Clapper says spying on Trump ‘A Legitimate Activity’

 

Talk about having to chew on leather. The CNN interview with Clapper is almost more than one can bear. So spying is now called patriotic? You jest Clapper. The unbelievable is that there are those who are drinking the Kool-Aid. I conclude with the clip, but first let me connect the dots of payments made to spy Halpern:

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says President Trump’s call for the Justice Department to find out if the FBI spied on his campaign is “not good for the country.”

Cuomo asked why the bureau did not come to the campaign openly, instead of monitoring it in secret.

“This is one of many techniques you can use” to determine whether there being foreign interference in the election, Clapper replied.“

In fact, we ought to think of it as part of the effort of the FBI to keep the nation safe and secure and protect our voting process,” he said later. More at Daily Caller

Now let’s connect the dots:

Page and Halper first met at an election-themed symposium held at Cambridge on July 11 and 12, 2016, several days after Page’s now-infamous speech at the New Economic School in Moscow.

Halper approached Page on the sidelines of the event, and the pair struck up what Page thought to be a friendship. Page told TheDCNF that he stayed in touch with Halper for 14 months, through September 2017.

The FBI and the Justice Department relied heavily on the unverified dossier to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants against Page. The first surveillance warrant was granted on Oct. 21, 2016.

They were renewed in January, early April and late June 2017.The fourth and final spy warrant against Page expired in Sept. 2017, the same month Page and Halper fell out of contact.

Ed: So the the payments end at the time Halper contact ended.

More at Daily Caller

Payments made to Halper: Halper was paid a total of $1,058,161 USD by the US government as follows:

HQ003416P0148 Sept 27, 2016 541720 $282,295 Classified
HQ003416P0148 July 26, 2017 541720 $129,280 Classified

 

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Joe DiGenova: John Brennan Was Behind the Set Up of Trump

 

 

One has to wonder why a former head of the CIA, John Brennan found it necessary to become a political operative for anything anti-Trump. Throw in Clapper former Director of the NSA as well. These two thugs that have been relentless in their attacks. Why you ask? Perhaps we are getting closer to figuring out. Since yesterday’s post was such a hit,

Mueller may have very dirty hands with link to Russian Oligarch

Let’s try another Laura Ingraham:

Former US Attorney Joe DiGenova joined Laura Ingraham Tuesday night on The Ingraham Angle to discuss the latest developments in Mueller Special Counsel witch hunt.

Joe DiGenova told Laura that former CIA Chief John Brennan was the head of the group of people who were creating the fake counter intelligence investigation of Donald Trump.

That may explain John Brennan’s continued threats against this president.
On Monday Brennan blamed President Trump for Hamas terror operations.

From last night’s interview:

Joe DiGenova: It was abundantly clear that there was no legitimate basis even for a counter intelligence investigation, let alone a criminal investigation. It is quite obvious that John Brennan was at the head of the group of people who were going to create a counter intelligence investigation against Trump by creating false information that was going to be fed through Carter Page and fed through George Papadopoulos so that it would be picked up, reported back to Washington and provide the basis for a counter, a fake, counter intelligence investigation and it was all Brennan’s doing. And that is why the Justice Department is viciously fighting, revealing everything they can about the source in London who everybody knows the identity of.

Laura Ingraham: Explain the source in London.

Joe DiGenova: The source in London was another person who was feeding false information to George Papadopoulos and others about collusion which did not exist.

 

 H/T:Gateway Pundit

 

Clapper, Tapper Have ‘Serious Problem’ If they Leaked Info about Dossier

 

The noose is making a slow turn and the question is will we nail Clapper? The little weasel deserves it, and Tapper may be in big trouble. Paging Jeff Sessions. Included is an excellent analysis by Jonathan Turley.

Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley said that James Clapper could have a “serious problem” legally if he leaked information to CNN about the Trump-Russia dossier.

Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, said in a March 12 CNN interview that he had no contact with anyone from the media until after he left the government.

The House Intelligence Committee, though, found in a heavily redacted report that he provided “inconsistent testimony” about his contacts with the media regarding information leaks.

