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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon4/5/17 6:05 AM 
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April 5, 2017

           "The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes."

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/03/susan-rice-requested-to-unmask-names-trump-transition-officials-sources-say.html

Susan Rice requested to unmask names of Trump transition officials, sources say

Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.

The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

The names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office. 

It was not clear how Rice knew to ask for the names to be unmasked, but the question was being posed by the sources late Monday. 

"What I know is this ...  If the intelligence community professionals decide that there’s some value, national security, foreign policy or otherwise in unmasking someone, they will grant those requests," former Obama State Department spokeswoman and Fox News contributor Marie Harf told Fox News' Martha MacCallum on "The First 100 Days. "And we have seen no evidence ... that there was partisan political notice behind this and we can’t say that unless there’s actual evidence to back that up."

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, asked about the revelations at Monday’s briefing, declined to comment specifically on what role Rice may have played or officials’ motives.

“I’m not going to comment on this any further until [congressional] committees have come to a conclusion,” he said, while contrasting the media’s alleged “lack” of interest in these revelations with the intense coverage of suspected Trump-Russia links. 

When names of Americans are incidentally collected, they are supposed to be masked, meaning the name or names are redacted from reports – whether it is international or domestic collection, unless it is an issue of national security, crime or if their security is threatened in any way. There are loopholes and ways to unmask through backchannels, but Americans are supposed to be protected from incidental collection. Sources told Fox News that in this case, they were not.

This comes in the wake of Evelyn Farkas’ television interview last month in which the former Obama deputy secretary of defense said in part: “I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill – it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration.”

Meanwhile, Fox News also is told that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes knew about unmasking and leaking back in January, well before President Trump’s tweet in March alleging wiretapping.

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon4/5/17 6:05 AM 
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April 5, 2017

           “The surveillance of people close to President Trump, possibly the President himself, now has a name and a face attached to it. And it's one you've seen in major scandals before,...Susan Rice claimed she didn't know anything. “I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today,” she claimed on PBS NewsHour on March 22. That is now exposed as a lie, just like then she lied about what caused the Benghazi attack."

http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2017/04/03/

ABC, NBC Cover-Up Revelation Susan Rice Ordered Trump Aides Unmasked, CBS Defends

A massive revelation in the alleged surveillance of President Trump’s aides broke Monday morning when Bloomberg reported that “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.” With their identities unmasked, it allowed for someone to freely and illegally leak their names to the press. It’s controversial news but ABC and NBC both chose to ignore it that night, while CBS defended Rice.

“We learned more today about the President's allegation that he and his aides were caught up in Obama-era surveillance,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley said, teeing up reporter Margaret Brennan. Strangely, Pelley stayed away from flinging the fiery insults which drew him much praise from the left. Instead of calling Trump’s claims baseless, he kept it neutral, only referring to them as “allegations.” He also described what the concern was as “Obama-era surveillance,” something he had not done in the past.

Brennan played defense for Rice, stating: “Well, Scott, as national security adviser to the president, Susan Rice could and did request the names of individuals who were picked up during legal surveillance of foreign nationals.” She then cited unnamed sources who told her there was nothing wrong with what Rice did:

Now, according to a former national security official, Trump associates were not the sole focus of Rice's request, but they may have been revealed when she asked to understand why they were appearing in intelligence reports. However, Rice did not spread the information according to this former official, who insisted that there was nothing improper or political involved.

On Fox News’s Special Report, it was a whole different story as they led the program with Rice’s unmasking efforts. “The surveillance of people close to President Trump, possibly the President himself, now has a name and a face attached to it. And it's one you've seen in major scandals before,” declared fill-in host James Rosen during the opening tease.

“Two weeks ago, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced to the press and President he had uncovered a disturbing trend of intelligence collection on Trump officials, some of which was made public,” reported Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts, “Today, we learn more about the ‘how’ and ‘who’ of what's going on.”

The Fox News reporter noted that when it came to statements from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes about Trump aides being swept up in incidental collection, Rice claimed she didn't know anything. “I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today,” she claimed on PBS NewsHour on March 22. That is now exposed as a lie, just like then she lied about what caused the Benghazi attack. 

