SAINTS PRESERVE US
This morning former FBI Director (“You’re fired!”) James Comey testified before a United States Senate intelligence committee. This was probably the most compelling, must watch television since, say, November 8th, 2016. Here at the Crooked 9 Comey’s testimony was streaming on an iPhone and a desktop computer, a fraction of a second out of sync but very bad news for traditional broadcasters. But this is the modern world and the modern world is a very confused and complicated slice of space in time, which Comey’s words drove home.
The crux of the matter is the Kremlin. The Russian security services are very good at what they do. The days of the Soviet KGB infiltrating trade unions and radical students’ groups, and providing financial backing for Marxist-Leninist tabloids are long gone. Divisive and disruptive techniques to destabilize what Comey described as “the shining house on the hill” are now far more elegant, sophisticated and shadowy.
Perhaps it’s not quite fair to describe the 45th president of the
, a billionaire, as a bumpkin.
Still, the new White House regime seems to be a cadre of inexperienced,
immaculately groomed regressive zealots, some of whom might be half-wits.
Perhaps it made perfect sense to open a Batshit-crazy Backdoor Red Phone to a
hostile foreign power using their technology because it had somehow hacked the
outcome of what was believed to be a free and democratic election. Deposed
national security advisor Michael Flynn was the head of the wedge or perhaps
the supplicating hand (tough to tell with liars); the retired military general
is now registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent because he
actively promotes the interests of USA , a fast failing
All we really know is that the most admirable and powerful country in the world is awash in harsh partisan confusion and that the Russians cleverly fracked those fissures. Comey chose to pledge his allegiance to
constitution and not to a star of reality television. But Comey may become an
actual reality television or live stream star himself. When thanked by one
senator for appearing before the committee as a private citizen, he quipped,
“I’m between opportunities.” America
The core of Comey’s testimony was sheer common sense. Ultimately, there are no Democrats or Republicans, just Americans. Something happened and he believes his country is at risk. These are not the good old days of midnight spy exchanges at Checkpoint Charlie. There’s no need to speculate on Russian interference in the last
Comey said, “There’s no fuzz on this.” In other words, the evidence is hard,
solid in the eyes of US intelligence services. Alarmingly, Comey raised the
possibility of American inside help and that prospect goes far beyond the realm
of troubled whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. Meanwhile,
the president just wants all of this fake stuff to go away. US
The Senate intelligence committee this morning did teeter toward the oxymoronic. Republican senator John McCain, a Vietnam War hero branded “a loser” by the current commander-in-chief and who thought Sarah Palin had the right stuff to be vice-president, doddered into the Kremlin’s e-mail funhouse without a stamp or an envelope.
As Director of the FBI, Comey was compelled to investigate the stupidity of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s reliance on an unsecure and private e-mail server. Under scrutiny, the senator from
erased or lost some 30,000 pieces of correspondence, security levels and
national importance unknown. But this was crusty stuff, dating back to
President Obama’s first term. No charges were laid because, alas, you can’t
jail someone for simply being an idiot. New York
The 2016 presidential campaign was something different altogether. The Democratic Party’s computer systems were invaded and confidential information wasn’t leaked so much as poured onto the Internet. Very possibly, maybe, this flood turned the tide of the election. The key here is whether the Russians did or did not do anything to effect the outcome last November, and if they did or didn’t, people are unsure if they did or didn’t. Win-win. Comey said, “This is a big deal.”