VIDEO: Top House Conservative Derides ‘Secret’ Impeachment Proceedings

The chairman of the Republican Study Committee criticized the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, deriding them for being conducted “in secret.”

“The problem right now is they’re doing this all in secret,” says Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., “They’re having these secret depositions and these top secret hearings in a basement somewhere.”

“I’m on the House Judiciary Committee, for example. I’m the committee [with] jurisdiction over impeachment. I am not allowed to review any of the documents, any of the testimony that’s been presented this far,” Johnson added during the fourth episode of the caucus’ “Elephants in the Room” Facebook discussion with lawmakers.

The episode was shot shortly before the House voted 232-196 to pass a resolution outlining the details of the impeachment process.


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Johnson says he’s reached out to Democrats, including Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who is spearheading Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, to try to set up a time to review the impeachment proceedings.

“I sent a letter … to Chairman Schiff and the chairman of the other two committees, Democrat chairmen who are engaged in this, and I said, ‘Here’s the House rule. It says I have a right to review these,’” Johnson said. “’I want to know a date and time when I can come do that.’ Nothing. It’s crickets.”

Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., who joined Johnson for “Elephants in the Room,” told The Daily Signal that Congress will have to answer to the American people for the impeachment probe process.

“If we’re going to undo the results of the 2016 election, if we’re going to go against the votes of 64 million Americans, it should be a higher bar, not a lower bar [for the impeachment process],” Marshall said.

Johnson added that the impeachment process has been an abuse of power.

“It allows Adam Schiff to be basically the counsel, the judge, and the jury over this,” Johnson said.

He also discussed that the impeachment push seemed “predetermined,” saying:

We all know they [House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats] started working on impeachment of the president the day he took his oath of office. … They changed the narrative several times along the way, but they’ve always been trying to get to this desired end. This is very Machiavellian. The means justify the end, I guess, and if they have to steamroll over all the Republicans in Congress, over the will of the American people, over due process, over the rules … That’s what we’ve gotten.

So, at the end of the day … people will make up their minds about the legitimacy of that process.

The Republican Study Committee recently released a new health care plan that, among other provisions, would increase how much people could contribute pre-taxes to health savings accounts, and would create guaranteed coverage pools designed to help Americans with preexisting conditions.

Johnson says the new plan would help drive down health care costs and help Americans with “preexisting conditions, … with chronic illnesses, and serious health concerns” get access to care.

Marshall, a doctor, said the Republican Study Committee plan “empowers people by giving them more choices.”

“It personalizes health care by putting decisions for health care back in the hands of those who know best. And that’s the patient and the physician, not the federal government,” says Marshall.

The Kansas Republican said the plan was “180 degrees opposite” from Democrats’ health care proposals. “They’re proposing complete takeover of your health care by the federal government,” he said.

Johnson also mentioned he and other Republican Study Committee members had met with Trump at the White House to discuss the health care plan.

“I showed him some of the headlines, one from Fox News that said the Republican Study Committee’s health care plan is the fulfillment of President Trump’s challenge and his promise to make the Republican party the party of health care,” Johnson said. “He was grateful for that and encouraged by it.”

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Rachel del Guidice

Rachel del Guidice is a congressional reporter for The Daily Signal. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Forge Leadership Network, and The Heritage Foundation’s Young Leaders Program. Send an email to Rachel.

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VIDEO: California Begins Massive Voter Roll Clean-Up!

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it has been informed that Los Angeles County has sent notices to as many as 1.5 million inactive voters on its voter rolls. This mailing is a step toward removing the names of voters who have moved, died, or are otherwise ineligible to vote. The massive mailing is the result of a settlement agreement with Judicial Watch requiring the county to remove as many as 1.5 million inactive registrations. In addition, the California secretary of state has alerted other California counties to clean up their voter registration lists to comply with the federal National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), as the secretary promised to do in that same settlement agreement.

All of this is the result of a federal lawsuit Judicial Watch filed in 2017 to force the cleanup of Los Angeles County’s voter rolls (Judicial Watch, Inc., et al. v. Dean C. Logan, et al. (No. 2:17-cv-08948)). Judicial Watch sued on its own behalf and on behalf of Wolfgang Kupka, Rhue Guyant, Jerry Griffin, and Delores M. Mars, who are lawfully registered voters in Los Angeles County. Judicial Watch was joined in this lawsuit by Election Integrity Project California, Inc., a public interest group that has long been involved in monitoring California’s voter rolls.

Under the terms of the settlement agreement, voters who do not respond to the notices sent by the county and who do not vote in the next two federal elections must be removed from the voting rolls. Secretary Padilla also agreed to update the state’s online NVRA manual in order to make clear that ineligible names must be removed and to notify each California county that they are obliged to do this. On April 11, Secretary Padilla notified Judicial Watch that this part of the settlement agreement had been implemented.

The agreement also required the office of the secretary of state to send a written advisory to all county clerks/registrars of voters in California stating that current federal law requires the cancellation of a registrant who has failed to respond to an official notice and who then fails to vote, offers to vote, correct the registrar’s record, “or otherwise have their eligibility to vote confirmed for a period of time including the next two general federal elections.”

The updated California National Voter Registration Act Manual, March 2019, conforms to this standard. In April and May 2019, the California secretary of state provided a training presentation to all 58 counties in California regarding the proper list maintenance procedures under the NVRA.

As Judicial Watch previously noted, Los Angeles County has over 10 million residents, more than the populations of 41 of the 50 United States. California is America’s largest state, with almost 40 million residents. The county had allowed more than 20% of its registered voters to become inactive without removing them from the voter list.

Judicial Watch discovered that California had treated the removal of inactive voters as permissive, not mandatory, and had not cleaned its voter registration rolls in at least 20 years. The Supreme Court affirmed last year in an opinion affirming a historic Judicial Watch settlement with Ohio that the NVRA “makes this removal mandatory.”

“This Judicial Watch settlement will result in the immediate and ongoing clean-up of voter rolls in California and LA County,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This victory for clean elections in California will set another national precedent for other states to take reasonable steps to ensure that dead and other ineligible voters are removed from the rolls.”

Judicial Watch is the national leader in enforcing the provisions of the NVRA.  In early January, Judicial Watch announced that it signed a settlement agreement with the State of California and County of Los Angeles under which they will begin the process of removing from their voter registration rolls as many as 1.5 million inactive registered names that may be invalid. This was only the third statewide settlement achieved by private plaintiffs under the NVRA – and Judicial Watch was the plaintiff in each of those cases. The other statewide settlements were with Ohio (in 2014) and with Kentucky (2018), which agreed to a court-ordered consent decree.

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ISRAEL: Democracy devoid of the demos?

Former Justice Minister, ‘Tommy’ Lapid: “…the legal system in Israel is being undermined by an over-zealous State Prosecutor’s Office, that is losing esteem and credibility with each additional trial…”

They who sow the wind will reap the stormHosea 8:7.

[There is a] dangerous symbiosis between elements in the police Major Crimes Unit, the State Prosecutor’s Office and the media.—citation from Justice Minister Amir Ohana’s Press Conference- Oct. 29, 2019

This week was a tumultuous one for Israel’s legal establishment—and rightly so.

Perversion of the democratic process

For almost a decade, I have underscored repeatedly that certain sectors of Israeli civil society have, time and again, (mis)used their unelected positions of influence and authority, to dominate the political discourse—and hence, to a large degree—to determine political outcomes. More often than not, these were outcomes that not only did not conform to voter preferences as reflected in the election results—but starkly contradicted them! In particular, I pointed to a trinity of interacting sets of civil society elites with distinctly left-leaning political proclivities—in the mainstream media, the academia (particularly in the social sciences and humanities, including law), and the legal establishment.

