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   The clock continues to click down.    Kushner is complaining!  It is interesting as people are saying that his access to information that he needs will be provided....which may indicate that he is a mid-level guy with watered down access...well except for PDB.    

 

    Stay turned:   https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kushner-push-back-interim-security-clearance-changes

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@afisherwrote:

   The Porter firing was a moment that provided insight into the dysfunction of the current Regime in DC.     The GOP hope that many will quickly forget that incident and what it highlights.   

     To whit:   Kelly did a retrospective ( not too deep) i"investigation" of WTF happened.    He generated a typical military assessment - first attempt to obsufate the fact that he knew there was a problem but as long as no one understood the problem, then he would just go along to get along ( military equiv of burying head in sand and hope the problem isn't discovered until the after they have left that post).

      So there is a lot to unravel in the 5 page memo, some weird, some showing his age, some showing that he is not at the top of the food change - and then pretend that his putting specific timelines on how the FBI is supposed to work will make everything perfect.  (reminder: he doesn't run the FBI- so he can then point to "others" if another failure occurs.

       1.    The "we are new here" excuse is bs...but that is what he is hoping that no one remembers, most Administrations have a working list of people who will need FBI clearnance before the election, or at least by inauguration.     that is a failure of current regime.

       2.     Kelly believes that puttin people in place without clearnance for 6 months (or up to 9) is just fine....

       3.      His statement is - reduce the number of people who need security clearance is either, we don't need many people in WH to have clearance or most of the info from WH is really not important.

      4.       FRIDAY - 2/23 - he will take some action to get rid of all those people who have been in WH - but still do not have clearance.   STAY TUNED...https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4380778-John-Kelly-s-Memo-on-White-House-Clearance.html


I followed your link and read the memo carefully.  In general, I agree with your assessment that what follows after the memo from the "four of them" is highly unlikely to correct the breach of security issues that follow anytime a political appointee somehow gets close to the professional opeation.

 

Oversight, by "qualified representatives of the people" must be maintained over any and all activity of the Administration....Military, Foreign and Domestic Intelligence Agencies, Justice and Law Enforcement Agencies perhaps foremost among them.  This has become more and more apparent under the current dysfuncional Administration headed up by 'the donald' and his minions as more and more institutions are gutted so they cannot function as intended.  Painfully apparent.  

 

Much is made of domestic abuse in the Porter instance.  While that behavior is abominable, it involves only the people directly involved....and that's not many. The Nationwide impact is slight. 

 

HOWEVER, the impact from a person demonstrating that they are capable of, have contemplated or actually have committed socially unacceptable or criminal behavior is immense.  They have become a clear target for potential blackmail. By anyone. It really doesn't matter much whether they have been 'caught in the act', credibly accused, or criminally convicted.  Blackmail is all about extorting something desired from someone by threat to expose damaging and credible information.  It is, of course, easier if the information is true, but even a spurious allegation will often do....especially with those who know 'somebody' might have found our 'something'.  Think about it.

 

That's what the Soviet Union did and that is now what Russia does.  KOMPROMAT.  You do know they're not the only ones.

 

The electoral college system we have put a compromised POTUS in office.  One imminently vulnerable to Kompromat by foreign entities. One likely to have been down the domestic bunny trail before.  He may have  put an entire Administration vulnerable to "Kompromat' in office. 

 

That's really, really serious stuff.  It's clearly absurd that the system does not demand that POTUS be free from potential Kompromat before being put into office. This POTUS may behave the way he does perhaps because he really does know he is a potential target if he behave otherwise.  Perhaps he believes he can silence the blackmailer with a payoff because that has always worked before.  Well....., this is not private life, business administration is not governance and the currency required is human life he does not own.  I suggest to all he may not care a whit about that.  IF he does it has not been believably apparent.

 

The Military is really a disciplined and structured bureaucracy.  The most successful in it are often those who are best at manipulating the system.  Dwight D. Eisenhower was an excellent example.

Kelley may well be another.  Internal politics play a big part in the day to day Military, less in combat operations.  Other agencies adminstered by those who 'rise through the ranks' have similar characteristics.  Humans are humans.

 

Professionals are expected to separate their professional obligations from personal interest and in any case put their obligations above personal interest.  It's what you hire them for, after all.  That expectation may be unreasonable....and there's the rub.

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   The Porter firing was a moment that provided insight into the dysfunction of the current Regime in DC.     The GOP hope that many will quickly forget that incident and what it highlights.   

     To whit:   Kelly did a retrospective ( not too deep) i"investigation" of WTF happened.    He generated a typical military assessment - first attempt to obsufate the fact that he knew there was a problem but as long as no one understood the problem, then he would just go along to get along ( military equiv of burying head in sand and hope the problem isn't discovered until the after they have left that post).

      So there is a lot to unravel in the 5 page memo, some weird, some showing his age, some showing that he is not at the top of the food change - and then pretend that his putting specific timelines on how the FBI is supposed to work will make everything perfect.  (reminder: he doesn't run the FBI- so he can then point to "others" if another failure occurs.

       1.    The "we are new here" excuse is bs...but that is what he is hoping that no one remembers, most Administrations have a working list of people who will need FBI clearnance before the election, or at least by inauguration.     that is a failure of current regime.

       2.     Kelly believes that puttin people in place without clearnance for 6 months (or up to 9) is just fine....

       3.      His statement is - reduce the number of people who need security clearance is either, we don't need many people in WH to have clearance or most of the info from WH is really not important.

      4.       FRIDAY - 2/23 - he will take some action to get rid of all those people who have been in WH - but still do not have clearance.   STAY TUNED...https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4380778-John-Kelly-s-Memo-on-White-House-Clearance.html

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