Senate Judiciary Calendar Empty as FISA Reauthorization Deadline Approaches…

Previously Chairman Lindsey Graham promised to hold public hearings on reforms needed to the FISA process prior to any reauthorization vote.  However, with two weeks remaining until current FISA authorization expires the Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to hold a single hearing, and the senate calendar is empty.

In November 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.

The Senate is scheduled to go back into recess on March 13th.  Additionally, the DOJ/FBI response to the FISA court order (due February 5th) has still not been made public.  At a minimum the DOJ/FBI response to the FISA court needs to be made public prior to any reauthorization by congress; and to better understand the scale of the issue, an explanation of the the DOJ/FBI sequestered evidence needs to be made public.

Representatives requesting FISA reform prior to renewal include: Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Doug Collins, Jody Rice, Devin Nunes and Steve Scalise.  Additionally, Senator Mike Lee and Senator Rand Paul are trying to force reform or let the current version expire.  However, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell, along with AG Bill Barr, want a clean FISA renewal without public hearings….

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269 Responses to Senate Judiciary Calendar Empty as FISA Reauthorization Deadline Approaches…

  1. RedBallExpress says:

    They might as well enact term limits also.

    Liked by 7 people

  2. “I’m not going to stop fighting until we have meaningful reforms to the FISA courts so that what happened to President Trump in 2016 never happens to any President again!”

    True enough–but it didn’t just happen to the President. Free and fair elections belong to us, not to the State, not to politicians and certainly not to seditious Dirty Cops, Dirty Spies, Dirty Judges and Dirty Prosecutors.

    Elections belong to the People. Keep your grubby hands off, creeps.

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  3. Linda K. says:

    The Deep State is just going to do what they want and, like Jon Gruber, count on the stupidity of the American People. Spying is just too much fun, a real temptation for the power players. No indictments , even if we get the whole story from Durham and no change to FISA.

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    • ann says:

      Perhaps. Watching as Republicans actually confront the DoJ is heartening. Five years ago, the GOP behaved as if they were emasculated.
      Sure, I want that claque of dirty cops driven out of my capital, preferably locked up. And the DoJ & Bureau deconstructed, downsized, , decentralised & , disempowered, FISC closed and John Roberts to resign disgraced .

      Some very wise, experienced people I know predict this top heavy, brittle, unresponsive DC hierarchy will eventually collapse , self implode. .

      So there is that.
      The wrongdoing and internal corruption are a matter of public record. History willl not be kind to Clinton/Bush/Obama era governing elites.

      The justice /FISC had total surveillance of Congress, the hallways, offices, computers.

      Meanwhile our TS SA intell and innovative research/development leaked like a sieve to outside entities. Our was sold to China.

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      • GH says:

        “DC hierarchy will eventually collapse” You don’t really believe that…do you? Either way, please do “keep your powder dry.”

        Liked by 2 people

        • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

          You don’t really believe that…do you?

          I do.

          Take a walk down memory lane….
          10000 years of recorded human history
          And name me a hierarchy that hasn’t eventually collapsed….one way or the other.

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      • bentley1blog says:

        Ann…Like your take on the DOJ treasonous internal behavior but what bothers me is the fact that “history” will not be kind to Clinton, et al. History is a long way off and we will all be gone by then and have no idea what will be written about these monsters depending on who will be doing the writing. I for one want exposure and justice now, today but realize this is a pipe dream at best.

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        • ann says:

          “Justice now”
          Amen, Bentley!
          Command at DoJ/Bureau flunked & flout pub. admin 101.

          Any FOOL knows the criticality of structural integrity, & maintaining a proactive, firewalled & separate career tracks in spheres such as Internal Invest, IG, & Recruitment.
          This basic maxim applies to executives & staff.

          Same goes for financial regulatory agencies, Securities etc.

          Instead we have a BLOB, an incestuous, centralised, expansionist network of players. Beltway Insider Snobs:BS, Inc.

          Far different than a org that promotes feisty, bottom up competent. leaders !

          SIS, SES migrate thru posts, branch, divisional, interagency, private sector, academiw, etc, You know the rest.
          .
          Constitutional boundaries of authority: Mueller’s “purview” are operationally permeable.
          Ex. 6 years of unjustified surveillance! Collyer’s report reads like a Laundry cycle of KNOWN DOCUMENTED abuse, & nego w court. DoJ theoretically purges illicit data, I.e. evidence. Repeated fresh starts & , zero impact on actors

          Yates, McCabe cozy with Judges, particularly FISC panel.

          Disgraced CJ Roberts silence speaks volumes.

          Their caste of DC Untouchables deprives us. They OCCUPY POWER to prevent accountability & build control.
          WO effective prompt actions that reflect reality, lunacy reigns. Ex. The Uniparty tries to reward Hillary C, a career grifter who exposed massive intell & abused her position for $$$, influence & “status” .

          The DOJ maximises their leverage & enables corruption by inaction.

