The Problem with Secret Courts


 

The Problem with Secret Courts    Guest post by Mustang

The United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) is a federal court established by and authorized under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.  Its role is to oversee requests for surveillance warrants against foreign spies operating inside the United States.  Agencies making requests for warrants include the National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  FISA was the brainchild of Senator Frank Church (D-ID).  Since its inception, more than 35,000 warrants have been issued to surveil suspects.

In 2013, the FISA Court issued a TOP SECRET order requiring Verizon to provide daily, on-going reports of call detail records, including those of domestic calls, to the National Security Agency.  The order was revealed to the American people by Edward Snowden, who is often reviled by politicians and intelligence agencies as a traitor to his country.

In 2016, U. S. District Judge Rudolph (Rudy) Contreras (an Obama appointee) was assigned to the FISA Court.  In November of that year, Judge Contreras took charge of the case against Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, the former National Security Advisor to the President.  A two-page grand jury indictment was rendered in early December.  Judge Contreras accepted General Flynn’s guilty plea to one count of making a false statement to the FBI; the plea was part of a bargain with the Special Counsel Investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.  However, on 7 December, Judge Contreras suddenly recused himself from further hearings in the Flynn case.  The case was reassigned to U. S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan (a Clinton appointee).

Several days ago, The Federalist discovered the existence of text messages between two key federal law enforcement officials who conspired to meet with FISA Court Judge Rudy Contreras.  The two officials were DOJ attorney Lisa Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok.  The text messages were deliberately hidden from congress investigators.  In the text messages, Page and Strzok discussed Strzok’s personal friendship with Contreras and how the duo might use that relationship in ongoing counter-intelligence investigations.  The pair then began to conspire with one another to set up a cocktail party so that Contreras, Strzok, and Page could speak with one another without arousing suspicion that they were in fact colluding with one another.

While working as one of the FBI’s senior counter-intelligence officials, Strzok is reported to have taken part in the FBI interview with General Flynn on 24 January 2017.  Subsequently, Strzok left the FBI to join Mueller’s special counsel team, which obtained the indictment against Flynn.  Strzok was later removed from Mueller’s team due to inappropriate text messages between Strzok.  Now, of course, we have a reason to wonder if Contreras, Strzok, and Page have illegally conspired against General Flynn, and further, we ought to wonder about:

·       The clandestine meeting between Bill Clinton and (then) Attorney General Loretta Lynch;

·       The decision by former FBI Director James Comey not to pursue charges against Hillary Clinton in the mishandling of classified information—a determination made before the FBI interviewed Clinton;

·       The use of the thoroughly discredited Trump Dossier, paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, as prima facie evidence in securing a FISA warrant against the Trump Campaign and Trump’s business interests;

·       The lies told by Andrew McCabe to IG investigators surrounding his release (leaking) of classified information to liberal news sources

The American people will never have confidence in their government if its agencies do not work lawfully and transparently in the interests of the nation.  Moreover, the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and requires reasonable searches and seizures only upon issuance of a warrant judicially sanctioned by probable cause, supported by oaths or affirmations, which specifically describe the places to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

The question remains, given the foregoing, how can the people have confidence in FISA courts when all of its business is conducted in secret, when judges can order TOP SECRET warrants and orders, and when the American people have no protection from politicized courts or judges?

For additional information, see Mollie HemingwayChuck Ross, and Sara Carter.

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13 Responses to “The Problem with Secret Courts”

  1. The Weekly Headlines – My Daily Musing Says:

    […] The Problem with Secret Courts […]

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  2. StBenardnot Says:

    My “confidence in the government” died long ago. After serving two tours in ‘Nam to see it all lost by Democraps. The Repukes that aren’t any better. I hope, I see a slim chance, of Trump affecting a cure. It will be brutal, though.

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  3. Kid Says:

    Mustang’s comment at March 19, 2018 at 10:01 am

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  4. petermc3 Says:

    The American People are almost always cited as a group who are losing confidence or may lose confidence in their government. Firstly, outside of the few of “The American people” who have made it their business to know such things as what the FISA Court is most of the great unwashed are possibly apathetic, intellectually lazy, too busy or unaware that their government is on a slow death march to self immolation while it hands itself over to the demonic socialist/marxist /communist and yes muslim forces in the government, most having been duly elected by “The American People” or appointed by the very anti-constitution/anti-America elected elements in the government. As always the democrats have taken advantage of every opportunity to stack courts, cabinets and agencies with the republicans sitting by, going along with and acting no more or less than willing co-dependents of the democrats. Again, a majority of “The American People” resemble and act like mindless robots as they elect and return democrats to serve in their government. Pant Suit lady won a majority of the popular vote despite her illegal and traitorous activities which a majority of “The American people” either were unaware of or did not care about; a “D” after her name is what was important. Along with Lindsey Graham, the soon to be brain dead John Mccain and their fellow acolytes who now declare that Trump’s presidency is over if he fires the obviously politically partisan Mueller, the democrats have two years to import the voters and furnish the entitlements as well as anything else it will take, along with the corrupt MSM chipping in, to win the 2020 presidential election. They will not repeat the mistakes of the 2016 election cycle. I refuse to apologize for my pragmatic pessimism.

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    • Mustang Says:

      The damage to society has already been done by the time we get to secret courts and self-serving politicians. The key to what has been happening to our culture and society is the collectivization of our children inside public schools. By the time they graduate from high school, they are already well programmed to group-think and group-speak. This is not a coincidence; it is by design.

      If parents do not reassume their roles, deny government access to their children, if they refuse to guard our culture from its demise by the communist left —which does begin early in our school, then plainly there is no good news for America’s future. And let’s face it, the more muck our society becomes, the more likely it is that thinking persons will throw up their hands and ignore the sh*t broadcast 24/7/365 on cable “news” networks.

      That grand city upon the hill has never been in greater danger … and if something isn’t done damn quick, I can’t give the USA more than another 50 years. Remember, once we achieve full collectivization of society, there will no longer be a need for the US Constitution or Bill of Rights because these only guarantee rights to individuals. Five decades from now, Orwell’s predictions will be a fact and America, as our founding father’s envisioned it, will be in the dust bin of history.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      I often wonder why Trump doesn’t give up the fight.. Especially after PA 18th went Dem after all he did for Western PA… He remained silent and didn’t utter a tweet… Before its over they will get him on some kind of business deal… at least indict him….then the war will begin.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      McConnell is making sure all of Trump’s judges never see the light of day or will stall as long as he can.. Over 150 are waiting in the wings last I heard.. New book coming out on the kids making billions off of the politicians graft. McConnell is one I have read.

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  5. Simply Linda Says:

    The agencies will never lawfully and transparently work in the interests of the nation. It seems the deep state is working overtime to discredit us regular folks by attacking the President. They will make sure a regular joe never becomes president again. Bet on it.

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