Why I’m Changing My #NeverTrump Ways

It began on July 5th.

Right after FBI Director James Comey let Hillary Clinton off the hook for what’s become in the following three months a cascading number of revelations of wrong doing, cover-ups and secret immunity deals. Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy wrote this at the time in National Review:

There is no way of getting around this: According to Director James Comey (disclosure: a former colleague and longtime friend of mine), Hillary Clinton checked every box required for a felony violation of Section 793(f) of the federal penal code (Title 18): With lawful access to highly classified information she acted with gross negligence in removing and causing it to be removed it from its proper place of custody, and she transmitted it and caused it to be transmitted to others not authorized to have it, in patent violation of her trust. Director Comey even conceded that former Secretary Clinton was “extremely careless” and strongly suggested that her recklessness very likely led to communications (her own and those she corresponded with) being intercepted by foreign intelligence services.

Yet, Director Comey recommended against prosecution of the law violations he clearly found on the ground that there was no intent to harm the United States.

In essence, in order to give Mrs. Clinton a pass, the FBI rewrote the statute, inserting an intent element that Congress did not require

And PJ Media‘s Michael Walsh:

And so once again the leading crime family in America skates, thumbing its nose at the rule of law as an earnest but politically clueless FBI director stands before the nation to repeat the well-worn Clinton mantra of “insufficient evidence,” and to attribute to Hillary another shopworn cliche that the Clintons habitually use in their defense: sloppiness.

It was Walsh’s reference to “the rule of law,” which stirred something within me. If we are to remain a representative democracy we cannot ignore “the rule of law” for any reason. Especially for political ones.

Fast forward to this September 15 piece by Judge Andrew Napolitano for FOX News:

Everyone who believes that the government works for us should care because we have a right to know what the government — here the FBI — has done in our names. Sen. Grassley has opined that if he could reveal what he has seen in the FBI unclassified records, it would be of profound interest to American voters.

What is going on here? The FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton has not served the rule of law. The rule of law — a pillar of American constitutional freedom since the end of the Civil War — mandates that the laws are to be enforced equally. No one is beneath their protection, and no one is above their requirements. To enforce the rule of law, we have hired the FBI.

What do we do when the FBI rejects its basic responsibilities?

Another shoe dropped last week when revelations emerged that Clinton’s long time consigliere Cheryl Mills also received immunity in the FBI investigation surrounding Clinton’s email server. PJ Media’s Roger Simon, a one-time radical leftist wrote this is a post titled What Happens When You Can’t Trust the FBI and the Department of Justice:

This amounts  to what the great Italian playwright Ugo Betti referred to as Corruption in the Palace of Justice. Besides being totalitarian in essence, the obfuscatory policies of Lynch and Comey have made certain that Hillary Clinton, should she win the presidency, will never have anything close to the consent of the governed.  She will never be reliably cleared and an extremely high percentage of the public  will never believe her — and will be correct in doing so.

We live under a dictatorship of the moral narcissist bourgeoisie. They think they know more than we do and can do anything they wish. Actually, they know little and couldn’t care less.  All they want is power and will cling to at it any cost, even the truth and basic morality.  And we are their victims.

The rule of law….

The the leading intellectual communicators of the #NeverTrump movement witnessed the corruption of the first Clinton presidency. The Chicago way of the Obama administration proved to be worse that anyone feared, especially with their weaponization of the IRS. The institutional cover-up of Benghazi which included the American media  remains breathtaking.

We cannot brush aside our rule of law.

#NeverTrump began for all the right reasons. Some are still valid. Yet Trump talks to – not at – the middle class. Clinton’s devotion to the left’s rhetoric on race and contempt for Trump supporters as “deplorable” shows her to be willing to divide to win an election. Trump has made it OK for Republicans to be against the Iraq War while advocating for a robust fight against ISIS and radical Islam. Clinton will double down on the tragic Iran Nuclear Deal and will have to acquiesce to the Democrat Party’s new anti-Israel stance. Few dispute that Trump would be much more forceful than Clinton on immigration and border security.

Temperamentally, Trump is no Ronald Reagan. Nor a Marco Rubio or John Kasich or any of the 15 other candidates he dispatched in the primaries. But he has inspired enough Americans to trust him to lead them toward change away from the direction the Obama presidency took the nation. These American trust Donald Trump and certainly don’t trust Hillary Clinton.

I’ve joined them.

