FISA Renewal Controversy: The Suddenly Very Conspicuous Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

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For quite some time now, it has been virtually impossible not to hear or read something about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), its use by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to secure orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) authorizing the electronic surveillance of one-time Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, and the political fencing over whether the government’s Carter Page FISA applications misled the FISC by including unverified information drawn from the infamous Steele Dossier. I have written previously on these controversies,[1] which have now spawned investigations both by the Inspector General of the Department of Justice and, as recently reported by The New York Times,[2]a criminal inquiry specifically initiated by the Attorney General and now being conducted by John Durham, the U.S….

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