Slowly, awareness of this perversion of the democratic process has edged its way into the public consciousness and the public debate—with the legalistic crusade against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu giving it added impetus.

Indeed, this was clearly demonstrated this week in the furor over the harsh criticism leveled by the recently appointed Justice Minister, Amir Ohana, against Israel’s legal system—or, at least, important sectors of it.

“A dangerous symbiosis”

At a press conference on Tuesday (Oct. 29, 2019), Ohana severely condemned the “dangerous symbiosis between elements in the police Major Crimes Unit, the State Prosecutor’s Office and the media”, warning that the State Prosecutor’s Office “had become a political actor”, thereby exceeding the proper bounds of its assigned duties.

Significantly, he began his address with a quotation (see below for the somewhat surprising source):

“I know the State Prosecutor Office well. There are many diligent prosecutors who serve in it and who carry out their duties faithfully, day after day in court, at times against dangerous criminals and organized crime gangs. But there is also a different kind of Prosecutor’s Office—a Prosecutor’s Office within the Prosecutor’s Office.”

He went on citing: “There are those, who, by means of a small sect of “court-yard” [i.e. compliant] reporters, have succeeded in promoting the perception that there is a war raging here between the forces of good against the forces of evil, in which the Prosecutor’s office valiantly defends the public against its elected representatives. The public believes that the politicians are corrupt, that the institutions of government are rotten, that public figures are not only guilty until proved innocent, but even after they are proved innocent.”

“If that is not extortion, I do not know what is…”

Still adhering to the quotation, Ohana continued: “Any expression of doubt, any word of criticism is immediately rejected. A pack of complicit journalists and biased pundits always rush to the defense of the Prosecutors Office and portrays the expressions of doubt as heretical opposition to the rule of law.”

Echoing its grave warning, he lamented: “Political and public careers have been destroyed one after another, while the public — which is not privy to the facts — is convinced that the ‘stables are being cleaned out’. Almost no one dared expose the dangerous symbiosis between elements in the police Major Crimes Unit, the State Prosecutor’s Office and the media. That’s how the system worked. That’s how careers were destroyed. The closing of cases or acquittals in court always came too late.”

The quotation ended in a dour tone: “When necessary, in order to get rid of a Minister of Justice, of whom the legal Establishment did not approve, old charges were reopened, details leaked to certain people in the media—always the same people. All this was done so that the politicians, who were marked, will remember that there is always a sword suspended above their head… If that is not extortion, I do not know what extortion is.”

Ohana finally revealed who had authored these words: Reuven Rivlin, then (2004) Speaker of the Knesset, today President of Israel! Significantly, Rivlin has been widely embraced by elements of the Israeli Left for what they perceive as his statesman-like, centrist demeanor as president.

Yair Lapid: Only to change feet?

In response to Ohana’s censure, Yair Lapid, one of the heads of the Blue & White faction, responded with an irate tweet:

On the wall of the Ministry of Justice there is a picture of my father [Yosef “Tommy” Lapid, who served briefly as Justice Minister in Ariel Sharon’s government (2003-2004)]. If pictures could feel shame, it would be ashamed of his successor [Amir Ohana]. Verbal violence, in a degrading attack on the very system he is supposed to defend, in a transparently sycophantic effort to curry favor with a prime minister, suspected of grave criminal offenses. It is no longer shocking. It is no longer embarrassing. It is sad. The time has come for change.

Regrettably, it seems that lately, Lapid jnr. only opens his mouth to change feet.

For shortly after his disapproving tweet, the Web was abuzz with tart retorts, showing that in fact his father had expressed very similar sentiments to those of Ohana regarding the State Prosecutor’s Office—indeed, if anything, even harsher.

“ ‘A terror unit’ within the State Prosecutor’s Office”

Thus, on primetime TV, Lapid snr., railed against the State Prosecutor’s Office:

We need to understand how what is happening, actually happens. First of all, I want to say that the legal system in Israel is being undermined by an over-zealous State Prosecutor’s Office…that is losing esteem and credibility with each additional trial…In the Prosecutor’s office there is a band of young “hungry” lawyers that put pressure on the older ones. I call them the “terror unit” within the Prosecutor’s Office.”

He went on to accuse the Prosecutor’s Office of indicting defendants, despite flimsy evidence as to their guilt, without taking into account the suffering the wrongly accused undergo until acquitted.

He then presented his grave assessment: “This happens in so many instances that a Commission of Inquiry must be set up to examine what is going on in the Prosecutors Office.”

Interestingly, it appears that Lapid snr. not only concurs with Ohana as to the problematic functioning of the Prosecutor’s Office, but also, in general terms, as to how this issue should be addressed. Thus, just before submission of this article (Oct. 31, 2019), in an interview to Yisrael Hayom, Ohana declared that if there is not a serious response to Tuesday’s press conference, I would like to exercise my authority and set up a government investigation committee into the conduct of the prosecutor’s office.”

When legality loses its legitimacy

However, the State Prosecutor’s Office is not the only sector of the Israeli legal system that is facing a crisis of confidence. I have written several times, in some detail, on the steep erosion of public faith in the judiciary, including in the High Court, reflected in a comprehensive ongoing study at Haifa University—see for example here and here.

I will, therefore, confine myself to citing a review of this study by Einav Schiff, entitled “The Supreme Court is losing the people’s trust”. In it, he writes:

The view of the court as an ivory tower, home to self-appointed gods, is becoming more and more common, and this is reflected in different confidence indexes. Last May, for example, the Rule of Law Index by Prof. Arie Ratner of Haifa University found that 49 percent of Jewish Israeli citizens have confidence in the Supreme Court. In 2000, that rate stood at 80 percent. This isn’t a slip or a drop, it’s a collapse.”

He warned: Needless to say, the High Court’s image among the public cannot remain as it is now. Eventually, there will be a political constellation that could enable another constitutional revolution…which will be powered by support from the people”.

The legal establishment will ignore these warning signs at its peril.

The backdrop for Netanyahu indictments

This crisis of public confidence is, in many ways, the backdrop to the prospective indictments of Prime Minister Netanyahu. After all, to anyone but a rabid “Bibiphobe”, they appear transparently contrived, indeed, a thinly veiled attempt at a legalistic coup – see here, here, here and here—creating a deep sense of unease that Israel’s legal establishment is being exploited for patent political ends—i.e. that unelected elites are using their positions of influence and authority to bring about political outcomes that do not correspond to—even contradict—the election results, depleting the influence of the demos in Israeli democracy.

Indeed, as a layman, it is difficult to avoid the distinct impression that the unrelenting drive to bring an indictment—any indictment—against Netanyahu has long exceeded the bounds of reasonable law enforcement. Thus, it would seem, that where Netanyahu is concerned, the forces of law and order appear to be trying to outlaw every give-and-take interaction in political life, thereby extracting the very essence of political activity itself.

Indeed, especially in light of the recent endeavor to bring highly dubious charges of witness harassment against work associates of Netanyahu, one might be excused for sensing a creeping suspicion that a desperate attempt is underway to criminalize anything and anybody with any perceived congenial affiliation with Netanyahu —whether professional or personal.

Reaping the storm

This is—to understate the case—deeply regrettable.

For, there are testing times ahead for Israeli society. Beset by harrowing external threats and what is liable to be unprecedented domestic tumult, there are unlikely to be any positive outcomes that emerge from the endeavor to prosecute Netanyahu.

If he is not indicted, or indicted and acquitted, it will be a massive blow to the credibility of the nation’s law enforcement.

If he is convicted and forced out of office, many will see this as naked politicization of law enforcement in the country, in effect, a legalistic coup d’état, designed to annul the outcome of elections—and will deal a mortal blow to their faith in the democratic process.
Either way, there will be no winners—and the real casualty will be the public’s belief in the institutions of state in Israel—just when that belief may be sorely needed.

