Saturday, March 25, 2017

The “Wiretapping” Scandal

Everything we know about the “wiretapping” scandal is provided to us by the media and politicians who have an agenda.  There are members of the media who believe that they have exclusive rights to information.  CNN’s Chris Cuomo informed his viewers, “remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents. It’s different for the media. So everything you learn about this, you’re learning from us.”  MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski complained that Donald Trump, “could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that is our job.”  Obama has had almost eight years to install his followers into positions of leadership in the bureaucracy.  These followers have done their best to weed out members of the bureaucracy who would not follow the Obama agenda.  These people are literally a fifth column.  They leak information to the press they believe will damage the Trump administration and do their best to conceal evidence that might damage their cause.

On 4 March 2017 Donald Trump tweeted, “Terrible!  Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory.  Nothing Found.  This is McCarthyism!”  Obviously Donald Trump was not “wire tapped.”  Every member of the intelligence community can swear to this.  When Representative Adam Schiff asked FBI Director James Comey whether President Trump‘s claims that his predecessor had wiretapped Trump Tower were true, Comey responded, “I have no information that supports those tweets.”  Come added,  “The Department of Justice has asked me to share with you that the answer is the same for the Department of Justice and all its components, the department has no information that supports those tweets.”   Even the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, has asserted that Trump Tower was not “wiretapped.  Wiretapping is defined as “an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information.”  Wiretapping is simply no longer done.  In an age when the meaning of “is” is in dispute the word wiretapped needs to be clarified. 

The question remains, was Trump or members or his staff surveilled during the campaign?  On January 20, 2017 the New York Times ran an article claiming that Team Trump had Russian connections.  In support of their claim they said that Trump’s people were wiretapped.  NBC later described Trump’s claim as “discredited.”  Through repetition this description has become the accepted truth.  The contradiction in the story that Trump was not surveilled and the assertion that there are transcripts of his aid’s contact with the Russians has been solved.  Information on Americans was inadvertently collected when our intelligence agencies were surveilling foreigners.  Former NSA and CIA director Mike Hayden has even suggested that the information was obtained from conversations between foreigners talking about Americans.

Aside from the legal question, it is commonly believed that this is something Americans don’t do.  They do not spy on political opponents.  Or do they?  Representative Maxine Waters stated, “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.”  Obviously the President took his database with them when he left office.  Hillary Clinton illegally obtained FBI files for political purposes.  The NSA has a database named MAINWAY that contains metadata for hundreds of billions of telephone calls made through the four largest telephone carriers in the United States.  Many people might look at this as unimportant.  Do they feel the same way about J. Edgar Hoover’s surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King? 

The power of this information cannot be overestimated.  Even people who are very supportive of the president may be convinced to change their positions in order to keep certain information from going public.  Considering the capabilities of modern intelligence organizations it is unlikely that they did have embarrassing information on Senator Larry Craig and former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.  This information could easily be used to sway their votes.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wiretapping and the Trump/Putin Connection

Published in American Thinker on 22 March 2017

Congressional hearings are establishing that there is no evidence that President Obama ordered the wiretapping of Donald Trump.  They are also establishing that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  Former Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper has said he had seen no evidence of Russia-Trump collusion.  Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell who once claimed “In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation,” now claims, “There’s no little campfire, there’s no little candle, there’s no spark. And there’s a lot of people looking for it.”  “A lot of people” includes the FBI, the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit.  These former promoters of the claim that Putin put Trump in the White House appear very confident considering the fact that the investigation is reportedly still ongoing.  There is something suspicious about their absolute confidence.

What “evidence” they apparently had was a dossier supposedly compiled by a former British intelligence agent.  This dossier is such an amateurish job that only someone like John McCain would find it believable.  Even when intelligence officials tipped off Vice President Biden about the dossier, Biden told reporters he didn’t think the information was worth a second glance.  Could the Russians have compromising information on Hillary Clinton?  Apparently they had emails that included more than wedding plans and yoga lessons.

While many crimes are alleged only one crime has been positively committed.  Classified information has been leaked to the press.  However, there does not appear to be much interest in locating the perpetrators.  These leaks are felonies punishable by up to 10 years in prison.  FBI Director Comey would not commit to investigate these leaks.  Congressman Gowdy claimed, “I think the most troubling part for me is when Director Comey would not assure us that there’s a leak investigation.”

The claim that Trump was not wiretapped is a little farfetched.  General Flynn, Angela Merkel and several others are known to have been “wiretapped.”   NSA seems to be collecting electronic communications from millions of people.  FBI Director Comey has pointed out that President Obama could not “wiretap” Donald Trump because it is illegal.  It would not be necessary for Obama to order such a program.  It is unlikely that he instructed Lois Lerner to target the Tea Party.  On Jan 20, 2017 an article in the New York Time was headlined “Wiretapped Data Used In Inquiry of Trump Aides.”  The article claimed, “some of the wiretapped communications had been provided to the White House.”

People claiming that there was no wiretapping qualify their statements as a form of insurance.  Paul Ryan claimed, “I've seen no evidence wiretap occurred.”  Where has he looked?  Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016."  The qualifying phrases are "Based on the information available to us,” and “any element of the United States government.”

These investigations may reveal much more than the government is willing to expose.  Judge Andrew Napolitano stated three intelligence sources informed him that British intelligence passed along surveillance data on Trump.  For this he was abruptly fired.  A CNN commentator interviewed on of the judge’s sources, former CIA analyst Larry Johnson.  Johnson stated that GCHQ was passing information gained from “wiretapping” Trump Tower.  GCHQ, Government Communications Headquarters is the British equivalent to the US NSA.  

Donald Trump is often careless in his wording.  This is not a polite way of saying that he lies.  He, like all politicians, lies.  He is not precise in his wording and his words are easily distorted.  Some people interpret this as the result of a lack of intelligence.  They do this at their peril.  Trump has repeatedly out maneuvered his opponents at every turn.  His manner of speaking is all part of his negotiating technique.  People do not become billionaires by accident.  When the final contract is signed it will be the most advantageous for his position.  Trump’s opponent in government and the media are putting all their eggs in one basket.  When it is revealed that Trump was “wiretapped” and was not put into the White House by Putin, they will lose what is left of their credibility.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Maxine Waters Comments on Patriotism

            Maxine Waters has decided to instruct the American people on the meaning of patriotism.  She objected to a congressional committee’s working on legislation to stop Boeing sales of aircraft to Iran.  Waters stated, "This attempt with all of these bills to undermine that — I think it's unpatriotic, yes I do."  She declared, "I raise questions about patriotism and for those who think I'm talking about them, then you can deal with that any way you want to deal with it." 
            Waters has been critical of members the Trump administration: "I just think the American people had better understand what's going on.  "This is a bunch of scumbags. That's what they are. Who are all organized around making money.”  Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is part of a "Kremlin klan" obsessed with bribes, oil and gas.
            Waters has never been a fan of Republicans.  She called House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor “demons.”  “I saw pictures of Boehner and Cantor on our screens.  Don’t ever let me see again in life those Republicans in our hall, on our screens, talking about anything. These are demons.”

            Waters is a big fan of the arts.  When asked if she rap music, she responded, "Yes, I do. I am moved by some of the stories told by rap artists such as Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg about their lives, their families, their mothers and their surroundings."  Perhaps one of he favorite Snoop Doggy Dogg tunes is, "How the f--- am I supposed to pay this ho, just to lay this ho. I know the p---y is mines, I'ma f--- a couple mo' times N' then I'm through with it, there's nothing else to do with it. Cuz she ain't nothing but a bitch to me. N' y'all know that bitches ain't s--- to me."