by Greg Krehbiel on 20 March 2017
I think the explanation of Trump’s wiretap claim is very simple. He was sick of the media running with an unsubstantiated story about collusion between his campaign and Russia, so he changed the story.
If they can make an unsubstantiated claim, so can he.
Some conservative outlets were making the case that Obama had ordered surveillance on Trump, so that was enough to give the accusation a little credence and to keep the story going for a while.
Trump didn’t have any substantial evidence of surveillance. He was opportunistic and he manipulated the news cycle.
His strategy worked. The news changed.
But now we have these so-called investigations into Russian collusion and unlawful surveillance. Various directors of this and that are going to sit in front of the camera and … lie to us. Congressmen and Senators are going to repeat those lies, and that’s going to be the story for the next week.
I know they’re going to lie because they’ve done it repeatedly before with no consequences. E.g., documents released by Snowden show that our Director of National Intelligence lied under oath about surveillance. He’s never been punished for that.
I believe the government is spying on everybody, and they can get info on anybody they want on the flimsiest of pretexts.
Why do I think this? Because power corrupts. If you give somebody power — without a significant and reliable restraint on that power — they will abuse it. Not might. Not could. Will. That is a fact of human nature.
Congress will lie about this too because they created this mess. In the paranoia after the 9/11 attacks, they gave the intelligence services too much power.
In this kind of an environment, even if there is evidence that Obama had Trump surveilled, and even if Congress knows about that evidence, they will listen to the lies from our intelligence services, and they will repeat those lies in front of the camera in doggedly insistent terms, calling anyone who doubts them a fool and a conspiracy theorist. And most of the media will play along because it fits their preferred story line.
We know for a fact that they lie to us about espionage. (It wouldn’t be very good espionage if they didn’t, would it?) So I am predisposed to disbelieve anything they say on the subject.
2017-03-20 » Greg Krehbiel