I remember when the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) was being discussed/debated post 9/11 and I thought it was a great idea. The 9/11 hijackers had to communicate with each other and their overseas handlers but US wiretap laws are so antiquated that they are easy to defeat; it literally takes months of investigation and hundreds of pages of affidavits to obtain a legal wiretap. FISA was supposed to streamline that process and allow law enforcement, mainly the FBI, to obtain electronic evidence with little more than a memo to a FISA judge. The Democrats fought hard against FISA and thought it would lead to violations of civil liberties. I personally disagreed at the time and thought FISA was a needed tool to fight terrorism which was and still is the #1 threat to the country.
I believed the integrity of federal law enforcement would overcome any civil liberties concerns........How wrong I was. When it was reported that FISA warrants were being used to target Americans working for a political campaign, I immediately knew there were some serious problems. That was never supposed to be the intent of FISA which was supposed to target foreign elements like the 9/11 hijackers. The irony is now the Dems are throwing shade on the FISA violations while the Republicans who pushed for it post 9/11 are now pointing to the violations of civil liberties.
I'm amazed that people can't see the serious nature of these violations against Americans. The weaponization of the government against the people is the most serious threat to our democracy, hands down. Claiming that "white supremacy" is the #1 threat to the country allows these treasonous ideologues who have infested the FBI and DoJ to use FISA against American citizens such as the J6 protestors and anti-abortion activists. The primary intent of the J6 prosecutions was to stifle any future protests which are guaranteed in the Constitution. Indeed, the Founding Father's believed this right to be so important to a free society that they included the right to protest and petition the government in the First Amendment
. And federally charging these crimes in DC only ensures a guilty verdict by predominantly left leaning citizens/juries. Disgraceful.....
“Compliance problems with the querying of Section 702 information have proven to be persistent and widespread.”