Left-wing HACK and former CIA official Phil Mudd threatens TRUMP on CNN: ‘We’re going to win!’

(National SentinelDeep State: Former CIA counterterrorism official Phil Mudd, now a contributor to CNN, told the network’s Wolf Blitzer Saturday that President Donald J. Trump’s decision to release the FISA memo was a mistake that is likely to cost him.

But cost him in what way, Mudd was less clear — except to essentially hurl yet another threat at the president.

“The workforce is going to look and this and say, this is an attack on our ability to conduct an investigation with integrity… The FBI people, I’m going to tell you, ‘are ticked’ and they’re going to be saying, I guarantee you, “You think you can push this off this?”… You better think again, Mr. President,” he said.

“You’ve been around for 13 months. We’ve been around since 1908. I know how this game is going to be played. We’re going to win!” Mudd declared.

Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson took Mudd to task on Twitter.

“This is the same idiot who last year said of Trump on CNN ‘the government’s gonna kill this guy,'” he tweeted.

As for dates, the FBI was founded on July 26, 1908, but the CIA — the organization Mudd belonged to — was founded after World War II, in September 1947.

As for the FISA memo, it documents serial abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court by Obama administration appointees to illicitly obtain a surveillance warrant so they could spy on Trump’s campaign.

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Their turn: Top DEM threatens govt. shutdown if illegal alien DACA recipients aren’t given PATH to citizenship

(National SentinelThreat: During President Obama’s tenure, Democrats once chastised Republicans for allegedly being responsible for a government shutdown over their refusal to agree to spending increases.

GOP lawmakers were widely criticized by Democrats and the establishment media over the 16-day shutdown, receiving the lion’s share of the blame.

Now, a top Democrat is threatening another government closure if an immigration reform bill lawmakers are debating does not contain a provision to legalize some 800,000-1 million illegal aliens protected from deportation under an Obama-era executive order.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., told ABC News‘ “This Week” on Sunday, “I, for one, will not vote on government funding until we get a deal for DACA,” the acronym for the Obama program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

In September, President Donald J. Trump rescinded the order and gave Congress six months to fix it.

Last week, a federal court in the U.S. Ninth District issued a temporary order barring Trump’s rescinding order from taking effect, but that decision is widely expected to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court at some point.

Here is Lewis on yesterday’s This Week program:

DACA was initiated via executive order by Obama in June 2012. At the time it was heavily criticized by Republicans and a number of state attorneys general as an unconstitutional move by the Executive Branch to unilaterally change immigration law.

But several Democrat-run states sued the administration over its lifting of DACA, and last week, U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, part of the oft-overturned Ninth Circuit, blocked the order.

A recently leaked memo from the Democratic Party indicates that party strategy moving forward is to ensure that as many illegal aliens as possible receive citizenship because it is believed most of them will vote for Democratic candidates.

The memo, co-written by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was distributed to allies who are calling on congressional Democrats to “refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them.”

“The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party’s future electoral success,” reads Palmieri’s memo.

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PETTY: Former Milwaukee Sheriff Clarke to face TRIAL after calling man a ‘snowflake’ on social media

(National SentinelNot-so-high crimes: Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will have to stand trial in the coming weeks over a feud with a man that began on a flight from Dallas a year ago.

According to reports, Clarke had an exchange with a man named Daniel Black. While on the plane, the former sheriff says that Black asked him, “Are you David Clarke?” and when he answered yes, Black allegedly shook his head.

After the plane landed in Milwaukee, six sheriff’s deputies stopped and questioned Black, reports noted.

That prompted him to file a complaint with Milwaukee County, alleging harassment. Afterward, Black went on Facebook to complain about the incident.

Clarke subsequently responded to the Facebook post and called him a “snowflake.” Now, Clarke faces trial for “retaliating” against Black, said reports.

As reported by USA Today, a federal judge last week dismissed most of a civil rights lawsuit Black filed against Clarke. However, the judge let stand a portion of the lawsuit that says Black, under the First Amendment, had the right to shake his head at Clarke.

