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Father’s Day, ‘Making America America Again’

June 16th, 2019 Comments off

 

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Pardon the pun, but we believe that facts trumps spin.

 

Actor Scott Baio said it during the 2016 GOP Convention. Democratic hopeful and former Vice President Joe Biden said it recently too, though both meant something different by the same words. “Make America America Again.” But it was Let America Be America Again” is a poem written in 1935 by American poet Langston Hughes, per Wikipedia. Let’s look at that slogan in a unique way, using the context of Father’s Day. 

 

Millions of fathers of millennials were raised with a Horatio Alger view of America. “A man’s home was his castle.” History reflects that women or men could achieve the American Dream. With savvy, hard honest work, a few breaks, discipline and so on, anyone could become a millionaire, if that was a person’s goal.  These were common thoughts, although the evidence even then was incomplete at best.

There is a significant, albeit imperfect, correlation between overall home ownership rates and the sales of more manufactured homes. The graphic below tells part of the tale. 

 

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Some of the spike in conventional housing sales in the 2000s were through so-called ‘liar loans.’ Those in turn set the stage for the 2008 housing/mortgage crisis. The correlation is not perfect, but it is common sense that when more affordable housing – including factory-built homes – are being sold, then the overall rate of home ownership will rise by that same degree.

 

Compare that graphic to the production of pre-HUD Code mobile homes, and post HUD Code manufactured homes. Given the caveats cited, do you see some correlation between the two rates?

 

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The reason that presidents on both sides of the political aisle often promoted first mobile homes, and later manufactured homes is because several understood that affordable housing needs were being met by the private sector with factory-built homes.

 

America has to a certain degree gone from ‘can do’ mentality to ‘no, there’s a law or regulation, and you can’t do that.’

Let’s stress that ‘Leave it to Beaver’ and ‘Father Knows Best  were more idealized than a universal truth. But that such TV programs existed and were widely embraced decades ago depicted a world view that has been slowly shifting. Now, one has to go to TV Land on cable to see that type of programming – which was often literally in black and white.

Race riots during the later half of the prior century were often fueled by practical hurdles to equality. But if one traveled back in time to the early 1200s and England, whites were fighting other whites over the rights of the people. These were finally guaranteed by the Magna Carta in 1215.

 

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Among the rights safeguarded by Magna Carta were protection of private property – housing – rights.

 

It is also a historic fact that free blacks owned black slaves in various parts of pre-1865 America. That’s not to say that race wasn’t a factor in America, of course it was. But those two factoids about whites oppressing whites and blacks oppressing blacks are to stress the reality that there has been a long climb up from slavery, to serfdom that all races were subject to for much of human history.  That struggle toward a higher degree of freedom and equality crossed several imaginary lines we hold to today. Injustice and oppression has existed globally since early in the dawn of human history.  Indeed, a fair view of history could be imperfectly summed up with the following sentance.  History is the story of the struggle of one group, tribe, people, or nation trying to oppress others, and those others resisting – or succumbing to – that oppression. 

Those acts of oppression occurred within a ‘nation,’ as well as between tribes and nations.

Why do people pour across our southern border if not because they hope to get a better life here in the imperfect USA than their even more imperfect and troubled homeland? 

The expression ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ takes the American Dream and turns it on its head. But that expression exists because it reflects the understandable perspective of numbers of people that the system is to some extent rigged.

This writer grew up in the wake of the civil rights era. America wasn’t perfect then, nor is it now. But my parents came to America after post-World War II Europe.  They had witnessed first-hand the devastation caused by the National Socialists (NAZI) and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), who between the two had carved up Poland and other places, until the two European socialist powers turned upon each other. 

Sanitized American or global history helps no one, save in the view of those who engage in revisionism in the hopes of weaponizing the past to their supposed benefit in the present. 

Home ownership and the right to earn an honest living and keep the product of one’s own two hands have been frustrated at various times for large periods of our national and global history. It is no surprise that it is so today.

 

Fathers and Families

Good fathers – as well as good mothers – routinely want the best for their children. There are sad exceptions to the rule, but there is something deep within a parent in an organic family that desires to improve the lot of their offspring.

  • Ease of access to capital,
  • ease of access to home ownership,
  • equality of opportunity,
  • equal justice under the law,

these are just some of the ideals that have sparked generations of Americans for centuries.  Don’t forget that despite the guarantees of Magna Carta, it was imperfectly applied.  That’s why thousands left England, risking a dangerous voyage to come to the American colonies in the first place. History is an uneven struggle of advances and retreats in personal rights. That’s true here and in other lands too. As a disclaimer, this writer has been a political independent for years, respectful of the rights of those who support this or that major or minor political party.  The point is that these facts have political implications, but they transcend politics too.

As was noted last Sunday, some 70 years after George Orwell’s novel 1984 was published, his thoughts are sparking new interest. Orwell and other authors saw what was taking shape in their time, and they warned against a possibly darker future ahead. Big brother re-casting history, creating memory holes to do away with inconvenient truths, these Orwell and others could see were already becoming problematic.  A good bit of Orwell’s concerns related to weaponizing history.

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Thousands of manufactured home industry professionals have little or no clue about the rich history of their profession. Nor do most understand the context of their industry in the broader scope of Americana. For example, in the early 1970s, new home shipments approached 600,000 new homes per year for 2 years. Given more technology, and billions in capital that poured into the U.S. from overseas or domestically from tax reforms, is there any reason why manufactured homes can’t exceed those totals today? See more about Orwell and thought-provoking quotes at the linked report here and further below.

 

America is polarized today. But it was at the time of the revolution against England too. There were decades of efforts known as the abolition movement to end slavery. There was division in the lead up to the war between the states, which is most commonly called the Civil War.  There is an uneven march to ending serfdom and slavery in the world, as the graphic below depicts.

 

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Along with ending serfdom or slavery in a formal sense, it is wise to understand that the right to private property goes with personal freedom. Economic, religious, political, and personal liberty all go hand-in-hand. Part of the tragedy of our era is that reportedly tens of millions are still de facto slaves in various parts of the world. The fight for freedom never stops.

 

Those points said, while there are always extremists, there is perhaps an opportunity to forge something new and unique in our own time. But that will only occur if people clearly see what’s gone wrong, and address the root causes of injustices. Those injustices include limiting people’s access to affordable housing.  They also include manipulations – what Senator Bernie Sanders and now President Donald J. Trump have called – a rigged system.  Increasingly, left and right see similar issues.  What differs is their approach to solving those issues.

