1/ FISA what is the tale of this hidden black ops bastardization of the 4th Amendment.

Let us reach behind the curtain and tell this tale the way it should be told but never will be.
2/ The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 with amendments is a post-Watergate era reform which was intended to prescribe procedures for granting quasi-judicial authorization for electronic surveillance of persons engaged in espionage, terrorism, weapons or narcotics…
3/ …trafficking.

That's what they like to believe anyway, its original purpose, a tool to fight our enemies. to stop those that want to bring harm to our country, to keep us safe. But that's where it ended...
4/ Rightfully many critics have raised serious questions regarding the protection of Americans' 4th Amendment rights, the right to be secure in your person and effects, in relation to the law.
5/ Under FISA, if the government makes certain allegations, any American citizen and his or her entire network of personal & electronic contacts, & your contacts' contacts, can be striped of your constitutional rights of due process, right to counsel, & the right to face your…
6/ …accusers by a court, meeting in secret, without you ever being notified what has happened.

The Patriot Act changed the game. Even gray area became dark.
7/ Andrew McCarthy said, "FISA authorities are not criminal-ulaw authorities. It is not just that FISA is not designed to ferret out evidence of crime; it is not permitted to be used for that purpose.
8/ FISA’s objective is the collection of foreign intelligence, the gathering of information about the actions and intentions of foreign powers that may threaten American interests."
9/ There exists within the statute a potential that allows for domestic spying on political opponents similar to the abuses which toppled President Richard Nixon.
10/ Such abuses, and more, have in fact occurred against the campaign of Donald Trump during the Presidency of Barack Obama. Abuses such as spying on members of Congress, congressional committees tasked with overseeing agencies that administer the law, the Supreme Court,…
11/ …intimidation of journalists for reporting on the FISA law, and blackmail are either known to have occurred or potentially exist under the law.
12/ In 2017 the FBI said they could not assure that the hundreds of people administering programs created by the law would be investigated for felony criminal abuses.
13/ Many people have asked about Title 3 wire taps, I use the term a lot in my threads when talking about surveillance. So let's visit that a bit.
14/ Title 3 of The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (Wiretap Act) is directed towards U.S. Citizens.

Title 3 is not to be confused with FISA Title 3.
15/ Title 3 requires Federal, state and, other government officials to obtain judicial authorization for intercepting “wire, oral, and electronic” communications such as telephone conversations and e-mails.
16/ It also regulates the use and disclosure of information obtained through authorized wiretapping.
17/ The creation of FISA courts can be considered as a post-Watergate reform. In Watergate, a White House hired its own outside squad of "Plumbers" to "plug leaks" after it failed to get cooperation from J. Edgar Hoover due to the new 1968 Wiretap law.
18/ Hoover's FBI had a long sordid history of political spying and illegal break-ins at the request of Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, and others.
19/ To rein in such governmental and extra-governmental abuses, it was thought the judicial system, or a panel of judges focused on national security, needed to sign-off on the Executive branch's use of covert activity.
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The use of judges for Executive branch oversight was thought to legitimize and de-politicize the issuance of surveillance warrants, rather than a congressional committee, which may be in the hands of an opposition party.
21/ Congressional committees likewise have large staffs and turnover, and the potential for leaks every two year election cycle made the idea of congressional committees approving longterm foreign surveillance operations unrealistic.
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FISA courts also examine 'secret evidence'.
23/ As the bill's name implies, the original Act authorized procedures for granting surveillance against a foreign intelligence agency, with no provisions for non-state actors such as al Qaeda or an international drug cartel.
24/ The 2002 Amendments to the bill allowed for these changes, although the outdated name 'Foreign Intelligence' attached to the bill's name and the FISA courts established by it remained. Furthermore, technological development expanded the meaning of the term 'wiretap'.
25/ While earlier amendments expanded the meaning beyond a microphone plant or hardwire tap on a telephone line to include satellite, microwave, and fiber-optic cables, the original law authorized 'wiretaps' only on a telephone number. With the advent of cell phones, which made…
26/ …it cheap and easy to change phone numbers, the authorization to 'wiretap' was changed from an electronic device to a person, regardless of what telephone or electronic source of transmission they may be using or is available for eavesdropping.
27/ Under the revisions, it is the person who is 'wiretapped', not the location or electronic device.

On October 26, 2001, Title II of the Patriot Act made significant changes to some of the original provisions of FISA.
28/ Nine months after the September 11th terrorist attack, other proposals to amend FISA were submitted. The amendments granted cross-agency intelligence sharing at their discretion.
29/ Still, turf wars, competition, and mistrust between agencies exist leading to a redundancy of effort. Coordinated efforts on a target, on the other hand, can be devastating. Witness the illegal activities focused against Donald Trump and associates in 2016-18.
30/ Enter Edward Snowden, In June 2013, two programs operating under FISA authority were leaked to the public.
31/ The first program collects and stores in bulk domestic phone records - the number that was dialed from, the number that was dialed to, and the date and duration of the call, also known as metadata collection. It does not collect the content of those calls.
32/ The second program collects the electronic communications (phone, text, email, etc.) including content, of foreign targets.
33/ The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), the nation's supposed top intelligence official, acknowledged that data is collected pursuant to Section 702 of FISA. The program may not intentionally target any person known at the time it is collected to be located in the…
34/ …United States, and is prohibited by Section 702, but the program may incidentally collect information, including the content of phone calls, emails and texts of Americans in the United States. At the time of the Snowden leaks, as the revelations came to be called, the…
35/ …scope of the collection, the type of information collected, service providers involved, and the way in which it is collected remained unclear, according to Congressional Research Service, the principal research and policy advisory arm of the United States Congress which…
36/ …authored the FISA Act and created the National Security Agency.

