June 29, 2021
“Yesterday, we heard from a whistleblower within the US government who reached out to warn us that the NSA is monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.” – Tucker Carlson, Fox News
Tucker Carlson announced on his show that the Biden administration is spying on them, and that he has confirmed the accusation. This should surprise no one, considering the history of Obama regime’s spying on Americans and journalists. Recall the AP spying scandal of 2013.
The Washington Examiner offered a lukewarm article in reporting the revelation:
Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the Biden administration of ‘spying’ on him in an attempt to take his show off the air.
He told his audience on Monday a government whistleblower told his team the National Security Agency is ‘spying’ on their electronic communications and is ‘planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air.’
Carlson offered no evidence other than to say the whistleblower, whom he did not identify, repeated back information on a story the host’s team is working on that came directly from his own text messages and emails.
‘The Biden administration is spying on us,’ he said after asserting ‘it is illegal for the NSA to spy on American citizens.’
Accusing the NSA of covertly picking up his electronic communications, Carlson insisted there is ‘no other possible source of that information.’
Carlson, whose show averages millions of viewers, said his team filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for all information the NSA and other agencies have gathered about his show. They also reached out to the press offices of the NSA and FBI for comment. – Washington Examiner
Despite the historical precedent of Democrat administrations’ spying repeatedly on journalists, including Fox News’ James Rosen, Washington Examiner felt called upon to put the word spying in quotation marks.
Court documents released this week show the Obama administration secretly monitored a Washington journalist. In seeking a search warrant, the FBI called Fox News’ James Rosen a ‘criminal co-conspirator,’ even though he isn’t charged with any crime.
These revelations have set off a firestorm of criticism from the left and right, CBS News’ Jan Crawford reports. For the first time ever, a presidential administration is treating news reporting like a crime, and a reporter like a criminal suspect.
Rosen vowed on Wednesday night to protect his source for a scoop he got back in 2009, reporting then that North Korea would respond to sanctions with more nuclear tests. – CBS News
Of course the NSA and FBI were doing the bidding of the Democrat regime back then, and continue to act as political and ideological police.
Brent Hamacheck of Human Events reports:
‘The whistleblower, who is in a position to know, repeated back to us information about a story that we are working on,’ which must have been obtained via “texts and emails,” Carlson said.
‘There’s no other possible source for that information, period,’ he added. ‘The NSA captured that information without our knowledge and did it for political reasons. The Biden administration is spying on us. We have confirmed that.’
‘This morning we filed FOIA requests, Freedom of Information Act requests, asking for all information that the NSA and other agencies have gathered about this show,’ Carlson said. ‘We did it mostly as a formality. We’ve also contacted the press office of both the NSA and the FBI. We don’t expect to hear much back, that’s the way that usually goes. Only Congress can force transparency on the intelligence agencies and they should do that immediately.’
‘Spying on opposition journalists is incompatible with democracy,’ he added. ‘If they are doing it to us – and again, they are definitely doing it to us – they are almost certainly doing it to others. This is scary and we need to stop it right away.’ – Human Events
This is quite disturbing considering what we have learned about the depth of FISA and NSA abuse of data on American citizens back in 2017. The Obama regime was exposed then for spying on their political opposition, the Trump campaign, going so far as to fabricate evidence aimed at having members brought up on criminal charges and arrested.
.@TuckerCarlson says a "whistleblower" within the NSA tipped him off that the agency has been spying on his team and is planning to leak communications about a story he's been working on in order to get his shown taken off the air. pic.twitter.com/Z5ygq7Cdw8
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) June 29, 2021
Of course the cowardly Washington Examiner puts the word whistleblower in quotations here.
If more information comes to light regarding the spying on opposition journalists, including Tucker Carlson, we will keep you updated.
This 2010 email, published by Wikileaks shows Fred Burton of Stratfor, a CIA cutout*, discussing Obama’s CIA chief John Brennan on a witch hunt against investigative journalists with sources inside the beltway.
A 2014 article seems to tie that “witch hunt” to the suspicious death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings:
A 2010 email released by Wikileaks from a top-level CIA contractor asserts that CIA Director John Brennan, the subject of a story by now deceased journalist Michael Hastings, was on a ‘witch hunt’ against ‘investigative journalists’ perceived as hostile.
Hastings, a reporter for the Rolling Stone who ruffled many feathers in his career, was killed in an unusual high-speed car accident in which the vehicle exploded on impact with a tree, and perhaps before. Hastings’ wife confirmed to San Diego 6 News Television, soon after the uncharacteristic high-speed automobile crash, that Hastings’ next ‘big story,’ as he called it, was to be on Brennan.
The email, written by Stratfor President Fred Burton and reported by San Diego 6, reads:
Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.