When he responded to Black’s Facebook post, Clarke posted a meme featuring a picture of Black with the words, “Cheer up, snowflake, if Sheriff Clarke were to really harass you, you wouldn’t be around to whine about it.”

In Friday’s 27-page order, USA Today reported, “U.S. District Judge J.P. Stadtmueller granted summary judgment to Clarke on the Fourth and one of the First amendment claims, dismissed the 14th Amendment claim as ‘completely without merit’ and dismissed the claim against the county and the six deputies, all originally identified as John Doe.”

“While Clarke’s actions reflect poor judgment, they do not shock the conscience,” to a degree to support the due-process claim, Stadtmueller ruled, adding that a jury should decide if Clarke’s reaction to Black constituted a real threat.

A trial date of Jan. 22 has been set.

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Did Obama AG Holder just threaten the GOP Congress over potential firing of Mueller?

(National SentinelBlast from the Past: Former Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted what appears to be a warning on Thursday regarding any future effort by Republicans in Congress to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

“Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, Republicans in Congress be forewarned: any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated. These are BS attacks on him/his staff that are blatantly political-designed to hide the real wrongdoing. Country not party,” he wrote.

The warning came a day after Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein over allegations of blatant political bias against President Donald J. Trump within the FBI and DoJ.

 

Earlier this year Holder’s replacement, Loretta Lynch, in a video produced for Democrats, called for violence and bloody civil unrest against newly-elected Trump, saying, “They marched, they bled. Yes, some of them have died. This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.”

“Has there ever been a time when the previous administration’s attorney’s general threatened Congress and tried to provoke civil unrest against the new administration?” The Gateway Pundit noted.

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Conyers attorney suggests he may name others if he’s pushed too hard over sexual allegations

(National SentinelThe Swamp: A lawyer for Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan has hinted that if his client is pushed too hard regarding multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, he may name names and take down others with him.

“We have already reached the cornered animal stage of Democrats caught up in the sexual harassment hysteria. Is there anything more amusing than watching your enemies play a game of chicken with each other, threatening mutual assured destruction?” writes Thomas Lifson at The American Thinker.

Lifson is referring to a statement issued by Arnold E. Reed, who is pushing back against the “disturbing allegations.” The bizarre statement was written in all-CAPS and referred to both Reed and Conyers in the third person, The Daily Caller noted.

“Reed acknowledged that while these allegations are serious, they are simply allegations,” the statement said. “If people were required to resign over allegations, a lot of people would be out of work in this country including many members of the House, Senate and even the president.”

Reed’s claims regarding allegations come after news that the Congressional Office Of Compliance (OOC) has quietly been paying out sexual harassment claims for years, using U.S. taxpayer dollars.

In the past decade alone, the office has paid out $17 million in claims.

Conyers himself has already admitted to settling a wrongful dismissal complaint involving a former staffer for more than $27,000 in taxpayer funds in 2015 following allegations he fired the staffer for her refusal to “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”

Conyers admitted to settling a wrongful dismissal complaint with a former staffer for more than $27,000 in taxpayer funding in 2015 after he allegedly fired the staffer because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”


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“Sworn affidavits signed by four of his former staffers describe Conyers as a serial sexual harasser who preyed on young, female staffers and abused taxpayer resources to pursue sexual relationships with women,” The Daily Caller‘s Peter Hansson reports.

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Another Snoop Dogg outrage: Rapper poses over ‘body’ of Trump

(National SentinelNo Class: Rapper Snoop Dogg has once again outraged tens of millions of Americans after he posed over a body in a “morgue” with a toe-tag labeled “Trump.”

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The classless photo adores the cover of the rapper’s new album, “Make America Crip Again,” a reference to one of the country’s most violent urban gangs.

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It’s not the rapper’s first political controversy this year, as back in March, a video in which Snoop pretends to assassinate Trump made major waves on social media.

With his latest album cover, Snoop Dogg is continuing to push the boundaries of good taste and the law; some believe that, as before, his depiction of the president dead is an implicit threat on his life.

