Longtime Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak heads home – CNNPolitics.com

In other words, well, Sergey just fuck everything up and go into witness protection in another country! Not that he did not have immunity anyways.

Next thing you know there is a conversation of him and Wray asking him to do a hit job!

Kidding. The new guy is solid. I mean not physics-wise … light is not matter … no … could be both wave and a particle. Oh … you know what I mean.

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak left the United States for Russia on Saturday after concluding his tour of service as ambassador to the US, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy said,

Source: Longtime Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak heads home – CNNPolitics.com

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House, Bank Fraud & the Russians

Amid all this Russian stuff, health care reform, and general chaos, former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was convicted of bank fraud to conceal payments to a sex abuse victim, was released from federal prison after serving 13 months.

This is not nearly as exciting as another Special Counsel investigation of the house banking scandal Rubbergate along with the Post Office Scandal.

And the most interesting character was the fast-talking Tennessean House Sergeant-at-Arms, with a never ending stream of WTF revelations, a shooting and 3 federal felony convictions. Jack Russ was such a dynamic character: overdrafts, favors for every one, thought of as a junior J. Edgar Hoover, suspected of bugging the house, and just way out there to name a few. Always there with a helping hand or 2, or 3 if he had to borrow or grow one.

And for a fleeting moment in the conspiracy climax heaven there was a touch of Russians among speculations of who shot J.R. Alas, it did not last — just came and went. But wait … why waste a good conspiracy theory not matter how far out, and hey, there are no not-far-out conspiracy theories.

Lets find a place with some Russians, one Sergeant-at-Arms and a bunch of people who have nothing better to do and can use some headcount, budget and then we expand from the known Russians to some unknown mysterious secret international cabal that make Freemasons look like a true charity!

All we need is a disproportionate number of cuckoos and — OMG —  I just know where to find these nut jobs. How —  just how — could we have missed this?

This is perfect for the cross-border wanna-be-so-interntional guys although those Russians were buggy v.1 in development and not a the upgraded recreational ones.

We can call them the Sponge Bob Square Pants gang and the villains Ancient and Glorious Knights of Job Security and Less Solved Cases More Budget Division of Sustenance.

Lets roll this hole 3 ring circus up (and the latest ones) with another SNL skit with Rick and Kate lynn — be careful about the devil bee sting. New fearsome international villains and noobees too!

 

Another Cross-Border Kinda Sorta Thing or More like Stuff

While researching more pet peeve, personal and professional interest cross-border stuff, I came across an example that is very relevant but not neatly categorized or declared as a cross-border law enforcement activity and which can evade watchdogs and safeguards protecting privacy, civil and constitutional rights. It is also a very interesting story.

2 undercover federal agents in rival motorcycle gangs went to Mexico to stage a theatrical murder of one to get the other into the Hells Angels. Killing 2 birds with one stone, one with a hit on him gets out of the picture alive, the second gets in.

Some people would be shocked but undercover work is ultimately based on deception: lies, fake identities, developed over time or manufactured backgrounds and histories, fake fortunes, legends, myths and story lines/narratives that need to be maintained or the whole house comes down.

The above saga also accentuates high risks of informants, misuse and committing of otherwise illegal activity sanctioned by handlers. It is a high impact risk, as articulated in a few of the Wall of Shame posts, and dependent on sources and sting participants who are of lowest-common-denominator or, at best, average quality need-to-be-herd and not quite Summa Cum Laude All American Special Forces 007 type. Different world — different culture.

So, staging murders, theatrical or by fake photographs and articles in newspapers (new news: fake news is not new!) has been a law enforcement method for various reasons (cheaper or reduced effort to relocate and protect, closure of unsettled underworld scores, inline with other operational story lines and narratives,) and it could also be used for illegitimate reasons (covering-up, instigating and starting conflicts and wars, false-flagging, evading accountability and prosecution of criminals, informants, operatives and agents themselves.)

Not pointing to that and — hey BTW — not beating up on Mexico either which is also a good place to vacation and a favorite Russian destination when on a break from warfare.

With porous or free-flow borders the challenge is the difficulty to document and monitor agent or operative crossings as casual travelers. They can influence activities of criminals and organizations with no record and impunity. A federal agent in, associating or prospecting with the Hells Angels in Bellingham, Washington State (not D.C. as some like to believe) frequents and stays across the border in Vancouver, Canada along with his partner/s starts shooting people and instigating wars. No one knows who they are except for their task force (if any) select participants, agents in charge or supervising agents, select foreign law enforcement partners, and may be informants and operatives. The local police certainly do not know their true identities.

Where is the oversight and accountability? None at all if the highest knowledgeable supervisor participates, is misled, refuses or is prevented to exercise a also potentially self-damaging authority. The cross-border risks and impacts articulated in Nyet! La Voila! Los Bad Hombres! 🕵 🗽 🤡 parts I-VI and ease of access to and movement between 2 countries make it very different.

What if a few of them, who often work in packs, get in a criminally and civil liable situation in another country as in Part VI examples — say pull a Connolly?  Of course they are going to report it — LOL’ing now.

What about their classified access to every one’s data, profiles, reports, and plethora of other personal information held in the federal government systems? Right — as if they will document stuff and update their SF-86 (BTW failure to do so is a felony) and fire themselves on the spot.