All of that and more went unreported on the Big Three networks. Ironically during Monday's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the media out for doing just that. “I think that it is interesting the level or lack of interest that I've seen in these developments when it goes in one direction,” he declared, referencing when the press rushed to wrongly finger NSC Director Ezra Cohen-Watnik as the source of Nunes’ information. But he, in fact, was the one who discovered Rice’s order during a review of the unmasking process. A noticeable double standard indeed.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon4/20/17 8:54 AM 
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April 20, 2017

          "President Trump’s claim of being “wire tapped” has been vindicated. Indeed, the surveillance is far more extensive than even he suspected at the time."

          "Based on the new disclosures, we can safely conclude that the world’s most advanced and extensive system of computerized espionage was indeed used against him and people he worked with, for political purposes, with the knowledge and approval of top Obama officials such as CIA Director John Brennan (one major name implicated by the Guardian)."

http://www.wnd.com/2017/04/analysis-confirms-british-role-in-trump-being-spied-on/#OwyzZPW34Lkb7sZ8.99

The British Guardian posted a report on April 13 claiming that its sources now admit that the British spy agency GCHQ was digitally wiretapping Trump associates going back to late 2015. This was presumably when the December 2015 Moscow meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn took place.

This runs contrary to the blanket nature of the denial insinuated in GCHQ’s carefully crafted statement of March 17 claiming it was all “nonsense” and “utterly ridiculous” that they conducted surveillance of “then president-elect” Donald Trump (emphasis added). The surveillance went back a year before he became “president-elect.”

President Trump’s claim of being “wire tapped” has been vindicated. Indeed, the surveillance is far more extensive than even he suspected at the time.

Based on the new disclosures, we can safely conclude that the world’s most advanced and extensive system of computerized espionage was indeed used against him and people he worked with, for political purposes, with the knowledge and approval of top Obama officials such as CIA Director John Brennan (one major name implicated by the Guardian).

Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano, who said GCHQ was involved in wiretapping Trump, has also been vindicated. Fox News owes Napolitano an apology for yanking him off the air for a week for making that “controversial” and now-verified assertion.

Trump was right

President Trump stressed the pervasive “extent” of this Obama political “wiretapping” to Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business in an Oval Office interview on April 11 (aired April 12). “Me and so many other people” surveilled, Trump said. He explained again that he had picked up the “wire tapped” terminology straight from the headline of the New York Times (of Jan. 20) as he has explained before (on March 15; see AIM report).

Now we’re learning that GCHQ did wiretap Trump for a year before the election. “Trump” is, of course, shorthand for Trump associates and possibly Trump himself directly, depending on context. But GCHQ is trying to put a positive spin on what it admits would be illegal spying on U.S. citizens if done by U.S. agencies.

The Guardian’s sources claim a heroic role for the British GCHQ as a courageous “whistleblower” in warning U.S. agencies to “Watch out” about Trump and Russia – but carefully avoiding mention of the U.S.’s NSA, which must be protected at all costs as part of the NSA-GCHQ spy-on-each-other’s-citizens “wiretap shell game.” (See AIM Special Report of March 18.)

These sources virtually admit the mutual “wiretap shell game” by inadvertently mentioning the Trump-Russia data was originally passed on to the U.S. by GCHQ as part of a “routine exchange” of intelligence. The use of this term, “exchange,” suggests what we had previously reported – the shell-game “exchange” between the NSA and GCHQ where they can spy on each other’s citizens and deny it all.

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Obama’s CIA and the anti-Trump task force

Previous reporting has said that an interagency task force of six U.S. intelligence agencies was set up to investigate the alleged Trump-connected names supposedly discovered in “incidental collection” of digital wiretap surveillance of Russian communications. The six agencies are said to consist of the CIA, NSA, FBI, the Justice Department’s National Security Division, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Treasury Department financial crimes unit.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon4/21/17 9:21 AM 
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April 21, 2017

        This is the same "phony" dossier that had Trump involved with "golden showering" prostitutes in a hotel in Russia, but CNN does not bother to include such tidbits in their story.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/fbi-dossier-carter-page-warrant/2017/04/18/id/785090/

FBI Used Trump Dossier to Get Carter Page Warrant

The FBI last year convinced a judge to grant a warrant to secretly monitor former Trump campaign aide Carter Page by using a memo alleging deep ties between President Donald Trump and Russia,CNN Reports.

The secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) granted the FBI the warrant. The dossier, published in January, made explosive allegations that the Russian government had been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years. It also contained allegations that Page had been offered the brokerage of a 19 percent stake in Russia's state oil company in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions on Russia.

