A National Security Advisor Shouldn’t Have Pushed to Collect Surveillance as a White House Staffer

Susan Rice, Former President Obama’s National Security Advisor coordinated the revealing of Trump Transition Officials who may have been speaking with foreign officials. Typically, under the Minimization Techniques with regards to Electronic Surveillance, U.S. Citizens who are swept up in the collection of information cannot be identified. As displayed in U.S. Code, Title 50 Chapter 36 Subchapter VI section 1881a, they must

Prevent the intentional acquisition of any communication as to which the sender and all intended recipients are known at the time of the acquisition to be located in the United States”.

They must take measures to “mask” any U.S. person who may have been inadvertently swept up in the collection of surveillance.

In seeking the information leading to the “Russian Hacking” of a Presidential Election, the CIA, NSA, and FBI jointly issued a report in January based upon the surveillance received. Andrew McCarthy from National Review, covers this in-depth:

“In general, it is the FBI that conducts investigations that bear on American citizens suspected of committing crimes or of acting as agents of foreign powers. In the matter of alleged Russian meddling, the investigative camp also includes the CIA and the NSA. All three agencies conducted a probe and issued a joint report in January. That was after Obama, despite having previously acknowledged that the Russian activity was inconsequential, suddenly made a great show of ordering an inquiry and issuing sanctions.

The National Security advisor is not an investigator. She is a White House staffer. The president’s staff is a consumer of intelligence, not a generator or collector of it. If Susan Rice was unmasking Americans, it was not to fulfill an intelligence need based on American interests; it was to fulfill a political desire based on Democratic-party interests.

The FBI, CIA, and NSA generate or collect the intelligence in, essentially, three ways: conducting surveillance on suspected agents of foreign powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), and carrying out more-sweeping collections under two other authorities — a different provision of FISA, and a Reagan-era executive order that has been amended several times over the ensuing decades, EO 12,333.”

The credibility of Susan Rice has already been beaten with a hammer, doused with gasoline, lit on fire, and then buried in a shallow grave. She accomplished this feat completely on her own. As National Security Adviser, Rice continually ruined her credibility by carrying the Obama Administration’s water on her “deflection and disinformation Media campaign” to blame a YouTube video for the coordinated terror attacks on our embassy in Cairo and embassy and CIA annex in Benghazi on the anniversary of the largest terror attack on U.S. Soil. She further sullied it over the praising of a court-martial military defector who went AWOL, Bowe Bergdahl, as having served “with Honor and distinction.”

Any consideration of truth towards Susan Rice’s explanation of obtaining surveillance and outing of members of the Trump Transition team should be taken with a speck of seasoning. If even that much…

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