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USS John McCain collides with oil tanker near Singapore–substantial damage and 10 sailors reported missing

This is the third major crash of US Navy vessels in Asia in three months.

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The guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain (named for the current Senator’s father and grandfather) has collided with an oil tanker near the cost of Singapore.

The ship sustained heavy damage which has resulted in the injuries of 5 US sailors. Currently, 10 US sailors are missing.

The United States Navy has issued the following statement about the crash:

The USS John McCain had previously run into trouble when it violated Chinese territorial waters in the South China Sea while heading towards Korean waters during the height of recent tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

READ MORE: USS John McCain violates Chinese sovereignty in South China Sea

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore,

““There is no report of oil pollution and traffic in the Singapore Strait is unaffected”.

Donald Trump has issued the following statement about the incident.

Singapore has confirmed that it is assisting the US with search and rescue efforts.

This is the third US ship to be involved in a major collision in Asian waters in  three months. On 17 June the USS Fitzgerald destroyer collided with a container ship from Philippines off the coast of Japan, an incident which killed seven men, while in May of this year the USS Lake Champlain crashed into a South Korean fishing boat.

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VeeNarian (Yerevan)
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Seems to me that it is the US warships that are a hazard to navigation in the South China Sea and wherever they go. Sailors will soon be telling each other that “you haven’t been to the high seas until you have been rammed by a US warship!”
The “exceptional” nation has truly lost its sense of direction.

Simon
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Simon

Yep. you are right. No ship has been rammed by China’s artificial island, to date. 😉

Hamletquest
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Hamletquest

Another US ship of state without a rudder…

Voltaire
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Voltaire

The US Navy is becoming a tragi-comedy….

Its ships are sent to far off waters and all thney can do is collide with the very shipping, the freedom of navigation of which it is supposed to protect……

Are the wheels coming off not only US domestic and forteign policy but also the US Navy’s ability to steer a ship without colliding with others?

And what happens when another Navy decides to become angry with the arrogance and incompetence of the US?

I don’t give the US Navy much of a chance given current form……

TravelAbout
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TravelAbout

Ironically I just added the whole first season of McHale’s Navy to my Netflix queue last week. Perhaps this series is reflective of how the US Navy actually operates?

Tom Welsh
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Tom Welsh

No comments or regrets about harm to sailors on the civilian ships, or damage to the ships. Thank goodness the US Navy is always there to ensure the “freedom of the seas”. (Although apparently not freedom from being rammed).

David Graham
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David Graham

This ship actually looks like it has been rammed!

JPH
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JPH

It actually was. Keep in mind that merchant for hydrodynamic efficiency have a bulbous nose which is submerged when fully loaded and partially surfacing when not. So the inward bulge extends mostly under the water line of the destroyer and seems to have a diameter of close to 10 meters.

GeorgeG
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AM Hants
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AM Hants

Don’t forget USS Donald Cook X 3 and the USS Theodore Roosevelt X 2.

How many of the Aegis Destroyers have taken a hit? One aircraft carrier and how many others?

I wonder what the conversations in the various Messdecks covers?

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

And Richardson’s “series of major incidents” may include the Osprey crash.

AM Hants
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AM Hants

At the end of the day, those sailors signed up to serve their nation, not to serve the oil/gas/banking industries and so I do respect that there are missing sons, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, etc, etc, etc. Some of them are just young kids, fresh out of school. I would never knock them, just their Governments for using them as cannon fodder.

I did not know about the Osprey Crash, but, will try and catch up with Richardson ‘Series of Major Incidents’.

