Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Dirty Cop Bob Mueller, National Disgrace

Sewer Rat Comes Up For Air

Mueller's "job interview" for FBI Director was a stealth way to get a suspect interview with the president. Mueller knew he would become a Special Counsel the next day. The President didn't.

When he left his phone behind, that was a stealth way to wiretap the president. Again. 

And this monologue was the stealth way that Democrats figured out so he could testify without being cross-examined. 

For example, why did you obstruct justice by destroying the Lovebirds' phones? Why was Weissman allowed to run this fraud when he was briefed by Bruce Ohr with all the other Coup plotters? How did Carter Page get named a Russian Super-Spy repeatedly--yet you practically ignored him?

They knew there was no collusion because his Deep State FBI/DOJ team were the same coup-plotters who tried for two years previously to manufacture that collusion in the first place. The last two years were spent only in trying to bait the President into an act, any act, they could call "Obstruction"--yet another phony process crime.

Mueller now says that the law against indicting sitting presidents was the only thing stopping him from indicting--even though he previously told the Attorney General three times that it played no role. And why "investigate" for two years if you already know you can't charge?

The Weissman/Mueller Fraud did their best to prop up the Steele Dossier, used to get warrants for ex post facto Police State spying. They tried to prop up the DNC Server fraud, providing alibis to the Clintons. And they said "no US person" conspired with Russia, not to clear the Trump campaign, but to hide the fact that Brennan, Lynch and others did exactly that, comrade.

The fact is Mueller was in charge of the FBI in 2012 when Obama, Holder and Brennan began their criminal political surveillance of Americans. He is as crooked as they come. Just today, for example, the Fraud Team engaged in evidence-tampering and hiding evidence from a judge.

Watching Mueller mumble through the script written for him by Jerry Nadler was like watching a hostage interview made under duress to a lifetime of lies. He did everything but blink out a hidden message in Morse Code. No doubt CBS warned them the Barr Interview was about to air so Shabby Nadler had to rush out this speech.

Dirty Bob Mueller is a National Disgrace--in a town chock-full of them.
Herr Rattschtupper: "I vas chust followink orderz."
Deep-State--UPDATE: "The corrupt 2015 Clinton exoneration; which became the corrupt 2016 DOJ/FBI Trump investigation; which became the corrupt 2017 DOJ/FBI Mueller probe; is currently the 2019 “impeachment” plan."

They're all One Thing.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

"Mission: Impeachable!" starring Nomar Tariff as "Justin Amash", International Man of Misery

"...Secret Aaasian Man!"

(Scene: Somewhere in Dearbornistan…)

“This is Red Dragon to Yankee Panda, Red Dragon to Yankee Panda, come in, Agent Amash.

Your mission, Justin, which you chose to accept years ago, is this:

Party Headquarters wishes you to implement Operation: Orange Peach Mint. Repeat, implement Operation: Orange Peach Mint at once if you ever want to import another “Michigan Tool” to Detroit. And this time, try to make it look like principled opposition instead of what it really i$.

Be sure to claim that your opinions are Made In the USA...just like you claimed about your Chinese products!

As always, should you or any of your Unpayable Tariff Team be caught or un-bought, the Party Secretary will disavow any knowledge. This unchallenged and unfair advantage we have purchased from American lawmakers for the last 30 years will Orange-destruct in five seconds. This is Red Dragon, out.”



                              "Good luck, Mr. Phillips-Head."

(ps: Barbara--call me!)

Monday, May 27, 2019

Remembrance: The Strewing of Flowers

"This weekend, we mark the [154th] anniversary of the first official observation of the holiday we now call Memorial Day, as established by General John A. Logan’s “General Order No. 11” of the Grand Army of the Republic dated May 5, 1868. This order reads in part: “The 30th day of May 1868 is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers and otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land.” Logan’s order in fact ratified a practice that was already widespread, both in the North and the South, in the years immediately following the Civil War.
It’s hard to get Americans in this day and age to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. Alas, for too many, Memorial Day has come to mean nothing more than another three-day weekend, albeit the one on which the beaches open, signifying the beginning of summer. Unfortunately, the tendency to see the holiday as merely an opportunity to attend a weekend cook-out obscures even the vestiges of what the day was meant to observe: a solemn time, serving both as catharsis for those who fought and survived, and to ensure that those who follow will not forget the sacrifice of those who died that the American Republic and the principles that sustain it, might live. ... 
By all means, have a hot dog or a hamburger this weekend. If you’re close to a beach or a lake, take advantage of the nice weather and go. But on Memorial Day, take some time to remember the John Bobos and the Paul Ray Smiths who died to make your weekend possible."-- Mac Owens

And the rest of your year, for that matter.

