Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper under the Obama administration went on record once again to deny claims of government spying, but this time it was in response to President Trump’s accusations of secret wiretaps on his communications during the election last year.
After Trump’s bombshell claims on twitter that Barack Obama initiated wiretaps of his phones at Trump tower during the election process, as well as branding him a “bad (or sick) guy”, the media along with their Democrat allies went into an all out frenzy.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Various Democrat advocates and intelligence directors under past administrations were on all the popular mainstream news outlets, each claiming that no such spying would ever have taken place.
Perhaps the most ironic claim occurred when disgraced former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who was in power during the Snowden leaks that showed NSA spying on Americans at a massive scale, went on national television and outright stated, “I can deny any wiretaps of Trump Tower“.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Sunday denied any suggestion that Trump Tower communications were wiretapped before the election.
For the part of the national security apparatus that he oversaw, “there was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate, or against his campaign,” Clapper told Chuck Todd in an exclusive interview on Sunday’s “Meet The Press.”
This is the same James Clapper who was quested by Congress and asked for a “yes or no answer” to the question if the NSA engages in mass data collection operations of Americans. His response was, “No sir.”
Obviously we know from the Edward Snowden NSA leaks that James Clapper was lying, since the documents revealed mass spying at a level not even convinced by “big brother” in the book 1984.
Clapper’s dishonest denial of NSA spying resulted in calls to charge him with perjury, since he lied directly to Congress and the American people, which were renewed in November of last year.
The passage of more than three years hasn’t cooled the insistence in certain quarters that Clapper face charges for an admittedly false statement to Congress in March 2013, when he responded, “No, sir” and “not wittingly” to a question about whether the National Security Agency was collecting “any type of data at all” on millions of Americans.
About three months after making that claim, documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the answer was untruthful and that the NSA was in fact collecting in bulk domestic call records, along with various internet communications.
To his critics, Clapper lied under oath, a crime that threatens effective oversight of the executive branch. In an apology letter to lawmakers, however, Clapper said he gave the “clearly erroneous” answer because he “simply didn’t think of” the call-record collection.
Clapper later told MSNBC he considered the question akin to asking, “When did you stop beating your wife?” and so gave the “least untruthful” answer.
Being disgraced and proven to be a liar didn’t prevent Clapper from taking to the media and over the weekend to boldly deny Trump’s claim of Obama approved wiretaps on his phones.
When Todd asked him whether he could confirm or deny if a FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Act) order for this existed, Clapper declared, “I can deny it.”
Asked again whether there was a FISA Court order to monitor Trump Tower, Clapper said, “Not to my knowledge.”
Clapper said that if any wiretap like that occurred, he would “certainly hope” that he would be aware of it.
“I can’t speak for other authorized entities in the government or a state or local entity,” he added.
So James Clapper, who was already caught lying to Congress regarding NSA spying, expects America to trust his words when he again claims that no spying took place, but this time on then presidential candidate Donald Trump. Sounds about what Americans have come to expect from Obama’s officials over the past 8 years.
As if Clapper’s claims weren’t discredited enough by his previous actions, today Wikileaks released the largest CIA data dump in history that effectively outlines their massive hacking/spying programs, which they can readily deploy at their discretion. The Wikileaks documents describe an astonishing number of departments and programs dedicated to hacking the devices American citizens use on a daily basis including, smart phones, smart TVs, cars, planes, computers and basically any digital product that connects to the Internet.
Below is summary of Wikileak’s “Vault 7” release, which went into detail regarding the various CIA run spy and hacking programs.
- The CIA’s Engineering Development Group (EDG) management system contains around 500 different projects (only some of which are documented by “Year Zero”) each with their own sub-projects, malware and hacker tools. The majority of these projects relate to tools that are used for penetration, infestation (“implanting”), control, and exfiltration.
- Umbrage: The CIA’s Remote Devices Branch’s UMBRAGE group collects and maintains a substantial library of attack techniques ‘stolen’ from malware produced in other states including the Russian Federation. With UMBRAGE and related projects the CIA cannot only increase its total number of attack types but also misdirect attribution by leaving behind the “fingerprints” of the groups that the attack techniques were stolen from.
- Fine Dining: Fine Dining comes with a standardized questionnaire i.e menu that CIA case officers fill out. The questionnaire is used by the agency’s OSB (Operational Support Branch) to transform the requests of case officers into technical requirements for hacking attacks (typically “exfiltrating” information from computer systems) for specific operations. Among the list of possible targets of the collection are ‘Asset’, ‘Liason Asset’, ‘System Administrator’, ‘Foreign Information Operations’, ‘Foreign Intelligence Agencies’ and ‘Foreign Government Entities’. Notably absent is any reference to extremists or transnational criminals.
- ‘Improvise’; a toolset for configuration, post-processing, payload setup and execution vector selection for survey/exfiltration tools supporting all major operating systems like Windows (Bartender), MacOS (JukeBox) and Linux (DanceFloor).
- HIVE: HIVE is a multi-platform CIA malware suite and its associated control software. The project provides customizable implants for Windows, Solaris, MikroTik (used in internet routers) and Linux platforms and a Listening Post (LP)/Command and Control (C2) infrastructure to communicate with these implants. The implants are configured to communicate via HTTPS with the webserver of a cover domain; each operation utilizing these implants has a separate cover domain and the infrastructure can handle any number of cover domains.
It appears fate is against James Clapper, as this is now the second time he been proven grossly incorrect regarding the massive level of spying taking place at America’s intelligence agencies, shortly after claiming the opposite.
Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also spoke out over the weekend, parroting Clapper’s claims and said that Trump’s wiretap accusations were “ridiculous”. “It’s the tool of an authoritarian to have them always be talking about what you want to be talking about,” Pelosi added referring to Trump’s claims.
After today’s Wikileak’s CIA data dump, however, it appears Nancy Pelosi claims are in fact “ridiculous”, as Americans are finding out that wiretaps are the absolute lowest level of what the CIA is capable of.
Despite Obama claiming to be “the most transparent administration” in history, a claim that even the mainstream media was skeptical of after 8 years of coverage, new revelations are rapidly revealing that the government operated the most intrusive invasions of privacy to ever take place in America, all under the supervision of Barack Obama.