Rob Rogers’ firing is a frightening omen (opinion) – CNN

 

There is the Orwellian firing of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist, Rob Rogers, after a 25-year career, for doing cartoons critical of President Trump.

Source: Rob Rogers’ firing is a frightening omen (opinion) – CNN

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A Personal Plea in Support of Haspel’s Nomination

A good perspective and read … not meant for people who think no plane went into the Pentagon or the 2 towers … or if it is was OK.

Observers counting potential Senate votes for the nominee to become the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency say Gina Haspel’s prospects look pretty good.  The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is scheduled to meet on Wednesday morning, May 16, to vote on recommending her nomination to the full Senate.

Source: A Personal Plea in Support of Haspel’s Nomination

Matthew Levitt: In Search of Nuance

Lawfare is pleased to announce the publication of a new paper in the Lawfare Research Paper Series: In Search of Nuance in the Debate over Hezbollah’s Criminal Enterprise and the U.S. Response, by Matthew Levitt, Fromer-Wexler Fellow and director of the Stein program on counterterrorism and intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Source: Matthew Levitt: In Search of Nuance

It is All in the Attitude

What a difference positive company makes. All the way form influencing the Founding Fathers, to fighting alongside the colonists in the revolutionary war and the global symbol of America’s freedom, the Statue of Liberty, the French have made the day again (no d-day jokes please.) It is all good between the Americans, British and French; brothers in amity now.

Look what the Macrons have achieved in less than a day:

1- Turned 2 dominant males into their household handymen, and most notably in their suits. Look at how the ladies are ruling in this picture. I know some are already thinking the whole scene out in leather, especially in the FSB and GRU.

2- Tipped the tenuous body contacts between Donald and Emmanuel, from dandruff brushing towards a bromance.
3- And the very Honorable Kim Jong Un is getting on board.

And his new nickname: the Kimster.
Bonne journée!

Did you know that Ben Franklin, like the the VA nominee got drunk in France and banged on the doors of Les Nonuplet sisters he was dating? Her brothers almost chased him away but then they would eventually let him in.

McCabe, the New ‘Deep Throat’

Ooh yes baby … who is your favorite? Dirty Jim, Deep Throat Andy, or Stormy? Come here for all the raw intelligence and integrity porn fit to read, lick, suck up or swallow.

But seriously, there is a lot lost in the extreme emotional taking of sides that leads to bias and tunnel vision. It is not just a matter of ethics as an often distant concept or isolated in impact, but of real victims. What he did, his false narrative, over time, carefully crafted and maintained, was not victim-less inside the FBI or to it as an institution. People have been hurt or died when this level and type of conduct cascades or starts to unravel and that is not a joke.

Another top bureau official who leaked, lied and blamed other FBI agents.

Source: McCabe, the New ‘Deep Throat’

The Low Tragedy of Andrew McCabe

This one was too low to qualify as a Greek tragedy.

What McCabe did is probably indistinguishable from the kind of lying and half-lying that happens in every corner of government every day of the week. He would have gotten away with it if the FBI and Justice Department had not become the focus of historic partisan ire.

Source: The Low Tragedy of Andrew McCabe

Document: DOJ Inspector General Report on Andrew McCabe

Of course he knew what he was doing, and being of a mindset of deniability and legal jockeying, never thought there would  be an OIG investigation, and then lied thinking he could get away, and then thought they would go easy on him. There has always been some leeway and protection in a law enforcement context when the genuine intent and conduct is to get a  criminal target and avoid legal technicalities. Using an institution’s capabilities for political and power play purposes does not follow the same rules and invoke the same protections.

The Justice Department Inspector General released the following report on its investigation of allegations against Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI:

Source: Document: DOJ Inspector General Report on Andrew McCabe

Opinion | The Tragedy of James Comey

Hang on to the seat of your pants. JC post (Orthodox) Easter raising Integrity-porn show about to start.

How to understand the man who may be the most significant supporting player of the Trump era, as he prepares to barnstorm the country on a book tour.

Source: Opinion | The Tragedy of James Comey