 

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Erdogan Still Hasn’t Turned Power Back on to Air Base Fighting ISIS

Writes Barbara Starr for CNN:

WASHINGTON (CNN) —The US military is doing “prudent planning” in case it needs to move its anti-ISIS operations out of Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey following the country’s failed coup, several US defense officials told CNN Tuesday.

The Turkish government cut off the power to the base after the coup attempt took place Friday, leaving it without a commercial power supply for four days and counting.

The Pentagon has been able to fully operate the base through generator power but said it would be difficult to continue indefinitely.

While fuel supplies for the generators could be brought in, the key is whether it becomes too expensive and cumbersome given the high pace of air strikes the US wants to continue flying out of the base. US aircraft regularly conducts missions in northern Syria, where it is battling ISIS. And both drones and surveillance aircraft are used to monitor the border with Syria and conduct other reconnaissance missions.

The Pentagon is all but openly pressuring the Turks to turn the power back on at Incirlik.

Whether Erdogan staged this coup or not, he is playing dirty pool.  He’s never been that helpful in fighting ISIS, but acquiesced due to his countries membership in NATO. Now with NATO and the European Union applying pressure, he has the political ammunition he desires to surge Turkey to an Islamist state – the “gift from God” he mentioned earlier this week.

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Erdogan Orders 1577 University Deans to Resign, Suspends 21,000 Private School Teachers

From Reuters:

Turkey’s High Education Board on Tuesday ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities, state broadcaster TRT reported, part of a wide-ranging purge of dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt.

The resignations are being sought at both state and privately run universities, TRT reported. The government has vowed that those behind the July 15 failed military intervention would pay a heavy price after more than 200 people were killed.

Separately, state news agency Anadolu said 399 employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies had been stripped of their responsibilities.Turkey’s High Education Board on Tuesday ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities, state broadcaster TRT reported, part of a wide-ranging purge of dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt.

The resignations are being sought at both state and privately run universities, TRT reported. The government has vowed that those behind the July 15 failed military intervention would pay a heavy price after more than 200 people were killed.

Separately, state news agency Anadolu said 399 employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies had been stripped of their responsibilities.Turkey’s High Education Board on Tuesday ordered the resignation of 1,577 deans at all universities, state broadcaster TRT reported, part of a wide-ranging purge of dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt.

The resignations are being sought at both state and privately run universities, TRT reported. The government has vowed that those behind the July 15 failed military intervention would pay a heavy price after more than 200 people were killed.

Separately, state news agency Anadolu said 399 employees of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies had been stripped of their responsibilities.

Stalin and Hitler would have been impressed, wouldn’t they? Judges, soldiers, police, government employees , university deans a teachers

Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge reports Erdogran has also gone after teachers, too:

Turkey’s press is already mostly under Erdogan’s control, it is the educational witch hunt fallout that is far more troubling, and just as expected over the past hour we have gotten a glimpse of just how extensive the Turkish’s president cleansing of secular society will be, when the state-run Anadolu news agency reported that Turkey’s ministry of education has sacked 15,200 personnel for alleged involvement with a group the government claims is responsible for Friday’s failed coup.

Even more shocking, Anadolu reports that Turkey’s Board of Higher Education has requested the resignations of all 1,577 university deans, effectively dismissing them.  Of the deans dismissed, 1,176 worked in public universities and 401 in private institutions.

The National Education Ministry said Tuesday that the staff are in both urban and rural establishments, and that an investigation has been launched against them.

It didn’t stop there, and as Turkey’s Ysafak reports, the country has just canceled the license of some 21,000 private school teachers.

Is Erdogran’s “gift from God” a signal to the world that he is moving rapidly toward an Islamist theocracy, one which justifies his long support for Hamas and further enables his tepid war against ISIS?

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UPDATE: Turkey’s State Media Retracts Report on Confession of Air Force Chief

Yeginsu is the New York Times correspondent for Turkey and is now clearly following the story.

How does Anadolu, Erdogan’s state run agency get from Ozturk “acted with intention to stage a coup” to a retraction? Are these boys having trouble keeping their stories straight.

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State Media’s Report on Turkish Air Force General’s Confession Disputed by Another Media Source

From Al Jazzerra News:

Former Turkish air force chief Akin Ozturk has “confessed” to prosecutors his role in plotting the coup that attempted to topple Ozturkthe government over the weekend, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Monday.

Ozturk was quoted as having told interrogators that he “acted with intention to stage a coup”.

Photographs of Ozturk published by Anadolu appeared to show several injuries to his upper body and head.

Shortly after news broke of Ozturk’s alleged confession, Turkish broadcaster NTV countered Anadolu’s report, claiming to have obtained a copy of Ozturk’s testimony and saying the former air force chief had denied any involvement in Friday’s coup attempt.

