Saturday, April 29, 2017

Illegal "Wire Taps"

Confirming that Obama ordered the NSA to spy on Trump

We are publishing Mark Levin's summary of the illegal wiretaps as the basis for our additional commentary of the rationale for the actions of all parties.  

In short, it was clear at the time of these incidents that Mr Obama was doing all in his power to eliminate Mr Trump as a candidate, and, as the election grew closer, Mr Obama pulled out all the stops to prevent Mr Trump from winning the election.  

In so doing, Mr Obama and his Intelligence Community henchmen committed a series of illegal actions which eventually will be the basis for their arrest and prosecution.

Notably, in hindsight following the election, we have seen Mr Obama forming a self-declared Shadow Government, sponsoring violent "protests" which appear to be financed by George Soros.  Additionally, Wall Street [led b CitiBank] has so far paid Obama over $400,000 for a "speech", and it is rumored there will be another $400,000 payment coming soon for still another "speech".

As for the motivations of Mr Trump, he followed the path of all of his predecessors of both Parties in strategizing his campaign and communicating legally with all those foreign and US elements who would be impacted by both the election as well as the new Administration.

Mr Trump and was eventually made aware of the technical capabilities of illegal surveillance by NSA, and established safeguards accordingly.

Mark Levin provides this astute summary of the "illegal wiretaps"

1. June 2016: 

FISA request denied. 
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.

Reason:  Trump's communications had no, repeat NO bearing on National Security, and the surveillance was clearly political, and thus illegal.

2. July 2016: 

The Russia joke. 
Wikileaks releases emails from the Democratic National Committee that show an effort to prevent Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) from winning the DNC presidential nomination. 
In a press conference, 

Donald Trump refers to Hillary Clinton’s own missing emails, joking: 
Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are missing.” 
That remark becomes the basis for accusations by Clinton and the media that Trump invited further hacking by Russia.

Fact: The accusations were nonsense, and it was clear Trump joked about this event just as most informed Americans joke about NSA eavesdropping since it has been widely publicized by Edward Snowden, to include Methods and Sources [which were never intended to be used against US citizens.  

The NSA programs were patently illegal, and both the NSA Director and the Director of National Intelligence can still be arrested, tried, and convicted of National Security Laws, in spite of the effort by Congress and the White House to retroactively make such actions legal.

3. October 2016: 

Podesta emails. 
Wikileaks releases the emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, rolling out batches every day until the election, creating new mini-scandals. 

The Clinton campaign accuses Trump and the Russians of collaboration.

FACT:  There was, in no sense of the word, collusion between Trump and the Russians -- as there clearly was between Hillary and the Russians, to include her illegal sale of 20% the US uranium reserves while she was Secretary of State.
     a)  General Flynn's discussions with the Russian Ambassador were solely to 
           establish a dialog and to assure the Russians that Obama was clearly trying
           to create a crisis with his saber-rattling; however, Flynn reassured the Russian
           Ambassador that Trump regarded Obama as an idiot, and there would be no
           risk of war with Trump as President.  
      b) Flynn ws well within his rights as Trump's selected National Security Advisor 
           to conduct such discussions, as had occurred in every campaign of either 
           Party since the Cold War.

4. October 2016

New 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. 
Still, NO evidence is found 

— but Andrew McCarthy at the National Review notes that the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons. 

FACT:  The Obama administration was now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.  

This was not the traditional tapping of phone systems by the FBI; instead, it was the employment of sophisticated collection of all information on Trump targeting all forms of communication, AND via electronic and imagery surveillance.  That was patently illegal under all aspects of the National Security Act.

5. January 2017: 

BuzzFedBen lost all credibility by being Obama's stooge
Buzzfeed released CNN reports, a supposed intelligence “dossier” compiled by "a foreign former British spy."

It purports to show continuous contact between Russia and the Trump campaign, and says that the Russians have compromising information about Trump. 
None of the allegations could be verified and some are proven false. 
Several media outlets claim that they had been aware of the dossier for months and that it had been circulating in Washington.

FACT: The dossier was proven to have been created at CIA under the direction of then-CIA Director Brennan

6. January 2017: 

Obama expands NSA sharing. 
Michael Walsh later notes, and as the New York Times reports, 
the outgoing Obama Administration 
“...expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.” 

These new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated and/or improperly or leaked.

FACT: This action technically legitimized the actions of NSA's illegal surveillance of US citizens, making prosecution of Obama and his Intelligence henchmen difficult, but, not altogether impossible under the National Security Act of 1947. 

7. January 2017: 
The New York Times reports monitoring of Trump:
On the eve of Inauguration Day, that several agencies — the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Treasury Department are monitoring several associates of the Trump campaign suspected of Russian ties. 

Other news outlets also report the existence of 
a multiagency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” 
though it is unclear how the news agencies found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.  

FACT: This reveals a leak not only of unauthorized wire-tapping/electronic surveillance, but also a violation of National Security Laws, indicating, at a minimum, complicity by former President Obama in likely directing this monitoring, but what constitutes Conspiracy, which is the basis for arrest and prosecution of all involved.

8. February 2017: 

Mike Flynn scandal.
Mike Flynn
Reports emerge that the FBI intercepted a conversation in 2016 between future National Security Adviser Michael Flynn — then a private citizen — and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. 
The intercept supposedly was part of routine spying on the ambassador, not monitoring of the Trump campaign. 

