The FBI used to be the most credible law enforcement agency in the United States until the corruption was unveiled during the 2016 elections. They have yet to recover their reputation. Things have taken a turn for the worst for the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a federal court accused the agency of misleading judges while using a wiretap to investigate a Trump campaign advisor.
The federal judge overseeing the case ordered the bureau to fix the wiretapping issues and their surveillance techniques while targeting Americans. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Judge Rosemary M. Collyer is giving the bureau until January 10 to propose how they will solve the problem.
Everyone knows it is not the wiretaps that are the issue. The issue is there was no corruption in the Trump campaign for them to find evidence to pin on the president during the Russian investigation. It is almost like the judge was telling a person to clean out their ears so they can hear.
Judge Collyer wrote, “The frequency with which representations made by F.B.I. personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether the information contained in other F.B.I. applications is reliable. The court expects the government to provide complete and accurate information in every filing.” Judge Collyer emphasized on the word “every” to express the court’s anger.
President Trump and his allies made the claims of the corruption we all know about within the FBI and the inspector general Michael E. Horowitz exposed multiple errors in the case. The report called it inaccurate, and case agents “cherry-picked the evidence” concerning Carter Page, who is the former adviser to President Trump.
Following the court order, the FBI released a statement saying, “Christopher A. Wray, had called the conduct by certain employees described in the report unacceptable and unrepresentative of the F.B.I. as an institution and ordered more than 40 corrective steps to address the problems found by the inspector general.”
Senator Lindsey Graham told the judges steps needed to be taken for the national security surveillance system to be repaired. He said, “The FISA system, to survive, has to be reformed. To the FISA court: We’re looking to you to take corrective action. If you take corrective action, that will give us some confidence that you should stick around. If you don’t, it’s going to be hurtful to the future of the court, and I think all of us are now thinking differently about checks and balances in that regard.”
The FISA court is one of the most criticized courts due to its secrecy. The inspector general’s report added fuel to the fire when it came to how things were run within the system. It exposed the court and forced them to take action against the FBI.
In a nutshell, everything was biased, and facts were removed and twisted to corrupt the system. The inspector general will give more testimony in the coming days and possibly weeks about his findings in the report. This is not something that will end anytime soon.
The FBI Director Christopher Wray has excepted the report and the court’s decision. He also believes some changes need to be made and stated he is ordering “concrete changes to ensure that the FISA process is more stringent and less susceptible to mistake or inaccuracy.”
An audit is already in the process by the inspector general throughout the FISA system and applications. Random and recurring audits will continue to ensure nothing slips through the cracks again. Everything about the system was revealed in the report, and the court took the initiative to put stipulations and deadlines into play. The court was furious, but so are the American people.
Amazingly, some Democrat Senators are even stepping up as all these findings are coming to light. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut is welcoming the results and willing to work with Republicans.
He stated, “I hope my Republican colleagues who have been so vocal and vehement about the dangers of potential FISA abuses will join me in looking forward and reform of that court. I hope that we can come together on a bipartisan basis to reform the FISA process.”
We, as Americans, can only hope these types of things will come to an abrupt end. Those who do care about what America stands for are finally coming around slowly to fixing what is broken.