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Congress is objecting to a reauthorization of FISA until reforms are implemented. The abuse that was demonstrated in the Carter Page case made it clear that the program had been abused. I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that this is all posturing. After raising the issue in defense of Donald Trump, Republicans will pretend to care about FISA abuse. They have to go through the motions or look hypocritical. But are more intricate and arcane rules really the solution we need?
The word reform is pretty nondescript. “Reforms” are the kind of nonsense you get from “Blue Ribbon Commissions” or “Congressional Task Forces.” I’m willing to believe that the FISA program is important to the safety of the American people, so how do we solve this problem?
How about this: why don’t we just punish the folks at the FBI and DOJ who bent the rules in the Carter Page FISA? Some may deserve reprimands. Some may deserve firing. Some may deserve prosecution. It would be too easy to slap together some “reforms” that sound good on paper, but in reality would have no effect. How about we make an example out of the folks who purposefully ignored the protocols already in place. I bet that would focus the attention of those at the DOJ and FBI who thought the FISA provisions were more guidelines than rules.Published in