April 4, 2017

Susan “Benghazi was caused by a YouTube video” Rice is suddenly in high demand by cable news shows. Too bad she's not talkin'. Just weeks after Rice said she knew nothing at all about claims of an Obama White House official accessing intelligence agency surveillance of Trump campaign associates and illegally unmasking their identities, Eli Lake of Bloomberg Views cited sources as pointing the finger directly at her. He wrote:

“Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.”

It’s also being reported that the surveillance had nothing to do with Russia or anything illegal, that it started as early as Trump’s securing of the GOP nomination, and was gathered and leaked for political purposes. If it’s true that Obama White House officials were weaponizing government surveillance capabilities to target a political opponent during an election campaign, critics say it would dwarf Watergate, and that we soon may be hearing investigators demand to know what former President Obama knew and when he knew it.

Meanwhile, mainstream media outlets proved they can still turn on a dime from rabid watchdogs of the current President into panting lapdogs of the previous one by either ignoring the Rice story entirely or airing only the comments of Democrats trying to spin it away as nothing, and claiming as national security adviser, Rice had the right to see any surveillance materials she wanted.

That led Eli Lake to note that perhaps the worst scandal of all is being overlooked: that we do so much surveillance of private citizens and that so many people inside whatever party is currently in power have unaccountable access to it to spy on political opponents and smear them by illegally unmasking their names.

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