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Who Asked Susan Rice to Unmask Those Names?
Frontpagemag ^ | April 4, 2017 | Matthew Vadum

Posted on 04/03/2017 11:27:17 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo

Obama’s national security advisor is a liar -- and possibly a felon.

Former President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice asked for the names of Trump transition officials to be unmasked and made public in raw intelligence files, according to media reports, a move apparently carried out to harm the incoming Trump administration.

As recently as March 22, Rice denied knowing anything about the intelligence reports. In an appearance on “PBS Newshour,” she said pretty definitely, “I know nothing about this.” The new news reports paint Rice as a liar.

The evidence we know about in the Trump-Russia saga so far seems to be pointing at Obama.

Adam Housley of Fox News reports:

The unmasked names, of people associated with Donald Trump, were then sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

The names were part of incidental electronic surveillance of candidate and President-elect Trump and people close to him, including family members, for up to a year before he took office.

The spreading of the unmasked names was carried out for “political purposes that have nothing to do with national security” or foreign intelligence, Housley said. "It had everything to do with hurting and embarrassing Trump and his team," he said, citing his sources.

What is incidental collection, by the way?

Incidental collection “happens when an individual is in contact with the target of surveillance,” or is communicating “about” the target, according to Robyn Greene. “So if Bob were being targeted for surveillance and Alice called or emailed Bob, Alice’s communications with him would be collected incidentally.”

In this example, “if Bob is targeted for surveillance and Alice contacts him during that surveillance, resulting in the incidental collection of her communications with him, her name should be redacted or ‘masked’ unless leaving it unredacted provides foreign intelligence value.” Masking is done to protect U.S. persons (i.e. U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, etc.) who get inadvertently caught up in the electronic dragnet from being falsely accused of crimes or otherwise improper behavior.

If a National Security Agency analyst “believes Alice’s communications may contain evidence of any crime, the NSA can share those communications with law enforcement or other relevant agencies … even if the crimes are completely unrelated to the purpose for surveilling Bob’s communications, or to foreign intelligence or national security investigations.”

According to former Obama State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, “if the intelligence community professionals decide that there’s some value, national security, foreign policy or otherwise in unmasking someone, they will grant those requests,”

Assuming these news reports about data that supposedly was incidentally collected are accurate, they raise a multitude of new questions about the ongoing scandal concerning alleged collaboration between the Trump team and Russia.

We still don’t know who asked then-National Security Advisor Susan Rice to unmask those names – or if she acted on her own initiative. But the most likely culprit has to be President Obama himself, along with those in his inner circle such as his Islamist CIA director John Brennan and his slimy national-security aide Ben Rhodes.

But whoever did the deed, it appears someone used America’s taxpayer-funded national security apparatus to engage in likely unlawful espionage against an opposition presidential campaign, an incoming administration, and that administration’s transition team. It’s the stuff of banana republics, which makes sense, because Obama spent eight long, lawless years trying to turn the United States into precisely that.

Those persons may have participated in a virtual fishing expedition to dig up dirt on Team Trump and cripple his administration with scandals like the still-unproven collusion between Trump’s people and Russia and the seemingly wild claim that Russia somehow “hacked” the November election.

Susan Rice has no shortage of chutzpah.

In a Washington Post op-ed two weeks ago, she scolded President Trump over supposedly making false statements:

The foundation of the United States’ unrivaled global leadership rests only in part on our military might, the strength of our economy and the power of our ideals. It is also grounded in the perception that the United States is steady, rational and fact-based. To lead effectively, the United States must maintain respect and trust. So, when a White House deliberately dissembles and serially contorts the facts, its actions pose a serious risk to America’s global leadership, among friends and adversaries alike.

In her defense, Rice knows a lot about dissembling and contorting facts, things that are her stock-in-trade. Her statements are difficult to take seriously because she is a prolific liar.

Rice’s serial dishonesty and astonishingly bad judgment calls are well-documented.

Rice embraced the 2014 deal wherein President Obama freed five senior Taliban commanders and high-value terrorists from Guantanamo Bay, in exchange for U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl who deserted in 2009 and collaborated with the Taliban for the next five years. Eight U.S. soldiers were killed in the effort to find and recover Bergdahl who emailed his father just before deserting, claiming he was “ashamed” to be American. In June 2014 Rice went on ABC TV to justify the prisoner swap, falsely stating that Bergdahl “served the United States with honor and distinction.” The next year the Army charged Bergdahl with desertion.

Rice mischaracterized the deadly terrorist assault on the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, as a “spontaneous reaction” to “a hateful and offensive video that was widely disseminated throughout the Arab and Muslim world.” Five days later she went on five separate Sunday TV news programs and falsely claimed the Benghazi attack was a “spontaneous reaction” to “a hateful and offensive video that was widely disseminated throughout the Arab and Muslim world.”

