What the FISA Memo Reveals about the FBI, DNC, GOP–and the sketchy timeline

Via The Daily Bell

It wasn’t the bombshell everyone hoped for. But the release of the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) memo did corroborate what we already knew: the government is corrupt.

In fact, the contents of the memo should be disturbing to everyone. But Bill Binney, Thomas Drake, and Edward Snowden revealed much worse. Americans are desensitized to immense abuses of their rights.

The FISA Memo Overview: The Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton Campaign paid Christopher Steele $160,000 to dig up information on Trump team members including Carter Page. Steele also provided this information to the FBI.

The FBI and DOJ asked the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) for permission to surveil Page, using the Steele Dossier as evidence. They did not disclose that Steele was paid by political opponents of their target to compile the information presented to the court. Based on probable cause from the information amassed by a democrat operative, the court granted their surveillance request.

So the Republicans are upset a government agency targeted a GOP ally based on information provided by political opponents. That seems like a valid complaint.

[Flashback: Trump Administration settles IRS Tea Party targetting lawsuits for peanuts.]

On January 11, 2018, the GOP controlled House of Representatives reauthorized the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Rep. Nunes is the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence which authorized and released the memo. He voted to renew the authority of the secret court. He voted against an amendment that would have required law enforcement to get a warrant before reading Americans’ communications “inadvertently” swept up in the foreign surveillance. A bipartisan effort defeated that Fourth Amendment protection from FISA.

On January 18, 2018, Nunes releases his FISA memo to the Congressional Committee.

The full title: Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abuses at the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

And then 24 hours later…

On January 19, 2018, President Trump signed the renewal of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act into law.

His WhiteHouse.gov statement said:

Section 702 of Title VII allows the Intelligence Community, under a robust regime of oversight by all three branches of Government, to collect critical intelligence on international terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other important foreign intelligence targets located outside the United States.

This intelligence is vital to keeping the Nation safe…

The Act I have signed today preserves and extends this critically important national security tool.

Section 702 provides robust privacy protections for American citizens, and most importantly prohibits the Government from using it to target Americans and persons located in the United States.  Only foreigners located abroad may be targeted for surveillance under section 702…

I would have preferred a permanent reauthorization of Title VII to protect the safety and security of the Nation.

What’s going on here?

We should note that the FISA memo specifically states that “DOJ and FBI sought and received a probable cause order (not under title VII) authorizing electronic surveillance on Carter Page from FISC.”

That just means that are other parts of FISA that also use secretive proceedings to ignore due process.

So the GOP likes some mass surveillance that violates rights, just not when it targets one of their own.

They seem to think if we just had the right people in power then the government could work for good!

But all this shows is that power will also be abused. Secret power that much more.

But neither major party is actually fighting to strip these powers from the government. The GOP’s complaints of abuse of power ring hollow as they approve other Fourth Amendment violations authorized by the same legislation!

They are just fighting for the upper hand over their political opponents. This is not freedom versus tyranny. It is a war of factions.

That said, it is laughable that some worry the release of this memo will cause dangerous distrust in the FBI and DOJ.

The more people distrust those dangerous and secretive government agencies, the better!

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VWAndy Sat, 02/03/2018 - 18:22 Permalink

  Basic logic says you could not have this level of corruption if they have this much access to everyones data. Unless it was all being used by the corrupt only.

nmewn VWAndy Sat, 02/03/2018 - 19:15 Permalink

Its a fair point.

It took years to find out "most of the truth" about Fast & Furious and the weaponizing the IRS (again) against political opponents, surely if there were any "boy scouts believing in truth, justice and the American way", they would have came forward.

But they didn't. 

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Gardentoolnumber5 nmewn Sat, 02/03/2018 - 19:30 Permalink

There are heroes out there, Dobson of F&F, Binney, Drake, Snowden and others. But the majority of the ppl are kept in the dark via the enemedia. Those who make waves are sent to job Siberia or have their homes raided as an example to future whistle blowers. Just like the populace, too many followers willing to accept their 30 pieces of silver for quiet instead of standing for principle.

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nmewn Gardentoolnumber5 Sat, 02/03/2018 - 20:56 Permalink


But are there enough is the question.

People being what they are, they come with all sorts of personalities and belief systems.

