An enormous amount has already been written about the Obama Administration’s coopting of American intelligence agencies for the domestic surveillance of members of the Trump campaign and eventual transition team. Virtually none of that has been written by the mainstream media, who have actually categorized it a non or false story, preferring instead to beat the long dead horse of Trump collaboration with Russia. Fox News has been the media leader in accurately reporting that particular, ever-expanding story. Fox now adds to the mounting revelations and evidence:
The intelligence reports that Rice and others in the administration reportedly assembled are similar to what a private investigator might piece together, congressional and U.S. intelligence sources said. In some cases, rather than documenting foreign
intelligence, the files included salacious personal information that, if released, could be embarrassing or harmful to the person’s reputation, U.S. intelligence and House Intelligence Committee sources said.
These reports were then disseminated to about 20 to 30 people who had classified clearance in the Obama administration hierarchy, these sources said.
Trump, members of his family, and members of his campaign and transition teams, were likely subjects of ‘incidental electronic surveillance’ by U.S. intelligence agencies, Fox News reported.
Barack Obama was the most lawless president in American history. I suspect it will be eventually revealed that none of this was “incidental,” but entirely intentional. Mr. Obama’s last minute order that opened the secret information floodgates to a large circle of his lackeys can be seen only in one reasonable light: as a means to ensure harmful information about Mr. Trump and his aides would be released to the press while enabling plausible deniability. We’ll soon be likely to find evidence that Mr. Obama actually sought to undermine and destroy the administration of his successor. He hadn’t done enough harm to America and the world?
Sources told Fox News that names 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 — as well as Rice and her former deputy Ben Rhodes, even though the names were supposed to be reported only to the initial requester.
Classified and sensitive material is distributed on a “need to know” basis. If one does not need to know such information to do their jobs, they have no access to it. Obviously, Mr. Obama was determined to get that information about Mr. Trump and his advisors and supporters to his political hatchet men and women. Even if he did not particularly direct them about what to do with that information, they knew exactly what he wanted, and were more than sufficiently devoid of ethics to do it.
If the names were unmasked in intelligence reports and then leaked to the media for political reasons, it could constitute criminal behavior.
There is no “could” about it.
Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s initial national security adviser, is one known example of a Trump campaign official whose name was unmasked from an intelligence report and leaked to the press. While Rice hasn’t said whether she unmasked Flynn, the leak of his conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak where he discussed U.S. sanctions led Flynn to resign three weeks into his term.
Doubtless, the Obamites hoped for much, much more.
[Republican Representative Devin] Nunes first announced on March 22 that he’d viewed intelligence reports that contained incidental surveillance on members of the Trump team.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page also was monitored by the FBI after the agency obtained a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant as part of an ongoing investigation into possible links between Russian officials and members of the Trump campaign.
In a statement to Fox News, Page said he has done nothing wrong and was a political target.
It has been reported that Page has asked to testify before Congress. Contrast that with Obamite operatives dodging, weaving, destroying evidence, developing amnesia, and taking the fifth.
What is most heartening about this information is that Congress is getting the idea they too were the objects of Obamite surveillance. After all, why just bug Trump and his advisors? If one is going to fully corrupt American intelligence agencies, why not go all the way and find out what Congressmen and Senators were up to? This alone may be the impetus necessary to see that a more complete investigation than would otherwise possible will be done.
Did the Obama Administration engage in illegal domestic espionage? If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck and quacks like a duck…