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George Orwell, All Issues Are Political Issues, Manufactured Housing Challenges, and You

June 9th, 2019 Comments off

 

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The ubiquitous Drudge Report linked up an interesting report from France 24 that said that there is another surge in interest in George Orwell and his writing, including the classic novel, 1984.

 

Interesting, because MHProNews has recently used quotes from Orwell in various reports to spark thoughts that insightful soul previously pondered that should speak to our times.

 

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For those who never read, or may not clearly recall the themes, “Nineteen Eighty-Four, often published as 1984, is a dystopian novel by English writer George Orwell published in June 1949, whose themes center on the risks of government overreach, totalitarianism and repressive regimentation of all persons and behaviors within society,” said Wikipedia.

 

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Dystopian fiction has arguably become more common in recent decades. Hunger Games, Handmaids Tale, Blade Runner, Ready Player One, A Clockwork Orange, and Divergent are but a few examples.

 

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A dystopia…is a community or society that is undesirable or frightening. It is translated as “not-good place” and is an antonym of utopia, a term that was coined by Sir Thomas More and figures as the title of his best known work, Utopia, published 1516, a blueprint for an ideal society with minimal crime, violence and poverty,” also per Wikipedia.

 

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The classic line about Big Brother from Orwell’s novel, 1984. In an era when CCTV cameras are proliferating, smart phones track you, your car may track you, social media platforms track you, these are among the reasons that a new generation are turning to ponder Orwell’s insights.

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Orwell’s point here was a subtle one, where people are asked by Big Brother to believe something clearly contradictory, and yet accept it as true. It’s akin to Warren Buffett supporting candidates that passed or protected Dodd-Frank, while 21st Mortgage’s Tim Williams and MHI postured efforts to repeal or amend portions of the regulations from Dodd-Frank. Two contradictory positions, yet thousands of MH professionals went along.

 

Ready Player One  features as part of its dark backdrop images of pre-HUD Code mobile homes, or older manufactured homes. It is arguably an example of how the good news about manufactured homes has been blurred by certain movies, or TV shows like the Trailer Park Boys.  These are examples of what should be considered as reverse product placement. 

 

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Before saying what follows, let’s remind readers that MHProNews and our public-focused sister-site, MHLivingNews, are pro-industry, pro-consumer, and pro-free enterprise. We celebrate honest success, but oppose dishonest manipulations that disadvantage millions. In that context, the growing battle over the power of corporate giants that want to impose their world-view on society took center stage this past week, as Facebook, Google, and other big tech giants are reportedly the targets of planned antitrust investigations and possible legal action.

 

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Free speech must include the ability to escape the power of those tech-giants to de-platform, restrict, or effectively censor speech. They are supposed to be neutral platforms, but appear to be anything but even handed.

 

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As MHProNews reported during the 2018 campaign, a relatively small group of the top billionaires are disproportionately left-leaning. Is it any surprise that those who have such raw financial and media power are accused of tilting their platforms against those who oppose their world view?

 

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MHProNews covers historic topics too, precisely to counter the concern that Orwell prudently raised.

 

The solution isn’t to regulate the tech giants, or other monopolistic entities, as that will only serve to safeguard them against potential rivals that might otherwise challenge them. Big taxes, big regulations, these are tools of those who have powerful influence over government to limit those with might otherwise opposed them.

 

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That’s why from the outset, the founders of America believed it was as important to rebel against monopolies as it was to rebel against the crown that bestowed that monopoly. 

 

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American history, and much of world history, must be understood through a very precise prism.  The powerful attempt to find ways to distort the law and society to advantage themselves against all others.

 

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Those who desire freedom must be willing to expose those distortions, and fight against them. The American Way was and ideally remains one of Constitutionally limited government that also limits the potentially raw power of monopolistic businesses.

 

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The reports that follow below from the week of 6.2.2019 to 6.9.2019 has numerous reports on the issues of what is keeping manufactured housing from achieving its potential to serve millions of people.  HUD Secretary Carson did a good thing, several in fact, for manufactured housing.

 

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But to understand why the manufactured home industry is struggling, one must be willing to take the advice of contrarian investor Sam Zell – Chairman of Equity Lifestyle Properties – who famously quipped, “When others are going left, look right.”

 

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As independents, we strive to look 360 here on MHProNews, sourcing and fact-checking across the left-right divide.

 

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Just as some are now trying to dethrone the role that the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. played in American history, there are those who try to diminish the goals that the founders of our nation had.  These are just two examples of some of the points that George Orwell was trying to convey.

 

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One must separated “wheat from chaff.” The allegations about Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. are not new. The chaff of a person’s life does not eliminate the good – the wheat – that the same person has produced. It is often those willing to be counter-cultural that are able to effect positive social change.

 

We, the People” must learn to think critically and analytically. Objective thinking are part of the mechanism by which freedom is protected.  It is also how it can be re-captured when it begins to slip away.

 

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Abraham Lincoln was violently opposed, but he stood up for what to him were obvious threats and injustices. By doing so, at great cost, he preserved the Union and made it a better nation for generations to come. Every era has its own battles to fight, and our industry has internal and external challenges to the obvious benefits our proven form of affordable homes provides.  That’s needed by millions more of our fellow Americans. By getting to the core issues, and grappling with them, that’s how the future can be brighter for white hats and independents.

 

With no further adieu, let’s dive into the headline news, reports, fact-checks, and analysis from the manufactured home industry’s runaway most read source in MHVille. MHProNews. Thanks for making it so.

 

What’s New on MHLivingNews

“We as a Nation Can Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis,” Says Secretary Ben Carson, Spotlighting Manufactured Homes, Other Emerging Housing Technologies

Affordable Housing War – Does Ethical, Legal Way to Redistribute Wealth from Billionaires to Millions of Americans Exist Without Socialism or Passing New Laws?

