Exceptional Work by Sharyl Attkisson – Did FBI Violate Woods Procedures?…

The biggest of all BIGGER story aspects to the HPSCI Memo, in all coverage, has been overlooked by all Main Stream Media.  The Department of Justice FBI FISA request was for “Title I” surveillance authority.  This is not some innocuous request for metadata exploration – the FBI said American citizen Carter Page was a “foreign agent of a hostile foreign government”; the FBI was calling Carter Page a spy.

“Title I” FISA surveillance of U.S. citizens is the most intrusive, exhaustive and far reaching type of search, seizure and surveillance authority, permitting the FBI to look at every scintilla of Mr. Page’s life.  All communication, travel and contact can be opened and reviewed.  All aspects of any of Mr. Page’s engagements are subject to being secretly monitored.   This is an entirely different level of surveillance authority, the highest possible, and has nothing to do with FISA-702 search queries (Title VII) of U.S. persons.

To present a methaphor, under Title I FISA authority, Carter Page was essentially ‘patient zero’ in an Ebola pandemic.  Labeling him as a foreign agent allowed the FBI to look at every single person he came in contact with; and every single aspect of their lives and their activities in growing and concentric circles; without limits to current time or historic review.

The “Title I” designation as a foreign agent applied retroactively to any action taken by Mr. Page, and auto-generates an exponential list of other people he came in contact with.  Each of those people, groups or organizations could now have their communication reviewed, unmasked and analyzed by the DOJ/FBI with the same surveillance authority granted upon the target, Mr. Page.

Because the consequences of this type of surveillance are so comprehensive; and because  the severity to the immediate loss of constitutional protection (privacy and liberty) is so stark; the U.S. Government -through the FISA court- intentionally makes it very difficult to gain FISA Title I  surveillance authority over a U.S. citizen.

Sharyl Attkisson picks up from there with her deep dive into exactly what protections are in place, and the extraordinarily high-bar the DOJ needs to pass in order to gain Title I surveillance authority.

The point is: There are strict rules requiring that each and every fact presented in an FBI request to electronically spy on a U.S. citizen be extreme-vetted for accuracy — and presented to the court only if verified.

There’s no dispute that at least some, if not a great deal, of information in the anti-Trump “Steele dossier” was unverified or false. Former FBI director James Comey testified as much himself before a Senate committee in June 2017. Comey repeatedly referred to “salacious” and “unverified” material in the dossier, which turned out to be paid political opposition research against Donald Trump funded first by Republicans, then by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Presentation of any such unverified material to the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to justify a wiretap would appear to violate crucial procedural rules, called “Woods Procedures,” designed to protect U.S. citizens.

Yet Comey allegedly signed three of the FISA applications on behalf of the FBI. Deputy Director Andrew McCabe reportedly signed one and former Attorney General Sally Yates, then-Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein each reportedly signed one or more.  (read more)

To think that unverified claims, gossip, media reports and generally salacious political opposition research, could be included in an application to remove an American’s right to privacy and liberty is really the BIGGER story being clouded in this discussion.

….And keep in mind, amid all of this exhaustive FBI surveillance and DOJ national security division digging into every aspect of his life, Mr. Carter Page has never been accused of any crime, wrongdoing, or subsequent criminal conduct.

It appears the entire reason to label Mr. Page as a Title One “foreign agent” was so the DOJ National Security Division and FBI Counterintelligence Division, could use Mr. Page’s short contact with the Trump campaign as an excuse to monitor everyone else within the campaign before, during and after the election.

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991 Responses to Exceptional Work by Sharyl Attkisson – Did FBI Violate Woods Procedures?…

  1. tunis says:

    Where’s Jeff Sessions in all this now that his department is and his deputy is all implicated with the Nunes memo? MIA/KIA?


