Tuesday, January 17, 2017

FBI and unfairly prejudicial acts and omissions; Russia; 2016 election. Get independent commission going.

 Progress scorecard. Independent commission, investigate FBI.

How to keep track of issues, in the midst of huge bureaucracies and current political circular firing squads. The justice department is already reviewing the FBI's handling of Hillary Clinton's emails, but that does not go far enough to clear issues of malfeasance by the FBI affecting, or likely to have affected, the outcome of the 2016 election.  How did the FNI handle their information of Russian hacking into the DNC, contacts between Russia and the Trump people, what duty did they have and to whom, and if volunteered, did they then follow through on how they acted or omitted to act.  Failure to warn is a clear tort claim. Does it apply.  The email investigation: http://heavy.com/news/2017/01/michael-e-horowitz-inspector-general-department-of-justice-fb-investigation-james-comey-hillary-clinton-email-review/

The more pressing issue now is whether to appoint a special commission to investigate the FBI's involvement in the 2016 election, some such steps made public voluntarily by James Comey. What can ordinary people with keyboards find out, since there appears to be media silence.

7.21.2015 -- FBI directive for employees:  Types of physical threats to report.  If employees "identify credible and specific information indicating an impending threat of intentional killing, serious bodily injury or kidnapping of an individual or group shall immediately report this information to their IC (who is that?) element for a determination by the element whether to warn the intended victim."  See https://fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-191.pdf/Members of the IC as a whole, or Intelligence Community, are listed at https://www.dni.gov/index.php/intelligence-community/members-of-the-ic. It includes the FBI.

7.26.2016 -- US Cyber Security Policy.  Online security threats to report. Codifies Agency roles. Protections for people in their ordinary lives during investigation. See https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/new-us-cyber-security-policy-codifies-agency-role.  FBI motto shown:  Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.  Fidelity to the buddies, or FBI, or Justice Dept, or "American people?" Tho whom are the duties owed?  Among many other precepts: " *** And the government will respect the privacy, civil liberties, and the business needs of victims of cyber incidents.*** "  See the cyber crime section at https://www.fbi.gov/investigate/cyber

1986 --  Russia-Trump contacts begin, see Financial Times chronological listing, https://ig.ft.com/sites/trumps-russian-connections/

11/10/2016 -- Russia in contact before election with Trump people, see Financial  Times, https://www.ft.com/content/3e1dfbdc-a74b-11e6-8898-79a99e2a4de6

1/2017 -- Is the FBI in possession of information of ties or contacts between Russia and the Trump people.  Need timeline. Ask the Senate Intelligence Committee, see http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/fbi-information-investigation-trump-russia-wyden 

1/9/2017 -- Democrats request independent commission. See http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-democrats-call-for-independent-1483999498-htmlstory.html


1.10.2017 -- FBI not talking, see http://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-director-trump-russia-cant-comment-investigation-2017-1

1/11/2017 -- John McCain shares information regarding such contacts, see https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/10/fbi-chief-given-dossier-by-john-mccain-alleging-secret-trump-russia-contacts

 1/13/2017 --  John Lewis points out that Trump is not a legitimate president, but should have identified the reasons:  not only Russia's intervention, but whether the FBI itself tilted the scales, a matter for an independent commission (another swamp to drain?), see  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/13/john-lewis-doesnt-think-donald-trump-is-a-legitimate-president/?utm_term=.54e4032898e7.
Instead of merely hitting back, opinion against opinion,  Trump needs to clear his name and reputation. Support the independent commission. When it makes its findings, then have an opinion.

 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Stop this thing. Trump is an addict. Trump is what? Why not wait and see? Can we afford it..

Update.  At an early stage, before the inauguration, concerns were raised about personal enrichment through office: was that too much of the President's interest.  By way of update, Charles Blow has called for a "pause" for this presidency until questions of relationships with Russian interests raised -- do those serve the United States, or just the Trumps. See https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/06/opinion/pause-this-presidency.html?_r=0

Obviously No inauguration illusion was illusory.  Even a 30 day return did not work.  But the imagined recourse for the post-White House Trump is worth filing away. A 12-step program for addicts, specifically those addicted to money. See idea at  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-tian-dayton/money-addiction_b_221937.html Add a category for those who not only enjoy it, but enjoy hindering others with it.  Does that apply, Huffington?  Exploiters Anonymous, to the other three at http://www.12step.org/directory/addiction/money.php.

This may be our last rant, as enough unsubtlety is enough. Time for patience? Meanwhile,
addiction to money:  If we cannot stop the presses, cancel the dancing bears, we can keep to the forefront the addiction as explanatory of behavior. See https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/opinion/sunday/for-the-love-of-money.html?_r=0

Hush, child. Maybe somebody will set up Joe Biden as interim President until Mr. T cashes out his businesses and settles down to work for us.