Donald Trump goes full Nixon, releases enemies list.

You don’t get a security clearance, and you don’t get a security clearance, and you don’t get a security clearance. 

Courtesy of WaPo:

President Trump plans to revoke the security clearances of a handful of former officials who have been critical of his rhetoric and actions toward Russia, the White House announced Monday, in a move that immediately prompted claims of political retaliation.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the officials being examined are former CIA director John Brennan; former FBI director James B. Comey; former CIA director Michael V. Hayden; former national security adviser Susan E. Rice; former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.; and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.

“The president is exploring these mechanisms to remove security clearances because they’ve politicized and, in some cases, actually monetized their public service and their security clearances in making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia,” Sanders told reporters at a regular press briefing.

She added: “The fact that people with security clearances are making these baseless charges provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”

The credit for this idea is being given to Senator Rand Pail who tweeted this out earlier today:


Apparently, Trump took those words to heart and is now planning to strip the security clearance of those he sees as his political enemies. 

A few things need to be pointed out.

First off James Comey and Andrew McCabe no longer have security clearances to strip, which means the White House is going off half-cocked again. 

Secondly, this is happening only a week after Trump’s private meeting with his handler Vladimir Putin, a man well known for punishing his political enemies.

And thirdly, stripping individuals of their security clearance hampers our ability to call on former national security experts for assistance in times of need and is simply not done unless those individuals have been accused of sharing classified information with those lacking a security clearance. 

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26 Comments

  1. anonymous July 23, 2018 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    ” remove security clearances because they’ve politicized and, in some cases, actually monetized their public service and their security clearances”. If this is a thing, then I would suggest the KushyKushners, Qusay & Uday Trumpay and a handful of other trumpf crime family members ought to have their clearances yanked as well. Taxpayers are paying a bundle to freight the thieving family members around the world to conduct their ‘private’ businesses.

  2. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    “in some cases monetized their public service,”
    ===================================

    NO security clearance for little Donnie, Melanomia, Ivanka, Jared, Dumb and Dumber, all of his cabinet members and the list goes on !!!!!!!

  3. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    When an average American’s social-media posts don’t go viral, it’s often understood the problem is with the content. But when that happens to a conservative pundit, it’s a left-wing conspiracy, at least according to a growing number of Republicans in the House.

    Several vocal lawmakers on the powerful House Judiciary Committee are threatening to clamp down on Silicon Valley unless companies like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube can prove they’re treating conservative—even the alt-right trolls—content the same as they treat liberal, progressive, and mainstream material.

    While traditional GOP orthodoxy rejects regulation out of hand, not to mention that this Congress has been the most anti-regulation in recent memory, these lawmakers are flipping that script on its head when it comes to what they see as an assault on conservative talking heads.

    As a result, they are already dangling a number of sharp proposals over the necks of these social-media behemoths that are intended to make them fall in line with the GOP worldview, including one that would end, or even tweak, special protections Congress gave to websites who host outside content—a move that would open the companies up to litigation.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-to-silicon-valley-promote-the-far-right-or-else

    Far Right Freaks Out Because Twitter Is Filtering Their Hate

    The social giant has subtly made it harder to find some of its most controversial accounts and, naturally, some of Twitter‘s biggest trolls are unhappy about it.

    New changes on Twitter have made it harder to find some of the site’s most controversial far-right users.

    Prominent right-wing Twitter accounts, including a writer for conspiracy theorist hub InfoWars and white-nationalist figures like Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler, appear to have been hit with a number of new measures meant to reduce their visibility on the platform.

    The changes have set off a full-on freak out on the right from figures angry at the possibility their audience sizes could be reduced. Bill Mitchell, a Trump super-fan who has more than 350,000 Twitter followers, declared that the changes were proof that “the LEFT is terrified of the Trump Message. An InfoWars petition against the changes has garnered more than 7,500 signatures claims that the changes amount to “silencing alternative voices online.”

    “Free speech is in dire threat,” warned InfoWars personality Paul Joseph Watson.

    Twitter has struggled with how to deal with far-right personalities who whip up abusive troll mobs or push hoaxes and racist content. In May, the social-media giant announced that it would make changes to “communal areas like conversation and search” in an effort to make troll accounts less visible.

