In the words of former President Ronald Reagan, the last chief executive prior to President Donald Trump to take strong principled stands to renew the nation to that shining city on a hill, "Here we go again."
The National Security Agency (NSA), having previously been disclosed by Edward Snowden and my whistleblower client Dennis Montgomery to have unconstitutionally and illegally spied on the telephonic metadata, internet, and social media communications of hundreds of millions of American citizens — including Supreme Court justices, hundreds of lower court judges, prominent businessmen like Trump himself, and ordinary American activists like yours truly — is at it again!
This time, with the resignation of Trump White House National Security Adviser General Michael Flynn last night — based on telephone NSA intercepts he allegedly had with the Russian ambassador — it's clear that the NSA is spying on the president, his White House, and the administration in general.
This is highly dangerous, particularly since the intelligence agencies are chock full of loyalists to former President Barack Hussein Obama, Hillary Clinton, and their leftist comrades.
They are also stung by President Trump’s criticism of their incompetence, partisanship, and lawlessness under the direction of former Director of National Security James Clapper, who lied to under oath to Congress about his wholesale illegal spying, yet as a card carrying member of the Washington, D.C., establishment got off scot free from prosecution. And, then there is former CIA Director John Brennan, who was literally at war with President-elect Trump as the hand-picked intelligence hack of Obama himself. Even after his resignation a day prior to the inauguration of President Trump, many of Brennan’s agents remain in place at the CIA.
Thus, it comes as no surprise that the NSA and likely the CIA continue with their spying, this time on our "the president and his men." This is highly dangerous to our republic, and, as found by one of the few intellectually honest and courageous federal judges on the bench in two cases which I filed a few years ago against the NSA, this conduct is "almost Orwellian," that is, reminiscent of George Orwell’s prophesy in his landmark book, "1984." Orwell’s "Big Brother" has indeed come to pass, as Judge Leon held in ruling in my favor in these lawsuits. (For more information, see FreedomWatchUSA.org.)
My success in this litigation caused Congress to enact the USA Freedom Act, which requires the intelligence agencies to get warrants to obtain telephonic metadata based on a showing of probable cause that terrorism is afoot or that a crime is in the act of being committed. But it's now clear that, as has been documented time-in and time-out in court filings and from other sources, the NSA and likely the CIA continue to have no respect for the law.
Now the NSA and likely the CIA as well have predictably turned their sights on the President of the United States and his White House. This is not just an outrage, it threatens to unleash tyranny the likes of which this nation has never seen. Because if the intelligence agencies are allowed to continue, the real likelihood of coercion and blackmail will, as is also predicted, become the norm. And, when this happens, our democracy will have been destroyed, much less the hope of the new Trump administration, on behalf of all of us, to "Make America Great Again."
Of course, restoring the nation to greatness may not what the hacks at the NSA, CIA, and other intelligence agencies may have in mind. The NSA and CIA, with this spying, holds a "Sword of Damocles" over the heads of President Trump and his administration and in many ways they are control of the fate of the United States. If King George III had had this power in the days leading up to the American Revolution, our Founding Fathers would never had made to Philadelphia to debate, agree on, and ultimately sign the Declaration of Independence. They would have been picked up by the Red Coats, arrested, imprisoned, and ultimately executed.
I will be going back to Judge Leon in our ongoing cases to hold the NSA and CIA in contempt for continuing its apparently illegal spying which threatens all of us. If there is one jurist who might protect We the People, Judge Leon is the one. If not, then American patriots regrettably may ultimately decide to take matters into their own hands, as happened 1776.
Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, is known for his strong public interest advocacy in furtherance of ethics in government and individual freedoms and liberties. To read more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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