It’s a lot bigger than you might think.
Criminals rarely begin their careers with a capstone crime. Trivial crimes typically get bigger and more serious over the malefactor’s career. The same pattern applies to government crimes for the same reason. Specifically, the perp is unsure of how far he can go before he is noticed and reacted to.
Violations of privacy and differential citizen treatment were rife long before Trump came on the scene. The IRS scandal under Obama involved blocking conservative organizations from getting proper tax status. James Rosen, a Fox reporter, was spied on as early as 2010 by the Obama Administration. Samantha Power unmasked an incredible number of people in her role at the United Nations. Debra Heine referenced Sara Carter saying:
“That’s unheard of,” Carter said. “Put it this way — when John Bolton was the at the U.N., he unmasked three people. Three people. She unmasked close to 300. And I’m going to tell you some of those names are going to be very important when they come out,” she added.
The Intelligence Community appears to have been unleashed against American citizens before Trump announced his intentions to run for office. Given what was deemed to be an infinitesimal chance of his winning, one wonders why any attention at all was paid to Trump, at least initially. Perhaps the ease with which the controls and checks and balances were vitiated in prior FISA abuses and unmaskings, made it seem almost “free” or “riskless” to engage in such behavior. If this thinking is correct, there is likely evidence to be uncovered regarding other Republican candidates, especially those considered as real opponents.
Criminality in government did not start in Obama’s administration. Serious abuses in J. Edgar Hoover’s long reign are well documented. How much of this was institutionalized into the fabric of the intelligence community? Does anyone believe that such perfidies and criminal acts did not occur under Carter, Reagan, Clinton, or Bush?
Hoover was a fanatic who considered himself a patriot. His behavior was as reprehensible as what is being uncovered today. However, there is a big difference! Hoover was the instigator and director of this behavior. He was a lone wolf at the head of a powerful agency.
Today, the effort does not emanate from one agency but permeates the entire upper echelon of the Intelligence Community. Someone higher-up had to coordinate and direct this organized effort. That is vastly more serious than a powerful, rogue FBI director infecting his own agency! There is no proof that Obama was in charge of the operation, but the fact that it was politically oriented is a meaningful difference from Hoover. The fact that it was coordinated across agencies also suggests that someone at or near the top directed it.
No proof incriminating Obama…yet. But that last line is a compelling indication of which way the wind might end up blowing. Meanwhile, terrified Swamp rat Comey has emitted yet another self-justifying whine:
Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday penned an opinion piece in the Washington Post about the Russia probe and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings (or lack thereof). According to Comey, “the president is a liar who doesn’t care what damage he does to vital institutions,” which is why he felt the need to set the record straight.
“We must call out his lies that the FBI was corrupt and committed treason, that we spied on the Trump campaign, and tried to defeat Donald Trump. We must constantly return to the stubborn facts,” Comey wrote.
The irony, it burns.
As director, I was determined that the work would be done carefully, professionally and discreetly. We were just starting. If there was nothing to it, we didn’t want to smear Americans. If there was something to it, we didn’t want to let corrupt Americans know we were on to them. So, we kept it secret. That’s how the FBI approaches all counterintelligence cases.
And there’s the first problem with Trump’s whole “treason” narrative. If we were “deep state” Clinton loyalists bent on stopping him, why would we keep it secret? Why wouldn’t the much-maligned FBI supervisor Peter Strzok — the alleged kingpin of the “treasonous” plot to stop Trump — tell anyone? He was one of the very few people who knew what we were investigating.
We investigated. We didn’t gather information about the campaign’s strategy. We didn’t “spy” on anyone’s campaign. We investigated to see whether it was true that Americans associated with the campaign had taken the Russians up on any offer of help. By late October, the investigators thought they had probable cause to get a federal court order to conduct electronic surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser named Carter Page. Page was no longer with the campaign, but there was reason to believe he was acting as an agent of the Russian government. We asked a federal judge for permission to surveil him and then we did it, all without revealing our work, despite the fact that it was late October and a leak would have been very harmful to candidate Trump. Worst deep-state conspiracy ever.
You didn’t “reveal your work” because it was based on a preposterous, bought-and-paid-for “dossier” that was nothing but a partisan smear-job purchased by one of the most corrupt, crooked megalomaniacs in American history. There was never any chance whatever of its standing up under even the most cursory scrutiny, and you and your fellow conspirators all knew it. No matter. You didn’t expect it to ever be put to the test; you had complete confidence in Her Herness’s ability to swindle, hoodwink, and defraud her way into the Oval Office. You ALL did.
Old news update! Buffoonish imbecile Maxine Waters spills the Spygate beans…in 2013.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), one of the left wing’s most prominent and vocal figures, has a 30-year history of ill advised, frothing rhetoric. “Auntie Maxine” is atop no one’s list of vise-lipped confidantes, yet because of her prominence, she is clued in on much of the darker machinations of the Democratic Party and its backers. Occasionally, she reveals more than intended. February 2013 was one of those times.
From Roland Martin’s television show:
The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life[.]…That’s going to be very, very powerful[.]…That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.
Many observers at the time (myself included) found this statement a bit of a head-scratcher, as the database to which Ms. Waters referred was not immediately apparent. Personally, I assumed she was speaking of Obama’s prodigious campaign organization, perhaps exaggerating the information gleaned from the campaign’s wide-ranging social media contacts.
In any case, the comment drifted from collective memory in fairly short order and remained forgotten until just the other day, when it elbowed its way to the forefront of my consciousness.
…Combining this documentation with the revelations from D.C. super-lawyer Joe DiGenova that this illegal surveillance and data-gathering operation had been in full swing far longer than anyone suspected, dating back to just before the election of 2012, and you have the bones of the most egregious plot of sedition our nation has ever seen, one involving the takeover of the federal government by use of blackmail.
Taken in light of the previously opaque comments from Auntie Maxine, one can’t help but wonder whether the “database like no one has ever seen before” is in fact the result of the operation DiGenova references. Waters’s description certainly fits.
Whenever there is scandal among the high levels of an administration, the first question that springs to mind is invariably “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”
In the case of Obama and the illegal abuse of America’s intel and investigatory powers to gather information on his political opponents, it appears we need only ask Auntie Maxine, who helpfully told us six years ago that Obama was in on it from the outset.
Of COURSE he was. So what could be more fitting than that the tattered cover under which he’s been cowering all this time might be rent fully asunder by the gibbering of this slavering sub-moron?