Obama Admin Didn’t Wiretap Trump, They Just Abused Raw Intel Like in a Banana Republic

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This week, Devin Nunes revealed that whistleblowers gave him reports of the Trump campaign officials were basically spied on by rogue intelligence agents. They were caught up in legal surveillance of foreign targets but where it becomes a problem is in the unmasking and dissemination.

By law, Americans caught incidentally during surveillance of foreign targets must be protected by having their names “masked.” Nunes said more than one American – and possibly Trump – had their names “unmasked” and their names and information were widely distributed within the intelligence community.

This is very serious and very dangerous. It’s an intelligence community with tremendous power over Americans going rogue.

There is an article in the Wall Street Journal everyone should read, Democrats and Republicans alike because it not only frightens the author, it frightens every thinking person in this country. We’ve summarized it here.

On Wednesday Devin Nunes revealed that the inadvertent collection of Trump campaign officials’ communications resulted in transcriptions and wide dissemination. Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra, writing for the Wall Street Journal, said that when he was Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, he was routinely involved in briefings of the Gang of Eight. He couldn’t even recall how many times he asked to see raw intelligence and was refused.

The transcripts mentioned by Nunes would be considered raw intelligence and policy makers don’t get to see it.

Few if any people in the White House would need to see it. “It is a very unlikely precedent”, Hoekstra said, for masked or unmasked, easily identified persons, making their way to the White House. Who would be reading this, he asks – Valerie Jarret? Ben Rhodes? Susan Rice?

Mr. Comey said Trump wasn’t wiretapped but no one asked him if data was collected on Trump or his transition team by other means. Adm. Rogers was not asked.

The “inarticulate” Trump tweet about wiretapping left too much room for the intelligence officials to skirt around.

The former representative suggested deception on the part of Jim Comey. Mr. Comey admitted he was investigating Trump staff for eight months and it was continuing. Of course he surveilled.

He suggested the same about our NSA chief. While Adm. Rogers claimed there were strict controls in place for masking and unmasking, the truth points to them either being far more lenient than the Adm. let on, and he was either unaware or he was lying.

As Mr. Hoekstra said, Adm. Rogers and Jim Comey had to know about these transcripts and let Congress think otherwise.

Finally, the representative said, “My greatest concern – the one that keeps me up at night – is that the awesome powers of our intelligence community might have been corrupted for political purposes. While we’re not witnessing broad, Stasi-like surveillance of citizens, it’s clear there have been serious errors of judgement and action among our otherwise professional intelligence community. This is truly scary. We have to learn the entire truth before anyone, in or out of Congress, can again have confidence in our intelligence community.”

Former UN Ambassador Ric Grennell put it succinctly.


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Judy
6 years ago

Nunes says “it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing.” He also said, “What I read was clearly significant information about president-elect Trump and his team.” from, Here’s Why Nunes’ Obama Spying Revelations Are Such a Big Deal. Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist.

The time frame was Nov – Jan. Crimes were committed. What if Russian Obsession is cover for spying on the new Presidency, while Obama and company were plotting the counter coup and spreading info to the key Obama designated holdovers and organizers and Obama issued EO to justify the spreading of the information Which had Nothing To Do With Russia? This whole thing has had the same feel of the Benghazi Cover Up and the Hillary Email Comey Mess. Too much is going on here for some of it not to be exposed with a government turnover of power. The more is made of the Russia Obsession the more Obama can cover it up as, get this — Obama finally taking his oath to defend the country from all enemies foreign and domestic seriously, ie., It just had to be taken seriously no matter what. The leaks from whistleblowers prior to this who were ignored was bound to come to light again, which is why they’ve been spinning the Russian Interference and Collusion Narrative with such crazed frenzy. All of a sudden the ferocity of the Trump Derangement Syndrome makes a lot of sense, they had 3 months to prepare. Every time Obama and company mess up and are likely to be exposed, they go into these bizarre cover stories and hysterics. We’ve seen this film at Eleven far too often. Fool me once, shame on you …