The following article by the Conservative Tree House is mind-numbing. It is hard to imagine it really being this bad. The problem is that several things on this timeline are already documented by facts and I am unaware of any documentation disputing a single item on this timeline:
Before reading this, pay close attention to the following report about what Devin Nunes is telling his Republican colleagues in congress:
Nunes says he intends to read all 435 members of Congress into major abuses with other areas of FISA. That means he intends to give his information to Democrats and Republicans. Everyone assumes that Nunes is focused on the Russian Dossier. But that is not actually what Nunes said. He said he has clear evidence that shows abuse of government surveillance programs by FBI and Justice Department officials. He did not limit this to actions taken against the Trump campaign or the Trump transition team. He may be showing this to Democrats because they may have been targets too.
On May 25, 2017 Andrew McCarthy wrote an article alleging that the illegal surveillance of Americans goes back long before the Presidential election. It was only disclosed in October of 2016.
The FISA Court made a finding on May 24, 2017 that the NSA under President Obama ROUTINELY violated American privacy protections.
Note the following quote from the FISA court. It seems clear:
“NSA analysts had used U.S.-person identifiers to query the result of Internet “upstream” collection even though NSA’s section 702 minimization procedures prohibited such queries…this disclosure gave the Court substantial concern.”
The report also showed that the frequency was higher than previously disclosed to the court. In other words, they were lying about it. The court referred to this as an institutional lack of candor on the part of the NSA. The report indicated that investigations by the NSA had yielded preliminary results that the problem was widespread during all periods under review.
In April of 2016, techdirt reported that FISA court had uncovered more abuse by the NSA and FBI. Note: this article was from APRIL 2016. It makes references to findings from November 2015. This goes back a lot farther than the presidential election.
The FBI claimed it had put in procedures (April 2016) to prevent further abuse. Based on what we know now, about the Russia Dossier and Fusion GPS, that clearly did not happen.
Mike Rogers was appointed Director of the NSA in April 2014. At some point Rogers became aware of this an ordered an investigation. We don’t know the timeline, but we do know that by October of 2016, he had notified the FISA court of a pattern of violation. Almost immediately James Clapper, DNI and Ashton Carter recommended that Rogers be fired from the NSA. On November 17, 2016 Rogers briefs Donald Trump regarding surveillance. Trump immediately moves his transition team out of Trump Tower. James Clapper and Ashton Carter again recommend that President Obama fire Rogers.
We don’t know why Obama didn’t fire Rogers, but we suspect part of the reason is that he was terrified of what Rogers might say. To put it bluntly, Rogers knew where the bodies were buried.
Democrats ignored all this because they were too concerned about a silly meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and a female Russian attorney with dubious connections to anyone. This is clear evidence of how Democrats always zoom in on issues material to our national security, but only if they suspect Republicans.
I don’t know if this timetable is accurate. I suspect some of it is true, and some of it is speculation. It does appear to be well-sourced. If it is true it appears likely that Nunes is going to have an earth shattering meeting with Democratic members of congress. He just may be getting ready to confront them with irrefutable evidence that President Barack Obama had weaponized the intelligence agencies against his perceived enemies and at least some of them were Democrats. In other words, Obama was spying on everyone about everything.
It is hard to imagine the main stream media being oblivious to this. But they were either too stupid to notice, too biased to care or part of the cover-up. Which explanation do you prefer? These are not minor allegations. They strike at the core of our democracy.
If Hillary Clinton had been elected, as expected, we would probably wouldn’t know any of this. Odds seem high that Hillary Clinton, with what appears to be a lifetime record of corruption and abuse of power, would have taken this to a new level. We may have really dodged a bullet here.