CIA, FBI Agents Respond To Nunes' Memo

We already noted the opposing perspectives of those in the media with regard the Nunes' memo as being on the one hand "a nothing-burger" and on the other "we have never ever in history seen anything like this."

And we have heard from current ("talk is cheap... keep calm and tackle hard") and former ("dishonest and misleading") heads of The FBI.

But now we get to hear from the rank-and-file of America's intelligence agencies and, once again, the perspectives could not be further apart...

First, as The Hill reports, a former FBI agent says in a new op-ed that he has left the nation's top law enforcement agency due to the "relentless" attacks on the bureau from critics such as President Trump and congressional Republicans.

In an op-ed for The New York Times, former supervisory special agent Josh Campbell wrote that "political attacks on the bureau must stop."

"After more than a decade of service, which included investigating terrorism, working to rescue kidnapping victims overseas and being special assistant to the director, I am reluctantly turning in my badge and leaving an organization I love." Campbell wrote.

"Why? So I can join the growing chorus of people who believe that the relentless attacks on the bureau undermine not just America’s premier law enforcement agency but also the nation’s security," he continued.

"My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible."

Campbell also defended the agency's involvement in the events described in the memo, which alleges the FBI and Department of Justice abused their surveillance powers.

"[E]very statement of fact included in an affidavit for foreign intelligence collection must withstand the scrutiny of at least 10 people in the Department of Justice hierarchy before it is reviewed by an independent court," he wrote.

Campbell goes on to argue it would be "disingenuous" for Republicans to argue that the FBI is "plotting from within" against Trump or in favor of his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, despite text messages between FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page seeming to confirm Strzok's political bias against Trump.

"These political attacks on the bureau must stop. If those critics of the agency persuade the public that the FBI cannot be trusted, they will also have succeeded in making our nation less safe," he said.

Campbell's op-ed comes after the publication Friday of Nunes' memo allegedly detailing abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by the FBI.

However, another former intelligence agency operative saw things very differently.

Ray McGovern, 27-year veteran of the CIA and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), exclaims the newly released "Nunes Memo" reveals felony wrongdoing by top members of the FBI and DOJ for misrepresenting evidence to obtain a FISA warrant and may implicate other intelligence officials.

The long-awaited House Intelligence Committee report made public today identifies current and former top officials of the FBI and the Department of Justice as guilty of the felony of misrepresenting evidence required to obtain a court warrant before surveilling American citizens. The target was candidate Donald Trump’s adviser Carter Page.

The main points of what is widely known as the “Nunes Memo,” after the House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), have been nicely summarized by blogger Publius Tacitus, who noted that the following very senior officials are now liable for contempt-of-court charges; namely, the current and former members of the FBI and the Department of Justice who signed off on fraudulent applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: James Comey, Andy McCabe, Sally Yates, Dana Boente and Rob Rosenstein. The following is Publius Tacitus’s summary of the main points:

  • The dubious but celebrated Steele Dossier played a critical role in obtaining approval from the FISA court to carry out surveillance of Carter Page according to former FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe.
  • Christopher Steele was getting paid by the DNC and the FBI for the same information.
  • No one at the FBI or the DOJ disclosed to the court that the Steele dossier was paid for by an opposition political campaign.
  • The first FISA warrant was obtained on October 21, 2016 based on a story written by Michael Isikoff for Yahoo News based on information he received directly from Christopher Steele — the FBI did not disclose in the FISA application that Steele was the original source of the information.
  • Christopher Steele was a long-standing FBI “source” but was terminated as a source after telling Mother Jones reporter David Corn that he had a relationship with the FBI.
  • The FBI signers of the FISA applications/renewals were James Comey (three times) and Andrew McCabe.
  • The DOJ signers of the FISA applications/renewals were Sally Yates, Dana Boente and Rod Rosenstein.
  • Even after Steele was terminated by the FBI, he remained in contact with Deputy Attorney General Bruce Our, whose wife worked for FUSION GPS, a contractor that was deeply involved with the Steele dossier.

