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If The FBI’s Contempt For The Law Is Not Reined In, Its Abuses Will Get Worse

The former CIA and FBI director’s article is a symptom of how the establishment media has become the propaganda arm of an increasingly robust U.S. authoritarian movement.

 

BY:  Adam Mill

 

In 2018, the U.S. government filed 1,117 final applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court for authority for the FBI to conduct electronic surveillance and physical searches. One application was withdrawn. One other was denied. The remaining 1,115 were granted.

 

Hours before the FISA court issued a December 17 order openly declaring that it could no longer trust any of the sworn statements the FBI had submitted to justify spying on Americans, The New York Times published an opinion article by William Webster, a former director of both the FBI and the CIA. Webster wrote, “Today, the integrity of the institutions that protect our civil order is, tragically, under assault from too many people whose job it should be to protect them.”

 

Gone are the days The New York Times worked to expose government abuse of power. The New York Times now defends power from truth.

No More ‘Dissent Is Patriotism’

Setting aside the very dubious propositions that the FBI and the CIA should be protected from criticism, let’s plumb the depths of the Webster/NYT argument. Who, according to Webster, has the job of protecting the FBI and the CIA? Webster explains exactly who he means: “I am deeply disturbed by the assertion of President Trump that our ‘current director’ — as he refers to the man he selected for the job of running the F.B.I. — cannot fix what the president calls a broken agency.”

Webster goes on to suggest that the FBI should operate as an independent agency and that he is outraged by the “president’s thinly veiled suggestion that the director, Christopher Wray, like his banished predecessor, James Comey, could be on the chopping block.” He adds, “The independence of both the F.B.I. and its director is critical and should be fiercely protected by each branch of government.” Webster goes on to make it clear that the “rule of law” is threatened by the president criticizing the FBI.

 

The article is a symptom of how the establishment media has become the propaganda arm of an increasingly robust authoritarian movement in the United States. This movement inverts

constitutional principles so that it becomes the president’s job to protect the FBI from criticism and his threat to fire an FBI chief is a threat to the Constitution. This is the kind of thing that Vladimir Putin might have told Tass to publish as he sought to seize power from Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.

Not Mistakes But Deliberate Abuse of Power

 

The legitimacy of the FBI is in free fall. But not its terrifying power. The biggest lie about the latest Office of Inspector General report is that it reveals “mistakes” made by the FBI. These weren’t mistakes. The FISA court used more accurate terminology, like “misconduct.” The FBI investigators who applied for the Carter Page warrants had in their possession information that directly contradicted the basic factual requirements to apply for a surveillance warrant.

 

As noted by the FISA court, “On December 9, 2019, the government filed with the FISC public and classified versions of the OIG Report…It documents troubling instances in which FBI personnel provided information…which was unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession.” These include falsely claiming dossier author Christopher Steele’s prior work was relied upon in prior criminal proceedings, doctoring evidence to hide the fact that Page was actually working for America to spy on Russia, and falsely claiming that the FBI had corroborated Steele’s work when Steele himself questioned his source’s accuracy in October 2016.

 

The FBI knew by October 2016 that Page denied ever meeting Paul Manafort but nevertheless told the FISA court that it believed Manafort coordinated the Trump/Russia collusion through Page. The FBI told the FISA court that Page was working directly with two Russians he denied ever meeting.

‘They Withheld Information Detrimental to Their Case’

Webster wrote, “In fact, the report conclusively found that the evidence to initiate the Russia investigation was unassailable.” That’s simply not true. The FISA court wrote, “The FBI’ s handling of the Carter Page applications, as portrayed in the OIG report, was antithetical to the heightened duty of candor described above. The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.”

 

The FISA Court is referring to all pending FISA applications, more than 1,000 of which were initiated last year. The FISA court ordered the government to, “no later than January 10, 2020, inform the Court in a sworn written submission of what it has done, and plans to do, to ensure that the statement of facts in each FBI application accurately and completely reflects information possessed by the FBI that is material to any issue presented by the application.”

 

America is deep in the midst of a civil liberties crisis. The FISA court recently exposed a massive spying operation by the FBI using the National Security Agency’s secret database. It confirmed that under FBI Director Christopher Wray, “Since April 2017, the government has reported a large number of FBI queries that were not reasonably likely to return foreign-intelligence intonation or evidence of crime. In a number of cases, a single improper decision or assessment resulted in the use of query terms corresponding to a large number of individuals, including U.S. persons.”

 

The FBI routinely violated record-keeping procedures the court established to ensure that the FBI could account for who it spied upon and why. This followed an earlier decision in which the FBI falsely certified to the FISA court that it was not abusing electronic spying. In that opinion, the FISA court accused the intelligence community of an “institutional lack of candor.”

FBI Fights to Hide Its Misconduct

Under Wray, the FBI has fought congressional and judicial oversight. It fought the public release of yet another damning opinion from the FISA court released earlier this year. It appears to have slowed the release of this most recent OIG report.

 

The OIG completed its probe of the Page FISA warrants in mid-September of this year. Nevertheless, the FBI withheld from the FISA court shocking revelations until the last possible minute. The FBI slashedby 85 percent its office in charge of monitoring the shady relationships between FBI agents and their confidential human sources.

 

In other words, Wray has accelerated the FBI’s decline in a way more commonly associated with James Comey. One need only listen to Wray’s words to understand why. He recently said of the shocking IG report on the FBI’s many deceptions of the FISA court that it was “important that the inspector general found that, in this particular instance, the investigation was opened with appropriate predication and authorization.” That’s actually totally irrelevant. That Wray doesn’t seem to care that the FBI repeatedly deceives courts to spy on Americans is what’s important.

