Why Ash Carter, Clapper and Brennan tried to get NSA's Mike Rogers fired
WASHINGTON, DC: According to a November 19, 2016 Washington Post report, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tried to get NSA director Admiral Mike Rogers fired. In a deliberately leaked memo, “senior officials” attacked Rogers’ abilities, questioned his leadership, and otherwise tainted his record.
“The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed.
The recommendation, delivered to the White House last month, was made by Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., according to several U.S. officials familiar with the matter.”
Why Clapper really wanted Rogers fired
The news reports treated Rogers with thinly disguised contempt. They blamed him for intelligence failings against ISIS and the leak of NSA cyber tools. They depicted the leaked memo as a legitimate and normal development. Nothing to see here, folks.
But there were deeper reasons for the sudden, public move by the now exposed “putsch” leaders, Clapper, Carter, and CIA Director John Brennan.
First, Donald Trump had just been elected President.
Second, the NSA chief had discovered and revealed to FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer overwhelming evidence of sustained, illegal use of FISA 702 authority by Brennan and Clapper to employ NSA surveillance systems to spy on Americans. He then put an end to it. He testified about his findings to Judge Collyer on October 26, 2016, four days after Peter Strzok and Andrew Weissmann obtained a FISA warrant on Carter Page.
Briefing President-elect Trump without telling Clapper
The next day, Trump moved his transition headquarters from Trump Tower to Bedminster Country Club in New Jersey. When Brennan and Clapper learned of the private Rogers briefing, they panicked. They immediately launched counter measures.
The Ben Rhodes media manipulation smear machine kicked into overdrive against Rogers and Trump.
Triggering alarm bells in the Obama White House
As the Washington Post reported it exclusively, from their highly placed leaked sources:
“The news comes as Rogers is being considered by President-elect Donald Trump to be his nominee for director of national intelligence to replace Clapper as the official who oversees all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies. In a move apparently unprecedented for a military officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday at Trump Tower. That caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters.”
The real threat was Brennan
The Post article suggests that Rogers violated the chain of command and overstepped his authority. He was a loose cannon trying to curry favor with the new president. The truth was worse.
Rogers was a threat to the very core of the Obama White House. He had already exposed the secret of illegal NSA surveillance to the FISA Court. He had already briefed the target of the coup, Donald Trump.
He couldn’t tell Brennan and Clapper what he was doing in advance. They were the criminals perpetrating the very actions he was warning Trump about. Rogers, who retired in 2018 after four years at the helm of the NSA, was following his duty to the country as an American.
Why would Carter be working with Clapper?
The question is, why would the Defense Secretary involve himself with the mastermind of the Russia hoax? How did Carter became a co-conspirator with James Clapper, who officially called for Rogers’ termination?
How was the information given to the press?
Add the Secretary of Defense to the list of top government agency officials that helped create and conceal the Russia hoax. The Obama White House used the CIA and other intelligence agencies, the Justice Department, the State Department, and now the Defense Department to target, spy on, surveil, and destroy their perceived political opponents.
Carter, recently retired and now flogging a new book, needs to answer some questions. Why did he join Clapper in calling for Rogers’ termination? Was he aware of the illegal spying on Americans from 2012 to 2016? What other activities did he coordinate with Brennan and Clapper in the course of the Russia hoax?
Smearing Rogers in the press
The timing is just too coincidental for this to be a typical turf fight, though that is just how the Washington Post portrays it. The Post got the exclusive because of their close relationship with the very officials who laid the groundwork for the Russia hoax, Brennan and Clapper. These are the men who leaked the Steele dossier all over Washington and who spread leaks about Michael Flynn.
Rogers was a mortal threat to the perpetrators of the attempted coup against Trump. He remains a mortal threat to Brennan, Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, and many others. The attempt to fire Rogers so close to Trump’s election, so soon after they knew of their FISA court exposure, leaves no other explanation.
Rogers had to be taken out of the way.
The crux of the Russia hoax: Covering up illegal spying on Americans
For at least four years, the Obama White House had been illegally using FISA 702 authority to access NSA surveillance systems to spy on American citizens. Comey had personally authorized the illegal surveillance by three contractors working directly for Clapper and Brennan.
In late 2015, Rogers became aware of the illegal protocols they were using to access the NSA systems. He ordered a preliminary audit and cut off access to the three contractors in April, 2016. He then ordered a complete audit.
In October, 2016 Rogers presented the findings to FISA Court Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer.
On March 9, 2016, Department of Justice (DOJ) oversight personnel learned that the FBI had been employing outside contractors who had access to raw Section 702 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) data, and retained that access after their work for the FBI was completed.
The ruling of the FISA Court: Illegal surveillance was systematic and large-scale
Judge Collyer ruled that there were systematic violations of the law and the Fourth Amendment, as well as the civil rights of every American illegally spied on. Every one of the 32,500 illegal inquiries was an intentional criminal act.
She found that the three contractors frequently used the same names in multiple queries. They had spied on thousands of prominent Americans. They did so illegally, consistently, and for extended periods of time.
Collyer found that they reported directly to Brennan and Clapper. She confirmed that the authorization was illegal, and that FBI Director Comey was behind its authorization. She described the actions and conduct of the DOJ in this matter as “institutional dishonesty”.
The “eyes only” Brennan memos
Brennan took the fruits of the illegal surveillance and compiled “eyes only” briefings for President Obama. Obama received them in sealed envelopes. The materials excluded from regular national intelligence briefings.
The briefings were regular reports on the Americans who were illegally spied on. These certainly included Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Chief Justice John Roberts, Antonin Scalia. There were journalists. And there was Donald Trump.
That is the dirty secret behind the Steele dossier and the framing of George Papadopoulos by Brennan and agents of Italian, Australian and British Intelligence. It is the source of the illegal FISA warrants on Carter Page and the Andrew Weissman – Peter Strzok “insurance policy.”
It is the basis of the entire Mueller inquisition.
It was all necessary to hide the illegal activities of the Obama White House, the overt weaponization of government agencies against political opponents and the flagrant abuse of NSA surveillance systems to illegally spy on Americans.
Admiral Mike Rogers: American Hero
Thats why they had to try to fire Mike Rogers. He was the man who knew too much.
E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C., where secret FISA court reportedly operates (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Rogers has testified to Inspector General Michael Horowitz. He will certainly meet with U.S. Attorney John Durham as Durham’s investigation into the Russia Hoax expands.
John Durham is probing “unauthorized” and “political surveillance”
Durham is looking at it all: The NSA surveillance abuse; the use of the Steele dossier to obtain FISA warrants and in the John Brennan / Peter Strzok Intelligence Community Assessment of October 2016; the use of Foreign intelligence agencies to spy on the Trump campaign.
Attorney John Durham
Brennan’s “eyes only” briefings for President Obama will come under scrutiny, as will the actions of Susan Rice, Ben Rhodes, Valerie Jarrett and other putsch planners in the White House.
Now add the role of Secretary Defense Ashton Carter in trying to get Mike Rogers fired.
Durham will look into all of it. Admiral Mike Rogers, American hero, will be an essential witness as the truth finally comes out. His testimony will be central when justice is finally served to the coup plotters.
LJ Keith is a non-partisan commentator taking aim at all aspects of governmental domestic and foreign policy and the American socio-political landscape with an eye toward examining the functional realities of the modern age, how they can be understood, and what context to view the changing face of life in America and its place in the world at large.
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