WARNING! House Schedules Backroom FISA Reauthorization Hearing Without Sunlight, While FISA Court and DOJ Delay…

Against the backdrop of a then pending OIG FISA report, in December of 2019 buried deep in the congressional budget Continuing Resolution (CR) was a short-term extension to reauthorize the FISA “business records provision”, the “roving wiretap” provision, the “lone wolf” provision, and the more controversial bulk metadata provisions [Call Detail Records (CDR)], all parts of the Patriot Act.

As a result of the FISA CR inclusion the terminal deadline was pushed to March 15, 2020:

FISA Court judges Rosemary Collyer (declassified 2017) and James Boasberg (declassified 2019) both identified issues with the NSA bulk database collection program being exploited for unauthorized reasons.  For the past several years no corrective action taken by the intelligence community has improved the abuses outlined by the FISA court.  The sketchy programs, and abuse therein, needs more public attention.

However, there is now a confluence of events highlighting a likelihood congress and the intelligence apparatus writ large want to reauthorize the FISA surveillance and collection authorities without further sunlight and without public input. Here’s what’s going on….

AG Bill Barr is scheduled to meet with key Senators next week.  While the media are attributing and framing the meeting toward Trump activity, it is more than likely one key purpose of the upcoming meeting is AG Barr advocating for quiet FISA renewal.

Keep in mind the deadline for the DOJ to respond to the FISA court about the abusive intelligence practices identified in the Horowitz report was February 5th, more than two weeks ago.  The responses from the DOJ and FBI have not been made public.

FISA Court Order – FISA Court Notice of Extension.

My suspicion is a quiet agreement exists between the DOJ/FBI and FISA Court. It appears the DOJ is trying to get the FISA reauthorization passed before the FISC declassifies the corrective action outlined from the prior court order.  This response would also include information about the “sequestering” of evidence gathered as a result of the now admitted fraudulent and misrepresented information within the FISA applications.

With that in mind, it is NOT accidental the Wall Street Journal publishes an article today about AG Barr’s position on FISA reauthorization.   The White House wants structural reform; it appears the DOJ and FBI want considerably less than that.

WASHINGTON—Senior White House officials are discussing an overhaul of the government’s surveillance program for people in the U.S. suspected of posing a national-security risk, spurred in part by President Trump’s grievances about an investigation of a 2016 campaign adviser, according to people familiar with the matter.

The effort seeks to take advantage of the looming expiration of some spying powers next month, including portions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a Watergate-era law that Mr. Trump believes was improperly used to target his campaign, these people said.

Overhauling FISA has become a rallying cry for conservatives and allies of the president in the aftermath of a watchdog report detailing several errors made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in its applications for surveillance of Mr. Trump’s campaign adviser, Carter Page. Some Republicans have called for upending FISA, prompting pushback from some in the administration, including Attorney General William Barr.

The plan, which is being spearheaded by officials within the White House Domestic Policy Council, is in the early stages and could face resistance from other parts of the Trump administration, including the National Security Council, which has generally advocated maintaining or expanding surveillance powers during Mr. Trump’s presidency.

Some administration officials have privately raised concerns that the new FISA effort could go too far, but officials working on the plan countered that they don’t intend to undermine the government’s core surveillance powers.

[…] Mr. Trump hasn’t expressed any public opinion on the coming expiration of the spying powers, but he has been a harsh critic of the government’s surveillance powers and has privately encouraged his advisers to develop a policy response to the surveillance of Mr. Page, the people familiar with the matter said. Mr. Trump feels personally victimized by the FISA process and the intelligence agencies that he oversees and some of the White House officials see a political opening for an overhaul.

“We were abused by the FISA process; there’s no question about it,” Mr. Trump told reporters this month. “We were seriously abused by FISA.”

[…] Some senior administration officials, including Mr. Barr, are hesitant to make major changes to existing intelligence law, people familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Barr has said the current FISA process needs more oversight from the Justice Department, in light of the inspector general report, but has defended the law itself as essential for national security.

“We are committed to preserving FISA and we think all Americans should be committed to preserving FISA,” Mr. Barr told reporters in December. “It is essential to protect the security of the United States.”