Our industry has arguably been weaponized from within, not just from outside it’s boundaries. In contacts with public officials – elected and appointed- there is among several a willingness to accept the evidence and reasoning presented here on MHProNews and on MHLivingNews, precisely because we strive to accurately cite facts, evidence and sources.  Meaning, we strive to be grounded in reality. That in turn means our readers are more grounded in reality too. 

As our readers are routine sources of news tips, it is an exchange, not a one-sided communication.  

 

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Mobile and Manufactured Home History

Yesterday, we noted the celebration of the 43rd Anniversary of the start of HUD Code manufactured homes (see reports below). One might wonder why the same powers-that-be in the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis that failed to robustly tout the Innovations in Housing Showcase also failed to build on that event by celebrating the start of manufactured housing on June 15, 1976?

The truth is hiding in plain sight. We see evidence from politicos on both sides of the left-right aisle that manufactured homes could become a factor in the 2020 contests ahead. 

But as or more important, manufactured homes offers an opportunity for those who want their own slice of the American Dream to have it. Research shows that most renters – something like 80 percent – want to be owners someday. 

There are an estimated 111 million renters – per Apartment List – in America.  Those fathers, mothers, and households must be presented with the full truth about manufactured homes. They must also be given the opportunity tap that opportunity in practical ways.  That’s why topics like ‘enhanced preemption’ are so vital.

 

Be it Ever So Humble…

Even with all of the hardships and challenges, America represents an opportunity that most places on earth only aspire to have. Never forget that as we work in our own way for a better American Republic, we are each already so fortunate when compared to billions of others around the world. 

The truth and proven principles must be the guiding lights in the night sky.  That’s part of what that featured image at the top means.

Let’s all tip the hat to our fathers, who along with our mothers, made our lives possible. My folks and yours were human, a mix of goodness and weakness. That’s why we need a measure of mercy and appreciation combined. 

Then, let’s build on the hard work of the generations that have struggled for an ever higher degree of human freedom and equality under the law. Let’s make sure that those who manipulate the system in ways that diminish our own rights and that of others are exposed, and brought to as swift an end as the law permits.

The monopolization of America is just part of a pattern that been evolving. It’s not only occurring in our manufactured home (MH) industry, but there are egregious cases in MHVille that must be addressed. That will involve the legal and political systems.  In a sense, the biggest compliment we can get is the back-handed one that the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis work so hard to obscure or attempt to undermine what we do here. The second biggest compliment they can give us is to keep ducking public debate over the published concerns. If they were so confident, they’d debate us, right? Instead

That said, well plan to be here for you day-by-day to share the reports, to celebrate the successes, to do the fact-checks and analysis, as well as to call for the corrections needed. 

Happy Father’s Day.

Those latest reports follow below. With no further adieu, let’s dive into the week that was from 6.9.2019 to 6.16.2019.

 

New June Featured Articles:

Including new Tim Connor, plus A Cup of Coffee with…, and other reports – linked here.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews:

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What’s New in Washington, D.C. From MHARR

 

 

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Surprising Non-Partisan Revelations, Opportunities, Controversies Could Decide 2020 Campaigns – Affordable Housing, Antitrust, Wealth Inequality, and Manufactured Homes

Surprising Non-Partisan Revelations, Opportunities, Controversies Could Decide 2020 Campaigns – Affordable Housing, Antitrust, Wealth Inequality, and Manufactured Homes

 

 

What’s New on the Daily Business News

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Saturday 6.15.2019

·        Celebrating Manufactured Housing’s 43rd Birthday, Born June 15, 1976

Celebrating Manufactured Housing’s 43rd Birthday, Born June 15, 1976

 

Friday 6.14.2019 

·        It’s Your Money, Your Future – 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate Line Up, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

It’s Your Money, Your Future – 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate Line Up, Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        RE Focused Economist Says, ‘Millions of Housing Units’ Needed

RE Focused Economist Says, ‘Millions of Housing Units’ Needed

·        Dueling Statements, NAMHCO, MHI, MHARR, Weigh In On Controversial MH Bill, “George Allen Pawn Gambit”

Dueling Statements, NAMHCO, MHI, MHARR, Weigh In On Controversial MH Bill, “George Allen Pawn Gambit”

·        “Together, We Are Building a Safe, Strong, and Proud America,” Happy Birthday, President Donald. J. Trump

“Together, We Are Building a Safe, Strong, and Proud America,” Happy Birthday, President Donald. J. Trump

 

Thursday 6.13.2019 

·        Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Cited, Including MH Industry, Communities, American Society

Criminal Justice Reform, Benefits Cited, Including MH Industry, Communities, American Society

·        Tanker Strike Spark Oil Jump, Likely Rise in MH Transport Costs, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Investigating Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Over Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing

Investigating Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Over Duty to Serve Manufactured Housing

·        City Ponders “Mobile Housing Units,” to Address “Affordable Housing Shortage,” Citizen Reaction

City Ponders “Mobile Housing Units,” to Address “Affordable Housing Shortage,” Citizen Reaction

 

Wednesday 6.12.2019 

·        “Have…Giants…Stifled Competition,” Antitrust Battle Lines in D.C., plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

“Have…Giants…Stifled Competition,” Antitrust Battle Lines in D.C., plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

·        Ongoing MH Headwinds – Angry Manufactured Home Residents, Understanding the Manufactured Housing Industry Dilemma Through Their Eyes

Ongoing MH Headwinds – Angry Manufactured Home Residents, Understanding the Manufactured Housing Industry Dilemma Through Their Eyes

·        Time to Say Goodbye, Lessons Learned, What’s Next

Time to Say Goodbye, Lessons Learned, What’s Next

·        Highlights Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger’s First Six Months, What’s Next?

Highlights Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Kathleen Kraninger’s First Six Months, What’s Next?

