Rank and Vile – DOJ Inspector General Identifies 93 Percent Non-Compliance Within FISA Review – Issues So Bad IG Presents Interim Report Before Reviewing Details…

After the DOJ Offfice of Inspector General (OIG), Michael Horowitz, presented his December 2019 findings of the FISA application used against U.S person Carter Page, the gross deficiencies and intentional fraud were so extensive the IG said he was going to review a sample of FISA applications to identify if the fraud and abuse was widespread.

The OIG began reviewing FISA applications from eight field offices (the proverbial “rank and file”).  The OIG selected 29 FISA applications from those field offices over the period of October 2014 to September 2019.  Additionally, every field office and the DOJ-NSD generate internal “Accuracy Reviews”, or self-checks on FISA applications; so the OIG inspected 42 of the accuracy review FISA files to determine if they were compliant.

The results were so bad the IG produced an interim memorandum to the DOJ and FBI [pdf link here].  Within the 17-page-memo the IG notifies Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Chris Wray that all of the claimed FISA processes, in every field office, are grossly deficient, and in most cases there is zero compliance with FISA standards.  The IG memorandum is presented before the IG even looks at the specifics of the non-compliance.

Below is the report/memorandum.  Additionally I am summarizing the stunning top-lines identified by the IG memo:

  • The IG reviewed 29 FISA applications, surveillance warrants, used against U.S. persons.
  • The 29 FISA applications were from eight different field offices.
  • The FISA applications were from Oct/2014 through Sept/2019.
  • All of the FISA applications reviewed were approved by the FISA court.

The ‘Woods File’ is the mandatory FBI evidence file that contains the documentary proof to verify all statements against U.S. persons that are contained in the FISA application.  Remember, this is a secret court, the FISA applications result in secret surveillance and wiretaps against U.S. persons outside the fourth amendment.

♦ Within the 29 FISA applications reviewed, four were completely missing the Woods File.  Meaning there was zero supportive evidence for any of the FBI claims against U.S. persons underpinning the FISA application.  [ie. The FBI just made stuff up]

♦ Of the remaining 25 FISA applications, 100% of them, all of them, were materially deficient on the woods file requirement; and the average number of deficiencies per file was 20.  Meaning an average of twenty direct statements against the target, supporting the purpose of the FISA application, sworn by the FBI affiant, were unsubstantiated.  [The low was 5, the high was 63, the average per file was 20]

♦ Half of the FISA applications reviewed used Confidential Human Sources (CHS’s).  The memo outlines that “many” of applications containing CHS claims had no supportive documentation attesting to the dependability of the CHS.

♦ Two of the 25 FISA applications reviewed had renewals; meaning the FISA applications were renewed to extended surveillance, wiretaps, etc. beyond the initial 90-days.  None of the renewals had any re-verification.  Both FISAs that used renewals were not compliant.

But wait… it gets worse.

The DOJ and FBI have an internal self-check mechanism.  The DOJ National Security Division (DOJ-NSD) chief counsel, and the chief counsel for every FBI field office are required to conduct an “Accuracy Review” of selected FISA applications.  One per field office (25 to 30 field offices),which are also sent to DOJ-NSD (main justice) for general counsel inspection.

Keep in mind, these “accuracy reviews” are known in advance, so the FBI has all the time in the world to select the best FISA file for review.  Additionally, I surmise the OIG wanted to inspect the “accuracy review” FISA’s because they would show the best light on the overall system itself.  The OIG was looking for the best, most compliant, product to report on.

However, when the OIG inspected 42 of these Accuracy Reviews, the IG identified that only three of them had accurately assembled documents (Woods File) supporting the application.  The error rate within the files self-checked was over 93%.

So the best FBI files are selected to undergo the FBI and DOJ-NSD accuracy review.  The accuracy review takes place by FBI legal counsel and DOJ-NSD legal counsel.  However, the IG finds that only three FBI applications in the accuracy reviews were compliant.