 

What’s New from Washington, D.C. from MHARR


HUD Code Production Decline Continues But Moderates

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Brief History and Objectives of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR)

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Major and Continuing MHARR Accomplishments for the HUD Code Manufactured Housing Industry and Consumers of Affordable Housing

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What’s New on the Masthead 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Affordable Housing, Obscuring the Truth, Innovations in Housing, and Manufactured Homes

HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Affordable Housing, Obscuring the Truth, Innovations in Housing, and Manufactured Homes

 

Ultimate, Proven Contrarian Investing – Ethical vs. Unethical, Legal vs Illegal Manufactured Housing Industry Strategies

Ultimate, Proven Contrarian Investing – Ethical vs. Unethical, Legal vs Illegal Manufactured Housing Industry Strategies

 

What’s New on the Cutting Edge

Manufactured Housing, What Others Say About Sales, Marketing, Training Systems by L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, MHProNews and Manufactured Home Living News

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Saturday 6.8.2019


Secretary Ben Carson’s, Julian Castro’s Manufactured Housing, “Trailer,” “Mobile Home” Revelations, 2020 Battles Ahead

Secretary Ben Carson’s, Julian Castro’s Manufactured Housing, “Trailer,” “Mobile Home” Revelations, 2020 Battles Ahead

 

Friday 6.7.2019

Two Market Movers Today – Mexico, the Fed, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

Two Market Movers Today – Mexico, the Fed, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

 

AOC Sounds Off, 2020 Heats Up, Senator Elizabeth Warren Rising, Manufactured Housing, Article 1 Section 8, and You

AOC Sounds Off, 2020 Heats Up, Senator Elizabeth Warren Rising, Manufactured Housing, Article 1 Section 8, and You

 

Members Point to Positives, Problematic – Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) says, “Get the Facts on Zoning”

Members Point to Positives, Problematic – Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) says, “Get the Facts on Zoning”

 

Positive Congressional Reactions – Innovative Housing Showcase, HUD, MHEC, MHI, and Other Insights

Positive Congressional Reactions – Innovative Housing Showcase, HUD, MHEC, MHI, and Other Insights

 

Thursday 6.6.2019 

U.S.-Mexico, Tariffs, and Border Crisis Talks, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

U.S.-Mexico, Tariffs, and Border Crisis Talks, plus Manufactured Home Stock Updates

 

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

Manufactured Housing Professionals, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, Must Promote These Two Words

 

FHFA’s Mark Calabria, Ph.D., Address at HUD, NAHB’s Innovative Housing Showcase

FHFA’s Mark Calabria, Ph.D., Address at HUD, NAHB’s Innovative Housing Showcase

 

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D-Day, June 6, 1944 – 75th Anniversary Solemn Commemoration, Videos – Greatest Generation

 

Wednesday 6.5.2019 

Borders, Tariffs, and Looming Antitrust – plus Manufactured Home Market Updates 

Pushing Back Against NIMBYism, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, NAHB Innovative Housing Showcase, Schedule

Pushing Back Against NIMBYism, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, NAHB Innovative Housing Showcase, Schedule

 

White Flag? Tariffs, Manufactured Housing Institute Fly-In, Antitrust Exemptions Topics by Politico in Washington, D.C.

White Flag? Tariffs, Manufactured Housing Institute Fly-In, Antitrust Exemptions Topics by Politico in Washington, D.C.

 

Big Tech, Big Brother, 1984, Manufactured Home Professionals, and You

Big Tech, Big Brother, 1984, Manufactured Home Professionals, and You

 

Tuesday 6.4.2019 

Tent Cities, Homelessness, Crime, Disease, Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes

Tent Cities, Homelessness, Crime, Disease, Affordable Housing, and Manufactured Homes

 

Fed Hikes Blamed for Housing Slowdown, per Chan, former Chase Chief Economist, plus MH Stock Updates

Fed Hikes Blamed for Housing Slowdown, per Chan, former Chase Chief Economist, plus MH Stock Updates

 

8 Months of Declining Year-Over-Year HUD Code Manufactured Home Production – When Will Manufactured Housing Institute Act?

8 Months of Declining Year-Over-Year HUD Code Manufactured Home Production – When Will Manufactured Housing Institute Act?

 

Public Reactions to HUD Secretary Carson’s “Innovations in Housing” Promoting Manufactured Homes

Public Reactions to HUD Secretary Carson’s “Innovations in Housing” Promoting Manufactured Homes

 

Monday 6.3.2019 

Antitrust – “You Can’t Penalize Success But Can Penalize Bad Behavior.” Former Ast AG Bill Baer, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

Antitrust – “You Can’t Penalize Success But Can Penalize Bad Behavior.” Former Ast AG Bill Baer, plus Manufactured Home Market Updates

 

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Innovative Housing Showcase on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson tours Innovative Housing Showcase on National Mall in Washington, D.C.

 

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, Both Finger Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Failures, in Writing, Again

Frank Rolfe, Dave Reynolds, Both Finger Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Failures, in Writing, Again

 

Washington Leak – Justice Department Prepares Major Antitrust Investigation

Washington Leak – Justice Department Prepares Major Antitrust Investigation

 

Sunday 6.2.2019 

What Are Federal Officials Researching About Manufactured Housing?

What Are Federal Officials Researching About Manufactured Housing?

As a dad myself, Happy Father’s Day next weekend to all the other dads out there in MHVille and beyond.  If your father is still among the living, and you don’t already have plans to be together for a while that day, why not give him a call? 

Yes, it can be complicated.

But sometimes, taking on the challenging and difficult is the only way to get to the root issues. 

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Big Tech, Big Brother, 1984, Manufactured Home Professionals, and You

June 5th, 2019 Comments off

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Prager U” has a formula that works.  They create videos that are typically under 6 minutes long, have a narrator that some will know, and that woman or man will provide a relatively balanced view of a topic for consideration.  This video, posted on 6.3.2019, had 427,548 views in under 48 hours.  If only manufactured housing could say the same about a pro-industry video.

 

The thrust of the Prager U concept is educational. They take a controversial issue and strive to shed light on it. Prager U is branded, but in a mild way that keeps millions coming back to see their next video.  Yes, they are generally conservative, but do so citing the views of other political or moral perspective.

