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Learning the Laws Applicable In A National Emergency (First Thread - Focus on Military and National Defense)

OK remember I promised you that we would learn the laws applicable in a national emergency?

Well, here we are.

Let me be clear, we actually ARE in a national emergency, nearly 50 of them actually (never been revoked), plus we're in a state of war since 9/11, so there's no theory going on here, you're subject to all of this *right now* and you didn't even know it.

I was just counting. Wikipedia lists 33 current states of emergency. 

Brennan Center, 31. 

It's 58 emergencies *since 1979,* my bad.

https://psmag.com/news/the-united-states-states-of-emergencies
President Trump's states of emergency include--
12/21/2017, "Executive Order Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption"
9/12/2018, Executive Order 13848, "Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election"
11/27/2018, "Executive Order on Blocking Property of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Nicaragua"
10) All 3 still current.
Here's the list of wars we're in - Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Persian Gulf

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_w
"The moment the president declares a 'national emergency'—a decision that is entirely within his discretion—he is able to set aside many of the legal limits on his authority."



"The president can, with the flick of his pen, activate laws allowing him to shut down many kinds of electronic communications inside the United States or freeze Americans’ bank accounts."

"Other powers are available even without a declaration of emergency, including laws that allow the president to deploy troops inside the country to subdue domestic unrest."

Does it seem odd to any of you that we seem to be living in a free-for-all, when *actually* at any moment the President could declare martial law?
There are 136 laws triggered by a declaration of national emergency.

brennancenter.org/sites/default/
They fall into the following categories:
* Military and national defense
* Criminal procedure
* Asset seizure
* Land management
* Public health
* International relations
* Federal employees
 I am not a lawyer. My source is the Brennan Center PDF.
Let's start with military and national defense.
 There are 24 statutes specific to the military and national defense which apply in a national emergency.
 10 U.S.C. § 1104 (d) - Veterans Affairs providing medical care to members of the armed forces.
10 U.S.C. § 12006 (a) - @POTUS can suspend the laws governing management of active status reserve officers.

10 U.S.C. § 12302 (a)- Ready Reservists can be called to active duty for up to 2 years. (No more than a million on without consent at any one time.)
 (Obviously I am paraphrasing and oversimplifying, and again, this is not written in my official capacity or as a subject matter expert.)

10 U.S.C. § 123a (a) - the President can waive legal limits on the number of active duty/civilian armed forces personnel

10 U.S.C. § 2632 (a)(2)(D) Provides for transportation to/from work for people manufacturing material for military purposes in a private company.

10 U.S.C. § 2808 (a) Provides for military construction projects at the SECDEF's discretion.
 10 U.S.C. § 3063 (b) Secretary of the Army can re-organize as needed
10 U.S.C. § 527 The President can suspend ordinary requirements regarding grade requirements in the military

10 U.S.C. § 5451 same as above, but for the Navy specifically
10 U.S.C. § 603 - the President can temporarily appoint anybody qualified to any grade in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, up to but not above major general / rear admiral
10 U.S.C. § 7224 - Secretary of the Navy can allow anyone to be housed, fed, etc. by the government on any naval vessel
Unlimited # of people in the Offices of the Secretary of the Air Force, Army, and Navy respectively - respective citations below.

10 U.S.C. § 8014 (f)(5)
10 U.S.C. §§ 3014 (f)(4), (5)
10 U.S.C. §§ 5014 (f)(4), (5)
Reading all of this, what do you think is coming?
Reading all of this, why do you think some people are so incredibly frantic?

To protect us?

Or themselves?

14 U.S.C. § 2703 (a) - Normal limitations on the number of active duty military personnel don't apply for up to 6 months after the war or national emergency is over
14 U.S.C. § 652If any legal restriction is removed from the Navy it's also removed from the Coast Guard
14 U.S.C. § 660 (a) Provides for transportation to/from work for people manufacturing material for Coast Guard needs in a private company.
14 U.S.C. § 722- The President can suspend certain laws affecting Coast Guard Reserve officers
14 U.S.C. § 724 (c) Normal limitations on the number of Coast Guard personnel don't apply for up to 6 months after the war or national emergency is over
31 U.S.C. § 3522 (b)(3) Extends time limit on audit of armed forces during war and for up to a year and a half after it's over
46 U.S.C. § 8301 (d)(1) Provides for discretionary suspension of laws related to merchant vessels and their officers
49 U.S.C. § 114 (g) Transportation Department can coordinate (regulate) transportation domestically
50 U.S.C. § 4533 (a)(7) President has unlimited authority to manage industrial base capabilities as he sees fit for the national defense
50 U.S.C. §§ 1431-1435 - Provides for enhanced agency contracting permissions for the national defense

Consolidated 24 laws pertaining to Presidential authority with respect to the military & national defense in the event of a national emergency:

https://www.dannielleblumenthal.com/2019/10/24-presidential-powers-in-event-of.html

Future posts will tackle additional categories of law.