Since 2013, an order issued by a FISA court, has required a subsidiary of Verizon to provide a daily, on-going feed of all call detail records – including those for domestic calls – to the NSA.
37/ Reform efforts in 2015 resulted in the creation of a role for an “amicus curiae,” or friend of the court, to represent the interests of the person the government wishes to surveil. The discretion to appoint an amicus curiae rests with the court.
38/ Currently FISA Title I and III provisions relate to the conduct of electronic surveillance and physical searches for foreign intelligence purposes of persons, facilities, or property inside the United States.

FISA Title I and Title III surveillance require there be…
39/ …probable cause to believe the proposed target is a foreign power or an agent of a foreign power and that the facility (can be a phone number) or place is – or is about to be – used by that target.
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FISA Title I and III surveillance require formal approval from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) – also known as the FISA Court.

Title VII (Section 702) of the FISA Act provides for the most common type of FISA surveillance.
41/ Unlike Title I and Title III FISA surveillance, Section 702 collection is not subject to individual formal FISA Court approvals. Some generalized requirements for annual certification:

The government may not intentionally target a U.S. person anywhere in the world.
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The government may not intentionally target any person known at the time of acquisition to be in the US – FISA Title I and III are to be used.
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The government may not target someone located outside the United States for the purpose of targeting a particular, known person in this country or any U.S. person (reverse targeting).
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The government may not target for acquisition “any communication as to which the sender and all intended recipients are known at the time of the acquisition” to be in the United States.
45/ Title I authority (counterintelligence)
FISA Title I surveillance of a U.S. citizen is the most intrusive, exhaustive and far reaching type of search, seizure and surveillance authority, permitting the FBI to look at every aspect of the targets life.
46/ All communication, travel and contact can be opened and reviewed. All aspects of any of the targets engagements are subject to being secretly monitored.
47/ This is an entirely different level of surveillance authority, the highest possible, and outside FISA-702 search queries of US persons.
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The “Title I” designation as a foreign agent applies to any action taken by the target, and auto-generates an exponential list of other people the target comes in contact with.
49/ Each of those people, groups or organizations can now have their communication reviewed, unmasked and analyzed by the DOJ/FBI with the same surveillance authority granted upon the target.
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Because FISA Title I surveillance authority against a US citizen is so serious, only a few people are authorized to even apply for such surveillance warrant.
51/ Per the statute a US person can be deemed the agent of a foreign power under FISA if the government shows probable cause that he or she:
52/ (A) knowingly engages in clandestine intelligence gathering activities for or on behalf of a foreign power, which activities involve or may involve a violation of the criminal statutes of the United States;
53/ (B) pursuant to the direction of an intelligence service or network of a foreign power, knowingly engages in any other clandestine intelligence activities for or on behalf of such foreign power, which activities involve or are about to involve a violation of the criminal…
54/ …statutes of the United States;
55/ (C) knowingly engages in sabotage or international terrorism, or activities that are in preparation therefor, for or on behalf of a foreign power;
56/ (D) knowingly enters the US under a false or fraudulent identity for or on behalf of a foreign power or, while in the United States, knowingly assumes a false or fraudulent identity for or on behalf of a foreign power; or
57/ (E) knowingly aids or abets any person in the conduct of activities described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) or knowingly conspires with any person to engage in activities described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C).
58/ FISA Title 3 provides for physical searches of premises or property within the United States. Colloquially known as a "break-in".
59/ Title 7 Section 702 permits the government to target for surveillance foreign persons located outside the United States for the purpose of acquiring foreign intelligence information.
60/ However Section 702 addresses American citizens, or "US persons", caught up in foreign surveillance (incidental collection) as well. Section 702 requires "masking" a US persons identity in reports and transcripts.
61/ The FISA Court doesn’t give FISA-702 “warrants”, they give FISA-702 search or surveillance approval. 702 queries are forbidden without FISA court approval. A 702(16) is a phone search query based on “TO” and/or “FROM”. A 702(17) is an email or text query based on “ABOUT”.
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A FISA-702(16) Search Result would come from the FBI counter terrorism database or NSA database that returns a US person as the result of a “To” or “From” search.
63/ For example, querying phone number TO: BadGuy or FROM: BadGuy might return a list of phone numbers that also contains a US persons' phone number. That US person is protected by the Fourth Amendment.
64/ To look at the “upstream” connections of the US Person to other people, most likely other US persons and citizens, the search operator would need to ask permission of the FISA Court to review the upstream results.
65/ If the search was vital to national security, the upstream phone numbers could be reviewed without asking FISA permission first.
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A FISA-702(17) Search Result would come from the FBI counter terrorism database or NSA database that returns a US person (702) as a result of an “ABOUT” (17) search.
67/ For example, querying everything in email ABOUT: BadGuy might return communication of an American who wrote a letter about BadGuy or maybe he told a friend in a text to check out a media story about BadGuy.
68/ To look at the email or text of the American, the search operator would need to ask permission of the FISA Court to see the email/text content. If the search was vital to national security, the email and text could be looked at without asking FISA permission first.
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Section 702 collection is not subject to individual formal FISA Court approvals. Due to frequency of collection, instead of issuing individual court orders, the FISC approves annual certifications submitted by the Attorney General and the Director of National…
70/ …Intelligence that specify categories of foreign intelligence information the government is authorized to acquire.