 

Tuesday 6.11.2019

·        News Media Alliance Slams “Anti-Competitive Behavior,” Report, Congress Investigates – Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

News Media Alliance Slams “Anti-Competitive Behavior,” Report, Congress Investigates – Plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

Joe Stegmayer, Cavco Industries, MHI Chairman, Insights from Innovative Housing Showcase

·        WAVY, Mainstream TV – HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Innovative Housing Showcase – Clayton Homes, and Berkshire Hathaway Revelations

WAVY, Mainstream TV – HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Innovative Housing Showcase – Clayton Homes, and Berkshire Hathaway Revelations

·        Country Star John Rich Performs ‘Shut Up About Politics’ – Manufactured Housing Takeaways

Country Star John Rich Performs ‘Shut Up About Politics’ – Manufactured Housing Takeaways

 

Monday 6.10.2019

 

·        U.S. Chamber hits POTUS on ‘Weaponization of Tariffs,’ POTUS Trump Hits Back, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

U.S. Chamber hits POTUS on ‘Weaponization of Tariffs,’ POTUS Trump Hits Back, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

·        Governor Kristi Noem Tells Young Woman too Many People are Governed by Feelings

Governor Kristi Noem Tells Young Woman too Many People are Governed by Feelings

·        HUD Secretary Ben Carson Address to Innovative Housing Showcase, Complete Official Speech Text

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Address to Innovative Housing Showcase, Complete Official Speech Text

·        “Cribs with Carson,” Tiny House, Manufactured Homes, Innovative Housing Showcase, National Mall, Washington, D.C. Video Report

“Cribs with Carson,” Tiny House, Manufactured Homes, Innovative Housing Showcase, National Mall, Washington, D.C. Video Report

 

Sunday 6.9.2019

·        George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

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In a series of direct quotes in context, a document from 21st Mortgage signed by Tim Williams, and video recorded comments by Kevin Clayton, these all line up to demonstrate how independent retailers, communities, and producers – among others – where purportedly harmed by action that could be deemed an antitrust violation. Why hasn’t Allen told his readers how that cost them money? https://www.manufacturedhomelivingnews.com/bridging-gap-affordable-housing-solution-yields-higher-pay-more-wealth-but-corrupt-rigged-billionaires-moat-is-barrier/

 

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George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

June 9th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The ubiquitous Drudge Report linked up an interesting report from France 24 that said that there is another surge in interest in George Orwell and his writing, including the classic novel, 1984.

 

Interesting, because MHProNews has recently used quotes from Orwell in various reports to spark thoughts that insightful soul previously pondered that should speak to our times.

 

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For those who never read, or may not clearly recall the themes, “Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English writer George Orwell published in June 1949, whose themes center on the risks of government overreach, totalitarianism and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviors within society,” said Wikipedia.

 

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Dystopian fiction has arguably become more common in recent decades. Hunger Games, Handmaids Tale, Blade Runner, Ready Player One, A Clockwork Orange, and Divergent are but a few examples.

 

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A dystopia…is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as “not-good place” and is an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his best known work, Utopia, published 1516, a blueprint for an ideal society with minimal crime, violence and poverty,” also per Wikipedia.

 

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The classic line about Big Brother from Orwell’s novel, 1984. In an era when CCTV cameras are proliferating, smart phones track you, your car may track you, social media platforms track you, these are among the reasons that a new generation are turning to ponder Orwell’s insights.

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Orwell’s point here was a subtle one, where people are asked by Big Brother to believe something clearly contradictory, and yet accept it as true. It’s akin to Warren Buffett supporting candidates that passed or protected Dodd-Frank, while 21st Mortgage’s Tim Williams and MHI postured efforts to repeal or amend portions of the regulations from Dodd-Frank. Two contradictory positions, yet thousands of MH professionals went along.

 

Ready Player One  features as part of its dark backdrop images of pre-HUD Code mobile homes, or older manufactured homes. It is arguably an example of how the good news about manufactured homes has been blurred by certain movies, or TV shows like the Trailer Park Boys.  These are examples of what should be considered as reverse product placement. 

 

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Before saying what follows, let’s remind readers that MHProNews and our public-focused sister-site, MHLivingNews, are pro-industry, pro-consumer, and pro-free enterprise. We celebrate honest success, but oppose dishonest manipulations that disadvantage millions. In that context, the growing battle over the power of corporate giants that want to impose their world-view on society took center stage this past week, as Facebook, Google, and other big tech giants are reportedly the targets of planned antitrust investigations and possible legal action.

 

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Free speech must include the ability to escape the power of those tech-giants to de-platform, restrict, or effectively censor speech. They are supposed to be neutral platforms, but appear to be anything but even handed.

 

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As MHProNews reported during the 2018 campaign, a relatively small group of the top billionaires are disproportionately left-leaning. Is it any surprise that those who have such raw financial and media power are accused of tilting their platforms against those who oppose their world view?

 

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MHProNews covers historic topics too, precisely to counter the concern that Orwell prudently raised.

 

The solution isn’t to regulate the tech giants, or other monopolistic entities, as that will only serve to safeguard them against potential rivals that might otherwise challenge them. Big taxes, big regulations, these are tools of those who have powerful influence over government to limit those with might otherwise opposed them.

 

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That’s why from the outset, the founders of America believed it was as important to rebel against monopolies as it was to rebel against the crown that bestowed that monopoly. 

 

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American history, and much of world history, must be understood through a very precise prism.  The powerful attempt to find ways to distort the law and society to advantage themselves against all others.

 

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Those who desire freedom must be willing to expose those distortions, and fight against them. The American Way was and ideally remains one of Constitutionally limited government that also limits the potentially raw power of monopolistic businesses.

 

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The reports that follow below from the week of 6.2.2019 to 6.9.2019 has numerous reports on the issues of what is keeping manufactured housing from achieving its potential to serve millions of people.  HUD Secretary Carson did a good thing, several in fact, for manufactured housing.

 

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But to understand why the manufactured home industry is struggling, one must be willing to take the advice of contrarian investor Sam Zell – Chairman of Equity Lifestyle Properties – who famously quipped, “When others are going left, look right.”

 

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As independents, we strive to look 360 here on MHProNews, sourcing and fact-checking across the left-right divide.

 

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Just as some are now trying to dethrone the role that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. played in American history, there are those who try to diminish the goals that the founders of our nation had.  These are just two examples of some of the points that George Orwell was trying to convey.

 

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One must separated “wheat from chaff.” The allegations about Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. are not new. The chaff of a person’s life does not eliminate the good – the wheat – that the same person has produced. It is often those willing to be counter-cultural that are able to effect positive social change.

 

We, the People” must learn to think critically and analytically. Objective thinking are part of the mechanism by which freedom is protected.  It is also how it can be re-captured when it begins to slip away.

 

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Abraham Lincoln was violently opposed, but he stood up for what to him were obvious threats and injustices. By doing so, at great cost, he preserved the Union and made it a better nation for generations to come. Every era has its own battles to fight, and our industry has internal and external challenges to the obvious benefits our proven form of affordable homes provides.  That’s needed by millions more of our fellow Americans. By getting to the core issues, and grappling with them, that’s how the future can be brighter for white hats and independents.

 

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headline news, reports, fact-checks, and analysis from the manufactured home industry’s runaway most read source in MHVille. MHProNews. Thanks for making it so.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

“We as a Nation Can Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis,” Says Secretary Ben Carson, Spotlighting Manufactured Homes, Other Emerging Housing Technologies

Affordable Housing War – Does Ethical, Legal Way to Redistribute Wealth from Billionaires to Millions of Americans Exist Without Socialism or Passing New Laws?