The error rate in the files undertaken by the internal accuracy review was over 93% (3 compliant out of 42 reviewed).  These were the FISA files with the greatest possibility of being accurate.  Let that sink in…

Here’s the OIG Report/Memorandum:

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410 Responses to Rank and Vile – DOJ Inspector General Identifies 93 Percent Non-Compliance Within FISA Review – Issues So Bad IG Presents Interim Report Before Reviewing Details…

  1. Nigella says:

    Here comes a strongly worded letter!

    Liked by 21 people

    • riverelf says:

      Wrists, prepare to be slapped! Or not.

      Liked by 2 people

      • jwmson says:

        Maybe a slap on the wrist, but most likely a, ‘don’t do that again’…approach. That seems to go well with our govt.

        Liked by 2 people

        • Sportyclays says:

          Mandatory Review of Procedures and Ethics Training! Mandatory!

          Liked by 4 people

          • jumpinjarhead says:

            With all due respect, what we have seen so far, much less as to even more to be disclosed, persuades me that these “excursions” from lawful procedures by these lawyers and law enforcement agents who actually already know better, is quite intentional.

            Liked by 4 people

            • polk8dot says:

              Totally agree. There simply can NOT be that much ineptitude, laziness and carelessness within the justice system. It IS intentional. It IS the government weaponized against We the People. It is way past time to disband the whole FISC and the FISA process. No more re-authorizations, no more spying on Americans for political reasons. No more allowing the intelligence community, i.e. the enemies of the People, to gather and/or invent ways to ‘mess us up 6 ways from Sunday’. PRISON!!!

              Liked by 5 people

      • Paul from Canuskistan says:

        Sorry…need something much stronger
        Knuckles prepare to be rapped

        Liked by 1 person

    • johnnybiface says:

      With a harumph or 2…

      Liked by 3 people

    • Niagara Frontier says:

      In “normal times” such breathtaking disclosures would have resulted in at least three immediate resignations: the AG, the head of the FBI, and the supervisor of the FISA Court (Chief Justice). But these aren’t normal times.

      After a few high level staff meetings to give the appearance that something is being done, I’m afraid that the report will put on a shelf with all its brothers and sisters to collect dust.

      Liked by 2 people

    • lumoc1 says:

      You obviously did not learn from what happened previously! 😉
      There will be no letter, that would be too strong a corrective step, instead the agents involved will be recommended for SESITIVITY training. 😉 😉 :):)
      So much for the 99% faithfully following established procedures; Fire them all!!

      Liked by 1 person

    • John Davis says:

      No one reads the FISA documentation. What value would a letter possess?

      Liked by 2 people

    • MicD says:

      ah Oh more bias training classes.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Bubby says:

      Yeah so what? The FBI response will be mistakes were made and more political bias training is needed! Rather than Federal laws were violated, indictments and prosecutions will follow! Nothing will happen to the FBI perps! The DOJ will do nothing except put in place more “new safeguards and procedures” in addition to the “strongly worded letter” so it will never happen again! Yeah right! I can’t possibly get anymore cynical!

      Liked by 1 person

    • johnnybiface says:

      So the OIG checked Hannity’s 99.9% rank and file ggod guy, superstar patriots…but yet there was a butt lot of fraud in that 99.9% of rank & file. Hannity must have been squeeking about some other 99.9 %. Maybe 99.9% of the .05% who are true rank and file strict lawful superstar patriots?

      Liked by 1 person

    • MelH says:

      How many would have LIKED your post if Word Press let everyone who wanted to actually count?


  2. Reserved55 says:

    This won’t sit well with Hannity.

    Liked by 5 people

  3. Elric VIII says:

    The number of people who will be held accountable: ZERO.

    Liked by 11 people

    • bill johnston says:

      Well,gosh. We can’t punish everyone. There would be nobody left to do investigations.

      Liked by 3 people

    • jwmson says:

      Most likely timing of the essence. Put out this report, the USA too busy with virus and Congress can’t get pulled together will social distancing (whose dang term/word is this? Sound like BHO’s crap again). Congress doesn’t have time for this will all the $ funding they have to keep American lives going w/ bailouts and stimulus…I suspect this was the perfect timing to slide this out and in a few short days, all gone and history and no news cycle…..I expect NO news cycle actually.

