FBI, Stasi?  What’s the Difference?

Staatssicherheitsdienst or in English, the State Security Service was the East German arm of the KGB but it was commonly referred to as the Stasi.  They learned all the lessons that Stalin’s KGB could teach them and then in typical German fashion they made them more efficient.  Their hallmark was to eschew the gulag by making all of East Germany one giant prison.  Hundreds of thousands of East Germans were employed as informants on their families, friends and coworkers.  All types of brutality and coercion were used by the Stasi.  But their masterpiece was a technique called Zersetzung.

“The Stasi often used a method which was really diabolic. It was called Zersetzung, and it’s described in another guideline. The word is difficult to translate because it means originally “biodegradation”. But actually, it’s a quite accurate description. The goal was to destroy secretly the self-confidence of people, for example by damaging their reputation, by organizing failures in their work, and by destroying their personal relationships. Considering this, East Germany was a very modern dictatorship. The Stasi didn’t try to arrest every dissident. It preferred to paralyze them, and it could do so because it had access to so much personal information and to so many institutions.”

—Hubertus Knabe, German historian

What seems apparent to me is that the Left has lifted this technique and applies it to both their operations in the intelligence agencies and also in their cancel culture operations through the woke social media platforms.  Look at the definition, “by damaging their reputation, by organizing failures in their work, and by destroying their personal relationships…  It preferred to paralyze them, and it could do so because it had access to so much personal information and to so many institutions.”  These are the weapons of personal destruction that are on display throughout our culture.

What does it say about our country that the methods of communist dictatorships have been borrowed by our own federal police agencies?  Maybe it’s just a case of, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  But the illegality of the techniques that are on display by the NSA and the FBI are wholly as despicable as what the Stasi did.  And I don’t mean that they did things like torture people and beat confessions out of them.  What I mean is that unlike Russia and East Germany our intelligence agencies are absolutely forbidden to violate the privacy laws inherent in the Bill of Rights.  But these prohibitions have been swept aside without even a pretense of due process.

The excesses of Russiagate and the recent case of the leaked text messages of Tucker Carlson show clearly that the FBI, NSA and other executive branch intelligence services no longer feel the need to pretend to follow the law.  They are clearly above the law and flaunt this status as a way to cow their targets.

When the East German government finally fell the records of the Stasi were exposed to public scrutiny and countless informants were exposed.  Wouldn’t it be liberating if a full accounting was finally made of the partisan crimes that the Obama Justice Department perpetrated in 2015, 2016 and 2017?  These treasonous acts very much deserve to be exposed and the culprits prosecuted.  The death penalty seems excessive.  I would say life in prison would be fair.  And I don’t suggest this as a form of revenge, although I would enjoy that.  I propose it as a deterrent against the next partisan hack who decides he disagrees with the results of an American election.  After all we grant enormous power and prestige to the law enforcement personnel who work at the highest levels of the Justice Department.  When they use that power to attack innocent Americans, they strike at the very heart of the American system.

Observations from The Gulag Archipelago Relevant to Today – Part-2 – Learning a Lesson from Uncle Joe

A lot of discussion has been expended about exactly how real is the belief in the “Woke” religion.  Many find it unimaginable that there could be so many people who actually believe in the nonsense being preached by the Left.  Everything from the Gaia cult of humanity-as-a-disease to the Anti-White mania to the recent trans-fetishism bespeaks a lack of intelligence that is shocking in a country supposedly so steeped in higher education and civilized values.

But what people forget is that in a country of 330 million people even a tenth of a percent is over three hundred thousand madmen.  And that is more than enough to account for the street theater we have seen unleashed across the country last summer.  Even a few thousand people would be enough as long as they are tolerated and even encouraged by the local officials.  And because even if the maniacal believers only number in the thousands, the majority of the millennials have been indoctrinated in these things for decades.  And even if they don’t believe these things, they believe that everyone else believes these things because that is what the media and Hollywood and their teachers have told them.

So, a small minority of true believers push the sheep in the direction they want.  And if no one resists that is the direction the country will go.  But what about the top of this pyramid?  Do the shot-callers in Washington and New York believe in these things?  I think the answer is certainly not.

