More Americans appear most interested in a famous icon’s sexual conduct and their political and personal bias than in the latest report by a significant congressional committee that could impact the everyday life of all Americans. Therefore, when a famous and serious columnist in, perhaps, one of the nation’s most prestigious and influential newspapers, The Wall Street Journal, shares her personal opinions, on a subject it goes to the top of my must-read list.
So, when Kimberley A. Strassel tackled the thorny and hidden subject of how the House Intelligence Committee members view a top-secret classified document, I immediately thought of sharing it with the 100,000 followers of my weekly internet essay-blog. Her column is not only significant because of its tremendous reach, but also because of her ability to constantly reveal secrets about the inner workings of the Federal government.
For example, in her recent column (“About That FBI ‘Source’”), Kimberley A. Strassel reported in The Wall Street Journal: “The Department of Justice lost its latest battle with Congress Thursday when it allowed House Intelligence Committee members to view classified documents about a top-secret intelligence source that was part of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. Even without official confirmation of that source’s name, the news so far holds some stunning implications.” (“About That FBI ‘Source,’” The Wall Street Journal, 5/11/18, p. A17. Visit www.WallStreetJournal.com to read her entire column.)
“Among them is that the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation outright hid critical information from a congressional investigation. In a Thursday press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan bluntly noted that Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’s request for details on this secret source was “wholly appropriate,” “completely within the scope” of the committee’s long-running FBI investigation, and “something that probably should have been answered a while ago.” Translation: The department knew full well it should have turned this material over to congressional investigators last year, but instead deliberately concealed it.
“The bureau already has some explaining to do. Thanks to the Washington Post’s unnamed law-enforcement leakers, we know Mr. Nunes’s request deals with a “top secret intelligence source” of the FBI and CIA, who is a U.S. citizen and who was involved in the Russia collusion probe. When government agencies refer to sources, they mean people who appear to be average citizens but use their profession or contacts to spy for the agency. Ergo, we might take this to mean that the FBI secretly had a person on the payroll who used his or her non-FBI credentials to interact in some capacity with the Trump campaign.
“This would amount to spying, and it is hugely disconcerting.
“I believe I know the name of the informant, but my intelligence sources did not provide it to me and refuse to confirm it. It would therefore be irresponsible to publish it. But what is clear is that we’ve barely scratched the surface of the FBI’s 2016 behavior, and the country will never get the straight story until President Trump moves to declassify everything possible. It’s time to rip off the Band-Aid,” Strassel concluded.
I stress to the reader the urgency of understanding Strassel’s last statement and the new evidence that someone or a group in the U. S. intelligence community or a government agency is running a biased back-door operation.
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