‘FBI totally unable to stop national security leakers’ – Trump

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US President Donald Trump has hit out at the FBI for failing to stop the leaking of national security information to the press.

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READ MORE: ‘CIA leaks like a sieve, Obama’s holdovers should be probed’ – Roger Stone, former Trump adviser

Trump blasted the organization in a two-part tweet, saying it couldn’t even stop leakers within its own ranks.

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Trump has publicly lambasted the media several times in recent weeks over MSM allegations he was struggling to work with his cabinet. Information leaked to the press led to the resignation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn over his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak.

Flynn’s resignation came after The New York Times reported that officials close to Vice President Mike Pence said Flynn was suspected of omitting details of his conversations with Kislyak, when speaking to the VP. The Washington Post reported that Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and a national security official told White House Counsel Donald McGahn that Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail from the Russians.

“Well the leaks are real… the news is fake because so much of the news is fake,” Trump told a press conference when questioned about the leaks.

READ MORE: ‘Leaks real, the news is fake’: Reporters hit out at Trump trashing of media

Last week Trump tweeted that “low-life leakers” would be caught, telling reporters on the same day that he had “called the Justice Department to look into the leaks.”

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Obama, Brennan, Clapper, Rhodes Responsible For Trump Leaks – Lt Col Tony Shaffer

By Rick Wells

Army Lieutenant Colonel Tony Shaffer is clear in pointing the finger of blame directly at who he sees as being responsible for the leaks that are plaguing the Trump White House and which were used to construct a narrative that eventually resulted in the removal General Michael Flynn.

He’s asked in a Tuesday interview on the Fox Business Channel about the leaks of information regarding phone calls the President had with the leaders of Australian and Mexico and the variety of Russian hacking and meddling allegations, “Are leaks by Obama officials the problem?”

Shaffer answers immediately, “Absolutely, and I put this right at the feet of John Brennan and Jim Clapper. And I would even go so far as to say the White House was directly involved before they left. I’d put this in the forum of Ben Rhodes and those folks. Let’s be clear on this. I’ve watched this very carefully, the coverage.

Shaffer says, “And when you have NBC reporting that they’ve talked to six officials who have seen the transcript, someone is basically giving away both sensitive methods, the fact that they read a communication that was intercepted by sensitive methods. And more importantly, they’re saying that they saw this information which was beyond top secret, which tells me that clearly, someone had to have access to that and that is a key issue. Who leaked that information?”

Shaffer notes, “The implication made by these officials to NBC and these other outlets was that there was something sinister in it, which, I agree with Sean Spicer. I don’t believe for a minute that there was anything in there that was illegal. Mike Flynn is a pretty smart guy. He knows his phone calls are probably going to be intercepted or reviewed at some point. I’m sure he talked about sanctions but not in the way that it was portrayed by the left.”

Col Shaffer says the bottom line is that the White House will have to find out what Mike Flynn did or did not say. Let’s remember that this is an issue, apparently, between the Vice President and Mike Flynn. And let’s remember that when a White House is settling in you’re going to have a lot of personality conflicts pop up. Maybe there’s something here we’re missing on that.”

Shaffer points out that during the period in question, General Flynn was calling all of the leaders he was going to have to be dealing with. He says he doesn’t believe for a minute this was a Logan Act violation. This was one thing that was said, “Hey, when we roll in, when we’re in charge, this will all be revisited. That’s it and he has that right to say that.”

He’s asked if he would support an independent probe into General Flynn and the leaks, to which Shaffer replies, “Oh yeah. Oh yeah, because the fingers that they are going to be finding are pointing back at the former White House and some Democrats. The Democrats have been behind this and I would go so far to say some of the Republicans have also been involved in some of the leaks, so bring it on. I think it’s a good idea and I think, like we saw in the Detroit recount, when they were recounting Michigan’s votes, turned out to be voter fraud in all of these Democrat precincts. I think it’s what we’re going to find here, so go right ahead.”

