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The challenges facing Sam 
Brownback, the next U.S. ambassador 
for international religious freedom
by Julie Zauzmer  
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Rep Nunes Responds To scum-Adam Schiff
Attacks, Reveals Next Corruption Probe Target 
{ rickwells.us } ~ Brian Kilmeade first took a moment in the Monday morning interview to mock the mud-slinging fabricators on the left... for their hysteria and wide ranging smears against Intel Committee Chairman Nunes, including false assertions that he’s a Russian agent. With that point made, Kilmeade asks, “Out of everything that was thrown at you, one thing people kept saying yesterday is that, ‘Well, there was some acknowledgment that this was a political document, meaning the dossier, in a footnote at the bottom of the FISA warrant. What can you tell us about that?” Nunes points out that the communist Democrats have, over the past couple of weeks since the compilation and writing of the memo, “Continued to leak out bits and pieces of information to create narratives that, quite frankly have one thing in common, they’re always false. “...  https://rickwells.us/nunes-schiff-next-target/
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The Facts Currently Known About 
Nunes Memo, FBI Bias Accusations
by John G. Malcolm
On Friday, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo, after Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of that committee... The much-anticipated, four-page memo was advertised as containing “shocking” and “jaw-dropping” evidence of abuse by the FBI in seeking an order and three subsequent renewal orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to spy on Carter Page, a volunteer foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign who had previously worked as an investment banker in Moscow. The crux of the controversy stems from the FBI’s apparent use of a highly-controversial dossier that was prepared by Christopher Steele, a former British spy and a longtime confidential FBI source, who, it has been reported, provided information to the FBI during a federal probe into alleged corruption at FIFA, the world soccer organization...http://dailysignal.com/2018/02/04/the-facts-currently-known-about-n... 
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The Problem With The News Article 
At Center Of Carter Page Spy Warrant
by CHUCK ROSS
{ dailycaller.com } ~ A September 2016 news article about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page... has been responsible for a lot of confusion. The FBI, Justice Department and a federal surveillance court were all apparently unaware that the Sept. 23, 2016 article, written by Michael Isikoff, was based on the infamous and unverified Steele dossier. Numerous reporters, pundits and even a former CIA Moscow station chief have also been fooled into thinking that Isikoff’s article corroborated parts of the dossier. The confusion is due in part to Isikoff’s report, which was published at Yahoo! News...  http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/05/carter-page-steele-isikoff-yahoo/ 
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Trump’s lawyers reportedly don’t want him
talking to Mueller – It’s advice he should take
by William A. Jacobson
{ legalinsurrection.com } ~ Trump’s impromptu comments demonstrate, beyond a reasonable doubt, why Trump SHOULD NOT sit down with Mueller to answer questions... under oath or otherwise. Trump is a salesman by nature. He’s given to bombast and hyperbole. He shoots from the hip. Those characteristics, while they proved valuable against the comatose and drab liar-Hillary, could be a disaster in an interview with Mueller. Mueller’s team is very experienced in these perjury and obstruction traps. They will not ask any questions they don’t already know the answer to, and the questions they ask will not be posed to obtain information. They have all the information. They will be probing not for information, but for mistakes.  Don’t do it. I don’t know what power Mueller would have to compel testimony, but nothing should be done voluntarily...  https://legalinsurrection.com/2018/02/trumps-lawyers-reportedly-don... 
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Why Aren’t Libertarians Screaming 
At The Dems Over Nunes Memo?
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{ lidblog.com } ~ The Nunes memo is not about party politics, protecting the President, or the Mueller investigation... The memo is all about a possible violation of the 4th Amendment and the need to protect Americans from an out of control FISA court process. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.)  who wrote parts of the memo is correct when he says that it has nothing to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s actions in the 2016 election and the claims of Trump Campaign collision.  However what the memo does prove is at least one case of abuse of power by the FBI which should concern all Americans who value freedom. There may be other cases yet unseen of the FBI using bogus evidence to gain a search warrant on American citizens and those might involve you or me, or anyone who disagreed with liar-nObama’s politics...  https://lidblog.com/libertarians-screaming-at-dems/ 
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The challenges facing Sam 
Brownback, the next U.S. ambassador 
for international religious freedom

by Julie Zauzmer 
{ jewishworldreview.com } ~ Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will be the next U.S. ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

Making it through the Senate - which required a tiebreaker vote by Vice President Mike Pence after all 49 Democratic senators voted against Brownback, and Republicans, with two of their 51 senators absent, all voted in favor - is just the first challenge that Brownback will face in his new position.

