The Insurrection Act gives U.S. presidents the authority to deploy active duty military to maintain or restore peace in times of crisis. The Insurrection Act was invoked numerous times in the 20th century, most famously when Dwight D. Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne Division to enforce the desegregation of public schools in Little Rock, Arkansas.
But the origins of the Insurrection Act date back more than 200 years to a bizarre chapter in American history—when Aaron Burr plotted to raise an army and establish his own dynasty in either the Louisiana Territory or Mexico.
Burr, a decorated Revolutionary War officer and senator from New York, served as vice president during Thomas Jefferson’s first term. Burr had grand political aspirations, but they were dashed after he killed his rival Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804.
Burr was never arrested or tried for Hamilton’s murder, but it effectively ended Burr’s political career. With no prospects in Washington, D.C. or New York, Burr set his sights on the West, namely the newly acquired Louisiana Territory and Mexican-owned lands in the Southwest.
The details of Burr’s plot were never clear, but it involved mustering an army to invade Mexico under the pretense of a war with Spain, and then keeping the conquered land for himself. Burr thought he had an ally in General James Wilkenson, commander of the U.S. Army and first governor of the Louisiana Territory, but when rumors of Burr’s plot leaked into the newspapers, Wilkenson turned on his co-conspirator.
Former DC lobbyist (2005-14) turned rogue Republican government official serving as the Acting Homeland Security Secretary who betrayed Trump by refusing to fire disgraced cybersecurity official Christopher Krebs, and betraying America by folding to the left-wing narrative to demonize white people, claiming that so-called “white supremacist extremists” are the real terrorist threat, and refusing to name ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter as the top domestic terror threats in the U.S.
“White supremacist extremists, from a lethality standpoint over the last two years, particularly when you look at 2018 and 2019, are certainly the most persistent and lethal threat when we talk about domestic violent extremists,” Wolf said while addressing senators – citing no figures to back his assertion up.
In addition to peddling deep state nonsense against white people, Wolf also parroted talking points about how the evil Rooskies are going to interfere in this election. He claimed that “Russia looks to denigrate former Vice President Biden” and that they are undermining U.S. elections. He seemed to give Iran and China a pass when addressing those hostile nations though…
The president’s administration has been subverted and is working to demonize white people for the globalists. The systemic hatred against white people is rising, and the Department of Homeland Security is fanning the flames of this hatred with nonsense.
Failure to Fire Krebs
Krebs effectively joined the Democrat vote steal by denying the extreme electoral irregularities that plagued the nation since the 2020 disputed election. Wolf refused to get rid of this man, showing where he stands during this crucial period.
A former Republican political strategist, media consultant, and author, based in Florida who has produced televised political commercials (many well below-the-belt) for governors, mostly war-happy U.S. Senate candidates, super PACs, and corporations with his business Intrepid. On the brink of bankruptcy leading up to the 2016 election, he turned against the party and became a leader of the Never-Trump The Lincoln Project, a group of Never Trump political consultants running targeted ads attacking Trump. At the same time, he got a lucrative book-deal-filled for bashing President Donald Trump and his supporters as well as landing a gig as an editor at large at the Daily Beast despite little background in conventional journalism.
Wilson now often appears as a guest on the leftist media bashing Trump and proclaiming that he left the republicans because “the party is dead!” In 2015, he penned maybe his first article in Politico magazine urging his fellow Republicans to steer clear of “Hillary Clinton’s email fiasco.” Wilson penned another piece in Politico magazine later that year as a hit piece on Trump and urged the other Republican candidates to target him for elimination.
Records demonstrate that as Trump was taking off as a political force, Wilson’s personal financial situation turned dour. The bank was moving in on his house, credit card companies were suing him over debt accrued, and the IRS filed various liens against him for almost $400,000 for back taxes in February 2014. As that happened, Wilson’s political style changed to become anti-Trump instead of continuing with his decades-long history of inflammatory right-wing politics.
Wilson’s The Lincoln Project touted an ad in 2020 bashing the Confederate flag as a symbol of “treason” against the United States.
“The men who followed this flag 150 years ago knew what it meant,” a narrator says in the ad released earlier this month as a Confederate flag waves in the background. “Treason against their country. The death of the United States. America defeated the men who followed that flag. Those with honor surrendered and cast it aside forever.”
