David Stockman Has Had Enough: "Brennan, Rice, Power - Lock Them All Up!"

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Authored by David Stockman via LewRockwell.com,

We frequently hear people say they have nothing to hide - so surrendering privacy and constitutional rights to the Surveillance State may not be such a big deal if it helps catch a terrorist or two. But with each passing day in the RussiaGate drama we are learning that this superficial exoneration is dangerously beside the point.

We are referring here to the unrelenting witch hunt that has been unleashed by Imperial Washington against the legitimately elected President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. This campaign of lies, leaks and Russophobia is the handiwork of Obama’s top national security advisors, who blatantly misused Washington’s surveillance apparatus to discredit Trump and to effectively nullify America’s democratic process.

That is, constitutional protections and liberties were systematically breached, but not simply to intimidate, hush or lock up citizens one by one as per the standard totalitarian modus operandi. Instead, what has happened is that the entire public debate has been hijacked by the shadowy forces of the Deep State and their partisan and media collaborators.

The enabling culprits are Obama’s last CIA director, John Brennan, his national security advisor Susan Rice and UN Ambassador Samantha Power. There is now mounting evidence that it was they who illegally “unmasked” NSA intercepts from Trump Tower; they who confected the Russian meddling narrative from behind the protective moat of classified intelligence; and they who orchestrated a systematic campaign of leaks and phony intelligence reports during the presidential transition—-all designed to delegitimize Trump before he even took the oath of office.

So all three of them should be locked­up—-that’s for sure. But the more urgent solution would be to unlock and make public all the innuendo, surmises, assessments, half-truths and boilerplate intelligence chatter on which the entire false narrative about Russian meddling and collusion is based.

Stated differently, without the nation’s massive intelligence apparatus and absurd system of secrecy and classified information to hide behind, the RussiaGate witch hunt would have never gotten off the ground.

In truth, as we will essay below, there is no there, there. So what this new chapter in McCarthyite hysteria actually demonstrates is that the Imperial City’s far-flung, 17-agency, $75 billion Intelligence Behemoth is a plenary threat not just to individual liberty, but to the very constitutional democracy on which the latter depends.

To appreciate the severity of the threat, it is necessary to recognize that the post-9/11 Deep State has lowered a double whammy on our system. That is, it unconstitutionally collects the entirety of all internet based communications of America’s 325 million citizen, while at the same time it has effectively disenfranchised 98% of the 535 members of the House and Senate who have been elected to represent them.

Accordingly, behind the Surveillance State’s vast wall of secrecy and so-called “classified” information, there operates a Dark Government that is unaccountable to the public and largely unconstrained by normal constitutional limits, which the Patriot Act and secret FISA courts have more or less suspended.

In the realm of this Dark Government, the heart of American democracy—-the US Congress—has been completely usurped. Almost everything behind the secrecy wall is off limits to the rank and file. Only a handful of intelligence committee members and the House and Senate leadership gets sworn into the classified intelligence.

Yet just consider the hideous asymmetry of this arrangement. The so-called “Gang of Eight,” comprising the heads of the intelligence oversight committees and their respective party leadership, gets orally briefed in a secure “vault”, where they can’t take notes or carry-out any documents.

Moreover, this select handful of legislators consists of the incessantly mobilized and frazzled potentates of Capitol Hill who are always knee-deep in a thousand other distractions—-including a heavy quotient of politicking, fund-raising, and campaign trail excursions.

On the inside of the Surveillance State wall, by contrast, there are 600,000 employees or contractors with “top secret” security clearances alone; and more than 4 million total operatives who spend night and days feasting on the $75 billion Intelligence Community (IC) budget and carrying out projects and missions designed to justify their existence and keep the budgetary gravy train flowing.

For example, in the National Security Agency (NSA) there is a subsidiary entity called TAO (Targeted Access Operations) with a budget of several billions and more than 1,000 employees. The latter predominately consist of high-powered civilian and military hackers, computer geeks, intelligence analysts, targeting specialists, computer hardware and software designers and electrical engineers—-whose job it is to do exactly what Russia is being accused of.

