Friday, June 30, 2017



PATRIOTS RECOGNIZE THE METAPHOR as to why the Media howls about the New Media and Trump using Twitter?

Read and understand this.

About 30 years ago the market was divided up to Manufacturers, Wholesalers and Retailers and Consumers.

Manufacturers never sold to the retailer Direct. They always wen through a wholesaler, the wholesaler sold to The Retailer who then sold to the Consumer.

At that time the Consumer only what the wholesaler and Retailer wanted you to get.

Then came Walmart and Home Depot and Sam's Club and Costco and Amazon and QVC and Late night Infomercials etc. Guess who howled and whined and complained? The Wholesaler and the Retailer!

Suddenly their control over what the Consumer bought was gone. They were being bypassed. So they sued and lobbied and bribed Politicians to block this new flow of product. It did not work. These new names are here despite the howlers and whiners.

NOW the Old Media is just the same way. They were the "Wholesalers of News" AP, Reuters, New York Times, ABC NBC, CBS etc..

They took the news and retailed it the smaller markets and those folks disseminated the News to the consumers. No Consumer heard anything except what these Wholesalers deemed to be NEWS.

The Socialists saw this as great way to control the News so they for the past 30+ years have worked on infiltrating these Organizations. What better way than to have the consumer believe their rhetoric than to spread through "Legacy News Media" to unsuspecting Consumers who have no other alternative sources. It worked for a while. They spent the time the money and the effort to infiltrate this space. in 2016 they thought they had it sewn up. Hillary would win and the pace of the drive towards Socialism would accelerate.

But they did not count on the Internet and Cable News and Blogs and On line Content....and Twitter and Facebook! This alternative media allowed for TRUTH and alternative points of FACT!. It exposed the Legacy Media's plans to Destroy America.


Nov 9 2017, WE WON.. Donald Trump became President and they worked overtime to try and overturn the decision. It did not work. Then they used the Media to discredit and destroy Donald Trump. They denied him fair access to the Media. They lied and distorted the stories to fit their narrative. They were the Howlers and Whiners using the media they had bought to destroy the Conservative Agenda!..

So Donald Trump on Twitter like a "Nobody Manufacturer" on QVC or a Infomercial spoke directly to the people. The Middle man was cut out! This Middle Man.. the Media who had an agenda to Transform America was getting cut out of their Anti American Message.

See.. Trump Has To Tweet To Bypass A Dishonest Media Establishment that is the Trojan Horse.. the Anti American Cadre hiding within the exoskeleton of the Brand Name they had bought or Infiltrated.

Media Research Center found that 91% of the news about President Trump on the three major networks was negative to him. The Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center found that during the presidential campaign, the major media outlets were negative towards Trump 77% of the time. The IBD/TIPP poll reported that 55% of Americans said they had less trust in the media as a result of the 2016 campaign coverage. Finally, the Media Research Center/You Gov Poll conducted on November 9th found that 70% of the responders did not feel the news media was honest and truthful.

Much has been said about the ‘Three Horsemen,’ united against Trump: the Media, Hollywood, and the Democratic Party. So I ask you this question, “If the Three Horsemen are against Trump, then who is defending him against this massive attack? Republicans? No, the only person that is defending Trump is Donald J. Trump himself.

And WE THE TRUMP PEOPLE GET OUR NEWS OUTSIDE OF THESE EXOSKELETON BRANDS! This pisses them off! Their agenda is off track.

With 30 Million Followers, Tweeting gives Donald Trump a platform outside of the Wholesale Retail News pipeline in which to respond and defend his actions and positions to the American people. Think back to Bush 43 and the attacks he went through just getting elected and even more so after the September 11 attack. The media pummeled him and he never responded. I think the best person to defend what you believe is you. Both Bush 41 and 43 rarely responded to media attacks and other onslaughts while they were president and they have been very restrained since they left office, unlike Bill Clinton and former President Obama.

Remember when a felony was committed by Rachel Maddow of MSNBC when she illegally released on her show President Trump’s tax return for 2005. The government has the responsibility under the law to keep tax returns confidential. Do you think that she was releasing it to prove that Trump was a good guy? Did she want to prove that Trump did pay $38 million dollars in federal income taxes? She is part of the Infiltrators.

Remember all the Leaks from FBI and CIA to the New York Times about General Flynn and Donald Trump? Those were felonies.. but the Infiltrators at these two organizations took it and ran with it because it could help remove Donald Trump.

Why remove Trump ? Because he stands in the way of 100 years of slow progress to FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM America from what it was founded as to something the Socialists want it to be!

Fourth Estate is long gone. It is now the Fifth Column working behind the lines. Along with the Universities, The Federal Judiciary, The Entertainment Industry, The High Schools Teachers, the "Usurped States" like CA, NY, Il, WA etc that they have been able to Infiltrate and Turn into Socialist Mini Oligarchies.

Its a WAR Folks and the left is heavily invested to win. They will stop at nothing.. and DONALD TRUMP with the Support of WE THE PEOPLE stopped their march.


Make no mistake this is the plan.

John Gaultier

Thursday, June 29, 2017




Death by queueing is the inevitable result of government control of healthcare spending.

Government run Healthcare WILL HAVE TO CREATE...dangerous wait lines. Yes, waiting in line for a Doctor who will accept your insurance... will Kill a lot of you. Here are the FACTS!

Having Insurance Coverage is Not the same as using your Insurance coverage to get TREATED when you need to.

More and More Doctors.. (yes the actual care givers not the slick guys in suits or the mildly assuring Hispanic woman on a Government created website pitching great prices and "Guaranteed Coverage" in an "Insurance Contract").. fear that there is going to be a lot of death of patients “by queueing.” If you are enamored with ObamaCare or any other form of government controlled healthcare — single payer, socialized medicine, universal health care, Medicaid, and Medicare — prepare yourself. IT DOES NOT WORK! PERIOD.. Unless you can wait for treatment. Wait like 2-3 Months for Treatment.