The DOJ’s National Security Division (NSD) maintains oversight of the Intelligence Agencies (such as the FBI) use of Section 702 authority.
71/ The NSD and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) jointly conduct reviews of the Intelligence Agencies Section 702 activities every 60 days.

The NSD, with notice to the ODNI, is required to report any incidents of Agency noncompliance or misconduct…
72/ …to the FISA Court.

In the Obamagate scandal, 702 "About" queries are known to have occurred using the terms "Michael Cohen travel" which returned an errant result with the wrong "Michael Cohen" having traveled to Prague.
73/ Trump's lawyer provided evidence he never traveled to Prague, with other government sources corroborating the evidence.
74/ The episode proved Christopher Steele received raw FISA 702 data from the FBI, and thus the criminal conspiracy within the Obama administration to violate civil rights and interfere in the 2016 election.

John Carlin was head of DOJ’s National Security Division.
75/ Surveillance of Trump and associates originated under Carlin’s tenure. Carlin announced his resignation on September 27, 2016 after filing the Government’s proposed 2016 Section 702 certifications on September 26, 2016. The filing did not disclose FISA abuses.
76/ Carlin was aware NSA chief Mike Rogers ordered a compliance audit which uncovered the FISA abuse. The 2016 certifications were scheduled for FISA Court approval on October 26, 2016.
77/ Woods Procedures were named for Michael Woods, the FBI official who drafted the rules as head of the Office of General Counsel’s National Security Law Unit. The goal of Woods Procedures is to ensure accuracy with regard to:

The facts supporting probable cause.
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The existence and nature of any related criminal investigations or prosecutions involving the subject of the FISA.
The existence and nature of any prior or ongoing asset relationship between the subject and the FBI.
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They were instituted in April 2001 to “ensure accuracy with regard to … the facts supporting probable cause” after recurring instances in which the FBI had presented inaccurate information to the FISA court.
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Prior to Woods Procedures, "incorrect information was repeated in subsequent and related FISA packages", Mueller told Congress in August 2003.
81/ The affiant swears to “By signing and swearing to the declaration, the headquarters agent is attesting to knowledge of what is contained in the declaration.”
82/ The FBI’s complex, multi-layered review is designed for the very purpose of preventing unverified information from ever reaching the court. It starts with the FBI field offices.

The completed FISA application requires approval through the FBI chain of command including…
83/ …a Supervisor, the Chief Division Counsel (the highest lawyer within that FBI field office), and finally, the Special Agent in Charge of the field office, before making its way to FBI HQ to get approval by (at least) the Unit-level Supervisor there.
84/ At FBI HQ, an “action memorandum” is prepared with additional facts culled by analytical personnel assigned to espionage allegations involving certain foreign powers.
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Next, it goes to the Justice Department where attorneys from the National Security Division comb through the application to verify all the assertions made in it. DOJ verifies the accuracy of every fact stated in the application. If anything looks unsubstantiated, the…
86/ …application is sent back to the FBI to provide additional evidentiary support, this game of bureaucratic ping pong continues until DOJ is satisfied that the facts in the FISA application can both be corroborated and meet the legal standards for the court.
87/ After getting sign-off from a senior DOJ official.

In November 2002, the FBI implemented a special FISA Unit with a unit chief and 6 staffers, and installed an automated tracking system that connects field offices, headquarters, the National Security Law Branch and the…
88/ …Office of Intelligence, allowing participants to track the process during each stage.

Starting March 1, 2003, the FBI required field offices to confirm they’ve verified the accuracy of facts presented to the court through the case agent, the field office’s Chief…
89/ …Division Counsel and the Special Agent in Charge.

