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April 05, 2017

Pro-Israel Activists: Obama's Been Spying On His Domestic Enemies For a Long Time. He Did It To Us, to Smear Us During the Iran Nukes Controversy.

Son of a bitch.

"At some point, the administration weaponized the NSA's legitimate monitoring of communications of foreign officials to stay one step ahead of domestic political opponents," says a pro-Israel political operative who was deeply involved in the day-to-day fight over the Iran Deal. "The NSA's collections of foreigners became a means of gathering real-time intelligence on Americans engaged in perfectly legitimate political activism--activism, due to the nature of the issue, that naturally involved conversations with foreigners. We began to notice the White House was responding immediately, sometimes within 24 hours, to specific conversations we were having. At first, we thought it was a coincidence being amplified by our own paranoia. After a while, it simply became our working assumption that we were being spied on."

Lee Smith turns to getting specific -- how Obama exploited loopholes in NSA rules to spy on Congress, by claiming they were just "incidentally" collecting data on them. What they did was spy on, for example, the Israeli Ambassador's communications back to Israel, in which he'd mention the Congressmen he'd briefed.

The supposed target was Israel -- fine, that's allowed, as a strictly formal matter. But the real targets were the Congressmen and lobbyists mentioned in this "foreign chatter," which was just "incidentally" collected.

And then leaked.

Sound familiar?

[T]he standard for collecting and disseminating "intercepted communications involving U.S. lawmakers" is much less strict if it is swept up through "foreign-foreign" intercepts, for instance between a foreign ambassador and his capital. Washington, i.e. the seat of the American government, is where foreign ambassadors are supposed to meet with American officials. The Obama administration turned an ancient diplomatic convention inside out--foreign ambassadors were so dangerous that meeting them signaled betrayal of your own country.

During the long and contentious lead-up to the Iran Deal the Israeli ambassador was regularly briefing senior officials in Jerusalem, including the prime minister, about the situation, including his meetings with American lawmakers and Jewish community leaders. The Obama administration would be less interested in what the Israelis were doing than in the actions of those who actually had the ability to block the deal--namely, Senate and House members. The administration then fed this information to members of the press, who were happy to relay thinly veiled anti-Semitic conceits by accusing deal opponents of dual loyalty and being in the pay of foreign interests.

It didn't take much imagination for members of Congress to imagine their names being inserted in the Iran deal echo chamberís boilerplate--that they were beholden to "donors" and "foreign lobbies." What would happen if the White House leaked your phone call with the Israeli ambassador to a friendly reporter, and you were then profiled as betraying the interests of your constituents and the security of your nation to a foreign power? What if the fact of your phone call appeared under the byline of a famous columnist friendly to the Obama administration, say, in a major national publication?


By the way, the leftist narrative has flipped from "You're insane to claim Obama spied on Trump" to "It would have been insane for Obama not to spy on Trump."


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