      Liked by 3 people

  4. jwmson says:

    DOES NOT MATTER. Barr won’t prosecute a soul. AND, for now this virus has everyone’s attn and demand and when over, we’ve skipped over all this and more. Like, Burr’s, Loeffler’s, Feinstein’s, et als insider trading that will allow them no punishment, no crime. FISA has been tainted and dirty for longer than the above and it will be forward moved and we Americans will be spied on, phone calls intercepted, text msgs captured and WHEN AND IF needed, will put us in our place. The US Govt is as crooked, deceptive, corrupt as any 3rd world country or any developed country on this planet. We just like to call out Russia, China, African nations to make us feel good about ourselves.

    Liked by 6 people

  5. kokopuf says:

    Has anyone told Bill Barr about this?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Linus in W.PA. says:

    The danger here is that the ‘rank and vile’ FBI employees will probably just testify that nobody every did the Woods files.

    Sure, they were required procedure-wise, but nobody does ’em!!!!

    This IG report basically shows that the Woods files were never done, and that lessens the ‘criminality’ of the (4) Carter Page FISA applications.

    Liked by 5 people

    • mac says:

      Here is the bottom line: THE FBI CANNOT BE TRUSTED. NONE OF THEM. THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION, TOP TO BOTTOM, IS CORRUPT. I suspect most Americans who are informed about this stuff would expect no better treatment or more honesty from the FBI than they would from the Gestapo, Stasi, SAVAK or the KCIA.

      It cannot be saved. Like the BATFE, it should be abolished. There should be trials, convictions and jail time for its leaders and all other guilty parties. The remainder of its employees should be fired and permanently forbidden from any type of employment in government service. They should also be permanently disenfranchised.

      Liked by 4 people

      • jwmson says:

        WHO to prosecute? Is the ONE honest person to be found? Think Congress would ever move? They are all involved and as crooked as this lot. Our entire govt has become one crooked empire governing themselves and no accountability to anyone.


    • Sportyclays says:

      But muh 99% are extraordrinary, stupendous public servants!


      • madeline says:

        May 1, 2019 was the date of Barr’s senate hearing, July 23, 2019 was Wrays. Many of these happened on Barr’s and Wrays watch. All of them on Judge Roberts watch.


  7. Might as well be 100%. Tear it and the deep state CIA down Mr. President and for the sake of all Americans do not rebuild anything in its place.

    The potential for corruption is just far too high and is approved by… deep state.

    Rank and file indeed. Sean Vannity-exposed. Again.

    Liked by 10 people

  8. oldguy05 says:

    Secret courts using falsified documents. What could go wrong?

    Liked by 11 people

  9. Rachelle says:

    Abolish FISA..

    Too many temptations for misconduct and we know the feds cannot resist those temptations.

    Liked by 9 people

    • jwmson says:

      ONE would expect, Barr, Congress, POTUS and every facet of govt to be up in arms, casting outrage and calling for the heads of everyone involved. There should be a public outcry to have these criminals removed and prosecuted, in a society and in a country so developed and Constitutionally-driven and purposed. Yet, we will see none of that but we will see wagons circled, lies, deceit and cover-up of every dimension required for this to be silenced and go away. Otherwise, Holder, BHO, Lynch, Susan Rice, CIA, State Dept, NSA guilt is shown for all to see. We’ll see NONE of that.

      Liked by 2 people

  10. dcnnc says:

    Doesn’t seem like a “training video” is going to correct such a widespread, systemic problem. Also, the entire FISA court is now under greater suspicion.

    Liked by 4 people

  11. scrap1ron says:

    The main problem with FISA is that it exists.

    Liked by 23 people

  12. sarasotosfan says:

    Promote the agent(s) responsible for accurately documenting the Woods File and separate from service any agent with no Woods File support and any agent with more than one deficient filing.

