Friday, January 20, 2017

On Inauguration Day Donald Trump's Team Is Being Investigated As A Possible Counterintelligence Threat

Mod: Obviously this is something the United States has never faced before. Until now.

U.S. counterintelligence officials are examining possible ties between Russia and Trump associates (Washington Post link): U.S. counterintelligence officials are sifting through intercepted communications and financial data as part of a wider look at possible ties between the Russian government and associates of President-elect Donald Trump, officials said.


But while it has been clear for months that a broad investigation is underway, what remains murky — even to lawmakers receiving closed briefings — is its scope and target. It is unclear if the intercepts being examined have any connection to the Trump campaign.

But the investigation adds to the uncertainty surrounding Trump’s relationship with Russia even as he is sworn in as president. U.S. intelligence agencies have already concluded that Russia interfered in the election to help Trump win.

FBI Director James B. Comey has been chastised by Democratic lawmakers for refusing to even acknowledge that it was investigating alleged links between Trump or his associates and the Kremlin.

Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been under FBI scrutiny for some time, including for allegations of illegal financial dealings in Ukraine, current and former U.S. officials said. Manafort has done business in Russia and Ukraine.

The Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, CIA and the National Security Agency, which intercepts phone calls, emails and other electronic communications of foreigners overseas, are also involved in the probe, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing matter.

In September, The Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies were investigating a broad, covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the 2016 election. The BBC last week and McClatchy this week reported that six U.S. government agencies were involved in a probe of potential Russian interference in the campaign, to include possible covert funneling of money by the Kremlin to help Trump win.

The New York Times on Thursday reported that the U.S. authorities were scrutinizing intercepted communications and financial data as part of a wider probe of possible links between Trump associates, including Manafort, and Russia.


Near-Treasonous Trump Thrills Russia by Calling NATO "Obsolete" (Daily Banter link): Let's just dispense with the pleasantries and call Donald Trump what he is: a bourgeoning traitor to the United States of America. There's a very strong possibility he's been compromised by Vladimir Putin, so says a detailed report that our intelligence agencies had enough confidence in to brief President Obama, and even if he hasn't his history of praise for Russia -- even at the expense of support for the U.S. and its president -- creates enough circumstantial evidence to be damning. Now before the Trump trolls descend, demanding a trove of incontrovertible proof they'd simply dismiss anyway, keep in mind that these very same people were more than willing to chant "lock her up" and insist that Hillary Clinton was a hardened criminal based on nothing but innuendo and Russian hacks designed to damage her and install Trump.

Mod: The thought that this country is inaugurating someone under this kind of a cloud is mind-boggling. 

Nancy Sinatra not happy Trump using father's song at inauguration (CNN link): Famed singer Frank Sinatra's eldest daughter, Nancy Sinatra, has never been a fan of President-elect Donald Trump.

Now that he's about the assume the presidency, the younger Sinatra let the world know how she feels about one of her father's famous songs being used in the inauguration festivities.

According to inauguration chairman Tom Barrack, Trump and his wife, Melania, have selected "My Way" by Frank Sinatra for their first dance as the first couple at the Liberty Ball on Inauguration Day. Nancy Sinatra, when asked for a response about the song selection on Twitter, said: "Just remember the first line of the song."

The first line of the song is, "And now, the end is near."

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76 comments:

  1. we must credit trip with one important thing he has created jobs his very first day in office... he's paying people to attend as inauguration

    Pay to play!

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    1. Trump is a trip alright.

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  2. The polls were right through the whole election, the Russians did something to make Trump get elected, we need to get to the bottom of this... sooner than later!!!

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    1. Please play a different tune on your untuned violin.

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  3. Yipee, the inauguration is unfolding right before our eyes, its historic, great to watch the beginning of a new term President, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, a man who beat the polls!

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    1. Not to bog you down in details, but Trump lost by around 3 million votes. That is what the polls measure, actual votes. So when they said that Clinton was leading going into the election, they were right.

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    2. And in a fashion so similar to the man who beat the Poles.

