WASHINGTON, DC: Adam Schiff is using East German, Stasi / KGB police state tactics as head of the Intelligence Committee to illegally spy on American citizens. Specifically, Schiff abuses his authority by subpoenaing phone records of fellow Congressman Devin Nunes, reporter John Solomon, and President Trumps’ personal attorney of record Rudy Giuliani.
This is an egregious violation of the civil rights and constitutional guarantees of these targeted citizens and of all Americans.
Using KGB, East German Stasi police state tactics
Shockingly AT&T and Verizon quickly gave the metadata to Schiff which they routinely refuse to provide to our nation’s intelligence services without a court-ordered warrant. More shockingly, Schiff used NSA programs to sift through the data before providing it to a compliant media.
Schiff made broad suggestions of wrongdoing by all three targets with the information, abusing the civil rights of all Americans in the process. Schiff and his committee staffers still retain the data. So there is no telling which other American citizens they are targeting with this illegal spying.
These illegal actions by Schiff and his committee raise disturbing questions of an out of control process that is violating the 1st and 4th Amendments, attorney-client privilege, Congressional ethics, and the civil rights and privacy rights of all Americans.
Every American should find this is completely unacceptable.
These East German Stasi style KGB tactics may be commonplace in authoritarian dictatorships. But they have no place in an American society that respects the rule of law, due process, and Constitutional protections of its citizens. All citizens. Schiff’s political opponents included.
Adam Schiff: A McCarthyite modern-day Beria
Schiff has made himself a modern-day Lavrenty Beria, the feared and unprincipled former head of the Soviet Union’s KGB. The willingness to spy on Americans not only shocks the conscience. It screams out for a criminal investigation of Schiff and all those involved in producing and publishing the information.
There can be no reasonable explanation for his actions other than spying, intimidation, and using this information to make McCarthyite smears and accusations against American citizens. Congressmen. Reporters. The Presidents Attorney.
On what planet can Schiff’s actions ever conceivably be considered OK.
Violating judicial authority and civil rights
Schiff does not have judicial authority. He is a Congressman, a lawmaker, not a dictator. He has flagrantly abused his power. All while professing to have damaging information from privileged communications. Wait, isn’t that one of the charges against President Trump – attempting to access damaging information on a political opponent?
If it is illegal, impeachable for a president, why would the same actions not be illegal, impeachable, for a Senator?
The only problem is that the accusations made from the material acquired are false. When Schiff asserts that Rudy Giuliani made calls to the OMB office at the White House for example. It is demonstrably provable that Giuliani calls the White House, but the number he uses is general. It cannot be ascribed to the OMB.
Which is only scratching the surface of what is wrong with this behavior.
Smearing Rudy Giuliani: Protecting attorney-client privilege
Rudy Giuliani is the President’s attorney. On what planet is it OK to spy on his privileged communications with his client? Rudy Giuliani is Americas Mayor. The hero of 911. A great American, who has an unmatched reputation as a prosecutor. Who went after the Mafia.
A man who was acting in his client’s interest during the Mueller inquisition when he researched and discovered direct evidence of Ukrainian interference in 2016.
And of Joe and Hunter Biden’s corrupt practices.
All of this information was collected prior to the Mueller Weissman inquisition report in March of 2019. His subsequent activities are in defense of both his reputation and the President.
It was bad enough when Schiff colluded with the ‘whistleblower’ whose name dare not be mentioned.
How can this not be a violation of Congressional ethics?
Destroying Freedom of the Press
John Solomon is an award-winning reporter. An actual journalist. Schiff has violated his privacy, his sources, attacked his integrity, violating Solomon’s 1st and 4th amendments. The 1st amendment protects freedom of the press. The 4th amendment protects citizens from illegal search and seizure.
Schiff’s actions violate both rights Solomon, and all Americans, enjoy. Schiff has destroyed the wall dividing the fourth estate from those it investigates.
Not just regarding Solomon, but all reporters, and all of those caught up in the metadata Schiff acquired. But then Schiff is just following the Obama administrations seizure of phone records from AP reporters (Phone Records of Journalists Seized by U.S. – NY Times)
At the time Gary Pruitt, the president, and chief executive of The A.P., called the seizure, a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into its newsgathering activities.
“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters,” he wrote. “These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by The A.P. during a two-month period, provide a road map to A.P.’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about A.P.’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.”
