Thursday, March 23, 2017

In Wake of Rockville Rape, School Superintendent Accuses Parents of Racism

By Katie Pavlich

In the wake of an alleged brutal rape at Rockville High School in Maryland by two illegal aliens last week, Montgomery County Superintendent Dr. Jack Smith is accusing parents of racism and xenophobia. He also claims threats are being made against students and schools.

"While I know this tragic incident has become part of a national political debate, I want to remind community members that the lives of real students have been forever affected," Smith sent in an email Thursday morning. "While many have chosen to engage civilly in the conversation, far too many have crossed the line with racist, xenophobic calls and emails. MCPS is working with law enforcement to identify those who are making threats toward our students and schools. This behavior will not be tolerated in our community."
Nowhere in the email was it mentioned the suspects are in the country illegally, with at least one facing deportation.
Parents have been protesting outside of Smith's office in recent days and did not mince words about the situation during a public meeting Tuesday night. One parent said he took his daughter out of school last year because of an unsafe environment.

Smith avoided questions about the alleged sexual assault for days and had to be confronted by a reporter in the parking lot outside of his office before finally answering questions. He is in charge of 204 schools in the district.
Meanwhile, Republican Governor Larry Hogan is demanding answers.
"Why is an 18-year-old man in a class with 13 or 14-year-old girls? Why was his status not known to those folks? Why was he allowed to enter the country after he was picked up for illegally crossing the border—both of them? So there are a lot of questions,” Hogan told Fox 5. "My biggest concern is the Montgomery County School System and their lack of cooperation and the lack of information they've been providing. Not only have they refused to provide any information to us, but they've refused to provide information to the state Board of Education, which specifically requested more information."

Comments By A  Reader Of The Above Article:

Yup, Sounds like 'Ole Dr. Smith (like in Lost in Space) is fostering a culture of Rape in the schools system that he is in charge of. It also sounds like he is waging war against women.


Liberals Prefer Illegal Aliens Over Your Kids
By Derek Hunter

A few weeks ago in this space I asked a simple question: How many victims of illegal alien crime will be enough to make Democrats and the media care about illegal alien crime?
The answer was simple – there is no number. They’ll never care because they’ve hitched their fate to the prospect of legalizing illegals and winning their votes. But the problem they back-burner for political gain still smolders, and last week it claimed another victim…all in the name of “progress.”
Montgomery County, Md., is one of the richest counties in the country. It’s also an extremely left-wing progressive county that prides itself on being “welcoming,” which is liberal code for a sanctuary county. The sanctuary status is not official, according to county leaders. They pretend they aren’t fully on board with sanctuary policies because they don’t want to lose federal money, but they are.
That unofficial status pushed the city of Rockville to out-liberal its county and push to put their sanctuary status on the books, taking steps in that direction just two weeks ago.  A new horrific crime may put that dream on hold.
Last Thursday, a 14-year-old student Rockville High School allegedly was forced into the boys’ bathroom and violently raped by two of her fellow freshman students. Those student were not typical students, they were grown men – ages 17 and 18.
Why were two men old enough to join the military in the 9th grade? Because they were assigned freshman status by the “welcoming” schools, no questions asked.  At least one of the men, 18-year-old Henry Sanchez, is in the country illegally. As for the other, 17-year-old Jose Montano, officials won’t comment on his status because he’s underage.
This 14-year-old girl had to share her classroom with two grown men who had no business being in the country, let alone the school, in the name of tolerance.
That tolerance, as is always the case with leftists, is a one-way street.
After Donald Trump won the election, Montgomery County students staged a walkout protest against the incoming president. The Washington Post reported students were chanting, “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here.” Where do you suppose they got the ideas behind that?
In February, the Montgomery County Council sought to reassure residents – liberals and illegals alike – they would protect those here illegally, particularly when it came to the schools. “We cannot allow people to be so fearful that they keep their children away from school because they’re afraid their children will be taken,” Council President Roger Berliner said. He also said, “Bad things happen.”
Isn’t that nice?
Since the alleged attack, many politicians went silent. Weird, right?
Yes, statements were released, but that’s been about it. The superintendent, Jack Smith, assured parents the alleged horrors committed “do not represent the positive values of our students and school communities.”
Smith concluded, “The safety and security of every student in our district is our top priority and a responsibility that we do not take lightly.”
Nothing on why men old enough to graduate – who don’t even speak English, according to reports – were put in classes with 13- and 14-year-old girls.
School principal Billie-Jean Bensen sent a letter to parents that read, in part, “Ensuring a safe, secure and welcoming learning environment for all of our students is our top priority.”
Again, the safety of students cannot be a “top priority” when you’re putting grown men, whose background could not have been checked for criminal history, in classrooms with children. Principal Bensen’s priority is exposed in the “welcoming” part. Why else mention it under such awful circumstances?
When politicians and activists put the comfort of illegal aliens ahead of the security of Americans students, something is fundamentally wrong.
Principal Bensen concluded her letter by adding, “Please remind your child that if they believe they are a victim of an assault or see something inappropriate, they should immediately tell a staff member.” It’s clear the Montgomery County power structure is circling their wagons to cover their own asses. And that grammar is not a priority.
If they were serious about protecting kids, administrators wouldn’t put adults in with freshmen and wouldn’t allow illegal aliens, whose backgrounds and history cannot be verified or even checked, anywhere near children.
Montgomery County recently hiked property taxes by 8.7 percent in part to address the extremely high cost of educating illegal alien students who don’t speak English.
Sanctuary already had a cost. Last week, that cost went higher than the civilized mind can comprehend.
For progressive liberal Democrats, there is no cost too high. If your children suffer horrendous, unspeakable acts in the name of “tolerance,” so be it.
You can’t make a progressive Utopia without ruining a few lives…