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.

24 Presidential Powers in the Event of a National Emergency - Military & National Defense


  1. 10 U.S.C. § 1104 (d) VA providing medical care to members of the armed forces.
  2. 10 U.S.C. § 12006 (a) The President can suspend the laws governing management of active status reserve officers.
  3. 10 U.S.C. § 12302 (a) 10 U.S.C. § 12302 (a) - Ready Reservists can be called to active duty for up to 2 years. (No more than a million on without consent at any one time.)
  4. 10 U.S.C. § 123a (a) The President can waive legal limits on the number of active duty/civilian armed forces personnel
  5. 10 U.S.C. § 2632 (a)(2)(D) Provides for transportation to/from work for people manufacturing material for military purposes in a private company.
  6. 10 U.S.C. § 2808 (a) Provides for military construction projects at the SECDEF's discretion.
  7. 10 U.S.C. § 3063 (b) Secretary of the Army can re-organize as needed
  8. 10 U.S.C. § 527 The President can suspend ordinary requirements regarding grade requirements in the military
  9. 10 U.S.C. § 5451 same as above, but for the Navy specifically
  10. 10 U.S.C. § 603 the President can temporarily appoint anybody qualified to any grade in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, up to but not above major general / rear admiral
  11. 10 U.S.C. § 7224 Secretary of the Navy can allow anyone to be housed, fed, etc. by the government on any naval vessel
  12. 10 U.S.C. § 8014 (f)(5) Unlimited # of people in the Offices of the Secretary of the Air Force
  13. 10 U.S.C. §§ 3014 (f)(4), (5) Unlimited # of people in the Office of the Secretary of the Army
  14. 10 U.S.C. §§ 5014 (f)(4), (5) Unlimited # of people in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy 
  15. 14 U.S.C. § 2703 (a) Normal limitations on the number of active duty military personnel don't apply for up to 6 months after the war or national emergency is over
  16. 14 U.S.C. § 652 If any legal restriction is removed from the Navy it's also removed from the Coast Guard
  17. 14 U.S.C. § 660 (a) Provides for transportation to/from work for people manufacturing material for Coast Guard needs in a private company.
  18. 14 U.S.C. § 722 The President can suspend certain laws affecting Coast Guard Reserve officers 
  19. 14 U.S.C. § 724 (c) Normal limitations on the number of Coast Guard personnel don't apply for up to 6 months after the war or national emergency is over
  20. 31 U.S.C. § 3522 (b)(3) Extends time limit on audit of armed forces during war and for up to a year and a half after it's over
  21. 46 U.S.C. § 8301 (d)(1) Provides for discretionary suspension of laws related to merchant vessels and their officers
  22. 49 U.S.C. § 114 (g) Transportation Department can coordinate (regulate) transportation domestically
  23. 50 U.S.C. § 4533 (a)(7) President has unlimited authority to manage industrial base capabilities as he sees fit for the national defense 
  24. 50 U.S.C. §§ 1431-1435 Provides for enhanced agency contracting permissions for the national defense

Disclaimer: 

Use at your own risk. Author is not an expert.  The Brennan Center has a comprehensive and authoritative white paper available on this subject. The list of laws is derived from there. In an effort to engage people with the law, the author rewrote and oversimplified the detailed version provided by the Brennan Center. See this link:

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. 

Asking for Forgiveness? Good Luck.


 It's the Asseres Yemai Teshuva.

Asking for forgiveness this year - actual responses.

Me: "I want to ask for forgiveness for anything I did to you this year." 

Response A: "I'd rather it be sincere."

Response B: "Oh, you didn't do anything wrong to me." 

Response C: "Why, what did you do that I don't know about?"
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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain. Free Photo via Pixabay.

Rosh HaShana, Day 2

Grateful.

Spent time talking to people in synagogue.

Had a lousy cold...thankfully it is getting better.

Reflected a bit on halacha.

My husband told me about a vicious pogrom where the women were of course brutally attacked. The writer Chaim Nachman Bialik was angry that the men first cowered (and did not stop the attacks - they could not do so and live) and then asked the rabbis whether their wives were permitted to them.

I understand Bialik's anger. "Where is your humanity?" he writes, meaning that the focus of the husbands should be on the wives and nowhere else.

But the Jew must cling to halacha as the basis of life. It is not about being inhumane.

I think somewhere along the way we lost perspective. On the one hand there are people hyperfocused on seemingly mundane details without any inkling of why they matter. On the other hand there are people insisting that we should just decide for ourselves what's important.

