BG Charles Jones (USAF Ret) and MG Paul Vallely (US Army Ret)
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Friday, September 28, 2018
“America First” and “Make America Great Again” citizens strongly believe that life, liberty, citizenship and the pursuit of happiness are the unalienable RIGHTS of every American Citizen that cannot be taken or transferred. However, “We the People” must become brutally frank and honest with ourselves and with each other to ensure the Constitution survives. The Constitution requires that all laws must be faithfully executed, but far too many are not and have not been adhered to, specifically by the Deep State (The Swamp), DOJ and FBI as recent revelations and investigations have revealed. Nor has the Oversight Power of Congress and the Supreme Court been exercised to ensure Leadership enforcement of United States laws. The Republic must be restored and preserved in its original ordained Constitutional Power.
KEY NATIONAL ISSUES that must be solved if the separate and collective States of The United States of America are to become economically solvent, remain peaceful and nationally secure are:
The Constitution of the United States, as originally established and amended, will remain in absolute and total effect. The original XIII Amendment, as written and ratified, is an operational Amendment and will be adhered to immediately. (The original XIII Amendment was falsely hidden by less than honorable men of the times). Congress shall make all laws necessary for carrying into execution the Powers authorized in the Constitution and that all bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives. Constant Congressional leadership oversight will always be maintained . All Laws requiring Executive action will be faithfully executed upon receipt from Congress by the President and appropriate departments and selected agencies of Government under the President’s sworn responsibility and authority.
Question ? Can and will our constitutional republic survive? When we fail to recognize the enumerated powers endowed to our respective branches of the federal government – Article I (Legislative), Article II (Executive), and Article III (Judicial) – our republic is threatened.
At the end of the day, when your children come home, ask them a question, “What did you learn in school today?” If they were not taught about our Constitution on Constitution Day (September 17th), chances are they will never be taught it. We certainly know this is the case on our college and university campuses. The failure of our education system, rather indoctrination, is that we no longer teach civics. We are not enabling future generations to comprehend the system of governance that was established 232 years ago in Philadelphia. If we do not teach the writings of those whom our Founding Fathers read – John Locke, Montesquieu, and others – to establish this nation, then we have no concept of natural rights theory, unalienable rights from the Creator, three co-equal branches of government, or checks and balances. If there are those who embrace the notion that our rule of law, our Constitution is just a recommendation not to be heeded when confronted by their ideological agenda, then unequivocally no, we will not keep this republic. America is the longest running constitutional republic the world has ever known. We are losing our Republic because we are not teaching its merits to subsequent generations. There is a reason why we should carry a pocket Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution.
The words of a famous Statesman: – Marcus Tulius Cicero
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”
We Americans have solutions to this dilemma and should pursue them to restore our Constitutional Republic. In Congress, we see weak, cowardly leaders who fail to stand up to represent what citizen voters want. Thank God to the new leadership in Washington, our country is rebounding. Are you frustrated with American Politics? We are consumed with politics each day through the media – there is another world out there! The socialist Democrats are attempting to finish the political message of Barack Obama “there is a fundamental change coming to America”. Major change was the objective of Obama’s vision and as we witness today, it was not in the best interests of our country and the Constitution. Republican political elites (RINOS) and middle-of-the-road Independents are mostly meek and have very little fight. “We the People, for the People and by the People” must stand and fight to save our Republic before it is too late.
If you care about our country, your children’s future as well as your own, you must get involved! You must do your own research! Do you know what is expected of you to help preserve these rights given to you by the Founders? Get to know the facts to develop a mindset. You will then be a better citizen of our country. If voting citizens acquire the necessary wisdom rather than blindly following partisan political parties, they will serve our country in a more responsible way!
