The Unexpectedly Chronicles: Silence is suddenly Golden for Left/Media

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The Unexpectedly Chronicles: Silence is suddenly Golden for Left/Media

The big story on the right­side of the blo­gos­phere has been the Susan Rice rev­e­la­tions reported both at Fox:

Mul­ti­ple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, for­mer national secu­rity adviser under then-​President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump tran­si­tion offi­cials caught up in surveillance.

and at Bloomberg:

White House lawyers last month learned that the for­mer national secu­rity adviser Susan 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.
The pat­tern of Rice’s requests was dis­cov­ered in a National Secu­rity Coun­cil review of the government’s pol­icy on “unmask­ing” the iden­ti­ties of indi­vid­u­als in the U.S. who are not tar­gets of elec­tronic eaves­drop­ping, but whose com­mu­ni­ca­tions are col­lected inci­den­tally. Nor­mally those names are redacted from sum­maries of mon­i­tored con­ver­sa­tions and appear in reports as some­thing like “U.S. Per­son One.”

And MSNBC’s objec­tions not with­stand­ing even more is com­ing up

Com­puter logs that for­mer Pres­i­dent Obama’s team left behind in the White House indi­cate his national secu­rity adviser Susan Rice accessed numer­ous intel­li­gence reports dur­ing Obama’s last seven months in office that con­tained National Secu­rity Agency inter­cepts involv­ing Don­ald Trump and his asso­ciates, Circa has learned.

Intel­li­gence sources said the logs dis­cov­ered by National Secu­rity Coun­cil staff sug­gested Rice’s inter­est in the NSA mate­ri­als, some of which included unmasked Amer­i­cans’ iden­ti­ties, appeared to begin last July around the time Trump secured the GOP nom­i­na­tion and accel­er­ated after Trump’s elec­tion in Novem­ber launched a tran­si­tion that con­tin­ued through January.

Pow­er­line writes about it:

If true, this is a bomb­shell, if not exactly a sur­prise. We know from her tour of the Sun­day morn­ing talk shows to mis­rep­re­sent Beng­hazi that Rice was a polit­i­cal hack, more than will­ing to do dirty work on behalf of Pres­i­dent Obama. Her alleged role here would fit with that history.

Don Surber:

There is no evi­dence of any wrong­do­ing by Pres­i­dent Trump. But plenty of evi­dence points to Barack Obama’s abuse of power. Let us fol­low that trail.

Glenn Reynolds:

It is a felony to con­spire to “injure, threaten, or intim­i­date a per­son in any state, ter­ri­tory or dis­trict in the free exer­cise or enjoy­ment of any right or priv­i­lege secured to him/​her by the Con­sti­tu­tion or the laws of the Unites States.”

Related: Susan Rice unmasked? Pre­vi­ously said “I know noth­ing about” Nunes allegations.

PJ Media:

So, let’s review:

  • autho­rized under the Obama Administration √
  • pretty high up √
  • con­fi­dante of friends in high places √√√√

Susan Rice cer­tainly seems to fit. Of course, the remain­ing ques­tion is who did the actual leaking.

And despite CNN and the left con­sid­er­ing it a “dis­trac­tion” and then claim­ing it is false, it is a sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ment but the real sign that there is some there there comes not so much from these sto­ries, but from this piece by Byron York:

So with Schiff’s visit to the White House, a chance for bal­ance. But after view­ing the doc­u­ments, Schiff has gone nearly com­pletely silent about what he saw. He has kept up his crit­i­cism of how Nunes came to view the mate­r­ial, but on what’s actu­ally in the doc­u­ments, Schiff has said vir­tu­ally nothing.

That seems rather odd, for quite a while we couldn’t turn on cable news with­out see­ing Con­gress­man Schiff not only mak­ing claims about Don­ald Trump and Rus­sia but hit­ting the chair­man of his com­mit­tee for talk, but now with Jake Tap­per he sud­denly came back with this:

Schiff made no pub­lic com­ments on Sat­ur­day, and then on Sun­day morn­ing appeared on CNN, where Jake Tap­per asked Schiff if, hav­ing seen the doc­u­ments, “can you under­stand why Chair­man Nunes might have some issues with the sur­veil­lance that was going on?”