Namely, to hack and electronically infiltrate the communications and operations of nearly every government on the planet, and most especially those of IC designated enemies and adversaries such as Russia and Iran.Indeed, TAOs motto says it all:

“Your data is our data, your equipment is our equipment ­ anytime, any place, by any legal means.”

In any given 24-hour day, the TAO hacks and deposits more disinformation and malware into its targeted foreign networks than all the low level Russian probes that were intercepted by NSA during the entire Presidential campaign.

In other words, Washington is the mother of all hackers and cyber-warfare operations, and what Russia and other nations do is only a small potatoes version of the same. Yet the overwhelming share of these digital cloak and dagger operation by all sides is a huge waste of national resources; and most especially it is of no value at all to the safety of the American people.

That because Russia, China and Iran—-the principal targets of the IC’s massive surveillance and cyber warfare activities—are no threats whatsoever to America’s security.

Iran has zero military capacity to attack the American homeland, and the claim that it is the leading sponsor of terrorism is pure bunkum. That hoary claim has been concocted by the Washington neocons and the Netanyahu political machine—both of which need demonized enemies in order to nurture the public fears on which their power is based.

Likewise, Russia has one 40-year old smoke-belching aircraft carry and a fleet of rowboats—–neither of which are capable of launching an assault on the New Jersey shores. True, it does have about 1,00o nuclear warheads; but where is the evidence that cool-hand Vlad is contemplating national suicide by using them against the US or Europe?

The purported Chinese threat is even more ludicrous. Notwithstanding the fertile imaginations of the Deep State fear-mongers who believe the South China Sea is actually an American Lake, the Red Suzerains of Beijing know fully well that without the continuous custom of Wal-Mart and Amazon warehouses, the Red Ponzi would collapse in a heartbeat. And that they would be hung by angry mobs from the CCTV (China Central Television) Tower shortly thereafter.

In fact, we don’t need the $75 billion Surveillance State to deal with the Taliban, the jihadist warlords of Somalia or any of the warring Sunni vs. Shiite (Houthis) parties of Yemen, either. They do not threaten America’s security in the slightest.

Nor did the government of Khadafy in Libya after he turned in his nukes. Likewise, the Assad regime has never, ever threatened to harm America—-despite the non-stop vilification from Washington.

At most, Washington needs modest local and theatre level capacity to monitor the fading remnants of the Islamic State—-a temporary scourge in the mostly the impoverished Sunni villages of the Upper Euphrates, which would not even exist in the first place had it not been fostered and armed with the weapons the US Army left behind in the fiasco of Iraq.

So consider the contrafactual. In the absence of a vast Warfare State apparatus and associated Surveillance State wall of secrecy what would RussiaGate amount to?

The answer is straight-forward: It was nothing more than a politically motivated plot orchestrated by former CIA director Brennan to undermine the Presidential campaign of a rambunctious outsider. That is, the Donald was unschooled in the groupthink of the Imperial City and had enough common sense to realize that Putin is not our enemy, that NATO is obsolete, that regime change has been a fiasco and that foreign policy should be based on homeland security first, not the perpetuation of an American Empire abroad.

Those inchoate impulses were the Donald’s original sin, and it was unverified and self-serving “intelligence” from the Latvian security service—-of all things—- that provided the pretext for Brennan to launch the Deep State’s own version of jihad against Trump.

What this dubious intelligence did was to finger Vlad Putin himself and that was crucial. It permitted Brennan to puff-up the evidence of run-of-the-mill cyber intrusions by the Russian security services—-or even unconnected Russian hackers and profiteers— into a sweeping but phony narrative about an attack on American democracy with Putin at the very center.

As Scott Ritter—- the weapons expert who blew the whistle on the IC’s trumped up claims about Saddam’s WMDs—-succinctly explained in a recent article, Brennan proceeded to turn a dubious molehill into a vertiable mountain:

According to reporting from the Washington Post, sometime during this period, CIA Director John Brennan gained access to a sensitive intelligence report from a foreign intelligence service. This service claimed to have technically penetrated the inner circle of Russian leadership to the extent that it could give voice to the words of Russian President Vladimir Putin as he articulated Russia’s objectives regarding the 2016 U.S. Presidential election — to defeat Hillary Clinton and help elect Donald Trump, her Republican opponent. This intelligence was briefed to President Barack Obama and a handful of his closest advisors in early August, with strict instructions that it not be further disseminated.


