Nunes Memo Details Weaponization of FISA Court for Political Advantage

Via Disobedient Media

On Friday, the much anticipated “Nunes Memo” was finally released to the general public. Disobedient Media previously reported on the push to prevent the memo from being released. While there is much contained in the four pages, the most glaring issue contained in the memo is the FBI’s willful concealment of pertinent details of which they were required by law to turn over to the FISA court when seeking the initial surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former volunteer foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign.

According to the memo, former director James Comey signed three FISA applications on behalf of the FBI.  Additionally, Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente, and acting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, each signed one or more applications on behalf of the DOJ.

Under 50 U.S.C. § 1805(d)(1), a FISA order on an American citizen must be renewed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) every 90 days. In order to protect the rights of Americans, each subsequent renewal requires a separate finding of probable cause. This means that the in order to be granted a renewal, the government is required to produce all material and relevant facts to the court, including any information which may be potentially favorable to the target of the FISA application.

On four separate occasions the Obama administration essentially claimed before the FISA court that Page had betrayed his country by working for a hostile foreign nation, and therefore it was necessary that the government violate his Fourth Amendment rights. However, in this case, the government purposely withheld relevant information from the government not once, but four separate times.

According to the memo, at no time during the initial application process for the warrant to surveil Page, or in any of the three renewals of that application, did the government disclose to the FISA Court the nature of their relationship with Christopher Steele, his relationship with the Democratic National Committee (DNC), or his relationship with the Clinton campaign. Instead, the memo simply, yet vaguely states that, “Steele was working for a named U.S. person.”

Instead, the government purposefully withheld information from the court that the “dossier” compiled by Steele was done so on behalf of the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign. It was further withheld from the court that the DNC had paid Steele over $160,000 for his work in compiling this “dossier”, and that the money was funneled to Steele through the law firm Perkins Coie, which represents both the Hillary Clinton campaign as well as the DNC in legal matters. According to the National Review, the Clinton campaign and the DNC paid at least $9.1 million to Perkins Coie from mid-2015 to late 2016.

The government further held from the court the fact that the FBI had authorized payments to Steele. According to the New York Post, in October 2016 the FBI contracted to pay Steele $50,000 to “help corroborate the dirt on Trump.”

In March of 2017, CNN also reported that the FBI had entered into an arrangement with Steele, whereby they agreed to cover all of his expenses.

While it is extremely disconcerting that the government willfully concealed the existence of their financial relationship with Steele, a foreign national, what is more troubling is the fact that the government used tax payer dollars to do so. In other words, every single American who did not vote for Hillary Clinton, whether they voted for Trump or a third party candidate or did not vote at all – were forced to finance the Clinton campaign-funded opposition research.

In other words, the public’s tax dollars were spent on creating fake “evidence” to tie Trump with Russia, a false narrative that put the planet at heightened risk for nuclear war, for the sake of the Clinton’s hurt feelings.

Why the media refuses to mention or cover this fact, this author does not know. But this is an extremely important fact that every American, whether left, right, up, down, should remember, as it is the perfect example of the corruption which exists within our tax payer-funded institutions, which we are told to have nothing but the utmost respect for.

According to the memo, in an effort to corroborate Steele’s dossier, the FBI extensively cited a September 23, 2016, Yahoo News article by Michael Isikoff, titled “U.S. intel officials probe ties between Trump adviser and Kremlin”, which focuses on Page’s July 2016 trip to Moscow. However, when presenting this article to the court the FBI falsely assessed that Steele did not provide this information directly to Isikoff.  Meaning that the FBI was aware that the article they presented to the court was not corroborating evidence from a separate source, because the information in the article was provided to Isikoff by Steele himself.  In fact, as the memo points out, Steele himself has stated in British court filings that in September 2016 he met with Yahoo News, as well as several other outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the New Yorker.

What’s more, in an article published on January 12, 2017, Isikoff reports on a story by the Wall Street Journal in which Christopher Steele is identified as the author of the infamous dossier, and even notes that Steele was an “FBI asset”.  However, what is most striking about this article is the fact that despite receiving the underline information which served as the basis for his own article in September, Isikoff pretends have not known that Steele was the source of the dossier.

Even more interesting is the close relationship Isikoff had with the DNC during the 2016 Presidential election. According to an email from the DNC released by Wikileaks, Isikoff attended the “Open World Society’s forum” as the guest of DNC official Ali Chalupa. In the email, Chalupa states that she was invited to the forum to speak specifically about Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump. Chalupa goes on to state that she has been working with Isikoff for the past few weeks and that at the event, she was able to get him “connected him to the Ukrainians.” She adds:

“I invited Michael Isikoff whom I’ve been working with for the past few weeks and connected him to the Ukrainians. More offline tomorrow since there is a big Trump component you and Lauren need to be aware of that will hit in next few weeks and something I’m working on you should be aware of.”