I think that is like asking if Joseph Stalin believed in Communism.  I have been reading the Gulag Archipelago for the last month or so.  I have just about finished the first volume.  That’s over six hundred pages of very dense text and numerous footnotes and so far, we haven’t even arrived at the labor camps.  The level of intentional cruelty and systematic destruction of every organization in the Soviet Union up to and including members of Stalin’s own inner circle is mind-numbing.  The lengths that he went to destroy any power other than his own is shocking.  Solzhenitsyn estimates that he was responsible for the death of sixty million Soviet citizens through his purges and other attacks.  There was even a belief in the Soviet Union that before joining the Bolshevik revolution Stalin was a member of the Tsar’s secret police.

I assume what Stalin believed in was Stalin.  But what he saw was a population of people who did believe in Communism and he wielded that population as a tool to gain control over a giant empire.  And once he had full control of that empire, he liquidated those true believers because they were a danger.  He was like the phony televangelist who discovers that other people’s faith can be a money-making machine.  He doesn’t believe in God.  He believes in himself and he sees other people’s faith as a tool for making himself rich.  Luckily for those faithful, the televangelist won’t have to kill them off at the end of the latest crusade.

But in the case of the woke faithful they may not be so lucky.  Once they have performed their function, once they’ve provided the Left with total control of the country, they may become inconvenient themselves.  Stalin was lucky in that when he decided to purge people he didn’t want around, he didn’t have to bother with things like laws and judges and juries and courts.  The various incarnations of the secret police that would one day be the KGB simply scooped up the victims and brought them to interrogation prisons and used physical and psychological torture until the victims were glad to sign confessions to whatever ridiculous charges had been concocted.  Prison was a relief, even a bullet in the head was a release from a fate worse than death.

Our FBI is trying out for the part of the KGB.  Right now, they’re a poor man’s version.  But it’s easy to see the shape of what they would like to be.  And it is the KGB, or in our case, the Justice Department that gets to play kingmaker.  They can support or thwart a president.  They can terrorize private individuals of all levels of importance and they can even take down political opponents with the help of a hand-picked federal judge who is willing to hand-waive a FISA warrant and refuse bail to a railroaded victim.

The only question is who will be their boss?  Will it be a Stalin or more of a committee?  Will Barack Obama and the Clintons and the people who pull Joe Biden’s strings sit down with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and the CEO of Goldman Sachs and Jeff Bezos and decide how we will be fed into the American Gulag?  It wouldn’t surprise me a bit.  And to get back to the original question, no, none of those people believe in any of this woke crap in the least.  It’s just a hell of a way to conquer an empire.  They learned it from Uncle Joe Stalin, the guy who wrote the book.

Observations from the Gulag Archipelago Relevant to Today – Part 1 – Show Trials

Back in the USSA, Not Quite

The downside of reading the Gulag Archipelago is that you become dismissive of the power of the FBI.  I mean compared to the KGB and its precursor the NKVD our secret police are pretty lame.  Of course, everything is relative.  Compared to the unimaginable freedom that we used to enjoy here, the present police state is very repressive and upsetting.  A generation ago we would have laughed at the idea of the government spying on all of the phone conversations of the American people.  And the idea that political opponents would now be the targets for re-education camps would have been the subject of science fiction dystopias that sane people would have found too far-fetched to be interesting.

But getting back to the USSR, the Soviets didn’t do anything half way.  They were so zealous and thorough that they would arrest random people just because their quotas hadn’t yet been met.  I was reading a story about a landlady who went to the police station to ask about what to do with a nursing infant whose mother was one of her tenants.  The mother had been arrested by the NKVD and now the child needed milk.  She wanted to know where she should bring the child.  They brought the landlady to a waiting room and after a delay of a few hours they decided to arrest her just because she was already there and the quota needed filling.  She disappeared into the gulag and was never seen again.  Now there’s an action that would bring tears of joy to Jim Comey’s eyes.

I guess my point is that as maddening as it is to see the freest country ever imagined devolving into a police state the reality is that we have a lot of latitude to communicate our ideas and information with each other.  After all I can call Joe Biden, Dementia Joe and Kamala Harris, Willie Brown’s Ho.  And so far, I haven’t been dragged away to Siberia (or even Minnesota) or been shut down by the thought police.  Sure, they’ve shut us out of Twitter and Facebook but honestly those things were overrun with Leftists anyway and from what people on them have told me they weren’t fun anymore anyway.  Larry Correia is one of my favorite fantasy authors partly because he is not a Leftist.  On his blog, Monster Hunter Nation, he wrote a recent post that chronicled his decision to abandon Facebook.  Apparently, they didn’t shut down his very popular page but instead blocked him from writing to it.

