Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The conservative's new Benghazi is accusing former National Security adviser of "unmasking" the names of Trump aides caught up in the Russia collusion investigation. Update!

Courtesy of NBC News: 

It doesn't have the ring of "Benghazi," or "Whitewater," but Republicans are seizing upon what they see as a new scandal: "Improper unmasking."

"Now we know that someone in the Obama administration was eavesdropping and specifically searching a databank looking for the Trump (people)," Sen. Rand Paul proclaimed Tuesday on MSNBC's Morning Joe. 

In fact, there is no evidence of that.

Senior Obama administration officials don't dispute that Rice requested the "unmasking" of certain Americans whose names appeared in intelligence reports resulting from eavesdropping on foreigners — meaning the foreigners were discussing the Americans or talking to them. Usually, those names are blacked out. But the blackout can be lifted if doing so is necessary to help understand the intelligence. 

Requesting that is a routine thing for national security advisers to do, according to former senior officials, including Keith Alexander, who directed the National Security Agency.

Rice didn't and couldn't "order" the unmasking of any American, current and former officials say. The agencies that hold the raw surveillance transcripts — usually the NSA or the FBI — make that decision. It's a process subject to rules and reviewed by lawyers, and it has to be justified by an intelligence purpose.

It should be noted that a request to unmask one of these names only reveals that name to the person making the request, it does NOT make the name public.

And to be clear if Rice did make this request it was only because she was doing her job, and NOT because she was necessarily targeting Donald Trump and his associates.

However considering what we have learned since the election I am pretty upset that she WASN'T targeting Trump and his associates.

For her part Rice says she had nothing to do with the names becoming public:

“I leaked nothing to nobody,” she said.

By the way the person who supposedly "broke" this scandalous story was Mike Cernovich famous for his role in spreading the Pizzagate story.

Donald Trump Jr. is so impressed with his work that he is suggesting that he receive a Pulitzer.
Thought I was kidding didn't you?

Clearly this is just more obfuscation on the part of the Trump team, much like their suggestion that the real scandal is not that they have so many ties to the Russians who hacked our election, but that the information concerning that fact was leaked to the media.

Attack the media, attack the leakers, and attack the intelligence professionals conducting the investigation.

Richard Nixon would be VERY proud.

Update: Here is a little more on this Mike Cernovich douche nozzle.
Gee, I can't imagine why he does not have a Pulitzer already.


  1. Anonymous1:57 PM

    Sorry, GOP you have lied too many times.

    As for Donnie Jr. like father like son, he is an idiot.

  2. Anonymous2:40 PM

    Kudos to her or whomever else exposed the treasonous individuals in trumps cabinet. Whatever whistle blower exposed those names is a true patriot.

    1. Anonymous10:34 AM

      Ms. Rice was doing her job. The gop can not stand intelligent people especially women. Ivanka tRump with her overly Botoxed, plastic surgery altered face and tiny brain fits into their party so well.

  3. Anonymous2:52 PM

    More on the douche nozzle!

    Via archive.is https://archive.is/fTy0S#selection-187.0-265.577

    "31 Random Facts About Mike
    July 11, 2014 By Danger & Play —60 Comments
    Hi Gawker readers and SJWs. You read a website that actively engages in bullying, rape jokes, and domestic violence. Spare me your sanctimony. Your judgment means nothing to me.
    Mike Cernovich is a licensed attorney who has taken the year off from the practice of law to see how big he can grow Danger and Play.

    The reader survey results are in. People want to know more about me. I hate talking about myself and have always been a shy, behind-the-scenes guy. I understand that due to the fraudulent nature of the Internet that people want to know more about me.
    Here you go. This is all verifiable stuff.

    1. I grew up on welfare. I had two pairs of pants to last me the entire school year. I never knew anything about money and ran into credit troubles later on in life.

