Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
The United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (Senate Intelligence Committee or SSCI) was created as a supposed post-Watergate era reform in 1975, originally known then as the "Church Committee". It is the only committee of congress in which the minority ranking member serves as "Vice-Chair." On no other committee does the ranking member hold the title of vice-chair. In theory, intelligence and foreign policy matters are handled in a bipartisan manner. This serves a dual purpose of the parties covering up each other's scandals, with the opposition party able to extract concessions.
SSCI is often referred to as the nexus or epicenter of the Uniparty. it has been criticized as the most corrupt body of the Deep state. As of 2020 Marco Rubio is the current chair and Mark Warner the sitting vice chair.
When the Obama administration illegally used the foreign intelligence gathering apparatus for domestic political spying, this presented unique unprecedented problems for the committee. The FISA courts and intelligence committee oversight were created specifically to deal with Nixon-era and J. Edgar Hoover's Fourth Amendment abuses of American citizens' rights. The Obama administration exploited loopholes in the Patriot Act and amendments to target members of an opposing political campaign as a network of "agents of a foreign power."
Origins: Church Committee
The Church Committee uncovered several foreign coups, assassinations, and attempted assassinations of foreign leaders, often by rogue elements within the CIA without presidential authorization, congressional oversight, or advise and consent of the Congress. This marked the beginning of a permanent Senate Intelligence oversight committee. CIA director William Colby revealed to Congress the plans to kill Fidel Castro and the 1953 Iranian coup. President Gerald Ford signed an executive order in 1975 banning the CIA from engaging in coups and assassinations on its own without Presidential authorization, known as a Presidential Finding. The CIA director now must report to the permanent committee every 30 days on its ongoing activities. The director must inform the committee of all covert operations, including if the CIA has killed anyone within the past 30 days, whether it be authorized by a Presidential Finding or for the purposes of maintaining operational security.
The committee also learned of Operation Mockingbird, the extent of infiltration and control of American media and the press to influence American public opinion and perceptions about CIA activities.
- See also: Iran Contra
Russia collusion hoax
- See also: Deep State coup 1.0
In March 2017, SSCI director of security James Wolfe leaked the Carter Page FISA warrant application to the New York Times, setting off a media firestorm of Trump-Russia collusion. Wolfe apparently leaked the classified information upon instruction from his Senate bosses. Ranking Democrat Sen. Mark Warner was in covert contact with an attorney for Christopher Steele, who authored the information used in the warrant application, and Oleg Deripaska who was one of Steele's sources. The committee at the time supposedly was investigating Trump-Russia collusion while Warner was engaged in behind-the-scenes witness tampering with the key witness.
Daniel Jones, a staffer for former vice chair Dianne Feinstein during the 2016 presidential election, resigned to head a private organization that raised money to continue funding FusionGPS, Steele's employer, and keep the Russia hoax alive during the Trump transition and first year of the Trump administration.
Carter Page leak
FBI Washington Field Office Special Agent Brian Dugan was given a task in early 2017 to see if he could track down and identify people who were leaking information related to national security. Dugan used a Top-Secret Classified Information request by SSCI Vice-Chairman Mark Warner to begin a very specific leak investigation.
On March 17, 2017, Brian Dugan picked-up a copy of the Carter Page FISA application from the FISA Court. He personally delivered that “read and return” copy to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Security Director James Wolfe. Shortly after 4:02 pm that same day, Vice-Chairman Mark Warner reviewed the FISA in the senate “scif”.
It is not known if any other SSCI committee member viewed that FISA (there is a great deal of circumstantial evidence to indicate only Wolfe and Warner saw it); however, what is factually certain – is that on the same day as Wolfe and Warner reviewed the FISA, Security Director James Wolfe leaked it to journalist Ali Watkins.
As soon as Ms. Watkins wrote an article for Buzzfeed, April 3, 2017, outlining Carter Page as “person one” in the application, Dugan knew the FISA had been leaked.
Dugan charged in the Wolfe indictment how the leak took place. The original FISA application is 83 pages with two mostly blank pages. Wolfe sent Ali Watkins 82 text messages (pictures), and later that evening had a lengthy phone call about it. Dugan put Wolfe under physical surveillance for several months as he gathered more information.
Dugan obtained enough evidence surrounding Watkins participation to gain a search warrant for her email, electronic communication and phone records. At the same time Dugan obtained the text messages between Chris Steele’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, and Vice-Chairman Mark Warner. The dates of both captures are very similar.
After more investigative paths were followed; and after more surveillance was conducted; eventually Wolfe was confronted. He lied three times over two dates until eventually Dugan put the direct evidence in front of him, and on December 15, 2017, Wolfe admitted to the leak. He was fired from the SSCI.
Sometime around mid-January 2018 Dugan wrapped up his investigation. However, because the Mueller team held investigative authority over everything Trump-Russia, which included the FISA application, Dugan’s entire investigative file had to transfer over to the Mueller team for review before going to the DC U.S. Attorney for a grand jury.
Dugan’s delivery of the investigative file to Main Justice (mid January ’18) was the first time the Mueller team knew of the totality of the investigation, and the issues with a trail of evidence going back to a serious SSCI compromise. The Mueller team took the Dugan file apart and began providing cover for their political allies. That’s why the Mark Warner text messages were released on February 9, 2018.
The Wolfe leak was toxic to the purpose of the Mueller team . There were also serious issues with an intelligence compromise, a national security compromise, an SSCI compromise, a gang-of-eight compromise, and a compromise between the legislative and executive branches of government. The Mueller team was in damage control mode.
Despite recommendations and normal procedures, “Top FBI leadership”, including FBI Director Chris Wray, made decisions not to do a national security damage assessment based on the identified intelligence compromises. The ramifications were rather stark. Everyone was in cover-up mode.
