White House, Trump, Briefing Room, Undoing Regs, and Roku

The more I’ve had it, the more I have become fond of the Roku device. Yes, it has issues as a ‘plain old TV’ service. It isn’t. If that is what you expect, you will be disappointed. Instead it is an interactive window on many different genres of video. It is that discovery of the unusual that I find a great benefit.

In this case, it is an odd little channel named “Briefing Room” (Or, perhaps, The White House Briefing Room. The first part is a cartouche or logo, the second part a printed name, so where the cut-off happens is a bit less than clear.)

https://www.rokuguide.com/channels/briefing-room has it as:

BRIEFING ROOM

Quick Look: BRIEFING ROOM is a collection of recent press releases, speeches and weekly addresses from President Donald J. Trump and his staff. The videos are updated daily and date back to the inauguration (Jan 20, 2017).

All content is authentic (real news, not fabricated) and is not edited for content.

— Information is current as of March 2, 2017

Developer’s Channel Description: Daily press briefings, news releases and statements direct from The White House: real, uncut and unedited

For anyone wanting to follow The Donald and what he is doing, minus the talking heads, editors, spin and doctoring, this is a marvelous little resource. It has the major headings of “Just Added, Speeches & Events, Press Briefings, Weekly Address”. Haven’t seen a lot of “Weekly Addresses” on the nightly news, so I’m going to wander through them as time permits. Might be interesting to see what POTUS Trump actually says instead of the spun and freeze dried summaries…

It does have a stock commercial or two (the usual ones that Roku seems to insert on non-pay channels) but once they are out of the way, the event looks to be streamed as a unit.

So tonight I checked it, expecting to just see the Energy Executive Order ( AKA Climate Change? What Climate Change? ;-) and found that something else had happened today. Didn’t see it on the nightly news, nor A.J., RT, Fox, etc. etc.

POTUS had a signing session for 4 “House Joint Resolutions”. 37, 44, 57, and 58.

Now I suppose I could go searching on those to find SOME news somewhere and quote it here, but the purpose of this posting is not to highlight them, but to point out what I did learn from the Roku Stick in about a 5 minute clip. I’ll include some links to other descriptions of detail items, randomly found by web search, for folks wanting more. So here’s the bits I got:

This was done under the authority of something called the Congressional Review Act. Per Trump, only ONE time prior has a POTUS cancelled a regulation under this act. (Despite it being on the books since 1996, per the wiki). Trump said “We’re doing a lot of ’em.”

History, of a sort, being made.

He then signed 4 documents. Don’t know if they are Executive Orders, or just endorsing the House Joint Resolutions.

37 “Blacklisting Rule rollback”.
More here: https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/president-signs-resolution-undo-blacklisting-rule

Cancelling 3 “power grabs” by the Federal Government and rolling those powers back to the States and Local Government.

44 “BLM – Land Use decisions from States to Washington”.
https://westerncaucus.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/western-caucus-members-central-to-returning-land-use-decisions-to-states

57 & 58 – Burdens on State and Local school taxes and on school systems.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/28/trump-rolls-back-two-obama-era-education-regulations/

So that we have more “freedom and innovation in schools”.

Then Trump said “There’s a lot more coming”.

Wow. Just wow.

I’d have not known about this but for the Roku. I’m not a regular reader of those links cited (nor, really, the others that popped up). I would not have known to go looking, either. Yet that one channel presented it to me as a nice clickable ‘few minutes’ video clip.

So there you have it. A few more golden arrows from the Trump Quiver taking down yet more Central Authority Power Grabs. A nice place to easily “keep up” (and minus the folks telling me what to think…). A rosy statement about the future, and a clear statement that States Rights and Local Preferences are the best way to run this country.

He may not be registered as a Libertarian, but he sure does have a Libertarian Streak in his preferences.

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29 Responses to White House, Trump, Briefing Room, Undoing Regs, and Roku

  1. David A says:

    Not even certain of the libertarian perspective of Trump. He likely has a keen perspective of the flaws of central goverment, analogus to Myopic large business failing to comprehend local changes, and certainly he appears to understand George Washington’s warnings of central buracrocy ” (abused to licintatious) As a busiman he hates waste, and Morodor on the Potomac is ceertainly that.

  2. philjourdan says:

    It seems that information has found a way around the liberal dams. I am sure the YSM is going to have cows about this once they realize the impact (I suspect it is a niche product now that does not have a large following).

