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Time For Trump To Stop Defending Obama Era Wrongdoing

While the public, the media and Congress are focused on the Obama’s spying on the Trump campaign, and institutionalists in the Department of Justice and those involved, such as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have mustered all the power of the federal government to protect themselves from exposure there is another, perhaps even more egregious case of government spying wending its way through the courts; that of journalist Sharyl Attkisson whose computer was compromised by the FBI.

As our friend Elise Cooper explained in a recent article for American Thinker, multiple forensics exams have revealed the government-related remote efforts to monitor Ms. Attkisson.  Government agents most likely did it Sharyl Attkissonbecause she had the "audacity" to dig into facts regarding wasteful green energy spending, as well as the Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals.

Besides hitting a brick wall with those in the government who want to see the lawsuit eliminated, Attkisson also has to battle the enormous cost in terms of time and money noted Ms. Cooper.

"The government has unlimited taxpayer funds to fight my lawsuit," Sharyl told Cooper.  "As the expenses have grown, my primary attorney has let me go on account for his time because he considers this one of the most important cases regarding the numerous violations of a person's rights.  We have also had to hire multiple forensics experts and a constitutional law attorney."

To help Sharyl Attkisson expose the Obama-era surveillance visit her GoFundMe page.

In 2013, CBS reported, "[A] cybersecurity firm hired by CBS News 'has determined through forensic analysis' that 'Attkisson's computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions in late 2012.  Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson's accounts.'"

Cooper explained that Ms. Attkisson had not just one, but five independent forensic exams that uncovered the remote surveillance, including government I.P. addresses, listening in with her computer microphone and monitoring her keystrokes.  Classified documents were planted on her computer, perhaps to justify a wiretap or frame a particular whistleblower who was speaking to her.

One would think that the Department of Justice would be anxious to purge such egregious anti-constitutional behavior, but a vicious cycle has arisen: Ms. Attkisson’s legal team has to attribute these abuses to specific people by name.  Yet they can identify the perpetrators only through the legal "discovery process," which the government is fighting each step of the way. 

As Ms. Attkisson noted in an interview with Elise Cooper, "What was done is a crime because there apparently was no FISA warrant, which is required to spy on a U.S. citizen.  The DOJ is not making any attempt to find out who in the government was involved, and they are preventing me from also finding out."

What Americans need to understand is that just because the presidency changed from President Obama to President Trump, that does not mean that career government employees change Cooper and Attkisson explained. "I am fighting the bad actors at the DOJ who are still protecting people and who are still obstructing this suit.  Many everyday workers and bureaucrats do not change from one administration to the next.  They are often the ones who basically run the government, these faceless people.  They are the ones that decide what information filters up and down.  In this respect, it does not matter who is president."

Ms. Attkisson went on to tell Cooper, "We are arguing violations of the 4th and 1st Amendments and that of the Telecommunications Act.  There are free press and privacy issues.  A GoFundMe page has been set up by a diverse group of bipartisan supporters that include conservatives, liberals, and civil rights activists."

What is even more remarkable is that Ms. Attkisson has had to go it alone in her battle against government surveillance and intrusion into her computer. None of the big press freedom, freedom of expression or civil liberties organizations have gotten in the fray on her side.

Although Ms. Attkisson’s supporters are bipartisan believers in press freedom and constitutional liberty, the obvious inference one should draw from that is the national press and civil liberties organizations are unwilling to take the case or assist Sharyl Attkisson because it involves wrongdoing by the Obama administration.

One reason Sharyl’s case is so important is because there are likely more cases like hers that have gone undiscovered.

Internal emails at the “shadow CIA” company Stratfor, and disclosed by WikiLeaks, imply a larger effort:

“Obama Leak Investigations (internal use only - pls do not forward)

Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources.

Note -- There is specific tasker from the WH 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…” —Stratfor, Sept. 21, 2010

If these violations go unanswered and unpunished, government attacks on journalists and citizens will be left, unchallenged, to expand. Sharyl’s lawsuit has important Constitutional and freedom implications for every American. She is courageously proceeding -- really on behalf of all Americans.

That is why a group of individual believers in constitutional liberty have stepped up to support Ms. Attkisson through a GoFundMe campaign.

CHQ is participating in this effort because we believe this is an extremely important case about the limits and consequences of government spying on Americans' personal and work computers, and is being watched by many.  It is in the public interest to seek accountability.  It is at our own peril that we give up on the old-fashioned free press and privacy notions set forth in our Constitution.

We urge all CHQ readers and friends to visit Sharyl Attkisson’s GoFundMe page and make your most generous contribution to expose the Obama administration’s wrongdoing and to identify the Deep State operatives behind it.

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