September 2021: One ping on the IP addresses of war

Shadow jousting?

In an earlier article, after John Durham’s indictment of Michael Sussmann was filed, I noted that the millions of Pentagon-held IP addresses that were turned over in January 2021 to an obscure company in Florida had reverted to Pentagon stewardship the week before news of the indictment came out.

The Sussmann indictment’s filing date with the federal court for the District of Columbia was 16 September 2021.  The true-bill signature date for the grand jury foreman was also 16 September 2021.  DOJ prosecutors would have presented their information to the grand jury on or before that date.  (The 16th was a Thursday.)

On 10 September 2021, the Washington Post reported that the IP addresses had been turned back over to the Department of Defense on 7 September.  That was the Tuesday of the week before the Sussmann indictment.

The Post cited a brief notice from DOD on the matter, which was of interest given that there was no contemporaneous Pentagon announcement back on 20 January 2021, when the IP addresses were transferred to Global Resource Systems, the company (seemingly a sole proprietorship) headquartered in Plantation, Florida.  As a reminder, Continue reading “September 2021: One ping on the IP addresses of war”

The Obama administration’s attack on the U.S. financial system

A weapon formed against us.

You might frown a little if you heard that the Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service is worried about how much Americans are paying for check-cashing and payday-lending services.  What dog does he have in this fight?

Well, catch up, because the Obama administration and the leftosphere have the ball rolling on this.  They want Uncle Sam to take over the short-term financial services industry.  (Emphasis probably not needed, but added anyway.)

As luck would have it, yesterday a new government report detailed an innovation that would preserve one of the largest job creators in the country, save billions of dollars specifically for the poor, and develop Continue reading “The Obama administration’s attack on the U.S. financial system”

Biofuels for defense: Cronyism and the banality of evil

Millions for “defense.”

Are you able to work up indignation about cronyism at this point?  Or did your sense of moral outrage glaze over so long ago that you barely even notice now?

The tremendous apparatus dedicated to rewarding cronies of the Obama administration, and other elements of the Washington establishment, is mind-blowing, in its way.  We talked last week about the extortion side of state regulatory power.  Today, we’ll look at the cronyism side, with a peek at an under-the-radar project to spend national security funds on Democrats’ cronies in the uneconomic biofuels industry. Continue reading “Biofuels for defense: Cronyism and the banality of evil”

Follow the “M” word: More on the “National Defense Resources Preparedness” Executive Order

Money money money money – MONEY.

Not “martial law,” folks.  Not that “M” word.  The other one: “money.”

Ed Morrissey did an excellent job breaking down the few actual differences between Obama’s new defense-resources EO and the previous version from 1994.  Here are the two main differences:

1.  The Obama EO elaborates vague-sounding functions for federal agencies in maintaining defense-resources preparedness (Section 103).  Ed summarizes them as follows:

Note what this EO specifically orders: identify, assess, be prepared, improve, foster cooperation.

2.  The Obama EO delegates authorities under Section 308 to agency heads.  The Section 308 authorities include putting additional equipment in public and private defense industrial facilities, and modifying or expanding private facilities, including modifying or “improving” industrial processes.

Any time I see the Obama administration and “modifying private industry” in the same zip code, Continue reading “Follow the “M” word: More on the “National Defense Resources Preparedness” Executive Order”