Chances are, confirmation bias determines how you view the various news and opinion stories in the constant drip-drip-drip about government surveillance of Russians and Trump associates. I’m no different. My bias is, the narrative about collusion between Trump and the Russians to influence the US election is politically motivated nonsense. What’s yours?

Here’s some reading on the surveillance state, Obama, and TrumpWorld, from other than the usual sources. I’m curious as to whether the timelines and arguments presented in these two articles are persuasive of anything to readers whose bias is to believe the collusion narrative.

First, the timeline on Obama-era  surveillance of Americans, presented by journalist Sharyl Attkisson:

Obama-era Surveillance Timeline

You can find many timelines that follow allegations of Russia tampering in the U.S. election and alleged involvement of Trump officials. But I couldn’t find any comprehensive timelines cross-referencing Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other U.S. citizens with Russia surveillance allegations. So I built one.

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Sharyl Attkisson

Now, a reasoned examination of the supposed evidence the government was relying on to justify its pre- and post-election investigations of TrumpWorld connections to Russia, presented by Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist:

Did The FBI Use Garbage Opposition Research To Spy On An American?

Again, maybe the U.S. government has every reason to be spying on Carter Page. But if he was spied on for having political views or associates at odds with the Obama administration, that’s a problem. Like-minded people favoring a change in U.S. foreign policy should not be illegal. That’s politics, and precisely why elections are held in a free country. Government resources, law enforcement, and surveillance powers simply shouldn’t be put to partisan use. If nothing comes of this nearly year-long investigation into a political campaign, accountability must be demanded.

Indeed.

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