Quirky Angle – Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne: 2016 FBI Activity Was “Political Espionage”…

In a rather curious and quirky interview, Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne describes a related aspect to the DOJ/FBI operations against candidate Donald Trump in 2016.

Byrne enters the story due to his romantic relationship with Maria Butina, a person charged by Robert Mueller as being a Russian intelligence operative.  In/around 2015 Byrne met and started a relationship with Butina, and later was enlisted by the FBI for assistance in their investigation of her.  [Sara Carter Backstory Here]

Mr. Byrne now describes all of that FBI activity as somewhat of a political espionage operation to spy on several 2016 candidates, collect dirt, and seemingly gain operational leverage.  WATCH:

Research indicates the modern political exploitation of the NSA database, for weaponized intelligence surveillance of politicians, began mid 2012.

The FISA-702 database extraction process, and utilization of the protections within the smaller intelligence community, was the primary process. Start by reviewing the established record from the 99-page FISC opinion rendered by Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer on April 26th, 2017; and explain the details within the FISC opinion.

I would strongly urge everyone to read the FISC report because Judge Collyer outlines how the DOJ, which includes the FBI, had an “institutional lack of candor” in responses to the FISA court. 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.

The key takeaway from these first paragraphs is how the search query results were exported from the NSA database to users who were not authorized to see the material. The FBI contractors were conducting searches and then removing, or ‘exporting’, the results. Later on, the FBI said all of the exported material was deleted.

Searching the highly classified NSA database is essentially a function of filling out search boxes to identify the user-initiated search parameter and get a return on the search result.

FISA-702(16) is a search of the system returning a U.S. person (“702”); and the “16” is a check box to initiate a search based on “To and From“. Example, if you put in a date and a phone number and check “16” as the search parameter the user will get the returns on everything “To and From” that identified phone number for the specific date. Calls, texts, contacts etc. Including results for the inbound and outbound contacts.

FISA-702(17) is a search of the system returning a U.S. person (702); and the “17” is a check box to initiate a search based on everything “About” the search qualifier. Example, if you put a date and a phone number and check “17” as the search parameter the user will get the returns of everything about that phone. Calls, texts, contacts, geolocation (or gps results), account information, user, service provider etc. As a result, 702(17) can actually be used to locate where the phone (and user) was located on a specific date or sequentially over a specific period of time which is simply a matter of changing the date parameters.

And that’s just from a phone number.

Search an ip address “about” and read all data into that server; put in an email address and gain everything about that account. Or use the electronic address of a GPS enabled vehicle (about) and you can withdraw more electronic data and monitor in real time. Search a credit card number and get everything about the account including what was purchased, where, when, etc. Search a bank account number, get everything about transactions and electronic records etc. Just about anything and everything can be electronically searched; everything has an electronic ‘identifier’.

The search parameter is only limited by the originating field filled out. Names, places, numbers, addresses, etc. By using the “About” parameter there may be thousands or millions of returns. Imagine if you put “@realdonaldtrump” into the search parameter? You could extract all following accounts who interacted on Twitter, or Facebook etc. You are only limited by your imagination and the scale of the electronic connectivity.

As you can see below, on March 9th, 2016, internal auditors noted the FBI was sharing “raw FISA information, including but not limited to Section 702-acquired information”.

In plain English the raw search returns were being shared with unknown entities without any attempt to “minimize” or redact the results. The person(s) attached to the results were named and obvious. There was no effort to hide their identity or protect their 4th amendment rights of privacy:

But what’s the scale here? This is where the story really lies.

Read this next excerpt carefully.

The operators were searching “U.S Persons”. The review of November 1, 2015, to May 1, 2016, showed “eighty-five percent of those queries” were unlawful or “non compliant”.

85% !! “representing [redacted number]”.

We can tell from the space of the redaction the number of searches were between 1,000 and 9,999 [five digits]. If we take the middle number of 5,000 – that means 4,250 unlawful searches out of 5,000.

The [five digit] amount (more than 1,000, less than 10,000), and 85% error rate, was captured in a six month period.

