Stunning Abuse of National Security Data

The FBI/Fusion GPS blasphemy just keeps getting worse.  We now have indications that the FBI allowed Fusion GPS employees un-supervised access to raw FISA data.

Was Fusion GPS Allowed to Run Unsupervised FISA-702 Queries?

By Lawrence Person, BattleSwarm Blog

We interrupt our regularly-scheduled LinkSwarm, and preempt our next gargantuan Clinton Corruption update, to bring you a development that potentially dwarfs not only what we already know of the scandal, but anynational American political scandal since Benedict Arnold sold the British the plans to West Point in 1780.

These claims center around a Top Secret FISA Court Order document obtained by Judicial Watch on May 23, 2017, but I first came across them last night on Twitter:

The explosive part of the piece is also, alas, the one that currently appears to have only anonymous sources as corroborating evidence: that Fusion GPS was the “outside contractor” allowed to run “unsupervised” FISA-702 queries. It fits the pattern and makes sense, but I have to treat it with wariness because it too neatly fits my understanding of Obama administration/Clinton campaign patterns of lawlessness, and I want to avoid the trap of confirmation bias.

This does indeed ring true without quite being established as true beyond a reasonable doubt.

So far.

If this does indeed prove out, everyone involved in the program needs to be investigated and prosecuted.  Regardless of the result of such prosecution, all involved must be stripped of all security clearances and banned for life from working for the U. S. Goverment (to include contracting).

I fully support Rand Paul in his promise of fillibustering FISA-702 re-authorization.

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  • stan25

    Meanwhile, the state controlled media and their funders are still in full riot mode, over Trump calling third world terrorist countries sh*tholes.

  • jim_m

    The democrat party is a criminal conspiracy and it should be outlawed.

    • If you are looking for an argument, look elsewhere.

      • jim_m

        Nope. Just stating the obvious.

  • Wild_Willie

    If anyone wonders why the left is throwing any accusation at President Trump continuously it is this and other broken laws. If Hillary won, we would not know any of this, other subjects and Sanders being pushed out of the primary. Our country is truly at a crossroads for a majority of american’s. Re-establish the rule of law or no one will follow any law.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    Things are about to get very interesting: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTYbB5oXkAAv3JR.jpg

  • Walter_Cronanty

    An interesting question I’ve read: Is it the Steele/Trump dossier, or, is it the FBI/Steele/Trump dossier?

    • At this point it appears to be the FBI sourced, Steele exagerated/sanitized dossier.

      • Walter_Cronanty

        If that is true, we’ve had a weaponized bureaucracy directly interfere in the last 2 presidential elections. Will the Rs have the will to punish? The Ds have no Howard Baker or shame – nothing to slake their thirst for power.

        • jim_m

          Will the Rs have the will to punish?

          No. Too many of the GOPe were opposed to and remain opposed to Trump. The GOPe is in favor of a left wing weaponized bureaucracy that helps them keep their seats safe.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            If that is true, then we are well on our way to destroying our republic.

          • jim_m

            Don’t look now, but that’s already happened. The fact that the FBI has taken sides in an election and abused its power to spy on Americans with the intent of tipping the scales in an election is proof enough that the republic is dead.

            This is a post democracy society. The only remaining question is how despotic do we let the dictatorship get before we overthrow it. The longer we wait the more bloody it will have to be. If we can do it now (and I believe that Trump is, oddly, the man to do it) it can be relatively benign.

          • Walter_Cronanty

            I hope you are correct about Trump, but I share Andy McCarthy’s view that Trump may not want all the information made public, which would thwart the necessary effort to reclaim our Federal Bureaucracy.

            Why doesn’t [Trump] tell the intelligence agencies to declassify the relevant data? If the Justice Department and FBI abused their intelligence-collection authority by seeking a FISA-court warrant based on unverified information, if they in any way gulled a federal judge into believing that Steele’s rumor-mongering was refined U.S. intelligence reporting, why not disclose that misconduct and put the collusion chatter to rest?

