Report Shows Spy Agencies "Routinely" Unmasked Lawmakers' "Everyday Lives"

Tyler Durden's picture

The U.S. government’s foreign surveillance incidentally collects information on lawmakers and their staffs as often as once a month, according to a new report.

In what seems like the first attempt to shift the narrative of Susan Rice's alleged wrongdoings, the report positions the 'unmaskings' as "routine" almost as if the fact that 'everyone's doing it' somehow negates the fact that the law was allegedly broken.. (as The Hill reports)

Congress frequently receives alerts that its members and their aides have been unmasked and their identities shared with intelligence and law enforcement forces, Circa said Thursday.


Circa said such alerts, named “The Gates Notification” after former CIA Director Robert Gates, go to the Gang of Eight leadership team in Congress. The Gang of Eight includes the Speaker and House minority leader, the Senate Democratic and Republican leaders, and the bipartisan heads of both chambers’ intelligence committees.


Circa added the lawmakers often don't learn about such unmasking unless it involves a hacking or security threat.


Intelligence community sources speaking on the condition of anonymity confirmed to Circa that lawmakers'  names may appear in executive branch intelligence reports.

However, the plot thickens further, as Fox news reports that the intelligence reports at the center of the Susan Rice unmasking controversy were detailed, and almost resembled a private investigator’s file, according to a Republican congressman familiar with the documents.

"This is information about their everyday lives," Rep. Peter King of New York, a member of the House Intelligence committee said. "Sort of like in a divorce case where lawyers are hired, investigators are hired just to find out what the other person is doing from morning until night and then you try to piece it together later on.”


On the House Intelligence Committee, only the Republican chairman, Devin Nunes of California, and the ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, also of California, have personally reviewed the intelligence reports. Some members were given broad outlines.


Nunes has consistently stated that the files caused him deep concern because the unmasking went beyond the former national security adviser Mike Flynn, and the information was not related to Moscow.


The most recent government data shows that unmasking or identifying Americans happens in a number of cases. The Office for the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the 17 intelligence agencies, said " 2015, NSA disseminated 4,290 FAA Section 702 intelligence reports that included U.S. person information. Of those 4,290 reports, the U.S. person information was masked in 3,168 reports and unmasked in 1,122 reports."  

The report said "NSA is allowed to unmask the identity for the specific requesting recipient only under certain conditions and where specific additional controls are in place" and those conditions were met for "654 U.S. person identities" in 2015.

That means Americans were identified in 26 percent of the cases, or roughly one in four intelligence reports.

Still we are sure CNN will keep plugging away with its "nothing to see here, move along" narrative... until the last lonely viewer has switched off.

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Deathrips's picture

They work for the people...lets see it all.


Motherfucking rat fuckers



Looney's picture


Susan Rice wanted to “unmask” someone – SHE wanted to see who that person was, I get it.

However, why was it unmasked for EVERYONE to see?

Isn’t it analogous to graffiti splattered across the Washington Monument “SUSAN RICE SWALLOWS!”?

Disgusting bitch!


exi1ed0ne's picture

It was disseminated widely because you'd be sure to get some patsy who would leak the info without official orders.  Shitting in Trump's pool has been the goal all along - create enough fires that you can't get anything serious done.

The swamp won't go down without a fight, and a nasty one at that.

Mtnrunnr's picture

You see unmasking is a term that makes spying on a political enemy legal and not spying.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Cue chindit13, a legend in his own mind, feebly attempting to defend anti-constitutional criminality.

Syrin's picture

Rogue illegal gov't is rogue.

barysenter's picture

Thats just wrong. "SUSAN RICE HAS TO PAY FOR IT!"

Giant Meteor's picture

Oh, she is, she is paying dearly. Obviously they've already pulled her cosmetics allowance. Who knows what other hell awaits. I can hardly stand the suspense ..

By the way, for those that may have missed it, Mr. Trump also went on record stating that Hillary committed crimes.


I wouldn't get too charged up regarding deep state bad actors, seeing any jail time. Not to mention the fact, it's all been made legal and shit .. the same shit that was mentioned regarding bankster crimes post 2008 ..

See, it's NEVER a crime when deep state is doin the caper .. or for that matter, (TBTF banksters.)

I thought this was understood ...

funthea's picture

I have it on good authority that Susan Rice bumps clam. So the narrative that she swallows falls a little short. I guess there could be some swallowing going on, just not in the context we usually associate with one that "swallows".

Antifaschistische's picture

.....but she shouldn't.

There should be some check/balance probable cause requirement.

someone 'making a phone call to Russia' is not probable cause and doesn't not warrant an 'unmasking'.

Trump, and I'm SURE other political targets became a HUNT for defamatory detail.   No one should be allowed to say 'Oh, we just picked them up in our routine/random audit of those making a phone call to the 495 area code."

Now...perhaps if someone had made 1,321 phone calls to known terrorist cell general locations in Mazar-a-Sharif in Afghanistan that could start to look like probable cause.

