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  • It’s Official, The FISA Court is Compromised – Presiding Judge James Boasberg Hires Former DOJ-NSD Head, Mary McCord, as Amici Curiae to Advise The Court

    04/28/2021 12:33:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 51 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 28, 2021 | Sundance
    The FISA Court is CompromisedI hate to write this, but there is just no good way to look at this. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, specifically Presiding Judge James Boasberg, has hired former DOJ National Security Division head, Mary McCord, as amici curiae advisor to the court. [LINK] The placement was first noted by an announcement from Georgetown Law ICAP. Presiding Judge James Boasberg, is the decision-maker in the appointment of Amici Curiae to the FISA court. There is no way, NO WAY, Judge Boasberg does not know Mary McCord was at the epicenter of the fraudulent FISA application used...
  • GOP Lawmakers Outraged Over Ex-FBI Lawyer's Sentence in Trump-Russia Probe

    01/30/2021 5:18:51 AM PST · by Magnatron · 76 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 29 January 2021 | Charlie McCarthy
    Several prominent Republican lawmakers strongly criticized a judge's sentence Friday that resulted in probation and no prison time for the only person charged in the Justice Department's investigation into the origins of alleged Trump-Russia collusion. Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith received a sentence of 12 months probation and 400 hours community service from U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg during a video hearing. Clinesmith pleaded guilty to altering an CIA email used to support a government wiretap of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Boasberg, who also is on the FISA court, denied special counsel John Durham's recommendation of up...
  • New Evidence Implicates FBI Higher-Ups in Dishonesty of Anti-Trump Lawyer

    01/25/2021 12:58:20 PM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | By Paul Sperry | January 25, 2021
    For the past year, defenders of the FBI have consistently downplayed the significance of an FBI staff lawyer falsifying evidence in the government’s investigation into Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia. They argue Kevin Clinesmith’s crime of altering a CIA document to obscure the fact that former Trump campaign aide Carter Page worked for U.S., not Russian, intelligence was a rare lapse in judgment by an overworked bureaucrat. It was not, his apologists say, part of any broader conspiracy to conceal exculpatory information from surveillance court judges, who never learned of Page’s history with the CIA before approving FBI warrants to...

    01/16/2021 9:12:07 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 39 replies
    Powerline ^ | JANUARY 16, 2021 | SCOTT JOHNSON
    Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsey Graham has released 11 transcripts of interviews conducted during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s inquiry into the origins and aftermath of the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation — i.e., its indispensable to the Russia hoax perpetrated by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee. Graham’s press release is posted here. The transcripts have all been posted online and made accessible here. John Solomon extracts the highlights for Just the News in “FBI, State officials aware early on Steele made major mistake in Russia reporting.” No one who has followed the revelation of the hoax over the...
  • LIVE THREAD - Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Testifies on Review of FBI Russia Investigation

    11/10/2020 8:32:51 AM PST · by Golden Eagle · 20 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | November 10, 2020 | C-SPAN
    Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified before Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the review of the FBI Russia investigation.
  • FBI Attorney Admits Altering Email Used for FISA Application During “Crossfire Hurricane” Investigation

    08/19/2020 6:18:52 PM PDT · by bitt · 31 replies ^ | 9/19/2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Connecticut
    FBI Attorney Admits Altering Email Used for FISA Application During "Crossfire Hurricane" Investigation Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, 38, pleaded guilty today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to a false statement offense stemming from his altering of an email in connection with the submission of a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”) application, announced John H. Durham, Special Attorney to the Attorney General. Pursuant to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the guilty plea proceeding occurred via videoconference before U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg. According to court documents and statements made...
  • Yes, Justice Roberts, There are “Obama Judges” and “Bush Judges”

    07/25/2020 6:26:04 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 34 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    A tale of two judges. – Chief Justice John Roberts – the clearly-compromised former conservative jurist who now does the bidding of the progressive left whenever they demand it, apparently – famously stated in 2017 that there are no “Obama judges” or “Bush judges,” there are only federal judges. That, of course, is abject bullshit, but hey, it’s what the Chief does these days. Late this week, we saw the dichotomy between the kinds of decisions we get out of Bush/Reagan/Trump judges and Obama/Clinton judges in two decisions related the ongoing rioting taking place in Portland. It is a classic...
  • U.S. District Court Judge Denies Restraining Order Sought By Oregon Attorney General Preventing Federal Police In Portland From Making Arrests

