WASHINGTON, September 26, 2017 — It’s a well-known dictum among the practitioners of law that they should never ask a question for which they don’t already know the answer.
This explains why of late, the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has continued its investigation into so-called “Russian influence” over the 2016 presidential election behind closed doors, going so far as to deny access to transcripts of the proceedings.
One less than cooperative witness to these proceedings is GOP political trickster and operative, not to mention vehement Trump supporter, Roger Stone.
You may recall that Stone has been accused, quite publicly, by high-ranking Democratic members of the House committee, as well as the failed Democratic presidential candidate herself, of being part of a “cabal” working in conjunction with Russian agents and Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks to deny the presidency to Hillary Clinton.
You would think an open hearing, with the mainstream media cherry-picking video clips for public consumption, would appeal to the committee’s never-Trump Republicans and its “resistance” Democrats.
But Roger Stone is the kind of political agitator who isn’t intimidated by the media or cowed by a congressman’s position or committee assignments than are average Americans, which view them with dripping contempt.
And so, Stone took to the InfoWars website to post a video in which he reads his entire statement to the House committee.
“I’m no stranger to the slash and burn aspects of American politics today. I recognize that because of my long reputation and experience as a partisan warrior, I’m a suitable scapegoat for those that would seek to persuade the public that there were wicked, international transgressions in the 2016 presidential election….”
Having thus reintroduced himself to the committee, Stone got to the point:
“…The mantra-like repetition of the theme by our vaunted seventeen intelligence agencies, that the Russians colluded with the Trump campaign to affect the 2016 election, does not make it so.
“These are, after all, the very same people who insisted that North Korea would not be able to launch a viable rocket for three to five years, that insisted Saddam Hussein was in possession of ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ [that] there was no torture at Abu Ghraib prison, and the government had no metadata collection program – at least until Edward Snowden revealed otherwise.
“Our intelligence agencies have become politicized.
“I realize that they are deeply unhappy over President Trump’s refusal to expand the proxy war in Syria, and their failure to obtain the no-fly zone promised to them by Hillary Clinton, which would have been an open invitation to World War III.
“That the intelligence agencies have continued to leak, to the detriment of President Trump, in violation of the law, is proof positive of their politicization.”
That, of course, is the real story to come out of the 2016 election. It’s no secret the intelligence services of the United States, to whom idiotic Republicans granted unprecedented powers under the Patriot Act, allowed the Obama administration to expand the monster into an instrument that daily violates the letter and spirit of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against the unreasonable search and seizure of our personal and private information.
And it has become even more clear that President Obama’s PRISM program was also employed as an espionage tool against a slow-witted excuse for an opposition party: the GOP.
If Obama administration officials, with the aid of U.S. intelligence services “unmasked,” against federal law, the names of Trump campaign surrogates in an effort to smear and later hobble a duly-elected administration, the deep state, like the Ku Klux Klan of the post-Civil War South, has become the paramilitary wing of the Democratic Party.
And the compromising information these deep-state players hold over empty-headed Republicans in Washington may explain why Obamacare and tax cuts remain so elusive to members of the stupid party.