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. SithMystery says:

    I guess Deep State is gonna Deep State

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    • iwasthere says:

      They can’t help themselves. Great job Director Wray! Way to reign in that abuse.

      Liked by 6 people

      • Mr e-man says:

        Wray to go!

        Liked by 3 people

      • Prof. Woland says:

        I wonder if there is any way to find out if we as individuals can were spied upon. This might end up like East Germany where many Americans, including those of us on the dissident right, had information collected to eventually use for leverage, punishment or blackmail. Looking into our internet searches, medical records, financial records, and so forth. Tens of Thousands of searches would probably not be random and more likely focused on Obama’s opponents (i.e. enemies ). In other words, Us.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        He’s busy going to ethics classes.

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    • Jederman says:

      Schedule more sensitivity training ISO Wray’s “protecting the institutions (obama, clinton et al)” program.

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    • Libertybella says:

      I just want to say this…if any FBI, DOJ, NSA, CIA employees are reading this…if you aren’t doing something to assist in the enforcement of the rule of law, through valid whistle-blowing, or other legitimate legal actions, you are taking up space, wasting taxpayer dollars, and worse, obstructing justice and working to tear down the republic and our constitution…resign already…pathetic.

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      • Esperanza says:

        You have to wonder when they do their jobs. No surprise terrorist attacks are surprising. If they spent less time surveilling Conservatives and more surveilling bad people things might work better.

        Case in point, the recent Paris intelligence service IT guy’s attack (4 dead) He expressed approbation for Charlie Hebdomadaire massacre, was a convert, frequented a Fiché S imam, refused to shake hands with women etc yet everyone was so surprised when he slit his female boss’s throat.

        Also he was a convert, black and had a handicap, three traits that predispose sheiks to consider him “an easily expendable asset”.

        But hey no red red flags.

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      • Brant says:

        Silly, they would not be reading this…..they have more, ummmmm, visual websites to scan and look at/watch.

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      • swissik says:

        Good luck with that. If any of these “public servants” do any of those things it means that they don’t care a whit and protesting isn’t going to make them ethical. Just my opinion based on having known a number of federal govt. employees.

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      • TANGO268 says:

        Sadly, they all think NPR is the only source of news they need.

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    • fhb says:

      WHO specifically did the unmasking ? WHAT info was obtained ? HOW was it used ? WHERE did it go ? WHY ? NOW WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE ABOUT IT ?

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    • Libertybella says:

      And now this from Gateway Pundit article

      “Two associates of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who allegedly helped him dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden have been arrested and charged with violating campaign finance laws.

      The two men, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, are Soviet-born and were under investigation by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York. They are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia later today.”

      Yep…only republicans and their associates ever get arrested in this country…this is so sad and infuriating..

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    • Richard K says:

      I have a question if the Democrats are all against fossil fuel why do all their kids work for Ukrainian oil and gas companies
      The CIA and the FBI supposedly work for the president it seems they are actually at war with the president my question is if they don’t answer to the president who are they accountable to.

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  2. I just LOVE it when you go to read one of these things and the first thing you see is half the damn page blacked out. Makes me feel like the Government is giving us the finger.

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  3. Paprika says:

    Don’t ya just love that our top law enforcement agency does not enforce the law when it comes to their own members?

    ***Hey now, some of our people may have misapplied or misinterpreted the the 702 rules and regulations–we’ll form a committee to come up with better guidelines and training! Ya know, better than the original ones we’ve not paid attention to for 30 years plus all the additional “committee” recommendations to improve the process and protect citizens that have been instituted over those 30 years that we also do not adhere to or obey either.

    We need more funding and resources to put these recommendations in force because with only 35,000 employee’s and a budget of only $9,800,000,000 we don’t have anyone competent enough to understand or apply the LAWs that we are suppose to be enforcing.***

    Enough!!

    If we are going to continue with this “value and needed tool” of FISC and 702 queries for “National Security” there are some straight forward and common sense Laws that can be quickly implemented.

    1. No more more private contractor access–Period! If a private contractor suspects a problem they can bring it to the attention of the department responsible for this in each IC agency.

