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Top FBI lawyer and Comey ally under criminal investigation

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Larry Klayman (WND) says:

"I had a feeling! And, for better or sometimes worse, I am usually right."

The lawsuit that NSA/CIA whistleblower Dennis Montgomery and I filed against former FBI Director James Comey and the intelligence agencies over allegations of illegal and unconstitutional spying against us -- as well as millions of Americans including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, President Trump and his associates and family members -- just got bigger and more serious.

As I go into with more depth on my weekly radio show, "Special Prosecutor With Larry Klayman," which can be found at RadioAmerica.com, Radio America's blog site, as well as FreedomWatchUSA.org, Comey's former general counsel at the agency, James A. Baker, has been revealed to have allegedly leaked classified information presumably on behalf of his boss, in violation of various criminal statutes. According to Sara Carter of Circa News, Baker is now under criminal investigation by the Justice Department.

But as Sara Carter also knows, since she interviewed my client Montgomery for hours a few months ago, this is not the whole of the story. And, since this was not mentioned in her report, let me bend your ear with yet another felonious outrage by the Comey crowd at our formerly honorable FBI, the nation's supposed premier investigative agency.

When I first met Montgomery through my client, Sheriff Joe Arpaio's chief investigator Mike Zullo, years ago, I decided that we needed to bring this major whistleblower in from the cold -- after no one in Congress or elsewhere in government would take the time, much more fortitude, to listen to what he had to say. To do this, I went to the only person in Washington, D.C., during the Obama years whom I totally trusted. His name is Royce C. Lamberth, and he is the only federal judge who had the courage to hold Bill and Hillary Clinton's feet to the fire for their myriad of scandals during their White House years. While the judge always acted ethically, as I did, many in the leftist media believed that he and I were working together to "persecute" the Bonnie and Clyde of American politics.

After I left Judicial Watch to run for the U.S. Senate in Florida in 2003-2004, and later founded Freedom Watch, I took the opportunity to finally pay my respects to the judge who had done so much for the American people, and had taken a lot of heat for it with the vile crowd of Clinton loyalists who were trained to destroy anyone and anything in their march to regain control of the government. When I met with him, we reminisced about our independent but parallel exploits, and I thanked him for his integrity to do what is right, regardless of which political party is involved. I firmly believe that he is only one of a few federal judges in the nation whose rulings are not influenced by politics or his personal biases. (Years ago, he held a Republican secretary of the interior, Gale Norton, in contempt over misuse of Indian trust funds).

When I met with Montgomery, I realized that perhaps this courageous jurist could help pave the way for someone in government to listen to my client, who had come forward with perhaps the biggest scandal in American history.

Having asked Judge Lamberth how he thought it best to proceed, he recommended first that I take Montgomery to the soon-to-be Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Charles Grassley of Iowa. But after contacting him and having then met with his staff, they proved to be uniformly unhelpful, instead suggesting that I take Montgomery to the inspector general of the Defense Department. This was absurd. Why would I hand my client over to an Obama-run department, when he had the goods on illegal spying during Obama's administration, among others?

When I took this back to the judge, he then recommended that we go see former FBI Director James Comey. After all, during the years of the prior Bush administration, as then-deputy attorney general, Comey had stood up to those in the administration who thought warrantless wiretaps on American citizens, in the wake of Sept. 11, were a "peachy keen idea." To make this connection, Lamberth suggested that we go see Comey's general counsel, James Baker, whom he knew.

And so it was the judge and I and another member of my staff who soldiered over to the FBI and met with Baker, explaining to him what Montgomery had and what was at stake for the nation if his whistleblowing was not addressed. During at least two meetings in the general counsel's office, one of which had three FBI special agents in attendance, I asked to meet with the director himself. Baker came back and told us this would not be necessary, as he would supervise the Montgomery investigation at the direction of Comey, keeping Comey apprised of its progress every step of the way. In addition, Baker helped arrange for Montgomery to get immunity to produce his hard drives and testify to the FBI. As as result, my client performed his part of the bargain. But ever since then, Baker, Comey and their corrupted FBI have apparently buried the information and testimony that Montgomery provided to them.

And now it is even more apparent why Baker and Comey were themselves involved in alleged criminality at the agency, having violated the constitutional rights of not just Trump, but also a huge number of American citizens. In effect, through no fault of Judge Lamberth, my client and I were fraudulently induced by this less than "dynamic duo" (now it appears more akin to the Penguin and Joker in the famous Batman comic series) to turn over incriminating information to the FBI.

And this underscores why Montgomery's and my case against Comey, the FBI, NSA and CIA is so important. (See FreedomWatchUSA.org.) Despite the courageous, patriotic efforts of one of the few federal judges, Royce Lamberth, who has the guts to mete out the rule of law, Comey and Baker deep-sixed evidence about what will ultimately prove to be the most dangerous exercise of unbridled government tyranny in the nation's history.

Recently, I have moved the court, under the direction of another fine federal judge, Richard J. Leon, a colleague of Lamberth's, to allow me to depose Comey and Baker, as well as former corrupt Obama Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and former equally lying Obama CIA Director John Brennan. Given the cover-up orchestrated by these less-than-stellar public servants, our court case may be the last hope for justice over the criminality of the Obama-Clinton Orwellian deep state.

Related:  Trump's National Security Advisor has been communicating White House politics to acting FBI Director, Andy McCabe



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Intelligence chairman accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests

John Solomon (TheHill) is reporting that the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports, including Trump transition officials.

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed.

"We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information," Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats.

The letter was provided to The Hill from a source in the intelligence community.

In March, Nunes disclosed that he had seen data suggesting Trump campaign and transition officials were having their names unmasked by departing officials in the Obama White House.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice and CIA Director John Brennan have acknowledged making such requests though they insisted the requests were for legitimate work reasons.

Nunes recused himself from his committee's work on its investigation over Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign after a controversy over his charges about Obama-era unmasking.

The chairman had reviewed intelligence reports on White House grounds that he said showed unmasking of Trump officials by Obama aides. Democrats accused him of working with the White House to make the disclosures.

In Thursday's letter, Nunes said the total requests for Americans' names by Obama political aides numbered in the hundreds during Obama's last year in office and often lacked a specific intelligence community justification. He called the lack of proper justifications a "serious deficiency."

His letter noted requests from senior government officials, unlike career intelligence analysts, "made remarkably few individualized justifications for access" to the U.S. names.

"The committee has learned that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration," Nunes wrote. "Of those requests, only one offered a justification that was not boilerplate."

Sources familiar with the Nunes letter identified the official as then-U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power.

Power did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nunes also wrote that "Obama-era officials sought the identities of Trump transition officials within intelligence reports."

Nunes said he intends to introduce legislation to address concerns about the unmasking process impacting Americans' privacy.

Ordinarily, Americans whose email or phone data or conversations are intercepted by the National Security Agency without a warrant overseas are legally required to have their names redacted or masked with descriptions like "U.S. person 1" to protect their identities in intelligence reports.

But beginning in 2011, Obama loosened the rules to make it easier for intelligence officials and his own political aides to request that the names be unmasked so they could better understand raw intelligence being gathered overseas.

The change has been criticized by liberal groups like the ACLU and conservatives like Nunes because of the privacy implications.


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Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying

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John Solomon (TheHill) is reporting that The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies' ability to obey their own rules.

The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.

They detail specific violations that the NSA or FBI disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or the Justice Department's national security division during Barack Obama's tenure between 2009 and 2016. The intelligence community isn't due to report on compliance issues for 2017, the first year under the Trump administration, until next spring.

The NSA says that the missteps amount to a small number -- less than 1 percent -- when compared to the hundreds of thousands of specific phone numbers and email addresses the agencies intercepted through the so-called Section 702 warrantless spying program created by Congress in late 2008.