There are those who blindly follow orders without any moral or ethical compass, just doing what they are paid for. Then, there are those with that compass who follow orders anyways knowing its wrong in the hope someone else will straighten it out. 

Then you have the Snowdens, Binneys etc of the world who are willing to face ostracization, the character assassination (or real assassination), loss of family, liberty and possessions for what is a right for all of us.

I would hazard a guess that its less than 10% but on the optimistic side...I think that number is growing ;-)

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Chupacabra-322 nmewn Sun, 02/04/2018 - 15:47 Permalink

@ nmewn,


”Then you have the Snowdens, Binneys etc of the world who are willing to face ostracization, the character assassination (or real assassination), loss of family, liberty and possessions for what is a right for all of us.”


Include yours truly in that Elite Group.


It also helps to Telegraph these Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths by asking yourself? What would a Psychopath / Sociopath do in a situational?  

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Tarzan nmewn Sun, 02/04/2018 - 08:40 Permalink

Reminds me of the 80-20 rule.  80% of the work is done by 20% of the people, only it's gotten worse. 

This will all change though, when people spend more on food then housing, when it hits American's where it counts, in the stomach. 

Then the masses will wake up, panic in bewilderment, and run into the streets to kill each other for a meal, still blind to their real enemies, their masters, who hand them bones from DC, in exchange for votes.....

Our dollars are a levitation trick, and our creditors are growing restless.  When they come for their goods we'll all discover together, we have non!

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Chupacabra-322 nmewn Sun, 02/04/2018 - 15:52 Permalink

@ nmewn 


My Gut feeling, for a while now tells me this:


It's because in times of trouble, the circle of trust contracts.


Smaller and smaller down to localities, and families. Local.


Trust in the federal government is collapsing/contracting along with other large institutions. 


Smaller circle of trust = decentralization.


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MoreFreedom VWAndy Sun, 02/04/2018 - 12:28 Permalink

Why was the FISA court used to obtain surveillance on an American citizen?  This contradicts what Trump said - after all F in FISA stands for Foreign.  Shouldn't they have used a regular court to obtain a warrant to surveil an American?  Besides, while Page gave a speech in Russia, so did Bill Clinton so why wasn't Obama spying on him and Hillary as well? 

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Chupacabra-322 MoreFreedom Sun, 02/04/2018 - 15:54 Permalink

@ More,


I’ll get junked but here’s the irrefutable Fact.


It’s absolute, complete, open in your Faces, 


Tyrannical Lawlessness.


We’re well beyond recourse.  The Puppet, hypocrite in Chief CEO of this Criminal Fraud UNITED STATES, CORP. INC. proved that by signing the Criminal, reauthorization of the NSA Surveillance Bill.


The Complicit Trump decided to Stay silent & admit its OK to Surveillance of a Presidental Candidate.  It’s evidently clear if the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the FBI, CIA Deep State are not taken down by force the Tyrannical Lawlessness we’re experiencing will metastasize mortally wounding the Republic. 




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ConanTheContrarian1 Sat, 02/03/2018 - 18:29 Permalink

Wondrously poor critical thinking here. The author misses the fact that gov't powers to protect from foreign intrusion were used to influence domestic issues and focuses on the fact that these powers exist at all, with no arguments advanced on that issue. He/she also refers to "some mass surveillance that violates rights" (of who? Foreign agents?) even though the controversy is about specific surveillance, not mass surveillance. I will NOT bother with the Daily Bell.

Gerrilea ConanTheContrarian1 Sat, 02/03/2018 - 22:51 Permalink

You really didn't read it, did you? 

He/she also refers to "some mass surveillance that violates rights" (of who? Foreign agents?)

No, you idiot, US citizens. And the article does point that out.  If I call a family member overseas and wish them a happy birthday, they've given themselves the authority wiretap said communications, recording both parties WITHOUT probable cause or an explicit court order. What crime have I committed by making the phone call?

There isn't just "some mass surveillance", everything we say and do is recorded and catalogued. Snowden & Wikileaks told us that truth.

The article also points out the corrupt timing of the release, AFTER they reauthorized their unconstitutional behaviors and the point on "factions fighting factions", EXACTLY.  They (both parties) do no serve We The People any longer.

The hype over the memo's release distracts from their re-authorizations, as INTENDED.

But don't take my disgust at their treasonous acts to include the memo's release. We needed to see what was being done.