Mr. Barr has called FISA a “critical tool” and vowed to preserve it after some Republicans suggested the future of the law was in jeopardy following the inspector general’s report. (more)

With the terminal deadline for FISA reauthorization rapidly approaching; and with serious abuses identified within the system of the FISA court, specifically as they pertain to the targeting of American citizens; there have been no public hearings or congressional discussions about the FISA process and the outlined fourth amendment violations.

Earlier today exiting House Judiciary Ranking member Doug Collins (being replaced by Jim Jordan) appeared on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo and warned of House mark-up hearings to advance the renewal without any public input or reform discussion. WATCH:

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Congress always waits until the last-minute to act on important issues.

The FISA “business records provision”, the “roving wiretap” provision, the “lone wolf” provision, and the more controversial bulk metadata provisions [Call Detail Records (CDR)], again all parts of the Patriot Act, must not be reauthorized without a full public vetting of the abuses that have taken place for the past several years.

It is important that we contact our representatives and inform them of the need for full sunlight upon all prior activity; including the declassification of documents showing how the system has been abused; before any reauthorization is considered.

The DOJ/FBI response to the FISA court needs to be made public.  To better understand the scale of the issue, the consequences when the system is abused, the upstream sequester material needs to be made public.  Additionally with all of the information now known to exist, the White House needs to pressure the intelligence community to declassify both the Collyer report from 2017 and the Boasberg report from 2019.

Reveal the November 2015 through April 2016 FISA-702 search query abuse by declassifying the April 2017 court opinion written by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer. Show the FBI contractors behind the 85% fraudulent search queries. [Crowdstrike? Fusion-GPS? Nellie Ohr? Daniel Richman?]  This was a weaponized surveillance and domestic political spying operation. [The trail was laid down in specific detail by Judge Collyer – SEE HERE]

The fourth amendment is being violated by the continued abuse of bulk metadata collection, and government officials illegally accessing the system.  This needs to be stopped.

2019 Boasberg Report:

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2017 Collyer Report:

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My suggestion would be to let the authorizations expire and do not allow reauthorization until full public sunlight is delivered, and the larger conversation with the American people is fully engaged.  Perhaps that is a naive or futile suggestion; however, everything begins with being informed… Now You Know !

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198 Responses to WARNING! House Schedules Backroom FISA Reauthorization Hearing Without Sunlight, While FISA Court and DOJ Delay…

  1. coldanger says:

    I think by now it’s apparent Barr is definitely on the side of preserving the institutions instead of cleaning them up. He lacks the imagination and fortitude to do battle with those agencies and personnel aligned with the DS, and I believe the recent attacks on his credibility by the left had an impact on him. He’s essentially weak. That’s why Trump’s appointment of Grenell, and others like him, is so important and necessary to make any progress at restoring the Republic. We can expect the dems to ramp up their crazy train accusations exponentially in the coming days…

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    • MJJ says:

      The Number One Reform for FISA Approval is Heavy Surveillance for leaks by Congress Gang of 8,House & Senate Judiciary, House &Ssenate Intelligence and House & senate Oversight Committees, Congressman and Senators & Staffers, including Investigations by Grand Juries, Lie Detectors, & Refusals of Members to Submit to such Investigation Waivers of Rights. Including Media Grand Jury Testimony Cooperation and Mandatory First Amendment Rights Waiver due to National Security Reasons and Purposes of a Clear and Present Danger. Finally, Congressional Floor Immunity, Prosecutor Absolute Immunity and National Security Immunity also be removed for Members, Staffers, & Investigators!

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      • MJJ says:

        The Congress & Senate has to return to Bipartisanship, The Honorable Congressman Schiff (And He Earned That Title By Being Elected) & The Honorable Congressman Nunes have to work together with Member & Intelligence Agencies including the Media when taking on the Russians or any Intelligence National Security Threat under Agreed Same Rules and with the Gang of Eight!.

        We know by IG Reports that rules were violated, compromised, and broken along with FISA Warrants & Court rules too. No One President or One Man is Above the Law but No One Man or Law Enforcement & National Security Agents are not either, under the American Enlightenment System of Government.

