April 13, 2019

At Real Clear Investigations: FBI Man’s Testimony Points to Wrongdoing Well Beyond Spying

Filed under: Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:02 am

It’s a long slog, but worth it.

Here is investigative reporter Eric Felten’s recap at the end of the article:

In Summary…

So what did we learn from (former assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division Edward William) Priestap’s compendious and revealing testimony (of June 5, 2018 – Ed.)?

  • We learned that the FBI and Justice targeted and took action against Trump.
  • We learned that the FBI, according to Bill Priestap, is incapable of securing a FISA warrant with information that isn’t credible, although the judge’s approval of the warrant means by definition that the information is credible. (In other words, if federal law enforcement is able to sneak dishonest and not-credible information past a FISA judge, it is then by definition, in Priestap’s twisted logic, now treated as credible — Ed.)
  • We learned that the FBI believes political interference in an investigation can be proper as long as the bureau isn’t acting purely politically. (Italics are mine — Ed.)
  • We learned that the FBI did send at least one asset to do to the Trump campaign an activity that even the bureau would call “spying” — if it were done by foreign operatives.
  • We learned that the origins of the Trump-Russia tale will never be fully understood until the part played by British intelligence is made clear.

That’s an awful lot to take away from one largely neglected transcript. But it suggests just how much remains unknown about the Trump-Russia investigation while providing a glimpse at the people that want to keep it that way.

Saturday (Moderated) Open Thread (041319)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: Calif. officer discovers his lieutenant saved his life 27 years ago

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From El Monte, California:

March 27, 2019

Officer Tyler Blue Dominguez wouldn’t be alive today if not for his supervisor, Lt. Chris Cano

An officer may not be alive today if it wasn’t for the actions of his lieutenant 27 years ago.

According to CBS Los Angeles, 27-year-old Officer Tyler Blue Dominguez recently discovered he was saved during his birth by his supervisor, Lt. Chris Cano.

Cano, who was a paramedic at the time, was among those called to Dominguez’s home when his mother was giving birth in the driveway. Cano had to free Dominguez’s umbilical cord from around his neck.

Recently, while Dominguez was telling his colleagues the story about his birth, Cano realized that he was the one who helped save him.

Dominguez’s unique middle name comes from that day because his face and body had a deep blue hue when he was born. …

Go here for the rest of the story.