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Title: General Mike FlynnÂ’s Only Crime
Source: conservativehq.com
URL Source: http://www.conservativehq.com/artic ... ike-flynn%E2%80%99s-only-crime
Published: Dec 4, 2017
Author: George Rasley,
Post Date: 2017-12-04 13:56:25 by Gatlin
Keywords: None
Views: 42

General Mike Flynn’s inexplicable decision to plead guilty to lying to the FBI was disappointing to his many supporters in conservative national security circles.

However, in one respect it was understandable; Flynn was being crushed by the legal bills required to defend himself against the relentless pursuit of Robert Mueller and his unlimited manpower and budget.

Michael Flynn

Compared to the modest resources Flynn could muster from his military pension and his brief career as a consultant it was a steamroller vs a mongoose – and no matter how feisty the mongoose he would eventually be crushed.

Pleading guilty to a questionable charge was the only way for General Flynn to get his life back.

General Flynn was arguably the chief architect of the Trump administration’s national security strategy and, having been with Donald Trump since early in the primaries, was one of the chief influencers of President Trump’s view of how to deal with the many threats facing our country.

That and the fact that he was not afraid to tell the truth about Obama’s national security failures put a target on his back early on.

“We are tired of Obama’s empty speeches and his misguided rhetoric. This has caused the world to have no respect for America’s word, nor does it fear our might,” Flynn said in his fiery speech to the Republican National Convention in July.

Conservatives might fairly ask how someone so close to the President was brought down and were Flynn’s conversations with the Russians illegal or a national security threat?

To answer the last questions first, as explained in our article “Democrats And Establishment Republicans Try To Torpedo Gen. Mike Flynn” the answers are no and no.

Most laymen will not know that one of the constants in U.S. military affairs since the fall of the Soviet Union has been a military-to-military relationship with Russia.

After 1991 the US spent billions of dollars through programs, such as the Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program, also known as the Nunn-Lugar Program, to help Russia secure its nuclear weapons complex, including a highly secret joint operation to remove weapons-grade uranium from unsecured storage depots in Kazakhstan.

During the post-9/11 war in Afghanistan, Russia provided overflight rights for US cargo carriers and tankers, as well as access for the flow of weapons, ammunition, food and water to the US military. Russia’s military also provided intelligence on the Islamist sympathies of the Boston Marathon bombers, helped the US negotiate rights to use an airbase in Kyrgyzstan and allegedly provided intelligence on Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts.

Cooperation and communications with the Russians only became a problem when it came into conflict with Obama’s feckless decision to oust President Bashar al Assad of Syria.

So how was General Flynn undermined so thoroughly that he lost the President’s confidence, resigned and eventually was forced to plead guilty to lying to the FBI?

First, it is important to understand that the deep state is especially concentrated in the intelligence and security apparatus of the federal government.

General Flynn was at the center of the Obama deep state; he was Deputy to James Clapper, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence and he headed the Defense Intelligence Agency, the military's competitor to the CIA and NSA.

However, General Flynn didn’t buy the Obama approach to the threat of militant Islam and especially the disaster in Syria. As journalist Seymour M. Hersh wrote for the January 7, 2016 issue of The London Review of Books:

Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, director of the DIA between 2012 and 2014, confirmed that his agency had sent a constant stream of classified warnings to the civilian leadership about the dire consequences of toppling Assad. The jihadists, he said, were in control of the opposition. Turkey wasn’t doing enough to stop the smuggling of foreign fighters and weapons across the border. “If the American public saw the intelligence we were producing daily, at the most sensitive level, they would go ballistic…”

Hersh claims the alarm about the danger of Obama’s policies in Syria became so great that in the autumn of 2013 that high levels of the American military decided to take steps against the extremists without going through political channels, by providing US intelligence to the militaries of other nations, on the understanding that it would be passed on to the Syrian army and used against the common enemy, Jabhat al-Nusra and the Islamic State.

Germany, Israel and Russia were in contact with the Syrian army, and able to exercise some influence over Assad’s decisions – it was through them that US intelligence would be shared, thus bypassing the White House and the CIA.

General Flynn also told Hersh, “We understood ISIS’s long-term strategy and its campaign plans, and we also discussed the fact that Turkey was looking the other way when it came to the growth of the Islamic State inside Syria.” The DIA’s reporting, he said, “got enormous pushback” from the Obama administration. “I felt that they did not want to hear the truth.”

Who was the “pushback” coming from?

Flynn’s competitor, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan.

The same John Brennan who admitted lying to Congress, who helped cover-up Benghazi and who has attacked relentlessly President Trump.

