Day Four – The Fourth Branch of Government, The Intelligence Branch


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on July 12, 2021 | Sundance | 225 Comments

As our understanding of The Fourth Branch expands, it is important to pause and reflect upon a specific ‘check and balance‘ within the system before finishing with the final two chapters.

The modern system to ‘check’ the executive branch was the creation of the legislative “Gang of Eight,” a legislative oversight mechanism intended to provide a bridge of oversight between the authority of the intelligence community within the executive branch.

The Go8 construct was designed to allow the President authority to carry out intelligence operations and provide the most sensitive notifications to a select group within Congress.

The Go8 oversight is directed to the position, not the person, and consists of: (1) The Speaker of the House; (2) The Minority Leader of the House; (3) The Chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, HPSCI; (4) The Ranking Member (minority) of the HPSCI; (5) The Leader of the Senate; (6) The Minority Leader of the Senate; (7) The Chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, SSCI; and finally (8) the Vice-Chair of the SSCI.

Example: When the Chief Executive (the President) initiates an intelligence operation on behalf of the United States, the President triggers a “finding memo.” In essence the instruction to the intel agency or agencies to authorize a covert operation.   When that process takes place, the Go8 are the first people notified.  Depending on the sensitivity of the operation, sometimes the G08 are notified immediately after the operation is conducted.  The notification can be a phone call or an in-person briefing.

Because of the sensitivity of their intelligence information, the Gang of Eight hold security clearances that permit them to receive and review all intelligence operations.  The intelligence community are also responsible for briefing the Go8 with the same information they use to brief the President.

~ 2021 Gang of Eight ~

The Go8 design is intended to put intelligence oversight upon both political parties in Congress; it is designed that way by informing the minority leaders of both the House and Senate as well as the ranking minority members of the SSCI and HPSCI.  Under the concept, the President cannot conduct an intelligence operation; and the intelligence community cannot carry out intelligence gathering operations without the majority and minority parties knowing about it.

The modern design of this oversight system was done to keep rogue and/or corrupt intelligence operations from happening.  However, as we shared in the preview to this entire discussion, the process was usurped during the Obama era. {GO DEEP}

Former FBI Director James Comey openly admitted to Congress on March 20, 2017, that the FBI, FBI Counterintelligence Division, DOJ and DOJ-National Security Division, together with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the CIA, had been conducting independent investigations of Donald Trump for over a year without informing the Go8.  Comey justified the lack of informing Go8 oversight by saying “because of the sensitivity of the matter.”

Stupidly, Congress never pressed James Comey on that issue.  The arrogance was astounding, and the acceptance by Congress was infuriating.  However, that specific example highlighted just how politically corrupt the system had become.  In essence, Team Obama usurped the entire design of congressional oversight…. and Congress just brushed it off.

Keep in mind, Comey did not say the White House was unaware; in fact he said exactly the opposite, he said “the White House was informed through the National Security Council,” (the NSC).  The implication, the very direct and specific implication; the unavoidable implication and James Comey admission that everyone just brushed aside; was that President Obama’s National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, was totally informed of the intelligence operation(s) against Donald Trump.  After all, the NSC reports to the National Security Advisor.

Does the January 20, 2017, Susan Rice memo look different now?

Again, no-one saw the immediate issue.  What Comey just described on that March day in 2017 was the total usurpation of the entire reason the Gang of Eight exists; to eliminate the potential for political weaponization of the Intelligence Community by the executive branch.  The G08 notifications to the majority and minority are specifically designed to make sure what James Comey admitted to doing was never supposed to happen.

Team Obama carried out a political operation using the intelligence community and the checks-and-balances in the system were intentionally usurped.  This is an indisputable fact.

Worse still, the entire legislative branch of Congress, which specifically includes the Republicans that now controlled the House and Senate, did nothing.  They just ignored what was admitted. The usurpation was willfully ignored….. The mechanism of the G08 was bypassed without a twitch of condemnation or investigation…. because the common enemy was Donald Trump.

This example highlights the collapse of the system.  Obama, the executive branch, collapsed the system by usurping the process; in essence the process became the bigger issue and the lack of  immediate legislative branch reaction became evidence of open acceptance.   The outcomes of the usurpation played out over the next four years, Donald J Trump was kneecapped and lost his presidency because of it.   However, the bigger issue of the collapse still exists.

The downstream consequence of the legislative branch accepting the executive branch usurpation meant both intelligence committees were compromised.   Additionally, the leadership of both the House and Senate were complicit.  Think about this carefully.  The legislative branch allowance of the intelligence usurpation meant the legislative branch was now subservient to the Intelligence Branch.

That’s where we are.

Right now.

That’s where we are.

Term-3 Obama is now back in the White House with Joe Biden.

Term-1 and Term-2 Obama usurped the ‘check and balance‘ within the system and weaponized the intelligence apparatus.  During Trump’s term that weaponization was covered up by a compliant congress, and not a single member of the oversight called it out.  Now, Term-3 Obama steps back-in to continue the cover-up and continue the weaponization.

Hopefully, you can now see the scale of the problem that surrounds us with specific citation for what has taken place.  What I just explained to you above is not conspiracy theory, it is admitted fact that anyone can look upon.  Yet….

Have you seen this mentioned anywhere?

Have you seen this called out by anyone in Congress?

Have you seen anyone in media (ally or adversary) call this out?

Have you seen any member of the judicial branch stand up and say wait, what is taking place is not okay?

Have you seen a single candidate for elected office point this out?

Have you seen anyone advising a candidate point this out?

This is our current status.

It is not deniable.

It is.

Yet, not a single person, no-one, will say openly what has taken place.  It is right there in front of our face.  The words, actions and activities of those who participated in this process are not deniable.

♦ Last point.  There are only two members of the Gang of Eight who have existed in place from January 2007 (the real beginning of Obama’s term, two years before he took office when the Congress flipped).  Only two members of the G08 have been consistently in place from January of 2007 to right now, today.   All the others came and went but two members of the Gang of Eight have been part of that failed and collapsed oversight throughout the past 15 years.

…Who are they?

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