    2. Each agency shall have a designated department that is well trained and legally responsible for any 702 applications. Only these departments can submit a 702 request and the 702 must be in compliance with the law. Anyone in the department submitting a noncorming 702 shall be fired, striped of their security clearance, and prosecuted with minimum 5 year to maximum 10 year sentence for each offense.
    2a.- The FISC judges are 12 in number and handle 1,000 plus cases a year. Therefore no agency department should need to number more than 12 agents. 1,000 702 requests divide by 12 = 83 inquiries per agent per year = less than 2 a week. If they can’t handle that, fire them!

    3. FISC court and judges shall be responsible for ensuring the 702 inquiries adhere to the law and immediately deny application and notify and agency FISC department of noncompliance. That agency department will have 14 days to correct application and discipline agent according to 2.
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    4. Stick to the damn law! 702 can only be used on foreigners and be 1 bounce only. If other foreigners are implicated separate 702 should be filed on them. Any Americans implicated shall be handled under normal court procedures with all constitutional rights and privileges adhered to.

    OK, Treepers, how did I do for a first draft simple solution? I’m sure that there are many here who will have better ideas and thoughts than yours truly.

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    • rmnewt says:

      Good process change. How about compensation for those who’s rights are violated? Prosecutions of blatant/repeated abuses?

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      • mylabs5 says:

        The problem with that is that we as taxpayers will be paying for any “compensation”.
        The only way to fix the problem is to enact legislation that personally criminalizes these actions especially down to the agent or contractor level.
        Is some stiff thinks he’ll go to jail he’ll think twice about following orders. Right now they have no fear of retribution.
        Put the fear of God in them.

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        • Paprika says:

          Good catch and suggestion “that personally criminalizes these actions especially down to the agent or contractor level.”

          Compensation should be awarded out of that agencies budget or make all government employees take out and pay for their own liability insurance?

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        • Amy2 says:

          No job and no pension would help!

          Liked by 4 people

        • Hoosier says:

          Here is an idea. Take it out of the offenders pension. Once that is tapped out move up the chain. Take the job from his or her supervisor’s pension and if tapped out keep going up the chain.

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      • Paprika says:

        Thanks for your thoughts!

        I would go with compensation as well as public exoneration and apology. Hopefully there would not be “blatant/repeated abuses” with newly instated laws, but if so double penalties and years served.

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    • Green Bucket says:

      Great list, Paprika, but I think you might consider a better step 1 – fire every one of the current agents and start over.

      All of the alphabet agencies need to be gutted first and then we can start with a new set of rules and real patriots.

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      • Paprika says:

        As much as I would like to see that done, not sure it would ever happen, but we can hope that new laws with teeth would help accomplish close to that.

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        • Green Bucket says:

          I hear you, but if we don’t aim high enough we’ll never get even close to the goal. Nothing is going to be easy, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t set this as the standard. If we leave them in their jobs, they will lay low for a while, but when the smoke clears, they will be back to their old dirty / illegal / treasonous tricks…

          I think if the President did in fact fire all of these corrupt employees, honest patriots from all over the country would respond to a call for help. We can do their jobs, no problem!

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      • Dixie says:

        Real Patriots = CTH Treepers and hopefully the 1,000,000 readers/lurkers who don’t comment.

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    • bluebongo says:

      Excellent draft, one suggestion:

      When I flew B-52s we used the two man concept when handling nuclear weapons. It was the ultimate check to ensure that not only did we do what we were supposed to do, but also do it when we were supposed to do it. In addition, I was authorized a concealed sidearm, with authorization to use it to ensure we did just that. The penalty for failing to ensure the security of our country was death, immediately.

      The unauthorized disclosure of Top Secret information poses grave danger to our country, and the same procedures should be followed. The first time one of these treasonous “intelligence” agency bastards gets one between the eyes sitting at his glorious keyboard will immediately end all leaks.

      Congress should get the same instantaneous justice.

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      • Paprika says:

        Thanks for your service and your patriotic thoughts!

