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Friday, December 08, 2017

Media missed the story of the year

At 4:02 AM on March 4, President Trump gave the American media the story of the year.

They laughed it off and called him crazy.

Nine months later, the story is indisputably true.

The American press, which markets itself as more important to democracy than the government itself (never mind that democracy is the government), mocked the president and failed to pursue the story of Obama's abuse of power.

The Washington Post posted at 8:30 am: "Trump cites no evidence, accuses Obama of ‘Nixon/Watergate’ plot to wire tap Trump Tower."

However, there already was evidence.

Andrew C. McCarthy -- who headed the team that successfully prosecuted the first World Trade Center terrorists in 1995 -- outlined this.

From McCarthy on March 3:
in the weeks prior to June 2016, the FBI did a preliminary investigation, apparently based on concerns about a server at Trump Tower that allegedly had some connection to Russian financial institutions. 
Even if there were such a connection, it is not a crime to do business with Russian banks — lots of Americans do. It should come as no surprise, then, that the FBI found no impropriety and did not proceed with a criminal investigation. 
What is surprising, though, is that the case was not closed down. Instead, the Obama Justice Department decided to pursue the matter as a national-security investigation under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). 
In June 2016, it sought the FISA court’s permission to conduct surveillance on a number of Trump associates — and perhaps even Trump himself. It has been reported that Trump was “named” in the application, but it is not publicly known whether he (a) was named as a proposed wiretap target, or (b) was just mentioned in passing in the application. 
Understand the significance of this: Only the Justice Department litigates before the FISA court; this was not some rogue investigators; this was a high level of Obama’s Justice Department — the same institution that, at that very moment, was whitewashing the Clinton e-mail scandal. And when Justice seeks FISA surveillance authority, it is essentially telling that court that there is probable cause to believe that the targets have acted as agents of a foreign power — that’s the only basis for getting a FISA warrant. 
In this instance, the FISA court apparently found the Obama Justice Department’s presentation to be so weak that it refused to authorize the surveillance. That is telling, because the FISA court is generally very accommodating of government surveillance requests. Unwilling to take no for an answer, the Obama Justice Department came back to the FISA court in October — i.e., in the stretch run of the presidential campaign. 
According to various reports (and mind you, FISA applications are classified, so the leaks are illegal), the October application was much narrower than the earlier one and did not mention Donald Trump. The FISA Court granted this application, and for all we know the investigation is continuing.
McCarthy's bombshell was ignored by the press even though reporters at the New York Times had hinted six weeks earlier that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower.

It reported this on January 20: "Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides."

That was the print headline.

From that story:
American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.
The continuing counterintelligence investigation means that Mr. Trump will take the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation and after the intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had worked to help elect him. As president, Mr. Trump will oversee those agencies and have the authority to redirect or stop at least some of these efforts.
Intercepted messages.

The point of the story was to throw shade on the new president.

Later we learned that the Obama administration used the results of the wiretapping to keep tabs on the political opposition.

Susan Rice had the American intelligence officials reveal who was in the conversations intelligence recorded.

Rather than pursue her, the press promoted her shabby rationalization of Obama's abuse of power.

From USA Today on April 3:
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Tuesday that she did not seek to "unmask" the names of Trump associates for political purposes, but also described the process of asking for the intelligence community to reveal the names of U.S. citizens as a "longstanding, established process."
"The allegation is that somehow Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes," Rice told MSNBC. "That's absolutely false."
Rice was responding to allegations in conservative media outlets that she used her office to request information about Trump transition officials. While she would not discuss specific information that she asked for — or whether Trump associates were involved — she described the process of "unmasking" Americans mentioned in intelligence reports as routine.
The "conservative media outlets," as USA Today dismissed them, were trying to get to the bottom of the real scandal instead of promoting the Fake News about Trump hiring pissing prostitutes.

That story told any honest man all he needed to know about the validity of the Russian dossier.

We have since learned that the dossier was nothing more than opposition research that Hillary Clinton paid millions of dollars for.

It was based on stories told largely by Russian intelligence officials.

Fusion GPS was really Fusion KGB -- or  FSK as it is called now.

Now Byron York is putting the pieces together:
It's been 10 months since Washington learned that former British spy Christopher Steele, author of the so-called "Trump dossier," took the Hillary Clinton-funded opposition research document to the FBI, which considered sponsoring the anti-Trump work at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign. Now, congressional investigators have made what is perhaps an even more consequential discovery: Knowledge of the dossier project, during the campaign, extended into the highest levels of the Obama Justice Department.
The department's Bruce Ohr, a career official, served as associate deputy attorney general at the time of the campaign. That placed him just below the deputy attorney general, Sally Yates, who ran the day-to-day operations of the department. In 2016, Ohr's office was just steps away from Yates, who was later fired for defying President Trump's initial travel ban executive order and still later became a prominent anti-Trump voice upon leaving the Justice Department.
Unbeknownst to investigators until recently, Ohr knew Steele and had repeated contacts with Steele when Steele was working on the dossier. Ohr also met after the election with Glenn Simpson, head of Fusion GPS, the opposition research company that was paid by the Clinton campaign to compile the dossier.
The Russian collusion is between Obama and Putin, or to be more technical between Obama's operatives and Putin's people.

