Wednesday, March 29, 2017

It was spying, and it was illegal

Evelyn Farkas: watching you, too.
The evidence is mounting that Barack Obama used the intelligence agencies to spy on Donald Trump during his campaign.

Stop to consider what that means. For one thing, Watergate is a nothing burger in comparison. And, if you hate Donald Trump, realize that he now has this power.

Certainly, it's not out of character for Obama. His Justice Department wiretapped an AP reporter, after all.

What was his motive? His side will say it was to investigate Russian meddling in the election. But the illegal dissemination of the information throughout the government suggests something else. Perhaps he wanted to learn about Trump's campaign to help Hillary. Perhaps he was looking for evidence the Democrats could use in an impeachment proceeding.

And there is this curious tidbit:
With mere days left before President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, President Barack Obama’s administration just finalized rules to make it easier for the nation’s intelligence agencies to share unfiltered information about innocent people.
Coincidence? Uh huh.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has confirmed in writing, and to the press, that the Obama Administration conducted the following activities against President-Elect Trump and his team between November 2016 and January 2017.
  • On numerous occasions, the Intelligence Community “incidentally” collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.
  • Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming Trump administration — details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value—were widely disseminated throughout the government, and apparently leaked to Obama administration allies in the media. Those leaks are felonies.
  • Names of Trump transition team members were “unmasked” – their identities revealed and circulated – again, more felonies.
  • None of this surveillance was related to Russia or any investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.
Chris Farrell, a veteran intelligence operator and now chief of investigations at Judicial Watch characterizes it:
This is illegal domestic political espionage on a scale never before imagined. It is, however, totally consistent with the Obama Administration’s weaponizing of the IRS, as well as other unlawful manipulations of government programs to fund the operations of political allies and non-governmental organizations with tax-payer money – just think about the group ACORN.
Now we have on video the rather naive confession of an Obama lieutenant:

You can read a transcript here.

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