"Quite simply, a compliance program that never finds an incident is not a robust compliance program," said Michael T. Halbig, the NSA's chief spokesman. "…The National Security Agency has in place a strong compliance program that identifies incidents, reports them to external overseers, and then develops appropriate solutions to remedy any incidents."

But critics say the memos undercut the intelligence community's claim that it has robust protections for Americans incidentally intercepted under the program.

"Americans should be alarmed that the NSA is vacuuming up their emails and phone calls without a warrant," said Patrick Toomey, an ACLU staff attorney in New York who helped pursue the FOIA litigation. "The NSA claims it has rules to protect our privacy, but it turns out those rules are weak, full of loopholes, and violated again and again."

Section 702 empowers the NSA to spy on foreign powers and to retain and use certain intercepted data that was incidentally collected on Americans under strict privacy protections. Wrongly collected information is supposed to be immediately destroyed.

The Hill reviewed the new ACLU documents as well as compliance memos released by the NSA inspector general and identified more than 90 incidents where violations specifically cited an impact on Americans. Many incidents involved multiple persons, multiple violations or extended periods of time.

For instance, the government admitted improperly searching NSA's foreign intercept data on multiple occasions, including one instance in which an analyst ran the same search query about an American "every work day" for a period between 2013 and 2014.

There also were several instances in which Americans' unmasked names were improperly shared inside the intelligence community without being redacted, a violation of the so-called minimization procedures that President Obama loosened in 2011 that are supposed to protect an Americans' identity from disclosure when they are intercepted without a warrant. Numerous times improperly unmasked information about Americans had to be recalled and purged after the fact, the memos stated.

"CIA and FBI received unminimized data from many Section 702-tasked facilities and at times are thus required to conduct similar purges," one report noted.

"NSA issued a report which included the name of a United States person whose identity was not foreign intelligence," said one typical incident report from 2015, which said the NSA eventually discovered the error and "recalled" the information.

Likewise, the FBI disclosed three instances between December 2013 and February 2014 of "improper disseminations of U.S. persons identities."

The NSA also admitted it was slow in some cases to notify fellow intelligence agencies when it wrongly disseminated information about Americans. The law requires a notification within five days, but some took as long as 131 business days and the average was 19 days., the memos show

U.S. intelligence officials directly familiar with the violations told The Hill that the memos confirm that the intelligence agencies have routinely policed, fixed and self-disclosed to the nation's intelligence court thousands of minor procedural and more serious privacy infractions that have impacted both Americans and foreigners alike since the so-called Section 702 warrantless spying program was created by Congress in late 2008.

Alexander W. Joel, who leads the Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy and Transparency under the Director of National Intelligence, said the documents chronicle episodes that have been reported to Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for years in real time and are a tribute to the multiple layers of oversight inside the intelligence community.

"We take every compliance incident very seriously and continually strive to improve compliance through our oversight regime and as evidence by our reporting requirements to the FISC and Congress," he told The Hill. "That said, we believe that, particularly when compared with the overall level of activity, the compliance incident rate is very low."

The FBI told the Hill that the Section 702 law is "One of the most valuable tools the Intelligence Community has, and therefore, is used with the utmost care by the men and women of the FBI so as to not jeopardize future utility. As such, we continually evaluate our internal policies and procedures to further reduce the number of these compliance matters."

The new documents show that the NSA has, on occasion, exempted itself from its legal obligation to destroy all domestic communications that were improperly intercepted.

Under the law, the NSA is supposed to destroy any intercept if it determines the data was domestically gathered, meaning someone was intercepted on U.S. soil without a warrant when the agency thought they were still overseas. The NSA however, has said previously it created "destruction waivers" to keep such intercepts in certain cases.

The new documents confirm the NSA has in fact issued such waivers and that it uncovered in 2012 a significant violation in which the waivers were improperly used and the infraction was slow to be reported to the court.

"In light of related filings being presented to the Court at the same time this incident was discovered and the significance of the incident, DOJ should have reported this incident under the our immediate notification process," then-Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco wrote the FISA court in August 28, 2012 about the episode, according to one memo released through the FOIA.

The NSA declined to say how often destruction waivers are given. But ODNI's Joel said the FISC court has supervised such waivers and affirmed they are "consistent with the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution and the statutory requirements of Section 702."

Other violations cited in the memos:

  • Numerous "overcollection incidents" where the NSA gathered information about foreigners or Americans it wasn't entitled to intercept
  • "Isolated instances in which NSA may not have complied with the documentation requests" justifying intercepts or searches of intercepted data.
  • The misuse of "overly broad" queries or specific U.S. person terms to search through NSA data.
  • Failures to timely purge NSA databases of improperly collected intelligence, such as a 2014 incident in which "NSA reported a gap in its purge discovery processes."

In annual and quarterly compliance reports that have been released in recent years, U.S. intelligence agencies have estimated the number of Section 702 violations has averaged between 0.3 percent and 0.6 percent of the total number of "taskings." A tasking is an intelligence term that reflects a request to intercept a specific phone number or email address.

The NSA now targets more than 100,000 individuals a year under Section 702 for foreign spying, and some individual targets get multiple taskings, officials said.

"The actual number of compliance incidents remains classified but from the publicly available data it is irrefutable that the number is in the thousands since Section 702 was fully implemented by 2009," said a senior U.S. official with direct knowledge, who spoke only on condition of anonymity.

The increasing transparency on Section 702 violations is having an impact on both critics and supporters of a law that is up for renewal in Congress at the end of this year. Of concern are the instances in which Americans' data is incidentally collected and then misused.

Retired House Intelligence Committee chairman Pete Hoekstra, a Republican who strongly supported the NSA warrantless spying program when it started under George W. Bush, said he now fears it has now become too big and intrusive.

"If I were still in Congress today, I might vote with the people today to shut the program down or curtail it," Hoekstrak, who has been tapped by Trump to be ambassador to the Netherlands, said in an interview. 

"One percent or less sounds great, but the truth is one percent of my credit card charges don't come back wrong every month. And in my mind one percent is pretty sloppy when it can impact Americans' privacy."



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Trump was right -- latest Deep State leak proves Obama was spying on Trump campaign early on

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Jim Hoft (GatewayPundit) is reporting that the Deep State leaked top secret information on Friday to The Washington Post in their continued attempt to destroy the Trump administration.

The latest leaks prove the Obama administration was spying on the Trump campaign.

President Trump tweeted on Barack Obama's illegal spying on his political opponents in 2016. POTUS Trump tweeted this in March.


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Since that time we now know that the FBI was investigating the Trump Tower servers during the election.

We also know Susan Rice lied at first but then admitted when she got caught that she was unmasking her political opponents phone calls. Rice blamed racism after she got caught.

Ex-officials said what Susan Rice's unmasking requests were not routine and "never done." And… she was not alone in her unmasking requests.

Obama officials later moved the unmasking documents to the Obama library.

Tonight Deep State leaked documents to the Washington Post that show the Obama administration were spying on Republican senator Jeff Sessions before the election.

Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak's accounts of two conversations with Jeff Sessions, who was at the time a Senator from Alabama, were intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, according to the far left Washington Post.

Once again this proves President Trump was right. Barack Obama was spying on his political opponents.

Obama should be hauled into Congress to testify.

Why is the "Russia collusion" story the story, when there's abundant evidence that the Obama administration engaged in the wholesale violation of the Constitution and other laws?

It just amazes me!



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NSA sued for details of "unmasking" skullduggery

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Bob Unruh (WND) says in the waning days of the Obama administration, bureaucrats ensconced in their posh Washington offices were resting in the prospect of a Hillary Clinton victory that would protect Obama's legacy and their positions.

