What the FISA Memo Reveals about the FBI, DNC, GOP–and the sketchy timeline
It wasn’t the bombshell everyone hoped for. But the release of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) memo did corroboratewhat we already knew: the government is corrupt.
In fact, the contents of the memo should be disturbing to everyone. But Bill Binney, Thomas Drake, and Edward Snowden revealed much worse. Americans are desensitized to immense abuses of their rights.
The FISA Memo Overview:
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton Campaign paid Christopher Steele $160,000 to dig up information on Trump team members including Carter Page. Steele also provided this information to the FBI.
The FBI and DOJ asked the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) for permission to surveil Page, using the Steele Dossier as evidence. They did not disclose that Steele was paid by political opponents of their target to compile the information presented to the court. Based on probable cause from the information amassed by a democrat operative, the court granted their surveillance request.
So the Republicans are upset a government agency targeted a GOP ally based on information provided by political opponents. That seems like a valid complaint.
On January 11, 2018, the GOP controlled House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Rep. Nunes is the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence which authorized and released the memo. He voted to renew the authority of the secret court. He voted against an amendment that would have required law enforcement to get a warrant before reading Americans’ communications “inadvertently” swept up in the foreign surveillance. A bipartisan effort defeated that Fourth Amendment protection from FISA.
On January 18, 2018, Nunes releases his FISA memo to the Congressional Committee.
And then 24 hours later…
On January 19, 2018, President Trump signed the renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act into law.
What’s going on here?
We should note that the FISA memo specifically states that “DOJ and FBI sought and received a probable cause order (not under title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from FISC.”
That just means that are other parts of FISA that also use secretive proceedings to ignore due process.
So the GOP likes some mass surveillance that violates rights, just not when it targets one of their own.
They seem to think if we just had the right people in power then the government could work for good!
But all this shows is that power will also be abused. Secret power that much more.
But neither major party is actually fighting to strip these powers from the government. The GOP’s complaints of abuse of power ring hollow as they approve other Fourth Amendment violations authorized by the same legislation!
They are just fighting for the upper hand over their political opponents. This is not freedom versus tyranny. It is a war of factions.
That said, it is laughable that some worry the release of this memo will cause dangerous distrust in the FBI and DOJ.
The more people distrust those dangerous and secretive government agencies, the better!
You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians, manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.
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Anthony Wile is an active investor, business strategist and consultant, financial markets commentator, publisher and author. Having lived and worked in several leading financial centers around the world, he has established an international network of asset managers, banks, family offices and financial analysts, as well as institutional investors and securities firms.
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