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Brennan and the Report Beginning the Operation to Take Down Trump

 

Recently John Brennan, Obama’s counter-terrorism czar, former de facto head of the U.S. intelligence community , and then Obama's final CIA diirector, has been squealing in a panic about the characterization of his operations against candidate Trump as "spying."

On a side note, "spying" is probably the least of Brennan's concerns.

 

The very definition of treason and sedition, or maybe the worst possible example of treason and sedition, is conspiring with foreign powers to destabilize, delegitimize, and overthrow an American president.

 

Understanding the relationships and processes of the American intelligence bureaucracy in foreign countries helps to shine light on the likely events that led to the unprecedented use of the intelligence community and law enforcement counter-intelligence  operations against an American presidential candidate.

 

Based on reporting and analysis of the get Trump operation, it's becoming clear that there were extensive operations against the Trump campaign, including in foreign countries, using assets that were likely linked to the CIA, and foreign officials — including intelligence officers.

The CIA director has absolute control over actions of CIA officers, and all American intelligence operations overseas. Through the operations bureaucracy, the director approves all operations in foreign countries. An operation at this level — targeting an American presidential candidate — would require CIA director's approval for every action.

 

Knowing Brennan, and his level of perfidy (see here, here, here, here) it is very likely that Brennan was closely involved in brainstorming actions, making decisions, and operational planning.

It's important to understand the bureaucratic inner workings involved when the CIA, America's foreign intelligence agency, encounters what looks like, or may be, activities that violate American criminal law. Remember, the CIA does not investigate crimes.

 

The CIA only carries out foreign intelligence operations and analysis, counterintellignce operations, and foreign covert action.

 

The CIA must, as soon as possible, report any apparently criminal activities to the American federal law enforcement agency, the FBI.

 

This is known as a "crimes report."

 

After making a crimes report to the FBI, the matter is out of the CIA's control.

The CIA then follows the FBI's lead in dealing with the issue.

 

The FBI may suggest joint operations against the target, if  it's overseas. The CIA could use its extensive operational network in foreign countries, its officers, its technical abilities, and its liaison relationships with foreign intelligence entities to pursue the operation. It could also call in other members of the intellgence community to assist (the NSA, or NGA, for example).

 

Were a CIA director to be a corrupt political operator, the crimes report process could be manipulated to great effect. A crimes report could be generated on the word of any intelligence officer, subject to the DCIA’s approval. The case would then be taken up by federal law enforcement, and the crimes report (and other CIA information) would become part of the law enforcement operation.

 

The FBI operates inside the USA, and has extensive capabilities — see the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) — at its disposal for use against American citizens in the United States.

Another important consideration is the CIA's relationships with foreign intelligence agencies. A large part of CIA's responsibility is to develop and maintain relationships with foreign intelligence entities.

 

In some areas, this effort dominates CIA activities. In many places, foreign entities are quite savvy in manipulating CIA through this relationship.

 

At the same time, the CIA can use these relations to achieve its own goals.

 

An excellent indicator that such liaison relations were involved in the operation against the Trump campaign was Trump’s decision to deny declassifying documents related to the operation, because " . . . several close allies had called to raise concerns about his decision to order the release of unredacted documents.  . . . "

 

This reason for denying the declassification could appear strange, but understanding the close liaison relations, and the willingness of liaison partners to cooperate with American intel and law enforcment requests, things are a bit clearer.

 

It appears that some foreign entities are panicking that they are about to be exposed in a political operation against a now-sitting American president.

 

Back to the stuck pig squealing: Brennan and company's outrage over criticism of their "spying" operations against the Trump campaign and administration. The key to understanding the template for this operation is found in the extensive counterterrorism operations we've seen in the U.S. since 9/11.

 

The headlines usually read something like: "Agents Foil Bomb Plot by Muslim Man." Once you’re familiar with this operational approach, the spying operation against Trump’s campaign looks familiar.

In an attempt to interdict terrorist attacks before they happen, U.S. counterterorrism operations have perfected a technique that relies on undercover assets enticing likely suspects into terrorist plots.

As a critic says, "They're manufacturing terrorism cases," Michael German, a former undercover agent with the FBI who now researches national-security law at New York University's Brennan Center for Justice, told The New York Times. "These people are five steps away from being a danger to the United States. They target people who are genuinely psychotic."

 

Regardless of the link to counterterrorism operations, it's clear that this operational technique is now tried and true: Controlled assets ("undercover") begin contact with the target.

 

They insert topics of interest into the conversation. They claim power, money, or influence to attract the target.

They provide cash, travel, or other incentives that appeal to the target. They slowly bring the target around to breaking the law, or considering breaking the law. Then they spring the trap, pounce, and arrest the target. Then they question him. If nothing else, the target is subject to charges of lying to the federal law enforcement.

 

This appears to be the exact technique used against Trump's campaign team.

 

As further details continue to trickle out, it seems clear that the genesis of the entrapment operations that set up the justification for comprehensive electronic surveillance of the Trump campaign came from John Brennan. Likely, he set the operation in motion.

