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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Spy corruption began with W

Blame George Walker Bush for Obama's political abuse of the nation's spy agencies. Sharyl Attkisson, an Emmy-winning investigative journalist, wrote in the Hill, "10 times the intel community violated the trust of US citizens, lawmakers and allies."

Her list began with President Bush 43.

And it began before 9/11. In fact, it was one of his first acts as president.



From Attkisson:
Joe Nacchio, CEO of telecom giant Qwest, said that after he refused to spy on his customers for the National Security Agency (NSA) without a warrant in February of 2001, the government retaliated by yanking a contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars and filing an insider trading case against him. He went to prison. The government denied charges of retaliation.
The Bush administration prosecuted Nacchio for insider trading, and he was convicted in 2007.

The Washington Post reported on October 13, 2007:
Former chief executive Joseph P. Nacchio, convicted in April of 19 counts of insider trading, said the NSA approached Qwest more than six months before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to court documents unsealed in Denver this week.
Details about the alleged NSA program have been redacted from the documents, but Nacchio's lawyer said last year that the NSA had approached the company about participating in a warrantless surveillance program to gather information about Americans' phone records.
In the court filings disclosed this week, Nacchio suggests that Qwest's refusal to take part in that program led the government to cancel a separate, lucrative contract with the NSA in retribution. He is using the allegation to try to show why his stock sale should not have been considered improper.
Nacchio was convicted for selling shares of Qwest stock in early 2001, just before financial problems caused the company's share price to tumble. He has claimed in court papers that he had been optimistic that Qwest would overcome weak sales because of the expected top-secret contract with the government. Nacchio said he was forbidden to mention the specifics during the trial because of secrecy restrictions, but the judge ruled that the issue was irrelevant to the charges against him.
So you demand cooperation, the CEO resists, you pull your contract, the company's stock tanks, and you convict the CEO of insider trading.

You don't think every other CEO in America knows this?

You don't think that does not affect the decisions of corporate America on whether to cooperate with unconstitutional requests like this?

After 9/11, America's spies went nuts.

From Attkisson:
In 2002, the NSA reportedly engaged in “blanket surveillance” of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, collecting and storing “virtually all electronic communications going into or out of the Salt Lake City area, including … emails and text messages” to “experiment with and fine tune a new scale of mass surveillance.” NSA officials had denied such a program existed.
Mitt Romney headed the Olympics. He knew.

From Attkisson:
In 2005 intel officials intercepted and recorded phone conversations  between then-Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Calif.)  and pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage. In 2009, someone — exactly who was never revealed — leaked Harman’s “unmasked” name to the press. In 2011, intel officials captured private communications between then-Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and a Libyan official. The wiretapped recordings were later leaked to the press — again, by unknown sources.
Want to tell me again how Obama didn't wiretap Trump?

The rest of her list of 10 is all on Obama's watch. He's a Marxist and he did what Stalinists do: spy on citizens. Remember Soviet tanks existed for domestic reasons, not military ones.

But Obama is not the only one at fault. Let us not ignore Republican corruption.

Opposition research is acceptable. Using the state to do so is unconstitutional. The penalties should be severe and plentiful.

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17 comments:

  1. My previous impression of W is greatly diminished. I am bummed.

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    1. It should have not taken this to diminish your impression of W,like father like son.The whole family is like the hillbilly's in the movie, Deliverance,here piggy.

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    2. Mine, too. But then I think about his opponents.

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    3. Had Gore won and screwed things up, we might not have had Obama.

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  2. I've never gone along with all the conspiracy theorists on 9-11 being an inside job. That said, it's looking a lot like the intelligence (haha) people let a lot of these bad guys run loose so that when something big happened they would get their James Bond licenses.

    Our borders should be more secure so we can tighten the reins on these cowboys and get some of our freedoms back.

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  3. Penalties should be severe, plentiful and consequential. I hope they are and go right to the top. Without the rule of law we are not the USA I grew up in.

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  4. Actually, Don, spy corruption began on day one. What we are seeing now are just some of the most recent excesses and abuses.

    "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton

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  5. Um I know its fashionable to beat up on W, and for many justifiable reasons. But Nacchio's claims seem a bit self serving and bit too noble?

    Where exactly is the evidence for his claims. And there seems to be considerable evidence that he WAS insider trading.

    Again you dont need be a fan of W to see this as a shady attempt at redemption by appealing to the popular zeitgeist irrespective of party.

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    1. It's fashionable to beat up on George W BUsh because now, with the perspective of some years removed, we now know him to be a failed president, a historically bad president, and probably one of the worst ever. The economy collapsed on his watch. He launched two wars of choice, all the while hamstringing the troops fighting those wars with rules of engagement so strict the U.S. military could not win. And, dare we forget, 9-11. That's a full plate of disaster than only a president such as Buchanan, on whose watch the Union fell apart, can beat. I don't care how bad Obama was. I don't care how much he was set up for failure by Clinton. (And keep in mind how buddy-buddy the Bushies are with the Clintons and Obama, but not POTUS Trump.) W was a historic failure in his own right. The points in this article are simply more failed grist for the incompetence mill.

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  6. W was a piker when it comes to weaponizing our domestic spying operations. When Obama came into office he said "Damn the laws, full speed ahead!"

    If you want to get your blood boiling, read this article at Conservative Tree House:

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/12/28/the-mistresses-of-mirrored-halls-looking-at-the-corrupt-doj-side-of-operation-trump/#more-143936

    No punsihment can be too severe for these perpetrators. - Elric

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  7. We need to be thinking in terns of a Constitutional convention of the states, with the first amendment being to throw out the entire federal elected legislature and the appointed Federal executive and judicial branches.

    And disallow those who were thrown out from working in any capacity for the Federal government for 20 years.

    This is revolution of a peaceful and constitutional sort.

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  8. Am I missing the Tweet button for this post?

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  9. If we look hard enough, we'll probably find thet this sort of thing goes all the way back to Daddy Bush- who had been the head of the CIA before strong-arming his way onto Reagan's ticket.

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  10. All I know about W is that 15 of 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabians ... and we attacked Iraq. That's one of those things that have always made me go hmmmmm. That and the department of homeland security.

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  11. Bush43 will go down as one of the worst Presidents in history. Not only did he create the conditions you mentioned in the spy agencies, he also blindly followed the advice of neocons, which created greater instability in the Middle East and our nation's longest continuous war.

    Bush43 had one good week - the week following 9-11.

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