    …The search change appears to have mostly affected more fringe figures on the right, as more mainstream Trump-era conservatives like Ben Shapiro and Fox News hosts Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson remain unaffected by the new rules.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/far-right-freaks-out-because-twitter-is-filtering-their-hate?ref=home

  4. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Karma, BABY, Karma! LOL!

    Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec, the Far Right’s Twin Trolls, Taste Their Own Bitter Medicine

    Far-right conspiracy-mongers Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec have been protesting pitiably in recent days that some people on the Internet aren’t being nice to them.

    The irony is target-rich.

    Far-right conspiracy-mongers Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec—who helped orchestrate the Pizzagate and Seth Rich fantasies, among other falsehoods, and have seemingly stoked social media intimidation in the service of Donald Trump—have been protesting pitiably in recent days that some people on the Internet aren’t being nice to them.

    …“I think what Nathan and I are trying to do is use Cernovich and Posobiec’s own tactics against themselves, but do it comically,” Berger explained in an email. “Show these buffoons for who they really are. It’s not political, per se. It’s more that they are just terrible human beings and are out to ruin the lives of people who don’t agree with them, so we might as well fight back and have a little fun with it.”

    Berger added: “These two clowns are unintentionally funny to me and are perfect fodder for what I do making comedy videos. Though, they are dangerous because they have a large following of imbeciles who believe their smears and outright lies.”

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/mike-cernovich-and-jack-posobiec-the-far-rights-twin-trolls-taste-their-own-bitter-medicine

  5. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    WARNING! It’s not just Russia…They’re doing all they can to cheat, steal, manipulate all elections going forward.

    Koch Industries Is Staffing Up with Voter Data Scientists to Tip the November Election to the Extreme Right

    For at least forty years, Charles and David Koch, majority owners of a sprawling fossil fuels multi-national company called Koch Industries, have been blurring the lines between tax-exempt organizations and their own corporate political interests. We can now report that the blurred lines have disappeared. Koch Industries is unabashedly advertising for IT professionals at Indeed, LinkedIn, and at its own website to staff a massive voter data operation, i360, for the upcoming election. For the last five years i360 has been widely reported to be part of the tax-exempt group called Freedom Partners. That is now being called into question by these ads and documents we have tracked down at government archives.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/07/23/koch-industries-is-staffing-up-with-voter-data-scientists-to-tip-the-november-election-to-the-extreme-right/

  6. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply
  7. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Donald Trump’s security clearance stunt quickly blows up in his face

    In his latest attempt at distracting us from his criminal scandals and carrying out petty personal revenge on those who have called him out for his crimes, Donald Trump is now seeking to revoke the security clearances of several former U.S. intelligence community leaders. His Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced this morning from the White House press briefing podium that Trump plans to revoke the clearances of John Brennan, James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Andrew McCabe and Susan Rice. However, it quickly blew up in his face.

    …So not only is Donald Trump trying to distract us with a petty stunt that makes him look like a small minded loser, it also reveals that he’s an idiot who doesn’t do his homework. Trump appears to be frantically pulling things out of his backside, without even bothering to have them properly vetted first, as his scandals close in on him. Moreover, these kinds of stunts aren’t doing much to distract the public from his criminal scandals for long.

    http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/donald-trumps-security-clearance-stunt-quickly-blows-up-in-his-face/11550/

    What side is Donald Trump on? Russia’s side, obviously. But what side is Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on? Even he doesn’t seem to know anymore, based on his latest television appearance, which saw him melting down in multiple directions at once with regard to the Trump-Russia scandal. Graham came off as dishonest, self contradictory, conspiratorial, and perhaps most eye opening of all, scared.

    …Why does Lindsey Graham suddenly have a vested interest in defending alleged Russian asset Carter Page, before the results of the FBI’s investigation into Page are even known? Just as we were pondering this question, Graham tried to play the other side by acknowledging that Russia did in fact meddle in the election. Then he listed off the Democratic Party entities who were hacked by the Russians, and insisted that the Republicans could get hacked next. Graham seemed almost frantic in trying to make this argument.