    • Sam says:

      Low Energy Jeff Session is sleep ZZZzzzz


    • Julie waters says:

      A special counsel needs to be appointed but because Sessions recused himself, Rosenstein would have to do it. However, Rosenstein is a witness and actor in this scandal, and certainly wouldn’t want to appoint a special prosecutor who could find criminality on his part. He has a clear conflict of interest and should be recused. Why the GOP doesn’t point this out is beyond me.

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    • Leapin says:

      Sessions is nuetralized as long as RR remains at DOJ.


    • T.L.T. says:

      Recusing in his jacuzzi, most like. 🙂

      The thought of him being a Deep State zombie makes me want to gag.

      CONgress has to push for indictments for it to have teeth.

      AG Sessions is up to his short ‘n curlies in alligators. ahem


  2. Pam says:

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  3. This is what you get when being an “Constitutional Scholar” actually no longer means being an expert in understanding how to APPLY the Constitution, but rather, it means being an expert in how to exploit it.

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  4. Pam says:

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  5. Jane Smith says:

    If I were a FISC Judge, I would never have signed a FISA Warrant if I were told that the Dossier had been funded by the HRC Campaign and the DNC. I don’t think that even the most liberal FISC Judge would. The FBI must have lied by omission on this Application. So, #ReleaseTheWarrentApplication is the next step that we should demand.

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    • Leapin says:

      The FISC judges either rubber stamp or are part of the problem.

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    • Jan says:

      Here’s a scarier thought: At least 10 of the 11 FISA judges were appointed by OVomit. Recall, if you will, the forum shopping that is done in all of the cases against Pres. Trump for something he did or something he didn’t do. The FISA judge(s) may be as activist as the 9th Circuit, so they wouldn’t be concerned at all about the veracity of the pleadings he/she was looking at behind the FISA application. Remember Judge Boasberg, saw nothing wrong with ruling that the Comey memos could not be released to Judicial Watch, et al., even though some have already been leaked “because [the release] might prematurely reveal . . . the nature, scope, direction and focus of its investigations” involving Russia’s interference in the 2016 election”…in other words they’re being used by Mueller in his witch hunt. What I’m saying is THE FISA COURT, the secret court charged with authority to breach any American citizen’s 4th Amendment rights based on no witnesses, just documents, grant FISA approvals based on that documentation that shows probable cause based on the veracity of these documents. So here’s another “the fix is in” to ruin candidate Trump, president-elect Trump & President Trump & this time it is 1 or more OVomit-appointed FISA judges. Another clue: Where the H**ll is the ACLU?

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      • T.L.T. says:

        Going to have to send in the Marines to take back leadership of this country from the usurpers.

        Surround the FBI building, FISA Court, ??? everyone goes to the soccer stadium to get sorted out.

        Shoe is on the other foot, now. Lock her up.

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  6. Pam says:

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  7. Pam says:

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  8. Pam says:

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  9. The Obama State Dept. fed information to Christopher Steele for the dossier? The State Dept. with John Kerry as Secretary of State?

    Oh my God, there must be a Special Prosecutor appointed immediately to investigate this thoroughly and bring the wrongdoers to justice. The Special Prosecutor must be someone with no ties or past associations with anyone in the Obama Administration or the Clintons.

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    • Brant says:

      Probably the only person without contamination from Obama/Clinton is some game warden in Paducah. The POTUS 44 admin was like a pint of gasoline in the water supply of every department. Pretty much contaminated every department and it will be the devil trying to clean it up.

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    • chojun says:

      More than likely the State Dpt. was feeding information on Page’s movements to fulfill probable cause requirements on the FBI side.


  10. In today’s “Lunch Alert” video, Dick Morris argues that Hillary’s black-ops team, led by Cody Shearer, made up stories that were later put into the Steele Dossier — Steele’s role being to give those stories credibility and shop them to the media and FBI, since Shearer had no credibility whatsoever. See:


    The Guardian (a leftist British newspaper close to Steele) and Senator Grassley had earlier connected Shearer with the “dossier.” See:


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    • Sauce says:

      Hmmm……..Dick Morris. Not sure I would buy anything he is selling without multiple collaboration. Just remember all his worthless spin from the 2008 and 2012 elections

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      • LDave says:

        Others have theorized that Team Hillary gave the information to Steele and he gave it back in the dossier. A “dossier” from a “former British intelligence officer” made it look all Jamesy-Bondey and such.

