It would explain everything.
Despite all the left wing blather, not a shred of evidence has ever been produced to give credence to the accusation that Trump colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton. (Clinton has written a new book- “I lost because of….” and you can fill in the blank) It was conceived to distract the country and the mentally vacant press from the real scandal.
I have long said that had there been anything to the Trump-Russia accusation it would have leaked by now, as the White House is a sieve. It’s so bad that the number of times Donald Trump has taken a leak in a day is leaked within an hour. But if there was something, obama would have dropped the hammer before the election. He knew there wasn’t.
He knew there wasn’t anything because he was spying on Trump, his staff and a whole lot of Americans, and probably Mitt Romney and his staff as well. It is well known by now that Susan Rice routinely unmasked Americans caught up in NSA intercepts. She denies abuse but given her proclivity for mendacity it is a virtual certainty she did it for political reasons.
And for her boss.
The extent of this abuse is only now becoming known:
The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules.
The big fat clue popped up here:
There also were several instances in which Americans’ unmasked names were improperly shared inside the intelligence community without being redacted, a violation of the so-called minimization procedures that Obama loosened in 2011 that are supposed to protect Americans’ identity from disclosure when they are intercepted without a warrant. Numerous times improperly unmasked information about Americans had to be recalled and purged after the fact, the memos stated.
2011….2011…..oh yeah- the year before the Presidential election.
The newly declassified memos describe a number of obama-era violations:
– Numerous “overcollection incidents” in which the NSA gathered information about foreigners or Americans it wasn’t entitled to intercept
-“Isolated instances in which NSA may not have complied with the documentation requests” justifying intercepts or searches of intercepted data.
– The misuse of “overly broad” queries or specific U.S. person terms to search through NSA data.
– Failures to timely purge NSA databases of improperly collected intelligence, such as a 2014 incident in which “NSA reported a gap in its purge discovery processes.”
Devin Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, weighed in on this yesterday. In a letter to DNI Dan Coats, Nunes wrote:
“We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Nunes wrote in the letter to Coats. The letter was provided to The Hill from a source in the intelligence community.
Someone wanted it to be very easy for digging up information on opponents:
But beginning in 2011, Obama loosened the rules to make it easier for intelligence officials and his own political aides to request that the names be unmasked so they could better understand raw intelligence being gathered overseas.
And to better spy on the opposition. “Hundreds” of Americans were unmasked, often by those with absolutely no need to know:
“The committee has learned that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration,” Nunes wrote. “Of those requests, only one offered a justification that was not boilerplate.”
Sources familiar with the Nunes letter identified the official as then-U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power.
The best reason to believe obama spied on everyone? This:
Records relating to former National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s surveillance of Americans, including Trump campaign and transition officials, have been sealed at the Barack Obama Presidential Library.
That means they are off-limits from the public for the next five years under the Presidential Records Act.
In April, reports emerged that Rice had requested to “unmask” — or unveil the hidden names of — Trump transition officials who were caught up in surveillance of foreign targets.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton explained on “Fox & Friends” that they received a letter informing them that their request for materials related to Rice’s unmasking of U.S. citizens, the hacking of DNC computers and suspected Russian communications with the Trump team will not be fulfilled.
These are devious actions and gross violations of the law. The Russia collusion story is a smokescreen to obscure the real crimes.