            Because, while Steele’s allegations may have been part of the Justice Department’s application for spying authority, perhaps even an essential part, you can bet the house that it is not the only information in the application. Remember what we said: If you don’t have evidence of an offense, you must compensate with evidence of bad character. Here, the Justice Department and the FBI are in the same posture as Glenn Simpson: They may not have had a collusion case on Donald Trump, but they surely had lots of intelligence tying him to bad people and unsavory activity….

            Even if that information doesn’t prove collusion, and even if some or all of it is suspect, would you want such an application disclosed if you were the president?

          • That (FBI taking sides in an election) started with Ted Stevens.

          • jim_m

            Indeed. And we only recently found that out. How long has the government been tipping elections one way or another through its abuse of power?

          • Technically that is not the government, but the civil service who considers themselves to be a praetorian guard, yet lack any such authority under our Constitution.

          • libertyneedsnosafespace

            patience my fellow American, it takes a long time to turn the Titanic, especially after 8 yrs of horrific lawless abuse by fmr administration. Yes we are post-Constitutional

            I think our President has the correct strategy in “destroy the corrupt media first”, which will allow the USS Republic to self-correct our course

          • I pray you are wrong, and fear you are not.

          • libertyneedsnosafespace

            thanks for what you do- spreading truth is required and you excel!!

            what truly brings fear to me…Hillary almost won!!

            Trump won Pennsylvania, with its 20 electoral college votes, by 68,236 votes, Wisconsin, with its 10 electoral college votes, by 27,257 votes, and Michigan, with its 16 electoral college
            votes, by 13,107 votes. Had those 108,600 votes gone to Hillary Clinton, she would have won the presidency with a 278 to 260 electoral college
            victory over Trump. Clinton won the popular vote by 0.2 percent, or about 200,000 votes out of a total of 120 million total votes cast

          • Which is why I thank God and our founding Fathers for the Electoral College.

        • Which is why the investigation starts with the FBI/DoJ and gets convictions there first before moving up the chain.

  • Walter_Cronanty
    • Yes, the leaks should become a flood as the preliminary findings and supporting documents are made available to the Congress.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    A question: Does anyone here regularly read the blog “Conservative Treehouse?” After a reference on Powerline, I started reading it and author Sundance seems to have a very well documented series of threads on the abuse of power re: the Trump dossier. Does anyone have an opinion of this blog? He seems to have a great grasp of the facts and is much more optimistic about the truth coming out than I am. For example, yesterday he wrote:

    Back-story – There are two central components:

    ♦First, corruption within the DOJ and FBI that included their use of unlawful use of FISA-702 exploits; and ♦second, how that intelligence information was extracted, passed along to those outside government, repackaged, and reconstituted into the “Steele Dossier”. The finished, albeit sketchy, intelligence was later returned to the FBI to request lawful FISA court surveillance authority. It is a circle of “intelligence laundering”.,,,

    ♦ Because the scale of the Fusion/FBI/DOJ collusion story is so large in its overall impact, the congressional and Trump administration White Hats are conducting a three-pronged attack on the conspiracy teams.

    They are working in concert:
    •House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is focused on the FISA abuse; and overall abuse from the larger intelligence community (FBI, CIA, ODNI and NSA). The FISA-702 angle is his leverage to reveal it.

    •Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley is focused on the Dossier fraud; and the overall DOJ and FBI corruption. The Steele Dossier is his leverage to reveal it.

    •House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is focused on the FBI and DOJ corruption; and his leverage is the Office of Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, and the year-long IG investigation that just turned over 1.2 million pages of investigative documents.

    Nunes, Grassley and Goodlatte are working in concert, each with a specific attack strategy that targets the larger swamp defense….

    ODNI Dan Coats, NSA Director Mike Rogers, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Asst. AG Rod Rosenstein have each played a significant role in preparing the landscape and armory for this conflict.

    Any thoughts?

    • That fits with the known facts and actions we have seen on the part of the named players. As to the Conservative Treehouse, I don’t have enough information to make a valid judgment and will thus reserve judgment.