All of this information was provided to Congress in 2003. This wasn't Mueller's first rodeo with surveillance abuse. NSLs were out of control when he took over as Director of the FBI.
90/ In 2003 Mueller also ordered that any issue as to whether a FISA application was factually sufficient was to be brought to his personal attention.
91/ Enter the Obama administration's illegal domestic spying and efforts to meddle in the 2016 presidential election. We all sit around waiting on the IG report to drop.
92/ Inspector General chael Horowitz's FiSA abuse investigstion has been frozen in place pending the final report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and the catch 22 is the Mueller report is waiting on the Horowitz report. A comedic game of chicken I presume.
93/ But in reality the two reports are on different parallels. Some people don't want to believe it but the FISA abuse evidence is vital to the Mueller probe.
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Obama Justice Department and FBI officials committed two types of FISA abuse: FISA 702 abuse, and hoaxing the FISA court with fraudulent evidence. 702 abuse consists of performing illegal search queries of the FISA database on American citizens.
95/ Hoaxing the court consisted of seeking FISA Title I warrants with bogus evidence, some of the evidence gathered from illegal 702 searches (such as travel dates of a person to a particular location).
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702 queries targeting American citizens are never legal under any circumstances. That's why they started this through FVEY and the GCHQ.
97/ The evidence used to justify opening the Russia investigation against the 2016 Trump campaign, and presented to the FISA court by the Obama Justice Department, was fraudulent Uninformed members of congress all trying to be heroes initiated Impeachment proceedings against…
98/ …deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein we're initiated in late June 2018 for abusing the FISA process and initiating an illegitimate investigation of President Trump and associates not authorized by statutory law or DOJ regulations.
99/ The attempt by the members of the Freedom Caucus fell way short for good reason. Rosenstein did nothing wrong. There are 1000s I can't convince of that, but I believe all will be revealed in due time.
100/ From the draft Resolution introduced in the House May 22, 2018:

scribd.com/document/40092…
101/ Whereas in October 2016, the FBI and DOJ used politically biased, unverified sources to obtain warrants issued by the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISA Court) that aided in the surveillance of U.S. citizens, including Carter Page;

102/ …Whereas these warrants grant U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies sweeping power to collect bulk information and conduct ‘‘about collection’’, which results in surveillance of a broad array of private communications from the past, present, and future, including…
103/ …those of U.S. citizens not specifically targeted in the FISA authorized warrant;

Whereas to obtain these warrants, FBI and DOJ officials submitted an unverified dossier prepared by Christopher Steele to the FISA Court, failing to disclose that Christopher Steele was…
104/ …hired by the firm Fusion GPS, which was hired by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign to prepare this dossier and that the source was unreliable and was soon thereafter going to be terminated as a source;

Whereas the FISA Court was not…
105/ …informed that Christopher Steele was actively opposed to the election of Donald Trump, that he was the unnamed source cited in the media reports that the FBI used to corroborate his dossier, and that Fusion GPS had been hired to perform previous anti-Trump research…
106/ …efforts in 2015;

Whereas the Woods Procedures, which are the FBI’s mandatory vetting process required for all FISA warrant applications instituted to ensure that all the facts contained in an application are accurate and verified to clearly support probable cause for…
107/ …a warrant, were not followed;

Whereas former Director Comey admitted in sworn testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 8, 2017, that material contained in the Steele dossier was known to be both ‘‘salacious’’ and ‘‘unverified’’;

Whereas since FISA…
108/ …warrant applications are rarely turned down, are almost never subject to appeal, and are presented in closed court with no public record where the Government is not challenged by any defense, it is imperative that the Government take extra care to validate the…
109/ …information being utilized to build their case before they take the extraordinary step of waiving rights of a U.S. citizen without his or her knowledge or the opportunity to present a defense;

Whereas at the FISA Court, the Government has a responsibility not only to…
110/ …provide its best evidence in support of its case, but also to provide the best evidence against its case;

Whereas these deeply flawed and questionable FISA warrant applications utilizing illicit sources and politically biased intelligence were approved by DOJ and FBI…
111/ …officials at the highest levels before being submitted to the FISA Court;

Whereas it was further not disclosed to the FISA court that the wife of fourth-ranking DOJ official Bruce Ohr worked for Fusion GPS and that Christopher Steele directly transmitted the dossier…
112/ …and other information through Bruce Ohr for submission to the FISA court...
113/ Understand these republicans I think sincerely mean well, but they are way out over their skis in this largest round up of government corruption in history. The key players know there role in this sting and they are playing it to the hilt. There is no tomorrow if they fail.
114/ So failure is not an option. Something of this magnitude has to be played close to the vest, and the Swamp leaks like a sieve. Trump sets himself up to be the victim of targeting, putting himself in the trap as bait..
115/ Can you just imagine the balls it takes to do something like this. It make the Russian Roulette scene in the "Deer Hunter" look like a child's Tea Party. At this point there is no turning back and the POTUS has gone all in. We are just waiting on the river card.
116/ So lets break down what I think happened leading up to this point, this is easier now because so much has come forward, but there is still a lot we don't know behind all that black ink, but within our little corner of clam diggers we've managed to collect a lot of dots.
117/ In 2015 contractor access to FISA database was out of control. Agencies within the US government with FISA access routinely grant contractor access to outside groups and individuals.
118/ Daniel Richman for example, the Columbia University professor to whom ex-FBI director James Comey leaked classified memos in hopes of sparking a Special Counsel investigation of President Trump, was an FBI contractor with FISA access.

