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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.

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Jim Renacci pulls from leftist playbook, releases anonymous accusation against Sherrod Brown

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Jim Renacci pulls from leftist playbook releases anonymous accusation against Sherrod Brown

Dear Republicans: Don’t do this. Don’t do what leftists do. We cannot call them out for pushing uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations when we’re pushing uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations.

The bad news is, that’s what’s happening with Jim Renacci as he fights an uphill battle against Sherrod Brown:

Jim Renacci issues statement from lawyer describing unsubstantiated allegations from unnamed woman against Sherrod Brown

https://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2018/10/jim_renacci_issues_anonymous_s.htmlThe release includes a lengthy statement from Laura Mills, a Canton attorney and former Renacci business partner and political donor. In the statement, Mills says the woman told her friend about the encounter as the MeToo movement unfolded. It occurred while the woman was alone with Brown, who was divorced at the time, through her work, Mills said. The friend then contacted the Renacci campaign, which referred the woman to Mills, the statement says.

The statement does not provide a date, a location, supporting evidence or identify the woman, but describes her as “a very credible source and a professional woman.” It comes a day after Renacci told reporters and editors with the Cincinnati Enquirer that he’d heard from “multiple women” with abuse allegations against Brown, while providing no additional details or supporting evidence.

The worse news is that many on the political right are cheering him on. Here’s one from Conservative Review:

Sexual assault claims against Dem Sen. Sherrod Brown put his post-Kavanaugh hypocrisy on display

https://www.conservativereview.com/news/sexual-assault-claims-against-dem-sen-sherrod-brown-put-his-post-kavanaugh-hypocrisy-on-display/It’s amazing how putting a shoe on the other foot can change a man.

Let’s take Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, as an example. He’s running for re-election in a state President Trump won in 2016. The campaign of his GOP opponent, Jim Renacci, claims that he’s recently been accused of sexual misconduct by an unnamed woman.

Now let’s take a look at how this has changed Brown’s reactions to uncorroborated allegations of sexual misconduct.

Here’s another from HotAir:

Uh oh: Woman claims “unwanted” sexual advance by Senate Dem in “late 1980s”

https://hotair.com/archives/2018/10/19/uh-oh-woman-claims-unwanted-sexual-advance-senate-dem-late-1980s/Quite frankly, I prefer the old rules. They not only did a better job of getting to the truth, they discouraged last-minute smear attacks rather than incentivizing them. I’m happy to apply the old rules to Sherrod Brown in this case as well — and to argue that Brown has disqualified himself for office by abandoning due process and fair play.

I suspect that Brown won’t be the last Democrat to get torched by the fire they set to those values in attempting to intimidate Kavanaugh into withdrawing. But I will welcome the strange new respect we get for due process out of it and the end to the neo-McCarthyism that they have immeasurably boosted. We warned them about the Kavanaughnsequences.

To be fair, both Ed Morrissey and Nate Madden posted their stories to highlight the hypocrisy of this new sensibility towards sexual misconduct accusation. If it weren’t for the treatment Brett Kavanaugh received, neither respected conservative writer would have touched this story. They did so more to speak out against the mess the left has created and not to add credibility to the accusation.

Nevertheless, we’re stuck in a societal state that feels obligated to go after the opposing side regardless of how credible an allegation is. It’s a partisan, divided world we live in now and the sexual misconduct game has made the situation even worse.

Sherrod Brown is an awful Senator. He deserves to lose, but chances of that are slim. If he were to lose because of these anonymous allegations, then our arguments for confirming Kavanaugh are moot.

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First charge filed against Russian for interfering with elections

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First charge filed against Russian for interfering with elections

Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova is allegedly part of Project Lakhta, a Russian operation intended to sow political division ahead of the midterm elections as well as other elections around the world. She has been charged by the Justice Department for interfering with the United States political system.

Here is the press release from the DOJ:

Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political System

https://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/russian-national-charged-interfering-us-political-system“The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, is to sow discord in the U.S. political system and to undermine faith in our democratic institutions,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “This case demonstrates that federal law enforcement authorities will work aggressively to investigate and prosecute the perpetrators of unlawful foreign influence activities whenever feasible, and that we will not stand by idly while foreign actors obstruct the lawful functions of our government. I want to thank the agents and prosecutors for their determined work on this case.”

According to allegations in the criminal complaint, Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, 44, of St. Petersburg, Russia, served as the chief accountant of “Project Lakhta,” a Russian umbrella effort funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, and Concord Catering. Project Lakhta includes multiple components, some involving domestic audiences within the Russian Federation and others targeting foreign audiences in the United States, members of the European Union, and Ukraine, among others.

My Take

This story will be spun from its surface assertion of Russian interference helping President Trump and other Republicans win in 2016. That assertion is inaccurate as the DOJ release indicates, but it won’t stop mainstream and leftist media from calling this the smoking gun against Trump’s presidency.

What this project allegedly did was push forth divisive messaging that was intended to affect people on both sides of the political aisle. This is important to understand because it wasn’t intended to drive one candidate or another. It was designed to take whatever political position any given person has and amplify their anger towards the opposing side.

Russia knows if they push the far right further to the right and the far left further to the left, our own anger will fuel the division. They are taken advantage of our freedom.

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The NPC meme triggers leftists so much because it’s too close to the truth

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The NPC meme triggers leftists so much because its too close to the truth

Leftists have been called cucks, snowflakes, libtards, and a multitude of other names assigned to them by conservatives and internet trolls for years. These labels often annoyed them, but the latest popular insult has triggered them like no other. It’s the NPC meme and it’s spreading like wildfire across the internet.

Twitter has even started banning people using the meme because it is “dehumanizing.”

But here’s the thing: previous labels may have been funny or even harsh, but the NPC meme strikes so close to home that it’s actually becoming a threat. It is being called dehumanizing, but it’s the closest a label has come to hitting the nail on the head when it comes to the unhinged left of today.

A non-player character, or NPC, is a character in a video game that is controlled by the computer. Some are influential to the outcome of the game but most will wander around the video game’s world doing random things and generally taking up space.

The use of the NPC meme in reference to leftists is tantamount to calling them unthinking automatons that echo each other without understanding beyond the collectivist, Marxist vision they claim to share. This label is quickly becoming the ultimate insult because it is, for all intents and purposes, true.

Thoughtful conservatives have known for years that mainstream media and social media are echo chambers for popular leftist mantras and incessant anger towards the boogeyman of the day. For over two years, that boogeyman has been President Trump, who has made the left so enraged they cannot see anything other than the hatred they feel towards him and those who support him.

Anything positive he does is dismissed while anything bad he does is blown out of proportions. This destructive cycle is so rampant, the echo chamber is experience a feedback loop. They no longer hear or know anything outside of their collective.

They have become NPCs controlled by the leftist puppet masters.

If it didn’t strike so close to home, it wouldn’t be getting such a vicious response.

Image via Kotaku.

NPC Meme

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