Zeroing-In: Grassley and Johnson Ask DNI Grenell for Declassified Unmasking List in 2017 – Timing Relates to NSA Database Exploits…

A very interesting letter from Senator Chuck Grassley and Senator Ron Johnson asking DNI Richard “Ric” Grenell to declassify and release all of the unmasking requests from January 2016 to January 2017.

Results to be provided in tranches if needed.

Within the letter (pdf here) the senators appear to be targeting specific dates for cross referencing with previously identified NSA database abuses.  Some of their inquiry appears to be guided by ‘open source’ reporting on the issue.

(pdf here)

This approach is very interesting because “unmasking” would be an outcome of creating some form of intelligence reporting. Perhaps a CIA report; perhaps part of the FBI investigation; or perhaps even material that enters the presidential daily briefing or similar.

We know there are thousands of results from contractors searching the NSA database without any effort to minimize the results and sharing those results outside the intelligence community. {Go Deep}

The non-minimized database extractions, the search results themselves, were eventually deleted at the direction of NSA Direction ADM Mike Rogers; who also stated the NSA preserved the audit-logs of ‘non-compliant’ system users who unlawfully searched the database.

There should be is an easy way to cross-reference the dates, times and extractions to any material later used in the assembly of a report or briefing material, which was eventually unmasked.   Take the Trump campaign names from the queries and compare them to any unmasked Trump campaign names in any subsequent reports (FBI or other).

NSA Director Mike Rogers previously said he retained the audit-trail and audit logs which matches the exact time-frame outlined within the letter by Senators Johnson and Grassley.   The custodian of those NSA logs is currently…. wait for it…. Ric Grenell.

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274 Responses to Zeroing-In: Grassley and Johnson Ask DNI Grenell for Declassified Unmasking List in 2017 – Timing Relates to NSA Database Exploits…

  1. Bogeyfree says:

    Actually another good test would be to see for the 6 months leading up to Gen. Petraeus resignation in Nov 2012 if there were any unmaskings in order to make room for Brennen.

    Although maybe back in 2012 they just used the Hammer. That would be a great question for Dennis Montgomery.

    Do you recall using the Hammer on Gen. Petraeus in 2012.

    Imagine, if that answer came back as yes.

    Liked by 9 people

    • pa96er says:

      It’s funny but I think about exactly that all of the time. People forget about Petraeus all of the time. I wonder what Patreaus himself knew about the system.

      Regardless of Petraeus’ affair, the way it was uncovered and exposed is downright Orwellian. He made sure he never sent his mistress anything and they communicated using draft email messages on a shared account. I think he did that because he knew of the Deep State’s spy capabilities. Didn’t work out for him. I also wonder why they exposed and ruined him. Did he get threatened with blackmail and he didn’t comply? So many questions….

      Liked by 1 person

      • vikingmom says:

        Not only the way it was uncovered, IMHO, but what about the origins of it…was it nothing more than a good old fashioned “Honey Pot” sting set up to take down a man whom they needed GONE in order to move into the next phase of their plan? Would an un-compromised General Petraeus have pushed back and exposed the corruption? Would love to see him come to DC and tell the whole story if there is more to it than simply a middle aged man led astray…

        Liked by 2 people

      • iwasthere says:

        Because he was there for Bengazi. And knew who made the “give them up for dead” decision.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Suzy Jules says:

    Can Ric release an unredacted Judge Collyer’s report that tied to Adm. Rogers about the outside accesses and unmasking. Why isn’t there more about the IRS whistleblower and all those corrupt IGs she dealt with. Whoops it is only blowers against Trump. Sorry.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Suzy Jules says:

    Can Ric release an unredacted Judge Collyer’s report that tied to Adm. Rogers about the outside accesses and unmasking. Why isn’t there more about the IRS whistleblower and all those corrupt IGs she dealt with. Whoops it is only blowers against Trump. Sorry.


  4. Todd says:

    By the time it is discovered that President Obama and his administration spied on thousands (millions?) of Americans, the old media walls will have fallen.

