Nothing else matters now,
other than to see Trump damaged!
February 17, 2017
The desperation to get rid of
Trump will be immortalized in the General Flynn and the Russian
Ambassador's wiretapped story.
In the story, a
highly secretive recording of a
conversation with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and the General,
caught by the intelligence services, was leaked
to New York Times and the Washington Post.
the leak was an old one; recycled since the close of the 2016
presidential election when Hillary Clinton lost to Trump.
And it has been “Trump didn't win the
2016 election. The Russians stole it for him.”
this narrative is a brain dead proposition.
But it is
hoped that the charge may wake up Cold War sentiment.
And, It is beginning to have some hilarious effect like the one depicted in
a 60s comedy movie, “The Russians are coming, the Russians are
coming,” when a Soviet submarine was spotted off the coast of
New England and a whole town got deranged!
Had Hillary won the 2016 election we would
have been spared the Russian story.
American intelligence has never been this lax. It used to be
that they hid the information they got from spying on their adversaries. Now
they don't care!
But who cares? Wiretapping the
Russian is as old as Russians wiretapping the Americans, anyway.
However, the purpose this time around on the American side is
the serious effort to make the narrative stick; that the Russians
helped Trump in 2016.
This is the reason General Flynn can now be charged
with the Logan Act of 1799, which, by the way, has never been
used since it was enacted!
It shows how serious the
desperation is. And it is to nail Trump by any means
Except, General Flynn has been forced to resign and some are
still not happy. New York Times columnist, Thomas Friedman
described the shock of
Gen. Flynn resignation as one on par with those of 9/11 and
Congress woman Maxine Waters, Michael Moore, and others
among many in Congress are calling for investigations of the
kind bordering on impeachment proceedings.
It wouldn't be
far fetched to include Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham
in the above group. "John
McCain just systematically dismantled Donald Trump’s entire
worldview," gleefully wrote the Washington Post.
They all have reason to get Trump.
General Flynn's story is telling because none of the above
mentioned has expressed immediate interest in
another aspect of the story; the real scandal and the egregious leak
the breach of the FISA Act, which is a prohibited activity under
Federal law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of
The charge against Flynn, at best, is a
conjecture, still inconclusive and unproven.
The leak of the wiretap, however, is a proven act of crime because it
exists in the media. Yet the emphasis remains on the unproven
aspect of this story.
It was President Obama who voiced
the Russian interference in the 2016 election before leaving
office. He based his assertion on findings by many branches of
the intelligence services of America.
As punishment for
meddling, President Obama slapped a number of sanctions against
the Russians on December 29, 2016 before leaving office.
Why the sudden slap on the Russians before walking out of the
White House, to put more attention on the "stolen election"
It is then easy to suspect that this wiretap was a search to
buttress the assumption that the Russians have "stolen the
And the reason why General Flynn would seek to talk to the
Ambassador was to promise that the Trump administration would
reverse the sanctions on Russia once it was in office, as a reward
for supposedly helping in the election.
wiretap produced the evidence that General Flynn talked to
the Ambassador. What has so far not been proven is what was talked
about on the tape and why.
One can be certain that if there were a
conclusive evidence of Russian guilt it would have been out with the
first leak. And the path to Trump's impeachment would have
Even so, there would still be a problem.
The job of General Flynn as a National Security Adviser
was to talk to world leaders even before his president-elect was
inaugurated. And he did talk to many leaders around the world,
including the Russians.
More important, when
did General Flynn talk to the Russian Ambassador, was it before
December 29, 2016 when the sanctions were put in place or
Was the alleged quid pro quo made available on the wiretapped conversation?
It shouldn't take more than a day to find out, unless, perhaps, part of the delay is also an
effort to harm Trump.
Just read a recent feature on
politics from the New York Times.
The heading started scary. “Trump
Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence.”
Three paragraphs downstream on the page, the feature concluded
that officials contacted said “they have no evidence of such
Many published information about this
Russian connection have been proven false; The Russian dosier on
Trump given to the FBI by Senator McCain, subsequently leaked to the press and published by
CNN and Buzzfeed was
one one of such fake stories that was quickly shot down.
Another was The New York Times claim that the FBI was
investigating Roger Stone, Trump adviser and long time
Stone told Matt Lauer on the NBC, The Today's Show, that
he had “zero contact” with the Russians during the 2016
elections and that the claim by New York Times was
“unequivocally false” and that the FBI never questioned him.
Many more false stories have been floated but shot down as
This latest leak is assumed to be the smoking
gun. We are still
waiting for the sign of the smoke. But without this leak, the
General Flynn's story would have been dead.
Flynn's dismissal was based on a matter of abuse of trust, the
Trump administration said. They said he failed to provide full
disclosure on the subject, which led Vice President
to mislead the press.
But, no surprise, the
dismissal hasn't satisfied the demands of the detractors for scalp.
So the LOGAN ACT, which according to the New York Times,
is a felony punishable up to three years of imprisonment, is
still being sought against General Flynn.
January 30, 1799) is a United States federal law that details
the fine and/or imprisonment of unauthorized citizens who
negotiate with foreign governments having a dispute with the
United States,” according to Wikipedia.
But there is a
more serious side, the FISA ACT that could sanction the
intelligence community for improper behavior for leaking the
highly classified information.
Apparently, FISA is not the hot button sought in the
present politically charged environment.
But still, the above is not enough reason
for us to pretend ignorance about the two issues involved in
On one hand, there is Flynn and the breach
of the Logan Act, a purported crime that is being ridiculously
equated to Watergate, 9/11 and Pearl Harbor and a charge that is
yet to be proven or decided.
On the other, there is a
breach that has already occurred and completed; the improper
behavior of the intelligence services with regard to FISA, prescribing "procedures for the physical and electronic
surveillance and collection of "foreign intelligence
information" between foreign powers and their agents” and the US
Strange to think that the conclusive evidence
of of the breach of FISA already exists, but not being acted on.
This alone speaks
of the strong desperation to nail Trump.
Final acts of the Obama administration before the inauguration
may suggest that traps were laid to ensnarl Flynn or Trump or
If under the Logan Act, General Flynn is considered an ordinary
citizen, then FISA should have protected him from the wiretap.
however, somebody in Congress has his finger on the real crime
The House Intelligence Committee Chairman
David Nunes (R-Calif.) is offended by the actuality of the FISA
infraction. He is drafting a letter to the FBI, asking for
investigation of the leak.
He said, “I expect the FBI to
tell me what’s going on and hopefully they have a good
answer.....The big problem I see here is you have an American
citizen who has had his phone call recorded and leaked.
….somebody had to decide to keep recording those calls and then
to unmask that and leak it to the press.”
You have above
a good description of the FISA infraction.
have patriots in Congress, who rail against Un-American acts
daily. Now the same prefer to ignore the abuse of FISA and the
chilling effect that this may have on liberty, democracy and
governance in America. But they don't care.
These worthies want to normalize the police state in America!
There are worse ideas out there that are yet to come
against Trump. Clinging to the Logan Act
instead of the FISA, as said, has the aim to milk the process
for now. But it is still a signal of the desperation to bring Trump down at all cost.
E. Ablorh-Odjidja, Publisher www.ghanadot.com, Washington, DC,
February 17, 2017.
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