"A queue" is the British word for people waiting in line. Death by queueing means you wait so long for the medical care you need that the disease gets you before the doctor does. Sound farfetched?
Following are just three examples of government healthcare causing death by queueing. 

Here are some ways that death by queuing has occurred:
In 2014, newspaper headlines in 72-point font were describing American veterans dying while waiting for their requests for medical care to be processed. An internal audit titled “Review of alleged mismanagement at the [VA] Health Eligibility Center” was released in 2015. It confirmed the allegations reporting, “As many as 307,000 veterans may have died [within the U.S.] waiting for medical care.”

In 1998, a Canadian surgeon named Ciaran McNamee sued the Alberta Provincial government offering proof that Canadians were dying in their single payer healthcare system while waiting for desperately needed and approved surgical procedures. There were either too few nurses or doctors, or insufficient operating rooms to deliver lifesaving care in time.

On Nov. 23, 2016, an Illinois Department of Human Services report confirmed that 752 Illinois Medicaid enrollees died while waiting for approved medical care. The state of Illinois expanded its Medicaid program in May 2013, which translates to 18 avoidable deaths per month just in the Prairie state due to the Affordable Care Act. That is death by queueing number three — enemy action.

Who is the enemy? Why is this happening?

When the government decides where healthcare dollars go, they pay the bureaucracy (themselves) first. Health care services—both people and facilities — must make do with the leftovers. ObamaCare reduced Medicare reimbursements to doctors (and thereby cut medical services to enrollees) by $716 billion in order to expand the federal healthcare bureaucracy. They are the enemy within.

Medicaid is worse and more obvious. Expansion of the program produced millions who were newly covered persons along with a massive increase in the cost of benefit packages. To pay all those bureaucratic costs, payments to care providers had to be slashed.
In New Mexico following Medicaid expansion, the Medicaid program had a 2017 shortfall of $416 million. To balance the program budget, they cut reimbursements to Medicaid doctors by an average of five percent. That decrease was imposed on already low Medicaid payments to doctors. 

Thus in New Mexico, Illinois, and most likely each of the other 30 states that expanded Medicaid, the following unfolded. The federal government mandated “better” benefits to millions of newly insured persons and massively expanded the bureaucracy to verify and distribute those benefits. To pay all these new bureaucratic costs, money had to be taken away from care services.

While death by budget is also an accurate description, it is important to keep focus on who is being hurt — the patients — more than how. That is why we should call what is happening death by queueing: We the Patients are dying while standing and waiting in line.

Many analysts predicted these unfortunate consequences of the ill-conceived structure of ObamaCare. More people would demand care and would expect to get it. After all, the President Obama promised us, “all the care Americans deserve.” Meanwhile, there are fewer and fewer dollars to pay providers so there are fewer and fewer providers. More patients plus less doctors equals longer and longer wait times for care until you have death by queueing.

As long as a central authority called government has the power to allocate your healthcare spending, it will pay its bureaucracy before it pays for your medical needs. 

The U.S. has spent trillions of dollars for new healthcare bureaucrats and to implement millions of pages of rules and regulations. There is not enough money remaining to build Burn Units or operating rooms; pediatricians are paid less than the driver who delivers the Enfamil; and rural hospitals have to cut nursing staff in order to cover payroll.

Death by queueing is the inevitable result of government control of healthcare spending.



Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin, understood the role of medicine when he opined, “Medical care is the keystone in the arch of socialism.”

One of the first acts of the new Bolshevik government was to nationalize health care – again, not out of altruistic concern for the masses of Russian peasants, but to centralize control over the population and over physicians and decide who gets the care and who does not. The Government would be able to control the masses by controlling who stays healthy and who does not. A socially engineered form of Eugenics to populate the country with those who will toes the Communist line and do away with those who will not without having to resort to mass killings or starvation.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

THE PRESIDENT VS THE ANTI-PRESIDENT.. THE Destruction of America as we know it and want it.

THE Soros/Obama/Clinton Axis of evil SHADOW GOVERNMENT! They have carried the torch in the plan to STEAL America which began in the early 1900's.
~by John Gaultier



History will write about what we did. Did we win or Give up?

I am amazed that so many smart people on the right overlook the fact that The "left" is not just another facet of the American Democratic Process.

The left is a movement to "change" America. To steal the Country and convert it into a different Political System. One that was never proposed or fought for by the Founding Fathers.

As you read this post I hope you will open your eyes and understand the fundamental reason why the LEFT ( Under the banner of the Democrat Party) is unrelenting in its goal to "Fundamentally Transform America".

They use the Democrat Banner to fool a lot of the people they have not yet been able to convince to fight for their cause. They were winning. They have been aggressively changing America with Obama as the front man... the black, Saudi Arabia Promoted gifted speaker who was spotted during the 2004 Democrat Convention and tapped to be the front. This is a man with no accomplishments except a partial stint in the legislature in IL, and a few years as a Senator.

He was "selected" by the folks behind the curtain to front their plan. He ran with their agenda and brought it to the final lap and handed the baton off to the next runner they had chosen. Hillary Clinton. 



They tried every trick in the book to unseat him before he took office. They tried using the Electors, they tried getting him for Collusion with the Russians. But Donald Trump stuck with it. We stuck with him.He was not a quitter and he was our last best hope.

So now..with Donald Trump as President..there was plan B already set in motion.

There was now a President and an "Anti-President" working to destroy America from the SHADOWS!

There is now a Government and a Shadow Government. The anti-President controls more of the government through his shadow government than the real President.

The Soros/Obama/Clinton Axis of Sedition network is an illegal shadow government. Even its “light side” as an opposition group is very legally dubious. Its “shadow side” is not only illegal, but a criminal attack on our Democracy.

When he was in power, the Soros/Obama/Clinton Axis of Sedition weaponized the Government at all levels.

Obama went after the Republicans in the House and Senate by wiretapping to Blackmail. He hacked reporters like FOX News’ James Rosen and CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and others to threaten anyone who would be opposed to him into silence.

