Hounded journalist Sharyl Attkisson writes that apparently Obama spied on Trump… and her.
Sharyl Attkisson has long contended that Obama spied on her because he didn’t like her reporting. She now reviews some of that evidence at The Hill as well as discusses evidence that Obama spied on the Trump campaign: “It looks like Obama did spy on Trump, just as he apparently did to me.” Of course, the mainstream media is trying to whitewash both stories, accusing others of not thinking clearly.
Here is Attkisson from earlier in 2017 when everyone was denying Trump’s wiretap allegations.
It’s difficult not to see patterns in the government’s behavior, unless you’re wearing blinders.
–The intelligence community secretly expanded its authority in 2011 so it can monitor innocent U.S. citizens like you and me for doing nothing more than mentioning a target’s name a single time.
–In January 2016, a top secret inspector general report found the NSA violated the very laws designed to prevent abuse.
–In 2016, Obama officials searched through intelligence on U.S. citizens a record 30,000 times, up from 9,500 in 2013.
–Two weeks before the election, at a secret hearing before the FISA court overseeing government surveillance, NSA officials confessed they’d violated privacy safeguards “with much greater frequency” than they’d admitted. The judge accused them of “institutional lack of candor” and said, “this is a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”
Officials involved in the surveillance and unmasking of U.S. citizens have said their actions were legal and not politically motivated. And there are certainly legitimate areas of inquiry to be made by law enforcement and intelligence agencies. But look at the patterns. It seems that government monitoring of journalists, members of Congress and political enemies — under multiple administrations — has become more common than anyone would have imagined two decades ago. So has the unmasking of sensitive and highly protected names by political officials.
Those deflecting with minutiae are missing the point. To me, they sound like the ones who aren’t thinking.
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