          Meanwhile Americans are cheated of
          SANE politics, civil public forums & effective governance.

          So I’m so angry, & frustrated but ready willing to fix, I take a bit of solace in the long view of history.

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          • James Carpenter says:

            Timing and strategy matters.
            Yes, the current regime is long in the tooth.
            And the day will dawn when a new paradigm will be born (or erupt)
            Bear in mind though, a famous villain of our past century was credited with saying:
            “You only have to kick in the door and the whole rotten structure will come crashing down.”

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  4. freepetta says:

    So tired of the bs!!

    Liked by 6 people

  5. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “However, with two weeks remaining until current FISA authorization expires the Senate Judiciary Committee has yet to hold a single hearing, and the senate calendar is empty.”

    Talk is cheap

    Actions “speak” louder than words.

    All we hear is talk.

    Liked by 7 people

    • amazed treetop downlooker says:

      Talk is apparently the ONLY action Lindsay engages in…
      Logorhea !

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    • amazed treetop downlooker says:

      With Lindsey talk is the ONLY action …

      LOGORRHEA !

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    • 3rdday61 says:

      As God is my witness, the last time I listened to anything Lindsey Graham said was right after the dems won the house back and he promptly threatened them that if they were just going launch non stop investigations of President Trump, well, by golly, the Senate would retaliate in kind. Looks like I haven’t missed much in the last year or so.

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      • gustafus21 says:

        Is there no way to make Graham accountable. He plays this outraged pol over and over again. He’s no better than Barr and all the others.

        They’ve been pacifying use with hopes now on Durham . That’s more bullshit. Durham is horse trading for Barr so none of the players go to jail.

        They probably all cooked up the virus scare to preoccupy Trump and the markets – hoping it will all just pass. Graham and Barr are as much the enemy as Rosenstein – his sister at CDC- Durham, Horowitz – they all have gills

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      • icthematrix says:

        Yes, you could have suffered a brain injury, fallen into a coma, and awakened years later with nothing new from Graham. He and the turtle are the most slimy despised RINOS in the Senate, but also leaders of other similarly dirty scum.

        President Trump’s only option to really drain the swamp is, after re-election, get his cabinet filled with leaders who will cleanse, then reveal the inner rot to all the world. Take them all down to their roots, both sides, by exposing their corruption.

        I think he would do it. And they know he might. High stakes game being played right before our eyes.

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    • GH says:

      And when they pay attention, all they hear from us is “We’re keeping our powder dry” .
      It’s pathetic… they know “We the People” ain’t gonna do squat. THAT IS WHY they do as they damned well please.

      That’s real talk and you know it’s the truth

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    • An American says:

      Deplorable, talk is not cheap! Just ask Miss Lindsey how much she is raking in ($) by just talking and no action. I would be willing to bet we’re talking at least 6 figures probably 7.

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  6. trapper says:

    A clean FISA renewal can set up a clean veto.

    Liked by 14 people

    • ann says:

      👍🏼 BAM. So, how do you like that , Mr. Barr & Wray, Senatorial Swamp. . 🔨
      Bring that hammer down hard .

      Liked by 4 people

    • Pale rider says:

      Can president Trump veto Barr with a tweet? Just sayin!

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    • Pew-Anon says:

      Veto is useless. The UNIPARTY will decloak and produce the 2/3 super-majority necessary to pass the bill anyway.

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      • James Carpenter says:

        Then so be it.
        Overriding a veto on this issue can’t help but spotlight the perfidy of our Uniparty. Too many people are awake to the criminality of their “Representatives”.
        After years of Deep State soft coup machinations, the complete protection and enabling of traitors by our MSM, finally, President Trump likely has that “critical mass” needed for victory in November. Both for his own office and for Senate and House. His coattails will be long and sturdy.

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  7. John says:

    You wonder how many people get extorted through FISA. How many CEOs are agents of Russia and have to get a talk similar to the one from movie the “The Firm”. Everybody in DC that went out to happy hour probably has a FARA issue especially if they ask too many questions .

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    • ann says:

      I pretty much assume the DoJ & intell/surveillance s 17 tentacles stockpiled crap on everyone. And they can always make it up , esp w the DORPA advanced programs.

      They openly frame, hound & prosecute men we knew were innocent. Furthermore THEY KNEW WE KNEW. Still going on, poisonous fruit of the toxic tree: Flynn et al.

      We have no justice, counterintelligence or Nat sec . We have a white collar MOB operating out of a DoJ & CONgress.

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      • James Carpenter says:

        We have (or rather, _THEY_ have) the Bumblehive!!!
        Every word we type here is saved for posterity. Or our court date. Or the crew that is tasked with the wet work.
        Just ask Phil Haney, ask him about paranoia.

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        • ann says:

          Haney, Asange, Crowdstrike, ad nauseum,

          aye James. Id never have predicted, given my family heritage, personal background & character, that I’d become an alienated & deeply angered citizen. Yet, here I am.

          these power clinging despots no longer even attempt to mask their intimidation & murderous ways.

