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U.S. President Requires No Security Clearance? August 20, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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While listening to the news this morning I heard a man tell a reporter that the President Of United States does not require a Security Clearance. I said to myself, “no way?”.
This bothered me so much that I decided to do some research on the issue. And as far as I can tell, apparently the man was correct. It’s basically assumed that if the ‘People’ trust the man or woman enough to be their leader (voted for them), then no clearance is needed, not even if they work in sensitive committee positions in Congress. That includes your Senator or House of Representative folks. I did not know this. I just assumed they all had to have a security clearance of some sort.
Do you know what a person goes through to get a security clearance? Depending on the position they are working toward it can be different, however for a Top Secret Clearance, it can include the following checks about you:
A Secret clearance, also known as Collateral Secret or Ordinary Secret, requires a few months to a year to investigate, depending on the individual’s background. Some instances wherein individuals would take longer than normal to be investigated are many past residences, having residences in foreign countries, having relatives outside the United States, or significant ties with non-US citizens. Unpaid bills as well as criminal charges will more than likely disqualify an applicant for approval. However, a bankruptcy will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and is not an automatic disqualifier. Poor financial history is the number-one cause of rejection, and foreign activities and criminal record are also common causes for disqualification. A Secret clearance requires a NACLC, and a Credit investigation; it must also be re-investigated every 10 years. Investigative requirements for DoD clearances, which apply to most civilian contractor situations, are contained in the Personnel Security Program issuance known as DoD Regulation 5200.2-R, at part C3.4.2
Top Secret is a more stringent clearance. A Top Secret, or “TS”, clearance is often given as the result of a Single Scope Background Investigation, or SSBI. Top Secret clearances, in general, afford one access to data that affects national security, counterterrorism/counterintelligence, or other highly sensitive data. There are far fewer individuals with TS clearances than Secret clearances. A TS clearance can take as few as 3 to 6 months to obtain, but often it takes 6 to 18 months. The SSBI must be reinvestigated every 5 years. In order to receive TS clearance, all candidates must pass an oral interview. (more…)
Enough About Emails and Benghazi – Real Problem is Donald Trump August 19, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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I’m so sick of hearing about Hillary Clinton’s EMAILS. My gosh people. She’s been investigated clear back to 2009 over these things and guess what, the State Department, the FBI, a Republican controlled Congress more than once and still going and the media, have found NOTHING illegal about what she did. Inappropriate and careless, yes, but nothing illegal. To top that off, previous SOS’s have done the same thing and haven’t been investigated for it at all and they passed along classified info whereas Hillary’s weren’t classified till after they were sent. Just like all the scandals about her that the Republicans claimed happened during Bill Clinton’s terms in office, nothing was ever found to be illegal.
Is it really possible to have hundreds, maybe even thousands of men, women from all branches of government, from all sides of the political spectrum and the media researching, digging, investigating and even having her testify for hours — for them to all have been on HER SIDE and hiding her so called illegal actions? Is it possible that she could convince each and everyone of them to ignore those so call crimes? Get real people.
The emails are what Republicans are using to try and hurt her campaign. That’s all they really have besides her views on policies. If you repeat something often enough it surely must be true right? That’s the view of Republicans these days.
We currently have a man that’s actually been convicted of crimes running for President, a man that’s done nothing but lie through out his life with PROOF of such lies, that’s done nothing but flip flop on issues since day one, that’s attacked his fellow Party, the media and now the FBI for things they’ve been saying or reporting that are FACTS about him. A man that is curious about why he couldn’t push the nuclear button. A man that’s refused to pay his bills and gone bankrupt 6 times hurting thousands of employees. A man that’s attacked a gold star mother, a war veteran, women, man that’s invited our enemy to hack our systems, a man that sides with Russia’s Putin on most issues, a man that’s claimed that Obama and Hillary our “founders” of ISIS then claims it’s just a joke while our soldiers are fighting ISIS – giving ISIS a tool to use against us, a man that plans on kicking Muslims out of the U.S. which includes soldiers that have fought for us giving ISIS another tool to use against Americans. That’s just to name a few things he’s done or plans to do so far. And you are worried about emails that have not been found to be illegal after years of investigating by hundreds if not thousands of people? WOW!