But then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice may have had some doubts. Or maybe she was just curious. Or maybe there was another motive. Regardless, she "unmasked" a number of Trump campaign individuals who were caught up in various federal surveillance tactics.

That means they were recorded talking on the phone or meeting with someone who was under surveillance by the Obama administration.

Normally, the identity of American citizens in such situations is withheld.

But not so in this case. In fact, Rice gave the identifications to the National Security Council, the Defense Department, the Director of National intelligence Office and the CIA, according to media reports citing illegal leaks.

It's been part of the flood of leaks of secret or protected information by the Obama-leaning Washington bureaucracy, dubbed by some as the "deep state," apparently in an effort to undermine the agenda of the president chosen by American voters.

Now there's an organization that thinks the people should know what went on -- who did the surveillance, who "unmasked" the names of American citizens and who spread the names around Washington.

The American Center for Law and Justice has sued the National Security Agency for refusing to respond to its questions submitted under the Freedom of Information Act.

ACLJ said the lawsuit seeks to enforce its demands "for government records that will shed light on the Susan Rice ‘unmasking' scandal that rocked the intelligence community."

The questions were submitted under FOIA, but the NSA has refused to follow the law.

Fox News explained the big picture: "Susan Rice, former national security adviser under Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance. The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan -- essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes."

The ACLJ said the "only way we even know about the Obama administration's apparent politically motivated unmasking is because this raw intelligence information -- classified national security secrets -- was illegally leaked to the media."

Its formal request asked for "records pertaining to any and all requests former National Security Adviser Susan Rice made to National Security Agency officials or personnel regarding the ‘unmasking' of the names and/or any other personal identifying information of then candidate and/or President-elect Donald J. Trump, his family, staff, transition team members, and/or advisers who were incidentally caught up in U.S. electronic surveillance."

The request was acknowledged by the NSA and even granted "expedited processing" status.

But the answers never came.

"So … we filed a critical lawsuit and we will force the NSA to answer to a federal court for its blatant disregard for the law," ACLJ announced.

It is seeking an order to release "any and all non-exempt records."

"This is not our first time we've taken the NSA to federal court," ACLJ explained. "We filed a lawsuit earlier this year to force the NSA to produce government records that could expose the people and purposes behind the Obama administration's eleventh hour rule change that dramatically expanded access to raw signal intelligence -- signed by the Obama administration officials on their way out the door.

"It was these changes that have [led] to an unprecedented avalanche of dangerous national security leaks," the group explained.

"The deep state shadow government bureaucracy must not be allowed to endanger the national security of the American people as it carries out a vicious vendetta against the current administration."

The lawsuit states, "Plaintiff is being irreparably harmed by reason of defendant's unlawful withholding of requested records, and plaintiff will continue to be irreparably harmed unless defendant is compelled to conform their conduct to the requirements of the law."

WND reported only weeks ago that some of the key documentation may be under lock and key now -- and kept their for five years -- at the former president's library.

It was another watchdog on government, Judicial Watch, that said its National Security Council denied Freedom of Information Act requests for documents related to Rice's alleged unmasking of the "identities of any U.S. citizens associated with the Trump presidential campaign or transition team."

The NSC said the documents have been transferred to the Barack Obama Presidential Library, while pointedly adding "you should be aware that under the Presidential Records Act, presidential records remain closed to the public for five years after an administration has left office."

It was unclear what was in the statement and what that would mean for the members of Congress who are investigating, the FBI, or even special counsel Robert Mueller.

The Wall Street Journal reported the House Intelligence Committee issued seven subpoenas recently, a sign that its investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election is ramping up in scope and intensity.

Three of the subpoenas specifically addressed how and why the names of associates of President Donald Trump were unredacted and distributed within classified reports by Obama administration officials during the transition between administrations.

Back in April, WND reported Rice, speaking to MSNBC, did not deny unmasking the names of Trump associates.

She implicitly acknowledged and explicitly defended unmasking: "It was not uncommon. It was necessary at times to make those requests."

But weeks earlier, speaking to PBS, Rice denied any knowledge of such unmasking after it was revealed by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

She told PBS, "I know nothing about this" and, "I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today."

Judge Napolitano says the American People have a right to know what Rice did:

Related:  Obama's U.N. Ambassador, Samanth Power emerges as central figure in unmasking investigation



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Unmasking probe expands as more senior Obama officials are of interest to House committee investigators

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Fox News is reporting that the number of people thought to be involved in the alleged "unmasking" of American citizens under the Obama administration could be expanding, according to a source close to the House Intelligence Committee's review.

The source with knowledge of the review told Fox News the records suggest the unmasking "goes beyond" key officials like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power.

The source said more than a half-dozen former senior Obama administration officials are now of interest to House committee investigators.

Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., issued subpoenas in May to the CIA, FBI and NSA for records about the identification of American citizens in intelligence reports, also known as "unmasking."

The subpoenas covered 2016 and were issued after allegations Rice and others unmasked associates of now-President Trump. Fox News is told the agencies have now "fully complied."

As TGP reported earlier, Susan Rice will no longer be appearing in front of the House committee on Tuesday to answer questions about her unmasking of Trump and his private associates.

Rice was expected to give a testimony to the House committee probing her unmasking scandal. It has apparently been postponed.

As previously reported, independent journalist, Mike Cernovich broke the Susan Rice unmasking story in early April.

Cernovich (Medium) is reporting that the White House Counsel's office identified Rice as the person responsible for the unmasking after examining Rice's document log requests. The reports Rice requested to see are kept under tightly-controlled conditions. Each person must log her name before being granted access to them.

Upon learning of Rice's actions, H. R. McMaster dispatched his close aide Derek Harvey to Capitol Hill to brief Chairman Nunes.

"Unmasking" is the process of identifying individuals whose communications were caught in the dragnet of intelligence gathering. While conducting investigations into terrorism and other related crimes, intelligence analysts incidentally capture conversations about parties not subject to the search warrant. The identities of individuals who are not under investigation are kept confidential, for legal and moral reasons.

Sources told Fox News' Senior Correspondent, Adam Housley that the unmasking was purely for political purposes to embarrass Trump and had nothing to do with national security.



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Spyin' Susan Rice backs out of congressional testimony

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iBankCoin.com is reportingthat former National Security Advisor Susan Rice abruptly canceled a Tuesday appearance in front of the House Intelligence Committee to discuss allegations that she requested the "unmasking" of various members of the Trump campaign on behalf of the Obama administration. Rice's cancellation comes on the heels of another nix'd testimony from Glenn Simpson -- the former Wall St. Journal reporter who co-founded opposition research firm Fusion GPS -- which was responsible for an embarrassingly amateur and largely debunked 35-page Trump-Russia 'dossier' used as evidence to request a FOIA surveillance warrant on a Trump associate.

Simpson's Wednesday cancellation in front of the Senate Intel Committee appearance followed revelations that two Fusion GPS associates were intimately involved in a June 2016 sit-down between Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer, and 6 other people -- a meeting which has the appearance of a political 'setup' meant to ensnare the Trump team.

The man who arranged the meeting, Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone, told Trump Jr. that the Russian lawyer had information on Hillary Clinton's ties to Russia. A second Fusion GPS associate, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, attended the meeting as well.

'Susan Rice has a history of shady behavior -- from lying about her role in unmasking the Trump team which was exposed by journalist Mike Cernovich, to the true cause of Benghazi (which Hillary correctly told Chelsea was radical Islamists within hours of the attack), to the enormous wealth Rice has accumulated while in public service -- the former National Security Advisor to Obama looks like nothing more than a well paid lapdog.