    07/24/2020 8:13:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/24/2020 | John Sexton
    Last week Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a request for a temporary restraining order against federal police officers in Portland. On Wednesday of this week Judge U.S. District Court Judge Michael Mosman heard arguments in the case and appeared to be on the fence, accepting some of the Resenblum’s claims but not all. Today, the Judge ruled against the restraining order: A U.S. judge Friday denied an order sought by Oregon’s top law enforcement officer to stop federal agents from arresting people during nightly protests in Portland that have roiled the progressive city and pitted local officials against...
  • Judge denies Oregon's request to stop arrests of protesters in Portland by federal agents

    07/24/2020 7:17:21 PM PDT · by doc maverick · 19 replies
    FOX 12 Oregon ^ | 07/24/2020 | FOX News Team
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday denied Oregon’s request to restrict federal agents' actions when they arrest people during chaotic protests that have roiled Portland and pitted local officials against the Trump administration. Federal agents deployed by President Donald Trump to tamp down the unrest have arrested dozens during nightly demonstrations against racial injustice that often turn violent. Democratic leaders in Oregon say federal intervention has worsened the two-month crisis, and the state attorney general sued to allege that some people had been whisked off the streets in unmarked vehicles....
  • BREAKING: Judge denies Oregon's request for TRO reining in federal agents in Portland, says state lacks standing.

    07/24/2020 3:39:52 PM PDT · by rintintin · 52 replies
    Josh GersteinTwitter ^ | July 24 2020 | Josh Gerstein
    BREAKING: Judge denies Oregon's request for TRO reining in federal agents in Portland, says state lacks standing. Order:
  • Judge to hear Oregon request to restrain federal agents

    07/22/2020 9:32:36 AM PDT · by kiryandil · 55 replies
    AP via WTOP ^ | July 22, 2020 | AssPress propagandist
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge will hear arguments Wednesday on Oregon’s request for a restraining order against federal agents sent to the state’s biggest city to quell protests that have spiraled into nightly clashes between authorities and demonstrators. The lawsuit, filed by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, alleges that federal agents sent by President Donald Trump have arrested people with no probable cause, whisked protesters away in unmarked cars and used excessive force to quell the unrest. It’s part of growing pushback against the Trump administration’s use of federal agents in Portland and its plans to do the...
  • Senate votes to reauthorize intel programs with added legal protections (FISA)

    05/14/2020 11:59:27 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05 14 2020 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate on Thursday passed legislation reauthorizing three intelligence programs that lapsed earlier this year amid a GOP stalemate. Senators voted 80-16 on the bill, which pairs the reauthorization of the USA Freedom provisions with some changes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court. The Senate changed the bill, which originally passed the House in March, as part of a two-day floor debate. Senators added more legal protections for some individuals targeted by the court. The proposal, which was spearheaded by Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), would increase the role of outside legal...
  • Declassified DOJ Letter to FISA Court Highlights Severe Institutional Corruption – DOJ Blames FBI For Spygate…

    04/17/2020 8:03:39 AM PDT · by bitt · 25 replies
    Amid a series of documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee [SEE HERE] there is a rather alarming letter from the DOJ to the FISA Court in July 2018 that points toward an institutional cover-up. [Link to Letter] Before getting to the substance of the letter, it’s important to put the release in context. After the FISA Court reviewed the DOJ inspector general report, the FISC ordered the DOJ-NSD to declassify and release documents related to the Carter Page FISA application. In the cover letter for this specific release to the Senate Judiciary and Senate Intelligence committees, the DOJ cites...
  • Latest Inspector General Report Slams Comey’s FBI For Massive Failures To Document FISA Claims

