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(Date Posted:09/11/2015 12:59 PM)
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The scandal surrounding US intelligence reports on ISIS just hit President Barack Obama's inner circle.

James Clapper, America's top spy, is reportedly in "frequent and unusual contact" with the military officer who is suspected of allowing US reports on ISIS to be altered to fit the administration's official line, Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian reports.

"In communications, Clapper, who is far more senior than [Army Brig. Gen. Steven Grove], is said to tell Grove how the war looks from his vantage point, and question Grove about Central Command’s assessments," Ackerman writes.

"Such a situation could place inherent pressure on a subordinate, sources said."

Clapper, the director of national intelligence, reportedly talks to Grove, the head of US Central Command's intelligence wing, almost every day, according to The Guardian.

A former intelligence official told the newspaper that this was "highly unusual."

This report comes amid a Pentagon investigation into accusations that top military officials have pressured analysts into conforming their reports to the Obama administration's narrative of the fight against ISIS (also known as Islamic State, ISIL, and Daesh).

More than 50 intelligence analysts at Centcom, the Pentagon agency covering security interests in nations throughout the Middle East and Central Asia, have supported a formal, written complaint sent the Defense Department alleging that senior intelligence officers have insisted on changing ISIS reports to make them reflect more positively on US efforts in the region, The Daily Beast reported this week.

In another story last month, sources told The Daily Beast that senior military and intelligence officials pushed analysts to portray ISIS "as weaker than the analysts believe it actually is."

Crucial parts of intelligence reports have reportedly been taken out, analysts say they have been subject to an environment in which they do not feel able to give a candid assessment of the situation in Iraq and Syria, and sometimes reports seen as being too negative have been sent back to analysts, according to the complaints.

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I believe that loyalty must be earned, that reputations take years to create but only moments to destroy.  I suppose that's my primary bitch about the US federal government and every congress and president during my lifetime... they're all fucking lying sacks of shit.  Petty and not to be trusted, greedy, power-mad, bat shit insane and totally unaccountable for their actions.

So, yeah.  I loathe the US federal government and would jump for joy if Alaska could escape it's lunacy.  Heck, it would be fine if every state west of the Rockies told the feds to fuck off and we'll form our own nation.

On the other hand, if unka sam and all the sammies stopped lying their arses off even when the truth serves better.  Loyalty must be earned and it must be deserved.
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There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds

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RE:Trust and the federal government
(Date Posted:10/11/2015 9:33 AM)

That called a "wind up" teasing Tommy, I was not trying to be mean.

The "Hsyterical Asswipe."
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Reply to katie5445 (10/10/2015 7:42 PM)

It would be fun to annoy you to but you whine to much.

Ah, another change in definitions of words.

"Whining", according to Katie, is saying anything she doesn't agree with.
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There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds

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RE:Trust and the federal government
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Not denying I don't whine, who doesn't but you are a very negative fellow.
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Not at all, I'm quite pragmatic.

Do you really expect me to launch threads bout how wonderful it is that the EPA buys $800 pencil holders?
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There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time and that captures an important point. The more powerful the government becomes, the more people are willing to do in order to seize the prize, and the more afraid they become when someone else has control. ~ Glenn Harlan Reynolds

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That called a "wind up" teasing Tommy, I was not trying to be mean.

The "Hsyterical Asswipe."


I know all about "wind up", Katie. I was married to a Brit for 34 years.


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RE:Trust and the federal government
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That is a lot of anniversary's, I'm sorry........what'd you do or is it what you didn't do?  smiley42
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Re:Trust and the federal government
(Date Posted:11/04/2015 11:05 AM)

 Complaints without solutions.....whining.....squeaking wheels....waiting for the lone ranger, superman....WHY BOTHER?

I enjoy political discussions, as with any writer of them, more is said about the writer than the topic.  

The premises of classical liberalism are inviting, and yet after all the years of political discussion, human nature remains the single obstacle to embracing them.  Both romantics and classicists are right....about certain segments of any given population.  Some balancing act occurs before a successful election and we're stuck with what the individual really represents once in office, short of an impeachable offence.  

I trust that the federal government reflects the ignorance and preferences of the population whether that population voted more or less than the typical 20 percent voting.  The campaign lies represent what we want to hear....the truth would put the liars out of office.  What liars can get away with they do....polls are critical.  Leaders follow...people rule.  Of course the system is stacked against the ever vigilant citizen and it is designed to protect us from ourselves....the mostly ignorant masses.   

Where we cast our ballot and spend our dollar, are the two most important controls we have over our lives.  The back and forth of Republicans and Democrats in office is one means of voters getting at a moderate governing entity despite the poor selection of candidates offered.

We are good people.   In foreign affairs, our government doesn't always reflect that.  We are not always aware until after much damage has been done and the shame, regret keeps us silent.  We leave it out of our history books, as the Japanese leave out Pearl Harbor.

Nonetheless, the federal government is the only thing between state tyranny and citizens   It's easy to attack the feds, and state's often blame the federal government, just as counties and cities blame the state, children blame parents.......lol  I have left the discussion......