In fact, that’s the point.  They look at what the opposition says, and then they do a fact-check and analysis. 

Sound familiar?  It’s Prager’s video version of what significant parts of MHProNews content has been in recent years.  In fairness, this has been done for years by media, but has grown more popular on both the left and the right.  So one takeaway is that the Prager approach is a proven one. Manufactured housing industry leaders should sit up and take notice.  

On this specific video, “Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, explains how and why Big Tech is making Orwell’s 1984 a 21st century reality.” 

Their YouTube page says, “George Orwell’s fictionalized world where Big Brother reigns supreme is no longer a figment of the imagination, but a prophetic vision of present-day threats.”  It would be hard to name many businesses today that operate in our factory-built home industry that don’t use one or more of the services that are spotlighted by this video.  

What this video doesn’t do is call for boycotts or even an antitrust breakup. MHProNews has argued for antitrust action, and word earlier this week that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are gearing up antitrust investigations sent the FAANG stocks down.

 

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The earlier report MHProNews did on the Creepy Line took an in depth look in text and videos into the ways that big tech is purportedly manipulating data that harms companies and can tip elections.

 

“The Creepy Line” Video DocuDrama, Manufactured Housing – The Problem, Solution, and You

 

While Bozell doesn’t call for a breakup, he does make it clear that the situation is serious.  It is.  Monopolization isn’t just a manufactured housing industry problem; it is a broader economic threat that impacts a score of industries. This video is one of about 100 that as of this post being drafted YouTube has ‘restricted.’  What is there about this video that is anything other than a simple exercise of free speech?

 

 

Among the 2020 issues we expect to be significant is consolidation, monopolization, and antitrust. It’s a topic most of our colleagues in manufactured home trade publishing simply won’t go near, perhaps out of fear for what the industry’s Big Brothers in Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis might do.

As the powers that be in manufactured housing are viewed by numbers as a cause – rather than a solution – for the industry’s underperformance, the FAANG threat to economic, political, and free speech freedom should be seen as part of the bigger picture that arguably should include Berkshire Hathaway and Microsoft, perhaps others too.  While the Omaha-Knoxville-Arlington axis bears responsibility for the widely misunderstood manufactured home industry, don’t overlook the supporting role played by these tech giants.

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“Death by Government,” Fascism, Communism, Socialism, ‘Big Brother,’ per Williams, Rummel and Owens

December 20th, 2017 Comments off

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Owens is a retired safety who played ten seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders, states Wikipedia. “He graduated from Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida in 1969, and then attended the University of Miami, where he was a 1st-Team All-American defensive back.” On the same radio program, Owens related the shocking statistics of the black community’s decline since he was in school.

Owens points a finger at Democrats, but says that blacks should no longer trust any empty promises by politicians, who should earn their vote based on reality, not fear tactics, and false claims.

20 percent of blacks are conservatives, Owens said, but he expects that total to grow. Why?

There’s a 9 percent decline in home ownership in the last eight years, he said. Median income among blacks is down too.  And that was under America’s first black president, and often in cities that are run by Democrats.

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In the video below, Owens calls some in his community the “royalty black class,” who are “parasites” and “leave nothing behind” as “they move on and live the American Dream.”

Owens faults those that have made it themselves, but want to knock the very system that made their success possible. He believes that people can earn their way to the top – as elite blacks, himself, and others did.  But that must start with a proper education, an understanding of American history, motivation, and principled core values.

President Obama’s in your face liberalism” and its actual negative consequences for blacks are causing many African Americans to wake up, said Owens on the radio, who also stated, “ThatUncle Tom’ thing is getting a little old.

Owens Isn’t Alone, Professor Walter E. Williams, & Rudolph J. Rummel

As MHProNews has noted in recent articles, there is a growing group – notably among millennials, but that spans the generations – that have been fed and bought into a skewed view of America’s political, economic, social, and ethnic history.

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Writing in right-of-center Townhall, economics professor emeritus Walter E. Williams, lays out facts about ‘Death by Government.’

The 20th century was mankind’s most brutal century. Roughly 16 million people lost their lives during World War I; about 60 million died during World War II. Wars during the 20th century cost an estimated 71 million to 116 million lives,” said Williams.

The number of war dead pales in comparison with the number of people who lost their lives at the hands of their own governments,” the economist wrote.

Williams cited the “late professor Rudolph J. Rummel of the University of Hawaii documented this tragedy in his book “Death by Government: Genocide and Mass Murder Since 1900.” Some of the statistics found in the book have been updated here,” and doing the math, says that some 262 million died at the hands of their own governments.

The People’s Republic of China tops the list, with 76 million lives lost at the hands of the government from 1949 to 1987,” said Williams. “The Soviet Union follows, with 62 million lives lost from 1917 to 1987. Adolf Hitler’s Nazi German government killed 21 million people between 1933 and 1945. Then there are lesser murdering regimes, such as Nationalist China, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam and Mexico.”

Williams cited several American university and political thinkers who praised communist, Nazi, or socialist leaders, in spite of facts like those cited above.

While this new column by Williams didn’t mention it, Russia and China abandoned their socialist/communist economic principles, because after decades of effort, they were proven not to work.

Venezuela, or Cuba, are other more nearby examples for Americans of now socialistic policies don’t perform as well as the free market.

What has been problematic for those Americans who believe in the free market are a combination of factors.  They include, but are not limited to:

  • The growth of crony capitalism, which along with monopolies, are not in the best long-term interests of the free market.
  • Mandates, notably by the federal government – but also from state and local jurisdictions, each one of which has a cost/risk/impact on the free market. An example of that is outlined in the Dodd-Frank history, and how it played with manufactured homes, found in the article linked below.

 

  • Those in education, media, entertainment, and politics – that for whatever reasons – are promoting skewed history vs. actual history.  As Guy Benson said recently, in an analysis linked below, “Propaganda works.” ‘Success shaming,’ is also an issue.  Some on the left have made it sound like the money earned by people or companies belongs to the government, instead of to the person or organization that earned it (see the second quote in the Williams bio, shown above).

