The Unclean Water Act

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un reportedly invited Trump to visit Pyongyang for a third "summit" at some point in the near future. It appears Trump has neither accepted or declined the offer yet. I presume he will accept.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he can "see the shape" of a new Brexit deal with the EU and that "everybody can see roughly what could be done," but EU officials say Johnson still hasn't actually presented any alternatives.

I think he's trying (and failing) to make the EU look responsible.

Finally, Yahoo News reports that the Russians compromised FBI communications in 2016 and that's was a factor in the Obama administration's decision to close Russian embassies and kick their personnel out of the country.

The Obama administration’s public rationale for the expulsions and closures — the harshest U.S. diplomatic reprisals taken against Russia in several decades — was to retaliate for Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. But there was another critical, and secret, reason why those locations and diplomats were targeted.

Both compounds, and at least some of the expelled diplomats, played key roles in a brazen Russian counterintelligence operation that stretched from the Bay Area to the heart of the nation’s capital, according to former U.S. officials. The operation, which targeted FBI communications, hampered the bureau’s ability to track Russian spies on U.S. soil at a time of increasing tension with Moscow, forced the FBI and CIA to cease contact with some of their Russian assets, and prompted tighter security procedures at key U.S. national security facilities in the Washington area and elsewhere, according to former U.S. officials. It even raised concerns among some U.S. officials about a Russian mole within the U.S. intelligence community.

“It was a very broad effort to try and penetrate our most sensitive operations,” said a former senior CIA official.

American officials discovered that the Russians had dramatically improved their ability to decrypt certain types of secure communications and had successfully tracked devices used by elite FBI surveillance teams. Officials also feared that the Russians may have devised other ways to monitor U.S. intelligence communications, including hacking into computers not connected to the internet. Senior FBI and CIA officials briefed congressional leaders on these issues as part of a wide-ranging examination on Capitol Hill of U.S. counterintelligence vulnerabilities.

  • Badgerite

    I don’t know that it is wrong to hate evil. Or debilitating. Or ‘uncivil.’ Etc.

    • Christopher Foxx

      It isn’t wrong. Whoever came up with “if they get you to hate them, you lose” is a moron and pathetic wimp. It’s the sentiment dreamed up by someone too worried about causing offense that they’re willing to turn a blind eye while everything around them is destroyed.

  • Draxiar

    The Democrats need to drive this Russian wooden stake into the heart of vampire trump and stop him from sucking the blood out of the country. I keep seeing quotes about “if they make you hate, they win.”…I’m not sure I buy that and a big part of me is very much okay with hating trump…for all time.

    • Oh, I HAAATE the bastard. No question.

    • mnpollio

      Hate away! I hated the bastard back when he was merely a failed businessman living off his daddy’s welfare and conspiring with a complicit media to give him bogus puff pieces contrary to any facts known to man, I hated him when he was nothing but a media whore planting himself in front of any camera within a 10-mile radius that would ensure his smug arrogant countenance would grace society pages. I hated him when he bought successful ventures, stamped his odious name on them, and drove them into the ground leaving others to pay the piper. I hated him when he became synonymous with the beauty pageants so he could get his ugliness on TV and cop peeks at naked women (including underage girls). I hated him when he hosted a glorified game show which highlighted the lack of character in his viewers, who thrilled to see a rich SOB who never did an honest day’s work in his life have people kiss his ass on TV weekly so he could fire them by divine fiat. I hated him during the campaign, which stooped to new lows heretofore uncontemplated in politics. I hated him when he sold out the country to enemy foreign governments so he could win the election and use the office of the president as a personal cash grab. I hated him when he elevated the basest people in the nation into a frothing violent horde, who think anyone that disagrees with them is fair game. I hated him then, I hate him now, and I will hate him in the future – for all these things and those he has yet to do (and there will still be unimaginable horrors for him to unleash). Should I survive him, I will hate him after he leaves this mortal coil. And like many, I want to pre-purchase my ticket offering me the opportunity to piss on his tombstone.

      • David Greenberg

        I know how you feel and am in complete agreement. In fact the last ten years of behavior of the 40% of truly racist, ignorant Americans has left me somewhat depressed. But I refuse to give in and you should too. Take some deep breaths and keep on keeping on.

  • Aynwrong

    Listening to Johnson explain away his failures by saying he can see the shape of things to come is like a “psychic” conman predict something is going to happen near water. It’s a painfully obvious lie that always leaves room for it to be explained away later.

    “Russians compromised FBI communications in 2016…”

    In which I repeat myself:

    I hope everyone who works for the FBI (especially the agents) remember for a good long time which party enabled every single inch of this betrayal. And I hope it burns.