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Caught in the web?

April 1, 2017

It appears that people haven’t changed much since 1808.

That was when the Scottish poet, Sir Walter Scott published the poem “Marmion.”

Sir Walter is far better known today for Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake than Marmion, but it is this quote from the poem about love, lust and treachery that even the least literary among us recognizes:

“Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.”

It appears that the Obama loyalists that largely comprise the Trump opposition movement might have cause to remember that quote for a very long time.

It is always dangerous to take modern news reporting too seriously, but ignoring it altogether isn’t very smart either.

With more reporting being devoted to what appears to be misconduct by the then outgoing Obama administration’s misuse of classified intelligence, it pays to at least keep one ear pricked.

Most people are not surprised to find out that anyone could be caught up in surveillance by the government.

What is disquieting is that even incidental contact can be used as a weapon in our elections, or to overthrow an administration.

So, when the news broke that one Evelyn Farkas had publicly admitted to having been involved in what is, if true, the political weaponizing of supposedly confidential intel, it got everyone’s attention.

Quite frankly, if you happen to be a confirmed cynic and you watched the original video, the lady looked and sounded more like she was trying too hard for a dramatic moment than she did a whistleblower.

After all, who would go on camera and admit to being a participant before and after the fact in what clearly could be a Federal crime?

However, when backwash from the so-called Nunes revelations hit the airwaves, it did begin to sound like there was a traceable pattern.

Now comes further reporting that “senior officials”  are saying that the two people identified in the Nunes papers may not even be the real source of the misconduct, but rather that the problem went far higher into the Obama administration than revealed to date.

This story is still developing, but even putting aside the fevered sensationalism, there are plainly some cracks in the wall of silence surrounding the conduct of some people in our intelligence agencies.

If it proves to be true that another taxpayer-supported government agency has betrayed its mission by being co-opted for political purposes, it will make Watergate look like a kiddy cartoon.

Nothing has ever come of the IRS misconduct investigation, but it was widely publicized at the time, and many people who alleged they were being targeted for their political affiliations had a lot of air time.

It is widely thought that the IRS congressional investigation was whitewashed, along with any attempt to prove misconduct or worse on the part of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

In view of that past history, if there is any shred of credible evidence that there was criminal misconduct on the part of another powerful and secretive government agency, a cover-up is going to stand out like a neon marquee sign.

That’s the problem with webs. Touch any strand and the whole web quivers.

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