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

And at the beginning of the day, the fish stinks from the head down (that’s Benjamin Franklin, not some Italian saying as “the Mooch” thinks, and it actually comes from Old German). And people who work in the fish-shop soon do not smell the fish anymore. The sailors signed up for a job to work for a CiC of a country always at war, but with plenty of perks, not at all expecting to die for a cause, always needing an enemy, accepting whatever enemy is presented as the myth energizing motivation. In large parts of the US military including… Read more »

AM Hants
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AM Hants

I am not knocking the Forces and never will. You get bad apples everywhere, but, many of those kids sign up, with the best interests of their nations and are willing to give their lives for their people. Their leaders use them as cannon fodder, but, nobody complains about that? The MSM are the largest cheerleaders, remember the spin they put on the Iraq War and many others, in order to unite the nation and get them behind the ‘covert carnage’. The first priority of any nation is the national security and defence of their nation. Russia, is an excellent… Read more »

Bessarabyn
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Bessarabyn

US is a peril to international trade traffic and fishing . Overstretched zioimperialism . Next the USeless
navy will ram lighthouses – nearly happened as the joke goes , but the lighthouse guard spoke Canadian .
Yankee go home . !

Marshalldoc
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Marshalldoc

Looks as though the Russians & Chinese can stop building expensive warships and just concentrate on building tankers and then just wait for the U.S. Navy to steam into them or fail to maneuver out of their way; they’re also useful for other things too…

Scott Robinson
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Scott Robinson

Gobs in a Mess.

Shahna
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Still the best post on this I’ve seen anywhere….
From one Muhammad Abbass on RT:

“What does it matter? The point of all these collisions is that evidently
the USA cannot even see other ships before they have been rammed by
them. A bit late to shoot missiles then.”

Wayne Blow
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Wayne Blow

Seems the war ship was struck “port side” aft, which means that vessel steamed across the tankers bow!!! This normally is the stand-on vessel, how ever, is pretty stupid, to pass that close to a 600 ft. Tanker steaming at possibly 20 or more knots and as the old saying goes can be “dead RIGHT” too!!!! was a very stupid maneuver fo a modern well e quipped navy vessel!!!!! More USN heads to roll???

AM Hants
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AM Hants

I wonder why the watch did not notice, let alone all the technology on board? Was it working?

Simon
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Simon

I’m not buying any hacking/super-weapon theories. Tankers and container ships sail mostly on auto-pilot in straight lines along well defined routes. And everyone, even peasant fishing boats with no more tech than a radio, usually manage to avoid bumping into them.
There’s no excuse, not the ‘laws of the sea’ or anything else – it is simply incompetence and negligence. A pair of eyeballs cannot be hacked. Clearly there weren’t any eyeballs on the McCain.

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

Just to be clear: I am not and was not selling any hacking/super-weapon theories, although none of this is science-fiction. I merely pointed out what is flying around on US military sites. Four “accidents” over a year seems enough to get people asking whether they are really *that* incompetent. Whatever the investigations turn up, the 7th Fleet is in no condition to run shows of force. Whether it is simply incomptence or that combined with being technologicaly outdone,… let them figure it out. Whether messages have been sent and received, or whether the US just has the opportunity to look… Read more »

AM Hants
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I was laughing with a friend of mine, who does not share my politics. Not far from where I live, the USS Theodore Roosevelt had to pop in, after President Putin authorised a submarine to give her a cute kiss and take out her electronic system. She crawled into the UK, docking up in Stokes Bay, not far from the UK Naval HQ in Portsmouth. Handed over details and then crawled down to a UK Naval Healthcare Centre in Devon, for major repairs. Just after similar actions from a French submarine, during a NATO exercise and just after a £multi-million… Read more »

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Interesting snippets – thanks. The odd thing with this collision is the lack of any scrape marks surrounding the hole where the tanker T-boned it square-on – the impression from the stem is dead centre. It looks as though the 50,000 ton tanker was barely moving – or it would have cut the McCain in half – and that the US ship was effectively stationary. The tracking shows that the destroyer was maintaining a fairly straight course as it approached Singapore to dock and that the partially-loaded tanker was coming in, also on a straight course, from its port side… Read more »

GuyQ
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GuyQ

The empire is exhausted

Simon
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Simon

It’s being eclipsed.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

US doesn’t need wars to lose ships, helicopters and fighter jets. They are dropping like flies, everywhere, across the planet…

AM Hants
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AM Hants

Then you have the ones that don’t work or keep having to go back to military healthcare facilities.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

When two ships collide in high sea, there is always HUMAN error involved.