Note — There is specific tasker from the WH to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode…
The story on Brennan was never published.https://sttpml.org/michael-hastings-rolling-stone-contributor-dead-at-33-the-bold-journalist-died-in-a-car-accident-in-l-a/
Stratfor was once called “The Shadow CIA” by Barron’s. In 2012 WikiLeaks began publishing ‘The Global Intelligence Files,’ over five million e-mails from the Texas-based company.https://sttpml.org/connections-between-michael-hastings-edward-snowden-and-barret-brown-the-war-with-the-national-security-state/
The email has never been disavowed by Stratfor. When San Diego 6 reporter Kim Dvorak asked the CIA for comment on the email in the context of the Hastings’ death, in an August, 2013 report, a CIA spokesman responded:
Without commenting on information disseminated by WikiLeaks, any suggestion that Director Brennan has ever attempted to infringe on constitutionally-protected press freedoms is offensive and baseless.
Michael Hasting was killed on June 18, 2013, when the new Mercedes C250 SUV he had just leased hit a tree after running numerous red lights at over 100 mph in Los Angeles. A surveillance video at a pizza shop captured a fiery, violent explosion, which is uncharacteristic of high-speed impacts. Generations of advances in safety design have made accidents exhibiting these characteristics unheard of.
Typically, high speed impacts, even in past generations of automobiles, are characterized by a violent, horrific-sounding crunching of metal and glass, but no gas explosion. Fire can follow, but ignition usually takes place after the initial impact, as fuel vapors heat up and come into contact with hot surfaces. According to the National Fire Protection Association, only 3% of cars catch on fire as the result of crash impacts, and impact explosions are not a statistical category.
The pizza shop video shows a fireball which explodes outward for hundreds of feet in all directions and immediately lights up the night sky. Skeptics of the official LAPD conclusion, that no foul play was involved, cite a witness who said that “It sounded like a bomb going off in the middle of the night.”
Witnesses also reported the car was already on fire before it hit the tree.
Hours before he died, Hastings sent out a series of frantic emails to friends and colleagues, indicating that be believed he was being investigated by the FBI and sounding “panicked,” according to his friend Sgt. Joe Biggs, whom he had met in Afghanistan.
In an in-depth interview with San Diego 6 reporter Kim Dvorak, and Hastings friend Sgt. Biggs, Biggs tells RT interviewer Abby Martin that he had received an email indicating that police had been present at Hastings’ house that day, and that Hastings had been seen looking underneath his car. The San Diego journalist Kim Dvorak expresses her belief, after extensive investigation, that the Hastings crash was not a simple one-car accident, and may have involved foul play. She notes the police are withholding evidence such as the “black box” onboard the vehicles, which would have recorded all electronic events involving the car’s controls.
After Hastings’ death, his notes on the Brennan story were suppressed, according to WesternJournalism.com, and in any event the Rolling Stone never published the story despite pledges to do so.
After at first saying that “At no time was Michael Hastings, or anything related to his work as a journalist, ever under investigation by the FBI,” the FBI subsequently revised its statement to: “At no time was journalist Michael Hastings ever under investigation by the FBI.” Freedom of Information Act requests from reporters revealed that the FBI had indeed cataloged some of Hastings’ articles, and discussed him in heavily redacted documents.
Brennan was architect of CIA “Disposition Matrix” capture/kill list
CIA Director Brennan made news during his confirmation hearings in early 2013, when he was nominated for the position by Obama. Of particular concern to some senators was Brennan’s role in creating the “Disposition Matrix,” an Obama administration project started in 2010, described by government officials as a “next-generation capture/kill list.”
Brennan also served under the George W. Bush administration, first as chief-of-staff to CIA Director George Tenet, then as deputy executive director of the CIA.
Of the “Disposition Matrix” run by the executive branch National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC,) and heavily shaped by Brennan in his role as Obama National Security Advisor, Glenn Greenwald for the UK Guardian wrote:
What has been created here – permanently institutionalized – is a highly secretive executive branch agency that simultaneously engages in two functions: (1) it collects and analyzes massive amounts of surveillance data about all Americans without any judicial review let alone search warrants, and (2) creates and implements a “matrix” that determines the “disposition” of suspects, up to and including execution, without a whiff of due process or oversight.
Similar concerns moved Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to write a letter to Brennan asking him to clarify if he believed the extrajudicial assassination system, deemed unconstitutional by civil libertarians, applied to American citizens on American soil. Brennan wrote back that he believed it did not. This did not assuage the concerns of many on this issue, however, since the Obama administration gave a different answer when US Attorney General Eric Holder refused to rule out the assassination of American citizens within the United States. – Ralph Lopez
The most important questions we should be asking ourselves right now are: Has the Biden administration revived an operation from the Obama years aimed at targeting investigative journalists that report negatively on the administration? Was that same program responsible for the death of journalist Michael Hastings as well? And finally, is this the third Obama term from behind the curtain?
This story is still developing. Please check back for updates.
*cutout – front companies used by the Intelligence Community to hide their activities, a relatively recent phenomena known as “outsourcing.”