 

‘Democrats & neocon warmongers formed unholy alliance against Trump’

One should be quite skeptical about the “leaks” coming from “unnamed officials,” former FBI agent Coleen Rowley has warned since its common practice to spread misinformation through “journalists, who are cozy with the CIA and other top officials.”

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The media’s reaction to the so-called “leaks” on alleged connections between Trump’s team and Russia shows that we live in a “very surreal moment,” since the same people who have been calling for prosecutions and even executions of the well-known whistleblowers are now praising as heroes those “unnamed officials” who leak information of questionable authenticity, Coleen Rowley told RT.

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“It’s surreal to have called for the death and prosecutions of Manning, and Snowden and Julian Assange and many other whistleblowers. And you had many people piling on, calling them traitors and they were actually very good whistleblowers. And now, when you have other leaks the same people who thought they were traitors are saying they are heroes for giving out this information,” Rowley said.

It is essential to be able to distinguish between a real whistleblower and leaker, since the former are motivated by a desire to do society a service, uncovering wrongdoings of the government, while the latter pursue their own agenda and might even plant completely fabricated information.

“The motivation of the person disclosing the information greatly matters. It’s actually what distinguishes a whistleblower from a leaker and even from someone like Scooter Libby who was planting false information. And these things all got blurred together,” Rowley told RT.

Leaks are powerful tools in information warfare, which is a waged to fuel real wars across the globe by a part of the US establishment in cooperation with powerful military, industrial and surveillance complex, which simply need to sell their products. The useful misinformation is routinely being spread through “journalists, who are cozy with the CIA and other top officials,” Rowley believes.

“The most pernicious aspect is that this is now information warfare, which is now geared towards… launching more wars. It’s exactly where we were back when Scooter Libby went to the New York Times and planted the false information about the [Saddam Hussein’s] uranium tubes,” Rowley said.

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“I think that is the worst aspect of what is going on, and I think it’s accomplished in a lot of different ways. We need to reduce secrecy, but we need to be able to weigh and analyze the real truthful evidence that’s out there. Right now we have leaks, but we still haven’t seen any documents. The public still doesn’t know the full truth of this.”

The situation is quite alarming, since military industry hawks, craving wars have formed an “unholy alliance” with the Democrats, who want revenge for Hillary Clinton’s loss in the presidential elections, Rowley said. Such an alliance harms both international security and the power structure in the US.

“We’re living in this moment when we have a polarized government in Washington DC, extremely polarized. The media has taken sides with the Democrats and actually some of the neo-con warmongers. It’s really an unholy alliance,” Rowley said.

“It’s debatable as to who’s actually in power right now. We’re supposed to have three equal and separate branches, but I think it’s a good question as to whether the executive, as you know would be Trump’s administration, or the legislative along with the deep-state, which includes the media. I don’t know who’s actually in power.”

COULTER: House passed SIX Obamacare repeals when Obama was president! Now NOTHING…

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Let’s compare what President Trump has accomplished since the inauguration (with that enormous crowd!) with what congressional Republicans have done.

In the past three weeks, Trump has: staffed the White House, sent a dozen Cabinet nominees to the Senate, browbeat Boeing into cutting its price on a government contract, harangued American CEOs into keeping their plants in the United States, imposed a terrorist travel ban, met with foreign leaders and nominated a Supreme Court justice, among many other things.

(And still our hero finds time to torment the media with his tweets!)

What have congressional Republicans been doing? Scrapbooking?

More than 90 percent of congressional Republicans kept their jobs after the 2016 election, so you can cross “staffing an entire branch of government” off the list. Only the Senate confirms nominees, which they’ve been doing at a snail’s pace, so they’ve got loads of free time — and the House has no excuse at all.

Where’s the Obamacare repeal? Where are the hearings featuring middle-class Americans with no health insurance because it was made illegal by Obamacare?

The House passed six Obamacare repeals when Obama was president and there was no chance of them being signed into law. Back then, Republicans were full of vim and vigor! But the moment Trump became president, the repeals came to a screeching halt.

After the inauguration (gigantic!), House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put out a plan for repealing Obamacare … in 200 days. They actually gave their legislative agenda this inspiring title: “The Two Hundred Day Plan.”

