FISA Misused Under Obama, But Okay in Trumps’s Hands?

Last week, the Senate rubber-stamped the re-authorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). An overwhelming majority of 65 Senators voted to extend a program which was widely criticized by conservatives during the “Obama years.” Apparently, now that Trump is in the White House, we’re good with drop-kicking our civil liberties.

Even Trump expressed public concern over FISA, tweeting on January 11: “‘House votes on controversial FISA ACT today.’ This is the act that may have been used, with the help of the discredited and phony Dossier, to so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign by the previous administration and others?” However, consistent with the pattern of this administration, Trump’s stance quickly reversed a few hours later (presumably when Trump’s aids reminded him they support this power, now), and was officially reiterated on January 14th when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reiterated Trumps strong support for FISA, particularly Section 702.

Most striking about Trump’s turnaround is the recent revelation that the FBI and DOJ may have meddled in the 2016 election with a seeming lie of omission to the FISA court regarding a warrant on Trump’s foreign policy advisor.

Lest any of us forget, …

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