Spies and lies

Obama surveilled Trump

By Mark Luedtke

Rulers of both parties hate it when President Trump tweets. Every time he tweets, he exposes seedy truths at the core of government, secrets other rulers have long protected. Every time he does it, critics howl. But every time, he’s proven right. Every tweet erodes government’s illusion of legitimacy. I love it.

Take, for example, Trump’s tweet exposing that President Obama wiretapped him. First, the critics wailed it never happened. They pretended the key word was wiretapped when we all knew he meant surveilled. The old man merely used the old term.

Then the lies started. FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump should have fired then if not earlier, along with NSA Chief Mike Rogers, both testified under oath that they knew of no surveillance of Trump at Trump Tower.

Fox News suspended Judge Andrew Napolitano for explaining how Obama could have surveilled Trump using foreign intelligence services to avoid a paper trail. It wasn’t much later we learned Obama did exactly that. CNN reports, “British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials and other Russian individuals during the campaign and passed on those communications to their U.S. counterparts, U.S. congressional and law enforcement and U.S. and European intelligence, sources tell CNN.”

Rulers have used friendly foreign spies to quietly spy on rivals since the dawn of time, so Obama is no different except he didn’t stop there.

Soon after it was revealed the FBI and NSA, which spies on everybody, were also spying on Trump in contradiction to the testimony of Comey and Rogers. According to Reuters, Comey told Congress the Russian probe “includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

The lies get deeper. Infowars reports it obtained documents showing NSA spied on Trump for years.

But Obama’s henchmen didn’t stop there. If they had, Obama could have pretended he wasn’t personally involved. But he had one of his closest aides, Susan Rice, who worked with him in the White House, personally oversee the spying. You might remember Rice as the stooge Obama sent out on the Sunday talk shows to lie about the motive for the terrorist attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi.

Rice was in charge of “unmasking,” obtaining the names of intelligence targets that political operatives like herself are not supposed to see.

According to Fox News, Republican Representative Peter King was dismayed at the information requested and studied by Obama’s team. “This is information about their everyday lives,” he said. “Sort of like in a divorce case where lawyers are hired, investigators are hired just to find out what the other person is doing from morning until night and then you try to piece it together later on.”

The information had nothing to do with Russia. Rice unmasked Trump’s allies to help Obama’s chosen successor, Hillary Clinton, win the election.

Obama spied on Trump in at least four different ways: using foreign intelligence, the FBI, the NSA, and his White House henchmen. Nixon looks like an amateur by comparison, but Obama gets away scot-free. Notably, the unprecedented flood of criminal leaks sliming Trump is not investigated.

The story of Trump colluding with Russia to win the election is fake news. Despite years of surveillance by multiple organizations, there’s no evidence. If there was a scrap, it would have been leaked and impeachment proceedings would have begun. Of course Trump’s team had contacts with Russian officials. Just like Clinton’s team. And Obama’s team. Rulers appoint foreign policy people with those kinds of connections.

We’ve known for nearly a year the DNC emails were leaked to WikiLeaks by a DNC insider. Fox News recently confirmed Seth Rich, who was assassinated to warn other would-be leakers, leaked the emails, but the investigation of Rich’s murder was shut down. Everybody in Washington knows Rich leaked them. The Russia story is designed to distract us from his political assassination. That’s why the story, despite zero evidence, dominates everything in the news. A special investigator was appointed to keep the story rolling and further undermine Trump.

It’s telling that congressional Republicans never held hearings to find out why Obama couldn’t produce a birth certificate or about other real Obama scandals, but they keep holding hearings about their own party’s president’s phony Russian connection. The breathtaking hypocrisy of the whole process further erodes the illusion of government’s legitimacy. I love that too.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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