Thursday, March 16, 2017

Putin would pick a weak link to entertain and bring on board.

Michael Flynn is a security risk for the USA. How much did he compromise the USA?

What did he think he was doing?

Former national security (click here) adviser Michael Flynn, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Moscow on Dec. 10, 2015, while attending the 10th anniversary of the Russian television network RT.

Isn't there some type of document from the USA military prohibiting this sort of thing? Anyone in power cannot simply leave the government and lobby. There is a two year waiting time (click here) before a former official can lobby for an industry or particular company.

The lobbying laws would apply to Flynn because he sat on joint committees with Congress.

...Personal Lifetime Ban (click here)

Simplified Rule: After you leave Government service, you may not represent someone else to the Government regarding particular matters that you worked on while in Government service.

Rule: Former service members may not knowingly make a communication or appearance on behalf of any other person, with the intent to influence, before any officer or employee of any Federal agency or court in connection with a particular matter in which the officer or employee personally and substantially participated, which involved a specific party at the time of the participation and representation, and in which the U.S. is a party or has a direct and substantial interest.

NOTE: This rule does not apply to former military enlisted personnel.

Official Responsibility 2 Year Ban

Simplified Rule: For 2 years after leaving Government service, you may not represent someone else to the Government regarding particular matters that you did not work on yourself, but were pending under your responsibility during your last year of Government service.

It seems as though Mr. Flynn is headed for some charges and court.

April 30, 2014
By Robert Burns

Washington (AP) — The three-star Army general (click here) who has headed the Defense Intelligence Agency for less than two years is being nudged aside amid conflict within the agency and between the general and leaders elsewhere in the intelligence community, a senior defense official said Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and the DIA's civilian deputy director, David Shedd, announced in a joint statement to the agency's workforce that they plan to retire by early fall. They made no reference to their reasons.

A senior defense official said Flynn had already been considering retirement but was encouraged to leave early as a result of friction linked in part to Flynn's aggressive efforts to shake up the way the DIA does business. The official spoke about the circumstances of Flynn's departure on condition of anonymity in order to discuss internal matters.
The official said Shedd's departure is unrelated to the conflict surrounding Flynn's leadership.
In their joint statement to DIA workers, Flynn and Shedd said they were pleased with the changes that had occurred on their watch.
"We are proud of the legacy of sustained superb performance of the thousands of men and women we have served alongside throughout these many years," they said....

This is more than a little troubling. Putin has an agenda. He has been wooing Flynn and is more than happy Flynn is disgruntled with USA intelligence. Then Trump comes along and is sucked into a relationship with Putin and Russia for the sake of business. Trump stated, "The USA and Russia are going to escalate their nuclear programs to teach every other country the power of nuclear weapons to end all potential conflict with nuclear weapons." That is a joke. No one needs to understand the power of nuclear weapons.

The reason Third World countries have engaged in nuclear weapon production was to be as much a deterrent to invasion than countries such as the USA and Russia. The only way to end nuclear war is to end the production of nuclear weapons.

There is an agenda somewhere and I am guessing it is to control the cyber ability of the USA military and it's ability to interrupt nuclear weapon production and launches.

The USA has been compromised and if Flynn wants to save his butt he better come forward to discuss all his activities with Russia and what Trump knows that could have been provided to Russia for the sake of friendship and profits. Tillerson better end any and all attempts to be chummy buddies with Russia.

See, the issue should be easily solved in that all Americans should be interested in the sovereignty and safety of their country. So, Flynn and Tillerson and the rest of the Trump entourage should be more than happy to spill their guts of accidental slips of the tongue. But, that is not going to happen because of the "wealth agenda." Tillerson did not become Secretary of State to enjoy cocktail parties and stay in old sanitariums to expand his understanding of government accommodations. These bozos on the Trump cabinet are there for reasons of profit. If the DOD throws an obstruction in the way of profits people like Tillerson are not going to be happy OR comply. 

Russia has an agenda. Tillerson and Trump have agendas. The way Russia fulfills it's agenda is to throw money and business at the greedy plutocrats of the USA. In turn, those in receipt of FAVORS allow national security slip a little to bring about a so called good resolve to any discussion. The "good result" does not necessarily depend on USA sovereignty.

The agendas are running the show, not the conscience of high level government officials. I strongly suggest the Joint Chiefs pull in their boundaries and secure their military before it is too late.

So the military had a bad egg. It happens. The USA military needs to move beyond it and let a clean up team take care of Flynn and potentially others. The USA has been compromised and the question is how much. Don't wait for trials. Don't wait for cooperation. Get it done now!

Fear is not a good enough reason to impose law.

March 15, 2017
By Alexander Burns

...In his blistering 43-page opinion, US District Judge Derrick K. Watson declared there was a ‘‘strong likelihood of success’’ that those suing would prove the directive violated the Constitution.

He lambasted the government, in particular, for asserting that because the ban did not apply to all Muslims in the world, it could not be construed as discriminating against Muslims.

TEXT (click here)

The title of the executive order is "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."

I am sorry, but, every foreign person entering the United States is not a terrorist.

I have pointed this out before, the violent attacks within our sovereign borders are from citizens. Stopping foreign people from entering the USA is not solving the problem. The problem stems, at times, from 2nd Generation Immigrants in the USA. They hold dual citizenship and both men and women have strong feelings about what is occurring in the country of their original nationality.