The President and First Lady place flags at Arlington before leaving to visit our allies in Japan
"This afternoon, I want to express our incredible appreciation to all of you: the moms serving our nation in uniform, the mothers of our great heroes, and the moms with spouses who serve in the armed forces.

Your unwavering dedication and support strengthens our entire nation.  Today, we honor you.  We celebrate you.  We salute you and everything that you do — so many things, so many great things — for our country.

To the active-duty moms here today: We thank you for your courage, and we applaud your noble service.  You have two of the most important jobs in the world: bravely defending America from our enemies and helping to raise the next generation of American patriots.  You have spent Mother’s Days — (applause) — and, you know — come on, let’s go.  (Applause.)  Let’s go.

You have spent Mother’s Days on ships out at sea, on bases in faraway lands, and staring down foreign threats in very, very dangerous areas.  And you’ve done it all out of love for family, for country, and for duty.  Our nation is forever in your debt.  Thank you very much.  Great job.  Incredible job.  (Applause.)

We’re also honored to be joined today by the moms whose spouses are serving in the military.  We know that you also make that tremendous sacrifice for your country — so much so.  They would never be as successful without you, I have to tell you.  (Laughter and applause.)  And most of them know that.  Most of them.  I’m not sure all of them know that, but most of them know that, right?  (Laughter.)  When you married an American warrior — which is exactly what they are — you became part of an elite group of heroes.

As military spouses, you help carry your families through frequent moves and long deployments.  You uplift your communities, care for your fellow military families, and sustain our service members through their most difficult battles.

We want military spouses to be able to pursue their careers and help their families thrive.

Finally, to the moms in this room who raised children that grew up to join the United States Armed Forces, you have given our country a gift beyond measure.  You raised your children to live by the sacred values of loyalty, bravery, patriotism and service.

The greatest honor of my life is serving as your Commander-in-Chief.  This extraordinary group of men and women — and there’s nobody like you on the face of the Earth — the heroes of the American Armed Forces are more courageous, selfless, and fearless than any fighting force in all of human history.  So true.

And we had a very depleted military.  You know it better than I did.  And now it’s raring.  It’s just something special.  Hopefully, we don’t have to use it.  They’re going to look at it, and they’re going to say, “We don’t want to mess with them.”  Right?  (Laughter.)  "We don’t want to mess with them."

And I just have to say that our nation is eternally grateful to our military mothers.  Your love and devotion and sacrifice keeps America safe, strong, proud, and free.  Today, and every day, we thank God for our military moms.  You have always been there for us, and my administration will always be there for you.  And you know that.  You know that.  (Applause.)

So I just want to finish by saying — to let me, once again, wish everyone in this room a very, very Happy Mother’s Day.  You are very special people.  I don’t even know if you know how special you are.  You work so hard.  Sometimes you don’t realize it.  But you are very, very special people.

And I want to just say, God bless you and God bless our great country. God bless America. Thank you very much."...….

Excerpts from President Reagan at Arlington, 1982:

"Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we -- in a less final, less heroic way -- be willing to give of ourselves.

We must understand enough about our world to see the value of our alliances. We must be wise enough about ourselves to listen to our allies, to work with them, to build and strengthen the bonds between us.

Our understanding must also extend to potential adversaries. We must strive to speak of them not belligerently, but firmly and frankly. And that's why we must never fail to note, as frequently as necessary, the wide gulf between our codes of morality. And that's why we must never hesitate to acknowledge the irrefutable difference between our view of man as master of the state and their view of man as servant of the state. Nor must we ever underestimate the seriousness of their aspirations to global expansion. The risk is the very freedom that has been so dearly won.

The willingness of some to give their lives so that others might live never fails to evoke in us a sense of wonder and mystery. One gets that feeling here on this hallowed ground, and I have known that same poignant feeling as I looked out across the rows of white crosses and Stars of David in Europe, in the Philippines, and the military cemeteries here in our own land. Each one marks the resting place of an American hero and, in my lifetime, the heroes of World War I, the Doughboys, the GI's of World War II or Korea or Vietnam. They span several generations of young Americans, all different and yet all alike, like the markers above their resting places, all alike in a truly meaningful way.