American voters can control the destiny of The United States of America by their vote. Your vote, when combined with all other voting “American First Citizens”, will decide the future of this Nation. Today, we are marching to a new “Path to Glory” for our country much as our founders and ancestors had to do. We must continue to be good and responsible citizens and rise above partisan politics and political parties. We must face the future through a reality prism – not a political prism. We must restore this great country, our Republic and the Constitution. The challenge ahead is to select common-sense leaders who understand the challenges and have the vision to lead us to a secure America.
Contact: Stand Up America Foundation, email: email@example.com
“Fascism rides in from the left not the right” “History repeats itself” “History is Re LEVANT”
– Dr. Gordon Prangue, Phd., Professor of History, The University of Maryland. Author “At Dawn We Slept”, Consultant for the movie “Tora, Tora, Tora”. Attended the Nuremburg Party rallies to gather intelligence.
“Get them outa here!”
– Please define “them”. That would be our enemies both foreign and domestic.
– What does DNC stand for.
“All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”
– Edmund Burke
Our Counter-Intelligence System IS broken because it was sabotaged. SUA has primary source intel showing how America and our Intelligence Apparatus have been hijacked, held hostage and extorted by the Deep State for years.
From the system completely devoid of faith in God. Long live the DNC…I mean the CCP!…
China rolls out social credit system to spy on population.
People with low social credit scores can be prevented from traveling and lose career opportunities.
At the end of the administrative herding. Adolf Eichmann’s administrative dream.
From Xi the fascist that came in from the left.
China’s “social credit sytem” is a real-life “Black Mirror” nightmare.
By Megan Palin
September 19, 2018China’s chilling dictatorship is moving quickly to introduce social scorecards by which all citizens will be monitored 24/7 and ranked on their behavior. The Communist Party’s plan is for every one of its 1.4 billion citizens to be at the whim of a dystopian social credit system, and it’s on track to be fully operational by the year 2020.An active pilot program has already seen millions of people each assigned a score out of 800 and either reap its benefits or suffer its consequences — depending on which end of the scale they sit.Under the social credit scheme, points are lost and gained based on readings from a sophisticated network of 200 million surveillance cameras — a figure set to triple in 18 months.The program has been enabled by rapid advances in facial recognition, body scanning and geo-tracking.The data is combined with information collected from individuals’ government records — including medical and educational — along with their financial and internet browsing histories. Overall scores can go up and down in “real time” dependent on the person’s behavior, but they can also be affected by people they associate with.“If your best friend or your dad says something negative about the government, you’ll lose points too,” the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) reports.The mandatory “social credit” system was first announced in 2014 in a bid to reinforce the notion that “keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful,” according to a government document.In an episode on the ABC’s “Foreign Correspondent,” financial credit system Jie Cong, Tianjin general manager for financial credit system Alipay, summarized the system in black and white.
“If people keep their promises they can go anywhere in the world,” he said. “If people break their promises they won’t be able to move an inch.”
Under the system, those deemed to be “top citizens” are rewarded bonus points.
The benefits of being ranked on the higher end of the scale include waived deposits on hotels and rental cars, VIP treatment at airports, discounted loans, priority job applications and fast-tracking to the most prestigious universities.
Dandan, a young mother and marketing professional, is proud of her high score. If she keeps it up her infant son will be more likely to get into a top school.
“China likes to experiment in this creative way…I think people in every country want a stable and safe society,” she said.
“We need a social credit system. We hope we can help each other, love each other and help everyone to become prosperous.”
Bottom of the scale
But it doesn’t take much to end up on the wrong side of the scale, with an estimated 10 million people already paying the price of a low rating.
Jaywalking, late payments on bills or taxes, buying too much alcohol or speaking out against the government each cost citizens points.
Other mooted punishable offenses include spending too long playing video games, wasting money on frivolous purchases and posting on social media, according to Business Insider.
Penalties range from losing the right to travel by plane or train, social media account suspensions and being barred from government jobs.
Chinese journalist Liu Hu is one of the millions who has already amassed a low social credit rating. Liu Hu was arrested, jailed and fined after he exposed official corruption.
“The government regards me as an enemy,” Liu Hu told the ABC.
