Apr 01 2017
The Democrats & News Media (there’s a difference?) are deteriorating into insanity as President Trump’s “surveillance” tweet continues to disrupt DC and expose one of the Capitol’s dirtiest secrets. A secret kept under cover by the self-absorbed Political Industrial Complex (PIC*), whose members have been wrapping themselves in the American Flag to coverup gross abuses of power. A secret they themselves have benefited from.
That power has kept many careers in the PIC on the rise. It has led to political dynasties within the PIC (anyone think it coincidental “Bush the 1st” was once head of the CIA?). Those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat it:
Later in life and after his death, [J Edgar] Hoover became a controversial figure as evidence of his secretive abuses of power began to surface. He was found to have exceeded the jurisdiction of the FBI, and to have used the FBI to harass political dissenters and activists, to amass secret files on political leaders, and to collect evidence using illegal methods. Hoover consequently amassed a great deal of power and was in a position to intimidate and threaten sitting presidents.
The power I speak of today is the power to surveillance anyone, any time. It was created out of sincere, good intentions. To stop another 9-11 massacre. But as with all great power, it has corrupted our current leaders who began to see themselves as the defenders of America – and so somehow more important than any normal citizen. They bequeathed to themselves extra-legal authority and rationalized obliterating the 4th Amendment. “Better to snoop on everyone (which is lazy) than miss an attack”.
That thinking is akin to locking everyone up just so we don’t miss any murderers or drunk drivers. Like I said: Lazy.
If you are in the inner circle of Federal Politics you have had access to information that is a pure goldmine. You have insights into political leaders and players, insights into international strategies and thinking. You can see through the normal veil of “private conversations” on a grand scale, detect events as they are being planned, before they happen. And you can fight off those who naively (in your own warped mind) want to take or curtail your weapon against evil!
The problem is – that surveillance capability was meant to protect Americans from terrorism and other forms of outside attack. It is illegal – in that it is a violation of the 4th Amendment of the Constitution – to have access to this kind of detailed information on Americans without demonstrable due cause, confirmed in the form of a warrant (either from a normal criminal court or the FISA court). A critical detail that has been ignored by too many for too long.
What Washington DC forgot is that Donald Trump is not from the Political Industrial Complex. He does not rely on this fountain of ill-gotten power to achieve his goals. He was able to beat the denizens of the PIC without this devil’s crutch. And he is more than likely ready to put this evil genie back in the bottle, to be opened by a few and only when a cause has been demonstrated.
It is now clear from news media reports on damning details in surveillance records – plus the loose-lips of one bit player in a political strategery – that during the primaries, during the election and during the post-election transition Democrats used surveillance data about Americans for political purposes. This is not refutable anymore.
Here is a quick run down of the mounting evidence of gross illegal activities by those in power. Let’s begin with the news media faithfully regurgitating the ill-gotten surveillance details that can only come from a few places inside the government:
“In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government,” reported the New York Times. “American allies, including the British and the Dutch, had provided information describing meetings in European cities between Russian officials — and others close to Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin — and associates of President-elect Trump, according to three former American officials who requested anonymity in discussing classified intelligence. Separately, American intelligence agencies had intercepted communications of Russian officials, some of them within the Kremlin, discussing contacts with Trump associates.”
Emphasis mine. Even the release of details regarding foreign players is illegal. It exposes our capabilities and notifies our enemies they need to take steps to cover their tracks better. But we have much more than that here.
Please note Judge Andrew Napolitano is actually vindicated in this reporting by the NY Times, when it notes the British provided information. There is more:
Further confirmation of his comments comes from Circa News, which says that former CIA director John Brennan, among other Obama aides, had access to intercepted foreign communications involving Trump aides:
Dozens of times in 2016, those intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign figures. Sometimes the Americans’ names were officially unmasked; other times they were so specifically described in the reports that their identities were readily discernible. Among those cleared to request and consume unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Some intercepted communications from November to January involved Trump transition figures or foreign figures’ perceptions of the incoming president and his administration.
The evidence documented by the news media of wrong doing is extensive. But they want the gravy-train of leaked surveillance data on Americans to continue. It suites their bottom line. So don’t expect the news media to be open about what is going on. They will deflect from their sources and try and keep the nation distracted by rumors of collusion outside America. All the better to keep people from seeing the collusion from within.
The Obama grand plan to disperse cherry-picked surveillance throughout government in order to keep pushing the diversionary story about Trump and Russia had a serious flaw in it. To disperse the ill-gotten propaganda would mean it would fall into less seasoned hands. And these less seasoned hands may blow the whole deal.
In steps Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Secretary of Defense under Obama and member of Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign. Think of her as a liaison between team Hillary, Team Obama and the Congressional Democrats on “The Hill”:
Well, I was urging my former colleagues, and, and, frankly speaking, [to] the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can – get as much intelligence as you can – before President Obama leaves the administration. Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left. So it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks – if they found out HOW we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods — meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence. So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia. So then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were also trying to help get information to the Hill…That’s why you have the leaking.