He eavesdropped on members of Congress opposed to the Iran Deal. Remember the Dinesh DeSouza who made movies he disliked. Dinesh ended up in jail. He used Louis Lerner and the IRS to attack Conservatives. He used the NSA, the TSA, the EPA the HHS, The Department of Homeland Security all to FUNDAMENTALLY TRANSFORM AMERICA. That was and still continues to be the mission.

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND.. THEY ALMOST DID IT... They had the Schools fixed, the Universities Molded, The Federal Judges Infiltrated, the Democrat Controlled States working to import tens of Millions of Illegals to infiltrate the voter rolls, The EPA to destroy America's economy... The 50 Shades of Brown cadres to spread the NEW MESSAGE of Multi-Culturealism . The Muslims were brought in as the Foot Soldiers. The College Students were fronted as the Useful Idiots. Both these groups were EXPENDABLE. They were going to be put into FEMA CAMPS along with with Patriots once they got this Coup sealed with Hillary Clinton winning..

The LOW IQ Conservatives AND the Indoctrinated Democrats will scream.. "Conspiracy" BUT... if you are smart enough to peer over the Horizon.. you will understand the plan. YES IT WAS BRILLIANT. They set up the pieces on the America Chessboard and  played the game.

But Guess what.. Providence Intervened. Donald Trump was placed in our midst as a Candidate... and HE WON.. Against all odds.

That is what what the Cabal is doing now is even more deeply disturbing.

The Cabal recognizes that Obama no longer legally holds power. So their Deep State network operation is attempting to overturn the results of a presidential election using weaponized indoctrinated and pre trained government employees whose allegiances are to the shadow White House. Tactics that were illegal when he was in office are no longer just unconstitutional, they are treasonous. What they are doing is seditious.

Soros/Obama/Clinton Axis of Sedition has become a state within a state. It is a compartmentalized network of organizations, inside and outside the government, that claim that they are doing nothing illegal as individual groups because they are technically following the rules within each compartment, but the sheer scope of the illegality lies in the covert coordination between these “revolutionary cells” infecting our country.

It is a criminal conspiracy of unprecedented scope. Above all else, it is the most direct attack yet on a country in which governments are elected by the people, not by powerful forces within the government.

"We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain,” President Lincoln had declared at Gettysburg. “That this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Obama’s shadow government is not just a war on President Trump. It is a war on that government of the people, by the people and for the people. If they succeed then this NATION will perish from the earth.

The Legacy Media has been infiltrated and weaponized as well. CNN, the New York Times, The Washington Post and so many others just like the Democrat Party are in reality "Exoskeletal Shell" Brands into which the army of infiltrators have been inserted. The names of the institutions are safe and comforting to regular folk, but the enemies who hide within their walls are plotting the destruction of America. Its like as though some third world Despot bought the Coca Cola Brand and filled the cans with Poison that the unsuspecting Consumer drinks because he believes it is"COCA-COLA". Too late when they are dead right?

Trusting fools watch the Media and Vote Democrat without really understanding that the names mean nothing .. the content and ideology does. CNN is not lying and attacking Trump for ratings! That's a bunch of crap. That very idea is so myopic. Its like a man selling one of the wheels of his car for profit while he trying to get to a destination. No CNN does not want that car to go anywhere. They want that car to stop. Their ratings and profit are a by product... but the actual goal of the infiltrators is Fundamental Transformation. (Just like ISIS that sells Oil while they work to create a Caliphate ! Right ? Does that mean that they are in it for the profit? Nope.. Its just a useful by product!) 


Yes! Patriots and Conservatives and regular Americans who go to work, earn a paycheck and just wish that they could have a good life....Obama’s third term has begun. Our Republic is in danger UNLESS WE ARE READY TO UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE AND ATTACK BACK.. ON EVERY FRONT!

Time is oh so short.

Remember Patrick Henry who said...
“Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace– but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”


John Gaultier

Friday, June 16, 2017


Patriots: Message from John Gaultier:
My Fellow Patriots: 

It was happenstance they surmised. They sighed and went along their merry way pretending that this great land was still OK! Hey the Politicians said so right ?? WRONG!!

Beginning in the 1930’s, under the aegis of Franklin Roosevelt, the nation began a drift to the LEFT.. VERY SUBTLY AT FIRST... maybe as a reaction to the Great Depression that damaged a lot of people's psyche and they wanted a Government that protected them from harm.

However, those truly committed to socialist/Marxist philosophy and tactics remained in the shadows and worked on setting up the infrastructure to steal the Brand called the "DEMOCRAT PARTY"....until the 1960’s. 

There was a war afoot and they used the Viet Nam war as a great pretext to infiltrate the emotional psyche of young Americans wary of battle. The protests unleashed far more than just a demand for an end to the war. The socialist/Marxist found a great logical cover to blame America for all manner of alleged sins in the past and determined to transform the United States into a socialist/Marxist Oligarchy that would serve a powerful few who would then step out from behind the shadows and enter the mainstream of national legitimacy. The Bill Ayers and The Bernie Sanders and The Bill Deblasios of the world who fronted for the bigger fish .. the George Soros who hid in the shadows and Cherry picked Useful nobodies to front for them based on their popularity and charisma. They infiltrated the entertainment Industry so as influence the popular culture as well. Hittler did it and it worked right ? Remember Leni Riefenstahl?

This swarm of locusts soon enveloped the higher levels of academia spawning countless clones to further infiltrate all strata of society -- most notably the mainstream media, the entertainment complex and the ultimate target: the Democratic Party. These vital segments of the culture are now instruments of indoctrination, propaganda and political power.

The curriculum throughout all levels of schooling and the scripts of movies and television shows were gradually but inexorably altered to reflect the American left’s mindset, not only about governing, but their determination to undermine basic societal moral and religious underpinning as a necessary step in assuring that an eventual ill-educated and dependent populace would look to a government controlled by a single political party as their savior and provider. 

Over the past fifty years, as the foundation of the United States was being stealthily eroded, the vast majority of the American people slumbered content in unprecedented peace and prosperity. Regardless of who was in the White House or in control of Congress, no one has been able or willing, as by-product of this public apathy, to curtail the incessant spread of so-called Progressivism in the nation’s institutions as well as the exponential growth of government with its tentacles increasingly intertwined in the day-to-day lives of all Americans.

