Judicial Watch sues DOJ for UNMASKING records requested by Biden, Obama officials on Flynn
If it wasn’t for the conservative nonprofit watchdog Judicial Watch the American public would’ve been left in the dark about the Russia hoax perpetrated against President Donald Trump, the attack in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to hide government emails and hundreds more investigations into government malfeasance.
On Thursday Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the “National Security Agency (NSA) for records of requests by former Vice President Joe Biden and other top Obama administration officials, including President Obama’s chief of staff, to “unmask” Lieutenant General (Retired) Michael Flynn.”
President of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton said that the FOIA lawsuit was in response to the government’s failure to turn over the documents originally requested by the watchdog group.
“The requests by Joe Biden and President Obama’s chief of staff to unmask the identity of President Trump’s top national security adviser reeks of corruption and abuse,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The documents about this illicit spy operation should be released immediately.”
It’s a huge struggle to obtain documents that actually belong to the American people. Those in Washington’s bureaucracy hold the keys to the kingdom: the documents reveal the truth and expose the corruption. In early 2017 I filed a Freedom of Information Act request on Sally Yates with regard to Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. I also included specific words that I expected would expedite the matter with the Department of Justice. I finally heard back from the DOJ’s FOIA office on Thursday.
I honestly was taken back at first and thought it was some sort of scam. It was real. Guess what the official told me on the phone, “can you narrow your search terms so it will be easier for us to locate the specific documents you are referring too?”
I said angrily, ” you have to be kidding, it’s been like two years. Do you think I don’t know what’s going on here?” I realized after I hung up it’s been more than three years since I put in for the FOIA. If it wasn’t for Judicial Watch the documents would disappear into the swamp and never be remembered.
In early 2017, John Solomon and I published numerous investigative stories exposing the FBI’s malfeasance in its investigation into former National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. At the time Solomon and I were working for Circa, a website division of Sinclair Media Group that has since closed.
We also published extensive reports on the government’s malfeasance with regards to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the expansion spying powers on American citizens under the Obama administration. All of this set the foundation and the stage for the majority of investigations and discoveries that led to the exposure of one of the worst abuses in power in modern political history against a sitting U.S. president.
What made matters worse is that those who weaponized the system against President Trump and his administration have many minions – known as the deep state – that are part of the extensive government bureaucracy and little has been done to hold those who tore our nation apart accountable.
Unmasking Americans, like the abuse that occurred to former Trump 2016 campaign volunteer Carter Page, is the process of disclosing the identities of U.S. citizens captured in private communications to government officials. Judicial Watch notes it is “referenced in intelligence surveillance of foreign nationals. U.S. citizens’ names are typically redacted from such reports unless a specific request is made to “unmask” them.”
Judicial Watch stated in a press release that it filed “this lawsuit after the NSA failed to respond to two separate September 1, 2020 FOIA requests.” In fact, in June 2020, Judicial Watch first sued the State Department for records of requests by former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to “unmask” Flynn. Power had testified before Congress in 2017 that she didn’t request to unmask Flynn and that her name signed on any unmasking requests must have been done by someone else. But when declassified documents were first made public in May by the National Security Agency (NSA), it showed that she had signed unmasking requests on Flynn least seven separate times betweenNov. 30, 2016, and Jan. 11, 2017.
FROM JW PRESS RELEASE
The first request seeks “records about a January 12, 2017, request to ‘unmask’ Lieutenant General Flynn submitted to NSA by or on behalf of then-Vice President Joe Biden.”
The second request asks for “records about requests to ‘unmask’ Lieutenant General Flynn submitted to NSA by or on behalf of the following officials on the dates or date ranges indicated:
Samantha Powers – Nov. 30, 2016 to Jan. 11, 2017
James Clapper – Dec. 2, 2016 to Jan. 7, 2017
Kelly Degnan – Dec. 6, 2016
John R. Phillips – Dec. 6, 2016
John Brennan – Dec. 14 & 15, 2016
Patrick Conlon – Dec. 14, 2016
Jacob Lew – Dec. 14 & 15, 2016
Arthur McGlynn – Dec. 14, 2016
Mike Neufeld – Dec. 14, 2016
Sarah Raskin – Dec. 14, 2016
Nathan Sheets – Dec. 14, 2016
Adam Szubin – Dec. 14, 2016
Robert Bell – Dec. 15, 2016
John Christenson – Dec. 15, 2016
Sarah Raskin – Dec. 15, 2016
Nathan Sheets – Dec. 15, 2016
Adam Szubin – Dec. 15, 2016
Robert Bell – Dec. 15, 2016
John Christenson – Dec. 15, 2016
James Comey – Dec. 15, 2016
Paul Geehreng – Dec. 15, 2016
Douglas Lute – Dec. 15, 2016
James Hursh – Dec. 15, 2016
Lee Litzenberger – Dec. 15, 2016
Scott Parrish – Dec. 15, 2016
Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall – Dec. 15, 2016
Tamir Waser – Dec. 15, 2016
John Tefft – Dec. 16, 2016
John Bass – Dec. 28, 2016
Denis McDonough – Jan. 5, 2017
Michael Dempsy – Jan. 7, 2017
Stephanie O’Sullivan – Jan. 7, 2017
The Deputy Assistant Director of the National Media Exploitation Center, whose name was not known – December 15, 2016
The names of officials and dates identified in the FOIA requests were taken directly from a list which was declassified on May 8, 2020, by then-Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell and submitted to Senators Charles Grassley and Ron Johnson on May 13.