“If they [Team Trump] found out how we [team Obama/Clinton] knew what we knew”…. Just savor that for a while. If the new Sheriff in town found out what the previous Sheriff had done …. This is a constitutional crisis. It will consume many top level people who have given cover to these abuses of power for too long. In another report Farkas notes she was communicating with members of both parties on “The Hill”.
Don’t believe for an instant Democrats will take all the hits on this one – just most of them.
Poor Ms. Farkas has been trying to undo the damage she has done. She has even gone so far as to blame the Russians for her loose-lips. My guess is she has been given a short time period to try and undo this before she herself gets thrown under the bus. But make no mistake, all she did was confirm the NY Times’ claims.
This issue is toxic to political careers. You don’t get caught red-handed violating the Constitution (our privacy and the assumption we are innocent until proven guilty) and survive as a politician.
There appears to be a good many heads on the line given the screeching cries for House Intelligence Chairman Nunes to step down and Trump to be Impeached. The pitch and volume of cries from the left mean some big players are about to be hoisted on their own petards. The more fevered the cries from the left, the bigger this thing has become. The Sunday shows should be wall-to-wall Democrats and Media circling the wagons and trying to get everyone to look at Russia and not Obama/Clinton.
It won’t work. Just recently we have seen reports on the smoking gun evidence. As I noted in a prior posts (here), to disperse unmasked surveillance data still requires someone in the government to sign an affidavit of due cause:
For every entity in the US Intelligence Community involved with the intercepts of Team Trump, the head of that entity should have filled out this request, including:
- (U) Use of information. The IC element will explain how it will use the raw SIGINT, to include identifying the particular authorized foreign intelligence or counterintelligence missions or functions that are the basis for its request.
Skipping down, we get to another key item: who reviewed and approved these requests:
C. (U) Evaluation of requests. A high-level NSA official designated by the DIRNSA will review requests for raw SIGINT covered by these Procedures. NSA will document its approval decisions in writing and include a statement explaining how the request fully complies with paragraph A.
OK, a key person who should have participated in the legal distribution of intercepts involving members of Team Trump would be the Director of NSA and whomever they designated to review the requests.
Given that the intelligence community is not partisan, but is made up of people with diverse political views attempting to work towards one goal (defending this nation), it is not surprising that some of these good folks stepped forward and pointed the Intelligence Committee Chairman to the smoking gun(s):
For a private citizen to be “unmasked,” or named, in an intelligence report is extremely rare. Typically, the American is a suspect in a crime, is in danger or has to be named to explain the context of the report.
“The main issue in this case, is not only the unmasking of these names of private citizens, but the spreading of these names for political purposes that have nothing to do with national security or an investigation into Russia’s interference in the U.S. election,” a congressional source close to the investigation told Fox News.
Nunes has known about the unmasking controversy since January, when two sources in the intelligence community approached him. The sources told Nunes who was responsible and at least one of the Trump team names that was unmasked. They also gave him serial numbers of reports that documented the activity.
Nunes had asked intelligence agencies to see the reports in question, but was stonewalled.
Emphasis mine. This is Obama’s (and Farkas’) worst nightmare. Someone willing to come forward and skip the long dance of congressional requests and executive delay and just toss out the document ID numbers that hold the evidence. This is why the Democrats and the News Media (again, is there any difference – I guess in a few corners of Fox News) are going nuts this week.
They desperately need to keep this story from coming out. But it is coming out and some big-name heads are about to roll (or roll over):
The U.S. intelligence official who “unmasked,” or exposed, the names of multiple private citizens affiliated with the Trump team is someone “very well known, very high up, very senior in the intelligence world,” a source told Fox News on Friday.
Intelligence and House sources with direct knowledge of the disclosure of classified names told Fox News that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., now knows who is responsible — and that person is not in the FBI.
My guess is Team Obama was so shaken with the realization that Team Trump would have access to all the evidence one would want to show illegal activities before the election, this desperate last minute move to disperse cherry-picked data to deflect from the true crimes seemed like their only play.
But of course the cover up is always worse than the crime. This is one big and ugly iceberg that needs to come out into the sun and be melted away. This is akin to a military coupe, where military resources are used to influence an election. While no tanks or fighter jets were used to ‘influence’ voter decisions, the awesome power of our National Security Intelligence resources may have been. So don’t let the News Media/Democrats distract us from the true crime here.
Russians did not vote in Donald Trump – fed up Les Deplorables did. Russians did not make Hillary Clinton the worst candidate in memory – the Democrats did. And Russians did not make Obama turn this nation’s defense systems against his political opponent.
He did that all on his own.
Everyone in DC assumed Trump would protect this grotesque use of our national defense as those before him had. I have seen ridiculous interviews with the likes of Gen Wesley Clark on Fox News trying to divert attention from this to protect the unfettered monitoring of Americans. It never occurred to the denizens of the PIC that the best defense from this kind of abuse was sunlight. And sunlight would also cleanse us of the decay that had created this rot.
It never crossed their feeble minds that Trump would simply expose the whole ugly mess to not only protect himself and his team – but to drain the swamp itself.
The Intelligence Community is not monolithic politically, and generally they prefer to stay apolitical. Therefore I am not surprised there are people willing to turn on team Obama. I am just curious how big the wave will be now that the damn has cracked.
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