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  8. T2020 says:

    Can we email the Senate Judiciary Committee to demand they hold a hearing like they promised????

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  9. Linda K. says:

    If they want to keep the FISA as it is, Barr should be indicting everyone who abused their power and misused the FISA Court for their own agenda, at the very least. So, in the future, the penalty for
    treason would be clear.

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  10. Phflipper says:

    I love my country.
    Little use these days for politicians.
    1% of them I believe and hope for, Collins, Jordan, Ratcliffe, Nunes, Gomert and Meadows.

    Liked by 18 people

    • buzzybee says:

      From what I’ve seen Stefanek is good too. She’s a no nonsense gal.

      Liked by 7 people

      • Dutchman says:

        Biggs, too. There may even be a few others in the House that haven’t gotten as much press, but are on the list.

        But where is even ONE Senator that is the equivalent of any of those listed?

        Granted, House has 435, and Senate only 100.
        But, if we just consider the 8 listed above, 1/4 of 8 is 2.
        WHO are the 2 in the Senate? Rand Paul and Mike Lee?

        This is one reason I hope those who previously posted they would vote for Lawfler, rather than Collins in primary for Georgia Senate will reconsider.

        We need warriors in the Senate, like we have in the House. For additional reasons, AmericanThinker has an excellent article detailing why Collins needs to get that Senate seat, and Lawfller needs to be sent packing.

        I reccomend it, especially for Georgians.
        Mitch McConnell exerts his influence in many ways, to detirmine who Republican candidates for Senate are, and he is NOT our friend.

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  11. Tangled webs they got there…

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  12. Fubu says:

    This one is important enough to take to the streets about. Calling for an organizer. Hello?

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    • GH says:

      How about you as an organizer?
      I tried for 12 years to get people’s attention on immigration and the border Oh, they agreed stuff was f’ed up, but when it came to actually DOING something about it they said no or had excuses like you wouldn’t believe. Now, it’s too late…and it’s MUCH worse than you can imagine. So when the all talk, no do people want to talk to me about immigration, I show ’em the hand. As in talk to the hand. And BTW I’m voting for Trump in 2020, but DJT is in on the whole border isssue

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      • inworthy says:

        Thank you for this GH. I am involved in politics, and it is amazing how many people are oh so eager to whine, but not so eager to spend an afternoon knocking on doors, or phone banking, or even putting out some yard signs, let alone the higher-level stuff like actually going to an elected official’s office or hounding media to drum up support for a bill.

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  13. Any Republican who votes to renew FISA cannot have my vote. It’s that simple.

    Liked by 2 people

    • steph_gray says:

      So you’re voting for a DementoRat then?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dutchman says:

        A ‘moderate Democrat’ politician, in the old pre-Trump era, was one that kept their Conmunist or ‘globalist’ ideology in ‘stealth mode’.
        In words they said “abortion should be safe, available and rare”, but their actions funneled more and more tax $ to PP.
        They SAID they were FOR a border wall, but in their inaction, failed to fund it.

        In the era of TRUMP, the Dems finally came MOST of the way out of the closet, advocating for massive conmunist policies, while ARGUEING they aren’t Conmunist, and just want a little more Socialism.

        Now, there are no ‘moderate Democrats politicians. They are called Republicons, instead.

        And they are exposing themselves as who and what they really are;
        Elitist Globalist Conmunists, bent on destroying our Republic, every bit as much as the Democrats, just still in the closet.

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        • Pale rider says:

          What did we expect? If there is no punishment these people get bolder and bolder. They are like wolves circling prey. Each step is a wee bit closer.
          Graham, I mean the guy was McStains bestest buddy.

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          • gustafus21 says:

            Graham was probably his lover. McShame was his top. gGraham, as bottom, did his bidding.

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          • gustafus21 says:

            Graham was probably his lover. McShame was his top. gGraham, as bottom, did his bidding.

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          • Dutchman says:

            And, there will BE no punishment, so long as one of the major power centers in D.C., McConnell makes it clear he does not want any.

            Its NOT a question of EVIDENCE, there is PLENTY of evidence.

            It isn’t even a question of tainted Judges or Juries,…because it never GETS to that point.

            First, it is a question of WILL; if the WILL is there, the WAY can be found.
            However, without the will, all the ways in the World mean NOTHING.

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  14. Gavin Hagen says:

    It’s time to primary Graham!

    Liked by 6 people

  15. CB says:

    Any Republican who votes for FISA can’t have my vote. It’s that simple.

