A former Hillary Clinton adviser says there's a chance she will run in 2020
- Friday October 19th, 2018
"It Is Not A Question of Who Is Right Or Wrong But What Is Right Or Wrong That Counts."
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Ready to go through the 2016 election all over again
Philippe Reines, who worked for Hillary Clinton going back to 2002 and
was her senior adviser at the State Department, made the argument to
Politico Friday that the former Democratic nominee might actually be the
party's best hope for defeating Trump in 2020. He said no other
Democrat has "anywhere near a base of 32 million people," especially not
Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) or Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). The party,
he feels, shouldn't dismiss her as a failed candidate because she's
"smarter" and "tougher" than most, and she "could raise money easier
But it doesn't sound like this is just wishful thinking on his part. He
really thinks it could happen, saying the chances of Clinton running in
2020 are "not zero.”
Publicly, Clinton has said she will not run again, but Reines doesn't
sound so sure she'll keep her word on that. Politico explored Clinton's
careful re-entry into the political arena, noting that she's going on
tour with former President Bill Clinton this fall and has reportedly
even called up journalists who cover the White House to put out "the
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Texas Dems ask noncitizens to register to vote, send applications with citizenship box pre-checked
The Texas Democratic Party asked non-citizens to register
to vote, sending out applications to immigrants with the box citizenship
already checked “Yes,” according to new complaints filed Thursday
asking prosecutors to see what laws may have been broken.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation alerted district attorneys and the
federal Justice Department to the pre-checked applications, and also
included a signed affidavit from a man who said some of his relatives,
who aren’t citizens, received the mailing.
“This is how the Texas Democratic Party is inviting foreign influence in
an election in a federal election cycle,” said Logan Churchwell,
spokesman for the PILF, a group that’s made its mark policing states’
voter registration practices.
The Texas secretary of state’s office said it, too, had gotten
complaints both from immigrants and from relatives of dead people who
said they got mailings asking them to register.
Pompeo scolds ABC News for 'factually false' report he listened to Khashoggi murder tape
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is flatly denying an ABC News report that
said he listened to, and read the transcript of, audio of columnist
Jamal Khashoggi being murdered in the Saudi Arabian consulate in
ABC quoted a “senior Turkish official” for the bombshell story that
indirectly confirms that such a tape exists and that a Saudi hit squad
killed Mr. Khashoggi.
The Turks have leaked a number of sensational allegations to the U.S.
press about how the missing Islamic activist met his demise. To date,
the administration of Recep Erdogan hasn’t released any video or audio
evidence which would apparently have come from bugging the consulate.
Turkey's Foreign Minister: We Have Not Shared Khashoggi Audio with US
Kelly, Bolton Get in Profane Shouting Match Outside the Oval Office
President Donald Trump’s chief of staff and his national security
adviser engaged in a heated argument outside the Oval Office on
Thursday, according to three people familiar with the episode.
The chief of staff, John Kelly, and the national security adviser, John
Bolton, fought over immigration and border crossings, including the
performance of the Homeland Security Department under Secretary Kirstjen
Nielsen, one person familiar with the matter said. She was at the White
House for meetings on Thursday, but the people disagreed about whether
she witnessed the argument.
Bolton criticized DHS, and Kelly defended Nielsen, a former deputy whom
he supported to replace him at the department. Two people described the
exchange as less a shouting match than an intense argument. Kelly then
stormed away, so upset that he uttered some profanities.
Mexico asks UN for help with Migrant Caravan
Mexico has asked the United Nations for assistance with the migrant
caravan knocking on its border, saying international officials must help
figure out who deserves asylum and who should be deported or refused
Hundreds of Mexican police faced off Thursday across the
Mexico-Guatemala border against the vanguard of the caravan, which has
grown to some 4,000 people, mostly from Honduras. Some migrants
reportedly made it to shelters in Mexico.