 

Now he's squealing. Time will tell if the worm will turn.

 

One can only hope justice will prevail.



Read Newsmax: Brennan and the Report Beginning the Operation to Take Down Trump | Newsmax.com

 

 

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Just what are the Democrats afraid of with Barr starting an investigation of the investigators? Are they afraid that they might just get caught doing the very things that they accused Trump of doing?

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President Trump has released a memorandum concerning "Agency Cooperation with Attorney General's Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns," available below.

 

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE
THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY
THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE
THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
THE SECRETARY OF ENERGY
THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY
THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE
THE DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

 

SUBJECT: Agency Cooperation with Attorney General's Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns

 
 
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct the following:

 

Section 1. Agency Cooperation.

 

The Attorney General is currently conducting a review of intelligence activities relating to the campaigns in the 2016 Presidential election and certain related matters. The heads of elements of the intelligence community, as defined in 50 U.S.C. 3003(4), and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.

 

Sec. 2. Declassification and Downgrading. With respect to any matter classified under Executive Order 13526 of December 29, 2009 (Classified National Security Information), the Attorney General may, by applying the standard set forth in either

 

section 3.1(a) or section 3.1(d) of Executive Order 13526, declassify, downgrade, or direct the declassification or downgrading of information or intelligence that relates to the Attorney General's review referred to in section 1 of this memorandum. Before exercising this authority, the Attorney General should, to the extent he deems it practicable, consult with the head of the originating intelligence community element or department. This authority is not delegable and applies notwithstanding any other authorization or limitation set forth in Executive Order 13526.

 

Sec. 3. General Provisions.

 

(a) Nothing in this memorandum shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This memorandum shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) The authority in this memorandum shall terminate upon a vacancy in the office of Attorney General, unless expressly extended by the President.

(d) This memorandum is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

(e) The Attorney General is authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.

 

DONALD J. TRUMP

 

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Here is what transparency looks like...

 

 

 

 

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@jimc91 wrote:
What is Mr. Barr doing?

 

The attorney general has echoed the president’s concerns about spying on Mr. Trump’s campaign. Mr. Barr recently assigned John H. Durham, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, to examine the origins of the Russia investigation in a review that the attorney general is overseeing.

 

Mr. Barr also wants to know what the C.I.A. and other American intelligence agencies were doing in 2016 and what they knew about Russia’s effort to sabotage the election. The C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, was the agency’s station chief in London in 2016 when Australian officials passed Mr. Papadopoulos’s information about Russia’s email hacking to the United States and when Mr. Halper arranged his meeting with Mr. Papadopoulos. It is not clear what Ms. Haspel knew about the operation, but a person familiar with the events said that the British intelligence service MI-5 was made aware of F.B.I. activities in London.

 

On Friday, the president said he hoped that Mr. Barr would look at Britain: “We’re going to find out what happened and why it happened.”

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/politics/russia-investigation-origins.html

 

 

 


Not too determine what happened or why it happened - Trump and his campaign were investigated for working with the Russians and it happened because some of his campaign staff said they were.

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What is Mr. Barr doing?

 

The attorney general has echoed the president’s concerns about spying on Mr. Trump’s campaign. Mr. Barr recently assigned John H. Durham, the top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, to examine the origins of the Russia investigation in a review that the attorney general is overseeing.

 

Mr. Barr also wants to know what the C.I.A. and other American intelligence agencies were doing in 2016 and what they knew about Russia’s effort to sabotage the election. The C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, was the agency’s station chief in London in 2016 when Australian officials passed Mr. Papadopoulos’s information about Russia’s email hacking to the United States and when Mr. Halper arranged his meeting with Mr. Papadopoulos. It is not clear what Ms. Haspel knew about the operation, but a person familiar with the events said that the British intelligence service MI-5 was made aware of F.B.I. activities in London.

 

On Friday, the president said he hoped that Mr. Barr would look at Britain: “We’re going to find out what happened and why it happened.”

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/24/us/politics/russia-investigation-origins.html

 

 

 

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Toady Barr and his DOJ will remain as transparent as cement.

 

The FBI investigates people who may have been compromised by hostile foreign powers, like Russia, and when one of them is running to become POTUS, YOU BET THEY INVESTIGATE. If they're not supposed to look into the massive evidence that dj is in Putin's pocket, just WHO are they supposed to investigate?

 

The FBI refused to divulge their investigation of the Russia connection (which the Mueller Report verifies) while gleefully trumpeting their nonissue/nonsubstance investigation of Hillary.

 

And then and now the FBI grossly underestimated the ability of the Psy Ops Warriors of the KGB to drive thousands of chronic non-voters from the lunatic fringe to the polls and elect the Toad.

 

So now we have a ToadPOTUS who can be financially ruined by Putin even if his worshipers could care less he's handing Russia our position of leadership in the world and destroying the alliances that have kept the peace and supported us for the last 70 years.

