Michael Flynn Was Not “Unmasked” – Evidence Flynn Was Under Active, FISC Authorized, Surveillance…

The official media account of how the intelligence community gained the transcript of incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn talking to Ambassador Sergey Kisliyak on December 29th, 2016, surrounds “incidental collection” as a result of contact with an agent of a foreign power. Meaning the Flynn call was picked up as the U.S. intelligence apparatus was conducting surveillance on Russian Ambassador Kisliyak.

If this version of events were accurate (it’s not), it would fall under FISA-702 collection: the lawful monitoring of a foreign agent (Kislyak) who has contact with a U.S. person (Flynn).

In order to review the identity of the U.S. person, a process called ‘unmasking’, a 702 submission must be made. That submission, the unmasking, leaves a paper/electronic trail.  In a 2017 congressional hearing, Senator Lindsey Graham asks Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former DNI James Clapper about this process. [Watch first 3 minutes]


However, in the two years following this testimony, there was nothing that would deliver the answer as to: who unmasked General Michael Flynn?

The reason is simple, Flynn wasn’t unmasked – because he was under FISC authorized active surveillance.  Here’s how we know.

♦ First, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were watching that hearing where Senator Lindsey Graham was questioning Sally Yates and James Clapper.  As they discussed in their text messages the issue of “unmasking” is irrelevant.  “incidental collection” is the “incorrect narrative”:

The “incidental collection” is an “incorrect narrative” because the collection was not incidental.  Flynn was actively being monitored.  Flynn was under an active FISA surveillance warrant.

♦ Second, more evidence of Flynn under active surveillance is found in the Mueller report where the special prosecutor outlines that Flynn was under an active investigation prior to the phone call with Ambassador Kislyak:

Mary McCord was the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the DOJ National Security Division, after John Carlin left in October of 2016.  McCord would have signed-off on the Flynn FISA warrant, or any extension therein, throughout the Trump transition period.

[McCord was also the person who Sally Yates took with her to the White House to confront White House Counsel Don McGahn about the Flynn call and FBI interview.]

♦ Third, from the 2017 House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), when Devin Nunes was Chairman, the four targets of the Trump campaign -under investigation throughout 2016- were outlined:

SUMMARY: ♦In real time Lisa Page and Peter Strzok were saying the “incidental contact” (unmasking) narrative was incorrect.  ♦Then Devin Nunes outlines the targets of the 2016 FBI investigation which included Flynn.  ♦Then Robert Mueller says Flynn was under investigation prior to the 12/29/16 phone call with Kislyak.

Put it all together and…. (1) There was never an unmasking request because the collection was not incidental…. (2) Because the intercept was not incidental. (3) Because the intercept was part of the FISA court granting a surveillance warrant.

The lack of incidental collection is why FISA-702 doesn’t apply; and why there’s no paper trail to an unmasking request.  The intercept was not ‘incidental‘ because the intercept was the result of direct monitoring and FISC authorized surveillance being conducted on Michael Flynn.

There are only three options:

  1. Incidental collection = unmasking request.
  2. Direct intercept / Legal = Active FISA Title-1 surveillance authority.
  3. Direct intercept / Illegal = Active surveillance without Title-1 authority.

All of the evidence from documents over the past two years indicates #2 was the status of Michael Flynn at the time of the Sergey Kislak call.

The incoming National Security Advisor of President-Elect Donald Trump was under active FBI surveillance as granted by the FISA court.  That’s how the FBI intercepted the phone call with Sergey Kislyak and why there’s no unmasking request.

This doesn’t deal with the propriety of the FISA warrant, or the legal basis, the legal predicate that must exist prior to granting the FISA warrant.  However, accepting that Michael Flynn was under court approved surveillance reconciles all the issues.

Additionally, this would explain two more issues.  #1) President Obama warning incoming President Trump not to hire Michael Flynn as his Nat. Sec. Advisor; and #2) a very strong possibility that Flynn’s status is the redacted paragraph in the January 20th, 2016, Susan Rice memo.

At 12:15pm on January 20th, 2017, Obama’s outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice wrote a memo-to-self.  Many people have called this her “CYA” (cover your ass) memo, from the position that Susan Rice was protecting herself from consequences if the scheme against President Trump was discovered.  Here’s the email:

“On January 5, following a briefing by IC leadership on Russian hacking during the 2016 Presidential election, President Obama had a brief follow-on conversation with FBI Director Jim Comey and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates in the Oval Office. Vice President Biden and I were also present.