But then some conservatives uncovered social media posts from Wilson and his wife featuring a cooler with a Confederate flag on it as well as the text in one image: “The South Will Rise Again.” Wilson has been feverishly deleting the images from Twitter, and when his wife, Molly—legal name Mary—was confronted by conservative Caleb Hull, she would not deny owning the cooler or disavow the Confederate flag on it. She simply replied “F..k off” to Hull, per screenshots he posted of his confronting her about it.
Wilson is also getting lots of national attention this week after attempting to shame Dominos Pizza for thanking now White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for praising their pizza back in 2012. “You just killed your brand,” he tweeted at Dominos with a screenshot of the pizza chain’s 2012 reply to McEnany’s tweet from eight years ago. At the time, McEnany was not in a government political position but was a civilian. Later, Dominos joked in response that it’s “unfortunate” to think the company would be held responsible for something from 2012 in 2020.
But these latest mishaps by Wilson come after years of him leading a small and shrinking band of GOP political consultants who dub themselves Never Trumpers furious with Trump’s rise ahead of their more-preferred 2016 GOP candidates during that year’s primary.
Prior to turning against the party over Trump, Wilson, whose legal name is Frederick George Wilson Jr., had long been a fixture in Republican circles. His career as a media consultant, strategist, and ad-maker is intertwined with several major political events of the last 30 years and his flair for the dramatic—and viciously negative—style of ad could make even Trump’s aggressive nature look timid.
Officially, Wilson, a Florida native, got his start on George H.W. Bush’s successful 1988 presidential campaign. During that race, although only the Florida field director, Wilson was supposedly mentored by Bush’s campaign manager, Lee Atwater—the mastermind behind the infamous Willie Horton television ad.
Wilson’s profile only grew after that campaign. In 1993, he signed up with Adam Goodman, another Florida political consultant, to advise Rudy Giuliani, who was then seeking the office of mayor of New York City, on media strategy. Wilson and Goodman reprised their roles when the mayor was seeking reelection in 1997. This time, though, they entered New York political folklore by crafting an ad that for many epitomized for many voters the progress made under Giuliani.
The ad, known simply as “sex shops,” hit Giuliani’s Democrat challenger for opposing his administration’s proposal to shutter pornography retailers in commercial districts and residential neighborhoods, most notably Times Square. Wilson and Goodman’s ad, coupled with Giuliani’s success in lowering the crime rate, resulted in the mayor becoming the first Republican mayor of New York to secure a second term since 1941, with a whopping 17 percentage point victory margin to boot.
As Giuliani’s second term began winding down, Wilson joined the administration in September 1999 as a policy adviser. Although little is known about his tenure within City Hall, Wilson’s position drew scrutiny, especially as Giuliani was gearing up his bid for the United States Senate. The mayor’s senatorial ambitions, however, faltered in May 2000 amid a cancer diagnosis and revelations that he engaged in an extramarital affair.
After Giuliani’s campaign ended, Wilson returned to Tallahassee, Florida, where local records show he has owned a home since at least 1998. In June 2002, Wilson launched his own consulting firm called Intrepid Media, according to incorporation records filed with Florida’s Department of State.
It is unclear exactly how much work Intrepid received after its launch. A search of Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings indicates the group did not begin getting paid by candidates for its services until February 2004.
Around the time of Intrepid’s launch, Wilson stirred national headlines and further burnished his political credentials by creating a controversial ad for Saxby Chambliss, the then-GOP’s nominee for U.S. Senate in Georgia. At the time, Chambliss, a sitting congressman, was running against incumbent Sen. Max Cleland, a moderate Democrat who had lost both legs and his right forearm while serving as an Army captain in Vietnam.
The 2002 race between Cleland and Chambliss was noted for its harshly negative tone. The campaign, taking place only months after the tragedy of September 11th, was fought mainly on the issue of national defense. Cleland, who had voted for the Iraq war authorization act but had opposed other homeland security initiatives by the George W. Bush administration, was painted by Republican opponents as weak in the face of global terrorism.
An ad created for Chambliss by Wilson drove that point home in the final weeks of the campaign. The ad, which has been cited as one of the most negative of the past two decades, flashed photos of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein across the screen before claiming Cleland was “misleading” the public about his support for homeland security.
“As Americans face terrorists and extremist dictators, Max Cleland runs television ads saying he has the courage to lead,” the ad stated, proceeding to list elven votes, mainly amendments, the senator took opposing the George W. Bush administration.
The ad helped Chambliss defeat Cleland by nearly seven points when most polls, even those taken only days before the election, had the incumbent leading. The ad’s negativity, however, tarred Chambliss for years to come, with even the late Sen. John McCain lambasting it as “worse than disgraceful.”
