National Security Branch (Nat-Sec)
Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch
Science and Technology Branch
Information and Technology Branch
Human Resources Branch
Each division within an agency has its own ground rules and its own means of oversight.
In 2015, Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (OIG) Michael Horowitz asked for approval to conduct oversight over the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.
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The NSA does 24/7 continuous gathering of intelligence and stores it all.
If a counterintelligence or counterterrorism investigation is opened, and if the person in question is believed to pose an immediate threat, the NSA database can be accessed without obtaining a FISA warrant.
An agent enters a string of characters into the form and if a matching data set is found, a confirmation is given.
April of 2016 - the Clinton campaign hired Fusion-GPS and paid for information on candidate Donald Trump. That agreement led to Fusion-GPS hiring sub-contractor Christopher Steele, which eventually led to the creation of the ‘Steele Dossier.'
(We know of this from a declassified FISA court ruling concerning those queries.)
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Sundance has the backstory here: theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/01/08/how…
Is this what tipped Rogers off to the unauthorized "about queries?"
Link to White house logs:
How did Mary Jacoby and Glenn Simpson propose to use the information they had gathered on Trump's team?
Who would benefit from the information?
And how would they diseminate it?
Fusion sub-contracted retired British MI6 agent Christopher Steele to write the opposition research report “The Trump Russia Dossier”
And they hire a former intelligence community colleague, Nellie Ohr.
Nellie Ohr is a subject matter expert on Russia, speaks Russian, and is well versed in CIA operations. She would know how to build a counterintelligence narrative & give the appearance of authenticity to events that may have been fabricated.
Was this a move to communicate within the network in a way that was less likely to be monitored?
They passed the information to Christopher Steele who added his own information. He turned around and gave the end product back to the FBI.
This is Peter Strozok's “insurance policy.”
Using the dossier as evidence, Justice Dept. seeks a FISA warrant to gather intel on Donald Trump, Carter Page, Paul Manafort.
FISA court denies the request.
As a result, all FISA-702 (17) “about queries” are permanently halted. They are no longer permitted.
Soon after, Carter & Clapper renew their call to have Rodgers replaced.
Did Rogers tell the Trump team about the surveillance they had been under by the Obama administration?
Did Rogers set up a SCIF in Trump tower to facilitate the sharing of intelligence?
FISA 702 expires Jan 19. The House has passed a reauthorization. The Senate will vote on it next. It's likely to be reauthorized.
That by itself is a huge win.
FISA – Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act
702 – An American caught up in the process of Foreign Surveillance
(16) – A search query based on “TO” and “FROM”
(17) – A search query based on “ABOUT”