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Intelligence Chair: Trump was Surveilled – (3/22/2017 video, transcript)

Posted by FactReal on March 22, 2017

Via C-Span[1]: “Representative Nunes on Russian Election Interference: House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) briefed reporters on classified information that showed members of the intelligence community collected “incidental” communications of the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations. Chair Nunes said none of the reports mentioned Russia or Russians. He also said it was possible the then president-elect’s communication was captured by the surveillance.”

Let’s see where this new information leads to.

Here is the video: (Scroll down for transcript)

Before taking questions, Nunes read this brief statement in front of reporters at a press conference Wednesday afternoon:

Good morning, everyone. As promised I’m going to continue to keep you apprised of new developments.

Some significant developments I think occurred over the course of the last few days with information that was brought to my attention and I’m going to just sort of read a very brief statement and that’s about all I can tell you but I want to keep you fully informed of what’s happening.

At our open hearing on Monday, I encouraged anyone who has information about relative topics including surveillance on President-elect Trump or his transition team to come forward and speak to the House Intelligence Committee.

I also said that while there was not a physical wiretap of Trump Tower, I was concerned that other surveillance activities were used against President Trump and his associates.

1. I recently confirmed that, on numerous occasions, the intelligence community incidentally collected information about U.S. citizens involved in the Trump transition.

2. Details about U.S. persons associated with the incoming administration, details with little or no apparent foreign intelligence value, were widely disseminated in intelligence community reporting.

3. I have confirmed that additional names of Trump transition team members were unmasked.

4. I want to be clear: None of this surveillance was related to Russia or the investigation of Russian activities or of the Trump team.

The House Intelligence Committee will thoroughly investigate surveillance and its subsequent dissemination to determine a few things here that I want to read off:

– Who was aware of it

– Why it was not disclosed to Congress

– Who requested and authorized the additional unmasking

– Whether anyone directed the intelligence community to docus on Trump associates

– Whether any laws, regulations or procedures were violated

I have asked the directors of FBI, NSA, and CIA to expeditiously comply with my March 15th letter, that you all received a couple weeks ago, and to provide a full account of these surveillance activities.

I informed speaker Ryan this morning of this new information and I will be going to the White House this afternoon to share what I know with the President and his team.

Before I get to questions I want to say that as you know, there’s just been what appears to be a terrorist attack in the United Kingdom. Obviously, [we are] very concerned and our thoughts and prayers go out to our strong friends and allies over across the pond.

[1] C-Span: Devin Nunes Confirms Incidental Surveillance of Trump Transition Team

Hume: If Trump Investigated — then there was Surveillance (Video)
NYT: Obama extended spying powers to National Security Agency (NSA) – report 1/12/2017
LIST: Media Started the Wiretapping Claim – Not Trump
Truth-Challenged Brian Williams Skeptical of Someone Else’s Claims

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Hume: If Trump Investigated — then there was Surveillance (Video)

Posted by FactReal on March 22, 2017

Finally someone in the media gets the logic

1. FBI Director James Comey acknowledged they were investigating the so-called Russia-Trump collaboration since last July (according to his testimony on 3/22/2017), and
2. Flynn was tapped (according to the illegally leaked and published phone transcripts),
3. Then, Trump campaign was surveilled.
4. Thus, Trump was right to claim he was wiretapped/surveilled/.

Yesterday, FoxNews’ Brit Hume and Tucker Carlson pointed at the contradiction in Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this past Monday:

HUME: What about this investigation that’s been going on since last July that involves the Trump campaign and Trump associates? Are we to believe there is no surveillance associated with that?

CARLSON: You just made the smartest point of the month, if not of the year. If there was an investigation — and there was — there was surveillance.

Go to 3:10 video mark:

Here is the transcript of that portion of their conversation:

HUME: There’s one other thing worth mentioning here — the FBI director also said in an answer to the question that he had found no evidence, no information pointing to a wiretap of Donald Trump or of Trump Tower — no evidence of that. However, what about this investigation that’s been going on — that he announced — since last July that involves the Trump campaign and Trump associates? Are we to believe there is no surveillance associated with that? We do know, as you pointed out, that Mike Flynn was caught up in a wiretap that might be a routine wiretap of the Russian ambassador to whom he was speaking. But who knows?

HUME: And remember, when he made this announcement, Comey, that there was this investigation going on, which he said he received permission from higher up to do the announcement — there was a story back on January the 19th in The New York Times, which basically laid this whole thing out and said it was based on surveillance that indicated there had been these contacts. That story also said it wasn’t clear that the wiretaps turned up anything about the Trump campaign. So, we kind of don’t know where we are here. And remember also this — this is supposedly a counter-intelligence investigation. That means it is basically national security matters. So, what’s up with that? I mean, what does that tell us about how likely they are to find about Putin or collusion? One wonders.

CARLSON: You just made the smartest point of the month, if not of the year. If there was an investigation — and there was — there was surveillance. [Laughs] Thank you for making that point.

HUME: Well, well, it’s worth asking the question, isn’t it? You’d might have thought someone in the [House Intelligence] Committee would’ve asked. And you might also have thought that the issue might have been raised by some of our colleges in the media…so far, not so much.

LIST: Media Started the Wiretapping Claim – Not Trump
New York Times, 1/20/2017: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides”

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GUNS: News Roundup (Feb. 18 – 24, 2013)

Posted by FactReal on February 19, 2013

TUESDAY, FEB. 19, 2013

MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2013


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ObamaCare/FDA to Supermarkets: Jail Time or Food-Labeling

Posted by FactReal on February 6, 2013

Penalty: Jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines.
Costs: $1 billion cost per year for grocery stores; higher prices for consumers

But remember it’s all for “your own good”…because “government knows best.”

Shannon Bream reported today:

If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery  store could get a tad pricier.

Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from  the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience  store owners — to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone. […]

The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition  information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the  idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands  of supermarkets and convenience stores, the backlash was swift.

The proposed regulation would require store owners to label prepared, unpackaged foods found in salad bars and food bars, soups and bakery items. Erik  Lieberman, regulatory counsel at the Food Marketing Institute, said testing  foods for nutritional data will require either expensive software or even more costly off-site laboratory assessments.

Lieberman said failure to get it right comes with stiff penalties: “If  you get it wrong, it’s a federal crime, and you could face jail time and thousands of dollars worth of fines.”

(Click link or image below to watch video)

Video: Regulation in ObamaCare Will Impact Grocery Store Food Items
Via Fox News, January 27, 2013

Highlights from the video:
Erik Lieberman, regulatory counsel at the Food Marketing Institute, and Shannon Bream explain:

“This is a federal regulation — in proposed stage right now — that stems from the health care law [ObamaCare] and basically says that supermarkets are going to have to label all kinds of foods.”

“If you don’t label it, supermarkets face thousands of dollars worth of fines and executives supermarkets could be put in federal jails.”

You can go to jail if you don’t label the foods correctly under this federal regulation.”

“And this is a sweeping regulation that affects thousands of items in the supermarket.”

“Because of this we could see a number of items going away and I can guarantee you that shoppers are going to see higher prices at the register.”

“There’s not a single study out there which shows that labeling reduces obesity rates.”

“We’ve estimated that it would be $1 billion dollars worth of burden in the first year alone.”

“This is a huge burden. Before we sell an item — like this apple pie — we have to send it to a laboratory for analysis, we have to compile eight different records on the item, we have to put that sign up there which says 300 calories.”

“We have to invest a lot of money to do this and this is money that we’re not investing in creating jobs or developing our stores and — savings that we can’t pass on to consumers.”

“If you don’t get it right someone’s going to jail.”

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