As Mollie Hemingway expressed it yesterday in the Federalist: FISA picks FISA abuse denier to tackle FISA abuse. The appointment of a former official who served as an apologist for the FBI signals that the court isn’t particularly concerned about the civil liberty violations catalogued by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
The nation’s top spy court appointed an Obama-era Justice Department official who has denied and downplayed FBI surveillance abuse to assess the FBI’s response to a scathing new report cataloguing problems with how the agency secured authority to spy on a Donald Trump campaign affiliate.
Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) presiding Judge James Boasberg appointed David Kris to review the FBI’s proposed changes to its surveillance application process even though he spent the past few years running interference for the FBI as substantive criticism of the agency mounted.[end]
Ever notice how all these covert ‘appointments’ are always made either in the dead of night, or over weekends when regular folks are doing well, ‘weekend’ things? Here’s a guy, died-in-the-wool #44 slovering reprobate, whose former connection with the FISA operation was with John Brennan and others of his ilk, for goodness’ sake!
Let me add just a little more for your edification, the ‘dirt’ of it all: The nation’s top spy court appointed an [#44]-era Justice Department official who has denied and downplayed FBI surveillance abuse to assess the FBI’s response to a scathing new report cataloguing problems with how the agency secured authority to spy on a Donald Trump campaign affiliate…
Kris, who served as assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s National Security Division, recently claimed the IG report that catalogued egregious abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) powers actually vindicated the FBI. He also smeared Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018, saying his initial sounding of the alarm about those abuses was incorrect, threatened national security, and should be harshly punished….
When Kris was attacking Nunes for bringing the FBI malfeasance to light, he claimed that if the FBI had withheld information in its FISA applications, “heads would have rolled on Pennsylvania Avenue.” (fyi – FBI headquarters are located on Pennsylvania Avenue). The FBI has been definitively shown to have withheld information in its FISA applications, but instead of heads rolling, vehement apologists of the agency are being assigned to assess proposed reforms. In other words – A FISA swampy Whitewash!
Conservative Treehouse, ‘sundance’, and ‘FISA Court selecting Surveillance State Advocate’…
This is a little weedy, but it’s important….
In the second half of Devin Nunes interview with Maria Bartiromo today he was asked his thoughts about the FISA Court selecting David Kris as an FBI surveillance and compliance monitor. The issue is quite important because the FBI FISA reforms and promises are essentially meaningless without some form of structural review process.
However, the new 2020 FISC Presiding Judge James Boasberg selecting David Kris has been noted by several people as a rather weak effort on behalf of the court.
As an outcome of our former FISA-702 reviews CTH has an entirely different reason for questioning the selection of Kris; there’s much more substantive reasons to be alarmed about it;
There’s an aspect to the history of David Kris and Judge Boasberg that explains this selection…. It doesn’t justify it, but explains it. CTH first learned of Kris when researching who the government was using as Amici Curiae for FISC Reviews (FISC-R appeals).
You see, there’s a process when the FISA court denies the position of the government, for the feds to appeal the FISC decision. In essence if the FISA court defines activity by the government as a violation of the fourth amendment, the government sends representatives to argue “process issues” on behalf of the surveillance state. David Kris has been one of those Amici Curiae; and specifically Kris has worked to ameliorate Judge Boasberg before.[-]
[+] …Guess what?
Yes, they’ve designed it that way.
We have to get the entire FISA-702 process stopped, and that includes using the FISA Court against U.S. citizens. Why? Because, as President Obama’s term highlighted, it’s a massive surveillance database that is being used to gather black-ops and political surveillance against our elected officials.
FISA-702, the entire process, needs to be eliminated. If the DOJ or FBI want to turn on a surveillance switch against an American person, let them go to a standard Title-3 judge and request a search warrant for it.
Enthralling long read full content available in link below…
Thus far, not to sound too cynical about it all, the FISA Swamp appears to be being rearranged instead of being drained, more like the same players are all just changing positions; with the tacit approval and support, no doubt, of and by the deep state swamp lamestreams!
The FBI FISA reforms and promises are essentially meaningless without some form of structural review process. CORRECTION. The reforms are meaningless, period. Short of shutting them both down, they are an affront to American liberties. Which is why millions are getting frustrated with the whole setup.
There are many of We the (63 million) People out there, wondering if AG Bill Barr (cough, cough) as the ‘Top Cop Lawyer’ Representing the United States, could be prompted to sue for the elimination of FISA. Surely there would be thousands, if not millions of legal representatives from NGO’s piling-on in support. Justice Roberts, no doubt, would likely have to recuse. Or insist on it! But it would be a start.
After all, as is evident from the pic of his tweet above, our warrior-president sounds like he’s getting a bit impatient with simple matters-at-hand!
And on that note, time for today’s MAGA Pill – President Donald J. Trumnp – MAGA! KAG!
Conservative Treehouse and ‘sundance’, FISA Court David Kris
See also ZeroHedge and Tyler Durden: FISA Court starts Firestorm
Mollie Hemingway, the Federalist: Spy Court picks FISA abuse Denier to Tackle FISA Abuse
Plus J.E.Dyer, Liberty Unyielding, FBIs new FISA reformer worked with Brennan on terrorism case