In his new book, Saving Trump, author W. Green has chronicled our efforts over the past fifteen months to keep Mr. Trump in office. It has been an exciting and exhausting task just to keep up with the president as we tiptoed together through the minefields of the Mockingbird media, Deep State operatives, and massive public denial. But here we are, one year into the the Trump presidency and the battle continues. Trump is still in office. The Deep State is still powerful. The Congress is still impotent. And the mystery of human life on planet Earth 2018 goes on.
October 31, 2017
On this Halloween Day, we are reminded of the words of the ghosts of elections past. Each of these former presidents served the country in the military, and they also were elected to the highest government office in the United States of America. Their voices cry out from the past and speak to all Americans: President Trump, the Congress, the Supreme Court, our government agencies and departments including the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, the Attorney General’s office, the military, and to all the people who are employed by people of the America.
Regarding the rights of the shareholders of the country of America, its citizens, the First Ghost speaks:
“As we peer into society’s future— we, you and I, and our government—must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.”—President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address, 1961
Democracy cannot survive the total corruption of our government that exists today. The smelly Washington “swamp,” its politics and bureaucracies filled with greed, perverse behavior, and criminality, must be drained; and the wealth of the USA must be preserved.
Regarding our debasement of the word “Russian” and its alleged connections to one evil act or another, the Second Ghost speaks:
“Among the many traits the peoples of our two countries (Russia and America) have in common, none is stronger than our mutual abhorrence of war. Almost unique among the major world powers, we have never been at war with each other. And no nation in the history of battle ever suffered more than the Soviet Union in the Second World War. At least 20 million lost their lives. Countless millions of homes and families were burned or sacked. A third of the nation’s territory, including two-thirds of its industrial base, was turned into a wasteland…”—President John F. Kennedy, address to American University, 1963
The true strength of America and will be found its respect for the people of other countries. Russia could be one of our greatest allies to create a peaceful, productive and inventive world. America should cooperate with and support all other countries who can be our allies, including the Russian people.
And finally, regarding the unique national strength of the United States of America, the Third Ghost speaks:
We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. It will be a period of tensions both within nations and between nations — of competition for scarce resources, of social political and economic stresses and strains. During this period, we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations.
We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries but necessities — not the salt in our bread but the bread itself. Our common vision of a free and just society is our greatest source of cohesion at home and strength abroad — greater even than the bounty of our material blessings.”—President Jimmy Carter, Farewell Address, 1981
We must end the brutal and wasteful PermaWars and instead use those resources for defense, peace, and to rebuild our decaying infrastructure. America must change its direction. It must be a reflection of its core principles. It must shake off the last five decades of moral, economic and physical decay and rebuild itself as a model country and the leader of a new free, productive, ecologically-sound, and enlightened world.
July 4, 2017
American citizens have concerns about privacy in their lives. President Trump seems to have the same concerns. On March 24, 2017, he tweeted that he was ‘wire tapped” by President Obama. We don’t know why the President made such an accusation but is it possible that this happened? He was very specific in the wording of his tweet that it was a wiretap and it was authorized by President Obama. It is a politically spectacular charge. We know the former administrators of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI have flatly denied that any approved government wiretapping occurred. Can these two, opposing viewpoints be reconciled?
Wiretaps are a form of electronic surveillance. Legal wiretapping permits concealed recording and/or listening devices connected to a communication transmission line and eavesdropping thereafter for a limited amount of time. Legal wiretaps must be pre-approved by the court system based on the establishment of probable cause that the tap will yield evidence related to a crime. In today’s unlimited electronic world, wiretaps are old-school technology. But they are regularly employed by law enforcement agencies.
Since it is relatively easy to determine if a court order has been issued for a wiretap on Trump’s phone, it seems reasonable to assume that former NSA head James Clapper and former FBI head James Comey are correct. There were no legal wiretaps eavesdropping on Donald Trump.
There are other possibilities. It is possible that there were illegal wiretaps on President Trump’s phones done by government employees. Taking Messrs. Clapper and Comey at face value, we can assume that none of their employees were involved in wiretapping President Trump.
But, is it possible that an illegal wiretap could have been made? I think everyone will agree that was possible. Is it possible that President Obama ordered someone to eavesdrop? It’s possible. The president has powerful connections. It could have been done by a government employee outside of the NSA or the FBI, or it could have been done by a contract employee of the government, or by someone totally unrelated to the government. In politics, there is a myriad of reasons to tap someone’s phone: intelligence, blackmail, or curiosity. Who knows? Donald Trump was and is President Obama’s political enemy. Again, there is no proof of any involvement by Obama in any illegal wiretapping activity. We only have Trump’s assertion. Why would he make such an accusation? Maybe President Trump needs to provide his Twitter followers some additional information. That would be useful.
There is one other explanation. William Binney worked for the NSA for over 30 years as a senior executive creating the agency’s mass surveillance program. He managed over 6,000 NSA employees. He’s now a whistleblower. A few days ago, in a New York radio interview, he said that “it is very likely, in fact, most probable that the NSA does have those tapes.” He was talking about phone conversations between Trump and James Comey. He also said he believes the NSA is bugging the Oval Office. He said the NSA is targeting the United States population. In a previous interview, he revealed that “At least 80 percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US.”
But how would President Obama get access to Trump’s calls? According to the National Review’s June 1, 2017, article by Andrew C. McCarthy, Congressional committees have issued subpoenas demanding information related to unmasking requests of intelligence reports by Susan Rice, President Obama’s national security adviser, and Samantha Power, President Obama’s ambassador to the United Nations. This could have been the open window to permit Obama to snoop on Trump. Such unmasking could have been done legally or not.
Unmasking NSA information is not wiretapping, but in the world of snooping, who cares what it is called? The net violation of a person’s privacy is the same. It may be that President Trump is legally forbidden to reveal his sources. Thankfully Congressional investigators are probing this situation.
But the takeaway from all of this is that Trump is not making a crazy allegation, and secondly, we should all be very careful what we say or do. Our United States government most likely is recording every phone conversation and computer keystroke we make. Just like the idea of ‘wiretapping,’ the concept of ‘citizen privacy’ is a quaint idea and is apparently no longer possible.