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Christopher A. Ferrara

DHS official testifies: The Russians Might Have Done Something!

On June 21, DHS’s acting Director of the Cyber Division of the department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Samuel Liles, testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee regarding the endless, increasingly farcical “Russia probe.”  Let me summarize his testimony for the reader (the Remnant digests this important material so that you don’t have to):  

Internet-connected state election systems were “potentially targeted” in 21 states by “Russian-government-linked cyber actors.” This was the equivalent of someone who was “rattling the door knob and was unable to get in,” but in a small number of states “they made it through the door.” There is no evidence that any votes were changed because voting machines are not connected to the Internet.

In short, nothing actually happened, as indicated by the weasel words “potentially targeted.” Nevertheless, Russia’s dastardly “potential targeting” cannot go unpunished!  We cannot allow America’s Greatest Enemy Ever to rattle the sacred door knobs of democracy! 

But, the reader may ask, how do we really know that the “potential targeting” was conducted by “Russian government-linked cyber actors”?  Well, if you knew anything about counter-intelligence work, you would know that the “Russian government-linked cyber actors” left their Russian government-linked digital fingerprints at the scenes of the potential cyber-crimes they could actually have committed if they had wanted to commit them. Their fingerprints are all over the door knobs of our democracy!

But, but, the reader may wonder, why would sophisticated Russian government-linked cyber actors be so inept as to leave their fingerprints at the scene of their “potential targeting”?  Why would they not make their potential targeting untraceable to its source by generating fake IP addresses and using other means of concealment, like pimple-faced adolescents hacking government agencies and credit data bases from their parents’ basement? 

Well, if you knew anything about counter-intelligence work you would know that sophisticated Russian government-linked cyber actors routinely employ reverse psychology whenever they potentially do something they could actually do if they were inclined to do it.  They make it so obvious that Russian government-linked cyber actors were involved that we might think it couldn’t possibly be Russian government-linked cyber actors, who would never be so obvious.  Ah ha!

The incurably skeptical reader may cavil at the phrase “Russian government-linked cyber actors.”  How is a Russian government-linked cyber actor different from simply a Russian government cyber actor?  What constitutes a “link” to the Russian government, and how do we know that the “link” is not just a phony IP address like those pimple-faced kids use?

Well, if you knew anything about counter-intelligence work, etc.

Clearly, the astonishing disclosure that Russian government-linked cyber actors rattled the door knobs of our democracy means that Donald Trump must have colluded with Vladimir Putin to undermine the very foundation of our way of life: the election of Hillary Clinton.  No doubt, Robert Mueller and his army of Clinton donors will get to the bottom of this… in a few years.

Meanwhile, should there not be a Congressional investigation of whether Russian government-linked cyber actors potentially affected the outcome of the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District?  Karen Handel was supposed to lose, like Trump was supposed to lose. Yet she won, just like Trump did.  Coincidence?  I don’t think so.

Indeed, how can America ever trust the election of any Republican again, given the undeniable role of Russian government-linked cyber actors in potentially favoring Republicans and rattling the door knobs of our democracy in order—potentially—to collude with them in some manner that will surely be determined after numerous thorough investigations?

Only an independent commission or another special counsel can determine whether Republican victories will ever be legitimate again.  Until then, RESIST!

Dear President Trump:

You are now in the midst of an absolutely intolerable situation: A Democrat acting Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, has appointed a Democrat special counsel, Robert Mueller, who has hired Democrat lawyers, including a lawyer for the Clinton Foundation, in order to perpetuate an already year-long, fruitless investigation of the Democrat fantasy, invented by Hillary Clinton and John Podesta, that your Presidential campaign somehow “colluded with Russia” to “hack the election.” At the same time, five congressional committees, including cooperative Republicans, and the FBI are continuing the same pointless investigation into a fantasy that would not be a crime even if it were true.

The letter appointing Mueller does not even identify an alleged crime to be investigated, without which the special counsel has no jurisdiction to proceed.  Yet Mueller is assembling a small army of $1000-per-hour political operatives with law licenses, all at taxpayer expense, in order to conduct an investigation in search of a crime—the very thing a special counsel is not authorized to do.

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The essence of the heresy of Pelagius, a holy monk who went badly wrong, is denial of the dogma of Original Sin and the effects of Adam’s transgression upon the whole human race. Pelagianism holds that man is not in a fallen state and that his free will alone is able to reach perfection in virtue, even if grace may assist in the endeavor. The existence of an original Paradise and state of human perfection in Adam and Eve are also denied, with death and concupiscence viewed as natural to man. Pelagius also anticipated by more than a thousand years the Lutheran master-heresy of justification by fiducial faith in Christ alone, with no interior transformation and elevation to a state of grace.

trumptwitterDear President Trump:

I have been following Presidential politics for decades, and never, not even during the height of the Watergate affair, have I seen anything like the situation in which you are now embroiled.

