"The United States doesn’t have the Star Chamber (as England did) , but we have the NSA – the National Spy Agency, as I call it –and the FISA courts, the 21st century descendants of the Star Chamber.
NSA and the spy courts violate the Constitution in the name of security. Warrants under FISA are general warrants where NSA can seize phone records , NSA can seize credit card bills and utility bills. And we are learning now that they seize not only phone data but that NSA seizes bank records.
Also, the judges are far from being independent.
They meet in secret – just like the Star Chamber did. They can’t even keep the records of the proceeding. Those are turned back over to the government. There are no witnesses present – just like in the Star Chamber. There’s no lawyers present for anybody – just like in the Star Chamber.
The NSA and the FISA courts – the Star Chamber courts – have shut down the Constitution. Now it’s time to shut down the unlawful surveillance and intelligence gathering by these courts on American citizens."
"JUST LIKE IN THE STAR CHAMBER..."
The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also called the FISA Court after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978) is THE most secretive court in America, possibly, in the world.
Obama packed the court during his two terms and ALL of those appointees REMAIN THERE TODAY.
Ditto for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review which was also created by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to review applications that were denied by the FIS Court.
The Court of Review is comprised of three judges, one of whom is designated as the presiding judge, named by the Chief Justice of the United States from the U.S. district or appellate courts.
Judges serve a maximum of seven years and are not eligible for redesignation.
THE DECK IS STACKED AGAINST OLD TRUMP, RIGHT?
THE FISA COURT IS PACKED WITH OBAMA APPOINTEES, THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND THE FBI ARE BOTH PACKED WITH OBAMA/CLINTON LOYALISTS, EVERY DEMOCRAT AND MAYBE 1/3rd OF GOP CONGRESSMEN WANT TO SEE HIM OUSTED, GEORGE H.W. BUSH, FORMER HEAD OF THE CIA, HATES HIM, AS DO OTHERS IN THE CIA, GINSBERG HAS DERIDED HIM FROM THE 'SUPREME COURT' AND WON'T ATTEND HIS STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS, HIS MOST TRUSTED AND LOYAL FRIENDS HAVE BEEN RUN OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE, SOME OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS ARE ABOUT TO BE, MAINSTREAM MEDIA IS DEAD-SET AGAINST HIM...
ALTHOUGH HE SEEMS TO HAVE A MUTUAL 'LOVE AFFAIR' WITH THE MILITARY, HE HAS THE CHANCE OF A SNOWBALL IN HELL OF SERVING OUT HIS TERM.
I find it quite laughable that in 2013, the New York Times was dead-set against this court, but now seems to defend it.
See "In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A"
For about 30 years, the court was located on the sixth floor of the Justice Department's headquarters, down the hall from the officials who would argue in front of it.
The court was moved to the District's federal courthouse in 2009 after Obama became president.
And what a "courtroom it is!
"First, the workers encased the room in reinforced concrete. Then came the thick wood-and-metal doors that seal into the walls. Behind those walls they labored in secret for two years, building a courtroom, judge's chambers and clerk's offices. The only sign that they were done came recently, when biometric hand scanners and green "Restricted Access" placards were placed at the entrances.
Serious planning to move the court began in 2005, when a new wing was added to the District's federal courthouse on Constitution Avenue NW. By 2007, workers were tearing out old grand jury rooms and redesigning the structure under rigid security standards, said Lamberth, now chief judge of the District's federal court. He said the move would come in March but declined to provide the exact day, citing security reasons.
The FISA court's chief judge, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, rarely grants interviews and declined to comment on the court's move. The court's spokesman, Sheldon Snook, also declined to comment. Dean Boyd, a Justice Department spokesman, declined to comment on the move, calling it an internal court matter."
Maybe you remember this?
June 5, 2013: "NSA Collecting Phone Records of Millions of Verizon Customers Daily – Exclusive: Top Secret Court Order Requiring Verizon to Hand Over All Call Data Shows Scale of Domestic Surveillance under Obama"
How about this?
