February 2, 2018

At this writing, we’re still awaiting the release of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ memo on alleged FBI abuses of the FISA Court in targeting the Trump campaign for surveillance. Now that President Trump has agreed to declassify it, it’s expected to be released any time now. At the link is a quick primer to get you up to speed if you haven’t been following all the intrigue closely.

It’s been astounding to watch over the past few days, as Democrats and FBI officials, aided by sympathetic media figures, fought furiously to keep the memo from being seen, or failing that, tried to discredit it before it’s released (or in some cases, before they’ve even read it themselves). Their arguments have come so fast and furious (Eric Holder scandal reference intended) that they’ve started to contradict themselves. For instance, it’s nothing but lies and false information – yet releasing it will reveal secrets that will compromise national security.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff has been a major point man, claiming that Trump wants it released as an excuse to fire Robert Mueller or his boss, Rod Rosenstein. But if Trump wanted to fire them, he could do that at any time. I notice they’re both still on the job. And if the memo contains no damning evidence against them, then why the concern about releasing it? Frankly, I’d be relieved to learn that the FBI did nothing wrong. If that’s the case, then let us see the evidence.

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Another amusingly desperate tactic was spearheaded by Nancy Pelosi, who demanded that Nunes be removed from the Intelligence Committee for allegedly making changes to the memo before it was released. Never mind that the changes were reportedly extremely minor (a small redaction, a couple of grammar corrections, etc.) and some were actually made at the demand of the Democrats, who are now assailing Nunes for making the changes they insisted on.

But the most amazing part of this entire story has been watching the media piously take the position that “the people have no right to know!” If there were even a hint that the Trump Administration had abused its power to spy on Democrats, do you think they’d be trying to bury that story? Ricochet editor Jon Gabriel tweeted that this is like Steven Spielberg’s movie “The Post,” if Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep had been fighting to keep the Washington Post from publishing a memo about the Pentagon Papers.

It’s funny to me that many of these same media outlets have long lobbied for the government to release all its classified files on UFOs in hopes they’ll contain shocking confirmation of alien life. So they think the public is perfectly capable of dealing with hearing that our entire concept of the universe is wrong, but we’re too immature to handle hearing that some bad apples at the FBI were weaponizing their surveillance powers for political purposes?

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Do you know why we even have an FBI? There were two major driving forces behind its creation by Theodore Roosevelt. One was the fear that the practice of government agencies borrowing detectives from the Secret Service when needed might lead to a “secret government police.” The other was that local police forces were too corrupted by politics to be trusted to enforce federal laws fairly. Either of those familiar?

It’s sad and reprehensible to see so many people, even those who supposedly base their lives on ferreting out the truth and the public’s right to know, desperately trying to keep the public from learning what our own government has been doing. If the people with badges whom we entrust to enforce our laws have abused that power and trust to target Americans for no reason other than disagreement with their political views, then it is an assault on the very foundations of our government and our civil rights. All Americans, right, left and center, should be equally appalled and furious. This is not Russia or North Korea. Allowing federal officials to use fake evidence to place surveillance on political opponents and send people to jail is no more tolerable than allowing local police to plant guns or drugs on suspects and falsely prosecute them.

Show us the memo, let us make up our own minds, and let the chips fall where they may.

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  • Karen Kreuter

    02/04/2018 06:58 PM

    Hi I watch your show every week. I wish you and others would bring up the idea which I believe will be fact, that the FISA court judge is crooked and in on this whole Democrat scam?.

  • Martha Ann Sigler

    02/03/2018 08:32 PM

    HELP !! Remember Obama targeted conservative groups thru IRS too. I think it was one way he was able to win his second term. It squashed the work of those groups.

  • Mary Kemper

    02/03/2018 02:18 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee. I am hearing that this is just the tip of the iceburg. My concern is anything going to happen to these people? It's very scary and it just amazes me how many people do not believe what is happening. Very scary indeed. I just pray that there is justice served to the ones who broke the law. I wish President Trump had more people like you around him to advise him.