 

What’s New from Washington, D.C. from MHARR


HUD Code Production Decline Continues But Moderates

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Brief History and Objectives of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

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Major and Continuing MHARR Accomplishments for the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Industry and Consumers of Affordable Housing

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What’s New on the Masthead 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Affordable Housing, Obscuring the Truth, Innovations in Housing, and Manufactured Homes

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Affordable Housing, Obscuring the Truth, Innovations in Housing, and Manufactured Homes

 

Ultimate, Proven Contrarian Investing – Ethical vs. Unethical, Legal vs Illegal Manufactured Housing Industry Strategies

Ultimate, Proven Contrarian Investing – Ethical vs. Unethical, Legal vs Illegal Manufactured Housing Industry Strategies

 

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Manufactured Housing, What Others Say About Sales, Marketing, Training Systems by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, MHProNews and Manufactured Home Living News

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Saturday 6.8.2019


Secretary Ben Carson’s, Julian Castro’s Manufactured Housing, “Trailer,” “Mobile Home” Revelations, 2020 Battles Ahead

Secretary Ben Carson’s, Julian Castro’s Manufactured Housing, “Trailer,” “Mobile Home” Revelations, 2020 Battles Ahead

 

Friday 6.7.2019

Two Market Movers Today – Mexico, the Fed, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

Two Market Movers Today – Mexico, the Fed, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

 

AOC Sounds Off, 2020 Heats Up, Senator Elizabeth Warren Rising, Manufactured Housing, Article 1 Section 8, and You

AOC Sounds Off, 2020 Heats Up, Senator Elizabeth Warren Rising, Manufactured Housing, Article 1 Section 8, and You

 

Members Point to Positives, Problematic – Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) says, “Get the Facts on Zoning”

Members Point to Positives, Problematic – Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) says, “Get the Facts on Zoning”

 

Positive Congressional Reactions – Innovative Housing Showcase, HUD, MHEC, MHI, and Other Insights

Positive Congressional Reactions – Innovative Housing Showcase, HUD, MHEC, MHI, and Other Insights

 

Thursday 6.6.2019 

U.S.-Mexico, Tariffs, and Border Crisis Talks, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

U.S.-Mexico, Tariffs, and Border Crisis Talks, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

 

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

 

FHFA’s Mark Calabria, Ph.D., Address at HUD, NAHB’s Innovative Housing Showcase

FHFA’s Mark Calabria, Ph.D., Address at HUD, NAHB’s Innovative Housing Showcase

 

D-Day, June 6, 1944 – 75th Anniversary Solemn Commemoration, Videos – Greatest Generation

D-Day, June 6, 1944 – 75th Anniversary Solemn Commemoration, Videos – Greatest Generation

 

Wednesday 6.5.2019 

Borders, Tariffs, and Looming Antitrust – plus Manufactured Home Market Updates 

Pushing Back Against NIMBYism, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, NAHB Innovative Housing Showcase, Schedule

Pushing Back Against NIMBYism, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, NAHB Innovative Housing Showcase, Schedule

 

White Flag? Tariffs, Manufactured Housing Institute Fly-In, Antitrust Exemptions Topics by Politico in Washington, D.C.

White Flag? Tariffs, Manufactured Housing Institute Fly-In, Antitrust Exemptions Topics by Politico in Washington, D.C.

 

Big Tech, Big Brother, 1984, Manufactured Home Professionals, and You

Big Tech, Big Brother, 1984, Manufactured Home Professionals, and You

 

Tuesday 6.4.2019 

Tent Cities, Homelessness, Crime, Disease, Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes

Tent Cities, Homelessness, Crime, Disease, Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes

 

Fed Hikes Blamed for Housing Slowdown, per Chan, former Chase Chief Economist, plus MH Stock Updates

Fed Hikes Blamed for Housing Slowdown, per Chan, former Chase Chief Economist, plus MH Stock Updates

 

8 Months of Declining Year-Over-Year HUD Code Manufactured Home Production – When Will Manufactured Housing Institute Act?

8 Months of Declining Year-Over-Year HUD Code Manufactured Home Production – When Will Manufactured Housing Institute Act?

 

Public Reactions to HUD Secretary Carson’s “Innovations in Housing” Promoting Manufactured Homes

Public Reactions to HUD Secretary Carson’s “Innovations in Housing” Promoting Manufactured Homes

 

Monday 6.3.2019 

Antitrust – “You Can’t Penalize Success But Can Penalize Bad Behavior.” Former Ast AG Bill Baer, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

Antitrust – “You Can’t Penalize Success But Can Penalize Bad Behavior.” Former Ast AG Bill Baer, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Innovative Housing Showcase on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Innovative Housing Showcase on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

 

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, Both Finger Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Failures, in Writing, Again

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, Both Finger Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Failures, in Writing, Again

 

Washington Leak – Justice Department Prepares Major Antitrust Investigation

Washington Leak – Justice Department Prepares Major Antitrust Investigation

 

Sunday 6.2.2019 

What Are Federal Officials Researching About Manufactured Housing?

What Are Federal Officials Researching About Manufactured Housing?

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Emmy Winning Sharyl Attkisson Reports Obama-Era Surveillance Timeline, Plus How Fake News Seeks to Control What You See and Think

September 25th, 2017 Comments off

SharylAttkissonPresidentBarackObamaDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsGeorge Orwell was arguably wrong about the year that drew the title of his best seller, 1984.”  But much that Orwell predicted in 1948 when he penned that tome has come to pass, albeit not always as his political and social novel projected.

War is Peace.  Freedom is Slavery.  Ignorance is Strength.” Those clearly contradictory notions were among the slogans used by “Big Brother,” a metaphor for an oppressive government that propagandized its own people. Literary analysists could say that those slogans represented just how powerfully propaganda could sway the masses of people.

In fact, not all fall for propaganda, just as the party line was questioned in Orwell’s novel, so there are those who question the various party lines of today.

The GOP is registering at an all-time low in the polls, per CNN’s latest. “There are fresh signs the Republican Party’s brand is in trouble, Fewer than three in 10 Americans — 29% — hold a favorable view of the Republican Party.”  But a few lines deeper into their article, one reads this: “Both parties will have to grapple with an increasingly unhappy public as nearly six in 10 Americans (59%) say they are angry at both parties…”

It is also worth noting that the Democratic party is suffering in their fund-raising.  Politico – which like CNN is a left-of-center publication (see chart below) – reported recently: “There’s one problem for the Democrats: The party has a serious fundraising crisis. … Republicans have quietly taken a decisive edge over Democrats when it comes to small-dollar fundraising.”