    04/02/2020 7:00:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 1, 2020 | Margot Cleveland
    The inspector general detailed devastating, systematic FBI failures in executing procedures designed to ensure the accuracy of FISA applications. On March 31, Inspector General Michael Horowitz released an interim report on his audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s compliance with procedures to protect Americans’ civil rights in Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act cases. Horowitz’s “Management Advisory Memorandum” detailed devasting and systematic failures by the FBI in executing the procedures designed to ensure the accuracy of the applications submitted under oath to the FISA court.Contrary to the left’s spin, the FBI’s incompetence in handling more (Most? All?) FISA cases is not...
  • Senate clears 77-day extension of surveillance powers

    03/16/2020 3:54:05 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 16, 2020 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate cleared a nearly four-month extension of intelligence programs that expired on Sunday as part of a deal that will also allow for votes on broader surveillance reforms. The Senate had been expected to hold an initial procedural vote Monday on the House-passed bill that paired extension of the three expired USA Freedom Act provisions with some changes to the court established by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Instead, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came to the floor minutes before the scheduled vote and passed a 77-day extension of the three USA Freedom Act provisions. The extension...
  • Paul, Lee urging Trump to kill House FISA deal

    03/12/2020 7:03:59 AM PDT · by nagant · 21 replies
    Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are working to kill a House deal to reauthorize expiring intelligence programs and reform the surveillance court, throwing up an eleventh hour roadblock to the agreement. The two libertarian-minded Republicans, who are close allies of President Trump's, are urging Trump to veto the House agreement, which pairs a reauthorization of expiring intelligence programs with broader changes to the court associated with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). "The president I think really would like to see real reform, and I think the open question is whether or not he'll take what [Attorney...
  • Trump Refusing To Rubber Stamp FISA Renewal, Demands Post-Russia Surveillance Reforms

    03/04/2020 8:07:06 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    Just the News ^ | 03/04/20 | Carrie Sheffield
    Law raises concerns about extent feds can spy on AmericansPresident Trump has told congressional Republican leaders that he will not support a clean reauthorization of surveillance laws without significant reforms to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court system that was abused during the Russia collusion probe, a senior White House official says.The surveillance provisions are set to expire on March 15, and the White House indicated to Republican leaders Tuesday that it would support only a temporary, 30-day extension to allow Congress to iron out the reforms. House Democratic leaders have indicated publicly they are open to bipartisan compromise.“Just got back from the...
  • Rand Paul looms as wild card in surveillance fight

    03/07/2020 3:03:28 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is taking on a familiar role as a thorn in the side of leadership as Congress barrels toward a surveillance deadline with no deal in sight. Paul, a libertarian-minded Republican, is pushing for broader surveillance court reforms to be included as part of any bill that reauthorizes or extends the expiring provisions of the USA Freedom Act, a 2015 law that overhauled the country’s intelligence programs. "The time is ripe now. It’s an inflection point. You’ve got Republicans coming around to this," Paul said. "I think even the powers that be in the Senate, the Republicans...
  • FISA court mistakenly says Fusion GPS was digging up dirt on Hillary Clinton, not Trump

    03/05/2020 6:25:47 PM PST · by bitt · 42 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 3/5/2020 | Jerry Dunleavy
    A ruling by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Wednesday mistakenly said Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm which hired British ex-spy Christopher Steele in 2016, was looking for dirt on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rather than on then-candidate Donald Trump. The court fixed the glaring error only after the Washington Examiner brought it to its attention. Judge James Boasberg, the court’s presiding judge, cited the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page in a Wednesday opinion and, in the midst of pointing out the multitude of flaws, omissions, and factual errors in...
  • Secret FISA court's future in jeopardy, lawmakers say

    02/29/2020 2:38:54 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 49 replies
    Just the News ^ | February 29, 2020 - 12:39pm | Sharyl Attkisson
    Amid scandal and abuse, reforming the FISA surveillance system will not be easy. But without systemic reform, the secret court at the heart of the government’s surveillance authority may not even survive. “I don’t even give [the secret FISA Court] a 50-50 chance” of survival in its present form, Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) told Just The News. Many Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill now say they are in agreement that something transformative must be done to fix shortcomings in the programs that allow government spying on U.S. citizens. But agreement on details is proving elusive.(I discuss why fixing FISA...