June 27, 2013: "NSA Collected US Email Records in Bulk for More Than Two Years under Obama – Secret Program Launched by Bush Continued 'Until 2011' – Fisa Court Renewed Collection Order Every 90 Days – Current NSA Programs Still Mine US Internet Metadata"
And, on the same day, this?"How the NSA Is Still Harvesting Your Online Data – Files Show Vast Scale of Current NSA Metadata Programs, with One Stream Alone Celebrating 'One Trillion Records Processed'"
And this?"Fisa Court Oversight: A Look Inside a Secret and Empty Process – Obama and Other NSA Defenders Insist There Are Robust Limitations on Surveillance But the Documents Show Otherwise".
December 21, 2005: "Spy Court Judge Quits In Protest – Jurist Concerned Bush Order Tainted Work of Secret Panel".
Gasp! Surely not, right? (wink, wink)
CREATED DURING THE CARTER ADMINISTRATION, INTRODUCED/SPONSORED BY SENATOR EDWARD (TED) KENNEDY.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.
04/20/1978 Senate Measure passed Senate, amended, roll call #128 (95 FOR-1 AGAINST).
10/12/1978 House House agreed to conference report, roll call #897 (266 FOR-176 AGAINST).
"Requires each application for any order approving electronic surveillance for foreign intelligence purposes to be approved by the Attorney General and to include among other information:
(1) the identity of the officer making the application;
(2) the authority conferred on the Attorney General by the President and the approval of the Attorney General to make the application;
(3) the identity, if known, of the subject of the surveillance;
(4) the fact and circumstances justifying belief that the target of surveillance is a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power;
(5) a description of the type of information sought and a certification by one of specified Federal officers that such official deems the information sought to be foreign intelligence information, and information which cannot feasibly be obtained by normal investigative techniques;
(6) a statement of the period of time for which the surveillance is required; and (7) a statement of procedures to be taken to minimize intrusion into the privacy of United States persons.
Directs the judge to enter an ex parte order as requested or as modified approving the electronic surveillance if he finds that the criteria specified have been met. Allows issuance of orders to approve surveillance for 90 days or the period necessary to achieve its purposes, whichever is less. Permits extensions of orders upon application for an extension made in the same manner as required for an original application.
Authorizes the Attorney General, upon a reasonable determination that an emergency situation exists, to authorize the emergency employment of electronic surveillance if the appropriate judge is informed by the Attorney General of such authorization at the time it is made and if an application is made as soon as practicable but not more than 24 hours after authorization.
Requires, in the absence of a judicial order, that surveillance terminate when the information sought is obtained, when the application for an order is denied, or 24 hours after authorization, whichever is earliest.
Directs the Attorney General to retain applications and orders for electronic surveillance for at least ten years.
Prohibits the use or disclosure of any information concerning any United States person acquired from a disapproved emergency surveillance in any manner by Federal officers or employees without the consent of such person.
Allows the Government to use such information to protect the life or the physical safety of a person, upon the approval of the Attorney General.
Authorizes electronic surveillance, not targeted against the communications of any particular person, by officers, employees, or agents of the United States in the normal course of their official duties.
Specifies that such electronic surveillance shall be solely to: (1) test the capability of electronic equipment; (2) determine the existence and capability of electronic surveillance equipment being used by persons not authorized to conduct such surveillance; and (3) train intelligence personnel."
It was originally comprised of seven district judges from seven circuits named by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve a maximum of 7 years.
In 2001, the U.S.A. Patriot Act (section 208) amended the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to increase the number of FIS Court judges from seven to eleven, "of whom no fewer than 3 shall reside within 20 miles of the District of Columbia."
In the time immediately preceding FISA, a number of courts squarely addressed the issue of "warrantless wiretaps". In both United States v. Brown, 484 F.2d 418 (5th Cir. 1973), and United States v. Butenko, 494 F.2d 593 (3rd Cir. 1974), the courts upheld warrantless wiretaps. In Brown, a U.S. citizen's conversation was captured by a wiretap authorized by the Attorney General for foreign intelligence purposes. In Butenko, the court held a wiretap valid if the primary purpose was for gathering foreign intelligence information.
