by Pamela Williams
Have you noticed that Devin Nunes’ Dem opposition, Adam Schiff, has gone dark in the last couple of days? He had been more than proactive in his pursuit of Nunes and his “secret intelligence”…now that he has seen the latest, he is retreating. He knows that someone went full Watergate when they requested that “incidental” surveillance be turned into “on purpose/felony” intelligence allowing the unmasker 10 years of prison time.
We had heard that Nunes had received his chance to view the intelligence with the help of two White House Staffers. In fact, You’ve been hearing recently about various efforts to get rid of Ezra Cohen-Watnick. The question was why did the CIA, McMaster and assorted insiders want him gone so badly?
Cohen-Watnick is the National Security Council’s senior director for intelligence, and he was conducting a 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. The review consisted 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.”
He discovered something that no one intended him to discover. White House lawyers last month discovered before 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. Cohen-Watnick then discovered the same when he was performing his review.
To make a long story short, Obama used FISA requests to spy on Trump’s Team. The excuse he gave was communicating with foreign agents. As we know American citizens being overheard by this form of interception are supposed to have their identities hidden. But Susan Rice had repeatedly tried to unmask them. Who was behind this, because I think Rice was being pushed by someone else.
Here is the biggie: The intelligence reports were summaries of monitored conversations — primarily between foreign officials discussing the Trump transition, but also in some cases direct contact between members of the Trump team and monitored foreign officials. One U.S. official familiar with the reports said they contained valuable political information on the Trump transition such as whom the Trump team was meeting, the views of Trump associates on foreign policy matters and plans for the incoming administration.
This is really dirt and full blown Watergate material. Oh by the way, President Trump save Cohen-Watnick’s job by overruling McMaster. They were planning on replacing Cohen-Watnick with somone from the CIA.
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.”
I am just as confused as you are, but although it is hard to keep facts straight right now…I believe what I have just reported.
Bizpac Review reports:
Rep. Trey Gowdy [R-SC] questioned FBI Director James Comey Monday [March 20, 2017] during a House Intelligence Committee hearing about leaks of classified information to the media.
In reference to the taped call between Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn and the Russian ambassador, the South Carolina lawmaker grilled Comey about who can “unmask” a U.S. citizen when collecting intelligence.
Gowdy would later point out that making a person’s identity publicly known when protected by law is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He asked how many people are able to unmask a person and what other agencies have the authority to do so — besides the FBI, Comey named the NSA, CIA and the Justice Department.
He also said the White House can request the agency collecting the intelligence to unmask a person, but said they can’t do it on their own.
Gowdy named a number of people from the Obama administration, to include former national security adviser Susan Rice, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, all of whom Comey confirmed would likely have had access to the name of an unmasked U.S. citizen.
He asked Comey if he briefed former President Barack Obama on any calls involving Flynn, but the director would not comment on his conversations with Obama.
Gowdy proceeded with the precision of a surgeon in discussing “nefarious motives” for leaking Flynn’s name, none of which reflected well on the last administration.
Regardless, Comey would not confirm whether an investigation into who unmasked Flynn is underway, although he confirmed earlier the bureau is investigating Trump campaign ties to Russia.
Wow, I don’t know that we even have a handful of officials who are not involved in this. But I do know The Obama Administration went “full Watergate.” This has to be investigated, and we have to arrest those who spied on an incoming president and his transition team. It is really beyond belief, but we have to understand we are living in extraordinary times…we have to stand back from time to time and take a deep breath…then start again, realizing as American citizens we are the witnesses, and we are the record keepers.
by Pamela Williams