Opinion| Lawrence David|ICYMI 3/20| Now that former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been pardoned by President Trump, he says that he never realized how extensive the so-called “Deep State” actually is.
According to a report in the Gateway Pundit, Blago claims he is now committed to exposing as much of the corruption deeply embedded in our government as he can.
(Gateway Pundit) The Mueller – Comey gang committed their crimes by projecting the crimes of those they protected (i.e. Obama or Hillary) onto a chosen target (i.e. Governor Blago or President Trump).
Blago’s case is not unique.
In 2008 Obama had a history of receiving bribes and favors from convicted felon Tony Rezko: Rezko’s partner, Saddam Hussein bagman Nadhmi Auchi: and former Chicago cop Daniel T Frawley, who claimed in an email to have passed $400k in cash bribes through Rezko to Obama.
In order to divert attention from Obama’s criminal dealings with Rezko and Auchi, FBI Director Mueller opened an investigation into Rezko’s dealings with Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich and simultaneously swept Obama’s crimes under the rug. The five year “investigation” of Blago came to an abrupt end when the Justice Department leaked information to the Chicago Tribune in order to avoid having to arrest Obama’s presidential election campaign co-chairman, Jesse Jackson Jr., for trying to buy Obama’s senate seat.
After having lived through the endless unfounded attacks on President Trump over the past four years, denying the existence of a Deep State in some form or other, is hard to do.
Whether that Deep State is a massive police state protecting a secret government is another question. And, whether Blagojevich was targeted by that entity is another question altogether.
But, there is ample reason to believe that the American government has become a cesspool of corruption – $23 Trillion in debt and actuarially bankrupt systems like Social Security and Medicare is evidence enough – and those that get in the way, or are true whistleblowers get run over.
This raises questions as to why U.S. Attorney General William Barr appears to be oblivious to the corruption that’s infested our Department of Justice, FBI, Department of State, et al, at least insofar as it comes to those agencies attempts to destroy a duly elected president.
These dark forces ran roughshod over the rights of patriotic American citizens, not caring if they personally destroyed their targets – George Papadopoulos, Carter Page, Roger Stone, etc.
We know they violated FISA application laws by obscuring exculpatory information, submitting to the court phony documentation with full knowledge of its falsity, and worse… falsifying evidence by doctoring it to change its meaning.
The IG made criminal referrals based on these findings, yet Barr has chosen not to pursue those prosecutions. Why?
More concerning is the fact that AG Bill Barr is requesting a clean FISA renewal with no reforms or revisions. Why?
Consider this from Sundance at the Conservative Treehouse:
Prior to the December 9, 2019, inspector general report on FISA abuse, FISA Court judges Rosemary Collyer (declassified 2017) and James Boasberg (declassified 2019) both identified issues with the NSA bulk database collection program being exploited for unauthorized reasons. For the past several years no corrective action taken by the intelligence community has improved the abuses outlined by the FISA court.
Keep in mind the deadline for the DOJ to respond to the FISA court about the abusive intelligence practices identified in the Horowitz report was February 5th, more than four weeks ago. The responses from the DOJ and FBI have not been made public.
It appears the DOJ is trying to get the FISA reauthorization passed before the FISC declassifies the corrective action outlined from the prior court order. This response would also include information about the “sequestering” of evidence gathered as a result of the now admitted fraudulent and misrepresented information within the FISA applications.
Fans of Law and Order will recognize the information being withheld as the “fruit from the poisonous tree.”
The FISA “business records provision”, the “roving wiretap” provision, the “lone wolf” provision, and the more controversial bulk metadata provisions [Call Detail Records (CDR)], again all parts of the Patriot Act, must not be reauthorized without a full public vetting of the abuses that have taken place for the past several years.
At a minimum the pending DOJ/FBI response to the FISA court needs to be made public prior to any reauthorization by congress. And to better understand the scale of the issue, the consequences when the system is abused, the upstream sequester material needs to be made public.
Sundance makes valid points. Assuming AG Barr to be an honest law enforcement officer, why isn’t he exposing the fraudulent construct and methods used to frame Donald Trump and Trump’s family and Trump’s associates?
The answer to that question may be that Blago is right.
By identifying the corrupt federal investigators and prosecutors who abused the FISA “business records provision”, the “roving wiretap” provision, the “lone wolf” provision, and the more controversial bulk metadata provisions [Call Detail Records (CDR)], in their attempt to takedown the Trump team, Barr could be worried about opening a pandora’s box that may have no bottom.
The fallout could be thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands of defense attorneys filing to relitigate cases where their clients had been prosecuted by the same federal attorneys as Trump, and were potentially maligned using similar unlawful methods.
That’s Barr’s dilemma if, if, he’s an honest man.
This analysis is not meant to forgive Barr. Our Constitutional protections are hanging in the balance and burying one’s head just won’t get the job done. This is a time for bold men and bold actions.
“Never forget what former White House attorney Emmet Flood said. If they can do it to a president imagine what they can do to you and I.”
UPDATE: So far nothing public has come of this situation.