Sharyl Attkisson – former CBS investigative reporter, and five-time Emmy winner – has been surveilled, her computer hacked, her career threatened, all because of her exposes of government and political corruption.
Last week she reported on a meeting with “a small group of reliable, formerly high-placed intelligence officials who have dropped a few interesting tidbits on me of late.”
This was her understanding of methods used by the government, based on the discussions:
- It’s not true that wiretaps and/or electronic surveillance of U.S. citizens can “only” be done with a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) court order.
- Besides the FISA court, “wiretapping” or electronic surveillance can also be done under Title III authority. The government used this authority, for example, in the Justice Department’s secret Fast and Furious “gunwalking” case.
- Additionally, U.S. Presidents have the power to issue secret presidential directives that can authorize otherwise illegal acts (theoretically in the country’s best interests). These directives may come with pre-planned cover stories to be used in the event the operation is exposed, and they come with indemnity for those involved, giving them permission to lie about the operation or their involvement without fear of prosecution.
- The public will rarely know about such presidential directives since most who see them must sign agreements that promise nondisclosure and consent to polygraphs.
Attkisson said that “computer surveillance is a grey area in the intelligence community where many insiders argue the traditional privacy restrictions and surveillance rules don’t necessarily apply.” Continue reading “Spies, lies and your lost privacy”
Susan Rice and Dr. Evelyn Farkas have so much in common.
Both served in the Barack Obama administration, Rice at State and Farkas at Defense. Both are in the news – Farkas’ remarks about the “alleged” Russian hacking of Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers, and Rice’s unmasking of private American’s names in government surveillance.
Both have been leaders in the Atlantic Council, which hates Russia almost as much as Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Other council honchos include Henry Kissinger, Brent Snowcroft and Madeleine Albright – globalists all. The Council is a big deal in war hawk circles, but there is something peculiar. It is financed not only by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Inc., the U.S. State Department, NATO ACT, it has been funded by the Ploughshares Fund, which has received its money from billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.
And both Rice and Farkas have served on the Atlantic Council alongside Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of CrowdStrike, the third-party company hired by the DNC and allowed by the FBI to make its assessment about alleged Russian hacking into the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Dimitri was named in 2013 as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Leading Global Thinkers, along with other globalists, including Angela Merkel, John Kerry, Ben Bernanke and Jeff Bezos.
In April last year, officials at the DNC noticed that their dossiers on Donald Trump had been hacked, Continue reading “DNC “Russian” hack was “proven” by associate of Rice/Farkas; FBI and NSA never examined servers”
UPDATE – April 19, 2017
CNN reported yesterday that the FBI used the “Russian Dossier” in its application for warrant from the FISA court in order to monitor former Trump advisor Carter Page.
“U.S. officials tell CNN that last year the FBI used a dossier of allegations of Russian ties to Donald Trump’s campaign as part of the justification to get approval to secretly monitor Trump associate Carter Page,” CNN reported. “Now those sources say that FBI Director James Comey has cited the dossier in some of his briefings to Congress in recent weeks as one of the sources of information that the bureau used to bolster its investigation.”
Someone was watching an old spy movie last year, when they created a “Russian Dossier” (RUDO) on then candidate President Donald Trump.
Remember in WW2, when the spy took out his tiny camera, shot page after page of documents, and then developed the film in secret, creating negatives, then using an enlarger to make prints. It took six trays of chemicals, and that was just for black and white. Using a light bulb fixture behind you was preferred for illumination.
Enhanced images of the PDFs obtained from the Buzzfeed site, which published the RUDO, also known as the Steele Dossier, indicate the same back light shadow on all the dossier pages. This shadow was not seen on the original documents, but by converting to JPG format and auto correcting, the same marking appeared on every page, meaning they were all photographed in an amateur manner at the same.
Apparently, the spymaster didn’t know that quality copy machines were in common use by spies as far back as the 1980s, or perhaps the odd sizes, poor quality of the pages and angles were meant to impress the viewer that this was something from a secret source. However, the documents were created and dated last year. Portable scanner/copy machines today cost less than $50.
The dossier – first referred to publicly by CNN – was not available on their website, but viewers were conveniently told it was posted on Buzzfeed.com (still available by PDF and transcript by going to this link). Warning: Mature content and disgusting descriptions.
Buzzfeed found that dossier’s errors emerged almost immediately – yet the site still offers it online as late as today, complete with idiocies like yellow highlighting and many last names in All Caps.
The Buzzfeed website reported on Feb. 3.
Aleksej Gubarev, the CEO of web company XBT, called the publication of the document “reckless and irresponsible.”
The suit, which was filed in Florida against BuzzFeed and editor-in-chief Ben Smith, said that allegations in the document regarding Gubarev are untrue.
“We have redacted Mr. Gubarev’s name from the published dossier, and apologize for including it,” Matt Mittenthal, spokesman for BuzzFeed News, said in a statement.