In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated in future American or European elections, and to leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators.Dems were crowing.
They thought they had the perfect strategy. Strategic leaks (without any official actually going on the record...it's almost like the reporters could simply make shit up) that damaged the administration, were widely accepted as fact without proof and besides denials could not be refuted, seemed like a fool proof way to knock the incoming administration off its stride before it could get started.
Then we have this today. via Zero Hedge
"Rice's multiple requests to learn the identities of Trump officials discussed in intelligence reports during the transition period does highlight a longstanding concern for civil liberties advocates about U.S. surveillance programs. The standard for senior officials to learn the names of U.S. persons incidentally collected is that it must have some foreign intelligence value, a standard that can apply to almost anything. This suggests Rice's unmasking requests were likely within the law."You think this is about two political parties fighting it out? You're wrong. If they can weaponize the national intel services to go after a portion of our elected govt then imagine what they can do to the average guy on the street.
Perhaps, but they also served a key political purpose: to create a media firestorm of controversy involving the Trump team, and to delegitimize Donald Trump as much as possible.
The terrorist won. We are living in a gilded police state. The tools are more sophisticated, the actions cloaked in legalize but the effects are the same. You can be rounded up in the middle of the night, accused of a crime (terrorism) and be helpless to fight it.
Even more worrisome? The Deep State has morphed into such a huge monster that it no longer hides. It's shown its face, bared its teeth and is actively seeking to destroy (soft coup) the duly elected President (or at least incapacitate him to such a degree to make him irrelevant during his term) of the United States.
I don't fear a President no matter how mad. Our constitution has protections to balance his power and limit the damage he/she can do. But a defacto police state with the power of 17 civilian/military intel agencies? How does one man stand against that?
Maybe I'm over reacting and misreading this. If I am then talk me off this ledge, but it sure seems like we missed the big issue of our time while chasing terrorist in the desert. Star Wars had it right...
We should have listened to Franklin...