While it may not come as a surprise to Americans these days, their national intelligence institutions are screwing them. In fact, we all need to take note of what Congress has just uncovered completely by chance.
In the aftermath of yet another FBI testimony behind closed doors (this time of FBI special agent Jonathan Moffa), multiple outlets including Congressmen themselves have cited that the FBI cites its own strategic leaks to the media as justification to obtain their now infamous FISA warrants.
In other words, the FBI allegedly manufactures outside evidence for FISA warrants simply by deliberately deploying *their own* information.
Their chosen member of the American media juggernaut (all too eager to get their hands on the second coming of the Pentagon Papers) in turn regurgitates the leaks on a grand scale. The FBI then enjoys the resulting fireworks and reaps the reward.
The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) quoted a source with inside knowledge claiming Moffa had relinquished this information in the hearing.
“He more or less admitted that the FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press and then used stories from the press as justifications for FISA warrants,” according to DCNF’s Chuck Ross.
Additionally Fox news received what they described as “a more nuanced version of events” from another source familiar with the testimony explaining “Moffa said the FBI keeps track of open source reports related to their cases — and when asked whether a FISA application would reference a news account, he said it could be possible, hypothetically, but the FBI aims to find better information.”
However most notably is the incredibly damning rhetoric that has come from Congressmen themselves. Chief among them is North Carolina Rep. (and House Freedom Caucus chairman) Mark Meadows who directly tweeted,
“We’ve learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true: FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA’s.”
When the FBI mobilized a counterattack, with an official telling Fox, “the initial claims about Moffa’s testimony were incorrect.” Rep. Meadows had none of it later telling Fox hosted ‘America’s Newsroom’ on Tuesday “that the committee had evidence of the FBI’s practice that would be hard to refute.” Meadows went on to assert “We know that some people at the Department of Justice and the FBI actually gave information to the media, then the stories were reported. Then they used those reports to justify further investigations.”
In an era where news is already difficult to trust, and even harder to verify, the FBI pushing an agenda using targeted leaks not only exacerbates the problem but further erodes America’s trust in their Justice System — which already sits at a dismal 27% according to Gallup’s most recent annual institutional confidence poll.
As the FBI finds itself mired in more partisan scandals, catastrophic blows to their credibility such as this could prove vital cornerstones in the battle over the image of the agency’s apolitical impartiality.
With criminal justice agencies often hailed as hypothetical bastions of ethical conduct engaging in such shady, not to mention likely illegal, practices, things look increasingly grim for the average American’s relationship with their supposed protectors.