President Obama began the conversation by stressing his continued commitment to ensuring that every aspect of this issue is handled by the Intelligence and law enforcement communities “by the book“.

The President stressed that he is not asking about, initiating or instructing anything from a law enforcement perspective. He reiterated that our law enforcement team needs to proceed as it normally would by the book.

From a national security perspective, however, President Obama said he wants to be sure that, as we engage with the incoming team, we are mindful to ascertain if there is any reason that we cannot share information fully as it relates to Russia.”

[Redacted Classified Section of Unknown length]

“The President asked Comey to inform him if anything changes in the next few weeks that should affect how we share classified information with the incoming team. Comey said he would.”

Susan Rice ~ (pdf link)

I would suggest the redacted section relates to President Trump being under FBI investigation; and NSA Advisor Michael Flynn being under investigation and FISA surveillance.  Hence the issues with “sharing information”.

While Michael Flynn being under active FISC authorized surveillance would indicate there’s no need for unmasking of Flynn, there would be a need for unmasking of everyone else captured within the Flynn surveillance.   Hence the dozens of White House unmaskings identified by Devin Nunes in March 2017.

Additionally, Flynn being under FISA authorized surveillance still doesn’t excuse the leak -likely by Andrew McCabe- to the Washington Post about the phone contact between Flynn and Ambassador Kislyak on December 29th, 2016.

There are likely multiple FBI 302 reports on all sorts of contacts by Michael Flynn; as the FBI was investigating and updating their files.

This FBI surveillance background of Flynn would also reconcile another unusual date within the Mueller report.  An FBI 302 written on January 19th, 2017, before the Flynn interview on January 24th, 2017, about Kislyak:

Flynn was under surveillance and the FBI reports on Flynn’s surveillance did not start with the January 24, 2017, interview of Flynn – As you can see above there are FBI 302 reports that preceded it.  [h/t Techno Fog]  This aligns with Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, Mary McCord, Devin Nunes and Robert Mueller all saying Flynn was under investigation prior to the 12/29/16 Kislyak call.

Lastly, release and unredact the Comey memos, and Flynn’s status under a FISA warrant is likely outlined by copious Comey CYA diary entries.

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246 Responses to Michael Flynn Was Not “Unmasked” – Evidence Flynn Was Under Active, FISC Authorized, Surveillance…

  1. mikeyboo says:

    That possibility has previously been suggested on this site as to Gen Flynn and his son.Even if true, of course, such behavior probably pales in comparison to Obama-billions in cash delivered to Iran- and Clinton-sale of US uranium to Russia.
    I am fervently hoping that Sidney Powell’s defense of Flynn will somehow clear Flynn of this cloud and leave the anti Trump swampers in his place on the gallows.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      The possibility that Flynn-and/or his son- was into some nefarious activity with Turkey has previously been suggested on this site. Even if true, of course, such behavior probably pales in comparison to Obama-billions in cash delivered to Iran- and Clinton-sale of US uranium to Russia.
      I am fervently hoping that Sidney Powell’s defense of Flynn will somehow clear Flynn of this cloud and leave the anti Trump swampers in his place on the gallows.


    • dwpender says:

      George Papadopoulis has been saying for some time that there WERE separate FISA’s on Flynn, Manafort and him. George is brash and outspoken, but so far I see his batting average on Spygate “facts” leading the league by far. It’s quite disconcerting that his twitter feed tells us more of substance than our own government.

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    • Issy says:

      I just want to see General Flynn cleared. As for the others, about all, I expect to see is hopefully the extent of their perfidy and the disgrace that follows. We have seen how the doj and fbi handle the ones we positively know were involved in the coup, leaked information and lied.

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  2. meadowlarkspring says:

    The New York Times writer seems to be taking it hard that Powell is Flynn’s new lawyer.

    Michael Flynn’s New Lawyer Seeks Security Clearance, Citing Unknown Evidence

    By Michael S. Schmidt
    June 24, 2019

    Her remarks heightened speculation that Ms. Powell — who has pushed conspiracy theories about the special counsel’s investigation and sells anti-Mueller T-shirts on her website — may be preparing to accuse the government of wrongdoing in Mr. Flynn’s case.

