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13 minutes ago, Ron Bulman said:

Well crap.  It wont let me read the article without subscribing.  I did see a fox headline about these protesters being antifa.  I'd think antifa would be happy the fascist is gone.

It’s the Black Bloc faction of antifa.  Back to the good old days of the Left holding the feet of Corporate Centerists to the fire!

I’m not down with vandalism, but it has a -back-to-normal feel.

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Jim, it's obvious she put it in writing. Various printed sources

said he demanded that. Then there was a meeting. Then he

OK'd her. Connect the dots. And if you Google for a minute

or two, you get this on NPR's website: 

The Senate has voted to confirm Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence, making her President Biden's first Cabinet-level official to receive Senate confirmation. The vote was 84-10.

Her confirmation comes after Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., briefly held up the process, asking for a written response from her about a question during her confirmation hearing a day earlier. 

"I no longer object," Cotton said Wednesday evening, noting that Haines had provided him with a response.

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59 minutes ago, Cliff Varnell said:

It’s the Black Bloc faction of antifa.  Back to the good old days of the Left holding the feet of Corporate Centerists to the fire!

I’m not down with vandalism, but it has a -back-to-normal feel.

How does anyone know what actions are what faction of Antifa? I’m all for holding Capitalism accountable but the window breakers are doing something counterproductive. Antifa can mean anything anyone wants, including those who self identify as such. There are so many good and well meaning people demonstrating in Seattle and Portland for whom the destruction of property is a negative and a serious distraction. 

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1 hour ago, Paul Brancato said:

How does anyone know what actions are what faction of Antifa?

They wear black clothes and break stuff.

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I’m all for holding Capitalism accountable but the window breakers are doing something counterproductive.

I couldn’t agree more.

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Antifa can mean anything anyone wants, including those who self identify as such.

If you’re anti-fascist you’re Antifa.  If you dress in black and break stuff you’re Black Bloc Antifa.

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There are so many good and well meaning people demonstrating in Seattle and Portland for whom the destruction of property is a negative and a serious distraction. 

I first heard of Black Bloc in’03 at anti Iraq war demonstrations.  I think they ruined a lot of momentum of the Occupy protests in Oakland in ‘11.

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1 hour ago, Paul Brancato said:

How does anyone know what actions are what faction of Antifa? I’m all for holding Capitalism accountable but the window breakers are doing something counterproductive. Antifa can mean anything anyone wants, including those who self identify as such. There are so many good and well meaning people demonstrating in Seattle and Portland for whom the destruction of property is a negative and a serious distraction. 

 I noticed Fox News lead their broadcast yesterday with antifa rather than the changeover of power, emphasizing how the left can't control itself, even though just 2 weeks ago, the Trumpies overthrew the Capitol. At this juncture it's so counterproductive. Most people just need a rest and to reflect.

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12 hours ago, Joseph McBride said:

Jim, it's obvious she put it in writing. Various printed sources

said he demanded that. Then there was a meeting. Then he

OK'd her.

 

No "CIA officers" to be prosecuted, but what about the two outsourced psychologists who developed the Enhanced Interrogation Techniques program and hands-on oversaw it for CIA?  But now nobody will split hairs...

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15 hours ago, Cliff Varnell said:

It’s the Black Bloc faction of antifa.  Back to the good old days of the Left holding the feet of Corporate Centerists to the fire!

I’m not down with vandalism, but it has a -back-to-normal feel.

       IMO, those nincompoops, along with the right wing agent provocateurs who posed as "Antifa," played a major role in helping Donald Trump garner 74 million votes in November.

       I agree with some of their "Black Bloc" political views, but their methods are truly self-defeating.

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On 1/20/2021 at 11:38 PM, Kirk Gallaway said:

.Doug, I was going to ask you in your "Profiles on Spartacus Thread", you talk of the Tom Huston and his Huston Plan which Nixon at least partially implemented, which sounded rather ominous,"The Huston Plan gave new domestic and international powers to the intelligence community, including break-ins, domestic surveillance, and surreptitious entries. It remains classified "Top Secret'

I was going to ask you at the time  if you knew which parts were implemented. So Huston is the originator of a plan that greatly increased surveillance on both foreign subjects and our own citizens. Yet now here he sounds like the ultimate Libertarian , actually threatening to leave Facebook and Twitter though he admittedly doesn't use them much because I assume he's upset at the action they've taken against Trump and Parler and this "Jihad against Conservatives "to go to of all places  Putin's Russia. You see the contradiction. Can you straighten me out on where this guys at?

 

Kirk:

 

     The answer to your question covers two matters: (Part 1) What is known about the Huston Plan and (Part 2) How will extremist American conservatives communicate publicly now that Facebook and Twitter will monitor false information such as they spewed out in the past four years under the Trump regime.

 

                                                     Part One

 

     Here are the basic facts about the Huston Plan, including a recently disclosed copy of the plan itself and an expression of remorse from Tom Huston for his role in devising it. I shall supplement this National Security Archive report of June 25, 2020, with information that Robert Merritt, the sole employee of the Huston Plan, provided me about his activities that I published in my autobiography, “Being There: Eyewitness to History”:

 

Spying on Americans: Infamous 1970s White House Plan for Protest Surveillance Released

Nixon-era "Huston Plan" was too far-reaching even for J. Edgar Hoover

 

https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/intelligence/2020-06-25/spying-americans-new-release-infamous-huston-plan

 

     Robert Merritt told me that circa 1971 pursuant to an order issued under the Huston Plan he assassinated a lawyer who was walking down the street in Alexandria, Virginia because the lawyer was the conduit of money from foreign communist sources that paid for anti-Vietnam war protests. He also undertook many unsavory activities that have been chronicled.