His charge as the religious freedom ambassador, a position created 20 years ago by an act of Congress, is to confront the persecution of believers of many faiths, in a wide array of countries all over the world.

Human rights violations in China. Kidnapped girls in Nigeria. Religious law in Saudi Arabia. Persecution of Muslims in Burma, Christians in Pakistan, and Bahais in Iran. And the list goes on.

"We try to focus on the worst countries and the worst situations in the world," said Daniel Mark, the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, an independent body that Brownback will work with as ambassador. "Because each situation is unique - unique in bad ways - it would be hard to rank them."

Advocates for religious freedom, particularly conservative Christian groups, have been asking the Trump administration to fill the vacant ambassadorship for months. But Brownback, whose tenure in Kansas has been fiercely criticized for his deep tax cuts and who drew Democrats' concern with an answer in his confirmation hearings about protecting LGBT rights abroad, comes into the job facing an unusually high level of opposition.

"Historically, the vote for these ambassadors has not been deeply or hyperpartisan, and yet here we are. I think he starts off in a weakened political position," said Shaun Casey, who ran the State Department's Office of Religion and Global Affairs, a group set to be folded into Brownback's office, during the liar-nObama administration. "If an administration is really committed to religious freedom, we ought to move to making it a career diplomat position, and the approval process can be really, really sped up, if that's the case."

The most recent ambassador in the role was Rabbi David Saperstein, the only non-Christian who has ever held the position. President Barack liar-nObama appointed him in 2014.

Saperstein traveled extensively, often meeting with religious dissidents and groups who claimed religious persecution in foreign countries. "Sometimes even just meeting with these people can put the governments on notice that America is watching, that the world is watching," Mark said.

At home, the ambassador is supposed to raise concerns within the State Department about religious persecution in countries that the United States deals with. Mark said that when liar-nObama was engaged in trade negotiations with Vietnam, for instance, Saperstein worked on including a bid for stronger laws defending religious minorities in Vietnam as part of the deal.

"Brownback will be the voice within the larger apparatus that's making foreign policy to push the president and the secretary of state," Mark said, naming the administration's discussions with China and Saudi Arabia as particularly important diplomatic relationships with a need to add a religious freedom emphasis. "The ambassador can play an important role in making sure the people who actually do the foreign policy, from the president down, care about prioritizing religious freedom."

Members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom appointed by both Democrats and Republicans supported Brownback's nomination. Tenzin Dorjee, a California State University at Fullerton professor appointed to the commission by House Minority Leader Nancy Pulosi, D-Calif., said the commission relies on an ambassador to elevate its work. "It's kind of sometimes frustrating that not much is happening, for all we try to advance freedom of religion in China" and several other nations, he said. "I think the ambassador can really convince the State Department to use some of the effective tools we have, like sanctions."

But Democrats in Congress united against Brownback's nomination after Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., asked during his confirmation hearing about an executive order that Brownback rescinded that had protected LGBT state employees. Kaine pointed out that people are persecuted based on their sexuality in some countries Brownback might work in as ambassador.

"Is there any circumstance," Kaine asked, "under which criminalizing, imprisoning or executing people based on their LGBT status could be deemed acceptable because somebody asserts they are religiously motivated in doing so?"

Brownback replied that he didn't know of a circumstance like that, "but I would continue the policies of the previous administration in working on these issues."

That wasn't enough for Democrats in the Senate. "I really would expect an unequivocal answer on that, but my time is up," Kaine said at the time. Several senators cited LGBT rights in explaining their votes against Brownback's nomination.

Frank Wolf, a former Republican congressman from Virginia who helped enact the legislation 20 years ago that created this ambassadorship, turned to another aspect of Brownback's long resume in government to defend his nomination.

