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Will Putin give us Permission to fly-over Moscow?

“We really need this!” – said James Clapper, NSA spokesperson.

Do you know how difficult it is to get a Reaper Drone inside the Garden Rings?

US has internal debate regarding using Drone to kill an overseas Terrorist.

General Clapper went on to explain; “While Killing Americans abroad has been the fantasy of many of those overseas for decades, particularly French Café owners… our position is if anyone is going to Kill Americans abroad it will be us damn it!”  The general also explained that things are not as easy across the pond as it is in the States; “I’ve been advised that doing whatever we want then acting like we didn’t know… and if that doesn’t work, Begging Forgiveness is not considered an actual policy.  Not to mention we’re afraid of the Russians unlike the American People.”

We’ve unsuccessfully been trying to reach Edward Snowden by Cell-Phone, Text and E-mail for comment…

(Update: The Administration has now declared their intended target is cooperating with Al-Qaeda… I wonder is this is similar to accusing Greenwald of selling leaked Snowden NSA documents so they can create illegality and thus reason to get him… so Snowden’s docs would have helped Al-Qaeda thus he is helping Al-Qaeda… right?  Just to clarify we have left messages to meet with Edward Snowden alone… in a wide open area.  Still no response.)


Questions from the Chris Christie Barbeque

I have taken the transcripts from the Chris Christie Inquisition which occurred in New Jersey over the artificial traffic jam created by some in his office.

I’ve held off several days to let it all shake out… frankly the use of government power to do these types of things is unacceptable regardless of who is doing it.  But that isn’t my point with this post.  I will also not be delving into the obvious “didn’t the press get the message that all of this was to be saved until Christie was the Nominee” problem the Democrats have.

The point here is:

Where are these questions for President Obama regarding Fast and Furious… Benghazi… NSA Domestic Spying… Political Targeting by the IRS

Do these reporters only exist in New Jersey?

Here are some of my favorite Questions (Bold and Italics are mine… replace “Governor” with “Mr. President”, replace “U.S. Attorney” with “Constitutional Law Professor” and you can replace the below actors with Holder, Clinton, Clapper et al. for effect.)

Governor, beyond the apology and the terminations that you’ve announced, what other steps — concrete steps do you plan to take to demonstrate to the people of New Jersey and the people of the country that you want to change the perception of what has happened here? And will that include working cooperatively with these investigations that are now moving forward because in the past you had some rather nasty words for the people who were heading them up?

Your critics say this reveals that you are a political bully, that your style is payback. Are you? And does this compromise your ability to serve?

Governor, you say that you’re going to individually interview all the members of the governor’s office.  What about the campaign? Are you going to — are you going to personally interview —

How confident are you that this doesn’t rise above Bill Stepien in the campaign?  But there were plenty of other officials, some of them quite close to you.  You’re sure that they didn’t know about?

How confident are you that this tactic — this bullying tactic, this revenge/retribution tactic — did not go beyond — (off mic)?  But you can tell us that you do not authorize this kind of retribution.

Can you understand why people would have a hard time believing that you didn’t know about this thing? Considering your management style and the closeness of your staff, if you didn’t know about it, what does that say about your ability to lead?

Governor, the U.S. attorney in New Jersey has said he’s opening an investigation to determine whether a federal law was violated here. You were the U.S. attorney in New Jersey at one time. Would you, as a U.S. attorney — would you think that there’s anything to be investigated — (off mic) —

Are there any other — are there any other cases — have you asked from your staff if there are any other cases of political retribution conducted during your campaign to other mayors — (in New Jersey ?)?  (Inaudible) — now that you know it did happen?

You say you’re going to continue to ask these questions of your staff. I want to know what kind of questions you might be asking of yourself. These aren’t just any of the 65,000 employees, these are people — five or six people as close to you as you can get — people you trust — (inaudible) — to your birthday party, and they either —  Went to a birthday party.  One of your staff — (one of the ?) staffers you fired this morning  So, I’m just asking, what do you ask yourself about — they either thought this is what the boss wanted, or they — as a group, they were willing to go rogue and do this and then try to cover it up — (inaudible) —

Governor, the mayor of Jersey City is quoted as saying that today he declined to endorse you and said he would vote Democrat, and as many as 10 appointments between state officials and Jersey City officials were cancelled suddenly, all at once.  How do you explain that in the context of what you now know about what some of your staff did?

