There are only three laws that authorize any exceptions to the ban on electronic eavesdropping by the government. Congress has explicitly stated that these three laws are the exclusive means by which domestic electronic surveillance can be carried out (18 USC, Section 2511(2)(f)). They are:
Title III and ECPA. Title III and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act make up the statutes that govern criminal wiretaps in the United States.
FISA. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is the law that governs eavesdropping on agents of “foreign powers” within the United States, including suspected foreign terrorists.
According to Executive Order 12333 and the Attorney General Guidelines as well as the Patriot Act and all other laws pertaining to wiretapping US Citizens, the CIA is permitted to obtain a FISA warrant that targets a foreign entity ONLY and is prohibited from wiretapping any US citizen in the US and may only obtain FISA warrants on a US citizen under extreme conditions and each must be approved by the Attorney General. The CIA may ask the FBI to obtain a warrant on a US citizen but the same guidelines apply.
The safeguards against a FISA warrant on a US citizen, like Carter Page, are extreme …higher than a Title 3 Probable Cause according to the law and not just my opinion! If a US citizen is overheard on a FISA wire, their name must be erased and masked.
The emergency conditions that must be present, in my opinion, should be an immediate threat to life or liberty, to the US or an ally, or some other extreme danger to our country. I hardly believe wiretapping Carter Page, who Comey, Brennan or Clapper “believed” presented an immediate threat to the US by getting dirt on Hillary Clinton, would satisfy the degree of probable cause required. In fact, the VERY REASON those severe protections are in place, the very reason that Comey, Clapper, Brennan, and Obama cannot be allowed to get away with it, is what the end result turned out to be…corrupt, high-ranking government officials trying to direct a Presidential election and/or remove the President through the use of the Agencies sworn to protect America!!
I’m certain it’s difficult for the public to understand how serious these criminal acts, committed by these government officials, are because, as a citizen, we are not subject to the extreme precautions that Congress set to protect our civil rights against unlawful search and seizure.
I doubt very seriously that many “lawmakers” ever applied for a Title 3, Wiretap warrant either. Some members of Congress were USAs who would have been involved in the supervision approval side but not in the “tough” part unless they were Federal Agents. They probably have hearsay knowledge from us complaining about the process, the work, and what we risked to obtain a Title 3 warrant. It is “almost” not worth the risks, the work, the manpower to do it. It is the MOST invasive form of surveillance that law enforcement does, period. But it is necessary when lives are at stake; when major crimes are being committed; when the crime warrants the risks; and all else fails! Then and only then did we ask for Wiretap authority! That’s why we have the safeguards to prevent people like Obama, Brennan, Clapper, and Comey from weaponizing our Intel and law enforcement Agencies.
There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Obama, Brennan, Clapper, and Comey weaponized the FBI, CIA, and NSA against the Trump candidacy and after failing, moved their sights about 10 clicks to the left and took direct aim at destroying this duly elected President. That folks is the definition of Racketeering…RICO-Treason, Conspiracy, Obstruction, Wire Fraud, Mail Fraud, all rolled into one violation!
There wasn’t sufficient Probable Cause presented to the FISA court to authorize a plain Title 3, let alone a FISA warrant…and it was not even on the subject that the law is exclusively dedicated to nail, foreign Agents. This warrant was directed at the very person the FISA law is intended to protect from being monitored, a US citizen!
I said from the beginning that the crime that will be the undoing of this crime family will not be Hillary’s private emails and all the crimes that go with it. It won’t be Benghazi, nor will it be the IRS Scandal or Fast and Furious, or Obama’s identity Fraud. It will be the Fraudulent Carter Page FISA warrants and I stand by it. The whole lot of them from Sally Yates to the 3 stooges (Comey, Clapper, and Brennan) to Hillary to Lynch and Obama — all had a part in the FISA Fraud; the fraudulent Counter Intel Case; the phony Collusion case; and much more.
If all of them are not charged and given a chance to turn on each other, which they will do, there is no Justice!