It is only natural they should have these loyalties and feelings. However, to act on them to impress upon the American society it is not acting in favor of their former residential country is not going to work. These acts of violence only embolden the very people President Trump has promised to protect. These folks seek a simplistic scapegoat for political - fear tactics and it works. The violence will not unseat these hate mongers, it will galvanize them and their hate paradigm.

Suspending refugee programs is a human rights violation. None of the perpetrators of September 11, 2001 were refugees. 

January 20, 2017
By Eric Levenson

...No person accepted to the United States as a refugee, (click here) Syrian or otherwise, has been implicated in a major fatal terrorist attack since the Refugee Act of 1980 set up systematic procedures for accepting refugees into the United States, according to an analysis of terrorism immigration risks by the Cato Institute.

Before 1980, three refugees had successfully carried out terrorist attacks; all three were Cuban refugees, and a total of three people were killed.

Since the Cato Institute analysis was published in September 2016, a Somalian refugee injured 13 people at Ohio State University in November in what officials investigated as a terrorist attack. No one died.

In fact, the primary perpetrators of the major terror attacks have mostly been US-born citizens or permanent legal residents originally from countries not included in the ban.

Here's a look at the origin stories of the terrorists who committed major attacks in the name of radical Islam in recent years, including those in San Bernardino, Orlando, Boston and New York....

Laws in the USA carry brevity into a person's life. The weaker the law or executive order the more question there is as to it's application and false conclusions can be drawn. The biggest problem I see with these executive orders is the lack of facts.

September 11, 2001 is over 15 years without any such occurrence. The fact is that there was negligence in the executive branch of the USA at the time. That is a fact. The CIA finding out about al Qaeda attacking within the USA was ignored and set aside to be addressed three months after the warning expired. Concurrently, the FBI had their thumb on Zacarias Moussaoui. The FBI did such a thorough job the other nineteen terrorists denied his participation should he be caught entering a jumbo jet. The warning by the CIA stated such attack would occur within three months. It was never acted on. 

US intelligence had these guys on their radar. AND IT WASN'T BECAUSE OF DAMN COMPUTER AND CYBER SPACE!

The point is there is no solid evidence that a travel ban would be effective. It would and has caused problems. USA laws no matter their origins have to be specific to their purpose otherwise too many Americans and/or foreign travelers get caught in the web. The facts are necessary to uphold. This travel ban is a populous document drawn up out of a paradigm of fear. For that reason alone it bears no brevity to national security.

Heat transfer systems can be wicked. All this snow came off the Equator from the ITCZ.

  • Connecticut: (click here) Middletown (21 inches), Windsor Locks-Bradley Int'l Airport (15.8 inches), Bridgeport (7.1 inches)
  • Delaware: Pike Creek (4.4 inches), Newark (3.6 inches), Wilmington (1.8 inches)
  • Maine: Lisbon Falls (22 inches), Portland (16.4 inches), Bangor (14.5 inches), Caribou (14.1 inches)
  • Maryland: Bittinger (12 inches), Frederick (10 inches), Baltimore (2.2 inches)
  • Massachusetts: Granville (21.5 inches), Lowell (15 inches), Worcester (14.4 inches), Boston (6.6 inches)
  • New Hampshire: Stratham (23.6 inches), Concord (15.6 inches), Manchester (11.7 inches)
  • New Jersey: Vernon (20.3 inches), Newark (7 inches)
  • New York: Hartwick (48.4 inches), Near Utica (36 inches), Binghamton (35.3 inches), Rochester (26.7 inches), Syracuse (24.4 inches), Buffalo (19.6 inches), Albany (17.0 inches), NYC-Central Park (7.6 inches)
  • Pennsylvania: Oakland (34.5 inches), Susquehanna (32.3 inches), Honesdale (31 inches), Scranton (23.9 inches), Harrisburg (17.2 inches) Philadelphia Int'l Airport (6 inches)
  • Rhode Island: Burrillville (13 inches), Providence (3.3 inches)
  • Vermont: Nashville (37.7 inches), South Burlington/NWS office (30.4 inches)
  • Virginia: Winchester (8.1 inches), Washington-Dulles Airport (5.6 inches), Washington-Reagan Airport (0.9 inches)
  • West Virginia: Eglon (16 inches), Elkins (6.5 inches), Beckley (4.2 inches)
The heat transfer system responsible for all that snow is still intact and has moved offshore. This was 12 hours ago.

March 15, 2017
UNISYS Water Vapor GOES East Satellite (click here for 12 hour loop - thank you)

The most dangerous conditions occurred in Pennsylvania (mountain in background) where avalanches occurred. 

The Tunkhannock Township Police (click here) report a second slide on SR 92 south, just south of the SR 307 intersection. (Photo/Tunkhannock Township Police)

Pictures out of New Jersey show clear roads. They did well with early warnings of accumulations of 18 inches. It wasn't that much, but, traffic moved.

This morning at 6:15 AM EST the temperature in Juneau, Alaska was 31 degrees, central North Carolina was 27, Western Ohio was 23 as was New Jersey and Northwest Michigan was 13 degrees. All are degrees Fahrenheit.