The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has issued a rare and scathing rebuke to the FBI, accusing the bureau of manipulating the court with lies and omissions in its quest to surveil a member of the 2016 Trump campaign.
The searing four-page order, authored by presiding FISA Judge Rosemary Collyer and released on Tuesday, castigates the FBI for providing “false information” – also known as ‘lying’ – to the Department of Justice’s National Security Division (NSD) and withholding important evidence in requesting surveillance authorities over Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
When FBI personnel mislead NSD in the ways described above, they equally mislead the [court].
Citing a long-awaited inspector general report released last week – which uncovered a series of “errors,” misstatements and inaccuracies in the FBI’s FISA applications for Page – Collyer said the findings cast doubt on the bureau’s credibility, and whether it also lied in previous FISA applications.
The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable…..
Everyone knows the DNC cranked up Russia hysteria to distract from the fact that team HRC sabotaged Sanders, teed up Trump, & still lost. BTW I paid my own way to Russia to call for a ceasefire in Syria, while Bill Clinton went there to pick up $500K from a Kremlin-linked bank. https://t.co/E0njvFXS3l
— Dr. Jill Stein🌻 (@DrJillStein) December 11, 2019
If you need more proof that lawmakers in the U.S. couldn’t care less about America’s woeful commitment to human rights abroad—or even care about the public who vote them into office—look no further than the recent Afghanistan papers and the reaction to the publications from Congress.
According to the Washington Post, the outlet had obtained 2,000 pages of notes from interviews with more than 400 generals, diplomats, and other officials directly involved in the war. The documents showed that U.S. officials were lying about the progress being made in Afghanistan, lacked a basic understanding of Afghanistan, were hiding unmistakable evidence that the war had become unwinnable, and wasted close to $1 trillion in the process.
Barely a few hours following the Post’s publication, Congress rewarded the Pentagon for its stellar efforts with a $22 billion budget increase. How can we as a society justify this?
One stand-out statistic—among the many concerning ones—is the fact that before the U.S. invasion the Taliban had almost completely put to bed Afghanistan’s illicit opium trade. Since the U.S. invasion, combined with $9 billion in U.S. funding for anti-opium programs, the Taliban is not only stronger than it ever was but sits cemented in a country that now supplies 80 percent of the world’s opium.
I can’t help but think this was done on purpose.
Still, it would be worth re-thinking our outrage over the Afghanistan papers and determining what exactly it is we are outraged about. Are we simply angry because top U.S. officials lied to us about the fact they weren’t winning the war, making it a less worthwhile venture? If the U.S. were winning the war, spending $1 trillion in the process, killing record numbers of civilians, ramping up night raids to terrorize local populations, committing war crimes left right and center, would that suddenly make it all okay? As long as the war is being won, right?
The truth is, like most wars the U.S. finds itself prosecuting; this was yet another war based entirely on lies and misconceptions—right from the outset. As Marjorie Cohn, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and president of the National Lawyers Guild famously said:
“The UN Charter is a treaty ratified by the United States and thus part of U.S. law. Under the charter, a country can use armed force against another country only in self-defense or when the Security Council approves. Neither of those conditions was met before the United States invaded Afghanistan. The Taliban did not attack us on 9/11. Nineteen men—15 from Saudi Arabia—did, and there was no imminent threat that Afghanistan would attack the U.S. or another UN member country. The council did not authorize the United States or any other country to use military force against Afghanistan. The U.S. war in Afghanistan is illegal.”
If that was the case in 2001, how this war has continued for close to another two decades begins to beggar belief. In that time, the consequences for the Afghan civilian population has been catastrophic. ….
But of course wapo was incapable of doing this research 20 years ago when it could have made a difference. I mean everyone KNOWS AQ made those buildings collapse on 9/11/01 and Osama was hiding out there in a cave far away from where his brother Shafiq was attending an investment conference with G.H.W. Bush at the Ritz in NYC. http://historycommons.org/context.jsp?item=a091101carlyle#a091101carlyle
Funny how our free press consistently manages to avoid ruffling feathers in the halls of power.
This is a psyop to convince their readers that they’re actually doing journalism.
Hundreds of protestors made their voices heard outside a window to the state Senate chambers at the Statehouse in Trenton on Monday, speaking out against a bill that would eliminate religious exemptions in New Jersey.
It passed the Assembly, but the Senate, lacking the votes to approve it, abandoned an effort Monday night to pass the controversial bill that would eliminate a law allowing 14,000 school children in New Jersey exemptions because of their family’s religious beliefs.
Once Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, gaveled out without taking up the bill, a significant and sustained cheer from the large crowd of parents who turned out to oppose the bill erupted from the gallery and hallway outside the Senate chambers in Trenton.
Lawmakers remarked that opponents had staged one of the largest and longest protests in Statehouse history.
Sen. Joseph Vitale, D-Middlesex, who said he was one vote short to pass the bill (A3818), and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Bergen, the bill’s sponsors, said they were not deterred by the raucous crowds, who for hours chanted, “Kill the Bill!” and “In God We Trust!”
Sen. Joseph Lagana, D-Bergen, could be heard explaining to Vitale that he wouldn’t vote yes because it “is just too personal for me.”
At about 6 p.m., Vitale confirmed he did not have the 21 votes needed to pass the bill in the 40-member Senate. But Sweeney did not confirm Vitale’s assessment until he gaveled out for the night two hours later.
The bill passed the state Assembly by a 45-24 vote with seven abstentions mid-afternoon Monday. From the gallery seating upstairs, the audience erupted, “We will not comply!”
The state Senate has two voting sessions scheduled in January before the two-year session ends on Jan. 13. If it doesn’t pass by then, the legislative hearing process would have to start over. Should the Senate pass the bill, it would be up to Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, to decide whether to sign it into law or veto it. Asked about the measure during an unrelated event in Saddle Brook on Monday, Murphy would not say whether he’d sign it. He said:
“The safety of all nine million residents is job No. 1 for me, and in particular our kids.”
“I also want to say we base our decisions on science and facts, and we will do that in this case, as well. …
Apparently there’s no such thing as corruption or ignorance in medicine or in politics for that matter. They never lie and they’re always right. This is the real religion and it looks an awful lot like the medieval catholic church.