From the Ramparts
Junious Ricardo Stanton
Things That Make you Go Hmm?
“The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court was established in 1978 when Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which is codified, as amended, at 50 U.S.C. §§ 1801-1885c. The Court sits in Washington D.C., and is composed of eleven federal district court judges who are designated by the Chief Justice of the United States. Each judge serves for a maximum of seven years and their terms are staggered to ensure continuity on the Court. By statute, the judges must be drawn from at least seven of the United States judicial circuits, and three of the judges must reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia.“ http://www.fisc.uscourts.gov/about-foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court
The hearings currently going on in Washington regarding the alleged collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians, alleged Russian influence or hacking of the Democratic National Committee, leaks of classified information and whether President Obama spied on candidate Trump are not serious investigations. It is a partisan dog and pony show designed to further the “Russia did it” narrative, demonize Vladimir Putin, absolve Clinton of any responsibility for her woeful election loss and make Trump look bad so public opinion can be shaped against Trump and pressure brought to bear to impeach him.
The FBI Director and Director of the National Security Agency were called to Capital Hill to answer questions about investigations as to the degree if any Russia was involved influencing the 2016 presidential election whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians or Obama had Trump under surveillance. FBI Director James Comey stated he could not answer or speculate on many questions because there was an ongoing counterintelligence investigation going on. He did say there was no evidence that Trump was bugged by the Obama administration. Notice he wasn’t asked if Trump could have been bugged by another government or entity.
The thing that makes me go hmmm about all this is the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) was established in 1978 and it is the official process whereby the government can gain permission to spy on a foreign person, entity or group. It is a known fact the FISA Court merely rubber stamps requests from US “intelligence” and law enforcement agencies. One of the concerns is the number of requests FISA gets and the type of data collected. FISA is supposed to be for surveillance of foreign persons but the US has had a sordid history of abuse by the FBI and CIA (COINTELPRO Operation Chaos), if you want to know just how foul and wicked our government has been read the Church Committee Reports https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brookings-now/2015/05/06/40-years-ago-church-committee-investigated-americans-spying-on-americans/ It was because of the Church Committee findings the FISA Court was set up!!!
By the way, where were the NSA and FBI who had global surveillance capabilities with their Echelon and Carnivore spy systems when 9-11 was being planned?! How come with all that taxpayer money that goes into the defense and intelligence deep state they didn’t stop 9-11 even when the CIA Director told President Bu$h something was going down around September 11th? Makes you go hmmm?
If Obama was spying or bugging Trump he wouldn’t be that stupid to use the FBI NSA or CIA where he would leave a paper or E-mail trail back to himself or the White House. If he was spying on Trump and his people, Obama would probably do like Nixon did have some off USA book, off the grid operatives do it. There is speculation the Obama administration used the British version of the NSA what the UK calls Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) who collaborate and share information and technology with the US NSA and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, what in the spy business is known as Five Eyes Alliance, to do their dirty work. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/is-the-five-eyes-alliance-conspiring-to-spy-on-you/277190/
An arrangement like this makes more sense than using the FBI or CIA because the Five Eye Alliance routinely contact each other, coordinate and collaborate on global spying and surveillance. In fact there is speculation by several former CIA analysts that the abrupt resignation of the GCHQ Director Robert Hannigan in January of 2017 has something to do with GCHQ’s involvement in the Flynn resignation and that could have been expanded to spy on Trump. http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2017/03/01/1014351is-there-more-to-the-flynn-story-philip-giraldi/ Things that make you go hmmm?
Anyway enjoy the Congressional dog and pony show, but don’t fall for the flim-flam.