Is Susan Rice the ‘smoking gun?’
Former U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice is in the news again.
Monday’s news reports all centered on her possible role in “unmasking” the names of the Trump transition team who got caught up in incidental surveillance and then leaking the information to individuals both within and without the government who were not legally entitled to have such information.
These are only allegations of course, but they do tie in with the fact that former President Obama made it possible on Jan. 12 when his administration finalized new rules that allowed the National Security Agency (NSA) to share information it gleans from its vast international surveillance apparatus with the 16 other agencies that make up the U.S. intelligence community.
Rice first came up on my news radar following the attack on our consulate at Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, when she was sent out to five news outlets, under the tutelage of Ben Rhodes, to inform the American people that we had nothing to worry about with regard to terrorism because the Benghazi attacks were caused by an obscure Mohammed video that had outraged a few people out walking the streets of Benghazi that night and incited them to murder our Ambassador David Stephens and three other Americans on a spontaneous whim.
We now know, of course, that her story was a false narrative designed to mislead the American people. Rhodes was a deputy national security adviser at the time and an email obtained by Judicial Watch shows that he prepared Rice for the Sunday talk shows and gave her the talking points.
The Benghazi story bears an eerie resemblance to the 1998 car bombings in Tanzania and Kenya.
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