From what Michael Isikoff reported in September 2016 it appears that the CIA and the Director of National Intelligence (as well as the FBI) are implicated in spreading the disinformation about Trump and Russia. Isikoff wrote:

“U.S. intelligence officials are seeking to determine whether an American businessman identified by Donald Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers has opened up private communications with senior Russian officials — including talks about the possible lifting of economic sanctions if the Republican nominee becomes president, according to multiple sources who have been briefed on the issue. […]

“But U.S. officials have since received intelligence reports that during that same three-day trip, Page met with Igor Sechin, a longtime Putin associate and former Russian deputy prime minister who is now the executive chairman of Rosneft, Russian’s leading oil company, a well-placed Western intelligence source tells Yahoo News.”

Who were the “intelligence officials” briefing the select members of the House and Senate? That will be one of the next shoes to drop. We are likely to learn in the coming days that John Brennan and Jim Clapper were also trying to help the FBI build a fallacious case against Trump, adds Tacitus.

Indeed, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has already indicated that his disclosures in the Nunes Memo represent just “one piece of a probably much larger mosaic of what went on.”

The Media Will Determine What Comes Next

As for Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, it is now abundantly clear why he went to ridiculous lengths, as did the entire Democratic congressional leadership, to block or impugn the House Intelligence Committee report.

Until the mid-December revelations of the text messages between FBI lovers Peter Strzok and Lisa Page turned Russia-gate into FBI/DOJ-gate, Schiff had been riding high, often hiding behind what he said “he could not tell” the rest of us.

With the media, including what used to be the progressive media, fully supporting the likes of Adam Schiff, and the FBI/CIA/NSA deep state likely to pull out all the stops, the die is now cast. We are in for a highly interesting time over the next months.

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So - which is it? Crime of the century, or political grandstanding, or both?


MagicHandPuppet auricle Sat, 02/03/2018 - 16:34 Permalink

FBI "special agent" Josh Campbell is yet another reason why I no longer trust the FBI.  Clearly, he has no problem with specific superiors of his undermining the Constitution of the United States in order to provide political favors to Hillary Clinton while usurping the Republic's election process, which I thought, for some reason, they each swore an oath to protect and defend from enemies foreign AND domestic.

The agents should be loyal to their oath, the Constitution and the Republic - the people whose rights they ostensibly protect; not loyal to the agency itself, the agency's "reputation", or the agency's politically appointed superiors while these superiors commit TREASON.

This is not about the FBI or DOJ, you moron.  This is about law and order - and the individuals who are supposed to respect and protect our republic and its Constitution, but who turned out to be traitors that conspired against it for political favors.

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Creative_Destruct BaBaBouy Sat, 02/03/2018 - 17:14 Permalink

"These political attacks on the bureau must stop. If those critics of the agency persuade the public that the FBI cannot be trusted, they will also have succeeded in making our nation less safe," he said.

When the INTERNAL politicking of the holier-than-thou Bureau is stopped, THEN the investigations into the Bureau and appropriate actions  to stop such political bias and political weaponization can stop.

Problem: how can we EVER be sure the Deep-Dark State has been successfully checked?

Answer:  we can't. "Trust" is a four letter word in the context of government.

Solution: Assume NO government agency can be trusted. 

              "The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance"

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SWRichmond Creative_Destruct Sat, 02/03/2018 - 17:20 Permalink

Convincing the country that the FBI cannot be trusted will ultimately make the country more safe.

But thanks for this glance into the insular world of the smart people who get to make decisions for everyone else.  Secretly.  Behind the scenes.  Without the Public's knowledge.  Because you know we are the smart people.  And you f****** deplorables don't get to know what we do.  That's how it is and that's how we like it so piss off.

And by the way when I evacuate my office I'm taking my picture of Lavrenti Beria with me.

Fuck you you sack of shit.

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jcaz The Alarmist Sat, 02/03/2018 - 18:33 Permalink

Campbell= Sacrificial Lamb.

