Spying on political opponents …
CNN’s Cillizza’s blind trust … In the wake of CNN confirming what we’ve known for months, that the Obama administration surveilled people in Trump’s orbit, CNN’s Chris Cillizza was quick to publish a story arguing that Trump still had no evidence that his wiretapping claim was right. Cillizza admitted that Trump’s conversations may have been caught, but said if they had nothing to do with Russia they would have been “minimized” under FISA — that is, not shared with investigators. That is a blind trust Cillizza is placing in a former administration that routinely unmasked conversations.
Fast-forward a day … Just one day after Cillizza posted his defense of the Obama administration, it was revealed that former Obama U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power alone “averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016.” Cillizza’s point, that the government under the Obama administration would have treated that information as it should be under the law, is suspect.
That’s the real scandal … Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson — who left CBS news after CBS handcuffed her investigations into the Obama administration — wrote about the real scandal here yesterday. Attkisson opined that “it looks like Obama did spy on Trump, just as he apparently did to me.” The Obama administration had a history of spying on those it considered political opponents. Remember, even Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., thought that he had been spied on.
There is real evidence that the Obama administration not only used the IRS to punish political opponents, but also used the surveillance state to spy on them. For all the talk about how Russia may have legally or illegally affected the outcome of the U.S. election, the media ignore the other story, far more damaging to our republican form of government. In free nations, those in power don’t spy on political opponents. That is where the outrage should lie.
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