Mexican officials were desperately trying to block the migrants after
President Trump threatened Thursday to cancel his proposed
U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal as punishment for Mexico’s failure to
patrol its southern border.
Pelosi on the 'collateral damage' of Democrats' economic policies: 'So be it'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said American voters will simply have
to deal with the “collateral damage” that comes their way if Democrats
craft economic policies in the years ahead.
The California Democrat recently sat down with New York Times columnist
Paul Krugman in the Big Apple to discuss public policy. The event,
hosted by the Jewish organization 92nd Street Y, included a portion on
climate change that sparked the lawmaker’s pronouncement.
“We owe the American people to be there for them, for their financial
security, respecting the dignity and worth of every person in our
country, and if there is some collateral damage for some others who do
not share our view, well, so be it, but it shouldn’t be our original
purpose,” she said Sunday.
Public May Never See Mueller Report
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference
might never be seen by the public, according to Politico.
“That’s just the way this works,” said John Q. Barrett, a former
associate counsel who helped investigate arms sales to Iran under former
President Ronald Reagan. “Mueller is a criminal investigator. He’s not
government oversight, and he’s not a historian.”
“He won’t be a good witness,” said Paul Rosenzweig, a former senior
counsel to independent counsel Kenneth Starr who is now a senior fellow
at the R Street Institute. “His answers will be, ‘yes’, ‘no’ and
Looking for answers beyond the pale
Nobody in the West really understands the Arab mind. Killing a political
adversary is understandable, though heartily to be disapproved of. But
cutting up the corpse with a surgical saw, and doing it without first
waiting for the poor guy to die, is beyond the Western, Judeo-Christian
If that’s what happened to Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in
Istanbul, no Middle East hand old or otherwise will be surprised.
“So,” says Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, “Mohammad
bin Salman [the crown prince of Saudi Arabia], “is on a wild tear, but
no one notices until a journalist resident in the United States is,
apparently, savagely disposed of? We should know by now what the Saudi
regime is, and if we did, the Khashoggi incident would be dismaying, but
Trump's foreign policy reset
The release of Pastor Andrew Brunson and his return home to the United
States was an answer to the prayers of millions and the result of an
administration that has reset our foreign policy by fearlessly engaging
on issues that other administrations only talked about addressing.
Some might be hesitant to use the term reset as it pertains to U.S.
foreign policy, but that is what the Trump administration has
accomplished. They have especially reconfigured our approach as it
relates to the well-being of Americans treated unjustly by foreign
governments as hostages and by the recognition that religious freedom is
a fundamental human right.
The images of Pastor Andrew Brunson sitting next to President Trump in
the Oval Office, broadcast around the world less than 24 hours after he
was released from Turkish custody, were the culmination of months of
dogged diplomacy and fierce determination to see an American citizen
"It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."
-- Noel Coward
(1899-1973) British playwright
Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an
enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the
Armed Services of the United States.
presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of
America in the name of Congress.
The first award of
the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.The
last award of the Medal of Honor was made September 15, 2011 to
Sergeant DAKOTA MEYER.
Since then there have been: • 3458 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
• Today there are 85 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor.
Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism
during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while
serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment
52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian
Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi
Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came
under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire
from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged,
Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by
hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets.
Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain
Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong
force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition. Taken
prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of
Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain
Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the
enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made
three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition
which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and
hardships he was forced to endure. During his captivity, Captain
Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in
irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced
ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith
in God, and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace,
an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country
and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September
1965. Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy
force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in
the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost
credit upon himself and the United States Army.
From the Archives
We Have Met the Enemy…
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
“The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security.”
the wake of the clamor over the most recent WikiLeaks data dump, ‘Vault
7’, ‘UMBRAGE’, et al, it should be noted this is not really anything
new. What we are seeing here is simply the evolution of something that
goes back to the late 50s (to the incomplete best knowledge I have).