    2. One of the most traumatic memories I have was visiting my mom in a nut house when I was 14. She had bipolar and quit taking her medicine after demons had been cast out of her. I more or less wrote her off after that. I also wrote off all of the “Christians” who told her to quit taking her medicine after they weren’t there for my family after leading her astray.

    3. I had some form of mental illness until my late-20s and came close to suicide many times. I cured it with N-A-C, proper nutrition, and mindset exercises. The only reason I never killed myself was because of my love for my grandmother and the devastation that the “golden child” killing himself would bring her. I wasn’t able to attend my grandmother’s funeral due to a severe medical issue and have lived in denial of this grief for two years. I still have not allowed myself to process her death, and can feel my chest tighten and my eyes well up as I type these sentences."

    Want more?

    #s 4-31 here- https://archive.is/fTy0S#selection-187.0-265.577

  4. Anonymous2:52 PM

    The Internet Is Absolutely Loving Ivanka Trump’s ‘Petty’ Neighbor


  5. Anonymous2:58 PM

    Fox News Is Crumbling As 16 Advertisers Have Dumped Bill O’Reilly

    Fox News is going to take a massive financial hit as many as 16 advertisers have pulled their ads from Bill O’Reilly’s show The O’Reilly Factor, in the wake of a new wave of sexual harassment revelations.

    Lexus became the latest luxury brand to drop advertising from The O’Reilly Factor, but it isn’t just luxury cars that want nothing to do with O’Reilly or show. The list of advertisers to dump O’Reilly includes, “Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW of North America, Mitsubishi Motors, Lexus, Constant Contact, Bayer, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, UNTUCKit, Allstate, Esurance (which is owned by Allstate), T. Rowe Price, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Orkin, and Wayfair

    Fox News is trying to downplay the advertiser exodus by saying the ad dollars are being allocated elsewhere on the network:

    ...(Fox tried this same line in the early days of the Glenn Beck advertiser boycott too).

    The problem for Fox News is that Bill O’Reilly is their most valuable asset. Between 2014 and 2016, O’Reilly brought in $416 billion in advertising revenue. If that revenue or a sizable portion of it vanishes, it leaves a big hole in the bottom line of Fox News.

    A similar situation played out with Rush Limbaugh. After making sexist comments about Sandra Fluke, Limbaugh faced an advertiser boycott that crippled the stations that paid big fees to air his show. Radio stations couldn’t sell advertising on his show, and eventually, Limbaugh was moved to smaller stations in major markets as his ability to sell ads was reduced to virtually nothing. Limbaugh has been a non-entity ever since. He is no longer prominent in the national political discussion, and he is largely irrelevant outside of conservative circles.

    Fox News already lost tons of money when they tried to ignore the Glenn Beck advertiser boycott. If they choose to do so with O’Reilly, it could crush the increasingly struggling network.

    Bill O’Reilly is a big part of what kept Fox News on top, so it is fitting that he may also be the one to bring the network down.


    1. Anonymous3:20 PM

      Finally, some GOOD news about Faux. A little late, but VERY welcome.

    2. Anonymous7:40 PM

      Bombard Jenny Craig to stop supporting B.O.o.R.

    3. Anonymous10:37 AM

      Rush Limbaugh was brought down by people rejecting their advertised products. Bill-o has gotten away with his bullying for far too long. Someone should have a book burning of all his fake religious, political screeds.

  6. Anonymous3:00 PM

    CNN’s Don Lemon Just Went There And Perfectly Gutted Disgusting Predator Bill O’Reilly

    In the midst of his advertisers fleeing by the minute, Fox News's Bill O'Reilly went after CNN's Don Lemon with a claim that Lemon didn't cover the Susan Rice story. The CNN host shot back and took down O'Reilly for not covering his own sexual harassment scandal.

    ...Don Lemon didn’t blink an eye or back down. Bill O’Reilly would be wise to lay low because just like Trump his hot air is being revealed as the empty bluster of an entitled rich white man predator who has gotten away with mistreating women for too long.

