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The release of the House Intelligence Committee’s memo on the FBI’s abuse of the FISA process set off a partisan firestorm. The Democrats warned us beforehand that declassifying the memo would be the end the world as we know it. It was reckless to allow Americans to see this classified material, they said. Agents in the field could be harmed, sources and methods would be compromised, they claimed.

Republicans who had seen the memo claimed that it was far worse than Watergate. They said that mass firings would begin immediately after it became public. They said that the criminality of US government agencies exposed by the memo would shock Americans.

Then it was released and the world did not end. FBI agents have thus far not been fired. Seeing “classified” material did not terrify us, but rather it demonstrated clearly that information is kept from us by claiming it is “classified.”

In the end, both sides got it wrong. Here’s what the memo really shows us:

First, the memo demonstrates that there is a “deep state” that does not want things like elections to threaten its existence. Candidate Trump’s repeated promises to get along with Russia and to re-assess NATO so many years after the end of the Cold War were threatening to a Washington that depends on creating enemies to sustain the fear needed to justify a trillion dollar yearly military budget.

Imagine if candidate Trump had kept his campaign promises when he became President. Without the “Russia threat” and without the “China threat” and without the need to dump billions into NATO, we might actually have reaped a “peace dividend” more than a quarter century after the end of the Cold War. That would have starved the war-promoting military-industrial complex and its network of pro-war “think tanks” that populate the Washington Beltway area.

Second, the memo shows us that neither Republicans nor Democrats really care that much about surveillance abuse when average Americans are the victims. It is clear that the FISA abuse detailed in the memo was well known to Republicans like House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes before the memo was actually released. It was likely also well known by Democrats in the House. But both parties suppressed this evidence of FBI abuse of the FISA process until after the FISA Amendments Act could be re-authorized. They didn’t want Americans to know how corrupt the surveillance system really is and how the US has become far too much like East Germany. That might cause more Americans to call up their Representatives and demand that the FISA mass surveillance amendment be allowed to sunset.

Ironically, Chairman Nunes was the biggest cheerleader for the extension of the FISA Amendments even as he knew how terribly the FISA process had been abused!

Finally, hawks on both sides of the aisle in Congress used “Russia-gate” as an excuse to build animosity toward Russia among average Americans. They knew from the classified information that there was no basis for their claims that the Trump Administration was put into office with Moscow’s assistance, but they played along because it served their real goal of keeping the US on war footing and keeping the gravy train rolling.

But don’t worry: the neocons in both parties will soon find another excuse to keep us terrified and ready to flush away a trillion dollars a year on military spending and continue our arguments and new “Cold War” with Russia.

In the meantime, be skeptical of both parties. With few exceptions they are not protecting liberty but promoting its opposite.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Deep State, Donald Trump, FISA, Russia 
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  1. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    This is generally sound, but it’s quite disappointing to see Dr. Paul assist Mr. Napolitano in suggesting that the invertebrate Congress would have voted any differently on the recent FISA legislation had the entire body but known of the contents of the so-called Nunes memo.

    Here’s the tell: has any Senator or Representative publicly said that he would have voted differently? And don’t hold your breath waiting for any of them to now introduce a bill to revise the unconstitutional (4th Amendment) law in any way.

    Someone please prove me wrong.

  2. KenH says:

    The Democrats and left wing establishment are pathological liars and idiots. First they opposed the memo’s release since they said it would compromise classified information and harm national security. Then when it was released they denounced the memo as a great big nothing burger with information fabricated to vindicate Trump in claims that he colluded with the Russians.

    So which is it Democrats? It seems they can’t agree on a narrative to push to the public. Now they’re claiming Trump colluded with Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee. They’ve hurled the charge of “collusion” at Trump and Republicans more than the word racist which is saying something.

    But the memo proves that the “Russia collusion” investigation is one giant farce cooked up by Hussein Obongo, Hillary’s campaign, the DNC and rogue FBI agents to prevent Trump from winning then later to overturn the election results from 2016 and prevent Trump from normalizing relations with Russia if he ever intended to do that anyway.

