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What Barr is really looking for by investigating the investigators

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What Barr is really looking for by investigating the investigators

Attorney General William Barr told Congress today that “spying did occur” against the Trump campaign in 2016. Now, many Trump supporters and conservative pundits are pointing to Barr’s comments as confirmation the actions of the FBI were unnecessary. Meanwhile, Trump’s detractors are pointing out there’s no evidence to back Barr’s claim.

Here are the two best Tweets I found exemplifying these two perspectives.

From the right:

From the left:

While I respect both perspectives and the people giving them, they’re both technically incorrect. Therein lies the problem with hot takes on social media. But it’s not just social media that’s missing on this one. Nearly every story I’ve read on the issue tries to paint it one way or another about evidence of this or evidence of that. Let’s break it all down to see what’s really happening at the Department of Justice.

Spying

For whatever reason, Barr chose to use this unfortunate and politically charged word. He knew it was incorrect in the context of his testimony, but he chose to use it anyway. Let’s be clear. “Spying” almost certainly did not occur, not by definition. For it to be considered “spying,” the FBI would have needed to be acting on behalf of the DNC or the Clinton campaign, sharing information that they uncover directly with them and not in the context of a criminal investigation. If that did occur, then a full-blown criminal investigation would be underway and the general public would hear absolutely nothing about it, especially from the Attorney General himself.

Trump supporters might say that the FBI was clearly working on behalf of the Clinton campaign in an effort to discredit President Trump and swing the election towards Hillary Clinton, and that seems to be likely considering what we know about the players thus far, but it still does not constitute “spying.” It was an investigation and information was not shared with the campaign. If it had been, then as I mentioned before this would be a criminal investigation and we wouldn’t hear about it until things were wrapping up.

Barr’s use of the word is charged with implications ahead of the release of Robert Mueller’s redacted report. This is the disappointing part of the whole mess.

Justification

What is almost certainly actually happening here is a review of the procedures and steps taken, specifically what order they were taken and whether or not they were justifiable by the law. Surveillance for the sake of the investigation may seem like “spying” to the average citizen, but it’s within the context of where the revelations of the surveillance ended up that determines whether it can be considered “spying” or not. If the FBI was collecting evidence and sharing that evidence with the Clinton campaign, it’s spying. But there have been no indications this is what happened.

Instead, Barr will try to determine whether or not the steps taken by the FBI to establish benchmarks for action within the investigation were proper. This is where the abnormalities will become more apparent. If the FBI came to inappropriate conclusions that led to actions which were then utilized in getting the FISA warrants, then there’s a problem. This is what Barr’s investigation is trying to find, and based on what we’ve seen on the public forum so far, there’s a good chance this happened. But we also do not have the full picture. We haven’t seen all the players involved. This doesn’t bode well for the FBI because chances are strong once other people are investigated and information is gleaned, it will make the premise behind the steps within the investigation seem less justifiable.

Under normal circumstances, agents are supposed to lay clear paths that can allow prosecutors to present information through legal means. Two facts seem to counter the FBI’s claims that their actions were justified. The most glaring is the assumed results of the Mueller investigation. Based on the information we have so far, Mueller’s investigation was not able to find collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. That’s a big flop for the FBI because it means the steps they took to come to the conclusions that resulted in elevating the investigation to its various levels may have been erroneous and/or unjustified.

The second fact that hurts the FBI is the use of media reports to establish their basis for needing surveillance and other components of the investigation. This isn’t unprecedented, but it’s usually considered a stretch for law enforcement to rely on the investigation of outside parties to justify accelerating their own investigation. What makes this particular case worse for them is that the outside parties were associated with opposition research. Credibility of sources is extremely important when trying to secure warrants. It will be difficult for the FBI to demonstrate their investigation was justifiable if it was prompted by reports from those who opposed President Trump’s campaign.