    No one fears Bill O’Reilly anymore, and true justice will be done when he is forced off of Fox News.


    1. Anonymous10:41 AM

      In the REAL world, no woman would look twice at tRump, O'Really, Limbaugh and their cohorts. Without their money, they are nothing. Disgusting, fat, ignorant, slimy bastards who have to BUY wives or girlfriends. Their women folk are gold diggers, who care only about $$$ not character.

  7. Anonymous3:03 PM

    Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice's interview with Andrea Mitchell is still on-going. But the gist of the interview confirms what national security experts are saying, which is that what Rice is alleged to have done is entirely normal. But I would say the buried lede in this interview is that during the transition period the Intelligence Community was sending top national security intelligence consumers an increasing volume of reports of surveillance of foreign persons in which top Trump advisors kept coming up, either as the subjects of discussion or actually talking to the people in question. It's quite unlikely that courtesy calls or general discussions of policy priorities would be included in those reports.

    Let's say this is not helpful news for the Trump team.


    1. Anonymous3:13 PM

      Pee-nochio could be in trouble!

  8. Anonymous3:09 PM


    1. Anonymous3:22 PM

      It is reported that oe tRump associate was being actively recruited to spy for the Russians. He flew over there a few times. The agents trying to recruit him have now fled and are back in Russia. Maybe tRump's travel ban should have been against Russians, instead of Muslims??

  9. Anonymous3:17 PM

    OT?"Some people think that the people who voted for Trump are racists and sexists and homophobes and deplorable folks. I don’t agree, because I’ve been there."Alienating people of color and women by embracing Trump’s base of human deplorables will not strengthen the Democratic Party. It will only drive away those voters who are the Democratic Party’s most reliable supporters."



    1. Anonymous3:56 PM


      "On the 49th Anniversary of MLK's Assassination, Activists Are Marching for the Causes He Championed"

    2. Anonymous7:05 PM

      BLM! Only racist, sexist, rapist and fake lousy actors voted for don john trump. That has been proven. Now. Even the deplorables are jumping from the clown car sinking in the swamp of fools. A very bigly nasty party brewing. And the republican party will be held accountable for the cost. They will be in the unemployment line shamed with no benefits.

    3. Anonymous11:36 PM


  10. Anonymous3:24 PM


    You go KO

  11. Anonymous3:50 PM

    Is that Comrade Cernovich? These days, one wonders.

  12. Anonymous4:15 PM

    Yeah, the gop haven't even gone after pos in the WH with the same gusto as bengazhi and now SRice. Gop losers!!!!

    Vote them out!!!!

    No push at all from enough of them to throw the crap out of the WH!

  13. Anonymous4:29 PM

    Spicer blamed Mr. O

    Uhm it has been well over 60 days since Mr. Obama has had the most power.....dumb as shits in the WH can't they do anything at all except hide russia in our gov't!?

  14. Anonymous4:31 PM

    I for one will tune into all news shows when they are all indicted!!!

    I will be adding to news ratings!

  15. Anonymous4:37 PM

    This turdy guy in the WH is nuts, put him away. Drunks go to jail, and they ingested a substance, why can't they put deranged, unstable, demented in jail?

  16. Anonymous5:02 PM

    Ranking Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff tore into Donald Trump and Republicans on Tuesday for interfering in the Russia investigation and, more recently, distracting the American people by pouncing on the non-story about former National Security Advisor Susan Rice doing her job.

    On MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, Schiff said of White House attempts to distract from and interfere with the Russian investigation: “No matter what the White House throws at us, we’re going to be pressing forward.”



    Trump Keeps Reminding Everyone That He And His Inner Circle Are Under Investigation

    Right now, the Trump White House is being dogged by a multi-agency probe into whether members of its campaign inner circle had improper contacts with Russian officials. The Trump counter-narrative to all of this has been to try to invert the story entirely, and turn it into the saga of leaker-resisters trying to take down his administration. That effort reached new heights on March 4, when Trump fired off a series of tweets accusing former President Barack Obama of masterminding a plot to wiretap Trump Tower.