And we note, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius attributed his tip outing General Flynn’s discussion with the Russians to CIA sources.

If true, then crimes even more extreme than that Flynn pled guilty to were committed by what The Washington Post called “nine current and former [Obama administration] officials, who were in senior positions at multiple agencies at the time of the calls,” who told the paper for its February 9 article that “Flynn privately discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States during the month before President Trump took office.”

This begs the question how did they know the substance of General Flynn’s calls with the Russians that eventually led to his downfall?

They got the material which was used to bring down Mike Flynn from operatives within the National Security Agency (NSA), one of the darkest agencies of the deep state – and releasing it was patently illegal.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA) governs the collection and dissemination of communications intercepted by the NSA. Under FISA collection of communications within the United States is strictly limited to communications with a foreign inception or terminus. The Department of Justice must apply to the FISA Court (FISC) to obtain a warrant authorizing electronic surveillance of foreign agents. For targets that are U.S. persons (U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, and U.S. corporations), FISA requires heightened requirements.

One exception to the FISA Court rule is that the President may authorize electronic surveillance to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year without a FISC court order where the Attorney General certifies that there is "no substantial likelihood that the surveillance will acquire the contents of any communication to which a U.S. person is a party," provided the surveillance is directed solely at communications among or between foreign powers, or "the acquisition of technical intelligence … from property or premises under the open and exclusive control of a foreign power."

Why the NSA intercepted General Flynn’s perfectly legal conversation with the Russian Ambassador remains a mystery, as does who authorized it, but absent a FISA Court order the intercept would be on its face illegal if Flynn was the target.

Secondly, dissemination of NSA intercepts is strictly governed to protect the privacy of “U.S. persons,” U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, and U.S. corporations; any identifying information is clipped and the conversation merely summarized in an analyst report. Analysts are supposed to use “minimization” procedures that don’t let them listen to the communications of Americans who may be caught in such eavesdropping. That is, they are supposed to protect the identity and speech of innocent Americans.

Circulating an unclipped, un-summarized transcript beyond the very topmost levels of the government is extraordinary and an existential threat to constitutional liberty unless justified by an extraordinary threat.

Moreover, the release of the transcript to a media organization or to any unauthorized party is a serious felony and a violation of the compact by which citizens have granted the federal government the authority to monitor communications in the name of national security – yet none of those who committed this serious crime have been investigated or prosecuted.

18 § 798 of the U.S. Code says:

Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates … or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes … any classified information … obtained by the processes of communication intelligence from the communications of any foreign government … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

As Glenn Greenwald writing for TheIntercept.com noted, CNN reported that Flynn’s calls with the Russians “were captured by routine U.S. eavesdropping targeting the Russian diplomats.”

That means that the contents of those calls were “obtained by the processes of communication intelligence from the communications of [a] foreign government,” which in turn means that anyone who discloses them — or reports them to the public — is guilty of a felony under the statute.

So, who would risk such a penalty?

Someone who was sure they would never be prosecuted – because one of the conspirators was the Acting Attorney General – Sally Yates.

Yates “informed the Trump White House late last month that she believed Michael Flynn had misled senior administration officials about the nature of his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States,” claimed The Washington Post.

And General Flynn’s old adversaries James R. Clapper Jr., Obama’s director of national intelligence, and John Brennan, Obama’s CIA director concurred.

And, in so doing, noted Ken Timmerman, they exposed a sensitive, ongoing signals intelligence operation to intercept the electronic communications of the Russian ambassador. Chris Farrell, a former counterintelligence official and director of investigations and research at Judicial Watch, called the disclosures “reckless endangerment of national intelligence sources and methods to advance a political smear job.”

But why would Obama partisans at the CIA and elsewhere in the government during the transition risk such an operation against General Flynn?

Seymour Hersh again supplies a possible answer:

By the late summer of 2013, the DIA’s assessment [prepared under LTG Mike Flynn’s direction] had been circulated widely, but although many in the American intelligence community were aware that the Syrian opposition was dominated by extremists the CIA-sponsored weapons kept coming, presenting a continuing problem for Assad’s army. Gaddafi’s stockpile had created an international arms bazaar, though prices were high. ‘There was no way to stop the arms shipments that had been authorized by the president,’ the JCS adviser said. ‘The solution involved an appeal to the pocketbook. The CIA was approached by a representative from the Joint Chiefs with a suggestion: there were far less costly weapons available in Turkish arsenals that could reach the Syrian rebels within days, and without a boat ride.’ But it wasn’t only the CIA that benefited. ‘We worked with Turks we trusted who were not loyal to Erdoan,’ the adviser said, ‘and got them to ship the jihadists in Syria all the obsolete weapons in the arsenal, including M1 carbines that hadn’t been seen since the Korean War and lots of Soviet arms. It was a message Assad could understand: “We have the power to diminish a presidential policy in its tracks.”’

