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Friday, March 17, 2017

The Truth About Trump Tower

American media has been abuzz in recent weeks over President Trump's claims, made in a series of Tweets on March 4th, that his iconic New York home  Trump Tower was wiretapped during the election period on the orders of President Obama.  The original tweet that caused the ruckus, sent out at 7:02am on that Saturday morning, read:  "How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process.  This is Nixon/Watergate.  Bad (or sick) guy!"  Subsequent defenses of the claim have issued from the Trump Whitehouse, while avid denials and denunciations have swarmed from a variety of sources wishing to both defend former President Obama and paint Trump as a reckless loose canon.  Who is right?  Where does the truth lie?

Greg Hunter's Weekly News Wrap-Up for March 17th on has summarized the competing claims nicely.  A joint statement by the Senate Intelligence Committee, authored by Sen. Burr (R) and Sen. Warner (D) concluded that there is "no indication" of a wiretapping order being placed on Trump Towereither before or after election day.  News outlets have widely circulated this conclusion as factual and final, denouncing Trump's claims otherwise as a fabrication designed to distract the public from more serious allegations of collusion with the Russians.  For his part, the former Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, has gone on record to state that there is no evidence from the FBI, CIA or NSA that Trump colluded with the Russians to alter the outcome of the election.  He made these comments on the March 5th edition of Meet The Press, the Sunday morning talk-show.  What gave him that assurance?  How could Clapper make such an assertion, unless Trump's communications had indeed been tapped? 

A similar problem arises surrounding the resignation of General Flynn, who was selected to be Trump's Defense Secretary, but whose career was cut short after it was revealed that he held private conversations with the Russian ambassador during the transition period - conversations which were not admitted to during his confirmation hearings but which were leaked to the public after Trump's inauguration.  Who did the leaking?  And how were these conversations accessed?  No one seems to know.  Clearly, more wiretapping is going on than the mainstream media is letting on.  Contradicting the claim that Trump’s allegation is unfounded, theNew York Times featured a front-page article on inauguration day (January 20th) that proclaimed in its very title:  “Wiretapped Data Used In Inquiry Of Trump”.  So which is it?  Is Trump being wiretapped or not?  Greg Hunter is spot on when he attacks the hypocrisy of the mainstream media, stating emphatically "Somebody is lyin' about the spyin'!"

In a well-timed (though coincidental) vindication of Trump's original claim on March 4th, Wikileaks began releasing their much-touted 'Vault 7' files on March 7th.  While receiving only cursory attention by the mainstream press, the explosive revelations point to far greater powers of surveillance being conducted on domestic Americans than anyone, even the most paranoid, was willing to conjure.  Mass data collection of iPhone and Samsung smartphone communications was revealed, destroying illusions of security provided by encryption, and the "Internet-of-Things" is being tapped for surveillance purposes as well.  Samsung televisions, the leaks reveal, can be used to record conversations and relay them back to intelligence agencies, even when turned off.  Similarly, appliances like microwave ovens can be used to spy on users, provided they are hooked up to the Internet.  Even George Orwell would be rolling in his grave.

It is important to be clear here about the term "wiretapping."  The term is decades old, and refers to the physical tapping of phone lines to listen in on conversations.  In the age of digital communications, this is no longer necessary, but the term has been retained as a synonym for surveillance.  If the Wikileaks Vault 7 revelations tell us anything, it is that we are all the subject of surveillance now.  And we've known for more than a decade now that the Patriot Act demanded that telecom companies record and save the texting and conversations of EVERY American, 24/7, and that this data is readily available to the NSA.  More damning still, we have known for nearly two decades of the "five-eyes" program called ECHELON, the ubiquitous surveillance program of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand that sees each country spy on the other in order to circumvent domestic surveillance restrictions.  The mass dragnet involving ALL electronic communications is collected and then shared with the other partners in the alliance, ostensibly to catch "bad guys", however they might be defined.  This has been going on for decades, even though no one wants to talk about it, let alone admit that it is going on.
We can conclude from all this that "OF COURSE!" Trump Tower was being "wiretapped."  So is my home.  So is yours.  We are all being spied upon.  No one is safe any more from the prying eyes of Big Brother.  And at this point in the game, there is nothing any one of us can do about it.  It has become a fact of our modern existence.

President Trump could, if he wanted to, have a pretty easy time demonstrating that of his communications - as well as everybody else's - are being continually hacked, and that no one is immune from "wiretapping."  However, this is unlikely to occur, since he has already been warned against making enemies with the intelligence community.  Senate minority leader Chuck Shumer has already warned Trump that the CIA and other agencies have "six ways from Sunday" to get back at him - including assassination.  What is more likely to occur is a milder brushing-off of the entire original claim, confusing the issue further (on purpose) in order to send everybody (supporters and detractors alike) down rabbit-holes that lead nowhere.  In the final analysis, I don't think Trump will blow the issue up any further than it already has, for fear it causes a scandal that causes Obama and his operatives to plot even harder for his removal from office.  As far as Trump is concerned, the story has served its purpose, and will quietly fade into history as an "unanswered question."  No one, not even he, wants ECHELON and Vault 7 to become dinner-table topics for debate.

So, to conclude, Yes, Trump Tower was "wiretapped" (surveilled), but even the president is unlikely to provide the hard evidence to support the claim.  To do this would be to admit to the American people, and the world, that America is living under a totalitarian police state.  Reversing this state of affairs will require more than nominal promises to "drain the swamp" in Washington, instead involvig a dismantling of the entire intelligence-gathering deep-state complex.  This is never going to happen, as hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake as well as the reputation of America as a democracy.  Trump would be assassinated long before the CIA or any other intelligence agency gets "smashed into a thousand pieces" and "scattered to the four winds" - just ask JFK.  Without a doubt, we'll continue our headlong march into a complete Orwellian nightmare, and a Skynet-style artificial intelligence in defense of 'The State' will gradually morph into the Big Brother of our nightmares.

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