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2016 Evelyn Farkas wrote: Intel Agencies Must Release Trump Info before Inauguration

Posted by FactReal on April 2, 2017

In December 2016, Evelyn Farkas, Obama’s Pentagon expert on Russia, wrote an article for Politico urging the intelligence community to release more information on the alleged Trump-Russia connection before Trump’s Inauguration.

This is the same Evelyn Farkas, who confessed March 2 on MSNBC how she and others collected and disseminated intelligence on Trump’s team.

HIGHLIGHTS OF FARKAS’ ARTICLE:
– “Before the president-elect takes the oath, the American people deserve to know what the intelligence community knows about his business history and entanglements with Russians and Russia,” Farkas wrote.
– “The information needs to be made public,” she urged the intel agencies, “before January 20,” because the “American public doesn’t have access to the data the intelligence community — all 16 agencies combined — have on the Russian government, its banks and oligarchs, and their relationships with Trump’s campaign, his business ventures, and the president-elect himself.”
– She claimed that the Trump team “would be motivated to eliminate means of collection and analysis.”
– “The intelligence community and policy officials should also begin disclosing what they know about whether Trump’s associates have been in contact with Russian officials, and what they’ve been discussing,” Farkas wrote.
– Farkas included of a list of questions as a roadmap of what the intelligence community had to release before Trump took oath:
— What we don’t know is how much Russian money is involved, and what Russian money.
— How did Trump get out of debt?
— To whom does he owe money?
— Who provides the collateral for his loans?
— Is he beholden to Russian oligarchs and banks who are under the thumb of the Kremlin and Russian security services?
— What did Russia do to interfere in U.S. elections?
— Did any American citizens collude with Russia to assist in the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in elections? If so how, and were Trump associates, or Trump himself, aware?
— Have Russians given or loaned Trump and/or his businesses money, or provided collateral or other financial assistance to him?

COINCIDENCE? The media published these articles afterwards:
1/10/2017, CNN/Buzzfeed: Released a 35-page “dossier” full of unsubstantiated dirt on Trump (which Al Franken used the same day against Jeff Session during his confirmation hearing.
1/11/2017, The Guardian : “John McCain passes dossier alleging secret Trump-Russia contacts to FBI”
1/12/2017, The New York Times: “N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications”
1/18/2017,  McClatchy: “FBI, 5 other agencies probe possible covert Kremlin aid to Trump”
1/19/2017, The New York Times: “Wiretapped Data Used in Inquiry of Trump Aides” – Examining Russian Ties – Business Dealings of Campaign Advisers Are Investigated.

PART OF FARKAS’ ARTICLE IN POLITICO: [Emphasis added]

2016-12-12 EvelynFargasUrgesIntelligenceToDiscloseTrumpRussia
Here’s What America Needs to Know About Trump and Russia
My time as the Pentagon’s Russia-watcher suggests we need much more disclosure, and soon.

By EVELYN FARKAS December 12, 2016

We are only beginning to process the fact that a foreign country interfered with American democratic elections. But when it comes to Russia and its relationship with Donald Trump, the election hacking may be only the tip of the iceberg. The American public doesn’t have access to the data the intelligence community — all 16 agencies combined — have on the Russian government, its banks and oligarchs, and their relationships with Trump’s campaign, his business ventures, and the president-elect himself. That must change before January 20. The information needs to be made public. […]

Given Russia’s capabilities and its recent patterns, it is not at all far-fetched to ask whether Trump is indeed the “puppet” Secretary Clinton mockingly named him in the second presidential debate. Is he financially and politically beholden to Russians close to the government and to the Kremlin itself? If so, is he prepared to accommodate Putin’s interests? […]

Today, we already have enough clues and too much undisclosed information to warrant worry about the puppet scenario. There are signs the Trump campaign was involved in coordinating this release of hacked information — then-adviser Carter Page’s trips and meetings in Moscow, and Russian statements that they were in touch with the campaign. And of course, Trump publicly called on the Russian government to continue hacking Hillary Clinton’s computers during a televised campaign appearance. His campaign dismissed it as a joke; it’s not clear everyone did. […]

We know, per Donald Trump Jr., that Russia makes up a significant amount of the family business. What we don’t know is how much Russian money is involved, and what Russian money. How did Trump get out of debt? To whom does he owe money? Who provides the collateral for his loans? Is he beholden to Russian oligarchs and banks who are under the thumb of the Kremlin and Russian security services? […]

…So before we even get to interagency debates on Russia, before the president-elect takes the oath, the American people deserve to know what the intelligence community knows about his business history and entanglements with Russians and Russia.

