DNI Declassifies FISA Judge James Boasberg 2018 Ruling – FBI Conducted “Tens of Thousands” of Unauthorized NSA Database Queries…

There is a lot to unpack in a decision today by the Director of National Intelligence to declassify (with redactions) a 2018 FISA court ruling about ongoing unauthorized database search queries by FBI agents/”contractors” in the period covering 2017/2018.

BACKGROUND: In April 2017 the DNI released a FISA report written by Presiding Judge Rosemary Collery that showed massive abuse, via unauthorized searches of the NSA database, in the period of November 2015 through May 2016. Judge Collyer’s report specifically identified search query increases tied to the 2016 presidential primary.  Two years of research identified this process as the DOJ/FBI and IC using the NSA database to query information related to political candidates, specifically Donald Trump.

Now we fast-forward to Judge Boasberg in a similar review (full pdf below), looking at the time-period of 2017 through March 2018.

The timing here is an important aspect.

It is within this time-period where ongoing DOJ and FBI activity transfers from the Obama administration (Collyer report) into the Trump administration (Boasberg report).

It cannot be overemphasized as you read the Boasberg opinion, or any reporting on the Boasberg opinion, that officials within DOJ and FBI are/were on a continuum.  Meaning the “small group” activity didn’t stop after the election but rather continued with the Mueller and Weissmann impeachment agenda.

Remember, the 2016 ‘insurance policy’ was to hand Mueller the 2016 FBI investigation so they could turn it into the 2017 special counsel investigation. Mueller, Weissmann and the group then used the ‘Steele Dossier’ as the cornerstone for the special counsel review.  The goal of the Mueller investigation was to construct impeachment via obstruction. The same players transferred from “crossfire hurricane” into the Mueller ‘obstruction‘ plan.

Within Judge Boasberg’s review of the 2017 activity he outlines an identical set of FISA violations from within the FBI units and “contractors” as initially outlined by Judge Collyer a year earlier.  Judge Boasberg wrote his opinion in October 2018 and that opinion was declassified today (October 8th, 2019). Boasberg is reviewing 2017 through March 2018.  [Main Link to All Legal Proceedings Here]

(Via Wall Street Journal)  The intelligence community disclosed Tuesday that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year found that the FBI’s pursuit of data about Americans ensnared in a warrantless internet-surveillance program intended to target foreign suspects may have violated the law authorizing the program, as well as the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

The court concluded that the FBI had been improperly searching a database of raw intelligence for information on Americans—raising concerns about oversight of the program, which as a spy program operates in near total secrecy.

[…]  The court ruling identifies tens of thousands of improper searches of raw intelligence databases by the bureau in 2017 and 2018 that it deemed improper in part because they involved data related to tens of thousands of emails or telephone numbers—in one case, suggesting that the FBI was using the intelligence information to vet its personnel and cooperating sources. Federal law requires that the database only be searched by the FBI as part of seeking evidence of a crime or for foreign intelligence information.

In other cases, the court ruling reveals improper use of the database by individuals. In one case, an FBI contractor ran a query of an intelligence database—searching information on himself, other FBI personnel and his relatives, the court revealed.  (more)

As with the Collyer report I am going line-by-painstaking-line through the Boasberg report (yeah, swamped); and what is clear is that in 2017 the FBI ‘bad actors’ and ‘contractors’ were continuing to try and subvert the safeguards put into place by former NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers.   The 2017 non-compliance rate is similar to the 2016 review.

Judge Boasberg touches on the April 2017 Judge Collyer report.  Here is the carefully worded DNI explanation of the connective tissue (emphasis mine):

[…]  The FISC also concluded that the FBI’s querying and minimization procedures, as implemented, were inconsistent with Section 702 and the Fourth Amendment, in light of certain identified compliance incidents involving queries of Section 702 information.

These incidents involved instances in which personnel either misapplied or misunderstood the query standard, such that the queries were not reasonably likely to return foreign intelligence information or evidence of a crime. Some of these instances involved queries concerning large numbers of individuals.

While stating that the Government had taken “constructive steps” to address the identified issues, the FISC held that these steps did not fully address the statutory and Fourth Amendment concerns raised by the compliance incidents.

[…] Additionally, the FISC considered the scope of certain new restrictions regarding “abouts” communications that were enacted in the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017. “Abouts” collection is the acquisition of communications that contain a reference to, but are not to or from, a Section 702 target. As the NSA explained in April 2017 (see NSA’s April 28, 2017 Statement), the NSA stopped acquiring any upstream internet communications that are solely “about” a foreign intelligence target and, instead, limited its Section 702 collection to only those communications that are directly “to” or “from” a foreign intelligence target.

NSA’s 2018 Targeting Procedures contained the same limitation. Although the Government did not seek to resume “abouts” collection, the FISC, with assistance from amici, reviewed whether the “abouts” restrictions applied to any other types of Section 702 acquisitions currently being conducted. While the FISC held that the “abouts” restrictions apply across Section 702 acquisitions, it found that current Section 702 acquisitions did not implicate the “abouts” restrictions. (read more)

Here is the October 2018 Boasberg Opinion:

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[Direct pdf Link]

As with the 2017 Collyer report, it will take us some time to review the background material so that we can see behind the DNI redactions.  However, at this point I see no reason to believe the Boasberg outline will be substantially different from the Collyer report; rather an initial review indicates the FBI bad actors just modified their approach, but kept doing political surveillance.

Unfortunately, what appears to be present within the Boasberg report, is that FBI personnel and ‘contractors’ were engaged in activity directly related to a continuation of efforts in 2017.   This concern becomes more troublesome when you consider the Mueller operation that was happening at the same time. REMINDER from the Mueller Report:

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551 Responses to DNI Declassifies FISA Judge James Boasberg 2018 Ruling – FBI Conducted “Tens of Thousands” of Unauthorized NSA Database Queries…

  1. billrla says:

    “These incidents involved instances in which personnel either misapplied or misunderstood the query standard,…” Otherwise known as breaking the law.