Winston Churchill said of those he knew in World War II they seemed to be the only young men who could laugh and fight at the same time. A great general in that war called them our secret weapon, ``just the best darn kids in the world.'' Each died for a cause he considered more important than his own life. Well, they didn't volunteer to die; they volunteered to defend values for which men have always been willing to die if need be, the values which make up what we call civilization. And how they must have wished, in all the ugliness that war brings, that no other generation of young men to follow would have to undergo that same experience.

As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.

Earlier today, with the music that we have heard and that of our National Anthem -- I can't claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don't know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask."...….
And answer.


USS Wasp--UPDATE: The Commander-in-Chief addresses the crew for Memorial Day

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Obama Promised An Asian Pivot...

...but President Trump delivers!

We Am The World-UPDATE:

Conservative Nationalists and Patriotic Candidates have swept elections for the EU Parliament all across Europe. I blame Trump!

This comes on the heels of recent victories around the globe, including Australia, India, Israel, Italy and Brazil, to name but a few.

Winston Churchill spoke of a “United States of Europe” as a way to secure freedoms, ensure peace between France and Germany and as a bulwark against Communist Russia–never as a path to a Socialist EU Superstate and certainly not as a doormat for the Mohammedan Caliphate.

It is heartening to see this result on Memorial Day weekend when the sacrifices that so many made for Europe’s and America’s freedom are on our minds.

It is especially pleasing to see the district of Labour's Jeremy Corbyn’s reject his odious philosophy, if, by “philosophy" you mean the unpleasant stench of a Nazi collaborator born fifty years too late.

This is what real leadership can do.
"Say, this young Trump fellow of yours--he's alright!"

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Honor, Gratitude...and Memory

Memorial Means "Memory"

"The fighting at the head of the line was fierce and bloody to an extraordinary degree. The 'Queen Charlotte' was almost disabled, and the 'Detroit' was also frightfully shattered, especially by the raking fire of the gunboats, her first lieutenant, Mr. Garland, being mortally wounded, and Captain Barclay so severely injured that he was obliged to quit the deck, leaving his ship in the command of Lieutenant George Inglis. 
But on board the Lawrence matters had gone even worse, the combined fire of her adversaries having made the grimmest carnage on her decks. Of the one hundred and three men who were fit for duty when she began the action, eighty-three, or over four-fifths, were killed or wounded. The vessel was shallow, and the ward-room, used as a cockpit, to which the wounded were taken, was mostly above water, and the shot came through it continually, killing and wounding many men under the hands of the surgeon.
The first lieutenant, Yarnall, was three times wounded, but kept to the deck through all; the only other lieutenant on board, Brooks, of the marines, was mortally wounded. Every brace and bowline was shot away, and the brig almost completely dismantled; her hull was shattered to pieces, many shot going completely through it, and the guns on the engaged side were by degrees all dismounted. Perry kept up the fight with splendid courage. As the crew fell one by one, the commodore called down through the skylight for one of the surgeon's assistants; and this call was repeated and obeyed till none was left; then he asked, "Can any of the wounded pull a rope?" and three or four of them crawled up on deck to lend a feeble hand in placing the last guns. Perry himself fired the last effective heavy gun, assisted only by the purser and chaplain."--Theodore Roosevelt's account of Captain Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie, September 10, 1813. 
"The Italian mule-skinners were afraid to walk beside the dead men, so Americans had to lead the mules down that night. Even the Americans were reluctant to unlash and lift off the bodies at the bottom, so an officer had to do it himself, and ask others to help.
The first one came early in the morning. They slid him down from the mule and stood him on his feet for a moment, while they got a new grip. In the half light he might have been merely a sick man standing there, leaning on the others. Then they laid him on the ground in the shadow of the low stone wall alongside the road.

I don't know who that first one was. You feel small in the presence of dead men, and ashamed at being alive, and you don't ask silly questions.

We left him there beside the road, that first one, and we all went back into the cowshed and sat on water cans or lay in the straw, waiting for the next batch of mules.

Somebody said the dead soldier had been dead for four days, and then nobody said anything more about it. We talked soldier talk for an hour or more. The dead men lay all alone outside in the shadow of the low stone wall.

