Michael Savage: ‘Is DEEP STATE tanking stock market to HURT TRUMP?’ (Audio)

(National SentinelManipulation: Wall Street is reeling after the “flash crash” on Monday, in which the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 1,600 points before recovering somewhat to a loss of 1,175.

On his nationally syndicated radio program Monday evening, conservative talk host and author Michael Savage speculated that the “Deep State” may have purposely manipulated the market as a signal to President Donald J. Trump to back off his quest to get to the bottom of the FBI/DoJ spy scandal involving his 2016 campaign.

“Trump’s stirring SOTU speech last week was so great that even CBS admitted 75 percent of the people who watched it approved of it and loved it. So what happened right afterwards?” he said.

“The Establishment, meaning the ‘Deep State,’ call it whatever you want, went into overdrive to destroy Trump, or try to destroy him, where he is strongest because they couldn’t get him where they thought he was weakest,” he continued.

“So they are taking the market down. They are trying to hurt you. They are the enemies of the average American. Make no mistake about it, they are going for you!

“These people are so evil and so power-drunk that they’d burn the nation to the ground rather than let Donald Trump live another day in office,” Savage continued.

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Following yesterday’s market roller coaster, the White House released a statement:

The President’s focus is on our long-term economic fundamentals, which remain exceptionally strong, with strengthening U.S. economic growth, historically low unemployment, and increasing wages for American workers. The President’s tax cuts and regulatory reforms will further enhance the U.S. economy and continue to increase prosperity for the American people.

Fox Business interviewed University of Maryland economics professor Peter Morici Tuesday, who predicted more pain but that it would be temporary.

“There is more carnage to come, but the market will recover. We are going through a correction, which is long overdue,” he said.

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Strzok-Page texts show FBI HID details of Hillary probe from Congress; knew they would be revealed in FOIA requests and ‘inflame Congress’ (Video)

(National SentinelNOversight: Presidential attorney Jay Sekulow on Friday discussed newly-released texts between FBI officials Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page, saying the two knew they were stonewalling lawmakers regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Discussing the tests on his radio program, “Jay Live,” Sekulow also said the texts revealed that the two understood the hidden FBI reports would eventually be revealed in Freedom of Information Act requests and “absolutely inflame Congress.”

The two anti-Trump officials admitted to hiding “302 reports” — which are summaries of interviews conducted with witnesses and/or suspects — from lawmakers regarding Clinton’s criminal mishandling of classified emails.

Also, both then complained that FOIA requests from interested parties would eventually cause the hidden reports to be released, thus created widespread angst and condemnation in Congress.

“Peter Strzok on September 10th, 2016–this is during the heart of the election last year,” Sekulow began.

Quoting Strzok, Sekulow said, “‘Thing is, there are very inflammatory things in the 302’s’ [that’s the agents’ reports] that we didn’t turn over to Congress because they weren’t relevant to understanding the focus of the investigation.'”

“This was the investigation of Hillary Clinton-the ongoing email investigation,” Sekulow said, putting the conversation in context.

Again quoting Stzrok, Sekulow noted further, ‘These are going to come out in FOIA’s and absolutely inflame Congress…’

“In other words, once the FOIA requests come in and they are responded to, it’s going to create a firestorm,” the president’s counsel said.

Critics noted that as bad as that is, only a fraction of the total number of texts sent between Strzok and Page during a crucial five-month period have been released to Congress.

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There IS a DEEP STATE! Text messages reveal SECRET SOCIETY within Justice, FBI, working AGAINST TRUMP (Video)

(National SentinelBombshell: Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that disgraced FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, exchanged some 50,000 text messages, but added that figure does not include five months’ worth of ‘missing’ texts the bureau said were lost in a database glitch.

“We will leave no stone unturned to confirm with certainty why these text messages are not now available to be produced and will use every technology available to determine whether the missing messages are recoverable from another source,” Sessions said in a statement provided to Fox News. “If we are successful, we will update the congressional committees immediately.”

The missing messages cover a crucial window, as the gap occurs between the presidential transition and the launch of Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — where both officials previously were assigned.

After reviewing all of those messages, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, told Fox News he believes there is a “secret society” within the Justice Department and the FBI that worked feverishly to undermine Donald J. Trump’s candidacy and presidency.

“What we learned today in the thousands of text messages that we’ve reviewed that perhaps they may not have done that (checked their bias at the door),” he said.

“There’s certainly a factual basis to question whether or not they acted on that bias. We know about this insurance policy that was referenced in trying to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president,” he continued.

“We learned today from information that in the immediate aftermath of his election that there may have been a ‘secret society’ of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI to include Page and Strzok to be working against him,” the Texas lawmaker said, in a bombshell.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., also reviewed the texts with Radcliffe. Watch:

Regarding the missing texts, which Gowdy and Radcliffe found incredulous, Sessions noted further: “I have spoken to the Inspector General and a review is already underway to ascertain what occurred and to determine if these records can be recovered in any other way. If any wrongdoing were to be found to have caused this gap, appropriate legal disciplinary action measures will be taken.”

“We need to get to the bottom of it and find out what exactly happened,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News.