Or as left-leaning NBC’s Chuck Todd has observed, Donald Trump may have low polling numbers, but his movement is still the strongest going in the American political scene today.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.

For years, the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews has used sources across the political and economic spectrum in an effort to bring manufactured housing industry professionals the best possible insights and perspectives on the news that impacts your business and profession.

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One of many possible examples of MHProNews fisking (critique, analysis) problematic coverage of our industry by mainstream media.  MHProNews has also analyzed the ‘reports’ by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and has noted industry charges and allegations of their routine failure to defend the industry, or to report fake news to their own members. For the report above, click the graphic. Collage by MHProNews.com.

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It is against that backdrop of headlines above that the DBN dives into a fresh report provided to MHProNews from independent thinker, author and Emmy-award winning journalist, Sharyl Attkisson.

Attkisson’s created the left-right media chart that we periodically reference here on MHProNews, work which academics and others have since de facto verified in their own research of the mainstream media.

Before beginning her report, let’s note her upcoming – soon to be a best seller – Attkisson’s new book “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think and How You Vote.”  That book can be pre-ordered at this link here.

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Note: Attkisson’s timeline doesn’t draw conclusions, she’s providing verifiable facts. It is much in keeping with the spirt of one of our MHProNews slogans, “We Provide, You Decide.”

Obama-era Surveillance Timeline

You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials. But I couldn’t find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations. So I built one. Please note: temporal proximity of events doesn’t necessarily imply a connection.

January 21, 2009:

President Obama takes office; pledges unprecedented transparency.

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April 2009:

Someone leaks the unmasked name of Congresswoman Jane Harmon to the press. According to news reports, the Bush administration NSA incidentally recorded and saved Harmon’s phone conversations with pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage. The story is first broken by Congressional Quarterly’s Jeff Stein.

 

December 17, 2009:

The Obama administration prosecutes FBI contractor Shamai Leibowitz for leaking documents to the media in April 2009. Leibowitz says he leaked because he felt FBI practices were “an abuse of power and a violation of the law” which he reported to his superiors at the FBI “who did nothing about them.”  (According to the ACLU: “Amazingly, the sentencing judge said, ‘I don’t know what was divulged other than some documents, and how it compromised things, I have no idea’.”)

 

2010:

The IRS secretly begins “targeting” conservative groups that are seeking nonprofit tax-exempt status, by singling out ones that have “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names.

Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning begins illegally leaks classified information to WikiLeaks revealing, among other matters, that the U.S. is extensively spying on the United Nations.

Obama Attorney General Eric Holder renews a Bush-era subpoena of New York Times reporter James Risen in a leak investigation.

Obama administration pursues espionage charges against NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake. (According to the ACLU: spy charges were later dropped and Drake pled guilty to a misdemeanor. The judge called the government’s conduct in the case “unconscionable.”)

 

May 28, 2010:

The government secretly applies for a warrant to obtain Google email information of Fox News reporter James Rosen in a leak investigation, without telling Rosen.

 

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September 21, 2010:

Internal email entitled “Obama Leak Investigations” at “global intelligence” company Stratfor claims Obama’s then-Homeland Security adviser John Brennan is targeting journalists.

“Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources,” writes one Stratfor official to another.

The email continues: “Note — There is specific tasker from the [White House] to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode…”

“The Wonder Boys” reportedly refers to the National Security Agency (NSA). Brennan later becomes President Obama’s CIA Director.

 

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After receiving an anonymous tip, CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson begins researching the Department of Justice “gunwalking” operation nicknamed “Fast and Furious” that secretly let thousands of weapons be trafficked to Mexican drug cartels. One of the “walked” guns had been used by illegal aliens who murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

 

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February 22, 2011:

CBS’ Attkisson breaks news about “Fast and Furious” on The CBS Evening News.

After the story airs, the government issues an internal memo that seeks to “push positive stories” to contradict the news.

Given the negative coverage by CBS Evening News last week…ATF needs to proactively push positive stories this week, in an effort to preempt some negative reporting, or at minimum, lessen the coverage of such stories in the news cycle by replacing them with good stories about ATF.

 

March 4, 2011:

CBS News’ Attkisson exclusively interviews sitting ATF special agent John Dodson. He gives a firsthand account contradicting government denials re: Fast and Furious.

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May 2011:

White House recruits democratic operative Eric Schultz to spin on Fast and Furious and to counter the House Oversight Committee’s investigative work on the case. (Schultz previously served as intern to Sen. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton.)

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Spring 2011:

Obama intel officials capture and record incidental private communications between Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, and a Libyan official. The recordings are later leaked to the press.

 

2011:

Fox News reporter Mike Levine is subpoenaed by the Department of Justice regarding a story he reported about a federal grand jury’s indictments of terrorism suspects. The subpoena is later dropped.

 

June 2, 2011:

Republican Mitt Romney announces he’ll challenge President Obama in campaign 2012.

 

June 28, 2011:

Obama U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke secretly leaks sensitive government information to Fox News, allegedly to retaliate against ATF whistleblower John Dodson in the Fast and Furious case. (Burke is former chief of staff to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.)

 

August 2011:

U.S. Attorney Burke resigns while under investigation for the improper leak of sensitive information about Dodson. The Inspector General later confirms the leak and Burke apologizes.

 

September 2011:

White House operative Schultz invites Attkisson and several other national journalists to off the record backgrounder about Fast and Furious documents subpoenaed by Congress. Later, on the phone, Shultz screams and cusses at Attkisson as she asks questions raised by the Fast and Furious documents.

 

October 3, 2011:

Obama administration secretly changes longstanding policy. The change creates a “loophole” that Sen. Ron Wyden would later say allows the NSA to conduct “backdoor searches” of “incidental collection” of U.S. citizens’ domestic communications.

The same day, CBS News airs Attkisson’s report on newly-uncovered memos that contradict Attorney General Eric Holders’ denials about Fast and Furious.

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October 4, 2011:

In an internal email, Attorney General Eric Holder’s top press aide Tracy Schmaler emails White House operative Schultz calling Attkisson “out of control.” Schultz replies, “Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

 

November 2011:

CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, who’s married, allegedly begins an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. (The FBI would later say it “stumbled” upon evidence of the affair incidentally during an unspecified, much broader investigation.)

 

December 2011:

Amid much criticism, Justice Department finally, officially retracts the false letter it had submitted to Congress in February. The letter had stated that the Fast and Furious allegations of gunwalking were untrue.