Then a soldier came into the cowshed and said there were some more bodies outside. We went out into the road. Four mules stood there, in the moonlight, in the road where the trail came down off the mountain. The soldiers who led them stood there waiting. "This one is Captain Waskow," one of them said quietly."--Ernie Pyle, Italy

"There is one who on this day is always present on my mind (Henry Abbott of the 20th Mass.). He entered the army at nineteen, a second lieutenant. In the Wilderness, already at the head of his regiment, he fell, using the moment that was left him of life to give all of his little fortune to his soldiers. I saw him in camp, on the march, in action. I crossed debatable land with him when we were rejoining the Army together. I observed him in every kind of duty, and never in all the time I knew him did I see him fail to choose that alternative of conduct which was most disagreeable to himself. 
He was indeed a Puritan in all his virtues, without the Puritan austerity; for, when duty was at an end, he who had been the master and leader became the chosen companion in every pleasure that a man might honestly enjoy. His few surviving companions will never forget the awful spectacle of his advance alone with his company in the streets of Fredericksburg. He was little more than a boy, but the grizzled corps commanders knew and admired him; and for us, who not only admired, but loved, his death seemed to end a portion of our life also.
It is not of the dead alone that we think on this day. There are those still living whose sex forbade them to offer their lives, but who gave instead their happiness. Which of us has not been lifted above himself by the sight of one of those lovely, lonely women, around whom the wand of sorrow has traced its excluding circle--set apart, even when surrounded by loving friends who would fain bring back joy to their lives?
But, nevertheless, the generation that carried on the war has been set apart by its experience. Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing. While we are permitted to scorn nothing but indifference, and do not pretend to undervalue the worldly rewards of ambition, we have seen with our own eyes, beyond and above the gold fields, the snowy heights of honor, and it is for us to bear the report to those who come after us. But, above all, we have learned that whether a man accepts from Fortune her spade, and will look downward and dig, or from Aspiration her axe and cord, and will scale the ice, the one and only success which it is his to command is to bring to his work a mighty heart. 

But grief is not the end of all. I seem to hear the funeral march become a paean. I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death--of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will."--Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Civil War veteran, on Memorial Day, May 30, 1884.

"Mother, I suppose you read all about the Marines in the New York papers. Well, it was in one of those battles that I was wounded, but before they got me I was able to get to the edge of the woods and help to drive them out. When I was first hit I thought I was going to die, and I was glad that I took the ten thousand insurance, but I did not die. Well, Mother, I think I will close now as I will write a letter to you once a week to let you know how I am getting along."--Pvt. Frank McCarthy, USMC, 2nd Division, Belleau Wood, June, 1918.

"It's God's truth that one Company of American soldiers beat and routed a full regiment of picked shock troops of the German Army...At ten o'clock...the Germans were carrying back wounded and dead [from] the river bank and we in our exhaustion let them do it--they carried back all but six hundred which we counted later and fifty-two machine guns... We had started with 251 men and 5 lieutenants...I had left 51 men and 2 second lieutenants..."--Capt. Jesse Woolridge, 3rd Division, Second Battle of the Marne, September, 1918.
"Dear Friends,

First off, the investigation into the abuses at Abu Ghraib began back in January. That is why the first court martial was ready for trial in May. The senior people here knew about the investigation; the rest of us didn't. By the time the media "broke" the story, the investigation was almost done and the soldiers who had committed the abuses had already been rotated home.

Second, I (we) don't see all the news coverage that you in the states see. I do see some Fox News and CNN. Fox editorializes toward the right wing; CNN is the voice of the anti-war movement. I wonder that if CNN had been around in 1942 we might all be speaking German and Japanese. I can tell you this, everything I have heard on CNN is so biased, negative, and out-of-touch that I will never watch CNN for the rest of my life. That being said, when the rest of us found out about the abuses we were shocked and sickened. I think maybe more so than people back home because we are here; these are the people I see every day.

The people I see every day who are going out to fix: schools, hospitals, reservoirs, power plants, and sewer systems. They do these things risking sniper fire and hidden explosives. These soldiers are not a handful of bad apples like those at Abu Ghraib, these soldiers number into the thousands. Now think for a second, how much have you seen about that on the news? I believe Abu Ghraib should have been reported, but when I see the fixation of the media on the actions of a few, when the courage shown in reconstruction and the restraint shown in combat by thousands of our people is never shown, I believe this is inexcusable. For the real story of what our people are doing here, go to Click on Coalition News and then Humanitarian Efforts.