Yeah, I heard that you actually — when your staff read the Bergen Record and learned something in terms of situational awareness, does the universal apology to the state of New Jersey include the press corps?

I’m wondering what your staff said to you about why they lied to you. Why would they do that? What was their explanation? And what about Mr. Samson? What role did he play in this?

Governor, you mentioned earlier that — (off mic) — asking the question is what did I — (off mic) — lie to me, but are you also asking the question, what did I say or how did I conduct myself in the office to behave in a way that would lend these folks to think it was OK to carry out such a scheme like this? (Off mic) — that suspicions that (you fostered ?) — (off mic) — through your administration or your campaign that allowed people to think it was OK to intimidate or retaliate against people?

(Off mic) — apologize to the (road men ?) there. Are you going to also apologize for the joke you made — (off mic) —  What prompted you to joke about it in the —

(Off mic) — your campaign, did you guys every (sic) go into and say that this is what happens if you endorse us?

Governor, you said you had been doing some soul-searching. I’m wondering if you’re soul-searching about the kind of people you hire, or the kind of people who run your campaigns, or the kind of people you want to run the Republican Party who are willing to apparently engage in political retribution and also call the mayor reportedly a racially insensitive man.

(Off mic) — how much of a crisis in confidence — (off mic) — people you surrounding yourself with and your ability to accept future leadership roles?

Governor — (off mic) — just found out about — (off mic) — story. Is that just a misstatement, or —

OK. The (other thing is ?), in terms of drilling down down now that you’ve been able to get a handle a little bit more on — (off mic) — what happened (then ?)? Was there a threat or an ask for an endorsement? Was there then retribution?

So you still don’t know what prompted an apparent vendetta? OK.

Two questions about your judgment. You said clearly that you had nothing to do with the actual implementation of what happened. So are you now questioning your own judgment about whether or not you can discern with your nose for scandal — to discern whether or not putting out a series of cones to change a couple of lanes of traffic was actually a legitimate traffic study, one?

So in this environment, it didn’t raise a smell for you?

You’ve said — you’ve said that — just a moment ago that sometimes this raises to the level of governors. There’s a report now that in fact you called Governor Cuomo to complain that your representative on the Port Authority board was asking too many questions — (inaudible) —

Governor, didn’t Pat Foye perjure himself when he said he didn’t believe this traffic study — (inaudible) — did he lie under oath — (inaudible)

(Off mic) — right? You still think everything he said was genuine and that he’s not in any way —

Why didn’t you check back — (off mic)? You never called him to see —

(Off mic) — with Stepien yesterday, what was going on, why he —

(Are you not curious ?) — (off mic) — what happened here yourself?  I mean, it has come out —

What about — what about the cover-up piece of this?

There are multiple reports that an elderly woman in — (inaudible) — died after emergency — (inaudible). What’s your reaction?

Governor, along the lines of doing the job as governor that you have said that you’re focused on — regaining the trust of the people of New Jersey — a lot of people are upset about this and shocked. The first couple of years you were governor, you did a lot of town hall meetings. You traveled all over the state and spoke to people. Any thought about possibly trying to do something like that again?  (Editor note: Could you imagine the President going on a town hall type tour to promote Obama Care let alone even being asked to do so?)

Governor, as a U.S. attorney, you — (off mic) –hundreds if not thousands of people.  So how could you fail to get the truth from your own staff?

Governor, you were a U.S. attorney, very high-profile, in fact investigated one governor — (off mic) — governor’s office and a state party. You now are a governor who has a U.S. attorney investigating people that (sic) were connected to your office. What instructions are you giving, have you given to your staff? What will you do? And can we expect to see claims of executive privilege and, no — (off mic) — you cannot have documents, or are you going to cooperate fully and very helpfully?

In terms of — it seems like your fact-finding is still getting some momentum. You’re still finding out what’s going on. Do you think this could have an impact and you should put on hold — (off mic) — O’Dowd’s nomination to be the attorney general since he was the chief of staff and would probably be involved in setting the tone?

You mentioned this as we saw from the emails, that too much of this discussion was taking place on private email accounts. Have you asked your staff to stop communicating government business on private email accounts?

Have you requested any more documents?