The explosive nature of this intelligence report, both in terms of its sourcing and content, served to drive the investigation of Russian meddling in the American electoral process by the U.S. intelligence community. The problem, however, was that it wasn’t the U.S. intelligence community, per se, undertaking this investigation, but rather (according to the Washington Post) a task force composed of “several dozen analysts from the CIA, NSA and FBI,” hand­picked by the CIA director and set up at the CIA Headquarters who “functioned as a sealed compartment, its work hidden from the rest of the intelligence community.”


The result was a closed­circle of analysts who operated in complete isolation from the rest of the U.S. intelligence community. The premise of their work — that Vladimir Putin personally directed Russian meddling in the U.S. Presidential election to tip the balance in favor of Donald Trump — was never questioned in any meaningful fashion, despite its sourcing to a single intelligence report from a foreign service.


President Obama ordered the U.S. intelligence community to undertake a comprehensive review of Russian electoral meddling. As a result, intelligence analysts began to reexamine old intelligence reports based upon the premise of Putin’s direct involvement, allowing a deeply disturbing picture to be created of a comprehensive Russian campaign to undermine the American electoral process.

Here’s the thing. Vlad didn’t do it. The only interference in the electoral process that he has been associated with is with respect to what Imperial Washington did next door while he was basking in glory at the Sochi Olympics in February 2014.

To wit, the violent coup on the streets of Kiev was organized by agents and organs of the US government; overthrew a constitutionally elected President who had decided to make an economic and security deal with Russia rather than Europe and NATO in keeping with Ukraine’s economic propinquity to the former and its 700- years of history as an integral part of Greater Russia; and which imposed a new government, hand-picked by the Obama State Department, which was dominated by Ukrainian nationalists and neo-Nazis who were demonstrably hostile to the Russian speaking populations of Crimea and the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Stated differently, Imperial Washington is the world champion meddler in other peoples’ politics and elections.

Since the CIA sponsored coup against the Mosaddegh government in Iran in 1953, it has sponsored more than eighty incidents ranging from election bag money to military coups.

By contrast, the putative Russian attack on American democracy consists of three specific accusations—all of which are readily refutable.

In the first place, Podesta’s password was “password” and could have been hacked by any fat guy, or not, on any computer plugged into the worldwide web anywhere.


Moreover, Julian Assange of Wikileaks, who makes a living disclosing the truth, not propagating lies as does the IC, says it did not come from Russian state agents; and that it was in fact leaked, not hacked, by disgruntled Democrat insiders.


In any event, if it had actually been hacked by either Russian agents or the proverbial fat guy, there would be a digital imprint stored in NSA’s vast server farms. The fact that it hasn’t leaked amidst all the rest of the anti-Russian innuendo and intelligence hearsay proves beyond much doubt that no such record exists and no such Russian intrusion ever happened.


As for the DNC emails, the smoking gun there still smolders in plain sight. The FBI apparently never even took custody of the DNC computer—–farming out the job to an outfit named Crowdstrike. Alas, the latter is a DNC contractor and wannabe silicon valley IPO run by some fanatical Russian ex-pats looking for fame and fortune. It’s no wonder they didn’t want the FBI second guessing their conclusions.


Finally, there is the Latvian “intelligence” morsel about Putin’s personal direction of the election meddling campaign. If the Donald had any common sense he would declassify said report forthwith.


But never mind. It surely doesn’t exist anyway—-or it too would have leaked long ago.

And that’s all she wrote. The rest is pure spin leaked by Trump’s enemies in the Deep State and canonized by its collaborators in the main stream media.

Unfortunately, the Donald doesn’t seem to recognize that he is actually President. If he did, he would have the Justice Department launch a prosecution against the faithless officials—-Brennan, Rice and Power—-who concocted the whole RussiaGate defamation in the first place.

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TahoeBilly2012's picture

"catch a terrorist or two"?? We are the terrorists.

Manthong's picture


I will trade my string for David’s lock.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

David Stockman Has Had Enough: "Brennan, Rice, Power - Lock Them All Up!"

