March 23, 2017

Trump Vindicated? On Substance, Yep; ‘Yep,’ Period (see Updates); BOMBSHELL: ‘Potential Smoking Gun’ Implicating Obama Admin (and Perhaps Obama Himself?)

George Neumayr at American Spectator:

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And this:

Comey’s mere confirmation of an investigation vindicates the thrust of Trump’s tweets.No matter how the Dems and the media spin it, no matter how many semantic games they play, Obama authorized a multi-agency investigation into a political opponent, which necessarily involved violations of that opponent’s privacy.

Read the whole thing.

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UPDATE, 10:50 a.m.: John Nolte at the Daily Wire

FACT: According to numerous media reports, the Obama administration spied on Team Trump.

FACT: According to President Trump himself, the Obama administration spied on Team Trump.

And yet, today’s Media Narrative is that Trump lied about the Obama Administration spying on his team.

If the media wants Trump to retract this claim … shouldn’t the media go first?

UPDATE 2, 10:55 a.m.: And this tweet from Nolte, whose Twitter feed is on fire with truthiness today —

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UPDATE 3, 2:10 P.M.: John Nolte at The Daily Wire“Trump Is 100% Vindicated On Wiretapping, and 7 Other Things You Should Know.”

A critical element of Nolte’s game-ending presentation is the modern definition of “wiretapping” (also recall that Trump claimed that he had his “wires tapped,” so there’s no doubt that he was employing the modern definition of the term as Nolte quoted from a 2010 book, while the press is stuck in a definition that is at least seven years outdated):

Wiretapping is the traditional term for interception of telephone conversations. This should not be taken too literally. The word is no longer restricted to communications traveling by wire, and contemporary wiretaps are more commonly placed on radio links [ed. cell phones] or inside telephone offices. The meaning has also broadened in that the thing being tapped need no longer be a telephone call in the classic sense; it may be some other form of electronic communication, such as a fax or data.

Compared with the more precise but more general phrase “communications interception,” the word “wiretapping” has two connotations. Much the strong of these is that a wiretap is aimed at a particular target, in sharp contrast to the “vacuum cleaner” interception widely practiced by national intelligence agencies. The weaker connotation is that it is being done by the police.

Nolte then asserts that “… unless you want to argue with MIT or become so painfully literal we all have to talk like a Vulcan, Trump was 100% correct about Obama ‘tapping his wires.’”

Game. Set. Match.

Watch the press squeal like stuffed pigs for days.

UPDATE 4: Et tu, Bob?

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward warned on Wednesday that there are people from the Obama administration who could be facing criminal charges for unmasking the names of Trump transition team members from surveillance of foreign officials.

UPDATE 5, 8:20 P.M.: Holy moly —

Potential ‘smoking gun’ showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says

Republican congressional investigators expect a potential “smoking gun” establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.

Classified intelligence showing incidental collection of Trump team communications, purportedly seen by committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and described by him in vague terms at a bombshell Wednesday afternoon news conference, came from multiple sources, Capitol Hill sources told Fox News. The intelligence corroborated information about surveillance of the Trump team that was known to Nunes, sources said, even before President Trump accused his predecessor of having wiretappedhim in a series of now-infamous tweets posted on March 4.

The intelligence is said to leave no doubt the Obama administration, in its closing days, was using the cover of legitimate surveillance on foreign targets to spy on President-elect Trump, according to sources.

The key to that conclusion is the unmasking of selected U.S. persons whose names appeared in the intelligence, the sources said, adding that the paper trail leaves no other plausible purpose for the unmasking other than to damage the incoming Trump administration.

Here’s some poetic justice. The Fox News reporter is James Rosen. Yeah, that James Rosen.

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  1. Very good video here:
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/did-obama-abuse-raw-intelligence-1490309760?mod=rss_opinion_main

    Observations:

    For clarity, the Headline should be “Did the Obama Administrative Abuse Raw Intelligence”. Every headline that says only “Trump” or only “Obama” distracts the reader; hits a personal loyalty-emotion button to ego-protect oneself based on your Nov-2016 vote. Headlines that clarify this is Administration Bureaucrats run Amok have a better chance of keeping the reader in a logical, critical-thinking, read-to-understand mindset. And then the horror realizations will come that our Bureaucracies are no-longer self-policing protectors of core ethics such as U.S. Citizen rights; instead too many are careerist-tribes self-policing their colleagues. You don’t have to be in the ‘minority GOP tribe’ to be abhorred by this revelation. By this I mean the God-Guns-and-County viewpoint has become a minority in the Govt Bureaucracy. We’ve see the GGC viewpoint become a minority in the Liberal Mainstream Media, to our disappointment and thus Soundly Rejected their proselytizing by our election votes and results: The GOP is now the elected reprosentaiton in a hugely high percent of the Counties, the States and now all 3 Branches of Federal Govt and soon a 5-4 SCOTUS result again because our election votes demand it, the voice of US the People of America. Oops, but my typing became almost shouting and strident, my heart hurts so much to hope we can reclaim our county.