FusionGPS and CrowdStrike likewise…
119/ …are said to be contractors, at least up until the time the NSA and FISA court cut them off because of over 5,000 abuses of illegal 702 search queries on American citizens, Trump attorney Michael Cohen being the most prominently known as of 2018.
120/ The allegation of Cohen visiting Prague and Stormy Daniels payoffs are the results of illegal FISA 702 surveillance, as well assisted leaks by John Fry of the IRS slipping FinCEN SAR data to Avenatti and in turn leaked to Farrow.
121/ Fry leaked bank information that showed Cohen setting up a shell corporation named Essential Consultants, which received hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies like Novartis, AT&T, and even the Russian oligarch-tied investment firm Columbus Nova.
122/ Cohen created the shell around the time of Trump’s inauguration to sell major corporate players on “insights into understanding the new administration.”
123/ Remember what Trump said when he took office about Lobbyist and any of his people caught lobbying or making deals with lobbyist. He said he would throw them out on their ass. He has kept his word. Even though the law was broken to expose Cohen, it was going to happen anyway.
124/ Trump's #1 demand of all his people. "Loyalty" That includes toeing the line and Cohen crossed the line.
125/ Section 702(17) "About queries" are intended for use against non-US citizens outside the United States. If a US citizen is "incidentally collected" in a 702 search, their name by law is supposed to be "masked" or "minimalized" under "minimalization procedures."
126/ Because a US citizen's constitutional 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches do not end at the water's edge, 702 search queries are not intended to be used against an American citizen as the target. Technologically however, there are no impediments to prevent it.
127/ This is what Snowden was warning people of. Don't get me wrong Snowden is a criminal, because he didn't go through the right channels to handle his grievances. But the fact remains the same as to what he was saying is true.
128/ Mike Rogers got wind of what wind of what was going on against Trump by the Obama Administration and he jerked the rug out from under them, which put them in the most vulnerable situation and they had to go into damage control to try and cover their asses.
129/ In April 18, 2016 Mike Rogers shuts down all outside contractor access to raw FISA information more specifically outside contractors working for the FBI.
130/ The discovery that outside contractors were accessing raw FISA data is probably the event that precipitated Rogers ordering a full compliance review. Both the FBI and DOJ’s NSD become aware of Rogers’ compliance review.
131/ July 20, 2015 Sally Yates hobbled Horowitz from all Title 3 access by restricting him from oversight of the National Security Arm of the DOJ. She locked him out from watching what they had been doing.
132/ Thanks to alert NSA technicians bringing it to the attention of their boss, he was able to slam the door on them. Which Mike Rogers did and ordered an internal audit to find out what was exactly going on.
133/ When outside contractors were cut off during this part of the timeline, Powers, Rice, and I think Rhodes were unmasking people like crazy.
134/ Also after 4-18-16 Brennan was scrambling the CIA to get in the fight, he assembled task forces to ramp up the pressure to take out then Candidate Trump.
135/ In that time period enters a full court press of Papadopoulos, Mifsud, Downer, etc. It is a real blur of activity all aimed at the Trump Campaign.
136/ Back to FISA. When all contractor access was terminated on April 18, 2016. Mary Jacoby, wife of FusionGPS founder Glenn Simpson, visited the White House for a meeting with Obama officials the next day.
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The following week the White House held two day-long meetings for DOJ and FBI specialists in the FISA law.
138/ James Baker (DOJ), Trisha B Anderson (FBI), Tashina Gauhar ( DOJ), John (Brad) Wiegmann (DOJ), Norman (Christopher) Hardee (DOJ) and a few others were in attendance.
139/ Shortly afterward Nellie Ohr and Christopher Steele were hired by FusionGPS to begin the Steele dossier using raw FISA data even though contractor access had been cut off.
140/ By May Nellie Ohr's husband, Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr, was working with FBI Counterintelligence Deputy Peter Strzok.
141/ In June 2016 Strzok, Bruce Ohr and Lisa Page prepared the first FISA warrant application against the Trump campaign, which was initially denied multiple times.