 

February 13, 2012:

At approximately 10:30pm, remote intruders secretly download new spy software proprietary to a federal agency onto Attkisson’s CBS work computer. (The software was secretly attached to a legitimate Hotmail email and downloaded in the background after a pop-up ad appeared).

 

April-May 2012:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI publicly announce vast expansion of cyber related efforts to address alleged “national security-related cyber issues.”

In violation of longstanding practice, DOJ secretly and without notice seizes personal and phone records of journalists from Associated Press from this two-month period in a leak investigation.

 

June 2012:

Attorney General Holder secretly initiates investigations into AP and the New York Times regarding government leaks.

 

June 28, 2012:

The House of Representatives holds Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to Fast and Furious.

 

July 2012:

The Department of Justice designates U.S. Attorneys’ offices to act as “force multipliers” in further stepped-up cyber efforts in the name of national security.

Intruders remotely “refresh” ongoing surveillance of Attkisson’s CBS News Toshiba laptop.

 

Summer 2012:

The FBI incidentally stumbles across emails revealing CIA Director Petraeus’ affair with his biographer Broadwell. FBI Director Robert Mueller is notified of the affair on a date the government will not disclose. The FBI later says it interviewed Petraeus and Broadwell, and concluded national security hasn’t been breached. The FBI keeps all of this information secret.

In late summer, on a date the government won’t reveal, the FBI notifies Attorney General Holder of the Petraeus affair.

 

September 11, 2012:

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens are murdered in Benghazi, Libya during attacks by Islamic extremist terrorists. Despite internal communications that acknowledge the terrorist nature of the attacks within minutes, the Obama administration falsely reports to the public that the attacks were instead a protest gone awry after an anti-Islamic YouTube video.

Some Obama officials become frustrated with CIA Director Petraeus and his post-Benghazi attack behavior, as he opposes efforts to edit out mentions of terrorism from the public Benghazi talking points. Petraeus deputy Mike Morell  is given authority over the edits, and aligns with Hillary Clinton’s State Department against Petraeus’s desires.

 

October 2012:

CBS begins airing Attkisson’s Benghazi stories which rely on whistleblowers and numerous government-linked confidential sources. These sources report that the Executive Branch is clamping down on leaks to reporters re: Benghazi.

DOJ continues its stepped-up National Security Division cyber efforts, holding specialized training at DOJ headquarters for the National Security Cyber Specialists (NSCS) network and the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS).

President Obama issues top secret presidential directive on Oct. 16 ordering intelligence officials to draw up a list of overseas targets for cyberattacks. According to The Guardian, the directive also “contemplates the possible use of cyber actions inside the US.”

As CIA Director Petraeus’s interagency relationships become increasingly strained over his stance on Benghazi, unnamed FBI agents reach out to Republicans in Congress to tell about Petraeus’s affair. They eventually land at the office of Republican majority leader Eric Cantor. With the presidential elections about a week away, Cantor stays mum on the Petraeus rumors and instead contacts the FBI about them.

The FBI interviews Petraeus and Broadwell a second time.

 

November 2, 2012:

The FBI questions President Obama’s vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright in a leak investigation regarding material in a book written by a New York Times reporter. Cartwright denies being the source (but later admits he was, and is convicted in the case).

 

November 6, 2012:

President Obama defeats Mitt Romney in Campaign 2012.

CIA Director Petraeus is scheduled to testify to Congress next week about the Benghazi attacks.

Officials claim this day is the first time Director of National Intelligence Clapper is notified about the Petraeus affair by an unspecified official at the Justice Department. Clapper calls Petraeus and urges him to resign.

 

November 7-9, 2012:

Attorney General Holder hosts a national training conference at DOJ headquarters for the expanded efforts of DOJ’s National Security Cyber Specialists (NSCS).

The Obama administration says somebody unspecified notifies someone at the White House about the Petraeus affair on Nov. 7. The President is reportedly looped in for the first time on Nov. 8 and accepts Petraeus’ resignation on Nov. 9. Petraeus’ planned appearance before Congress to testify on Benghazi is canceled.

 

November 13, 2012:

The F.B.I. initiates a body of cyber security case investigations that would later relate to Attkisson’s computer intrusions.

 

December 2012:

Two intelligence-connected sources separately suggest to Attkisson that she’s likely under government surveillance due to her reporting. One source tells her the government has pushed the envelope like never before and that public would be shocked to “learn the extent that the government is conducting surveillance of private citizens.”

As Attkisson arranges a forensic exam of her computer, evidence later shows the intruders then attempted to cover their tracks and to erase evidence of their intrusion. However, the erasures leave additional forensic evidence.

 

December 27, 2012:

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who have classified knowledge as members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, publicly warn of the “back-door search loophole” or searches of incidental collection of innocent Americans.

As it is written, there is nothing to prohibit the intelligence community from searching through a pile of communications, which may have been incidentally or accidentally been collected without a warrant, to deliberately search for the phone calls or e-mails of specific Americans.—Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado

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2013:

Obama administration brings court martial against Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who has changed his name to Chelsea, for a 2010 leak of classified information to WikiLeaks that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world. Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison, the longest punishment ever given in a U.S. leak case.

 

January 2013:

Two forensics examinations confirm unauthorized remote intrusions and monitoring of Attkisson’s work and personal computers. The information is not publicly reported at this time.

 

January 23, 2013:

The Obama administration prosecutes CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou for leaks to a reporter as he blew the whistle on the CIA’s secret torture program. He’s the first CIA officer convicted of providing classified information to a reporter.

 

March 12, 2013:

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies to Congress, falsely stating that intelligence officials are not collecting mass data on tens of millions of Americans.

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April 12, 2013:

The government Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Agency (FISA) court secretly approves the latest FBI request to continue obtaining daily telephone records of millions of U.S. Verizon customers. The judge orders Verizon to turn over the information to the National Security Agency (NSA). This directly contradicts Clapper’s March 12 testimony to Congress.

 

April 2013:

A secret government memo later exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden discusses how the U.S. is collecting information “directly from the servers of …Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”

 

May 10, 2013:

After longstanding denials, the IRS admits to and apologizes for targeting Republican Tea Party groups for mischief, which included discussing developing pretenses for prosecution, leading up to the 2012 election.

 

May 13, 2013:

The Associated Press (AP) publicly announces that it has learned of the Justice Department’s secret subpoena of phone records for 20 AP reporters, in a leak investigation. Attorney General Holder personally approved the subpoenas, which were issued to Verizon rather than AP. AP calls it a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into news-gathering operations.