    I guess there was no “intent.”

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    • formerdem says:

      Thank God for Sundance. Nobody else is covering it, so that we can all see.

      Liked by 10 people

      • lotbusyexec says:

        Don’t know where I’d be without him (both physically and literally!). This is where we can come for truth and an analysis that is both thoughtful and cogent. AND I look forward to reading all of your astute, insightful, humorous and sometimes sarcastic comments. A day without the Treehouse? I don’t want to find out!

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        • David Harvey says:

          For over 3 years my day always starts I repeat always starts with a good half-hour reading on the conservative Treehouse. I too could not imagine a day without sundance’s insightful analysis and commentary as well as those of our very well informed Treehouse members. Thanks to you all.

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    • InAz says:

      Boasberg…..a corrupt swamp protector, just like Horowitz……both Commie Dimms.

      This is why the Nazi Soros is buying elections all over the country, especially for judges.

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    • joeb64@aol.com says:

      The goal of this “story” is to legitimize and “normalize” their actions.

      Ya see, if this declassifications says “everyone” was doing it, then it makes it harder to punish one or just a few.

      That’s the “intent” of this declassification!

      You’re being conditioned.

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  2. ezduzit63 says:

    You have a gift..great work Sundance!

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  3. daveokc says:

    The Special Counsel team and the “embedded” FBI agents were probably spying ON THEIR FELLOW AGENTS. They know which agents to blacklist from future advancement.

    Any agent promoted by FBI Director Wray should be treated with extreme suspicion.

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  4. donny2837 says:

    10″s of thousands of misuses (against the law) of intelligence data bases by who the hell knows who, from mid/late 2015 though 2018. Fantastic work Sundance. A lot of crap hitting the fan today, so glad you came out with this.

    Meanwhile, a short D+9 report of Offensive Attacks today.. Commander in Chief told Nancy Pelosi, in writing, her ‘inquiry’ is constitutionally invalid (should see it coming up here soon). Lindsay Graham put Rudy G. up for a hearing on 2016 Ukraine investigation (nothing to do with Nancy”s fake impeachment inquiry. Domestic coup d’etat enemies being torn asunder. What Commander in Chief tell us long ago. Many were going to get tired of winning, going to say, they can’t take it anymore? We getting pretty close to that time Treepers. Hooah.

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    • justlizzyp says:

      In case you want to add it to your list, Fox is reporting that Durhams investigation timeline has been expanded to include early 2017 actions….

      Liked by 10 people

      • donny2837 says:

        Yep. Didn’t put ’em all up. Like the second whistle blower, a White House Official, who was in on the call, said it was ‘crazy’ and ‘frightening’ and a witness stating that the 2nd whistle blower was ‘visibly shaken’. Of course, he was a coup d’etat plant. When he heard President Zelensky tell President Trump he’s on it, he’s investigating the corruption and what happened in 2016.

        No wonder the enemy plant told the 1st whistle blower that it was ‘crazy’, ‘frightening’. No wonder the enemy plant was ‘visibly shaking’. Too many attack today to keep up with. Hooah.

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        • 1stgoblyn says:

          When I read the transcript I came away with the impression that an investigation had already been underway before VSPGPDJT suggested President Z ‘get to the bottom’ of the corruption of the 2016 election. Some reporting has shown that to be the case, yet how many voters heard anything since Schitty Schiff’s ‘parody?’

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      • Redzone says:

        Why doesn’t the investigation include all the 2016 and earlier activities?

        Durham’s scope of work starting from Mueller in 2017 forward is not correct for the job. Papa D was 2016, for example. The 2017 date seems fishy.

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      • Cheesehead54016 says:

        I’d like Durham to take an interest in the Weiner laptop too…… but that might be someone else. Where is the Weiner laptop and why dont we know how many of the 33000 missing emails are on it?

        Liked by 5 people

    • Mike G says:

      I want to see a list of ‘unmasked’ Trump aides, their family members, and anyone else associated, directly or indirectly, with Donald Trump along with the name of the Obama Administration official who signed off on EACH unmasking request.
      Now THAT would be a ‘smoking gun’ that any American would be outraged about.
      What is Trump waiting for?

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      • TarsTarkas says:

        Anybody who ever worked for Trump in the last 10 years or whom he had business dealings with and every member of the Trump extended family to the 10th generation. That should do it.
        Remember Plouffe’s tweet. It wasn’t enough to defeat Trump, He had to be destroyed as an example and a warning to future challengers of the status quo.

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    • Dee Paul Deje says:

      Another sad part of all this is that ‘liberals’ who used to be against ‘the man’ are perfectly fine with all of this.

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      • Judith says:

        Yeah, really. There seems to be no end to the gullibility of these nitpicking, green algae cake eaters. Talk about useful idiots killing the messenger!

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      • StanH says:

        “Sticking it to the man.” Another phony slogan by our 60’s counter culture to get the useful idiots tearing at the foundation of our great land to be replaced with what? A Marxist authoritarian sh_thole that would make the Stasi blush.

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  5. Bogeyfree says:

    The MOST Important to determine if they spied on to gather information IMO would be Justice John Roberts.

    PT should demand a report if he was queried, how many times and what infor did they search for.

    If this happened, Americans MUST know the truth.

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    • mikeyboo says:

      I really want to know if John Roberts was/is being blackmailed! Can his decisions be reviewed and/or invalidated?

      Liked by 3 people

      • Wethal says:

        Can his decisions be reviewed and/or invalidated?

