First They Came For Judge Napolitano
April 3, 2017 by Cliff Kincaid
An admitted CIA mouthpiece writing for The Washington Post receives classified information and publishes it. He remains in good standing at the paper. Yet the Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News offers his informed opinion that the British helped conduct surveillance on President Trump and is suspended for several days from on-air appearances.
This action by Fox News reflects disrespect for someone who has worked for the channel since 1998. It sends a message that the intelligence community, here and abroad, cannot be investigated.
Since the British NSA, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), had issued a denial of what Napolitano had said, the feeling of most of the media (and the management of Fox News Channel) was apparently that this was the Gospel and must not be challenged.
The scalp of Judge Napolitano will forever be nailed to the wall of Fox News, setting an example of what happens when the establishment narrative about Russia and Trump is undermined. Napolitano was made into an example of what happens when the intelligence agencies are embarrassed.
We understand that journalists use intelligence officials as anonymous sources and therefore accommodate them. But when a commentator like Napolitano breaks the mold with information that embarrasses the intelligence community, he must be supported, not punished with a suspension. Otherwise, the notion of a free and independent press is a joke.
Meanwhile, an anchor for Fox News, gay activist Shepard Smith, makes a mockery of conservative values on a regular basis and continues to enjoy the blessings of the channel’s owners. This is what happens when a conservative channel takes its conservative base for granted and moves to the left in order to appear more acceptable to the rest of the media. Smith was actually designated to declare on the air that Napolitano’s report was incorrect. No details were offered on what investigations were done, if any, to question the sources behind his claims. One source came forward to validate what the judge had said.
His “return” was instructive and quite uncomfortable. Host Bill Hemmer offered a lame joke that Napolitano “had a few quiet days” and “likely needed them.” Napolitano said he stood by his report that the British played a role in the surveillance, “and the sources stand by it.”
Meanwhile, over at The Washington Post, CIA mouthpiece David Ignatius is still on the payroll of Jeff Bezos, the Amazon billionaire owner of the paper with CIA and NSA connections. Little is said or reported about this curious arrangement.
The Post is an example of the corporate marriage between the media and intelligence establishments. It has become a weapon in the arsenal of the Democratic Party and the Obama officials still ensconced in the intelligence agencies.
As we should all know by now, Ignatius received an illegal leak of classified information about conversations involving Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, and reported them in the paper. Both the leak and the publication of the information constitute potential felonies under the law.
Ignatius continues to write from the viewpoint of those who want to use anonymous sources to destroy the Trump presidency. His latest column is a blast at the courageous head of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), for continuing to probe the issues of illegal leaks and illegal surveillance of the Trump team. Ignatius knows the trail leads to his desk and then to a high-ranking Obama official in the CIA, NSA or FBI.
His obvious conflict of interest is cause for concern among anyone with a remote sense of journalistic ethics.
But the Post, whose owner Jeff Bezos does business with the CIA and NSA, looks the other way.
Incredibly, Ignatius tried to turn the tables on Nunes, saying, “He needs to demonstrate that he’s the chairman of a bipartisan oversight panel trusted with the nation’s secrets, rather than a conduit for information from the Trump White House.”
For the record, nobody knows the identity of the source that provided evidence to Nunes of improper or illegal surveillance of the Trump team. It is completely absurd, however, for Ignatius to posture as someone concerned about the protection of “the nation’s secrets.”
Our column, “Investigate and Prosecute the Press,” remains as valid today as when we published it.
In a promotional advertisement trying to drum up subscriptions, the Post declares, “Democracy needs great journalism. Great journalism needs you.”
Bezos ought to be indicted for false advertising and consumer fraud. He ought to be invited to testify after Nunes is done with Ignatius.
Indeed, Ignatius ought to be hauled in front of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees and grilled on his relationship with the anonymous sources who provided him with classified information.
Nunes just might have the guts to do this. But it’s clear that the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr (NC), is in over his head, and is letting the ranking minority member, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), virtually run the hearings on the Senate side.
In their “Statement on Inquiry into Russian Intelligence Activities,” Burr and Warner didn’t indicate any effort would be undertaken to discover the source of the illegal leaks and whether surveillance of the Trump team had taken place.
No wonder the Post wants to destroy Nunes. He is standing in the way of the establishment reasserting the primacy of their narrative on the Russians and Trump. They got Napolitano’s scalp; now they want to get that of Nunes.
- Call 202- 225-4121 and support Rep. Nunes, urging him to hold the media and the intelligence community accountable for illegal leaks of classified information.
SUSAN RICE Helped Obama Illegally UNMASK Trump Transition Team[NEW DETAILS]!!!
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Apr 3, 2017 By Nicholas Fondacaro
A massive revelation in the alleged surveillance of President Trump’s aides broke Monday morning when Bloomberg reported that “[f]ormer National Security Adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign.” With their identities unmasked, it allowed for someone to freely and illegally leak their names to the press. It’s controversial news but ABC and NBC both chose to ignore it that night, while CBS defended Rice.
“We learned more today about the President’s allegation that he and his aides were caught up in Obama-era surveillance,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley said, teeing up reporter Margaret Brennan. Strangely, Pelley stayed away from flinging the fiery insults which drew him much praise from the left. Instead of calling Trump’s claims “baseless,” he kept it neutral, only referring to them as “allegations.” He also described what the concern was as “Obama-era surveillance,” something he had not done in the past.