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Bongino: ‘SH*T is about to HIT THE FAN’ for Dems, OBAMA, over ‘devastating’ FISA memo from House Intel Committee

(National SentinelExposure: Former Secret Service agent and conservative pundit Dan Bongino predicted Thursday that things are about to get intense with Democrats over the House Intelligence Committee’s decision to release a “FISA memo” that could expose their party for duplicity in the 2016 election.

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For days some House Republicans have been calling for on the panel to release the classified memo, including Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Lee Zeldin of New York. As noted by Circa News and Fox News contributor Sara Carter, the memo contains “explosive” revelations that could even end special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged “collusion” between President Donald J. Trump’s campaign and Russian government operatives.

In addition, Bongino forecast that the memo’s contents would also harm the image of former President Barack Obama.

“Take it to the bank, the FBI/FISA docs are devastating for the Dems. The whole image of a benevolent Barack Obama they’ve disingenuously tried to portray is about to be destroyed. The real Obama, the vengeful narcissist, is going to be exposed for all to see,” he tweeted.

Continuing, he added: “My sincere apologies for the expletive but SHIT IS ABOUT TO HIT THE FAN. The former Obama administration’s going to have a lot of explaining to do.”

“Take this check and cash it, the Democrats are in a full blown panic right now over the scandal that’s about to become a nightmare for them. Watch them all scurry like roaches when the lights come on it,” he continued.

“Release the memo and watch the rats run away like the cowards they are. Your mind is about to blown, and your eyes open, to both the power of the federal govt, and the vengefulness of an Obama administration hellbent on destroying Trump,” Bongino said.

For days on his CRTV Podcast, Bongino has been poring over and explaining details of an investigation he and others have launched into the origins and machinations surrounding the so-called “Trump dossier.”

For months many Republicans have speculated that the document, which contains salacious details about the president as well as the central allegation that his campaign colluded with Russia, was used by the FBI to obtain a surveillance warrant from the FISA court so the Obama administration could spy on the Trump campaign.

The dossier’s contents are thus far unsubstantiated and are likely a fabrication, Bongino and others have said. That means the surveillance warrant would have been obtained under a false — and perhaps political — pretense.

Last week, Bongino declared it the “most explosive scandal” that was “about to burst.”

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Former ‘high-level’ CIA agent warns: Deep State ‘terrified;’ wants Trump ‘TAKEN OUT’

(National SentinelTargeted: In what many are calling a chilling warning, a former high-level CIA agent said Tuesday that “Deep State” operatives are so fearful that President Donald J. Trump’s agenda will succeed they want him “taken out.”

Kevin Shipp was an agency terrorism expert assigned as a protective agent for the director of Central Intelligence. According to his biography, he was also a counterintelligence investigator, team leader protecting sensitive CIA assets from assassination, manager of high risk Counter Terrorism Center protective operations, lead instructor for members of allied governments, internal staff security investigator and a polygraph examiner tasked with protecting the CIA from foreign agent penetration.

He is also the recipient of two CIA Meritorious Unit Citations, three Exceptional Performance Awards and a Medallion for overseas covert operations.

In an interview with Greg Hunter of USAWatchdog.com, he said that Deep State figures were “terrified” of Trump.

“They are terrified, they are terrified right now.  They did not expect Trump to do what he is doing now,” he said.

“The reason they tried to get him even before he was elected is they knew he was uncontrollable, and they knew if he got in there, they would not be able to manipulate him, and that is exactly what’s happening,” Shipp added.

He said he differentiates between the “Deep State and shadow government.”

“There are some people, and there is no doubt about it, that are running scared right now,” he continued.

“Donald Trump is questioning the Deep State and the shadow government. He’s rocking that place left and right.  The news media is terrified of that,” he said.

“Their editors are telling them to attack him just like they are attacking him from the inside. It’s just dirty pool because they want him taken out,” he added.

This isn’t the first time it’s been mentioned that the Deep State wants to ‘take out’ the president.

Last summer pastor Rodney Howard-Browne said a top GOP lawmaker said the same thing, adding, “There’s nothing we can do to stop it.”

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It’s possible that Trump and his senior staff are aware of such efforts. The Intercept reported last month the White House was considering ‘private spies’ of its own, to counter Deep State operatives.

The plan, reportedly, was developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a former Marine lieutenant colonel caught up in the 1980s-era Iran-Contra scandal.

“The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering ‘deep state’ enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald Trump’s presidency,” The Intercept reported.

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Bongino: Trump dossier could be ‘INSURANCE policy’ to cover up ILLEGAL spying on Team Trump (Video)

(National SentinelDirty Deal: Former Secret Service agent and outspoken conservative advocate Dan Bongino said Sunday it is possible that Democrats and the Obama administration created the so-called “Trump dossier” in order to cover up improper spying on the campaign of President Donald J. Trump.

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In fact, he said on Fox News, the dossier — the foundation of the “Russian collusion” narrative — may be nothing more than an “insurance policy” to protect key figures.

During his appearance, Bongino was asked about FBI agent Peter Strzok’s comment in a text he sent to FBI lawyer Lisa Page regarding an “insurance policy” to keep Trump out of office.