Indeed, we may soon find that those who tried to sow a legalistic wind will reap a storm far beyond anything they imagined.

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VIDEO: The Vortex — Good Guys Getting Attacked, and For Good Reason

TRANSCRIPT

The bad guys in the Vatican are absolutely feeling the heat and are lashing out, most especially papal pit bull Cdl. Oscar Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

A few days back he gave an interview to the leftist Italian paper La Repubblica in which he said (channeling Hillary Clinton) that all these stories of sexual and financial corruption in this pontificate are the result of a vast right-wing conspiracy.

His Eminence might want to investigate where that particular storyline ended before resorting to it. Hillary used it back in the Monica Lewinsky days as a way of deflect from husband Bill’s Oval Office “activity” with the young intern. Turns out, of course, the charges were simply true on their own, not part of any conspiracy, as the blue dress proved.

Same here.

The corrupt gay mafia running the Church these days has reason to be concerned. And for the record, it is not their souls they are concerned about, but their St. Peter’s Dome-sized egos and financial profitability.

The Vatican is sinking further and further into debt as loads of Catholics have simply decided to close their wallets and let this pontificate drown in the morass of its own dealings. In fact, speculation has grown so rampant that Maradiaga actually had to go on the record and deny that the Vatican is approaching bankruptcy. But he can deny all the wants; the facts are the facts.

Not only are donations, especially from America, way down, but so is tourism. The sorry truth is that many Catholics have simply lost any desire to either visit Rome or stop by the Vatican while Francis is pope. And Rome is becoming very dirty: trash everywhere, dog feces all over the place, homeless bedded down in nearly every block around the Vatican.

Add to the public information that behind the scenes is one scandal after another — the thieving of hundreds of millions of dollars by Francis cronies — and you have a train wreck in the making.

So when faithful Catholics in the West report all this evil, Maradiaga jumps ugly and shoots the messenger. Of course, the messenger — mostly American faithful Catholic media — are messaging that Maradiaga himself is corrupt and an abusive clergy protector, not to mention a thief himself, and you can kind of understand why he’s lashing out.

He made the almost funny claim that we are all reporting on this stuff because all we want to do is discredit the bad guys.

He has things a little backward. We aren’t trying to discredit them by reporting this stuff. We are reporting it — the truth — and the result is that they are being discredited, which is the correct result.

And believe us, that’s not hard to do. Maradiaga and the corrupt gay mafia discredit themselves very easily, especially when they make idiotic claims about faithful Catholic media like: “Part of the U.S. Church pretends that Francis’ encyclical on ecology doesn’t exist; they prefer donations from the oil companies.”

What? Church Militant can’t speak to or for any other faithful Catholic media in America, but we are happy to open our books and show you that no U.S. oil companies — or any other country for that fact — give donations to Church Militant. Although we guess if they came with no strings, what the heck? Oil and fossil fuel are not intrinsically evil, like Occasional Cortex wants you to feel.

At the crux of all this is an attempt to capitalize on the latest jargon of “fake news.” Maybe they think using current lingo will make them sound relevant and hip. Or maybe they think applying the moniker “fake news” to any piece of criticism will make people easily dismiss it, as in: “Oh, it’s fake news. No need to listen anymore.”

But again, the decidedly not hip crowd of prelates, the bad ones in control, completely miss the point — which is why Cdl. Lorenzo Baldiserri on the first day of the synod press conferences at the beginning of the month must have felt so free to label criticism of the synod’s working document as “fake news.”

There’s little else so pathetic as an old dude trying to sound cool and “with it.” And for the record, the term “fake news” may have originally been trotted out by the liberal lamestream media, but President Trump quickly co-opted it and turned it around on them. CNN’s ratings have never been the same since.

The term “fake news” is applied to liberal broadcasters and writers, Your Eminence, not the good guys; so you need to go back to “getting with it” school and retake a few classes.

Bottom line on all this: The increasing attacks against faithful Catholic media — from the pope, his close associates, high-ranking members of the hierarchy and their poser reporter buddies — proves one thing: These bombs are hitting their targets. It used to be the case that they were the only game in town, and suddenly they turn around and here we all are, asking probing questions, reporting on substantive stories that reveal their dissent and heresy and evil.

A few years back when Church Militant was in the Holy See Press Office, a secular reporter sitting a few seats away from me groused out loud: “How did all these Catholic internet reporters get in here?”

Good question, even if it was asked in a whiny tone befitting her indignation. The answer is: The monopoly of the liberal Catholic media is over. No longer are all Catholic journalists bent on using the narrative of “The Church has to change and adapt to modern times.” There are some new kids on the block, and the old guard hates it.

They are intellectually as well as spiritually unfit for their jobs, and each passing scandal that we all report on exposes them and their wicked prelate friends more and more. This is why you see a barrage of rants from all of them, normally led by Evil James Martin, trying desperately to label us all as “haters.” That’s what people with no argument do: go straight for the messenger instead of engaging the message itself.

So, easy questions here for Maradiaga and the lot of them:

  • Were hundreds of millions stolen from Peter’s Pence by cronies of Pope Francis?
  • Was the money inappropriately invested in a high-priced London real estate venture?
  • Did Bp. Michael Bransfield steal money from his diocesan hospital and re-route it?
  • Did Bransfield take that money in violation of U.S. federal Medicare restrictions? (On that one, the U.S. Justice Department thinks so and is building its case.)
  • Is Bransfield part of the corrupt gay mafia, and did Msgr. Walter Rossi profit from that association and alleged theft of funds?
  • Did Bransfield work in concert with the wicked Donald Wuerl to rip off millions from faithful Catholic donors at the Papal Foundation?
  • Why exactly was the Vatican not pro-active in disclosing the theft?
  • Why was the Vatican Secretary of State, Cdl. Parolin, involved in a phony loan agreement, completely unenforceable with no terms laid out whatsoever for payback of the $25 million?

These are all important questions, no doubt. Given the public information that is now out there about all this, every one of these questions is absolutely valid.

There is, however, one overriding question that needs answering: Why is it only faithful Catholic media asking these questions? Why don’t the liberal Catholic “reporters” feel the need to explore the same issues?

And yes, you phony journalists, you’re darn right you’re going to get called out on all this. You are as much a part of the crisis as these wicked prelates. You carry their water for them because you disagree with Church teaching and want to see it changed. As you have rightly intuited, there’s new kids on the block; and while you may still enjoy the privileges of being here first, the truth is that your monopoly is broken.

The good guys have arrived — and the clock has started ticking on your watch.

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History Will Not Be Kind to Nancy Pelosi

“One way or another, Nancy Pelosi will go down in history. Let’s hope she doesn’t take America with her,” Michael Goodwin writes in the New York Post.

Speaker Pelosi’s decision to go all in on impeachment “is a historic mistake, one that could tear America apart. Based on the evidence the House has made public, impeaching Trump is a meritless, reckless assault on democracy.”

Goodwin explains that “[Pelosi’s] real problem is that she doesn’t have the goods to justify impeachment under any process. And she won’t, no matter how many witnesses emerge from the bureaucracy to say they were unhappy with the Ukraine call or didn’t agree with Trump’s choices. Policy disagreements and murky arguments won’t lead to a public consensus for removing an elected president.”

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“The Trump administration has unveiled a website aimed at helping millions of Americans with substance abuse issues learn about and locate treatment options,” Zeke Miller reports for The Associated Press. The new website, called FindTreatment.gov, “is the latest development in the administration’s effort to address the nation’s opioid crisis.”

“Last weekend the Washington Post changed an appalling headline after readers expressed their disappointment. But the paper’s bizarre obituary for terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may still need a rewrite,” James Freeman writes in The Wall Street Journal. The first paragraph of their story about the dead ISIS leader still stunningly portrays Baghdadi as an “austere religious scholar.”

