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FISA Memo tarnishes FBI but not Russian Farce



Did the Republican Congressmen over sell the Memo? Absolutely. Did that make it a nothingburger? No. Was it a bombshell? Sort of. The FISA memo also referred to as the Nunes Memo, was compiled by Republicans on the House Intel Committee. Trump supporters should be disappointed as should Hillary haters. However the most revealing thing in the Memos is about the FBI lowering their standards when seeking FISA warrants.

In following this standard there is a clear shortcoming. The FBI used the Steele Dossier, in part, with seeking a FISA warrant on Page. That Dossier was highly motivated for political gain and paid for by the DNC. According to Nunes, this was not disclosed to FISC. Contrary rebuttals are surfacing stating that the FBI did disclose the partisan motivations to the Court, which arguably makes matters worse. Then there’s the issue of Yahoo News.

The FBI clearly lowered their standards when obtaining this FISA warrant. They allowed circular reporting which is taboo in the industry. But let it sink in that the FBI is using the media to obtain information. In this era of fake news, as citizens, we should feel insulted the FBI did so little intelligence work in seeking this warrant. The FBI didn’t due their due diligence and purposely sought a warrant to spy on an American citizen. And yet now they want to complain about the public trust.

Since when has the government disclosing information to the public a hindrance on American trust. That could only be the case if the government was abusing said trust and now the government is fessing up. James Comey is a weasel who would much rather leak to the media than be honest with the public. The FBI was just revealed to abuse the FISA warrant system on an American citizen. This is a significant matter. FBI credibility is plummeting not because of Congress but because of people like James Comey and Andrew McCabe.

Russia, Russia, Russia

While Carter Page is at the center of the Russian witchhunt, it’s independent of Paul Manafort. Unfortunately the Russian investigation won’t go away as a result of the Memo. While the Memo may discredit the investigation, it in no way has enough to end it. In this way, many are disappointed. In this way, the Memo was oversold. In fact, to some the investigation is validated. Folks like John McCain claim that this was Putin’s bidding, but America’s interests were best served by knowing that our government is abusing the FISA system. Just think, the standard was Probable Cause and an unsubstantiated dossier was used. They didn’t have probable cause so they misled the court. They received four warrants in total, gathering sensitive information for months amounting to zero charges on Carter Page.


The FBI and DOJ abused the FISA warrant system. There in lies the anger and the irrationality as to why so many Republicans voted to renew FISA’s power. The Memo is not the smoking gun, but we eagerly await more information of the FBI/DOJ’s abuses hopefully to the extent that charges for these abuses can be levied.




  1. ed

    February 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    By smearing the entire FBI, you are helping and hoping to set precedent for overturning ALL FBI investigations that occurred under the “corrupt Clinton/Obama years” when you claim the FBI “turned against America”.

    In doing so, you argue for the overturn of not ALL terrorist accusations and drug lord convictions that were based on what you care claiming is “tainted” work of the FBI caused by a few political appointees at the top.

    When your smears and baseless accusations (since you actually do NOT know all the facts involved and are ignoring the political motivations behind Nunes’ memo), become so broad as to encompass the entire rank-and-file of the FBI (necessary since the political actors you are complaining about have now left office), your complaints are now interpretable as being against US law enforcement in general and the security of US citizens.

    When you are against US law enforcement in general (FBI & DOJ) instead of against specific individuals, you are doing exactly the work Russia wants you to do – causing chaos and anarchy within the US and turning citizen against citizen and against our government – a government that (by and large) works to protect and defend us (us citizens anyway) each and every day.

    Please take your partisan whining to a site that will give you more attention – perhaps Breitbart ? Mother Jones ?

    You are clearly no conservative – but instead a Trump partisan or Russian operative trying to bring down the US Government.

    • Ray Fava

      February 5, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Sorry to disappoint but I will continue writing for NOQ. But do try lecturing me on conservatism when you argue that the US government can do no wrong, a statist position, and parroting John McCain’s rhetoric, a widely known progressive. And do refer to me as a Trump partisan when I’m just a normal person who didn’t even vote for Trump, like a McMuffin follower, and of course suggest that I am a Russian operative, a leftist smear. All while claiming expertise in conservatism.