According to the memo, Steele’s relationship with the FBI as a source continued until late October 2016, when he was terminated for what the FBI defines as the most serious violations, “an unauthorized disclosure to the media of his relationship with the FBI”. This unauthorized disclosure occurred in an October 30, 2016, Mother Jones article by David Corn, the reporter who broke the infamous Mitt Romney “47 Percent” story.

Again, the FBI did not notify the court that Steele was leaking information to media outlets, or that he was terminated by the FBI after doing so for the second time.

Before and after his termination, Steele maintained contact with then-Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, whose wife, Nellie Ohr, was employed by Fusion GPS. Ohr would later tell the FBI in an interview in September 2016, that Steele had stated that he, “was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected and was passionate about him not being president.”

Lastly, the memo also reveals that the Steele dossier was so crucial to the investigation, that Deputy Director McCabe testified in December 2017 that no surveillance warrant would have been sought from the FISC without the Steele dossier information. This admission by the former Deputy Director is damning, as it proves that, if it were not for the Clinton campaign and DNC funded dossier created by a foreign national, there would have been no surveillance of Page, and ultimately there would have never been a special counsel appointed.

At the end of the day, every American, regardless of their position on the political spectrum, should be worried about the fact that the FBI and DOJ sought and were granted a warrant to spy on an opposing political campaign based on a document that the FBI itself had neither verified or corroborated. If the FISA court does in fact employ strict “safeguards” and procedures in order to ensure that the rights of American citizens are not being systematically violated, how is it that the FBI and DOJ were able to obtain a surveillance warrant based on unverified allegations? And why did Congress overwhelmingly vote to reauthorize Section 702?

Comments

VWAndy Sun, 02/04/2018 - 16:18 Permalink

 This whole ball of wax should be in the public hands. Straight up clear cut case for a real civilian grand jury. As far removed from the government control as possible. Its a corruption issue.

  Nobody in government has clean hands.

IvannaHumpalot Sun, 02/04/2018 - 18:36 Permalink

This is a problem because across the 5-eyes intel agencies are being given extra-judicial powers to do basically whatever they want without oversight and without legal boundaries. This assumes the agencies will never become politicised, and that no individual within the agencies will ever have an axe to grind against an ex, or a petty hatred to pursue, or political agendas of their own. What FISA-gate shows is that this is clearly not the case. We need the reimposition of free speech, transparency and of civilian rule of government.

 

Only an informed public can really be in charge of its elected government. We need to be in charge again because civilians are fast being kettled into a snare where we have no say in the decisions that our governments take. It's being decided by the deep state bureaucracy

 

 

Gardentoolnumber5 Joebloinvestor Mon, 02/05/2018 - 05:59 Permalink

Yeah, would almost lead one to believe the FISC was in on it. With Brennan, an admitted communist, heading up the CIA did it for me. I don't have any doubts the courts are corrupt. Just look at all the communist activist judges.

Somewhere I heard it or read it that in a revolution some of the first to receive justice are the judges who have been making law outside the will of the people.

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Bondo Sun, 02/04/2018 - 19:17 Permalink

trump needs to appoint a special prosecutor outside of the swamp to investigate the fbi/doj. 

at this point, I trust Judge Judy more than anyone in dc

Arctic Frost Sun, 02/04/2018 - 21:23 Permalink

WHY DID CONGRESS OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE TO REAUTHORIZE SECTION 702?

 

WHY DID CONGRESS OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE TO REAUTHORIZE SECTION 702?

 

WHY DID CONGRESS OVERWHELMINGLY VOTE TO REAUTHORIZE SECTION 702?

Victory_Garden Sun, 02/04/2018 - 21:44 Permalink

Super Bowl Epistle.

 

Incentive.

What the Websters Pocket Dictionary says.:

Encouraging or motivating action – that which incites, or tends to incite, to action ;motive; stimulus.

What is the incentive for the evil human from things in govt to continue to be anti-American and total obstructionists of true Law and Order? The money-god, and their perception of what power is.

True Justice is not served by these horrible criminals constantly being negative and opposed to the flight of Justice through the fog of bass-akward satanic/luciferic communist up is down, green is red, 2+2 = 95, and the sky is purple borstshat. Talk about real hooie-balooie. It was said here how it will be interesting, entertaining, and absolutely mind blowing to hear the explanations of satans/lucifers minions who do their sleazy acts to lamely imitate their master, the Liar and Deceiver deluxe. Holy guacamole! Who in their right-up mind and heart can stand up to this constant barrage of idiocy gone completely coo-ka-loo?