        No.

        Court opinions can be overruled by a future Court, though. But his specifically, no.

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        • botchedcasuality says:

          A judge can be impeached, Roberts did not address Justice Collyers report now 3 years stale. The remaining g FISA Judges who were neither incensed or whistleblowers need to be launched out to barren pastures. FISA needs to be axed, like most government entities it is an unaccountable abuse of power.
          It’s also time to scale back the Central Indulgence Agency, which has fallen to base egos and sheer stupidity. The agencies are without virtue and the pasture must be cleared of weeds, fields are occasionally left fallow for a few seasons to regenerate. Same for our country, It’s time we shake off a bunch of these institutions and this top heavy albatross of a government and get down to basics.

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          • BobInFL says:

            Rosemary Collyer needs to be catapulted out of office and brought up on charges – she is obviously complicit in this coup. Just disgusting what is happening in our country!

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      • stella macpherson says:

        Read somewhere that Roberts children were adopted in a nefarious way–taken out of Ireland through a third country.

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    • warrprin1 says:

      ⬆️⬆️⬆️ Free CJ Roberts.

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    • grumpyqs says:

      We really shouldn’t assume the FISA abuse started “because” of Trump, but began as soon as the databases became operational. Any professional database operation would be able to match up WHO made a QUERY along with WHEN and WHERE submitted, along with the QUERY parameters (subject). Why would this NOT be done; especially now?

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      • youme says:

        “As of 2014, the FBI was not even required to make note of when it searched the metadata, which includes the “to” or “from” lines of an email. Nor does it record how many of its data searches involve Americans’ identifying details – a practice that apparently continued through 2015, based on documents released last February. The PCLOB called such searches “substantial”, since the FBI keeps NSA-collected data with the information it acquires through more traditional means, such as individualized warrants.”

        As stated below. the FBI made changes but refused to disclose them

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      • farrier105 says:

        There has always been a distinction made between what the FBI itself was doing with the database and what “contractors” were doing, so, yes, while we have no proper names for agents or contractors, the FISC review of database access history included all of that data.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      That is why I think that a public list of anyone who was spied upon needs to be published. I don’t care, at this point, if we alert a bad guy or two. In any event, I’m not altogether convinced that our IC is really worried about real potential threats anymore just based on their past history.

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      • Tom says:

        Reviewing CIA activities since its inception, it doesn’t appear to have ever worried about credible threats. It was dirty from day 1, run by dirty people, appointed by corrupt gov officials, all designed to increase their power and wealth, accountable to no one. Some of their interests and national interests may have overlapped, but that was just a side effect.

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    • Dee Paul Deje says:

      Justice Scalia thought the entire court was being spied on.
      https://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/andrew-napolitano-antonin-scalia-obama-spied/2017/05/16/id/790439/
      Maybe he wouldn’t play ball?

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      • Judith says:

        There’s no doubt in my mind they got rid of justice Scalia. Is it not obvious to all that are breathing, that the Supreme Court remains the very last obstacle to the New World Order, ensuring the demise of our Constitutional Republic?

        The UN Agenda 21’s New World order is a forgone conclusion to these traitors. And the Constitution, directly in the crosshairs, will be first to go. Hellary already considers this nation a “democracy,” as evidenced on her twitter page, our Constitutional Republic having long been in her rearview mirror. Of course, without it, we will be anything they force us to be, in short order. Which is why she said we must remain “unaware and conpliant.”

        Talk about timelines, 2021 was the finish line for their New World Order, now decades in the making. Until Donald Trump stepped in, the pieces had neatly fallen into place as planned. Now it is all about the Supreme Court.

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  6. 2Alpha says:

    “…in the period of November 2015 through May 2016. Judge Collyer’s report specifically identified search query increases tied to the 2016 presidential primary.”

    Hussein’s ‘Hammer’ at work…

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  7. MicD says:

    Trump 2028.

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  8. youme says:

    The FBI was caught back in 2014 doing the same thing

    Program Operated Pursuant to Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
    The Board’s report on the surveillance program directed at international telephone and internet communications conducted under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The report provides descriptive, legal, and policy analysis of the program and offers ten recommendations to further ensure the protection of privacy and civil liberties.

    The Board has found that certain aspects of the program’s implementation raise privacy
    concerns. These include the scope of the incidental collection of U.S. persons’
    communications and the use of queries to search the information collected under the
    program for the communications of specific U.S. persons. The Board offers a series of policy
    recommendations to strengthen privacy safeguards and to address these concerns.

    https://www.pclob.gov/library/702-Report-2.pdf

    In 2016 the FBI made changes but refused to say what they were:
    “Changes have been implemented based on PCLOB recommendations, but we cannot comment further due to classification,” said Christopher Allen, a spokesman for the FBI.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/08/fbi-changes-privacy-rules-accessing-nsa-prism-data

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  9. doofusdawg says:

    So Fox reported that Muller interviewed for fbi head knowing he was going to be sc. He obfuscated to senate… Lihdsey’s committee. Maybe Lindsey will subpoena him… not.

    Why is this story not front page news everywhere. Don’t get lost in weeds of fisa opinion.

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      Mueller couldn’t be FBI head again. He had already had received an extension during a previous term. The interview was intelligence gathering.

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  10. icthematrix says:

    Unbelievable, but not surprising. Barr and Durham MUST NOT TRY TO SOFT PEDDLE JUSTICE! These people are corrupt to the core, and only significant punishment and removal of those responsible and participating is appropriate.

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    • Judith says:

      I guess these DC traitors didn’t “intend” to facilitate a treasonous coup? And I guess we the people “intend” to pave potholes and stuff pillows when we head on over to DC with tar and feathers? The pitchforks we will bring for the farmers? And the nooses, well, you got me there.. /s

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  11. Bogeyfree says:

    IMO if we really want to help PT especially in lieu of the declass of these tens of thousand unauthorized searches is……….