While Wilson’s role in creating the ad is self-acknowledged, it remains uncertain if he was paid for his services through Intrepid. FEC reports for Chambliss’s 2002 race do not provide much detail in terms of itemized expenditures, although they do note the lawmaker spent upwards of $9 million on the campaign.
A clearer picture of Wilson and Intrepid’s work begins to emerge after the Georgia Senate race. In 2004, Intrepid was hired for media consulting on two congressional races, one in upstate New York and the other in Kansas. The latter campaign was that of Kris Kobach, the fiercely pro-Trump former Kansas secretary of state and 2018 GOP gubernatorial nominee.
FEC records indicated that in 2004 Wilson was advising Kobach not just on media, but also on political strategy in his bid for Kansas’ 3rd congressional district. The race drew national attention for the heated attacks exchanged between Kobach and incumbent Democrat Dennis Moore. Kobach accused Moore of being “radically liberal,” while the incumbent congressman claimed his opponent’s position on restricting immigration was “extremist.” On election day, Moore was reelected by a large margin.
Wilson’s career seemed to lull a bit after the 2004 elections. FEC records, one of the only ways to ascertain Intrepid’s activities since as a private entity it does not have to release its financial records, indicate Wilson took on only one federal client in October 2006, the Republican Party of Wisconsin, which paid him a one time sum of $16,000 for “political consulting.”
It is unclear if he was advising state and local candidates at the time. If so, it was not in Florida as he told the Tampa Tribune in June 2006 he was unaffiliated with any race taking place that year. Similarly, Wilson seemed not to be working for any campaign throughout 2007. In the few rare media interviews he gave that year, mostly criticizing McCain’s White House ambitions, Wilson was identified as an ex-Giuliani strategist, but was not mentioned as being involved in the former mayor’s own presidential campaign.
Regardless, FEC filings indicated that between November 2006 and the end of July 2008, Intrepid was not listed as a payee of any federal candidate or political group. It is unclear if either Wilson or Intrepid have or had other avenues of revenue, like corporate clients or other entities that do not require disclosure under federal election law. Wilson has been notoriously protective of his client list, refusing many times over the years to publicly reveal who may be paying him.
Around this time, Wilson appears to have begun experiencing financial difficulties. In July 2007, he and his wife took out a $200,000 mortgage from JP Morgan Chase on their Tallahassee home. Less than a year later, in April 2008, JP Morgan attempted to foreclose on that mortgage, a legal action usually taken when the borrower stops making payments on the loan. It is unclear if that was the reason for JP Morgan’s action.
The case was voluntarily dismissed in October 2008 by JP Morgan.
The dismissal coincided with Wilson’s professional reemergence. Starting at the end of July and running through the end of September, Intrepid was paid $16,000 in four installments by the Republican Party of Wisconsin for its services. Simultaneously, Wilson took on the American Family Business Institute as a client, receiving two lump sum payments totaling $65,000 between August and September of 2008. The exact nature of Wilson’s work with the group, which is focused on repealing the federal estate tax, is unknown.
At the same time, Wilson took on a handful of smaller clients, including the Vermont Republican Committee and the National Republican Trust PAC. It was with the latter group that Wilson made his debut on the national stage by creating an ad attacking then-candidate Barack Obama for a series of controversial sermons that his pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, delivered over the years. The ad, as was the case with Wilson’s prior work, was noted for its negativity.
Before the end of the 2008 campaign, Wilson would produce other ads lambasting Obama for a series of hot button issues, most notably the candidate’s one time support for granting driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. For his services, Wilson was paid more than $40,000 by the National Republican Trust.
Money, though, was not the primary benefit from Wilson’s work for the group. After the 2008 campaign, Wilson drew notice as a national political strategist with specific insight into how to craft not only a successful but memorable negative ad.
Wilson’s growing reputation, however, did not automatically lead to more business for Intrepid.
Between the start of 2009 and the end of 2012, the company failed to line up major political candidates as clientele, despite big GOP victories across the board in 2010.
In fact, FEC records show that Intrepid’s biggest client between those four years was not a presidential campaign, but rather Adam Hasner, a local Florida elected official who made an unsuccessful run for Congress in 2012. In total, Hasner paid Intrepid more than $29,000 throughout that election cycle.
The situation hardly improved in the years following. In 2014, another stellar year for Republicans nationwide as the GOP retook the U.S. Senate that year, Intrepid was only paid a total of $34,280 by four federal groups and candidates.