Bridget Kelly, did she have the authorization to carry out significant policy decisions such as an authorization of the governor’s office — (off mic) — or funding without getting prior approval from you or your senior staff — (off mic) — authorized to make those decisions?

(Inaudible) — supposition, or as a follow-up question, is that I believe there is — (inaudible) — that some share that they find it hard to believe that Bridget could be — would be making these kind of calls, making these kinds of decisions, as reflected in the email that we saw yesterday, without prior approval, without the knowledge of senior staff.

Governor, you just said — (off mic) — I have nothing to hide, and then you repeated “I have nothing to hide”.  In your long public career at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, first term as governor, second term now, did you ever imagine you’d stand in front of this many cameras and this many reporters and have to say, I have nothing to hide?

Governor, obviously this has been a traumatic experience. You said you got very little if any sleep whatsoever last night. Did you ever for even a brief moment entertain the idea that perhaps you should resign?  (Editor note:  The reporter left out “Or kill yourself?”  Can you again imagine this being asked by the DC Press Corp?)

There were some folks that raised an eyebrow — (off mic) — with Mr. Baroni’s resignation at the news conference where you had asked — (off mic) — replaced by Deborah Gramiccioni, but that was something that was in the works and that you were trying to advance. Looking back on it now — (off mic) — clarify how that process played out, do you think Mr. Baroni was jumping ship a little bit here, trying to get out — (off mic) — political — were you guys moving to replace him before that news conference?

Governor, a couple of hours after the story broke yesterday, the assembly transportation boss, Wisniewski, was discussing the fact that the more he learns about this — he’s reading thousands of pages of documents — the longer the list was growing of people he would be thinking about issuing a subpoena to. And he was asked if that could possibly include you.

And he said he had the authority to issue a subpoena to anybody who he needs to get information from. If you were to get a subpoena, for whatever reason, what would you do?

Governor, the revealing nature of these emails made some of us wonder what else — what other emails — (off mic). (Off mic) — filed a number of requests for emails related to this, and they were told there was nothing available. And yet these emails that were released yesterday reveal that there — (off mic) — related to this issue. Is there a — did you know about that? Is there a transparency issue in general — (off mic)?

Governor, I’m wondering when you were first called for comment on the story, and whether you think this will affect your ability at the — (off mic).

— throughout this entire press conference you’ve said that you’re a loyal person, you expect loyalty, and you fired this person on your staff because she lied. Are you the victim here, or is — are the people of Fort Lee the victim? Should she have been fired because she ordered a traffic study that messed up traffic and put people in danger in that sense —- traffic problems.

Governor Christie, but one of the things is that in terms of a lying standpoint, the very person who has probably these most information about why she did this is the very person you cut off communication with. Isn’t that a management mistake?

Well, I’m saying talk to her. I mean, in terms of the conversation, like why did you do this? Get some information.

Like tampering with a witness — (inaudible)?  (Editor note: !)

(Inaudible) — something though about — (inaudible) — what point does political misconduct cross into criminality?

(Off mic) — that these people with emails — (off mic). These emails say that they took action in front of your constituents to try to — (off mic). They focused on the — (off mic) — but they did something that conned your constituents.

Is your credibility — (off mic)?

So — (off mic) — David Wildstein, is it possible that there could be other emails that Bridget Kelly may have shipped — have sent about this issue to other people — (off mic) — Port Authority, in your administration that you don’t know about at this time? And are you going to take– make an effort to look at computers and BlackBerrys and things like that in (her ?) office to see if these things are — (off mic)?

Governor, one of the things — (off mic) — this impression that you’re not sort of — (inaudible). And a lot of your opponents will use this as a — sort of — (inaudible) — like, see, we got you. You know, it’s always the same. Is there any level of political retribution that is acceptable and — (inaudible)?

Governor, there have been other examples of allegations of improper political behavior by state government — I’m thinking particularly about the Hunterdon county sheriff whose case was taken from the county prosecutor — (off mic) — knowing what you know now about, you know, your staffer lying to you, are you going to go back and look at some of those other situations and see what — (off mic) —

The mayor did say at one point there was some significant overtime involved for first responders in terms of police. Is that something that you would consider to — (off mic) — campaign fund, to reimburse — (off mic)?

Since I Cherry Picked… Full Transcript Here.

Keep in mind, it’s not Just the questions it’s the follow-up and order of the questions.  It the fact that there were NO softballs.  Not a single reporter asked him if this was “the toughest day of his life” or “How is your family holding up?” etc.