        Not sure if the 2 man concept would work any better than always having 2 FBI agents interview and file 302s. (And the antiquated 302 system should definitely be eliminated!)

        Not sure we could get penalty of death and “instantaneous justice” in today’s atmosphere and I’m not in agreement with an immediate death penalty because of not having any due process or any safe guards that 1 person just uses that as an excuse to shoot person #2 when not at war.

        But I sure agree with your sentiment that laws with real and actionable teeth should be applied and enforced with those who pose grave danger to our country including Congress!

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        • Orygun says:

          Rather than firing them I would think we fire the agencies. Take their functions and put them under a more trustworthy agency and then remove the agency as being duplicative and not necessary.
          The Federal lands that are not allowed constitutionally should revert back to State ownership where they were in the first place. This would get rid of a lot of Federal agencies and oversight. The early history of the General Land Office is a good read and the need for a land system for the transfer and description of land ownership.
          Like every function of government it has become bastardized over time.

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    • NYMinuteman says:

      It’s a “hop” not a “bounce”. Otherwise yes. Just yes.

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    • NYMinuteman says:

      It is a “hop” not a “bounce.” Otherwise, yes to everything,

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    • snellvillebob says:

      First, put the 2016-2018 abusers in prison as an example of what will happen to anyone in the future. They will all really really respect that.

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  4. Bill Dumanch says:

    Spies- from Obama and those freedom-loving Democrats.

    Rope. Tree.

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  5. 335blues says:

    These citizens who have been illegally spied upon by the federal government
    should file suit for damages.
    If there is no punishment the crimes will continue.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Trialdog says:

    No problem. The perps will retire with fat pensions we’ll fund by working and paying taxes until we’re eighty.
    Suckers.

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    • Green Bucket says:

      Or, we can show up in the millions in Washington DC with yellow vests, pitchforks, tar, and buckets of feathers to run them out of town on a rail – you know like they used to do in the olden days…

      Remember, Washington DC voted 96% for Hillary. Let that sink in. That tells me maybe we need a bigger solution to fix this problem.

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  7. wtd says:

    Sundance wrote:

    …”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)….”

    Consider also…one of the final actions taken by 44:
    NYT Jan. 12 2017: N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

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  8. StanH says:

    Be certain that what we are seeing is what Barry told us, too paraphrase: “he’s the one we’ve been waiting for — the fundamental transformation of the USA.” Remember what one of his close advisors said in a speech Anita Dunn how she most admired Chairman Mao. Or his old pals Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dohrn, spooner college professors don’t you know, who in the Weather Underground swore the destruction of America. Frank Marshall Davis, Rev. Wright and on and on with the Marxist scum.

    What the hell did we expect?

    This is all the direct result of the 60’s counter culture and their spawn. They use their bible Rules for Radicals and their prophet Saul Alinsky who taught them that anything goes, “the ends justify the means.” To pound on the unsuspecting with blackmail and threats using the corrupt MSM to give them the imprimatur of righteousness when in truth they are dedicated members of the counter culture aka the swamp and are all in on the destruction of the USA.

    What the hell did we expect?

    These anti-American scum admired groups like the East German Stasi and the way they controlled and repressed the people for the “greater good.” When in truth what they yearned for was the power to literally dictate life and death as long as it didn’t effect them, the real 1%. The NWO and the Climate Change charlatans have created an unholy alliance that has you and I, and the West as a whole tagged for destruction. They came so close. The hysterics we are witnessing is this cabal in death throes and they are becoming sloppy and transparent in what they intended to achieve.

    Now more and more are “woke” and we see the anti-American scum for who and what they are. Do not believe anything coming from the MSM they are our sworn enemy and need to be treated as such. Stick very close with our Great President Trump as he navigates the swamp. These are treacherous waters and may at some point need his Deplorable Army in force to remove this scrum from the house that George Washington built, the greatest country in the history of mankind the USA!!

    KAG! …by keeping the faith, pray, and be prepared. God Bless the USA and God Bless President Donald J Trump. Oh I’m sticking it to the man with prayers, I recommend we all do it.

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    • Dixie says:

      Well stated & BRAVO !