Wilson’s sparse income through the company could help explain tax issues that came to a head for him that year. In February 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filed a lien against Wilson and his wife for more than $389,000 in unpaid income taxes dating back to 2004.
To date, the lien is still in effect and has not been released by the IRS. A further tax lien for more than $780, pertaining to income earned in 2014, was assessed against Wilson and his wife in December 2015. That lien, however, was released in March 2016, with the IRS stipulating the Wilsons had satisfied the amount owed.
Soon after his financial troubles with the IRS began, Wilson had begun forging a different political role for himself, one outside the shadows of campaign work. Starting in March 2015, Wilson began branching out from just being a good source of copy for journalists to writing editorials and articles himself.
One of the earliest pieces that he penned was in Politico magazine urging his fellow Republicans to steer clear of “Hillary Clinton’s email fiasco.”
At the time, Wilson claimed he was only helping illuminate the contours of the 2016 race, before eventually being hired by one of the White House hopefuls.
“Now I’ve got latitude. Inside a campaign I will conform,” he toldThe Washington Post around the time his piece in Politico was published.
Despite the confidence, the work never materialized. FEC records show that Wilson’s only client throughout 2015 was then-Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, who at the time was vying for the Senate seat Marco Rubio was set to vacate, and the candidate’s affiliated Super PAC.
Meanwhile, Wilson was bolstering his credentials as an opponent of Trump both on social media and during in-person interviews. In September 2015, Wilson penned another piece in Politico magazine, pushing Trump’s rivals to utilize an upcoming Republican debate to end his candidacy.
“Overall, go out there tonight, swing for the fences, smile, laugh, have some fun,” Wilson wrote, after outlining what he saw as the New York billionaire’s weak points for rivals to target.“You could be living on a diet of lead paint, cheap vodka and Real Housewives and still know more than Trump does about, well, everything.”
Even as Wilson’s profile as a prominent Trump critic was growing, so were his financial issues. In April 2016, Wilson had a judgement filed against him in Florida circuit court by American Express for defaulting on more than $25,000 in credit card debt. In August of that year, American Express received a writ of garnishment against Wilson in hopes of recouping its money.
The trouble continued for Wilson throughout August as Citibank sought to foreclose on his home, again, possibly because of inability to pay a mortgage owed to the financial giant. Unlike the prior foreclosure attempt by JP Morgan in 2008, this case was not dismissed. It appears to be still active, suggesting that Wilson has obtained an arrangement with the bank to pay the amount of owed.
As this was occurring, Wilson finally made his debut as presidential campaign strategist for Evan McMullin, a former CIA operative running as a vocal Never Trumper. Although the timeline of the affiliation is unclear, McMullin’s first payment to Wilson came six days after Citibank filed its foreclosure notice in Florida Circuit Court.
Overall, Wilson would be paid more than $35,000 by McMullin via both himself and Intrepid through November 2016.
McMullin’s campaign, however, failed to ever get off the ground. Initially, many had believed McMullin would be an enterprising candidate for Republicans opposed to Trump’s unorthodox platform and personality. By Election Day, though, such hopes had evaporated, with the former CIA operative only putting up a strong showing in his home state of Utah.
Even as McMullin’s time in the spotlight was fading, Wilson’s national profile was just forming. Following the election, the strategist stepped up his Never Trump criticism, garnering not only bylines in some of the country’s most reputable media outlets, but also appearing frequently on network television.
His notoriety as a Trump opponent even helped land a gig as an editor at large at the Daily Beast despite little background in conventional journalism and two book deals. The first book, titled Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever, was a New York Times bestseller when it debuted in August 2018.
Its publication occurred the same month that American Express released its more than $25,000 judgement against Wilson for unpaid credit card debt.
Similarly, Wilson’s position as Never Trumper seemed to translate into a benefit for his media company. Between 2017 and 2018, Intrepid was paid more than $116,000 by Kurt Jetta, a Trump critic who was vying for the Republican nomination for Florida’s 21st Congressional District. Jetta eventually dropped his bid after failing to make headway with the local GOP grassroots.
Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) from 2010 to 2017 turned CNN commentator that not only leaked classified information related to the infamous “Steele dossier” to CNN’s Jake Tapper while Clapper was in office – he also lied about it to Congress, under oath. “ His leak “gave the dossier legs and news agencies began to publish its contents because it had now become official news,” according to one congressional source. Clapper’s perjury occurred on March 12, 2013, when he told Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., “No, sir,” and, “Not wittingly,” in response to a question about whether the NSA was collecting “any type of data at all” on millions of Americans. , A.G. Jeff Session allowed the 5-year statutes of limitations to expire on March 12, 2018 without charging Clapper for his crime. Clapper was the former CEO for the British military intelligence company Detica, and also worked at the same time for two other private intelligence agencies, SRA and Booz Allen Hamilton. After retiring in 2017, he was hired as a CNN analyst, taking a leading role criticizing Trump while be lauded by the fake news outlet as a source of truthful commentary on matters of government surveillance.