The Torah says not to add or subtract from the halacha. If only we could get back to being more balanced people.
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By Dr. Dannielle (Dossy) Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.

Ukraine Whistleblower Hoax Falls Apart With ODNI Rebuttal

Yesterday, September 30, 2019, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issued a news release in response to a scandal (some say "smear") over a so-called "whistleblower" case involving President Trump that the Democrats seek to impeach him for.

The case quickly falls apart on examination.

July 25, 2019

President Trump has a phone call (see transcript released by the White House) with Ukraine President Volodymr Zelensky. 

August 12, 2019
  • Someone writes a "whistleblower" complaint with this date. 
  • It is written in the form of a letter to Senator Richard Burr, Chair, Select Committee on Intelligence, United States Senate, and Representative Adam Schiff, Chair, Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, United States House of Representatives ("House Intelligence Committee"), but provided to the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, which reports to the Director of National Intelligence. 
  • The ODNI does not yet release it to Congress. 
August 28, 2019
  • It is 34 days after the phone call with Zelensky. 
  • On Twitter, Politico national security correspondent and MSNBC contributor Natasha Bertrand shares an article published by Politico dated the same day (updated one day later) titled "Trump holds up Ukraine military aid meant to confront Russia," by Caitlin Emma and Connor O'Brien. 
  • In her Tweet, Bertrand writes: "BREAKING: Trump has asked his national security team to review funding for Ukraine, to ensure the money is being used “in the best interests” of the US. The funding has been put on hold. News comes days after Trump advocated for reinstating Russia to G7."

August 28, 2019

The same day, commenting on Bertrand's Tweet, Rep. Schiff castigates the President for holding up Ukraine aid. 
"Trump is withholding vital military aid to Ukraine, while his personal lawyer seeks help from the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent. It doesn’t take a stable genius to see the magnitude of this conflict. Or how destructive it is to our national security."
August 24-31, 2019

As Journalist Jack Posobiec reported (September 29, 2019; archive here), House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff dispatched staff to Ukraine. 
"BREAKING: Adam Schiff sent a House Intel staffer to Ukraine during Aug 24-31 just 12 days after receiving the whistleblower complaint. This is the same week Schiff posted his Ukraine military aid tweet - Aug 28. This trip was sponsored by a think tank that receives funding from a program of left-wing billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundation called 'Open Society Initiative for Europe.' Here is Adam Schiff's signature authorizing the travel, dated July 22. They met directly with former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who lost to current president Volodymyr Zelensky in a landslide 73-25 victory. Poroshenko was known for his strong ties to the Obama Administration, specifically Obama's point man for Ukraine....PS: The Co-Founder of Crowdstrike is a Senior Fellow of the think thank."
Monday, September 9, 2019
  • House Democrats across three different committees announce that they are launching investigations into President Trump's investigation of Ukraine. Their stated reason for the investigations is that concern over "efforts to pressure Ukraine's government to assist Trump's reelection campaign." 
  • There is no mention of a whistleblower letter, but as Susan Ferrecchio noted in the Washington Examiner, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Schiff and Ranking Member Devin Nunes received a letter on that same day from Michael K. Atkinson, the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community. 
  • The letter stated: "It is my understanding that the Acting DNI [Joseph Maguire] has determined that he is not required to transmit my determination of a credible urgent concern or any of the Complainant's information to the congressional intelligence committees because the allegations do not meet the definition of an 'urgent concern' under the statute."
  • The letter's filename has no spaces: 20190909_-_ic_ig_letter_to_hpsci_on_whistleblower
  • The letter is hosted at the website of the House Intelligence Committee: https://intelligence.house.gov/uploadedfiles/20190909_-_ic_ig_letter_to_hpsci_on_whistleblower.pdf
  • According to an analysis of the document properties, the letter PDF was created at 11:18 p.m. on September 19, 2018.
  • The machine used is called "Epson Scan 2."
  • The PDF version is 1.4.


Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • The New York Times breaks the story that a "whistleblower" has come forward to report concerns about the phone call between President Trump and the President of Ukraine. 
  • As stated in Atkinson's letter, the letter was not referred to Congress. per CNN, the White House and the Justice Department reviewed the complaint and made that determination.

Friday, September 20, 2019

CNN's Stephen Collinson reports:
"The whistleblower didn't have direct knowledge of the communications, an official briefed on the matter told CNN. Instead, the whistleblower's concerns came in part from learning information that was not obtained during the course of their work, and those details have played a role in the administration's determination that the complaint didn't fit the reporting requirements under the intelligence whistleblower law, the official said."
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019




Thursday, September 26, 2019

The House Intelligence Committee releases the complaint and transmittal letter.

Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Sean Davis, at The Federalist, writes an article claiming that the Intelligence Community changed its reporting requirements just in time for the "whistleblower" to come forward. 
  • Davis' reporting was based in part on research by Stephen McIntyre that was shared on Twitter.
Saturday, September 28, 2019
  • David John Weaver posted his own research (archived here) showing that as of July 2, 2019, the ODNI hotline page did not show an "Urgent Concern Disclosure Form" but rather only a simple hotline intake form (still downloadable) which does not say anything about "urgent disclosure." See below.
  • Weaver further posted his own search results from Google showing that the "urgent disclosure" form was posted online sometime after August 14, 2019. This would be after the complainant submitted their letter on August 12. See below.
Old Hotline Intake Form
Weaver's Google Search Results 
Showing "Urgent Concern" Form Uploaded After August 14, 2019



September 29, 2019

I write a detailed document analysis with a focus on the fact that the DNI website hotline reporting page did not reflect an "urgent concern form" as of July 2, 2019. As Weaver shows above, that form was not online until after the whistleblower submitted their complaint.

September 30, 2019

The ODNI attempts to explain the problem with the whistleblower form by saying that the complainant submitted the old version.

As I mentioned in a thread last night:
  • Obviously this flimsy excuse does not wash. How can you require information to be “firsthand” in order for it to be considered “credible,” and then accept secondhand information anyway? Every employee who held back secondhand information could lodge a complaint.
  • The DNI's slow movement to update the website can be explained away, but what doesn't make sense is the DNI justifying the complainant checking off both the "direct knowledge" and "no direct knowledge" boxes, as the first would trump the second.
  • What also doesn't make sense is that they “magically” updated *3 FORMS AND THE WEBSITE* just 1-2 DAYS before the “whistleblower” complaint was released by the House Intelligence Committee. 
  • Finally, there are odd things about the complaint itself, most notably that it refers frequently to a news organization funded by George Soros as a source of information, and also that the writer does not spell "Zelensky" as Americans/the media do, with one "y," but rather with a double "yy," which would indicate extensive cultural knowledge.
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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.

Please Stop Plastering Greta Thunberg On Your Facebook Wall

This young lady may be very nice, but she is sadly being exploited by cynical adults hoping to make big bucks off “green” business. 

She did not organically develop a climate change movement. Rather she was brought onboard to fill a role.

Many people do not know that Ms. Thunberg is the child of an actress and is an actress herself. 

On top of all of this, she was interviewed about climate change and could say nothing about it.

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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.

Rosh HaShanah 2019 - Day 1.5

Rosh HaShana 2019 - Day 1.5


Part of the problem is that I think of Rosh HaShanah like “punishment day.” It’s like getting sent to the principal’s office in high school. You sit there and wait to get yelled at for what you did wrong.


Sure enough, in synagogue the sermon was about how God is judging us and He sees everything, we cannot fool him.


Despite this, it was okay in synagogue. My feelings were calm and I was at peace, thank God. 


Maybe this sounds strange. But I think the sense of peace is because, in various ways, I have decided that self-hate does not belong in my life anymore. God loves me, and I love myself. So if I can’t sit there for 3.5 hours perfectly still, it is okay. 


They were nice enough to leave out some hot water today in synagogue. I made about two cups of coffee and one of tea. And I got through it.


Interestingly I used to feel somewhat inferior compared with others in shul. Somehow my hair and makeup and clothes were never just right, or I got tongue-tied and lacked for words to connect with other people. This year I felt just fine, despite looking verifiably horrid — nasty cold and no makeup, plus it was raining all the way to synagogue.


It’s all in your mind. It’s really all in your mind. 


There were other things too. I have gotten past the stage where I am simultaneously angry at rabbis for shitting up Judaism *and* somehow expect them to fix it all. They can’t and they won’t. It’s up to the rest of us, really.


I have become an advocate for children. I thought today in shul that we had a long way to go on that front. But okay. That means someone has to care and get involved. More work for me 🙂


As an advocate I realize that my first job is to advocate for myself. I am taking some time to heal after years of nonstop activism, watching the country descend into civil war. I am meditating regularly and simply giving myself permission to have some peace.


I still write as much as possible. That is healing too.


Also, I am learning to set boundaries with other people, and to use my “No” muscle more. “Why not?” “Because I have decided not to pursue it right now” is a perfectly good answer. Or, if necessary, it is fine also to say “I feel overwhelmed” or “I feel uncomfortable” or simply “I think I need some space right now.”


This is me sending everyone support on their unique journey. Hope you found this interesting/useful.


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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.