 

Thanks again all you fine folks who wrote in Bernie or stayed home because you saw no difference in the candidates.

 

and a PS to jimc - those stats on who wants to know why lil donny got investigated do NOT indicate anybody thought the investigation was wrong, only that they want to know what lil donny was really up to to have triggered the investigation. Donny and the GOPers are NOT going to like the answer, which Barr will never release, but his successor WILL.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has granted Attorney General William Barr new powers to review and potentially release classified information related to the origins of the Russia investigation, a move aimed at accelerating Barr's inquiry into whether U.S. officials improperly surveilled Trump's 2016 campaign.

 

Trump on Thursday directed the U.S. intelligence community to "quickly and fully cooperate" with Barr's investigation of the origins of the multiyear probe of whether his campaign colluded with Russia.

 

Former intelligence officials and Democratic lawmakers criticized Trump's move, which marked an escalation in his efforts to "investigate the investigators" as he works to undermine the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe . Trump's announcement came amid mounting Democratic calls to bring impeachment proceedings against him.

 

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that Trump is delegating to Barr the "full and complete authority" to declassify documents relating to the probe, which would ease his efforts to review the sensitive intelligence underpinnings of the investigation. Such a move could create fresh tensions within the FBI and other intelligence agencies, which have historically resisted such demands.

 

Trump is giving Barr a new tool in his investigation, empowering him to unilaterally unseal documents that the Justice Department has historically regarded as among its most highly secret. Warrants obtained from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, for instance, are not made public — not even to the person on whom the surveillance was authorized.

 

Trump explicitly granted Barr declassification power — noting it would not automatically extend to another attorney general — and only for use in the review of the Russia investigation. Before using the new authority, Barr should consult with intelligence officials "to the extent he deems it practicable," Trump wrote in a memo formalizing the matter.

 

The president has frequently claimed his campaign was the victim of "spying," though the intelligence community has insisted it acted lawfully in following leads in the Russia investigation and conducted surveillance under court order.

 

Barr has already asked John Durham, the U.S. attorney in Connecticut, to examine the origins of the Russia investigation to determine whether intelligence and surveillance methods used during the probe were lawful and appropriate. Still, Barr has been directly involved, according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss it publicly, and is working with CIA Director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

 

Wray vocally opposed the release by Congress last year of details from a secret surveillance warrant obtained by the bureau on a former campaign adviser, Carter Page. The White House had eagerly encouraged Republicans on the House intelligence committee to disclose that classified information, believing it could help undermine the Russia investigation.

 

Wray, though cooperating with Barr in a review of the origins of the Russia probe, would presumably balk at declassifying classified information that could reveal sensitive sources or methods of investigators.

 

Former intelligence officials and Democratic leaders on congressional intelligence committees criticized Trump's decision.

 

David Kris, former head of the Justice Department's national security division, said it's "very unusual — unprecedented in my experience — for a non-intelligence officer to be given absolute declassification authority over the intelligence."

 

John McLaughlin, former deputy director of the CIA who served as acting director in 2004, tweeted: "Giving Barr declassification authority for this investigation is a really bad idea. The agencies can cooperate but must retain their legal responsibility for protecting sources. Congressional intelligence committees need to stand in the door on this one."

 

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, said lawmakers still don't have the full Mueller report.

 

"So of course the president gives sweeping declassification powers to an attorney general who has already shown that he has no problem selectively releasing information in order to mislead the American people," Warner tweeted Friday.

 

California Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee, called Trump's decision "un-American."

 

"While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies. The cover-up has entered a new and dangerous phase," Schiff tweeted.

 

Despite Mueller finding no evidence to support criminal charges against Americans related to Russia's actions, his report documented extensive Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 campaign and willingness on the part of some in Trump's orbit to accept that aid.

 

Thursday's move further solidifies Barr's position in Trump's eyes as a legal warrior on fighting on his behalf.

 

After Mueller submitted his report to Barr in March, the attorney general released a four-page summary to Congress. Barr's letter framed the debate about the probe over the next few weeks and, White House officials believe, allowed Trump to declare victory before the release of the full report, the contents of which are far more ambiguous.

 

Trump also appreciated Barr's combative stance with lawmakers and reporters as he defended the Justice Department's handling of the report, and again when he declined to appear before Congress and defied a subpoena, drawing a possible contempt charge. Trump has told close confidants that he "finally" had "my attorney general," according to two Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

 

"Today's action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions," Sanders said.

 

Two of Trump's congressional allies, Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, were seen by reporters earlier Thursday at the Justice Department.

 

https://www.stripes.com/news/us/trump-expands-barr-power-over-classified-russia-probe-info-1.582680

 

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Finally... Through total transparency we will discover the truth about how this hoax began.

 

 

 

 

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Will our resident complainers now complain about corrupting the DoJ for partisan purposes?

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This investigation of the investigators is just another Trump smokescreen to deflect all the bad news surrounding Trump which is self imposed. Just one more reminder why we do NOT live in normal times, and we won't until Trump is gone!
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