- Willis L. Krumholz argues conservatives should be angry about the Obama administration’s electronic surveillance of the Trump campaign:
Aside from the FBI’s human source contacting Trump campaign officials well before the FBI says the investigation officially began and possibly in violation of FBI guidelines, a hugely overlooked angle is the massive electronic surveillance of the Trump campaign. It wasn’t just Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants, granted by a secret court that rarely denies the government’s spying requests, with the unverified and Hillary Clinton-funded Trump-Russia dossier used as probable cause. It was also national security letters, which allow spying without a judge’s oversight.
Yes, this surveillance targeted certain campaign officials, not the whole campaign per se. But with the National Security Agency’s two-hop rule, it is likely the entire communications of the Trump campaign were being sifted.
Don’t forget the communications Trump people had with non-citizens, which is routine for a presidential campaign, especially during the transition period. In them, non-citizens’ communications were scooped up and the American side of the communications un-redacted, or unmasked, which allowed yet another avenue for the Obama administration to see the Trump camp’s conversations.
- USAID still hasn’t helped Iraqi Christians a year after Mike Pence said the agency would assist them.
The Trump administration announced its rescue plan for ZTE, which requires ZTE to replace its management and board, pay a $1 billion fine, and put $400 million in escrow. ZTE must also retain a compliance team appointed by the Commerce Department for 10 years.
Four Senate Democrats called for a counterintelligence investigation into Donald Trump’s use of iPhones for tweeting and calls to his friends. Of course these Democrats were nowhere to be found when Hillary Clinton used a private email server for official government business or when Debbie Wasserman Schultz tried to kill an investigation into a House IT staffer who illegally accessed Congressional computers.
John C. Eastman argues that Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission was a victory for the Free Exercise Clause:
Despite almost 30 years of Supreme Court case law emptying the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause of almost all substantive content (thanks largely to a 1990 decision by Justice Scalia called Employment Division v. Smith), the Supreme Court has now confirmed that the Free Exercise Clause does not let the government apply laws in a discriminatory way against religious believers, even if the laws were not designed to discriminate against those believers, simply because the government finds the religious belief “offensive.”
- Sarah Hoyt takes on the critics of the practice of separating illegal immigrant children from their “parents” at the U.S. border with Mexico:
I’ll be honest, I don’t know — nor frankly do I care — if our policy tracks with other Western countries. What I do know is that the people falling on the floor, kicking arms and legs up and down, and finally holding their breath and threatening to turn blue — including the UN — are not only wrong but disturbingly wrong. Their idea that children should always stay with those claiming to be their parents endangers children and adults, destroys the future of the children and might very well encourage kidnapping and child trafficking.
Like most other things the UN throws its weight behind it’s not only wrong, it’s very very bad. As in evil. As in no one sane should support it.
More diplomats from the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China have been sent home after experiencing symptoms consistent with sonic attacks, similar to what has happened in Cuba.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced an unconditional ceasefire with the Taliban until June 20; American forces in Afghanistan will honor the ceasefire, which doesn’t apply to ISIS.