Things I learned from the OIG Report…

| December 11, 2019

Veritas Omnia Vincit is back after a hiatus from posting. Seems this thing called “life” interfered with his writing. I won’t hold that against him, much, and I’m glad he’s back.
Here’s V:

…or why I still don’t trust my government.

Additionally, both the AG Guidelines and the DIOG permit the FBI to conduct an investigation, even if it might impact First Amendment or other constitutionally protected activity, so long as there is some legitimate law enforcement purpose associated with the investigation.

That’s a very interesting sentence on page 3 of the OIG executive summary into the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation of Trump et al. What does that sentence actually mean if we distill it down to its raw essence? At first it seems innocuous enough, after all doesn’t the greater good allow some intrusion into our constitutionally protected rights? All the do-gooders tell us we should be grateful for those intrusions because they keep us safe from oh so many criminals and their nefarious intentions. Statists love it when government intrudes in the rights of others in the name of the state’s own definition of the greater good whatever that happens to be at the moment. Some of us however are more than a little uncomfortable with the idea that government has decided it’s perfectly okay for the government to violate our rights based on a “legitimate law enforcement concern” the government also gets to define without input from any citizen who might be impacted by that violation of rights. If that doesn’t concern you as a citizen I would suggest perhaps you don’t understand what it means to be a free people with ownership of your own rights as defined in our constitution.

Of course the very next sentence in the OIG report states this:

In addition to requiring an authorized purpose, FBI investigations must have adequate factual predication before being initiated. The predication requirement is not a legal requirement but rather a prudential one imposed by Department and FBI policy. The DIOG provides for two types of investigations, Preliminary Investigations and Full Investigations.

Sounds great right, when coupled with that first sentence one imagines all manner of checks and balances to provide that “factual predication” requirement and prove the “legitimate” law enforcement purpose. That almost makes my cold, black, libertarian heart warm up with renewed respect for government. However reading further into the OIG report one gets to the meat of the this entire operation. The FBI used a guy (Steele, of the dossier fame) who was known to have a conflicted relationship with the FBI due to his contractual obligations to his employers and clients who were not the FBI. Several people knew of this conflicted relationship and suspected that not everything Mr. Steele would write or report would be accurate, or even honest. However in their zeal to get something on that Trump fellow they were only too happy to take this man’s lies and fake documents and approach a FISA court judge and pretend everything was on the up and up with respect to meeting those above requirements. Remember, we’re not talking about an investigation into a known felon’s new operational activities related to other known felons we are discussing opening an investigation into a presidential candidate without a previous criminal record and we are talking about using that investigation to spy on Mr. Carter Page. Mr. Page was not a known felon, nor was he ever even suspected of being a criminal prior to the folks in the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation deciding he would be their point man for their investigation. Mr. Page was in fact a guy who graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1993 in the top 10% of his class. He then had the audacity after his service to earn an MBA and work for Merrill Lynch before forming his own firm. So what was the basis for a FISA warrant to spy on Page? Well, along the way he had joined a company called the Eurasia Group but stayed only three months. The president of the that company some 19 years later remembered that page was a wackadoodle Pro-Russia guy. Apparently that’s enough to make a Russian agent out of someone in our modern FBI. We all know Page was cleared by Mueller and was never charged with any crimes at all.

I think if you know nothing else about the OIG report learning that it outlines exactly how the government views your protected rights is the more important piece of knowledge. As I read through the report and notice instance after instance of dishonesty, fabrication, and subterfuge I am left with simple view that once again my perspective of government is all too accurate. It is not a benevolent organization working on behalf of the people of this great nation. It’s a corrupt, vile blight upon our rights that exists only to grow its own power at the expense of our personal freedoms. They decide its okay to violate your rights only in those instances that warrant such violations, but of course they also decide the nature of the instances that authorize the violation. It’s the old joke, “We investigated ourselves and found no evidence of wrongdoing” writ large and released to the public. Most will never read its almost 500 pages and many of those who do read it are only doing so to reinforce their views on Trump. If you love Trump there’s plenty in there to make you angry about how the government operates and if you dislike Trump you’ll find plenty of justification for the investigation and how it was conducted that will make you confident you’ve got your man.

