Posted by DrJohn on 3 April, 2017 at 11:12 am. 37 comments already!



It has already been speculated that the person responsible for unmasking Donald Trump, his family and staff strongly appears to be Susan Rice. Today we pretty get conformation of that. Eli Lake in Bloomberg:

White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on “unmasking” the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”

You remember Susan Rice. She was the one who went out selling the Benghazi lie created by fiction author Ben Rhodes. And she had no regrets about lying.

It’s the same jackass Susan Rice who lectured Trump about making false statements.

The same Susan Rice who denied knowing anything about the Rump unmasking.

Rice herself has not spoken directly on the issue of unmasking. Last month when she was asked on the “PBS NewsHour” about reports that Trump transition officials, including Trump himself, were swept up in incidental intelligence collection, Rice said: “I know nothing about this,” adding, “I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that account today.”

She was the perfect fit for the obama administration. It seems she was the one who then spread the names of Trump, his staff and family around various agencies.

But if you look into the Lake report you might find this as interesting as I did.

The National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, was conducting the review, according to two U.S. officials who spoke with Bloomberg View on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly. In February Cohen-Watnick discovered Rice’s multiple requests to unmask U.S. persons in intelligence reports that related to Trump transition activities. He brought this to the attention of the White House General Counsel’s office, who reviewed more of Rice’s requests and instructed him to end his own research into the unmasking policy.

(emphasis mine)

The White House General Counsel? Why, that would be Neil Eggleston– the very same Neil Eggleston who was Bill Clinton’s lawyer in the Lewinsky scandal. Eggleston shut the door to anyone trying to find out who was unmasking Trump and his family and staff. Sounds like a cover-up to me.

And hey, remember this?

WASHINGTON — In its final days, the Obama administration has 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.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.

obama will no doubt learn of all this in the newspapers.

Maybe all of hillary clinton’s communications and emails can be unmasked and spread around via “incidental collection.” This is getting more interesting by the minute. Pass the popcorn- it’s time to fry some Rice!

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