Sorry dude-  won't work unless 1000 of you pull the same stunt;

What you getting paid to "resign"?

These guys only think in terms of their pensions- none of them leave in sight of their 20 in unless they have to.    

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BennyBoy grunk Sat, 02/03/2018 - 19:35 Permalink


"My resignation is painful, but the alternative of remaining quiet while the bureau is tarnished for political gain is impossible."

The FBI has always been a political football, learn from historical court documents.

If he had any integrity he wouldn't have joined the FBI in the first place.

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fleur de lis macholatte Sat, 02/03/2018 - 22:38 Permalink

FBI agents gone wild, like the roaches when someone turns on the light.

They act just like the swarms of roaches on the walls that run wild in all directions having nervous breakdowns when someone turns on the light.

Only thing is that FBI roaches try make us think that they are butterflies.

A roach with butterfly wings glued on is still a roach.

That whole building is one big box of crazy.


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ImGumbydmmt Whoa Dammit Sun, 02/04/2018 - 01:06 Permalink


Whoa Dammit The_Juggernaut Feb 3, 2018 8:41 PM Permalink

CampBelle was Comey's Personal Assistant. The  photo of him speaks for itself. I hear he got a new job as a catcher.…

Holy Crap Batman!

Josh (comey's assistant) Even looks like Howdy Doody!

creepy times we live in

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Falcon49 beemasters Sun, 02/04/2018 - 06:35 Permalink

It is the standard and typical line they use to justify their need for more power and control over the people....using the old standard of the "ends justify the means" and "keep them in fear" so they willingly forfeit their freedom to be "safe".  If the words intended to confuse don't work...then, in steps the standard process for control and manipulation...problem (false flag or other nonsense), reaction, solution.

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helloimjohnnycat grunk Sat, 02/03/2018 - 20:26 Permalink

I've known a few fibbers.

Their main job is fucking around.


Hose-bagging is their focus.

Using the " noble badge / credentials " to score new twat.

At least two of them shouldn't need the extra help. Made me question their self-esteem.

Unfortunately, herd instinct is prevalent and they had to keep the ol' batting average up lest their stature / rep among their peers was lowered.   Oh yeah, mark that wall son !

One in particular feigned his nightly action as doing under-cover work / keeping eyes peeled / ear-to-the-ground.

Yeah, agent Feather, just like a good little indian boy and those loose-lipped skags kept their mouths shut ?



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Jultorsk The Alarmist Sat, 02/03/2018 - 19:50 Permalink

Somewhat off topic - but the tv-series "Berlin Station" season 2 comes to mind. CIA Station Director (Ashley Judd) snarls "Everything is alt-right" and proceeds to wiretap on an German "Perspective for Germany" party's leader to bring her down in the election. Everything the CIA does in the series is justfied by fighting against conservatives ("Nazis! Nazis everywhere!") - to the point where the CIA spooks indirectly sanction the assassination of said party leader. Because it's the right thing to do.


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Moe Howard Jultorsk Sun, 02/04/2018 - 08:25 Permalink

Yep, not only did they ruin the whole show by bring Ashley Juddhed on board, but the plot you outlined is most likely the truth in the sense that the CIA does whatever the fuck they want no matter who the elected "Boss" is. They have no problem with treason against the elected government. Of course, according to them any attempt at rational government is "NAZI" and any actions against "NAZI" are completely justified.

Way to ruin a pretty good show about Berlin, I only watch for the scenery. Spent four years of my life there, nice to see how it is now. I plan to return next year to see in person.

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3LockBox SWRichmond Sat, 02/03/2018 - 20:58 Permalink

Just wondering how long these traitors think they will be free?

Hey traitors where you gonna run too?

Your destination will be the gallows pole...

Everyone should start walking around with ready made nooses....It is a powerful symbol of We The People....

We employ these assholes and it is time to fire them for their treasonous acts to the full extent of the law.

We want to see them swing.

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