The evidence suggests someone within the Obama FBI/DOJ continued illegal 702 "about" queries on Trump…
142/ …campaign personal after contractor access was cut off, and the raw data was funneled back to FusionGPS for the Steele dossier, to make it appear the illegally collected surveillance came from outside the government.
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The raw FISA data in the Steele dossier was only useful to corroborate itineraries, such as an allegation Trump attorney Michael Cohen was in Prague in late July 2016, but it doesn't provide the substance of conversations.
144/ A meeting with the KGB was entirely a fictitious invention by Christopher Steele.
145/ When Cohen could prove he was in California at the time, and it was another Michael Cohen with the same year of birth who visited Prague, it was a virtual certainty the Steele dossier was a fraud.
146/ The information on the wrong Cohen IMHO could only have come from an illegal FISA 702(17) "about" query after contractor access had been cut off. This suggests illegal collusion between the Obama FBI/DOJ, and Hillary Clinton's paid opposition researchers.
147/ Under the "two-hop" rule, the FISA warrant granted against Carter Page gave authority to spy on virtually the entire Trump campaign.
148/ When Carter Page emailed or phoned Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, or Steve Bannon, the FBI gained access to their contact lists, which would be Trump himself, the immediate campaign staff, and all campaign managers in all 50 states.
149/ And the same surveillance authority granted to monitor Carter Page can be applied to anyone appearing on those lists. The law, FISA Title I authority, is intended to discover and root out an entire network of foreign spies, terrorist cells, or drug and weapons traffickers.…
150/ …Obama administration FISA abuse, and hoaxing of the court, took two forms: (1) lying to the court with fraudulent information to gain Title I authority over Carter Page, hence the entire Trump network, and (2) FISA Title VII Section 702 abuse, illegal search queries of…
151/ …the FISA database which, by law, can only be used against non-citizens outside the United States. American citizens and non-citizens residing inside the United States are protected by the 4th Amendment. Foreigners outside the US are not. An operator with clearance to…
152/ …access the FISA database can simply enter a search parameter, name and D.O.B., a phone number, email address, etc, into a search engine box and return a history of all relevant information, contact lists, a record of all phone calls, emails and texts sent to or from,…
153/ …etc. IMHO the Obama administration had been violating the law in this regard, performing illegal 702 search queries against its domestic political opponents since 2011 and lied to the court about it.
154/ Sept 26, 2016 DAG John Carlin submitted his annual audit review of FISA to the FISC, which was completely bogus, they were no where near in compliance and the NSA was n the middle of an internal audit to find the non-compliance.
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Sept 27, 2016 John Carlin turns in his 30 day notice that he is retiring. He knows he turned in a piece of garbage and was getting out while the getting was good.
156/ The FISA Title I application against Carter Page was granted on October 21, 2016. It granted access to all Page's contacts and their contacts, retroactively, past, present, and future. It covered virtually all of 2016. It covered the post-election transition.
157/ A FISA warrant must be renewed every 90 days; it was renewed 3 times and spanned well into the first year of the Trump presidency.

The FISA warrant intruded into President-elect Trump's selection of a cabinet.
158/ Michael Flynn was not the first casualty of Obama's illegal surveillance. There were others who declined jobs for fear of blackmail by the FBI and intelligence community when vetting for security clearances.
159/ Others, even low level staffers, were chased out and intimidated - long time Trump aides such as Keith Schiller, & Hope Hicks.
160/ None of these were Russian colluders, but the FBI will manage to discover some tidbit of intimidating information that no one wants exposed on virtually anyone.
161/ In Michael Cohen's case, Stormy Daniels is not a Russian spy, but that's all the FBI discovered while looking for Russian collusion, and IMHO the left brought in Avenatti to do what he does, mislead the press and deep throat a microphone.
162/ Oct 20, 2016 NSA compliance officer briefs Adm. Rogers on illegal FBI spying, and afternoon Rogers notifies Yates and Comey of what he knows and informs them he is informing the FISC the next day.
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First thing October 21, 2016 the DOJ and FBI then took the Steele dossier, full circle, back to the FISA Court to gain retroactive surveillance authority and approval upon the Trump campaign via Carter Page.
164/ I personally think there were as many as 4 FISA warrants, but that's still unproven. Carlin’s exit came as the DOJ-NSD and NSA Dir. Mike Rogers informed the FISA court that frequent unauthorized FISA-702 searches had been conducted.

All the intelligence information the…
165/ …Obama DOJ and FBI collected via their illegal FISA-702 queries, combined with the intelligence FusionGPS created during their earlier contractor access to FISA-702(17) “about queries”, was the intelligence data delivered to Christopher Steele for use in creating the…
166/ …Steele dossier.

In March 2018, after completing an investigation into the Obama era FBI's obstruction of justice and cover up of Hillary Clinton's crimes, the Inspector General announced an investigation into Obama FISA warrant abuse.
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We are waiting on Michael Horowitz to deliver his report. Lets not forget that POTUS ask him to reveal everything he legally can regarding the FISA warrants. Yet to be seen how much he decides to reveal.
168/ FISA warrants are born in darkness, we'll see how much daylight they give to it.
Not sure people are getting it. It's not what went on after they got the warrant on Carter Page, even though that is fruit of the poisonous tree. It's what they did to get to that point.
The Obama FBI leaked false information to Michael Isikoff of Yahoo News about Carter Page, then swore before the FISA court Isikoff and the Yahoo News article were independent corroboration of their own investigation.
The deliberate and deceptive compromising lies that Obama and Clinton operatives represented to the United States Judiciary are pivotal to the Trump-Russia collusion hoax and 2017 Deep state coup attempt committed by enemies of American democracy.
The FBI under James Comey, and later Acting Director Andrew McCabe, knew damn good and well Carter Page was not an agent of a foreign power, and illegally used the Carter Page FISA warrant to intrude into all the electronic communications both personal and campaign related of…
…the entire network of Trump advisors to gain retroactive approval as cover for their lawbreaking and an "insurance policy" against Trump's election.
Remember this very crucial point POTUS Donald Trump has never met Carter Page.
Carter Page was a paid FBI Under-Cover Employee (UCE-1) in 2013, and remained the primary FBI witness in a case against agents of the Russian Federation through March 2016.
When Russian intelligence attempted to recruit Page in 2013, Page went to the FBI and informed them of the approach. Page agreed to wear a wire for the FBI, to build a case against the Russian spies, and was compensated for his efforts.
The DOJ and FBI recognized Page's help as indespensible in securing the arrest, indictment, and conviction of Russian spies. Several fled the country before apprehension.
Ten days after the Department of Justice publicly announced the convictions of the Russian spies with Page's help, Page joined the Trump campaign as an unpaid volunteer.
In October 2016, the Obama Department of Justice represented the 2013 attempted recruitment of Carter Page by Russian intelligence as successful to FISA court, alleging Page was an "agent of a foreign power."
The fraud committed against the court by Obama operatives was intended to gain retroactive approval for their illegal surveillance throughout the 2016 presidential election, and as a future "insurance policy" against Trump's election.