The under-oath lie was exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden who revealed in June 2013 that the U.S. intelligence community obtained secret court orders forcing phone companies to turn over millions of U.S. call records on an “ongoing, daily basis.”
After CNN reported on the dossier and BuzzFeed published the full document in January 2017, Clapper hypocritically expressed“profound dismay” at the leaks, calling it “extremely corrosive and damaging to national security.” Once exposed, Clapper offered at least two different explanations for his inaccurate testimony. In a June 2013 apology letter, Clapper wrote that he gave the “clearly erroneous” answer because he “simply didn’t think of” the call record collection. But in an MSNBC interview the same month, he said he chose to give the “least untruthful” answer because he was “asked a, ‘When are you going to stop beating your wife?’ kind of question, meaning not answerable necessarily by a simple yes or no.”
The revelation that Clapper was responsible for leaking details of both the dossier and briefings to two presidents on the matter is significant, because former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey wrote in one of four memos that he leaked that the briefing of Trump on salacious and unverified allegations from the dossier was necessary because “CNN had them and were looking for a news hook.” –The Federalist
So Comey said that Trump needed to be briefed on the Dossier’s allegations since CNN “had them” – because James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence at the time, provided that information to the same network he now works for.
And who’s idea was it to brief Trump on the dossier? JAMES CLAPPER – according to former FBI Director James Comey’s memos:
“I said there was something that Clapper wanted me to speak to the [president-elect] about alone or in a very small group,” Comey wrote.
The revelations detailing Clapper’s leak to CNN can be found in a 253-page report by the House Intelligence Committee majority released on Friday – which also found “no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government.”
As Sean Davis of The Federalist bluntly states: “Clapper leaked details of a dossier briefing given to then-President-elect Donald Trump to CNN’s Jake Tapper, lied to Congress about the leak, and was rewarded with a CNN contract a few months later.”
President Trump would tweet this on April 28, 2018: “Clapper lied about (fraudulent) Dossier leaks to CNN,” Trump wrote. “He is a lying machine who now works for Fake News CNN.”
From Clapper’s Congressional testimony:
MR. ROONEY: Did you discuss the dossier or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists?
MR. CLAPPER: No.
Clapper later changed his tune after he was confronted about his communications with Tapper:
“Clapper subsequently acknowledged discussing the ‘dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper,’ and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic,” the report reads. “Clapper’s discussion with Tapper took place in early January 2017, around the time IC leaders briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump, on ‘the Christopher Steele information,’ a two-page summary of which was ‘enclosed in’ the highly-classified version of the ICA,” or intelligence community assessment.
From House Intel Report: “Former DNI James Clapper, now a CNN national security analyst, acknowledged discussing the dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic.” Early Jan 2017 https://t.co/adtMqdRsVlpic.twitter.com/mG2y5BFpOr
s Jack Posobiec adds, “To be clear: CNN’s Jake Tapper participated in a leak of highly classified information from James Clapper and knowingly participated in a cover-up of it that has gone on for months, during which time CNN hired Clapper as a paid contributor.”
The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross notes that Clapper also denied speaking to the media in a March conversation with CNN’s Don Lemon.
Indeed it is Don – as The Federalist’s Mollie Hemmingway wrote in January – Comey’s account of Trump’s briefing on the dossier suggested that it was a setup from the beginning – and that it was only done in order to legitimize the story and justify leaking the unverified and salacious details to journalists.
Let’s bring it home with Mollie Hemmingway’s summary from January which hits the nail on the head:
So Comey, at Clapper’s expressed behest, told Trump that CNN was “looking for a news hook” to publish dossier allegations. He said this in the briefing of Trump that almost immediately leaked to CNN, which provided them the very news hook they sought and needed.
