Most, for instance, are not aware of the National Security Agency (NSA), and if they are, they really don't know much about it.
The NSA, to review, is the nation's foremost spy agency (not to be confused with the Central Intelligence Agency, which is America's principal espionage and counterespionage entity). The NSA is not charged with spying on Americans, mind you; its purpose is to identify foreign threats and to do so, the agency is empowered to 'monitor' potential foreign threats to our country (spy on them). All foreign governments and their respective government agents and officials know the CIA and NSA do.
There are a few exceptions to the NSA's ban on spying on Americans, such as when those citizens are suspected of operating against our country on behalf of a foreign nation or group. But the NSA routinely does spy on Americans in violation of its charter and of the law when it is directed to do so for purely political purposes.
The NSA, along with the FBI, spied on former President Donald Trump, using the lie that he was a foreign agent of Russia. And the NSA spied on many members of his administration, including one of his early political and foreign policy advisers, Sebastian Gorka.
In an interview with Newsmax TV's Grant Stinchfield last week, Gorka revealed as much and said that he has proof of what he says, though he's not at liberty just yet to reveal it.
"There is a part of the NSA, it is the most aggressive cyber arm of the NSA called the ‘Tailored Access Operations,'” Gorka said, adding that “there was a small unit of contractors in the TAO who had been tasked to actually surveil members of the Trump administration, me, Steve Bannon and others included.”
He went on to say that a “very highly respected journalist” has uncovered the evidence to support his claims, and that the unnamed journalist will be coming forward soon to reveal what they have learned.
So -- how does the NSA get around its legal prohibition against spying on Americans? By using technology, Gorka said. The agency manages to route electronic communications like emails through foreign countries, then justifies 'intercepting' those communications because they traveled through a router in a foreign country where the NSA directed the message.
Gorka went on to recount what he was told by a senior FBI official after he tried unsuccessfully to get three FBI agents and former students of his detailed to him. For nearly six months after he came into the White House under Trump, Gorka said he called the FBI's HR department every week looking for "my guys," noting that the security clearance process for such assignments generally only takes about two weeks.
He said that months later, he was eventually told he was never going to get his detail because "the seventh floor of the Hoover Building" -- where all of the top FBI leaders are -- viewed President Trump "as the enemy," despite the fact that he was the duly elected commander-in-chief.
It's remarkable and unbelievable that the agency does this, but Gorka's not the only one who has made the accusation in recent weeks.
Last month, Fox News host Tucker Carlson said a whistleblower from within the deep state tipped him off that the NSA was reading his emails as well. The source verified it by reading back to Carlson information from the email that only he and the recipients could have known about -- and he's certain the recipients did not reveal the email's contents.