In mid-December, Fox News reporter Bret Baier tweeted the following: “Text-from Peter Strzok to Lisa Page (Andy is Andrew McCabe): “I want to believe the path u threw out 4 consideration in Andy’s office-that there’s no way he gets elected-but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk.It’s like an insurance policy in unlikely event u die be4 you’re 40.”

The Daily Caller reported further:

Two FBI officials who worked on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation exchanged text messages last year in which they appear to have discussed ways to prevent Donald Trump from being elected president.

During his “Fox & Friends” appearance, Bongino offered his own explanation for what Strzok’s comment really means.

“I think America needs to prepare itself for the idea that this entire thing was a sting against the Trump team the entire time and that the dossier was just cover for it,” he said.

Trump has repeatedly insisted there was no collusion between his campaign and the Russian government. Multiple investigations of the allegation have turned up nothing after more than a year-and-a-half. Congressional committees are still investigating the allegations.

In back-and-forth with reporters at Camp David over the weekend, where Trump spent a retreat with GOP lawmakers, he insisted there is evidence of collusion between the Democratic National Committee, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and operatives within the Obama administration of colluding with Russian sources against the Trump campaign.

“But you guys don’t cover that,” Trump admonished.

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the Clinton Foundation’s dealings with foreign donors and others as they relate to the approval of the Uranium One deal, among other things.

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Revealed: Obama ENDED ambitious law enforcement effort against Iran proxy Hezbollah to secure NUKE DEAL

(National SentinelDupe: President Barack Obama sidelined a top-level, aggressive American law enforcement campaign against Iran proxy Hezbollah targeting the militant group’s drug trafficking in order to secure his nuclear deal with Tehran, Politico reported Monday.

The effort was code-named Project Cassandra and was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration collected evidence that Hezbollah had grown from a regional Middle Eastern terrorist and political organization into a global crime syndicate that some U.S. investigators say led to $1 billion annually in drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities.

The following eight years saw U.S. agents working from a top-secret DEA operations center in Chantilly, Va., where they used wiretaps, undercover ops and informants in order to map out Hezbollah’s global crime networks, with the assistance of 30 additional U.S. and foreign security agencies.

Noted Politico:

They followed cocaine shipments, some from Latin America to West Africa and on to Europe and the Middle East, and others through Venezuela and Mexico to the United States. They tracked the river of dirty cash as it was laundered by, among other tactics, buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa. And with the help of some key cooperating witnesses, the agents traced the conspiracy, they believed, to the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran.

Nevertheless, as Project Cassandra uncovered more of the conspiracy, officials with the Obama administration threw up a growing number of roadblocks that became increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to clear, according to scores of interviews with participants who, in many instances, spoke about the operations for the first time, Politico reported.

The news site also quoted from a review of government documents and court records.

“When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests,” the site noted.

For example, the Obama Justice Department refused requests by Project Casandra officials and other authorities to file criminal charges against high-ranking Hezbollah players, including an envoy to Iran.

Others included a Lebanese bank the group used to launder billions in alleged drug profits and a key figure in a U.S.-based cell of the Iranian paramilitary Quds force.

“This was a policy decision, it was a systematic decision,” said David Asher, who helped establish and oversee Project Cassandra as a Defense Department illicit finance analyst. “They serially ripped apart this entire effort that was very well supported and resourced, and it was done from the top down.”

In all, Project Cassandra officials tracked tons of cocaine that entered the U.S. as hundreds of millions of dollars went to a group on the U.S. terrorist watch list that had increasingly wide global reach.

Obama had come into office promising better relations with Iran, having declared on the campaign trail that the Bush administration’s record of animosity and sanctions toward Iran was not successful.

Shortly after he entered office, then-CIA Director John Brennan noted in a policy paper that “the next president has the opportunity to set a new course for relations between the two countries” through not only a direct dialogue, but “greater assimilation of Hezbollah into Lebanon’s political system.”

Noted Politico:

In practice, the administration’s willingness to envision a new role for Hezbollah in the Middle East, combined with its desire for a negotiated settlement to Iran’s nuclear program, translated into a reluctance to move aggressively against the top Hezbollah operatives, according to Project Cassandra members and others.

In the end, the report notes, the administration was more interested in getting its nuclear deal with Iran than it was prosecuting a top military organization that was dumping cocaine into the country, while using the money to strengthen itself in Lebanon and as an Iranian proxy, with Israel the most obvious loser, at least in the short term.

One former senior Obama administration official who was involved in the nuclear deal denied that Project Cassandra operatives were being thwarted purposely by the White House.

The official also suggested to Politico that intelligence operations may have overlapped.

“What if the CIA or the Mossad had an intelligence operation ongoing inside Hezbollah and they were trying to pursue someone . . . against whom we had impeccable [intelligence] collection and the DEA is not going to know that?” the official said. “I get the feeling people who don’t know what’s going on in the broader universe are grasping at straws.”