This briefing, and the leaking of it, legitimized the dossier, which touched off the Russia hysteria. That hysteria led to a full-fledged media freakout. During the freakout, Comey deliberately refused to say in public what he acknowledged repeatedly in private — that the President of the United States was not under investigation. He even noted in his memos that he told the president at least three times that he was not under investigation. Comey’s refusal to admit publicly what he kept telling people privately led to his firinClapper’s perjury occurred on March 12, 2013, when he told Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., “No, sir,” and, “Not wittingly,” in response to a question about whether the NSA was collecting “any type of data at all” on millions of Americans. , A.G. Jeff Session allowed the 5-year statutes of limitations to expire on March 12, 2018 without charging Clapper for his crime. –The Federalist
Many members of Congress, mostly Republicans supportive of new limits on electronic surveillance, called for Clapper to be prosecuted as the deadline neared, saying unpunished perjury jeopardizes the ability of Congress to perform oversight.
“He admitted to lying to Congress and was unremorseful and flippant about it,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner. “The integrity of our federal government is at stake because his behavior sets the standard for the entire intelligence community.”
“Political consideration should not affect the Department of Justice from pursuing this matter,” Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said ahead of the deadline. “Complete and truthful testimony is imperative for Congress to conduct effective oversight. It is clear from the evidence and Director Clapper’s own admission that he lied.”
Jesselyn Radack, a defense attorney who represents Snowden and fellow NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, however, takes a dim view of Clapper being let off the hook.
“It shows that government officials in positions of power can lie with impunity to Congress and the American people about outrageous abuses, but when ordinary citizens like Reality Winner reveal the truth about the same abuses, they face espionage charges and prison,
In March 2017, Clapper said, “I can deny,” Trump’s allegation that President Barack Obama wiretapped his calls in Trump Tower. Clapper, appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press”, said “no” in response to a question about whether there was wiretapping of “anything at Trump Tower.” He said he would know if there were any such FISA court order, and his claim Trump was wrong was widely circulated.
“There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign,” Clapper said. The journalist who conducted the interview did not inform viewers about Clapper’s false testimony about surveillance, and months after the interview, questions mounted about wiretapping affecting the Trump campaign and Trump Tower.
In September 2017, CNN reported that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who since 2006 has owned a condo in Trump Tower, was wiretapped under secret surveillance court orders between 2014 and “some point” in 2016 and then again beginning in late 2016 during the presidential transition. Manafort was Trump’s campaign manager between May and August 2016, and it’s unclear if any of that time period was covered in the first wiretap, which reportedly was prompted by his foreign lobbying. The second period of Manafort wiretapping, beginning during the presidential transition, reportedly was premised specifically on Russia’s role in the election and covered a period of time when Trump and Manafort were known to speak on the phone. A FISA order against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was issued in October 2016, after he left the campaign.
“I stand on what I said on the fifth of March,” Clapper said in a 2017 response to reporting on the Manafort surveillance orders. “FISAs are classified, so even if I knew something about it I couldn’t [comment], and I don’t.”
Clapper’s antagonism toward Trump has been wide-ranging.
He told CNN in December 2017 that Russian President Vladimir Putin “knows how to handle an asset, and that’s what he’s doing with the president” after a phone call between the leaders. In another interview, Clapper said about Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, “If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and flies like a duck, it sure looks like obstruction to me.” In July, Clapper told Australia’s National Press Club, “I think [if] you compare the two, that Watergate pales, really, in my view, compared to what we’re confronting now.”
In August 2017, Clapper told CNN, “I really question his ability to — his fitness to be — in this office,” and, “I worry about, frankly, access to the nuclear codes.” Trump fired back on Twitter: “James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?” Clapper said the letter was short and formulaic.
In February 2018, after a group of lawmakers renewed their calls for his prosecution, Clapper said on CNN that “I think there are other shoes to drop here — notably finances” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of potential Trump campaign collusion with Russia. “What were the financial relationships between the Trump Organization before the election and the Trump campaign?” he said.
The nonprosecution of Clapper comes after a year of Trump attacking Justice Department Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Frustrated by Sessions’ recusal of oversight power for Mueller’s investigation, Trump called Sessions “VERY weak” in his approach to Hillary Clinton and leakers, but the denunciations and promised action resulted in no additional leak charges or a renewed criminal probe of Clinton’s handling of classified information.
After gaining the highest security clearances in America, Clapper then worked for GeoEye, was on the board of three government contractors, worked for Detica (British military intelligence), BAE Systems, SRA International and Booz Allen Hamilton. Ultimately, James A. Clapper (known liar and globalist) was in full control of all intelligence (17 agencies) in America as the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) YET demonstrated himself to be an enemy of America.
From the outside it looks like Clapper works for himself out of a drive for power, control and money. He demonstrated his true nature when he left the services of America and worked for British and international private spy agencies, spying on America and using his security clearances as weapons against America. This is clearly demonstrated by his non-stop consolidation of power while in the position of Director of National Intelligence.