GeorgeG
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GeorgeG

“I have directed fleet commanders to immediately conduct an operational
pause with commands and leaders across the fleet, to ensure we are
taking all appropriate immediate measures to enhance the Navy’s safe and
effective operation around the world…. This is the second major
collision in the last three months, and is the latest in a series of
major incidents, particularly in the Pacific theater,” said Richardson.
“This trend demands more forceful action.” — http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-08-21/us-navy-halts-pacific-fleet-operations-historical-path-collided-warship-emerges.

So does “immediately conduct an operational pause with commands and leaders across the fleet” mean that the S. Korea / US maneuvers are called off?

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

“So does “immediately conduct an operational pause with commands and leaders across the fleet” mean that the S. Korea / US maneuvers are called off?”

Doesnt look like it!
http://theduran.com/confirmed-us-south-korea-begin-massive-joint-military-drills/

lickeyleaks
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Wiki tells me that these 4 ships are about the 30 years old mark, perhaps because US cant find or pick a “war” anywhere they have got to keep the arms and munitions factories ect busy and replacing or a major refit will tide them over for a time?
It will be like the latest fighter/bomber plane that they cant get right and need more money to correct it….. They are up to something, always are!!

spoint
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spoint

The ship’s crazy too! I knew it.

Gonzogal
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Gonzogal

Americans: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision. Canadians: Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the South to avoid a collision. Americans: This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course. Canadians: No. I say again, you divert YOUR course. Americans: This is the aircraft carrier USS Lincoln, the second largest ship in the United States’ Atlantic fleet. We are accompanied by three destroyers, three cruisers and numerous support vessels. I demand that YOU change your course 15 degrees north, that’s one five degrees north, or… Read more »

spoint
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spoint

Set the men on the oars to ramming speed!

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

What…not blaming Putin??? This is what happens when the US sticks it’s nose where it shouldn’t.

Aussie battler
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Aussie battler

What about the freedom to navigate the South China Sea
Without being rammed by a US warship?!.

John R. Nolan
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John R. Nolan

Really seems to fit with the ship’s name. Mc,Cain who is doing even more damage to what is left of the united snakes of amnesia!
Obviously their, the wanks, medications are not doing them a lot of good.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

“leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing”
Read “leaving 10 U.S. sailors dead”
Don’t they use the “quart” in the US navy anymore? It’s inconceivable that everybody is asleep on a ship; Instead of looking only at the screen, they should watch out the sea. A 30,000-ton oil tanker is not a black speck on a surveillance computer screen.

Daisy Adler
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Daisy Adler

The latest US ships’ collisions reminded me of Plato’s “Ship of fools” allegory: “Imagine then a fleet or a ship in which there is a captain who is taller and stronger than any of the crew, but he is a little deaf and has a similar infirmity in sight, and his knowledge of navigation is not much better. The sailors are quarreling with one another about the steering––every one is of the opinion that he has a right to steer, though he has never learned the art of navigation and cannot tell who taught him or when he learned, and… Read more »

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Pelosi tries to prevent State of the Union address because of shutdown

Nancy Pelosi advised Mr. Trump not to deliver a live State of the Union speech, but the reason may be because she is unwilling to be exposed.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tried what is perhaps a new stunt in the ongoing government shutdown saga (we hesitate to call it a “crisis”). She requested that President Trump either reschedule his yearly State of the Union address or – and she said this literally – deliver it in writing to Congress on January 29th, the date the speech is scheduled to occur.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to Trump.

The letter, which can be seen directly by clicking the hyperlink above, tries to essentially make this request the President’s fault because he refuses to take “no wall” for an answer.

The motive behind this attempt is interesting. Politico covered this story originally, and this publication is pretty far to the left and definitely not a Trump fan oasis. Yet in a rare random feat of journalism, the Politico article does appear to give some of the real reason why the Speaker of the House did this.

Publicly, Democrats plan to argue that the parties need to focus on addressing the shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history. They’re also concerned about security staff working through a major national event without being paid.