More egregiously than the initial violation, the publishing of the results from these KGB tactics is an affront to all Americans. Where is the right to privacy. Due process. To challenge the initial subpoena in court. To prevent unfounded accusations against American citizens from being published like an authoritarian dictators campaign of intimidation.
Schiff: An authoritarian KGB Stassi dictator
Schiff acts like Beria, the KGB and the East German Stasi secret police. Who else has been caught up in Schiff’s web of illegally obtained metadata? Which other reporters does he have the phone records of? Who else is he planning on targeting and intimidating?
The 1st amendment, as comic Dave Chapelle has so brilliantly pointed out, is the 1st because it is the most important. He also points out that the 2nd amendment is there in case the 1st amendment doesn’t work out.
All joking aside, the egregious and unconscionable violation of the 1st and 4th amendment and the civil rights of Giuliani, Solomon, and Nunes should shock the conscience of all Americans.
Who is next? Who is safe from Schiff’s dictatorial authoritarian actions? Not you, or I, that is for certain.
A pattern of Democrat abuse of power
Unfortunately, this is a pattern of abuse that Democrats have been practicing since the start of the Obama administration. Barack Obama and John Brennen abused FISA 702 authority to illegally spy on tens of thousands of Americans from 2012 – 2016.
Brennan, James Clapper, and James Comey had a secret program to allow three contractors at the DOJ unlimited access to NSA surveillance systems to spy on their political opponents.
To hide the targeting of Trump associates by intelligence agencies, assuring it would not happen domestically, Obama moves the program to London the center of the “Operation Crossfire Hurricane” as the early investigation was called.
As David Stockman observed (The RussiaGate Witch-Hunt Stockman Names Names In The Deep State’s Insurance Policy )
“There was a sinister plot to meddle in the 2016 election, after all. But it was not orchestrated from the Kremlin; it was an entirely homegrown affair conducted from the inner sanctums—the White House, DOJ, the Hoover Building and Langley—-of the Imperial City.
Likewise, the perpetrators didn’t speak Russian or write in the Cyrillic script. In fact, they were lifetime beltway insiders occupying the highest positions of power in the US government. Here are the names and rank of the principal conspirators:
John Brennan, CIA director;
Susan Rice, National Security Advisor;
Samantha Power, UN Ambassador;
James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence;
James Comey, FBI director;
Andrew McCabe, Deputy FBI director;
Sally Yates, deputy Attorney General,
Bruce Ohr, associate deputy AG;
Peter Strzok, deputy assistant director of FBI counterintelligence;
Lisa Page, FBI lawyer;
and countless other lessor and greater poobahs of Washington power, including President Obama himself.
To a person, the participants in this illicit cabal shared the core trait that made Obama such a blight on the nation’s well-being. To wit, he never held an honest job outside the halls of government in his entire adult life; and as a careerist agent of the state and practitioner of its purported goods works, he exuded a sanctimonious disdain for everyday citizens who make their living along the capitalist highways and by-ways of America.” – Zero-Hedge
The aforementioned’s illegal use of these systems was uncovered by NSA director Mike Rogers in March of 2016. He stopped the authorization to use the NSA systems and conducted an audit of its previous use. He reported his findings to the FISA court just days after the FISA warrant on Carter Page was issued.
Mike Rogers: An American hero and the FISA court
For his decency and honesty, Brennan and Defense Secretary Ash Carter tried to get Rogers fired. Especially after he briefed President-elect Donald Trump days after the election without telling Brennan. Rogers had uncovered an egregious and systematic program to illegally abuse NSA surveillance systems against American citizens.
In April of 2017 FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer ruled that of 40,000 searches of the NSA database by the three DOJ contractors, 32500 of them were illegal and unconstitutional. She ruled that the DOJ had an “institutional lack of candor” and the actions of the contractors “violated the constitution and the 4th amendment”.
Obama and Brennan: Systematic spying on political opponents
According to sources, this illegal use of NSA databases is some of the motivation for the three-year coup attempt that was launched against Trump by senior Obama administration officials. To keep their crimes under wraps.
To prevent the truth of their illegal activities from being exposed.
The three contractors reported directly to Brennan and Clapper. They took the results of these searches and passed it on in sealed envelopes marked eyes only to the Obama Oval Office.
So who were they spying on from 2012 – 2016. Mitt Romney. Paul Ryan. Chief Justice John Roberts. Judge Antonin Scalia. What they said in private emails. Looking at their porn habits. What secrets were they keeping? The use of this information for blackmail and political subterfuge is obvious. It is also patently illegal.