    Pandora’s box has been opened (long ago). All the YSM is doing is what the trained monkey was taught. It did not work for him either.

  3. Ian W says:

    This also demonstrates the ‘censorship’ put in place by the legacy media. It is all ‘Russia’ ‘Russia’ ‘Russia’ ‘Russia’ — which makes me think that there is something the politicians and media jointly want to hide. When Nunez came out with new evidence the dems all swivelled to attack Nunez. The public are being fed a carefully crafted set of information by Fox News (#1 on cable) just as much as CNN (who are now #12). This may be why You Tube is making it difficult for alternate you tube ‘channels’ to get advertising.

    Trump’s ‘tweets’ are not from the hip at all – they are carefully thought out ways to cause cracks in the legacy media manipulation of the news. It is now starting to look like Trump and team were under surveillance. And apparently information was supplied by UK GCHQ (as stated by Judge Napolitano who got canned for his veracity). But nobody is asking questions like who asked for the surveillance and why? There is more to come out and the repeated swivelling away from news to meta-news (information =news is leaked we will now discuss with a member of the intelligence committee his thoughts on the chairman of the intelligence committee =meta-news)

    I think we may be witnessing something that could be more of an impact than Watergate.

  4. Steven Fraser says:

    Joint resolutions under this statute are Congress’ ‘undo’ key on Federal regulations, and and have a very clean process. It is not without constraints, as the time limit is imposed, so Congress cannot reach egregiously back.

    I view it as a check on the regs made by exec branch departments, in which the congress and the president ( or the congress alone, using 2/3 veto override) dials-back an ill-considered regulation.

  5. agimarc says:

    Congress has taken a lot of well deserved incoming fire in recent weeks, with the O’BamaCare repeal being the most recent exercise in self-immolation. Every single one of the resolutions Trump signed was passed by both houses of congress and sent to his desk for signature. This is progress. Cheers –

  6. Larry Ledwick says:

    I think this might be the interesting back story the media is working hard to hide, he is kicking the props out from under a lot of their agenda by going after the footings and foundations that they are built on. One of the reasons they are in a panic is he is taking apart their system of control by pulling out key components.

    Like any good contractor he knows the edifice is no stronger than its foundation, destroy the pillars that support it and it comes down of its own weight.

    Pull enough plugs and the engine grinds to a halt. They can’t publicize it because to do so would reveal the hidden engine of destruction they wish to keep out of public view.

    A lot of those regulations probably got passed at Oh dark thirty in the morning as some rider on another bill or buried in some regulation dump so they would not be examined by the public.

  7. LG says:

    Speaking of the YSM, it failed to report on this March 28th 2017 letter to the Director of the FBI:

    Pursuant to its authority under the Constitution and the Rules of the Senate, the Committee requires information to determine: (1) the extent to which FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has been involved in the FBI’s investigation of President Trump’s associates and Russia; (2) whether that involvement raises the appearance a conflict of interest in light of his wife’s ties with Clinton associates; and (3) whether Mr. McCabe has been or should be recused from the investigation.

    As you know, Mr. McCabe is under investigation by the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. That investigation is examining whether the political and financial connections between his wife’s Democratic political campaign and Clinton associates warranted his recusal in the FBI’s Clinton email investigation. On March 7, 2015, just five days after the New York Times broke the story about Secretary Clinton’s use of private email for official business, Mr. McCabe met with Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a longtime, close associate of the Clintons—along with his wife, Dr. McCabe. Mr. McAuliffe recruited Dr. McCabe, who had not previously run for any political office, to be the Democratic candidate for a Virginia state senate seat. Dr. McCabe agreed, and Governor McAuliffe’s political action committee subsequently gave nearly $500,000 to her campaign while the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton was ongoing. The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, also donated over $200,000 to Dr. McCabe’s campaign. While Mr. McCabe recused himself from public corruption cases in Virginia—presumably including the reportedly ongoing investigation of Mr. McAuliffe regarding illegal campaign contributions—he failed to recuse himself from the Clinton email investigation, despite the appearance of a conflict created by his wife’s campaign accepting $700,000 from a close Clinton associate during the investigation.

