Fox News Takes Catholic Judge Napolitano Off Air
Popular Catholic contributor removed for Trump wiretapping remarks
[Is Fox News living down to its reputation “Faux (Fake) News” to join the liberal faux news media in the never-Trump movement?]
by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • March 21, 2017
NEW YORK – It is being reported that Judge Andrew Napolitano — a conservative Catholic Fox News contributor — is off the air indefinitely because of his comments on alleged U.S. government spying on President Donald Trump.
The Los Angeles Times reported on March 20, “People familiar with the situation who could speak only on the condition of anonymity said Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time in the near future.” The network has not explained why Napolitano has been taken off the air.
Napolitano wrote an article for Fox on March 16 where he alleged “Obama would not have needed a warrant to authorize surveillance on Trump. Obama was the president and as such enjoyed authority under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to order surveillance on any person in America, without suspicion, probable cause or a warrant.”
He went on to say, “Sources have told me that the British foreign surveillance service, the Government Communications Headquarters, known as GCHQ, most likely provided Obama with transcripts of Trump’s calls.”
The NSA has given GCHQ full 24/7 access to its computers, so GCHQ — a foreign intelligence agency that, like the NSA, operates outside our constitutional norms — has the digital versions of all electronic communications made in America in 2016, including Trump’s. So by bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints.
“Thus, when senior American intelligence officials denied that their agencies knew about this,” he added, “they were probably being truthful. Adding to this ominous scenario is the fact that three days after Trump’s inauguration, the head of GCHQ, Robert Hannigan, abruptly resigned, stating that he wished to spend more time with his family.”
Napolitano, however, is not alone in these accusations. On March 20, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul also alleged that Trump and his campaign have been spied on “by government entities.”
I think most of the conversations are that they had surveillance on the Trump campaign at large. And I think the fact that nobody is denying the fact that they did release somebody from the campaign — Mike Flynn, they did release his conversations, that the spying actually occurred. So, it’s funny that we’re arguing this point when in reality, most people have admitted it.
Several news organizations including The New York Times, BBC, The Guardian, and others that are considered “liberal” also maintain Trump was spied on by the U.S. government.
Napolitano finished his article noting, “We face the gravest threat to personal liberty since the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 proscribed criticism of the government.”
He asserted, “We have an unelected, unnamed, unaccountable elite group in the intelligence community manipulating the president at will and possessing intimate, detailed knowledge about all of us that it can reveal.”
“We have statutes that have given the president unconstitutional powers that have apparently been used,” he noted. “And we have judges on secret courts facilitating all this as if the Constitution didn’t exist.”