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Complaints without solutions.....whining.....squeaking wheels....waiting for the lone ranger, superman....WHY BOTHER?


Why bother?  That's an easy enough question but you've clouded your perceptions with the type of language you used to frame the question.  The first step in solving a problem is first alerting other people that there is a problem.  I may know of a problem and have a solution but if insufficient numbers of people are aware or unmotivated to address the problem then the leviathan powers on unconcerned.

I enjoy political discussions, as with any writer of them, more is said about the writer than the topic. 

Very true.

The premises of classical liberalism are inviting, and yet after all the years of political discussion, human nature remains the single obstacle to embracing them.  Both romantics and classicists are right....about certain segments of any given population.  Some balancing act occurs before a successful election and we're stuck with what the individual really represents once in office, short of an impeachable offence. 

I'm going to suggest the premises of (Classical)Liberalism are very much in tune with human nature... what's more, it's in tune with human nature as it was a couple hundred years ago when it was considerably more violent than is generally found today in westernized nations.

I trust that the federal government reflects the ignorance and preferences of the population whether that population voted more or less than the typical 20 percent voting.

Really?  What leads you to trust that assumption?  I'm just wondering 'cause, if your assertion is right even that '20%' is unhappy with the federal governments current manifestation.

The campaign lies represent what we want to hear....the truth would put the liars out of office.

Can't argue with that.

What liars can get away with they do....polls are critical.  Leaders follow...people rule.


That has not been my observation.  Politicians pander for votes then do what they want and what their major financiers (including the republicrat party) wants them to do.  Oh, and line their own pockets.

Of course the system is stacked against the ever vigilant citizen and it is designed to protect us from ourselves....the mostly ignorant masses.

Wow.  Firstly;  the federal government was designed to protect us from itself... meaning the filth among us who long for power over others.  Secondly, 'mostly ignorant masses'?  Okay, given that public education is a virtual monopoly controlled by the federal government (this was not always so), your statement implies the feds are deliberately dumbing down Americans via the public schools which implies the true enemy is the federal government.

Where we cast our ballot and spend our dollar, are the two most important controls we have over our lives.  The back and forth of Republicans and Democrats in office is one means of voters getting at a moderate governing entity despite the poor selection of candidates offered.

Or, and this is my take on it, the republicans and democrats are siblings with minor differences but who join together to exclude any third party challenge to their own rule.  Their 'elections' are just a charade in which we are allowed to pick one side or the other.

We are good people. 

I agree.  Other than Canadians, we are the best in the world.  Nobody can out 'nice' Canadians.

In foreign affairs, our government doesn't always reflect that.

Doesn't always?  How about, 'never'.

We are not always aware until after much damage has been done and the shame, regret keeps us silent.  We leave it out of our history books, as the Japanese leave out Pearl Harbor.

No.  History books are 'approved' by governments for use in schools and universities.  It isn't a question of you or I denying facts, it is a question of government acknowledgement of those facts and it's permission for them to be taught.

Nonetheless, the federal government is the only thing between state tyranny and citizens

Wow.  That's amazingly simplistic.

It's easy to attack the feds, and state's often blame the federal government, just as counties and cities blame the state, children blame parents.......lol  I have left the discussion......


Power is a funny thing.  The more you have, the more you need and the less you can actually do with it.  Pretty ironic, really. 

People sometimes think that if only they had enough power... the good they could do in the world.  It never works that way.  Time and time again we have seen governments obtain near god like power... and what do they do with such might?  Well, mainly they start slaughtering people by the millions.  Every.  Damned.  Time.

Yes, it is easy to attack the feds mostly because they so richly deserve to be attacked.  The verbiage you use, however, is prejudicial.  Attack?  No.  If I do something wrong, something heinous or just plain stupid, bringing me to task is not 'attacking' me.  If I bought a $600 pencil holder, I would profoundly deserve a smack upside the head.

So, my point.  The evil a government does or can do is directly related to the power it has.  Granted, the US constitution puts limits upon state governments authority and in that way you are correct, the feds stand in the way of state governments going mad.  But beyond that, we the citizens of a state, have far more influence over state leaders than we have over the federal government.  I know my governors name, where he lives, who his family are.  And, yes... that is a threat.  It means, "I'm watching and he'd damned well better behave".

What stands in the way of the federal government going mad? 

State governments.  And armed citizens.


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RE:Trust and the federal government
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Congress is poised to enact a law denying or revoking passports for U.S. citizens who haven’t paid their taxes.

Under a new law expected to take effect in January, the State Department will block Americans with “seriously delinquent” tax debt from receiving new passports and will be allowed to rescind existing passports of people who fall into that category. The list of affected taxpayers will be compiled by the Internal Revenue Service using a threshold of $50,000 of unpaid federal taxes, including penalties and interest, which would be adjusted for inflation.