On May 19, Senator Grassley responded and asked for “the declassification of additional information related to the unmasking of Americans around the time of the 2016 election, but also to expand the scope of our request to include information as early as January 2016. Based on our investigation and recent press reports, we are increasingly concerned that the surveillance of U.S. persons affiliated with the Trump campaign began earlier than the opening of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane investigation in late July 2016.”
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Gabbard ‘no greater expression of hatred..towards women than trying to erase us as a category of people’
Former Democratic Rep. of Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard, had no fear in expressing how she felt about the state of woke ideology after a biological male was given a courage award on International Women’s Day earlier this month. She called it delusional, stating these woke beliefs create hatred and hostility against women.
Gabbard brought up the fact that the “woman” who was honored in the White House was “not actually a woman at all.” She stated what everyone knew: it was a biological male who identifies as a woman.
In early March, on International Women’s Day Alba Rueda, a transgender woman who serves as Argentina’s special envoy for sexual orientation and gender identity, was given the White House award for being a woman of courage. The International Women of Courage Award ceremony hosted by first lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and it it reflects a growing woke ideology.
It wasn’t just the White House. USA Today also honored a biological male for ‘Woman of the Year.’ In fact, Minnesota Democratic State Rep. Leigh Finke was on the cover and “is the first openly transgender person to be elected to and serve in the Minnesota legislature,” as stated in reports. Finke was also named “Woman of the Year” for Minnesota despite serving in office for less than three months, according to Fox News.
Exactly 👇 https://t.co/7DW5jdr4c4
— Sara A. Carter (@SaraCarterDC) March 27, 2023
The Biden administration honored Rueda because of his courage. They said it was the courage of his transitioning and the struggles he endured. There are many biological females who endure great struggles and triumphs everyday but apparently the White House couldn’t find one to fit this category.
Gabbard brought up two major points on why this is so dangerous and disrespectful towards women.
First she stated, “there is no greater expression of hatred and hostility towards women then to try and erase us as a category of people and then to minimize us to being a construct of anyone imagination.” Her second point she stated was, “that by rejecting the objective truth, they are rejecting the existence of the objective truth as a whole.”
She is correct and one of the greatest manipulation tactics a government can use to subvert its citizens is to destroy the idea of the objective truth. A nation that is indoctrinated from the education system, to the t.v. shows we watch, to the movies that depict such lunacy and destroy the values and beliefs of a country will inevitably fall from chaos until a new regime takes over for the betterment of society.
This is exactly what we have seen in the past with examples such as the USSR, Cuba, Nazi Germany, and even the CCP today. Gabbard was a long standing Democrat who had to leave the party because she could see the direction they are heading. The woke ideology we are witnessing in the U.S. over the past 20 years is simply a subversion of our Democratic republic.
Yurie Bezmenov a Soviet journalist and former KGB office, who defected to Canada, gave a speech equally as riveting as Gabbard. In this speech he talks about the fall of Russia and the rise of the USSR. As a former KGB member he was a part of the subversion process. He understood what it took to shift the culture of a nation state.
In short, he explained that it only takes 15 years to indoctrinate a whole generation and to create an entire generation of sleeper cells who aren’t even aware that they are part of the subversion process.
This is what Tulsi is urging her listeners to truly understand. People must see beyond the idea that truth is merely a gray space -that it is no longer relevant and realize that this type of thinking is used to confuse and subvert the masses.
If there is nothing that is concrete and no truths that we can rely on then Gabbard is correct that women will be reduced to nothing and the years of fighting for what was once equity will vanish.
You can follow Alexander Carter on Twitter @AlexanderCarterDC
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