Wolf said that when the two of them served in Congress together, Brownback, who converted to Catholicism and also attends an evangelical church, stood out for his interest in issues of religion. "He was very much involved in human rights and religious freedom. He was always out in front. He and I were the first two members to go to Darfur during the genocide. He came back and he led the effort truly to declare what was happening there," Wolf said.

Wolf, like several people who work on global religious freedom, named the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as one of the first priorities for Brownback in the new job.

But Casey warned that any diplomat for the Trump administration may have a tough time finding listeners in the Muslim world, due to Trump's travel ban on entrants from several majority-Muslim countries.

"How can you go to Syria and talk about religious freedom with Muslims and other religious groups, when in fact you've said we don't want any Muslims from your country coming into ours? If we're practicing a form of religious discrimination ourselves in our country, that undermines it," he said.

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Newt Says What The Rest Of Us Are Thinking:
It’s Time To Throw Peter Strzok In Jail

Disgraced FBI special agent Peter Strzok, a senior member of the bureau who gained notoriety in recent months over his anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, was grilled for nearly 10 hours during a joint congressional committee hearing on Thursday.

At issue was Strzok’s anti-Trump texts to former FBI lawyer and lover Lisa Page that coincided with his leading of the investigations into both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server scandal and the alleged Trump/Russia 2016 election collusion, as well as his involvement in the subsequent Robert Mueller special counsel probe.

The hearing proved to be a heated battle, as Strzok displayed an arrogant smugness in defiance of pointed questions from Republicans that he largely danced around, while Democrats sought to upend and undermine the entire hearing with a plethora of interruptions, parliamentary maneuvers and outright praise for the man who helped let Clinton off the hook while ferociously targeting Trump.

Former House speaker and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was less than impressed with Strzok’s performance and cooperation in the hearing and suggested during an appearance on Fox Business that the FBI agent should be held in contempt of Congress.

“I think they have to move to hold him in contempt and throw him in jail,” Gingrich said of Congress and Strzok.

“This is a person who is willfully standing up and refusing to appear as a congressional witness and he was a government employee at the time,” he continued.

“He has every obligation to inform the legislative branch, and I don’t think they have any choice except to move a motion of contempt because he is fundamentally — and so is his girlfriend (Page) — they’re both fundamentally in violation of the entire constitutional process,” he added.

Page had been subpoenaed to appear before Congress on Wednesday but refused to appear, saying she’d been unable to review relevant documents prior to the scheduled hearing, a closed-door hearing that has since been rescheduled for Friday.

Gingrich was not the only one who thought Strzok deserved to be held in contempt of Congress, as House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte informed Strzok that he remained at risk of such during the hearing, according to The Daily Caller.

That warning from Goodlatte came after Strzok had refused to answer a straightforward question posed by House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, regarding how many people Strzok had personally interviewed between a specific set of dates in relation to the Clinton email investigation.

“Mr. Strzok, please be advised that you can either comply with the committee’s direction to answer the question or refuse to do so,” Goodlatte stated. “The latter of which will place you in risk of a contempt citation and potential criminal liability. Do you understand that? The question is directed to the witness.”

Strzok still refused to answer, citing instructions received from his counsel and the FBI to not answer certain questions on certain topics.

Goodlatte replied, “Mr. Strzok, in a moment we will continue with the hearing, but based on your refusal to answer the question, at the conclusion of the day we will be recessing the hearing and you will be subject to recall to allow the committee to consider proceeding with a contempt citation.”

It is unclear if Goodlatte and the committee ultimately did consider a contempt citation for Strzok following the contentious hearing, nor is it clear if Page will be held in contempt for blowing off her subpoenaed appearance on Wednesday.

Hopefully Congress will follow through on the threats of contempt followed by actual jail time against Strzok and Page in response to their uncooperative behavior and failure to appear when subpoenaed, if only to ensure that future witnesses called before Congress for sensitive or contentious hearings don’t think they can get away with the same sort of behavior.

TEA PARTY TARGET

Cops Sent To Seize Veteran’s Guns Without A Warrant, He Refused To Turn Them Over

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” says Leonard Cottrell, after successfully staving off law enforcement and the courts from confiscating his firearms. Cottrell, an Iraq War veteran, was at work when he received a phone call from his wife. The cops were there, busting in to take his guns away. It all started after a casual conversation his son had at school.