He is now banned from traveling by plane or fast train. His social media accounts with millions of followers have been suspended. He struggles to find work.
“This kind of social control is against the tide of the world. The Chinese people’s eyes are blinded and their ears are blocked. They know little about the world and are living in an illusion,” Hu said.
Seventeen people who refused to carry out military service were last year barred from enrolling in higher education, applying for high school or continuing their studies, Beijing News reported.
Uighur poet and filmmaker Tahir Hamut, who fled to the US, told the ABC that China’s surveillance system “suddenly ramped up after the end of 2016.”
“Since then, advanced surveillance technology which we’ve never seen, never experienced, never heard of, started appearing,” he said.
Communist China will use a ‘social credit score’ to rank its citizens and give those with the most favoured behaviour perks
The project rates citizens based on their behaviour – both positive and negative
Benefits include priority public housing, travel visas and job promotions
Those with a negative score can be blacklisted and not allowed to get a flight
The system is made possible by the growing network of surveillance that uses artificial intelligence to identify people and vehicles
By Joe Pinkstone
All of China‘s 1.4 billion citizens are about to be put under greater scrutiny as the country prepares to launch its ‘social credit score’ scheme.
The project rates citizens based on their behaviour, and those who do not play by the rules are added to a list that prohibits them from certain luxuries.
Fears are growing regarding the ethical implications of scheme, with some questioning the morality of the big-brother culture.
The government is likely to use its rapidly growing surveillance network to enforce the system, with some academics growing concerned that it may be manipulated to enforce the ideology of the ruling Communist party.
Completing community service and buying Chinese products is thought to improve it whereas fraud, tax evasion and smoking in non-smoking areas can drop it.
Benefits of cooperating with the state include priority public housing, travel visas and job promotions.
One journalist says he is banned from sending his children to private school or buying property after a court ordered him to apologize for an unfavourable tweet about the regime.
This is all made possible by the ever-increasing network of surveillance cameras in the Asian country.
Xu Li, CEO of Sensetime, one of China’s most successful artificial intelligence companies, said: ‘It can recognise more than 4,000 vehicles.
‘We can tell whether it is an adult, a child, male or female.’
China launched a pilot version of the scheme in 2010 in a province just north of Shanghai.
This pilot system provides incentives for those with a high social credit score such as priority access to public housing, travel visas and job promotions.
The system is currently labelled as optional but the Chinese government plans to make it mandatory and publicly available by 2020.
Liu Hu, a journalist in China, told CBS News that when he tried to book a flight, he was told he was banned from flying because he was on a list of untrustworthy people.
Mr Liu was issued with a court order to apologise for a series of tweets he wrote and was then told his apology was insincere.
As a result his score dropped and he found himself on the list of undesirables.
‘I can’t buy property. My child can’t go to a private school,’ he said.
‘You feel you’re being controlled by the list all the time.’ (Note: How Nazi – ish)
According to Ken Dewoskin, an expert in China’s economic and political culture, revealed in an interview the damage and implications this system could have.
He says how the new scoring system truly works is kept secret and could be easily abused by the government.
Mr Dewoskin said: ‘The government and the people running the plan would like it to go as deeply as possible to determine how to allocate benefits and also how to impact and shape their behaviour.’
The system has raised many ethical concerns around the world, with scholars debating the morale issues created by such a universal and publicly accessible database.
Experts published research last year in the journal Marketing Intelligence and Planning which looked at how the gamification of life would affect people.
They claim the system could be manipulated by the government to create universal conformity to the ideologies presented by the ruling communist party.
Audrey Murrell, Director of the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh writes in an article for Forbes: ‘It is one thing to reward positive behaviour, but one could argue that the introduction of penalties for ‘untrustworthiness’ produces consequences for lack of adherence to government-mandated social behaviours.’
