Saturday, March 25, 2017
Trump was right
By Jim Emerson, staff writer
In a twist of fate the House Intelligence Committee investigation turned its attention to newly disclosed intelligence reports that suggested the Obama administration directed the electronic surveillance and dissemination of reports targeting President Trump and his transition team prior to the new president’s inauguration. The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), hinted that the previous administration used intelligence assets to spy on the communications of the incoming Administration.
According to Nunes, the suggestion that intelligence gathered on American citizens was “incidental,” is nothing more than legalese designed to provide cover for the conduct of illegal intelligence collecting activities without first obtaining a warrant. The facts that intercepts were maintained and American citizens unmasked (Identified) are compelling evidence of intentional targeting.
Upon being shown classified intelligence reports of electronic collections of Trump team communications, Nunes is convinced that Obama, during his last days in office, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on the transition team. Since the Congressman was part of that transition, he may have been a victim of Team Obama’s collection efforts to damage or discredit the incoming Trump administration by leaking classified information to friendly reporters.
The proof of Obama’s intentions was revealed in the unmasking of selected U.S. citizens whose names appeared in the intelligence reports. In routine intelligence collection and reporting, the “U.S. person” is removed from reports unless his identity is significant to the very purpose of that reporting. Only a very few people are permitted to release the names of “U.S. persons.” Clearly, the only reasons for unmasking a particular individual involve political leverage or the compromise and blackmail of the intended target. Make no mistake, laws were broken here.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), the ranking member of the intelligence committee, is still insisting that several Trump aides colluded with the Russians to defeat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential campaign. He has no proof for these allegations and several other leading Democrats also have no proof. They are, in fact, basing their accusations on a discredited dossier created by a former British intelligence officer.
As to the famous March 4th Tweet, President Trump is vindicated.