ACLJ uncovers soft coup by Obama administration against President Trump

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON, D.C.–The American Center for Law and Justice has uncovered a change of rules and procedures in intelligence gathering by the National Security Agency (NSA) made by the Obama Administration some 17 days before leaving the White House.

The change of rules allows the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies to receive the NSA information gathered by satellite transmissions, phone calls, and emails without any privacy protections.

Harry Hutchinson, of the ACLJ, uncovered Wednesday evening, new rules issued under section 2.3 of Executive Order 12333 after approval by two Obama Administration officials:  Attorney General Loretta Lynch and National Intelligence Director James Clapper.

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“Changing the rules before you leave office,” said Jay Sekulow ACLJ chief counsel, is unexcusable and allows for a shadow government—a soft coup to harm individuals in President Trump’s government.   Leaking classified information is espionage.”

This change increases the possibility of intelligence leaks from those intelligence bureaucrats loyal to former President Barack Obama who are intent on harming President Donald J. Trump such as leaking the private conversation that resulted in the resignation of President Trump’s former National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn.

“The changes initiated by the Obama Administration in its waning days empowered far more agents and officials to search through raw intelligence data,” said Harry Hutchinson.  “As a direct consequence of the change in policy, it appears that the prospect of intelligence leaks grew exponentially.”

Prior to these changes, the NSA filtered information before sharing intercepted communications with another agency such as the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) or the intelligence branches of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).  Previously, the NSA screened out the identities of innocent people and irrelevant personal information. 

The changes in the rules put the conversations of President Trump and his Administration in increasing risk of being exposed to the public for purposes of embarrassment and to impede the effectiveness of the 45th President’s policies.

The changed rules allowed for the monitoring of the conversations of National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and created the likelihood of leaks as the number of people who had access to these conversations increased exponentially.

“Misconduct by members of he intelligence community impairs national security,” said Hutchinson “and the ACLJ urges President Trump to take immediate action to root out this subversive mischief. The first step in this process is to immediately revise Executive Order 12333.”

Jay Sekulow warned in 2015 that “freedom is under attack like never before.  The threat comes from the fourth branch of government—the biggest branch—and the only branch not in the Constitution: the federal bureaucracy.

“The bureaucracy imposes thousands  of new laws every year, without a single vote from  Congress.  The bureaucracy violates the rights of Americans without accountability,” writes Sekulow in his book “of  “Undemocratic–Rogue, Reckless, and Renegade:   How the government is stealing democracy on agency at a time.  “Americans are bullied by the very institutions established to protect their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”  and in this case by intelligence bureaucrats who are protected by civil service regulations and by public unions.

According to the American Center of Law and Justice, the handling of classified information has been in place since the days of President Ronald Reagan without any changes even throughout the eight years of the Obama presidency.

The ACLJ is investigating who set up a change in intelligence sharing through a Freedom of Information Request. 

‘I inherited a mess,” said President Donald J. Trump during a Thursday press conference “but we’ll take care of it.”

(Editor’s Note:  Mr. Hernandez is dedicating himself to advance the 13 spheres; developing an interactive California citizens news platform as an alternative to mainstream media; while building local school-community partnerships.)

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service, founder of History Makers International, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email: [email protected].


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