I have a Gab page, but honestly, I’ve never really gotten any traffic from it.  The short-short form of writing doesn’t really seem to suit me.  Maybe it’s a skill I need to learn.  But I like writing on my blog and if I can get some visibility from folks like Whatfinger, Disturbed Deputy and MaddMedic then I’m happy to communicate that way.  Lately I’ve been getting some organic search traffic but it’s still quite limited and is restricted to very specific posts that have little to do with the majority of my content.

What I’m getting at is that although I’d love to suddenly go viral and have millions of readers, I’m not sure that was ever a realistic thing.  Are there really that many people interested in the things I am?  Maybe I’ll never know.  But if the people who like my stuff tells some of their friends that’s probably the best way for my site to grow and right now, I don’t think the FBI or even Google is interested in my nefarious writings.  If I do get hurled off my platform, I guess I’ll change my tune but I think what I’d do is what Gab did.  I’d make my site completely bullet proof.  I believe I’ve found a hosting plan that avoids all the vulnerable infrastructure and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Circling back to the beginning.  We have lost a lot of freedom but compared to real totalitarian hell like the Soviet Union or that madman in North Korea we have enough wiggle room to say what we want, to whom we want.  And right now, that’s good enough.

So spread the good word, send all your conservative friends to Orion’s Cold Fire and spit in the eye of Google and the FBI.  Free America still exists here and I’m not feeling pessimistic today.

Shut Down the FBI

Say whatever you like, if the Hunter Biden laptop has elicited no action from the FBI in nine months then we are officially a banana republic.  There is no way to paper over or hedge on the fact that they are refusing to investigate obvious influence peddling and corruption at the highest levels.  What are we supposed to believe, that Hunter Biden is really James Bond investigating international crime by appearing to be a sexual degenerate crack addict and accepting bribes for his demented father?  If a Republican had a tiny fraction of the evidence against him that Biden does, he’d have been hauled into court months ago to the accompaniment of media headlines branding all conservatives criminals.

And we’re supposed to believe that the Democrat party would have allowed Joe Biden to accept the Democrat nomination for President with this information floating around the government for over nine months?  The only explanation I can come up with is that the FBI is so bought and sold that the Democrats didn’t even sweat for a minute that any of this would be allowed to surface or in any way endanger the candidacy of Creepy Uncle Joe.

Where the hell is Christopher Wray to explain this outrage?  Where the hell is his boss Bill Barr?  Doesn’t it seem perfectly clear that if there is a reasonable explanation for why Hunter Biden isn’t on trial that they should be providing it right about now?  Based on everything I’ve read and heard Wray should have been fired by Barr and replaced with Rudy Giuliani at least temporarily to begin the prosecution of the Biden crime family and to begin the long hard process of emptying out the FBI.

I know that fixing the FBI wouldn’t end the corruption in Washington.  The CIA, the NSA and the State Department are all rats’ nests of corruption and anti-American globalism.  But the FBI is the single most dangerous weapon that the Left uses against its enemies among the deplorables.  Their expertise at gaming the various laws and their connections to the corrupt leftist judges that they feed their cases to makes them a terrible weapon to have turned on anyone even among the rich and powerful, never mind private individuals without resources or connections.

I was saying before any of this broke out that as soon as the election confirms President Trump for another term, he must confront Bill Barr with the ultimatum of either prosecuting the Russiagate offenders immediately or resigning.  Now I think the day after the election he should fire Barr.  It’s obvious there is no equal justice to be had in Washington D.C.  General Flynn is railroaded for imaginary crimes that even the Justice Department admitted didn’t exist but actual criminals whose crimes are documented and outrageously illegal are not only ignored but their co-conspirators are among the highest elected officials in the land.  The CIA needs to be forced to uncover the off-shore accounts of the Bidens and all their criminal partners and this whole outrage needs to be punished in a way that will put the fear of God into every dirty politician in this country.  Russia and China are adversaries of the United States.  Accepting bribes and other payments from them is tantamount to treason.  Joe Biden is a dirty crook and instead of moving into the White House he should be moving into Leavenworth for the remainder of his unnatural life.

Aside from any considerations of who wins this election, the American people have to come to grips with the fact that equal treatment under the law has been proven to be an illusion.  The rich and powerful on the Left are protected by a praetorian guard that includes the FBI and other law enforcement agencies that protect the status quo and make sure that anyone who shouldn’t be in charge isn’t.  If we ever hope to become free men again, we will have to find a champion willing to pull the teeth of this awful monster and then put it down.  That’s what has to be done.