Ukraine and the Coup (Updated)


On July 18, 2013, Igor Pasternak, CEO of Worldwide Aeros Corp., held a reception for Rep. Adam Schiff at Pasternak's home in Washington, DC. 

The electronic version of the invitation, which is still online (and archived here), instructed invitees to "make checks payable to Adam Schiff for Congress." (The paper version is viewable online here.)



The reception is mentioned in a February 5, 2018 article by Alex Christoforou wrote for Duran.com, called "Adam Schiff’s collusion with oligarch, Ukrainian arms dealer, exposed." 

Christoforou mentions that journalist Jack Posobiec had previously called attention to the relationship between Pasternak and Schiff. It read:
“Hi @RepAdamSchiff! Why did Soros-tied Ukraninan Arms Dealer Igor Pasternak hold a fundraiser for you? #ComeyHearing (March 20, 2017)
Here is an archived screenshot of Posobiec's tweet.


Officially, Pasternak's biography states that he is:
"Founder and CEO of Worldwide Aeros Corp. (Aeros)....the architect of the Aeroscraft...offering the U.S. military and global industry the most flexible and cost-effective solution for transporting large cargo rapidly and securely across urban, remote, and  ecologically sensitive areas."
However, Christoforou describes Pasternak, "Schiff's patron," as:
“a Ukraine globalist, military industrialist who was curiously spotted in Maidan, Kiev in 2014 for ‘diplomatic reasons’ during the US/CIA sponsored coup.”
He cites another since-deleted Tweet, allegedly by Posobiec (I cannot find an archived copy, but it is circulating widely online) that bluntly states:
Adam Schiff is an owned hatchet man of Ukrainian arms dealer Igor Pasternak. Schiff's anti-Russian narrative is carefully orchestrated by his Ukrainian handlers 
Further down in the electronic invitation from Pasternak, Christoforou quotes the part about Pasternak's personal interest in Ukraine politics:
Since political protests broke out across Ukraine in late 2013, Pasternak has worked to personally inform and educate Members of Congress about the geostrategic importance of Ukraine to European and US security.
The NSA "Child Crimes" account (note: no official recognition) tweeted on September 29, 2019: "The Democrats have been using Ukraine as a proxy state for decades."



In a February 11, 2018 op-ed published in The Hill, journalist Sharyl Attkisson notes that the Podesta Group (established by Clinton campaign chairman/advisor to President Bill Clinton John Podesta and his brother Tony) served both Russia and Ukraine.
"The Podesta Group...lobbied for Russia’s largest bank, owned by the government (or, as you like, President Putin). 
"John’s brother, Tony, also lobbied for Ukrainian interests (reportedly in partnership with Trump associates Manafort and Gates).
"The Podesta Group also represented Russia-owned Uranium One, which received approval from a federal oversight board that included the State Department under Hillary Clinton to buy about one-fifth of the U.S. production capacity of uranium, a key material for making nuclear weapons. 
"Uranium One interests reportedly contributed $145 million to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s charitable foundation."
Is Ukraine a "proxy state" for the Democrats?

This is Victoria Nuland, former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State under Democrat President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

On February 4, 2014, Nuland was caught interfering with Ukranian politics - specifically, choosing who would lead Ukraine after then-Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was ousted by the United States.

Of course, the ouster occurred after Yanukovych decided (citing "pressure from Russia") in late November 2013 to pull out of a deal with the European Union.

Protests immediately ensued: "Some 10,000 demonstrators in Independence Square carried Ukrainian and EU flags late on Friday and chanted "Ukraine is Europe." I question whether those protests were organic or engineered by the CIA.

Yanukovych does blame the U.S., per Iran's Press TV (April 2014) which reports on his appearance on Russian television.
"Ukrainian deposed President Viktor Yanukovych says the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is provoking bloodshed in the country...warned that Ukraine's interim officials have taken the country to the brink of a civil war....noted that CIA Director John Brennan met with Kiev's new leaders in person and 'in fact sanctioned the use of weapons and provoked bloodshed,' in Ukraine."
Indeed, on her January 28, 2014 phone call with then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, Nuland stated:
"I don't think Klitsch [Vitaly Klitschko] should go into the government. I don't think it's necessary, I don't think it's a good idea." 
"I think Yats [Arseniy Yatseniuk] is the guy who's got the economic experience, the governing experience. He's the... what he needs is Klitsch and Tyahnybok [Oleh Tyahnybok] on the outside. He needs to be talking to them four times a week, you know. I just think Klitsch going in... he's going to be at that level working for Yatseniuk, it's just not going to work."
Certainly as of 2017, Democrat Representatives Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters were comfortable enough with Ukraine to take random calls from people pretending to be their top leaders, and to engage in sensitive discussions with them.

