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Monday, January 22, 2018

That sounds convincing

The FBI resorts to an old police standby. "Gee, turns out that all the body cams and car cameras mysteriously failed simultaneously when our officers shot that unarmed little girl 37 times":
The Justice Department has turned over to Congress additional text messages involving an FBI agent who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team following the discovery of derogatory comments about President Donald Trump.

But the department also said in a letter to lawmakers that its record of messages sent to and from the agent, Peter Strzok, was incomplete because the FBI, for technical reasons, had been unable to preserve and retrieve about five months' worth of communications.

New text messages highlighted in a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray by Sen. Ron Johnson, the Republican chairman of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, are from the spring and summer of 2016 and involve discussion of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. They reference Attorney General Loretta Lynch's decision to accept the FBI's conclusion in that case and a draft statement that former FBI Director James Comey had prepared in anticipation of closing out the Clinton investigation without criminal charges.

The FBI declined to comment Sunday.

Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence agent who also worked the Clinton email case, was reassigned last summer from the team investigating ties between Russia and Trump's Republican presidential campaign after Mueller learned he had exchanged politically charged text messages — many anti-Trump in nature — with an FBI lawyer also detailed to the group. The lawyer, Lisa Page, left Mueller's team before the text messages were discovered.

The Justice Department last month produced for reporters and Congress hundreds of text messages that the two had traded before becoming part of the Mueller investigation. Many focused on their observations of the 2016 election and included discussions in often colorful language of their personal feelings about Trump, Clinton and other public figures. Some Republican lawmakers have contended the communication reveals the FBI and the Mueller team to be politically tainted and biased against Trump — assertions Wray has flatly rejected.

In addition to the communications already made public, the Justice Department on Friday provided Johnson's committee with 384 pages of text messages, according to a letter from the Wisconsin lawmaker that was obtained by The Associated Press.

But, according to the letter, the FBI told the department that its system for retaining text messages sent and received on bureau phones had failed to preserve communications between Strzok and Page over a five-month period between Dec. 14, 2016, and May 17, 2017. May 17 was the date that Mueller was appointed as special counsel to oversee the Russia investigation.

The explanation for the gap was "misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI's collection capabilities."
I think I'm going to have to remember that excuse. Why don't you have any receipts for that deduction? Well, it was misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades. Hey, Windows 10, what are you going to do?

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60 Comments:

Anonymous JAG January 22, 2018 6:00 AM  

Running scared now. Clearly running scared. The Deep State is in deep shit.

Anonymous Steve January 22, 2018 6:08 AM  

Surely the NSA can help.

Blogger TheMaleRei January 22, 2018 6:08 AM  

Man alive...

"One law for thee and one for me..."

Drain the swamp or burn it down, our only options it seems.

Anonymous Looking Glass January 22, 2018 6:09 AM  

Now we can blame the patches to fix the Intel CPUs in the computers. That should give them a good 5 years worth of excuses. (Have some pity for the Tech guys all over the world, Meltdown/Spectre is a nasty mess.)

The running theme, in a lot of the ways they're trying to save themselves before the Storm eats them, is they really don't understand how communications intercepts work. They had no problem keyword searching data they weren't supposed to have, but they really never conceived how it's done or how much is done.

Which is to say: records still exist. All they've done is delay those specific records from getting out.

Funny thing about Strzok though. His entire family works around Uranium mining. Looks like he's going to die of cancer suddenly, I'd suppose. (He was the one that did Hillary's interview.)

Blogger The Kurgan January 22, 2018 6:12 AM  

I am sure, however, that the NSA, bastions of justice and fairness, will no doubt immediately come to the rescue and produce those 5 moths worth of text messages since they clearly save every single message sent on the planet.

I am sure we all know this will happen any day now.

Blogger The Chortling January 22, 2018 6:18 AM  

Indeed. Obama's homeland security jackals should be able to cough those up in a jiffy.

Blogger James Dixon January 22, 2018 6:23 AM  

You know, if you could manage to get a jury trial on tax cases that could actually work.

Anonymous Simplytimothy January 22, 2018 6:31 AM  

Rogers created CyberCommand. To my mind, this looks like Rogers creating a check on the Globalists. Perhaps they have them

Blogger Shimshon January 22, 2018 6:40 AM  

Introducing Lost Evidence Bingo. Exciting permutations of Buzzwords and Phrases used to excuse Destruction of Evidence by Bad Actors.

Anonymous CloseHauled January 22, 2018 6:48 AM  

Like someone said on other thread, Deep State is use to dealing with the Washington Generals as opposition.

