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Monday, April 3, 2017

It's Rice who uncovered the covered

The lady who brought us the scoop on Benghazi, informing us the attack of the American compound was caused by a video, and that Bowe Bergdahl "served with honor and distinction" in the Army, is now the focus of the ongoing investigation into Russia's involvement with the 2016 election, and the unmasking of names of Americans caught up in NSA surveillance. 

That lady is Susan Rice.

It wasn't a video that started the terrorist attack and Bergdahl is currently facing court martial charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for allegedly walking off his post in Afghanistan and being a traitorous pus biscuit.

Rice, the former national security adviser (which, when you think of it, is an oxymoron) under then-President Obama, was the person who requested to unmask the names of the Trump transition officials in the surveillance. She denied this last month in an interview.

The unmasked names made the rounds: to all at the Defense Department, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

It's even possible some of the names were placed on milk cartons to be distributed across the nation, but we're still checking on that.

The names were ostensibly part of incidental electronic surveillance of then-candidate and President-elect Trump and those close to him, including family members. This began up to a year before he took office.

White House Press Secretary and butt of SNL jokes, Sean Spicer, was asked about the revelations at the Monday press briefing but declined to comment on the role Rice may have played or what her motives might be.

"I'm not going to comment on this any further until [congressional] committees have come to a conclusion," Spicer said. He made note of how the media doesn't appear interested in the Rice revelation as much as it is with the possible Trump-Putin links.

Names in this situation are supposed to be masked (redacted from reports) whether it's international or domestic collection. The only time it can be unmasked is when it's an issue of national security, crime, or if the security of the individual whose name was unmasked  is in any danger. There are loopholes and names can be unmasked through backchannels, but Americans are supposed to be protected from incidental collection, and Mike Flynn, for example, was unmasked and illegally revealed to the public. 

Last month, in a TV interview with Dr. Evelyn Farkus (whose brother Marcus Farkus runs a Marcus Farcus focus group) said in part: "I was urging my former colleagues and, frankly speaking, the people on the Hill--it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration." 

Perhaps it was no coincidence that just as Obama and his crew left office, he approved new rules giving the NSA much broader powers by relaxing the rules about sharing intercepted personal communications and the ability to share the communications with 16 (!) other intelligence agencies. 

This makes it even harder to determine who in any intelligence agency is leaking things illegally. 

Think of it as Obama-style camouflage.