The court granted FISA Title I…
…surveillance authority, the most severe and intrusive authority, giving the FBI authority to apply the same intrusions against anyone Carter Page had electronic communications with, and in turn anyone Pages's contacts had communications with, eventually the entire Trump…
…campaign, as if it were a spy nest, drug cartel, or terrorist organization. This is not what the FISA was designed to do and is bullshit if they get away with it.
Too many good cops out there that get up every day and do their jobs regardless of political affiliation that will be long term suffering the consequences of a very few of bad apples
On March 11, 2016 a DOJ press release announced:

justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/e…
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and John P. Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, announced that Evgrny Buryakov, a/k/a “Zhenya, pled guilty today to conspiring to act in the United States as an agent of the…
…Russian Federation, without providing prior notice to the Attorney General.
The FBI obtained recordings after Sporyshev attempted to recruit Carter Page who was posing as an analyst from a New York-based energy company.
In response to requests from Sporyshev, Carter Page provided Sporyshev with binders containing purported industry analysis written by Page and supporting documentation relating to Carter Page's reports, as well as covertly placed recording devices."
So then when DOJ-NSD and FBI CoIntel wanted a "legal" way to spy on the Trump campaign. The highest levels of the Obama DOJ and FBI asked for and received FISA Title 1 surveillance of former FBI employee Carter Page in October 2016.
The Obama DOJ National Security Division and the FBI Counterintelligence Division, knew Carter Page was not a Russian spy, misreprsented facts and perpetrated a fraud upon the FISA court. The authority became the "legal" cover for their own criminal intent and actions.
The “Title I” designation as a "foreign agent" applied retroactively to any action taken by Carter Page, and auto-generates a list of people he came in contact with. Each of those people, groups or organizations could now have their communication reviewed, unmasked and…
…analyzed by the DOJ/FBI with the same surveillance authority granted upon the target, Carter Page.

