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List of Obama officials who illegally used wiretaps to spy on Americans

The federal government’s intelligence services have for many years been authorized to listen in on the phone conversations of foreign nationals for the purpose of detecting any potential threats to the United States.

However, if those conversations happen to include an American citizen, they are also forbidden from revealing who that person is to anyone, including and especially their political bosses, except in extraordinary circumstances, because these spies are not allowed to spy on Americans, without reasonable cause and a warrant. And even when these names were revealed, “unmasked” in intelligence parlance, until the Obama administration such unmasking was only permitted to a very small and select number of people.

The Obama administration changed this. Obama allowed the unmasking to be revealed to numerous people in his administration, and worse, his administration made unmasking a tool for spying on his political opponents. This is how Obama and the FBI knew that Trump’s former National Security Chief Mike Flynn had been talking to the Russian ambassador (as was proper for him to do during the transition time between the two administrations). They had listened in, and then unmasked Flynn’s name, improperly.

Well, we now know some of the people in the Obama administration who ordered these illegal unmaskings.

The list revealed that then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made unmasking requests seven times between Nov. 30, 2016 and Jan. 11, 2017. The list revealed that Clapper made three requests from Dec. 2, 2016 through Jan. 7, 2017; and that Brennan made two requests, one on Dec. 14 and one on Dec. 15, 2016. Comey also made a request on Dec. 15, 2016. On Jan. 5, 2017, McDonough made one request, and on Jan. 12, 2017, Biden made one request.

The day McDonough requested the information is the same day as an Oval Office meeting that has drawn scrutiny in the wake of the Flynn developments. The meeting included Obama, Biden, Clapper, Brennan, Comey, then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice and then-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

That meeting was the first time Yates learned about Flynn’s calls with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to notes from her special counsel interview which were released last week. Yates, in her interview, indicated Obama was aware of Flynn’s intercepted December 2016 phone calls with Kislyak during the presidential transition period. [emphasis mine]

I have highlighted the dates because it is interesting that all these unmaskings occurred during that transition period, after Trump had won the election but before he took office. It is almost as if the Obama administration and his stooges in the FBI, CIA, and other departments are gathering information to use against Trump and his people.

Which is exactly what they were doing. They wanted to overthrow that legal election, and were digging around trying to create a scandal to do so. They didn’t find anything, but what they had gave them the chance to manufacture the Russian collusion hoax.

Note that this list is not complete. It is only the start. What we know now is that Power, Clapper, Brennan, Comey, McDouough, and Biden misused their power against their political opponents.

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  • Cotour

    I remember this story from the time and Samantha Powers I also remember denied it and said that someone used her name to do so or similar. I filed that away, and now here it is revealed.

    Its all up to Barr and Durham now, because if it is left to the Senate or the Congress they are even more adverse to prosecuting their own.

    We appear to be going in the correct general direction.

  • Phill O

    “because these spies are not allowed to spy on Americans, without reasonable cause and a warrant.”

    What were the ways to go after American citizens who were working against America before the FISA rules implemented?

  • Phill O: The same. The government needed a probable cause and then obtain a warrant, from a judge. Read the fourth amendment in the Bill of Rights.

  • Cotour

    But it was Obama.

  • Phill O

    Thanks Bob. How do the intelligence agencies find terrorist type under the 4th amendment? What did (does) FISA augment that Dick C liked?

    In Canada to find out what the terrorists are doing, just listen to the Trudeau briefings.

  • Phill O

    Hmm This link to Lou Dobbs has Rand Paul explain things I can get my head around better.

  • wayne

    it was Obama, absolutely.
    (In the Alternate Universe, he would be rendered to Cuba and interrogated to within an inch of his worthless life.)

    Phill O–
    Q: To whom do your RCMP report in Canada? Do they work for the national government or a Province?

    The closest thing we have to a ‘national police’ are the FBI, but they only investigate alleged Federal crimes. The CIA on the other hand, is prohibited from spying on American citizens on the Homeland.

  • wayne

    John Smith Death Scene
    The Man In the High Castle

  • Phill O


    RCMP depends on the jurisdiction.

    Ontario have the OPP Ontario Provincial Police as does Quebec with the QPP
    The RCMP operate there but are more like the FBI there Cities have their own police forces. Towns will rent OPP or QPP
    Other provinces rent RCMP for provincial duties while cities have their own forces.

    Then there is CSIS which is maybe more like CIA

    It was the RCMP who investigated the bugging of conservative offices (bt the liberals) some years ago.

    While all police are arms length from government, there are some pretty short arms!

    I like, very much, our local sheriff in Hidalgo county NM who represents local sheriffs in deed if not in office. The idea of knowing local law enforcement is quite nice, but obviously from the same side of the bars!

  • wayne

    Thank you.

    That 70’s Show –
    “What are you doing in Canada?”
    S03 EP23

  • Phill O

    Sorry, the link does not work in Canada eh!

  • wayne

    Phill O.
    oh no! Must be a copyright thing.

    back to the topic….

    The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
    Initial Briefing scene

  • Phill O


    The last link is quite interesting!

    While some dislike the Mossad, they do help in protecting their citizens! Some of our leaders (Trudeau in particular) rather treat the terrorists better than citizens! That, I take it, is the whole beef with FISA.

  • wayne

    Phill O–

    The FISA Court has been with us since the late 1970’s. An outgrowth of the Church Hearing’s. (wherein brought to light all sorts of questionable activities that were carried out by multiple intelligence agency’s over the years against American citizens.)


    Mark Levin: why Obama may have been spying on Trump
    *March 2017*
    Hannity video excerpt.

  • Phill O

    It comes to my mind, the question: “What did/does General Flynn have that makes the Obama admin so intent on getting him” There has to be something he has they do not want out? It can not be just about President Trump!

  • Cotour

    In his position within the Trump administration general Flynn would have full and all access to the Obama administration deep state operation to 1. Spy on their political adversaries, Flynn being one of them, and 2. To remove Trump from office.

    They had no choice, and they are fully invested in a Biden or similar presidency so they can make it all go away. This version of the political game is for all the marbles.


  • Cotour


    First we have to agree that it will indeed be Joe Biden as the presidential candidate for the Democrats in 2020, which I do not believe for one second to be so.

    I suppose that the Democrat leadership see Biden’s being vice president in the Obama administration as being his crowning credentials to justify their support, and their future control over. IMO Joe Biden and his time as vice president is and will prove to be his greatest liability as the facts once again come out about how he and his many family members leveraged his positions in government over the many years of his service and how they enriched themselves to the tune of many, many, many millions of dollars. And of course his son Bo’s glaring and in your face, Hillary will be the next president, leveraging his fathers position in both China and in Ukraine.

    This Politico article claims that a “Famed” Democrat Pollster, Stan Greenberg (?) sees Elizabeth Warren as his best choice for vice president and that that choice would lock it up for him. I could not disagree more, but fully support his choice.

    So Biden has no easy choice to make and he will without doubt make the incorrect choice, so I support him tapping the whitest of white bread, “Scolding School Marm” / “Pow Wow Chow” / Fauxahanits / “American Indian” / $650 per hour corporate lawyer / “Im goin to get me a beer” / professor, Warren as his vp choice.

    I support Warren’s vp spot 100 percent, as I support Joe Biden representing the Democrats in 2020.

    100 percent.

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