As usual, the Republicans can never back down off of Obama, even when he hasn’t been the president for half a year. Rather than deal with issues at hand, they love to dig up cockamamie stories like accusing Obama’s political aides of requesting intelligence reports.
Nothing But Accusations
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee (HIC) is accusing top political aides in Obama’s administration for making hundreds of requests to unmask names of Americans in intelligence reports. The requests supposedly happened during the 2016 presidential race and included Trump transition officials. For one thing, these reports wouldn’t exactly benefit Obama at all since he did his time in the Oval Office, and with the current Trumpgate problem could you blame them?
Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes of California wrote a letter to the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats saying the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed. “We have found evidence that current and former government officials had easy access to U.S. person information and that it is possible that they used this information to achieve partisan political purposes, including the selective, anonymous leaking of such information,” Nunes said to Coats. In March Nunes disclosed that he had seen data suggesting Trump campaign and transition officials were having their names unmasked by departing officials in the White House. Well Nunes, pretty sure it’s standard to do background checks when working with the government. By the sounds of it, it was just their names. Who cares if someone knows a name, you shouldn’t make such a big deal about it if you have nothing to hide.
Obama Administration Responds
National Security Adviser Susan Rice and CIA Director John Brennan have acknowledged that the requests were made and said they were for legitimate work reasons. I mean you know, it’s only proper to see if your replacements have the correct qualifications. Nunes himself recused himself from the Russian investigation after the controversy of releasing this information. So, Nunes, you know you just messed up. “The committee has learned that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama administration,” Nunes wrote. “Of those requests, only one offered a justification that was not boilerplate.”
Well, obviously it’s none of your business when the person had access to these reports and did you ever think he didn’t have time to fill in every little detail when trying to basically make sure we don’t have insane repugnant domestic terrorists in positions of power? Nunes is just angry that the loosening of the rules in 2011 helped the Obama administration find the real American crooks instead of protecting them by “masking” their identities. In all honesty, if you’ve done something extremely wrong to have the NSA investigate you, the world should know, keeping it a secret is only enabling crooks and terrorists to continue doing what they do. So stop coming up with cockamamie accusations to direct attention away from the real problems of the world, because real Americans won’t fall for it.
Source: The Hill