  • Jane Scott

    02/03/2018 01:11 AM

    Right on all counts. I am guessing this is the tiny tip of the ice burg. When he said "drain the swamp", he was not just talking about the corruption of the admin prior. Remember America, there is NO statute for murder and treason. It has come to a point of right vs. wrong, good vs. bad, American vs. anti-American, and honest vs. dishonest. It seems it is no longer Dem vs. Rep. But the Dems in this case seem to have the majority on the wrong doing. American citizens are sick of being put last, sick of being lied to, sick of being "politically correct", sick of being second to those who are not citizens, sick of the "war on whatever", but mostly sick of seeing people get away with literal murder and treason and be monitarily rewarded for it. Does anyone find it a coincidence that a "Kennedy" give a rebuttal speech after the TSOU address? Was that some sort of threat? These people will stop at nothing. GOD only knows what they have planned for super bowl. Here is the thing....good always wins in the end. One Nation Under WHO? WHO? Thanks for all that you do Mike!

  • Bev Burton

    02/02/2018 07:55 PM

    Mr. Huckabee. Instead of releasing multiple memos why couldn't the President call both parties and the FBI into a room and either release one memo or one memo and multiple responses to the original memo. Instead once again we have this bi-partisan bickering and giving the Dems and partisan media the opportunity to complain of unfairness. So far POTUS has done a marvelous job at diffusing many of the obvious whines by the Dems. I think the majority of the US just wants the truth rather than 2 versions of "the truth".

  • James schroeder

    02/02/2018 07:36 PM

    Keep it going "Huckabee. " Your a breath of fresh air .

  • Susan Achorn

    02/02/2018 07:20 PM

    I so respect you, Governor, I wish you were part of the Trump team in Washington, but so appreciate your hard work behind the scenes. And we adore your daughter, she is a fighter and so very smart, like father like daughter.

    This is a mess, a terrible disgrace to our President, our Country, FBI, FISA court judges, how can this happen? Lying to courts, lying to government, our right to privacy, and I no longer trust our DOJ. Where is Sessions?

    Thank you for all you do!

  • Sherry Stone

    02/02/2018 05:42 PM

    First, thank you for explaining this mess in a way that can be better understood. My thought through all of this is it not against the law to lie to the FBI and also isn't it an offense that can carry a jail sentence?

  • Jenifer Schulz

    02/02/2018 05:27 PM

    I had sent a message back to this office yesterday stating that we, the people, are tired of the name calling. I had encouraged you to write with integrity. This article is much better. I understand frustration, but we have to be better than those who are doing wrong, or we are just as wrong. Two wrongs never make a right. Thank you for keeping us updated. Be strong with integrity. Thank you!

  • Harry Wenzel

    02/02/2018 05:20 PM

    This afternoon i phoned Senator Patrick Toomey 's office, and spoke with his assistant. I encouraged our Senator to enlist all Repunlicans, senate and house, to call for Robert Mueller to end the investigation now, and furthermore, demand the Clintons and the Democrat party reimburse the taxpayer, for every cent wasted on the DOJ investigation. Next step, prosecution of those found to be committing crimes based upon evidence.

  • Terri Moore

    02/02/2018 04:52 PM

    I want to know why are high government officials allowed to break the law and never go to jail? This past year so many of them have been guilty, and everyone knows it, and yet not one arrest. Why? Has our government become so polluted that we are no better than any third world country? Just dressed better? Has justice fallen so far down that it cannot be retrieved? I pray for President Trump.

  • Tom Rogers

    02/02/2018 04:43 PM

    Please don't use the word appalled. The left has overused it so much that I distrust anything I read when that word is part of the story. Thanks for all you do.

  • Dale Reynolds

    02/02/2018 04:24 PM

    The Founding Fathers gave us instructions when they formed these United States: “…all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

  • Lew McKinney

    02/02/2018 03:52 PM

    I fail to see anything in this document that would cause any "consititutional" issues that the Democrats have been tauting, since the idea of this memo existed. I also don't see anything anyone dealing with the Trump campaign did anything wrong in this. What I do see is almost "everyone" from the DOJ, FBI and the Office of the President knew this was going on. As always though, I'm sure Obama will end up "squeeky clean" of all of this. There shoud be some very high heads roll over this including Hillary Clinton! The people have had enough of this kind of corruption in Washington and we want an end to it! I myself want to see somebody in jail for this and take away all their government pensions and benefits. Especially the Clintons along with the DOJ! The Clintons have literally gotten away with "murder" for years now and it's time we, the people, do something about it! That is why we elected Trump in the first place. Americans did not want "another politician"! We are sick of them all, and Nancy Pelocy is one of the worst I have seen. I guess the people are "waiting" now to se if anything happens with these lastest revelations! We want something done about this. Mike, I would like to see in Trump's cabinet in some capacity at some point too! God Bless.

