The witch unmasked

Samantha Power is an individual who gives rise to a strange sort of nostalgia: "Remember when the U.S. was represented at the United Nations by the Witch of the Moors?" Power has reappeared from obscurity this week amid questions concerning "unmasking" activities during the 2016 election.  Like most members of the Obama administration, Power left behind her a trail of mysteries, of events that are utterly incomprehensible unless they're part of a larger scheme still unknown to us.  In her case, these involved the illegal "unmasking" of American citizens. Unmasking is the process by which American names picked up in the course of foreign intelligence operations that are normally redacted are revealed to the officials requesting the procedure.  It's easy to see the problem here: Americans who simply happened to be in the same room as a foreign intelligence target can be misidentified as involved in some...(Read Full Post)
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