In The Arizona Republic, Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) writes that she is ready to vote yes on President Trump’s updated NAFTA deal, the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement—but can’t do so until House Democrats finally agree to let the bill come to a vote. “It’s not hard to see how much Arizona [and other American] communities, farmers, ranchers, manufacturers and business owners stand to gain from Congress finalizing the USMCA.”

In Fox Business, Acting Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Chris Pilkerton writes that President Trump and the SBA are proud “to partner with makerspaces across the country . . . by offering budding entrepreneurs and those looking to enter the workforce with a means to achieve success for themselves, their families and their surrounding communities.”

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Homosexual Bishop Funneled Millions from Hospital for Gifts, Personal Use — Vatican Cdl. Kevin Farrell and others benefited from Bp. Bransfield’s largesse

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com.

WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – A disgraced homosexual bishop diverted millions of dollars from a hospital into his charity, used to send cash gifts to others — including a top Vatican cardinal who received nearly $30,000.

$21 Million Funneled From Hospital

An exposé published in The Washington Post Saturday reveals that Bp. Michael Bransfield, formerly of the diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in W. Virginia, sent two checks of $14,000 and $15,000 each to Cdl. Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.

His reasons were to help furnish his Rome apartment.

“I fixed that room up for him,” Bransfield told The Washington Post.

Farrell was among 130 clergy who benefited from the bishop’s largesse, totaling $350,000 in cash gifts.

The news outfit’s investigation revealed that Farrell’s money derived from $21 million diverted from Wheeling Hospital, which is owned by the diocese, to a charity founded by Bransfield in 2014, called the Bishop’s Fund. Bransfield served at the time as chairman of the hospital board.

Emails reveal that Bryan Minor, a hospital board member and diocesan director of human resources, arranged the transfers of money from the Bishop’s Fund into Bransfield’s personal bank account, for use as gifts to others.

“Hey there,” begins an email dated May 12, 2017. “Just a note that I need to order a check from The Bishop’s Fund, payable to DWC [Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston], to cover a check as a gift to Abp Kevin Farrell at the Vatican.”

A total of $321,000 of Bishop’s Fund money was sent by Bransfield out of West Virginia, in spite of the charity’s purpose as being “to provide for the pastoral care of the diocese” and the “charitable care of the people of the diocese.”

Bransfield remains unapologetic, justifying his checks to Farrell as “funds that I had raised,” and refusing to answer other questions by The Washington Post.

While Minor claims the transfers to Bransfield’s personal bank account were legal, at least two members of Wheeling Hospital’s board say they don’t remember ever approving such large transfers of money.

The Department of Justice has been conducting an ongoing investigation into Bransfield’s spending “as part of a lawsuit that accuses the hospital of defrauding the federal government of millions of dollars by filing false claims for Medicare reimbursement.”

The hospital denies any wrongdoing.

Tax filings and hospital audits show that a total of $21 million were funneled from Wheeling Hospital through the diocese or various non-profits, eventually to wind up in the Bishop’s Fund, and a chunk of it ultimately landing in Bransfield’s own bank account.

The transfers were a deliberate attempt to get around the Internal Revenue Service, whose files show that the Bishop’s Fund was to be used exclusively to helping those in need in W. Virginia.

“I thought that was legal and, according to accounting, that we could make a grant to the diocese and that the diocese could make a grant as a pass-through to a Catholic entity,” Minor said.

Among beneficiaries of the Bishop’s Fund was the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which received $60,000 for renovation work on its dome.

Bransfield was former rector of the Shrine, handpicked by Theodore McCarrick, whose successor, Msgr. Walter Rossi — also handpicked by McCarrick — is currently under investigation by two dioceses for complaints of homosexual misconduct and harassment.

Cdl. Kevin Farrell Linked to Theodore McCarrick

Farrell, who left Dallas in 2016 when Pope Francis appointed him to head the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, lived on the same floor for six years with housemate Abp. Theodore McCarrick, now laicized after being exposed as a serial homosexual predator.

Farrell was widely mocked by Catholics after he told Catholic News Service he had been “shocked” last year on hearing the allegations against McCarrick.

“I was shocked, overwhelmed; I never heard any of this before, the six years I was there with him,” Farrell claimed. “And never, no indication, none whatsoever, nobody ever talked to me about that.”

Farrell was appointed to a key Vatican role last year by Pope Francis, who named Farrell Cardinal Camerlengo, a central position that involves formally pronouncing the end of a pope’s reign and directing preparations for the conclave. The camerlengo becomes the de facto ruling sovereign of the Church until a new pontiff is elected. During such time he serves as executive director of the Holy See, and answers to the College of Cardinals.

As a member of the papal household, the camerlengo also oversees the real estate and revenue of the Holy See.

According to a new apostolic constitution issued by the pontiff this summer, the camerlengo position will be handed over to Cdl. Reinhard Marx, president of the German Bishops’ Conference.

Farrell left Dallas in 2016 when Pope Francis appointed him to head the Vatican dicastery. Befo lived on the same floor for six years with housemate Abp. Theodore McCarrick, now laicized after being exposed as a serial homosexual predator.

He was widely mocked by Catholics after he told Catholic News Service he had been “shocked” last year on hearing the allegations against McCarrick.

“I was shocked, overwhelmed; I never heard any of this before, the six years I was there with him,” Farrell claimed. “And never, no indication, none whatsoever, nobody ever talked to me about that.”

Farrell had issued similar denials when asked about the predatory behavior of Fr. Marcial Maciel, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, of which Farrell was a member. Maciel was later exposed as a serial sex abuser who fathered children with multiple women and even raped his own sons.

“I never knew anything back then,” he told the Irish Times in 2016. “I worked in Monterrey, and maybe I would have met Maciel once or twice, but I never suspected anything. … I left the Legionaries because I had intellectual differences with them.”

But one longtime friend and former Legionary is contradicting his words. J. Paul Lennon, among the first group of Irish-born members of the Legion and close friend of Farrell’s brother Brian (a former Legionary who now works as secretary for the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity), claims Farrell was far closer to Maciel than he lets on.

“Kevin did know Fr. Maciel on a personal basis,” Lennon told Church Militant. “When Kevin was working in Connecticut as a Legionary priest, before he left the community circa 1984, Kevin did spend time with Fr. Maciel when he would visit that ‘front.'”

“I have been told that on at least one occasion Kevin and other Legionaries participated in a pillow fight to entertain Fr. Maciel (the sex pervert),” he added.

Viganò: Bransfield Perfect Example of ‘Corrupt Gay Mafia’

“Bishop Bransfield is a perfect example of what I was referring to,” Abp. Carlo Maria Viganò said in remarks published by Vaticanista Marco Tosatti, referring to a “corrupt gay mafia” running the Church.

Bransfield was suspended last fall after allegations of homosexual misconduct and financial misdealings. A detailed Vatican investigation revealed that Bransfield harassed and assaulted seminarians and priests, and also misappropriated millions of dollars in diocesan funds for personal expenses, including thousands spent on alcohol, flowers, flying first class and sending cash gifts to fellow prelates.

“It is important to note that, before being appointed bishop, he was rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and was president of the [Board of Trustees] of the Papal Foundation, both linked to McCarrick and Cardinal Wuerl,” Viganò explained.

The Papal Foundation, with assets worth $206 million, was co-founded by McCarrick in 1988, Bransfield serving as the first president of its board of trustees.

Controversy engulfed the Pennsylvania charity when three stewards resigned from the audit committee in 2018 after Wuerl pushed for the Vatican to receive $25 million — the largest single grant ever given by the foundation. The money was going toward the Istituto Dermopatico Dell’Immacolata (IDI), a scandal-ridden hospital in Rome investigated and indicted by Italian authorities for embezzlement and tax fraud of nearly a billion euros.