Not only is Trump Admin not the Washington Generals, his team came in with a plan (years of planning that took into account moves/counter-moves by Deep State).


Q was on 8ch this morning. They have the deleted texts. Q was taunting FBI/CIA and deep state in these posts.

Q posted an alleged "hacked" (not open source hacked) image of an email talking about Soros voting machine tampering (from Todd Macklerr to Podesta and Brazile), and then Q deletes it moments later.

That was Q Team letting them know they have deleted emails too (by posting and then deleting the email was Q having fun and taunting). That Q post was post #51, 51 minutes later Trump tweets. Q uses later Trump tweets as a proof of his authenticity.

This is a good breakdown of recent activity:
https://twitter.com/OrigamiMeme/status/955249975516045314

Anonymous CloseHauled January 22, 2018 7:02 AM  

@ 4 The running theme, in a lot of the ways they're trying to save themselves before the Storm eats them, is they really don't understand how communications intercepts work. They had no problem keyword searching data they weren't supposed to have, but they really never conceived how it's done or how much is done.

They all know about the keyword search capability. Possible reasons:

1) They wanted their Deep State manager to know that they were busy at work when he/she did keyword searches for status updates, no need for Agile morning standups (a joke but maybe not too far fetched).

2) They thought they would always be in power, so they got lazy and cut corners.

3) Maybe you have to "leak" incriminating evidence if you are going to be a Deep State asset. They demand blackmail leverage.



Blogger Lazarus January 22, 2018 7:03 AM  

@2 Surely the NSA can help.

I don't know.about that. There seems to be an outbreak of incompetence in high places.

Headline from Saturday:

NSA "Sincerely Regrets" Deleting All Bush-Era Surveillance Data It Was Ordered To Preserve

At least they said they were sorry.

Blogger cencer cencer January 22, 2018 7:08 AM  

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Blogger 4499 January 22, 2018 7:09 AM  

Coming up next on CNN, RUSSIAN TROLLS HACKED five months' worth of Strzok/Page text messages, probably from some SHITHOLE like HAITI.

Blogger Nate January 22, 2018 7:11 AM  

It is always important to remember... the FBI hasn't actually solved anything important in living memory.

Blogger tuberman January 22, 2018 7:12 AM  

Lazarus wrote:@2 Surely the NSA can help.

I don't know.about that. There seems to be an outbreak of incompetence in high places.

Headline from Saturday:

NSA "Sincerely Regrets" Deleting All Bush-Era Surveillance Data It Was Ordered To Preserve

At least they said they were sorry.


The NSA will help this time, as they sent a message about that to the FBI last night on chans.

I guess that "Enough is enough."

Blogger Josh (the sexiest thing here) January 22, 2018 7:20 AM  

I think I'm going to have to remember that excuse. Why don't you have any receipts for that deduction? Well, it was misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades. Hey, Windows 10, what are you going to do?

Stealing this when I file expense reports

Blogger tuberman January 22, 2018 7:27 AM  

Q said there will soon be a flood of intel for the public, but suggested to the FBI to bring back the deleted text in a drop line that says, "Your move," directly to the FBI.

The Q team was obviously trolling the FBI, suggesting that if the FBI does not bring the text back, the NSA will accidentally "find it" and bring it to the public themselves.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore January 22, 2018 7:33 AM  

@18 Here it is:

The flood is coming.
Emails, videos, audio, pics, etc.
FBI accidentally deletes texts?
No Such Agency accidentally releases IT ALL>
Shall we play a game?
Q


These are fascinating times!

Anonymous Athor Pel January 22, 2018 7:36 AM  

Based on their history of failed enterprise level IT projects, the IT incompetence of the FBI is plausible. It really is Dilbert land.

https://www.infoworld.com/article/2672020/application-development/anatomy-of-an-it-disaster--how-the-fbi-blew-it.html

Wouldn't you like to spend hundreds of millions of dollars providing plausibility to any story where you lost important electronic data?

When your job is to cover other people's asses you end up spending more and more time covering your own. I wonder how much longer they can keep pretending they're competent conscientious servants of the taxpayer.

Blogger Johnny January 22, 2018 7:36 AM  

This is what Trump has to face, or anybody else who takes on Deep State. The Republicans are getting a little more accommodating, indicating Trump is getting some traction in Washington. Maybe winning is in reach after all.

I doubt Trump has some detailed plan when it comes to this stuff. Rather he is a hard working guy with a long history of struggling with big city politics.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd January 22, 2018 8:15 AM  

Johnny wrote:I doubt Trump has some detailed plan when it comes to this stuff. Rather he is a hard working guy with a long history of struggling with big city politics.

