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Saturday, March 7, 2020

The FISA Court Awakens

For John, BLUFThat someone else might be evil is always justification for violating the civil rights of others, from time out of memory.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From PJ Media, by Reporter Rick Moran, 6 March 2020.

Here is the lede plus two:

A FISA court judge issued an order banning DoJ and FBI officials who were involved in warrant applications to spy on Carter Page from seeking other surveillance orders from the court.

Judge James Boasberg ordered that “no DOJ or FBI personnel under disciplinary or criminal review relating to their work on FISA applications shall participate in drafting, verifying, reviewing, or submitting such applications to the Court.”

Justice Department IG Michael Horowitz issued a scathing report on FISA abuses by the FBI last December, citing at least 17 "errors and omissions" on the part of officials involved in the Page warrant application, including placing too much reliance on the spurious and unverified Steele dossier.

And rightfully so.

The article also mentions that the President has said he is not interesting in signing a clean reauthorization of the FISA Act.  I hope he sticks to this.  The Bureaucracy continues to tend toward ignoring the rights of citizens.  It was so with FBI Director J Edgar Hoover and it is true of FBI Director James Comey.  Power corrupts and absolute power corrects absolutely, as Lord Acton told us.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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