Dirty tricks

April 6th, 2017

Drip, drip, drip.

It’s no surprise that US spooks intercept foreign officials’ calls. But intelligence community reports don’t disclose the names of US citizens on the other end. To get that info, a high official must (but rarely does) push to “unmask” the Americans’ names.

Bloomberg’s Eli Lake now reports that Rice started doing just that last year.

That was perfectly legal. But we also know that the Obama administration later changed the classification of the “unmasked” transcripts, and other similar material, in order to spread the information as widely as possible within the government.

The motive for that was (supposedly) to prevent Team Trump from burying it all once it took over. But the result was that it made it relatively safe for someone (or someones) to leak the info to the press.

Those leaks have produced a nagging political sore for the new administration — leading to the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn, helping to drive down President Trump’s approval ratings and making it harder for him to push his program through.

Which, of course, was really the ultimate goal here. Republicans should never forget: they intend to rule, and they will stop at nothing, absolutely nothing, to see to it that, one way or another, they continue to do so. Any GOPe hack sincerely bleating about “reaching across the aisle” or “bipartisanship” to “work with the Democrats” is either a turncoat, a blowhard, or a fool. There is no compromise with such as them; there is only victory, or defeat.

Rice certainly wasn’t politically naive about the political uses of intelligence information. She was, after all, the Obama official who famously made the rounds spouting the false “Our intel says it was about the video” line on the Benghazi attack back during the 2012 campaign.

All of which is a reminder that two issues are in play here: Russian meddling in the election, about which the nation already knows plenty — and the Obama team’s efforts to sabotage Team Trump.

For the Left, no government not controlled by them is legitimate; no election result unfavorable to the Progressivist agenda is due any recognition, respect, or allegiance; and anything at all they can do—legal, illegal, or nakedly, unabashedly treasonous—to overturn such a result and bring down such a government is perfectly acceptable.

Which is PRECISELY how they should be dealt with from Day One should they ever hoodwink and defraud their way into power again.

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