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Iran threatens to launch ballistic missile strike against U.S. forces

(National SentinelWar Drums: A top Iranian commander has threatened to launch ballistic missiles in the direction of U.S. forces in the region as part of a public relations effort by Tehran to display its advanced missile capabilities, U.S. officials and regional reports noted.

read-here-first-FO-160x600As reported by the Free Beacon, Iranian leaders have openly discussed new advanced ballistic missile technology that is now sophisticated enough to attack U.S. forces up to 1,300 miles away, which can reach every American base in the region.

The head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, announced on Tuesday that Iranian missiles can already “cover all U.S. bases in the region” and that Tehran has the capability to increase its missile power even further, the Free Beacon noted.

“Based on the policies specified by the Leader [Ayatollah Khamenei], the range of our missiles is limited to 2,000km, but we have the capability to increase the range,” IRGC Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said following an announcement by the country’s supreme leader that Iranian ballistic missile technology would be capped at this distance for the short term.

More:

While pro-Iran activists cheered the announcement as a sign of moderation on Iran’s part, U.S officials and experts told the Washington Free Beacon that the distance cap on these missiles is effectively meaningless since the country’s current military technology is capable of striking U.S. forces, a position emphasized by Iranian military leaders.

“At present it [this distance] is sufficient because the Americans are in a 2,000 km radius from our country and their attacks will be responded,” Jafari was quoted as saying in Iran’s state-controlled press outlets.

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North Korea issues new threat to launch EMP weapon against the U.S., which could turn entire country into one giant Puerto Rico

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(National SentinelNational Security: As the Trump administration juggles multiple crises including massive storms in the Gulf and Caribbean and the country’s worst mass shooting in our history, there is an older threat that has once again become relevant: North Korea.

Pyongyang, which has been working overtime to develop nuclear weapons and the capacity to deliver them via ICBM to North America, threatened recently to attack the United States with an electromagnetic pulse weapon that, if successful, would fry most of the country’s electric grid and turn the continental U.S. into one giant Puerto Rico — which lost all of its power grid when it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

As reported by InHomelandSecurity, U.S. intelligence, national security, and federal law enforcement officials have been warning that the American power grid is vulnerable to an EMP attack. The most recent high-level warning came in part from former CIA Director James Woolsey, who co-authored an article with Dr. Vincent Pry from the Task Force on National and Homeland Security in March claiming that an EMP attack on the U.S. would kill up to 90 percent of Americans within a year.

“Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have reached a fever pitch. North Korea continues to test its nuclear capability and threatens the U.S. with an EMP attack. But is the United States taking the North Korean threat seriously or is it even addressing it?” reported InHomelandSecurity.

Noting that the recent storms in Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida have highlighted just how vulnerable and “antiquated” the U.S. power grid is in many parts of the country, John Ubaldi, writing for the website, said it is important to look at who is responsible for protecting the country’s critical infrastructure.

“In 2001, then-President George W. Bush announced a national energy plan that called for modernizing our crucial electrical infrastructure,” he wrote. “But his plan died amid partisan warfare over the plan’s proposal to increase oil drilling in the United States.”

Ubaldi said that in the meantime, national defense officials are responsible for protecting the grid, in large part because they are naturally responsible for defending the country in general. At present, the Pentagon is working to strengthen U.S. missile defenses along the West coast and in Alaska, were interceptor missiles are on 24-hour standby alert, as that direction would be the most likely approach for a North Korean nuclear-armed ICBM.

However, he points out that in recent days an anonymous high-ranking Department of Homeland Security official told Fox News, “We recognize that an EMP event would have extremely dire consequences for the entire country, but where the challenge comes is in attempting to quantify those impacts. This is not something we have had a lot of real-world experience with.” (Related: The EMP threat put in context: It may not be the top threat we face, but it’s still a threat.)

Experts say that the higher the EMP detonation over the country, the more devastation it would cause to the grid. And, as Fox News noted further:

…[G]iven that high-altitude nuclear tests were prohibited as per a 1963 treaty, from the U.S. side, there is little scientific data to understand the devastation of a detonation on modern infrastructure.