Brennan played defense for Rice, stating: “Well, Scott, as national security adviser to the president, Susan Rice could and did request the names of individuals who were picked up during legal surveillance of foreign nationals.” She then cited unnamed sources who told her there was nothing wrong with what Rice did:
Now, according to a former national security official, Trump associates were not the sole focus of Rice’s request, but they may have been revealed when she asked to understand why they were appearing in intelligence reports. However, Rice did not spread the information according to this former official, who insisted that there was nothing improper or political involved.
On Fox News’s Special Report, it was a whole different story as they led the program with Rice’s unmasking efforts. “The surveillance of people close to President Trump, possibly the President himself, now has a name and a face attached to it. And it’s one you’ve seen in major scandals before,” declared fill-in host James Rosen during the opening tease.
“Two weeks ago, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced to the press and President he had uncovered a disturbing trend of intelligence collection on Trump officials, some of which was made public,” reported Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts, “Today, we learn more about the ‘how’ and ‘who’ of what’s going on.”
The Fox News reporter noted that when it came to statements from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes about Trump aides being swept up in incidental collection, Rice claimed she didn’t know anything. “I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today,” she claimed on PBS NewsHour on March 22. That is now exposed as a lie, just like then she lied about what caused the Benghazi attack.
All of that and more went unreported on the Big Three networks. Ironically during Monday’s White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer called the media out for doing just that. “I think that it is interesting the level or lack of interest that I’ve seen in these developments when it goes in one direction,” he declared, referencing when the press rushed to wrongly finger NSC Director Ezra Cohen-Watnik as the source of Nunes’ information. But he, in fact, was the one who discovered Rice’s order during a review of the unmasking process. A noticeable double standard indeed.
CBS Evening News
April 3, 2017
6:35:28 PM Eastern
SCOTT PELLEY: Margaret, we learned more today about the President’s allegation that he and his aides were caught up in Obama-era surveillance. What did you find out today?
MARGARET BRENNAN: Well, Scott, as national security adviser to the president, Susan Rice could and did request the names of individuals who were picked up during legal surveillance of foreign nationals. Now, according to a former national security official, Trump associates were not the sole focus of Rice’s request, but they may have been revealed when she asked to understand why they were appearing in intelligence reports. However, Rice did not spread the information according to this former official, who insisted that there was nothing improper or political involved.
PELLEY: Margaret Brennan at the White House. Margaret, thank you.
Fox News Channel
April 3, 2017
6:00:15 PM Eastern
JAMES ROSEN: The surveillance of people close to President Trump, possibly the President himself, now has a name and a face attached to it. And it’s one you’ve seen in major scandals before. This is Special Report.
ROSEN: Good evening, I am James Rosen sitting in for Bret Baier. Fox News has confirmed that President Obama’s national security advisor secretly ordered the intelligence community to reveal to her the names of people close to President Trump who had been swept up in U.S. surveillance on foreign targets and referenced only by code in classified intelligence reports.
ROSEN: We begin with Chief White house Correspondent John Roberts and a familiar name from the Obama administration surfacing in yet another scandal. Good evening, John.
JOHN ROBERTS: James, good evening. Two weeks ago, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee announced to the press and President he had uncovered a disturbing trend of intelligence collection on Trump officials, some of which was made public. Others remain known to administration officials. Today we learn more about the “how” and “who” of what’s going on.
[Cuts to video]
Multiple sources tell Fox News that President Obama’s national security advisor Susan Rice was the one who requested the names of Trump officials be unmasked in the intelligence reports that were collected during the campaign and transition. The White House, which has access to intelligence logs that allegedly show Rice was behind the unmasking, was playing coy today.
Does this White House look at what she allegedly requested as a national security issue or political issue?
SEAN SPICER: Well, that’s a nice back door into a line of questioning. I think until there is a finding of that, I don’t want to start getting into motives because we still haven’t—I mean, me getting to the motives assumes certain things in fact that I don’t think we are ready to go to yet.
ROBERTS: Senator Rand Paul, today, described the revolution as, quote “A smoking gun.” In a tweet writing: “Smoking gun found! Obama pal and noted dissembler Susan Rice said to have been spying on Trump campaign.” There is no suggestion that what Rice allegedly requested was illegal. As the President’s point person on national security, she had the authority. But in a recent television appearance, she claimed no knowledge of it.
SUSAN RICE: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.
ROBERTS: Rice has a checkered past when it comes to public statements. She had initially claimed the Benghazi attack was in response to a controversial video and praised sergeant Bowe Bergdahl who faces a court-martial in may for desertion.
RICE: He served the United States with honor and distinction.
ROBERTS: In its closing days, the Obama administration scrambled to preserve as much intelligence it could about Russia and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. Former Obama administration official Evelyn Farkas appeared to acknowledge Trump officials had been the subject of surveillance.
EVELYN FARKAS: Get as much as you can before President Obama leaves the administration, because I had a fear somehow that information would disappear.
ROBERTS: The extent of the unmasking became apparent when NSC Director Ezra Cohen-Watnik conducted a review of unmasking policy. Sources say he came across many instances where the names of Trump officials had been revealed. He brought that information to the White house counsel, who told him to suspend the review. Cohen-Watnik was suspect of an intense media coverage when he was mistakenly identified as one of House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes’ sources. Today the Press Secretary wondered why the Rice Revelations weren’t drawing the same attention.
SPICER: I think that it is interesting the level, or lack of interest that I’ve seen in these developments when it goes in one direction.
[Cuts back to live]
ROBERTS: While this new information adds another layer of intrigue to everything that went on during the campaign, it still seemed to fall short of proving the President’s claim back on March the 4 that he was being quote “wiretapped” by President Obama. James.
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