The official noted further: “The world is a lot more complicated than viewed through the narrow lens of drug trafficking. So you’re not going to let CIA rule the roost, but you’re also certainly not going to let DEA do it either. Your approach to anything as complicated as Hezbollah is going to have to involve the interagency [process], because the State Department has a piece of the pie, the intelligence community does, Treasury does, DoD does.”

Other former Obama officials who were not part of Cassandra, however, say there was indeed a concerted effort to tamp down efforts to go after key Hezbollah figures.

Katherine Bauer, in little-noticed written testimony presented last February to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said that “under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

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WTH? AG Sessions DEFENDS Trump plotter Peter Strzok; claims anti-prez texts may have ‘innocent explanation’ (Video)

(National SentinelExcuses: Attorney General Jeff Sessions again on Friday refused to answer whether there is a need yet for a second special counsel to investigate members of the FBI and Justice Department over their anti-Trump bias.

Sessions said that although he’s concerned about recent allegations of bias among officials tied to the Hillary Clinton exoneration last year for her mishandling of classified information and the probes of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, “sometimes things that might appear to be bad in the press have more innocent explanations, so fairness and justice should also be provided to our personnel.”

As noted by Zero Hedge, last week the attorney general responded to increasing pressure for a special counsel, saying, “I’ve put a senior attorney, with the resources he may need, to review cases in our office and make a recommendation to me, if things are being pursued that need to be pursued, if cases may need more resources to complete in a proper manner, and to recommend to me if the standards for a special counsel are met.”

But in November, Sessions also pushed back against calls among many in Congress for another special counsel who would be tasked with investigating the origins of the salacious but unverified “Trump dossier” that was paid for, in part, by the Hillary Clinton campaign to launch the Russia investigation.

The dossier, some Republicans also believe, was used by the FBI to justify a FISA court warrant to spy on members of Trump’s campaign.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, has stated he believes there is proof of the FBI using the dossier for that very purpose:

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, now a Fox News contributor, called on Sessions to resign on Saturday.

“It pains me to say this a little bit [but] I don’t think the attorney general is up to the job he’s doing,” Chaffetz said.

Rep Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Gaetz, R-Fla, joined Sean Hannity last Wednesday to also call for Sessions to step aside if he is unable to see evidence they believe is clear that elements within the FBI and Department of Justice conspired to help Clinton and harm President Donald J. Trump.

“Maybe we need to have a Special Prosecutor to investigate the investigators,” Meadows said.

And we’re here to tell you tonight, not only do we have task force that is being set up under Chairman Gowdy and Chairman Goodlatte that includes Jim Jordan, myself, John Radcliffe, Jim Buck, we’re working with Matt Gaetz and Ron DeSantis to get to the bottom of it,” he continued.

“But the American people have had enough… The time is now for Jeff Sessions to do his job. And if he doesn’t do his job he needs to step aside and let somebody else do it.”

JFK files: FBI alleged that Martin Luther King, Jr., had secret affairs, love child, orgies

(National SentinelAssassination: Among some 600 documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy published by the National Archives on Friday included an FBI assessment from 1968 alleging multiple affairs and other sexual activity by civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr.

As reported by the Sacramento Bee, the document, titled “Martin Luther King, Jr. A Current Analysis” and dated March 12, 1968, compiled background information on King, including his influences, associates, alleged affairs and more.

King was assassinated April 4, 1968.

“The course King chooses to follow at this critical time could have momentous impact on the future of race relations in the United States,” the 20-page document’s introduction says. “And for that reason this paper has been prepared to give some insight into the nature of the man himself as well as the nature of his views, goals, objectives, tactics and the reasons therefor.”

One section of the document titled “King’s Personal Conduct” mentioned the affairs, which were also referenced in the 2014 film “Selma,” as well as the infamous letter from the FBI urging the civil rights leader to kill himself.

The report referred repeatedly to the sex acts King engaged in as “unnatural” and “abnormal.”

Events the document referenced included numerous workshops that King staged in Miami, Fla., in February 1968 using funds from the Ford Foundation in which he trained black preachers to take community leadership roles.

“One Negro minister in attendance later expressed his disgust with the behind-the-scene drinking, fornication, and homosexuality that went on at the conference,” the document says. “Several Negro and white prostitutes were brought in from the Miami area. An all night-sex orgy was held with these prostitutes and some of the delegates in attendance.”

“One room had a large table in it which was filled with whiskey. The two Negro prostitutes were paid $50.00 to put on a sex show for the entertainment of the guests. A variety of sex acts deviating from the normal were observed.”

Also, the report notes often that King’s sexual proclivities were well-known to his associates.

“As early as January, 1964, King engaged in another, two-day drunken sex orgy in Washington, D.C. Many of those present engaged in sexual acts, natural as well as unnatural, for the entertainment of onlookers. When one of the females shied away from engaging in an unnatural act, King and other of the males present discussed how she was to be taught and initiated in this respect,” the document notes.

“Throughout the ensuing years and until this date King has continued to carry on his sexual aberrations secretly while holding himself out to the public view as a moral leader of religious conviction.”

In one section the FBI report referred to an alleged affair King had with a woman that may have resulted in the birth of a baby girl. The document said the source for that information was “a prominent Negro who is related by law to King’s mistress,” who referred to King repeatedly as a “hypocrite.”

