Could the un-elected director of the FBI be covering up for Barack Obama? Or worse?
Days before yesterday’s hearing, Judge Andrew Napolitano defended President Trump’s allegation that the Obama White House was spying on him and members of his campaign. FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress that he has not seen any evidence of “wiretapping,” via Fox News.
However, Judge Napolitano says there is no evidence because Obama did not need a warrant to spy on Trump! “Obama needed only to ask the NSA for a transcript of Trump’s telephone conversations to be prepared from the digital versions that the NSA already possessed,” writes the Judge. The Judge also hinted the former president could even ask foreign governments to do the spying for him, therefore eliminating any trace at all of the surveillance.
Napolitano is referring to the NSA’s widespread spying powers. The NSA, through government lawyers, has convinced the FISA Court that it is more efficient to capture the data of all communication made in the United States than to follow constitutional requirements.
The NSA has complete access to the information of every telecom operating in our country. They have had access to every communication made by U.S. citizens since 2005. This is a surveillance state — every communication of every citizen is stored and available when needed.
So, when former President Obama wanted to spy on his political opponent, he did not need to go through the FISA Court. He did not need to obtain a warrant — the NSA answers to the president and is required to hand over Trump’s transcripts when requested.
A president can only access this information under the guise of national security, but this is a vague concept that has been abused by presidents in the past. False accusations that Trump was working with the Russians would be sufficient to access all of his private communications.
However, Judge Napolitano observes that this would leave a paper trail. Luckily for Obama, he would be able to circumvent the American intelligence community by relying on the British spying agency GCHQ — Napolitano’s sources confirmed this suspicion. GCHQ is given full access to all the information obtained by the NSA, so the British spy group also has access to the complete record of all communications by U.S. persons.
Obama could ask GCHQ for a printed transcript of all of Trump’s communications, without leaving a trace and without the knowledge of any U.S. intelligence agency. Judge Napolitano explains that “when senior American intelligence officials denied that their agencies knew about this, they were probably being truthful. Adding to this ominous scenario is the fact that three days after Trump’s inauguration, the head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned.”
All of this paints a terrifying picture. The powers of the security state have grown to the point where a sitting president is able to read a full transcript of all the communications of anyone around the world since 2005, without leaving a fingerprint. This is not just unconstitutional but highly immoral and dangerous. The president was never meant to be a king, let alone a God.
We may be temporarily comforted that while Trump is president, the powers won’t be abused, but we need to eliminate the temptation. Trump will not be president forever, and one day another Obama or worse may be elected, and we cannot let them have all this power.
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