My response: Now this is an action I can really get behind. Everyone has been suggesting this for 6 months now, but no action as of yet. Let's see how 2017 ends up. It will become clear by the end of the year whether we still have a nation or not.

Brennan, Rice, and Power are a group of DESPOTS along with the CLINTON CRIME SYNDICATE deserving of justice.  

macholatte's picture


And what about Hitlary?
Can’t we lock her up.... like a canary in a gilded cage?


eatthebanksters's picture

And Obozo too....don't forget Obozo...

StuckInTheMiddle's picture

No she doesn't get a gilded cage but she does get a steel cage with the NYT to line it

The Wizard's picture

The gubermint is using terms like "enemy combatants". As they move along each year with draconian legislation, a terrorist will be those who are nationalists and attempting to preserve the original culture of America. There is a new movie out called Revelation that is looking for theater sponsors

Host a local REVELATION theatrical screening YOU can “Paul Revere” the REVELATION message! Bring this film to your local theater and create a revolutionary information movement!


junction's picture

Lock up Obama in Guantanamo as a war criminal.  Waterboarding is optional.

TBT or not TBT's picture

There are tortures he would enjoy.  

kellys_eye's picture

In Obama's case I would have thought waterboarding was compulsory.

Gladi8tor's picture

I would make the water boarding for OBAMA MANDATORY!

dr kill's picture

I know, right? Can you believe Stockman said something intelligent?  Hey, how's he doing selling his formerly free newsletter? Does anyone know?  Seems like he gets plenty of free advertising here recently IYKWIMAITYD.

Yen Cross's picture

  The fact that these scumbags are able to recuse themselves via pleading the fifth, is abhorrent, and needs to be stopped.

 They should have contractual clauses, that prevent this crap from happening. If corporations can protect their intellectual secrets, why can't the United States .gov with all it's alphabet agencies?

TeethVillage88s's picture

Well Comey gave them all Immunity/Waivers of Prosecution (Lynch probably too), then...? Obama probably gave them pardons for all crimes imagined... including the Chicago political Machine, New York Political Machine, DNC, Debbie Wash-ur-little-man-schultz.

- Who is Robert Mueller giving protection, immunity, waivers, pardons too?

Where do Pardons End USA?

- I guess Jeff Sessions was Recommended by a Traitor "Globalist" or Seditious "Neo-CON"

** Signed TeethVillage ** Jeff Sessions is most powerful individual in the world, YET USA IS TOTALLY Backwards! **

TeethVillage88s's picture

Fire Jeff Sessions... instead of being a force multiplier... he is a "Leaker", Backward-Leaning Conservative-Neocon, or Big-Pharm-Stooge

Yen Cross's picture

 Sessions is definitely a problem.  The White House is like a leaky aquarium, that needs the squid shit peeled/ sand blasted, off the bottom.

 DC has turned into a giant undiagnosed village full of brain damaged syphilis infected pedofiles.

  The EU is even more fucked/cucked<  Traders just gotta be scam artists, until the very end.

Creative_Destruct's picture

I'm "afraid" by the time all the leakers , subverters, deep-staters, and everyone else violating the Constitution and spying on the masses with some not-so-hidden agenda was fired, there'd be no gub-ment left....OH WAIT! WUDDM I SAYIN' ! FIRE AWAY! 

Crash Overide's picture

Unfortunately, the Donald doesn’t seem to recognize that he is actually President. If he did, he would have the Justice Department launch a prosecution against the faithless officials—-Brennan, Rice and Power—-who concocted the whole RussiaGate defamation in the first place.

LoisLane's picture

I'm thinking maybe he's been working on this and not getting cooperation from Sessions, which is why he's been beating him up in tweets.

Theta_Burn's picture

Hear hear..

Alot of folks risking it all to speak the truth.

Trump had better stop 1/2 assing it

Korprit_Phlunkie's picture

it doesn't matter until TRUMP  says it

order66's picture

Headline should have read...

"David Stockman Has Had His Head Up His Ass For Too Long"

deimos178's picture

It's the sleazy media whores that are driving it. They all think they will be the next Woodward and Bernstein to take down a President. My prediction? They will be consumed by the very monster they created. Very few people are watching the news anymore except the elderly and they are dying off by the thousands every day. 

