By News Desk Editor:
Unfettered authority and untraceable secrecy made it possible…
Legal expert Andrew Napolitano has an excellent column at The Washington Times on the alleged wiretaps of Donald Trump by Barack Obama.
As Napolitano states in his article, there needs to be investigations to learn the truth – whatever it may be, however the means for Obama to have had this done without the knowledge of senior officials of the intelligence communities certainly exists:
Sources have told Fox News that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Mr. Obama with transcripts of Mr. Trump’s calls. The NSA has given GCHQ full 24/7 access to its computers, so GCHQ — a foreign intelligence agency that, like the NSA, operates outside our constitutional norms — has the digital versions of all electronic communications made in America in 2016, including Mr. Trump‘s. By bypassing all American intelligence services, Mr. Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.
Thus, when senior American intelligence officials denied that their agencies knew about this, they were probably being truthful. Adding to this ominous scenario is the fact that three days after Trump’s inauguration, the head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, stating that he wished to spend more time with his family.
As Napolitano’s excellent article points out, the mechanisms exist to spy on any American for any reason the government wants to – the constitution be damned.
It’s certainly possible Obama used these extralegal means to spy on the Trump campaign. The means exist to spy on any of us for no reason at all.
We live in an age where government only views the constitution as an inconvenient suggestion.
This isn’t the land of the free that the founders of our republic envisioned.