  • Schiff was pranked in April 2017 by a caller pretending to be Andre Parubiy, the Ukranian equivalent of the Speaker of the House and who claimed to have sexually compromising pictures of President Trump. Schiff stated, at the end of the call: “All righty. Good, this is very helpful. I appreciate it. We will try to work with the FBI to figure out, along with your staff, how we can obtain copies.”
  • The same team, also in 2017, successfully posed as Volodymyr Groysman, the Prime Minister of the Ukraine, in a call to Rep. Maxine Waters. It is worth listening to the audio of this call, as it is astonishing how she freely discusses economic sanctions, one of the most sensitive foreign policy topics imaginable, with someone who is clearly an un-vetted, complete stranger. 

Meanwhile, back to Adam Schiff.

The attack on Benghazi, Libya occurred September 11-12, 2012. Ambassador Christopher Stevens along with Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed.

But what were we doing there? Under Obama, it was a weapons ratline—running arms to Syria:

“Though it is not often discussed, the fact that the Obama administration channeled Libyan heavy weapons to the Syrian rebels — the existence of a weapons ‘rat-line’— has been openly disclosed.”

Pasternak’s Schiff fundraiser occurred on July 18, 2013.

Here is Pasternak in a photo shared September 29, 2019 by Jim Hoft at the Gateway Pundit. The caption reads: “Selling Mine Clearing Equipment and Arms in Syria and Iraq in 2015.”

On November 25, 2014, Hillary Clinton’s “Friends and Family Benghazi Roundup” email (news clips) included a statement from Rep. Adam Schiff in his official capacity as member of the House Intelligence Committee and specifically the Benghazi committee:






On September 29, 2019 Yaakov Apelbaum published photo and documentary evidence linking Alexandra Chalupa as a Ukranian “asset” with Andrew McCabe, Linda Sarsour, and Michael Avenatti, all vocal and vicious opponents of President Trump.





What is the connection between Igor Pasternak, Adam Schiff, and Democratic Party leadership more broadly, if any? What about the role of these other individuals in the association?

How is the arms dealing “rat line” connected to all this?

With the plot to overthrow President Trump in obvious progress for nearly three years now, is there an end in sight?



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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain. Photo credit: Norm Bosworth/Pixabay. 

Rosh HaShanah 5780, Day 1

Rosh Hashanah 2019 Day 1. (Hebrew date, 1 Tishrei 5780).

Everyone has been extremely supportive of the fact that this holiday triggers me. As a result I am feeling more calm. Thank you all. I hope you know that I am sitting here, silently supportive of everyone else who is going through the same thing.

Why these feelings? It's not a mystery. I grew up in the typical Orthodox Jewish world of the late '70s and early '80s. It was full of Jewish pride, yes, but also a large helping of guilt, shame, hypocrisy and male domination.

Looking back on it I recall that my grandparents on both sides were more normal and were not like this. I do recall that both of my parents seemed burdened and suffering. Religion was frequently not a joyful experience for them, it was a requirement, they did not feel that they were good enough and I did not feel that I was good enough either. I admire that they did not abandon the faith. Rather, they struggled very hard to measure up.

I do not blame my parents for their suffering or their mistakes, but rather I love them all the more for trying to spare me their pain. They are good people and I am glad to have formed a different relationship with them now, as a middle-aged wife and mom who goes through many of the same things they did.

Our journey with God is a very personal one, but it is a social one as well, and I am grateful.
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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author's own. Public domain.

Document Fraud and the Ukraine Hoax: A Detailed Document Analysis (9/29/2019, updated 9/30 with a correction)



“Urgent Concern Form”


“Here is something seriously strange. The Disclosure of Urgent Concern Form located earlier today at DNI is only two days old according to its pdf properties.”
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McIntyre links to the form.
I downloaded the form myself at 10:20 a.m. on September 29, 2019.
My PDF editor product is called “PDF Architect.” Please note that I had to purchase an extra module from the software maker to edit PDFs, and do not recall the name of it.
This is a screenshot of the first page in the software environment.



I clicked on the top line from within the software environment (“DISCLOSURE OF URGENT CONCERN FORM – UNCLASSIFIED”), right-clicked, and selected “Properties.” The screenshot below shows the result.
To type it out, it says:
File name: “Urgent Concern Disclosure Form.pdf” (Note that the file name has spaces in it, which is not how an IT-savvy person would name a file.)
The PDF version of the form was created on September 24, 2019 at 16:25:00 p.m. and modified one day later, September 25, 2019, at 14:39:15 p.m.