But believe it or not.. even right up to 2008 America was still a right of center country, as less than 20% of the populace identified themselves as liberal or in favor of an all-powerful central government and over 80% self identified as religious. 

It was clear that it would take at least 15 to 20 years of public and political indifference and another fully indoctrinated generation before the tenets of socialism/Marxism would completely envelop the nation and its social and political institutions, thus being impossible to ever reverse.
It was at this point that Barack Obama was thrust upon the scene. No nominee in the history of the United States was less qualified to be president, as he had no accomplishments or executive experience except to be steeped in socialist/Marxist ideology and tactics. Nonetheless due to a extraordinary confluence of circumstances -- the self-inflicted and near universal unpopularity of George W. Bush, a catastrophic financial meltdown six weeks before the presidential election, uninspiring and feckless opposition in the primaries and the general election and, most importantly, the unique factor of skin color -- he was elected President. 

With the ascendancy of Barack Obama to the White House the acolytes of the American Left, in their giddiness over the election of a fellow traveler, abandoned all pretext of moderation. Their adherence to the scorched earth tactics of Saul Alinski, open and unabashed advocacy of socialist/Marxist tenets, the depths to which they had infiltrated American society and the Democratic Party quickly began to come into focus. 

8 years of LEFTIST UNABASHED veering away from the Constitution during the Obama administration and the ongoing rampage of the Left, it is clear for all to see what future was going to look like with heir Apparent Hillary Clinton anointed by the Soros was a sure bet that the dismantling of the Republic of America was a given thing and the long term reign of this cabal was a given thing:

The Supreme Court was one justice away from being dominated by politically motivated leftists, . Yes they had assassinated Justice Scalia and four of whom who were already in place had proven themselves to be hell bent on relegating the Constitution to the dustbin of history and replacing it with the Left’s agenda.

In due course, freedom of speech, religion and the press will be what the central government and courts, controlled by one party, allow it to be.

All macro-economic activity will be determined by Washington D.C., and in order to continue to operate major corporations, their managements will have to be subservient to the central government per the basic tenets of fascism. Small business formation will be severely curtailed as the federal regulatory state determines who and what business can be formed.

The power and independence of the individual states will be vastly eroded as the courts and the power of the purse emanating from Washington will force them into compliance with the whims of the “Democratic Party”.

The “Republican Party” had already started to show signs of being a fearful junior partner eager to ensure that those who were lucky and blessed enough to be elected as the juggernaut of the left stomped through State after State implanting large swathes of illegal aliens who would one day be conferred the right to vote Democrat so that they left could pretend that they had WON legally and Democratically.

The Republicans would cease to effectively exist except as a token opposition party, Look at California for a good model of the future! The ‘Democrat Party with the Judges in their camp… would change political funding laws and the Media that had been steadily infiltrated over the decades NOW felt UNAFRAID TO COME OUT AND SHOW THEIR TRUE COLORS. THE MEDIA WAS THEM.. THEY HAD TAKEN OVER THAT TOO! The media was now in effect controlled by the Socialist Marxists. It was a like a corporate takeover. All in the open and all seemingly innocuous.
They planned to create the permanent massive underclass encompassing over 50% of the population as a result of central planning, massive open door immigration, the near non-existence of new business formation and the inability of the country to weather the next global financial crisis. They and the remnant of the middle class that remains will be increasingly dependent on government largess as the national debt approaches 200% of a declining Gross Domestic Product and the nation lives under a constant threat of hyper-inflation.

America was ripe for the taking.

The Cabal with Obama as its figure head was also making sure that The United States would, in due course, become a hollow military power unable to play a role on the world stage as other government expenditures and a declining standard of living render defense spending moot. As a result the country will find itself under increasing level of domestic attacks by terrorists spawned in the Middle East and acting as agents of America’s enemies. China will take over the status as the world’s super power as the United States voluntarily casts itself into a subservient role. A perfect coup to ensure that there would be no resistance to the take over.

Eventually this nation as we know it will cease to exist as a violent reaction to all the above will eventuate in a revolution which may and could split the country into three or four independent nations.


That’s when the SABOTAGE BEGAN OF THIS ADMINISTRATION BEGAN. Decades of Socialist Marxist planning was slipping away. They suddenly recognized that AMERICA might actually be able to recover. At long last "We the People" were awake and ready to fight back.
That meant that their big plan, that was crafted with such meticulous planning might actually be destroyed. THE WHOLE ALIEN BEING THAT WAS HIDING IN THE SHADOWS IN AMERICA WAS FORCED TO PRESENT ITSELF AND IT BEGAN THE EPIC BATTLE FOR AMERICA. Like a cancer that resists the treatment the war for the body was on. One to restore it and the other to destroy it.

The Trojan Horse Fighters emerged from the bowels of the Horse with drawn swords and are fighting in the streets.

The “DEMOCRAT PARTY” and the Unions and the University Leaders and the School Teachers and the Media and the Useful Idiots and the Climate Change Morons, The Hollywood Propaganda machine, the Federal Judges, The News Papers and the Media Conglomerates have all exposed their true colors because for them suddenly.. it’s a BATTLE FOR THE COUNTRY.

Yes we had seen them before. Yes they looked like Regular Americans .. they look like you and me but they are not. They are the foot soldiers in the BATTLE FOR AMERICA . ONE SIDE IS ORGANIZED AND ARRAYED… OUR SIDE IS LOOKING A LITTLE CONFUSED.

One side will win. I pray we who have greater numbers and more guns and fire power and for a short window we have Donald Trump as our Commander in Chief. We have the Military on our side with General Mattis as Defense Secretary.



I am fighting now! Form cells on Patriots and create a 1000 Balls of Fire across America that can come together when we make the call. 
Time is short!