The Vatican investigation revealed that Bransfield had sent $350,000 in cash gifts to various cardinals and bishops, including $10,500 to Abp. William Lori — the very man appointed to carry out the investigation. Other beneficiaries include Cardinals Wuerl, Timothy Dolan, Raymond Burke and Viganò himself, who donated the money to charity.

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FLORIDA: The Real Fate of Childhood Sexual Abuse Whistle Blowers

If you doubt for a moment that whistleblowers on childhood sexual abuse, like Sarasota’s school resource officer Kimberly Whyley, are not retaliated against, you severely underestimate the indifference to predators by school administrators, clergy, law enforcement, judges, medical professionals, and others in positions of authority. You severely underestimate the appalling epidemic numbers of predators and their enablers in our midst.

What really happens when a conscientious adult reports childhood sexual abuse? I know and am still living the aftermath of my reports made in Indiana, with tentacles here in Florida.

The immediate repercussions of my eyewitness reports about a 350-pound adult male counselor lying on top of a child pinned beneath him on the floor against a wall were for me to be put under surveillance by the Indianapolis Jewish Community Center, where the attack occurred. My husband’s boss, attorney Robert W. York, later issued an ultimatum that my husband would be fired if he did not silence my reports.

After firing my husband, Robert York was appointed as a hearing officer for the Indiana Supreme Court, paid scores of thousands of dollars, and worked directly under Indiana Justice Steve David. As a trial court judge, Steve David had fined me $60,000 for attempting to have the mother of a convicted violent childhood sexual predator answer questions under oath about her son, who was one of many predators frequenting the Indy JCC, including Subway’s infamous Jared Fogle, finally imprisoned for his sexual crimes against children around the world.

When I repeatedly gave proof of Robert W. York’s frequent commission of the unlicensed practice of law in Florida to numerous Sarasota and Manatee County judges and to Florida’s Attorney Generals, their indifference was stark. The simple lesson is that crimes against children are met with indifference, and crimes of intimidation and retaliation (and unlicensed practice of law) by predators and their enablers meet the same fate.

We must all strongly support the courage it takes to blow the whistle on predators, whose fate is protected; while child-victims are abandoned and betrayed by those entrusted and empowered to shelter them from irreparable harm inflicted upon them in classrooms, churches, and community centers.

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NRA & Gun Owners Win. Bloomberg / Everytown Lose.

Montana Supreme Court finds localities cannot go rogue and enact extreme gun control

FAIRFAX, Va.–  The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) today applauded a decision by the Montana state Supreme Court protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners in that state. In an NRA-backed case, the justices held, in a 5-0 decision, that the City of Missoula’s attempt to impose extreme gun control measures was a clear violation of state law.

“This is a huge victory for Montana gun owners and everyone who cherishes freedom in Big Sky Country,” said Jason Ouimet, executive director, NRA-ILA. “The unanimous ruling from Montana’s Supreme Court confirms that politicians cannot usurp a constitutional framework by contemptuously enacting gun control at the local level.”

Montana, like more than 40 other states, has a preemption law restricting local governments from passing gun control measures that are more restrictive than state law. Preemption laws protect law-abiding gun owners from dealing with a confusing patchwork of laws that can make it nearly impossible to carry a firearm for home and self-defense.

The City of Missoula’s gun control ordinance would have criminalized virtually all private firearms transfers in the city, even between relatives, friends, and co-workers.

Earlier this month, in an NRA-backed case, a Washington court similarly ruled that the state preemption law prohibits local governments from regulating the storage of firearms.

The NRA has led the fight to enact state preemption laws across the country to ensure uniformity in state gun laws.

“These cases underscore the peoples’ need for judges who will faithfully interpret the law in defense of their freedom,” Ouimet concluded.

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‘Dangerous and Foolish’: How Legal Vote Harvesting Prompts Illegal Conduct by Political Operatives

In Texas, they are called “politiqueras” and in Florida, they are called “boleteros.” Broadly speaking, these are professional campaign operatives and political activists who have access to absentee ballots and authority to recruit voters.

Such ballot harvesting, allowed in 27 states and the District of Columbia, gained much attention this year when corrupt handling of absentee ballots led to an invalidated U.S. House election in North Carolina. But such controversies are hardly new, as explained in a recent Heritage Foundation report.

Mayor Anthony Grant was elected in Eatonville, Florida, in a close 2015 race thanks to absentee ballots. Grant was convicted on charges of voter fraud in 2017 that included coercing absentee voters to vote for him.

Mayor Ruth Robinson of Martin, Kentucky, was convicted along with family members in 2014 on civil rights and vote fraud-related charges. Prosecutors said Robinson’s conduct included threatening and intimidating poor and disabled residents into casting absentee votes for her in the 2012 mayoral race.

The Heritage report, written by Hans von Spakovsky, manager of the think tank’s Election Law Reform Initiative, says ballot harvesting should be banned in states that now allow it.

“Unless a voter checks with election officials after the election to verify that his or her ballot was received, the voter would never know what happened,” von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department lawyer and former member of the Federal Election Commission, writes. He adds:

It seems highly unlikely that the vast majority of absentee voters, particularly the elderly, the infirm, or the disabled, would engage in such verification. Even if they do, they may not be able to identify which campaign operative picked up their ballot or what happened to it.

In the 2018 House race in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, Republican Mark Harris initially appeared to have defeated Democrat Dan McCready by about 900 votes.

However, the North Carolina State Board of Elections didn’t certify the result because of evidence of a “coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee-ballot scheme.”

The state eventually called a new election. Republican Dan Bishop won the do-over election in September.

The Heritage report also notes that ballot harvesting was a concern in Orange County, California, after a registrar of voters said individuals were “dropping off maybe 100 or 200 ballots” at a time.

Orange County traditionally has been a GOP stronghold in heavily Democrat California, so the flips there contributed to what became a blue wave in 2018.

“It is a dangerous and foolish public policy that threatens the integrity of elections,” the report says of ballot harvesting. “It should not be implemented by state legislatures—and should be prohibited in the states that currently allow it.”

Texas enacted a law in September 2017 to make it a first-degree felony to engage in organized election fraud. The law includes a clause specifying “with the intent to establish, maintain or participate in a vote harvesting organization.”

Earlier this year, in the first case under the law, prosecutors charged 19 individuals, including Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina. The Texas Attorney General’s Office alleged that Molina and campaign surrogates—or “politiqueras”—sought to register ineligible voters from outside the city.

Yet Texas did not outright ban ballot harvesting, and most states allow it.

The Heritage report notes that a Miami-Dade County grand jury issued a public report in 2012 calling for the Florida Legislature to ban anyone from being “in possession of more than two absentee ballots at one time,” unless the ballots are “those of the voter and members of the voter’s immediate family.”

Of the 27 states that allow ballot harvesting, 12 states limit the number of ballots an individual can return: Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

The other 15 states that allow harvesting—but with no restrictions on returned ballots—are Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. The District of Columbia also has no restrictions.

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Fred Lucas

Fred Lucas is the White House correspondent for The Daily Signal and co-host of “The Right Side of History” podcast. Lucas is also the author of “Tainted by Suspicion: The Secret Deals and Electoral Chaos of Disputed Presidential Elections.” Send an email to Fred. Twitter: @FredLucasWH.