Rice has long believed the leftist myth that poverty creates Muslim terrorists. She inspired the Obama administration’s “de-emphasizing [of] military action against terrorists, while looking for ways to address the ‘root causes’ of the violence.” She co-wrote a 2005 academic article that claimed terrorism was “a threat borne of both oppression and deprivation." Of course, Rice endorsed President Obama’s illegal war in Libya which was justified on bogus humanitarian concerns.

After deadly Muslim terrorist-orchestrated bombings in 1998, President Clinton wheeled Rice out to lie to television viewers about inadequate security provided at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Then-U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Prudence Bushnell had begged then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for extra security to guard against terrorist threats, including her own possible assassination. After the bombings Rice showed up on PBS to speak for the Clinton administration. She claimed the administration had "maintain[ed] a high degree of security at all of our embassies at all times" and that there was "no telephone warning or call of any sort like that, that might have alerted either embassy just prior to the blast."

In 1996 Rice helped to persuade President Clinton to reject Sudan’s offer to deliver Osama bin Laden to the U.S.

During the 1994 Rwandan genocide that claimed the lives of 800,000 people in a 100-day period, Rice worked in Bill Clinton’s White House. She “was a key player in the Clinton administration's decision not to intervene in a peacekeeping role, so as to avoid becoming embroiled in a politically risky endeavor where no strategic U.S. interests were in play.” The Clinton people lied afterward, claiming they didn’t know the extent of the carnage in Rwanda. Rice played a role in the cover-up, convincing the administration to strike terms such as “genocide” and “ethnic cleansing” from CIA and State Department memos related to Rwanda. “If we use the word 'genocide' and are seen as doing nothing, what will be the effect on the November [congressional] election?" Rice said, according to Obama’s UN Ambassador Samantha Power.

Like many inept, intellectually-deficient left-wingers, Rice was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. She earned a doctoral degree from Oxford University in 1990. In her dissertation she hailed the genocidal Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe as a “pragmatic, intelligent, sensible, gentle, balanced man” in possession of much “patience and restraint.”

Among other famous Rhodes Scholars, who tend to be highly influential in their professional lives, are MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, former President Bill Clinton, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), feminist Naomi Wolf, Wesley Clark, former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.), and New York Times columnist Nick Kristof.

Which may help to explain why America is in such rough shape today.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: 1994; 1996; 1998; billclinton; genocide; obamagate; obl; rice; rwanda; samanthapower; sudan; susanrice; susanriceunmasker; trumpwiretaps; unmasking
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1 posted on 04/03/2017 11:27:17 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

I think it will become clear that Rice was doing oppo research for Hillary using classified NSA reports.

2 posted on 04/03/2017 11:31:16 PM PDT by Helicondelta (Deplorable)
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I am confused. We are now being told all of this was incidental to surveillance of foreign officials. However, go to and watch the Hannity clip titled Susan Rice has some explaining to do (paraphrased).

In that monologue he claims that this surveillance went beyond simply unmasking transcripts of conversations with foreigners. He says it may have included conversations that are unlikely to have involved foreigners. If so, that is not simply “improper unmasking” - that is a criminal violation of a persons civil rights!

What gives here? There is always an effort to minimize any harm to rats in the media, but why don’t people call a duck a duck??? We keep hearing even people on our side say “Trump said wiretap and there is no evidence of that.” What the hell? Wiretap, surveillance, recording, eavesdropping, etc - who cares what word he used (in quotes no less)????

His campaign and transition team were listened to by Obama officials. Period. Based on transcripts made of at least a few of these conversations and a last minute rule change by Obama - the information was disseminated far beyond the usual recipients making it far more likely it would be leaked. Period.

This is secret police behavior and it should scare EVERY American regardless of political thought.

3 posted on 04/03/2017 11:45:33 PM PDT by volunbeer (Clinton Cash = Proof of Corruption)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Are there any instances of Trump campaign officials being described as citizens with the right to remain masked? Muh Russians prevail?

4 posted on 04/03/2017 11:52:03 PM PDT by Scram1
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To: LucyT; WildHighlander57; Liz; Jane Long; NIKK

Good read

5 posted on 04/03/2017 11:55:30 PM PDT by hoosiermama (When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.DJT)
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To: Mr. Mojo

There is not enough room in Leavenworth for all guilty Obama officials.
Why is Koskenin not breaking rocks for 40 years?

6 posted on 04/04/2017 12:01:27 AM PDT by A strike
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To: volunbeer
This is secret police behavior and it should scare EVERY American regardless of political thought.

Absolutely right. This isn't just a minor infraction. This is Tyrannical Abuse of Power. Period.

The American people are being presented with mounting and compelling evidence that the Democrats and Media (but I repeat myself) are indeed Enemies of the People.

The criminality and corruption of the Establishment is becoming so transparently obvious that one must be a fanatical ideologue—detached from objective reality—to deny it...

7 posted on 04/04/2017 12:16:00 AM PDT by sargon ("If we were in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, the Left would protest for zombies' rights.")
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To: Mr. Mojo

Incidentally collected, which is why detailed spreadsheetS were kept.