Peter King: Trump Surveillance Report Shows 'Shameful' Intel Violations

As seen on The O'Reilly Factor
Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.) called the revelation that President Trump's transition team was identified during incidental surveillance activity "extremely significant."
King said the fact that Trump's name appeared in the reports obtained by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) was one of a few violations that were committed.
Trump nor his associates were being wiretapped, King said. Instead the surveillance focused on foreign individuals who referenced them.

Woodward: Surveillance Report Likely 'Highly Classified Gossip' About Trump
As seen on The O'Reilly Factor

Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward said that allegations from a report that say President Trump's transition team was named in surveillance reports of foreign individuals would be "gross violations."
A couple of diplomats who were legitimately wiretapped were talking about meeting Trump or his team, Woodward said on "The O'Reilly Factor."
House Intel Chairman: Trump’s Communications Possibly Picked Up By ‘Incidental’ Surveillance
 By Ali Vitali, Kasie Hunt and Ken Dilanian
NBC News
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday he has seen reports from the U.S. intelligence community that showed communication from members of President Trump's transition team — and possibly from the president himself — were incidentally collected as part of a broader surveillance effort.
The collections were not related to investigations into Russia and its alleged connections to the Trump campaign.
Nunes told reporters the collection appeared to be "normal" and "all legally collected foreign intelligence under" the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA.
He would not identify the source of this material and implied he had seen it independently. He said he briefed House Speaker Paul Ryan about the documents Wednesday morning.
It's not clear if he showed the material to the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff. A spokesman for Schiff initially declined to comment.
Nunes also said he was going to the White House tin the afternoon to brief President Trump, a planned visit which White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed.
Nunes said he was "alarmed" by the findings.
"I believe it was all done legally. I think it was all obtained legally. The question is was it masked," Nunes told reporters.
Nunes also said he did not share the information with the ranking Democratic member of the intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, before holding the press conference.
Spicer called Nunes' claims a "startling revelation" and lambasted what he saw as the media's "presumptive" tone of negativity toward the administration on the issue.
Utah man visiting London was killed in attack near Parliament, wife seriously injured, relatives announce.

LONDON TERROR ATTACK UPDATE: Seven Arrested; Isis Claims Responsibility


British police on Thursday searched six addresses with possible links to Wednesday’s terror attack near Parliament. Police made seven arrests. Authorities say they believe the attacker—who has yet to be identified—acted alone and was “inspired by international terrorism.”

