Grassley: Illegal Spying On Americans - Massive Abuse By FBI
“Systematic Ongoing Failure”
March 31, 2020 - San Francisco, CA - U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee and longtime critic of the FBI’s surveillance application of former Trump Campaign aide Carter Page, expressed alarm over an interim watchdog report revealing systemic failures to verify facts in secret FBI applications to spy on American citizens.
Senator Grassley stated:
“If the FBI is going to seek secret authority to infringe the civil liberties of an American citizen, they at least need to show their work. FBI rules demand FISA applications be ‘scrupulously accurate’ and backed up by supporting documents to prove their accuracy. But we know that wasn’t the case when the FBI sought and received the authority to spy on Carter Page. Based on the inspector general’s audit, the flawed Page case appears to be the tip of the iceberg. Not a single application from the past five years reviewed by the inspector general was up to snuff. That’s alarming and unacceptable. The inspector general’s decision to bring these failures to the director’s attention before its audit is even completed underscores the seriousness of these findings.
The FBI has an important job to protect our national security, but it does not have carte blanche to routinely erode the liberties of Americans without proper justification. Oversight mechanisms like the Woods Procedures exist for a reason, and if the FBI wants to restore its reputation among the American people, it had better start taking them seriously.”
The Justice Department Inspector General (IG) is auditing the FBI’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) verification processes, known as Woods Procedures, after discovering failures in the FBI’s handling of the case targeting Page. As a part of the audit, the IG is comparing facts in FISA applications with so-called Woods files, which are supposed to provide supporting documentation for each factual assertion contained in the associated application.[Read More]
Season of the Anointed
“Cause when the city drops into the night
Before the darkness there's one more ray of light
That’s when everything seems clear
The other side, it seems so near”
[Jim Carroll Band, City Drops in the Night]
By WILLIAM MAYER
March 28, 2020 - San Francisco, CA – It had to come, I mean the time when everything - even aborning tyranny - becomes clear as what Jim Carroll wailed about on his first album, Catholic Boy; unfortunately, that time is now and we have been delivered to the sacrificial altar in propitiation to the State, whose hunger is insatiable.
It seems to this author that by now nearly everyone who gets out has observed the little vignettes of madness that are playing out across the country, minor examples of raw animal fear; I can relate two of my own.
Yesterday I had the need to fill a prescription, something generally handled speedily through the mail. But not every medication can be processed this way, for example if a doctor writes a new ‘script for something that needs to be started immediately or is a controlled substance that needs to be picked up personally. No problem, my pharmacy is only a couple miles away, though from talking to the faceless doctor who authorized the prescription it became clear that the HMO [Kaiser Permanente, California’s premiere health care provider] was essentially in lock down remote mode. But I was assured that Kaiser pharmacies would remain open to fill critical need meds, so when I arrived at the pharmacy the next morning I expected a very light patient load, which was a correct assumption.
But what I had not been prepared for was running something of a medical gauntlet. As I crossed the nearly deserted parking lot, there was gaggle of medical workers in full hospital scrubs, gloved and masked, waiting for me apparently, no one else seemingly being around. So I approached the first of these people, Ms. Scrubsuit#1, who stopped me cold and asked why I was there. I explained, that my doc had written a script that was waiting for me so I intended to pick it up if still possible. After what seemed like an uncomfortable few seconds for Ms. Scrubsuit #1 pasted a reflective, ribbon type thing made out of the type of material one sees on roadway signs on the front of my jacket. Ok, no problem, this was obviously a triage station so after being told that I was only to enter the pharmacy and nowhere else I moved on, but quickly was met by Ms. Scrubsuit #2 who asked me the same questions and provided the same guidance. Great, I was near the entrance, where I met Ms. Scrubsuit #s 3 and 4, yeah, same deal I was getting good at this. Finally I was in the hallowed hallway with the pharmacy a quick left just inside the auto-sliding doors, but not so fast.
There I was set upon by Mr. Scrubsuit #1 whose scrub top had been tailored to accentuated his rather large set of gym-rat guns. Fine, he approached, but was neither smiling nor friendly, and directed me to take the entrance that was only a few feet away. I guess I didn’t sufficiently acknowledge his advanced musculature, a lot of tension was building for some reason. Inside the pharmacy were maybe half-a-dozen patients. I started queueing up for the first of what is a two-stage system, again, no-problem, new scripts need to be started through that particular location since the scripts can be claimed at any Kaiser pharmacy, of which there are many. Mr. Scrubsuit#1 placed himself in front of me and motioned to get into another line, I thought he might grab my arm which is to me, a no-no, so I told him I knew what I was doing and that I had to do this before getting in the other line to purchase the med. He backed off a bit, but was sending out this funny vibe. After the clerk took my order I sat down and waited for my name to show up on a lighted display. I noted that every other seat had a “Do Not” placard on it, I guess in recognition of “social distancing.” Wonderful, name up, I had won the prescription lottery of sorts, but as I rose, ready to complete the transaction, Mr. Scrub again came to my side as if to guide me to the line that I was already essentially in, that was it I was tired of his glowering presence and told him a little loudly, “back off pal, you need an attitude adjustment, “ and walked around him.
Purchase in hand I once again was confronted by him as I left, an act I simply ignored and side-stepped.
Free at last? Woaahhhh horsie, not so fast.[Read More]
Here We Go, Lefty CA Governor Newsom, Dangles Martial Law, Risks Civil War
“We have the ability to do martial law … if we feel the necessity”
By WILLIAM MAYER
March 18, 2020 - San Francisco, CA – From what this author has seen over just the last two days of the increasing insanity over the Corona virus; the people themselves are trying to go about their business as best as can be expected. By this is meant that there has been zero evidence of civil disorder or any activity that could be translated as being injurious to the public good…that is aside from the deadly policy of instructing police departments NOT to arrest felons.
Despite the reassuring behavior of the public - millions of random acts of kindness - California’s entirely corrupt governing clique is responding to the “crisis” as one would expect from the largest and certainly most blue state in the nation - generally, commies don’t change their stripes overnight.
Instead they act as Newsom’s gangsters already have, grabbing every lever available to further consolidate power under the oligopolistic corporate guidance of Silicon Valley, its venture capitalists and billionaire, soon to be trust funders like Charlie Munger Jr.
This of course is to be expected - leftist ideology and reality seldom being in correspondence.
For practical purposes this means that our pretty-boy potentate who dweleth in Sacramento is so far out of the loop, so utterly disconnected that over the last 12 hours he and his performing-seal minions in the press have floated the notion of martial law in the most populous state in the union, all of which is predicated upon a cooked up virus-scare which has yet to claim 100 people nation-wide and exactly as of this writing, 13 dead in a state of 33 million people.
Even such veiled references should not be allowed to stand, because the prospect of declaring martial law in California might be seen by MILLIONS of freedom-loving, peaceable citizens who happen to own a firearm as a prelude to civil war.
We are entirely certain that these folks will act appropriately, unless/until there are soldiers in the streets, in which case, well let’s not go there, very bad things, you know…
Now for a sliver of the back-story; for over a generation California’s Democrat Party and unfortunately too many GOP legislators have systematically destroyed the exercise of the Second Amendment in the state [see, In California, The Second Amendment is Effectively Dead-NRA MIA]
NRA, are you listening?
Thought not, never-mind.[Read More]