I didn't know any of them, but I wanted to see my home-state Guard here in Iraq. So I badgered my way into flying up there for two days. They are stationed in the old Iraqi army air defense school. Unlike downtown Baghdad, the old air defense school was turned into rubble. It is getting better, but it was like living in a junkyard. Their first month in Iraq was tough. These soldiers patrol the roughest part of Baghdad. While I was there, the Chaplain of the 39th told me this story: One of the old troopers who came was a 52 year-old Sgt. who had already done his 20+ years and had retired. But his son was in the 39th, and when the father found out they were coming over here, he re-enlisted. On their first week in country, Camp Cooke was attacked by rockets and the first rocket that landed killed the father. I was born in 1958 and came of age when the Vietnam War and the anti-war movement were both in full swing. It has taken me years to put this into words, but I believe that as bad as that war was, the legacy of the anti-war movement was worse. The anti-war movement gave rise to the moral superiority of non-involvement and non-commitment.

While that may have worked to help draft-dodgers sleep at night, it's not much of a strategy of how to go through life. Taken to its logical conclusion the message is: don't commit to your county, don't commit to your spouse, and don't commit to your kids, church, or community. Don't commit to cleaning up your own mess or any cause that demands any more from you than rhetoric. This was the mindset in which our country was firmly stuck. Until 9/11, some woke up. Kids came down and joined the service. To the dismay of some of their teachers, parents, and the media elites, they came down here and raised their hand in front of the flag. And they are still coming to the shock of the non-committers. The Marines have more enlisting than their two boot camps can handle. And we are all here together for Memorial Day 2004. Old National Guardsmen, grandfathers, and single moms, Texans and Mexicans, Surfers and Rednecks. A few weeks ago an Illinois National Guardsman, mother of three, was hit six times, saved by her body armor, but lost part of her nose. She stayed on her 50 caliber, firing on the bad guys, protecting the convoy. She said she was thinking of her kids and the guys she was with. Commitment is love acted out. It is sad that the non-committers missed that. They and their moral high-ground haven't been near a mass grave. The kids I see and eat with every day still want to help this country, in spite of getting shot at while doing it That is love acted out. You either get it, or you don't."--Chaplain Unger, Iraq

"I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them. Yet, we must try to honor them -- not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice. Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper."
"We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so that we may always be free."--President Ronald Reagan

They Warned Me That If I Voted For Trump, Reports of Presidential Wiretapping Of Opponents, Weaponizing Of the IRS and Spying On the Press Would Soon Follow

… And They Were Right! (UPDATED)

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. Also obstruction of justice and grounds for impeachment."--Stuff Orwell Said On the Interwebs

2012. It began in 2012.
Holder was receiving IRS files on Tea Partiers, Obama was pledging flexibility to Putin while planning payouts and nukes to Iran. He was spying on ANYBODY who might oppose that. Hillary was selling uranium by rubber-stamping the CIFUS decision. The FBI charged Petraeus, making way for Boris Brennan. And Mitt suddenly folded like a limp dish-rag.
Interesting year, 2012.