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The Revolutionary and anti-Constitutional 1941 Lend Lease Act

“It’s not a choice between war and peace. It’s a choice between war and endless war. It’s not appeasement. I think it’s better even to call it American self-interest.” – Former CIA agent, Michael Scheuer

“When we look at how, constitutionally, only Congress can declare war, and that is routinely ignored. Not NATO or the UN, but Congress has to authorize these endless wars, and it isn’t.” –  Edward Snowden

“If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.” – President James Madison


Few people have heard of the “Lend-Lease Act” and its revolutionary change to our Constitution. In his 1961 Farewell to the Nation Speech President Dwight D. Eisenhower stated, “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.”  But it’s not just the military industrial complex, it’s the Soviet agents who long ago infiltrated the upper echelons of our government and gave us this unconstitutional legislation.

The Lend Lease Act

The Lend Lease Act was proposed in 1940, and President Franklin Roosevelt signed it into law on March 11, 1941.  It was the principal means for providing military aid to foreign nations during WWII.  The act authorized the president to transfer arms or any other defense materials for which Congress appropriated money to “the government of any country whose defense the President deems vital to the defense of the United States.”  Despite strong protests from isolationists, the Act passed by wide margins in the House and Senate.

FDR signs the Land-Lease Act in 1941 to give aid to Britain and China. President Roosevelt (FDR) sold the Act to the American public as aid to Great Britain, but in reality Lend Lease aid to the Soviet Union was a priority that superseded all other allies’ military needs, including our own.

American aid to the Soviet Union included weapons, ammunition, tanks, oil, fighter aircraft, trucks and jeeps, and materials for the making of the atomic bomb including uranium. (Sound familiar?) In addition, lavish personal items and great quantities of food, including 200 million pounds of butter, were sent while at the same time America had strict rationing of goods.  Our patents, including military blueprints also reached the Soviets in the hundreds of thousands.  It was indiscriminate aid to the Soviet Union.  (American Betrayal chapter 2, Diana West)

Executive Power

The Act allowed the president alone to make the decision regarding transferring materials to beleaguered nations without payment as required by the Neutrality Act of 1939.  It also skirted the thorny problems of war debts that had followed World War I; Britain had defaulted on $3.5 billion. The Neutrality Act of 1937 did contain one important concession to Roosevelt: nations were allowed, at the discretion of the President, to acquire any items except arms from the United States, so long as they immediately paid for such items and carried them on non-American ships—the so-called “cash-and-carry” provision. The revised 1939 Act allowed arms to be sold, but once America entered WWII, the Act became irrelevant.

The Johnson Act of 1934 also prohibited the extension of credit to countries that had not repaid U.S. loans made to them during World War I—which included Great Britain who desperately needed funds to fight Hitler. But it was Russia’s Stalin who wrote to FDR asking him to help the Britain.  If Britain fell to the Nazis, the Soviet Union would be next.  In securing aid to the UK, Stalin had more time to ready his red army for war.

Over the course of the war, the United States contracted Lend-Lease agreements with more than 30 countries, dispensing some $50 billion in assistance.  The agreements signed by the United States and the recipient nations laid the foundation for the creation of a new international economic order in the postwar world and it has continued until now.

Isolationists, such as Republican senator Robert Taft, opposed it. Taft correctly noted that the bill would “give the President power to carry on a kind of undeclared war all over the world, in which America would do everything except actually put soldiers in the front-line trenches where the fighting is.”  Now, however, without action by Congress, the President is allowed to send military support of any kind, including our troops, to any country deemed “vital to the defense of America.”

Soviet Agents

In Diana West’s books, American Betrayal and The Red Thread she exposes the revolutionary and anti-constitutional Lend Lease Act.  The three Soviet agents behind the Act were Armand Hammer, Harry Hopkins and Harry Dexter White.

In The Red Thread, West states, “We may now regard Lend Lease as the founding document of the ‘new world order’ that arose in the aftermath of WWII, its heaviest cornerstones laid by covert Soviet agents Alger Hiss at the United Nations and Harry Dexter White at the International Monetary Fund.  The sea change (with Lend Lease) came in making ‘any country’s defense’ vital to our own.”

Hiss was also president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and was involved in the establishment of the United Nations both as a U.S. State Department official and as a UN official.

What no one but a few intelligence professionals knew was that in the early 1940s our government had recorded thousands of coded messages from Soviet agents in Washington and New York to their Moscow superiors.  In later years they decoded those messages proving Hiss and White were indeed Soviet spies as charged. Under their code name, the “Venona Papers” are now available to everyone through the Library of Congress.

President Truman knew in 1950 about the Soviet agents as did Eisenhower who was elected after him, along with a select group of Washington elites, but no one seemed to care.  There was a conspiracy of silence that continues to this day.

Armand Hammer

In his book, Dossier: the Secret History of Armand Hammer, Edward Jay Epstein calls Hammer a traitor.  By 1940, British intelligence had developed a lengthy dossier on Hammer.  It identified him and his associates as part of the Soviet “secret regime” in the West.  Earlier that year, it had even monitored the movements of his brother Victor in Egypt (then a British protectorate) on the suspicion that the Hammer Galleries were a front for the Soviet intelligence service.  Yet American history still refers to Hammer as an industrialist (CEO of Occidental Petroleum) and philanthropic.

Nineteen years earlier, Hammer had a meeting with Lenin, who sought to break the isolation of the Soviet Union by making him his “path” to American business.

At the time, Hammer was acting to influence America knowing that if Britain fell to the Nazis, the Soviet Union would be next.  He went directly to President Roosevelt through his wife Eleanor.  Hammer had contributed substantial funds to FDR’s reelection campaign, but had also personally financed an extraordinary radio dramatization which promoted the achievements of FDR’s New Deal.  He sent Eleanor a copy of the recording and that opened the door for him to promote the Lend Lease to FDR regarding aid to the UK, and ultimately to Russia.

Hammer came armed with a large volume of editorials from U.S. newspapers from October 1940, the fruits of a survey he had commissioned to show that newspapers favored financial aid to Great Britain.  He convinced FDR that he would gain popular support by effecting Hammer’s plan.  FDR put him together with his personal advisor and secretary of commerce, Harry Hopkins.

FDR sent Harry Hopkins who was to be the czar of Lend Lease to New York to meet with Hammer on the plan.  Hopkins later flew to London to discuss the plan with Churchill and a few months later Hopkins negotiated the destroyers-for-bases swap with the British. This laid the precedent for waiving restrictions on military aid for those nations fighting Hitler.  When Hitler invaded Russia in June 1941, this opened the door to Lend-Lease for the Soviets.

Harry Hopkins

Harry Hopkins was referred to as the co-president with FDR.  He was unelected and unconfirmed and according to Life Magazine, a one-man cabinet.  He was also the architect of FDR’s New Deal.  He slept in the White House in the Lincoln bedroom and worked at Lincoln’s desk.  He was FDR’s constant traveling companion, was with him for breakfast and before he nodded off to sleep at night.  And Soviet agent Harry Hopkins was the boss of the Lend Lease program.  It was the lifeline to the Soviet war with Hitler and it was run via the Kremlin from inside the Roosevelt White House and bypassed the State Department.

As a devotee of Marx, in 1941 Hopkins wrote, “When a democratic victory is won, then the great wealth of the world must be shared with all people.”  Sounds like our democratic presidential candidates of today.

In a message dated May 29, 1943, Iskhak Akhmerov, the chief Soviet “illegal” agent in the United States at the time, referred to an Agent 19 who had reported on discussions between Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in Washington at which the agent had been present. Only Harry Hopkins meets the requirements for this agent’s identity. Akhmerov, in a lecture in Moscow in the early 1960s, identified Hopkins by name as “the most important of all Soviet wartime agents in the United States.”

Victor Kravchenko

Victor Kravchenko was a Soviet official who defected to America.  Hopkins wanted him sent back to Russia, but FDR was afraid Kravchenko would be murdered by the Soviets.  Kravchenko wrote two books on the horrors of life in the USSR prior to Solzhenitsyn’s defection.