        American Institutions have rules so Power does not Corrupt the Protections afforded in the Constitution. It is tough enough for an American Open Society taking on Closed Totalitarian Powers that threaten America & American Interests.

        Some Over Zealous Leaders have Resigned, Retired & Terminated. Reforms have to be put back in place. Impeachment Rules must be Bipartisan as well just like in Johnson, Nixon & Clinton Impeachment Hearings.

        If the words HONORABLE mean anything both Political Parties Members & Intelligence Community with Law Enforcement & Judicial Institutions will come together and fix what went wrong, with admissions and corrections, and work on Reforms so that never happens again.

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        • cleanjean says:

          Laws were broken not just “RULES.” In fact espionage was committed and subversion and a coup was implemented. Nah, this cannot be shrugged off with euphemistic attempts of “Rule” breaking and move on. Treason, and sedition was committed and those who did it must be brought to justice. No renewal of FISA until all that abused it are prosecuted…

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    • BoreMole says:

      I appreciate the optimism, but substitute Grenell’s name for about 20 others that have come before him in the list of people who were FINALLY going to clean house and make things better… and you have a groundhog day to remember…..

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      • detihw1 says:

        The People need to know and understand that they have acquired everything digitally transmitted over the major digital highways for years. That means all conversations as well as emails and financial transactions, etc.,etc.. “Collection” to them means they are retrieving it from the bulk database. It is still there whether they “collect” it now or later. Wake up you fools!

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    • MJJ says:

      THE PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT SIGN ANY RENEWAL WITHOUT NEW PROTECTIONS FROM CONGRESSIONAL LEAKS, MEDIA WAIVERS & IMMUNITY WAIVERS BY JUDGES, PUBLIC OFFICIALS, & STAFFERS EMPLOYEES.

      The Number One Reform for FISA Approval is Heavy Surveillance for leaks by Congress Gang of 8,House & Senate Judiciary, House & Senate Intelligence and House & senate Oversight Committees, Congressman and Senators & Staffers, including Investigations by Grand Juries, Lie Detectors, & Refusals of Members to Submit to such Investigation Waivers of Rights. Including Media Grand Jury Testimony Cooperation and Mandatory First Amendment Rights Waiver due to National Security Reasons and Purposes of a Clear and Present Danger. Finally, Congressional Floor Immunity, Prosecutor Absolute Immunity and National Security Immunity also be removed for Members, Staffers, & Investigators!

      WHAT ADAM SCHIFF HAS DONE BEEN DOING SHOULD BE MADE CRIMINAL.

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    • Linda K. says:

      Grenell may help Barr. Good to have a fighting buddy.

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    • John-Y128 says:

      Yesterday on WSJ Washington Week, ex-AG Michael Mukasey was praising AG Barr as the only guy who can protect the Institution, they never mentioned Justice for any of the DOJ/FBI abuses and or crimes.

      The deep-state is going to win this one, (again).

      The IC and the democrats have already kicked off the next Russian Hoax 2.0, all they need is some kind of ‘documentation’ to support new FISA warrants for ‘spying’ on PDJT administration all over again. No lessons were learned to prevent re-occurrence(s)!

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    • Dobbs, the President, Nunes, etc. should all be on this. The President should fire Barr NOW, on the basis of this dangerous runaround of the public’s rights and constitutionally enshrined freedoms. And NOW is also the BEST time for a 2 or 3 million person march on Washington (but of course, that will not happen, will it?).

      More hammer-time for Sundance, and Dobbs, et al.

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    • Sodakbull says:

      When people go to jail for the past abuses of the FISA court then we can discuss renewing it and improvinging it, if that can be done. Until then, it’s a big fat NO from me. They need to earn our trust back and they are no where near it.

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  2. OhNoYouDont says:

    As a safeguard, section 502 of FISA compels the Attorney General to inform the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence of the House of Representatives and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate of all such orders granted.

    In a semi-annual basis, the Attorney General must also provide a report to the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Senate which details the total number of applications over the previous 6 months made for orders approving requests for the production of tangible things and the total number of such orders either granted, modified, or denied.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Section_summary_of_the_Patriot_Act,_Title_II#Section_215:_Access_to_records_and_other_items_under_FISA

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    • bertdilbert says:

      That tells you nothing of importance. The person named in the FISA may not be the target of the warrant. Carter Page was the name on the FISA, but that just gave them an excuse for what they wanted.