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    • Issy says:

      I would certainly hope that is what MS Powell plans on doing.

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    • cali says:

      @meadowlarkspring: ^^^^^^^^This!

      The Flynn case goes back much further than that and the saying “Flynn knows where all the bodies are buried” is the cause of it all.
      Remember: Flynn knows and has proof that HRC/Hussein recruited, sponsored and armed ISIS as well as giving them tasks to complete. Flynn knows that they both ‘ordered’ the hit on Benghazi and to murder Amb Stephens while taking the server HRC provided to him for Benghazi before he left. That server lets just say had secret nuclear weapons design among a host of other national security related info that the muslim brotherhood agents staging the attack that night suppose to take.
      SEALS ignoring the stand down order from HRC arrived at the CIA black site stumpled over that server and despite encryption made the startling discovery what this was all about. They took the server which is now in the hand of our MI.

      Flynn also knows that the OBL was staged since OBL died years earlier from kidney complications ergo what is why np pics could be released. The fake burial at see was also staged.

      Flynn was the spook of spook and also had an open file on deserter turned traitor Bergdahl. Nothing we were told was true.

      This is just a snap shot of Flynn’s collected evidence of treason by HRC and Hussein and gang ergo the target on his back.

      He was accused by Hussein of kidnapping the radical jihadist who lives in PA on a self imposed asylum yet this same Gulen staged the coup against Erdogan. Flynn and son had nothing to do with that.

      Flynn when all is said and done will not only exonerated of all charges and accusations but also together with Admiral (ret) Mike Rogers enter history books as the two men saving this republic. After all Mike Flynn was Mike Rogers mentor! 🙂

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  3. digleigh says:

    Yates is one piece of anti-Trump cr–! Weisman emailed her thanking her for her “resistance” to her boss, Trump!! Yates had no problem with the blackmail potentials of Hillary, Obama, Bill Clinton, GPS Fusion folks , uranium one, pay to play aspects , Fast and Furious, Benghazi, nor IRS scandal…. I would like to ask her what she knows about Judge John Roberts, while we are at it!! I want a body language expert to assess Sheldon Whitehouse’s behavior during this questioning …(He was the guy trying to accuse Kavanaugh of being a beer drinker, and looking into his high school annual/the Dem. activists BAMN cabal!!) I bet he is worried in this line of questioning…..

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  4. digleigh says:

    Wasn’t Schmidt the guy being leaked to all along the last few years from the intels??


  5. daniel1335 says:

    Now it makes since why the likes of Ted Cruz and others have been so quiet. If I remember correctly General Flynn was consulting Cruz Campaign as late as June 2016.

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    • Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican Presidential Primary Race in early May, of 2016, leaving DJT as the last remaining candidate, and the default Republican candidate for the 2016 Presidential bid. General Flynn wasn’t consulting with the Cruz Campaign. General Flynn did endorse DJT when he spoke at the Republican National Convention, in Cleveland, in July, of 2016.


  6. dwpender says:

    I seriously doubt that the redacted portion of Rice’s January 20, 2017 memo says that Trump himself is under investigation. Remember POTUS repeatedly requested that Comey say publicly that he was not under investigation? Comey wouldn’t do so. POTUS took the opportunity in his dismissal letter to get it out that Comey had twice told him that he was not under investigation.

    Comey testified to Congress that he did not accede to Trump’s requests because, if he did so, that might put him in quite an awkward public statement postion if Trump later became a subject. Comey confirmed that no formal investigation of POTUS had been opened as of the time of his firing.

    I do agree that, over time (but perhaps not as early as the January 5 meeting), Comey was convinced that the investigation was proceeding more and more in the direction of opening a formal investigation of POTUS for “obstruction.” His self-serving and extensive memos no doubt document every step in the process. I do not believe, however, that this process had come to fruition when Comey was dismissed. (Remember the Strozk/Page exchange after the firing — “we should open the case against (redacted) that we have been waiting on while Andy is acting.”)

    I wonder if the redacted portion of Rice’s memo might relate to Brennan’s much ballyhooed “source” in Putin’s inner circle. The top figures in the last Administration would have been anxious to dump the problem of whether to tell the duly elected new POTUS and his team about this, on the career “professionals” at the DOJ and FBI. “By the book.”