Also notice this very important quote: “many of these non-compliant queries involved the use of the same identifiers over different date ranges.” So they were searching the same phone number, email address, electronic “identifier”, or people, repeatedly over different dates. Specific people were being tracked/monitored.

Additionally, notice the last quote: “while the government reports it is unable to provide a reliable estimate of” these non lawful searches “since 2012, there is no apparent reason to believe the November 2015 [to] April 2016 coincided with an unusually high error rate”.

That means the 85% unlawful FISA-702(16)(17) database abuse has likely been happening since 2012. (Again, remember that date, 2012) Who was FBI Director? Who was his chief-of-staff? Who was CIA Director? ODNI? etc. Remember, the NSA is inside the Pentagon (Defense Dept) command structure. Who was Defense Secretary? And finally, who wrote and signed-off-on the January 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment?

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“:

This specific footnote, if declassified, would be key.  Note the phrase: “([redacted] access to FBI systems was the subject of an interagency memorandum of understanding entered into [redacted])”, this sentence has the potential to expose an 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.

Summary: The FISA court identified and quantified tens-of-thousands of search queries of the NSA/FBI database using the FISA-702(16)(17) system. The database was repeatedly used by persons with FBI contractor access who unlawfully searched and extracted the raw results without redacting the information and shared it with an unknown number of entities.

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. That is why it was transparently a conflict when the same DOJ was tasked with investigating the DOJ/IRS scandal. Additionally, Obama sent his chief-of-staff Jack Lew to become Treasury Secretary; effectively placing an ally to oversee/cover-up any issues. As Treasury Secretary Lew did just that.

Lesson Learned – It would appear the Obama administration learned a lesson from attempting to gather a large opposition research database operation inside a functioning organization large enough to have some good people that might blow the whistle.

The timeline reflects a few months after realizing the “Secret Research Project” was now worthless (June 2012), they focused more deliberately on a smaller network within the intelligence apparatus and began weaponizing the FBI/NSA database.  If our hunch is correct, that is what will be visible in footnote #69:

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 narrative that could: (A) justify surveillance and spy operations; and (B) be used as an insurance policy in the event they needed to remove President Trump.

Fusion GPS gave them what they needed by creating the Steele Dossier.

That’s why the FBI small group, which later transitioned into the Mueller team, were so strongly committed to and defending the formation of the Steele Dossier and its dubious content.

The Steele Dossier contained a cover-story and justification for the pre-existing surveillance operation; and the justification for a special counsel investigation.

The corrupt DOJ and FBI group needed Fusion GPS to build a narrative for them to use, ie. ‘the insurance policy’ (Mueller).  Fusion would provide information to the FBI through the laundry system using Christopher Steele.  Fusion also sold the Russia narrative to the media.

After the 2016 election, former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer Dan Jones paid Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS to keep up appearances thereby creating the foundation for Robert Mueller to be appointed.


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207 Responses to Quirky Angle – Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne: 2016 FBI Activity Was “Political Espionage”…

  1. MVW says:

    You left out a linchpin player, Jeff Sessions. Without good old boy, Jeff, DOJ would have been out of the coup plotters’ hands. He was key to enable putting everything in motion.

    Remember the odd thing about ol’Jeff and engagement with Trump’s campaign? Sessions NEVER involved himself in any presidential campaign before and there were many opportunities. By joining the campaign early Jeff gained the great favor of being considered for The Key JOB, Attorney General. Further, Jeff, at one time early in his career was an AG of a state.

    The ‘Tell’ that Jeff was dirty was when out of the blue, for no good reason, Jeff put Lois Lerner, the central figure in the IRS felony out of prosecution, no charges. Get out of Jail, for free.

    There are too numerous to count times Jeff showed his hand by conveniently NOT doing his job enabled the coup to do its work.

    Jeff was the sleeper. @#$%#$%^! Only the CIA plots this well, but Brennan is not this bright. He is an idiot.

    So there is another very, very smart & clever person in the CIA that is not on our radar, & likely still in place. Gina?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Zimbalistjunior says:

    Um this Overstock fella just dragged Warren Buffett into this and some questions re Buffett and the Deep State May consequently arise.

