RON PAUL: WHAT THE FBI/FISA MEMO REALLY TELLS US ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


RON PAUL: WHAT THE FBI/FISA MEMO REALLY TELLS US ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT

The release of the House Intelligence Committee’s memo on the FBI’s abuse of the FISA process set off a partisan firestorm. The Democrats warned us beforehand that declassifying the memo would be the end the world as we know it. It was reckless to allow Americans to see this classified material, they said. Agents in the field could be harmed, sources and methods would be compromised, they claimed.

Republicans who had seen the memo claimed that it was far worse than Watergate. They said that mass firings would begin immediately after it became public. They said that the criminality of US government agencies exposed by the memo would shock Americans.

Then it was released and the world did not end. FBI agents have thus far not been fired. Seeing “classified” material did not terrify us, but rather it demonstrated clearly that information is kept from us by claiming it is “classified.”

In the end, both sides got it wrong. Here’s what the memo really shows us:

First, the memo demonstrates that there is a “deep state” that does not want things like elections to threaten its existence. Candidate Trump’s repeated promises to get along with Russia and to re-assess NATO so many years after the end of the Cold War were threatening to a Washington that depends on creating enemies to sustain the fear needed to justify a trillion dollar yearly military budget.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

At this moment, and considering myself a reasonably responsible adult, I have absolutely zero faith in any element of the US government.

Elections are not about the qualities and beliefs of the individuals running for office, but about which ones are better trusted (and funded, overtly and covertly) by corporations, to be most committed to the existing status quo of allowing corporations to run absolutely roughshod over the American consumer, in terms of quality of product; pricing; and limited liability, or zero liability for their products, like software.

Yes, in this country, we have those 4 year, illusory, Kabuki-like spectacles of national elections in this country; but in the end, it is always the thoroughly vetted, war-centric, corporate-centric, Deep State-obeying candidates who generally win, no matter what We the People want;so real change, where we actually have a government which listens and responds to the needs and concerns of its people, cannot possibly happen.

It is utterly maddening to me that the Candidate Trump we saw on the election trail, one thinking about rapprochement with countries like China and Russia, and disengaging from these draining, horrific wars in which the US military is thoroughly mired, is not the President Trump we have in the White House.

He has been totally turned against peace and negotiations as the chief weapons of American statescraft, into one of the most terrifyingly sabre-wrattling, weapons-peddling Presidents in current history, to the point of having State Department officials shill for American weaponry at foreign air shows:

U.S. State Department official to promote military sales at Singapore show

US Delegation pitches arms sales in China's Backyard

Forgive me, but since when was it consided ethically proper, and morally correct, to send government officials to peddle the wares of America's Merchants of Death and Destruction?!?

The short, pragmatic answer is, since the world doesn't want to buy shoddily made American goods, or software, or, God forbid, our disease-inducing GMO-laden food, it appears... that our weaponry is the only thing foreign countries want to buy, when even that, too has a hard time competing with Russian or Chinese weaponry that is very well made, and does't cost anywhere near as much as its US competition.

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