He had been at the Soviet headquarters of Lend Lease in Washington.  After the war, he testified before Congress that the Soviet Lend Lease operation he defected from and that was located only three blocks from the White House, was the Soviet spying, thieving and ransacking Commission.  They succeeded in stealing as many industrial and military secrets as possible.  (American Betrayal, Chapter 5, Diana West)

Harry Dexter White

Harry Dexter White was an American economist and senior U.S. Department of Treasury official. He was the first head of the International Monetary Fund and played an important role in formation of the World Bank. He was also a Soviet secret agent—”the most highlyplaced asset the Soviets possessed in the American government.”

White was the assistant secretary of the treasury in the administration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and caused incalculable harm to the United States. In “Operation Snow,” White did everything within his power to scuttle the peace efforts of the forces within the Japanese government that were striving to avoid war with the United States. He authored an ultimatum adopted as official policy by FDR that upped the ante of belligerent acts Roosevelt was directing at Japan.

Through the infamous Lend-Lease program, White helped facilitate the transfer of billions of dollars in aid to Stalin.

In Albert Weeks’ book, Russia Life-Saver, Lend-Lease Aid to the U.S.S.R. in World War II, a book drawing on Russian revisionism, he tells us that White was “one of the main drafters of the administration’s side of the Lend-Lease particulars, especially as Lend Lease was to be extended to the Russians.

But Weeks also tried to destroy patriot Major George Racey Jordan who was the supervisory expediter of Soviet Lend Lease aid and was stationed at Great Falls, Montana, the hub of the Soviet pipeline.  Jordan saw that atomic secrets were being sent to the Soviets.  Weeks, in his book, claimed it was unverifiable myth, but Jordan wrote a book on what he kept and saw in his diaries.

While providing the Soviets with every possible assistance, White was doing everything to cut off aid that had been appropriated by Congress to assist our ally Chiang Kai-shek’s anti-communist government in China. White was a key operative in treachery that pushed China into Communist hands.  Today, we see Hong Kong’s demonstrations for freedom from Communist China where the demonstrators fly and carry the American flag and sing our national anthem.

Conclusion

Our President brought home the soldiers at the Syrian border and quietly reduced our forces in Afghanistan by 2,000Andrew Bostom and Cliff Kincaid tell us not to romanticize the Kurds, that our President is doing exactly what he promised his supporters he would do.

Trump was raised on Norman Vincent Peale’s positive, pro-freedom, pro-capitalist, anti-totalitarian ideology. His family attended Peale’s church.  Andrew Bostom writes, “President Trump’s own muscular anti-totalitarianism stands in stark contrast to the hard left—even overtly Communistsympathies of the cabal of anti-Trump putschists aligned against him.”

FDR’s ideology of building a democratic world via Lend Lease is coming to an end through Donald Trump.  For nearly 80 years, America has sent taxpayer dollars and our soldiers to foreign lands. Trump promised to get us out of this nation-building business and he’s doing it.  The globalist elite of both parties are enraged.

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VIDEO: Unmasking the Obama Administration

Judicial Watch Senior Investigator Bill Marshall interviews Jack Cashill, author of “Unmasking Obama: The Fight to Tell the True Story of a Failed Presidency” to discuss the corruption scandals of the Obama administration–and how they are still relevant to this day.

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Abolish the Diversity Visa Lottery

Diversity Visa Lottery is “America’s  Achilles heel” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein in an interview in 2015.


What is the Visa Lottery?

The Diversity Visa Lottery also known as (the Green Card Lottery) is an immigration program by which immigrants from nations with usually low rates of immigration to the United States are able to apply for a visa online. The platform, however, has been used by terrorists to penetrate America. On October 31, 2017, Sayfullo Saipov used a rental pickup truck to deliberately mow down pedestrians. After killing 8 and injuring 13, he left the truck and shouted, “Allahu Akbar.” Sayfullo is an Uzbekistan national and came to America in 2010. Later officials found a note about his allegiance to ISIS. This attack immediately received worldwide reaction from other lawmakers including the US. A bill proposed in August that would slash legal immigration levels in half over a decade also would eliminate the lottery program.

The bill went to the House and overwhelmingly passed, but stopped in the Senate. Each year, the Diversity Visa Program accepts 50,000 randomly selected people—only from countries that don’t send many immigrants to the United States—to obtain permanent residency (commonly called a “green card”). It’s a way for individuals and families who otherwise wouldn’t have any way to legally immigrate to the United States to get a green card.

The program is often seen as one that should be ended in a shift toward a more merit-based system. According to Heritage Foundation: “It does not bolster the skills of the American workforce, nor does it reunite families or serve any humanitarian function. Its only purpose is to increase ethnic and cultural heterogeneity in the U.S.–a dubious goal that weakens the social ties within communities.”

The diversity lottery program has been an unwise policy since its inception in 1986. This program is a dangerous gamble. Many Muslims who arrive in America, are deeply indoctrinated by Islamic credos and find it impossible to assimilate into host countries. In fact, their leaders and Imams encourage them to stay away from the American people and only stay within their own community. Hypocrisy is a Muslim trait while they strive to impose their own defunct 7th century barbaric ideology – which is the cause of their own misery – on the host nation.

Both America’s political parties are guilty of keeping much of the US population in the dark about Islam’s mission in the US. Those who dare to ask their representatives questions regarding this matter, will assure their constituents that in general, Muslims are law-abiding citizens of their adopted countries and it is only a minority that is responsible for the violence and chaos, so lies and deceptions are told.

A Muslim is required to abide by their own laws under Sharia and not the Constitution of the United States of America. Because it is mandatory for a Muslim to adhere to Islamic laws and not to a man-made law such as the US Constitution, therefore it is logical to state a Muslim can never be both a Muslim and an American at the same time.

President Trump is 100% accurate in his assessment to completely abolish this bogus “Diversity Visa Program.” Critics argue that the program is susceptible to fraud and manipulation, and that identity fraud is ‘endemic. Critics also assert that the program poses a danger to national security.

Personal Encounter

A few years ago, I met a young Muslim man in his early 20s from Tunisia, who worked for a major hotel brand as a van driver. I casually asked him regarding America and how does he feel being here. He was a van driver, working for a hotel while attending a university, he said. He openly expressed his views to me on how much he resents America and he refuses to take hotel guests to liquor stores or to strip clubs because it was against his religion.  I questioned him on how he obtained his Green Card and what made him to come to the United States. He said, one day, as he was checking his mailbox, he noticed that he had won the “lottery” program.  In our brief conversation, I noticed his demeanor was belligerent and extremely repulsive towards America. In fact, I felt that he would not hesitate to join any radical Islamic groups in the US.

Our non-functional immigration system, with a welcome letter sent him a lottery invitation to a devout and dangerous young Muslim man who was full of hate for America. Go figure!

“Among the heaviest users of the US Diversity Visa lottery are people in countries known to have terrorism problems. Entering the Diversity Visa program, Islamists openly felt, was their opportunity to access the US and cause destruction to the country and its people, which they viewed as their enemy.”

Although President Trump is not the first and will certainly not be the last president who wants to abolish this bogus Green Card Lottery. But he is the only President who is pushing the envelope harder than all previous Presidents. This program is completely irrational and deeply flawed, especially about terrorism. Our immigration system is not just broken, it is shattered. It is beyond repair.

This nonsocial program like other immigration packages is unnecessary and threatens the safety and security of the American people. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican, it is your duty to abolish this risky program which threatens our national security.