    Um some enterprising journalists may want to delve into Buffets financial success and whether he had any help from the Deep State and/or whether the legend of Buffett is accurate.

    Oh oh.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. Raquel says:

    In order for the Obama -dream government to operate, control of the masses has to be in operation. The different governmental agencies had to be on board and operating in accordance to the needs of that totalitarian style of governance. Think KGB. The IRS scandal began to expose the operational style of that type of government. The tip of the iceberg being exposed was a wake-up call to many of us who never thought that it could happen in this country. We are now just learning how deep that iceberg goes. Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes keep saying that if it can happen to Donald Trump, imagine what can happen to the rest of us, those of us who don’t have the public exposure as a defensive mechanism.

    Liked by 5 people

  4. Is it possible that Deep Staters in the DOJ are subtly blocking AG Barr’s every move and keeping him in the dark? Perhaps its purge time at the DOJ/FBI.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. ChampagneReady says:

    It’s far worse than this. I have closely follwed the disclosures of and about Dennis Montgomery. Brennan used his genius ability to create programs that would do the same thing as NSA searches and it left NO footprint in the NSA database. It was “off the grid.” Dennis fearing he may die from medical issues he had decided to turn whistleblower and expose what he had done. This put Brennan in Defcon 1 level panic. This is the million megaton bomb that has Brennan, Comey and Clapper scared out of their mind.

    This is not unverified or fantasy either. Dennis Mongtomery’s secret massive illegal NSA parallel program and his hiring to create it was confirmed by a Federal Judge (Judge Snow), a 4-star general, Bill Binney and WikiLeaks in their leak of the major data describing Vault 7.

    Remember the term “HAMMER” (HAMR). When this secret spy program finally is revealed universally and indisputably to the public, it is going to rock this world.

    Liked by 14 people

    • decisiontime16 says:

      Very interesting to search and follow up on Dennis Montgomery.

      Liked by 2 people

    • MelH says:

      Champagne Ready, Montgomery’s copies of 60 some odd hard drives and thousands of documents his attorney handed over to Comey who put them in a file and no one has seen them since. We heard about the Hammer in 2016, and nothing about it since. Who would reveal it? And what are they waiting for? I didn’t know Dennis created Hammer. i was always told Brennan created it.


      • ChampagneReady says:

        No it was Montgomery. He was initially working out of a warehouse in Nevada doing super sophisticated spy work for individuals who wanted some information. When they learned what he could do, they recruited him. Originally his program was used only for good purposes of spying on foreign terrorists. But then Brennan got him to create the hammer without telling him that he would be using it to spy on millions of Americans.

        When Dennis learned of this, he turned whistleblower on the whole spy network and his creation. It’s a mindblowing story what Brennan has done. Comey was also in on it. And after keeping it covered up for twelve years, the black curtain is being ripped back and Brennan is freaked.


  6. GSparrow says:

    I don’t know the affable host’s name but his description of those that participated in the Coup attempt to depose an elected President, spied on his campaign staff, made numerous attempts to entrap and frame the innocent, unmasked a record number of Americans for political reasons, deliberately covered up Hillary’s crimes and numerous other egregious acts of political espionage and dirty political tricks as “the folks who got kinda politicized” was arguably the quirkiest line in the interview.

    Liked by 9 people

  7. visage13 says:

    Wow now that is the most fascinating take I have heard yet. Hmm….


  8. TexasDude says:

    Hannity has been with Trump from the get go.

    I attribute this vast strain of Hannity DS to false posters or folks with an agenda that has no relation to MAGA.

    Hannity is one of Trump’s best cheerleaders and did not cave when the powers that be tried to oust him from Fox like what was done with O’Reilly.

    If Levin, a self proclaimed Never Trumper at one point, is accepted within the fold then why deride a clear MAGA supporter?



    That’s weak and, more importantly, utterly, fake.

    Give a real complaint, please.


  9. theresanne says:

    Sorry if this is a dumb question, but could those snooping through NSA records use that information for their own purposes, like insider trading or getting dirt on their enemies (or friends for that matter) not just politics?

    Liked by 5 people

    • oldumb says:

      That has been my belief for a long time. no way they did NOT use this power for insider trading and the like… No way.

