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    After US President Donald Trump’s unprecedented accusation that former President Barack Obama tapped the former’s phones, questions surround the motivations behind surveillance and the reach of US intelligence agencies.

    Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear speaks with NSA whistleblower William Binney about how Trump’s allegations not only point to the nearly-unlimited powers of the US surveillance state, but also indicate a desperate ploy to help Democrats maintain power after losing the presidency.

    ​This past week Trump tweeted: "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" and, "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!" 

    Following Trump’s tweet, FBI Director James Comey asked the US Justice Department to publicly refute the President’s claims.

    Binney pointed out that while Trump accusations seem startling, such actions are not altogether new in American politics, noting that Richard Nixon also used the NSA, FBI, and the CIA during the Watergate scandal.

    He also brought up how clandestine surveillance programs, like the FBI’s Counterintelligence Program (COINTELPRO), was used to spy on the anti-war movement of the 1960’s and surveilled activists like Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Black Panther Party. 

    Loud & Clear Host Brian Becker suggested that, if true, Obama may have ordered the wiretaps as a reaction to Trump’s willingness to improve relations with Russia, positing that Washington has been antagonistic toward Moscow, even decades after the Cold War. 

    "They’re trying to start a new Cold War." Binney said, "Why? Because for the military, industrial, intelligence and governmental complex that’s involved here that means trillions of dollars in spending from taxpayers. It means a lot more going into their budgets, a lot more programming and empire building in government. So I think we have a bunch of people in Congress and various places who cannot change."

    Binney observed, "The Democrats are so afraid that [Trump is] going to succeed in everything he’s doing, far better than anyone has to date, and that would make them look really bad with all the policies they’ve had in place for the last eight years. They’re also afraid of losing more seats around the country in state houses and the Senate, and having Trump succeed would make that a very likely reality, so that’s what they want to avoid."

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    • MaDarby
      First of all so far it appears that US foreign policy is unchanged, just a Bush/Obama/Trump continuum. Trump doesn't even talk about Russia any more and is building arms rapidly around Russia and China continuing the encircle and contain before attack approach toward the ultimate US goal of "Global full spectrum domination."

      I don't really care what politicians say - it's what they do that matters and so far Trump is all talk and no action about easing tensions with Russia or China.
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      marcanhalt
      Wow! I never thought I would see all I have been reading and seeing coming together to be clearly understood by the American people. Thank you, Donald Trump for running for office!
    • Adrienne Adonis
      So now it looks like WIKILEAKS might have found the Trojan horse. Part of the WIKILEAKS CIA emails leaks talks about how the CIA is capable to hack themselves yet make it look like what ever foreign country they choose as the hacker ! So it could be that the CIA hacked the DNC and attempted to hack the Trump team and the RNC and could have made it looked like Russia did the hacking ! No one was aware the CIA had this technology in their possession. So realistically the CIA can hack any foreign or domestic govt or private entity and camouflage themselves i.e.: Iranian, Israeli or even British hackers. Damn that's friggin sneaky.

      I guess this is what Trump is now going to investigate........ to see who are the TREASEANOUS snakes in the US govt ?
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      jas
      I notice how Sputnik is trying to normalize possible illegal spying by Obama on Trump. The surveillance on Trump was most likely illegal as well as blatantly unconstitutional. People will probably go to prison for it. This appears to be many times more serious than Watergate.
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      jas
      Following Trump’s tweet, FBI Director James Comey asked the US Justice Department to publicly refute the President’s claims.
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      I don't think that has been confirmed. That info was leaked.
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