In a 2006 opinion, Judge Richard Posner wrote that FISA "retains value as a framework for monitoring the communications of known terrorists, but it is hopeless as a framework for detecting terrorists.
[FISA] requires that surveillance be conducted pursuant to warrants based on probable cause to believe that the target of surveillance is a terrorist, when the desperate need is to find out who is a terrorist."
2008, UNDER BUSH 2: H.R. 6304 (110th): FISA Amendments Act of 2008
LOOKS LIKE THE DEMOCRATS HAD BACKED OFF THEIR APPROVAL AND THE GOP BEGAN TO LOVE FISA.
2013, UNDER OBAMA:S. Rept. 113-119 - FISA IMPROVEMENTS ACT OF 2013 | Congress
SEE It looks like Obama did spy on Trump.From the BBC:
"Then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer said the congressional investigations "have not been provided with all of the information".
Mr. Spicer has cited comments made on Fox News by former judge Andrew Napolitano, who said "three intelligence sources" had told Fox News that President Obama had used the British spy agency GCHQ to install wiretaps.
He said the White House was "not passing judgement" on such reports, but they needed looking into."
BRITISH SPY AGENCY?
LIKE THE SO-CALLED EX-BRIT SPY CHRISTOPHER STEELE, WHOM THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN PAID OVER A MILLION DOLLARS TO PROVIDE A DOSSIER ON TRUMP?
SEE Former British spy paid more than £125,000 to detail Donald Trump Russian Ties
HE MAY HAVE GOTTEN ONLY THAT MUCH, BUT TEAM CLINTON/THE DNC PAID OUT $1.02 MILLION TO THE FIRM THAT ACQUIRED THE "DOSSIER".
AS THE TELEGRAPH, UK, REPORTED ON JANUARY 5, 2018,
British ex-spy behind lurid Trump dossier should be criminally investigated...
"It has since emerged the dossier was part-funded by the Democratic Party.
The former British spy who compiled a dossier of lurid claims against Donald Trump should be criminally investigated, two powerful Republican senators have demanded.
The congressmen argued that Christopher Steele had lied about his contacts with journalists regarding the dossier when interviewed by federal investigators.
The demand came in a letter from the senators to the Justice Department – the first known criminal referral from Congress over the Russian election meddling scandal.
A spokesman for the Department of Justice declined to comment on the reports."
THE CLINTON TEAM PAID STEELE, WHOM SOME HAVE SUGGESTED MAY HAVE BEEN A DOUBLE-AGENT?
"Altogether, Fusion GPS claimed it was paid $1.02 million in fees and expenses by the law firm Perkins Coie. The firm was hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee."
The dossier is evidence the Clinton campaign successfully secured and published opposition research from a foreign spy based on Russian government sources during the campaign, Republicans say.
IS COLLUDING WITH A BRITISH EX-SPY WITH CLOSE TIES TO RUSSIA ANY DIFFERENT THAN COLLUDING WITH RUSSIA?
"Rumours of an order granted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act have been circulating for some time.
On 7 November - the day before the country went to the polls - former British MP Louise Mensch reported the order was approved in October.
According to Ms. Mensch, it was issued in connection with a private server and activity between two Russian banks.
She also mentions - like Mr. Trump in his tweets - that an earlier order had been turned down.
In January, the BBC's Paul Wood - writing in the wake of claims the Russian government had compromising material on Mr. Trump - said he also knew of the Fisa order.
The Guardian also mentioned the order at about the same time."
SOMETHING MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS BARELY MENTIONED:
Bill Browder, a proponent of the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 U.S. law aimed at punishing human rights abusers in Russia, has accused Fusion GPS (whom the Democrats paid for dirt on Trump) of taking money from the Russian government and contributing to a campaign against the law in the spring and summer of 2016.
The Senate Judiciary Committee is now investigating whether the firm violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).
SO, DID OBAMA AND CLINTON BOTH INTERACT WITH FOREIGN AGENTS (BRITS, AND STEELE THEN INTERACTED WITH RUSSIANS) TO DEFEAT TRUMP?
DID THEY HIRE A COMPANY WHO WAS TAKING MONEY FROM RUSSIANS?