"Sechin's associate said that the Rosneft president was so keen to lift personal and corporate western sanctions imposed on the company, that he offered Page and his associates the brokerage of up to a 19 per cent (privatised) stake in Rosneft," the dossier said. "In return, Page had expressed interest and confirmed that were Trump elected US president, then sanctions on Russia would be lifted."

Page has disputed any wrongdoing.

To include the dossier in the FISA application the FBI would have had to corroborate the information in the memos, CNN reports. The FBI obtained its warrant to monitor Page in the summer of 2016.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon4/23/17 8:30 AM 
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April 23, 2017

          “Each leak is potentially criminal and certainly unethical…Landmark respectfully urges this Court to exercise immediately its authority to direct the federal government to investigate the sources of these pervasive leaks.”

http://www.dailywire.com/news/15593/breaking-mark-levins-landmark-legal-foundation-ben-shapiro#

Mark Levin's Landmark Legal Foundation Asks FISA Court To Order Investigation Into Anti-Trump Targeting, Leaks

On Thursday, Mark Levin’s Landmark Legal Foundation filed an amicus curiae – a “friend of the court” request – to the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, requesting that the FISA Court direct a full-scale investigation into the Obama administration’s alleged leaks of classified information to the press, as well as allegations of improperly targeting political opponents with FISA requests.

Among the questions Landmark seeks to have answered through a court-ordered investigation:

  • Has the FISA Court been used “as a subterfuge to surveil private citizens”?
  • Did government officials seek FISA warrants “as a pretext to conduct an investigation for the purpose of affecting an ongoing national presidential campaign and subsequent transition of an incoming president?”
  • Did the FBI tell the FISA Court that it had purchased intelligence from British spy Christopher Steele?
  • Did the FBI tell the Court that the intelligence from Steele had originally been gathered as part of an oppo research project on Donald Trump?

As Landmark points out, “Each leak is potentially criminal and certainly unethical…Landmark respectfully urges this Court to exercise immediately its authority to direct the federal government to investigate the sources of these pervasive leaks.”

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon4/24/17 6:12 AM 
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April 24, 2017

            "Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy...in 2011 Brennan purged all mentions of Islam and jihad from law enforcement counter-terror training materials"

tp://www.wnd.com/2017/04/obama-entangled-in-brand-new-political-espionage-scandal/#vUozIEubTLYYloLW.99

Obama entangled in brand-new 'political espionage' scandal

Campaign collusion with foreign powers points to key member of ex-president's circle

While the claims of collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia seem to have dropped abruptly off the media radar, there is a new report of collaboration between a U.S. political campaign and foreign powers.

But the campaign was that of Hillary Clinton, and the chief architect was Barack Obama’s CIA director, John Brennan, the report says.

“One side did collude with foreign powers to tip the election – Hillary’s,” writes George Naumayr in the American Spectator.

“Seeking to retain his position as CIA director under Hillary, Brennan teamed up with British spies and Estonian spies to cripple Trump’s candidacy,” Newmayr wrote.

“He used their phone intelligence as a pretext for a multi-agency investigation into Trump, which led the FBI to probe a computer server connected to Trump Tower and gave cover to Susan Rice, among other Hillary supporters, to spy on Trump and his people.”

The Spectator said Brennan’s CIA “operated like a branch office of the Hillary campaign, leaking out mentions of this bogus investigation to the press in the hopes of inflicting maximum political damage on Trump.”

An official in the intelligence community told the Spectator that Brennan’s “retinue of political radicals didn’t even bother to hide their activism, decorating offices with ‘Hillary for president cups’ and other campaign paraphernalia.”

The Spectator cited a London Guardian report that the criminal leaks against Trump originated in the British press, including claims from Estonia that the Kremlin was funneling cash to the Trump campaign.

“Any other CIA director would have disregarded such a flaky tip, recognizing that Estonia was eager to see Trump lose (its officials had bought into Hillary’s propaganda that Trump was going to pull out of NATO).”

The Guardian said it was “Britain’s spy agencies” who alerted their counterparts in Washington “to contacts between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russian intelligence operatives.”

Britain’s intel network, the paper said, “played an early, prominent role in kickstarting the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation.”

The Spectator report documents that Brennan, “to ensure that these flaky tips leaked out,” then disseminated them on Capitol Hill.