Benson Demonstrates How “Propaganda Works” on “Most Americans”

The U.S. has never been perfect, but neither has any other nation in history.

When the free market in the U.S. was allowed to operate in a more robust fashion, at one point, America had about 6 percent of the population but had nearly half of the global wealth. But as trade, tax, regulatory, immigration, and other policies were ramped up over time, business and their jobs moved overseas.  The working people in those nations prospered more, while working class Americans wages stagnated, and many groups domestically prospered less.

Influencing the Socialists in Your Office, the Best Way Out of Poverty

The article and short video linked above provides additional insights on the topic. For those with under-informed or uniformed individuals in your office or circle of influence, sharing these principles can only help increase support for plans that cut red tape, and thus keep the pro-growth business reforms underway in Washington moving ahead. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (Economic news, analysis, and commentary.)

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Emmy Winning Sharyl Attkisson Reports Obama-Era Surveillance Timeline, Plus How Fake News Seeks to Control What You See and Think

September 25th, 2017 Comments off

SharylAttkissonPresidentBarackObamaDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsGeorge Orwell was arguably wrong about the year that drew the title of his best seller, 1984.”  But much that Orwell predicted in 1948 when he penned that tome has come to pass, albeit not always as his political and social novel projected.

War is Peace.  Freedom is Slavery.  Ignorance is Strength.” Those clearly contradictory notions were among the slogans used by “Big Brother,” a metaphor for an oppressive government that propagandized its own people. Literary analysists could say that those slogans represented just how powerfully propaganda could sway the masses of people.

In fact, not all fall for propaganda, just as the party line was questioned in Orwell’s novel, so there are those who question the various party lines of today.

The GOP is registering at an all-time low in the polls, per CNN’s latest. “There are fresh signs the Republican Party’s brand is in trouble, Fewer than three in 10 Americans — 29% — hold a favorable view of the Republican Party.”  But a few lines deeper into their article, one reads this: “Both parties will have to grapple with an increasingly unhappy public as nearly six in 10 Americans (59%) say they are angry at both parties…”

It is also worth noting that the Democratic party is suffering in their fund-raising.  Politico – which like CNN is a left-of-center publication (see chart below) – reported recently: “There’s one problem for the Democrats: The party has a serious fundraising crisis. … Republicans have quietly taken a decisive edge over Democrats when it comes to small-dollar fundraising.”

Or as left-leaning NBC’s Chuck Todd has observed, Donald Trump may have low polling numbers, but his movement is still the strongest going in the American political scene today.

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Full Measure’s Sharyl Attiksson’s media bias chart is useful in sorting out the agendas behind various headlines and news sources.

For years, the Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews has used sources across the political and economic spectrum in an effort to bring manufactured housing industry professionals the best possible insights and perspectives on the news that impacts your business and profession.

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One of many possible examples of MHProNews fisking (critique, analysis) problematic coverage of our industry by mainstream media.  MHProNews has also analyzed the ‘reports’ by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), and has noted industry charges and allegations of their routine failure to defend the industry, or to report fake news to their own members. For the report above, click the graphic. Collage by MHProNews.com.

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It is against that backdrop of headlines above that the DBN dives into a fresh report provided to MHProNews from independent thinker, author and Emmy-award winning journalist, Sharyl Attkisson.

Attkisson’s created the left-right media chart that we periodically reference here on MHProNews, work which academics and others have since de facto verified in their own research of the mainstream media.

Before beginning her report, let’s note her upcoming – soon to be a best seller – Attkisson’s new book “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think and How You Vote.”  That book can be pre-ordered at this link here.

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Note: Attkisson’s timeline doesn’t draw conclusions, she’s providing verifiable facts. It is much in keeping with the spirt of one of our MHProNews slogans, “We Provide, You Decide.”

Obama-era Surveillance Timeline

You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials. But I couldn’t find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations. So I built one. Please note: temporal proximity of events doesn’t necessarily imply a connection.

January 21, 2009:

President Obama takes office; pledges unprecedented transparency.

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April 2009:

Someone leaks the unmasked name of Congresswoman Jane Harmon to the press. According to news reports, the Bush administration NSA incidentally recorded and saved Harmon’s phone conversations with pro-Israel lobbyists who were under investigation for espionage. The story is first broken by Congressional Quarterly’s Jeff Stein.

 

December 17, 2009:

The Obama administration prosecutes FBI contractor Shamai Leibowitz for leaking documents to the media in April 2009. Leibowitz says he leaked because he felt FBI practices were “an abuse of power and a violation of the law” which he reported to his superiors at the FBI “who did nothing about them.”  (According to the ACLU: “Amazingly, the sentencing judge said, ‘I don’t know what was divulged other than some documents, and how it compromised things, I have no idea’.”)

 

2010:

The IRS secretly begins “targeting” conservative groups that are seeking nonprofit tax-exempt status, by singling out ones that have “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names.

Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning begins illegally leaks classified information to WikiLeaks revealing, among other matters, that the U.S. is extensively spying on the United Nations.

Obama Attorney General Eric Holder renews a Bush-era subpoena of New York Times reporter James Risen in a leak investigation.

Obama administration pursues espionage charges against NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake. (According to the ACLU: spy charges were later dropped and Drake pled guilty to a misdemeanor. The judge called the government’s conduct in the case “unconscionable.”)

 

May 28, 2010:

The government secretly applies for a warrant to obtain Google email information of Fox News reporter James Rosen in a leak investigation, without telling Rosen.

 

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September 21, 2010:

Internal email entitled “Obama Leak Investigations” at “global intelligence” company Stratfor claims Obama’s then-Homeland Security adviser John Brennan is targeting journalists.

“Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources,” writes one Stratfor official to another.

The email continues: “Note — There is specific tasker from the [White House] to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked. The Wonder Boys must be in meltdown mode…”

“The Wonder Boys” reportedly refers to the National Security Agency (NSA). Brennan later becomes President Obama’s CIA Director.