I would suggest if you take the time to read this material consider a third option, it’s a defining piece of literature into exactly what makes government so despicable when run by despicable people. I would suggest you might discover that those we thought capable of impartial, relatively unbiased investigative capabilities are instead corrupt little weasels perverting their authority to go after those they despise regardless of the truth of the matter. I would suggest you consider the nature of such men and why should we as a society tolerate their presence among us a the law-keepers when they can barely contain their distaste for someone who is not like them to the point of fabrication of warrants, evidence, and investigations. I would then suggest if they can do that to a billionaire with all the resources that such a man possesses to defend himself imagine what they can do to you should you cross them and come into their sights.

This report is a justification by the government of its own actions, a weak defense of the indefensible. As such its a warning to the people, my fear is that too few of us will read that warning or even understand the implications of that warning.

Thanks for reading.

Thanks, V. Keep ’em coming.

Category: Crime, DC Government, Guest Post, Legal, Politics

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  1. Fyrfighter says:

    Sadly VoV, I’m starting to believe that you are dead on in your assessment…

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    Nailed it VoV! Must advise you, Brother, to quit spending so much time roaming around inside my head, reading my mind. That’s a dangerous place. Even I get scared and try not to spend too much time hanging around in there.

    Keep ’em coming.

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      Us curmudgeonly old cranks need to stick together friend, there are far too few of us left these days and far too many happy go lucky dipshits who think everything they don’t pay for is actually somehow free.

      • Grunt says:

        Not just old cranks. I’m 33 and of all the posters here, yours speak to me and speak my mind more than anyone else’s.

        I can only hope to pass on the spirit of independence and liberty to my daughter.

      • Wilted Willy says:

        VoV, I always love your posts! I too am a certified old fart and a grumpy one at that! I just love to watch a SJW’s head implode when they figure out just how much free shit costs! There must be a you tube video of it somewhere???

  3. Mason says:

    Careful. You have no idea how big this government is. It goes all the way to the president!

    I won’t read the report because it’ll just make my blood boil. Since the FISA courts are behind closed doors, I’ll guess there’s even less impetus for fairness and transparency (obviously). In which case, it’s just a guy in a robe rubber stamping a warrant application. I’ve seen plenty of judges not read a warrant before signing it. I’ve also seen a judge throw out a warrant at trial that she signed!

    We have a legislative branch that is largely answerable to the people. The executive branch has, since the founding of the country, become more and more powerful at the hands of the legislative. The executive is, in theory, answerable to the people, but in practice is more answerable to the legislative branch. The judicial branch, supposed to rise above the fray, has become the most powerful branch and is answerable to nobody.

    In my opinion, judges should be held to answer. Get your decisions routinely overturned by higher courts? Here’s the door, go find another job. My state the judges are nominally elected. However, they are rarely contested, and few people vote for them. A blank vote is a vote for the incumbent. To make it worse, judges are first appointed to a term by the governor, then elected. So it’s an appointed position that then has to “run” for an office that they always win.

    • David says:

      Concur 100% on judges, there is little review of them once appointed.

      The problem with our system is the same as with any other, especially the socialist/communist ones: they are all run by people. And no matter how rose-colored your glasses, most polititians either start as venal power-seeking egotists who consider themselves somewhere between Jesus and God in a holy pantheon, or become that way. Lord Acton probably penned one of the few immutably correct universal truths when he said “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” No idealistic system survives that cold, hard truth.

  4. Comm Center Rat says:

    Joe Sixpack with around the clock access to online gambling, porn, video games, streaming services, shopping, tele-work, and social media couldn’t care less about his government. Is it time for beer, brats, and football yet?

  5. rgr769 says:

    That swamp rat is on TV now, being questioned by that Demi-scrunt from HI, Hirono. Had to turn her off, my blood pressure couldn’t take any more. She apparently thinks she is going to impeach Barr next.

  6. Perry Gaskill says:

    Just from reading the Executive Summary of the OIG report, it seems to me democracy dodged a bullet when Hillary Clinton was not elected. The FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation, obviously politically motivated, happened on Barack Obama’s watch, and if Hillary had been elected, it would have sent a strong signal to her to continue to use the FBI as a weapon against her political enemies.

    It’s also relevant to remember that Crossfire Hurricane was triggered by the Christopher Steele “Pee Tape” dossier, which has since been shown to be a fabrication. The FBI can put all the lipstick on that pig it wants to, but what Steele did was enable conspiracy and fraud on a large scale. Such activity also cost the U.S approximately $30 million, and two years of political gridlock by way of the Mueller investigation.

