What the FISA Memo Reveals about the FBI, DNC, GOP–and the sketchy timeline
By The Daily Bell Staff - February 03, 2018

It wasn’t the bombshell everyone hoped for. But the release of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) memo did corroborate what we already knew: the government is corrupt.

In fact, the contents of the memo should be disturbing to everyone. But Bill Binney, Thomas Drake, and Edward Snowden revealed much worse. Americans are desensitized to immense abuses of their rights.

The FISA Memo Overview: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton Campaign paid Christopher Steele $160,000 to dig up information on Trump team members including Carter Page. Steele also provided this information to the FBI.

The FBI and DOJ asked the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) for permission to surveil Page, using the Steele Dossier as evidence. They did not disclose that Steele was paid by political opponents of their target to compile the information presented to the court. Based on probable cause from the information amassed by a democrat operative, the court granted their surveillance request.

So the Republicans are upset a government agency targeted a GOP ally based on information provided by political opponents. That seems like a valid complaint.

[Flashback: Trump Administration settles IRS Tea Party targetting lawsuits for peanuts.]

On January 11, 2018, the GOP controlled House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Rep. Nunes is the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence which authorized and released the memo. He voted to renew the authority of the secret court. He voted against an amendment that would have required law enforcement to get a warrant before reading Americans’ communications “inadvertently” swept up in the foreign surveillance. A bipartisan effort defeated that Fourth Amendment protection from FISA.

On January 18, 2018, Nunes released his FISA memo to the Congressional Committee.

The full title: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

And then 24 hours later…

On January 19, 2018, President Trump signed the renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act into law.

His statement said:

Section 702 of Title VII allows the Intelligence Community, under a robust regime of oversight by all three branches of Government, to collect critical intelligence on international terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other important foreign intelligence targets located outside the United States.

This intelligence is vital to keeping the Nation safe…

The Act I have signed today preserves and extends this critically important national security tool.

Section 702 provides robust privacy protections for American citizens, and most importantly prohibits the Government from using it to target Americans and persons located in the United States.  Only foreigners located abroad may be targeted for surveillance under section 702…

I would have preferred a permanent reauthorization of Title VII to protect the safety and security of the Nation.

What’s going on here?

We should note that the FISA memo specifically states that “DOJ and FBI sought and received a probable cause order (not under title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from FISC.”

That just means there are other parts of FISA that also use secretive proceedings to ignore due process.

So the GOP likes some mass surveillance that violates rights, just not when it targets one of their own.

They seem to think if we just had the right people in power then the government could work for good!

But all this shows is that power will also be abused. Secret power that much more.

But neither major party is actually fighting to strip these powers from the government. The GOP’s complaints of abuse of power ring hollow as they approve other Fourth Amendment violations authorized by the same legislation!

They are just fighting for the upper hand over their political opponents. This is not freedom versus tyranny. It is a war of factions.

That said, it is laughable that some worry the release of this memo will cause dangerous distrust in the FBI and DOJ.

The more people distrust those dangerous and secretive government agencies, the better!

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  • Betty

    You are kidding right? Did you totally miss the part that the “dossier” created by Steele was totally bogus. And consequently this whole witch hunt was bogus. And it has been perpetrated against Trump by the top of the DNC[Clinton-Obama] and their buddies in the FBI. Is that not a big enough bomb for you?

    • Poppo

      Agreed! This mess makes Watergate look like jaywalking.

    • not sire who you are talking to, but I agree on the basic points as most seem to

    • Stacey

      Yes, and this exposure is only the very tip of the iceberg. There is much, much more that will be revealed. It’s going to be an interesting few years.

  • Alan777

    The Watergate affair was trivial compared to this FISA bombshell and the crucifixion of Nixon by the media stands in stark contrast to the main stream media’s perpetual cover up for the Democrats and the DNC. There was criminal and clear use of the DOJ and FBI to try to throw the election to Hillary. Then after losing the election, these bureaucracies were used to continue this ongoing criminal enterprise to overthrow the people’s elected president.
    Note that Obama’s Lois Lerner also helped him win the 2012 election by using the IRS to silence conservative groups. So this affair is just more of the same.
    While I agree with most of the article’s points, one should note that the GOP at least wants (naively or not) to use the surveillance powers to thwart terrorists and criminals. Don’t get me wrong, in my view both parties are corrupt and I support the Convention of the States effort to limit the federal government’s power.

    • completely agree

    • Don Duncan

      I agree, if by “limit” you mean remove government’s authority to initiate force or threaten it or use fraud.

  • That’s it! I agree with James Comey.

    The headline of this much heralded Memo should be “Business as usual!”

    What struck me most about it is the lack of anything sensational. What would truly be extraordinary if it were to reveal today’s government officials were conducting themselves in a righteous or godly fashion, especially being the foundations of the Constitutional Republic are rooted in a rejection of Yahweh as its sovereign and thus His moral law as supreme.

