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Cool, even-keeled, no-drama Barack Obama is one of the few people in the country who hasn’t publicly opined on the tweets and turmoil wrought by President Trump. And so a persistent question to those close to the former president is: What does Obama really think of the man now occupying the Oval Office?

“He’s nothing but a bullsh–ter,” Obama told two friends early last November, describing an election night phone call with Trump, in which the businessman suddenly professed his “respect” and “admiration” for Obama—after years of hectoring.

Speaking to PEOPLE for its new cover story on Obama and his wife Michelle adjusting to life outside the White House, the two friends quoted Obama’s blunt assessment of President-elect Trump. And how has Obama’s opinion changed since Trump been in office? “Well,” said one of the sources, “it hasn’t gotten any better.”

A third source close to Obama tells PEOPLE: “He’s deeply concerned with what he’s seen. But he’s also optimistic and heartened that citizens aren’t just watching it happen but engaging with neighbors and elected representatives at town halls.”

“Bulls—ter,” while head-turning, shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to anyone paying attention to Obama’s 2016 campaign rhetoric on Trump (“unfit,” “woefully unprepared” and “unacceptable”). But the former president has been meticulous since the election about not publicly violating that unwritten code of conduct among ex-presidents that bars criticizing whoever’s currently in the Oval Office.

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“He’s very respectful of the appropriate role of a former president and that ex-presidents should not be looking over the shoulder of their successors and commenting on every decision,” says Obama’s long-time friend and political strategist David Axelrod, now director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

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“President Obama’s predecessor didn’t do that. Obviously, this now is a unique set of circumstances, but my sense is that he’s going to try and respect that tradition while reserving the right to speak out in given moments when things rise to that level.”

As for the former first lady, she too campaigned forcefully against Trump last fall but has, since his election, not publicly shared her thoughts about him. Privately, is another story. To visitors last December, she joked about needing mourning attire that she would call “the black series.”

“I’m going all black for the next couple of years,” she joked.

DOJ Insider: Barack Obama Encouraged Voter Fraud For 8 Years

DOJ insider claims the Obama years were the wild west of voter fraud

A former Justice Department attorney claims that Barack Obama allowed and encouraged voter fraud for the duration of his presidency.

Following Trump’s announcement this week of a voter fraud probe into the 2016 election, a DOJ insider claims that the Obama years resembled the “Wild West” when it came to the integrity of the voting system.

Wnd.com reports: Public Interest Legal Foundation President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams worked in the civil rights division of the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration and the beginning of Obama’s first term. He told WND and Radio America this focus is long overdue.

“We know of election crimes that have gone on in the last seven years, one after another after another, that the federal government never prosecuted and never investigated, never did anything about and creating this Wild West atmosphere with voter fraudsters,” Adams said.

For examples, Adams cites Wendy Rosen, the 2012 congressional candidate in Maryland who also voted in Florida. He said there have been more than 1,000 non-citizens discovered voting in Virginia since 2011, and more than 800 others in Ohio. He said North Carolina found 41 ballots cast by non-citizens last year and Nevada found three.

Not only is the fraud not being investigated, in some cases it is celebrated.

“You have Melowese Richardson, a woman in Cincinnati, who said on camera that she voted six times for President Obama,” Adams said. “She was actually celebrated at an event that Al Sharpton was at. They treated her like a hero.”

The new commission is not without it’s critics, however. A group called the Citizen’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law immediately issued a statement referring to the commission’s work as “blocking the black vote.”

While the argument that voting reforms disenfranchise minorities and the poor is rather common, Adams said it is baseless.

“That narrative is a lie. More often than not, the people losing the right to vote because of election crimes are people in minority communities,” said Adams, who noted that his work at the Justice Department bears out his position.

“When I was at the Justice Department, I brought a case that was afflicting the minority community in a small town in Mississippi where political operatives exploited the weak and the vulnerable,” Adams said. “They voted for them. They stole their votes. So often it is the minority communities who are being harmed by voter fraud.”

But he didn’t stop there.

“The dirty little secret is these groups that send out these press releases like it that way, because they benefit from controlling the process,” Adams said. “They benefit by telling people how to vote, by voting for them, by running an organization that covers up crimes, just to get certain people elected.”

That’s why Adams suspects criticism of the commission’s work will not focus on the facts.

“The critics of the commission essentially want to hide the facts,” he said. “They don’t want us to know the truth about the extent of voter fraud. They’re accessories to the crime. If they want to cover up and obstruct the investigation into voter fraud, then those people deserve our criticism.”

A more bipartisan criticism of the effort suggests that while voter fraud ought to be prosecuted, the problem is being blown out of proportion, After all, three votes usually don’t decide statewide elections in Nevada, 141 didn’t tilt any big races in North Carolina and even 1,000 votes would be unlikely to change results in Virginia.