John Gaultier

Saturday, June 3, 2017



H/T Sharyl Attkisson

January 21, 2009:
President Obama takes office; pledges unprecedented transparency. A TAQUIYA LIE

April 2009:
Someone leaks the unmasked name of Congresswoman Jane Harmon to the press. According to news reports, the Bush administration NSA incidentally recorded and saved Harmon’s phone conversations with pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage. The story is first broken by Congressional Quarterly’s Jeff Stein.

December 17, 2009:
The Obama administration prosecutes FBI contractor Shamai Leibowitz for leaking documents to the media in April 2009. Leibowitz says he leaked because he felt FBI practices were “an abuse of power and a violation of the law” which he reported to his superiors at the FBI “who did nothing about them.”  (According to the ACLU: “Amazingly, the sentencing judge said, ‘I don’t know what was divulged other than some documents, and how it compromised things, I have no idea’.”)

The IRS secretly begins “targeting” conservative groups that are seeking nonprofit tax-exempt status, by singling out ones that have “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names.
Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning begins illegally leaks classified information to WikiLeaks revealing, among other matters, that the U.S. is extensively spying on the United Nations.
Obama Attorney General Eric Holder renews a Bush-era subpoena of New York Times reporter James Risen in a leak investigation.
Obama administration pursues espionage charges against NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake. (According to the ACLU: spy charges were later dropped and Drake pled guilty to a misdemeanor. The judge called the government’s conduct in the case “unconscionable.”)

May 28, 2010:
The government secretly applies for a warrant to obtain Google email information of Fox News reporter James Rosen in a leak investigation, without telling Rosen.

James Rosen of Fox News

September 21, 2010:
Internal email entitled “Obama Leak Investigations” at “global intelligence” company Stratfor claims Obama’s then-Homeland Security adviser John Brennan is targeting journalists.
“Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources,” writes one Stratfor official to another.
The email continues: “Note — There is specific tasker from the [White House] to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode…”
“The Wonder Boys” reportedly refers to the National Security Agency (NSA). Brennan later becomes President Obama’s CIA Director.

John Brennan, former CIA Director and Homeland Security Adviser

Early February 2011:
After receiving an anonymous tip, CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson begins researching the Department of Justice “gunwalking” operation nicknamed “Fast and Furious” that secretly let thousands of weapons be trafficked to Mexican drug cartels. One of the “walked” guns had been used by illegal aliens who murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

February 22, 2011:
CBS’ Attkisson breaks news about “Fast and Furious” on The CBS Evening News.
After the story airs, the government issues an internal memo that seeks to “push positive stories” to contradict the news.
Given the negative coverage by CBS Evening News last week…ATF needs to proactively push positive stories this week, in an effort to preempt some negative reporting, or at minimum, lessen the coverage of such stories in the news cycle by replacing them with good stories about ATF.

March 4, 2011:
CBS News’ Attkisson exclusively interviews sitting ATF special agent John Dodson. He gives a firsthand account contradicting government denials re: Fast and Furious.

ATF Special Agent John Dodson

May 2011:
White House recruits democratic operative Eric Schultz to spin on Fast and Furious and to counter the House Oversight Committee’s investigative work on the case. (Schultz previously served as intern to Sen. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton.)

Former Obama operative Eric Schultz
Spring 2011:
Obama intel officials capture and record incidental private communications between Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, and a Libyan official. The recordings are later leaked to the press.

Fox News reporter Mike Levine is subpoenaed by the Department of Justice regarding a story he reported about a federal grand jury’s indictments of terrorism suspects. The subpoena is later dropped.

June 2, 2011:
Republican Mitt Romney announces he’ll challenge President Obama in campaign 2012. SNOOPING STARTS ON ROMNEY AND HIS CAMPAIGN

June 28, 2011:
Obama U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke secretly leaks sensitive government information to Fox News, allegedly to retaliate against ATF whistleblower John Dodson in the Fast and Furious case. (Burke is former chief of staff to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.)

August 2011:
U.S. Attorney Burke resigns while under investigation for the improper leak of sensitive information about Dodson. The Inspector General later confirms the leak and Burke apologizes.

September 2011:
White House operative Schultz invites Attkisson and several other national journalists to off the record backgrounder about Fast and Furious documents subpoenaed by Congress. Later, on the phone, Shultz screams and cusses at Attkisson as she asks questions raised by the Fast and Furious documents.

October 3, 2011:
Obama administration secretly changes longstanding policy. The change creates a “loophole” that Sen. Ron Wyden would later say allows the NSA to conduct “backdoor searches” of “incidental collection” of U.S. citizens’ domestic communications.
The same day, CBS News airs Attkisson’s report on newly-uncovered memos that contradict Attorney General Eric Holders’ denials about Fast and Furious.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder

October 4, 2011:
In an internal email, Attorney General Eric Holder’s top press aide Tracy Schmaler emails White House operative Schultz calling Attkisson “out of control.”  Schultz replies, “Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

November 2011:
CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, who’s married, allegedly begins an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. (The FBI would later say it “stumbled” upon evidence of the affair incidentally during an unspecified, much broader investigation.)

December 2011:
Amid much criticism, Justice Department finally, officially retracts the false letter it had submitted to Congress in February. The letter had stated that the Fast and Furious allegations of gunwalking were untrue.

February 13, 2012:
At approximately 10:30pm, remote intruders secretly download new spy software proprietary to a federal agency onto Attkisson’s CBS work computer. (The software was secretly attached to a legitimate Hotmail email and downloaded in the background after a pop-up ad appeared).

April-May 2012:
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI publicly announce vast expansion of cyber related efforts to address alleged “national security-related cyber issues.”
In violation of longstanding practice, DOJ secretly and without notice seizes personal and phone records of journalists from Associated Press from this two-month period in a leak investigation.

June 2012:
Attorney General Holder secretly initiates investigations into AP and the New York Times regarding government leaks.

June 28, 2012:
The House of Representatives holds Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to Fast and Furious.

July 2012:
The Department of Justice designates U.S. Attorneys’ offices to act as “force multipliers” in further stepped-up cyber efforts in the name of national security.
Intruders remotely “refresh” ongoing surveillance of Attkisson’s CBS News Toshiba laptop.

