Barack Obama’s UN Ambassador Samantha Power testified that some of the “unmasking” of US Citizens by the administration done in her name were not actually directed by her.
Power, America’s representative to the United Nations under President Obama, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that she made some requests, but not the 260 that has been attributed to her “by an exponential factor,” Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy said to Fox News, The Washington Examiner reports.
After the revelation, we published an article last month reporting that in one year, it seemed like Power made a request every single day. She testified that she made some, but not nearly the 260 that the Administration claimed.
“I think if she were on your show, she would say those requests to unmask may have been attributed to her, but they greatly exceed by an exponential factor the requests she actually made,” Gowdy said.
“So, that’s her testimony, and she was pretty emphatic in it,” he added. “The intelligence community has assigned this number of requests to her. Her perspective, her testimony is, they may be under my name, but I did not make those requests.”
So who made the request? Who is “unmasking” American citizens and providing false information for doing that?
“So, we’ve got to get to the bottom of that,” Gowdy said. “If there is someone else making requests on behalf of a principal in the intelligence community, we need to know that because we’re getting ready to reauthorize a program that’s really important to the country, but also has a masking component to it.”
Gowdy was referring to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Pressure is building on Congress to reauthorize that language, but Republicans are wary of doing so, in part because of the suspicion that the Obama administration unfairly unmasked people, including those on President Trump’s transition team.
This surveillance may have been used as a political weapon by the Obama Administration against the Trump campaign.
“Unmasking” is where intelligence officials (and others, apparently) actively and knowingly attach the names of parties to transcripts in intercepted conversations and then circulate the information within the intelligence community.
Many of the unmaskings were of people affiliated with then-candidate Trump. Nobody has been caught or punished for these illegal acts, which would have put an ordinary soldier, sailor, or spy in prison. This is why Gowdy and others in Congress are trying to get to the bottom of the matter.
Was Power outraged that someone was using her office or her name to “unmask” people for political purposes? We might never know. There’s another theory. From American Thinker:
The other possibility is that she’s issuing a warning, saying she doesn’t mean to be the fall guy for this Stasi-like act, as someone who’s staked her professional reputation on being a sanctimonious human rights campaigner. If so, it would be more admirable, given that she would be much more likely to be helpful in identifying the real culprit.
Because not only were these maskings an illegal free-for-all for the Obamatons, redolent of every other socialist regime that spies on its own people, but they also were an unaccountable free-for-all, with someone using someone else’s name to avoid responsibility and getting away with it. That’s not how real democracies are run; it’s how banana republics are run and totalitarian socialist regimes.
What do you think? Is Samantha Power covering for someone or sending out a warning? Sound off below!