What a waste of time and energy to not only put out the constant degenerative garbage from commiecratville, aka turd central, but more so, it is now intensely difficult to cope with the never ending negative nancys, and tootie-fruity delinquent absurdities they spew forth every darn day now. Such charaders as, shiftshithead, piglousy, skummeyer, and other assorted idiots like that one from california on Tucker the other night, can’t think of his name now, nor want to. Ask yerself this; is it the idiot that blabs out this negative diarrhea of the mouth, or the one who swallows it that is the world’s greatest idiot of the two?

SO. FARKIN. TIRED. OF. THE. SHIT. SHOW!~

To whose benefit is it to have Americans fighting about truth and justice yet to be served to the deservinit? Who benefits from chaos and division? Only the deviant criminals object to the process, the quickened process of justice for these evil things who are blatantly obvious in the blatherous babblycock baloneyous lies they spew daily to deride away from real grounded truth.

Which will survive? The lies and satanic/luciferic/communist liars, or the truth and dedicated Truthseekers who righteously endeavor to preserve this one vital basic tenant of all that is wholly good? Hummmm….truly...time tells all things.

In the meanwhile, absent planning your radioactive garden, there is the idiots game of tit-for-tat happening to do what, distract maybe? Like, to distract from the March towards that same old attack time of year? Seems there is a history of attacking countries during March. Prime time for enduring waor weather, or just another babylonian sacrificial time of year? Everyone has heard of, The Ides Of March. Comes soon that time of year again when Americans have to worry about the out of control MIC going off to attack another country to control and steal resources from, all because isreal said so. What fool actually believes anything that comes from the synaGog of satan? Who profits from woar? Isreal. Certainly not the average American who wants to plan a family, build a picket fence, look forward to a good future for their children and country. Who is it exactly that profits from constant baseless never ending woars? Isreal.

One of the most sickening idiotic stupid numskull shatty arse things that has come to the fore is hearing that America, or the loudmouth Sec of State who thinks he represents Americans and how they feel, has gone out there to actually use the worn out lie of President Assad gassing his own people. Again. How many member this heart shining the light on those evil things, those isrealli things doing a fake gas attack on the people of Syria and then blaming that on President Assad MONTHS before they actually did it?

If you listen to your heart, you will hear that guidance also. It then becomes your free will choice to follow your heart, or the easily fooled mind. You can believe anything...but what do you Know? We know...isreal is a woarmonger apartheid racist rottenchild puppet nation, and that the woar between good Jewish people is ongoing against the satanic zionists. The world is awakened to their common satanic/luciferic enemy that pits them all against each other so the satanic/luciferic babylonians can profit, not the nations, or the people of those nations.

Here linked below is a story that was put up by one of the great crew here that gives anyone with eyes to see, and ears to hear, the potential map of what could be on the March road ahead. What is happening in the background of the Memo distraction, and the football game no one is watching on TV this year because of the blatant in your face communist anti-Americanism expressed by the players, is a slow build up of moar woar towards NK. That is what the train wreck was all about. A targeted strike on those congress people and their families, who were doing preps in a nuklear woar drill. They practiced, and so possibly did the evil that wanted them to not be part of the future COG. Speaking of, where is dick cheny now?

http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_editorial/830615.html?utm_content=buffer0b588&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

And one can ask, what ever are they up to now so the MIC can profit? What is isreal doing now? Distractions from the plans of woarmongering to come? We see the set up in the SotU in the hard talk towards NK. Above all that was said, THAT was a huge telegraphing of what possibly may come. We are seeing the build up of military hardware and equipment moving all over the world.

What does it mean? Moar woarmongering for the profits of babylon, not the USA, or her people. If these idiots pop any moar nuklears west of the USA, it will all just add to the already slowly killing everyone in the world radiation from the ELE in fuckushima. Everyone breaths in hot particles every day, unless you are living underground. There, they are bathed in the radon and its harsh cancer causing effects on the body.

One should ask, what stupid idiot would go there to japan for the Olympics? Kinda the same in Korea. The entire region in that part of the world is highly contaminated from the fuckushima ELE. What fool actually eats fish from the Pacific, and prolly most of the other oceans anymoar? It is sad to ponder the real actualities while every i-satan phone distracted soul is focused on anything but their environment, or the future for the children to build futures in. In this time of earth’s history, the entirety of all biological life prolly has less than fifty years to live at the present rates of continued world environmental destruction. The elimination of ALL biological species on the planet may come from radiation unabated. Think that is far fetched? Do yer homework and then decide, what distraction is moar important than the fact that you and your family are slowing dying faster than you would normally be? Who’s gonna say ANY amount of radiation is good for a human being?

