What, do top-security clearances continue for liars and leakers?

It seems that almost daily, the presidency of Donald Trump has brought some previously unexamined issue of government protocol into public focus, and today is no exception.

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has been questioning the propriety of allowing former government officials to continue benefiting from their top-level security clearances, which, in the manner of Supreme Court appointments, typically and somewhat surprisingly last for life.  He said last week he was going to speak to the President specifically about revoking John Brennan’s clearance.  The continuing security clearances of former government officials is something we as Americans hadn’t really questioned, but now that the issue has been raised, let the debate begin!


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Predictably, Trump’s political opponents and the media (but I repeat myself) went immediately into hysterics when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders –- full disclosure, well...you know –- simply floated the idea that President Trump was “exploring the mechanisms” for revoking the full security clearances enjoyed by the likes of former CIA Director and new media darling John “Trump is a traitor” Brennan; similarly vicious former FBI Director and admitted leaker James “no reasonable prosecutor” Comey; fired deputy FBI Director Andrew “Andy’s office” McCabe (whose office is responding that his clearance has ended); former Director of National Intelligence James “we don’t wittingly collect information” Clapper; former National Security Advisor Susan “Benghazi was caused by a video” Rice; and former CIA Director Gen. Michael “Trump is a threat to the intelligence community” Hayden.

What are these people, now out of government, doing with top-level security clearances?

The President absolutely has the power to take it away, though just for saying he’s looking into it, he’s already being slammed by Democrats with accusations of using a “Nixonian” strategy to punish his political enemies.  But in some cases, there’s legitimate reason to do this.  It seems to me that if anyone leaves government service under a cloud, specifically for leaking classified information or using it for political purposes, that person should automatically lose his or her access.  Period, case closed.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/23/trump-looking-into-revoking-security-clearances-for-brennan-other-top-obama-officials.html



Terrifying

There were two terrifying incidents involving gunmen over the weekend.  In Los Angeles, a man allegedly shot his grandmother after she complained of him having too many TVs on, then held dozens of people hostage at a Trader Joe’s supermarket, threatening to kill them all before finally giving up to police.  His grandmother will survive, but supermarket employee Melyda Corado was killed.  It’s a long, strange and tragic story, and many more details are at this link:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/07/23/deadly-la-market-shooting-started-with-domestic-feud.html

Also, late Sunday night, a mass shooter opened fire in the Greektown neighborhood of Toronto, shooting 14 people before police arrived and killed him.  One young woman died, and a nine-year-old girl is in critical condition.  At this writing, not much more is known, other than the shooter appears to be mentally disturbed rather than a terrorist.  But this is a developing story, so keep an eye on the news for updates throughout the day.

And please keep the victims and their families in your prayers.

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/07/23/mass-shooting-in-toronto-1-killed-and-about-14-shot-gunman-dead.html

 


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 "Death to America"

For eight years, Iran’s leaders chanted “Death to America,” threatened the US and Israel, and brutally crushed public uprisings against them, and the Obama Administration responded with looks of measured concern, a sweetheart nuclear deal never approved by the Senate and a literal planeload of cash. 

Last week, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani pulled the same tactics with President Trump, threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz, through which Middle Eastern oil is shipped, if Trump escalates sanctions on Iran, and warning that any US hostility to Iran would result in the “mother of all wars."  And he learned that there is, indeed, a new sheriff in town.  Or more accurately, that there is finally a sheriff in town.  Trump responded to him via Twitter with the following message (the ALL-CAPS are the President’s):

“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”

Naturally, the response from Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) was to run around in panicked circles and collapse onto their fainting couches.  Trump is being blasted for his “angry” tweet, his response has been described as “terror” and “madness,” and some are suggesting that Congress quickly pass a bill preventing Trump from launching a nuclear attack on Iran.  Just as Gary Cooper learned in “High Noon,” when everyone else in your town is a coward, you have to face down the bad guys alone.

What Trump did with those tweets is called “his job” as Commander-in-Chief: to protect America against threats both foreign and domestic.  That phrase isn’t included in the Presidential Oath, but it is in the oaths of every Congress and service member, so you’d think Congress members would understand what Trump was doing in making it crystal clear that if Iran crosses the United States, it will pay an unimaginable price.  They aren’t helping matters by rushing to undercut him and assure Iran that if they’ll tie their own President’s hands to keep him from doing anything to response to Iran’s threats. 