China’s Orwellian Social Credit System is expanding overseas
By Michael Grothaus
The system assigns Chinese citizens a social credit score based on their social, political, and economic behavior. A bad score affects a Chinese citizen’s ability to travel via train or plane and can even stop a person from getting a good job or staying at a nice hotel. The system works by using big data, AI, and mass surveillance to monitor citizens in whatever they do. And now, the social credit system is extending outside of China’s borders.
A report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute says China’s social credit system will begin expanding past China’s borders to monitor Chinese citizens wherever they are globally.The system will also start applying to international companies that do business in China. As a result, the social credit system is not just shaping the behaviors of Chinese citizens beyond their border but international companies as well. If an international business gets a low social credit score, it could lead to fines for the company, higher interest rates for loans, or even the blacklisting of its products.
The threat of a negative social credit ranking recently pressured international airlines based in the U.S. and Australia to remove Taiwan on their international websites. It is feared that as China continues to roll out its social credit rating to businesses, those companies will feel they have no choice but to adhere to the Chinese Communist Party’s ideologies and worldview if they want to keep operating in the country.
Facebook has confirmed that it now ranks some of its users on a trustworthiness scale, prompting comparisons to China’s Social Credit System.
The social media giant reportedly assigns users with a reputation score between zero and one. According to the Washington Post, who broke the story, Facebook has been developing the system over the past year.
The Facebook rating score has been developed to combat users attempting to game the system by flagging posts that they do not agree with as untrue.
It’s “not uncommon for people to tell us something is false simply because they disagree with the premise of a story or they’re intentionally trying to target a particular publisher,” Tessa Lyons, Facebook’s product manager in charge of fighting misinformation, told the Washington Post.The revelation has drawn widespread criticism. Matthew McKenna, VP EMEA at SecurityScorecard, described the news as “concerning”. He called for greater transparency about how the score is calculated and for users to be able to view their score to improve it.
“For any scoring or rating system to be effective, whether for business or people, these foundational principles are a must,” he said.
Made in China
Morten Brogger, CEO of encrypted communications platform Wire, compared it to a social rating system being developed in China that makes use of big data analytics.
“Refusing to be on a level playing field with customers in this manner is reminiscent of a proposed Chinese Social Credit System, which will give people a ‘social credit score’ based on their interactions with digital applications,” he said.
“Whilst this method is state-run in China, it is now being privatised in the West.”
While the Social Credit System is planned to be fully implemented by 2020, there are already some pilot systems in place.
Most of these involve financial credit ratings, but apps such as Honest Shanghai go much further. The app uses facial recognition and national ID numbers to gather data and assign them a public credit score.
According to Shanghai’s Commission of Economy and Information deputy director Shao Zhiqing, the goal of the app is to help “residents learn they’ll be rewarded if they’re honest”.
The app rewards good citizens by offering discounts and other rewards for good behaviour.
It has drawn comparisons to an episode of Black Mirror, which is set in a world where people rate each other on every interaction. Better ratings improve a person’s socioeconomic status, whereas bad ratings can cause their prospects to nosedive.
Facebook rating score: Room for improvement
Brogger says that a lack of transparency could be harmful to Facebook’s already fragile reputation.
“Pigeonholing users into ‘trust’ categories is a dangerous game to play, and Facebook is playing with fire if they continue to shut users out,” he said.
“Gaining user trust is make or break for any organisation. Companies need to ensure that the applications they use are fully open sourced and independently audited, so their software can be held to account if they are to instill that trust.”
Note: Nothing to worry about. NSA and the CIA are already doing it. Question: How do you hold software to account? What a genius! That would be an expert. Let’s get back to “open source”.
Soros’ Pick: RED CHINA: The Mother of Managers of The World System. One World One Dream. Controlling ethnic diversity for years while making money at it via organ harvesting, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, money laundering, sabotage, theft, and terrorism.
The disturbing allegiances of the Democratic Party.
Preamble by the author:
My article for today is predicated on the undeniable fact that the Damoclean Sword of terrorism still hangs over America as we remember the terror attacks of 9/11.
