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Major General W. T. Sherman, commanding United States forces, Memphis, Tennessee.
August 8th 1862.
General:–Herewith I send you an article credited to the Memphis correspondent of the Chicago Times, which is both false in fact and mischievous in character. Your will have the author arrested and sent to the Alton Penitentiary, under proper escort, for confinement until the close of the war, unless sooner discharged by competent authority.
I am very respectfully
Your Obedient Servant.
Major General, &C.
Sometimes, under extraordinary circumstances, powerful Americans really are, or seem to be, above the law. It seems the corrupt and powerful that is our modern political left presumes their occupation of the Executive Offices in our ruling beltway as sufficiently extraordinary for the times. A few days ago, on this very bandwidth, our friend Rodin wrote “America runs on trust. Ours is a ‘high trust’ society.” With that little bit of optimism fresh in mind, I wanted to drop a few stories (and thoughts) in your lap for casual consumption on this holiday weekend.
President Trump might be openly hostile to the mainstream media, but it was the Obama administration that was engaged in a widespread effort to thwart the media. …
The spying came in the wake of the AP’s reporting on a thwarted Yemen-based bomb plot, which contained classified information about the CIA operation. Months later, the AP learned that the DOJ had vacuumed up two-months of phone records on 21 different lines trying to find the leaker. …
“Disturbingly, the report does not come close to explaining why the subpoenas targeted the trunk lines of major AP offices — lines which could potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the AP’s newsgathering activities.” …
Read the whole thing.
A quick footnote to this story: What if they did more than just spying? One of the great stories of the last decade left largely untouched by our reliably incurious press is the “tampering” done to Sharyl Attkissons computers:
When Attkisson had her computer examined by an independent computer forensics expert, evidence was found showing that it had been “accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions” and that “this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts,” according to a report from CBS in 2013. Furthermore, “forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.” The traces of software left behind after the attack were shown by the expert who examined the computer to be “proprietary to a federal intel agency,” according to Attkisson.
Not only that, but buried in the system files of her operating system (where she would be almost certain never to look) were three classified government documents. Attkisson could have been charged under the Espionage Act for possessing those documents. …
Speaking of reliably incurious, it has been obvious to me for many years that a FOIA request using a variety of misspellings of her name would reveal quite a lot about this type of corruption of our “high trust” system. (By the way, how strong is that “trust” now?)
Now, remember the facts reported above about “vacuuming up” information:
In the year leading up to the 2016 presidential election, then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Powers unmasked over 260 Americans. …
She was ‘unmasking’ at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016, even seeking information in the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration.” …
But wait a minute:
Her testimony is they [the unmasking requests] may be under my name, but I did not make those requests.
Well, isn’t that interesting? One would think Ms. Powers (or somebody) would be interested in getting to the bottom of that. Read the whole thing.
By the way, the opposite of a high trust society is a fear based society. Are you scared yet?
(The order from General Grant at the top of this piece comes from page 3 of Three Years with Grant by Sylvanus Cadwallader. I will have more than a few words to say on this book when I finish it.)