Of course not.Just people they considered their political enemies or even potential enemies.I’m looking here;there are at least 6 instances where the Obama administration either abused the power of the federal government or abused the power of the federal government & spied on American citizens [beyond a shadow of a doubt].
The question should be, why wouldn’t the Obama administration weaponize the intel agencies & permit them to spy on Trump?
- [the] IRS
- Dinesh D souza
- Sharyl Attkisson
- James Rosen
For someone who invoked the right to remain silent,Lerner did far too much talking in her own defense.
D’Souza was charged with one count of illegally donating to a Senate campaign and one count of causing false statements to be made to authorities in connection with the contributions.
“D’Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, wilfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process. Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime – here with a felony conviction,” then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement in September 2014.
In 2012, the Federal Election Campaign Act limited campaign contributions to $5,000 from “any individual to any one candidate,” the indictment stated.
D’Souza gave Long $5,000 from himself and another $5,000 from his wife in March 2012. Months later, he asked others — an assistant and romantic interest — to donate to Long’s campaign on behalf of themselves and their spouses, promising to later reimburst them $20,000 in cash, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement online.
“When confronted by Ms. Long, D’Souza initially misled the candidate before admitting what he had done,” the statement adds.
D’Souza’s actions caused the campaign committee to submit “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements” to the Federal Election Commission regarding the sources of the campaign contributions.
In total, Long’s campaign raised less than $1 million for her losing fight against now Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., The Washington Post reported.
As a result, D’Souza was sentenced to five years probation, eight months in a “community confinement center,” weekly counseling sessions and given a $30,000 fine.Most cases carry only a fine.
President Trump granted D’ Souza a full pardon. D’ Souza is best known for his often controversial documentaries. Obama’s America 2016 was the first documentary D’Souza released,based on his novel of the same title.
Death of a Nation was the last documentary D’Souza released.
Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has long alleged that somebody hacked into her computers to spy on her while she was writing articles critical of the Obama Administration. Computer security experts retained by CBS News support her claims. She told the story at length in her recent book, “Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington.”
In case it wasn’t clear who she thinks the obstructing, intimidating, and harassing forces monkeying around with her computers were, Attkisson has now filed a $35 million lawsuit against the Obama administration, specifically the Justice Department and the Postal Service. Howard Kurtz at Fox News reports:
In a series of legal filings that seek $35 million in damages, Attkisson alleges that three separate computer forensic exams showed that hackers used sophisticated methods to surreptitiously monitor her work between 2011 and 2013.
“I just think it’s important to send a message that people shouldn’t be victimized and throw up their hands and think there’s nothing they can do and they’re powerless,” Attkisson said in an interview.
The department has steadfastly denied any involvement in the hacking, saying in a 2013 statement: “To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer, or other media device she may own or use.”
In the lawsuit and related claims against the Postal Service, filed in Washington, Attkisson says the intruders installed and periodically refreshed software to steal data and obtain passwords on her home and work computers. She also charges that the hackers monitored her audio using a Skype account.
The award-winning reporter says she and her attorneys have “pretty good evidence” that these efforts were “connected” to the Justice Department. She said she was caught in a “Catch-22,” forcing her to use the lawsuit and an administrative complaint to discover more about the surveillance through the discovery process and to learn the identities of the “John Does” named in the complaints.
“The Justice Department has not been very forthcoming with questions,” she said. “The question is, will anybody ever be held responsible?”
this lawsuit is intended as an extension of her long Freedom of Information Act battle with the Most Transparent Administration In History, with which conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch assisting her. Attkisson and Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit in the District of Columbia to obtain records pertaining to the Justice Department’s investigation of her. “We are proud to represent Sharyl Attkisson, an independent journalist, who has a demonstrated track record of refusing to play the Washington media insiders’ game that covers up or covers over public corruption stories such as Fast and Furious,” said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
Fitton refers to the astonishingly under-reported scandal in which American guns were deliberately pushed across the border by the Obama Administration for the ostensible purpose of tracing the weapons to drug cartels and taking down the bosses… except without any effort whatsoever in the “tracing the weapons” part of the plan. The program was abruptly shut down after it led to the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. It’s a story President Obama didn’t want his friends in the press to dig into, so the vast majority of them didn’t, even though it ultimately led to the historic congressional censure of Attorney General Eric Holder.