 

May 17, 2013:

Fox News learns that the Justice Department secretly labeled reporter James Rosen a possible “criminal co-conspirator” and “flight-risk” in obtaining warrants to monitor Rosen’s State Department movements, phone records and emails in a leak investigation starting in 2011.

 

June 2013:

The FBI secretly opens a case on Attkisson’s computer intrusions under the auspices of a national security issue. The FBI contacts CBS without Attkisson’s knowledge, but fails to contact or interview Attkisson. (The FBI later withholds Attkisson’s FBI file in its entirety without explanation, and other documents, despite multiple Freedom of Information Act requests.)

News of the FBI case involving Attkisson’s computer intrusions is circulated internally to the Justice Department’s national cyber security group, and grouped with a set of cases opened in November 2012.

 

June 2013:

Former National Security Agency NSA contractor Snowden begins releasing documents showing extensive efforts by the government to surveil and collect information on U.S. citizens.

Snowden is charged with three felonies in his absence from the U.S.

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June 6, 2013:

At a hearing, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, asks Attorney General Eric Holder if the NSA spies on members of Congress. Holder answers that the NSA has no “intent” to spy on Congress, but that the issue is better addressed in private.

 

July 2, 2013:

Director of National Intelligence Clapper apologizes to Congress for his false testimony in March regarding widespread collection of data on Americans.

 

August 6, 2013:

Armed Coast Guard agents under the Department of Homeland Security raid the home of reporter Audrey Hudson at 4:30am with a search warrant for her husband’s firearms. As they searched the house, they read Hudson her Miranda rights and confiscated documents that contained “confidential notes, draft articles, and other newsgathering materials” belonging to Hudson including the identities of whistleblowers at the Department of Homeland Security. (Hudson sues and later receives a settlement from the government.)

 

August 7, 2013:

CBS News publicly announces confirmation of Attkisson’s computer intrusions.

“Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012…This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.—CBS News

 

September 19, 2013

The Obama Justice Department charges FBI agent and contractor Donald Sachtleben with leaking to an AP reporter details of disrupted terrorist bomb plot. He’s sentenced to 43 months in prison.

 

January 23, 2014:

Sen. Bernie Sanders asks the NSA if it spies on members of Congress. The NSA does not provide a direct answer and states that Congress is afforded “the same privacy protections as all U.S. persons.”

 

March 2014:

Congress accuses the CIA of improperly accessing Senate Intelligence committee computers. CIA Director Brennan denies it.

Director of National Intelligence Clapper bans intelligence community officials from unauthorized contact with reporters.

 

April 2, 2014:

Former state department contractor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim is sentenced to prison for disclosing classified information to Fox News reporter James Rosen.

 

July 31, 2014:

CIA Inspector General reveals that five CIA officials improperly accessed Senate Intelligence Committee computers and searched certain staff emails. The findings contradict denials made in March by CIA director Brennan. Brennan apologizes to Senate staff.

 

October 2014:

The government pays a settlement to reporter Audrey Hudson after the 2013 Coast Guard raid of her home during which her work notes were improperly seized.

 

December 2014:

Attorney General Holder seeks to subpoena a 60 Minutes producer in connection with a terrorism trial, but pulls back the request after public criticism.

 

Spring 2015:

The Obama administration finishes secretive negotiations of an Iran nuclear deal that will return billions of dollars in frozen funds to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism in return for assurances from that country. It’s later reported that Obama intel officials have been incidentally capturing communications of U.S. members of Congress and organizations in the U.S. while secretly recording Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s discussions about the Iran deal, which he opposes.

As of now, the New York Times reports “since 2009, six current or former government employees and two government contractors have been indicted or prosecuted under the Espionage Act for leaking information to the public. There were only three such prosecutions under all previous U.S. presidents combined since 1917.”

 

May 2015:

Former CIA employee Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is convicted on espionage charges for leaks to New York Times reporter James Risen. He’s sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

 

December 2015:

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passes. It requires private Internet companies to “transmit cyber-threat indicators” to the Department of Homeland Security and granting the companies immunity from prosecution for sharing customers’  personal data in those cases.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration incidentally collected private communications by members of Congress while it spied on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

The NSA sweeping up “private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups… raised fears [of]—an ‘Oh-s— moment,’ one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.”–Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2015

 

July 2016:

Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president.

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According to later news reports, after Trump’s nomination, internal White House logs show Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice begins to show increased interest in National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence material that included “unmasked” Americans’ identities.

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Summer 2016:

The FBI reportedly obtains a secret FISA court order to monitor communications of Trump adviser Carter Page, convincing a judge there’s probable cause to believe Page is acting as a Russian agent. Surveillance of Page theoretically allows government officials to “incidentally” collect communications of Trump associates (or Trump himself) if they communicate with Page.

Read: When “Incidental” Intel Collection Isn’t Incidental

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2016:

It’s not yet known publicly, but CNN later reports that the Obama Justice Department wiretapped Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort before the 2016 election over Russia ties, closed the investigation, then began surveillance anew sometime in the fall and continued it through the early part of 2017.

 

Fall 2016:

Trump opponents “shop” to reporters a political opposition research “dossier” alleging Trump is guilty of various inappropriate acts regarding Russia. The information is unverified (and some of it is false) and the press doesn’t publish it, but a copy is provided to the FBI.

 

September 26, 2016:

It’s not publicly known at the time, but the government makes a proposal to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) court to allow the National Counter Terrorism Center to access “unmasked” intel on Americans acquired by the FBI and NSA. (The Court later approves as “appropriate”.)

 

October 7, 2016:

Former vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright pleads guilty in a leak investigation to lying to the FBI about his discussions with reporters regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

 

October 26, 2016:

At  closed-door hearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Obama administration disclosed that it had been violating surveillance safeguards, according to Circa. It disclosed that more than 5 percent of its searches of the NSA’s database violated safeguards promised in 2011.

 

November 8, 2016:

Donald Trump is elected President.

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November 2016-January 2017:

News reports claim Rice’s interest in the NSA materials accelerates after President Trump’s election through his January inauguration. Surveillance reportedly included Trump transition figures and/or foreign officials discussing a Trump administration.

 

December 2016:

FBI secretly monitors and records communications between Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who later became President Trump’s national security adviser.

 

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January 10, 2017:

The media reports on the leaked anti-Trump “dossier” compiled by a political opposition research group containing unverified and at least partly untrue allegations of misconduct involving Trump and Russia.

 

January 12, 2017:

The Obama administration finalizes new rules allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to spread certain intelligence to 16 other U.S. intel agencies without the normal privacy protections.

President Obama commutes all but the last four months of Manning’s sentence for leaking intelligence information to WikiLeaks.