 

More at Fox News

‘Jake Tapper may want to lawyer-up’: House report exposes CNN reporter as potential participant in ‘political espionage’

The report released Friday by the House Intelligence Committee regarding its investigation into alleged Russian collusion by the president’s election campaign appears to contain a stunning truth bomb about CNN host Jake Tapper: He may have participated in political espionage, according to one high-profile attorney.

In early 2017 he allowed then-National Intelligence Director James Clapper to leak information to him about the infamous Trump dossier and about a high-level government meeting held between then-President-elect Donald Trump and then-FBI Director James Comey.

“Clapper’s discussion with Tapper took place in early January 2017, around the time IC [intelligence community] leaders briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump, on” the dossier, the report specifically reads.

Afterward Tapper and three of his colleagues published a story containing the information Clapper had provided him, including info about the highly classified dossier.

 More at Biz Pac Review

 

 

Why are U.S. retired spies now in the limelight?

 

As former CIA and FBI people froth at the mouth, it’s good to recall this is not the way it was or is supposed to be. NPR did a good piece and worth a look. I’ll include a couple of the greatest hits from the deepest of the deep State. Trump must be getting very close to disrupting the activities of the Deep State for them to come up and out of their hedge row. Maybe they were so sure they would continue in power with the election of Hillary and their corruption pattern insured? Maybe it’s a temper tantrum that after a life time of power they are the ones condemned to the dust bin of history.

When Michael Hayden ran the CIA and the National Security Agency, his public comments were largely confined to congressional testimony. Now that he’s retired, “I’m on Twitter and I’m on CNN,” said Hayden.

He was also the featured guest as dozens of former national security officials and several current ones spoke at a recent conference on threats the U.S. faces.

Spies used to retire and fade away as quietly as when they were on duty. Now they go on cable TV. They write op-eds. They take to Twitter and criticize the president.

John Brennan, an ex-CIA chief, has tweeted just 25 times.Yet he’s amassed more than 220,000 followers by lambasting the president in comments like this one below, unleashed last month, when FBI official Andrew McCabe was fired. More at  NPR

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin admits the truth – Collusion is not a crime

 

So where are we going with this Russia, Russia, Russia thing? Alan Dershowitz been saying right along that even if the Russians were involved in some way, Collusion is not a crime. And so the actors play out their parts in this dance down at the swamp. Why is this being permitted? Meanwhile good old Clapper is out there trying to protect his butt.

 

NSA stores metadata on millions of Americans for one year

Let’s not let this story get away from us. The IRS scandal pales in comparison to this one.  First an update that indeed every keystroke that every single American makes, the NSA is keeping track. Cass Sunstein and Richard Clarke have their long evil fingers in this. And the best part:

“This tool offers the ability to export the data in a variety of formats, as well as create various charts to assist in pattern-of-life development.” ED: In other words,looking at any of those annoying Tea Party folks, gun clingers, or the vast right-wing conspiracy types will be a nice start.

Via Guardian:

The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top-secret documents reveal.

Metadata provides a record of almost anything a user does online, from browsing history – such as map searches and websites visited – to account details, email activity, and even some account passwords. This can be used to build a detailed picture of an individual’s life.

The Obama administration has repeatedly stated that the NSA keeps only the content of messages and communications of people it is intentionally targeting – but internal documents reveal the agency retains vast amounts of metadata.

An introductory guide to digital network intelligence for NSA field agents, included in documents disclosed by former contractor Edward Snowden, describes the agency’s metadata repository, codenamed Marina. Any computer metadata picked up by NSA collection systems is routed to the Marina database, the guide explains. Phone metadata is sent to a separate system.

“The Marina metadata application tracks a user’s browser experience, gathers contact information/content and develops summaries of target,” the analysts’ guide explains. “This tool offers the ability to export the data in a variety of formats, as well as create various charts to assist in pattern-of-life development.”

The guide goes on to explain Marina’s unique capability: “Of the more distinguishing features, Marina has the ability to look back on the last 365 days’ worth of DNI metadata seen by the Sigint collection system, regardless whether or not it was tasked for collection.”

Keep reading

Earlier posts for more on the “review panel” Obama packs NSA review panel with cronies and James Clapper and his NSA ‘task force’ review panel Part two

The President called for the creation of an “independent” task force with “outside experts” to make sure “there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used.” Less than two days later, the White House followed up with a press release announcing the task force would be led by Gen. Clapper and would also report to him.