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RE:Trust and the federal government
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How The FBI Invents Terror Plots To Catch Wannabe Jihadis

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 No one is watching the till....it's too complicated....and legislators have discovered that we haven't a clue, just a general feeling that something is wrong.  Until we can clearly pinpoint a wrong they will do whatever they want.  Local government sounds close to the people and it is, but not in the way you assume it works.  People who want to keep their business flourishing, their good paying job, or want to build a future in a community will have to succumb, go along to get along.  Real protection for the struggling little guys and gals comes from the federal government.  Odd that, I agree.  But states can't vote you out and so Idaho was stuck with Aryan Nations, and counties can't dissolve Tribes though one county in Washington tried.
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And now George Orwell is officially freaking the fuck out.

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly transporting illegal immigrants from the Mexican border to Phoenix and releasing them without proper processing or issuing court appearance documents, Border Patrol sources tell Judicial Watch. The government classifies them as Other Than Mexican (OTM) and this week around 35 were transferred 116 miles north from Tucson to a Phoenix bus station where they went their separate way. Judicial Watch was present when one of the white vans carrying a group of OTMs arrived at the Phoenix Greyhound station on Buckeye Road.

cont...  'Homeland' Transporting Illegals FROM Border...  Releasing Vanloads INTO USA...

Meanwhile, innocent travelers within 100 miles of the southern border are harassed by 'border guards' and my brother & sister-in-law are denied tourist visa's for vacations to Hawaii.

Fuck the US federal government.
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The DoD spent $170k on a study about why walking with coffee makes it spill

Nice.

It's because we wobble when we walk.

I want my $170K back.
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RE:Trust and the federal government
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From the moment the EmailGate scandal went public more than a year ago, it was obvious that the Federal Bureau of Investigation never had much enthusiasm for prosecuting Hillary Clinton or her friends. Under President Obama, the FBI grew so politicized that it became impossible for the Bureau to do its job – at least where high-ranking Democrats are concerned.

As I observed in early July, when Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not be seeking prosecution of anyone on Team Clinton over EmailGate, the Bureau had turned its back on its own traditions of floating above partisan politics in the pursuit of justice. “Malfeasance by the FBI, its bending to political winds, is a matter that should concern all Americans, regardless of their politics,” I stated, noting that it’s never a healthy turn of events in a democracy when your secret police force gets tarnished by politics.

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“The whole thing stinks,” explained a retired FBI senior official who professed dismay about the state of his former employer. “This was impossible in my time, unthinkable,” he rued, expressing shock that the Bureau allowed Mills to remain involved in the investigation, including acting as Hillary’s personal lawyer, despite her own immunity.

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Most intriguing, however, is the revelation that Hillary was communicating with President Obama via personal email, and he was using an alias. The alias he used with Hillary, and apparently others, was withheld by the FBI, and let it be said the fact that the president wanted to disguise his identity in unclassified email is not all that odd.

What is odd, however, is the fact that Obama previously told the media that he only learned of Hillary’s irregular email and server arrangements from “news reports.” How the president failed to notice that he was emailing his top diplomat at her personal, clintonmail.com address, not a state.gov account, particularly when they were discussing official business, is something Congress may want to find out – since certainly the FBI won’t.

PROOF: FBI never had intention of prosecuting Hillary...

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RE:Trust and the federal government
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RE:Trust and the federal government
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Startling revelations, AK. Is that why you wear a tin foil hat?
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RE:Trust and the federal government
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Not all tin foil hats are effective;



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Startling revelations, AK. Is that why you wear a tin foil hat?

The sad part about that comment is simply that you're not surprised.
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RE:Trust and the federal government
(Date Posted:10/03/2016 12:32 PM)


I thought that was a joke...

It's not.

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RE:Trust and the federal government
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RE:Trust and the federal government
(Date Posted:10/06/2016 11:15 PM)

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RE:Trust and the federal government
(Date Posted:04/23/2018 8:23 AM)

Lying by omission is also lying.

Many people who support gun control are angry that the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) are not legally allowed to use money from Congress to do research whose purpose is "to advocate or promote gun control." (This is not the same as doing no research into gun violence, though it seems to discourage many potential recipients of CDC money.)

But in the 1990s, the CDC itself did look into one of the more controversial questions in gun social science: How often do innocent Americans use guns in self-defense, and how does that compare to the harms guns can cause in the hands of violent criminals?

Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck conducted the most thorough previously known survey data on the question in the 1990s. His study, which has been harshly disputed in pro-gun-control quarters, indicated that there were more than 2.2 million such defensive uses of guns (DGUs) in America a year.

Now Kleck has unearthed some lost CDC survey data on the question. The CDC essentially confirmed Kleck's results. But Kleck didn't know about that until now, because the CDC never reported what it found.

Cont...CDC, in Surveys It Never Bothered Making Public, Provides More Evidence that Plenty of Americans Innocently Defend Themselves with Guns


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RE:Trust and the federal government
(Date Posted:05/09/2018 11:28 PM)

Turns out the EPA may have been lying.  Huh.

EPA Finally Takes 'Fishbowl' Approach to Regs - Dan Byers, RCPolicy
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