Elder Patriot – The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) Memorandum of Opinion and Order from April 26th 2017 that discussed the government’s Ex Parte Submissions of September 26, 2016 and March 30, 2017 requesting a FISA warrant to spy on Trump has found that the applicant never fulfilled its obligation to satisfy the court that the surveillance was warranted.
Instead, the applicant (the government) slow-played the court and conducted the surveillance without approval to either conduct the surveillance or for the proposed minimization procedures submitted to the court.
The FISC went along and granted two extensions to the applicant while the spying continued but the obligation to the court was never satisfied.
This is proof that by April, the FISC had confirmed that the Obama administration had been illegally conducting surveillance on Donald Trump and that Obama’s holdovers were continuing to spy on President Trump months into his presidency.
We have only reviewed 4 pages of the 99-page FISC document so far.
Elder Patriot – An additional government submission was made on January 3, 2017 that again failed to satisfy the court:
Again, the FISC was not satisfied that the government had sufficiently addressed their compliance problems and NSA Chief Clapper submitted a letter on January 27 2017 contending that the January 31st deadline would be impossible for the NSA to meet. The FISC granted another extension through April 28, 2017.
More to come…