    Nevertheless, this should and needs to be a wake-up call to American Christians and Patriots that government will persist and only get worse until we become courageous enough to identify and address the wickedness found in its inception when the constitutional framers replaced government of, by, and for God for government of, by, and for the people and Yahweh’s immutable moral law for their own capricious man-made Enlightenment and Masonic traditions.

    “[B]ecause they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind….” (Hosea 8:1,7)

    This memo merely exposes more consequences of the inevitable ever-intensifying whirlwind today’s America is reaping thanks to wind sown by the 18th-century founding fathers.

    For more, see Chapter 3 “The Preamble: WE THE PEOPLE vs. YAHWEH” of free online book “Bible Law vs, the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Online Books page, click on the top entry, and scroll down to Chapter 3.

    Then, find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of the 85-page “Primer” of “BL vs. USC.”

    • Our nation ceased having Godly leaders soon after the American Revolution when the Vatican gained a foothold here in the country.
      We are obviously under God’s judgment at this time. We are in a state of perpetual war which we never win and are murdering masses of people both alive and the unborn

    • There were in fact many astonishing things revealed that were previously only hear say. Big difference ! But yes, some of it was already known. Realize many of the mind effed out there will not believe any of it unless it is proven well past any shadow of doubt.

  • Ephraiyim

    DOJ, FBI et al are unauthorized by the Constitution. Why do we wonder that they are and have been abusing their supposed mandates when their is illegal to begin with?

    • Bombaste Von Hohenheim

      You forgot who created the FBI and who were his closest followers………. nothing changed since the 50’s just name

    • FBI and others were NOT authorized by any constitution or any of the agencies, for that matter were. Same is true of the fed reserve which is not fed anything ?These are all political creations by congress and various presidents along the way and some quite illegally. What we see today are the out comes of their morphing into control mechanisms for political purposes. As well as control mechanisms by the DSA that also morphed into the corrupt entity we see today. There is no reference at all about most of the agencies we have today here in USA in the constitution.

      There are three entities involved in all of it we see today. The out of control government agencies commonly known now as the DSA (deep state apparatus). PRAVDA/MSM which is simply the propaganda interrogation arm of the democrats and the DEMs themselves, as well as some RINOs like McCain and others.But largely the DEMs control the DSA and PRAVDA/MSM and a few RINOs sort of tag along at times when they think it is good for them to do so. All of these entities work in concert to accomplish several goals and steer the nation in specific directions for their supposed benefit politically. The DEMs of course want as many illegal aliens in the country as the can possibly get in by any means necessary, like the completely illegal DACA act and the REPS let them get away with it because they want the cheap labor for their cronies who pay them to do so ! The simple truth is congress has represented illegal aliens far more than they have represented you or me for decades now, not months or years ! It simply all got put on steroids by Obama and crew like many other matters did.

      What we are seeing is simply all of the many lies and distortions failing and the real evidences of it all floating to the surface for all to see. And like all criminals do they are shouting the other guy is the criminal ad nauseum ! Here are some explanations. It is clear Americans have been very slow to grasp it all as it has out there for years now for all to see largely, but few pay much attention to much of anything until it slaps them in the head one way or another ! That too is part of the mix and the problem here in USA today !Hopefully some serious lessons will be learned from the anti Trump debacle we see today with all it’s various machinations and distortions.

      • gardeauxandrew

        Americans have blind faith in a corrupt government by corrupt politicians and the bought out biased medias propaganda LIES! Instead of doing what ALL the people did in Iceland to rid THEIR government of corruption, Americans [most] would rather allow and watch the medias create and cause a dumbed down blind mass of anti-American snowflakes and terrorist and illegal immigrants to gather in the streets to chant “Death to America” while the anti-American people benefit from America’s freedoms and rights without true resistance! You true Americans should ALL help President Trump fast to drain the swamp because you know how slow government moves! When will you Americans Stop lowering standards to pacify the anti-American agendas?!

  • Samuel R.Glasser

    “But neither major party is actually fighting to strip these powers from the government” True, but that’s a different issue. It in no way changes the facts within the Dunes Memo.

    • Don Duncan

      Yes, it’s a different issue. It’s also a fundamental issue and therefore much more important.

  • SnakePlissken

    The founders of this country knew that taxation only feeds the beast of tyranny. Keep voting for politicians that lower taxes and vote against every politician that increases taxes, especially if they try to manipulate you by saying it’s ‘for the children’ or to ‘keep you safe’ from the boogeyman.

    • James Higginbotham

      or to take away the 2ND AMENDMENT, that’s the ONE thing that in the END we can use to END ALL THIS TYRANNY, and is the VERY reason it was added to the first 10 bills of rights.

    • Don Duncan

      A vote for lower taxes is still a vote for theft. It is a compromise of principle if you don’t believe in theft. Less slavery versus more slavery is still slavery, and will never end it. Case in point: All but one of the “Tea Party” candidates betrayed their promises. Once in, it’s too difficult to hold them accountable.

  • gsp9993

    All of this nonsense to cover their tracks because they were certain Hilary would win. Stupid liberals.

    • NobodysaysBOO

      I think NOT!