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    • TJ says:

      The rent-seeking political bottom feeders call it, “the long march through the institutions”. It emerged in the 1970s after the student movement of the 1960s.(“working against the established institutions while working within them” / Gramsci, Marcuse, Bloch, Dutschke)

      Pete Buttigieg’s father translated the Gramsci prison notebooks that inspire the basis of “cultural hegemony”.

      Antonio Gramsci: Take over the Institutions!

      Alternatively they would “take over the institutions” of the state (the police, the law, political parties, the civil service, councils, etc.) and even the institutions which are not ordinarily deemed to be directly part of the state (e.g., the churches, charities, regional/national newspapers, the universities, schools, etc.). (Rudi Dutschke called this the “Long March through the Institutions”.)
      https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2014/04/antonio_gramsci_take_over_the_institutions.html

      Joseph Buttigieg
      Buttigieg cotranslated and coedited the three-volume English edition of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks. [..] Their son Pete Buttigieg is mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and a presidential candidate in the 2020 election.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Buttigieg

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    • Yippeekiyay says:

      Well said, StanH. The 60’s movement has had a long lasting and devastating effect on our society. I’m praying right along with you.

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  9. pyromancer76 says:

    David Harvey says: October 10, 2019 at 7:10 am – “For over 3 years my day always starts I repeat always starts with a good half-hour reading on the conservative Treehouse.”

    Yes, here I am at 6:19 a.m. with my coffee reading the latest installment of what has become the “morning news” for me. It has been many years now that I have felt daily gratitude to Sundance (and crew, Ad Rem first and foremost). This hunger for truths and real news is fed daily (and more than once).

    There are a few others who are working at similar purposes daily — real investigative reporting — for which I m also deeply grateful. But none with both the depth and breadth of Sundance, including humor and fine writing,

    Thank you Sundance, for your talents and your willingness to go into the weeds, taking that fine honed sleuthing ability with you.

    At the beginning of each month, to the extent that I can, I go to that donation button. with a concrete vote of thanks. My world would feel terribly impoverished without TheConservativeTreehouse.

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  10. dasantacroce says:

    I have kept faith with the reality that President Trump is allowing this to unfold his way. He has conducted a stealth takeover of the democrat party forcing them on constant defense over a wide range. A “broad front” approach that allows for ready exploitation of a breakout [DNC, Biden, Barr, Durham etal]. Most importantly the dems have threatened his [Trump] children with prosecution and persecution in perpetuity. This is why I know all these revelations have a point and a purpose: for the father to destroy the institutional deep state that threatened his children hence the “Q” references to the Godfather trilogy.

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    • dbobway says:

      President Trump has created himself as a diversion to get his policies hammered out.
      The left truly thinks, all the President is doing is sitting around or playing golf, that was ’44’, and sending mean tweets.
      But most important, his leadership is a truth serum, for criminal actions of anti Americans in the hallways of our government and business community.
      Everyday someone new comes out of nowhere,
      And found in bed with China, Ukraine , Australia, Italy and on and on,
      Performing criminal activity in the name of greed for money.
      It is overwhelming what has been going on globally.
      and equally dangerous to our sovereignty.
      I’m wishing for us to get to the bottom of all this,
      I’m not sure it there is a floor to this evil.

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      • willthesuevi says:

        “President Trump has created himself as a diversion to get his policies hammered out.”

        You put into words what I have tried to express much more clumsily than you did. Thank you. I agree!

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  11. Somebody's Gramma says:

    #BurnItAllDown

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  12. gsonFIT says:

    Devin Nunes should read into the Congressional record all the surveillance he received for Ezra Cohen-Watnick in the Spring of 2017,

    This spying on the citizenry is what is causing riots in Hong Kong. It has been going on since at least the Obama admin, but more probably since the Patriot Act. The only difference is the Chinese are transparent about their facial recognition.

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  13. Zippy says:

    And there will be DIRE consequences… NOT!