    Get Sara Carter, Solomon or Bongino with a camera and go interview Dennis Montgomery and ask him specifically…..

    1) Who did they spy on?

    2) Did they spy on SC Justices and if so who specifically?

    3) What specifically did they search for on SC Justices?

    4) When was the earliest month and year he remembers spying on PT?

    5) Did they ever access voter records?

    6) Who was the person in charge giving the orders?

    IMO if you want to bust this wide open jump back to 2009 and my guess is you could see an pattern of spying, gather information on Americans to build a database for leverage.

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  12. DeWalt says:

    I see Roosterhead is working for the President.

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  13. Petey says:

    They did it to protect us idiots, fk em hang em

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  14. Doc says:

    When can we have the conversation if FISA should be repealed.

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  15. Chieftain says:

    Here are the two amici used Judge Boasberg:
    The two Amici are Amy Jeffress and Jonathan G. Cedarbaum:
    Amy Jeffress started her career clerking for an LBJ appointed Judge Gerhard Gesell, followed by working for Janet Reno.
    Jonathan G. Cedarbaum clerked for Justice Souter and he also donated $4,600 to Barrack Obama in 2008.

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  16. wightmanfarm says:

    Was this during “no-scandal-Obama’s” tenure ???

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  17. Ausonius says:

    Here is the entire WSJ article:


    By Dustin Volz and
    Byron Tau
    Updated Oct. 8, 2019 7:25 pm ET

    WASHINGTON—Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s electronic surveillance activities violated the constitutional privacy rights of Americans swept up in a controversial foreign intelligence program, a secretive surveillance court has ruled.

    The ruling deals a rare rebuke to U.S. spying programs that have generally withstood legal challenge and review since they were dramatically expanded after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The opinion resulted in the FBI agreeing to better safeguard privacy and apply new procedures, including recording how the database is searched to detect possible future compliance issues.

    The intelligence community disclosed Tuesday that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year found that the FBI’s efforts to search data about Americans ensnared in a warrantless internet-surveillance program intended to target foreign suspects have violated the law authorizing the program, as well as the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches. The issue was made public by the government only after it lost an appeal of the judgment earlier this year before another secret court.

    The court concluded that in at least a handful of cases, the FBI had been improperly searching a database of raw intelligence for information on Americans—raising concerns about oversight of the program, which as a spy program operates in near total secrecy.

    The October 2018 court ruling identifies improper searches of raw intelligence databases by the bureau in 2017 and 2018 that were deemed problematic in part because of their breadth, which sometimes involved queries related to thousands or tens of thousands of pieces of data, such as emails or telephone numbers. In one case, the ruling suggested, the FBI was using the intelligence information to vet its personnel and cooperating sources. Federal law requires that the database only be searched by the FBI as part of seeking evidence of a crime or for foreign-intelligence information.

    In other instances, the court ruled that the database had been improperly used by individuals. In one case, an FBI contractor ran a query of an intelligence database—searching information on himself, other FBI personnel and his relatives, the court revealed.

    The Trump administration failed to make a persuasive argument that modifying the program to better protect the privacy of Americans would hinder the FBI’s ability to address national-security threats, wrote U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, who serves on the FISA Court, in the partially redacted 138-page opinion released Tuesday.

    In one case central to the court’s opinion, the FBI in March 2017 conducted a broad search for information related to more than 70,000 emails, phone numbers and other digital identifiers. The bureau appeared to be looking for data to conduct a security review of people with access to its buildings and computers— meaning the FBI was searching for data linked to its own employees.

    Judge Boasberg wrote that the case demonstrated how a “single improper decision or assessment” resulted in a search of data belonging to a large number of individuals. He said the government had reported since April 2017 “a large number of FBI queries that were not reasonably likely to return foreign-intelligence information or evidence of a crime,” the standard required for such searches.

    “The court accordingly finds that the FBI’s querying procedures and minimization procedures are not consistent with the requirements of the Fourth Amendment,” Judge Boasberg concluded.

    The legal fight over the FBI’s use of the surveillance tool has played out in secret since the courts that adjudicate these issues under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 rarely publicize their work. It was resolved last month after the government created new procedures in the wake of losing an appeal to the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review—a secret appeals court that is rarely consulted and seldom releases opinions publicly. That resolution cleared the way for the disclosure Tuesday.

    Additionally, FBI Director Chris Wray ordered the creation of a compliance review team following the October decision, a bureau official said.

    The program in question, known as Section 702 surveillance, has roots in the national-security tools set up by the George W. Bush administration following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. It was later enshrined in law by Congress to target the electronic communications of non-Americans located overseas. The program is principally used by the National Security Agency to collect certain categories of foreign intelligence from international phone calls and emails about terrorism suspects, cyber threats and other security risks.

    Information from that surveillance is often shared with relevant federal government agencies with the names of any U.S. persons redacted to protect their privacy, unless an agency requests that identities be unmasked.

    Privacy advocates have long criticized the Section 702 law for allowing broad surveillance that can implicate Americans and doesn’t require individualized warrants. U.S. intelligence officials have defended it as among the most valuable national-security tools at their disposal, even as intelligence agencies have acknowledged that some communications from Americans are swept up in the process.

    The court documents released Tuesday reveal unprecedented detail about how communications from Americans were ensnared and searched by intelligence collection programs that U.S. officials have publicly said are aimed mainly at foreigners. They cast doubt on whether law-enforcement and intelligence agencies are carefully complying with privacy procedures Congress has mandated.

