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Unmasking Susan Rice

As much as disgraced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has been accused of "colluding" with the Russians, the Obama administrations's odious operative Susan Rice can truly be compared to the iceberg that sank the Titanic -- barely visible above water but dangerous enough to pose a mortal danger to the Trump administration’s ship of state.

Rice, while acting as Obama’s National Security Adviser, requested the unmasking of Team Trump officials whose names came up in Obama's “incidental” surveillance of the Trump transition team.

Computer logs that Obama’s team left behind in the White House reveal that Rice accessed many intelligence reports during Obama's last months in office that contained National Security Agency intercepts involving Donald Trump and his associates.

The logs show that Rice’s interest in the NSA materials began around the time Trump captured the GOP nomination and grew stronger after Trump’s election in November.

The intelligence reports included intercepts of Americans talking to foreigners and many more involving foreign leaders talking about the future president, his campaign associates or his transition. Most had nothing to do with the ridiculously overhyped Russian election interference scandal.

While Flynn was under scrutiny, Susan Rice was doing political oppo research by data mining classified intelligence reports.

Ordinarily, such references to Americans would be redacted by the NSA before being shared with other intelligence sources, but in these cases names were unmasked at the request of Rice, or the reports were explicit enough that the American’s identity were easily guessed.

While Flynn was under scrutiny, Susan Rice was doing political oppo research by data mining classified intelligence reports.

Many times in 2016, these intelligence reports identified Americans who were directly intercepted talking to foreign sources or who were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored foreign actors. Sometimes the Americans’ names were formally unmasked; other times they were so specifically described that their actual identities were easily discernible. Among those cleared to receive unmasked NSA-based intelligence reports about U.S. citizens were Susan Rice, CIA Director John Brennan, and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

If Susan Rice had worked for Richard Nixon, she would have been considered one of his Watergate “plumbers”.

Remember her infamous tour of the Sunday talk shows after the Benghazi terrorist attack? She was a key participant in what was nothing less than a calculated part of the Obama administration’s disinformation effort to protect President Obama’s reelection chances and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chances to be Obama’s successor in the White House.

And as the old saying goes, the fish rots from the head.

Rice was ordered to lie about Benghazi and blame it on a video. She was also sent out to lie for the Obama administration about Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl, for whom the Obama administration would trade four captured Taliban leaders.

In both cases, Susan Rice did terrible damage to American politics and to the truth.

She was a cog in both the Clinton and Obama administrations’ disinformation machines designed to keep that truth from the American people and hide criminal negligence in the deaths of Americans at the hands of vicious terrorists. That she should be up to her eyeballs in this new round of corruption by Team Obama, using classified info gleaned by surveillance of Americans to sabotage an incoming president, is both inexcusable and entirely unsurprising.