    I think President Trump knows this isn’t about what happened to him, his family, and his Team.

    They didn’t just spy on republican candidates or our Greatest and Most Vetted President of All Time and his family.

    ***They spied on you, your family, and your friends too.***

    That’s the Big Story. Mad Maxine Waters alluded to it back in May of 2013.

    Maxine Waters says Obama has a scary database with everything on everyone

    Liked by 13 people

    • Rj says:

      It’s in Utah

      Liked by 4 people

    • Vince says:

      It might be nice to ask how many of the media that Obama spied on. If they realize they are just another serf, they may change their opinions.

      Liked by 2 people

      • pa96er says:

        How many of them are being blackmailed?


      • vikingmom says:

        They worshiped Obama and agreed with all of his divisive, anti-American sentiments. There was never a need to blackmail any of them. They willingly carried his water and that is why they have gone completely off the deep end and willingly lost ALL credibility as “journalists” in their never ending quest to “get” Orange Man Bad!

        Liked by 5 people

    • lmk408 says:

      Saying this is scary is one thing (it’s frightening).

      Reading Maxine’s words quoted in a May 2013 article TODAY in May 2020 gives us more history about and more evidence of Obama’s persistent abuse of power.

      How can our DOJ and our elected congress people not seek to hold the guilty accountable for targeting and unmasking their political opponents? What does this say about our federal democratic republic today when these dangerous partisans are not tried and held accountable? It was a coup attempt courtesy of an out-going president and his party.

      I know I’ll remember Obama as the most corrupt (Chicago style) president ever. Needless to say, Obama is the first president who had NO INTENTION of a peaceful transfer of power.

      Maxine’s 2013 words: “The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” said Representative Waters. “That’s going to be very, very powerful,” Waters said. “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.”

      Frightening stuff!

      Liked by 3 people

      • Rick says:

        When is someone going to depose Maxine under oath over her Obama database comments?

        Liked by 1 person

        • twinkiethekid2 says:

          You know the enemedia is just going to claim she was talking about the world’s best voter database. You know, the one they use for cheat by mail and harvesting. Not that I don;t disagree with you…


    • lgd says:

      the actual video of the interview is on you tube. Doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out where the information came from. Hopefully the powers that be have seen the video

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Suzy Jules says: This showed a concise timeline that should Adm Roger’s will be called to testify questions could be extrapolated and asked from that timeline.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Suzy Jules says: This showed a concise timeline that should Adm Roger’s will be called to testify questions could be extrapolated and asked from that timeline.


  7. carthoris says:

    “NSA Database Exploits…”

    If I were a sworn blood enemy of America, I would love the NSA as they treat Americans like criminal serfs presumed guilty until never proven innocent. Supporting the NSA may be patriotism, but if so, it is patriotism on the old East German STASI plan, something foreign and alien to anything like the America of our Founding Fathers desire with its Bill of Rights . Hitler and his GESTAPO would .like the NSA just peachy fine though. They might as well have invented it.

    Liked by 3 people

    • pa96er says:

      That’s why it amazed me that Adm Rogers was the one that was a TRUE whistleblower. I just didn’t expect the NSA to be the ones speaking up about the system being abused to target Americans. I always thought the NSA was evil but Adm Rogers has left me scratching my head. And the auditor that alerted him.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Charles Z says:

    Just declass the 3rd scope memo. Everything cascades from there.

    Liked by 6 people

  9. A declassified Collyer report along with the names of all who were unmasked (and how many times) going back to August of 2015 is the best political move for Republicans.

    Many hate Trump for being Trump. How you break the resistance is by showing that Bernie and many other Senators were being politically surveilled as well.

    Release this in June or July and let the BernieBots go crazy at the Dem convention in August. Get your popcorn supplies ready, because it’s going to be a great show.

    Liked by 9 people

    • Why stop there …

      Include the unmasked MATERIALS and ASSOCIATIONS, along with the names.

      After all, the unmaskings made them a matter of PUBLIC RECORD
      … and susceptible to BLACKMAIL, EXTORTION … and COMPROMISE for SEDITION.