Adams quickly offered two responses to that argument, starting with the crime itself.

“Changing the outcome of the election is not an element to the federal crime,” he said. “That is not in the law. That is something people have invented to give people a pass and to shut down enforcement of the law.”

But he also said voter fraud certainly can alter the outcome of elections.

“The fact that it effects elections is real,” Adams said. “We have found at the Public Interest Legal Foundation that over 4,000 aliens have been caught on the voter rolls, many of them voting, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. These are the ones who have self-reported essentially. So there’s tens of thousands more most likely.”

Adams has long favored requiring voters to display photo identification at the polls and for state and local officials to regularly update voter rolls to clean out names of people who are dead or no longer live there.

He said another effective step would take very little effort.

“The easiest thing to do is to compare the voter rolls of the country to the list of aliens in federal databases,” Adams said. “Nobody has ever done that. It’s a simple operation. It would not take very much to simply see how many people in the alien database are also registered to vote, and those who have voted should be prosecuted.

“It doesn’t take many prosecutions to chill criminal activity,” he added.

However, for Adams, the most important aspect of the commission may be to punch a hole in the movement of those trying to stop voting reforms.

“Those loud voices on the left have done all they can over the years to silence any examination of the vulnerabilities in our system,” Adams said. “They have intimidated and yelled and done everything they could to hide the facts of election crimes. What they’re most upset about it that that’s ending. So I’m optimistic this is going to be a good process.”

Obama Uses Private Jet, 14 Car Convoy to Get to European Climate Change Speech

May 11, 2017 2 comments

Former President Barack Obama traveled to Italy this week to make a speech on climate change at the “Seed & Chips: The Global Food Innovation Summit” in the city of Milan.

It seems like Obama has taken a page out of Leonardo DiCaprio’s book of “do as I say, not as I do” and took a private jet to Milan. Not only that, he had a 14 car convoy to get into the city, which also included protection from above with a helicopter.

It doesn’t end there. According to The Daily Mail, 300 police officers were used to protect the former president.

The fleet of 14 included multiple SUVs, police cars, and sedans — not to mention a few motorcycles.

Here’s another look at the convoy:

While in Milan, Obama also met with former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who was a close partner during their respective times in office.

During his post-presidency vacation, Obama spent many weeks in French Polynesia on music mogul David Geffen’s 450ft superyacht, which surely does not frugally sip fossil fuels like he wants the rest of the country to do.

Seems like President Obama’s retirement is going well.

 

House to Probe Whether Obama Undermined U.S. National Security to Finalize Iran Deal

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon. President Barack Obama returns from vacation rested and ready for a busy fall, including pressing Congress for Zika funding and fending off congressional attacks over the administration's $400 million "leverage" payment to Iran. Obama also plans a dogged effort to help elect Democrat Hillary Clinton as president. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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Politico reports:  Citing a POLITICO investigation, Republican leaders of the House oversight committee said Friday they have launched a sweeping investigation into whether the Obama administration, in trying to win support for a nuclear deal and prisoner swap with Tehran last year, undermined an ambitious U.S. counterproliferation effort to thwart Iranian weapons trafficking networks.

Also in response to the POLITICO investigation, 13 Republican senators have demanded answers about whether the Obama administration jeopardized U.S. national security as a result of its protracted top-secret negotiations with Tehran, and then misled the American public when disclosing the terms of the two deals in January 2016.

The House and Senate lawmakers cited various portions of an April 24 report by POLITICO that found that the Obama administration, through actions in some cases and inaction in others, significantly hampered a much-touted federal law enforcement effort known as the National Counterproliferation Initiative at a time when it was making unprecedented headway in thwarting Iran’s illicit weapons proliferation activities.

Rand Paul requests info on whether Obama surveilled him

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he has asked the intelligence community and White House for any evidence that he was surveilled by former President Barack Obama.

“I have formally requested from the WH and the Intel Committees info on whether I was surveilled by Obama admin and or the Intel community!” Paul tweeted Friday.

The tweet appears to build off of President Trump’s claim, presented without evidence, that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower during last year’s presidential race.

FBI Director James Comey has flatly denied any direct surveillance of the Trump campaign.

Paul tweeted about his request for information in the context of both Trump’s allegations of deliberate surveillance and a recent NSA report stating that the NSA abided by nearly 2,000 requests to unmask names in 2016.The NSA report does not, however, state that the NSA was unmasking names with the hope they would turn out to be specific people.

“Did the Obama admin go after presidential candidates, members of Congress, journalists, clergy, lawyers, fed judges? Did the Obama admin use warrantless ‘wiretapping’ on other candidates besides @realDonaldTrump?” Paul wrote in his previous two tweets, both linking to a piece from the news organization Circa requesting documents about unmasked intercepts.

Paul has argued that incidental collection of Trump associates’ calls with foreign citizens who were themselves under surveillance is “a big deal.”

