The Upside Down

Un-Candid in Camera by Mark Steyn – “the questions it raises about state corruption in an age of round-the-clock technological surveillance are far more profound.”

“the dossier is not “evidence” but a mere simulacrum of evidence – a stage prop to lay before the FISA court judge to get him to sign off on Trump surveillance.

In order to pull that off, the fact that the dossier is garbage from a paid partisan could not be disclosed to the judge.

Mr Page has committed no crime and been charged with none, but is routinely spoken of in the press as if he has been.

But the FBI didn’t care what it did to Carter Page – because he was necessary to get them to Trump.

The DoJ/FBI did not “inform the tribunal of all material facts” but misled the judge, seriously, on fundamental matters necessary to “enable the tribunal to make an informed decision”. They misled him/her as to the nature of the document, its provenance, its credibility, the motivations of its author, and his financial ties to the Clinton camp.

In the middle of all this is an American citizen who was put under 24/7 surveillance by the panopticon state because it enabled the ruling party to eavesdrop on its political opponent.

Was It Worth It? By Richard Fernandez – “former Attorney General and Obama stalwart Eric Holder warned it would damage American intelligence capabilities. … When the memo was actually released it superficially had nothing to do with cloak and dagger and much more to do with domestic politics.”

“If any intelligence assets were compromised, they were placed at risk by the dossier itself.

It should be hard for any American of whatever persuasion to exult in the FBI’s weakness on full display. A very important agency, on which the safety of the U.S. and the world significantly depends, has been shown at the very minimum to be vulnerable to bad judgment. Confirmation bias alters what is perceived as a threat.

Bias is dangerous because the feds need to look in places even when they’re not sure they’ll find anything. They have to play hunches even when they suspect a tip was tainted. They even need to be allowed to make mistakes if, in the main, they get it right. But they must always be honest about the uncertainty in their investigation not only with the judge but most of all to themselves because that’s all that stands between human justice and abuse.

Ironically, Eric Holder was right about the memorandum being damaging to U.S. intelligence capabilities — but not in the obvious way. The Nunes memo hurt the intelligence community not because it revealed any secret codes, hideouts or agent names. It damaged intel because it showed what fools they were.

The Ticking Memo by Victor Davis Hanson – “The House Intelligence Committee memo is pretty simple. It should not have been classified and thus far withheld from the public. In fact, far more information now needs to be released.”

“Despite the outcry, as Chairman Devin Nunes clarified, the memo can easily be in the near future supported or refuted by adducing official documents. In other words, the memo makes a series of transparent statements and leaves it up to the criminal-justice system and the public to ascertain subsequent criminal liability. It is likely that the basic accuracy of the document will not be questioned, but rather opponents, some of them mentioned in the memo, will either ask why the resulting embarrassing information needed to be aired or insist that there are only minor possible crimes in the events it narrates, or both. Remember, officials from the FBI supposedly read the memo before its release to ensure that there were not factual errors or misrepresentations.

If all this is not a scandal — then the following protocols are now considered permissible in American electoral practice and constitutional jurisprudence: An incumbent administration can freely use the FBI and the DOJ to favor one side in a presidential election, by buying its opposition research against the other candidate, using its own prestige to authenticate such a third-party oppositional dossier, and then using it to obtain court-ordered wiretaps on American citizens employed by a candidate’s campaign — and do so by deliberately misleading the court about the origins and authors of the dossier that was used to obtain the warrants.

The current internal efforts in the middle of a campaign to weaponize the FBI and DOJ are something new.

Many of the those with possible criminal exposure have already either been fired (Comey, McCabe), reassigned (Page, Strzok, Ohr), or are considered sacrosanct (Obama, Loretta Lynch, etc.). Rod Rosenstein’s fate is, for now, largely a political matter, and only later a legal one.

Democrats melt down over Nunes memo and enter the Upside Down by John Kass – “Democrats are furious and say the memo is incomplete, full of lies and half-truths, and they’re busy telling their followers not to read the memo, while heaping hate on one of the authors, House Intelligence Committee chairman U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes.”

“Democrats, the FBI and the Justice Department argued that the memo should not be made public, because it endangered national security. But after reading it, those claims appear to be nonsense.