“It was learned in February, 1968, from a very responsible Los Angeles individual in a position to know, that King has been having an illicit love affair with the wife of a prominent Negro dentist in Los Angeles, California, since 1962. He believes King fathered a baby girl born to this woman inasmuch as her husband is allegedly sterile,” the document says.

“The child resembles King to a great degree and King contributes to the support of this child. He calls this woman every Wednesday and frequently meets her in various cities throughout the country.”

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Are the Dem elites sacrificing the Clintons like they did Weinstein?

(National SentinelConspiracy: News that Bill and Hillary Clinton are inextricably linked to the Uranium One scandal may have been leaked in an effort to sacrifice the former first couple in a bid to make it appear as though probes of President Donald Trump really aren’t political, Infowars claims.

If so, the sacrific of the Democratic Party’s most-favored political couple comes on the heels of the epic downfall of Hollywood mogel Harvey Weinstein, another Democrat favorite; both stories were recently leaked to the media by someone who either has an axe to grind or is attempting to provide cover for a much larger scandal, the web site theorizes:

Already the mainstream media, which one year ago promoted Hillary Clinton as a “glowing goddess,” is slowly but surely publishing headlines linking the Clintons to the Russian Uranium One scandal.

This suggests that the globalists in control of mass media are fixing to dump the Clintons much like how Harvey Weinstein was burned, albeit the latter for sexual improprieties instead of political scandals.

Even The Hill, which is reliably left-of-center, allowed a conservative — David Bossie, Trump’s one-time deputy campaign manager and current president of Citizens United — to pen an op-ed calling for a special counsel to investigate (and prosecute) the Clintons.

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Last week, blockbuster allegations surfaced in The Hill shedding light on what was happening inside the Obama administration and FBI while Russia was seeking control of massive amounts of our uranium supply. It turns out that the Obama administration inexplicably approved the uranium deal with Russia even though the FBI was investigating a massive corruption scheme that included bribery, extortion and other felonies involving Russia’s nuclear energy industry in the United States.

This level of accurate reporting, at the expense of the Clintons, is unprecedented for The Hill, which was once a major Clinton cheerleader.

Of course, accurate reporting has never been the mainstream media’s modus operandi.  So what’s the real gameplan here?

The site believes that the Clintons are to be sacrificed in order to continue advancing an anti-Trump agenda:

Remember, the power elites have no real loyalty to the Clintons. The Clintons served them, not the other way around, and now the crime duo is presenting a problem because the Clintons are guilty of just about everything they’re accusing Trump of doing.

So here’s what’s likely their next move: Burn the Clintons for their crimes to set a precedent to accuse Trump of similar criminality while claiming it isn’t politically motivated.

This is exactly what they did with the Weinstein scandal, and remember at one point the fallen producer was seen as “untouchable” just like the Clintons.

However, Infowars speculates further that this tactic won’t work on Trump because he “lacks the criminality” of the Clintons.

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Experts believe ISIS: Terror group doubles down on claim that Vegas shooter was a convert, as they say attack had all the hallmarks of ‘terrorism’

By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief

(National Sentinel) Within 24 hours of Stephen Paddock’s attack on 22,000 country music festival-goers at the Route 91 concert venue in Las Vegas Oct. 1, the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, claimed on social media that the 64-year-old former mailman had ‘pledged allegiance’ to the group in the weeks before his attack.

FO-banner-350x350While police and FBI agents working the case have yet to confirm anything, the group has nevertheless doubled down on its initial claim, repeating it later that week in its weekly report and saying that Paddock converted six months before the attack and identifying him by his Islamic name, “Abu Abdul Barr al-Amriki.”

One private-sector intelligence firm, SITE Intelligence Group, says that ISIS has much to lose if the organization is lying about the claim.

While acknowledging that at the time investigators had not yet turned up any evidence that Paddock was a jihadist, SITE’s experts nevertheless pointed out that “ISIS is facing significant losses in Iraq and Syria, and may have seen value in capitalizing on an attack it didn’t commit to salvage morale amongst members and supporters.”

However:

Despite ISIS supporters’ blind faith, the group has a lot to lose if it is caught lying. ISIS is extremely invested projecting legitimacy as well-funded government agencies and organizations constantly work to discredit it. It knows that being caught in a major lie would only feed these entities’ counter narratives.

ISIS knows that respected journalists, analysts, and government officials—with necessary degrees of skepticism and caution—take its attack claims seriously. However, any definitive proof that Paddock had no connection to ISIS would be a severe fracture to how seriously the group’s statements are taken by such communities in the future.

Several other aspects of Paddock’s attack are also worth noting, if for nothing else than because they have all the hallmarks of an act of terrorism. (Related: EXCLUSIVE: Forensic acoustic analysis confirms existence (and range) of second Las Vegas shooter.)

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— The attack was meant to cause maximum mayhem and carnage, as well as outright terror and heart-stopping fear. Paddock didn’t use a bolt-action sniper rifle with a high-powered scope, he used automatic weapons, the sound of which are terrifying to the vast majority of Americans.