FOX News contributor and attorney Gregg Jarrett went on with Lou Dobbs yesterday to discuss the the latest reports that Susan Rice backed out of her public Congressional testimony this week:

FOIA consideration -- actual collusion

Many are now suggesting that the Trump Jr. meeting was the basis for the Obama administration's June 2016 FOIA request to spy on the Trump team in light of the fact that another Fusion GPS-linked endeavor (the dossier) was used as the basis for a FOIA warrant on Trump associate Carter Page.

If the Trump Jr. meeting was a setup arranged by Fusion GPS associates, it would make for the second incident in which the opposition research firm was linked to dirty work used to justify spying on the Trump team. If Susan Rice knows about any type of collusion between the Obama administration, Fusion GPS, and Hillary Clinton -- a candidate running for President, heads could roll.

Perhaps this is why both Rice and the co-founder of Fusion GPS canceled their testimonies...

A side note -- the Don Jr. Russian conspiracy theory is toast

Many on the left have suggested that the meeting between Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer was set up to establish a back-channel to the Kremlin. As journalist and author Jack Posobiec points out -- why would Don Jr. need to do that if his father was colluding with Putin?

Again we see Congress making a big deal about a congressional investigation, and again we see a member of the Democratic aristocracy telling Congress to "take a Dudley."

Congressional subpoenas and investigations are a joke!



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White House leaks are all "about Trump being made to look bad"

Washington Free Beacon is reporting that the epidemic of Trump White House leaks are the "weaponization" of intelligence by former Obama officials.

Kredo appeared on "Tipping Point" on One America News Network to discuss a recent Senate investigation into the shocking number of national security leaks from the Trump administration since its inception.

"I'd call it startling, it really is, and the word you used, 'unprecedented,' is certainly true," Kredo said. "We've never seen a leak environment like this, where it's not just political information, but classified national security intelligence."

Unlike in previous administrations, Kredo said, "the leaks of information are not about informing the press about information or operations or situations that may have been taking place under cover of dark and they're releasing this information or leaking it to help or inform the country, but in fact the information here, the leaks, are about weaponizing national security intelligence and classified material to undermine the Trump administration, and really handicap the national security apparatus."

"It's about Trump being made to look bad, rather than really informing the American public and the press," he said.

"Tipping Point" host Liz Wheeler brought up the number of leaks concerning Russia: 78 percent of all leaks.

Kredo said that the "narrative of collusion and now obstruction" was obviously a "big deal," but also pointed out that the nature of the leaks was focused on "trying to paint [Trump] in a certain light," along with members of his inner circle.

"Again, the goal of this is not to reveal something that the American public should know, it's about making Trump look bad. So weaponization of this information is really what's paramount," he said.

Wheeler pointed out that 50 percent of National Security Council were holdovers from the Obama administration, which, she said, is "insane to me."

"It's become very clear that those on the outside, that is former officials with the NSC under the Obama administration, and their friends on the inside, are talking routinely, and they're leaking to the press," Kredo said.

Those publishing leaked stories are "the same reporters that were getting leaks during the Obama administration," Kredo noted.

"The dots are pretty easy to connect here. It's not some sort of crazy deep-state subterfuge. It's actually quite up front what they're doing," he said.

And, Kredo said, papers like the New York Times and Washington Post were running leaked information with the "slant" of the leakers, rather than trying to get to the truth of the matter.

"What reporters should be striving for is fairness," he said.


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Trump administration has been hit with at least one national security leak every day

Adam Kredo (FreeBeacon) is reporting that the Trump administration is battling an unprecedented wave of national security leaks that are appearing in the press at least once a day, significantly more than either the former Obama or Bush administration experienced in the same time frame, according to a new Senate investigation that warns these leaks are endangering U.S. security operations and relations with allied nations.

"Since President Trump assumed office, our nation has faced an unprecedented wave of potentially damaging leaks of information," according to a new report published by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

"Under President Trump, leaks are flowing at the rate of one a day," according to the report, which notes that "under President Trump's predecessors, leaks of national security information were relatively rare."

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These leaks, often of highly classified national security information, are meant to undermine President Donald Trump's administration and handicap his national security apparatus, according to sources inside and outside the White House familiar with the situation.

The leaks are becoming increasingly dangerous, according to both the report and separate sources, and are now endangering sensitive U.S. operations abroad.

"Leaks with the capacity to damage national security flowed about seven times faster under President Trump than during President Obama's and President George W. Bush's first 126 days," according to the Senate investigation.

"The Trump administration faced 125 leaked stories -- one leak a day -- containing information that is potentially damaging to national security under the standards laid out in a 2009 Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama," according to the report, which examined open-source material published during the first months of the Trump administration.

The investigations discovered at least "125 stories with leaked information potentially damaging to national security," according to the report, which states that "even a narrow search revealed leaks of comparable information during the Trump administration that were about seven times higher than the same period during the two previous administrations."

The leaks are kneecapping the Trump administration and preventing it from protecting the United States.

"President Trump and his administration have faced apparent leaks on nearly a daily basis, potentially imperiling national security at a time of growing threats at home and abroad," the report states. "The commander-in-chief needs to be able to effectively manage U.S. security, intelligence operations and foreign relations without worrying that his most private meetings, calls and deliberations will be outed for the entire world to see."

The unauthorized disclosures ranged from information about Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election to intimate conversations Trump had with foreign leaders inside the White House. Other articles includes classified information about U.S. operations against terror organizations abroad.

The Senate committee notes that all such disclosures are punishable by jail time under federal law.

The majority of these leaks, at least 78, concerned Russia and a possible probe into alleged collusion between a Trump official and Moscow, according to the investigation.

"Other leaks disclosed potentially sensitive intelligence on U.S. adversaries or possible military plans against them," the report notes. "One leak, about the investigation of a terrorist attack, caused a diplomatic incident between the United States and a close ally."

The report is referring to leaks that detailed Israeli intelligence about ISIS. The disclosure of this information is said to have angered the Israelis and caused a rift between Jerusalem and the Trump administration.

"Leaked stories appeared in 18 news outlets, sourced to virtually every possible permutation of anonymous current and former U.S. officials, some clearly from the intelligence community," the report found. "One story cited more than two dozen anonymous sources."

Just about all of the stories including unauthorized leaks targeted Trump directly or those in his administration.

"In contrast, only half of the stories leaked during the comparable period of the Obama administration were about President Obama or his administration; the other half concerned President Bush and his anti-terrorism tactics," the report found.

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A majority of these stories appeared in the Washington Post and The New York Times. Many also appeared in news outlets known for their liberal bias.

Senate investigators have concluded that the "sheer volume and scope of the sources indicates that they are coming from across the government, with some clearly from within the intelligence community, given the large number of stories reporting on secret intelligence and how publications cite their sources."



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Gregg Jarrett says Susan Rice likely committed three crimes

Fox News contributor and attorney Gregg Jarrett went on Hannity to discuss Susan Rice's criminal behavior.

Jarrett says Rice committed at least three crimes and she better get a good criminal defense attorney.

Gregg Jarrett: Susan Rice, whose got a lot to answer for.She is sort of the Queen of the False Narrative which is a polite way of saying "lie." She not only lied about the Benghazi case and Bowe Bergdahl but then she hauls off and tells Judy Woodruff, "I don't know anything about incidental collection" and then when she gets caught red-handed she says, "OK, I knew all about it, but I never asked for the unmasking on Trump Transition officials." Well now the NSC has the goods on her and that appears to be a lie as well. So she may have actually committed three potential crimes here. One, it's a crime to lie about your masking request. Two, it's a crime for you to use your office for political purpose. Three, it's a crime to leak unmasked details. She better get herself a good criminal defense attorney.

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GOP senators request FBI's surveillance warrants from "Russia interference" probe

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Aaron Klein (Breitbart) is reporting that senior Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have requested that the FBI and Department of Justice turn over applications for any warrants to monitor the communications of U.S. citizens associated with the investigation into alleged Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The applications would have been submitted under the Obama administration.  According to news media accounts, applications were made to conduct surveillance against members of President Donald Trump's election campaign.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a panel member of the Committee, made the request as part of the probe into alleged Russian interference as well as the circumstances surrounding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

In the letter, the senators wrote that they are seeking any warrant applications that the FBI submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA or FISC), the court's responses, as well as "all final, signed FISA applications that the FBI and the Justice Department submitted to the FISC; and the FISC's responses to the final, signed applications."

In the letter, the senators wrote that they are seeking any warrant applications that the FBI submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA or FISC), the court's responses, as well as "all final, signed FISA applications that the FBI and the Justice Department submitted to the FISC; and the FISC's responses to the final, signed applications."

The letter referred to a Guardian report from January that the FISA court turned down applications to monitor four Trump campaign members.

On April 11, the Washington Post cited "law enforcement and other U.S. officials" stating that, as part of its investigation into alleged Russian collusion, the FBI obtained a secret FISA court order last summer to monitor the communications of Carter Page, the American oil industry consultant who was tangentially and briefly associated with Trump's presidential campaign.

For months now, Page has been publicly calling for the U.S. government to release information revealing how the reported FISA warrant against him was obtained.

In response to the news of Grassley's and Graham's request, Page told Breitbart News on Wednesday that the senators "took an important step forward in restoring justice in America."

Reliance on discredited dossier?

In April, CNN reported that the controversial 35-page dossier on Trump compiled by a former British intelligence officer served as part of the FBI's justification for seeking the FISA court's approval to clandestinely monitor Page.

Earlier this week, Page told this reporter the document that he referred to as the "dodgy dossier" served as the "central foundation" for the FBI's extensive questioning of him in March about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"While the Obama Administration gave Hillary Clinton a get-out-of-jail-free pass on her illegal email server 'matter', they joyfully accepted the opposition political research fabricated by political consultants associated with her campaign as false evidence in a failed attempt to rig the 2016 election," Page contended in a follow-up interview on Wednesday.

The dossier in question was authored by former intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who was reportedly paid by Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans to investigate Trump. Last month, Steele conceded in court documents that part of his work still needed to be verified.

In April, Steele conceded in court documents that part of his work still needed to be verified.

The dossier claimed that a "Russian source" alleged that Page met secretly in Moscow with Kremlin officials to discuss the possible lifting of U.S. sanctions as well as compiling a Kremlin "file" on Hillary Clinton. Page has steadfastly denied the dossier claims.

The same dossier contains wild and unproven claims that the Russians had information regarding Trump and sordid sexual acts, including the widely mocked claim that Trump hired prostitutes and had them urinate on a hotel room bed.

Citing a "Kremlin insider," the dossier, which misspelled the name of a Russian diplomat, also claimed that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen held "secret meetings" with Kremlin officials in Prague in August 2016.

That charge unraveled after Cohen revealed he had never traveled to Prague, calling the story "totally fake, totally inaccurate." The Atlantic confirmed Cohen's whereabouts in New York and California during the period the dossier claimed that Cohen was in Prague. Cohen reportedly produced his passport showing he had not traveled to Prague.

In testimony earlier this month to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, former FBI Director James B. Comey admitted that he pushed back against a request from President Donald Trump to possibly investigate the origins of "salacious material" that the agency possessed in the course of its investigation into alleged Russian interference.

The "salacious material" is clearly a reference to the dossier, as Breitbart News reported.

In testimony last month, Comey repeatedly refused to answer questions about his agency's ties to the dossier.

Author and journalist Paul Sperry reported in the New York Post last week that the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena Fusion GPS, the secretive firm that hired Steele to produce the dossier, because the firm reportedly refused to answer questions about who financed the dossier.

Sperry raised further questions regarding possible connections between Fusion GPS and Hillary Clinton:

Fusion GPS was on the payroll of an unidentified Democratic ally of Clinton when it hired a long-retired British spy to dig up dirt on Trump. In 2012, Democrats hired Fusion GPS to uncover dirt on GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. And in 2015, Democratic ally Planned Parenthood retained Fusion GPS to investigate pro-life activists protesting the abortion group.

Moreover, federal records show a key co-founder and partner in the firm was a Hillary Clinton donor and supporter of her presidential campaign.

In September 2016, while Fusion GPS was quietly shopping the dirty dossier on Trump around Washington, its co-founder and partner Peter R. Fritsch contributed at least $1,000 to the Hillary Victory Fund and the Hillary For America campaign, Federal Election Commission data show. His wife also donated money to Hillary's campaign.


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Obama secretly set a war with Russia into action before he left office

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Mac Slavo (SHTFPlan) is reporting that Barack Obama was either very secretively cunning, or someone in his administration was.  Before there was an investigation into "Russian hacking," which we've seen no shred of proof even happened, the former president ordered a retaliation against our Cold War foe, which could lead to war.

Before the tears of the saddened liberals dried after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton to become the 45th president, Obama was at it with his "pen and phone," determined to destroy any chance Trump had at being a success. Obama, who was upset that Hillary Clinton would watch Donald Trump inaugurated as president, decided to shift blame to Russia. He authorized a covert cyber operation to deploy "implants" in Russian networks that could be triggered remotely in retaliation to any future cyber aggression by Moscow, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Since we have yet to see any evidence that Russian hacked the election, and admission from intelligence officials confirmed that no votes were changed because of the fabricated "meddling" story, Obama's ticking time bomb of cyberwarfare could blow up in our faces.  After demanding the NSA infect Russian networks with the implants, he also made said implants difficult to remove.  Should the Russian government attempt to undo the actions of the emotional temper tantrum by Obama, they will be extremely discomforted.

The implants, developed by the NSA, are designed to hit Russian networks deemed "important to the adversary and that would cause them pain and discomfort if they were disrupted," a former U.S. official told The Washington Post. Note the use of the word "adversary," almost as if Obama's goal was to begin a war with Russia. And to make matters worse, "U.S. intelligence agencies do not need further approval from (President) Trump, and officials said that he would have to issue a countermanding order to stop it," the Post reported. "The officials said that they have seen no indication that Trump has done so."

These implants could be "activated" if Russia interferes with another election, which is code for: should Trump win re-election in 2020.  They could also be used if Russia takes action against the United States, although there is no reason to suspect that they would. Vladimir Putin does not see the US as an enemy, so it appears that Obama is simply attempting to incite a war with the former Soviet Union.  It's not really a secret that Obama and Putin didn't like each other.

Putin is coming out of this looking like the bigger man.  He's taken the evidenceless blame on his country with a grain of salt. Democrats and their warmongering leader, Obama, seem to insist on poking the Russian bear. Putin has so far, downplayed the retaliations against him, and his attitude regarding the media hysteria, which is leading to an another war, is actually cool and calm compared to those in our own government.  Actions taken by Barack Obama during his term could result in a war with Russia, in which the left with blame on Donald Trump.



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Wikileaks releases "Cherry Blossom" documents -- CIA has been hacking WiFi routers for years

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Carter (GatewayPundit) is reporting that WikiLeaks published documents dubbed "Cherry Blossom" showing that the CIA actively targets WiFi routers to conduct their surveillance and have been doing so for several years.

The agency could allegedly monitor Internet users’ activity using an advanced firmware known as Cherry Blossom (CB). The technology allows the CIA to manipulate an individual’s browser and also look for personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses.

The Daily Caller reports:

"CB maintains an information database of wireless network devices," according to the user’s manual, which "contains information about hundreds of network devices including manufacturer, make, model, version, reference design, FCC ID, network processor, wireless chipset, operating system, default username/password, etc."

The 175-page guidebook created in 2006, but revised in 2012, seems to show the CIA developed implants that can essentially infect a computer network for products from a number of different manufacturers, like Linksys, Netgear, Motorola, Dell and Belkin.

Other once-classified files publicized by WikiLeaks reveal the CIA had a number of "secret"-labeled maps that appear to be visual instructions for further hacking mechanisms.

While the authenticity of the recently divulged documents have not been officially confirmed, the details wouldn’t be an extremely surprising revelation.

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Comey covered up massive Obama administration spying activities on American citizens -- including Trump

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Joe Hoft (GatewayPundit) says that as reported in prior posts -- a massive amount of data on 47 hard drives obtained from a government whistle blower was turned over to Freedom Watch recently. The information proves Barack Obama and his government spied on anyone they wanted to. 

In a new report coming from Big League Politics by way of whistleblower Dennis Montgomery, it was revealed that Comey acquired this evidence of government surveillance of Donald Trump before he became president.

Larry Klayman, from Freedom Watch, the attorney for ex-NSA/CIA contractor and whistleblower Dennis Montgomery, gave the FBI 47 hard drives and data, which ultimately meant 600 million pages of documents related to the surveillance scheme.

At the time, Comey was FBI Director and his general counsel, James Baker, took the data and despite now being in possession of this bombshell revelation, the FBI under Comey did absolutely nothing to act on the information or publicize it.

As was previously reported by Big League Politics, Timothy Blixseth, a real estate mogul, revealed that he saw records from Dennis Montgomery that prove Obama's CIA Director John Brennan oversaw and spied on the phone calls of Donald Trump as well as millions of other American citizens. The audiotape -- which was released as part of a civil case -- can be found below:

Big League Politics reports:

In the audiotaped interview -- conducted before Trump ever ran for president -- Blixseth spoke to former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and detective Mike Zullo. The audio was released in connection with a civil contempt case that the Department of Justice filed against Arpaio. The audio of this conversation appears to only be preserved in one location on the Internet, on a whistleblower Soundcloud page.

"This guy showed me 900 million phone calls. And I see myself in there. I see people I know. I see Donald Trump in there a zillion times, and Bloomberg is in there," Blixseth said on the tape, referring to information that Montgomery allegedly showed him.

The story then gets a bit more finite with a second audiotape being revealed:

Dennis Montgomery told Zullo in a separate interview -- also preserved and released on audiotape -- that he gained entry to a Lockheed Martin facility in Los Angeles to work on the surveillance program on a super computer contained at the facility. James Comey served as an executive at Lockheed Martin from 2005 until 2010. An insider close to the story estimates that Montgomery gained access to the facility in 2009, at the beginning of the Obama administration, but that date is only a close estimate.

Listen to the audiotape below:

Klayman has now called on the House Intelligence Committee chairman Representative Devin Nunes to hear Montgomery's testimony.

Read the full Big League Politics report here.  See new reports here.

I have repeatedly made the claim that if the NSA wants it or is ordered to get it, they have it.

Remember, the NSA collects every digital communication into, out of and within the United States.

All it takes is a FISA warrant to read or listen to a communication or a batch of communications and the FISA warrant has been widely abused by the Obama administration.


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Did the FBI have evidence of a breach larger than Snowden? A lawsuit says yes.

John Solomon and Sara A. Carter (Circa) are reporting that a former U.S. intelligence contractor tells Circa he walked away with more than 600 million classified documents on 47 hard drives from the National Security Agency and the CIA, a haul potentially larger than Edward Snowden's now infamous breach.

And now he is suing former FBI Director James Comey and other government figures, alleging the bureau has covered up evidence he provided them showing widespread spying on Americans that violated civil liberties.

The suit, filed late Monday night by Dennis Montgomery, was assigned to the same federal judge who has already ruled that some of the NSA's collection of data on Americans violates the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment, setting up an intriguing legal proceeding in the nation’s capital this summer.

Montgomery says the evidence he gave to the FBI chronicle the warrantless collection of phone, financial and personal data and the unmasking of identities in spy data about millions of Americans,.

"This domestic surveillance was all being done on computers supplied by the FBI," Montgomery told Circa in an interview. "So these supercomputers, which are FBI computers, the CIA is using them to do domestic surveillance."

Documents obtained by Circa outside of the lawsuit show that the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington in 2015 approved a grant of limited immunity for Montgomery so he could explain how he managed to walk out of his contract and the buildings he worked in with the classified material.

Montgomery alleges that more than 20 million American identities were illegally unmasked - credit reports, emails, phone conversations and Internet traffic, were some of the items the NSA and CIA collected.

He said he returned the hard drives to the FBI, a fact confirmed in government documents reviewed by Circa.

"They're doing this domestic surveillance on Americans, running a project on U.S. soil," Montgomery alleged. He did not disclose the classified name of the project but said he revealed all aspects of the project during his interview with the FBI.

"Can you imagine what someone can do with the information they were collecting on Americans, can you imagine that kind of power."

Officials with the FBI and CIA declined to comment due to current and pending litigation.

The FBI contacts with Montgomery were encouraged by a senior status federal judge, who encouraged the two sides to meet rather than allow for any of the classified materials to leak, according to interviews Circa conducted.

Montgomery’s lawsuit, which included his lawyer, the well-known conservative activist Larry Klayman, alleges Montgomery provided extensive evidence to the FBI of illegal spying on Americans ranging from judges to businessman like the future President Donald Trump.

The suit did not offer specifics of any illegal spying, but it accused the bureau of failing to take proper actions to rectify Montgomery’s concerns.

Montgomery divulged to the FBI a ”pattern and practice of conducting illegal, unconstitutional surveillance against millions of Americans, including prominent Americans such as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges, prominent businessmen, and others such as Donald J. Trump, as well as Plaintiffs themselves,” Montgomery and Klayman alleged in their suit.

"Plaintiffs were assured that the FBI, under Defendant Comey, would conduct a full investigation into the grave instances of illegal and unconstitutional activity set forth by Montgomery.  However, the FBI, on Defendant Comey’s orders, buried the FBI’s investigation because the FBI itself is involved in an ongoing conspiracy to not only conduct the aforementioned illegal, unconstitutional surveillance, but to cover it up as well,” the suit added.

layman and Montgomery also alleged that they have evidence that they themselves have been improperly spied upon by U.S. intelligence. The suit named numerous other defendants as well, including current NSA Director Mike Rogers, former CIA Director John Brennan and even former President Barack Obama.

Court records indicate the suit was assigned in Washington to U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who in 2015 issued an historic ruling that the NSA’s past bulk collection of Americans’ phone records most likely violated the Constitution.

The agency has since ended that practice but the pending case, which is winding its way through appeals and motions, is likely to shine a light on whether Americans’ civil liberties were violated during more than a decade of the war on terror.


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Oh, this is only the beginning!

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John Batchelor (DirectorBlue) is reporting that the subpoenas [on unmasking the names of Trump aides] actually went to the NSA, the CIA, and the FBI, requesting specifically, of those three individuals that were named (Susan Rice, James Clapper, Samantha Power), the unmaskings they have done, that they did, from the time period of 2016, the entire year, leading up to Jan. 20 of this year... I can't get into why we chose those individuals, but clearly this is just further escalation in the concern we have of the unmaskings of Americans by the senior leaders of the Obama administration. Americans that didn't know about it, and, of course, potentially Trump transition officials...

...Every American is masked. The intelligence agencies are bound by law to mask all American citizens that get picked up in foreign collection. What has to happen, if you want to find out who the American is -- there's a process and procedure in place for that. It's actually very uncommon in most cases, and seldom happens. But the concern I have had, that I expressed publicly, quite publicly, actually, a couple months ago, was that it became excessive. That Obama administration officials were unmasking people in the Trump transition, and it made me quite uncomfortable...

We've been waiting since March 15 for that information. The intelligence agencies have been slow-rolling us, which is what led to these three subpoenas being issued... So these individuals [Rice, Brennan, Powers] that we named are the ones we have particular interest in, but I can say that those are not the only ones we have interest in...

...look, we want to work with the intelligence agencies. We didn't want to have to subpoena, but the process was moving way too slowly. So we picked these three individuals whom we have a particular interest in, and hopefully they [the agencies] are expedient. That they have till next week to give us the unmaskings that these three individuals have done. I think they know now that we are serious...

...The big problem here is that the people that run these programs are protecting the United States, protecting U.S. citizens from terrorist attacks, from other adversaries that we have around the globe, and we have to protect American citizens from being picked up in these types of foreign intelligence collections. However, what clearly has happened here -- at a minimum -- I don't know if it's illegal, but it's clearly an abuse of power, that senior Obama administration officials would unmask someone...

...But also, what is illegal -- and I can't say it was the Obama administration officials who did this -- but we know that names were unmasked in intelligence products. And if you believe The Washington Post and The New York Times and NBC News, you know that names [like Michael Flynn] were unmasked, and intelligence was leaked, and Americans that were picked up in intelligence products were leaked out to the media...

...We can't confirm these stories are true, but if the press reports are true, then clearly people were unmasked out of intelligence products, and leaked out to the media. Which is what? A crime. It's a crime to do that. So we're trying to get to the bottom of these crimes, if in fact they were committed...

... I'm not going to get into what I know at this point, but I can tell you we would not be asking this if we didn't have probable cause that there was an abuse of power...

Oh, this is only the beginning!


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Michael Mukasey discusses the Trump travel ban and current terrorist threats

Sundance (ConservativeTreehouse) is running a video featuring former Attorney General Michael Mukasey being interviewed by Maria Bartiromo. They discusses the president's travel ban, visa restrictions and the ongoing threats from Islamic terrorists.


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The scandal that's hiding in plain sight

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John Hinderaker (PowerLine) says there is a deep irony in the fact that Democrats are hysterically demanding investigations of President Trump and his campaign team, and in fact multiple investigations are now in progress, even though there is zero evidence that anyone associated with the president has done anything wrong. On the other hand, we now know for certain that the Obama administration weaponized the intelligence agencies in order to use them against political opponents, in a manner that is unprecedented, highly dangerous to our democracy, and criminal.

This scandal, which dwarfs anything of which the Trump team is even suspected, has been exposed and lies largely in plain sight for all to see. Yet it has generally been greeted with yawns, if acknowledged at all, by politicians and commentators.

At USA Today, Glenn Reynolds provides a primer on the Obama scandal:

In 1972, some employees of President Nixon's re-election committee were caught when they broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters to plant a bug. This led to Nixon's resignation and probably would have led to his felony prosecution had he not been pardoned by his successor, Gerald Ford.

But if a single bugging of the political opposition is enough to bring down a presidency -- and maybe lead to an unprecedented criminal prosecution of a former president -- then what are we to make of the recently unveiled Obama administration program of massively spying on political opponents in violation of clearly established law?

Because that's what was unveiled last week.

Glenn goes on to explain the safeguards that supposedly surround spying by the National Security Agency. But the Obama administration flouted these safeguards, and then lied about its actions.

A report from journalists John Solomon and Sara Carter last week, based on recently declassified documents, exposed what went on. As Solomon and Carter write:

More than 5%, or one out of every 20, searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA's so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards President Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa. …

The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying that the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an "institutional lack of candor," and that the improper searches constituted a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue," according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26.

A respected federal judge, serving on the FISA court, has leveled a very serious charge against Barack Obama and his administration–more serious than any charge that was made, let alone proved, against Richard Nixon. The Obama administration was guilty of an "institutional lack of candor," which is a polite way of saying that it lied to the court about what it was doing. And what it was doing, was violating the constitutional rights of Americans. Donald Trump and his associates have been accused of nothing even remotely as serious.

Solomon and Carter continued:

The admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental NSA intercepts about Americans. … The American Civil Liberties Union said the newly disclosed violations are some of the most serious to ever be documented and strongly call into question the U.S. intelligence community's ability to police itself and safeguard Americans' privacy as guaranteed by the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful search and seizure.

Glenn concludes that the scandal raises serious questions about whether the "intelligence community" can continue to operate as it has in the past, and whether it deserves the support of Americans:

This debacle also raises serious questions about the viability of our existing "intelligence community." In the post-World War II era, we gave massive power to the national security apparatus. In part, that power was granted in the belief that professionalism and patriotism would lead people in those agencies to refuse to let their work be used for partisan political purposes.

It now seems apparent that we overestimated the patriotism and professionalism of the people in these agencies, who allowed them to be politically weaponized by the Obama administration. That being true, if we value democracy, can we permit them to exist in their current form?

That's a decision that President Trump and Congress will have to face. Ironically, they may be afraid to -- for fear that intelligence agencies will engage in further targeted political leaks.

The Department of Justice needs to get to the bottom of Obama's abuse of the intelligence agencies and the FBI. That abuse was criminally compounded when Obama administration officials leaked classified information to the Washington Post and the New York Times in order to damage political opponents. We know for certain that felonies have been committed, so someone should go to jail.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions needs to ask: What did President Obama know, and when did he know it? Who else in his administration was responsible for the scandal? Where criminal prosecution is warranted, it is up to Justice to bring the cases.

More broadly, once it has enacted tax reform, Obamacare repeal and other top priorities, Congress should set investigations in motion. The public needs to know not only who committed crimes, but how deep the corruption went inside the Obama administration. And Congress needs to address, seriously, the question whether our politicized intelligence agencies can continue to exist in their present form.

As for President Trump, firing James Comey didn't go anywhere near far enough. Heads should roll at the CIA, the NSA and the FBI. Those who are tainted with the abuses that took place during the Obama administration should be shown the door and, where crimes have been committed, prosecuted.



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Why did Samantha Power need the unmasked names of Trump aides?

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Keith Koffler (WhiteHouseDossier) says this is getting exceedingly interesting.

The House Intelligence Committee Wednesday issued subpoenas for unmasking requests made by former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

Brennan and Rice while partisans, at least have a reasonable defense against accusations they sought for political purposes to unmask the names of Trump advisors speaking with the Russians. They're involved in national security, although they should be forced to show why they needed to know these names. Since one suspects that maybe, at least Rice, did not.

But as the Wall Street Journal points out, Power's job was diplomacy:

Unmaskings are supposed to be rare, and if the mere ambassador to the U.N. could demand them, what privacy protection was the Obama White House really offering U.S. citizens? The House subpoenas should provide fascinating details about how often Ms. Power and her mates requested unmaskings, on which Trump officials, and with what justification. The public deserves to know given that unmasked details have been leaked to the press in violation of the law and privacy.

Nor, as far as I'm aware, the UN ambassador also does not run criminal investigations. So, why did she need to know??

Samantha Power has already disgraced herself by making her pre-government career on the "responsibility to protect" doctrine, which says we should act to oppose genocides and "crimes against humanity." And then she joins the Obama administration and sits there while a half million Syrians are killed as a result of their dictator, Bashar Assad, and the United States effectively does nothing except possibly prolong things by giving half-hearted support to Syrian rebels.

No doubt her hypocrisy, in failing to resign, was fueled by her enjoyment of her powerful job and her desire for Barack Obama or some future Democratic president to make her secretary of state. Now, she may have worse problems than lack of principles.


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House Intelligence Committee issues CIA, FBI and NSA subpoenas

Sundance (ConservativeTreehouse) is reporting that an interesting report from James Rosen via Fox News reveals the House Intelligence Committee has issued subpoenas for John Brennan (CIA), James Comey (FBI), Susan Rice (National Security Adviser) and interestingly, Samantha Power -- former U.N. Ambassador -- in relation to the unmasking and leaking of names contained within intelligence reports.

