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US: No Free Speech for Russians – LewRockwell

Posted by Martin C. Fox on February 22, 2018

The gorilla so big I didn’t see it!

Why didn’t the CIA or the NSA or the FBI pick this up? 

Under Obama’s watch when he thought Hillary would win.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/02/andrew-p-napolitano/mueller-in-hot-pursuit/

…The dates are important because we know from the revelations of Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency, the federal government’s domestic spying apparatus, began its pursuit of capturing all electronic data on everyone in the U.S. in 2001 and succeeded in mastering the capture of all keystrokes, telephone calls and digital traffic by 2005. We also know that the NSA traffic proceeds through FBI computers and that the CIA keeps constant tabs on Russian spies in Russia and elsewhere.

Why didn’t the CIA or the NSA or the FBI pick this up?

That is the $64,000 question that the indictment does not address, and we may never know the answer to it. If the purpose of all the warrantless spying — in direct contravention of the Constitution, no less — is to keep the country safe from foreign assault, whether by bombs in a subway or by guns in an office building or by hacking into computers, why didn’t our 60,000 domestic, and God only knows how many foreign, spies catch this Russian interference?

One answer is information overload. By spying on everyone all the time, the spies have too much data through which to sift, and they miss the evidence of coming terror — just as they did with the killings in Orlando, in San Bernardino, at the Boston Marathon, on a New York bike path and even recently at a school in Florida, all of which were preceded by internet chatter that would have tipped off a trained listener to the plans of the killers.

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s efforts to uncover the Russian interference are not a “hoax” or a “witch hunt” as President Trump has argued. They are serious and professional efforts that have now borne fruit. But Mueller was not appointed until after the election — after the Russians ran unchecked through our computer systems and the American marketplaces of ideas.

The joke in the D.C. legal community this week is, “We all want a front-row seat at the arraignments of the Russians.” That’s a joke because a defendant must be physically present at his arraignment, meaning — since the Kremlin will surely not send its indicted spies here — no arraignments will occur. And no trials will occur…

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