What’s the Lesson from General Flynn’s Case?

The information that has been released from the FBI files on the Flynn case and the House Investigation of the Russia probe is surprisingly clear.  When subjected to the light of day there is no way to disguise the fact that federal law enforcement personnel at the highest levels deliberately conspired to railroad President Trump’s National Security Advisor out of office and into a criminal conviction.

There was no legal justification for this but they figured out a way to blackmail Flynn into it.  And they did it because they figured once they had stripped Flynn away from the new President, they could use the Russia hoax to get a special prosecutor appointed and use that office to attack the new administration in concert with the press and the deep state.  If that isn’t treason, I don’t know what is.

Contemplating that the Justice Department of the United States felt no hesitation to commit these acts during the commencement of a new Presidential Administration surely should give any American pause when considering whether his own constitutional rights are secure in the United States.  Other than unimportance what makes me think that the FBI would hesitate for a millisecond before dragging me down to one of their interrogation rooms and providing me with an even less favorable choice than the one they gave General Flynn.  Imagine that an unaccountable government goon tells you that either you will plead guilty to a crime you didn’t commit, that could earn you ten years in prison or your son will be prosecuted and imprisoned for an even longer period.

In the last twenty years we have grown accustomed to the diminution of our freedoms in the name of greater security.  In an alleged effort to keep Islamic terrorists from blowing up our planes every old grandmother in a wheelchair is subjected to indignities and all of us have to submit to complete surveillance of our every financial transaction and personal communication of all kinds.  Of course, that hasn’t stopped obvious foreign terrorists from striking at every level of American life.  And when it happens, we have to listen to harangues explaining how it’s our bigotry that inspired the violence.  But we acceded to the indignities and accepted the surveillance.

But now we find that the security apparatus is our new master.  All pretense that we are free men has been ended.  The FBI has the means to incriminate us using these new extra-constitutional powers.  And worse, they have the will to do it too.  Well, I’m sorry.  I no longer care whether the FBI is protecting me from Islamic terrorists or roving bands of cannibals.  I want them gone.  I want the President’s highest priority to be firing every last idiot with the letters FBI emblazoned across his stupid windbreaker.  I don’t even care if the Russians, the Chinese and the North Koreans steal the gasoline out of my gas tank and the chimney off my house.  At least they won’t be able to haul me off to the gulag for failing to genuflect to Comrade Obama and his dictatorial thugs.

The FBI from its beginnings has spied on the American people.  It has spied on our leaders and it has used this spying to blackmail and coerce the government into doing its bidding.  That is too dangerous a tool for our country to possess.  It seems to me that the Justice Department already has plenty of employees.  It needs to be dismantled.  It needs its fangs pulled.

That is a tall order.  It’s doubly so because the Attorney General, Bill Barr wouldn’t dream of extracting the jewel in the crown of his department.  I’m not even sure he’ll clean out the viper’s nest that is responsible for the outrage they perpetrated against this country.  If Barr and Durham had any sense of proportion, they would know that their precious FBI is a worse curse than the COVID-19 epidemic or the September 11th Attack.  What he should do is have a press conference where he apologizes to the American people for the organized crime cartel that he’s perpetrating on the rest of us.  He should fire everyone in the bureau from the top down until he finds someone who’s willing to expose the plot that we’ve lived through for the last four years.  That’s what he should do.  And then the President should demand Congress draft legislation to revoke the Patriot Act.  And if they won’t he should have his Solicitor General petition the Supreme Court to find it unconstitutional.  If the Congress squawks about that tell them to work on a constitutional amendment.  That should keep them busy for about twenty years.

Anyway, this rant is to say that it’s clear we now live in a police state.  It’s run by the FBI with additional surveillance provided by the tech companies.  In 1984 Orwell named the security agency in his dystopia “The Ministry of Love.”  If we know what’s good for us, we’ll make eliminating the Ministry of Love our highest priority.  At the very least, prosecuting all the Obama apparatchiks should be a survival reflex for the Trump Administration.  These people are hell bent on destroying a free society.  With them having a strangle hold on our government this truly is an Orwellian nightmare.  I think I’d prefer to live under a simple dictatorship.  At least it would be easier to figure out the rules.