Nevertheless, the “leadership” of the Democratic Party insist on ordering “Shields Down” by demanding the termination of immigration law enforcement.
The 9/11 Commission identified multiple failures of the immigration system as the vulnerabilities that terrorists, including the 9/11 hijackers exploited, enabling them to enter the United States in the first place and then embed themselves so that they could hide in plain sight as they made their deadly preparations.
As you read my article you must not forget how Democratic politicians have created “Sanctuary Cities” and “Sanctuary States” that operate in open defiance of our immigration laws, create safe havens for foreign nationals, from all over the world, who would do America and Americans great harm. This includes foreign criminals as well as international terrorists and so-called “sleeper agents.” Sanctuary Cities create potential “staging areas” for such criminals and terrorists providing them with access to our entire country and all Americans from coast to coast and border to border.
Ignorance is not bliss. Knowledge is power, so my article provides some cold hard facts for you to consider and hopefully share with others.
SEPT. 11 TERROR ATTACKS: 17 YEARS LATER
The disturbing allegiances of the Democratic Party.
By Michael Cutler
September 11, 2018
For me, writing about the terror attacks of 9/11 has become something of an annual ritual.
I don’t do this to rehash old news and old concerns but out of my burning desire to prevent future terror attacks by pointing out the vulnerabilities that undermine national security and public safety. Those threats are as real today as they were on that sunny late summer morning 17 years ago.
Since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 I have testified before numerous Congressional hearings and provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission and have testified before state legislative hearings across the United States.
Wherever I participate in panel discussions and other public speaking engagements I am frequently asked essentially the same question by concerned members of the audience, “Are we safer today than we were on September 10, 2001?”
From the immigration perspective, my area of expertise, it is clear that we are not only not safer, but increasingly at risk. In point of fact, today because of the Radical Leftist ideology that the Democratic Party has adopted, America’s threat level has risen precipitously. I addressed this extreme danger in my recent article, Democrats’ Attack On ICE Agents Is Working, making more terrorism inevitable.
Let me be as clear about this as I can. I am not being partisan, I am being pro-American!
I have been a registered Democrat for more than five decades. The problem is that Democrats are no longer Democrats but have morphed into a political party of anarchists and seditionists.
The Democratic Party has been hijacked as certainly as were those four airliners on September 11, 2001 turning crowded passenger airliners into de facto cruise missiles.
Sanctuary Cities and Sanctuary States have spread across the United States like a wildfire, obstructing the enforcement of our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.
Thus, abuse of the immigration system and a lack of interior immigration enforcement were unwittingly working together to support terrorist activity. It would remain largely unknown, since no agency of the United States government analyzed terrorist travel patterns until after 9/11. This lack of attention meant that critical opportunities to disrupt terrorist travel and, therefore, deadly terrorist operations were missed.
Leaders of the Democratic Party have only shown utter contempt and disdain for immigration law enforcement personnel, thereby endangering the agents’ safety and the safety of their families. New York’s Governor Cuomo, has referred to ICE agents as “thugs” and has threatened to prosecute these dedicated law enforcement professionals for carrying out their lawful duties.
This also has a chilling effect, dissuading folks who have actionable intelligence from reaching out to ICE.
The second largest continence of federal agent who are assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) are the agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is not by chance. Alien terrorists all violate multiple provisions of our nations immigration laws.
Now the unthinkable has happened as the “leadership” of the Democratic Party has demanded that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) be disbanded altogether and immigration law enforcement be terminated.
I addressed this suicidal seditionist call to arms of Americans by the now radicalized Democratic Party in my recent article, Immigration Anarchists vs National Security in which I noted that Dismantling ICE would lower America’s shields in a dangerous era.
In the days, weeks and months after the attacks of 9/11 our leaders warned us that for the terrorists to succeed in carrying out deadly terror attacks in the United States they need to “Get it right” only once while our officials needed to “get it right” 100% of the time.