    Back in late 2016, Lindsey Graham publicly acknowledged that his own emails had been hacked during the 2016 election. Those emails were never released. It’s led to questions about whether Russia may have hacked his emails while he was running for president against Donald Trump, and whether Russia may now be using those emails to blackmail him. In early 2018, Graham uncharacteristically did Vladimir Putin’s bidding by attempting to get criminal charges brought against those behind the Trump-Russia dossier. Whose side is Graham on?

    http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/lindsey-graham-meltdown-russia-trump/11535/

  8. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Donald Trump’s new threat against former intelligence officials is much worse than it looks.

    It’s not just an effort by the president to silence a group of his critics. Instead, it could be an attempt to undermine the credibility of witnesses in the ongoing Russia investigation.

    As MSNBC’s Ari Melber pointed out on Monday, the figures now being targeted by the White House aren’t just former members of the U.S. intelligence community that don’t approve of Trump’s job performance. They are also witnesses in Mueller’s criminal investigation of Trump and his campaign’s ties to Russia.

    “This may be even worse than potentially punishing them for what they have said,” Melber explained on Monday. “This may be an attempt, out in the open, to discredit them over what they saw.”

    Video:

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/23/its-worse-than-it-looks-trump-is-now-going-after-witnesses-in-the-mueller-investigation.html

    Adam Schiff Hammers Trump For His un-American Security Clearance Enemies List

    Rep. Adam Schiff saw through Trump’s threat to take away national security clearance from several former national security officials to call it what it really is, a presidential enemies list.

    Schiff tweeted:

    ‘An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American. Is there no length Trump will not go to stifle opposition? Wake up GOP.’

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/23/adam-schiff-hammers-trump-for-his-un-american-security-clearance-enemies-list.html

    House Democrats Introduce Resolution Condemning Trump For Not Standing Up To Putin

    ….Pelosi said, “In the House here though, instead of honoring our oath to protect and defend our Constitution and our country from enemies both foreign and domestic, House Republicans are complicit in the president’s betrayal of out democracy. Today, Democrats are introducing a resolution to condemn the president’s failure to stand up to Putin for his attacks on our elections, on our democracy. We call on Republicans, give them another chance, to defend our democracy from the Russian threat.”

    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said, “The Helsinki Summit brought to a head an entirely new and destructive direction that Donald Trump would bring to this country. A direction in which we shun fellow democracies, in which we castigate our NATO allies, in which we make common cause with authoritarian governments around the world, and which we embrace a Russia which intervening in our own election, and practically invites them to do it again.”

    The resolution will show support for democracies and condemn Trump’s affinity for authoritarianism.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/23/house-democrats-introduce-resolution-condemning-trump-for-not-standing-up-to-putin.html

  9. ANON July 23, 2018 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    “Here are six of the former national security officials the White House is targeting. There are intelligence and FBI officials, plus former CIA director Brennan who, full disclosure, is now an analyst for NBC news. But the most important thing here that those people may have in common is they are all witnesses against the president in an open criminal probe. Comey, McCabe and Brennan, for example, involved in critical Russia meetings during Donald Trump’s transition. So this move may actually be even worse than potentially punishing them for what they have said. This may be an attempt, out in the open, to discredit them over what they saw and what they could potentially tell prosecutors.

    Trump is abusing his power

    It’s frightening enough that a president would use his authority to target those who disagree with him, whether they are activists, journalists or former government officials.

    But using it to threaten and undermine witnesses in an ongoing criminal probe is something much worse.

    Trump isn’t just petty and thin-skinned – a man who likes to bully others but isn’t tough enough to withstand criticism. He’s also a guy clearly in a state of panic over the direction each of these investigations is taking.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/23/its-worse-than-it-looks-trump-is-now-going-after-witnesses-in-the-mueller-investigation.html

  10. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Trump’s Dangerous Attack On Ex-Intelligence Officials Started Because Of A Fox News Segment

    According to NBC News national security reporter Ken Dilanian, the White House threat to revoke security clearance for ex-intel officials originated from a Tucker Carlson report.

    “There’s a whole machinery in place,” Dilanian said. “This looked completely orchestrated to us.”

