The nasty trail of surveillance that leads to the top
Susan Rice is the Great Unmasker according to this reporting from Eli Lake:
The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy.
The intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations — primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration.
If you don’t remember who Susan Rice is, a reminder:
Susan Rice lies with ease. Here, she’s earnestly telling us that the Benghazi attack was a spontaneous response to a video.
Would Susan Rice lie about surveilling Donald Trump and his family? Turns out, she’ll lie about that, too. “I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that account today,” Rice says in the video below.
A U.S. intelligence official directly familiar with the procedures told Circa that while the unmasking requirements have been eased and the availability of intercepts widened, the NSA still regards protecting Americans’ privacy as essential.
“When [the NSA] uses their authority to unmask them we have very stringent rules,” the official said, speaking only on condition of anonymity due to secret nature of the NSA’s work. “We have very strict oversight from all three branches of government — the executive, judicial and legislative.
“We obviously are concerned that the authorities that are granted are not abused, and that’s why we have a strict compliance regimen.”
Spokesmen for Obama, Brennan, Lynch and Rice did not immediately return calls Tuesday seeking comment. However, when questioned recently about House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ allegations that Obama administration officials had access to unmasked American intercepts of Trump associates at the end of the Obama presidency, Rice said she knew of no reason for concern.
Nunes, as well as Trump supporters, will be trying to determine if that access was warranted or a backdoor form of political espionage by an outgoing administration trying to monitor its successor on the world stage.
The FBI and House and Senate intelligence committee will also try to determine if that access led to the leaking of sensitive intelligence, such as the media reports that Trump National Security adviser Mike Flynn was intercepted last December by the FBI having contact with the Russian ambassador.
You don’t say.
In addition to Susan Rice’s behavior, Trump activist Mike Cernovich reported via Medium yesterday the following:
This reporter has been informed that Maggie Haberman has had this story about Susan Rice for at least 48 hours, and has chosen to sit on it in an effort to protect the reputation of former President Barack Obama.
So the media colluded with former administration officials and chose to not report this news, if Mr. Cernovich is to be believed. There’s no reason not to believe him, as he broke the story that these reporters refused to break.
The Russia-Trump story may have been a wild goose chase just to call Americans off the Obama administration scent. Could it have been a videotape-like lie to cover for the political snooping the President and his minions were doing to try and thwart Trump’s march to the White House?
A couple facts are known for sure:
- The Obama administration has made up lies to cover for damning political stories. The Benghazi video lie helped Obama win re-election. So Ms. Rice will lie to cover for the administration.
- The Obama administration used the IRS, EPA, and FISA surveillance to investigate reporters and political opposition activists.
What’s to stop Ms. Rice or even President Obama from using the government against political enemies? Nothing.
Finally, how could all this happen? This behavior illustrates just how sure they all were that Hillary Clinton was going to get elected. The whole of the government was made into a Democratic political machine. This politicization cancer spread everywhere. Excising it will take some work but it looks like the Trump administration is committed to the task.
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