The FBI transcripts reportedly show the two discussing Obama’s newly-imposed sanctions on Russia, though Flynn earlier denied discussing them. 

Sally Yates, whom Trump would later fire as acting Attorney General for insubordination, was involved in the investigation; it is believed she was responsible for releasing the classified records to the Media -- a National Security felony.. 

In the end, Flynn resigns over the charge of having misled Vice President Mike Pence  about the content of the conversation.

FACT:  Flynn was under no obligation to inform the Vice President since his chain of command would have had him report directly, and only to Trump.  The VP, an important member of the Cabinet, has never been in that chain of command, in spite of his rank and position.  

Harry Truman, Roosevelt's VP, was never privy to FDR's State Secrets and commented that his VP position was "... not worth a bucket of warm spit!".  Flynn was likely a trap established by Trump to draw out and identify his detractors, and to demonstrate that Obama and the NSA had violated the law.

[While working for Reagan via Ambassador at Large (Vernon Walters) we frequently met with foreign dignitaries at the direction of Reagan for National Security reasons.  At the direction of Mr Reagan, Vice President Bush was intentionally left out of the loop.]

9. February 2017:

New York Times claims extensive Russian contacts. 
NYT unable to refute its own headlines

The New York Times cited “four current and former American officials” in reporting that the Trump campaign had 
“... repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials. The Trump campaign denies the claims — and the Times admits that there is “no evidence” of coordination between the campaign and the Russians".

The White House and some congressional Republicans begin to raise questions about 
illegal intelligence leaks.

FACT:  It is clear that Obama's Intelligence chiefs were actively, and illegally  communicating with the New York Times, and had created the bogus story to impugn Trump and his staff.  

The NYT was outed as fabricating this story when two editions were compared, with a two-month gap; there is no statute of limitations in this episode, and both the authors as well as the editors will be held responsible.

10. March 2017: 
The Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. 
The Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had contact twice with the Russian ambassador during the campaign 
— once at a Heritage Foundation event and once at a meeting in Sessions’ Senate office. 

Senator Schumer [D] and Putin 
[illegal meeting?]
The WaPo suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions’ testimony at his confirmation hearings that 
he [Sessions] had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) 
it was clear Sessions meant he had no contact with the Russians in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, 
and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts. 

Im reality, during that meeting, Sessions was performing his duty as a US senator, meeting routinely with a foreign official, as all of his predecessors had done, and as Senator [D] Shumer had frequently done in his Committee capacity.

The New York Times, in covering the story, adds that the Obama White House 
“rushed to preserve” intelligence related to alleged Russian links with the Trump campaign. 

By “preserve” it really means “disseminate”
as officials spread evidence throughout other government agencies 
to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators” and perhaps the media as well.

In summary: 

Ex-President Obama, while in office, violated a broad number of National Security Regulations to spy on Candidate Donald Trump; he [or his Intelligence operatives] then worked with the New York Times, the Washington Post, and CNN to disclose classified information -- or to create the illusion of Intelligence documentation of purported illicit contact between Trump and/or his staff with Russians.

The Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization via the FISA Court to eavesdrop, not through wiretap, but using NSA sophisticated espionage capabilities on the Trump campaign; 

Obama's team continued monitoring, illegally, the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found -- a violation of the National Security Act of 1947.

Obama subsequently relaxed the NSA rules to allow evidence to be shared widely within the government, virtually ensuring that the information, including the conversations of private citizens, would be leaked to the media.

All in a bid to stop or overthrow a Trump administration.

In the post-election era, we note that former CIA Director Brennan seems to have remained in contact with his minions at the CIA, illegally discussing classified information and having access to CIA and NSA Methods and Sources to further disrupt President Trump's Administration.

We refer here to a bit of history, in which the Espionage Act of 1917 was extended by the Sedition Act of 1918, which made it a crime to "... willfully utter, print, write, or publish and disloyal, profance curious, or abusive language about the form of the Government of the United States, or ... speech and expression of opinion that cast the government in a negative light,
or, and this is important
to "willfully urge, incite, or advocate any curtailment of production."

The Sedition Act was replaced by the Smith Act of 1940 [Alien Registration Act] which set criminal penalties for advocating the overthrow of the US government.

The Patriot Act of 2001, was extended by President Obama in 2011 for an additional four years, never presuming the Act could be used to monitor, surveil, and prosecute him 

Within the Patriot Act is a provision which will likely be used against Mr Obama and Mr Soros; it's called the National Security Letter [NSL], which authorizes the FBI to search telephone, e-mail, and financial record without a court order.  

Although the NSL has been successfully challenged in various courts, and remains in legal limbo, it would be rather fitting to have this mechanism used to investigate Mr Obama, Mr Soros, Ms Jarrett, and Hillary Clinton, who likely used this mechanism against their political enemies.

Interestingly, as of 29 April 2017,  NSA has officially revised its collection practices so that it is no longer actively collecting information on US citizens, but merely through collateral collection against foreign targets.  

It all sounds good, but, thanks to NSA's politicization under Obama, can we ever trust our Intelligence services again?  Or, did we EVER trust NSA.  

Here's a trailer from 1998 [those were Clinton years] from the movie Enemy of the State.  Supposedly it is fiction; judge for yourself. ]