As for Benghazi, where were the months even years of investigations during the Ronald Reagan and both Bush administrations (GW Bush has 13 of them) when our bases and embassies were attacked. Don’t bother researching, there was nothing investigated compared to the way Republicans have gone after President Obama and Hillary Clinton.
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Enough already folks! What will it take for Americans to wake up and smell the coffee. In this case, the questions about Donald J. Trump, his campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates being tied to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin? There is so much evidence out that that no one can deny that something isn’t fishy about their relationship with Putin.
Today we hear the latest scoop and maybe the worst so far, by the Associate Press. AP Sources: Manafort tied to undisclosed foreign lobbying.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s campaign chairman helped a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine secretly route at least $2.2 million in payments to two prominent Washington lobbying firms in 2012, and did so in a way that effectively obscured the foreign political party’s efforts to influence U.S. policy.”
“Under federal law, U.S. lobbyists must declare publicly if they represent foreign leaders or their political parties and provide detailed reports about their actions to the Justice Department. A violation is a felony and can result in up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.”
We also hear today that Trump shook up his campaign by hiring two new strategists and implying that he’s demoting Manafort. However, he is still on the payroll as Trump’s campaign manager. One can only assume it’s because of the two latest stories about Manafort. Yes TWO. (more…)
Media Keeps Swallowing Trump’s Bait August 17, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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I guess Trump will finally put out some TV campaign ads in 5 key States later this week. The media is criticizing his decision to have waited so late in doing so. The political commentators claim he should have started them before the convention and at the very latest afterwards. They just haven’t caught onto Trump’s way of thinking yet. They didn’t during the primary and still don’t.
Trump is relying on the Media to run his campaign FOR HIM. During his primary he spent time on some TV show nearly everyday of the week. Even during the general election, he’s purposely said something or mis-spoke to cause the media to, once again, discuss Trump on TV.
Trump’s motto – even bad news is good advertising.
Now by waiting all these weeks to pay for any ads, he’s decided to spend a few million (nothing compared to Hillary’s campaign of course) on ads in those 5 key states only. Why not every key state? Why not spend that 88 million he got just last month on ads since the polls have him losing everywhere? Again I say, why should he? The Media will air them for him.
Why spend millions on ads when all he needs do is produce a few, wait for months to air them, then whoosh, surprise the media with a sudden turn around about airing some.
What will the media do? They will do exactly what Trump’s planned on them doing all along, they will repeat those few ads, and keep repeating them long enough for every concerned voter to see in every state, while discussing Mr Trump’s strategy and whether or not Trump should have waited so long to air them.
He’s a genius when it comes to working the media, I will give him that.
It’s sad however because the Media just hasn’t caught onto his USING THEM. They keep on swallowing his bait.
Tim Kaine VP? Went From Worried to Excited July 24, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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Trump vs Cruz Event Obviously Pre-Planned July 21, 2016Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
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The Trump VS Cruz media grabber last night was preplanned with or without Cruz acknowledgement. Think about it Republicans. What better way to grab more FREE AIR TIME a BIGGER AUDIENCE and MEDIA ATTENTION then to REPORT TO THE MEDIA that, “he may or may not endorse” on Wed night?
It’s been reported that the Trump ‘family’ knew Cruz would NOT be endorsing on Monday. Did they inform the media of this fact and therefore, NEWS? NOPE! Why would they? If the media already knows what Cruz will say there’s nothing to discuss or debate for the next 2 days of the convention. So, instead, they stay silent, letting the media stew, discuss and argue over what Cruz will do Wed Night, thereby drawing even MORE audience, coverage and FREE AIR TIME.