Iran responded predictably with more threatening bluster via official media channels, but there’s no question that the message Trump sent arrived loud and clear, and not just to Iran’s President and Mullahs but to the Iranian people who have been filling the streets demanding change and looking for signs of support from the US that never came during the Obama years.  Despite all the liberals getting the vapors, that might one day be seen as one of the most consequential tweets of all time.  Imagine if Twitter had been around in the ‘80s and Reagan had tweeted, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  Those of us who were around back then recall that a lot of liberals got the vapors over that one, too.  They were always screaming that that crazy Reagan was going to start a nuclear war by standing up to the USSR, calling them an “evil empire,” pressing ahead with developing a space-based missile defense system, etc.  Instead, he brought down the USSR without firing a shot. 

There was a bestselling book in the ‘80s that I keep thinking of every time I see the left repeat the same dumb mistakes with the same unfounded self-assurance.  It was called “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten." One thing most of us learned in kindergarten is that bullies are more likely to attack those who appear weak and less likely to attack those who appear strong, and not the other way around. Maybe some of our distinguished members of Congress and the press should go retake kindergarten and learn that lesson before they give any more aid and comfort to America's enemies. 

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/23/trump-warns-irans-rouhani-to-stop-threats-or-suffer-historic-consequences.html

 

 

Trey Gowdy speaks his mind

All I can add to what Rep. Trey Gowdy told Brett Baier of Fox News is “Excellent point…and virtually inarguable.”

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/07/22/gowdy_if_there_was_evidence_that_president_trump_commited_any_crime_adam_schiff_would_have_leaked_it.html

 

 


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Funny internet memes full of truth

Great blog post on how you can glean more truth about the “Russia-Russia-Russia” hysteria from funny Internet memes than you can from listening to our current crop of alleged serious journalists.

https://lidblog.com/memes-explain-ruissiagate/

 

I respectfully disagree

Marta Hernandez at the Victory Girls blog recaps all the foot-in-mouth moments of the Socialist Sensation, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and prays that she will get elected to Congress.  Her reasoning: Ocasio-Cortez is so far-left, crazy and uniformed, she won’t get anything done, but she will serve the purpose of illustrating how radical and out-of-step the Democrats have become and make the Republicans look sane and knowledgeable in comparison.

Personally, I have to respectfully disagree.  As someone who loves America deeply, I don’t want anyone who promotes socialism in Congress, nor would I wish her on the sane New Yorkers in her district whom I pray are not outnumbered.  Besides, remember that a septuagenarian socialist who’s never held a successful private sector job in his life nearly became the Democratic Presidential nominee.  When you combine the power of the politicized media and the miseducation of two generations of college students by leftist professors, it’s scary to think how far a completely unqualified but telegenic leftist who wants to fundamentally remake America can go.

http://victorygirlsblog.com/dear-god-please-let-this-daft-bint-get-elected-video/

 


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Another Hitler?!?

If you ask today’s liberals why they are so filled with bloodlust and constantly threatening violence against President Trump (which should be met with federal charges, incidentally) and the people around him (ditto), as illustrated at the link, they will tell you it’s because Trump is uniquely horrible.  Why, he’s another Hitler!  And if you could go back in time and kill Hitler, wouldn’t that be justifiable?

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/matt-drudge-goes-off-on-stunning-anti-trump-new-yorker-cover/

Here are just three of the many problems with that line of “thinking”: (1.) It’s deeply insulting to the memories of the millions of victims of the Holocaust perpetrated by the man who really was “literally Hitler.” (2.) For years now, they’ve accused every conservative they oppose of being like Hitler.  It's the surest way to pinpoint the exact spot at which they're losing the argument.  (3.) This isn’t even the first Republican President they’ve fantasized about murdering.  Remember a 2007 novel called “The Assassination of George W. Bush: A Love Story,” or the 2006 movie, “Death of a President” (about Bush being killed by a sniper), which won six different film awards?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_a_President_(2006_film)

There’s nothing really unique about the left’s descent into violence and threats to promote ideas that they can’t intellectually persuade Americans to accept.  It’s gotten worse not because Trump is uniquely deserving of it, but because locking themselves up into Internet bubbles and echo chambers and talking only to people who agree with them has made leftists even less capable of defending their ideas rationally. Resorting to rage and threats is now all they have. 

