sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Blame Game

It's time to sharpen your knives. Take them to a leather strop when you're finished with your stone work and bring them to a molecule thickness...sharper than a razor.

She wasn't wrong.
A reckoning is what we've been asking for and it's coming. It always works the same way with conspirators. The key is the grand jury. It's a secret proceeding with only the prosector, the witness and the jury. There is no Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination and there is no right to have your attorney present. In fact, if you're a conspirator -- can you trust your attorney? Who does your attorney know, who will THEY tell?

So there you sit with the prosecutor and the grand jury. You don't know what the other co-conspirators have said, so perjury is on the table if you lie. And with the conspiracy to create a coup to remove a lawfully elected president, comes overt acts that are crimes upon which the conspiracy swings.

Subpoenas will go out very soon if they have not been sent out already.
Adulterers Supervisory Special Agent Peter Strzok, FBI and FBI Counsel Lisa Page are blaming Loretta Lynch for the rigging of the Hillary investigation and her server and obstruction of justice.
Loretta Lynch was leaned on by former President Bill Clinton on behalf of Candidate Hillary Clinton to obstruct justice in the e-mail scandal then plaguing his wife. She'll blame Bill. 
Bill Clinton, can not take the Fifth and must testify against his wife. Bill Clinton knows a lot about perjury...once bitten, twice shy?
Hillary Clinton --- may not be called to testify, but she may get a target letter, which is common practice. (lock-her-up --- see above)
Bruce Ohr now blames DOJ and FBI officials for ignoring his warning about Christopher Steele and the dossier. Will he throw his wife, an employee of Fusion GPS, under the bus?
Fired FBI chief James Comey is bashing Strzok, Page and Rod Rosenstein on national TV.
Rod Rosenstein is firing back at Comey.
Brennan and Clapper are buddies, but in a grand jury, Clapper will flip like a pancake on his old friend. Then where will Brennan be? Is there a target letter in the mailbox?
Andrew McCabe is attacking all of them. 
Susan Rice isn't saying too much but she unmasked Trump campaign officials to implicate them in the phone Russian spy hoax. Will she roll on Barack?
Will Barack Hussein Obama get a target letter or will they throw him into the grand jury?
You know, I wish that I was a DC lawyer. I'd make enough to buy the airplane that I want. Drat, another missed opportunity.

Various Thoughts

Sam Bass

This is one of the few known photographs of Sam Bass (standing at left), taken in Dallas during a cattle drive to Kansas in the summer of 1876.

Standing next to him is John E. Gardner, seated are Joel Collins (right) and his brother Joe, who would become Bass’ partners in the richest train robbery in US history. The Bass Gang robbed a Union Pacific train in Big Springs, Nebraska of $60,000 in newly minted twenty dollar gold pieces.

One of the best collections of Sam Bass memorabilia is in the City of Roundrock, Texas (LINK)

War Drums?

On 14 May, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said, “There won’t be any war. The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance. We don’t seek a war, and they don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.”

Khamenei knows that the US forces around Iran are capable of starting a conflict and of inflicting enormous damage. The leadership also judges that the US forces are not prepared to wage a general war against Iran. However there are scenarios short of a full fledged invasion that would work for the US. Bombing oil pipelines and infrastructure, capturing Kharg Island and the Basra area to take their oil and deny the regime revenue would throw them back (further) toward the Stone Age. 

During the Syrian civil war, Israeli forces have attacked Iranian facilities in Syria repeatedly and killed Iranians and their proxies, as well as Syrians. Iran has threatened retaliation repeatedly but has not acted on those threats in a significant or sensational manner. With resources committed to support Syria and Lebanese Hizballah, Iran was in no condition to start another conflict, even before additional US sanctions were applied.

Khamenei’s statement reveals that the Iranian leadership understands the danger of escalation that would result from an attack on US interests, even by an Iranian proxy. They have taken no civil defense or other civilian protective measures that would indicate they expect an armed confrontation with the US.

So, it appears that they will ratchet the pressure up on the (more) roguish elements within their sphere of influence so as not to risk the confrontation that National Security Advisor, John Bolton would really like. While I have nothing personal against Bolton, his refrain has always been war. And sometimes you need to do that. However, best try war by other means first and exhaust those options before dropping bombs and sending in the infantry.

The Saga of the M/V Wise Honest

North Korea demanded the release of their ship M/V Wise Honest, which the US impounded in American Samoa. The US Justice Department filed a complaint for civil forfeiture of the ship on 9 May for its participation in sanctions violations. The ship is the named defendant, as is the custom in admiralty law.
North Korea called the seizure a “flagrant act of robbery” that violated the spirit of the agreement reached last year between Chairman Kim Jong Un and the US President. 
“The United States’ action is an extension of its calculation aimed at subjugating us through the so-called maximum pressure and flatly denies the spirit of the June 12 Joint North Korea-U.S. Declaration where both sides agreed to build new relations,” the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement. 
“The United States must mull over what repercussions its gangster-like act will entail, and must return our vessel without delay,” the ministry said.
M/V Wise Honest
The US Justice Department wrote in its complaint that this is the first time the United States has seized a North Korean cargo ship for violating international sanctions. Various US agencies have been watching this ship for years. 

The complaint states that this ship, along with some others, have been part of a long-standing North Korean scheme to evade sanctions by shipping coal and importing machinery, using unwitting US banks and payments in US dollars.

A commercial imaging satellite imaged the ship in March 2018, while it was loading coal at the port of Nampo. That imagery is attached to the complaint. M/V Wise Honest is neither wise nor honest but is one of the largest bulk cargo carriers North Korean owns.

The ship was first detained by Indonesian authorities in April 2018 for not operating an automatic identification system required by an international maritime treaty. Its papers claimed it loaded the coal at Nakhodka, Russia, at the time the imagery showed the ship at Nampo loading coal. 

Unless the ship owners or the cargo owners – North Korean trading companies– come forward to contest the complaint, the ship and cargo may be sold. 

Filing a complaint against a ship is settled admiralty law. A main purpose of that legal action is to bring the owners within the full jurisdiction of the court, in this case the North Korean company, which is an agent of the North Korean government

Once in the jurisdiction of a US court, even in American Samoa, the North Koreans may be served with a host of other unrelated legal actions. 

All merchant ships must be registered to establish which law governs their movements and behavior. A ship can only be registered to one country at a time. 

The North Koreans created a very complex and lucrative shipping scheme, including deception of US banks, that worked for years. They routinely register their ships under foreign flags to evade sanctions and for deception. The M/V Wise Honest was registered as a North Korean flag ship.