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.
The Republican Party showed its true stripes and proved David Leach right all along
Over the recent years, the Republican Party told us that they needed control of the House. We gave them the House. Then they said we can’t do enough, we need the Senate. We gave them the Senate. Then they said we can’t do enough, we need the White House. We gave them the White House, even if it’s not the guy they really want. But now I turn on the cable news shows and they now say they just have a thin majority.
Can’t the Republican Party make some kind of stand for little “r” republicanism? Can’t it make a stand for conservatism? Can’t it make a statement for liberty and freedom? Can’t it make a statement for private property rights? Now it needs a greater majority that is basically mission impossible, especially in the Senate.
The Republicans overwhelmingly have decided to pass the omnibus bill which was put together by mostly progressive thinking lobbyists. Granted military spending will be increased but so will the Democrats beloved welfare programs which they have used to buy votes and gain more and more power. It will also fund Planned Parenthood which in spite of shining a light on shady dealings of fetal parts, getting abortions for underage girls under the table, or not really investing in pap smears or mammograms as it will continue to keep its bread and butter of pre-born baby murder going strong. I really believe that many politicians in both parties benefit from abortion due to the fact they seek constant sexual flings with just about any women who work under them as these young ladies try to move ahead in their careers.
The Democrat leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (his pet projects will be funded) are so happy with this bill cause they know it’s only going to benefit Washington and the Democrat Party.
For all the faults Rand Paul has, including his support of Mitch McConnell’s last election campaign, I have to give him credit for speaking out against this current omnibus spending bill. It seems that if the Democrats want to spend more of the taxpayers’ money it is wrong. If the Republicans want to spend more money, than its OK…but it should not be OK.
Sadly conservatives who have not read Pastor Cary Gordon’s book A Storm A Message A Bottle http://cornerstoneworld.org/a_storm_a_message_a_bottle or watched his series of animated videos Five Steps to Political Epiphany. http://stepstopoliticalepiphany.com/ They will protest the election by sitting out the election, instead of using their write-in blank or third-party options since Duverger’s law forbids this. Meanwhile, President Trump might go down in history as the bigger spender than Barack Obama.
We can’t any longer tolerate any more excuses. Regardless if the Democratic left is in the majority or the minority they seem to have the power in the elected branches of government. They have the power in other areas of government no matter what. We can learn one thing from Bible Believing Christians when they start a new denomination when breaking away from a bigger one. They break away because the establishment in the old denomination they are breaking away from does not repent of their apostasy (while claiming new truths). They try and they try, but like the American Gladiator event Pyramid they just knock you down to the bottom time and again. The only thing you can do is to let them go their way and let the denomination implode as they try to prevent themselves from being corrupted. It proves Jesus that you can’t put new wine into old sheepskins. We must do the same thing and try to build a new political party that can replace the Republican Party. The Grand Old Party is not what it used to be.
Mr. President, you made a choice and that choice was to sign the bill and take what you can get. Conservatives like myself, Steve Deace and Mark Levin, would call this a betrayal of conservatism. Either you are naive and/or a fool about politics, or a true charlatan, or something in between. All I can say to you is only “proved” that Benjamin Wilhelm and David Leach correct, and it will show in this midterm election. You screwed the pooch just as the Republican Party elite has done many times before, and the Democrats wildest dreams are coming true. Your likely impeachment, single-party rule, making America a new Soviet Union or some kind of socialist experiment, and the Democrats desire to become Demi-Gods.
Your own words you said on TV so many times are coming back right at you like a boomerang…”You’re Fired.”
The Money Pit: California’s not-so-high-speed rail
Have you heard this story, a couple finds a million dollar distress sale mansion on the market for a mere $200,000? Some upgrades are needed, but overall it’s a bargain. What ensues is comedic brilliance as the owners find out the house is barely standing. They pour more and more money into the house in the classic Tom Hank’s comedy “The Money Pit.”
Just like this movie, the California High-Speed Rail has become our Money Pit, but unlike the movie, this is no laughing matter.