Remember the lesson I said earlier FISA Title I surveillance of US citizens is the most intrusive, exhaustive and far reaching type of search, seizure and surveillance…
…authority, permitting the FBI to look at every aspect of Mr. Page's life. All communication, travel and contact can be opened and reviewed. All aspects of any of Carter Page's engagements are subject to being secretly monitored.
This is an entirely different level of surveillance authority, the highest possible, and outside FISA-702(16)(17) search queries (Title 7) of US persons.
Because “FISA Title I” surveillance authority against a US citizen is so serious, only a few people are authorized to even apply for such surveillance warrants.
One of the four people authorized to make such a filing is the Asst. Attn. Gen. John P. Carlin who was head of the DOJ National Security Division. Carlin who, together with the FBI counterintelligence unit, conscripted Carter Page as an FBI Under-Cover Employee to gain a guilty…
…plea from a Russian operative in early 2016, then turned around six months later in October 2016 when things weren't going so well for Hillary Clinton, and accused Carter Page of being an agent of a foreign power.
Think about that whole scenario a minute. The CoIntel Div of the FBI used a scripted operation that Carter Page acted out as a paid Confidential Human Source (CHS) to snare Russian Spies in NYC and used those actions as probable Cause to label Page as a Foreign Agent to gain a…
…FISA Title 1 warrant to spy on the political campaign of the opposing party of the then current occupiers of the White House. This is better than any Tom Clancy book or movie script.
Remember they tried to get FISA warrants and failed back in June 2016 multiple times. My guess is they tried to use Page but just tried passing it off without corroborative evidence as Page possibly being a former CHS gone rogue but had no real proof of it.
Enter the Steele dossier, and truly I hesitate calling it that, because I 99% believe he had no part in writing it. It was a conglomeration of RAW 702 data to try and build a time line/Itinerary and spotty scripting that ended up falling apart under scrutiny.
Steele's only part in this deal was to lend his old reputation as a MI6 operative that had a history of work with the US FBI, and a background in Russian Intel, though he hadn't set foot in country in decades, to give the dossier a level of veracity.
Keep in mind this was their hail Mary to cover their tracks. This wasn't the beginning of the spying this was just a last ditch effort to retroactively cover their asses for all they had already been doing "illegally".
Not saying anything they were doing was "legal" bu they needed cover badly, and the window was closing because Admiral Mike Rogers was wise to their asses and was closing the windows of opportunities fast as he could.
Remember a month after Donald Trump announced his intention to seek the presidency in 2015, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates blocked the Office of Inspector General (OIG) from oversight of the DOJ National Security Division (DOJ-NSD).
The OIG, Michael Horowitz, requested oversight and Sally Yates responded with a lengthy 58-page legal explanation essentially denying the request. All of the DOJ was subject to oversight, except the National Security Division.
She blinded the watchdog but she couldn't blind Mike Rogers, they were just gambling that in the massive network maintained at Ft Meade, that they would be overlooked in the mass traffic. But some techies sitting in a cubical found them and rain it up the chain of command.
Go look at @nick_weil Spygate Timeline around the April 18 2016.
@nick_weil When Rogers started cutting off the contractors, it set off alarms throughout the CI, and they were scrambling task force teams to re-establish surveillance and they also knew then they were found out and had to cover their collective asses.
@nick_weil The country owes a huge amount of gratitude to NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers when he became aware of “ongoing” and “intentional” violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) - Section 702 surveillance. Specifically item #17 “About Queries” of US persons.
@nick_weil Rogers suspected FISA 702 (#17 – email and phone calls) surveillance activity was being used for reasons he deemed unlawful. Rogers cut off the contractor access and ordered that NSA compliance officer to run a full audit on 702 NSA compliance.
@nick_weil Thank You Admiral Mike Rogers
@nick_weil This man put it all on the line when ten days after the election, on November 17, 2016, Adm Rogers traveled to Trump Tower without telling DNI James Clapper.
@nick_weil Rogers informed President-elect Trump of the illegal activity by the FBI and DOJ, including the probability that all of Trump Tower’s email and phone communication were being collected. Clapper then demanded Rogers be fired.
@nick_weil Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, is complicit as well, although Clapper denies participating, he ass is neck deep in it and even deeper in the coverup.
@nick_weil Mike Rogers wasn't in this alone though. On the 7th of January 2016, NSA Inspector General, George Ellard, released a report on NSA Controls & FISA compliance: dni.gov/files/document…
@nick_weil "We identified another [redacted] queries that were performed outside the targeting authorization periods in [Executive Order] 12333 data, which is prohibited by the E.O. 12333 minimization procedures.
@nick_weil We also identified queries performed using [United States Persons] selectors [phone numbers, emails] in [FISA Amendments Act of 2008] §702 upstream data, which is prohibited by the FAA §702 minimization procedures."
@nick_weil Material FISA abuses were routinely taking place. Following IG Ellard’s report, Adm. Mike Rogers implemented a tightening of internal rules at the NSA.
@nick_weil By law, John Carlin of the DOJ-NSD should have informed the FISA court immediately of the results of the IG’s Report, but the court was not informed until NSA Dir. Adm.
@nick_weil Mike Rogers personally told the court on October 23, 2016, two days after the Obama DOJ hoaxed the FISA court into granting FISA Title I authority over Carter Page, which then extended throughout the Trump transition well into the first year of Trump's presidency.
@nick_weil Speaking of EO 12333 a follower this morning brought up minimization (masking) rules multiple times.
@nick_weil I need to remind everyone, the Barry Obama in the eleven o'clock hour altered the 12333 minimization and dissemination rules to allow them to grab and distribute all they could before Trump was sworn in and changed the 12333 rules back to the standard originally intended.
@nick_weil Clapper signed the rules on Dec 15th 2016 and Attorney General Loretta Lynch signed them on Jan 3rd 2017. Remember this is the outgoing administration a month after the new Pres-elect won the 2016 election.
@nick_weil Recall that Executive Order 12333 permits dissemination of signals intelligence data only in accordance with procedures established by the DNI in coordination with the Defense Secretary and approved by the Attorney General.
@nick_weil Under the current existing rules and those prior to Barry changing them, promulgated pursuant to the order, NSA analysts have long been tasked with filtering the surveillance information for the rest of the government.
@nick_weil In other words searching and evaluating the information directly, passing on only those portions of emails and phone calls that they determine relevant to colleagues at other agencies, and masking names and other information about innocent Americans using minimization procedures.
@nick_weil The new framework Obama laid out changed & expanded communications collection, it also put into place procedures that allow the NSA to share raw, unminimized signals intelligence information with other Intelligence Community elements, supposedly for authorized foreign…
@nick_weil …intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. But it further enable more wide spread abuse during that 2 week period before Trump was sworn in. And if you think that they were only doing that very thing during those 2 weeks, I have a bridge to nowhere to sell you.
@nick_weil They had already been abusing 12333, but that two week window created cover, because you can disseminate a ton of RAW data in 18 days.
@nick_weil Remember this twit when she let her mouth run trying to impress Mika Brzezinski and let the cat out of the bag. She ended up having to testify herself to congress.
@nick_weil Forgot to post the revised EO 12333 that bBarry put forth assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3283…
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