    You have publicly stated that the people at the FBI “don’t give a rip about politics.”[1] However, the fact is that the Deputy Director met with Mr. McAuliffe about his wife’s run for elected office and she subsequently accepted campaign funding from him. The fact is that the Deputy Director participated in the controversial, high-profile Clinton email investigation even though his wife took money from Mr. McAuliffe. These circumstances undermine public confidence in the FBI’s impartiality, and this is one of the reasons that many believe the FBI pulled its punches in the Clinton matter. FBI’s senior leadership should never have allowed that appearance of a conflict to undermine the Bureau’s important work. The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General is now investigating that matter, as part of the work it announced on January 12, 2017.

    Last week, you publicly testified that in late July of 2016, the FBI began investigating the Russian government’s attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including investigating whether there was any collusion between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government. Given the timing of the investigation and his position, it is likely that Mr. McCabe has been involved in that high-profile, politically charged inquiry as well. If Mr. McCabe failed to avoid the appearance of a partisan conflict of interest in favor of Mrs. Clinton during the presidential election, then any participation in this inquiry creates the exact same appearance of a partisan conflict of interest against Mr. Trump. As you testified last week, you believe that if someone had a bias for or against one of them, he would have the opposite bias toward the other: “they’re inseparable, right; it’s a two person event.”

    According to public reports, the FBI agreed to pay the author of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between Trump associates and the Russians. It reportedly agreed to pay the author, Christopher Steele, to continue investigating Mr. Trump. Clinton associates reportedly paid Mr. Steele to create this political opposition research dossier against Mr. Trump. The FBI has failed to publicly reply to my March 6 letter asking about those reports. That leaves serious questions about the FBI’s independence from politics unanswered.

    Mr. McCabe’s appearance of a partisan conflict of interest relating to Clinton associates only magnifies the importance of those questions. That is particularly true if Mr. McCabe was involved in approving or establishing the FBI’s reported arrangement with Mr. Steele, or if Mr. McCabe vouched for or otherwise relied on the politically-funded dossier in the course of the investigation. Simply put, the American people should know if the FBI’s second-in-command relied on Democrat-funded opposition research to justify an investigation of the Republican presidential campaign. Full disclosure is especially important since he is already under investigation for failing to recuse himself from the Clinton matter due to his partisan Democrat ties.

    The Committee requires additional information to fully understand this situation. Please provide the following information and respond to these questions by April 11, 2017:

    1. Has Mr. McCabe been involved in any capacity in the investigation of alleged collusion between Mr. Trump’s associates and Russia? If so, in what capacity has he been involved? When did this involvement begin?
    2.Has Mr. McCabe been involved in any requests or approvals for physical surveillance, consensual monitoring, searches, or national security letters relating to the investigation? If so, please provide all related documents.
    3. In the course of the investigation, has Mr. McCabe been involved in any requests or approvals relating to the acquisition of the contents of stored communications from electronic communication service providers pursuant to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act? If so, please provide all related documents.
    4. Has Mr. McCabe been involved in any FISA warrant applications relating to the investigation? If so, in what capacity? Please provide all related documents.
    5. In the course of the investigation, has Mr. McCabe, or anyone under his supervision, made any representations to prosecutors or judges regarding the reliability of information in the FBI’s possession as part of seeking judicial authorization for investigative tools? Has he or anyone under his supervision made any such representations about the political opposition research dossier compiled by Mr. Steele and Fusion GPS? If so, please explain and provide copies of all relevant documents.
    6.Was Mr. McCabe involved in any FBI interactions with Mr. Steele? If so, please explain.
    7.Did Mr. McCabe brief or otherwise communicate with anyone in the Obama administration regarding the investigation? If so, who did he brief, and when? Please provide all related documents.
    8.Has Mr. McCabe been authorized by the FBI to speak to the media, whether as an anonymous source or otherwise, regarding the investigation? If so, please provide copies of such authorizations. If he was so authorized, to whom did he speak, and when? If he was not authorized to do so, does the FBI have any indication that he nonetheless spoke to the media?
    9.To the best of your knowledge, has anyone within the FBI raised concerns within the Bureau that Mr. McCabe appears to have a conflict of interest in the investigation of Trump associates? If so, who raised such concerns, when did they do so, and how did FBI respond?
    10.To the best of your knowledge, has anyone within the FBI filed a complaint with the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General regarding Mr. McCabe’s involvement in the investigation?
    11. Have personnel from the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General spoken with you yet as part of that Office’s investigation into Mr. McCabe’s alleged conflict of interest in the Clinton investigation? If so, did they also raise concerns as to whether Mr. McCabe’s alleged partisan conflict would also apply to the investigation of Mr. Trump’s associates?
    12. Has anyone at FBI, the Department of Justice, or the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General recommended or requested that Mr. McCabe recuse himself from the investigation of Mr. Trump’s associates or from any ongoing investigations of the Clinton Foundation? If so, what action was taken in response?