In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 1A, a $9.95 billion bond to partially fund an 800-mile high-speed electric train traveling up to 220 mph. The goal would be that the state would fund a third, one-third by the federal government, and the last third via private investment. Total cost was estimated at $35 billion.
What has transpired since 2008? No more federal funding and no private funding. From 800-miles we went to 520 miles, as a cost savings measure. From 220 mph we are at 110 mph in large sections of the rail, to save money of course, and a possible completion date of 2020, is now estimated to be completed by 2033.
With all these cost-saving measures you would assume the cost would come down. Unfortunately, for California taxpayers, this money pit keeps getting worse.
The price tag for all these cost-saving measures brought to you by the California High-Speed Rail Authority and the California Legislature is currently estimated at $77.3 billion. But wait you want more savings and fiscal responsibility, too bad, because this $77.3 billion estimate may ultimately cost California taxpayers $98.1 billion. My prediction is it will be even higher.
At this point, it might be cheaper and faster to build a Death Star instead. Not to mention more useful.
This is not what the voters were promised. We did not approve a not-so-high-speed train with a price tag most likely ten times the initial projected cost to California taxpayers.
This boondoggle of a money pit must be stopped. Those billions can be used to help repair our roads, highways, bridges, dams, water reservoirs, and critical infrastructure.
If elected to be California’s next State Controller and Chief Financial Officer, I will look at all legal means to cut funding to this project. In my opinion, if we bought one thing and are getting something else, then the authorization to fund this project has not been authorized by the people, and thus the Controller may have the legal authority to stop payment until the project complies with Proposition 1A.
I hope, I won’t have to do this, and the Legislature does its job and kills this project. This shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We made a promise to taxpayers to be good stewards of their trust and money. Let’s restore that trust and do the right thing, and let’s put an end to this money pit.
When gun control failed, SRO saves Maryland school
2 students and a suspect were injured in a shooting that took place in southern Maryland. The shooter has since been announced dead. He used a handgun which are highly regulated due to Maryland’s strict gun control. Following the Parkland shooting, Governor Hogan proposed putting a lockbox on casino revenues to be used to fund security in school. This would be the first serious attempt to use the casino money, which was supposed to be for schools, for their intended purpose. In response to today’s incident, other counties, such as Carroll County, are placing deputies in schools as a direct response to the shooting in St. Mary’s County.
The suspect, a student, is dead after a shooting Tuesday morning at a high school in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, that has left a girl in critical condition and a boy in stable condition, according to authorities.
The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at Great Mills High School and that police are on the scene. ABC7’s Brad Bell said sources first told him that the shooter was a student, as were the two victims. Police later confirmed that the shooter was a student. Police also confirmed that a school resource officer took action to end the threat and authorities confirmed the incident has been contained.
MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital identified the victims as a 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy. They say the two were taken to them at around 8:15 a.m. and that the girl was later taken to the University of Maryland Prince George’s Hospital Center.
Being uninformed, deliberately or ignorantly, many on the left will use this as a rallying point for gun control. But as a Marylander, I can attest to Maryland having some of the strictest laws in the country. These laws failed to prevent this incident, as they have failed to curb Baltimore’s crime. Too many on the right, as well are just as uninformed about current laws. We can’t begin to talk about gun control when the population is so desperately malnourished of facts. We can, however, contemplate the issuance of SROs in schools or other means of security such as allowing teachers to voluntarily undergo concealed carry training.
Excellent point re the Maryland school shooting by Jim Cavanaugh on @MSNBC just now: the SRO confronting the student shooter had the advantage in that both he and the shooter had handguns (and he had the training.) He was not facing an AR-15 which is basically just below an M16.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 20, 2018
Alas, leftists are saying the SRO went in knowing that an AR-15 wasn’t being used. No, the SRO did his job unlike those cowards in the corrupt Broward Sheriff’s Office. They are trained to engage whatever the gun, because confrontation saves lives. This SRO is a hero. I look forward to knowing his name. Thankfully, only the perpetrator is dead, and together let us pray that the two students recover.