    As an additional insult, it might also be pointed out that Steele, to this day, has apparently managed to elude any direct responsibility for all the trouble he’s caused. As far as I’m aware, he’s never had to answer to anything in a public legal venue such as a court testimony or deposition.

    • rgr769 says:

      I don’t think Steele even wrote most of the fake dossier; I think Nelly Ohr and other Deep Staters wrote it; he put his name on it to give it some indicia of credibility. Also, the FBI checked some of his so-called sources who confirmed what he was told was a lot of barroom BS and third hand rumors. The document is full of provably false facts like Cohen’s trip to Prague that didn’t happen and that contrary to the dossier’s assertion, there is no Russian embassy in Miami. But our four resident Progs still believe everything in it is true, becuase that is part of the ORANGE MAN BAD party line.

      • UpNorth says:

        I do believe you’re absolutely correct in your thoughts on who wrote that Dossier.

        • Perry Gaskill says:

          rgr769 usually makes astute observations, but in this instance I think the evidence is thin that the dossier had multiple authors. Here are a few reasons:

          Steele was paid $168,000 for a series of 17 memoranda amounting to 35 pages written over the last six months of 2016. The fact he was paid so much for such little output would seem to support the idea he was the sole writer.

          The fact that Steele was formerly on the MI6 Russia Desk was what gave the dossier initial credibility, but it also acted as a useful cut-out. As mentioned previously, Steele has never been called to testify, and his status as a foreign national would make it difficult to subpoena him for an American court. Too, the routing of how Steele was hired and paid, he was recruited by the DNC via the Perkins Coie law firm then Fusion GPS, likely meant his employers wanted some distance from what was going to amount to a biased hit piece.

          It’s been awhile since I read the dossier, but I remember being struck by the tone and syntax. It was as if some wanker sat down, sucked up a few lagers, and decided to see how much bogus crap he could fling on-the-fly. It doesn’t read as if it was written by multiple people. Instead, it had the singular voicing of a wannabe 007 who wanted to earn his $168,000 by impressing with his secret squirrel “tradecraft.”

          • rgr769 says:

            Well, he may have typed and collated, but I bet much of the info in it was supplied by Nellie. Perhaps via her short wave radio communications that would not be captured by the NSA. (Anyone else wonder who Nellie was communicating with on her HAM radio?) Maybe the 168K was just for reformatting and putting his name on it.

            I also was struck by the fact that it was not what one would expect in an intel document crafted by a professional MI-6 agent and native English speaker. I wrote more cogent papers when I was a college student.

    • Huey Jock says:

      No, when Das Hildebeast got shot down we dodged a NUKE!!!

  7. GDContractor says:

    I can’t tell is your essay is Pro-Trump or Anti-Trump…therefore, I’m not sure if I agree with it or not. I’ll probably just insult you personally and call it good.

    • Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

      No worries I get that a lot…:smile:

    • Slow Joe says:

      Wait. There is a Carter Page and a Lisa Page?
      Are they a married? Are they related?

      Whoever wrote the script for Crosswind Firestorm sucks as a writer. They forgot the rule # of writing scripts: 2 characters cannot have a similar name, or the audience will get confused.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Gosh, professional people were just really bad and made a lot of mistakes or something.

  9. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    I wonder if Commissar Seagull will come and babble about this as well?

    • Poetrooper says:

      I don’t know about Commissar Seagull squawking, API, but I do know that the cocky Comey crowed a couple of dawns too soon about how the IG report had vindicated him. With every additional analyses, his FBI is being shown to be a criminal enterprise with him in charge, presumably directing these criminal activities at the behest of someone higher up the ladder.

      Now who might that have been, hmm?

  10. OWB says:

    So, was this an intelligence operation or a criminal investigation? Both claims are being loudly made, and denied. This seems to be the loudest voice claiming the criminal side of things. Until lately, all the “testimony” seemed to be claiming otherwise, while also saying that criminal sanctions should apply. Or something.

    • rgr769 says:

      If it was a criminal investigation, what was the crime? Cuz they weren’t investigating the process crime of lying to the FBI months later, because one forgot some details of a phone call or conversation that occurred months earlier.

  11. OldSoldier54 says:

    Hopefully, Durham will drop the hammer. A bunch of people need to go to prison.

    Starting with Obama.