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.), a critic of U.S. surveillance programs, said the disclosure “reveals serious failings in the FBI’s backdoor searches, underscoring the need for the government to seek a warrant before searching through mountains of private data on Americans.”

    President Trump signed into law a six-year renewal of the Section 702 program in early 2018. Changes to the law allowed the court to review the FBI’s data handling ultimately led to the October ruling.

    The surveillance court opinions are the latest setback for U.S. surveillance practices during the Trump administration. The NSA last year turned off a program that collects domestic phone metadata—the time and duration of a call but not its content—amid at least two compliance issues involving the overcollection of data the spy agency wasn’t authorized to obtain.

    The FBI has also been under intense political pressure from Mr. Trump and his allies, who allege that the bureau’s surveillance of a Trump campaign associate was improper. That surveillance of the aide, Carter Page, fell under a different provision of the foreign intelligence law but has nevertheless sparked a major debate about the scope of the bureau’s authorities.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/fbis-use-of-foreign-surveillance-tool-violated-americans-privacy-rights-court-found-11570559882

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    • Rhoda R says:

      10,000 illegal searches are ‘…just a handful of cases…”?

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      • Bubby says:

        Rhoda it is to someone who is corrupt and looks at that number and compares it to the total US population of 330 million. The msm is great a diminishing Democrat wrongdoing or illegal activities in pursuit of leftist ideology and goals once they are caught. But each one of those 10,000 is a separate crime. It’s not the number but “the seriousness of the charges” what Democrats always use to investigate false charges against Republicans. To me the 10,000 illegal searches is a staggering number! It’s a serious violation of the Fourth Amendment but I think we all know what Democrats think of the Constitution, like obama it’s just something to be ignored if it gets in the way!

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  18. Jerry hodge says:

    I had read a few weeks ago an anti-Trump article which mentioned that post-Obama database abuse was comparable to pre-Trump abuse.

    Doesn’t this revelation somewhat undermine our understanding that the Carter Page FISA warrants were obtained as a response to Admiral Rogers’ discovery of this abuse if such abuse continued after his discovery?

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  19. joeknuckles says:

    Everbody from the agents (or whatever title they hold) at the level this occured all the way to the top of the food chain should be fired and stripped of all taxpayer funded benefits. Keep repeating the process until this crap stops.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      And stripped of their security clearances as well as being permanently denied access to any classified information. To hell with them wanting to write books.

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  20. Chieftain says:

    Judge Boasberg is an Obama appointee. He and his two amici are all well connected member sof the ruling class.
    Boasberg -> San Francisco born, father worked for Sargent Shriver led Great Society Program, Yale, Skull & Crossbones, Oxford, recommended by Eleanor Holmes Norton for a Judgeship, Obama appointed.
    Cedarbaum -> mother was federal Judge in NY, Harvard, Yale, clerked for Souter, he was Obama donor,
    Jeffress -> Georgetown Day Prep School, Wiiliams, Yale, clerked for Gesell LBJ appointed federal Judge, worked for Janet Reno, husband is a federal Judge.
    Ruling elite leftists, no?

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  21. noswamp says:

    Trump has to get through this to fire anyone. But Wray is on the top of the list of many to be fired. He has been a total disaster ever since he arrived.

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    • Austin Holdout says:

      And he suggested they respond by setting up a compliance committee. Sound like the sensitivity training he offered up after Strozk Page debacle?

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    • Rah says:

      To hell with firings,l! When are the people going to be charged, put on trial, and sent to prison? That is the only way to stop this kind of crap, or at least minimize it’s occurrence. .

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  22. Chieftain says:

    My take is that this is just another Democrat talking point a la “they all do it.”
    Obama administration over-reach = Trump administration over-reach. Just another way to minimize Obama administration corruption.

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    • Redzone says:

      Great inference, Chief. I guarantee that’s coming.

      The answer is to fire and charge EVERYONE that used the database improperly. Then, disclose their connections to the Dems or others and the nature of their searches.

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    • Jerry hodge says:

      Interesting how John Kasich recently said on CNN that people in Ohio don’t care about this type of stuff “because they all do it”. How convenient that it was a crime for Trump during the Russian investigation but now with the oncoming OIG reports and Durham investigation it’s all no biggie….

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      • Bubby says:

        Jerry the other thing people in Ohio don’t care about is Kasich going to NH and considering running for President again! I’m sure the few NeverTrumpers in NH will get Kasich fired up! LOL!

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  23. Austin Holdout says:

    Poor FBI has such limited resources it can’t meet the reporting requirements of 702 for US citizens. (P.57) besides, gee, it wasn’t clear to them that they had to keep the records. Even though the other 3 intel agencies got the memo and kept records as required. Seriously? There are a whole bunch of people who need to be fired by the FBI, starting with the Dimwit Wray. That should free up the resources they need.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      And while they’re at it, can the 702 nonsense and question people using video technology. Like just about every other LEO organization in the US and most of the world.

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  24. Austin Holdout says:

    Poor FBI has such limited resources it can’t meet the reporting requirements of 702 for US citizens. (P.57) besides, gee, it wasn’t clear to them that they had to keep the records. Even though the other 3 intel agencies got the memo and kept records as required. Seriously? There are a whole bunch of people who need to be fired by the FBI, starting with the Dimwit Wray. That should free up the resources they need.

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  25. KnowSERENoFear says:

    How about dismantling the FBI? The problem is NOT Wray…the problem is an UNELECTED bureau with powers NOT enumerated in the Constitution, that exists per legislation NOT in pursuance of the Constitution, using administrative law abhorred by the Framers. State’s must grow some balls and leash THEIR creature by denying the FBI jurisdiction, denying their asset forfeiture funds, denying them access to state/municipal utilities, etc.