    Liked by 2 people

  16. Thought Criminal says:

    Just be thankful that we aren’t getting all of the government we’re paying for.
    Will Rogers

    Liked by 6 people

  17. Caius Lowell says:

    The old DC two-step: fake right, move left…

    Liked by 4 people

  18. Remington says:

    Just wondering….if this debacle is pushed through, does it end up On PT’s desk for final signature? I can’t imagine he’d let this slide througju

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  19. montanamel says:

    @Trapper: you said it well….. A clean bill means a CLEAN VETO…. however;
    @Fubu: wish I was closer to DC, I, too, have called for a march on DC for the very subject!; and,

    I say watch this very closely…. This “instant need” for 2.5B or 8B USD for CV-19 work/costs is too convenient for anyone to swallow _without the string getting caught in your teeth, eh?….

    Made to order…for the Neocon’s and Dem’s…..just marry the two, clean FISA re-authorization and funds to fight CV-19…no sunlight allowed….pass it and go home, dare PDT to veto such “needed funds”…. IF you can buy that, I’ve got 3 bridges across the Grand Canyon to sell you soonest! (and, yet, such a bridge is or could be “needed” to open up the North Rim area and SE UT!).

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    • Payday says:

      Yep. Veto it anyway. And announce funds transferred from DHS and FDA etc for covid. Watch them then squeal from their home districts as FISA is now ended. If only temporarily.

      Liked by 3 people

  20. Parrot says:

    Roberts is the FISA godfather.
    He’ll demonstrate that he’s a branch of UniParty, “I like it the way it is”…watch.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Green Bucket says:

      Because he (Roberts) and the rest of the Uni-Party Republicans were/are all in on the coup to oust President Trump. Too much money in their hands to give up, so they will fight until we stop them.

      The march on Washington noted above is the perfect answer. A few million of us (pitchforks optional) on the DOJ and Congress doorsteps would send a message.

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  21. Antonius says:

    Trust but NOT WITHOUT Verify… and who can we trust to verify?

    Liked by 2 people

  22. tommylotto says:

    Now we know which politicians the deep state hasn’t found any dirt on… yet. It is only a matter of time. Those wrestling days must be fertile territory.

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  23. Payday. says:

    And only 3 Committee approved District judges left to confirm. No appellate court judges left to confirm. 28 District judges waiting for a Committee vote. When’s THAT gonna happen?

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  24. jambo says:

    No authorisation without declassification.

    Everything on the Sundance list to be declassified and publicly available or no dice.

    Liked by 1 person

  25. noswamp says:

    No surprise to us regular Treepers. None whatsoever.

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  26. Said it before and I’ll say it again, If you’re expecting anything positive from Flimsy Grahamnisty, You had better bring a huge lunch…and a cot. He is utterly worthless….

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  27. JohnCasper says:

    ” However, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell, along with AG Bill Barr, want a clean FISA renewal without public hearings….”

    These three are just the very kind of men the Founding Fathers so worried about. Looks like the Bill of Rights they crafted wasn’t enough as these three want to do to it what Nancy Pelosi did to the State of the Union – rip it to shreds. .

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  28. sundance says:

    Liked by 13 people

    • Parrot says:

      The appalling US system allows freeway bypasses and local pork to be attached to and hidden in, say, Defence Bill appropriations.
      This does not happen in any other English speaking democracy, their legislation starts “A Bill to enact…” with zero unrelated nonsense.
      A Founding Father’s fail…..they couldn’t think of everything.

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      • nimrodman says:

        Can’t fault them too much. They knew the limitations on what could be prescribed:

        “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious People. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
        – John Adams

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    • nimrodman says:

      Sundance said: PREDICTION: The FISA reauthorization will be buried in an upcoming House spending bill

      Unfortunately true

      … when what’s really warranted is a full airing of the Collyer and Boasberg reports and General Mike Rogers’ findings of illegal NSA searches and unmaskings that has never been aired in a public forum

      Prior to the December 9, 2019, inspector general report on FISA abuse, 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, has public attention yet congressional representatives are not responding to the findings.

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/02/25/short-term-stupid-bill-barr-wants-clean-fisa-reauthorization-because-he-will-not-abuse-it/

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      • Redzone says:

        PT can stop this by speaking out loudly and now. Call them on it before it is buried in any bill. Put full sunlight on FISA now and every day.

        Make it clear no bill will be passed that contains a hidden FISA renewal because he is protecting the citizens.

        If PT doesn’t do this, he must have a good reason. That doesn’t make it right, but he has more information than we do, and he is trying to position himself to win an election.

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    • Jim says:

      I agree. It seems this would be so easy for President Trump to explain to the American people as to why he is vetoing it. Throw it back on them “they are holding up virus funding by putting it in a bill that allows unsupervised spying on you”. Or something like this.

      Easy for me to say but the President know we have his back and the leftists and media are going to scream anyway.

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    • Pew-Anon says:

      Even if PT did veto, the UNIPARTY would still pass the bill with a 2/3 super-majority.

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    • James Carpenter says:

      I don’t envy people who make predictions, they are tough to do, especially when they’re about the future.
      (apologies to Yogi)

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  29. Ono says:

    I just came across a copy of one of my favorite novels; read many years ago in my youth.