SIS claims responsibility for attack outside UK Parliament, according to the terror group's Amaq media agency.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

BREAKING: London Terrorist Attack; Trump Surveillance Confirmed

UK Parliament terror attack: Two people killed, cop stabbed -- more than a dozen injured

SECOND DEATH REPORTED: Several injuries in attack near UK Parliament in London

SURVEILLANCE CONFIRMED: Rep reveals ‘incidental collection’ of Trump team communications
House intelligence committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., says he’s learned of the ‘incidental collection’ of communications concerning the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations.

While Democrats Express Fake Outrage About Russia, They Ram Marxism Down Our Children’s Throats

If you think the communist threat to America ended with the fall of the Soviet Union, think again.

 By John Eidson
Meet two of the tens of thousands of activist school teachers who are quietly pushing Marxist doctrine on America’s school children:
Public school teachers Sarah Knopp and Megan Behrent at a teachers union panel discussion on Marxism.
In many of our public schools, young, impressionable children are no longer being taught to feel good about being Americans. Their school teachers, who traditionally embody socially approved values, are teaching them to be ashamed of their capitalist country and everything it stands for. Spreading out from the colleges and universities that teach our teachers, this ideology is being inculcated into our K-12 schools, and is anti-American in the most profound meaning of the term.
Wearing a “Tax the Rich” shirt, Sarah Knopp, a Los Angeles high school teacher who contributes to The Socialist Review, and Megan Behrent, a New York City public school teacher affiliated with the International Socialist Organization, can be seen in this video participating in a teachers union panel discussion on how to slip Marxist doctrine into classroom instruction.

Knopp and Behrent are not alone. In public schools across America, pro-communist teachers are pushing their anti-American political views on captive young minds, often with the tacit approval of progressive school administrators and progressive-dominated school boards. If you think that claim is just another right-wing conspiracy theory, please consider this: A 2012 article on reported that teachers were flocking to Northwestern University to attend a conference on Marxism. Similar events were held at other major universities. Think about that: teachers from all over America flocking to conferences on Marxism.
Public education is supposed to be free of partisan bias. But many of America’s classrooms have turned into political lecture halls where activist teachers brainwash their impressionable young students with communist ideology. We live in a free country, so teachers have every right to believe in whatever ideology they choose. They should not, however, be allowed to indoctrinate their politically malleable charges with the alleged virtues of a failed and oppressive system that has never survived anywhere it has been tried, except at the barrel of a gun.

Over the last half-century, progressive Democrats been frighteningly successful at mainstreaming communist doctrine to America’s school children. According to a study by the Pew Research Center, more young adults aged 18-29 support socialism (49%) than capitalism (43%). Those startling statistics explain why college students comprised the most visible public face of the 2011 anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street protests that were orchestrated to pave the way for the Obama campaign’s class warfare attacks against Mitt Romney.
How important is the youth vote? A Tufts University analysis of the 2012 presidential election found that had the youth vote been split 50-50 in just four states—Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia—Romney would have been elected. When leftist teachers use their position as authority figures to push their personal ideology on school children, the long-term effects can be profound. The socialist propaganda that’s relentlessly spoon-fed to students pre-K through college will unquestionably have an impact on what our country will be like in the future, an impact that poses a mortal threat to the economic and governing systems that made America the most free and prosperous nation the world has ever known. As things stand now, activist teachers are being allowed to change the face of America one little Marxist at a time.

Curtain federal education funding for any school district that refuses to implement strict policies forbidding teachers and administrators from injecting their personal political views in any official school setting. To express support for this idea, send a letter to: Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20202

● Increase awareness that public school classrooms are being used as transmission belts for socialist propaganda by forwarding this email to (1) your friends & family, and (2) Republican members of your state legislature.

