Monday, May 18, 2020

Russiagate Looking a Liitle Peaked

Being Monday, there is a relative dearth of links, as the news is mostly recycled. "Peaked" slightly sick, often looking pale

Andy McCarthy from NR, Unmasking? The Real Story Is When Flynn Was Not Masked in the First Place. Yep, Obama had him targeted even before he entered Trump's shadow. Fox, Andrew McCarthy: Obamagate – Was Flynn identity unmasked or never masked in call with Russian ambassador?

Matt Margolis, PJ Media, BOMBSHELL: Mike Flynn’s Name Might Never Have Been Masked In The First Place
Did Barack Obama himself order the surveillance (under the guise of investigating Russian interference in the election) in order to bypass the FISA court altogether?

If he did, that would explain the theory that Flynn’s conversation was intercepted as part of that surveillance, and why his name was never masked. The surveillance ordered by Obama would have been conducted by the CIA under Obama loyalist John Brennan—who suppressed intelligence that Russia actually wanted Hillary Clinton to win in 2016.
Fox,  President Trump discusses bombshell revelations in Flynn case in exclusive interview with Maria Bartiromo. Video at link,
President Trump called the Russia Probe “the greatest political crime in the history of our country, ” and labeled his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a hero, in an exclusive interview that aired Sunday with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo.
Sundance covers it in gory detail in President Trump Discusses Unmasking of Flynn and Obama’s Political Surveillance – ie. “Obamagate”…

Breitbart, Sally Yates Hid from Congress that Obama Told Her about Flynn-Kislyak Calls But Confirmed It to Mueller
During her interview with the House Intelligence Committee on November 3, 2017, she was asked by Rep. Denny Heck (D-WA) how she “first learned” about Flynn’s calls with then-Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak.

Yates responded that she learned it from the FBI and the National Security Division (NSD) at the Justice Department.

However, three months earlier, on August 15, 2017, she had told Special Counsel investigators that Obama was the one who first told her about Flynn’s calls with Kislyak during a White House meeting in early January.
Sound to me like lying to Congress about a material fact. Send 50 agents to surround her house at 4 AM, arrest her for lying to Congress. There's precedent. Dan Chaitin and Jerry Dunleavy at WaEx,
Devin Nunes: Obama ambassadors went 'wild' with unmasking. They were all in on it.
"A lot of them went wild after Trump won. They got poisoned with this Russia hoax," Nunes told Fox News on Wednesday, referring to the previous administration. "That's why you had Obama ambassadors across the globe unmasking — all of them were just unmasking and then leaking out about anyone within the Trump campaign and the Trump transition that they could."
Roger Kimball, REVEALED: John Brennan and the Plot to Overthrow the U.S. Government. Stephan Kruiser at PJ Media, And By the Way, Obamagate Is Real and It's Spectacular, From Breitbart, Nolte: CNN’s Jake Tapper Was a Willing #Obamagate Co-Conspirator. Of course. Sundance reviews Matt Taibbi Calls Out Liberal Media For Pretending ‘Not to Know’ How Obama Was Conducting Political Surveillance…. Republicans Pounce! GOP seeks to go on offense using Flynn against Biden (Alexander Bolton, Da Hill).

Sundance watches the Sunday talks, Sunday Talks: Doug Collins Discusses China Confrontation and Mike Flynn Targeting…

Dr. John at Flopping Aces thinks The corruption at the CIA and FBI is past the point of no return. I fear so too. Sundance, AG Barr Not So Confident in FBI Director Chris Wray Anymore – Video…
More than a week after CBS first constructed their editorial narrative they finally released the full interview between Catherine Herridge and AG Bill Barr. Many people read the transcript; however, thankfully Michael Sheridan excerpts a portion of the video that doesn’t come across in the transcript.

When the attorney general is questioned about “still having confidence” in FBI Director Christopher Wray, a newly articulated hesitancy is visible that doesn’t come across in the transcript. WATCH:
I'm unconvinced. Barr has a very deliberate way of speaking, and it just may be hesitancy as he chooses his words wisely. I, on the other hand, don't trust Wray a lick at this point. He's either not in control or on the other side. James M. Casey on Da Hill, How the FBI's intelligence experiment went wrong. Worth the read, he blames Mueller.
Mueller was right in 2001 that the FBI needed to focus on intelligence, and he’s widely credited with keeping the bureau intact. What the FBI got wrong in Crossfire Hurricane was confusing the use of criminal tools toward targets they more rapidly could have identified as potential threats by better using intelligence. The FBI also should not have turned loose intelligence techniques on American citizens with a criminal investigation for a crime they couldn’t show even existed.

Now, the FBI must get this right and restore its credibility with the American people, who need the bureau to protect them from criminals and foreign threats while also protecting our civil liberties.
And a bit of shocking, but somehow unsurprising news from the Ohio Star, EXCLUSIVE: The Treasury Department Spied on Flynn, Manafort, and the Trump Family, Says Whistleblower
President Barack Obama’s Treasury Department regularly surveilled retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn’s financial records and transactions beginning in December 2015 and well into 2017, before, during and after when he served at the White House as President Donald Trump’s National Security Director, a former senior Treasury Department official, and veteran of the intelligence community, told the Star Newspapers.

“I started seeing things that were not correct, so I did my own little investigation, because I wanted to make sure what I was seeing was correct” she said. “You never want to draw attention to something if there is not anything there.”

The whistleblower said she only saw metadata, that is names and dates when the general’s financial records were accessed. “I never saw what they saw.”
By March 2016, the whistleblower said she and a colleague, who was detailed to Treasury from the intelligence community, became convinced that the surveillance of Flynn was not tied to legitimate criminal or national security concerns, but was straight-up political surveillance among other illegal activity occurring at Treasury.

“When I showed it to her, what she said, ‘Oh, sh%t!’ and I knew right then and there that I was right – this was some shady stuff,” the whistleblower said.

“It wasn’t just him,” the whistleblower said. “They were targeting other U.S. citizens, as well.”

Only two names are listed in the whistleblower’s official paperwork, so the others must remain sealed, she said. The second name is Paul J. Manafort Jr., the one-time chairman of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

The other names include: Members of Congress, the most senior staffers on the 2016 Trump campaign and members of Trump’s family, she said.

“Another thing they would do is take targeted names from a certain database – I cannot name, but you can guess – and they were going over to an unclassified database and they were running those names in the unclassified database,” she said.

This ruse was to get around using classified resources to surveil Americans, she said. Once the Treasury personnel had enough information about someone they were targeting from the black box, they would go to the white box for faster and more informed search.

It was routine for these searches that had no criminal nor national security predicate, merely a political predicate, she said.

In March 2017, she filed a formal whistleblower complaint with Acting Treasury Inspector General Richard K. Delmar, who continues in that office today, she said. Beyond Delmar acknowledging receipt of the complaint, the inspector general never followed up on the matter.
Another IG that need firing.

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