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Showing posts with label Trump White House. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trump White House. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

As Trump's World Turns: Secrets And Lies (The Security Clearance Scandal)

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Top Secret is a more stringent clearance. A Top Secret, or "TS", clearance, is often given as the result of a Single Scope Background Investigation, or SSBI. Top Secret clearances, in general, afford one access to data that affects national security, counterterrorism/counterintelligence, or other highly sensitive data.
In brief, why would a security clearance be denied?

According to Dennis Copeland for Quora:
...... essentially any serious contact with law enforcement (beyond routine traffic offenses); any observed problems with alcohol or drugs (discovered through interviews with friends, neighbors, others); erratic behavior; untrustworthy behavior; ties to, or close family in foreign lands; and debt/money problems are among the most frequent reasons for disqualifying someone.
If there is any doubt as to why such criteria exist, think in terms of blackmail and proven untrustworthiness. Think about the person whose life is consumed with issues of money. Think about the person who would sell her/his soul for a few thousand dollars. Or, in days of old think about being LGBTQ and hiding your life from general knowledge.

The following WIKI list of l convicted spies without a doubt includes people who operated as spies for money or were coerced into spying based factors of their lives.
NameNationalitySummaryConviction DatePenalty
Aldrich AmesAmericanConvicted of spying for 
the Soviet Union and Russia
1994Life sentence (without parole)
David Sheldon BooneAmericanSold secret documents 
to the Soviet Union and 
is estimated to have 
received $60,000 from
 the KGB
February 26, 199924 Years and 4 Months
Marthe CnockaertBelgianConvicted for spying 
for the United Kingdom 
and its allies during the
 First World War
November 1916Life sentence (released 2 years later)
James Hall IIIAmericanSignals analyst 
sold eavesdropping and code secrets 
to East Germany 
and the Soviet Union from 1983 to 1988
July 20, 198940-year sentence
Robert HanssenAmericanSpied for Soviet 
Russian intelligence 
services against 
 United States from 
1979 to 2001
July 6, 2001Life sentence (without parole)
Ana MontesAmericanConvicted for conspiracy 
to commit espionage for
 the government of Cuba
October 200225-year prison term followed by five years probation
Harold James NicholsonAmericantwice-convicted spy for Russia's Foreign 
Intelligence Service
June 5, 199723 years 7-month sentence
Stewart NozetteAmericanAttempted espionage 
and fraud against the
 United States
200913-year sentence
Ronald PeltonAmericanSpied for and sold 
secret documents to 
the Soviet Union. Was 
known to have a 
photographic memory 
and as such never
 passed any physical documents on.
1983Life sentence (Released November 24, 2015)
Earl Edwin PittsAmericanAccused of spying for 
the Soviet Union and 
Russia, and pleaded 
guilty to conspiring and attempting to commit espionage
199727-year sentence
Jonathan PollardAmericanPassed classified
 information to Israel 
while working as an American civilian 
intelligence analyst
1987Life sentence
George TrofimoffAmericanConvicted for spying 
for the Soviet Union
 during the 1970s and 
September 27, 2001Life sentence
John Anthony WalkerAmericanConvicted of spying 
for the Soviet Union 
from 1968 to 1985
1985Life sentence
Ugly eh?  John Anthony walker actually recruited his son into the trade. 
John Anthony Walker
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Michael Walker Image result for michael walker us spy
...John Anthony Walker Jr. (July 28, 1937 – August 28, 2014) was a United States Navychief warrant officer and communications specialist convicted of spying for the Soviet Union from 1968 to 1985.[2]
...In the June 2010 issue of Naval History Magazine, John Prados, a senior fellow with the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., pointed out that after Walker introduced himself to Soviet officials, North Korean forces seized USS Pueblo in order to make better use of Walker's spying. Prados added that North Korea subsequently shared information gleaned from the spy ship with the Soviets, enabling them to build replicas and gain access to the U.S. naval communications system, which continued until the system was completely revamped in the late 1980s.[6]
John Walker was turned into authorities via his wife.

If you have a few extra mintues checkout this link with Americans who spied for other naitons. 

If the importance of security clearances and the risk to the nation isn't clear to you, you also may not realize as Donald Trump's hairdo is a comb-over.  Well, I could have used other analogies but some would require far too much linking and verbiage (e.g, Trump: bigotry, lying, indecency, Putin stooge).

Why would the election of Donald Trump take the nation to what follows?  Meet Tricia Newbold, an 18-year government employee.

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Tricia Newbold
This past January Ms. Newbold was suspended from her White House position for defying orders to issue a security clearance to a few Trump officials despite FBI background security concerns. Jared Kushner is reported to have received clearances without regard for cautions from the FBI.

Celeb Daily News posted a video segment on Youtube which captures the released of Ms. Newbold while clearly stating issues related to Kushner's clearance. 

The full scope of the lax security process from Trump's White House is delineated via this NBC News report.

White House whistleblower says Trump administration overturned 25 ..

When will the nation come to its senses and act as if it has had enough?  

The obvious is obvious.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Flynn To Plead Guilty? (VIDEO)

Do you recall the following during the 2016 campaign?

