Declassified documents from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) revealed that the FBI has painstakingly taken data from Americans illegally obtained by the National Security Agency (NSA).
This information would be used to build cases against supporters of the former president, Donald Trump, and against other alleged conservatives, i.e., ideological opponents of the Democrats, according to Big League Politics April 27.
But it was the Jan. 6 rally on Capitol Hill that presented the proper excuse to unleash against Trump supporters political persecution, under the name of domestic terrorism, and to apply to them a controversial law that Democrats had been preparing since the previous year.
During the event occurred in the Capitol, infiltrated by activists of the Marxist groups Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM), the only death was that of the veteran Ashli Babbitt, who was the victim of the attack of one of the employees of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.
Nonetheless, the FBI created hundreds of cases and arrested many patriots who were protesting the controversial results of the 2020 presidential election and seeking respect for their violated voting rights.
While the Democrats have been the fiercest persecutors of their opponents, in the ranks of the Republicans, there are some of them, called Republicans in Name Only (RINOs), who also acted against their co-partisans.
One case that has attracted attention was that of the supposedly “conservative” Washington Examiner, which published an article in early February demanding that Trump supporters be treated like terrorists of the Al-Qaeda movement.
The author, a former Homeland Security official, Kevin Carroll, called for, among other punishments and restrictions on individual liberty, “bring the heaviest felony charges possible on as many participants in the [Capitol] insurrection,” American Greatness cited.
“The type of system Carroll proposes would strip potentially millions of Americans of their rights and enlarge our already bloated security apparatus. And for what purpose? To ensure that Trump supporters never protest again?” asks author Paul Bradford.
He adds, “And it’s not just empty rhetoric either; it results in the serious disregard of our civil liberties. Multiple Capitol protesters have been denied bail primarily due to their political beliefs, not their actions.”
These illegal FBI procedures are not new; in 2019, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) found that the FBI used the identifiers of 16,000 Americans to comb through data collected under this program, even though it could only legally justify seven of those queries, according to the Center for Democracy and Technology last year.
In another instance, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled in 2018 that the FBI illegally took data from an Internet surveillance program without a warrant, violating the law and the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.
The minimum surveillance criteria enable these irregularities. Ten of thousands of foreign nationals abroad are subject to surveillance each year, and their communications are stored for future use. In 2019 alone, there were 204,968 cases of surveillance using this resource.