    Video:

    The NBC News reporter explained:

    There’s a whole machinery in place. This started with a story on Fox News with Tucker Carlson. Then it went to Breitbart. And then Rand Paul started raising questions about it. This looked completely orchestrated to us, many of us who were watching this unfold. Then it went into the White House briefing room. And now the president is threatening to revoke the security clearances of American patriots who served both Republicans and Democrats.

    Fox News is running the country…

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/23/trump-attack-fox-news-segment.html

  11. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff threw the smackdown on GOP Rep. Devin Nunes on Monday, ticking off a series of facts that dismantle the lies Nunes has been telling to protect Donald Trump.

    “In point after point, basically the Nunes memo has been discredited,” Schiff said. “But that doesn’t stop either Nunes or the president from saying otherwise.”

    Video:

    Rep. Schiff said:

    There were certain fundamental claims Nunes made in the now-discredited memo, which we can see in the FISA application, were certainly not true. They claimed, first of all, that the investigation began with this FISA warrant, it all goes back to the taint of this FISA, when of course the investigation began with Papadopoulos, began with the FBI learning that the Russians had approached one of the campaign’s foreign policy advisers and told them that they had the stolen e-mails, that they were prepared to release them anonymously, as they would later do. But they also went on to challenge whether the FBI revealed to the court that Christopher Steele, this respected British intelligence officer, former officer, whether his bias had been disclosed to the court, that he had been doing this work on behalf of a law firm retained by the DNC. They claimed that there was no disclosure to the court when, in fact, now you can read the application and you can see they did disclose this bias. So, in point after point, basically the Nunes memo has been discredited. But that doesn’t stop either Nunes or the president from saying otherwise.

    Nunes is Trump’s favorite lapdog. Ever since Donald Trump took office last year, one of his most reliable lapdogs has been Devin Nunes.

    Every step of the way – whether it’s releasing a phony memo, running a sham investigation in order to discredit Robert Mueller, or improperly passing along confidential information – the Republican congressman has been there to provide cover for the president.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/23/schiff-nunes-repeatedly-lying.html

  12. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I hope that he rolls like a pig on a rotisserie at night trying to sleep.

  13. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    READ: Politifact Calls Out Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s Claim About Billboards in Central America Encouraging Illegal Immigration ‘False’

    Last Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed that billboards in Central America were encouraging those looking to emigrate to the United States to do so illegally.

    During an interview with NBC’s Peter Alexander at the Aspen Security Forum, Nielson expressed President Donald Trump’s administration’s frustration with “loopholes” in American immigration policy that supposedly incentivize illegal immigration.

    “There are billboards in Central America in the Northern Triangle countries advertising how to grab a kid to get into the United States illegally. Because that loophole is so big,” Nielsen said, citing a Department of Health & Human Services statistic that “10,000 unaccompanied children are in DHHS care.”

    ‘That’s 10,000 children whose parents sent them on this journey without any parental supervision; with smugglers, with traffickers, with other adults.’

    On Monday, the fact-checking website Politifact rated Nielsen’s claim as “false,” noting there is no evidence that such billboards exist.

    “PolitiFact was unable to find any evidence of the billboards Nielsen described,” Politifact wrote. The group said it reached out to Nielsen’s office asking for documentation of the billboards the secretary was describing, but have not received a response.

    Politifact stated that experts familiar with the regions from which people are trying to get into the United States, specifically El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, “have traveled to Central America told us they have never heard of or seen such billboards.”

    You can watch the full interview here:

    https://secondnexus.com/news/politifact-kirstjen-nielsen-billboards-central-america-false

  14. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    PHOTOS: Twitter Users Post Pictures of Trump Clothing ‘Made in China’ Labels Under the #MadeInAmerica Hashtag

    https://secondnexus.com/news/twitter-pictures-trump-china-clothing/?viewall=true

    • Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 3:47 am - Reply

      You could see in the photo with the Queen how cheap looking his trump suits are, the seams are all puckered, sign of poor workmanship.

  15. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Coulter may still be talking, but is anyone actively listening?

    A review of her recent tweets show paltry responses, well below 1,000 likes on most, for an account with 1.99 million followers from Coulter’s heyday.

    https://secondnexus.com/news/coulter-tweets-start-building-wall/

    Rep. Jim Himes Says Donald Trump Sees ‘War as a Way to Solve Political Problems’

    https://secondnexus.com/news/trump-war-solves-political-problems/

    The Russian government has released footage of a newly developed nuclear weapon capable of avoiding detection by American defense systems and specially designed to spread radioactive fallout over as wide an area as possible.