      Carter Page was just the boarding ladder to get on the ship. They had no interest in the boarding ladder.

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      • billinlv says:

        They were very interested in Carter Page. He was working for them. He was their asset and he was inserted into the Trump campaign. If memory serves, good ol’ Jeff “insurance policy” Sessions hired Page for the campaign.

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      • OhNoYouDont says:

        The important thing is he is required by Law to go to these various committees to provide those documents.

        In addition, Section 215 of the Patriot Act (FISA) has a “sunset clause” in regards to appropriation. The Attorney General represents the view of the Executive Branch (President Trump) in regards to its reauthorization.

        AG Barr is not going there ‘rogue’ against the wishes of the President.

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    • John-Y128 says:

      And if the AG doesn’t feel compelled, like AG Lynch didn’t?
      Rules, Guidelines and Laws don’t mean anything if nobody’s following them.
      Even the ‘biased’ FISC chose to ignore many items in the FISA warrants they signed, four times!

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    • coldanger says:

      Unfortunately those committees and their heads (Schiff, Burr), have done everything in their power to keep the abuses hidden. Because they’re the ones conspiring with the abusers…

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  3. keithinmissouri says:

    I just sent this to Hawley, Blunt and Wagner. Providing it here in case it helps you heed Sundance’s call to action.

    I am writing in regards to reauthorization of FISA. FISA Court judges Rosemary Collyer and James Boasberg both identified issues with the NSA bulk database collection program being exploited for unauthorized reasons. The recent Horowitz report further revealed abuse of the FISA process. The fourth amendment is being violated by the continued abuse of bulk metadata collection, and government officials illegally accessing the system. The American public has not been notified of any corrective action taken by the intelligence community that has improved the abuses outlined by the FISA court, and the public has a right to know to what extent FISA is being used to violate our 4th Amendment rights. Therefore, I urge you to advocate for the following as a prerequisite to consideration of FISA reauthorization:
    • Reveal the November 2015 through April 2016 FISA-702 search query abuse by declassifying in its entirety the April 2017 court opinion written by FISC Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer. In particular, the American public is entitled to know the identity of the FBI contractors behind the 85% fraudulent search queries.
    • Release a fully declassified and unredacted version of the 2019 Judge Boasberg report.
    • The DOJ/FBI response to the FISA court needs to be made public. To better understand the scale of the FISA abuse and its consequences, the upstream sequester material needs to be made public.

    I understand the provisions of the Patriot Act and the FISA process can be powerful tools to fight foreign terrorists who would do harm here in America. However, without a full public vetting and significant reform of the FISA process, I fear the loss of our 4th Amendment rights more than the loss of these tools. Without significant reform, I oppose reauthorization of the FISA “business records provision”, the “roving wiretap” provision, the “lone wolf” provision, and the more controversial bulk metadata provisions [Call Detail Records (CDR)] components of the Patriot Act.
    I hope to hear your voice in standing up for our 4th Amendment rights, calling for the release of the documents specified above, and your opposition to FISA reauthorization without a thorough public vetting process.

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    • keithinmissouri says:

      Figured Sundance wouldn’t mind my plagiarism.

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    • Snellvillebob says:

      Congress and President Trump should not pass a continuation unless proper changes have been made. Any attempt to postpone again should be vetoed and let the DOJ/FBI/XYZ know that any terrorist attack on this country is their fault because they ABUSED the system and refused to take corrective action. Let them know that in advance. If fact, write it on their foreheads, wrists and tops of their feet in permanent ink.

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    • randyinrocklin says:

      To Keith, Please tell the people of MO to get rid of Never-Trumper Blunt.

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    • Paprika says:

      A well presented and articulated letter. Thank you.

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  4. HickTick says:

    Well I remember watching the Hearings on the Patriot Act and the FISA court , and exactly what they swore could never happen ever , too many people had to sign off on it , Well that was a joke

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  5. TonyE says:

    I’m not quite sure that Barr is being quote out of context here.