  • Linda & Bill Stuteville

    02/02/2018 03:45 PM

    I believe the Democrats and the Clintons are involved in this . They need to be punished just like you and I would be. No wonder the Democrats didn't want it released. It was all about their illegal , lies, and as usual their desperate attempt to get Hillary elected. But it blew up in their faces. That is what corruption does. They are the worst of the worst Democrats we have ever had in office. God put President Trump in there. I can't imagine where we would be if she had won. God is still and always will be in control and can shut all this down whenever HE wants to. I believe , according to the BIBLE ,we are living in the last days. Pelosi talks about living in armegeddon. I just hope she and her friends have to live thru the real armegeddon that the BIBLE talks about that she obviously knows nothing about.

  • Silent Hammer

    02/02/2018 03:21 PM

    This memo CONFIRMS what we've suspected since the Republican Presidential Nomination Campaign and beyond the installation of President Trump into office. It will probably result in some mid-ranks at Justice losing their heads, but only murmers and whispers about the true criminals. Schiff will get re-elected (unless he just happens to commit suicide while cleaning his brand-new pistol). Clinton will get speaking engagements. Comey will fade into the background and die of alcohol abuse. Etc. Etc. What I want to know is WHO actually ISSUED the FISA warrant, i.e: Which member(s) of the FISC SIGNED THE AUTHORIZATION.

  • Ann Bruce Pineda

    02/02/2018 03:15 PM

    YES! Well-said, as always. I'd like to congratulate your daughter for the way she responded to Cuomo in an interview. He can be very nasty but tried to begin his interview with her in a gentlemanly way. I don't know if she was born in Arkansas but, as an Arkansan born and bred, I am proud of the honor she and Sen. Cotton are bringing to the state, even if I don't live there now.

  • Bruce Deming

    02/02/2018 03:05 PM

    By Steele's own admission, the dossier is politically biased, and from the start, could never be the sole reason for issue of a FISA warrant, unless the FISA court judges were compromised. The whole system has been subverted, and a special council needs to be commissioned immediately. The Mueller investigation should never have been commissioned, and needs to be dissolved. None of it's findings are admissible in any court, all of it's findings are founded in information gathered from illegally obtained FISA warrants.

  • Stephana Holmes

    02/02/2018 02:28 PM

    AMEN !!!! TIRED OF WAITING !!!! RELEASE THAT MEMO !!!!! I WISH Trump had Read It Out Loud During His Speech !!!! While he had ALL Cameras and Media COVERAGE PRESENT !!!! Now, They WILL DO what they DO Best, Twist, Edit, Splice, Distort, till it is Unrecognizable......

  • S Bosley

    02/02/2018 02:27 PM

    Outside of all the erroneous and down right despicable lies and means of trying to take down our most honorable and beyond helpful President what needs to be looked is what has been taking place over the past few days and even currently. And what I am referring to is the Left's attempt to distract the People's attention from the high marks and the good our President has done and the wrong they have done and is being revealed. They have done this through the stock market. If not sure what I am talking about, simply take a look at what has occurred to the market today, in anticipation of the release of and actually coming out of the memo, and the Left's attempt to distract from it. And earlier in the week, after the address from the President in the State of the Union, the next day the same thing occurred. He deserving of much praise, the market again had a large sell off, once again looking to distract from him on this day. And what happened the next day? Things in the market were right back to normal. And should I dare to look at this on a deeper level?
    The day the Republicans were to gather and do so in a praise worthy and high spirited manner. What occurred? An accident? Well not yet determined to be simply an accident, and in fact nothing has since been reported of this tragic incident at all. But what did it do? It certainly did distract from the praise and high emotions of the day before that the President and the Republican Party were to have. Thankfully it was not more tragic and horrible as it could have been. But perhaps that was an error on the part of those who plotted it and perhaps not to the best on what they attempted to do. But none the less, an awful event did occur when full focus and praise for this President and the Republicans was to be on them. And today, as mentioned, another distraction from the anticipation of and the releasing of the memo, is put forth in the form of the lowered market, to distract and take away from what should be front and center for all Americans.
    Is all of this coincidental and just too far out of the realm of what anyone would do to harm another and the progress they gained? To that I say just look at what we have seen over the past few years, weeks, and even learned more so today and we realize nothing is out of the realm of what one Party and the Individuals within and the evidence and even quotations directly from them in their hate and desire to destroy our President and those that stand with him.
    Let us not be blind to their games, plots, viciousness and the one sided way that has taken over. However, let us stand up and see the truth and put an end to this ridiculousness and let truth and common sense be our guide.