I’m sure that this tenacity has nothing to do with Christie being a Republican, even if he is one in name only.


Googly, Googly… revisited…

(Update 091113: Yesterday, Google lost a similar decision to the one below.  It was on Appeal before the Ninth Circuit.  The Folks at EPIC are happy… but doesn’t the this story make more sense and a seem little less conspiratorial now that we know the NSA has been collecting all of our data and doing so with the aid of our allies?  Originally Posted 072712)

“In April, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission fined Google, saying the company “deliberately impeded and delayed” its investigation into Street View.

It’s unclear what, if any, penalties would be imposed on Google by Britain’s ICO or regulators in any of the 10 other jurisdictions in which the company had wrongly retained Street View data.

“We need to take a look at the data… There’s all sorts of questions we need to ask,” an ICO spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity because office rules prohibit him from being named in print.”

The above quote and where I decided to begin and end it may seem a little confusing, but there is a point…

Today we find out that Google has not destroyed/deleted all of the street view info it was caught collecting in Britain. Keep in mind, when I say “street view info” that includes wi-fi networks and names, e-mail addresses and various and sundry other items of information having nothing to do with a street, or the view from it.

Here’s the fun part however… Britain’s regulators, the IOC, are very “upset”. There has been very “tough” language directed at Google for this blatant breach. Yes… they are terribly, terribly upset.

While Google has apologized, it is clearly not enough for the IOC.  In all fairness, it’s not enough for me either but here’s the punch line; the IOC is demanding to see the information for “forensic analysis”.  Seriously… You Brit’s are Brilliant!

So why did I take the above quote from where I did?

Without question Google was harvesting the same information here in the U.S. that it was in Britain.  No doubt about it.  And the U.S. is watching closely what is going on across the pond… very closely.  But why?

If the IOC is successful in gaining access to the Google information for “forensic analysis” because Google has been very, very bad… then U.S. regulators will not be far behind the Google spanking bandwagon.  What red-blooded, privacy cherishing, citizen wouldn’t want Google to be punished for collecting a bunch of info it shouldn’t have?

Well… this one.  If punishing Google requires the government seeing all of the intel, I would prefer Google to get away with it and we can deal with them in the market place.   Think about this for a second, who would you rather have possessing your secrets, a private company answerable to the legal system or a government answerable to no-one?

The monster under my bed has always scared me the most by whispering “don’t worry…  I’m from the government and I’m here to help…”.  Now he’s muttering “googly… googly..” and my parents still don’t believe me.

Your freedom is directly correlated to your ability to live your life anonymously.  If you care.

Apparently, like the rest of the planet, I may just elect to drink myself to sleep.  Unlike the rest of the planet I will only do it late at night… straight from the bottle… in front of a full length mirror…

NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports  (link added 091213)


Don’t Worry…

Any time I violate your rights, I let myself know.

(Except when I don’t because it doesn’t really matter anyway.)

Before you read any further… Put on your “Surprised” Face.

The NSA violates your rights routinely. 8-9 times a day… every day… and they plan to do it forever.

Everybody feel better now?

Have you ever wondered who exactly you should fear in life? Have you spent even a moment considering the possibility that the very people you support might be involved in exactly the behaviors you loath and define as tyrannical? Odd’s are you have.

If you feel a sense of betrayal, you’re not alone.

My life is small… but it was mine.  Now that’s not even true.

The only good that is coming out of these revelations regarding the breadth and depth of our countries Domestic Spying programs are the names and faces of those who condone it.

We are seeing Politicians as well as Business Leaders showing their true colors.

Because you are small… your life is not yours to keep private.

I was having a conversation a couple of days ago with a student from Sweden. He is here pursuing further education and we struck up a dialogue about Von Mises. This lead us , in a round about way, to the collection of data by the NSA.

This young man was understandably upset about the collection of data… when it came to our collecting it on Swedes.

I smiled in understanding.

I explained, however, that really was not the problem. Of course he was dismayed, but I explained that he should worry more about his own government collecting data on Swedes should concern him more. I then went on to explain my belief that the Chinese are most likely collecting data on U.S. Citizens and while American’s should not be happy about such an endeavor, and do everything they can to stop it, I fear it less than my own government doing it to me.