By the way, they’re not just fantasizing about violence.  Here’s a story about an Antifa activist arrested in South Dakota with a “concerning” number of illegal firearms and bomb-making materials.  I guess you can’t fight fascism without blowing up people who disagree with you.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/antifa-suspect-in-south-dakota-found-with-concerning-amount-of-weapons-and-bomb-making-materials/

 

Media hits

For those who can’t get enough of me (and I'm sure you can't): Here’s a round-up of some of my recent media appearances, talking about President Trump, tariffs and trade wars and other topics.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/huckabee-takes-jab-at-obama-praises-trump-for-knowing-whats-best-for-america/

 

Blacked-out document dump of FISA applications confirms suspicions

Before discussing the significance of the “document dump” of 412 heavily redacted pages concerning the FISA applications for warrants to spy on Carter Page, it’s important to talk about something else revealed over the weekend that actually confirms suspicions of high-level collusion with a Russian agent.

Unbelievably, Maria Butina, the 29-year-old woman who was just indicted on charges of conspiracy and acting as an agent of the Russian Federation without notifying our government, was able to get meetings with both the vice president of the Fed and with the undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury.

According to Reuters, the meetings were set up by the Center for the National Interest, a pro-Russia foreign policy think tank.  By “National,” we assume that means RUSSIAN.

Butina was traveling with Alexander Torshin, who was then serving as the deputy governor for the Russian Central Bank and is reputed to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Torshin met separately with the same two American officials.  According to the Center for National Interest, the purpose of the meetings was to bring together “leading figures from the financial institutions of the United States and Russia.”  Such vagueness should arouse even more suspicion. 

This looks bad  –- we’ve discovered that Russian operatives have infiltrated our government and met with top-level financial officials.  It confirms what the Democrats have been talking about:  Russians are infiltrating the highest levels of American government!  How did this happen?  Collusion!  Treason!  Get a rope!

Oh, wait, never mind.  This was in 2015, during the Obama administration.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/398228-reuters-butina-met-with-top-officials-at-treasury-federal-reserve

Now, on to the Carter Page documents, which include the October 2016 FISA application to surveil him as well as the three renewal applications, each covering three months.  Finally released in response to lawsuits filed by Judicial Watch and other media organizations, these pages are so blacked out with Magic Marker –- page after page covered with thick black lines –- that it’s easy to imagine an entire building full of DOJ officials (the Ministry of Truth?) being overcome by the fumes.  (I joke, but maybe they really are using Magic Marker, because breathing that much Magic Marker causes the kind of brain damage that would explain a lot.)  Even so, we’re able to glean some information about the process used by Obama’s Department of Justice to obtain a warrant to spy on Trump’s former campaign advisor for national security.  It’s suddenly clear why the FBI and DOJ have been stonewalling on this for so long.

The application accuses Page of knowingly engaging in “clandestine intelligence activities...for or on behalf of a foreign power, which activities involve or are about to involve a violation of the criminal statutes of the United States.”  Yet even after a solid year of surveillance, Carter Page has been charged with exactly nothing.

Instead of straight-out informing the FISA court about the political origins of the Steele “dossier” –- as they were legally bound to do, according to nonpartisan legal expert Alan Dershowitz –- they chose words that sounded purely speculative.  The FBI knew perfectly well that the funding for this came from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the DNC, through their law firm and Glenn Simpson at Fusion GPS, to pay for unverified gossip from a British ex-spy.  The application omits their knowledge.

It does reference other sources besides the dossier, but these are just anti-Trump stories in partisan press and references to “speculation in U.S. media.”  So, yes, the dossier was really the only “meat” offered the FISA court.  Rancid meat.


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The officials who signed off on this junk were none other than James Comey and Sally Yates.  And who put this poor excuse for an application together?  Well, we don’t know because the name is STILL REDACTED.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/first-thoughts-on-the-carter-page-fisa-application.php

John Hinderaker goes on to show that the AP outright lied in their story about this.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/the-associated-press-lies-about-the-fisa-application.php

Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch described the mass of material as “a self-licking ice cream cone.”  It’s a closed system, to be sure, designed in part for its own self-perpetuation but with much more expansive goals, including the removal of a sitting President.  Here’s a great piece by Roger Kimball that puts the pieces together much as we have been doing over the past months.

https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2018/07/the-associated-press-lies-about-the-fisa-application.php

It’s hard to figure the rationale for what is and isn’t blacked out in this material, because even the relatively small portion that we can read is shameful.  Catherine Herridge of FOX News is reporting that the 13 Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, led by Devin Nunes, have sent a letter to President Trump asking him to declassify all other parts of it that wouldn’t endanger sources and methods.  (Please, Mr. President, DO IT!)

As for Carter Page, he told FOX News, “I’m having trouble finding any small bit of this document that rises above complete ignorance and/or insanity.”  Three words for Carter:  “So are we!”

