After enough ink has been published on the Michael Flynn resignation, it is a good reminder that we do not know anything. The FBI cleared him and found no collusion or wrongdoing. It was more poor handling by Flynn and whichever of the inner circle pushed for a forced resignation. We do not know. What we do know is that the intelligence community is showing its fangs. What we do know is that Senator Rand Paul and Edward Snowden warned Americans that a moment like this would come.
As a first term senator, Rand Paul pointed out the Patriot Act's possibility to be turned on Americans. He brought focus to the idea of USG droning Americans. Senator Paul mentioned unlawful detention and how USG could lock an American away that it deemed a terror threat. Terror was being used as an excuse to wipe away constitutional rights for Americans. Rather than strict border control and deportations in 2001 (Fortress America), USG decided to leave the doors open but install a surveillance system that collected everything and police state (Open Air Prison America). Senator Paul warned this could be turned on Americans.
Some former NSA guys warned that NSA and therefore the intelligence community was collecting everything from everyone at all times. It was tinfoil hat talk though per the media and Joe Sixpack. That all changed when the Edward Snowden, wearing the Weak Chic liberal glasses but being kind of prole since he didn't have a BA, confirmed every tin foil hatters' worst nightmares. This was summer 2013 right after President Obama gave a speech at Ohio State's commencement not to listen to those that say don't trust the government. With the aid of Glenn Greenwald, the story unfolded how, who and what the spy agencies do with all of those communications. Even the beloved tech giants that said "Don't Be Evil" were caught in the web. The fear was using it on Americans. using it on any threat to the system's control.
Most Americans yawned and stuffed their face with Doritos, but others felt vindicated for their concerns or realized the prison we are in. In February of 2017, Americans finally got to see a public display of the amazing system of surveillance and the legal channels allowing it. NSA Michael Flynn had a phone call monitored with a Russian official. It is not unusual for high ranking people to talk to foreign officials as they are coming into power, and this was in response to the Russian sanctions President Obama put into place as he exited the presidency. Flynn was a target the deep state wanted out.
Flynn was a threat to CIA and his desires to reform the intelligence community as well as air some intel that had been sat on for years like the OBL raid data. Who ordered the tap? Who signed off on the warrant? Because the media is in service to the permanent government, we will not learn that but instead learn only that Flynn spoke to Russians. The leaks were illegal. The leaks hinted at things, but there was no wrong doing per the FBI and the DNI. Flynn reacted to the whispers poorly, and then was gone immediately.
There is an even more evil bit here, and one journalists know in their black hearts they enjoy but would not admit. During Watergate, Bob Woodward acted as a conduit for information. Not for his stories but explicitly in his FBI source telling him something. Woodward could then tell Congressman, "I've heard..." and keep his source anonymous, but it also allowed the FBI to tell Congress things that it could not legally do. How? First Amendment protection. Witnesses were called explicitly due to Woodward prodding Senators and Congressmen.
Journalists have done this here. We get a limited leak and protection of the revealed data is guaranteed per the first amendment. Are the full transcripts released? No, of course not, the selective editing of whatever is wanted is released to frame the cathedral and polygon's opponent. Flynn falling for their bait was bad, but this is how they get you. They show you a sexy bare leg, and get you to pay for the hag attached. It is likely if they released the transcripts that the bare leg would be revealed to be nothing but a mannequin's leg, and there is nothing there.
Flynn fulfills Senator Paul's and Snowden's warnings. This is how threatened the system is. Spengler wrote about this and added how CIA blocked one of Flynn's deputies. CIA broke the law. They must be dealt with. Grab Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, connect the anti-war Left and isolationist Right, and clear out the unaccountable for what they have done for decades, but most recently in Syria. Drain the Swamp. If it turns out to be impossible with a media savvy billionaire at the helm, all Americans will have far harder actions to execute.