StarGate's picture

Been to a few nursing homes. They are not watching MSM.
CNN however is very popular in the Alzheimer''s Units
(aka lack-of-Memory care).

waspwench's picture

I don't think the "elderly" are watching the MSM these days.   I ain't.   We are the people who remember what the country used to be like before the indoctrination and propaganda machines  were unloosed on the younger generations.   "They" want to get rid of us.   Look after us.   We are the repositories of the culture.   You will need us in order to rebuild.

TeethVillage88s's picture

Maybe you have some women in Chicago behind you says France24


Her hands slowed by rheumatoid arthritis, 71-year-old Marietta Crowder stands in front of her paper target, steadies her gun and pulls the trigger. Shots are fired in quick succession.

Crowder is perhaps not the typical patron of a gun club.

But she is one of seven women learning to safely handle firearms at a shooting range in a suburb of Chicago, a city wracked by gun violence and a soaring murder rate.

"My husband influenced me and we thought about it a long time. Maybe you need a gun these days, in your house at least," said Crowder, who lives in a gated community with her retired banker husband.

A fellow retiree, Javondlynn Dunagan, came up with the idea of gun training classes geared toward women, and for the "Ladies of Steel" gun club -- after successful training, the women gather twice a month to practice their skills. "

Anunnaki's picture

Trump needs to grow a pair. Punch back by sending arrest warrants not tweets

Bill of Rights's picture

" Said from my $11 million dollar condo "

HRH Feant2's picture

Yes. Along with Lynch and Comey. Reason? Sedition and treason. Lock them all up!

two hoots's picture

We are losing control of our ability to control intelligence which Trump should see as a threat to national security, thus, act forcefully.

Duc888's picture

Over the last two years Stockman has been venturing out from the ether and dipping into reality more and more. This is a good thing.

FlKeysFisherman's picture

According to Spiegel the TAO intercepts laptops after purchased online, sends them to secret warehouses and installs spyware, then they repackage it and send it to your house.





StarGate's picture

The image Stockman paints is that of billions of dollars of govt budget spent on Intel contractors and govt Intel employees playing sophisticated video games with foreign govt Intel employees.

The electronic version of Spy vs. Spy.
Nothing is produced, nothing to improve America is invented, no one is protected (and meanwhile they are spying on you too).
With the current goal of destroying the American election process by deposing the valid Prez with their spy games while blaming it on the Russians.


Yes We Can. But Lets Not.'s picture

Buy your laptop at Walmart, etc., pay cash, replace annually, destroy old machine.

Swamidon's picture

WTF is wrong with Trump besides the fact that he apparently has no balls?  And can't take good advice either?

Felix da Kat's picture

Brennan, Rice and Power: all deep-state operatives who need to be arrested for treasonous crimes against the United States of America. Trump should ignore the ratings (fake ratings) and go after these characters. It's time to play hardball with these effers. There are probably another two or three dozen other co-conspirators lurking out there who also need lassoed. Stop this obscene national disgrace so we can move forward with the badly needed Trump agenda. America needs major fixing and the aim of these deep-state operatives is to prevent just that. Let's take 'em out of the picture, now.

meditate_vigorously's picture

They are just lackeys for the 100 criminals in the US Senate who are lackeys of others.

Peter41's picture

You will never see any of these evildoers locked up. The Deep State and Dark Government has too much invested in subverting our democracy and protecting these minions, who, if the political winds change and a Democrat or a compliant Republican is elected in 2020, will be called into service again to work their evil magic.

They run everything and we ordinary citizens are mere pawns in their Game of Thrones.

soyungato's picture

Trump is softer than a cooked noodle. 

Umh's picture

You did a good job then.

dcmbuffy's picture

say it aint so mrs home economics.... keep the faith baby

Rick Cerone's picture

The Russian Circus is in DC again this week.

Pollygotacracker's picture

Why Donald Trump does not have David Stockman in his cabinet is beyond me. Stockman would be perfect as Treasury Secretary. 

VWAndy's picture

 Yall know their laughing right?

rp2016's picture

Way to go, Mr. Stockman. President needs to take bold steps,