Surveillance Versus Spying



There’s so much being said about what was done to the 2016 Trump campaign—be it surveillance or spying—by pundits, lawyers, the extreme left wing, and just about anyone else who is paid to go on television and talk.

There’s a great deal of talk, but little that makes actual sense when examined. Everyone on the left, including the mainstream media and pretty much everyone in the Democratic Party, is trying to break this important discussion down to an insignificant argument over semantics.

But there’s a clear and important distinction, and it has nothing to do with semantics.

The left argues more or less that it’s an outrage that a “legal” act of mere surveillance be sullied with the tag “spying.”As a retired CIA operations officer, let me clarify and break down the differences.

There are many indications that the original Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) request was…



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