TWO HUNDRED DAYS!

What was in the last six Obamacare repeals? If we looked, would we find “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” carefully typed out 1 million times? Seriously, what does Paul Ryan’s day look like?

This is the Silence of the Lambs Congress. They’re utterly silent, emerging from the House gym or their three-hour lunches only to scream to the press about Trump.

To the delight of the media, these frightened little lambs are appalled by nearly everything Trump does. They’ve been especially throaty about Trump’s temporary travel ban from seven terrorist nations — as designated by the Obama administration (and by everybody else who hasn’t been in a deep freeze in a Finnish crevasse for the past decade).

Just like the six Obamacare repeals, a refugee ban was already written and passed by one house of Congress. Then suddenly: the Silence of the Lambs. McConnell and Ryan are hiding under their desks, as Trump is being attacked from every side.

Way, way back, 15 long months ago, congressional Republicans didn’t have a problem with a total ban on Syrian and Iraqi refugees. Not for a mere three months like Trump’s order — but permanently, unless the director of the FBI, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the director of national intelligence personally certified that a particular refugee posed no danger to the U.S.

That bill passed the House with an overwhelming, veto-proof majority, including 47 Democrats. Then it went to the Senate to die.

But when President Trump imposed a comparatively mild three-month ban on immigrants from Syria, Iraq and five other terrorist nations, the same Republicans who had voted for a limitless ban on refugees whiled away their days calling reporters to denounce Trump.

A little more than a year ago, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, bragged in a press release that he had introduced the House’s refugee ban, calling it a bill that would “protect Americans from ISIS.”

But when it came to Trump’s three-month pause, McCaul told the Post that Trump’s order “went too far.”

I guess that ISIS problem just sort of faded away. (Or maybe we should check with Mrs. McCaul, inasmuch as it’s her family money that makes Rep. McCaul one of the richest members of Congress.)

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., who voted for the House’s permanent refugee ban, demanded that Trump immediately rescind his travel ban, babbling on about the “many, many nuances of immigration policy” — which he must have learned about on one of his congressional jaunts to a Las Vegas casino.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., said that Trump’s order “overreaches and undermines our constitutional system.” Evidently, he was suddenly struck by the realization that it’s “not lawful to ban immigrants on the basis of nationality,” despite having voted to ban refugees on the basis of nationality just 15 months earlier. (I’m OK with this, provided the Syrians, Somalis and Yemenis are sent to live on Justin’s street after being told about his support for gay marriage.)

Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Ben Sasse, R-Neb., both rushed to The Washington Post with this refreshingly original point: NOT ALL MUSLIMS ARE TERRORISTS! Why, thank you, senators! Where would the GOP be without you?

The Post also quoted spokesmen — spokesmen! — for Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah, Rob Portman of Ohio and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina complaining about not having been briefed on Trump’s order. The senators themselves were far too busy to talk to the press because they were — wait, what were they doing again? Words With Friends? Decoupage?

Since the election, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., has been mostly occupied polishing his anti-Trump quotations to get a pat on the head from an admiring media. He complained about Trump’s order, saying it was “poorly implemented” and that he had to find out about it from reporters. (I wonder why.)

This is the moment we’ve been waiting for our entire lives, but Republicans in Congress refuse to do the people’s will. Their sole, driving obsession is to see Trump fail.

I am not presently calling for these useless, narcissistic, Trump-bashing Republicans to be defeated in their re-election bids, but they’re on my Watch List. To be cleared, they can start by getting off the phone with The Washington Post and passing one of those six Obamacare repeal bills.

 

Dobbs – Trump Must Purge State Dept, Come Down Hard On Intel Agencies – Soon

By Rick Wells

Lou Dobbs has a few thoughts on “the left’s war on President Trump and the left’s actions are arguably nearing sedition. President Trump today slammed leakers following the resignation of General Michael Flynn as his National Security Adviser.” The President tweeted “the real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by ‘intelligence’ like candy. Very un-American!”