    The old “sow discord” in your enemy tactic.

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  6. Jeff says:

    Trump is the only human being on the planet that can possibly save the country. The house and senate can do what they want but Trump can veto.
    But will he? He hasn’t been great on the subject.

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  7. IGiveUp says:

    If Trump speaks up against it publicly then we’ll see if he considers it a big deal.

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  8. Richie says:

    Edward Snowden and Phillip Haney were real Whistlblowers

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    • Snellvillebob says:

      Eric Snowden’s only crime was to warn us of what the Deepstate was doing to us and everybody else on Earth. It is no wonder that European countries want 5G from China,

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      • John-Y128 says:

        The same with Julian Assange, the IC can’t wait to get their hands on JA and make him disappear, silencing him forever.

        Re: 5G, even India is going with Hauwei, I guess China is using their 5G equipment as door busters, pricing it way under US alternatives, to get in the door, all across the globe.

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  9. cheering4america says:

    EVERY public reference to the FISA Court needs to use the term, “Star Chamber,” as most people realize that that is an unaccountable, secret, un-Constitutional and unAmerican type of proceeding. No notice to the target, no opportunity to respond or present a defense, just a complete acquiescence to the lifestyle afforded Winston Smith.

    And yes, it is dystopian.

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  10. ChampagneReady says:

    I would commend everybody to watch this which ironically I just saw last night. It is with Bill Binney and Kirk Wiebe, both whistleblowers that had invasions of their home and threats to the maximum. But both valiantly threatened back and are two of the most informed and experienced in the NSA data base spying there is.

    Bill is the one who has proved beyond question that Russia could not have hacked Clinton’s emails and he explains that in part 1 of this video if you would like to hear that. He was with NSA for 32 years and the senior specialist in decrypting codes and data. What he tells is fascinating and chilling. This is why Judge Jackson turned somersaults to prevent him from being Roger Stone’s main star witness in his trial–she forbid him from testifying. Because he would have blown the prosecution’s case to bits and she knew it.

    Parts 1 and 2 are both outstanding. The video I’m linking to is part 2. They explain exactly why and how the FISA spy program works and why it is being viciously fought for to keep it like it is to be able to spy on ALL Americans. These men are people that congress, the MSM and definitely democrats fear ever get a platform where they can tell the facts. The Roger Stone trial would have been that forum for Bill Binney. Bill also knows about the HAMMER. Which he talks about in Part 1.

    Hope you like it …… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYsvmkwgDvU

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  11. We’re gonna get screwed again……………..

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  12. CM-TX says:

    ANY CONgress critter that approves of, should immediately be subject to a FISA Warrant. And ALL collected material (plus 2-HOP) subsequently RELEASED to the Public for inspection– w/o redactions.

    They should have NO problem with this… put up, or shut up!

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    • Deacon says:

      The Congress Critters vote to approve this abortion because they themselves are being Extorted and Blackmailed too, by the Kenyan’s criminals previously running FISA 702 About Queries on them! Patriot Act my ass. THIS ABORTION SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ALLOWED! That NSA datacenter in Bluffdale, Utah should be destroyed and all the illegally captured data on the world population! Fourth Amendment is gone! Snowden tried to warn us!

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  13. First thing I want to know is how many more political spying warrants were issued? I’m sure this ewasn’t the first time these rat bastards pulled this stunt. Who else in Trump World was FISAed? Gen. Flynn? How bout 2012? Was Mitt Romney or his team surveilled? Something sure made him lay down. Are political warrants 10% of all warrants or are they 90%? Cute little press releases and this bury-it-in-the-budget flimflam ruse won’t cut it anymore.

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  14. Tom Hansen says:

    It is a great tool of abuse for the Deep State. They will not give it up. The Act will be renewed and only Admin. rule changes will occur which will only last as long as Barr is AG. Any new AG can change the rules, so it will be abused again in the future.

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  15. AG Barr worked in the CIA. He HATES transparency.

    Prove me wrong.

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  16. republicanvet91 says:

    I saw part of the article earlier. Part because I wasn’t logged in to see the remainder. The headline was enough.

    Tapping Trumps anger? As if he has nothing to be angry about?