  • Juanita T. Jackson

    02/02/2018 02:23 PM

    I am in full agreement that we as Americans need to see the memo. If we can't trust our government to do what is right, then they need to be fired and prosecuted for their misdeeds. We have got to get back to our Rule of Law of protecting our country and it's people the way it should be or teaching our children right from wrong will not work and we'll keep producing lazy, disrespectful children with there being no consequences for wrong doing.

  • Emily R. Bath

    02/02/2018 02:16 PM

    It is really disheartening to see how far the Democratic party will go to discredit our president. I have never seen such blatant lack of respect for this office, the highest in the land. I hope Mike Pence runs for president in 2024. God bless our president, and God bless America.

  • Lynn Jonad

    02/02/2018 02:05 PM

    Sounds/looks like more of Pelosi's 'pass before reading..' jargon.
    The American people need to know what it's so-called government is doing.

  • Betty Gayheart

    02/02/2018 02:01 PM

    Will anything be done? American patriots are watching!

  • Bruno Matury

    02/02/2018 01:59 PM

    Well when it is released prepare for a deluge or even a tsuanami, , it will be so watered down. When its all over the perpetrators of all this will be dismissed as ,boys will be boys, politicians will be politicians. The guilty will be moved on to higher more lucritive positions,only to have their former positions filled be nephew Vinny.

  • Terri Bordelon

    02/02/2018 01:59 PM

    Hello Governor,
    I just would like to express how much my husband and I love you and Sarah! You both are strong people who are committed to doing the right thing. I love SHS! She makes me so proud at how she is quick thinking and doesn't be bullied by the crooked media! We need both of you in government to drain the swamp! NEVER in my life would I have thought the Clintons and Obamas go through such lengths! I want to see all involved in this FISA scandal prosecuted to the utmost! It's not fair that us deplorables would certainly have to pay for any criminal behavior! I want to see Obama, HRC, Loretta Lynch, rohm Emmanuel, Eric holder and others pay for thier treasonous behavior! Take care Gov.....behind you all the way Terri Bordelon

  • Geraldine Tinnin

    02/02/2018 01:52 PM

    Dear Govenor Huckabee,
    Thank you for always telling it like it is. Always enjoy reading your emails and seeing you on TV.
    Please tell your daughter, Sarah, that she is the true role model for young girls and women today. She is doing a tremendous job as the White House press secretary!

  • Judy Hames

    02/02/2018 01:46 PM

    If this memo is accurate, which I believe it is as I just read it on The Horn News, the democratic party, Hillary Clinton and anyone else involved in obtaining these FISA warrants owe the taxpayers of the US a huge refund. I do not know how much money has been spent on the Trump Russia investigation, but I am sure that it is costing thousands of dollars to pay Mueller and others doing the investigations. The people responsible for the lies perpetrated on the American public, should be fined and jailed. Their passports should be revoked so they cannot leave the country before an indictment can be issued. They need to not only be in jail, but "under the jail." If I did these things as a regular US citizen, I would already have been tried and in jail. It is time to demand term limits for all politicians, no perks for serving in government leadership, and no retirement benefits. It is time to clean house!

  • John T Aubrey

    02/02/2018 01:43 PM

    =] It'll be notable to see the takes of other FBI personnel on these proven incidents.