The President can NOT be allowed to gather intel on opposition candidates.  We are on the precipice of loosing complete control over our remnant senblamces of democracy here as insiders gain access to infotech weaponry to destroy opposition.  Just know what this will mean for us all one day.

MFL5591's picture

Shut these fucking agencies down they were never intended to be spy agency of AMERICAN people.

Giant Meteor's picture

Upvote for proper context ..

"Motherfucking rat fuckers"

Indeed !

And I for one enjoy immensely watching them turn on each other!

Shizzmoney's picture

This is old news; we all know (in our hearts) the people in Congress are scared to death of the intelligence agencies, who have every single bit of dirt on them  

US Intelligence agencies don't work for us (despite getting paid in our tax dollars); they work for the super rich people in the defense, finance, and tech industry.

Giant Meteor's picture

Think of the damage done by this blanket "blackmailing."

Why it's uncalculable, but it sure do explain a lot of things ...

HRClinton's picture

Ah, now you're getting what the true definition of National Interests and National Security means: the interests and security of its fiat owners and rulers. 

Election psyops, like Hope & Change or MAGA are simply organized means of herding the ruled masses. The rulers know what your hot buttons are, and how to press them in correct sequence for the desired results, no matter what party you belong to.

Libertarian?  No problem. You get the Patriotism bait & RINO switch a la Trump, or herded and then marginalized a la Ron Paul. The rest, who persist in their rugged frontier Individualism, just don't matter. They are the pesky few who can be shut down in their self-isolation, during a real or FF national emergency. 

Right or wrong is irrelevant. They are not absolutes to the Elite. They are merely means to an end. Only Ownership and Rule matter, to perpetuate the wealth and lifestyle of the Elite.

(Shhh, you didn't hear it from me)

Giant Meteor's picture

That settles it. You really aren't Hillary Rodham are ya ...

I knew it !

Abaco's picture

Pussies.  The extent of the surveillance, and the fact that the aplphabets can plant ANY evidence on ANY means that ALL of it shoudl be dismissed because of reasonable doubt.

SallySnyd's picture

Here is an article that looks at the legislation that brought allowed the U.S. government to surveil the world:


It would appear that America’s surveillance state has adapted quite well to the changes in technology required to spy on all of us.

Consuelo's picture



Now why would somebody down-vote the Truth...?

VWAndy's picture

 Vested in the lies would be my guess.

Winston Churchill's picture

If you think its thats new, more fool you.

Even Shakespeare was compelled to write about pervasive spying.

SmittyinLA's picture

...and executive order 13355

BTW I bet the same hack lawyer authored both laws, her initials are Jamie Gorelick

....and look who is advising Trump

VWAndy's picture

 Its a blackmail opperation kids. It was from the very start. You can tell yourself whatever you want. The truth aint for pussies.

Consuelo's picture



'Enemy of the State' positive identification and apprehension, being the logical extension and ultimate goal of such operations.

VWAndy's picture

 No worries mate. They was planning on killin most everyone anyway.

East Indian's picture

So, Trump is forcing the Deep State to slowly acknowledge that it spies on the Lawmakers. Good.


"We dont spy on American citizens"

"we only spy on them incidentally but mask their identities"

"We unmask the identities now and then to see if their action is damaging the country"

"Well, not only me, others have done that too"

"Not only on Trump but on every Lawmaker, and his dog"


Curiouser and curiouser

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ East,

Those "Law Makers" are Blackmailed Compromised assets of the Pure Evil Criminal Deep State.

The latest Syria saber rattling & Bannon shake up is actually distraction from the massive Global Blackmailing Sex Compromised Operation the Criminal Deep State is running.


The deep state is using pedophile blackmail to control people.

According to Mike,

The Deep State only wants people in Political positions which have ties to Pedofilia. It turn, that person can & will be controlled, compromised & Balckmailed.

The Deep State Minions administering the ploygraph tests are preventing Trump from getting his people in.

Even if your not a real pizza lover it reportedly goes like this:

You go to a bar for a little R&R. A really hot babe offers to buy you a drink. She's really grooving on you. Conversation gets around to her room or yours. Next morning you wake up with pictures of you with a naked six year old in your arms. You can take the money, or you and your family are toast.....

Not to say there is a shortage of pizza lovers though.

Casual_Observer's picture

So the "G" knew about Hillary's migration of Classified & SAP government property/documents off of the secure and proprietary grid on to her personal seive server and they did nothing about it.

Yet, they surveilled a presidental candidate and leaked the name of a private citizen.

Smash these agencies it to a thousand pieces and rebuild it from the ground up.

To this point they havent done anything but keep us less secure and free.

hotrod's picture

Colin Powel used a personal Email Too.  So see everyone does it.

Falconsixone's picture

Oh, so everythings cool. Pay no attention to the spies. It just happens like rain and shine.

