Sharyl Attkisson – former CBS investigative reporter, and five-time Emmy winner – has been surveilled, her computer hacked, her career threatened, all because of her exposes of government and political corruption.
Last week she reported on a meeting with “a small group of reliable, formerly high-placed intelligence officials who have dropped a few interesting tidbits on me of late.”
This was her understanding of methods used by the government, based on the discussions:
- It’s not true that wiretaps and/or electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens can “only” be done with a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court order.
- Besides the FISA court, “wiretapping” or electronic surveillance can also be done under Title III authority. The government used this authority, for example, in the Justice Department’s secret Fast and Furious “gunwalking” case.
- Additionally, U.S. Presidents have the power to issue secret presidential directives that can authorize otherwise illegal acts (theoretically in the country’s best interests). These directives may come with pre-planned cover stories to be used in the event the operation is exposed, and they come with indemnity for those involved, giving them permission to lie about the operation or their involvement without fear of prosecution.
- The public will rarely know about such presidential directives since most who see them must sign agreements that promise nondisclosure and consent to polygraphs.
Attkisson said that “computer surveillance is a grey area in the intelligence community where many insiders argue the traditional privacy restrictions and surveillance rules don’t necessarily apply.” Continue reading →
So-called “Russian Dossier” published on President, proves fake after examination – read entire text here
UPDATE -April 19, 2017
CNN reported yesterday that the FBI used the “Russian Dossier” in its application for warrant from the FISA court in order to monitor former Trump advisor Carter Page.
“U.S. officials tell CNN that last year the FBI used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump’s campaign as part of the justification to get approval to secretly monitor Trump associate Carter Page,” CNN reported. “Now those sources say that FBI Director James Comey has cited the dossier in some of his breifings to Congress in recent weeks as one of the sources of information that the bureau used to bolster its investigation.”
Someone was watching an old spy movie last year, when they created a “Russian Dossier” (RUDO) on then candidate President Donald Trump.
Remember in WW2, when the spy took out his tiny camera, shot page after page of documents, and then developed the film in secret, creating negatives, then using an enlarger to make prints. It took six trays of chemicals, and that was just for black and white. Using a light bulb fixture behind you was preferred for illumination.
Enhanced images of the PDFs obtained from the Buzzfeed site, which published the RUDO, indicate the same back light shadow on all the dossier pages. This shadow was not seen on the original documents, but by converting to JPG format and auto correcting, the same marking appeared on every page, meaning they were all photographed in an amateur manner at the same.
Apparently, the spymaster didn’t know that quality copy machines were in common use by spies as far back as the 1980s, or perhaps the odd sizes, poor quality of the pages and angles were meant to impress the viewer that this was something from a secret source. However, the documents were created and dated last year. Portable scanner/copy machines today cost less than $50.
The dossier – first referred to publicly by CNN – was not available on their website, but viewers were conveniently told it was posted on Buzzfeed.com (still available by PDF and transcript by going to this link). Warning: Mature content and disgusting descriptions.
Buzzfeed found that dossier’s errors emerged almost immediately – yet the site still offers it online as late as today, complete with idiocies like yellow highlighting and many last names in All Caps.
The Buzzfeed website reported on Feb. 3.
Aleksej Gubarev, the CEO of web company XBT, called the publication of the document “reckless and irresponsible.”
The suit, which was filed in Florida against BuzzFeed and editor-in-chief Ben Smith, said that allegations in the document regarding Gubarev are untrue.
“We have redacted Mr. Gubarev’s name from the published dossier, and apologize for including it,” Matt Mittenthal, spokesman for BuzzFeed News, said in a statement.
GOP plan to end “Death Tax” means the billionaires will be overjoyed, while the rest of us pay the bills
Tuesday, 4/4/17: examining entire fake “Russian Dossier” on Donald Trump!
Estate tax percentages have varied in recent history, ranging from 55% in 2000 under George Bush #1 to 35% under Barack Obama and now 40% under Donald Trump. The GOP wants it to be zero.
Currently, couples with less than about $11,000,000 pay no estate tax. On amounts above that, the government takes 40% for taxes. The history of the estate tax revolves around the desire for fair taxation of the richest Americans to pay for public programs.
Eliminating the estate tax will aid any couple who die with more than $11 million (current deduction), and the GOP argues that this would affect many small businesses, which would have to sell land or equipment to pay the tax.
I have an idea that should please the GOP and still maintain some sanity in our progressive tax system. This is in addition to the 123 Plan, which easily adds $54 billion in revenues to the federal budget this year.
Only apply the estate tax to those whose estates are $1 Billion or more, but raise the rate to Bush #1 rate of 55%.
That would generate $1,514,425,000,000, or $1.5 Trillion that the rest of us won’t have to pay in income and other taxes. This revenue is calculated by taking the total current Forbes wealth of all American billionaires and assuming they will die someday and have to pay the estate tax.
If there is no estate tax, they will avoid $1.5 trillion in taxes.
Who are these billionaires. Check the list Continue reading →