    FISA Court Rolls Over, Plays Dead
    Aug 28, 2013

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifergranick/2013/08/28/fisa-court-rolls-over-plays-dead/#2b26114763ae

    A newly declassified opinion shows FISA court “oversight” in the face of egregious, unconstitutional and potentially criminal government misconduct means nothing.

    Last week, thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s excellent FOIA work, we got the gift of a newly declassified 2011 FISA court opinion. The opinion finds that the government misled the FISA court for over three years about the details of its illegal and unconstitutional surveillance programs. These lies hid from the court the fact that every year, the NSA is collecting at least 56,000 emails – and possibly many more — between innocent Americans who have no foreign connections and are suspected of no crimes. That’s bad, but the worst part of it is, when the government’s lies were finally exposed the FISA court demanded … that NSA analysts read our private messages right away, so they can be used or deleted more quickly. In other words, the government got not a slap on the wrist, but a pat on the back.

    This was the third lie in less than three years that the FISA court had learned about. The judge described one such pattern of lying in Footnote 14 of this newly declassified opinion. There, the clearly outraged judge said the NSA had misrepresented so frequently and systematically how it conducted its program to collect and query Americans’ phone call records that the agency had utterly subverted the Court-mandated oversight regime for that program.

    So what did the court do when it found out it had been lied to, that purely domestic communications were fair game, that untold numbers of innocent people were being illegally spied on, and that all the safeguards in place needed to be rethought?

    Nothing, really. The court suggested the NSA should train its analysts to notice when their queries turned up an MCT – i.e., an Internet transaction containing multiple messages — and then to look carefully at all the by-catch. If existing procedures allowed them to use anything in those purely domestic messages that they were never supposed to have collected in the first place, great! Otherwise, only after collection and review, should the information be deleted. The NSA adopted this approach, and continues to blithely collect Internet transactions containing wholly domestic communications between innocent Americans to this day.

    So in the face of illegal, unconstitutional and potentially criminal conduct — conduct about which the NSA repeatedly lied to the FISA court — the FISA court “corrected” the problem by requiring … banner warnings that something might be an MCT, and an extra round of review by NSA analysts. The real problem – that the NSA regularly collects Americans’ most private communications that the law does not permit it to collect and lies about it to the FISA court – was simply waved away.

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  14. hardworkingsob says:

    A word to government officials…. knowing about illegal activity and not reporting/doing something about it, is also a crime. Got that former AG Sessions?

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  15. Bruce_Dern's_Finger says:

    The elephant, or gorilla if-you-will, in the livingroom that everyone is ignoring as to WHY the UniParty Deep State still is trying to oust President Trump from the White House is that President Trump is the only person with the intestinal fortitude to reveal to the world the illegal presidency of Jugears, aka Barry Soetoro, aka Barack HUSSEIN Obama.

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    • willthesuevi says:

      Maybe outside of the CTH. In here most of us had a handle on that since the election or before.

      It goes much deeper than former President Obama.

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      • Bruce_Dern's_Finger says:

        Indeed, but which election – 2008, 2012, or 2016?
        The website with their finger on that pulse is: https://www.thepostemail.com/about/

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        • willthesuevi says:

          I don’t care about any outside linked whatever.

          My point, to your point, is that those of us who are regulars at this blog, The Conservative Treehouse, know the vitriol and push back against President Donald Trump is more than a protection of President Obama.

          The leftist globalists are more interested in protecting themselves and their deep swamp financial/power deals.

          They know that there is not one single Republican politician that would vote to do anything against a former President, period. There is absolutely no upside as much as people on the right would like to dream of it happening.

          I have no idea what you are trying to do with you last point.

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  16. fakenamenumber776 says:

    Yeah, by all means, let’s crawl down the rabbit hole of what happened after Trump got elected. Return to your homes. There is nothing to see in the period before Judge Collyer’s report… you know, the queries that were being done in 2015 and early 2016. If we never see them spying on Cruz, Rubio, Bush, etc., they can continue to insist it was all about Trump, because Russia.

    Catching them spying on the whole Republican field, before they knew who would be the nominee, is the Nuke in this deal. If we have query logs showing that they used the NSA anti-terrorism data base as a tool of oppo research on behalf of the Democratic Party, the public will break bad on the Democrats with a fiery vengeance. And they should.