That said, the potential fallout from such an event would be catastrophic and worse, the U.S. could respond in kind but it likely wouldn’t have the same effects because North Koreans, who pride themselves on their ability to be resilient, have a far less extensive power grid and as such would not be proportionately disrupted by its destruction.

“All of the functions communities rely upon — hospitals, water, waste, transport, telecommunications, air control, medical care — could potentially be decimated for not days and weeks, but months or years,” Fox News reported.

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“Our ability to know what would happen in the aftermath is highly uncertain. That being said, we are doing several things to deepen our understanding. There is a lot of information sharing,” noted the official. “We are looking at mitigation strategies and developing planning tools.”

But the North Koreans may not give us the time to ‘mitigate’ such a devastating attack.

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Japan deploys missile interceptor along flight path near North Korea

(National SentinelWar Clouds: Japan has deployed missile interceptors in waters along the anticipated flight path of missiles fired by North Korea, in response to Pyongyang’s recent launches of ICBM’s that have flown over Japanese territory.

As reported by The Associated Press, defense officials in Tokyo said a U.S.-made Patriot Advanced Capability-3 interceptor unit has been deployed at the Hakodate base in the southern sector of Hokkaido island, which is Japan’s largest northernmost island.

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said the PAC-3 deployment was being taken “as a precaution,” as Tokyo makes preparations to better defend itself against potential North Korean aggression.

The AP noted further:

The relocation came after a North Korean missile was test-fired last week and flew over southern Hokkaido and landed in the Pacific off the island’s east coast – the second flyover in less than a month.

The PAC-3 was brought from another base in Yakumo town on Hokkaido, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of Hakodate. The system has a range of about 20 kilometers (12 miles).

Japan has 34 PAC-3 missile defense units. Four more of the units, which are mostly deployed to protect the capital, were recently moved to southwestern Japan, after Pyongyang warned it would launch missiles at the U.S. territory of Guam, home to Andersen Air Force Base and a large contingent of U.S. forces.

The PAC-3’s are part of a two-tier missile defense system deployed by Japan. The first layer is based aboard Japanese Aegis-equipped destroyers, which protect the country from the sea. Should that layer fail, Tokyo would then rely on the PAC-3 systems.

North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. and its neighbors, most notably Japan and South Korea, with nuclear strikes. The Trump administration, meanwhile, has not ruled out the use of preemptive military force again North Korea if the threat rises to what the White House deems an unacceptable level.

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Disgusting Missouri lawmaker who called for Trump’s assassination refuses to do the right thing and resign

(National SentinelPolitical toxicity: A Missouri lawmaker who called for President Donald J. Trump’s assassination and immediately drew rebuke from the Republican-controlled state Legislature is refusing calls for her resignation.

As reported by The Kansas City Star:

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal was adamant Friday that she isn’t resigning over a Facebook post calling for President Donald Trump’s assassination.

Chappelle-Nadal, a University City Democrat, has faced calls by Missouri’s top Democrats and Republicans demanding she resign from the legislature over a comment she posted on her personal Facebook Thursday: “I hope Trump is assassinated.”

Among those calling for her resignation were the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Chappelle-Nadal deleted the comment and said posting it was a mistake. She said she posted the comment out of frustration with Trump’s statements about recent events in Charlottesville, Va., where an alleged white supremacist drove his car into a crowd near the city’s downtown mall, killing a 32-year-old woman.

In a series of tweets, however, she remained defiant and didn’t really sound much like she was ‘sorry.’

“I am not resigning,” Chappelle-Nadal, who is black, said. “When (people of color) are respected by this (White House) & they are willing to do real work, I’ll sit down with them. People are traumatized!”

First of all, good for McCaskill, who is a Democrat, for echoing the call for this woman to resign; no one but her knows for sure, but it should be said that McCaskill is up for reelection in a very red state, so there’s that.