Summer 2012:
The FBI incidentally stumbles across emails revealing CIA Director Petraeus’ affair with his biographer Broadwell. FBI Director Robert Mueller is notified of the affair on a date the government will not disclose. The FBI later says it interviewed Petraeus and Broadwell, and concluded national security hasn’t been breached. The FBI keeps all of this information secret.
In late summer, on a date the government won’t reveal, the FBI notifies Attorney General Holder of the Petraeus affair.

September 11, 2012:
Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens are murdered in Benghazi, Libya during attacks by Islamic extremist terrorists. Despite internal communications that acknowledge the terrorist nature of the attacks within minutes, the Obama administration falsely reports to the public that the attacks were instead a protest gone awry after an anti-Islamic YouTube video.
Some Obama officials become frustrated with CIA Director Petraeus and his post-Benghazi attack behavior, as he opposes efforts to edit out mentions of terrorism from the public Benghazi talking points. Petraeus deputy Mike Morell  is given authority over the edits, and aligns with Hillary Clinton’s State Department against Petraeus’s desires.

October 2012:
CBS begins airing Attkisson’s Benghazi stories which rely on whistleblowers and numerous government-linked confidential sources. These sources report that the Executive Branch is clamping down on leaks to reporters re: Benghazi.
DOJ continues its stepped-up National Security Division cyber efforts, holding specialized training at DOJ headquarters for the National Security Cyber Specialists (NSCS) network and the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS).
President Obama issues top secret presidential directive on Oct. 16 ordering intelligence officials to draw up a list of overseas targets for cyberattacks. According to The Guardian, the directive also “contemplates the possible use of cyber actions inside the US.”
As CIA Director Petraeus’s interagency relationships become increasingly strained over his stance on Benghazi, unnamed FBI agents reach out to Republicans in Congress to tell about Petraeus’s affair. They eventually land at the office of Republican majority leader Eric Cantor. With the presidential elections about a week away, Cantor stays mum on the Petraeus rumors and instead contacts the FBI about them.
The FBI interviews Petraeus and Broadwell a second time.

November 2, 2012:
The FBI questions President Obama’s vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright in a leak investigation regarding material in a book written by a New York Times reporter. Cartwright denies being the source (but later admits he was, and is convicted in the case).

November 6, 2012:
President Obama defeats Mitt Romney in Campaign 2012.
CIA Director Petraeus is scheduled to testify to Congress next week about the Benghazi attacks.
Officials claim this day is the first time Director of National Intelligence Clapper is notified about the Petraeus affair by an unspecified official at the Justice Department. Clapper calls Petraeus and urges him to resign.

November 7-9, 2012:
Attorney General Holder hosts a national training conference at DOJ headquarters for the expanded efforts of DOJ’s National Security Cyber Specialists (NSCS).
The Obama administration says somebody unspecified notifies someone at the White House about the Petraeus affair on Nov. 7. The President is reportedly looped in for the first time on Nov. 8 and accepts Petraeus’ resignation on Nov. 9. Petraeus’ planned appearance before Congress to testify on Benghazi is canceled.

November 13, 2012:
The F.B.I. initiates a body of cyber security case investigations that would later relate to Attkisson’s computer intrusions.

December 2012:
Two intelligence-connected sources separately suggest to Attkisson that she’s likely under government surveillance due to her reporting. One source tells her the government has pushed the envelope like never before and that public would be shocked to “learn the extent that the government is conducting surveillance of private citizens.”
As Attkisson arranges a forensic exam of her computer, evidence later shows the intruders then attempted to cover their tracks and to erase evidence of their intrusion. However, the erasures leave additional forensic evidence.

December 27, 2012:
Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who have classified knowledge as members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, publicly warn of the “back-door search loophole” or searches of incidental collection of innocent Americans.
As it is written, there is nothing to prohibit the intelligence community from searching through a pile of communications, which may have been incidentally or accidentally been collected without a warrant, to deliberately search for the phone calls or e-mails of specific Americans.—Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado

Sen. Mark Udall

Obama administration brings court martial against Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who has changed his name to Chelsea, for a 2010 leak of classified information to WikiLeaks that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world. Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison, the longest punishment ever given in a U.S. leak case.

January 2013:
Two forensics examinations confirm unauthorized remote intrusions and monitoring of Attkisson’s work and personal computers. The information is not publicly reported at this time.

January 23, 2012:
The Obama administration prosecutes CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou for leaks to a reporter as he blew the whistle on the CIA’s secret torture program. He’s the first CIA officer convicted of providing classified information to a reporter.

March 12, 2013:
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies to Congress, falsely stating that intelligence officials are not collecting mass data on tens of millions of Americans.

April 12, 2013:
The government Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Agency (FISA) court secretly approves the latest FBI request to continue obtaining daily telephone records of millions of U.S. Verizon customers. The judge orders Verizon to turn over the information to the National Security Agency (NSA). This directly contradicts Clapper’s March 12 testimony to Congress.

April 2013:
A secret government memo later exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden discusses how the U.S. is collecting information “directly from the servers of …Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”

May 10, 2013:
After longstanding denials, the IRS admits to and apologizes for targeting Republican Tea Party groups for mischief, which included discussing developing pretenses for prosecution, leading up to the 2012 election.

May 13, 2013:
The Associated Press (AP) publicly announces that it has learned of the Justice Department’s secret subpoena of phone records for 20 AP reporters, in a leak investigation. Attorney General Holder personally approved the subpoenas, which were issued to Verizon rather than AP. AP calls it a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into news-gathering operations.

May 17, 2013:
Fox News learns that the Justice Department secretly labeled reporter James Rosen a possible “criminal co-conspirator” and “flight-risk” in obtaining warrants to monitor Rosen’s State Department movements, phone records and emails in a leak investigation starting in 2011.

June 2013:
The FBI secretly opens a case on Attkisson’s computer intrusions under the auspices of a national security issue. The FBI contacts CBS without Attkisson’s knowledge, but fails to contact or interview Attkisson. (The FBI later withholds Attkisson’s FBI file in its entirety without explanation, and other documents, despite multiple Freedom of Information Act requests.)
News of the FBI case involving Attkisson’s computer intrusions is circulated internally to the Justice Department’s national cyber security group, and grouped with a set of cases opened in November 2012.

