FISA Frivolity: FBI Warns Memo Could Undermine Faith In Massive, Unaccountable Secret Agencies

With the moment of truth - over-hyped dud or Democratic-establishment-crushing dream - looming in less than 24 hours, the headlines, finger-pointing, pettiness, and back-stabbing has reached 11 on the Spinal Tap amplifier of debacle... to the point where some humor in this FISA farce may help everyone get through the weekend.

The following is the latest to cross the wires...

Stressing that such an action would be highly reckless, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday that releasing the “Nunes Memo” could potentially undermine faith in the massive, unaccountable government secret agencies of the United States.

“Making this memo public will almost certainly impede our ability to conduct clandestine activities operating outside any legal or judicial system on an international scale,” said Wray, noting that it was essential that mutual trust exist between the American people and the vast, mysterious cabal given free rein to use any tactics necessary to conduct surveillance on U.S. citizens or subvert religious and political groups.

“If we take away the people’s faith in this shadowy monolith exempt from any consequences, all that’s left is an extensive network of rogue, unelected intelligence officers carrying out extrajudicial missions for a variety of subjective, and occasionally personal, reasons.”

At press time, Wray confirmed the massive, unaccountable government secret agencies were unaware of any wrongdoing for violating constitutional rights.


...Yes, The Onion.



MagicHandPuppet Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:05 Permalink

LOL. Too Swampy!

(Edit: The Onion does not disappoint!)

We need transparency until the swamp is drained so we can spotlight the cockroaches who try to scurry away in the shadows.

Sadly, the tone of the Onion is too close to reality

Automatic Choke DingleBarryObummer Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:17 Permalink

This is incredible.    The Onion, though funny, has of late been yet another swamp echo, making fun almost exclusively of conservatives.

To see them do this signals a real turnabout in public opinion.....the folks out there are already realizing that the FBI is a corrupt political tool, and that democrats have screwed the pooch.

This reminds me of the time Saturday Night Live made fun of the reporters asking for too much info during the first gulf war.....and the military decided that they were ok with their level of secrecy since SNL made fun of the reporters.


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nmewn JRobby Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:27 Permalink

I would request Wray finally get to the bottom of why people are given immunity and then never testify before a grand jury or why they find it so difficult to use the search function for document retrieval OR just who ordered Lois Lerners laptop to be "recycled" but...I know thats a lesson in futility ;-)

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FBaggins King of Ruperts Land Thu, 02/01/2018 - 19:55 Permalink

Right, just peel back the onion layer by layer staring now.  All the intelligence agencies in the eyes of the people are already totally mistrusted because of the corruption, despite the honorable service which many of the rank and file sill continue to perform which will not change. Unless the crimes and corruption of the bureaucracies and their sordid operations are exposed to the full light of day, and excised, there can be no restoration of trust by the people they were meant to serve and to protect. 

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Jethro zorba THE GREEK Thu, 02/01/2018 - 19:47 Permalink

Actually, there are about a half dozen other agencies (if not a whole lot more) that need a fiscal highcolonic.  Fire everybody hired to federal jobs in the last 17 years (excluding active duty military).  All of them.  No pension, no severance package.  Dont hire anybody to replace them (excluding border patrol....hire 10 times as many).  Cut budgets accordingly.  

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Kayman nmewn Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:56 Permalink

Unaccountable and corrupt.  They have undermined themselves. The American people wouldn't even know if the entire Washington FBI and DOJ were on the Chinese or Russian payroll. 

Please, please don't keep telling us you don't want the truth out because you are doing it for our sake.

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Zorba's idea nmewn Thu, 02/01/2018 - 23:13 Permalink

That Wray fella just did an about face with Nunes and could we know this to be true you say?  Well, the purple tie signals to all the Purple nation that I've got your the rest of us, its obvious, somebody just pulled his "control file" and made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Hoping the POTUS has Admiral Michael Rogers, head of the NSf'nA all over this ass hat. 

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JSBach1 Looney Thu, 02/01/2018 - 18:12 Permalink

No credibility!

"Several Congressional sources as well as one high-level White House source said Wray pulled a surprising about-face on GOP leaders in the last 24 hours. And instead of working with the White House and the House Intelligence Committee on the Hill on the pending release of the controversial FISA memo, Wray came out Wednesday seemingly threatening the White House and President Donald Trump.

We think somebody threatened him, got to him,” one Congressional source said. “Between Tuesday and Wednesday he was a completely different guy.”…


BREAKING: @FBI Director Christopher Wray and DOJ wants all names redacted from #FISAMemo putting pressure on White House and House Intelligence Committee, Government officials say ... is releasing names a threat to national security?


"Sara Carter: It appears there is a concerted effort on the part of the FBI, members of the intelligence community and the Department of Justice to try to force the president to delay the release of the memo. And they’re doing this to buy time, according to sources that I’ve spoken with so that they can leak information to try to find a way to either discredit the memo or placate the members of the DOJ that don’t want to see this released."…




"Byron York, a columnist for the Washington Examiner, spoke with sources on the committee who gave insight into the changes that were supposedly made to the memo. York tweeted: "Just talked with House Intel source. Said total changes to memo were: A) Unknown number of 'grammatical and clarifying' fixes. B) One change requested by FBI due to sources & methods concerns. C) One two-word change requested by Democrats for accuracy."…



Apparently the FISA requests were justified with two dossiers from two different sources [who swapped info?]... 

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