Giant Meteor's picture

Correct. Meh, everybody spies on everybody. Completely normal and healthy in a "civilized" nation.

Seasmoke's picture

Of course they do. How else would you blackmail 550 people.

Vardaman's picture

But none of the congresscreatures' insider trading is ever unmasked.  Convenient, no?

Giant Meteor's picture

Apparently that is completely legal, for them. A fringe benefit of sorts. Of course some may see the basic "unfairness" in that situation, although that really does not matter much.


Giant Meteor's picture

I believe this was once known as "the slippery slope" that was mentioned in the revamping of Reagans, executive order 12333, you know shortly after 9-11 .. and each successive revamping, right up to and including Obams revamping ..


mtanimal's picture

That Wookie has quite the snake in her drawers.

(And now I need to start drinking early and wipe that image from my mind - I was hoping to be productive today, guess not.)

redtie's picture

Let's not downplay criminal activity, Rice belongs in jail.

Giant Meteor's picture

A shitload of them belong in jail. And the trouble is, they won't see any jail time. Hell their government pensions and healthcare won't even be interupted, while they do their next gig in finance or some other, a white shoe law firm perhaps, professor's in Ivy league institutions as "constitutional scholars" perhaps ..

Or maybe just the ole standby, lobbying for corporate ..

Fuck, shit, and piss ..

or in other terms, game, set, and match ..

all-priced-in's picture

I may be a little slow -


But how did Susan Rice even know such information was being collected?


She requested the people be unmask - OK BFT - how did she know the conversations even took place?


Either she / or someone she has contact with requested the conversations be collected


Or someone took it apoin themselves to let her know the information was available.


Either way - this seems like a bigger question than the actual unmasking.



Giant Meteor's picture

Oh, she was not acting alone, nor in a vacuum ..

This shit goes right to the top, of the deep state, national security chain ...

She is just the present "patsy" that is going nowhere ..


meditate_vigorously's picture

While such entities exist, we are all slaves.

Giant Meteor's picture

Indeed so, and biting on  the hand that feeds, is frowned upon a great deal.

BSHJ's picture

And the dems will speak out as one saying that they LIKE it and since it is done all the time, there is NOTHING to anything Trump says about it.

CosmoJoe's picture

I've been teaching my children, early on, to avoid social media, avoid posting anything with PII online.  Email works just fine for communication, so does walking up and talking to people face to face, you know, like in the old days.

The advent of the Internet was an interesting time and it seems most people were happy to throw away privacy because of the novelty of talking to complete strangers on the other side of the world and whatnot.  Now that we see what a vapid, pointless, gnawing and empty place the online world is, I hope there is more backlash as people back away.  Just think... billions of dollars of spy equipment and agencies to monitor an online world that people are leaving behind.  One can hope!

In.Sip.ient's picture

Shush, don't let on!!!


Bemused Observer's picture

Then maybe this will make you feel even better...


What happens when digi-tech is SO good that it becomes too easy to alter data, change images, even create images? Well, I don't think it would be long before such 'evidence' becomes so untrustworthy that it ceases to have any value. When you get juries rejecting any evidence that could have been altered or fabricated, it will become worthless to the collectors of that data. Of what use will it be to put together a nice demo, only to have your audience call it out as likely faked? And when the tech becomes better and better, how difficult would it be for a lawyer to put that reasonable doubt in a jury's mind?


Even the REAL info would become suspect, as once you introduce the possibility of digital 'enhancement' the viewer can no longer be sure of what he is looking at.


Is it live, or is it Memorex? It doesn't matter, because it is no longer admissable as evidence in a court of law.

Abaco's picture

We are there already.  What it means, if ones head is out of ones ass, is that ANY evidence presented to ANY jury by ANY .gov entity can, and should be disregarded, because there is reasonable doubt about its veracity.

DuneCreature's picture

Here is the BIG problem coming on strong for the Deep State.

~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~ THE HAMMER And Its Owners ~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~!~

This guy Scott Binsack has it put together for you.

I would do it for you,....but you turkeys wouldn't appreciate as much as someone who doesn't inject four letter curse words into the story every other sentence. ................ I tend to throw things too and I'm running out of objects I can actually lift in the office.

So you'll just have to get the word about Project Dragnet and THE HAMMER from Scott. .... He seems to have his shit together. ... How about yours? .. Thrown anything at your TV lately? ... Those new flat screens can take some kind of abuse, can't they?


Parallel Construction - Framing people with crimes

False Flag Hacking

Bank Account rummaging

Wire Tapping

Planting Evidence On A Target OR Destroying Evidence On A Criminal's Drive

Just a few of the tricks Brennan, Clapper and Barry Oshit! can do with a tool like THE HAMMER.

We are all little nails in this can of worms.

Live Hard, Your Bank Account, Your Phone, Your Medical Records And Everything In Between Belong To THE HAMMER, Die Free

~ DC v5.0