There’s always a conflict of interest when people who don’t really like America are called upon to defend it.
~ Ann Coulter
I have never respected former President Jimmy Carter. I thought he was a disastrous president. In 1976, I began my secondary studies that same year Carter was elected to his moribund presidency. By the time he left office in January 1981, I had finished my first semester of college. During that period, my political philosophy was infantile and emergent; nevertheless, I knew from several bizarre events of his presidency that this guy was … peculiar. For example, at his inauguration he refused to ride in the presidential limo and instead walked down Pennsylvania Avenue. He made a big deal out of carrying his own luggage onto Air Force One like a diminutive skycap, not the respected leader of the free world. (The luggage was later discovered to be empty.) And who could forget Jimmy Carter wearing that moth-eaten cardigan sweater as he lectured and scolded us greedy Americans on national TV with the brilliant strategy of turning our thermostats down to 68 degrees? It was Jimmy Carter’s plan to get our nation out of the “energy crisis.” What a visionary leader he was.
Part of President Carter’s legacy was instituting FISA. What is FISA? It was a statute created by Congress at the behest of Carter in 1978 and stands for the Foreign Intelligence Security Act. Some of the basic parameters of FISA are cited below:
The President may authorize, through the Attorney General, electronic surveillance without a court order for the period of one year provided it is only for foreign intelligence information; targeting foreign powers as defined by 50 U.S.C. ?1801(a)(1),(2),(3) or their agents; and there is no substantial likelihood that the surveillance will acquire the contents of any communication to which a United States person is a party.
Alternatively, the government may seek a court order permitting the surveillance using the FISA court. Approval of a FISA application requires the court find probable cause that the target of the surveillance be a “foreign power” or an “agent of a foreign power,” and that the places at which surveillance is requested is used or will be used by that foreign power or its agent. In addition, the court must find that the proposed surveillance meet certain “minimization requirements” for information pertaining to U.S. persons.
In addition to electronic surveillance, FISA permits the “physical search” of the premises, information, material, or property used exclusively by” a foreign power. The requirements and procedures are nearly identical to those for electronic surveillance.
So many ridiculous strictures (“substantial likelihood,” “minimization requirements,” “foreign power” or an “agent of a foreign power,” “used exclusively”) mandated by the FISA statute and the FISA courts have put a terrible and unnecessary burden on the intelligence agencies tasked with apprehending evildoers in our midst, while giving al-Qaida, Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and other Islamic terrorist groups all over the world free reign to commit mayhem against Americans and American soldiers here and abroad.
President Carter no doubt was motivated by the findings of the zealous and partisan “Church Committee” chaired by Sen. Frank Church, D-Idaho, from 1972-75, who sought to seriously weaken the effectiveness of the CIA, NSA, FBI and the dozen or so other intelligence agencies under the pretext of bringing reform and accountability to what liberal Democrats considered immoral and untrustworthy agencies.
While on the surface this sounds reasonable, in the hands of a radical leftist politician like Jimmy Carter; a person who since leaving office seems hell-bent on undermining America, Americans and our most faithful ally, Israel at every opportunity, you can understand Ann Coulter’s sentiments regarding a pol of his ilk: “There is always a conflict of interest when people who really don’t like America are called upon to defend it.” It is now clear that the undermining of our intelligence agencies by the Church Committee, Jimmy Carter and the FISA courts has lead directly to many subsequent terrorist events on American soil reaching its crescendo, yea, its apotheosis at 9/11.
What are the effects of the FISA courts on our federal intelligence agencies? Welcome to the world of perverse liberalism and Jimmy Carter’s war on America. Carter views the enemy as not being Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri or Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Revolutionary Guard that are murdering our brave American soldiers almost daily, but President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the overzealous CIA and FBI agents who are actually on the front lines in the War on Terror. FISA is a patent example of an outrageous and restrictive statute that needlessly ties the hands of our federal intelligence agencies and must be repealed as soon as the Republicans get the vision and the guts to do so.
Enabled by the usual suspects – the propaganda press, leftist academics, craven Republicans, treasonous Democrats, Hollywood propagandists, ranting socialists, ACLU anarchists and activist judges, FISA has had a long and distinguished career of leveling the playing field in favor of Muslim fanatics that want to kill Americans and Jews at every opportunity. In the final analysis, I agree with my mentor and antagonist of some of my prior writings, Judge Richard A. Posner, who eloquently wrote:
FISA retains value as a framework for monitoring the communications of known terrorists, but it is hopeless as a framework for detecting terrorists. [FISA] requires that surveillance be conducted pursuant to warrants based on probable cause to believe that the target of surveillance is a terrorist, when the desperate need is to find out who is a terrorist.
To alleviate some of the strictures on our intelligence agencies to conduct warrantless wiretaps of telephone, e-mail and financial recorts and use of other eavesdropping techniqes to thrwart terrorists and protect Americans, President Bush has for the past few years put up a yeoman’s effort to establish into law the Patriot Act (a.k.a. The Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001). However, his efforts have been repeatedly undermined by liberal Democrats and their de facto legal arm, the ACLU, MoveOn.org, et al.
Thank you, President Jimmy Carter, exceeding gratitude from America for no longer being our president. Regards also for instituting and establishing the FISA courts to frustrate America’s war or terrorism. Islamo-fascists all over the world extol your praise for implementing the FISA statutes, or what I like to refer to as OBLEPA – “The Osama bin Laden Equal Protection Act.”
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