Conclusion

If Barr is able to clearly demonstrate the FBI was acting from political bias instead of sound investigative practices, then the President’s claims of it being a “witch hunt” will be fully realized. Mainstream media will have to squirm through that one for the remainder of the 2020 election cycle.

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While Democrats scream ‘abolish ICE,’ child sex trafficker Claudius English convicted thanks to ICE

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While Democrats scream abolish ICE child sex trafficker Claudius English convicted thanks to ICE

It’s becoming more and more popular for Democrats to call for abolishing ICE. Their chants are an attempt to endear themselves to those in our country who support illegal immigration, but the focus on how ICE apprehends and deports illegal aliens undermines some of their other important duties, including investigations that lead to convictions of child sex traffickers.

One such trafficker, Claudius English, 45, has been convicted and will be going to jail for a long time thanks to the efforts of ICE agents.

Bronx man convicted of sex trafficking minors, kidnapping and use of a firearm

According to the evidence presented during the trial, in 2013, English sex trafficked multiple minor victims out of his apartment in the Bronx. English used the Internet to find, recruit, and lure minor victims to his apartment, where he photographed them in sexually suggestive poses. English then sent these photographs to his regular clients, and created advertisements that he posted on Backpage. English arranged for his clients to pay for sex with at least four minor victims who testified at trial. Additionally, for one of his clients, English took substantial steps to obtain and sex traffic girls as young as 13, 11, and 8.

On November 15, 2013, English lured a 14-year-old girl from New Jersey to his apartment for the purpose of selling her for sex. When the victim resisted and said she wanted to leave, English pointed a loaded gun at her head and refused. After several hours, the victim convinced English to accompany her outside. Even though English brought his gun with him, the victim ran away and called 911. NYPD officers responded promptly enough that the victim was able to lead them back to English’s apartment, where English was caught trying to flee.

Opinion

No law enforcement agency is perfect. It’s easy for Democrats to nitpick and point out every instance when an officer does wrong or a law guys awry. But compared to every other nation in the world, our law enforcement personnel are the most efficient, fair, and law abiding. It’s not even close.

Had calls been heeded to abolish ICE, this monster would still be preying on girls as young as 8-years-old. But you won’t hear about their involvement in the investigation from the likes of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or Bernie Sanders. Their political careers cannot afford their rhetoric about ICE to be exposed for what it is: A call to make American citizens less safe for the sake of the criminal illegal aliens the Democrats want to protect.

Quote

“The heinous acts of this individual robbed his victims of their childhood, and this guilty verdict will ensure that he faces time for his criminal actions.” – Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Angel M. Melendez

Final Thoughts

It’s an utter disgrace that so many Democrats want to help depraved animals like this child sex trafficker remain free by abolishing ICE. While they pretend to be compassionate, their policies put Americans at risk.

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Brazil: Lesbian couple accused of castrating and murdering own child

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Brazil Lesbian couple accused of castrating and murdering own child

This is a major news story in South America, where communities are in shock over the grotesque murder of an nine year old child. It is a story that resembles Casey Anthony but a notable difference is that there are two people accused and a systemic abuse comparable to Ariel Castro, the proper authorities failed to act on their own court orders. It is a story of heinous child abuse that Americans should have the option to inform themselves about, rather than letting it get suppressed. All quotes are translated via Google translate.

Initial Story

Folha Pe Reports

“A nine-year-old child was killed and quartered late Friday (31) in Samambaia, administrative district of the Federal District. The mother of the child, Rosana Auri da Silva Cândido, 27, and [her] companion Kacyla Pryscila Santiago Damasceno Pessoa, 28, confessed to having committed the crime.

The two were arrested on Saturday (1) after investigations of the Civil Police of the Federal District. In testimony to police, the women said that the child was stabbed to the heart while sleeping. After they committed the crime, they quartered the body tried to burn the body in a barbecue.

As the attempt to carbonize the body was not successful, they placed the child’s body in a suitcase and threw it into a manhole in the neighborhood where they live. The members were placed in two backpacks, which were still in the family home and would be discarded later.”

