How The Obama Administration Used Intel To Hack Election
News media silent on this so far. I wonder if this Russian Crap is all a distraction from there Crimes or Corruption being exposed?
Thanks to a report from Circa news and testimony from intelligence officials this week, we now know something of how much the Obama administration not only spied on Americans, but weaponized intelligence against his political opponents, including the Trump team.
Thanks to Circa News, we now know the National Security Agency under President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy protections while snooping through foreign intercepts involving US citizens — and failed to disclose the breaches, prompting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court a month before the election to rebuke administration officials.
The story concerns what’s known as “upstream” data collection under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, under which the NSA looks at the content of electronic communication. Upstream refers to intel scooped up about third parties: Person A sends Person B an e-mail mentioning Person C. Though Person C isn’t a party to the e-mail, his information will be scooped up and potentially used by the NSA.
The number of NSA searches of American mushroomed after Obama loosened the protections on revealing the identities.
The FISA court called it a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue” that NSA analysts — in violation of a 2011 rule change prohibiting officials from searching Americans’ information without a warrant — “had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court.”
A number of those searches were made from the White House, and included private citizens working for the Trump campaign, some of whose identities were leaked to the media. The revelations earned a stern rebuke from the ACLU and from civil-liberties champion Sen. Rand Paul.
We also learned this week that Obama intelligence officials really had no good reason attaching a summary of a dossier on Trump to a highly classified Russia briefing they gave to Obama just weeks before Trump took office.
Why are people not screaming about this?
While John Brennan admitted that the dodgy Trump dossier didn’t factor into the Russian investigation because they couldn’t ‘corroborate the sourcing’ on it, he still included it in briefings he gave the President and Congressional Democrats.
Terrible malicious information on a political opponent that you can’t corroborate, yet he shares it and predictably it leaks out to media.
Langley vets say Brennan was the most politicized director in the agency’s history. Former CIA field-operations officer Gene Coyle said Brennan was “known as the greatest sycophant in the history of the CIA, and a supporter of Hillary Clinton before the election. I find it hard to put any real credence in anything that the man says.”
Coyle noted that Brennan broke with his predecessors who stayed out of elections. Several weeks before the vote, he made it very clear he was pulling for Hillary. His deputy Mike Morell even came out and publicly endorsed her in The New York Times, claiming Trump was an “unwitting agent” of Moscow.
According to the NY Post, Brennan is not a Democrat but rather more left than that, having once supported a communist candidate for President. How did he get to be CIA Director?
The people who have pushed the Russia conspiracy theory have served Russia’s purpose of chaos more than anything done by the Trump team.
The effort to weaponize intelligence to use during and after the election against political opponents and to upset a duly elected President has done more harm to the sanctity of the election than Russia has ever done.