For John, BLUF: As they say. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is by Reporter Cody Derespina, today, via Fox News.
Here is the lede plus two:
Members of the intelligence community "incidentally collected" communications from the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon.Here, from The Guardian, is a explanation of the NSA Rules. If you are the target and you have 50 friends, they can be listened to. And if they each have the average of 190 friends friends, they can be captured. And all their friends. This adds up to the equivalent of the population of Maine.
House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said this produced "dozens" of reports which eventually unmasked several individuals’ identities and were "widely disseminated."
He said none of the reports he had read mentioned Russia or Russians and he was unsure whether the surveillance occurred at Trump Tower — as President Trump has suggested. Nunes also was unsure if then President-elect Trump was captured by the surveillance, which occurred in November, December and January.
So, if you are a UCC Pastor, living in Caribou, Maine, and you third cousin, a "friend" on Facebook, is also a friend with someone who is a Russian foreign national, they are checking on you. Think about this. If they go against the Russian Ambassador and they sweep up Michael Flynn, then if he interacted with someone on the Trump Transition Team, who communicated with me, I am in the larger circle. No wonder the NSA has a sever farm in Provo, Utah.
Calling Joe McCarthy. Looking for the Pumpkin Papers.
If you knew what I know, you wouldn't plug your toaster in.Hat tip to my Buddy Neal.
Regards — Cliff