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  11. CJ of WV says:

    Excerpt from Title I Summary above states For targeted US citizens, FISA applications must be renewed by the FISC every 90 days with a separate finding of probable cause to continue surveillance. (Should be in quotations; my apologies for not understanding special character formatting.)

    What were the 3 separate findings for each of the 3 renewals that provided justification for continued surveillance. The findings had to be manufactured to justify renewal since no charges have been filed yet and Christopher Page is unlikely a spy.

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  12. Bendix says:

    Exactly what excuse does, say, a Dan Rather or even a Megyn Kelly have for not pursuing this story (not the “Russian Collusion” story, the FISA abuse one) as diligently as Ms. Attkisson has done?
    Do they think she’s too biased, politically? it is not their place for other investigative reporters to judge Sharyl for evidence of political leanings.
    It is their place, if they believe she is misreporting, to do their own work to get at the truth.
    They will fail, however, because when you start with a particular conclusion in mind, your work will always be tainted.
    How many times have we seen a convicted criminal granted a new trial, because investigators in their case started with a conclusion and only followed the evidence they felt supported that conclusion? When this occurs, the news media and the public are highly critical, and rightly so.
    Well right now we are seeing virtually all the “investigators” in the MSM do the same thing.

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    • cboldt says:

      They don’t need to cover it. The Nunes memo has already been thoroughly debunked by the #FkaeNews operation.

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      • amber says:

        That’s why the Grassley memo is crucial. It’s written by Grassley who’s well respected and Graham, who’s virtually untouchable. I”m curious to see how the media reacts to Grassley’s memo which largely corroborates what’s in Nunes memo. Would they attack their sacred cow Lyndsey?

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    • todayistheday99 says:

      What you are pointing out (and we are seeing happen right before are very eyes) is that the MSM has lost it’s credibility and is unable to provide unbiased news and investigative reporting. Blogs like this one are the replacement.

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      • “Blogs like this one are the replacement.”

        Or perhaps more accurately these blogs are the counterpoint. The Conservative “bias” (perspective) is clearly stated up front. The so-called “main stream media” feigns objectivity but is a propaganda tool of the Left/Democrat Party/Communists/Socialists. I don’t know if there is a source that is truly “objective” (everyone has a point of view). At least here at TCTH facts are laid out & source material is provided & one can dig as deeply as they want into the rabbit hole. We are not spoon fed drivel like the “MSM” provide for the useful idiots who believe they get the straight story from straight shooters.

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        • T.L.T. says:

          Gotta remember that there’s many people who are hard working Americans that prosper their communities and also vote Democrat.

          It’s called America. They think they’re right, too.

          Gotta make the distinction between good and bad or YOU are part of the bad. We all know who the bad Democrats are. 🙂 So let’s be thankful that we know some good ones, too.

          Notice I didn’t say ‘liberal’. Nope, they’re scum. hehehehe

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      • “Blogs like this one are the replacement.”

        More like they are the Antidote!

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    • Lizzyp says:

      I think the bottom line is that the hot market is Trump Bashing stories. Pursuing a story that might vindicate him or show him to be the victim of an abusive Obama Administration would bring down the thunder of the entire Left and it would mean basically having to admit that they’ve been butt kissing enablers for the past 2 presidential terms, and that their defenses of Obama and Hillary were really just the soft bigotry of lowered expectations because they were so focused on ‘first woman’ and ‘first black man’ without bothering to listen to what either of them actually said. The cognitive dissonance would then cause the entire left side of the political spectrum of the US to collapse under it’s own weight. Think Inception.