    The footage was released just days after President Donald Trump held a private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.

    The Poseidon nuclear torpedo is one of the latest generations of atomic weapons Russia has added to its arsenal. In May, the Russian defense ministry announced that Poseidon can carry a two-megaton thermonuclear warhead and is intended to be able to destroy enemy naval installations and inflict as much damage as possible to surrounding areas.

    https://secondnexus.com/news/video-russia-nuclear-torpedo-poseidon/

    • atom July 23, 2018 at 8:04 pm - Reply

      “Gonna destroy the planet #weredoomed #Putin #Trump “The Poseidon” is an underwater, high-speed nuclear-capable torpedo unlike any other nuclear weapon.Russia just released videos of its next generation of nuclear weapons —
      “Poseidon can “suck up dirt, or water, contaminates it with debris from the bomb, and then lofts it into the atmosphere,” allowing deadly nuclear waste to be distributed over thousands of square miles. In this case, a plume of radioactive cobalt could irradiate a substantial part of the planet for decades.

      When a thermonuclear weapon is surrounded with ordinary cobalt (cobalt-59) metal, the fast neutrons escaping the explosion will instantly transmute it into radioactive cobalt-60, which would vaporize, condense, and then fall back to earth tens, hundreds, or thousands of miles from the site of the explosion.” “twice as large as the most powerful nuclear bomb ever tested, the Tsar Bomba, which the Soviet Union detonated in 1961.” ““As its main advantage, the Poseidon is actually 100% invulnerable to enemy counter-measures. The drone’s unique capabilities will enable the Russian Navy to fight carrier-led and surface action groups of a potential enemy in any areas of the oceanic theater of operations and strike coastal infrastructure facilities at an intercontinental distance,” the Russian defense ministry>
      “Poseidon wasn’t the only advanced weapon Russia has admitted to testing. The Russian defense ministry also announced tests of a “Peresvet high-powered laser weapons system” and a hypersonic Kinzhal nuclear cruise missile. TASS reported that Kinzhal has an “unlimited range” and is “invincible to all the existing and advanced air and missile defense systems.””

      https://secondnexus.com/news/video-russia-nuclear-torpedo-poseidon/2/

      • Immoral July 24, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

        They will HAVE to convert this to nuclear energy. Failure to do so will have economic results. Wink.

  16. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    WATCH: Hillary Clinton Tweets Clip of Her Warning About Donald Trump’s Close Relationship With Vladimir Putin
    She tried to warn us.

    The president’s attempted swipe at his 2016 rival was met with immediate pushback by Clinton, who responded with a video of her warning Americans about Trump’s dangerously subordinate relationship with Russia.

    “That’s a clip from when Medvedev was president,” Clinton replied in a tweet.

    “What’s most striking about all of this, I would argue most important voters to consider, is the relationship between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the former secretary said in 2016. “Putin is a trained intelligence officer from the old KGB. He knows he can use flattery to get into Donald’s head, to make him a Kremlin puppet. And it seems to be working.”

    https://secondnexus.com/news/hillary-clinton-responds-strong-russia-trump-tweet/

  17. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Nice to know that progress has been made!

    More Than Half Of U.S. States Strengthened Gun Laws After Parkland Shooting
    A total of 26 states have passed 55 gun safety laws since the February massacre at a Florida high school.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/state-gun-laws-parkland-shooting_us_5b55e975e4b0de86f48f225b

  18. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Yeah, let’s go full Nixon while the new SCOTUS nominee says it was all wrong. Doesn’t anyone connect the dots anymore???

  19. bee July 23, 2018 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    As soon as Willow gets married everything will be fine.

    • Lol July 24, 2018 at 5:40 pm - Reply

      What legality says That? Russia? Lol lol.

  20. Anonymous July 23, 2018 at 10:00 pm - Reply
  21. Anonymous July 24, 2018 at 3:45 am - Reply

    American should go full Nixon on trump and demand his resignation.

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