    Now will NY or CA do this? No way…they’ve been sucking the fed teat so long they can’t let go. But States like WY, SD, ND who receive little (by comparison) federal assistance could easily raise the middle finger to an out-of-control central government. And IMHO, once a few States flip DC the bird, it will become quite contagious. What we are experiencing now is simply an unending replay of elite vs deplorables. Funny thing though, the elite ALWAYS change their tune when the deplorables have a knife to their throat.

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    • johnnyfandango says:

      How about that ”Higher Calling” I’m looking at you graced former Dir. Comey and now Ray. Shut the agency down, let the US Marshals take over domestic crimes. They found Whitey once they were put on the task and given the files. I bet the US Marshals would have followed up on tips on both the Parkland shooter or Pulse night club shooter. The FBI is cesspool and has been for a very long time. Shut it down.

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    • Absolutely on board with this idea!!!
      The States should be exercising their NATURAL right to ignore unconstitutional acts of Congress…aka, those acts not in “pursuance” of the Constitution. Article VI, cl.2. After all, it was the States that created the feds to begin with. It is merely the creature of the States, but the States, in their greed for federal dollars, seem to have forgotten their elevated status.

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  26. Cathy M. says:

    My gawd these people have no shame!
    Their arrogance,unethical behavior & illegal activity is off the charts.

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    • glissmeister says:

      More evidence yet our institutions are morbidly septic; malignant. Particularly from the era of Mueller’s tenure at FBI, they developed a hardened psychopathy that became a selection mechanism for sorting, selecting for and accumulating high-functioning sociopathy across all positions and networks of institutional authority. The entire feeder of executive candidates for these institutions is riven with ambitious persons manifesting these traits. These psychopathies are the institutional normal, not Trump, nor you or me. The beltway, its media and lobbyists and the enduring political corpus of the major American cities represent a metastasized malignancy, caused by serial promiscuous ingestion of federal and federally matched funding which fed, inspired and prospered the syndicate organism that has manifestly diseased our nation.

      It’s not just the government. It’s true in nearly every institution operating at this scale; universities; foundations; school systems; publicly traded corporations; philanthropies. The list goes on and on.

      Behind every wrongdoing and cruelty is a human person, comfortable and at peace with their spoils, entitlement and inhumanity, determined to protect place.

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      • Ma McGriz says:

        ” The beltway, its media and lobbyists and the enduring political corpus of the major American cities represent a metastasized malignancy, caused by serial promiscuous ingestion of federal and federally matched funding which fed, inspired and prospered the syndicate organism that has manifestly diseased our nation. ”

        boom there it is.

        It’s time to end the grant-driven age of government corruption at all levels, beginning at the local level.

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  27. thebigharry says:

    And to think just two days ago Chuck “the schmuck” Todd was yelling at Senator Ron Johnson and questioning why he didn’t trust the FBI.

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  28. WeThePeople2016 says:

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  29. Jim in TN says:

    This is ‘about’ to drive me up a wall.

    These crooks should have all access to the system barred to them. Laws and procedures and Constitutional restraints and protections mean nothing to them.

    They should all be FIRED and PROSECUTED.

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  30. cantcforest says:

    Are we really going to dig until we uncover ALL of the corruption? I’ve thought that PDJT was working for maximum exposure for the massive list of traitors, but the upending new revelations will have to be examined at a later date. WE NEED INDICTMENTS NOW!!! WE NEED A BUNCH OF THE OBVIOUS TRAITORS SHUT DOWN AND LOCKED UP. Every day this is delayed creates greater doubt that justice will be served.

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    • John Bosley says:

      If we truly knew all of the corruption going on, We The People, would be out in streets with pitchforks and rope hanging them all from lamp posts.
      That would be the gentleman approach, others would tear them limb from limb.
      Besides, I don’t think there would be enough lamp posts around DC to do them all.

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    • warrprin1 says:

      We need clean judges.

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  31. Carrie says:

    Can someone tell Judge Boasberg that “Nothing changes if nothing changes”. They used the 702 queries improperly before and will continue to do so now because there are zero consequences (Wray just probably fluffed his hair twice and that was that).

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  32. Spooky says:

    So here we have yet another huge scandal involving the Federal Secret Police aka FBI and yet that deep state clown Chris Wray still has a job. How is that possible? Is Trump worried that if he fires Wray the creep will go straight to work for Lawfare? I don’t understand how this guy keeps his job.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      Wray is a known operative. Who knows who McConnell would lumber our President with next.

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      • rayvandune says:

        What is the Turtle’s game? He says he won’t play ball with impeachment, but he won’t allow recess appointments either. I will not be sorry to see the last of him.

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  33. youme says:

    Back in 2014 they promised more privacy protections. It was just a cruel joke I suppose as they laugh in our face

    Note that it states 702 intelligence WILL be used in criminal prosecutions even though it was not obtained through court ordered search warrants

    “As noted above, in response to the President’s direction and recommendations from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, the Attorney General and Director of National Intelligence are placing additional restrictions on the government’s ability to retain, query, and use in evidence in criminal proceedings communications between Americans and foreign citizens incidentally collected under Section 702.

    First, FBI, CIA, and NSA each are instituting new requirements for using a U.S. person identifier to query information acquired under Section 702. As recommended by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, NSA’s minimization procedures will require a written statement of facts showing that a query is reasonably likely to return foreign intelligence information. CIA’s minimization procedures will be similarly amended to require a statement of facts for queries of content. In addition, FBI’s minimization procedures will be updated to more clearly reflect the FBI’s standard for conducting U.S. person queries and to require additional supervisory approval to access query results in certain circumstances.

    Second, the new policy re-affirms requirements that the government must delete communications to, from, or about U.S. persons acquired under Section 702 that have been determined to lack foreign intelligence value. In addition, the policy requires the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to conduct oversight over these retention decisions. This change will help ensure that the Intelligence Community preserves only that information that might help advance its national security mission.