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  13. freddy says:

    The dam has broken….Even uncle Rush is reporting what hes read here and the WSJ guys are using it as well. We all know SD is the one journalist who is for real… I stay here for my facts and info…….Rush discussed Carter Page and is leaving stuff out I think I read…. It was a Title 1 Fisa which meant they deemed Carter a Russian spy allowing the huge net they threw out on trump…Also Carter worked with the FBI a few years back and they convicted a Russian guy. They makes a clear association… Carter voluteered for the Campaign. So he’s a spook to me……….Is that all correct what I so un eloquently described.

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  14. freddy says:

    Now the Bruce and Nellie Ohr syory is actually funny and a complete novel yet it digs to the heart and the real meat of the deep tentacles these rascals were using… The Ohr story is the best proof yet and I will never believe Sessions and company did not know all this long ago. Like before he recused……These people are like impacted infected wisdom teeth that need pulling and maybe cracking with a hammer first to get it all out….

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  15. LDave says:

    Early on, people who knew a lot about FISA pointed out that the FBI’s investigation of “russia collusion” was not a criminal investigation but a counterintelligence investigation. I guess the rules for each type are different. For example, in a counterintelligence investigation the goal could be to identify all of the members of a given spy network etc. So, perhaps Page was simply their Trojan Horse / excuse to spy on many many people.

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  16. chojun says:

    I’m curious – just as a point of clarification, the Nunes memo mentions that FISA surveillance on Carter Page was *not* conducted under title VII of FISA. Is Title I the only other title that governs surveillance under FISA?

    I’m just wondering how we “know” Page was surveilled as a potential foreign agent under Title I.

    It makes sense, but I try to deal in hard facts. Thanks in advance.

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  17. Wee2low says:

    So listening to Prager and he’s interviewing Kimberly Strassel. It’s amazing the pretzels people twist themselves into to avoid believing the most obvious motive behind all this. She actually still thinks it’s possible that the FBI and the DOJ legitimately thought Cater Page was a foreign agent and that the FBI justified using the fake dossier to save America. I mean c’mon where do they get these people, comic books? This was a complete waste of time and why Prager had her on is beyond me. She’s also is reserving judgement on motive.

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  18. d2i says:

    sundance and team have correctly stated what a Title I FISA Warrant permits.

    Wouldn’t the monitoring of others only be allowed when they were interacting with Carter Page? Great question. Any individual Page was communicating with, ANY, would then be caught up in the analysts mapping of said associates of the target, in this case Carter Page. Once the mapping is complete, I’m thinking, whomever the intel agent in charge of the operation would then narrow the surveillance down to something more manageable.
    Once the narrowing is complete, the surveillance tools, so to speak, are then put in place and off they go.

    I hope this helps. If you or anyone else here is interested in how Title I works go to YouTube and seek out any of the earlier Snowden interviews. He explains all of it…how it works, who has authority, what agencies are read in…

    And remember he was a contractor for Boaz Allen who had query authority…


  19. amber says:

    If Lyndsey Graham co-authored the Grassley memo why was he so opposed to the release of Nunes’s memo?

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  20. Luke of the D says:

