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Today's newsletter includes:
- Bible Verse Of The Day
- Should FBI be abolished, replaced? FISA court issues dismal report
- New Podcast Episode
- Federal Judge strikes down this CDC moratorium
- Hannity interviews Jenner
- Buyer Beware on this bill in Congress
- New unemployment numbers are out
- A Reader Writes Back...
BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."
Should FBI be abolished, replaced? FISA court issues dismal report
By Mike Huckabee
The FBI has been “seriously and systematically abusing its warrantless electronic surveillance authority” by overstepping the limitations under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act” (FISA).
We’ve been saying this for years, certainly ever since it was learned that the Russia hoax and the fake Steele “dossier” were used to fraudulently obtain warrants from them to spy on Trump campaign associates. You know it, we know it, we all know it, and now the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) has finally offered evidence of it, in a 67-page opinion issued by presiding judge James Boasberg. (It actually came out last November but has just now been made public.)
Actually, the above quote is from Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Andy Biggs of Arizona, who’ve just sent FBI Director Christopher Wray a strong letter about the problem of “widespread abuses” and “illegal spying activities.” Jordan is ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee and Biggs serves as ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security.
As THE EPOCH TIMES explains in a premium report, Section 702 of the FISA law allows the attorney general and the director of national intelligence to jointly authorize, without a warrant, the surveillance of non-U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. When this is done, however, they’re supposed to adopt “targeting procedure” to make sure the spying is indeed limited to non-citizens and also to prevent the “intentional acquisition” of communications within the U.S.
(Recall that when James Clapper was asked under oath if the intelligence community ever gathered the conversations of U.S. citizens, he lied and said, “Not wittingly." Clapper apparently was trying to appear Section 702-compliant. I digress.)
According to this opinion from the FISA court, the FBI used Section 702 authority for the purpose of obtaining information about Americans, and Judge Boasberg cited examples such as one FBI task force officer who conducted 69 queries that were not in compliance with official rules.
His court found that numerous queries of Americans were designed to return evidence of a crime completely unrelated to foreign intelligence, without obtaining a court order. So the court went back a year, and they found the same pattern. This causes them to suspect that “similar violations…likely have occurred across the Bureau.”
In their letter, Reps. Jordan and Biggs refer to the 2019 OIG (Office of Independent Counsel) report by Michael Horowitz that reviewed the warrant applications to surveil (SPY ON) Carter Page. Recall that this report listed 17 errors and omissions in those applications. They call for Wray to explain why, a year after that report came out, the FBI is obviously still abusing its authority. And they want an accounting of how many times since that report came out that the FBI has “queried, accessed, otherwise used information obtained pursuant to Section 702 for purposes unrelated to national security.”
Jordan appeared along with Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson on Sean Hannity’s TV show Tuesday night to talk about these abuses, particularly the unequal application of justice. Sen. Johnson also spoke of the “complete set-up” of Rudy Giuliani with the fake story leaked to the WASHINGTON POST, the one about Rudy getting an FBI defensive briefing about being used in a Russian disinformation plan. Great interview.
It occurs to me that the FBI might try to wiggle out of this by citing its new, expanded definition of “national security” to include all the millions of “domestic terrorists” who supported Trump and still suspect there might have been some hanky panky going on during the 2020 election. Why, the Bureau HAS to spy on THOSE American citizens --- it's a matter of national security.
A senior FBI official says the FBI has taken numerous steps to better help staff meet relevant legal requirements and blah blah blah. I would be very surprised if, without a huge cultural shift at that organization, anything has really changed.
Commentator and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza goes farther, to say that it’s time to dismantle the tainted institution of the FBI and start over. His piece is also premium material at THE EPOCH TIMES, but the website 100 Percent Fed Up has lengthy excerpts and some good comments.
This isn’t the FBI of “The Untouchables” anymore, he says. It’s quite obviously been “corrupted from the top.” To show the entrenched partisan bias within the Bureau, he compares how the Jan. 6 activists have been treated compared to activists from Black Lives Matter and Antifa, who have “looted businesses, burned churches, assaulted police officers, attacked and harassed ordinary citizens eating in restaurants or going about their normal lives –- and all with impunity.”
He also compares the treatment of Trump attorney and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, whose residence was unnecessarily and unconstitutionally raided, to that of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is “currently involved in two separate scandals,” his alleged direct involvement in covering up nursing home covid deaths and also the sexual harassment complaints.
“While Giuliani’s offense remains unclear,” D’Souza says, “Cuomo is guilty of obvious abuses of power --- actions that have not only put people in their graves but also amounted, in a statistical sense, to ‘hiding the bodies.’” But the FBI, as far as we can tell, is nowhere to be found.
I would add that they don’t want Hunter Biden’s hard drives, either. There clearly are two standards of justice.
“Enough is enough!” D’Souza says. “When justice no longer involves the neutral or equal application of the laws, it ceases to be justice. I realize, of course, that there will be no FBI reform under Biden. Therefore, I strongly urge the Republican Party to make the abolition of the FBI --- shutting down the agency and then reconstructing it from the ground up --- key provisions of its campaigns both in 2022 and 2024.”