— Like the 9/11 attacks, who could have anticipated a gunman firing from the 32nd floor of an internationally-recognized hotel venue — the Mandalay Bay Casino and Resort? The last thing people thought about (before Oct. 1) when they heard of or talked about the Mandalay Bay was that it could become a venue for terrorism.

— Was it just a coincidence that the city of Las Vegas — “Sin City,” as we ourselves have nicknamed it — was chosen? Islamic militant organizations are known to loathe Western (and especially American) decadence; killing large numbers of Americans in Sin City would be seen in the world of Islamic jihad as a direct assault on American indulgence.

— Reports on Wednesday quoted two law enforcement sources familiar with the Vegas shooting investigation as saying that Paddock, from his 32nd story perch, fired “incendiary rounds” — bullets meant to ignite what they hit — at massive jet fuel storage tanks near the McCarran International Airport, which is parallel to the highly trafficked and populated Vegas strip. The specialized rounds were found in Paddock’s hotel room and also near a fuel tank a short distance away from the airport. Additional reporting said that one round had actually penetrated a tank. Imagine for a moment if several gas storage tanks containing some 43,000 barrels of jet fuel had exploded; the airport and much of the surrounding area would have been demolished, deaths would have been in the tens of thousands, Las Vegas would have been essentially shut down for years — and that would have become the most spectacular and deadly terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil, dwarfing 9/11 in terms of casualties.

— The goal of terrorism is to use violence to affect a certain political outcome, and the more spectacular the attack, the better. What has begun in the aftermath of the attacks? A renewed political debate about guns and gun control — which, if Congress and President Trump implement strict new controls and outright bans that disarm more Americans, would dramatically improve the chances that more citizens down the road will be more vulnerable to attack, not less.

Think about it.

Early in the investigation, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said police were looking to see if Paddock had been “radicalized unbeknownst to us,” adding cryptically, “And we want to identify that source.”

This attack — in its meticulous planning, in its breadth, in its audacity, in its outrageousness, in its scope, and in its intentions — reeks of terrorism.

This story first appeared at NewsTarget.com.

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Former CIA and intel officer says cops already KNOW Vegas shooter had ‘political’ motive

By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief

(National SentinelVegas Conspiracy: As Americans remain shocked and stunned over the mass murder committed by at least one man — Stephen Paddock — in Las Vegas last weekend, so far authorities investigating the horrific shootings have yet to establish a motive.

red-alert-FO-160x600Or, at least, they’ve yet to publicly discuss a motive.

It could be that they already have a good idea about why Paddock turned his hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Casino into a sniper’s nest after meticulously planning the attack, perhaps for months: They may already believe there was a political motivation behind the killing, one that they’re not yet willing to announce or discuss, most likely because of the hellacious fallout around the country.

At least, that’s what retired Lt. Col Tony Shaffer, a Fox News contributor and CIA-trained former U.S. intelligence officer, has said. In an appearance on the network Wednesday, Shaffer said his sources have told him that law enforcement is “holding back” information suggesting a political motivation behind the killings, which they learned about after watching recorded video footage of his attack.

“My sources tell me they reviewed the information on those videos and there are things that do lay out some understanding of his motivation,” he said, adding that officials haven’t released the new information because of “leads they want to follow.”

When host Martha McCallum pressed him further, he said, “There is a political angle people are concerned about.”

“There is one legal law enforcement issue, according to my source,” said Shaffer, who noted further that sources told him there are concerns behind the scenes about why certain information, like images of the weapons used to attack a country music festival at the Route 91 venue below the hotel have been leaked, but not the video the suspect allegedly recorded during his assault.

There are other clues that indeed, Shaffer’s sources are being truthful with him.

For instance, as The National Sentinel reported, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo hinted at a press conference earlier this week that it’s possible Paddock, 64, may have been “radicalized” at some point, though he did not elaborate.

In making his statement, Lombardo seemed to suggest that Paddock was ‘radicalized,’ just based on the second part of his statement: “Did this person get radicalized unbeknownst to us? And we want to identify that source.”

That statement suggests that investigators have a “source” out there somewhere responsible for “radicalizing” Paddock. (Related: Law enforcement says Las Vegas shooter “did not act alone” … new details.)

But what political motivations would Paddock have had? Which side of the political spectrum would he have come down on? Some — including a few “mainstream” media types — think Paddock may have been anti-Trump, as The National Sentinel explains:

If so, that would also confirm suspicions among some Americans that there was a political motive behind the shootings. Paddock opened fire on 22,000 people attending a country music festival; some in the mainstream media bigots have already suggested that Paddock’s attack could have been aimed at supporters of President Donald J. Trump, many of whom are likely country music fans.

On his Oct. 4 show, talk giant Rush Limbaugh also noted that one of the early theories regarding Paddock’s motive centered on a sort of “anti-Trump” theme. Also, Limbaugh made this cryptic statement more than a day before Shaffer’s appearance on Fox Newslater that same evening: “The Las Vegas massacre has now reached the full politicization stage as a motive continues to be elusive. There are people however who don’t think the motive is elusive. There are people who think the motive is known and because it’s not preferred by certain personages and affiliations, that it is not being announced.”