It is crystal clear that James Clapper allowed the number one intelligence vendor for cyberwarfare, CrowdStrike, to dominate governmental and corporate cyber breaches. To date, Dmitri and CrowdStrike have had many contracts to find and end cyber-attacks and have not successfully prosecuted a single hacker nor been able to secure any governmental system from attacks. It is also quite odd that Dmitri’s father, Michael Alperovitch, is the number one encryption code expert in America and has essentially created and controls the codes for most military information systems as well as many prominent corporate systems. Clapper didn’t seem to care that Dmitri was a criminal hacker arrested by the FBI and turned into their top cyber hacker against Russian gangsters stealing American’s identities through online scams. Michael Alperovitch was supposedly a Russian nuclear physicist who magically became a U.S. citizen that was hired by the biggest data systems in America to write and maintain encryption codes. Essentially, just as complete control of the 17 intelligence agencies were controlled by Clapper, the encryption codes of America under his watch were controlled by one Russian—Michael Alperovitch.
Key Point: If James Clapper and Michael Alperovitch defected, the entire American intelligence community would have collapsed.
Centralization of power in just a few people usually goes wrong and in this case it went very wrong. Clapper was not interested in accurate intelligence; he was simply a propaganda machine like the Nazi Bureau of Information. Clapper wanted us to believe anything he says without any proof simply based upon the fact that “17 intelligence agencies” all agree with him. Essentially, any determination of James Clapper spoke for the other “16 intelligence agencies,” even if there was no evidence or whether any other agency was asked their opinion.
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(Nov 11, 1904 – Nov 15, 1996) was a high-ranking U.S. State Department official and Secretary-General of the United Nations founding conference. He was convicted of perjury in 1950 after denying involvement in Soviet espionage. Hiss partisans and many on the ideological left for many years hotly disputed the jury’s verdict in the case, putting forward a variety of conspiracy theories. The overwhelming consensus among historians today is that Hiss was guilty, as confirmed by the unanimous report of the bipartisan Moynihan Commission on Government Secrecy in 1997. (Conservapedia)
Alger Hiss was convicted of perjury for denying that he had been a Soviet spy, but his case continues to fascinate and stir controversy. … enough material has been found in other files–in Moscow, Eastern Europe, and Washington–to enable historians to write several new works that leave almost no room for doubt about Hiss’s guilt. …
On the surface, Hiss was an unlikely Communist. Born in 1904, he graduated from Johns Hopkins and Harvard Law School and served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Hiss then practiced law in Boston and New York but returned to Washington following the election of Franklin Roosevelt to work in the New Deal. Hiss held a variety of positions and finally settled at the State Department in 1936 as an aide to Assistant Secretary of State Francis B. Sayre, who was former President Woodrow Wilson’s son-in-law.
Hiss rose steadily at State. During the war, he was heavily involved in postwar planning and laying the foundations for the UN. In early 1945, he was part of the State Department contingent that traveled to Yalta with President Roosevelt, and that spring he served as Secretary General of the UN organizing conference in San Francisco. Soon after, however, on the basis of Chambers’s and Bentley’s information, the FBI and State Department security began investigating Hiss; although he was not proven to be a Communist or a spy, enough concerns were raised that Hiss was forced to resign from State in December 1946. Hiss’s public reputation remained strong, however, and, with the help of John Foster Dulles, he was appointed head of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, beginning 1 February 1947.
Hiss flatly denied Chambers’s HUAC charges. The Committee–spurred by a freshman Representative from California, Richard M. Nixon–frantically checked the two stories. On 17 August 1948, Nixon brought Hiss and Chambers together, and Hiss admitted knowing Chambers slightly during the 1930s, but under the name George Crosley. Hiss still denied ever being a Communist, and challenged Chambers to repeat the charges in public, without the immunity afforded by testimony. Chambers did so on the radio show Meet the Press , on 27 September; Hiss filed a slander suit.
The Pumpkin Papers
A dramatic sequence of events followed. On 4 November 1948, as he gave a deposition for the suit, Chambers changed his story and claimed that Hiss not only had been a Communist but also a Soviet spy. For the first time, Chambers produced physical evidence to back up his charge. Before deserting the Soviet cause, he had hidden microfilms, typewritten copies of State Department documents, and notes in Hiss’s handwriting that summarized other State documents in an unused dumbwaiter in his wife’s nephew’s apartment in Brooklyn. On 14 November, Chambers retrieved the package, and two days later he handed the papers to his attorneys (he held onto the microfilms until December, hiding them in a pumpkin at his farm in Maryland; ever since, the entire collection has been known as the Pumpkin Papers). The papers, notes, and microfilms dated from December 1937 through February 1938; Chambers claimed that they were samples of the materials Hiss had provided for passage to the Soviets and that Hiss’s wife, Priscilla, had been the typist.