 

How will the FBI react to this seemingly avalanche of damning information? The accelerating march to a Soviet-style FBI will continue unabated under the cover of lip service to correct a “failure in the process.” That’s ridiculous. Exactly what regulation needs to be changed so that the FBI stops lying to courts?

 

The FBI has repeatedly promised to stop illegal spying on Americans, only to increase operations. It has contempt for the court and the president’s constitutional authority to reign in these abuses. As of 2017, it used this spying to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power to a new elected president.

It’s all happening in plain sight. The legacy media, led by The New York Times, are openly

advocating making the FBI an independent agency with power over the elected president. Lying to spy on Americans is pretty much the worst thing a law enforcement agency can do, short of framing elected leaders for treason. Somebody has to go to prison, or this will get worse.

 

We keep hearing “nobody is above the law.” But the FBI has repeatedly demonstrated otherwise.

 

 

 

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@DanielA231577 wrote:

Say what you may, President Trump has made America great again ! He has my vote for 2020.


So you are voting for him. Well here is who you are voting for. Trump: Tried to steal 3 million from NYC, Paid 24  million to Students of Trump Univ. for fraud, His his Charity shut down and paid a 2million fine, Paid off many women after he had sex with them, rapped his wife, Is an unindicated Coconsperitor with Michael Cohen in a crime and should be in jail with him, hast worked as Putins lackey for years, caused Brexit in  Europe, left the Kurds to die in battle, killed people crossing the order, taken children from their parents at the border, has a White supremacists in his staff creating that type of policies, trying to destroy the EU, and NATO, made the US the ex leader in the world. Green lighted the killing of a reporter working for the DC Post in Turkey by SA, trying to over throw the Pope, has more people who worked for his campaign and in govt in jail or convicted that any President, lies over 90% of the time. Yes there is more. A vote for Trump is just like what the people in Germany did in the 1930 when they created Dictator Hitler. A vote for Trump creates Dictator Trump who will do just what Hitler did to Germany to the USA.

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@jimc91 wrote:

Things are becoming delusional as the losers are running out of ammo... So, they copy and paste the exact same paragraph time after time after time....  That is delusional.

 

 


The truth has to be posted over and over to tRump supporters, they barely recognize it anymore because of the repetitive lies they have been told over and over by tRump, Fox, and tother extreme right wing sources they use.


Yet you post no evidence to support the title of this thread being true...

 

Its just one more work of fiction fabricated out of desperation created by losing 2016 and the reality of knowing they will lose again in 2020.  

 

The dimms have no plan or vision for America...

 

 

 

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Jim posted..

Things are becoming delusional as the losers are running out of ammo... So, they copy and paste the exact same paragraph time after time after time.... That is delusional.

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Not only that but we have one that has the gal to go by critical thinking in his/her stage name. Every time I see that I have to laugh.....critical thinking...not!
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@jimc91 wrote:

Things are becoming delusional as the losers are running out of ammo... So, they copy and paste the exact same paragraph time after time after time....  That is delusional.

 

 


The truth has to be posted over and over to tRump supporters, they barely recognize it anymore because of the repetitive lies they have been told over and over by tRump, Fox, and tother extreme right wing sources they use.


"The only thing that man learns from history is that man learns nothing from history."
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@KidBoy2 wrote:
CriticalThinking posted...

America was great long before Comrade Trump showed up and invoked the policies of Vladimir Putin. Trump's destroyed our reputation with our allies, injected bigotry into the White House, showed a new generation of young Americans that our President is a pathological liar who surrounds himself with convicted felons.



Despite all of the above, he is worshipped (sic) and idolized in Trump World where he's seen as the savior of White People.

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I see that you do not let up with your left wing garbage even on Christmas day.

It should be a day to be thankful for our blessings.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

I see that trump supporters don't let up on their Denial on Christmas Day.  I am more than thankful for my blessings, especially the blessing of being intelligent and open minded enough to see what tRump truly is.


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Things are becoming delusional as the losers are running out of ammo... So, they copy and paste the exact same paragraph time after time after time....  That is delusional.

 

 

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In Trump World they have no values, no respect for honesty, and they do not put America first. The only thing which matters is keeping Trump in power, no matter what he does or says.

 

The following is drivel only in Trump World where they ignore facts and the truth. I challenge any objective person to point out anything below which is not true.

 

Is this the kind of role model you want for our children and grandchildren? 

  • He's a pathological liar
  • He insults people 24/7
  • He's been accused of sexual assault by multiple women
  • He surrounded himself with an array of convicted felons
  • He writes love letters to brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un
  • He listens to Vladimir Putin instead of U.S. Intelligence Agencies
  • He's been accused of obstruction of justice multiple times
  • He refuses to release his tax returns like all other U.S. Presidents
  • etc.
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Just more drivel from the sore losers aka, never Trumpers and dimms all suffering TDS...  

 

God bless their little hearts...

 

 

 

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In Trump World they have no values, no respect for honesty, and they do not put America first. The only thing which matters is keeping Trump in power, no matter what he does or says.

 

Is this the kind of role model you want for our children and grandchildren? 

  • He's a pathological liar
  • He insults people 24/7
  • He's been accused of sexual assault by multiple women
  • He surrounded himself with an array of convicted felons
  • He writes love letters to brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un
  • He listens to Vladimir Putin instead of U.S. Intelligence Agencies
  • He's been accused of obstruction of justice multiple times
  • He refuses to release his tax returns like all other U.S. Presidents
  • etc.
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