      Liked by 8 people

      • Blinduser says:

        They have used it for all types of nefarious things… remember…Auntie Maxine said Big O had all that information on everyone…this post by Sundance needs to be shown to all…we should all be terrified of what They are doing….God bless PDJT

        Liked by 8 people

    • dd_sc says:

      Absolutely. Just think of the two hop rule of a FISA. If Donald Trump is the first hop from the FISA on Carter Page, then all the business people he talks to – like his son Eric who is running Trump, Inc. now – are hop #2. That is a lot of multi billion dollar business activity they’re listening in on. Multiply that by all the other bank activity they listen to as part of actual investigation into money laundering etc…

      There is also the media connection. How many times did President Trump talk to Fox & Friends or call into (play golf with) Limbaugh while this warrant was in place? FBI would have the inside track on a lot of news before it makes the airwaves.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Magabear says:

    I’ve never bought anything on Overstock before. Think I’ll change that now. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Blind no Longer says:

    So much I had forgotten!!! Sundance you are a genius! I pray to see full public exposure of all this, followed by prosecutions…otherwise I will have no faith in this country’s government ever again!
    Mr. President, THANK YOU, for exposing the swamp/Deep State!

    Liked by 1 person

    • mike says:

      Without a lot of trials for treason, here long running, systemic acts against the Constitution and the American people, we are far down the road to ruin, and subject to total destruction the next time the usurpers and traitors can grab power.

      These are not mere crimes. That would be like, to confuse a few people as having colds and not see a plague of black death actually sweeping the land.

      Liked by 1 person

    • PBR says:

      It matters not how much is exposed. It could completely come to daylight and still the powers will protect the guilty and Americans will lose. Again.


  12. bkrg2 says:

    This CEO guy strikes me as partialy insane.
    Hopefully some of the things he talked about where not just visions he had while being stoned.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. glissmeister says:

    “… 21 disks constituting a 1.1 million page database of information from 501(c)(4) tax exempt organizations, to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

    From an espionage angle this was not only an opportunity to identify and persecute adversaries, this is a powerful opportunity to identify, organize and perhaps weaponize a wide community of your sycophants and fellow travelers to be operated against your adversaries via better coordination, better knowledge of their finances, liabilities, executive and donor base, and squeeze them accordingly into singularly directed actions by “The Overlord” in the White House and his tyrant munchkins armed with information to use against them if they don’t capitulate..

    Why stop with just your adversaries? Why not use the intelligence to seize de facto usurpation and control of all your institutional “friends” and fellow travelers by using ill-gotten information to coerce them into doing whatever you want them to do, replace them with whom ever you want to replace them with?

    Chicago. Nation-wide.

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  14. nimrodman says:

    From the Snowden movie. Not vouching for the accuracy or precise relevance, but the clips appear to be illustrating queries of the NSA database, maybe akin to a 702 query.

    The query guy I think is NSA and Snowden I think is CIA at this point in his trajectory.

    After the end of this scene, Snowden is mystified and asks “Don’t you need a warrant for this?” and NSA guy says “You mean FISA Court? That’s just a big-ass rubber stamp, dude”

    … and goes on to explain that this particular program or compartment doesn’t require it anyway.

    Liked by 4 people

    • nimrodman says:

      And here’s the next scene, and yes, he does specify it’s a 702 query and pops off with the rubber-stamp crack.

      This is the scene that got millions of people to put tape over their laptop camera ports, describes “camera activation” as they spy on a teen girl daughter of the banker they’re querying on.

      Liked by 3 people

      • nimrodman says:

        Funny – even anti-American commies (Oliver Stone) occasionally put some useful information out.

        Stone was probably real proud to show this stuff that “puts it to The MAN”
        … only now we’re finding out that The MAN was his hero Obama

        They call that “irony”

        I reckon

        Liked by 4 people

      • Bendix says:

        Common Core keeps school information with a name attached to it,


    • dd_sc says:

      That’s another aspect of this scandal the Swamp is trying to protect. The FISC court and a lot of people at DOJ (Rosenstein?) are just a rubber stamp and collecting their payoff later.