I think for Trump plan is a verb. He plans, and as new information comes in, he tweaks the plan and continues to execute.

Blogger Stilicho January 22, 2018 8:18 AM  

Lisa Page? Oh, the DOJ considers that privileged and did not preserve...etc. Ad nauseum...

Anonymous Looking Glass January 22, 2018 8:26 AM  

@21 Johnny

Trump isn't alone and he's got much grander plans than you realize.


@18 tuberman

It was something that came a few months back, now, but I realized that one of the layers that is normally missed in all of this discussion is that the Military Intelligence has taken on a life of its own. It's the consequence of the Iraq War and having to teach 1000s of soldiers how to run intelligence operations (taught by the CIA itself). This wasn't a problem until the Obama purges, especially in the early 2nd term, created a large group of ex-Flag officers that had careers ended because they ran afoul of the Politics.

You could view all of this as a Deep State vs Deep State war or the MIC vs the Swamp, but there's big players playing the Big Game right now. To that end, I think at some point in the 2013-2014 range, some chunk of the military functionally just started inventing things for D.C. to think happened. They started running a Deception Campaign against the Obama Admin, and I don't think they ever caught on.

I surmise it was a prelude to the possible need for a Military Coup at some point over the next decade after it started, mostly because of what Hillary confirmed at the debates. When a major party candidate is openly advocating for WW3 in a Presidential Debate, you can appreciate that forces were planning for contingencies. Marxist/Socialist/Globalist reactions have been seen across the board in nearly all sectors, so it's no surprise we'd see it starting within the Military as well.

Blogger Johnny January 22, 2018 8:26 AM  

Ominous Cowherd wrote:He plans, and as new information comes in,
I am reminded of the comment that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy.

Blogger Robert Coble January 22, 2018 8:33 AM  

The "inadvertent deletion" is BULLSHIT! As a former Federal IT systems manager, I KNOW it is MANDATORY to have redundant backup systems including off-site backups in the event of catastrophic system failures (due to various events like hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, Deep State deletions, etc.). This is nothing more or less than the Deep State thumbing its collective nose at the requesters of the information. Remember the IRS scandal? The hard disks on the laptops of several (7, IIRC) persons under investigation mysteriously and simultaneously "crashed" making it "impossible" to recover the emails centered around Lois Lerner. I screamed "BULLSHIT" immediately because I KNEW that there were redundant backup tapes of everything that passes through government PCs and a central server. When it was learned that some IRS IT hack was busy deleting server backups, then (somehow) the backups were "found." Then the "excuse" was that the backups were stored in binary and couldn't be read in plain English. DUH! NO BACKUPS ARE EVER STORED IN PLAIN ENGLISH! All that was required was to set up a similar server and restore the backups.

Drag the IT managers before Congress and demand to know where the backups are located. I guarantee you they exist!

Anonymous Mike Rock January 22, 2018 8:34 AM  

Bayshore,
How does one keep up with the latest Q? Where do these posts appear first? I have been to 8Chan and others that have had it and they are all older than yesterday.
Thanks for any help.

God bless

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd January 22, 2018 8:35 AM  

Johnny wrote:Ominous Cowherd wrote:He plans, and as new information comes in,

I am reminded of the comment that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy.


An intelligent man would include that in his ongoing planning. Trump is an intelligent man. Therefore he plans on the enemy not cooperating, and plans to deal with it.

Dynamic optimization is interesting.

Blogger Al From Bay Shore January 22, 2018 8:56 AM  

@27 I'll access Twitter hashtags to learn of new Q postings:
#Qanon, #TheStorm, #FollowTheWhiteRabbit

Then...

I'll go here where all the Q postings have been compiled. At the bottom are the earliest postings. Scroll upwards to advance through the chronology.

https://qcodefag.github.io

And of course there is the 8Chan board.

Anonymous not anonymous January 22, 2018 8:58 AM  

@27

Mike, check out https://qcodefag.github.io/

Anonymous BBGKB January 22, 2018 8:59 AM  

OT: Food stamp card failure in many DieVerseCities. I was just warning people last night to stock up on shelf stable food/fuel before the food stamp card failure with govt shutdown starts riots.
https://gab.ai/PNN/posts/18408846

Blogger tuberman January 22, 2018 9:01 AM  

Ominous Cowherd wrote:Johnny wrote:Ominous Cowherd wrote:He plans, and as new information comes in,

I am reminded of the comment that no battle plan survives contact with the enemy.