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      Brennan’s much ballyhooed “source” in Putin’s inner circle.

      Ballyhooed by Brennan himself…..
      meaning he probably never existed.

      After all if Brennan had a inner circle source SO good he knew Putin’s mind
      (“Putin preferred Trump)…..

      Than certainly that same source would have told him about the Trump/Russia collusion plot and he wouldn’t have needed to learn it from a washed-up British spy.


      His bally-hooed source was pulling his bally’s…………HARD.

      Guess he got bad information.

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  7. If I were the judge on this case, I would say, “Look, we have a member of an incoming presidential administration, tasked with handling relations with foreign powers, talking on the phone to one of them, and landing in this court. Meanwhile, private citizen John Kerry, is allowed to actually go to Iran and advise them, with absolutely no honest (non-partisan) reason and no legal standing to do so. And the last president, Barack Hussein Obama, also a private citizen, is touring Europe talking to the heads of state, again with no good reason or authority to do so. I find the prosecution in this case to be ludicrously criminal on its face, and arguably insane in expecting this court to take them seriously, other than to charge them with contempt. Case dismissed, with extreme prejudice to their continued ability to practice law.”

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  8. Lactantius says:

    The wheels on the bus go ’round and “round ….. Each wheel on the bus depends on tight lug nuts, tight lug nuts ……….. The lug nuts on the wheel hold the wheel on the bus, wheel on the bus….. Every lug nut has to be torqued, has to be torqued ……

    So, eventually, if the lug nuts don’t stay torqued, they lose their grip and the wheel on the bus comes rolling off, comes rolling off ……. with lugs nuts flying everywhere.

    Sidney Powell is nobody’s fool. General Flynn is flat broke. Somewhere in the deep pockets of Trump supporters, the legal team is being fed. And they are torqued.

    No matter what the innuendo may be concerning Attorney General William Barr and his Herculean assignment of scrubbing the manure and its stains out of the DOJ and the FBI — Attorney General William Barr is also nobody’s fool. He pretty well knows the “torqued” somebodies who are fed up with the “institutional corruption” at the DOJ, FBI, State, etc.

    Chain reactions look simple on paper, but a chain reaction is three dimensional and is actually a series of reactions with each bit causing another reaction until the whole explosion plays itself out.

    A cover-up is like keeping a house full of cats and no litter box. The best you can hope for is that the door stays shut, because once opened, the cats will fly and their crap will be exposed. We have looked through some cracks and openings of this cover-up and to the point that a number of cats have been pretty clearly identified and can smell the crap.

    Mark Meadows represents the 11th District in North Carolina. He has asked the IG at DOJ to investigate the FBI and Mueller’s handling of the Manafort warrants, their contacts with the media and their reliance on the Ukrainian so-called “black cash ledger” as evidence.

    House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes of Californias 22nd District is asking that Christopher Steele be interviewed by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut. Nunes said he would give the FBI until Friday before he sends a criminal referral to the Justice Department if the bureau’s fails to respond which, he said, would be “clearly obstructing our investigation.”

    Nunes told Tucker Carlson on air last evening: “I think the Brits have a lot of answers to give to the United States,.The bottom line is, the guy was being paid by the Democrats. To do what? To dirty up Donald Trump and make it look like he had ties to Russians. The only one who had ties to Russians would be the Democrats themselves because Christopher Steele was supposedly talking to Russians.”

    The wheels on the bus are coming off.

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  9. There’s one point missed in this analysis by Sundance. That the pitiful, socialist/islamic apologist for a President and his claque of fifth rate failures who surrounded him at no point, ever put the country ahead of their spitefulness. They never thought she’d lose so they never told Trump, didn’t bother defensively briefing Trump or made any effort to mitigate the enormous damage they were about to cause.

    The people who sat in the Rice meeting are so far beneath contempt that they should be erased from history, as if they never existed. Their narcissistic delusions that the American people would choose Hillary over Trump made them lazy and sloppy. When Trump won, none of them had the guts to say “it ends here”. Like common criminals they just did nothing and allowed their lie to continue unimpeded.

    Trump is a far better man than I could ever be. Because if I were in his position I would’ve ordered a Seal Team to take them all out one by one in “accidents”.

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