AG Barr wants a ‘clean’ FISA reauthorization because he won’t abuse it


Let me be blunt. I am no fan of AG Barr. He doesn’t think he can do his job with Trump’s tweeting? Now he thinks we should trust him with FISA and make no changes? Keep it the same until 2022? We are suppose to have faith in him? Who is to say if he will be in that position, who says what the Congress will look like and who knows if Trump will be President.

We got to see his true colors of being a total swamp creature in an earlier post this month. Trump’s tweet, Barr’s response and failed Jessie Liu – the intersect

The long and the short of the previous post and a winding tale to be told was Barr’s support of a high level swamp creature and was her champion from day one. Barr wanted Liu for the top job at Treasury. Even though the Senate failed to confirm her earlier for a different position.

Why did Barr ever think Jessie Liu was worth promoting to a critical role in treasury? and worse to the DOJ #3 post before that. As soon as Barr was confirmed as AG he was her champion. She was involved with Mueller including the Stone and McCabe cases.

Check this:  Via NBC) […]

The former U.S. attorney whose office oversaw the Roger Stone prosecution resigned from the Trump administration Wednesday, two days after President Donald Trump abruptly withdrew her nomination for a top job at the Treasury Department.

But enough of that grade B novel. Check it out if you have the time. I digress.

Now back to the latest Barr fiasco.

In November of 2019 buried deep in the congressional budget Continuing Resolution (CR) was a short-term extension to reauthorize the FISA “business records provision”, the “roving wiretap” provision, the “lone wolf” provision, and the more controversial bulk metadata provisions [Call Detail Records (CDR)], all parts of the Patriot Act.  As a result of the FISA CR inclusion the terminal deadline was pushed to March 15, 2020:

WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr told Senate Republicans on Tuesday that the Trump administration could support a clean extension of contentious surveillance laws set to expire next month. And Barr said he could make changes on his own to satisfy President Donald Trump and his allies who have railed against the use of the law to monitor his 2016 campaign, according to senators at a party briefing.

But Barr also clashed with GOP critics of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which has three key provisions set to lapse on March 15.

[…] Republicans emerged from the lunch meeting mostly supportive of a clean extension of the law to avoid a gap; doing so is a top priority of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

“The attorney general just wanted to underscore again the importance of these provisions that were enacted in the wake of the 9/11 attack. They’re still relevant to our effort to go after terrorists today like they were after 9/11,” McConnell told reporters.

But Barr also sparred with skeptics, primarily libertarian-leaning Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky, according to two people familiar with the meeting. Barr told Lee his criticisms of surveillance law are dangerous, while Paul said Americans shouldn’t be subject to secret FISA courts, one of the people said.

[…] Senate Republicans prefer kicking a broad FISA debate to as late as 2022, when other pieces of the law expire. In the interim, Barr would make administrative changes to address complaints from conservatives that surveillance authorities were abused during Trump’s campaign — something the president continues to seethe over.

“You’ve got three provisions to deal with. I think it’d be smart to keep them in place. It would give us some time to work on FISA writ large, we’ve got three years,” said Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is preparing hearings on FISA.

[…] “A lot will happen between now and March 15. We may do a placeholder and take it past March 15. We’ve got to get this right,” said Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.). “Anybody who reads the Horowitz report on misfire hurricane will understand what I’m talking about.” (read more)

Prior to the December 9, 2019, inspector general report on FISA abuse, FISA Court judges Rosemary Collyer (declassified 2017) and James Boasberg (declassified 2019) both identified issues with the NSA bulk database collection program being exploited for unauthorized reasons. For the past several years no corrective action taken by the intelligence community has improved the abuses outlined by the FISA court.

The sketchy programs, and abuse therein, has public attention yet congressional representatives are not responding to the findings.

H./T: Conservative Tree House

A pretty damning clip knowing what we know now. Of course he slid through his confirmation hearing.


Check out the earlier post Trump’s tweet, Barr’s response and failed Jessie Liu – the intersect


Other than that, all is well in the swamp.

13 Responses to “AG Barr wants a ‘clean’ FISA reauthorization because he won’t abuse it”

  1. Steve Dennis Says:

    The whole FISA system needs to be shut down in my opinion but the truth is both parties like the system when they are in power, they only complain about it when the other party is in power. It is ripe for abuse and none of these people can be trusted not to abuse the system.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. markone1blog Says:

    Just remember (if you are in a Super Tuesday state). you have a platform that you can use to get the attention of the numb nucks in the Republican party.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      It makes little sense… some states have open primaries where one can vote in whatever primary, some are closed, some if an independent can’t vote…some a stupid caucus makes no sense whatsoever in fairness.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Always On Watch Says:

    I cannot think of a comment which is not loaded with four-letter words! 😦

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Mustang Says:

    In order for the Justice Department to serve justice, the American people must perceive that it is doing so. I do think the US has a right to protect itself against the dastardly deeds of home-grown bastards. I think we could do that without “secret” FISA courts, even if some of the information used to secure warrants is “secret.” Otherwise, it appears as if the government is conspiring against the Bill of Rights, and the people, and this can never be a good thing in a society that believes (a) everyone is equal under the law and (b) the foundational law is the US Constitution and its Bill of Rights. The DOJ is stuck on stupid. It is not just perceived as corrupt, it bloody well is corrupt, and Mr. Barr does not serve the interests of the people by protecting corrupt officials or corrupt agencies and courts as part of the good-old-boy, I’m okay, you’re okay, network. On the other hand, what do I know?

    Liked by 4 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      You know about as much as I do… one thing I do know it wasn’t suppose to be used against Americans. by spying on willy nilly…..all this time and no one could spend one minute on correcting this? This whole NDAA bill is a farce……

      Liked by 3 people

  5. Linda Says:

    So glad you can’t see my eye roll, LOL.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. hocuspocus13 Says:

    Lindsey Graham who is preparing hearings on FISA

    As of late last night Graham has done nothing to get those hearings going

    He has I do believe 2 weeks left to do so … we’ll keep an eye on that

    I wish the Republican men would grow a pair after all there are some DemoKKKrat women with bigger ones!!!

    Liked by 3 people

    • bunkerville Says:

      Could not agree more.. The problem with his committee is a 11-10 split.. Collins and a couple more RInos sit on the committee… they have to agree to call witnesses.. this if my memory serves me… he could have done this last year… I am not counting on it HP…

      Liked by 1 person

      • hocuspocus13 Says:

        In our Defense…
        The good news is that quite a few found “theirs” as of late
        Thanks to President Trump who is teaching them to fight back

        Liked by 3 people

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