Intelligence

From Russia with crud

Featured image Whatever happened to the story of Russia’s collusion with the Trump campaign? It shouldn’t be able to survive the reality of Trump’s first 100 days in office. While the investigations continue in Congress and at the FBI, I want to draw attention to a few recent columns I have found of interest. Consistent with Michael Doran’s prediction (via Twitter below), the alleged Trump collusion with Putin looks more farcical every »

Sharyl Attkisson’s timeline

Featured image Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has prepared an “Obama-era Surveillance Timeline.” It is a mixed bag, containing seemingly indefensible conduct by the Obama administration, but also conduct that I consider justified and proper (e.g., the prosecution of CIA leaker Jeffrey Sterling). It’s clear to me from the timeline, though, that the kinds of intelligence abuses we’re hearing about now did not begin when Team Obama became concerned about Donald Trump. Attkisson »

Abusing FISA the first time around

Featured image Lee Smith is a Weekly Standard senior editor and Hudson Institute fellow. He also writes a weekly column for the online site Tablet. He is a sober and serious analyst of the foreign policy scene and related matters. Smith’s April 5 Tablet column hasn’t gotten the attention it deserves. In it Smith asks: “Did the Obama administration’s abuse of foreign intelligence collection start before Trump?” Smith argues that the Trump/Russia »

Thick as a wrist

Featured image John and Paul have examined the Washington Post story disclosing the existence of the FISA warrant authorizing the surveillance of Carter Page. I want only to add a brief footnote. Referring to the FISA warrant process, FBI Director James Comey has explained for the benefit of outsiders: “Those applications are often as thick as my wrist or thicker. It is a huge pain in the neck to get permission to »

Touchy about Susan Rice

Featured image Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau demonstrates his verbal finesse on behalf of Susan Rice in connection with the “unmasking” controversy. Like his former boss — indeed, like Rice herself — he’s a strong believer in the persuasive power of the ipse dixit. If you say so. Got it. Students of ancient history may recall that it was Rice’s job (straight, no chaser) to know the events leading to the murder »

Susan Rice unmasked, cont’d

Featured image The Daily Caller’s Richard Pollock advances the story of the day: Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova. “What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone »

Susan Rice unmasked, cont’d

Featured image Kim Strassel devoted her weekly Wall Street Journal column this past Friday to “What Devin Nunes knows.” In today’s reported editorial “Susan Rice unmasked” — I would guess it was written by Strassel — the Journal follows up: A U.S. intelligence official confirms to us the bombshell news, first reported Monday by Bloomberg, that Ms. Rice requested the name of at least one Trump transition official listed in an intelligence »

Susan Rice unmasked

Featured image In the adjacent post John picks up on Eli Lake’s scoop regarding former Obama administration national security adviser and Benghazi fabulist Susan Rice. Let’s take it up once more once. I’ve long identified Rice as a fool and a knave. Today we go heavy on the knave as Ms. Rice is herself unmasked. Eli reports: White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested »

Farkas protests “strange video”

Featured image The American Spectator’s Jeffrey Lord has obtained an exclusive statement from Evelyn Farkas on the video of her appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show earlier this month that we posted in “A Times source outs herself.” This is the statement that she provided to Lord verbatim, although I have added paragraphing in the interest of readability: Unfortunately, a few days ago a strange video of unknown provenance popped up on »

Evelyn Farkas goes Sergeant Schultz

Featured image Evelyn Farkas is the former Obama administration Department of Defense official who appeared on MSNBC earlier this month to explain and vouch for the page-one New York Times story on the Obatatons’ efforts to disseminate word of the Trump team’s supposed connection to Russian “hacking.” Farkas left the Department of Defense in late 2015 to become a Clinton campaign adviser. I wrote about her in “A Times source outs herself.” »

From the Iran file

Featured image Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon’s new book is The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals that Reshaped the Middle East. Solomon has broken many stories on the Iran beat for the Journal. His new book is must reading on the critical national security challenge presented by the regime of the mad mullahs that is on a glide path to the acquisition of nuclear weapons with »

A Times source outs herself [updated]

Featured image Evelyn Farkas is the former Obama administration deputy secretary of defense — and now an MSNBC analyst. Appearing on air among her friends at MSNBC yesterday, she all but outed herself as a key source for the seminal New York Times story on the Obama administration’s efforts to subvert the incoming Trump administration. The March 1 Times story ran under the headline “Obama administration rushed to preserve intelligence of Russian »

So, Were Trump’s Tweets Right After All?

Featured image Today House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters that, as has long been rumored and reported, one or more intelligence agencies did collect communications of members of President Trump’s campaign during the Fall of 2016: Members of the intelligence community collected “incidental” communications of the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., »

Analyze this

Featured image Politico reports on a story with manifold ramifications: Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday. Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been legal, incidental collection and that it does not appear to have been related to concerns over collusion with Russia. Nunes is going to the White »

Yesterday’s Intelligence Committee Hearing Was a Bust

Featured image Countless news stories have been written about yesterday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing featuring FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Mike Rogers, many of them breathless. If you scanned the headlines, you would think that the hearing produced some significant revelations. After laboriously reading the entire transcript while on vacation, my conclusion is that the hearing generated nothing of interest. The Washington Post’s account is typical. The headline is: “FBI »

Trump Vs. The Deep State: Herbert Meyer’s Perspective

Featured image Shortly after the election, and after Trump had made some of his public remarks critical of the intelligence community, I happened to lunch with Herbert Meyer, who many readers will know was assistant to CIA director William Casey in the Reagan Administration, and vice chair of the National Intelligence Council.  He remarked that Trump was running a large risk with the intelligence community, as they have ways of making a »

Don’t look now, but…

Featured image In another must-read column on the “election hacking” narrative force-fed to us incessantly by the Democrat/Media Axis, Andrew McCarthy proclaims its collapse. For his text he takes the January 19 New York Times story “Intercepted Russian communications part of inquiry into Trump associates.” Carrying the byline of four prominent New York Times reporters, the article is a masterpiece of innuendo that goes poof in one paragraph “after the sensational conspiracy »