      Liked by 5 people

    • Todd says:

      Obama was spying on EVERYONE!

      He was making a list, checking it twice, and finding out everyone who was naughty or nice to his demonic agenda.

      Liked by 3 people

      • twinkiethekid2 says:

        That’s why I’m watching Barr’s words. He doesn’t have to indict Obugger, but if all of America knows about all of his spying, he’ll never leave the pretty new $40 million home. Ever.

        Liked by 2 people

        • humaweiner says:

          obaMAGAte has exposed our 1st Mulatto president as dirty, like Sid Blumenthal/Chris Wray dirty and the good news is he will never be able to wash it off.


  10. Conundrum says:

    Still chasing the wrong trail. Trump unmaskings are subject to the Russia collusion cover story.

    There is no cover story for unmasking the other GOP presidential candidates. That is the checkmate move. Why are they waiting?

    Liked by 6 people

    • ILOT says:

      I think I follow your distinction here. For my part I think the left is using the Flynn debacle to make it appear that whatever “spying” they did was on the up and up. The Rice memo was a crumb to support the story. For my part, I’m sitting here wondering if all that transpired with Flynn was legit, why did they even need Crossfire Hurricane? My thoughts are that they (Grinell etc) are positioning that nonsense for implosion and that makes the other spying that much more heinous. Just my thoughts and I’m only following the media narrative on this. I feel it’s why Sullivan has created a firewall with his amicus joke in order to make it go away at best or at least position it ALL as election year politics. Bottom line is I don;t think it holds merit (public sentiment) unless they can crush the media narrative.


  11. Margaret Berger says:

    How about checking if Justice Roberts was unmasked?

    Liked by 9 people

  12. hawkins6 says:

    James’ tweet below is mostly true but there have been intrepid Republicans like Rep Nunes, Senators Grassley and Johnson etc. trying hard to advance investigations but being constantly obstructed by either outright refusals to release relevant documents or by mass cover-up Redactions by Resistance allies like Director Wray and past Intel officials.

    The recent hiring of Rick Grenell has definitely sped up the process so the DOJ will have a more difficult but not impossible job of finding devious ways to avoid actually prosecuting anyone. One way was for Barr to publicly exonerate Obama and Biden “to avoid political prosecutions” no matter how serious the crimes might be. The Dems always find a way to attack viciously but some in the Trump orbit always look for a way to avoid counter attacking.

    Liked by 14 people

    • Dear James: “China Bucks”

      Liked by 6 people

    • California Joe says:

      Short answer: NO!

      Liked by 3 people

      • hawkins6 says:

        Not even Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan……


      • GB Bari says:

        Wrong. When Repubs controlled the House, Speaker Paul Ryan prevented any truth from being investigated. Ryan went along with punishing Nunes for daring to speak truth and as a result no committees were allowed to investigate the Russiagate scam. When Ryan and his cronies took a dive and allowed the Dems to take over in Nov 2018, well, …you know what happened from there.

        Nunes, Jordan, Gaetz, and all of the members of the Freedom Caucus would have blown the cover off the scandal had there been an honest Speaker.

        The Senate is where RepubliCON testicles are in a Uniparty / K Street lockbox.

        Liked by 5 people

        • johnnybiface says:

          I do wish karma will hit Paul Ryan with a bat, good and hard. His conscience, if it can beat back his narcissism, should drive him to alcoholism or come other lethal vice.

          Liked by 2 people

  13. Cathy M. says:

    Jack Posobiec Thread:

    New DNI instruction removes FBI from cordeword SIGINT briefings and products that contain sources/methods. They have been ordered to return to codeword LE/CT work

    “The FBI will no longer receive raw or refined sources and methods COMINT/SIGINT product, only sanitized analyst product”

    The orders have already gone out to the relevant IC commands, including INSCOM. Now FBI’s access will only be granted on a per-incident basis if matter is not directly related to terrorism or a criminal activity under active invetigation

    The orders have already gone out to the relevant IC commands, including INSCOM. Now FBI’s access will only be granted on a per-incident basis if matter is not directly related to terrorism or a criminal activity under active investigation

    Liked by 7 people

  14. I glad this is happening, however, I am really surprised that Senators Grassley and Johnson are finally stepping up to the plate. They must be doing this on their own because McConnell would never have approved it – imho.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. if this were hockey, footnote 2 would have to award a point assist to Sundance. Not so sure its not his goal.