Finally, there is this. Lombardo said at a Wednesday evening press conference that Paddock had been living “a secret double life,” which further suggests that some form of radicalization may have taken place.

Stay tuned.

This story was first published at NaturalNews.com.

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Assange says he’ll provide evidence Russian collusion, hacking narrative FALSE in exchange for pardon

(National SentinelFalse Narrative: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has said all along that the Russians did not provide him the documents related to the Clinton campaign that he leaked last year, now says he’s willing to trade evidence of this to authorities in exchange for a pardon.

As reported by PJ Media, Assange has already made the offer, but President Donald J. Trump told reporters earlier this week he has “never heard” of it.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., told The Daily Caller that aides in the White House are not permitting the deal to go through, as much of ‘official Washington’ either doesn’t believe Assange or considers him a national security threat after previously leaking information about NSA, CIA, and U.S. government operations.

“I  think the president’s answer indicates that there is a wall around him that is being created by people who do not want to expose this fraud that there was collusion between our intelligence community and the leaders of the Democratic Party,” Rohrabacher said.

“The congressman spoke to chief of staff John Kelly two weeks ago about the potential deal with Assange,” The Daily Caller reported. “The Wall Street Journal reported that Kelly told Rohrabacher to bring the information to the intelligence community.”

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“This would have to be a cooperative effort between his own staff and the leadership in the intelligence communities to try to prevent the president from making the decision as to whether or not he wants to take the steps necessary to expose this horrendous lie that was shoved down the American people’s throats so incredibly earlier this year,” Rohrabacher said.

The congressmen met with Assange at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been in exile for years. But, as reported by One America News Network he said he has yet to see the information that Assange claims to have.

Rohrabacher said that he needs Trump to be on board with a preemptive pardon before the information can be exchanged.

The U.S. intelligence community has repeatedly claimed that Russia hacked the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign last year, then leaked the information to WikiLeaks in order to help Trump win the election. It’s important to note that throughout its 11-year history, WikiLeaks has never been proven wrong.

The president has also called the narrative false. So, too, have former officials with the Trump campaign, including longtime Trump associate Roger Stone. He told OANN recently that the allegations are false.

“I am aware of no evidence whatsoever of collusion by the Russian state or anyone in the Trump campaign or anyone associated with Donald Trump,” he told reporters earlier this week after testifying behind closed doors, and reportedly not under oath, before the House Intelligence Committee to answer questions related to the Trump-Russia narrative.

Before he appeared, Stone released a statement criticizing Democrats on the panel for making “false” and “irresponsible” statements and claims regarding the alleged collusion.

“I am most interested in correcting a number of falsehoods, misstatements, and misimpressions regarding allegations of collusion between Donald Trump, Trump associates, the Trump Campaign and the Russian state,” he wrote.

“I view this as a political proceeding because a number of members of this Committee have made irresponsible, indisputably, and provably false statements in order to create the impression of collusion with the Russian state without any evidence that would hold up in a U.S. court of law or the court of public opinion.”

As for Trump being in the dark about all of this, Rohrabacher said, “This would have to be a cooperative effort between his own staff and the leadership in the intelligence communities to try to prevent the president from making the decision as to whether or not he wants to take the steps necessary to expose this horrendous lie that was shoved down the American people’s throats so incredibly earlier this year.”

His comments have been carried in a number of media outlets, but it has recently been reported that Kelly is blocking certain news articles from reaching the president’s desk.

“This happens in every administration, and it’s a great disservice to the president,” said the congressman, who once worked as a speechwriter in the Reagan administration.

“I am confident that if the president is permitted to know that this avenue is open to him to debunk the horrible lie that was told to the American people about him stealing the election with the help of the Russians… that I think the president will accept it if he’s permitted to know,” he said.

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Dems lining up behind full-on push for SOCIALIZED medicine, which was the plan ALL along

(National SentinelMedicare For All: One of the political issues that has been simmering quietly under the national radar has been Sen. Bernie Sanders’ push to “fix” health care by imposing a “single-payer” system to “fix” Obamacare.

For those who aren’t really sure what “single payer” means, it’s 100 percent government-controlled health care. The “single payer” part of the equation is where the federal government pays for all the care; there aren’t any more private health insurers to speak of because everyone would be in enrolled in a sort of “Medicare-for-all” program.

What’s to hate about that? Everything. More on that in a moment.

At first, not many Democrats were lining up behind Sanders’ plan, but now, right on cue, more of them are jumping on board. In addition to legislation he’s planning in the Senate, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., has introduced a single-payer bill in the House that has 117 co-sponsors.

“The growing momentum for Medicare for all is a remarkable turnaround for an idea that was deemed too radical to even debate eight years ago. However, it’s really a testament to the political clarity of the policy and the steadfast work Sen. Sanders has put into organizing support for it inside and outside the halls of power,” Charles Chamberlain, a progressive activist and the executive director of Democracy for America, wrote in a statement Tuesday.

Uh, whatever.

This was the plan all along.

