By Paul Craig Roberts | IPE | August 13, 2018

Robert Mueller is supposed to be investigating Russiagate, which has been shown to be a hoax concocted by former CIA director John Brennan, former FBI director James Comey, and current deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. As Russiagate is a hoax, Mueller has not been able to produce a shred of evidence of the alleged Trump/Putin plot to hack Hillary’s emails and influence the last presidential election.

With his investigation unable to produce any evidence of the alleged Russiagate, Mueller concluded that he had to direct attention away from the failed hoax by bringing some sort of case against someone, knowing that the incompetent and corrupt US media and insouciant public would assume that the case had something to do with Russiagate.

Mueller chose Paul Manafort as a target, hoping that faced with fighting false charges, Manafort would make a deal and make up some lies about Trump and Putin in exchange for the case against him being dropped. But Manafort stood his ground, forcing Mueller to go forward with a false case.

Manafort’s career is involved with Republican political campaigns. He is charged with such crimes as paying for NY Yankee baseball tickets with offshore funds not declared to tax authorities and with attempting to get bank loans on the basis of misrepresentation of his financial condition. In the prosecutors’ case, Manafort doesn’t have to have succeeded in getting a loan based on financial misrepresentation, only to be guilty of trying. Two of the people testifying against him have been paid off with dropped charges.

Mueller’s investigation is restricted to Russiagate. In other words, Mueller has no mandate to investigate or bring charges unrelated to Russiagate. In my opinion, Mueller gets away with this only because the deputy Attorney General is in on the Russiagate plot against Trump. Mueller and Rosenstein know that they can count on the presstitutes to continue to deceive the public by presenting the Manafort trial as part of Russiagate.

The trial judge has twice criticized the prosecutors, asking them on one occasion if they had any evidence of successful fraud. In other words, the judge can tell the difference between actual fraud and a failed attempt at fraud, a distinction the prosecutors don’t want the jury to consider.

However, prosecutors can frame a judge, just as they are trying to frame the presidents of the United States and Russia. Realizing that, the judge backed off.

What the Manafort trial should tell you is how utterly and totally corrupt the United States is. In my opinion there is nowhere an organization as corrupt as the US Dept of Justice (sic).

That Russiagate continues on its corrupt course should tell you how powerless President Trump is. Trump cannot even influence his own Department of Justice, which is doing its best to destroy him.


Contributed by Paul Craig Roberts of Institute for Political Economy


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By Tim Brown | Freedom Outpost | August 4, 2018

As the trial moves forward in the case of FBI W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), who is charged with lying about firing at LaVoy Finicum in Oregon during a protest with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s sons, the Department of Justice is apparently attempting to try Bundy a third time.  This is coming even as the same prosecution violated the rights of the defendants and engaged in multiple Brady violations (something we are also seeing come to light in Oregon), which led to the last trial being dismissed with prejudice.  Now, Cliven Bundy, by way of his attorney, has said that he will fight attempts by the DOJ to appeal the dismissal and retry him again.

Chris White reports:

Larry Klayman, legal counsel for Cliven Bundy, issued a statement on behalf of Bundy vowing to fight the DOJ’s attempt to retry his client for his role in the 2014 standoff. Klayman is the founder of Judicial Watch and is a former prosecutor.

“My client and friend Cliven Bundy is confident that the Ninth Circuit will affirm Judge Navarro’s dismissal,” Larry Klayman, legal counsel for Bundy, said in a press statement Thursday. The government’s case was “based on prosecutorial misconduct,” he noted.

“That the prosecutors who committed and furthered this gross prosecutorial misconduct would now seek to file a notice of appeal underscores that my once proud alma mater, the U.S. Department of Justice, has become the Department of Injustice,” he added.

A federal judge rejected prosecutors’ request Tuesday to reconsider her dismissal of the case against Bundy. The prosecutors plan on appealing the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.

Well, knock yourselves out guys!  You look like fools for your pains, and you are definitely an office that is corrupt and engages in violating the law in order to get convictions against defendants no matter what the cost.

This office hid exculpatory evidence that was valuable to every single defendant in the Bundy case, several of who have received lengthy sentences as a result of evidence being withheld from the jury.

Others spent nearly two years in prison waiting to be tried when they were not a threat nor a flight risk.