    Liked by 3 people

  16. Scarlet says:

    I love my husband, and id never ever cheat, but DAMN , Grenell is smokin!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Blind no Longer says:

    Don’t get me wrong here, I love John Radcliffe….but I’m going to miss Ric stick up their crooked asses Grenell!!!
    The man has more Trumpism than anybody else except for the man Donald J Trump himself!!!
    He has no fear!!! You are a MAGA hero Ric!!! Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Liked by 8 people

  18. spoogels says:

    Leaked conversation between Joe Biden and Peter Poroshenko after Shokin was fired


  19. HB says:

    I almost envy Grenell’s position.

    “Who unmasked Flynn? Here ya go.”
    “What did Susan Rice email herself? Yeah right here.”
    “Who killed Kennedy? Surely, by all means.”

    Liked by 1 person

  20. trnathens says:

    We, as humans, are SO afraid of freedom.

    So afraid.

    Relinquish the illusion of control.


    We need to WAKE UP from this dream, this man-made reality that IS. NOT. REAL.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Solomonpal says:

    I hear bagpipe music in the background.

    Liked by 2 people

  22. rcogburn says:

    Remember Patrick Byrne said he gave the DOJ evidence of Obama spying on Trump AND Cankles. Every tin pot dictator knows you have to spy on your friends as well as your enemies.

    If he’s right, and this comes out, the DNC goes up in flames.

    “I gave to the DOJ documents concerning both the origin of the Russian probe and the probe into Hillary Clinton, both of which I was involved in, and both of which turned out to be less about law enforcement than they were about political espionage,” Byrne told Monday. He noted that the communications will prove that the FBI also had an operation into Clinton Foundation that he was directly involved in.

    Liked by 3 people

  23. islandpalmtrees says:

    The NSA Database has brute force, use it. You should be able to watch a selected phrase bounce around inside the government, until exposed by the press.

    Select the date range and lower the Hammer.

    Tag the occurrence and move on, to the next occurrence.

    Everyone writes or talks using phrases they like. Flynn is no exception.

    Liked by 2 people

    • nimrodman says:

      nice strategy, trees

      especially for email, where a lot of replies still contain the oriiginal message at the bottom

      the new recipient doesn’t even need to type the phrase themselves, it’s in the copy below their reply

      Liked by 1 person

      • islandpalmtrees says:

        Linguistics 450 – Repetition of Words and Phrases

        You don’t hear allot about these people, and its a difficult field of study.

        Liked by 1 person

    • KBR says:

      One of Obama’s favorite words: “folks.”

      Before he came into national attention, the word “folks” was rarely utilized, and especially infrequent in political speech.

      Every time I see the word “folks,” I hear that word in Obama’s-voice. Thus, I only trust what a poster/article writer who uses “folks” says if he/she has proven very trustworthy in the past.

      “Folks” causes an immediate “grain of salt” or “filter” or “watch out” reaction in my brain. Kinda like my mental immune system recognizes a potential virus being taken in…

      Liked by 5 people

      • KBR says:

        Unless, of course, it references Porky Pig.

        Liked by 1 person

        • twinkiethekid2 says:

          I remember watching Bugs Bunny as a kid. If anyone remembers the short with Maestro Leopold. I’d like to of think Trump as the Maestro directing the Obungle Opera now with just the very first few notes of the overture having been played out in public in the last few weeks. Overture: Flynn + Obamagate, Act I : Spygate Trump + Spygate and all the 2016 candidates (+Bernie), Act II – Spygate Congress, Act III – Spygate Judiciary, and so on continuing to the final act revealing all and sung by none other than the Tenor – 44. For most of the evil characters in this tragedy, this should not end well, but there will be no need to “put away” the man behind the curtain as the final reveal will leave him with such shame/dishonor that he will never leave his $40 mil home prison ever again.