June 2013:
Former National Security Agency NSA contractor Snowden begins releasing documents showing extensive efforts by the government to surveil and collect information on U.S. citizens.
Snowden is charged with three felonies in his absence from the U.S.

NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden. Photo by Laura Poitras

June 6, 2013:
At a hearing, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, asks Attorney General Eric Holder if the NSA spies on members of Congress. Holder answers that the NSA has no “intent” to spy on Congress, but that the issue is better addressed in private.

August 6, 2013:
Armed Coast Guard agents under the Department of Homeland Security raid the home of reporter Audrey Hudson at 4:30am with a search warrant for her husband’s firearms. As they searched the house, they read Hudson her Miranda rights and confiscated documents that contained “confidential notes, draft articles, and other newsgathering materials” belonging to Hudson including the identities of whistleblowers at the Department of Homeland Security. (Hudson sues and later receives a settlement from the government.)

July 2, 2013:
Director of National Intelligence Clapper apologizes to Congress for his false testimony in March regarding widespread collection of data on Americans.

August 7, 2013:
CBS News publicly announces confirmation of Attkisson’s computer intrusions.
“Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012…This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.—CBS News

September 19, 2013
The Obama Justice Department charges FBI agent and contractor Donald Sachtleben with leaking to an AP reporter details of disrupted terrorist bomb plot. He’s sentenced to 43 months in prison.

January 23, 2014:
Sen. Bernie Sanders asks the NSA if it spies on members of Congress. The NSA does not provide a direct answer and states that Congress is afforded “the same privacy protections as all U.S. persons.”

March 2014:
Congress accuses the CIA of improperly accessing Senate Intelligence committee computers. CIA Director Brennan denies it.
Director of National Intelligence Clapper bans intelligence community officials from unauthorized contact with reporters.

April 2, 2014:
Former state department contractor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim is sentenced to prison for disclosing classified information to Fox News reporter James Rosen.

July 31, 2014:
CIA Inspector General reveals that five CIA officials improperly accessed Senate Intelligence Committee computers and searched certain staff emails. The findings contradict denials made in March by CIA director Brennan. Brennan apologizes to Senate staff.

October 2014:
The government pays a settlement to reporter Audrey Hudson after the 2013 Coast Guard raid of her home during which her work notes were improperly seized.

December 2014:
Attorney General Holder seeks to subpoena a 60 Minutes producer in connection with a terrorism trial, but pulls back the request after public criticism.

Spring 2015:
The Obama administration finishes secretive negotiations of an Iran nuclear deal that will return billions of dollars in frozen funds to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism in return for assurances from that country. It’s later reported that Obama intel officials have been incidentally capturing communications of U.S. members of Congress and organizations in the U.S. while secretly recording Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s discussions about the Iran deal, which he opposes.
As of now, the New York Times reports “since 2009, six current or former government employees and two government contractors have been indicted or prosecuted under the Espionage Act for leaking information to the public. There were only three such prosecutions under all previous U.S. presidents combined since 1917.”

May 2015:
Former CIA employee Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is convicted on espionage charges for leaks to New York Times reporter James Risen. He’s sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

December 2015:
The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passes. It requires private Internet companies to “transmit cyber-threat indicators” to the Department of Homeland Security and granting the companies immunity from prosecution for sharing customers’  personal data in those cases.
The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration incidentally collected private communications by members of Congress while it spied on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
The NSA sweeping up “private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups… raised fears [of]—an ‘Oh-s— moment,’ one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.”–Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2015

July 2016:
Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president.

According to later news reports, after Trump’s nomination, internal White House logs show Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice begins to show increased interest in National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence material that included “unmasked” Americans’ identities.

Former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice

Summer 2016:
The FBI reportedly obtains a secret FISA court order to monitor communications of Trump adviser Carter Page, convincing a judge there’s probable cause to believe Page is acting as a Russian agent. Surveillance of Page theoretically allows government officials to “incidentally” collect communications of Trump associates (or Trump himself) if they communicate with Page.
Read: When “Incidental” Intel Collection Isn’t Incidental

Former Trump adviser Carter Page

Fall 2016:
Trump opponents “shop” to reporters a political opposition research “dossier” alleging Trump is guilty of various inappropriate acts regarding Russia. The information is unverified (and some of it is false) and the press doesn’t publish it, but a copy is provided to the FBI.

September 26, 2016:
It’s not publicly known at the time, but the government makes a proposal to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) court to allow the National Counter Terrorism Center to access “unmasked” intel on Americans acquired by the FBI and NSA. (The Court later approves as “appropriate”.)

October 7, 2016:
Former vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright pleads guilty in a leak investigation to lying to the FBI about his discussions with reporters regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

October 26, 2016:
At  closed-door hearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Obama administration disclosed that it had been violating surveillance safeguards, according to Circa. It disclosed that more than 5 percent of its searches of the NSA’s database violated safeguards promised in 2011.

November 8, 2016:
Donald Trump is elected President.

November 2016-January 2017:
News reports claim Rice’s interest in the NSA materials accelerates after President Trump’s election through his January inauguration. Surveillance reportedly included Trump transition figures and/or foreign officials discussing a Trump administration.

December 2016:
FBI secretly monitors and records communications between Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who later became President Trump’s national security adviser.

Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak

After Trump’s election, Obama officials take steps to ensure certain intelligence gathered regarding Trump associates is “spread across the government.” One Obama official would later say it’s because they were afraid once Trump officials “found out how we knew what we knew,” the intelligence would be destroyed. However, Obama critics later theorize Obama officials were working to mount opposition to Trump’s presidency.

January 10, 2017:
The media reports on the leaked anti-Trump “dossier” compiled by a political opposition research group containing unverified and at least partly untrue allegations of misconduct involving Trump and Russia.

