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OPINION

East Germany on the Potomac

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The recently orchestrated and completely coordinated take-down of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn from deep within the shadows of the American government should send chills down the spines of every American.

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As the far-left and many in the anti-Trump media openly cheer their first “scalp,” President Trump immediately went to Twitter to underscore the real danger of what just happened to General Flynn.

Said the president: “The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N. Korea, etc?”

President Trump then followed that tweet up by saying: “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by “intelligence” like candy. Very un-American!,” and “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?), just like Russia.”

How correct the president is to point out the seriousness of these illegal leaks.

Make no mistake. The political assassination of Michael Flynn was a crime carried out in a way which would have made the operatives from any past or current police state blush with pride.

Is that our new reality? East Germany on the Potomac?

Anonymous and even cowardly career intelligence operatives with a strong bias against President Trump recording the conversations of the president’s nominee to be National Security Adviser and then selectively leaking edited snippets of those conversations to liberal members of the media who share their ideology--all done with the goal of driving Michael Flynn out of his job.

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Is that the new “norm” in Washington and in the intelligence community? For if so, it signals the end of democracy for our republic.

Who is next on this Shadow Government’s list? What formerly uncross-able lines will they next cross to carry out their objectives? Is any means now on the table?

As many in the media and the far-left cheer this chilling and illegal take-down of Michael Flynn, they should take a deep breath and ask themselves how they would feel – and more importantly how they would report – had it been conservative ideologues in the intelligence community who had been illegally leaking information damaging to President Obama and his policies to conservative talk show hosts.

There is zero doubt how they would have reacted. It would have been non-stop banner headlines and breathless network and cable-network voices condemning such a partisan breaking of the law while calling for the conservative intelligence operatives to be hunted down and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

It is not an exaggeration to state that the election of Donald J. Trump has unhinged many on the far-left and a growing number of “journalists.” But even understanding that new reality, many of these liberal activists and ideologues in the media are quite bright and have to understand that there can be no good end to cheering the partisan-motivated tactics of shadow operatives trying to deliberately sabotage the Trump administration by dialing-up a targeted disinformation campaign.

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I fear our only hope now is for the honorable men and women in our intelligence communities to step-up and stop these rogue agents not only breaking the laws of our nation, but threatening our very democracy.

Should they not, the unaccountable Shadow Government will have won.

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