DOJ Inspector General’s Report Exposes a Broken FISA System

FBI Police vehicles outside of the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigation Building in Washington, D.C., in 2018. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)The FBI, which frequently fails to follow procedure, really shouldn’t be monitoring foreign agents.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE J ustice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz has issued another report on the FBI’s egregious exercise of its national-security surveillance authority under FISA — the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Let’s recap how we got here, recovering some of the history I laid out in March 2020 in arguing, as a longtime FISA critic, that the system should be ended, not mended.

The FBI performed disgracefully in targeting the Trump campaign as a clandestine agent of Russia based on gossamer suspicions.

As I further detailed in Ball of Collusion, the flimsy evidence on which it relied was largely generated by the Clinton campaign, in …

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