Saturday, May 27, 2017

Post holiday Constitutional crisis?

Among the thousands of readers who log onto MSV week in and week out, the holiday weekend will see a far smaller audience of folks checking in.

So, here's shrimp tossed on the barbie for those who want to be ahead of the curve or several curves before the backstretch. This won't be your usual Belmont Stakes race.

The news website Circa is eating the entire Corporate Media's lunch breaking another blockbuster story with serious ramifications for all Americans. Their earlier story revealing massive 4th Amendment violations in a FISA court ruling has only seen limited coverage. (It finally appeared recently on page 21 of the NY Times.) 

The 4th Amendment; Americans' protection against domestic spying is seen
under assault based on the revelations from a recent April FISA court ruling.

While the public is beset with narratives distracting from what may turn into the biggest political scandal in our lifetime, the airwaves and corporate media feed a steady diet of "muh Russia hoax hysteria," sans evidence or any crime 300 days and counting. The political underpinnings of that non-criminal probe with a newly appointed special counsel point to its origins in the scurrilous and thoroughly discredited Russia Dossier, a product of foreign intelligence efforts (one step removed with "former" tied to the UK's MI6).

Putting aside the US paid "foreign interference" arranging that UK political operation in the US election for a moment, the shady dossier stands as what could be the basis of one example among untold hundreds of violations of domestic spying highlighted by Circa in its story:

Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties


The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau’s public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks. 


Revelations of illicit domestic spying in recent years have come to light with US Senators, reporters, the Associated Press and some allege the Supreme Court justices among many others. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has publicly called for an answer if he was a victim of illegal domestic spying. Paul had been a candidate for President in the last election cycle.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) issued a legal ruling on April 26th outlining hundreds of violations of the FBI privacy protection rules under former Director James Comey.

According to the court ruling, the information has been illicitly shared with unnamed third parties raising all kinds of speculation about domestic spying weaponized against Americans given to political operatives and media.

Some civil liberty attorneys and finally the ACLU are taking note. One prominent liberal Democrat among them, Alan Dershowitz, is asking about the basis for a special counsel investigation and the lack of any crime (not to mention the media slurring numerous people along the way).



Talking Ed Note: If everyone is subject to illegal surveillance re: domestic spying at any time, be it a US Senator, a Supreme Court justice, anyone running for office or mere citizens petitioning government, who's safe from Stasi police state tactics? Muh Russia, Russia. 

A Horse thought you should know. Have a nice holiday weekend.