Wednesday, 24 January 2018

7.0 earthquake off coast of Alaska

Magnitude 7.9 earthquake hits in Gulf of Alaska, tsunami warnings issued

24 January, 2018

Strong aftershocks followed a magnitude 7.9 earthquake which struck off Alaska's Kodiak Island in the United States overnight.

The big quake prompted evacuations and put the North Pacific on alert for possible destructive tsunamis, however the alerts were cancelled just after 4am local time.

The quake hit about 10.30pm New Zealand time.

The earthquake hit at a depth of 10km at 12.32am local time Tuesday (10.32pm New Zealand time) and was recorded about 280km southeast of Kodiak Island.

It was initially assessed as magnitude 8.2, but the US Geological Survey (USGS) revised it down to 7.9.

John Bellini, a geophysicist with the US Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Centre, said there had been more than two dozen aftershocks as of about 6.30am local time. The biggest aftershock had a magnitude of 5.3.

Initial fears of a tsunami spread to many US states, with officials warning residents as far south as San Francisco in California to be prepared to evacuate coastal areas.

Messages from the National Weather Service sent to cellphones in Alaska had warned: "Emergency Alert. Tsunami danger on the coast. Go to high ground or move inland."

The US National Weather Service reported waves measuring 0.12 metres to 0.21m in Kodiak, Seward, Old Harbor, Sitka and Yakutat.

Elsewhere in the United States, Washington state, Oregon, California and Hawaii were under tsunami watches, which eventually were lifted. Officials in Japan say there was no tsunami threat there.

The earthquake woke Lieutenant Tim Putney of the Kodiak Police Department out of a dead sleep, and he estimated it shook for at least 30 seconds.

"I've been Kodiak for 19 years that was the strongest, longest lasting one I've ever felt," he said by telephone.

He said the police department had received no reports of damage.

Keith Perkins, who lives in the southeast Alaska community of Sitka, arrived at the high school early on Tuesday morning, after an alarm on his cellphone alerted him of the tsunami warning. He said the city's sirens also went off later.

He said people on Facebook were chattering back and forth about whether this was real or not and what they should do.

Given the magnitude of the earthquake, Perkins said he thought it best to head to school, the tsunami evacuation point, even though in the past he felt his home was at a "high-enough spot."

"I figured I'd probably just better play it safe," he said.

He said police officers were directing traffic and the parking lot at the school was filling up. He said he saw some people carrying suitcases or backpacks.


Earlier, New Zealand's Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management said it and GNS Science had been assessing if it had generated a tsunami that could affect New Zealand.

There was no threat of tsunami or coastal inundation, though strong currents or surges might occur in the 24 hours from midday Wednesday, it said

The NSA and theDestruction of the Republic

Left-Right Illusion: Rogue NSA Is Devoted to the Destruction of Our Republic – FISA §702 Is the Key

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As Zero Hedge reports, Disobedient Media previously reported on the Senate’s passage of legislation that reauthorized a section of controversial FISA law. Since publishing that article, President Trump tweeted that he had signed off on the legislation, despite widespread calls to veto the bill. FISA laws were initially implemented in 2008 under President Obama, and were set to expire last week.

The Verge reported that Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act provides the director of national intelligence and attorney general with the authority to surveil anyone outside of the country, and remains controversial. The Verge added that, while it is designed to target and surveil non-US citizens, privacy advocates say that US citizens can get caught up as well. “This new bill includes some new provisions: authorities can now access communications that simply mention the target, even if they are not the recipient of said message.”

Additional press reports cited The American Civil Liberties Union, who stated that the memo should have been made public before the FISA Section 702 vote and had called on Trump to veto it. The ACLU wrote: “Trump’s tweet saying the law he signed was different from the one “so wrongly abused” before was not accurate.” The ACLU tweeted that the bill Trump signed “allows the government to violate Americans’ rights and makes the law worse in several ways.”

Media coverage of the reauthorization of FISA 702 has been markedly tepid in recent weeks, often echoing the sentiments of establishment think tanks. CNN’s coverage on the issue was stridently pro-NSA, titled: “Senate must pass FISA Section 702 to protect Americans.” CNN’s article remarkably paralleled the Heritage Foundation, who wrote: “Renewal of FISA’s Section 702: Why America Needs the Provision.” That a supposedly left-leaning press outlet and a conservative think-tank are echoing the same chorus line is particularly noteworthy.

On the corruption of the FBI

FBI Secret Society

Roy Potter

The FBI and DOJ's "secret society" against Trump

BREAKING NEWS TRUMP 1/23/18: Hannity - Missing Text Messages


H.A. Goodman

FBI Agents Discussed "Secret Society" Within DOJ And FBI Working To Undermine Trump

Zero Hedge,
22 January, 2018

Congressional investigators learned from a new batch of text messages between anti-Trump FBI investigators that a "secret society of folks" within the Department of Justice and the FBI may have come together in the "immediate aftermath" of the 2016 election to undermine President Trump, according to Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) who has reviewed the texts.