    Headlines that encourage logical thinking mode (instead of emotional reading) can help to perhaps get through to the general public: to become aghast at this disturbing development, this blatant challenge to our Democratic-Republic by Administration Bureaucrats using their Govt-salaried jobs to interfere with their political opponents.

    As a democrat-republic, we vote in politicians who are to Control the Bureaucrats so that the bureaucrats execute consistent with our desired representation. Our classrooms remind us and teach our children this every day of class: I pledge allegiance …to the republic for which it [the flag] stands for.

    Of course Mr Obama did not personally and directly approve unmasking of intelligence surveillance collections that (inadvertently or knowingly) included telephone conversations of one or more Trump campaign persons. And had there been a GOP administration, the same inadvertent (or known pre-awareness of its likelihood) would have occurred against the Democratic campaign. That can happen. What IS NOT ALLOWED is the unmasking. That is the nuance the general public does not yet understand. (And that is the unfortunate state of our Free Press media that they choose to be more loyal to a partisan-tribe viewpoint instead of our Melting Pot collective-memory: I am an American first, and African or german or dutch or French or Hispanic or Spanish or latin or greek or other cultural heritage second. We celebrate both, each in our own ways, in our ways cultural-heritage celebrations. BUT we have always come together in the past to say our First Holiday is the Fourth in the lucky-seventh month of the year.

    The Lois Lerner escapade revealed a dark side to our bureaucracy: so confident that the ‘tribal viewpoint’ will protect them to have done blatantly illegal violations of Privacy Rights and Documented Procedures meant to protect those rights. She testified to Congress, yet got away with it! The Clinton-server is of the same vein: obvious deviation from normal procedures, certainly At Least GROSS NEGLIGLENCE even if intentional violation is unprovable. But Mr Obama, as President Obama, has Complete Plausible Deniability. The DNC tribe is so confident (hopefully over-confident) that some of them (too many of them!) are practicing illegal violations that are criminal and civil harms in U.S. code:
    (a) Civil Violations of our U.S. Citizen rights (unmasking is a privacy right violation that the Individual harmed can sue for, without waiting for AG Sessions to get a treason statute presented for a criminal grand jury indictment).
    (b) Mishandling of classified info is At Least an administrative punishment, yet the DNC-tribe repeated their protection of Bill from his EEOC violations with an intern to again protect Hillary from her IT violations of Official Govt Records.

    The latter, actually, as a citizen, needs a HUGE attention and criticism of BOTH political tribes: Gov Palin used personal email in Alaska, accordining to a biography. Gov Pence used personal email instead of careful attention to Sunshine Laws. Sec of State Powell used personal email. The Information Technology community needs to cry fowl, and clarify that The Technology to Communicate Security and to efficiently archive email/phone/etc records exists and deserve RESPECT. Not ignoring because it is inconvenient. Respect of FOUO laws needs elevated, and administrative (or UCMJ) punishment when FOUO denials are used to protect malfeasance: add criminal obstruction charges when civil suits reveal this SERIOUS harm.

    Our culture is changing: we can hope and pray that it turns in a direction to preserve and protect our Flag and the Values it represents.

    We, as citizens — the general public, have to first become aware of the decaying state of the Bureaucratic State: it respects protecting itself (its size, its fiefdoms, its careers) instead of the Laws to Internal Procedures that are suppose to protect our values. That (respect for procedures that protect the rights of the general public) is the core of the All Lives Matter policing issue as well, but that’s another long op-ed. And per Feinstein’s questions of Judge Gorsuch; she is wrong: judges must judge based on the case and the law, not with a personal goal to be seen as ‘protecting the little guy’ or as ‘defending women’s rights’ or whatever other political tribe-of-the-day might make them popular in the near-term. History will judge the long-term, and core principles will matter in ways we cannot predict.) The careerist ethic of ‘plausible deniability’ has to end; career bureaucrats need to be held accountable; to not outlast their intransgressions so as to stop embedding-and-spreading their sin of omission, sin of obfuscation, and other techniques that allow avoidance of responsibility.

    With the great power of being a bureaucrat (whether at a leadership desk like Lois Lerner, or a worker-bee desk like the IT person(s) who happily (or nervously) continue to accept being paid while knowingly being quiet to their bosses’ directions to Ignore Established Records Procedure as well ignore common sense of cybersecurity, or on the streets like the Police, or on the streets like the ’15-minutes of fame’ citizens who may cleverly and manipulatively incite a situation to get video for their own agenda purposes (Rolling Stones assault story, Michael Brown Ferguson distortions, Duke false rape accusations — reporting to propogate a storyline-to-politics Agenda instead of allowing true facts to emerge) comes great responsibility.

    We give our Govt Employees power, We need to expected them to be responsibility Actors of that power.

    Comment by Cornfed — March 25, 2017 @ 12:28 pm

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