      I think I’ll take considerations from actual conservatives who believe in a limited government instead of you.

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Illegal alien Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman expected to be charged in 4 murders



Illegal alien Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman expected to be charged in 4 murders

A man believed by authorities to have committed four murders in Northern Nevada was taken into custody on January 19, possibly bringing to an end a killing streak that has worried residents for the last two weeks.

19-year-old Wilbur Ernesto Martinez-Guzman was arrested by Washoe County Sheriff’s department on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property, and immigration law violations. Martinez-Guzman is an illegal alien with a federal hold. The District Attorney’s office plans to file murder charges against him as well, claiming they have sufficient evidence to convict him.

Murder charges expected against suspect in killings first killing took place January 9 or 10, 2019. 56-year-old Connie Koontz was found shot to death at her home in the Gardnerville Ranchos. She was found dead by her mother, who also lives in the home and is hard of hearing and disabled.

January 13, 74-year-old Sophia Renken was found dead in her home about a mile away, also shot to death.

January 16, the bodies of 81-year-old Gerald David, a former Reno Rodeo President, and his wife, 80-year-old Sharon David, were found dead in their home on La Guardia Lane in south Reno, near Zolezzi. They also had been shot to death.

My Take

If he is proven guilty, this will be another example of American citizens dying at the hands of an illegal immigrant. How many people have to die before Democrats take the border crisis seriously enough to do something about it?

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Mobile police officer Sean Tuder shot and killed in line of duty



Mobile police officer Sean Tuder shot and killed in line of duty

A suspect is in custody after the shooting death of Alabama police officer Sean Tuder. The victim was following up on an investigation when the suspect opened fire.

According to Police Chief Lawrence Battiste, Tudor “was doing some follow-up work on an investigation and was gunned down by a suspect” at the Peach Place Inn in West Mobile. The suspect, 19-year-old Marco Perez, has been sought by local police for theft and filing a false police report and by federal law enforcement for probation violations.

Alabama officer shot, killed in line of duty, suspect in custody, police say was with the police department for less than five years, and “was really just getting into that part of his career where he started having a really major impact on not just the people in the community, but the men and women who work here in this department,” the police chief said.

Tuder was named “Officer of the Month” in August 2017 and was praised at the time for “his numerous drug arrests, with four cases being sent for federal prosecution, and recovering six firearms.”

My Take

Law enforcement has always been a dangerous job, but it feels as if incidents like these are becoming more commonplace. That’s anecdotal. Perhaps I’m just more sensitive to reports than I was before. Either way, we must support these brave men and women.

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So-called Red Flag laws: An unconstitutional solution to a non-existent problem




So-called Red Flag laws An unconstitutional solution to a non-existent problem

As with most Leftist affronts to Liberty, unconstitutional gun confiscation SWATing or so-called ‘Red Flag’ laws are based on a lie. The usual contention is that these laws that eviscerate basic constitutional protections of due process are desperately needed because there are no other means to deal with people who are alleged to be a danger to themselves or others. Our previous article on the subject dealt with this outright falsehood. There are laws and procedures for involuntary civil commitments already on the books to handle these extreme situations. In the case of Florida and the Parkland mass murder, the “The Baker Act” was already in place, but the authorities failed to take action in time. Other states such as Colorado already have procedures in place for Mental Health Holds.

The existence of these laws have been ignored in the effort to ‘enhance’ the government’s ability to confiscate guns. Its just another case of the Left exploiting a tragedy to ‘Rahm’ through new laws to deprive the people of their means of self-defense.

Laws built on lies

Most articles on what is supposedly the urgent need for gun confiscation SWATing or ‘Red Flag’ laws will make vague allusions there are no other ways of handling these situations to the point of asserting that the government has never had the authority to deal with these situations.

State governments clearly have these abilities, but the existing laws protect the Constitutional rights of the accused without having the primary purpose of confiscating guns – an intolerable situation for the authoritarian Left that sees 120 million gun owners as a threat simply because they are gun owners.

Why violate one human right when several can be attacked at once?

Leftists seem to be in some perverse competition to see which one of them can conjure up new laws to attack Liberty in as many ways as possible. For them, it’s a more efficient form of tyranny with one law doing the work of several. What better way to suppress Liberty than to confiscate guns because of someone exercising their right of free speech while destroying due process protections?