Beyond that slogan, that became a virtual mantra, we must understand what that really means.
There was an old humorous riddle that asked “How many fools does it take to screw in a lightbulb?” Where terrorists are concerned the equivalent question is “How many terrorists does it take to wreck havoc on America?” Terrorism has been defined as “asymmetric warfare.”
Terror organizations certainly do not have access to the military firepower that the United States can bring to bear. However, as we saw on 9/11, just nineteen terrorists inflicted a greater number of casualties on the United States’ mainland than was inflicted by the Japanese fleet on the U.S. at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
Furthermore, the casualty count continues to climb and it is now estimated that more than 10,000 people continue to suffer grave consequences of the toxins that they ingested when the World Trade Center was reduced to rubble in lower Manhattan.
The horrifying reality is that every single alien who manages to enter the United States, either legally or illegally provides terrorists with that single opportunity that they need to carry out a deadly attack.
Every year tens of millions of aliens enter the United States legally and illegally. This means that if only a fraction of 1% of the millions of aliens who enter our country annually came with the intentions of launching a massive terror attack, we are in deep trouble.
It was recently reported that last year some 700,000 nonimmigrant aliens who had been lawfully admitted through ports of entry failed to depart from the United States as required.
Annually more than 6 million applications for various immigration benefits are adjudicated by the overwhelmed and beleaguered adjurations officers of USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). Those benefits include political asylum, the conferring of lawful immigrant status and conferring U.S. citizenship upon resident aliens via the naturalization process.
The 9/11 Commission, to which I provided testimony, warned that immigration fraud was the key method of entry and embedding for terrorists. These cases are investigated by ICE and are a component of what is known as “interior enforcement” of our immigration laws.
Once terrorists had entered the United States, their next challenge was to find a way to remain here. Their primary method was immigration fraud. For example, Yousef and Ajaj concocted bogus political asylum stories when they arrived in the United States. Mahmoud Abouhalima, involved in both the World Trade Center and landmarks plots, received temporary residence under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers (SAW) program, after falsely claiming that he picked beans in Florida.” Mohammed Salameh, who rented the truck used in the bombing, overstayed his tourist visa. He then applied for permanent residency under the agricultural workers program, but was rejected. Eyad Mahmoud Ismail, who drove the van containing the bomb, took English-language classes at Wichita State University in Kansas on a student visa; after he dropped out, he remained in the United States out of status.
Therefore, each time an alien is granted any immigration benefit or even is able to file for such a benefit, terrorists among them may acquire that opportunity essential for them to be able to launch a deadly attack.
If only a fraction of one percent of the six million applicants for immigration benefits are terrorists, we are indeed in deep trouble.
Yet the leadership of the Democratic Party not only refuses to fund the construction of a wall to secure the southern border to the United States but has demanding that the agency charged with enforcing our immigration laws from within the interior of the United States, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) be totally disbanded and enforcement of our immigration laws be terminated.
The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished — exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.
“My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything,” said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. “Some of them could be here to do us harm.”
My recent articles highlighted several cases involving alien terrorists who were fortunately arrested before they could do harm.
Here are a few of those articles that provide unequivocal evidence of the severity of the threats of terrorism that America and Americans face:
The Democratic Party leadership has chosen sides. They stand with transnational gangs and international terrorist organizations. They stand with human traffickers and crooked employers.
Elections most certainly have consequences, arguably more so this year than any year since the founding of our great nation.
Michael Cutler is a retired Senior Special Agent of the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) whose career spanned some 30 years. He served as an Immigration Inspector, Immigration Adjudications Officer and spent 26 years as an agent who rotated through all of the squads within the Investigations Branch. He has testified before well over a dozen congressional hearings, provided testimony to the 9/11 Commission as well as state legislative hearings around the United States and at trials where immigration is at issue.
Amazing Democrats read Kavanaugh’s 147,000 pages but Obamacare had to pass before anyone could read it.
What is the DOJ and the FBI hiding?