RNC Trump campaign event longer version.  I assert this man was working for the Russians and had literally reached the pinnacle of administration positions before it all fell apart (after 24 days). Recall former President Obama advised trump to not appoint Flynn to a key position of National Security Adviser during their first transition meeting. Also, recall Trump fired the then acting Director of the Justice Department after she met with him about Flynn (shortly after taking office in January of this year). 

Now this: (linked The Daily Beat)

Michael Flynn Charged With Lying to FBI

Expected to plead guilty in a sign of a possible plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller's office.

A bit more from The Raw Story.

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Trump is crumbling into a sea of Russian caviar. StumbleUpon

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Testament To Leadership

 Each of the X'd out figures in the following image, is a testament to poor judgment, poor leadership, and a failure of the Oval Office.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sean Spicer States He Hasn't Talked To Trump About Russia

We know White House pressed "talkers' are handed scripts for their occasional appearances before the White House press corp. Despite the Trump communications model which includes gagged and non-responsive public talkers. But, what took place today as Sean Spicer came back to cameras and microphones after yesterday no cameras/no audio blackout, his appearance reinforced perceptions of a Trump authorized liar or Trump doesn't give one damn about any matters related to Russian election subterfuge.

Spice was asked a straight forward questions about Trump's thoughts on Russian interference in the 2016 elections. He was exhorted to offer a yes or no response, but as is always the case with any presser why bother with asking for a "yes" or "no".

Spicer responded as follows.
"I have not sat down and talked to him about that specific thing. Obviously, we've been dealing with a lot of other issues today," Spicer told reporters at his daily press briefing.

Many Americans are coming around to the reality the Trump regime is a regime imbued with vestiges of totalitarians (including stifling the press and media). Yet, we should all, as Americans, have the right to feel occupants of the White House are offering straightforward and honest communication. While all administrations hire spokespeople to deliver messages which are self-preserving and bias to the Oval Office, Trump's model verges on an aversion to openness with well cast shadows of deceit.

When coupled with public statements about possible eliminating offering press briefings or following Sean Hannity's suggestions to close the White House Press Office, the rational person cannot help but wonder about GOP commitment to the US Constitution. The crafters of the Constitution took great are to support a free press as a guard against tyranny.

It is important to recall Former FBI Director Comey stated during his nine visits with Trump was never asked about, nor partook in discussion of Russia.

Now, that is a problem.


Friday, April 21, 2017

‘Immature, Childish, Foolish’, Palin and Nugent Mock Clinton

The Trump Administration has moved to declare it will no longer publish, or make public, the list of visitors to the White House. The supposed "openness" policy started with the Obama Administration and ended after eight years with approximately 6 million names on the list. Of course right leaning surrogates and pundits criticize the Obama Administration based on cases of reacted names, but nonetheless, the names were published.

Trump's handlers have offered no reasons for the change in policy.  The lack of openness regarding the change fuels suspicion the Trump cabal wants secrecy regarding their interactions. Trump's cabal has total secrecy regarding interactions and meetings when Trump jaunts to his South Florida resort and that very secrecy has lead to revelations. The Koch brothers apparently coddled with Trump at the resort a couple of weeks ago. While the Kochs have previously been reported to golf at the resort (possible members), the recent meeting took place awful close to Trump's authorization the KXL Pipeline. Trump reversed an Obama administration policy. If reports of the pipeline yielding billions via the Koch-owned Canadian Tar Sand fields (reported to be over $80 billion) to the Koch P & L Statements).

We are also hearing reports of two past leaders of Colombia also met with the "secrecy-laden" US president.   

I digress.

The Sidewalk in front of the White House will be permanently closed to tourists who value the opportunity to pose for pictures in front of  America's "House."  

Close off access to the sidewalk to the public while closing off access to public viewing of who is visiting the Whtie House.

And, we should have imagined the first set of national Duck Dynasty like guests would include dinner for Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, and Kid Rock. All far right conservative bottom-dwellers Nugent has a history of public obscene gesture while performing on stage, obscene language regarding Obama and Clinton and an ugly history of fraternization with underaged girls (at one point in his life).  Nugent really is one of the nation's "ultra-deplorables" (racism and anti-Semitism

Palin? Well, here is the deal with Plain.  We are certain hobnobbing with Plain offers Trump an opportunity to fed his ego He can sit and talk with a person who when cognitively compared makes him feel super intelligent. 

Image result for nugent palin ns rock clinton picturesNow take a look at what happens when a president authorizes garbage in the White House.  We don't expect any level of class from the Trump administration. We do, however, expect respect for the sanctity of the nation's "House."   The image of Clinton is an archived picture based on her past as First Lady.  what happens when some on the Web take the picture and transforms it as such?
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  It is important to note the developer of the photoshopped picture removed or made oblique specific bodies parts of the subject.

The White House image of Trump's friends isn't going over well for some.

CNN contributor and republican pundit, Anna Navarro, spoke about the classless exhibition.

Or this....
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But of course, most rational minds wouldn't have allowed the likes of Nugent in the White House and a lesson for all for inviting the nation's number one dimwit: Paln.

CNN ‘Immature, Childish, Foolish’

We really don't expect better from the likes of Palin, Nugent and Kid rock. We feel the direct opposite of managers at the White House. StumbleUpon