    Atlas Shrugged. “Ayn Rand”

    Very similar to to Farient 451 by “Ray Bradbury”..who gave me my copy of Atlas shrugged.

    over fifty years ago.

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    • bentley1blog says:

      Ono…my copy sits proudly on my bookshelf and lend it out to anyone who has questions about our filthy government. Indeed, “Who is John Galt”…I believe he is our beloved Donald J. Trump.

      Liked by 2 people

      • James Carpenter says:

        Lending is, well, it is…
        I’ve lost count of the copies of “A Canticle For Leibowitz” I’ve “loaned” out.
        And another is now on order.
        🙂

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    • James Carpenter says:

      Funny you should mention these…
      I too am revisiting novels from the previous century. And restocking the shelves with them via “Thriftbooks”. Check it out. Cheap, online, surprisingly short waits before they find what you desire if whatever isn’t available when you first ask.
      Never in history has mankind had so much knowledge and wisdom at its fingertips.
      And never in history has this information trove been so perishable. As close to loss and extinction as the stoppage of electrons, the darkening of screens.
      Go ahead, let the youngsters ignore your shelves now. Those shelves might be more valuable than they think at the moment. Fill them with treasure.

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  30. mr.piddles says:

    Meanwhile… John Solomon reports…

    “Ex-FBI unit chief blows whistle on Comey, McCabe over warrantless spying

    Retired agent says bureau’s Obama-era leaders ignored privacy, cost warnings, may have retained program for ‘political espionage’”

    https://www.justthenews.com/government/courts-law/ex-fbi-unit-chief-blows-whistle-comey-mccabe-over-warrantless-spying-0

    No, no… all of this warrantless spying crap is good for the country. That’s what they told me, anyway.

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    • Parrot says:

      And as long as there is no penalty, their heirs and successors will keep doing it.

      Prosecution is vital to stop it. Barr has no inclination to visit such unpleasantness on his colleagues and peer group.
      The Institution is again more important than the Nation or the Constitution.

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      • jx says:

        Barr is using Durham as cover for his inaction.

        When Durham delivers his report – expected around June or July – Barr will take his usual months to make a decision. Of course by then we will be within the DOJ’s “no actions window” prior to elections.

        Durham may do a stellar job, but Barr will screw him over just like Barr is screwing over the United States.

        The take-away is: the government will protect those who abuse the government to overthrow elections. In short they are their own constituency, they serve themselves, and the people be damned.

        Day 1134 and not a single coup plotter has been prosecuted.

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      • Issy says:

        Proving once again, The Law Enforcement Agency of the United States (the doj) is above the law. They can violate rules and procedures and because there isn’t a statute making it illegal, there will be no prosecutions.

        Plainly, the doj intends to keep it that way. Who knows when they will decide to use any means necessary again.

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  31. buzzybee says:

    This isn’t rocket science. There should be no difficulty doing FISA reform for those politicians who practice sound ethics, integrity, and statesmanship. We’ve seen examples of this integrity in action so we know it’s not impossible.

    This isn’t just about our POTUS or any future POTUS. This is about cleaning up corruption in high places (and maybe low places). Seems to me this type of corruption is like removing a tick, Some areas of this particular swamp require a flaming match set to the tick, and tweezers. I’ve seen this method. The heat from the flame makes the tick back out, although it’s painful to achieve success.

    Human beings do not like pain (myself included). It’s our instinct to back away from it or run from it. However, in order to achieve success (for liberty, drain swamp, etc.) we are at a place, I believe, where we must grit our teeth and move through the pain. We have some good people in office, although we need more. And we have a wonderful POTUS.

    I’m unsure what can be done, but a seasoned grassroots person told me years ago that when you create a letter, you’ve created a document. One that can be shared with others. I don’t see why letters to senate leadership (Graham, McConnell) couldn’t be written with copies sent to Republican House leadership (McCarthy, Nunes, Jordan, Meadows).

    And I mean snail mail, not email. Snail mail gets put in the inbox by staff, usually also read by staff. Brainstorm it with your close friends and see. One well-worded paragraph or two would suffice. Phone calls are good too. Just my two cents.

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  32. Dutchman says:

    Commented before, so repeating myself. For the MOST part, we HAVE to Judge DC characters by ACTIONS or IN actions, NOT words.
    A perfect example is judging Lindsey NOT by what he SAYS, on the Sunday a.m. talk shows, but by his INACTION since assuming chair of Judiciary.

    However, there ARE exceptions.
    First we had the Ghomert rule; if they said publically, before the cameras,

    “MUELLER is an HONORANBLE man, his investigation MUST continue!”

    They are a swamp snake, and outed themselves as such. They said this,around the time of Stormy, and so were,supporting the raid on an attourneys offices and home, a 3 a.m. telivised raid of a 60 y.o. man by a,dwat team, etc. AND the continuation of the coverup due to “muh investigation”.