It is kinda cool to finally see even The New York Times
acknowledging material I was writing about in 1998
In April of 1998 I wrote
“Privacy has become an anachronism.” I was commenting on “a massive
system designed to intercept all your e-mail, fax traffic and more.” I
was explaining ‘Echelon’, the illegitimate offspring of a UKUSA Treaty
signed by the United
States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Its purpose
was, and is, to have a vast global intelligence monster, which
allegedly shares common goals. The system was so “efficient” that
reportedly National Security Agency folk from Fort Meade could work
from Menwith Hill in England to intercept local communications without
either nation having to burden themselves with the formality of seeking
approval (a court order) or disclosing the operation. And this was all
pre-9/11 and pre-the anti-constitutional 'Patriot Act'
illegal (without a Judge’s signed permission) for the United States to
spy on its citizens … kinda. The laws have long been circumvented by a
mutual pact among five nations. Under the terms of UKUSA agreement,
Britain spies on Americans and America spies on British citizens, and
then the two conspirators trade data. A classic technical finesse. It
is legal, but the intent to evade the spirit is inescapable.
often fictionalized the genesis of ‘Echelon’ as an informal meeting of
a group of post war American and British intelligence types drinking in
some remote rustic bar. An imagined CIA type complains to his MI6 buddy
about the hassles of US laws preventing US intelligence from
surveillance of bad guys, and the Brit echoes the same complaint.
“Hey wait a moment mate,” says Nigel, the make-believe MI6 guy, “I can
spy on your guys and you can spy on our bad players…why don’t we just
come up with a mechanism whereby we spy on your villains, you spy on
our villains, and we just ‘share’ the intel?”
This system was
called ECHELON, and has been kicking around in some form longer than
most of you. The result of the UKUSA treaty signed by the United
States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand was, and is,
to have a vast global intelligence monster which allegedly shares
The London Telegraph reported in December of
1997 that the Civil liberties Committee of the European Parliament had
officially confirmed the existence and purpose of ECHELON. “A global
electronic spy network that can eavesdrop on every telephone, e-mail
and telex communication around the world will be officially
acknowledged for the first time in a European Commission report. …”
The report noted: “Within Europe all e-mail, telephone and fax
communications are routinely intercepted by the United States National
Security Agency, transferring all target information from the European
mainland via the strategic hub of London, then by satellite to Fort
Meade in Maryland via the crucial hub at Menwith Hill, in the North
York moors in the UK.
“The ECHELON system forms part of the
UKUSA system but unlike many of the electronic spy systems developed
during the Cold War, ECHELON was designed primarily for non-military
targets: governments, organizations and businesses in virtually every
An interesting sidebar appeared in the International
Herald Tribune under the headline, “Big Corporate Brother: It Knows
More About You Than You Think.” The story details Acxiom Corp, which
was a humongous information service hidden in the Ozark foothills.
Twenty-four hours a day, Acxiom electronically gathered and sorts all
kinds of data about 196 million Americans. Credit card transactions and
magazine subscriptions, telephone numbers, real estate records,
automotive data, hunting, business and fishing licenses, consumer
surveys and demographic detail that would make a marketing department’s
research manager salivate. This relatively new (legal) enterprise was
known as “data warehousing” or “data-mining”, and it underscores the
cruel reality that the fiction of personal privacy has become obsolete.
Technology’s ability to collect and analyze data has made privacy a
quaint albeit interesting dinosaur.
The Tribune reported that
“Axciom can often determine whether an American owns a dog or cat,
enjoys camping or gourmet cooking, reads the Bible or lots of other
books. It can often pinpoint an American’s occupation, car and favorite
vacations. By analyzing the equivalent of billions of pages of data, it
often projects for its customers who should be offered a credit card or
who is likely to buy a computer.”
Most of this information is
from y 1998 piece. Echelon has developed, matured, and morphed
into a much more powerful hybrid. ‘Carnivore’ was software to help
triage the cacophony of data. Vault 7 and ‘Umbrage’ are logical (some
would argue “insidious”) growth.
More to follow…