The transfer of the investigative file into Main Justice is how the Mueller team gained custody of the exact March 17, 2017, version of the FISA application which they released on July 21, 2018. Additionally, only nine days earlier, July 12, 2018, the Mueller team lied to the FISA court the Carter Page FISA application was adequately predicated.
When the Brian Dugan investigative file was returned, the evidence of the Wolfe leak was scrubbed. Wolfe was only charged with lying three times to investigators. Absent the indictment for the leak Wolfe’s lawyers knew they had leverage; they threatened to subpoena the SSCI senators (it is likely only Warner was a participant in the March 17th FISA review – so the real target of that threat was Senator Mark Warner).
After the threat DC U.S. Attorney’ Office, Jessie Liu, agreed to a plea deal with Wolfe. They dropped the three counts of lying to federal investigators down to one count while simultaneously the mainstream media ignored the story.
On December 14, 2018, WFO Special Agent Brian Dugan filed an attachment, Government Exhibit 13, to the final sentencing recommendation – and in that two page sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, SSA Brian Dugan attested to Wolfe leaking the FISA application for the final time.
The media ignored it. The cover-up was complete.
All of the direct evidence of this series of events is included in a series of public documents released over a period of about twelve months. Because the documents were released out of sequence and seemingly disconnected no-one caught on to the backstory.
Members of the SSCI have been accused of insider trading after the stock market crash related to the Chinese coronavirus panic. Insider trading is defined as buying and selling stock based upon non-public or 'insider' knowledge and information. By federal law passed by federal legislators, so-called 'insider trading' applies only to Wall Street bankers, brokers and other 'Wall Street insiders', and does not apply to government civil service system workers, members of congress, their staffs, and federal regulators.
- - Report on CIA Assassination Plots (1)”, Richard B. Cheney Files at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library
- "The Senate acted first in May 1976, creating the Select Committee on Intelligence. The House followed suit a little over a year later, creating the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Both committees were made responsible for authorizing expenditures for intelligence activities (although the Senate was limited to "national" intelligence, whereas the House mandate included both "national" and "tactical" intelligence activities), and for conducting necessary oversight. The resolutions creating both committees recognized that they would be kept "fully and currently informed" of intelligence activities under their purview. Both committees were added to the list of those to receive notice of covert actions under the Hughes-Ryan amendment. The Senate committee also was given responsibility for handling the confirmation proceedings when the DCI and the Deputy DCI were nominated by the President. While efforts were made in succeeding months to let emotions over intelligence activities subside and to establish more "normal" relationships between the Legislative and Executive branches, the hiatus was relatively short-lived. In 1977, the Senate Committee reexamined the question whether the aggregate intelligence budget should be released publicly. This issue would continue to be debated for the next two decades. The statement of newly-appointed DCI Turner that he had no problem with the release of this figure aroused protests from those who believed disclosure could assist hostile intelligence services in deciphering U.S. intelligence activity. In August 1977, DCI Turner prompted a more substantial controversy by announcing his intention to reduce the CIA's Directorate of Operations by 800 people. The first reductions occurred on 31 October 1977 (called the "Halloween Massacre" within CIA) when 200 officers were fired. Critics of the DCI charged that he was destroying the CIA's human source collection capability in favor of technical collection programs run by the Department of Defense. (Some in Defense, on the other hand, perceived Turner as attempting to take over those programs.) On 24 January 1978, President Carter issued a new Executive Order on intelligence which reaffirmed the DCI's Community-wide authority over priorities, tasking, and the budget; contained additional restrictions on collection techniques, participation in domestic activities, and human experimentation; and reiterated the ban on assassinations. Intelligence agencies were specifically required to promulgate procedures to govern the collection of information on U.S. citizens and persons admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Notwithstanding the new presidential order, both congressional committees proceeded to consider bills in 1978 which would have dramatically overhauled the Intelligence Community. Following the suggestions of the Church Committee as well as incorporating various aspects of the Executive branch reforms, the Senate committee developed a comprehensive bill entitled the "National Intelligence Reorganization and Reform Act of 1978." The Evolution of the U.S. Intelligence Community-An Historical Overview, Federation of American Scientists
- See: Clinton_body_count#William Colby. Some say Dir. Colby was assassinated 20 years later while investigating the Clinton's connections to Mena airport and the cocaine smuggling scandal known as Iran Contra because Colby could not be trusted after ratting-out earlier CIA misdeeds.
- This is often mistakenly referred to in mainstream media and academia as the "ban on assassinations". More properly, it is a ban on CIA assassinations and coups acting on their own without presidential authorization. The first generation of CIA command and operatives were of the World War II generation, accustomed to longterm duty assignments without contact with their superiors, and who felt instinctively they knew how to deal with America's enemies without burdening their commanders for permission.
The President still retains the power, under his oath to "preserve protect and defend" the Constitution, to order assassinations and coups. This serves as due process, even against American citizens. Drone killing policy withstands challenge, scotusblog
- Covert Action: the Delicate Balance, Diane C. Snyder
- The CIA's Family Jewels, National Security Archives
- Remember James Wolfe - Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Security Director?, Gregory J Ferguson
- Wolfe’s Indictment, Media Leaks & the Page FISA Application, by Jeff Carlson, July 28, 2018.
- Clinton Foundation Timeline - Daniel Jones.
- AG Bill Barr’s Other Problem – The 2018 DOJ and FBI Coverup To Protect The Senate Intelligence Committee, August 11, 2019.
- Michael Caputo Statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee
- Senate report gives cover to Obama White House targeting Trump, The Duran, February 15, 2020