    Point is, we NOW have a SECOND test, and its useful because some people weren’t ‘on the scene’ (Barr) during the,FIRST “test”.

    If they call for “clean passage” of FISA, publically, they are a swamp snake.

    The same people who sang the praises of Mueller, are those calling for clean passage, with the addition of WILLIAM BARR.
    THESE people are exposing themselves as being complicit in the original coup, supporting the coverup of same, and continueing to encourage the ongoing resistance.
    They are the true enemy, and they are outing themselves by their words, actions and inactions.
    McConnell, Graham, Burr, Cornyn, Thune, the Republicon/Decepticon leadership in the Senate, and YES, BARR and therefore Durham are a part of the coup.
    There can be no other REASONABLE explanation for them flunking these 2 simple tests, or for there inactions in sitting on their hands, thruout the biggest Political scandal in our history.

    “THIS must NEVER happen to another President!” And yet, by countenacing the coup, and supporting the coverup and lack of accountability, and now arguing for a ‘clean’ passage of FISA, they are doing everything they can to INSURE it WILL happen again!

    The Swamp can NOT be considered “Drained” until the whole Republicon leadership in the Senate is removed from their powerful positions.

    As the water in the swamp drains, the creatures living in its murky depths are EXPOSED.

    First it was MSM, then Dems, now Reps.
    Expose, Discredit, disenpower.
    The issue of FISA reauthorisation and the issue of Confirmations HAS to be the point where their true nature is laid bare.
    Grinnel is a great start, PDJT has to nominate for ODNI someone who obviously WILL declassify, and DARE the Senate not to confirm. I wait with baited breath to see who PDJT nominates.
    Nunes, perhaps?

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    • bentley1blog says:

      Dutchman…very strong comment and very much the absolute truth. TY for your candid take on what is actually happening as we witness our beautiful country crumbling down to anarchy.

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  33. gildie says:

    It’s really about the NSA database. FISA or no FISA, it won’t be long before the unityparty has
    their hands in it again through FBI contractors, bent agents, anyone employed by the CIA,, etc. It’s far too useful a tool to put off- limits. I wonder how much they charge for access?
    If Barr won’t cleanup the FISA process, what does they say about his man Durham & that investigation?

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    • Parrot says:

      The argument is way past Barr.
      Let’s move on.
      Who is the replacement?

      – Must think the sun rises and sets because of the US Nation and its Constitution.
      – Must not care about a future career in DoJ or dinner parties in DC.
      – Depressing reality is his/her kids must not be dependent on the Bureaucratic State for grace and favour in their careers.
      – Probably has to have been a dirty hands Prosecutor or even maybe an experienced under fire media Constitutionalist lawyer. Knowledge of the system is key.
      – no UniParty hand wringers.
      – No-one from DoJ, no matter how much of a Trump sleeper he seems……if he hasn’t revealed the corruption he sees by now, he’s one of them.

      Do it right son,…and you’re the next Elliot Ness destined for bigger things.

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    • Dutchman says:

      That Durham is a head fake, just like Huber was. The signs have been there, from early on, for those who could set aside what the WANT to be true, in order to see what IS true.

      Both regarding Barr,…and therefore Durham. There will be -0- prosecutions for the coup,,coming from those two.

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      • Kaco says:

        What’s up with Jim Jordan and others that have commented about Durham’s ongoing investigation? Are they being misled, or are projecting their message to the DOJ to compel them, or snowing us?

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        • Redzone says:

          I think projecting the message to Barr that the people know in the hopes he will prosecute. I have not heard a confident statement about it in awhile.

          Last night, I believe John Solomon said on Hannity he doesn’t think there will be prosecutions.

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        • Dutchman says:

          Thats the thing with a head fake. Unless you have clear evidence (and HOW would you get that?) you can’t officially and publically critisise it.

          You HAVE to keep expressing “hope”, until it becomes obvious to everyone the hope is unfounded.

          You might say its the,”beauty” of the headfake. Even PDJT is ‘checked’ on that.

          So, they SAY it, but with less and less enthusiasm. I think DJT, Nunes, Jordan etc figured out, early on that Durhams a DUD, because Barr appointed him, and McConnell and Bush confirmed Barr.

          But, they can’t explain that, on Nationawide t.v. So, they have to go through the motions.

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    • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

      You guys do realize that Trump signed the 702 Re-authorization in 2018?

      What will he do with this one?
      And who will you blame if he signs this?

      https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-fisa-amendments-reauthorization-act-2017/

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  34. A2 says:

    I don’t get this. The Dems want some changes, but others in their party are against compromise.
    To renewing it.

    Dems delay FISA update bill after Lofgren pushes for changes
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren says proposed reforms don’t go far enough and “we are missing an opportunity.”

    The Judiciary Committee has postponed a high-profile meeting Wednesday after a last-minute maneuver by a top committee Democrat threatened to sink a monthslong effort to revise and reauthorize surveillance authorities due to expire next month.

    Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California had been prepared Wednesday to offer five amendments that would reform the Watergate-era law, known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, that senior House Democrats see as “poison pills” that would doom the bill in the House. Her push rankled top Democrats, who said her proposals would upend months of delicate negotiations that resulted in a bill backed by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif).

    Ultimately, it is the dem controlled House that pushes the authorisation bill to the Senate, not the Republicans.

    They may pass the parcel, but until whatever is decided gets to the senate, it’s a dem show.

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  35. LL Richardson Jr says:

    Lip Service Lindsey
    All talk all the time.

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  36. decisiontime16 says:

    The surveillance state giving up some of its power? Data collection is only increasing.

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  37. arsumbris says:

    Gramnesty is a RINO. He will promise investigations and prosecutions they never intend to deliver. RINOs are Uniparty, on the same team as Dems: the Deep State. The job of RINOs is to make false promises and pacify us. The Constitution began being overthrown in 1964, the Uniparty are the soldiers of that gradual revolution today:

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    • Parrot says:

      “Gramnesty is a RINO.”
      No….. we can’t keep pretending the Republican Party really support President Trump any more. Graham is absolutely today’s Republican, unashamed UniParty, a Republican by fact and name.
      If you are a Republican as defined by the vast majority of House and Senate Republicans…you are anti Trump.

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  38. Mongo Mere Pawn says:

    Simple questions. Were the original FISA authorization and the three renewals used to conduct electronic surveillance on Candidate, President-Elect or President Trump? Who were the FBI subcontractors that conducted unlawful electronic surveillance using the NSA database? Were any of the Republican candidates for president the subject of their unlawful electronic surveillance in 2015 or 2016?

    The answers to these questions are known. They are being withheld from the American people. And the fact that they are being withheld when our representatives in the House and Senate are considering reauthorization of FISA is the very antithesis of our founding. We can no longer say that we are governed with our informed consent. We are subjects, not citizens.

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  39. Drain the swamp and deep state coup’s president,

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  40. Paprika says:

    Glad to hear 2 Senators and a handful of Representatives speaking out against a “clean pass re-authorization “. One problem I noticed though was that they all site 17 problems brought up in the FISA report. They should be saying that 17 problems were found in just the one and only FISA application(and 3 renewals) against Carter page. Anyone looked deeply into any of the other 1,500 or so approved every year?

    And what do the FISA Judges have to say about this? They are might silent when this directly concerns “their” court. No one even asks them? Why don’t they enforce cleaning up this mess?

    Congress could easily kick this down the road again for another month, but of course it would more than likely still be ignored and rushed through at the last minute anyway. Lou Dobb’s poll shows 95% of the people say NO, Fix it, but again, no one in Congress or government agencies gives a bean about what We The People think.

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  41. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    Hilarious how everyone is simply slamming the same old cast of characters here.

    What will y’all say if POTUS signs the re-authorization?
    (like he did the 702 reauthorization in 2018)

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-fisa-amendments-reauthorization-act-2017/

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    • OhNoYouDont says:

      Barr Derangement Syndrome + the continued unpopularity of Congress afflict “the treehouse.”

      Trump Derangement Syndrome does not afflict “the treehouse.”

      Do you think FISA helped the intelligence of the tracking of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Qasem Soleimani?

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      • Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

        According to John Ratcliffe in the House Judiciary Committee Hearing from SEP I posted below……the answer is yes, 702 did.

        However there are better ways.
        The date of March 15 is irrelevant as long as this gets addressed. (Watch Andy Biggs questioning and you will see why)

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        • OhNoYouDont says:

          @1:20:46 Ratcliffe

          …it is my opinion that FISA is an important tool against the fight of international terrorism.

          I think it’s estimated that 25% of our actionable, um, intelligence on foreign terrorists comes from FISA authorities, such as Section 702, which is not up for reauthorization …

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      • OhNoYouDont says:

        Revisit @realDonaldTrump twitter on January 11, 2018, BEFORE the House FISA 702 vote, which renewed the “about queries” provision for six additional years.

        Also, revisit “the treehouse” around the time that Trump posted that tweet. No outrage.

        https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/11/january-11th-2018-presidential-politics-trump-administration-day-357/comment-page-3/#comments

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        • Jim says:

          Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.

          I guess we will see what President Trump does.

          Unbelievable pressure our beloved orange man is under every single day. I’m very grateful for his hard work and sacrifices for We The People.

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  42. Conservative_302 says:

    Linsey needs to go. He is a do nothing. He doesn’t deserve the salary we pay him.

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  43. OhNoYouDont says:

    The twitter timeline of the excellent investigative CBS (formerly of FOX) reporter Catherine Herridge answers that lack of hearings in the Senate Judiciary…

    On February 14, 2020 letter from Senator Lindsey Graham to AG Bill Barr where Graham announces his request for “Spygate” and “FISA” witnesses…
    .
    On February 25, 2020, @LindseyGrahamSC tells reporters “He’s (Barr) going to do internal..regulation changes, which he has the power to do.”