And the policy that was diminished in its tracks was that of John Brennan and President Barack Obama.

Hersh further reports that:

In January 2014, despairing at the lack of progress, John Brennan, the director of the CIA, summoned American and Sunni Arab intelligence chiefs from throughout the Middle East to a secret meeting in Washington, with the aim of persuading Saudi Arabia to stop supporting extremist fighters in Syria. ‘The Saudis told us they were happy to listen,’ the JCS adviser said, ‘so everyone sat around in Washington to hear Brennan tell them that they had to get on board with the so-called moderates. His message was that if everyone in the region stopped supporting al-Nusra and Isis their ammunition and weapons would dry up, and the moderates would win out.’ Brennan’s message was ignored by the Saudis, the adviser said, who ‘went back home and increased their efforts with the extremists and asked us for more technical support. And we say OK, and so it turns out that we end up reinforcing the extremists.’

For full background on this our friend David P. Goldman of PJ Media suggests you see Brad Hoff's July 2016 essay in Foreign Policy Journal: Flynn humiliated the bungling CIA and exposed the incompetence and deception of the Obama administration.

If anyone doubts the depth of CIA incompetence in Syria, Goldman also recommends an account describing the Obama policy in Syria that appeared this month in the London Financial Times; “The problem with American policy in Syria was in some ways the same as it always was: all tactics, no strategy . . . It was a mess.”

Mike Flynn knew the Obama-Brennan policy in Syria was a failure, he prepared a widely-circulated assessment proving it, and he participated in the inside effort to clandestinely replace it with one that would ultimately see the defeat of the jihadi forces that he recognized as the primary threat in the Near East – three acts that probably got him fired as Director of the DIA and certainly earned him the undying enmity of Brennan and other Obama loyalists.

But it isn’t just General Flynn’s involvement in the effort to circumvent the failed Obama-Brennan policy in Syria that put a target on his back.

Flynn was also an outspoken opponent of Obama’s diplomatic legacy – the disastrous Iran nuclear weapons deal.

Obama left behind a task force of loyalists, said to include former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes the architect of the disinformation campaign to sell the Iran deal, who deluged media outlets with stories aimed at eroding Flynn's credibility, multiple sources revealed to The Washington Free Beacon.

The operation primarily focused on discrediting Flynn in order to handicap the Trump administration's efforts to disclose secret details of the nuclear deal with Iran that had been long hidden by the Obama administration.

Flynn had been preparing to publicize many of the details about the nuclear deal that had been intentionally hidden by the Obama administration as part of its effort to garner support for the deal, these sources told The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo.

Flynn pushed out and "gone before anybody can see what happened" with these secret agreements, said a second insider close to Flynn and the White House.

Eli Lake, a Bloomberg View columnist and veteran national security reporter well sourced in the White House, told the Free Beacon that Flynn earned a reputation in the Obama administration as one of its top detractors.

"[Flynn] was a withering critic of Obama's biggest foreign policy initiative, the Iran deal," Lake said. "He also publicly accused the administration of keeping classified documents found in the Osama bin Laden raid that showed Iran's close relationship with al Qaeda. He was a thorn in their side."

However, Mike Flynn’s battles against the Obama administration and the personal vendetta waged against him by those whom he showed to be his intellectual inferiors isn’t the real battle here.

"The larger issue that should trouble the American people is the far-reaching power of unknown, unelected apparatchiks in the Intelligence Community deciding for themselves both who serves in government and what is an acceptable policy they will allow the elected representatives of the people to pursue," said one of the national security advisors interviewed by Adam Kredo.

"Put aside the issue of Flynn himself; that nameless, faceless bureaucrats were able to take out a president's national security adviser based on a campaign of innuendo without evidence should worry every American," the source explained.

General Mike Flynn is a brilliant intelligence operator and a patriot. The saga of the political assassination of General Flynn is full of lessons about the power of the Obama deep state that Flynn was a part of, but of which he ultimately became a vociferous critic.

In Afghanistan and at the DIA Mike Flynn proved that his adversaries were shallow, small minded and incompetent against America’s greatest enemies, but in their shallowness, small mindedness and incompetence they were still vicious enough and tenacious enough to get him. (1 image)

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