ISN'T IT ILLEGAL AS ALL HELL TO DEAL WITH FOREIGN AGENTS AND TO NOT REVEAL IT?
FISA REAUTHORIZED IN 2018, UNDER TRUMP:
House votes to reauthorize FISA despite Trump's confusing tweets .
WELL, YEAH, TRUMP WAS AND IS CONFUSED ON MANY THINGS.
HE IS NO POLITICIAN, HE IS NOT WELL READ, HE DOES NOT GRASP THE WORKINGS OF THE CORRUPT FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT, COMING IN AS A CORRUPT BUSINESSMAN, HE MAY AGREE WITH SOME SHADY FEDERAL POLICIES. House Extends Surveillance Law, Rejecting New Privacy Safeguards
LOOK AT THE TABLE BELOW. NOTICE ANYTHING ODD?
IN MOST YEARS, THERE ARE MORE REQUESTS APPROVED THAN THERE ARE REQUESTS MADE.
HOW CAN THAT BE?
WHO IS MAKING UNLISTED REQUESTS THAT GOT APPROVAL?
LOOK AT THE MODIFIED REQUESTS AND WHO WAS IN THE WHITE HOUSE WHEN MODIFICATION REQUESTS BEGAN IN EARNEST.
LOOK AT THE FEW REQUESTS THAT WERE DENIED.
I WONDER WHO THE LUCKY PEOPLE WERE WHO ESCAPED THOSE REQUESTS.
FISA warrant requests for electronic surveillance
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SEE HOW FEW WERE DENIED?
YET THE COURTS' JUDGES HAVE TAKEN EXCEPTION TO BEING CALLED "THE RUBBER STAMP COURT" OR A STAR CHAMBER?
FINALLY, THE NUNES FISA MEMO THAT ALL AMERICANS SHOULD BE ABLE TO READ BUT WHICH MAY NEVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY.
IT ALLEGES GROSS ABUSE BY THE FISA COURT, THE OBAMA JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, FBI AGENTS AND OTHERS WHO WERE COLLUDING TO KEEP TRUMP OUT OF THE OVAL OFFICE.
A FAIRLY ACCURATE ARTICLE FROM TOWNHALL:
"The four-page document details alleged abuses that are said to be akin to the activities of the KGB. Some lawmakers said it could lead to deep changes within the DOJ. Democrats have pushed back saying it’s a political stunt, aimed at undermining the credibility of the FBI. There’s speculation that the Obama administration used the unverified Trump dossier as the basis to secure FISA warrants to spy on members of the Trump campaign and transition team.
The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberley Strassel wrote in her op-ed yesterday that it appears the FBI/DOJ have engaged in a sustained campaign to drop a depth charge on the House GOP and pressure Donald Trump into blocking the memo’s release. It’s a game of sabotage."
IF BOTH DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS WEREN'T SCARED THEY'D GET DIRT ON THEM WHEN "NAMES ARE NAMED", WE'D SEE THE MOUNTAIN OF DIRT CONTAINED IN THIS MEMO UNLOADED ON THE FLOOR OF THE HOUSE TOMORROW.
SOME HAVE CALLED ITS CONTENTS SHOCKING TO THE CONSCIENCE, OTHERS SAID IT WAS WORSE THAN WATERGATE, STILL OTHERS LIKEN THE AGENCIES INVOLVED TO THE KGB.
SEEMS THE "STOP TRUMP" TEAM WENT WAY TOO FAR.
THE DOJ'S AND FBI'S PART IN THE 'NOT TRUMP" SCHEME...
The latest batch of text messages between Strzok and Page, who were involved romantically, revealed their private conversations regarding Clinton -- and their concern about being too tough on her during the investigation into her private email system use. The text messages indicate they were wary of a backlash from Clinton if she were to win the presidential election.
"It doesn’t appear anyone wanted her charged," House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
WHILE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF THOSE TWO FEDERAL AGENTS' (THEY WERE LOVERS, BTW, ONE IN THE DOJ, ONE IN THE FBI) TEXTS AND EMAILS WERE REPORTED "LOST", THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPEARS TO HAVE JUST FOUND THEM...ON THE TWO AGENTS' PHONES.
THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN RELEASED ARE DISTURBING.
THE "STOP TRUMP" MOVEMENT MAY HAVE CROSSED THE LINE AND MOVED TOWARD SOME PROPOSING THE ASSASSINATION OF A U.S. PRESIDENT, WHICH SOME ARE SUGGESTING.
LOOKING BACK AT THE ATTEMPTED MILITARY COUPS AGAINST FDR AND OBAMA, THE ASSASSINATIONS OF JFK AND BOBBY KENNEDY, NOTHING WOULD SHOCK ME ALONG THAT LINE.
MUELLER, A HOLD-OVER FROM OBAMA DAYS, WOULD BE EXCUSED, THE "RUSSIAN PROBE" WOULD MOST LIKELY BE SHUT DOWN AS EX-FBI AGENTS HAVE SAID IT SHOULD BE, AND THE END OF THE GAME OF "DUMP TRUMP" MIGHT BE IN SIGHT.
TRUMP, STILL CLUELESS, INITIALLY WANTED THE MEMO RELEASED...
Trump broke with Justice Dept, called for release of memo
BUT HE WILL DOUBTLESS BE "HANDLED" AS ALWAYS BY THOSE AROUND HIM WHO STILL OWE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION, OR WHO ARE FEARFUL DIRT WILL BE DUMPED ON THEM.
SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE...LIKE THE U.S. PRESIDENT BEING A MERE PUPPET CONTROLLED BY THOSE WHO OWN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND CALL ALL THE SHOTS.
BECAUSE OF THE APATHY AND SHEEP MENTALITY OF THE AMERICAN 'VOTERS', THIS DRAMA WILL SIMPLY PLAY OUT, TRUMP MAY STAY IN POWER AT LEAST ANOTHER YEAR, THEN IT WILL BE THE DEMOCRATS' TURN TO PLAY 'KING', REPEAT, REPEAT, AD INFINITUM, AD NAUSEAM.
THE UTTER HYSTERIA IS SO HIGH IN D.C. RIGHT NOW THAT I WOULDN'T DOUBT SOME CONGRESSMAN OFFING TRUMP HIMSELF.
MAYBE SOMEONE FROM TEAM HILLARY WILL GO FOR IT?
SLOG ON, LITTLE SHEEP...THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE IS NEAR.
PARTY, PARTY, PARTY.
THESE ARE THE 13 PRESIDENTS I HAVE WATCHED IN MY LIFETIME...ALL HAVE VIOLATED THEIR OATH OF OFFICE, ALL HAVE BEEN MANIPULATED BY THAT HIGHER POWER THAT OWNS THEM, ALL HAVE SUCCUMBED TO BEING PUPPETS AND NONE WERE FLAWLESS OR EVEN "GOOD" PRESIDENTS. NO, NOT ONE.
WHEN ONE MEASURES THEM AGAINST THEIR SWORN CONSTITUTIONAL DUTIES, OR EVEN THEIR WORTHLESS CAMPAIGN PROMISES, ALL FAILED.
-- Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953
-- Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953-1961
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963
-- Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969
-- Richard Milhous Nixon, 1969-1974
-- Gerald Rudolph Ford, 1974-1977
-- James Earl Carter, Jr., 1977-1981
-- Ronald Wilson Reagan, 1981-1989
-- George Herbert Walker Bush, 1989-1993
-- William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001
-- George Walker Bush, 2001-2009
-- Barack Hussein Obama, 2009- 2017
-- And now Donald John Trump 2018-?
MORE WORTHLESS THAN THE PRESIDENTS THEY HATED.
IF WE CONTINUE VOTING FOR TRAITORS, PUTTING THEM BACK IN OFFICE AGAIN AND AGAIN, WE CAN EXPECT NOTHING BUT CRIMES OF TREASON FROM THOSE 'ELECTED'.
THE TWO-PARTY SYSTEM HAS DESTROYED THE CONSTITUTION AND CREATED A NATION RULED BY TREASON.