● Ask your children to let you know what their teachers talk about in class. Keep a written record of what you learn—click here to see what one parent did. If you believe your child is being indoctrinated, do not be afraid to confront school officials. In a polite but firm manner, let them know you will not tolerate retaliation against your child.
● Recruit like-minded friends to help pressure your local school board to pass strict policies that prohibit teachers from injecting their personal political views in any academic setting. To see a specimen letter you can use, click on the attachment to this email. Do not expect success with your first contact—multiple follow-ups will be required. If you sense you’re being stonewalled, ratchet-up the pressure by presenting a petition signed by a large number of registered voters in your school district. VFW lodges, 2nd Amendment groups, tea party and other such organizations may be willing to help gather signatures.

 What tomorrow’s voters are taught in school today will determine what our country will be like in the years to come. What’s at stake in the battle for the hearts and minds of our nation’s school children? The future of America, that’s all. Capitalism or communism. Liberty or tyranny. It’s that simple. The outcome is in your hands. If not you, who? If not now, when? The clock is ticking. 

     George Washington                          Karl Marx

The battle over the ideas of two influential men born in the 1700s is playing out today in the greatest nation the world has ever seen. One of those men, George Washington, is known as the Founding Father of Freedom; the other, Karl Marx, is the Founding Father of Oppression. The choice between their respective ideas is stark:

 Rights granted by God vs. Rights dictated by the state
Sharing based on love vs. Forced wealth redistribution
Free-market capitalism vs. Government-run economy
Excellence rewarded vs. Mediocrity rewarded
Private property rights vs. Collective ownership
First Amendment rights vs. Free speech suppressed
Second Amendment rights vs. Gun ownership banned
Self-reliance vs. Government dependency
We, the people vs. Authoritarian rule
Government fears the people vs. People fear their government
Liberty vs. Tyranny

 Why does communist brainwashing of America’s school children occur?

Because freedom-loving parents and taxpayers tolerate it.

 What are you waiting for?

Every time you look at your sleeping child or open your wallet to glance at pictures of your precious grandchildren, you know without a shadow of doubt that you would sacrifice your life in an instant to save theirs.

They mean more to you than life itself, yet you sit on your hands as public schools are brainwashing future voters with propaganda straight out of The Communist Manifesto.

You know what’s going down, yet do nothing as the promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is being systematically destroyed from within.

Too young to defend themselves from the threat posed by the most oppressive ideology the world has ever known, your living legacies are depending on you to ensure that their future freedom does not die on your watch.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to do your job. Help end classroom indoctrination in your school district. 


When the going gets tough, the tough get going

By William Haupt III

“I got something to tell you, I got something to say. I’m gonna put this dream in motion, Never let nothing stand in my way. When the going gets tough, The tough get going.” (Billy Ocean)
Most all of us have heard the 1985 song, When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going by Billy Ocean. The locution of this antimetabole is a play on words involving idiomatic and distinct meanings of “go” and “tough.”