 

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After receiving an anonymous tip, CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson begins researching the Department of Justice “gunwalking” operation nicknamed “Fast and Furious” that secretly let thousands of weapons be trafficked to Mexican drug cartels. One of the “walked” guns had been used by illegal aliens who murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

 

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February 22, 2011:

CBS’ Attkisson breaks news about “Fast and Furious” on The CBS Evening News.

After the story airs, the government issues an internal memo that seeks to “push positive stories” to contradict the news.

Given the negative coverage by CBS Evening News last week…ATF needs to proactively push positive stories this week, in an effort to preempt some negative reporting, or at minimum, lessen the coverage of such stories in the news cycle by replacing them with good stories about ATF.

 

March 4, 2011:

CBS News’ Attkisson exclusively interviews sitting ATF special agent John Dodson. He gives a firsthand account contradicting government denials re: Fast and Furious.

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May 2011:

White House recruits democratic operative Eric Schultz to spin on Fast and Furious and to counter the House Oversight Committee’s investigative work on the case. (Schultz previously served as intern to Sen. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton.)

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Spring 2011:

Obama intel officials capture and record incidental private communications between Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, and a Libyan official. The recordings are later leaked to the press.

 

2011:

Fox News reporter Mike Levine is subpoenaed by the Department of Justice regarding a story he reported about a federal grand jury’s indictments of terrorism suspects. The subpoena is later dropped.

 

June 2, 2011:

Republican Mitt Romney announces he’ll challenge President Obama in campaign 2012.

 

June 28, 2011:

Obama U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke secretly leaks sensitive government information to Fox News, allegedly to retaliate against ATF whistleblower John Dodson in the Fast and Furious case. (Burke is former chief of staff to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.)

 

August 2011:

U.S. Attorney Burke resigns while under investigation for the improper leak of sensitive information about Dodson. The Inspector General later confirms the leak and Burke apologizes.

 

September 2011:

White House operative Schultz invites Attkisson and several other national journalists to off the record backgrounder about Fast and Furious documents subpoenaed by Congress. Later, on the phone, Shultz screams and cusses at Attkisson as she asks questions raised by the Fast and Furious documents.

 

October 3, 2011:

Obama administration secretly changes longstanding policy. The change creates a “loophole” that Sen. Ron Wyden would later say allows the NSA to conduct “backdoor searches” of “incidental collection” of U.S. citizens’ domestic communications.

The same day, CBS News airs Attkisson’s report on newly-uncovered memos that contradict Attorney General Eric Holders’ denials about Fast and Furious.

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October 4, 2011:

In an internal email, Attorney General Eric Holder’s top press aide Tracy Schmaler emails White House operative Schultz calling Attkisson “out of control.” Schultz replies, “Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

 

November 2011:

CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus, who’s married, allegedly begins an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. (The FBI would later say it “stumbled” upon evidence of the affair incidentally during an unspecified, much broader investigation.)

 

December 2011:

Amid much criticism, Justice Department finally, officially retracts the false letter it had submitted to Congress in February. The letter had stated that the Fast and Furious allegations of gunwalking were untrue.

 

February 13, 2012:

At approximately 10:30pm, remote intruders secretly download new spy software proprietary to a federal agency onto Attkisson’s CBS work computer. (The software was secretly attached to a legitimate Hotmail email and downloaded in the background after a pop-up ad appeared).

 

April-May 2012:

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI publicly announce vast expansion of cyber related efforts to address alleged “national security-related cyber issues.”

In violation of longstanding practice, DOJ secretly and without notice seizes personal and phone records of journalists from Associated Press from this two-month period in a leak investigation.

 

June 2012:

Attorney General Holder secretly initiates investigations into AP and the New York Times regarding government leaks.

 

June 28, 2012:

The House of Representatives holds Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to Fast and Furious.

 

July 2012:

The Department of Justice designates U.S. Attorneys’ offices to act as “force multipliers” in further stepped-up cyber efforts in the name of national security.

Intruders remotely “refresh” ongoing surveillance of Attkisson’s CBS News Toshiba laptop.

 

Summer 2012:

The FBI incidentally stumbles across emails revealing CIA Director Petraeus’ affair with his biographer Broadwell. FBI Director Robert Mueller is notified of the affair on a date the government will not disclose. The FBI later says it interviewed Petraeus and Broadwell, and concluded national security hasn’t been breached. The FBI keeps all of this information secret.

In late summer, on a date the government won’t reveal, the FBI notifies Attorney General Holder of the Petraeus affair.

 

September 11, 2012:

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens are murdered in Benghazi, Libya during attacks by Islamic extremist terrorists. Despite internal communications that acknowledge the terrorist nature of the attacks within minutes, the Obama administration falsely reports to the public that the attacks were instead a protest gone awry after an anti-Islamic YouTube video.

Some Obama officials become frustrated with CIA Director Petraeus and his post-Benghazi attack behavior, as he opposes efforts to edit out mentions of terrorism from the public Benghazi talking points. Petraeus deputy Mike Morell  is given authority over the edits, and aligns with Hillary Clinton’s State Department against Petraeus’s desires.

 

October 2012:

CBS begins airing Attkisson’s Benghazi stories which rely on whistleblowers and numerous government-linked confidential sources. These sources report that the Executive Branch is clamping down on leaks to reporters re: Benghazi.

DOJ continues its stepped-up National Security Division cyber efforts, holding specialized training at DOJ headquarters for the National Security Cyber Specialists (NSCS) network and the Criminal Division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS).

President Obama issues top secret presidential directive on Oct. 16 ordering intelligence officials to draw up a list of overseas targets for cyberattacks. According to The Guardian, the directive also “contemplates the possible use of cyber actions inside the US.”

As CIA Director Petraeus’s interagency relationships become increasingly strained over his stance on Benghazi, unnamed FBI agents reach out to Republicans in Congress to tell about Petraeus’s affair. They eventually land at the office of Republican majority leader Eric Cantor. With the presidential elections about a week away, Cantor stays mum on the Petraeus rumors and instead contacts the FBI about them.

