As we have been watching for the past four to five days, hell is breaking lose all over Washington D.C. after the four-page memo detailing extensive FISA court abuse was made available to the entire House of Representatives Thursday. The contents of the memo are so explosive that it could lead to the removal of senior officials in the FBI and the Department of Justice (DOJ), and not only terminate Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation, but I believe extend all the way to Barrack Obama.
As you know, those of you who have been following my analysis on this issue; the Obama administration and its post regime Deep State has been completely corrupt. I also have stated from the minute Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) went over to the White House National Security Council (NSC), my old stopping grounds, to review the highly classified information about surveillance, unmasking and leaking that he was 100% correct. Finally, now the story might come out.
I can guarantee the new four page report is correct, and it will bring false narrative about Russia Collusion to an end, as well as turn it against its originators, thus exonerating President Trump from this fake news story, embarrass the Democrats and the political-left and allow President Trump and the U.S. to make critical diplomatic efforts to normalize relations with Russia. Of course, it will still be up to Putin to honor, respect and make a reasonable and legitimate effort. We can only pray that Congress, particularly the Democrats, understands the ramification, the stakes at hand, free the hands of the President to his job as Chief Diplomat, therefore by releasing the memo. That said, releasing the memo also allows the DOJ to further conduct investigations, execute prosecutions, and likely call the likes of Hillary Clinton to perhaps testify against Obama.
To better understand the Four Page House Intelligence Memo at the heart of FISA Abuse, let me explain further, as it helps to understand why the memo is needed.
As this nearly year-long story, as it has unfolded, there are two central components at play; political corruption and weaponization of the DOJ and FBI. I, as a career senior strategic intelligence officer and special mission intelligence officer, view this also as the ultimate ‘weaponization of intelligence,’ meaning using the U.S. government intelligence apparatus against other, fellow and lawful Americans. If that’s note clear enough, against American Patriots, like General Mike Flynn.
So, let me explain;
First and foremost is the corruption within the DOJ and FBI that included their use of unlawful use of FISA-702 exploits.
Secondly, how that intelligence information was extracted, passed along to those outside government, repackaged, and reconstituted into the so-called Steele Dossier. The finished product, albeit sketchy, intelligence was later returned to the FBI in order to ‘in reality’ illegally request lawful FISA court surveillance authority. In intelligence jargon this is a criminal act to the highest degree. It is in fact, a circle of “intelligence laundering”. I can say this in my thirty-five years of dealing with the highest level of intelligence; tactical, operational, strategic, every level of intelligence, special access programs, and in wider and greater access than the President of the United States has …
I’ve never seen such a degree and extent of corruption in the manipulation and false creation of intelligence information. Certainly, I’ve seen the politicization and the exaggeration of intelligence and the intelligence threat for the purposes of protecting U.S. citizens, U.S. political, diplomatic and certainly military forces for the genuine effort to protect America and Americans. But never have I seen it to be used for political purposes against American citizens, officials and both a Presidential candidate, and subsequent President and President. As I’ve said before, this is “Mind Boggling”!!!
So now, the DOJ (National Security Division), and FBI (Counterintelligence Division), work together on this, not only as an effort, but an enterprise. This collaboration is where the insider “small group” participants assemble, intersected, corroborated, and ultimately interjected and redistributed themselves into the Mueller investigation with the help of Mueller’s adviser, FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker.
The evidence of this corrupt DOJ and FBI weaponization of intelligence is what lies inside Devin Nunes’ four (4) page Intelligence Committee Memo.
As I analyzed and looked deeper in to this, I discovered that on the DOJ side at the time Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates, Assistant. AG Head of National Security Division John P Carlin; Deputy Attorney Bruce Ohr; and legal liaison between Main Justice and FBI, Attorney Lisa Page, were deeply involved — this being a degree of corruption at the highest level, perhaps never seen before.
Likewise, on the FBI side, FBI Director Jim Comey; Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe; Director of Counterintelligence W.H. Bill Priestap; FBI Chief Legal Counsel James Baker; and lead FBI Counterintelligence Agent Peter Strzok.
Operating from the “Outside” and what I will call the Dossier Crew, it was determined that:
Fusion GPS and co-founder Glenn Simpson; also the wife of Mr. Simpson, Mary B. Jacoby; aka a hired private contractor familiar with CIA operations, Nellie Ohr, also wife of DOJ team insider Bruce Ohr; contracted former British MI6 Agent and head of what is known as “Russia House,” Christopher Steele, who is also attributed to as the authors of the fake Trump or Russian ‘Dossier’ — guy is a despicable scumbag.
