Donald Trump sent shockwaves throughout the political spectrum a few days back with incendiary claims that President Obama had ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the campaign. He had no evidence to support the claims, and intelligence officials across the board have made it very clear that the statements were utterly unfounded. Republicans in Congress have tepidly tried to distance themselves from the assertions, even calling on Trump to deliver evidence by today.
White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway, however, is doubling down.
In an interview with USA Today, she had some unusual ideas about how surveillance might have been conducted:
Donald Trump’s senior aide Kellyanne Conway has suggested Barack Obama could have monitored the President through a microwave.
When she was asked about Mr Trump’s claims in an interview with USA Today, Ms Conway suggested the surveillance may have involved far more than wiretapping.
She said: “What I can say is there are many ways to surveil each other.
“You can surveil someone through their phones, certainly through their television sets — any number of different ways.”
She claimed surveillance could be conducted with “microwaves that turn into cameras,” and added: “We know this is a fact of modern life.”
While odd, these claims likely stem from a recent Wikileaks release detailing CIA spying capabilities, including hacking into people’s personal iPhones and Samsung TVs. Nowhere in those leaks were microwaves discussed… probably because microwaves don’t come with the technology used for such spying endeavors, like cameras or microphones. (Even the TVs require someone to manually install a USB drive first.)
But with a woman who believes in the validity of “alternative facts,” I doubt this matters very much. It is, however, symptomatic of an administration that, as a whole, is more than willing to buy into such theories when they are politically convenient. Their scientific cherry picking has far more significant consequences than erroneous belief in insidious microwaves. As we watch the head of the EPA deny climate change science and the Secretary of Education makes us fear for vulnerable school curriculums, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
But still… microwaves?
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