Recommended On-Line Article – “Abolish CIA & FISA” by Angelo Codevilla

Claremont Institute’s on-line magazine American Mind has had several good articles in the last few months.  I am always interested in Angelo Codevilla’s thoughts.  In this article he argues that the dangers we face from the unfettered power that the spymasters wield is already destroying the integrity of our government.  For generations the FBI and CIA have used their power to topple foreign governments and in two cases have aimed at overthrowing a United States president, once successfully and once unsuccessfully.

This mirrors my thoughts in the recent post I wrote.  It really needs to be the Supreme Court that strikes down the FISA Courts and the President must remove the most dangerous individuals in these agencies and replace them with law abiding civil servants.  And, as I stressed before, the worst offenders need to be prosecuted and punished severely.

CTH is Going To Be Busy With the IG’s Report for a Very Long Time

Sundance over at CTH will be mining gold out of that report until long after Peter Strzok is wearing stripes in Sing Sing.  Honestly, the list of broken laws and examples of political bias are endless.  Our servant masters have grown arrogant indeed.

IG Report: FBI Agent Peter Strzok Sent Weiner Sealed Indictment To His Personal Email…

 

So Now the IG’s Report Isn’t Coming Out Until 14JUN. I Feel So Used.

Another stupid week?  Doesn’t he know that he’s not only an Inspector but he’s also a General and it’s the job of a General to by gosh get it done!!!!  If this is how Horowitz runs his show I expect there will be clowns in the clown car.  These people are going to drive me to devil worship.  At least the devil keeps his promises.  Wait a minute, does he?

Anyway keep your powder dry and these doofuses will get it right eventually.  Sheesh.

IG Release Date Set for June 14th – First IG Hearing June 18th…

 

On a more local note I’ve been intrigued by the general dearth of comments.  Now this is my first blog so maybe it’s how it works but I’m curious, so I have a survey poll on it.  I’ll leave it on the next few posts and I look forward to the info I get.

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Trump vs. The State of the Union – Part 1

Scene1: White House West Wing, 8am, President Trump (PT) calling for Vice President Pence (VPP)

PT – Mike.  Mike.  Mike!!!  Where the hell are you Pence.

VPP –  Right here Mr. President.  I was on the phone with Ryan and McConnell.  They wanted a copy of your speech to help coordinate the standing ovations.

PT – Tell’em to forget about that bull.  I don’t want them cheering.  Tell them to keep their seats and keep quiet.

VPP – Oh no.  What are you planning Mr. President?

PT – I plan on using the speech to wake some people up and put some rats on notice.

VPP – Sir, the State of the Union speech is intended to report to the people on where we are as a nation.

PT – Well Mike, despite the fact that the economy is starting to come to life do you really think there is any reason for standing ovations?  I’m going to tell them the truth.  I’m going to talk about the FBI and the Justice Department and how they’re being run like the KGB with crooked operations targeting Americans because of who they are and not what they’ve done.  I’m gonna talk about Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.  America will love what the FBI is up to on their dime.  I’m gonna talk about McCabe and Mueller and Comey and the “Secret Society” they cooked up against me.  I’m gonna make their hair curl.

VPP – Oh good grief.  Mr. President, I’m asking you to reconsider.  You’re going to scare the American people.  We have the midterms coming up and we can’t have the electorate thinking of us as the crazy party.

PT – Look Pence, you’re gonna have to man up or I’ll have to say you have the flu and couldn’t come.  Besides this is gonna be great.  The people are gonna get this 100%.  You’ve gotta remember they’re used to seeing bureaucrats shake down citizens.  They’ll rally to me when I give them the details of the plot.

VPP – Sorry Mr. President.  I’ll do my best to keep on my game face.

PT – That’s the stuff.  Besides once Cryin’ Chuck begins weeping you won’t be able to stop laughing.  It’s that funny.  Anyway, get Sessions down here.  I was thinking that it might be fun to have the Secret Society rounded up and perp walked right during the middle of the State of the Union address.  I want to see if he can arrange that on queue from me at the podium.  Do you think it would be undignified if I had the Marine Corp Band play “Nananana Hey Hey Hey Goodbye” by Steam during their exit?

VPP – No sir, not for you.  In fact, now that I’ve heard about it, I guess even I’d be disappointed if you didn’t play it.  But to tell you the truth, now that I think about it, what about that Linda Rondstadt song that goes “You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good, baby you’re no good, I’m gonna say it again!”

PT – No you’re not gonna say it again.  No I prefer Steam.  It’s a classic.

VPP – As you wish sir.

PT – Exactly.

Trump vs. The State of the Union – Part 2

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