1. Yes, Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping
2. “Incidental,” My Aunt Fanny
3. Obama’s Creepy History of Manipulating the FISA System
4. This Was Political Spying; This Was a Successful Watergate Bugging
5. The National Media Knew All of This and Covered It Up
6. Devin Nunes Handled This Exactly Right
7. CNN Is a Deep State Propaganda Arm
8. The F.B.I. Investigation Into RussiaGate Is Now Tainted
And why is the Obama/Lynch last minute surveillance powers and expansive sharing of unfiltered NSA intelligence rarely brought up in all of this?
Many of the reporters present didn’t seem to grasp the significance of what Nunes revealed. You can — and should — watch that press conference…
He then dropped the bombshell: “First, I recently confirmed that on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition. Second, details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting. Third, I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked. Fourth and finally, I want to be clear, none of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.” Again:
1) Information was collected on the Trump team by Obama administration agencies.
2) This information had no reason to be shared in intelligence reports to Obama officials.
3) Obama officials may have flouted legally required attempts to minimize and mask personal identifying information.
4) This had nothing to do with Russia.
He later explained that these reports were related to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act-permitted information collections. Such collections of information on foreign sources require hiding and protecting information about U.S. citizens incidentally picked up during the process when disseminating reports on information gleaned. He even referenced how this reminded him of the trouble the spy agencies got in when failing to mask members of Congress they routinely picked up while spying on Israel. So his concern is not just that the personal identifying information was not masked, but that there appeared to be little or no foreign intelligence value in the spreading of information regarding the political opponents of the previous administration.
Nunes said he wants to know who was aware of this behavior, why it was not disclosed to Congress, who requested and authorized the additional unmasking, whether anyone directed the intelligence community to focus on Trump associates, and whether any laws and regulations or procedures were violated.
When an administration is spreading around reports of political and personal discussions, failing to mask that information, and the information itself isn’t of foreign intelligence value, you have the makings of a huge scandal.
Many of the reporters at the press conference didn’t seem to know the significance of what they were being told, with many asking questions about Russia or the physical wire-tapping of Trump Tower, two issues Nunes had already specifically ruled out. Finally, a reporter asked whether Trump and his team were being spied on by the intelligence community.
The response from Nunes is something: “Well, I guess it all depends on one’s definition of spying. Clearly it bothers me enough, I’m not comfortable with it, and I want to make sure the White House understands it and that’s why I briefed the speaker this morning.”
If the laws and regulations guiding the collection of information by spy agencies were violated by the party in power to hurt the opposing party, that’s banana republic stuff. It matters not whether the Trump team were officially the targets, whether the targets were designed to obscure the real targets, or whether it truly was incidental collection. The effect was that members of the Trump team had their privacy invaded, and that the information gathered was disseminated and even leaked to the public by the Obama-led bureaucracy.
While the media might be laser-focused on whether Obama personally wiretapped Trump, as Trump seemed to claim in his tweets a few weeks ago, the American public is not keen on the idea that other techniques or forms of electronic surveillance were used on Obama’s political opponents. Further, the media attempts to deflect and downplay and run interference for Obama officials and other Democrats regarding this significant information reveal a journalistic complex seeking not truth nor protection of civil liberties, but partisan point scoring.
The real detail of this whole thing is never put into proper context with this whole Trump-Russia bullshit. The fact that Hillary Clinton’s case of guilt was laid out on live TV by FBI director for nearly 15 minutes before announcing he would not be recommending AG Lynch indict her …. Lynch, who had days before met with Bill Clinton on a hot Arizona tarmac, and short days later Comey’s FBI agents ‘questioned’ Hillary without recording or transcripting the interview.
These people seriously believed Hillary was simply going to walk away with the election in November. And it continues to reveal just how insignificant we Americans are to these people. This is why Trump won. The American people are beyond sick and tired of being ignored and taken for granted as some brainwashed monolith to be manipulated by crooked politicians and the rabid MSM. They cannot accept that they lost more than the 2016 POTUS election. They lost on so many levels.
In addition, this Trump-Russia smoke and mirrors bullshit is meant to deflect attention from the real Russia colluded players, Podesta and Hillary.
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