    And terminate the Office of Cover-up that did not issue any corrective actions.

    Liked by 4 people

  13. Jim in TN says:

    Were any of these applications missing signatures from top level DOJ and FBI leaders?

    They all know the system makes it look like their actions are above board, no abuses allowed. In reality it is just abuses that they all rubber stamp to keep up appearances. They know they can never be challenged, so they go through the motions to make it look like they are doing their job.

    But to get to the level where the people whose job is to double check are only going through the motions, compliance has to have gotten horribly, notoriously bad. And any boy scouts, who would do the right thing because it is right, must be being called on the carpet and punished as examples for the rest.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. anne nock says:

    And what about the FISC Judges?

    Liked by 2 people

  15. sarasotosfan says:

    The tone at the top matters. Someone needs to ask Comey and Mueller how this happened, just for laughs.

    Liked by 3 people

  16. All Too Much says:

    Horowitz, today, is reminding me of Nunes’ presser after first seeing the Spygate documents.
    This report is Horowitz’s Nunes moment. He’s seen something and is shocked by what he’s seen.

    Liked by 5 people

    • JL says:

      And yet, when he draws conclusions, it’s always phrased to prevent a useful soundbite, and to retain the possibility that it was all accidental.

      “Accidents” that occur as standard practice, always err in the same direction, are ignored by the people required to conduct reviews, and then issued the stamp of approval even though the “accidents” should have prevented approval and required investigation and criminal prosecution.

      Wray must go.

      I’m still holding out for Barr. I know that’s increasingly unpopular, but he needs to get his ducks in a row before he initiates the reckoning.

      Appoint the SPECIAL COUNSEL we should have appointed 3 years ago.


      Liked by 1 person

  17. Bob says:

    Sorry but it’s never coming back.


  18. Child of Morning says:

    Just because the data is missing, doesn’t mean it is true or didn’t happen. You can’t prove its not accurate or that our FBI “community” aren’t saving your life everyday. How dare you! They are HEROS!


    Liked by 3 people

  19. bessie2003 says:

    I believe blame should also be laid at the feet of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court since he is charged with overseeing who is appointed the FISC judges and find out why those judges never questioned the veracity of the material presented before their court – that wonderful graphic which is posted here from time to time – start asking the right f’n questions, comes to mind.

    The whole thing needs to end. period.

    Thank you Sundance for breaking it down; so much going on when everyone else is focusing on a virus from China.

    Liked by 12 people

  20. bill johnston says:

    Well,gosh. We can’t punish everyone. There would be nobody left to do investigations.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “the IG said he was going to review a sample of FISA applications to identify if the fraud and abuse was widespread.”

    The fraud and abuse of the NSA database goes back to the days of Robert Mueller. At the time he was Director of the FBI (aka Fraudsters, Bribed and Incompetent), Mr. Mueller was once asked under oath (before a committee) about warrantless searches by the agency. He replied that he could not give a number. When pressed, he replied “thousands”.

    I guess that did not matter much to those “lawmakers” at the time. I have to get to my computer to post the link.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Deplorable_Infidel says:


      This is a 3 part video of a presentation by Kevin Shipp, a CIA whistle blower. To the best of my recollection (it has been about 2 senior citizen years or so), the part I mentioned is in part two.

      When I sat down to watch this 3-part video, I expected to feel like I usually do–outraged, and full of righteous indignation. But outrage–I now understand–is what you feel before you really know how bad things are, inside our government.

      “When the power of secrecy is possessed outside of constitutional constraints,” Kevin tells us, “corruption and failure are inevitable” and “government will go bad, every time.” Watch all three parts. He’s right.

      Liked by 1 person

  22. JL says:

    What I want to know is the nature of the targets of these FISA applications.

    Since the OIG has repeatedly found “no documented or testimonial evidence” of bias, I want to see who these targets are.

    Liked by 3 people

    • TwoLaine says:

      I want dates too. I want to know who the heads were who signed off on each. I want to know who the agents are.