But secondly, if you’re way past being sick and tired of black politicians justifying the most heinous threats and speech against President Trump because they have ‘decided’ that Trump’s a racist (which is completely made up since he’s not), you’re not alone. Tens of millions of Americans are fed up with Democrats, and especially Democrats of color, who think they have some inherent right to say things about Trump that should never be said about any president.

That this disgusting woman is actually an elected member of a state Legislature tells us something about the people in her district, as well; there’s been no groundswell effort to condemn her there [Full disclosure: USA Features Media LLC, our parent company, is based in Missouri].

Chappelle-Nadal should not only resign, but she should also get a nasty visit from the U.S. Secret Service and, if agents determine legitimate intent, she should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

If people continue to get away with saying things like this about Trump, someone is going to try it someday. And everyone who has said ‘I hope Trump is assassinated’ will be culpable.

Beyond that, Democrats should rebuke this woman and relegate her political career to the ash heap of history. She doesn’t deserve the privilege of elected office.

North Korea cancels Guam missile test but warns that could change

(National SentinelDoomsday: North Korea’s blustery threat to launch missiles towards the island of Guam, where the U.S. has an extensive military base, has been canceled but state media warned leader Kim Jong-un could change his mind “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.”

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Pyongyang’s decision to back down could ease tensions with Washington, though it’s doubtful President Donald J. Trump has changed his view towards the North: That it must not be permitted to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can threaten the U.S.

The paper added:

Mr. Trump warned Pyongyang last week that the U.S. military was “locked and loaded” and could engulf the North in “fire and fury,” while North Korea, through its state media, had threatened to fire four missiles in a bid to surround the U.S. territory of Guam in “enveloping fire.”

North Korean state media said in its report Tuesday that Mr. Kim had made his decision not to fire on Guam after visiting a military command post and examining a military plan presented to him by his senior officers.

While Mr. Kim said he had decided not to launch the attack on Guam yet, he advised the U.S. “to take into full account” whether the current standoff was to its benefit. He also said it was incumbent on the U.S. to “stop at once arrogant provocations against the DPRK and unilateral demands and not provoke it any longer,” using an abbreviation for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the formal name for North Korea.

Kim can posture all he wants and he must because that’s what dictators trying to hold onto power do. But the most likely reason for backing down is his belief that Trump was not bluffing when he threatened to turn his country into ashes.

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Ballistic missile threat growing as potential adversaries upgrade their nuclear and conventional forces: U.S. intel

(National SentinelDefense: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are all developing and deploying more lethal nuclear and non-nuclear ballistic missiles, which directly threatens the national security of the United States, a new U.S. military intelligence report warns.

As noted by the Washington Free Beacon, the latest report by the National Air and Space Intelligence Center in Ohio states, “Ballistic and cruise missiles present a significant threat to U.S. and allied forces overseas, and to the United States and its territories.”

Moreover:

The report warns that both China and Russia are expanding their force of strategic nuclear missiles with new multi-warhead weapons.

North Korea now has three intercontinental-range missiles and is moving ahead with a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

The report was published days before North Korea on July 4 conducted the first flight test of the new Hwasong-14 missile, described in the report as a new road-mobile ICBM first unveiled in October 2015.

In addition to that missile, North Korea also has another road-mobile ICBM called Hwasong-13, also known as the KN-08, and the Taepo Dong-2.

“Any of these systems could be exported to other countries in the future,” the report said.

As for Iran, it appears on course to develop longer range missiles — in violation of its nuclear agreement with the Obama administration — as part of what the intelligence report states is the country’s “desire to have a strategic counter to the United States” (remember when Obama and then-Secretary of State John Kerry were telling us everything was now cool with Iran?).

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“In 2015, Iran publicized the launch of the Emad-1, which officials claim is Iran’s first long-range missile that is guided throughout flight and capable of hitting its targets with high-precision,” the report said.

“Iranian officials have also announced plans for an Emad-2 with greater precision as well as a new Sejjil which can also be guided all the way to the target.”

And with the development of newer, better missiles comes the proliferation of those systems, as the report claimed, noting they “likely will be a threat in future conflicts involving U.S. forces.”