The swamp is looking more like a tarpit.

And reporters are just fine with that.

Democracy dies in darkness is not a motto, but a mission statement.


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  1. Can you imagine the outrage if a Republican DOJ had done this to a Dimocrat candidate? This is bigger than Watergate but since the Fake News Media is the propaganda arm of the Dimocrat Party it's no big deal. Also, the spineless Republicans in Congress are not demanding investigations of this. Disgusting! - GOC

    1. Not to worry. It's all coming out.

      Obama ran the most corrupt US administration since Tammany Hall. And his was far, far bigger. Using Al Sharpton and others to explain to him how to do Mafia-type shakedowns of Americans and American businesses.

      A teaching moment for the young.

  2. And I seem to remember the watergate wiretaps were to find evidence of hooker employment by DNC operatives.

  3. New York Times = Fake News. No story here. Move on.

  4. Word is that it was NSA head Rodgers that notified President-Elect Trump of what was going on when he visited Trump Tower for 2 days during the transition. Obama was so mad that Rodgers visited that he thought about firing him, but backed down - probably figuring that it would only bring attention to Obama when Trump restored him back to NSA Director on January 20,2017.

    As Director of the NSA, Mr. Rodgers was privy to all surveillance done by the 17 IC agencies. Obviously he knew that it was not only unethical, but had to be set up illegally as well.

    Some reporters did have the story. Ed Klein was one. His 'All Out War' book that came out a few months ago has some points in it that are now proving to be true.

  5. I am confused by the details, but it seems that if the evidence Mueller is using against Manafort was obtained by a fraudulently approved order from the FISA Court, his lawyer should be able to have the case against him thrown out of court, if by no other strategy than demanding during discovery to see the DoJ's FISA application, which the DoJ will be very reluctant to disclose because it would prove that Obama was indeed spying on the Trump campaign.

  6. Don,

    This is where we are --

    ‘Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason?

    Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason.’

    --John Harington

  7. All of this is worse than Nixon. Nixon tried to weaponize the government against political enemies, but failed. He covered up a burglary that in today's environment is a misdemeanor in Texas.

  8. Not everyone reads Donald Trump's endless outpouring of tweets and most people would know that "tapp" doesn't spell anything. See the Urban Dictionary.

    1. People that don't read Pres. Trump's tweets are missing out on a lot of things, but most of those wouldn't appreciate the tweets anyway as the truth doesn't fit their worldview.

      I'm surprised you say "tapp" doesn't spell anything, then include a link to a resource which says, "tapp: To pry into people's lives and log their activities..." which fits, and also "tapp: good looking and funny" which certainly describes Donald J. Trump!

      Pretty sly way to get us to notice, Gadfly!

  9. Trump needs his own dedicated researchers to ferret out the DOJ moles.

  10. Trump can't do enough dirt to satisfy me. Democrats can pull their shit time after time and get cover from the MSM, and I'm more than willing to watch crap get shoveled back at the dems and their comrades.

  11. Yes; the surveillance of opposition candidates in America is the biggest story of the year. You don't know if the FBI is an arm of the Clinton Campaign or the Clinton Campaign is an arm of the FBI.

    President Trump mentioned this in Pensacola. He said we can't let ISIS killers return (as they do in Canada) and that we have thousands of terror suspects under surveillance. And then he mentioned how he was also surveilled by the politically-weaponized Blob-ocracy.

    They were too busy wiretapping the Trump family to stop Bradley Manning. The Mueller/Comey FBI released 9/11 Imam Anwar al-Awlaki and then let him chit-chat with Maj. Hasan--they were too pre-occupied with spying for Hillary to stop the slaughter at Fort Hood.

    But they were just following their Islamunist president.

  12. ps: Did they "miss" the story--or are they partners in actively suppressing the story?

  13. Collusion with the Russians should be investigated by a Special Prosecutor -- Obama's collusion, FISA & secret almost illegal wiretapping. The President, and the ex-President, should be prosecuted if they acted illegally -- as well former Secretaries of State & Justice, and ex-FBI Directors.

  14. While Trump's twitter post about Barack Obama's abuse of power with surveillance has to be the story of the year, a strong runner-up would be "Bombshell: Evidence of CIA Role in forging Obama's Birth Certificate; Government computers illegally hacked Hawaii Dept. of Health"