The FBI interviews Petraeus and Broadwell a second time.

 

November 2, 2012:

The FBI questions President Obama’s vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright in a leak investigation regarding material in a book written by a New York Times reporter. Cartwright denies being the source (but later admits he was, and is convicted in the case).

 

November 6, 2012:

President Obama defeats Mitt Romney in Campaign 2012.

CIA Director Petraeus is scheduled to testify to Congress next week about the Benghazi attacks.

Officials claim this day is the first time Director of National Intelligence Clapper is notified about the Petraeus affair by an unspecified official at the Justice Department. Clapper calls Petraeus and urges him to resign.

 

November 7-9, 2012:

Attorney General Holder hosts a national training conference at DOJ headquarters for the expanded efforts of DOJ’s National Security Cyber Specialists (NSCS).

The Obama administration says somebody unspecified notifies someone at the White House about the Petraeus affair on Nov. 7. The President is reportedly looped in for the first time on Nov. 8 and accepts Petraeus’ resignation on Nov. 9. Petraeus’ planned appearance before Congress to testify on Benghazi is canceled.

 

November 13, 2012:

The F.B.I. initiates a body of cyber security case investigations that would later relate to Attkisson’s computer intrusions.

 

December 2012:

Two intelligence-connected sources separately suggest to Attkisson that she’s likely under government surveillance due to her reporting. One source tells her the government has pushed the envelope like never before and that public would be shocked to “learn the extent that the government is conducting surveillance of private citizens.”

As Attkisson arranges a forensic exam of her computer, evidence later shows the intruders then attempted to cover their tracks and to erase evidence of their intrusion. However, the erasures leave additional forensic evidence.

 

December 27, 2012:

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.), who have classified knowledge as members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, publicly warn of the “back-door search loophole” or searches of incidental collection of innocent Americans.

As it is written, there is nothing to prohibit the intelligence community from searching through a pile of communications, which may have been incidentally or accidentally been collected without a warrant, to deliberately search for the phone calls or e-mails of specific Americans.—Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colorado

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2013:

Obama administration brings court martial against Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, who has changed his name to Chelsea, for a 2010 leak of classified information to WikiLeaks that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world. Manning is sentenced to 35 years in prison, the longest punishment ever given in a U.S. leak case.

 

January 2013:

Two forensics examinations confirm unauthorized remote intrusions and monitoring of Attkisson’s work and personal computers. The information is not publicly reported at this time.

 

January 23, 2013:

The Obama administration prosecutes CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou for leaks to a reporter as he blew the whistle on the CIA’s secret torture program. He’s the first CIA officer convicted of providing classified information to a reporter.

 

March 12, 2013:

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies to Congress, falsely stating that intelligence officials are not collecting mass data on tens of millions of Americans.

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April 12, 2013:

The government Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Agency (FISA) court secretly approves the latest FBI request to continue obtaining daily telephone records of millions of U.S. Verizon customers. The judge orders Verizon to turn over the information to the National Security Agency (NSA). This directly contradicts Clapper’s March 12 testimony to Congress.

 

April 2013:

A secret government memo later exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden discusses how the U.S. is collecting information “directly from the servers of …Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple.”

 

May 10, 2013:

After longstanding denials, the IRS admits to and apologizes for targeting Republican Tea Party groups for mischief, which included discussing developing pretenses for prosecution, leading up to the 2012 election.

 

May 13, 2013:

The Associated Press (AP) publicly announces that it has learned of the Justice Department’s secret subpoena of phone records for 20 AP reporters, in a leak investigation. Attorney General Holder personally approved the subpoenas, which were issued to Verizon rather than AP. AP calls it a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into news-gathering operations.

 

May 17, 2013:

Fox News learns that the Justice Department secretly labeled reporter James Rosen a possible “criminal co-conspirator” and “flight-risk” in obtaining warrants to monitor Rosen’s State Department movements, phone records and emails in a leak investigation starting in 2011.

 

June 2013:

The FBI secretly opens a case on Attkisson’s computer intrusions under the auspices of a national security issue. The FBI contacts CBS without Attkisson’s knowledge, but fails to contact or interview Attkisson. (The FBI later withholds Attkisson’s FBI file in its entirety without explanation, and other documents, despite multiple Freedom of Information Act requests.)

News of the FBI case involving Attkisson’s computer intrusions is circulated internally to the Justice Department’s national cyber security group, and grouped with a set of cases opened in November 2012.

 

June 2013:

Former National Security Agency NSA contractor Snowden begins releasing documents showing extensive efforts by the government to surveil and collect information on U.S. citizens.

Snowden is charged with three felonies in his absence from the U.S.

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June 6, 2013:

At a hearing, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, asks Attorney General Eric Holder if the NSA spies on members of Congress. Holder answers that the NSA has no “intent” to spy on Congress, but that the issue is better addressed in private.

 

July 2, 2013:

Director of National Intelligence Clapper apologizes to Congress for his false testimony in March regarding widespread collection of data on Americans.

 

August 6, 2013:

Armed Coast Guard agents under the Department of Homeland Security raid the home of reporter Audrey Hudson at 4:30am with a search warrant for her husband’s firearms. As they searched the house, they read Hudson her Miranda rights and confiscated documents that contained “confidential notes, draft articles, and other newsgathering materials” belonging to Hudson including the identities of whistleblowers at the Department of Homeland Security. (Hudson sues and later receives a settlement from the government.)

 

August 7, 2013:

CBS News publicly announces confirmation of Attkisson’s computer intrusions.

“Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012…This party also used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion.—CBS News

 

September 19, 2013

The Obama Justice Department charges FBI agent and contractor Donald Sachtleben with leaking to an AP reporter details of disrupted terrorist bomb plot. He’s sentenced to 43 months in prison.