Dobbs notes, “The President also praised columnist Eli Lake who says bureaucrats and former Obama officials are possibly behind these leaks.” He plays a clip of the Lake comments, following that up with his view that, “I believe we’re witnessing a full on assault by the left here, the establishment, the left-wing national media, all working to bring down the Trump administration.”

“In fact, a new analysis shows,” says Dobbs, “the network morning shows devoting 18 times the amount of coverage to a so-called White House crisis compared to the illegal leaks. Republican leaders also failing to speak out forcefully against those leaks and the leakers. But the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is calling for the leakers, the nine unnamed current and former officials cited by the Washington Post, to be jailed.”

Dobbs goes further, saying, “President Trump, in my opinion, must end tenure for federal workers, must purge the State Department, and bring both the State Department and our intelligence community under the control of this President. To not do so and not do so quickly will only createmore opportunities for obstructionism and put in jeopardy the entire Trump agenda, if not Mr. Trump’s Presidency itself.

OBAMA EXPANDED NSA POWERS DAYS BEFORE LEAVING OFFICE, NOW THEY’RE BEING USED TO SABOTAGE TRUMP

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Paul Joseph Watson – FEBRUARY 16, 2017

After President Trump won the election, Obama quietly expanded the NSA’s ability to spy on innocent Americans just days before leaving office.

Seeing as how the deep state, which includes the NSA and FBI, appear to be leaking all of Trump’s private phone calls with foreign leaders and took down General Michael Flynn by spying on his calls and leaking them to their friends in The Washington Post and The New York Times, the story is being looked at in a completely new light.

As the The New York Times reported on January 12th:

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.


Trump questioned whether the NSA and FBI were behind a multitude of leaks handed to the New York Times and Washington Post.

The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch signed the new rules, permitting the N.S.A. to disseminate “raw signals intelligence information,” on Jan. 3, after the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., signed them on Dec. 15, according to a 23-page, largely declassified copy of the procedures.

These are Obama loyalists who reports suggest may have worked to sabotage Trump by ousting Flynn in order to preserve Obama’s Iran deal.

Previously, the N.S.A. filtered information before sharing intercepted communications with another agency, like the C.I.A. or the intelligence branches of the F.B.I. and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The N.S.A.’s analysts passed on only information they deemed pertinent, screening out the identities of innocent people and irrelevant personal information.

Now, other intelligence agencies will be able to search directly through raw repositories of communications intercepted by the N.S.A. and then apply such rules for “minimizing” privacy intrusions.

“This is not expanding the substantive ability of law enforcement to get access to signals intelligence,” said Robert S. Litt, the general counsel to Mr. Clapper. “It is simply widening the aperture for a larger number of analysts, who will be bound by the existing rules.”

But Patrick Toomey, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the move an erosion of rules intended to protect the privacy of Americans when their messages are caught by the N.S.A.’s powerful global collection methods. He noted that domestic internet data was often routed or stored abroad, where it may get vacuumed up without court oversight.

“Rather than dramatically expanding government access to so much personal data, we need much stronger rules to protect the privacy of Americans,” Mr. Toomey said. “Seventeen different government agencies shouldn’t be rooting through Americans’ emails with family members, friends and colleagues, all without ever obtaining a warrant.”

Is this what happened to Flynn?

Is this why Trump’s calls with foreign leaders are being illegally leaked to the press in order to sabotage his presidency?

It sure as hell looks like that’s the case.

Remember, the point at which Donald Trump broke away from the pack and secured his victory during the primaries was when the Colorado GOP decided to deny Americans their right to vote and handed Ted Cruz all the state’s delegates, then tweeted: “We did it. #NeverTrump.”

A very similar story is now happening with the deep state’s open sabotage. Even though Americans came out in droves to elect a populist leader promising massive change, the deep state is sabotaging his presidency to prevent him from implementing the agenda his supporters voted for.

The Colorado GOP’s act of sabotage backfired spectacularly and was the turning point which secured Trump and his supporters their victory, if this deep state sabotage is exposed just the same, this too could be the turning point which sinks the establishment and secures our populist revolution.