Secret Courts Guarantee Abuse

Michael Ledeen is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

I testified against the Patriot Act because I feared the abuse of secret tribunals.  I’m usually far off in my predictions, but it was obvious from the get-go that the FISA courts would be abused by the Intelligence Community, and indeed those secret courts have almost always done what the FBI and CIA asked, even when—as in the case of General Michael Flynn—the IC had to ask several times, and even when the “evidence” consisted of an unverified “dossier” produced by a political campaign.

The Intelligence Community has long considered itself a state within the American state, dating from its creation just after World War II.  Most of the time, the IC has used its power to support presidential policies—the CIA snooped on the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2014, and on the McGovern campaign, and the FBI spied on the Goldwater campaign– but when a president acted against the IC’s convictions, the spooks advanced their own interests and beliefs.

No sooner had President Truman recognized the state of Israel, than the CIA swung into (illegal) action, secretly creating the American Friends of the Middle East, which brought Middle Easterners to America, published their views, and lobbied Congress, all against Israel.  In the words of Hudson’s Michael Doran, 

AFME was a remarkable instance of a CIA-confected front organization designed to counter official government policy, in this case by seeking to delegitimize Zionism in domestic American politics.

Truman quickly understood what was at stake.  “It’s become a government all of its own and all secret.  They don’t have to account to anybody.”.

It was, Truman recognized, part of a broader problem: bureaucrats who saw themselves, not mere elected officials, as the only legitimate policy makers.  “The civil servant, the general or admiral, the foreign service officer,” Truman insisted, “has no authority to make policy. They act only as servants of the government, and therefore they must remain in line with the government policy that is established by those who have been chosen by the people to set that policy.”

This enraged the president, who was also furious at the State Department’s opposition to his Middle East policies.  Yet bureaucratic action against presidential policies remained common.  As Truman discovered, the IC used “intelligence” to undermine presidential policies and advance its own.  This was demonstrated in the 1970s, when a private-sector group of analysts known as “Team B”—led by the recently-departed Professor Richard Pipes of Harvard–successfully challenged the CIA’s view of Soviet military strength, and the CIA’s conviction that we had very little to fear from the Kremlin.

Back in the Truman years, the president was able to appreciate Soviet intentions better than the IC, ironically thanks in no small part to his own intelligence operation in cahoots with Israel.  Ironically, Truman opened a secret back channel to Tel Aviv at the same time the CIA was sabotaging American cooperation with the Jewish state, via the legendary spook James Jesus Angleton, whose point of contact in Israel was Ben-Gurion’s personal secretary, Teddy Kolleck.  The two worked closely with Israel’s domestic security service, the Shin Bet, debriefing Jewish immigrants from the Soviet Empire.  Angleton, like most CIA officials, suspected the Israelis of collusion with the Soviet Union, but in time he realized this was not true.  Angleton subsequently received the text of Khrushchev’s speech about Stalin’s crimes…from the Israelis.  He was subsequently outed by CIA chief William Colby, with whom he had had many disagreements.

Bureaucratic arrogance is an ongoing problem, nowhere more than the Intelligence Community.  The problem is more grave today, with the advances in electronic snooping, the courts’ willingness to let the intelligence agencies pry into all manner of communications, and the zeal with which the media report improper leaks.  As Lee Smith recently tweeted:

They (the IC) ran a counterintelligence investigation of a former rival spy chief, Mike Flynn, a retired 3-star General. Abuse. Then they leaked intercept of his conversation with Russian ambassador. Crime. Now our 3d world press hires our 3d world spy chiefs.

Secret tribunals guarantee this sort of corruption.  Yes, there are cases where decisions on spying on Americans must be secret, but we pay a terrible price for them.  And as things stand, the snoopers have all the cards.  The game is totally rigged.

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Video: As Soon As Their Dog Started Giving Birth, They Knew The Vet Had It Wrong

Doctors and medical professionals have the best intentions. And despite years of schooling, they cannot always predict what will happen. And this can be a good thing. Sometimes doctors predict that a person only has a few weeks left to live. But then that person, by some miracle unknown to science, defies the odds and not only survives but thrives.

The story is more common than you might think. But the same goes in the opposite direction. Sometimes doctors ignore patients’ symptoms, tell them they are “paranoid,” or that they “just have the flu.” And when these turn out to be wrong, they can put a person’s life in jeopardy.

Thankfully, this story does not have a sad ending. Although getting from Point A to Point B is a windy, roller coaster ride. You’re about to hear about a record-breaking birth in Australia.

