Kavanaugh and the Patriot Act, nothing to see here

Now that the smoke has settled on Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court, I have some reservations that unfortunately were never raised during his confirmation hearings or afterwards.

No I’m not talking about his prep school or college drinking antics, which the Democrats used as simply a delaying tactic to somehow hope either Kavanaugh or President Trump would pull his nomination rather than push ahead.

Why else would Senator Dianne Feinstein not raise the Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations when meeting privately with Kavanaugh in late August before the hearings began or during the formal hearings in early September since she had the letter from Dr. Ford in July?

What did the Democrats wait until the Senate Judical Committee was about to vote to leak these charges to the press — thereby throwing Dr. Ford under the bus — by making her name public for the first time?

And I’m not concerned about Roe v Wade being overturned. This is settled law for 45 years. Just as we will not return to allowing slavery, we will not take away a women’s right to choose.

The Democrats still use Roe as a rallying cry against conservatives because they have no other hot-button issues to concentrate on.

No the issue that has me most concerned about Kavanaugh is his crafting of the language behind the USAPatriot Act, which was enacted weeks after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Act’s full title is “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001″

In the haste of showing the world we would be the strong, Congress approved a bill that weakened our venerable Bill of Rights and especially the Fourth Amendment.

This is the most draconian piece of legislation ever passed by Congress.While many of the most vile abridgments to our civil liberties were originally set to sunset (no longer be part of the law), Congress has continued to reauthorize these violations of our privacy at least twice.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Our privacy under the Fourth Amendment has been curtailed by the Patriot Act to such an extent that federal law enforcement are leery of using its full effect for fear that the entire act will be challenged at the Supreme Court and thrown out as being unconstitutional.

But now we have one of the crafters of the Act on the bench and since we have been perpetually under various states of emergencies since 9/11, the Act retains its teeth of violating our rights.

Yet not one question in the 36 hours of testimony pertaining to the Patriot Act. Not one question of whether Kavanaugh believes it’s constitutionally accepted that federal agents can search phone records or premises without a duly signed search warrant. Nary a query on the acceptability of the NSA to have access to all electronic communications without a warrant.

Since I know all about Kavanaugh’s drinking games and such, why can I not know about his views on the federal government violating the Fourth Amendment?

That tells me that neither party wanted to open that can of worms, which should worry everyone.


Feinstein now worried about Kavanaugh’s FBI probe

Sen. Dianne Feinstein sent a letter to White House counsel Don McGahn and FBI director Christopher Wray on Sunday requesting the Trump directive to the FBI on the scope of the SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s probe.

Reports say Feinstein was requesting the presidential directive to see how limited it was as to who would be interviewed and who would not.

I look at the request from the standpoint that Feinstein needs to know how broad this probe could be. Has the FBI been tasked with finding out who leaked Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s name to the press? Did Senate members calculate that Ford’s story was not strong enough to bring it to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee during the hearings, but leaked it out before the vote to stall the confirmation process?

Feinstein’s office had the original letter from Ford in July saying Kavanaugh assaulted her, but did nothing until late September when Ford’s charges were leaked to the press.

In her letter Feinstein asks:

“Given the seriousness of the allegations before the Senate, I am writing to request that you provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with a copy of the written directive sent by the White House to the FBI.”

And here’s the real reason for the information request by the California Democrat:

“In addition, if the FBI requests any expansion beyond the initial directive, please provide the names of any additional witnesses or evidence.”

The Democrats do not want to see a broader probe into how Ford’s name became public and who were compliant in that leak. Judiciary Committee chief Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley certainly does want to have a wider scope on the probe given past actions by the Democrats.

It is very similar to the FISA warrant in respects to the playbook. The FISA court turned down the first request to spy on Carter Page. FBI sycophants leaked information to the press in regards to the accusations. Brought those published pieces to the court in a second application for a warrant, and the FISA court granted the application.

Kavanaugh’s longest week puts FISA release on back burner

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Don’t believe that the newest SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh/FBI probe will be done in a week.

This is but a prelude to a longer delay as the FBI will need more time to gather statements from secondary and tertiary individuals to back up each claim made by both Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Now we see why Trump was not too keen on meeting with Asst Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last week.

Rosenstein is overseeing the FBI in this matter and Director Christopher Wray will report to him on the findings. So in the world of 4-D chess a meeting with Rosenstein last week along with the release of the FISA documents would have thrown Kavanaugh under the bus this week.

While Sen Orrin Hatch has asked Wray to inform the White House council of any uncooperative witnesses in the probe, we will still see this investigation go into next week at the very least.

Why? To give the liberal media outlets more airtime to pound Kavanaugh for this and that, with the hope either he or the President will be forced to capitulate into pulling the nominee.

It’s shameful and a disgrace.

Kavanaugh confirmation should come to a vote

Friday brings us nothing new in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation that we did not already know.

Christine Blasey Ford gave a passionate recollection of the events as she remembers them, however there is no new information and no collaboration from her life-long friend who was with her at the said party some 36 years ago.

Leland Keyser does not recall anything out of the ordinary at the party and also has stated she does not even remember meeting Kavanaugh.

In his defense Justice-to-be Kavanaugh gave a passionate speech calling this last-minute witch hunt a “national disgrace”. While being baited to accept an eighth FBI probe, Kavanaugh said he has answered more questions than the last three SCOTUS nominees combined.

it’s time to give him a Senate vote, since he has a job to do on the first Monday in October.

And the country needs to see how devious the Democrats were during the last presidential election concocting the Russian Dossier against the Trump campaign and that can only happen with the release of the FISA documents.