In context, it means those who are strong and enduring “get tough” when they are abused and won’t take it any longer. Their passiveness turns to vigilance to correct wrongful acts that threaten them and others. When the going gets tough so do they.
“The fight for justice never has been easy and it never will be. It extracts a toll on all of us especially when it’s against neighbors and friends. But it must be done to perpetuate our dignity.” (Fran Sereico)
Although pop singer Billy Ocean is credited with making this a proverbial pop culture axiom, the true origin of this parlance has been attributed to football coach Knute Rockne who guided his Notre Dame Fighting Irish for 13 years.
He led them to 105 victories with only 12 losses and three national championships. Every time his team was down he’d inspire them with his colloquial words of wisdom.
“Show me a good and gracious loser and I’ll show you a failure.” (Knute Rockne)
Boomers perceptibly remember this song, since it inspired us during that transitional period of social havoc and judicial awareness during the 60s and 70s. Baby boomers changed the world, ended a war, created a new pop culture and participated in social change that made the US what it is today. They developed a new set of values and morphed in new styles while creating a magnetic generation of some of the greatest music ever recoded.
The evolution of boomer politics brought them to the house of Ronald Reagan. The bell bottoms the love beads, moon rings and x-large tie dyed t-shirts were unique to them, as they ushered in today’s best rock and roll and learned to vote wisely. The hippies, surfers and Ivy leaguers formed the new melting pot of our culture.
“Their success was not due to spontaneous combustion. They walked towards the fire!” (Kay Frances)
Boomers have been criticized by the press as “the world belongs to us crowd” for years. They claim we have drained the economy and will continue to empty the treasury when we finally call it quits. They have accused boomers of being selfish undertakers for protective custody of everything from states’ rights, to defending the unborn. Boomers are chastised for coveting our liberty and are committed to our work ethic.
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We are chastened for the conservative values our founders bestowed upon us. The boomers have been mocked for believing in the Almighty and our religious values. Boomers have been the subject of great criticism since we are ageing and we continue fighting back against liberalism. But as Billy Ocean said:
“When the going gets tough the tough get going.”
Today’s cookie cutter liberal media and the progressives of the left, claim the boomers were the most selfish generation to occupy a space on earth. They refused to back down and took on most anyone who stood between them and what they believed in until they got their way.
In the eyes of the left today, that is doing something sinful! Yes, many times to turn a wrong into a right, you have to get in someone’s face, and challenge them until they cowardly back down. The left claims that boomers remain self-absorbed and didn’t know when to keep their mouths shut. That’s because every time opportunity knocks, they still open the door and let it in, when past generations would have locked it out!
This is what led to our phenomenal prosperity, the development of the dot-com industry and the advancement of equal housing for all Americans. Equal pay and rights for women and minorities, and some of the most prosperous economic years we have ever seen. Boomers are responsible for healthcare technology that saves lives today. We fanned the flames of foreign policy to keep others from living under the fear of oppression as we had to do in the 50s every time we heard the air raid sirens and hide beneath our grade school desks.
“All Americans owe the baby boomers a debt of gratitude for keeping freedom and liberty alive today.” (John Rokensan)
For the last 6 decades the boomers have run the world. Although there have been setbacks and global conflicts they have been able to pull us out. They are the youngest generation that decided to stay young forever. Although their bodies are aging their minds are sharper than ever as they fight to keep America great.
Their spirit and fortitude will keep them forever young. If you choose to pick a fight with a Boomer be prepared to stand your ground for ages. “When the going gets tough, we get going.”
“If the Boomers can bring down the Berlin Wall without firing a shot: they can bring anyone to their knees who challenges them. Just mess with a boomer.” (Arial Bloomfield)
This dynamic generation is winding down to the traditional age of retirement, but is in no mood to slow down. Boomers themselves know what made their generation click and are clinging to that toughness. They are still the most powerful and dominant generation in America. Their strong values and aspirations continue to set the tone for social stability. They are conservatives. They are obsessed with maintaining their position at the top of the pyramid until they die. They will not fade away in their golden years.
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As today’s Boomers are retiring they are eagerly anticipating lives of increasing social and political engagement, not crawling off into the sunset of an apartment in the California desert. They plan to continue to impact and influence, albeit in a variety of ways a surfeit of agendas and ambitions to continue to make this a better world. They won’t be cast aside.
“They are treasures not some junk that will be thrown away when no longer needed?” (Sol Pierce)
Boomers showed America last election that they still know “When the going get’s tough the tough get going!” Don’t mess with the boomers. They won’t walk away from confrontation, but welcome it. They have rescued this country for decades now they are ready to chaperone the changing of the guard. The best and brightest are leaving public service as a career path and will put our country into a, “brain drain.”
But they know it is no time to back down. They will step forward and school millennials on how to do it right. There are 78 million boomers, with a conglomeration of talents to share with millennials to prepare them to inherit the earth. They proved contrary to public school indoctrination the meek does not inherit anything. If push them too far they’ll fight back!
“WWII brought us the greatest generation in our history, but Vietnam tore them apart. And Reagan taught them collectivism was needed to save America so they came back together again.” (Jack Webb)
Knute Rockne once told his team, “There is no such thing as a good loser. There is no success in failure. But sometimes people lose, and winners get right up and return to battle the next day!”
Yes there are winners and losers in this world and the millennials need to discern this. You don’t get a trophy for just showing up to play the game. There is no such thing as a free anything for anyone. If you do not defend your constitutional rights you will lose them. To any progressive they are theirs for the taking. There is a time for passivity and time for pro-active action.
Boomers will continue to stand up and get “tough” and take the lead and enlighten the millennials with the knowledge and skill sets for responsible national pride. Yes we are the boomers and we’re going to continue to get tough as the going gets tough: Just ask anyone of us and they will tell you.
“I won’t back down, no I won’t back down. You could stand me up at the gates of hell, But I won’t back down!” (Tom Petty) 

