In my breathless stream o’ consciousness, I closed with a few tweets about Obama signing an Executive Order that “supercharged” the FBI’s investigation.
Among the feedback, there was some strong criticism/outright rejection of the Obama EO parts by people who are expert in nat. security, the NSA, etc.
I take that criticism very seriously.
1) The revised guidelines Obama signed had been in discussion for years
2) The executive order was not hastily written
3) It was not written or signed because of Trump or to specifically empower an investigation into him.
4) The EO didn’t change what intel the FBI could obtain from the NSA
5) The FBI’s investigation would have been conducted the same way without it.
Those weigh on me heavily - especially since a bunch of people have suddenly followed me from that thread.
1) It is indeed correct that the changes to EO 12333 were a long time in coming.
They weren’t hastily written.
They were merely signed by Obama on his way out the door.
The changes were overdue for other reasons.
That seems to be commonly accepted as true.
4) The late signing is interesting timing but not knowably more meaningful than just that. Interesting.
Civil libertarians largely disagree with the blanket assertion that expanded access to unfiltered intel has no impact on process or product.
After all, one stated goal of the revisions was to put more eyes on intel.
So, did the EO boost the FBI’s investigative horsepower?
Depends on who you ask.
Am I, in fact, a clueless dope?
I can be remarkably dumb about a remarkable array of things.
We should question “authority”.
We should vet the factual basis for people’s assertions.
They think they heard what they expected to hear - rather than what was said.
It is neither accurate nor helpful to perpetuate that narrative (fun though it may be).
He signed an EO long in the making. It’s impact on a Trump investigation, if any, was incidental.
Facts have no weight. “Authority” makes them no more or less true.
I aspire to be right, readily and publicly cop to it when I’m wrong, and think fact-based rebuttal is great.
I like the learning that comes from being proven wrong.
I was a bit dramatic in my storytelling on Fri in the heat of the moment.
I’ll be more careful and measured next time.
Call me on it when I fail.