 

January 23, 2014:

Sen. Bernie Sanders asks the NSA if it spies on members of Congress. The NSA does not provide a direct answer and states that Congress is afforded “the same privacy protections as all U.S. persons.”

 

March 2014:

Congress accuses the CIA of improperly accessing Senate Intelligence committee computers. CIA Director Brennan denies it.

Director of National Intelligence Clapper bans intelligence community officials from unauthorized contact with reporters.

 

April 2, 2014:

Former state department contractor Stephen Jin-Woo Kim is sentenced to prison for disclosing classified information to Fox News reporter James Rosen.

 

July 31, 2014:

CIA Inspector General reveals that five CIA officials improperly accessed Senate Intelligence Committee computers and searched certain staff emails. The findings contradict denials made in March by CIA director Brennan. Brennan apologizes to Senate staff.

 

October 2014:

The government pays a settlement to reporter Audrey Hudson after the 2013 Coast Guard raid of her home during which her work notes were improperly seized.

 

December 2014:

Attorney General Holder seeks to subpoena a 60 Minutes producer in connection with a terrorism trial, but pulls back the request after public criticism.

 

Spring 2015:

The Obama administration finishes secretive negotiations of an Iran nuclear deal that will return billions of dollars in frozen funds to the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism in return for assurances from that country. It’s later reported that Obama intel officials have been incidentally capturing communications of U.S. members of Congress and organizations in the U.S. while secretly recording Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s discussions about the Iran deal, which he opposes.

As of now, the New York Times reports “since 2009, six current or former government employees and two government contractors have been indicted or prosecuted under the Espionage Act for leaking information to the public. There were only three such prosecutions under all previous U.S. presidents combined since 1917.”

 

May 2015:

Former CIA employee Jeffrey Alexander Sterling is convicted on espionage charges for leaks to New York Times reporter James Risen. He’s sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison.

 

December 2015:

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passes. It requires private Internet companies to “transmit cyber-threat indicators” to the Department of Homeland Security and granting the companies immunity from prosecution for sharing customers’  personal data in those cases.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Obama administration incidentally collected private communications by members of Congress while it spied on Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

The NSA sweeping up “private conversations with U.S. lawmakers and American-Jewish groups… raised fears [of]—an ‘Oh-s— moment,’ one senior U.S. official said—that the executive branch would be accused of spying on Congress.”–Wall Street Journal, December 29, 2015

 

July 2016:

Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for president.

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According to later news reports, after Trump’s nomination, internal White House logs show Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice begins to show increased interest in National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence material that included “unmasked” Americans’ identities.

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Summer 2016:

The FBI reportedly obtains a secret FISA court order to monitor communications of Trump adviser Carter Page, convincing a judge there’s probable cause to believe Page is acting as a Russian agent. Surveillance of Page theoretically allows government officials to “incidentally” collect communications of Trump associates (or Trump himself) if they communicate with Page.

Read: When “Incidental” Intel Collection Isn’t Incidental

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2016:

It’s not yet known publicly, but CNN later reports that the Obama Justice Department wiretapped Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort before the 2016 election over Russia ties, closed the investigation, then began surveillance anew sometime in the fall and continued it through the early part of 2017.

 

Fall 2016:

Trump opponents “shop” to reporters a political opposition research “dossier” alleging Trump is guilty of various inappropriate acts regarding Russia. The information is unverified (and some of it is false) and the press doesn’t publish it, but a copy is provided to the FBI.

 

September 26, 2016:

It’s not publicly known at the time, but the government makes a proposal to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) court to allow the National Counter Terrorism Center to access “unmasked” intel on Americans acquired by the FBI and NSA. (The Court later approves as “appropriate”.)

 

October 7, 2016:

Former vice chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright pleads guilty in a leak investigation to lying to the FBI about his discussions with reporters regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

 

October 26, 2016:

At  closed-door hearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Obama administration disclosed that it had been violating surveillance safeguards, according to Circa. It disclosed that more than 5 percent of its searches of the NSA’s database violated safeguards promised in 2011.

 

November 8, 2016:

Donald Trump is elected President.

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November 2016-January 2017:

News reports claim Rice’s interest in the NSA materials accelerates after President Trump’s election through his January inauguration. Surveillance reportedly included Trump transition figures and/or foreign officials discussing a Trump administration.

 

December 2016:

FBI secretly monitors and records communications between Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who later became President Trump’s national security adviser.

 

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January 10, 2017:

The media reports on the leaked anti-Trump “dossier” compiled by a political opposition research group containing unverified and at least partly untrue allegations of misconduct involving Trump and Russia.

 

January 12, 2017:

The Obama administration finalizes new rules allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to spread certain intelligence to 16 other U.S. intel agencies without the normal privacy protections.

President Obama commutes all but the last four months of Manning’s sentence for leaking intelligence information to WikiLeaks.

 

February 2, 2017:

The news reports that five information technology (IT) computer professionals employed by Democrats in the House of Representatives are under criminal investigation for allegedly “accessing House IT systems without lawmakers’ knowledge.” The suspects include three brothers identified as Abid, Imran and Jamal Awan “who managed office information technology for members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and other lawmakers.” The brothers were said to have been employed by three Democrats on the Intelligence Committee and “five members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs which deal with with many of the nation’s most sensitive issues and documents, including those related to the war on terrorism.”

 

February 9, 2017:

News of the FBI recordings of Lt. Gen. Flynn speaking with Russia’s ambassador is leaked to the press. The New York Times and the Washington Post report that Flynn was captured on wiretaps discussing current U.S. sanctions, despite Flynn’s earlier denials.

The Washington Post also reports the FBI reviewed Flynn’s calls with Russian ambassador and “found nothing illicit.”

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Feb. 13, 2017:

Trump National Security Adviser Flynn resigns, acknowledging he had misled Vice President Pence about his Russia conversations.

 

March 2017:

The House Intelligence Committee requests a list of unmasking requests made during a certain time period by Obama officials. The intelligence committee does not provide the information, prompting a June 1 subpoena.

