Sharyl Attkisson Rages "Looks Like Obama Spied On Trump, Just Like He Did To Me"

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Authored by Sharyl Attkisson op-ed via TheHill.com,

Many in the media are diving deeply into minutiae in order to discredit any notion that President Trump might have been onto something in March when he fired off a series of tweets claiming President Obama had “tapped” “wires” in Trump Tower just before the election.

According to media reports this week, the FBI did indeed “wiretap” the former head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, both before and after Trump was elected.

If Trump officials - or Trump himself - communicated with Manafort during the wiretaps, they would have been recorded, too.

But we’re missing the bigger story.

If these reports are accurate, it means U.S. intelligence agencies secretly surveilled at least a half dozen Trump associates. And those are just the ones we know about.

Besides Manafort, the officials include former Trump advisers Carter Page and Michael Flynn. Last week, we discovered multiple Trump “transition officials” were “incidentally” captured during government surveillance of a foreign official. We know this because former Obama adviser Susan Rice reportedly admitted “unmasking,” or asking to know the identities of, the officials. Spying on U.S. citizens is considered so sensitive, their names are supposed to be hidden or “masked,” even inside the government, to protect their privacy.

In May, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates acknowledged they, too, reviewed communications of political figures, secretly collected under President Obama.

Barely an eyebrow was raised in the media.

Weaponization of Intel Agencies?

Nobody wants our intel agencies to be used like the Stasi in East Germany; the secret police spying on its own citizens for political purposes. The prospect of our own NSA, CIA and FBI becoming politically weaponized has been shrouded by untruths, accusations and justifications.

You’ll recall DNI Clapper falsely assured Congress in 2013 that the NSA was not collecting “any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.”

Intel agencies secretly monitored conversations of members of Congress while the Obama administration negotiated the Iran nuclear deal.

In 2014, the CIA got caught spying on Senate Intelligence committee staffers, though CIA Director John Brennan had explicitly denied that.

There were also wiretaps on then-Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) in 2011 under Obama.

The same happened under President George W. Bush to former Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Calif.).

Journalists have been targeted, too. This internal email exposed by WikiLeaks should give everyone chills. It did me.

Dated Sept. 21, 2010, the “global intelligence” firm Stratfor wrote:

[John] Brennan [then an Obama Homeland Security adviser] is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.

 

Note -- There is specific tasker from the WH to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode...

The government subsequently got caught monitoring journalists at Fox News, the Associated Press, and, as I allege in a federal lawsuit, my computers while I worked as an investigative correspondent at CBS News. On Aug. 7, 2013, CBS News publicly announced:

…correspondent Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was hacked by ‘an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions,’ confirming Attkisson’s previous revelation of the hacking.

Then, as now, instead of getting the bigger story, some in the news media and quasi-news media published false and misleading narratives pushed by government interests. They implied the computer intrusions were the stuff of vivid imagination, conveniently dismissed forensic evidence from three independent examinations that they didn’t review. All seemed happy enough to let news of the government’s alleged unlawful behavior fade away, rather than get to the bottom of it.

I have spent more than two years litigating against the Department of Justice for the computer intrusions. Forensics have revealed dates, times and methods of some of the illegal activities. The software used was proprietary to a federal intel agency. The intruders deployed a keystroke monitoring program, accessed the CBS News corporate computer system, listened in on my conversations by activating the computer’s microphone and used Skype to exfiltrate files.

We survived the government’s latest attempt to dismiss my lawsuit. There’s another hearing Friday. To date, the Trump Department of Justice — like the Obama Department of Justice — is fighting me in court and working to keep hidden the identities of those who accessed a government internet protocol address found in my computers.

Evidence continues to build. I recently filed new information unearthed through forensic exams. As one expert told the court, it was “not a mistake; it is not a random event; and it is not technically possible for these IP addresses to simply appear on her computer systems without activity by someone using them as part of the cyber-attack.” 

Patterns

It’s difficult not to see patterns in the government’s behavior, unless you’re wearing blinders.

  • The intelligence community secretly expanded its authority in 2011 so it can monitor innocent U.S. citizens like you and me for doing nothing more than mentioning a target’s name a single time.
  • In January 2016, a top secret inspector general report found the NSA violated the very laws designed to prevent abuse.
  • In 2016, Obama officials searched through intelligence on U.S. citizens a record 30,000 times, up from 9,500 in 2013.
  • Two weeks before the election, at a secret hearing before the FISA court overseeing government surveillance, NSA officials confessed they’d violated privacy safeguards “with much greater frequency” than they’d admitted. The judge accused them of “institutional lack of candor’” and said, “this is a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”

Officials involved in the surveillance and unmasking of U.S. citizens have said their actions were legal and not politically motivated. And there are certainly legitimate areas of inquiry to be made by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. But look at the patterns. It seems that government monitoring of journalists, members of Congress and political enemies — under multiple administrations — has become more common than anyone would have imagined two decades ago. So has the unmasking of sensitive and highly protected names by political officials.

