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FISC court finding rebukes FBI officials


Just The NewsBut in a little-noted passage in a recent order, U.S. District Judge James A. Boasberg, the new chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, took direct aim at the excuses and blame-shifting of these senior Obama administration FBI and DOJ officials.

In just 21 words, Boasberg provided the first judicial declaration the FBI had misled the court, not just committed process errors. "There is thus little doubt that the government breached its duty of candor to the Court with respect to those applications," Boasberg wrote...

"The frequency and seriousness of these errors in a case that, given its sensitive nature, had an unusually high level of review at both DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have called into question the reliability of the information proffered in other FBI applications," Boasberg wrote.

"The errors the OIG pointed out cannot be solved through procedures alone," he wrote. "DOJ and the FBI, including all personnel involved in the FISA process, must fully understand and embrace the heightened duties of probity and transparency that apply in ex parte proceedings."

Strong words. But just words.

If there are no prosecutions, it will happen. Again, and again, and again.

And no, this was not the first time it happened. Remember the 2012 IRS scandal?

This entry was published Mon Mar 30 01:15:18 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2020-03-30 01:15:18.0. [Tweet]

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