The Deep State is violating your privacy like never before.
The NSA, CIA and other intelligence agencies of the United States are delving into your privacy — with FISA warrants, allowing for abusive spying on Americans.
It is not legal and is an abuse of power.
Its excuse is that it’s stopping terrorism inside the U.S.
It’s all done under the shady and secretive FISA Court, which has overreached its bounds of allowing surveillance against “foreign spies inside the U.S.”
But the reality is that the entire surveillance apparatus has been weaponized to spy on one political party for the benefit of the other.
This is dangerous and must be stopped.
TELL CONGRESS NOT TO RENEW FISA
Certain provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act expire on March 15th.
Battle lines have been drawn between Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, led by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA).
Some Republicans and Democrats on both committees, fearing the continued eavesdropping on Americans, are in favor of significantly revising FISA to protect the privacy of law-abiding citizens.
Others are in favor of renewing FISA as is – without making changes…
The Trump administration is divided over the issue, as is Congress.
House Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) has prepared 5 amendments to FISA that threaten to undermine a watered-down compromise reform package negotiated between Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff. Senior House Democrats have characterized Lofgren’s amendments as “poison pills” that will doom renewal of FISA in the House.
The main point of contention is Section 702 of FISA, which allows the collection of anyone’s data from Google, Facebook and other social media companies if a foreign target is under surveillance.
But as Edward Snowden noted in 2013 when he blew the whistle on such collection data, everyday Americans had their information corralled.
Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped via a secret court order before the election as an outgrowth of his relationship with Viktor Yanukovych (former president of the Ukraine) and Manafort’s failure to register as a foreign agent.
This was all done through a FISA Court warrant, which was illegally done and an affront to the privacy guarantees to U.S. citizens under our Constitution.
And along the way, Deep State operatives unmasked names and conversations of political concern … including many innocent people.
HOW A FISA COURT WARRANT WORKS
To understand the severe implications and misuse of a FISA warrant, we need to examine how it works.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, commonly referred to as the “FISA Court,” is a secret tribunal with legal authority to grant (or deny) warrants for electronic surveillance against would-be spies or terrorists.
The court — made up of 11 federal judges, serving 7-year terms and selected by the chief justice of the Supreme Court — meets in private, sometimes in the middle of the night. FISA targets are highly classified.
It oversees requests for surveillance warrants against foreign spies in the United States or foreigners overseas.
Did you get that? Foreign spies or foreigners overseas, not members of the opposing political party right before an election!
But that is exactly what’s happened in the case of Paul Manafort. The wiretapping continued long after the election was over.
Carter Page was also a victim of illegal spying because of his former contacts with a Russian business associate.
We’ve just recently learned from the Inspector General’s report on FISA abuse that the renewal FISA applications for conducting spy operations against Page contained blank page “placeholders” that referred to non-existent supporting documents.
We now know the wiretapping and spying on both Paul Manafort and Carter Page was:
- Politically motivated
- Unconstitutional and illegal
- A danger to a free society
- The tip of the iceberg of FISA abuse … and of a Deep State coup to impeach and remove President Trump from office.
Our Constitutional-guaranteed privacy is being bulldozed.
Watch this powerful 10-minute video on Deep State spying in America.
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