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Australian media shows real unity on freedom of speech

Posted by Eeyore

One can only wish American and Canadian media did the same after the treatment of Assange and possibly even Snowdon depending on the leaks. With Assange for sure, it was leaks from whistle blowers who leaked important material for Democracy which upset powerful people who felt they had a right to rule like the Clintons and their associates. With Snowdon its more complex as he may have leaked real military materials that could have gotten assets for US intel killed. However his revelations about NSA spying on the people and the obliteration of the 4th amendment deserved a Pulitzer.

Australian newspapers black out front pages in ‘secrecy’ protest

Australia’s biggest newspaper rivals have made a rare showing of unity by publishing redacted front pages in a protest against press restrictions.

The News Corp Australia and Nine mastheads on Monday showed blacked-out text beside red stamps marked “secret”.

The protest is aimed at national security laws which journalists say have stifled reporting and created a “culture of secrecy” in Australia.

The government said it backed press freedom but “no one was above the law”.

In June, police raids on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the home of a News Corp Australia journalist generated a huge backlash.

The media organisations said the raids had been conducted over articles which had relied on leaks from whistleblowers. One detailed allegations of war crimes, while the other reported an alleged attempt by a government agency to spy on Australian citizens.

One can only wish these papers had done this when the Union of Journalist rules came into effect, which were entirely a forced dialectic twist to the left in all cases and have been observed by MSM for over a decade now across the Western world. These rules are one of the main the reasons that we cannot know who did a thing if it was a muslim etc. etc. but if it is a white person we know right away, and dozens more subtle decisions which force a paper to always make non whites and non-Christians look less guilty than the proportion of their acts, and White Christians look more guilty by proportion.  This defines dialectic twists leading leftwards in all ways. Policy is set using this illusion.

(The link to the rules on minority reporting is now much more difficult to find than it was last time I posted it. Will add to this when found.)

FISA Day of Reckoning

IG Report II is on the door step. We are told by members of Congress this report will hit any day now. This of course will be devastating to the deep state and its operatives. What is in store? Indictments and prosecutions for starters. Who may be among the first subject to this? Can you say Comey, McCabe, Brennan, Page, Strzok and others? You bet.

Be on the right side of history. Support President Trump. Optics and timing are everything. This is an intelligence war of which we are winning. Have faith. And for the naysayers and for those who take cheap shots at me and others, it’s okay for WWG1WGA. A cause for celebration for all patriot loving Americans is ours to be had. Multiple investigations are well under way. Things are happening. Wars are ending. The Geopolitical landscape is changing. Trump will help usher in peace in Syria. MSM is exposed and losing credibility. Sealed indictments of all kinds are being unsealed. Global financial reset is underway, watch after 2020 as Trump transforms the global monetary system. Dangerous days. Dangerous days ahead. But we are winning. Winning? Hell yeah!

Bracelets, Tweets and Assassination Attempts

Attacks will intensify as we draw near. Buckle down. Stay the course. Trust the plan. Support Trump. Do not waiver nor allow influencers in your circles to penetrate your position They will be proven wrong. Instead, help them.

Pelosi. Okay she is wearing a bracelet. It has a bullet on it. To the left and right of the bullet is an orange bead. She wore a green dress. Bullets kill. Orange man. Green light. Ivanka tweets something about Star Wars and the force being with her and her family. Comey tweets and eludes to layer of protection lifted for Trump. Texas rally man is arrested with gun in backpack. Aerosol cans  a helmet and a breathing mask. Maxine Waters, Tlaib and others are calling for the arrest, solitary confinement and assassination of Trump. Remember? The US Marines have been activated. Pray for our President and his family. The deep state is ramping up their attacks on multiple fronts in full scale panic mode. This will intensify because they know we are now winning. Listen to my message from Bangkok. And remember, freedom, it’s up to U.S.!

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Just Following Orders? Why Extremism is a Choice [+Video]

Radicalization is something that has come to be viewed as an excuse for joining extremist groups and following orders to committing all sorts of  horrific acts. But except in the case of children, extremism is always a choice. Read why.

Terrorists use sophisticated tactics to lure recruits into their movement. They prey on psychological weaknesses, making the target feel special, powerful and marked out for a glorious destiny. The mind-control techniques they use are highly advanced and will work on many people.

None of that takes away from the moral culpability that anyone who becomes a terrorist holds for their actions.

Here’s why:

Mind Control is Really Mind Influence

There is a long standing principle in hypnosis that all hypnosis is really self-hypnosis. That is, you can’t hypnotize someone to do something that isn’t somewhere in their subconscious or something they want to do on some level.

All you can do is bring people into a relaxed state of mind where they are more susceptible to suggestion.

You can’t, for example, use mind control techniques to make gay people straight, despite the millions of dollars invested by Christian organizations to try and develop an effective method of doing so.

Extremists convince people to act in what the tell people are their best interests. They offer incentives so that doing what the movement wants gives the recruit some kind of payoff.

This becomes much easier when the extremist group can provide benefits to the target, for example, social camaraderie, a clear structure for how to live and a well defined mission to devote yourself to are all benefits of joining an extremist movement.

But the brainwashing can’t do more than heavily influence a person.

Giving Up Control Makes Life Easier, But It’s Still a Choice

When a person gives in to mind control in a cult, they make a decision to abdicate responsibility for making choices and turn it over to the cult leader or organizers.

When a person stops thinking for himself or herself and takes on the attitudes of the cult, even under pressure, he or she is making a choice.

True, that choice may be heavily influenced. Humans are highly adaptable creatures who long to fit in and be successful within the context of a group.

Extremists use many tactics to induce a sense of identification with the group and a shift in core beliefs. This may include extremely coercive tactics like isolation, sleep deprivation, pushing drugs on the recruit or even encouraging them to commit crimes to bind themselves to the new group.

Sleep deprivation and strict dietary control, in particular, can sap a person’s energy and make it extremely difficult for them to think clearly about what is going on.

But unless the person is being physically held against their will, they still have a choice to resist brainwashing techniques and remove themselves from the situation.

This is what makes education so critical. If people are taught to recognize the techniques and tactics which groups use in brainwashing, they can learn to walk away from those sorts of situations.

Steve Hassan’s “Bite Model” is a good resource for the main methods cults use to indoctrinate people.

Judges Don’t Accept Brainwashing as a Defense

“I’ve come to view what happened to me is a viral, memetic infection,” ex-Moonie Diane Benscoter said in a TED Talk. “For those of you who aren’t familiar with memetics, a meme has been defined as an idea that replicates in the human brain and moves from brain to brain like a virus, much like a virus. The way a virus works is — it can infect and do the most damage to someone who has a compromised immune system.”

In other words, an extremist group can take over your mind when your resistance is low.

However, if a person commits crimes while a member of an extremist group, it is important to note that courts do not accept claims of mind control as a defense.

In a classic case, in 1976 Patty Hearst, heiress to the Hearst media fortune, shocked America by joining the Symbionese Liberation Army after they kidnapped, tortured and brainwashed her. She participated in the group’s activities including bank robbing. Such was her commitment at the time that she did not run away from the group despite later having the opportunity to escape.

When she was finally caught, her lawyer attempted to argue she had been the victim of brainwashing. The jury did not accept it, and she was sentenced to 35 years imprisonment, later reduced to seven.

President Carter later commuted her sentence to two years.

More recently Smallville Actress Allison Mack pleaded guilty to helping NXIM cult leader Keith Raniere induct women into his sex cult. Among the allegations are that women were trafficked and branded.

Despite the brainwashing these women were subjected to, their crimes were still considered crimes and were treated as such by the courts.

In Sum, Difficult Situations Don’t Overturn Personal Responsibility 

A Dr. Phil episode featured a father who was a member of a cult who turned his 13-year old daughter over to the cult leader to rape as a bride within the church. Dr. Phil unpacks the situation and explains that there is no amount of brainwashing which could override his duty as father.

It is worth watching the clip:

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