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    • Rileytrips says:

      Also, if they conducted illegal spying on federal judges … and the Chief Justice of SCOTUS leading up to the ruling on Obamacare. That would truly be enlightening.

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    • Deplorable_Vespucciland says:

      Years ago a certain republican president was harassed out of office because some of his people spied on a democrat location during a break-in at a hotel in DC. Meanwhile this previous democrat administration conducted widespread surveillance of republican presidential campaign opponents for months without repercussion. Obama’s criminal activities make Nixon look like a choirboy. How about that?

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  17. Sobriquet4 says:

    Circles around to this…

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    • Betty says:

      So Maxine Waters, who disenfranchises the people of her district by attracting the homeless and addicted to her district and then offers drugs to them if they will sign an absentee ballet in her favor also openly countenances sedition.

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  18. So, where’s Obama? Does he care to comment or is he just hiding. A fish rots from the head down.

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  19. dawg says:

    It’s a good thing there’s an infinite supply of gravity because we will need a lot of it to hang all the traitors. The thought, however unrealistic, is still somewhat comforting.

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  20. Bill Dumanch says:

    COMEY had a spy in Lorretta Lynch’s office?
    Obama, we hardly knew ya…

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  21. Am I the only one who thinks that “tens of thousands” is a sign of mental illness? 🤷‍♂️

    Clearly, this law should be repealed and we should go back to Presidential authorization. The present system can obviously be gamed.

    At the same time, we should repeal and replace PATRIOT, another intrusive law which “mysteriously appeared in its 900-page glory.” (No one can write that fast …) It simply lead to rampant abuse. Even if supposedly intended to protect Americans, it left them far more vulnerable.

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    • Linda K. says:

      I would guess that having access to this system is addicting to a power hungry Washington D.C. spy organization. Like a drug to an addict.

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    • Bogeyfree says:

      Remember that tens of thousands is just 2016/2017.

      Now add in the 47 hard drives that Dennis Montgomery turned into the FIB in 2015 with 600,000,000 pages of gathered information.

      They sure built one heck of a database IMO.

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    • WTFUser says:

      I’ve thought about why they were so adamant to use it so frequently. Look into Brennan’s efforts to get more of this information disseminated after the underwear bomber.
      https://libertyunyielding.com/2019/04/07/links-to-brennan-in-the-2012-expansion-of-fisa-controlled-intel-sharing/

      It was two-fold reasons A) Legitimate crime prevention and B) Power. It coincided with new almost unfettered access to the NSA database(s) coming online in 2012. Think of it this way; I’m going to sell you on this great new database access and information sharing by telling you it is to stop the bad guys but what I’m really doing is ensuring you President Obama and the Uniparty/Democrats the ability to control the future through knowing the present.

      Now you’re some regular FBI schmoe. You are told to look into something. What kind of gumshoe expertise was used in the past? What do regular cops and feds do now? They look at social media, they search Google. What if you could hop on into a SCIF and just login and and find out if what you’re hearing or told to look at is true or not?

      And what is more solid than actual metadata and call transcripts if they exist compared to he said-she said discussions with witnesses or suspects? I really think the FBI and other investigatory agencies said this is really useful and then said this is way better than having to leave the office half the time. Just a belief.

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  22. Rileytrips says:

    Why has the House Oversight Committee not conducted investigations into FBI Director Wray’s recent “ political bias “ training of employees – to see if the results of it are reigning in the abuse that was shown by the IG report last year?? We pay for that crap, you know.
    IMO President Trump deserves 2 more years as acting President after 2024 – if he is willing to do it – after the way his Presidency has been hindered and attacked by the media and all political opponents,…and his own complicit Intelligence and DOJ employees.

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  23. Bert Darrell says:

    Who, other than a deranged D-Rat, would disagree with the conclusion that the Obama-Biden administration was the most corrupt in American history. Cheating in elections, selling themselves to American foes, funding leftist militia thugs domestically and terrorists abroad, inserting rabid communist moles in all branches of government, and striving to destroy our middle class were their main objectives. Their administration will be remembered for their infamies and lack of country-benefitting accomplishments.