Indeed, as the Free Beacon notes further:

In the past 30 years, missiles were used in several wars, including the Iran-Iraq war, the Afghan civil war, the war in Yemen, the 1991 and 2003 Persian Gulf conflicts, Russian military actions in Chechnya and Georgia, and most recently in the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

The report also makes mention of the fact that potential adversaries are developing hypersonic missiles — maneuvering weapons launched atop ballistic missiles that glide to their targets. They are said to be capable of reaching speeds up to 7,500 miles per hour, more than enough to speed past current U.S. ballistic missile defenses.

“Adversary ballistic missile systems are becoming more mobile, survivable, reliable, and accurate while also achieving longer ranges. Hypersonic glide vehicles delivered by ballistic missile boosters are an emerging threat that will pose new challenges to missile defense system,” the report says.

In addition, the report for the first time confirms that China’s new CSS-N-14 submarine-launched missile is deployed on four missile submarines.

“This missile will, for the first time, allow Chinese SSBNs to target portions of the United States from operating areas located near the Chinese coast,” the report said.

Prepper alert: North Korea doesn’t need a perfect nuclear-armed ICBM to cause chaos in America

(National SentinelSelf-defense: The North Korean government is continuing its efforts to build a better missile, especially one that can reach the United States. But a new assessment of Pyongyang’s progress — and its ultimate goal of sewing death and destruction on American soil — concludes that precision nuclear strikes aren’t necessary.

Just getting a nuclear-tipped ICBM close, as in, say, close enough to explode over Los Angeles or Seattle, would do the trick.

chief-organics-msmAgence France Presse reported Friday that North Korean officials said the military had developed a new surface-to-ship cruise missile that it said is capable of hitting “any enemy group of battleships” that threatened Pyongyang — very likely a reference to the growing fleet of U.S., South Korean and Japanese warships in the waters off the Korean peninsula.

“The launched cruise rockets accurately detected and hit the floating targets on the East Sea of Korea,” the North’s main propaganda arm, the Korean Central News Agency, reported.

But it’s the North’s work on intercontinental missiles, and its continued development of nuclear weapons, that is most alarming to the Trump administration, as well as Washington’s allies in Tokyo and Seoul. And it is that effort that is leading the Pentagon to step up its own efforts to develop a credible missile defense system, which underwent its most realistic (and successful) test to date last week.

Because all the experts know that should just one North Korean nuclear-tipped rocket manage to break through U.S. defenses and detonate over a major city, most likely on the West Coast, the ensuing chaos would quickly turn deadly and unmanageable. (RELATED: Political Unrest And Turmoil Is Here To Stay – Here’s What You Can Do To Be Prepared For What’s Coming)

As reported by The Wall Street Journal, North Korea is believed by U.S. estimates to have anywhere from 13 to 30 nuclear weapons, with the capacity to produce five a year. “If Mr. Kim [North Korean leader Kim Jong-un] were to detonate one of these bombs in the atmosphere 40 miles above Seoul, it could inflict catastrophic damage on South Korea’s electric power grid, leading to a prolonged blackout that could have deadly consequences,” the paper said.

That’s serious, given that the U.S. has 28,500 troops — soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines — stationed there. And there are more at sea, very nearby. The electromagnetic pulse generated by the nuclear explosion at altitude would destroy the grid, hindering any U.S. and South Korean military response to the North’s aggression.

It gets worse, as the WSJ reports:

In 2001 Congress established a commission to study the danger of an electromagnetic pulse generated by the detonation of a high-altitude nuclear weapon. It concluded that while there would be no blast effects on the ground, critical electricity-dependent infrastructure could be rendered inoperable. The commission’s chairman, William R. Graham, has noted that several Russian generals told the commissioners in 2004 that the designs for a “super EMP nuclear weapon” had been transferred to North Korea.

At that time, the Russian generals noted that Pyongyang was probably just a few years away from developing that super EMP device.

