aside The Rule Of Unintended Consequences If The Nunes Anti-FBI Memo Is Made Public


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The following scenario details why it doesn’t pay for the republicans on the US House Intelligence Committee to publicly release the Nunes anti-FBI memo without having it subjected to the standard de-classifying/ vetting process as it sets a precedent that has unintended consequences.

Here is the rest of the story…

On January 31, 2018, Colin Taylor of the Washington Press penned the following report, “A top Senator just threatened Trump and Nunes with an ultimatum they can’t afford to ignore”


“A top Democratic Senator issued a fiery threat to Congressional Republicans today (1/31/18) over their efforts to release the now infamous “Nunes memo,” an annotated and doctored analysis of an intelligence report that allegedly exposes abuses of power by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that somehow discredits the investigation into President Trump’s alleged collusion with Russian agents and for obstructing justice by interfering in said investigation.”

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“Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) threw down the gauntlet this morning with this declaration:”

If this memo comes out, I have a long list of less sensitive, but still classified, information that the American people deserve to see.

“Wyden shone a spotlight on various aspects of the government’s domestic surveillance and counter-terrorism programs that have been improperly concealed from the public and that we deserve to know – and highlighted the hypocritical way that the right-wing uses “national security” as an excuse to conceal appalling violations of human rights and our constitutionally protected right to privacy.”
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“American politicians cannot be allowed to use “national security” as a catch-all excuse to conceal vital information from the people they are ostensibly representing or abusing classified info to play partisan games and dangle tantalizing tidbits hinting at fake scandals to the rabid crowd of conspiracy theorists and lunatic chuds that have grown to prominence in American politics.”

“Since 9/11, “national security” has been used ferociously to excuse a wide swath of heinous acts by both sides of the aisle, whether to conceal the evidence of the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret torture program – which nobody has ever been punished for – or the National Security Agency’s domestic warrantless surveillance program, or the Department of Homeland Security’s ethno-religious profiling of Muslims in America, or the rubber-stamping of an insatiable Pentagon’s need for material and money for our endless overseas wars…the list goes on and on.”

Some Republican members of Congress seized on an FBI agent's email message, written in jest, as smoking gun proof of an FBI secret society plotting to bring down President Trump.

“And we certainly cannot let “national security” be used as an excuse by a bumbling idiot like Devin Nunes to protect a demented president from the consequences of his own mind-boggling decisions.”If Nunes wants to declassify his “memo,” by all means – let him. But then let’s declassify everything else the American people deserve to know about what goes on behind the scenes in Washington.”


  1. Somehow i can’t seem to trust either side, their motivation is clearly for political gain and one-upmanship over each other rather than working together to get at the truth. Unfortunately the FBI got caught in the crossfire. This “memo” is weaponized by the Repubs to counter Russian investigation against Trump. I’m sure the memo doesn’t contain much evidence, perhaps vague allegations of FBI interference, nothing that the Dems should worry about.

    • Dear 1EarthUnited,

      What the republicans are doing does set a precedent which worries me. It was unnecessary. There is an Inspector General Michael Horowitz who has already been investigating the FBI for alleged wrongdoings and his office could have performed the vetting to de-classify this memo. Then it would have been okay to make it public.

      What Sen Wyden would like to do, would be just as wrong to where he shouldn’t act accordingly. But the republicans have opened a door that they shouldn’t have.

      All of the rush is due to the president not wanting to testify and he is trying to figure a way out of this. Also, I think that the republicans wanted to act before the Inspector General publishes his findings.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. Dear 1EarthUunited,

    Thanks for the reference. This story is still evolving. The president’s Chief of State General John Kelly who was very proactively supporting the release of the memo has had to inform the president that the memo was not going to have the impact that they had anticipated. The general did read the memo.

    The WH is worried that the memo will be a dud.

    The memo will be picked over by investigative reporters until there’s nothing left.

    I’ve been reading the hype in the right wing media which is way over the top.

    Hugs, Gronda

  3. There is always something farcical about the collection of people who are supposed to be spending precious time governing a nation bickering with one of their own agencies because they don’t like it playing by the rules.
    We’ve had this in the UK over the disastrous introduction of a social security benefit when a government minister blamed every civil servant apart from himself.

    • Dear Roger,

      It should be the axiom that being part of any governmental bureaucracy that no one will get their way most of the time. There is a saying, “You can’t fight city hall.” You can work to win in the margins. And of course, you simply do your job in the most competent professional manner possible.

      The vast majority of the good peoples who work for the FBI and the US Department of Justice are just doing their jobs which is not to do the president’s bidding.

      The president and his cronies are having a hard time accepting this reality.

      Hugs, Gronda


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