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The Right of the People to be Secure in their Persons, Houses, Papers, and Effects,
Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures,
Shall Not Be Violated

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Saturday, March 04, 2017

The Shadow Government Timeline


From the Conservative Treehouse:

6. January: Obama expands NSA sharing. As 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.” The new powers, and reduced protections, could make it easier for intelligence on private citizens to be circulated improperly or leaked.
The new rules, which were issued in an unclassified document, entitled Procedures for the Availability or Dissemination of Raw Signals Intelligence Information by the National Security Agency (NSA), significantly relaxed longstanding limits on what the NSA may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations.
These operations are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. Surveillances include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls, and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.
The changes initiated by the Obama Administration in its waning days empowered far more agents and officials to search through raw intelligence data.
  • Jan 3rd 2017 – Loretta Lynch signs off on rule changes for phone taps.
  • Jan 12th 2017 –  WaPo reports On Phone Calls Anonymous Intel Sources
  • Jan 15th 2017 – VP Pence appears on Face the nation.
  • Jan 20th 2017 – Inauguration
  • Jan 23rd 2017 –  FBI reports nothing unlawful in content of Flynn call
  • Jan 26th 2017 – Sally Yates (acting DOJ) informs President Trump there might be a conflict between VP Pence’s stated TV version (was told by Flynn), and what Intel community communicate to Yates that Flynn actually expressed to Russia.
  • Jan 27th 2017 – White House counsel begins investigation to discrepancy.
7. January: Times report. The New York Times reports, 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 multi-agency working group to coordinate investigations across the government,” though it is unclear how they found out, since the investigations would have been secret and involved classified information.
8. February: Mike Flynn scandal. 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, is involved in the investigation. In the end, Flynn resigns over having misled Vice President Mike Pence (perhaps inadvertently) about the content of the conversation.
9. February: Times claims extensive Russian contacts. The New York Times cites “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.
10. March: the Washington Post targets Jeff Sessions. The Washington Postreports 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’s Senate office.
The Post suggests that the two meetings contradict Sessions testimony at his confirmation hearings that he had no contacts with the Russians, though in context (not presented by the Post) it was clear he meant in his capacity as a campaign surrogate, and that he was responding to claims in the “dossier” of ongoing contacts.
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”: 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: the Obama administration sought, and eventually obtained, authorization to eavesdrop on the Trump campaign; continued monitoring the Trump team even when no evidence of wrongdoing was found; then 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.
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4 Comments:

Blogger Always On Watch said...

The Real Russia Scandal the Media Is Missing: What if Obama used Russia as a pretense to destroy his successor?

Saturday, March 04, 2017 11:18:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I understand this correctly, President Obama and his subordinates did exactly what Nixon was going to be impeached over, “spying” on the opposition candidate’s campaign, albeit by contemporary electronic methods rather than a crude break-in. Where is the outrage? Where are the prosecutions?
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Breitbart: Orin Hatch said he was not completely surprised by Obama’s use of official apparatus to track political opponents
“I suspected that they were going to do that anyways,” he said.
The senator also said that he suspects information gathered by the Obama administration’s surveillance of the Trump camp made its way to Obama’s anointed heir Hillary Clinton and her presidential campaign.
“Yeah, I got a lot of suspicions, but I have no idea, so I am not going to speculate.”

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And to make matters even more ironic, the same paper, The Washington Post, that broke Watergate are now carrying water for/working with the deep state and the ex-president to topple our sitting president.

Saturday, March 04, 2017 1:02:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Check out Trump's recent Tweets.

In the past, over and over again, he's been ridiculed for unsubstantiated Tweets -- only for the world to discover in a few days, that Trump was right.

I'm thinking that we're watching that same phenomenon right now. Trump has good reason to believe what he's Tweeting, or else he's relying on his nearly-infallible sense of hunch.

Saturday, March 04, 2017 1:15:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT . . .Where's The Evidence? Hillary’s Henchmen and the Awan Brothers Hack vs. MSM and Pelosi’s Russia, Russia, Russia Meme
This story potentially dwarfs Watergate!

In a 130 day investigation, this chapter is about espionage at the highest level. It includes everything the "Russian Hack" does not; like named sources, connections to fugitive terrorist, Congressional Documents, public and private records, evidence of money laundering (drug trafficking?) and electronic connections with Huma Abidin. Plain and simple, it's a story of citizen journalist doing the work the MSM can not, and will not do.
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With a $600,000,000 CIA contract you would think the Washington Post could afford an investigative journalist or two. Perhaps CNN will take up an interest, as this rabbit hole runs deep and wide. Don't hold your breath.

Where is the FBI and why have they left it to the DC police?

Saturday, March 04, 2017 1:43:00 pm  

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