Paul and many civil libertarians argue that, since foreign surveillance requires no warrant, Americans caught up in that surveillance are being observed without a warrant.

Foreign, warrantless surveillance is authorized under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which comes up for renewal later this year. Comey has described Section 702 as the “crown jewels” of FBI surveillance tools.

There You Have It: Obama Admin. Spied On Trump, His Staff, Congress, & Trump Supporters

During his last year in office, President Obama wielded the the NSA like a weapon. His team scoured confidential data for information on Americans. Thousands of reports were disseminated to government departments with citizens’ names left exposed. Conservatives and people associated with President Trump were particularly targeted.

“The scandal is not Trump and the Russians,” radio host Rush Limbaugh said earlier this week. “The scandal is the Obama administration and these embeds in the deep state surveilling targets with the express purpose of hoping to capture Americans as part of the surveillance.”

The damning data was released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The NSA collected information on Americans during its investigations on foreigners. That data was subsequently combed over by the Obama administration and circulated amongst various government officials. The former president eased earlier restrictions and slashed privacy protections during his first term.

The NSA is technically forbidden from spying on Americans. Yet the agency has managed to compile a dossier of information on thousands of citizens. Lawmakers are set to investigate if agents intruded on Trump’s privacy during the election.

“I think it is alarming. There seems to be a universal trend toward more surveillance and more surveillance that impacts Americans’ privacy without obtaining a warrant,” said Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel for the ACLU.

“This data confirms that there is a lack of acknowledgment that information is being specifically and increasingly mined about Americans for investigations that have little or nothing to do with international terrorism.”

Thousands of intelligence reports floated around Washington that had the names of American citizens. Originally those names were redacted and replaced with something bland like “American No. 1” but the Obama administration ordered that most of the names be unmasked.

President Obama decided that the only justification required to reveal a name in an NSA report is a determination that “the identity of the United States person is necessary to understand foreign intelligence information or assess its importance.”

“There is no doubt that there was a spike in the requests to search for Americans in the NSA database,” a U.S. official told Circa. “It’s simply easier for people to make requests. And while we have safeguards, there is always concern and vigilance about possible political or prurient motives that go beyond national security concerns.”

Many of those whose names were exposed by the Obama administration were campaign associates of Trump. It’s not clear what Obama choose to do with the information he received.

Activists fear that the NSA has been flouting the restriction on spying on American citizens by investigating foreigners with close ties to the U.S.

“This report provides a small window into the government’s surveillance activities, but it leaves vital questions unanswered,” Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said in a statement. “At the top of the list is how many Americans’ communications are being swept up.”

Obama’s schemes are only just now struggling to light. The man violated the privacy of thousands of Americans but was often lauded as a humanitarian hero by the left. The extent of the data collected is unknown.

“The Obama administration weaponized everything else to use against the GOP, from the IRS to NOAA to any of these agencies, EPA, involving climate change,” Limbaugh said. “The Drive-By Media reported all of this. We know that there had to be unmasking. We know that there had to be leaking. The media proudly told us that sources who could not be identified […] fed them data. We know now that the media was complicit.”

Obama and the media elite conspired to find information dirtying Trump in order to cast a negative light on his associates. The Russia-collusion story that’s been dominating the headlines since Trump’s inauguration was spread by Team Obama.

“While [the Obama administration] couldn’t get a FISA warrant to target Americans, they purposely targeted for surveillance foreign actors that they knew Trump transition people would be talking to and learned what they were saying that way,” Limbaugh said.

Obama Summoned To Court – Uses Secret Service To Illegally Dodge Lawsuit

Obama ignores court summons sent to his D.C. home

Former president Barack Obama has ducked a court summons requiring him to respond to five lawsuits being issued against him. 

The founder of Judicial Watch, Larry Klayman, says that Obama has ducked the process server on five occasions, in order to illegally avoid appearing in court.

Intellihub.com reports:

Process servers are licensed by a court and have the right to serve legal documents and if you impeded them it is Obstruction of Justice.

Most recently, in late-April, the former President managed to dodge process server Tony Snesko who showed up to his D.C. residence by having the D.C. Police and the Secret Service intervene.

“Good morning,” the Snesko said to a local cop guarding Obama’s residence. “I have got a summons that needs to be delivered to Barack Hussien Obama or someone on his behalf.”

The police officer, still sitting in his car, replied, “A summons?” The officer then picked up his phone to call someone.

“Sir, there you go. Walk down this sidewalk all the way to 2446,” the officer told Snesko.

Seconds later Secret Service agents came down the stairs in front of Obama’s residence to question the process server.

Secret Service agent Bukin then spoke with the cop briefly before telling the process server that “a team” would come out and take a look at the paperwork. The agent accepted the documents but would not provide a signature.

Obama was thought to be in French Polynesia at the time of the summons which is a non-extradition country.

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