“I am not the person who is responsible for the coup on 15/06/2016,” NTV reported Ozturk as saying during his interrogation.

“I do not know who planned or directed this coup. I was planning to attend the wedding of a friend’s daughter in Istanbul, but I couldn’t go. In the morning, I was in Izmir. I had some business with the notary. I can prove this. I couldn’t go to the wedding because of this notary business.”

Wonder how much longer NTV will be up an running.

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Erdogan’s “Prepared List”

Skepticism in the main stream media about the supposed coup in Turkey is beginning to emerge. From Reuters‘ Robert-Jan Bartunek:

The swift rounding up of judges and others after a failed coup in Turkey indicated the government had prepared a list beforehand, the EU commissioner dealing with Turkey’s membership bid, Johannes Hahn, said on Monday.

"Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects."

“Major Strasser has been shot. Round up the usual suspects.”

Following a failed coup attempt on Saturday, Turkish authorities on Sunday rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters, ranging from top commanders to foot soldiers, and the same number of judges and prosecutors.

“It looks at least as if something has been prepared. The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage,” Hahn said.

“I’m very concerned. It is exactly what we feared.”

Reuters apparently have a significant number of journalists with sources in Turkey. Perhaps a purge of journalists is next. Tyler Durden of widely read web site Zero Hedge appears to be in front of the story:

Overnight Turkish president Erdogan’s counter-coup witch hunt continued, when thousands of police officers were suspended on Monday, widening a systemic purge of Erdogan’s enemies first in the armed forces and then judiciary after a failed military coup, now focusing on the interior police force, and raising concern among European allies that it was abandoning the rule of law. Turkey’s state-run news agency says the nation has detained or suspended 20,000 personnel across the country, following Friday’s foiled coup attempt.

Anadolu Agency says a total of 8,777 employees attached to the ministry were dismissed, including 30 governors, 52 civil service inspectors and 16 legal advisers.

The last few days remind close observers of Turkey of a infamous quote, “”democracy is like a train: when you reach your destination, you get off.” Small wonder Erdogan removed 27oo judges withinthe first hours of what’s become a quite dubious coup.

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Erdogan Adds 8000 Police Officers to Purge In Response to Controversial Coup

From Oran Coskun and Ercan Gursus for Reuters:

Turkey purged its police on Monday after rounding up thousands of soldiers in the wake of a failed military coup, and said it could reconsider its friendship with the United States unless Washington hands over a cleric Ankara blames for the putsch.

Turkish authorities moved swiftly to retaliate for Friday night’s coup, in which more than 200 people were killed when a faction of the armed forces tried to seize power.

But the swift justice, including calls to reinstate the death penalty for plotters, drew concern from Western allies who said Ankara must uphold the rule of law in the country, a NATO member that is Washington’s most powerful Muslim ally.

Thousands of members of the armed forces, from foot soldiers to commanders, were rounded up on Sunday, some shown in photographs stripped to their underpants and handcuffed on the floors of police buses and a sports hall. Several thousand prosecutors and judges have also been removed.

A senior security official told Reuters that 8,000 police officers, including in the capital Ankara and the biggest city Istanbul, had also been removed from their posts on suspicion of links to Friday’s coup bid.

Elsewhere, world leaders are cautioning Erdogan not to use the coup as “a blank check” or “Carter blanche to do whatever he wants.”

So far, it appears he is doing just that.

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Some Turkish Soldiers Tell Interrogators They Didn’t Know They Were Part of a Coup

From PressTV:

Turks surrender at bridgeSome of the soldiers detained in Turkey have reportedly told interrogators they were not aware they were part of a coup attempt.

They had been told by commanders they were taking part in military maneuvers, the Turkish Hurriyet newspaper has reported.

Some soldiers said they understood they were part of a coup when they saw civilians climb on tanks.

Turkish televisions have shown footage of soldiers surrendering to people and special forces police without resistance, their hands behind their heads.

According to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency, all soldiers involved in the attempted coup have been taken into custody.

This would certainly explain why so many soldiers pictured in this Scathing Purple Turks whipped at bridgeMusings Post appeared “bewildered and frightened.” It moreover explains how so many soldiers took part and why they were so disinclined to fire on their countrymen. Whomever gave them the order knew this would be the case.

The episode at the bridges in Istanbul in which soldiers blocked traffic provides the best example. Its unclear as to what tactical advantage securing the bridges may have provided the coup, but photographs show that the soldiers weren’t equipped to hold it very long.