Those deflecting with minutiae are missing the point. To me, they sound like the ones who aren’t thinking.

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Sharyl Attkisson (@SharylAttkisson) is an Emmy-award winning investigative journalist, author of the New York Times bestsellers “The Smear” and “Stonewalled,” and host of Sinclair’s Sunday TV program “Full Measure.”

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Looney's picture

 

Something interesting has happened.

During the luncheon with the African leaders, Trump said that in the nearest future Nikky Haley will visit many African countries.

Why Nikky Haley? She is supposed to spit the warmongering venom at the UN. She ain’t no Secretary of State, for fuck’s sake! Not yet anyway.

I think Rex Tillerson is on the way out. He, just like the rest of us who voted for Trump, got duped by the Lying-Sack-of-Shit-in-Chief.   ;-)

Looney

blue51's picture

Getting interesting in eastern syria too . https://youtu.be/q9MfeqUrsWE

erkme73's picture

She had me right up until the last paragraph:

Officials involved in the surveillance and unmasking of U.S. citizens have said their actions were legal and not politically motivated. And there are certainly legitimate areas of inquiry to be made by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. But look at the patterns. It seems that government monitoring of journalists, members of Congress and political enemies — under multiple administrations — has become more common than anyone would have imagined two decades ago. So has the unmasking of sensitive and highly protected names by political officials.

Sorry, but that's where the wheels come off.  If you provide .gov with the authority and tools to LEGALLY vacuum up every bit and byte on the web - every phone call, every piece of communication between all humans on the planet - then the resulting abuses are nothing but predicitble.

The very practice of wholesale data collection ought to be illegal.  For ANYONE.  There are no safeguards strong enough to prevent STASI-like behavior by those in power.  

 

Stuck on Zero's picture

If someone is eavesdropping on your communications it's easy as hell to set up a sting to catch them.

If you are worried about someone eavesdropping on your communications you can invest a few thousand dollars in some crypto devices and prevent it.

 

RAT005's picture

Details.....thanks in advance

WhackoWarner's picture

tick tock tick tock the mouse ran up the clock.

 

Being played like a herd of "dumb" animals apparently.  Except I believe not all are that dumb anymore.

 

So tick tock.

 

My fear is that bombs will fly before any people awareness of the immensity of the lies  can actually develop

Richard Chesler's picture

Pole smoking was not his only hobby.

rubiconsolutions's picture

People think I'm crazy when I tell them I'm an anarchist. Fuck .gov, all of them.

DeaconPews's picture

I'm telling you guys right now. Zero was surveilling all the campaigns. Do not doubt me.

 

chunga's picture

If only there were gov agencies or bureaus with authority to stop this type of gov abuse. 

Lumberjack's picture

Never gonna happen. Big pigs always get to the trough first. The little ones end up eating their shit.

chunga's picture

Something like different branches of gov acting as checks and balances would be good.

HardAssets's picture

Hmmm . . .ya gotta wonder.

Is Trump's advisors saying going after the criminal actors, including the former potus, is likely to cause the nation to come apart ?

There is no American nation if this kinda lawlessness is allowed to stand, anyway.

chunga's picture

Probably. Because I bet most, if not all of them up there in DC are criminals. Nothing improves with criminals running things so it must happen, although I doubt it will.

Berspankme's picture

Obama surveilled everyone. that's how punk thugs do it. They get shit on shoes of everyone to blackmail them. Why was there never any opposition to anything? He owned them all. 

SummerSausage's picture

And he was black.  Can't prosecute the first black president, no matter how many crimes he commits.

Kidbuck's picture

And he was a flaming faggot. When is the last time a faggot got prosecuted?

BabaLooey's picture

Fuck Yes the piece of shit was.

Shit - this cunt got away with being born in Kenya

Got away with burying his Columbia college transcripts

Got away with so much shit, it's boggles the mind.

The fuck needs to die.

FreeNewEnergy's picture

I am so in love with Sharyl Attkisson.

Her weekly Sundya show, "Full Measure," blows away the usual chaff the mainstream throws off.

Sanity Bear's picture

Also not difficult to extrapolate the data and figure out that Obama must have conjured some reason to spy on Romney during the 2012 campaign also.

At this point you'd have to be trained stupid not to put a high probability on that having occurred.

WTFUD's picture

Yeah why Mitt and Bain Capital weren't executed is outrageous, having sold US jobs, lock stock and barrel to China. Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez.

SummerSausage's picture

Obama managed to get sealed court documents about opponents divorces to cheat when he was a state senator.  Why wouldn't he use the intelligence agencies to cheat as president?

LadyAtZero's picture

Interesting about Obama obtaining the "opponents' divorces" info... I had never heard that.

 

Sanity Bear's picture

Yep he did it twice against political opponents in the middle of a race. Key ingredient in his meteoric rise to the top.

Rebelrebel7's picture

FISA courts  have always had the high - bar standards of the rebarb beneath the roads on which we drive.