An unrelenting coup d’etat against Trump
The subsequent spying on the Trump campaign, then the Mueller Weissman inquisition, the three year Coup d’etat, and now the impeachment farce are all part and parcel of this ongoing abuse of intelligence authority.
Unconstitutional violations of the 1st and 4th amendments. Naked abuse of power. Subverting necessary national security surveillance systems to spy on Americans, and use them illegally against domestic political opponents.
Schiff’s Stasi KGB tactics are part and parcel of the unmitigated attempt to destroy this President regardless of the consequences. Regardless of the ethics. Without regard to the Constitution and the civil rights of all Americans.
Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch spies on American journalists
It is not the first time this has been done in the impeachment farce. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch enlisted the State Department to use the intelligence services to monitor the activities of John Solomon, Sara Carter, Sean Hannity, Ed Henry, and other journalists. (JW Investigates if Ousted Ukraine Ambassador Ordered State Dept. to Monitor Journalists, Trump Alli – Judicial Watch)
Someone, please tell me how an Ambassador has the authority to spy on American journalists? There appears to be no Democrat outrage over this.
For Adam Schiff, a man who called President Trump a Russian Agent for three years, to now be using subpoenas to spy on Americans with the help of the NSA not just absurd. It is dangerous. Who else is he spying on? What other illegally obtained materials does he have?
John Solomon: Protecting the rights of journalists
John Solomon has the right to protect his sources. He has the right to protect his privacy. Solomon is a hard-charging journalist. He is a target for being a conservative journalist. To try to shut him down.
Where is the outrage from the New York Times and the Washington Post? The Democrat mouthpieces and sycophants who insist on protecting the phony “whistleblower” are curiously silent on this blatant assault on the 1st amendment.
Adam Schiff: Star chambers and abuse of power
It was worse when Schiff conducted a Stassi style star chamber and then leaked selective information that was both deliberately slanted and refused to release exculpatory testimony. This also fits the pattern of hiding exculpatory and damaging information that was used by the DOJ in the issuance of illegal FISA warrants.
But for Schiff to obtain Giuliani’s phone records and then publish both the information and defamatory accusations is a new low, even for Schiff.
Spying on political opponents and fellow Congressmen
Devin Nunes is a fellow Congressman. Devin Nunes is also the ranking minority member and former head of the Intelligence Committee. To spy on your political counterpart and adversary is not only beyond the pale. It is illegal, immoral, unethical and unimaginable, frankly.
It is the same as John Brennan and the CIA being caught red-handed infiltrating the Senate Intelligence Committees’ computers to thwart oversight and investigation. Even Diane Feinstein was appalled by Brennan’s behavior.
Schiff’s actions are equally reprehensible, despicable, and illegal.
Using authoritarian KGB Stasi tactics is never OK
An official investigation needs to launched into Schiff’s spying on American citizens. On the blackmailing of his targets. His committee retains the metadata. Who else are they planning on smearing?
According to Mike Rogers, John Durham is investigating the entire abuse of FISA 702 authority under John Brennan and Barack Obama. Schiff’s actions are also up for scrutiny.
Schiff’s willful use of KGB Stasi tactics to spy on Americans should be equally and resoundingly condemned. Where are the calls for 1st and 4th amendment protections from the rest of the media? Is it OK to butcher the Constitution because political opponents are citing it in their defense?
Of course not. It is never OK. Not yesterday, today, or tomorrow.
Violating civil rights is a felony
Giuliani, Solomon, and Nunes have had their civil rights violated in the most egregious fashion imaginable. They should file lawsuits for violation of their civil rights and seek a criminal investigation. Nunes has already begun legal steps against The Daily Beast and CNN.
Schiff must be held accountable for this and other offenses against constitutional law, decency, due process, and the rule of law. KGB tactics may be fine in Beria’s Soviet Union. They have no place in American society.
It is part and parcel of the illegal activities that have surrounded every aspect of the Democrat crusade to destroy Donald Trump. The people who falsely claim Trump is acting like a king are acting like a Communist dictatorship.
Violation of the civil rights of any American is a Federal crime punishable by up to life in prison. A proven liar and abuser of power like Adam Schiff needs to be investigated and held fully accountable for his illegal actions. There is no other acceptable outcome.