The thousands of texts and I reviewed today revealed manifest bias among top FBI officials against . The texts between Strzok and Page referenced a "secret society."

The new texts were included in a 384-page DOJ document release to Congressional investigators last Friday - during which Congress was notified in the cover letter that that five months of text messages from December 14, 2016 to May 17, 2017 have gone missing (If only the NSA had copies).

Ratcliffe was joined by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to discuss the latest developments with Fox News host Martha McCallum, when Ratcliffe said:

What we learned today in the thousands of text messages that weve reviewed that perhaps they may not have done that (checked their bias at the door). There's certainly a factual basis to question whether or not they acted on that bias. We know about this insurance policy that was referenced in trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president.

We learned today from information that in the immediate aftermath of his election that there may have been a secret society of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI to include Page and Strzok to be working against him.


Rep. Gowdy deflected a question over a second special counsel, but mentioned "a text about not keeping texts," and "more manifest bias against President Trump all the way through the election into the transition," and finally Gowdy said he saw a text that "Director Comey was going to update the President of the United States about an investigation" which would have been Obama - and may, Gowdy speculates, have been about the Trump team.

Gowdy on FBI text messages: "Today we saw a text about not keeping texts."
Regarding the "secret society," Gowdy said "You have this insurance policy in Spring 2016, and then the day after the election, what they really didn't want to have happen, there is a text exchange between these two FBI agents, these supposed to be fact-centric FBI agents saying, 'Perhaps this is the first meeting of the secret society.' So I'm going to want to know what secret society you are talking about, because you're supposed to be investigating objectively the person who just won the electoral college. So yeah -- I'm going to want to know."

As we have been reporting over the last two days, the FBI "lost" five months of text messages between anti-Trump FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

The explanation for the gap was "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI's collection capabilities."

The missing texts conveniently span the period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 - the day Robert Mueller was appointed to take over the FBI's probe of alleged Trump-Russia collusion, and during the period in which the FBI would ostensibly have been hard at work on their "insurance policy" against a Trump victory - and during the period in which the "secret society" Rep. Ratcliffe referred to would have been hard at work.

A controversy also emerged following the revelation over the missing "textgate" - in that the DOJ's internal investigative unit, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) wrote a letter in December of last year specifically stating that they had obtained text messages from Strzok and Page covering the "missing" period revealed last Friday.

Alas, it appears the Inspector General Michael Horowitz made this statement in error, as Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a Monday statement that Horrowitz was in fact the one who "discovered the FBI's system failed to retain text messages for approximately 5 months," which was confirmed by Fox News.

A Justice Department spokesperson told Fox News that the Departments Office of Inspector General also does not have any text messages between the two during that time period.

Not to worry - the DOJ, known for its honesty, will leave "no stone unturned."

"Jaw-dropping" Text Message By FBI Agent Suggests No Trump Collusion With Russia

23 January, 2018

And the hits just keep on coming.

Just hours after we reported that according to the latest batch of text messages between anti-Trump FBI investigators, a "secret society of folks" within the DOJ and the FBI may have come together in the "immediate aftermath" of the 2016 election to undermine President Trump, another blockbuster text message appears to have emerged.

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said in a radio interview that the FBI’s top agent on the Trump-Russia investigation, Peter Strzok, sent what Johnson called a "jaw-dropping" text message last year that suggests he saw no evidence of Trump campaign collusion.

As first reported by the Daily Caller's Chuck Ross, in an interview with WISN-Milwaukee radio host Jay Weber, Johnson read aloud a May 19, 2017 text that Strzok sent to Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer and his mistress.

As Weber summarized, "Sen Ron Johnson tells me he's discovered a text from Peter Strzok 2 days after the Mueller investigation in which he questions whether he wants to be part of it because he believes 'there's nothing there'. No collusion."

The Strozk text verbatim on joining the Mueller investigation: May 19th, 2017- 'You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I'd be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there's no big there there.'

Here is the "jawdropping" text message that Strzok wrote just two days after Mueller was named special counsel for the Russia Investigation:

"You and I both know the odds are nothing. If I thought it was likely, I’d be there no question. I hesitate in part because of my gut sense and concern that there’s no big there there."

Sen Ron Johnson drops a bombshell on The Jay Weber Show

Johnson said that the text referred to the Mueller investigation, which had kicked off two days earlier. Strzok joined that team, but was removed in July after the Justice Department’s inspector general discovered his anti-Trump text exchanges with Page.

As the FBI’s deputy counterintelligence chief, Strzok had been picked in July 2016 to oversee the investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government; in other words the text message came almost one year after the anti-Trump FBI agent had already done preliminary work on whether there was any Trump collusion. Prior to that, he was a top investigator on the Clinton email inquiry.