Ammoland reports:

Police said their visit was sparked by a conversation that Leonard Cottrell Jr.’s 13-year-old son had had with another student at the school. Cottrell said he was told his son and the other student were discussing security being lax and what they would have to do to escape a school shooting at Millstone Middle School.

The conversation was overheard by another student, who went home and told his parents, and his mother panicked. The mom then contacted the school, which contacted the State Police, according to Cottrell.

The visit from the troopers came around 10 p.m. on June 14, 2018, Cottrell said, a day after Gov. Phil Murphy signed several gun enforcement bills into law.

After several hours, Cottrell said police agreed not to take the guns but to allow him to move them to another location while the investigation continued.

“They had admitted several times that my son made no threat to himself or other students or the school or anything like that,” he said.

Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was “not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing.”

The troopers searched his son’s room and found nothing, Cottrell said.

“To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” he said. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

“In the Garden State, the usual approach is to confiscate first and ask questions later, and victims of this approach often don’t know their rights. ‎In this case, the victim pushed back and confiscation was avoided — but the circumstances surrounding the incident are outrageous. A student expressing concern over lack of security is not a reason to send police to the student’s home — but it might be a reason to send police to the school to keep students and teachers safe” said Scott L. Bach, executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs and a member of the NRA board of directors.

NJ.com adds:

Cottrell, a disabled U.S. Army veteran who served three tours during “Operation Iraqi Freedom,” owns a shotgun and a pistol. He has all the correct permits to own the firearms, he said, and predominately uses the shotgun to hunt.

He said his wife allowed the officers to enter the home, and with her permission, they searched his son’s room — but they did not find any weapons, he said. The officers, he said, didn’t have a warrant but still wanted to take his guns. Cottrell wouldn’t let them.

“No one from the state was going to take my firearms without due process,” he said Thursday.

He said the attempted seizure resulted because of a new law Gov. Phil Murphy signed into law that makes it easier for police to confiscate guns when someone in the state poses a threat to themselves or others. The law is part of a broader statewide effort to make New Jersey’s gun laws even tougher amid the national outcry for more gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

Cottrell said the officers “danced around the issue” when he confronted them about the new law.

A New Jersey State Police spokesman declined to answer questions about whether this incident had anything to do with the new gun laws.

In an email, Sgt. First Class Jeff Flynn said, “Troopers responded to Mr. Cottrell’s residence in reference to the report of a possible school threat. Based on their investigation, it was determined that Mr. Cottrell’s weapons did not need to be seized.”

David Codrea, writing for Ammoland, further added:

To appease everybody, I had my firearms stored someplace else,” New Jersey gun owner and Army veteran Leonard Cottrell Jr. told New Jersey 101.5 after a June 14 visit from State Police,. “That way, during the course of the investigation, my son doesn’t have access to them and it’s on neutral ground and everything and everybody’s happy.”

Cottrell was recalling state troopers showing up at his door to confiscate firearms after his 13-year-old son was overheard discussing lax school safety with a friend.

Indoctrinated by a pervasive snitch culture — one that never seems to deter the blatantly obvious demonic nutjobs — the eavesdropping student told his parents, who told school administrators, who in turn called the cops. (Note “If you see something, say something” carries risks of its own – if you report the wrong person, you could end up smeared as a “hater.”)

“Cottrell said he made it very clear to the police that he was ‘not going to willingly give up my constitutional rights where there’s no justifiable cause, no warrants, no nothing,’” the report continued. Despite that, his home is now a “gun free zone” and that has been publicized by the media. He has, in fact, willingly ceded those rights, and by his own words in order to make authorities “happy.”

Before judging him for that, consider the environment that is New Jersey. Then consider the overwhelming force the state can bring to bear, and its predisposition to using it, especially if it’s to enforce citizen disarmament. It’s easy to anonymously declare “Molon Labe” on the internet. In meatspace, resistance is more effective when the aggressor doesn’t get to dictate the time and place, especially if that place is your home and you have family inside.

Appeasing gun-grabbers, generally couched as “compromise,” is impossible. It’s like throwing a scrap of flesh to a circling pack of jackals and expecting them to be sated and leave you alone — instead of sensing opportunity and fear, and moving in closer.

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