 

February 2, 2017:

The news reports that five information technology (IT) computer professionals employed by Democrats in the House of Representatives are under criminal investigation for allegedly “accessing House IT systems without lawmakers’ knowledge.” The suspects include three brothers identified as Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan “who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers.” The brothers were said to have been employed by three Democrats on the Intelligence Committee and “five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs which deal with with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.”

 

February 9, 2017:

News of the FBI recordings of Lt. Gen. Flynn speaking with Russia’s ambassador is leaked to the press. The New York Times and the Washington Post report that Flynn was captured on wiretaps discussing current U.S. sanctions, despite Flynn’s earlier denials.

The Washington Post also reports the FBI reviewed Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador and “found nothing illicit.”

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Feb. 13, 2017:

Trump National Security Adviser Flynn resigns, acknowledging he had misled Vice President Pence about his Russia conversations.

 

March 2017:

The House Intelligence Committee requests a list of unmasking requests made during a certain time period by Obama officials. The intelligence committee does not provide the information, prompting a June 1 subpoena.

 

March 1, 2017:

The Washington Post learns and reports that Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions has met with the Russian ambassador twice in the recent past. Sessions had told Congress he didn’t communicate with the Russians during the campaign. (The Russian ambassador had sought out and met with numerous high-ranking Democrat and Republican officials.)

 

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March 2, 2017:

In an interview on MSNBC, Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas says that once President Trump was elected, she urged her former colleagues to “get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can [about Trump and his associates] before President Obama leaves the administration” and get it to “people on Capitol Hill.”

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Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from any Trump campaign-related investigations after backtracking on earlier statements that he had not met with Russian officials prior to the election.

 

March 4, 2017:

President Trump tweets: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” and “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

 

March 10, 2017:

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, steps forward to support Trump’s wiretapping claim, revealing that the Obama administration recorded his (Kucinich’s) communications with a Libyan official in Spring 2011.

 

March 20, 2017:

At a hearing, lead House Intelligence Committee Democrat Adam Schiff places Trump adviser Carter Page at the center of a theoretical alleged collusion with Russia. (It’s not yet publicly known that the FBI has been surveilling Page.) Some critics see Schiff’s storyline as an attempt to establish public justification for the Obama administration intel community’s controversial surveillance of the Trump adviser during the 2016 political campaign.

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March 22, 2017:

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes publicly announces that he has reviewed evidence of U.S. citizens associated with Trump being “incidentally” surveilled by Obama intelligence officials, and that the names and information of the Trump associates were illegally leaked and/or used, mostly in November, December and January. Nunes attends a meeting at the White House to discuss. He’s criticized for viewing the evidence and speaking of it publicly.

 

In an interview on PBS, former Obama National Security Adviser Rice says “I know nothing about this…I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring.”

 

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March 24, 2017:

The political firm that compiled the Trump “dossier” that was leaked to the press, Fusion GPS, declines to answer questions or document requests from Sen. Charles Grassley.

 

March 31, 2017:

Democrat Schiff is invited to the White House to review intel material Republican Nunes saw earlier.

 

April 3, 2017:

Multiple news reports state that prior to the election, Rice had requested and reviewed “unmasked” intelligence on Trump associates whose information was “incidentally” collected by intelligence agencies.

 

April 4, 2017:

In an interview on MSNBC, Rice seems to reverse herself (having earlier said she knew “nothing” about unmasking of surveilled Trump associates) and admits having asked for names of U.S. citizens previously masked in intelligence reports. Rice says her motivations were not political or to spy. When asked if she leaked names of U.S. citizens,

Rice replies, “I leaked nothing to nobody.”

 

April 6, 2017:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes recuses himself from the Russia part of his committee’s investigation.

 

April 11, 2017:

Someone leaks to the Washington Post, and the Post reports, that the FBI secretly obtained a FISA court order last summer to monitor Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Trump critics say the existence of the order proves there was possible criminal activity by Trump associates. However, Trump supporters say the leak is an attempt to frame damning revelations as they are coming to light: that the Obama administration was, indeed, surveilling the political campaign of at least one opponent.

 

April 28, 2017:

The NSA announces it “will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target.” This after it secretly disclosed mass violations to the FISA court last October.

The NSA also begins deleting prior collected data. It says it’s doing this to avoid further violations.

 

May 2, 2017: 

Members of Senate Intelligence Committee go to CIA headquarters to get briefed on Russia-Trump connections. The following day, CNN asks Senate Intelligence Committee member Dianne Feinstein if there is evidence of “collusion between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign.” “Not at this time,” replies Feinstein.

 

May 3, 2017:

Obama’s former National Security Adviser Susan Rice declines Republican Congressional request to testify at a hearing about the unmasking and surveillance.

 

May 4, 2017:

It’s revealed that in the election year of 2016, the Obama administration vastly expanded its searches of NSA database for Americans and the content of their emails and phone calls: From 9500 searches involving 198 Americans in 2013 to 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans in 2016.

 

May 5, 2017: 

Senator and former Presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) formally asks the White House and intelligence community whether he was surveilled under the Obama administration.

 

May 14, 2017:

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and ex-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Obama administration officials, admit to reviewing “classified documents in which Mr. Trump, his associates or members of Congress had been unmasked.” They won’t provide further details in public.

 

May 31, 2017:

Document is disclosed to Justice Department in a lawsuit claiming the NSA engaged in “blanket surveillance” of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, collecting and storing “virtually all electronic communications going into or out of the Salt Lake City area, including the contents of emails and text messages” to “experiment with and fine tune a new scale of mass surveillance.” Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden has denied such a program existed.

 

June 1, 2017:

House Intelligence Committee issues 7 subpoenas including for information related to unmaskings requested by ex-Obama officials national security adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power. Chairman Devin Nunes says the intelligence community has been stonewalling the committee’s March request for a list of all the unmaskings that occurred during a certain time period.

 

Sept. 13, 2017

Under questioning from Congress, former Obama adviser Susan Rice reportedly admits having requested to see the protected identities of Trump transition officials who were “incidentally” captured by government surveillance. (For their privacy protection, identities of U.S. citizens captured during surveillance of foreign foreign targets are supposed to be protected or “masked” from other government officials. Applications by federal officials to “unmask” the names or see the identities are supposed to be rare and carefully considered.

 

Sept. 18, 2017

CNN reports that the Obama Justice Department wiretapped Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort before the 2016 election over Russia ties, closed the investigation, then began surveillance anew sometime in the fall and continued it through the early part of 2017. (End of Sharyl Attkisson’s timeline.)

For those who don’t see how this relates to the swamp of Washington, D.C., and manufactured housing, we’ll close with this reminder.

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