The dangerous implications to the 1st Amendment

These laws will have devastating consequences for the natural right of free speech. It will only take one concerned person in the group of people who can initiate these actions to decide an innocent gun owner is guilty of ‘thoughtcrime’ to have their property confiscated. The odds are that the Left will also expand who can initiate these gun confiscation SWATings and streamline the process.

This will only serve to further stigmatize gun owners and suppress their right of free speech. Talk too much about the human right of self-defense and the law-abiding could experience a knock on the door at 5:00 AM with property confiscation conducted at gunpoint. One would then have a protracted legal battle on their hands to prove they are innocent after being treated as guilty with all manner of legal costs and red tape just to have their property returned.

The 2nd Amendment – the primary target

In their ongoing efforts to rid the nation of Liberty, the Left has decided that it should be illegal to defend oneself. Thus they have expended copious amounts of digital ink in demanding the death of the 2nd amendment and the confiscation of guns. They are perfectly willing to do this one innocent gun owner at a time if they have to. Never mind that the common sense human right of self-defense is the bedrock of the Bill or Rights. They have no use for the limitations of their power afforded by the Constitution, much less the Liberty conserving provisions of the Bill of Rights.

But wait, there’s more – The 4th and 5th amendments also on the chopping block

These laws turn the presumption of innocence on its head, forcing the victim of one of these gun confiscation raids to have to prove they aren’t guilty of thoughtcrime before they can get their property returned. Not to mention the ‘ex parte’ nature of these proceedings depriving innocent of the critical right of due process and the right to face one’s accuser before these confiscations take place. Lastly, there is the takings clause applicable to the private property being taken for public use since not many innocent gun owners will have the means for a protracted legal battle with the government, resulting in the loss of private property.

Why the focus on firearms?-

The existing laws for Involuntary Civil Commitment are not only superior in protecting everyone’s civil rights. They also serve to keep people from harm by other means. The unconstitutional practice of gun confiscation SWATing only addresses the issue of guns, leaving the supposed danger to society free to use alternative methods to cause harm.

If safety is the point of the so-called ‘Red Flag’ or ‘ERPO’ laws, then why aren’t their proponents concerned about this issue? If someone has their guns taken away suddenly by unconstitutional means, what’s to stop them from using explosives – flour, etc.- from carrying out their deadly deeds? Suppose an alleged ‘danger to society’ no longer has their guns, but still has a motorized vehicle or the ability to make edged weaponry. What about that circumstance?

Well, if it were really the case in that these people are concerned about other people’s welfare to the point of having them committed, they would have to follow the rule of law and afford the target their right of due process, etc. They wouldn’t be able to take someone’s means of self-defense just on the word of some other aggrieved party. It wouldn’t serve their desire for gun confiscation and gun confiscation alone, so it has no usefulness for them.

Things aren’t going according to plan for the Liberty Grabber Left

The progression for the Left has always been one of control, registration and then confiscation. They used to think that it was just a matter of time before Intergalactic Background Checks would be put in place, then registration would be required – both of which would do nothing to keep people safe or ‘cut down on the carnage’. It was all supposed to happen as it did in the UK and Australia. Intergalactic Background Checks, registration, then confiscation.

But that isn’t happening, despite the baseless polling to the contrary, everyone isn’t clamoring to have the government control their private property. Most of the Pro-Liberty see the danger in this control, with it leading to registration, followed by confiscation. Most on both sides have already admitted that Intergalactic Background Checks don’t work, that the dirty little secret being that these have no other purpose than as a stepping stones to confiscation.

The Takeaway

As others have indicated, Leftists aren’t anti-gun, they are anti-Liberty. They love to see them in the hands of the ‘politically correct’, but cannot deal with them in the hands of the right people.

Leftists desperately want to deprive the Pro-Liberty Right of their guns. These firearms represent a vitally important and final check on unlimited governmental power. It’s the primary bulwark against them attaining government power to attain their wondrous utopia they desire. They are so desperate to remove it that they will confiscate them one innocent person at a time, without a care for its effects on safety or Liberty.

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