It might be a shock to some, but despite all of the promises Democrats and President Obama made about the Affordable Care Act being the end-all, be-all of health care reform, it’s a disaster. None of what Democrats promised has come true.

Care isn’t cheaper.

Monthly premiums are only cheaper for a few million people who get subsidies.

E.R. visits aren’t down.

Out-of-pocket expenses are higher for just about everyone.

Employer-sponsored health insurance didn’t drop “by $2,500 a year.” And so on.

For anyone who was listening, former Senate leader Harry Reid, the one-eyed Jack from Nevada, spilled the beans back in 2013. When he was asked by a PBS host if the long-term goal was to implement full-on, government-run, single-payer health care, Reid said, “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.” He then hinted that Obamacare was never going to work in the first place when he added, ““What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever.”

Fast forward to July of this year. In an interview with a national radio host, Sen. Lindsey Graham said the plan all along was to design Obamacare in a way that it would fail.

“It was designed to make sure that employers would drop coverage because it’s too expensive, that exchanges would fail and the government would come in and take over and you’d have single payer healthcare,” he told host Mike Graham.

And now, with the GOP in control of Congress and the White House, here come Democrats charging forth with ‘their own version of health care reform’ — right on cue. The same party that handed us the disaster that is Obamacare now wants Uncle Sam to have even more control over our health care delivery systems.

That’s why “Medicare for all” is a lousy idea. Medicare for Some doesn’t work now; it’s inefficient because there are too many rules for providers to have to follow — all of which are expensive and help drive up costs for providers (and, hence, patients).

But beyond that, this “single-payer” push is all part of a well-thought-out plan concocted years ago to strip Americans of health care control and health care choice even more than Obamacare already does.

The one thing all of us need is health care (which is why the Democrats want to control it). The last people we ought to trust with it are government bureaucrats.

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Fired National Security Council aide says Deep State, Marxist Left targeting Trump in “unprecedented” campaign to remove him from office

(National SentinelPolitical chicanery: A fired National Security Council official has charged that Left-wing Deep State opponents of President Donald J. Trump are engaged in an “unprecedented” political operation to first delegitimize him and then drive him from office, the Washington Free Beaconreported.

Until just recently, Rich Higgins was the director of strategic planning at the NSC. In May he produced a seven-page memo warning of a joint effort by the Marxist Left, Islamists and political and government leaders opposed to Trump to engage in an information warfare campaign aimed at smearing him.

“The Trump administration is suffering under withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then delegitimize and ultimately remove the president,” said Higgins. “This is not politics as usual but rather political warfare at an unprecedented level that is openly engaged in the direct targeting of a seated president through manipulation of the news cycle.”

The Free Beacon noted further:

Higgins, an Army veteran and former Pentagon official who specialized in irregular warfare and who was dismissed last month for writing the memo, said the attacks should not be confused with normal partisan political attacks or adversarial media attention.

The former aide criticized the White House for failing to counter the activities and said the political warfare attacks threaten the Trump presidency.

“The White House response to these campaigns reflects a political advocacy mindset that it is intensely reactive, severely under-inclusive and dangerously inadequate to the threat,” Higgins noted. “If action is not taken to re-scope and respond to these hostile campaigns very soon, the administration risks implosion and subsequent early departure from the White House.” (Related: Mueller’s special counsel effort has become nothing more than taxpayer funded “opposition research” to defeat Trump in 2020)

Higgins was dismissed by Deputy National Security Advisor Ricky Waddell July 21 after the memo came to his attention during an internal search for leakers on staff.

The Trump administration has been battling against leaks since before the president took office, but Trump’s naming of John Kelly as his chief of staff, moving him from his post as head of the Department of Homeland Security, was seen as a way to restore discipline to the White House. Kelly is a former four-star Marine general, and his move to the West Wing was lauded even by some Trump opponents.

Higgins’ firing has not been without controversy. His termination, along with those of fellow NSC conservatives Derek Harvey and Ezra Cohen-Watnick in recent days, has touched off a range of political brinksmanship and infighting within the White House. In addition, conservatives charge that Trump’s national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, is actually working to thwart the president’s populist foreign policy agenda in favor of keeping policies enacted or carried on by the former Obama administration.

Harvey, a retired Army colonel, complained to McMaster recently about the outsized number of people remaining at the NSC from the Obama administration. People close to the situation said McMaster told him he’s got a “leadership problem,” which is military jargon for, “Get in line with my program or I’ll get rid of you.”

It appears McMasters chose for his subordinate and picked the latter option.

Cohen-Watnick, meanwhile, was the senior director for intelligence programs at the National Security Council; he reportedly dropped out of favor with McMaster over the former’s conservative views.

The Free Beacon reported that a White House official said McMasters appears to be attempting to get rid of anyone on the NSC who is an ardent, outspoken supporter of Trump, while taking the slow approach to implementing any presidential directive he does not agree with.

Though the president has vocalized support for McMaster in recent weeks, the Free Beacon said White House sources say Trump is not happy with him and may send him to Afghanistan soon. A potential replacement would be CIA Director Mike Pompeo, regarded as much more of a Trump supporter.

This story originally appeared at NewsTarget.com.

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