Chris Swecker: FBI FISA abuses could weaken US ability to combat terrorists and spies

One of the most effective tools law enforcement agencies use to protect the American people against terrorists and foreign intelligence operations may be undermined as a result of abuses committed by fired FBI Director James Comey and fired Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

The abuses by the disgraced former FBI leaders involved the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a law that allows limited court-ordered surveillance of suspected terrorists and spies.

Unfortunately, under President Barack Obama’s Democratic administration the law was used to improperly spy on Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election campaign.

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The Justice Department’s inspector general issued a report last year concluding that Page shouldn’t have been subjected to surveillance under FISA.

In recent congressional testimony, current FBI Director Christopher Wray did not satisfy some members of the House Judiciary Committee that the FISA abuses identified by the inspector general have been remedied.

These members are calling for further restrictions on the use of FISA that would make it harder to conduct surveillance of proper targets under the law.

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