When did the Democrats learn to read?
Kavanaugh documents take center stage in confirmation hearing: What do Dems want?
By Kaitlyn Schallhorn
“Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing got off to a rocky start as multiple Democrats interjected and called for a delay – citing complaints that they haven’t seen all his records and only just received some of them.
Kavanaugh, 53, has served for the past 12 years on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. He was involved with the independent counsel’s report in laying out the legal framework supporting then-President Bill Clinton’s impeachment and served in key positions in the White House when George W. Bush was president.
The contentious hearing has repeatedly been interrupted and fallen behind schedule as Democrats have called to pause the hearing due to document requests.
Sen. Kamala Harris, considered a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, raised objections to the recent release of some 42,000 documents just before the hearing kicked off; others called for a delay until the White House reverses course on its withholding of more than 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s record related to his time in the Bush administration.
Read on for a look at what lawmakers have had access to – and what Democrats want.
What documents does the committee have?
In all, about 267,000 pages of Kavanaugh documents from his Bush years have been made public with more than 147,000 pages given just to the committee.
Former President George W. Bush’s attorneys told the Senate Judiciary Committee Bush requested they “err as much as appropriate on the side of transparency and disclosure” in releasing documents to the committee. It said it withheld more than 46,000 documents – from both the public and the committee – because they were State Department records Kavanaugh possessed for consultation, did not fall within the time frame requested by the committee or were marked “protected by constitutional privilege” by the White House or Justice Department.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the panel had been given access to more than 480,000 pages of emails and other documents from his service as an executive branch lawyer, more than 10,000 pages of judicial writings and 17,000 pages of speeches, articles, teaching materials and other items Kavanaugh attached to his 120-page questionnaire response.
Grassley, a Republican, also said the committee was able to review some 307 opinions he authored as well as hundreds more he joined.
“This is a half million pages of paper – more than the last five confirmed Supreme Court nominees combined,” Grassley, who has defended the document production as the most open in history, said.
Additionally, some 42,000 documents were made available to the committee relating to Kavanaugh’s work with past administrations just before the hearing’s start on Sept. 4.
Democrats vociferously argued for a delay in the hearing in order to have more time to review the documents. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, in particular, said it was impossible to go through them all in time for a fair hearing.
What do Democrats want?
The White House blocked about 100,000 documents pertaining to Kavanaugh’s records from the Bush White House on the basis of presidential privilege – a point of contention for Democrats.
“We don’t know what is being hidden,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said during the hearing.
Schumer blasted President Trump ahead of the hearing for the withholding of certain documents.
“President Trump’s decision to step in at the last moment and hide [100,000] pages of Judge Kavanaugh’s records from the American public is not only unprecedented in the history of [Supreme Court nominees], it has all the makings of a cover up,” Schumer said in a tweet.
We’re witnessing a Friday night document massacre. President Trump’s decision to step in at the last moment and hide 100k pages of Judge Kavanaugh’s records from the American public is not only unprecedented in the history of SCOTUS noms, it has all the makings of a cover up.
The Associated Press
Trump administration withholding more than 100,000 pages of court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s records from Bush White House. http://apne.ws/p5Yg4nu
Democrats have also blasted Republicans for not requesting certain records, such as those pertaining to Kavanaugh’s time as a staff secretary.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., claimed Senate Democrats were not able to see records pertaining to “35 months of public service” as they “cannot even be considered.”
But Grassley, who has repeatedly rebuffed demands to postpone the hearing, said those documents “are the least useful in understanding his legal views and [are] the most sensitive to the executive branch.”
“What is being hidden and why?” Leahy asked Tuesday.”
Fox News’ Jennifer Earl and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Moving Healthcare and Hospitals/Clinics from the Veterans Administration to the Department of Defense Medical Services
by Paul Vallely, MG U.S. Army (ret.)