      Liked by 1 person

  15. Pete says:



  16. Sherri Young says:

    Apparently this goes back to 2001 and covering up the Clinton Foundation. There has never been an IRS audit of that notorious slush fund. Here’s how former Congressman Tom Tancredo lays things out (as repeated on somebody else’s FB page):


    Who on earth convinced Dubya Bush to nominate Robert Mueller to be FBI director in 2001?

    Dubya’s daddy, GHWB, used to run the CIA for awhile. The CIA had sketchy elements from the time of the OSS. The CIA and the State Dept are tightly aligned.

    This hot mess did not start with emails. It was the unraveling that started with the exposure of Hillary’s email server.


  17. Sherri Young says:

    The FBI was the agency that investigated Benghazi. It took them over a week to arrive on the scene.

    How is it that the FBI did not request Hillary’s emails and expose her private email server during that investigation in 2012?

    The special Benghazi committee tried unsuccessfully to get Hillary’s emails. The email investigation that Comey killed arose from Congress along with the IC IG and the IG @ State after emails could not be located responsive to a FOIA request by a journalist.

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  18. Sherri Young says:

    Hmm, interesting. Try searching the FBI website on keyword “benghazi”.



  19. spinoneone says:

    All of us must assume that everything we have ever posted and/or will post plus all of our e-mails, phone conversations and other electronic emissions are “on record” at NSA. Do not assume that any publicly available encryption will protect you. Also, your “handles” [mine is spinoneone] have been firmly attached to our communications.


    • RightAroundTheBlock says:

      Hey, Spin11, for a good time, call 1-800-Sentient.


    • RightAroundTheBlock says:

      Oops, little slip there Spin11: “…firmly attached to our communications.”

      Nice collar.

      SD, the comment section is daily looking more like a Bos campsite, Whoa! Where is crazy Margaret?

      Probably busy meme making…


  20. RightAroundTheBlock says:

    Looks to me (3:09) like the “quirky angle” is Byrne on FOX gaslighting conservatives to a notion that Clinton is in the pool of victims.

    He has sources. He is getting some intel… obviously. ‘Deep Capture’ Pat and the Easter Bunny… “Ï have all the answers!!”


    Not hard for sources to mix good intel with false intel, known or unbeknown to the receiver who believes they established “reliable sources” (like some podcasters I know) and then running with it on air.


  21. Fools Gold says:

    Finally we’re talking about the genesis of this whole corrupt shit. I’ve always believed this is the evidence that proves why many bastards and bitches should be hung for treason and I’ve always believed in the philosophy of if there’s a will there’s a way. Does AG Bill ha have the will to pull the coverup sheets off of the pile of worms and evil for everyone to see it? Could the nation handle the truth? We’ll all know the answer to the first question soon. The later question will remain TBD IMHO…


  22. Right to reply says:

    I keep saying it. Why did Romney choke? Laziness, Cowardice, Complacency? Nope, Obama’s spy machine got to him! I’m glad he didn’t win, but he should at least have the guts to come forward and say he was blackmailed into choking, and continuing to the be their lapdog.


  23. LBB says:

    Byrne’s resignation and freedom to talk should be interesting. Hope he stays safe. Listening to Patrick’s interview dovetails into Ms Mayflowers arrest. The fact Treasury unearthed her role. I wonder if Patrick spoke with Mnuchin since he didn’t trust anyone till he was reassured Barr was a good guy. Quirky indeed.


  24. JackB says:

    Political espionage will never be exposed. Byrne resigned as Overstock CEO because he had to. The Deep State wanted him gone. If anyone expects that President Trump is gonna take down the Deep State then I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

    At every turn he’s punted.


  25. hellinahandbasket says:

    Who has the courage and the *will*, to takedown the “legacy” of America’s 1st Black President?
    That is the ultimate question afterall.
    Does Congress have the courage, do they have the will to expose it all, do they have the internal commitment of the office to remove that “legacy” … because they know where ALL of this will end, they know it all ends at the steps of the White House, and is the core of a stained “legacy”. Time will tell, but I’m not holding my breath – the only man I know who has the courage to take this all the way is President Trump, and I pray he has found that courage and will among his administration.


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