The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate


Will Trump Take on the Spooks?


By Ray McGovern and Bill Binney

March 28, 2017


The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate


Amid the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, we may be missing a darker story that is taking on momentum – the accumulated power of the Deep State’s bulk surveillance capabilities to control the nation’s leaders.  Can the 4th amendment be revived?

Although many details are still hazy because of secrecy – and further befogged by politics – it appears House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was informed last week about invasive electronic surveillance of senior U.S. government officials and, in turn, passed that information onto President Trump.

This news presents Trump with an unwelcome but unavoidable choice: confront those who have kept him in the dark about such rogue activities or live fearfully in their shadow. (The latter was the path chosen by President Obama. Will Trump choose the road less traveled?)

What President Trump decides will largely determine the freedom of action he enjoys as president on many key security and other issues. But even more so, his choice may decide whether there is a future for this constitutional republic. Either he can acquiesce to or fight against a Deep State of intelligence officials who have a myriad of ways to spy on politicians (and other citizens) and thus amass derogatory material that can be easily transformed into blackmail.  …

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