“This shutdown is ridiculous and the people tasked with protecting him and protecting us are not getting a paycheck,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the House Rules Committee chair. “So it’s inappropriate to carry on with business as usual.”

But privately, Democrats also don’t want to give Trump a major platform to blame them for the shutdown when Trump’s demand for billions in wall funding has been the main driver, according to a Democratic lawmaker close to leadership. Trump has tried to pin the blame on the shutdown on Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, but public polls shows the public largely blames the president.

The announcement comes as a group of bipartisan House lawmakers in the Problem Solvers Caucus is set to meet with Trump on Wednesday to discuss border security. Trump, frustrated by his inability to secure any additional money for his border wall, has tried to peel off moderate Democrat support as Pelosi and Schumer dig in.

But Democrats are rallying fellow members to stay together. Schumer attended a closed-door caucus meeting with House Democrats just as Pelosi made the announcement on the State of the Union address on Wednesday. Her message was to stay unified in their opposition.

Politico was able to bury this bold-typed point in the rhetoric that “public polls largely blame the president.” However this may not exactly be the case.

There are indications that the 26-day long standoff is going to go the President’s way. While this is admittedly speculative, there seem to be solid factors on the President’s side of the argument that the Democrats do not have. Some are factual, and many are emotional and rhetorical:

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is standing firm, and has not wavered from the commitment to pass nothing that the President will not sign.
  • Some Democrat leaders are beginning to speak about border security – including the wall – as vital needs. This includes this representative from Southern California (!) Representative Katie Hill, who gave this interview on Fox News:

  • Where the argument is pragmatic and information-based, as Representative Hill notes, then the argument becomes quite compelling for a wall.
  • CNN turned down the opportunity to interview Dan Plante, a San Diego area TV reporter, about the border wall there because Mr. Plante said that the new wall that has been installed in that sector is hugely successful.
  • The level of information given by the Democrat opposition leaders, Pelosi and Chuck Schumer is essentially at the level of “no you can’t have it. Because!!” – in other words, septuagenarians acting like four-year olds. Really.
  • Talk show anchor Rush Limbaugh and his huge body of listeners are wildly in favor of the shutdown and everything the President is doing. It is very clear that the shutdown’s length is doing nothing to deter President Trump’s base. And as long as that holds true, he will not move a muscle.
  • President Trump is a businessman, not a politician. He is far more results-driven than the mainstream media can afford to admit. While they characterize him as insane, or a child, or throwing a tantrum, the President doesn’t really care. He knows what he wants, and he is prepared to be patient and wait the Democrats out.
  • The final sign we will offer on this list (though there are more) is that the Russia collusion narrative is back. When things go bad for the media on Trump, they try to pull out Russia. Maybe it is just a bad habit because it seems less and less effective each time it is tried.

The battle lines are tropes versus reality, and politics versus policy. It is too soon to be sure that this will go the President’s way and that the wall will go up, but patience and perseverance are beginning to expose cracks and weaknesses in the Democrat argument. Some of the US certainly does NOT care about a border wall. But those that do have not been shaken by all this – rather, they have been strengthened, plus they have facts on their side.

All the Pelosis and Schumers of the world can do is fret and complain and look like fools, and they seem to be doing exactly that.

 

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Peak Stupidity: Deep State and mainstream media push ‘Trump is a spy’ nonsense (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 167.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the sheer stupidity of the entire ‘Trump is a Russian spy’ narrative being plastered all over the mainstream media, as neo-liberal shills and neocon war hawks continue to damage the Office of the United States President by insisting on pushing a made up story that a five year old child who waits for Santa Claus to bring Christmas gifts would have a hard time believing.

Meanwhile the real crime and real treason derived from a Comey-Clapper-Brennan Deep State plot to remove a democratically elected Trump from power, is being blacked out from the mainstream, neo-liberal news cycle.

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The Gateway Pundit lists the 35 times the FBI “deviated from standard practice” or committed crimes in an effort to exonerate Hillary Clinton and indict US President Donald Trump..