Some of the worse atrocities occurred at one of the bridges where one soldier was reportedly beheaded by the well-capable protesters who arrived.

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A Timeline of the Coup Against Erdogan is Released by Turkish Government

From Humeyra Pamuk and Orhan Coskun for Reuters:

Reuters) – At the height of the attempt to overthrow Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, the rebel pilots of two F-16 fighter jets had Erdogan’s plane in their sights. And yet he was able to fly on.

The Turkish leader was returning to Istanbul from a holiday near the coastal resort of Marmaris after a faction in the military launched the coup attempt on Friday night, sealing off a bridge across the Bosphorus, trying to capture Istanbul’s main airport and sending tanks to parliament in Ankara.

“At least two F-16s harassed Erdogan’s plane while it was in the air and en route to Istanbul. They locked their radars on his plane and on two other F-16s protecting him,” a former military officer with knowledge of the events told Reuters.

“Why they didn’t fire is a mystery,” he said……

A senior Turkish official confirmed to Reuters that Erdogan’s business jet had been harassed while flying from the airport that serves Marmaris by two F-16s commandeered by the coup plotters but that he had managed to reach Istanbul safely.

A second senior official also said the presidential jet had been “in trouble in the air” but gave no details.

Erdogan said as the coup unfolded that the plotters had tried to attack him in the resort town of Marmaris and had bombed places he had been at shortly after he left. He “evaded death by minutes”, the second official said.

Around 25 soldiers in helicopters descended on a hotel in Marmaris on ropes, shooting, just after Erdogan had left in an apparent attempt to seize him, broadcaster CNN Turk said…..

Three senior officials in Ankara said Akin Ozturk, head of the air force until 2015 and a member of High Military Council (YAS), the top body overseeing the armed forces, was one of the masterminds of the plot. He was among thousands of soldiers detained, pictured on Sunday in handcuffs wearing a striped polo shirt at Ankara police headquarters.

Ozturk was due to be retired this August at a meeting of the YAS, which convenes twice a year. According to his biography, still on the military’s website, he was born in 1952.

The second mastermind was thought to be Muharrem Kose, a former legal adviser to the chief of military staff, the same three Ankara officials said. They described Kose as a follower of Fethullah Gulen, a U.S.-based cleric whose network Erdogan has blamed for carrying out the coup attempt.

Kose was removed from his post in March for misconduct but had not been discharged from the armed forces, one of the officials said. His whereabouts are currently unknown.

Edrogan seems to have everything all wrapped up nicely, including a plotter who is a supposed follower of Fethulla Gulen and serves as a ready-made blunt instrument with which to hammer the United States. The number of people Erdogan has arrested is staggering – 6000, according to the BBC.

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Has Former Senator Tom Coburn Come on to the Scene in Cleveland to Oppose Trump

TCoburnFrom Quin Hillyer:

Big, exclusive news: One final new contestant may emerge this week to wrest the Republican presidential nomination away from alleged billionaire Donald Trump.

I can reliably report that the former U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, Dr. Tom Coburn, would accept a draft from the convention floor if delegates petition successfully to put his name in nomination.

For a couple of months in the spring, Dr. Coburn was the subject of serious recruitment efforts to run as an independent candidate, and he strongly considered running. Ultimately, though, Coburn declined to run.Accepting the Republican nomination obviously would not cause the same perceived problem of splitting the right-leaning vote. Coburn, a solid conservative with a long-established reputation for probity and personal decency, reportedly is appalled by many aspects of Trump’s candidacy. In February, Coburn said Trump was “perpetuating a fraud on the American people.”
Josh Hammer adds in The Resurgent:

It goes without saying that #NeverTrump and #FreeTheDelegates should unite around Coburn’s candidacy, if Hillyer’s report is confirmed.  Coburn is a full-spectrum conservative—and, in particular, a hero to limited-government/fiscal conservatives—whose two-term U.S. Senate career was marked by a passionate devotion to cutting government waste.  His name has been floated as a possible #NeverTrump candidate since the fateful Indiana primary, but until now, there has been no confirmation that Coburn is actually willing to challenge the orange-hued clown’s hostile takeover of the Republican Party.

Tom Coburn would be an exceptional President of the United States.  I’m very sympathetic to Erick’ssuggestion of a Scott Walker-Ted Cruz ticket, but we have no confirmation of Walker’s willingness to challenge Trump from the floor.  If Tom Coburn is willing, then #FreeTheDelegates should unite behind his name in a convention floor insurgency.

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