This article was written by a contributor from Franklin Center’s independent network of writers, bloggers, and citizen journalists. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hooray for the Donald and welfare reform: Ben Kinchlow recalls days where 'if you didn't work, you didn't eat'

By Ben Kinchlow

Have you ever wondered what African-Americans want, and why they vote Democratic? Do you know how slavery actually began in America? Ben Kinchlow’s best-selling book “Black Yellowdogs” breaks race and politics down in black and white. Get your copy today!

While watching the news last week and hearing the debate about whether or not to pass a particular kind of health care bill, I remembered something from the “good old days.”
I recall as a child having to go to the doctor for a sports injury, my mother having an operation, and my dad recovering from having been thrown off a bucking horse. Maybe someone can help me out here, but I do not recall the federal, state or local governments stepping in to offset any of the medical bills, or supplementing our income.
That was something for which my parents were responsible, and they solved it by budgeting and working out a “monthly pay plan.” By the way, they both worked because – here is another reality implant – there was no welfare plan. If you didn’t work, you didn’t eat.
As I write this, there is a lot of talk from both sides of the aisle – liberals, conservatives, Republicans, Democrats – about overhauling or replacing Obamacare. There are Republicans versus Republicans, Democrats versus Democrats, and Republicans versus Democrats, and vice versa.
Apparently, the liberal leadership (excuse me, “progressive”), supported by progressive (or is that liberal?) media, has hammered into many Americans, especially minorities, the idea that the country is responsible for their problems.
They have continuously preached the idea that minorities (and now “undocumented aliens”) are owed something from the government – a check, a program, a service – and that anyone who would eliminate these government “benefits”  is probably a “racist” (read “conservative”).
People, in what has now become the welfare-dependent underclass, have lived with these attitudes for so long they really don’t have anything to compare it to. To them, the idea that they can’t make it without government assistance is a given. It doesn’t even occur to most of them to consider the opportunities available to them in the American operating system.
There was a time not too long ago when refugees and immigrants from Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean came here and became hard-working people who took the jobs available and many that native-born Americans refused to take.
In some cases, they started their own businesses and are now reaping the benefits of the opportunities that are basically available to every citizen in this country.
I know personally of one family who came here as refugees from Cuba. When they arrived, they had nothing. They took any job they could get. The entire family lived in one or two rooms. They put their kids in school; then later, after saving their money, they started a janitorial business and worked long, hard hours. Today, they are worth over $1 million, own a big house in a nice part of town, and their kids are studying and preparing for business/professional careers.
A little research will indicate there are thousands of stories like this taking place across America regularly. When you hear one of those stories made public, some people wonder, “Well, what about the people who were born here?”
What about them? According to government statistics, almost 36 percent of all the people born here are on welfare. Unfortunately, many of the illegal immigrants arriving today have joined the increasing number of native-born Americans who have become beneficiaries of our “new system” and who have lived here all their lives, yet they do not understand the opportunities available to them!
Although they have gone to American schools, been taught our laws and customs, and know the language, still they end up living in government housing, cashing government checks and wasting their lives watching soap operas all day.
The reason? They have been indoctrinated into the nonsense that America owes them something and that they are entitled to a living without ever having their “dignity demeaned” by an entry-level job at “Mickey D’s.” (Does this word ring a bell: entitlements?)
And, thanks to Washington bureaucrats, it’s getting worse: “Illegal immigrant households receive an average of $5,692 in federal welfare benefits every year, far more than the average native American household, at $4,431, according to a new report on the cost of immigration released Monday.
The Center for Immigration Studies, in an analysis of federal cost figures, found that all immigrant-headed households – legal and illegal – receive an average of $6,241 in welfare, 41 percent more than native households.
What’s being done about it? As I write this, there’s a lot of talk about “overhauling the system” and “the welfare mess.” However, despite all the talk, I have seen very little substantive action.
Nevertheless, now I have hope. President Trump, not a politician, seems be appointing a lot of nonpolitical types to positions of responsibility in D.C – people who have proven that America is still the land of opportunity. Let’s not criticize the billionaires and millionaires he’s bringing into his Cabinet; let’s support them. Apparently, they are doing something right.
Assuming something really can get done and welfare can be effectively overhauled or ended, they have a big job to do.
Just between you and me, I am rooting for him and his appointees.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Analysis: Four Key Takeaways From Monday's House Intelligence Committee's Hearings on Russia, Leaks

