Former CIA officer Ray McGovern and NSA whistleblower William Binney have an article out on the Surveillance State behind Russia-gate. While Donald Trump may not have been accurate in his use of the word, “wiretapped” when claiming that his campaign and Trump Tower were wiretapped, he is right that he was being “surveilled,” or spied on by the national security state.
Adam Dick, of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, writes that Rep. Devin Nunes has revealed that, quoting Nunes, “on numerous occasions the intelligence community incidentally collected information about US citizens involved in the Trump transition” and that “details about US persons associated with the incoming administration — details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value — were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.”
As I wrote in this recent post, NSA and the British GCHQ and thousands of private contractors with “clearance” have been spying and prying and sharing data on innocent people for years. But what do they do with all the data? I’m sure they behave like angels, as all bureaucrats and their little minions do.
In a related matter, I find it very difficult to believe that Rep. Adam Schiff and other Congresspeople and many in the mainstream media really believe that Putin and the Russian regime either hacked the DNC or voting machines and/or “colluded” with members of the Trump campaign to manipulate election outcomes. After ALL the subsequent information that has come out, including former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Meet the Press stating that the intelligence community had no evidence to prove “collusions,” but they concluded that anyway (based on their own political agenda, of course). And also FBI director James Comey and NSA director Mike Rogers stating they had no evidence to prove that election machines were tampered with to change the outcome of the election.
And the WikiLeaks releases that included documents revealing the CIA’s ability to hack computers and leave a “fingerprint” belonging to others (such as Russians, if it wanted to). Which may have been the way that DNC email hacking (if it was, in fact, hacked in the first place) showed a possible “Russian fingerprint.”
Do Schiff et al., and Scott Pelley and Todd Chuck et al. really not know about all those revelations, and thus continue to do stories of “Russia hacking the election” or “Russia colluding with the Trump campaign,” based on ignorance? Or are they knowingly promoting that false narrative, i.e. “fake news,” for the purpose of propaganda? (But hey, since when do network news people ever engage in propaganda?)
But there may be an ulterior motive in these Congresspeople & media colluders’ pushing their fake news agenda: Justin Raimondo notes that those pushing the “Russia influenced the election” false narrative may also try to go after “far-right” websites such as Breitbart and Infowars, in the same way that the McCarthy witch-hunters went after communists or communist-sympathizers.
Prof. (Philip) Howard’s research tells us that “misinformation” (i.e. opinions Howard doesn’t agree with) is being spread via “computational propaganda,” and that this is a Bad Thing since it creates “distrust among voters.” And it isn’t just Trump-bots the Professor is “concerned” about: in the run up to the Brexit referendum (and guess which side he was on!) he warned that Brexit-bots were spreading similar “misinformation.” Howard and other concern-trolls from academia moan that these automated bots could “sway” elections – but, then again, so could other “automated” means of persuasion, say, Internet ads that pop up on your computer, or, indeed, any other form of “computational propaganda” that utilizes advanced technology (television ads) to make the case for a candidate or cause. What these people are edging toward, but don’t dare say openly, is that they advocate censorship of opinions they don’t like.
Howard hails from Canada, where they don’t have a First Amendment, and where “hate speech” – another alleged “problem” with social media, according to the Professor – is illegal. Here in the United States, people like Howard, who want to regulate speech, have to hide their real agenda. Thus we have the Adam Schiffs of this world, and their media camarilla, pushing an “investigation” into pro-Trump web sites on the pretext that they’re part of a Vast Russian Conspiracy to take over America. If “hate speech” doesn’t work, then try invoking “national security” – that’s a sure bet.
But God forbid they should investigate the national security state. As Sen. Chuck Schumer stated, “if you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you” (i.e. giving you the JFK treatment, or the RFK treatment, or the MLK treatment, and others, etc., etc., etc.).
President Harry Truman, who was President when the CIA was created, stated that it “was a mistake. And if I’d know what was going to happen, I never would have done it.” And John F. Kennedy was right to want to “splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.”
And the FBI. Since when would the FBI ever be a threat to its own fellow Americans? Actually, most terror plots that the FBI thwarts are plots that the FBI themselves concoct, plan and set up with the help of some mentally deficient patsy. The FBI’s motive is budgets (government budgets funded by tax dollars confiscated from those who are actually productive in life), and keeping fear alive to justify their existence.
As Pastor Chuck Baldwin would put it, What would Patrick Henry say today?