    Rant time:
    So I have been rolling this whole mess around in my head: Trump wins the RNC nomination. Hillary wins the DNC nomination by cheating over Bernie via the great “Super Delegate Scandal.” DNC comes up with a plan to dig up dirt on Trump via Steele and his Russian contacts. Steele apparently fails to come up with anything substantial or is too incompetent to understand his lies will not hold water when looked at closely and so publishes the phony baloney Russian Dossier. DNC and Clinton via Steele and Fusion GPS worm their way around the FBI and FISA courts and get a FISA warrant on a low-level Trump flunky Carter Page. Page is promptly removed from the Trump campaign. Using the FISA warrant, FBI spies on Trump and apparently finds nothing. Hillary email scandal erupts. Comey states Hillary is guilty as hell but no one will prosecute so no charges are brought up. DNC calls for Comey’s head. Trump wins the election and becomes POTUS. Trump appoints Flynn, then promptly fires him when he finds out he is compromised. Comey is outed as a corrupt idiot and so Trump fires him. DNC cries foul about firing Comey, even though they were literally calling for his head 6 months previous for his coverage of Hillary email scandal. DNC screams for a special council, Sessions recuses himself for no reason (clearly making POTUS Trump angry), and so deputy AG Rosenstein (who signed off on the junk Russian Dossier FISA warrant) assigns his and Comey’s good friend Muller to lead the investigation (clear conflict of interest on multiple fronts). Muller investigates for a year and finds nothing of substance (except completely unrelated crap on Flynn and a few others). Nunes investigates and finds out everything above (it is not even hidden very well). Nunes wants to release the memo. DNC balks badly and ultimately fails. The memo is released.

    Phew. Ok. So everything above seems completely ridiculous and indicates basically everyone involved – with the exception of Trump, Nunes, and maybe Sessions – are completely and utterly stupid! If this was a Clancy novel, it would at least have a plausible conspiracy! This one is just dumb. Hillary and DNC funded Steele to collude with Russia to MAKE STUFF UP about POTUS Trump and uses a corrupt and clearly bias FBI and DOJ to facilitate the whole thing. You cannot ask for a more stupid plot to this story! It is just bad!

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  21. Brant says:

    Several comments have noted other media folks (Rush, etc) reference Sundance/CTH information without attribution. Perhaps thats a way of protecting Sundance/CTH. I’m kinda glad that no story has more than about 1,000 or so comments. Things we read here (and some cool twitters) weeks/months ago are finally finding their way into MSM a little bit. I know we want things now (and hopefully enough gets out before elections), but protection (as much as possible) of quality information source is quite imperative in these interesting days.


  22. Maureen M. Masson says:

    Why did the RNC, initially, fund the op. dossier?


    • spren says:

      It wasn’t the RNC. It was the Free Beacon and was directed at at least a couple of Republican primary candidates beyond just Trump. When it became clear that Trump was going to win the nomination they withdrew from the process. That is when the DNC (Hillary’s campaign) took over and then along with Fusion GPS brought in Steele to compile what is now known as the dossier. Two completely separate processes which the media always tries to conflate.

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  23. Detective says:

    I am new here but I was just wondering something. Why pick Carter Page? Why not someone else?

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  24. Peter Ross MD says:

    FBI suspected the Page guy was ‘Russian spy’ and yet didn’t warn the Presidential Candidate – who would likely be getting NATSEC security briefings?
    Sounds like the FBI didn’t take their ‘Russian spy suspect’ too seriously, if they allowed such contact!
    Why didn’t the FBI at least warn the Secret Service? ‘Russian spy’ could pose all kinds of clear and present dangers.
    Did the FBI change Carter’s status from ‘suspect’ to ‘undercover infirmer’ in order to hide feom the FISA court that Carter had been a proven spy and then ‘flipped’ for undercover use ? With this scenerio it’s looking worser and worser.

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  25. Peter Ross MD says:

    FBI suspected the Page guy was ‘Russian spy’ and yet didn’t warn the Presidential Candidate – who would potentialy be getting NATSEC security briefings?
    Sounds like the FBI didn’t take their ‘Russian spy suspect’ too seriously, if they allowed such contact!
    Why didn’t the FBI at least warn the Secret Service?  ‘Russian spy’ could pose all kinds of clear and present dangers.
    Did the FBI change Carter’s status from ‘suspect’ to ‘undercover infirmer’ in order to hide feom the FISA court that Carter had been a proven spy and then ‘flipped’ for undercover use ?  


  26. Willy Lee says:

    Would you clarify the comment surrounding this warrant allowing doj and fbi to monitor everyone in trump campaign before during and after election? How does that work? Wouldn’t it just be interactions w carter page?


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