As a test, I randomly clicked elsewhere in the document to see if the properties might shift depending on what was selected. They were the same.
Then I checked to see if other properties were visible.
I clicked on “Security” and the PDF had a green check mark next to “printing,” “changing the document,” “document assembly,” and “content copying.”
For security reasons, you should not allow the user to change an official form that they are downloading and it is unusual that the settings indicate this is allowed.
The additional screenshots show that all possible permissions are allowed with this PDF, including “content copying for accessibility,” “page extraction,” “commenting,” “filling of form fields,” “signing,” and “creation of template pages.”



Further inspection shows the fonts used in the document. They are: Arial, Calibri, Calibri Light, Helvetica, MS Gothic, Symbol, Times New Roman, and Zapf Dingbats.
We can analyze the most recent alteration of the site.
Here is the link to the form.
I typed this address into the “Internet Archive Wayback Machine.”



It tells me that someone saved the page only 1 time, and that is today (September 29, 2019).



This does not tell me how many times the URL to the form was updated.

ICIG Hotline Page

On September 28, 2019, David John Weaver posted on Twitter the result of his own research into when the site was updated.
He looked at the master page that houses the form, which is here.
This is what you see when you open up the page today, September 29, 2019.



That’s the top of the page. Below is the middle of the page, which tells the viewer “how to report.”
The viewer is told that they can either:
  • Call
  • Fax
  • Mail the IG
  • Fill out the “Hotline Intake Form”
  • Fill out the “ERP Form” to “request an External Review Panel”
  • Fill out the “Urgent Concern Disclosure Form.”



Weaver found that the website itself was altered  [update 9/30/2019 at 4:37 PM] sometime between July 2, 2019 and    August 15, 2019 to include the “Urgent Concern Disclosure Form” based on his use of the Wayback Machine. In a subsequent Tweet, he says the old form was used up until July 2, 2019 based on his research.
Here is Weaver’s subsequent Tweet.
But here is something very strange.
I went to the Internet Wayback Machine and did a “Compare” on the archive of this page between July 2, 2019 and February 23, 2019. According to the page, there was a significant difference in the page between these two dates.
Items highlighted in blue indicate deletions.
Items highlighted in yellow indicate additions.



This screenshot shows the top of the page. You can clearly see that text was added in July that was not there in February.This is the additional text:
Hotline
Federal Government Employees have an affirmative legal obligation to disclose waste, fraud, abuse, and corruption to appropriate authorities.
Executive Order 12731, § 101(k) (Oct. 17, 1990);
5 C.F.R. § 2635.101(b)(11), Basic Obligations of Public Service
Principles of Professional Ethics for the IC
“We are responsible stewards of the public trust; we use intelligence authorities and resources prudently, protect intelligence sources and methods diligently, report wrongdoing through appropriate channels ; and remain accountable to ourselves, our oversight institutions, and through those institutions, ultimately to the American people.”



This screenshot shows the top-middle of the page.



Middle-bottom (no change, but the added text makes the page longer).



Bottom of the page. You can see that there is a difference between the social media links. In the February 2019 screenshot, ODNI had Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Scribd on the bottom of this page. In July 2019, it had Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and YouTube.



Two Different Forms and a New Form – “Urgent Disclosure”

There is a significant difference between the July 2, 2019 archived version of the page and the current version.
The July 2 instructions have only ONE form, the “ICIG Hotline Form,” not the “Disclosure of Urgent Concern Form.” Here is the verbiage cut and pasted from the online archive, followed by a screenshot.
How to Report Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Phone:   1-855-731-3260
Fax:      1-571-204-8088
Mail:     Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community,
                 Investigations Division, Reston 3, Washington, D.C. 20511
Online:  Fill out this form (Preferred browser is Internet Explorer)



The current version is much more complex. Now there are two reporting forms, as well as something called an “External Review Panel” which has yet another form called the “ERP Form.” See text below, followed by screenshot.
How to Report Waste, Fraud, and Abuse
Phone:   1-855-731-3260
Fax:      1-571-204-8088
Mail:     Office of the Inspector General of the Intelligence Community,
                 Investigations Division, Reston 3, Washington, D.C. 20511
Online: Fill out the Hotline Intake Form.
To request an External Review Panel, fill out the ERP Form.
To report a matter of urgent concern, fill out the Urgent Concern Disclosure Form.
Adobe Reader is recommended (supports filling in form fields).



I downloaded the additional forms, both the “Hotline Form” and the “ERP Form.” Below is a screenshot of the Hotline Intake Form from today. It refers to the “Urgent Concern” form and the “External Review” panel requests along with the basis for using each.



The properties show that the Hotline Intake Form was created in PDF format on September 25, 2019 at 12:55:15 p.m. and modified two days later, on September 27, 2019, at 11:25:46 a.m. It was created using Acrobat PDFMaker for Word.



