I Should Know: Dems' Intel Abuse Is Reminiscent of My Work for Ceausescu

Seen from my vantage point, the four-page FISA abuse memo authored by Rep. Devin Nunes is proof that former president Barack Obama and Democratic Party leaders wanted to transform the U.S. into a Russian-style intelligence dictatorship -- and the FBI into a KGB-style instrument for rewriting American history by smearing its capitalist politicians.

They say that history repeats itself. If you have lived two lives, as I have done, you have a good chance of seeing a re-enactment with your own eyes.

Forty years ago, I paid with two death sentences from my native Romania. I had publicly revealed that Ceausescu's highly praised independence from Moscow was in fact an undercover intelligence dictatorship, designed to transform Romania into a monument to him by annihilating his critics and enemies. "I'll give you a name, and you'll build a criminal record for him," Ceausescu used to tell the head of the Securitate -- his Marxist version of the FBI. For him, lying was the first step toward stealing and killing.

In July 1978, Ceausescu gave such a name to my foreign intelligence service, the DIE, and that was the last straw for me. In an open letter to the captive daughter I had to leave behind, repeatedly broadcast by Radio Free Europe after my defection, I explained:

I got the order to organize the assassination of Noel Bernard, the director of Radio Free Europeโ€™s Romanian program, who had infuriated Ceausescu with his commentaries. Knowing you, Dana, I was firmly convinced that you would prefer no father to one who was an assassin.

I spent my next 30 American years under five presidents -- some better than others -- but the joy of being a part of this magnanimous land of freedom was surpassed only by the joy of simply being alive.

In 2008, however, I suddenly had the feeling of watching Ceausescu's ghost haunting my adoptive country.

โ€œWe are the ones the world is waiting for,โ€ proclaimed Barack Obama during his campaign, while his spiritual adviser Jeremiah Wright was caught on video screaming โ€œGod damn America.โ€ The Democratic Party put the icing on the cake, proclaiming Obama an American Messiah. The senator agreed. On June 8, 2008, during a speech in New Hampshire, Obama stated that his presidency would be "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet to heal.โ€ Earlier, an indiscreet video showed a picture of communist idol Che Guevara hanging on a wall behind Obama.

Our media and our political sages regarded Obamaโ€™s outrageous rhetoric as just millennial generational talk. For me, it was thinly veiled Ceausescu talk. My former boss's version usually was: โ€œA man like me is born only once every five hundred years.โ€ Ceausescu also kept a picture of Che in his office.

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