The papers and microfilms soon were authenticated, and Hiss was indicted for perjury–the statute of limitations for espionage during the 1930s having long expired–on 15 December. The formal charge, based on the Pumpkin Papers, was that he had lied when he told the grand jury that he neither seen Chambers nor passed documents to him in February and March 1938.
· Also in 1992, a Hungarian historian, Maria Schmidt, found the original transcripts of Noel Field’s interrogation by the Hungarian secret police in 1954. Schmidt confirmed Karel Kaplan’s original description of Field’s statements, which corroborated Massing’s testimony by describing how Hiss had tried to recruit him for his own spy ring.
In October 1996, the CIA and NSA released the Venona files, copies of decrypted Soviet intelligence cables from the 1930s and 1940s. The most famous of the cables, dated 30 March 1945, describes ALES, the covername for an American agent who had been working for Soviet military intelligence since 1935, attended the Yalta conference, and then gone on to Moscow where Soviet Foreign Minister Vyshinsky thanked him for his work. Of the Americans at Yalta who then went to Moscow with Secretary of State Stettinius, only Hiss fits this profile.
In return for payments from Random House, Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev, a former KGB officer turned journalist, were granted access to Stalin-era files from the KGB and its predecessors during 1994-96. Among the files they found documents confirming Hede Massing’s account of Hiss’s attempt to recruit Noel Field and several references to ALES, including one that described him as a “strong, determined man with a firm and resolute character, who is aware that he is a Communist with all the consequences of illegal status.”
Former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss was the darling of the Franklin Roosevelt Democrats and the architect of the United Nations. That he was also a Soviet spy remains one of the most well-guarded secrets of the 20th century. But a new book, “Alger Hiss: Why He Chose Treason,” shatters the veil of secrecy so well maintained by “progressives” in the Democratic Party and a complicit media establishment.
It all began unraveling in 1948, when Hiss was accused of being a Soviet spy. Because the statute of limitations on espionage had run out, he was convicted only of perjury. Decades later – after the Hiss trial had been long forgotten by most – archival evidence surfaced confirming the accusations: a public servant with access to classified documents had indeed passed crucial information to the Soviets for more than a decade.
Yet many on the American Left still consider Hiss an iconic figure – an innocent victim accused of unsubstantiated crimes. They prefer to focus on the collectivist ideals Hiss stood for, rather than confront the reality of a man who systematically and methodically betrayed his country.
Former U.S. Intelligence analyst Christina Shelton employs an in-depth knowledge of Soviet intelligence affairs as well as recently released Hungarian and KGB archival material to shine a fresh light on one of the most famous espionage cases. The story is dramatic, but Shelton’s analysis goes beyond sensationalism as she explores both the ideological motivation behind Hiss’s behavior and the lasting influence it has had on U.S. foreign policy.
Why exactly were the intellectual elite so determined that Hiss was innocent? His accuser, Time magazine senior editor Whittaker Chambers – originally Hiss’s Soviet handler and author of the classic “Witness” – presented compelling written evidence. However, the intelligentsia were intent on supporting one of their own. They ignored the facts, a willful blindness that helped contribute to a polarization still in place in our country today.
Thirty years of intelligence analysis gives Shelton the expertise to approach the story from many different angles, especially:
Her persuasive argument that communism and fascism are not polar opposites, as has so long been claimed, but highly similar ideologies.
How Hiss’s central role at the Yalta Conference and the founding of the United Nations are examples of the significance of Soviet intelligence recruitment of high-level Americans who could influence U.S. foreign policy in their favor.
Why the silence surrounding the implications of Hiss’s espionage continues—and why apologists fear that smearing his name would undercut New Deal policies and the United Nations. Shelton doesn’t just detail the body of evidence pointing to Hiss’s guilt; she suggests new layers of meaning in light of the current political landscape.
Today, the importance of understanding Hiss’s ideological commitment has never been more vital. His advocacy of collectivism and internationalism still resonate among the political elite, making this book an important and timely analysis of American thought at this critical juncture in our country’s life.
Chronological History of Events Involving Alger Hiss
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