    Does Barack Obama deserve to live in a palace at Martha’s Vineyard or spend the rest of his miserable life in jail for having committed multiple acts of treason?

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  24. farmerren says:

    I had to stop reading at the first 46 pages of the Boasberg Report.
    I continued to dwell on the overwhelming power the IT (information technology) personnel have over the implementation and even interpretation of the (e.g. 702) Requirements set by Federal Law and the officers of the/an agency.
    Reading only those first 46 pages there’s a ‘spaghetti’ of ongoing requirements/certifications and amendments. Changes to the 702 process would make necessary, coding/testing and or filtering changes, and in the least human training.
    So either the Federal Government hires a force of high level and detail level IT personnel (many) or farms it out to consulting companies thereby becoming dependent on competence and commitment..
    Maybe wrong, but I believe most of the work is done by contractors. Hunting around, I found the following 2015 article, looking for names of companies. Some familiar people’s names appeared too. It’s interesting.
    https://www.thenation.com/article/how-private-contractors-have-created-shadow-nsa/

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  25. thedoc00 says:

    Yet still no self critique of the Judicial members of the FISC itself nor even a request for Justice Roberts to perform even a process of review. Despite all the bad things pointed out by the judge and “the FISC” the queries continued and the FISC allowed every shred of questionable and unsubstantiated evidence to be used as rationale for the FIFC to grant a FISA. Something is still very wrong, even with this finding.

    The office of the President needs request a review by Justice Roberts based on this IG report as well as the court findings covering the report by Admiral Rogers.

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  26. CM-TX says:

    Not surprised…

    March 2017:
    Phone is visibly “hacked” (that’s just for starters).
    I was warned by possible white-hat, “Feds have a file on you.” … “Feds put a bid out on you.”

    My crime:
    Politically Conservative… Having an established voice on a particular News site, & gaining further traction on a Social Media site.

    The stupidity of it:
    There’s nothing I posted that wasn’t existing information, published elsewhere online. I just happen to be good at finding it, a/o connecting pieces to reach a viable theory.
    NOT my fault it’s often some type of wrongdoing! Try doing the right thing instead, or maybe DON’T get caught!

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  27. Bert Darrell says:

    Do Treepers remember Evelyn Farkas appearing on TV (MSNBC I think it was) after the 2016 election, urging D-Rats to preserve the trove of info that Obama had (illegally) accumulated?

    After such brazen demonstration of incompetence, idiocy, and derangement, one must not only question the intelligence of D-Rats and miscellaneous corrupt Obama’s minions, but also understand their lack of comprehension of the magnitude of the crimes they had committed.

    If in doubt, remember these names: Brennan, Clapper, Comey, McCabe, Holder, Lynch, Yates, Strzok, and Weissman, as just a few examples of executive branch critters deserving long and harsh punishment. Also, remember the names of the ancillary media troopers that blindly supported the traitors all the way at all times.

    PS: I omitted Mueller’s name because this corrupt old puppet allowed himself to be driven by the nose for just a bunch of green bills and had no functional brain to comprehend the level of his malfeasance, as evidenced during his pitiful congressional hearing..

    .

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  28. budsnblooms says:

    It’s now abundantly clear (1) Patriot Act SHOULD NOT BE RENEWED (2) NSA data collection needs review and parring back (3) FBI/CIA and DOJ need to be leased with vastly increased oversight by a combination of Joint Citizens/House/Senate Committee. People need to remember this is OUR govt, we CONSENT to be governed and govt staff/agencies/appointees are at OUR SERVICE. We now need Citizen oversight involvement.

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  29. lurker2 says:

    I will not forget page 82 of the 2017 Collyer report: From November 1, 2015 to May 1, 2016 […] NSA estimates that approximately eight-five percent of those queries, representing XXX queries conducted by approximately X targeted offices, were not compliant with the applicable minimization procedures. Many of these non-compliant queries involved use of the same identifiers over different date ranges.

