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Trump wants to create a secret spy agency that reports only to him

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Trump wants to create a secret spy agency that reports only to him

I’m a big fan of action and suspense movies, especially when they’re of the spy thriller variety. One of my all-time favorites is the original Jason Bourne trilogy—The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum.

Based on a series of novels written by Robert Ludlum, the movies tell the tale of Jason Bourne, a man suffering from extreme memory loss. As Bourne slowly puts the pieces of his broken memory back together, he discovers that he is a trained CIA assassin wanted by the agency as they seek to cover up his existence.

By the time we reach the third film, we discover that the CIA has become an agency with unlimited power to do as it pleases. In one scene, we learn how the agency has morphed into an autonomous, all-encompassing operation that can use its new-found power anywhere in the world without being held officially accountable to regular government channels.

Noah Vosen: Operation Blackbriar started as an NEAT surveillance program.
Pam Landy: What is it now?
Noah Vosen: It is now the umbrella program for all our black-ops. Full envelope intrusion, rendition, experimental interrogation – it is all run out of this office. We are the sharp end of the stick now, Pam.
Pam Landy: Lethal action?
Noah Vosen: If we have to, sure. That’s what makes us special. No more red tape. No more getting the bad guys caught on our sights, then watching them escape while we wait for somebody in Washington to issue the order.
[Vosen sees Landy’s disapproval]
Noah Vosen: Oh come on. You’ve seen the raw intel, Pam. You know how real the danger is. We need these programs now.

In Constitutional America, such stories are just tall tales created for our entertainment. Unfortunately, we are becoming a post-Constitutional America where stories like the one about Jason Bourne are closer to truth than fiction.

In a story being denied by the White House—get ready for “fake news” tweets—it’s been reported by The Intercept that Trump and CIA Director Mike Pompeo are working on a plan to create a private global spy network accountable to only Trump and Pompeo as a way to counter so-called “deep state” activities.

The term “deep state” originated in the 1900’s in reaction to political conditions in countries like Turkey, the Soviet Union, and post-Soviet Russia. The belief in a “deep state” was eventually adopted to describe political conditions in the United States, and Trump has hijacked the “deep state” mantra in an effort to eliminate his political enemies and pretty much anyone else who opposes his presidency.

While there are clear indications that the Democrats are working to destroy his presidency using a type of shadow government, Trump’s use of “deep state” to justify a private spy network crosses the Constitutional line, and it implies that his political opponents have dishonorable motivations for not embracing him.

The global spy network idea was presented to the White House by former Blackwater founder, Erik Prince, a man with strong ties to Trump. His sister is Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos; he was a major donor to Trump’s campaign; and he served on the transition team as an advisor on intelligence and defense appointments. Also involved in the proposal was Oliver North—yes that Oliver North—and former CIA operative John McGuire, another transition team member.

According to a former senior intelligence official, the global spy network is necessary because the CIA can’t be trusted, and as a “direct-action arm,” it will operate “totally off the books” and report only to the president and Pompeo.

Sounds like a Bourne movie come to life, doesn’t it?

Yesterday, I reminded you of the continuing war on the Constitution by the government. While America clearly has enemies, both foreign and domestic, the answer for dealing with them won’t be found in the creation of a secret spy network responsible only to the president. That would be true, regardless of who sits in the White House.

For the record, Sen. Rand Paul opposed the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as CIA Director because he was worried that the former Kansas representative would put security ahead of the Constitution. If you need proof of what Paul was speaking of and how quickly such power might spin out of control, consider the words of Mike Pompeo when he said that Trump “is prepared to engage in activities that are different from what America has been doing these past few years.” And let’s not forget the NSA’s illegal data collection abuses.

I can hardly wait until the Trump cult starts spinning this one. The same people who would be storming Washington if Barack Obama did something like this will cheer Trump for doing it, shouting “not Hillary” and “America first” to the heavens.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that's politically-incorrect and always "right." His articles can also be found on RedState.com. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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Multiple fatalities as Amtrak train derails in Washington state

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Derailed Amtrak train in Washington state has injuries and casualties

At least three people are dead and 77 people injured as an Amtrak train has derailed over Interstate 5 about 60 miles southwest of Seattle. Amtrak train 501 heading for Tacoma was part of a new set of trains being launched today. It was a high-speed train capable of going 79 MPH.

There were 78 passengers and five crew members on board when the train derailed.

“Emergency crews are on the scene and the Amtrak Management is responding,” an Amtrak spokesperson said in a statement. “Some injuries are reported. Service between Seattle and Portland is suspended for the time being.”

Terrorism has not been ruled out.

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Mayor Jenny Durkan releases statement.

“This catastrophic derailment is horrific. My thoughts are with the passengers, families and those injured as well as our first responders, firefighters and police who rushed to the scene. “The City of Seattle has offered our assistance and aid to Pierce and Thurston counties, and is ready to work with Amtrak, local, state, and federal officials as they manage the response and deal with the aftermath of this tragic incident.”

This is a developing story. We will be updating it constantly and adding more links that become pertinent below, as well as displaying the live Twitter Moment feed from the event below.

Perspectives

Amtrak derailment: Live coverage of Amtrak train 501 derails in Washington state

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amtrak-train-derailment-tacoma-washington-traffic-today-live-updates/DUPONT, Wash. — An Amtrak train has derailed on an overpass in Washington state, with at least two train cars falling onto the highway below. Authorities say multiple fatalities and injuries have been reported. At this time, all southbound lanes of traffic remain blocked on Interstate 5.