    Third, consistent with the recommendation of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, information acquired under Section 702 about a U.S. person will not be introduced as evidence against that person in any criminal proceeding except (1) with the approval of the Attorney General, and (2) in criminal cases with national security implications or certain other serious crimes. This change will ensure that, if the Department of Justice decides to use information acquired under Section 702 about a U.S. person in a criminal case, it will do so only for national security purposes or in prosecuting the most serious crimes.

    The Intelligence Community has also agreed to address the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s other recommendations, including:

    Revising targeting procedures to require additional documentation of the foreign intelligence value of each target;

    Making available to the FISC additional information to help the Court evaluate the annual certifications in support of collection under Section 702;

    Initiating studies to ensure that the Intelligence Community is using the best filtering technology and techniques to prevent inadvertent collection;

    Publicly releasing the minimization procedures of the CIA, NSA, and the FBI;

    Evaluating whether NSA can track and publicly release additional statistics on its collection and use of information obtained pursuant to Section 702;

    Supporting the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s ongoing effort examine efforts across the Intelligence Community to assess the efficacy and relative value of counterterrorism

    programs.https://icontherecord.tumblr.com/ppd-28/2015/privacy-civil-liberties

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    • cantcforest says:

      Sounds like a manual describing modifications to regulations of questionable value. In other words, a bunch of paper that won’t be read.
      Only solution IMO is to wipe out entire agencies, procedures, policies, even laws, and get a group of deplorables to start from scratch and evaluate needs, responses, ways of doing things.

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  34. bigd57 says:

    Don’t worry, there are probably secret FBI contracts with all of the contractors allowing them to freely search the database in any way they are able to. See, it’s all legal. Those will never see the light of day.

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    • Chimpy says:

      I wonder how many of these FBI contractor’s colleagues or acquaintances end up (surprisingly) on the short end of very-one-sided bargain?

      For example:

      1. Coaches, who end up putting the contractor’s kids into the starting lineup, despite all the other parents thinking, “Hmm, that kid isn’t very good… why does the coach play him/her so much?”

      2. Teachers, who end up giving a lot of unexpected “extra credit” to an FBI contractor kid.

      3. Neighbors, who suddenly decide to drop that dispute over who should fix the broken fence. They just fix it at their expense and with no further complaints. The other neighbors wonder why?

      4. In-laws, who suddenly start to nag a lot less.

      5. Boyfriends of daughters or potential adult suitors who are amazed how that incident from years ago seems to be well known…

      I could go on and on.

      Honestly, if I had such a powerful database at my finger tips and no one was watching or caring… I’d start to use it for my own gain. I think few wouldn’t. Very few.

      Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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      • lydia00 says:

        Speak for yourself only. there are still some of us left who have a lot of respect for people’s privacy. It should be expected.

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      • Jim in TN says:

        In the FBI’s case, the old adage about absolute power was proven long ago. Now, they are just following the great examples of their esteemed leaders, Comey, Felt and Hoover.

        Long ago, lots of teams of agents were tasked with investigating and spying on powerful people so that Hoover could blackmail them.

        Now, each and every agent with access to the database can do that all by himself.

        The FBI’s new motto should be ‘The FBI, we spy on EVERYONE, even ourselves!

        But then, hasn’t that been true of every totalitarian state police organization?

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  35. MB says:

    The FISC keeps telling the DOJ they are toothless, and the DOJ certainly believes them.
    Rogers shut down the contractor program, somebody restarted it. Theres the bread crumb trail.

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  36. Cathy M. says:

    And don’t forget that the FBI’s widely abuse & illegal use of National Security Letters.

    The FBI used National Security Letters in standard criminal investigations when by law they could only be used in counter terrorism and foreign counter intelligence investigations. It was criminal and no one was prosecuted although three or four SES Assistant Directors and one SAC were fired.

    I’m starting to think that the FBI intentionly screws up if the past is any indicator, i.e. every time in the past that the FBI screwed up bigly Congress threw them millions more dollars.

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  37. ChampagneReady says:

    And I keep saying it ——THE HAMMER (hamr) Brennan using it ILLEGALLY 12 years. The software did everything exactly as the NSA was capable of but left NO TRACE that the data had been accessed. This is a crime that cannot be overestated. One of the biggest in our lifetimes. Anybody who is not familiar with this, needs to learn about it.

    Somebody has GOT to be closing in on this. It was verified by a 4-star general and a federal judge in the Arpaio case ( JUDGE SNOW) who saw the volumes of data and was personally spied on.

    So was Roberts of the Supreme Court and the Chief FISA judge. To say nothing of MILLIONS of us Americans.

    Brennan should be in a penitentiary until he’s carried out in a BOX !

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      Larry Klayman was the Attorney who represented Dennis Montgomery on all this. Not sure if he is still reaping him but

      I’m shocked with the release of the tens of thousands of unauthorized searches that no one is reaching out to him for his thoughts on all this?

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  38. Gary Hunt says:

    Curious how many of these queries would align with a list of retiring Republicans in the House.

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      Wouldn’t now be the time to look at those 47 hard drives that Dennis Montgomery turned into the FBI back in 2015?

      From his interviews it sounded like they would show many of the people who were actually spied on and possibly what information they specifically gathered.

      Someone needs to get in front of Dennis Montgomery IMO.

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    • lydia00 says:

      Agree. And if it ever comes out, that dirt will be the headlines along with John McCain who was in on this stuff. His beloved media will throw his fake legacy under the bus.

      I suspect this is why Cindy McCain is our there trashing Trump along with Princess Meghan.