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grunk Sat, 02/03/2018 - 19:48 Permalink

The intelligence agencies are going to pull down this country just to save themselves.

Those in leadership positions are psychotics.

Mustafa Kemal Sat, 02/03/2018 - 22:17 Permalink

Excellent article. One of the take aways is: if you think that this is going to manifest itself in any improvement in these practices, you are sorely mistaken. 

 Did Trump undo Obama's 11th hour executive order distributing the NSA  US-surveillance information to all other intelligence agencies? Not.

AurorusBorealus Sat, 02/03/2018 - 23:28 Permalink

Secret police, secret courts, secret investigations, using secret police against political opponents, news media performing as instruments of propaganda, widespread surveillance of all public communications, and conspiring with foreign agents to overthrow a government.  The U.S. has arrived at the Finland Station.  To any clear thinking person in the U.S. government, these secret police agencies, their endless abuses of the ability to "classify" information, their secret courts, and their secret investigations must come to an end and be constrained by the rule of law and subject to some form of public of scrutiny.  Therefore, why have Trump and his junta and the Republicans in congress not begun legislation to end the totalitarian regime that Washington has become?

There can be only one reason.  They have not ended these totalitarian measures because they seek to use them.  Against who?  Against all the "enemies of the state."  Who is an "enemies of the state?"  Whoever the military decides is an enemy of the state.  That could be you.  Get out of that country, right now.

hootowl AurorusBorealus Sun, 02/04/2018 - 09:56 Permalink

Get out of the U.S.........and go where???  The U.S. is the last, best, hope of mankind in this fallen world.  When we fall, darkness will descend upon all of mankind.


Our constitution was designed to govern a moral and religious people.  The U. S. was founded by geniuses.  We are now being governed and led by self-serving idiots.


......And we are no longer a moral and religious people.

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AurorusBorealus hootowl Sun, 02/04/2018 - 13:16 Permalink

At this point, the U.S. is the darkness, and the U.S. is not, never was, and never will be "the last best hope for mankind."  It is precisely this type of thinking that has led to U.S. imperialism.  The U.S. is not an exceptional nation.  There is no "American Dream."  The U.S. is, was, has ever been, and always will be a nation led by oligarchs.  While declaring all men equal, the U.S. enshrines slavery in its founding document.  After fighting to remove the "tyranny" of England, Washington conspired with Hamilton and his Wall-Street creditors to restrain the Atlantic trade (remember the Boston Tea Party) and enslave the U.S. population to Wall Street creditors.  Then he marches an army on Pittsburgh to enforce their slavery to Wall-Street creditors.  After sending tens of thousands of poor immigrants, mostly Irish, to their deaths to free the slaves, the U.S. government institutes Jim Crow laws and sharecropping.

Do you see a pattern here?  The Constitution, the Declaration of Indedepence... all propaganda for oligarchs to maintain control.  Though the names of the players have changed from Hamilton and Washington to Golman Sachs and "Mad Dog" Mattis, the game remains the same.

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Trifecta Man Sat, 02/03/2018 - 23:47 Permalink

Too many crooks in high positions.

FISA is not Constitutional.

Many years ago, pro wrestling champ Verne Gagne started out a match with Mad Dog Vashon by viciously attacking him.  He broke the rules.  But Mad Dog Vashon readily broke the rules repeatedly in all his matches.

Sometimes the good guys break the rules to get rid of the bad guys who pay no attention to them.

Same here.

libertyanyday Sun, 02/04/2018 - 00:42 Permalink

trying to blame the GOP for the indiscriminate abuses of the Democrats is reprehensible.   Appointing a chief of police does NOT authorize the rampant lawlessness he may produce......... when the inofrmants lie to the cops, bad results occur....

NuYawkFrankie Sun, 02/04/2018 - 02:34 Permalink

In its deeper context, what the FISA Memo CONFIRMED is that..

the America you thought existed, if it ever did, is now just a fantasy, a fond 'Norman Rockwell' memory... superceded by ZOG USSA, a Rogue Entity - beholden to a 5th Column Cabal of Mega Criminals controlling over 5000 nuclear weapons - masquerading as a "Legitimate Government".

JFK had his brains blown out for even suggesting such an eventuality - that has now transpired - in his last public speech.

