Lord Dampnut, Wiretapp, and Some Truth
I have been thinking about 45's "unhinged assertion" that Obama put a Wiretapp on him on Drumpf Tower. We also observe establishment political figures, both R and D, accompanied by the MSM, demanding that he produce evidence or back down. Personally, I find the claim that 45 was not and could not have been surveilled as candidate or President-Elect equally unhinged.
Imagine if some individual challenging the IC/MIC narrative or otherwise under some suspicion by the IC as having sympathies for Nefarious Causes were to make the claim that they believed they were being surveilled by one or another alphabet agency of DHS. Suppose it was--
John Kirikaou, Barrett Brown, DeRay McKesson, Jill Stein, Chris Hedges, Glenn Greenwald, Michael Moore, or any American imam, to name a few examples--
--that made a public statement that they believed that the CIA/FBI/NSA etc. were listening in on their phone calls and monitoring their email. Would we be inclined to believe them? I think most of us here would, and we would not be insisting that they show proof or that a FOIA request, once honored, would clear up the matter once and for all. We would take it on faith that they were being watched and listened to and that there was likely no trail of orders or warrants officially authorizing their surveillance that would ever see the light of day.
Why? Because over the last decades, and much more so since 9/11, more and more evidence has come to light about how the IC has been surveilling citizens in secret and with impunity. the Snowden revelations. Clapper's lying to Congress and keeping his job, much less facing charges. The CIA's hacking into the House Intelligence Committee's computer system. Vault 7. I could go on. Some else could certainly add more relevant data points. I hope some of you do.
We have reached the point where it is obvious that there are no legal, legislative, judicial or procedural restraints on the IC's snooping on anyone they wish to. If you think otherwise, and that the IC is all "mother may I' with forms in triplicate, you've been living under a rock. If you haven't been living under a rock, you have some vested interest in not speaking the truth.
So, back to Lord Dampnut's twitlering about Obama wiretapp. The man's unhinged, and dangerous. He never should have been president. If he could go away without the Deep State staging a coup and installing an extreme and unelected Christian Dominionist in the White House, it would be a good thing for America and the world. I'm no fan of his. We are witnessing a struggle between several factions of Bad People.
But, this once, I think 45 is probably mostly right. I would be flabbergasted to find out (assuming we will ever have the means to do so) that no one in the IC was listening in on his every phone call for the last two years. Do I think Obama personally ordered it? I rather doubt it. the IC would surveil Lord Dampnut as a matter of course. I'm just trying to picture the security briefing: "Mr. President, we have grave concerns about Drumpf. Would you sign off on this order giving us permission to monitor his conversations?" and BHO would be all, "Oh absolutely, guys. Glad you asked. Of course you can. and thanks for waiting until I gave you the go-ahead"
Unh-unh. They would have just done it. They probably even would have captured all Sigint relating to him even if Obama expressly told them not to. I mean, what would Barry do about it? After all, BHO probably realized by February 2009 that he couldn't have any private convos with anyone either. Ever. On any line.
My take: wiretapp yes, on Obama's orders, no.
So here we have the narrative, concocted by the Serious Grownups, that all 45 has to do is just declassify the intel and resolve the matter for once and for all, and that this is a "serious blow" to 45's credibility if he can't or won't do this. Yeah right, and Washington chopped down the cherry tree, Saddam really did have WMD, and the police are here to protect everyone. There probably is nothing to declassify, and the IC has already admitted that they are withholding intel from POTUS.
Lord Dampnut did make a mistake in claiming Obama had him wiretapped. The mistake is not that it wasn't true, but that he revealed something the Washington establishment considers impolitic and just Something One Is Not Supposed To Say.
My $0.02 for today. Interested to hear what y'all think.