“I can’t go into the con­tents of the doc­u­ments, Jake,” Schiff said, before a quick pivot to Nunes’ meth­ods. “I can say I don’t agree with the chairman’s char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, which is exactly why it’s so impor­tant you don’t share doc­u­ments with just one per­son or even two peo­ple. They need to be shared with both full committees.”

Con­tin­u­ing, Schiff said “the most impor­tant thing” about the doc­u­ments is not what is in them but how they were handled

The unwill­ing­ness of con­gress­man Schiff to talk about what he saw speaks even louder than the rest of the head­lines, it sug­gests that Kurt Schlichter pre­dic­tion is com­ing true

This is all going to blow up in the Democ­rats’ faces, and when it does I’m going to laugh and raise my vodka glass in a joy­ous toast to their lat­est and great­est failure.

The ques­tion is this: When it hap­pens will the media report it?


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The big story on the rightside of the blogosphere has been the Susan Rice revelations reported both at Fox:

Multiple sources tell Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.

and at Bloomberg:

White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan 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.
The pattern of Rice’s requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government’s policy on “unmasking” the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like “U.S. Person One.”

And MSNBC’s objections not withstanding even more is coming up 

Computer logs that former President Obama’s team left behind in the White House indicate his national security adviser Susan Rice accessed numerous intelligence reports during Obama’s last seven months in office that contained National Security Agency intercepts involving Donald Trump and his associates, Circa has learned.

Intelligence sources said the logs discovered by National Security Council staff suggested Rice’s interest in the NSA materials, some of which included unmasked Americans’ identities, appeared to begin last July around the time Trump secured the GOP nomination and accelerated after Trump’s election in November launched a transition that continued through January.

Powerline writes about it:

If true, this is a bombshell, if not exactly a surprise. We know from her tour of the Sunday morning talk shows to misrepresent Benghazi that Rice was a political hack, more than willing to do dirty work on behalf of President Obama. Her alleged role here would fit with that history.

Don Surber:

There is no evidence of any wrongdoing by President Trump. But plenty of evidence points to Barack Obama’s abuse of power. Let us follow that trail.

Glenn Reynolds:

It is a felony to conspire to “injure, threaten, or intimidate a person in any state, territory or district in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him/her by the Constitution or the laws of the Unites States.”

Related: Susan Rice unmasked? Previously said “I know nothing about” Nunes allegations.

PJ Media:

So, let’s review:

  • authorized under the Obama Administration √
  • pretty high up √
  • confidante of friends in high places √√√√

Susan Rice certainly seems to fit. Of course, the remaining question is who did the actual leaking.

And despite CNN and the left considering it a “distraction” and then claiming it is false,  it is a significant development but the real sign that there is some there there comes not so much from these stories, but from this piece by Byron York:

So with Schiff’s visit to the White House, a chance for balance. But after viewing the documents, Schiff has gone nearly completely silent about what he saw. He has kept up his criticism of how Nunes came to view the material, but on what’s actually in the documents, Schiff has said virtually nothing.

That seems rather odd, for quite a while we couldn’t turn on cable news without seeing Congressman Schiff not only making claims about Donald Trump and Russia but hitting the chairman of his committee for talk, but now with Jake Tapper he suddenly came back with this:

Schiff made no public comments on Saturday, and then on Sunday morning appeared on CNN, where Jake Tapper asked Schiff if, having seen the documents, “can you understand why Chairman Nunes might have some issues with the surveillance that was going on?”

“I can’t go into the contents of the documents, Jake,” Schiff said, before a quick pivot to Nunes’ methods. “I can say I don’t agree with the chairman’s characterization, which is exactly why it’s so important you don’t share documents with just one person or even two people. They need to be shared with both full committees.”

Continuing, Schiff said “the most important thing” about the documents is not what is in them but how they were handled

The unwillingness of congressman Schiff to talk about what he saw speaks even louder than the rest of the headlines, it suggests that Kurt Schlichter prediction is coming true

This is all going to blow up in the Democrats’ faces, and when it does I’m going to laugh and raise my vodka glass in a joyous toast to their latest and greatest failure.

The question is this:  When it happens will the media report it?


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