If you read my last piece My Existential Struggle, you would be following along with my cognitive dissonance that has recently sprung up. Over the course of the week, it seems as if things have only gotten worse. First we had the story about the top level spy that Russia is currently downplaying and the American media is up playing. There has also been a shift from calling it Trump-Russia Collusion to Russian Election Interference. Following up on the leak, it is later revealed that Trump doesn’t trust confidential sources for foreign countries. I just need a place to document my thoughts as my Twitter account is in a huge echo chamber which makes it impossible to have a discussion. Good thing I have a my own blog.
I have been rereading a lot of old things in order to prepare myself for more revelations as time moves on. Looking back, the main way I analyzed by seeing what other people pulled from docs and then seeing where their theories don’t make sense. In a way this was good because it was efficient, but at the same time, only seeing part of the story exposes you to biases as exculpatory information is left out. My self imposed don’t read anything over 20 page rule may have been my downfall and potentially wasted 13 months of my life. The good thing is that I can effectively see both perspectives on this story which sort of puts me in the middle. I am happy to be in that place.
Even with the court filing by Michael Flynn’s lawyer Sydney Powell, I had to roll my eyes so many times. It does not make sense to ask for Brady material in relation to him lying to the FBI, but not withdraw the plea. He was there, he knows what he said to Kislyak and what he said to the FBI. Even reading the Mueller Report about what happened, you can see that the phrase “Tit-for-tat” was the proof that he was lying as it was in his text messages, said on the phone,said by Strzok, and in Flynn’s statement of offense. Then glossing over Powell’s list of Brady material, most was junk. Most had nothing to do with what was plead guilty too. The rational behind conservative twitter was that the judge was going to throw everything away and then flip the charges on the prosecutors.
This theory makes little sense as Van Grack was appointed by Barr to lead the DOJ FARA unit and Jessie Liu was the one who tried to get Greg Craig for misleading investigators and is trying to get Andrew McCabe for lying to the Inspector General. So knowing the backstory to these two prosecutors, it is extremely unlikely that they will be under any sort of charges. Feel like I am wasting my time even writing this, but I started last night and the ridiculousness has spilled over into today when there has yet to be an indictment on McCabe, making the entire thing look like a political prosecution.
Looking at McCabe too, I had no idea that he went through all the proper channels when his wife was running. There was an FBI Vault drop on this specific subject. Never in a million years did I ever think I would have to defend McCabe, but it seems as if he isn’t the super villain I once thought. Sorry Andy.
Moving forward, I had been thinking back to when I first having doubts and it had to be the social media summit when partisan hacks like Bill Mitchell and Jim Hoft from The Gateway Pundit were invited. Why would Trump be inviting known fake news people? It bothered me, but most of the time when under cognitive dissonance, I ignored. Then the Epstein suicide happened and I saw conspiracy theories take off like wildfire. To me I saw that suicide was by far and away the most likely of outcomes, yet I was hit with a barrage of theories on how they had him killed. The Deep State was blamed. I knew they weren’t at fault.
Then the Byrne incident helped me expose the Fox News echo chamber and really get me to hammer home at some of the faults in this story. Now I am looking at what the news is saying and it makes way more sense. Did Mueller clear Trump of obstruction? Originally, as written in past posts, I was saying no collusion and no obstruction. Now I am not so sure as Mueller said that he can’t charge a sitting president. Sucks, but all of this has been out there for months and only now have I been starting to see the other side of the argument. You live and learn, but this was my attempt at investigative journalism. I tried, I did good in some areas, but the basis for my work was never done with a truly objective mind. It was more objective than most in this arena, but it still had a major bias built in and that bias was that Russiagate was a total hoax and everything was a sting.
For that, I apologize.