A previous FOIA adventure by Attkisson and Judicial Watch uncovered emails in which AG Holder’s top press aide described her as “out of control” to White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz and discussed getting in touch with her editors at CBS News, along with senior on-air personality Bob Scheiffer of Face the Nation, to put pressure on the intrepid reporter. This behind-the-scenes Administration/media freak-out was prompted by Attkisson investigating Operation Fast and Furious — the rest of the media was easily convinced Fast and Furious wasn’t a big story.
Attkisson and Judicial Watch filed their latest FOIA suits after learning that the FBI was supposedly conducting an investigation into the hacking of her computers
… but “they never told me they opened the case, never interviewed me, and won’t produce material relevant to the case or the case file”
as she told the Washington Examiner…
AP and James Rosen
The Associated Press phone snooping scandal is still simmering. But now, adding fuel to the fire, another egregious example of the government spying on American reporters has been disclosed.
The Washington Post reports that James Rosen, the chief Washington correspondent for Fox News, was subjected to intense government monitoring as part of an investigation into possible leaks of classified information about North Korea in 2009. The intrusion on Rosen was more severe than that of the AP reporters, whose phone call records were grabbed as part of a separate national security leaks investigation. According to court documents, two days’ worth of Rosen’s personal e-mails, documents, and attachments stored in a Gmail account were seized as were all his historic emails to a Yahoo account used by the alleged source, State Dept. security adviser Stephen Jin-Woo Kim. The feds obtained authorization to seize information showing Rosen’s communication with “any other source” related to the leak and also demanded Google turn over IP addresses and other metadata stored by the reporter’s Gmail account. In addition, investigators tracked Rosen’s movements to and from the State Department using security badge access records, and the timings of his calls with Jin-Woo Kim were traced.
According to a bombshell Wall Street Journal article by Adam Entous and Danny Yadron, published online late Monday, the National Security Agency provided the White House with intercepted Israeli communications containing details of private discussions between Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. lawmakers and American Jewish groups on the Iran nuclear deal.
According to the Journal story, President Obama did not halt NSA spying against Netanyahu. This is not a surprise, given the president’s chilly relations with the Israeli leader and Israel’s aggressive spying against the United States. It’s also not a surprise that the Obama administration sought intelligence on Netanyahu’s efforts to undermine the nuclear deal. But it is stunning to learn that NSA sent the White House intelligence on private discussions with U.S. congressmen on a major policy dispute between the White House and Congress.
According to the Journal article, to avoid a paper trail that would show that they wanted the NSA to report on Netanyahu’s interactions with Congress, Obama officials decided to let the agency decide how much of this intelligence to provide and what to withhold. The article cited an unnamed U.S. official who explained, “We didn’t say, ‘Do it.’ We didn’t say, ‘Don’t do it.’”
A CHANGE IN RULES AT THE NSA
Remember this one? As they were getting ready to go out the door,the Obama administration finalized new rules that allowed the National Security Agency to share information it gleaned from its vast international surveillance apparatus with the 16 other agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community.
With the new changes, which were long in the works, those agencies can apply for access to various feeds of raw, undoctored NSA intelligence. Analysts will then be able to sift through the contents of those feeds as they see fit, before implementing required privacy protections. Previously, the NSA applied those privacy protections itself, before forwarding select pieces of information to agencies that might need to see them.
The updated procedures multiplied the number of intelligence analysts who have access to NSA surveillance, which is captured in large quantities and often isn’t subject to warrant requirements.
Mike Rogers blew the whistle on anomalies at NSA and likely informed President elect Trump he was being spied on.Trump moved his operation out of Trump Tower almost immediately.The Obama administration then fired Rogers noting that his spot in the position was questionable anyway. Chances are it was the secret trip to see President elect Trump.The 3 events;Rogers visiting Trump,Trump moving his transition team out of Trump Tower and Rogers termination were not mere coincidences.
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Why is @TheJusticeDept still using your tax $ to fight Attkisson v. DOJ for govt. computer intrusions– instead of providing justice?
Full video here: https://t.co/mpa7CHbZz7
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— Sharyl Attkisson🕵️♂️ (@SharylAttkisson) May 15, 2019
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