An intelligent man would include that in his ongoing planning. Trump is an intelligent man. Therefore he plans on the enemy not cooperating, and plans to deal with it.

Dynamic optimization is interesting.


John Boyd in his OODA Loop slight updating of Sun Tzu explains most of this, and, yes, plans are certainly a verb, as you have to use your own wits and the best intel tools to constantly reorient to your enemy, and project chaos to throw your enemy into fear or less than optimal thinking. The "plans" require constant testing, checking and alteration to reality on the ground.

Blogger Johnny January 22, 2018 9:04 AM  

If this thing draggs out it could define the Trump presidency, and I anticipate it is going to drag out because both sides act like they think they are going to win.

Don't know how common my take is, but Schumer seems like a creepy character to me. If my take is general, the more he is the face of the other side the better.

Anonymous BBGKB January 22, 2018 9:06 AM  

If they put an affirmative action in charge of making the redundancy backups, it will come down to how much affirmative action is at the NSA

Blogger James Dixon January 22, 2018 9:07 AM  

> Wouldn't you like to spend hundreds of millions of dollars providing plausibility to any story where you lost important electronic data?

If we do that, the court throws us in jail no matter how plausible the story is.

Blogger James Dixon January 22, 2018 9:23 AM  

> Drag the IT managers before Congress and demand to know where the backups are located. I guarantee you they exist!

Don't bother with the IT managers. Drag the department managers in, and when you don't like their answers give them a couple of months at club fed to reconsider them.

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 22, 2018 9:23 AM  

Here is a link to the Daily Caller where you can find a video with a very good summation of the current state regarding the corruption in the DOJ/FBI.

http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/20/obama-administration-plot-exonerate-hillary/?utm_source=site-share

Blogger Al From Bay Shore January 22, 2018 9:24 AM  

And then there's Adam Schiff who, on Saturday, said this:

"But as part of the narrative they want to push out. Interestingly enough, they’ve made common cause once again with Russian bots because Russian bots are pushing their narrative out there. It’s in a redux of the campaign. We have Assange and Wikileaks and Russian trolls and bots saying, you know, hash tag whatever the GOP narrative is. That ought to tell you a lot about what’s driving this."

That's one day after Q posted this:

"Counter-narrative went out @ 4am to MSM contractors [like clockwork].
Russian bots.
These people are REALLY REALLY STUPID.
Desperation.
Fear."

But remember, Q posted this on 10 December:

"Blunt & Direct Time.
Adam Schiff is a traitor to our country.
Leaker.
NAT SEC.
EVIL.
Tick Tock.
Hope the $7.8mm was worth it.
Enjoy the show.
Q"

If all this stuff is true, Adam Schiff is completely screwed which may explain why he is taking a lead role in opposing the public release of the memo.

Anonymous Avalanche January 22, 2018 9:27 AM  

OP: "to be politically tainted and biased against Trump — assertions Wray has flatly rejected."

HOW can he not feel stupid as hell saying that out loud?! HOW can he think ANY human being would actually BELIEVE THAT?!? (HOW can the damned congresscritters NOT call him out on it?!?)

NOT "politically tainted"?! (Does he not know he's going to hell for lying?!)

I'm more disgusted with the congress for NOT calling him out, than I am with him for lying! Do they JUST NOT RECOGNIZE LIES!? (Do they REALLY think WE don't notice?!)

MAGA -- primary them ALL out!

Blogger Shimshon January 22, 2018 9:29 AM  

Does someone know the end date of the Podesta emails? The unverified email from Q is from 3/19. Are there leaked emails after that date?

Anonymous Avalanche January 22, 2018 9:30 AM  

@3 "Drain the swamp or burn it down, our only options it seems."

I vote burning -- because draining just leaves all the swamp creatures lying there gasping -- OR lets them escape out into other ponds and streams. BURN THEM ALL!

Blogger Ron Winkleheimer January 22, 2018 9:34 AM  

I KNEW that there were redundant backup tapes of everything that passes through government PCs and a central server.

When I was in the military, many decades ago, we would ship backup up tapes to an offsite vault on a daily basis. Later, after joining the corporate sector, backup tapes were created offsite using fiber optic cable to handle the load, we had a totally separate network setup to handle delivering the data to the fiber, complete isolation of backup data from normal network traffic. No way that data is gone unless they deliberately deleted it. Bring in the IT manager and get him to explain this inadvertent loss.

Anonymous Iacobus January 22, 2018 10:06 AM  

To think that this is supposed to be some stalwart government organization we're all supposed to worship.

They are either lying, incompetent or both.