I think that’s kind of jaw-dropping,” said Johnson, a Republican, said of the Strzok text.

In other words, Peter Strzok, who was the FBI deputy assistant director of the counterintelligence division, the man who had a plan to do something because he just couldn’t abide Donald Trump being president, is saying that his gut sense is that there’s no big there there when it comes to the Mueller special counsel investigation,” Johnson explained.

* * *

This particular text message was included in 400 pages of text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page. Lawmakers have started reviewing the trove of documents for evidence of anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias as part of an ongoing investigation. Yesterday AG Jeff Sessions announced that the DOJ was also beginning an investigation into the months of missing text message that the FBI had failed to preserve.

Johnson also addressed the revelation last Friday that the FBI “failed to preserve” five months worth of text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page. A Justice Department official told Johnson’s committee and five other congressional panels that a “misconfiguration” issue caused “many” FBI-issued mobile devices to not back up to the bureau’s servers.

In a shocking disclosure late last week the FBI said it did not have text messages for Strzok and Page for the period between Dec. 14, 2016 and May 17, 2017 — the day that Mueller was appointed.

Johnson said that Congress needs to see the missing text messages because Strzok and Page were “completely unguarded in their communication.”

So we’re getting insight into exactly what is happening inside the FBI at the highest levels. And who knows who else they might implicate in terms of corruption,” he said.

Meanwhile the question of just who was obstructing justice - Trump or the FBI and the DOJ - is becoming increasingly more pressing with each passing day.

Democrats withdraw earlier offer on Trump's wall

Schumer Withdraws Border Wall Funding Offer, Assuring Another Shutdown
Sen. Chuck Schumer is pictured. | AP Photo

23 January, 2018

In a move that virtually assures another government shutdown on February 8, Politico reports  that Chuck Schumer has taken his offer for a "spending boost" for Donald Trump’s border wall off the table, a bargaining position that would be a non-starter with the president and Congressional Republicans.

The Senate minority leader, through an aide, informed the White House on Monday that he was retracting the offer he made last week to give Trump well north of the $1.6 billion in wall funding Trump had asked for this year, according to two Democrats. And now they say Trump will simply not get a better deal than that on his signature campaign promise.
Schumer “took it off,” said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat. “He called the White House yesterday and said it’s over.”
In the now-infamous cheeseburger summit last Friday with Trump, Schumer offered a large increase in border wall spending as a condition for a broader deal to help Dreamers. But after that offer was rebuffed — prompting the three-day government shutdown — the president has now “missed an opportunity to get the wall,” one Democratic aide said.

Schumer's pulling of the "offer" comes after a day of angry accusations by progressive democrats and even Nancy Pelosi accusing Schumer of being a "sellout", and caving to the White House in agreeing to reopen government.

Meanwhile, key Republicans including Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona - a key GOP immigration negotiator - had already considered using the promise of border wall funding totaling more than $1.6 billion to lure more conservative votes. A Dreamer plan written by a bipartisan group of six senators, including Flake, had included Trump’s $1.6 billion request as part of a broader, $2.7 billion border security package.

Sen. Schumer’s already indicated that he would go for more. Republicans will go for more,” Flake said. “It’s just how much more we can get from the Democrats.”
Now, they won't be able to get anything, which means that the Dreamer negotiations go back to square one.

Politico confirms as much, reporting that "Republicans aligned with Trump are unlikely to go for any bill that does not offer a major boost in border wall funding, given the president’s strong feelings about the issue. Moreover, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said he was skeptical of Schumer’s recollection of the meeting and the border wall offer anyway."
They claim that some crazy deal was made,” Cotton said of Democrats. “And then when we say no deal was made, they accuse Republicans and the president of reneging.”
Schumer's gambit appears to be an attempt to get back in the good graces of the progressive wing as "providing border wall money could also push away more liberal Democrats, who prefer to completely restart negotiations rather than start from any existing bill, even a bipartisan one like the proposal written by Durbin and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)"

Discussions were had coming up to Friday night are interesting for context,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). But now, he said, “we start from a blank sheet of paper.”

Should Schumer refuse to budge, not only does it raise the odds of another government shutdown in 2 weeks, but it also increases the chances of a technical default as Goldman explained earlier today:
the [government reopening] agreement does not resolve the underlying issues that led to the shutdown and therefore simply postpones the uncertainty for a few weeks. A further temporary extension is likely to be necessary after February 8, since it is unlikely in our view that Congress will be able to pass an immigration bill by then and we do not expect congressional Democrats to agree to a long-term spending bill without an immigration agreement.
This raises the probability that an upcoming spending deadline overlaps with the debt limit, which we estimate will need to be raised at some point between late February and late March. While financial markets mostly ignored the shutdown, a disruptive debt limit debate could have a more negative impact.

