By Lars Larson
My take so far on Russia-gate & Trump-tap:
I believe President Trump’s allegations of wiretapping and attempts by the Obama administration to sabotage the ’16 election. In fact, major media outlets have been reporting this subterfuge for months but without connecting the dots. Many of you find this Watergate-on-steroids too fantastical to believe. Let’s put it in the context of facts we know about the behavior of the Obama/Hillary/Jarret cabal.
We already know the lengths BHO and HRC will go to:
1. The President secretly weaponize the IRS against American free speech
2. The President secretly sends thousands of guns into a Mexican drug war
3. The President knowingly lies to Americans about doctors & health care
4. The President secretly spies on journalists (ask Fox’s James Rosen)
5. HRC & BHO would abandon Americans to a violent death in Benghazi & lie.
6. The President traded five terrorist leaders for a traitor/deserter
This list could be longer. It serves the purpose to show that the former President of the United States will engage in radical and illegal actions that kill Americans (Fast n Furious), take their rights (IRS), and put the country at risk.
So is it inconceivable that Obama agencies would surveil a Presidential candidate (as they did Rosen) in an attempt to deny him his Constitutional right to run for political office (ask True the Vote about that)?
Now to the charge at hand, leveled by the President himself on twitter Saturday morning. “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!” DJT/tweet March 4, 2017
Denials came quickly. The former White House denies it but with careful words that allow lots of wiggle room; (Guardian) “Obama former deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, tweeted back at Trump: “A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” the statement said.” Of course the White House didn’t order it. As Andy McCarthy and others have pointed out, the White House has no authority to get a FISA warrant nor to wiretap. But like a lot of elites in America Obama had plenty of people who DO get warrants, who DO wiretaps and now who do leak like the Titanic. Nearly every major media is America is using the phrase “without evidence” to describe Trump’s accusation. Yet there seems to be plenty of evidence that:
1. A FISA warrant was issued (after a warrant naming Trump was denied last June)
2. Surveillance was conducted.
3. No evidence of a Trump-Russia connection was found
Let me cite a few unassailable sources:
(WAPO) “June 2016: FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] request. The Obama administration files a request with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) to monitor communications involving Donald Trump and several advisers. The request, uncharacteristically, is denied.
October: FISA request. The Obama administration submits a new, narrow request to the FISA court, now focused on a computer server in Trump Tower suspected of links to Russian banks. No evidence is found — but the wiretaps continue, ostensibly for national security reasons, Andrew McCarthy at National Review later notes. The Obama administration is now monitoring an opposing presidential campaign using the high-tech surveillance powers of the federal intelligence services.”
Now, about the Trump Russia allegation:
(NBC/Chuck Todd) Full Clapper: ‘No Evidence’ of Collusion Between Trump and Russia
SUN, MAR 05 “In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says that there wasn’t evidence of collusion between Russia and Trump earlier this year.”
(Chairman of House Intelligence Cmte Rep Devin) “Nunes said the intelligence panel was working out the scope of the probe, which he characterized as an extension of a “long, ongoing investigation” of Russian activities that had been going on for months. However, he said U.S. intelligence officials had not yet presented the committee with any evidence of contacts between Trump campaign staff and Russian intelligence.
(ABC) “A senior intelligence official told ABC News last night that no evidence gathered by the FBI so far suggests Trump associates knew they were talking to Russian intelligence officers. Those contacts being scrutinized by the FBI were first reported by The New York Times on Wednesday.”
And what of the denials:
Obama’s Denial (it might have happened but we didn’t order it)
(Guardian) Former Obama Deputy Ben Rhodes, “No president can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens…”” Later an Obama spokesman, Kevin Lewis, issued a statement that did not deny there was a wiretapping but did deny that Obama ordered one.
I read the evidence we have this way:
1. There was a FISA warrant issued on Trump Tower computers (see above)
2. Surveillance was done on Russians and through that on Trump (see above)
3. Our government found no dirt on Trump (see above)
4. Nothing has so far connected Trump and Russia despite the best efforts of Obama, the FBI, and leakers (likely Obama loyalists in our government) but they will continue to “wag the dog” to make Americans who don’t read past the headline and first paragraph believe it.
(From the movie “Wag the Dog”)
Conrad ‘Connie’ Brean: You watched the Gulf War, what do you see day after day? The one smart bomb falling down the chimney. The truth? I was in the building when we shot that shot – we shot in a studio, Falls Church, Virginia. One-tenth scale model of a building.
Stanley Motss: Is that true?
Conrad ‘Connie’ Brean: How the fuck do we know? You take my point?