Again, as a career Intelligence officer; the basic enterprise is pretty straightforward, albeit corrupt as hell. During the period from November 2015 through April 18th 2016, the Justice Department, and its political insiders and outside political contractors, including Fusion-GPS, accessed the NSA and FBI database using FISA-702(17) authority — “About Queries”. They gathered information on candidate Hillary Clinton’s political opposition, which of course, first and for most included Donald Trump, his campaign team and officials and affiliates. Obviously he was viewed as the main threat to Clinton, thus making him their main target.
Hence, this was essentially deep state political opposition research being authorized (I believe the most senior White House officials) conducted inside government for a considerable period of time. The information, gathered on Clinton’s political opposition, was then deliberately and intentionally “weaponized” against the candidacy of Donald Trump.
Moving forward, after being instructed by NSA Director Mike Rogers to conduct a full FISA audit, the NSA compliance office began querying both DOJ and FBI activity. As the compliance investigation closed in on the operation, FBI officials began to get nervous. Eventually contractor access to the ongoing FISA intelligence effort was blocked, effective in April 2016.
Looking further into this, I as have many others, discovered that this activity from the testimony given by both NSA Director Rogers and by Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats, resulted in the releasing a partially redacted FISC ruling in April 2017.
As a result, the FISC ruling details of these events throughout 2016 will reveal damaging evidence. My guess/prediction, when the full story is subsequently and finally out is that most people will understand why DNI Dan Coats made the unprecedented decision to release the court documents. The deliberate 2017 FISC transparency appears to have been part of a well-developed, anti-corruption strategy leading us all the way to where we are now.
Further, in the April 2017 ruling, the FISA Court noted that there was no reason to doubt the November 2015 through April 2016 compliance error rate, which was less severe than previous compliance error rates going back to 2012; in essence, the abuse of FISA searches by FBI was systemic over multiple years, but never to the degree in the later years of the Obama administration.
Further analysis indicates that the unlawfully obtained FISA intelligence information appeared to end up at a central collection unit; that being Fusion-GPS. There are many participating members within Fusion-GPS, however, the key figures in this specific enterprise are the husband and wife team of Glenn Simpson and Mary Jacoby. Mary Jacoby’s relationship with the Clintons’ goes all the way back to the Rose Law Firm. In fact, it is Mary Jacoby who also brings the “Dossier Trail” to the White House.
Here’s how, it was Fusion-GPS that had been pushing a Russian-centric narrative for several months prior to being hired by Hillary Clinton, via her law firm Perkins Coie, in April of 2016.
After being shut out by the FISA Compliance Audit, and contracted by the Clinton campaign, Fusion-GPS needed a back-door to access continued information. That’s where Nellie Ohr comes into the picture. Fusion-GPS hired Russian expert and CIA network ally Nellie Ohr, the wife of DOJ deputy Bruce Ohr. Nellie Ore, a part of the CIA network, more than likely with the authority of her White House connections perhaps used Bruce’s high-level DOJ-NSD access to continue gathering FISA-702 data; and it is most likely that Nellie, Bruce and Glenn have collaborated on similar projects in the past.
All my research into this indicates or at least suggests that Nellie Ohr, as a result of her access then loosely contextualized the extracted data into a draft or into a written narrative/story-line that painted a false story of loose connections between candidate Donald Trump and the so-called Russian entities.
Looking further, Ms. Ohr’s transcripts then got passed along to another Fusion-GSP contractor, Christopher Steele; the retired MI6 agent who was also head of the intelligence gathering unit in the U.K. known as ‘The Russia House’. Presumably the Fusion-GPS intelligence hand-off to Steele was to give the Ohr transcript to some independent Chris Steele intelligence bona fides.
After an undetermined amount of back-and-forth transcript editing and memo assemblies, the joint collaboration between Fusion-GPS’s Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele appeared to have become the “Trump-Russia Steele Dossier”. Let me also point out that there are several key indications within the finished Dossier that show Chris Steele did not author much of the content. So who did …? That said, additionally, if you directly follow all media reporting on the Dossier’s construct and origin, you’ll note the finished product was exclusively the assembled and proprietary work of Fusion-GPS, and not Christopher Steele.
Adding another twist to this effort and the potential explosive nature of this is that, even John McCain had to get his copy from Glenn Simpson at Fusion-GPS, despite McCain’s intermediary, David Kramer, meeting with Steele in England to discuss the content. Glenn Simpson and Fusion-GPS are also facing numerous lawsuits as it relates to the content of the dossier. Christopher Steele is refusing to answer questions except in court. The goal of gaining intelligence credibility for the dossier was a one-way street.
