Of late I’ve been making a lot of America-centric posts. Hmm, maybe I should rename my little corner of cyberspace as ‘The Burlington Blog’. Talking of which, the recently released FISA memo (a memo that outlines some of the spying that’s been taking place on President Trump and his team) might have surprised a lot of people because of the involvement of GCHQ, the UK spy agency. This was done under the Five Eyes spying agreement and in the case of Trump it worked something like this:
Six U.S. agencies created a stealth task force, spearhead by CIA’s Brennan, to run domestic surveillance on Trump associates and possibly Trump himself.
To feign ignorance and to seemingly operate within U.S. laws, the agencies freelanced the wiretapping of Trump associates to the British spy agency GCHQ.
The decision to insert GCHQ as a back door to eavesdrop was sparked by the denial of two FISA Court warrant applications filed by the FBI to seek wiretaps of Trump associates.
GCHQ did not work from London or the UK. In fact the spy agency worked from NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, MD with direct NSA supervision and guidance to conduct sweeping surveillance on Trump associates.
The illegal wiretaps were initiated months before the controversial Trump dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.
The Justice Department and FBI set up the meeting at Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner with controversial Russian officials to make Trump’s associates appear compromised.
Following the Trump Tower sit down, GCHQ began digitally wiretapping Manafort, Trump Jr., and Kushner.
After the concocted meeting by the Deep State, the British spy agency could officially justify wiretapping Trump associates as an intelligence front for NSA because the Russian lawyer at the meeting Natalia Veselnitskaya was considered an international security risk and prior to the June sit down was not even allowed entry into the United States or the UK, federal sources said.
By using GCHQ, the NSA and its intelligence partners had carved out a loophole to wiretap Trump without a warrant. While it is illegal for U.S. agencies to monitor phones and emails of U.S. citizens inside the United States absent a warrant, it is not illegal for British intelligence to do so. Even if the GCHQ was tapping Trump on U.S. soil at Fort Meade.
It would seem that the reason the US security agencies tried to obtain FISA warrants is to mask information obtained by GCHQ. Of course, this FISA stuff is a total farce anyway, because Democrats and Republicans in Congress recently voted to massively increase the spying powers of the US security agencies, and this was signed into law by President Trump (ie, they gave massively increased spying powers to a President who they claim is in collusion with the Russians). This FISA memo release is all part of a dog and pony show. Likewise, the UK and US intelligence agencies are joined at the hip and to all intents and purposes are accountable to no one. In the case of the UK this is against the backdrop of the most egregious assault on civil liberties ever seen in the western world. Police state Britain..?
And talking of the police, Peter Kirkham is a former Metropolitan Police detective chief inspector. He was recently on the Richie Allen show, explaining about massive cuts that are being made to the UK police service. Like many of us, Kirkham is worried about where this is all leading to…
Editing in: I originally embedded a YouTube video here. However, Richie Allen has now been banned from YouTube and his channel has been deleted. So, I whacked the Peter Kirkham interview up on my Vimeo account.