There has been much ado about Trump, Russia, elections, and spying. And, as Sharyl Attkisson notes, there are plenty of timetables to that end.
But what there haven’t been a lot of – or ANY – are timelines about all of the machinations of the Obama Administration, the lies, the spying, the sleight-of-hand law changes, and so much more.
Thanks to Attkisson, we now have just such a timeline, and is it ever a doozy. I was only up to 2012 when my jaw dropped open, and it only went downhill from there.
I cannot include the entire timeline here (I have already lost connection once, so I am hurrying to get this done), but I can give you a good sampling of it and let you peruse it on your own. Check out some of Attkisson’s research on all the pies into which Obama, et al had their hands:
The IRS secretly begins “targeting” conservative groups that are seeking nonprofit tax-exempt status, by singling out ones that have “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names.
May 28, 2010:
The government secretly applies for a warrant to obtain Google email information of Fox News reporter James Rosen in a leak investigation, without telling Rosen.
Internal email entitled “Obama Leak Investigations” at “global intelligence” company Stratfor claims Obama’s then-Homeland Security adviser John Brennan is targeting journalists.
“Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources,” writes one Stratfor official to another.
The email continues: “Note — There is specific tasker from the [White House] to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode…”
“The Wonder Boys” reportedly refers to the National Security Agency (NSA). Brennan later becomes President Obama’s CIA Director.
Early February 2011:
After receiving an anonymous tip, CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson begins researching the Department of Justice “gunwalking” operation nicknamed “Fast and Furious” that secretly let thousands of weapons be trafficked to Mexican drug cartels. One of the “walked” guns had been used by illegal aliens who murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.
February 22, 2011:
CBS’ Attkisson breaks news about “Fast and Furious” on The CBS Evening News.
After the story airs, the government issues an internal memo that seeks to “push positive stories” to contradict the news.
Given the negative coverage by CBS Evening News last week…ATF needs to proactively push positive stories this week, in an effort to preempt some negative reporting, or at minimum, lessen the coverage of such stories in the news cycle by replacing them with good stories about ATF.
March 4, 2011:
CBS News’ Attkisson exclusively interviews sitting ATF special agent John Dodson. He gives a firsthand account contradicting government denials re: Fast and Furious.
I’ll give you a chance to catch your breath here, but note we are only up to February of 2011, scarcely more than one year since Obama took office. Think about that. Obama and his henchman accomplished all of the above in just ONE year. And yet, we keep hearing how slowly the wheels of government turn. Only when they want to drag their feet, seems to me.
Okay. Ready? Here’s a bit more courtesy of Attkisson and her doggedness to ferret out the truth:
Obama intel officials capture and record incidental private communications between Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, and a Libyan official. The recordings are later leaked to the press.
White House operative Schultz invites Attkisson and several other national journalists to off the record backgrounder about Fast and Furious documents subpoenaed by Congress. Later, on the phone, Shultz screams and cusses at Attkisson as she asks questions raised by the Fast and Furious documents.
October 3, 2011:
Obama administration secretly changes longstanding policy. The change creates a “loophole” that Sen. Ron Wyden would later say allows the NSA to conduct a “backdoor searches” or “incidental collection” of U.S. citizens’ domestic communications.
The same day, CBS News airs Attkisson’s report on newly-uncovered memos that contradict Attorney General Eric Holders’ denials about Fast and Furious.
October 4, 2011:
In an internal email, Attorney General Eric Holder’s top press aide Tracy Schmaler emails White House operative Schultz calling Attkisson “out of control.” Schultz replies, “Her piece was really bad for the AG.”
Amid much criticism, Justice Department finally, officially retracts the false letter it had submitted to Congress in February. The letter had stated that the Fast and Furious allegations of gunwalking were untrue.
February 13, 2012:
At approximately 10:30pm, remote intruders secretly download new spy software proprietary to a federal agency onto Attkisson’s CBS work computer. (The software was secretly attached to a legitimate Hotmail email and downloaded in the background after a pop-up ad appeared).
Congress accuses the CIA of improperly accessing Senate Intelligence committee computers. CIA Director Brennan denies it.
Director of National Intelligence Clapper bans intelligence community officials from unauthorized contact with reporters.
July 31, 2014:
CIA Inspector General reveals that five CIA officials improperly accessed Senate Intelligence Committee computers and searched certain staff emails. The findings contradict denials made in March by CIA director Brennan. Brennan apologizes to Senate staff.
The FBI reportedly obtains a secret FISA court order to monitor communications of Trump adviser Carter Page, convincing a judge there’s probable cause to believe Page is acting as a Russian agent. Surveillance of Page theoretically allows government officials to “incidentally” collect communications of Trump associates (or Trump himself) if they communicate with Page. […](Click here to read the rest.)
I left out a ton. It is truly astonishing what Obama got away with all of those years, with primarily Republicans only crying out about his abuses. Democrats seemed all too willing to let hi get away with any- and-everything.
Oh, and remember that little tidbit above about (former) Rep. Dennis Kucinich having HIS office bugged? Oh, yes it was, something he raised again not too long ago (Attkisson noted that in her timeline, too). Kucinich spoke about his experience on Fox:
Oh, that pesky little separation of powers to which Kucinich referred CLEARLY meant nothing to Obama throughout his tenure. Clearly.
But yeah – to wiretap a sitting US House Representative, a Democrat no less, is truly disturbing and telling.
Thank heavens for real journalists like Attkisson for not being distracted by whichever shiny bauble the MSM tosses out there to ratchet up emotions. If not for her, we would not have this kind of timeline. Heaven knows the MSM sure isn’t going to do something like this. They are too busy printing “fake news” to be concerned with actual news.
I’ll leave you with this tune that popped into my head when I was reading the extent of Obama’s shenanigans:
This is an Open Thread. Have at it!