 

March 1, 2017:

The Washington Post learns and reports that Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions has met with the Russian ambassador twice in the recent past. Sessions had told Congress he didn’t communicate with the Russians during the campaign. (The Russian ambassador had sought out and met with numerous high-ranking Democrat and Republican officials.)

 

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March 2, 2017:

In an interview on MSNBC, Obama Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Evelyn Farkas says that once President Trump was elected, she urged her former colleagues to “get as much information as you can, get as much intelligence as you can [about Trump and his associates] before President Obama leaves the administration” and get it to “people on Capitol Hill.”

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Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself from any Trump campaign-related investigations after backtracking on earlier statements that he had not met with Russian officials prior to the election.

 

March 4, 2017:

President Trump tweets: “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!” and “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”

 

March 10, 2017:

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat, steps forward to support Trump’s wiretapping claim, revealing that the Obama administration recorded his (Kucinich’s) communications with a Libyan official in Spring 2011.

 

March 20, 2017:

At a hearing, lead House Intelligence Committee Democrat Adam Schiff places Trump adviser Carter Page at the center of a theoretical alleged collusion with Russia. (It’s not yet publicly known that the FBI has been surveilling Page.) Some critics see Schiff’s storyline as an attempt to establish public justification for the Obama administration intel community’s controversial surveillance of the Trump adviser during the 2016 political campaign.

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March 22, 2017:

Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes publicly announces that he has reviewed evidence of U.S. citizens associated with Trump being “incidentally” surveilled by Obama intelligence officials, and that the names and information of the Trump associates were illegally leaked and/or used, mostly in November, December and January. Nunes attends a meeting at the White House to discuss. He’s criticized for viewing the evidence and speaking of it publicly.

 

In an interview on PBS, former Obama National Security Adviser Rice says “I know nothing about this…I really don’t know to what Chairman Nunes was referring.”

 

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March 24, 2017:

The political firm that compiled the Trump “dossier” that was leaked to the press, Fusion GPS, declines to answer questions or document requests from Sen. Charles Grassley.

 

March 31, 2017:

Democrat Schiff is invited to the White House to review intel material Republican Nunes saw earlier.

 

April 3, 2017:

Multiple news reports state that prior to the election, Rice had requested and reviewed “unmasked” intelligence on Trump associates whose information was “incidentally” collected by intelligence agencies.

 

April 4, 2017:

In an interview on MSNBC, Rice seems to reverse herself (having earlier said she knew “nothing” about unmasking of surveilled Trump associates) and admits having asked for names of U.S. citizens previously masked in intelligence reports. Rice says her motivations were not political or to spy. When asked if she leaked names of U.S. citizens,

Rice replies, “I leaked nothing to nobody.”

 

April 6, 2017:

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Nunes recuses himself from the Russia part of his committee’s investigation.

 

April 11, 2017:

Someone leaks to the Washington Post, and the Post reports, that the FBI secretly obtained a FISA court order last summer to monitor Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Trump critics say the existence of the order proves there was possible criminal activity by Trump associates. However, Trump supporters say the leak is an attempt to frame damning revelations as they are coming to light: that the Obama administration was, indeed, surveilling the political campaign of at least one opponent.

 

April 28, 2017:

The NSA announces it “will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target.” This after it secretly disclosed mass violations to the FISA court last October.

The NSA also begins deleting prior collected data. It says it’s doing this to avoid further violations.

 

May 2, 2017: 

Members of Senate Intelligence Committee go to CIA headquarters to get briefed on Russia-Trump connections. The following day, CNN asks Senate Intelligence Committee member Dianne Feinstein if there is evidence of “collusion between Trump associates and Russia during the campaign.” “Not at this time,” replies Feinstein.

 

May 3, 2017:

Obama’s former National Security Adviser Susan Rice declines Republican Congressional request to testify at a hearing about the unmasking and surveillance.

 

May 4, 2017:

It’s revealed that in the election year of 2016, the Obama administration vastly expanded its searches of NSA database for Americans and the content of their emails and phone calls: From 9500 searches involving 198 Americans in 2013 to 30,355 searches of 5,288 Americans in 2016.

 

May 5, 2017: 

Senator and former Presidential candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) formally asks the White House and intelligence community whether he was surveilled under the Obama administration.

 

May 14, 2017:

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and ex-Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Obama administration officials, admit to reviewing “classified documents in which Mr. Trump, his associates or members of Congress had been unmasked.” They won’t provide further details in public.

 

May 31, 2017:

Document is disclosed to Justice Department in a lawsuit claiming the NSA engaged in “blanket surveillance” of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, collecting and storing “virtually all electronic communications going into or out of the Salt Lake City area, including the contents of emails and text messages” to “experiment with and fine tune a new scale of mass surveillance.” Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden has denied such a program existed.

 

June 1, 2017:

House Intelligence Committee issues 7 subpoenas including for information related to unmaskings requested by ex-Obama officials national security adviser Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power. Chairman Devin Nunes says the intelligence community has been stonewalling the committee’s March request for a list of all the unmaskings that occurred during a certain time period.

 

Sept. 13, 2017

Under questioning from Congress, former Obama adviser Susan Rice reportedly admits having requested to see the protected identities of Trump transition officials who were “incidentally” captured by government surveillance. (For their privacy protection, identities of U.S. citizens captured during surveillance of foreign foreign targets are supposed to be protected or “masked” from other government officials. Applications by federal officials to “unmask” the names or see the identities are supposed to be rare and carefully considered.

 

Sept. 18, 2017

CNN reports that the Obama Justice Department wiretapped Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort before the 2016 election over Russia ties, closed the investigation, then began surveillance anew sometime in the fall and continued it through the early part of 2017. (End of Sharyl Attkisson’s timeline.)

For those who don’t see how this relates to the swamp of Washington, D.C., and manufactured housing, we’ll close with this reminder.

Dick Moore of historic Dick Moore Housing said earlier this year that he was targeted by the Obama-era Internal Revenue Service for publishing in his newsletter political positions that contradicted that of the 44th president.

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