Saturday, March 4, 2017

- Trump TowerGate

I know we get a new "gate" every couple of days, but at least with this one we're talking about people illegal bugging a building to screw with an election, so it does bear some resemblance to the original.

So it looks to me like the “facts” here are as follows. Team Obama had the FBI/NSA bug Trump Tower, in an attempt to connect him to some nefarious actions by the Russians. It still looks to me like it’s come up empty, but I’m having trouble sorting through all this because of the current state of the ‘news’ media. It’s all being spun so hard that you can’t get it to hold still long enough to see what’s really going on. But the following quote is from a story published by Louise Mensch on HeatStreet in on November 7th, 2016, that seems to relate the actual details:

Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.

Contrary to earlier reporting in the New York Times, which cited FBI sources as saying that the agency did not believe that the private server in Donald Trump’s Trump Tower which was connected to a Russian bank had any nefarious purpose, the FBI’s counter-intelligence arm, sources say, re-drew an earlier FISA court request around possible financial and banking offenses related to the server. The first request, which, sources say, named Trump, was denied back in June, but the second was drawn more narrowly and was granted in October after evidence was presented of a server, possibly related to the Trump campaign, and its alleged links to two banks; SVB Bank and Russia’s Alfa Bank. While the Times story speaks of metadata, sources suggest that a FISA warrant was granted to look at the full content of emails and other related documents that may concern US persons.

The FBI agents who talked to the New York Times, and rubbished the ground-breaking stories of Slate ( Franklin Foer) and Mother Jones (David Corn) may not have known about the FISA warrant, sources say, because the counter-intelligence and criminal sides of the FBI often work independently of each other employing the principle of ‘compartmentalization’.

One arguably dubious request for a FISA warrant denied, and then another which seems to be equally dubious, more narrowly written and approved.

This is the problem with having one of your two political parties completely losing their minds. It’s reads like a “Democrats only” conspiracy theory. They “feel” it’s true, therefore to them it is true, and no lack of evidence will convince them of anything except that they haven’t looked hard enough to find the evidence they want.

The story itself is aggravated for us, their theoretical bosses (they are all “public servants”, though the scare quotes were never better suited to the task) by the fact the people who are supposed to be finding and delivering the facts to us, are hopelessly shamelessly in the pocket of the aforementioned lunatics. They aren’t just carrying their water, they’re folding their laundry, shining their shoes, and bringing the car around for a nice afternoon drive through the country.

And since their aforementioned Democrat masters have completely lost their minds, the whole endeavor is engaged in a desperate night time search, in a dark room, for a black cat, that isn’t there. But they “know” it must be there someplace, so round and round and round we all go.

I don’t know if the Obama administration has broken the law in this process. It doesn’t sound like it at first glance. But they have at least bent it to its limit. And we do know for certain, that the leaks to the press were engineered to be possible by the Obama administration by making the information available to 500 people instead of just the 5 that would have had access, allowing the leakers to hide in the crowd. That process itself was legal, but if it was done with the intent of allowing this kind of leak and not some legitimate purpose of government, then it qualifies as conspiracy, and someone is going to jail.

And with any luck they'll have company. The leaks themselves were unambiguously illegal. This is one of the facts we unequivocally know. The press cannot have this material, and at least one American’s constitutional rights have been violated, probably more than one. That this was engineered at some level by the Obama administration seems convincing to me, but it is not a ‘fact’ yet’.

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