  8. Glenn999 says:

    Obama’s Former Asst. Defense Secretary ADMITS ON MSNBC Obama Admin Spied on Trump (VIDEO)

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/03/obamas-former-asst-defense-secretary-admits-obama-admin-collected-intel-trump-video/

  9. Paul Hanlon says:

    Unfortunately, I cannot now find the links to the story, but American Thinker were reporting that the information that Obama spied on PDT is contained in the actual Presidential Daily Briefings that Obama was getting from the IC, and because he liked to read it, there’s a full record of those transcripts.

    That is apparently why Nunes has to go to the White House to view it, and why Trump and he seem so certain that there is definitely “there” there. If it is true, it ties up a lot of the strange things that have been happening. It would also mean that it was legally obtained, and 100% credible evidence. It’s almost too neat, so unless you see some corroboration, don’t rely on it.

  10. Will Janoschka says:

    I like this! Ivanka-formally-joins-trump-white-house…

    “I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,”

    Translation: “I have heard the concerns some have with my advising my father in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules!”.
    I have a similar smart daughter. She is willing to disagree and offer her best advice. But she still refuses to put up with ‘my’ BS!! :-)

  11. philjourdan says:

    @Ian W

    This also demonstrates the ‘censorship’ put in place by the legacy media. It is all ‘Russia’ ‘Russia’ ‘Russia’ ‘Russia’ — which makes me think that there is something the politicians and media jointly want to hide.

    The politicians and media do not want to hide anything. They want to insinuate. Anyone who thinks that the Russians JUST started to try to influence the country has been living under a rock. This is nothing new, and nothing new will be found about it. But what the public is not regularly exposed to is the fact they are trying to influence us (it is SOP for ANY country!), as the public sees it as an out of sight, out of mind.

    For the most part, the majority of Americans know nothing about anything past the shores – and that includes the regular goings on about international diplomacy. They are going to be flooded with it for the next year or so. And while the YSM will “hype” the revelations, the truth is that the government has known about this for a long time (since 1776 at least). But it is NORMAL. But the media (and politicians – Warner is the south end of a north bound mule) will try to make it sound like it started just last year.

  12. philjourdan says:

    The democrats are going to regret their zeal to look into the intelligence issue – http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/30/hillary-clinton-aides-had-access-to-state-dept-after-left-says-key-lawmaker.html

    All’s fair in love and war.

  13. Jeff says:

    Sounds like there’s a Schiff-wreck in the offing (Akademik Shokalskiy v.2), with Trump having fired the leaking Katie Walsh (perhaps there are more?)…
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2017/03/30/white-house-plays-nunes-trump-card-to-expose-staff-leaker-and-call-out-oversight-gang-of-eight/

  14. Larry Ledwick says:

    I love the Trump tweet at the bottom.

    “He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious.” — Sun Tzu

  15. Oliver K. Manuel says:

    I am pleased to offer your readers access to this preprint that explains how an unholy alliance of the UN and the NAS has ruled the world by deceit since nations and national academies of sciences were united under the UN on 24 Oct 1945.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/HIGHER-POWERX.pdf

    This document may help Trump confront the NAS/UN organizers of the “March for Science” in Washington, DC next month, . . . . .
    if anyone can get the message to him. My contact information is below.

    With kind regards.
    ~ Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo
    PhD Nuclear Chemistry
    Postdoc Space Physics
    Fulbright Astrophysics
    1-573-647-1377

  16. jim2 says:

    No big news, but the CIA can disguise their hacking activity as Chinese or Russian originated.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4367746/WikiLeaks-says-CIA-disguised-hacking-Russian-activity.html

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    Were I in the Chinese Government right now I’d be shitting bricks.

    Trump just appointed Wilbur Ross to investigate and review our trade deals, with focus on China, with an eye to making them fair and ending Chinese abuses such as stealing intellectual property.

    2 Executive orders signed “for the American Worker”.

    Looks like a crackdown on dumping too.