In a world that is already waaaay too radioactive, what sanity is there in the efforts of ANY COUNTRY OR THEIR PEOPLE in adding any moar to it? What the heck is moar important than seeing the sailing weather ahead? Or, what material thing outweighs the potentiality of moar radiation unabated continuing to grow greater in amounts that are already affecting millions of people all around the world? Those people in Colorado and the mountain states are taking in moar radiation than most of the rest of the country, barring those who are near Hanford, WIPP, etc assorted leaking nuklear dumps and power plants. Shirt! This is a huge subject that the babylonians wanted to happen, via isreal, and to also add to for the population ELIMINATION and world DOMINATION agendas.

Darn, how can real honest spiritually conscious people even think about anything else? It sickens the average American Soul to see all this horsepiss and the distractionary bull biscuits being far flung all abouts. These cretinous idiots in the congress sitting on their arses are the worst of the ignorants expressing this kind of mindless carelessness. Arggggggg! So darn infuriating to see and hear ignorance so in control of the logical, and rational minds of the species. Are ya a man, or a monkey? A rottenchilds owned, puppet-monkey? Take that illegal alien soterobama, for an example. A total purple tie hippie, wannabe.

What is real? Your surroundings, and the peace you enjoy in the world spinning towards extinction. Today’s daily count was an avg of 68 CPM after a Ten Minute Count. Almost the alert level of 100. Not a healthy environment. The sad fact is, the radiation that is trending higher and higher every day all across America, IS A REAL ISSUE that is being distracted from among a few other universal objects. Those who play the tit-for-tat games, are minor league compared to the real threat from the ever increasing amounts of radiation that is not only man made, but is also increasing from what is coming in from the universe. From the sun.

Bottom line, as long as the people of the USA have to worry about constant woarmongering like what is happening in isreal now with the possibility of moar Americans dying for the rottenchild puppet nation isreal in a massive missal drill there, and what fallout may come from an attack on NK, there is really no prosperity for anyone. No reason to plan a future. It’s like the nation that is moar concerned about who wins a ball game, than the ever increasing dangerous environments in which they live in. It is truly, one of satan/lucifers greatest of all bread and circus distractions in modern time. Funny how history recycles and yet, people seem to be doomed to never learn the lessons they teach, and to religiously spiritually blinded, relive those cycles again. If you had a grandfather tell you about the atrocities of WW II, you would never want to see or hear ANYTHING about another world woar. You would not wish that fate upon your children, especially knowing how the babylonians have set you and YOUR country up to fall in their next population and world domination game of profiteering from woar. It’s pretty much the same for most who have also experienced the horrors of constant baseless never ending woars for bankster profits. Never again.

Looking ahead, without the bonified out right trending towards world peace and the cleaning up of the environment as the HIGHEST WORLD PRIORITY for all the world’s people, the market will slowly crash as the possibility and a build up of an attack on NK looms ever closer. Prolly gonna do something after the Olympics. What is wrong with giving the Koreans the table and letting them iron their own problems? There has to be a way to make a deal with them. No? Send in the peacemakers, let the Koreas unite, give what we can to help that country thrive. Feed those NK people. Stop world-wide woarmongering. Bring home all US troops. How bout giving peace a chance, Sir President?

Real stupidity is profiting from ones own slow death.

Ridiculous idiocy is profiting from YOUR FAMILIES DEATH.

 

 

 

Extra Credit.: Give from the heart while you can. THIS...is laying up your treasures in heaven where they will COUNT the mostest.

 

 

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the edge of chaos Sun, 02/04/2018 - 23:08 Permalink

And we should ALL demand an accounting of every penny spent of TAX PAYER money on this bullshit and demand it all be paid back by the parties involved. THEN they should all face criminal prosecution!

 

VideoEng_NC Mon, 02/05/2018 - 06:58 Permalink

Let's not even get into the fact that mishandling classified info (Clinton) gets your security clearance revoked & without that you can't run for president.

deoxy Mon, 02/05/2018 - 08:56 Permalink

Keep on the look out
Electric eyes
Rats on the sell out
Who gonna testify
You know my habits
Way a head of time
Listening to me
On your satellite
And there's some little jerk in the FBI
A keepin' papers on me six feet high
It gets me down, it gets me down, it gets me down
It gets me down

---Fingerprint File by M. Jagger and K. Richards