Now Some Fun

It is a Sunday. Not Sunny enough for a ride or a presidential solar wall. Some go to church. But I shall defend and stay true to the spirit of this blog, between reality and comedy, and mix it up with arts and crafts. Talking about theater, staging, the non-dead-dead and the living dead segues to Halloween as in the SNL clip below. SNL is the best and I always miss NYC. All of this brings back memories and parallels. The above Dobyns guy actually looks more the part than that pony-little-ass IRS guy Rick I knew (his 2nd or 3rd fake persona that is) for a long time in Vancouver (Canada that is.) Was his partner Dave also IRS or ATF, FBI … ? Not sure but Rick et al hate JYC.

The stage can use a reusable coffin and skeletons in the closet. Lordy … it is Halloween for heaven’s sake! Jim Carrey is also awesome and I was tempted to drop more names like Don Rickles — just for the hell of it — but held (no pun) myself back. Not a bunch of thinly veiled attempts but a transparent failure on the horns of a hellish dilemma. What is in a name? Frankly, I like J.C. better. It is holier — and look. Killing’em with LOL — or a smile — peut-être, juste un peu — Saint Mattis style. I rhyme again!

 

On wall, Trump doubles down on solar, suggests ‘transparency’ – ABC News

What happened to Blaine-Bellingham wall? It is not long but very very tall and can not be transparent or planes will fly into it! But it needs lights then. How do we balance aesthetics, transparency and privacy? Not a wall of shame? It’s over … LMAO

“Look, there’s no better place for solar than the Mexico border — the southern border,” said Trump, according to a White House transcript. “And there is a very good chance we can do a solar wall, which would actually look good. But there is a very good chance we could do a solar wall.”

“As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs over, and if you have people on the other side of the wall, you don’t see them — they hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It’s over,” said Trump. “As crazy as that sounds, you need transparency through that wall.”

Source: On wall, Trump doubles down on solar, suggests ‘transparency’ – ABC News

Turf Warfare as Rome Burnt

I stumbled upon a Lawfare article on an issue and a story that was lost in Comey’s post-firing sainthood. Lets not forget as this Lawfare article highlights the concerns at the time of tipping the election … and it was considered a crisis even though the focus is elsewhere now. [updated 8/2017 another perspective including not-so-kind comments by his friends, colleagues and FBI agents in a March article.]

I keep going back not because information, cyber, risk and organizational impact have been pet peeves and in my professional domain. I can not get over it because it is yet institutionally and accountability-wise unresolved and at least as important as the Russian meddling if not more. While the Special Counsel, FBI and the Congress investigate there are lessons learned along with unrepeatable and fleeting opportunities.

The following are not in dispute: (1) Russians used massive and targeted Information Warfare (2) against Hillary Clinton, if not for Trump, and (3) key electoral votes were lost by small margins. So the FBI director publicly giving credibility to that propaganda and casting a doubt on the DOJ’s role is significant. It factually ended up better-than-fake-news ammunition in Russia’s Information Warfare.

The crisis of confidence Trump referred to may have been of another kind — and the grandstanding showboat a reference to another performance. He says lots of things and one can only guess.

The article raises points about organizational and operational challenges of a diverse and yet bureaucratically entrenched culture. What is relevant is the convergence of symptoms to affect a critical high level decision, creating a weak link in national security, impacting the election and, so far, the second biggest intelligence crisis in the U.S. history, all of which would have been avoidable. Even as republicans claim that it did not impact the election, and despite the fact that Comey did come around, the risk is too important to brush off as self-healing.

It is not hard to conclude, based on readings from different sources, that the core issues are an intelligence turf war and FBI’s at-will charter (or for lack of) expansion. No one disputes its critical role in domestic security, national security, counter-intelligence and terrorism. It seems though a religious turf-war has been waged by the FBI (one small example here or chasing anyone and the CIA for anything here) — and why the heck the wholesale suspicion by Comey et al including the NSA for its assessment concurring with the CIA?

Which makes it not just poor judgement, but a: hey I am not just your equal here (domestic ground) nut also there (foreign soil and your SCI assessments and your foreign partner shared information,) but more, I can also override NSA, CIA, and DNI. After Hansen and this, it does take a fresh start for the IC community to share their TS/SCI since they do not have to absent confidence. And BTW the global partners who also supply critical intelligence were and are watching. Their confidence also needs to be restored or the whole IC including the FBI is adversely impacted. How many religious wars can a select group of fanatic-believers-disbelievers of a domestic agency wage globally and not cause more harm? The fact is that no one has to share anything absent confidence and domestically generated foreign intelligence alone is small and of limited value outside the larger mosaic, with domestic counter intelligence being dependent almost entirely on the latter.

What is insane is that the war is not about principle but more of a sport, a pissing contest in which due to a mix of cultural gaps, and genuine ignorance along with hubris, of a few, in a medium to distant-warning reactive culture of mostly office work and backed up by overwhelming force, think of themselves as equal or superior to a culture of early warning any one can get killed any time alone and get others killed in enemy territory and back home — without a swat team backup. Both are valid but you do not want one encroaching where the other is appropriate.

Popularity and even well placed respect within the organization is not relevant in that context and I doubt that it was unanimously appreciated by everyone in the CD side of the FBI —  but what do I know? I am just a civic-conscious layman.

As Nero fiddled …

Wall of Shame Category

I had so much fun with the last part of Nyet! La Voila! Los Bad Hombres! 🕵 🗽 🤡, Part VI‘s Wall of Shame that I made a category and may be I will stick it up there on the top menu.

This is as much fun as porn, but not as much fun as doing a long weekend porn marathon if you are under surveillance and people have to read and watch every link you hit, and then go and read the titles in the next meeting. Even more fun if they are religious zealots. Shame on you if you ever did or do that!