 

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Comments 1-23 of 23

  • Edward Vanover

    07/29/2018 01:59 PM

    Re:..."it’s scary to think how far a completely unqualified but telegenic leftist who wants to fundamentally remake America can go."
    As proof we just had 8 years of exactly how much damage someone like that could do... And Trump is bringing us back from that disaster.

  • Amelia Little

    07/27/2018 04:52 PM

    Those memes are funny, and there is truth behind them!!! Only one has shown up on my fb page, the one with Presidents meeting with Russian Presidents and other leaders. One liberal friend made a comment, pretty much saying--the others were "different," of course.

    I enjoyed your talk with Mark Levin. I try to catch his show on FOX every week. And I enjoy watching your shows on TBN. Took me a while to find that!!!

  • Diane Geraci

    07/24/2018 07:40 PM


    speaking of collusion and treason - The Fake news favorite subjects. What about president Obama's collusion with the Muslim Brotherhood ? They visited the White House hundreds of times according to the Visitor's Log. His counterterrorism adviser, CIA director, John Brennan knew about the raid by the FBI in 1991. The raid revealed the Muslim Brotherhood's plan for the destruction of America.
    There is so much troubling material out there when you start searching. I do smell collusion and treason, but it not on President Trump's side. What were Obama and Brennan discussing with this group hundreds of times in the White House ? Secret Alliances ? It is time to
    open up this "Pandora's Box" in order to save America. We can start everyday by Praying for President Donald Trump. I do mean everyday because (All Hell Is unleashed) in this country. Governor, you can remind people to pray. we need to wake up the sleeping churches.


  • Kate Webb

    07/24/2018 03:19 PM

    As many others have said, I'm glad you were not elected President - you're doing so much more good than you would have been allowed to do as President!! Keep on keeping on...we love you! Blessings on you and your family.

  • Brian Sherman

    07/24/2018 11:50 AM

    Mike, thanks so much for your insightful commentaries. We just can't get this from The Washington Post or NY Times.

  • John Roberts

    07/24/2018 11:22 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee,

    If GOP candidates want to raise more money for 2018 races, they should show that they are on the Trump bandwagon and support him 100%. He is doing well and his ratings are going up. My conservative friends and I have held back on contributions to the GOP because we don't know to whom the money goes. The objective is to raise lots of money, use it wisely, win, and maintain the majorities. They don't seem to understand. I am sending you money soon because you have always supported Trump. Regards, John

  • rodney d burke

    07/24/2018 10:38 AM

    none of those swamp rats need a clearance. They aren't working in a position where they NEED one. They don't deserve one because they are traitors and pond scum. Military loses theirs when we leave or retire for the most part. The media and dems are showing their true colors; yellow and america haters. apparently the whole rotten lot encourages a nuclear strike by Iran and will gladly live with the aftermath. They were stupid enough to say they would rather have Rocket man nuke us than... Well, DT won't. You and I won't. If we believe the left, Iran can do as it pleases and the rest of the world cannot stop them; or so it seems.

    As for Ocasio? we don't know an ignoramus in congress. We already have ample supply of ignoramus' taking up space and doing nothing. Socialism is communism and that is diametrically opposed to every thing America stands for. College punks need to be reminded of what USSR stands for Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and was the USSR sociaist? nope.

  • william fuhrer

    07/24/2018 09:09 AM

    Certain TV series are for the most part trying to make sense of how to react in certain racial and adverse situations J.A.G. Blue Bloods and Last Man Standing. Can your reasearcher go through some of the episodes and have the writer discuss why they went in the direction they went in some of the scripts?

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    07/24/2018 08:51 AM

    Why aren't WE THE PEOPLE calling for this to end? The writing is on the wall: HITLERY, the DNC created this mess and should be made to pay for it! I am tired of our monies being spent on something so obvious and the players getting to skirt on with their lives.

  • Joyce Simmons

    07/24/2018 08:21 AM

    Security clearance should disappear when your job disappears for all except former presidents. It is never ok to act out of vengence

  • Les Haveman

    07/23/2018 11:57 PM

    Mike- don’t want to give you a swelled head, but there you go again, making all kinds of sense. Thank you, thank your daughter Sarah, thank our President, and most of all, thank the Lord. The President’s retort to Iran was right on the money.

  • Sid Levin

    07/23/2018 11:12 PM

    Mike, what ever happened to security clearances on a “Need to Know” basis?
    I believe that once a person is NO longer a Federal Government employee, no matter what position (including President), that person no longer needs or is entitled to a security clearance! Just like any employee, once that person leaves a company, he/she no longer has ANY right to anything to do with that employer.