Some even made plea deals because they were being threatened with what could be logically assumed to be life sentences, knowing all the while the government was manipulating the evidence, the court, the jury, and ultimately justice.

If you have not gotten caught up on all that took place, I invite you to read my archives on the subject and tell me this is nothing more than more injustices against Mr. Bundy an others in what appears to be a clear violation of the Constitution’s protections against Double Jeopardy.


Contributed by Tim Brown of FreedomOutpost.com

Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab and Steemit


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Tim Brown | Freedom Outpost | July 25, 2018

The trial of W. Joseph Astarita, a member of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), has begun in Portland, Oregon centered around charges against him that he both lied and obstructed justice concerning the shooting and subsequent death of Robert “LaVoy” Finicum on January 26, 2016.  However, a bombshell was delivered by the prosecution in which they alleged that a total of eight shots were fired, but only two shell casings were recovered.  They claim that Astarita took that other six shell casings.

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones has already thrown out two of the five charges against Astarita.

He is facing two counts of making a false statement, alleging he lied to his immediate FBI supervisor at the scene and another FBI supervisor several days later about shooting at Finicum’s truck.

Astarita also faces one count of obstruction of justice in his initial interview with Oregon State Police on the night of the shooting.

Astarita has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.  It should also be noted that he walked out a free man without posting bail, a courtesy not afforded to those arrested on January 26, 2016.  They spent nearly two years in prison and had a prosecution that violated their rights and broke the law doing so.

Shari Dovale reports:

The jury of 9 men and 3 women were seated on Tuesday with opening statements this morning, Wednesday, July 25th.

The prosecution put forth strong arguments against Astarita, with the defense following up by grasping at straws in their strategy to show some reasonable doubt for their client.

To begin with, according to the prosecutor, there were eight (8) shots fired with only two (2) shell casings being recovered. The prosecution suggests that Astarita collected the missing six (6) casings.

Included in the defense opening statements were that their client could not have fired at the vehicle because he is one of the finest shooters in the world and, therefore, would not have missed his target. They contend that this should prove his innocence. They did not address the fact that he may very well have hit his mark exactly, if he were attempting to provoke the Oregon State Patrol (OSP) into shooting at the truck.

The defense has also attempted to cast doubts on the trajectory analysis for varying reasons, including that the snow may have melted enough to change the position of the truck, thereby invalidating all of the analysis.

Additionally, the defense team talked about the Federal agents picking up the shell casings. Claiming that these men are trained to pick up all of their equipment, they said that the agents could actually have been picking up LIVE ROUNDS from the ground, as they were concerned about militia members possibly coming to the scene. This is apparently a new protocol, as I have never heard of the regulations being to clean up the crime scene before the investigation has concluded, or even begun.

Another bombshell statement was made that an agent from the first stop called ahead to the agents at the second stop after Finicum sped away in the truck. The first agent made remarks that Finicum refused to stop and therefore they would have to “shoot him”. These statements go to their justification defense. The law is clear that they are only justified in firing their weapons for self defense or defense of others, so this explanation is another desperate attempt by the defense.

We are waiting to see how the trial attorneys deal with the issue of the FBI ordering the OSP not to turn body cameras on.

Additionally, Finicum’s truck will be taken to the courthouse for review by the jury.  Photos can be seen of the vehicle at Oregon Live.

Finicum’s widow, Jeanette, said she will attend the trial, which is expected to take 3-4 weeks.  She has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the FBI and the Oregon State Police.

Though the Oregon State Police were apparently responsible for actually shooting Finicum to death, the FBI claimed to investigate several of their agents concerning failing to report that they fired shots at Finicum and his vehicle. They apparently disposed of the bullet casings as well.

“Our family is praying that justice will be applied fairly and truthfully, and that the jury will see and hear all the facts in the case. It is our hope that if this agent committed these crimes that he would be treated no differently than the rest of us,” Mrs. Finicum said Monday. “Our prayer is that this will not happen again to another family.”

The entire event was shady.  Those traveling were headed to a neighboring county to speak to the sheriff there.  They could have been apprehended at many times without a roadblock and without shots being fired.

Even the FBI didn’t give the whole truth at a press conference, according to the Bundy’s attorney.

Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing began testifying on Wednesday.  He was also involved with Bundy Ranch BLM agent Dan Love in what appears to be criminal activity that eventually resulted in Dr. James Redd taking his own life due to the constant probing of these men. While Love has lost his job over his criminal misconduct that came to light during the Bundy Ranch trials, one of the things he did was hand out the very things he was attacking Redd over, small little artifacts.

Frankly, it would not surprise me, given the history of Mr. Bretzing, if he was not knowledgeable of the whereabouts of the other casings.

While the defense is claiming that Astarita didn’t fire at the truck, one wonders if a bullet fragment still lodged in Ryan Bundy’s shoulder may prove them wrong.  Sadly, prosecutors can’t get that nor the missing shell casings.

As we reported last year, Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson believes the FBI did break the law.  Either we will have transparency in this trial as to whether they did or we will see the government coverup for one of its own, just like they did for sniper Lon Tomohisa Horiuchi, who shot Vicki Weaver at Ruby Ridge and was later promoted.


Contributed by Tim Brown of FreedomOutpost.com

Tim Brown is an author and Editor at FreedomOutpost.com, SonsOfLibertyMedia.com, GunsInTheNews.com and TheWashingtonStandard.com. He is husband to his “more precious than rubies” wife, father of 10 “mighty arrows”, jack of all trades, Christian and lover of liberty. He resides in the U.S. occupied Great State of South Carolina. . Follow Tim on Twitter. Also check him out on Gab and Steemit


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# Take A Knee

     L. Steele | America Uncensore | September 24, 2017

There is a lot of buzz going on in the media lately about Colin Kaepernick’s big stand off with the U.S. government. Particularly on social media where hashtags such as #TakeAKnee and #TakeTheKnee have been trending near the top for nearly three days. Twitter has been lit up with users tweeting their thoughts on the issue of NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem. Everyone chiming in with their opinions of the most important issue of the week.

The buzz started not long after President Trump ignited the flames of attention in his speech in Huntsville, Alabama on Friday.

“We’re proud of our country. We respect our flag. Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a bitch off the field, right now, out? He’s fired.”

 Trump went on to fuel the flames on Saturday when he took to twitter just before noon.


 

The two tweet’s combined gained Trump 318k likes, 108k comments and 85k re-tweets. Spiraling a slew of hastags such as #TakeAKnee and #TakeTheKnee, social media’s top trending hash tags, all weekend long. 

While the President is right about feeling upset with these athlete’s disrespect for the national anthem, he is wrong for thinking they should face consequences for doing so. The national anthem represents this nation and the people in it, so taking a knee is showing disrespect. However, what makes this country great is our Constitution which gets attacked from every direction. The constitution guarantees our right to free speech. If these players want to sit out the national anthem, they have the right to do so. We don’t have to support their actions, but we do have to support their constitutional rights.

 


President Trump’s rants combined with NFL commissioner Roger Goodel’sl  full support of the player’s who chose to disrespect our national anthem, ensures more athletes will take a knee. 

The Cleveland Browns did not miss the chance on Sunday when a dozen players chose to take a knee in the largest national anthem protest yet. As reported by ESPN.

“There’s a lot of racial and social injustices in the world that are going on right now,” rookie safety Jabrill Peppers said after the Browns’ second win in two preseason games. “We just decided to take a knee and pray for the people who have been affected and just pray for the world in general.”

While it is hard to frown on the player’s choice to pray for social injustice, the manner in which they do so could be questioned. Other questions arise as well. What do NFL stars really know about social injustice? If they really cared about the issue, why wouldn’t they use the proven method of digging into their fat wallets to help solve such an issue? Perhaps raping crack whores gets too expensive. If they really wanted to draw attention to the issue, why wouldn’t they wait until they game starts to take a knee and pray? Can’t do that, just ask Tim Tebow.

The tweets sparked a lesser but more agreeable trend,  #BoycottNFL. With users tweeting that it was time to boycott the NFL for their disrespect of the national anthem.

#TakeAKnee highlights what is wrong with America. Football is so imprtant and enormous weath passes through the NFL while real important issues take a back seat. The world is on the verge of nuclear world war three. America is still recovering from hurricanes, fires and floods. Hurricane victims being placed on FEMA ships, and homeless people being killed off in shelters. You won’t find those issues trending on twitter, or anywhere else in the media.

 


 


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