Miley is a Dalmatian that got pregnant by her canine boyfriend, Astro. And on May 18, 2017, Miley started to go into labor and make them both first-time parents.

And while it was obvious that Miley was “very pregnant” by the size of her abdomen, vets go it all wrong as she started to give birth to her litter.

Although ultrasound scans indicated that Miley was pregnant with three pups, she proceeded to prove all the “experts” wrong as she started pushing puppy after puppy out into the world. And Miley’s owner Cecilia Langton-Bunkergot stayed with her Dalmatian for fourteen hours of labor and could not believe her eyes.

Vets predicted that Miley would birth three puppies. Cecilia watched as her Dalmatian give birth to six males and twelve females. 18 puppies in total broke a record for the largest litter ever born in the country of Australia.

People have naturally started to compare Miley’s massive litter to the iconic story of 101 Dalmatians. But in the movie, mama dog Perdita, only had a litter of 15 puppies at once.

Because Miley gave birth to so many puppies at once, she is exhausted and recovering from the process. Now she is at the Ballarat Veterinary Practice. The puppies will be vaccinated and given a microchip to help Cecilia keep track of them all. It is going to be a lot of work raising this large family of puppies. But Miley is going to continue to show them all the love she can.

The vets might have only thought that she was going to give birth to three puppies, Miley probably knew better. She could probably feel all the beating hearts inside her and was prepared to show them all the love that she could. Each of these puppies will get the best care that Miley and Cecilia and provide for it. Although the family has just grown significantly, they are ready to give these puppies all the love they can as they grow into gorgeous white and black spotted dogs.

What do you think about this record-breaking birth? How could the vets get the number of puppies so wrong during the ultrasound scan?

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Margot Kidder is Gone, But the Love of Superman – and What it Taught Us – Lives On

Margot Kidder, the actress who brought to life the devoted brunette reporter for The Daily Planet in 1980’s film phenomenon, died in her sleep. For so many boys at the time, Margot’s Lois embodied the ideal woman: feisty, dedicated to her beliefs, yet willing to yield to the honorable intentions of the man who loved her.

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Hillary’s New Book Reviews

Hillary has written a book about herself–naming names of those who thwarted her election to the Oval Office as President of The United States. Hillary slipped down Hill with that book project that, she thought, would set all of America straight. LGBT BEWARE!

Her Sponsor, George Soros was so sure that she would be swept into the Oval Office that at his invitation, Hillary spent the weekend with Soros in his Southampton, Long Island mansion, beginning August 9th, 3 months before the election.

Soros had Newsweek Magazine put the ‘Election Day photo’ of Hillary on their cover, with the title, Madam President,  which was released a couple of days before the election. A book store in New York told me about it when the magazine was received.

The fuming began. Her rightful election was sabotaged, saith she, so she later wrote a book telling how this defeat REALLY happened. She would have been elected had the Republicans stopped undermining her.  Pity!

Here are some of the reviews of her book of pity:

“Hillary Clinton’s 506-page memoirs has come out.  So much of her personality shines through, that in the end, you, too, will want to sleep with an intern.” ~ Craig Kilborn

“In Hillary Clinton’s new book ‘Living History,’ Hillary details what it was like meeting Bill Clinton, falling in love with him, getting married, and living a passionate, wonderful life as husband and wife. Then on page two, the trouble starts.” ~ Jay Leno

“In the book she says when Bill told her he was having an affair, she said ‘I could hardly breathe, I was gulping for air.’”  No, I’m sorry, that’s what Monica said. ~ David Letterman

“Hillary Clinton, our junior senator from New York , announced that she has no intentions of ever, ever running for office of the President of the United States .  Her husband, Bill Clinton, is bitterly disappointed. He is crushed. There go his dreams of becoming a two impeachment family.” ~ David Letterman

“Last night, Senator Hillary Clinton hosted her first party in her new home in Washington . People said it was a lot like the parties she used to host at the White House. In fact, even the furniture was the same.” ~ Jay Leno

“CNN found that Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in America. Women admire her because she’s strong and successful. Men admire her because she allows her husband to cheat and get away with It.” ~ Jay Leno

“Hillary Clinton is the junior senator from the great state of New York . When they swore her in, she used the Clinton family Bible – the one with only 7 commandments.” ~ David Letterman

And this review by your website host: “That book wasn’t released, it escaped–anyway it will be useful as a door stop.” On the plus side, what she lacks in quality, she makes up in quantity (506 Pages).

Our thanks to reader-contributor Lawrence Craig for Alerting us to this story.

Photo Caption: Don’t Make Her Mad!


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