• The FISA Court Blasts the FBI; Demands Changes; the Media Yawns

    Surge Summary: The chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has ripped the FBI for its abuse of the FISA warrant process to spy on the Trump campaign. She is demanding new procedures so it won’t be repeated. Meanwhile, the mainstream media ignores the story.

    by Gary Bauer 

    Judge Rosemary Collyer, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, issued an extraordinarily rare public statement yesterday.  It was a scathing rebuke of the FBI’s abuse of the FISA warrant process to spy on Carter Page and the Trump campaign.

    Judge Collyer blasted the FBI for its frequent false statements and for withholding information favorable to Page and Trump.  And, just like Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who is now conducting an audit of the entire FBI FISA warrant process, Judge Collyer stated that the FBI’s deceit “calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”

    She ordered the Bureau to come up with new procedures in three weeks to prevent future abuses.  Sadly, I’m not very optimistic.  The FISA Court was created in the 1970s in the wake of a series of wiretap abuses.  It was supposed to be a solution to government abuse.  Instead, it became another vehicle for government abuse.

    Again, the use of intelligence and law enforcement agencies to spy on a presidential campaign is a national scandal.  This is Watergate on steroids.  For the super-secret FISA Court to issue such a public statement should be headline news.

    But unless you were watching Fox News last night, you didn’t hear about it.  The big three networks totally ignored it because there was absolutely no way to spin it into an anti-Trump narrative.

    When the president calls the media “fake news” and an “enemy of the people,” this is what he is talking about.  I do believe a free press is essential to maintaining a free society.  But we do not have a free and fair press.  Today’s media are propaganda outlets for the Democrat Party. They are no better than Pravda, the Soviet Union’s mouthpiece.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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