What’s even worse: the task force was not tasked with looking at any abuse. It was told to focus on how to “protect our national security and advance our foreign policy.” And just this week, ABC News reported the task force will be full of thorough Washington insiders—not “outside experts.”

For instance, one (Richard Clarke) has advocated the Department of Homeland Security be allowed to scan all Internet traffic going in and out of the US.

And another, while a noted legal scholar on regulatory issues, has written a paper (Cass Sunstein) about government campaigns to infiltrate online groups and activists. In one good act, the White House selected Peter Swire to be on the task force. Swire is a professor at Georgia Tech and has served as the White House’s first ever Chief Privacy Officer. Recently, he signed an amicus brief in a case against the NSA spying by the Electronic Privacy Information Center arguing that the NSA’s telephony metadata program is illegal under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. Despite this, and at the end of a day, a task force led by General Clapper full of insiders—and not directed to look at the extensive abuse—will never get at the bottom of the unconstitutional spying.

Full story over at EFF and why this whole thing is a sham.

The  Video below: Clapper To Oversee The NSA Surveillance Review?

I mean REALLY? Oh wow. Let’s have the director of the National Security, to oversee the ‘outside experts’ overseeing the NSA, you are right, can’t make this stuff up!

James Clapper and his NSA ‘task force’ review panel Part two

As promised yesterday, a follow up to the fine fellows who along with Cass Sunstein have been charged by Obama as an “Independent” task force to oversee our NSA. Richard Clarke should be considered equally an anathema to liberty.

The Clapper Investigation: Overseen by a Man Accused of Lying to Congress

The second investigation was announced by President Obama in a Friday afternoon news conference. The President called for the creation of an “independent” task force with “outside experts” to make sure “there absolutely is no abuse in terms of how these surveillance technologies are used.” Less than two days later, the White House followed up with a press release announcing the task force would be led by Gen. Clapper and would also report to him.

What’s even worse: the task force was not tasked with looking at any abuse. It was told to focus on how to “protect our national security and advance our foreign policy.” And just this week, ABC News reported the task force will be full of thorough Washington insiders—not “outside experts.”

For instance, one (Richard Clarke) has advocated the Department of Homeland Security be allowed to scan all Internet traffic going in and out of the US.

And another, while a noted legal scholar on regulatory issues, has written a paper (Cass Sunstein) about government campaigns to infiltrate online groups and activists. In one good act, the White House selected Peter Swire to be on the task force. Swire is a professor at Georgia Tech and has served as the White House’s first ever Chief Privacy Officer. Recently, he signed an amicus brief in a case against the NSA spying by the Electronic Privacy Information Center arguing that the NSA’s telephony metadata program is illegal under Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act. Despite this, and at the end of a day, a task force led by General Clapper full of insiders—and not directed to look at the extensive abuse—will never get at the bottom of the unconstitutional spying.

Full story over at EFF and why this whole thing is a sham.

Richard Clarke:

Under Customs authority, the Department of Homeland Security could inspect what enters and exits the United States in cyberspace. Customs already looks online for child pornography crossing our virtual borders. And under the Intelligence Act, the president could issue a finding that would authorize agencies to scan Internet traffic outside the United States and seize sensitive files stolen from within our borders.

And this does not have to endanger citizens’ privacy rights. Indeed, Mr. Obama could build in protections like appointing an empowered privacy advocate who could stop abuses or any activity that went beyond halting the theft of important files.

If Congress will not act to protect America’s companies from Chinese cyberthreats, President Obama must.

Cass Sunstein: See yesterday’s post: Obama packs NSA review panel with cronies

 Cass Sunstein wrote a lengthy academic papersuggesting the government should “infiltrate” social network websites, chat rooms and message boards.

Such “cognitive infiltration,” Sunstein argued, should be used to enforce a U.S. government ban on “conspiracy theorizing.”

Among the beliefs Sunstein classified as a “conspiracy theory” is advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud.

While the DHS may be monitoring websites for security reasons, Sunstein advocated such actions with another goal in mind.

Sunstein’s official title is administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

As WND was first to report, in a 2008 Harvard law paper, “Conspiracy Theories,” Sunstein and co-author Adrian Vermeule, a Harvard law professor, ask, “What can government do about conspiracy theories?”

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