  • max naegele

    if the people would be less corrupt than the govt we would not have this govt! -mundus vult decipi- sad but true and yet, the menace of the years shall find me unafraid to seek and defend the truth….

    • NobodysaysBOO

      Non of this would have come to pass if the scourge of Richard Millhouse Nixon had done PRISON TIME!

      • Don Duncan

        “…if…Nixon had done prison time!”?? You mean if we had a different political system? Nixon did us all a favor by accident when trying to excuse his actions. He told us his political philosophy and in doing so told us the how most politicians think, based on their experience I’m sure. Nixon said: “When the POTUS breaks a law, it’s not criminal”, i.e., we the rulers are above the law that applies to the public.

        • NobodysaysBOO

          Carl Rove said it better. “we are an empire” ECT.
          still they did hang Benedict Arnold and the jew spys rosensomething , in the OLDEN days maybe a redo.

  • Steve

    All I can think of right now is the old adage “People deserve the Gov’t they elect.” Our Founders warned us of this. Stated a moral and well educated people are fundamental to a democracy. Also the American Voter is pretty stupid. They complain about Congress, give Congress an absurdly low rating, yet turn right around and send the some man/woman back to Congress (re-election rates exceed 85%) to represent them proving Einsteins definition of insanity IS highly accurate. Then people wonder why they get taken for a ride like this.

    • NobodysaysBOO

      “People deserve the Gov’t they elect” sure we do BUT WAIT!!
      we just got the first one WE ELECTED in an HONEST VOTE in years.
      we defeated hillary and the nonsense of diversity.
      TRUMP was elected, but he is the FIRST elected president in many years his predecessors LIED,CHEATED and DID HIGH CRIMES to get the OFFICE of the POTUS!!!

      • Steve

        Okay. So lets us see if that is what it will be in at the end of his first term. Sorry to be cautious but in my previous life cautious is far better than dead. Don’t get me wrong but actions, over time, are a far better barometer than words.

        • NobodysaysBOO

          we have had our election system corrupted for over 60 years that is certain.
          the system has NOT been repaired just FIXED!
          PRUDENCE is the belief that bad things have preventable causes.
          PARANOIA is the belief that it is all the same cause.
          POLITICS is the belief that you know what the cause is.

    • Alan777

      There are educated people voting, just not enough of them. The ignorant masses are easily swayed and have been fooled cycle after cycle by the media and the lying politicians. Once a politician gets in and becomes part of the established party, then the money flows to feed the media and promote the deceiver.

  • Ray Matt

    The story being pushed by MSM is that the FBI investigation was “triggered”
    when Australian Ambassador contacted the FBI about Papadopoulos
    alleging that the Russians had political dirt on Clinton.

    This is just not credible.Here’s what we know.

    On July 25, the FBI announced it was investigating
    the DNC hack and stated that “a compromise of this nature is
    something we take very seriously.”

    This happened after the July 22 WikiLeaks dump of 20,000 emails hacked
    from the DNC. The FBI already knew DNC computers were being hacked
    in 2015. On June 14 The Washington Post had reported that the DNC’s
    computers had been hacked & Russians were suspected. On June 15,
    a hacker going by the name Guccifer 2.0 posted documents stolen from
    the DNC….

    BUT we are being asked to believe the FBI did NOTHING to investigate the
    hacking until July 25 after they were contacted about Papadopoulos.

    Meanwhile Steel had handed the dossier over to the FBI ~July 5.

    The same day the FBI announced the investigation into the HACKING, the MSM started spinning the FBI announcement into a Trump-Russia collusion story
    based on leaks from “ five individuals familiar with the investigation of the breach.”

  • Don Duncan

    Thanks, Daily Bell, for your analysis, and not just becasue I concur. This is the kind of investigative journalism that is necessary for a free society. The fact that it is not representative of the MSM is indicative of the society. The public gets the press they support.

  • Praetor

    Everyone needs to know, this can happen to you and it has happened to regular citizens. Call it what you will communism Kafka inquisition. All they need do, make an accusation and all that information they collect on a daily bases is used and can be fabricated. You go bye bye. I can see war.!!!

  • olde reb

    That Wall Street can conceal their involvement in even these comments is a confirmation of their ability to remain obscured.

  • r2bzjudge

    “That said, it is laughable that some worry the release of this memo will cause dangerous distrust in the FBI and DOJ.”

    They are pretending to worry. Any trust in the FBI and DOJ was destroyed by politicizing the investigation of Hillary’s server.

  • r2bzjudge

    “Section 702 provides robust privacy protections for American citizens,
    and most importantly prohibits the Government from using it to target
    Americans and persons located in the United States.”

    Meaningless words.

    The FBI politicized the Hillary server investigation along with the DOJ. Section 702 is not going to protect any American from government abuse.

    The socialist Obama administration abused whatever they felt like abusing. Another Obama like socialist becomes President and things we were told wouldn’t happen again, will be.

    Nunez “voted against an amendment that would have required law enforcement
    to get a warrant before reading Americans’ communications
    “inadvertently” swept up in the foreign surveillance.” Section 702 is empty words.