Monday, November 12, 2018

Lock them up!

Lock them up, absolutely.

Declassified documents show the former CIA director and former director of national intelligence approved illegal spying on Congress and then classified their crime. Lock👏 them👏 up👏

From the article:

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa made a dramatic announcement this month that almost nobody in America paid any attention to. Grassley released a statement saying that four years ago, he asked the Intelligence Community Inspector General to release two “Congressional Notifications” written by former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Grassley had had his requests to declassify the documents ignored repeatedly throughout the last two years of the Obama administration. He decided to try again because all of the Obama people at the CIA and DNI are gone now. This time, his request was approved.
So what was the information that was finally declassified? It was written confirmation that John Brennan ordered CIA hackers to intercept the emails of all potential or possible intelligence community whistleblowers who may have been trying to contact the Congressional oversight committees, specifically to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Judiciary Committee. 
Simply put, Brennan ordered his people to hack into the Senate email system—again. Grassley is the longtime chairman of Judiciary Committee, and he was understandably appalled.
First, let me explain what a Congressional Notification is. The CIA is required by law to inform the Congressional oversight committees whenever one of its officers, agents, or administrators breaks the law, when an operation requires Congressional approval because it is a “covert action” program, or whenever something happens at the CIA that’s potentially controversial and the Agency wants to save itself the embarrassment of explaining itself to Congress later. 
Brennan apparently ordered his officers to spy on the Senate. Remember, back in 2014 his officers spied on Intelligence Community investigators while they were writing the Senate Torture Report. This time, he decided to inform Congress. 
But Brennan and Clapper classified the notification. It was like a taunt. “Sure, I’m spying on Congress, which is illegal. But it’s classified, so what are you going to do about it?”

Now both Mr. Brennan and Mr. Clapper need to be locked up.  But they also need to stop being cited as trusted sources and CNN needs to break its contract because these two liars are not trust worthy.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:

Monday, November 12, 2018.

Meet me down by
the railway station
I've been waiting
And I'm through waiting for you
The train sings the same kind of blues

-- "That's Alright," written by Stevie Nicks, first appears on Fleetwood Mac's MIRAGE

John Davison (REUTERS) types, "At Baghdad’s grand but half-empty railway station, a single train is sputtering to life. It is the newly revived daily service to Falluja, a dusty town to the west once infamous as a Sunni insurgent stronghold."

Meet me down by the railway station, indeed.  Is it that time again?  I must have forgotten to mark the calendar.  Time to pimp the railways again.  As a news story.  Those of us paying attention to the ongoing Iraq War for some time now are aware this little tale pops up frequently whenever there's no other Happy Talk to sell.  Most ifnamously, it was being pimped in the early years of the war when Deborah Haynes (then with THE TIMES OF LONDON, now with SKY TV) had to break the truth to everyone:  The story was a bust.

So now we're back to yet another wave of Operation Happy Talk.

How sad.  And too bad that Deborah Haynes is no longer covering Iraq.  Or Ned Parker.  Or anyone that really mattered.  Let's note the video below, from 2015, where Deborah's speaking about Iraq.  Try to imagine any of the current crop of reporters for Western news agencies speaking any truths.

Let's do an excerpt.

Deborah Haynes:  Instead of investing in the peace -- and this is hugely regrettable.  Instead of investing in the peace, the Blair government was more focused on pulling out as quickly as possible.  This policy led to insincere proclamations to the British public of stability in southern Iraq -- all the while while there's an Iranian-backed Shia militia in effective control.  This culminated in a ludicrous transfer of authority for the security in Basra to the Iraqi authorities from the British which took place at the Basra International Airport which was adjacent to the sprawling British base and a couple of miles away from the actual city center.  Why?  Because it was too dangerous to conduct this transfer of authority in the city.  Madness.  I remember being escorted into the ladies' toilets of the airport at Basra by a British security guard because it was too dangerous for me to go in there on my own.  And this was -- this was success.

Basra.  Where the protests have returned.

: Protesters in Province began gathering at Abdul Kareem Kasim Square to call for an autonomous region. Photo via

Any political party, including ’s, attempting to ride the wave of to gain support for becoming an autonomous region is only after political gains and is no way, shape, or form connected to or associated with the youth on the streets.

Protesters are making their way toward the burned down Provincial Building. Video via



CC: Video from today’s protests in . Protesters chanted against the Dawa Party, accusing the party of climbing on the backs of ordinary citizens through fraudulence and theft.


Sit-in protests continue tonight for the 10th consecutive day near Oil Company.

Sit-in protests in northern began today near the oilfields. Residents are protesting against unemployment and dire living conditions. They also voiced their need for cancer treatment hospitals, schools, and paved roads—many of ’s roads remain unpaved.

1/2) A strong message from civil society organizations in , today: 1) Calling on to hold the Council of Ministers meetings in given the urgent needs in the economic capital of .

2/2) 2) Highlighting that should’ve been represented in the CoM through the oil & transportation ministries. 3) Expressing frustration with the unjust killing of protesters, demanding their rights to justice.

Foreign Policy magazine: Baghdad government has ignored the rampant poverty in Basra south of iraq ,causing a wave of protests over the past months, exacerbating the deteriorating situation in the oil-rich province while its people are suffering deprivation.

Basra.  Dead fish.  The new prime minister's inability to fill a Cabinet.  So many problems in Iraq.

On the last one, KURDISTAN 24 reports:

A candidate for the pro-Iran Shia Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia on Monday announced the withdrawal of his candidacy for the post of Iraq’s Minister of Culture, saying another candidate would replace him.
Asaib Ahl al-Haq is one of the militia factions within the Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), supported by Tehran. The militia has a political wing, al-Fatih (Conquest), which participated in Iraq’s May parliamentary election and came in the second place with 48 seats.

The withdrawal of the militia’s candidate, Hassan al-Rubaie, came as Iraqi lawmakers began collecting signatures to decrease the number of ministries in Iraq’s new government, headed by Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi. Over the past weeks, Abdul-Mahdi has been seeking to complete the formation of his cabinet.

There are 22 spots in the Cabinet.  Only 18 have been filled.  Among the notable posts that remain empty?  Minister of the Interior and Minister of Defense.

In Iraq, Building Coalition says Parliament will likely vote on unfilled cabinet positions on Thursday. Falih Fayyadh will be voted on for Interior Minister despite Sairoon's objections. No progress on Defense Minister due to Sunni disagreements.

Meanwhile in the US, a War Criminal received an award.  Bully Boy Bush was presented with an award by the ridiculous Joe Biden.

Replying to 
Joe Biden presented an award to George W Bush and his wife yesterday for their commitment to veterans. A friend's husband left for Iraq last week.

Giving George W. Bush, the man most responsible for the destruction of Christianity in Iraq & for causing the 15-year Iraqi Christian Genocide, a “Liberty Medal” is a sick joke and an insult to Iraqi Christian genocide victims.

Tonight when George W. Bush received the and gave his speech, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans can be heard clearly shouting “SHAME!” throughout its entirety. No Awards for Endless Wars! Take action! Visit Us at: Photograph by Ryan Harvey

Happening now: Iraq and Afghanistan have blocked entrances to the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia where Joe Biden is awarding the "Liberty Medal" to war criminal George W. Bush. Dozens of...
Hundreds of thousands of innocent people in Afghanistan and Iraq are DEAD because of the lies spewed by the Bush Administration two start two wars and their continuation by the Obama Administration. Today—Biden is presenting Bush with the . Disgusting.

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