 

     Among the most important things he did I included in my book’s preface:

“One of the great mysteries of Watergate is the role played in it by the controversial Huston Plan. Robert Merritt was the sole employee of the Huston Plan. White House Counsel John Dean took over administration of the Huston Plan after Tom Huston was eased out. Merritt recently recounted to me a key aspect of the plan that has never before been revealed.  This was the existence of a secret court held in a secret location in Washington before which Merritt appeared on at least twelve occasions in 1971 and 1972. He submitted to a three judge panel there an affidavit sworn to by him and but which was actually written by the FBI that was shown to him only fifteen minutes before the court convened. Invariably the court would issue a warrant for wiretapping or search or surveillance or a combination of these aimed at a specific target. In at least three cases the target was a law firm. The only named target the Merritt remembers today is the firm of Arnold & Porter for which a wiretap warrant was issued. The secret court always convened a 1 A.M. and was located beneath an apartment complex on P Street, NW, three blocks west of Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C. Entrance was gained through the tenant’s garage beneath the apartment complex. Inconspicuously located there was a small elevator that only held three persons that descended two stories further down beneath the apartment complex. The elevator opened onto a small corridor that led to a door that had three separate locks on it, each of which required a separate key. Once that door was opened there were two other unlocked doors that led to a small courtroom. On each side of where the three judges sat, who wore black suits but not judicial gowns, were American flags. “In God We Trust” appeared on the wall behind the judges. Merritt, following the orders of the FBI agents, recited the basic contents of the affidavit prepared by the FBI of which he had no personal knowledge. He then submitted the affidavit to the judges who read it and then handed it back to Merritt to sign. Lawyers from the U.S. Department of Justice were always present. The proceeding usually lasted 45 minutes after which Merritt was escorted out by the FBI agents and subsequently driven back to his residence.

 

     ‘When John Dean resigned or was fired from his position as White House Counsel, he took the only copy of the 31-page Huston Plan with him and submitted it to Chief Judge John Sirica.’

 

                                                        Part Two

     Parler tries to survive with help from Russian company

After supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, Twitter and Facebook barred Trump from their services. That sent a flood of new people to Parler, pushing it past 15 million users. Then Apple and Google removed Parler’s app from their app stores and Amazon stopped hosting Parler’s website on its servers because, they said, Parler was not consistently removing violent posts.”

http://www.baltimoresun.com/consumer-reviews/sns-nyt-parler-russian-company-20210120-j7ljw6bworaltarnlkdra6gsk4-story.html

 

Parler has other problems:

House Oversight committee chair requests FBI probe of Parler, including its role in Capitol siege

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/consumer-reviews/sns-nyt-parler-russian-company-20210120-j7ljw6bworaltarnlkdra6gsk4-story.html

 

     The bottom line is that extremist American conservatives are having difficulty in devising a credible and reliable means to communicate online. If they embrace doing this using an online network in Russia, they may find themselves labeled traitors. It will be interesting to see how they solve the dilemma they are facing.

 

 

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Biden Orders Sweeping Assessment of Russian Hacking, Even While Renewing Nuclear Treaty

There will be no “reset” of the American relationship with Moscow, administration officials say. But in an era of constant confrontation in cyberspace, the president seeks to avoid a nuclear arms race.

The New York Times

January 21, 2021

From the article: Mr. Biden’s order for a study of the SolarWinds hacking — named for the Texas company whose widely used network management software was one way Russian hackers gained access — comes as intelligence officials have quietly concluded that more than a thousand Russian software engineers were most likely involved in it, according to people involved in the investigation.

That suggests it was a far larger and stealthier operation than first known — and raises anew questions about why the National Security Agency and its military counterpart, United States Cyber Command, missed it. The Russians were active for nine months in those networks before a cybersecurity firm, FireEye, and Microsoft Corporation alerted the government, and then the public, about the hacking.

A key question facing Avril D. Haines, the new director of national intelligence, is whether the operation was limited to espionage, or whether “back doors” placed in government and corporate systems give Russia new abilities to alter data or shut down computer networks entirely.

 

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4 hours ago, W. Niederhut said:

       IMO, those nincompoops, along with the right wing agent provocateurs who posed as "Antifa," played a major role in helping Donald Trump garner 74 million votes in November.

       I agree with some of their "Black Bloc" political views, but their methods are truly self-defeating.

Black Bloc — giving peaceful left-wing protests a black eye since 2003.

https://nypost.com/2021/01/22/twitter-suspends-antifa-accounts-with-over-71k-followers/

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Wow. it appears if  this doesn't convict Trump, then we have to accept nothing will. Trump in the last weekend tried to oust the acting AG Rosen, to install this Jeffrey Clarke to invalidate the Georgia election results but all the heads of DOJ would have resigned so Trump backed off.

So there was some cause for the Trump fanatics to believe the inauguration day "storm". That Trump would have taken control, invoke  martial law and hold on to power.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/22/politics/trump-doj-attorney-plan-replace-acting-ag-false-election-claims/index.html

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3 hours ago, Kirk Gallaway said:

Wow. it appears if  this doesn't convict Trump, then we have to accept nothing will. Trump in the last weekend tried to oust the acting AG Rosen, to install this Jeffrey Clarke to invalidate the Georgia election results but all the heads of DOJ would have resigned so Trump backed off.

So there was some cause for the Trump fanatics to believe the inauguration day "storm". That Trump would have taken control, invoke  martial law and hold on to power.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/22/politics/trump-doj-attorney-plan-replace-acting-ag-false-election-claims/index.html

There isn't anything saying he can't be charged by state and federal authorities. There's a limit to the protections Government officials have from Qualified Immunity and such. Same-same Clark and C. Flynn et al.

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