Son of Loki Sun, 02/04/2018 - 06:57 Permalink

Fewer then 40% of Americans now trust the fbi.


Unless Wray or Congress does something, their cred will drop further and crime will increase since 90% of obeying the law is psychological respect for the law enforcement agencies. If they don't get that back, people will just spit in their faces when they come to the door.

bshirley1968 Son of Loki Sun, 02/04/2018 - 09:48 Permalink

What planet are you on? "Spit in their faces"? Lol, that's funny right there.

All over the western world, governments are breaking laws, stomping on rights, invading their own countries with 3rd world, radical foreigners, taking out debt so they can live off the backs of several generations that haven't even been born yet.......and what are the people doing about it? Not one damn meaningful thing. All they know to do is trust in another goobermint agency to fix another goobermint agency.

What do you think happens when you find out your cook and butler have slowly been poisoning you for weeks? You think they say, "Oh, gee, we're sorry and won't ever do it again."? No, the jig is up, and they pull out a revolver and shoot you in the head, or wrestle you down and smother your weak ass. Either way, "finding out the truth" only hastens your demise, unless you or a brother who just happened to show up can kill them before they kill you.

All we have done here is acquire the truth we are being killed by those who are supposed to serve us. You wait until they come to your door, and you are dead already. "Spitting" or any action on that level is a joke.

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JoseyWalesTheOutlaw Son of Loki Sun, 02/04/2018 - 17:35 Permalink

If it 40% is the real deal then the other 60% that trust the FBI is GD dumber than dirt. Then again they did elected the magic nigger twice. Would your hire a high school football coach that had locked down his coaching record? 

No matter how you spin it there is little hope for a country so GD stupid to have elected obama. None,Nada,Zip,Zero. Next time please just go to the Humane Shelter and adopt a black dog. Spare the rest of us your ignorance.


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JailBanksters Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:36 Permalink

It's not the Agencies that are corrupt, it's is the people in these Agencies that are Corrupt.

And it's these People the Public can not vote for or get rid of them. Even the President can't Fire anybody in these Agencies. Just removing one or two bad Apples is not going to save the Bunch, and that's the real problem.

Does the USA really need all these, NOT so secret Spy Agencies ?

But in true US Fashion, they will probably add another Spy Agency to Spy on the other US Agencies.

nekten Sun, 02/04/2018 - 07:45 Permalink

"They are just fighting for the upper hand over their political opponents. This is not freedom versus tyranny. It is a war of factions."

Exactly right.

It was hypocritical to withhold the FISA memo until after the vote on extending and expanding 702.

It's not just the FBI and DOJ who are corrupt.

That said, Nunes provided a weapon to begin ferreting out these weasels. It needs to be used with maximum effectiveness.

Long live the Republic!

SirBarksAlot Sun, 02/04/2018 - 08:33 Permalink


However, they need to keep it the way it is until they rout out the components of the government that are controlled by the elite international power-brokers. 

Just like J. Edgar Hoover had everyone in Congress blackmailed, the elite have evidence of everyone in the government they need to control in compromised status. 

The elite lost control of the USA Corporation in 2016, when Puerto Rico filed bankruptcy.  Now there is a fight by the heads of that corporation to try to wrestle back control of our nation.  Let them use whatever tools they need to use until the wicked witch is dead!

Joshua2415 Sun, 02/04/2018 - 08:58 Permalink

A tid-bit that should not be lost on us when we consider the origins of the Clinton-Steele dossier is that Steele admitted to PAYING his russian "informants" for the information that he included in his report.  So not only is the information he used "salacious and unverified", it is also inadmissible as evidence in US court...ANY US court.  So even IF, the FBI did not know that the DNC paid for the dossier, and even IF, the FBI believed the allegations to be true, the FISA warrant they obtained is invalid and any evidence gathered as a result is inadmissible.

So guilty or not, Carter Page is in the clear.  And if the FBI's knowledge of Mike Flynns payment for "lobbying" for Turkey were discovered while the FBI was monitoring Page and his known associates, then the charges against Flynn will be dropped and he will be free and clear as well.

jin187 Sun, 02/04/2018 - 10:22 Permalink

I don't think people are desensitized to the corruption.  We just know that when the smoke clears, none of the big players are going to jail, and it'll be business as usual.  Trump needs an epic win against the swamp, with someone bigger than a deputy assistant whatever going to prison.