In the brief time that has elapsed since your inauguration—just over four months—the media-DNC-Deep State-RINO complex has managed, by means of an entirely fictional “Russian collusion” narrative, to create or contribute to the impression that you are already on the verge of impeachment proceedings based upon absolutely nothing of legal consequence. An astounding array of investigations, most of them launched in the last days of the Obama administration, have searched for  “collusion” without even the allegation of an underlying crime. To date, the FBI, the CIA, the National Security Agency, the Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and committees of the House and Senate have found no evidence to support the fiction.  Yet on and on the multi-pronged investigation goes.

Fra’ Festing Just Says No (It’s about time someone did)

First, the wily Argentinian Jesuit on the Chair of Peter extorted the resignation of Fra’ Matthew Festing, former Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta (to use its popular name), summoning him to a secret audience on short notice and then demanding that he write out and sign a letter of resignation on the spot. With that, whatever remained of the sovereignty of the Sovereign Order of Malta was de facto annihilated.

Then, after having told Festing during the same audience that it would be alright if he were reelected as Grand Master at the meeting of the Order’s State Council commencing in Rome on April 29—a representation worth less than a Venezuelan Bolivar—Pope Bergoglio had his henchman, Archbishop Becciu, inform Festing that he is not to participate in the election or even be present in Rome while the meeting is held.   In what was evidently thought to be a cunning maneuver, Becciu attempted to pass off this outrageous abuse of authority as his own decision, which he had merely “shared with the Holy Father.”

muller francis medThe Pope and the Cardinal go together, hand in hand

As Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller is charged with the duty to spread sound doctrine and defend those points of Christian tradition which seem in danger because of new and unacceptable doctrines.” When confronted with the “new and unacceptable doctrines” enunciated in the disastrous Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, however, Müller engages in a shameless cover-up, leaving it to concerned members of the laity to defend the Church’s infallible moral teaching from AL’s blatant attack upon it.

In an interview published by Aleteia on April 21, Müller declares that “The pope has not, will not, and cannot change Revelation. Some claim that the pope has changed the foundations of Church morality and has relativized the sacrament of holy matrimony. This he would not and cannot do.”

With Pope Bergoglio’s approval, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a letter respecting “regularization” of the marriages between adherents of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). In pertinent part the letter provides that:

“to reassure the conscience of the faithful, despite the objective persistence of the canonical irregularity in which for the time being the Society of St Pius X finds itself;

“the Holy Father… has decided to authorize Local Ordinaries the possibility to grant faculties for the celebration of marriages of [SSPX] faithful…;

“the Local Ordinary is to grant the delegation to assist at the marriage to a priest of the Diocese (or in any event, to a fully regular priest), such that the priest may receive the consent of the parties during the marriage rite;

“followed, in keeping with the liturgy of the Vetus ordo, by the celebration of Mass, which may be celebrated by a priest of the Society;

“Where the above is not possible, or if there are no priests in the Diocese able to receive the consent of the parties, the Ordinary may grant the necessary faculties to the priest of the Society who is also to celebrate the Holy Mass…”


After four years of the Bergoglian tumult, it is undeniable that we are witness to a Pope who is averse to sound doctrine and whose teaching, if one can call it that, is generally unreliable if not positively contrary to the Faith. The faithful look on with growing alarm and disgust as Pope Bergoglio commits an error almost every time he opens his mouth to speak, earning the world’s applause for his cavalier disregard of orthodoxy and traditional disciplines of Apostolic origin. The Church is rocked by the horrific impact of his formal, ghostwritten documents. Evangelii Gaudium, Laudato si’ and Amoris Laetitia are rife with false statements of fact, misleading citations, dubious opinions on matters far beyond the papal competence, captious theological propositions, and blatant departures from prior teaching on faith and morals—always intermingled, however, with orthodox bits and pieces that allow for a sophistical defense of continuity with the Magisterium.

The Remnant’s Chris Ferrara spotted the rise of this character fifteen years ago. We reprint here his classic essay from the Remnant archives on the irremediably corrupt Novus Ordo establishment, including Blase Cupich, in the midst of the worldwide eruption of the “pedophile” (homosexual priest) scandal in 2000-2002.

This piece was written in the aftermath of the “pedophile summit” in Rome, which Chris attended as our correspondent, posing a question to then head of the USCCB, Bishop Wilton Gregory, whose explosive answer was reported by the international press: “[I]t is an ongoing struggle to make sure that the Catholic priesthood is not dominated by homosexual men.”