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  17. detihw1 says:

    The People need to know and understand that they have acquired everything digitally transmitted over the major digital highways for years. That means all conversations as well as emails and financial transactions, etc.,etc.. “Collection” to them means they are retrieving it from the bulk database. It is still there whether they “collect” it now or later. Wake up you fools!

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  18. Jimmy R says:

    I like Sundance’s idea: oversight and exposure first, re-authorization afterwards. Barr’s reasoning is that we should do it the other way around because otherwise some bad buys will be able to do their evil deeds unnoticed by us. But that is precisely what the FISC has done and sanctioned for the last decade: actual bad guys doing bad deeds to us by spying on us and running a coup d’etat on us.

    Until Barr proves that attacks of the 911 caliber were thwarted by means of FISA warrants, he has no argument. We have actual evil caused by FISA: spying and coup d’etat. Until Barr proves terrorist attacks were stopped by FISA and shows that were much worse than the spying and coup d’etat FISA caused – and he proves that there is no other way we could have stopped those terrorist attacks except by means of FISA warrants – then he has no argument.

    Promising us that it’s necessary for national security is not an argument. It’s hand waving.

    Give me libery or give me death.

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    • John-Y128 says:

      Maybe a clearer distinction between Foreign-ISA and Domestic-ISA, that’s why HRC started her oppo-research overseas with comrades, Herr Brennan, the Limey Spy Mr. Steele and old Ruskie dogs in the Ukraine were involved.

      With all that is known today, it hard to believe the DOJ is prosecuting anybody from the Trump Administration, while letting everyone from the Obama administration ‘off-the-hook’, issuing permanent ‘Get-out-of-Jail-Free’ cards, autographed by Bill Barr!

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  19. RLTW says:

    President Trump. Do not reauthorize this illegal secret court that spied on you and your associates.

    Anyone who understands the intelligence gathering capability of the USA apparatus understands that the 9/11 attacks were carried out with the complete knowledge and ascension that it was going to happen,

    And there’s the inconvenient fact of the three Israeli IOs who were who were arrested by FBI FCI Agents filming the 9/11 attacks from three different angles when the planes crashed.

    Mueller ordered them to be released. They were on the only planes authorized to fly on 9/12.

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  20. deplorable says:

    The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America … the Constitution that Congress people are sworn to uphold:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

    Yet FISA secret courts rubber stamps FBI spy requests that entrap not just a single individual but all people that they communicate with.

    And yet again the NSA vacuums up electronic communications of innocent Americans so the “intelligence community” can perform “about queries” on whomever they choose.

    These are both violations of the Fourth Amendment.

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  21. ezgoer says:

    Both parties now see the main value of FISA as how they can use it for domestic partisan political advantage. It has almost nothing to do with fighting terrorism any more — that was just the excuse to create it and now continue it. Heaven help our republic. It also further clarifies what AG Barr really is …. and it ain’t good.

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  22. walt39 says:

    We do not have enough honorable men to operate a FISA process. It needs to be terminated and we’ll have to cope with the downside of that — if any.

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  23. Rynn69 says:

    Another reason the Bush administration was a wet noodle. The Bush administration’s preservation of the Swamp and failure to provide opposition in any shape, matter, or form to the growing corruption and thuggery of the Democrat party is unforgivable.

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  24. 1handsomeman says:

    Sure renew the applications but FIRST hold all responsible for violating existing protections. Either that or don’t renew.

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  25. Chick-fil-A Traffic Jam says:

    This is pretty unsurprising truth be told. Remember when the “”””Patriot”””” Act was renewed with overwhelming support? That was an obvious red flag that nothing would ever be done with regards to this kind of nonsense.

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    • clr says:

      Just like the Civil Rights Act. Yeah, we’re going to pass this law. It’s an emergency. So we will ignore constitutional conflicts for now – but we promise – we will revisit the law in 10 years. 10 years later they kept the civil rights act and doubled down with ‘discrimination’ laws. Completely wiping out the idea of individual rights – even to ‘thought’ crimes.
      So I say dump the whole Patriot Act and live by the constitution we were promised.