    Of course, it’s perhaps more accurate to say that this is the story with which the Trump White House has stuck itself, thus forcing his administration to reverse-engineer a basis for this outlandish claim. And its most recent effort involves someone who’s logged a lot of hours in the counter-narrative barrel over the years: former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice. Rice has essentially been accused of having acted improperly when she sought to “unmask” the identities of Trump affiliates who showed up anonymized in intelligence reports. Rice has countered that she was simply doing her job, and properly at that.

    Based on the available evidence, Rice is right, and her reborn critics are awash in desperate deflection. And the deflection has an added layer of irony, considering that attacking Rice in this way requires her antagonists to reaffirm the fact that Trump’s aides were repeatedly caught either communicating with or ― and this is a critical distinction ― being discussed by people targeted in ongoing surveillance operations.

    As national security reporter Marcy Wheeler puts it:


    Who Violated Their Designated Role: Ezra Cohen-Watnick or Susan Rice?


    1. Anonymous4:08 AM

      Susan Rice has been a kicking post for the GOP much the way Hillary Clinton has been. The GOP does not like Democratic women so they create scenarios they can blame on the women.

  17. Anonymous5:56 PM


  18. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Yes in America we track criminals and we prosecute them. Even traitors and espionage are not immune don and mr bannon. There is no excuse for your dishonesty and lying ways. Sleeping with and OBEYING putin is a crime, don and steve. It is a crime in America to lie cheat and steal from America.

  19. Anonymous7:09 PM

    The history books in the future will not be kind to the entire trump circus of actors. Only a IDIOT would believe that they could rig an election and cause internatioal chaos. Only an idiot.

    1. Anonymous8:07 PM

      We are assuming the people in power in the future are going to be sane. Just like we assumed Hillary would win.

    2. Anonymous8:09 PM

      Susan Rice and the Democrats need be stop being defensive and go on the offense. Susan Rice is being patriots doing her damn job. Now she's got to get aggressive and attack her accusers. It's the only thing to do. She needs stop defending herself and start attacking the lunatics.

    3. Anonymous11:35 PM

      You folks really don't understand the gravity of the situation Ms. Rice is in.

    4. Anonymous10:52 AM

      11:35 For doing her job? A job she was trained for, experienced in unlike the "crowd that could not shoot straight" in the tRump administration??? There were numerus reports of several known Russian agents called one telephone number. Ms. Rice wanted to know who that person was. An associate of tRumps's was being recruited to act as a spy for Russia. Those agents fled back to Russia when the shit hit the fan.

  20. Anonymous7:57 PM

    Susan Rice has a major problem on her hands. Quite possibly Obama too.

    1. No she doesn't. Nor does President Obama.

    2. Anonymous8:51 AM

      Hey Look. A Russian troll.

    3. Anonymous10:53 AM

      Yes, I can see how DOING HER JOB would cause problems, especially in the shit show that is the tRump crew.

  21. Trump has been traveling to Russia to meet with "bad hombres" there for over 10 years. If our government WAS NOT keeping an eye on him, I'd say they would be derelict in their duties.

    Complaining that he was being spied upon, when colluding with the enemy, is only further proof of his obvious guilt....but the dumbass MEDIA is playing it from the inside out, in typical idiotic fashion.

    1. Anonymous10:55 AM

      Several Russian mafia members lived at tRump Tower, had a gambling ring ongoing from an apartment there. Is Mrs. tRump's Communist father involved in this? Maybe those Russian mob members were wire tapped, and tRump's name came up??

  22. Hmmm. I wonder why Bloomberg and NYT sat on the story if it wasn't damning? http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-03/cernovich-explains-how-he-learned-about-susan-rice


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