January 12, 2017:
The Obama administration finalizes new rules allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to spread certain intelligence to 16 other U.S. intel agencies without the normal privacy protections.
President Obama commutes all but the last four months of Manning’s sentence for leaking intelligence information to WikiLeaks.

February 2, 2017:
The news reports that five information technology (IT) computer professionals employed by Democrats in the House of Representatives are under criminal investigation for allegedly “accessing House IT systems without lawmakers’ knowledge.” The suspects include three brothers identified as Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan “who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers.” The brothers were said to have been employed by three Democrats on the Intelligence Committee and “five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs which deal with with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.”

February 9, 2017:
News of the FBI recordings of Lt. Gen. Flynn speaking with Russia’s ambassador is leaked to the press. The New York Times and the Washington Post report that Flynn was captured on wiretaps discussing current U.S. sanctions, despite Flynn’s earlier denials.
The Washington Post also reports the FBI reviewed Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador and “found nothing illicit.”

Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn
Feb. 13, 2017:
Trump National Security Adviser Flynn resigns, acknowledging he had misled Vice President Pence about his Russia conversations.

March 2017:
The House Intelligence Committee requests a list of unmasking requests made during a certain time period by Obama officials. The intelligence committee does not provide the information, prompting a June 1 subpoena.

March 1, 2017:
The Washington Post learns and reports that Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions has met with the Russian ambassador twice in the recent past. Sessions had told Congress he didn’t communicate with the Russians during the campaign. (The Russian ambassador had sought out and met with numerous high-ranking Democrat and Republican officials.)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

March 2, 2017:
In an interview on MSNBC, Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas says that once President Trump was elected, she urged her former colleagues to “get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can [about Trump and his associates] before President Obama leaves the administration” and get it to “people on Capitol Hill.”

Former Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Evelyn Farkas

Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from any Trump campaign-related investigations after backtracking on earlier statements that he had not met with Russian officials prior to the election.

March 4, 2017:
President Trump tweets: “Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” and “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

March 10, 2017:
Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, steps forward to support Trump’s wiretapping claim, revealing that the Obama administration recorded his (Kucinich’s) communications with a Libyan official in Spring 2011.

March 20, 2017:
At a hearing, lead House Intelligence Committee Democrat Adam Schiff places Trump adviser Carter Page at the center of a theoretical alleged collusion with Russia. (It’s not yet publicly known that the FBI has been surveilling Page.) Some critics see Schiff’s storyline as an attempt to establish public justification for the Obama administration intel community’s controversial surveillance of the Trump adviser during the 2016 political campaign.

Rep. Adam Schiff
March 22, 2017:
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes publicly announces that he has reviewed evidence of U.S. citizens associated with Trump being “incidentally” surveilled by Obama intelligence officials, and that the names and information of the Trump associates were illegally leaked and/or used, mostly in November, December and January. Nunes attends a meeting at the White House to discuss. He’s criticized for viewing the evidence and speaking of it publicly.

In an interview on PBS, former Obama National Security Adviser Rice says “I know nothing about this…I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring.”

Rep. Devin Nunes
March 24, 2017:
The political firm that compiled the Trump “dossier” that was leaked to the press, Fusion GPS, declines to answer questions or document requests from Sen. Charles Grassley.

March 31, 2017:
Democrat Schiff is invited to the White House to review intel material Republican Nunes saw earlier.

April 3, 2017:
Multiple news reports state that prior to the election, Rice had requested and reviewed “unmasked” intelligence on Trump associates whose information was “incidentally” collected by intelligence agencies.

April 4, 2017:
In an interview on MSNBC, Rice seems to reverse herself (having earlier said she knew “nothing” about unmasking of surveilled Trump associates) and admits having asked for names of U.S. citizens previously masked in intelligence reports. Rice says her motivations were not political or to spy. When asked if she leaked names of U.S. citizens,
Rice replies, “I leaked nothing to nobody.”

April 6, 2017:
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes recuses himself from the Russia part of his committee’s investigation.

April 11, 2017:
Someone leaks to the Washington Post, and the Post reports, that the FBI secretly obtained a FISA court order last summer to monitor Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Trump critics say the existence of the order proves there was possible criminal activity by Trump associates. However, Trump supporters say the leak is an attempt to frame damning revelations as they are coming to light: that the Obama administration was, indeed, surveilling the political campaign of at least one opponent.

April 28, 2017:
The NSA announces it “will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target.” This after it secretly disclosed mass violations to the FISA court last October.
The NSA also begins deleting prior collected data. It says it’s doing this to avoid further violations.

May 2, 2017: 
Members of Senate Intelligence Committee go to CIA headquarters to get briefed on Russia-Trump connections. The following day, CNN asks Senate Intelligence Committee member Dianne Feinstein if there is evidence of “collusion between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign.” “Not at this time,” replies Feinstein.

May 3, 2017:
Obama’s former National Security Adviser Susan Rice declines Republican Congressional request to testify at a hearing about the unmasking and surveillance.

May 4, 2017:
It’s revealed that in the election year of 2016, the Obama administration vastly expanded its searches of NSA database for Americans and the content of their emails and phone calls: From 9500 searches involving 198 Americans in 2013 to 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans in 2016.

May 5, 2017: 
Senator and former Presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) formally asks the White House and intelligence community whether he was surveilled under the Obama administration.

May 14, 2017:
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and ex-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Obama administration officials, admit to reviewing “classified documents in which Mr. Trump, his associates or members of Congress had been unmasked.” They won’t provide further details in public.

May 31, 2017:
Document is disclosed to Justice Department in a lawsuit claiming the NSA engaged in “blanket surveillance” of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, collecting and storing “virtually all electronic communications going into or out of the Salt Lake City area, including the contents of emails and text messages” to “experiment with and fine tune a new scale of mass surveillance.” Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden has denied such a program existed.

June 1, 2017:
House Intelligence Committee issues 7 subpoenas including for information related to unmaskings requested by ex-Obama officials national security adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power. Chairman Devin Nunes says the intelligence community has been stonewalling the committee’s March request for a list of all the unmaskings that occurred during a certain time period.