It is sheer arrogance that the intellectually and morally impaired despicable slime thought that they would be able to get away with it!

They have been surveilling innocent people and selling information on them for profit to other intellectually and morally impaired genetic mutants for my entire life!

They and the people that they sell it to are complete FRAUDS, phonies, and monsters!

What you thought was tinnitus is probably a one nanometer 2 way  transistor radio implanted in your ear by a doctor without your consent!

 

https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/10/6/13187820/one-nanometer...


Watch "Iggy Pop - Lust For Life" on YouTube

https://youtu.be/jQvUBf5l7Vw

 

WTFUD's picture

Barely an eyebrow was raised by the Media . . . shocking i tell you, the MSM have many eyebrows, indeed, there's a vast team of eyebrow pluckers in the make-up departments. Shocking!

Stan522's picture

The devilcRAT's are wearing blinders. They are so partisan than they are willing to sacrifice our country for a party win......

The illegal alien support as well as ignoring the atrocities of muslims proves this......................

DeaconPews's picture

Dems would burn it to the ground as long as they are the ones that lord over the ashes.

New_Meat's picture

C'mon babe, you are one tough reporter and yet you say:

"Nobody wants our intel agencies to be used like the Stasi in East Germany;'

We know that is about the only untruth in this story.

Good on ya'

- Ned

Berspankme's picture

I said when the Sheryl Atkisson story broke 2 yrs ago that it should be the #1 news story of the year. Of course fucking simpletons ignored it. I guess people truly get what they deserve. Welcome to east germany and the stasi.

WhackoWarner's picture

Not simpletons at all.  Just servants with no other goal in mind beyond reward. Willing to suspend all integrity for the cocktail party invite and the paycheck.

Just like Obama did.  Except Obama did it on a far more depraved level.  And why his "supporters" continue to support says a lot.

JustPastPeacefield's picture

Nixon was but a choir boy.

Where is the WaPo now? I forgot, they are and always were part of the deep state. I'm sure bezos approves of spying on enemies, his enemies. Spy on Obama and that's another story.

Let's drop the pretense. There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Communist Chinese government and our own utterly corrupt overlords. 

Congress has completely abdicated in its role as BOSS with the purse strings. They're a joke. 

The country is becoming a joke with a lot of firepower. And the ability to destroy its citizens one by one, or by the millions.

forensicator's picture

t’s not called “blind hatred” for nothing. A while back I wrote that democrats were opening Pandora’s box. It is now open and they’re really, really not going to like what’s coming.

Last week, we learned that Susan Rice lied through her teeth:

http://www.floppingaces.net/2017/09/19/obama-did-wiretap-trump/

Åristotle's picture

Tyrannies have all the evils of oligarchies and democracies. As of oligarchy, they both mistrust their subjects and seek to deprive them of their arms. As of democracy, they are ever practicing the art of war upon the notables destroying them secretly and openly.

Reaper's picture

A greater danger is that government manufactures what was recorded.   A common sheeple on and not on juries want to believe the government hacks would not lie.   Trust is the opiate of the people.

Rex Andrus's picture

Lock Him Up

Lock Up The Rogue Lockers Up Then Lock All Of Them Up

SummerSausage's picture

Powers - Ambassador to the UN which was less meaningful than a basement janitor under Obama requested 260 unmaskings - many during the transition and just before the inaugural.  Media and leftards thinks that was just fine but are horrified about Watergate.

WhackoWarner's picture

USA at this point needs a new entry into the diseases of the mind insanity bible.

Enough friggin time discussing the ins and outs.  When is USA going to take it's power back away from nothing but mafiosa crime bosses, drug runners, shysters, psychos and career opportunists.

Death to the money changers, yeah,  but start with the minions aspiring to ranks of power.  Sell your soul and all your countrymen for the sake of a Manhattan condo and an invite to a garden party in Hampshire?  These are the people that are being elected and selling out.

The immense compromises that are taken for granted in halls of power all involve private pockets. 

USA is a joke but a very dangerous one.

Even more dangerous as the powers go seeking a war.  Almost any war, anywhere.....reminds me of Canadian Bacon.  And Wag the Dog.

adolphz's picture

Americans you need to find out how the Clinton's are behind all of the snooping.

Old Poor Richard's picture

Protesting illegal wiretaps ordered by a black president is racist.

Kidbuck's picture

He was only a half assed black, like everything else he did.

RumpleShitzkin's picture

Saving that pretty nugget in my goodie txt file.

Nice.

izzee's picture

So why do you think that NOBODY wants to talk about the Awans.

Cud it be that their little "spy network" wasn't selling info to foreigners after all. 

shovelhead's picture

Who's the guy tasked with counting the corn kernals in Trumps turds?

 

Wieners For Breakfast's picture

So I thought that since Trump took the White House that he took the DOJ as well. Why on God's green earth is this DOJ defending these lawsuits that plainly would hold Obammy's crooked agencies culpable of crimes? A fucking upside down world it is Maynard. We are well and truly fooked! !