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  4. 'Trumpomania': Trump's inauguration is cause for celebration in Russia
    http://www.businessinsider.com/r-in-trump-we-trust-inauguration-prompts-celebration-in-russia-2017-1

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  5. Let's hope more Republican Congress persons than just John McCain have integrity. Today is a dark day for America. Any Trump supporters, please explain why he won't release his tax returns, except for the obvious.

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    1. John McCain has integrity?

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    2. All the information is on other forms that are required. The information is available.

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    3. 9:22 - the bar has been set low. Kind of like a grade curve.

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  6. Congratulations Mr. DONALD J. TRUMP, 45 President if the United States.
    The Clinton's showed up, where are Hillary's fellow Democrates and why don't they want to stand in support if her while she graciously shows maturity and respect? Kind of explains why she lost.

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    1. Why aren't you there? Hate America much?

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    2. Swamp thing surfaces!

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  7. Trump is indebted to a corrupt state and is parroting their policies:

    As an FSB officer in the 1990s, Litvinenko had been shocked to discover how thoroughly organised crime had penetrated Russia’s security organs. In his view, criminal ideology had replaced communist ideology. He was the first to describe Putin’s Russia as a mafia state, in which the roles of government, organised crime and the spy agencies had grown indistinguishable.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/19/alexander-litvinenko-the-man-who-solved-his-own-murder

    Donald Trump Jr. — who is also an executive with Trump’s business — makes clear how the company in 2008 sought business from wealthy Russians. ‘In terms of high-end product influx into the U.S., Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,’ he said at a conference that year, according to news reports. ‘We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.’

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/clueless-reckless-graceless-mindless-and-heartless-our-president-elect_us_587fc437e4b0cf0ae881b518

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    1. Evidence suggests that Putin has penetrated trump's organs.

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  8. Trump is our leader,the republic still stands. It's only been 25 minutes though.

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    1. We are now at 33 minutes. It is turning out better than I thought.

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  9. THey say it's good to bang your head against the way because it feels good when you stop... time to start the 4 yrs of banging.

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    1. ...against the wall...

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  10. Better??? He proved in his speech that he has no business being our leader! This was supposed to be an inaugural address, NOT a campaign speech to the old, angry white men out there. I'm sure the KKK is planning another parade, just like when he was elected. This is a dark, dark day for America, akin to 9/11.

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  11. The damn fools elected a damn fool.

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  12. I think many trumps voter were fooled. But many others, including at least one poster here, aren't foolish but rather corrupt and immoral.

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    1. Some people feel empowered by slogans built on resentment. They need the words of others to feel strong.

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  13. Come on Gloria. File those law suits!

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  14. I propose a new holiday called "Buyer's Remorse Day."

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    1. We already had it and still have it with Hilliarites posting this stuff

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  15. To the blogging Bolshevik's, it's because you banged you head supporting the wrong candidate. The new President FOR the people is in town.
    For the possessed obsessive blogger, put on your tin foil hat, you have eight years of celestial fashion.
    Welcome Make American Great Again, President Trump.

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    1. In 8 years The Donald will be 80 years old. Not a pretty picture.

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    2. No. He's already lost a couple of paddles.

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  16. The words of others to feel strong, like "we the people" and "I have a dream". "This is your country" . Words matter. New era of "making America great again" I am optimistic about the future. Thank you President Trump, I no longer fear the government because I understand that the government will not run my life.

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    1. I assume you're an old white man?

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    2. The sickness is worse than you think, 12:29. 10:40 could just as easily be a Hispanic young man, or a woman of color.

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  17. As a DEPLORABLE I wish I were there! Great day for this Country, the transfer of power in our Democratic and free Country. God Bless America.

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    1. Isn't it amazing how that one slip of the tongue took on a life of its own?
      Clinton just said out loud what many people were thinking - the stupidest, most racist, most frightened, most violent people in the country supported Trump. Others did, too, and in the original remark Clinton had said "Some of" Trump's followers were deplorable. However, all his supporters seem to have identified with her careless comment.

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    2. A lot of Trump supporters are a little tetched.

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  18. The crowds look paltry. Comparable to what the Elvis impersonator draws at the park on Sierra Madre boulevard

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    1. The ones who didn't show are busy making America great.