The Washington State Department of Transportation tweeted a photo of the derailment, urging motorists to avoid the area.

CBS News affiliate KIRO-TV reports first responders are treating the derailment as a mass casualty incident. Authorities have not yet provided details on injuries.

“Emergency crews are on the scene and the Amtrak Management is responding,” an Amtrak spokesperson said in a statement. “Some injuries are reported. Service between Seattle and Portland is suspended for the time being.”

Amtrak derailment in Washington state: Multiple fatalities reported on train, official says

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/18/us/amtrak-derailment-washington/index.htmlAn Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday morning, spilling multiple cars off an Interstate 5 overpass and killing several people on the train in Pierce County, Washington, according to the spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Several motorists in vehicles that were struck by the fallen train cars suffered injuries, but there were no fatalities among people in those vehicles, the sheriff’s office said.

The deaths “are all contained to the train,” said Ed Troyer, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “It’s pretty horrific.”

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British diplomat Rebecca Dykes raped, murdered in Beirut

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British diplomat Rebecca Dykes raped murdered in Beirut

Update:

A suspect has been arrested. Authorities say the Lebanese man has confessed to the crimes.

Original story:

Friends said Rebecca Dykes, 30, was preparing to head home for Christmas on Saturday. She’s been in Beirut as the program and policy manager for the Department for International Development since January 2017. After leaving a bad with friends Friday night, Dykes was abducted, raped, and murdered.

Hugo Shorter, the British ambassador to Lebanon, Tweeted: “The whole embassy is deeply shocked, saddened by this news. My thoughts are with Becky’s family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss.”

Police do not believe the attack was politically motivated. She was sexually assaulted, strangled with a rope, and dumped on the side of a highway east of Beirut.

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British diplomat found dead in Lebanon

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/17/british-diplomat-found-dead-beirut/She had been out in the Gemmayzeh area of central Beirut for the leaving party of a colleague at the British embassy and had left just after midnight.

She was abducted some time after and killed. Her body was found dumped on the Metn highway several miles away.

Police sources told the Telegraph the first autopsy revealed the cause of death as strangulation, however a second postmortem examination is to be carried out later.

British Diplomat Found Dead in Suspected Murder

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2017/12/17/british-diplomat-found-murdered-n2423738A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office confirmed Ms Dykes’ death and said they were providing support to the family.

She said: “Following the death of a British woman in Beirut, we are providing support to the family.  We remain in close contact with local authorities.  Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”

British diplomat found dead in Lebanon

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/12/17/british-diplomat-found-dead-beirut/She had worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 2010, previously on Libya and Iraq.  She is thought to have grown up in Hong Kong, but attended Malvern St James Girls boarding school in Worcestershire before later studying anthropology at Manchester University and International Security and Global Governance from Birkbeck, University of London.

In a statement her family said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Rebecca. We are doing all we can to understand what happened.”

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CBO: Legalizing Dreamers would cost taxpayers $26 billion

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CBO Legalizing Dreamers would cost taxpayers 26 billion

A report by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated legalizing “Dreamers” as part of DACA legislation would cost taxpayers $25.9 billion. The three million illegal immigrants eligible to take advantage of such legislation would contribute around $900 million during the same 10-year-period.

“In total, CBO and JCT [the Joint Committee on Taxation] estimate that changes in direct spending and revenues from enacting [the bill] would increase budget deficits by $25.9 billion over the 2018-2027 period.” – CBO

President Trump forced the issue with his executive order ending President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order. This was heralded immediately by many of his supporters as fulfillment of his promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants. That excitement was short-lived when the President declared he wanted a legislative “solution” for DACA rather than an end to it. In fact, he said he would act if Congress didn’t by extending the six-month deadline he imposed:

Trump to extend DACA protections if Congress doesn’t act: report

http://thehill.com/latino/355267-trump-to-extend-daca-protections-if-congress-doesnt-act-report“The president’s comment to me was that, ‘We put a six-month deadline out there. Let’s work it out. If we can’t get it worked out in six months, we’ll give it some more time, but we’ve got to get this worked out legislatively,’” Lankford said.

When Trump rescinded President Obama’s landmark immigration protections in September, he set a six-month deadline for Congress to legalize the protections for so-called “Dreamers,” young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children.

So much for being tough on illegal immigration.

In essence, the President did not reverse Obama’s executive order. He threw down the gauntlet for Congress to make it permanent. This started off as President Obama’s mess and has turned into something President Trump and the GOP are destined to solidify.

As Joseph Curl notes on DailyWire, “No wonder America is $20 trillion in the red”:

Legalizing ‘Dreamers’ Would Cost Taxpayers $26 Billion (That’s Billion With A ‘B’)

https://www.dailywire.com/news/24777/legalizing-dreamers-would-cost-taxpayers-26-joseph-curlWith a 2012 executive order bypassing Congress, former president Barack Obama decided to give amnesty to as many as 2 million “Dreamers” who live in the United States, primarily brought in as children by their illegal alien parents, mostly from Mexico.

In September, President Trump ordered an end to the program that shields the young illegals from deportation, arguing that the cost for all those to stay would be astronomical.

And he’s right.

My Take

He may be right with his words, but the President’s actions do not match them. He didn’t order an end to the program. He’s pushing Congress to make DACA legislatively permanent, a move that so far hasn’t seemed to anger much of his base for some reason.

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