  • Christine Baldauf

    02/02/2018 01:42 PM

    Its like lifting up a log & watching all the creepy crawlers scramble for cover. Can almost smell the stench from here. Might be the swamp gets a major purging after all!

  • Christine Baldauf

    02/02/2018 01:42 PM

    Its like lifting up a log & watching all the creepy crawlers scramble for cover. Can almost smell the stench from here. Might be the swamp gets a major purging after all!

  • Tom Kopper

    02/02/2018 01:30 PM

    "If the people with badges whom we entrust to enforce our laws have abused that power and trust to target Americans for no reason other than disagreement with their political views, then it is an assault on the very foundations of our government and our civil rights."
    All said and done in this sentence.
    Everyone in government, local clear up to Washington, "shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support the Constitution...", WE the people.........!


    02/02/2018 01:17 PM

    It is the supporting, deeper-delving documentation, that the "political elite" heads of the NSA...such as Mueller himself, perhaps....fear the most!!! Like any rat that is about to be caught.......there will be at least one FBI guy that will "take the cheese" and "snitch" on the CYA his own!! The sooner the better the "deep state" power elite are fired and discredited......the sooner the people will see what Obama has done to "fill the swamp"!! Chicago political hacks make the best reasons for never electing them to any office, much less the Presidency. When will the DOJ do their duty.......for God and Country?

  • Susan Hoffman

    02/02/2018 01:14 PM

    I find it disgusting, that after one year of Mr. Trump as President of the United States, he is having to deal with all this garbage from the press and Congress. Good night, accept the fact that he is our President and let him do his job!

  • Frank Johnson

    02/02/2018 01:10 PM

    Excellent summation of recent events.

  • Frank Johnson

    02/02/2018 01:09 PM

    Excellent summation of recent events.

  • Kenneth Lee Touchette

    02/02/2018 01:09 PM

    Abuse of power by any government agency, elected official, or official office in the government of the USA is unacceptable and we as citizens have a right to know who and how and when, no secrets are allowed when our trust in those involved is violated period. So let the chips fall as they may so that we can decide for ourselves. National security should be protected, and corrupt individuals exposed, and they can be without putting national security in jeopardy. "SO GET HER DONE!"

  • Mark Jacobi

    02/02/2018 01:05 PM

    It's funny that the democrats believe, that by releasing "the memo", our national security will be at risk.
    Well, if the democrats are so concerned with national security, then why will they not support our President (thanks be to God, we have President Trump) and support the securing of our United States southern border?
    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for your insight, and speaking the real truth!

  • rodney burke

    02/02/2018 01:04 PM

    Since When is the media the determining factor on what Americans need to know? do they think we are living in the 19th century wehre no one but Doctors and college professors had an education? Really? We have more access to more information in the last 50 years than the last 5000 combined. We are NOT stupid as Adam Schiff would accuse us. i am personally offended to the max. You and I Mike are college educated and well read. I don't know what segment of the population Schiff thinks is not capable of reading and understanding the memo. Adam Schiff and the FBI are terrified that we the people ARE intelligent enough to understand the memo and they are covering up their crimes because they don't want them to see the light of day. This corruption with Mueller, Rosenstein and others is systemic and has a history for the entire 21st century. Constitutional crisis, We've had one ever since the faggot took office...illegally by the way. There ARE no options, this abuse of power MUST be stopped and prosecuted. People MUST go to hail and those guilty of treason hung as prescribed by law.

    It's NOT fundamental change the dems want, it's the utter destruction of the republic and they must be regarded as such. Government shut down and the SOTU made it VERY clear what the liberal agenda is. that should be obvious to all America. We have a well beyond serious problem. And it calls for VERY drastic measures. The world is watching. We MUST succeed, there is no option.

  • stan l williams

    02/02/2018 01:03 PM

    Enjoy all of your comments, Gov. I just wish there could be More Action of all or just some of the comments and charges that are and have been said. This crap that is happening is making all of us numb to all of tha back and forth accusations in government. I'll be frank and say that I'm completely turned Off from giving or donating to anything political at this time.

  • Ti Michelle Connelly

    02/02/2018 12:54 PM

    With all the big Corps tax breaks and employees gotten massive rebates. Hw come those of us receiving Social (in) Security didn't get our $$ increase?