Here is a screenshot of the “ERP Form.”



The properties of the “ERP Form” show it was produced in PDF format, using Acrobat PDFMaker 18 for Word, on September 24, 2019 at 16:24:39 p.m. and modified September 25, 2019 at 11:43:53 a.m.

Update – 12:10 p.m.

The important research of Pedro Israel Orta should be added to this post. I am quoting it verbatim.
Bio (from Twitter): “Former CIA, Dep of State, and ICIG officer with extensive knowledge/experience on IC whistleblowing standards, policies, and procedures. http://conqueryourmountain.org”


  • Quoted from Orta’s thread – Tweet 1): “IC IG ICWPA Form 401 dated 24 May 2018 requires “urgent concerns” to be about an “intelligence activity,” be “reliable first-hand knowledge,” and not be “second-hand knowledge.”
  • 2) If the recent case was of a whistleblower who disclosed “second-hand knowledge,” it failed to meet the IC IG’s own criteria to process ICWPAs. And if it also was about executive privileged information of the president, it was not about “intelligence activities.
  • 3) Again, another IC IG failure in processing an ICWPA. So the real question why is the IC IG still failing to properly address IC whistleblower issues? Proving that IC is against President Trump? IC usurping POTUS Constitutional powers on foreign policy?
  • 4) The IC, IC IG, and CIA failed with the Bakaj case which is essentially the same for the outstanding Kaplan, Reidy, Pars, and Meyer cases. Worse is how Chairman Schiff and other Democrats have politicized this issue, but done nothing for Bakaj, Kaplan, Reidy, Pars, and Meyer.
  • 5) The IC IG and Congress have let it be known that they are cluelesss on IC whistleblower issues and prefer to play politics. We know that IC IG had failed to address legitimate ICWPAs with the Reidy, Meyer, and Pars case.
  • 6) If Chairman Schiff and Democrats are serious about IC whistleblower issues, it is time for them to do something about the Bakaj, Kaplan, Reidy, Pars, and Meyer cases and quit playing politics with IC whistleblowers. Meanwhile, Chairman Burr and Ranking member Warner must act.
  • 7) The IC IG also exceeded its authorities, thus violated the law. An illegal ICWPA and IC IG violation of law is nothing more than a Deep State (IC) attack against President Trump to unseat and as Democrats want, to impeach. https://www.justice.gov/olc/file/1204586/download&ved=2ahUKEwjjnoTjyPHkAhUCDq0KHScZCzkQFjAHegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw3qZInwZKptXa1ZuNBNuvmZ …
  • 8) Correct link to DOJ OLC ruling that IC IG exceeded its authorities: https://justice.gov/olc/file/12045
  • Skipping through 11) Form and language from IC IG is legit, came directly from IC IG. There is something very odd about a hearsay disclosure on information not under the DNI and IC IG legal authorities. And how it was all rolled out, it has indicators of conspiracy to damage Trump.”

Why does any of this matter?

As stated in my thread yesterday: Every form that gets changed in the Federal government goes through a series of drafts, comments, revisions and approvals. That is STANDARD workflow.
Here’s how it works.Somebody in the appropriate department decides to update an existing internal directive, policy, guidance, etc.They discuss this intention at a meeting, and an integrated project team (IPT) is tasked to study the problem (the reason a change is needed) and come up with a recommended update.
This is an update to process, accompanied by a communication.NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF TIME (or at least anytime I have been in a position to see this type of thing discussed, about 5 years across 2 agencies specifically in this line of work) HAS A FORM BEEN CHANGED SO FAST WITH SUCH A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE ABSENT A RECORD OF CONSENSUSSomeone at the SES level would have to say: “I think we should start accepting gossip as whistleblowing now.”
It would be a HUGE, HUGE deal.
All of the emails about this could be FOIAed, no?Let’s imagine this process started June 1, 2018. It would take AT LEAST THREE MONTHS to develop a rationale for this change, a proposed roadmap showing the desired end state, accompanied by goal and objectives; meetings would be held; phone calls, briefings, etc.There is no way that such a dramatic shift would happen without it being discussed at the interagency level, perhaps at the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency
I would imagine that such a huge change would even involve briefing the media – or Congress – it would be huge news, very controversial, for obvious reasons.
But crickets?
Fast forward to the beginning of the fiscal year, October 1, 2018. I suppose it is possible for a draft to circulate for review and editing, and be finalized by April or May 2019, and then in place by August.
But you would have a MOUNTAIN of paper trail before that occurred.Something here is incredibly fishy, it stinks to high hell, and I do NOT believe that normal processes were followed.
It really seems that someone quietly slipped the change through, without proper clearance.
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By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.