And it’s looking as though that might be the only way to fix it. Talk about “building back better” --- that’s one place where it makes sense.
Come to think of it, another place might be the CIA. By now, you’ve probably seen the new “woke” CIA recruitment ad. Two mortifying minutes; if you haven’t seen this, force yourself.
Hey, if you, too, are intersectional, a woman of color, a cisgender millennial, formerly suffering from imposter syndrome (apparently cured) and currently diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, who enjoys intoxicating people with her brilliance, who refuses to internalize misguided patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be, who commands her space with no apologies, the CIA is the place for you!
If anyone needs to apologize, it’s the CIA, for this embarrassment. Who in blazes is running that show? What D’Souza said about the FBI could just as well be said about them.
You’ve heard the expression, “Get woke, go broke.” To that, I would add, “Get woke, be a national joke.”
New Podcast Episode
This week on The People’s Podcast, Governor Huckabee chats with Bill O’Reilly about his new book “Killing the Mob.” You’ll hear just how powerful organized crime in America was – and still is – in this fascinating discussion, which includes a never-before-reported mobster hit on a famous actor that never was.
Federal Judge strikes down this CDC moratorium
By Mike Huckabee
Wednesday, a federal judge in Washington, DC, struck down the CDC’s moratorium on evictions of renters during the pandemic. The judge found that the CDC exceeded its powers in imposing it.
The National Association of Realtors hailed the ruling, saying that the solution to helping renters survive the pandemic was giving them assistance in paying their rent, not denying rent payments to landlords, many of whom are mom-and-pop housing providers who are struggling to survive themselves. They also argued that the ban infringes on property rights and that with the pandemic receding, the economy reopening and people going back to work, there’s no reason for a blanket nationwide ban on evictions to continue. Not to mention that is going to discourage people from going into the housing rental business, leading to housing shortages.
But the moratorium will continue, at least for now, because the Biden DOJ is appealing the ruling. They say the virus is still a threat and many people are still in danger of eviction. Okay, so why not just help those people who need it? Didn’t Congress just pass a $1.9 TRILLION “COVID relief” bill that should’ve been able to help them without stiffing property owners?
Well, yes. As the story reports, “Congress has allocated more than $45 billion to rental assistance, but much of that hasn’t reached tenants.”
So basically, this story could be boiled down to this: “The government wants to continue a one-size-fits-all policy that’s driving landlords into bankruptcy because it’s too inefficient to get rental assistance that it okayed nearly two months ago to the people who actually need it.”
And from that, the Biden Administration draws this conclusion: “We need more government involvement in solving problems.”
Hannity interviews Jenner
By Mike Huckabee
Last night, Sean Hannity had a much-talked-about interview with Caitlyn Jenner, the trans candidate for California Governor, who, shockingly for California, identifies as a Republican. Jenner made the point that California has never even had a woman Governor before. You can see and read about that interview here:
Naturally, Jenner is getting most of the media coverage, but several other more traditional candidates have also announced their bids, including Republican businessman John Cox, whom Californians should’ve elected in 2018 instead of Gavin Newsom; former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; and former Rep. Doug Ose. You can learn more about them at the link.
Of course, all of this is contingent on there being enough thinking voters left in California to kick Newsom out. That’s hardly a foregone conclusion at this point.
Buyer Beware on this bill in Congress
By Mike Huckabee
I often warn you about bills that are given names that nobody can oppose without being demonized, even though the bills actually do the opposite of what their name implies. For instance, the “For the People” act basically legalizes vote fraud and negates the people’s voice in their own government. Another good example is the latest version of the “Violence Against Women Act” being pushed by President Biden.
The original Violence Against Women Act in 1994 was designed to help prevent rape and sexual abuse and help victims. The new version, in what has become a theme of the Biden Administration, prioritizes trans rights over women’s safety. It would allow men who claim to identify as women to move into shelters for abused women, or to demand transfers from a male to a female prison. Some states are already allowing the latter, and as the linked article reports, in Washington State, a violent sexual predator who claimed to identify as female was allowed to transfer to a women’s prison, where he raped a female prisoner.
Today’s Democratic Party seems to be built around mislabeling and bamboozlement, from claiming that socialists are moderates and rioters are “peaceful protesters” to insisting that men who “identify” as women really are women to calling anyone who questions their insane policies “racist” to giving warm, patriotic names to bills that would have disastrous consequences. If the Democratic Party were held to the same Truth In Advertising laws that pharmaceutical companies are, the FDA would shut down the entire operation.
New unemployment numbers are out
By Mike Huckabee
This morning, the Labor Department reported that filings for unemployment benefits dropped from 590,000 last week to 498,000, a new pandemic low.
This is what will happen as more Americans are vaccinated and state governments finally take their boots off the neck of their economies. I predict it will be hailed by the press as the “Biden miracle,” even though it’s really just the Trump economy being let out of jail. For instance, it will be reported that there are nearly 8.4 million fewer jobs than there were a year ago, but you’re about as likely to hear them mention who was President when we had all those jobs as you are to hear them mention who was President when the vaccines were developed.