Declassification…..Explained

Borrowing from National Security analyst Asha Rangappa:

Whatever POTUS’ “powers” might be to declassify docs, there are good policy and practical reasons for them to follow a process, and for that process to be documented and reflected on the document markings themselves.

The first one is accountability, which is indispensable in a democracy. To declassify a doc is to make a judgment call about its danger to our nat sec, and the person making that call needs to explain that rationale – so that those whom it affects, including public, know why.

Having a documented basis not only allows for objections from others if the reasoning is based on an incorrect premise (and will harm nat sec), it also allows people to see if there are specious or suspicious reasons why someone is taking these steps or overriding objections.

But there are also practical reasons. If someone is declassifying info that impacts sources and methods, it offers time to protect them or prepare for blowback. Remember when Trump declassified Russia docs? The CIA/our allies had to take steps to protect sources in advance.

Imagine the implications of not following this. Say POTUS, an OCA, secretly and unilaterally declassifies SIGINT, for example. He’s hanging out at MAL and showing it to God knows who. Meanwhile our IC, or maybe those of our allies, sees sources suddenly dropping like flies…

I mean, apart from being dangerous and bad for nat sec, it is chaos inducing, result in confusion and inefficiency and distortions in our intelligence collection, foreign policy, and defense efforts. It makes us WEAKER and less able to know what our secrets really are.

It’s also dumb. OK, so Trump telepathically declassifies hundreds of docs on his way out. Then guess what? Biden can telepathically reclassify them immediately, too. See how stupid this gets? Markings would mean nothing. No one would know how to store things. It’s idiotic.

But all of these practical second- and third- order effects really are less important than tweet #2: What was the rationale? What could POSSIBLY be the justification for declassifying our nation’s highest defense secrets? Sensitive foreign intelligence? Without notifying anyone?

She’s spot on.

I’m Disappointed…..Where Are They?

Since the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago a couple of days ago (well really, long before then), the predictable rhetoric from the Cult has been that of “WAR!” and “BATTLE” and “FIGHT” and “ENEMIES!”. Usually from soft, clammy-handed snowflakes who nothing of those terms.

Well….if you believe yourself to be “at war”. Why aren’t you doing anything about it? Are you a coward? A pussy? A cuck? You should be taking up arms against those enemies, no?

I was so waiting for the dispersed members of Meal Team 6, to shoehorn themselves into their airsoft gear, grab their Made-in-China Cult flags, come out of their Mother’s basements and start LARP-ing down Main Streets across the nation….playing pretend-patriot and warbling bumper-sticker slogans in praise of dear leader.

At the least, hilariously wild entertainment….and at most (should they find their un-dropped balls), slow-moving target practice.

Citrus Caesar is Finally Paying the Price

For attempting to subvert the rule of law and a lawful election.

Raid is a bit of a loaded term given that Secret Service personnel assigned to MAL escorted FBI agents through the premises in a peaceful and orderly manner.

Aside from the violations of the Presidential Records Act….which <i>my</i> home would have been searched, and myself incarcerated were I to do the same….I think that there’s much much more to the warrant (which the Trump legal team could divulge at any time).

For this level of search warrant, assuredly signed off by the US Attorney General, there is undoubtedly evidence of potential crimes of a national security flavor.

But by all means….I invite the cultists to don their best airsoft gear and start LARP-ing around around in order to start ‘civil war 2.0’. I need the target practice.

Required Viewing for EVERY Member of Congress

If I had my way of course.

Powerful and needed words from an actual supporter of Veterans….unlike the posers and imposters with their window stickers and their lapel pins.

I implore VSO’s to turn this into a television commercial and buy up as much air times as they can. I’ll donate as much as possible, if they do.

Perhaps it’s time for Bonus Army 2.0. I’ll bet you the ‘eviction operation’ has a far, far different outcome this time around……

Rare Point to Ted Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, one of the most socially conservative Texans serving in Congress, told The Dallas Morning News that Texas should repeal its now-dormant law that bans gay sex.

“Consenting adults should be able to do what they wish in their private sexual activity, and government has no business in their bedrooms,” Cruz’s spokesperson told the newspaper.

The Texas Legislature passed the law decades ago. It hasn’t been enforceable since 2003, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided in a landmark ruling that it violated the Constitution. There have been regular attempts by Democrats to repeal the law since, but they have repeatedly failed in the Legislature.

To be clear, sodomy refers to more that just ‘gay sex’….but it’s been used as a legal cudgel by bigots over the centuries. Good on Cruz for this one though.

Good Job, Dumbasses

The law of unintended consequences bites the short-sighted (and quite frankly absurd) right in the ass.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new gun bill on Friday that is explicitly modeled after Texas’ unprecedented abortion law. The state is now the first to allow citizens to sue people who make or sell banned weapons, state officials said.

The bill, SB 1327, allows Californians to sue those making, selling, transporting or distributing illegal assault weapons or ghost guns for at least $10,000 in damages. Gun dealers who illegally sell firearms to those under the age of 21 could also be liable for the same damages.

https://abc7.com/governor-signs-gun-bill-modeled-after-abortion-law/12068039/

A Criminal Level of Congressional Ignorance

I watched a bit of the House Committee hearing on HR1808 (Federal “assault Weapons” Ban). And I’m re-watching the entirety on YouTube today.

I’m almost speechless. I’ve long said that Congress, especially where it regards gun control, is fundamentally and willfully ignorant about the lawful and Constitutionally protected item that they wish to legislate against.

The stunning display of un-education by the Democrats on the Committee not only spoke to my statement above….but underlined it, bolded it and finished with an exclamation point.

Even if you support gun control, do you support such ignorance? Either they’re stupid…..or they think you’re stupid.

My favorite debacle so far:

Rep Cicilline on stabilizing braces: “When attached here, it turns this weapon into an automatic weapon. It becomes a bump stock, and so it will allow that to essentially be fired like an automatic weapon. That’s the danger.”

Cue the (((Facepalm)))……..

But wait, the genius from Rhode Island isn’t done!

“No one has said it is a bump stock, but what we are saying is it harnesses the semiautomatic fire recoil and it operates like a bump stock because subsequent shots occur in rapid succession. That’s exactly what a bump stock does.”

And another gem: “It (AR-15) was designed to kill someone wearing a military helmet. What that does to a civilian wearing nothing — is liquify organs.”

This from a PhD who used to fly helicopters for the Marines and “her research focuses on the intersection of social integration and military effectiveness, with a focus on gender and unconventional warfare.” Uh huh.

And from Eric Swalwell, D-CA: “There is never an instance where an assault weapon can be classified as a “weapon of defense.” The only way to describe these dangerous firearms are “weapons of war.”

There is no such animal as a “defensive firearm”….or an “offensive firearm”.

“Deep State”…….Right?

So, the Secret Service is instructed by Congress to retain text messages regarding the cult uprising on January 6th. The Secret Service then conducts a ‘data migration’ after those instructions……apparently without backup up said data, which is what everyone else on the planet does when migrating data between platforms.

And now only seems to have one (1) text message to turn over.

All those who bloviate breathlessly about the nefarious ‘Deep State’ (definition apparently not required)……..are…….silent.

Are the Praetorians in the service of the deposed Emperor? Isn’t that ‘Deep State’?