By Guy Benson

If you missed it, you should go back and peruse Katie's coverage of today's House Intelligence Committee hearing, at which FBI Director James Comey and National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers faced hours of questions from lawmakers.

Republicans generally focused on the national security leak aspect of this controversy, while Democrats mostly stuck to Russia's actions and President Trump's provocative claims.

As someone who is both (a) genuinely concerned about a foreign adversary's efforts to interfere in an American election, and (b) disturbed by politically-motivated leaks of classified national security material, I was interested to hear the questions from members on both sides of the aisle, and the responses they elicited.

Because there has been so much hysteria, speculation and extrapolation in connection to this saga, trying to stick to actual facts can be a challenge. Monday's proceedings helped clarify, establish, and re-establish some important points:

(1) There is absolutely no evidence that the Russians "hacked the election" by altering any vote totals. Using that term, and promulgating the resulting implication, is irresponsible.

And lest you think that this is a trivial point, I'd remind you that a decidedly non-trivial number of Americans believe that this form of direct tampering took place.  

It's a baseless conspiracy:

(2) It has now been officially confirmed, with the permission of the Justice Department, that the FBI is engaged in an investigation into the Kremlin's activities, including whether or not anyone in Trump's orbit was coordinating or colluding with Russia during the campaign.
That probe is active and ongoing, with an undetermined termination date.
So far there is zero evidence of improper collusion; even the very media reports that have fueled various rumors and accusations quoted unnamed official sources who've conceded as much, and who've further stated that the alleged contacts were not even necessarily unusual in nature.  
Nevertheless, the US intelligence community has determined that Moscow's goals were threefold: To undermine Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, to (conversely) boost the Trump campaign, and ultimately to undercut faith in the US electoral system (as well as Clinton's presidency, as the Russians anticipated her winning).
Russia's pursuit of malignant ends on this front is not speculative or "fake news."
It's the best assessment of our top intelligence and law enforcement professionals.  
Here is the FBI chief acknowledging the Bureau's continued investigation:
Click here to view this portion of the hearing.

(3) Comey would not comment on the existence of an investigation into the national security leaks that have been splashed across front pages over recent months.
He and his NSA counterpart did, however, condemn illegal leaking in the strongest terms, averring that it endangers US national security, and is taken very seriously.
This is not a specific statement that this issue is also under a federal probe, but that's probably not an unreasonable conclusion to reach, given the context of their words.  
Here's Rogers on the harm of unlawful leaks:
Click here to view this testimony.

(4) Comey and Rogers testified that there is no evidence to support President Trump's extraordinary accusations that President Obama ordered a wiretap on his phones during the election.  
We've delved into this issue before, highlighting some reasons why it's potentially credible that some figures within Trump's circle likely were subject to some form of FISA-related surveillance.
But the two officials batted down the central allegations from Trump's infamous string of tweets, and backed up a strenuous denial from Britain's GCHQ about a related, unverified claim amplified by the White House.  
Claims like these require serious proof, and there is none.  
It's also worth noting that prior to the hearing, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, a Republican, asserted that no FISA warrant for Trump Tower existed: