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News organization requests Trump declassify data on NSA unmasking of Americans

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Circa has formally requested that the Trump administration declassify records showing how often government officials have searched National Security Agency intercepts for intelligence on U.S. presidential candidates, members of Congress, journalists, clergy, lawyers, federal judges and doctors and how often such Americans had their identities unmasked by the intelligence community after Barack Obama made it easier to do so in 2011.

The request follows an exclusive Circa report on Wednesday that revealed that the Obama administration conducted more than 35,000 searches on NSA intercepts seeking information about Americans during the divisive 2016 election year. Said John Solomon, the chief operating officer of Circa and the author of Wednesday's story.

"The law makes President Trump the ultimate declassifying authority, and we believe the president can answer many troubling questions by declassifying this information, including how often First Amendment protected professionals had their privacy impacted by NSA intercepts and why some of Trump's own aides were unmasked in NSA data by the prior White House."

The NSA is allowed under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to spy on foreign powers without a court warrant but the law prohibits the targeting of Americans for such surveillance. If the NSA accidentally intercepts Americans or information about them overseas, it is supposed to legally put the information in a virtual lock box.

But starting in 2011, former President Obama made it easier to access that information, essentially creating keys for intelligence professionals and even his own political aides to unlock the NSA's lock box to consume surveillance on Americans.

Circa reported Wednesday that since those changes, the number of requests to search NSA records for Americans' information tripled under the former administration.

Circa's declassification request was delivered to the White House and the Directorate of National Intelligence. Ironically, it cites an executive order that Obama himself issued allowing Americans to make declassification requests and get an answer within a year.

Circa request aggregate numbers by year for searches on the names of or requests to unmasks Americans who worked as presidential candidates, members of Congress, congressional staff, federal judges, journalists, clergy, lawyers, and doctors.

"We believe these aggregate numbers by year and category pose no risk to national security and will provide significant illumination to the public about the frequency of unmasked or searched U.S. person identities who were either intercepted or the subject of intercepted conversations," Circa wrote.

"Such transparency is particularly valuable given the changes to unmasking rules that former President Barack Obama began implementing in 2011 and the special recognition the 2014 revision of minimization rules gave these categories of Americans."

The American Civil Liberties Union and influential senators like Rand Paul, R-Ky., Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., have for years raised concerns about how often and why the U.S. government accesses surveillance data on Americans without getting a court warrant.

The ODNI data made public this week in the Circa story provides the most detailed accounting to date of how often the NSA data is being tapped for intelligence on Americans. But civil liberty experts believe far more transparency is needed to guard against abuses.

"When we think about our constitution, the right to privacy and a right to be free from surveillance is very much a part of that," said Neema Singh Guliani, the ACLU's legislative counsel. "It the right for people to feel like they can speak freely without a government agent peering over their shoulder."

Related:  Obama sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during election

Related:  The Obama administration requested 1,934 Americans' names be unmasked in 2016



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Susan Rice refuses to testify to Congress

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The FireAndreaMitchell blog is reporting that dirty Susan Rice refused a request by Congress for her to testify. Susan Rice was revealed to unmask names of Americans captured by the NSA for political purposes.

Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice declined an invitation to testify before a Senate subcommittee on Russian interference in the presidential election, CNN reports.

A letter sent on behalf of Rice said that she declined to appear because she felt the invitation was inadequately bipartisan. She was invited to testify before the committee by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.). However, the invitation was not approved of by ranking Democrat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D., R.I.).

"Senator Whitehouse has informed us by letter that he did not agree to Chairman Graham's invitation to Ambassador Rice, a significant departure from the bipartisan invitations extended to other witnesses," the letter said. "Under these circumstances, Ambassador Rice respectfully declines Senator Graham's invitation to testify."



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Team Obama sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election

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John Solomon (Circa.com) is reporting that during his final year in office, Barack Obama's team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.

The data, made available this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, provides the clearest evidence to date of how information accidentally collected by the NSA overseas about Americans was subsequently searched and disseminated after Obama loosened privacy protections to make such sharing easier in 2011 in the name of national security. A court affirmed his order.

The revelations are particularly sensitive since the NSA is legally forbidden from directly spying on Americans and its authority to conduct warrantless searches on foreigners is up for renewal in Congress later this year. And it comes as lawmakers investigate President Trump's own claims his privacy was violated by his predecessor during the 2016 election.
 
In all, government officials conducted 30,355 searches in 2016 seeking information about Americans in NSA intercept metadata, which include telephone numbers and email addresses. The activity amounted to a 27.5 percent increase over the prior year and more than triple the 9,500 such searches that occurred in 2013, the first year such data was kept.

The government in 2016 also scoured the actual contents of NSA intercepted calls and emails for 5,288 Americans, an increase of 13 percent over the prior year and a massive spike from the 198 names searched in 2013.
 
The searches ultimately resulted in 3,134 NSA intelligence reports with unredacted U.S. names being distributed across government in 2016, and another 3,354 reports in 2015. About half the time, U.S. identities were unredacted in the original reports while the other half were unmasked after the fact by special request of Obama administration officials.
 
Among those whose names were unmasked in 2016 or early 2017 were campaign or transition associates of President Donald Trump as well as members of Congress and their staffers, according to sources with direct knowledge.

The data kept by ODNI is missing some information from one of the largest consumers of NSA intelligence, the FBI, and officials acknowledge the numbers are likely much higher when the FBI's activity is added.
 
"There is no doubt that there was a spike in the requests to search for Americans in the NSA database," a U.S. official familiar with the intelligence told Circa, speaking only on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the data. "It's simply easier for people to make requests. And while we have safeguards, there is always concern and vigilance about possible political or prurient motives that go beyond national security concerns."
 
A top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, which has long raised concerns about the NSA's ability to spy on Americans, said the rise in searches is a troubling pattern that should concern members of both political parties because it has occurred with little oversight from the courts or Congress.

"I think it is alarming. There seems to be a universal trend toward more surveillance and more surveillance that impacts Americans' privacy without obtaining a warrant," said Neema Singh Guliani, the ACLU's legislative counsel.
 
"This data confirms that there is a lack of acknowledgment that information is being specifically and increasingly mined about Americans for investigations that have little or nothing to do with international terrorism," she added.

The ACLU's concerns were heightened by the release last month of apreviously classified Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court document that revealed that then NSA has a "potentially very large and broad" collection of data on U.S persons that was never intended under the law.
 
U.S. intelligence officials confirmed the growth in queries about Americans' data held by the NSA but declined to explain the reasons, except to say the requests for access grew after intelligence agency officials became more comfortable with Obama's 2011 order.

They stressed the NSA has strict rules in place to govern when searches for Americans are being conducted and when a U.S. person's identity can be unmasked. They also hailed the release of the new data as a step toward greater transparency."

As a community, we look for new ways to enhance transparency," said Alex Joel, who leads ODNI's Office of Civil Liberties, Privacy, and Transparency. "Our goal is to provide relevant information, distilled into an accessible format. This year's report leans forward in that direction, providing significant information beyond what's statutorily required, and reflecting our concerted effort to enhance clarity."

The data emerges just weeks after Circa first reported that Obama substantially eased the rules starting in 2011 allowing for government officials, including political appointees, to unmask and obtain information about Americans in NSA intercepts.

The easing allowed appointees like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice to request and review the unmasked names of Trump campaign or transition officials intercepted in foreign conversations late last year. And it also resulted in the frequent unmasking of members of Congress and their staff, as often as once a month, Circa reported.
 
The NSA is allowed to spy on foreign powers without a court warrant under Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act but is forbidden from targeting Americans.

For years, the NSA was required to follow strict rules to protect the accidental intercepts of Americans from being consumed by other government agencies. The rules required a process known as minimization, where the identity of an intercepted American is redacted or masked with generic references like "American No. 1."

But the intelligence community fought hard over the last decade starting under George W. Bush and continuing under Obama to gain greater access to NSA intercepts of Americans overseas, citing the growing challenges of stopping lone wolf terrorists, state-sponsored hackers, and foreign threats. Obama obliged with a series of orders that began in 2011, moves that were approved by the FISC.

Today, the power to unmask an American's name -- once considered a rare event in the intelligence and civil liberty communities -- now resides with about 20 NSA officials.
 
The FBI also has the ability to unmask Americans' names collected under FISA to other intelligence professionals and policymakers, though it hasn't provided data on its frequency.

And the justification for requesting such unmasking can be as simple as claiming "the identity of the United States person is necessary to understand foreign intelligence information or assess its importance," according to a once-classified document that the Obama administration submitted in October 2011 for approval by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
 
That memo laid out specifically how and when the NSA could unmask an American's identity.

Intelligence officials try to assauge concerns by saying that FISA Section 702 activities are really focused only on foreign powers and stopping national security threats, an argument FBI Director James Comey struck anew Wednesday during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"702 is a critical tool to protect this country and the way it works is we are allowed to conduct surveillance again, under the supervision of the

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on non-U.S. persons who are outside the United States if they're using American infrastructure; an email system in the United States, a phone system in the United States. So it doesn't involve U.S. persons and doesn't involve activity in the United States," Comey testified.

But numerous civil liberty experts, including the ACLU's Guliani, say such representations aren't accurate because the NSA accidentally collects so much information on Americans and then shares it after the fact.
 
The FBI, for instance, regularly queries the NSA database and the declassified court document in March said "there is no requirement that the matter be a serious one nor that it have any relation to national security."

"I think it shows that the facade that government gives that these programs are just targeted at foreigners is just that, a façade," Guliani told Circa. "The reality is we have an invasive surveillance program and the data we have shows the impact on Americans is quite substantial."
 
A federal judge in Washington has ruled in 2013 and again in 2015 that the NSA collection of data on Americans violates the 4th Amendment of the Constitution, but that ruling is winding its way through appeals. The FISA court, meanwhile, continues to support the intelligence community's continued use of the data, as recently as in 2015.


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NSA blimp spied in the United States

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Ryan Gallagher (TheIntercept) is reporting that to residents of Maryland, catching an occasional glimpse of a huge white blimp floating in the sky is not unusual. For more than a decade, the military has used the state as a proving ground for new airships destined for Afghanistan or Iraq. But less known is that the test flights have sometimes served a more secretive purpose involving National Security Agency surveillance.

Back in 2004, a division of the NSA called the National Tactical Integration Office fitted a 62-foot diameter airship called the Hover Hammer with an eavesdropping device, according to a classified document published Monday by The Intercept. The agency launched the three-engine airship at an airfield near Solomons Island, Maryland. And from there, the blimp was able to vacuum up "international shipping data emanating from the Long Island, New York area," the document says. The spy equipment on the airship was called Digital Receiver Technology -- a proprietary system manufactured by a Maryland-based company of the same name -- which can intercept wireless communications, including cellphone calls.

With the exception of a few military websites that refer to the Hover Hammer as an "antenna mounting platform," there is little information in the public domain about it. The classified NSA document describes the airship as a "helium-filled sphere inside another sphere, constructed of Spectra, the same material used to make bullet-proof vests. … It 'hovers' above small arms fire, has a negligible [infrared] signature, and radar can't detect it." The agency added in the document that it planned to conduct more tests with the Hover Hammer, and said it wanted to develop a larger version of the blimp that would be capable of flying at altitudes of 68,000 feet for up to six months at a time. "More experiments, including the use of onboard imagery sensors, are being conducted," it said.

The NSA declined to comment for this story.

In recent years, airships -- or aerostats, as they are formally called -- have been a source of major military investment. Between 2006 and 2015, the U.S. Army paid Raytheon some $1.8 billion to develop a massive missile-defense blimp called the JLENS, which is equipped with powerful radar that can scan in any direction 310 miles. (That's almost the entire length of New York state.) In October 2015, the JLENS attracted national attention after one became untethered amid testing and drifted north from Maryland to Pennsylvania before it was brought back under control. In 2010, the Army commissioned another three airships -- called Long Endurance Multi-Intelligence Vehicles -- as part of a $517 million contract with Northrop Grumman. The company stated that the airships would "shape the future" of the military's intelligence-gathering capabilities and provide a "persistent unblinking stare" from the sky.

Unsurprisingly, privacy groups have expressed concerns about the prospect of the blimps being used domestically to spy on Americans. However, military officials have often been quick to dismiss such fears. In August 2015, Lt. Shane Glass told Baltimore broadcaster WBAL that the JLENS blimps being tested in Maryland were not equipped with cameras or eavesdropping devices. "There are no cameras on the system, and we are not capable of tracking any individuals," Glass stated. The same cannot be said, it seems, of the NSA's Hover Hammer.

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Landmark Legal files brief with FISA Court supporting a full investigation into Trump surveillance

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UNITED STATES FOREIGN INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE COURT
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INTELLIGENCE SURVEILLANCE
COURT ORDERS

AMICUS CURIAE LANDMARK LEGAL FOUNDATION MEMORANDUM OF LAW IN SUPPORT OF ITS MOTION FOR EN BANC ORDER DIRECTING INVESTIGATION
Amicus Curiae Landmark Legal Foundation (Landmark) respectfully moves this court to exercise its authority pursuant to 50 U.S.C. Section 1803(a)(2)(A) to consider "exceptional matters" en banc, and its inherent authority under the Constitution of the United States, and issue all orders necessary to protect the administration of justice, including an order to direct a full investigation into the leaking of surveillance activity conducted in accordance with the rulings of this court. Landmark does not seek to join any matter before this Court, but respectfully appears as a friend of the Court.

I. INTRODUCTION

A flurry of recent published reports citing numerous anonymous federal intelligence and law enforcement officials has disclosed an enormous amount of classified information, apparently gathered pursuant to orders issued by this Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court. The nature, timing, and volume of classified information released indicate a systematic effort to exploit the orders of this Court for political purposes. Landmark respectfully urges the Court to exercise its inherent power to protect the administration of justice and the integrity of the FISA process and direct the federal government to conduct a thorough 1 Landmark is a national public interest law firm committed to preserving the principles of limited government and investigation into these leaks, which include felony violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), 50 U.S.C. Section 1809 and pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 798. Landmark submits that officials within the Executive Branch have abused the judicial process, placing the integrity of this Court and the constitutional rights of individuals at risk. The Court should exercise its inherent jurisdiction and order the federal government to investigate fully, and the FBI to explain fully, the following questions:

1. Have this Court's order or orders been used by intelligence and law enforcement entities of the federal government as a subterfuge to surveil private citizens and at least one United States Senator for political purposes?

2. Did government officials seek one or more national security surveillance warrants from this Court as a pretext to conduct an investigation for the purpose of affecting an ongoing national presidential campaign and subsequent transition of an incoming president?

3. When applying to this Court for one or more warrants in this matter, did the FBI inform this Court that it had apparently paid some of the expenses of a former British spy who prepared the dossier reportedly relied on, in whole or part, in its application to convince this Court to issue a warrant, and that it had apparently negotiated to make further payments to the former British spy, which efforts were ultimately unsuccessful?

4. When applying to this Court for one or more warrants in this matter, did the FBI inform this Court that the dossier it reportedly presented in pursuit of one or more warrants had originally been prepared by the former British spy for a Washington search firm conducting opposition research against the Republican nominee for president, candidate Donald Trump?

Landmark respectfully suggests that the Court, sitting en banc, should direct the government to complete its investigation and report its findings to the Court within 90 days. The Court should also consider whether it is appropriate to issue an order to all relevant federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies to show cause as to why they should not be held


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Comey used Jeb Bush/DNC commissioned dossier to gain Trump FISA warrant

Sundance (ConservativeTreehouse) says apparently, the FBI used the Jeb Bush/DNC Commissioned opposition research dossier on candidate Trump as evidence to the FISA court to gain a warrant for surveillance.   Things just got more interesting.

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If this report via CNN is factual in its baseline accuracy, methinks the motive for the stuttering obfuscation of FBI Director James Comey just gained some sunlight.

Washington (CNN) -- The FBI last year used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump's campaign as part of the justification to win approval to secretly monitor a Trump associate, according to US officials briefed on the investigation.

The dossier has also been cited by FBI Director James Comey in some of his briefings to members of Congress in recent weeks, as one of the sources of information the bureau has used to bolster its investigation, according to US officials briefed on the probe.

This includes approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to monitor the communications of Carter Page, two of the officials said. Last year, Page was identified by the Trump campaign as an adviser on national security.  (read more)

Remember the comments from Chairman Devin Nunes when he shared:  Mike Rogers (NSA) was very willing to provide the intelligence committee with evidence; however, James Comey (FBI) was not forthcoming with the requests made by the committee.

Why would FBI Director James Comey be vested in keeping information withheld from the oversight committee?  Ah, now it's time to bring back the public hearings.

Reminder: FBI Director James Comey unmasked as a Deep State Black Hat Operative.

Representative Elise M. Stefanik is a young, freshman republican congresswoman from the Albany New York area. And using a probative questioning timeline, she single-handily pulled the mask from FBI Director James Comey, yet no-one seemed to notice.

Obviously Ms. Stefanik has not been in the swamp long enough to lose her common sense.

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In the segment of the questioning below Rep. Stefanik begins by asking director Comey what are the typical protocols, broad standards and procedures for notifying the Director of National Intelligence, the White House and senior congressional leadership (aka the intelligence Gang of Eight), when the FBI has opened a counter-intelligence investigation.

The parseltongue response from Comey is a generalized reply (with uncomfortable body language) that notification of counter-intel investigations are discussed with the White House, and other pertinent officials, on a calendar basis, ie. "quarterly".

With the statement that such counter-intel notifications happen "generally quarterly", and against the backdrop that Comey stated in July of 2016 a counter-intel investigation began, Stefanik asks:

…"when did you notify the White House, the DNI and congressional leadership"?

BOOM! Watch an extremely uncomfortable Director James Comey outright LIE… by claiming there was no active DNI -which is entirely false- James Clapper was Obama's DNI.

Watch it again.

Watch that first 3:00 minutes again. Ending with:

…"Because of the sensitivity of the matter" ~ James Comey

Director Comey intentionally obfuscates knowledge of the question from Rep Stefanik; using parseltongue verbiage to get himself away from the sunlit timeline.

The counter-intel investigation, by his own admission, began in July 2016. Congress was not notified until March 2017. That's an eight month period -- Obviously obfuscating the quarterly claim moments earlier.

The uncomfortable aspect to this line of inquiry is Comey's transparent knowledge of the politicized Office of the DNI James Clapper by President Obama. Clapper was used rather extensively by the Obama Administration as an intelligence shield, a firewall or useful idiot, on several occasions.

Anyone who followed the Obama White House intel policy outcomes will have a lengthy frame of reference for DNI Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan as the two primary political operatives. Brennan admitted investigating, and spying on, the Senate Intelligence Committee as they held oversight responsibility for the CIA itself.

The first and second questions from Stefanik were clear. Comey's understanding of the questions was clear. However, Comey directly evaded truthful response to the second question. When you watch the video, you can see Comey quickly connecting the dots on where this inquiry was going.

There is only one reasonable explanation for FBI Director James Comey to be launching a counter-intel investigation in July 2016, notifying the White House and Clapper, and keeping it under wraps from Congress. Comey was a participant in the intelligence gathering for political purposes -- wittingly, or unwittingly.

As a direct consequence of this mid-thought-stream Comey obfuscation, it is now clear -at least to me- that Director Comey was using his office as a facilitating conduit for the political purposes of the Obama White House.

Unfortunately, a slightly nervous Stefanik, never forced Comey to go back to the non-answered question and respond by saying:

No, Mr. Comey, there WAS a DNI in place in 2016, please answer the question of when did you notify him (Clapper) and the White House?

….. then it would get a little ugly:

Why did you notify Clapper and the White House but delay congressional notification?

With all the banter about these hearings, and against this slight moment of clarity of purpose, it bears repeating:

There is only ONE KNOWN Factual and CRIMINAL activity currently identified: the unmasking and leaking of Mike Flynn's name to the media.

FBI Director Comey states his organization is "investigating". Fair enough, however -- not a single congresscritter asked HIM if he is the source of the unmasking or leaks.

♦ How can a congressional committee conduct an investigation if they don't know if the primary witness, the lead investigator, is the source of the leaks?

♦ Wouldn't the very first step, the actual basis of the foundation for the investigation itself, be to ensure the person conducting the investigation did not participate in the illegality of the conduct being investigated?

Think.

Avoid the shiny things.

Why wouldn't congress ask this simple question?

Admiral Mike Rogers answers that approximately 10-20 people within his NSA organization had the potential to unmask and/or leak to the media. Fair enough.

♦ Wouldn't the first question as follow-up be to ask Admiral Mike Rogers if he is one of those numbered possibilities?

♦ Wouldn't the second follow-up question, in an authentic inquiry, be to ask Mike Rogers: if he is one of the possibilities with access to that information, then was he actually the person who unmasked or leaked?

If Mike Rogers and James Comey admit they are in charge of two of the possible source organizations for leak activity (expressly known illegal behavior)… then what affirmative confidence has either person expressed to congress to ensure the inquiring body that they personally were not the originating source?

And why didn't congress ask them?

Think.

There is NO PEA in this shell game of distraction.

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Why didn't congress ask them?

Occam's Razor -- Because the question(s), the brutally obvious question(s), then lead to the follow-up: If the only criminal activity is the sourcing of the leak, and the two people giving testimony are potential suspects in that criminal activity, then: A) How can we trust their testimony, and B) Why are we even having this hearing"? (with two people who are suspects in an ongoing investigation)…

The answers reveal the current intention of the intelligence committee is not to actually investigate, but rather to give the outward illusion of investigation.

If they were not merely giving an illusion…. Congress would be pointing out that FBI Director James Comey has a direct and specific conflict of interest that is so glaringly obvious it's unfathomable no-one see it.

Director Comey, and to a lesser extent Rogers, would have been in direct contact with the prior administration individuals, and entities acting on their behalf, who were politicizing the information being gathered and lying about (ie. leaking to the media) the content therein.

"Because of the sensitivity of the matter" ~ James Comey

Didn't Comey further claim in this hearing that lying about the content of (or even the existence of) a counter-intelligence investigation was not itself a criminal act? Hello?

That said, James Comey has an expressed interest in claiming an ongoing investigation exists (even if it doesn't) just to ensure the prior administration contact and behavior was shielded behind the wall of "an ongoing investigation". Comey says: "Because of the sensitivity of the matter".. Where "the matter" is the politicized and entirely false information from the White House.

FBI Director James Comey has singularity of knowledge and has cleverly placed himself in a position where there is no "oversight" of his claims.

…"Because of the sensitivity of the matter" ~ James Comey

See how that works?

At one point in his political life Comey may have been a White Hat, but there's no doubt his behavior is exactly what a black hat operative would be doing to shield his connection to the black hat activity of the prior administration.

Summary: Hillary Clinton political operatives manufactured the illusion of a computer connection between Russian entities (financial banks) and the Trump campaign/organization. Those manufactured points of evidence were then passed along to White House entities who used the political intel community (Clapper to Comey) to open an investigation of nothingness -- to nowhere. The mere existence of that investigation was then used as the originating point for a series of media intel leaks (the narrative) intended to cloud and damage the Trump campaign/organization. FBI Director James Comey, as head of one of the investigative agencies, became part of that political apparatus. Now, usefulness exhausted and with the media engaged, it's CYA time all around for the originating entities.

"Because of the sensitivity of the matter" ~ James Comey

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"I was urging my former colleagues, and, and frankly speaking the people on the Hill [Democrat politicians], it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can -- get as much intelligence as you can -- before President Obama leaves the administration."

"Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left; so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks -- if they found out HOW we knew what we knew about their, the Trump staff, dealing with Russians -- that they would try to compromise those sources and methods; meaning we no longer have access to that intelligence."

"So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more.  We have very good intelligence on Russia; so then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were also trying to help get information to the Hill."

~ Evelyn Farkas


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Abusing FISA -- the first time around

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Scott Johnson (PowerLine) says Lee Smith is a Weekly Standard senior editor and Hudson Institute fellow. He also writes a weekly column for the online site Tablet. He is a sober and serious analyst of the foreign policy scene and related matters.

Smith's April 5 Tablet column hasn't gotten the attention it deserves. In it Smith asks: "Did the Obama administration's abuse of foreign intelligence collection start before Trump?" Smith argues that the Trump/Russia narrative replays Obama's abuse of FISA to smear political actors opposing the administration in the lead-up to the Iran deal.

The predicate for Smith's inquiry is derived from a December 29, 2015 Wall Street Journal article describing how the Obama administration had conducted surveillance on Israeli officials to understand how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials intended to fight the administration's Iran deal. The Journal reported that the targeting "also swept up the contents of some of their private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups."

Smith argued in another Tablet column at the time that the Obama administration had merely used the appearance of spying on American lawmakers to corner opponents of the Iran Deal. "Spying on U.S. citizens would be a clear abuse of the foreign-intelligence surveillance system," Smith explains. "It would be a felony offense to leak the names of U.S. citizens to the press."

Smith now confesses his belief that he erred in the previous column: "I believe the spying was real and that it was done not in an effort to keep the country safe from threats -- but in order to help the White House fight their domestic political opponents."

Smith quotes a participant in the political battle over the Iran deal:

"At some point, the administration weaponized the NSA's legitimate monitoring of communications of foreign officials to stay one step ahead of domestic political opponents," says a pro-Israel political operative who was deeply involved in the day-to-day fight over the Iran Deal. "The NSA's collections of foreigners became a means of gathering real-time intelligence on Americans engaged in perfectly legitimate political activism -- activism, due to the nature of the issue, that naturally involved conversations with foreigners. We began to notice the White House was responding immediately, sometimes within 24 hours, to specific conversations we were having. At first, we thought it was a coincidence being amplified by our own paranoia. After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on."

Smith comments:

This is what systematic abuse of foreign-intelligence collection for domestic political purposes looks like: Intelligence collected on Americans, lawmakers, and figures in the pro-Israel community was fed back to the Obama White House as part of its political operations. The administration got the drop on its opponents by using classified information, which it then used to draw up its own game plan to block and freeze those on the other side. And -- with the help of certain journalists whose stories (and thus careers) depend on high-level access -- terrorize them.

Once you understand how this may have worked, it becomes easier to comprehend why and how we keep being fed daily treats of Trump's nefarious Russia ties. The issue this time isn't Israel, but Russia, yet the basic contours may very well be the same.

Smith has much more, all of it worth reading, in this troubling column.

Related:  Sharyl Atkisson's Obama-era surveillance timeline

Related:  Microsoft "Transparency Report" shows massive increase in 2016 Obama-era FISA Orders


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Judge Napolitano is vindicated -- British Intelligence WAS used by Obama Administration to obtain FISA Warrants on Trump team

Sundance (ConservativeTreehouse) is reporting that on March 14th Judge Andrew Napolitano said:

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"Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn't use the NSA. He didn't use the CIA. He didn't use the FBI, and he didn't use Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What the heck is GCHQ? That's the initials for the British spying agency. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database. So by simply having two people go to them saying, 'President Obama needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump, conversations involving president-elect Trump,' he's able to get it, and there's no American fingerprints on this."

~ Judge Andrew Napolitano

On March 20th Fox News suspended Napolitano for making those remarks.  The British government and British intelligence community was furious at Napolitano and Fox News.  At the time Rupert Murdoch was attempting to purchase SkyNews, which might have aided in the severity of his response to Napolitano.

However, today CNN is confirming much of the construct for what Napolitano was previously saying: 

CNN -- British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials and other Russian individuals during the campaign and passed on those communications to their US counterparts, US congressional and law enforcement and US and European intelligence sources tell CNN.

The communications were captured during routine surveillance of Russian officials and other Russians known to western intelligence. British and European intelligence agencies, including GCHQ, the British intelligence agency responsible for communications surveillance, were not proactively targeting members of the Trump team but rather picked up these communications during what's known as "incidental collection," these sources tell CNN.

The European intelligence agencies detected multiple communications over several months between the Trump associates and Russian individuals — and passed on that intelligence to the US. The US and Britain are part of the so-called "Five Eyes" agreement (along with Canada, Australia and New Zealand), which calls for open sharing among member nations of a broad range of intelligence. (read more)

Against the backdrop of President Obama's National Security Advisor Susan Rice finally admitting she was the White House entity who unmasked the names of U.S. people contained within U.S. intelligence reports, the prior substantive concerns of Judge Andrew Napolitano appear confirmed.

It would appear the justification for the early 2016 President Obama surveillance program was, in part, constructed by utilizing information from British intelligence sources.

Earlier we considered that NSA Director Mike Rogers didn't want to participate in, or give aid in relationship to, the surveillance scheme.  Consequently, the Obama White House worked around Rogers with another source, British Government Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ), for the same information.

In 2013 Edward Snowden released information the UK GCHQ was being party funded by the U.S. NSA to the tune of over £100 million:

[…]  The funding underlines the closeness of the relationship between GCHQ and its US equivalent, the National Security Agency. But it will raise fears about the hold Washington has over the UK's biggest and most important intelligence agency, and whether Britain's dependency on the NSA has become too great. (link)

January 23rd, 2017, three days after President Trump's inauguration, the head of the U.K. General Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ) unexpectedly resigns:

Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ, has resigned from his job as head of one of the three Government intelligence agencies after just two years.

GCHQ would only say that Mr Hannigan had left his post for "personal reasons" and that he was not sacked or subject to disciplinary proceedings.  (link)

[Previously] In hindsight, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers may have notified Team Trump of Obama's Intelligence Community (James Clapper and John Brennan) involvement or engagement in surveillance activity.

As you look at the dates below, it's important to note that NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers would be keenly aware of both the June FISA request -- Denied, and the October request -- Granted.  Pay specific attention to the October request. "October"!.

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June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.

October 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons.

Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.

♦ On Tuesday November 8th, 2016 the election was held.  Results announced Wednesday November 9th, 2016.

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♦ On Thursday November 17th, 2016, NSA Director Mike Rogers traveled to New York and met with President-Elect Donald Trump.

♦ On Friday November 18th The Washington Post reported on a recommendation in "October" that Mike Rogers be removed from his NSA position:

The heads of the Pentagon and the nation's intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed.

The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

[…]  In a move apparently unprecedented for a military officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday at Trump Tower. That caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters. (link)

Remember, historically The Washington Post is the preferred outlet for the CIA and Intelligence Community within Deep State to dump their "leaks" and stories.  [The State Department "leaks" to CNN for the same purposes.]

♦ On Saturday November 19th Reuters reported on the WaPo Story and additional pressure by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and DNI James Clapper to fire Mike Rogers.

[…]  The Washington Post reported that a decision by Rogers to travel to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday without notifying superiors caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, but the recommendation to remove him predated his visit.  (link)

If you just look at the timeline of activity a picture emerges:

  1. The Intelligence Community -at the direction of President Obama- made a request to a FISA court for the NSA to spy on Donald Trump in June 2016.  It was denied.
  2. In October the Intelligence Community (NSA) -at the direction of President Obama- made a second request to the FISA court for the NSA to spy on activity around Donald Trump.  It was approved.
  3. At around the same time (October), as the second request, (Def Sec) Ash Carter and (DNI) James Clapper tell President Obama to dump NSA Director Mike Rogers.
  4. A week after the election, Director Mike Rogers makes a trip to Trump Tower without telling his superior, James Clapper….
  5. …Which immediately brings about new calls (November media leaks to WaPo) for President Obama to dump Admiral Mike Rogers.

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A shoe drops -- Team Obama spied on Carter Page

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John Hinderaker (PowerLine) says: I assume this Washington Post story is true: "FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor former Trump adviser Carter Page." It confirms what has been sporadically reported since late last year, that the Obama administration sought and ultimately received a FISA order to spy on at least one associate of Donald Trump. So Trump's famous tweets were, in substance, true.

The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said.

Do the leaks come from the same Obama administration holdovers who have leaked in the past, trying to get ahead of disclosures that will confirm that President Trump's suspicions were correct? Or do they come from officials appointed by Trump? I don't know, but the Post's illicit sources are pretty much always Democrats.

The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page's communications after convincing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judge that there was probable cause to believe Page was acting as an agent of a foreign power, in this case Russia, according to the officials.

That's a strong charge, but I doubt that there is evidence to support it. Carter Page "worked in Moscow for Merrill Lynch a decade ago and … has said he invested in Russian energy giant Gazprom." He never had any official association with the Trump campaign, but has been referred to as an "informal adviser." He has asked to testify before a Congressional committee to clear his name.

The current leakers, whoever they are, described the Obama administration's FISA application in detail. Or else the Post reporters have seen it.

The government's application for the surveillance order targeting Page included a lengthy declaration that laid out investigators' basis for believing that Page was an agent of the Russian government and knowingly engaged in clandestine intelligence activities on behalf of Moscow, officials said.

Among other things, the application cited contacts that he had with a Russian intelligence operative in New York City in 2013, officials said. Those contacts had earlier surfaced in a federal espionage case brought by the Justice Department against another Russian agent. In addition, the application said Page had other contacts with Russian operatives that have not been publicly disclosed, officials said.

The Obama administration was already trying, last Summer, to find evidence that Russia's government was "meddling" in our presidential election:

The application also showed that the FBI and the Justice Department's national security division have been seeking since July to determine how broad a network of accomplices Russia enlisted in attempting to influence the 2016 presidential election, the officials said.

I find it hard to believe that Russia's rulers, from Vladimir Putin on down, wanted to help elect a president who vowed to rebuild America's dwindling military strength, and to put America first, in place of an administration that was consistently supine in the face of Russian aggression and was borderline anti-American. Possibly Putin and his advisers are that dumb, but I doubt it.

In any event, the Obama administration failed to find any evidence that anyone associated with Trump was somehow cooperating with the Russians -- not even a "junior member of the [Trump] campaign's foreign policy advisory group," as Page described himself. If they had, we would have learned about it long before now.

We haven't heard the last of this story, but for the moment one thing is clear: a great many people, inside and outside of the media, owe President Trump an apology. Assuming that President Obama knew of, and approved, the FISA application -- a safe assumption, I think -- Trump's much-reviled tweet was true:

Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found.

How much of this Trump knew all along is, at this point, unclear.

Update: We are now starting to get a picture of how sinister this whole Democratic Party misinformation campaign is. Through the last half of 2016, the Obama administration was desperately searching for evidence of some link between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia. They went to the length of seeking (twice, reportedly) and finally obtaining a FISA order that allowed them to spy on at least one insignificant Trump associate.

In addition, we now know that Susan Rice headed up an operation whereby raw NSA intelligence was sifted for names of Trump associates, no doubt in hopes of uncovering dirt of some sort.* And we also know that these efforts came up dry. The Obama administration found no compromising information about Trump or any of his associates.

Nevertheless, ever since the Inauguration the Democratic Party, especially its press wing in Washington and New York, has relentlessly pushed the Trump/Russia story. What story? There isn't one. But that hasn't stopped Democrats in the press from talking about little else for the last three months.

And yet, all along, the Democrats have known that their spying produced nothing. This whole story is almost unbelievably sordid. The relevant Congressional committees should investigate thoroughly, and criminal prosecutions should follow where laws have been broken.

It is time to get to the bottom of the Obama spy scandal.

* -- All of this is reminiscent of Watergate, in this sense: after the fact, no one could figure out why the Plumbers bugged the Democratic National Committee, given that President Nixon was obviously going to be re-elected anyway. (The answer to that question may still be unknown, but that is another story.) Similarly, Barack Obama and his minion Susan Rice no doubt were confident that Hillary Clinton would win the election and serve Obama's third term. Yet, they weren't taking any chances.

Related:  Congress expanding Obama spying case -- looking to see if people other than Trump team spied on


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Judge Napolitano returns to Fox News -- stands by his report Obama used British intel to spy on Trump

He’s back! Judge Napolitano was pulled from Fox News after he reported that the Obama administration was using British Intelligence (GCHQ) to spy on Trump and his team.

Well, one of our favorite judges from Fox News is back after a little time off and he stands by his claims!

Bill Hemmer: "Judge, nice to see you. You’ve had a few quiet days. You put out a story about 10 days ago. You said you were confident in the story that you reported here um in the past month. Do you still stand by it?"

Judge Nap: "Yes, I do and the sources stand by it and the American public needs to know more about this rather than less because a lot of the government surveillance authorities will expire in the fall…"


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Sharyl Attkisson testifies to Congress about Obama White House surveillance

Obama was almost certainly illegally spying on Team Trump


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Former Congressman explains how the surveillance works

If you haven't read the previous item about the NSA, do so now.


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Watch Obama lie about what the NSA is doing

What Obama described when he talked about "phone numers and duration" is what is known as the "Call" record. It is the data collected by the phone company's "billing machine," a computer system that logs each and every phone call.

Here's what it looks like:

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As you can see "Calling Number," "Called Number," and "Duration" are real data. Team Obama tried to lessen the impact of what is being collected by referring to this data as "metadata." It is not metadata, it is data. Period!

Using just that meager data, computer algorithms are able to "map" who you talk to; when you talk to them; how often you talk to them; how long you talk to them; where you are when you talk to them; and where they are when you talk to them.

Using just the phone numbers, NSA algorithms can "map" your phone number to your associate's phone number, then to his or her associates' phone numbers, and their associates' phone numbers, to their associates' phone numbers, creating a visual "map" of your relationships and the relationships of all of those you have relationships with and they, in turn, have relationships with.

And all those phone numbers belong to and identify a person or organization. See how easily Obama lies?

And that's what can be derived from a few data, and NSA is collecting many, many more data than these. The NSA is able to model your entire universe. In fact, the NSA knows more about you than you do.

It just takes a reason or request for the NSA to release this data and make it available to spies, investigators, politicians and/or the media.

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Step 1 -- Collect and convert "Citizen Data"

The National Security Agency (NSA) is engaged in massive data collection effort collects and stores every digital transmission -- land-line call; cell call; and email into; out of; and throughout the United States. The NSA also collects data on searches made using Google, Bing, Yahoo and others through private contractual agreements with all the major search engine companies.

The NSA has tour financial data and your travel data. They even have your health records.

Everything that's digital -- and that's just about everything related to you -- is stored in the NSA's massive "Data Warehouse" that resides on redundant storage devices called "Data Farms" at the NSA's Utah facility.

A "Data Warehouse" is different than a "Database" in the following way:

A "Database" contains data that describes persons, activities, things and their relationship as a "moment in time." Think of a "Database" as a collection of photographs.

A "Data Warehouse," on the other hand, adds the element of time and contains data that describes persons, activities, things and their relationship "over a period of time."  Think of a "Data Warehouse" as a movie -- a movie that never ends.

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The structure provides 1 to 1.5 million square feet, with 100,000 square feet of data center space, and more than 900,000 square feet of technical support and administrative space.

It is projected to cost $1.5–2 billion. A report suggested that it will cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance. The completed facility is expected to require 65 megawatts of electricity, costing about $40 million per year. The facility is expected to use 1.7 million gallons of water per day. An article by Forbes estimates the storage capacity as between 3 and 12 exabytes (an exabyte equals one quintillion bytes) in the near term.

In other words, this is one big sucker, but according to Moore's Law, the facility is  expected to increase the above capacity by orders of magnitude in the coming years.

As the incoming data is collected from every available digital source it is simultaneously analyzed by the biggest and fastest computers on the planet. They are capable of delivering about 125 petaflops of performance (that could quadruple in the coming years).

There are a number of operations taking place:

1.  Collect incoming data
2.  Categorize incoming data by type (phone; email; Google search)
3.  Organize into common formats
4.  Store data into data warehouse

Obama has been truthful up to this point in the video above. No one is listening to your phone conversations or reading your emails, but the warhouse contains the text of your emails, to include all the 'who/what" data in the email header. The warehouse also contains a digital recording of each of your phone conversation plus all the stuff in the "Call Record."

Step 2 -- "Analyze Reference Data" using keywords and key phrases

The Data Warehouse is under continuous analysis to determine the existence of sensitive keywords and/or key phrases contained in an ever evolving "Keyword" list.

Think "bomb"; "attack"; "ISIS"; "jihad"; "Trump:; etc.

The list contains the textual and audio representations of these keywords and in every language on the planet and in every known code. The majority of NSA staffers are language and encrytion specialists -- most of them have one or more advanced degree in their specialty. There are literally thousands of these people employed by the NSA.

When a cell phone call or email is digitally analyzed and there is a "hit" -- a word or phrase -- all of the data and relationships that exist about the communication is extracted and all of the individuals involved are tagged for "Surveillance and Monitoring"; "Suspicious Activity Reporting"; and/or "Terrorist Screening Center Alert."

And this is where the human intervention occurs. This is where emails are read. This is where phone call records are listened to. This is where Google searches are read and evaluated.

If you innocently use language on the "Keyword" list, there's an excellent chance that your name appears in a "Suspicious Activity Report," and once it's there it's not going to go away.

That's how General Flynn was identified -- and look what happened to this patriot.

That's the part Obama will lie about. That's the part Obama hides with his slick rhetoric.



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Will smoking gun documents vindicate Trump?

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John Hinderaker (PowerLine) says in the wake of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes's statements to reporters on Wednesday, the outline of what could become the biggest political scandal of the last 100 years is becoming clear. Obama administration officials, possibly aided by Obama's January 2017 orderexpanding access to the NSA's raw signals intelligence data, are alleged to have misused the NSA's surveillance capabilities to spy on the incoming Trump administration. The NSA's raw data includes names of US citizens, which are supposed to be "masked." Obama officials allegedly "unmasked" the names of people associated with Donald Trump, and feloniously leaked information (which may have been true or false) about those individuals to reporters in order to damage the incoming administration.

That will be the claim. James Rosen of Fox News, himself an victim of Obama administration spying, reports:

Republican congressional investigators expect a potential "smoking gun" establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.

Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretappedhim in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.

The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.

Hopefully we will see the paper trail before long. Rosen reports that the FBI has so far not cooperated with the House committee's requests, but the NSA is expected to deliver responsive documents to the committee as early as today. This might be a good time to mention that I don't trust James Comey any farther than I can throw him.

The Free Beacon has more:

A House intelligence committee investigation took a dramatic shift this week after newly disclosed intelligence reports suggested the Obama administration improperly gathered and disseminated secret electronic communications from President Trump and his transition team prior to inauguration.
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Nunes said he was alarmed by what he saw in several dozen intelligence reports that include transcripts of communications, including communications directly from Trump. The reports were based on a foreign electronic spying operation between November and January. They were revealed by an intelligence community insider who alerted Nunes.

Nunes said on CNN that after reading the reports he was confident the Obama White House and numerous agencies "had a pretty good idea of what President-elect Trump was up to and what his transition team was up to and who they were meeting with."

The full extent of the improper spying -- including the improper unmasking of Americans whose identities were to be hidden in reports of foreign communications intercepts -- is expected to be disclosed Friday, Nunes said.

I think we can be quite certain that the "full extent" of any improper spying by the Obama administration will not be disclosed today. Not to the committee, and certainly not to the public. In any event, stay tuned. One can only hope that if these reports are true, all Obama administration officials who were involved in the scheme, including if appropriate Barack Obama, will be criminally prosecuted.

One last comment: if it turns out that Donald Trump was right all along in charging the Obama administration with improperly conducting surveillance on him, it will be a stunning political reversal and a severe setback for the Democratic Party.


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Of course Obama's people leaked Team Trump surveillance -- the Obama administration was corrupt to its core

Sorry for the buzz -- I unsuccessfully  tried to find another copy.


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Freedom watch notifies Congress of "deep state" intelligence whistle-blower

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Sundance (ConservativeTreehouse) is reporting that Freedom Watch notifies congress of a “Deep State” intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees where spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes.

Mr. Montgomery is trying to use a legal “whistle-blower” process and not follow the same approach as Edward Snowden.

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FBI Director James Comey unmasked as a Deep State black hat operative

Sundance (ConservativeTreehouse) is reporting that Representative Elise M. Stefanik is a young, freshman republican congresswoman from the Albany New York area.  And using a probative questioning timeline, she single-handily pulled the mask from FBI Director James Comey, yet no-one seemed to notice.

Obviously Ms. Stefanik has not been in the swamp long enough to lose her common sense.

In the segment of the questioning below Rep. Stefanik begins by asking director Comey what are the typical protocols, broad standards and procedures for notifying the Director of National Intelligence, the White House and senior congressional leadership (aka the intelligence Gang of Eight), when the FBI has opened a counter-intelligence investigation.

The parseltongue response from Comey is a generalized reply (with uncomfortable body language) that notification of counter-intel investigations are discussed with the White House, and other pertinent officials, on a calendar basis, ie. "quarterly".

With the statement that such counter-intel notifications happen "generally quarterly", and against the backdrop that Comey stated in July of 2016 a counter-intel investigation began, Stefanik asks:

…"when did you notify the White House, the DNI and congressional leadership?"

BOOM!  Watch an extremely uncomfortable Director James Comey outright LIE… by claiming there was no active DNI -which is entirely false- James Clapper was Obama's DNI:

Watch it again.

Watch that first 3:00 minutes again.  Ending with:

…"Because of the sensitivity of the matter"  ~ James Comey

Director Comey intentionally obfuscates knowledge of the question from Rep Stefanik; using parseltongue verbiage to get himself away from the sunlit timeline.

The counter-intel investigation, by his own admission, began in July 2016.  Congress was not notified until March 2017.  That's an eight month period -- Obviously obfuscating the quarterly claim moments earlier.

The uncomfortable aspect to this line of inquiry is Comey's transparent knowledge of the politicized Office of the DNI James Clapper by Barack Obama.  Clapper was used rather extensively by the Obama Administration as an intelligence shield, a firewall or useful idiot, on several occasions.

Anyone who followed the Obama White House intel policy outcomes will have a lengthy frame of reference for DNI Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan as the two primary political operatives.   Brennan admitted investigating, and spying on, the Senate Intelligence Committee as they held oversight responsibility for the CIA itself.

The first and second questions from Stefanik were clear.  Comey's understanding of the questions was clear.  However, Comey directly evaded truthful response to the second question.   When you watch the video, you can see Comey quickly connecting the dots on where this inquiry was going.

There is only one reasonable explanation for FBI Director James Comey to be launching a counter-intel investigation in July 2016, notifying the White House and Clapper, and keeping it under wraps from congress.    Comey was a participant in the intelligence gathering for political purposes -- wittingly, or unwittingly.

As a direct consequence of this mid-thought-stream Comey obfuscation, it is now clear -at least to me- that Director Comey was using his office as a facilitating conduit for the political purposes of the Obama White House.

Unfortunately, a slightly nervous Stefanik, never forced Comey to go back to the non-answered question and respond by saying:

No, Mr. Comey, there WAS a DNI in place in 2016, please answer the question of when did you notify him (Clapper) and the White House?

….. then it would get a little ugly:

Why did you notify Clapper and the White House but delay congressional notification?

With all the banter about these hearings, and against this slight moment of clarity of purpose, it bears repeating:

There is only ONE KNOWN Factual and CRIMINAL activity currently identified: the unmasking and leaking of Mike Flynn's name to the media.

FBI Director Comey states his organization is "investigating".  Fair enough, however -- not a single congresscritter asked HIM if he is the source of the unmasking or leaks.

♦ How can a congressional committee conduct an investigation if they don't know if the primary witness, the lead investigator, is the source of the leaks?

♦ Wouldn't the very first step, the actual basis of the foundation for the investigation itself, be to ensure the person conducting the investigation did not participate in the illegality of the conduct being investigated?

Think.

Avoid the shiny things.

Why wouldn't congress ask this simple question?

Admiral Mike Rogers answers that approximately 10-20 people within his NSA organization had the potential to unmask and/or leak to the media.  Fair enough.

♦ Wouldn't the first question as follow-up be to ask Admiral Mike Rogers if he is one of those numbered possibilities?

♦ Wouldn't the second follow-up question, in an authentic inquiry, be to ask Mike Rogers: if he is one of the possibilities with access to that information, then was he actually the person who unmasked or leaked?

If Mike Rogers and James Comey admit they are in charge of two of the possible source organizations for leak activity (expressly known illegal behavior)… then what affirmative confidence has either person expressed to congress to ensure the inquiring body that they personally were not the originating source?

And why didn't congress ask them?

Think.

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Sen. Paul says, "We know for sure the Obama Administration did spy on Flynn"

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If people are questioning whether or not Donald Trump was wiretapped or surveilled, they might want to listen to Senator Paul.

S. Noble (IndependentSentinel) is reporting that George Stephanopoulos interviewed Senator Rand Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on This Week Sunday. Paul told him "we know for sure the Obama administration did spy on Flynn".

General Hayden admitted that the lowest level analysts can unmask Americans and the ones who leaked need to go to jail, he said further.

Stephanopoulos asked:

"Finally, sir, you're also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We see the president standing by that claim about President Obama. It's caused a rift now with British intelligence over the weekend. How big a problem is this for the president's credibility? How does he fix it?"

Paul gave him an answer the abc news commentator probably didn't expect.

"I think that we know one thing for sure, that the Obama administration did spy on Flynn. Now, whether it was direct or indirect, somebody was reading and taking -- a transcript of his phone calls and then they released it."

He continued.

"It is very, very important that whoever released that go to jail, because you cannot have members of the intelligence community listening to the most private and highly classified information and then releasing that to The New York Times."

Stephanopoulos asked him if he believed Obama wiretapped Trump, expecting 'no' for an answer.

"Well, what happens is it's different than that," Paul said. "We target foreigners all the time, but they talk to Americans. They talk to the president. They talk to the national security advisers. And they're supposed to be masked."

"But there was something alarming the other day."

"General Hayden admitted that people all the way down to some of the lowest analysts can unmask who the American is. So, someone unmasked General Flynn and they're a low-level analyst, we need to be looking at their computer and find out if they unmasked that conversation and if they spoke with The New York Times you have got to put those people in jail, because you cannot allow this to happen, or we will have presidents being blackmailed or national security advisers being blackmailed."

It's a very serious national security breach.

"This is a huge, huge problem, bigger than anything else that's being discussed is the fact that private conversations from the intelligence community's perspective are being leaked to the press. That's not like a leak that says, oh, the president watches TV in his bathrobe, this is important to national security, you can't let it happen."


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Former CIA Director finally admits the truth about Trump-Russia collusion

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S. Noble (IndependentSentinel) is reporting that a fierce Clinton supporter and former CIA director admitted the truth about the fake Russia collusion story.

 NBC News reports former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell said of the allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, "There is smoke, but there is no fire -- at all."

Don't believe it, he says now, after all that has gone down.

If he were to be completely honest, he'd admit there is no smoke either.

Morell isn't the first of the Clinton supporters to admit it. Former Director of National Intelligence,  James Clapper, said that as of January, there wasn't any evidence to suggest collusion.

Additionally, late last month, Devin Nunes -- the House Intelligence Committee chairman investigating ties between Trump and his associates and Russia -- said, "At this point there's nothing there."

Michael Morell, former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, is particularly interesting as a very strong Clinton supporter. He forcefully endorsed Hillary Clinton in a New York Times op-ed and viciously attacked Trump as an "unwitting agent" of Russia. At that point in August, the fake Russia story was being thrown about. Morell played right into it.



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More evidence surfaces -- NSA Director Mike Rogers did not aid Obama's surveillance scheme

Sundance (ConservativeTreehouse) says every time I see an interview discussing 2016 surveillance of the Trump Campaign and candidate Donald Trump I keep going back to that November 17th, 2016, Trump Tower visit by NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.

No-one in the Obama chain-of-command knew Director Rogers was going to meet with President-Elect Trump; Rogers did it entirely on his own impetus, and James Clapper was furious in the aftermath.

Additionally, Admiral Mike Rogers is still running the NSA. President Trump has made no effort to replace him.

"Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command. He didn't use the NSA. He didn't use the CIA. He didn't use the FBI, and he didn't use Department of Justice. He used GCHQ. What the heck is GCHQ? That's the initials for the British spying agency. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database. So by simply having two people go to them saying, 'President Obama needs transcripts of conversations involving candidate Trump, conversations involving president-elect Trump,' he's able to get it, and there's no American fingerprints on this."
~ Judge Andrew Napolitano

If what Napolitano's sources are saying is true, then it's even more confirmation of our hunch in an earlier timeline.  NSA Director Mike Rogers didn't want to participate in, or give aid in relationship to, the surveillance scheme.  Consequently, the Obama White House worked around Rogers with another source, British Government Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ), for the same information.

In 2013 Edward Snowden released information the UK GCHQ was being party funded by the U.S. NSA to the tune of over £100 million:

[…]  The funding underlines the closeness of the relationship between GCHQ and its US equivalent, the National Security Agency. But it will raise fears about the hold Washington has over the UK's biggest and most important intelligence agency, and whether Britain's dependency on the NSA has become too great. (link)

January 23rd, 2017, three days after President Trump's inauguration, the head of the U.K. General Communications Head Quarters (GCHQ) unexpectedly resigns:

Robert Hannigan, the director of GCHQ, has resigned from his job as head of one of the three Government intelligence agencies after just two years.

GCHQ would only say that Mr Hannigan had left his post for "personal reasons" and that he was not sacked or subject to disciplinary proceedings.  (link)

[Previously] In hindsight, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers may have notified Team Trump of Obama's Intelligence Community (James Clapper and John Brennan) involvement or engagement in surveillance activity.

As you look at the dates below, it's important to note that NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers would be keenly aware of both the June FISA request -- Denied, and the October request -- Granted.  Pay specific attention to the October request. "October"!.

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June 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.

October 2016: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found -- but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons.

Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.

♦ On Tuesday November 8th, 2016 the election was held.  Results announced Wednesday November 9th, 2016.

♦ On Thursday November 17th, 2016, NSA Director Mike Rogers traveled to New York and met with President-Elect Donald Trump.

♦ On Friday November 18th The Washington Post reported on a recommendation in "October" that Mike Rogers be removed from his NSA position:

The heads of the Pentagon and the nation's intelligence community have recommended to Barack Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed.

The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

[…]  In a move apparently unprecedented for a military officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday at Trump Tower. That caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters. (link)

Remember, historically The Washington Post is the preferred outlet for the CIA and Intelligence Community within Deep State to dump their "leaks" and stories.  [The State Department "leaks" to CNN for the same purposes.]

♦ On Saturday November 19th Reuters reported on the WaPo Story and additional pressure by Defense Secretary Ash Carter and DNI James Clapper to fire Mike Rogers.

[…]  The Washington Post reported that a decision by Rogers to travel to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday without notifying superiors caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, but the recommendation to remove him predated his visit.  (link)

If you just look at the timeline of activity a picture emerges:

  1. The Intelligence Community -- at the direction of Barack Obama -- made a request to a FISA court for the NSA to spy on Donald Trump in June 2016.  It was denied.
  2. In October the Intelligence Community (NSA) -- at the direction of Obama -- made a second request to the FISA court for the NSA to spy on activity around Donald Trump.  It was approved.
  3. At around the same time (October), as the second request, (Def Sec) Ash Carter and (DNI) James Clapper tell Obama to dump NSA Director Mike Rogers.
  4. A week after the election, Director Mike Rogers makes a trip to Trump Tower without telling his superior, James Clapper….
  5. This immediately brings about new calls (November media leaks to WaPo) for Obama to dump Admiral Mike Rogers.

Occam's Razor.  NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers didn't want to participate in the spying scheme (Clapper, Brennan, Etc.), which was the baseline for Obama's post presidency efforts to undermine Donald Trump and keep Trump from digging into the Obama labyrinth underlying his remaining loyalists.  After the October spying or surveillance operation went into effect, Rogers unknown loyalty was a risk to the Obama objective.  10 Days after the election Rogers travels to President-Elect Trump without notifying those who were involved in the intel scheme.

Did NSA Director Mike Rogers wait for a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) to be set up in Trump Tower, and then notify the President-elect he was being monitored by a group representing Obama's interests?

... Seems likely!


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Trump is correct -- the Obama administration did spy on Trump Tower servers during election

Circa News reporter Sara Carter was back on with Sean Hannity on Monday to discuss the government surveillance of Trump Tower during the 2016 election.

Trump tweeted about the Obama administration spying on Trump Tower during the election. Trump was right.

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And now we know the FBI was investigating the Trump Tower servers during the election. The liberal media will still not report this.

Sara Carter: There was a traditional FBI investigation into the server that was connected to Trump Tower. It was registered to Trump Tower. That investigation was to look into the server and to see if there were pings between the Trump Tower and a bank. And the FBI found absolutely nothing nefarious or criminal within that investigation.

Sean Hannity: So there was some surveillance at some point of the server for Trump Tower which was off site not exactly at the Tower.

Sara Carter: That’s absolutely correct. There was surveillance of the server that was registered to Trump Tower, Trump Tower businesses, and at that point they went in for less than two weeks… They went in and found no evidence within that server to date of collusion between Trump and Russians whatsoever.



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Barack Obama bypassed America's spy agencies to surveil the Trump Campaign

"I'm not sure the DOJ has what they requested. Because sources have told Fox, if Trump were surveilled it was done by a foreign intelligence entity. The British GCHQ. [...] This is what the sources have told Fox. They have access to all the data from the NSA database, and would have access and translate raw data to transcripts and share it with someone in the west-wing. Probably not Obama himself, because he wouldn't want anyone to say that "I saw Obama meet with a British spy in the white house."

Obama wouldn't need a FISA warrant if it were done by the British GCHQ, and By going through a foreign intelligence entity, those who will testify at the March 20th congressional hearing can say that they didn't surveil Trump.


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NSA officials who hated the Clintons hacked the DNC and gave emails to WikiLeaks

Joe Hoft (GatewayPundit) is repoting that Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer (ret.) went on with Hannity on Fox News to discuss the latest leaks by Wikileaks.

Shaffer told Hannity former NSA operatives who were fed up with the Clintons are the ones who hacked into the DNC and gave the hacked Podesta emails to WikiLeaks. The Democrats do not want to talk about this and it is probably why the DNC refused to allow the FBI to look at it’s hacked server. Shaffer said:

Tony Shaffer: Sean, we did it. Not me, but our guys, former members of NSA, retired intelligence officers used these tools to break in there and get the information out. That’s what the Democrats don’t want to talk about because it doesn’t fit their narrative.


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