Incidentally not “minimized”. Incidentally distributed. Incidentally “leaked” to media.

8 posted on 04/04/2017 12:40:41 AM PDT by Ray76 (DRAIN THE SWAMP)
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To: Mr. Mojo

Of all the obama criminal operatives; susan rice, lynch, and eric holder are the three I most want to see prosecuted and sent to prison for the rest of their natural lives due to the severity of the crimes they committed.

All of them should get serious punishment and prison time but these three really stand out. Two because of the high AG office they desecrated and the other for being such a blatant criminal liar to us all multiple times when it really needed to be the truth. Obummer is on that list too but he’s in a much worse category due to what he did to the office of POTUS.

There is a special place of extra unpleasant punishment awaiting these trolls of mankind in the afterlife but I’d like to see them pay for their deeds on this plane first.

9 posted on 04/04/2017 1:20:23 AM PDT by Boomer (The modern day leftist dems are the party of criminally insane propagandists.)
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To: Helicondelta

“I think it will become clear that Rice was doing oppo research for Hillary using classified NSA reports”.

BINGO! One thing that had me curious about the whole clumsily constructed “Russian” yarn was that much as I disdain Obama, he always seemed more like a none too bright compliant stooge for the leftist global agenda, and not so much of a conniving mastermind out to destroy anyone in the path that leads to fortune and power. No, that clearly describes Mrs BJ Clinton...The diaper witch is not only capable of spying on her opponents, sliming them (Newt, Monica, Paula), and conjuring up false scandals (travel office) to deflect her crimes and getting the media to ride shotgun , but her whole past is built upon a mountain of the corpses of those who stood in her way, both figuratively, and literally.

If they were doing this to Trump in 2015, then they were obviously doing this to Bush, Rubio, Cruz et al...I wouldn’t be surprised if the Russian Ambassador turned out to be a Hilary plant.

10 posted on 04/04/2017 1:45:20 AM PDT by Garden Island
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To: Mr. Mojo

Nice summation of the career accomplishments of Susan Rice
All of which begs the question of why she was ever named Obamas national security advisor

Meanwhile has the coconut express delivered any statement of support from her former boss?

11 posted on 04/04/2017 2:09:06 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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To: Ray76

Even idiot Maxine Waters knew Obamas regime was building a massive data base on citizens - and how else to do it but weaponize the federal govt as a tool of personal control

12 posted on 04/04/2017 2:13:02 AM PDT by silverleaf (Age takes a toll: Please have exact change)
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13 posted on 04/04/2017 2:31:07 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Mr. Mojo

Soon, if the evidence becomes overwhelming, Democrats will be defending themselves with “we had do this [tyranny] to stop the murderous bigot Russian Trump”, gambling that 30% of the electorate will like that argument, and 30% won’t care because Beyonce is a Democrat.

14 posted on 04/04/2017 2:43:34 AM PDT by ReaganGeneration2
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To: Mr. Mojo

Who did she ask?
When did Obama change the rules about disseminating this information throughout the government?
Before or after Rice asked to reveal the names?

15 posted on 04/04/2017 2:44:19 AM PDT by ballplayer (hvexx NKK c bmytit II iyijjhihhiyyiyiyi it iyiiy II i hi jiihi ty yhiiyihiijhijjyjiyjiiijyuiiijihyii)
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To: Boomer
These key lynch pins in the Soros/Clinton/Obama conspiracy should at least be broken financially by long, long drawn out legal battles to keep their sorry souls, if not already sold out to Lucifer, out of the orange pant suits, and then if there is any money left fight out civil cases with those their decisions maligned.
16 posted on 04/04/2017 2:46:56 AM PDT by urbanpovertylawcenter (the law and poverty collide in an urban setting and sparks fly)
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To: silverleaf

She’s got a John Kerry like knack for serial bad judgement. She called Mugabe “gentle”? Reminds me of Kerry defending Daniel Ortega.

17 posted on 04/04/2017 3:09:33 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Helicondelta

IRS, OSHA, and other agencies harassed True the Vote and hundreds of other conservative groups.

Robert Creamer was in the pay of the Hillary campaign to beat up Trump supporters.

The DNC worked to defeat Crazy Bernie.

This NSA surveillance of political enemies dovetails with prior unpunished crimes. The high criminals will plead pigmentation immunity and get away with it all.

Two Americas indeed.

18 posted on 04/04/2017 3:25:53 AM PDT by Jacquerie (
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To: Helicondelta

“I think it will become clear that Rice was doing oppo research for Hillary using classified NSA reports”

It was a twofer, only one candidate insures that Obama’s crap legacy is intact and treasonist activity stays in the dark.

He knew, Valjar knew. The Marxist raised, Iranian born Reptile was probably the brains behind it.

19 posted on 04/04/2017 3:26:59 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Mr. Mojo

There has to be a paper trail.

No one in government does anything without one.

20 posted on 04/04/2017 3:37:32 AM PDT by usmcobra (Happiness is a belt fed weapon.)
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