The big, amazing list of people Obama spied on | Sharyl Attkisson
“The Obama administration isn’t accused of gathering intelligence information to spy for political, and other, purposes just once. Or twice. Or even just three times.
A remarkable timeline assembled by ace investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson shows just how often the Obama administration apparently spied on friend and foe alike.
With all of this information gathered in one place, WND then compiled a list gleaned from Attkisson’s timeline of all those whom the Obama administration is suspected of targeting either by spying, or investigating and/or prosecuting using intelligence information.
And the list is impressive.
- Former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif.
- Pro-Israel lobbyists
- FBI contractor and whistleblower Shamai Leibowitz
- Tea-party groups
- New York Times reporter James Risen
- NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake
- Fox News reporter James Rosen
- CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson
- Former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio
- Fox News reporter Mike Levine
- ATF Special Agent John Dodson
- Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus
- Associated Press reporters
- Benghazi whistleblowers
- President Obama’s vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright
- Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning
- CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou
- NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden
- Reporter Audrey Hudson
- FBI agent and contractor Donald Sachtleben
- Former state department contractor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim
- The Senate Intelligence Committee
- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
- Former CIA employee Jeffrey Alexander Sterling
- Unspecified members of Congress
- American-Jewish groups
- Trump adviser Carter Page
- Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
- Candidate Donald Trump’s campaign
- President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team
WND asked Attkisson: Given the sheer number of areas in which it engaged in spying, did it not seem clear that the Obama administration had weaponized the intelligence community?
“I think the facts of the timeline speak for themselves, and people are free to draw their own inferences,” she replied.
But, WND asked, would you not say that what the timeline clearly seems to imply is that spying was a tactic of the Obama administration in numerous areas?
“I think there’s little question that the intel community under the Obama administration utilized its tools tradecraft more aggressively and in a broader scope than had been done previously.”
Attkisson added, “As has been widely reported, it went after more whistleblowers than all previous administrations combined, it targeted reporters in ways that had never been done before, and it vastly expanded permission for itself to spy on members of Congress and ordinary U.S. citizens.”
But she saw more to the picture.
“I will point out that I think some of this is less a product of a specific administration and more an outgrowth of the dynamic of government pushing the limits of authorities granted after 9/11.
“Some of the intel officials and bureaucrats calling the shots persisted from administration to administration, Republican and Democrat alike,” Attkisson observed.”
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Schock Tactics: How The Justice Department Violated The Constitution In Its Aaron Schock Investigation
“Below is my column in the Hill Newspaper on the investigation of former Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill), who attracted notoriety for his use of a Downton Abbey motif for the decoration of his office. Obviously a preference for haughty interiors should not be enough to generate a massive criminal investigation. However, the prosecutor in this case has pursued Schock with utter abandon, including trampling over long-established protections accorded to Congress. Regardless of the merits of the fraud allegations against Schock, the investigation raises troubling questions of constitutional law and Congress should hold hearings into the violation of Article I.
At the start of his famous poem Mending Wall, Robert Frost wrote, “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.” When it comes to the Justice Department, that statement is particularly true this month. In the prosecution of former congressman Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), the Justice Department did not simply ignore the wall of separation between the legislative and executive branches, it bulldozed it.
In its invitation of possible fraud by Schock, the FBI enlisted a staff member to record conversations in the office, rummage through files and paperwork, and remove documents for investigators and prosecutors to search of any wrongdoing. It is an egregious violation of the protections afforded members of Congress and, if left unaddressed, would constitute extremely dangerous precedent for our constitutional system.”
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