Blogger Lazarus January 22, 2018 10:34 AM  

ZH reports:

A major contradiction has been discovered between yesterday's revelation that the FBI "lost" five months of text messages, and a claim by the DOJ's Inspector General, Michael Horowitz - who claimed his office received the texts in question between FBI employees Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page last August.

whassa?

Blogger pyrrhus January 22, 2018 10:41 AM  

The dog ate my homework...that always works, right?

Blogger pyrrhus January 22, 2018 10:48 AM  

@27 Here is the decoding of the latest Q post on 1/21...https://www.scribd.com/document/369668690/Qanon-Decode-Four-Posts-Sunday-Jan-21-2018-Will-Sessions-Drop-the-Hammer-Vers-17-0-Jan-21-2018

Blogger pyrrhus January 22, 2018 10:52 AM  

@24 This wasn't a problem until the Obama purges, especially in the early 2nd term, created a large group of ex-Flag officers that had careers ended because they ran afoul of the Politics.

You could view all of this as a Deep State vs Deep State war or the MIC vs the Swamp, but there's big players playing the Big Game right now. To that end, I think at some point in the 2013-2014 range, some chunk of the military functionally just started inventing things for D.C. to think happened. They started running a Deception Campaign against the Obama Admin, and I don't think they ever caught on.

Wheels within wheels....And neither Obama nor the Clinton Murder Gang is known to be very bright or diligent, so they wouldn't suspect it...

Anonymous paradox January 22, 2018 10:54 AM  

Doubt the NSA would be needed. The cell phone service provider should be able to retrieve any missing text messages.

Blogger Stilicho January 22, 2018 11:52 AM  

Come now, people, should it be any surprise that the agency that "cleared" the lizard queen of any wrongdoing when she wiped her bathroom server and deleted 30,000 plus emails while under investigation for the same just happened to lose the texts that could send its own bosses to jail?

Purely coincidental, of course. They've got top men on the case. Top. Men.

Anonymous Anonymous January 22, 2018 12:05 PM  

"I think I'm going to have to remember that excuse."
Ah yes, the old PP ACA excuse!
CaptDMO

Blogger Cataline Sergius January 22, 2018 1:05 PM  

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Blogger Geir Balderson January 22, 2018 1:19 PM  

Yes, when it comes to 'government' they always have excuses. They rarely get punished, fired or lose their pensions for wrong-doing. Why should honest citizens pay for their crass morals?
Lois Learner still has her pension correct? Bill Clinton receives his pension? And yes, make a mistake on a tax form, that pays for these assholes lifestyles and we are liened and stripped of all we own. We need a tax revolt!!

Blogger Thucydides January 22, 2018 1:22 PM  

As noted, they still exist in multiple copies in backup drives and tapes. The real issue is who believes that leaking them will advance their cause, and when will it do the most good?

Anonymous GregMan January 22, 2018 2:15 PM  

I love how the article talks about "The lawyer, Lisa Page", not "Lisa Page, the bimbo Strzok was banging behind his wife's back".

Blogger tublecane January 22, 2018 3:42 PM  

"misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software updates that conflicted with the FBI's collection capabilities"

Come again?

"Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus."

Blogger tublecane January 22, 2018 3:52 PM  

@15-"The FBI hasn't actually solved anything important in living memory"

There's a series about the Unabomber investigation on Netflix. I wonder what it could possibly consist of. Episode after episode of wasted time and money, then suddenly in the finale his brother turns him in?

Ah, but the FBI took over for the less-capable ATF and killed the bulk of 80 people, including a couple dozen children, in Waco. Melvin Purvis, eat your heart out.

Blogger tuberman January 22, 2018 8:41 PM  

24. Looking Glass

Just stopped back to say, I know that your post is correct, and a number of things hinted at can probably be added, such as PDJT was talked into running by MI and others, who had been working on a plan since 2014 or before. Much more between the lines, but another time.

Thanks.

Blogger Harry Spitz January 22, 2018 8:49 PM  

Since losing that info is, in and of itself, a crime, whether neglect, incompetence, or hostile action, when are they going to start arresting people?
*crickets*

Anonymous Mike Rock January 22, 2018 11:09 PM  

Now, the OIG says it received the messages. They were sent from FBI to OIG. So, the FBI loses them. Did the OIG delete them too? They should have them if all the stories are correct..... We know the FBI is lying, but did the OIG now lie too?

God bless

Anonymous jml1911a1 January 23, 2018 6:30 PM  

If it was on Windows 10, I'm betting Microsoft has it. Ask them.

As a guy who deals with such things for a living: F**K Windows 10 with a cast iron cactus wrapped in rusty razor wire.

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