“All of this took place at the very moment Brennan was auditioning for Hillary. He desperately wanted to keep his job and despised Trump for his alleged ‘Muslim ban,’ a matter near and dear to Brennan’s heart. Not only was he an apologist for the Muslim Brotherhood, but Brennan’s Islamophilia dates to his days in college, when he spent a year in Cairo learning Arabic and taking courses in Middle Eastern studies.”

Said the Spectator: “Were the media not so completely in the tank for Obama and Hillary, all of this political mischief would make for a compelling 2016 versions of ‘All the President’s Men.’ Instead, the public gets a steady stream of Orwellian propaganda about the sudden propriety of political espionage.”

FrontPage Magazine pointed out that on March 16, Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano accused GCHQ of working with the Obama administration to spy on Trump, citing unnamed sources.

“The United States and United Kingdom are in fact parties to a multilateral intelligence cooperation pact. This five-way intelligence alliance among the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada is called Five Eyes (FVEY). It obligates the countries to work together in the area of signals intelligence (SIGINT). SIGINT is the gathering of intelligence related to communications between individuals (COMINT) and or from electronic signals not directly used in communication (ELINT).”

FrontPage Magazine also cited the “raft of subversives” that Brennan brought into the CIA when he took over.

“Not surprisingly, Brennan is one of the key reasons the Obama administration did so little to combat jihadists domestically. After Muslim lobbies supposedly put pressure on him, in 2011 Brennan purged all mentions of Islam and jihad from law enforcement counter-terror training materials. He assured those groups that the Obama administration’s worse-than-useless ‘Countering Violent Extremism’ program had been ideologically purified and pretended the miniscule white-supremacist movement was just as big a threat as head-cutting Muslim savages.”

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon4/28/17 8:37 AM 
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April 28, 2017

        I point out that this phony dossier was shown to the FISA court to obtain a surveillance warrant to surveil Trump associates.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/trumps-personal-attorney-launches-legal-action-buzzfeed-publishing-fake-russian-dossier/

Trump’s Personal Attorney Launches Legal Action Against Buzzfeed for Publishing Fake Russian ‘Dossier’

Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen launched legal action against Buzzfeed for publishing a fake Russian “dossier” on rumored Trump contacts with the Russian government.

The sloppy report accused Cohen of traveling to Europe to meet with Russian agents.

The Washington Times reported:

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s personal attorney, says he has instructed his own attorney to investigate legal action against BuzzFeed, which posted an opposition research “dossier” that accused Mr. Cohen without proof of a conspiracy with Russian agents.

Mr. Cohen told The Washington Times that he also is considering a lawsuit against former British spy Christopher Steele, who wrote the gossipy 35-page dossier that the liberal news website posted on Jan. 10.

Mr. Steele was paid by a Hillary Clinton supporter, via the Democratic Party-linked firm Fusion GPS, to gather dirt on candidate Trump last summer and fall. GPS circulated the Steele memos to reporters and Democrats.

But it was not until BuzzFeed posted the dossier that some people named in it learned that they were accused of wrongdoing.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon5/28/17 6:23 AM 
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May 28, 2017

        "The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later."

http://circa.com/politics/barack-obamas-team-secretly-disclosed-years-of-illegal-nsa-searches-spying-on-americans

Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years

The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.

The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later.

The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017.

The admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental NSA intercepts about Americans.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon6/6/17 8:14 AM 
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June 6, 2017

         "She was charged with removing and mailing classified materials to a news outlet,"

Federal worker busted for leaking top-secret NSA docs on Russian hacking

Federal worker busted for leaking top-secret NSA docs on Russian hacking

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member Icon6/11/17 6:50 AM 
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June 11, 2017

http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/james-comey-admitted-to-leaking-trump-memo-that-could-be-a-problem/

James Comey Admitted to Leaking Trump Memo; That Could Be a Problem

During his testimony at Thursday’s Senate hearing, former FBI Director James Comey said that he gave his notorious memos regarding his encounters with President Donald Trump to a friend in order for them to turn them over to the press. That could be a problem, according to George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley.

Turley wrote in a blog post that Comey’s memos could be considered government records, as well as evidence in a criminal investigation. Turley also added that Comey’s use of a government computer to draft the memos could make them government documents. The professor cites a federal statute that says anyone who “sells, conveys or disposes “any record, voucher, money, or thing of value of the United States or of any department or agency thereof” without permission.

Additionally, Turley wrote that Comey may have been bound by non-disclosure agreements, and he told LawNewz.com that there are also Justice Department guidelines against releasing materials.

 

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