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February 5, 2018

Why do we need a secret court?

That’s a question being asked by many in the wake of the release of the Nunes memo.

Democrats are vociferously denying that the Steele dossier was the primary supporting basis of the Carter Page warrant request.

Various people who claim that they have seen the entire original FISA warrant application say the dossier’s “intelligence” was absolutely the basis of the warrant.

As we said Friday, “he said, she said.”

Supposedly these FISA warrant applications are 30-60 pages long and contain sources and methods information that should remain anonymous.

In spite of that, Democrats are opining that the problem with the four-page memo is that it doesn’t present the source documents.

So okay, how about publishing the source documents in the Carter Page case, going clear back to 2013 if necessary, with names or other information that could endanger FBI, CIA  or NSA personnel, methods  or assets redacted?

You can’t have it both ways.

Either the applications are so sensitive that they cannot be publicly viewed, or they aren’t.

One question that neither side has answered is why these warrant requests, when they address U.S. citizens, have to be presented to a court whose actions cannot be reviewed by Congress rather than a court and grand jury that operates within our normal judicial system.

Remember, FISA stands for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

If American courts are sufficient to try terrorism suspects, then surely they should be able to handle issuing a few warrants for Americans suspected of espionage or treason.

Dems, specifically  Adam Schiff,  are making the argument that the Nunes memo “…makes Americans doubt our intelligence agencies.”

It’s not the agencies we doubt, it’s the people running them.

Numerous articles, including this one from April 30, 2016 indicate that the FISC  has been a virtual rubber stamp for government surveillance requests, rejecting just .03 percent of the requests in the past 30 years.

Twenty percent of the reported 38,365 warrant requests approved over that period involved U.S. citizens, and only 12 out of the entire total were rejected, according to the above article.

As long as the integrity of the people running the agencies was thought to be above reproach, most people were willing to overlook the obvious potentials for abuse in the FISA system.

That integrity is now in question.

Also in question is why Democrats like Schumer and Pelosi think that the memo’s  release gives them the right to threaten the President of the United States or call for the demotion of Devin Nunes.

Just imagine what would have happened if McConnell or Ryan had threatened President Obama that way.

Of course the President can, under the same Constitution the Dems are suddenly so worried about, fire Rosenstein or Mueller but the fact is, he has not done so.

Sitting on the outside looking in, the Dems bluster reminds one of some two-bit mobster threatening a witness to a drug buy.

Apparently we may also get to see the Democrat version of the Page FISA warrant application, and assuming it is held to the same standards as the Nunes memo, we should.

Anybody want to lay a bet on how that will sound, or whether it includes the entire transcripts of the four warrant applications?

From → op-ed

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