More recently Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, staff director of the congressional EMP Commission, opined that a recent missile test by North Korea, which exploded at an altitude of 40 miles, was likely deliberate and may even have been a dry run for an EMP attack.

What makes this potential weapon appealing to the North is that Pyongyang wouldn’t have to develop an ICBM that could withstand re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere. Also, accuracy wouldn’t be a concern, either. So even something detonated close to L.A. or Seattle would knock out power there, perhaps for months.

Chaos would ensue, without question.

“The U.S. and South Korea should ensure their ballistic-missile defenses are effective and harden their electric power grids against EMP effects as soon as possible. The day of reckoning could come sooner than anyone in either country thinks,” Henry F. Cooper, the U.S. ambassador to the Defense and Space Talks during the Reagan administration and director of the Strategic Defense Initiative during the George H.W. Bush administration, wrote in WSJ.

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Kathy Griffin photo of ‘decapitated Trump,’ is probably protected speech – sadly

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

(National SentinelConstitution: More than a few supporters of President Donald J. Trump and, judging by the reaction to “comedienne” Kathy Griffin’s photo yesterday of her holding a mock decapitated head of the commander-in-chief, some #nevertrumpers as well, would love to see the woman in shackles, standing before a judge and jury and being convicted of a Class E felony threat against the president, president-elect, vice president or vice president-elect.

But sadly, that’s not likely to happen. Free speech and all that.

As reported by USA Today, Supreme Court precedence has established that speech indicating you’d rather see the president or vice president dead is not the same as making a threat to do it yourself.

“People are allowed to wish the president dead,” up to the point they express a real intent to harm him, said Stanford University Law Professor Nathaniel Persily. “To threaten someone you need words that encourage some sort of action,” and those words are absent in Griffin’s photo, he added.

The paper added:

In a 1969 ruling, the Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Robert Watts, a young man accused of threatening former president Lyndon Johnson. Watts said at a 1966 political rally that he was “not going” if he was drafted to serve in Vietnam and added that “if they ever make me carry a rifle, the first man I want to get in my sights is L.B.J.”

The Supreme Court ruled Watts’ statement, which is much closer to meeting the definition of a threat than Griffin’s photos, was merely “crude political hyperbole.”

“In light of its context and conditional nature,” Watts speech “did not constitute a knowing and willful threat against the President,” the court ruled, citing the importance of the First Amendment.

“A statute such as this one, which makes criminal a form of pure speech, must be interpreted with the commands of the First Amendment clearly in mind,” said the court. “What is a threat must be distinguished from what is constitutionally protected speech.”

Persily said it is all about context – determining a person’s intent. That would be hard to do in the case of Griffin and, ostensibly, the case of Snoop Dogg, who mimicked “shooting” a Trump look-alike clown in a recent rap video.

Or when Madonna mentioned “blowing up” the White House after Trump was inaugurated.

For her part, after get hammered on social media, Griffin apologized:

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To be sure, Ms. Griffin, you damn sure did go too far. And like hurtful things married couples say to each other in the heat of an argument, some things you just can’t take back – and this is one of them.

Is what she did protected speech? Probably. But I’ll say this: At some point these kinds of shenanigans move beyond just extreme pronouncements of displeasure with our president into the realm of veiled threats, at least. The raw, unfiltered hatred displayed for Donald Trump, who is our sitting president, is destroying all remaining vestiges of respect for the institution of the office. As they say in the military, you don’t have to respect the person wearing the higher rank, but you do have to respect the rank.

Liberals have decided that the rules no longer apply with Trump. They would never have stood for it if this same extreme disrespect for Obama had been displayed by conservatives – nor should they have stood for it.

Decent Americans on both sides of the aisle most readily agree that Griffin “went too far.” Hell, even Chelsea Clinton, whose father was a controversial president, understands that the presidency is bigger than the person holding the office:

But the real question is, where do we go from here? Do we, as a country, continue to put up with “vile” Leftists who have decided on their own anything directed at Trump, no matter how disgusting and wrong, is okay?