  3. The members of the committee are very late to the ball. All of the points in the memo have been subjects for discussion online in the real news medium for months. There wasn’t a single thing in the memo that wasn’t already common knowledge among ordinary people before Nunes started announcing that he had a memo detailing collusion among the FBI, DOJ and other agencies with Obama, Clinton and the rest of those assholes.

    It’s kind of obvious to me that choosing Russia as the boogerman was done to cover the treason committed by Obama, Clinton and the rest with their pay-to-play deal for US sourced uranium. That’s something that will never be addressed, I’m pretty sure.

    Trump stated during a debate with Clinton that he was going to have his administration look into her dealings. He’s full of shit because he never intended to do a fucking thing. I’m watching for it, but I doubt I’ll ever see any action.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  4. Miro23 says:

    They didn’t want Americans to know how corrupt the surveillance system really is and how the US has become far too much like East Germany. That might cause more Americans to call up their Representatives and demand that the FISA mass surveillance amendment be allowed to sunset.

    Americans don’t care, and they’re not going to call up anybody. Ron is falsely assuming that the US comprises of responsible, alert and engaged citizens.

    In fact they’re something else. They’re a totally propagandized mass of zombie “consumer” cattle, albeit with a dull sort of awareness that something’s wrong. At a subliminal level they know that they’re heading for the slaughter house – and it was just about enough to get Trump elected ( he reached them through the entertainment channel), but it’s unlikely that they’re suddenly going to engage and work for real US Democracy.

    On the principle of “Use it or Lose it” they’re going to lose it, and US democracy will probably fade out with a whimper, mostly unnoticed and unremarked.

    • Replies: @KenH
  5. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    No Americans will bother, same as Prism surveillance exposed by Snowden quickly forgotten. None bother how many Iraqis, Syrian, Yemenis, Afghanistan,… will be massacred by their army boys to enrich MIC today. Because its none of their business.

    If government not allow any rapists man in skirts to share toilet with their daughters and wives, then that’s a real big deal. They will hit the street in numbers demanding their rights.

    These are murkans insane mentality, so Demonrats and Republicuns war mongers are still elected years after years with billions of election donations.

    God can’t help murkans, because they are hopeless beyond salvation. Only Petrol Yuan can save the world from this tyrant country.

  6. KenH says:

    Ron is falsely assuming that the US comprises of responsible, alert and engaged citizens.

    Even though there’s a complacency factor I think most Americans are opposed to mass surveillance but realize it’s an utter waster of time to contact their Congressional representatives over it.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
  7. MarkinLA says:

    People always say “What are you going to do about it?” as though there is something you can do. The government even ignores the people when it is exposed in the media. All you can do is pointless protests, and if you get even a little out of line, you will be prosecuted.

    Remember the Minutemen on the border. The US government was actively looking to prosecute these people for anything even brushing against some illegal when handing him a bottle of water. So the Minutemen took to video taping everything and putting the bottle of water in front of the illegal a few feet away. This, even though citizens have a right to make an arrest of criminal activity they see.

    I think most people know we are in a soft police state.

  8. Ok, Mr. Paul, we’ll assume all this happened under your nose. You didn’t know.

    Now that you know, what are you gonna DO about it? A slew of treasonous tyrants attempted to illegally subvert a Presidential candidate and when he won anyway, they attempted a coup. They committed multiple hanging offenses, they lied, committed thousands of perjuries and literally tried to overthrow of the government of the United States, duly elected and seated. And FBI officials by the dozen are involved.

    Now that you know, again, what’s going to be done about it?

  9. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Ron Paul has become a disappointment, almost a gatekeeper. He should watch this series for a background education:

    And read Greg Felton’s epic work on who actually manages a U.S. that used to be sovereign – it’s not the US “military-security complex”:

    Expanded Post-Obama soft-cover edition here:

  10. bluedog says:
    @Twodees Partain

    Of course he won’t he’s doing just what he was elected to do “protect the wealth of the 1%’,and of course the Clinton’s belong to that group..

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