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  • Former Obama officials form anti-Trump national security think tank

    Isn't this getting close to treason?



    Former Obama officials form anti-Trump national security think tank

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/...hink-tank.html

    A group of about 50 former Obama administration officials recently formed a think tank called National Security Action to attack the Trump administration's national security policies.

    The mission statement of the group is anything but subtle: “National Security Action is dedicated to advancing American global leadership and opposing the reckless policies of the Trump administration that endanger our national security and undermine U.S. strength in the world.”

    National Security Action plans to pursue typical liberal foreign policy themes such as climate change, challenging President Trump's leadership, immigration and allegations of corruption between the president and foreign powers.

    This organization uses the acronym NSA, which is ironic. Three of its founding members – Ben Rhodes, Susan Rice and Samantha Power – likely were involved in abusing intelligence from the federal NSA (National Security Agency) to unmask the names of Trump campaign staff from intelligence reports and to leak NSA intercepts to the media to hurt Donald Trump politically. This included a leak to the media of an NSA transcript in February 2017 of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's discussion with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak. No one has been prosecuted for this leak.

    Given the likely involvement of Rhodes, Rice and Power to weaponize intelligence against the Trump presidential campaign, will their anti-Trump NSA issue an apology for these abuses?



    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaso..._United_States Definition: In Article III, Section 3 of the United States Constitution, treason is specifically limited to levying war against the US, or adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. Conviction requires two witnesses or a confession in open court.[2]
    Penalty: U.S. Code Title 18: Death,[8] or not less than 5 years imprisonment and not more than life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (minimum fine of $10,000, if not sentenced to death).[9][10]

  • #2
    18 U.S. Code § 2385 - Advocating overthrow of Government

    https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2385
    Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or
    Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or
    Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—
    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
    If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.
    As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 808; July 24, 1956, ch. 678, § 2, 70 Stat. 623; Pub. L. 87–486, June 19, 1962, 76 Stat. 103; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(N), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)

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    • #3
      If they had done more thinking during the Obana administration Trump might never have been president.

      Attacking Trump policy. Do they mean "attack" as in -we have intel that the US embassy in Benghazi is going to be attacked so let's not do anything about it-? That kind of harming national security and US strength in the world?

      I'm going to have to draw a red line here

      And here

      And here

      And ...

      Surely none of that hurt the US

      Hopey, changey, treasony.

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      • #4
        Advocating a ‘Coup’ Against Trump Is Against the Law
        By Jack Phillips

        https://www.theepochtimes.com/advoca...w_2218176.html
        After Donald Trump won the election last November, there have been attempts to de-legitimize his presidency—with some even calling for a military coup.
        Maybe some of these comments are in jest or halfway serious, but there are laws against “advocating the overthrow of the government” of the United States.
        According to 18 U.S. Code § 2385, Advocating overthrow of Government, “Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government” could face charges.
        This week, left-wing filmmaker and Trump critic Michael Moore warned that the United States is in the middle of a “coup” by Trump and his administration. “If you’re still trying to convince yourself that a 21st century coup is not underway, please, please snap out of it,” he wrote on Twitter, without elaborating or calling for action.
        Actress and comedian Sarah Silverman went even further, calling for the overthrowing of the U.S. government.
        “WAKE UP & JOIN THE RESISTANCE. ONCE THE MILITARY IS W US FASCISTS GET OVERTHROWN. MAD KING & HIS HANDLERS GO BYE BYE,” she wrote on Twitter.
        And a former Obama administration official, Rosa Brooks—a law professor at Georgetown University who was the counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy and previously served as a senior advisor at the State Department—appeared to suggest that a coup attempt against Trump might be inevitable, but she stopped short of calling on officials to instigate a coup.
        Brooks, in her piece for Foreign Policy, titled “3 Ways to Get Rid of President Trump Before 2020,” wrote: “The fourth possibility is one that until recently I would have said was unthinkable in the United States of America: a military coup, or at least a refusal by military leaders to obey certain orders.”
        She also writes there are other ways to get Trump out of office, including electing him out of office after four years, impeachment, or utilizing a claim of mental instability and invoking the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which could get Trump removed if the “president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
        On Twitter, there have been a number of calls for Trump’s assassination throughout the campaign and Election Day, leading to U.S. Secret Service investigations.

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        • #5
          Organizing for Action

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organizing_for_Action
          Organizing for Action (OFA) is a nonprofit 501(c)4 organization and community organizing project that advocates for the agenda of former U.S. President Barack Obama.[2][3] The organization is officially non-partisan,[3] but its agenda and policies are strongly allied with the Democratic Party.[4] It is the successor of Obama's 2012 re-election campaign and of Organizing for America, which itself succeeded Obama's 2008 campaign.[5]
          Founded after Obama's re-election, the group seeks to mobilize supporters in favor of Obama's legislative priorities. OFA is registered as a 501(c)(4) organization,[6] which may advocate for legislation but is prohibited from specifically supporting political candidates.[7]




          Change requires more than righteous anger. It requires a program, and it requires organizing.


          https://www.ofa.us/


          Obama-Aligned Organizing for Action Relaunches for Trump Era

          https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/de...mp-era-n719311


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          • #6
            You know, they still just don't get it. Trump is really just a symptom, treating the fever does not cure the infection. Unbelievable how tone deaf and arrogant these people are about why Trump was elected. The fact that he's moving this country forward and having great success doing it seems to bounce off them like rifle fire bounces off a tank.

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            • #7
              OMG a think tank? This is definitely worse than colluding with a hostile dictatorship to influence the outcome of a US election.

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              • #8
                It seems to me that politics in the USA has been taken to a whole different level, and Obama still wants to be a big player!

                Obama Faces the Ex-President's Dilemma
                https://www.theatlantic.com/politics...ilemma/525882/
                The former president must decide how to remain an influential player in the world without intervening too much in the national debate.

                In a speech in 1910, Theodore Roosevelt celebrated, “the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.” But for an ex-president, the political arena is a dangerous place to be. By staying above the fray, they gain the chance to enjoy a rosy image, carrying out charitable work, and becoming an elder statesman and a symbol of the nation. Wading into the arena, however, by making speeches, and condemning the other side is a risky move. In a partisan age, the moment an ex-president attacks his successor, he antagonizes around half the population.

                But there’s a big problem with following the Bush trajectory. Choosing to jet ski means that Obama is an observer even if the world burns. What if Trump plans a damnatio memoriae, or a systematic effort to obliterate Obama’s legacy, including health care, climate change, the Iran deal, and so on? Is Obama willing to see his life’s work destroyed by a man who won just 45.9 percent of the popular vote–only 0.2 percent higher than John McCain received during his drubbing in 2008?

                The second option lies at the other end of the scale: Lead the resistance. Obama could grasp the sword, gladiator-style, and race into the arena, becoming the face of the opposition, making speeches, and running television advertisements. After all, he has the communication skills and the credibility as a former commander-in-chief. And he has Michelle. So why not go back to being a community organizer—this time organizing progressive America?

                Taking the fight to Trump would come at a price—and not just for Obama’s golf handicap. It would energize conservative opponents and erode Obama’s image, which is the basis of his soft power. Furthermore, the Democratic Party may not want to be led by yesterday’s man. And a scorched earth campaign would entrench today’s partisan divide—and perhaps provoke ex-president Trump to wage war on a Democratic successor.

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