I used to say sundance at Conservative Treehouse deserves a Pulitzer for his Spy-Gate Coup reporting. But as it turns out, Pulitzer Prizes, at least for political reporting, are self-licking ice cream cones, pats-on-the-back awarded to NYT and WaPo reporters by themselves, like John Kerry writing his own weekly medal commendations in Vietnam. They are given for Best Hiding of Facts From the American People. The fact is, the Pulitzers don't deserve sundance.
No one has captured the scope of this Police State action against the American People like he has. No one. Here are a few excerpts from a recent post entitled:
"In essence, the Obama administration was continually lying to the court about their activity, and the rate of fourth amendment violations for illegal searches and seizures of U.S. persons’ private information for multiple years. ...due to the severity of the results that were identified, Admiral Mike Rogers stopped anyone from using the 702(17) “about query” option, and went to the extraordinary step of blocking all FBI contractor access to the database on April 18, 2016 (keep these dates in mind). ...
So they were searching the same phone number, email address, electronic “identifier”, or people, repeatedly over different dates. Specific people were being tracked/monitored. … Tens of thousands of searches over four years (since 2012), and 85% of them are illegal. The results were extracted for?…. (I believe this is all political opposition use; and I’ll explain why momentarily.) OK, that’s the stunning scale; but who was involved? Private contractors with access to “raw FISA information that went well beyond what was necessary to respond to FBI’s requests“. And as noted, the contractor access was finally halted on April 18th, 2016. [Coincidentally (or not), the wife of Fusion-GPS founder Glenn Simpson, Mary Jacoby, goes to the White House the next day on April 19th, 2016.]
None of this is conspiracy theory.
All of this is laid out inside this 99-page opinion from FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer who also noted that none of this FISA abuse was accidental in a footnote on page 87: “deliberate decisionmaking“ internal decision; withheld from congress and the FISA court by the Obama administration; that outlines a process for access and distribution of surveillance data.
Note: “no notice of this practice was given to the FISC until 2016“, that is important. The outlined process certainly points toward a political spying and surveillance operation; and we are not the only one to think that’s what this system is being used for. ...
There is little doubt the FISA-702(16)(17) database system was used by Obama-era officials, from 2012 through April 2016, as a way to spy on their political opposition. Quite simply there is no other intellectually honest explanation for the scale and volume of database abuse that was taking place.
When we reconcile what was taking place and who was involved, then the actions of the exact same principle participants take on a jaw-dropping amount of clarity. All of the action taken by CIA Director Brennan, FBI Director Comey, ODNI Clapper and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter make sense. Including their effort to get NSA Director Mike Rogers fired.
Everything after March 9th, 2016, was done to cover up the weaponization of the FISA database. [Explained Here] Spygate, Russia-Gate, the Steele Dossier, and even the 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment (drawn from the dossier and signed by the above) were needed to create a cover-story and protect themselves from discovery of this four year weaponization, political surveillance and unlawful spying. Even the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel makes sense; he was FBI Director when this began.
The beginning decision to use FISA(702) as a domestic surveillance and political spy mechanism appears to have started in/around 2012. Perhaps sometime shortly before the 2012 presidential election and before John Brennan left the White House and moved to CIA. However, there was an earlier version of data assembly that preceded this effort.
Political spying 1.0 was actually the weaponization of the IRS. This is where the term “Secret Research Project” originated as a description from the Obama team. It involved the U.S. Department of Justice under Eric Holder and the FBI under Robert Mueller. It never made sense why Eric Holder requested over 1 million tax records via CD ROM, until overlaying the timeline of the FISA abuse:
The IRS sent the FBI “21 disks constituting a 1.1 million page database of information from 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The transaction occurred in October 2010 (link)
Why disks? Why send a stack of DISKS to the DOJ and FBI when there’s a pre-existing financial crimes unit within the IRS. All of the evidence within this sketchy operation came directly to the surface in early spring 2012. The IRS scandal was never really about the IRS, it was always about the DOJ asking the IRS for the database of information. …

How this all comes together in 2019

Fusion GPS was not hired in April 2016 to research Donald Trump. As shown in the evidence provided by the FISC, the intelligence community was already doing surveillance and spy operations. The Obama administration already knew everything about the Trump campaign, and were monitoring everything by exploiting the FISA database.
However, after the NSA alerts in/around March 9th, 2016, and particularly after the April 18th shutdown of contractor access, the Obama intelligence community needed Fusion GPS to create a legal albeit ex post facto justification for the pre-existing surveillance and spy operations. Fusion GPS gave them that justification in the Steele Dossier.
That’s why the FBI small group, which later transitioned into the Mueller team, are so strongly committed to and defending the formation of the Steele Dossier and its dubious content. The Steele Dossier contains the cover-story and justification for the pre-existing surveillance operation. … A valid FISA warrant would help the FBI cover-up the surveillance. The likely targets were Manafort, Flynn and Papadopoulos…. but it appears the DOJ/FBI were rebuked.
These FISC denials would then initiate institutional panic dependent on the election outcome. An insurance policy would be needed. The Steele Dossier becomes the investigative virus the FBI wanted inside the system. To get the virus into official status, they used the FISA application as the delivery method and injected it into Carter Page. The FBI already knew Carter Page; essentially Carter Page was irrelevant, what they needed was the FISA warrant and the Dossier in the system {Go Deep}. … Ultimately that’s why the Steele Dossier is so important; without it, the DOJ and FBI are naked with their FISA-702 abuse..." …….
Read it all.

