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Hank Sullivan: Grateful for FISA abuse
Hank Sullivan
Hank Sullivan is a Forsyth County resident, businessman, author and speaker on American history, economics and geopolitics.

Since Donald Trump became president, I will be the first to admit that 7th and 9th District Representatives Rob Woodall and Doug Collins have righted their ships, both Forsyth County congressmen without question earnestly supporting our president. In this new Congress, Collins has become an instrumental Trump ally in the battle against the salacious, and now-proven false accusations against our president by leading congressional Democrats in D.C. 

Woodall, who announced leaving next year, has ventured in front of the cameras, as he should, and become a forceful voice of reason among the insane workings of congressional Democrats in budgetary conferences and live interview settings. Neither Woodall nor Collins supported Trump during the 2016 primary, and neither became vocally supportive of Trump during their 2018 campaigns, which almost caused Woodall to lose even before he was ready to go. 

And so I hate at this point to retrace bygone matters and questionable decisions by our two Congressmen. But soon we will learn that no later than Rob Woodall voted for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 2012, predictably the Obama intelligence services headed by James Clapper, John Brennan and James Comey began targeting surveillance of American political figures, basing many FISA applications to a “rubber stamp” FISA court on uncorroborated, even known-false narratives.

These Obama intelligence heads were sly enough to know that if known-false allegations leading to politically-motivated FISA surveillance warrants arose from within the ranks of American intelligence services, all of those eventually culpable for otherwise unwarranted domestic spying activities would have done so outside the restrictions of the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which patently require the government to show just cause before a warrant to actively surveil might be forthcoming.

So what did Clapper, Brennan and Comey do? They enlisted the services of the “Five Eyes,” the foreign intelligence services of Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, who together with those of the U.S. form an intel partnership, ostensibly for the worthy purpose of sharing intelligence with each other regarding the activities of corresponding enemy services, in the end helping to protect each “Five Eyes” country from the purposes of unscrupulous adversaries.

But what might happen if certain unscrupulous enemies of “Five Eyes” countries might actually come into positions of power within the national governments of those same nations? What might happen if the presumed purposes of the “Five Eyes” alliance might at some point be overridden by the subversive and political purposes of those same unscrupulous actors, possibly leading to the very tops of those national governments? What might happen did happen. James Clapper, John Brennan and James Comey, as primary heads of American foreign and domestic American intelligence services, along with some of their highest-ranking underlings, desired a way to justify spying on the political enemies of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Thus, foreign intelligence services that do not fall under 4th Amendment restrictions, provided the unsubstantiated narrative FBI and DOJ heads used to justify spying on the 2016 Trump campaign.

The now famous “Steele Dossier” was the work product of a former British “Five Eyes” official, Christopher Steele, which as our now-honest Justice Department will show, was a document paid for by the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign and placed by certain actors such as late Senator John McCain into the hands of Obama Justice Department officials. They used the salacious and fictional accounts of that document as justification to the FISA Court to obtain numerous surveillance warrants on Americans involved in the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.

And now these former American intelligence heads, Clapper, Brennan and Comey, are pointing fingers at each other, and even at Barack Obama, as the culpable ones who ostensibly used the FISA laws enacted in 2012 by Rob Woodall and since renewed by both Woodall and Doug Collins, to surveil American citizens. Funny how things work out.

All this was predictable. Many of us spoke out about it to our Forsyth County representatives at the time and since.  But you know, anytime a politician votes for a bill, it’s almost like he or she can never backtrack from it. FISA, as it was enacted and renewed for several years, effectively allowed 4th Amendment violations.  Last year, in the wake of FISA abuse revelations, the entire law was almost scrapped. President Trump did not want FISA scrapped, however, only fixed to bring it in accordance with 4th Amendment provisions. And that is largely what happened, any new foreign intelligence surveillance of the personal effects of U.S. citizens requiring an individual warrant showing just cause.

Hey, but in the end its all good. Had it not been for the loopholes in FISA naturally luring unscrupulous Obama Administration intelligence heads to rationalize the use of FISA for political purposes, America might never find out the extent of criminality in U.S. government, criminality likely extending to the top of the Obama Administration and beyond.

Under the Obama Administration and likely administrations before, the U.S. government, including elected officials of both parties, but mainly Democrats, became a crime syndicate. The only reason we can see it so plainly now is that since the cabal lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump, those so heavily involved have become desperate. They seemingly cannot stop themselves. The more they speak, the larger the hole the dig. So, thanks to President Trump for stepping in to restore popular government, it’s all good. And now our representatives are on the right side. For that we are grateful.

Hank Sullivan is a Forsyth County resident, businessman, author and speaker on American history, economics and geopolitics.