out, whatever the truth is.”
I do too. Let’s start with what you teach your flock at your Brooklyn mosque, Mr. Wahhaj. I’m willing to bet it has little to do with peace and everything to do with propagating Islam at all costs. Perhaps you’ll be willing to broadcast your sermons for all to see, like Christian countries do all over the country. You have nothing to hide, right? I’m sure your son learned his jihadist ways from those damn Mormons again.
This isn’t the first trip through the headlines for the Masjid at-Taqwa mosque. Several people connected to the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center either attended or visited around the time of the attack. During the investigation of the bombing, the elder Mr. Siraj was named on a list of several dozen potential conspirators in the plot, though he was never charged in the case because the charges were deemed “too broad.”
How about this. Kick his ass out of the country for preaching pure Islam, which is violent, exclusionary and antithetical to our Constitution. Is that broad enough?
Ready for one last kicker? Imam Wahhaj once gave a religious invocation in Congress.
I wonder if Dianne Feinstein ever asked the imam if he had “the dogma living loudly within him,” as she did with judicial nominee Amy Barrett. That’s a dogma you ought to actually be concerned about living loudly inside someone, Dianne. We can leave the Catholics alone for a bit.
The fact that the father called the authorities to initiate the raid that rescued these kids does indicate that he may not have been personally involved in this operation. He may have been left in the dark purely for reasons of operational security (compartmentalized information, only telling those who need to know).
But that doesn’t mean he’s not just as responsible. The vast majority of terror attacks in the West and elsewhere begin as hate sermons in mosques. This is where Islamism (the violent propagation of Islam) is taught, nurtured and flourishes.
We can surveil, arrest and kill until we’re blue in the face, but until Islamic teachings are called out for what they are and challenged within our borders and elsewhere, this problem will persist. It’s an ideological problem, period. Islam is a cancer of the Earth and the faster it’s eradicated, the better.
God help those poor children, and thank God their mission never came to fruition.
WHERE NO DONALD HAS GONE BEFORE
In the face of mockery by Beltway pundits clueless about national security in the new millennium, Vice President Pence officially outlined plans to establish PDT’s much-hyped “Space Force,” a brand spankin’ new military branch slated to be established by 2020.
“Now the time has come to write the next great chapter in the history of our armed forces. To prepare for the next battlefield, where America’s best and bravest will be called to deter and defeat a new generation of threats to our people, to our nation,” Pence told an audience at the Pentagon alongside Defense Secretary Mad Dog Mattis.
“The time has come to establish the United States Space Force.”
As you could probably imagine, presidents don’t have the power to create military branches from whole cloth, thus congressional action is ultimately needed if this plan is ever to get off the ground (pun intended, because I’m a nerd). But Pence outlined the new Defense Department report that details what the department can do without lawmakers’ approval.
Pence said the new Space Force “will not be built from scratch,” but will use the individuals already working on U.S. space programs under the Air Force and other branches.
“Our administration will soon take action to implement these recommendations, with the objective of establishing the United States Department of the Space Force by 2020,” he added.
The report released to Congress today calls for the establishment of a U.S. Space Command. The new combatant command would focus on space as a warfighting domain.
Unbeknownst to most Americans and even many in the military itself, we already have a Space Command. It falls under the Air Force and is headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. This new plan would unify the activities and 30,000 personnel under it.
SO WHAT IS THIS THING, REALLY?
If you haven’t already, I’m sure you’ll soon be inundated with silly Star Wars-like images of people with laser swords inside lightspeed-capable spaceships fighting off whichever alien race the writers of that particular episode demand. Memes can be great fun, and the term “space force” is ripe for all sorts of grabassery.
In reality, space is a domain that we better conquer sooner rather than later, lest we be put in a very vulnerable position on the world stage.
It’s important to understand what’s meant by the word “conquer” in this context. I’m not referring to a giant neocon space occupation in which we have contingency forces of astronaut commandos daring anyone to challenge our space superiority. The dominance of which I’m referring is technical in nature, with the tactical aspect to come later.
Hidden within today’s report is a seemingly ancillary part of this project that in actuality comprises the bulk of the operation. The Pentagon outlines that it would establish a Space Development Agency — meant to develop and acquire new capabilities — and establish a Space Operations Force to recruit, train and retain personnel such as engineers, scientists and intelligence experts.
The report also recommends the establishment of an operating structure and accountable civilian oversight for Space Force and accelerated space technology and development initiatives.
Here’s the thing, pretty much everything we do in space is highly classified. Therefore, you’re not going to get many actual details of what is happening or preparing to happen up there.
But that’s why you have me!
This is predominantly about satellites. Many weapons are guided by geostationary satellite technology, meaning satellites hovering around in a particular spot for a particular purpose. One of the most urgent purposes is missile guidance. A couple years ago, North Korea launched its own satellites into space as part of its effort to create a functioning ICBM program, which would give them the capacity to strike anywhere they like in the U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile.
North Korea is but one threat, of course. China is probably the greatest country of concern in the long term, as they have invested the most in satellite technology and defense in general over the last decade.
Here’s the deal, people. We need to do two things in space: 1) Protect our own satellites, and 2) Create the ability to destroy/jam the satellites of other countries at a moment’s notice.
Those are two things we better be able to do successfully or guess what, we’re sitting ducks in a modern world of intercontinental ballistic missiles. There are also other concerns, such as the ability to hinder the satellite imagery intelligence (IMINT) while protecting our own.
The bottom line is satellites are a big deal right now and will be even more so in the future. We better lead the way in that arena or these nuclear standoffs we’re having with people like Rocket Man will be much more terrifying.
Will Congress do the right thing and come together to protect our nation? Well, they have until 2020 to get their act together. I wish I could say I’m optimistic, but politicians have proved too many times in my lifetime that they’re willing to put politics above national security.
What we need is a successful Trump presidency that will give him the political capital to get it done.
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