The FBI leadership under the Obama Administration took many actions that deviated from standard practice [i.e. were corrupt and criminal] in their efforts to exonerate Hillary from her crimes and then spy and frame candidate and then President Trump.  Today current members of the FBI are embarrassed to even turn on their TV’s as a result.

Time magazine of all places reported recently about the many efforts the FBI took related to Hillary exoneration and then the Trump framing.  These corrupt and criminal actions have taken a desperate toll on the current members of the FBI –

In normal times, the televisions are humming at the FBI’s 56 field offices nationwide, piping in the latest news as agents work their investigations. But these days, some agents say, the TVs are often off to avoid the crush of bad stories about the FBI itself. The bureau, which is used to making headlines for nabbing crooks, has been grabbing the spotlight for unwanted reasons: fired leaders, texts between lovers and, most of all, attacks by President Trump. “I don’t care what channel it’s on,” says Tom O’Connor, a veteran investigator in Washington who leads the FBI Agents Association. “All you hear is negative stuff about the FBI … It gets depressing.”

Of course the employees of the FBI are in a funk, their fearless and corrupt leaders, as well as leaders in Obama’s corrupt DOJ, went to extravagant links to exonerate the obvious criminal actions of Hillary Clinton, and then to do all they could to prevent candidate Trump from winning an election.  Then once the election was won by President Trump, they went to unheard of depths of deceit and corruption to attempt to remove him from office.

Here’s a list of the actions the Deep State FBI took in their recent criminal actions surrounding the 2016 Presidential election and since [the first 11 items are from the Time post noted above with comments in brackets] –