As one of the oldest and most expensive government agencies, the VA is constrained by unions, continuing lack of oversight and failed stewardship. It is time to change the course of the discussion, reportability, and accountability and move the Healthcare and hospital facilities/administration of the Veterans Administration to and under the Department of Defense. The current VA then should be one of sole administration of Veterans issues and benefits administration.
The justifications are endless to reposition the VA under the Department of Defense, those most notable and listed below.
The VA services process system was created during the FDR years and since has had an almost manual custom coded software upgrades where no cutting edge technology exists. The VA process and procedure platform is perhaps one level above a paper and pencil system. The hardware is up to date but the software systems are archaic. Making full use of more advanced computer structure would be a giant leap forward.
At the VA, there is no integrated database integrated system connecting the VA’s to each other, or to the Social Security Administration, or the Pentagon or to locations where vital service records are stored. At issue, when a vet seeks medical service from a different VA facility, he/she must have their own complete records with them, when burial services are requested, the VA does not recognize death notices/certificates from the SSA or the Pentagon. Under the Department of Defense, connectivity and approvals and sped-up considerably.
Vets today are allowed a 30-minute appointment with the doctor, 20 minutes of that the doctor is working the input process into the computer, paperwork too cumbersome. Having a feature like Dragon, voice to text is required, an inexpensive and forward-leaning solution managed by dedicated active military software personnel.
The VA personnel has no empathy, compassion or recognition of the veterans, there is no respect, no honor, no appreciation, hence no customer service. Brothers keeping watch over brothers will immediately cure this condition.
30% of medical cases are for hearing loss, the veteran must prove military service where hearing loss was probable, 50 mm howitzers, cannons, artillery etc. Research and development under which the medical community as DoD contractors can address this condition on veteran case files while being assertive in curing and addressing hearing loss prognosis that would relieve medical case backlogs.
At the VA, there is no peer support staff, meaning VA ambassadors that promote and market the services offered by the VA, items like housing, education, loans, job searches benefits go unknown to those former active duty uniformed personnel. Incorporation of other current Department of Defense benefits for active personnel is prudent and pro-active.
Doctors at the Veterans Administration have no structure or set schedule or term. VA doctors see about 2-3 patients a day, in the civilian world, doctors see 6-10. If a doctor does not show up for a workday and veterans have scheduled appointments, there is no call made to the veteran and to reschedule appointments go out another 3-4 months. Using automated scheduling and an active outward call program is the solution and the DOD currently applies these technologies.
Veterans are forced to be self-advocates such that they have to navigate a labyrinth and bureaucracy that is not understood and leads to erroneous ratings and alters benefits. Words have meanings, where clarity and protocols within the Department of Defense offers an immediate change to the culture and attitude.
The VA is union heavy, where up to 5 unions exist in some locations, where the worst is SEIU, the most corrupt and felonious of all labor organizations, hence no one can be fired for dereliction of duty, altering paperwork, malfeasance, drug abuse, etc. Under the UCMJ, this behavior would be eliminated immediately.
Phone numbers for assistance to VA locations are voice mail and push #’s hell only to receive countless recordings, having the Department of Defense apply the existing telecom structure would eliminate this condition.
Veterans cannot seek simple medical procedures from civilian locations like a’ doc in the box’, dentist or even a closer military base for items like stitches, x-rays and even prescriptions like an antibiotic. The vets should have a choice card, demonstrating military service that is accepted at any local medical facility and could even have a modest co-pay. Under the Department of Defense, oversight of this process would be expedient.
The VA has no process to educate or seminars to aid in advancement for jobs for existing employees or for returning vets to gain an education and work at the VA in R&D, IT, the medical field, vets should work for vets due to the fraternity/sorority and military ethos. This issue is readily adaptable within existing programs at the DOD.
All VA locations should have random polygraphs or voice testing to determine honesty, work ethic (not selling narcotics or theft). These systems are currently in use at thousands of Defense and military posts domestically and globally.
Privatize a select group of existing VA hospitals by transferring them to the local communities and counties.