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  26. Doug Amos says:

    As Sundance has previously explained, congress does not initiate laws; it peruses what is placed in front of it for personal gain and follows the crowd. The only person who can get rid of either FISA, the Patriot Act or both is President Trump; he, by far, has the most skin in the game. Barr is AG because there has to be someone in the position; he did nothing to earn the appointment and has done even less to retain it.

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  27. scrap1ron says:

    Cannot President Trump veto this? I believe that before the Patriot Act and FISA Court that elements of our intelligence community have always been involved in domestic spying. They just had to be more creative in using the information legally. President Trump needs to force the congresscritters to over ride his veto of defending the 4th Amendment. Get it out in the public.

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    • Paprika says:

      The problem is the usual problem for PT in vetoing this bill. It will be wrapped within a piece of legislation that is long and deep with other provisions that if not passed will be “must pass” because of what else is in the behemoth piece of legislation. Just like the 1,000’s of pages of other appropriations bills to “keep the government running”.

      There should be 12 separate appropriation bills without any other “regulations, instructions to department heads, ‘riders’, rule change determinations, and etc.” thrown in and hiding on page 895 of the text voted on. But you won’t see Congress do that as that is their bread and butter.

      If we had a real Congress for the people, they would finalize and vote on the 12 separate appropriation bills by July 4th. Publish them for public review while they take off 5-7 weeks end of July, all of August, and 1st 2 weeks of September(sigh), and then correct bills by the public’s and President’s review/comments for ratification and passage by end of fiscal year. All other bills would be stand alone through out the year. But don’t think we’ll see anything like that ever actually happen.

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  28. Diddlysquat says:

    I like how Maya Rockeymoore, Cummings’ widow, gets $174,000 this year, as if she doesn’t also get his taxpayer-funded pension, life insurance policy, and health insurance benefits.

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  29. Cocoon says:

    To date, we have:
    Illegal spying on a political candidate team.
    Unnamed FBI contractors illegally unmasking.
    UN Ambassador unmasking over 200 individuals and swearing under oath she did not.
    Thousands of individuals have had their privacy rights violated. If we are to move forward with trust, these innocents needs to be informed of this breach and given a path to right the wrong here.

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  30. Paprika says:

    I’m sure many others have recognized a major flaw in the process and application of FISC warrants. They list just the one “foreign person or agent” that the warrant applies to and then allows unlimited search warrants for the 1st and 2nd hops without having to come back to the court to have those warrants certified/approved.

    Should they not have to state who the others are? Should they not have to at least come back(30 days?) and say “because of what we found in the 1st hop(and list those people) we now want warrants for the 2nd hop[. And evidence justification for both the 1st hop and the second hop should be presented for determination of additional warrant approval–especially when those individuals are American citizens that should not be included in FISC in the 1st place?

    Or at least make them go through regular court to attain warrants on those US Citizens who are covered by the 4th Amendment?

    Example: The Carter Page warrant application. When it is approved you get to spy on him. If you find evidence of someone he has contacted is up to nefarious/illegal acts then you need to apply for warrants on them–FISC again if foreign actor or regular US court if American a citizen.

    When the Supreme court ruled that 4th Amendment right was being protected/represented by the FISC itself(which is a rather flakey ruling itself), it never addressed the rights of all others swept up in the net.

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  31. Please says:

    Notice how the quoted article uses “Mr Trump” SIX times and “President Trump” just once? Cold Anger.

    Also SD,”Congress always waits until the last-minute to act on important issues.”

    That is because they’ve all made up their minds through previous hidden convos and are afraid of the sunlight and reaction by the general public because their decision is not in the best interest OF the public

    …… but you knew that 😉

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  32. Steven Interest says:

    I would argue it shouldn’t be reauthorized at all.

    However, at a minimum it should be changed in a substantial way to ensure that any American citizen at any level are represented in any secret hearing by a real advocate attorney/judge.

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  33. WSB says:

    Thank you, SD.

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  34. MJ Alexander says:

    @RepGosar Please do not reauthorize FISA without hearings and reform. Yes, keep the program, but protect US citizens. FOCUS = Prevent abuse! Step 1 = Serious punishment for abusers… NOW! https://bit.ly/390TOzY

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