      I want immediate hearings, and I don’t want any blubber about the Wuhan Chins Coronavirus. The rest of us have been having teleconferences for decades. Get with the program, and they MUST BE TELEVISED. We deseve to know who isn’t following the law. Rogue agents our axx. This is just like the IRS targeting being blamed on a rogue field office. That was also a BIGLY LIE.

      Start NOW.

      And I don’t want to hear about their privacy after they have trashed ours. This entire program needs to go in a burn bag and be incinerated. They have repeatedly proven they could care less about law and honor.

      Liked by 1 person

  23. fangdog says:

    Hannity needs to be a reporter somewhere back in 1930’s. It is when people were naive and most were too busy struggling to put food on the table to pay any attention to a self-righteous doofus as Hannity.


  24. convert says:

    What a sad day — I mean we knew. But still– it’s so profoundly sad to find out this corruption is not just the upper echelon of DC insider elites, but the whole bunch. George W Bush should for once step up, step out, be a man, a leader, and call a press conference to condemn this and demand that the government fix this mess: and in the speech he should apologize to the American people for not believing many knowledgeable experts who tried to tell him and other Patriot act proponents that such abuses were sure to come.

    Liked by 2 people

  25. doohmax says:

    I don’t how much more the American people are supposed to endure. Is this like some kind of tolerance test or something? The intelligence bureaucracy has lied and connived to take away our vote of November 2016. The Left has spent 3 years doing nothing legislatively except try to take away our vote of November 2016. The media spits in our face. The globalist work behind our back to destroy our way of life. We may soon have 1/3 of the Country out of work because…..well because the health bureaucracy says so. These are the same bureaucrats who said 2 weeks ago that 2 million Americans will die, then 14 days later says no, 200,000, but it could only be 100,000. I read that we have a shortage of ventilators. Yet, a little digging shows that HHS started to try to stockpile ventilators for an emergency in 2006. This bureaucracy is so inept that today, 14 years and millions of dollars later, we have nothing, nada, zilch. It is too much to ask of one person besides the President to step forward and say “Enough of this bullshit”? It is too much to ask of Mr. Barr to step forward and do his job? How much can we take? Is there not one single honest bureaucrat in Washington? End of rant.

    Liked by 10 people

  26. SR says:

    Just a week training at Hawaii or FL will fix everything. Not a single person will be indicted as per insurance policy and in return Mueller would have closed his shop.

    Liked by 2 people

  27. timothy says:

    I hear bagpipes.


  28. Eric says:

    Paging Lyndsey Graham for some tough talk on Sunday shows.

    Liked by 1 person

  29. L4grasshopper says:

    No worries. FBI Director Wray will fire up another ethics training program, and get it going sometime in 2022.

    All better now!

    Liked by 2 people

  30. JL says:

    This was happening under Chris Wray’s watch, and is documented from June of 2017 until September 2019, and most certainly continued up until today. He was specifically nominated and appointed to address this problem.

    He must be fired, and if this was occurring with his knowledge, he must be prosecuted.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Johnny Bravo says:

      The “leaders” in all bureaucracies pontificate about the great work done on behalf of the people b****x- it makes my blood boil.

      They expect perfection from their target private citizen, when they, themselves, couldn’t lick the boots of the public.

      Liked by 1 person

  31. Robert_Timsah says:

    Sleepy Wray is a useless sack of sh.


  32. cavt says:

    What ever happened with the renewal of this act? Wasn’t that supposed to happen a week or so ago? Haven’t heard/seen a thing about it. Sean has it backwards–95% of the rank and file is corrupt or else this could never happen on such a scale. Any congressman that would vote to extend this act now is as corrupt as the FBI controlling it.

    Liked by 2 people

  33. Ira Berkowitz says:

    Great catch, SD. You’ve, “delivered the goods”, yet again!

    Liked by 2 people

  34. hokkoda says:

    Yeah, but Chris Wray has a new checklist!