I explained how tyranny and oppression come from within, not from external sources.

In other words, the Chinese will not be kicking in my door because I made some bureaucrat mad down at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or slept with an intelligence officer’s wife, be a member of the “wrong” political party and failed to comprehend then file the correct tax forms, etc. I then went on to cite history’s myriad examples of institutionalized tyranny which was enabled solely on a Governments ability to monitor the speech and actions of its citizenry and administer “punishment” which my not have been condoned but was approved by silence and or intimidation of the population.

Almost to his satisfaction, I finally agreed that our collecting information on the Swede’s should not be looked upon kindly by him and would not expect him to do so.  I feel his pain…

This conversation turned into a discussion about how the United States was founded and why “we” are great.

I made it clear, and he agreed as I knew he would, that “we” are not great because of the individuals making up the United States but rather because of the structure of our Constitution and Bill of Rights.

It was how we were set up… not some cosmic accident of our birth.

And that it is this structure that is being destroyed.

(This, of course, will come as surprise to many of our folks here at home just as it did to him hearing an American state it.  It is exactly this surprise that should scare all of us back to our senses.  It is this surprise that seems to be keeping us out of the streets in protest.  It is this surprise that the very leaders a majority of us supported are the very people perpetuating the loss of the only thing we really own… our lives… our privacy… and the knowledge they shall not be infringed upon in any way.)

Well, our Rights ARE being infringed upon.  It’s happening right now… right in front of us…

And, we’re being asked to rest soundly in the knowledge that if there is any “infringing” going on the ones doing the infringing will be sure to let themselves know… maybe… sometimes… occasionally…

And then, boy, they’ll do something about it… maybe… sometimes… occasionally…

But it has to remain secret, of course.

We don’t want the Terrorists to win…

(I suppose it could depend on how you define “win” as I could consider having all of my privacy ripped away at least “place” or “show”.)

Unfortunately, after decades of government education, for too many defense offered by NSA Domestic Spying supporters passes for logic.

The Communist Chinese must be smiling.

It seems we have more in common than we thought.


Uh-Oh…

Could it be that the CIA was involved in investigating journalists who said mean things about the current Administration?

The official response of “outrageous and baseless” leads me to believe… yes.

But why would I believe such a thing?

On what would I Base my assertion on?

Because we know it would be Outrageous if:

The IRS used its authority to intimidate groups the Administration disagrees with.

The DEA was using information gleaned from Domestic Spying on Innocent American’s.

The NSA was conducting the Domestic Spying program collecting information on Innocent Americans to be kept forever.

The CIA was selling Missiles to the Syrians and running them through Benghazi only to lose track of them.

The DOJ investigated Journalists.

The BATFE was up-arming Mexican Drug Cartels who then killed hundreds of innocent Mexican’s and American Law Enforcement Officers.

The Executive Branch was illegally writing Law and then furthering the illegality by providing immunity from those Laws to Unions and Government Employees.

The Federal Reserve was printing money faster than history has ever witnessed and then using it to buy Bonds.

The Very Senator and Congressman who caused the Real Estate Collapse escaped Imprisonment and, astonishingly, wrote legislation to “solve” the problem they created.

The Defense Department was being run by a Civilian Presidential Advisor whose decisions have thus far lead to the death of an Ambassador.

The TSA started showing up at Sporting Events to grope spectators when taking a break from Stealing Stuff out of your suitcase.

The DHS was advertising how to gain access to the United States without being a Citizen then allowing those who came to roam freely.

The Local Police were being Militarized with Federal Assistance.

The Democrat Party suddenly found Sexual Harassment to be offensive.

The list goes on, but my fingers are tired…

I Agree, it would be Outrageous.

However, Baseless?

We’ll see.

There’s guaranteed to be more yet to come, all brought to you by a group of people who find a 5% reduction in the Growth of Spending “Draconian”, Socialized Medicine “A Right”, the Constitution “Limiting” and the Second Amendment “Outdated”.

It’s becoming difficult to find anything NOT to believe anymore.

It’s time for bourbon surrounded by glass.


Well as long as you Admit it…

It’s OK.

NSA looks at FAR, FAR more people’s data than previously disclosed.

So…

No Problem then.

We’ll just forget about all this and start going to movies again.

(Could the investigation of this Domestic Spying be why so many Governmental Department heads are suddenly “retiring”?)