          At least, we can only hope. 2:44 long enjoy.


  24. islandpalmtrees says:

    I am not going to be surprised if the private contractors are leaking.

    Think of the amount money, you could make, by selling query results.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Robert Smith says:

      Contractors are probably undercover agents!

      Liked by 2 people

    • twinkiethekid2 says:

      Wanted to expand on an earlier comment I made on data access and logs. Given the enormous size of the data sets being stored (Zettabyte), all the data access would be abstracted to the end user as there is no way all that “crap” can fit into a handful of databases. The abstraction which is in essence visualizing everything would also provide the ability for security compartmentalization as well as behind the scenes logs. Evidenced by the 85% non-compliance alarm that notified Rogers. The “end users” most likely never knew it was tripped since they kept accessing stuff until the plug was pulled. Of course, I could be all wet and they built it with a bunch of MS certified flunkies….

      Liked by 1 person

  25. SEDeuceTER says:

    And now that Grenell has the Marxist Dems begging for Ratcliffe to replace him, they actually think that Ratcliffe will be less of a problem! Woo Boy…..

    Liked by 2 people

  26. hudsonthedog says:

    Fiat Lux!


  27. T-Bond says:

    Hey Sundance,
    I heard previously that the FBI NY Office had opened a CI investigation on Carter Page immediately after he was named as a Trump advisor. But hadn’t heard what the Senators’ letter above charges: that someone at FBI hq (in DC) ordered the NY Field Office to initiate that action. Is it already known who is responsible? Or are the Senators unveiling a new clue here?

    Liked by 1 person

  28. Jenevive says:

    An question and observation

    I think the reason why Grassley and Johnson are now pushing for this info
    and the sudden reason Lindsay claims he will hold hearing is because
    as Tucker pointed out in his monologue that the Repubs while they were in
    control the first two years KNEW the Russia investigation against POTUS
    was bogus and they did NOTHING to stop it …so now they have to save face
    and look like they are doing something..

    What made Adm Roger tell POTUS he was being spied on and did he bring
    some kinda proof? Why would POTUS have just trusted him if he did indeed
    go to Trump Tower to tell POTUS what was happening? He worked for
    OBAMA so why would POTUS trust him..unless he brought proof?
    Which would mean POTUS has had some proof all along?

    Liked by 1 person

  29. Rick says:

    I don’t think DNI can just go rifling through anything he wants to because of 4th amendment rights, however, I do believe there’s enough smoke for AG to get a search warrant on every judge suspected of being compromised, and investigating communications and payments to that effect.

    We’ve seen some crazy partisan judges at work(Emmit Sulivan) John Roberts et al, almost every day we read about some partisan sick judge, and some of these clearly bad decisions, IMO, because of the seats of power they hold, should be all that’s needed to gain a search warrant.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. littleanniesfannie says:

    “ NSA Director Mike Rogers previously said he retained the audit-trail and audit logs which matches the exact time-frame outlined within the letter by Senators Johnson and Grassley. The custodian of those NSA logs is currently…. wait for it…. Ric Grenell.”

    (Skip ad but this follows the Sundance finishing quote!)


  31. Cocoon says:

    Obama team abused the civil rights of American citizens. FBI contractors further intruded these same right.
    Who authorized them?
    What info did they collect?
    What did they do with the info?
    Was the FBI paying them for this service or did they pull info on their own with payments from others?
    ”Obamagate” will be Obama’s Legacy.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Suzy Jules says:

    Maybe Carter Page and Papadopulis should start calling for the release if the 2 FISA judges report. I am sure Collyer’s would make for interesting reading. Also the 29 cases Horowitz found that really were not legal. If the names were unmasked, show everything. That would have the swamp fold on itself and disappear in Marianas trench.


  33. humaweiner says:

    This gay honey badger, Grenell has become my favorite super hero.


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