The intelligence community, especially the CIA, will be loath to reveal too much lest their sources and methods are compromised. But if our worst fears are realized, Trump has knowingly benefited from Kremlin help, but those means may be jeopardized by the next administration, anyway. His team would be motivated to eliminate means of collection and analysis and of informing others in the executive branch or Congress. As the public and legislators press for more clarity, there are a handful of specific questions they need to focus on:

1) What did Russia do to interfere in U.S. elections?

2) Did any American citizens collude with Russia to assist in the Kremlin’s efforts to interfere in elections? If so how, and were Trump associates, or Trump himself, aware?

3) Have Russians given or loaned Trump and/or his businesses money, or provided collateral or other financial assistance to him?

If the answers yield further evidence that the president-elect is indebted to the Russian government or individuals with Kremlin ties, the intelligence community and policy officials should also begin disclosing what they know about whether Trump’s associates have been in contact with Russian officials, and what they’ve been discussing.

There are U.S. government officials who know the answers to these questions; the most powerful among them, with the ability to declassify intelligence, will leave when power is transferred to Trump. It is bad enough that Trump has been labeled the biggest “Pinocchio” of all the presidential candidates by the fact-checkers at The Washington Post. But it would be far worse if his Geppetto, the man holding his strings, was Vladimir Putin—and if the people who were in a position to warn Americans did not do so.

RELATED:
Evelyn Farkas to Obama: Release FBI Info on Trump Dossier (Op-Ed on 1/12/2017)
Evelyn Farkas 2016: Trump Would be Impeached Pretty Quickly (Video)
2016 Farkas: Trump and Putin – Two Liars Separated at Birth
Evelyn Farkas, Obama’s Official, Urged Others to Collect Intel on Trump (video)

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Evelyn Farkas, Obama’s Official, Urged Others to Collect Intel on Trump (video)

Posted by FactReal on March 30, 2017

Evelyn Farkas, Obama’s Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, confessed March 2 to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski how she and others collected and disseminated intelligence on Trump’s team and their alleged ties with Russia.

Here is a transcript:

BRZEZINSKI: Evelyn Farkas, the other big story of the day.

You actually knew about this attempt to get and preserve information and for transparency were doing some work yourself. Tell us about it.

FARKAS: I was urging my former colleagues and — and frankly speaking — the people on the Hill, it was more actually aimed at telling the Hill people, get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can, before President Obama leaves the administration. Because I had a fear that somehow that information would disappear with the senior [Obama] people who left so it would be hidden away in the bureaucracy, um, that the Trump folks – if they found out how we knew what we knew about their — the staff –the Trump staff dealing with Russians – that they would try to compromise those sources and methods, meaning we would no longer have access to that intelligence.

So I became very worried because not enough was coming out into the open and I knew that there was more. We have very good intelligence on Russia. So then I had talked to some of my former colleagues and I knew that they were trying to also help get information to the Hill.

BRZEZINSKI: A lot going on today…

FARKAS: Yeah. That’s why you have the leaking…

(CROSSTALK)

BRZEZINSKI: …Mark…Exactly.

FARKAS: …people are worried.

On March 1, the New York Times published this article, “Obama Administration Rushed to Preserve Intelligence of Russian Election Hacking.

SOURCES:
MORNING JOE 3/2/17: “Democratic senator calls for Trump’s tax returns
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., discusses the importance of Donald Trump’s tax returns. Dr. Evelyn Farkas also joins the conversation.” Duration: 6:09
#http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/democratic-senator-calls-for-trump-s-tax-returns-888470595707

EvelynFarkasLeakRussiaMSNBC-2017-03-02

YouTube – Global News (unknown source) uploaded the entire MSNBC interview here:
#https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVGp2FZmVA4&t=158s

RELATED:
Evelyn Farkas to Obama: Release FBI Info on Trump Dossier (Op-Ed on 1/12/2017)
2016 Evelyn Farkas: Trump Would be Impeached Pretty Quickly (Video)
2016 Farkas: Trump and Putin – Two Liars Separated at Birth
2016 Evelyn Farkas wrote: Intel Agencies Must Release Trump Info before Inauguration

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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.

SOURCE
[1] C-Span: Devin Nunes Confirms Incidental Surveillance of Trump Transition Team
#https://www.c-span.org/video/?425829-1/devin-nunes-confirms-incidental-surveillance-trump-transition-team

RELATED
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

IF THERE WAS AN FBI INVESTIGATION OF TRUMP — THEN THERE WAS SURVEILLANCE
Finally someone in the media gets the logic

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.

RELATED
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

USING OBAMACARE, THE FDA PROPOSES NEW FOOD LABELING RULE
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

FDAnewRules4Supermarkets
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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