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    • OhNoYouDont says:

      After the DOJ IG report verifies the FISA abuse, President Trump has earned the respect of government to reform the various statues of FISA whenever they come up for renewal.

      Through his legal advocate (required by Law) AG Barr, the Trump Administration will announce the changes to 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.

      If those changes requires Congressional process of review, the infamous quote of PDJT “we”ll see what happens” applies.

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  44. trialbytruth says:

    Scouring the corronna virus emergency funding bill for reathorization will be a must

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    • nimrodman says:

      yeah, unless they pass it before they can read it

      I heard that somewhere before …

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      • trialbytruth says:

        Nimrod
        Of course there is a part of me that wants to see the present loose guidelines.used to perform rectal exams on the last 20 years of digital life of.the entire DS. We know Brennan worked.with the brits and others to effect our election. Apply the 2 hop rule to him and imagine the possibilities.

        Of course someone could just put on a deep state trench coat and fedora and leak that Brennan and others have a fisa on them and have for several years.now.Of course all fisa’s are retroactive anyway. Imagine how fast FisA would be shot down.

        Hmmmmm, (Adjusts his Fedora)

        According to one intelligence operative and echoed by two others not allowed to speak to this on the record.

        “There is a fisa on all of them. They all were invovled.with foreign agents, Comey, Brennan,.all of them. Like the Boss said we got them all”.

        Apparently Trump loyalists within the intelligence community have been secretly using the most powerful tools in the intelligence arsenal to bring down Trump enemies.

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    • trialbytruth says:

      Trump has all the emergency powers he needs and therefore access to funds for a national emergency. I think he will pocket the bill and ask for a clean bill and spend.the money need by allocating other unspent funds. Perhaps the grants to sanctuary cities.

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  45. cantcforest says:

    This is from TruePundit via Whatfinger. I’ve made no attempt to corroborate.
    (I thought I posted this 10 minutes ago, but can’t find it. I think it is worth possibly seeing twice.)

    https://truepundit.com/exclusive-doj-blocks-fbi-investigation-of-clintons-swindle-of-bill-gates-charity-cash-fuming-microsoft-mogul-duped-out-of-untold-millions-by-clinton-foundation-schemes/

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  46. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    IMO the March 15 date for reauthorization is not that big of a deal PROVIDED FISA is addressed ultimately…..namely rescinded.

    The CDR was “voluntarily” stopped (so they say).

    If you guys watched the House Hearing on FISA reauthorization this past SEP….
    Andy Biggs asked some very interesting questions starting at 1:32:00

    “Do you have the collection authority that’s REPLICATED under any authorization or any other authority…is there some OTHER legal authority that you think allows you to get THE SAME INFORMATION”

    Look at Andy and the NSA’s chickee’s face @1:35:00 and you will see that March 15 doesn’t mean a hill o’ beans.

    Some other takeaways
    Nadler skipped the closed hearing much to Doug Collins consternation so there were no further questions at the time.
    NSA chickee validates the sheer amount of records collected via TWO HOPS

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  47. billybob says:

    Anybody arrested today ?

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  48. Surveillance is obviously an aphrodisiac. Once you start on it, you can’t come down.

    One wonders: why do they say that we have over 10,000 searches of the NSA database a month? Hundreds of FISA requests? Are we really that surrounded by enemies, or do we simply want to do it because we can? What Obama and Company did with regards to Donald Trump is really “obsessive/compulsive behavior.” And it didn’t do any of them one damn bit of good! But apparently DC cannot get enough of it these days …

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    • CharterOakie says:

      Mike — I can’t agree with your penultimate sentence. What they did led to the vast “Trump/Russia Collusion” narrative pounded incessantly by the media and ‘Rats; the consequent Mueller investigation; impedance of Trump’s agenda; ‘Rats taking control of the House in 2018; and could have ended in much worse if Trump and team weren’t as tough and smart as they are.

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      • They used “an extraordinary amount of surveillance” as a weapon. And they just want to be able to keep on doing it. Running their grubby, greasy fingers through everybody’s pie. Literally, just because they can.

        The real problem with information-gathering is not gathering it … that’s usually easy. It’s knowing what to do with it.

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  49. Snellvillebob says:

    Congress needs to get tough with Bill Barr. Unless the FISA renewal positively prevents the abuses his predecessor’s reign are (still) guilty of, it should not be renewed. We demand automatic penalties with no option of indicting or retiring to avoid punishment. The DOJ and FBI have proven themselves untrustworthy and I see no change under Bill Barr.
    We have more to fear from a criminal FBI and DOJ than we do from foreign terrorists.
    One more thought, what percent of FISA searches were on US citizens vs foreign citizens?

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  50. jx says:

    Graham, McConnell, Barr… three big rats

    Drain the swamp!

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