What good reason could there be to have Cruz speak on Wed if this wasn’t preplanned? The campaign isn’t stupid, they rarely make mistakes and NEVER own up to them if they do. In fact, Cruz himself could have been a big part of this plan. Cruz is always out for himself, perhaps Trump made one of his big DEALS with Cruz. You do this for me and I’ll give you Sec of State or Attorney General or Sec of Def…..or I’ll even back you in 2020 if I lose this election.
As for Trump walking into the hall at the end of Cruz’s speech, again, preplanned. Steal the attention away from Cruz. Get media all stirred up discussing his action.
As for Trump saying, “I loved it” about the speech, again, preplanned. Grab the media’s attention – why would he say that if Cruz didn’t endorse him???? In other words, cause even more discussion.
Trump’s campaign has been one huge television event, each event is planned to make the media react. If media reacts, things are accomplished. Television viewers enjoy excitement, the not knowing what will happen events, they debating, etc…
If I have any suggestion for Hillary it would be – hire the best television producer you can find, maybe even Sat Nite Live’s guy. Make your campaign funny, exciting, an attention grabber – throw out the old way of campaigning. Keep the media is LIMBO….they hate the NOT KNOWING WHAT WILL HAPPEN.
I forgot to add a bit about having Mike Pence speak AFTER Cruz, and walking on stage afterwards, again, preplanned to take away the attention Pence got from his speech. It’s always about TRUMP, nobody has a right to out stage him so he will do anything to get the attention away from that person. If you noticed, he couldn’t even sit still very long during his son’s speech, kept waving, smiling, pointing, talking, etc.. Mr Trump is Stuck on HIMSELF.
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Several have declared that the Party will never unify because of the deep divide between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters. I humbly disagree.
While it is true that according to polls a large portion of Bernie’s supporters may not vote for Hillary in the General Election, it is not true, that if they are true Democrats, they would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary. If a person believes in the platform of the Democrat Party, they ‘will’ vote for Hillary in the end.
We all, at some point, want something we can’t have. For example, that first new home we’ve been dreaming about. You have a picture of what the home will look like, how big it will be, the layout of the kitchen and bedrooms, how the home will look to a visitor, a picket fence, beautiful yard, etc… When you go to your realtor you tell them exactly what you want and the way it should look. They begin looking for you. They make several calls having you go look at the perfect home, they say, you need to see. Only you find out it’s not what you want at all. You look for days, weeks and even months hoping to finally run into the home of your dreams. Soon however reality sets in, you either can’t afford the home of your dreams because it’s too expensive, or the vision you had is just not out there. You end up accepting a beautiful home that isn’t exactly as you pictured it would be but it has many features you like, so you buy it.
That’s how I see every election. You pick the person you think would make a great President. You push their qualities to other voters. You get angry when your person is criticized or being treated unfairly. Even though your candidate and the other one that has similar ideas or plans, you prefer your person. Words are exchanged, facts are presented, etc… In the end your person doesn’t win. While disappointed and even angry at the results for different reasons, you come to the realization that the other candidate is still better than what the other Party is presenting. At least you get a part of what you had visioned as the best nominee, so you vote for them.
That’s what happens in almost every election. There may be a few that will settle for nothing else, but it’s a rare case.
So calm down Hillary supporters, things will end up your way and hopefully she will win in November, meanwhile, let the voters that haven’t voted tell us who ‘they’ support. Then let us pray we have a winner!
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It’s sad how the media is now using Bernie’s drop in fund raising as just one more reason for him to drop out. They fail to point out however that most candidates funds drop at this point in any primary. They also fail to mention that Bernie’s donations in April exceeded that of Hillary’s in March. Let’s wait and see what Hillary’s donations came to in April – with I might add – the help of the media and Washington establishment pushing her as the “winner”.
I sincerely hope Bernie supporters, and those that dislike the way the media controls our Democracy, will go donate ‘even more money’ than they have in the past. I know I will, just to prove them wrong!