  • Paul Schnake

    02/02/2018 12:49 PM

    Our government is so unconstitutional it's pathetic. I used to appear before congress as an expert witness on science related areas in the 70's at the request of a governor. I stopped because congress did not want to do anything according to our constitution. President Trump is at least trying to eliminate some flagrant oppositions to our constitution, probably without even knowing it. The best approach that could be done would be to eliminate all laws past by congress since 1880. This will never be done but, now more than ever we are on the way of destroying our republic.

    Thanks for reading this.
    Paul Schnake
    [email protected]

  • Larry Brown

    02/02/2018 12:45 PM

    As I remember from a little less than a year ago, the President and White House were the target of leaked information from a variety of places, one of which was the FBI and I didn't hear the Democrats complaining about that, so why now are they concerned about the release of this memo? I look forward to formulating my own opinion after reading the memo, but I believe we will find that there's a foul smelling trail of underhanded activities by the previous administration that will confirm President Trump's theory that his phones had been tapped before the election. I also believe that if they release a few of the emails from Peter Strzok and Lisa Page it will help us connect the dots even more. I say, "Release the memo!"

  • Joe Analco

    02/02/2018 12:32 PM

    Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.
    - George Washington

  • Bebe Christy

    02/02/2018 12:32 PM

    I don't understand why people involved in this scam haven't been fired. We obviously know that everything that was done is criminal. Obama is involve yet we the people are still paying him a retirement salary that he doesn't deserve. I love listening to you and respect your views. I love the moxie your daughter has. I love what President Trump is doing for America and Americans. I wish the people like Schumer, Pelosi,Waters, Cory, and all other haters and opposers of President Trump would go away or grow a brain.

  • Bebe Christy

    02/02/2018 12:31 PM

    I don't understand why people involved in this scam haven't been fired. We obviously know that everything that was done is criminal. Obama is involve yet we the people are still paying him a retirement salary that he doesn't deserve. I love listening to you and respect your views. I love the moxie your daughter has. I love what President Trump is doing for America and Americans. I wish the people like Schumer, Pelosi,Waters, Cory, and all other haters and opposers of President Trump would go away or grow a brain.

  • John Loreaux

    02/02/2018 12:29 PM

    Governor Huckabee, Thank you so much for always being the voice of truth! I love reading your commentary and watching your outstanding TV show! If you remember I was the photographer for the Atlantic Christian School Legacy Gala in Atlantic City last March 31st. It was certainly a great honor to meet you and chat a bit. As far as this memo is concerned , YES, let the American public be the judge. We deserve to know what our elected officials are up too. Both good & bad! God Bless You Governor!.............John Loreaux

  • Steve Willmann

    02/02/2018 12:29 PM

    One of the biggest things I feel is the way Comey got his memo released and then how he and the liberals are now screaming about one being released legally. If they would only be consistent in their views and not always come off so radical about every little thing, maybe people would listen a little to their views. As long as they continue this I don't see deep down any real Americans going all in on their twisted and changing ideas. They are just trying to make a mess out of our government so they can waltz in with their world power group

  • Rice White

    02/02/2018 12:24 PM

    Part of drain the swamp. Go for it. Clean house.

  • Jean Anne Spivey

    02/02/2018 12:24 PM

    Thank you for simply stating what I and so many US citizens are thinking about this memo. If there is nothing to hide; why fight so strongly against the release? The justice department and FBI after 8 years of administration by appointed department "heads" in the FBI and Justice, by someone who wanted to undermine what he and these appointees consider "a white supremacist nation" with those whose viewpoints were the same radical belief system, is it no surprise of seemingly abuse of powers conducted under this administrative group of radicals. The Dems wanted to shake up this nation based on the beliefs that their constituency of voters wanted and were ready for an aggressive movement against anything that was considered a part of the "oppressive objective" of governmental leaders of the past. Obama and his group of radicals accomplished what they set out to do. Cause total unrest within the rank and file voters so that it would carry over in the day to day operations of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies . One must remember who the true author of confusion is...and we as Christians must continue to pray for God's forgiveness on behalf of those who are righteous and recognize our strength and protection are from HIM in this Sodom an Gomorrah.