  35. MNGal says:

    Isn’t Chief Justice Roberts responsible for oversight of the FISA Court? If that’s correct, I’d be interested to see just what oversight actions he attempted during the years included in the IG review. At best, he is incompetent. At worst, he is corrupt.

    Furthermore, each one of the judges assigned to the FISA Court who were giving approval to these severely deficient applications and all the way down to the rank and file agency people are responsible for the egregious violation of rights. Each and every one of them KNEW what the bar for approval of a FISA warrant was, yet all (and I do mean ALL) chose to ignore it.

    The FISA Court should be disbanded. People involved should be either fired or jailed. PERIOD!

    Liked by 4 people

  36. frankmystery says:

    Lindsey Graham to the rescue!!! Activate Hannity tick tock maneuvers!


  37. Patience says:

    Now, look into how MANY calls made / tips given to the FBI
    that were not acted on / ‘ignored’
    > resulting in mass shootings and planes flying into buildings.

    Liked by 3 people

  38. Would be interesting to find out who some of the subjects of these warrants were and whether they were being appropriately surveilled for legitimate national security purposes to begin with or for executive branch domestic political opposition intelligence and subsequent targeted prosecutions as was done with citizen / president Trump and his associates.

    I wonder if this will elicit another public freak-out by Eric Holder or others from the 0bama regime.

    Liked by 3 people

  39. Jason says:

    it’s a feature, not a bug. No one was ever supposed to be looking into these things….


  40. Sprawlie says:

    Blow the whole damn thing up.

    Afraid the terrorists will win? NEWSFLASH our Constitution and Bill of Rights is already in tatters because of this grotesque FISA system. If that’s not a win for the enemies of freedom, what is?

    Liked by 1 person

  41. Warren Spaulding says:



  42. Johnny Bravo says:

    When Chris Wray gets to hear about this, the new training requirements he’s planning for every agent will be epic, epic I tell ya!

    Pharf💨 welcome to the nut house!

    Liked by 1 person

  43. JohninMK says:

    Someone is really in for the high jump now. This looks like the end of careers.

    How the hell did 3% get through?

    Liked by 2 people

  44. Will J. says:

    As long as they are allowed to keep getting away with it they will.

    It’s really that simple.

    Liked by 1 person

  45. justlizzyp says:

    I wonder how many convictions are going to be appealed.

    Liked by 1 person

  46. cboldt says:

    — the FISA applications result in secret surveillance and wiretaps against U.S. persons outside the fourth amendment. —
    All are considered in compliance with the 4th amendment. Every FISC oinion says so, expressly. The Courts have unanimously concluded that all of this is constitutional.
    It is not “outside the 4th amendment.” Even warrantless snooping for foreign intelligence is not outside the 4th amendment. See the Kieth case. But this snooping is supported with a warrant, so it clearly fits in the “snooping WITH a warrent” category.
    Not defending the system. I think the whole thing is a sham, including the court opinions. I also think the law has no power against the government. The government will snoop to the extent technology facilitiates.


  47. Fools Gold says:

    6 ways to Sunday. If this don’t convince you to burn it to the ground nothing will and we deserve what we put up with…


    • Fools Gold says:

      Did anyone notice last week homeland security issued a statement saying we might be attacked by a terrorist during this crisis. My suspicion is they were getting out in front of this report for a “must have” capability. Sorry I can’t provide the link but it was issued last week.


  48. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “U S Department of Justice
    Office of the Inspector General
    1 March 30, 2020

    I notice it was dated before 01 APRIL 2020

    Also known as “April Fool’s Day”


    Liked by 1 person

  49. Hans says:

    Well I guess that’s stops the narrative that there were just a few incompetent at the top… hell the field offices were the training grounds for future directors.. LOL..

    It sure appears there is no problems charging political targets.. and to think that AG Barr wanted additional powers from congress… to stop court procedures, jail without charges being filed.. hell thats just a logical extension from spying without due process..

    Liked by 1 person

  50. cboldt says:

    The FBI gets to cherry-pick the data to be audited! LOL. Every government review concludes with congratulations and praise.

    Liked by 3 people

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