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    • lydia00 says:

      Agree. And if it ever comes out, that dirt will be the headlines along with John McCain who was in on this stuff. His beloved media will throw his fake legacy under the bus.

      I suspect this is why Cindy McCain is our there trashing Trump along with Princess Meghan.

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    • lydia00 says:

      Agree. And if it ever comes out, that dirt will be the headlines along with John McCain who was in on this stuff. His beloved media will throw his fake legacy under the bus.

      I suspect this is why Cindy McCain is our there trashing Trump along with Princess Meghan.

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  39. sylvie310 says:

    Is this why Samantha Power said today she had no knowledge of FISA applications bearing her name?

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  40. ezgoer says:

    Realize that even if Durham brings charges against some of these criminals it will take years to go through the courts. If Trump loses in 2020, the new Dem AG will drop all charges and the whole thing will be swept under the rug.

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  41. Your Tour Guide says:

    And, now for a look behind the curtain….

    Hocus, pocus, declassify!!!!!

    That would be this not so young boy’s
    dream. C’mon Barr!!! Do the right thing!

    “Imagine there’s no re-dactions
    it’s easy if you try….
    all names re-vealed
    out-ing all the spies…..
    You may say I’m a dreamer
    but I’m not the only one
    I hope that you will join us
    and expose these evil bums..”

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  42. PVCDroid says:

    I’m praying Durham does the right and takes this all the way back to the data analyzed by Forensicator (Bill Binney). We need an answer as to who took the e-mails and sent them to Assange. So be it if it leads to Seth Rich and that horrible cover up (missing CCTV footage for multiple square blocks). The fraudulent ICA report by Brennan needs to be retracted completely and Russia should be vindicated. These creeps were willing to cause world wars to succeed.

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  43. Sarah L says:

    Hello Sundance,

    1st time posting here, Disqus only 😦 but I just wanted to drop a line to say how impressive your choice of topics are and your in-depth analysis is unmatched. I’ve been reading for a couple of years, from afar. You seem to work hard at delving into the details for your insightful opinions. So, just wanted to give you a rah rah 🎉 for all you do.

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  44. Daniel says:

    Remember, the 2016 ‘insurance policy’ was to hand Mueller the 2016 FBI investigation so they could turn it into the 2017 special counsel investigation. Mueller, Weissmann and the group then used the ‘Steele Dossier’ as the cornerstone for the special counsel review. The goal of the Mueller investigation was to construct impeachment via obstruction. The same players transferred from “crossfire hurricane” into the Mueller ‘obstruction‘ plan.

    I’m not convinced that was the ‘insurance policy.’ An insurance policy is a thing one collects on or a bailout plan in the event of a big problem. I don’t see anything more than a shift of leadership/control to enable that continuation of systemic abuse.

    If that was the insurance policy (just poorly defined terminology) then where’s the evidence of that? Has there been uncovered evidence of Mueller and Weissmann acting as part of the small group? Has their been uncovered evidence of planning for special counsel in the event Trump’s administration tries to replace all of the people in the FBI and DOJ?

    If you ask me, the insurance policy (not that it fits the definition of the term) is falling back to the source of the corruption — the SSCI and the like. They have been shown to have strange connections with the DOJ and FBI as well as the CIA and others outside of their ‘oversight’ capacity and we’ve seen indications of that through the coordinated leak activities and probably more. The DOJ and FBI did not act alone and without leadership. We know Obama was involved — leaks and releases proved as much. But Obama, himself, is no grand master schemer. A community organizer turned president is one who will follow an agenda but not one which sets one necessarily. And given the massive amounts of protection and cover Obama has received from both politics and the media, it’s pretty obvious Obama was promoted and was not responsible for his own election. (Think about how AOC got into office.)

    An insurance policy is usually more of a last resort type of thing… who better to orchestrate a bailout plan than the source of the corruption?

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  45. Tom says:

    Here is a better link to the Collyer Report, etc – and it is free unlike SCRIBD !

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    • tom says:

      I guess the link to “IConTheRecord” needs to be obfuscated:
      –https://icontherecord.tumblr.com/post/188217887058/release-of-documents-related-to-the-2018-fisa

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  46. Cocoon says:

    This took a year to come out?
    After the FBI/DOJ were already warned by FISA Judge?
    My guess is this would be the facts AG Barr had when he stated clearly, publicly and under oath that there had been spying on the President.
    When asked to define spying he stated unauthorized surveillance.
    And now Durham seeks the predicate knowing the crime was committed.

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    • railer says:

      Good catch. And we can reflect back on the visceral reaction from the media’s Obama protectors when Trump first came out after the election and said he was being spied upon. They went BERSERK.

      He was right, and now it’s just a matter of who goes to jail, if anybody.

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  47. 13wasylyna says:

    Big Whoop. Nothing is done. Remember Mad Maxie crowing about Obama’s secret database that had information on everyone like never before…..his database is the result of these illegal searches

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  48. lydia00 says:

    I fear chief justice Roberts is going to shut this down with help from Lawfare actions. He is no friend of Liberty or transparency.

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  49. Pelayo says:

    Wall Street Journal article today on abuses of Section 702 NSA database which has been covered extensively by Sundance and incredibly NOT ONE MENTION of the Judge Collyer findings of a couple of years ago and article closed to comments as well.

    The impression you get from article is these 702 violations are Trump related instead of what Sundance posits- continuation of surveillance by Deep Staters.

    More and more huge chasm between editorial pages of the WSJ and the news section.

    These new violations should be used as the pretext for Trump to fire Wray.

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  50. TradeBait says:

    Collusion and obstruction, they names are MSM, FBI, and C_A. May they all rot and die. New seeds need planted to turn this nation LE activities toward truth and light. Send in the US Marshals and start over.

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