1 – Comey breached Justice Department protocols in a July 5, 2016, press conference when he criticized Hillary Clinton for using a private email server as Secretary of State even as he cleared her of any crimes
2 – Comey reopened the Clinton email probe less than two weeks before the election
3 – Andrew McCabe lied to the bureau’s internal investigations branch to cover up a leak he orchestrated about Clinton’s family foundation less than two weeks before the election and had lied for months about it
4 – FBI wasn’t adequately investigating “high-risk” employees who failed polygraph tests (but, in fact, putting them in charge of high-profile investigations, like Peter Strzok who failed his poly). In one instance, an FBI IT specialist with top-secret security clearance failed four polygraph tests and admitted to having created a fictitious Facebook account to communicate with a foreign national, but received no disciplinary action for that.
5 – The FBI’s miss of the Russian influence operation against the 2016 election, which went largely undetected for more than two years (The FBI had the chance to kill this Russian intrusion years before it reached crisis point in the election). Mueller’s Russia probe found that Moscow’s operation against the 2016 election first got under way in 2014, but the FBI failed to address it.
6 – The FBI was getting information it shouldn’t have had access to when it used controversial parts of the Patriot Act to obtain business records in terrorism and counterintelligence cases.
7 – The bureau missed the significance of the damaging 2015 hack of the DNC database [although others argue that the DNC was never hacked – due to the FBI’s lack of investigative process, we may never know what happened.] 8 – The bureau also sat on the disputed “dossier” prepared by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele. [Which was then used for the entire case against Trump and anyone near him].
9 – The bureau’s decision to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was influenced by politics.
10 – Text messages between FBI special agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, which were critical of Trump.
11 – Comey broke with Justice Department rules and norms by assuming authority usually held by prosecutors and speaking in public about a case that did not produce criminal charges.
12 – Comey took copious notes and diligently informed others of all interactions with Trump while lying about having had any interactions with Obama, never taking notes or notifying anyone so even after having been warned of Mr. Steele’s motivations, even after having fired him for violating the rules, the FBI continued to seek his information—using Mr. Ohr as a back channel. This surely violates the FBI manual governing interaction with confidential human sources.
13 – FBI guidelines state that unverified information should not be submitted to the FISA court.
14 – They were passive, not proactive. The Obama administration “stood down” and watched these “activities” unravel. At worst, they possibly played a hand in creating circumstances to push the investigation forward into more serious stages that allowed for more intrusive techniques, such as spying. (The FBI is supposed to prevent crime, not watch it happen).
15 – John Brennan, James Clapper, Samantha Power, Loretta Lynch were all briefed by James Comey on the alleged Russian interference into the Trump campaign, yet the Trump campaign was left in the dark.
16 –FBI agents found Abedin deleting classified Clinton emails from her Yahoo account but failed to subpoena her devices. If they had, maybe they wouldn’t have had to reopen the case in 11th hour when NY agents found work emails on the laptop she shared with her perv husband.
17 – The FBI failed to notify Congress of the investigation into the Trump campaign for months rather than quarterly as was practice. [See Comey presentation to House Republicans in March 2017] 18 – The FBI did not pursue criminal charges when Clinton’s email archives were permanently deleted from her private server days after a subpoena for them was issued by a congressional committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi.
19 – The IG found that the FBI and DOJ during the MidYearExam probe of Hillary Clinton email server “did not require any witnesses to testify before the grand jury,” despite at least 3 witnesses lying to FBI agents.
20 – “[T]he 
Midyear team did not obtain search warrants to examine the content of emails in Mills’s or Abedin’s private email accounts and did not seek to obtain any of the senior aides’ personal devices.”
21 – IG Report: Nobody was listed as a subject of this [Clinton email] investigation at any point in time (So neither Hillary nor her top aides were formally under investigation by FBI at any time in 2015-2016, but the agents handling the issue thought it was a criminal action).
22 – The IG report indicates a strong pro-Clinton/anti-Trump bias in FBI investigators of Midyear and Operation Russian Collusion but it still went on without personnel changes or actions against the corrupt investigative team.
23 – The IG report found: “The MYE Team did not seek to obtain every device, including those of Clinton’s senior aides, or the contents of every email account through which a classified email may have traversed.”
24 – Manafort interviewed twice before joining the Trump team. If he was guilty of anything why did they allow him to join the Trump team?
25 – In 2008, a questionable person on McCain’s POTUS campaign caught the attention of FBI counterintelligence, and the FBI privately approached McCain. That questionable person was quietly removed from Team McCain but this same sensitivity was not provided to the Trump team.
26 – The corrupt Obama FBI and DOJ used the “salacious and unverified” opposition research called the Steele dossier to open a counterintelligence investigation and obtain warrants but it wasn’t even verified and it was created by the opposition party [DNC]. [Multiple sources] 27 – Unprecedented leaking to the press: 13 different individuals at the FBI were feeding a journalist information.
28 – Dan Bongino asks the question: How did Halper go from being a CIA informant to an FBI informant? And he’s right. It is a DEVIATION FROM THE STANDARD PRACTICE for law enforcement agencies to give up/share their asset.
29 – The “probable cause” arrest of George Papadopoulos is a deviation from the standard practice.
30 – Halper was a CHS (Confidential Human Source). FBI rules prohibit using a CHS to spy on Americans before an official investigation has been created.
31 -Stone and Caputo say they believe they were the targets of a setup by U.S. law enforcement officials hostile to Trump which was before an official investigation which again is a deviation from standard practice.
32 – The FBI interviewed Carter Page in March of 2016 about his Russian ties. Two months later, Comey is briefing the NSC about his concerns about Carter Page. Nothing of any note happened in those intervening months to cause a rise of concerns, so whatever concerns Comey had Comey had them before Page was hired on as an adviser. It was a DEVIATION FROM STANDARD PRACTICE for Comey to not have warned Trump about Page. Comey warns Obama instead who also takes no steps to warn Trump.
33 – Another deviation from the standard practice is to start an investigation without a crime.
34 – Planting the Isikoff article to be used in court to obtain a FISA warrant.
35 – Related to the FBI, it’s important to note that former DNI chief James Clapper limited the IC report for review to only 3 agencies rather than send the report out to all 17 agencies for review. This way he was able to control what was put into the report – another deviation from the standard practice.

