ICYMI| I firmly believe that Donald Trump did what he thought was best for America everyday that he was president. That being said, if we are being honest, the man did make some huge mistake.
Most of those mistakes were made in choosing people to fill important positions within the federal government. In fairness, he had to have his appointments confirmed by the Senate, so his hands were tied to an extent.
Trump also had to deal with the fact that he was surrounded, on all sides, by turncoat vipers and grifters.
Among his worst decisions were appointing Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, William Barr as Sec. of State and perhaps the most damaging to the republic, Christopher Wray as Director of the FBI.
The FBI has been a political influence and compromise operation since its formation, but under Comey and now Wray the politicalization of the department has entered banana republic territory.
Rather than making things better, the FBI has become the most obvious tyrannical organization in the United States.
Now, Fox News has obtained documents which show just how badly Wray’s FBI have trampling our Constitutional rights …
Fox News reported:
House Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Andy Biggs are demanding answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray after a newly declassified opinion from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court revealed “widespread” FISA violations.
Republicans, throughout the Trump administration, were vocal about abuses of FISA after the FBI obtained a FISA warrant against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Wray last year called the actions taken to obtain that FISA warrant “unacceptable” and told Congress they “cannot be repeated.”
But, last week, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified an opinion from the FISC – the court with oversight of the FISA system – which Jordan and Biggs said revealed the FBI “has been seriously and systematically abusing its warrantless electronic surveillance authority.”
The opinion, from November 2020, detailed the FBI’s “apparent widespread violations” of privacy rules in conducting surveillance under section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but was not related to the controversial FISA warrant against Page.
“We write to request information about the FBI’s illegal spying activities,” Jordan, of Ohio, and Biggs, of Arizona, wrote to Wray Tuesday.
Section 702 authorizes the attorney general and the director of National Intelligence to jointly authorize warrantless surveillance of non-U.S. persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States, subject to limitations.
The section requires the adoption of “targeting procedures” to ensure that acquired information is limited to non-U.S. persons to prevent the “intentional acquisition” of U.S. domestic communications, according to U.S. Code. The section also requires the use of minimization and querying procedures, specifically requiring that the government obtain a FISC order for any review of Section 702 query results in criminal investigations unrelated to national security.
But, the opinion revealed that the FBI “violated the querying standard” after the Justice Department audited the government’s compliance with Section 702 querying safeguards. The FISC determined that the “FBI’s failure to properly apply its querying standard when searching section 702-acquired information was more pervasive than was previously believed.”
The opinion further documented that “the government has reported numerous incidents regarding searches of section 702 FISA information without first obtaining court permission.” Pointing to the discovery of 40 queries in which the FBI accessed information for investigations involving “healthcare fraud, transnational organized crime, violent gangs, domestic terrorism involving racially motivated violent extremists, as well as investigations relating to public corruption and bribery” — all unrelated to foreign surveillance.’ You can read the rest at Fox News.com
We all knew this was the case, but seeing our worst fears realized, and coming to terms with the fact that the entire government has been weaponized against Americans is terrifying.
Anyone still saying ‘that can’t happen here’ need to take stock and realize that it has been happening here for decades now … Trump was merely a short reprieve.