ARE “UNMASKING” AND DENNIS MONTGOMERY’S CLAIMS CONNECTED?
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 5, 2017) — Thursday evening’s guests on the “Hannity” show appearing at approximately 10:28 PM EDT suggested that from figures gathered by one of them in the course of his work, the Obama regime’s collection and “unmasking” of personal identifiers in intelligence reports was not an accident.
Former judge and prosecutor Jeannine Pirro and Circa News’s John Solomon were Hannity’s guests during the approximately four-minute segment in which Solomon said that his ongoing investigation is revealing that Obama operatives’ requests to expose the names of U.S. citizens captured in intelligence reports to the U.S. intelligence apparatus were politically-motivated.
In the United States, the National Security Agency (NSA) regularly monitors the communications of foreign targets legally without a warrant. However, recent reports say that in 2016, “government officials conducted 30,355 searches” of U.S. citizens’ names in intelligence reports and asked to have 1,934 of those found positively identified, or “unmasked.”
The names reportedly appeared in 3,914 such reports. Obama’s former national security adviser, Susan Rice, has admitted to requesting the unmasking of Americans’ names in the communications but has denied she was motivated by politics.
One of the “unmasked” names was that of Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret), Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, revealed prior to Trump’s inauguration and leading to Flynn’s resignation after 24 days in the position.
Rice was untruthful when she appeared on five Sunday talk shows in the wake of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012 which killed four Americans and injured approximately ten more, the names of whom have not been made public.
On Wednesday, Rice’s attorney said that her client declined an invitation to testify to members of a Senate subcommittee about any knowledge she may have as to “Russian activities during the 2016 election campaign.”
The attorney, Kathryn Ruemmler, became Obama’s White House Counsel upon the departure of Robert Bauer in 2011. In 2014, Ruemmler withdrew her name from consideration for U.S. attorney general and returned to private practice.
Ruemmler reportedly objected to her client’s voluntary appearance before the subcommittee because it lacked a companion invitation from a Democrat.
The revelations made by Solomon appear to support the claims of former NSA and CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery, who in November 2013 told then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio that approximately 150,000 of his constituents were victims of bank-account data theft by a government entity.
Arpaio then hired Montgomery as a confidential informant to assemble data he said he possessed to support his claim. Names of Americans who reportedly appear in Montgomery’s data include Donald Trump; a number of mid-level managers employed by the Trump Organization; Trump’s children; U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts; U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Montgomery’s attorney, Larry Klayman; and 156 other judges.
The surveillance is speculated by some to have resulted in Roberts’s last-minute decision to uphold Obamacare as constitutional if regarded as a tax in June 2012.
Although Montgomery’s reputation has been maligned in the media and the information he was reportedly assembling for Arpaio termed “junk” by Arpaio himself, former detective Mike Zullo, who supervised Montgomery’s work for approximately a year at Arpaio’s request, said on several occasions that Montgomery “did have some things.”
Former Arpaio chief deputy Gerard Sheridan asserted during a 2015 court hearing that “wiretap codes” Montgomery said were used by the government were confirmed as authentic by a former FISA court judge, Royce C. Lamberth.
Montgomery had reportedly approached 18 different federal agencies prior to seeking out Arpaio in an effort to testify to what he said he knew about government surveillance of U.S. citizens.