This may only be a partial list of FBI abuses and actions taken with deviations from standard practice, if not clear cut crimes.  The gangsters who ran Obama’s FBI, from Mueller to Comey, are so corrupt, current and former agents are now embarrassed to be part of the once storied federal agency.  Quite frankly, it’s doubtful if the FBI can ever be trusted again!

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Trump’s wish to take the US out of NATO leaves NeoCons seething

The US President has seen the truth of the irrelevance of NATO, but there is enormous resistance to change.

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Tucker Carlson, Fox News and Russian and American news outlets alike have picked up the story that US President Donald Trump has on numerous occasions, opined that the United States would do well to depart from the North Atlantic Military Organization, or NATO.

This wish caused enormous fury and backlash from those opposed, which, oddly enough include both Democrats and Republicans. Their anger and alarm over this idea is such that the media networks through much of the US are alive with the idea of impeaching the President or bringing 25th Amendment proceedings against him for insanity!

Take a look:

Tucker Carlson, as usual, nailed it.

NATO was formed to make Western Europe secure in the face of a perceived Soviet threat. In 1991, the USSR collapsed and the threat of Ivan the Communist bad guy collapsed with it.

But 28 years later, NATO is still here. And, why?

Well, many “experts” continue to point at Russia as a threat, though after that statement no one seems honestly able to elucidate precisely how Russia would, in fact, threaten any nation, take over it, or conquer the world. Indeed, if anyone seems to understand the perversity of being in charge of the whole world, it seems to be Russia, as expressed by politician and LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky (see how this is so here).

Zhironovsky observed that China is the other nation that is running at full force, but viewing the problems the US is having with being the leader of the world, China stops short of trying to attain this position itself. The question becomes “What does a nation that rules the world actually do then?”

President Trump appears to be seeing the same question, or some similar variant based on the same theme. NATO serves no constructive purpose anymore. Despite the conflicts in Ukraine and Saudi Arabia and Yemen, Israel and Syria, there simply are no great threats in the world as it stands today. While there are certainly still wars, none of these wars represents an existential threat to the United States.

Why wouldn’t a US leader want out? In fact, there is further no existential threat to Europe from any present war, nor is there a threat from Russia itself. In fact, Russia has been entering into business relations with many European countries who wish to buy cheap and easily available Russian natural gas. Turkey purchased an S-400 antimissile system in addition to its US made Patriot battery.

There would seem to be very little in the way of concrete and reliable reasoning for the alliance to continue.

But the American Deep State and liberal establishment have come together to resist the US President in a truly furious manner, and it is revelatory of the hypocrisy of anti-Trump politics that American liberals, typically the “sing Kum-ba-yah peacenik” crowd, displays paroxysms of outrage and horror that NATO might be disbanded.

As the result of that, the American media is determined to choke off any possibility of one thinking, “well, what if we were to disband NATO?”

Why is this?

Simple. A lot of people make their living by preparing for the Russian “threat”, and it would mean the end of their work, the end of their money, and a great disruption in life. It does not matter that while this is true, these same people could conceivably apply their considerable skill sets to deal with real problems that face a world that no longer has a dipolar alignment, or to help prevent a real problem from arising from real situations, such as the recent and current Islamization of many European cities.

One of the great afflictions of American politics and policy has been that so much of it appears to be focused on “short term” or “no term” matters. We see this with the problems related to border security, the coming advent of AI-based automated processes that may furlough low-skilled workers in tremendous amounts in a short period of time. Rather than solve real problems, the elected representatives and media seem more content to oppose Donald Trump when he, as a businessman ought to do, makes a federal case out of what he sees on the horizon.

The Border Wall, for example, is a highly logical part of a properly handled set of immigration policies. But the very direct behavior of President Trump helped amplify the resentment the Democrats still hold against him for defeating Hillary Clinton in 2016, and so, the Democrats have effectively said “nuts!” to the needs of the nation and they take out their resentment on the nation by refusing to negotiate with the President about how to close the border.

NATO is another example. The alliance served its purpose. It is time for the alliance to end, or to be radically restructured in terms of new goals based in real, and not just flimsy rhetorical, needs.

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