I have long suggested that the tectonic plates of the Deep State are shifting as the ruling consensus has eroded.Some elements of the Deep State--what I call the progressive wing, which is (ironically to some) anchored in the military services-- now view the neocon-CIA (Security State)-Wall Street elements as profoundly dangerous to America's long-term interests, both domestically and globally.
In the shifting saga of how members of the Trump campaign/administration ended up having their phone conversations tapped under the Obama administration, the American people have been fed a series of shifting excuses on how the Obama administration would never violate the laws concerning surveillance of US Persons.
We were told the President cannot order such surveillance (which we know is a false statement, see here and here).
Then we were given the impression by the Fake News Media these “intercepts” were under a FISA court warrant. But later we learned the FISA court rejected the application by Team Obama in June 2016.
Apparently, the Obama’s administration tried twice last year to monitor members of Trump’s campaign. Once via the regular (Title III) courts and once through the FISA Court. So let’s stop pretending this was not something Team Obama desperately wanted to do. The fact they failed does not erase the efforts behind the attempts.
But then something else happened in October. What it was is unclear. Speculation was Team Obama tried either a second run at the FISA court with a more focused application, or they possibly appealed to the FIS Review Court. The initial reports were of a successful FISA application and surveillance warrant in October.
Then DNI Clapper publicly stated that there was no FISA Court warrant targeting team Trump. None.
So let’s assume he is being truthful – if not painfully precise. That means no FISA warrant on Team Trump in October either. So we are back to the excuse that the US Persons were caught up in the surveillance of foreigners.
There are names a plenty to begin the process if these exist.
And if they don’t exist – then someone broke some very serious laws in the Obama Administration