  • Philip Eckerberg

    07/23/2018 10:40 PM

    Instead of trying to compare Trump to Hitler let's think of ways he is not like Hitler. 1) Trump was born in the USA, Hitler was not born in Germany. 2) Trump has never tried to start a revolt, Hitler spent time in prison for trying to start a revolt in Munich. 4) shortly after coming to power Hitler banned unions and other parties, Trump has not.
    I'm sure there are more, I would need to get my history books out, the old ones of course, new ones may have revised.

  • Allen Bush

    07/23/2018 10:40 PM

    Mike, If I was a FISA judge and had been intentionally mislead, I would be outraged. As Judge, I would have the FBI officials in jail or prison for abuse of the court and the legal system. Why are the judges so quiet? Why are they not chasing the facts of the abuse. Are they not offended?

  • Robert Goldenstein

    07/23/2018 10:17 PM

    I still don`t under stand why hillery and obama are not charged with treason can you tell me?

  • MARY MAKEEFF

    07/23/2018 08:51 PM

    ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE WHO IS FIRED OR LEAVES THEIR POSITION, THEIR SECURITY CLEARANCE, REGARDLESS OF WHAT LEVEL THEY HELD, IT SHOULD AUTOMATCIALLY BE NULE & VOID & ANY ACCESS THROUGH ANYBODY THEY HAVE CONTACT WITH AFTER LEAVING SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLLE FOR LEAKING ANY TYPE OF INFORAMTION TO THE PERSON/S THAT HAVE LEFT OR WAS FIRED. PERSONS FIRED FROM GOVERNMENT SERVICE SHOULLD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HOLD ANY GOVERNMENT OFFICE AFTER THE INCIDENT.

  • LORI ANN REGO

    07/23/2018 07:51 PM

    GOV. HUCKABEE THAT IS SO SAD THAT THE GUY SHOT HIS GRANDMOTHER. SHE MUST BE SO TERRIFIED NOW OF WHAT TO SAY AND BEING IN HIS COMPANY. I WONDER IF THIS WILL START A TREND AND GRANDMOTHERS WILL BE WORRIED ABOUT EXPRESSING THEIR FEELINGS TO GRANDCHILDREN. I ALSO FEEL BAD FOR THE MOTHER & DAUGHTER WHO GOT SHOT. THAT WILL ALONG TIME FOR THE 9 YEAR OLD TO GET OVER. IT IS ALSO SAD SHE LOST HER MOM. I HOPE STRONGER LAWS COME OUT SOON TO NOT ALLOW MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE GUN LICENSES OR GUNS.

  • Linda Simmons

    07/23/2018 07:27 PM

    Your tv show on TBN is excellent!!! I shall enjoy reading your nightly report!

  • Dean Barto

    07/23/2018 06:59 PM

    Governor Huckabee,

    I have had security clearances ranging from confidedential (everyone who makes it past military boot camp gets that) to top secret (because of what I worked on in the Navy), and more than one secret clearance because of government projects I worked on after my service in the Navy. In all cases when you left the military, or left a government project you no longer “had the need to know” and you clearance was revoked. It should be standard practice for anyone who leaves the employ of the federal government to have their clearance revoked. I am astonished that Clapper, Brennan, et al still have clearances.

  • David Kottwitz

    07/23/2018 06:42 PM

    Security clearances: If you're no longer doing the work requiring such clearances, they should automatically be removed with no more access. Shouldn't even be a question or issue!

  • Dorothy McReynolds

    07/23/2018 06:29 PM

    This doesn't deal with today's news but I've been on vacation and in catching up on news I couldn't help but notice that the same day that former President Obama was giving his speech in Johannesburg a 10 year old girl was dying there from genital mutilation. According to what I read, the practice is against their constitution yet their political leaders don't have the ----- or human decency to enforce punishment and that almost every female has to endure this. If Mr. Obama wanted to do something to promote kindness why couldn't he have been the voice standing up for something beneficial instead of rambling on to the cheers of the kind of people who practice such barbaric acts.

  • Mark Dagestad

    07/23/2018 06:15 PM

    Why should any government employee retain their security clearance after they leave public service? Regardless of their next vocation, it would seem to me that this leaves the government vulnerable to a whole bunch of abuses of sensitive information. Mark

  • Stephen Russell

    07/23/2018 06:09 PM

    With DoD now doing security clearances, Mattis just has to change regs & then Sztork wont have his anymore IF Mattis cant act since DoD now oversees ALL Security clearances.& revamp qualifications for said clearances A-Z & cancel abused sources from clearance acess.
    EZ to do