What Would It Look Like If We Drained the Deep State Swamp?

After more than a decade of the FBI and the alphabet agencies routinely using illegal intel on Americans to control us, I wondered what it would be like to put a stop to it.  So, this is a thought experiment because, let’s face it, what we’re talking about is as theoretical as contemplating faster than light space travel.

First off, who could do it?  We saw Donald Trump successfully stopped in his attempts to even install a functioning attorney general.  Twice!  So, I guess the first question is would a president on his own be able to clean out the intelligence agencies?  Would he need supermajorities in the Congress and a friendly Supreme Court?

Actually, I don’t think he would.  What he would need is the military on his side.  Because I think the only thing that could bring these agencies to heel is the threat of military force.  If the FBI saw a brigade of US soldiers backed up by a tank or two, I think they’d stand down.

And that is what I’d suggest is the way to do it.  My guess at a plan is to announce to the country that I am demanding the resignation of the top three tiers of organization of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA and the rest of the intel agencies and I would warn them that if they didn’t comply within a day, they would be escorted out by armed troops.

Then I would appoint some interim personnel to dig down and eliminate anyone who wouldn’t immediately cooperate with the new authority being established.  Following that I’d find any existing personnel who would be willing to provide information on the “Resistance.”  And I would quickly move onto prosecuting the people responsible for the heinous events of the last few years.

After that I’d say the priority would be to pull the teeth of the beast.  The Patriot Act needs to be declared unconstitutional and the intelligence apparatus needs to learn again that American citizens actually have the freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights including the ones having to do with unlawful search.

By the way, I’m fully aware that the people who run these agencies will us every means within their control to destroy the people attempting to bring them down.  Threats and leaks of embarrassing or criminal conduct are sure to be used.  I wouldn’t be surprised if assassination were to be used.  After all the CIA specializes in that sort of thing.

What kind of a man would have the wherewithal to implement such an action?  First of all, he would need a team.  Whoever is selected to be the attorney general must be willing to stand up against the threats and coercion that will be thrown at him.  It’s obvious that Trump’s first attorney general Jeff Sessions was cowed by pressure that was brought to bear against him.  My guess is that they had embarrassing or criminal evidence against him and used it to force him to give up control of the Justice Department to the office holders that Obama had in place.

He’ll also need IT resources to investigate the tangled and troubling data collection capabilities that the agencies and the tech companies have assembled.  That will be a monumental job.

And finally, it will require taking back control of the borders and identifying all the illegal aliens residing in the country.  These individuals are the real threat to our security.  If a terrorist threat appears that is where it will come from.  The FBI and CIA should be concentrating on non-citizens and using the high-tech gadgetry they possess to preventing the next Sept. 11 attack coming from foreign agents, not spying on innocent Americans whose only sin is not being Democrats.

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.

08JUL2021 – OCF Update

All the stuff about Tucker Carlson has got me sort of bummed out.  Sure, I knew they did all this stuff.  But they’re not even trying to pretend they’re not doing it.  Hell, they’re bragging about it.  They want to us to know they don’t even care if we tell the world.  Basically, they’re taking a victory lap.  All the stuff they did in the Russiagate operation they are now doing openly.  Not a single one of them suffered any consequences for the treason they committed and they can now do it completely openly because they own the Justice Department, the Presidency and the Courts.

Intellectually I knew all of that already.  I guess viscerally it’s hitting home.  This is East Germany, this is North Korea, this is Saddam’s Iraq.  Elections will be 100% assured, the security agencies will arrest the right people and more importantly will not arrest the left people, the people in charge will live very comfortable lives, everyone else will shut up and take what they are given.

I guess the part of it that’s so depressing is how docile the millennials are.  They’ve been bought off.  They’ll take their guaranteed income and live in their basement apartment with their three roommates and slowly shrink to nothing, evaporate or sublimate as if they never existed.  Not with a bang but with a whimper.

Well, anyway, the power’s been off for about ten hours.  The thunderstorm must have taken down a powerline or zapped a substation.  Probably the former.  The generator is humming along.  The guy who installed it and the transfer switch is sort of a crazy guy but he knew his business.  It runs on propane and is relatively quiet, a little quitter than my lawn mower.  It’s a quiet day here and I already cut the lawn before all these thunderstorms dumped about four inches of rain on us recently.  It cooled off today.  It went from ninety to seventy and that’ll give me a chance to get some outdoor stuff done without getting fried.  I took a few pictures this morning.  The deer have eaten most of the daylily buds but with a little luck I’ll get a few to shoot.  The blueberry bushes are very full of fruit.  Maybe I’ll get a few pints of them.

Camera Girl will soon provide me with my list of chores for the upcoming parties.  And that’s okay.  I like playing the host.  The summer is going well.  I’ll try to enjoy all the things that there are to do.  Even in Stalinist Russia people still tried to enjoy life right up until the KGB knocked down your door and dragged you off to the interrogation cell.

Which is worse, living as an outcast, a third-class citizen in your own country or being a stranger in a strange land?  I guess that’s the choice I’m struggling with.  In a way it feels like I’m already living in a foreign land.  All of the customs and familiar parts of life are being torn down and reviled.  The people in charge are strange creepy weirdos and criminals.  Could it be any worse in Argentina or Singapore or Hungary?  I wonder.

Post Update – 2pm and the power’s back on at the street.  Maybe that’ll lighten my mood.

Max Morton Reviews Washington’s “National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism”

In his article Max states, “Having spent some time in the intelligence community, I was puzzled as to how agencies with the mission of foreign intelligence collection—and which are statutorily and explicitly restricted from conducting domestic intelligence operations—are now writing Intelligence Community Assessments on U.S. citizens residing on U.S. soil.”

But based on the definitions in the report Max concluded that he himself along with most of his friends and even most of the people in his town would now fall under the category of “anti-government domestic extremist” and that the government considers that, “America’s greatest threat comes from domestic extremists.”

He goes on to say, “I spent the large part of my career in military special operations units and intelligence agencies tracking down foreign terrorists and threats to America. I came away from that experience with the knowledge that when the United States of America declares you to be the most dangerous threat it faces, your life is about to drastically change for the worse. The Biden regime has just explicitly told conservative and independent Americans that they are that threat.”

Well, I guess since I mostly agree with what Max Morton writes,  I must be a anti-government domestic extremist too.  Well, it’s good to know where you stand.

He finishes off by saying, “The Biden regime has just explicitly told conservative and independent Americans that they are that threat. 

Now that the regime has made that clear, citizens should mobilize their elected representatives at both the state and federal levels to push back against this domestic terrorism strategy. At the state level, elected officials should use their considerable constitutional authority to resist the administration’s plans. 

The alarming presumptions about criminal thoughts and motivations are likely unconstitutional, and should undergo rigorous scrutiny by the relevant oversight bodies. And Congress, instead of enacting new laws to authorize this dystopian overreach, should explicitly forbid it, for this administration and every one after.

If not, then we should all prepare ourselves for what comes next.

Pretty grim stuff.  I thought it was an interesting read.