As expected, there has been no reaction in the market.

Republicans aligned with Trump are unlikely to go for any bill that does not offer a major boost in border wall funding

Wishful thinking? Is the circle closing around the Clintons?

I’ll believe this when it happens, but I’ll post this nevertheless.

BREAKING: FBI agents Arrive In Little Rock – IT HAS BEGUN

17 January, 2017

Bill and Hillary Clinton thought they had finally gotten away with the numerous crimes they have committed. Unfortunately for them, however, President Donald Trump just let them know they were dead wrong by sending the FBI to their hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.

The Hill reported that now that former FBI Director James Comey is finally out of the way, the Department of Justice is going after Hillary. The DOJ just announced that it has just launched a new investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary was Secretary of State.

FBI agents in Little Rock, where the Clinton Foundation was started, have taken the lead in this new probe. These agents have already interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in the coming weeks.

FBI officials explained that the investigation is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes. They added that it may also look into whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the foundation complied with applicable tax laws.

One witness who was interviewed by the FBI for this probe described the session as “extremely professional and unquestionably thorough,” adding that it focused on questions about whether donors to Clinton charitable efforts received any favorable treatment from the Obama administration on a policy decision previously highlighted in media reports.

The witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the agents interviewing him were from Little Rock and their questions focused on government decisions and discussions of donations to Clinton entities during the time Hillary led President Barack Obama’s State Department.

Unsurprisingly, Hillary’s chief spokesman Nick Merrill immediately released a statement slamming the FBI for reopening the investigation, calling the probe “disgraceful” and suggesting it was nothing more than a political distraction from President Donald Trump’s Russia controversies.

Let’s call this what it is: a sham,” Merrill said. “This is a philanthropy that does life-changing work, which Republicans have tried to turn into a political football. It began with a now long-debunked project spearheaded by Steve Bannon during the presidential campaign. It continues with Jeff Sessions doing Trump’s bidding by heeding his calls to meddle with a department that is supposed to function independently.”

Clearly, Hillary is panicking about this, as she sees the walls closing in on her and is undoubtedly realizing that she. may be heading to prison in 2018. SHARE this story if you think Hillary Clinton should be LOCKED UP!


FISA memo: the Russians did it!

Of course it was the nasty Russians all along. The White House wrote the memo themselves, lol!

Democrats urge Facebook and Twitter to probe Russian bots
Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff have asked the companies to investigate Russian involvement in the #ReleaseTheMemo social media campaign.

23 January, 2018

Top Democrats wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Tuesday, urging an investigation following reports of Kremlin-linked activity around the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign on social media.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff, both of California, submitted a letter to the two companies.

"If these reports are accurate, we are witnessing an ongoing attack by the Russian government through Kremlin-linked social media actors directly acting to intervene and influence our democratic process," the letter states. "This should be disconcerting to all Americans, but especially your companies as, once again, it appears the vast majority of their efforts are concentrated on your platforms. This latest example of Russian interference is in keeping with Moscow's concerted, covert, and continuing campaign to manipulate American public opinion and erode trust in our law enforcement and intelligence institutions."

The memo in question was written by the House Intelligence Committee about alleged surveillance abuses. It alleges misconduct by federal officials in the investigation of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign's possible ties with Russia. Last week, the House Intelligence Committee voted to allow members of the House of Representatives to view the memo, which led some House members to argue for its public release. A related hashtag soon emerged and began trending on social media.

Schiff, who is on the House Intelligence Committee, has characterized the memo as misleading and inaccurate.

Feinstein and Schiff cite research by The Alliance for Securing Democracy, which indicates significant Russian activity on the hashtag #ReleaseTheMemo. The letter requests an "in-depth forensic examination" of activity on the social media platforms to determine whether and how many accounts linked to Russian influence were involved, the frequency and volume of posts or tweets, and the possible number of legitimate Facebook and Twitter users exposed to the accounts.

Feinstein and Schiff requested Twitter's and Facebook's findings be reported to Congress on Friday.

Last week, Twitter said it would notify more than 600,000 users in the US who saw tweets from Russian-linked accounts during the 2016 election.

Facebook and Twitter did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.

#ReleaseTheMemo is the latest way Republicans on Capitol Hill are trying to undermine the Mueller probe.

Fisa memo leaked!

BREAKING: Top-secret Fisa memo leaked!!

Alex Jones of InfoWars claims to have received a copy of the FISA memo from NSA whistlblower, William Binney.

Much as I dislike Jones I cannot think of a better place to release it than InfoWars in terms of the number of people likely to see it.

The liberals said the White House wrote the memo themselves. Now it is all Russian bots!!

This can be viewed on Scribd HERE