Asked about the political hate coming his way, Nunes said, “It’s actually quite enjoyable. You know you’re over the target when you’re being attacked.”

before the left pulls out one more strand of hair in anger, or makes one more banshee scream of outrage on cable news or in social media over “the memo,” I’d like them to at least have the decency to consider the following

Thank God That Trump Won by Ben Stein – “And three cheers for Devin Nunes.”

“Now we are starting to get a look at a conspiracy so immense it can scarcely be believed. The media, the Democrat National Committee, a genuinely brain dead FISA judge, and now the media over and over again are shown to be working night and day to destroy the constitutional system of government.

Three cheers for Devin Nunes. And a special prosecutor now, if you please, to go after the people behind the phony dossier and Mr. Steele and the FISA warrant. These are real crimes. Real subversion of the justice system. What Nixon did was a high school boy’s snatching hubcaps by comparison. Will the media ever be held accountable?

Of course not. Not one person has ever been charged or prosecuted for the tens of millions of deaths under Stalin. The left takes care of its own. The right has a conscience. Big difference. But maybe we have a fighter this time.

When Madame Mao was finally arrested and tried for treason after the Cultural Revolution fizzled out, she screamed at her judges, “Mao needed a dog to bite his enemies. I was his attack dog.” Now, the CBC and the DNC/MSM clique need an attack dog squadron to chew up order and kindness. They need an SA to terrify the reasonable opposition. There they were, scowling in their dashikis in the House of Representatives. And they have their own slogan. Not Sieg Heil. But, “You’re a racist.” And now, by a great stroke of good fortune, the decent people of America have our own attack/defense dog. He even has his own plane. This will not be the walkover that Cory Booker is looking for.

Jamie Gorelick Knew What Team She Was On by Jack Cashill – The roots of the current scandal go back a ways. Here’s a rundown from 20 years ago.

WATERGATE X1000: What The MSM Is Hoping YOU Ignore About FISA MEMO Is More Than Dangerous, It’s TERRIFYING by Lucian Wintrich – “This is blatant and rampant government corruption and it all points to the Left, it spells out to the American public what many in right-leaning media have been saying for two years now.”

Comey Unhinged — for Good Reason by J. Marsolo – “The Memo confirms that the political origins of the Steele Dossier, that it was bought and paid for by Hillary and the DNC, were not disclosed to the FISA court.”

“The disclosure of these facts explains the hysterical reaction of the Dems and Comey.

Comey did not specifically deny any of the conclusions and facts in the Memo. He did not say what facts, if any, are “dishonest.”

Comey is correct that the Memo may have destroyed the relationship with the FISA Court because now the Court knows it was misled by the Obama FBI and Obama DOJ.

Comey is also correct that the Memo has “wrecked” the Intelligence Committee because now it is confirmed that the Democrats on the committee knew that the FISA warrants were based on the discredited Steele Dossier, but the Democrats kept lying that Trump “colluded” with Russia to divert attention. The only thing “wrecked” is whatever credibility Adam Schiff and the Dems had.

WSJ, NYT, WaPo: Actually, the DoJ did tell the FISA court about Steele’s political connections by Ed Morrissey – “The Wall Street Journal got the first significant leak, with an anonymous source telling the paper that the main thrust of Nunes’ memo — that the Department of Justice hid Christopher Steele’s political connections — was false.” Illegal leaks versus testimony on record is being used to cast doubt and spread innuendo. The phenomena emphasizes that the memo must only be one step in many to release classified documents and provide further transparency. But then, look at who is trying to prevent such transparency … (also note that folks like Allahpundit are working overtime on this one to diminish and demean in their own ways)

Democrats turned a hero into a horror story by Andrea Peyser – “Trump Derangement Syndrome has reached a disturbing new low.” It’s just what they do and an example of where hate takes you.

“Within hours, the hard left got hold of the inspirational story and mangled it into a cautionary tale about Republican misogyny, mistreatment of the poor and a handmaid forced to reproduce against her will, human roadkill in the evil war on drugs. No mention was made of innocent children maimed by drugs and parental neglect. It was dizzying.

The Upside Down: heroes become villains, villains become heroes, what was good is now bad, the head spins.

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