So now as Hillary Clinton and the U.S. mainstream media attempt to distance them from the Dossier, they cannot escape the fact that Clinton hired Glenn Simpson, again of Fusion-GPS and it ultimately was they who created the Dossier.
In short, Hillary Clinton cannot claim to be hoodwinked by any Russian disinformation campaign within a document that she created. Hence, Clinton has a dossier problem, and unfortunately for her, it will not go away.
However, that said, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley completely predicted that being “hoodwinked by the Russians” would be the fall-back position by Clinton and the FBI/DOJ insider team as it relates to their connection to the Dossier content and the Dossier itself.
In turn, recent reporting accordingly indicates that both Senator Grassley and Senator Lindsey Graham sent the FBI a referral for criminal prosecution of Christopher Steele based on statements from FBI agents who attributed statements to Steele himself — those second-hand accounts conflict with known evidence about the Dossier content. Senator Grassley now is calling the FBI’s bluff and demanding they investigate the horrible British fibber while at the same time knowing that the fibber isn’t Steele – it’s the FBI.
Because the scale of the Fusion-GPS/FBI/DOJ collusion story is so large in its overall impact, the both the Congressional and Trump administration White Hats are conducting a three-pronged attack on the conspiracy teams.
They are working in concert with Bob Goodlatte, Chuck Grassley, Devin Nunes. In this investigation;
– House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is focused on the FISA abuse; and overall abuse from the larger intelligence community (FBI, CIA, ODNI and NSA). The FISA-702 angle is his leverage to reveal it.
– Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is focused on the Dossier fraud; and the overall DOJ and FBI corruption. The Steele Dossier is his leverage to reveal it.
– House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is focused on the FBI and DOJ corruption; and his leverage is the Office of Inspector General, Mr. Michael Horowitz, and the year-long IG investigation which just turned over 1.2 million pages of investigative documents.
As it stands, Nunes, Grassley and Goodlatte are working in concert, each with a specific attack strategy that targets the larger swamp defense. This week they began the three-pronged attack also know as the “The Big Ugly”.
“The Big Ugly” is the wrecking ball that will shatter the front-line swamp defenses and subsequently allow the real draining of the swamp to begin. The plan for this strategy was developed almost a year ago, again after Congressman Nunes realized how the compartmented intelligence would be used to essentially ‘block sunlight.’
Further, ODNI Dan Coats, the man who declassified the original FISA court opinion, NSA Director Mike Rogers, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Assistant AG Rod Rosenstein have each played a significant role in preparing the landscape and armory for this conflict. Though I still question Rosenstein’s integrity, trustworthiness, and perhaps his honesty.
Additionally, Congressional allies like Jim Jordan and Ron DeSantis will be working hard toward messaging and clearing the fog from the media.
Certainly, it is not accidental that Ron DeSantis has asked Speaker Ryan to declassify everything … only a week before Devin Nunes announces his request for the full house to see everything declassified and without redaction. These are Big Ugly cannon shots into the heart of deception. The summary of the classified FISA-702 abuse, and the subsequent unmasking therein, lies at the heart of the strategy to use a four-page summary memo to inform the public of the historic issues.
So now as it stands, Chairman Devin Nunes, Chairman Chuck Grassley and Chairman Bob Goodlatte are now in position to use all the information provided by: Dan Coats (FISA), Mike Rogers (FISA), Michael Horowitz (DOJ IG report); and Rosenstein (DOJ/FBI reports); while leaving clean hands for FBI Christopher Wray and DOJ Jeff Sessions to watch from the hilltops and prepare to rebuild the entire Justice Department in the aftermath.
Additionally, guardian custodian of intelligence, intelligence hero, NSA Mike Rogers is retiring; that will now allow him the ability to speak without restraint before any Congressional or Senate committee or hearing. Chairman Bob Goodlatte is not running for re-election; with cleaning up the DOJ will be his legacy initiative.
In the end, one of the gravest and most damaging abuses of state power is to misuse surveillance authorities for political purposes. We therefore regard as inherently serious strident warnings from public officials alleging that the FBI and Department of Justice have abused their spying power for political purposes. The Nunes report, in turn has been read by dozens of members of Congress after the committee voted to make the memo available to all members of the House of Representatives to examine it.
The rhetoric issuing from GOP members who read the memo is notably extreme. North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, called the memo “troubling” and “shocking” and said, “Part of me wishes that I didn’t read it because I don’t want to believe that those kinds of things could be happening in this country that I call home and love so much.” GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania stated: “You think about, ‘Is this happening in America or is this the KGB?’ That’s how alarming it is.”