Samantha Power would come into play as her role within the administration puts her in contact with many of the players from various countries that would be seeking to understand who candidate Trump, then President-Elect Trump, really was and how it might impact their relationship with the U.S.


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How Team Obama tried to hack the election

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Paul Sperry (NYPost) is reporting that new revelations have surfaced that the Obama administration abused intelligence during the election by launching a massive domestic-spy campaign that included snooping on Trump officials.

The irony is mind-boggling: Targeting political opposition is long a technique of police states like Russia, which Team Obama has loudly condemned for allegedly using its own intelligence agencies to hack into our election.

The revelations, as well as testimony this week from former Obama intel officials, show the extent to which the Obama administration politicized and weaponized intelligence against Americans.

Thanks to Circa News, we now know the National Security Agency under President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy protections while snooping through foreign intercepts involving US citizens -- and failed to disclose the breaches, prompting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court a month before the election to rebuke administration officials.

The story concerns what's known as "upstream" data collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, under which the NSA looks at the content of electronic communication. Upstream refers to intel scooped up about third parties: Person A sends Person B an e-mail mentioning Person C. Though Person C isn't a party to the e-mail, his information will be scooped up and potentially used by the NSA.

Further, the number of NSA data searches about Americans mushroomed after Obama loosened rules for protecting such identities from government officials and thus the reporters they talk to.

The FISA court called it a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue" that NSA analysts -- in violation of a 2011 rule change prohibiting officials from searching Americans' information without a warrant -- "had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court."

A number of those searches were made from the White House, and included private citizens working for the Trump campaign, some of whose identities were leaked to the media. The revelations earned a stern rebuke from the ACLU and from civil-liberties champion Sen. Rand Paul.

We also learned this week that Obama intelligence officials really had no good reason attaching a summary of a dossier on Trump to a highly classified Russia briefing they gave to Obama just weeks before Trump took office. 

Ex-CIA chief warned of Russian contact with Trump campaign officials

Under congressional questioning Tuesday, Obama's CIA chief John Brennan said the dossier did not "in any way" factor into the agency's assessment that Russia interfered in the election. Why not? Because as Obama intel czar James Clapper earlier testified, "We could not corroborate the sourcing."

But that didn't stop Brennan in January from attaching its contents to the official report for the president. He also included the unverified allegations in the briefing he gave Hill Democrats.

In so doing, Brennan virtually guaranteed that it would be leaked, which it promptly was.

In short, Brennan politicized raw intelligence. In fact, he politicized the entire CIA.

Langley vets say Brennan was the most politicized director in the agency's history. Former CIA field-operations officer Gene Coyle said Brennan was "known as the greatest sycophant in the history of the CIA, and a supporter of Hillary Clinton before the election. I find it hard to put any real credence in anything that the man says."

Coyle noted that Brennan broke with his predecessors who stayed out of elections. Several weeks before the vote, he made it very clear he was pulling for Hillary. His deputy Mike Morell even came out and publicly endorsed her in The New York Times, claiming Trump was an "unwitting agent" of Moscow.

Brennan isn't just a Democrat. He's a radical leftist who in 1980 -- during the height of the Cold War -- voted for a Communist Party candidate for president.

When Brennan rants about the dangers of strongman Vladimir Putin targeting our elections and subverting our democratic process, does he not catch at least a glimpse of his own reflection?

What he and the rest of the Obama gang did has inflicted more damage on the integrity of our electoral process than anything the Russians have done.


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Court ruling -- Barack Obama broke the law with FISA warrant spying on Americans

A newly released court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) found the Obama NSA routinely violated American privacy protections as his administration and officials scoured through overseas intercepts and targeted U.S. citizens.

The Obama administration failed to disclose the extent of the unlawful activity until just before the election in 2016. The FISA court ruling states the illegal searches conducted by the NSA under Obama were "widespread" and created a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue."

The FireAndreaMitchell blog believes it's time for the lazy bastards in Congress to start an investigation into the corrupt clown and former FBI director James Comey. I know he's Robert Muller's BFF, but Comey illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections. It's time for this corrupt bastard to pay the piper. This not only has Comey's fingerprints all over it, but also Obama and Susan Rice.

The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau's public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks.

In his final congressional testimony before he was fired by President Trump this month, then-FBI Director James Comey unequivocally told lawmakers his agency used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant only when it was "lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked."

Once-top secret U.S. intelligence community memos reviewed by Circa tell a different story, citing instances of "disregard" for rules, inadequate training and "deficient" oversight and even one case of deliberately sharing spy data with a forbidden party.


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Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years

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John Solomon and Sara Carter (Circa) is reporting that the National Security Agency under Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA's so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.

The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later.

The normally supportive court excoriated administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to a "institutional lack of candor" and that the improper searches constituted a "very serious Fourth Amendment issue," according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017.

The admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental NSA intercepts about Americans.

Circa has reported that there was  a three-fold increase in NSA data searches about Americans and a rise in the unmasking of U.S. person's identities in intelligence reports after Obama loosened the privacy rules in 2011.

Officials like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice have argued their activities were legal under the so-called minimization rule changes Obama made and that the intelligence agencies were strictly monitored to avoid abuses.

The intelligence court and the NSA's own internal watchdog found that not to be true.

"Since 2011, NSA's minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collections under Section 702," the unsealed court ruling declared. "The Oct. 26, 2016 notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court."


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Comey should be indicted for cover-up of Trump surveillance

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Carter (GatewayPundit) is reporting that Larry Klayman, President of Freedom Watch and the founder of Judicial Watch, wrote an open letter calling for former FBI Director James Comey to be indicted for obstruction of justice.

Klayman accused Comey of burying evidence from a whistleblower he worked with that may verify POTUS Trump was surveilled by the Obama administration.

Klayman represents Dennis Montgomery, a whistleblower TGP detailed in a recent article, who delivered 47 hard drives with over 600 million pages of information coming out of that to Comey's general counsel James Baker. Comey did nothing with the information.

The following is an excerpt from Klayman's open letter:

As I explained in the below embedded radio appearance at http://www.raffradio.com, where I exchanged views with the talented host, Franklin Raff, it is Comey himself, along with his staff, that deep-sixed their claimed investigation of Dennis Montgomery, a NSA/CIA whistleblower who came forward over two years ago, under grant of immunity, with 47 hard drives and over 600 million pages of information and then provided sworn testimony to FBI Agents Walter Giardina and William Barnett, showing that the intelligence agencies had not only "wiretapped," in the form of unconstitutional surveillance, Trump, his associates and his family, but also other prominent Americans such as the chief justice of the Supreme Court, other justices, 156 judges and persons like myself who challenge or even criticize government misconduct and illegality. In short, the president's firing of Comey was long overdue. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended the former FBI director's termination, should now empanel a grand jury to investigate Comey for having covered up and subverted this would-be FBI investigation of mass illegal surveillance in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

You can read all of Klayman's letter here.


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The real reason James Comey was fired

S. Noble (IndependentSentinel) is reporting that Catherine Herridge said that what she is hearing, mostly from Republicans, is that Comey will not provide the names of the Americans who were not unmasked.

"The accusation against the former FBI director, and this comes mostly from Republicans, is that he has been sort of slow walking records about the Americans who were identified or unmasked in these intelligence reports and providing them to Congress. And the reason that’s a big deal is that everyone in the IC, in the intelligence community knows that there is no bigger, deeper, wider, extensive paper trail than there is when you unmask or identify an American citizen. And it should not take months. It should take weeks if not the course of several days to know who was unmasked and who made those requests and that has not been provided."


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