Meanwhile, the #ProfessionalLiars in the Leg-Humping Media have reliably started their campaign to paint any prosecution of these Police State crimes as political revenge by President Trump. It's all about keeping el Jefe and Bribe Me-Granny out of Leavenworth.
Suggested New Press Mottos:

"Declassification Is A Cover-Up!"
"Tell Us Less!"
"Knowing Stuff Is un-American!"
"Sunlight Is the Best Infectant!"
"Subtracting From the Sum of Human Knowledge!"
"You'll Know Less Than When You Started!"
"Stop the Brutal Transparency!"
"All the News That's Fixed To Print!"
"Remain Ignorant Or Putin Wins!"
"Democracy Dies In Sunlight!"
"America's Most Trusted Name In News Suppression!"
"Now Less Than Ever!"

And then, there is this:

Issues and Insights: "President Trump might be openly hostile to the mainstream media, but it was the Obama administration that was engaged in a widespread effort to thwart the media. Which do you think is more harmful to a free press? ...

The spying came in the wake of the AP’s reporting on a thwarted Yemen-based bomb plot, which contained classified information about the CIA operation. Months later, the AP learned that the Obama DOJ had vacuumed up two-months of phone records on 21 different lines trying to find the leaker...the DOJ actually collected records on 30 phones. 

Columbia Journalism Review--“Disturbingly, the report does not come close to explaining why the subpoenas targeted the trunk lines of major AP offices — lines which could potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the AP’s newsgathering activities.” 

Bad as this was, it was just one of several examples of the Obama administration’s efforts to bully and silence the few reporters who dared challenge his spin on events. Yet, despite the occasional grumbling by an editor or a reporter here or there, most of these attacks went unnoticed. Whenever Obama spoke to the press, he pretended to be their champions. And the press, in turn, acted like teenagers in love rather than professionals threatened by a paranoid control freak."...….

Obama spied on everyone--except America's enemies. 

Because those were his friends.

Whose Arkancide Are You On, Anyway?--UPDATE:

Z-Man: "If everyone was sure the parties in the FBI scandal were stand-up guys willing to do their time and keep quiet, this is probably over and done with by now. The trouble is, they are not stand-up guys. Worse yet, there are too many of them and too well known to be Arkancided. If they get charged, they will probably look to better-deal themselves by cooperating. What dirt they can dish is the great unknown and it may even be unknown to the Democrat leadership.

That brings us back to the order to authorize Bill Barr to release classified documents into the public. ... The real puzzle is the inclusion of the Department of Treasury and the Department of Energy. What could the Energy Department have in its files related to the FBI scandal? What would Treasury have?

One answer lies in the story of Uranium One, which is the turd that official Washington cannot seem to flush. This is the deal that sold off uranium resources and companies to a Russian firm. ... Those people all seem to have connections to intelligence services in the Anglosphere. These are the same intelligence services that pressured Trump into holding off on releasing the classified documents months ago.

Of course, what this means is the Russian collusion story was just an effort to conceal the FBI spying scandal, which was an effort to cover a lot of other corruption, especially the Uranium One deal. That’s the item at the center of everything. That would explain why Treasury and Energy are on the list. It would also explain why the FBI under James Comey was so vexed by the Clinton e-mail scandal. Clinton was running a pay-for-play operation out of the State Department and a lot of people knew about it.

The question is why would everyone go along with it, but the history of the Clinton family is the story of exploiting the ambition of minor figures. The salary men in the FBI dream of getting to the top job, so why not play ball with Clinton? The vermin-like rapacity of Hillary Clinton is like something from a Faulkner novel. When it comes to corruption, she is shred, ruthless and clever. The people in Washington, however, are naive, sheltered and simple minded. They stand no chance against Hillary.

Way back in the 1990’s, a truth obvious to many people was that the Democrats, desperate to regain power, sold their souls to the Clintons. They were willing to overlook their obscene corruption, as long as they delivered. It’s turning out that the Clinton family was not just a cancer on the party, but a cancer on American politics. Like the guy who sold his soul to the devil, official Washington is now realizing it was a horrible error to take the Clinton deal. Now they are at a loss as to how to get out of it."...….

The Hotel Clintonista; you can check out any time you want...