I think the fact that Griffin apologized so quickly speaks volumes. I think it proves that, by and large, most Americans are not cool with the violent, Alt-Left’s rewriting of the rules for respecting the institution of the presidency, no matter who holds the office.

Should she get away with it? That’s up to you to decide, but for me, I’ll not soon forgive and forget. For me, this was one stupid, political stunt too many.

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Obstruction of justice? Wasserman Schulz appears to threaten DC police chief with “consequences” for investigating her IT staff’s alleged crimes

(National SentinelPolitics: Earlier this week NewsTarget published a report detailing the strange tail of three Pakistani brothers who, until February, worked as IT specialists for a number of Democratic House members. Essentially these three and a fourth relative had absolute control over all information systems related to said members — email, document storage, transfers and so forth.

The report noted that some of the Democratic House members were on sensitive committees such as the House Intelligence Committee and others dealing with foreign policy, both of which would deal with classified or otherwise sensitive materials.

The brothers — Abid, Imran, and Jamal Awan — were barred from House IT systems after it was discovered they were allegedly accessing information of at least some of those House members without permission, a crime that would normally land the offender in very hot water.

Only, months later, these brothers have not been charged and, in fact, it appears to all the world that two factors are at play: 1) Democrats appear to be going out of their way to prevent justice from being served; and 2) insider IT specialists currently working with House systems believe that the brothers may have some dirt on the members they used to work for. (RELATED: Do these fired House IT workers have dirt on several Congress members?)

One such system belongs to the office of Florida Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schulz, the former head of the Democratic National Committee who was forced resign last year after leaked emails showed that she and other DNC officials were conspiring to ensure that the Democratic presidential nomination went to Hillary Clinton and not Sen. Bernie Sanders, who at the time was winning successive primaries against Clinton’s low-energy campaign. Clinton immediately named Wasserman Schulz to serve as “honorary chair” within her campaign to help elect Democrats around the country.

As posted by Zero Hedge, Bill Clinton has been seen with one of the brothers, Imran:

The heavy lifting on this story has been done largely by The Daily Caller, which reported on Wednesday that Wasserman Schulz grilled the D.C. police chief, even threatening “consequences” at one point if his department refused to turn over computer equipment belonging to her office that is subject to the department’s investigation into the Awan brothers. The encounter can be seen towards the end of the video at the 1-hour 24-minute mark:

It should be noted that as one of the eight members of the Committee on Appropriations’ Legislative Branch subcommittee, Wasserman Schulz is in charge of the department’s budget — the same department now investigating her staffer, and how he managed to extract some $4 million since 2010 from various House members, ostensibly for IT services.

And though the chief tells Wasserman Schulz that the equipment is important to “an ongoing investigation,” she continues to badger him about the process involved in returning it anyway.

In the follow-up report, The Daily Caller reported further that the Florida Democrat was attempting to get back equipment in a case involving cyber-security breaches and the offloading of sensitive congressional data to off-site locations.

When the chief said he could not return the equipment yet, Wasserman Schulz issued this veiled threat: “I think you’re violating the rules when you conduct your business that way and you should expect that there will be consequences.”

As to where the laptop came from originally:

A federal employee with knowledge of the situation and who requested anonymity told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group that as House authorities closed in on Imran Awan and his brothers, a laptop used by Imran was hidden in an unused crevice of the Rayburn House Office Building. Wasserman Schultz’s office is in Longworth House Office Building, a separate structure.

The laptop was later found by Capitol Police and seized because it was relevant to the criminal investigation, the source said.

On the surface, it sure appears that Wasserman Schulz was victimized by Imran Awan, but she also appears to be going out of her way to protect him, which baffled one Democratic IT staffer.

“I can’t imagine why she’d be that good of friends with a technology provider,” said the staffer. “Usually if someone does bad stuff, an office is going to distance themselves” rather than incur any political flak for a mere staffer.

But then, maybe he’s no mere staffer. Politico described Imran and his wife as having a “friendly personal relationship” with Wasserman Schulz.

Something stinks here, and gee, it happens to be centered — again — around Democrats.

This story originally appeared at NewsTarget.com.

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