    Details TBD…

  18. Larry Ledwick says:

    This was just released, asserting that Susan Rice was the Obama administration official who requested the unmasking of Trump associates from incidental intelligence intercepts purely for political purposes.

    View story at Medium.com

  19. Larry Ledwick says:

    Susan Rice requests for unmasked US persons had a pattern that suggested she was intentionally seeking information on the Trump campaign. This story is slowly getting some traction, as Bloomberg has covered it (although they asserted this did not satisfy Trump’s tweet about being tapped).

    https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-04-03/top-obama-adviser-sought-names-of-trump-associates-in-intel

  20. Larry Ledwick says:

    Item in buzzfeed about the new media and Trump, pointing out how they are changing the rules for media coverage when the old classic media refuses to give fair coverage, and are in effect cutting themselves off from a whole generation of viewers in the process.

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/how-the-white-house-is-legitimizing-the-upside-down

  21. E.M.Smith says:

    The “issues” is that a few folks “like us” who “dig here!” when we get a whiff of “crap coverage” outs them as shills… that, then, can go a bit viral and and pretty soon they are toast…

  22. Larry Ledwick says:

    Judicial watch President Tom Fitton:

    “If she is going to be called as a witness, I would suggest the focus be on getting a grand jury going and having her testify before a grand jury,” Fitton said. “That would show that we’re actually serious about investigating this unprecedented violation and abuse of power by a president and his appointees.”

    He said it appears that Rice was Obama’s G. Gordon Liddy, an undercover operative for President Richard Nixon who was convicted of conspiracy, burglary, and illegal wiretapping for his role in the Watergate scandal.

    Fitton said that Rice seems to have violated the Privacy Act by improperly collecting individual’s’ identifiable information, which could mean prison time.

    http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/04/05/judicial-watch-president-tom-fitton-susan-rice-unmasking-report-grand-jury

  23. Larry Ledwick says:

    What if Obama administration spying on Trump was not the first instance of misuse of foreign intercepts to gather intelligence on his political enemies. If true this shows a pattern of behavior that moves the issue from a single episode with quasi believable justification to a pattern of behavior similar to Nixon’s enemy lists and misuse of government power.

    http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/229062/did-the-obama-administrations-abuse-of-foreign-intelligence-collection-start-before-trump

  24. Gail Combs says:

    Larry Ledwick says: “What if Obama administration spying on Trump was not the first instance of misuse of foreign intercepts to gather intelligence on his political enemies.”

    It is not the first instance if Montgomery is to be believed.
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-22/bombshell-cia-whistleblower-leaked-proof-trump-under-systematic-illegal-government-s

    Also never forget the Obama Admin attack on True the Vote. Catherine Engelbrecht and her family was subjected to more than 15 instances of audit or inquiry by federal agencies including targeting and auditing by the IRS, ATF and received multiple visits by OSHA and ATF. link

    BREAKING: CIA Director John Brennan Targeted General Flynn and Sean Hannity For Surveillance

    Blackwater founder, Erik Prince were also spied on and unmasked by the Obama administration.

    Yesterday, we reported on a breaking story by GotNews that Sean Hannity and Blackwater founder, Erik Prince were also spied on and unmasked by the Obama administration.

    GotNews has just revealed that it was Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan who was targeting them and other Trump supporters for surveillance.
    GotNews’ Chuck Johnson went on to explain the feuding history of Brennan and General Flynn…

    The motivations for Brennan’s dislike of Flynn date back years. The two had publicly feuded during Flynn’s time as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Flynn was producing intel documents that showed how the supposed Syrian moderates were actually assets of Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

    Brennan also brought in disgraced Syria analyst Elizabeth O’Bagy to brief the CIA. O’Bagy was outed by this reporter for manufacturing her credentials and for being paid by the Syrian rebels. O’Bagy worked for the defense industry funded Institute for the Study of War, a neocon think tank headed by the Kagans, a controversial family which advised David Petraeus. Petraeus was brought down. Intel sources I’ve spoken to believe Brennan was behind his ousting.

    Former CIA agent John Kiriakou discussed John Brennan’s “deep-seated hatred of Trump” and decision to make “Russian intervention… the hammer he is going to hit Trump with.” “Flynn has been screwed by the agency in the past and Flynn has had a difficult personal relationship with Brennan,” Kiriakou said in January. “Even though Brennan is gone, the CIA is still being run by Brennan’s people.” Both Flynn and Trump called for reorganizing the CIA–a direct threat to Brennan’s remaking of the CIA.

