Intelligence chief won’t release documents about spying on U.S. journalists

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, now headed by former Texas Congressman John Ratcliffe, will not release documents about spying on U.S. journalists, according to a letter dated yesterday. In its response to a Freedom of Information Act request, ODNI claimed that it could not even admit or deny that the records exist because they would be classified.

In government-speak, that means, “The records exist, but we are not going to search for them because we really don’t want to release them.”

This should not surprise any followers of former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, who filed a federal lawsuit alleging that government operatives hacked into her computers and electronic devices. In speeches, articles, and books, she has decried the relative passivity of U.S. journalists and media executives in the face of government hacking and spying on former Fox reporter James Rosen, herself, and others.

As a former journalist, I share Ms. Attkisson’s exasperation with the media’s reaction (or non-reaction) to government surveillance, although I am not surprised by it. If Richard Nixon had the means to intercept journalists’ communications in the 1970s, and journalists found out that he had done it, reporters and media execs would have been rioting in the streets. But if the Blessed Savior Obama was intercepting journalists’ phone calls and hacking their computers… well, he must have had a good reason.

Buffoons like CNN’s Jim Acosta are lauded for “bravery” for railing against President Trump on camera, but when the same media hacks learn that their Blessed Savior Obama used an Orwellian surveillance system against journalists, they bow their heads and say nothing.

It really is disgusting, almost like a rape fantasy for establishment journalists. I can imagine any number of hacks at CNN, MSNBC, or the New York Times who would be flattered if the Obama regime deemed them worthy of an intrusion.

Again, none of that surprises me. What does surprise me is Mr. Ratcliffe’s stonewalling. It is illegal for the CIA to conduct operations against U.S. citizens on U.S. soil. (Of course, that didn’t stop John Brennan from spying on the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee). Likewise, it is a crime for domestic agencies like the FBI to hack into journalists’ computers without a warrant.

For those reasons alone, ODNI cannot hide behind the veil of classification. Section 1.7 of Executive Order 13526 prohibits the use of classification for purposes of concealing government wrongdoing. And can anyone tell me with a straight face that ODNI is not trying to conceal government wrongdoing? [Continued on p. 2]

19 thoughts on “Intelligence chief won’t release documents about spying on U.S. journalists

  1. Typical Demonrat practices, which includes do as I say, not do as I do. Wish I had the money to spend to go into the government arena and fight for the people.

  2. >>… “It really is disgusting, almost like a rape fantasy for establishment journalists. I can imagine any number of hacks at CNN, MSNBC, or the New York Times who would be flattered if the Obama regime deemed them worthy of an intrusion.”

    Brilliant ANALogy, Mr. Clevenger!

    This should be a lesson to all of the slow-learners amongst us. The Dumb-O-Crats and the Repugnantcans are two wings on the same bird. And make no mistake about this: Trump will NEVER attempt to drain the swamp, because Trump is a PART of the swamp! There have been worse presidents than Trump, but no president has ever misrepresented himself more than Trump has. (Well, maybe that’s a tie: Trump & Dishonest Abe.)

    Keep up the good fight, good sir!
    (However, Truth be told, no one will save us until the return of Christ. And that will be – best guess, based on Scripture – in 2029.)

    ~ D-FensDogG
    ‘FERRET-FACED FASCIST FRIENDS’

  3. Brennan is the worse of the worst.A totally corrupted stooge of Obama’s joke administration. Brennan really should be ashamed of his conduct the last few years for an ex service man he is a disgrace. Pandering to establishment corrupt politicians something most service men in the United States won’t do hence most support Trump. What rewards did Brennan receive?

    Ratcliffe probably supports that establishment group and hopes to keep Job if useless ‘creepy Joe’ succeeds?

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