Magazine March 23, 2020, Issue

End the FISA

Senator Lindsey Graham holds a copy of a report on the Steele dossier at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 11, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters)
It’s an unconstitutional mess that weakens national security and threatens civil liberties

In December 2019, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court upbraided the Federal Bureau of Investigation over its serial deceits in persuading the tribunal to issue warrants to monitor Carter Page, who served in 2016 as a Trump-campaign foreign-policy adviser. The FISC’s four-page directive, issued by Rosemary Collyer, the FISC’s then-presiding judge, came on the heels of a voluminous report compiled by Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz, after a multiyear inquiry into investigative irregularities in the bureau’s Trump–Russia probe.

Horowitz lambasted the FBI, specifically identifying 17 instances of misrepresentations to the court. These included the alteration by a bureau lawyer of a

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