    Chuck Johnson also pointed out Brennan’s love affair with Islam (he is most likely a convert)…

    Brennan, who speaks Arabic and has a prayer rug in his office (he is rumored to have converted to Islam), favored the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood while he worked for Obama. No wonder President Donald J. Trump and his supporters were targeted and surveilled by these people.

    This goes all the way back to the earlier scandals, like spying on Congress and reporters and Sharyl Attkisson.
    Mysterious white vans, fiber optics lines outside her home added… The highly sophisticated hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computers

    “They met at a McDonald’s in Northern Virginia at the beginning of 2013, and the source (she dubs him Number One) warned her about the threat of government spying. During their next hamburger rendezvous, Big Mac told Attkisson, then a CBS News reporter constantly at odds with the Obama administration, that he was “shocked” and “flabbergasted” by his examination of her computer and that this was “worse than anything Nixon ever did.”

    “Attkisson’s forthcoming book–“Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction and Intimidation in Obama’s Washington”—reads in part like a spy thriller. Just when you think Attkisson’s imagination might be running away with her comes wave after wave of evidence that both her CBS computer and personal iMac were repeatedly hacked and its files accessed, including one on Benghazi. A consultant hired by CBS reached the same conclusion. Further scrutiny of her personal desktop proves that “the interlopers were able to co-opt my iMac and operate it remotely, as if they were sitting in front of it.” And an inspection revealed that an extra fiber-optics line had been installed in Attkisson’s home without her knowledge.
    This is chilling stuff.”

    From a commenter at the TreeHouse

    Guyver1 says: April 6, 2017 at 3:22 am

    R-C… something to think about.

    Some years back I noticed unusual indications on my cell phone- my stand by time went from almost 24 hours to only about 6 hours, overnight (huge power drain). The indicators showed big two way data transfers, even when I was not using the phone. This went on for 1-2 weeks.
    When I took my phone to MetroPCS to be checked, the technician hooked it up to his computer, and he verified that my phone’s microphone was being kept on, he could not turn it off, and he was unable to track down the number on the other end.

    A couple of days later I was tailed for about 20 miles, while on my way to work. He was really, really obvious. When I decided to shake off the tail, I did it in such a violent way that he almost had a wreck when he tried to follow me. He gave up the chase.

    The phone monitoring went on for several more weeks, then as suddenly as it had started, it SEEMED to stop.

    I know the possibility of the following happening is slim to none- in their world, I am just a small fry.
    But with the Obama administration, you never know…
    If a list of people who were illegally investigated, tracked, or unmasked ever comes out, and my name is on it, I will gladly join any class-action lawsuit which goes directly against the people involved.

    I want to ruin them and bury them so deep they will never see the light of day again.
    I will never forget the technician’s face as he found out what was going on- the classic WTF face- eyes wide open, mouth open, as he stared at his computer screen while struggling (and failing) to turn the mike on my phone off, and as he tried to track down (and failed) the number on the other end.

    He wanted me to report it to the corporate office.
    I told him I would not waste my time- that it was the government, and the telecoms were in on it.
    When I told people at work about it, they laughed, they thought I was nuts.

    Then, some weeks later, Snowden dropped the hammer on the whole operation.
    The next day when I walked into work, everybody was talking about it. Everybody looked at me…
    No one laughed then.

  25. Larry Ledwick says:

    Welcome back Gail we have missed you!
    Yes we knew Obama was abusing authority, but we at the time did not have hard evidence he might be using intelligence community resources for his dirty work. That is a very big jump from just misusing the IRS etc. It was always suspected but now we have much firmer grounds to suspect the worst.

  26. E.M.Smith says:

    Someone needs to ask Obama Folks:

    So, I think I’ve seen you around here before. RICO Much? ….

    But at least now I know why nobody in Government ever cared about products with increased security and why they only bought weak crap like M.S…. they WANTED things hackable…

    Now with China, Russia, UK, Romanian Taxi Drivers, and randoms from South America hacking into their gear, maybe now they will realize the error…

    @Gail:

    I’ll believe things have changed when I see some Name Names from the Obama Years or the Clinton Cabal doing a group perp walk… Until then, the presumption must be “top cover” and “old chums club”.

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