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  19. Three inches of rain since midnight so far in west Sierra Madre. Up to 15 in at Eaton Dam.

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    1. It's like a tropical storm. Wind and torrential rain.

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    2. It's like a breath of fresh air, kinda like the election.

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    3. Nancy Sinatra can be reassured that the song her dad sang, not wrote will be "I did it my way". She can also be reassured that Donald J. Trump is a adamant supporter of Sober and Clean living programs since she her self was fortunate to over come her dependency (hopefully, but can't tell from her comments)while Mr. Trump's brother was not as fortunate.

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    4. Aren't you sweet.

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  20. Yet, we don't miss those that didn't show up! They are busy planning how to work against America, "They make America Great again" by staying away. President Trump, working for the American people.
    I assume (12:29pm)your a snowflake and an elite?

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    1. 1:01, you do realize that Trump is 100% elite, yeah? That he is the product of the elite, a card carrying member of the elite, that he was born, will live and die as an elite?

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    2. BREAKING: Crowd count for inauguration...250,000
      Dan Gross ‏@DanJGross

      Crowd count is in:
      Trump 2017: 250,000
      Obama 2013: 1,000,000
      Obama 2009: 1,800,000

      (Dan Gross is Communications Director for Mayor De Blasio)

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  21. We need it, but I hope it stops before we head to Pasadena, then downtown LA for the protest. Please join us - predictions are 150,000 in downtown. This is a protest that has gone from being in DC to all over the US to all over the world. This man who doesn't even know how to give a speech is very, very scary!

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  22. Are you going to wear your pink pussy "cat" hat?

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    1. Are you a hat grabber ?

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  23. Have the "elite" asked Mrs. Trump why she became an American citizen and how she felt growing up in a Communist controlled country? I don't think the "fakenews" can try to pass off Russia and Trump in the same context.

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    1. What?
      You're not seriously trying to suggest that Ms. Trump is a representative of anything, except models who broker their looks to marry up and don't mind nude photo shoots.

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    2. Disgusting comment

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  24. Just past corners of protestors in Palo Alto at Stanford University. Joining a group tomorrow in Oakland.

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    1. Defending America from Moscow Don is very patriotic.

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  25. 'America First,' a phrase with a loaded anti-Semitic and isolationist history
    http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-america-first-20170120-story.html

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  26. http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2017/01/20/chris-matthews-msnbc-trump-speech-was-hitlerian.html?via=desktop&source=copyurl

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    1. Trump would not have known that he was echoing Hitler, because he's clearly a dunce who lives in an emotional and impulsive state. But isn't there anyone around him who went to school and actually listened?

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  27. Palo Alto protesters? Let me guess, they all will ride share in towne cars to Oakland tommrow!

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    1. Stanford, like all the other good schools in the country, is now number one on the Trump Enemies List.

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    2. Smart people threaten Trump supporters.

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  28. It's quite remarkable. This may well be the first time in our history that if the FBI, CIA, NSA, and etc. did not intercept every presidential and presidential advisor conversation and email, those agencies would be committing malpractice and failing in their mission to defend and uphold the Constitution and to protect the United States of America from enemies foreign and domestic.

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  29. Marguerite to BART.

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  30. 5:23pm. The Don can't be both. An elitist and dunce. Besides, he left the Democratic Party years ago. With that type of critical thinking, then no, he is not a dunce. A Liberal Elitist, again, no.

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    1. sure he can - look at George Bush
      clown couldn't even figure our how to wear his poncho today...

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    2. He's a genius compared to Trump

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    3. 5:45, there is no reason that a member of the elite cannot be a dunce. What are you thinking? Trump is the essence of the elite, in its tackiest, most vulgar form. And he couldn't have a creative, genuine thought if his life depended on it.

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  31. CNN will no longer use the title journalists, only commentators as they just can't get the stories correct. Nancy Sinatra; "I did not say that about my fathers song".

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    1. 6:33 slept with PutinJanuary 20, 2017 at 8:41 PM

      Only Russian news sources are to be believed.

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  32. Orange is the new Red.

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  33. Putin putting his hammer and sickle up Trumps rump.

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