As a result, this has led to a ferocious outcry on the right to “release the memo” – and presumably thereby prove that the Obama administration conducted unlawful surveillance on the Trump campaign and transition. Again because the memo described “the systematic abuse of power, the weaponizing of those powerful tools of intelligence, and the shredding of our Fourth Amendment constitutional rights.”
Given the significance of this issue, it is absolutely true that the memo should be declassified and released to the public — and not just the memo itself.
In the aftermath of this, President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans have the power, working together, or separately, to immediately declassify all the relevant information. And if indeed the GOP’s explosive claims are accurate. Likewise, if, as the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) claims, that this is “worse than Watergate” — they obviously have every incentive to get it into the public’s hands as soon as possible. Indeed, one could argue that they have the duty to do so.
On the other hand, if the GOP’s claims are false or significantly misleading – if they are, with the deepest cynicism imaginable, simply using these crucial issues to whip up their base or discredit the Mueller investigation, or exaggerating or making claims that lack any evidentiary support, or trying to have the best of all worlds by making explosive claims about the memo but never having to prove their truth — then they will either not release the memo or they will release it without any supporting documentation, making it impossible for Americans to judge its accuracy for themselves.
In the end, anyone who is genuinely concerned about the claims being made about eavesdropping abuses should understand why the issue of evidence is so critical. After all, the House, Senate, and FBI investigations into any Trump collusion with Russia have so far proceeded with many startling claims in the media, but to date absolutely any evidence about any Trump Russian collusion.
There is also good news, that being there are at least four easy ways for Congressional Republicans and/or President Trump to definitively prove that all the darkest suspicions about the Obama administration are true. If “the memo” and the underlying documents prove even a fraction of what Republican politicians and some media outlets (Fox and Conservatieve networks) are claiming about them, then what could possibly justify its ongoing concealment? Any or all of these methods should be promptly invoked to ensure that the public sees this evidence:
- Trump can declassify anything he wants. This means, that all classification by the U.S. government has no basis in laws passed by Congress. Rather, all classification is based on presidential executive orders, which rely on the president’s constitutional role as commander in chief of the armed forces. According to the Supreme Court, the presidential power “to classify and control access to information bearing on national security … flows primarily from the Constitutional investment of power in the President.”
This also means that presidents can also declassify anything they choose to — for any reason or no reason — as they have done in the past.
Thus if the House Intelligence Committee merely releases a version of its memo without the supporting documentation, that won’t be just because they don’t want Americans to see it – it will be because President Trump doesn’t want Americans to see it either, because of the sensitivity which could endanger national security. It should be noted that Republican House members are insistent that releasing the memo and the underlying source material would not remotely harm national security.
So, what possible justification is there for President Trump to continue to conceal this alleged evidence of massive criminality from the American people by hiding it behind “classified” designations? Indeed, it is illegal to abuse classified designations to hide evidence of official criminality: so not only can President Trump declassify such evidence, one could argue that he must, or at least should.
- The House (and Senate) intelligence committees can declassify any material they possess.
According to the procedural rules of both houses of Congress, their intelligence committees can declassify material in their possession if the committee votes that such declassification would be in the public interest. It is then declassified after five days unless the president formally objects. If the president does object, the full chamber votes on the question. One caveat to consider is that if President Trump refused to release proof of the Obama administration’s misdeeds, Congressional Republicans should have a straightforward way to overrule him.
- The Constitution protects members of Congress from prosecution for “any speech or debate in either House.” Members of Congress have legal immunity for acts they commit as part of the legislative process. Article I, Section 6, clause 1 of the Constitution states that “for any speech or debate in either House, [Senators and Representatives] shall not be questioned in any other place.”
It is true that members could face legal consequences for ancillary acts — perhaps if they unlawfully removed the relevant classified material from the Congressional Specially Compartment Information Facility (SCIF). But they could go to the House floor and describe both the memo’s revelations and the underlying evidence for it without any fear of legal consequences.
So that’s that. All Americans, particularly Conservatives, should ask every Republican making spectacular assertions about this memo when they will be using the above ways to conclusively demonstrate that everything they’ve said is based in rock-solid fact…
Facts, about one of the most vital, fundamental issues facing the United States; how the U.S. government used the vast surveillance powers with which it has been vested. Along the way consider the potential ‘domino effect’ of those former Obama stalwarts and there key functionaries from the FBI, the DoJ, and the State Department; James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Loretta Lynch, Huma Abedin and of course, Hillary Clinton. With that, the final question must be what did former President Obama know, and when did he know it … and when did he authorize it.
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