    Is it too much to hope that some day we’ll know the details of those queries? Which identifiers? Look at the dates. Hmmm. Nellie Ohr received her radio license on May 23, 2016. Crossfire Hurricane (the counterintelligence witchhunt against Trump) was opened on July 31, 2016.

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  30. Tom Hansen says:

    The FBI, the Federal Bureau of Insurrection! This proves that FBI Director and any staff or agents who were aware or participated in the continued illegal surveillance of American citizens are culpable in a conspiracy to cover up their seditious crimes.

    Barr and Durham need to clean house and remove all remnants of every single federal employee and contractor representing any federal agency that has participated in this coup to remove the President unlawfully.

    This is a scandal of unprecedented magnitude of wide spread conspiracy of seditious and treasonous behavior between former and present Federal officials, career professionals, politicians, and multiple media journalists and representatives in an attempt to unlawfully over throw a duly elected President of the United States.

    This cannot stand! These people must be indicted, arrested, charged, given due process, and hopefully will be found guilty and properly sentenced to the fullest extent of the law. Otherwise, our federal system of justice and law enforcement will collapse and will be deemed corrupt forever.

    We will have no country if we do not have respect for the rule of law.

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  31. The American Patriot says:

    Lots of people are going to jail!

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  32. Cindy Austin says:

    Couldn’t this be grounds to get rid of Wray?

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  33. MaineCoon says:

    Excerpts from the Court Order.

    In the March 27, 2018, Submission, the government informed the Court that it had identified certain insider-threat-monito1ing activities, [redacted…] the subsequent placement of that information into systems by insider-threat personnel.

    The government refers to those activities as “user activity monitoring” or “UAM.” See September 18, 2018, Memorandum at 24. $OP ili’1Ai1l:’Hil UQPCON N [NOTE: this last stuff is how the redacted block after “24” transcribed in my copy/paste.] p.130

    At present, the government has advised the Court only that user-activity monitoring may have resulted in violations of applicable procedures. p.131

    And, to the extent noncompliance with applicable procedures is identified, the government is directed to consider and address options other than amending the procedures to remediate the violations. p. 132

    ——————————–

    Options like more Wray-ordered ethics classes?

    Whew. I feel better now.

    IMO, what we have here on p. 134 is the Court accepting the government’s amended targeting and minimalization procedures.

    What we REALLY have here is the hen guarding the hen house.

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  34. petey says:

    they know who made the requests , the only way I ll know for sure that this is important to the government is if they start at the largest number of requests by an individual and indict them. until then it s just blowing smoke.

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  35. Trialbytruth says:

    So do we know who represented the Government here because it looks like lawfare. No Mea Culpa but convoluted defenses by adding to the law from other law.

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  36. Enough is enough. So we have another report of ILLEGALY tapping into the NSA computers. They know exactly who is doing this. There is a record of everyone who logs into the system and what they accessed. Starting at the top with Director Wray, you order them to immediately investigate and arrest anyone who did this. You then immediately have the DOJ prosecute them. IMMEDIATELY is the key word. And, once again, starting at the top, you fire anyone who refuses to do this. I don’t care if the last employee left is the damn janitor. Because if this is not done and it’s left up to Us The People, we’ll burn the damn place down.

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  37. . Bill Henslee says:

    you would have to destroy the computers–and their backups to begin to st0p this. Wait until they implement the software for facial identification that was developed for China and is being tested now. (if you really believe that China was the end recipient)
    Someone, somewhere, working for a government is going to know who you are, where you are, and all your secrets/

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  38. Rodiebob Williams says:

    What concerns me is that the Fisa Judge Ms Collier wrote the criticism then turned around and approved the Fisa for Comey..

    We have waited long enough, get the Horowitz release executed now..Start prosecuting the seditious criminals, and plug the holes, and resolve the access..Last, i realized the federal govt would abuse this power in 2000.

    The govt will never be able to police its self regarding FISA.. They cant even prosecute the fools who have abused it already!!

    One other point, our enemies are watching, and the only conclusion they can make is that the United States is as weak as it looks….That is what concerns me!

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