O Tempo reports that witnesses saw suspicious activity of the accused and reported it to the police:

“The Deputy Delegate of the 26th Civil Police Precinct, Guilherme Melo, said that the cruelty of the crime shocked even the team investigating the case. “She killed her son, quartered, decapitated, plucked the skin and tried to get rid of the body. It was a very terrible case, “he says.

The case was discovered after witnesses mistrusted the women’s atitute[actions] by the time they left a suitcase in the manhole of a block in Samambaia. When they checked what was in the backpack, they found parts of Rhuan’s remains and then called the police.

Before attempting to get rid of the body, police say the women still used a barbecue to burn the remains of the victim. The suspicion is that the crime was premeditated, since they bought a knife and coal before the murder.”

Castration

Investigators revealed that a year before he was killed, the victim had his penis ripped off by the two women in a procedure that was performed at home.

Motivation

Part of why this story has blown up is the mystery surrounding the motivations of the accused. Spaniard independent media website, Outono, reports that the Brazilian media, several hypotheses have been published about the possible motive of this horrendous crime including black magic.

Folha Pe reported that the testimony given to the police, the mother said that she killed the son because this would be a hindrance to her relationship with her lover, since “it remitted to his former bond with the father of the child. The case is still being investigated by the Federal District Civil Police.”

The child’s maleness may have played a role because they first castrated him before killing him while the lover’s daughter remains alive. Brazilian Christian blogger Julio Severo suggested as much reporting that police described a botched gender reassignment surgery. He also suggests that the media is unwilling to connect the dots on the motive for politically correct reasons, and the authorities for, politically correct reasons, did not pursue the lesbian couple when they abducted the children. The victim’s father claims the police did nothing after they fled.

Child Abduction

By all reports, these people were unfit parents. The accused were from Acre (a Brazilian state) and lost custody of their two children and fled with the children according to Global 1. The custody rightly belonged to the children’s grandparents. This event occurred five years ago. Folha Pe noted that police believed the two children, the victim and the accused’s eight year old daughter, were kept in a “private jail” not attending school or leaving the house.

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Obama White House wiped immigration speeches from government website just before Trump took office

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Obama White House wiped immigration speeches from government website just before Trump took office

The internet is a miraculous account of recent history. On one hand, parts of it can be erased by those who have the tools and access. On the other hand, no matter how much someone tries to cover their tracks, there’s likely a way to find whatever information was being hidden.

Such is the case with the White House’s ICE website. The version that President Trump inherited was 190 speeches lighter than the one that was online just hours before his inauguration. Someone in the previous administration apparently didn’t want information about fighting illegal immigration to be visible on the incoming President’s resources.

So, they wiped it, and not with a cloth.

The Daily Caller reports that in the hours prior to the 45th President’s inauguration, the outgoing White House staff was busy getting rid of reports, transcripts, and speeches that had been accumulated on the ICE website. All of the content erased supported the notion that there was a border crisis brewing or that illegal immigration in general was a major problem that Washington DC needed to address.

Obama White House Deleted Online Speeches About The Immigration Crisis Hours Before Trump Entered Office: Report

A collection of 190 transcripts of speeches on ICE’s website was deleted on Jan. 18 and late in the evening on Jan. 19, 2017, according to research conducted by the Sunlight Foundation, a nonpartisan organization that advocates for government transparency. Statements made by high-ranking ICE officials regarding controversial immigration topics such as sanctuary cities, E-Verify, treatment of detainees, and other issues were included in the reported deletions.

It is unknown who perpetrated the act of information suppression or who ordered the purge. But it’s easy to speculate the former administration didn’t want to give the inbound administration any additional ammunition to use in their stated goal of curtailing illegal immigration, especially at the border. Furthermore, much of the information purged could have been used as justification for building a wall on the southern border.

Democrats don’t want you to know two things: (1) The border crisis is real, and (2) This administration is proposing solutions that can work to put an end to it. Now, it seems this mentality goes further back than expected.

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