JUST HOW MUCH SURVEILLANCE WAS DONE?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 5, 2017) — On Sunday morning, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer tweeted an update to explosive allegations made by President Donald Trump on Saturday that the Obama regime had “wiretapped” his office at Trump Tower prior to the November 8 election.
In a total of four tweets, Spicer did not use the term “wiretapping,” but rather, referred to “politically motivated investigations” which the Trump administration is asking congressional intelligence committees to investigate.
Spicer acknowledged that the same committees are currently investigating allegations of connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, which Trump has vehemently denied.
As Wikileaks tweeted on Sunday morning, the Obama regime carried out surveillance on then-United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and other European and Middle East leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In a new development, some commentators in both mainstream and alternative media are referring to activities conducted by the “deep state” or “administrative state,” referring to unnamed career bureaucrats who carry out policy initiatives which may now be hostile to the new administration’s stances on the issues of illegal aliens, the military, states’ rights, energy, criminal justice, and others.
Before the outcome of the 2016 presidential election was known, some in the alternative media speculated that Barack Hussein Obama would refuse to leave office and declare “martial law” to justify a police-state condition over the nation.
On Wednesday, the UK Daily Mail reported that long-time Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett has moved in to the mansion the Obamas are renting in the wealthy Kalorama section of Washington, DC, reportedly to direct an operation aimed at foiling Trump’s presidency.
While Obama had publicly committed to a smooth transition between his administration and the incoming Trump administration, the latter has been plagued by national security leaks and the abrupt departure of Trump’s national security advisor, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, as a result of one of those leaks.
In response to Trump’s accusation that his office was wiretapped in October, former Obama national security advisor Ben Rhodes tweeted back to Trump, calling him a “liar” and denying that Obama “ordered” the surveillance on Trump Tower, if indeed it happened. However, several commentators have pointed out that the White House would not have ordered surveillance on any party, but rather, that the FBI would take its probable cause evidence to the FISA court to request approval for a warrant.
In their responses, neither Rhodes nor Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis denied that wiretapping had taken place, but rather, only that no one in the White House had “ordered” it.
On “Watters’ World” on Saturday evening, a former Bush HHS adviser and now “Catalina” magazine editor Cathy Areu, told substitute host Kimberly Guilfoyle that an Obama White House source told her that the White House was aware of the wiretap of Trump Tower based on the suspicion that the Trump campaign was “colluding” with Russia “to influence the election” but did not know who “secured the warrant.”
Also on Sunday morning, Trump turned his Twitter conversation to the Democrat National Committee (DNC) by asking, “Is it true the DNC would not allow the FBI access to check server or other equipment after learning it was hacked?” in a reference to the stealing of thousands of emails from DNC operatives and subsequent publication by Wikileaks last July.
Reports have surfaced that the DNC did not heed warnings that its system was vulnerable to hacking. The revelations in the emails included denigrating remarks made by Hillary Clinton staffers about certain groups of people, possible connections to occult activities, coordination with members of the press, and a clear desire to see that Clinton won the Democrat primaries over then-contender Bernie Sanders.
WikiLeaks maintains that it did not obtain the DNC emails from Russia or any “state parties.”
On Saturday, the lead investigator of the Obama birth-certificate investigation told The Post & Email that former NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery had made him and others associated with then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio’s office aware several years ago that warrantless surveillance was being conducted by the Obama regime on federal judges, prominent private citizens to include Trump, and others.
It is already established that phone records of Fox News correspondent James Rosen and his parents were gathered by the Obama regime in connection with a story he published sourced to a State Department employee. Under former Attorney General Eric Holder, the U.S. Justice Department also collected telephone records of a number of Associated Press reporters without their knowledge or having obtained a warrant.
On Friday, FBI Director James Comey gave a briefing to members of the House Intelligence Committee on its alleged investigation into Trump-Russia ties, after which Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff claimed that Comey had withheld crucial information.