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Rosenstein and Mueller: the Regime Change Tag-Team

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"Robert Mueller, picked as special prosecutor to investigate President Donald Trump, violated the US Constitution as FBI Director by using secret domestic spy programs, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower William Binney told Sputnik.

"My problem with Mueller is that he agreed with and used the Stellar Wind spying program at NSA against common crime since 2001," Binney said Wednesday. "He admitted to this in a 2011 interview with [Time magazine correspondent] Bart Gellman.""

Binney said that Mueller's willingness to use secret espionage surveillance techniques designed only for national security functions against suspects in regular criminal investigations revealed his willingness to ignore or break safeguards in the US Constitution.

"This means he [Mueller] did not live up to his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution against foreign and domestic threats. So, he clearly has a selective view of how you apply the Constitution," Binney explained"

James Comey, Mueller's successor as FBI Director, who was fired by Trump on May 9 had also been willing to ignore the US Constitution in order to use NSA data collected without any legal warrant against ordinary criminals, Binney recalled." ("Special Counsel for Russia Probe Violated Constitution -- NSA Whistleblower", Sputnik)

Repeat: He used "secret espionage surveillance techniques designed only for national security functions against suspects in regular criminal investigations."

Nice. So instead of dogging-down the crooked bankers on Wall Street who blew up the financial system and fleeced We The People out of trillions of dollars, Mueller spent his time stomping on the Forth Amendment so he could add a few more warm bodies to our ballooning prison population. Way to go, Bob.

And there's more about Mueller that people should know, too, like the fact that he was the architect of an FBI entrapment program that lured simple-minded gangbangers into terrorist scams and then threw them in the slammer for the rest of their lives. Check out this blurb from an article at Electronic Intifada titled "The FBI's penchant for "manufacturing terrorists":

"What the FBI was doing before, during and after the financial crisis is the subject under examination in Trevor Aaronson's new book The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI's Manufactured War on Terrorism. The book unveils the FBI's domestic counterterrorism program that began after the 11 September attacks and has continued well into Barack Obama's second term in office. The program, vividly portrayed by Aaronson, is defined by a wanton use of informants and sting operations in order to produce a high rate of convictions"

Since the 11 September attacks, the FBI has employed more than 15,000 confidential informants nationwide. And, according to Aaronson, for each official informant there are as many as three unofficial informants -- known within the FBI as "hip pockets." By 2011, the Justice Department had prosecuted more than 500 individuals on terrorist charges, a handful of whom Aaronson categorizes as "actual terrorists." The rest were hatched within the context of FBI sting operations, informants and agents provocateur"..

What Aaronson discovered was that, far from preventing terrorism, the FBI uses its funds to "manufacture" terrorists out of marginalized, desperate, mentally ill or immature men (many of the convicted individuals profiled are in their early twenties). In Aaronson's words, "The FBI has been effective at creating the very enemy it is hunting."".

Taking his readers through several FBI sting operations, Aaronson reveals a sordid practice in which the FBI often employs criminals to infiltrate Muslim communities to turn otherwise powerless malcontents into "terrorists." According to Aaronson's accounts, these so-called terrorists would have no more than the capability to mouth off in a chat room if it weren't for the inert weapons and cash that informants would literally place in their hapless hands, thus creating "bogeymen from buffoons.""

Aaronson's book is a powerful portrait of the FBI's insidious and destructive counterterrorism program that enables the contortion of the innocuous into the threatening, ruining hundreds of lives in its wake."

("FBI's penchant for "manufacturing terrorists" probed in new book" by Trevor Aaronson, Charlotte Silver, Electronic Intifada)

So this is what Mueller and his FBI pals were up to before Comey arrived on the scene?

Apparently so. They were devoting a considerable amount of time and resources to operations that framed hapless dupes and patsies as dangerous terrorists threatening our precious national security.

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